Stories for December 2004

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Friday, December 31

Chariot racers carry on Steamboat tradition

It's race day at Howelsen Hill.

Time to think marathon

Registration for annual event opens today

It may be winter, but Jody Anagnos is already in summer mode.

'Best of the best'

Denver Post names top athletes

The last week of December seems a little late to be talking about prep football, but Hayden senior Evan Hilling doesn't mind, because the Tigers had a great season.

The Record for Jan. 1

Thursday, Dec. 30 2:30 a.m. A man reportedly damaged a sign in front of a business in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue. He was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, minor in possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Snow expected to fall on Steamboat

Steamboat skiers may receive a late holiday gift from Mother Nature today with a new storm that could drop as much as a foot of new snow in the mountains.

Vacationers enjoy 'Boat visits

Greg Thomas brought his children -- Alex, 13, and Lindsay, 9 -- to Steamboat Springs during the holiday break to taste some champagne powder.

County could apply for 2 GOCo grants

Routt County plans to apply for two Great Outdoors Colorado grants to create a winter recreation plan for North Routt County and to create a trails and parks master plan for Stagecoach.

Man on a mission to save the community garden

Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Levison has been in town less than three months, but he has made a name for himself already as an activist and community organizer.

News in brief for Jan. 1

Horizons seeks volunteers to ski with its clients Skiing volunteers are needed to help with Horizons ski program. If you are interested in skiing with a Horizons client every Saturday afternoon for seven Saturdays starting at the end of January, call Kay at 879-4466 for more information.

Business leaders survey locals

Lincoln Avenue is lit up for the holidays. It's a great time to go online to give downtown business leaders a piece of constructive criticism.

Thursday, December 30

This band has chops

If Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes were a man, you'd date him. The band has a musical sound that's well-educated but still able to have fun and be funny.

Hanna to direct Sidney Peak

Rod Hanna, former senior vice president of marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., is trading in retirement for a new job as president and CEO of Sidney Peak Ranch LLC, which operates the Sidney Peak residential ranch development south of Steamboat Springs.

The loonies take the stage

Since he started playing at Levelz a few years ago, the Reverend Horton Heat's show has become an annual hipster event.

4-H offers youth activities

4-H is about so much more than cows.

Mounted patrol horses find new home

Scooter and Lady have found a new home next to 4,000 acres of the Arapaho National Forest just outside Evergreen. Already their new owner, Cameron Fleet, 11, has discovered they are fond of apples and mints.

Steamboat Springs ends 2004 in style

Gondola Square center of ski area party

For those interested in ending 2004 in fashion, look no farther than Gondola Square.

CD reviews for Dec. 31

The liner notes of the Nirvana box set begin with music critic Neil Strauss wandering around a Los Angeles Tower Records shop asking teenagers if they had ever heard of Nirvana. According to the survey, only 11 of 30 teenage music shoppers had heard of Seattle's most famous grunge rockers.

None of this is true

These musicians say they'll party -- but they've been known to lie

It's inevitable that you will play straight man to Incognito's comedian. At first, you'll stand in the crowd looking at the stage as the group warms up. As its antics mix with the music, you'll crack a smile, and before you know it, you'll be dancing.

Nightlife for Dec. 31

Open mic night with guitarist and keyboardist Neil Marchman is from 8 to 10 p.m. at Starbuck's, 255 Anglers Drive. Call 871-1303.

After Bonnaroo, band's audience snowballs

A band that started as a high school senior project has been together for eight years now, and staying together has been worth it. The Addison Groove Project opened for Maceo Parker several times, even sending its two saxophone players on stage to play with him. The band played at Bonnaroo this summer and has watched, somewhat in awe, as its audience grows with each show.

Brief Points for Dec. 31

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for teen musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands. Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.

Icy roads give motorists problems

Accidents commonplace outside city limits

In a 14-hour stretch from just after 9 a.m. until l1 p.m. Wednesday, 10 motor vehicle accidents were called in to Routt County dispatch -- and those were just the accidents called in.

Sheriff's Office seeking deputies

The Routt County Sheriff's Office has an immediate opening for a sheriff's deputy and expects one or two additional openings in the coming months.

The Record for Dec. 31

1:48 a.m. A disturbance reportedly occurred in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Officers responded to a fight among 15 people. The parties were separated, no one wanted to press charges, and everyone went home.

Briefs for Dec. 31

There have been many times throughout the years when the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. video department has supplied TV networks with stock footage of the Yampa Valley and the ski area to enhance broadcasts of sports events and other types of programming.

Cross-country skiers carry on tradition

During the past 17 winters, cross-country skiers in Steamboat Springs have ushered in new years along the 15 kilometers of challenging trails at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

Options tonight for rides

Between the city of Steamboat Springs' free bus service and local taxi services, New Year's Eve revelers have various opportunities to avoid drinking and driving.

The Record for Dec. 30

Tuesday, Dec. 28 2 a.m. A vehicle reportedly rolled off U.S. Highway 40 near the Mount Werner exit. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Wednesday, December 29

Resident on ABC hit show

Steamboat man one of 25 men vying for 'The Bachelorette'

Andy LeRoy's first trip to New York City was for sightseeing. His second trip was to meet his wife -- possibly.

Giving back

Higbee, Dingle volunteer at clinic

When Ryan Dingle and Tim Higbee have something to say, hockey players turn to listen. They are experienced, talented and arguably two of the greatest youth players in Steamboat Springs history.

Jib jam brings new life to Gondola Square

Two weeks ago, the first of three SoBe Friday Night Jib Jams brought hundreds of people to Gondola Square to watch local and professional skiers and snowboarders strut their stuff.

Buyers, sellers beware on the Internet

Earlier this month, Steamboat Springs resident Kurt Wipperfurth thought he was getting a second chance on a great deal.

Oak Creek to buy rink land

The town of Oak Creek has offered to pay $4,320 for a small strip of land needed for its new open-air ice rink, and the owner of the land has signed the purchase agreement.

Gamble the night away

Sandy Pugh had a line of people trying on costumes Wednesday in preparation for New Year's Eve parties. Several people are throwing theme parties this year, and Pugh, owner of Celebrations, is at her creative best.

Briefs for Dec. 30

Medical center's phone system to have outages Yampa Valley Medical Center's phone system will experience intermittent phone outages between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Friday. The hospital is installing digital ports to upgrade its phone system.

Efforts increased to stop DUIs

Law enforcement officers will be out in force New Year's Eve weekend, hoping to stop drunken and impaired drivers and prevent serious car crashes.

Lakes freeze later than usual, anglers venture out

Northwest Colorado's lakes froze later than usual this season, but ice fishers have begun enjoying their favorite winter pastime at Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach state parks.

Tuesday, December 28

Curator brings museum up to date

For more than 30 years, the Hayden Heritage Center, which houses a collection of historical treasures and links to Hayden and West Routt County's past, has remained relatively secluded from the public eye.

Parents head up ski club

A couple of Hayden parents are taking advantage of a groomed ski track in Dry Creek Park to offer students an alternative to driving to Steamboat Springs for winter fun.

Steamboat grad cares for wounded soldiers

Air Force Capt. Sara Whittingham of Steamboat Springs didn't make it home for the holidays. However, her parents, Rosemary Dave, were able to see her from the comfort of their North Routt living room just the same.

New snow in forecast

Storms today, Friday expected to bring much needed powder

Steamboat Springs is in for some much-needed snowfall today. A storm system was expected to move into the area this morning from the southwest, dropping 5 to 10 inches of snow on the mountain, said Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

Our View: Gaining ground

The announcement this week that the Steamboat Springs High School football team won the academic state championship in Class 3A is an excellent sign that the program is headed in the right direction.

Upheaval changes school landscape

School district changes top story of 2004

Upheaval in the Hayden School District, which kept parents and district officials on edge throughout the summer and led to a new set of administrators, marked some of the biggest changes shaping Hayden in 2004.

Football team earns academic accolades

The Colorado High School Activities Association recently named the Steamboat Springs football team the Class 3A Academic Team Champions in the sport of football for the fall season.

Sales tax revenues up slightly

Sales tax revenues rose 3.1 percent in October from the same month a year ago, according to the city's sales, use and accommodation tax report.

Boarders carve for the cup

For Alpine snowboarding coach Thedo Remmelink, next week's Race to the Cup is a chance to showcase the sport in Steamboat Springs.

Tigers give town a reason to cheer

Numbers mean nothing to Hayden's athletes. In a town with fewer than 150 high school students, the Tigers found a way to make 2004 a memorable year from beginning to end.

Funds to preserve 2,000 acres

More than 2,000 acres of Routt County ranchland will be preserved from future development through two conservation easements expected to be finalized this week.

Monday, December 27

Ski area lot closed for month of music

Just as it was at this time last year, Steamboat Ski Area's Lot 1 is being transformed from a place to park into a place to dance.

County applauds URA wait

But commissioner unhappy with councilwomen's remarks

Routt County commissioners were pleased last week to hear that the Steamboat Springs City Council postponed approval of an urban renewal authority. But at least one commissioner remains concerned about the deteriorating relationship between the two governments.

Fish fan has big dreams for public aquarium

Some people dream in baby steps and others dream in footprints that span the Yampa Valley. Twenty-seven-year-old Gavin Graham is the latter.

Smooth running at YVRA

The only snafus at Yampa Valley Regional Airport during the Christmas weekend were attributed to backups at the Eagle County and Aspen-Pitkin County airports.

Hypothermia kills Hayden man

Funeral services will be held today for a 19-year-old Hayden High School graduate who died of hypothermia in Idaho last week.

Sunday, December 26

Sales and weather entice shoppers

Armed with money to spend, shoppers hit the streets of Steamboat Springs on Sunday to take advantage of their newfound wealth and post-Christmas Day sales.

Whooping cough found in Steamboat

Pertussis, or "whooping cough," is not a disease of the past. Nationwide, it has been on the rise since the early 1980s. In Colorado, 1,088 cases have been reported in 2004. At the current rate, the state is headed for the highest number of pertussis cases since 1950.

Arena offers fun on the ice

Holiday visitors to Steamboat Springs who seek an alternative winter sport to skiing may try the indoor public ice-skating at Howelsen Ice Arena. Or, if you're hesitant to pull on a pair of skates yourself, bring the children to the holiday ice show to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

United Way close to goal

Whether measured in inches or thousands of dollars, Routt County United Way is just shy of meeting its $450,000 fund-raising goal.

Skating club brings Polar Express to town

The Polar Express will pass through Steamboat Springs this holiday season when the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club brings Chris Van Allsburg's award-winning book to life on the ice.

Santa makes Christmas house calls

Imagine you are 5 years old and you hear a knock at the door Christmas morning. When you run to the door in your Spiderman pajamas to see who is outside, you discover it is Santa Claus.

Forget the change, my lodge is burning down!

Dallas Henessee couldn't believe his ears. He was standing at a pay phone in a burning building on Rabbit Ears Pass and the operator had just asked him to deposit a coin in the slot.

Saturday, December 25

Damien Kane Reynolds

Damien Kane Reynolds, son of Buffy Marie Feucht and Kenneth L. Reynolds of Craig, was born at 12:57 p.m. Dec. 13, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces. His grandparents are Sharon Darlene Seales of Craig and Kenneth Dale Seales of Craig.

Building permits for Dec. 13-17

Steamboat Springs Gary & Marilyn Hay 2227 Golf View Way Shively Construction Single-family residence $676,737

Community dinner draws a crowd

The first time Stefka White attended the Steamboat Springs community Christmas dinner nearly a decade ago, she was covering the event for the Hayden Valley Press. Now a resident of Craig, White no longer works for the newspaper, but she hasn't missed a community dinner since.

Albert R. Selk

Albert R. Selk of Granby passed away Dec. 15, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 85.

