Stories for June 2004

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Wednesday, June 30

Steamboat airport debated

Three City Council members fired pointed questions at the Yampa Valley Airport Commission about its report, which advocates keeping the Steamboat Springs Airport open.

Son, mom content with 3rd at tourney

Wanda Brehmer and Jonathan Solomon would have liked nothing better than to have won a title at last weekend's Old West Steak House Mixed Doubles Championships.

Sailors find success in summer camp

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek has been attending summer camps with teams since 1979. The difference now is that teams frequently make more than one stop on the summer-camp tour.

South Routt doctor is in

If patient interest doesn't increase, services may not last

The South Routt Medical Center is back to offering services from a doctor and a physician assistant three days a week, but the services won't last if patient interest does not increase.

City, county OK agreement

Council, commissioners agree on implementing west plan

The City Council and Routt County commissioners established an intergovernmental agreement providing guidelines for implementing the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, nearly five years after the plan was approved.

Briefs for July 1

The Routt County Planning Commission will have its second work session on the county's zoning and subdivision regulations update tonight.

The Record for July 1

8:17 a.m. A bike was reported stolen in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza.

Santaniello leaves Steamboat Grand

Hotel manager off to Ritz-Carlton

John Santaniello, vice president and general manager of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center, has resigned to become general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Club, Bachelor Gulch near Beaver Creek.

Man accused of growing pot

Tipped off by the drip of a leaky ceiling, police uncovered a substantial marijuana-growing operation Tuesday night at Shadow Run condominiums.

Burgess Creek chairs sold

Double chairlift sales to benefit Ski Corp. Environmental Fund

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. officials have announced that the company will sell the chairs from the Burgess Creek double chairlift to generate funds that will benefit the resort's recently established Ski Corp. Environmental Fund.

Guidelines set for growth group

The City Council and Routt County commissioners agreed to jointly appoint members to the Growth Management Advisory Group and to solicit members if the list of 15 applicants does not represent a wide enough spectrum of the community.

State liquor laws revised

Drunken driving law tightened; unfinished wine can be taken

Significant changes to Colorado's liquor laws come into effect today, affecting how alcohol can be distributed and transported and how drunken driving is defined.

On top down under

NW Colorado team takes title in Australia

Between kangaroo-spotting on the golf course, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and walking through Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's Australian zoo, there was football.

Tuesday, June 29

Rodeo promises action

July 4 to bring fireworks to rodeo arena

Not all of the fireworks in Steamboat Springs this weekend will be found in the sky.

Paul Wright: Holiday reflection

This Fourth of July holiday is an excellent opportunity for Americans to engage in deep thought about the war in Iraq, particularly in the context of the words that were inscribed as the basis of our national ethic 228 years ago. The Declaration of Independence contains these compelling words, which are just as meaningful today as when they were written:

Our View: Greyhound leaves the driving to us

The announcement last week that Greyhound would no longer serve Steamboat Springs and other rural Colorado communities is unfortunate.

VNA secures funds for Haven

Association needs to raise $750,000 to buy facility

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has secured more than $100,000 toward its $750,000 fund-raising goal to buy Routt County's only assisted living center.

Swimmers win Sopris meet

Steamboat Sailors take team title for first time

Steamboat Springs swim coach Essi Kenttala waited more than a week for the Sopris swim meet results to arrive from Carbondale, but she couldn't have been more pleased with them.

The Record for June 30

12:56 a.m. Shots were reported on Anglers Drive. Officers found everything to be OK.

Marty Ludwig: Afraid of the truth

On Friday, June 25, Michael Moore's new controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" was released.

Women, learn to mountain bike

Sore Saddle Cyclery offering summer clinics for women

Sore Saddle Cyclery is hosting a series of women-only mountain bike clinics this summer, and interested participants are reminded to BYOB -- Bring Your Own Bike.

'Boat players take on 3-on-3

Team surprised by its success

Basketball teams from across the state arrived at the parking lot of the Pepsi Center in Denver last weekend in search of titles at the USSSA Hall of Fame 3-on-3 National Tour.

Truck darkens Oak Creek

Delivery vehicle strikes electric pole, cuts power to whole town

Business came to a halt Tuesday in Oak Creek when a Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company delivery truck crashed into an electric pole and cut power to the entire town. The power was out for more than four hours.

State campgrounds: no vacancy

Early reservations fill Routt County campsites for July 4

People who feel the urge to embark on a spontaneous camping trip this holiday weekend will find little or no room at the three state park campgrounds in Routt County.

Water focus group shrinks

Mount Werner Water doesn't want to be in water focus group

Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District no longer wants its board members to be part of a group created to build a better relationship between the district and the city.

Suspended

School Board votes unanimously to suspend Superintendent Scott Mader

In a special meeting last week, the Hayden School Board suspended Superintendent Scott Mader and rescinded a new contract that may have secured his position in the district into 2006.

Summerfest celebrates third year

Mild weather, sparse crowds, live music and smells of hamburgers and brisket wafting through Town Park made for an enjoyable, if mellow, Summerfest festival in Hayden on Saturday afternoon, vendors said.

Drive started to help Beach family

A Hayden girl injured in a rollover accident June 20 was in serious condition Tuesday after being downgraded to critical condition late last week, said Devra Ashby, spokeswoman for St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Haven, VNA raising merger funds

Organizations earn two $50K grants toward $750K one-year goal

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has secured more than $100,000 toward its $750,000 fund-raising goal to purchase Routt County's only assisted living center.

New video store opens

Small towns such as Hayden typically don't attract big-name businesses. So if residents want a service locally, they often end up providing it themselves.

Lincoln Avenue cattle drive

A hundred cows to be driven to arena for Cowboy Roundup

Four hundred hooves will clip-clop down Lincoln Avenue on Monday morning as almost 100 cows trek to the rodeo arena for the Ranch Rodeo.

Female trooper joins the CSP

A new trooper joined the northwest Colorado State Patrol this week, making her the first female trooper in the region in several years, Trooper Brett Hilling said.

Bill and Ruth Westerfield: Thanks for hospitality

We recently visited Steamboat Springs for our second Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. Once again, the residents and merchants were gracious in welcoming the disruption to their community. We enjoyed our stay very much, and the hospitality we received was outstanding. We look forward to next year's visit very much.

Briefs for June 30

Friends of Stormie Beach, a Hayden teen seriously injured in a car accident June 20, are raising funds to help pay her medical costs.

Hayden parent forum a bit heated

Improving communication among parents, teachers and the Hayden School Board was the main topic of discussion during a slightly heated parent forum in Hayden on Tuesday night.

Monday, June 28

150 teams expected for softball tournament

When it comes to venues for adult slowpitch softball tournaments, it's hard to beat Steamboat Springs during the July Fourth holiday.

Hayden parents meeting tonight

Mader suspension, principal resignation on agenda

The process of hiring a new high school principal in Hayden is on schedule, despite the Hayden School Board's suspension of Superintendent Scott Mader last week.

Race rolls through Oak Creek, Steamboat

Oak Creek rolled out the red carpet for the Great Race Monday by rolling in a local car show on the green lawn at Decker Park.

Steamboat seeking new postmaster

Nancy Cummins is running the Steamboat Springs Post Office this summer after Postmaster Bill Butler made his retirement official.

Bus won't stop here

Greyhound pulling out of Steamboat Springs as part of route reorganization

Greyhound Lines will abandon bus service in Steamboat Springs Aug. 18, a company spokeswoman said. "We will continue to have service between Denver and Salt Lake City, but it will be via Fort Collins, Laramie and Rawlins," Greyhound's Kim Plaskett said. "Steamboat Springs is a location selected (to lose service)."

Man gets probation for break-ins

A man who confessed to being involved in recent car break-ins was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and nine days in jail, with credit for the time he has already served.

The Record for June 29

9:07 a.m. A person who appeared was reported at the intersection of Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40. The person was given a ride to Go-Fer Foods.

News in Brief for June 29

Steamboat Ballet School of Dance is offering summer ballet classes every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Growth committee on agenda

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners will discuss the new growth advisory committee Wednesday during a joint meeting.

Corps issues draft decision on Lafarge pit

The company proposing a gravel pit just south of Steamboat Springs has received a draft decision from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Sunday, June 27

Briefs for June 28

Last week, the Colorado Civil Air Patrol was reinstated for search and rescue missions. The Colorado wing of the Civil Air Patrol had been grounded since December, but was reinstated for missions after all its training requirements were completed.

Oak Creek to roof ice rink with grant

After years of melting ice and battling the elements, it's finally Oak Creek's turn to roof the rink.

Aljanich holds open house

Steamboat man campaigning to be U.S. Representative

In his bid to be a U.S. Representative, Matt Aljanich has put 12,000 miles on his 1994 Ford Explorer, gone through 350 gallons of coffee and more than 200 bags of potato chips.

City: Downtown parking structure not needed

The Steamboat Springs City Council has sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers to make clear it would eliminate the need for a parking structure if the Routt County justice center would be built downtown.

The Record for June 28

1:34 a.m. An intoxicated woman was reported in the downtown area. She was taken to the emergency room and then to the detox center.

Tom Ross: There's more to fishing than meets the fly

Angling outing teaches lessons in humility, offers multiple rewards

When it comes to making a list of the most important elements of a fly-fishing trip, catching trout ranks right near the top. But angling success isn't necessarily the most important thing. And we learned Sunday that it's possible to have a very enjoyable fishing trip without catching fish.

Saturday, June 26

Our View: Testing URA boundaries

Use public dollars strategically to leverage private investment. That was the message from urban renewal expert Brad Segal last week.

Introducing children to Spanish

Summer camp at Colorado Mountain College helps develop language skills

Nolan Connell looked to the ceiling, wrinkled his forehead and squinted his eyes.

Reeves Brown: About TABOR, 23

CLUB 20 -- the coalition of individuals, businesses and governments in Colorado's 22 western counties -- supports limited changes to Colorado's constitutional fiscal constraints: TABOR and the K-12 funding mandate, "Amendment 23." These two constitutional mandates have had, and will continue to have, huge impacts on the ability of our state and local governments to provide basic services. A23 mandates that the state continue to spend an increasing percent of its declining budget on K-12 education, and TABOR limits both the ability of the government to spend and grow.

