Stories for January 2004

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Saturday, January 31

Rams look sharp in win

Behind solid bench play, a scrappy defense and a commitment to making the extra pass, the Soroco boys basketball team defeated West Grand, 47-36, on Saturday.

Rams lose sloppy game

Bob Johnson, coach of the Soroco girls basketball team, is sure the Rams are better than West Grand even if the scoreboard didn't reflect it Saturday.

The Jail Report for Feb. 1

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Saturday, Jan. 24

The Record for Feb. 1

Saturday, Jan. 24 Ian Alan Brady, 27, Denver -- Possession of Schedule II substance, speeding (Colorado State Patrol)

Edward Charles Warner: 1929-2004

Edward Charles Warner of Cottonwood Shores, Texas, died Jan. 27, 2004. He was 74.

Marceline G. Mattern: 1924-2004

Former Steamboat Springs resident Marceline Mattern passed away Jan. 27, 2004. She was 79.

Lure of the mat

Muhme left wrestling in seventh grade, but family ties led him back

Family footsteps are sometimes the hardest to follow.

Riders take on superpipe

SOS snowboarding series continues today in the park

Emily Robinson snowboards seven days a week. She goes to Steamboat Springs High School an hour early every day so she can get out at 11:45 a.m. to ride the rest of the day. And it never gets old, she says.

John F. Russell: Yes, even I believe in miracles

Looking back now, I realize that the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., were about a lot more than hockey.

Business briefs

Information technology event held in Denver Northwest Colorado business people interested in the future of information technology are invited to attend a Feb. 10 banquet in Denver featuring talks by three luminaries in the field.

Master planning

Fate of ski area projects depends on performance of 7 resorts

The Steamboat Ski Area will not get the green light to build major capital improvements such as new chairlifts and restaurants until American Skiing Co. resorts improve their fiscal performance as a group.

Couple joins in business venture

Dan and Diane LeFevre are combining their talents in a new business venture.

Udall speaks to Coloradans about legislative concerns

A group of Coloradans thinks the natural environment is at risk. Those people also think that, when united, they can more effectively address such issues. Those people include the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, the Western Colorado Congress and Congressman Mark Udall.

Behind the Heads: Kris Hammond: What's next in pot case?

Q. What does Don Nord want from this case? Why are you and he pursuing it? A. Don wants the police to obey the law of Colorado. That alone is reason to pursue the case.

Teen self-injury often unnoticed

Kelly needed a release from the intense pain built up inside her, pain that her 12-year-old mind wasn't capable of handling.

More than a living

International workers gradually reshaping local work force

There are no careers in Chihuahua for people who lack a high school education. Sabino Corral knows it all too well.

Town considers park designations

Oak Creek trustees want to ensure park lands aren't lost in boom

Oak Creek's parks have deep roots in the town's history.

Briefs for Feb. 1

Two teachers receive grant Steamboat Springs The Education Fund Board's Technology Commission awarded a special grant last week to high school science teachers Cindy Gay and Nat Cooper for achieving National Board Certification with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The grants, in the amount of $250 apiece, can be used by the teachers for their choosing as long as the money is spent on education-related items. This is the first year the Technology Commission has awarded the special grants. The commission hopes to make the grants an annual event to recognize teaching excellence in technology-related areas.

L is for learning; C is for Colorado

Author visits elementary school, gets students excited about ABC books

Award-winning children's author Sneed Collard III doesn't scare easily, considering his face-to-face encounters with some downright dangerous animals.

Soundoff for Feb. 1

Giving businesses hope It's fantastic news that the Muellers can still win the right to force ASC to honor its contract to sell the ski area. It gives all skiers and businesses in Steamboat hope.

Omar M. Campbell: Cartoon meaning?

I have studied the untitled three-part editorial cartoon in last Sunday's Pilot & Today (1/25/04) all this week, trying to decipher its meaning.

Marcus Williams: Bureaucracy frustrating

Yes, Bureaucracy is frustrating. So are newspaper articles published with little regard to the facts.

Donald E. Mathes: Manipulation shown

The front-page story under the headline "House Fire Suspicious" in last Sunday's (Jan. 25, 2004) Pilot & Today was a good example of how civil authorities successfully manipulate the press.

Our View: Plans intrigue; be skeptical

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has developed a master plan update that calls for the installation of new lifts, the redesign of the base area of Mount Werner and other important improvements in the next five to seven years.

Transactions for Feb. 1

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer DAWES, STEPHEN A., TO VAN REMMEN, ROGER AND VAN REMMEN, MARY ANNE FOR 9 PERCENT INTEREST CATAMOUNT RANCH LPSE LOT: 22 - $68,400

Makeover planned at 11th and Yampa streets

Stephen Caragol drove by the corner of 11th and Yampa streets eight years ago and knew it was the perfect location.

Out with new, in with old

Homeowner decorates her home by deconstructing it

Gretchen Atwell used a sledgehammer, a drill, an ax, chains, chisels, saws, rocks and sandpaper to thrash the beautiful exposed wood beams in her newly constructed home.

The Raw Deal

'Living foods' prepared without cooking

June Florence looked down at her body. After chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, she was tired and heavy. She felt horrible, but every time she asked doctors if there were changes she could make in her diet that would help her heal faster, they told her, "You look fine. Whatever you're doing is fine."

Routt County Spotlight: Sue Fulton

Sue Fulton Age: 45 Occupation: Office manager, Steamboat Veterinary Hospital Place of birth: Annapolis, Md.

June Florence recipes

Portobello Meat Loaf

Births for Jan. 31

Dylan Walker Brady, son of Trish and Brandon Brady of Hayden, was born at 3:56 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are John and Sharon Warner of Steamboat Springs and Brent and Cheryl Brady of Hayden.

In the service

Private 1st Class Daniel J. Ward had an enjoyable Christmas holiday thanks to several area businesses and individuals.

a rite of passage

7-mile Hogan Park Trail can be a beast but worth it on a state bluebird day

The experience of skiing the Hogan Park Trail has changed from the old days when skinny skiers on touring shoes pinned to wooden skis ventured out on the long ski from Rabbit Ears Pass to the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. The challenge in the late 1970s wasn't reaching the top of Storm Peak so much as it was linking a series of survival turns down the face of the mountain.

South Routt Calendar

Monday, Feb. 2 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story hour is at 10 to 11 a.m. For questions, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Friday, January 30

Tigers triumph

Rebounds key in Hayden girls' win over Mustangs

It came down to the last shot, but Hayden's rebounding domination in the first half was enough to shrug off the West Grand Mustangs, 47-44, on Friday night.

Tigers' desire shows

Chris Frentress calls it concentration with a little bit of luck. Whatever it was, Frentress was perfect in the fourth quarter of Hayden's 60-55 victory over the West Grand Mustangs.

Child-care tax credit extension sought

Under current law, Coloradans can receive tax credit for contributing to child-care facilities. But that credit expires at the end of 2004. To extend the deadline and further promote child care, Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, is carrying a bill to the Senate that would extend the child-care tax credit until Jan. 1, 2010.

News in brief for Jan. 31

Sears truck rolls into front of home on Saratoga A Steamboat residence got more than its owners ordered Thursday afternoon when a Sears' delivery truck rolled into the front of the home.

The Record for Jan. 31

Thursday, Jan. 29 12:24 a.m. Loud music was reported from a residence in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza. The occupant was contacted and the music turned down.

Stahoviak home, recovering

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak's days are filled with physical therapy, medications and phone conferences.

Bench warrant issued for woman

21-year-old Kremmling woman failed to appear in district court

A 21-year-old Kremmling woman was issued a bench warrant Friday afternoon after failing to appear in district court.

Business hit 3 times in 1 year

The Rain Drop Water building was the target of crime for the third time in less than a year when someone drove into the front of the building Thursday night or Friday morning.

John Salazar makes campaign stop in Steamboat

Health care, water, economic development top hot-button list

At a quarter past 5 Friday, men were standing around exchanging ranch stories, weather stories and talking about what mattered most to everyone there -- water.

Captive elk decision looms

Officials look at Motherwell Ranch, say priority is to depopulate

A decision has yet to be made on what to do with a herd of 208 captive elk on a ranch south of Hayden where a bull elk tested positive for chronic wasting disease late last week, state officials said Friday.

Winograsky sentenced to six years

Steamboat woman, 43, pleaded guilty to felony forgery in December

A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was given six years in a community corrections facility for felony forgery, but warned another offense could send her to jail for 12 years.

Thursday, January 29

Getting out of her head

Psychotherapist uses jewelry-making as form of creative meditation

Cate Potyen is taking her own medicine. As a psychotherapist, when people come in for help, she tries to get them in touch with their creative side. She shows them art as an outlet.

Northern boy, Southern soul

Rockin' Jake's body was born in Connecticut, but his soul was born in New Orleans. It took him 30 years to move there so body and soul could meet.

Skiers keep edge in Beaver Creek

Tony Cesolini, Joey Marias and Emily Colin led the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at a series of Rocky Mountain Trophy Series speed events in Beaver Creek earlier this week.

Steamboat jumpers closing in

Taylor Fletcher took another step closer to Anchorage, Alaska, and the Junior Olympic Championships last weekend by winning twice in Winter Park.

Nord's pot case goes to Denver

Medicinal marijuana user says he's been wronged

A conflict between state and federal drug laws took Hayden resident Don Nord, 57, inside the glossy wooden walls of a U.S. District courtroom in Denver on Thursday.

Annual building permit trends

Single-family home construction tops $71M; valuation up 20 percent

Spurred by low mortgage rates and an unexpected building boomlet in October, Routt County quietly assembled a robust construction season in 2003.

RALF eyes housing options

Foundation may return to Planning with plans for Fox Creek

In an emergency board session, the Regional Affordable Living Foundation did not rule out coming back to the city Planning Commission or the City Council with plans for its Fox Creek self-help housing subdivision.

House fire insurance case set for October

A Steamboat man's lawsuit against an insurance company for failing to pay for fire damages has been set for trial in October.

The briefs for Jan. 30

Today is deadline to apply for veterans trip to D.C. The Veterans Affairs Department is providing $1,000 grants to World War II veterans who want to attend the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 31 but can't afford the trip. The dedication ceremony will honor veterans' service to their country.

The Record for Jan. 30

Wednesday, Jan. 28 12:04 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and the Hilltop Parkway.

Speech congress in session

Team uniforms will be suits and ties and the atmosphere will be competitive for the Steamboat Springs High School speech team and competitors from 14 other schools during a National Forensics League Student Qualifying Congress tournament beginning today.

Search for Steamboat high school football coach under way

Thirty years have passed since the Steamboat Springs High School last needed to find a football coach.

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.

Nightlife for Jan. 30

Music Tonight Chute Nine play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Hilltop Bar and Grill, 1000 Highpoint Drive. Cover charge is $5. Call 879-2900.

Concert scene for Jan. 30

The Fillmore 1510 Colfax St., Denver: Box Office: (303) 837-1482 Ticketmaster: (303) 830-TIXS Sat 01/31/04: Ozomatli

Center gives something to talk about

When Linda Lewis, Sandra Sherrod and Summer Laws started meeting for coffee this summer, they had no idea how many things would come out of their conversation.

Briefs for January 30

Artist will speak at CMC on Wednesday Wyoming artist Robert Seabeck will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Steamboat Springs as part of the Alpine Enrichment Program at Colorado Mountain College. Seabeck will speak in the Bryan King Room at 300 Bogue Hall. Seabeck, a resident of Laramie, is a wildlife painter and automotive fine art illustrator. His paintings are in the National Wildlife Museum and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He also was chosen to create an outdoor sculpture for the city of Cheyenne.

Get in the ring and box during Fight Night

It started in 1992 in Shane Swartz's back yard in Fort Collins. He was in high school when he put a boxing ring in his yard and let people put on gloves and punch one another.