Arrest record for Dec. 26

Saturday, Dec. 18 Robert Christian Dieckhoff, 56, Steamboat Springs -- Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Sailors boys basketball leads league

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team is the Western Slope League champion -- for now.

Hail to the police chief

Oak Creek welcomes law enforcement veteran as new police department leader

When Oak Creek's new police chief, Guytano Farnan, was asked how school children should address him, he chose "Guy."

Transactions for Dec. 13-16

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer MURNANE, ROBERT D. to SLEDGE, JOHN D. and SLEDGE, RHONDA F. for A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN PORTION OF THE E1/2, TRACT 146, SEC 32, T8N, R86W -- $210,000

Our View: Remembering lives cut short

It is hard to make sense of the deaths of young people like Ashley Stamp and Travis Taber.

A little levity, a lot of sports

Middle school students leave for break on a happy note

Steamboat Springs Middle School principal Tim Bishop likes to end the last day of school before winter vacation on a positive note, if for nothing else than to lighten the moods of students after four long months of classes.

Century 21, Lincoln Avenue Realty merge

After several years of discussing a possible merger, the owners of Lincoln Avenue Realty and Century 21 Ski Town Associates have decided to join forces under the Century 21 name.

The Year in Review 2004

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS 2004 was a year of small and subtle changes whose lasting effects won't be felt for years to come. Steamboat Springs saw its tax structure changed, its population dispersed to bedroom communities at a record rate and a Hayden man named Don Nord fight for the right to smoke marijuana.

Sound Off for Dec. 26

URA bad idea The creation of the urban renewal authority as proposed is not in the best interest of the county or the city. While I do agree that the base area needs some help, I feel that there are ways to achieve these improvements without raiding the public coffers.

John-Paul Daigrepont Sherrill

John-Paul Daigrepont Sherrill, son of Rebecca and Michael Sherrill of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:20 a.m. Dec. 15, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 4.8 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Sarah Sherrill. His grandparents are Mack and Vi Daigrepont of Denham Springs, La., and John and Terry Sherrill of Steamboat Springs.

Muhme, Culver second

Robert Culver and Randy Muhme each placed second for the Hayden wrestling team at the Mustang Stampede held Saturday in Kremmling.

Hamptyn Elizabeth Meadows

Hamptyn Elizabeth Meadows, daughter of Sherry and Tim Meadows of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:06 p.m. Dec. 13, 2004. She weighed 5 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Wink and Carol Meadows of Atlanta, Ga., and Neil Rosen of Boca Raton, Fla.

Business briefs for Dec. 26

Mountain Capital recognized for ninth year Steamboat Springs mortgage lender Mountain Capital and its president, Erik Dargevics have been recognized for the ninth straight year as a top producing affiliate of Cherry Creek Mortgage.

SSWSC finishes well in Keystone event

Bo Randolph's second-place finish Sunday led the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's finishes during the Return to Keystone Classic, which was held last weekend in Summit County.

Gmeiner among skiing's best

Gina Gmeiner returned to the halfpipe last weekend with a pair of top results during a NorAm freeskiing event at the Park City Mountain Resort.

Steamboat girls end in fourth

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team entered the Western Slope League Tournament with some uncertainty but came away with a fourth-place finish and a better idea of where it fits in among the other teams.

James Thomas O'Hare

James O'Hare passed away suddenly Dec. 16, 2004. He was 63.

Helen C. Foster

Former Steamboat Springs resident Helen Foster passed away Dec. 19, 2004, at her home in Grand Junction. She was 76.

Year of Champions

In 2004, Routt County tops in many sports

Champions defined 2004 in Routt County. Whether it was on the tennis court, football field, basketball court or track, area student-athletes showed the state that anything done on the Front Range could be done just as well -- or better -- in Northwest Colorado.

John Spezia: URA questions

I would like to thank the City Council for its leadership, its concern for representing the entire community and for working toward a more cooperative and informed community. We are now in a position to evaluate whether to proceed with the urban renewal authority. Some of the persistent questions that need to be resolved are listed below. I encourage all parties involved to make an honest effort to answer these questions so we can make an informed decision at the Jan. 18 council meeting.

Liliana Mej-a Aymerich

Liliana Mej-a Aymerich, daughter of Lilliana Aymerich Galindo and Mario Mej-a Morales of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:10 p.m. Dec. 14, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Judith Galindo Torres of Mexico, Jose Luis Aymerich Mej-a of Mexico, Gloria Morales Garc-a of Mexico, and Zene Mej-a Gutierrez of Mexico.

Shelby Kuehn Geiger

Shelby Kuehn Geiger, daughter of Ali and Tim Geiger of Oak Creek, was born at 5:40 a.m. Dec. 17, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Morgan Geiger. Her grandparents are Dick and Michele Dudas of Burlington, Vt., and Jim and Lucille Geiger of North Dakota.

Unresolved debate dominates '04

Routt County commissioners entered 2004 with almost everything set to build a new justice center. The county had a lot adjacent to the county jail, basic designs for the 52,000-square-foot structure, a cost estimate of $15.5 million, and plans to begin construction in the spring and move offices in by October 2005.

John F. Russell: Ski Town USA will miss Stamp

It's no secret that Howelsen Hill is the heart of ski racing in Steamboat Springs. This week, that heart was broken when one of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's most promising young skiers was killed in an accident in Vail.

Ella Marie Walker

Ella Marie Walker, daughter of Jenica and Ben Walker of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:52 a.m. Dec. 15, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Ethan Walker. Her grandparents are Robert Walker of Tennessee, Ann Mengel of Kentucky, David Rood of Massachusetts, and Vivien Mattei of Massachusetts.

Second homes, big boxes

Part-time residents, national retail reshape Steamboat's future

Second-home owners continued to flex their biceps in the local economy during 2004, and the Steamboat business community awakened fully to the monetary effect generated by people who spend just a part of their year in the Yampa Valley.

Townhomes built for new level of luxury

Elk Horn sale sets new price record

Townhomes always have offered a happy medium between the comforts of single-family homes and the convenience of low-maintenance apartments or condominiums.

Focus on safety

Steamboat plan to reduce snowmobile risk already under way

Well before teenage ski racer Ashley Stamp was killed Dec. 19 in a collision with a snowmobile at Vail Mountain, managers at the Steamboat Ski Area had undertaken a plan to reduce the potential for a similar collision on Mount Werner.

Friday, December 24

Yampatika offers winter options

As snowshoers and skiers play in the cool mountain air and powdery snow, they may not realize the bustle of activity beneath the snowpack, where rodents are busy feeding on insects and plants and are reproducing.

One man's trash another man's treasure

A group of Iraqi police officers have exemplified the old adage that one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Free buses available New Year's Eve

Steamboat Springs Transit will increase its bus service after midnight New Year's Day to ensure that party goers do not drink and drive within the city limits.

Man suspected of sex assault on teen

A 45-year-old Routt County man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault and incest.

Christmas Eve shoppers busy

Frigid temperatures, traffic and bustling sidewalks hardly deterred holiday shoppers from heading to stores for last-minute gifts Friday.

Thursday, December 23

Briefs for Dec. 24

Bands battle needs teens The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands. Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.

CD reviews for Dec. 24

Johnny Cash "American IV: The Man Comes Around" It seems that Johnny Cash had a message to send right before he died: "Listen carefully, or you might miss something."

Nightlife for Dec. 24

Music Today DJ Beatnik spins hip-hop from 9:30 p.m. to close at Braun's Bar and Grill, 709 Lincoln Ave. Call 870-1441.

Special Christmas services

Area churches are offering a variety of services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Following is a schedule: n Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road, will hold a candlelight service from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Doak Walker recognized

The Colorado Foundation for Medical Care recently named the Doak Walker Care Center a "success story" for its work in improving the quality of life for its residents, most of whom are elderly and need longterm, 24-hour care.

'We will never forget you'

Stamp laid to rest after emotional funeral

A light snow blanketed Howelsen Hill's ski trails in a fresh coat of white Thursday, just the way Ashley Stamp would have liked it.

Chen's playing 'devours' the keyboard

Wendy Chen took a risk at age 15 and let the curtain close on her. She was being held up as a piano prodigy. She had a full schedule of concerts, and everyone's eyes were on her.

Leftover Salmon says goodbye after 15 years

There are rumors going around that the band Leftover Salmon is breaking up. Those rumors are true, band co-founder Drew Emmitt said.

Christmas on a string

Gamble says puppet show like a three-way conversation

For Jim Gamble, a puppet show is a three-way conversation. He learned early on that for a show to keep people -- children and adults -- interested, the puppeteer needs to have a passion for his audience, not just for his puppets.

Autumn Phillips: A listening binge

At about 2 a.m., my arm started to cramp from holding an empty Budweiser for too long. My legs were sore from the day of skiing and my body was setting into some sort of standing rigamortis, but the music was too good to walk away.

Tempa reminiscent of Joplin

It's hard to listen to Tempa's growling voice without thinking of Janis Joplin. Like Joplin singing "Cry Baby," Tempa (who does not use her last name) is a good woman who's unappreciated. She boils over into the microphone. She sings from the heart.

Holiday dinner at Community Center

With hot turkey, ham, live music, gifts for children and maybe even a visit from Santa Claus , the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors annual community dinner will ensure that nobody in Routt County goes without a festive holiday meal.

Residents dreaming of white may have to wait

Those hoping for a white Christmas in the Yampa Valley will have to make do with the snow that fell across the area Wednesday evening and early Thursday.

News in brief for Dec. 24

All LIFT-UP sites will be closed until Jan. 2 All LIFT-UP of Routt County sites will be closed for the holidays from today to Jan. 2. They will reopen on their regular schedule the first week of January. Call 870-0727.

The Record for Dec. 24

Wednesday, Dec. 22 11:25 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported in the 400 block of Anglers Drive.

Think pink

Fund-raiser brings in $500 for breast cancer

As Jo Sarafis knits, she thinks. Her thoughts fill the time as the pink yarn pours off her needles into scarf after scarf. She thinks of all the women she has known. She thinks about the women who will wear her scarves, and she thinks of the women her scarves will help -- women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wednesday, December 22

Yampa Basin snowpack at 90%

Water content stored in snow varies widely across region

Several of the mountain sites surrounding Steamboat Springs have an above-average amount of water stored in the accumulated snow. However, the combined numbers for 18 snowpack measuring sites reveal that the Yampa and White river basins were at 90 percent of average Wednesday.

'One-run race'

Drama-filled men's race highlights slalom event

Ski racers Paul McDonald and Drew Roberts provided plenty of drama during the final day of the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series at Howelsen Hill.

News in brief for Dec. 23

Stamp memorial service is today at high school A memorial service for Ashley Stamp, a 13-year-old ski racer killed Sunday in an accident at Vail Ski Resort, will be held today at Steamboat Springs High School. The service will begin with a viewing from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a community gathering in the high school commons area. A graveside service at Steamboat Springs Cemetery, to take place after the community gathering, will be open to family only.

Sailors 'Rule' in Liberty

As his last name suggests, Steamboat Springs goalie Randy Rule dominated play in the Sailors' 4-0 win against the Liberty hockey team Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

Airport manager submits resignation

Saying he has accomplished everything he set out to do in Steamboat Springs, city airport manager Matt Grow submitted his resignation Tuesday, effective Jan. 3.

Special church services planned for Christmas

Area churches are offering a variety of services on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Following is a schedule: Steamboat Christian Center at 821 Dougherty Road will hold a candlelight service from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Local snowboarders shine

Steamboat's Tyler Jewell and Justin Reiter led the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club with top 15 finishes earlier this week at a Grand Prix event in Breckenridge.

Women wrap up week of races

After picking up third- and fourth-place finishes in races early this week, Buck Hill's Claire Abbe saved her best for the final race.