Speakers urge for bipartisan officials

In a year when a presidential election is drawing stark party lines, speakers at the Colorado Municipal League Conference urged local elected officials to be bipartisan.

Hayden residents enjoy Summerfest

Mild weather, sparse crowds, live music and smells of hamburgers and brisket wafting through Town Park made for an enjoyable, if mellow, Summerfest festival in Hayden on Saturday afternoon, vendors said.

Behind the Headlines: Lynn Barclay

Q. What is the current level of wildfire danger? Has the cool, wet weather lowered that level of fire danger?

Audit not surprising

District embarking on multiyear plan to improve educational system

An inadequate organizational structure, an inadequate staff development program, an inadequate student assessment database and an ineffective decision-making process -- hardly assessments one might expect of a top-performing Colorado school district.

Taking the guesswork out of maintenance

Quality Referral Service matches contractors with second-home owners

Tiffany Leeson wants to act as your matchmaker, but not in the romantic sense of the word.

Alpine Land for sale

1,200-plus-acre parcel represents last large, undeveloped property close to city

An area almost half the size of the Steamboat Ski Area is for sale south of Steamboat Springs. About two months ago, Mason & Morse Real Estate placed on the market Alpine Land, a 1,217-acre plot on the east side of U.S. Highway 40. The asking price for the land, which is bordered by Catamount Ranch and Club on the south and the ski area on the east, is $22.5 million.

High above Crested Butte

See the Maroon Bells from a different angle

One needs three hours to drive from Aspen to Crested Butte, and that's in the summer. But the two Colorado resort towns aren't much more than 20 miles apart as the eagle flies. And the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, which lies between the two towns, affords some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.

Soundoff for June 27

Get more Mayberry Already, police carry guns and several clips of ammo, mace and clubs. They wear bullet-proof vests. I've noticed when people are pulled over for DUIs or any other calls, police have plenty of backup. I've lived in this community for 20 years, and I feel our police force is dong a good job, but they can tone down the militia appearance and steer toward the Andy Taylor roll.

Kaci Rachelle Taing

Kaci Rachelle Taing, daughter of Tanya and Keak (John) Taing of Oak Creek, was born at 7:20 p.m. June 22, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 9.9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Vintage race Rolls into town

It's the equivalent of completing the Tour de France on a tricycle. Drivers race 4,200 miles in early 1900s cars with no map, no power steering and no air conditioning.

John F. Russell: Rodeo has passed the test of time

There was a time when everyone who attended a Fourth of July rodeo, or for that matter lived in Steamboat Springs, would have known the name Frank Squire.

A cowboy's Christmas

July 4 rodeos keep cowboys chasing big payouts

For the first time in six years, Steamboat Springs bull rider Danny Jendral will spend his Fourth of July close to home.

An uphill battle

Hills, brush challenge Spring Creek runners

Twenty-two year-old Jessica Gray sprinted across the finish line of the Spring Creek Memorial 5K run Saturday morning to win the women's division. But she then promptly turned around and ran back up the course. Several extra miles later, she returned.

Easy access key to success

CML speaker shares 10 keys to creating competitive downtown

Colorado cities hoping to reinvigorate their downtown commercial districts can't ignore the need for parking, even if their ultimate goal is to create a more friendly pedestrian environment, Brad Segal told an audience Thursday morning at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Briefs

Steamboat's new Main Street Project has its own Web page within the greater

Oak Creek celebrates pit stop with locals' car show

Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek roll out the red carpet Monday for the 94 vintage cars coming to the towns as part of the 22nd annual Great Race, a vintage car rally that travels from Florida to California during two weeks.

Tarnoff -- Nelson

Sarah West Tarnoff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Tarnoff of New York, N.Y., and Steamboat Springs, was married June 26, 2004, to Todd James Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. David L. Nelson of Cottonwood, Ariz.

Asmus -- Yackey

Thomas "Ed" Edward Yackey Jr. and Sara Ellen Asmus of Fort Collins have announced their engagement.

Henri E. Stetter: Bush's shortcomings

The recent statement by 27 former U.S. diplomats and military commanders calling for President Bush's defeat is a piercing indictment. But it passes over the key ways in which Bush has hurt America and its standing in the world.

South Routt calendar for June 27

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

Class Notes for June 27

Andrew Yates Goranson of Steamboat Springs graduated from Eckerd College on May 22 with a bachelor's degree in international business and a minor in Spanish. Eckerd College is in St. Petersburg, Fla. Drew is the son of Jon Goranson and Lindsay Yates. He is a 2000 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School.

Yampa plans fun-packed Fourth

Jungle-themed parade, polo, fireworks, highlight activities

Potato sacks, polo matches and homemade pie will be the order of the day for Yampa's traditional Fourth of July celebration next weekend. Yampa's festivities start early with a pancake breakfast and end late with the unveiling of a new fireworks finale.

The Arrest Record for June 27

Saturday, June 19 Richard L. Hill, 44, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to display lamp (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Glenn Schaffer: Tasers save lives

In regards to Tasers at the Steamboat Springs Police Department, I think a lot of the apprehension comes from a lack of knowledge about the device.

The Record for June 27

7:41 a.m. A theft was reported in the 1500 block of Cascade Drive. 9:43 a.m. A theft was reported in the 10700 block of Routt County Road 70.

Elsie L. Henry: 1919-2004

Craig resident Elsie L. Henry died June 21, 2004, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 84.

A taste of tradition

Taste of South Routt fun for all five senses

Hundreds savored the Taste of South Routt on Saturday, but they also relished its sounds, sights and smells.

Redo for Xanadu may be in the works

In 13th century Asia, Xanadu was the opulent summer capital of Kublai Khan's empire. In Steamboat Springs, Xanadu is a scenic tourist retreat. But some feel the 39-year-old Xanadu condominiums, like their Asian namesake, are a touch antiquated.

Kaleya Elizabeth Zelek

Kaleya Elizabeth Zelek, daughter of Erica Kern and Jonathan Zelek of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:32 a.m. June 22, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Alyssa Faith Duncan

Alyssa Faith Duncan, daughter of Fallon and Steven Duncan of Craig, was born at 1:45 p.m. June 22, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Transactions June 11-21

MOUNTAIN HABITATS, LLC TO NIX, JACK VERNON FOR MOUNTAINEER AT STEAMBOAT, PHASE 3 UNIT: 5B - $755,900

Friday, June 25

Gray sentenced in vehicular homicide

District Judge Michael O'Hara told Luke Ross Gray on Friday that he had been given two gifts: one his life and the other not having a felony conviction on his record.

Injured teen's condition worsens

A Hayden girl who was seriously injured in a rollover accident early Sunday was downgraded from serious condition to critical condition Thursday, said Dan Prinster, a spokesman for St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

Ranch receives designation

County commissioners call Green Creek Ranch historic

Livng in Steamboat Springs 100 years ago meant warm summers and long, hard winters. Without snowplows, cars or electricity, pioneers had to be creative.

Report: Keep airport open

City, county officials to discuss airport commission report

A report prepared and completed by the Yampa Valley Airport Commission shows Steamboat Springs Airport should remain open, the commission's chairman said.

Board OKs Sierra View annexation

But flood plain designation slows down other Oak Creek development

Oak Creek got a development boon and discovered a potential development bust during Thursday night's Town Board meeting. The Town Board officially approved and annexed the Sierra View subdivision to the town of Oak Creek, but it also learned that another small development the board previously approved is in a flood zone that potentially should not have been qualified for construction.

Board suspends Mader

The Hayden School Board has suspended Superintendent Scott Mader, saying he may have violated a section of his employment contract.

Man arrested in bull case

A Hayden man was arrested Friday on charges he hit and killed a prize bull and then fled the scene of the accident.

The Record for June 26

12:20 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the first block of Mountain Village Circle. Officers issued a warning.

Briefs for June 26

An emergency temporary road closure is in effect on Elk Park Road, or National Forest System Road 314. The road is closed until further notice so crews can repair damage from people who did not respect the spring closure.

Winter recreation alternative suggested

An alternative for managing winter recreation on Rabbit Ears Pass and Buffalo Pass has been recommended by the U.S. Forest Service.

Thursday, June 24

Gates says democracy in America is in a crisis

National Civic League President Chris Gates said democracy in the United States is in a crisis, and fixing it must start at the local level.

Brief Points for June 25

Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory students will perform in chamber music ensembles throughout their stay at the camp at the Lowell Whiteman School this summer. The conservatory's free concert series starts at 7:30 tonight with a faculty recital at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Strings in the Mountains musicians and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory are holding a collaborative community concert Wednesday as part of the Strings in the Mountains music festival. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Festival Park. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children.

Nightlife for June 25

MASS Ensemble and the Strings in the Mountains free community open house is at Festival Park from 4 to 7 p.m.

Jennie Lay: Ode to travel

Oh, sweet travel, how I love thee. How may I count the ways?

'Wall of Water' returns to S. Routt

Once again, the infamous "Wall of Water" will be raining fun on the Taste of South Routt on Saturday afternoon.

Find medicinal alternatives

The Yampa Valley has a tradition of being a healing place. The Utes are said to have come with their troubles and left without them. Pioneers came for the springs.

Welcome home

Earth harp to bring Strings home

A lush lawn at the new Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Park is freshly mowed.

Stagecoach park planning under way

Stagecoach is getting its first common-area improvement in the form of a park. It is a cooperative effort between the Stagecoach Property Owner's Association and Steve Caragol of Coyote Run subdivision, and they are looking for volunteers to help get it up and running this summer.

Greasewood Fire out

The Greasewood Fire, one of Northwest Colorado's first significant wildfires of the summer, is out.

Summerfest popularity up

Hayden's annual event features jugglers, music, dancers

African dance, Western music and flying knives are just a few of the activities planned for the third annual Hayden Valley Summerfest to be held Saturday in Hayden Town Park.

Fitness center must find parking

The City Planning Commission approved the development plan for Peak Fitness Center to open its doors but on the condition the applicant can find long-term parking leases.

Second homes help job market

But work force struggles to find affordable housing

Second-home owners are driving job growth, but increasing housing costs are making it harder to accommodate a work force, particularly as the current work force ages, retires and sells homes that are no longer affordable for their replacements.

