Stories for April 2004


Friday, April 30

Briefs for May 1

Steamboat Springs Middle School students are looking for a car, in running condition, to use for their "art car" project, to be featured in this summer's Art Car Stampede. Anyone interested in donating a vehicle can receive a tax deduction. Call teacher Johnny Walker at 879-4947.

Landry's closes Chart House abruptly

Difference of opinion over Joe's Crab Shack apparently was the deal-breaker

About 50 employees of the Chart House in Steamboat Springs found themselves abruptly unemployed Friday morning after a team from the corporate ownership group closed the steak and seafood restaurant without notice.

Police arrest suspect in thefts

A tip from an eyewitness helped Steamboat Springs police arrest a man who confessed to being involved in a series of recent car break-ins.

RALF director resigns

Ellen Hoj says time is right to move on

At the end of Thursday night's Regional Affordable Living Foundation's board of directors meeting, Executive Director Ellen Hoj had one last announcement to make. She is resigning.

Hayden Destination ImagiNation team goes global

A team of seven Hayden Middle School students recently placed second in state competition of Destination ImagiNation, earning a trip to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., later this month.

Jeep Wrangler, dirt bike stolen Thursday

Two vehicles, a Jeep and a dirt bike, were stolen Thursday morning in what police think were related crimes, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Joel Rae said.

Dems host county assembly

Routt County Democrats will decide today whom they want as their government representatives.

The Record for May 1

3:35 a.m. A vehicle theft was reported in the 300 block of River Road. A 1997 Jeep Wrangler was stolen from the reporting person's driveway.

News in brief for May 1

Middle school students seeking a car for project

Thursday, April 29

Learning about the past

Carpenter's legacy carries with it the story of the Yampa Valley

After you die, your story is only as good as the people left behind to tell it. As Barbara Carpenter sorted through boxes of photographs and newspaper articles, the story of one man's life -- her father-in-law, Farrington Carpenter -- rested in her hands.

Spring sports start back up

Steamboat Springs soccer coach Rob Bohlmann came to Monday's practice prepared. So did his team. Each girl passed a fitness test given by the coaches to ensure she was at a level comparable to the beginning of vacation.

Branstetter, Sweetser pick up titles

Three days after teammate Evan Hilling won four individual events in Minturn, Lauren Branstetter nearly pulled off an identical feat in Rangely.

Autumn Phillips: A lesson in humility

The first time I was baptized, the pastor held a piece of white fabric over my nose and held me under the water.

Adoption hearing scheduled

Meeting about Community Area Plan Update is Monday

Residents on Monday will have a final chance to voice their opinions on the document that could shape how the Steamboat Springs area develops during the coming years.

The Record for April 30

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 12:04 a.m. A vehicle reportedly was stopped in the middle of the road near a hairpin turn on the north end of Routt County Road 14. A Routt County Sheriff's deputy responded and helped the driver of the vehicle, which had broken down, move the truck out of the road. The deputy gave the driver a ride home.

Sailors win by forfeit

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team picked up a win Thursday when Glenwood Springs forfeited.

Jonesin' for competition

Steamboat senior awarded scholarship for cheerleading

Senior cheerleader Kim Jones wants the opportunity to compete for national championships.

May 12 is eighth Day of Caring

Plenty of opportunities for volunteers at United Way event

If you don't have money to give, an even better gift to the community is time.

Nightlife for April 30

Music Tonight Jane Getter and her band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Hayden High School. Tickets are $10; available at Hayden High School and All That Jazz.

Fire Protection District election Tuesday

Voters in the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District on Tuesday will decide the outcome of what has been called an "unusual" election.

Stockdale weaves a cocoon of meditation

Mary Martin Stockdale's new album is full of the same improvisational portraits that made her popular, but this time, pictures she paints carry a deeper message using nature as a metaphor for larger life messages.

A sobering assembly

Officials, law enforcement hope Sober Prom discourages drunken driving

The scene is familiar.

Soroco teen elected to FBLA

Student first in Routt County chosen for state-level office

"I've got to get to FBLA, I've got to get to FBLA," was the only thought running through Nicci Martin's mind two weeks ago as she lay in the Yampa Valley Medical Center emergency room.

Nevermind the man behind the curtain

During the day, David Skipper works as the director of public relations for the Colorado Health Care Foundation, but it's in the evenings and on the weekends that Skipper truly comes alive -- by becoming someone else.

Briefs for April 30

U.S. Forest Service asks people to respect closures The U.S. Forest Service is asking people to respect seasonal road closures. Each year, repairing roads damaged by people driving on them while they are muddy and soft costs taxpayers about $1 million. Road closures also protect elk calving areas. When disturbed, cow elk may leave their calves, which could be killed by predators before their mothers return.

Wednesday, April 28

Briefs for April 29

Tami Havener honored for her work with children

Howell: School Board's KSBP talk legal

The Steamboat Springs School Board's decision to discuss the Knowledge and Skills Based Pay system at the end of its April 12 meeting was legal and justified, Superintendent Donna Howell wrote in an e-mail to district staff.

Judge rules in Marchus case

Ruland: Not enough evidence that Marchus has files

A judge ruled Wednesday that there is not enough evidence to support Routt County's claims that its former chief building official has personnel files he was asked to return.

River provides foundation for friendships

High school, elementary students forge partnerships during Yampa River Ecology Project

"The Yampa is our river, we must take care of it." -- verse from a rendition of the song The Earth is Your Mother

The Record for April 29

esday, April 27 12:15 a.m. Suspicious people were reported in the 1300 block of Lincoln Avenue. Steamboat Springs police officers contacted the people.

'Wings and Wheels in the 'Boat' will debut

Labor Day weekend in Steamboat Springs means rodeo shows, concerts -- and, now, airplanes.

Running series off on the right foot

Spirit Challenge, Cog Run, Hot Springs Short Cut races planned for May

The snow is gone, the days are getting warmer and runners are waiting eagerly for the start of this summer's Steamboat Springs Running Series.

Tuesday, April 27

Stuart Orzach: City Council did right thing on justice center

Spirited debate is the lifeblood of democracy. I commend the new City Council for shedding the old "go along to get along" philosophy and courageously moving the justice center debate forward with their three-part action.

Hayden boys win; girls take third

With the 40 points he scored at Saturday's track and field meet in Minturn, Evan Hilling defeated five teams by himself.

City gives river project a go

County wants more information on Yampa River corridor plan

The city will submit a conceptual plan for a grant for a $10.75-million project to help protect the Yampa River corridor in Steamboat Springs and part of Emerald Mountain on its own, as county commissioners decided Tuesday they needed more details before approving the concept for the project.

Briefs for April 28

National Weather Service offers weather training The National Weather Service will offer basic weather-spotter training from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Yampa Valley Electric Association meeting room. The training will help people identify, anticipate and report significant and potentially life-threatening weather. Participants also will receive training on protecting themselves and others during severe weather.

Saddle-maker is riding high

Custom leather work is big business for Hayden rancher

The room smells stronger than a well-worn baseball mitt.

Tracksters strong in Vail

Hilling leads boys' winning effort; girls take third

With the 40 points he scored at Saturday's track and field meet in Minturn, Evan Hilling defeated five teams by himself.

Jazz guitarist to visit Friday

When Jane Getter began playing jazz guitar, she focused on producing mind-blowing riffs, what she calls "intellectual music."

District eyes new school chief

South Routt readies process for its superintendent search

Some things you can't start soon enough -- like searching for a new superintendent.

Recuperating resident Driscoll home at last

After more than four months in the hospital, Don Driscoll had a well thought-out cooking list for his wife, Betty.

City, county talk about justice center

But most of meeting spent discussing success of new groups

After almost two hours of updates on several newer groups that city and county officials agreed are examples of successful city-county cooperation, the conversation turned to the location of the new county justice center.

Soroco, Hayden to compete

Assuming the weather cooperates, the Clint Wells Invitational on Saturday in Craig will be the most competitive track meet so far this season for Soroco and Hayden.

Soroco nabs titles

The girls track and field team came in fifth, while the boys placed second for Soroco at the Phelan-Alexander Invitational hosted by Vail Christian on Saturday.

Hooked on team penning

Riders hope clinic will attract more riders to series

Jared Iacovetto knows that team penning is addictive.

Girl power

Hayden sophomore breaks 3 national weight-lifting records

Hayden is the home of one of the strongest girls in the United States.

Urban Renewal Plan proposed

Mountain business leaders say URP would create funds to rebuild infrastructure

A group of business leaders at the base of the ski area intend to petition Steamboat Springs City Council to create an Urban Renewal Plan. They say it would create a source of funds to rebuild public infrastructure such as sidewalks and transit facilities in the outdated ski area base village without burdening the public with a new tax.

Kindergarten registration encouraged this week

Parents interested in registering their children for kindergarten classes in the Steamboat Springs School District are being asked to do so this week.

The Record for April 28

Monday, April 26 11:31 a.m. A customer of First National Bank of Steamboat Springs reported money missing from her account, but it later was determined that a family member had made a withdrawal.

Budget woes may force teacher's job to be cut

Struggling with a smaller budget created by low student enrollment, the Hayden School Board on Wednesday discussed cutting a teacher position and adding an elementary art program.

Our View: The school district funding challenges

As area school district enrollments continue to decline, expectations for our public schools must be adjusted, particularly as they apply to small class-size.

Robert D. Rohde: Thanks, Jack

Thanks, Jack State Sen. Jack Taylor deserves the thanks of Coloradans concerned about pet overpopulation.

Monday, April 26

Class to help older drivers

Put a frog in a pot of boiling water and, sensing the danger, it will jump out immediately.