Tourism expected to boom after holidays

The number of visitors arriving in Steamboat Springs is only expected to increase after Christmas weekend, according to the lodging barometer released Wednesday by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Holiday weekend means special business hours

Local government offices and many banks and other businesses will operate under special schedules for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Man eludes police, arrested

A 28-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday after eluding Steamboat Springs police officers between Ski Time Square and downtown, reportedly driving at speeds nearing 100 mph.

Snow village is on display

Residents of Yampa and beyond are invited to stop by the Yampa Egeria Museum on Friday for a new tradition: viewing a snow village.

Tigers pull out 51-34 win against North Park

The Hayden and North Park boys basketball teams played evenly through three quarters until the Tigers looked down low to pull out a 51-34 win.

Taylor, Melius place in West Grand

With each match, Steamboat wrestling coach Jay Muhme sees progress, which is all he can ask for from a relatively inexperienced squad.

The Record for Dec. 20

Tuesday, Dec. 21 1:43 a.m. A complaint about a vehicle near Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue resulted in an arrest.

Woman charged with punching girl

A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly punching a 12-year-old girl in the face at The Tap House on Lincoln Avenue.

Tuesday, December 21

Council tables URA plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council put off approving a plan for the newly formed urban renewal authority, preferring to ease the concerns of other government agencies first.

Autism group helps at home

Jack English, 5, wants a waffle, and tells his mother, Denise English, and teacher, Diane Schaefer, by handing them a picture of a waffle.

Hazie's

One of the best views in town can be had by sitting down to a meal at Hazie's, located at the top of the gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Ski area reports early hours

The Steamboat Ski Area will crank up the lifts 30 minutes earlier than usual next week to help lighten the rush of holiday skiers headed up the mountain.

Giovanni's Ristorante

For those seeking a distinctive Northern Italian dish, a premier wine selection and an intimate setting, Giovanni's Ristorante is the perfect choice. Steamboat Springs has plenty of options for traditional Italian dishes such as lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs. Giovanni's is not among them.

Steamboat Smokehouse

An abundant feast with several extended families gathered around a big table can be one of the most memorable parts of a ski vacation. However, busy ski town restaurants can't always accommodate a table for 16.

Lucile's Creole Cafe

New Orleans may be miles away, but Lucile's Restaurant brings the hearty, flavorful taste of that unique Southern city to Steamboat Springs.

Roadhouse reopens

Lights once again are shining in the Olde Milner Roadhouse -- enticing commuters' grumbling stomachs, while offering a dinner option for Hayden residents and others looking for an affordable meal outside the high-season bustle of downtown Steamboat.

Second run makes difference

Paul McDonald wasn't happy with his fifth-place standing after the first run of Tuesday's Rocky Mountain Trophy Series slalom, but he wasn't going to let the run ruin his day.

Old West Steak House

Consistency is at the center of the Old West Steak House at 1104 Lincoln Avenue. It is found in the way the steaks come sizzling off the grill, in the smiles of the wait staff and in the display of Western art on the restaurant's walls.

Azteca Taqueria/Gobi Grill

Some of the most flavorful ethnic food in Ski Town USA is also the least expensive anywhere above 7,000 feet. The guy in Carhartt overalls, the government office worker on her lunch break from the courthouse and the high school kids in baggy cargo pants all stream into Azteca Taqueria and the Gobi Mongolian Grill for one reason -- they know they'll get the freshest lunch in Steamboat Springs at the fairest price.

Griffith sentenced to 12 years

A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend and breaking into her bother's house and damaging his belongings.

First Impressions awarded $42K grant

A $42,000 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation is expected to help improve the quality of early childhood education offered in Routt County.

Official wants more ESL help

The Steamboat Springs School District could be doing more to meet the needs of its non-English speaking students, director of curriculum and instruction Kelly Stanford said Tuesday.

Students spread cheer

Residents' moods were cheery at The Haven Assisted Living Center on Friday, where they played Yahtzee and crossword puzzle games with Hayden Middle School students.

Elementary students take generosity, send it to Iraq

For Hayden Valley Elementary School students, the school's monthly virtue -- generosity -- was more than just a word on paper. It was a way to make the holidays special for U.S. troops in Iraq.

Vail skier goes for no regrets

Despite leading the first run of Tuesday's slalom, Vail skier Julia Littman wasn't about to be conservative on her second attempt of the day at Howelsen Hill.

Avalanche danger rated low

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued a "low" avalanche danger rating Tuesday for much of the backcountry surrounding Steamboat Springs. But there also is evidence that snow slides are possible.

Antares

Age dulls the taste buds, something Paul "Rocky" LeBrun has come to realize firsthand. In response, LeBrun, the executive chef and co-owner of Steamboat's Antares restaurant, has adopted a fresh approach to his work, incorporating bolder flavors and spices into the eclectic variety of dishes he prepares.

Black Mountain Tavern

Tucked away on the streets of Oak Creek is a rustic tavern with great food. Black Mountain Tavern, where portions are big and the food is affordable, specializes in Italian cuisine with an authentic Southwestern twist.

Outlaws - The Restaurant

Tucked into the back of Thunderhead Lodge in Ski Time Square, it takes a little bit of looking to find Outlaws the Restaurant. But the search is well worth it. Located in the back of the Thunderhead Lodge, just past Torian Plum Plaza in Ski Time Square, Outlaws diners walk through the main lobby to get to the restaurant.

Riggio's Fine Italian Food

There's something unique about traditional Italian cuisine that separates it from the culinary styles of other countries and regions of the world. For Rich Most, owner and executive chef of Riggio's Fine Italian Food, passion is the defining characteristic of the Italian people and their food.

Mazzola's Italian Restaurant

After living in Steamboat for more than a decade, Rex Brice knew what was missing: an affordable restaurant with a casual atmosphere that served homemade food. When Mazzola's Italian Restaurant came up for sale this summer, 37-year-old Brice saw an opportunity to fill a niche.

The Tap House Sports Grill

The Tap House sports grill in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs between Seventh and Eighth streets presents the best of both worlds.

The Cabin

The Cabin offers visitors to and residents of Steamboat Springs the chance to sample the tastes of the Rocky Mountains in a truly Colorado atmosphere.

Steamboat Yacht Club

When longtime Steamboat Springs chef Morten Hoj began looking to open his own restaurant, his wife and business partner, Ellen, had a piece of advice. "I said, if you are going to get a restaurant, you better make sure to get a pretty one," Ellen said. "If you are going to spend your days there, why not get the best view you can."

Chelsea's Szechuan/Cantonese Restaurant

It takes 20 minutes to drive to Oak Creek and a lifetime to forget the dining experience you had there. Chelsea's Szechuan Restaurant is an unexpected find on the main street of a small Colorado town with a population of 800.

Questions in skier's death

State patrol: Information was released prematurely

The Colorado State Patrol on Tuesday acknowledged that some information about 13-year-old skier Ashley Stamp's death was released prematurely and as a result, may be inaccurate.

Braun's Bar & Grill

The long wooden front desk from the old Harbor Hotel now serves as the Braun's bar. All restaurants offer choices on their menus, and some, like Braun's Bar & Grill in downtown Steamboat Springs, also offer a choice when it comes to atmosphere.

Butcher Shop

Many things have changed in Steamboat Springs during the past three decades. One thing that hasn't is quality of food and service at the Butcher Shop, one of Steamboat's premiere restaurants.

Monday, December 20

Briefs for Dec. 21

Pilot & Today seeks editorial board members

The Record for Dec. 21

Sunday, Dec. 19 1:30 a.m. A complaint of loud voices and music was made in the 1300 block of Dream Island Mobile Home Community. The residents were warned and advised.

CU skier sweeps giant slalom

Not even a tricky gate on the knoll of the Sitz/See Me racecourse Monday would stop University of Colorado ski racer Lucie Zikova from sweeping the giant slalom events at this week's Rocky Mountain Trophy Series races.

Large crowds expected for week of Christmas

Numbers show holiday bookings high

Steamboat's resort community got a solid boost from early holiday vacations in school districts nationwide, and pre-Christmas tourism this week is up over last year. After a slight pause Dec. 25, tourism can be expected to build into next week.

Stamp's life celebrated

Residents remember teen at candlelight vigil

Hundreds of candles lit the base of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Monday night as residents turned out to celebrate the life of Ashley Stamp, the 13-year-old ski racer killed Sunday in a tragic accident.

County letter: URA plans not complete

Routt County commissioners think the city's plans to create an urban renewal authority to fund improvements near the Steamboat Ski Area base are rushed and too general.

School copes with tragedy -- again

The brick-lined halls of Steamboat Springs Middle School were unusually quiet Monday as students and staff coped with the second sudden and accidental death of a student since October.

URA plan before council

Tonight is Steamboat Springs City Council's last chance to get the Steamboat Springs Reinvestment Authority up and running before 2005.

Snowmobilers rescued on Rabbit Ears

The Routt County Sheriff's Office and Routt County Search and Rescue responded to two snowmobile incidents on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Sunday, December 19

Golden Meadows gets boost

For the first time in several years, the town of Hayden will be dipping into its reserves to pay for a large project involving paving and drainage work in Golden Meadows.

News in brief for Dec. 20

Blackjack dealers needed for Gambler's Ball Blackjack dealers are wanted to volunteer for The Gambler's Ball Viva Las Vegas New Year's Eve fund-raiser, presented by Perry-Mansfield and Emerald City Opera. Call Perry-Mansfield at 879-7125.

Skier, 13, dies in accident in Vail

Ashley Stamp was one of Winter Sports Club's brightest young stars

A 13-year-old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete died Sunday morning in a tragic skiing accident on Vail Mountain. Ashley Stamp, an Alpine ski racer who competed at an international level and was known as one of Steamboat's "brightest talents," was preparing for a race when the accident occurred at about 8:20 a.m.

Tragedy casts pall on racing

Tragic news from Vail overshadowed Lisa Perricone's sixth-place finish in Sunday's Rocky Mountain Trophy Series giant slalom race at the Steamboat Ski Area.

The Record for Dec. 20

Saturday, Dec. 18 12:36 a.m. Police reportedly saw someone sleeping in a running car in Ski Time Square. They checked into the woman's welfare and issued her a citation on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Tom Ross: Don't forget to hang a pickle from the tree

Ridiculous to sublime, ornaments embody holiday traditions

Gather 'round children and I'll tell you once again, that time-honored holiday story of the German pickle ornament.

Yule Log discovered in local park

After 16 years of participating in annual hunt, local resident successful

This year's hunt for the Yule Log ended Friday afternoon after five clues were released, when local residents Bryan Phillips and Daisy Lister discovered the log while Bryan was taking Daisy to school in Strawberry Park.

Plan for Motherwell Ranch elk expected

About one year after a bull elk at the Motherwell Ranch tested positive for chronic wasting disease, officials say they hope to have a finalized herd plan for the remaining ranch's captive elk by mid-January.

Monday Medical: Stay safe when winter driving

It's the time of year when more cars are on the road because of the holidays. It's also the time when weather conditions can change suddenly and severely.

Saturday, December 18

Goalies keep game close

Facial expressions are hard to read, and body language is hard to gauge from hockey goalies hidden behind masks and pounds of pads.

Plane loses power, goes down

Local businessman unharmed after aircraft's makeshift landing

Well-known Steamboat Springs businessman Rod Schrage walked away unharmed after his single-engine plane lost power and went down near Routt County Road 33 on Saturday afternoon.

Fiscal woes first

Budget tops state legislative list of priorities

New faces and a new controlling party will greet lawmakers when they return to the state Capitol in January for the next legislative session. But at least one thing remains the same -- the need to solve the state's fiscal mess.

