Stories for November 2004


Tuesday, November 30

Wrestlers to open season sans Gates

Doug Gates was working the chains during Soroco's final football game of the season when Whit Gates came running toward his father, knowing full well something was wrong.

Girls ready to hit the court

Twelve months ago, Hayden girls basketball coach Jayme Adams was caught a little off guard when the first game of the season arrived a bit quicker than she had hoped.

Police Blotter for Dec. 1

Tuesday, Nov. 23 11:51 a.m. Hayden police reportedly were asked to contact a resident who was suspected of harassing another driver or driving recklessly in Steamboat. The Hayden resident was not home.

Grapplers greet new top coach

When the Hayden High School wrestling team takes to the mats Saturday in Steamboat Springs, some familiar faces will be missing.

Boys back to basics

Tony Iacovetto only starter back for Soroco

Back to basics. For Soroco boys basketball coach Andy Smith, that's the first priority with a squad that includes only five upperclassmen.

New coach, experienced girls squad in Soroco

It's almost as if Danelle Rivera was meant to coach the Soroco girls basketball team.

Lock your cars, police say

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is reminding people to lock their vehicles and keep a close watch on their skis and snowboards.

MDs: Knee worse

Stahoviak may face leg amputation

Early last week, doctors cleaned out an infection in Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak's right knee that was so severe that some of her leg bone had to be removed in the process.

Briefs for Dec. 1

Advocates hosting self-defense seminar Saturday Advocates Against Battering and Abuse has rescheduled a self-defense seminar that was canceled in October. The free class will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Register by calling 879-2034.

Groundhog Cafe pops up

Hayden residents wanting a quick, hot breakfast on the way to work no longer have to settle for a donut from the gas station.

Meth hazards to be discussed

Jen Kenney sees the effects of methamphetamine use on a regular basis.

Veterans lead promising squad

Core of senior starters has improved steadily over three years playing together

Hayden boys basketball coach Shawn Baumgartner will be counting on senior leadership to lead the Tigers in the upcoming season.

The Record for Dec. 1

Monday, Nov. 29 4:19 a.m. A report was made of two suspicious men dressed all in black and snooping near a residence on Cedar Court.

Commissioners meet at state conference

Representatives from most of Colorado's 63 counties have been meeting since Monday to discuss issues such as transportation and how state budget troubles affect counties.

Holiday party Thursday

Tubing, caroling, refreshments for all ages at annual event

The annual community holiday party, a yearly reminder that Steamboat Springs has a little bit of Who-ville in its veins, will bring tubing, refreshments and caroling for all ages to Olympian Hall on Thursday.

Monday, November 29

Group forms for women to share stories

Every woman has a story.

Residents collecting donations to support troops

The 2003 holiday season was terrifying for Molly Hibbard.

Delays, cancellations no longer expected

New regulations at Yampa Valley Regional Airport that some feared would cause dozens of delays and flight cancellations this winter could be relaxed by the end of the week.

Stock shares converted to debt

American Skiing says constraints on capital spending loosened

American Skiing Co. officials said they expect to nearly double the company's capital budget for improvements at their seven ski resorts, including the Steamboat Ski Area.

Parking offenders warned

The Hayden Police Department gave out a slew of warnings Sunday morning for residents who parked in the street and impeded snow removal efforts.

Snow brings headaches, smiles

Storm causes flight delays, power outages

The weekend storm system that dropped 18 inches of snow and sent temperatures downward caused flight delays and power outages in the Yampa Valley.

The Record for Nov. 30

Sunday, Nov. 28 12:04 a.m. A complaint was made that a Jeep was pulling a sled in a parking lot on Pamela Lane.

Briefs for Nov. 30

Scholarship Day brings in $36,435 for SSWSC The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s annual Scholarship Day fund-raiser raised $36,435 for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Steamboat skiers out on top

The opening weekend, was a big weekend in the World Cup for athletes from Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, November 28

United Way at 86 percent

Organization's capital campaign will benefit The Haven

As Routt County's demographics shift, so do its residents' needs. That is why Karen Burley, director of The Haven Senior Assisted Living Center, is working hard to get ahead of a population wave heading her way.

Rate downtown experience

You can skip the soapbox. Those who ever have felt the urge to stand at the corner of Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue and shout out their opinions about changes to Steamboat Springs' downtown can get the job done on the Internet this month.

Chimney fire causes damage

A 1,600 square-foot Tree Haus home suffered moderate damage from a chimney fire that occurred early Saturday morning.

Accident sends 5 to hospital

One woman remains in the hospital and is in fair condition after a one-vehicle, rollover accident Saturday afternoon sent five people to the hospital.

More juvenile crime costs county

A growing expense for the Routt County Sheriff's Office points to a growing problem: increases in juvenile crime.

Hayden tree festival benefits community

Area youth and service groups will get creative with holiday spirit while benefiting their organizations or other community causes at the Tree Festival and Auction on Sunday.

News in brief for Nov. 29

Snow causes downed power lines, outages Heavy snow caused downed power lines and power outages throughout the city Saturday night.

The Record for Nov. 29

Saturday, Nov. 27 12:17 a.m. A chimney fire was reported in the 3600 block of Tree Haus Drive. The fire caused moderate damage to the house.

Tax board expects draft by 2005

Advisory group needs a writer to compile recommendations

The city's Tax Policy Advisory Board hopes to have its final report ready by the new year.

Monday Medical: Don't let holidays weigh you down

The holiday season typically is defined as the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. In terms of eating and overeating, that might be extended from a few days before Halloween to Super Bowl Sunday.

Tom Ross: Deep Sunday one for the record books

Powder skiing in Priest Creek was heavenly, and we're still dazed

You can write this down in your diary -- Nov. 28, 2004 -- DEEP SUNDAY! And to think I almost didn't go skiing yesterday.

Saturday, November 27

Student projects, minds take flight

Three ... two ... one ... liftoff.

Evan Michael Jones

Team seeks edge on ice

Sailors hockey has high hopes

When the high school hockey season opens this week, the Steamboat Springs High School team will be without 10 players who graduated after last year's run to the state playoffs.

Marthella Beck

Former Craig resident Marthella Beck passed away Oct. 23, 2004, in Billings, Mont. She was 89.

Nord case waits

No federal ruling on local medicinal marijuana case

Every day, Hayden resident Don Nord can't help but think about his medicinal marijuana case that is before a U.S. District Court in Denver.

Skateboard group proposed

When Josh Flaharty, 17, started skateboarding about four years ago, he was hooked immediately.

Raising the bar

Teen weightlifter shattering records and stereotypes

It's 6:30 a.m. and the Hayden High School parking lot is empty except for a lone gray Toyota truck parked outside the school's north entrance.

John Michael Mitchel

Skiers optimistic as season nears

Pasta dinners, team breakfasts and other group activities are just a few ideas new coach Chad Bowdre hopes to incorporate in his first year leading the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team.

Hayden investigator in Iraq

Ray Birch would be mortified if he knew he was the focus of a conversation between his family and a reporter sitting in his Hayden home.

Our View: Spot checks are spot on

There is such a thing as having too much fun, and when alcohol is involved, it can have fatal results, as recent events in Steamboat Springs tragically have proven.

The Record for Nov. 28

Friday, Nov. 26 1:40 a.m. A tow truck was requested in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive for a vehicle parked there during snow-plowing hours.

Waiting for a cure

Horizons helping family deal with life-altering disease

A little less than a year ago, Rick and Shelly St. Pierre's world was turned upside down by the news delivered by a crying doctor: their young son had spinal muscular atrophy.

AnnMarie Alexis Counts

Bridging generations

It was June Carr's turn to host the bi-monthly meeting of the Phippsburg Bridge Club. The food was ready. The coffee was brewing. The cards were on the table. But minutes before the doorbell rang with the first bridge player, Carr tripped on her phone cord and landed -- hard -- on a chair and then on the floor.

Sharyl Ritschel: Check on child care

The recent tragic death of a 3-month-old baby in an unlicensed family child-care home in Aurora has made many parents more aware of safety considerations in child care. Although having a license to operate a family child-care home may not have prevented this fatal fire, there are some steps that parents can take to make sure their children are safe while in child care, whether the parent chooses unlicensed or licensed child care.

Seth Bograd: Theater a good idea

I am writing in reference to the article in the Nov. 18 Steamboat Today, "Feedback given on theater." I was at the Oct. 28 pre-application hearing in front of the Planning Commission and the Nov. 16 City Council meeting.

Virginia Sweetser Elarton

Virginia Sweetser Elarton passed away Nov. 14, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs after a brief illness. She was 87.

Delvin G. Gneiser

Delvin G. Gneiser, a former Routt County rancher and coal miner, passed away Nov. 20, 2004, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Class notes for Nov. 28

Soroco High School senior Gregory Block was named the Optimist Club's November teen of the month.

The Arrest Record for Nov. 28

Saturday, Nov. 20 Tara Ann Jones-Matthews, 28, Phippsburg -- Driving under the influence of drugs, driving under revocation, eluding, careless driving, resisting arrest (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Briefs for Nov. 28

Five people hospitalized after rollover accident Five people were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday afternoon after the car they were riding in slid off of a slick Elk River Road and rolled over.

Soundoff for Nov. 28

Step down I was sorry to see that Nancy Stahoviak is back in the hospital, and I wish her a speedy recovery. On the other side of the coin, she has stated repeatedly that she can do her job just as well from home on the phone and answering e-mails. I think that it's time to be realistic here. There is no possible way she can give the people of Routt County the representation they deserve while having physically missed virtually every commissioners meeting for at least the past year.

John F. Russell: Fans keep setting bad example

The high school winter sports season is upon us.

Sarah Marie Poncelow

Kaelley Elizabeth Freideman

Friday, November 26

News in brief for Nov. 27

Christmas tree-cutting permits available today The Yampa Ranger District Office is open from 9 a.m. to noon today to sell Christmas tree permits, which are $10 each. Each permit is for a single tree, with a maximum of five permits per household

LIFT-UP donations help

Peanut butter, spaghetti noodles and sauce, chicken noodle soup, macaroni and cheese. Those foods are some of the most popular that LIFT-UP of Routt County gives to families and individuals in need across the county.

Ski area opens new terrain

Snowstorm bumps available trails to 18, with more expected

The Steamboat Ski Area is capitalizing on 2 feet of wet snow that fell Thursday and Friday to open additional terrain today, with more new lifts and trails due to open Sunday. Sunday's additions will give Steamboat skiers and riders more than 3,000 feet of turns from top to bottom on Mount Werner.

