Stories for March 2004

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Wednesday, March 31

Quite a comeback

A broken collarbone couldn't slow Perricone

Typically, the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine Championships would signal the end of the ski season for ski racer Lisa Perricone.

WSC skiers save best for last

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's alpine men's team saved their best skiing performance for the final day of the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine Skiing Championships.

Steamboatgains from experience

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team didn't pick up a win at the Border Wars in Grand Junction on March 25 through 27, but all was not lost in the trip south.

Sailors have new football coach

Former varsity assistant Aaron Finch takes job

Aaron Finch was named head coach of the Steamboat Springs football team Tuesday, ending the school district's two-month search to fill the vacancy left by longtime coach Mark Drake.

Cardboard race a classic for Steamboat residents

Saturday's 24th annual race entries can be made with only cardboard, tape, glue, string and paint

According to Channing Reynolds, the secret to success in the 24th annual Cardboard Classic is "extreme amounts of duct tape."

Candidates answer questions at forum

Hayden resident Sam Haslem said the time to talk to an elected official is before the election. And with Election Day set for Tuesday, he and other concerned Hayden residents participated in an open-question forum with the candidates Wednesday night.

Oak Creek gets Main Street grant

Oak Creek's Main Street could have a "face-lift" in time for Labor Day 2007.

Candidate forums scheduled

Oak Creek residents who want to learn about the town's two mayoral candidates may need to go to two candidate forums, one with each candidate.

Warmth reduces snowpack

There's 8 feet of snow on Buffalo Pass northeast of Steamboat Springs, but that's 2 feet less than average for April 1.

Steamboat man seeks fourth attorney

A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man who has gone through three court-appointed attorneys, was granted time to find a fourth.

Man charged in stabbing being held for INS

A 21-year-old man arrested on charges of stabbing a man is being held at the Routt County Jail for Immigration and Naturalization Services.

District uses new approach to find teacher

A new search is under way for the person who will teach the Steamboat Springs School District's first Montessori class.

Enrollment requirement met

Montessori program has 23 intent forms 2 days before deadline

The minimum enrollment requirement for a public Montessori program in Steamboat Springs was met Wednesday, two days before the scheduled end of registration.

Briefs for April 1

Author Gregory Maguire will discuss his novel and Broadway play, "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" from 7 to 8 p.m. April 15 at Olympian Hall. A book signing will follow.

The Record for April 1

1:17 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 3000 block of Village Drive. Steamboat Springs police talked to the party, and the issue was resolved.

Tuesday, March 30

Ed and June MacArthur-No fear of heavy lifting

Strong work ethic led to MacArthurs' success; now it fuels their philanthropy

Charles "Ed" MacArthur arrived in the Northern Colorado town of Fort Collins in 1975 with hopes of finding his future somewhere inside the sterile classrooms of Colorado State University.

Liz Leipold-A passion for her mission

Leipold advocates for those who need help, in school and on the mountain

Liz Leipold can't read hiking guidebooks or maps that well. If she veers off the main road, she is careful to look behind her and observe her surroundings to avoid getting lost. Then again, Leipold seems most comfortable on the road less traveled, best seen by the way she has chosen to live her life.

Soroco boys track opens season in style

The members of the Soroco track and field team have been talking about a successful season since the preseason -- and it began to take form Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Sailors girls track finishes 5th

Steamboat track and field coach Andy Reust was "shocked" when he received the final results and saw that the Sailor girls finished fifth at the Hotchkiss Invitational on Saturday.

County awaits Congress' TANF decision

As the U.S. Legislature discusses reauthorizing the 1996 welfare reform, Routt County officials are paying close attention to how the national issue will play out close to home.

Briefs for March 31

Stahoviak recovers from second knee surgery Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is at Doak Walker Care Center recovering from her second of four knee surgeries.

The Record for March 31

Monday, March 29 10:44 a.m. Check fraud was reported in Dream Island Plaza. The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating.

Our View: Investing in the future

At first glance, $900,000 appears to be a great deal of money to pay for two or three new buses that will serve only 50 riders a day. However, if you have glimpsed the future of the Yampa Valley, it begins to look like a wise investment.

KSBP not in danger

District officials remain confident on future of pay system

An evaluation-based pay system for Steamboat Springs School District teachers isn't in jeopardy because of a financial analysis estimating the system will cost the district $600,000 a year more than it currently pays employees, district officials said.

Rickman to retire from Haven

Lucy Rickman and Mona Weaver stuck their hands into damp, leech-infested, 3-foot-deep holes, testing to see how water percolated into the ground at the wetlands site where The Haven now sits.

Xcel Energy requesting potable H2O

Xcel Energy is requesting up to 20,000 gallons of water per day from the town of Hayden for its Hayden Station power plant.

Meet the Martins

Michael Martin is amazingly well-behaved for being less than 1 year old. He sits on his father's lap at a lopsided wooden table in the back of Full Belly Deli, munching on thin slices of American cheese, crunching sour-cream-and-onion chips and slurping pickle wedges.

Middle school wrestlers take tourney

Resurgence in numbers and commitment to winning have lifted the Hayden Middle School wrestling program back to where the coaches think it belongs -- on top.

Housing Authority denied funding

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs denied a Routt County grant request that would help fund the local housing authority.

Man accused of selling pot appears in court

One of three men arrested on suspicion of possessing almost 3 pounds of marijuana appeared in Routt County Court on Tuesday.

Mad Creek bridge work to start in May

Repairs to the Mad Creek Bridge on Routt County Road 129 should be mostly complete before early June, in time for the Steamboat Springs marathon and the Fourth of July traffic.

Steamboat skiers have top finishes

The season came to an end last week for the elite skiers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle program.

Commissioners proclaim Month of the Young Child

In his four years as a Routt County commissioner, Doug Monger has seen a lot of important issues come before him.

Nord files motion to get marijuana back

If police officers take medicinal marijuana from a registered user in Colorado, the federal government has to give it back, according to the Controlled Substance Acts, state rights and individual rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Steamboat tops Moffat County in baseball

Five runs typically are on the board in a high school baseball game before the fans get comfortable in their seats. That wasn't the case in the sleeper between Moffat County and Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.

Mary Bramer-Eternal student

Bramer's love of learning helps charter school succeed

Mary Bramer doesn't bother adding up the hours she spends every week inside the cozy schoolhouse on Routt County Road 62. The total might be too overwhelming.

David May-Shouldering a heavy load

Steamboat senior refuses to let injuries, naysayers keep him off field

Steamboat Springs High School senior quarterback and linebacker David May played four years for the Sailors and heard every excuse in the book from the Front Range and big-school teams about how Steamboat athletes were spoiled and not tough because they lived in a resort town. "That's all everyone thinks we are -- skiers and cowboys," May said.

Ralph Whittum-Comfort zone

Navy veteran discovers the good life patrolling Howelsen Hill

Ralph Whittum made an ill-advised attempt to escape from Steamboat Springs almost a decade ago. Itching to see more of the world, he left the Yampa Valley and obtained a master's degree in international policy studies from the Monterrey Institute.

Jim and Jo Stanko-A love for the land

Stankos put heart and soul into keeping family ranch alive

Jim and Jo Stanko. It's hard to picture one without the other. They met during Jo's freshman year at Western State College in Gunnison.

Paul Strong-Willing to trade

Councilman gave up Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor for life in Steamboat

It's easy for City Council President Paul Strong to empathize with working-class residents who hold more than two jobs, have a house full of roommates and struggle to stay afloat. He used to be one. In his early days in Steamboat, Strong worked the gamut of entry-level, ski-bum jobs.

Tom Sharp-Steamboat's Sharp tongue

From water to schools, attorney is not afraid to speak his mind

The aspiring young attorney from small-town Colorado always had big-city aspirations. After graduating first in his class from the University of Denver College of Law, Tom Sharp took off for St. Louis in 1969 to be a clerk with a U.S. Court of Appeals judge.

Nancy "Babe" Peckham-Delivering for Oak Creek

Longtime postmaster knows everybody's name, box number

Every now and then, Oak Creek Postmaster Nancy Peckham, known by most as "Babe," comes across a letter addressed: "To Grandpa. Oak Creek, Colorado." In a big city, those letters would go back to the sender.

Hill Blackett Jr.-Portrait of the artist

Blackett carves powder and sculptures with grace at age 79

Hill Blackett Jr. is a worldly man. "I don't know anybody who has done as many things as he has done," said Ray McKown, a longtime friend of Blackett's. "He has done everything an adventurous person would want to do in the world."

C.J. Mucklow-Fighting the good fight

Longtime extension agent works to preserve, enhance area agriculture

Curtis "C.J." Mucklow's parents were travel agents, and growing up, Mucklow got to experience the world. He traveled to Spain, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada and all parts of the United States.

Jill Leary-Running to the front

Leary is a pacesetter -- on the marathon course and at the bank

It's really no surprise that Jill Leary has become Steamboat Springs' first female bank president. Growing up in North Dakota and Minnesota, she always wanted to climb faster than the rest of the girls and for that matter, most of the boys.

Ann Copeland-Flying high in Hayden

Longtime resident Copeland is comfortable at the helm

Ann Copeland hasn't gone far from her childhood playground. From her office on the second floor of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal building, she can see the house her grandfather owned and imagine the wheat fields she used to run and play in where the runway now lies.

Monday, March 29

Dan Atkins-Buddy builder

Children's gymnastics coach strengthens more than bodies

Walk into the Steamboat Gymnastics Center and listen. You'll hear children laughing and calling for "Mr. Dan," aka Dan Atkins. "The kids love Mr. Dan," Terry Vande Veld said. "He makes the kids feel good about themselves, and they want to do their best for him."

Kerry Kerrigan-Inspiring others

In and out of the classroom, Kerrigan leads by example

Kerry Kerrigan was relaxing on a rock by the Yampa River one day last summer, enjoying the sun and watching a group of children playing in the water when she noticed something no one else did: One of the children, a young girl, seemed to be caught in the Charlie's Hole rapids.

Gretchen Sehler-Looking for adventure

Whether she's biking, skiing or gardening, Sehler goes all out

If you follow the meandering roads of the Fairview subdivision, there is an outside chance you will stumble into Gretchen Sehler's back yard. It's a small piece of land just past the long, dirt driveway that leads to a home that seems to be perfectly suited for Sehler, Marc, her husband of more than 15 years, and their Australian shepherd, Mica.

Ernie Jenkins-Fields of dreams

Jenkins keeps parks pristine for everyone to enjoy them

Ernie Jenkins, the man paid to maintain the places where others seek peace, finds solitude in the Yampa River Botanic Park. "It is so beautiful and scenic down there in the summer," Jenkins said. "It has ponds and waterfalls. It is really a beautiful little place. It's my favorite park."

Jo Semotan-Steamboat's poster child

Semotan embodies spirit of Ski Town USA in all she does

When winter comes, it wraps Josephine Anne Semotan's North Routt ranch in snow. The untouched white layers rise high on the hills and dampen noise from the few trucks that pass on the winding road. Semotan, 65, prefers the quiet hills, as drives into Steamboat Springs only remind her of how much the old cow town has changed.

Hockey player faces old team

Steamboat's Higbee heads to Marquette, where he used to play

Finding the motivation to win this week at the 2004 National Midget Hockey Championships in Marquette, Mich., will not be a problem for Steamboat goaltender Tim Higbee.

City closing in on pet crematorium purchase

With a $34,000 check from the Rainbow Bridge Group in hand, the city of Steamboat Springs is expected to purchase a pet crematorium this week.

News in Brief for March 30

Officials say residents should expect smoky skies Routt County officials are warning residents that smoky skies will be common during the next few months.

The Record for March 30

Sunday, March 28 2:09 a.m. A fight was reported in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. A 27-year-old man went to jail on charges of third-degree assault.