Our View: URA will help schools, county

The proposed urban renewal authority at the vicinity of the Steamboat Ski Area base is a smart investment in the community's future, and the City Council should give it final approval Tuesday.

Night lights

Stankos take first place in annual Tour of Lights contest

A Yampa Valley Christmas is not complete without at least one drive by the Stanko Ranch on Twentymile Road. As you drive on Twentymile toward the house, all you see are stars and an occasional porch light. But round a curve, and the Stanko Ranch appears as unexpectedly as Las Vegas appears in the desert.

John F. Russell: Fresh hope for the fans

Unless something drastic happens soon, it looks as if there isn't going to be a whole lot of professional hockey in our future.

Kate Alexandra Lockwood

Kate Alexandra Lockwood, daughter of Lynn and Christopher Lockwood of Meeker, was born at 9:57 a.m. Dec. 8, 2004.

Old style elegance

Bull Run home offers fine finishes, extensive horse amenities

Sitting in the generous yet warm great room at Bull Run, one can look out to dramatic cottonwoods and steam rising from the nearby Elk River while imagining a life of unending tranquility.

A Paris on Oak Street

Business is organic meat market, cheese shop, deli and caterer

A little piece of Paris has surfaced on Oak Street in Steamboat Springs now that Marco Pauvert has opened Epicurean.

Weekend kicks off smoothly at YVRA

Yampa Valley Regional Airport kicked off its first big weekend of the season Saturday as more than 2,000 passengers filed from booked and overbooked jets into the airport's bustling baggage claim area.

Sailors boys basketball comes back for tournament title

A new star was born for Moffat County, but an usual star kept the Steamboat Springs Sailors just out of reach in the championship game of the Western Slope League Tournament.

Nancy Henry Story: Remembering BC

With the passing of the former Burgess Creek chairlift, I felt compelled to pencil in some of the history of that now extinct double chair. I suppose this is old-timers stuff, but I couldn't pass up giving the Gen Y group of skiers, which includes my children, a glimpse of what it was like to be a Burgess Creek lift operator 30 years ago.

Geoffrey W. Ferguson

Steamboat Springs resident Geoffrey W. Ferguson passed away Dec. 11, 2004. He was 67.

Sophie L. Cox

Sophie L. Cox, daughter of Carol and James Cox of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:47 p.m. Dec. 8, 2004.

Briefs for Dec. 17

Company reports sales top $266M to Oct. 1 Steamboat springs

Caroline Roze Landers

Caroline Roze Landers, daughter of Kelly Caroline and Jason Landers of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:17 p.m. Dec. 11, 2004.

Carson Ralph Brink

Carson Ralph Brink, son of Lynette and Ken Brink of Clark, was born at 1:03 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2004.

Robert W. Bedell

Longtime Routt County resident Robert W. Bedell passed away Dec. 9, 2004, at his home in Hayden following a lengthy illness. He was 66.

A race for the ages

RMD race features youths and teens

Beneath picturesque skies with a chill in the air, a line of 8- and 9-year-old cross-country skiers lined up at the start area and patiently waited for Saturday's Rocky Mountain Division race to begin.

John Ross: URA is wrong way

It sounds like some members of the City Council are about to rush through an ordinance for an urban renewal authority at the Steamboat base area.

Arrest Record for Dec. 19

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. Saturday, Dec. 11 Suzan O. Ascher, 44, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Carla Jean Columbia Nelson

Carla Jean Columbia Nelson died Dec. 8, 2004, at her home in Craig following a lengthy illness. She was 53.

The Record for Dec. 19

Friday, Dec. 17 2:54 a.m. A verbal argument was reported between a man and a woman in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza.

Verla Pauline Dinius Mitchell

Verla Pauline Dinius Mitchell, member of a pioneering Steamboat Springs family, died Dec. 5, 2004, in a tragic fire at her Denver home. She was 89.

Ski racing

Nordic Challenge series kicks off a new season

Competitors in the second event of the 2004-05 Nordic Challenge cross-country ski race series will head north Jan. 8 to Vista Verde Guest Ranch for a 12-kilometer dash that will take in views of the Park Range in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. The second event in the five-race series benefits Routt County Search and Rescue.

South Routt prints new money

Oak Creek Gift Certificates, South Routt Bucs new ways to keep commerce local

Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman was tired of seeing South Routt businesses, schools and others give year-end bonuses in the form of gift certificates good only at Steamboat Springs businesses.

South Routt calendar for Dec. 19

Monday, Dec. 20 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. n The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sound off for Dec. 19

Pot is illegal One writer sounds off about how "unfair" it is that Routt County sheriffs bust people smoking pot on the Steamboat Gondola. Well, like it or not, but smoking pot is against the law. Marijuana is illegal.

Frederick Daniel Lushine

Frederick Daniel Lushine, son of Anne and Joshua Lushine of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:23 a.m. Dec. 8, 2004.

Building permits for Dec. 6-10

Steamboat Springs K & K Builders 1085 Eagle Glen Drive Owner/Contractor Duplex -- Building 1 -- Unit 1 $866,790

Taylor Marie Graham

Taylor Marie Graham, daughter of Rhonda and Shawn Graham of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:01 a.m. Dec. 10, 2004.

Emma Claire Villard

Emma Claire Villard, daughter of Tammy and Kevin Villard of Craig, was born at 10:24 p.m. Nov. 28, 2004.

Delaney Russell Parker

Delaney Russell Parker, daughter of Shannon and Scott Parker of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:08 a.m. Dec. 8, 2004.

Phillip Rhys Wehlitz

Phillip Rhys Wehlitz, son of Stephanie and Phillip Wehlitz of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:35 p.m. Dec. 8, 2004.

Walgreens coming to Steamboat

One of the nation's largest retailers of pharmaceuticals, personal care products and household supplies is planning a Steamboat Springs location.

Helping tribes in Thailand

Students making a difference from other side of the world

The story sounded familiar to Dana Colgan, a special education teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Transactions for Dec. 1- 12

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer n MELLON, JOSEPH J. AND MELLON, MARY F. TO LABATE, JOHN A. AND LABATE, SUSAN R. FOR CONDOMINIUM UNIT 305, RIDGECREST CONDOMINIUMS - $217,000

Silver Spur sales exceed expectations

Considering the high demand for buildable lots in and near Steamboat Springs, it may have come as no surprise to some when a developer sold the last of 129 lots in the Silver Spur subdivision in the first quarter of this year -- less than four years after lots became available.

Friday, December 17

Former instructor resurrects musical instruments

Instruments are meant to be played, though sadly, that isn't always the case.

Soroco girls fall, 76-15, to North Park

It doesn't matter how many summer team camps, open gyms or practices a team goes through, a coach can't teach height and a player can't learn to be taller.

News in brief for Dec. 18

Optimist club hosts 'Santa Calls' for children The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club will host its annual "Santa Calls," in which the club arranges for children ages 2 to 8 to receive a call from Santa between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday. Sign-up boxes are at Bank of the West, City Market, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Ace at the Curve. Sign-up is open until noon Tuesday.

Schiller catches big air

Friday was freeskier T.J. Schiller's day. He topped an eight-skier field in the big-air event, and then went on to win the overall title with a solid showing in the moguls at the Ultimate Bumps & Jumps event held at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Soroco boys win another close one

In basketball, in makes no difference which team holds the lead the longest. All that matters is which team has the most points when the final horn sounds, and that's about as long as the Soroco boys basketball team had the lead Friday night.

Simulated plane crash planned

Practice test will determine how well Routt County responds

A plane will try to land at Yampa Valley Regional Airport next year, call in an emergency, and make it to the runway in a fiery crash that could result in injuries and even deaths.

Flu vaccines are plentiful after all

The stock of flu vaccine that appeared so scarce in October is now relatively abundant, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in flu shot clinic next week. The VNA also has lowered the minimum eligibility age for older adults from 65 to 50, the VNA's Susan Bowler said.

Perry-Mansfield honored

Sterling Anniversary Award goes to performing arts camp

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp received a $5,000 Sterling Anniversary Award on Wednesday night from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

The Record for Dec. 18

Thursday, Dec. 16 12:24 a.m. An officer driving on Mount Werner Road saw three vehicles that had slid off the road and into a snowbank at Mount Werner Circle, where the road was extremely slick. The officer helped get the vehicles back onto the road. No one was injured.

Local students semifinalists

Three teens compete for prestigious Boettcher Scholarship

Three Routt County high school students have been named semifinalists for one of Colorado's most prestigious scholarships.

Thursday, December 16

District looks at technology

Schools' technology underutilized, disconnected, report says

A recent report critiquing the Steamboat Springs School District's technology infrastructure is spurring a larger district effort to analyze the effectiveness of past technology purchases and rethink future expenditures.

Hayden High School grad starts making films

Rob Walker is a watcher, which makes him the perfect person to direct a film. He can train his digital eye on people just as he has always rested his gaze on them. And he can record their words and actions on film just as has always done in his memory.

Permit for fan to stay

Communication requested between company, neighbors

The Routt County Planning Commission decided not to revoke Twentymile Coal Company's permit for a mining fan, but it did request better communication between the mine and the neighbors who have been complaining about the fan's noise.

Board OKs budget with salary raises

The Oak Creek Town Board approved the 2005 budget at its Thursday night meeting, with Town Trustee Mike Kien voting against the budget because of what he called "exorbitant" salary increases and a subsidized trash fund.

City waiting to make traffic signal flash

The city of Steamboat Springs is waiting until the grand opening of Gart Sports before deciding whether to turn off the traffic signal at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive.

Students giving $50K to area nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations throughout Northwest Colorado have one month left to seek funding from an unlikely source: local high school students.

Six named All-State

Routt County football players honored by News

The first of two All-State football teams was released Thursday, and six Routt County players were named to the Rocky Mountain News' first, second or honorable mention All-State teams. The Denver Post's complete All-State team lists will be released Dec. 26.

CD reviews for Dec. 17

Lydia Lunch Widowspeak Alternative music fans may know Lydia Lunch from her former band, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and lovers of the strange are sure to know her from her touring performance art pieces.

Ski Corp. hires new ad agency

The Steamboat Ski Area already has skied a few runs with its new advertising agency.

Nightlife calendar for Dec. 17

Music Tonight Open mic night with guitarist and keyboardist Neil Marchman is from 8 to 10 p.m. at Starbuck's, 255 Anglers Drive. Call 871-1303.

Steamboat bump skier Mayer lands on podium in France

After spending most of last ski season focusing on his college studies, Steamboat Springs freestyle skier Travis Mayer returned to the World Cup podium Thursday with a silver-medal performance in Tignes, France.

Town Challenge gears up for another season

For the past 23 years, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Carl's Cup Town Challenge Race Series has provided a competitive outlet for skiers and snowboarders in the Yampa Valley.

Cross-country skiing events bring talented skiers to town

More than 200 skiers will open the Rocky Mountain Division cross-country skiing season at 1 p.m. today on the challenging trails of the Nordic combined World Cup course at Howelsen Hill.

Calling all SOS riders: Race series returns

The popular Snowboard Outreach Society race series returns to Steamboat Springs on Saturday for a giant slalom and a slalom race down Howelsen Hill.

Theater group back in business

The blue awning still reads "Seventh Street Playhouse," but it is covered in a thick layer of dirt. The steps are half blocked by drifting snow.

New light shines on CMC art

College hosts open house for new art classrooms

This year, student artwork at Colorado Mountain College will be intangibly different.

The Record for Dec. 17

Wednesday, Dec. 15 12:44 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 2500 block of AprÃs Ski Way. A man was yelling for his girlfriend at the wrong condo unit. The 23-year-old later was arrested on a warrant.