The record

Wednesday, June 23

Motet brings funk to Steamboat

The members of The Motet bring their eco-tour and entertainment to Steamboat Springs this week.

Freshmen to be welcomed

National Link Crew program addresses hazing, initiation

Mike Knezevich wasn't always so big.

County officials eye road improvements

Routt County officials hope road improvements that were delayed this year because of a tight budget will be on the list for completion next year

Race for a cause

Spring Creek Memorial is fifth in running series

The Steamboat Springs Running Series resumes this weekend with the 13th annual Spring Creek Memorial.

News in brief

Car show planned for Monday in Decker Park

HiWay Bar targeted again

More than $1,200 was stolen from a cash drawer at the HiWay Bar early this week.

Book lovers unite for sojourn

Ready. Set. Read. The Literary Sojourn clock is ticking.

Wednesday, June 23

Water board aims to delay case

Water conservation board seeks ruling on Gunnison case first

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has asked the Division 6 Water Court to wait to hear the city's water rights application until a final decision has been made in a Gunnison case.

Salazar says he's anti-RICD

Attorney general 'not a fan' of recreational stream rights

Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar said Wednesday that he is wary of recreational in-channel diversions such as the one the city of Steamboat Springs is seeking.

Racing with the best

The day before the biggest race of his career, Steamboat Springs cyclist Barkley Robinson was a little star-struck

U.S. Forest Service offering firewood

The U.S. Forest Service is offering firewood to anyone who can buy a permit in the next few days.

County gets $460K in PILT payments

Routt County will receive about $460,000 from the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.

Advocates given award

Advocates Against Battering and Abuse was named recipient of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Sterling Anniversary Award in health and human services.

Town Board to vote on Sierra View

The Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to take a final vote on the annexation of Sierra View subdivision at a meeting tonight.

Old West tourney mixes it up

First local event of the season to feature 80 teams of varying levels

The 14th annual Steamboat Tennis Association's Old West Mixed Doubles Championships will offer players their first chance to compete at a local level this season.

Zambrana leads open field in Town Challenge

Three races into the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series and there are three different winners.

Tuesday, June 22

Our View: Go ahead, lecture your teen

The toughest day of a young newspaper reporter's career is the first time he or she is assigned to respond to the scene of a serious highway accident.

The Record for June 23

12:12 a.m. A slowly moving train was reported to be emitting sparks and flames in the 300 block of Old Fish Creek Falls Road. Officers investigated and found everything to be OK.

Council unsatisfied with offer

Council members want relocation plan for residents displaced by River Walk

The Steamboat Springs City Council was not satisfied with the River Walk developer's offer to buy the city's street right of way and give the money to Yampa Valley Regional Housing Authority.

Injured teens recovering

Nine Hayden, Craig residents involved in one-car rollover accident Sunday

A Hayden girl who was seriously injured in a rollover accident near Hayden was upgraded from critical to serious condition Tuesday at a Grand Junction hospital Monday.

District searches for new principal

The Hayden School Board unanimously accepted Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer's resignation at its June 16 meeting and is moving ahead to hire his replacement.

Lynx's love of baseball apparent

Is there such a thing as too much baseball? Ben Williams and Ben Fulton laughed. To them, that is a stupid question.

Council looks at sewer rate structures

The Steamboat Springs City Council looked at three rate structures it could ask five water districts to follow when a 25-year agreement expires.

YVEA sees sales drop in '03

For the first time in a decade, the Yampa Valley Electric Association sold less electricity in 2003 than the year before, despite having more customers.

Briefs for June 23

Two teens in car accident released from hospital

Summerfest growing in popularity

African dance, Western music and flying knives are just a few of the activities planned for the third annual Hayden Valley Summerfest to be held Saturday at Hayden Town Park.

Rocky Rockies

Just minutes after completing a 100-mile ride from Granby, cyclist Erich Kushner had blended into the hub of activity in front of the Steamboat Springs High School.

CML conference begins today in town

Steamboat Springs officials will be among those speaking this week during the annual Colorado Municipal League Conference.

Man in court on gun charges

A Louisville man arrested on charges that he hid two firearms near Spring Creek Trail appeared in court Tuesday. He told the judge he feared for his life and needed the guns but did not think the guns would endanger others.

Holy Name Preschool hires its new director

Holy Name Preschool took another step toward revitalizing its program this week when it announced the hiring of a new director.

HiWay Bar targeted second time

More than $1,200 was stolen from a cash drawer at the HiWay Bar early Monday morning.

Fire forces evacuation

Apartments damaged but no one injured at Vista Verde

A Vista Verde apartment caught fire Sunday morning. forcing evacuation of the complex.

Beat the heat at ice arena

Walk through the doors of Howelsen Ice Arena and you will be greeted by a blast of chilly air.

Bucking Rainbow acquires Boggs building

The owners of Bucking Rainbow Outfitters have purchased a portion the historic Boggs building at 730 Lincoln Ave.

County hears ski area plans

Commissioners discuss plan to fund public improvements

Routt County commissioners were supportive of a plan to fund improvements at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area that was presented to them Tuesday.

Monday, June 21

Hayden teenager remains critical

Counseling is available at the high school

A Hayden girl who was seriously injured in a rollover accident near Hayden remained unconscious and in critical condition at a Grand Junction hospital Monday.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones open concert series

Rain or shine, eclectic, Grammy-winning jazz, funk, rock and bluegrass band starts at 6 p.m.

Rain or shine, an evening with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones will kick off the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series today at Howelsen Hill.

District eyes long-term facility plan

Nearly a decade since its most recent facilities master plan was completed, the Steamboat Springs School District is considering an updated plan and review of its capital assets.

City Council to tackle sewer rate issue

The City Council will tackle the subject tonight of how it would like to see sewer rates structured after an agreement with five sewer districts expires in a year.

The record

Sunday, June 20 1:56 a.m. A noise complaint was reported at the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle.

Teddy bears plan shindig

One of Steamboat Springs' best-loved traditions for parents of children, the Teddy Bear Picnic, takes place today, come rain or shine.

New Challenge

Third race in series at Howelsen on Wednesday

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike series will return to Howelsen Hill on Wednesday for the third race of the season.

Detox program is official

Funding deal made for Regional Crisis Stabilization Unit, too

Funding for two programs that assist people with substance abuse and mental health crises in Routt County is official.

Council to hear River Walk pre-application

Developer Jim Cook is returning to the City Council tonight with revised plans for the seven-building River Walk project between Third and Fourth streets and on both sides of Yampa Street.

Sunday, June 20

The Record for June 21

Saturday, June 19, 2004 12:07 a.m. There reportedly was a two-vehicle, noninjury accident in the 1000 block of Central Park Drive.

Girl critical after rollover

7 seriously injured; Alcohol, drugs may have been involved

Seven people were seriously injured early Sunday when the car they were riding in rolled down an embankment off U.S. Highway 40 about two miles west of Hayden.

Briefs for June 21

A Sterling Anniversary Award to be presented

Tom Ross: Strings is all grown up

Festival has always made chamber music safe for the rest of us

I'll never forget one of the first Strings in the Mountains chamber music concerts I attended.

Provision will help area ranchers

A provision extending the amount of time ranchers have to replenish their herds -- and avoid paying taxes -- passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, giving area ranchers some reason to be optimistic in the face of many challenges.

Saturday, June 19

Oak Creek cleans up

Officials want to drive junky cars out of town

At the end of Oak Creek's annual town cleanup day last week, trash collectors hauled away four containers of steel, three trucks' worth of garbage and 15 yards of tires, Waste Management site manager Jay Harris said.

Our view: Hope springs eternal

Amid worries about big-box retail and dire predictions about the future of Lincoln Avenue without courtrooms and lawyers, it is heartening to step away from the theoretical and divisive and see instead the burgeoning commercial development occurring in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Reacting to the rodeo

First-timers and longtime rodeo fans take in Saturday event

"Cowboy Up" became the craze last season when the Boston Red Sox adopted it as their postseason slogan. Frankly, the thought of Major League Baseball players relating to cowboys makes some roughstock riders laugh.

Strings -- in the park

Music festival prepares for grand opening

The tent remains almost the same, and the familiar eclectic mix of chamber music and thoughtful pop are once again in place. However, audiences immediately will notice changes when they arrive for the first concert of the summer at the new Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Park at the corner of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

The intriguing world of insects

Get the Creepy Crawlies during field seminars

Kids and bugs go together like peanut butter and jelly, or better yet, like picnics and ants.

YVEA sees sales drop during '03

For the first time in a decade, the Yampa Valley Electric Association sold less electricity in 2003 than the year before, despite having more customers.

High country calling?

Stillwater still snowy, but Mosquito an option

Steamboat hikers desperate to get into the high country may consider zipping a pair of snow gaiters onto their boots and heading for Stillwater Reservoir in the Flat Tops southwest of Yampa this weekend.

Kilimanjaro

Ascention became journey of self-discovery for Routt County man

Christopher Morson went to Africa to climb a really big mountain and found himself on a voyage of personal discovery.

Michelle and Stephen Caragol :Sorry if party offended

As the owners of the old Emerald City building on 11th and Yampa streets, we would like to set the record straight regarding the art fund-raiser that was held there Saturday night.

Sidney Peak revamped

Renovations, in-house sales, Western image among changes

Gone is the fancy metal sculpture of an English-style equestrian adorning the main gate of the Sidney Peak Ranch subdivision.

Time for a bigger Stagecoach

Plans are to raise hydroelectric dam 5 or 6 feet to enlarge reservoir

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District managers plan to enlarge Stagecoach Reservoir by raising the height of the hydroelectric dam 5 or 6 feet, district manager John Fetcher said. If permits and engineering go according to plan, construction should be complete in fall 2005, he said.

This one's for Dad

Young anglers on a mission at fishing derby

It's slimy, covered with scales and smells like, well, dead fish. What better present could a father ask for on Father's Day? That was Hannah Winegarner's reasoning, at least.

ASC juggles Killington real estate holdings

Officials at American Skiing Co. say they've succeeded in taking $80.4 million in real estate debt and accrued interest off the company books through a complex transfer of land and debt at one of its resorts in New England.