A higher calling

Steamboat native named new coach of U.S. Ski Team's Special Jumping

It was just 10 years ago that a young jumper named Corby Fisher was prepared to change the face of ski jumping in this country after earning a spot on the U.S. Special Jumping team.

Yampa landscape project

City, county to hear $10.7M proposal to preserve river corridor

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners will hear a proposal today for a $10.7 million project that could help protect the Yampa River corridor in Steamboat Springs and part of Emerald Mountain.

Fares out of Houston less than $260

Riley Polumbus was hanging around some sweet golf courses in Houston on Monday, where the temperature reached 80 degrees. But she swore it was all business.

Fire article shows county's preparedness

As officials across the state wait for wildfire season to begin, Routt County officials say this area of Northwest Colorado is ready.

Meetings on PDR scheduled

Public invited to talk about Purchase of Development Rights program

Residents from across the county are invited to attend public meetings on the county's Purchase of Development Rights program during the next few weeks.

The Record for April 27

Sunday, April 25, 2004 12:58 a.m. A noise complaint was made from the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. Police issued a written warning to the occupants of a condominium.

news in brief for april 27

After-Prom Committee seeks help with cleanup

World Cups expected to return Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in 2004.

Sunday, April 25

Briefs for April 26

Humble Ranch seeks volunteers for programs

City, county to meet Tuesday

At the city and county joint meeting Tuesday, the issue that has sparked the most controversy between the two governments is not on the agenda: the location of the new Routt County justice center.

The Record for April 16, 2004

Saturday, April 24 9:58 a.m. A neighbor called police to say a door was open at a residence on Cornice Court. Police went to the house and found nothing suspicious, so they secured the door.

Saturday, April 24

Gas prices hit record high

$2 mark looms as regular unleaded hits $1.94 locally

Gas prices have jumped more than a quarter per gallon in the past two months, and they're not likely to decrease significantly until the end of the summer -- if then -- analysts predict.

Jack Huston: P'burg liquor store

On April 8, Black Dog Inn applied for a retail liquor license with the Routt County commissioners.

Sound Off for April 25, 2004

Hey didn't we just hear from City Council two weeks ago that the council is concerned about big box buildings in Steamboat. What do the council members think a 50,000-quare-foot building is going to look like on Lincoln Avenue? It will be a big ugly wart on our main street downtown.


Mortgage rates on the rise

Mortgage rates are steadily rising after several months spent at the lowest percentages in years.

Wildflowers: A beautiful gateway to the rest of nature

Learning to identify wildflowers opens a door to a new understanding of the surrounding ecosystem and adds another facet to your enjoyment of the outdoors.

Lighting a fire in area teens

Firefighters hope to get youths involved in new Fire Cadet Exploring program

A few years ago, Oak Creek District Chief Chuck Wisecup went to a firefighting training in Craig.

Fitting together

Autism group fills a niche in the community

From the time he was a young boy, Beau Vogel, 17, identified with movies such as "E.T.," "Peter Pan" and "The Wizard of Oz."

Justin Harris (1974-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Justin Harris passed away April 18, 2004, at his home in Elkhart, Texas. He was 29.

Catch them if you can

Soroco runners aim for 1-2 finish in 400 meters

State champions aren't granted the privilege of anonymity, despite Andy deGanahl's wishes. If his only state title had come in the 400 meters, perhaps fewer people would have started asking questions. But the moment the fresh-faced, somewhat lanky sprinter broke the tape in the 200 meters last season, it didn't take long for those inquiring to discover the one thing deGanahl wanted to keep quiet: He was only a sophomore.

Museums use funds to improve

In Hahn's Peak Village, visitors and residents can see firsthand an old bear-cage jail cell that was used in the late 1800s when the gold mining boom hit North Routt County.

Behind the Headlines: Towny Anderson: Justice center a downtown asset

Q. In 2002, Routt County asked voters to approve a bond issue to pay for the construction of a new judicial center and parking facility in downtown Steamboat Springs. Did you support that proposal? Why or why not?

'Angels' rewards deserving moms with cars

The phone rang Thursday night. Krystal Diehl picked it up and began crying. She was told she had won a car.

History repeats as El Rancho turns Mexican again

Tequila's brings successful chain to Steamboat

Opening a Mexican restaurant at the end of April in a ski resort town doesn't worry Jose Garcia.

Ale sales will help educate

Advocates hosts event to raise assault awareness

Taking an unorthodox method to educate the public on the role of alcohol in sexual assaults, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse has invited the community to raise a pint of ale -- Advocates Ale.

Sales to benefit school

Christian Heritage School could get a boost of up to $150,000 from the sale of six duplex units in the Heritage Park subdivision.

Building permits

Steamboat Springs Leonard Friedel 3030 Temple Knolls Christensen Custom Building Addition $318,560

John F. Russell: Building tradition one swing at a time

Earlier this week, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team defeated Battle Mountain in the team's final league contest of the season.

Cargo Rodeman: Unfair to Oak Creek

Once again, I am truly disappointed to see the headline and sub-headline in the April 21 Today paper that reads, "Town urged to get details" and "County suggests Oak Creek see Sierra View plans." Duh.

Our View: Health care message

Yampa Valley Medical Center must take steps to ensure that recent changes to its Healthcare Foundation don't send the wrong message about the hospital's commitment to the health care needs of the region that shares the hospital's name.

The Record for April 25

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

Flattops files reservoir request

Filing points back to more important water case

The Flattops Water Company and Eagle River water districts have filed an application to store water, some of which would be leftover from irrigated fields near Toponas, in a yet-to-be-built reservoir.

Gerald Greenwood: Town's interest

To the Town Board and residents of Oak Creek: It has been more than two weeks since the town election. Before the election, there were issues raised in the form of a "fact" sheet. Then there was the rebuttal "additional fact" sheet.

Joseph Thomas Mangione (1950-2004)

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Joseph Thomas Mangione passed away April 19, 2004. He was 53.

South Routt Calendar for April 25

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Friday, April 23

3 comets visible this weekend

Westlake says unusual display will be seen with naked eye

The highlight of 2004 for skywatchers was meant to be two naked-eye comets visible at the same time, which hasn't happened since 1911.

Soundoff for April 25

Big-box warts Hey, didn't we just hear from City Council two weeks ago that the council is concerned about big-box buildings in Steamboat? What do the council members think a 50,000-square-foot building is going to look like on Lincoln Avenue? It will be a big ugly wart on our main street downtown.

County answers city on justice center

County commissioners are "extremely disappointed" about a letter authored by the Steamboat Springs City Council. The letter, sent by the council to the Army Corps of Engineers, could impact the county's ability to secure a wetlands permit for construction of a justice center west of downtown.

Briefs for April 24

Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center is looking for volunteers for our equine-assisted therapy programs. Program begin June 7; volunteer training begins May 22. For more information, e-mail or call 879-3443.

Planners OK hotel addition

The 30-year-old, red-and-black-checked carpet was ripped up, and so was the rest of the interior.

Oak Creek Fire District election set for May 4

Four candidates are running for three spots on the Oak Creek Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

Moots hosting May tour

Factory tour set aside May 4 for cyclists, triathletes

Moots Cycles is the Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory of Steamboat Springs, Dan Hagney said.

Charity shoot on target

Routt County Rifle Club hosts breast cancer fund-raiser

Holly Rogers has never held a gun before, but she figures the upcoming Women's Charity Shoot is an ideal first time.

Sex allegations revealed

Fired deputy allegedly had sex with 17-year-old girl

A Routt County sheriff's deputy was fired after an internal investigation into allegations that he had sex multiple times with a 17-year-old girl, sources close to the investigation confirmed.

The Record for April 24

11:05 a.m. A civil standby was requested in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive for a person who wanted to remove items from an apartment.

Thursday, April 22

You've seen the movie, now read the book

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.

Briefs for April 23

The American Legion Leo Hill Post 44 of Steamboat Springs is trying to locate area World War II veterans. The Steamboat post will present certificates of appreciation from the National American Legion and to the veterans during a Memorial Day dinner planned for 1 p.m. May 31 at the Steamboat Springs Veterans of Forgein Wars post, following an 11 a.m. memorial service at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. Steamboat veterans are asked to conact Post 44 Commander Gar Williams at 879-3732. Veterans in other communities can contact their local posts or Routt County Veterans Affairs Officer Michael Condie at 879-3075.

Subdivision concerns heard

Residents talk to Oak Creek Town Board about Sierra View

Oak Creek residents presented concerns about the proposed 70-unit Sierra View Subdivision, such as increased traffic on steep roads leading to the subdivision and the stability of the hill on which the subdivision will be built, at the Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday night.

$60K to improve child care

Money to be divvied according to Educare ratings system

The Routt County Department of Human Services has been awarded a $60,000 state grant to help improve the quality of child-care facilities.

Autumn Phillips: Six hours, four women

Women. What creatures of mystery. What walls surround the female psyche.

Columbine Singers keep it interesting

Columbine Singers director Christel Houston hears something in the music from the 1930s that she doesn't hear in a lot of modern music. She hears depth.

NightLife for April 23

Kip Strean plays from 8 to 11 p.m. at Geeks Garage, 730 Lincoln Ave. All ages. $5. Call 879-2976.

Get outta town.

Catch Colorado's summer festivals.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of festivals, but it's a start. It's time to plan to get out of Steamboat Springs. Many of these festivals rapidly are selling out.

Dry Creek Park trail to be built in summer

An interlinking trail system has been a vision for Hayden for more than five years, but lately it seems the plans were all talk and no walk.

A way of life, a handful of medals

Vanda Nohinek wins big at YMCA Masters National meet

On the coldest winter days, when the steam was hanging above the lap pool at Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, Vanda Nohinek made herself go swimming.

