Stories for September 2003


Tuesday, September 30

John and Wilma Kuntz

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 another couple of ladies who led similar lives on the East Williams Fork River south of Hayden.

Proving themselves

Sailors avenge only loss

The bad passes and the missed shots that accompanied a 2-1 loss to Moffat County less than a month ago fueled the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team's efforts Tuesday night at Dudley Field.

Our View: Quality versus quantity

With its innovative Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay program, the Steamboat Springs School District is asking its teachers to take a gamble, but it's a gamble that, if implemented correctly, will pay off for good teachers and the community.

New homeowners pitch in for self-help housing

Project breaks ground on west side

Seven Steamboat families are in a race to put new roofs over their heads before winter sets in, and they'll have to do much of the work themselves.

New special district proposed

A landowner with property adjacent to the Steamboat Springs Airport has proposed forming a special district to cover a $12 million infrastructure project.

Letters to the editor

Briefs for Oct. 1, 2003

Public welcome to attend election forums Oct. 15 The Steamboat Pilot & Today and KRMR radio will host a pair of election forums Oct. 15. A midday forum will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall and an evening forum will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at Olympian Hall.

Jones, Picking lead pack

'Die-hard locals,' tourists join in 2003 Running Series

Barbara Jones and Andy Picking were the top runners in the 2003 Steamboat Springs Running Series.

Sheraton golfers take tourney

Last week, the guys and gals who cut the grass and water the greens at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club proved they also are pretty good with putters and drivers.

Candidates to meet informally

Until two years ago, Linda Lewis wasn't interested in politics. She always voted, but her involvement stopped there.

The Record for Oct. 1, 2003

Xcel plant may tap town water

New EPA standards lead to discussion

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 looking for alternative water sources.

Town tightening belt for '04 budget

The town of Hayden will not get all the things it wants in 2004. It might not even get many of the things it needs.

Golfers swing, miss at tourney

The three members of the Steamboat Springs golf team had plenty of time to absorb the events of the past couple of days as they made the long drive back to Steamboat from Alamosa.

Teachers opt out of plans

31 drop dependents from health-care plans

More than two dozen Steamboat Springs School District employees have dropped their dependents from the district's health insurance packages because of increased costs and decreased benefits.

Sailors top Moffat County in volleyball

Four teams showed up for the Moffat County versus Steamboat Springs volleyball match Tuesday night, the teams' coaches said. First was the confident, aggressive Sailors playing the non-communicative, tense Bulldogs. Then it was the disoriented Sailors who had a hard time getting out of a mental funk versus the smiling, anticipating Bulldogs.

Community video project under way

A documentary film project about the community of Hayden officially has begun. Images of life in Hayden have been filmed, and interviews with a broad spectrum of Hayden residents will start soon.

Meeker anything but on Friday

One minute, 24 seconds and four plays into the game, Meeker scored its first of five touchdowns with its relentless offense, shutting out the Tigers Friday in Hayden

Monday, September 29

Briefs for Sept. 30, 2003

Woman found unconscious in car on U.S. Highway 40 A woman was found unconscious in a car on the side of U.S. Highway 40 near Saddle Mountain Ranch on Saturday afternoon.

Steamboat contemplates Atlanta flights

Delta plans low fares from California

Resort officials are studying the possibility of adding more direct flights from Atlanta on Delta during the peak weeks of ski season this winter.

County may rent vote-counting machine

During last year's election, ballot counting was on hold for two hours while workers tried to get Routt County's counting machine working.

Brehmer given second plea offer

A bar owner who was charged with serving alcohol to a minor and, in a separate incident, eluding police and resisting arrest is evaluating a plea offer from the District Attorney's Office.

Sailors off pace in golf tourney

The Steamboat Springs Sailors played their best golf this season when they were having fun.

Enrollment remains down

County's three school districts report declining numbers

Enrollment figures in each of Routt County's three public school districts remain down as the state's official pupil count date nears.

Accused man declines plea offer

A Steamboat Springs man accused of shooting at two excavation workers by the Yampa River turned down a plea offer Monday.

The Record for Sept. 30, 2003

Water rights may be sold

South Routt rancher has plan to sell $5M rights to Eagle County

A South Routt rancher has proposed a $5 million sale of water use rights to Eagle County water suppliers.

Second chance for victory

Steamboat Sailors host Moffat County Bulldogs in rematch

Steamboat Springs High School senior Devin Borvansky still hasn't forgotten what happened earlier this month when the Sailor soccer squad traveled to Craig and was upset by the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Sunday, September 28

The body's balance: Use it or lose it

Most of us are walking a tightrope, balancing work in one hand and family in the other. But how many people actually think about balance in its true physical form?

The Record for Sept. 29, 2003

City given $115,000 grant to prevent fire

The city of Steamboat Springs was awarded an $115,920 federal grant to help fight and prevent wildland fires.

Dog dies after Friday's accident

A dog injured in a three-vehicle accident died Friday night after undergoing surgery for massive internal bleeding.

Briefs for Sept. 29, 2003

More than $500 worth of alcohol was reported stolen from the Ore House on Saturday.

SUV rolls on Highway 40

A one-vehicle, noninjury rollover accident occurred Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 142.

Saturday, September 27

Jodi Harris-Fox

Steamboat Springs resident Jodi Harris-Fox died Sept. 6, 2003, in Las Vegas. Jodi was born Feb. 12, 1964, in El Paso, Texas. She lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area before moving to Steamboat in June 2002.

Saying goodbye to junk

Court rules Yampa man must get rid of junkyard on his property

Tom Cole sits at his kitchen table in his house near Yampa, a black cap pulled low on his forehead.

Sound Off for Sept. 28, 2003

Shooting Star

Reared on shotguns and hooked on trap shooting, Clark teen aims for Olympics

Peering through the amber-tinted lenses of his safety glasses, Wiley Button scans the horizon for a fast-moving clay pigeon.

In-town home offers rural feel

Some people purchase miniature waterfalls for the soothing sounds the flowing water produces. Mark Lea was seeking similar tranquility when he built his house at 665 Meadowbrook Circle, but his dreams of flowing water were on a much larger scale.

Learning curve

School district struggles to create a fair performance-based pay system

Despite continued progress, major issues remain unsolved in the Steamboat Springs School District's quest for a progressive pay and evaluation system for teachers and staff.

Behind the headlines: What's happening in water politics?

Tom Sharp is the on the board of the Upper Yampa Conservancy District.

The Record for Sept. 28, 2003

Mother Nature's classroom

Place-based education thrives at Yampa Valley Science School

Steamboat Springs Middle School science teachers Matt Tredway and Matt Anderson watched from the periphery Wednesday as their sixth-graders poured out of several cabins on the Perry-Mansfield campus into an open field.

Homecoming victories

Soroco football tackles 'firsts'

It finally happened. The Soroco Rams got their first league victory in four years, and they won their first homecoming game in seven years. But before the deal was sealed, the Rams were given a few scares.

Our View: Learning values

Steamboat Springs learned the value of Triple Crown Sports last summer.

John and Wilma Kuntz

Lumber prices soar

Homebuyers, builders feel impact of doubled, tripled costs

Homebuyers and home builders should expect to pay more when building a new house. Lumber prices have soared -- some materials have tripled in price since last year -- thanks to steadily increasing demand, a supply that can't keep up and the will of Mother Nature. Last week was the first since early spring that prices have stayed level instead of increasing, building suppliers said.

Sailors split matches

Down match point and three games into the second set against Evergreen's Tim Heitch, Steamboat Springs tennis player Taylor Reed rallied to win the second and third set, and subsequently the match, in Saturday's duel at the Tennis Center in Steamboat Springs.

Real Estate transactions for Sept. 15-21


Celebrating fall

Hit the trail and watch as colors peak this weekend throughout the Yampa Valley

No matter how well you can explain the scientific process of slowing chlorophyll production, fall's sudden explosion of yellows, reds and oranges is still a magical thing and a good excuse for long hikes and longer drives.

Births for Sept. 27, 2003

Audrey Wheatley, daughter of Marcy and Alan Wheatley of Kremmling, was born at 8:18 p.m. Sept. 13, 2003. She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18.25 long. Her siblings are Mandy Wolfe, Scot and Tammy Wheatley and Bailey Monnahan. Her grandparents are Ken and Stella Wheatley of Kremmling, and Nalla Hansen and Alden Monnahan of Deer Trail. Her great-grandparents are Irene Monnahan of Strasburg and Pat Hansen of Columbus, Neb.

Steamboat girls win XC meet

The Steamboat Springs girls cross country team finished first, and the Sailors boys placed third as a team at a meet hosted by Moffat County on Saturday in Craig.

South Routt Calendar

Letters for Sept. 28, 2003

Sailors prove unbearable

After struggling in her last game, Hannah Gary led the way for the Steamboat Springs volleyball team in its straight-set win against Rifle on Saturday.

Lady Rams shut out Cowboys

Spectators saw a different team in the Soroco High School gym Saturday -- not just Plateau Valley, but a new home team.