Autumn Phillips: Choose your adventure

I was lucky to get a New York Times that late on a Sunday. $5. With the paper tucked under my arm, I walked next door to Mocha Molly's and filled my cup with coffee. $1.

In the students' hands

When they were freshmen, Stephanie Sanders called her friend Meryl Meranski on the phone with a proposal.

Wednesday, January 28

Simmons 7th at X Games

Buttermilk Mountain turns to powder, postponing finals

Powder is good -- unless it falls on Aspen during the X Games.

The record for Jan. 29

Tuesday, Jan. 27 12:14 a.m. A man was arrested at the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The man had driven off the road and was stuck in a snow bank.

Briefs for Jan. 29

Pilot & Today looking for residents for Locals section The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting nominations for its 2004 Locals special section.

Hayden manager finalists named

Moffat County's planning director, Minturn's human resources director and a former city manager from Michigan are the three finalists for the Hayden town manager position.

Chief: Police have leads in alcohol theft

More than $500 in hard alcohol taken from the Bear River Bar and Grill late Tuesday night was later found in a trash can at the Villas at Walton Creek.

Steamboat receives grant

City given funds for accreditation of after-school activities

The city received a $1,500 grant to help accredit its youth after-school programs with the National School-Age Care Alliance.

Child-care providers ranked

Tami Havener doesn't collect stamps, but she'll hang on to the one given to her and Discovery Learning Center this week.

Winter Carnival street event schedule is set

Times are set for the 91st annual Winter Carnival street events. People who register to compete in the events should report to the registration table 15 minutes before the event's listed start time.

South Routt gets connected

Government offices hooked to Internet all the time

Before Jan. 1, Nora Phillips, assistant clerk/treasurer for Yampa, had to dial up each time she wanted to get online to do research for the town. The town had one phone line for using the Internet and sending faxes, so Phillips could only do one at a time.

Don't open unknown attachment

MyDoom computer virus will infect your hard drive if clicked

A well-aimed computer virus, designed to bring down software makers Microsoft and SCO Group, hit e-mail providers Friday and started hitting businesses in Steamboat Springs this week.

Excellence in Europe

Several SSWSC athletes win slalom races on European soil

Whether training on area hills or competing in regional races, the ability-level skiers in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rarely give thought to their peers in Europe.

Hayden hosts Routt County Triangular

Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco will take to the mats against each other tonight in the annual Routt County Triangular.

Home-field advantage

Event puts Winter Sports Club riders on familiar terrain

Ryan Oleski's mom, Teressa, says there are only a few things in this world that can pull her 13-year-old son away from his beloved Xbox.

Tuesday, January 27

Four injured in Hayden accident

A three-car accident Sunday morning sent four to the hospital and tied up U.S. Highway 40 just west of Hayden for more than an hour and half.

Team Volant heads to Utah for big meet

Sixteen girls, one very important trip and enough expectations to fill a small suitcase had skating coach Courtney Gill feeling a little anxious Tuesday afternoon.

SSWSC performs well at qualifier

Traditionally, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club takes a huge chunk of the 80 Junior Olympic Alpine skiing spots in the Rocky Mountain Division.

Lodwick moves to 10th in sprint

World Cup leader Hannu Manninen of Finland tore through a 7.5-kilometer cross country course Tuesday en route to his second straight World Cup win of the week.

Finalists named

Moffat County, Minturn planners, former city manager make cut

Moffat County's planning director, Minturn's human resources director and a former city manager from Michigan are the three finalists for the Hayden town manager position.

Tigers clip Cards in rematch

The Hayden Tigers have seen what the Grand Valley squad has, particularly in shooters Chris Johnson and Sam McKinley.

CMC primed for nationals

You can hear the excitement in Erik Jorgensen's voice when he talks about the Colorado Mountain College ski team's drive to get back to the national championships.

Steamboat skiers shine in Vail

Steamboat mogul skiers continued to flex their muscles last weekend in Vail where they took several top spots in a Rocky Mountain Division meet.

Our View: Xcel should preserve landscape

At issue Xcel's plans for receiving coal in Hayden Our view Using an existing option may be best.

Cooper Black: Editorial decisions not arrived at easily

Does it get much better than this? In September of 2003, I joined the Editorial Board of the Steamboat Pilot & Today as one of two new community members.

The Record for Jan. 28

1:54 a.m. A man violated his restraining order in the 400 block of Pine Street. The man was arrested.

Briefs for Jan. 28

People interested in participating in street events during the 91st annual Winter Carnival can pre-register beginning Thursday. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 5, at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Information Center, 1255 S. Lincoln Ave. Evening registration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the information center. Call 879-0880, ext. 203.

Salazar to make Steamboat stop

Democratic congressional candidate John Salazar is expected to touch on health care, the economy and Western Slope water when he speaks at 5 p.m. Friday at the commissioners hearing room in the Routt County Courthouse.

City will offer class on ADA

The city of Steamboat Springs is inviting residents to sit in on two classes about American with Disabilities Act requirements for Colorado Department of Trans-portation projects.

Permit compromise reached

Snowmobile tour operator, neighbors agree on trail

Neighbors who appealed a permit for snowmobile tours on a ranch southeast of Milner have reached a compromise with the tour operator.

Minimum standards approved for airport

Commissioners rule on YVRA activities

Vendors at Yampa Valley Regional Airport selling anything from food to repair services now have standards describing what percentage of their earnings go to the airport, how much insurance they need to operate and more.

Steamboat man returns from Great Baikal Trail

Naturalist helped build trail in southern Siberia

Naturalist and wilderness travel expert John Spezia returned to Steamboat Springs from southern Siberia this fall with an increased awareness of the powerful link between indigenous cultures and their natural surroundings.

Date set in charter lawsuit

Montessori group, school district headed to court on Feb. 18

Lawyers representing Steam-boat Springs Montessori and the Steamboat Springs School District will appear before District Judge Michael O'Hara next month to present oral arguments in an ongoing lawsuit between the district and a group of parents who want a charter school.

Accident injures 4, closes highway west of town

A three-car accident Sunday morning sent four to the hospital and tied up U.S. Highway 40 just west of Hayden for more than an hour and a half.

Couple hopes to supply boom

Husband-wife team combine talents in new hardware store

Dan and Diane LeFevre are combining their talents in a new business venture.

Economic development board meets

Making town more welcoming to business, residents topic of inaugural meeting

In its inaugural meeting Thursday night, the new seven-member Hayden Economic Development Commission discussed the need to make Hayden a more welcoming town for businesses and residents alike.

Tiger girls can't top Cardinals

The Hayden Tigers girls' offense was slow in the second quarter, resulting in six points, but the Grand Valley Cardinals were even slower with four points.

Monday, January 26

Backcountry users weigh in

Forest Service hopes public meetings will lead to compromise

Mary Sanderson knows there is no perfect plan to accommodate all the demands and desires of backcountry winter recreationists, but she thinks a compromise can be found.

House fire case off to court

Scott Rouda suing insurance company over Tree Haus blaze

A California insurance company thinks arson caused a fire that heavily damaged a Tree Haus home last April.

Lodwick's hot streak

Olympian finishes fifth in mass start event in Japan

Todd Lodwick added another solid result to his long list of top-10 finishes Sunday during a mass start event in Sapporo, Japan.

Skiers race toward championship

Steamboat Springs Alpine ski coach Chris Arnis hopes this will be the year.

Skiers bring back top finishes from Gold Run race

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic team traveled to the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge over the weekend for the third Junior Olympic Qualifier of the season.

Pastor appointed as coroner

Rob Ryg has been Routt County deputy coroner since 1997

As a longtime pastor, Rob Ryg is no stranger to being awakened at odd hours of the night.

U.S. attorney enters marijuana case

The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked a federal judge to dismiss contempt citations against six federal agents who seized marijuana from a Hayden man with a medicinal marijuana permit.

Commissioners to hear snowmobile tour appeal

Area residents are appealing a permit allowing guided snowmobile tours on a ranch east of Milner.

County receives 60 comments on wetlands permit

Most come from residents, downtown business owners who want it denied

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday gave to Routt County the public comments the agency received concerning the county's request for a permit to fill wetlands at the site of the new justice center.

The Record for Jan. 27

Sunday, Jan. 25 12:54 a.m. A man was reported breaking household items in a home at the Fish Creek Trailer Park. The man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.

News in brief for Jan. 27

Pilot & Today accepting nominations for Locals The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting nominations for its 2004 Locals special section.

New golf cart for Haymaker

City plans to buy cart to help golfers with disabilities

The city-owned Haymaker golf course will have at least one special cart designed to assist golfers with disabilities when it opens in May.

Sunday, January 25

Enrichment series expands

Alpine Enrichment's spring season will include writers' workshops

As it nears the second half of its third season, Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Enrichment Program continues to expand.

Briefs for Jan. 26

The Downtown Business Association is seeking sponsors for the annual Winter Carnival snow sculptures, to be built by Steamboat Springs and Christian Heritage high school students. Three snow sculpture judges also are needed. Sponsorships are $50 and sponsors also are asked to provide hot chocolate for the sculptors while they build. Snow will arrive on Feb. 4 and sculptures will be built and judged on Feb. 5. Call 870-6778.

The Record for Jan. 26

2:55 a.m. Police responded to a call for a welfare check at Levelz in Ski Time Square, where they arrested a man for unlawful sexual contact.

Colorado Ski for Women a success

Despite blustery winter weather on Sunday, the third annual Colorado Ski for Women was a wild success -- literally.

Tom Ross: Carrots, ping-pong balls and knock-knock jokes

Bob Keeshan, Captain Kangaroo, helped to raise a generation of American children

I lost one of the best friends I never met last week when Bob Keeshan died at the age of 76 in Windsor, Vt. I am told that as a 2-year-old in San Antonio, Texas, one of my most oft repeated phrases was, "Wanna see 'Roo!" Roo, of course, was Captain Kangaroo of the famed children's TV show, who happened to be Keeshan's alter ego. Every day at 8 a.m., he calmly endured ping-pong ball barrages at the hands of a puppet named Mr. Moose. The moose always unleashed the ping-pong balls immediately after telling an exceptionally bad knock-knock joke.

Saturday, January 24

House fire suspicious

The Routt County Sheriff's office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed a Tree Haus home in December.

Steamboat splits pair in seniors' home finale

For the 11 Sailors seniors who capped off their home high school hockey careers Saturday, the weekend was one of mixed results.

Soroco surrenders

Boys basketball team drops two league games

The Soroco boys basketball team is in need of an attitude adjustment, coach Andy Smith said.

Melinda Mawdsley: Reaffirming my career of choice

Thanks to the patience and cooperation of Routt County athletes, coaches and parents -- and no thanks to a nasty cold -- I survived my second year of "The Week."

Patience pays off for Rams

The Soroco girls basketball team is starting to learn the importance of patience, and it is paying off.

Tigers win rematch

The Hayden Tigers have seen what the Grand Valley squad has, particularly in shooters Chris Johnson and Sam McKinley.

Tiger girls crumble

The Hayden Tigers girls' offense was slow in the second quarter, resulting in six points, but the Grand Valley Cardinals were even slower with four points.

Behind the Headlines: Michael E. Diehl

Michael E. Diehl is the principal siting and land rights agent for Xcel Energy. Here he answers questions about the process Xcel will use to choose its future means of coal delivery to the Hayden Station.

Few will forget their first hut trip

The second most important piece of equipment to take on a winter hut trip, right behind a backpacker's headlamp to illuminate the way to the outhouse, may be a set of industrial earplugs. Anyone who has ever skied up to timberline to spend a weekend or longer at one of the 28 huts maintained by the Tenth Mountain Division Hut System needs no explanation.

Thomas M. Dunn (1940-2004)

Thomas M. Dunn of Leawood, Kan., died Jan. 2, 2004, in his home, where he was surrounded by family and loved ones. He was 63.

