Stories for September 2004


Thursday, September 30

Sailors go south in search of victory

All that separates Steamboat Springs from Cortez is eight hours through the Routt, White River, Gunnison, Uncompahgre and San Juan national forests.

Brief Points for Oct. 4

Decorators are needed for the 10th annual Festival of Trees. Decorators trim their trees Nov. 16 and 17. A Tree Sponsor Party, where the sponsors choose their trees, will be held Nov. 18. Trees can be viewed daily through Nov. 23 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. Call 879-2214.

Soup bowl supper Saturday

It's a sight to see -- 250 soup bowls piled all over Deb Babcock's pottery studio. For one more day, every flat surface in her studio will be turned into a shelf. Even the potter's wheel and the floor are stacked high with piles of hand-thrown clay bowls waiting until Saturday for the third annual Soup Bowl Supper.

Briefs for Oct. 1

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 areas of competence. Only athletes involved in winter sports are eligible.

Heeling Friends program looking for volunteers

For years, dogs and their owners have wandered the halls of Yampa Valley Medical Center, Horizons and the Doak Walker Care Center lifting the spirits of patients. This year, the patients got a surprise. They were visited by a cat.

State Senate campaign heats up

Budget crisis, transportation among issues debated

Thursday night's Senate District 8 candidates' forum began and ended with perceived insults. In between, Democratic challenger Jay Fetcher of Clark and State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, exchanged thoughtful positions on issues such as the current state budget crisis to the future of mass transit on Colorado's Western Slope.

Judge lowers bond

Impersonation case preliminary hearing set

Routt County Judge James Garrecht reduced bail bond and set a preliminary hearing for a Steamboat Springs woman charged with criminal impersonation and forgery.

Lafarge pit OK may be close

Lafarge may be one step closer to the controversial gravel pit it has proposed for an area just south of Steamboat Springs.

Book a sojourn

For an author, talking to a book reader is like running into a friend from years ago who remembers the old you and doesn't know how much you've changed.

Autumn Phillips: My book report

Three signs you have just read a good book: You dread the last page as it nears. As you finish that last paragraph, you sigh and close the book slowly. A local librarian called the feeling that follows "a good book buzz."

Swingshift experiments in sound

Steamboat audiences may be confused initially when Swingshift takes the stage. At first, the band looks strangely similar to the Steamboat Jazz Quartet, a jazz standards combo that disappeared from area stages sometime last winter.

Jeff Hall has one-man show

The images are recognizable even if the artist isn't.

Routt County enrollments climb slightly

After several years of declining enrollments, Routt County public school officials anticipate better news when today's official pupil count passes.

Steamboat to look at fly-in communities

The Yampa Valley Airport Commission is looking at the possibility of having a fly-in community next to the Steamboat Springs Airport.

The Record for Oct. 1

12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs police assisted a motorist with a flat tire near Seventh and Oak streets.

Film fest entries needed

Deadline Oct. 15

Submissions are requested from local amateur film makers for the upcoming Steamboat Mountain Film Festival. Filmmakers will compete for a grand prize of $1,000, a screening of their film and a chance to work as an associate producer with Warren Miller Entertainment for the Steamboat segment of the 2006 Warren Miller movie.

Come run, come eat

Running Series ends with race and potluck

Damian Wells' bid to offer a free, no frills race to end the Steamboat Springs Running Series season nearly happened.

Volleyball takes aim at league leader

With the league season nearly half over, the Western Slope picture looks nothing like Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall would have sketched.

Coyotes hoping to bring back hockey

The drive to bring a competitive men's hockey team back to Steamboat Springs begins Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Nightlife for Oct. 4

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

Disabled skier lives full life

When Ralph Green began skiing competitively in 2000, his goal was simple.

Wednesday, September 29

S. Routt potluck a success

Residents assess future of area over dinner Tuesday

More than one year after the South Routt Community Economic Assessment, the South Routt community met to share dinner and their thoughts on how much progress has been made.