Building permit fees to increase

Builders association may ask city to reduce valuations in response

Most builders say they won't be affected by a proposed 11.7 percent increase in Routt County Building Department permit fees.

Births Sept. 28, 2003

Building Permits Sept. 28, 2003

Alpine Vista 1702 Alpine Vista Court Owner/contractor 4-Plex -- Unit 3 $355,509

In defeat, Sailor football team proves its skill

Even in defeat, all was not lost for the Steamboat Springs football team Friday night.

Poker player not typical sports hero

Chris Moneymaker isn't your typical sports icon.

Friday, September 26

News in Brief

Bulldogs bite Sailors

Five turnovers cost Steamboat the game

Palisade's defense couldn't slow down the Steamboat Springs passing game. Steamboat's defense couldn't contain Palisade's powerful running attack.

Ski Corp. executive retires

Bob Kuusinen started flipping burgers at the top of Thunderhead more than 31 years ago. On Friday, the man who moved up through the ranks to become senior vice president of Steamboat Ski Area operations announced his retirement.

The Record for Sept. 27, 2003

Charges weighed in death of hunter

The Routt County Sheriff's Office said that because of difficulties in the investigation, it is not ready to file charges in the shooting death of a hunter.

Three-vehicle accident sends three to hospital

Two people listed in fair condition, one treated and released, and a dog underwent surgery

A three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 40 just east of Steamboat Springs sent three people to the hospital and a dog into surgery Friday afternoon.

Help find yourself Tuesday

Benefit dinner supports Routt County Search and Rescue

The annual Routt County Search and Rescue Fund-raiser has raised almost $12,000 for the volunteer emergency service group since it began eight years ago, Search and Rescue member Scott Havener said.

Police seeking previous occupants of stolen Jetta

The Colorado State Patrol is looking for the previous occupants of a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta, who allegedly stole the vehicle, drove it into the side of an embankment and then abandoned the car three blocks away.

Soroco ready for homecoming

Football, volleyball teams play host to Plateau Valley

Homecoming athletic activities in South Routt conclude today with the Soroco volleyball and football teams playing host to Plateau Valley.

Meeker anything but meek in Hayden

One minute, 24 seconds and four plays into the game, Meeker scored its first of five touchdowns with its relentless offense, shutting out the Tigers in Hayden 34-0.

NSPRA report calls for change

Audit finds school district communication needs to improve

Improving communication with its employees and providing expanded opportunities for parent and community involvement are just two of the ways the Steamboat Springs School District can improve itself, according to a final communication audit report issued by the National Public School Relations Association.

Election forums will be held Oct. 15

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and KRMR will host two election forums on Oct. 15.

Thursday, September 25


When photographer Jessica Maynard lifted her camera and looked through the viewfinder, she wasn't prepared for what she saw.

W. Nile remains a threat

Bird and horse were infected this summer

While Routt County Environmental Health Director Michael Zopf was investigating a sewage complaint at an old septic tank Monday, he came across a mess of mosquito larvae.

Finding her niche

Heidi Meshurel-Jolly always knew she'd live in Steamboat

In the Steamboat Springs landscape, there are a few characters who have talents larger than their tiny town, but they live here because they love it. And they stay because Steamboat Springs has made a place for them.

Yampatika has plans for site

Nonprofit nature organization moving across town

Simplicity. That has been the mantra of Yampatika staff and volunteers since they learned they were losing their downtown location to the real estate market.

League showdown

4-0 Steamboat faces powerful Palisade squad

The Steamboat Springs football team aimed to be undefeated heading into today's game against Western Slope powerhouse Palisade in Grand Junction.

Tennis team captures its fifth straight

A heart-pounding 4-3 win over Colorado Academy on Tuesday night marked the latest accomplishment for the Steamboat Springs tennis team.

South Routt schools seek to shed negative image

South Routt School District officials say they hope to dispel a community perception that the district's secondary schools are inferior to its elementary school.

Planning reviews car dealership

The city Planning Commission had no qualms about allowing a car dealership to be built at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Curve Court but said it wants to see a high quality of architecture and landscaping.

Roundtable aims to match funding with area agencies

Winnie DelliQuadri wants to draw the shortest line between two points: funder and nonprofit organization.

Brief Points for Sept. 26, 2003

Art winners announced The winners of "Digital Fine Art 2003" were announced this week. The exhibit was judged by Angela Forster, assistant professor in Electronic Media Arts Design at the University of Denver. The show is on display at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., through Oct. 19.

News in Brief

The Record for Sept. 26, 2003

Nightlife for Sept. 25, 2003

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

Yampa Board is full at last

Mike Ross fills position that has been open for almost a year

When Yampa resident Mike Ross learned a position was open on the Yampa Town Board, he thought about applying.

Skov plans to withdraw

School board candidate concerned about time commitment

Mike Skov announced Thursday his intention to withdraw from the Steamboat Springs School Board race.

Draft of plan update available to residents

A draft of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update is available, and the governmental review process of the document has begun.

Wednesday, September 24

Hopefuls address forum

First Impressions board meeting draws School Board, council candidates

Campaign stickers, pamphlets and advertisements are beginning to circulate in Steamboat Springs, and all three were on display Wednesday inside the Routt County commissioners hearing room.

City goes soft on felines

Steamboat City Council scratches cat nuisance laws

Life for cats throughout Steamboat Springs got a little easier Tuesday night, thanks to a change the City Council made in its municipal code.

Endangered south valley?

Group trying to stop Lafarge gravel pit wants state listing

The valley south of Steamboat Springs is in the running to be named as one of Colorado's Most Endangered Places -- an important designation for a group trying to stop the creation of a gravel pit.

Circle of celebration

Women gather to embrace autumnal equinox

The autumnal equinox is the time when day and night are equal, when the sun crosses over the Earth's equator.

The record for Sept. 25

Teacher pay plan tops priority list

The incomplete Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay system for Steamboat Springs School District teachers and support staff tops the School Board's list of priorities.

The search is on

Dance theater looking for choreographers, dancers

Steamboat Dance Theatre's winter performance won't take the stage until March, but now is the time for dancers and choreographers to step forward.

Hunter's death under investigation

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is not ready to rule the shooting death of a hunter an accident.

Steamboat fashion review

Tuesday afternoon: That was me, leaning across the counter at a downtown clothing store, reaching for my receipt.

Connell supports police

Council president issued statement backing the department

City Council President Kathy Connell issued a statement in support of the city's police department at Tuesday night's council meeting and stressed the city's emphasis on customer service.

News in Brief

Tuesday, September 23

Briefs for Sept. 24, 2003

11s Club invites public to enter homecoming parade Soroco High School's 11s Club invites community members and organizations to enter Friday's homecoming parade. Entry forms can be picked up at any South Routt post office or at the high school office. Entries must be turned in by 4 p.m. today. This year's homecoming theme is "Survivor on Soroco Island, home of the reigning Rams." Call 736-2531, Ext. 4106.

Steamboat, Glenwood battle for league lead

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team picked up three wins over the weekend, including two league victories, setting the stage for Thursday's highly anticipated match against league rival Glenwood Springs.

Why Steamboat Needs School Choices

The recent controversy surrounding a proposed Montessori charter school has, at its heart, the question of why Steamboat needs school choice. The reasons are:

Council urges Yampa rights

City Council members want to file for recreational water rights before 2004

City Council members expressed an increased sense of urgency to file for recreational water rights at Tuesday night's meeting

Log cabin gets Routt County historic designation

Previous residents Charlotte Perry, Frank Light were a factor in decision

The dark log walls, thick white mortar and the forest-green roof of the Bennett House in uptown Steamboat Springs suggest that the house has an interesting history.

Our View: Search and Rescue Looking For You

Few agencies are more valuable when it counts most than Routt County Search and Rescue.

Woman falls from vehicle

20-year-old suffers head injuries after fall from back of Blazer

A 20-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with head injuries after falling off the back of a Chevrolet Blazer on Tuesday morning.

City sales tax revenue down in July

City sales tax revenue continues to decline with July seeing a 3.09 percent decrease from the year before.

The Record for Sept. 24, 2003

Letters to the editor

Steamboat couple to aid Isabel victims

Steamboat Springs residents Vic and Flo Hencken received a phone call from the Red Cross on Tuesday morning, asking them to help with disaster relief in Maryland. The Henckens board a plane today at 10:20 a.m. to fly from Hayden to Baltimore.

Punt, Pass and Kick today

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation is hosting the annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition at 5:30 p.m. today at the Ski Town Fields next to the tennis bubble on the east side of town.

Cost of victory

Sailor player seriously injured

The members of the Steamboat Springs soccer team should have been celebrating Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Battle Mountain after the final whistle.

District makes deal to get 1.5 acres

Homeowner Bill Padgett has little choice in matter, may have to move

Steamboat Springs native Bill Padgett may choose to continue to live in the home constructed for his parents in the 1940s, but it will have to be moved from its location on Crawford Avenue.