WSC struts its stuff at Angelfire

If it wasn't already obvious that the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's snowboarding program is one of the best in the country, it is now.

Bluebirds begin to show age

City of Steamboat seeks bid for new commuter buses

The four Bluebird buses that Steamboat Springs Transit uses to ferry commuters back and forth between Steamboat and Craig were never intended for 100-mile round trips in a wintry climate. Now, the city of Steamboat Springs is seeking bids for two or three replacement buses that could make mass transit more appealing.

Beetle infestation likely

Outbreaks spreading as 'rapidly as is biologically feasible'

With persisting drought and high temperatures, forest and county officials are preparing for beetle infestations at a scale that the county has not seen for a century or more.

Snowmobiler moved ski trail signs

During mid-March, somebody on a snowmobile moved markers on the Hogan Park Trail to lead cross country skiers and snowshoers off the marked route.

Steamboat man charged in stabbing

A 34-year-old man reportedly was stabbed twice late Sunday night during a fight on Riverside Drive. One man has been arrested.

Analysis: Pay system to cost

District needs extra $600K annually to fund evaluation-based system

The Steamboat Springs School District will need to find an additional $600,000 in revenue per year for the next decade to fund an evaluation-based pay system for its employees, according to a financial analysis by a Denver auditor.

Sunday, March 28

Outhouse could get historic designation

Visitors to Seedhouse Campground north of Steamboat Springs sometimes have to search for a bathroom. They will walk around the campground, often overlooking a log structure that looks more like a cabin than a place for a toilet.

Tom Ross: Don't take those snow tires off just yet

Rabbit Ears Pass is a fickle friend. It is at its most deceitful in the spring. The Navajo never would have named it Rabbit Ears Pass in the first place. They would have called it Coyote Ears Pass -- Coyote the Trickster.

Potters get their hands dirty

Artists work preparing bowls for annual Soup Bowl Supper

Artists typically work alone.

The Record for March 29

Saturday, March 27 12:10 a.m. A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1000 block of Lincoln Ave. The 1996 Chevy F-10 Blazer had been left on the street, unlocked, with keys in the ignition. It was found 40 minutes later at Sleepy Bear Trailer Park, locked with keys in the ignition. No arrest has been made in the case, but police have suspects.

Briefs for March 29

Yampatika to stencil messages on Earth Day

Candidates forum set for Wednesday

Hayden residents will be able to choose from four people to fill three seats on the Hayden Town Board in the April 6 municipal election.

Enjoying the surf in Samoa

Ex-Steamboat resident presents a glimpse of Polynesian surf

Former Steamboat Springs resident George Danellis will provide a glimpse of far-off culture at 7:30 p.m. today at Olympian Hall with a multi-media presentation on Salani Surf Resort.

Saturday, March 27

Transactions for March 27

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer KNIGHT, JONATHON R. TO DEERING, ERIC AND TYNELIUS, CAROLINE FOR CAPITOL HILL ADDITION TO THE TOWN OF OAK CREEK, N37 1/2' OF LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, BLK 7 - $117,000

Permits for March 27

Johnny & Janet Seiler 472 Eighth St. Elk Valley Log Works Addition $20,790

Smells like teen spirit

From party covers to punk, students dive into their music

Sid Vicious didn't pick up a guitar until the day he joined the Sex Pistols, and so it is with the 2004 Steamboat Springs reincarnation of old school punk, Genghis Khan.

Routt County spotlight: Harmony Harris

Harmony Harris Age: 30 Occupation: Homemaker/Montessori preschool teacher Birthplace: Terre Haute, Ind.

Births for March 28

Oliver Despas St. Pierre, son of Maria and Donald St. Pierre of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:53 a.m. March 2, 2004. He weighed 8 pounds and was 21.5 inches long. His grandparents are Paul and Patricia Despas of Sydney, Australia, and George and Virginia St. Pierre of Rhode Island and Florida. His great-grandparents are Marie Lynch and the late Richard Lynch.

First phase of Park Place finished

The energy efficient Park Place Townhomes have attracted residents who want an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Home in ideal location

Lynx Pass offers privacy amid spectacular mountain views

Tony Stich is proud of his recently completed home on Lynx Pass. He smiles wide as he points out the fixtures and finishes he chose.

Briefs for March 28

Steamboat Grand retains top rating

Warehouses proposed

Projects would be built in west Steamboat area

Developers have submitted plans for two new warehouses on the city's west side.

Looking to SCORE

Businesses get help from top executives in new program

An unprecedented influx of experienced business minds could transform entrepreneurship in Steamboat Springs, Scott Ford said.

Destination ImagiNation

Three Hayden teams preparing for regional competition this week in Rifle

A group of Hayden elementary students can't speak. They try to direct fifth-grader Lanette Lehman to which color marker to pick up by pointing to colors on their clothes and shoes, nodding when she picks up the correct color.

Sound Off for March 28

Airport impact In last Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today I read with some amusement the comments of a Steamboat Airport supporter decrying the lack of positive press coverage regarding the $7,000,000 of economic benefit that the Steamboat Airport brings to our community. Let's set the record straight. The report "Economic Impact Study" that the Colorado Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics issued in 2001 quantifies the economic importance of airports in terms of dollars and jobs. It provides information to municipalities and local sponsors that can be used to evaluate policy decisions, to assess capital investment needs and to make other airport decisions. In fact according to the report, the Steamboat Airport does account for $7,287,900 of projected benefit to the Steamboat region. However, the report continues on listing the economic benefit from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport at $225 million. In simple terms 97 percent of the economic benefit to the city of Steamboat comes from YVRA while only 3 percent comes from the Steamboat Airport.

Sierra View could have big impact

Proposed 70-unit subdivision aims to offer affordable homes with terrific views

Five years ago, Tim Geiger and his wife, Ali, bought a house on a hill adjacent to Oak Creek.

Riding the Moab trails

Snow is melting and the weather is heating up, a signal to snow-lovers to soak up every minute of winter by getting in last runs down the ski mountain and final cross-country skis through the woods.

John F. Russell: Ski in the a.m.; golf after lunch

April is a unique time in Steamboat Springs.

Ellwyn F. Hayslip

Ellwyn Hayslip of Concord, N.H., died March 19, 2004, after a bout with cancer. He was 77.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Eubank Griffen

Jacqueline "Jackie" Eubank Griffen died March 15, 2004, in her home in Casa Grande with her family at her side.

Our View: Moratorium was right step

The Steamboat Springs City Council was right to impose a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail stores. Now comes the hard part -- deciding what to do in the long-term.

Thanks Ski Patrol

Thanks Ski Patrol I wanted to write to thank the Steamboat Ski Patrol, and especially Kelly, for bailing me out of trouble.

Support RICD

The recent announcement of those in opposition to the city's Recreational In-Channel Diversion water right application for the C-hole on the Yampa River should not take anyone by surprise.

Sailors come from behind to win tennis tourney title

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team entered the Delta County Tournament unfamiliar with the feeling of defeat after winning its opening four team matches of the year.

A new team is in town

Steamboat Gymnastics Center starts boys

John Vande Velde is done doing back handsprings off the family couch. "I'd hit the table," the 8-year old said. "But I did backflips on my mom's bed."

Sheraton pro steps down

When longtime golf professional Gary Crawford sat down to write his letter of resignation last February he knew it was going to be a difficult task.

Moffat gets no mercy

Weather, Sailors don't let up in 10-0 rout over Bulldogs

The players on the Steamboat Springs bench spent the final five minutes with their backs to the field. They couldn't bear to watch the game anymore. It was too painful.

Wolf worries

Predators' pending return has ranchers nervous

Rancher Lucy Meyring reads from the Dec. 13, 1901, edition of the North Park News. It was more than a century ago, and North Park was buzzing about wolves. Ranchers had concerns. One article said the wolves had to kill one head of stock -- a calf, colt or cow -- every other night to survive.

Skiers delight in snow

No champagne, but a celebration nonetheless

David Swardlick skied down Headwall, kicking up wet powder with his turns. It may not have been champagne, but it was powder, and it was worth celebrating.

Babish finds calling in the pulpit

Janet Babish heard God's call but ignored it.

A reason to smile

Horizons helps Jon Allee, who has cerebral palsy, be more self-sufficient

Jon Allee sat in his wheelchair at the edge of the bowling lane and watched as falling pins turned into his first strike of the day.

The record for March 28

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

Friday, March 26

Parents offer Holy Name plan

Church expected to review proposal to save preschool next week

Parents of Holy Name Preschool students have submitted a plan for keeping the preschool open.

The Record for March 27

Thursday, March 25 1:10 a.m. The Routt County Sheriff's Office patrolled construction sites on Aspen Ridge Road.

Advocates invites mothers, daughters

Group to offer pairs Outward Bound experience for three days in May

It starts and ends in the parking lot. For 10 years, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse has brought women to an Outward Bound "survival" course for survivors of abuse. They spend three days in the outdoors doing ropes courses and rock climbing. In those three days, a transformation happens.

Briefs for March 27

Newspaper seeking editorial representatives The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting nominations for community representatives on its Editorial Board. The community representatives would serve a four-month term from May 1 through Aug. 31.

Sailor girls soccer opens season today

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team will open its home season as scheduled today.

Bargain hunters take to the streets

Steve and Judy Phillips of Columbus, Ga., said it was almost warmer in Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon than it was in their home 100 miles south of Atlanta.

March is a busy month for area wrestling teams

The Steamboat Springs middle school wrestling team wrapped up its short season with a winning record in dual meets and impressive finishes in tournament action.

City seeks volunteers for mapping projects

The city is looking for volunteers to help complete two community mapping projects, one detailing the city's trails and sidewalks and the other gathering information for fire prevention.

Colder weather forecast

Winds, good chance of rain -- with a dusting of snow-- predicted

Winds picked up early Friday, blowing a cold front and scattered snow and rain showers to Colorado.

Thursday, March 25

Parents enroll students for Montessori

The configuration and setup of a Montessori pilot program in the Steamboat Springs School District will be determined by the middle of April, district officials told parents at an informational meeting Thursday.

Area plan update is over budget

Consultants to pick up costs beyond $275,000

The $275,000 budgeted for the update of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan has been spent, though there is more than a month's worth of work left to complete.

April pet-owner forum open to public

Residents will have a chance to discuss leash law, environmental impacts

Pet owners upset about the city's enforcement of leash laws now have a forum to address their complaints.

Trial date is set for golfer hit with ball

A trial date has been set for a woman who sued a golfer whose ball struck her in the face in 2000.

Gas prices creep to $2 mark

Regular unleaded ranges from $1.77 to $1.90 per gallon

The cheapest gasoline in Steamboat Springs on Thursday was at opposite ends of town on U.S. Highway 40.

Telluride crown puts Bearfoot Bluegrass on map

By the time she was 16, bass player Kate Hamre had won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition as a member of Bearfoot Bluegrass. By 17, she and the rest of the band had a regular gig teaching bluegrass to children at the Rockygrass Festival.

Planners like 24-townhome development

The city Planning Commission gave mostly positive feedback for a proposed 24-unit townhome development.

Rose will present analysis

Performance-based pay system's impact to be discussed

The financial viability of a performance-based pay system for Steamboat Springs School District teachers is the subject of a special School Board meeting Monday.

The Record for March 26

Wednesday, March 24 12:16 a.m. A noise complaint was issued in the 700 block of Walton Creek Circle. A man was arrested after an argument with a woman.

Briefs for March 26

'McWheel' Kids Night Out planned for April 2 The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department will host a "McWheel" Kids Night Out on April 2.

Playoffs to begin for recreation leagues

After 12 weeks of league play, it is time for the players in Steamboat's adult recreational leagues to start thinking about the playoffs.