Possible school site found

Negotiations continue as South Routt District eyes growth

South Routt School District officials and a Stagecoach developer have identified a potential site for a future elementary school, but several obstacles remain before the land can be dedicated to the school system.

Campaign funds counted

Marchus, Westwater report final tallies in failed campaigns

Final campaign spending reports turned in by Mark Marchus and Bea Westwater, county commissioner candidates who lost in the primary elections, show both spent between $400 and $500 and received nonmonetary contributions.

Briefs for Sept. 30

An eight-hour AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered Oct. 13 and 14 in Steamboat Springs. The program is an eight-hour classroom refresher that helps participants learn the effects of aging on driving and how to adjust their driving accordingly. It is the first and most recognized comprehensive nationwide course designed especially for the older driver. The class is sponsored by the Routt County Council on Aging and will be held at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Call 879-0633 to register.

The Record for Sept. 30

8:30 a.m. A complaint was made that a mechanic in the 2500 block of South Copper Frontage was supposed to save auto parts and did not.

Steamboat downs talented Delta squad

No one knew what to expect. The Steamboat Springs softball team had reeled off five straight wins to open the season, but coach Donna Ryan said the Sailors hadn't played a high-level team.

Just getting warmed up

Hayden football not showing weakness in first four games -- all wins

Chris Frentress scanned the Hayden football team's season statistics sheet, trying to pinpoint what he found most surprising. He quickly arrived at his answer.

Man arrested twice in two weeks

A 31-year-old Texas man is back in jail a week after he was arrested on suspicion of trying to use a car to run over a tent his girlfriend and his brother were inside.

Builder proposes 25 homes

Subdivision slated for Tamarack Drive

Plans for a new residential subdivision on Tamarack Drive were submitted Monday to the Steamboat Springs Planning Department.

Shroom case goes to district court

The case againt a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man charged with growing psilocybin mushrooms was sent to District Court on Wednesday.

Steamboat game play improves with loss

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team hadn't played its brand of soccer for more than two games. On Tuesday, Steamboat improved its play but still found itself on the short end of a 4-1 score against Eagle Valley in Eagle.

Tuesday, September 28

Orton urges historic displays

Lyman Orton envisions a day when every business in downtown Steamboat Springs, from hair salons to gas stations, is part of one big history museum -- and he's not talking about antique gas pumps and curling irons.

Tigers remain perfect

The Hayden football team is at the top of the Class 1A Western Slope League standings after Friday's win against yet another playoff team from last season.

Teen injured in hurricane returns home

After spending a harrowing month recuperating from a car accident that happened in the midst of Hurricane Charley, Camryn Vilar was more than happy to wake up last week and look out at the mountains surrounding Hayden.

Impact fees considered

Charging impact fees to new homes in the Steamboat Lake area was ruled out at a county meeting Tuesday.

County OKs PDR updates

Routt County commissioners finalized on Tuesday a revision of the criteria and guidelines used in the county's Purchase of Development Rights program.

Cheerleaders impress

Hayden students might imagine, for a minute, game day without cheerleaders.

Librarian checking out after 25 years at work

When Jacquie Boyd started her job as librarian at the Hayden Public Library, the town's 7,000-book collection was packed in a tiny storefront property across from the Hayden Town Hall.

Tigers enjoy view from the top

Chris Frentress scanned the Hayden football team's season statistics sheet, trying to pinpoint what he found most surprising. He quickly arrived at his answer.

Steve Rummler: If Christ were here

Here's an age old question. What if Jesus of Nazareth were again a man on this earth? Would today's Christians know he was the Christ? How would he be treated? Do we think he would carry an M-16 or an AK47 in Iraq? Would he love his enemies and kill them at the same time? Who would be his enemies? Would his preaching get him in trouble with U.S. leaders or Arab leaders or leaders who embrace terrorism? Would that stop Christ from preaching? Knowing of today's world, would he change his beliefs?