Monday, September 22

Briefs for Sept. 23, 2003

'Self Help' celebration scheduled for Sept. 30 The United States Department of Agriculture, the Regional Affordable Living Foundation and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation will hold a "Self Help" celebration at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at West End Village. The celebration is in recognition of a $388,750 grant awarded to Mutual Self Help, an affordable housing program in which people build their own houses. The Mutual Self Help Program is new to the community and will provide technical assistance for 24 houses in 24 months. The check will be presented at the site of the first seven houses that are to be built by the first group of families.

YVRA misses grant

Funds would have added air service

Yampa Valley Regional Airport missed out on a federal grant that officials hoped to put toward new off-season air service and improvements at the terminal.

The Record for Sept. 23, 2003

City Council to debate firearms ordinance

Steamboat Springs City Council could make it legal again to carry firearms on sidewalks, streets and private property within the city.

Education Fund Board terms extended

The terms of more than a dozen Education Fund Board members and members of the Fund Board's three commissions have been extended through November as the Steamboat Springs Board of Education and the Fund Board look for a way to stagger future terms.

League leaders

Sailors, Huskies in race for title

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team is off to one of its best starts ever.

Rams give No. 2 Cowboys a scare

Shortly after Meeker running back Sean O'Brien stormed into the end zone for the Cowboys' second touchdown of the first quarter Friday night, Soroco coach Gary Heide called his players to the sideline.

Crashes don't hinder rally

Cog races looking to expand in future

Even with several crashes at last weekend's Colorado Cog Rally race in Routt County, organizers said the competition went smoothly and that they would like to see an expanded race next year.

Man dies in hunting mishap

Sheriff's Office: Lifelong friend mistakenly shot Gerald Holverson

A 44-year-old Wisconsin hunter died Saturday morning in what the Routt County Sheriff's Office said was an accidental shooting.

Men sentenced for growing marijuana

The Denver Federal Court sentenced two Steamboat Springs men to prison for growing marijuana in their condominium.

Phippsburg water gets funding

Colorado Department of Local Affairs awards money to water facility

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has awarded an additional $102,000 in grant funding and an additional $92,500 in loans to the county to fund improvements to the Phippsburg water supply and treatment facility.

Sunday, September 21

Community Players changing venue

Props, costumes moved from Seventh Street Playhouse to CMC

As the Steamboat Community Players moved 17 years worth of props and costumes out of the Seventh Street Playhouse this weekend, and Players president Nina Rogers looked back at the empty theater, she was saying goodbye to a lot of memories -- good and bad.

Emphysema can be prevented

Fighting for every breath is more difficult than quitting smoking

Emphysema is a lung disease that literally leaves people gasping for air. Lung damage builds up over a number of years, at first without symptoms but later causing wheezing and shortness of breath.

Racing for readers

Run for Literacy benefits Newspapers in Education program

John McDaniel of Salt Lake City and Emily Conjura of Steamboat Springs took the men's and women's seven-mile titles Sunday in the Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy.

Briefs for Sept. 22, 2003

Hunter education class available at CMC The Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer a hunter education class from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at Colorado Mountain College. The cost of the course is $10. Call 870-4444.

The Record for Sept. 22, 2003

Cabbies turn instructors

Course presents tips on defensive driving

Doug Grogan and Bobby O'Toole, both driver managers at Alpine Taxi, will host a course on defensive driving from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Steamboat Pilot & Today conference room, 1901 Curve Plaza. Tuition is $10.

Mental illness support group offered

Life gets lonely when you have no one to talk to who understands your problems.

Saturday, September 20

Skipping handshakes a bad call

The handshake. The post-game tradition is as much a part of high school sports as the pre-game warm-up, the announcement of the starting lineup and the national anthem or Pledge of Allegiance.

Beryl and Bessie Jo Rienks

Letters for Sept. 21, 2003

Behind the Headlines: How is elder abuse being addressed?

Routt County Deputy Elise Andres works with the ElderWatch program in Routt County. The program is a joint effort between the Attorney General's Office and the AARP, which works to reduce the financial exploitation of seniors.

Quiet views offered at Big Valley Ranch

It was time for Paul and Camille Fisher to retire. Paul loved skiing, so the couple explored their options in Colorado. When they found a 35-acre lot with a panoramic view of Mount Werner, Rabbit Ears Pass, Blacktail Mountain, the South Routt Valley and the Flat Tops, they decided Steamboat Springs was the place.

Good news for trophy hunters

Elk antler growth had been great; bow hunters spot plenty of them

The elk in Northwest Colorado have been dining exceptionally well this summer and that's welcome news for anyone hunting for a trophy bull this season.

Scot A. Finkelstein

Triple Crown profits down

The cheering emanating from Klumker Field quieted weeks ago. The minivans and sport utility vehicles with soap-painted windows disappeared with it, as did mobs of uniformed baseball players strolling Lincoln Avenue between games.

Fall's brewing

Brewfest attendees take in warm weather, cold beer

A sunny, clear blue sky was the perfect setting for this year's Steamboat Mountain Brewfest, unlike the past few years, when clouds, rain and a lack of beer kept the festival from reaching its potential.

"I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag ..."

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..." begins the First Amendment. Lately, however, many feel that this freedom has come into question because of the rise of patriotism and because of a new Colorado law requiring that teachers and students recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

New state and local laws impact students

Teens discuss mandatory Pledge of Allegiance, student drug testing

In the past month, teens have appeared in the newspapers, thrust into the spotlight by new rules regulating the way they act.

Steamboat developers look to Grand County

A trio of Steamboat-based construction and development professionals has created a new company to build 26 golf-course duplexes in the new Grand Elk Ranch & Club near Granby.

Hospital vet opens lab

Ken Shaffer has been conducting tests on other people for more than two decades. Now he's testing his own ability to create a new niche in the medical field.

Sound Off for Sept. 21, 2003

Transactions for Sept. 9-14


Steamboat house catches fire Saturday

A fire ignited at about 3 p.m. Saturday at a house at 3374 Apres Ski Way. The owners, who live in California, were not at the residence, Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Bob Struble said.

Lindquist takes 2nd at World Solo Adrenalin Championship

Katie Lindquist doesn't see 4 a.m. often, so she took delight in watching the August moon travel across the Canadian sky.

Smooth sailing

The Periscope established in second year

Amanda Toy always knew she wanted to write for her high school newspaper.

Births for Sept. 20, 2003

Our view: The city's mill levy

The Steamboat Springs City Council has its work cut out in deciding how to fine-tune its five-year capital improvement plan.

Sailors ace matches

Steamboat wipes the court with Hotchkiss, Cedaredge

The benefits of playing some of the top teams and players in the state will be visible as the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team heads into the home stretch of its regular season.

Sailors running on empty

Masked behind the Steamboat football team's 4-0 start and 163 points scored is the falling off of its traditionally potent ground game. Coach Mark Drake would be lying if he said it isn't a concern.

'We're all treasure hunters'

Brand Spankin' Used thrift store offers variety of finds

A light wool jacket that's an "incredible shade of green" with embroidered lapels is one of Janine Pierce's favorite pieces of clothing.

'Evolver' doesn't deliver

The band 311 produces a sound driven by reggae, rock, punk beats and funky bass lines, a mix between rap and metal. When formed in 1990, their sound helped to spearhead a new genre. Recognized as a musically talented and creative band with a positive and energetic sound, 311 has stayed strong for more than a decade, generating a large fan base through its many hit singles and records.

Question of the Week

The record for Sept. 21, 2003

Ethel Cordelia Stieduhar

Business News in Brief

Richard A. Monaghan, President of Putnam Retail Management at Putnam Investments in Boston, Mass., has announced that Eileen Allen, an investment professional with Wells Fargo Investments, is a member of Putnam's 30th Annual Golden Scale Council.The Putnam Golden Scale Council consists of investment professionals who have met the highest professional standards in serving investors during the previous year.

William Scott Kaplan

Building Permits for Sept. 8-12

Scott Parker & Shannon Stipech 2948 West End Avenue Crystal Peak Combined Single-family residence $99,780

Cog rally halted by rollovers

Rally race driver Jeff Zwart and his navigator, David Epperson, grew up together in Southern California. In high school, Zwart often tried to scare the younger Epperson and other friends who rode in his car with his fast driving.

Boggs trial details recounted

On Oct. 21, 1993, two odd-looking strangers turned up in a quiet neighborhood in Steamboat Springs.

Board of Realtors names new officers

Allison Kusy has purchased a house and two condominiums in the past five years, and each time, she has worked with Realtor Wendy Fisher of Anchor Realty. "She's friendly and easy to work with," Kusy said. "She responds promptly. She's able to find the property I'm looking for, and she consistently keeps me up to date."

Friday, September 19

A regional perspective

Yampa Valley Partners will host Regional Leadership Summit

One way to ensure the Yampa Valley maintains a high quality of life is to measure community indicators -- education scores, average wages and poverty levels, for example -- and use them to make good decisions.