Flight delays with new regulations

As Yampa Valley Regional Airport prepares for the extra visitors and planes that ski season will bring, it also is dealing with delays and cancellations caused not only by fog and winter weather, but also tightened regulations recently imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Holiday shopping subdued

The Friday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, but in Steamboat Springs, people apparently saw the snow outside and rolled over for a couple more hours of sleep. Wal-Mart opens at 6 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving every year to a line of waiting shoppers. This year, the doors opened, but the shoppers didn't show up until 8 a.m., store manager Mark Meade said.

Hot holiday toys for 2004

It's the time of year when the stresses of holiday shopping and finding the perfect present begin to set in.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers needed

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Salvation Army Bell Ringers will be out in front of local stores.

Rail jams bring urban feel to base

This winter, the Steamboat Ski Area will invite some of the top snow riders in the country to strut their stuff during the SoBe Friday Night Jib-Jams at Gondola Square.

The Record for Nov. 27

Thursday, Nov. 26 1:44 a.m. A man was arrested in the 900 block of Weiss Drive on a warrant attempt after a welfare check was requested for a person in the residence.

Snowstorm causes accidents

With a winter storm and an Interstate 70 closure, accidents kept the Colorado State Patrol and sheriff's department busy throughout Routt County on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, November 25

Record reviews for Nov. 26

I found this album in a used record store years ago for a couple of dollars while I was going through a Middle Eastern music phase. I was in love with the sound of the oud (a kind of thick-bellied guitar played in Turkey, Egypt and surrounding areas). I listened to it once and didn't like it. It sat on the shelf for years protected by its cardboard sleeve. No scratches. No dust. No play.

Primitive pottery produces archeological aesthetic

Although potter Barb Gregoire has shown her work in several exhibits and sales, there is a part of her that considers this weekend's Steamboat Clay Artisans Holiday Pottery Sale her debut.

Briefs for Nov. 26

A benefit dinner and auction for the families of three teens killed in a recent car accident in Walden will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Jerilin Wattenberg Community Center in Walden. Dinner and live entertainment will accompany a live auction that begins at 5:30 p.m. and a silent auction that runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Auction items include framed artworks, horse tack, handmade crafts and other donated items. All proceeds will benefit the families and the one surviving teen's mounting medical expenses. For more information, call Kay at (970) 723-4739, Sandy at (970) 723-8446 or Toni at (970) 723-8584.

Hayden residents get holiday spirit Dec. 4

After recovering from Thanksgiving feasts, Hayden residents can change gears Dec. 4 with the annual Holiday Craft Bazaar followed by a community Christmas candle-lighting service.

Connecting cities increase

Cincinnati becomes ninth city with direct jets to Yampa Valley

The number of major cities with direct ski season jet flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport will have grown to nine when the first Delta Airlines 757 from Cincinnati touches down Dec. 15.

Hot, new trends for cold sport

In the decade-plus that snowboaring has been a mainstream mountain sport, companies have continued to find ways to make the equipment more efficient and comfortable.

Community Thanksgiving dinner fulfilling to many

Feeding 375 people is a feat, but volunteers made it look easy at Thursday's Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, where people of all ages -- visitors and Routt County residents alike -- loaded up their plates with home-cooked Thanksgiving fare.

Brief Points for Nov. 26

The Center for Movement Arts will be offering a two hour dance workshop for the waltz and the one-step. No partner is needed, and no previous experience is required.

My name is not ska

Years ago, to get their music on stage and their names on the charts, the Warsaw Poland Brothers called themselves a ska band. Now, they've painted themselves into a corner.

Lions Club to sell trees

As sure as the day after Thanksgiving means turkey sandwiches and reheated stuffing, it also means it is time to buy a Christmas tree.

District making slow progress

Steamboat Springs School District officials and staff representatives have agreed on a facilitator to oversee the collaborative bargaining process as it takes shape this winter.

Post office plans mobile stamp station

The Steamboat Springs downtown post office has a plan to help speed the holiday mailing process for its customers.

AIDS, HIV not an '80s thing

In Routt County, eight people have been diagnosed with AIDS, 10 people have been diagnosed with HIV, and four people died from AIDS-related causes, according to a Colorado Department of Public Health study that was updated Sept. 30.

The Record for Nov. 26

9:57 a.m. A gas skip was reported in the 35000 block of east U.S. Highway 40.

Students to consider diversity

An assembly at Steamboat Springs High School on Monday will challenge students to get to know others before placing judgment.

Book uses recipes for success

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club found the recipe for success when it published the first edition of the "Steamboat Entertains" cookbook in 1991.

On the cusp

Steamboat art scene about to break boundaries

There comes a time in business -- and art is a business -- when entrepreneurs must build a bridge between their vision and the market reality.

Autumn Phillips: The aging hipsters plague

How does it happen? Painlessly, you change from the 6-year-old who admires the bigger kids who rule the skatepark to being that bigger kid to being the guy in the driver's seat of a Jeep Grand Cherokee yelling to your 6-year-old that you'll pick him up for dinner in an hour. The change happens so slowly that you don't even notice. Only after the change is complete do you see yourself as you are.

Nightlife for Nov. 26

Dance music for swing, two-step, Cha Cha, salsa and requests will be played from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at RG's Dance Club in the Old Pilot Building on 11th Street. $3. Call 870-9977.

Wednesday, November 24

Lane: 'We're very encouraged by the turnout'

Skiers, snowboarders come out for Scholarship Day

Riding in the gondola Wednesday morning, surrounded by gray wintry skies, Peta Krajewski said he couldn't pass up his first chance to ski at the Steamboat Ski Area. Never mind that the slopes were not covered in powder and that only a fraction of the trails were open to skiers.

Authority to make database

Housing group looking for people interested in affordable living

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is putting together a list of those interested in affordable housing in its many forms, from single-family homes to mobile-home communities where residents can own land.

The Record for Nov. 25

Tuesday, Nov. 23 1:10 a.m. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near Walton Creek Road and Village Drive.

City employees recognized

The city of Steamboat Springs recently recognized two city employees whose creative thinking saved the city and taxpayers time and money this year.

Ex-Sailor aims at NCAA title

On Friday, when the University of Puget Sound takes on Messiah College in the semifinals of the Division 3 Final Four soccer championships, the Fritz family in Steamboat Springs will be pulling for the Washington state team.

Commission hears growth plan

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin updated Routt County commissioners Tuesday about the town's efforts to plan for growth and develop a new comprehensive plan. The main focus of his presentation was the town's Nov. 15 presentation of "Visualizing Hayden's Future" at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Permits for Christmas trees available

For many people, a storybook Christmas involves heading out to the forest and hiking through the snow to find the perfect Christmas tree, then sawing it down and trucking it back home, where it is displayed through the holidays.

Temperatures key for jumps

With the Rocky Mountain Division's Winter Start ski jumping competition just eight days away and a World Cup B event on the horizon, Howelsen Hill Ski Area Supervisor Jeff Nelson is in need of some help.

Briefs for Nov. 25

LIFT-UP Food Bank will be closed today, Friday The LIFT-UP Food Bank, Community Thrift Store and Donation Center will be closed today and Friday for the holiday. The Thrift Store will be open Saturday. Call 870-0727.

Tuesday, November 23

Council mulls leaky hangars at airport

Faced with a badly leaking hangar roof, the Steamboat Springs City Council is considering repairing the building sooner than budgeted or reducing hangar rent until the work can be completed.

Briefs for Nov. 24

A 36-year-old Oak Creek man was found dead in his home Monday morning.

Scott Wedel: Picking on Oak Creek

What is it about Oak Creek and Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman that so bothers this newspaper's editorial staff? The editorial criticizing the town for moving ahead on the ice rink is so illogical that it appears this paper refuses to let anything good in Oak Creek happen without being second-guessed by nitpickers on the paper's editorial staff.

Dec. 3 4-H auction could make you a cattle baron

If you always have fancied yourself a cattle baron, but getting up in the middle of the night during calving season isn't your cup of latte, the Four H Bar Cattle Company has a deal for you.

Bumps and Jumps coming

Free skiing's best athletes will be in Steamboat

Tanner Hall will be among an elite field of athletes who will bring the world of free skiing back to the Steamboat Ski Area next month as part of the Ultimate Bumps and Jumps.

Preschool looks to expand

The North Routt Preschool plans to construct a new facility adjacent to the North Routt Community Charter School in Clark.

County's reserves questioned

The more than $25 million Routt County has in reserves means one of two things to resident Fred Wolf: The county is collecting too much in taxes or -- his preferred reasoning -- the county is not spending enough.

County OKs trail, cabins

Steamboat Lake State Park to add 168 acres, 2 rental cabins

Routt County commissioners on Tuesday approved Steamboat Lake State Park's plan to add 168 acres to the park along with a temporary motorized winter recreation trail, a summer nonmotorized trail and two rental cabins.

The Record for Nov. 24

12:40 a.m. A 30-year-old Craig woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Our View: Give thanks, donations

Thursday is a day for us to take time out from the bustle of work and school to reflect on the many reasons we have to give thanks. For most of us, that means appreciating family, good health and the comfort of a warm home and a good meal. It's also a time for us to remember that we have neighbors, even here in Ski Town USA, who don't enjoy the same comforts and could use a helping hand.

Greg Binsfeld: Table tennis club

I am happy to announce that the Steamboat Springs Table Tennis Club soon will be open for play again. We are getting a late start this year because of a conflict about an increase in the price for the gym that we rent from the school district. The increase in rent was not affordable for our club based on our income during the past few years. I personally went through an appeal process with the School Board but was unable to convince them to lower the rate. Although I do not agree with the School Board's decision about the rate increase, I respect the hard work of our dedicated board members. I encourage them to keep taxpayer-owned facilities available at a reasonable rate to the public.

Women's group looking for mentors

The group New Frontier: Women and Girls is looking for a few good women.

Class caters to young drivers

Alive at 25 helps students recognize hazards when they're driving

Thousands of American teenagers die behind the wheel of an automobile every year, often the result of risky or careless driving.

Monday, November 22

Oak Creek residents' fees to change soon

Oak Creek residents will soon be saving money on trash pick-up, but they also could be spending more on water and sewer service in the future.