Nordic traditions to be celebrated during festival

There will be plenty of grass skirts, flower leis and Nordic spirit at the second annual Nordic Festival on Saturday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

All Charged Up

Steamboat Gymnastics Center ready for exhibition

Walking into the Steamboat Gymnastics Center is like having your morning cup of coffee. Because however weary and tired you think you are, caffeine -- or energetic children -- seems to remedy the problem.

Sister Hazel: Creating music, lifestyles

There are bands that make music and bands that transform whole music scenes. Since its inception as a band more than 10 years ago, Sister Hazel has been musicians, promoters, philanthropists and scene makers.

a silence full of sound

Steamboat High worked hard on its production of 'Children of a Lesser God'

Steamboat Springs High School drama teacher Stuart Handloff put it off for years. Principal Dave Schmid had seen "Children of a Lesser God" on stage at another high school, and he wanted to see it here. Handloff resisted.

Nightlife for March 26

Music Tonight Bill Martin plays at 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St. Free. Dinner reservations recommended. Call 879-4925.

Autumn Phillips: Farsi, Uzbek, Sports

Three languages I never learned to speak

For the first three years of their marriage, my grandparents did not have a television. They married in the 1950s, when the television did not come one to a room in each household. For those first three years, the living room was silent on Sundays. My grandmother always looks fondly on that time.

A day in the life of John Lennon

Tim Piper started getting the "did anyone ever tell you that you look like John Lennon?" comments at an early age, and they made him think.

Not for average jam fans

When Big Metal Rooster went into the studio to record its latest album, the band members decided to play the entire 73 minutes of music at once.

Brief points for March 26

'Circles of Exploration' Windhorse of the Rockies presents "Circles of Exploration" tonight and Saturday. From 7 to 9 tonight, there will be a celebration of the spring equinox with drumming, dancing and discussion at the Steamboat Community Center. Bring a mat or blanket. A percussion instrument is optional. The cost is $22.

Wednesday, March 24

School Board to discuss post-retirement contracts

In response to proposed state legislation, the Steamboat Springs School Board will evaluate its policy on awarding post-retirement contracts to employees.

Tourists coming despite rain

Rain and high temperatures do not seem to be deterring tourists from coming to Steamboat Springs.

Fund Board divvies money

$2M allocated to commissions

Change isn't always easy, Peter Remy told his fellow Education Fund Board members Wednesday.

Oak Creek Town Board to consider safety policy

To decrease the cost of workers' compensation insurance and protect the town from lawsuits, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider establishing a safety policy at its meeting tonight.

Commissioners table YVRA marketing plan

Routt County commissioners tabled their approval of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport's marketing plan to allow for several changes, including emphasizing the role that the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, the lodging community and other entities play in promoting the airport.

Man pleads guilty to false reporting

A 20-year-old Milner man pleaded guilty Wednesday to false reporting and being an accessory to a crime.

Baskin' in the glory

Former Sailor named to elite team

It wasn't enough for Jon Baskin to be strong in the low post.

Chix on win streak heading to state

The Chix with Stix women's hockey team picked up its fifth straight win with a one-goal victory against the Left Hand Brewery Brewsers on Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Skiers bring hardware from Idaho Olympics

Kylie Douglas' second-place finish in the moguls at last week's 2004 Junior Olympic Freestyle Championships in Idaho highlighted a strong showing for the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Ski jumpers stand tall in Park City

The jumping hills at Park City, Utah, may have played host to this year's Western Regional Championships, but that didn't stop several Steamboat Springs skiers from cashing in on top results.

Skiers dominate regionals

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club won six out of the 12 Nordic combined classes at this year's Western Regional Championships in Park City, Utah -- including all but one of the boy's classes.

Marchus must choose committee member

Routt County has selected two members to serve on a three-member board that will decide whether the decision to fire ex-chief building official Mark Marchus was appropriate.

Ski suit may go to high court

American Skiing Co. this week took the first step toward bringing its appeal of the Triple Peaks lawsuit before the Colorado Supreme Court.

The Record for March 25

Tuesday, March 23 12:05 a.m. The Steamboat Springs Police Department gave a courtesy transport to an intoxicated woman.

Briefs for March 25

Free skiing, boarding for Armed Forces members The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will honor active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces with free skiing and snowboarding during the resort's Armed Forces Week, April 5 through 11.

Tuesday, March 23

Stepping it up

Rams to butt heads with state's best

Last season, many members of Soroco's track and field team could be heard telling opposing athletes what Soroco stood for and where it was; everyone wanted to know where this Andy deGanahl kid came from.

Golf clubhouse nearly done

It's a season of change at the Steamboat Golf Club.

Border Wars to test Sailors' learning curve

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team were treated to a valuable learning experience in Fort Collins on Saturday. And it came not from the Fort Collins High School's top-ranked varsity team, but from the squad's future stars on the junior varsity squad.

Sailors pick up first win of season

Sailors girls lacrosse coach Sarah James described her team's efforts last weekend as nothing less than great.

Girls win; boys take fourth

The Steamboat Springs girls track and field team took first, and the boys took fourth at the Delta Invitational on Saturday.

Baseball team wins 4 straight

The Steamboat Springs baseball team picked up three wins during the weekend to run its winning streak to four on the season.

City board applications deadline is extended

The city has extended its deadline for accepting applications to fill openings on its boards and committees.

The record for March 24

Monday, March 22 1:31 a.m. A man reportedly was pounding on doors in the 3400 block of Covey Circle. A report was taken.

Can't have two plans

Revise the Bob Adams Field Airport Plan or scrap the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan. We can't have it both ways.

Casualties rise

Friday marked the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and the Bush administration is eager to congratulate itself on a job well done.

Briefs for March 24

Commissioners say farewell to five fair board members

Our View: The economics of child care

The announcement that Holy Name Preschool is closing its doors has underscored the need to address the community's child-care challenges.

Thanks Taylor, White

Since 1993, our community has voted on three separate occasions to dedicate the collection of a city half-cent sales tax for educational purposes within our school district. The Steamboat Springs Education Fund administers the allocation of these funds. The creation of the fund was in complete compliance with all state statutes and with all state school finance regulations.

CSAP testing in full swing

Sound of silence rings in Steamboat Springs public schools

The overwhelming sound coming from Steamboat Springs' public schools Tuesday morning was that of silence.

Developer proposes 24 townhomes

A California developer who intends to break ground this spring on 19 condominiums on Anglers Drive also has proposed 24 new duplex and triplex townhomes near the base of the ski mountain.

Coal haul increase OK'd

Commissioners overrule March 4 Planning Commission decision

Routt County commissioners approved Tuesday an increase in the amount of coal Twentymile Coal Co. can haul by truck, overruling a March 4 decision by the Routt County Planning Commission.

Lawsuit against officials dismissed

Sieverdings ordered to pay defendants' attorney fees in case

A judge has upheld a magistrate's recommendation to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a former Steamboat Springs family against more than 30 defendants, including numerous city officials.

Board considers all-day kindergarten

The Hayden School Board will not know until surveys are back in April whether parents would support an all-day kindergarten program, but some agreed such a program would be a "win-win" situation for parents and children.

Candidates forum set for March 31

Hayden residents will be able to choose from four people to fill three seats on the Hayden Town Board in the April 6 municipal election.

Hayden mobile home burglarized

A Hayden home was burglarized late Friday or early Saturday. The burglar took $60 in cash, but caused about $400 in damage by breaking two windows, police said.

New arrivals for March 24

Searia Gail Babb, daughter of Sami and Doug Babb of Hayden, was born at 6:29 p.m. March 9, 2004. She weighed 5 pounds and 9 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.

Community calendar for March 24

The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Bob Jones University Musical Ministry Team at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Hayden First Baptist Church. The group will present a program of hymns and gospel songs consisting of piano, vocal and French horn solos, duets and trios, as well as testimonies from team members.

Hayden gets $164K grant

The town of Hayden recently was awarded a $164,400 grant to replace more than 600 water meters in town.

Mosquito spraying to resume

Mosquito spraying in Hayden will begin soon and could extend to neighboring county areas.

DI teams ready for regionals

A group of Hayden elementary students can't speak. They try to direct fifth-grader Lanette Lehman which color marker to pick up by pointing to colors on their clothes and shoes, nodding when she picks up the correct color.

Police blotter for March 24

All incidents shown were reported in Hayden and were taken from the Routt County Communications daily dispatch report.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Eubank Griffen

Jacqueline "Jackie" Eubank Griffen died March 15, 2004, in her home in Casa Grande with her family at her side.

Residents approve of Xcel plan

Rail-delivery tunnel option called 'good for everyone'

The Hayden Town Board unanimously approved a resolution Thursday stating it supports coal-delivery options to the Hayden Station power plant that minimize impacts on adjacent agriculture operations and residences and supports options that put the impacts of operations on property owned by Hayden Station.

Dog play area proposed at town park

Hayden Trustee Ken Gibbon loves to run with his dog, but like many people in Hayden and Steamboat Springs, he doesn't have a place in town where he can let his pooch off the leash.

Hunter decides on plea

Wisconsin man plans to plead innocent to homicide charges

A Wisconsin man charged with criminally negligent homicide plans to plead innocent in the Sept. 20 shooting death of a hunting companion.

Monday, March 22

Briefs for March 23

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scout Service Unit will be collecting nonperishable food donations for the LIFT-UP Food Bank. Girl Scouts will be hanging bags on front doors this week. Residents are asked to place donations in the bags and set them outside their doors by 9 a.m. Saturday, when a Girl Scout will come by to pick up the bags.

Marijuana case protested

Activists support Don Nord in his medicinal marijuana battle

Hearing or no hearing, a pro-medicinal marijuana group decided to protest the Don Nord case Monday afternoon in front of the Routt County Courthouse.

Reservoirs expected to fill despite low snowpack

At least two of Routt County's reservoirs are certain to fill this spring despite the low snowpack, their managers said Monday. However, the pace of the snowmelt this year raises questions about the summer of 2005.

Grievance hearing scheduled

Former Chief Building Official Marchus faces board in April

A grievance hearing for ex-Chief Building Official Mark Marchus tentatively has been scheduled for the week of April 12, and two members have been chosen for the three-member board that will decide whether the decision to fire Marchus was appropriate, Marchus' attorney said.

Toy debates to third-place finish

Faced with her second choice, Amanda Toy wasn't sure what to expect.

Lafarge continues process

Company working toward gravel pit on south side of town

Lafarge continues to work toward approval for a controversial gravel pit six miles south of Steamboat Springs, with hopes that the new site will be open by the end of May when its permits for another site expire.

The Record for March 23

2:24 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 1700 block of River Queen Lane. The residents were given a warning.

Airport Marketing Plan on table

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport soon could have its first marketing plan. The goals of the plan would be to provide reliable year-round flights, encourage competitive prices, ensure customers have a positive experience and draw community support for growth and expansion of the airport.

Steamboat takes fourth straight

The girls on the Cedaredge tennis team tried, but just like their counterparts from Delta, Paonia and Hotchkiss, the Bruins failed.

Sunday, March 21

Budget process nears end

Fund Board: $1.9 million to go to educational programs

Sometimes a step backward is the best way to move forward. After tinkering with its funding process last year to mixed results, the Education Fund Board this year opted to return to a process reminiscent of one used in years past.

District seeks input for Padgett land

Six months after completing an agreement to acquire property adjacent to Soda Creek Elementary School, the Steamboat Springs School District continues to search for the best way to use the land.

Briefs for March 22

Mending A Broken Heart, a five-week bereavement support group, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in March at the Visiting Nurse Association offices. The group will provide education and support for anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one. Call Katy Thiel, at 879-1632, ext. 33, before attending a meeting.