News in brief for Dec. 17

Children's ice skates sought for donation The town of Hayden Recreation Department is accepting donations for children's ice skates. Skates may be donated between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at Hayden Town Hall. No adult sizes will be accepted.

Anonymous donation spreads cheer in Oak Creek

Throughout today, Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman and resident Maynard Short get to act a little like Santa Claus, though Short said he refuses to dress up like old St. Nick.

Autumn Phillips: Stop the Santa scam

Santa Claus does not exist. I'm sorry to disappoint all my avid 3- and 4-year-old readers, but it's time to stop this charade. I can't take it anymore.

Interest in live music keeps band busy

Venues downtown are all looking to host live music, but there are only a few local bands available to fill all the empty stages. Mahogany Ridge always has hosted live music, but now the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant has music every weekend. Braun's has thrown its musical hat in the ring with live DJs and the occasional band, and even Beau Jo's Pizza has opened up a corner of its restaurant for acoustic music.

Tonight is Hockey Night in Steamboat

The Mites' regularly scheduled appearance on the Pepsi Center ice was canceled because the Colorado Avalanche's season, for all practical purposes, has been canceled.

Jump up, dance around

With this band, you get what you give. Good Paper, a band from Greenville, Miss., operates like puppets on a string. As the audience gets more excited, so do they, and who knows what will happen next.

Briefs for Dec. 17

Seeking teen musicians The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for teen musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands. Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.

Jolly Holidays

Steamboat original incorporates tradition, innovation

This is our Rockefeller Center. This is the big Christmas show with a bell choir and a children's choir and lots and lots of dancing.

Wednesday, December 15

Inmates work to offset costs

From emptying trash cans to shoveling snow, inmates are kept busy during their stay at the Routt County Jail.

SSWSC boarders return with top results

Snowboarding coach Thedo Remmelink was trying to shake off the effects of jet lag Wednesday, but his fatigue couldn't hide his enthusiasm as he passed along the results from his team's latest trip to Europe.

Toys to be distributed through Christmas Wishes program

More children's eyes will sparkle with excitement Christmas morning thanks to a truck overflowing with new toys at Steamboat Motors.

Judge denies bond reduction in theft case

Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to lower the bond for a man who was charged with stealing three vehicles in the Strawberry Park neighborhood.

Oak Creek's budget on table tonight

The town of Oak Creek's 2005 proposed budget is similar to what it has been in the past few years, with most changes because of grants that Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman has secured, Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said.

Noisy fan before planners

The Routt County Planning Commission tonight will review the permit for a mining fan used by Twentymile Coal Company that has sparked frequent noise complaints from residents.

Briefs for Dec. 16

Steamboat Springs alternative high school is seeking donated supplies. Items that are needed include a mini-refrigerator and white boards. Those interested in donating to the school should call Marlene Horace at 871-3192.

League tourney tips off Friday

Sailors boys in Craig, girls in Rifle

This weekend's inaugural Western Slope League Tournament will provide one-stop scouting for Ashley Berggren, first-year coach of the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team.

Gang hopes to help local winter athletes

The members of the Over the Hill Gang understand the financial pressures young athletes and their families in Steamboat Springs face every winter.

The Record for Dec. 16

1:38 a.m. A 43-year-old Oregon man was arrested near Central Park and Pine Grove roads on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Nitrogen-carrying truck rolls over on C.R. 52

Accident closes road for about 7 hours

A tractor-trailer carrying liquid nitrogen rolled onto its side early Wednesday, closing Routt County Road 52 for about seven hours and creating a hazardous materials issue.

Bulldogs JV slips by Hayden girls

The Hayden girls basketball team lost to the Moffat County junior varsity team, 39-37, on Tuesday in one of the better games of the season for the Tigers.

Hayden boys go 2-1 in Meeker, fall in final

The Hayden boys basketball team picked up two more wins against Middle Park and Grand Valley before falling to host Meeker in the final day of the three-day Cowboys Shootout.

Soroco boys' Friday win evens record

The Soroco boys basketball team is off to a 2-2 start after winning its past two games by an average of eight points.

Construction site catches on fire

A 19-year-old man helped put out a fire that started inside an enclosed construction site next to Wal-Mart on Tuesday evening.

Theater requires city review

Six-plex cinema at Wildhorse enters planning process

Development plans for Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas call for six new movie screens, with the two largest theaters offering stadium seating.

Tuesday, December 14

Extension to start charging fees

When Routt County Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow visits a small-acreage ranch to give advice next year, his help will come with a voluntary fee of $25 per hour.

Costs high from illness

Salmonella two years ago costs taxpayers

A salmonella outbreak that occurred almost two years ago in Steamboat Springs cost taxpayers almost $40,000 and cost individuals more than $66,000, not to mention a lot of upset stomachs.

Children pairing up and learning how to write

Jordan Lichnovsky doesn't fashion himself a teacher -- not yet, anyhow.

Golden Meadows gets budget boost

Town Board OKs dipping into reserves to fund $290K road project in 2005

For the first time in several years, the town of Hayden will be dipping into its reserves to pay for a large project involving paving and drainage work in Golden Meadows.

Series will bring top regional racers to Steamboat

There's no question that Chris Puckett would like to see more high-level Alpine ski racing on Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill.

Man challenges property taxes

Chuck Gaertner is challenging the county about his property taxes, not because of the money, but because he feels he is getting a "bureaucratic runaround."

District eyeing performance contracts

In an effort to minimize the time teachers spend away from their classrooms, the Steamboat Springs School District is considering implementing special performance contracts for staff members who work on curriculum development.

Our View: Time for a new approach

With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' announcement that it plans to deny Routt County's request to fill wetlands on the proposed site of the new justice center, it may be time for the county to take a new approach in dealings with its constituents and plans for the court facility.

Steamboat skiers find direction at Selection Events

The U.S. Ski Team Selection Events often can make or break a freestyle skier's season.

Pee Wees win title, Bantams 2nd

Not again. That had to be what the Steamboat Pee Wee A hockey team was thinking after, for the second day in a row, Arvada came from behind to tie in a game's closing seconds.

Briefs for Dec. 15

The Yampa-Egeria Museum will be open special hours during the holiday season. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. The museum has an extensive collection of turn-of-the-century Christian Christmas cards. Admission is free. Call 638-4480. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will be at the museum at 6:30 p.m. to give out bags of candy while the museum provides refreshments and Christmas music.

Group lures shoppers with bargain child care

Main Street Steamboat is offering parents bargain child care for three hours Thursday evening in an effort to make it easy for people to shop and dine downtown during the holiday season.

The Record for Dec. 15

12:53 a.m. A welfare check was requested for a man who appeared to be intoxicated and was sitting on a guardrail near the U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road. The man was given a ticketed for minor in consumption of alcohol and given a courtesy transport home.

Preservation group wants help

The Historic Preservation Advisory Commission asked the Steamboat Springs City Council to step up its efforts in preserving residential properties in the city.

Hayden boys go 2-1 in Meeker

The Hayden boys basketball team picked up two more wins against Middle Park and Grand Valley before falling to host Meeker in the final day of the three-day Cowboys Shootout.

Soroco wrestlers take ninth place

Behind the efforts of four wrestlers, Soroco captured ninth place Saturday at the 21-team Sargent Invitational.

League coaches like Hayden

Western Slope League coaches named seven Hayden football players to the All-League team and honorable mention team.

Police blotter for Dec. 15

Wednesday, Dec. 8 11 a.m. A man reportedly backed into another car and left the scene in the 100 block of Walnut Street. There were witnesses to the accident, and the driver may receive a ticket.

Music resurrected

Former band instructor takes instruments to Mexican school

Instruments are meant to be played, though sadly, that isn't always the case.

Monday, December 13

Briefs for Dec. 14

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from community representatives interested in serving on the newspaper's Editorial Board. The community representatives would serve a four-month term from Jan. 1 to April 30.

District seeks funding help

Members of the Steamboat Springs School Board are hopeful that revenue from the city's half-cent sales tax for education will help pay for much-needed district facility improvements.

Free-skiers coming to town

The Steamboat Ski Area will be the center of the free-skiing movement when the resort hosts the third annual Ultimate Bumps and Jumps.

Title matches highlight city tournament

The tournament season at the Tennis Center in Steamboat Springs came to an end earlier this month but not before a few final heart-stopping title matches.

Council to begin water interviews

After three months of advertising, the Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to start interviewing for the Steamboat Springs Water Commission.

Justice center options reviewed

Routt County commissioners are weighing options in the wake of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' announcement that it plans to deny the county's request for a permit to fill wetlands at the county's preferred site for the new justice center.

County scheduled to adopt budget

Routt County commissioners plan to adopt the proposed 2005 budget today, despite the news that they may have to find another site for the proposed justice center.

The Record for Dec. 14

12:38 a.m. A fistfight between two men was reported at a bar in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. One man was flown to a hospital in Denver, and another man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Couple's case to go to trial in May

A jury will decide in May whether a couple arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the Southside Station and consuming $30 worth of alcohol and food inside should be charged with second-degree burglary and theft.

Oak Creek gets fire truck

Refurbished truck enhances wildland firefighting capability

Speed is a critical factor in suppressing wild fires and next summer the Oak Creek Fire Protection district expects its crews to arrive on the scene of grass and timber fires faster than they could have in the summer of 2004, even when their truck is loaded with 900 gallons of water.

Steamboat hockey team picks up win

It seems that things have started to fall into place for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team.

Breakfast gives market research tools

The Internet is making it easier for entrepreneurs in Steamboat Springs to understand the market for their goods and services.

City to map fire facts online

The Steamboat Springs City Council will get a look at the interactive capabilities of the Wildland Fire Hazard Mapping Project at tonight's meeting.

Sunday, December 12

Man flown to Denver from bar fight

A fight that broke out in a downtown bar Sunday morning sent one man to a Denver hospital in critical condition and another to jail.

Nigerian check fraud investigated

After incident in Routt County, police warn residents to be aware

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be vigilant of a new kind of consumer fraud: the Nigerian counterfeit check fraud.

Yule Log lost again

Annual search highlights history, season

After seven years of hiding the Yule Log and then revealing its location through tortuous clues, Jayne Hill said she has yet to run out of good hiding places.

News in brief for Dec. 13

Comments being taken on forest service plans The U.S. Forest Service plans to redevelop its property on Twentymile Road near Lithia Springs Road, where it now stores vehicles and equipment.

The Record for Dec. 13

Saturday, Dec. 11 8:49 a.m. An ambulance was requested for a boy who was having trouble breathing in the 200 block of Howelsen Parkway.

Monday Medical: Trans fats pose health threat

All fats are not created equal. Some fats, eaten in moderation, are good for us. Unfortunately, that is not the case with trans fatty acids, which abound in foods that many of us eat every day.

Americans take two

Camerota, Demong take trips to podium

U.S. Ski Team member Eric Camerota's plan was simple Sunday afternoon during the Mountain Resorts Showdown in Steamboat World Cup B.

Saturday, December 11

Transactions for Nov. 29-30

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer SEGNER, EDMUND P., III to WILLIAMS, RICHARD E. and WILLIAMS, TERRY F. for LOT B, BOULDERS TOWNHOMES AT THE MALE PROPERTY -- $595,000

Foreclosures may warrant new look at mortgage options

Mirroring national trends, Routt County foreclosure rates in the past several years have been steadily climbing. And although the trend has slowed slightly in 2004, lenders say borrowers need to be certain they understand the rules and implications associated with the many different loan products available.

South Routt calendar for Dec. 12

"The God's Tropical Kids " will present "The Surprising Christmas Pageant" at 7 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Methodist Church, Sharp and Oak streets.

Molly Elizabeth Bisbee

Molly Elizabeth Bisbee, daughter of Shelly and Andrew Bisbee of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 3, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Donna and Robert Thompson of Big Sky, Mont., and Susan and George Bisbee of Santa Rosa, Calif. Her great-grandparents are George and Darlene Taylor of Marshalltown, Iowa.