Lift tickets $15 on Wednesday

Upper Vagabond primary playground on opening day 2004

Steamboat skiers and snowboarders will have one eye on the weather forecast Wednesday as they queue up at the gondola for opening-day turns on Upper Vagabond. Some will say their prayers for more snow and lower temperatures in the near future.

Land trust recognized for conservation successes

Yampa Valley Land Trust received a $5,000 award last week for being named a finalist for the El Pomar Foundation's Robert V. Menary Award for Environmental Issues.

Bars cited for serving minors

20-year-olds served at Mahogany Ridge, Sabre's Comedy Den

Two local bars were given citations after compliance checks carried out by the Steamboat Springs Police Department showed they served alcohol to underage drinkers.

Natural gas prices heat up

At a time when most are crossing their fingers for more snow and colder weather, Atmos Energy Public Affairs Manager Karen Wilkes is hoping for a mild winter.

Briefs for Nov. 23

A 20-year-old Colorado Mountain College Student was arrested after an RA allegedly found two ounces of marijuana in his dorm room, which was packaged and ready for sale, police said.

Sailors show spirit

Steamboat takes second at regional championships

After losing six members from last year's Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading squad, coach Kathy Jones wasn't exactly sure what to expect from the 15 members of this year's team.

Promise turns into title for Tigers

For the past four years, Hayden cheerleader Shandal Stees has hounded her coach for a chance to compete.

Oak Creek drops condemnation suit

The town of Oak Creek has abandoned its efforts to condemn 0.11 acres of private land needed for its ice rink in part because it cannot condemn land and still accept a grant to fund the project.

Snowboarders open with bang

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Justin Reiter opened up his season with two top results at a NorAm Cup at Copper Mountain Resort that resulted in an invitation to compete on the World Cup Tour in Europe later this month.

Sunday, November 21

News in brief for Nov. 22

Hunter found dead Saturday morning A 68-year-old man was found dead early Saturday morning at a hunting camp in southern Routt County. Jerry Fults of Dallas, Texas, was discovered by members of his hunting party in an area south of Toponas near the Eagle County border, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said. Fults apparently died of natural causes in his sleep, Ryg said. An autopsy is scheduled today in Jefferson County.

Snow helps ski area, hurts drivers

The 5 inches of snow that fell in Steamboat Springs during the weekend provided much-needed cover for the Steamboat Ski Area but led to numerous traffic accidents throughout Routt County.

Crappie, bluegill robust

Biologist wary of transplanted bass in Elkhead Reservoir

Colorado Division of Wildlife fisheries biologist Bill Elmblad expressed some misgivings Wednesday night about the numbers of smallmouth bass being transplanted from the Yampa River into nearby Elkhead Reservoir.

Sailors to open season

Maintaining the legacy of wrestling in Steamboat Springs is important to Jay Muhme. That's why the Sailors' head coach is excited that his team will host the Carl Ramunno Invitational the first week of the season.

The Record for Nov. 22

Saturday, Nov. 20 1:36 a.m. A suspicious person reportedly was walking on Routt County Road 129. A Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy located the individual and provided the person with a ride.

Lift tickets $15 Wednesday only

Ski area opens with Vagabond intermediate trail

The Steamboat Ski Area announced late Monday afternoon it would open as scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 24, with the gondola and Thunderhead Express chairlift serving skiing from the top of Thunderhead down Upper Vagabond to its saddle, and then via Eagle's Nest to the base area.

Dishes needed for Thanksgiving feast

It takes a lot of volunteers to prepare enough food to satisfy 400 Thanksgiving Day appetites.

Tom Ross: NBA fines should have included trip to Baghdad

Can you picture Michaels and Madden in hot tub with Chiefs' cheerleaders?

If there's anything I resent more than a TV network using inappropriate portrayals of sexuality during the buildup to Monday Night Football, it's the sight of grown men who are paid millions to play catch, brawling in the stands while frightened children cower nearby. I hope you guys are in the mood for a good rant, because that's where I'm headed.

Monday Medical: Look out for pink eye; practice prevention

This fall, many area schools have been experiencing high rates of children with conjunctivitis, or what is more commonly known as "pink eye."

Saturday, November 20

Heidi Lynn Andre

Heidi Lynn Andre, daughter of Mary and Scott Andre of Clark, was born at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 2004. She weighed 5 pounds, and was 18 inches long. Her grandparents are Jim and Ruth DeMartini of Fort Collins, Chris Andre of Fort Collins, and Chuck and Mary Andre of Fort Collins.

After 25 years, parents still searching

Mona Blee has a crisp, clear memory of Thanksgiving Day 25 years ago.

Marian "Sam" Marti: Gravel pit's benefits not worth the risk

The editorial in the Nov. 10 Steamboat Today depicts a dream-world fantasy or wishful thinking. Journalism 101 teaches that when stating an opinion, the facts it is based on must be correct.

Abbey Rose Parker

Abbey Rose Parker, daughter of Shelley and Scott Parker of Craig, was born at 8:12 a.m. Nov. 10, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Ralph and Rose Razzano of Craig, Norman Beeson of Craig, Mike Parker of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Kenneth and Leone Carlson of Tucson, Ariz.

Making it feel better

Athletic trainers keep Sailors healthy

The "Atlas of Human Anatomy" textbook Christa Ikard had to purchase in college has become a $64.95 sidekick of sorts. The cover is slightly discolored, and the pages are dog-eared, but she won't part with her original copy.

Girls: Speed is key

Ashley Berggren had enough of the stands. She wanted back in the game. Now, she's coach of the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team, the first woman in charge of the program since 1978.

John F. Russell: Wrestling surviving changes

Things have changed since Steamboat Springs wrestling coach Jay Muhme was in high school.

Gabriel Addam Lowther

Gabriel Addam Lowther, son of Bobbie Freyling and Jared Lowther of Craig, was born at 12:05 a.m. Nov. 10, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Jolenne and John Freyling of Craig, and Cathy and Frank Lowther of Craig.

4-H members, supporters honored

A potluck dinner provided much needed energy for 4-H youths, families and leaders who attended the Routt County 4-H program's annual Achievement Night on Saturday.

Ellie LaRae Holinka

Ellie LaRae Holinka, daughter of Kris and Tim Holinka of Parshall, was born at 1:14 p.m. Nov. 10, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Alexander Holinka. Her grandparents are Gen Stewart of Fulda, Minn., and Chuck and Trudy Holinka of Fulda.

Transactions for Nov. 21


Sound Off for Nov. 21

Yee-haw to Oak Creek. You've got a new water treatment plant, a 911 emergency back-up power system and a great skating rink. But what about those horrible streets? Potholes not filled, ruts, nothing graded, gravel not put down. Come on, folks, let's get with it.

Coach: Chemistry to fuel boys

After more than 30 years as a head basketball coach, Kelly Meek has learned it takes more than hard work, talent and a few good players to put together a successful season.

Teens tell their thoughts about religion

Teen Style reporters, ages 13 to 17, gathered at Geeks Garage to hash out their thoughts about religion in schools. Should students be allowed to discuss their religious beliefs in the classroom? Should teachers be able to participate in those discussions? Should religious groups be allowed to pass out Bibles and other religious information on campus? Are we too sensitive about "separation of church and state" or have too many lines been crossed already?

Going digital

Digital transition points the way for Steamboat entrepreneur

Digital technologies are transforming the professional photo lab industry at a mind-numbing pace, and Joel Schulman of in Steamboat Springs thinks he has discovered a niche upon which he can build

Unique style, great views

Park View Retreat brings outside in

Walking into Park View Retreat in Soda Creek Highlands, it's hard to miss the 360-degree views of the surrounding Strawberry Park valley and nearby Elk Park.

South Routt calendar for Nov. 21

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

Traditional feast, alternative learners

Get-together joins students across county

Traditional public schools didn't work for Josh Flaharty.

Our View: URA issues unresolved

The Steamboat Springs City Council was right to direct city staff to begin the process of creating an urban renewal authority to pay for improvements in the area around the ski area's base.

Cargo Rodeman: Newspaper focuses on negative

At our Town Board meeting Nov. 18, all that your newspaper was interested in were any negative issues surrounding the 20-foot strip of land needed for the "Roofing the Rink" project and whether the town ultimately would obtain the property by eminent domain.

Omar M. Campbell: URA another DDA

The article in the Nov. 10 Steamboat Today, "City moves forward on URA," rings a familiar warning bell to all taxpayers in Routt County.

Frances B. Petranovich

Former Routt County resident Frances B. Petranovich passed away Aug. 31, 2004, after a lengthy illness. She was 77.

Anna L. Stanko price

Former Routt County resident Anna L. Stanko Price died Nov. 16, 2004, at La Villa Grande Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 99.

Class Notes for Nov. 21

Tuesday is the last day of school for students in all three Routt County public school districts before the Thanksgiving holiday begins. Students return to school Monday, Nov. 29.

Derek J. Torres

Oak Creek resident Derek J. Torres passed away Nov. 15, 2004. He was 29.

Jim Robb

Steamboat Springs resident Jim Robb died suddenly Nov. 14, 2004, at his home. He was 59.

Ember Skye Hayden

Ember Skye Hayden, daughter of Sabrina and Craig Hayden of Craig, was born at 2:09 a.m. Nov. 14, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her siblings are Brandi, Denver, Garrett, Travis and Kayla. Her grandparents are Ken Twite of Grand Junction, Linda Monson of Fort Collins, and Cheryl Geiner of Buffalo, Wyo. Her great-grandmother is Mary Twite of Milner.

Balancing the scales

Biologists succeed in managing trophy pike, fat rainbows

A new fish management strategy undertaken by the Colorado Division of Wildlife seems to be successful in managing trophy pike in Stagecoach Reservoir while maintaining a healthy supply of fat rainbow trout for the crowds of summer campers and anglers who visit the state park.

The Record for Nov. 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.

River Place co-housing proves to be popular

Off U.S. Highway 40 at the east end of Steamboat Springs, plywood-covered structures are tangible pieces of a vision that is coming to fruition after years of hard work and planning.

A second spot for One Stop Ski Shop

John Kole and the One Stop Ski Shop epitomize what it means to be a 21st century mom-and-pop ski shop in one of the world's biggest ski resorts. Kole has been mounting ski bindings since he was a teenager in the late 1960s, working on a bench in the basement of his parents' New Jersey home.

Building permits for Nov. 21

Scott & Sandi Crouch 3449 Stone Lane Christensen Custom Building Alteration To Existing Single Family Residence $8,000

Franklin "Frank" Hanus Blackmer

Former Steamboat Springs resident Franklin "Frank" Hanus Blackmer passed away Nov. 12, 2004. He was 89.