Medical group to make changes


Steamboat Medical Group is in the process of reorganizing, and as part of that probably will have to pull out of its partnership with the South Routt Medical Center.

Officials plant tree in honor of Earth Day

'Earth Day really is every day'

Cold rain and snow Thursday afternoon didn't exactly provide a warm welcome for U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth, who made the Earth Day visit to Steamboat Springs from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Five bands set for concert series

You come for the winters but you stay for the Free Summer Concert Series.

The Record for April 23

1:13 a.m. A complaint was made about loud music and partying in the 100 block of Hill Street. The residents were warned to keep the noise down.

Youths given scholarships

More than $4,500 in scholarships was awarded to Steamboat Springs youths interested in studying dance, theater and musical theater.

Wednesday, April 21

Hayden teacher's job on the line

Low funds force job cut consideration

Struggling with a tight budget because of low student enrollment, the Hayden School Board on Wednesday discussed cutting a teacher position.

Briefs for April 22

Sen. Taylor honored for his commitment to children State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, was awarded Tuesday by the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children for his commitment to children.

Environmental groups meet in Hayden

Thanks to a networking meeting Thursday, environmental officials from groups in Northwest Colorado should have a better awareness and understanding of colleague agencies that could help their individual efforts.

Oak Creek eyes plan update

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman is spearheading an effort to update the town's master plan in response to trustees' recently expressed concerns about her grant-writing services.

Grad requirements toughen

South Routt district revises rules on math, science, English

More lessons in math, science and English are in store for South Routt School District students under revised graduation requirements approved by the School Board last week.

Assistant police chief to retire June 2 to California

Art Fiebing plans to move to Orange County, ride his Harley, take up surfing or just 'do nothing'

Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing is trading his badge and gun in for a hammer and surfboard.

With the wind

Babcock doesn't qualify despite 41-5 jump

Windy conditions in Kremmling on Tuesday prevented Soroco senior Kory Babcock from prequalifying for the state meet in the triple jump, despite leaping 41 feet, 5 inches.

Sailors unleash offense against Huskies

After scoring 18 runs on 13 hits Tuesday night against Battle Mountain High School, it's apparent the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team doesn't plan to fade away quietly this season.

Boys fourth, girls ninth in Glenwood Springs

The Soroco boys placed fourth, and the girls placed ninth at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.

You need to live it to sing it

The phrase "A dyin' breed" stuck from the moment he heard it while sitting on horseback until the moment he brought it to the studio.

The Record for April 22

10:16 a.m. A decibel reading was taken in the 3500 block of Duckles Court for trucks idling in the area.

Tuesday, April 20

City may regulate landscape designs

Residents might be months away from turning on their lawn sprinklers, but the city already is looking at ways its landscaping ordinance can encourage water conservation during dry summers.

Town urged to get details

County suggests Oak Creek see Sierra View plans

Routt County commissioners are encouraging Oak Creek officials to get final designs for the proposed Sierra View subdivision before approving and annexing it.

Schools face more cuts

South Routt superintendent remains optimistic

South Routt School District Superintendent Steve Jones has done his best to remain optimistic during the past several years as dwindling student enrollment and the resulting budget cuts have plagued his school system.

Cobb pleads guilty to cocaine charge

A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute and was sentenced to four months in Routt County Jail.

Hayden Town Park undergoes face-lift

Elementary students brave wind to fix up park

The howling wind was blowing as much paint back onto Morgan Bell as she was rolling on the fence at Hayden Town Park.

State Extension facing cuts

Routt County offices not likely to be directly affected

The Colorado State Cooperative Extension Office is facing further budget cuts at the state level this year, but the cuts likely won't impact Routt County directly.

South Routt teachers earn bonuses

For the second consecutive year, South Routt School District teachers will receive a step and base salary bonus totaling $1,200.

Our View: School Board erred

The Steamboat Springs School Board erred last week when it came out of executive session and held a discussion on the Knowledge and Skills Based-Pay system. The board's mistake, while innocent, was serious.

Monday, April 19

Sailors kiss playoffs goodbye

A seventh-inning rally by the Rifle Bears in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday officially ended any chance the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team had of making the playoffs this season.

Open stores are signs of life in a ghost town

The hand-scribbled signs hanging in the doors and windows of Steamboat Springs shops this week send a clear message: Mud season has arrived.

Water right hearing planned

The first judgment on the city's recreational water right application will come at the end of May. The Colorado Water Conservation Board has scheduled a hearing on the city's recreational water right application for two days starting May 26. The board's decision will be passed along as a recommendation to the District 6 Water Court.

County grants court study

Routt County will commission a study on how to best use its historic courthouse for county offices once a new justice center is built west of town.

County to discuss Sierra View plans

Routt County commissioners will review the proposed 51-lot Sierra View subdivision, which the town of Oak Creek could decide Thursday whether to annex.

Housing authority progressing

More than 20 people have applied to be the director of the newly created multi-jurisdictional housing authority, Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said.

Girls soccer stays hot in Rifle victory

Kelly Labor's four goals helped keep the hottest Sailors team cooking Saturday with a 5-1 win over the Rifle Bears in Rifle.

Sunday, April 18

Expulsion powers shifted

School Board delegates ability to expel students to Howell

As part of an effort to move away from micromanaging, the Steamboat Springs School Board will no longer make the final decision in regards to student expulsions.

Briefs for April 19

Several garden plots at the Community Garden on the corner of Fourth and Oak streets are available through LIFT-UP of Routt County. The plots will be rented on a first come, first served basis. Potential renters should bring $30 to the LIFT-UP Thrift Store, 718 Oak St., and fill out an agreement form. No plots will be reserved over the phone. Call 870-0727.

Spring Break off to wintry start

While the wall calendars and daily planners of many Routt County residents scream "Spring Break!" this week, Mother Nature is reminding those in the Yampa Valley she still controls the change of seasons.

The Record for April 19

12:27 a.m. A traffic stop on Anglers Drive resulted in an arrest on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tom Ross: Girlz in Skirtz carry on closing day tradition

Sugar plum fairy biffs on Mount Werner, ensures skirt-wearing tradition will continue

Taking in the eerie, spring-break quiet of Steamboat Springs, it's difficult to believe the revelry going on in Gondola Square just a week ago, as locals celebrated the end of another ski season the only way we know how: By dressing up in bizarre outfits and trying to make it down a slushy mountain in one piece.

Saturday, April 17

The Record for April 18

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

Sound Off for April 18

Congratulations, Cargo Hooray for Cargo. It is such splendid news that Cargo has been re-elected mayor of Oak Creek. Cargo is a wonderful, warm, honest, caring and human individual who really cares. If more politicians were like her, including to the highest echelons of the national level, the world would be a much better place.

John F. Russell: Mamas, don't give up on us

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be ski jumpers. Don't let 'em ride oversized Fischers and soar off them old jumps; make 'em be snowboarders, Alpine skiers and such.

One big fish

Steamboat angler hooks monster

The water in Bucci Pond exploded when Pete Kopischke set the hook in the jaw of the big northern pike, and then he realized why.

Higher than a kite

FedEx pilot tries to set record for straight-line soaring

Gordon Boettger got two hours of sleep, at most, Wednesday night. There was too much to think about. At dawn, a plane with a 400-foot towrope pulled him in his engineless fiberglass glider 4,000 feet above the Earth's surface and released him.

Council pursues big-box rules

Size cap yet to be determined

Despite a three-hour discussion that left many confused about its outcome, City Council President Paul Strong said the council took a definitive step Tuesday in its quest to crack the quagmire on how to best manage large, national chain stores that some say threaten the economic vitality and character of a small town.

44 bulls sell for $70,050 at auction

$1,592 was the average price for a bull Saturday, up from last year's $1,450

Jim Stanko doesn't like hearing loud cries from his cattle in the middle of the night. Usually, that means a cow is giving birth to a large calf.

Behind the headlines: Will county budge on courthouse?

Doug Monger is a Routt County commissioner. Here he answers questions about the city's request to reconsider the site of a proposed justice center. Is there a Behind the Headlines issue you want to know more about? Let us know. Call the news desk at 871-4207

Marolt: Season great for U.S. Ski Team

There are four cornerstones that the U.S. Ski Team is built upon: elite athletes, the development of future athletes, sports science and coaches' education. U.S. Ski Team President Bill Marolt said he is pleased with all of them and the state of the organization overall.


Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Tennis team takes two

Kelli Parnell feels the pressure as Steamboat Springs' top singles tennis player, and the confidence that comes with being the best hasn't always shown itself this season.

Foundation Board dissolved

Health care reps released over disagreement on direction

The leadership of Yampa Valley Medical Center is contemplating major changes in the way it pursues charitable contributions.

Business briefs

Speaker will discuss maximizing broadband

Longtime owner to sell historic ranch

Owner, Realtors hope buyer will conserve Milner river frontage

Talk about a property with history; it has housed a dairy farm, a school, a ranch and a fishing hole.

Building permits

Steamboat Springs

Stephen L. Rummler: Raising questions

Raising questions Many years ago (1968 to be exact) I read the New Testament cover to cover. The copy I read was one provided to me by the

Our view: Clubhouse needs caution

While the city of Steamboat Springs has begun to see signs that tax revenues are starting to turn around, the City Council would be wise to take a conservative approach to spending.

Back to a simpler time

The first time, they probably show up in a T-shirt and sneakers and buy their first piece from a vendor at a mountain man rendezvous. Maybe they buy a gun -- a black-powder, muzzle-loading rifle designed to replicate a pre-1840s early American firearm. Maybe they buy a pair of moccasins or a pair of beaded leather leggings.