Sweet smell of commerce

Two candy stores ready to open downtown

Candy lovers in Steamboat Springs get ready: The sweet aroma of freshly made chocolate soon will be drifting through the streets, and the rows and rows of brightly colored candies soon will be seen through store windows.

World class

Demong, Menz put excitement in Steamboat World Cup

Organizers of the Mountain Resorts Showdown in Steamboat World Cup B couldn't have asked for a much more exciting opening event than they got Saturday.

March Madness in December

Sailors fall, 46-43, to Northridge in Steamboat Shootout championship

It was a game -- and a finish -- everyone expected.

John F. Russell: Who wants to live in a perfect world?

Wouldn't it be nice if every country had a chance to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games?

Happy trails

Options for winter fun available outside of elk, deer areas

When winter blows in, so do the lower temperatures and harder-to-find food, which present significant challenges for deer and elk.

Historical group selling items

Oak Creek's local historian Mike Yurich collects one thing that he's not sure anyone else collects: dog tags.

Sound Off for Dec. 12

About the pot smoking going on in the gondola: It says right here in the article that, under the Skier Safety Act, it's illegal to ski under the influence of a narcotic or alcohol. Then how can Ski Corp. sell alcohol on the mountain when it's illegal to ski under the influence of alcohol? That's really hypocritical. I'm much more worried about some tourist who doesn't know how to ski coming drunk down the hill than some local who's stoned out of his mind tearing it up.

The Record for Dec. 12

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.

Madison Ashley Love

Madison Ashley Love, daughter of Serena Kent and Steven Love of Craig, was born at 4:18 p.m. Nov. 30, 2004. She weighed 5 pounds and 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Warren and Theresa Love of Titusville, Fl., and Robert and Dawna Gulledge of Craig.

Our View: County budget is on target

Routt County will have $27 million in reserve funds when the year ends. Fifteen years ago, it had almost nothing.

Visiting author entertains, motivates

Friday's gathering of students in the media center at Strawberry Park Elementary School came with a warning.

Unlicensed child care concerning

The unknown number of Routt County child-care providers operating without state licenses continues to concern local officials, particularly in the wake of a recent Denver tragedy that claimed the life of a 3-month-old.

Building blocks

Parents search for toys that teach

The women of the Pediatric Therapy Services at the hospital gathered around a list of the hottest toys for the Christmas season to see what parents were buying.

Business briefs for Dec. 12

Stroock promoted to associate broker Prudential Steamboat Realty is proud to announce that Adrienne Stroock will continue her association with Prudential as an associate broker. She has been with Prudential for 3 1/2 years and has worked in real estate for five years. Adrienne has been a resident of Steamboat Springs for 10 years and lives with her husband, Ben, and their daughter, Ella.

Mayor Cargo Rodeman: It isn't the town

Almost every Sunday there are 2 negative "Sound Offs" printed about Oak Creek. My response to the obviously angry, bitter and anonymous authors of those truly ridiculous attempts to put Oak Creek in a bad light, comes from a 1923 edition of The Oak Creek Times and is as follows:

Steve and Joanne Downes: Grateful residents

We would like to thank all the wonderful people who came to our assistance on Routt County Road 129 on Nov. 27 when our car skidded off the road and overturned. You helped free us from the car, provided blankets and gave us much-needed support while we were waiting for the ambulances. We do not know your names, but we will never forget your kindness. We also want to thank the North Routt and Steamboat ambulance crews and the staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center for their expert attention. Steamboat Springs is most fortunate to have such caring people and state-of-the-art facilities in times of crisis.

Telesfora Reynalda Osborn (1933-2004)

Hayden resident Telesfora "Flora" Reynalda Osborn passed away Nov. 30, 2004, in Steamboat Springs after a lengthy illness. She was 71.

Elisabeth Salzgeber (1924-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Elisabeth Salzgeber passed away Dec. 7, 2004, in her home in Crawford. She was 80.

Vail closest URA model for Steamboat

When Vail went through the process of creating an urban renewal authority, the two largest obstacles were convincing homeowners they wouldn't condemn their property and grappling with calling the base of a world-class ski resort "blighted."

Pee Wees play big

The discipline and teamwork was befitting a group of players much older than 11 and 12.

Larry and Cathy Wissbeck: Buried by a berm

I realize snow removal problems are not likely to gain much sympathy here in Steamboat. I spent a good portion of Thursday morning cursing the city policy of piling snow from the street onto driveways. I faced a berm of icy snow some 6 feet wide, 4 feet deep and 15 feet long which had to be removed so I could get my car out onto the well-plowed street. I uncovered my walks, driveway and car with a hand shovel but despaired about the berm.

Abigail Grace Appel

Abigail Grace Appel, daughter of Wendi and Michael Appel of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:18 p.m. Dec. 3, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 4.5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Jack Dunham of Steamboat Springs, Janet Dunham of Steamboat Springs, Larry Appel of Steamboat Springs, and Chris Appel of Steamboat Springs.

World Cup winners

Athletes, businesses benefit from weekend ski competition

Most Steamboat Springs residents know the Howelsen Hill ski jumping facilities have historic significance, what many do not realize is how increasingly valuable the facility is becoming.

Olin Searls Webster

Olin Searls Webster, son of Keri Searls and Brock Webster of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:47 a.m. Dec. 3, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Don and Marilyn Searls of Steamboat Springs, and Stuart and Janet Webster of Laramie, Wyo.

Kyle Andrew Porter, Henry Austin Porter and Christopher Adam Porter

Kyle Andrew Porter, Henry Austin Porter and Christopher Adam Porter, sons of Bonnie and Mark Porter of Oak Creek, were born at 12:18, 12:19 and 12:20 p.m. Dec. 7. Kyle weighed 4 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 16.5 inches long. Henry weighed 3 pounds and 9 ounces and, was 16.5 inches long. Christopher weighed 4 pounds, and was 17.5 inches long. The triplets' siblings are Zachary and Natalie Porter.

Lucy Blake Travis

Lucy Blake Travis, daughter of Jennifer and Tim Travis of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5 p.m. Nov. 30, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 15.5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Nina Lowe of Stuart, Fla., and Linda and James Travis of Green River, Wyo.

Interest grows in Logger's Lane

West-end commerical center should be complete by fall 2005

With little commercial space available for purchase in Steamboat Springs, businesses are lining up to buy space in the Logger's Lane commercial center slated for a site north of Windemere Landscape & Garden Center.

Building permits for Dec. 1-3

Steamboat Springs Breeze Inc./Century 21 Ski Town 2000 Ski Time Square Drive Owner/Contractor Alteration $15,000

Group in place to meet immigrant needs

One woman showed up to a meeting at Hayden High School on Thursday night because her son had starting speaking English at home, and she couldn't understand him. She wanted to learn English. Her other son, she said, still spoke Spanish at home and at school. He was struggling. She wanted to get involved in improving the school's English as a Second Language program.

Friday, December 10

Eleven pot smokers busted at top of gondola

Eleven citations were handed out Thursday to skiers and snowboarders suspected of smoking marijuana on the gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat girls look to improve

One by one, the members of the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team pushed open the locker room door with a little extra oomph.

Ski Town USA Fest kicks off

On a normal Friday at 10:30 a.m., Steamboat Springs freshman Alex Palaniuk would be in English class, and Steamboat Springs eighth-grader Cody Fritz would be in shop.

News in brief for Dec. 11

Telephone books can be recycled through today Today is the last day that old telephone books can be recycled at City Market in Central Park Plaza, courtesy of Yampa Valley Recycles. Call 870-7575.

Tour of lights recognizes holiday displays

Twenty-five years of developing an eclectic, child-pleasing collection of Christmas decorations paid off for Jim and Jo Stanko last year.

Courthouse plans preliminary

Routt County officials are considering how to remodel the historic Routt County Courthouse and associated buildings, but no firm plans will be made until the county can move forward on building a new justice center.

Boys win wild one

Tyler Fosdick struggled to sit down. He spent the last 32 minutes getting thrown around on defense, drawing four charges in the process.

The Record for Dec. 11

Thursday, Dec. 9 7:03 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported near Cornice Road and Clubhouse Drive.

Fine tuning

Official training offers Nordic skiers last-minute practice

There are hundreds of movements that go into making a good ski jump, but there are only a few seconds between when an athlete pushes off the bar and when he lands at the bottom of the hill.

Thursday, December 9

fund adds flair

Ski Corp. fund brings art to town

Wayne Kakela sits in his barn surrounded by tools, projects in various stages of completion and the warmth from a wood stove.

Groundbreaking film shows tonight

"Herod's Law" is a black, slapstick comedy set in a backwater town in Mexico. It tells the story of a man's transformation from an honest man to a corrupt politician. Not to give away the ending, but the moral of the story is simply, "Corruption pays." The movie was released in Mexico in 1999 and became popular despite -- or perhaps because -- the government tried to censor it.

Motorists posing risks for schoolchildren

Like his colleagues in the Steamboat Springs School District's transportation department, Bud Ritzel can't help but develop a fondness for the kids he takes to and from school day after day and year after year.

Results mixed on school report cards

The ratings of two South Routt schools dropped from last year, and three Steamboat Springs schools earned the state's highest rating on School Accountability Reports released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Mexican opera singer to perform on Saturday

When Emerald City Opera director Keri Rusthoi called world-renowned baritone Oziel Garza-Ornelas to ask him to sing in Steamboat Springs, he agreed immediately. He understands the struggles of trying to get an opera company off the ground because he is in the process of starting one in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico.

YVRA site plan approved

The Hayden Planning Commission Thursday approved a site plan for a terminal expansion to Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The decision allows the airport commission to apply for a building permit for the project, which also has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Urban art show features film, music, art

Jake Carson lives what he calls "the coffee lifestyle." His office is a hipster hideaway, decorated in a minimalist industrial style, tucked away in Ski Time Square in a storefront next to Lupo's. Carson shares an office with artist Pete Marino, more widely known in Steamboat Springs as Graffiti Pete. Behind their desks, the floor is covered with art. They spend every waking hour in that office (sometimes catching naps on the floor) working on an endless stream of creative endeavors.

Wetlands permit to be denied

Routt County may have to find new site for its justice center

Routt County may have to look elsewhere to build its new justice center.

Montrose beats Steamboat girls by 11

At first glance, there isn't anything that stands out about Montrose junior Lauren Becker. She stands just 5-foot-5, tucks her jersey neatly into her shorts and wears her blonde hair in a ponytail much like everyone else.

Upcoming Exhibits at The Depot

The Depot Art Center will be hosting two private exhibits for four artists in the first quarter of 2005.

Sailors win Shootout opener

With Cameron Burney's alley-oop slam off a pass from Dustin Morgan in the opening moments of Thursday's game, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team started the Steamboat Shootout in emphatic fashion, defeating Montrose, 56-42.

Strings Presents Gala Holiday Concert with Pianist Wendy Chen

Wendy Chen, Piano Wendy Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 15 under conductor Andre Previn.

Steamboat Dance Theatre Annual Concert

Coming March 10, 11 & 12

Special thanks to the following businesses

and individuals for supporting our Pour les Arts fundraiser at Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill in November:

Steamboat Springs Arts Council Affiliated Organizations

The Arts Council serves as a pivotal organization for affiliated groups and individual artists, offering collaboration, administrative support, facility support, technical assistance, grants and leadership in advocating for community arts programming in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Holiday Cheesecakes While They Last!

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is offering their Cheesecakes for the Arts again this holiday season.

New fund established to benefit LIFT-UP

Barb Shipley still gets tears in her eyes when she thinks about Hazie Werner.