The Record for March 22

Saturday, March 20 2:08 a.m. Police were called to respond to a fight in Ski Time Square.

Lodwick sweeps

Steamboat skier takes 3 weekend events

Just when you thought Todd Lodwick had written the book on American ski jumping and Nordic combined, the Steamboat Springs native goes out and starts a new chapter.

Tom Ross: Athletes score diplomas with Proposition 16

College basketball players' graduation rates are the real March Madness

The soundtrack of last weekend was the crumpling of NCAA basketball tournament brackets being balled up and bounced off rec room walls into wastepaper baskets. The din reached a crescendo Saturday night when Alabama stunned top-seeded Stanford. It reached a new peak Sunday afternoon when Xavier thrashed Mississippi State.

Saturday, March 20

Behind the headlines: What's next with big-box retail?

Paul Strong is a Steamboat Springs City Council member and author of an ordinance placing a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail development within the city limits.

John Lloyd Kuntz (1924-2004)

Lifelong Oak Creek resident John Kuntz died March 13, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center. He was 79.

Frank John Salazar (1930-2004)

Longtime Oak Creek resident Frank John Salazar died March 8, 2004. He was 73.

The Record for March 21

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.

Hayden home burglarized

A Hayden resident's home was burglarized late Friday or early Saturday. Two windows were broken and $60 in cash was taken.

Sound off for March 21

The Airport Layout Plan revision that Walter Scott is asking to be revised would cost the community in excess of $100,000 to perform. It is not a "community plan" type of exercise. It has mandated requirements from the FAA that have to be performed. The FAA will fund the plan if it is done in its timetable -- i.e. 2009. An internal memo that city staff is correctly saying has no real bearing on future plans, is being confused with the Airport Master Plan. It would be irresponsible of the city to perform an ALP now as changes in the industry would make it obsolete within two years and the costs would be prohibitive.

Mark D. Sanders: No big box

As a part-time resident of Steamboat Springs, I would like to offer an opinion on the big-box controversy: Keep them out.

Susan Viet: Come home

Friday marked the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and the Bush administration is eager to congratulate itself on a job well done.

Loui Antonucci: I apologize

During a rather impassioned debate at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, I inadvertently used the name of a local business while trying to make a point.

Child care faces 'trilemma'

Parents looking for affordable, accessible and quality care

Tami Havener's office phone started ringing early Tuesday morning.

Pandora's big box

City struggles with ways to manage chain stores

When the Steamboat Springs City Council enacted a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail Tuesday night, it did so with the knowledge that an even bigger tasked loomed.

Wintry plunge brings in $35,000

Proceeds from Penguin Plunge go toward innovative medical device

Wearing bathing suits, grass skirts and coconut bras, 61 people basked in Saturday's warm, sunny weather -- and then jumped into the 39-degree water of a half-frozen pool.

U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis: My decision

Last week, I announced that I would not seek to replace Ben Nighthorse Campbell in the U.S. Senate and instead will join the law firm of Hogan and Hartson upon leaving Congress.

Our View: Replacing tennis center

There should be little debate -- Steamboat Springs' indoor tennis facility is a significant community asset. The question for the city of Steamboat is just how valuable an asset it is in comparison to the investment the city will have to make to replace it.

John de Wardt: Unnecessary financial burdens

The recent actions by the Routt County commissioners seem to have exposed us to significant financial burdens without any clear logic.

The lure of learning

South Routt carnival entices students with free books

It's said that nothing in life is free, but 134 South Routt youngsters would disagree.

McConnell takes 4 of 5 third-place wins

If not for losing a ski in his second slalom race Friday, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club racer Ryan McConnell might have taken every third-place medal in this week's J4 Junior Olympic Festival.

Utah's Camerota a welcome change

Two faces on the Nordic combined podium were familiar, but the third was a new and welcome one.

A Steamboat sweep

Lodwick, Jones, Spillane take K-90 podium for themselves

It's warm. It's March. It's the final weekend of the 2004 season for the country's best Nordic combined and special jumpers. But this is also Steamboat Springs, and the hometown guys aren't interested in sharing the podium with anyone else -- no matter the conditions or time of year.

Positive thinking

Steamboat skier puts her 'Stamp' on final events of festival

Ashley Stamp arrived at the Sitz/SeeMe racecourse Saturday morning determined to earn a gold medal in this year's J4 Junior Olympic Festival.

John F. Russell: Races, yes, but also so much more

Hundreds of young skiers came to Steamboat Springs in search of Junior Olympic glory last week. But thanks to the work of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine Director Tony Nunnikhoven and his staff, the children left with a whole lot more.

A True Value

Store owners open to multiple possibilities

The Steamboat True Value building will be vacant in about a month when the business takes the place of Curve Market, but the building's owners expect a new tenant soon.

Permits for March 8-12

Steamboat Springs Harold Burkhalter 2771 Abbey Road Mountain View Homes Single-family residence $232,332

Class Notes for March 21

Nick Driver, a 1997 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, earned a spot on the dean's list at the University of Colorado at Boulder for the fall semester of 2003. Driver, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be included on the list.

Alternative approach to education

Teacher provides different classroom atmosphere to South Routt students

Don Williams, 46, was always the shortest kid in high school. At 5-foot-3, he looked up to most of his peers.

South Routt calendar for March 21

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

Competing with Gart

Retailers tell tale of survival

Eli Robertson has some sobering words for independent sporting goods retailers in Steamboat Springs that are anticipating the arrival of Gart Sports:

Business briefs for March 21

Grand Summit Resort Properties Inc., has announced its auction of fractional ownership inventory at the Canyons Grand Summit Resort Hotel in Park City, Utah, in February was a sell out.

Growth expected on Anglers Drive

The imaginary line that separates Steamboat Springs' downtown and mountain areas will be blurred further as Anglers Drive continues to grow as an in-between commercial center.

Avon Home Depot dwarfs Gart Sports

Gart Sports' future 20,000-square-foot store in Wildhorse Marketplace is emblematic of big-box retail in Steamboat Springs, but a trip south to the neighboring ski town of Avon serves as a reminder that "big" is a relative term.

Transactions for March 8-15

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Spring has sprung

Skiers evaluate warm weather, snow conditions

Spring skiing is in full bloom at least seven to 10 days early in Steamboat and surf's up at Thunderhead Beach.

Friday, March 19

Sharp's building looking for tenant

Coyote Springs, aka Seasons at the Pond, closed in middle of ski season

The leaseholders on the closed Coyote Springs restaurant at 435 Lincoln Ave. are talking to more than one entity about assuming the lease, according to the landlord.

Briefs for March 20

"Managed Money: A better way to invest," a presentation by David Gordon, senior vice president and investment officer in Wachovia Securities Private Client Group, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31 at the Steamboat Yacht Club. The presentation is free, but donations to Routt County United Way are requested. Topics will include choosing the right money managers, tax traps, when to fire a manager, using a consultant and ethical and fiduciary issues. Attorneys and certified public accountants receive two hours of continuing education credit for attending. Call (800) 336-5640, ext. 4334, to RSVP.

Water District to annex land

Mount Werner will annex 37-acre parcel for infiltration gallery

The Mount Werner Water District agreed Friday to annex a 37-acre parcel east of the city along U.S. Highway 40 into its boundaries for an infiltration gallery.

The Record for March 20

12:56 a.m. A loud party was reported in the 3200 block of Apres Ski Way. The Steamboat Springs Police Department warned the residents to turn down their music.

WSC Alpine skiers post wins

Regardless of the division or competition, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine skiers continue to post impressive results.

Hayden dog park proposed

Trustee calls town park on Third Street the perfect spot

Hayden Trustee Ken Gibbon loves to run with his dog, but like many people in Hayden and Steamboat Springs, he doesn't have a place in town where he can let his pooch off the leash.

Sloppy slalom fails to stop Steamboat skiers

It took a little bit longer than she wanted, but Friday, Amanda DeVos achieved her weeklong goal by stepping onto the podium at this year's J4 Junior Olympic Festival.

CMC ski team takes ninth

The Colorado Mountain College men's skiing team finished ninth out of 19 teams at the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association's National Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.

32 qualify for national competition

The USASA Nationals is the largest snowboarding competition in the world and the place where freestyle riders J.J. Thomas and Danny Kass got their start before standing on the Olympic podium in 2002.

Two days, two podiums

Two days and two podiums. If Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski racer Ryan McConnell gets his way, he will make it three-for-three today when he takes to the snow for the giant slalom -- the final event of the J4 Junior Olympic Festival in Steamboat Springs.

Thursday, March 18

The song is mightier than the sword

Brenn Hill has been bucked off a few horses and thrown plenty of hay in his lifetime, but the Western singer/songwriter is the first to say that he's not a cowboy.

Rowan headlines fund-raiser

Imagine a shopping mall or downtown city block lined with stores selling everything from jewelry to guided fly fishing trips.

Tribal rugs enhance paintings

The richly textural work of three Steamboat artists will be brought together with the detailed tapestry of tribal rugs in a new show of mixed-media paintings opening tonight.

The return of Duckbutter

The buzz around town is right: Duckbutter is back. So is their in-your-face, energized rock style.

Brief Points for March 19

Brent Rowan will perform for Christian Heritage School's Annual Auction Fund-raiser on March 26. This year's theme, "The Fingerprints of God," celebrates the children at CHS. A silent auction starts at 6 p.m. will be followed by dessert. The evening's entertainment starts at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $25, and reservations must be made in advance as seating is limited. Call 879-1760.

Dance to the music of The Motet

A simple T-shirt from The Motet's merchandise department has a small band logo on the front, with a command to boogie on the back.

Nightlife for March 19

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

Girls lacrosse team full of new faces

There are a lot of new faces on this season's Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team.

Interest builds in boys lacrosse program

More than 40 players -- mostly freshmen and sophomores -- will represent Steamboat Springs this year in boys lacrosse.

Super-G gold

Roberts, 13, takes first for SSWSC

The week started out a little rocky for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's newest golden girl, Cassady Roberts.

Rural fire district election contested

Nine people have announced candidacy for three positions opening on the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District's board of directors.

Outdoor education program seeks to motivate

Matt Tredway's weekend schedules don't include playing video games or watching television. The Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher wishes the same could be said for more of his students.

Bank joins international group

Vogelaar: Community First bank slated to change its name

Community First National Bank in Steamboat Springs became part of an international banking conglomerate this week when BancWest Corp. announced it had reached an agreement to pay $1.2 billion for all of the stock of Community First Bankshares Inc.

Trustees cancel Yampa election

Yampa will not have an election this year, marking the first time in at least the past 15 years that the town has had to cancel its municipal election.

CEO Sutton resigns from community foundation

After eight years as the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's first president and CEO, Dianna Sutton has announced her resignation.

Tourism high this weekend

Property management companies in Steamboat Springs are flush this week with business that rivals Christmas season, yet it may be an uphill charge to match last year's numbers.

Xcel plan 'good for everybody'

Hayden Town Board supports rail delivery proposal

The Hayden Town Board unanimously approved a resolution Thursday stating it supports coal-delivery options to the Hayden Station Power Plant that minimize impacts on adjacent agriculture operations and residences and supports options that put the impacts of operations on property owned by Hayden Station.

Briefs for March 19

Diabetes Alert Day gives free screenings Yampa Valley Medical Center's Diabetes Education Program is sponsoring its fifth annual Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday.

The Record for March 19

Wednesday, March 17 12:34 a.m. A loud party was reported in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. A warning was given.

Wednesday, March 17

Hayden considers all-day K

School Board looks at ups, downs of extending kindergarten

The Hayden School Board will not know until surveys are back in April whether parents would support an all-day kindergarten program, but some agreed such a program would be a "win-win" situation for parents and children.

