Stories for July 2004

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Saturday, July 31

Class notes for Aug. 1

Zachary Wildman Stuart Moore graduated May 15, 2004, from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in communications. Moore is a 2000 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School. His parents are Bob Moore and Cheryl Hardy-Moore.

Rockies kick up dust

Team tames Twins to win major championship, 9-1

The Rockies came prepared to win Saturday's Little League major championship. The parents blew up purple balloons and put together homemade streamer pom-poms. The players even packed cans of Silly String.

Republicans eye District 1

Westwater, Stahoviak battle for ballot

With early voting beginning this week, Republicans across the county will have the chance to pick between two candidates -- Bea Westwater and incumbent Nancy Stahoviak -- for the District 1 county commissioner seat.

Dems' convention shores up support

Steamboat residents reflect on politics

Three days after the Democratic National Convention ended in Boston, response to the event by Steamboat Springs' residents appears evenly divided. Many of those predisposed toward John Kerry remained so, and many leaning toward President Bush stayed with Bush. The convention did seem to further strengthen the feelings of Kerry supporters, however, and several Republicans tipped their hats at the energy and effectiveness of the Democrats' speeches.

Larger turnout expected for primaries

When Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland ordered primary ballots this year, she ordered a lot.

Chipping away

As demand increases, ranch land falls to subdivision

Fifty years ago, Alan White's longhaired Scottish Highlanders would have been as out of place in the Yampa Valley as he would have been.

The Record for Aug.1

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.

Routt County spotlight: Stacy Trosch-Most

Stacy Trosch-Most Age: 29 and holding ... OK, OK 39 "ouch"

Brodie Mckellen Skinner

Brodie Mckellen Skinner, son of Heather and Erik Skinner of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:58 a.m. on July 23, 2004. He weighed 8 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. His sibling is Sutton the dog. His grandparents are Linda and Corky Corkadel of Steamboat Springs and Beth and Tom Skinner of Suttons Bay, Mich.

Free ride to self-expression

Skateboarding becoming increasingly popular in Steamboat

"Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration," Thomas Edison said.

Arran Brody Soule

Arran Brody Soule, son of Kryssi Hinkle and David Soule of Craig, was born at 12:12 a.m. on July 21, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His siblings are Gavin and David Jr. His grandparents are Joy and Paul Bachem of Hayden, Gary Hinkle of Fort Morgan, Tal and Robin Willis of Craig, and David Soule of Seattle.

Belize Alexandra Berry

Belize Alexandra Berry, daughter of Lisa and Dave Berry of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:50 p.m. on July 21, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Her sibling is Jake Berry. Her grandparents are Joyce and Clyde Webb of Lonetree and Bob and Sue Berry of Jacksonville, Fla.

Eliza Grace Bodden

Eliza Grace Bodden, daughter of Stacey and Joshua Bodden of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:06 a.m. on July 24, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Ann Tretter and Holmes Lamoreux of St. Louis, Mo. and Nix Bodden of Austin, Texas.

Neva Rae Morgan

Neva Rae Morgan, daughter of Megan and Jamie Morgan of Stagecoach, was born at 10:39 a.m. on July 26, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Ava Morgan. Her grandparents are Bob and Judy Koopman of Fort Collins, Harry and Madel Morgan of Broomfield, Sally and Chuck Stubblefield of Houston and Grammy Morgan of Terre Haute, Ind.

A new direction

Sale of East West Resorts shows rental demand

The recent decision of Edwards-based East West Resorts to sell its property management contracts in Steamboat Springs underscores the increasing competitiveness in the industry and the trend toward consolidation.

Tom Ross: A trip to make only once in a blue moon

When I learned that Saturday night would feature a blue moon rise, I got pretty excited and immediately made plans to organize my weekend around this celestial event. I'll bet you did, too.

City to look at increasing traffic fines

The Steamboat Springs City Council will look at raising its fines for speeding tickets and other traffic violations at Tuesday's meeting.

Soundoff for Aug. 1

Town and county So let me get this straight. Candidates for county commissioner told Hayden residents this week that the city should not dictate where the justice center goes. So does that mean that Hayden residents and the town of Hayden should have no say in where the county locates a new County Fairgrounds building or any other county-owned facility? I don't think so. And I don't think Hayden residents would take too kindly to Steamboat residents, or any other county residents, telling them where that county facility ought to go in Hayden.

Christi Ruppe: Commissioners' work appreciated

I want to acknowledge the hard work of Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger for his work on the RS 2477 issue.

B.J. Heuberger : Enclave residents say thanks

On behalf of the residents and absentee homeowners, the Homeowners Association of the Enclave of Steamboat Springs would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the community of Steamboat Springs for the support and help in the recent devastating fire that swept through one of the Enclave buildings on Monday evening.

Our View: Primary motivation

Ten years have passed since more than 25 percent of registered voters turned out for a primary election in Routt County. Republican primary turnout has been as low as 12 percent in 1996, and Democratic primary turnout has been as low as 6 percent in 2000.

Flowers fading fast

Dumont Lake fewer than 20 miles from city limits

Last call for wildflowers. There are still glowing reports of spectacular wildflowers blooming high in the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops wilderness areas. But July is gone, and the blooms surely will fade this month.

Understanding history

Brown Bag Lecture Series offers glimpse of Routt County's past

Routt County history is like a giant jigsaw puzzle scattered throughout the Yampa Valley and surrounding areas -- you never know when or where you're going to find the next piece.

South Routt calendar for Aug. 1

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

Re-using construction materials

New Home ReSource center protects landfill by deconstructing, recycling buildings

Brett KenCairn and David Epstein have visions of biodiesel filling stations, green construction and alternative energy options for the Yampa Valley dancing in their heads. They envision community-based solutions for globally sustainable living under the umbrella of their latest brainchild, the Yampa Institute for Land and Community.

John F. Russell: Passing time between ski races, storms

When you live in a mountain town made famous by Olympic skiers, it's easy to understand why a sport such as baseball might be considered the other sport.

Bessie H. Rowley (1910-2004)

Former Hayden resident Bessie H. Rowley passed away July 28, 2004, at Mantey Heights Rehab and Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 94.

Bennie M. Rule (1933-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident and longtime Alaskan Ben Rule died peacefully at his home on July 25, 2004. Rule, 70, was surrounded by his wife, children and a brother at the time of his death.

Roughnecks split opening day games

Standing on the sidelines, waiting to take the field for his second game of the afternoon, Kevin Olsen was trying to decide whether his upper arms that had turned a reddish-pink color, were sunburned, beat up from getting hacked by lacrosse sticks, or both.

Family made of iron

Brother, sister compete in children's triathlon

Meghan and Penn Lukens are a combined 20 years old, but are already triathlon veterans thanks to IronKids Bread and the triathlon series it puts on every year.

Friday, July 30

Building Permits for July 19-23

Steamboat Springs Weston Oil Co. Inc. 1694 13th Street J.J. Contracting Alteration $25,000

Council puts off smoking proposal

The city has decided not to put the question of banning smoking in public places on November's ballot.

Water system highlights home

Couple finds long-term solution to water problem

Cistern-laden trucks lumbering toward homes with low-producing wells are not an uncommon sight on the mountain roads around Steamboat Springs.

Business fundamentals universal

Local retailer, retired executive form 'Duck Duck Goose' team

At first glance, Duck Duck Goose and Lightnin appear to be worlds apart. Duck Duck Goose is a small children's clothing store that opened this year at 117 Eighth St. in Steamboat Springs. Lightnin is a $250 million global company based in Rochester, N.Y., that manufactures specialized industrial mixers for the chemical, plastics and waste treatment industries.

Business Briefs for Aug. 1

The Colorado Contractors Association has announced that two Steamboat Springs companies, Native Excavating and Connell Resources Inc., have received Certificates of Commendation for Safety Excellence in 2003 from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Cardinals take title

Steamboat minor team defeats Cubs, 13-8

Cardinals coach Gil Ramirez gave the classic underdog speech.

Lacrosse tourney today

Steamboat men host two Denver teams

Kevin Olsen couldn't give up lacrosse. He grew up playing the sport in the Denver area and continued playing while attending the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. When he moved to Steamboat Springs two years ago, he assumed there was a men's club team because mountain towns such as Vail and Breckenridge have popular club programs.

Golfing youngsters tee off

This week, John Vande Velde learned the one thing every golfer knows but has a hard time accepting: some days at the course are better than others.

Stain likely caused fire

Rags soaked in house stain likely caused the fire that destroyed two homes and heavily damaged two others Monday night, Fire Inspector Doug Shaffer said.

Transactions for July 20-26

CLASSIC HOMES INC. TO NOBLE, CHARLES R., II AND NOBLE, NANCY S. FOR SILVERVIEW ESTATES, FILING NO. 2 LOT: 111 - $449,000

Firefighters plan exercise

Fire department to battle propane tree

There's no need to alert the fire department to the blazing hot, 50-foot flames you will see shooting into the sky Monday evening in Yampa. It's the Yampa fire department that will be lighting the fire.

Ski pass deadline nears

Powderhounds have a little more than two weeks to lock in the best prices on season passes and value passes for the coming 2004-05 ski and snowboard season at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Miles, Salazar square off

Democrats bring different approaches to Senate primary

It's Tuesday afternoon, exactly two weeks from the Aug. 10 primaries, and Colorado's two Democratic hopefuls for the U.S. Senate are busy on their respective campaign trails.

Fire prevention study starts

Public land managers look at how to prevent blazes along CR 129

Many of the hills along Routt County Road 129 are covered with 50-year-old scrub oak, all near the end of its lifecycle, tall and ready to burn.

Thursday, July 29

Nightlife for July 30

South Austin Jug Band plays a free summer concert with special guests the Brewgrass Boys at 5:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill.

RAT motorcylists roar into town

When RAT growls into town today, all eyes will be on the most powerful production motorcycle on the planet. And anyone with a motorcycle endorsement on their drivers license and the appropriate personal equipment can get in line to take the 2,300 cc Rocket II for a demonstration ride.

The Record for July 30

Wednesday, July 28 10:26 a.m. A bulletin board reportedly was vandalized near Howelsen Parkway.

State park pursues North Routt land

State park officials continue to work on purchasing land on which they tested a temporary snowmobile and skiing trail to link Steamboat Lake State Park and the Routt National Forest last winter.

Exhilaration at Dem convention

Mike Smith considers himself one of the lucky ones.

Emerald use plan

Residents gave feedback Thursday night on a draft plan outlining management of the 6,345-acre Emerald Mountain -- a plan that included widening trails, hunting and no motorized vehicle use.

Little Leaguers earn state's top prize

When a small group of 14-year-olds from Steamboat Springs entered the Little League District 3 tournament last month, the idea of earning a state title was not a top priority.

Little League finals set

The Twins thought about scouting out Thursday night's playoff game between the Devil Rays and Rockies as some sort of preview for Saturday's Little League major championship, but manager Rich Hall had a better idea.