News in Brief for Sept. 20, 2003

Construction prohibits dogs, strollers at race Because of construction taking place on the Yampa River Core Trail, dogs, strollers and bicycles will not be allowed in Sunday's Pilot & Today Run for Literacy 5K run and race-walk. New concrete has just been poured at the west end of the trail and it is closed to public use until Sept. 30. While the trail will be opened temporarily for Run for Literacy competitors, traveling over the freshly poured concrete in anything but rubber-soled shoes will not be allowed because of the damage it can cause. The First Impressions Tot Trot will remain open to dogs and strollers. Race-day registration for the 5K run and race-walk and seven-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Pilot & Today building. Races begin at 9:30 a.m.

Xcel seeks competition

Seneca Coal supply in question; Xcel looking for alternatives

Xcel Energy, the company that owns the Hayden Station power plant, is making changes that could affect the people that it serves, including Yampa Valley Electric Association customers.

Salazar visits Steamboat to promote ElderWatch

Attorney general says an ounce of elder fraud prevention is worth many pounds of cure

In the fight against financial exploitation of seniors, Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar said the state needs better laws and must do a better job of enforcing them while also working to prevent elder fraud.

The Record for Sept. 20, 2003

Moose is Loose golf tourney to help WSC

The idea was born 28 years ago in an effort by former Olympic skier Jim "Moose" Barrows to make sure that every child in Steamboat Springs had a chance to be a part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Will play for food

Sailors aim to earn steak dinner with passing yards

If the Steamboat Springs offense throws for more than 1,500 yards this season, the linemen each receive a steak dinner.

Tigers travel to Collbran today

Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner is in good spirits.

Homecoming week begins

Oak Creek kicks off events with parade

On Friday afternoon, Oak Creek's Main Street will close to make room for a line of students and residents marching in Soroco High School's Homecoming Spirit Parade.

Woman douses fire the old-fashioned way

Fire chief's mom pours buckets of water onto burning cabin

The 5-gallon buckets of rainwater Sandy Wisecup was storing for her chickens came in handy Friday morning when she used them to douse a fire burning in the corner of her cabin.

Thursday, September 18

Ode to Construction Workers

My back aches and a tearing numbness pains

Steamboat opens league play tonight

Montezuma-Cortez football coach Tom Adair asked the question several times and got several answers.

Timeshare bankruptcy clears way for sales

Leisure Resorts likely to be sold by Oct. 31

A pair of timeshare resorts owned by bankrupt Leisure Industries Corp. of Las Vegas is expected to be sold by Oct. 31.

The Comeau Show

Sailors win 3-2; Glenwood coach refuses to let Demons shake hands after game

Steamboat Springs freshman David Comeau picked the perfect time to score his first varsity goal when he arched the winning shot over Glenwood Springs' goalie Thais Kulwiec three minutes into overtime.

Stepping Stone to independence

Two pieces of bread, a knife and two jars -- one full of peanut butter and the other with jelly. To most, it's the obvious makings for a sandwich, but for others, it can be an unsolvable puzzle.

Waterline extension OK'd

Routt County residents who live close to Hayden now have a better shot at tapping into Hayden's water supply.

Briefs for Sept. 19, 2003

Cancer Support Group to host sharing session The Yampa Valley Cancer Support Group will host a special caring and sharing session Monday for those dealing with cancer and their significant others. The session is at 7 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Call the VNA at 879-1632.

Salazar's ElderWatch meeting today

Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar is coming to Steamboat today to talk about the financial exploitation of seniors. It is an issue the Routt County Sheriff's Office knows all too well.

Teng to tell Steamboat of her 'Waking Hour'

It was as if the music world was waiting at the gate. Vienna Teng only needed to flip the latch and let them in. But she was afraid.

24 brewers make this year's Brewfest largest yet

Steamboat Mountain Brewfest is the last big party before ski season begins.

Golf Club gets new clubhouse

The 38-year-old Steamboat Golf Club should be able to get a new clubhouse, Routt County Planning commissioners decided Thursday.

S. Routt meeting a success

One of the first steps South Routt should take to develop its economy is to form a shared vision and build a sense of community in the area.

A feast for the senses

The atmosphere is "eat, drink and be merry." At the eighth annual Madness de Vine fund-raiser for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, guests start the evening with a Gondola ride into one of the biggest cocktail parties of the yea

All ages can Run for Literacy

The Steamboat Springs Running Series concludes Sunday with the Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy, a seven-mile run and a 5K run or race-walk.

The Record for Sept. 19, 2003

Eric McFadden Trio is at Levelz

Making it in music is as much about survival as it is about talent.

Art for a new age

Digital exhibit first of its kind in the Yampa Valley

Photographers went through the same fight for legitimacy 50 years ago, before the booming voice of the art world declared it acceptable.



Wednesday, September 17

Briefs for Sept. 18, 2003

Backpack, $200 reported stolen from store Tuesday A backpack and $200 were reported stolen from a Yampa Avenue sporting goods store Tuesday night. Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Nick Bosick said two cash registers were broken into and $100 was taken from each at Backdoor Sports. A Plexiglas window in the back of the building, facing the Yampa River, was broken. Police suspect the break-in occurred between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday. Bosick said police have no suspects and are investigating the incident. Only one piece of merchandise was missing, a new backpack. The coins were left in the register, Bosick said.

Smith pleased with XC team's progress

The members of the Steamboat Springs cross country team continue to impress coach John Smith, particularly with their performances at meets Smith deems to be more training runs than competitions.

Next stop: state tourney

Sailors win regional title

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team has been waiting for this day for more than a month.

Sailors adjusting to rally scoring

After more than a week away from competition, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team returns to the court this weekend for three matches in three different towns in less than 24 hours.

Parents concerned about new drug policy

Several parents, students and residents voiced their concerns about Hayden High School's new drug testing policy at Wednesday night's School Board meeting.

Steamboat may get classical alternative

Listeners in Steamboat Springs have been enjoying classical music on WWFM for several years, but the detailed weather reports for Trenton, N.J., have been a little off key.

2 plead guilty to DUI, avoid car theft charge

Two South Routt brothers, arrested last week on suspicion of stealing a truck in Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence of alcohol and theft of camping gear.

Montessori group seeks summary judgment

Steamboat Springs Montessori filed a motion Wednesday in Denver District Court seeking summary judgment in its lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School District.

Planning to look at clubhouse

The Steamboat Golf Course is seeking permission to build a new golf clubhouse and pavilion and to provide additional water through a new water connection to the Steamboat II Metro Water District.

No lower bond in ACZ case

A judge on Wednesday refused to lower the bond for a man accused of breaking into ACZ Laboratories Inc. and damaging property.

Bond lowered for man in arson case

A man charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson remained in jail Wednesday, even though a judge reduced his bond.

Routt County United Way kicks off campaign

Routt County United Way is asking residents for $400,000 this year, a donation total that would top last year's record mark.

The Record for Sept. 18, 2003

Tuesday, September 16

Cog Rally puts drivers to the test

The idea of driving along a winding, dirt-covered county road makes Mark Cox's heart skip a beat.

School lockers robbed

Supplies taken; children 10 to 12 suspected

Hayden High School sophomore Adam Akers walked into school Monday morning to an unfamiliar sight. Instead of a hallway neat and tidy from weekend cleaning, he found a corridor strewn with class notes and school supplies, flanked by open locker doors.

$1.1M to design new center

HLM presents draft costs of justice center to commissioners

The architects working on Routt County's justice center said it could cost more than $1.1 million for designs and engineering on the project.

Chamber questions property tax

Chamber members say they want to see capital improvements that would improve business in Steamboat Springs before they give their support to the city's proposed property tax.

Council adds money for YVRA

The Steamboat Springs City Council made a commitment to contribute $50,000 a year over the next five years for improvements to Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Hayden: This is your life

Town's grant money will be used for video documentary

Several members of the Hayden community soon will be part of a documentary film being made by the town of Hayden.

Superintendent's contract amended

Officials said her contract violated district's agreement with insurance provider

A provision in Superintendent Donna Howell's employment contract with the Steamboat Springs School District was amended this week after officials discovered the contract violated the district's agreement with its health insurance provider.

Man flees police before being caught, arrested

A 45-year-old Steamboat Springs man was charged with drunken driving and resisting arrest when he fled the scene of a traffic stop.

Rams split weekend matches

Volleyball squad gets home win over South Park

The Soroco volleyball team improved to 3-5 over the weekend following a win against South Park and a tough loss to Grand Valley.

Sunburst sketch plan OK'd

First phase of major development moves forward

Tom Heuer and the 4S Development crew finally are smiling after a Hayden Planning Commission meeting.

Coal trucks, buses to share Twentymile

Coal companies that use Twentymile Road will continue operate their trucks on the road during school bus route times, but they have made an agreement with the Hayden School District to observe added safety precautions.

Staff overhauling town Internet site

Hayden resident Steve Sirag created a Web site for the town of Hayden over the summer, but it lacked an element that Town Clerk Lisa Johnston and Assistant Clerk Susan Irvine thought was crucial for easy navigation: a search function.

Letters for Sept.. 17, 2003

First Impressions to organize Sunday's Tot Trot

Children are asked to bring pennies for 'I Cent a Student to College' program

The Tot Trot runners may not notice, but the site for the 10-year-old race has changed and so has the organizing agency.

