Stories for February 2004


Sunday, February 29

Temporary snow trail open

Officials look to make snowmobile trail permanent

A temporary snowmobile trail to access the National Forest from Steamboat Lake State Park is now open, and officials are in negotiations to make the trail permanent.

The Record for March 1

SATURDAY, Feb. 28, 2004 12:41 a.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported at the intersection of Colorado Highway 131 and U.S. Highway 40.

Tom Ross: Steamboat enters Camelot zone on Leap Day

Sunday was a bonus day; today, your powder clause is in effect -- act on it

Note to my boss: Dear Boss Man. If you notice that my chair appears to be empty this morning, please don't be concerned. You can rest assured that I am on the job. I am doing my duty -- covering the ski area -- literally. I can promise that today's coverage of Mount Werner will be very thorough indeed. If you need me, my cell phone will be turned off.

Fund-raiser beneficiary named

Yampa Valley Recycles to receive Soup Bowl Supper funds

Potters understand recycling.

Briefs for March 1

Snow, ice lead to 13 accidents on the roads

Saturday, February 28

Old World Sanctuary

Steamboat Boulevard home in Sanctuary a 'fun house to live in'

Trish Grueser said she wanted her new house "to be like it was 100 years old" and feel like she had lived there forever.

The ultimate field trip

After 27 years of teaching, science teacher prepares for retirement

Despite little interest in pursuing a career in education, high school student Ed Hayne somehow found himself president of Adams City High School's chapter of Future Teachers of America.

For the sheer joy of it

Athans follows in Mallory's footsteps -- to the top of Mount Everest

Ask Pete Athans why he has climbed Mount Everest more times than any other Westerner and he just might turn to the late George Leigh Mallory. But the answer is different from what you recall.

Special opportunity

Student says disabilities are no big deal at Special Olympics

Marisa Lombardi, 14, remembers a lot about her first Special Olympics.

Girls fall to fourth

Panthers defeat Sailors in District 6 play

Thursday's win against Moffat County was one of the highlights of the season for the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team, but it might mean little now.

John F. Russell: Black cats, spilled salt and sports

I've never considered myself a superstitious person.

Steamboat takes second

Despite making district finals, boys disappointed with loss

In November, after starting the season 0-2, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team would have been ecstatic about just making it to the district final game.

Potion passion

The women of Little Moon Essentials give natural relief to a weary world

Laura Lamun and her crew at Little Moon Essentials toil away in a remodeled garage on Steamboat Spring's west side all day long. So when the whistle finally blows, they're more than ready for a Tired Old Ass Soak.

David Freseman: What's next for LIFT-UP?

Q. LIFT-UP of Routt County faces the predicament of losing the lease on several of the commercial/office spaces it occupies. Would it be an exaggeration to say the future of the organization is at risk?

The Record for Feb. 29

Friday, Feb. 27 3:17 a.m. A 24-year-old woman was reported missing by her parents. She came home later that evening.

Colonel coming to town?

KFC, Chester Fried looking at city locations

A small flock of chicken restaurants could soon be roosting in Steamboat Springs.

Sound Off for Feb. 29

I just read the article about the tragedy about Daniel David Carver, and I think it's sad that the Steamboat Pilot & Today will not publish the obituary that was written. We need to see stuff like this in this town. We're not the perfect little community that everybody thinks we are. We have problems here, and the public needs to see them, we need to talk about them, and our kids need to see them.

Class Notes for Feb. 29

The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club named Tucker Louthan its teen of the month for January.

South Routt Calendar for Feb. 29

Petitions to run for mayor or town trustee for the Oak Creek and Yampa town boards are available at the Oak Creek and Yampa town halls. In Oak Creek, three trustee positions and the mayoral position are open. In Yampa, five trustee positions and the mayoral position are open. Those interested in holding office must be 18 years or older and must live within the town where they are running. To run, a person must get 10 signatures and turn in his or her petition by March 5.

Cornerstone to expand in spring

While new construction seems to be everywhere in Steamboat Springs, two developers are not skipping the opportunity to seize their pieces of the pie in the demand for housing.

Bolder 'Boat

Pentathlon draws Boulder crowd

For the past several months, a dedicated group of athletes has been training for the Steamboat Springs Pentathlon.

Jail Report for Feb. 29

Saturday, Feb. 21 Sean Michael Kornely, 33, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence, DUI per se, expired plates, no insurance, driving under revocation, failed to drive in lane (Colorado State Patrol)

Perley C. Green: 1915-2004

Longtime Routt County resident Perley C. Green died Feb. 27, 2004, at the Eagle Ridge of the Grand Valley Care Center. He was 88.

Community bands in marijuana battle

Kip Strean finally has found his cause. The day he met a "soft- spoken, gentle guy" named Don Nord, Strean joined an increasing number of people in Routt County -- and across the country -- who see themselves as activists, helping Nord carry his oxygen tank into battle.

Hope not lost

Mobile-home bills fail at state Legislature; hopes high for bill to return next session

Bobbi Hodge has become a familiar face at Steamboat Springs City Council meetings, lobbying for the rights of mobile-home owners.

Drivers slide off icy roads

Several people were injured in Routt County on slippery, slushy roads Saturday, caused by Friday afternoon rain that progressed into snow through the day Saturday.

Hopefuls race for 3rd seat

More than eight months from Election Day, the eyes of political strategists and party leaders from Denver to Washington, D.C., are focused on Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. The race to replace incumbent Rep. Scott McInnis, a Republican from Grand Junction, is expected to be expensive and hotly contested.

Our View: The Haven worth saving

Yampa Valley Medical Center's decision to back out of a deal to acquire The Haven in Hayden raises concerns about the facility's future. The Haven is the only assisted living facility in Routt County, and though it has struggled, it fills an important niche in the community. It would be a shame to lose it, and we hope West Routt Rural Health Inc., owner and operator of The Haven, is able to find a solution that will keep the facility open.

Suzy Pattillo: Get a life

Someone I ran into on the Spring Creek Trail told me that an officer was handing out warnings and tickets to dog owners for not having their dogs on a leash.

Permits for Feb. 29

Steamboat Springs Eagle Ridge Townhomes Llc 1503 Flattop Circle Road Structural Builders Inc. Boiler Building $18,000

Tigers' season ends in defeat

The Hayden girls basketball team finished its season Friday with a heartbreaking loss to the Grand Valley Cardinals, but the Tigers' effort was a testament to their improvement through the season and showed promise for next season, Hayden coach Jayme Adams said.

transactions for Feb. 29

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Friday, February 27

Briefs for Feb. 28

Steamboat Springs High School, in conjunction with National Peace Corps Day, will host an international evening to celebrate the international diversity in our area and support those organizations which help foreign nationals. There will be educational and service booths, as well as music, food and a silent auction. The free event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. March 16 in the high school commons area.

Fire destroys Elk River Estates barn and contents

A wooden barn in Elk River Estates burned to the ground Friday morning, destroying two trucks, snowmobiles, a boat and a trailer stored inside it.

Tourist count lower this week

Steamboat Springs should be quieter this weekend than last weekend.

Schools, Montessori group work out details

The Steamboat Springs School District and Steamboat Springs Montessori continue to work toward a settlement agreement, nearly two weeks after the School Board approved a resolution ending a lengthy dispute between the two.

Sheriff steps up patrol in skiers' Area 51

The Routt County Sheriff's Office plans to step up patrol of a popular, out-of-bounds skier hangout known as Area 51.

The Record for Feb. 29

2:03 a.m. A report was made that a person was in a business in the 1200 block of South Lincoln Avenue. Police investigated and determined the situation was OK.

Montrose uses depth, shooters in win

Indians hand Sailors a 57-31 loss in District 6 semifinals

Steamboat coach Steve Moos jokingly called the members of the Montrose girls basketball team clones because they are all about the same size, and they play about the same game.

Sports in brief for Feb. 28

Boarder impresses at World Cup in Japan

County wants $1.4M for roads

Routt County will submit only one grant request to the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program in the upcoming funding cycle, but it is for more money than all five applications in the last cycle.

John L. Kerst and Timothy S. Borden: Thank you

On Feb. 16 about 1:10 a.m., a pipe broke in our sprinkler system, which put 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of water through our lobby and into the lower level of First National Bank. I received an alarm call at home, and by the time I reached the bank at 1:30 a.m., the police and fire personnel had arrived and shut down the fire sprinkler system. The two police officers on the scene were Garrett Wiggins and Josh Carroll. The firefighters at the scene were Dave Hesselton, Tenadore Dean, Matt Mathisen, Shawn Zwak, Mike Middleton, Mike Hirshman, Bob Struble and Churck Cerasoli.

Boys take out Palisade

Scott Peterson prefers the baseline, but players don't always get to pick their spots on the floor when hitting game-saving or game-winning shots. Friday, Peterson made both from the top of the arc to help lift Steamboat to a 42-39 overtime win against Palisade.

Thursday, February 26

Commissions change stances

City, County Planning Commissions vote to eliminate Yampa extension option

Both the City and County Planning Commissions altered their stances on the Yampa Street extension, a key element in the area plan update.

Autumn Phillips: The end of winter

Even as I write, snow is falling. But for me, winter is over.

All the right moves

Steamboat Springs, meet your dance community

Steamboat Springs, meet Geri Harris. As one of 11 dancers tapping a rhythm to Tony Bennett's "Steppin' Out with my Baby," her performance doesn't stand out from the others. Only her story is different.

Brief Points for Feb. 27

The winners of the second annual Ride Snowboards' "Snowboard Art 2: A Graphics Competition" have been announced. Best of Show went to Adam Reitz of Rochester, N.Y.

RMYC recipient of Snowball

For 23-year-old Ben Blair, working behind a desk is the equivalent of a slow death. But as a recent graduate with a degree in cultural anthropology, he didn't know what kind of careers were available where he could use his body and mind.

How many area musicians ...

will it take to fill the stage for this year's Music Jam?

Wes Dearborn got involved with Jimmie Heuga's Snow Express because he likes to ski fast, but over the years, as he met people with multiple sclerosis and listened to their stories, it became more than that.

The record for Feb. 27

Wednesday, Feb. 25 12:15 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 1200 block of Sparta Plaza. A warning was issued.

Brehmer innocent of DUI, eluding

But jury convicted him of careless driving, resisting arrest, speeding

After deliberating for six hours, a jury found Todd Brehmer guilty of careless driving, resisting arrest and speeding, but not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular eluding.

Steamboat boys take Huskies

Henry Howard and Teal Taylor didn't want their playing time to increase at the expense of an injured teammate, but the loss of Kyle Re forced the pair into more minutes and a more integral role Thursday night. Howard and Taylor took advantage, scoring a combined 16 points off the bench, as the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team rolled to an easy 60-35 win against Battle Mountain in the opening round of the District 6 tournament.

The Ranch to buy 23 acres

Purchase part of court deal between association, developers

As part of a court settlement, The Ranch at Steamboat Condominium Association is purchasing 23 acres of land that was once slated for 15 single-family homes.

Nightlife for Feb. 27

Paul Geppert plays at 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St. No cover charge. Dinner reservations recommended. Call 879-4925.

Autumn in Portugal

Rick Howell to show work from his monthlong trip to Europe

Rick Howell's limited palette is part truth, part interpretation. His landscapes are muted in browns and blues, the colors of overcast days, the colors of Portugal in the fall.

news in brief for Feb. 27

Tree are set ablaze at Steamboat Ski Area

Board rules on mayor's salary

The Oak Creek mayor's salary of $90 a month will not be raised more than 10 times to $1,100 a month, the Oak Creek Town Board of Trustees decided Thursday.