CHARLES REESE: 1908 -- 2004

Former Oak Creek resident Charles Reese passed away May 20, 2004, at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Louisville. He was 95.

Jessie Winfred Luark: 1925 -- 2004

Jessie Winfred Luark died June 11, 2004, at her home. She was 78.

LLOYD FRANKLIN GILROY: 1923 -- 2004

Longtime Routt County resident Lloyd Franklin Gilroy passed away June 1, 2004, at his Hayden home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 80.

Business briefs

Kidd, Schneider earn 'far west' accolades Steamboat Springs

The arrest record for June 20

Saturday, June 12 Lawrence Edwin Bidwell II, 29, Crosby, Texas -- Driving while ability impaired, weaving, impeding and traffic (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Angelica Smith: Dog owner education

A community editorial needs to be written to educate and increase awareness of dog owners. My son has a very serious life-threatening allergy to dogs.

Soundoff for June 20

Police don't need Tasers

DALPHA JANE ZIMMERMAN: 1927 -- 2004

Longtime Routt County and Moffat County resident Dalpha Jane Decker Zimmerman died June 5, 2004, in Craig. She was 77.

John F. Russell: Memories make the best gifts for fathers

I got my Father's Day present a little early this week.

The Record for June 20

Friday, June 18 12:03 a.m. Harassing phone calls were reported in the 2000 block of Shield Drive.

Jack Richardson: Pizza delivery drivers

I have been a resident of Steamboat Springs for 33 years and have worked in many areas of our wonderful valley.

Transactions June 8-10

FITZGERALD, RONNI J. AND FITZGERALD, BRIAN D. TO RJB ACCOMMODATOR, LLC FOR LODGE AT STEAMBOAT CONDO - PHASE III, UNIT F-201, BLDG. F - $280,000

Lynx's love of baseball shines through

Is there such a thing as too much baseball? Ben Williams and Ben Fulton laughed. To them, that is a stupid question.

Mustangs stampede through Steamboat

Terry Dale left home to change the oil in his car. He came back with a 1995 Mustang.

'I just felt so privileged'

Steamboat woman learns while volunteering in Zambia

Anne Boler paid for the bulk of her flight from the United States to Zambia just so she could volunteer as a school counselor in a remote African town. She ate little more than rice, beans, ground cornmeal and meat, and struggled as she saw a nation battle poverty and AIDS.

Friday, June 18

Superintendent search to begin in fall

The search for South Routt School District Superintendent Steve Jones' replacement will begin this fall under the direction of education consultant Janet Bohart, according to a search process proposal accepted by the School Board this week.

Men arrested after truck rolls

Two men illegally in the United States were arrested Friday morning after police connected them to an early morning rollover accident on River Road.

Winter rec plans could be out in next couple of weeks

The U.S. Forest Service's draft plan to manage snowmobiling, cross country skiing and other winter recreation in the Buffalo Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass areas could be released in the next couple of weeks.

Sierra Club members help protect homes

Predictions of a severe wildfire season have homeowners across Routt County thinking about protecting their homes.

Chutes swing open at rodeo

Venture behind the bucking chutes on opening night at Romick rodeo arena and you will discover a world that reminds you of hanging out with your friends at a saloon Saturday night or going to church with them Sunday morning.

Sailors learn baseball's lessons

Steamboat 12U team loses but makes strides in Triple Crown

Winning is fun, but learning how to play baseball is more important. That's the message coach Mike McCannon will continue to pass along to the Steamboat Springs Sailors 12-and-under team.

Cool weather helps wildfires

But drought conditions, fires remain a concern

The cloudy skies and rain that Northwest Colorado received the past few days helped cool off wildfires in the area.

Dog group seeks volunteers

A new city group dedicated to creating more recreational opportunities for dogs is looking for volunteers and donations.

Rain doesn't stop players from having fun

Triple Crown baseball games were rained out in Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek on Friday morning, but it wasn't raining at Shinnecock Hills, so coach Harvey Lyon caught up on the U.S. Open.

Report points out school district flaws

Organizational structure and curriculum design and alignment are among systems of the Steamboat Springs School District declared ineffective or inadequate by a recently released curriculum management audit report.

Thursday, June 17

Housing director chosen

An executive director has been selected to lead the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Briefs for June 18

Mustang event roars into town

Utah company to replace meters

Some water meter replacement work may go to local contractors

A company from Utah will replace at least half of Hayden's water meters despite several bids from Hayden contractors.

Tax for air program only

Dawes: Proposed accommodation tax would be for airline funding

A proposed 2 percent accommodation tax would be explicitly for airline funding but would not generate the entire amount needed to secure flights into Routt County, Lodging Committee Chairman Steve Dawes told the city's Tax Policy Advisory Board on Thursday.

Chamber music conservatory garners attention

Strings in the Mountains music directors Katherine Collier and Yizhak Schotten found a hidden treasure in Steamboat Springs last summer. In the midst of a picnic, they stumbled upon some exceptional chamber music played by students from the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, Steamboat's summer music camp that makes its home at the Lowell Whiteman School and focuses exclusively on chamber music for students ages 11 to 22.

Mustang group heads to Craig for festival

The High Plains Mustangs, a "wild horse support group" from Craig, is working hard to raise public consciousness about wild horses, educate residents about what the Bureau of Land Management does to manage wild horses and promote wild horse adoptions. At a time when the protracted drought has been tough on the wild horse herds and budgets are tight at the BLM, this citizen activism is providing some sorely needed publicity for mustangs in Northwest Colorado.

Tourists head to town

Commercial tubing season will stay afloat for another summer

The Yampa River fleet will be in port today as Steamboat Springs' commercial tubing operators inflate for a big tourism week.

Woman breaks into home to flee bears

A burglar alarm sounded Wednesday night, set off not by a masked intruder but by a woman and her two dogs fleeing from bears.

A work in progress

Is it nature or is it nurture? At Perry-Mansfield, it's arguably both.

Getting Back on the Ranch

The Depot Art Center once was among the country's busiest cattle-shipping points.

Hanna ditches linebackers

Photographers' landscape work on display

After photographing more than 500 NFL football games and retiring from a 25-year marketing career with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Rod Hanna was ready for something new.

S. Routt district eyes Stagecoach site

The potential of a population boom in Stagecoach has South Routt School District officials working toward securing a school site there.

SunCove pre-plans approved

The developers of SunCove Village in Stagecoach can move ahead with their plans to build at least 25 homes, but their proposal for a convenience store has been put on hold.

Nightlife for June 18

Tonight "New Noises -- A Festival of New Stageworks" presents choreography by Takehiro Ueyama at 8 p.m. at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Tickets are $10. Call 879-7125.

Spots open for Xterra triathlon

There is time to sign up for the Xterra Off-road Triathlon competition.

Berry's best

Hometown favorite takes Haywhacker title

When he was younger, Paul Berry said he used to play his best golf when he didn't know the score.

Parking offenders get booted

The city is dusting off its boot in an attempt to step up efforts to get repeat parking offenders to pay their tickets.

The Record for June 18

Wednesday, June 16 1:57 a.m. A person complained about loud music from a party in the 3700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat's Aljanich on GOP ballot

Steamboat Springs resident and Navy veteran Matt Aljanich will compete against four Republicans on the party's Aug. 10 primary ballot for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Moffat Avenue making the grade

Now that Sierra View's developers have had a week to make adjustments, they expect the Oak Creek Town Board's last-minute changes for the planned subdivision's Moffat Avenue entrance to "work out fine," developer Dave Tweedy said.

Impact fee study targets roads for funding

Whether new developments in Stagecoach and Steamboat Lake will help pay for road improvements, emergency services and other needs could be determined by the end of the summer.

Wednesday, June 16

800 to attend Municipal League Conference

Elected government officials from across the state will descend on Steamboat Springs next week for the annual Colorado Municipal League Conference.

Schafer's resignation accepted

Hayden School District moves ahead with hiring process

The Hayden School Board unanimously accepted Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer's resignation Wednesday night.

Mustang-lovers come to town

Last Sunday, Bob Guy loaded his black 1999 GT Limited Edition Mustang convertible into a trailer at his home in Denver.

Top Juniors look to claim Haywhacker title

Moments before Collin Covault's opening tee shot bounced safely in the middle of the No. 10 fairway at the Haymaker Golf Course, the 16-year-old knew it was going to be a good day.

Golf case dismissed; no damages awarded

A golfer who hit a woman in the face with a golf ball while playing the first hole of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel Golf Course in 2000 was not negligent, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Owens talks tax law

Gov. Bill Owens said he was cautiously optimistic about the state's economy when he stopped in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday morning but noted reforms were needed in Colorado tax law.

Lightning starts Routt County's first significant fire

Routt County's first significant fire of the season started Monday, the same time that several other small fires were reported in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Oak Creek woman, 50, dies

Judith Kuchta stopped breathing, was flown to Denver

A 50-year-old Oak Creek woman who stopped breathing Tuesday night outside Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek died early Wednesday morning in a Denver hospital.

House catches fire in Dakota Ridge

Firefighters worked for nearly three hours Tuesday night to extinguish a house fire in Dakota Ridge.

News in brief

Yampavalley.info announces winner of logo contest

Spring Creek Trail to be closed during weekdays

A one-mile stretch will be closed weekdays until June 25 for logging on private land

A roughly one-mile stretch of Spring Creek Trail will be closed weekdays through June 25 so that private landowners can log the area.

The record

Tuesday, June 15 12:46 a.m. A man complained of people screaming and yelling for about two hours outside his house in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue. Officers could not locate the source of the noise.

Fish Creek Reservoir is full -- for now

The first two weeks of June have been kind to Steamboat Springs in terms of producing some cold fronts and afternoon cloudbursts that have conserved moisture in residential gardens.

Town Board will consider hotel plan

A landowner's first step toward developing a hotel and industrial business may be complete by the end of tonight's Town Board meeting.

2 arrested on drug charges

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug possession Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 near Rabbit Ears Pass.

Stagecoach's SunCove Village is on table

Plans for the first commercial development in Stagecoach, proposed as part of a 25-lot residential subdivision, will be heard again by the Routt County Planning Commission tonight.

Hiester inducted into Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester received two honors last week at the Lacrosse Foundation Banquet.