Calendar for April 18

Monday, April 19 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Finding a place to call home

New Jersey native has embraced life in Stagecoach, devotes time to organizations

Ken DePaul is at home in Stagecoach. He loves the expansive views and sharing them with visitors. He has multiple pairs of cowboy boots -- alligator, lizard and ostrich, to name a few -- as well as Western hats and shirts.

Class notes for April 18

Geldmeier named to dean's list Steamboat Springs Meredith Geldmeier made the dean's list for the fall 2003 semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been accepted into the UNC school of journalism. Geldmeier is a 2002 graduate of Christian Heritage School and is the daughter of Warren and Jody Geldmeier of Steamboat Springs.

Suzy Pattillo: Cussing agreement

Cussing agreement This is in response to Shannon Luthy's "Watch Your Mouth" letter in last Sunday's newspaper.

7 vehicles broken into

Seven car stereos were stolen out of at least seven vehicles early Saturday morning, Steamboat Springs police Officer Brian Rogers said.

Routt County Spotlight: Joan Allsberry

Joan Allsberry Age: 40 Occupation: High school counselor Place of birth: Lynwood, Calif.

Births for April 18

Siobhan Mary Lally, daughter of Megan and Brian Lally of Savery, Wyo., was born at 2:20 a.m. April 4, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Patrick and Sharon O'Toole of Savery, Wyo., and Joe and Carol Lally, of Lakewood.

Todd Danielson: Letter made me angry

I was greatly amused by the letter from Kathryn Thaller, "Saddam's WMD," that appeared in the April 14 Steamboat Today. But the ending made me a little angry. I even wondered if the Today published this just because the newspaper knew it would get responses.

Seizing the day

Eighth-grade boys learn more than what jobs are available at Boys2Men conference

While his eighth-grade female students were whisked off once a year to a well-organized seminar aimed at providing them direction for the future, Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop struggled to come up with a comparable program for his male students.

Final Silver Spur homesite sold

The last of 129 lots at Silver Spur Estates sold March 30, about 3 1/2 years after the first one was sold.

Cugino's owners find character in Eighth Street building

Jeff and Danielle Hubler think Cugino's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant can grow and prosper in a remodeled brick building that already has had half a dozen lives at 41 Eighth St.

Friday, April 16

Montessori program set

Program will serve 23 students when it begins in the fall

The Steamboat Springs School District's multi-year Montessori pilot program will begin this fall with one class serving 23 students in grades one through three.

First hearing set for Marchus case

The first hearing for a civil case filed by Routt County against ex-Chief Building Official Mark Marchus was postponed Friday and moved to April 28.

Sailors slide by Skiers

The match was on Steamboat Springs tennis players Tara King and Adele Dombrowski.

Soroco bound for state

Babcock, deGanahl, two relay teams qualify for Pueblo

Windy conditions in Craig didn't slow the Soroco track and field team Thursday, as the boys pre-qualified for the state meet in five events and inched closer in a sixth.

Help spruce up Town Park

Volunteers needed for National Youth Service Day

Hayden students will celebrate National Youth Service Day this weekend by volunteering to spruce up Hayden Town Park.

Briefs for April 17

After-Prom Committee seeking volunteers The Steamboat Springs High School After-Prom Committee is looking for volunteers to help with decorating and clean-up associated with the May 1 prom. Volunteers interested in decorating can report to the high school after 4 p.m. April 30 or from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1. Clean-up volunteers can report to the school from 9 to 11 a.m. May 2. Call 879-3030.

Defending her title

Peters earns chance to defend her state title

Steamboat Springs junior Jessica Peters is guaranteed a shot at defending her state title in the 400 meters after pre-qualifying for the state meet during the North Park Invitational, held Thursday in Craig.

The Record for April 17

Thursday, April 15 3:47 a.m. Domestic violence was reported in Steamboat. A man was arrested on charges of third-degree assault.

Thursday, April 15

Sailors strike back at Palisade

Steamboat Springs didn't intimidate Palisade. The Sailors just were the better soccer team -- at least for longer stretches of Thursday's game, Bulldogs coach Sean Kennedy said.

Making it as an artist

As Rich Galusha painted, a crowd was gathering. It was early morning, and Galusha had painted in silence before the rest of the island seemed to wake. But the sun had since risen, as had most of the tourists and residents on the tiny Greek island of Mykonos.

SpringFest showcases student talent

Haley Perryman grew up backstage at the nightclub in Boulder where her father was a bouncer. At 7 years old, she picked up a rock 'n' roll attitude and not long after, picked up a guitar.

KSBP talk sparks debate

Board discusses plan in private

A late-night School Board discussion about the Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay system has caught the ire of some of the teachers working on the plan.

Alborn returns to team

The call caught U.S. Ski Team Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner by surprise.

Autumn Phillips: Clearing my mind

If the first step to enlightenment is the clearing of the mind, let this column be a short but effective way to release my demons and send them out into the world.

Nord to go to Washington

Hayden man taking medicinal marijuana issue to D.C.

In one week, Don Nord will be in Washington, D.C., promoting a cause dear to him.

Bull sale high-tech business

Ambush Rocky is a 700-pound black angus bull. He may seem like a simple animal, standing around, eating and mooing from time to time, but there's more to Rocky than meets the eye.

Hayden to explore annexation

Town Board agrees to look at pros, cons of golf course subdivision

The Hayden Town Board voted 3-2 on Thursday that a 676-acre parcel of land is eligible for annexation.

Photographer aims to start conversations

John Fielder plans to use his photographs of Colorado's wilderness as the "ointment to draw the flies" into a deeper discussion about conservation.

Chix take seventh

The Chix with Stix women's hockey team concluded its season with a seventh-place finish at the Division A women's state tournament April 2 and 3 in Vail.

Steamboat drops final game

After scoring four goals in her final lacrosse game at Gardner field, Steamboat Springs High School senior Brittany Innes walked off the turf with mixed emotions.

Element 37 ignites spontaneously on stage

On the periodic table, element 37, Rubidium, is a highly reactive metal that ignites spontaneously in air and reacts violently with water.

The Record for April 16

Wednesday, April 14 2:53 a.m. Two men reportedly were being loud in the 900 block of Weiss Drive.

Briefs for April 16

Sheriff's office employee terminated Thursday An employee of the Routt County Sheriff's Office was terminated Thursday, 48 hours after allegations were made against that employee.

City seeks comments on area plan

The community has had more than two years to comment on the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan, but the clock is ticking.

Fisher takes over helm of special jumping team

Steamboat Springs native Corby Fisher was named the coach of the U.S. Ski Jumping Team late Thursday afternoon.

Driving range to open today

The Haymaker Golf Course opens its driving range and short game area today, and the opening of the entire course is just a couple of weeks away.

Wednesday, April 14

DeVincentis among retirees

2004-05 probably will be last for two school principals

The 2004-05 school year likely will be the last for some of the Steamboat Springs School District's most experienced and recognizable employees, including two principals.

Winter flights show room to improve

Yampa Valley Regional Airport's first ski season since starting its $17.8 million improvement project passed without a "great deal of problems," Aviation Director Jim Parker said.

Ski season arrivals top 93,000

More than 93,000 passengers arrived at Yampa Valley Regional Airport during the four biggest months of the ski season this year. That figure is an increase of 5,847 from the same period last year.

Ski jump on the move

Erosion to be assessed once soil is completely dry

Every day this spring, Jeff Nelson has taken a moment to look up the face of Howelsen Hill and hope for the best.

Golf course seeks $2.5M

Accommodation tax would be used

A new clubhouse for the Haymaker Golf Course is estimated to cost $3.96 million.

The Record for April 15

Tuesday, April 13 9:24 a.m. Police arrested a man after finding psilocybin mushrooms in his residence in the 400 block of Fairview.

Briefs for April 15

Driver's license office now open five days a week Steamboat Springs once again has full-time access to driver's license services, with the recent reopening of the office, 425 Anglers Drive, Suite H. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed for an hour each day for lunch. The office provides license renewals, transfers from out of state, instruction permits, motor vehicle records, driving tests by appointment and written tests. The office was open for only one day a week for the past six months because of a staffing shortage.

County Dems back Salazar

Most want the attorney general in Senate, Kerry in White House

Most Routt County Democrats would like to see Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar in the U.S. Senate and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in the White House.

Yampa Town Board has one spot open

The town of Yampa is looking for one more person to fill its Town Board.

Man with boat oar has bond reduced

The case against a 36-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of threatening neighbors with a boat oar has been set for a hearing in District Court.

Tuesday, April 13

Hayden, Xcel, nix water deal

The town of Hayden will not annex Xcel's Hayden Station power plant and provide water filtration. Instead, Xcel will improve its existing water treatment facility to provide cleaner potable water to its employees.

Xcel, town nix water deal

Need too great for town facility; taxes too great for company

The town of Hayden will not annex Xcel's Hayden Station power plant and provide water filtration. Instead, Xcel will improve its existing water treatment facility to provide cleaner potable water to its employees.

Annexation going before Town Board

The largest annexation Hayden has ever seen will come before the Town Board on Thursday.

Battle over the big-box

Council, Planning Commission grapple with new ordinance

The City Council voted to limit the size of big-box stores in specific areas of the city and to require stores larger than 12,000 square feet to go through a more subjective planning process.

County overrules city on justice center

Routt County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to overrule the City Planning Commission's 4-3 decision denying the county's justice center. The county will not appeal the Planning Commission decision to the City Council.

Sailor girls track trio wins

The string of top finishes for the Steamboat Springs track and field team continued Saturday at the Palisade Invitational.