Speech team off to regionals

But Blues Break has many students out with family engagements

Shauna Lamansky has the Blues Break blues.

Shooting for a district championship

After defeating the Soroco Rams 39-33 in a foul-filled first round of the District 1 playoffs Saturday, the Hayden girls basketball team will take on the Grand Valley Cardinals at 7 p.m. today in Parachute.

Beating the buzzer

Sailors beat Bulldogs by 1 in districts

Shelley Dunlop thought the Steamboat Springs girls lost Thursday. With only 24 seconds left, the senior Sailor figured if Moffat County scored, the game was over.

Team Volant off to nationals

A Steamboat Springs figure skating team has qualified for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in San Diego with an impressive showing at a regional competition.

Wednesday, February 25

District dealings

Steamboat boys, girls basketball teams begin district play

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team enters today's District 6 basketball tournament as the top seed -- but not necessarily the favorite to win.

Steamboat boarders head for World Cup giant slalom

If you want to see an 18-year-old get excited about something in today's world, ask Steamboat Springs snowboarder David Manthei about next week's World Cup parallel giant slalom at Mount Bachelor in Oregon.

Brehmer jury set to deliberate

The court trial of a man accused of fleeing the scene of a routine traffic stop will continue into its fourth day.

Report: Nine elk untested for CWD

New information released by state officials indicates animals from an elk ranch where chronic wasting disease was identified were not tested for the disease, and that a fence may not be adequately separating wild and captive elk.

Removing term limits is on agenda

While Oak Creek struggles to find enough candidates to fill its April ballot -- much less hold a contested election -- its town board will discuss eliminating municipal term limits.

Sheriff, GRAMNET probe Carver's death

The Routt County Sheriff's Office and GRAMNET are investigating where a suicide victim bought the amphetamines that were in his blood when he died Feb. 7.

Battle expected in adult hockey finals

A single point is all that separated Backdoor Sports/Team Mad Dog from Minglewood in this year's Sunday night adult hockey league.

The Record for Feb. 26

6:27 a.m. A noise complaint of a semitrailer idling was made in the 1140 block of 13th Street.

CMC skiers return to Nationals

When Colorado Mountain College ski racer Ben Reeder stepped into the starting gate of last Friday's giant slalom race in Red Lodge, Mont., he was focused on one thing: skiing fast.

Students drop their books for hands-on learning

Winter Studies Day gives children, educators a break from mid-winter blues

If school quarters were animals, the third quarter would be the ugly duckling.

Gart Sports coming to town?

Store reportedly close to signing lease at Wildhorse Marketplace

Gart Sports is close to being the first tenant in the new Wildhorse Marketplace.

Technology program pricey

Commission estimates cost at $650,000 for 2004-05

Norm Weaver doesn't have to look any further than one of his daughters to know the Steamboat Springs School District's technology plan is working.

Briefs for Feb. 26

Steamboat Springs senior Devin Borvansky is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament as part of his senior project at the Steamboat Springs High School.

Tuesday, February 24

LIFT-UP looks for new home

Leases to expire on group's locations

Leaders of LIFT-UP Food Bank are searching urgently for a new location to rent or own, and cost is an issue.

Brehmer trial continues

Police officers take the stand on second day of testimony

Steamboat Springs police officers testified as to why they refused to let Todd Jeffery Brehmer take a blood-alcohol content test about two hours after being pulled over on suspicion of speeding.

Aiming for Down Under

Soroco football stars raise money for trip to Australia

They battled big, bruising linemen on the football field for four years. Now, Soroco Rams C.J. Remick and Kory Babcock are competing with prep students and Girl Scouts.

Pizza restaurant to open in March

Ross Barnhardt moved to Hayden from Steamboat Springs a year and a half ago and immediately noticed a void in his life. "One of the first things that struck me is that you couldn't pick up the phone and order a pizza," Barnhardt said. "This is the 21st Century. Everywhere else in America has a pizza place. We though Hayden needed something like this."

Grants program prized

Fund Board group to present requests

Funding requests from the Education Fund Board's Technology Commission have become fairly straightforward over the past couple of years.

County, Forest Service talk recreation

The Forest Service has offered several alternatives for managing winter recreation in the area, which will be presented in mid-March to allow for additional public comments.

Overcoming obstacles

Despite broken collarbone, Glenn takes ninth place

A broken collarbone could not keep snowboarder Grant Glenn from pursuing the sport he loves.

Rams boys basketball squad wraps up season

The Soroco boys basketball team wrapped up its season with a 33-56 loss Saturday in Rangely in the opening round of the district playoffs.

Hockey team steps up to challenge

Ten boys decided they were going to win when it would have been easy to give up.

Freestyle skier returns to basics

Steamboat Springs freestyle skier Eddie Keiser returned to his roots last weekend at an event at the Arapahoe Basin ski area in Summit County.

The Record for Feb. 25

12:11 a.m. A woman reported that she may have been drugged at a restaurant on Eighth Street.

News in brief for Feb. 25

Sterling awards to be announced at luncheon

J. Larry Gray: A comedian?

This letter is in response to the column "Ask Mr. Grammar Person," by David Grimes. The column appeared in the Feb. 20 Steamboat Today.

County OKs Stagecoach plans

Developers want to build commercial store, single-family homes

Sketch plans for a residential area that includes one of the first commercial developments in Stagecoach were approved by Routt County commissioners Tuesday.

Our View: We can learn from Carver's death

At issue Daniel David Carver's suicide Our view Meth use is not just an urban problem.

Monday, February 23

The Junior Olympics

Cross country skiers off to Placid

She has spent the winter traveling from one cross country race to another, but these days, Steamboat Springs cross country skier Korie Steitz is focused on just one.

Gas rates to rise 6 percent March 1

Natural gas consumers in Northwest Colorado can expect a 6 percent increase in rates beginning March 1.

Brief for Feb. 24

Student charged in graffiti incident at high school

County to add traffic issue

Commissioners want 13th, Yampa street trouble in area plan

Routt County commissioners said Monday that the growing traffic problems at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue should be acknowledged in the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update.

Hangars open for business

Sixteen new hangars at the Steamboat Springs Airport are now in use, one more step the city is taking to become self-sufficient.

Trial begins for man accused of fleeing

Todd Jeffery Brehmer appeared in District Court on Monday on charges that he fled police after a routine traffic stop last September.

Justice center to head to city Planning

Plans for Routt County's justice center have been through the first step of the city of Steamboat Springs' planning process and could be heard by the city Planning Commission as early as March.

The Record for Feb. 24

Sunday, Feb. 22 1:43 a.m. A man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after wrecking his vehicle near the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40.

The Junior Olympics

Nordic combined skiers search for gold in Alaska

Taylor Fletcher will lead a group of five Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skiers north to Alaska in search of gold.

Marchus files for hearing

Building official's attorney requests formal grievance meeting

Attorney Charles Feldmann filed a request Monday for a formal grievance hearing on behalf of fired Routt County chief building official Mark Marchus.

Sunday, February 22

Tom Ross: Spring is coming, trust me on this one

Durango enjoys more daylight hours than Steamboat Springs, but we're catching up

Every year, there arrives a day when you can sense that winter's back has been broken. I think Sunday was that day.

Briefs for Feb. 23

The Hayden Public Library will hold a Scholastic book fair beginning Tuesday and running through March 9. The fair is open during the library's regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. All proceeds will benefit the library's children's section.

The Record for Feb. 23

1:21 a.m. Police arrested a juvenile on charges of driving under the influence at the intersection of Pine Grove Road and Rollingstone Drive.

District looks to up revenue

Agreement could net $180,000 for Steamboat Springs schools

Facing budget cuts for the second consecutive year, the Steamboat Springs School District is looking at new ways to generate revenue.

Curriculum audit next for schools

Call it the year of the audit. Following in the footsteps of a communications audit and the annual financial audit, the Steamboat Springs School District is moving ahead with a proposal to hire an Indiana organization for a curriculum audit of the district.

Saturday, February 21

Transactions for Feb. 9-11

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Remembering nature while skiing

Steamboat Ski Area used Saturday to recognize environment's importance

Yampatika tour guide Karen Proctor reached into her bag to pull out the reason why white settlers first came to Colorado.

Births for Feb. 21

Margaret Frances Redfern, daughter of Christine and Neill Redfern of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:27 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 10 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Anne Redfern of Norfolk, Va., Gertrude Pokoly of Narragansett, R.I., and Thomas Pokoly of Worcester, Mass.

Our View: Decision could cost

The Steamboat Springs City Council's decision to eliminate the option of extending Yampa Avenue to 13th Street could prove costly to the city in the future.

School's 'Drama Queens' do their part

Officials say theater offers great benefits to students at Lowell Whiteman School

Less than a week before the live performances of "An Evening of Scenes and Monologues" at the Lowell Whiteman School, cast member Annie McLean was forced to scrap her roles after a nasty fall on the ski slopes.

Today staff sweeps annual CPA awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the best newspaper of its size in the state Saturday during the Colorado Press Association's annual convention. It is the second consecutive year the newspaper has won the award.

Iacovetto, Gates 2 of a kind

Matt Iacovetto and Whit Gates sat side by side catching their breath after their nearly simultaneous matches for third and fourth place.

March madness

Airline reservations up 1,700

Steamboat's tourism-based businesses are headed into the crux of the ski season and competing for their share of a declining destination-skier base.

Raising the bar

$3.9 million home built on Buffalo Pass

Maynard Kline has been to all the resort towns in Colorado and seen all the high-end houses. But most of them failed to meet his standards for an ideal home.

Condo market extends downtown, to residents

About three years ago, developer and Realtor Herald Stout noticed a trend developing: more people were choosing to buy low-maintenance townhomes and condominiums over single-family homes.

The Bachelors

Steamboat's most eligible men

This winter, the Steamboat Pilot & Today received a phone call from Amy Raymond, the casting director for ABC's "The Bachelor." She had heard of Steamboat's unfair and much-debated male-female ratio. If the rumors were correct, she thought this would be the perfect place to look for the show's next bachelor.

Briefs for Feb. 22

Petitions to run for mayor due by March 5

Russell has company hooked

Steamboat Fishing Company guide lands mayfly in national catalogue

Perhaps the ultimate compliment a fly-fishing guide and fly tier can receive is to have his or her recipe for success picked up by a national company.

Routt County Spotlight: Dory Scull

Dory Scull Age: 24 Occupation: Recycler for the ski area Place of birth: Baton Rouge, La.

Business briefs for Feb. 22

Former Steamboat Ski Area President Vern Greco has accepted a new position with his present company, Powdr Corp.

Soundoff for Feb. 22

Small-lot subdivisions OK Of course small-lot subdivisions should be allowed, just like it's obvious that large, seasonal employers should provide employees an affordable place to live.

Fourth-grader wins grand prize in safety poster contest

Strawberry Park Elementary fourth-grader Ellana Williams was recognized Thursday as the grand-prize winner of the Steamboat Ski Area's fourth annual safety poster contest. For her winning poster, she received a child's season pass for the 2004-05 season.

The Record for Feb. 22

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.

Jordan Gray: Don't judge one apple

On behalf of the student body and staff at the Lowell Whiteman School, I would like to send my deepest apologies to City Market, Market on the Mountain and Curve Market and Deli for the behavior of five of my peers.