The Record for Sept. 29

Monday, Sept. 27 6:24 a.m. A complaint about construction noise was made in the 800 block of Broad Street.

Extension agent overextended

Effects of a tight state budget have rippled through to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension's office in Routt County.

Thefts strike three stores

Backcountry Provisions was burglarized for a third time in less than a month, this time with $60 in coins and more than $150 in deli goods stolen.

Soroco looks to improve results

District plagued by below-average student test scores in math

Consistently low student performance on state and district math assessments has South Routt School District officials searching for ways to improve the way math is taught and received.

Man hurt by arrow is OK

A Steamboat Springs man who suffered severe blood loss when he punctured his leg with a hunting arrow Saturday night is in good shape, his brother said Tuesday.

Hayden volleyball falls in Paonia

The Hayden volleyball team dropped a four-game match to Paonia on Friday.

Community calendar for Sept. 29

Board work session The Hayden School Board is holding a work session 7 p.m. tonight in the Hayden High School video conference room across from the main office. The board will discuss the function of School and District Improvement teams and how they might be used to improve district communication.

Blotter for Sept. 29

Tuesday, Sept. 21 10:27 a.m. A vehicle reportedly was abandoned at a business in the 100 block of East Jefferson Street. The owner was contacted.

Pilates studio plans Oct. 9 fund-raiser

Wendy Puckett hopes to inspire young athletes through Pilates, but this fall she also hopes to reward young athletes who inspire others through competition.

News in brief for Sept.29

Boardwalk construction slated for weekend The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club hopes to complete its boardwalk project this weekend with the help of community volunteers.

Activities held all week long

Homecoming, perhaps the most exciting part of the fall quarter, is here, and Hayden students are ready to celebrate their school spirit and positive changes in the Hayden School District.

Soroco's rally not enough

The Soroco football team played a furious 12 minutes of football Friday night in Parachute. It was the other 36 minutes the Rams would like to do over.

Dennis and Jeanne Ducommun: Shame on Jay Fetcher

We are citizens of Grand County and no longer are represented by your state senator, Jack Taylor.

Buses need replacement

The Steamboat Springs School District's aging bus fleet has become a cause for concern among some district officials and the School Board.

Our View: Hockey idea worth studying further

The announcement last week that former Colorado Avalanche player Claude Lemieux is eyeing Steamboat Springs as one of six Colorado cities to locate an elite level junior hockey team is intriguing. But before anyone gets too excited about high level junior hockey coming to Howelsen Ice Arena, there are a number of questions that need to be answered.

Monday, September 27

Golfers receive awards

After winning six tournaments and a regional title, Sailors golf coach Steve Dodson wasn't surprised that four members of the squad earned all-conference honors.

Fund Board vacancies filled

A months-long search to find community volunteers to serve on the Education Fund Board and its three commissions is nearly over.

Monger tops in funding

It's a basic rule that when candidates have opponents, they're more likely to spend more money. So it follows that this year, with two contested county commissioner races, more funds are being donated and spent than in a typical election year, Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland said.

Registration deadline Monday

Unregistered voters hoping to participate in the Nov. 2 general election may want to move "register to vote" to the top of their to-do lists.

Downtown businesses changing

Downtown store owners are using the relative lull of autumn to change locations and, in one case, change a name.

County weighs impact fees

Routt County commissioners are considering impact fees as a means to help pay for road and public safety improvements in parts of the county.

Prescribed burn project starts today

The first prescribed burn in a project that will affect 4,000 acres of North Routt County forest starts today.

Everywhere are signs

Amid violations, complaints, city to review sign code

Sign violations, committed primarily by the real estate community, have prompted the city to look at revising its code.

City seeking water board applicants

The city of Steamboat Springs continues to seek members to serve on the recently approved Steamboat Springs Water Commission.

Sailors almost sweep

Evergreen loss leaves coach concerned

Winning three out of four matches isn't too bad. Still, Steamboat Springs High School tennis coach John Aragon was hoping for a sweep during the weekend or at least a more competitive showing in the Sailors' loss to Evergreen.