Strong play, help from Ganesh lift Lynx to comeback victory

After the Northwest Colorado Lynx lost its lead to the Johnstown Raiders in the second inning of a Triple Crown tournament game Thursday, catcher Charles Wood's mom brought out Ganesh.

Fair ready to open 90th year

The Routt County Fair will celebrate its 90th anniversary with new seating, new parking and a carnival, among other additions.

Tourneys filling ballfields, businesses

More Triple Crown baseball teams will visit Steamboat Springs this weekend than at any other time this summer, and the city's sold-out lodges reflect that. Steamboat's hotels, motels, condos and inns expect to be 88 percent full Saturday, which is 14 percent more than the same weekend last year. That equates to 13,400 visitors, compared with 11,300 a year ago.

South Austin Jug Band plays free concert today

The South Austin Jug Band returns to Steamboat Springs with upbeat picking and fiddling, a quirky sense of humor and a cool acoustic sound reminiscent of bluegrass, beatnik and swing for a free concert at 5:30 p.m. today on Howelsen Hill.

So little time ...

So much Beaux Arts Festival

Thirty years ago, Art in the Park started out as the Steamboat Arts Festival. The event was intended to include a diversity of visual and performing arts under one umbrella event and seed the growing local arts community.

Jennie Lay: My Art Car

Finally, I have a brilliant solution for all the weird travel debris I have been hoarding throughout the years.

Bluegrass appreciation for all ages

If summer vacation is starting to wear thin, perhaps it's a good time to go "Bearfoot" and take up the banjo -- or the fiddle, guitar, bass or mandolin.

Concert melds diverse musicianship

Keeping with the Beaux Arts Festival's spirit of melding diverse performing arts, the Beaux Arts Symphony Concert will bring bluegrass, Brahms and "La BohÃme" together for a free community concert Thursday night on Headwall.

Brief Points

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council's fourth annual Steamboat Studios Art and Culture Tour is Saturday, featuring visits to working artists' studios and cultural points of interest in Steamboat Springs. Artist studios on the tour include Deb Babcock, Corinne Cilli, Ceramic Design Group, Dixie Coyle, Wayne Kakela, Geogian Kalow, Wendy Kowynia, Natural Light Images, Sharon Pace, Portfolio Collection, Ken & Deb Proper, Keri Searls, Pat Walsh, MB Warner, Jan Willman, David Winters and Zanobia. The tour includes breakfast at The Depot Art Center, a picnic lunch at Tread of Pioneers Museum, entertainment by singer and songwriter Carrie Elkin and a cooperative fine art exhibit and a silent auction. All-inclusive tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. Call the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at 879-9008.

Something for every wine lover

Wine lovers and gourmands will have ample opportunities to savor plenty of taste sensations during the Steamboat Wine Festival, which starts Thursday night as part of the Beaux Arts Festival.

Choreographer toughens up 'Grease'

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp is hosting a 1959 Rydell High School class reunion in the Julie Harris Theatre this weekend. Steamboat Springs audiences are invited to join Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, Frenchi and the rest of the Pink Ladies and T Birds for their trip down memory lane in the musical production of "Grease."

Get up close and personal with opera

In a prelude to Emerald City Opera's presentation of "La BohÃme" Aug. 6 and 8 in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium, the opera company is making itself available to answer all your wildest opera questions.

Wednesday, July 28

Skeeters not here in force yet

West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes have not made a noticable appearance in Routt County this summer.

Yampa River contract awarded

The city has awarded an $18,586 Yampa River monitoring contract to Hydro-Environmental Solutions Inc. of Steamboat Springs.

CMC enrollment continues to grow

Officials at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus are gearing up for another busy fall.

Padgett faces school district relocation deadline

For more than half a century, Bill Padgett's house has stood at the intersection of Laurel Street, Pawintah Street and Crawford Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Record 19 swimmers qualify for Junior Olympics

The early morning splashes and screams coming from behind the wooden fences at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center's pool are the sounds of the Steamboat Springs swim team.

Lynx bats flat against Waves

Northwest Colorado coach Shane Camilletti found himself in an unfamiliar situation Wednesday: figuring out what to say to his boys after a loss.

Lugnuts use fifth inning to pull away

The Colorado Cutthroats players have all the essentials: sunflower seeds, the baseball bat tap on home base before a pitch and the knuckle-to-knuckle shake with the coaches.

Hearing set for city water request

An Aug. 1, 2005, date has been set for a hearing on the city's recreational water right request, allowing time for the Colorado Supreme Court to decide on a similiar case in Gunnison.

Tuesday, July 27

Fire's aftermath draws unwanted crowds

The morning after a large fire destroyed two homes on Spring Valley Drive, hundreds of people flocked to see the aftermath. Some even walked into the burned building, prompting authorities to restrict access for safety and to protect the integrity of the scene.

Justice center stalled

Wait for wetlands permit could delay construction until spring

Each week, county commissioners meet with Routt County purchasing and property manager Tim Winter to get an update on the justice center. This week, there was no meeting because there was no update.

Packer All-State bound

Broomfield High School to host game

Greg Packer has one more roadtrip planned with his high school friends. They are heading to southern California as a sort of last hurrah before they go in different directions.

Little League team keeps hopes alive for state title

Twice this week, the Steamboat Springs 14-and-under Little League team has trailed in a playoff game, and twice it has found a way to win.

Emerald plan far from final

Future uses of Emerald Mountain land on the table

Conservationists, ranchers, hunters and people who love to play in the mountains will be among the Yampa Valley residents interested in the draft community management plan for 6,345 acres of land on Emerald Mountain.

New homeowners ready to go

Lori and Micheal Brazelton didn't expect to be able to afford a home in Hayden for five to 10 years.

Sales tax revenues continue to rise

The month of May continued the trend of increasing sales tax revenues for the city, with a 3.35 percent increase over the previous May.

Candidates talk court, economy

The Routt County Justice Center and encouraging economic growth in Hayden were hot topics of discussion at a Republican forum held Tuesday night in Hayden.

Colorado Days offers fun for all

It was like Halloween in July, but without the costumes. Candy showered down from parade floats Saturday in Hayden, and children eagerly scoured Jefferson Avenue for the tasty treats. One little girl in a bright pink swimsuit filled a grocery bag with the Tootsie Rolls, lollipops and caramel she collected. She was not the only spectator with a sweet tooth.

County denies ski jump funding

Routt County commissioners answered the Colorado Ski Heritage Project's request for $141,000 with a resounding "no."

Our View: Up in smoke

Cigarette smoking is a deadly and addictive habit that affects not only smokers but also those in their vicinity. It is our hope that anyone who is a smoker will develop the will and the strength to quit.

Pianist to play for Strings

When pianist Wendy Chen was 15, she made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor Andre Previn. Two years later, she won the National Chopin Competition. Since then, some of her favorite performances included those with the Boston Pops, orchestras in New Zealand and South America and playing "Rhapsody in Blue" with Art Garfunkel in Wisconsin.

Monday, July 26

GOP candidates square off

Separation was the theme Monday night as the five Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination in the 3rd Congressional District gathered in Grand Junction for the first of three debates before the Aug. 10 primaries.

Strings strikes a bluegrass note

When Adrienne Young and Little Sadie played their Sunday afternoon set at the Rockygrass music festival in Lyons, their youthful exuberance and catchy tunes had spectators out of their seats and dancing all the way to the back of the aisles. Even as heavyweights Mark O'Connor, Bryan Sutton and Chris Thile took over the stage, a long line of admirers followed the fresh new faces back to the general store, where the spectators stood ankle-deep in mud waiting for Young to autograph her first solo CD.

Declaration comes to town

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

County tackles road issue

Claims to historic roads that cut through public and private lands should be considered in an organized way under specific policies, states a resolution the Routt County Board of Commissioners plans to sign today.

Triple Crown World Series opens in big weekend

The Triple Crown World Series saw a little bit of everything during the opening week of action in Steamboat Springs.

Bull bash made to thrill

Labor Day is more than a month away, but rodeo promoter Brent Romick said this year's Pro Bull Riding Classic is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

Fire destroys homes

A fire destroyed two homes and heavily damaged two others Monday night in a townhome building on Spring Valley Drive.

Sunday, July 25

Fall victim recalls ordeal

Throughout the long painful night of July 20, Brian McFadden relied on a token of his late grandfather's love to sustain his hope that rescuers were on the way.

Tom Ross: Spectators allowed to run amok at Tour de Lance

If you are anything like I am, you snuck off on a bicycle this week and pretended to be Lance Armstrong riding up L'Alpe d'Huez.

Tea brims with health benefits

A cup of tea can be refreshing, relaxing and energizing. And unlike so many other indulgences, drinking tea is a healthy habit.

Chamber music circuit can ignite romance

Chamber musicians log a lot of air miles during the summer months. In most cases, instead of sitting with a friend, their instruments ride shotgun in the plane. But they say it's all worth it when they get to play in places such as Sitka, Alaska; Portland, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; Vancouver, B.C.; and, yes, Steamboat Springs.

Catamount shed burglarized

Officers with the Routt County Sheriff's Department are asking for help in finding the person or people responsible for taking roughly $600 worth of items from a storage shed at the Catamount Ranch Metro District.

Area fans celebrate Armstrong's victory

If reactions at Steamboat Springs bike shops were an indication, Lance Armstrong, in the process of winning his sixth consecutive Tour de France, has gotten Americans excited -- really excited -- about cycling.

City to consider smoking ban

At the request of residents, the Steamboat Springs City Council will look at a November ballot initiative to ban smoking in public places.

Saturday, July 24

Paige McCarthy Watson

Paige McCarthy Watson, daughter of Kady and Edward Watson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:55 a.m. on July 16, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Kathy Ingleson of Nashville, Tenn., John Ingleson of Nashville, Tenn., and John and Linda Watson of Nashville, Tenn.

Jesse John Robert Corlett

Jesse John Robert Corlett, son of Melissa and Blaine Corlett of Craig, was born at 1:52 p.m. on July 18, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His siblings are Jayce and Jared Corlett. His grandparents are Randy and Marcia DeWall of Craig, and Bud and Gloria Jessen of Mesa, Ariz.

Madason Caroline Lama

Madason Caroline Lama, daughter of Jamie and Matthew Ryan Laman of Yampa, was born at 6:07 p.m. on July 19, 2004. She weighed 5 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her siblings are Rylee and Kasadi Laman. Her grandparents are Jim and Cindy Wall of McCoy, Marvin and Vicki Laman of McCoy, Judy and Richard Hodges of Saratoga, Wyo., Helen Goddell of Walden, and Marvin and Iva Laman of McCoy

Mapping out the future

4-H members using technology to tackle growing problem of noxious weeds

Steamboat Springs 15-year-old Cass Sisto considers himself lucky.

Class Notes for July 25

Megan Myler of Steamboat Springs graduated from Northern Michigan University in May with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Preparing for wildfires

South Routt planning for spring 2005 blazes with forest thinning

The U. S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are joining forces in their plans to reduce wildfire danger in the rapidly expanding Stagecoach area in South Routt County.