Richard Boersma: Accept others' rights

I read Ron Lewis' brief but very caustic boiling-over in Wednesday's Steamboat Today, and wondered what Nina Rogers' letter had said that provoked such hostility. So I backtracked to Sunday's Pilot to read the offending letter.

MacCarthy, Steitz make top 3

For the second day in a row, Steamboat Springs skier Sarah MacCarthy was within reach of a state title.

Doolin dominates

Unseeded Hayden wrestler finishes second in state

His record didn't show it. His seed didn't show it. But Hayden's Jake Doolin showed he was one of the top 140-pound wrestlers in Colorado by winning his way to the championship match of the Class 2A state tournament.

Jordan Gray : Don't judge one apple

On behalf of the student body and staff at the Lowell Whiteman School, I would like to send my deepest apologies to City Market, Market on the Mountain and Curve Market and Deli for the behavior of five of my peers.

Sailor boys hang on to finish fifth

It wasn't the finish that the coaches of the Steamboat Springs High School boys team were hoping for, but the Sailors had plenty to celebrate on the final day of the Colorado High School Skiing Championships.

Family uses tragedy to warn of meth

The week before Daniel David Carver died, he was wreaking havoc inside Oak Creek's Sinclair Gas Station. The 19-year-old threw cigarette boxes, destroyed a display of sunglasses and wrestled with the Oak Creek police chief for six minutes before being handcuffed and taken to the Routt County Jail, police said.

Served with Irish attitude

Shop owners hope to draw on Irish accent, charm

Paddy Shack, Steamboat's newest really tiny restaurant, is just what the name implies: a friendly coffee/salad/soup and sandwich joint owned by an Irishman who loves golf -- and golf movies starring Bill Murray.

Hayden girls beat Soroco to advance

Fouls were plentiful in the year's final battle between cross-county rivals Hayden and Soroco.

Heartbeat of Chelsea's is in the kitchen

Owners say they wouldn't have bought restaurant if David Chen hadn't agreed to stay

Fourteen years ago, the first owner of Chelsea's restaurant in Oak Creek went to San Francisco to find a chef.

Montessori way

Gilpin County sets example for Steamboat

From the main hallway of Gilpin County Elementary School, classroom W177 doesn't look any different from the others around it.

Friday, February 20

County looks to update PDR

Purchase of Development Rights program has preserved 5,024 acres

Since voters agreed to a 1-mill levy to preserve open space and agricultural lands in 1996, Routt County has put 5,042 acres into conservation easements through its Purchase of Development Rights Program.

Pay schedule adjustment rejected

While most South Routt School District employees receive pay raises every year, some of the most veteran teachers do not. With a School Board decision Thursday night, they still won't. The South Routt School Board unanimously voted against a salary schedule adjustment that would add "steps" to the pay scale to give staff with more than 30 years of experience in the district annual pay raises. The current salary schedule stops annual $700 pay raises when an employee reaches 30 years of experience.

Gates, Iacovetto make cut

Soroco wrestlers still alive in state tourney action in Denver

Whit Gates wasn't going to let another overtime match get away.

The Record for Feb. 21

12:05 a.m. A noise complaint was made for a loud party at Herbage condominiums. The residents promised police they would keep it down.

Pilot & Today wins awards

Newspaper earns General Excellence Award in its size category

The Steamboat Pilot & Today captured 18 awards, including the prestigious General Excellence Award as the best newspaper in its circulation category, during the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters awards banquet.

New water fees create stir

Residents with several water rights likely saw hefty increase

This month, water rights owners are finding themselves with another bill to pay, and some Routt County residents are not happy.

When seconds count

Steamboat's Allen's bid for a state title falls short

Less than a second. That's all that separated Steamboat Springs Alpine skier Thomas Allen from winning a state title Friday afternoon on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area.

MacCarthy takes title

Defending state champion Sarah MacCarthy is living proof that winning a state title isn't always the greatest feeling in the world.

Doolin doles out pins

The past two weeks of Jake Doolin's life have been all about wrestling. Friday night, he was rewarded.

Moore packs house for HEDC

People attending a presentation on cultivating businesses packed the Hayden Town Hall with hopeful "economic gardeners" Wednesday night.

On the road to Mardi Gras

John Lisi and Delta Funk bring in-your-face blues to The Tugboat

Feb. 24 is Fat Tuesday, otherwise know as Mardi Gras, so what better place to be than at the feet of a down and dirty New Orleans band such as John Lisi and Delta Funk.

Midweek tourism forecast bullish

Tourism in Steamboat Springs could be off by several hundred guests tonight, but area lodging properties will get a big midweek boost, and Feb. 28 looks strong.

Briefs for Feb. 21

Strings in the Mountains is looking for volunteers to help with this summer's festival. Help is needed with ushering and running the box office and concession stands. Call Annie at 879-5056, ext. 100 or 103, before March 1.

Thursday, February 19

Autumn Phillips: Still Googling

We met at the University of Wyoming on a cold and windy, late afternoon when there was nothing to do but stay inside. For no reason at all, and for my first time, I walked into the philosophy club meeting and took a seat. Minutes later, two drunken guys from the wrestling team came in and took their seats.

Leary gives up club hockey for Steamboat

Deciding to move to Denver wasn't difficult for Taylor Leary. Hockey was his favorite sport, and he was unlikely to be discovered by scouts at the next level if he stayed in Steamboat Springs.

Loose Change offers covers

Band taking charge of the music scene, playing more bars

You probably have heard the name but never seen the band.

Colorful cure to February's monochromatic world

Photographer chose to debut her photos tonight to give viewers color

Jennifer Kersten's first camera was small and plastic with 110 film and a square pop flash. It was a camera she begged her parents to give her for Christmas. The then third-grader quickly became an annoyance at family parties, recording everything she saw.

Briefs for Feb. 19

Sex assault involving children reported A report of a sexual assault involving a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy was filed with the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday.

Self-help housing presented to Hayden

The Hayden Town Board learned Thursday night that the town may get the chance to grow with the construction of up to eight affordable houses if enough people show interest.

Gates gets win; Iacovetto falls

Time it took to drive from Oak Creek to Denver? More than three hours.

The Record for Feb. 19

Tuesday, Feb. 17 7:11 a.m. A person was reported camping next to a trash bin in the 900 block of Weiss Drive.

Fair board chooses logo

After judging more than 70 entries in a contest to create a theme and logo for the 2004 Routt County Fair, the fair board has picked a winner.

Commission looks at plan

County, city planning commissions could jointly adopt it

The proposed Yampa Street Connector and preserving existing mobile-home parks were two issues the Routt County Planning Commission considered in another look at the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update.

Building permits for Feb. 9-13

Steamboat Springs Dan Schwartz 2615 & 2617 Longthong Road

New generation of Spielbergs, Coppolas

At 14, Jennings Anderson already has found what he was meant to do in life; you can tell by the look on his face when he talks about it. Anderson is a filmmaker.

Jazz takes off its corset

If places such as the Blue Note in New York City hadn't slammed their doors in the faces of three up-and-coming musicians more than 10 years ago, Medeski, Martin and Wood may never have developed the experimental sound that seems to be the future of jazz.

Williams drops lawsuit

Marcus Williams dropped a $49 million federal lawsuit against the city, but said his quest for a liquor license is not finished.

Briefs for Feb. 20

Educational seminar planned Chase Oriental Rug Company is sponsoring an educational seminar, "Iran to China to Iran: The Evolution Production" from 7 to 9 p.m. March 5 in the Chase showroom. The featured speaker will be Tom Atiyeh, third generation carpet importer and wholesaler from Oregon. His presentation will be accompanied by a slide show. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to 879-5667.

Nightlife for Feb. 20

Music Tonight Bill Martin plays at 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St. No cover. Dinner reservations recommended. Call 879-4925.

Freestyle skier finds her stride in Aspen

After finishing first in the single and dual mogul events last weekend in Aspen, Steamboat Springs skier Caterina Mader looks like a skier just hitting her stride.

Giving a gift with love

Winter Carnival queen donates her hair to Locks of Love

Near the end, Patty Hanley was walking around with a ruler measuring the growth of her hair. But hair grows slowly and after years of watching it, Hanley was getting impatient.

The Record for Feb. 20

2:09 a.m. A disruptive woman was reported at a bar in the 1000 block of Highpoint Drive. The woman was reportedly out of control and threw another woman's purse in the fire. The Steamboat Springs Police Department gave the woman a ride home.

Sailors clinch league title

As expected, there were hoots and hollers eminating from the Steamboat Springs boys locker room Thursday night after the Sailors captured the league title with a convincing 72-27 win over Battle Mountain.

Sailors finish season with win

Despite some sloppy play down the stretch, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 52-48 win over Battle Mountain on Thursday night.

Doolin does it

Jake Doolin looks like he has horns.

MudFest movie festival begins tonight

MudFest, a four-week festival of "the best of the rest" films, begins tonight at Mountain Movie in Ski Time Square. MudFest will feature two new movies each week.

Wednesday, February 18

YVMC backs out of deal

Medical center will no longer purchase Hayden's The Haven

Yampa Valley Medical Center has backed out of a plan to purchase and operate The Haven Senior Assisted Living Center in Hayden, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

Home slopes

Steamboat plays host to skiing competition

Howelsen Hill has given birth to national champions, Olympic contenders and one of the country's most celebrated skiing traditions. But in all its years, the ski area has never been part of crowning a high school state champion.

Rancher aims for Senate race against Jack Taylor

Routt County Democrat Jay Fetcher plans run for Senate District 8, wants to see partisan equilibrium

Routt County rancher and Democrat Jay Fetcher told a gathering of family members and supporters at the courthouse Wednesday night that he's ready to take another run at state office.

Girls, boys hoops wrap up tonight

The Steamboat Springs girls and boys basketball teams wrap up their regular seasons tonight against Battle Mountain.

Pay schedule change on agenda

Despite a recommendation from the South Routt School District Improvement Team, Superintendent Steve Jones is not optimistic a proposed staff salary schedule adjustment will be approved by the School Board.

Parents talk points with School Board

Parents and students confronted the Hayden School Board on Wednesday night about frustrations they had with "participation points" in the classroom, and concerns the points were not being awarded fairly.

Ski Corp. embraces nature

Sustainable Slopes Day held for environmental education

The Steamboat Ski Area will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse at part of its operations Saturday.

FBLA students qualify for competition

In her first year as sponsor of Soroco High School's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, teacher Angie Blair has seen participation jump from 16 to 36 students.

Rams win, advance to districts

The Soroco boys basketball team opened its postseason schedule with a 64-60 overtime win over Plateau Valley on Tuesday night in Collbran.

Planning considers ranch expansion request

Routt County Planning Commissioners could ask the owners of a 200,000-acre ranch to obtain permits showing they complied with county regulations as they consider the ranch's proposed 30-room lodge at their meeting tonight.

County mulls expansion

Commissioners eyeing house on Oak Street for office

Routt County commissioners are considering their options for a little white house on Oak Street that the county acquired through a condemnation process in 2000.

County hears court's need for full-time deputy

Security experts say it's not a matter of if a serious incident involving injury or death is going to happen at a court facility; it's a matter of when.

Tuesday, February 17

Learning to find yourself

Cree woman, Steamboat resident shares her story Friday

Forty years is a long time not to know who you are, but it took that long for Angie Swinger to get the courage and the motivation to walk away from her life for a year and visit her biological family on the Cree Indian reservation in Canada.

Ready to wrestle

Soroco juniors Whit Gates, Matt Iacovetto off to state

Disappointment is a great motivator, which may explain in part why Soroco's Matt Iacovetto heads to the 69th annual State Wrestling Championships with something to prove.