Barnetts sell Mazzola's

New owner is a chef and restaurant consultant

Mazzola's Italian Restaurant and Lounge, a fixture in Steamboat Springs for more than three decades, has changed hands.

The Record for Sept. 28

Sunday, Sept. 26 12:47 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 800 block of Weiss Circle. 12:50 a.m. A welfare check was requested for a person in the 2000 block of Snowbowl Plaza. 2:33 a.m. A vehicle complaint was made in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

News in brief for Sept. 28

Forum rescheduled for earlier time Thursday The time for the State Senate District 8 Forum, featuring Sen. Jack Taylor and challenger Jay Fetcher, has been changed to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Centennial Hall. The event is sponsored by the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley and the Western Colorado Congress.

Sunday, September 26

Briefs for Sept. 27

Annual College Fair night Wednesday in Craig

Presidential race a tossup in county

With more people attending local Republican and Democrat meetings and others remaining politically undecided, the run for president between Republican George W. Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry appears to be as tight in Routt County as elsewhere in the nation.

Resident injured with arrow

18-year-old flown to Denver after stepping on hunting arrow

A Steamboat Springs man was seriously injured after puncturing his leg with a hunting arrow while cleaning an elk in the Buffalo Pass area Saturday night.

Horse falls on woman

A 65-year-old Montrose woman had to be airlifted from the backcountry Friday evening after a horse she was riding fell on her.

The Record for Sept. 27

Saturday, Sept. 25 12:52 a.m. A bear and her cubs were reported in a condo complex parking garage in the 2300 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

Saturday, September 25

Sailors fulfill wishes

Volleyball coach marks birthday with victory

The birthday flowers Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall received before Saturday's match against Eagle Valley were nice, but the win was better. The Sailors knocked off the Devils to end a three-match skid.

The world's problem

Second annual Crop Walk to raise awareness, funds for hunger

While many in the United States struggle to control their calories -- turning down cookies and dessert for a slimmer waistline -- 842 million people around the world have nothing to eat.

Rifle beats up on 'Boat

Steamboat's inexperience apparent in Saturday loss

The Rifle soccer team had been waiting for the complete game. The game when the strikers, midfielders and defenders play well and together for 80 minutes. Saturday, Rifle was nearly perfect in a dominating, 7-0 win over Steamboat Springs.

Home for good

Steamboat resident returns to town after almost 1 year in Iraq

When the plane hit the runway, Sam Rush exhaled. A long rush of air poured out of her and a weight lifted from her shoulders. Her husband was alive. Her husband no longer was in danger. Her husband was home.

Spreading its wares

Housewares get increased emphasis in Ace at the Curve, which opens next month

Longtime customers may be taken aback late next month when they walk through the doors of the new Ace at the Curve hardware store in Elk River Crossing. For certain, they won't recognize the place.

SSHS students win video contest

Young filmmakers, school program honored in statewide competition

The secret to a good air guitar, according to Steamboat Springs High School senior Danny Weiss, is to "take people's focus off the guitar and onto the fashion and the surroundings, which I did gloriously."

Chance Westen Kent

Chance Westen Kent, son of Chandrean and Wesley Kent of Craig, was born at 12:48 a.m. Sept. 14, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. His siblings are Jagger, Nealy, Jasmyn and Jaidyn Kent. His grandparents are Lonnie and Linda Redmon of Craig, and Robert and Dawna Gulledge of Craig.

The Record for Sept. 26

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.

Don't shoot

Pack your camera, leave the gun: Elk bugling a sight to see

The elk in Northwest Colorado are getting a respite from hunting season this week. It's prime time for nonhunters to go on a drive in the country and listen for bulls bugling to attract the cows.

Paul Edward Steinke

Paul Edward Steinke, son of Patrice S. and Mark E. Steinke of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:09 p.m. Sept. 15, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.25 inches long.