Flattops View lots are nearly all sold

If the Flattops View Village subdivision near the ski area is any indication, duplexes in Steamboat are hot, and developers and builders know it.

Spec home offers views, luxury

When Realtor and developer Ken Gold was approached to undertake a spec home project in Steamboat in the fall of 2002, he was hesitant. Gold, who has built spec homes in the area since 1995, wasn't confident in the real estate market at the time.

Keeping up with the Joneses

Clients at Optimum Fitness receive the undivided attention of a veteran personal trainer without the distractions of public athletic clubs.

Parking partners

City, Main Street Project look to tackle space issues together

The board of Steamboat Springs Main Street Project asked for a more visible relationship with city government, and City Manager Paul Hughes was eager to comply.

South Routt calendar for July 25

Monday, July 26 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our View: New focus on mobile homes

Steamboat Springs City Council members said last week that they want to increase protection of mobile-home owners and encourage new tenant-owned mobile-home parks. In our estimation, the former is political folly while the latter is where the city should focus its efforts.

Antonio Roman Marxuach: Coverage of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' lacking

I for one was quite disappointed with last Thursday's article, "9/11 movie heats up viewers."

Susan Fowler: Thanks, Wal-Mart

On Tuesday, my son Jeffrey Fowler participated in the search and rescue efforts at Fish Creek Falls.

Soundoff for July 25

The city just approved another $260,000 for the ski jump. I wonder if the paper could review the cost of the ski jump and the number of athletes who are expected to use these jumps to determine the cost per athlete. Let's not forget that, for the kids who are not in the Winter Sports Club, it could buy five skate-parks for seasonal use for other kids who are loitering now and causing our city harm. Maybe Steamboat Springs should be renamed "Ski Jump Town USA."

Pat Barber (1937 -- 2004)

Pat was born July 7, 1937, to Cyril Justus Barber and Imogene Elizabeth Heid in Dr. Willett's hospital on Seventh Street. He was raised on a ranch in Steamboat.

Hildegard Ruth Crawford (1910 -- 2004)

Hildegard Ruth Crawford passed away July 18, 2004, at the Senior Resource Center in Wheat Ridge. She was 94.

The Record for July 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.

Behind the headlines: C.J. Mucklow

Q. Why is agriculture so important to this area, given that the industry represents a very small portion of Routt County's monetary economy?

Trying to save the trees

Forest Service, individuals battle beetles, blazes

In the late 1990s, Charlie Cammer moved with his wife to Badger Meadows, a subdivision with large lots in North Routt County.

Women injured in car accident

Two women were injured late Friday night in an accident that closed Walton Creek Road for about an hour.

Marchus, Fry vying for GOP support

In less than a month, voters will head to the primaries to choose between two Republican candidates for the District 2 county commissioner seat, both promising to bring a fresh perspective and needed change to the county.

Holding on

Facing building pressures, few ranchers live as their ancestors did

Twenty years ago, Bill Gay could look up from feeding cattle on his Pleasant Valley ranch and see neighbors doing the same chore.

Jonah Fountain

Jonah Fountain, son of Sheila and Wes Fountain of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:34 a.m. on July 21, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds, and was 20 inches long.

Barrels of fun

Horse riders compete in barrel, pole and stake races through the Gymkhana Club

Astride a horse three times her height, 4-year-old Bailey Singer trotted her horse Bambi into the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Thursday night.

Brody Laurence Wiser

Brody Laurence Wiser, son of Brooke and Gabe Wiser of Craig, was born at 12:22 a.m. on July 13, 2004. He weighed 4 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 16.75 inches long. His grandparents are Don and Dixie Etzler of Hayden, and Terry and Larry Wiser of Hayden.

Destre McKay Kaisler

Destre McKay Kaisler, daughter of Darcy and Todd Kaisler of Savery, Wyo., was born at 12:47 p.m. on July 14, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds, and was 18.5 inches long. Her sibling is Coy Anthony Kaisler. Her grandparents are Doug and Janet Camiletti of Craig, Martha Page of Mitchell, Neb., and Steve and Sherri Kaisler of Laramie, Wyo.

Friday, July 23

Walcher stops to stump in Steamboat

Greg Walcher knows campaign stops can't always be about big crowds and candidates kissing babies.

Lincoln promotions planned

Main Street group hopes Third Thursdays become special

The promotions committee of Main Street Steamboat Springs hopes to make the third Thursday of every month stand out from ordinary workdays in Steamboat Springs. And the effort could lead to a merger between the Main Street group and the Downtown Business Association.

Man escapes plane crash with minor injuries

Homemade craft flips on runway

A half-size replica of a World War II fighter jet veered off a runway and somersaulted onto its cockpit Friday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Briefs for July 24

Volunteers are needed for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Beaux Arts Festival, which begins Friday, and the Steamboat Wine Festival, which takes place Aug. 6 and 7. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, call 879-9008, ext. 100.

The Record for July 24

12:58 a.m. A person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of South Lincoln Avenue and Pine Grove Road.

Good to be kings

Linemen crowned

It might be July, but it's never too early to start talking football. And for 13 players expected to serve in starting or key reserve roles for the Steamboat Springs football team this fall, it's never too early to start playing, either.

Noon whistle could play a friendlier tune

Yellowstone National Park has Old Faithful, and Steamboat Springs has a noon whistle that sounds like an air-raid siren.

North Routt fire contained

A wildfire burning two miles northwest of Big Red Park in the Routt National Forest was completely contained Friday.

Baseball keeps town hopping

It's another busy weekend for Steamboat lodges and businesses, which are benefiting from the first of three Triple Crown Baseball Championships scheduled through the first week of August.

Mr. Smith goes to Boston

Teacher elected to attend Democratic National Convention

Mike Smith is passionate about politics and public speaking. It's hard to imagine a better place for him than Boston next week.

Thursday, July 22

ThaMuseMeant returns to town as string band

If you aren't headed for the sweet string sounds of the Rockygrass in Lyons this weekend, ThaMuseMeant just might fill the void.

Democratic volunteers canvass in Steamboat

If you're interested in the Democratic platform, look for the people wearing red shirts outside Bamboo Market.

Town to clean up properties

Homeowners will be billed for nuisance abatement

Oak Creek moved one step closer to getting rid of dangerous and abandoned private properties that are in violation of the town's nuisance ordinance Thursday night .

New bank breaks ground in Hayden

Hayden residents soon will have a new option for their banking needs.

Fall victim in fair condition

A 19-year-old Pittsburgh man who was rescued from the base of Fish Creek Falls on Tuesday was listed in fair condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Thursday morning.

School district office getting face-lift

Good riddance to wood-paneled walls and orange-brown carpet; the Steamboat Springs School District's central administration office is getting a face-lift.

Plein-air painter documents loss of open land

Osborne merges politics and art

Politics and art merge into a common landscape for plein-air painter Erika Osborne.

Fire flares near Big Red Park

Crews are working to put out a 5-acre wildfire burning two miles northwest of Big Red Park in the Routt National Forest.

SEAL program hires teacher

Steamboat alternative school readies for fall semester

For more than a decade, Marlene Horace worked in the Houston area with pregnant students who were unable to attend traditional schools, high school dropouts and homeless children.

$1.4M road grant gets preliminary OK

A state advisory committee for Colorado's Energy and Mineral Impact Fund unanimously recommended that Routt County's grant request for $1.4 million to upgrade Twentymile Road be funded in full.

Golf shootout 'for the kids'

Nine years ago, Bill Nickey saw the need for a junior tournament at the Steamboat Golf Club.

Fox Creek moving ahead

Affordable housing project receives positive feedback

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission gave favorable feedback Thursday to a plan that could provide 15 to 30 deed-restricted affordable homes on Hilltop Parkway.

The Record for July 23

8:07 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 3400 block of Stone Lane.

Lynx repeat as state champs

The Northwest Colorado Lynx had just won their second straight state baseball championship so it was celebration time. With two come-from-behind wins in the tournament last weekend, including a seven-run rally in the state final to lift the Lynx to victory, the 11-and-under team had plenty of energy to dispel on the Aurora fields.

Lightning swimmers take 2nd

Worsley brothers to compete at JOs

The Steamboat Springs swim team scored 2,538.5 points in last weekend's meet in Meeker. Only Rangely finished better, with 2,750, as the two teams swam away from the rest of the field in the Meeker Makos Splash 2004 competition in Meeker.

Nightlife for July 23

Entertainment Tonight "An Evening of Dance" starts at 8 p.m. in the Main Studio at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. Call 879-7125.

Briefs for July 23

Perry to teach workshop

Artists at work

A Steamboat studio tour

Perhaps it is true that a person's home is her castle, but in Steamboat it's just as likely that anyone's home is his or her art studio.

Exploring Mexican culture

Mexican art and culture is taking center stage in Steamboat Springs this fall.

Bead shop exhibits designers

As a new mother looking for things to do, Heather Kimmey used to visit ämallamä, the old bead shop in downtown Steamboat Springs, with her infant daughter Ashley.

Hill to sing music with a message

With a full moon over the Yampa Valley next weekend, Brenn Hill, the recently anointed 2004 Academy of Western Artists' Western male vocalist of the year, will sing about life in the modern West and help Routt County 4-H raise money for scholarships.

Eclectic choreography on stage

An eclectic array of choreography ranging from trapeze dance to a Broadway medley to ballet will grace the Main Studio stage at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp tonight and Saturday.

In the Gutter to play gig

During the Battle of the Bands in May, seven high school bands from Steamboat Springs and Craig rocked the Steamboat Grand Ballroom with mohawks, mosh pits and lots of hard-driving music. They were vying for the grand prize of a one-night gig at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.

Wednesday, July 21

Education Commission members sought

Want to help spend $2 million?

Attorney: Wrong man charged in stabbing

The case against a man accused of stabbing a Yampa resident three times was moved to District Court after a preliminary hearing Wednesday that lasted more than two hours.

Board to decide on abatement step

The Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to hear a request today from Oak Creek Code Enforcement Officer Linda Koile to move ahead with the next step in the town's efforts to get rid of dangerous and abandoned buildings.

Running clinic will tackle training questions

Distance running is more complex than pumping your arms and lifting your legs. Scott Blair, a physical therapist with SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center, occasionally catches a glimpse of a racer and cringes.

The long haul

The Keiss family of Craig has mastered the art of bicycle-packing. When all six members race in the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, as they typically do, they must cram six bikes, six people and the equipment necessary for each into their Ford pickup. "It's a crew cab with a long bed," Emily Keiss, 15, said.

GOP candidates attend forum

From the Patriot Act to Routt County's skyline regulations, candidates at Wednesday's Republican forum touched on numerous issues important to area voters.

False alarms a growing problem

Since 2002, Steamboat Springs police and firefighters have responded to almost 1,500 burglar and fire alarms. All but three were false.

