News for Thursday, August 12, 2004

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Steamboat welcomes Mexican consul general

With the installment of Mexican Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez in Denver last year, rural Western Colorado found a renewed link to a bordering country's culture and heritage.

Paul Potyen plays cool jazz piano

Pianist Paul Potyen likes salsa, symphonies and music from Brazil. But what he really loves is jazz, he said.

Briefs for Aug. 13

Strategic planning forum to be held in Hayden

Solas plays contemporary traditional Irish music

Solas has undeniably deep Celtic roots, but when the band delves into its repertoire of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Dan Fogelberg, it's hard to pigeonhole the sound as "traditional Irish." Still, alongside the Chieftans, Solas carries the torch as one of the oft-cited finest Celtic-folk ensembles around.

The Record for Aug. 13

Wednesday, August 11 6:54 a.m. A gas skip was reported in the 2000 block of Curve Plaza.

Brief Points for Aug. 13

ArtWalk features regional fine artists and entertainers from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Torian Plum Plaza on the mountain. Painting, jewelry, sculpture, handcrafted furniture, photography, glassblowing, pottery and a farmers' market will be accompanied by live jazz at the outdoor event.

Historical Society denied grant request for town hall

Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman found it hard not to cry in late July when the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg learned it did not receive a $235,000 grant to renovate Old Town Hall.

Political columnist talks to 250 in town

E.J. Dionne makes no bones about where he stands politically.

Officials fear hazards

Landscaping business raises environmental concerns

City and county officials fear operations at a landscaping business next to the Yampa River and the city's water supply could be an environmental hazard.

Fires break out in W. Routt

High winds and dry vegetation kept the West Routt Fire Protection District busy Thursday while crews fought a structure fire and a brush fire.

Focusing on the details

Photographer Epperson points his camera toward patterns

Whether it's a cityscape or a Yampa Valley landscape, Dave Epperson's photography captures crisp, fleeting images of people and places that draw you in and make you want the details of their unfolding stories.

Five-ring circus brings exotic animals to 'Boat

When the Carson & Barnes Circus rolls into Steamboat Springs on Thursday, it promises "more than 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms," "fearless feats on the flying trapeze," "aerial ballet at the apex," "hurricane hula hoopery" and, of course, "clowns, clowns, clowns."

Plans for downtown performance theater go to city

Terry and Susie Koch of rural Steamboat Springs have submitted a conceptual plan to the city for a small performing arts theater on Yampa Street.

Hayden rezoning request draws criticism

Despite residents' objections, the Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday recommended that the Town Board approve a request to rezone to commercial a residential parcel on the east end of Hayden.

Oak Creek to study floodplain

To bring Oak Creek into compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain restrictions and protect the town's certification for the National Flood Insurance Program, the Oak Creek Town Board approved a bid Thursday night to spend about $2,000 to have Landmark Consultants engineer a floodplain study for the Arthur Avenue neighborhood.

Mushroom-lovers unite at Colorado festivals

It's mushroom season in the Rocky Mountains and after a damp summer, this fall has prospects for a mother lode of gourmet fungi bursting through the forest floors.

Independence declaration in town today

American history buffs will have a rare opportunity to view an original copy of the Declaration of Independence today at First National Bank of Steamboat Springs.

Salazar campaign rips GOP foe

Democratic 3rd Congressional District candidate John Salazar wasted little time in taking his first shots at presumptive Republican challenger Greg Walcher.

International dance stars on stage in Vail

Three days, four big performances and one intriguing lecture are left for dance aficionados at the Vail International Dance Festival.

Steamboat ranked No. 2 ski town

A lot of skiers dream about moving to a ski town, but not everyone wants to give up a challenging profession to live ski-bum style.

Little League team's dream season ends

An amazing run came to an end earlier this week in Grand Junction.

Nightlife for Aug. 13

Worried Men plays at 10 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.

Top pianist to play at Strings

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings together young musicians from around the world to compete for cash prizes and concert engagements. The competition in Fort Worth, Texas, is regarded as the most prestigious classical piano contest in the world.

Jennie Lay: Summer girl

So there I was, lounging aimlessly on my couch last weekend.