Joshua Ferguson Block Austin

Joshua Ferguson Block Austin, son of Barbara Block and William G. Austin of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:30 a.m. Nov. 11, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His siblings are Elijah and Jacob.

Take a trip into the backcountry

Guides organizing hut trips in Routt National Forest

Colorado's series of huts never fails to lure adventurous skiers and snowshoers out into the backcountry during winter months.

The buck tops here

Routt County Commission proposes big budget for 2005

Big -- that's the word Routt County Finance Director Dan Strnad uses to describe Routt County's proposed 2005 budget.

Friday, November 19

County OKs golf clubhouse

The Routt County Regional Planning Commission approved plans for the new Haymaker Clubhouse at its Thursday night meeting.

Regional bus fares to increase

Commuters between Craig and Steamboat Springs will see a hike in bus fares Sunday but will have more comfortable seats to ease the pocketbook pain.

Hayden board aims to raise water rates

The Hayden Town Board passed an ordinance Thursday that will increase water usage rates in 2005 and move the town closer to balancing the fees with the cost of providing water in 2007.

News in brief for Nov. 20

Ski art show to be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 Friends of the Routt Backcountry is hosting a ski art show Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, the week before the Backcountry Ball, at Centennial Hall. The art will be auctioned off during the Backcountry Ball, which will be held Dec. 4.

Grads earn FFA degrees

Three Soroco High School alumnae are the proud recipients of one of the National FFA Organization's most prestigious honors.

Stahoviak rushed to hospital

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is facing another setback after months of surgery.

The Record for Nov. 20

Thursday, Nov. 18 1:51 a.m. A young man reportedly drove his Land Rover about 30 yards off the road at AprÃs Ski Way. He hit an aspen tree and fled the scene. The man later turned himself in to the police and was charged with reckless driving and not notifying police of an accident.

Thursday, November 18

Swingingest band in all the land to play

On Sunday night, the stage of the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium will reverberate with the sound of Nnenna Freelon's voice, accompanied by the Count Basie Orchestra, one of jazz music's most legendary big bands.

Lighting up the holidays

Tread of Pioneers Museum executive director Candice Lombardo calls it "the festival." It's a cornerstone of the museum's year -- its signature event and largest fund-raiser. For 10 years, the Festival of Trees has been a signal of the beginning of the holiday season and a way to bring people into the museum for what is sometimes their first visit.

Bazaar raises funds for artisans

Every year, the basement of the Holy Name Catholic Church fills with the smell of the dried grasses used by African, Asian and South American women to make their baskets. As volunteers unpack boxes full of baskets, purses and small wooden carvings, a bridge is built between them and women thousands of miles away who will never know the wealth or the comforts of the Steamboat Springs lifestyle.

Steamboat debuts film festival

Filmmaker Mike Martin had an idea last year to show off his work and the work of several friends. He threw together a "film festival" of amateur footage and watched in amazement as the seats filled. This year, the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival not only enlisted the help of Warren Miller and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., but plans are in the works to turn Martin's idea into a real three-day film festival, complete with daytime filmmaking workshops.

Nightlife calendar

Music Tonight Dance music for swing, two-step, Cha Cha, salsa and requests will be played from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at RG's Dance Club in the Old Pilot Building on 11th Street. $3. Call 870-9977.

Traffic light causes hassles

The new traffic light at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive has raised numerous gripes from drivers in recent weeks.

Barron back in 'Boat with book

Fantasy writer promoting his latest book, Steamboat Springs

Tom Barron, better known by his pen name, T.A. Barron, mentions Steamboat Springs whenever he gives a lecture anywhere in the country.

Autumn Phillips: Holidays happen

My mother is what I would call a sport shopper. Reading the paper on Saturday mornings, she circles garage sales with a black marker and plans her route. She clips coupons and files them by subject. She can shop for hours, for nothing in particular.

Brief points

Woolens gala Routt County Woolens is hosting its annual Holiday Gala from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Depot Arts Center, 1001 13th St. Local artists, craftspeople and writers will be selling their work. There will be free refreshments, door prizes and music.

The Record for Nov. 19

Wednesday, Nov. 17 10:26 a.m. Bad checks were reported in the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Nov. 19

Man arrested on child sexual assault charges

SSWSC looking for volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is holding a seminar for volunteers and officials interested in helping with the local slate of ski jumping and Nordic combined events scheduled this winter.

Pets to wait in line for photo-op

Humane society holding 19th annual holiday fund-raiser

On Saturday, puppies and kittens and full-grown pets will be standing in line with no idea why. At the end of the long line, Santa will be waiting to take pictures with the family pet for use on Christmas cards and to benefit the Routt County Humane Society.

Ski area's Wednesday opening a sure thing

Pacific storm fronts expected this weekend

Skiers and riders can stop fretting. The Steamboat Ski Area will open as scheduled Wednesday for the traditional Scholarship Day.

School Board OKs salary

Superintendent will be paid at least $85K

The South Routt School Board on Thursday approved the parameters of a compensation package to offer its next superintendent.

Oak Creek to condemn land

Town to take land so ice rink roof will be on its property

The Oak Creek Town Board OK'd a process to condemn 0.11 acres of private land so the roof for its new covered ice rink and the snow slide from that roof are on town property.

Justice center decision may come soon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could have a decision about Routt County's requested permit to fill wetlands at the site of the proposed justice center by next week.

Wednesday, November 17

Man charged with car theft in court

A Steamboat Springs man who was arrested on suspicion of breaking into one Strawberry Park home and stealing a car from another appeared in court Wednesday and asked for a reduction in his $20,000 bond.

Briefs for Nov. 17

Planning Commission to hear Haymaker plans

Special jumpers head for opener

Special jumping coach Corby Fisher left for Finland this week.

The Record for Nov. 17

Tuesday, Nov. 16 10:54 a.m. A 22-year-old man was arrested on charges of growing marijuana plants in his apartment in the 800 block of Weiss Drive.

Feedback given on theater

Steamboat Springs City Council members think the community needs a building such as the proposed 250-seat Riverhouse Theatre, but they are worried that plans for the theater do not meet city guidelines.

Oak Creek may condemn land

0.11 acres needed to be sure ice rink roof is on town property

The Oak Creek Town Board will decide tonight whether to condemn 0.11 acres of private land near the town's ice hockey rink.

Bonner honored

Steamboat back one of league's best players

Brad Bonner doesn't do a lot of talking, celebrating or worrying about his numbers. He just works hard.

Opening day helps athletes

For many skiers in Steamboat Springs, Scholarship Day marks the start of the ski season. This year, that day will arrive Wednesday.

Man arrested on pot-growing charge

A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of growing 14 marijuana plants in his Walton Pond Apartments home.

School's search advances

South Routt scheduled to OK comp package for superintendent

The search to find a replacement for retiring South Routt School District Superintendent Steve Jones takes another step forward today when the School Board is scheduled to approve a compensation package for Jones' eventual successor.

Yampatika wins award, $5K

Environmental Sterling Award presented Wednesday

Twelve years and more than 300,000 visitors after its inception, Yampatika has been named the recipient of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Sterling Anniversary Award in the environmental field.

Town Board to discuss water rates, tap fees

Today, the Hayden Town Board will discuss several measures that could affect how much residents and businesses pay for water.

Hayden schools move toward education model

Teachers and administrators in Hayden's schools are reviewing curriculums to determine which aspects are particularly important for students to learn.

Tuesday, November 16

Town Board will discuss water rates and tap fees

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will discuss several measures that could affect how much residents and businesses pay for water.

Our View: Ice rink project commendable

The town of Oak Creek is to be commended for its project to provide shelter for the town's ice rink.

City moves forward on URA

The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to move forward with forming an urban renewal authority by sending out public information notices and ordering a blight study.

Mountain West request denied

Landscaping operation could be closed at current location

Routt County commissioners on Tuesday denied a landowner's request that would have let a landscaping business on his property expand and could have brought it into compliance with county rules.

Pingpong club fights rate hike

For 20 years, Greg Binsfeld has provided an avenue for area table tennis players to get their serve on during long Routt County winters.

Nancy Nagler: A sensitive subject

I have read with concern the articles about Herb Allair, the homeless man who assaulted a volunteer with Lift-Up, and am responding to a few of the statements in the excellent article about him by Susan Cunningham in Sunday's Steamboat Pilot.

Humidity hinders Howelsen snow making

When it comes to making snow at Howelsen Hill, it's all about the physics.

City talks bears

Council agrees to enforce existing ordinance before making new one

The Steamboat Springs City Council decided it wants to strengthen its bear ordinance, but it's not ready to require all residents to have bear-proof trash cans.

Transactions for Oct. 31 to Nov. 8


Board looks for transportation director

The Hayden School District will be searching for a new transportation director to replace Bob Anderson, who resigned about three weeks ago after almost a year on the job.

Briefs for Nov. 17

Two-year-old assault reported at middle school A third-degree sexual assault case involving a middle school girl was reported to the Steamboat Springs Police Department on Monday.

Building Permits for Nov. 1 to 5

Steamboat Springs Bradley & Kathryn Hoefer 2680 Jacob Circle Owner/Contractor Warehouse $209,000

Recognition given to 4 volleyball teammates

Four players from the Steamboat Springs volleyball team received postseason recognition from Western Slope League coaches.

Routt County's final election count is in

The tally of Routt County's votes in the 2004 election was finished officially Tuesday.

Seniors leading speech team

If Saturday's tournament in Fort Collins was a test for the Steamboat Springs High School speech and debate team, then its members passed with flying colors.

The Record for Nov. 17

Monday, Nov. 15 2:50 a.m. Yelling and banging were reported in the 3000 block of Columbine Drive. The noisemakers were warned and advised.

Police blotter for Nov. 17

Tuesday, Nov. 9 Noon A man who reportedly was fighting with his wife in Hayden made a suicidal comment via the phone that concerned his daughter. Officers checked on the man and found him to be OK.

Chix pick up their first win

The Steamboat Chix with Stix women's hockey team picked up its first win of the 2004-05 season Saturday in Denver.

Senior to play at Mines

Cavanagh lands spot at Golden school

Stacy Cavanagh was less than 48 hours from her scheduled knee surgery. She had a decision to make: repair the knee for her future or forgo the surgery, wear a knee brace and try to play her senior season of volleyball.