Zabel to lead Hayden schools

Troy Zabel will be the new principal of Hayden High School and Hayden Middle School.

Tuesday, July 20

City looks at West plan

In the City Council and Planning Commission's first crack at the five-year review of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, the group looked at revising some of the basic tenets in the plan.

Planting seed for farmer's market

Locally grown lettuce, radishes, green onions, peas, beans and more soon will be available to Hayden residents with the premiere of a farmer's market in town.

Mobile-home issue discussed

Council wants to strengthen mobile-home owners' rights

City Council members said Tuesday night they want to increase protection of mobile-home owners and encourage new parks.

Colorado Days turns 21 with food, fun, parade

The Intermountain Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City may be 400 miles away, but the free care it provides children is the purpose of the 21st annual Colorado Days celebration this weekend in Hayden and Craig.

Hayden man found dead

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death of a Hayden man found dead Thursday.

Young actors twist old story

A tomboyish Red Riding Hood who raps, a wolf with a lawyer, an evil granny and a woodsman who doubles as a deputy.

Man rescued after fall

Rescuers use ropes to extricate fallen climber from base of waterfall

A 19-year-old Pittsburgh man was rescued from the base of Fish Creek Falls on Tuesday afternoon after he fell about 40 feet from the rock face Monday. The man, who was discovered by vacationers late Tuesday morning, told them he spent the night alone with his injuries.

The Record for July 21

Monday, July 19 12: 19 a.m. A woman complained about construction noise on River Road near the Brooklyn Area.

Briefs for July 21

Perry-Mansfield students will get master classes

Dawes to lead health foundation

Steve Dawes has been named president of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley.

State mulls energy impact grant

Routt County's request for $1.4 million to finish upgrades to Twentymile Road will be heard today by the state advisory committee for Colorado's Energy and Mineral Impact Fund.

County gets address database

Choosing an address for new homes or roads just got a little easier.

Teen hurt in rollover is in good condition

Stormie Beach, the 16-year-old Hayden teen seriously injured in a June rollover accident, continues to improve and should be home from the hospital in about two weeks, family friend Justin Gevara said.

GOP candidates to attend forum

Local GOP candidates facing opposition in the August primaries will gather tonight in Steamboat Springs for the first of three candidate forums sponsored by the Routt County Republican Party.

No autopsy to be done on biker

John Murphey rode his motorcycle as a ministry.

Principal's job to be discussed

Hayden native and former South Routt Elementary School principal Troy Zabel may have two new jobs after tonight's Hayden School Board meeting.

United wins; U10 'C' team second

The Steamboat United U12 soccer team was a selfish host. Instead of let a visiting team come into Steamboat Springs and win the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, the group of local players took it upon themselves to come out on top of the U12 division, compiling a 4-0 record during the weekend.

Town Challenge continues with longest race

For many mountain bike racers in the Town Challenge Series, tonight's race is the longest and most popular of the summer.

Teeing off to fight cancer

Seventy golfers, 28 hole sponsors and 140 merchants came together Tuesday at the Steamboat Golf Club for a single cause.

Monday, July 19

South Routt district sets priorities

Budget cuts and dwindling student enrollment have hit the South Routt School District hard during the past couple of years, but one might not know it at first glance.

Ski camps a fact of life for many young skiers

Thirty-seven members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club packed their bags and headed for Oregon early this morning for eight days of skiing.

The Record for July 20

Sunday, July 18 1:01 a.m. Two suspicious individuals reportedly were hanging out at the end of Laurel Lane. They were contacted by police.

Briefs for July 20

Brush fire puts itself out at county roads 33B, 179

Teacher Rabon accepts interim principal offer

South Routt Elementary School teacher Kim Rabon officially has accepted an offer to become the school's interim principal for the 2004-05 school year, district officials said Monday.

Man dies in motorcycle crash

A 53-year-old man died Monday afternoon after his motorcycle crashed on Muddy Pass.

Grasshopper season over

The grasshoppers are gone for the summer, at least for most of Steamboat Springs.

Man arrested on fireworks suspicion

A 21-year-old man was arrested after homeowners near the Sheraton Golf Course reported fireworks being shot in the direction of their homes during the weekend.

Rain gets Yampa flowing

Pair of storms helps commercial tubing companies

The streamflow in the Yampa River bounced back to more than 100 cubic feet per second last week thanks to a pair of rainstorms. And the river remained above that benchmark Monday morning, much to the delight of commercial tubing outfitters.

Some shocked by Shocked

Performer's political comments left some concertgoers upset

Michelle Shocked shocked some members of her audience Friday night when she spliced her concert with running political commentary.

Sunday, July 18

Developers outline plans

Stagecoach property owners grapple with fast development

Developers outlined their plans to construct more than 225 new home sites near the entrance to Stagecoach during the annual Stagecoach Property Owners Association meeting Saturday at Soroco High School in Oak Creek.

Stagecoach firehouse to break ground

Stagecoach likely will have its own firehouse by next spring, said Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup.

Bosley seeks seat on CU board

Steve Bosley supports University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman and like her, would not have fired football Coach Gary Barnett over the university's recent recruiting scandal.

Saturday, July 17

Horse haven

Well-rounded home and horse property for sale

Serious horse lovers take notice: Your dream property in Steamboat is available.

Tom Ross: Family includes children in outdoor adventures

North Fork of the Elk River is a living classroom with fish, wildflowers

If you have any doubts about Routt County's status as one of the top 10 places in America to raise children, all you have to do to erase them is check in this week with Maria and Brad Wright of Steamboat Springs. We ran into the Wrights briefly Sunday on the North Fork of the Elk River, and just the sight of them put a smile on our faces. They might be the ultimate young outdoor family.

Dude ranch for sale

A popular guest ranch near Clark is for sale.

Growing herds, growing concerns

During early spring 2003, Valerie Dobrich, a wild horse specialist for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, secured extra funding for an emergency mustang roundup in Northwest Colorado by distributing a photograph of a desperate, thirsty foal eagerly sucking at a dry mud hole with no water in sight.

Behind the headlines: Dave Leatherman: How bad are the beetles?

Q. How many acres (or trees) in Colorado are threatened by spruce beetle?

A plague of fires

Forests across the county are ready for fires, which are needed

The mid-morning air was heavy with mist in an area of Routt National Forest tucked between the steep and heavily wooded Coulton Creek and Hinman drainages.

School principals harder to find

Young, dedicated and, by all accounts, talented.

Council discusses area plan

Mobile-home ordinance also to be discussed Tuesday

On Tuesday night, the City Council will hold two discussions: one on the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan and the other on the city's mobile-home ordinance.

Pounding out a new press box

Eight-graders put hammers to nails to replace rotted, ripped down box

Johnny Walker's Steamboat Springs Middle School shop class usually is quiet during the summer.

Garoldean Marie Keadle: 1941 -- 2004

Former Steamboat Springs resident Garoldean Marie Keadle died June 30, 2004, in Thornton. She was 63.

The Record for July 18

12:30 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he veered off the road into bushes and his van rolled onto its passenger side. The accident happened in the 1000 block of 13th Street. No one was injured.

The Arrest record for July 18

Robert Francis Dantona, 29, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, disregarding a stop sign (Colorado State Patrol)

Our view: Balloon Rodeo must be saved

Few images say "Steamboat" the way a photo of colorful balloons against the backdrop of Mount Werner does.

Soundoff for July 18

Willerts will be missed

Self-help housing comes to town

Ground-breaking on six affordable homes on Grandview to begin in spring

A six-unit Mutual Self-Help Housing project is coming to Oak Creek next spring, thanks to a chance meeting between two affordable-housing advocates with big hopes for the small town in South Routt County.

John F. Russell: Soccer proves Steamboat's more than

There will be children everywhere you look this weekend. You'll find them in the restaurants, floating down the Yampa River and just hanging out in town.

Kickin' it

Footbaggers heading to world competition

Bruce Guettich and Peter Shunny have kicked the footbag around with Alaskan villagers, movie stars, Navajo Indian children and business people.

Hounds and Hares a hit

Runners applaud running series' new trail run

The pre-race conversation that focused mostly on the post-race party should have been a clue that the Hounds and Hares Trail Run was different.

United undefeated heading into finals

For nearly half their lives, a majority of the Steamboat United soccer team's players have been together.

Fishing for the right fly

Longtime guide perfects art of tying 'Hoppindicator' fly pattern

The window of hopper-tunity opens just briefly each day on the Yampa River, but it's one that fly fishermen ought to climb through.

Briefs for July 19

Theft at Stagecoach Marina Convenience Store An employee at the convenience store at Stagecoach Marina in Stagecoach State Park reported that $250 was stolen from the store during the night Saturday. The employee reported the theft to the Routt County Sheriff's Department at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, upon his or her arrival at work. The burglary occurred between 6:50 p.m. Saturday, when employees left for the night, and 7:50 a.m. Sunday. The incident is under investigation by the sheriff's office.

The Record for July 19

Saturday, July 17 12:38 a.m. A drunk pedestrian was reported in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Budget discussed at candidates forum

A small but engaged group of people met Saturday night to meet local candidates running in the November election. Up for grabs are two county commissioner seats and the District 8 state Senate seat. About 20 people congregated in the North Routt Fire Station No. 2 to share a potluck with the candidates and ask questions on various issues.

Friday, July 16

Kleiber coming home soon

He'll be in Steamboat briefly before heading to S. Korea

Major Dave Kleiber is due to come back from Baghdad any day. And for his wife, Sameta Rush, that day can't come soon enough. In fact, Sam Rush thought her husband might be on a military transport plane out of Iraq on July 16. However, the flight was canceled.

Carlson singled out for attitude

Josh Carlson knows how his hockey friends feel. Carlson's friends never could explain what it was about hockey they found so appealing. In football, Carlson has now found a sport he loves but is unable to fully explain why.

'No vacancy' a common sight

Hotels, condos expect 87 percent occupancy tonight

It's another busy weekend for lodges in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association officials expect 13,200 visitors -- more than the city's population -- to stay at hotels and condos tonight. That's 87 percent of Steamboat's lodging capacity and 200 more people than were expected last year at this time.

Wilderness fire left to burn

A wilderness fire near Oil Springs will run its natural course rather than being actively extinguished, fire managers decided. The Northern Rockies Fire Use Team hopes that letting the fire burn will save manpower and help reap the benefits of controlled burns.

The Record for July 17

1:16 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported at the intersection of Routt County Road 51 and U.S. Highway 40.

Permits for July 1-9

True Mountain Homes Inc. 592 Parkview Drive Owner/Contractor Duplex -- Left Side $349,988

Briefs for July 17

Two people were injured in a car accident Friday on U.S. Highway 40. At about noon, Sara Moore, 19, was turning left off Weiss Drive onto northbound U.S. 40. Her 1998 Ford Explorer collided with the front passenger-side of a 2001 Buick LeSabre southbound on U.S. 40. Moore and a passenger in the LeSabre, Verline Curtis, 75, were taken by ambulance to the hospital where they were treated and released for minor injuries. Moore was cited for failing to yield the right of way at a stop sign and having no proof of insurance. Traffic on U.S. 40 was stopped periodically in both directions for about one hour while officers investigated the accident.