Real Estate permits for Sept. 26

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer FLATTOPS RANCH, LLP TO SLEEPING LION RANCH, LLC FOR E1/2NE1/4, NE1/4SE1/4, SEC. 19, T1N, R85W S1/2N1/2, S1/2, SEC. 20, T1N, R85W N1/2, N1/2SE1/4, SW1/4SE1/4, SW1/4 SEC. 21, T1N, R85W W1/2NE1/4, NW1/4, NW1/4SE1/4, N1/2SW1/4, SEC. 22, T1N, R85W W1/2NE1/4, NW1/4, NW1/4SE1/4, N1/2SW1/4, SEC. 28, T1N, R85W N1/2N1/2, SW1/4NW1/4, NW1/4SW1/4, SEC. 29, T1N, R85W - $9,591,500

Xander Benjamin Dalke

Xander Benjamin Dalke, son of Julie and Brett Dalke of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:29 a.m. Sept. 15, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. His grandparents are Judy and Guy Groulx of Fort Worth, Texas; Bob and Sheila Dalke of Binghamton, N.Y.; and Julie Lambiotte of Frankfort, Mich.

Building permits for Sept. 26

Steamboat Springs Bell & Pollack, P.C. 505 Anglers DrIVe Amaron-Folkestad Construction Tenant Finish $80,000

Hayden development is ready for building

With availability of small agricultural properties near Steamboat Springs dwindling, a new development west of Hayden is helping to fill the niche for high-end country living close to town.

Center offers skills testing

Every employer has experienced it -- a job applicant who offers assurances that he or she is proficient in a particular software application. Then the person reports for work and demonstrates a distinct inability to manipulate the nuances of a spreadsheet.

Jordan Margaret Ward

Jordan Margaret Ward, daughter of Sharon Pace and Trevor Scott Ward of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:47 a.m. Sept. 18, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Jerry and Margaret Ward of Nederland; Gabriel and Sue Pace of Aptos, Calif.; and Rosamond and Al Lawson of Bloomfield, Conn.

Joylyn L. New (1940 -- 2004)

Joylyn Lajuana (Dull) New, formerly of Oak Creek, died Sept. 7, 2004, after a long battle with cancer. She was 64.

Darby Ann Curtis (1954 -- 2004)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Darby Ann Curtis of Loveland died suddenly at her home Sept. 20, 2004.

Calendar for week of Sept.27

Monday, Sept. 27 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John F. Russell: One for all, all for a state title

Teamwork is overrated. We can tell our children that there is no "I" in "team," but do we really mean it?

Measuring up

Sailor runners get glance at competition

The Steamboat Springs cross-country teams had little idea how they would compare to other Western Slope teams until their third race of the season Saturday. Now, the runners are well informed.

Sailors optimistic entering October

Tough September finds Steamboat 0-4

Wet grass, streamers and reserved smiles were strewn through the Steamboat Springs High School hallways Friday night.

Greg Binsfeld: Favoring Fetcher

As a longtime member of the Colorado Education Association, I was surprised that they endorsed Jay Fetcher's opponent for State Senate.

Class notes for Sept. 26

Cadet Nissa Carlson, daughter of Eric and Rita Carlson of Steamboat Springs, has been named as company commander, one of the highest positions in the cadet chain of command at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Redefining hope

Support groups, trainings help Alzheimer's caregivers

An empty chair sits by a row of windows in Bill Bowes home, where red geraniums in rectangular boxes strain toward the light outside. On a good day, Bowes wife, 81-year-old Marie Bowes, would be sitting in the chair, watching the birds and listening to the swish of cars passing by on a nearby county road.

Townsend H. Anderson: Courthouse debate

With a tip of my hat to Lance Eldridge, author of "Unfriendly Politics" published in the Wednesday edition of the Steamboat Today, and at the risk of turning our subsequent friendly and engaging discussion into a public spectacle, we welcome an open and civil public debate (which we trust our local newspaper will encourage and support). After all, this is the hallmark of a healthy democracy.