Richard Albert Mills (1948-2004)

Steamboat Springs resident Richard Albert Mills passed away Jan. 20, 2004, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 55.

Recreational users talk back

Letters solicited responses to proposed winter recreation management

In the few weeks since mailing 2,600 letters to Routt County residents and backcountry users, Routt National Forest District Ranger Kim Vogel has received dozens of comments.

Racist fliers found on driveways

Fliers attacking immigrants and promoting white supremacy were tossed onto Steamboat Springs driveways Friday night, residents and police said.

Thin line

Immigrants question Bush's guest worker proposal

Cecilia Flores Lee thanks God every day that her Mexican mother was able to hold on long enough to sneak across the border and give birth to her in an Arizona hospital so she could be born on the "right side of the line."

The Record for Jan. 25

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

Births for Jan. 25

Logan William Scherar, son of Kimberley Bertram and Doug Scherar, was born at 12:18 p.m. Jan. 12, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His siblings are Gage Webb and Bradon Webb. His grandparents are William and Carolyn Scherar of Steamboat Springs, Suzanne DeCino of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bill and Linda Bertram of Hayden.

Routt County Spotlight: Paige Lorimer

Paige Lorimer Age: 35 Occupation: Veterinarian Place of birth: Durango

Crazy Cordelia asks: What are you searching for?

The customers at Crystals by Cordelia are doing more than shopping. They are seeking.

Leslie Lovejoy: Balanced use of land

Winter use of public lands in Routt County has been increasing steadily for the past 10 years. Unfortunately, the National Forest Service, designed to manage forests and not people, was not ready for the onslaught.

Robert P. Baker: Bring visitors by train

Our present commissioners are to be commended for their plodding, workmanlike attention to the affairs of Routt County.

Soundoff for Jan. 25

Apologize to Maddoxes I would like to say that I feel Susan Dellinger and Ken Brenner need to apologize to Bob and Cindy Maddox or they maybe need to consider resigning from their positions. They did not set a good example in this case of representing our community.

Our View: Voters should decide salary

The Oak Creek Town Board was wise to hold off on raising the mayor's salary.

Calendar for Jan. 25

Monday, Jan. 26 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story hour is at 10 to 11 a.m. For questions, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

The Stanley Cup of cards

Residents continue tradition of playing 'May I' for 'championship vase'

One Labor Day several years ago, Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman -- now the mayor of Oak Creek -- had a yard sale.

Getting back in the games

New physical education teacher turns 'glorified recess' on end, gets kids up and learning

Kindergartner Ashley Wilson gingerly stepped onto the smooth, cold surface of Howelsen Ice Arena last week, dressed more for the slopes than the rink.

Building permits for Jan. 25

Steamboat Springs John Cotter Ferguson II 2005 Ski Time Square Drive Belisle Construction Interior Demo $3,000

Transactions for Jan. 13-17

MOUNTAIN HABITATS, LLC to GUTFREUND, JAMES M. and GUTFREUND, DIXIE D. for MOUNTAINEER AT STEAMBOAT, PHASE 3 Unit: 7B -- $695,900

UPS store banks on shipping skis

Store offers retail shipping rates, convenience to skiers

Niki and Jim Titus have tapped into the modern trend toward shorter Alpine skis in ways that ski designers could never have anticipated.

Young adults say investing in Steamboat real estate worth struggle

For a year, Mike Martin lived off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Ramen noodles. He didn't travel out of Steamboat Springs, and he even turned off the electric breakers so his heater would not turn on.

Porches bring high-end townhomes to street

Bob and Joan Boglioli of New Jersey sat in a model unit at The Porches, a 66-unit townhouse development under construction off Steamboat Boulevard. They were talking with developer Bruce Shugart and Realtor Randall Hannaway, but most of their attention was on the building itself.

Briefs for Jan. 25

Congressman Udall will speak Jan. 31 in 'Boat Congressman Mark Udall will be the breakfast speaker at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, at Olympian Hall in Steamboat Springs when the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley and Western Colorado Congress host their annual gathering.

Friday, January 23

Colorado Ski for Women has carnival atmosphere

Ski event will benefit Advocates Against Battering and Abuse

The carnival is coming, and Birgitta Lindgren is ready.

Planners debate housing

Commission's feedback puts self-help housing in jeopardy

The city Planning Commission's negative feedback on an affordable housing proposal has raised serious questions for the survival of a self-help housing program.

Columbine Cabins to add food service area

After years of providing visitors with quaint, historic lodging, the owners of Columbine Cabins are planning to add something new to their menu: a food service area.

Let it snow

No fresh powder since Jan. 8

Statistically, January is Steamboat's heaviest snow month. But that hasn't been the case during two of the past three years, and January 2004 is conforming to the drying trend.

Briefs for Jan. 24

Advocates hosts Colorado Ski for Women on Sunday Advocates Against Battering and Abuse hosts the third annual Colorado Ski for Women at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 879-2034. Silly costumes are encouraged.

Steamboat girls win on last-second shot

To go right would have been too predictable for Steamboat Springs High School's Erin Christensen. So she went left with nine seconds to go against Moffat County, rolled off a screen and hit a 3-pointer to put her team up 39-37 as the clock ran out.

Dimes and dreams

Rider aims for Olympics --no matter the cost

Dreams sometimes come with price tags, and Erin Simmons has no idea what her dreams will cost.

The Record for Jan. 24

Thursday, Jan. 22 12:06 a.m. A noise complaint was made about a loud party on Hemlock Court. Police asked the people to quiet down.

Down to the wire

Sailors beat Bulldogs by 1 with seconds left

The "Running Sailors" label printed on the Steamboat Springs boys basketball roster is misleading.

Thursday, January 22

The Record for Jan. 23

Wednesday, Jan. 21 12:26 a.m. Shoes were reported stolen in the 2000 block of Snow Bowl Plaza.

Mayer back on slopes after fall spent in school

Olympian Travis Mayer wasted little time transitioning between the Ivy League and World Cup freestyle events

Weekend warriors

Basketball, hockey teams brace for big weekend

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team already controls its final position in the Western Slope standings, but a win against rival Moffat County tonight would help the Sailors even more.

Jumpers take on Howelsen Hill

The jumps on Howelsen Hill were busy last weekend.

Skiers succeed in Aspen

Winter Sports Club freestylers shine in moguls, big-air competitions

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle skiers turned in top performances at Aspen Highlands during moguls and big-air competitions held last weekend.

HEDC holds inaugural meeting

In its inaugural meeting Thursday night, the new seven-member Hayden Economic Development Commission discussed the need to make Hayden a more welcoming town for businesses and residents alike.

Triple Peaks wins appeal

State court overturns Judge Doucette's ruling on ski area sale

A lawsuit over the abandoned sale of the Steamboat Ski Area isn't over and could be headed for a trial in District Court.

Planning approves Elkins Meadows final plat

The city Planning Commission approved a final plat for Elkins Meadow on Thursday night as it heard concerns about ski trail easements and complaints of damage to neighboring property.

Mayor's salary raise tabled

The decision to raise the Oak Creek mayor's salary from $90 a month to $1,100 a month was put off by the Oak Creek Town Board of Trustees at their Thursday night meeting.

Conservationist leaves Steamboat

Pat Davey, who specializes in native plants, takes Denver job

Pat Davey, who implemented many federal conservation efforts in Routt County during the past two decades, is moving to the Front Range to take a bigger job with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

District facing deficit

Officials predict $250,000 shortfall

Increases in Steamboat Springs School District expenses are projected to outpace revenue gains for the second consecutive year, leaving district officials with the task of cutting an estimated $250,000 from the 2004-05 budget before July 1.

Hired Hands bring bluegrass to Depot

Two bartenders from the Old Dylan Inn in Silverthorne are among the songwriters listed in the liner notes for the title track "Hands of Time" on Hired Hands' latest album.

Guitar tells story of Latin America

If you've never seen classical guitar performed in a concert setting, this is not something to pass up.

Briefs for Jan. 23

Children's Danceworks offers toddler dance class A four-week parent/toddler dance class offered by Children's Danceworks is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 26 through Feb. 16, at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St. Cost is $36. Call Wendy Smith Mikelsons at 736-1005.

It's not what you think

Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams don't play your typical country

Modern, top-40 country music is as appealing to me as the social ills it glorifies, which is why I was skeptical when I put "country band" Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams in the CD player.

Duarte's blues a lesson in interpretation, evolution

Chris Duarte is known as a hard-edged guitar player who, as a profile on Tennessee's Bandit Blues Radio Web site put it, "attacks his guitar with a vengeance -- bent over at the waist, long hair flying in his face, playing monster licks at a decibel level that would make Quiet Riot flinch."

Brief points for Jan. 23

'A Valentine Soiree' Tickets are available for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra's "A Valentine Soiree."

The search for answers

Like many, JoAnn Miller knew she would write a book someday. The book would be accessible to many, and it would change the lives of those who read it.

Speech team gaining wins

Six members travel to invitational this weekend

When speaking, good timing can be essential in making sure a message is received the way its sender intended.

3 wire; boys just want to have fun

Watch Paul Geppert play David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" on a battered acoustic guitar. Listen to Dave Hanley fill between the lines with his banjo and Bob Shaffer keep time with an upright bass.

Nightlife for Jan. 23

Music Tonight Humble Pickers play at 9 p.m. at Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. No cover charge. Call 879-2101.

Free Friday Film Series schedule

Films begin at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall (10th and Oak streets). Admission is free; donations are encouraged; seating is limited.

Rip the face off your fear

Two men were standing on either side of the hill. One on the top and one at the bottom, and I was in the middle. They were both yelling at me.

Wednesday, January 21

Krause, Pearson pace Nordic team

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team members continue to ski near the top half of the pack as they gear up for the state competition at Howelsen Hill at the end of February.

Alpine team fares well in Winter Park

The Steamboat Springs Alpine team posted solid finishes at a slalom race held Friday in Winter Park.

Alpine addicts

WSC athletes unlock success at Keystone

Twenty-five members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's J3-level Alpine team took part in two downhill races at Keystone last week.

Nordic skiers take to Olympic course

Soldier Hollow is hallowed ground for Nordic skiers in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Surfer trades in board

Shark attack survivor learns to snowboard in Steamboat

Bethany Hamilton, 13, signs a photo of herself surfing with a felt pen while standing near a lift at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Tuesday, January 20

Community calendar for Jan. 21

Beginning square dance class offered Fridays The Green Ridge Mountaineers Square Dance Club is starting a new class for beginning square dancers at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Hayden Congregational Church. Classes are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 5. Call 879-3521 or 824-6062.

Fund Board hears ideas

The kickoff to the Education Fund Board's annual budgeting cycle began Wednesday when the Steamboat Springs School District's administrative team presented its funding recommendations to each Fund Board commission.

Visitor numbers to drop

Occupancy should be about 62 percent this weekend

Steamboat Springs saw more tourists last weekend than the weekend before, but the number will drop again this weekend.

Motorist pleads guilty to harassment

A motorist who struck and seriously injured a man in 2002 was back in court Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to a harassment charge and a bail-bond violation related to the vehicular assault case was dismissed.

Suspect granted continuance

Man is charged with kidnapping, burglary and assault

A 36-year-old man charged with kidnapping, burglary and assault was granted a 30-day continuance so evidence could be examined.

Elkins Meadow final plat up for review

A city planning commissioner's request has the controversial Elkins Meadow development back in public review as it seeks approval for a final subdivision plat.

Negotiations under way

North Routt school hopes for extended contract

Officials for both the Steamboat Springs School District and North Routt Community Charter School say good-faith negotiations are under way toward the extension of the charter school's operating contract.

The Record for Thursday, Jan. 22

Tuesday, Jan. 20 9:27 a.m. Check fraud was reported in the 1900 block of Shield Drive. The case is being investigated.