Wisconsin hunter shoots himself in hand

A 40-year-old Wisconsin hunter had to be taken to the hospital Saturday after shooting himself in the hand.

The Record for Sept. 17, 2003

Tennis team holds its own

Sailors gain valuable experience at tournament

High school tennis teams statewide gathered in Grand Junction over the weekend for what Steamboat Springs boys coach John Aragon said is one of the largest tournaments of its kind in Colorado.

Sailors net key win over Rifle

Victory sets up showdown with Glenwood

Nobody is going to argue that Tuesday's effort at Dudley Field was Steamboat's prettiest game of the season.

News in brief

Monday, September 15

Talking business in Soroco

The South Routt County Community Assessment report may be finalized, but the community's work on the project is just beginning.

Briefs, Sept. 16

Golfers shoot for state

Regional tournament opens Wednesday

Veteran golfers Ryan Brees and Kenton Gamache would like nothing more than to return to the state high school golf championships this fall.

County to consider dispatch equipment

Six years of work to upgrade the Routt County Communications system could enter its final phase today if Routt County commissioners give the go-ahead for an approximately $80,000 project.

Record, Sept. 15

Board approves second ESL aide

In an effort to meet the growing needs of an increasing population of non-English speaking students, the Steamboat Springs School Board approved on Monday the hiring of an additional English as a Second Language aide.

Charter suit will stay local

Judge orders Montessori case to be heard in Routt County

A lawsuit filed by Steamboat Springs Montessori against the Steamboat Springs School District will be heard in Routt County, according to an order by Denver District Judge Shelley Gilman.

Taylor considers House bid

State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, will wait before deciding on a possible run for U.S. Congress next fall. Taylor has been mentioned among possible Republican candidates for the Third Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Scott McInnis, a Grand Junction Republican.

Emerald debate draws 100 plus

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said the Emerald Mountain Partnership could have done more to inform the public about the proposed Emerald Mountain land swap.

Sunday, September 14

Go-karts race onto Steamboat scene

More than 100 go-kart racers descended upon Steamboat Springs over the weekend for the final event in the inaugural season of the Shockwave Karting Colorado Sprint Championships.

Mixing sports on a sublime September weekend

Something's fishy about a golf tournament that demands a skilled trout guide

Permit me to begin by observing that Jed Clampett and I would feel equally at home on a golf course. The patriarch of the Beverly Hillbillies might even card a lower score than me on the immaculate links of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Understanding the risk of colorectal cancer

One out of every 50 people, or 2 percent of the population, will get colorectal cancer. Women are at a higher risk for colon cancer, while men are more likely to develop rectal cancer.

Young Sailors top Craig

Victory ends middle school's 15-year losing streak

Steamboat Springs Middle School football coach Daren Mangiaracina had to check the school's trophy case to determine how long it had been since the team defeated rival Craig Middle School.

More language help needed

Board to hear request for additional ESL aide

The growing number of English Language Learners in the Steamboat Springs School District will prompt district officials to request funding for an additional English as a Second Language aide at tonight's School Board meeting.

Man jumps on trooper's car, goes to jail

A 60-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Friday night after reportedly assaulting a Colorado State Patrol trooper and jumping on the hood of the trooper's squad car.

Building permits for Sept. 1-5

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. 2305 Mt. Werner Circle Owner/contractor Addition/Alteration $33,200

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Saturday, September 13

New physicians underscore strength of health care industry

The addition of seven new physicians to the community this summer brings the total number of doctors on the active medical staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center to just more than 50.

Cabin in the woods makes for a peaceful getaway

Twenty minutes into last year's hunting season, Steamboat Springs resident Rusty McIntosh and his buddies had killed six elk near Quaker Mountain, about 15 miles north of Hayden.

The Pines offers affordability with style

Brian Olson's goal for "The Pines at Ore House Plaza" was to create units that were affordable but didn't necessarily look that way. "We wanted something affordable with nicer finishes," Olson said. "The value of what we're offering here is incredible compared to other developments going on."

Eagles soar past Tigers

Hayden's only first-quarter play an intercepton

Paonia coach Jeremy McCormick said he wanted to set the tone early in Saturday's game against Hayden. His team did just that, allowing Hayden only one play in the first quarter, a pass that Paonia intercepted.

Ski officials optimistic about upcoming season

Steamboat's No. 1 crop made an early appearance this week, raising expectations for an abundant harvest. But there's more to winter tourism than a surfeit of powder.

Making art flow from metal

Oak Creek blacksmith Brett Lindstrom says it's all about focus

Blacksmith Brett Lindstrom talks about working iron the same way that he talks about flying down mountains on a bike or sailing over bumps on the ski mountain.

September solitude

Green River demands persistence from fly fishermen

Anglers who avoided the Green River near Dutch John all summer because of the crowds will find the closest thing to solitude the river offers this month. They'll also find finicky trout.

Volleyball enters new era with rally scoring

There have been more than a few puzzled faces in the stands during this fall's Steamboat Springs volleyball matches.

Cut out for crew

Shawn Scholl hopes to row himself into the 2004 Olympics in Athens

Shawn Scholl's got the wife and kids. He's got the master's degree in exercise physiology. He's already bought a house and owned a business, so really all that's left to do is make an Olympic team.

Sailor runners win home meet

Steamboat conquers Howelsen Hill

Ask any of the runners, and they will tell you it's the hardest course in the state.

South Routt Calendar

Mark Anthony Evans Lawton, 1962-2003

Hayden resident Mark Lawton died Aug. 29, 2003, when the military convoy he was traveling with was ambushed near As Suaydat, Iraq. He was 41.

Creating a 'community' college

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Enrichment Project begins third season

A Colorado Mountain College program is striving to put the community back into community college.

A writer's journey

Maxine Hong Kingston speaks at Literary Sojourn

The entire audience was still in their seats as they waited for Maxine Hong Kingston, a tiny woman with a big literary voice, to take the microphone.

Aid for seniors arrives

Steamboat ElderWatch Program comes to life

It used to be when Hazel Ferguson went to her grandson's middle school football games, the closest she could get to the field was the parking lot.

Enrollment drops

Declining numbers are costing schools

A continuing trend of declining enrollment in Routt County public schools is bringing less money for an already cash-strapped district and raising questions about the economic factors behind the decrease.

Sound off for Sept. 14, 2003

Transactions for Sept. 3-8, 2003


Business News in Brief

Qwest Communications announced last week that the company now can offer high-speed DSL Internet in Steamboat Springs. "We are excited to be able to provide residents in Steamboat Springs with a service that can simplify their personal lives and help their businesses run more effectively," said Kevin R. Smith, Qwest president for Colorado.

Mildred Bruchez, 1919-2003

Former Oak Creek resident Mildred Bruchez passed away Sept. 11, 2003. She was 84.

Lambert P. 'Bud' Roesch, 1912-2003

Lambert "Bud" Roesch died Sept. 7, 2003, from complications from pneumonia. Bud, who was a resident of the Doak Walker Care Center, was 91 years old.

Georgia Belle Hinkle, 1927-2003

Georgia Belle Hinkle died Aug. 2, 2003, in Grand Junction. She was 75.

Heather Bird Quinn

Heather Bird Quinn, the beloved daughter of Michael and Kathleen Bird, died of leukemia on Aug. 30, 2003, at her home in Fort Collins. She was 29.

Deepe named to CU's dean's list

The Record for Sept. 14, 2003

Letters for Sept. 14, 2003

Football eager for league play

Heading into Friday's meeting with Berthoud, Steamboat Springs football coach Mark Drake wanted his team to be consistent on offense, defense and special teams with the all-important league season quickly approaching.

On the right trail

New book provides ultra-detailed look at Zirkel Wilderness Area hikes

There are some excellent guides to hiking the mountain surrounding Steamboat Springs already on bookshelves. However, author Raymond Ave has brought new precision to the genre.

Our View: Preparing for diversity

The 2000 Census showed Routt County to be the least diverse of any county in Colorado with more than 10,000 people. Minorities comprised just 5 percent of the county's population, and just 3.22 percent were Hispanics. Anglos made up 95 percent of the county.

What's the status of Montessori?

Steamboat Springs Montessori has filed a lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School District in an effort to force the district to follow a state order to create a Montessori charter school in the district. Members of the Steamboat Springs Montessori Board -- including Jody Patten, David Patterson and Tony Requist -- discussed the status of the lawsuit and other issues surrounding the charter school. Is there a Behind the Headlines issue you want to know more about? Let us know. Call the news desk at 871-4207

Friday, September 12

Sailors keep winning streak alive

Whether he wants it or not, the Steamboat Springs football team has given Lonny Radford the nickname "Heisman."

Pastor organizes hunger walk

It's a hard statistic for Tim Selby to ignore: Worldwide, 20,000 children die every day from lack of food, he said. That number includes children who starve to death and children who do not receive the nutrition their immune systems need to fight diseases.

Finding their way home

After loss, Sailors open home play with win

The last thing the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team wanted in its home opener against Delta County was a replay of last week's heartbreaking loss to Moffat County.