Group against Xcel seeks Hayden's help

A grass-roots group has formed to oppose six methods Xcel Energy proposed to deliver coal to the Hayden Station power plant.

City questions annexation

Mount Werner Water wants land but has no plans for service

The city is questioning why Mount Werner Water wants to annex a 37-acre piece of land with no plans for water and sewer service.

USFS to delay N. Routt decision

Winter recreation plan on hold

North Routt snowmobilers and skiers will have to wait another year to learn if and how the U.S. Forest Service will separate motorized and nonmotorized uses in the area.

Alleged sex offender in court; case continued

A 46-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a child as a person in a position of trust appeared in court Wednesday. His case was continued for another week.

Fund Board talks communication

As an officer of the Education Fund Board, Jerry Kozatch likes to think of himself as an important member of the volunteer nonprofit group that allocates revenue from the city's half-cent sales tax for education.

Historians won't give up

Group trying for museum despite losing grant

In late January, the Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society learned it did not receive a grant to renovate Old Town Hall in Oak Creek and start a museum.

Tuesday, March 16

Chix win 4 straight

The Chix with Stix, Steamboat's A division women's hockey team, is on a four-game winning streak with the postseason quickly approaching.

Fast times roll in Hayden

Pole bending, barrel racing series finals are Sunday

Kylie Hawes hears her name called over the loudspeaker. The 14-year-old digs her heels into her horse, and she's off. Three barrels are set up in a triangular formation about 20 yards apart. Rounding each barrel at a furious sprint, Hawes and her horse lean in a 45-degree angle to the ground.

Briefs for March 18

Donate to abuse programs on income tax forms Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, Routt County's domestic violence program, reminds residents that it is easy to contribute to domestic violence programs and shelters by supporting the Domestic Abuse Program Fund on the Colorado income tax form. The fund directly supports domestic violence victim services, programs and shelters throughout Colorado.

The Record for March 18

Tuesday, March 16 12:56 a.m. A dispute between neighbors was reported in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza. The dispute was resolved when Steamboat Springs police officers arrived.

Runners' strength in numbers

The sun was out Friday, allowing the biggest track and field squad Hayden High School has seen in at least a decade get outdoors for warm, springlike training.

No speed limits

Speed skier Tim Magill fares well at World Cup, eyes France

Skiing downhill in excess of 158 kilometers an hour, Steamboat Springs' Tim Magill picked up two top-10 finishes in World Cup speed skiing events in early March.

Transportation goals laid out

Northwest Colorado transportation officials are prioritizing $330 million worth of transportation projects needed in the next 25 years under the constraints of a $40 million budget.

Board fights for offender-program funds

Proposed cuts in state-funded programs to help youth offenders could do more harm than good, financially and socially, officials say.

N. Routt contract extended

Agenda Item 22 was little more than a formality at Monday night's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting.

Greg Koehle: Thanks, everyone

On March 6, we lost a very dear family member, Ron Koehler, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude, appreciation and thanks to all the special people involved.

Girls track impresses in Junction

Competing against mostly larger 5A schools, the Steamboat Springs girls track and field team, a 4A squad, took third out of 19 teams at the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction during the weekend.

Our View: Replace unrealistic airport plans

If the 10-year Forecast Update for the Steamboat Springs Airport is an unrealistic plan, then the city should offer one that is.

Babette Dickson: I'll miss Curve

I was very sad to learn that "my" Curve Market is closing.

News in brief for March 17

Skiers set off avalanche; neither are injured

Council OKs moratorium

The City Council passed a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail, giving it time to create a more permanent solution on how to manage large, national chain stores.

Team rewarded for work on ice and in school

The Steamboat Springs hockey team's accomplishments on the ice and in the classroom were acknowledged at the state's end-of-season awards banquet held earlier this month.

Students fare well at regional science fair

After noticing that her 3-year-old brother has difficulty learning, eighth-grader Janna Hoza conducted an experiment to see if exercise would help.

Sailors pick up season's first win

The Steamboat Springs baseball team split a doubleheader with Glenwood Springs on Saturday, losing the first game decisively before coming from behind to win the second in extra innings, picking up its first win of the year.

Board tackles annexation

The Hayden Planning Commission has recommended that the Hayden Town Board proceed with annexing 676 acres on the south side of town for a residential subdivision and golf course.

School receives grant

Hayden Middle School students have been awarded a $1,000 State Farm Insurance Grant to be used for National Youth Service Day on April 16. The students will use the money to complete two community service projects.

Basketball players grab awards

The starting lineup of the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team and three of the starting five members of the school's girls basketball team garnered postseason awards from Western Slope league coaches.

Speed name of the game

For most of the ski racers at this year's J4 Junior Olympic Festival, today's super-G will be a highlight to remember. For a few others, it's simply a hurdle to be cleared.

The Record for March 17

Monday, March 15 12:00 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 3000 block of Columbine Drive.

Museum budgets approved

Five months after Routt County voters approved the Museum and Heritage Fund tax, a granting process and the 2004 budgets from museums and historic organizations have been approved.

Hayden researching all-day kindergarten

Extending kindergarten from three hours to a full class day is an idea many parents would like to see happen, said Hayden Valley Elementary School Principal Mike Luppes.

Montessori deal reached

Settlement lays the groundwork for pilot program

A lengthy dispute between the Steamboat Springs School District and a group of parents who sought a Montessori option for local public school students will come to an official end this week.

Holy Name Preschool closing

After 25 years, Holy Name Preschool will close its doors in June. Monsignor George Schroeder blamed the rising costs of personnel and utilities compared with flat parish contributions.

Monday, March 15

Skiers to test their skills at festival

Four days, three events and more than 100 racers will step into the spotlight this week in Steamboat Springs during the annual J4 Junior Olympic Festival.

Sloppy but successful week

Steamboat Springs High School soccer coach Rob Bohlmann returned from a season-opening road trip with mixed emotions.

Sailors open tennis season at home with pair of wins

It took a come-from-behind effort in the opening match against Hotchkiss, but the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team completed its first weekend of play without a loss.

Lane Shipley shines at Junior Olympics

Skier Lane Shipley arrived at last week's J3 Junior Olympic Championships in Winter Park with a simple game plan.

The Record for March 16

Sunday, March 14 12:48 a.m. Men reportedly were looking in the windows of vehicles in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. Steamboat Springs police investigated.

Justice center plans move ahead

Plan could go to bid in June, but wetland fill permit must be resolved

Architects are working on construction details for the new Routt County justice center with the goal of offering the plan for bid in June.

Rose leads the way

Fifteen-year-old Lowell Whiteman student Paul Rose surprised everybody -- including himself -- at the Junior National Cross County Skiing Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Reprieve for Education Fund

Legislation to outlaw city's half-cent sales tax defeated -- for now

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund is safe -- at least temporarily.

Stagecoach park faces closures

Budget cuts could mean fewer operating days for state park

The governor's chief economist asked the state Legislature on Monday to reverse $2.9 million in budget cuts that would force Stagecoach State Park in South Routt County to close two or three days per week this summer.

City newsletter goes online

The city hopes a new electronic newsletter will help it reach more residents.

Heritage tourism program developed

The city of Steamboat Springs is leading the charge in a regional heritage tourism project.

CNCC facing budget cuts

County commissioners meet with school representatives

Colorado Northwestern Community College faces hefty budget cuts though enrollment numbers are increasing, college officials told Routt County commissioners Monday.

Program for young offenders may be cut

Programs designed to keep young offenders out of jail could lose two-thirds of the $90 million in funding statewide, which could mean big cuts for Routt County's program.

Briefs for March 16

Legislation is passed extending child tax credit

Sunday, March 14

Oak Creek hosting car show

Great Race cars will head to Decker Park in June

Antique car-lovers across Routt County work tirelessly in old garages and barns to bring some of the world's classic cars back to life.

Tom Ross: Granular snow is ripe for the pickin'

Steamboat corn harvest swings into high gear and can prove great if you know when to go 'pick'

St Patrick's Day is near, and already it's time to get out on the hill and begin the corn harvest.

Briefs for March 15

Bereavement support group meets Tuesdays Mending A Broken Heart, a five-week bereavement support group, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in March at the Visiting Nurse Association offices. The group will provide education and support for anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one. Call Katy Thiel, at 879-1632, ext. 33, before attending a meeting.

The Record for March 15

Saturday, March 13 2:01 a.m. A purse was reported stolen at the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. Police took a report.

Recreation plans to be shown off

Routt National Forest, Routt County and Steamboat Lake State Parks have five winter recreation action plans for each of two areas, drafted with comments from more than 600 letters and more than 250 people at meetings.

Council talks big-box

Officials consider imposing an emergency ordinance

The City Council is considering an emergency ordinance to impose a 90-day moratorium on big-box stores.

Saturday, March 13

Briefs for March 14

Daschle named to dean's list Steamboat springs Cadet Michael Daschle, the son of Dave and Cheri Daschle of Steamboat Springs, was named to the dean's list at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Daschle is concentrating his studies in philosophy and plans to graduate in May, after which he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

Ronald Glenn Koehler (1922-2004)

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Ron Koehler passed away March 6, 2004. He was 81.

The Record for March 14

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.

Nation's best ski jumpers face off

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick was hanging out on a beach in Hawaii on Saturday, relaxing after another busy winter of World Cup competition.

John F. Russell: Athletes jumping into spring, the future

Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Clint Jones going head to head on the jumps in Steamboat Springs.

SoBe it

Skiers, riders hit Mavericks Superpipe

Lex and Tori Carrigan-Koski, 17-year-old fraternal twins and members of the Steamboat Mavericks Freeride Team, won the men's and women's open snowboarding divisions at the third annual SoBe Maverick's Superpipe Challenge, collectively winning $4,000 -- a reason to celebrate.

Extension may never take off

City staff: No plans to extend runway in near future; report tells different story

City officials continue to say they have no intention of extending the runway at the Steamboat Springs Airport any time soon, but a September report indicates otherwise.

Sales tax proves to be vulnerable

Legislators, school officials fight to keep Education Fund legal

Several events over the past few years served as reminders that the city's half-cent sales tax for education is not built on a rock-solid foundation.

Flattops Water deal finds buyers, awaits claiming water rights

Buyers in Eagle County are in line for $5 million of Routt County water, but the project that would provide it has yet to be approved and is facing concerns from water users and officials.

Celebrating Steamboat's diversity

A West African man sat toward the front of the class, slowly growing more and more embarrassed. His teacher, Anne Lushine, had asked him a simple question, "Do you like the snow?"

Spotlight: Randall Hannaway

Randall Hannaway Age: 40 Occupation: Real estate broker Place of birth: Des Moines, Iowa

Briths for March 13

Abigail Rose Linner, daughter of Laurel and David Linner of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:55 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Larry and Leslie Herchline of Plain City, Ohio, and David and Evie Linner of Stillwater, Minn.

Calendar for March 14

Monday, March 15 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preschool story hour is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Wendy at 736-8371 or 638-4654.

Learning the lay of the land

Yampa ranger brings experience, philosophy to Routt National Forest

Growing up on a ranch in West Texas, where his family ran almost 1,000 head of cattle on three 26-square-mile ranches, Oscar Martinez quickly learned about managing land and dealing with natural occurrences such as serious drought.

Exchange students have 'big' fun

Swedish children get taste of America while staying with host families in Steamboat

Big. From our buildings to our cars to our meals, "big" is the adjective a group of Swedish students will use to describe America to their friends and families back home.

Sound off for March 14

Courthouse will contribute It is frustrating to see this community spend thousands of dollars and hours researching, developing and implementing a community plan that is then disregarded by our county commissioners. When the new courthouse was defeated last November, it wasn't necessarily because of the proposed location. I think our residents have been very clear through the community planning process that a vibrant downtown center is important. A courthouse downtown will contribute to the community plan that so many people have invested in. With all of this community input, why would the commissioners look to an alternate site out of town? It seems they are discounting the thoughts and efforts of their constituents.