Briefs for Thursday, Jan. 22

Police yet to arrest person who mailed possible drugs The person who mailed a package containing 86 grams of suspected cocaine to Celebrity Resorts has yet to be arrested.

Oak Creek considers a raise

Town Board will consider raising the mayor's salary

The Oak Creek Town Board will consider raising the mayor's salary to $1,100 a month from $90 a month.

2004 Winter Carnival Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 4: 5:30 p.m., Opening Ceremonies at Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of Fifth. Sponsored by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Chamber Ambassadors and Pepsi Cola. A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants and Little Princesses, the Grand Marshal and if we're lucky, a special appearance by the Lighted Man.

Fund Board meeting tonight

Board will present community with 'State of the Fund'

A day after President Bush presented the nation with his State of the Union address, the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board will present the community with a version of its own.

Residents brace for Xcel

Connie Bell won't stand for it, literally. She said she would pack her bags and leave the home she grew up in if Xcel Energy builds a railroad on her property.

Newspaper Web site honored

Steamboat Homefinder wins national award from NAA

Steamboat Homefinder has been named the best real estate Web site in the nation among newspapers its size by the Newspaper Association of America.

City eyes land annexation

Planner wants zone change for land at Thornburg, Yahmonite

The Steamboat Springs City Council wants to see a comprehensive plan for annexing land into the city as opposed to a piece-meal process proposed by one developer.

Evaluation-based pay system pilot begins

More than a dozen Steamboat Springs School District teachers are participating in a new test of the district's evaluation-based pay system.

Happenings for Jan. 21., 2004

WEDNESDAY n Yampatika's Wee Naturalist program for children ages 3 to 5 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Price includes a snack and juice. Call 871-9151.

Museum board gets good start

The Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board has held its initial meeting, and board members said they are looking forward to the work ahead.

The Blotter for Jan. 21

Wednesday, Jan. 14 12:04 p.m. A car caught fire in the 300 block of Santa Fe Drive. The owner reportedly had started the car after pouring antifreeze into the radiator, and then turned the car off and went inside his home. A few moments later, a neighbor knocked on the door saying his car was on fire. The car was completely engulfed, and the owner's van caught fire, too.

Residents rave about ski trail

Three or four times a week, Pauline Kopsa puts on her Nordic skis and kicks around Hayden's new cross country skiing and snowshoeing trail. She glides down the small hills for a breather, but her heart continues beating heavily.

Loretta Van Norstrand: Pleased with study

I am very pleased that there will be a committee to study the city's tax structure.

Susan Mizen, David Freseman, Ruth Ann Mewborn and Robin Heide: Thanks for help

Once again the Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who gave of their time or money to make this year's Christmas Kettle Campaign a success. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we raised $8,649, which is $1,800 more than last year, to help families with things such as dental bills, prescription medications, utilities, car repairs and school supplies. In 2003, the Salvation Army helped more than 60 families who had nowhere else to turn. Because of the success of the kettle campaign, we will be able to help at least as many families in 2004.

Our View: The bad karma question

In serving the city with a $49 million lawsuit, former Steamboat Springs City Council candidate Marcus Williams said the council's decision to turn down the liquor license for his proposed jazz bar would bring bad karma to everyone involved.

Briefs for Wednesday, Jan. 21

Horizons seeks volunteers for adaptive ski program Horizons Specialized Services needs volunteers for its annual adaptive ski program.

The Record for Jan. 21

Monday, Jan. 19 12:33 a.m. A man was arrested on U.S. Highway 40 near the Hampton Inn on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Cowboys ride 'em downhill

It took Lance Kelly, a bareback rider from Stephenville, Texas, all of 20 minutes to learn to ski upon arriving in Steamboat Springs for the 30th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill.

Doolin, Rolando, Gates take first

The Hayden wrestling team placed third, and Soroco came in seventh at the Western Slope League Tournament on Saturday in Meeker.

Soroco girls team splits weekend games

The Soroco girls basketball team picked up its first league win of the season against Meeker on Friday.

Soroco plays solid in games

One night after losing a tough game against Meeker, the Soroco boys basketball team responded by defeating North Park for the second time in less than a month.

Monday, January 19

Taylor co-sponsors basin of origin bill

State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, has co-sponsored a bill aimed at protecting basins of origin when water is transferred from one area to another.

The Record for Jan. 20, 2004

Sunday, Jan. 18 1:03 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 1200 block of Sparta Plaza.

Council has flight service on agenda

But staff wants to table ordinance until Feb. 3

City staff is recommending the Steamboat Springs City Council table an ordinance allowing Mountain Flight Services to transfer its maintenance operations at the Steamboat Springs Airport to another business.

Fair to celebrate anniversary

Board wants public's logo, design ideas for 90th birthday

Though the theme for the Routt County Fair has varied over the years, the concept of supporting the area's agricultural roots has remained the same.

State Dems hope to weigh in

Presidential candidate may be decided before April 13 caucus

The director of the state's Democratic party hopes there still will be a decision to make on a presidential nominee when Colorado holds its caucuses April 13.

County to choose construction manager

Routt County commissioners are expected to choose Steamboat Springs-based Holmquist-Lorenz Construction Company as the construction manager for the new justice center.

District revising boundaries

Steamboat Springs School District officials hope that re-balancing their director districts will not only bring the school system into compliance with state law but also will prevent the necessity for a similar effort for six more years.

Homeowner snuffs roof fire

Quick thinking, garden hose help put out blaze before trucks arrive

A man was able to hose down a fire that had spread across the roof of his house, saving the structure before firetrucks arrived Sunday.

Happenings for Jan. 20, 2004

TUESDAY n Yampavalley.info hosts a Web site training session from 9 to 11 a.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Bristol Hall, Room 319. Learn how to add pages and update content on the Web site. Reservations required. Call 879-0240, ext. 305 or e-mail aselby@marmot.org.

News in brief for Jan. 20, 2004

Nancy Stahoviak to return from Denver hospital Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is scheduled to return to Routt County today for the first time since mid-December, when she was flown to a Denver hospital because of life-threatening kidney failure and infections.

Sunday, January 18

Briefs for Jan. 19

Beginning square dance class offered Fridays at 7 The Green Ridge Mountaineers Square Dance Club is starting a new class for beginning square dancers at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Hayden Congregational Church, beginning this week. Call 879-3521 or 824-6062.

Happenings for Jan. 19

MONDAY n The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story-hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call 736-8371.

Cowboy Downhill turns 30

Steamboat's famous ski runs and the town's Western heritage provide the perfect setting for perhaps the most unique gathering of rodeo cowboys in the world.

The Record for Jan. 19

Saturday, Jan. 17 2:17 a.m. An officer was requested in the 2800 block of South Steamboat Boulevard.

Treasurer's office to send bills

Whiddon says there are 10 things to know about them

Sitting on the desk of Routt County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon is a top ten list of things people should know about their tax bills.

November sales tax up 4 percent

A 4 percent increase in November's sales tax revenue is good news for the city, but December is expected to bring even better news.

Selby helped many youths

The first thing Tim and Kristin Selby saw when they moved to Steamboat was a rainbow. It appeared just as the two were getting out of their rented moving van.

Saturday, January 17

William 'Wade' Hatcher (1930-2004)

Clark resident William "Wade" Hatcher died Jan. 6, 2004, at his home. He was 73.

Brian T. Kelly: Get involved in community

Ben and Millie Beall, Paul Fisher, Bob Maddox, Bill Martin, Ed McArthur, Kevin Bennett, Arianthe Stettner, Nancy Stahoviak, Bud Romberg, Kathy Connell and Ken Brenner. What do these names have in common? They have all served countless hours in meetings at the county, city or school board levels, or perhaps in committees helping out our community in countless ways. If you know the individuals named above, they represent a broad spectrum of political philosophy, but each holds dearly the concept we recognize as "community."

Our View: Step in the right direction

At issue Tax policy committee Our view Group has important work to do in a short time.

The Record for Jan. 18, 2004

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.

Births for Jan. 18, 2004

Niklas Paul Johannes Malacinski, son of Essi Kenttala and Stephen Malacinski, was born at 3:11 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2003. He weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Novak -- Kirby engagement

Frank and Theresa Novak of Union and Chadwick Island, New Jersey announce the engagement of their daughter Valerie Novak to Kerry Ryan Kirby, son of Ramona and Howard Kirby of Toponas.

Weather watchers

Surveying the clouds from 10,525 feet

A few flakes start to fall in the early morning. As everyone else looks up to evaluate ski conditions, Dr. Randy Borys sees something more. He measures each flake for size and weight. He examines the composition. He sees the weather pattern from which they were created and imagines the particles the parent cloud might have picked up in China, California and Utah.

Routt County Spotlight: Riley Polumbus

Riley Polumbus Age: 33 Occupation: Public relations director for Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association

South Routt Calendar for Jan. 18, 2004

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story hour is at 10 to 11 a.m. For questions, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Residents meet for water update

Phippsburg system built in the '70s needs to be brought up to date

Louise Iacovetto and her husband, Ray, are native Routt County residents. Louise was born on a Routt County ranch, and Ray was born and raised in Phippsburg.

Class Notes for Jan. 18, 2004

Lindsay E. Lockhart of Steamboat Springs took part in Dartmouth College's exchange program this winter when she studied in San Diego.

Sound Off for Jan. 18, 2004

I am totally against President Bush's immigration reform proposal, unless it facilitates more help at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Steamboat. Maybe if they hire immigrants, it will help with the overcrowding, long lines and the fact that the office never seems to be open.

Raymond A. Fox (1928-2004)

Steamboat Springs resident Raymond Andrew Fox passed away Jan. 1, 2004, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 75.

Oak Creek reacts to force

Mayor calls police department a good change; some residents disagree

When Cargo Rodeman ran for mayor of Oak Creek in 2002, she ran on a platform of common sense, kindness and cleaning up the police department.

Building Permits for Jan. 1-9, 2004

Mountain Meadow Preserve LLC 1303 Turning Leaf Court Owner/Contractor Duplex -- Left Unit $909,554

Transactions for Jan. 6-12, 2004

WOLFF, RAINER JURGEN AND WOLFF, BARBARA ANN TO BATEMAN, GEORGE R. AND MITCHELL, GAIL FOR LOT B, WOLFF TOWNHOMES FILING NO. 2 - $795,000

Right on target

Winter Sports Club's biathlon program growing in second year

Molly Newman and Cameron Osteen stare intently down the barrels of their air rifles, quickly lining up their open peep sights with circular targets 10 meters away.

John F. Russell: Comeback kid proves herself

Words such as confident, intelligent and talented come to mind when you first meet Olympic ski racer Caroline Lalive.

Sailors fall in overtime

It felt as if the Aspen hockey team beat Steamboat Springs twice in Saturday's game.

Hometown hero

Steamboat's Todd Lodwick dazzles on Howelsen jumps

Boys don't think much about making Olympic teams, standing atop World Cup podiums or being called heroes. Not at 12. At least not Todd Lodwick.

Lady Tigers lasso Cowboys

Alycia Boyd shines in Hayden's rout of Plateau Valley

Hayden's Alycia Boyd came to the high school gym at about noon Saturday and practiced shooting. Practicing on her own isn't out of the ordinary, but the solo preparation fine-tuned her shot enough to score a game-high 21 points, 18 of which came in the first half.

Tigers bite Cowboys

Hayden Tigers fans stood and clapped with more enthusiasm than usual Saturday night. They were watching an entertaining performance that demanded respect.

Jeanne Whiddon: Understanding your tax bill

Q. When should Routt County residents expect to see their tax bills in the mail? What information is on it?

2003 a real estate boom

Slow start turned into third best in sales transactions

Despite starting out as one of the slowest years for regional real estate sales, 2003 developed into the second best year for sales volume and the third best for total sale transactions, according to the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

Business briefs for Jan. 18, 2004

First National Bank hires Bob Kuusinen

Data helps educators in era dominated by technology

Education has changed a lot in the three decades since Celia Dunham became a teacher.