Ex-racer returns to 'Boat

Former SSWSC skier takes director role

During his ski-racing career, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had a profound effect on John Marno.

County changes insurance to Pacificare

Routt County commissioners decided Tuesday to change the county's health insurance provider from Anthem to Pacificare, facing increased costs no matter which provider they chose.

Monday, November 15

Steamboat swimmer qualifies for regional meets

Every early morning -- when it hurt to lift his arms from the 79-degree lap pool into the bone-chilling air -- has been worth it for Steamboat Springs senior Blake Worsley.

Hayden residents consider growth

Hayden officials and the project team planning for growth in the town should have a better idea of residents' hopes for Hayden after attending a presentation at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Monday night.

Ex-building chief drops suit

Former chief building official Mark Marchus' legal fight with Routt County is over.

Steamboat Squirts win Rumble

Local team beats Foothills, 3-1, for title

Never mind that they weigh less than 90 pounds or that they are in a division called squirts; the 9- and 10-year-olds on the Steamboat hockey team are serious about their sport.

Rapper canceled Levelz show

Wu Tang Clan founder, O.D.B., left a long line of disappointed fans at the door of Levelz, 1860 Ski Time Square Drive, on Friday when the rapper didn't show for his well-publicized event.

City to take part in second-home study

The city of Steamboat Springs will be part of the second phase of a second-home owners study conducted by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.

The Record for Nov. 16

Sunday, Nov. 14 2 a.m. A 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in the 2100 block of Mount Werner Circle after she reportedly ran into the median with her Ford Explorer.

Briefs for Nov. 16

DOW solicits comments about fishing regulations You talk and the Colorado Division of Wildlife will listen at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carpenter Ranch, four miles east of Hayden.

Breakfast offers simplicity

Meeting will help small-business owners with record keeping

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, it's a good time for small-business owners to brush up on the basics of financial record keeping.

Man pleads guilty to growing shrooms

A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to manufacturing psilocybin mushrooms and possessing 1 to 8 ounces of marijuana.

Search for principals begins

Howell, administrators, School Board discuss process

The process to replace two successful Steamboat Springs School District principals is in full swing -- with nine months remaining before the 2005-06 school year begins.

Routt health costs jump

Commissioners may choose insurance provider today

After changing health insurance providers last year to save about $200,000, Routt County commissioners today may change providers again, facing increased costs no matter which provider they choose.

Sunday, November 14

The Record for Nov. 15

Saturday, Nov. 13 2:35 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 2700 block of Eagle Ridge Circle.

Westlake presents 'Galaxies'

Here's an exercise in perspective. Sit still on a clear night when the moon is not full and look up.

City Council to discuss bear ordinance

A proposed bear ordinance that could hit the pocketbook of almost anyone who pays for trash removal will be discussed Tuesday night when the Steamboat Springs City Council meets.

Monday Medical: Smoking is public health enemy No.1

If we knew that a particular prescription drug was the direct cause of more than 440,000 deaths each year in our country, we would expect it to be banned. If we were investors in the stock of the company that manufactured this drug, we would be urging our brokers to sell, sell, sell.

Immigrant issues at forefront

Community works for better communication, education

More than 30 people gathered in the library of Hayden High School last week to discuss the growing number of immigrants in Routt and Moffat counties. Among them were people from Mexico and South America, as well as longtime members of the nonprofit social service, law enforcement and education communities from both counties.

News in brief for Nov. 15

Festival of Trees to be held Friday through Nov. 23 The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed today through Thursday in preparation for its 10th annual Festival of Trees event. Public viewing of the trees runs daily from Friday to Nov. 23. Call 879-2214.

Tom Ross: Steamboat folk singer cranks up electric energy

The music always comes first, of course. But for me, the difference between a great live show and just a plain old good concert has a lot to do with whether the performers genuinely seem to be having a good time. If they seem bored and slightly indifferent, I always take it personally. If they're genuinely excited, well, so am I.

Saturday, November 13

Teaching future leaders today

Routt County's brightest attend symposium

There was no school Friday for most Routt County students, but that didn't prevent a group of two dozen high school juniors and seniors from convening for a lesson in leadership and character.

Real Estate Transactions Oct. 31-Nov. 8


Our View: Board can ease tensions

It is not surprising that the collaborative bargaining process to determine salary and benefits for teachers and staff in the Steamboat Springs School District has led to heightened tensions between the Steamboat Springs Education Association and the School Board. That's the nature of such negotiations.

Sound off for Nov. 14

Unfairly biased I think your newspaper tends to be unfairly biased toward conservatives, the Mallard Filmore cartoon especially. In the editorial section, it seems to be fairly balanced, usually with a pro-liberal and pro-conservative stance given, but elsewhere you seem to lean too far to the right. Overall, I think that's inappropriate given the last election results and the fact that most people in Routt County voted Democratic. If you're going to have Mallard Filmore, balance it with something else.

Wray the real deal

Hayden falls to top-ranked team

The joy of a passing game is in its big play and high-scoring potential. The downfall of relying on the passing game is what happens when nothing seems to work.

Branding time

Local producers gathered in Craig on Wednesday to try to put their hands around the concept of creating a regional brand.

Soroco restarts drama class

Acting is all about life. Really, Soroco High School sophomore Brianna Price said, it is life.

The Record for Nov. 14

Saturday, Nov. 6 Emily Katharine Harris, 34, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop at stop sign (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Branding time

Producers working toward regional brand identity

Local producers gathered in Craig on Wednesday to try to put their hands around the concept of creating a regional brand.

Fish scarce in Yampa River

Electro-shocking crew says river's due for stream improvement

The results of Friday's electro-shocking of fish on an 800-foot section of the Yampa River within the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area were enough to make any angler frown. But fisheries biologist Billy Atkinson was unfazed.

Desierae Nicole Ebaugh

Natalia Astrid Craig

Retreat offers seclusion, scenery

Moffat County has hunting, fishing, riding opportunities

The idea of a mountain retreat may bring to mind lush aspen groves, meadows and forest near Stagecoach Reservoir or Clark.

Melinda Mawdsley: Congrats to Tigers, parents

You think this season has been fun for the Hayden football players? Look at their parents. The adults, clad in orange and black, holding signs and waving pompoms, have stopped their lives and given up their weekends to drive to games, including Saturday's playoff game in Wray, a remote agricultural town nearly 400 miles from Hayden.

Mount Werner goes wireless

Radio bracelets link ski families

Mount Werner is going wireless, and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials hope their investment in new technology will make the slopes more appealing to families.

YVMC marks 5 years

Hospital celebrates with open house

Within about 10 minutes, Pat, a computerized emergency care mannequin at Yampa Valley Medical Center, had a heart attack, a seizure and several electric shocks. In between episodes, visitors probed Pat's air passages and felt its chest expand and contract.

'Halo 2' symbolizes influence of video games

A line of customers formed early Tuesday morning outside the entrance to Wal-Mart in Steamboat Springs.

Homeless in Steamboat

Ski Town USA's relationship with its lone transient

It's Tuesday afternoon, and Herb Allair steps out of the county courtroom. He wears layers and layers of clothes. His white hair is matted, and his beard is roughly cut. His large, unwieldy backpack sits on a table nearby.

Flying High

Clark resident inducted into Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame

They call it "hangar flying." Every day, pilots gather in the Steamboat Springs Airport, checking the weather, drinking coffee and talking about their favorite topic -- aviation.

Corbin Don Walden

Hugh S. Wagner

Steamboat Springs resident Hugh Wagner died Nov. 6, 2004, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 72.

Ruth I. Smitherman

Former Steamboat Springs resident Ruth I. Smitherman passed away Nov. 8, 2004, in Louisville. She was 87.

Brian Kotowski: Oversimplified issue

I find much of the sound and fury regarding the effect evangelical voters on the election to be off the mark.

Business briefs for Nov. 14

Colorado Group Realty has announced that Joan Shenfield has joined the company. She has been active in the real estate community in the Yampa Valley for the past 10 years.

Building permits for Nov. 14

Scarcity of building lots driving up home prices

Residential lots on the low end of Steamboat's real estate market are becoming increasingly scarce in Steamboat. With few possibilities for new subdivisions on the radar, the lack of entry-level lots will continue driving up land prices and home values in and near the city, brokers say.

Jerry Rudolph: Just labels

There have been more and more articles and advertisements using the terms conservative and liberal appear lately than in the previous several years.

Sailors rally after grim season start

Football team wins four straight at end

One of Aaron Finch's favorite mottos is borrowed from Sir Winston Churchill: "Never give in. Never give in."

Robert P. Baker: A bad AG choice

President George W. Bush has now appointed as an attorney general a man who has advocated the torture of terrorism suspects.

Mildred E. Keeley

Mildred Keeley passed away Nov. 3, 2004. She was 95.

Morgan Ashley Kice

Retreat offers seclusion, scenery

The idea of a mountain retreat may bring to mind lush aspen groves, meadows and forest near Stagecoach Reservoir or Clark.

Friday, November 12

City seeks bus drivers for winter

The city is looking for more bus drivers to help cover its daily bus routes this winter.

Kum & Go considers Hayden

Hayden residents may get another convenience store option

By this time next year, Hayden may have another option for gas, coffee, quickie meals and other convenience store items.

News in brief for Nov. 13

Volunteers, food donations sought for Thanksgiving Volunteers and prepared food donations are needed for the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held Nov. 25, sponsored by Routt County United Way, Vectra Bank and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Food Service Department. Vectra Bank is looking for people to stuff and bake turkeys and make gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables and other side dishes. To donate prepared food, call 870-4212. To volunteer for the event, call 879-5605.

The Record for Nov. 13

Thursday, Nov. 11 8:09 a.m. A theft was reported from a business in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Army seeking bell ringers

Salvation Army bell-ringers are as much a part of the holidays as eating too much and spending too much.

Sports club in full swing

Nearly 650 athletes already enrolled for winter

A small patch of snow packed at the bottom of Howelsen Hill has become the early season home of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle and snowboard programs.

It's OK to be a quitter

Smokeout Day encourages smokers to drop habit

If health reasons aren't enough to motivate people to quit using tobacco products, two upcoming events could provide smokers and smokeless tobacco users with added incentives for kicking their habits.

Thursday, November 11

Oak Creek water treatment plant online

Oak Creek's 60-year-old water treatment plant officially has been retired. Starting a month ago, the town's new state-of-the-art plant was put online, bringing residents water pure enough to be bottled for the first time.

Feed me, Seymour!