Dueling Doolin

Hayden 'showed heart,' is ready for state

Jake Doolin refused to release details when asked what fabulous hairstyle he was going to be wearing at this year's state wrestling tournament.

A look ahead at the 69th annual State Wrestling Championships in Denver

Nearly 900 high school wrestlers will compete at the Pepsi Center this weekend during the 69th annual State Wrestling Championships in Denver.

3 Tigers headed to state meet

Hayden wrestlers miss regional titles

Matt Iacovetto got his revenge.

Town manager hired

Minturn HR director will begin March 1

Minturn's human resources director will be Hayden's next town manager.

Attorney: Marchus fired

Building official's lawyer says county has begun termination process

County commissioner candidate Mark Marchus, chief building official with the Routt County Regional Building Department for the past six years, is being terminated, Marchus' attorney said.

Scouting new frontiers

Troop raising money for Hawaii trip, projects

Boxes upon boxes of Girl Scout cookies lined tables in the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall last week as troop leader Lori Laird and Laurie Hallenbeck separated the Thin Mints from the Trefoils and the Samoas from the Do-si-Dos.

Briefs for Feb. 18

Blood drive is Thursday at YVMC with appointment

Our View: A commendable move

Hats off to the Steamboat Springs School District and Steamboat Springs Montessori for reaching a compromise that avoids what could have proved to be a costly legal battle.

Ronald Lewis: Balderdash

Regarding the Feb. 15 letter to the editor, "Check out Kucinich" by Nina Rogers, I have a question: How did Ms. Rogers find Steamboat Springs? I am afraid that she got lost on her way to "The Socialist State of Boulder." What balderdash.

City, developers make deal

City agrees to share cost of culvert with developers

The City Council and a developer of a 19-unit townhome project struck a deal in the middle of Tuesday's council meeting.

Town could force enclave annexation

A proposed annexation of recreational land south of town could now surround many properties near the town limits of Hayden.

Kristi Palmer and Kelly Rhodes: Apologies to Soroco

The student body, faculty and support staff of Rangely High School, as well as the community, would like to offer our sincerest apology to the students and community of Soroco High School for the incident that occurred during the Soroco Rams' visit to our school Jan. 30. We are embarrassed for the breach of trust that came about as the result of thieves breaking into your team's locker room and taking money and items of value. We have always prided ourselves on our ability to ensure visiting teams complete safety while on our grounds, so this incident came as a great shock and shame to us.

Les A. Liman: Save justice center

When I decided to move to a ski resort 35 years ago, I visited several and chose Steamboat Springs. It was and remains a real town with real people. Town was a place where you could go to the bank, wash your clothes in the Laundromat, pick up the mail, and buy some groceries -- all without a car.

Parties look at legal defense agreement

Routt County, two municipalities and two water districts are considering forming a joint legal defense agreement as they evaluate the impacts of Steamboat Springs' filing for recreational water rights.

Hunter has his court appearance postponed

The first court appearance for a Wisconsin hunter charged with criminally negligent homicide was postponed from Tuesday to March 23.

Self-help housing possible in Hayden

Building home in Hayden may be thousands of dollars cheaper than expected for qualified people willing to lend a hand.

Temporary snow trail OK'd

A temporary trail providing snowmobile access to the Routt National Forest from Steamboat Lake State Park could open as early as this weekend.

U.S. attorney: Move marijuana case

The U.S. Attorney's Office called factual and legal arguments for not moving a Hayden resident's medicinal marijuana case to a federal court "frivolous" and "plainly wrong."

The Record for Feb. 18

Monday, Feb. 16 12:20 a.m. A man reportedly was sitting on the front stoop of a bar in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue yelling obscenities. The Steamboat Springs Police Department gave the man a ride to a hotel.

Girls end with win

Tigers face Rams in playoffs Saturday

Creativity is good in art and basketball, and Hayden girls basketball coach Jayme Adams is beginning to see the Tigers adapt and adjust to opposing defenses before her eyes.

County mulls recreation fees

User fees for Routt National Forest should not be implemented unless the money can be used for specific improvements at the place of collection, county commissioners said Tuesday.

Officials stress reasoning

Educational benefits, not money, behind school compromise

Steamboat Springs School District officials stressed Tuesday that the sole impetus for creating a Montessori program at Strawberry Park Elementary School was its educational benefits.

Monday, February 16

Oak Creek subdivision close

Plans to annex and approve a 51-lot subdivision are moving forward, the Oak Creek Town Board said.

News in Brief for Feb. 17

Nancy Stahoviak moved to Doak Walker Care Center

Commercial tubing on Yampa

City Council to weigh upholding ban on upper part of river

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight will consider permanently banning commercial tubers from using the upper stretch of the Yampa River.

Conductor returns for intimate concert

When David Felberg was young, he heard the sound of his father playing the violin and his mother on the piano. He listened to their musical dialogue as they played Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 3.

Across the Sky hits Steamboat

Ben Kolarcik and Justin Unger, both 22, look like typical rock stars. Both are fit and funny, with straight hair styled messily. They call their music pop rock, and their upbeat but melodic songs fit nicely into that category.

Montessori, public school system to wed

At least one classroom in Strawberry Park Elementary School will take on a whole new look come August, when the district expects to begin a multi-year Montessori strand pilot program.

City staff to review budget process

Steamboat Springs city staff has proposed changes to the budget review process that include turning a daylong budget hearing in October into seven meetings held during a five-month period.

The record for Feb. 17

Sunday, Feb. 15 12:26 p.m. A drunken driver was reported near the intersection of Mount Werner Circle and Mount Werner Road.

Pee Wee wrestling approaches

A registration meeting for all parents with children interested in taking part in Pee Wee wrestling in Steamboat Springs will be held Wednesday.

Sailors end season with loss to Aspen

The Steamboat Springs hockey team wrapped up its 2003-04 regular season with a 4-2 loss to league rival Aspen.

Local boys in top five

Lodwick is third, Spillane fifth in World Cup Nordic combined

Steamboat Springs' Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane captured top-five finishes Sunday in a World Cup event.

Possible charges in alleged overdose

A 25-year-old man who police said is suspected of overdosing on heroin could face criminal charges.

District approves Montessori strand

Lawsuit against district to be dropped

In a stunning move that followed nearly four months of closed-door negotiations, the Steamboat Springs School Board approved on Monday a multi-year Montessori strand for Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Parking system on hold?

Disparate bids delay automatic airport parking fee plan

Routt County's plan to install an automated parking fee system at Yampa Valley Regional Airport may be put on hold for a year.

Sunday, February 15

Briefs for Feb. 16

Children's health fairs will be offered in March

City plan lists long- and short-term goals

The city has created and continues to update a map of its priorities and the steps it needs to take to accomplish them.

Seneca could provide less coal

Peabody might not continue as sole provider to power plant

Competition may bring 40 years of service to a close.

The Record for Feb. 16

Saturday, Feb. 14 1:40 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. The subjects where gone when the Steamboat Springs Police Department arrived.

Helicopter called for rescue

A Flight-For-Life helicopter was called to the scene of a snowmobile accident in California Park on Sunday afternoon.

Tom Ross: Solar power for the people -- when I'm president

Forget the red planet, what the United States needs is a clean-burning automobile

It is with great pride that I announce my candidacy for president of the United States.

Saturday, February 14

Class notes for Feb. 15

Monday, Feb. 16 n The South Routt Medical Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

13th Street extension causing tension

The City Council's decision Tuesday to remove plans for an extension from Yampa Street to 13th Street from the community area plan update was a relief for those at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Faith on film

Steamboat Springs Christians hope to see impact from 'The Passion of the Christ'

Two weeks ago, Dr. Kevin King, pastor of Anchor Way Baptist Church, sat in an auditorium in Jacksonville, Fla., with 2,000 other pastors for a special showing of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."

Defeating demons

Sailors take league crown with win

Forget the Western Slope League. Glenwood Springs junior Sean Flohr might be the best shooter in Colorado. But even his 32 points weren't enough Saturday, as Steamboat Springs won 49-45 to clinch at least a share of the league championship.

Support remains high for soldiers in Iraq

Wesley Mottlau, 25, knew since he was a child that he wanted to be in the Army.

Grant makes mentors possible

AmeriCorps volunteers work with middle-schoolers on social, academic skills and communication

Ellen McGuiness doesn't remember much from her years as a middle school student.

Memories -- 10 years later

A new building is in progress at site of the Good News Building explosion

February 3, 2004. The day came and went and JoAnn Baker Paul was so busy she didn't even notice. When she realized two weeks later that the 10-year anniversary of one of the most traumatic events of her life had breezed passed her without a notice, Baker Paul was surprised. For years, she never went a day without thinking about the explosion.

Our View: Winter Carnival

Nearly a century after it began, the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is still going strong.

Nina Rogers: Check out Kucinich

Check out Kucinich Tell me he's not electable. I'll believe you if: We are all willing to be spoon fed "facts" by the mainstream media.

Elkhorn raises the bar for ski-in/ski-out

A new benchmark has been set.

Five state bound

Routt County to be well represented next weekend

Matt Iacovetto got his revenge. The Soroco junior faced Hayden's Jake Doolin earlier this year in the Steamboat Springs High School Tournament, and Doolin won, 5-3.

Glenwood picks up league win

In the huddle before the fourth quarter, the Glenwood Springs girls told coach Deb Henderson they were going to win the game.

Clifford Willett 'Buster' More: 1913-2004

Longtime Yampa Valley resident Clifford Willett "Buster" More died Jan. 31, 2004, in the home of Wayne and Teresa Pollard near Silt, where Buster resided for the last year and a half of his life. He was 90, and his death followed a short illness.

New bank in town

Steamboat man offers solution to damaged wetlands

Ren Martyn's new bank will be open for deposits in South Routt County later this summer. But it's not what you think.

Teen concerned with film's message

Editor's note: Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" was given a flurry of publicity after critics declared it to be anti-Semitic. The most controversial scene was based on the verse Matthew 27:25.

Building Permits for Feb. 15

Steamboat Springs JEFF & HEATHER PARK 2707 ABBEY ROADOwner/contractor Single-family residence $329,057 MARK & CARI HERMACINSKI 245 HILL STREET Owner/contractor ADDITION $25,000

Transactions for Feb. 15

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer OAK CREEK PARTNERS - 114 LLC TO VANZANDT, MARLICE FOR LOT 8, BLK. 3, ORIGINAL TOWN OF OAK CREEK -- $87,000

Business briefs for Feb. 15

Fischer promoted to head ski air program Steamboat springs

Snowmobiler injured

16-year-old girl was taken to hospital

A 16-year-old girl was sent to the hospital after apparently running into a tree while on a commercial snowmobile tour Saturday.

Births for Feb. 15

Jordan Neely Sidwell, son of Kaycee and Tyrel Sidwell of Greeley, was born at 2:39p.m. Jan 30, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are Greg and Alicia Samuelson of Yampa, and Justin and Terry Sidwell of Gill. His great-grandparents are Bud and Carron Zabel of Hayden, Gene and Charlotte Samuelson of Indian Hills, Walt and Cindy Sidwell of Ault and Jean and Ray Butler of Littleton. His great-great-grandmother is Helen Miller of Plainview, Neb.

A higher plane

Catch the action at SoBe Terrain Park

The SoBe Terrain Park at the Steamboat Ski Area came alive Friday under a cloudless sky with skiers and riders working their tricks on the many rails and hits.