From Sundance to South Side

Liquor store owner Ted Heid and his sense of humor are back in business

For the better part of seven months, Ted Heid was fresh out of jokes. But now he's back behind the counter of his own liquor store entertaining customers once again.

YVRA summer flights

Interest in jet service from Houston surges

Continental Airlines' new summer jet flight between Houston and Yampa Valley Regional Airport is loaded into travel agent and Internet computers and already reflecting reservation traffic.

No worries at Whiteman

Students study ancient

Forget DVDs and video games; last week, Lowell Whiteman Primary School first-graders Jesse Laughlin and Nate Bowman found themselves enthralled with yarn and cardboard.

Bessie Lighthizer (1913-2004)

Former Hayden resident Bessie Lighthizer passed away peacefully Dec. 22, 2003, at her home in Mesa, Ariz. She was 90.

Friday, January 16

Man pleads innocent in vehicular homicide

A 20-year-old Eagle County man pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide in District Court on Friday.

Stillwell making progress

Resident emerges from coma, is transferred to rehab facility

The next phase in Steamboat Springs resident Chris Stillwell's battle to recover from a serious brain injury will take place at a world-renowned rehabilitation center.

Happenings for Jan. 17, 2004

The "Dyed in the Wool" Rug Hookers will present a gallery talk to discuss the exhibit at 2 p.m. at the Depot Art Center.

U.S. attorney enters case

Office to represent 1 officer cited for contempt in marijuana case

The U.S. Attorney's Office will represent at least one of nine police officers cited for contempt of court for not complying with a Routt County Court order to return medicinal marijuana to its owner. The drugs were seized during a search of a Hayden man's home in mid-October.

The Record for Jan. 17, 2004

12:07 a.m. Intoxicated males were reported causing a disturbance in the middle of Anglers Drive. The Steamboat Springs Police Department gave them a ride home.

Briefs for Jan. 17, 2004

The Routt County Fair Board announced this week a contest to design a logo for the 90th annual fair, which is held in August. The winner will be awarded $250. Submissions must be submitted to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office in the Routt County Courthouse Annex or to Fair Director Terry Doherty at the Routt County Fairgrounds office by Feb. 5.

Town Board pays CDC $40K

By law, the Hayden Town Board did not have to, but out of good faith, it paid $40,000 to Civil Design Consultants for additional engineering fees for water treatment plant improvements.

Ski area unveils master plan

Ski Corp. president forecasts return of destination skiers

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said Friday he sees encouraging trends that lead him to believe the ski area will be able to afford building some of the improvements listed in its new master plan.

Steamboat girls fall to Rifle

Everything the Rifle Lady Bears did right, the Steamboat Springs Lady Sailors did wrong.

Sailors fall to Huskies

One mountain stands in the way of every other high school hockey team's hopes of a Colorado state title -- Battle Mountain.

Inside game helps Sailors

The Steamboat Springs Sailors got off to an early lead over the two-time defending league champion Rifle Bears in the first quarter of their 55-46 victory. But the Sailors started to slip as they "got married to the three-point line," Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said.

Man in burglary sentenced

A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for the theft of more than $10,000 from the Steamboat Ski Area's Rendezvous Saddle building.

Thursday, January 15

Nightlife for Jan. 16, 2004

Aubrey Collins Returns plays from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Bar and Grill, 1000 Highpoint Dr. $5. Call 879-2900.

Man arrested in suspected cocaine case

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested after allegedly picking up a package of suspected cocaine at Celebrity Resorts.

Senate candidate visits town

With a career that began in journalism and continues in politics, democratic Senatorial candidate Jim Spehar has been on both sides of the microphone, the camera and the pen. His license plate, which reads "NEWS4U," now means he is making news rather than reporting it.

Ski Corp. holds open houses

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will give the public a glimpse at its future in a pair of open houses today and Feb. 17.

Happenings for Jan. 16, 2004

Open drawing/painting sessions are 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Depot Art Center. Subject matter is live model or still-life. Fee of $10 per person to share cost of the model. Call Maggie at 879-9036.

Briefs for Jan. 16, 2004

The Emerald City Opera holds open auditions for "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a touring opera for young audiences, from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26 at Steamboat Springs High School and from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Craig High School. Call 870-3397.

The Record for Jan. 16, 2004

12:17 a.m. A man reported that sounds of breaking furniture and a woman in distress were coming from a residence in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. The Steamboat Springs Police Department investigated and found nothing.

Autumn Phillips: Moment of clarity

We watched a movie the other night called "Melvin Goes to Dinner." It was one of those movies in which four people in their early 30s meet for dinner and a bottle of wine, and the plot unrolls under their angst-riddled conversation.

Addicted to Coffee

The listener will have a hard time escaping the spell of Bruce Dean's cello, but will-power will be rewarded for those who can pull their ears away to listen to the voices at Sunday night's Coffee Cantata.

From a broken mold

Clumsy Lovers plays folk music you can slam dance to

Go see this band. With their eighth album, self-released in September, Clumsy Lovers finally is getting noticed by mainstream music promoters in America. And after playing on their own since 1993, the band members just signed with independent record label Nettwerk.

Brief Points for Jan. 16, 2004

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council has announced the beginning of the Winter Free Friday Film Series. Feature films begin at 7 p.m. every other Friday at Centennial Hall, on the corner of 10th and Oak streets.

Carrying California vibe

Before his death in 1996, Bradley Nowell of Sublime discovered two teenage musicians and saw promise. Miles Doughty and his best friend since childhood, Kyle McDonald, had just graduated from high school and their band, Slightly Stoopid, had been a pet project since they were 16 years old.

Hip to be square

Times are changing, and it's now cool to be square.

Rivals meet at rink

Sailors host Huskies, Skiers this weekend

Heading into its biggest weekend of the season, the Steamboat Springs hockey team had its best week of practice to date, coach Dave Strang said.

Cats flood animal shelter during summer, fall

"Build it and they will come" held too true for the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter last year. Just after installing new cages to hold cats at the end of May, the animals started to arrive in record numbers.

Pay plan to undergo analysis

The Steamboat Springs School District is getting an outside opinion on the financial viability of its proposed evaluation-based pay system.

Art mentor teaches meaning

Braziel inspires artists, does 'not teach imitation'

Eileen Braziel most often has been described as a mentor. On canvas she may be an outsider, but in life she has the ability to inspire everyone around her.

Two students' art pieces stand out

Steamboat high school students receive Scholastic Art Awards

The boy in the picture looks years older than 17, and the empathy of the artist's pencil seems to come from a woman much older than the high school junior who drew him.

City receives designation

Steamboat honored in Washington, D.C., for historic preservation

When first lady Laura Bush mentioned the transformation of an old power plant into a city facility in a White House speech Thursday, shivers went down Arianthe Stettner's spine.

Monger to have his 1st meeting on CCI

Proposed state bills for this legislative session will be a focus of the first meeting of the Colorado Counties Inc.

YVRA posts big December

Yampa Valley Regional Airport logged its busiest December this decade and perhaps of all time last month with 17,259 passengers disembarking.

Wednesday, January 14

Briefs for Jan. 15, 2004

Led by senior Lia Kozatch, the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team placed second at a tournament last weekend at Moffat County High School in Craig.

Resident enters county race

Jeff Fry backs gravel pit; opposes justice center costs, land swap

The county's decision to build a $15.5 million county justice center in an already tight budget year was just one reason Routt County resident Jeff Fry, 45, decided to run for a seat on the Board of County Commissioners.

Program confronts suicide, offers help

Couple who lost their son to suicide give presentation at high school

Seven minutes. The tragic events of a September night in 1994 have played over and over in the minds of Dar and Dale Emme.

Jumping at the chance

Top athletes expected for this weekend's Super Series

Anytime Todd Lodwick, Tommy Schwall and Clint Jones get together on the hills of Howelsen, it must be a super day.

Lalive wins 4th in Italy super-G

It's been a busy week of competition and travel for the members of the U.S. Ski Team's women's Alpine squad, but you will not hear Steamboat Springs skier Caroline Lalive complaining.

Skier escapes pile-up for a top finish

At times, last weekend's mass start cross country race in Aspen resembled rush hour in a big city.

Xcel holds public meeting

Residents voice concerns about coal delivery methods to Hayden Station

Willis Carpenter already has seen an energy company take over land at his father's ranch, and he's a little uneasy that another company is considering further development on the ranch.

The Record for Jan. 15, 2004

1:28 a.m. A man reported hearing someone trying to break into his house in the 2900 block of Mountaineer Circle. The man said more than $500 worth of damage was done to the door.

Happenings for Jan. 15

THURSDAY n Consultation for age-related vision loss and other disabilities is available at noon at the American Legion Hall in Hayden. Call 736-2412.

Former council candidate sues city

A former City Council candidate is suing the city for $49 million, saying his civil rights were violated when the City Council denied him a liquor license on the question of moral character.

Student captures school title

Geographic bee gives children incentive to learn

Sixth-grader Vladan Chase likes geography.

Accused man found innocent

Jury ruled man was not guilty in sex assault case

A jury found a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Klumker Field in May inncocent Wednesday.

Community brings Routt United Way to goal

For weeks, people have been asking Millie Beall, executive director for Routt County United Way, one question: "How are we doing?" Now, Beall can answer.

Tuesday, January 13

Happenings for Jan. 14, 2004

Yampatika's Wee Naturalist program for children ages 3 to 5 meets from 9 to 11 a.m. at Yampatika, 925 Weiss Drive. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Price includes snack and juice. Call 871-9151.

Four Town Board seats open in April

Four seats on the Hayden Town Board will be up for election in April: the seats occupied by Ken Gibbon, Lorraine Johnson, Richard "Festus" Hagins and Mayor Chuck Grobe.

Xcel faces opposition to conveyor-belt idea

Xcel Energy could face strong opposition to a proposal to build an unloading facility and conveyor belt across the Carpenter Ranch and U.S. Highway 40 into the Hayden Station power plant.

Board to name EDC members

Letters of interest have been submitted to the town of Hayden for seats on the Hayden Economic Development Commission, but conflicts of interest and membership rules may prevent some applicants from being appointed.

Muhme takes all in tournament

Heavyweight wrestler wins first place

Randy Muhme didn't wrestle for Hayden last year and was late coming out this season, but the junior heavyweight is proving skill and talent sometimes make up for a lack of experience.

Coal hauling OK'd on C.R. 27

Xcel Energy received county approval Tuesday to haul up to 1.8 million tons of coal per year on Routt County Road 27, but it may not use the permit.

Positive attitudes aid Sailors

Early season question marks have turned into team strengths as the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team ran its winning streak to seven games over the weekend.

Muhme makes mat statement

Hayden heavyweight tops county wrestlers over weekend

Randy Muhme didn't wrestle for Hayden last year and was late coming out this season, but the junior heavyweight is proving skill and talent sometimes make up for lack of experience.

Hayden falls to Soroco

Final seconds make the

Sloppy play from the Hayden Tigers and Soroco Rams girls squads made for an interesting finish in the final seconds.

Fine fourth quarters lift Sailor girls

Coach Steve Moos wanted competitive, tightly contested games to give his Steamboat Springs girls basketball players experience and to see how they would respond.

Racer friends sweep slalom

When they are on the road, ski racers Christina Roberts and Heidi Hillenbrand are never far apart.

Hayden boys beat rival Soroco

Hayden Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner looked down at the floor with a grim look on his face. His team had just defeated the Soroco Rams by 9 points, but a 16-hour workday had just defeated him.

Speech team wins several at home

When evaluating speech tournaments, size doesn't always matter.

Management firms merge

Mountain Resorts, Johnston Shipley Management join

A pair of property management companies with strong positions at the venerable Storm Meadows Resort condominium complex have joined.