Steamboat Springs High School presents 'Little Shop of Horrors'

If you're like most people, you know the story of "Little Shop of Horrors." At least, you did at one time.

Artist answers howling question: Why teapots?

When Richard Notkin teaches a class or a workshop, the first inevitable question is, "Why teapots?" Notkin has been a ceramic artist for 36 years and for 25 of those, he has been making teapots.

The Record for Nov.12

Wednesday, Nov. 10 12:03 a.m. A woman reported hearing disturbing noises in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza.

Selfless service remembered

Routt County veterans gather, reflect on serving our country

Hank Stroncek's soft blue eyes wander into the distance, quickly sorting through the 58 years that have passed since his return from World War II. His weathered skin collects around his eyes and jaw, his silver hair hidden beneath a USA Olympics ballcap.

Autumn Phillips: Moving away, changing

"There is an old train car rusting at the end of a rail in Casper, Wyo. There is one window you can climb through. See the sliding doors that open to each compartment. Still red cushions on the seats. Still mattresses in the sleeping compartments. Still sinks in each. Only no water now, and dirt darkening the windows, and graffiti from the high school kids who came there a decade ago and will love each other forever, they wrote."

Nightlife for Nov. 12

Music Tonight Dance music for swing, two-step, Cha Cha, salsa and requests will be played from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at RG's Dance Club in the Old Pilot Building on 11th Street. $3. Call 870-9977.

Local singer holds CD release party

As a semi-retired music engineer with a long Los Angeles career behind him, Scott Singer gets CDs all the time from well-meaning people who want to promote their friends.

Drama instructor considers leaving

Stuart Handloff watched the creation of "Little Shop of Horrors" with the objective eye of a man on his way out.

Holiday lights to brighten downtown

Main Street observes 'Third Thursday'

Business owners on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs are famously generous when asked to provide a gift certificate for a fund-raiser on behalf of one of many local nonprofits. Now, Izabella Banas of Main Street Steamboat is offering a chance for business owners on Lincoln Avenue as well as Oak and Yampa streets to win one of three $100 gift certificates for themselves. The only catch is that they agree to put up holiday lighting in time for Main Street Steamboat's "Third Thursday" observation Nov. 18.

News in brief for Nov.12

Veterans Day potluck dinner will be Saturday A Veterans Day Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Yampa American Legion Building. All guests are asked to bring a potluck dish to share. Meat and drinks will be provided by the American Legion. After the dinner, turkey Bingo will be offered. Call Arlene Porteus at 638-4496.

City gets sales tax boost

The city had a 15.9 percent boost in sales tax for September, showing strong increases across the board.

Affordable housing OK'd

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission approved the final development plan for a 30-unit affordable housing project on Hilltop Parkway but would not grant the applicants the full sidewalk variance.

Wednesday, November 10

Lafarge returns with plans

Lafarge is back: Its plans for a new gravel pit in the South Valley near Steamboat Springs are scheduled to be heard by Routt County commissioners Dec. 8.

Man flees police

Suspect arrested in connection with car thefts

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of stealing three cars, breaking into a home and leading police officers on a brief chase.

Ellipsis on tour with first album

For a band whose members aren't old enough to buy a beer in the establishments where they play, Ellipsis already has accomplished a lot.

YVMC to celebrate 5th anniversary

Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its new facility with an open house Saturday.

History teaches that the snow will come

Officials watch storms and nightly lows

With opening day two weeks away, the Steamboat Ski Area was reporting 2 inches of fresh snow overnight and a mid-mountain base of 8 inches Wednesday. Steamboat needs one of two things to happen to meet its opening date Nov. 24 -- either overnight low temperatures in the teens and low daytime temperatures for optimal snowmaking, or a couple of feet of fresh snow. However, weather can and does change abruptly in the Yampa Valley this time of year.

Nelson named All-League

Steamboat senior stands out on soccer team

Steamboat Springs senior Alec Nelson, a three-year varsity starter on the boys soccer team, was recently named to the Western Slope All-League team by its coaches.

Briefs for Nov. 11

A fund has been established in the name of Ryan David Wyatt to help his family with expenses incurred because of medical complications the newborn has developed.

The Record for Nov. 11

12:36 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 900 block of Mountain Village Circle, where police officers found four skateboarders riding in a parking lot. They were warned about noise and asked to quiet down.

Tractor-trailors collide

Driver has serious injuries, undergoes emergency surgery

Two tractor-trailers collided on Rabbit Ears Pass on Tuesday evening, pinning one of the drivers inside his cab and causing serious injuries that required emergency surgery. The accident closed U.S. Highway 40 for more than five hours.

Grocery workers reject contract

Western Slope Safeway workers voting in Grand Junction on Wednesday rejected a contract offer from the company and are seeking to join in bargaining with Front Range workers.

Youths ready to Rumble

Hockey tourney opens Friday

For those still on an emotional high from a Red Sox win in the World Series or from a Broncos win Sunday, it's probably hard to believe it's hockey season.

Tuesday, November 9

Hapkido instructor to teach art of defense

A male hiker brutally attacked in a popular mountain park in Jefferson County on Saturday was another reminder that unexpected assaults can happen anywhere and at anytime.

Briefs for Nov. 10

A fund has been established in the name of Ryan David Wyatt to help his family with expenses incurred because of medical complications the newborn has developed.

Motel plan gets a 2nd go-round

Commission tackles issue Thursday

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday again will consider approving a site plan for the 60-unit West Minster Motel proposed for the west end of Hayden.

Tigers roadtrip to Wray

Hayden to face top-ranked team Saturday

The Hayden Tigers won their league with a perfect record and rolled through their first playoff game.

The Record for Nov. 10

6:07 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 1100 block of 13th Street.

JV soccer a success

The Steamboat Springs junior varsity soccer team had a successful 2004 season. The Sailors finished 8-3-2 overall, defeating teams from Rifle, Moffat County and Glenwood Springs en route to having a winning record.

Chix tie, lose in opening weekend

The competitive season for Steamboat's Chix with Stix women's hockey team began with a loss and tie during the weekend.

Veterans to be honored

With more than 1,700 military veterans living in Routt County, Veterans Day takes on a particularly special meaning for thousands of area residents.

Alleged cat eater on film

Hairless fox suspected of killing pets

Division of Wildlife officials think one of the animals suspected of eating cats and other domesticated animals this summer is a fox with a skin disease.

Man given permanent restraining order

A longtime homeless man has been ordered to stay away from the LIFT-UP Food Bank and other property owned by the Steamboat Springs school district in the 300 block of Seventh and Eighth streets.

Child-care centers and homes get $60K grant

Several local child-care centers and in-home care providers have received grant funding from federal child-care funds distributed to Colorado counties by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Doctor wins prize for business plan

Dr. Henry Fabian of Steamboat Springs knows first-hand the anxiety that comes with fusing a patient's vertebrae through a tiny incision. The concentration required to delicately insert an implant into a patient's spinal column often leaves him drained.

City hears 13th Street noise complaints

Thirteenth Street resident Jamie Walsh told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday that his family just wants a good night's sleep, but the loud noises from nearby trucks can make it hard to get one.

Crash closes Rabbit Ears

An accident on Rabbit Ears Pass had U.S. Highway 40 shut down for several hours Tuesday night.

Council: Start work on URA

The Steamboat Springs City Council directed staff to start the paperwork that would allow the city to form an urban renewal authority but was cautious of moving too quickly.

Residents visualize Hayden's future

CommunityViz to help town plan

How proposed developments -- whether a 2,000-home subdivision or a new motel -- ultimately will affect the many aspects of a community is difficult to judge based on colored shapes on a map.

Our View: Weighing the long-term

What was once a primary source of gravel for the Yampa Valley soon could be city-owned open space, with wetlands, riparian areas and an abundance of wildlife.

Monday, November 8

Long, Hockett honored for their work

Linda Long doesn't like the limelight, but for at least one night, the Routt County native didn't have much of a choice.

District: Allegations not true

Woman wants school district to fund daughter's education

A woman who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of her developmentally disabled daughter against the Steamboat Springs School District said she thinks the school district should pay for her daughter to attend a private school that can meet her daughter's needs.

Contract vote here uncertain

The status of a contract vote planned for Thursday by grocery workers here was unknown Monday afternoon after union officials at the national level stepped in to put a temporary halt to a series of votes under way on Colorado's Front Range.

Town gets grant

Oak Creek receives $500K to renovate water treatment plant

Oak Creek received the full $500,000 grant it requested from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program to renovate its wastewater treatment plant.

The Record for Nov. 9

Sunday, Nov. 7 1:10 a.m. A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near Walton Creek Road and Chinook Lane.

Briefs for Nov. 9

Annual Thanksgiving pie sale orders being taken

Camps signal season

There are plenty of grunts and groans elicited by physical training coming from inside the Steamboat Springs gym these days.

City, county prioritize items

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners began the task Monday of wading through the top priorities for the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan.

Council to hear base area plan update

The Steamboat Springs City Council will get an update on the base area redevelopment plan at tonight's council meeting.

Man could be banned from food bank

The Steamboat Springs School District and LIFT-UP of Routt County are seeking a permanent restraining order against a homeless man who frequents the LIFT-UP Food Bank on Aspen Street.

Sunday, November 7

Tom Ross: Will the real American West please stand up?

Water, energy, recreation bind diverse region

When the clock struck midnight on Nov. 2, the state of Colorado was colored bright red. However, by dawn, it was apparent that there was much more to this election in Colorado than primary colors.

News in brief for Nov. 8

Ski Ball and Auction reservations accepted Reservations are being accepted until 4 p.m. Tuesday for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski Ball and Auction. The event is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Keypad voting allows for anonymity

Some people have no problem standing up to voice their opinions at public meetings, but not everyone wants to be in the spotlight, especially when it comes to commenting on sometimes-controversial issues such as growth and development in Hayden.

City fields recognized by Triple Crown

Triple Crown Sports recognized the Howelsen Hill Complex as the Baseball Facility of the Year at its annual Colorado Baseball Awards Banquet on Oct. 23.

Ryg elected to be county coroner

Last Tuesday, Routt County voters elected Rob Ryg as Routt County Coroner.

The Record for Nov. 8

Saturday, Nov. 6 12:32 a.m. A suspicious person was reported in the 1500 block of Meadow Lane.