The Jail Report for Feb. 15

Saturday, Feb. 7 Jason Allen Boyd, 23, Windsor -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Patricia 'Patte' Carol (Neil) Clementson: 1932-2004

Former Steamboat Springs resident Patricia "Patte" Carol (Neil) Clementson of Grand Junction passed away Feb. 13, 2004. She was 71.

Teens arrested for string of thefts

Students admitted to stealing large quantity of alcohol

Five students from The Lowell Whiteman School were involved in a string of shoplifting incidents at local supermarkets Friday night, said Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. Nick Bosick.

Ruth Wheeler: 1913-2004

Longtime Routt County resident Ruth Wheeler died Feb. 5, 2004, in New Castle, Wyo. She was 90.

Sgt. Justin David Zabel: Troops say thanks

In all my years in the service, I have never seen a community come together the way the Steamboat area has. Your prayers and gifts are more than greatly appreciated. Thank you for making my platoon's Christmas a happy one. We have been away from home for so long. We thought we had been forgotten. Thank you for caring enough to remember.

The Record for Feb. 15

Friday, Feb. 13 8 a.m. A reckless driver was reported eastbound on U.S. Highway 40. The driver was stopped near the Super 8, but no charges were filed.

John F. Russell: Steamboat to provide stage for top skiers

It's the ultimate goal of every student athlete.

Ice underfoot, no roof overhead

Oak Creek Hockey Association eyes new rink roof so it can extend season

About 12 years ago, some ice hockey fans in Oak Creek got a hankering to build their own skate rink.

Library cramped for space

Susan De Wardt is all too familiar with the lack of space at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Routt County Spotlight: Robin Getter

Robin Getter Age: 29 (again) Occupation: Movement educator Place of birth: Newark, N.J.

Art Company changes hands

Will Bashan recently traded a career as a high-ranking executive in billion-dollar companies for a role running a gift shop in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Not your parents' home buying

Purchasing a house is very different than it was years ago

Buying a home can be a complicated and intimidating process. It is even trickier in Routt County, where home prices are well above the nation's average.

Sound off for Feb. 15

We don't need a mayor As an Oak Creek resident, I have a great idea -- Let Cargo Rodeman be the town manager, since she manages the town now. Pay her and throw the mayor's position out the window. We don't need a mayor, we need a town manager and she is the person for it.

Friday, February 13

Panthers top Tigers, league

The Rangely boys basketball team wrapped up an undefeated league season with a 63-50 win over Hayden on Friday night.

The Record for Feb. 14

Thursday, Feb. 12 12:54 a.m. A gas skip was reported in the 2100 block of Mount Werner Road.

When no one is looking

Gail -- a woman who has a one-word name -- was hard at work in her Sedona, Ariz., studio, her hands covered in clay, when a fellow sculptor walked into the room.

Winter Carnival nets $25K

Winter Sports Club uses money to help athletes achieve dreams

The sale of 4,000 buttons helped the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club net nearly $25,000 during the 91st annual Winter Carnival last week, Executive Director Rick DeVos said.

Another first for N. Routt

Charter school holds book fair

The North Routt Community Charter School has had a lot of firsts since it opened nearly three years ago.

Soroco's Iacovetto shines

Wrestlers slap their heads, rub their arms and bounce from one foot to the other, eagerly awaiting their first matches. Soroco's Matt Iacovetto yawns.

VNA offering free cancer screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free mammograms and pap smear tests to women who qualify.

Tigers punish Panthers

Hayden ends .500 in Western Slope

Creativity is good in art and basketball, and Hayden girls basketball coach Jayme Adams is beginning to see the Tigers adapt and adjust to opposing defenses before her eyes.

Wrestlers ready for comeback

Is he crazy? That's what Hayden's Matt Marchbanks wants other wrestlers to ask when they see him and the new haircut he received from fellow teammate Jake Doolin -- sort of a tapered, mushroom-shaped Afro, with long hair on top and shaved around the ears.

Briefs for Feb. 14

Community Foundation to give extra $25,000

Fancy duds, top finishes

Steamboat students earn high marks in competition

Like Clark Kent emerging from a phone booth as Superman, more than two dozen Steamboat Springs High School students took off their usual attire earlier this week and underwent a different sort of transformation.

Steamboat wrestlers alive

Sailors continue battle for state today in Broomfield

The Steamboat wrestling team only scored five points the first day of the Class 4A Region 3 wrestling tournament, but every wrestler is still alive in the tournament and able to score points in day two.

Thursday, February 12

Season on the line for racers

Steamboat age-class Alpine ski teams prepare for important contests

It's crunch time for members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's age-class Alpine ski teams.

Area stores can assist with drink service, selection

Whether it's kegs or bottles, whiskey or wine, dry champagne or citrus mix, choices abound for stocking the wedding bar. Discriminating drinkers may know exactly what they want before walking through the liquor store door. Virtually any well-stocked store can serve them. But the light social drinker may not know the difference between a chardonnay and a merlot.

Follow proper etiquette to avoid mistakes

Customizing weddings is the trend and with the more personalized event comes a loosening of tradition. The rules soften and bend, but etiquette still exists.

Cakes serve as centerpieces of reception

Whether it's chocolate or traditional white cake, tiered or sheet-style, the details that create the centerpiece of the big day can be fashioned in Craig and Steamboat Springs.

Classic tuxedo remains preferred choice

The traditional tuxedo remains a popular fashion for weddings in Craig and Steamboat Springs. "We have some different variations every year but not anything too far from normal," said Connie Lippold of Bushwhackers in Steamboat.

With technology, videographers turn weddings into slick video productions

There's no guaranteeing your wedding video won't prove to be among America's funniest. However, Northwest Colorado is home to some seasoned professionals who have the skills and depth of experience to bring a story telling quality to your nuptials.

Wedding planner helps ease stress

Choosing a wedding planner is the most important choice you'll make while putting together you special day. But first-time brides are often naÃive and end up paying more than they should or giving into pressure to hire someone they may not like.

Roberts takes overall combined title in Wyoming

Drew Roberts' impressive results in his slalom and giant slalom races during the four-day Wild West Classic at Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Mountain Resort earned him an overall combined title earlier this week.

The Record for Feb. 13

Wednesday, Feb. 11 8:53 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported in Cypress Court.

Mobile home caught fire Wednesday

A fire that broke out in a mobile home along Routt County Road 129 was mostly extinguished when firefighters arrived on scene Wednesday night.

School fails to meet AYP

District frustrated by conflicting rules for standards tests

A Steamboat Springs School District official described as "ironic" the notion that a school rated "high" by the state could fail to meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress requirements.

Mayor raise tabled

Options for paying Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman more than the $90 a month she now receives were discussed at the Town Board of Trustees meeting Thursday night, but a decision on the issue was tabled until the Town Board's next meeting.

Walcher makes campaign stop in Steamboat

Former DNR chief seeks 3rd Congressional District seat

Palisade peach grower and former director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources Greg Walcher hopes his experience with environmental and natural resource issues will produce a victory in the hotly contested race for the 3rd Congressional District.

Attorney: Keep case in state

Nord's lawyer files response for medicinal marijuana case

A federal judge should not move a Hayden man's medicinal marijuana case to federal court because the U.S. Attorney's Office asked for such action too late and because officers involved should follow state, not federal law.

TSA agents honored for knife find

Five security agents were honored Thursday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport "for the deterrence of a possible catastrophic event," Transportation Security Administration Regional Security Director Ray Krebs said.

Auction pushed back to Feb. 21

The auction of remaining condominiums at the Canyons Grand Summit Resort Hotel near Park City, Utah, has been postponed two weeks, to Feb. 21.

Dombey declares

High school football player commits to California school

Sailors wide receiver and defensive back Chris Dombey will continue his football career at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles next season.

Variety of dress options available

Sew What's Gale Loveitt has been making and designing wedding dresses for years, so she has seen brides from all different walks of life. One thing most have in common is that they have carried a mental image of their wedding dresses since they were children.

Photographers key to wedding memories

Photographer Sue Rife knows the sparkle in a bride's eye will vanish as surely as the sun sets on her wedding day. But if the Steamboat artist can capture the fleeting moment through the lens of her Nikon it has a chance to last a lifetime.

Area's natural beauty makes perfect wedding backdrop

For the bride and groom looking for a special site to exchange their vows, the Steamboat Springs area offers lots of options. Many people who are married in Steamboat during the summer and early fall want an outdoors wedding, where mountains and woods serve as a stunning backdrop and meadows covered with wildflowers mean there's no need to decorate.

Steamboat is a top wedding destination

With its picture-perfect views and multitude of special spots, the Steamboat Springs area is a popular pick for couples planning weddings. The number of local residents and out of town visitors coming to Steamboat to exchange their vows increases every year, said Riley Polumbus, spokesperson for the Steamboat Chamber and Resort Association.

Wedding Fair offers one-stop shopping

Steamboat's annual Wedding Fair offers couples one-stop shopping for their wedding needs. An estimated 50 vendors will be represented at this year's Wedding Fair, said Peggy Haas, owner of PartySmart.

Flowers have key role in ceremony

If there is a single rule when it comes to wedding flowers, it is that every bride is different. Some brides do not have any idea what they want when they come into Steamboat Floral and Gifts, owner Cathy Vogelaar said. Others know exactly what they want right down to the number of roses and pieces of greenery.

Restaurants cater to reception needs

Northwest Colorado -- and Steamboat Springs in particular -- is a popular wedding destination for out-of-town couples because the rugged geography and gorgeous vistas serve as a memorable backdrop for a momentous occasion. "I'm amazed at the number of people from out of town who get married here," said Jeff Little, owner of Ore House at the Pine Grove. "I think we do an equal number of receptions for both locals and out-of-towners."

Seek musicians who can offer variety

Variety is key in choosing entertainment for a wedding reception, musicians and wedding planners say. "It's great to have a band that is strong in one particular genre, but it's better to have the flexibility to play different styles that appeal to all," said Jill Waldman of The Main Event, a wedding planning service. "Playing songs that people know can sometimes hit an emotional chord with them."

Variety of catering options available

Tara Ayers has begun preparing for wedding receptions that will take place in and around Steamboat Springs this summer. Over the next few months, she will meet with potential clients, hammer out dinner menus and make big lists to help her organize the food, the setup and the staff.

Hairstyle begins long before ceremony

Finding the perfect hairstyle -- and the perfect hairstylist -- can make getting your hair done on your wedding day a luxurious self-indulgence rather than a chore.

Invitation sets tone for wedding ceremony

A wedding invitation serves as preview to the event itself, giving clues about the level of formality and the style of the celebration. Invitations must be ordered early to ensure that there's enough time to address and mail them.

DJ takes deeper look at music

DJ Motion Potion plays Saturday at Mahogany Ridge

DJ Motion Potion, otherwise known as Robbie Kowal, performs with the mind of a chess player. "I'm always thinking about what's the next song or where does this go from here," Kowal said. "A certain song will have a horn part or a certain kind of vocal and I'll bring in another song with that element.

Transit center plan debated

City Planning Commission pleased with expansion plans

The City Planning Commission generally was pleased with plans for an expansion of the city's transit operation center on 13th Street but suggested more landscaping on the east side of the building.

Sand and sun top honeymoon choice

Kris Boyce and his wife combined their wedding and honeymoon in a trip to Italy. The two went to Rome and Florence and the Riviera. They videotaped the exchange of the rings and vows for their families, after they had taken care of all the paperwork back home in Colorado.