Fire season expected to come early

Routt County officials are preparing for an early and potentially severe fire season.

Girls get taste of reality during seminar

Reality bit hard Tuesday afternoon as a group of eighth-grade girls sat around a table, crunching out the numbers to see whether their chosen careers fit with their chosen lifestyles.

Steamboat overcomes slow start to win 9-7 in Craig

Contact. That was all the Steamboat Springs baseball team worked on offensively during Monday's practice. There was no machine. No batting practice. There were tees and soft toss stations.

Winter Sports Club celebrates

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Awards Night lasted just more than an hour Tuesday evening.

Bull sale involves high-tech business

Ambush Rocky is a 700-pound black angus bull. He may seem like a simple animal, standing around, eating and mooing from time to time, but there's more to Rocky than meets the eye.

Students celebrate Youth Service Day at town park

More volunteers are needed for spruce-up

Hayden students will celebrate National Youth Service Day this weekend by volunteering to spruce up Hayden Town Park.

Our View: Holy Name wins battle for county

The announcement that Holy Name Preschool won't close is good news for the community as a whole and for the families of the 40 students in particular.

Briefs for April 14

Commissioners thank public safety specialists Routt County commissioners honored public safety communication specialists this week through a resolution proclaiming April 11 through 17 the Routt County Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

The Record for April 14

Monday, April 13 3:02 a.m. Loud voices were reported in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive. The residents were warned to keep the noise down.

School Board accepts gifts

Elementary school Spanish program will receive funding

An introductory Spanish program for Steamboat Springs School District elementary students will continue into the 2004-05 school year, thanks in part to an Education Fund Board donation accepted Monday by the School Board.

Kathryn Thaller: Saddam's WMD

Some of your readers expressed opinions recently regarding the war in Iraq. Perhaps you will print my letter with opposing views.

Tom Bleuer: Iraq and media

I wish to respond in general terms to Tina Kyprios letter to the Pilot & Today on April 7.

Daniel Houk: No home delivery

I've been visiting my parents in Hayden for the past several days. I was shocked to learn that there is no home mail delivery in the town of Hayden. I was unaware that there was anywhere in the United States in which daily residential delivery did not take place. The people of Hayden pay the same postage as everyone else but have to go to the post office to receive their mail. Why is this so, and when will it be corrected?

John Spezia: Courthouse location and wetlands

In a previous letter to the editor, there was a question about whether the courthouse wetlands were natural or artificial.

Hayden artist revels in freedom

Learn the rules and then break them.

Monday, April 12

Council to talk big box

City Council President Paul Strong hopes the council will reach a consensus tonight on what a big-box ordinance should entail.

Skiers' finish highlights Bump Bash

Most of the season's major freestyle events are in the books. But that didn't stop 90 skiers, several of them from Steamboat Springs, from showing up at A-basin in Summit County to celebrate the life of one of their own the best way they knew how: by skiing.

Mosquito tracking planned in county

Routt County plans to ease itself into tracking mosquitoes by collecting the insects this summer and sending them off to a professional lab for analysis.

Sailor boys looking for a break

When the members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team step onto the field at the middle school in Craig today, they will not be thinking about postseason berths or playoff runs.

KSBP remains up in the air

The future of an evaluation-based pay system for Steamboat Springs School District teachers remains unclear after another School Board-level discussion failed to produce a unified stance on the Knowledge- and Skills-Based Pay plan.

Yampa flow returns to historical average

The Elk River west of Steamboat Springs was rushing along at 1,400 cubic feet per second late last week, nearly three times its normal flow before the weather began to change.

Clubhouse plans on table

Golf committee will present layout for Haymaker building

The City Council will get a look at elevation drawings and site plan layout for the proposed Haymaker Clubhouse and will be asked to approve spending $90,000 for more detailed construction drawings.

Justice center options

County to consider whether to move ahead with planned location

When the City Planning Commission voted 4-3 to deny the Routt County justice center Thursday, the county was left with two options: appeal the decision to the City Council, or ignore the decision and move forward as planned, Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said.

Weather enthusiasts sought

State climatologist seeking volunteers to help with study

Across Colorado, there are hordes of weather enthusiasts -- people who get a thrill from watching and talking about what's going on in the sky.

The Record for April 13

Sunday, April 11 12:30 a.m. An officer was requested for a customer in the 1800 block of Kmar Plaza who was unhappy with a purchase he made.

Briefs for April 13

CMC to present series on Westlake's bicycle trip

Sunday, April 11

Briefs for April 12, 2004

Send-off party for Chris Stillwell on Saturday Steamboat Springs resident Chris Stillwell, who suffered a serious injury in an accident Dec. 15, will return to Steamboat for a brief visit before departing to Bakersfield, Calif., for additional rehabilitative treatment.

Dancer comes alive on stage

When Rachel Mick steps on stage, a change comes over her. Off stage, she is a shy and reserved 14-year-old. But once she steps into place to dance, her spine straightens and she beams with confidence. Dancing is Mick's way of expressing herself. She communicates everything she needs the world to know through movement, and people are noticing.

Caucuses to be held Tuesday

Anne Rooney listened to the sound of the dial tone for a moment in shock before hanging up the phone. Since volunteering to host a caucus in her home, she'd been yelled at, hung up on and generally treated like a telephone solicitor as she worked her way through the phone list of the 200-plus Democrats who live in her precinct.

The Record for April 12, 2004

Saturday, April 10 1:26 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 1000 block of Central Park Drive.

Saturday, April 10

Real Estate Transactions for March 30-April 5


The residences of Old Town now complete

Drahota Construction finishes renovation of Harbor Hotel condo units

While living in North Park, Karen Deline was logging about 70 miles a day driving her children back and forth to school. Now, the kids ride their bikes to school. Since moving to Steamboat Springs three weeks ago, Deline has filled her gas tank once.

Justice center 'drives wedge'

City, county divided on issue

Last week's back-and-forth between the Routt County commissioners and City Council about the location of a new judicial facility raised the question of whether the courthouse will be the issue that destroys a working relationship the entities have worked diligently to build.

Welfare getting trickier

Imagine a 26-year-old single mother who, after having her baby a year ago, got a job and got off welfare.

Dinner raises $9K for Republicans

Colorado State Sen. Ken Chlouber was just a young boy when he threw the screen door open and ran in the kitchen to tell his mother that he wanted to grow up and be a Democrat. His mother looked him in the eye and said, "you can't do both."

Branding downtown

Main Street Project wants input on revitalizing Old Town retail

Old Navy has a recognizable brand identity, as does Jennifer Lopez. Maybe downtown Steamboat Springs needs a brand of its own, too. That's the first question the directors of Steamboat's fledgling Main Street Project intend to tackle.

Shannon Luthy: Watch your mouth

Recently, at Safeway, a man went running across the parking lot. He screamed a profanity. He had forgotten his wallet and already had gone through the checkout line. While I didn't happen to be behind him in line, it didn't directly affect me. It did affect me, however, when he felt the need to cuss and scream in front of me and my 4-year-old.

There's no place like home

Steamboat Reads program brings Oz to the Yampa Valley

The list of possibilities seemed endless when Alysa Selby and a group of fellow Steamboat Springs librarians began to brainstorm possible themes for this year's installment of the Steamboat Reads program.

Working overtime

Lady Sailors succeeding in tennis and track

"T-squared" is the phrase Kelli Parnell coined for describing her decision to play tennis and run track this spring. Tara King and Stacy Cavanagh, who made the same tennis-and-track decision, prefer to use the word "crazy."

Teenage artist searches for voice

It might be the way someone is sitting. Or maybe a row of old fruit at the grocery store.

John E. Sandelin: Daylight time

Many thanks to our intellectuals and federal government for helping me to save the wasted daylight hours of my life and set my clock ahead.

Bulldogs surrender

Soccer Sailors defeat Moffat County, 8-0

There must be something about soccer games between Steamboat Springs and Moffat County that brings out the worst in the weather.

Judith Hiester : Smokeless, not harmless

Most of our youths avoid all types of tobacco use and should be commended for making this healthy life choice. But there is significant evidence that smokeless tobacco use among youths remains a significant issue in Northwest Colorado.

Dan R. DeLacy: Entity unto itself?

I recently have read the court papers filed in connection with the county's appeal of former Chief Judge Richard Doucette's December 2002 order, and I may have stumbled upon something readers may not know.

The Record for April 11

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

Our View: Let's work together

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners have tried in recent years to work more closely on specific issues. In particular, Councilwoman Kathy Connell and Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak made it a priority to repair what had been a strained relationship between the two entities.

Shave pounds with carbon fiber

Brainy suspensions revolutionize bikes

If carbon fiber is good enough for 21st Century fighter jets, it's probably good enough for your bicycle.

Sound Off for April 11, 2004

Steamboat Springs is an incubator of originality, not big box. Action must be initiated with regards to priorities of economy. A moratorium will force those responsible to take action. Eliminate first for-lease, for-sale, the decrepit, the derelict. Say no to big box.

South Routt Calendar for April 11

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Class Notes for April 11

Topher Simon, a 2003 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the dean's list at San Francisco State University for the fall semester of 2003. Simon is the son of Diana Simon and Jeffrey and Karen Simon.

John F. Russell: Fans make difference in 'Boat

A steady, driving rain fell on Gardner Field as the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team warmed up for a rare home game Thursday evening.

Closing time

Today is the final day of the ski area's 41st season

Today is the last day to ride the slopes of Mount Werner, and the forecast Saturday predicted there should be a few new inches of snow to enjoy.

Don Williams: Giving credit

I want to thank Susan Bacon for the article she wrote in the March 21 Sunday paper titled "An alternative approach to education." However, I feel that there were several people and organizations involved in the creation of the Routt County Alternative School who were not mentioned.