Saturday, November 6

Jeffrey Charles Hubler

Sorting through the trash

Grant helps South Routt communities determine best method of recycling

In mid-October, officials from South Routt and across the state gathered at the Milner landfill and, over the course of six hours, picked through pounds and pounds of trash.

Lincoln landscape shifts

Businesses migrate to 700 block in time for ski season

The retail scene in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue is evolving rapidly this month with two new tenants moving into space in the Boggs Building that had been unoccupied for 20 months.

John F. Russell: Journey to Olympics never easy

Earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team is a difficult task.

Tigers roll past Byers

Hayden moves on to face Wray in the playoffs

When the two most prolific passing attack teams in Class 1A square off, as they did Saturday in Hayden, it's natural to think the team that has the best day throwing the ball stands the best chance to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Season ends in Windsor

Volleyball goes 1-2 at regionals

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team may be disappointed in the end result, but the trip to Saturday's regional tournament is something that should give the Sailors plenty of pride.


Siettman-Kirtland Amy Siettman and Brian Kirtland were married Aug. 21 in a ceremony at Glen Eden Resort outside Clark.

Habitat for Humanity families work, wait

When Jessica and Walter Copeland's 4-year-old daughter sees the family's almost-finished home, she can't help yelling out, "That's our new house."

Tucker Glen Hansen

Tucker Glen Hansen, son of Shannon and Greg Hansen of Craig, was born at 2:06 p.m. Oct. 21, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. His sibling is Owen Hansen. His grandparents are Ilene Hansen of Hayden, and Joe and Dolores Gagner of Greenfield, Mass.

Retired couple goes door to door to spread their faith

A recent family portrait of the Moncur family filled the frame with children and grandchildren -- 25 people in all. Joyce Moncur smiles with pride as she lists her five children and her 15 grandchildren.

Soundoff for Nov. 7

Oak Creek roads I'm very confused. The Oak Creek ice skating rink is going to outlast the residents and children of Oak Creek. It will outlast us because no one will be able to get to it because the streets are in horrendous condition. Shouldn't that be addressed before the ice rink?

Separate yourself from the rest of the pack

Wax makes a difference

Everybody wants fast skis, and more than 60 people showed up at Ski Haus in Steamboat Springs on Thursday to see whether they could capture a little of the magic that Olympic Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick waxes into his boards.

Kalli Victoria Lathrop

Kalli Victoria Lathrop, daughter of Kara and John Lathrop of Craig, was born at 8:25 a.m. Oct. 27, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Vicky McQuay of Craig, Gene McQuay of Craig, Steve and Tracey Lathrop of Craig, and Pam Lathrop of Craig.

Students portray great Americans

Christian Heritage School event allows students to learn about, connect with heroes

From famed scientist Albert Einstein to soccer superstar Mia Hamm, the cafeteria at Christian Heritage School was flush with past and present American heroes last week.

Barbara DeVries: Get involved

In the early 1960s, with a husband and three active boys, I went to a caucus and suddenly I became an election judge. I was firmly hooked on the political process then as I am now.

Lynn Abbott: To President Bush

President Bush, please prove me wrong.


Kathy Coates of Steamboat Springs and Vern Mirante of Clark were married in a small, private ceremony at Pearl Lake on Sunday, Oct. 10. They were joined by children and friends and celebrated with a lunch at Dutch Creek Guest Ranch after the ceremony. Mirante is employed at Steamboat Lake State Park, and Coates is a private career coach who recently joined the staff of PostNet. The couple will reside in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Nov. 7

Friday, Nov. 5 7:36 a.m. A driver reportedly refused to let another car pass on U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 102, almost causing a head-on collision. The situation is under investigation.

Katherine Lois Homer: 1914-2004

Former Routt County resident Katherine Lois Homer passed away Oct. 14, 2004, at her home in Grand Junction. She was 89.

Moral values broad

Values topped list of issues driving voters' decisions

On Tuesday, while voters turned out in droves to vote about the issues of Iraq, terrorism and the economy, exit polling showed that 22 percent of voters said moral values was the primary issue driving their presidential decision.

Hayden's heroes

Local fans rally behind undefeated Tigers

In Hayden, signs suggest the political divide between neighbors has been replaced by spirited reminders of something nearly everybody here shares: A love for their Tigers.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 7

Monday, Nov. 8 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. n The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Errol Clay Kirby: 1961-2004

Longtime Routt County resident Errol Clay Kirby passed away Oct. 18, 2004, in Oak Creek. He was 43.

Briefs for Nov. 7

Christian Heritage lists honor roll The following students are listed on Christian Heritage School's first quarter honor roll.

The arrest record for Nov. 7

Saturday, Oct. 30 Abel Rocha Lopez, 21, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se (Hayden Police Department)

Eleanor Marie Kagie: 1919-2004

Former Routt County resident Eleanor Marie Kagie Dunckley Blomquist passed away Nov. 2, 2004. She was 85.

Our View: Lessons of 2004 election

The Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office shows there are 12,793 active, registered voters in Routt County. Almost 11,500 of them -- 90 percent -- voted in Tuesday's election. More than any outcome of any race, such turnout was heartening to see. And that turnout was replicated across the country. Fifteen million more people voted in the 2004 election than in the 2000 election. More people voted this year than in any election in history.


Dr. Katherine Klemz Swank and Dr. Geoffrey Joseph Gill were united in marriage July 31 at the Hacienda Dona Andrea de Santa Fe near Santa Fe, N.M.

Jim Gill: Taylor supported school district

Speaking as president of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund and having served in this capacity almost continuously since its creation in 1993, it would be inappropriate for me to endorse Jack Taylor or Jay Fetcher for the District 8 Senate seat. However, I feel compelled to provide some balance and some historical perspective regarding Taylor's support for our local school district that was somehow "missing" from Mike Johnson's recent editorial.

Tax Advisory Board: No new taxes

If it's not broken, don't fix it.

Bertha Helen Moore: 1918-2004

Former Hayden resident Bertha Helen Moore passed away Oct. 30, 2004, at the Memorial Hospital in Craig after a short illness. She was 86.

Bridger Anderson Carlton

Friday, November 5

Report: Alcohol poisons student

Toxicology tests show that a 24-year-old Colorado Mountain College student had a blood alcohol content level of .302, more than three times the legal limit, when he died early in the morning Oct. 27.

No changes for Buff, Rabbit Ears

Snowmobilers and skiers who head out to the backcountry of the Routt National Forest won't find any big changes or new rules this year.

Sailors score

Steamboat ends season with a win

The Steamboat Springs football team didn't finish where it wanted in league standings, but the Sailors certainly finished their season the right way.

Construction not slowing for snow

A healthy layer of snow on the ground doesn't mean less business for construction contractors, many of whom will hardly have a breather between what's been an exceptionally busy fall and what many expect to be an equally busy winter.

Transactions for Oct. 25-30


Building Permits for Oct. 25-31

Steamboat Springs Go-Fer Foods 644 Lincoln Avenue Fredrickson Contracting Alteration $30,000

Group scouts out recycling unit spots

Yampa Valley Recycles is looking for a good home for two new pedestrian recycling units.

Elk River flows significantly above average

The Elk River is carrying more water this fall than at almost any time in the past 33 years.

Sailors volleyball ends well

The Steamboat Springs freshman and junior varsity volleyball teams went a combined 33-5 in match play this fall, providing a glimpse into the promising future of the program.

County schools meet federal rules

All 13 Routt County public schools met federal standards for student progress during the 2003-04 academic year, according to results released this week by the Colorado Department of Education.

The Record for Nov. 6

Thursday, Nov. 4 8:00 a.m. A complaint was made that a driver was weaving on Ski Time Square Drive.

FAA rules could affect YVRA

Agency raises clearance level for landings at airport

New regulations imposed on Yampa Valley Regional Airport by the Federal Aviation Administration last month could mean more flights will be unable to land in bad weather.

News in brief for Nov. 6

Financial assistance available for local athletes For the ninth consecutive year, Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang is offering financial assistance of up to $1,000 each to local athletes for their education and/or skill improvement in their area of competence. Only athletes involved in winter sports are eligible.

Woman sues school district

A woman has sued the Steamboat Springs School District and four male teens, alleging that the teens sexually abused and harassed her developmentally disabled daughter for more than a year while all were students in the district.

Townhomes fill high-end niche

When developers began work on The Porches townhome development near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, local real estate brokers were less than enthusiastic about the project, arguing the units would be too big and too expensive for the Steamboat market, Randall Hannaway of Colorado Group said

Thursday, November 4

Web site honors helpers

Organizers of a community Web site designed by and for its residents held a celebration Thursday night honoring the work they have done in the past year and major contributors.

Grasses ornament lawns

Ornamental grasses have been used by gardeners for more than a hundred years. They add beauty, texture and drama to any garden setting. The short ones can anchor rock gardens, the medium height ones add softness around boulders, and the tallest ones are great for background height.

Grocery workers face strike vote

Union grocery workers for Safeway and City Market in Steamboat Springs are scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to approve a new contract or go on strike, said a spokeswoman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 in Denver.

Nightlife for Nov. 5

Dance music for swing, two-step, Cha Cha, salsa and requests will be played from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at RG's Dance Club in the Old Pilot Building on 11th Street. $3. Call 870-9977.

Ava Lu Rose

Ava Lu Rose, daughter of Heather and Frank Rose of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:16 p.m. Oct. 21, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long

Sailors season ends today

The Steamboat Springs football team has the chance to prove something in tonight's regular season finale against Glenwood Springs.

McKenzie Lee Clark

McKenzie Lee Clark, daughter of Angel and Thorne Clark of Yampa, was born at 6:33 p.m. Oct. 25, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Skyler Clark.

Hayden hosts Byers in playoffs

The beginning of the week is quiet in the halls of Hayden High School. Toward the end, however, the football talk usually begins and it gets harder to concentrate, senior Evan Hilling said.

Chase Lauren Anderson

Chase Lauren Anderson, daughter of Jill and Jesse Anderson of Clark, was born at 11:32 a.m. Oct. 25, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Patty Anderson of Grantsburg, Wis., and Marty Anderson of Grantsburg, Wis.

Planning OKs temporary trail

A temporary motorized winter recreation trail linking the Steamboat Lake State Park to Routt National Forest, along with plans to incorporate 168 acres with a summer trail and two rental cabins into the state park, were given initial approval by the Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday night.

Autumn Phillips: Four more years

Mostly I remember the flashing red lights. It was late at night, late November 2000.