City to plan improvements

5-year-plan will help outline what tax could accomplish

City Council will set a five-year capital improvement plan at its Tuesday meeting in hopes of giving voters an idea of where money will be spent if they approve a proposed property tax.

4-Hers fare well at state fair

Tyler Manzanares, 11, of Hayden sat for hours focusing on his father's tools, his father's instruction and a thick piece of cowhide.

Ranchers target of phone scam

Extension office issues warning about pesticide solicitors

People who receive phone solicitations from someone trying to sell pesticides should beware, said Routt County Extension Services Director C.J. Mucklow.

The Record, Sept. 13

Stolen Texas truck appears in Yampa

Two South Routt County brothers were arrested on suspicion of vehicular theft and drunken driving after getting a truck stuck in the mud on the side of Colorado Highway 131.

News in Brief, Sept. 13

Prioritizing public access

Commissioners to hear pros and cons of Emerald Mountain land swap

A full house is expected Monday when the Routt County Board of Commissioners discusses a proposed Emerald Mountain land swap.

It's time to preserve dahlia and begonia bulbs

The days are getting cooler and shorter. Fall will be here before you know it. For gardeners, there is work yet to be done. If you succumbed to the beauty of dahlias and tuberous begonias when selecting bedding plants last spring, the task of preserving them is added to your fall to-do list.

U.S. Forest Service forced to do trash duty

As a wilderness ranger for the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Jon Halverson spends a lot of his time maintaining trails and educating people about leaving no trace when they visit the backcountry.

Soroco Rams lose game, chance at a league win

The Soroco Rams began Friday night's league opener against the Grand Valley Cardinals looking sharp, hungry and confident. Perhaps the Rams were too confident, senior tail back C.J. Remick said after the Cardinals shut out his team 7-0.

Thursday, September 11

10 artists featured in new gallery

Comic strips will hang next to more traditional work

There are five American art forms: jazz, the musical comedy, the mystery novel, the banjo and comic books.

Night of nostalgia

Drive-ins worth the drive

Across the United States, their white screens loom over sagebrush fields like huge tombstones. The snack bars are boarded up and the only sound is the clank-slap of a few dangling sound boxes.

Brief Points

Still no president for teachers group

SSEA board members will share duties

Unable to find a new leader at its membership meeting this week, the Steamboat Springs Education Association will continue to operate without a president.

Sailors shoot for 3-0 record

Steamboat hopes to remain undefeated as it faces Berthoud tonight

Linemen learn they will receive little praise when a quarterback completes a 40-yard pass or when a running back tallies more than 100 yards in a game.

Friends hold golf tourney for Bosworth

Former Steamboat Springs resident Gary Bosworth left a lasting impression in the Yampa Valley.

Lady Sailors down Huskies in three

The Battle Mountain volleyball team showed up ready to play Thursday but was overmatched by an impressive Steamboat Springs squad that took the match, 3-0.

Home-run title up for grabs

Last year, Dave Adler was one of 32 baseball players swinging for a title in the second annual home-run derby at Vanatta Field.

Briefs for Sept. 12, 2003

Coed volleyball league sign-up ends Wednesday The registration deadline for the city of Steamboat Springs' fall coed volleyball league is Wednesday. Six people are needed to form each team, or individuals may join existing teams. Games will be played Wednesday evenings through mid-December. Call 879-4300.

The Record for Sept. 12, 2003

Sunburst North sketch plan OK'd

After almost a year of planning and meetings with the Hayden Planning Commission, developers of the proposed 900-acre Sunburst Ranch subdivision received Thursday what they have sought for so long: approval of a sketch plan.

Ski jump work delayed until spring

Snowmaking upgrades on schedule, but end of summer forces hill work to wait

Nobody wants to see heavy equipment moving dirt on the steep-pitched face of Howelsen Hill more than John Adams, the chairman of the Colorado Ski Heritage project.

Natural gas rates to rise

Heating fuel will be more than twice last winter's price

Natural gas bills will likely be about 60 percent higher this winter than they were last winter, thanks to a second rate increase announced by Routt County's only distributor.

Backus hearing closes

Decision expected by November

An evidentiary hearing for convicted murderer Michael Backus came to a close Thursday with a rebuttal from Backus' attorney, who said the lawyer who represented Backus in his 1995 murder trial made multiple errors while defending Backus.

Remembrance, forgiveness sought after Sept. 11

Isaiah 2:4 has become a mantra of the Catholic peace movement and it was repeated as such on Thursday, when more than 50 people gathered in the pews of the Holy Name Catholic Church to remember the anniversary the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Law, samaritans at odds

'Arrive Alive' volunteers could be at risk for felony charges

A presentation about starting a program to drive home teenagers after they've been drinking turned into a discussion about changing a Colorado statute on contributing to the delinquency of minors at the Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday.

Benefit for Wisecup Sunday

In Oak Creek, residents say they have a tradition of helping people in need. Whether its cooking a dinner, cleaning house, lending an ear, or pitching in for a benefit dinner or car wash, people believe in helping their neighbors. In the case of Debby Wisecup, it's no different.

Worlds Apart

There is a place, far from here, where a man is walking into a cafe to order a cup of tea. The hot tea comes to him in a sun-baked, unfired clay cup. He adds two cubes of sugar. He sips and talks to the other men in the cafe.

Turning a house into home

She wanted to love the new house. At 32, it is the first house she has ever owned and a first step for her and her husband.


Walker puts fingerprints on printing

On Tuesday, artist John Walker and the staff of Riverhouse Editions stood around the printing press holding their breath.

Ski Town Productions stages its third theatrical spoof on life in the 'boat

What if all those people who wished the tourists would go away got their wish?

Rams ready to end drought

Should the Soroco football team pick up a league win this season, it will be the first in four years, so excuse the Rams if they are a little excited about ending the drought.

Wednesday, September 10

Officials tackle abandoned building sites

City, county representatives hold joint meeting Wednesday

The City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners are considering changing their policies for handling abandoned building sites.


Euzoa decision called unconstitutional

A national religious organization says that Routt County has violated the constitutional rights of Euzoa Bible Church in Steamboat Springs and that it has "serious concerns" about how the county's zoning ordinance applies to churches.

Tournament combines golf, fly fishing

Golf and fly fishing are time-consuming sports. Yet, they have been rolled into one event for the second Golf Trout Tournament to be held Friday through Sunday. The event benefits the Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust.

Two years later

N.Y. firefighter recalls Sept. 11, 2001; officials look at progress

Kevin Nerney, 45, moved to Steamboat Springs after retiring from the Fire Department of New York on Aug. 24, 2001. Eighteen days later, 343 of his colleagues were killed while trying to save people from the burning World Trade Center towers.

Backus' '95 lawyer testifies

Attorney says his client insisted on protecting Coit

The attorney who represented convicted murderer Michael Backus in his 1995 trial was called to the stand Wednesday and questioned about his representation of Backus.

Financial oversight examined

School Board takes extra steps to prevent fiscal disaster

Steamboat Springs School Board members are revising the district's asset-protection policy in an effort to increase fiscal oversight and prevent scandals such as the ones plaguing the St. Vrain Valley and Elizabeth school districts.

Steamboat XC ready for 'Sufferfest'

Overlooking downtown Steam-boat Springs, Howelsen Hill doesn't appear menacing to the eye.

Old Oak Creek Town Hall could become museum

South Routt could have a new museum if the Oak Creek Town Board agrees tonight to lease the Old Town Hall to the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg.

School system redistricting overdue

Steamboat Springs School District officials plan to move quickly to review the school system's director-district boundaries after it was discovered the procedure hasn't been done in at least six years.

Mount Werner sees season's first snow

Wednesday storm turns landscape white above 9,000 feet

Tom Baer ran into the snow line on Mount Werner at the saddle of the Rainbow ski trail Wednesday afternoon. He wasn't completely prepared for the weather.

Coming home

Sailors eager for first home game of the season

After playing the first four games of the 2003 season on the road, members of the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team can't help but be exited about Friday's game at Dudley Field.

Man injured, arrested after rollover accident

An 18-year-old man was taken to the hospital and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after rolling his vehicle along Routt County Road 36 Tuesday night.

Hiker found after snowy night in North Routt

A 25-year-old man was found walking along a four-wheeler trail in California Park on Wednesday afternoon after getting lost and spending a night in cold, wet conditions.

News in Brief

Running Series ends with Run for Literacy

The Steamboat Springs Running Series enters its home stretch over the next two weekends with the final races of the summer wrapping up in Kremmling and Steamboat.

Tuesday, September 9

DAC: Don't round CSAP scores

Strawberry Park staff won't get portion of performance bonus

Strawberry Park Elementary School teachers and support staff will not receive a disputed portion of their pay-for-performance bonuses if recommendations approved by the District Account-ability Committee on Tuesday are accepted by the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Sailors cage Bulldogs

Steamboat triumphs over Moffat County despite errors

Emotions were running high in the Steamboat Springs High School gym Tuesday night as the Sailors and Moffat County Bulldogs clashed for the first time this season.

Tennis team bounces back on road trip

Steamboat Springs' tennis player Patrick Ayres said that tough early season losses to top players from Kent Denver and Thompson Valley shook his confidence.