Technology makes it easier to register for, purchase gifts

Gifts -- giving them and receiving them -- are a big part of a wedding. Knowing what's appropriate and the protocol surrounding the gesture fill chapters of wedding books and etiquette manuals.

Ring purchase doesn't have to be intimidating

Engagement and wedding rings are a lot like clothing -- styles come and go and then come back again. And as the design and style of the ring itself varies, so does the manner in which it is selected, said Richard Tyser, owner of Kester Jewelry in Craig.

News in brief for Feb. 13

Community foundation to give extra $25,000

Wednesday, February 11

Talking transportation

Counties strive to reach common transportation goals

After a group of county organizations succeeded in agreeing on water principles for the state, it has moved on to finding common ground on transportation.

Inaugural members ratified

Yampa Valley Housing Authority board members approved

The inaugural members of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority were ratified Wednesday at a joint meeting between the City Council and county commissioners, who also discussed the group's next step.

Justice center halfway design point reached

Routt County commissioners approved justice center designs at the halfway point of their development, giving the project the OK to move ahead.

Join the club

Steamboat club volleyball enjoys quick success

In their first club volleyball season, 14 Steamboat Springs girls are enjoying more success than anyone expected.

Pay question could go to vote

Putting option to pay mayor on ballot likely to be discussed

Whether to pay Oak Creek's mayor as a part-time employee could be decided by a vote during the town's April election.

State berths on line

Tigers, Sailors, Rams to compete in regional meet

A new wrestling season begins Friday for area athletes.

Sailors proving talented

It's not surprising that Sailor Korie Steitz will be in the running for a state title when the Colorado High School Skiing Championships come to town in two weeks.

Briefs for Feb. 12

Routt County commissioners approved a food service building and pavilion for Columbine Cabins in North Routt County.

The Record for Feb. 12

12:42 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 700 block of Grand Street. The Steamboat Springs Police Department gave a warning.

North Routt charter extension close

The Steamboat Springs School District and the North Routt Community Charter School are nearing completion of a contract extension for the 3-year-old Clark school.

21 up for Tax Policy Group

Former City Council members, bankers and retired businesspeople are among the 21 people who have applied for the city's Tax Policy Advisory Board.

Hayden hires town manager

Minturn's human resource director will be Hayden's next town manager.

Tuesday, February 10

Our View: Few options for mobile-home owners

The scenario being played out at Westland Mobile Home Park underscores the need for the Yampa Valley Regional Housing Authority.

Mark Freirich: No need for Riverwalk

Riverwalk is a proposed development at the present site of the Westland Mobile Home Park. Documents that have been submitted to the city of Steamboat Springs by the developer, ERIII LLC -- Jim Cook is the representative -- refer to the project as a "new Steamboat waterfront experience."

News in brief for Feb. 11

Pilot & Today honored in newspaper contest The Steamboat Pilot & Today has again been honored in the Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Inland Press Association.

Miles for Smiles dental van accepting Medicaid

Dental van also accepts patients younger than 18 who are uninsured or on the 3HP children's health plan

Debi Harmon has been horrified in past weeks to see children with rotting teeth walking onto the Miles for Smiles dental van.

Wrestlers are ready for regionals

A new season begins Friday for Hayden wrestlers.


Music Tonight Humble Pickers will play from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Hahn's Peak Cafe on County Road 129 in Hahn's Peak Village. Free. Call 871-1495.

County responds to comments

Public responded to application to fill wetlands for justice center

Most public comments on Routt County's application to fill wetlands at the site of the new justice center do not concern impacts on wetlands, according to a response letter the county completed Tuesday.

Jeep a late birthday present

Austin, Texas, dad wins 2004 SUV from Winter Sports Club

When Michael Regan's friends at West Lake High School in Austin, Texas, hear what his dad bought him for his 16th birthday, they are sure to be a little envious.

Shattered streak

Bulldogs hand Sailors their first league loss

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team's 13-game winning streak and bid to remain undefeated in Western Slope League play ended with Moffat County's 42-27 win on Tuesday in Craig.

Official points to inspections

Marchus says building department issues center on inspections

Neither county officials nor Chief Building Official Mark Marchus will say whether there are specific problems within the Routt County Regional Building Department, but all have alluded to issues surrounding building-inspector policies.

Marchus to run for commissioner

Just a day after rescinding his resignation as Routt County's chief building official, Mark Marchus announced he will run against one of his bosses, declaring his candidacy for the county commissioner seat held by Doug Monger.

Friday is deadline for caucus eligibility

Residents who wish to participate in one the most basic forms of grass-roots democracy need to register their party affiliation with the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office by Friday.

Hayden girls top Soroco

Defensive pressure lifts Tigers to a league win, 27-22

The Hayden girls basketball team held the lead for the majority of its Feb. 6 game against Soroco, but the Tigers didn't take control until sophomore Sara Sumerlin hit two free throws with 1 second left to give her team a 27-22 win.

City officials change area plan

Council, Planning amend draft update in joint meeting

Revisions were made and public comment was taken Tuesday night as the City Council and Planning Commission had their first joint review of the adopted draft for the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update.

Bulldogs defeat Sailors

Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen said Steamboat Springs deserved to win the teams' first encounter of the season Jan. 23, but the Bulldogs deserved to win the second.

Sailors' offense succeeds

With the postseason quickly approaching, the Sailors hockey team needed a weekend of offensive success after suffering three straight loses.

The view from here

In case you forget what Elkins Meadow looked like before the bulldozers, there is a painting of it, oil on linen, by Phil Wright at the Depot Art Center. Within his frame, the aspen trees sing in their bright yellow autumn robes.

Hoopsters hold on for league win over Rams

Sometimes teams deserve to win, and other times, they get lucky. The Hayden boys fell into the latter category Feb. 6.

Experts pitch in for video

Singer, videographer lend talents to Hayden documentary

All cylinders are firing to have the Hayden Community Video ready for its premier at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Hayden High School auditorium.

More land may be annexed

The Hayden Skate Park and 12 residences are being considered for annexation along with the Routt County Fairgrounds and the planned Dry Creek Park.

The Record

Monday, Feb. 9 12:18 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza.

Delta Airlines accounts for airline growth

Seven commercial airlines delivered 22,588 passengers to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in January -- more than in any other January in the three previous years. However, several major airlines showed modest declines last month.

Cindy Maddox: Experienced pilots

In your recent articles on the Steamboat Springs Airport, you reference a complaint by a "commercial pilot." Mountain Flight Service would like to clarify that all our pilots are commercial pilots, and four of five have Airline Transport Pilot ratings, the highest skill-level designation given by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Autumn Phillips: The games of love

I t happens. I've seen it.

Art begins in the work place

The photography show in the Small Works Gallery at the Depot Art Center is the story of a workplace and the bonds that form between four walls while on the clock.

Snowboard art competition

Artists from around the world enter designs

If it's blank, 15-year-old Alex Stegmaier draws on it. She draws on her shoes and her jeans and on her notebooks at school. She interacts with the outside world through her pen. Last year, when Ride Snowboards and ArtLink partnered to host a snowboard design competition, Stegmaier found out about it four days before the deadline and didn't participate.

Motown meets bluegrass

With a set list that includes Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on, reggae woman," Bob Dylan's "All over now, baby blue" and The Beatles' "Everybody's got something to hide (except for me and my monkey)," Mary and Mars hardly seems like a bluegrass band.

Charter school bill amended

Steamboat district would be exempted because of its size

Small school districts such as Steamboat Springs would be exempted from a proposed charter school bill under an amendment offered Monday by state Rep. Al White.

Brief points for Feb. 13

Mudfest offers discount card

Monday, February 9

The Record for Feb. 10

2 a.m. Screaming and yelling were reported in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. The suspected parties were gone when the Steamboat Springs Police Department arrived.

Housing board members picked

City, county officials expected to approve recommendations Wednesday

Routt County commissioners and the Steamboat Springs City Council are expected to appoint 13 members to the new Yampa Valley Regional Housing Authority on Wednesday.

Marchus says he will stay

Chief building official decides against plans to retire

Mark Marchus, chief building official for the Routt County Regional Building Department, said he will continue in his position despite his announcement a week ago that he would retire.

City officials address plan concerns

City officials said Monday that they were working to incorporate changes suggested by the Routt County Planning Commission into the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update.

Briefs for Feb. 10

Two teams of horses involved in an accident Saturday during the chariot races are doing fine, a representative from the Yampa Valley Cutter and Chariot Association said.

Freestyle athletes shine in Telluride

With just two meets left before the Regional Championships, the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's junior freestyle team headed to Telluride to hone their skills last weekend.

Howelsen Hill lights to guide relay skiers

The luck of the draw will be a significant factor Wednesday when competitors in the Steamboat Nordic Challenge Series line up at the starting line for a rare night event.

Defying gravity

Steamboat jumper soars in Alpine Ski Flying

From the first time he strapped on a pair of Alpine skis, Steamboat Springs' Pat Arnone knew he loved to fly.

State honors Steamboat

City recognized for historic preservation efforts

The city of Steamboat Springs received a round of kudos Friday morning at the state Capitol for a national historic preservation award it was given last month.

Council to mull plan update

The Steamboat Springs City Council will have its first round of discussions today on the adopted draft of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update.

Man charged with assaulting officer

A 20-year-old Colorado Mountain College student went from a misdemeanor citation to felony charges when he attempted to run away from police and hit an officer, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

Sunday, February 8

Briefs for Feb. 9

The Routt County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter. The animal shelter also needs donations of Science Diet or Iams canned cat food. Call 879-RCHS.

Heroes celebrate 40 years

Olympians Kidd and Heuga remember 1964 Games

Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga's eyes watched the black and white films of three slim men racing down icy slopes on long skis. Each ski run took just more than one minute.

Winter Carnival memories

Steamboat residents, guests 'escape from cabin fever'

Sixteen years ago, Sandy Evans Hall was very pregnant when she helped out at Winter Carnival.

The Record for Feb. 9

1:40 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 1800 block of Routt County Road 16.

Tom Ross: Winter Carnival appeals to skiers, ranchers

Martha Bender and Katie Haberlan played their piccolos in Sunday morning's parade, and their lips survived to tell about it. It was cold out in Steamboat on Sunday morning -- about 25 degrees. As senior members of the Steamboat Springs High School skiing band, Bender and Haberlan were participating in the 91st annual Winter Carnival. The two young ladies have been down Lincoln Avenue more than once in their careers. In fact, they've participated in the Winter Carnival Parade four straight years. Sunday marked a rite of passage of sorts -- it was their last freezing cold parade.

Saturday, February 7

Behind the heads: Kathi Meyer: What's next for trailer parks?

Q. In Steamboat's housing picture, what role do mobile homes play in providing affordable housing for Routt County residents?

Sound Off for Feb. 8

If the board and the residents of Oak Creek wish to pay for the mayor's position, it's as easy as handing out a list of the duties and responsibilities expected to those who come in for the petition to run for the position. Could next week's Sound Off question ask the residents of Oak Creek to decide a Steamboat issue?

Girl Scouts set sights abroad

Five Cadettes, three leaders raising money for August trip to London

When members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 142 started to think about their annual trip, they didn't know exactly where they wanted to go, but they had one parameter.

John F. Russell: Bumps are no place for rivalry

Standing at the top of a mogul course, veteran freestyle skier Carly Gmeiner knows exactly what to expect.

Our View: Marijuana's legality

At issue Medicinal marijuana laws Our view The Supreme Court should hear Nord's case.