Tuesday, June 15

News briefs

Man seriously injured in U.S. Highway 40 rollover

Our view: The value of vocational education

The Steamboat Springs School District is a high-achieving district with strong standardized test scores and accountability ratings. A majority of the district's graduates, about 75 percent, go on to further their educations after high school.

They're not all strays

They're not all strays

Parents to bring concerns to board

Hayden School Board holding meeting tonight

A group of parents that has organized to discuss problems in the Hayden School District may address some of their concerns to the School Board tonight.

Hayden parents hold forum

Lines of communication open between parents, school district

Hayden parents, School Board members and administrators have taken the first steps toward quelling rumors and misunderstandings stemming from former Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer's resignation.

Ride the Rockies next week

Cycling event comes through Steamboat Springs on Tuesday

It was a mix of peer pressure and a Steamboat Springs-friendly schedule that got Susan Dreska into the 19th annual Ride the Rockies cycling event.

Justice center contractors pre-approved

Routt County commissioners will choose one of four pre-approved companies to build a 52,500-square-foot justice center.

The record

Monday, June 14 3:17 a.m. Officers checked on a woman's welfare in the 100 block of Mountain Village Circle. She was fine.

P'burg project finds builder

Routt County has chosen a contractor to build the new Phippsburg water treatment system, bringing closer to completion a project that has suffered numerous delays.

Steamboat swimmers second in Rangely

Behind impressive performances from several of its athletes, the Steamboat Springs swim team picked up a second-place finish at a Saturday meet in Rangely.

Working out details

First rodeo quickly approaching

Rodeo announcer John Shipley has been so busy delivering rack cards, programming scoreboards and taking care of last-minute details that he hasn't given much thought to what he will say when he steps behind the microphone for the first performance of the season.

No editorial headlines

Editorial comments and biases should remain on the editorial page.

Tip your servers

Tip your servers

Justice facility

Justice facility

Area teams have shot at baseball tourney

Triple Crown is expecting 120 youth teams to arrive later this week for the first baseball tournament of the summer.

Monday, June 14

Olympic options

Top Steamboat cyclists surprised by invitation

Earning an invitation to compete in the Team USA Selection Races in Redlands, Calf., is a lifelong goal for most elite cyclists.

Nonstop from Cincinnati

Delta to fly 757 weekly to Yampa Valley airport during the ski season

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has confirmed Delta Air Lines will begin flying a nonstop Saturday flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport into Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden this winter.

Blackmer vacation on table

Commissioners expected to grant easements for nonmotorized use

Blackmer Drive, which connects the Fairview neighborhood with Emerald Mountain, has long been a favorite of bikers, hikers and skiers.

Owens will be in town to meet with residents

Gov. Bill Owens and three of his cabinet members will stop in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday for a town meeting.

Man arrested after altercation with car

A 19-year-old Fort Collins man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly punched out the window of a 17-year-old's vehicle and showed him a pocketknife.

Rights-of-way rule discussed

Old federal rule governing roadways causes stir at counties conference

A report about a 150-year-old federal rule governing roadways got mixed reactions at a meeting of Colorado county representatives last week.

P'burg rollover sends two to the hospital

A single-car accident on Colorado Highway 131 near Phippsburg on Sunday sent the driver and passenger to the hospital.

Not dry enough for fire ban

But caution urged when using fire in and around Routt County

Officials from five counties will keep a watchful eye on fire conditions as they continue to hold off on putting a fire ban in place.

Greasewood Fire grows to 7,900 acres

Warm temperatures and low humidity are expected to continue to fuel a Meeker-area wildfire already feeding off an abundance of dry trees and brush.

Rain, hail don't stop champs

Resident tennis players take home wins

The noise created by the rain and hail hitting the outside of the tennis bubble Saturday was so loud that players inside couldn't hear the calls on the court during the Intermountain Tennis Association's Senior Sectional Championships.

Sunday, June 13

Stagecoach set to play

Town gets its first park

Stagecoach is getting its first park this summer, thanks to the cooperative efforts of Coyote Run developer Stephen Caragol and the Stagecoach Property Owners Association.

'Diligent in wanting to be together'

Mays mark 50 years with 5 generations

Weddings and anniversaries and birthdays, oh my! This was a weekend for landmark celebrations among one of Steamboat's founding families.

Briefs for June 14

SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center is celebrating National Hand Therapy Week with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free paraffin wax treatments and education on prevention of common hand injuries and conditions. Free hand injury screening by appointment, call 871-2370.

A climb for the ages

Riders make grueling bike ride a success

Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, rises 29,035 feet into the sky. In slightly more than 24 hours -- from noon Saturday to just after noon Sunday -- Henry Horrocks climbed roughly 36,000 vertical feet on Mount Werner on his bike.

Tom Ross: Beware of bears wearing bike tights

Rio Grande 24 Hours of Steamboat bike race challenges limits of human endurance

The Rio Grande 24 Hours of Steamboat mountain bike race was a grueling test of endurance and human will. And that was without the bears. The race, which took place at the Steamboat Ski Area during the weekend, required athletes to ride their bikes along a demanding loop that climbed 2,100 feet before dropping cyclists the same distance along its 10.25-mile distance.

The Record for June 14

12:28 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 300 block of Cherry Drive. Officers issued a warning.

Saturday, June 12

Transactions for June 2 - 7

SILVER SPUR DEVELOPMENT, LLC to BARGREN, ANDREW D. and BARGREN, NICOLE for SILVERVIEW ESTATES, FILING NO. 2 Lot: 80 - $113,000

Ranch house mixes old, new

Renovated home, cabin and fishing ponds for sale

Living on a ranch used to be more about hard work than luxury.

John F. Russell: Race takes endurance to new level

Twenty-four hours. For me, 24 hours is pretty uneventful.

The Record for June 13

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.

Biking the day away

24-hour race ends at noon today

It was seven minutes before the inaugural Rio Grande 24 Hours of Steamboat was scheduled to start, and each racer responsible for the first lap -- or all the laps in the case of the solo riders -- was at the start line.

South Routt calendar

Monday, June 14 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Letters: Sensationalism

Where is the boundary between responsible reporting and sensationalism? When the Steamboat Today chose to run the photograph of Max Knight being carried in a body bag, was that responsible journalism or sensationalism -- something to attract attention and draw readers?

School days

Dombey's classroom a kayak

Kevin Dombey's life has become a highlight video set to the tune of cascading waterfalls and the alternative band Weezer.

Wildflowers emerge at the falls

Everyone goes to Fish Creek Falls in June, and for good reason. The waterfall in the Routt National Forest is spectacular this week, and the mosquitoes have yet to become a nuisance. But the real show this weekend is a cascade of wildflowers.

Mini-camps, big payoffs

The Humble Ranch gives children a reason to leap out of bed in the morning

Dragging 7-year-old James Dickson out of bed on school days is a yearlong struggle, said his mom, Babette.

Nite's Rest changes hands

Development group buys motel from Stillwell family

Jim Cook and his group of investors envision turning the Nite's Rest Motel into new retail and residential units

Price war brings some gas prices below state average

Motorists here who have resigned themselves to paying more than $2 a gallon for gasoline might want to look for an excuse to visit the city's southern edge where the Shop 'n' Hop store is selling regular unleaded for $1.85.9. That's about a quarter less a gallon than many gas stations and convenience stores in Steamboat Springs, and a penny less than the lowest price AAA of Colorado could find in Denver on Wednesday.

Business briefs for June 13

Bob Kauffmann has been named manager of the new First National Bank of the Rockies in Steamboat Springs.

Sound off

No Mallard Fillmore

Class notes

Schumacher honored with CSOC scholarship

Jackie L. Stribling (1946 -- 2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Jackie L. Stribling died June 8, 2004, in Tyler, Texas. He was 57.

Jason Ray Hollister (1968 -- 2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Jason Ray Hollister died June 6, 2004, in Malabar, Fla. He was 35.

Letter: Unnamed veterans

On Memorial Day, American Legion Post No. 44 presented Certificates of Appreciation to surviving Routt County World War II veterans. Only a couple of veterans' names were even mentioned in the follow-up article by the Pilot & Today -- the rest were lumped under "about 50."

Josephine Smith Angle (1900 -- 2004)

Longtime Oak Creek resident Josephine Angle passed away June 1, 2004, at Doak Walker Care Center. She was 103.

E. Jeanne Swanburg (1933 -- 2004)

Former Yampa resident Jeanne Swanburg passed away May 31, 2004, in Cañon City. She was 70.

Cowboy boots and puffy skirts

Greenridge Mountaineers keep square dancing alive and well in Yampa

The aging Masonic Hall in downtown Yampa is a tall, narrow, white-shingled building sporting a bright red door. It sits quietly behind the library and next to the 1907 jail on a dead-end, dirt street. Inside, the wooden floors are worn smooth, an upright piano stands along one wall, and long tables are covered with white tablecloths and blue gingham runners.

Our View: The tax King didn't get it

The Steamboat Springs School Board's decision to reject a $265,000 gift from the Education Fund Board underscores the integrity of the Fund Board process.

C.J. Mucklow: How's grasshopper season going?

Q. Where are the grasshoppers now? A. There always have been grasshoppers in Routt County. Just in the past few years they have increased their numbers to infestation levels. Reports of severe infestations (where grasshopper numbers exceed at least 20 per square yard) this year have been found in the Hilton Gulch area, Long Gulch and south of Milner.

Police get Tasers, defibrillators

One thousand volts of electricity restart a heart and can save a person's life. Fifty thousand volts temporarily paralyze a person's muscles in painful contractions. Steamboat Springs police officers soon will have the power to do both.

Down by the river

Spectators gather for Yampa contests

Amidst the roar of the river and the roar of applause, competitors kayaked, rowed and doggie-paddled their way to victory Saturday and today in the 24th annual Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs.

Lafarge conflict will re-emerge

The Army Corps of Engineers has a preliminary opinion of how Lafarge's proposed gravel pit in the south valley affects wetlands.

Mortgage rates steady, but poised to go higher

The Federal Reserve Board's plans to raise interest rates at the end of June will affect mortgage rates, which have remained relatively stable since late May.