Sound off for Sept. 26

Mayor's speech This is Cargo Rodeman. All I said at the get-out-the-vote party that could possibly be construed as "gutter profanity" is that, if you "don't vote, don't bitch" and that statistics prove that if all the apathetic buttheads banned together, they would represent more votes than either major party. You can hear worse than that on most cartoons. I love children, my daughter helped me write this speech, and I apologize for offending anyone. Hopefully, the person who called in to Sound Off is a voter, and the important message of this event was not lost. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 4.

South Routt looking toward future

Residents urged to think about their economic outlook at potluck

The South Routt County community is being invited to a Tuesday night potluck dinner that is intended to shape a vision for the area's economic future.

LMD proposed to fund air program

Supporters and opponents of a proposed local marketing district agree a 2 percent accommodation tax to support airline programs could have a significant effect the community. They disagree on the logistics of implementing such a tax.

Rally cars navigate turns, kick up dust

Crowds periodically ooohed and aaahed as they watched tricked-out Subarus, Volkswagens, Mitsubishies and Hondas navigate slick hairpin turns in Hayden's Dry Creek Park during the Colorado Cog Rally on Saturday.

Our View: Second homes need second look

After the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments' presentation at last week's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, there should be no debate about the value second-home owners bring to resort communities such as ours.

Exclusive buyer's agents gaining foothold in area

Real estate listings can be a real estate agency's bread and butter: Property sales guarantee sales-commission dollars for the listing agent and agency.

Friday, September 24

Bulldogs pull away

In the past, Kellan Moore would have gone into halftime expecting his team to be chewed out by its coaches after a first-half performance that included six fumbles. That wasn't the case this year in Moffat County's 40-20 win over rival Steamboat Springs.

Candidates wary of tobacco tax increase proposal

Political candidates who gathered for a forum at the Routt County Courthouse this week praised the goals of proposed Amendment 35 but questioned the wisdom of changing the state's constitution to raise the cigarette tax.

Steamboat wins two, remains undefeated

The Steamboat Springs softball team remains undefeated in its inaugural season, beating Basalt in both games of a doubleheader Thursday in Basalt.

Woman held on $500K bond

Steamboat resident accused of forgery, criminal impersonation

A Steamboat Springs woman is being held in the Routt County Jail on $500,000 bond, facing felony charges including criminal impersonation and forgery.

Melinda Mawdsley: In search of greatness

High school football teams have the chance to consistently be good -- as in playoff good -- but the opportunity to be great -- as in state championship great -- doesn't come around often.

Holes found in water main

Hayden schools canceled as precautionary measure

Hayden students were kept home from school Friday as a precautionary measure because of several holes in a water main in downtown Hayden.

Maddox drops complaint

Bob Maddox, the owner and operator of Mountain Flight Service, has dropped a campaign finance complaint against Combined Airports Now LLC.

The Record for Sept. 25

Thursday, Sept. 23 9:40 a.m. Vandalism was reported at the rifle range on U.S. Highway 40. A gate at the entrance to the range was bent. Officers investigated and suspected the gate was bent by someone backing into it.

Oak Creek will soon have police chief

The town of Oak Creek will have a new police chief soon. Oak Creek Town Board announced plans Thursday night to hire Guitano Farnan after he completes the required courses to become certified by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

Huskies volleyball beats Steamboat in four

The Battle Mountain Huskies overcame a Game-1 loss to Steamboat Springs on Thursday night (24-26), before thundering back, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-22, as the Huskies beat the Sailors in convincing fashion for their first win over Steamboat since moving to 4A.

William Wyatt Enger

William Wyatt Enger, son of Toni Lynn and Charles Scott Enger of Phippsburg, was born at 5:42 p.m. Sept. 17, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. His siblings are Peyton Avery and Charles Chance Enger. His grandparents are David Wyatt Millikan and Laurie Cluster of Steamboat Springs; Charles John Enger of Phippsburg; and Emily Casias of Hattiesburg, Miss.