Scott Wedel: Oak Creek's voter turnout

Your Oak Creek post-election coverage and editorial are disconnected from the truth.

Business File for April 11

Regional Manager Kelly Gilstrap confirmed this week that he is remodeling On the Way convenience store in Elk River Crossings to accommodate a new Chester Fried Chicken restaurant. The convenience store was built to house a fast-food restaurant opposite the convenience store, but the space has never been rented.

Building permits for March 22-31

Rick & Sherry Bray 2295 Glacier Ridge Stimmel Construction Addition/Alteration $250,000

Christine Keefner (1962-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Christine Keefner died April 4, 2004, of heart failure in Boulder. She was 41.

Steamboat's June calendar packed with events

Tourists will be rolling into Steamboat in June -- literally. The first month of serious summer tourism will see three major bicycling events and two vintage automobile events that could combine to attract more than 5,000 people for short visits to the Yampa Valley.

Christopher 'Kit' C. Adams (1956-2004)

Steamboat Springs resident Christopher "Kit" Adams died April 4, 2004. He was 48.

Longview Park duplexes under construction

Jennifer Alan had looked all around Steamboat Springs for a house inside her budget. She thought she was going to have to spend about $400,000 for a three-bedroom, three-bath home until she found a home with comparable design and features for less than $300,000. "It's a killer deal for Steamboat," she said. "I went up there thinking it was going to be junk, but I walked into the model and said, 'Wow, this is impressive.'"

Kathy Connell: What's your view on the court controversy?

Q. The Steamboat Springs City Council signed off on a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers this week opposing the location of a new Routt County Justice Center even though county commissioners had made it clear they don't plan to reconsider the location. What impact do you think the council's decision will have?

Friday, April 9

Marchus' grievance halted

A grievance process spawned by the termination of ex-Chief Building Official Mark Marchus has come to a "grinding halt," according to communication between the county and Marchus.

Soroco track team performs well in Grand Valley

Instead of practice Wednesday, Soroco coach Gary Heide opted to take the track and field team to a mini-meet in Grand Valley in hopes that the veterans would get a good workout and the newcomers would find happiness in their results.

Speech team ends season well

Though not exactly your typical marathon, last week's National Forensics League National Qualifying Tournament required some of the same attributes of its competitors that a 26.2-mile race requires of runners.

Brehmer sentenced to jail time, probation

District Court Judge Michele O'Hara sentenced Todd Brehmer to 14 days in the Routt County Jail, a year probation and an alcohol treatment program.

Prepare for pests

Entomologists predict more grasshoppers than last year

Bracing for another summer infestation, concerned residents and biologists packed the Routt County Commissioners' hearing room Friday for a grasshopper management workshop.

Steamboat residents take part in Good Friday ritual

As rain turned to hail, about 20 men, women and children pulled their raincoats tighter and followed a man with a large wooden cross from the Steamboat Springs School District offices to the nearby LIFT-UP Food Bank.

Lacrosse team wins

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team defeated Santa Fe Prep, 12-7, on Friday in Fountain Valley.

The Record for April 10

1:04 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

County's population up from 2000

Routt County's population increased 2 percent from 2002, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Briefs for April 10

State Sen. Jack Taylor and Rep. Al White will be guest speakers at the Routt County Republicans' annual Lincoln Day Dinner. The event begins at 5 p.m. today at Old Town Pub, and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A fund-raising auction will be held after dinner. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from Amy Williams at the Routt County Courthouse. Call 879-6048.

Brighter, younger programs offered

Nina Krats attacked the layers of packing tape sealing a large, brown package with the same enthusiasm a child would use to open presents on Christmas morning.

Thursday, April 8

Forever learning

Students of all ages display their works

The writing is on the walls of the Depot Art Center. For the art students of Colorado Mountain College, times are changing.

You can do anything you want with a canvas

Learn the rules and then break them. To get where he is today, Jeremiah Burkhart had to spend hours leaning over his sketch pad with a pencil and eraser -- drawing and erasing and drawing again -- until he was able to reproduce what he saw as perfectly as a black-and-white photograph.

Atlanta air flights expanded

Encouraged by the performance of the ski season air program that just ended, executives at the Steamboat Ski Area already have begun plans to modestly expand it next winter.

Autumn Phillips: The life of a couch surfer

Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. Couch to couch. From couch have I come, and from couch do I return.

Freedom of having nothing to prove

Kip Strean was packing up his equipment after a DJ gig at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel when he stopped to watch Paul Potyen playing the piano. Potyen moved to Steamboat Springs after a long music career in California and is starting a new life, free of name recognition and expectations.

No songs. No set list. No rehearsals.

On Tuesday night, the members of Bodacious Tatas were sitting at a bar, deep in discussion about what kind of band they might want to be and what kind of music they would play at Saturday's gig. Some band members were even introducing themselves to each other for the first time.

Mayor's grant pay discussed

After Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, and Trustees Karen Halterman and Stephen "Spike" Beven were sworn into their positions at Thursday's Town Board meeting, attention quickly was turned to business.

Free gun locks available at police station

The Steamboat Springs Police Department has boxes of gun locks to give away to firearm owners.

Brief Points for April 9

Registration begins Tuesday for the Summer Arts Immersion Program for Kids, sponsored by Robin Getter's School of Rhythms and Dance, Children's Danceworks, Steamboat Springs Art Council's Kaleidoscope program and Strings in the Mountains.

Griffith appears in court

Judge binds over attempted murder, kidnapping case

A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs woman told police three times that she thought her boyfriend was going to kill her, Police Detective Ross Kelly testified during a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Sailors tied up

Grand Junction, Steamboat end 2-2

In Europe, club soccer teams pay big bucks for reserves who can come in cold and score, especially with the game on the line.

Justice center denied

The City Planning Commission voted 4-3 to deny the Routt County Judicial Center, turning down plans to build a 51,200-square-foot building west of town and next to the jail.

U.S. Attorney: Drop contempt charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking that contempt charges be dropped against officers who confiscated medicinal marijuana from a Hayden man and then refused a judge's order to give it back.

Howell: KSBP should be altered

The existing salary structure for a proposed evaluation-based compensation system isn't affordable for the Steamboat Springs School District and must be altered to be sustainable, Superintendent Donna Howell said this week.

Nightlife for April 9

Blues Traveler plays at 8 p.m. in the Steamboat Grand Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom. Show for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door and are available at All That Jazz, Mount Werner Sinclair and Gondola Sportstalker.

Briefs for April 9

Send-off party for Chris Stillwell on April 17 Steamboat Springs resident Chris Stillwell, who suffered a serious injury in an accident December 15, will return to Steamboat for a brief visit before departing to Bakersfield, Calif., for additional rehabilitative treatment.

Bikers, have patience

Mountain bike trails are still too wet to use

Gretchen Sehler wants to scale the trails of Howelsen Hill as much as the next mountain biker, but she realizes that conditions aren't suitable yet.

The Record for April 9

Wednesday. April 7 12:43 a.m. An officer was requested for a fight reported in the 1000 block of Highpoint Drive. One man was taken to the hospital, and one man was arrested.

Taylor announces candidacy

State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, formally announced Thursday that he will seek re-election.

Wednesday, April 7

Voter turnout low Tuesday

Every vote counts, especially in Hayden and Oak Creek. Although nearly half of Oak Creek's registered voters turned out for Tuesday's municipal election, less than 15 percent of Hayden's voters participated.

City recommends change

Planners to encourage county to move justice center location

The city planning staff is recommending that the City Planning Commission not approve Routt County's proposed justice center because of noncompliance with major policy issues.

Briefs for April 8

Fight Wednesday sends men to hospital, jail

Montessori registration extended

The registration deadline to enroll in a Montessori pilot program at Strawberry Park Elementary School has been extended to Wednesday, as the number of families interested in the program continues to grow.

Sales tax up in February

The city's sales tax took a 6.10 percent jump in February, but half of the increase was attributed to the extra day in the month.

Soroco track team exceeding early season expectations

With practice as his only gauge, Soroco track and field coach Gary Heide didn't know what the girls' relays would bring to the competitive table.

Sailors running hot early

Peters breaks 200, school record

Lead by a record-breaking performance from sophomore Jessica Peters, the Steamboat Springs girls tied for first, and the boys finished fifth at the Eagle Valley Invitational track and field meet Saturday.

Owners speak on dog issues

Dog owners told city officials Wednesday that Steamboat Springs needs less restrictive leash laws and more designated off-leash areas for its substantial canine population to play.

Fund Board OKs gifts

Next step: School Board's approval

The Education Fund Board gave final approval to every funding request presented to it Wednesday, including the two largest requests -- one to keep Steamboat Springs School District class sizes small and another to fund content standards staff and training.

Skiers go international

Lane Shipley and Ashley Stamp enjoyed the rare taste of international competition last week at the Sierra Wireless Whistler Cup in British Columbia, Canada.

The Record for April 8

Tuesday, April 6 12:10 a.m. An open door was found in the 3000 block of Lincoln Avenue. The owners were advised.

Trees to be harvested for sale

Timber sale intended to indirectly generate local jobs

In June, loggers will begin harvesting trees from a timber sale north of Steamboat that is intended to generate jobs locally, as well as curtail damage from insects and produce lumber.

Tuesday, April 6

Briefs for April 7

Rep. Scott McInnis, R- Grand Junction, announced that his Glenwood Springs Office Manager Holly Stephens will be in Steamboat Springs from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Centennial Hall. Residents having problems with a federal agency or those who would like to relay their position on a given issue to the congressman are encouraged to visit with her.