Nite's Rest changes hands

Jim Cook and his group of investors envision turning the Nite's Rest Motel into new retail and residential units. Cindy and Chris Stillwell were happy to find buyers for their motel, at southwest corner of Sixth and Lincoln, who understand they weren't so much selling a business as a prime downtown development site.

College not only choice for grads

Steamboat Springs School District officials look into vocational training

One-quarter of graduating Steamboat Springs School District students choose not to attend a two- or four-year college or university.

Friday, June 11

Off to a fast start

Steamboat swimmers win Rifle meet

The Steamboat Springs swim team's season is successfully under way with a win in Rifle and other top finishes in Grand Valley during the past two weeks.

Tax policy board looks at city's budget policy

The Tax Policy Advisory Board discussed how the city establishes its target budget numbers at a meeting Thursday.

Building permits for June 1-4

Steamboat Springs Jon & Deborah Galbraith 95 Hillside Drive Owner/Contractor Single-family residence $920,692

Mason lodge marks 100 years

George Washington, John Wayne and Buzz Aldrin share something in common. All three were Masons, and today, Steamboat Springs' Masons celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the city's Freemasonry Elk Mountain Lodge No. 118.

Briefs for June 12

For its second season, Seminars at Steamboat has planned two speakers to discuss public policy issues of current interest. On Aug. 6, Strobe Talbott will speak on "Foreign Policy in an Election Year." On Aug. 12, E.J. Dionne will speak on "Why the American Electorate is So Polarized." Both seminars begin at 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall. A $10 donation is suggested for each speech.

The Record for June 12

12:33 a.m. Security Plus complained about noise from a party in the 3000 block of Village Drive. Officers warned the party attendees.

Grasshoppers counted

Results show bugs probably won't be as bad this year

The first official count of grasshoppers in the county suggests infestations this summer may not be as bad as in previous summers.

Oak Creek sisters cut their locks with love

The Garrity sisters have new, short hairdos for the summer -- and children suffering from incurable, long-term hair loss will thank them for it.

Nontraditional program to help kids

The traditional public education system is sometimes like a train that keeps chugging down the tracks, even when some students fall off mid-journey, Steamboat Springs High School teacher Chad Bowdre said.

Thursday, June 10

Sierra View one step closer to building

The Oak Creek Town Board approved the conceptual plan, annexation agreement, final plans and an agreement with Yampa Valley Electric Association for the Sierra View subdivision on Thursday night, moving one step closer to breaking ground in Oak Creek.

Cheap thrills

Free summer concert series returns to Steamboat Springs

Roll out the lawn chairs, the picnic blankets and your dancing shoes. It's free concert season in the Yampa Valley once again.

Jennie Lay: African balletomane

When it comes to performance art, ballet is my favorite. Bring on the tutus, the sparkling tiaras and the long, fake eyelashes. I never tire of them. It's gripping. It's romantic. It's dramatic.

Triple Crown kicks off

Summer tournament under way

There will be no local representation in this weekend's Triple Crown Fastpitch Softball Tournament, but that doesn't change how excited many of the nearly 120 teams are to be taking part in the Steamboat Springs event.

Planners approve River Walk changes

City Planning Commission members said they liked the changes developers made to the River Walk project at Thursday's pre-application hearing.

Planners weigh rezoning

Request allowing hotel, garden center sent to Town Board

The Hayden Planning Commission recommended the Town Board approve a rezoning request allowing for the construction of a hotel chain and industrial business on the west end of Hayden.

Airport Commission defends report

A draft report from the Yampa Valley Airport Commission shows "overwhelming" evidence that the Steamboat Springs Airport is beneficial to the area, Airport Commission members said Thursday night.

Sailor off to nationals

Speech team member to compete in Salt Lake City

Patrick Kuczkowski takes a deep breath, looks out to his audience and begins.

Dance in the streets Saturday

Two sculptures are going up in flames in honor of The Center for Movement Arts' first anniversary Saturday night.

Water enthusiasts gather for festival

River rats and whitewater enthusiasts will gather once again this weekend in the spirit of good times and the wildness of the Yampa River for the 24th annual Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs.

Humphrey gets four years' probation

The 38-year-old Steamboat Springs woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $7,000 from Go-Fer Foods last November was sentenced to four years of probation in district court Thursday and will have to pay back the money she stole.

Rugby Club off to unusual start

Two matches into the season and the members of the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club find themselves in a somewhat unusual position.

Night life for June 11

Big Metal Rooster plays at 10 p.m. at Old Town Pub, Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Call 879-2101

Second tax payment due soon

People who decided to pay their property taxes in two installments should be aware the second payment is due in less than a week.

Briefs for June 11

A wildfire outside of Meeker grew to about 7,200 acres Thursday, from the 6,800 acres reported Wednesday.

The Record for June 11

5:28 a.m. A false burglar alarm was reported in the 200 block of Anglers Drive.

Illustrator to share his tricks

Tom Vroman's paintings and illustrations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris. One of his works is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Bike trails closed for race

Steamboat gondola begins summer hours today

Those with a taste for adventure sports can strap on a helmet and try riding a specialized scooter down the trails of the Steamboat Ski Area this summer.

$1K reported stolen from lodge

Police are investigating a possible theft at Eagle Ridge Lodge and Townhomes.

Wednesday, June 9

Parents discuss Schafer decision

Tearful questions and pointed demands marked a special Hayden School Board meeting held Wednesday night to discuss high school Principal Nick Schafer's resignation.

Pushing the limits

Prichard breaks course record in hill climb

By the time Ian Prichard reached the final steep pitch of the Thunderhead Hill Climb, his legs were burning, his heart was pounding and his body was screaming "stop!"

Lynx second, qualify for World Series

Wooden bats usually are reserved for major leaguers, but a tournament in Grand Junction last weekend gave the young members of the Northwest Colorado Lynx the opportunity to pull out smaller versions of the wooden bats.

Charter school loses director

Mary Bramer's contract at North Routt Community is terminated

After three years in operation, the North Routt Community Charter School is shifting its focus from that of a start-up school to long-term viability and success.

Ski area exec: State market share grew

Steamboat Ski Area has slightly more than 1 million skier visits

The Steamboat Ski Area hung onto the million-skier visit total, and resort officials expect the ski area to realize a modest increase in its overall share of the Colorado ski market in spite of a winter that seemed to evaporate in the heat of March.

Fire grows from 350 acres to 6,800 acres

A wildfire outside of Meeker has grown to about 6,800 acres, from the 350 acres reported Monday.

Understanding rodeo terms

To help understand what modern day rodeos are all about, here are some terms and phrases commonly used during the competition that might help spectators understand the sport a little more:

Board works hard to put on a good show

Directors not afraid to get hands dirty

The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is a summer event, but putting the award-winning series together is a year-round affair for this dedicated group of rodeo-loving volunteers.

New School District logo is near completion

Draft of the logo, designed by two students, unveiled for School Board members Monday

The Steamboat Springs School District is getting a new look.

Contractor proves she has right stuff

Rodeoing is bred into the bucking broncs and bulls at the Steamboat Springs Rodeo as deeply as it is bred into the woman providing them, stock contractor Dona Vold Larsen of the Broken Arrow Rodeo Company.

Living the cowboy life

Nestled in the Yampa Valley hours from the closest interstate or shopping mall, Steamboat Springs is considered an isolated mountain town by many. But to rodeo cowboys, the location is ideal.

Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund lends cowboys a hand up

For a rodeo cowboy, getting hurt is just another part of the game. Dealing with concussions, fractured ribs and torn knee ligaments is commonplace and more than a few rodeo cowboys compete with injuries that would keep athletes in other sports on the bench.

Padgett's extension denied

School Board: Longtime property owner must vacate by Aug. 1

Bill Padgett's request to remain two extra years on a property his family has owned for more than half a century was denied by the Steamboat Springs School Board this week.

Steamboat Springs doctors volunteer to help cowboys

If you name the injury, saddle bronc rider Michael Sisk said, he has sustained it.

A novice's guide to rodeo events

Following is a guide to the rodeo events that are held during the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series:

River Walk on Planners' agenda

Changes have been made to the controversial downtown River Walk project, incorporating the wishes of the City Council and Planning Commission, applicant Jim Cook said.

Mission 19 at Mahogany Ridge

Denver-based Mission 19 will entertain Steamboat Springs tonight with Ryan McConeghy and Joe Nolan's self-described style of "catchy hooks, melodies and harmonies."

Fire conditions are serious

Whether this fire season is going to be a bad one is not something that can't be predicted until November, when all the fires have come and gone, Kent Foster said.

Talented show up for tennis tourney

Some of the most talented players in the Intermountain Tennis Association will be on hand this weekend as the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs hosts one of the summer's biggest events.

The Record for June 10

Tuesday, June 8 1:08 a.m. Officers arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40.

Veterinarians available at all performances

Cowboys aren't the only ones who get hurt when hooves start flying in the rodeo ring. Although it's rare, the horses and bulls they're riding also can get hurt.

Lancaster wins all-around for 2003

Most of the action at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series takes place in front of the roaring crowd at Brent Romick Arena, but some of the most memorable moments from the 2003 season happened a few hours after the final performance at the Ore House at Pine Grove Restaurant.

No homicide charges for Mack

Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hulbert said homicide charges will not be filed against a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man who told officials he had killed his friend.

Money stolen from condo association

More than $200 was reported stolen from a cash drawer and security safe Monday at the West Condominium Association at 2160 Mount Werner Circle.

Sierra View subdivision closer to approval

The Oak Creek Town Board is expected to approve annexation and plans for the proposed Sierra View subdivision tonight, though officially completing the process will have to wait until paperwork is completed.

Award honors legendary area cowboy Pat Mantle

When Pat Mantle worked as a pickup man in the rodeo arena in Steamboat Springs, some rodeo fans were more intent on watching Mantle work than the cowboys riding broncs in the arena.

Clowns entertain, protect

Rodeo clown Keith Isley warns spectators that "the first time you see my act, you may think it's alcohol related -- but it's not."

Variety of rodeo entertainers on tap

Four new specialty acts will wow spectators throughout the summer during the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

News in brief

Oak Creek Clean-Up day is Saturday at football field

Tuesday, June 8

The Record for June 9

Monday, June 7, 2004 1:14 a.m. A glass front door was broken at Mountain Resorts on the 2100 block of Resort Drive. Officers are investigating.