Transactions for July 4-12

FREDRICKSON, WAYNE K. AND PATERNOSTER, MICHAEL TO BARNES, BRANDON J. FOR LOT 207, WILDERNESS RANCH #3 SUBDIVISION MOFFAT COUNTY, COLORADO - $16,500

Hayden plants farmers market seeds

Locally grown lettuce, radishes, green onions, peas, beans and more soon will be available to Hayden residents with the premiere of a farmer's market in town.

Election results could change

Provisional ballots could make election night results obsolete

This November, there's even more of a chance that a candidate will go to sleep feeling confident of a win and then wake up to the news that an opponent came out on top.

Thursday, July 15

Exploring traditional printing

Plein-air painter and printmaker Nancy Friese lives in urban Rhode Island. But for the past two weeks she has had a rare opportunity to dwell among tall pines, the rushing Elk River and a dramatic backdrop provided by Mt. Zirkel Wilderness.

Ski jump getting a change

It's hard to miss the changes taking place on Howelsen Hill these days. Nobody notices it more than Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Executive Director Rick DeVos.

Town reviews nuisance laws

Tempers flared and philosophies clashed among Oak Creek Town Board members Thursday night during a work session to review the town's nuisance ordinances -- but in the end, the group cordially agreed to consider several draft revisions.

Stagecoach holds annual meeting

New development tops the agenda for the Stagecoach Property Owners Association's annual meeting Saturday.

N. Routt hosts candidates

Candidates for two county commissioner seats opening this November will have their first chance to discuss issues and give their views at a forum to be held Saturday in North Routt County.

National Symphony Orchestra comes to Strings

The theme for Saturday night's chamber music concert at Strings in the Mountains Music Festival is absolute passion, said Grammy Award-winning pianist Lambert Orkis.

Students tackle a classic and a comedy

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp's high school and college students are doubling up on drama this summer.

Get ready for opera season

'Tis opera season in the Yampa Valley.

Concerts to benefit children

The sounds of classic rock will kick off the Oak Creek free summer concert series Saturday. Blue Rooster is headlining the afternoon show along with guest appearances from several local musicians.

Jennie Lay: Ghost towns

It's pretty amazing how much you can learn over casseroles and chocolate cake.

Multiple personalities

'Bi-Polar' takes Steamboat by the funny bone

"Bi-Polar," the witty new creation by local theater company Ski Town Productions, has nothing to do with any type of psychological disorder, creator Brian Harvey assures everyone.

Houston jets more than half full in first month

The first three weeks of the Yampa Valley's new summer jet service from Houston saw 610 passengers arriving at the airport near Hayden. Arriving planes have been 58 percent full.

New series race one of a kind

Tracey Tyson, an active runner and participant in the Steamboat Springs Running Series, is bringing a different type of event to the summer slate: the Hounds and Hares Trail Run.

Board formalizes plan review

Developers and the Hayden Planning Commission will know what to expect from plan reviews, now that the town has formalized its process.

Soccer takes over Steamboat

Nearly every area of grass in Steamboat Springs large enough to hold a soccer field will do so this weekend when more than 140 teams begin play in the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

Open fires still allowed in county

Although fire danger is high in Northwest Colorado, no fire restrictions are in place. That could change if the hot, dry weather continues.

Sketch plan of Stagecoach store OK'd

What could be the first commercial development at Stagecoach got an initial nod Thursday night from the Routt County Planning Commission, but developers were cautioned that plans should fit with the area's small-town, rural character.

S. Routt to fill vacancy

Board will offer principal job to teacher on interim basis

The South Routt School District will ask one of its teachers to fill a principal vacancy created when Troy Zabel accepted a position with the Hayden School District earlier this week.

Nightlife for July 16

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" a play written by Steve Martin, starts at 8 p.m. in the Julie Harris Theatre at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. Call 879-7125.

Wednesday, July 14

Zabel to lead Hayden High School

South Routt Elementary School Principal Troy Zabel has accepted an offer to become the Hayden High School's new principal.

Briefs for July 16

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

Girls warm up in Loveland

Last weekend's Futbol Cup in Loveland provided the perfect warm up for a pair of girls soccer teams from Steamboat Springs.

Swimmers make splash in Craig

Swim coach Essi Kenttala remembers when Gracy Whelihan joined the Steamboat Springs swim team. Whelihan was just 6 and struggling with her strokes.

Board to review nuisance code

The Oak Creek Town Board will meet at 7 tonight in Oak Creek Town Hall for an informal workshop to review the nuisance ordinance section of the town's municipal code.

West End Village critiqued

Meeting held to discuss project's successes, failures

Various groups that helped create West End Village came together Wednesday night to look at ways another affordable housing project could be made easier.

No charges filed against deputy yet

An investigation into whether charges should be brought against a former Routt County sheriff's deputy who was fired because of allegations that he had sex multiple times with a 17-year-old girl is ongoing.

'9/11' movie heats up viewers

As the last scene of "Fahrenheit 9/11" faded Tuesday night, applause filled the nearly sold-out Chief Plaza Theater.

Forest's future is unclear

The effects on the Routt National Forest of a Bush administration proposal that could open remote forest areas to timber and other industries probably won't be known for at least a year, if not longer.

Tuesday, July 13

Ball fields may be added to Dry Creek

A plan for two new soccer fields in Hayden could be revised to include at least two new softball fields.

City looks at ways to stop teenage loitering

The Steamboat Springs City Council said lights and signs should be installed around Eagle Scout Park to discourage teens from loitering there.

Our View: Good administrators are hard to find

The shuffling of administrators in Routt County school districts underscores how important it is to attract and retain quality personnel to lead our schools -- and to prepare in advance for those leaders' departures.

Briefs for July 14

A woman veering to avoid a porcupine rolled her vehicle Monday night, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jeff Vrbas said. Meryl Meranski, 19, was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 when she swerved onto the road's right shoulder to avoid the animal, he said. She quickly veered back onto the road but lost control of her Jeep. It rolled over and landed on its driver's side, Vrbas said. Meranski and a passenger were taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries. After being treated for a few cuts and bruises, they were released, he said.

District focuses on dropouts

Off-campus alternative program being considered

The Steamboat Springs School District is considering an off-campus alternative program for high school dropouts and expelled students.

BLM OKs Emerald study

Approval begins public process for proposed land exchange

The Washington, D.C., Office of the Bureau of Land Management has approved the feasibility study for the proposed Emerald Mountain land exchange.

First historic-tax grant awarded

The first special grants from the Museum and Heritage Fund tax have been awarded, with close to $20,000 going to local museums and historical organizations.

Local wins Best of Show

McClelland, Hibbard shine in Great Race

Of the 96 cars that competed in the 2004 Great Race vintage car rally, a local team's car was ruled the fairest of them all.

Steamboat fifth at Cowpie Classic

Rugby club's best finish in 20 years

The Steamboat Rugby Club finished fifth in the Cowpie Classic during the weekend, the club's best showing since the early 1980s.

Little Leaguers win district

It wasn't a grand slam, but Michael Lyon's bunt in the fifth inning of Monday night's district championship game against Eagle Valley turned out to be almost as powerful.

Man charged with fleeing accident

A Clark man was arrested Monday in connection with a car accident Saturday night on Routt County Road 62.

Poole resigns after 11 years

Another principal is leaving Hayden. Middle school Principal Colleen Poole resigned late last week after accepting the director position at the North Routt Community Charter School in Clark.

The Record for July 14

12:02 a.m. A woman reported five people walking down the middle of the street in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Beach moved to Denver hospital

A Hayden teen seriously injured in a rollover accident was transferred to Children's Hospital in Denver after spending more than three weeks in the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

ASC, Triple Peaks settle for $5.14M

Mueller reserves right to negotiate for Steamboat Ski Area purchase

Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday revealed that American Skiing Company will pay Triple Peaks LLC $5.14 million to settle a lawsuit over the abandoned sale of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Creativity flows for DI team

Destination ImagiNation, a program that challenges students to use creativity and teamwork to solve problems, may be over for this year, but the creative juices are still flowing for a group of Hayden Middle School students who competed in the Global Finals in May.

Council OKs $40K for tennis bubble

But members balk at funding balance of $1.98 million renovation proposal

The City Council agreed to spend $40,545 for architectural and engineering work on improvements to the city tennis bubble but balked at paying the $1.98 million necessary for a renovation, remodeling and expansion project proposed by the Tennis Facility Replacement Committee.

Monday, July 12

Zabel a finalist in Hayden

South Routt principal among 5 candidates to replace Schafer

The Hayden School District's search to replace recently resigned administrators could come at the expense of the South Routt School District.

City to present sidewalk, trail inventory

This summer, volunteers walked 26 miles of city sidewalks and many of the city's 57 miles of trails, mapping them on GPS units.

Housing forum to be held

Authority aims to learn from affordable housing program

As more and more homes continue to dot the hill that has become West End Village, it is hard to imagine that at one time there was doubt whether the affordable housing project would happen.

Briefs for July 13

The dry weather that arrived in the Yampa Valley last week has produced a corresponding drop in streamflow in the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The Record for July 13

12:16 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza. The group was warned and advised.

First avian case of W. Nile reported

It's time to heed Routt County Environmental Health Department Director Mike Zopf's advice: "Be vigilant. Be careful and eliminate mosquito habitat."

ASC, Triple Peaks settle suit

Settlement resolves long dispute over abandoned ski area sale

American Skiing Company has agreed to pay a cash settlement to Tim and Diane Mueller of Triple Peaks LLC to make the lawsuit over the abandoned sale of the Steamboat Ski Area go away.

District facility gets face-lift

Stepping Stones program for students with disabilities to benefit

The gloomy northwest corner of the Steamboat Springs School District's central administration building is getting a face-lift, and the beneficiaries are current and future Routt County special-needs students.

Chasing a dream

Rider captures world championship

In many ways, 14-year-old Jason Kvols is like any other teenager in Steamboat Springs.

Police: Man shot himself, blamed thief

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is looking to charge a 21-year-old Routt County man who shot himself, but originally told authorities that it was a result of an arm robbery.

Sunday, July 11

Briefs for July 12

The Torian Plum merchants are looking for artists to participate in three summer Art Walks. Call Shawn Donnelly at 879-6296.

Tom Ross: Even magpies turn up their noses at foul bugs

Cannibal katydids give crickets a bad name, make grasshoppers welcome pests

When the first little grasshopper appeared in my plastic beer cup Saturday night, I gave him swimming lessons.

Mad about running

Climb challenges Running Series participants

Hot air balloons and mountain scenery provided a relaxing backdrop for Sarah Walker as she settled into her pace during Sunday's Mountain Madness Half Marathon.