Save the Date

Steamboat Springs Arts Council Annual Members and Volunteer Recognition Meeting, and Affiliate Expo January 20th 5:30-6:30 refreshments and Entertainment. 6:30 meeting begins

Briefs for Dec. 10

Volunteers are being sought to help with the annual Community Christmas Dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors.

The Record for Dec. 10

12:55 a.m. Pink and red glowing lights were reported in the 3300 block of AprÃs Ski Way. The reporting party thought there was fire.

Heavy snow, slick roads

Almost a foot of snow falls on Steamboat Springs

Almost a foot of heavy, wet snow had snowplow crews working long hours Thursday and caused a number of accidents throughout the city.

City planners recommend URA plan

With little discussion, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission recommended approval for the urban renewal authority plan, stating it was in conformance with the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan and the Mountain Town Sub Area Plan.

Home for the holidays should feel like home

As the members of the Columbine Singers planned their annual holiday concert, they thought first and foremost about the people who were far away from home, in Iraq and Afghanistan. They titled the concert "Home for the holidays" and tried to choose songs that a soldier returning home might want to hear.

Cheriene Marchus resigns from county job

Cheriene Marchus, a write-in candidate for this year's District 2 county commissioner race, resigned from her job as administrative assistant for Routt County last week.

Steamboat Clay Artisans News

Deb Babcock, Trigg Gerber, and other local potters from the Steamboat Clay Artisans are showing their work at Blue Sky Pottery, which will be moving to a new location in the Pine Grove Center as of December 1st.

31st Annual Art in the Park Upcoming Call for Artists

Art in the Park is our juried arts and crafts festival held each July in conjunction with the ProRodeo and Balloon Rodeo, which combine to create the Rainbow Weekend.

Winter Friday Film

series schedule

The following dates have been tentatively scheduled for the Winter 2005 Free Friday Film Series.

2005 Upcoming Events

Thru Jan 9 the Slipcast object Exhibit at The Depot

Holiday Happenings

Dec. 11 Columbine Singers Holiday Concert, 7pm at Steamboat Springs High School. Call 879-4663.

The Slipcast Object

The Slipcast Object, juried by artist Richard Notkin, opened at The Depot on November 12th with a public reception and gallery talk by exhibition judge Richard Notkin.

Give A Gift Of The Arts For The Holidays

A membership to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is a great holiday gift idea for the art lovers on your list. Use this gift membership coupon, and we will mail your gift recipient a membership card noting your name as the giver. Or join yourself!

Chix drop game to Breakaways

The Vail Breakaways used a second-period goal to take the lead and the 3-1 win against the Steamboat Chix with Stix last Friday.

Images of Ireland

with Ron Rosenstock and Karen Schulman

Public art News

"DNA Eurythmics," a steel sculpture by

SSAC Wish List

If you have any of the following items available for donation, please contact us at 879-9008, ext. 100.

Be a Part of the Docent Program at The Depot

Join this exciting program and you'll receive a 12-class course of instruction over 6 weeks beginning in mid-January.

CD Reviews

On Monday night, I found myself trying to talk four teenage girls into forming a band. I assigned them instruments they'd never played -- guitar, bass, drums. You can sing. What? You can't sing? We'll teach you to scream into the mic and that will pass.

Autumn Phillips: Two types of people

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who are born knowing and those who will spend their whole lives trying to figure it out.

Wednesday, December 8

Burgess Creek chairlift opens amid fanfare

It wasn't the mountain's legendary powder, but champagne was toasted nonetheless atop the Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday.

City pulls plug

Council requests changes for Mount Werner traffic light

The traffic light at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive, which has been frustrating drivers for more than a month, will be turned to flashing red and yellow lights.

Skiers hope to prove Canada wrong

For most teams competing in this week's World Cup B opener, a victory in Steamboat Springs would be a reason to celebrate.

Ski Town USA hosts hockey tourney

Usually, the three Bonner boys are on three different hockey teams, forcing Dan and Kim Bonner to choose which son to go watch. This season, for the first time in five years, the trio is on two teams, making it much easier on the parents.

Shootout starts today

Based on the quality of the field slated to compete in this weekend's Steamboat Shootout, the basketball tournament may turn into just what its name implies: a shootout.

Briefs for Dec. 9

A few telemark skiers became confused while skiing in the Sunshine Bowl area of the Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday afternoon and were assisted by the Routt County Sheriff's Department.

Hayden parents question drug testing

A group of concerned parents recommended Wednesday night that the Hayden School District require all drivers who have not yet been drug tested to be tested by the end of the year. The recommendation came amid concerns that a bus driver with the Hayden School District may have refused a drug test.

Fund Board weighs changes

Group looks to limit vulnerabilities by distancing from school district

The potential for future legal threats to the city of Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education continues to weigh on the minds of Education Fund Board members.

Hearing set in meth case

A preliminary hearing has been set for a 48-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell it.

Oak Creek finds treasurer after 4 months

By the end of this week, the town of Oak Creek once again will have a full staff, complete with a police chief and a town treasurer.

The Record for Dec. 9

2:05 a.m. Parents reported that their son and car were missing from the The Ponds apartment area. The parents filed a missing persons report, and the son later was found in Craig.

Tuesday, December 7

'Boat splits games this weekend

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team split its games at the Roaring Fork Tournament during the weekend.

Muhme, Culver take wrestling titles

Hayden heavyweight Randy Muhme and Robert Culver (215 pounds) won championship titles Saturday in their first tournament of the 2004 season.

Our View: Planning facility updates

A preliminary report from a firm hired to conduct a facilities audit of the Steamboat Springs School District revealed eye-opening challenges facing the district.

Still no word on permit for justice center

A decision on whether to issue a wetlands fill permit that would allow Routt County to build its new justice center just west of downtown Steamboat Springs still has not been released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

URA OK'd

City Council approves, 4-3, creating urban renewal authority

The Steamboat Springs City Council decided in a 4-3 vote to create an urban renewal authority, despite opposition from Routt County Commissioners and the Steamboat Springs School District.

Skiers return to slopes

Athletes grab top finishes at Rocky Mountain Division Meet

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle program have been waiting patiently for the past few weeks for the chance to get back on snow and compete.

Cattle auction a success

Last Friday in Routt County, more than a dozen area businesses and families paid big bucks to sponsor a 4-H bar heifer.

Planners to eye plan draft

YVRA improvements also to be discussed Thursday

The Hayden Planning Commission will review the latest draft of the town's new comprehensive plan Thursday.

Omar M. Campbell: Object to funding

I have no objection to the URA proposal per se, only to the intended method of funding it.

Town Board to hear public comments on 2005 budget

The Hayden Town Board will hold a public hearing Monday before finalizing the town's 2005 budget.

Council OKs housing project

The City Council said yes to a 30-unit affordable housing project and a $250,000 loan to help fund it, but not without questions about what the deed restrictions would be.

Brothers arrested on meth, pot charges

Two brothers were arrested on suspicion of possessing and trying to sell crystal meth and marijuana after a search of their Oak Creek home turned up the drugs.

Speech team talks its way to second

There are times when less competition is a good thing, such as during last weekend's speech and debate tournament at Moffat County High School in Craig.

John Ross: Urban renewal

It sounds like some members of the City Council are about to rush through an ordinance for an urban renewal authority at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Briefs for Dec. 8

The new $1.3 million Burgess Creek triple chairlift, Colorado's newest renewable energy-powered chairlift, opens at 10 a.m. today, more than a week ahead of schedule.

Tigers put pressure on too late

Hayden girls basketball coach Jayme Adams finally got the effort she was looking for Tuesday. The problem was there was less than three minutes remaining against Snake River when she got it, as the Rattlers escaped Hayden with a 35-32 win.

Monday, December 6

Spotlight on awareness

Program at Soroco High focuses on careers, driving, drinking

Concerns about the risky behavior of some of her peers and the safety of all students motivated Trista Burris to put her worries into action.

Police looking for drunken drivers during holidays

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is stepping up its drunken driving enforcement for the holiday season, adding extra patrol officers to its shifts to watch for those driving under the influence of alcohol.

District weighs costs

School Board looking at facility improvements

When she was hired as Soda Creek Elementary School's principal several years ago, Judy Harris joked that she no longer could wear high heels and a beehive hairdo on the same day.

SSWSC members compete

Seven members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country program got back on snow with hopes of improving their national ranking at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge.

International flavor

Skiers from around the world come to jumping competition

With several national teams in town for this week's World Cup B, the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start took on an international flair last weekend.

County: URA proposal rushed

City Council will consider plan at tonight's meeting

Routt County commissioners said Monday that they are concerned about the process to create an urban renewal authority.

The Record for Dec. 7

Sunday, Dec. 5 12:20 a.m. An officer was requested for a suspicious incident in the 2200 block of Village Drive.

Briefs for Dec. 7

Newspaper seeking Editorial Board members The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from community representatives interested in serving on the newspaper's Editorial Board. The community representatives would serve a four-month term beginning Jan. 1.

Transportation discussed

Representatives talk about local, state issues at annual conference

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger was re-elected to the board of directors for Colorado Counties Inc. during the organization's annual conference last week.

Fox Creek comes before council tonight

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is asking the Steamboat Springs City Council to approve a 30-unit affordable housing development and to borrow $250,000 to help fund it.

The Record for Dec. 8

7:33 a.m. A snowboard was reported stolen from the top of a vehicle in the 800 block of Weiss Circle.

Sunday, December 5

Hayden tradition benefits community

Traditionally, the Holiday Tree Festival and Auction has been the Hayden Heritage Center's largest fund-raiser.

Astronomy sets first meeting

As a child, Bill Rottmann was always looking up. Looking at the stars helped him answer the big questions, or at least gave him a framework for asking them.

News in brief for Dec. 6

Police looking for winter boots for local man The Steamboat Springs Police Department is looking for size 10 1/2 winter boots to fit a local homeless man. Contact Mike Smith at 879-1090.

The Record for Dec. 6

Saturday, Dec. 4 12:24 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 1800 block of Kmar Plaza.

Williamson, Shiner honored

Soroco seniors recognized by league volleyball coaches

Soroco seniors Kimberlie Williamson and Kalvert Shiner were named to the Western Slope League's honorable mention All-League team.

Saturday, December 4

Foreign language future up in air

Nearly two years after giving the green light to a parent-funded elementary school Spanish program, the Steamboat Springs School District is taking a closer look at whether foreign language instruction deserves a higher priority within the school system, particularly at the elementary level.

Funds spark doubt

Residents question county budget surpluses

When Routt County Finance Director Dan Strnad started his job in 1988, the county sent him to a class in Vail and gave him a county car to get there.

Closing the gap

Grant fills another gap in area's most prominent trail

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery will soon be forging the newest links in the Continental Divide Trail, and one of them is in Routt County's back yard.

Daniel David Partlow

Daniel David Partlow, son of Mary Chandler and Jesse Partlow of Oak Creek, was born at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 23, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 18.25 inches long. His sibling is Zachary James Partlow. His grandparents are Sherri Baker of Oak Creek, Bob Chandler of Oak Creek, and Donald Partlow of Steamboat Springs.

Sailors lose but progress

Like the players on Colorado's other mountain hockey teams, Steamboat Springs' players spent the fall playing and practicing.

Athletes eager as first Steamboat World Cup nears

In the next few days, 13 nations, 71 athletes and 35 coaches will begin arriving at Howelsen Hill for the Mountain Resorts Showdown at Steamboat -- the first World Cup B event of the season.

Going south

Oak Creek draws young residents in search of community

Steamboat Springs has a saying: "Come for the winter. Stay for the summer." On Thursday afternoon, over a cup of coffee at The Mugshot Coffee shop, Chula Wheby, 30, thought of a similar anthem for the town of Oak Creek.