Reinventing the wheel

Artists indulge in a different type of pottery

They call Slipcast the "bad boy" of ceramic arts. Laughed at by purists and not taught in most art schools, Slipcast is seen as industrial at best, kitsch and pedestrian at worst.

Brief Points for Nov. 5

Members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans will be holding a holiday pottery sale at the Depot Art Center on Nov. 27 and 28. The sale will feature new work by local artists. The sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28. Call 846-9349.

Reading program named state's best

For the second consecutive year, the summer reading program at Bud Werner Memorial Library has been named best in the state.

Harper Skye Danielson

Harper Skye Danielson, daughter of Jennifer Hussey and Todd Danielson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:43 p.m. Oct. 16, 2004. She weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are James and Ruth Ann Hussey of Fishers, Ind., and Carol and the late Nels Danielson of Noblesville, Ind.

Summer Rylee Franklin

Summer Rylee Franklin, daughter of Rebecca and Reyton Franklin of Hayden, was born at 8:09 a.m. Oct. 25, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Doyle and Sherry Olree of Rangely, and Gordon and Barbara Franklin of Rangely

Caleb Robert Baker

Caleb Robert Baker, son of Dawn and Darrel Baker of Steamboat Springs, was born Oct. 19, 2004. His sibling is Isaac Baker. His grandparents are Robert and Marilyn Baker of Verndale, Minn.; Barb Stene of Moorhead, Minn.; and Carl Stene of Halstad, Minn.

Garrett Dean Anson

Garrett Dean Anson, son of Mardi and Mike Anson of Craig, was born at 8:31 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Grady Anson. His grandparents are Jim and Roberta Hume of Craig, and Larry and Lena Anson of Craig.

Briefs for Nov. 5

Annual Yampa Arts and Crafts Fair on Nov. 20

Child program gets rated perfect

Out of Colorado's 64 counties, Routt County is the only one that has received a perfect score on its Child Support Enforcement Program for the first nine months of the year.

Teacher an award finalist

Dunham recognized for her work

Six months after being named Steamboat Springs School District teacher of the year, Celia Dunham has been named a finalist for the 2005 Colorado Teacher of the Year Award.

Lift-UP Community Garden goes on market

It was too good to last. Last week, a "For sale" sign went up on the corner of Fourth and Oak streets, officially putting the land that houses the LIFT-UP Community Garden on the market.

Local wrestlers open new chapter

Eleven members of the newly formed Yampa Valley Wrestlers traveled to Summit County last weekend for the club's first journey into competitive wrestling.

The Record for Nov. 5

Wednesday, Nov. 3 12:04 a.m. A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Spar Street.

Rapping about Steamboat

Tony Counts, also known as Kat in tha Hat, held court last week at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. With a microphone in hand, he rhymed to the rhythm of DJ Founder's beats.

Mary Beth Norris to play flute concert

Mary Beth Norris has been playing and advocating music in Steamboat Springs for 25 years and has taught hundreds of Routt County children how to play the flute during that time.

Growth advisory group has first meeting

The growth management advisory group held its first meeting Wednesday for members to get to know each other and the concept of growth management.

Wednesday, November 3

One more day

Season, state tourney riding on Saturday

After this weekend's regional tournament, eight volleyball teams will be left in Class 4A.

Taylor getting back to work

State senator eager to engage natural gas developers

In the end, it was Rio Blanco and Moffat counties that delivered state Sen. Jack Taylor's victory over challenger Jay Fetcher on Tuesday night.

Rodeo up for award

For the second time in three years, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is in the running for Best Small Rodeo of the Year Award from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Housing director resigns

The newly hired executive director for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority has resigned from the position for health reasons.

Salazar declares victory in 3rd District

John Salazar declared victory Wednesday in the heated race for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, marking the first time in 12 years that the Western Slope will be represented by a Democrat in Congress.

Routt favors Dems

Numbers mostly because of city voters

Routt County voters overwhelmingly supported Democrats in the races for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress District 3 and state senator. Much of that support came from voters in the city of Steamboat Springs.

Wins not indicative of talent, progress

JV, freshmen win three but eye future

The Steamboat Springs junior varsity football team wrapped up the 2004 season with a 2-4 record. The freshmen went 1-4, but coach Mike Powell said both teams were better than their records indicate.

Quilters raffle 'Autumn Memories'

At first, the latest quilt by the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild is visually overwhelming. At 104 inches by 104 inches, the quilt has a kind of mandala effect. For the swirling of color and pattern to make sense, you have to start in the center. Then the rest of it settles down into a perfect collection of intricate design.

Briefs for Nov. 4

Marchus receives 60 votes for commissioner seat Write-in candidate Cheriene Marchus received 60 votes Tuesday in the election for the District 2 seat on the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Planning to eye state park linker trail

The Routt County Planning Commission will consider a request tonight from the Steamboat Lake State Park to change the zoning on 168 acres, allowing the park to create a nonmotorized trail, a winter multi-use trail and two guest rental cabins.

Judge refuses to lower bonds

Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to lower bonds for a 48-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Fund Board needs volunteers

A shortage of volunteers willing to serve on the Education Fund Board and its commissions continues to plague the nonprofit group.

The Record for Nov. 4

Tuesday, Nov. 2 8:46 a.m. An ambulance was requested for a man who fell 20 to 30 feet from a construction site at the Howelsen Hill ski jumps. The man hurt his leg and was transported to the hospital.

Man found after spending night in cold

A 30-year-old hunter who became disorientated in a snowstorm Sunday morning and had to spend the night outside was found Monday by helicopter.

VNA grant prioritized

A request for a $600,000 grant for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association to buy and expand the Haven Assisted Living Center was given top priority by a countywide committee this week.

Tuesday, November 2

Stahoviak sweeps county clean

After almost a year of surgeries, physical therapy and participating in county meetings through conference calls, Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak got a sign from voters that they think she is doing a good job despite facing serious health issues.

Our View: Encouraging response

The meeting between students from Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain high schools was a productive step toward eliminating the perception of racial intolerance among some students at Steamboat Springs High School.

Volleyball seasons end for Hayden, Soroco

Rams defeat Tigers in final showdown

The Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams ended the 2004 season at the District 5 tournament in Rangely during the weekend.

Local player moves up

Steamboat Springs 10-year-old tennis player named to Team Colorado

Steamboat Springs tennis player Jamey Swiggart was one of a dozen boys named to this year's 12-and-under Team Colorado.

County votes Democratic

Area residents support Kerry, Salazar brothers, Fetcher

More than 11,480 residents cast their votes for the 2004 election, which represents almost 90 percent of active registered voters, or 71 percent of eligible Routt County residents.

Marketing district approved

Voters approved a local marketing district and a 2 percent accommodation tax to support air flight programs by a 258-171 vote.

City housekeeping measure passed

Voters overwhelming supported a city housekeeping item that would coordinate the city's November election date with the TABOR Amendment.

Taylor holds lead for Senate

Water debate may have swayed Senate District 8

Water is precious in the semi-arid West, and it was the debate about water that seemingly influenced voters' decisions in Colorado Senate District 8.

Council approves center replacement project

The Steamboat Springs City Council said yes to a $2.15 million tennis-bubble replacement project, but with a caveat the tennis community contribute $359,216 in private donations.

News in brief for Nov.3

Hayden wrestling staff having meeting Nov. 11 The Hayden High School wrestling staff is holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Ty Zabel's room (No. 160) at Hayden High School for all interested high school wrestlers and their parents. The wrestling room will be open from Monday to Nov. 12 for preseason practice. Official practice begins Nov. 15.

JV talent increases depth of team

The key to developing depth is a strong junior varsity program, and Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon said the Sailors had just that this season.

Hilling in running for Heisman

Hayden senior Evan Hilling was named a state finalist last week in the prestigious Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

Hiway Bar wins flag football title

After finishing the regular season with just one loss, it might have been easy for the players on the Hiway Bar's flag football team to expect they would cruise through the playoffs to the title.

The Record for Nov. 3

Monday, Nov. 1 12:48 a.m. The Steamboat Springs Police Department assisted a motorist who had slid off the road on U.S. Highway 40 near the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

White retains seat in House

Voters returned incumbent Republican Al White to the state House of Representatives with an overwhelming victory over Democratic opponent Sam Robinson of Parachute.

Monger keeps commissioner seat

For months, Doug Monger has helped nurture major projects such as the new justice center and improvements to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Salazar headed for victory

The bitter and expensive 3rd Congressional District race between Republican Greg Walcher and Democrat John Salazar appears to have ended with a slim victory for the Democrat.

Monday, November 1

City to ponder purchasing 15 acres

The Steamboat Springs City Council will look at a contract tonight to purchase 15 acres of land from the Union Pacific Railroad Company and between the Stock Bridge Transit Center and the James Brown bridge.

Middle school bikers race to title

Steamboat Springs Middle School mountain biker Bryce Gordon discovered Saturday that state titles never come easily.

State grants may fund local projects

Officials are hoping for state funding to help with projects to acquire and expand the Haven Senior Assisted Living Center and build an addition to the Steamboat Springs Public Works Shop Funds.

Election Day is finally here

About 46 percent of active voters have cast their ballots

Through early and absentee voting, about 46 percent of Routt County's active voters already have cast their ballots. But Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland isn't expecting a slow day at the polls today.

School Board gets lesson in policy

More than 100 pages of Steamboat Springs School Board policies are getting a thorough review, thanks in part to guidance from an attorney with the Colorado Association of School Boards.

The Record for Nov. 2

12:37 a.m. A welfare check was requested for a domestic violence incident in a hotel room in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. A 43-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of harassment.

Tennis partners on fire

Doubles team wins 3 of 4

Kellie Banisky and Brad Nelson have combined their talents on the court this summer and quickly developed into one of the best mixed doubles teams in Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for Nov. 2

Monetary and tangible donations are being sought for the "Support the Troops" holiday drive. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, P.O. Box 774965, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477; write "Support the Troops" on your memo line. Tangible donations may be dropped off at Steamboat Real Estate Inc. or Prudential Steamboat Realty. For more information or to submit an address of a military person serving, call Marci at 879-5000 or Molly at 879-8100.

20 inches falls on ski area

A series of winter storms that blew into the Yampa Valley from Utah beginning late last week piled up an unofficial 21.5 inches at the Steamboat Ski Area and sent Nordic skiers scrambling for their waxing tools.

City to decide on bubble

Council expected to choose whether to fund Tennis Center

The City Council is expected to make a final decision tonight on funding a tennis bubble replacement project.