Our View: Public's input sought on USFS fees

As the U.S. Forest Service moves toward a fee structure for use and access on Routt National Forest land, we encourage the Forest Service to be specific about what the public will get in return for those fees.

Briefs for Jan. 14, 2004

The Free Friday Film Series will start again for the winter Jan. 23. Films are shown at 7 p.m. every other Friday through March 19 at Centennial Hall. The films are free, seating is limited, donations are encouraged. Call the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at 879-9008.

The Record for Jan. 14, 2004

7:34 a.m. A safe in the two-story Ski Corp. parking garage reportedly was broken into and more than $250 was taken.

Marketing VP promoted

Wirth to focus on Steamboat Resort Corp., The Canyons

Andy Wirth of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. took some good-natured ribbing from the Park City, Utah, resort community last summer when he was bold enough to contract for a daily jet flight from Salt Lake City to Steamboat Springs.

A tasty showcase of talent

Thursday night event to raise money for high school choirs

Suzy Ritter looks back fondly on a high school trip to San Diego that she took more than a decade ago.

Council outlines group's makeup

Tax policy group to be formed

The Steamboat Springs City Council said a tax policy group should look at all potential revenue sources and a mix of revenue sources before making a recommendation to the council on its tax system.

Defendant, accuser testify

Trial for man accused of sexual assault continues today

Both the man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Klumker Field in May and the alleged victim testified in Routt County Court on Tuesday.

Marmon sentenced to jail

Man found guilty of Dream Island shooting gets 90 days

The man found guilty in a Dream Island shooting incident was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of intensive supervised probation Tuesday.

Texas man found with cocaine, money

A 37-year-old Texas man was found with three bindles of cocaine and more than a $1,000 in his pockets and wallet, the Routt County Sheriff's Office reported.

Monday, January 12

News in brief for January 13, 2003

Registration begins for CMC weight-lifting classes Registration for Colorado Mountain College's spring semester aerobic and weight-lifting classes is this week.

The Record for January 13, 2003

Saturday, Jan 11 12:17 a.m. A group of men believed to be intoxicated was reported at the Stock Bridge Transit Center. The men were taken to the detox center.

The best of everything

Great conditions, top skiers combine for exciting freestyle event

Blue sky, fresh snow and the top freestyle skiers in the Rocky Mountain Division combined last weekend to make for a memorable event at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Skiers make the most of super-G races

Ashley Stamp swept a pair of super-G races at Mount Werner on Sunday highlighting another impressive showing by the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine team.

DA's report details shooting

Hunter said he thought he heard, saw an elk when he shot his friend

A report filed with the District Attorney's Office details how a Wisconsin man accidentally shot and killed a longtime friend last fall during a hunting trip in South Routt County.

Monger announces candidacy

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger, a fourth-generation Routt County native, rancher and accountant, will run for a second term as county commissioner.

Sex assault case trial begins

Jurors were selected and opening arguments given Monday in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in May.

Board adopts new mission, vision

A little wordsmithing was all the Steamboat Springs School Board needed to approve a complete revision of one of its most important policies.

Water system to be highlight of meeting

Phippsburg community likely will question rate hike, delay of improvement plan

A Phippsburg community meeting Wednesday night likely will focus on the stalled process of improving the town's water system.

Happenings for Jan. 13, 2004

TUESDAY n The Steamboat II Filing 2 Homeowners Association meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Anchor Way Baptist Church. Call Paula Hays at 879-6053.

Sunday, January 11

Council to hold tax talk

Community invited to share concerns

The Steamboat Springs City Council is hoping its voters can help come up with a financial policy that will work and residents will approve in the aftermath of two failed tax initiatives.

2004 in the stars: 'So much to learn'

As the second Mars Rover takes its place on Mars next week, and the Cassini spacecraft moves into orbit around Saturn, as two newly discovered comets move this way, 2004 promises to be an exciting year in space.

Happenings for Jan. 12, 2004

The Oak Creek Library hosts preschool story-hour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Call 736-8371.

Briefs for Jan. 12, 2004

For the 37th year, the Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the annual "Stars of Tomorrow" talent contest for Routt County school-age students. This year's show will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.

Artist looks beyond still life

A thick black line shaped like a drinking glass stands next to a thick black line shaped like a piece of fruit.

The Record for Jan. 12, 2004

12:27 a.m. A gas skip was reported on Anglers Drive. The vehicle could not be identified.

Tom Ross: Wounded Iraq veteran back on his skis

Army officer proving everything is possible, serving as reminder of reality of war

David Rozelle has big plans for the balance of 2004. By July, he hopes to be ready to compete in a mini triathlon. Next, in September, he intends to climb a 14,000-foot mountain, perhaps Longs Peak. Then in October, he is determined to return to the rugby pitch during Aspen's Ruggerfest.

Saturday, January 10

Sound off for Jan. 11, 2004

I could not believe Doug Allen's comment concerning the Pioneer Ridge area -- "a more natural skiing area. ... We learned several years later that is not what people wanted." Maybe Doug should hang out at the Pony Express lift on a powder day and get some first-hand feedback from all the smiling skiers and riders.

Our View: Give Bush some credit

At Issue: Bush's immigration reform proposal Our View: President's plan may be politically motivated, but at least it ignites the debate.

South Routt Calendar for Jan. 11, 2004

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story hour is at 10 to 11 a.m. For questions, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Routt County: A roadie's reality check

Stagecoach resident parties with the Stones, rides with the cowboys

The day after Thanksgiving in 1994, Steve Chambers, now 34, stepped off a plane in Miami with a full beard and a rucksack.

Learning to speak up

Speech team helps high school students gain confidence

From winning laughs to winning arguments, members of the Steamboat Springs High School speech team say they are learning skills that improve communication, develop open mindedness and boost confidence.

The Record for Jan. 11, 2004

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.

Behind the headlines: On the road to recovery

Nancy Stahoviak is a Routt County commissioner. Here she answers questions about her recent illness.

Robert A. Brown (1925-2004)

Former Oak Creek resident Robert A. Brown died Jan. 7, 2004, at Graham Hospital in Canton, Ill. He was 79.

H.G. 'Greg' Isbill (1930-2004)

H.G. "Greg" Isbill died of cancer Jan. 6, 2004.

Edna Eileen O'Neal (1935-2004)

Oak Creek resident Edna Eileen O'Neal passed away Dec. 31, 2003, at her home. She was 68.

Organs: Ultimate gifts

Woman's donation after death gave life to four

It is clear from the letters, flowers and small balloons that still appear on Michelle Barnett's grave that she gave much in life.

Coping with class size

Small classes come at a cost

A Steamboat Springs School Board plan to revisit class-size policies is proving to be the catalyst for a full-scale evaluation of district staffing levels and funding priorities.

Reintroduction of lynx encouraging

Skiers weren't the last ones to get fresh tracks on Independence Pass before it closed for the winter. Still making tracks between Colorado's two tallest mountains are resident lynx who now roam the steep, rugged pass year-round. Through the snowy months ahead, the endangered cats' pawprints will blaze across avalanche chutes that no extreme skier would attempt.

Births for Jan. 11, 2004

Sydney Rayne Bennett, daughter of Melissa and Devin Bennett of Fort Collins, was born at 1:42 p.m. Dec. 4, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Steven and Cindy Mead of Phippsburg, and Hal and Linda Bennett of Hayden.

Into the mix

Scott Singer and Tom Schwall see success in their new studio

When you are done making money, climbing the ladder and proving yourself to the world -- that's when your best work begins.

Routt County Spotlight: Randy Klauzer

Randy Klauzer Age: 55 Occupation: Lawyer Place of birth: North Dakota

Ellison -- Sinclair

Dan and Kitty Ellison of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Clare Ellison, to Scott Sinclair, son of Kent and Katy Sinclair of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Nein -- Davey

Kevin and Shirley Nein of Greeley announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Nein, to Bryan Davey, son of Pat and Kim Davey of Steamboat Springs.

Redmond -- Cambron

Doug and Beth Redmond, formerly of Stagecoach, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Mae Redmond to Robert Allen Cambron II.

Transcendence

Skiers adapt to the powder

"God, it's great to be alive!" Craig Kennedy exulted this week. "Every year, some of my friends say, 'Ah, I think I'm over it.' But I'm less over it every year. I don't think I'll ever get over it."

Camerotas two tough to beat in Nordic

It had been a year since Eric and Brett Camerota competed in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: The drive to win is lacking

It's disappointing to think that Sunday is here, and I won't be watching the Denver Broncos drive toward another Super Bowl title. But in Steamboat Springs, it's hard to dwell on things like football games.

Steamboat skiers enjoy nearly perfect day for racing

Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for Steamboat Springs Alpine director Tony Nunnikhoven.

Steamboat Sailors stay hot on the ice

For the second-straight game, the Steamboat Springs hockey team looked the part of league title contender.

Canadian jumpers back

Saturday was a sensational day to fly above downtown Steamboat Springs.

Building Permits for Jan. 11, 2004

Steamboat Springs Jonathan & Kristin Spence 2351 Oxford Way Graham Kassel Construction Single-family residence $260,050

No horsing around

Necessity breeds invention for small-business owner

Cathy Neelan likes nothing better than introducing young children to their first horseback riding experience. However, when she put her young friend Lars on the back of her crotchety old friend Merlin, there was a problem.

Timetable for ski area projects uncertain

Of all the projects listed in the update to the Steamboat Ski Area's master plan, nothing is more urgent than replacing the "antiquated" Burgess Creek double chairlift.

Alpine Vista nears completion

Townhomes blend Old West style, modern amenities

After renting an Alpine Vista townhome during a vacation to Steamboat Springs, New Jersey residents Bill and Jamie Paley soon decided to purchase a unit in the complex.

Transactions for Dec. 30-Jan. 5

MINERVA HOLDINGS, LLC TO SMITS, RON AND SMITS, TRACEY FOR WILLOWS AT STEAMBOAT SPRINGS LOT: 9 - $345,000

Friday, January 9

Fund Board staggers terms to prevent vacancy holes

The Education Fund Board hopes a new system of assigning terms to its members will prevent large clusters of vacancies from popping up in the future.

Area plan adoption draft available

A final draft of the Steamboat Springs Area Plan Update was released to the public Thursday.

Briefs for Jan. 10, 2004

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has selected Dianna Sutton and Keith Skytta as community representatives on its Editorial Board.

Birthday brothers win

Camerota twins take first, second on their 19th birthdays

Utah Nordic combined skier Eric Camerota celebrated his 19th birthday at the top of the podium Friday at the North American Junior Championship Nordic combined sprint event.

The Record for Jan. 10, 2004

12:07 a.m. An intoxicated man was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square.

Stahoviak declares candidacy

From hospital, commissioner says she will seek a fourth term

As she struggles to recuperate from life-threatening kidney failure and infections, Nancy Stahoviak's goals include walking without assistance, undergoing a double knee-implant replacement surgery to eradicate joint infection -- and securing a fourth term as a Routt County commissioner.

Man shot dogs that were attacking horse

A man shot and killed two dogs Thursday afternoon because the animals were attacking a Shetland pony.

Ward closes on $8.9M purchase

Whitney Ward of Resort Ventures has closed on a nearly $9 million real estate purchase from American Skiing Co., parent of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Sailors ravage Rampart, 10-2

In Curtis Nelson's words, the Steamboat Springs hockey team hadn't "really put it to a team" this season.

Canadians open with solid showing

The announcer had a few problems finding the Canadian National anthem for the opening ceremonies of the North American Junior Ski Jumping Championships, but that glitch didn't stop Canadians Stefan Read and Dominik Bafia from finding the podium Friday.

Xcel to hold public meeting

Public will be able to discuss coal-hauling alternatives in open house

Xcel Energy could face strong opposition to a proposal to build an unloading facility and conveyor belt across the Carpenter Ranch and U.S. Highway 40 into the Hayden Station power plant.