The Record for July 12

1:42 a.m. Police responded to a one-vehicle accident in the 2200 block of Storm Meadows Drive. The driver was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rainbow Weekend a success

Ballooning has taken Ron Behrmann and his wife, Trish, around the world.

County's pioneers picnic

Descendents of settlers gather to eat, reminisce

Forty-nine guests signed in at the Pioneer Picnic hosted by the Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society in Oak Creek on Sunday. Some of them had never been to the annual gathering before. Others had been attending as long as they could remember.

Practice Christmas giving in July

Residents who want to help those in need in the community have a great opportunity to do so this week during Routt County United Way's annual Christmas in July project.

Saturday, July 10

Instant satisfaction

Stagecoach home offers elegant style -- right now

Instant satisfaction isn't a phrase typically associated with real estate.

Blood, sweat and cheers

Cowpie Classic a wild event

It has been said that twins often think alike, and when it comes to rugby, brothers Michael and Sean Hurley place the sport above all else.

John F. Russell: Staying busy part of game

This has been one of the busiest weeks I can remember.

Colorado's best hit sand for tourney

Katie Carter and Lara Bossow are eating sand now, but they certainly expect to reap the rewards this fall.

For the love of sailing

Steamboat man competes in

The 635 nautical miles from Newport, R.I., to Bermuda are home to one of the biggest races in the sport of sailing.

Our View: Second homes and taxes

At a symposium last week in Vail, officials from resort communities throughout Colorado gained a better understanding of the value second-home owners contribute to their economies as well as the challenges they present.

Frank 'Al' Colley (1912-2004)

Former Routt County resident Frank "Al" Colley died July 4, 2004, in Colorado Springs. He was 91.

Fernon Kumke (1911-2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Fernon Kumke passed away April 4, 2004, in Brush. He was 92.

The Record for July 11

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

Sound Off for July 11

I'm wondering if it is not appropriate for the City Council to change the name of our bridge at the west end of town. Naming the bridge after a convicted wife beater is not appropriate and is an insult to those who have suffered domestic violence. This is a beautiful community and a wonderful place. Perhaps we should honor the people who made it that way, and not James Brown.

Profiling two exceptional students

Editor's note: Following is a short article written by graduated Steamboat Springs High School student Austin Madsen. The article was part of Madsen's senior Careers project. Madsen chose to recognize local elementary school students who showed strong improvement during the course of the school year or were nominated by teachers for other reasons.

Oak Creek works to save cabin

Historical society plans to move Betty Burns' home and turn it into a visitor center

The Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society has a short deadline to raise $10,000 so it can preserve one of Oak Creek's historic log cabins.

South Routt Calendar for July 11

The Pioneer Picnic will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Decker Park in Oak Creek, sponsored by the Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society. Bring a covered dish and your own table service. Meat and drinks will be provided. If it rains, the picnic will move to the Soroco High School common area. Call 736-2328 for more information.

Seminars at Steamboat

Judge Andre Davis will speak this week in first installment of summer series

Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know.

Class Notes for July 11

Hobart Steven Early of Steamboat Springs graduated May 9, 2004, from Saint Joseph's College in Indiana. Early earned his degree in management.

Housing program nearly complete

Homeowners preparing to move in to Steamboat's first self-help housing

Seven families come together to build one another's houses every weekend for nine months and during harsh winter conditions. No one can move in until the last house is finished.

Beware of beetles

Forest Service expecting infestation

Paul Bonnifield took his first seasonal job with the U.S. Forest Service at age 13.

High winds prevail in Balloon Rodeo

Windy weather deflated high hopes for the Balloon Rodeo on Saturday morning.

Art in the Park offers cornucopia of crafts

It was like a candy shop for the eyes. Artistic creations of every color, shape and size delighted thousands Saturday at Art in the Park.

Smyth -- Muhme

Don and Betty Smyth of Cheyenne, Wyo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shawnna Smyth, to Leo Muhme, son of Bob and Patti Muhme of Hayden.

Joseph Daniel Rezzonico

Joseph Daniel Rezzonico, son of Jackie and John Rezzonico of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:27 p.m. July 4, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Ernie and Helen Rezzonico of Bergenfield, N.J., and Ray and Marie Violette of Wilmington, N.C.

Jamie Marie Robinson

Jamie Marie Robinson, daughter of Laura and Michael Robinson of Craig, was born at 1:30 p.m. July 3, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Parker Robinson.

Phillip James Brooks

Phillip James Brooks, son of Kimberly and James Brooks of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:08 a.m. July 1, 2004. He weighed 9 pounds and 4.5 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. His grandparents are Sam and Elfrieda Brooks of Orchard Lake, Mich., and Phil and Gale Bunker of Nucla.

Haley May Hockaday

Haley May Hockaday, daughter of Kristen and Jay Dee Hockaday of Hayden, was born at 5:24 p.m. on 29, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Vaughn and Lydia Hockaday of Hayden, Kevin and Alaine Montgomery of Hayden, and Fred Dorr of Steamboat Springs.

Ella Louisa Howland

Ella Louisa Howland, daughter of Jennifer and Scott Howland of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:53 p.m. June 25, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Dorothy Buckner of Big Canoe, Ga., George Buckner of East Wenatchee, Wa., and Karin and Reeve Howland of Elmira, N.Y. Her great-grandmother is Louisa Bremmer Howland of Horseheads, N.Y.

Madison Jo Grasty

Madison Jo Grasty, daughter of Nicole and Adam Grasty of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:58 p.m. June 28, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long. Her sibling is Haven Arcurio. Her grandparents are Dean and Rina Martin of Steamboat Springs, Marilyn Grasty of Gray, Tenn., and David and Jan Grasty of Harrison, Tenn.

Chayton David McDonald

Chayton David McDonald, son of Jennifer Ekberg and Nathan McDonald of Craig, was born at 8:39 p.m. June 25, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 5 ounces and was 18 inches long. His sibling is Carter Ekberg. His grandparents are Randy and Stephanie McDonald of Hayden, and Dallas and Aileen Boren of Vernal, Utah.

Building permits for June 28-30

Steamboat Springs Brian Caparrelli 967 Falling Water Lane Storm Mountain Services Single-family residence $410,894

Living a high-tech dream

Teenager finds his career path in Audio Dynamics

When Ryan Atkinson dropped out of high school a couple of years ago, it wasn't for lack of ambition. Today, Atkinson, 19, is a partner in a small business in Steamboat Springs. He dreams of expanding his new enterprise to embrace the high-tech home electronics products he expects will someday transform the way consumers manage their households. For now, Audio Dynamics is focused on custom installations of electronics -- stereos, DVD players, satellite radio and security systems -- in vehicles.

Balloon Rodeo's future in air

Festival's site slated for a resort housing development

The Balloon Rodeo that has become a fixture in Steamboat Springs' summer resort calendar will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2005. But it isn't clear whether it will be around for its 26th "Rainbow Weekend."

Business briefs for July 11

Ken Gold, broker and owner with RE/MAX Steamboat qualified for the prestigious Chairman's Club award in 2003. RE/MAX Chairman's Club is the highest level award for sales production in a single year. Only 1,269 of 90,000 affiliates worldwide achieved the award in 2003. Gold is a longtime Steamboat resident and has been involved in real estate and development for 25 years. Gold's experience and extensive knowledge of the real-estate market have enabled him to continually receive the highest awards from RE/MAX. Gold credits his success to his long list of loyal clients, friends and employees.

Transactions for June 28-July 4

JOYCE, DONALD A. AND JOYCE, BETTY J. TO BRIONES, EDWARD LOT 130, SKY HITCH II AT STAGECOACH - $9,000

Study: Second homes drive resort economies

Trend puts stress on affordable housing

Starter castles, "McMansions," trophy homes -- regardless of what you call them, the growing presence of second homes in Colorado's resort towns is more visible with every dig of a bulldozer.

A journey through time

If you didn't know better, you might think that the natural place to find dinosaur bones is in a vast museum in a city such as Pittsburgh or Washington, D.C.

Friday, July 9

Farwell fire in final throes

Firefighters were close to extinguishing a wilderness fire that started Thursday afternoon near Farwell Mountain, said Kent Foster, the zone fire management officer for the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Art in the Park a feast for the eyes

Men have been known to grumble upon receiving the predictable necktie for Father's Day. So you can imagine the look on Elmer Kutila's face last month when his wife, Peggy, walked through the door with 2,000 slightly used ties.

Balloon Rodeo pilots play games

Early today and Sunday morning, pilots licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration will soar over Steamboat Springs in hot air balloons bearing everything from bright colors to cowboys and Indians.

Planners OK review fees

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance requiring developers to pay a deposit covering attorney, engineer or planners' fees in case the town needs to seek external services while reviewing a project.

Sonia Dada in concert today

Eclectic, Chicago-based band Sonia Dada brings its diverse rock, soul and ethnic-fused sounds to the base of the Steamboat Ski Area for a free concert today.

Dem stumps in Steamboat

Calling himself a candidate for ordinary people, U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Miles made campaign stops in Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek on Friday.

Saving the skatepark

Group raising funds for pipe, upgrade

Nestled in the west corner of the paved parking lot in Howelsen Hill is a smallish skatepark with features older than some of the boarders that use them.

The Record for July 10

Thursday, July 8, 2004 1:57 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 3000 block of Village Drive.

Briefs for July 10

Perry-Mansfield presents two theater performances

Windstorm inflicted significant damage

Two cars were totaled and power was lost for several hours after a windstorm swept through Steamboat Springs on Thursday night.

Thursday, July 8

Work begins on dealership

Cook Chevrolet still needs approval for building

Heavy equipment was pushing dirt around at the planned new site of Cook Chevrolet, Olds, Jeep, Subaru on Steamboat Springs' west side this week. However, Scott Cook, owner of the car dealership, said he has hurdles to clear before construction of the building can take place.

The record

Wednesday, July 7

Commission tables dealership plans

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tabled a request for an automobile sales center west of town, citing a lack of landscaping.

North Routt hires director

Colleen Poole will leave Hayden to lead charter school

The Hayden School District lost another administrator Thursday when middle school Principal Colleen Poole resigned to become director of the North Routt Community Charter School.

Steamboat close on teacher pay

Steamboat Springs School District teachers will receive salary step increases for the 2004-05 school year similar to the increases approved last month for administrators, district officials said.

News in brief

Wilderness fire reported near Farwell Mountain

Microburst wreaks havoc

No one was hurt, but trees were uprooted and cars were damaged

A brief but fierce windstorm hit Steamboat Springs on Thursday, uprooting trees and knocking out power in Old Town.

Rainbow Weekend bookings close to last year's

Chamber estimates 9,800 people will be in town this weekend for myriad outdoor events

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association estimates that Steamboat's lodging will be 65 percent full Saturday night. That's an estimated 9,800 people businesses can anticipate being in town for an event-packed Rainbow Weekend, about 300 visitors shy of projected estimates for the same weekend in 2003.