Letters for September 10, 2003

LID to be on November ballot

Residents of the Meadowgreen subdivision in Stagecoach will vote in this year's election on whether they want to construct a sewer and water system and pay for the system through county-issued bonds.

Backus says he's innocent

Murderer of Gerald Boggs testifies in court for first time

Michael Backus, who is serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of Steamboat Springs businessman Gerald Boggs, spoke in court for the first time Tuesday and said that he is innocent.

Our View: Steamboat stands out

SKI Magazine's latest resort rankings offered up good news for the Steamboat Springs Ski Area and the community.

County opposes Referendum A

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday signed a resolution officially opposing Referendum A, a state proposal to approve up to $2 billion in revenues bonds for projects such as dams and new reservoirs.

The Record for September 10, 2003

Hays defends department

50 crowd Centennial Hall to lodge complaints, support police

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is not perfect, Public Safety Services Director J.D. Hays said as he defended the department's stand on DUI enforcement, treatment of juveniles and the officers' interaction with the public.

City to pay Detective Kleiber

Council reverses policy, letting him keep city, military leave pay

Under considerable public pressure, the City Council agreed Tuesday to allow police Detective Dave Kleiber to keep his city pay and military leave pay, reversing a city policy and giving Kleiber some peace of mind before leaving to fight in Operation Enduring Freedom.

News in Brief

Steamboat volleys to 6th-place finish

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team's match against Moffat County on Tuesday night came on the heels of a long weekend in Fort Morgan.

Airport commission nearing finalization

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners could finalize the makeup of the Yampa Valley Airport Commission at a joint meeting today.

Monday, September 8

Police department to respond to residents' criticism at meeting

Steamboat Springs Director of Public Safety Services J.D. Hays will respond tonight to complaints by a group of residents about law enforcement tactics and conduct.

District audit report expected

School Board undecided on how to disseminate information

At least $10,000 and months of planning went into the communications audit of the Steamboat Springs School District, not to mention the time nearly 200 community members and district stakeholders spent in small focus groups with a National Public School Relations Association representative.

Steamboat Ski Area is No. 5

Resort moves up from sixth in SKI Magazine rankings

The Steamboat Ski Area is the No. 5-ranked ski resort in North America, according to SKI Magazine's 16th Annual Top 60 Resort Guide, which hits newsstands next week.

Board decides to keep 4S money

The Hayden Town Board decided Thursday not to release $61,490 provided by 4S Development for use in the impact study of the proposed 900-acre Sunburst Ranch development.

Boucher, Simms win city golf titles

By the time the storm clouds had parted Sunday, Steamboat Springs had two new citywide golf champions.

Building fees may increase

Permit costs would help cover Regional Building expenses

Building fees could increase by 11 percent across the board to help pay for the county's Regional Building Department's increased expenditures.

Two injured in Colo. 131 rollover

One man was severely injured early Monday when he drove his truck off the road along Colorado Highway 131.

Boggs killer: Counsel was ineffective

Michael Backus, convicted in 1995, wants his sentence overturned

A man serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of Gerald Boggs is seeking to have that sentence set aside, arguing his defense counsel was ineffective.

Tigers host Eagles in league opener

Tiger fans, bring the stadium chairs to the game Saturday. It could be a long one. Paonia and Hayden coaches say this will be an evenly matched game and agree staying mentally sharp will be the deciding factor in the outcome.

Makeover begins at West Routt Housing

Sections of walls in the three-building senior housing complex have been slowly rotting during the past 30 years, but now something is being done about it.

Club 20 passes health care resolution

Club 20's board of directors tackled health care in Western Colorado at a meeting Friday.

Meadows developer hopeful

Developer Paul Flood is ready to get started on his new subdivision. After several meetings with the Hayden Planning Commission, Flood said he thinks he will get approval of his preliminary plat for the 30-lot Meadows Subdivision.

The Record for Sept. 9, 2003

News in brief

Council to hear revised Wildhorse plan

The commercial center that developer Whitney Ward will bring before the Steamboat Springs City Council tonight is a much-revised version from the one Ward offered 15 months ago.

Sunday, September 7

News in brief

Military pay to go before council

City is being asked to examine its military leave policy

Police Detective Dave Kleiber will be conspicuously missing when the Steamboat Springs City Council discusses how much it should compensate him for military leave.

Tom Ross: Maybe the medium really is the message

With rumors that CDs are on their way out, my memories of vinyl are spinning

Perhaps it was only coincidence, but my invitation to join AARP arrived in the same week that announced that music CDs are dead. Both missives were potentially depressing.

City Council asked for its vote

Video lottery terminals, Western Slope water at issue

The Steamboat Springs City Council will weigh in on a state referendum and amendment that will appear on November's ballot.

The Record for Sept. 8, 2003

Man arrested after ACZ lab break-in

Police say suspect was found drunk and in boxer shorts on lawn

A 25-year-old Hayden man has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into the ACZ Laboratories Inc. and damaging property inside the building.

Saturday, September 6

The Record for Sept. 7, 2003

Letters for Sept. 7, 2003

Steamboat 'pulling out all the stops'

Sometimes old habits are hard to break, but Steamboat Springs football coach Mark Drake is expanding his offensive horizons to increasingly include the pass.

Road to recovery

When Debby Wisecup's brain started bleeding, medical bills, community support piled up

On June 27, Debby Wisecup had a bad headache.

Straw helps forest rise from ashes

From an old logging trail on a knoll where the Mount Zirkel Complex fire raged just more than a year ago, the sheer randomness of Mother Nature spills before the eyes.

Our View: Missed mark

There should be no debate -- Colorado needs to spend more marketing itself to potential visitors across the nation and world.

Kroenke expands holdings

Avs' owner, partner buy commercial property in Steamboat

The owner of the Colorado Avalanche and his real estate partner recently increased their holdings in Steamboat Springs with purchases of $6.4 million in commercial land and buildings.

Preparing for the worst

Emergency response training includes simulated bus accident

The page came into the Steamboat Springs Fire Department at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. A city bus was on its side and more than a dozen passengers were in need of medical care.

Behind the Headlines: What does it take to run council?

City Council President Kathy Connell discusses what it takes to be City Council president and some of the issues facing council today.

Breaking the 'bad guy' image

PAL program helps students see police officers as mentors, friends

When Oak Creek police Officer Felipe Nardo was growing up in a poor part of Honolulu, there weren't too many things to do.

U.S.F.S. using new rules to log in Flat Tops

To reduce the spread of beetles, the U.S. Forest Service is making use of new, more relaxed rules to rush through a logging project in the Flat Tops Wilderness.

Cook Chevy has plans for growth

Scott Cook's car dealership in Steamboat Springs is a rarity in Colorado, but he wouldn't be surprised if operations like his become more commonplace.

Rams win season's second

With their 34-13 victory over the Center Vikings on Saturday, the Soroco Rams already have doubled last year's win record.

Visnack -- Fortier

Seventh Street house stays in family

Amos R. Brown built the house at the corner of Seventh and Aspen streets in 1905. Since then, Brown's descendants have taken on several remodeling projects at the home, including the latest by Brown's great granddaughter.

Old Town house comes alive

The house at 468 Eighth St. is nothing like it was in 1910 when it was built at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. For starters, the 2,600-square-foot home is more than twice the size of the original.

Lodwick and the yellow jersey

For more than a decade, Steamboat Springs' Todd Lodwick has been a driving force behind Nordic combined skiing in the United States.

Transactions for Aug. 29-Sept. 2


Routt County Spotlight

Joanne Nichole Richards

Births for Sept. 6, 2003

Program offers what district can't

Soroco High School gives students opportunity to take 40 online classes

Declining enrollment and decreasing funds forced the South Routt School District to cut jobs and programs, but thanks to a relatively new online instruction program, district high school students have more educational opportunities than ever.

54 14ers at 14

Lowell Whiteman student Bridger Root next wants to summit California's 14ers, Alaska's Mount McKinley

Bridger Root will never forget the summer of his 14th birthday. It was during the summer of 2003, the summer he finished climbing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountain peaks.

lawrence 'Lare' Howard Scott

Meadows parking lot a racetrack

Go-kart Grand Prix is here Sept. 13-14

With vehicles exceeding speeds of 80 mph, the action at the Steamboat Grand Prix of Kart Racing appears to be a blur of color, noise and excitement.

Building Permits for Aug. 23-28

Andrew & Lynn Picking 2000 Bear Drive Mountain Dream Developers Single-family residence $435,710

South Routt Calendar

Class Notes

Oak Creek apartment burns

A fire that started in an apartment building in downtown Oak Creek on Saturday night put itself out when it melted water pipes, releasing water to extinguish the flames.

Sound Off for Sept. 7, 2003

Language barrier builds

Number of non-English-speaking students doubles

The first day in a new school is tough on any student, as it was two weeks ago for eighth-grader Alejandro Rodriguez.

Hayden High varsity beats Steamboat JV

Hayden quarterback Keenan Bruchez doesn't make the play calls, but coach Shawn Baumgartner trusts the sophomore to make the correct reads on a thick playbook that expanded in the offseason.