Ava Winkler: A home's tribute

A historic house in Oak Creek is gone. A home recently was built after our old home was torn down, but I wanted to say a few words in honor of our old place.

Brett KenCairn: Support alternatives

Having grown up and worked in community development and natural resource stewardship in small towns across the West (originally a Wyoming native), I am deeply familiar with the culture and social and economic development dynamics of small Western communities.

Ben Beall: Emerald significant

The Emerald Mountain Project is a significant and long-term benefit for the residents and visitors of Routt County. The project, 10 years in the making, to limit development on the 6,300-acre State Land Board parcel and open this parcel for public use, is complicated.

Steve Lewis: Bringing in chains takes money out of the valley

Competition makes you better. Thus, recent articles conclude Gart Sports will be good for Steamboat Springs. Sure, the national chain store will bring lower prices, spur local merchants to provide better service, and plug some of our leakage of sales to other communities. But look a little deeper, and you may become a skeptic.

Our View: Faulty logic behind effort

It's ironic that at a time when the state is struggling to figure out how to pay for public education, the House majority leader is trying to outlaw Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education.

A hut experience for first-timers

Never Summer Nordic offers milder backcountry yurt experience

A backcountry hut trip doesn't have to be an ordeal.

Permits for March 14

Steamboat Springs Classic Homes, Inc. 931 Falling Water Lane Owner/Contractor Single-family residence $472,140

Spring at the pump

Gasoline prices could hit $2 a gallon in Spring

With gas prices threatening to break through the $2 ceiling this spring, residents may feel the crunch when fueling up, but tourists are not expected to cut out Steamboat Springs travel plans.

Atlanta flights 90 percent full

More than 26,670 travelers flew into YVRA in February

Yampa Valley Regional Airport saw its second busiest February in five years when 26,670 passengers disembarked from arriving commercial flights last month. Arriving passengers outnumbered February 2003 by more than 1,900.

Builders in self-help program feel 'blessed'

Self-help housing brought renters' dream of homeownership to life

Building a home in Steamboat Springs seemed like an unrealistic dream for Matt Irvin.

RALF turns to area towns for self-help housing

Program could shut down if there's no participation

Low- to moderate-income residents interested in building a home in Hayden or Oak Creek have the opportunity to do so with a program that can save them tens of thousands of dollars.

transactions for March 14

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Friday, March 12

News in brief for March 13

State representatives, senators honored

the Record for March 13

Thursday, March 11 3:58 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 1000 block of 13th Street.

CSAP-driven changes defended

Teachers and officials in the Hayden School District are defending standardized-test-driven changes in curriculum under criticism from parents that the district is becoming too focused on such tests.

Curve Market to close

Curve Market and Deli will close within a month, and Steamboat True Value will take its place.

Humphrey in court on 3 cases

A Steamboat Springs woman charged with stealing more than $7,000 from Go-Fer Foods appeared in court Friday, first saying she wanted to enter innocent pleas for counts in three cases, and then deciding to wait for the district attorney to make plea offers.

Jim Stanko: Accept justice center location

During the past few weeks, I have read with great disappointment articles where some disgruntled individuals wish to change the site of the future Routt County justice center. It is very discouraging that they are trying to second-guess the voters of Routt County with nothing more than "sour grapes" and without using common sense.

Boy, 15, eludes police in parents' car

A 15-year-old boy reportedly took his parents Jaguar on a high-speed ride through downtown Steamboat Springs on Thursday night, evading police before abandoning the sedan in a parking lot.

State weed rules give Routt County guidelines

When rules for the 2003 Colorado Noxious Weed Act came out last week, Routt County Weed Control Supervisor Matt Custer said he was happy with what he read.

Thursday, March 11

Order soap box derby cars

Fourth annual Steamboat race to take place May 15

Four years ago, Andrew Culas lost by 7/10,000 of a second. Coming that close to first place has encouraged him and his father, Ray Culas, to keep trying.

Hayden annexation approved

The Hayden Planning Commission approved a recommendation to the Hayden Town Board on Thursday to proceed with annexing 676 acres on the south side of town for a residential subdivision and golf course.

Shipley shines

Steamboat skier takes third in giant slalom

A blazing second run in a boy's giant slalom Thursday boosted Steamboat Springs ski racer Lane Shipley to third place in the J3 Junior Olympic giant slalom in Winter Park.

Parnell steps up for Sailors

Two years with the Steamboat Springs High School girl's tennis team has given Kelli Parnell a pretty good idea of what it takes to be a No. 1 singles player.

Looking up, feeling small

If you feel as though you're looking up when you look into an Ann Root painting, there's probably a reason.

Committee votes on grant funds

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman gave a minute-long presentation about why Oak Creek desperately needed improvements to its water system in front of the state committee administering Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grants.

Commission gives feedback on plan

Planning Commission to write letter to Ski Corp. supporting Forest Service's comments

The city Planning Commission voted to write a letter supporting the U.S. Forest Service's comments on the Steamboat Ski Area's master plan.

Sierra View annexation hearing date set

The public hearing to annex the 51-lot Sierra View subdivision in Oak Creek will be held next month, which developers say could get them moving on the building process this summer.

City to begin ticketing

Steamboat will give tickets to repeat leash-law offenders

The city will add some bite to its leash-law enforcement, threatening to give tickets to repeat offenders.

A painter and a pizza guy

Musical duo plays for food, fun

For now, the two-man band is calling itself Painter and a Pizza Man, because that's what the two men are. Keyboard player Cary Kamperschroer paints houses for a living, and guitar player Chris Utterberg delivers pizzas for Cugino's.

News in brief for March 12

Career and Educational Expo on Monday at school

Superpipe competition Saturday

There are 1,200 reasons free skier Gina Gmeiner is excited about competing in the third annual SoBe Mavericks Superpipe Challenge on Saturday.

Briefs for March 12

Fund-raiser at CHS March 26 Brent Rowan will perform for Christian Heritage School's Annual Auction Fund-raiser on March 26. This year's theme, "The Fingerprints of God," celebrates the children at CHS. A silent auction starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dessert. The evening's entertainment starts at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $25, and reservations must be made in advance as seating is limited. Call 879-1760.

Should Pluto be demoted?

Some astronomers suggest the 'planet' may not be a planet

When a group of astronomers met in 1999 and suggested that Pluto may not be a planet, they could never have imagined how upset people would get.

Autumn Phillips: Unstable creativity

Why do all the people I admire die in insane asylums? That's how I began my journal that year. And it was mostly true.

Band becomes communal

For anyone who listened to the Brotherhood of Groove's first album, "Pocket Full of Funk," you may or may not be happy to hear that Brandon Tarricone has escaped the confines of his head.

Shifting scene gives way

Tishamingo filling the void left by other bands

With Widespread Panic taking 2004 off from the road, with String Cheese Incident in Europe, Australia and Japan until summer, and with Phish playing fewer and fewer shows, a musical void is waiting to be filled. Tishamingo is ready to fill it.

Nightlife for March 12

Bill Martin plays at 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St. Free. Dinner reservations recommended. Call 879-4925.

The Record for March 12

Wednesday, March 10 2:49 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 2900 block of Whistler Road. A verbal warning was given.

Wednesday, March 10

The Record for March 11

12:11 a.m. A man was arrested in the 21000 block of Mount Werner Road on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

County: Marchus took files

Former building official says he returned personnel files

Routt County officials are asking former Chief Building Official Mark Marchus to return missing copies of at least two personnel files and have said that if they are not returned, a lawsuit could follow.

Housing Authority in full swing

The newly formed housing authority's first piece of business is looking for a director to head the multijurisdictional agency.

ASC reports improvement

Ski area has made up for 1 percent loss in November

A few record days during the December holidays weren't enough to keep Steamboat skier visits from slipping by 6,000 skiers.

Oak Creek board starts annexation

Starting an annexation process for the 51-lot Sierra View subdivision will be one focus of tonight's Oak Creek Town Board meetings.

Briefs for March 11

State Sen. Jack Taylor and Rep. Al White will be guest speakers at the Routt County Republicans' annual Lincoln Day Dinner. The event begins at 5 p.m. April 10 at the Old Town Pub, and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A fund-raising auction will be held after dinner. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from Amy Williams at the Routt County Courthouse. Call 879-6048.

Track season bright

Steamboat looking to send many to state meet

Sometimes the weather cooperates -- even in Steamboat Springs.

Soccer coach optimistic

Steamboat girls outlook is good heading into season

After watching the 30 girls who showed up to play on this year's Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team for the past three weeks, coach Rob Bohlmann is feeling pretty good about the upcoming season.

Officials defend sales tax

Decision on legality of Steamboat's half-cent tax expected Monday

State Rep. Al White believes he has the votes to fend off proposed legislation that would make illegal Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education.

USFS seeking resources

Forest Service planning ahead for summer forest fires

The U.S. Forest Service needs help from individuals and businesses that could help provide resources to firefighters in the event of a wildfire this summer.

Tuesday, March 9

Our View: Park idea is for the dogs

The city of Steamboat Springs doesn't need a dog park; it needs responsible, considerate dog owners.

Forum starts master plan process

Longtime Hayden resident Forrest Frentress loaned an out-of-town friend his truck to drive into town. When the friend came back, he told Frentress everyone in town waved to him. "They weren't waving at you," Frentress told him. "They were waving at the truck."

Town Web site up and running

Hayden residents can research town codes, track the activities of the Town Board and Planning Commission, or read upcoming agendas or past meeting minutes without leaving home.

Schools ready for concerts

Hayden School District's music program is preparing for several presentations in March and April.

Education fund challenged

Legislation would outlaw Steamboat's half-cent sales tax for schools

State Rep. Keith King has proposed legislation that would outlaw Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education, which raises about $1.8 million annually for small class-size, technology, capital projects and other items.

Council OKs $10K for bubble

Spurred by a $10,000 donation from the tennis community, the City Council gave the go-ahead for architectural and engineering studies to replace the tennis bubble.

Steamboat's transit future discussed

Tuesday night, the City Council got a preview of what would be needed to complete the transit improvements suggested in the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update.

Chamber dinner tonight

Event is designed to help boost interest and membership

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce is bustling but struggling.

New plans for Sunburst on agenda

Developers will show a new concept for a 900-acre subdivision to the Hayden Planning Commission at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

County uses leftover funds

Money for stove conversions to be used on conservation

Routt County commissioners on Tuesday decided to use funds left over from a late-1990s stove conversion program for a land conservation project in the county.

County's flood plain maps updated

Residents who want to comment on updated 100-year flood plain maps for Routt County have until June 7.

Hearing on plan postponed

Community Area Plan adoption hearing is pushed back

The Area Plan Coordinating Committee's desire to see a final version of the area plan update before holding an adoption hearing will force the meeting to be postponed.

Pot case off to federal court

Federal judge makes ruling on medical marijuana seizure case

A case involving contempt citations for officers who seized medicinal marijuana from a Hayden man last fall will be heard in federal court, a judge ruled Tuesday

Shipley sets pace, wins title

Lane Shipley isn't old enough to drive a car, but he reached 64 mph on a pair of skis Tuesday morning en route to winning the J3 Junior Olympic Downhill title in Winter Park.

MacCarthy, Rose leading 'Boat pack

Cross country skiers Sarah MacCarthy and Paul Rose led the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in the first event of the Junior National Championships held Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Wrestlers end 20-year drought

Despite the absence of three wrestlers, the Steamboat Springs Middle School team captured second place at Saturday's tournament hosted by Soroco.