Chadwick developer has new partners

The developer of The Chadwick luxury condominium project in Steamboat Springs issued a release late Wednesday saying he has taken on new partners and expects construction to resume this summer.

Teenager killed in rollover identified

Evan Brown, 18, had a habit of asking those older than him for pieces of wisdom.

Oak Creek police chief resigns post

Oak Creek Police Chief Tim Willert and his wife, Oak Creek Treasurer Mindy Willert, resigned from their respective posts Thursday, citing personal health concerns and the financial challenges of living in Routt County.

Uncovered blasting caps add bang to rancher's day

A loud explosion boomed through the air Tuesday afternoon near Yampa as the Arapahoe County bomb squad detonated old blasting caps found in a family safe.

Oak Creek approves variance

Brett KenCairn can build 29-foot housing project

The Oak Creek Town Board granted Brett KenCairn the building height variance that he requested at a meeting Thursday night, and the town likely will end up with an updated element to its land-use code because of his minor permit predicament.

Winston de Wardt has top 3 finishes

If Winston de Wardt's fellow racers didn't know any better, they might mistake de Wardt's pre-race ritual for a nap.

Volleyball haven

Tourney to draw local, national talent

As unlikely as it seems, mountain towns such as Steamboat Springs have become havens for sand and grass court volleyball players.

Classic tees off for a good cause

For the past seven years, the Ski Town USA Classic has been one of the biggest golf tournaments of the summer.

Nightlife

Afro Party and Dance at The Center for Movement Arts featuring West African master drummers and dancers Fara Tolno from Guinea and Maputo Mensah from Ghana. There will be a dance exhibition a performance by the Steamboat Springs Afro Dance and Drum Ensemble and a dance to live drums. $5 donation. Call 870-9977

Briefs

Pioneer Picnic is Sunday

Being taken by this place

There's probably no way around it. Almost everyone has a few things in the world that downright possess them. It might happen in church, or in love or in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

Sonia Dada gets dressed up

Sonia Dada brings its diverse style and ethnic sounds to town Saturday for the second installment of the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series. The free concert on Headwall, at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, is an early stop on the nine-member, Chicago-based band's summer tour. The tour coincides with the release of "Test Pattern," a new album that debuted with a short DVD on June 22.

Carrie Elkin sings from the 'bottom of my toes'

On her Web site, local musician Carrie Elkin confesses that she is passionate about music, but there are a "million other things" she likes to do.

Cinematic sessions at Harwig's

Hollywood veterans to spend 8 weeks focusing on four directors

After 25 years as a Hollywood studio executive and producer, Dori Weiss ran away to Steamboat Springs. As fate would have it, she moved next door to veteran film director Chris Nyby, a friend she'd known in Hollywood.

Art in the Park celebrates 30 years

Art in the Park turns 30 this weekend.

Demede fare

At a Tuesday afternoon West African dance class at The Center for Movement Arts, students ease into a warm-up routine of stretches, hip rolls and shimmies led by Fara Tolno. The live drummers channel the afternoon's mood and movement as they ease into a rhythmic groove to guide the aspiring West African dancers.

Wednesday, July 7

Town Board deals with flood zoning

Brett KenCairn's three-home affordable housing project at the corner of Arthur Avenue and Wiliams Street in Oak Creek has hit another administrative hitch, but his may not be the only new development that will run into problems with some of the town's outdated standards if they aren't reconsidered, he said.

Man sentenced for mushroom charges

A Steamboat man was sentenced to 90 days in jail after police found psilocybin mushrooms in his home.

Madness to enter 26th year

Mountain Madness Half Marathon, 10K on Sunday

The combination of the race's longevity, the Rainbow Weekend festivities and the course helps make the Mountain Madness Half Marathon and 10K one of the oldest and most popular races in the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

Golf tourney helps fight breast cancer

The Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament in Steamboat Springs has managed to raise more than $14,000 in four years for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Taylor praises VNA efforts

For Modine McLimore, 87, just talking about The Haven Senior Assisted Living Center in Hayden brings tears to her eyes.

Officials celebrate self-help housing success

Seven families and individuals worked collectively in sub-zero temperatures, hail, snow and rain to build each other's houses as part of the Mutual Self Help Housing program.

Administration is shuffled

Mellor, Stanford given more authority in School District

Broader authority for Finance Director Dale Mellor and Content Standards Director Kelly Stanford are among the changes in store for Steamboat Springs School District's management structure.

Hearing set in stabbing case

A man accused of stabbing a Yampa resident three times appeared in court Wednesday and asked that his bond be reduced from $100,000.

The Record

Tuesday, July 6

Developers to break ground any day

Construction is expected to begin late this week or early next week on Central Park South, the completion of the shopping center that houses Wal-Mart and City Market grocery store.

Youngsters on wheels

Area youths an active part of Town Challenge racing series

Trent Naused had no time to change before Wednesday's Town Challenge mountain bike race, so he competed in his soccer gear --shirt, shorts and shin guards.

N. Routt finds a solution

Charter school officials decline financial assistance

Thanks, but no thanks. After lobbying the Education Fund Board to provide the money necessary to purchase the North Routt Community Charter School property, North Routt school officials politely declined any financial aid Wednesday.

Primary registration deadline approaching

Don't just vote in the election -- vote in the primary election, as well.

Briefs

Sunday's alcohol graphic reproduced incorrectly

Tuesday, July 6

North Routt school sale up for vote

A proposal to purchase the North Routt Community Charter School property is expected to go to a vote tonight when the Education Fund Board meets in Steamboat Springs.

Funds available to ranchers

Grassland conservation effort works to protect land from development

Ranchers in Northwest Colorado have until July 23 to apply for the federal Grassland Reserve Program, which will distribute $1.45 million dollars in Colorado.

Trial set for county's missing files case

A trial has been set to decide whether former chief building official Mark Marchus has duplicate county personnel files that are missing.

Perry-Mansfield students shine

'Youth Festival I' performance and dance concert starts Thursday

A traditional student recital will take an unconventional turn for fifth- through ninth-grade students performing at Perry-Mansfield tonight.

Briefs for July 7

Ford Explorer reported stolen Monday morning A tan 1998 Ford Explorer reportedly was stolen early Monday morning from 322 Old Fish Creek Falls Road.

The Record for July 7

Monday, July 5 12:03 a.m. A woman reported receiving harassing phone calls in the 700 block of Grand Stree

Town's fund request at top

Oak Creek seeks Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds

The town of Oak Creek's request for funds from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program will be at the top of Routt County's list for the next granting cycle.

Poole may leave middle school

Principal is a finalist for North Routt Charter School director

Hayden Middle School principal Colleen Poole is one of three final candidates for the executive director position at the North Routt Community Charter School.

Principal may be chosen by July 21

Public forums with candidates this week

Hayden High School will have a new principal after the Hayden School Board's next regularly scheduled meeting July 21.

Water request takes second priority

The town of Hayden's request for Energy Impact Assistance funds to help double the capacity of its water treatment plant was given second priority among Routt County's list for the next granting cycle.

Booco earns honors from Advocates

Sensitivity may not get police officers far in dealing with hardened criminals, but it is essential in helping victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Beach's condition improves

Stormie Beach, the Hayden teenager seriously injured in a car accident June 20, is doing better, but friends' efforts to raise money for her medical costs have gotten off to a slow start.

Fair celebrates 90 years this summer

Few things remain constant in this 21st century of modernization and technology. Of those few things, the traditional celebration of the Routt County Fair is one. Enjoying success for close to a century, the history of the Routt County Fair is as colorful as the fair itself.

Planning board to discuss review fees

Without a building department or staff planner, occasionally the town of Hayden must seek the services of engineers, attorneys and planners when reviewing large projects.

Here's hoping all Americans go out to vote

Editors note: Sherri Evans-Lawton is the widow of Army Staff Sgt. Mark Lawton of Hayden, who was killed Aug. 16, 2003, while serving in Iraq. Sherri L. Evans-Lawton Guest Columnist

N. Routt director finalists named

Hayden Middle School Principal Colleen Poole is among the finalists for the open North Routt Community Charter School director position.

Cowpie is all rugby

After nearly 30 years of hosting the Cowpie Classic, members of the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club know the recipe for a successful event.

Jones sets hill record

As he pushed off the start bar at the top of Lake Placid's K90 ski jump Saturday, Steamboat Springs ski jumper Clint Jones had no idea how far he needed to soar to beat the hill record.

Council approves Peak Fitness

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved the opening of Peak Fitness Center at the corner of 11th and Lincoln Avenue but on the condition that the parking requirements be worked out with city staff members.

Theft reported downtown

Merchandise worth $750 stolen from Favorite Things

About $750 worth of merchandise was reported stolen from Favorite Things on Sunday night or Monday morning.

Monday, July 5

Racers licking lips for Lamb Chop

In a comic tribute to the sheep that have made a home on Emerald Mountain this summer, Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series director Gretchen Sehler has named the next race the Lamb Chop Cross Country.

Man stabbed in Yampa

A 29-year-old man was stabbed during a fight outside the Royal Hotel late Sunday night, and police have a suspect in custody.

Adult music disguised for kids

Trout Fishing in America plays blues, bluegrass and belly laughs for adults -- all cleverly disguised as music meant for children.

Rancho Rodeo 'brand' new experience for many

Dan Hodges, who ranched for much of his life, will be the first to say that Hollywood has glamorized the ranching lifestyle.

Trailing tradition on cattle drive

Mary Hughes lives in Miami, where people just don't see cattle every day. So when she heard that 110 cows and calves were going to be driven down Lincoln Avenue on Monday morning, she said she felt like it was something she couldn't miss.

Sunday, July 4

Gastric bypass a major decision

Colorado may be the "thinnest" state in the nation, but we are not resistant to the growing obesity trend in America. At 14.4 percent in 2001, the prevalence of obesity in Colorado had jumped 6 percent in 10 years. The Centers for Disease Control reports that obesity in some states is near 25 percent.

Stagecoach roads as clear as can be

A road-clearing project that was approved by members of the Stagecoach Property Owners Association more than four years ago is almost done, said Bea Westwater, association president and chairperson of the road committee.

Cookie wows parade-goers

Cookie Lockhart has been practicing her wave.

Parade packs Lincoln Ave.

Stephanie and Bill Faunce expected their 18-month-old son, Thomas, to sleep for much of the Fourth of July parade in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: Pioneers made due without hot dogs on July 4th

Did you enjoy the pyrotechnical display last night? I hope so. Because fireworks were not an option when the first white settlers of Steamboat Springs hosted their first fancy Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1876.

Saturday, July 3

Engagement

Dan and Betty Smyth of Cheyenne, Wyo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Shawnna Smyth, to Leo Muhme, son of Bob and Batti Muhme of Hayden.

Making a splash

Brothers Blake and Cole Worsley find swimming success

Blake Worsley's swimming career began before he turned 10 years old, on a McDonald's bribe. It was pretty simple: If Blake got in the swimming pool, his mother, Patti Worsley, would take him out to eat.