Friday, September 5

Parents pool for teen tipsy taxi

Although it's illegal for high school students to drink alcohol, some do. That's the premise several South Routt parents are using to form a group they hope will get teens home safely.

Toys no Moore

Longtime retailer 'not staying in business'

Mac Moore did $5,000 in sales at his little shop on Ninth Street on Thursday. He was probably wondering where all those customers were over the past three months.

Body of 'cowboy soldier' returns home to rest

'We lost a great soldier, and his family lost a great man'

It was hard to tell if 4-year-old Dustin Lawton understood what was happening Friday. He stood on his toes with his hands curled over the edge of the coffin looking down at the body of his father, Staff Sgt. Mark Lawton.

Birch to advise nationally

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has appointed Sue Birch to serve on a rural health care advisory committee.

Sailors cruise in home opener

Top Eagle Valley Devils 56-28

At first glance, a stat line of 103 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns would indicate senior David May is a running back. Throw in his 144 passing yards and two touchdown passes, however, and what you have is a quarterback in command of the Steamboat Springs football team.

Varsity Tigers meet JV Sailors

Aaron Finch, one of Steamboat Springs High School's junior varsity coaches, used to coach the Sailors' middle school team.

Rams kick off home season with matinee

Soroco football coach Gary Heide isn't one to make predictions.

News in brief

The Record for Sept. 6, 2003

High school to get new resource officer

The Steamboat Springs High School will be getting a new resource officer from the Steamboat Springs Police Depart-ment next week.

Volunteers needed to restore 1912 ranger cabin

In the Routt National Forest just north of Columbine, there's a dark wood cabin with stories stored in its four walls.

Thursday, September 4

Steamboat tennis picks up win

The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team traveled to Loveland on Thursday night and defeated the Indians 6-1.

Filmmaking class offered

Course on scripts, cinematography, editing, will cater to adults

When a small group of film lovers started the free Friday Film Series, they were taken aback by how much interest there was in Steamboat Springs. That is why two Los Angeles filmmakers who also are Steamboat residents decided to offer their knowledge in a fun 10-week course titled "The Language of Film."

Town Challenge ends today

The 2003 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series concludes today with the Mount Werner Circuit at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Phony epiphanies

What to throw up for breakfast. It was hard to decide.

Pressure points

Sailors volleyball avenges last year's loss to Panthers

Nervous is one thing. What the members of the Steamboat Springs volleyball team were feeling moments before opening the season against Middle Park is another.

Superintendent seeks input

'We need to engage the community in terms of the direction of the district'

Just one month into her superintendency, Donna Howell is becoming well versed in Steamboat Springs School District history.

Can-do Cahill

Travel writer Tim Cahill will visit Steamboat for the Sept. 13 Literary Sojourn

Tim Cahill was sitting in the Owl, "a small bar in a small town in Montana."

Biology behind signs of fall

Why leaves change color as weather cools

The first signs of fall can be seen in some of the aspen groves around Steamboat Springs. Some leaves have lost their green color and are starting to turn peach and yellow.

Sailors golfers on the green in Craig

The day after winning the Steamboat Springs High School Invitational, the members of the Steamboat golf team were back on course at Yampa Valley Golf Club in Craig.

Fall films, food, fun

A reviewer described his appearance as an Iranian Johnny Cash. His name is Mr. Badii and his face is sad and shaggy.


The Record for Aug. 5, 2003

Woman struck by golf ball files suit

A district judge will decide Sept. 19 on a trial date for a lawsuit filed by a woman struck by a golf ball while playing at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Golf Course.

Road construction on time

Despite a late start, county projects are on schedule

Although chip-and-seal projects on county roads got off to a late start this summer, the projects are on schedule.

Steamboat football seeks to avenge its 2002 defeat

Eagle Valley hopes the skill of its defensive backfield and linebacking unit can help ease the transition for 10 new offensive starters in the opening games of its 2003 schedule.

1 hurt, 30 feet of guardrail destroyed

A Hayden man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and careless driving after running into a guardrail on U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday morning.

Connell likely won't seek second term

City Council President Kathy Connell said that unless no one else comes forward, she would not seek a second term as council president.

News in brief

Art shuttle will end its regular service Sept. 18

As ArtLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting art and artists in Steamboat Springs, winds down its first summer, organizers Pat Walsh and Susan Scheisser are looking forward to next year.

Wednesday, September 3

News in brief

Boys soccer plays Moffat today

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team takes its first step toward reclaiming the Western Slope League championship today against Moffat County in Craig.

Woman may be town's most enduring athlete

Kalmeyer runs 468-mile Colorado Trail in 9 days, 10 hours

Betsy Kalmeyer of Steamboat Springs needed fewer than 10 days to accomplish what your average hard-as-nails mountain woman might take more than a month to complete.

Arson suspect: Fire was accidental

A man charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson said in court Wednesday that he didn't mean to start the fire.

Man charged with bigamy

Relatives alerted third wife to husband's location

A 48-year-old Yampa man has been charged with bigamy.

Saturdays added to schedule

Drivers should expect traffic delays on Muddy Pass

Drivers traveling Rabbit Ears Pass will now face half-hour-plus construction delays Saturdays as well as weekdays.

First win of season

Smalley guides Sailors to victory

Tucker Smalley finished Wed-nesday's 18-hole round at the Haymaker Golf Course with a 2-foot putt for par and a broad smile on his face.

P'burg water system could get boost

The state is prepared to award more money to pay for improvements to Phippsburg's water system as soon as Routt County officially requests the additional funds.

Friday funeral for Hayden soldier

Craig soldier injured in Iraqi ambush that killed Lawton

Funeral services for Staff Sgt. Mark Anthony Evans Lawton will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Extension Building at the Routt County Fairgrounds, 365 S. Poplar St., in Hayden.

Sailors volleyball team has new starting lineup

Practice might look perfect, but Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall understands that the most accurate method to measure the Sailors' progress comes tonight when they open the season against Middle Park.

The Record

Tuesday, September 2

Fire bans lifted

Routt County commissioners lifted fire restrictions on state and private land Tuesday and are expected to lift restrictions on most federal lands today. Despite the easing of restrictions, officials warned fire danger is still present.

Hayden teacher awarded

Michelle Wilkie named Wal-Mart teacher of the year

Michelle Wilkie, a self-described talker, rarely has been at a loss for words. But Wilkie, Hayden Elemen-tary School's music teacher, found herself speechless on the last day of school last May when she was called to the stage to accept a $1,000 check for being named a Wal-Mart teacher of the year.

Parents speak against drug policy at Hayden forum

If parents think their children have not or will not use drugs or alcohol, they are fooling themselves, Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer told a group of parents and students Tuesday. The message came during a forum held to discuss the school's newly adopted random drug testing policy -- a forum at which the policy came under fire from some parents.

Sidewalks top development forum

Faced with expensive requests from the city to build sidewalks around their new projects, developers said Tuesday they want to be convinced the paths will lead somewhere.

Soroco football pushes past Rifle

Senior quarterback Kory Babcock led an opportunistic Soroco Ram's football team to its first win of the season last Saturday in Rifle.

News in Brief, Sept. 3

Two men were charged with first-degree criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief after breaking into a crane and operating it.

Mobile-home arson suspect arrested

A Breckenridge man was arrested on suspicion of fourth- degree arson after a manufactured home and two cars were destroyed in a fire Monday night.

Sailor golfers feel at home at Haymaker Golf Club

Fourteen teams will play in today's high school golf tournament at the Haymaker Golf Club -- but only one of those teams calls Steamboat Springs home.

The Record, Sept. 1

Group works to save sage grouse

When Lewis and Clark journeyed west across North America, they encountered a chicken-like bird that was black, white and brown and ruled sagebrush areas. The explorers named it the "cock of the plains."

Our View: Referendum A doesn't get the job done

Little is as precious to this state's economic vitality as the preservation of its water resources, and years of drought have reinforced the importance of water storage capacity to that preservation. That said, the initiative proposed in Referendum A seems to be an unnecessary way to go about securing additional capacity.

Focus of a champ

Yellow jersey never far from Lodwick's thoughts

Winning the opening event of the 2003 Summer Grand Prix in Villach, Austria, last month has fueled Todd Lodwick's desire to dress in yellow.

Death brings war closer

Iraq casualty hits home in Hayden

Having a community member die from a war that seems so distant has brought the Iraqi conflict much closer to home, Hayden residents say.

Monday, September 1

Merchants: Sales are up

Steamboat shops report prosperous holiday weekend

Many Steamboat Springs retail businesses reported prosperous holiday weekends, and overall summer business was generally better than average.

The Record for Sept. 2, 2003

Briefs for Sept. 2, 2003

Understanding Grief progam starts today Understanding Grief, a free, four-week program for people who have lost a loved one, takes place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning today, at the Visting Nurse Association offices, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Call Carol Gordon at 870-3232.

Oak Creek celebrates Labor Day in style

Skydivers, races, people all part of holiday weekend tradition

Labor Day weekend in Oak Creek is worth the drive.