Tiger Turnaround

Trust in coach, one another takes Hayden to top of league

Hayden boys basketball coach Shawn Baumgartner isn't having fun this season.

Virginia S. Collins: 1916-2004

Steamboat Springs resident Virginia S. Collins died Jan. 23, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 87.

Generation gallop

Since the 1940s, members of the Wilhelm family have pulled skiers down Lincoln Avenue for Winter Carnival

"Shorty" Lloyd Truax didn't know he was writing the first line of a long story when he rode a horse down Lincoln Avenue with a skier in tow.

Engagement: Rodriguez -- Fitzgerald

Rigoberto and Maria Rodriguez of Steamboat Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Paula Rodriguez, to Kenny Fitzgerald.

Yampa's future in the balance

River plan seeks to balance quality recreation with health of natural systems

More than 20,000 people and perhaps as many as 40,000 annually get their kicks on the town stretch of the Yampa River. On some days, they exceed the reasonable capacity of the river. However, the community of Steamboat Springs has begun taking steps to safeguard the river as well as the enjoyment of the people who play in it.

Pamela A. Duckworth: Preservation pride

The city of Steamboat Springs recently was named as one of the first eight communities in the country to receive a Preserve America Community designation by first lady Laura Bush as part of her initiative to reward and encourage historic preservation.

Routt County Spotlight: Bob Keenan

Age: 26 Occupation: Planning technician Place of birth: New Haven, Conn.

Christian Heritage School Honor Roll

Christian Heritage School Honor Roll steamboat springs Second Quarter Honor Roll

Residents' future uncertain

Westland mobile-home owners concerned about where they'll go

For Sherri and Bryan Phillips, the thought of being forced out of their mobile home in Westland Trailer Park wouldn't seem so scary if other options existed.

Leonard Allen Blake: 1958-2004

Former Routt County resident Leonard Allen Blake died Jan. 10, 2004, in Denver from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was 45.

Dorothy Dale Muirhead: 1914-2004

Former Steamboat Springs resident Dorothy Dale Muirhead died Jan. 30, 2004, in Loveland. She was 89.

Andrew Robert Roise: 2004-2004

Andrew Robert Roise, the firstborn son of Andrew and Bethany Roise, died Jan. 27, 2004, after nine months of life spent being treasured by his parents and being knit together by God in his mother's womb.

Births for Feb. 7

PiperJo Cora Jones, daughter of Amanda Dowling and Chad Jones of Hayden, was born at 2:55 p.m. Jan. 27, 2004. She weighed 9 pounds and 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Gordon and Sandra Dowling of Hayden, Mike and Tammie Jones of Hayden and Carmen Montano of Soldotna, Alaska.

Jail report for Feb. 8

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.

Police blotter for Feb. 8

Friday, Feb. 6 8:24 a.m. Police responded to a two-vehicle, noninjury accident in the 700 block of Weiss Drive. A ticket was issued to one of the drivers.

Steamboat's U14 splits games

Steamboat goalie Lena Fancher knew what to do if she ever faced a penalty shot, but she never needed to use her knowledge until Saturday.

Sailors snag victory

Steamboat boys beat Palisade by six to win 13th straight game

One night after upending Moffat County in Craig, the Palisade boys basketball team traveled east, determined to send Steamboat Springs to the same fate Saturday, but for the 13th consecutive game, the Sailors found a way to win.

Steamboat rallies to beat Palisade

Steve Moos understands Palisade's position.

Alpine Rose Bed and Breakfast for sale

Lynn Scarlett Atkinson changed her lifestyle after moving into her Steamboat Springs home in 1993. Now, she is offering someone else the opportunity to do the same. Living in Florida, she and her family often tried to escape the heat of the summer by coming to Colorado. After seeing other resort towns, she decided she wanted to make Steamboat Springs her home.

Business news in brief

Steamboat Magazine, the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide, the Steamboat Springs Area Maps and are under new ownership. Longtime Steamboat resident Deborah J. Olsen, president of Ski Town Publications Inc., purchased the business from previous owner H. Dennison Parker in January.

RALF helps homebuyers with down payment

Routt County residents can buy a home without saving for a down payment. Down payments on mortgages typically range from 10 percent to 20 percent, which typically means the homebuyer has to save for months or years and then shell out all those savings at once. To help those who have difficulty saving to buy a home -- or even believing they can -- the Regional Affordable Living Foundation has a new program that makes the down payment for them using a low-interest loan.

Second-home buyers key to area economy

Second-home owners are playing an increasing role in the economies of four neighboring counties. Gary Severson of the Northwest Council of Governments told an audience in Craig this week that the results of a recent study show second homeowners represent 20 percent to 25 percent of the total economy of four counties on Colorado's Western Slope.

Steamboat couple moving mountains to please chalet guests

Europeans have been enjoying the benefits of hassle-free ski vacations for many years, but the concept is a novel idea in North America. Robin and Heather Craigen have spent the past five years working to change that. As the proprietors of Moving Mountains Chalets, they host extended families and large groups in luxurious vacation homes. Their goal is to make sure their guests want for nothing.

Building Permits for Jan. 26-30


Learning in the great outdoors

Steamboat sixth-graders find Outdoor Education Day serves dual purposes

As long as the day didn't involve math, Hannah Ramirez knew she'd have fun.

Winter Carnival

Spectators catch chariots of fun, jumps with joy

Knees shaking and heart pounding, Deana Voeltzel could do little more than worry from her position along Lincoln Avenue.

Medicinal marijuana

Conflict has small-town start, may set big-time precedent

When President George W. Bush was running for office in 2000, Allen St. Pierre listened carefully when the candidate addressed one issue: medical marijuana.

Real estate Transactions for Jan. 27- Feb. 2


Michigan nets win against Steamboat

Playing hockey is the easy part. It's breathing that is difficult.

Friday, February 6

South Routt calendar for Feb. 8

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

Lions help collect donations

LIFT-UP, Lions Club helping needy in Hayden

The Hayden LIFT-UP Emergency Assistance Office served 37 Hayden households last year. The majority of the money used to help those families in need came from the Hayden Community Fund.

Tigers beat Soroco for 2nd time in season

Sometimes teams deserve to win, and other times, they get lucky. The Hayden boys fell into the latter category Friday night.

RALF looks to Hayden, Oak Creek

The Regional Affordable Living Foundation is gauging interest in a self-help housing program in Oak Creek and Hayden after its plans for a Steamboat Springs subdivision were criticized last month by the city Planning Commission.

The record for Feb. 7

Thursday, Feb. 5 1:36 a.m. Two men and two women reportedly were trespassing to get to a hot tub in the 2400 block of Ski Trail Lane. The group reportedly got into an altercation with the security guard, but the situation was resolved.

Sailors sink Delta

Underestimating the Panthers doesn't keep Sailors from win

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team discovered what it's like to be a marked team Friday night at home.

Girls conquer Delta

Balanced scoring and two new offensive schemes helped the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team roll to a 57-26 win over Delta on Friday night.

Tigers' defense lifts the team to league win

The Hayden girls basketball team held the lead for the majority of Friday's game against Soroco, but the Tigers didn't take control until sophomore Sara Sumerlin hit two free throws with one second left to give her team a 27-22 win.

Record-breaking sales tax

December revenue up 6 percent from last year

The city enjoyed a record-setting December for sales-tax revenue records with a 6 percent increase over last year and more than $1.8 million collected.

Plan update needs changes

Commission likely won't adopt final draft without them

If several changes aren't made to the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update before March 15, the Routt County Planning Commission likely will not adopt the final draft.

News in brief for Feb. 7

Winter Carnival snow sculpture winners Winners of the annual Winter Carnival snow-sculpting competition were announced Friday. The theme for this year's celebration is "Escape from Cabin Fever." Downtown merchants sponsored the competition and judged the sculptures created by Steamboat Springs High School and Christian Heritage School students. The winners are:

S. Routt schools earns kudos

Educational program, student achievement recognized in

A high-ranking Colorado Department of Education official gave the South Routt School District a big thumbs-up this week for the district's educational program and student achievement.

Stillwell surgery went well

Doctors implanted defibrillator next to motel owner's heart

Chris Stillwell, the Steamboat Springs man who suffered a brain injury in a Dec. 15 fall at his downtown motel, underwent successful surgery this week at Porter Hospital in Denver to implant a defibrillator next to his heart.

Thursday, February 5

Autumn Phillips: Tuesdays with 'Stan'

I answered an ad and that's how I ended up sitting in a coffee shop I never go to, across from a man with long yellow hair, a patchy beard and a strange habit of calling himself a "silly old man" even though he is barely 50.

Carlos Washington on a roll

Musician gaining momentum on way to Jazz Fest

Carlos Washington describes the Giant People's Sonic Circus as if it is a ball that has just begun to roll down the hill. As it picks up speed, it picks up players and musical styles until it finally lands at its final destination at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

Skier rescues can be costly

Out-of-bounds searches can take a lot of time and money

After handling two out-of-bounds ski area rescues this week, the Steamboat Ski Patrol is warning skiers and riders to be cautious about slipping through the ski area's access points.

Conceptual plans OK'd for SunCove development

Conceptual plans for an affordable, pedestrian-style subdivision in Stagecoach were approved by the Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday night.

Mother Nature's medium

Students make snow sculptures on Lincoln Avenue

Each year about this time, as the snow begins to look a little drab and hopes of an escape from winter begin to stir, Steamboat Springs turns to Winter Carnival.

Girls teams rule the rink

Steamboat girls host 10-team tournament all weekend at Howelsen Ice Arena

This weekend young, female hockey players from across the country will rule the rink at Howelsen Ice Arena.

GrandKids earns prestigious accreditation

Like a high school senior eagerly awaiting an acceptance letter from her first-choice university, Joyce DeLancey and her staff at GrandKids Child Care Center nervously checked the mailbox daily.

Veterans bill introduced

McInnis bill would let veterans get health care closer to home

Routt County veterans could be spared an almost 400-mile round-trip drive to receive medical care under legislation proposed by Congressman Scott McInnis.

Brief Points for Feb. 6

The Batson Trio began as an exercise in sibling cooperation. Kelsey studies violin with Teresa Steffen Greenlee and Erik Peterson, attends Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and plays viola in the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra.

Briefs for Feb. 6

School book fair held Feb. 13, 14 at North Routt The North Routt Charter School will host a school book fair sponsored by Epilogue Book Co. and Scholastic Books from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14.

Cowboy brings his band to town

It's obvious from looking at the liner notes of the CD "Ranch Dance Ruckus" which song Interstate Cowboy is most proud of recording.

Nightlife for Feb. 6

Interstate Cowboy plays from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Hilltop Bar and Grill, 1000 Highpoint Drive. $5. Call 879-2900.

Cheap art manifesto

Pete DeWolf doesn't talk like a typical gallery owner. He talks like a businessman with a product to sell. He appreciates art and wants to promote young talent, but he's not a gallery sitter who waits for the customer to come to him.

Shining light on skiers

Jerry Palen, an artist best known for his ranch-life cartoon "Stampede," is finding inspiration in a new Wild West character -- the skier.

The Record for Feb. 6

Wednesday, Feb. 4 1:26 a.m. A man reportedly was shoplifting a burrito and hot pocket from a convenience store in the 1800 block of Kmar Plaza. When the Steamboat Springs Police Department found the man, he said he had forgotten to pay and went back to the store to purchase the items.

Wrestling coach feeling good

Pilot & Today Staff The Soroco wrestling team fell in Friday's dual to Rangely, but coach Doug Gates said he left the Panthers' gym feeling much better about the way the Rams wrestled.