Happenings for Jan. 10, 2004

A two-day avalanche seminar begins at 9 a.m. at Steamboat Lake State Park. The course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is a combination of classwork and fieldwork taught by Colorado Mountain College Outdoors Studies Instructor John Saunders. The cost is $35. Call 871-1495 to register.

Thursday, January 8

Benefit held for Stillwell

Steamboat resident showing signs of improvement

In a long and uncertain path to recovery, the friends and family of Chris Stillwell measure progress one step at a time.

Budgeting guidelines OK'd

Education Fund Board unanimously agrees to proposal

After experimenting -- to mixed results -- with a new budgeting process last year, the Education Fund Board will return to a process similar to the one used in the past.

Annexation could expand

The Hayden Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Hayden Town Board on Thursday night that the annexation of the Routt County Fairgrounds should include other properties surrounding the county-owned land to further square the town's boundaries.

Oak Creek waiting to approve checklist

Oak Creek town trustees decided to hold off on approving a revised checklist of conditions that must be met before the proposed Sierra View development could be annexed and built.

Happenings for Jan. 9

FRIDAY n Leif Howelsen, son of Steamboat Springs' "Father of Skiing" Carl Howelsen, will speak at noon at the United Methodist Church. Call 879-2214.

Utility ordinance reworked

Council: Downtown property owners should be enticed to bury lines

If downtown property owners go to the trouble to bury utility lines underground, they should be given incentives to do it, according to the City Council.

Seven car thefts reported

Steamboat police investigating string of crime over holidays

A string of vehicle thefts has the Steamboat Springs Police Department warning residents to lock their doors.

FAA not investigating plane crash

NTSB probing of Mountain Flight Service ended months ago

The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into a Mountain Flight Services plane crash near Kremmling last March ended months ago and has not been reopened.

Wrestlers fall in triangular

Thursday's triangular provided the Steamboat Springs wrestling team an example of the difference between showing up to wrestle and showing up ready to wrestle, Sailors coach Jay Muhme said.

The Record for Jan. 9

Wednesday, Jan. 7 12:52 a.m. A person reportedly got out of a vehicle in front of a bar in Ski Time Square, poured gas on the street and lit a fire, then left in the vehicle. Police could not locate the vehicle.

Nightlife for Jan. 9

Music Tonight The Humble Pickers will play at 9 p.m. at Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. No cover. Call 879-2101.

Briefs for Jan. 9

Reception opens exhibit "Dyed in the Wool Hookers of Steamboat" opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The exhibit of rugs, wall-hangings, pillows and stools with hooked covers will be on display through Feb. 8.

Ski Jam

Performers come together to play at weeklong music festival

Gov't Mule started as a side project in the early 1990s by members of the Allman Brothers Band but was so well received that it became a full-time national touring act. The band has become so popular that concert organizer John Dickson doubts Steamboat Springs will be lucky enough to see it on stage here again.

'We don't really have songs'

Zilla calls its style 'intergalactic funnel music'

Hammer dulcimer player Jamie Janover jokes that Zilla is the only real jam band.

Autumn Phillips: Finding your space

There is a deep hole in Central Turkey in an area called Cappadocia, where the Hittites tunneled into volcanic rock and built cities eight stories underground.

Simplifying life and loving it

Piano player knows what tunes to play

A woman walks by -- linen pantsuit, broach at her neck, loafers. Paul Potyen looks up for a minute and sees her. He guesses two things: "She has a lot of class, but she doesn't listen to a lot of music." He chooses to play a song from "My Fair Lady" on the baby grand piano in the lobby of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, where he sits five nights a week, Tuesday through Saturday.

Student on stage with veteran actors

It's Friday night and 18-year-old Lia Kozatch is getting ready for work. She does some warm-up exercises in front of the mirror, then rushes to her place backstage at Sabre's Comedy Den.

Wednesday, January 7

Man with knives at YVRA indicted

A federal grand jury in Denver indicted a Peruvian man who was attempting to board an aircraft at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Dec. 30 with concealed dangerous weapons.

FAA investigates airport crash

A resident's concerns have sparked the Federal Aviation Administration to further investigate a Mountain Flight Service crash in March and operations at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Group opens office in Craig

Environmental advocates want to help with land management issues

In an effort to work in closer connection with the Moffat County community, where much of the group's work is focused, the Colorado Wilderness Network has opened an office in Craig.

Officers get contempt citations

9 GRAMNET members seized marijuana in raid, didn't return it

Contempt citations were issued Wednesday to nine area police officers who seized marijuana during a drug raid and did not return the drugs to their owner, a registered medicinal marijuana user, as ordered by a county judge.

County focuses on preserving rural character

The Upper Elk River Valley Community Plan dedicates about two-and-a-half pages to addressing recreation issues.

Lower bail refused in Go-Fer theft case

A Routt County judge refused to set bail lower than $5,000 for a woman charged with stealing more than $7,000 from Go-Fer Foods.

Recreation public hearings

New regulations, fees likely to go into effect next winter

Federal, county and state government agencies on Tuesday kicked off a public process intended to reduce some of the conflicts among people who love to play in the snow.

Snow settles between storms

Avalanche danger milder here than in other northern mountains

The snowdrifts in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs settled about 3 inches Tuesday, and avalanche danger was slightly less than the rest of the northern mountains, even as the next pulse of weather energy began to seep into the Yampa Valley.

Negligent homicide charges for hunter

A 44-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the September death of a hunting companion.

Freestyle free-for-all

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Freestyle Director Erik Skinner is expecting a field packed with top skiers for this weekend's Rocky Mountain Division competition in Steamboat Springs.

County teams dive into league schedule

After a two-week layoff from games and matches, high school activities for most Routt County teams resume this weekend.

End of semester timing is questioned

Steamboat Springs High School is operating on a different schedule this week in an effort to relieve student stress and create a more focused academic environment for students taking final exams.

Briefs for Jan. 8

Boy gets probation for Howler Yurt break-in A 14-year-old boy who reportedly helped break into the Howler Yurt building at the base of Howelsen Hill this summer was sentenced Monday to two years of probation.

The Record for Jan. 8

Tuesday, Jan. 6 12:06 a.m. A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. A man reportedly left his car running and unlocked. The car was found later that day downtown with nothing damaged or missing.

Happenings for Jan. 8

THURSDAY n A meditation and study group meets at 8 a.m. at 804 N. Park Road. Call 871-9716.

Hayden Station fire out fast

A fire in the wall of the Xcel Energy Hayden Station was discovered and extinguished early Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, January 6

Briefs for Jan. 7

Applications accepted for dance scholarships Steamboat Dance Theatre is soliciting applications for its dance scholarship program. Scholarships ranging from $25 to $300, depending on funding availability, are offered to students with any local dance teacher on a confidential, financial-need basis. Applications will be accepted from any instructor; students should speak to their instructors if interested. Spring applications should be received by Jan. 16, although funds may be available on an ongoing basis.

Skier puts her Stamp on seeding Alpine race

Alpine skiers Ashley Stamp, Ryan McConnell and Jeffery Gay started the new year off right Sunday at a pair of Rocky Mountain Division age class races in Loveland.

Our View: City should have World Cup

The Steamboat Springs City Council's decision to provide financial support to help bring a Nordic combined World Cup event back to Steamboat was the right one.

Dr. Arthur Houk and Billy Mack: Case anniversary

Again we are approaching the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America.

Ken Wilson: Restoring faith

I'm not the kind of person who has lot of faith in politicians. However, I'd like to share a recent experience that is changing my attitude.

Overcome with Joy

Resident finishes 34th in triathlon after flat tire

Steamboat Springs triathlete Joy Rasmussen overcame a flat tire in the International Triathlon Union World Championships for a respectable finish in her age group Dec. 6 near Queenstown, New Zealand.

SSWSC sweeps games

Steamboat skiers fare well in Nordic combined at Utah Winter Games

Nordic combined skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club returned from the Utah Winter Games earlier this week with plenty of top finishes.

Ski Corp. unveils changes

Replacing four lifts at the bottom of Mount Werner with one six-seat chairlift was at the top of the list of projects the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. presented to the City Council on Tuesday.

The Record for Jan. 7

Monday, Jan. 5 10:18 a.m. A gas-line leak was reported on Logan Avenue. The foundation of a house reportedly was on fire. The Steamboat Springs Fire Department and Atmos Energy responded. The fire department extinguished the fire.

City agrees to fund World Cup

The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to spend close to $20,000 to bring a World Cup back to Steamboat.

Stanko and Scott honored by Tread of Pioneers

Natalie Stanko, 94, who has lived in Routt County for almost 70 years, is known for her teaching and volunteering career.

Center incident investigated

Family says child was left unattended at Kids Vacation Center

Steamboat Springs police and the Colorado Department of Human Services are investigating an incident in which a 2-year-old girl was left unattended while in the care of the Kids Vacation Center at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Mill levy helps Tread plan funding

As soon as a county mill levy to help fund historical organizations passed in November, the Tread of Pioneers Museum's board of directors went into action.

Board supports vision, mission

The time and effort given by community members toward the development of a new vision for the Steamboat Springs School District won't go to waste, School Board members said this week.

Happenings for Jan. 7, 2004

WEDNESDAY n Routt County Republicans meet at noon in the Commissioners' meeting room in the Routt County Courthouse. Call 870-2891.

Monday, January 5

Lodwick soars to win in Germany

Steamboat skier claims German Grand Prix

Steamboat Springs' Todd Lodwick kept his hot streak alive by winning an individual Gundersen event in Schonach, Germany. The win was Lodwick's third-straight podium and the sixth World Cup victory of his career.

Ski Corp. to present plan to city

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will present an amendment to its master plan to the Steamboat Springs City Council today.

School Board opens discussion of class size

Sometimes an hour of discussion just isn't enough for a complex and emotional issue like class size.

Club seeking city's help to bring World Cup back

The Steamboat Springs City Council will be asked to support bringing a World Cup event back to Steamboat. Last month, the U.S. Ski Association asked the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club if it would host a World Cup B event.

Stahoviak continues to improve

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak could be released from a Denver rehabilitation center in the next couple of weeks.

Army Corps of Engineers takes comments on judicial facility

The public comment period on a permit to fill wetlands at the site of the new justice center ended Monday, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulatory office in Frisco had received between 10 and 20 comments.

West Nile diagnosis proves false

Routt County has not had a human infection of West Nile virus, despite a report that a Hayden man contracted the virus.

The Record for Jan. 6, 2004

5:47 a.m. An open door was reported at a store in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. The Steamboat Springs Police Department checked the area.

Jewel sparkles in snowboarding event

Judging from the smile on the face of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Thedo Remmelink after Monday's giant slalom race at Howelsen Hill, he was pleased with the way his racers fared in the biggest local race of the season.

Sunday, January 4

Tom Ross: Surprises in store for Steamboat in 2004

New reality show, 'Bachelorette Snowboarder Grrrl,' will be foiled by epic powder day

The year ahead of us is going to be a memorable one -- we already have the best snow we've had in seven years, and the hits will just keep on coming in 2004. Later this week, the agent for Mike Shanahan will contact Steamboat Springs High School Athletics Director Richard Lee about the Sailors' coaching vacancy. Shanny will make a big impression when he sings an a cappella version of "Anchors Aweigh" during his interview.

The Record for Jan. 5

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004 12:24 a.m. A fight in progress was reported at the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue. A report was taken, and a ticket was issued.

YVMC sets 2003 birth record

A record number of babies were born last year at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Museum board members chosen

Members of the Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board have been chosen and will meet for the first time next week.

Class size up for discussion

School Board may revise wording of the policy

The issue of class size has been a contentious one in the Steamboat Springs School District in recent years, and that probably won't change anytime soon.