Icy plunge to fund medical equipment

A group of brave souls are preparing to leap into the icy water of Lake Catamount later this month, in an effort to raise funds toward the purchase of innovative emergency-medical-training equipment.

Briefs for March 10

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is at her Oak Creek home awaiting the second of four surgeries on her knees.

The Record for March 10

1:32 a.m. A verbal domestic dispute was reported in the 800 block of Weiss Circle. Steamboat Springs police officers found marijuana paraphernalia in the residence, and a citation was given.

Monday, March 8

January sales tax up 3.53 percent

The city is off to a strong start in sales tax receipts with January up 3.53 percent from the previous year.

Tennis bubble 'falling down'

The City Council weighs options for replacing center's cover

The Steamboat Springs Tennis Bubble is coming apart a little each day.

Forecast dim for kayakers

Snowpack is below 30-year average, less than last year at this time

A forecast calling for blue skies and mild temperatures in Northwest Colorado doesn't bode well for small-stream irrigators and kayakers.

Petition to retain Marchus presented

A petition asking that Mark Marchus be returned to his position as head of the Regional Building Department was given to Routt County commissioners Monday.

Fletcher helps division bring home the gold

If you ask jumping and Nordic combined coach Chris Gilbertson, he'll say the Rocky Mountain Division's gold medals at last weekend's 2004 Junior Olympic championships in Anchorage, Alaska, were not unexpected -- but nice just the same.

The ride to the World Cup

After spending more than a week on the road with some of Steamboat Springs' top snowboarders, Pro-Am coach Thedo Remmelink was a bit tired when the van pulled into the Howelsen Hill parking lot Saturday.

Successful showings

Duals cap off good week for Steamboat freestyle skiers

The final day of the Rocky Mountain Divisional in Steamboat Springs was a good one for U.S. Ski Team member and hometown favorite Lauren Crawford.

P'burg water/land contract expected today

Routt County is expected to buy land in Phippsburg for a water treatment building, a crucial step to making the improvements this year.

News in brief

9Health Fair is April 3 at the middle school

The Record for March 9

Sunday, March 7 12:03 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 3400 block of Hiawatha Court. The Steamboat Springs Police Department investigated and found no problems.

Rabbit Ears Motel owner dies at 81

Ron Koehler enjoyed a lot of things in life, but he had only two true loves -- his family and his motel.

County weighs impact fees for roads

To help fund road improvements as the Stagecoach and Steamboat Lake communities develop, Routt County officials are studying impact fees.

Sunday, March 7

Museum aims to update

With recent funding, Tread of Pioneers to work on inventory

Until this year, the Tread of Pioneers Museum has struggled financially to keep its doors open. Taking on large-scale projects such as cataloging the entire collection never crossed the historians' minds.

Tom Ross: Martha Stewart scandal inspires entrepreneurs

There are three types of people in the world; how do you feel about the convicted homemaker?

There are two kinds of people in the world this morning. First, there are those who think Martha Stewart got what was coming to her and relished seeing her knocked off her high horse.

The Record for March 8

7:31 a.m. Police were requested for a civil standby in the 2400 block of Downhill Drive.

Resource guide ready for teens

"Who do I talk to about the drugs I found in my teenagers backpack?" "I think my child is becoming sexually active, who do I call?"

Briefs for March 8

A 22-year-old Hayden man was arrested last week after he allegedly stole a man's vehicle and drove it off the road.

Saturday, March 6

Maynard Short: Executive session?

The Emerald Mountain Partnership has been trying to muzzle the voice of the Citizens Group for some time, and they have now found a way.

Our View: Big-box blues or benefits?

Gart Sports is coming to Steamboat Springs. Gauging the impact the national sporting goods chain will have is not easy -- there are pluses and minuses. And while the city has held discussions about ways to limit big-box growth, there is no reasonable argument to prevent the store from coming.

Dan Blau: 'Passion' message

In her letter last Wednesday, Lynne Heilbron claimed that the message of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" is love and compassion rather than anti-Semitism.

Omar M. Campbell: Justice center traffic

In the March 4 edition of the Steamboat Today, there was another article about the final location of the justice center that announced an organization was forming to lobby for the downtown location.

Susie Moran: Basketball thanks

To everyone connected with Steamboat Springs High School basketball, thank you for all of your time and energy that went into an exciting year.

Memory of a soldier

Mark Lawton's family struggles to go on without him

Sherri Lawton lives on a dirt road about five miles outside of Hayden at the end of a long driveway. She rarely leaves except to get groceries or make a trip to Wal-Mart.

Dog owners nip leash laws

A designated dog park could be best compromise, some say

As Edie Fogliano walked her golden retriever, Sage, up Spring Creek Trail, her surroundings were peculiarly quiet for a sunny Friday afternoon.

Taylor, White tackle deficit

State legislators made their case for solving a budget crisis created in part by the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights and Amendment 23 during a town meeting held Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden prepares to grow

Residents enjoy small-town charm

Longtime Hayden resident Forrest Frentress loaned an out-of-town friend his truck to drive into town. When the friend came back, he told Frentress everyone in town waved to him. "They weren't waving at you," Frentress told him. "They were waving at the truck."

Selisa Faith Bugg: Feb. 26, 2004.

Selisa Faith Bugg, daughter of Leslie and Martin Bugg of Hayden, was born at 4:42 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Her siblings are Amanda and Jennifer Bugg. Her grandparents are Dolores Orpi of Hayden, Michael Orpi of Craig, and Sonny and Maryann Lieske of Milner.

Avalon Rose Faith Thunstrom: Feb. 26, 2004

Avalon Rose Faith Thunstrom, daughter of Courtnay and Nils Thunstrom of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:06 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2004. She weighed 4 pounds and 13 ounces and was 17.75 inches long. Her sibling is Daisy Thunstrom. Her grandparents are Judy and Gordon Jones of Steamboat Springs, and Annie and Mike Tryon of San Diego.

Old West in new light

Steamboat artist adds color to vintage images

The pioneer photographer Laton A. Huffman would be stunned if he could visit Two Rivers Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs. And he almost certainly would approve of the painstaking hand-coloring by Janna Marxuach-Steur that enhances his sepia-toned images.

routt county Spotlight: Diane Moore

Diane Moore Age: Old enough Occupation: Social work Place of birth: Lincoln, Neb.

Maxwell William Wilcox: Feb. 23, 2004

Maxwell William Wilcox, son of Marjorie and Benjamin Wilcox of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:29 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces and was 18 inches long. His siblings are Naomi and Zachary Wilcox. His grandparents are Mary and William Roberts of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and Susan and John March of Fountain Valley, Calif.

Mogul skiers take the stage

SSWSC member places second in Rocky Mountain Divisional

Mike Friedberg and Alison Levy took top honors in the first of three mogul events at the Rocky Mountain Divisional championships in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat opens baseball season today

For once, it seems, the Steamboat Springs baseball team caught a break, though it came at the expense of another program.

Lights, camera, action

Soda Creek fifth-graders shine in front of camera, work behind the scenes

Directing has more than one meaning in the audio/visual room at the back of Soda Creek Elementary School's media center.

Class notes for March 7

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club recently named Bailey Draper, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, its January student of the month.

Aliyah Vanessa Saldivar Schmidt: Feb. 24, 2004

Aliyah Vanessa Saldivar Schmidt, daughter of Leann Schmidt and Cesar Arturo Saldivar of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:05 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Her sibling is Dylan Schmidt. Her grandparents are Otto and Peggy Schmidt of Meeker, Maria del Refujio Balbuena of Chihuahua, Mexico, and Jose Arturo Saldivar of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Transactions for March 7

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer n ROBERT VAIL BARNES TRUST AND MARY JOHANNA BARNES TRUST, BARNES, ROBERT VAIL, TRUSTEE BARNES, MARY JOHANNA, TRUSTEE TO NERESON, RONALD G. AND NERESON, SHARON M., NO EXHIBIT ATTACHED -- $66,100

Big-box competition?

Steamboat sports stores not worried about Gart, focus on expertise, service

An advertisement in the Denver newspaper Thursday touted Rossignol skis for $60, Nordica boots for $75 and fleece vests, your choice, for $10. How will Steamboat Springs' sporting goods stores compete with those prices when Gart Sports comes to town?

Resident property tax bills down

Routt County Assessor Amy Williams predicted in June 2003 that residential property taxpayers in Routt County would not see a painful increase in taxes when their notices arrived in early 2004. In many cases, she was correct.

Hayden may get high-end subdivision

The first high-end subdivision in the Hayden area is up for final approval. The developers of Hidden Springs Ranch hope to begin selling lots -- which start at $169,000 -- within the next month.

Hazel E. Steele (1916-2004)

Former Oak Creek resident Hazel E. Steele passed away March 1, 2004, in Boulder. She was 87.

Rodney RaY Van Winkle (1943-2004)

Former Routt County resident Rodney Ray Van Winkle died March 1, 2004, in Grand Junction. He was 60.

The Record for March 7

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.

Drip by drip

Homemade ice wall keeps residents in practice

In John Beaupre's back yard, a 52-foot wall of ice rises up, glowing blue from the spotlights that allow climbers to see the next hold late into the night.

Medical center gets a face-lift

Oak Creek's 40-year-old facility is repainted, renovated and ready for business

When patrons walk in the door of the South Routt Medical Center in Oak Creek, they can't help but notice the building's new look, receptionist Donna Sullivan said.

South Routt calendar

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

John F. Russell: Athletes wait out the winter

The temperatures are rising, the snow seems a little wetter as it falls, and if you've walked through the hallways and gyms of Steamboat Springs High School, you know that spring is in the air.

SOS teaching lifelong lessons

The snowboarding is the fun part, but the lifelong lessons the Snowboard Outreach Society seeks to teach its students are the important part.

Competing with style

Steamboat Pentathlon participants finish races their own way

Inspired. Tired. Wired. More than 270 people -- a new record -- took part in the 13th annual Steamboat Pentathlon on Saturday at Howelsen Hill, and almost all finished one of Steamboat's most grueling annual events with a different expression on his or her face and a different emotion in his or her body.

Wind fails to chill action

Steamboat's Mader takes second place in girls junior moguls

A stiff, cold wind blew across the Voodoo mogul course for most of the afternoon, but it did little to chill the efforts of Steamboat Springs' Caterina Mader or Team Summit's Jordan Poyfair.

Stettner receives Hazie Award

The odor was unbearable. Arianthe Stettner and Jayne Hill ducked into the crawl space to search for the source of the stink, where they found a pile of dead skunks -- which complemented the piles of dead mice they found in the walls.

Sound off for March 7

I'd like to do everything I can to keep you from printing Maureen Dowd's columns in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. This is a Christian nation. The movie "The Passion of the Christ" is all about Christianity. Dowd doesn't have any idea what Christianity is all about or she would not write what she wrote. She has written other commentaries that are way, way off base. I don't see why this newspaper has to print the things she writes, and I will do everything I can think of to keep you from doing it.

Friday, March 5

The Record for March 6

2:19 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported driving up Emerald Mountain. The driver was given a warning.

Cantina acquires Mambo

The owners of the Cantina restaurant on Lincoln Avenue have purchased a popular Italian restaurant on the other side of the street.

Briefs for March 6

The Wooden Ski Rendezvous and membership drive for Friends of the Routt Backcountry, a nonprofit group representing nonmotorized backcountry users, begins at 9 a.m. March 13 at the Columbine Cabins at the base of Hahn's Peak. Events include a pine-tarring clinic, retro ski costume event, races and lunch. Call 879-4947.

School offers more courses

High school registration continues through next week

From being able to repair a leaky pipe to solving advanced mathematical equations, Steamboat Springs High School Principal Dave Schmid and his staff want to provide their students with every opportunity to prepare themselves for success in the post-graduation world.