Briefs for Sept. 25

Man pleads guilty to growing marijuana

Thursday, September 23

Townhome plans approved

Twenty-three units to be developed off AprÃs Ski Way

The city's Architecture Review Commission approved a 23-unit townhome development at the southwest corner of the intersection of AprÃs Ski Way and Medicine Springs Drive.

Brief Points for Sept. 24

Because of a scheduling conflict, the lineup for this weekend's installment of Mountain Movie Fallfest has been changed to "The Door in the Floor" and "DeLovely." Both films run today through Thursday.

Pull up a chair

All parties end up in the kitchen

Approaching Jean and Jeffrey Wolf's house, it looks like any other home around Lake Catamount, built of wood and river rock according to the development's covenants.

Local driver places fourth

Winston de Wardt didn't get the first-place finish he was hoping for this season, but the aspiring Formula One driver from Steamboat Springs ended up with several surprises that made his second year in the Skip Barber Racing series worthwhile.

Ready for the rival

Moffat County football coach Kip Hafey studied Steamboat Springs game film earlier this week, and even he is taken aback by the fact that the Sailors have yet to win a game.

Burgess Creek lift could open by mid-December

A bright red Kaman Aerospace K-MAX "aerial truck" helicopter hovered over snowy Mount Werner for about two hours Thursday afternoon, installing the next chapter in the history of ski lifts at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Band to play surf music at Rio Grande

Doug Mouton first discovered the sound of surf music while watching the Bones Brigade skateboarding videos as a teenager.

Hockey league eyeing arena

Howelsen might house Triple A play

The city is in preliminary negotiations that could bring ice hockey's highest-level junior development league to Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Sept. 24

3:39 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of trying to use his car to run over a tent with his girlfriend and his brother inside at the KOA Campground.

Briefs for Sept. 24

A man was injured Thursday afternoon when his car went off Colorado Highway 131 and rolled over, trapping him inside.

Politics through videos, potlucks

Linda Lewis knows exactly how many days are left until the Nov. 2 presidential elections: 40.

Nature-inspired changes

Anyone who attended Mountain Movie Fallfest's showing of "What the (bleep) do we know?" with its quantum physics/we-are-all-one message, might be interested in the similar message that yoga instructor Zett Amora plans to share tonight and Saturday.

Golfers win regional

When the members of the Steamboat Springs golf team arrived in Battlement Mesa on Wednesday, senior Kenton Gamache was hoping just to earn a spot in this year's regional tournament.

Nightlife for Sept. 24

Tisa McGraw will play the Celtic harp from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at a celebration of the autumnal equinox. $25. Call 846-9780 for location and directions.

Autumn Phillips: Poor Norm

Part of me wanted Norm to die. But not like this. He always was a bit of an embarrassment with those missing teeth, and he wasn't very fashionable. In Steamboat Springs, car couture demands a Subaru or a Toyota, not a 1985 Ford Tempo named Norm.

'You name it, I've painted it'

It is a short show to make a big announcement. One of Steamboat's favorite artists is changing galleries. Jean Perry is now represented by Mad Creek Gallery.

Wednesday, September 22

The need for speed

Colorado Cog Rally will be held this weekend

The Colorado Cog Rally returns to Routt County this weekend with rally racing action in and around Hayden -- and this year, that action will be televised on the cable SPEED Channel.

Sailors fall in Granby

Middle Park defeats Steamboat in five

It's been nearly one year since the Steamboat Springs volleyball team won a "big match," coach Wendy Hall said, and she is searching for the right thing to say to a Sailors team that she thinks is talented enough to play with anyone.

Tragedy plagues adventure seekers

Organizers say race probably will go on

Travis Wilkinson and Ken Meyer, graduates of Steamboat Springs High School, entered this year's Subaru Primal Quest race in Washington seeking the thrill of adventure.