Happenings for Jan. 5

MONDAY n The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. for a study session. The meeting is in the School Administration Building.

Briefs for Jan. 5

Creative dance classes for children to begin A six-week winter session of creative dance classes for children ages 2 to 8 will be offered at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St., beginning Jan. 12. To register, call Wendy Smith Mikelsons at Children's Danceworks at 736-1005. Tuition prices vary according to age and length of class.

Saturday, January 3

Business News in brief

Alpine Bank of Steamboat Springs, announces two promotions. Adonna Allen has been promoted to vice president and Austin Mackrill to assistant vice president.

Bill May:

Mishap at Grand River

Here's another story which was passed down by that colorful old cowboy of Hayden, Charlie Temple. Charlie came into this country early--when it was all open range. The typical full-fledged cowboy of those days was apt to be familiar with ranges and cowtrails from Vernal to Wolcott and from Rawlins to Rifle. Such was the case with Charlie; so his stories related to people and places all over Routt County--which at that time covered a big part of that 20,000 square mile area.

How serious is the threat of Mad Cow disease?

That question can be looked at two ways and the answer would be the same. If you are a ranch worker out tagging a newborn calf with a mad mother cow breathing down your neck, you may question your safety. And now with the threat of mad cow disease being reported in our meat supply, you undoubtedly are questioning your safety.

Horne -- Wright

Gary Dale Horne Jr. and Jessica Mae Wright have announced their engagement. Horne is the son of Gary Horne Sr. of Kingsport, Tenn., and Joyce Nelson of Grand Junction.

Births for Jan. 4

Emma Rose Teachout, daughter of Michelle and Steven Teachout of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:35 a.m. Dec. 8, 2003. She weighed 5 pounds and 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Michael and Lorna Santonastaso of Montrose and E. Sheridan and Rebecca Teachout of AnnaMaria, Florida.

Looking Back for Jan. 4

On Christmas night, 150 people gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Critchfield above Trull, and had a dance such as we used to have in the early days when the lovers of that art traveled 30 or more miles to participate in the doings.

Building Permits for Dec. 22-26, 2003

Crystal Peak/Gould 2978 B Abbey Road Crystal Peak Combined Duplex -- Unit B $147,558

Real Estate Transactions for Dec. 21-29

CURVE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO ROUTT COUNTY, COLORADO FOR LOT 1, CURVE SUBDIVISION, FILING NO. 3 - $550,000

Routt County home has New Egland feel, look

While living in New Hampshire, Jay and Mary Throne fell in love with the architecture of the 19th century New England farmhouses prevalent in the area. From the wide plank floors to gabled roofs, the Thrones wanted to bring the East Coast style to the Rockies.

Harbor Hotel remodel coming along

The crew worked throughout the wee hours of the morning, searching. For two days, around the clock, it excavated in the street, looking for a waterline for which the city of Steamboat Springs had no documented location. They worked at night because they had to shut off a waterline that serves five blocks of Yampa Avenue near the Harbor Hotel, said Craig Hagar, assistant project superintendent for Drahota Construction.

Bitten by the rug bug

Dixie Coyle fishes around for a minute with a small metal hook and pulls out a thin strip of red fabric. She stabs through the fabric again and fishes out another loop of fabric.

Newspaper launches new real estate magazine

Yampa Valley Real Estate is a new monthly publication of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, representing the latest piece in a family of publications and related Web sites intended to provide comprehensive marketing services for real estate professionals.

Business reaches new levels at ski area

After witnessing the holiday tourism blitz of 2002, Irene Wilkinson called in the reinforcements this year. Wilkinson is the manager of the Steamboat Springs Safeway store; she is one of many business people here striving to deliver goods and services to meet the demands of unprecedented holiday tourism. More than 14,000 visitors inundated this town of 9,815 last week.

Walking in a winter wonderland

There is a very good reason why the trunks of aspen trees are white. And if you go for a Saturday snowshoe trip with Karen Vail, she will provide the answers to that riddle and many more.

Sailors skate to tie

Steamboat Springs and Regis skated to a 2-2 tie in Saturday's matinee at Howelsen Ice Arena.

John F. Russell: Lodwick shines even without Olympics

If you were paying attention this week, you might have been reminded of a time when cheers erupted from the base of the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill.

Determined Dombey

Steamboat teenager headed for kayak academy

This is essentially Kevin Dombey's daily schedule for the next five months: kayak, school, kayak, school, eat and sleep.

Improving YVRA

Airport officials discuss handling terminal congestion

More than than 2,500 air travelers walked through the doors of Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Saturday, and despite the airport handling numerous private planes diverted from closed airports in Vail and Aspen, the traffic moved relatively smoothly -- a major improvement over last weekend's mess.

The Record for Jan. 4

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Saturday, Dec. 27

First baby of 2004 came 4 days early to celebrate

It didn't matter if it was a boy or a girl. The first baby of 2004 born at Yampa Valley Medical Center was destined to be Aidan Sydney Ramer.

Ranchers: Beef is safe

Area consumers don't seem concerned with mad cow

Fears of mad cow disease hit a little closer to home last week -- in Washington, to be precise. While Americans were wrapping gifts and cooking holiday feasts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was tossed into the throes of an in-depth investigation of a single infected dairy cow that marked the United States' first confirmed case of the brain-wasting disease.

Friends helping Stillwell

Fund set up to help semi-comatose hotel owner as he struggles with head injury

As Chris Stillwell laid in a coma at Denver Health Medical Center on Thursday, his wife Cindy said it was like a waiting game, not knowing if he would come out "tomorrow or 10 years from now."

Soundoff for Jan. 4

Was district thinking? I'm just wondering if there are any other school districts in the state that scheduled classes on the two days before Christmas. What percentage of students were absent during this time. Who determines the calendar? Was there parent input? The Pilot & Today should do an article on this mess.

Our View: Hurting more than helping?

On Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council will consider the second reading of an ordinance requiring developers and property owners to bury electric, phone and cable lines for any new building or redevelopment downtown.

Class notes for Jan. 4

Beer to teach courses in writing Beer to teach courses in writing Edith Lynn Beer, author of five books and more than 200 published articles, will teach two creative writing courses, "Writing a Book that Sells" and "Writing an Article that Sells," at Colorado Mountain College.

Calendar for Jan. 4

Monday, Jan. 5 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story hour is at 10 to 11 a.m. For questions, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Historical society may get restarted

The Yampa of 1909 was very busy.

Library offers storytimes to children

Program helps youngsters develop love for reading, learn about the library

Four-year-old Wyatt Gebhardt grabbed a favorite stuffed animal and plopped down on the large green cushion in the center of Bud Werner Memorial Library's children's section Tuesday morning.

Friday, January 2

Emma Rose Teachout

Emma Rose Teachout, daughter of Michelle and Steven Teachout of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:35 a.m. Dec. 8, 2003.

Happenings for Jan. 3, 2003

The public is invited to a docent-led tour of exhibitions at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Depot Art Center. Call 879-9008.

Briefs for Jan. 3, 2003

Warren Miller Entertainment will send its top cinematographer to Steamboat Springs early next week to film the 55th annual feature film of the legendary Warren Miller film series.

The Record for Jan. 3, 2004

12:12 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle.

Snowy storm rolls in

Snowfall expected through Tuesday

A heavy snowstorm Friday kept snowplows busy, drivers cautious, airplanes circling and skiers happy.

Warning tickets issued

Dry Lake parking lot overflows with snowmobilers

The Sheriff's Office is issuing warning tickets at Dry Lake Campground, and the U.S. Forest Service is promising public hearings to begin addressing overcrowding of parking areas used by snowmobilers and backcountry skiers.

Justice center location set

County commissioners say time, money won't allow change

Routt County commissioners say changing locations for the new judicial facility would cost too much money and take too much time.

Chris Stillwell wakes from coma

For the first time in 2 1/2 weeks, Chris Stillwell is responding to friends and family.

Two-car accident sends two to YVMC

A two-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden sent the cars into a ditch and two Craig residents to the hospital, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Lodwick back on podium

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick notched his second podium finish in less than a week after he finished third at a World Cup sprint event in Reit im Winkl, Germany, on Friday.

Baseball program seeks help

It started as a letter full of hope, but ended in disappointment for Steamboat Springs baseball coach Sean Hicks.

Tamika Oddet Thompson

Tamika Oddet Thompson, daughter of Natalie Oddet Wilson and Otis Thompson, was born at 9:14 a.m. Dec. 26, 2003.

Bitten by the rug bug

More hookers per capita and growing

Dixie Coyle fishes around for a minute with a small metal hook and pulls out a thin strip of red fabric. She stabs through the fabric again and fishes out another loop of fabric.

Routt County spotlight: Jerry Kozatch

Jerry Kozatch Age: 51 Occupation: Co-owner of Ambiente

Horne -- Wright

Gary Dale Horne Jr. and Jessica Mae Wright have announced their engagement. Horne is the son of Gary Horne Sr. of Kingsport, Tenn., and Joyce Nelson of Grand Junction.

Ball player off to Nebraska

Preston Stanfill was set to meet with scouts to discuss his future in baseball. The scouts opened Stanfill's file, focused their eyes on Steamboat Springs and smiled warmly.

Thursday, January 1

Brief points

Supper group seeks nonprofit

It ain't traditional bluegrass

It sounds like bluegrass, but listen closer.

Bill Smith is back in town

The guys that are Bill Smith discussed which song they would open with for the first set last Saturday night.

Tongs kick off College Week

No one is more surprised that Fighting Tongs is doing so well than the members of Fighting Tongs.

North Routt plan getting updated

Preliminary work to update a plan for recreational uses in North Routt County has begun and public meetings likely will be scheduled for the next month or two.

BLM expected to OK swap

Emerald Mountain Partnership expects approval at federal level

The Emerald Mountain Partnership is expecting the BLM at the federal level to approve a land exchange that could preserve Emerald Mountain.

Police say New Year's Eve typical

Two stolen vehicles and five DUI arrests made for an average New Year's, despite the larger than average crowds in town, according to the Steamboat Springs Police Department and Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Howelsen's Nordic trail grooming to continue

Trails in the Howelsen Hill area offer good options for Nordic skiing, from a quick lunchtime skate-ski trip to a long cross country trek with picturesque views of town.

Triple Crown to televise finals

Triple Crown will televise select games from this summer's World Series in Steamboat Springs, said Triple Crown representative Thad Anderson.

100 parade with flags

Visitors, residents mark new year with patriotism

About 100 amateur skiers and snowboarders celebrated the new year with patriotic flair Thursday morning as they paraded down the ski mountain waving American flags.

The Record for Jan. 2

Wednesday, Dec. 31 12:40 a.m. A loud party was reported in the 3500 block of Whistler Road.

Briefs for Jan. 2

Registered nurse refresher course starts Jan. 9

Happenings for Jan. 2

FRIDAY n The American Association of University Women will meet at noon at the Selby Center for a luncheon and a program about the economic revitalization of Bulgaria presented by Henri Stetter. Visitors are welcome. Call Milly at 879-8440.

Regis to provide early season test

The season is young, but the Steamboat Springs hockey team is ready to measure itself against a quality opponent.

Nightlife

Music Tonight Leftover Salmon will play tonight and Saturday at Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at All That Jazz and Lupo's. Call 870-9090.

Autumn Phillips: My inner control freak

It probably started with Rolling Stone's "Top 500 Albums of All Time" list, which I read from beginning to end in November. Then on to the top 100 albums of the year, which I didn't read in December.

Open mic night

Mahogany Ridge offers a platform for anyone wanting to get their feet wet

It's almost 11 p.m. It's cold. It's snowing. And a man is walking down Fifth Street with a guitar and a banjo, headed toward Mahogany Ridge.

Pushing paint across paper

Sandra Sherrod spent her life working as an oil and gas landman in the 1960s and '70s male-dominated oil industry.