Board calls special meeting

Public invited to share thoughts on Schafer resignation

The Hayden School Board is holding a special meeting tonight to discuss Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer's resignation.

Mosquito traps going up

Insects will be counted, separated by species and tested for West Nile

Traps to catch mosquitoes for West Nile virus testing are being installed across the county this week.

Our View: VNA should be applauded

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's decision to acquire and operate the award-winning The Haven assisted living facility should first be applauded, and then supported. Last week, the VNA signed a farsighted collaborative agreement with West Routt Rural Health Council Inc., The Haven's owners, to pursue funding to cover the center's debt and future services in the expectation that The Haven eventually will merge with the VNA.

Briefs for June 9

Volunteers needed for immunization fund-raiser

Board talks about Schafer

Public invited to comment on principal's resignation

The Hayden School Board is holding a special meeting tonight to discuss Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer's resignation.

Huck Finn Day draws big crowd

Warm weather made for perfect fishing conditions in Dry Creek during Huck Finn Day on Saturday.

County brainstorms 2005 goals, opportunities

Routt County's top goals for 2005 include having an effective and accountable organization, building loyalty with employees and continuing to build a new justice center.

Duty calls businessman

Mountian High Technology 'rescued' by competitor after Marine called

John Rezzonico thought he'd have to close his Steamboat Springs business when the Marine Corps called and told him he would be required to report for active duty.

District budgets nearly $16M

The Steamboat Springs School Board approved a balanced, preliminary budget for the 2004-05 school year at its meeting Monday. A final budget won't be approved until October, when the district knows exactly how many students are enrolled and how much money it will receive from the state's school finance formula.

First National Bank adds vice president

First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, Routt County's only locally owned bank, has announced the addition of Senior Vice President/Senior Lender P.J. Wharton.

Cattle-fitting clinic scheduled

Expert to show 4-H participants finer art of showmanship

It takes a lot of work to prepare any animal for show, but cattle are among the most difficult because of their size.

Summer programs keep learning going

School may be out, but that's no reason to slouch.

Expert: Yampa Valley faces drought

Thursday water forum draws large audience to Hayden High School

Steamboat Springs almost is certainly headed into another year of drought, but water conditions shouldn't be as bad as in the summer of 2002.

Planning weighs Hayden hotel chain

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday will consider a rezoning application for a hotel and garden center proposed for the west end of town.

Lynx win Triple Crown tournament

The Northwest Colorado Lynx won its first tournament of the year, outscoring the opposition 71-11 in a Division 2 Triple Crown Tournament held in Fort Collins last weekend.

Knight died of natural causes

A 30-year-old Steamboat Springs man found dead in a tent near State Bridge Lodge last month died of natural heart failure.

April sales tax up 4 percent

City sales tax revenue increased by almost 4 percent in April, largely because of the purchase expendable goods.

John Whittum: A native voice

This past week I had the pleasure of reading an excellent story about kids who go to school in the town of Yampa and about some of the thoughts that occupy their minds. A fine piece of writing and full of pertinent observations of daily life, it gave the reader an authentic picture of children who were growing up in the ranch country of South Routt.

Christi Ruppe: Hooray, council

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley would like to applaud the Steamboat Springs City Council for passing regulations to limit large retail businesses within the city.

Olympians garner wins

Four Routt County athletes win awards at Special Olympics

Considering that Joe Arnold raced to two gold medals at last Saturday's Special Olympic Summer Games in Greeley, it is easy to understand why his teammates and coaches call him "Cheetah Joe."

Fager steps into bank manager job

After 20 years in the banking industry, taking the branch manager job at First National Bank of the Rockies in Hayden was a natural step for Tami Fager.

24-hour race just days away

Katie Lindquist's responsibilities as one of the founders of the inaugural Rio Grande 24 Hours of Steamboat will prevent her from competing this weekend.

Monday, June 7

The Record

Sunday, June 6 1 a.m. A vehicle reportedly ran into the entrance of a parking garage in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court. No one was injured.

Up for the Challenge

Thunderhead Hill Climb tests bikers' fitness

Though the race covers a little less than five miles, the terrain in the annual Thunderhead Hill Climb is a stiff test for riders who are brave enough step to the starting line Wednesday.

Parents question district's commitment

Group is concerned about how Montessori program is being designed

Members of the group of parents that pushed the Steamboat Springs School District to create a Montessori option for area students are questioning the district's commitment to making that program a success.

School Board rejects gift

$265,000 would have bought N. Routt charter school land

The group of investors that owns the North Routt Community Charter School property appears to be running out of options and time after the Steamboat Springs School Board rejected a $265,000 gift to purchase the land in Clark.

News in Brief

Stahoviak recovering from third surgery at home

Search called off for two men

Canoe found capsized at Stagecoach Reservoir prompted search

Stagecoach State Park employees have called off a search that was launched Monday after an overturned canoe was discovered in Stagecoach Reservoir.

Smoke is from fire near Meeker

The smoke that drifted into Steamboat Springs on Monday was from a fire about 13 miles west of Meeker.

Police: Man hid guns along Spring Creek

A Louisville man was arrested Saturday morning after police said he had hidden two firearms about 5 yards off of Spring Creek Trail.

Hoppers hatching in county

But grasshopper density appears to be 'way less' than last year

Grasshoppers at epidemic levels are starting to appear in isolated areas across the county.

Learn to use native plants as remedies

Mid-June is prime time for harvesting many leaves and blossoms that are used in herbal medicine, according to Steamboat Springs herbalist Mary O'Brien.

Hoppers vulnerable right now

Biological and chemical insecticides readily available

Thousands of grasshoppers the size of pencil points are beginning to hatch in yards and greenbelts in Steamboat Springs this week. For homeowners, it's now or never to kill them.

Sunday, June 6

Briefs for June 7

U.S. Forest Service mulls special-use permits The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of considering the renewal of special-use permits for three businesses that provide public recreational opportunities in the Routt National Forest. The Sunset Ranch provides summer pack trips and fall hunting camps in the Swamp Park area of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Access is from the Red Dirt Trailhead on Routt County Road 129.

13th street noise issue may be resolved

For four years, Jamie Walsh said his family and neighbors have been disturbed by the sounds of trucks backing up, idling and sounding their airbrakes at all times of the day and night.

Brokers big and small find niche in market

Steamboat sees growing number of Realtors

Plenty of "For Sale" signs in one market usually means one of two things: People want out of a community or they want in.

Salazar visits Steamboat

As the Democratic front-runner in the Third Congressional District race, John Salazar said he is not going to become complacent as Republican candidates continue to enter a crowding field.

Marathon races a success

Early morning runs are nothing to Lakewood's Steve Krebs. As a husband and father of three young girls, Krebs makes sure to finish his training before the family wakes up.

The Record for June 7

Saturday, June 5 2:12 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving after running into the Chadwick construction site in the 2700 block of Village Drive.

Resident wins with sculptures

Local artist Leo Atkinson calls his sculptures "nontraditional." Jurors at the 17th annual Boulder Creek Festival called them "winners."

Overlook Park enters planning process

The Developers of Overlook Park have entered the city planning process to create 154 residential lots on 59 acres in the northwest corner of Steamboat Springs.

Mixed-use project to fill Yampa Street void

The lonely space on the corner of 11th and Yampa Streets soon will be filled with upscale townhomes and businesses.

Tom Ross: No guarantees Lake Powell will fill

Tree rings suggest Western droughts can last for 20 years or more

Among the many weaknesses displayed by humans is an inability to think in timeframes much beyond the boundaries of our lives. Personally, I often cannot think beyond what's for dinner tonight.

Saturday, June 5

Flowers, art at new roadside nursery

There's a new welcome mat at the south entrance to Main Street, Oak Creek.

Tour of things to come

City, county look at future west of Steamboat

More than a dozen city and county officials stood Thursday in the center of what has been designated the heart of development west of Steamboat Springs.

County brainstorms goals, opportunities

Routt County's top goals for 2005 include having an effective and accountable organization, building loyalty with employees and continuing to build a new justice center.

Running as a family

Steamboat families take to the roads in today's marathon, races

Angela Nilsen is getting married in August and wanted to tone up and get in shape for her big day, so she decided to run the Steamboat Marathon. She is dragging her younger sister, Amanda, on the 26.2-mile run with her.

Steamboat residents reflect on Reagan

News of former President Ronald Reagan's death reached Sen. Jack Taylor and Routt County Republican Party secretary Jennifer Schubert-Akin as they drove home from Saturday's state party convention in Denver.

Our View: Regulating a moving Target

The Steamboat Springs City Council is to be commended for taking a positive step toward managing the pace of retail growth, but as council members know, much work is yet to be done, and the most difficult discussions lie ahead.

Soundoff for June 6

RICD wrong Steamboat's attempt to grab huge amounts of water at the expense of the rest of Routt County can be deemed truly obnoxious, especially considering it's for the benefit of a few world-class kayakers.

Paula Stephenson: School response

Several years ago the Steamboat Springs School District started down a path to build on the success of our educational system. The idea was to look at the district as a whole and to find ways in which the organization could be improved upon to create a system that a) provides an exceptional learning environment for all of the children in the district, b) turns out confident, self-assured life-long learners, c) attracts and retains an unparalled staff and d) is greater than the sum of its parts.

An early season backpacking adventure

Early season backpacking can mean bad weather, trails covered with snow and mud that make them difficult to find, and cool, cloudy skies. But, for those who go prepared, it also can mean an unbeatable adventure.

Donald "Dinty" George Moore: 1927-2004

Longtime Oak Creek resident Donald "Dinty" Moore passed away May 17, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Gerald Rudolph: Blood for oil

The war in Iraq is being waged in large part because that country is the second largest producer of oil in the world; second only to Saudi Arabia. The American public is partly responsible for the war because it just can't seem to wean itself from the use of gas-guzzling vehicles. If Americans would insist that Detroit manufacture cars that could get much better mileage per gallon and that intensive research be made to find out how to use alternative forms of energy, we wouldn't have to be dependent of Middle Eastern oil, and we wouldn't have to drill on our own public lands. It is not enough, though, to just contact the powers that be in Detroit; it also is necessary to demand that Congress agree to take the same stand.