Steamboat disappointed

Baseball team left looking for answers after 6-3 loss

It was a game that the Steamboat Springs boys baseball team expected to win.

Tina Kyprios: Media mess

The liberal media are having great fun as of late raging on about how Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction to go to war against Saddam Hussein. And who can blame them? After having had to grit their teeth through eight years of Clinton scandals, they are frothing at the mouth to call anything that Bush (or any conservative for that matter) does wrong, a mar on his character.

Tracksters open season in Eagle

The Hayden track and field team opened the 2004 season at the Eagle Valley Invitational on Saturday.

Two 'DI' teams qualify for state championship

Fourteen Hayden students excelled in Destination ImagiNation regional competition in Rifle this past weekend and earned a trip to the state competition to be held April 24 at the University of Denver.

Holy Name Preschool will stay open

Holy Name Preschool won't close in June after all.

Audit to provide guidance

Curriculum report could influence future district spending

From classroom teaching to district administration and superintendencies, Pat Dickson and John Murdoch have spent time at just about every level in the field of education.

Chaz Kindred: Cater to young adults

I would like to know how such a small town can say that it likes to keep its young adults in town but then does not give them the opportunity for any advancement in their careers.

Hayden hosts 2 Easter egg hunts this week

Hayden youngsters can get ready for Easter Sunday by enjoying two Easter egg hunts this week.

Town debates annexing plant

The Hayden Town Board directed Town Manager Russ Martin on Thursday night to research the pros and cons of annexing the Hayden Station power plant into town.

Stabbing case continued to April 28

A 21-year-old man charged with stabbing another man during a fight appeared in court Wednesday.

Our View: An unfortunate campaign

The voters of Oak Creek elected a mayor Tuesday night.

Omar M. Campbell: Justice center debate

It seems that a cabal of influential downtown businessmen is fanning opposition to the west-of-town location for the new justice center.

The Record for April 7

1:33.a.m. A verbal domestic dispute was reported in the 33000 block of Emerald Meadows Drive.

Council backs alternative

Members support downtown location for justice center

The Steamboat Springs City Council will write a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers stating a downtown justice center is a practicable alternative to the proposed site west of town.

Voters choose Rodeman

Oak Creek mayor returns to post; two new trustees picked

Oak Creek voters overwhelmingly returned Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman to her position as Oak Creek's mayor in Tuesday's election.

New Haven director in office

Karen Burley said she has found the job of her dreams as the new director of The Haven.

Book offers advice to twentysomethings

Margaret Feinberg graduated from college with an internship lined up and big hopes for what was to come.

Daze ski run yields to spring

Steamboat Ski Area counts down to Sunday's closing

The Steamboat Ski Area has 5 feet of snow at its summit and during this final week of the season is offering skiing on 100 trails. However, Heavenly Daze isn't among them.

Sailors stifle Rifle

Steamboat unbeaten in league

Steamboat Springs goalie Kirsten Ryan knows exactly how Rifle goalie Kadie LaRocque feels.

Bush takes Hagins' place on board

Newcomer Richard Bush will replace incumbent Richard "Festus" Hagins on the Hayden Town Board.

Student says he's a victim of racism

Cameron Burney didn't know where else to turn, so he went to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Bush takes Hagins' spot on board

Newcomer Richard Bush will replace incumbent Richard "Festus" Hagins on the Hayden Town Board.

Monday, April 5

News in Brief for April 6

Christian Heritage School's annual auction fund-raiser held at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel on March 26, raised more than $70,000 for the private school. Almost 400 people attended the silent auction, including state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

Board reviews salary system

Every student in Mike Smith's math classes is given the opportunity to earn an A. But most don't get that top grade. That's because Smith, a Steamboat Springs High School teacher, sets tough expectations for his sophomore, junior and senior students.

County to treat roads for dust

Routt County is anticipating a dry summer and is preparing for dusty roads. Today, Routt County commissioners likely will choose GMCO Corporation to provide the more than 780,000 gallons of Magnesium Chloride that will be applied to county roads this summer.

Routt County to treat roads for dust

Routt County is anticipating a dry summer and is preparing for dusty roads. Today, Routt County commissioners likely will choose GMCO Corporation to provide the more than 780,000 gallons of Magnesium Chloride that will be applied to county roads this summer.

Aragon, Tifft stick together

Sailor tennis stars playing for Mesa State

John Aragon and Rich Tifft formed a friendship in the hallways of Steamboat Springs High School when they were freshmen. Today, that friendship has continued to grow on the campus of Mesa State College in Grand Junction, where both Steamboat graduates are now members of the Mavericks tennis team.

County sticking to its decision

Monger: 'There is no reconsidering' on justice center site

Routt County commissioners plan to sign a resolution today committing to the construction of a new justice center west of Steamboat Springs. The resolution comes amid renewed efforts to move the building site downtown.

Friends of Justice Center to appeal to council

Group lobbying for downtown location

The group opposing the out-of-town location of the county justice center is asking the City Council to request the Army Corps of Engineers remand the project.

The Record for April 6

1:25 a.m. Six underage individuals were reported fighting near the base of the mountain. One person was taken to the emergency room at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Peak Fitness moving to new site

Owner Tara Nultmeier has entered the city planning process to move her Peak Fitness Center to 1103 Lincoln Avenue after 15 years in Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center.

Man hit by train dies

Investigators classify death as a suicide

A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man died late Sunday night after being hit by a train in downtown Steamboat. Christopher C. Adams reportedly was lying on the tracks Sunday night near Fifth Street and River Road when a train hit him.

Election day in Hayden and Oak Creek

Officials in Oak Creek and Hayden are encouraging voters in the towns to come to the polls today. "In a small town, one vote can definitely make a difference," Oak Creek Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said.

Girls soccer team opens home season

The field at Steamboat Springs High School has a few rough spots, but for the members of the girls soccer team the turf is home. "Our girls are so excited about the chance to play at home this early in the season," coach Rob Bohlmann said. "This is going to be huge for them."

Higbee's team loses in Michigan

Goalkeeper Tim Higbee went to Marquette, Mich., for the 2004 National Midget Hockey Championships last week hoping to help the Colorado Outlaws capture the title.

Sunday, April 4

Briefs for April 5

Individuals who would like to send children's cards, letters, artwork and other tangible goods to soldiers in Iraq can drop those items off at Steamboat Real Estate at 635 Yampa Ave. Items also may be mailed to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation at P.O Box 774965.

'Bust' fund-raiser eases cancer costs

When Carolyn Arithson volunteered for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, she never thought she would be among its beneficiaries.

City aims to entice businesses

City may assist with cost of putting utilities underground

The city is proposing an ordinance that will give downtown property owners incentives to put utility lines underground when remodeling buildings.

Hayden Town Board election Tuesday

Hayden residents will go to the polls Tuesday to select three trustees for the Hayden Town Board from four candidates.

Hundreds tested at fair

Almost 900 participated in 25th annual 9Health Fair

Almost 900 Routt County residents took advantage of free health screenings and $30 blood tests at the 9Health Fair.

Tom Ross: This column is plain filthy

City government asks residents to do the unthinkable

April Poop Day was no Easter egg hunt in the park. However, those of us who showed up Saturday morning can at least hope our efforts will make the traditional rite of spring more pleasant for the kiddies this week.

Saturday, April 3

Harmonious homes

Steamboat takes notice of architect's outside-the-box home designs

You don't need a lot of money to have a great house.

Cutting down Evergreen

Sailors defeat Cougars, 6-1, at home

Sandwiched between a Thursday and Saturday game, Friday's girls lacrosse practice wasn't supposed to be fun. It was supposed to be fundamental.

Running on the sun's juice

Where the asphalt ends on the road to Strawberry Park Hot Springs, so do the electric wires. Beyond that line where the paved road turns to dirt, everything changes. Where there are no power lines, the mindset is different and so is the lifestyle.

It's 'Feeding Time' for anglers

If the thought of a music video featuring a band called the "Aquatic Bugs" makes you want to turn the sound up, Tom Bie's new film, "Feeding Time," might be your kind of night at the movies. It's all about fly fishing, but this isn't like any fly-fishing video you've seen before.

Circle of friends

Christian Heritage students step out of their comfort zones to help others

Christian Heritage School student Kerry Timmerman admits he sometimes feels uncomfortable around people with disabilities. The honest middle schooler is hardly alone.

The record for April 4

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

A Classic

Toilet, dragon and rooster line up for 24th Cardboard Classic race

Everything but skiers raced down the mountain Saturday, including a rooster, a sailboat, a toilet, a school bus, a teepee, a police car and a submarine.

Oak Creek readies to elect mayor, trustees

Oak Creek voters will choose one of two mayoral candidates and three of eight trustee candidates Tuesday.

Teacher pay plan raises inquiry

KSBP is proving costly and overdue

More than a year behind schedule and up against make-or-break questions about affordability and structure, the teachers and administrators creating the Steamboat Springs School District's Knowledge- and Skills-Based Pay system find the plan at a crossroads.

Theft of IDs on rise

A walk through the Steamboat Springs Post Office demonstrates why identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in Steamboat Springs and the country.

John F. Russell :Coaches always in public eye

They pace the sidelines at football games, have a hard time taking a seat at the end of the bench during basketball games and spend hours studying the sports they teach.

Behind the headlines: What's going on with KSBP?

Paula Stephenson is the president of the Steamboat Springs School Board. Here, she answers questions about the Knowledge- and Skills-Based Pay system.

Paula Stephenson is the president of the Steamboat Springs School Board. Here, she answers questions about the Knowledge- and Skills-Based Pay system. Is there a Behind the Headlines issue you want to know more about? Let us know. Call the news desk at 871-4207

Cook plans new showroom

Steamboat Springs' new-car dealerships are taking steps to polish and detail their showrooms.

