News for Monday, May 31, 2004



Kayakers throng to new whitewater park

Kayakers in Steamboat are keeping a close eye on the "D-Hole" this year, one of the newest wave features along the Yampa River in town.

Tubing the Yampa a summer tradition

A warm spring could have the tubing season starting and ending earlier than usually this year.

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Running Series offers variety of courses

Whether you are a competitive racer or someone who simply likes to raise the heart rate, Northwest Colorado is the perfect place to get outdoors and run.

Hayden sets busy summer schedule

The small town of Hayden has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, now offering a multitude of summer activities, including festivals, concerts, a nationally televised rally car race, the Routt County Fair, a stock car racing series and a town-wide garage sale.

Botanic Park alive with color

The Yampa River Botanic Park is off of Pamela Lane in downtown Steamboat. It is accessible by the Yampa River Core Trail as well.

Pitch in to beautify city on Saturday

Volunteers sought for 15th annual Green Up-Clean Up Day

The next time you enjoy the flowers outside the Routt County Courthouse, you can thank 11-year-old Jeffrey Gay and 12-year-old Jamie Gay. The two helped plant the flowers last year as part of the annual Green Up-Clean Up Day.

P'burg leaving dry behind

Liquor store plans elicit mixed reactions from residents

Pam and Jack Huston sit on the porch of their blue and white home off a dusty road in the middle of Phippsburg.

Steamboat's Fish Creek Falls a wondrous site

It is little wonder why thundering Fish Creek Falls is one of Routt County's most popular attractions every summer and fall.

Drop a line while you're away

The mountains and valleys of Northwest Colorado offer countless opportunities to fish for trout, and in many cases, the farther you are willing to walk down a wilderness trail, the better your chances of catching lots of fish.

Steamboat Springs boasts premier tennis facility

With four indoor and six outdoor hydrocourt clay tennis courts, four outdoor hard courts and a nationally recognized professional staff, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs is Northwest Colorado's premier tennis facility.

Northwest Colorado features miles of hiking trails

More than 900 miles of trails are available for use in the Routt National Forest, an expansive area of beautiful foliage, mountain streams and diverse wildlife that blankets Northwest Colorado.

Kremmling: Gateway to variety of attractions

Like so many small communities in the rural West, Kremmling came face to face with the specter of economic ruin when the town's primary employer closed the doors to its plant. The closing of Louisiana-Pacific's waferboard mill sent shock waves through this natural resource dependent community.

Craig: Big fun in a small-town atmosphere

Craig boasts a rural town atmosphere filled with small shops with unique wares and hometown service, sites embroiled with old West history and recreational opportunities for all ages.

Strings in the Mountains

This is an exciting year for the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival. After 17 years, the festival finally has a permanent home.

Pitch your tent close to home

There are many camping opportunities on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest outside of Steamboat Springs. From developed sites with picnic tables and fire grates to primitive camping both inside and outside Mount Zirkel Wilderness, visitors have many choices.

Be cool in Health and Rec pool

Nothing beats the heat like a day at the pool.

Phippsburg: Tracking Routt County's Railroad History

The unincorporated town of Phippsburg is a reminder of the importance the railroad business had in the county's past.

Pedaling the peaks: Northwest Colorado's best bicycle trails

On paved roads and dusty single track, bikes are guaranteed to be a fun and fast way to see Northwest Colorado.

Big-box law goes to council

Two weeks before a 90-day moratorium on big-box retail expires, the City Council is expected to approve permanent regulations for large retail stores.

Performing arts camps meets its match

Perry-Mansfield raises $500,000 to meet challenge grants toward $2M renovation

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp has met its match. Just 10 days before a critical June 1 deadline, Perry-Mansfield finished raising $500,000 to match three challenge grants from the Gates Family Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Honoring the greatest generation

World War II Veteran Lloyd Lockhart had tickets to go to the dedication of the new World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. this weekend. He decided not to go.

Gym offers less crowded summer programs

Summer registration is under way at the Steamboat Gymnastics Center. Classes are available for youth of all ability levels and will run from June 7 to Aug. 26.

Concerts will benefit teen center

Oak Creek will have its own free concert series this summer.

Rain doesn't stop weekend shoppers

A cool, damp Memorial Day didn't scare tourists, or residents, away from spending time downtown Steamboat Springs this weekend.

Tread of Pioneers Museum revisits the past

From mining to skiing to ranching, Routt County has a rich heritage.

Hot Springs a hot attraction

The Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the Yampa Valley's staple attractions that draws visitors during all seasons.

City sponsors adult leagues

Enjoy your summer evenings in Steamboat by playing in this town league with divisions for Men's, Women's and Co-ed teams.

Oak Creek: A small town with lots to see and do

This town of less than 900 people offers some of the best dining opportunities in Northwest Colorado. Some of its major restaurants, including Chinese, American, and Italian fare, draw visitors from across the state. The town also has a Main Street with several fun stores, including The Mugshot coffee shop with homemade pastries and a thrift store.

Craig: Hunting is a big draw

Even when Shawn Hansen lived in Oregon, he was aware of the reputation of hunting in Northwest Colorado.

Step back in time at the Museum of Northwest Colorado

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is a fine starting point to uncover the history of Moffat County.

Concert series offers great music at an unbeatable price

The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series has become a staple of the town's summertime allure.

Activities on the mountain

The Steamboat Ski Area isn't just a hub for winter activities. It has an even wider variety of activities in the summer with hiking, biking, gaming and dining.

Rifle: A new destination for rock climbers

With its location at the junctions of I-70 and Colorado Highway 13, Rifle is developing as a popular stop for tourists and visitors to the Northwest Colorado area, said Rifle Chamber of Commerce manager Patty Lambert.

Meeker: Fishing the White River

The upper White River boasts some of the finest fishing waters in Colorado. Much of the best fishing is on private land, owned by people who are committed to protecting spawn beds and fish habitat. If you want to fish in a private stretch you must have permission and should expect to pay for the privilege. There is still plenty of good fishing along the public access area.

Dinosaur offers stunning views

Dinosaur residents insist visitors do one thing: Check out the Dinosaur National Monument.

Stagecoach State Park

Stagecoach State Park draws visitors from across the state for boating, hiking and camping. Its 770-acre lake offers opportunities for water sports that are not available anywhere else in South Routt County. Combine that with the park's 1,600 acres of land and visitors find a place to enjoy all of their favorite summer recreational activities.

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South Routt: Flat Tops Wilderness

For sheer, natural scenery there are few trips that can top a visit to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

Meeker: From shopping to sheepdogs

You can find it all in Meeker --peace and serenity, breathtaking views, plenty of fishing, hiking and other outdoor options, really good restaurants, unique shops and a variety of accommodations.

Steamboat Springs is quickly becoming Golf Town U.S.A.

Steamboat Springs has long been known for its champagne powder in the winter and its friendly laid-back Western lifestyle in the summer.

Catch the thrill of professional rodeo events every weekend

Rodeo is a tradition that stretches back more than 100 years in Steamboat Springs.

Explore earth's wonders in Rangely

Would you like to visit somewhere that you can see Earth tell her history? Experience high desert sunsets? Be where native peoples cooked more then 12,000 years ago? Gaze on herds of wild horses? Ride four-wheelers and dirt bikes from daylight to dark? Float on the White River to the confluence of the Green?

Snowboard charity sends SOS out to bike riders

Through the Snowboard Outreach Society, youth in Routt County who may not otherwise have the opportunity to snowboard have learned to ride. In addition, because of SOS, snowboarding members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have found a well-run series close to home that gives them a chance to compete at a high level.