Central Park South 30% full

No hard leases, but letters indicated mix of tenants

Seeing an actual concrete and metal building cradled in the south end of Central Park Plaza may have been just the encouragement potential tenants needed to commit to the Central Park Plaza South retail project.

First homes set pace for Hayden subdivision

Paul Flood has built large homes with expansive rooms and oversized garages, but he had something different in mind for a 13-acre meadow just south of Hayden Valley Elementary School.

Craft fairs foster holiday spirit

Holiday shoppers on a mission for one-of-a-kind gifts flocked Saturday to several craft fairs in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Writer finds sense of place in Yampa

World travels aside, Kate Krautkramer gets much of her inspiration from valley

When writer Kate Krautkramer is stuck on a story, she'll read a few sentences to her Yampa elementary students and ask them what should come next.

Kyle Lee Hillesland

Kyle Lee Hillesland, son of Devon and Eric Hillesland of Craig, was born at 6:52 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Donna and Ed Rettmann of Craig, and John Peck of Steamboat Springs.

Looking ahead

City has big questions to answer before approving URA

The city of Steamboat Springs will be asked to approve an urban renewal authority on Tuesday, despite the questions that continue to swirl in the city, the Steamboat Springs School District and Routt County.

John F. Russell: The Grinch who stole hockey

It's the holiday season and all across the country, children -- and a few childish adults like me -- have started making their Christmas wish lists.

Real Estate transactions for Nov. 22-28

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer CARROLL, KEVIN L. TO DELAP, BILL J. AND DELAP, ANGELA E. FOR LOT 16, ENCHANTMENT SUBDIVISION -- $219,000

Business briefs for Dec. 5

Hospital welcomes new trustee board members Yampa Valley Medical Center's Board of Trustees has selected two new board members. Jim Kissane became a member in November, filling the seat formerly held by Steve Dawes. Tony Connell has been appointed to fill the vacancy that will be created in January 2005, when Dr. David Wilkinson's term on the board expires

Allie Catherine Keefe

Allie Catherine Keefe, daughter of Lori and Craig Keefe of Steamboat Springs, was born at 2:21 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Her sibling is Quinn Keefe. Her grandparents are Richard and Nona Largey of Middletown, N.J., and Bill and Kay Keefe of Oak Park, Ill.

County squares off

Soroco, Hayden crown champs at Carl Ramunno tourney

This year, sophomore Joel Schlegal feels bigger and stronger than a season ago -- all 103 pounds of him.

Dorothy Miller Dequine (1913-2004)

Dorothy Miller Dequine passed away Nov. 30, 2004, in her Sequim, Wash., home in the company of her husband of 72 years and other family members. She was 91.

Joanne Linda Hough-Heed (1951-2004)

Joanne Linda Hough died Nov. 21, 2004, at her home in Maybell after a lengthy illness. She was 53.

Sound Off for Dec. 5

I find it interesting and disturbing that you would use almost a quarter of a page to describe some old bridge in Vail but not a single word about the new bridge between the post office and the Health and Recreation Center, which is a great addition to the community.

Angela Rae Creason (1962-2004)

McCoy resident Angela Rae Creason passed away Nov. 27, 2004, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheatridge after a brief illness. She was 42.

South Routt Calendar for Dec. 5

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

Building permits for Nov. 21-30

Steamboat Springs Mountain Meadow Preserve LLC 1331 Turning Leaf Court Structural Associates Co. Duplex -- Left Side $1,017,620

Dancing the class away

A group of high school girls huddled around a narrow window in a Steamboat Springs High School hallway on Friday, peering over each other for a glimpse of what was taking place inside the school's main gymnasium.

Stay tuned for further developments

Stakes are getting higher in the new world of robotic ski tuning

After 29 years of tuning skis for recreational skiers and Olympic heroes, Win Park was convinced he could beat any robotic machine. He took two pairs of identical skis, shipped one off to the folks who make the Montana Snow Cruiser Max, and then took three hours to put all the skill he'd acquired through the years into tuning the second pair of skis.

Hardy just sells it

Steamboat man offers no-hassle selling on eBay

Eight months ago, Mike Hardy had just left his job of four years at a Steamboat restaurant. It was mud season, and he was playing on eBay, trying to sell a small piece of precious metal a friend had given him. Today, he's spending all his days on eBay and has opened a downtown storefront to house his business, Just Sell It.

The Record for Dec. 5

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: BCS system a bad call

The organizers of college football's Bowl Championship Series should scrap their broken system in favor of the kind of playoff used at every other level of collegiate sports.

Friday, December 3

Sailors upended in debut

Behind 29 shots on goal and months of playing together, the Aspen hockey team had the edge in Friday night's game and took advantage of it, defeating Steamboat Springs, 4-1.

Planning says West Plan should change

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan needs changes, the Routt County Regional Planning Commission agreed at a meeting Thursday.

Horses go to winning bidder

Lady and Scooter are looking for new homes, and the Steamboat Springs mounted police patrol is unsaddling.

Two projects funded by GOCo

Heritage Park artificial turf field project gains $150K grant

A plan to install an artificial turf field at Heritage Park has been awarded a $150,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

Xcel pursues coal delivery plan

Xcel Energy on Friday filed an application with Routt County for a special-use permit that would allow the company to pursue a plan for delivering coal from the Union Pacific railroad north of U.S. Highway 40 to the Hayden Station.

Forfeits move Sailors to win

Steamboat Springs junior Tim Taylor was thrilled to open his season with a pin in Friday night's dual against Rangely, but he was even more pleased just to be back on the mat.

The Record for Dec. 4

Thursday, Dec. 2 12:56 a.m. A car accident was reported at mile marker 144 on U.S. Highway 40. A woman lost control of her vehicle and slid about 75 feet off an embankment. She suffered from exposure to the elements while awaiting help but was not injured in the accident.

News in brief for Dec. 4

United Methodist Youth Group selling trees The United Methodist Youth Group is selling trees at the church on Eighth and Oak streets. Proceeds will fund summer mission projects for the youth group.

Tigers boys basketball team opens season with win

The Hayden High School boys basketball team got its season off to a roaring start Friday with a 66-29 win against the Baggs, Wyo., Rattlers in Hayden.

Volunteers sought for teaching

Group seeking people interested in teaching English

Anyone who has traveled in a foreign country knows the vulnerable, isolated feeling that comes when you are surrounded by people speaking a language you don't understand. Imagine experiencing that feeling every day -- at work, at the grocery store, in the post office.

Thursday, December 2

Noise issue not quieting down

A judge dismissed two noise citations issued to B&K Distributing Inc. on Thursday, but the ruling did little to solve an ongoing dispute between the beverage distribution company and residents who live near its 13th Street facility.

Skis make a strange canvas

Local artists give new life to old skis

Every ski has a story. Within its cells, it tells the story of every run and every fall, and the dust it collects in the shed tells the story of the days since a technological upgrade. This summer, Leslie Lovejoy started gathering old wooden skis from her attic, second-hand stores and garage sales. She spent an afternoon in Wayne Kakela's barn digging through his extensive collection of old Norwegian skis. She took skis people were about to throw away and coaxed skis from people who were happy to keep them unused.

Briefs for Dec. 2

Silver Spur home burglarized Monday

Autumn Phillips: A pre-emptive strike

Alison Berkley, Hunter S. Thompson should kick your (expletive deleted). Now that you're back in Aspen, he is in better swinging range, and you seem like the kind of person he would like to flick off his porch with a shotgun full of rock salt.

Sailors take mat for new season

It's been three weeks of sweat, pain and sacrifice for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team, but tonight, all that hard work will be rewarded as the Sailors take the mat for a new season.

Nightlife for Dec. 3

Music Tonight Dance music for swing, two-step, Cha Cha, salsa and requests will be played from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at RG's Dance Club in the Old Pilot Building on 11th Street. $3. Call 870-9977.

Briefs for Dec. 3

Ceili society meets today The Yampa Valley Ceili Society meets from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center for an informal evening to learn new dances and listen to music. Newcomers are welcome. The event is free to members; nonmembers pay $10 and students and seniors pay $5. E-mail ceili@frii.com or call 879-2205.

Residents asked to avoid elk

Forest Service advises staying off lower elevation trails

The U.S. Forest Service is asking people to stay off popular lower-elevation trails to give wintering elk and deer herds some peace and quiet.

City closes on Lafarge's North Pit

The city of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Division of Wildlife closed on a land deal this week that will allow waterfowl hunting and fishing on a 101-acre parcel south of town.

Watts holds still while world around him spins

Dave Watts has been playing music in Steamboat since the days of the Inferno and the Heavenly Daze, when Keller Williams was just starting to play at Mocha Molly's.

Record reviews for Dec. 3

Rush Hour Wesley Willis This is one of those albums I really want to like but don't. However, it's also the kind of album I think everyone should hear at least once.

Former Sailor plays for title

Soccer player's college team falls just short of winning

Soccer player Jessica Fritz knows the feeling that comes from winning a championship in tie-breaking penalty phase.

Little women at holiday concert

Conductor Keri Rusthoi treats the group of 7-, 8- and 9-year-old girls like adults. And for a moment, they seem like grown women singing the Latin lyrics to Cantate Domino.

Baby boogalu birds leave the nest

Saturday night, when 3 Litre takes the stage at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, it will be the band's first show outside of its hometown of Denver and the first step in what its members hope will be the career of a national touring band. But they have a lot of work to do and hours of road to travel before they get there.

Mali plays music that makes you hungry

It's music that drips with the sound of barbeque and cornbread. It's the kind of music that makes you hungry, not just for ribs and baked beans but also for a trip to the South.

Orchestra offers family experience

This weekend's concert will be the first unveiling of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra's makeover. The group is trying to change its image.

Hockey king to be crowned in Steamboat

Those looking to quench their thirst for hockey action need not go far. Starting tonight, the Steamboat Springs hockey team will host the first Kings of the Mountain hockey tournament at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Chix defense not enough

The Steamboat Chix with Stix women's hockey team nearly overcame a depleted roster to defeat the Breckenridge Blizzard on Nov. 20.

The Record for Dec. 3

12:34 a.m. A 30-year-old Grand Junction man led law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase from Steamboat Springs to Moffat County. The man was traveling at speeds of as much as 100 mph and was stopped three miles past the Moffat Country line. The man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Men's hockey team even in first season

Experience and team chemistry are team traits formed with time, and Fort Collins took advantage of both to defeat the Steamboat Coyotes on Nov. 19 and 20.

Ski area opening more trails

New Burgess Creek Chairlift scheduled to open Wednesday

The load testing for the new Burgess Creek Chairlift is scheduled for Saturday, and the ski lift is scheduled to open a week earlier than originally planned.

Wednesday, December 1

Local skiers to lead pack

Ski racers invited to forerun Beaver Creek World Cup

The best Alpine ski racers in the world will make their way down the Birds of Prey racecourse in Beaver Creek this week, but not before Steamboat Springs' Drew Roberts gets his shot.

Man leads truck chase

A 30-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested early Wednesday after allegedly taking law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Steamboat Springs to Moffat County.

City won't appeal deannexation

The city of Steamboat Springs had decided not to appeal a District Court decision allowing Walter Scott to deannex 180 acres from the city.

DA waits to file charges

Judge also continues cases against students accused of break-in

Routt County Judge James Garrecht allowed the District Attorney's Office more time to file charges against a man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

Gart Sports plans to open this month

The new Gart Sports store in Steamboat Springs will open by the middle of the month, the company's regional manager said Wednesday.

The Record for Dec. 2

Tuesday, Dec. 1 6:20 a.m. The Steamboat Springs Police assisted a motorist whose car stalled near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue.

County looks at West of Steamboat

The Routt County Regional Planning Commission will give its input tonight about how the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan should be updated.