South Routt libraries are energized

Exciting time for the libraries with recent grants for improvements, hopes for expansion

Lexie Iacovetto developed a love of books at an early age, slowly moving from the "Pow" and "Kazums" of comic books to the carefully chosen words of James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway.

Our View: KSBP challenge should be met

The Steamboat Springs School Board is right to stand by the Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay Plan, even though a consultant has said the plan could cost the district an extra $600,000 per year in salaries.

Jerry Rudolph

A longtime, highly successful Republican friend of mine wrote in early 2002 that the present administration is not representative of true Republican principles; they have their own agenda. That has been proven to be all too true.

Steamboat Motors goes for new look

Steamboat Motors on the city's west side is due for a new look and a new customer waiting room with all the comforts, perhaps as soon as early summer.

Calendar for April 4

The Oak Creek Fire Protection District has started the "Learning for Life, Career Exploring" program for students ages 14 to 21. Registration costs $7. Anyone with questions about the Fire Cadet Exploring program should call Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup at 736-8104, Rob Lomas at 736-0801, or Jerome Powell at 1-888-248-0045. Monday, April 5

Class Notes for April 4

Madsen named teen of the month Steamboat springs Austin Madsen, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Optimist Club's March teen of the month.

West End lots gone, but more to come

Homebuyers no longer can find lots within the city of Steamboat Springs priced at less than $100,000, but more could become available soon.

April Fools: Where are the pike?

April fools! There is open water on Stagecoach Reservoir on April 1. Can't be true, can it? It's true.

Thomas Charles Oldfield

Former Routt County resident Thomas Charles Oldfield of Auffargis, France, died March 13, 2004, with his family by his side. He was 86.

Robert Clayton Rockhill

Former Oak Creek resident Robert Clayton Rockhill died Feb. 25, 2004, after a battle with cancer. He was 67.

Routt County Spotlight: Deb Olsen

Deb Olsen Age: Mental (28) or physical (53)? Occupation: Magazine publisher

Births for April 4

Michael Lee Medina, son of Lisa Montgomery and Dominic Medina of Alamosa, was born at 10:38 a.m. Feb. 19, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Bryanna. His grandparents are Elvinia Medina of Sanford, and Cindy and Ken Montgomery of Yampa. His great-grandmothers are Eva Lee Whitecotton of Yampa and Katherine Homer of Grand Junction.

Robert L. Hall

I have read with interest the various articles regarding the possible expansion of the runway at Bob Adams Field, and the inconsistencies between the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, the airport planning documents, and the most recent airport capital improvement projections, which include a parallel runway and lengthening of the existing runway.

Joan Remy

I want express how much I enjoy Autumn Phillips' articles -- every single one of them. She is a very unique, intelligent writer -- an artist who writes with vibrant colors and a rhythm that stirs the soul.

Steamboat falls to Delta

Against great teams, mistakes will prove costly -- a lesson the Steamboat Springs baseball team learned in two losses to Delta on Friday.

Carol S. Rains

Former Hayden resident Carol S. Rains died March 24, 2004, at her home in Russellville, Ark. She was 69.

Steamboat drops first match to Durango

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team lost to Durango, 5-2, on Thursday in Grand Junction.

Mary Zimmerman Goltry

Former Hahn's Peak and Steamboat Springs resident Mary Zimmerman Goltry died March 13, 2004, in Denver.

Outlaws win at nationals

The Colorado Outlaws continue to find ways to win in overtime, as the midget hockey team improved to 2-0 in pool play with a 5-4 victory against the Cleveland Barons on Thursday.

Athlete bounces back

The small scar just below Dusty Atkinson's right knee is hardly noticeable these days.

Sound Off for April 4

Focus on YVRA

Bank seeks 'Boat location

When First National Bank of the Rockies opens its new branch in Sundance at Fish Creek in May it will be the newest and sixth bank in Steamboat Springs. But overnight, it will be able to claim the most locations in Routt County.

Kelsey Cate and Brig Beitler

Maribeth and Bob Cate of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Cate, to Brig Beitler.

Lynsey Brown and Gregg Harris

Stephanie and Steve Brown of Corsicana, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynsey Brown, to Gregg Harris, son of Billee and Bob Harris of Steamboat Springs.

Friday, April 2

Resort has grape idea

Summer wine festivals are a well-entrenched part of the resort scene in Aspen and Vail, with people putting their names on waiting lists to spend upward of $300 for a ticket. Now, Steamboat thinks it can be just as successful hosting a wine festival and make it more affordable.

Art for the listener

The Soul of John Black's music open for interpretation

When you think of The Soul of John Black, think Prince. Think Al Green. Think Sly and the Family Stone.

Schools begin audit Monday

Evaluation to study school district curriculum, systems

Even a great school district can improve.

The Record for April 3

Thursday, April 1 11:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers were requested on Steamboat Boulevard to monitor traffic.

Briefs for April 3

'Puzzles' fund-raiser held for autism month

Grasshopper workshop set for Friday

C.J. Mucklow has begun getting calls about grasshoppers -- more than a month earlier than he got them last year.

Trial sheds light on Hayden police

The Hayden Police Department is changing the way it handles evidence after a court trial revealed Thursday that the department did not keep records of who examines the evidence.

Routt County Riders hold Bike Swap

For as popular as mountain biking and road riding are in and around Steamboat Springs, it seems odd that someone hasn't doctored up a bike swap before.

Thursday, April 1

Don't ask what they are; just listen

Recorded in a living room with a 16-track recorder, Flowmotion's latest CD called "knowbynow" wanders from one musical genre to another like a penniless window shopper.

A Cinderella Story: From building sets to sewing costumes to learning lines, 270 students get busy turning a play into a production

At 10 years old, Marilyn Harris knows more than people twice her age. She knows what she wants.

Girls lacrosse falls

Steamboat loses to Columbine in home debut

The clouds rolled in and a few sprinkles fell before the opening draw of Thursday's girls lacrosse game between Steamboat Springs and Columbine high schools. Uncharacteristically, however, the spring weather cooperated with this mountain town, and the first spring game of the year was played on Gardner Field.

Husband, wife to perform

Jane Thorngren and her husband, Walter MacNeil, could not have come from more different musical backgrounds. Thorngren grew up on a farm outside of Pilot Mound, Iowa, a town with a population of 200. Her mother played organ and piano at church and led the church choir. Thorngren started singing when she was 3 years old.

Goalie Higbee gets revenge in Michigan

Goalie Tim Higbee got his revenge against his former team Wednesday when the Colorado Outlaws defeated the Marquette Electricians, 2-1, in overtime.

City to renovate building

Energy Impact Grant will help update public safety building

An Energy Impact Grant will allow the city to do almost $300,000 worth of renovation work on the city's public safety building.

Top amateur golfer named coach

Steve Dodson excited for chance to give back to Steamboat Springs Sailors

Golfer Steve Dodson's record as a player speaks for itself.

Autumn Phillips: Changing the subject

I said no. But something about the way a mother says, "I wouldn't want to make you do anything you don't want to do," ensures that you're doing it.

Briefs for April 2

'Cabaret Gets Political' tickets Tickets for "Cabaret Gets Political" are on sale to the public at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., or by calling 879-9008. The show is almost sold out. Tables (for Thursday's show only) are $150. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $20.

Local youths join orchestra concert

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra started in Judy Dettwiler's living room 12 years ago and grew into a local institution.

Nightlife for April 2

Music Tonight Paul Geppert plays at 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St. Free. Dinner reservations recommended. Call 879-4925.

Advocates aims to boost confidence

Lauren Furnish has an effective plan for dealing with the uncomfortable -- and at times dangerous -- situations teenagers such as herself can find themselves in: She's secure with herself and confident in the decisions she makes.

Students' P.E.A.C.E. exhibit explores social issues

A lot can change in three years. Since the first P.E.A.C.E. Project exhibit hosted by the Depot Art Center, Routt County students have digested the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; they have seen a war begin and continue without an end in sight.

Trial starts for man arrested

A court trial began Thursday for a 46-year-old man who allegedly tried to take luggage containing marijuana and a container with cocaine residue on to a plane at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Ski rules may be updated

To stay current with the evolution of winter sports, Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, is looking to update Colorado's skiing laws.

The Record for April 2

Wednesday, March 31 1:40 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the Shadow Run area.

Clean up after dogs on 'April Stool Day'

The annual snowmelt represents a time of year when crocuses and dog waste emerge from old, melted snowbanks. The city of Steamboat Springs is trying to entice residents to help Parks and Recreation crews pick up dog waste from public areas.

Town debates potable water for Xcel

The Hayden Town Board directed Town Manager Russ Martin on Thursday night to research the pros and cons of annexing the Hayden Station power plant into town.

Steamboat Golf Club may open Saturday

If the weather cooperates, golf could return to the Steamboat Springs area as early as Saturday.

Tigers on top after turnaround

Middle school wrestlers pick up three first-place wins at league tourney

Resurgence in numbers and commitment to winning have lifted the Hayden Middle School wrestling program to where the coaches know it belongs -- on top.

Candidate forum draws crowd

But mayoral candidate Bill Norris turned away 20 people

At the "Meet Mr. Bill" gathering in Oak Creek on Thursday night, seven people, plus part of mayoral candidate Bill Norris' family, heard Norris' vision for Oak Creek.

Temporary trail closed early

Snowmobile trail an 'excellent' solution, park officials say

A temporary snowmobile trail linking National Forest land with Steamboat Lake State Park was an "excellent" solution to trespassing and parking problems in the North Routt area, state park officials said.