Rob Bannister: A misleading analogy

It seems to me that Mr. Tom Ross has tried to create parallels that do not exist between World War II and the war in Iraq.

The Record for June 6

12:22 a.m. A resident reported a group of men being disorderly in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Officers issued a warning.

The jail report for June 6

Saturday, May 29 Joseph Paul Lichnovsky, 39, Oak Creek -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se, child abuse (two counts), speeding, no insurance, no seat belt (Colorado State Patrol)

Esther May Soter: 1928-2004

Former Steamboat Springs resident Esther May Soter died May 23, 2004, in Fort Collins. She was 76. Esther was born Jan. 12, 1928, in New Raymer to Charles Benjamin Howe and Sarah Emily Preeo. The family later moved to Yampa, and then to Steamboat.

South Routt Calendar for June 6

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

Lowell Whiteman graduates 'heroes'

Alex Weissner may want to be president of the United States someday, adores Harry Potter and is described by a teacher as a "delightfully fiendish heroine." Jordan Whitacre lived in France for a year and is fluent in three languages. Travis Walker made it on the dean's list, rock climbs and has traveled to Africa and Mongolia.

Transactions May 24-June 1

EDWARDS, GLENN R. and GIFFELS, REAGAN S. to GIFFELS, DONALD C. and EDWARDS, JALEEN W. for BADGER MEADOWS SUBD F2 Lot: 28 -- $203,000

Friday, June 4

Briefs for June 5

Oak Street Performing Arts Company will host its third annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. Thirty-two spaces are available and cost $35 and $45, depending on size. Proceeds from the flea market will go toward production costs for the annual show and performing arts scholarships for local youths. For information on spaces, call 871-1880.

Special Olympians head to state

Eight Routt County athletes to compete in Greeley this weekend

More than 1,000 athletes from Colorado, including eight from Routt County, will gather in Greeley this weekend for Special Olympics Colorado's 2004 Summer Games.

New chapter for program

Summer reading program targets teenagers

Getting teenagers to read can be hard enough during the school year. Imagine the uphill battle librarians Currie Meyer and Alison Lambart face when trying to motivate teens to read during the summer months.

Electric company refunds $2.38M

Smile if you see a bright pink envelope in your mail this month. The envelope probably contains a check from Yampa Valley Electric Association refunding members capital earned in 1990 and 1991.

Salazar to be in town Sunday

Third Congressional District candidate John Salazar will be shaking hands Sunday morning at the finish line of the Steamboat Springs Marathon.

The Record for June 5

12:06 a.m. A man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Melted snow aids river flow

Daytime high temperatures in the mid-70s have reignited spring runoff and boosted water flow in the Yampa River through town.

Summer tourism begins

More than 7,000 visitors will check into Steamboat lodging properties tonight, and the trend promises to continue through June.

Thursday, June 3

Resident displays Nicaraguan projects

When Steamboat Springs native Cody Reed showed up in Jilnotepe, Nicaragua, to teach high school last summer, her students lacked desks, books, pencils and paper. But as the curriculum worked out, the color of daily life and a little introspection would be the most valuable tools they'd need for summer school with Reed.

Decision on subdivision tabled

The Oak Creek Town Board tabled a final decision regarding the fate of the proposed 70-unit Sierra View Subdivision during a special session Thursday night. The board will vote for or against formal approval and annexation of the subdivision at its regular scheduled meeting next Thursday.

Writing workshops abound in summer

Eleven mature writers gathered around a water bottle- and manuscript-strewn "roundtable" at the Depot Art Center last week. The makeshift roundtable was two long conference tables that were pushed together to create one large square. The writers were surrounded by a mounting pile of donations for Saturday's Arts Council rummage sale, but they were undaunted by any clutter or commotion. The group was engrossed in each other's readings, intent on sharing constructive comments and critiques about character development, plot, clarity and flow.

Computer recycling event held Saturday

When the Computer Recycling Roundup was held two years ago, more than 1,700 pieces totalling 22.5 tons of electronic equipment were collected.

Growth Committee having trouble sprouting

Managing the city's growth has long been a divisive issue, so city staffers are baffled as to why they have yet to see any interest in joining a committee to discuss it.

Briefs for June 4

Shabby Chic sale Saturday The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is holding its annual "Shabby Chic Garage Sale" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Art Center. All proceeds benefit local programs for the arts.

Nightlife for June 4

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

Artist horses around

Michelle Ideus saves her junk mail.

Yampa Valley faces drought

Steamboat Springs is almost certainly headed into another year of drought, but water conditions shouldn't be as bad as in the summer of 2002.

Proposal reduces project process

The Hayden Town Board approved an ordinance Thursday night that will reduce the review process for minor subdivision projects.

The Record for June 4

Wednesday, June 2 8:46 a.m. A car in the 50 block of Seventh Street reportedly was damaged by another vehicle that fled the scene sometime Tuesday night.

Lynx win tournament

The Northwest Colorado Lynx won its first tournament of the year, outscoring the opposition 71-11 in a Division 2 Triple Crown Tournament held in Fort Collins last weekend.

Physician assistant to work in Oak Creek

South Routt Medical Center has gained back a physician assistant, but it may lose a doctor.

Steamboat Springs looking for new coaches

Steamboat Springs Athletics Director Richard Lee and the other members of the district administration who oversee searches for high school coaches plan to have a busy summer.

School district retires 7

This fall will have a strange feel for Winston Walker.

Jennie Lay: On toilet paper and graduation

High school graduations are funny events. I went to two of them last weekend. One was urban; one was rural. Neither was in the Yampa Valley.

Chairlift to be replaced

The old Burgess Creek chairlift has seen more than three decades of service at the Steamboat Ski Area, but the winter of 2003-04 was its last.

'A Musical Journey' shows

There's no rest for Steamboat Springs' flourishing young ballerinas. Instead, they are getting an artistic pause -- the chance to perform something different.

Wednesday, June 2

Fund Board OKs $265K gift

Money would be used to purchase charter school building

After considerable debate Wednesday night, the Education Fund Board approved a gift of $265,000 to the Steamboat Springs School District for the purchase of the North Routt Community Charter School building and property.

Tax committee reports its progress

A tax policy committee appointed by the city has uncovered potential revenue sources and investigated "pink elephants" but isn't ready to make any recommendations to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

On your marks

Steamboat Marathon is Sunday

The 23rd annual Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K doesn't start until Sunday, but race director Paul Sachs has seen out-of-town runners out and about.

Hayden principal resigns

Schafer cites philosophical differences as reason for leaving

Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer resigned Friday after accepting a principal position in La Veta, where he said his philosophy "will be a better fit."

Stabbing case goes to district

A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs resident arrested on charges oftabbing a man waived his right for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, binding his case over to District Court to be heard July 2.

The Record for June 3

Tuesday, June 1 2:22 a.m. Two suspicious people were reported peering in car windows in the 200 block of Mountain Village Circle. Upon investigation, officers did not discover any illegal conduct.

Resident eyes Congress seat

Aljanich, who's stationed at Pentagon, will run to replace McInnis

After 18 years in the Navy, Steamboat Springs resident Matt Aljanich appears ready to shift his focus to politics.

Briefs for June 3

Three-vehicle accident leaves one injured One person was injured in a three-vehicle accident that tied up traffic on Lincoln Avenue about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Stagecoach sees subdivision request

Another chapter in Stagecoach's long history of bankruptcy and stalled development could come to a close within the next few weeks, as the Mountain Air Company brings a proposed land preservation subdivision through the county planning process.

Brent Rowan wins second Guitarist of the Year award

Academy of Country Music recognizes Steamboat man

Brent Rowan, a part-time Steamboat Springs resident, was selected as the Academy of Country Music's Guitarist of the Year during the music association's 34th annual awards ceremony last week. The prestigious award, which he won previously in 1989, acknowledges the success of Rowan's entire body of work.

Upper Yampa motion won't be considered

The Colorado Water Conservation Board will not consider the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District's request to set a limit on the city's recreational water right.

Tuesday, June 1

VNA, Haven plan merge

The future of Routt County's only assisted living center is looking brighter.

Our view: Bringing heritage to life

Northwest Colorado isn't doing all it could to seize upon the growing segment of the tourism industry known as "cultural and heritage travel." That was one of several important messages that came out of Economic Summit 2004 last week.

Fischer reinstated by state

was 'unreasonably harsh' verdictCourt: Disbarment

Hayden attorney Mark Fischer once again is eligible to practice law.

Steamboat resident Gooding dies at 54

Tyler Gates Gooding inherited more than a surname steeped in Routt County history; he also shared his relatives' passion for the mountains of Northwest Colorado and its world-class skiing traditions.

Totally technique

Racing season starts well

Winston de Wardt has a racing secret that he's not sharing.

Class of 2004 says goodbye

There are perks to having a small graduating class.

Huck Finn Day is Saturday

School is out, and it's time for Hayden kids to trade their loafers and books for cut-offs and fishing poles.

Board to streamline project review

The Hayden Town Board plans to add a minor subdivision ordinance to Hayden's city code at its Thursday meeting.

The Record for June 2

Monday, May 31

County contracts to have dirt moved

A contract for dirt work at the site of the county's proposed justice center has been awarded to low bidder, Connell Resources.

Police investigate shipping mix-up

The Steamboat Springs Police reported fraud could be involved in an incident in which a man received three to four computers and clothing from a Nigerian address.

Westwater, Kien eye ballot

Republican submits petition; Libertarian nominated

Bea Westwater likely will join the list of county commissioner candidates after submitting a petition to run as a Republican for the District 1 seat.

Big-box ordinance OK'd

The City Council approved an ordinance regulating large retail stores but with the caveat it continue working on the ordinance during the next six months.

Former council president honored

Former City Council President Kevin Bennett was awarded the Steamboat Springs Heritage Award on Tuesday for his work with building Centennial Hall and preserving open space.

Water forum held Thursday

Streams and rivers in the Yampa Valley were flowing far below normal levels for June 1 on Tuesday, raising questions about the water supply for farms, towns and recreation.

News in Brief

Goodbye party planned for assistant police chief

The Haven, VNA plan merger

Organizations sign collaboration plan to expand valley's senior services

The future of Routt County's only assisted living center is looking brighter.