Stars and stripes of Triple Crown

Teams make trek for holiday

The base of Howelsen Hill was all stripes, from the abundance of pinstripes to the visible stars and stripes, as the Triple Crown adult slow-pitch softball tournament continued Saturday.

The race to enjoy the dog days of summer

It's the Fourth of July.

Trailblazers

It's what's beneath the surface that makes Lupine Loop special

The best mountain bikers in Steamboat Springs are set to line up for a Wednesday race on Howelsen Hill. And they're sure to notice the twisting new trail named Lupine Loop, which leads them higher above the ski slopes. But they may not appreciate all the effort a crew of teenagers and adult leaders from the Community Youth Corps put into the trail.

The record

JAIL REPORT

Pioneer families to gather

We who but follow the Pioneers trail Can only guess of his body's travail, Of the things that harassed the hear of him,

South Routt Calendar

Monday, July 5

Taking a walk on the wild side

Colorado Mountain College offers 190 classes to keep people busy this summer

School's in for summer, and Colorado Mountain College has put together a variety of classes to tempt summer seekers of knowledge.

Jerry Rudolph: Corporate media

The media is an all-inclusive term today -- newspapers, magazines, radio, television. Of the four, radio seems to be the most powerful. Why? Because people returning from work in the evening automatically turn it on and listen to the latest news on their commute.

Soundoff for July 4

Dog poop everywhere

Ron Pollard: Moore's agenda

I certainly agree with Mr. Ludwig that "Fahrenheit 9/11" should be shown in Steamboat Springs. Michael Moore is a genius in moviemaking and always makes an impact. I have not seen the movie but have read numerous articles and have seen TV movie critics lay out criticisms. They specifically have cited instances of significant exaggeration, half-truths, outright lies and manipulation of film clips, all designed to bash the Bush Administration.

Our view: We are in fire danger zone

It looked like something out of a Road Runner cartoon: Smack in the middle of the Spring Creek Trail on Wednesday morning, a smoldering fire was covered with wood chips that trailed thickly into the underbrush and trees beyond. The effect was reminiscent of Wile E. Coyote's long ignition fuse burning toward his pile of TNT.

Terry F. Yarger III: 1948 -- 2004

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Terry F. Yarger III died June 27, 2004, at United Medical Center West in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was 55.

Larry D. Suits: 1941 -- 2004

Hayden resident Larry D. Suits passed away June 21, 2004, at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver. He was 62.

Walter Absher Curtis: 1918 -- 2004

Former Steamboat Springs resident Walter Absher Curtis died June 5, 2004, in Reno, Nev. He was 86.

Behind the headlines: Kay Weinland

What you need to know to vote in the primary

Q. What are the most important election deadlines people need to know about?

Special district mulled

Property owners ask for deannexation, special district

Walter Scott is hedging his bets on how to develop a 180-acre parcel next to the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Eating ice cream for a cause

Old-fashioned ice cream helps preserve historic Hahn's Peak buildings

His mouth covered in chocolate and his blond hair tousled, 6-year-old Jared Nagode scraped the last bit of ice cream from a Styrofoam bowl.

Liquor laws controversial

Liquor stores and restaurants toasted changes to Colorado's liquor laws that went into effect Thursday. Law enforcers also applauded most of the changes but worried that some measures might promote drunken driving.

Wedding

Alexander Reeves Blunt, son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Larson of Steamboat Springs and Mr. James Blunt of Fort Washington, Penn., and Ashley Joann Schrump, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schrump of Houston, Texas, and were married June 19, 2004, at the Catamount Golf Club in Steamboat.

Downtown upgrades

Ski and Bike Kare, Cugino's lead urban renewal on Lincoln Avenue

Any general contractor willing to take on a historic remodeling project is savvy enough to expect surprises. But an unknown jail cell is a bit out of the ordinary. And when the concrete ceiling of that jail cell is reinforced with scrap steel from another century, the contractor needs to have a well-developed sense of humor.

Ski area names PR manager

Heidi Thomsen has been named public relations manager for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Biz briefs

Gold earns RE/MAX Chairman's Club award steamboat springs

Catamount home nears completion

Comfort, open living were goals in designing 7,500-square-foot spec home

Developer David Josfan scrapped two sets of plans before settling on a final design for a nearly finished luxury home in Catamount Ranch.

Ground broken at MontView subdivision

After three years of planning, a developer has broken ground on the first home in the MontView Park subdivision.

Here's the scoop

Homemade ice cream a perfect summer treat

Sailing on the Silk Road, Marco Polo was one of the first Westerners to travel by sea to China. He brought back tales of tigers, paper money and the Imperial postal system, but more important, he brought back ice cream.

Routt County Spotlight

Colby Townsend Age: 35 Occupation: Feed peddler

Briths

Lauren Evette Mueller, daughter of Heidi and Harlin Mueller of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:06 a.m. June 28, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her siblings are Mikala and Nichole Mueller. Her grandparents are Arlin and Charlotte Mueller of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dan and Judy Ellis, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Transactions June 22-27

LINDOW, DAVID H. TO COOK, CHARLES G. FOR .20 CFS OF WATER IN THE SODA CREEK DITCH, PRIORITY NO. 33, CORR NO. 32, ALL OF THE C.J. ALEXANDER INTEREST IN THE THIRD ENLARGEMENT OF THE SODA CREEK DITCH, PRIORITY NO. 367 - $4,000

Friday, July 2

Man suspected of fleeing accident

One man was arrested Friday in connection with a rollover accident Thursday night on Routt County Road 129.

Addicted to adventure

Racers can't get enough of each other, action

It was Monday, and Matt Hannon was annoyed to be back at work in Fort Collins.

Friday clogged with accidents

Two car accidents caused turmoil on U.S. Highway 40 on Friday afternoon.

Man sentenced to 4 months in pot case

One of three men arrested on charges of possessing almost three pounds of marijuana was sentenced Friday to four months in Routt County Jail, but he can prevent a felony from being on his record.

Man pleads guilty to menacing

A 21-year-old man charged with stabbing a man pleaded guilty to menacing, a Class 5 felony, Friday.

Disney meets Bible study at Baptist church

Anchor Way Baptist Church is melding a bit of Disney with its children's Bible study starting this weekend.

Family passes remain in place

Steamboat ski area restructures value passes for 2004-05 season

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials announced Friday that the company has revamped its value pass program for the coming season.

Neighbors talk of cat-eating predator

A bold predator that has been snatching house cats and displaying insolence to humans is sure to be the topic of conversations at holiday barbecues in Steamboat Springs' Whistler Meadows neighborhood this weekend.

The Record for July 3

Thursday, July 1 7:54 a.m. A woman reported sheep on Colorado State Highway 131. One sheep was killed by a car.

Visitor numbers rival last year's

Lodging business in Steamboat Springs tonight is expected to rival last year's numbers, with some downtown motels having been booked for two weeks and others preparing for last-minute reservations.

Briefs for July 3

Second man arrested on marijuana charges

Thursday, July 1

Perry-Mansfield faculty to take the stage

Perry-Mansfield's faculty is ready to show their students what they're made of.

Briefs for July 2

Drum classes at Arts center Professional West African dancers and drummers Fara Tolno and Maputo Mensah will be teaching classes next week at The Center for Movement Arts, on 11th Street between Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue. A children's drum class with Tolno is at 4 p.m. Tuesday, beginning dance classes are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, advanced dance classes are at 8 p.m. Wednesday and next Friday, beginning drum classes are at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and advanced drum classes are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. All-age dance classes with Mensah are at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. All classes are 1 1/2 hours long and cost $10. Call 870-9977.

Tread begins Brown Bag series

The Tread of Pioneers Museum has corralled yet another engaging group of speakers for the summer's annual Brown Bag Lecture Series. The Friday discussions, which start today, feature topics as diverse as archaeology, historic preservation, cowboy poetry and insight into the museum's Navajo weaving collection.

'SummerArt 2004' to open

Next week the Steamboat Springs Arts Council continues its long tradition of attracting local, regional and national artists to its home on the Yampa River with the opening of "SummerArt 2004."

Falls are artist's favorite place to paint

Bonnie McGee's plein-air passion for vast, brilliant, high-altitude landscapes is inhibited only by the weight of her tripod. The oil painter said she forever wishes she could drag her equipment higher.

Nightlife for July 2

Music and Entertainment Tonight Sundog plays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Chelsea's, 116 Main St., in Oak Creek. Call 736-8538.

Jennie Lay: Clowning around in the garden

I'm torn. Should I run away and join the circus or barricade myself at home and make myself learn how to garden? It was a tough choice.

Fourth of July events

7 a.m. Steamboat Lions Club annual Fourth of July breakfast at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for people 65 and older and 10 and younger. Until 10 a.m.

Police to crack down on drunken drivers

While most people watch the skies for fireworks, law enforcers will watch the roads for drunken drivers.

Board happy with Howell

School Board content it made right choice for superintendent

In her first year as superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District, Donna Howell initiated a curriculum audit, streamlined the process of meeting accountability standards and diligently explored community education values.

June typically driest month

Showers push last month's precipitation above average

The four-tenths of an inch of rain that quietly drenched Steamboat Springs on Wednesday pushed the total for the month above average.

Fireworks banned, fires OK

Camping trips to the wide-open meadows or thick tree stands of a national forest offer great Fourth of July experiences -- just be sure to leave the colorful fireworks at home.

Eight take on Triple Bypass

It's hard to equate a triple bypass with good times, but eight cyclists are willing to take that chance when they take to the roads July 10 for the Triple Bypass bicycle ride from Evergreen to Avon.

Former assistant lands job

Mike Moskowitz, former Steamboat Springs boys basketball assistant coach, has accepted a coaching position with Si Tanka University, an NAIA school in Huron, S.D.

Winter Sports Club to restructure Alpine programs

Former Olympic skier Puckett new Alpine director after Nunnikhoven stepped down

Former Olympic skier Chris Puckett stepped into the role of Alpine director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club this week driven by a single goal:

S. Routt residents track climate changes

Routt County has a long, continuous official climate record, thanks to volunteers who tirelessly measure rainfall, snowfall and temperature changes from their homes, every day, year in and year out.

The Record for July 2

6:44 a.m. Deputies arrested a man with a warrant after they stopped him on suspicion of reckless driving near Milner. They later released him because the warrant was nonextraditable.

Horse in Yampa was stabbed by 14-inch branch

The owners of an injured horse near Yampa called the Sheriff's Office thinking the animal might have been shot Tuesday night, only to find out later that the hole in its side was the entry point of a 14-inch-long branch.

Wet spring grows a glorious High Country Garden Tour

The cool, wet weather has been kind to Steamboat Springs' gardens. The grasshoppers are at bay, lawns are lush, and flowers are expressing their gratitude in long, brilliant blooms. It's perfect timing for the High Country Garden Tour's annual show-and-tell affair. Seven splendid Steamboat gardens will be open for exploration Saturday, with master gardeners on hand to sort out any inquisitive horticultural conundrums.