Filling a vacuum

Hairstylist/artist Zanobia commits to beautifying environment

It took all her will power, but Zanobia forced herself to take time off skiing to make more paintings.

FAA: Not enough evidence

Steamboat airport will not undergo further investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration said it found insufficient evidence that flight safety regulations were being violated at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Strike a pose, chicken

Eighteen ducks, two geese, 21 chickens and a complete body of work.

Wednesday, February 4

Beaming with excitement

Genna Bradley is headed to state, and she may have company

It was January and little Genna Bradley had a teardrop in her eye. Bradley, usually smiling and bouncing all over the gym, felt out of place at her second Level 7 meet.

Gerber nabs top prize

It wasn't exactly like winning the lottery, but ski jumper Logan Gerber wasn't complaining after he won a longest-standing-jump event in Minneapolis last weekend and pocketed some much-needed cash.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Tuesday, Feb. 3 12:16 a.m. Two men were reported fighting along U.S. Highway 40 just east of the city limits. One man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Capital projects funds sought

Fund Board commission requests money to buy 4.5 acres

Funds to help purchase 4.5 acres of land adjacent to Steamboat Springs School District-owned property in south Steamboat is among a group of five funding requests made by the Education Fund Board's Capital Commission on Wednesday.

City to buy land for open space

After two years of negotiations with Cookie Lockhart, the city has decided to purchase almost 6 acres of land bordering Rotary Park and Mount Werner Road.

Subdivisions on Planning agenda

Two new subdivisions, one near Hayden and one in Stagecoach, are on the agenda for the Routt County Planning Commission's meeting tonight.

Chix use home ice advantage

The Howelsen Ice Arena has been friendly to the Chix with Stix in recent games.

Revival brings tele-skiers to the slopes

Don't be surprised if you see some 720s or a few helicopters thrown Saturday at Howelsen Hill.

South Routt surveys on future sent to residents

South Routt residents will be asked in the next week to prioritize what they want for the future of their community.

Briefs for Feb. 5

'Fowl Play' exhibit showing at Sleeping Giant Artist JoAnn Baker Paul will be exhibiting a new series of photographs titled "Fowl Play" at the Sleeping Giant Gallery through February. There will be an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 624 Lincoln Ave., between The Red Horse and The Overland in the courtyard. Call 879-7143.

Camerota leads United States

Park City, Utah, skier Eric Camerota finished fifth in Stryn, Norway, on Wednesday as part of the World Junior Championships individual Nordic combined event.

Knowing your child's brain

Noted educator to speak at Steamboat Springs High School

"Black boxes with their secrets locked inside" is how noted educator Patricia Wolfe has described society's understanding of children's brains and their function.

City has 15 accidents in a 24-hour period

Changing road conditions Tuesday and Wednesday contributed to 16 traffic accidents in less than 24 hours in the city.

Mountain tallies 31 inches of snow since Saturday

Forecast through Sunday calls for continued periods of snow, just in time for Winter Carnival

The main energy of this week's snowstorm slid to the south of the Yampa Valley, but Steamboat has been making out just fine with the leftovers.

Tuesday, February 3

Stettner to receive award

Youth Corps to benefit from Ski Corp.'s Snowball

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will be the beneficiary of the 22nd annual Snowball, during which Arianthe Stettner will receive the 2004 Hazie Werner Award for Excellence.

Public comment tonight

Conservationists want water policy to account for environment

Conservationists meeting here Tuesday night said the Colorado Water Conservation Board needs to place greater emphasis on environmental and recreational needs in its ongoing assessment of the state's water supply.

Class size question unanswered

Debate over the Steamboat Springs School District's class-size policies likely will continue Feb. 16, when the School Board is scheduled to vote on whether to accept Superintendent Donna Howell's suggested policy revisions.

Reward offered for burglary information

The owners of the Raindrop Water building are offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in three burglaries the business suffered in the past two years.

Winter Carnival kicks off

Opening ceremonies at 5:30 tonight in Olympian Hall

Today it begins. Ninety-one years after Steamboat skiing pioneer Carl Howelsen started the event, the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival has more popularity, participants and events than ever.

Council wants options

City wants help for displaced mobile-home owners

The City Council said it wanted developers to provide help to the mobile-home owners who will be displaced by the proposed commercial and residential development.

Steamboat gives Hayden fight

Soroco's Matt Iacovetto sat cross-legged in street clothes watching the 140-pound match between Hayden's Jake Doolin and Steamboat Springs' Donald Dillon.

Sailors learn lessons in losses

The Steamboat Springs hockey team is poised to make noise and the Sailors coaches and players know it, assistant Jeff Ruff said.

Briefs for Feb. 4

Snowboot softball game held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Softball buffs who just can't wait until June should head over to Klumker Field this weekend for the annual snowboot softball game.

Following family footsteps

Wrestling in the blood for Hayden's successful heavyweight

Living up to standards set by older relatives is tough for a child, and it drives many away from sports. But for Hayden High School junior Randy Muhme, the decision to walk away from wrestling after the seventh grade had nothing to do with pressure.

Kathy Cargo Rodeman: Oak Creek decides

The first thing I would like to clear up for your reading audience is that the Town of Oak Creek is not considering a pay raise for me. We are considering a basic restructuring of the town government where the mayor would be a paid position. The reasoning behind this, as opposed to a town manager is that:

Boom not here yet

2003 permits steady; increase predicted

A widely anticipated Hayden growth has not hit yet, but building officials say it is coming soon.

Our View: Legislation not meaningful reform

Sorting out issues sometimes depends on figuring out who's in charge. Don Nord wants to use medicinal marijuana in his home. The state of Colorado says he can, the federal government says he can't. American Skiing Co. thinks Triple Peaks' lawsuit should be dismissed. A local judge agrees and tosses the case, only to have a higher court reverse the decision on appeal.

Endurance athletes get chance to save money

Time is running out for endurance athletes to save money on entry fees for this year's Steamboat Pentathlon.

Teammates battle at Monarch

The trio of Sam Tarrant, Kalen Caughey and Abe Maynard set the tone for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's mogul skiers at a junior freestyle meet in Monarch last weekend.

Post players come up big for Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team went down low to notch a convincing victory against Battle Mountain on Jan. 31.

Sailors' win streak at 11 games

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team is perfect through the first half of the Western Slope League season, going 6-0 and picking up four road wins in the process.

Lions, LIFT-UP help needy

The Hayden LIFT-UP Emergency Assistance Office served 37 Hayden households last year. The majority of the money used to help those families in need came from the Hayden Community Fund.

Tigers take out Sailors

Hayden beats Steamboat's JV team by 20

The Steamboat Springs' game plan was to limit Evan Hilling's shots, and in previous years, containing the Hayden junior would have been enough for the Sailors' JV team to pull out a win.

Tigers struggle in loss to Sailors

The Hayden girls basketball team had a game Tuesday night, but coach Jayme Adams said the Tigers decided not to show up.

Henri E. Stetter: War was a crime

The story of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction is turning into a dime novel of farce, manipulation, hubris and hypocrisy.

'James' a peach of a play

"Let's do that again," Kathy Deepe said to a group of youngsters, who were playing more than rehearsing the play. The students, mostly fourth- and fifth-graders, do not leave the stage until they get it right.

Pair of victories cap Snowcoming

Tigers rule basketball court; Gann, Hellyer named king and queen

After a week of dress-up days and pep rallies, Hayden High School capped off its 2004 Snowcoming celebration with basketball victories by both the boys and girls teams and by crowning Trevor Gann and Millie Hellyer as king and queen. Hellyer's father, David Hellyer, was crowned Snowcoming king in 1977.

Monday, February 2

Freeskier overcomes injuries to finish 5th at U.S. Open

Gina Gmeiner sat at the top of a superpipe in Vail late Sunday afternoon waiting for her final run of the 2004 U.S. Freeskiing Open.

School Board discusses priorities

Members of the Steamboat Springs School Board hope a little discussion ahead of time will prevent a controversy like the one that transpired last spring.

Salmonella trials will stay separate

Two civil complaints filed against BLT Restaurants, LLC, over a food-poisoning incident have been scheduled for trial in July.

Learn about area's supply of water at public meetings

People interested in the future of rivers in Northwest Colorado have an opportunity to tune in to the Statewide Water Supply Initiative this week with a Tuesday meeting in Steamboat and a Wednesday meeting at the Craig Holiday Inn.

Man runs down Stone Lane with a gun, is arrested

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Sunday morning after running down Stone Lane with a gun.

YVCF to give 5 gifts of $5,000

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation, which awards almost $400,000 to nonprofit organizations in Routt and Moffat counties each year, will celebrate its 25th anniversary by giving away an additional $25,000 this year.

River Walk on council table

Development would replace Westland Mobile Home Park

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight will review River Walk, a proposed development that would replace the Westland Mobile Home Park where more than 100 people live.

Council to consider Yampa River plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider a document tonight that is intended to guide future recreation along the town stretch of the Yampa River for the next 50 years.

SSWSC riders sweep SOS

There were 83 riders from lots of clubs competing at the Snowboard Outreach Series slopestyle event Sunday in Steamboat Springs.

News in brief for Feb. 3

Justice center design is half finished The development of the design for Routt County's new justice center is halfway finished, said Routt County Building Maintenance Director Tim Winter on Monday.

The Record for Feb. 3

Sunday, Feb. 1 12:05 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 3200 block of AprÃs Ski Way. The reporting party said a group of men was talking loudly in Spanish.

Oak Creek man arrested after scuffle

Police chief wrestles a disorderly man for several minutes before backup arrives

Oak Creek Police Chief Tim Willert wrestled a disorderly man for six minutes in a convenience store before another officer arrived to help subdue and arrest the man, Willert said.

Colorado 131 widening is set

The widening of Colorado Highway 131 between Catamount Ranch and Oak Creek likely will not be completed until 2010 or later.

Chief building official to retire

Mark Marchus: 'It has been a pleasure for me to serve the county'

Mark Marchus, chief building official for the Routt County Regional Building Department, announced his plans to retire from his position by April 30.

Mount Werner files on Yampa

District says water rights move is for new infiltration gallery

Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District has filed for water rights that would allow it to create a new infiltration gallery and draw millions of gallons per day from the Yampa River.

Sunday, February 1

Wyoming artist to lecture at CMC

It may be hard to imagine, but artist Robert Seabeck flunked his eighth-grade art class. The reason: He wasn't following the rules.

Tom Ross: Super Bowl superb; Super Jake merely superable

Dare leaves columnist searching for an abundance of superordinate words

I'm writing this column on my laptop while seated in the VIP lounge at LAX on my way home from Mike Jackson's Super Bowl party. I've got to e-mail it in to the newsroom before they call my flight, so I'm feeling some pressure. And there's this other problem.

The Record for Feb. 2

Saturday, Jan. 31 1:47 a.m. A drunk pedestrian reportedly was on Mount Werner Circle

It's about being an Ape

Hairy Apes BMX combines different styles, influences

What if Mr. Bungle, the Flaming Lips, the Bad Brains and Ornette Coleman started a band together? They might sound a little like the Hairy Apes BMX, a band with as many playing styles and influences as can fit on a stage.

Briefs for Feb. 2

Volunteers needed to help with the Winter Carnival Volunteers are needed to help with street events during the 91st annual Winter Carnival to be held Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are needed both days from about 8 a.m. to noon. To volunteer, call Leslie Dietz at 879-0882, ext. 203.