Roommates reach plea agreement

Three roommates pleaded guilty to possessing 1 to 8 ounces of marijuana in exchange for having charges of intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia dropped.

Taylor, White host meeting

Senator, representative to talk to Steamboat residents today

State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, will host a town-hall style meeting from 11 a.m. to noon today at Centennial Hall.

Mayor, trustees to seek re-election

Hayden Mayor Chuck Grobe will run uncontested for a third consecutive term, while three incumbents and a first-time candidate will vie for three seats on the Town Board in the April 6 municipal election.

Norris to challenge Rodeman

Eight residents file for three trustee seats in Oak Creek

Bill Norris will challenge Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman in the town's April election.

Thursday, March 4

The Record for March 5

7:30 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported near the intersection of Curve Plaza and Shield Drive.

Carpet dealer talks international business

Tonight's slideshow and lecture by Tom Atiyeh will give listeners as much of a chance to learn about Oriental rugs as it will be an opportunity to learn about conducting business on an international level.

Fire prevention plan begins

City implements mapping system for wildland fire program

The city is implementing a mapping system that will link to information about structures, part of a $115,000 federal grant targeted at fighting and preventing wildland fires.

Which band member is Cletus?

Cletus and the Burners (formerly known as Cletus and the Barn Burners until a cease-and-desist order came from a Baltimore band of the same name) have such a great fan base in Colorado that they are moving here.

Board hears petition

Annexation proceedings can move to next stage

The Hayden Town Board did not discuss developers' request to annex 676 acres into the town as part of a planned 900-acre subdivision. Instead, the board simply passed a resolution stating the developers can move on to the next stage of the annexation proceedings.

Resident wants airport in plan

Walter Scott asks city to put its future in update

A resident is asking the city to consider updating its long-term plans for the Steamboat Springs Airport as it moves toward adopting the area community plan.

Briefs for March 5

As part of the 2004 Listening Tour, Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, will host a town-hall style meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Commission backs Spanish program

Michael Loomis doesn't remember much of the German he studied toward the end of his high school career, but the Spanish he picked up while he was young sticks with him to this day.

Free fallin'

New tricks, practice pay off for skier

A little extra practice paid off big for 15-year-old freestyle skier Nic DeVos in Thursday's Rocky Mountain Divisional aerial event.

Planners: Deny coal haul

Twentymile Coal Co. should not be allowed to increase the amount of coal it hauls over Routt County Road 27 because the trucks can be dangerous to the public, Routt County planning commissioners said Thursday.

Junior traveling the write way

Steamboat highschooler won essay contest, trip to New York

Thank goodness for overnight deliveries. Without them, Steamboat Springs High School junior Justin Krause wouldn't be headed to New York City today.

Trusts are big part of real estate

Real estate in Steamboat Springs often is sold and purchased by trusts rather than individuals.

Autumn Phillips: Everything's relative

This was a stressful week. I share the following story to remind myself that life can be far more stressful than any mental pushing and shoving from my current life.

Performance a 'spiritual experience'

Chee-Yun moved to the United States when she was 13. She didn't speak a word of English, but that didn't matter to Dorothy DeLay, her teacher at The Juilliard School.

Shake it all night long

Lisa Brisbois considers herself as much an actor as she is a musician. She plays rhythm guitar, but more important, she plays the part of Malcolm Young, guitar player for AC/DC.

Brief points

Yampa Valley Recycles picked

For the love of fishing

Talk to Terry Lang about his art, and his explanations are one-sentence simple.

21 under 31

Works of rising stars of contemporary Western art at the Grand

Traditionally, scenery is idealized in landscape painting. The canvas is a perfect composition of trees and water. If a road runs through the scene, it is a winding dirt road. Guard rails are erased for the pleasure of the viewer. Piles of dirt and heavy equipment from nearby construction are conveniently cropped out of the picture.

Nightlife

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

Wednesday, March 3

Drake to speak at football coaching clinic

Former Steamboat Springs football coach Mark Drake has been selected as a guest speaker for this weekend's National Nike Coach of the Year Football Clinic in Denver.

Sunburst plans scrapped

Hayden subdivision plans change, will annex almost 680 acres

More than a year's worth of planning for a 900-acre subdivision in Hayden has been scrapped, but new plans have been made in its place.

Gmeiner rocks halfpipe

Free skier Gina Gmeiner was happy to be back home Wednesday, and she showed it by dominating the women's halfpipe field at the Rocky Mountain Divisional.

Making it look easy

Lowell Whiteman's Cohn takes first

Lowell Whiteman student Jake Cohn made it look easy.

Hockey players reaching for stars

Steamboat's Bush, Lee, Timmerman headed to Colorado All-Star game

Steamboat Springs seniors Phil Bush, Cooper Lee and Chris Timmerman have been selected to participate in Saturday's 12th annual High School All-Star Hockey Game.

Chix stick it to Fort Collins

The Chix with Stix women's hockey team picked up a pair of wins over the weekend in Fort Collins.

Class-size question looms

Larger class sizes or significant program changes could be in store for the Steamboat Springs School District depending on how much funding it receives from the Education Fund Board.

Guest ranch on county planning agenda

Plans for a small guest ranch south of Stagecoach that would cater to horseback riders will come before the Routt County Planning Commission tonight.

The Record for March 4

Tuesday, March 2 12:39 a.m. A Routt County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle reportedly slid down a driveway in the 3600 block of Tree Haus Drive and did minor damage to another vehicle.

Justice center group forms

Residents who think Routt County's new justice center should stay in downtown Steamboat Springs rather than be moved west have formed the Friends of the Justice Center Inc.

Griffith given time to consider plea offer

A 36-year-old man charged with kidnapping, burglary and assault has been given time to consider a plea offer.

21 file against water right

Routt County, two South Routt towns and four metro districts are among the 21 parties that have filed statements of opposition to the city's application for a recreational water right.

Tuesday, March 2

The Record for March 3

Monday, March 1 2:56 a.m. A driver reportedly drove a vehicle into a ditch near the intersection of Fish Creek Falls Road and Alpine Drive.

Briefs for March 3

Scholastic book fair starts Monday at Soda Creek Soda Creek Elementary School hosts a scholastic book fair Monday through March 12. The hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

New town manager is on the job

A new man is at the helm in Hayden.

The dastardly doctor is in

Hayden schools to present their first melodrama

The young actors in the Hayden School District's upcoming play, "The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux," can barely contain themselves on stage. Reciting the melodramatic lines makes them giggle at themselves.

School officials defend CSAP-driven changes

Teachers and officials in the Hayden School District are defending standardized-test-driven changes in curriculum under criticism from parents that the district is becoming too focused on such tests.

Attorney discusses Marchus dismissal

Allegations made against building official

Former chief building officer Mark Marchus was fired on allegations that he had not created a good working environment at the Routt County Regional Building Department and that he violated county gift policies by taking stones being thrown away by a contractor, Marchus' attorney said Monday.

Sex assault suspect arrested in Texas

A 46-year-old man appeared in Routt County Court today on charges that he, as a person in a position of trust, sexually assaulted a child.

Young Einsteins get to work

Middle school students delve into science for annual fair

As deadlines loomed for the annual rite of science, Larry Haines saw a rush of parents and students visiting Pilot Office Supply.

Mustangs run wild on Sailors

Ralston Valley shows off speed in 64-54 win

Devin Borvansky watched every senior before him finish the basketball season with what ifs and he didn't want the same ending for him and his three other senior teammates.

Biking enthusiasts, prepare

Steamboat to host first 24-hour race this summer

Mountain-biking enthusiasts looking for an endurance test won't have to leave Steamboat Springs to find it this summer.

Our View: A rare opportunity

Voters in Routt County have a chance to do something this year that they don't often get to do -- elect a new congressman.

Lynne Heilbron: 'Passion' message

It is hard to imagine how anyone could think that the film, "The Passion of the Christ," is anti-Semitic.

YVCF denies city's request

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation denied the city's request to help streamline the city's process for deciding how to spend its community support dollars.

Alan Randell: Carver's death

Regarding the editorial, "We can learn from Carver's death," published Feb. 25 in the Steamboat Today: This was a tragic death, of course, but the lesson to be learned here is not the one you are teaching. Just because this person couldn't handle a particular recreational drug, doesn't mean the rest of us couldn't. By your logic, we should ban alcohol because some users become alcoholics.

Olivia's owners close store

Merchandise will be auctioned

Olivia's Home Furnishings, a fixture on Steamboat Springs' west side for more than six years, has closed. The remaining merchandise will be auctioned March 27.

S. Routt plans Assessment potluck

The South Routt community is planning a potluck meal in early May to discuss progress made since the South Routt Community Economic Assessment last August.

Mosquito prevention begins

Routt County officials plan to head off West Nile virus

Even with snow piled high and winter storms in the forecast, Routt County officials are talking about summer and what comes with it: swarms of mosquitoes and the West Nile virus.

Hayden video premieres Friday

Community documentary is about town's past, present and future

While the premiere of the Hayden Community Video is just two days away, some lucky individuals have seen it -- or at least a glimpse of it.

Briefs for March 4

Register for middle school boys lacrosse by March 15 Registration forms for middle school boys lacrosse are available at the Steamboat Springs Middle School administration office. Completed forms are due March 15. Call 870-6545.

SSWSC wins Sterling Award

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club was named Wednesday as the first recipient of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Sterling Anniversary Awards.

Monday, March 1

News in Brief for March 2

State Patrol arrests man in connection with theft

The Colorado State Patrol arrested a 54-year-old Wyoming man in connection with the theft of a truck and other charges after the man was stopped on suspicion of speeding on Rabbit Ears Pass, the State Patrol reported.

Sailors face defending state champs today

Steamboat, Ralston Valley square off at 7 p.m.

Nobody has beaten the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team at home this season. Coach Kelly Meek hopes his team can keep that streak intact when Steamboat faces defending state champion Ralston Valley in the first round of the state playoffs at 7 p.m. tonight.

Steamboat skiers are at home on Howelsen

There is no place like home. Well, at least for the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's junior development boy's teams. On Sunday, Steamboat's J4 skiers, which includes athletes 11 and 12 years old, swept the largest age division during a junior development mogul event held at Howelsen Hill.

Meadowgreen lot owners get improvement estimates

Subdivision is first in county to create, use Limited Improvement District

Lot improvements will cost Meadowgreen at Stagecoach owners between $20,000 and $40,000 but could triple the lot values, according to an assessor's estimates.

Council to appoint tax policy group

The Steamboat Springs City Council is expected to appoint nine members to the city's new tax policy group at tonight's council meeting. Recommended for appointment are Jack Dysart, Audrey Enever, Wade Gebhardt, Scott Glackman, John Greig, Nancy Nagler, Kenneth Solomon, Richard Tremaine and Frederick Wolf.

Area plan update issues linger

Commissioners unsure that plan will be ready for adoption by March 15

Routt County commissioners said Monday it will be difficult to have the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update ready for adoption in time for a joint meeting between the city and county March 15.

Montessori enrollment discussed

School Board tackles ways to implement strand

More questions than answers were posed during Monday's night's Steamboat Springs School board meeting as it looked at creating a multiyear Montessori pilot program.

Rocky Mountain Regionals in Steamboat this week

About 200 freestyle competitors are expected

About 200 competitors will have the chance this week to prove their talents against the area's best in big air, halfpipe, aerial and mogul events. The Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle Championships begin Wednesday and run through Sunday at Mount Werner.

Peabody signs agreement to buy Twentymile

Peabody Energy moved a step closer Monday to acquiring the biggest coal mine in Routt County and Colorado.

Storm boosts avalanche caution

The storm that brought almost 17 inches of snow to the high country surrounding Steamboat Springs over the past three days also increased avalanche danger in the northern part of the state.