City looks at hall use

Council to set night-use policy for Centennial Hall

request from the Peace and Justice Center to hold a Friday night video series at Centennial Hall prompted the Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss whether community groups should be allowed to use the facility after 5 p.m.

Tax board wants money for writer

Steamboat Springs City Council members balked at the Tax Policy Advisory Board's request for $5,000 to hire a professional to write its final report.

Briefs for Sept. 23

Heeling Friends holding fall recruitment session Heeling Friends, a pet visitation program at Yampa Valley Medical Center, will have a fall recruitment session for new animal/handler teams from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 6 and 12 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Call 871-0021.

Girls, boys take sixth at Air Academy

Except for a first-race sighting of Rifle and Glenwood Springs, the Steamboat Springs cross-country team hasn't had an opportunity to run against regional opponents.

The Record for Sept. 23

Tuesday, Sept. 21 1:52 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive.

Texas man arrested Wednesday

31-year-old accused of running over girlfriend, brother

A 31-year-old Texas man was arrested Wednesday morning after reportedly using his car to run over a tent his girlfriend and his brother were inside, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Mountain West not involved in petition

Mountain West Environments Inc. is not seeking a zoning change from Routt County to expand its business, contrary to previous articles published in Steamboat Today.

Taylor, Fetcher to debate

Community Alliance to host forum on conservation issues

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley and the Western Colorado Congress have scheduled a forum featuring the candidates for state Senate District 8.

Forum centers on kids

Candidates debate early childhood education funding

State Rep. Al White said Wednesday that he thinks one of the best things Colorado could do for early childhood education is to fund full-day kindergarten. However, he doesn't see on the horizon the estimated $50 million it would cost annually.

Tuesday, September 21

Riders hand out honors

The Routt County Riders announced that club president Pete Wither, mountain bike pioneer Kent Eriksen and newly crowned national champion Bo Randolph have won season-long honors from the club.

Town gem turns 102

Ruby Wright always has liked taking drives.

Hayden explores heritage tourism

More restaurants, more hotels and more signs. With those components in place, Hayden could capitalize on its rustic, agricultural charm and ride a new wave in tourism highlighting historical, cultural and recreational assets of communities.

News in brief for Sept.22

Stolen car found hours later in nearby field A car that was reported stolen early Sunday morning in Toponas was found hours later in a field just 11 miles away. At about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the owners of the Toponas store called to say their 1993 Mercury Tracer had been stolen sometime the night before, Routt County investigator Ken Klinger said. The car was unlocked and the keys were inside.

Soroco drops opener

West Grand wins 25-7 in Kremmling

What Soroco football coach Gary Heide saw on the field Saturday was exactly what he saw when he watched game film earlier this week: West Grand flat out beat Soroco.

Heavy snow, low temps keep Rams off road

The Soroco volleyball team's match against Vail Christian scheduled for Tuesday night in Vail was postponed because of weather.

PGA championships shortened

Rain, snow and unseasonably cold weather cut short the 2004 PGA Western Chapter Championships at the Catamount Ranch & Club's golf course Tuesday.

Our View: Feeling blue

One of the best parts of the Colorado Constitution is the Blue Book law, which requires that an information booklet about statewide issues be prepared and provided to the state's voters within 30 days of any election.

Lance Eldridge: Unfriendly politics

About 600 BC, Athens faced a crisis that must have seemed insurmountable. A local agricultural crisis had helped plunge the community into an economic and political tailspin. Only when the polity gave control of their future to the trusted Solon was Athens able to avoid immediate calamity and forge the foundations for its future democracy.

The Record for Sept.22

Monday, Sept. 20 12:58 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported at the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

Gas tanker crash closes pass

Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for eight hours after a gasoline tanker carrying more than 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 2,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline rolled over early Tuesday morning.

Board to smooth things over

Commissioners agree to look for chip debate solutions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night acknowledged the concerns of bicyclists and agreed to look for opportunities to smooth things over.

Building gifted to the city

Longtime ranching family owns Vectra Bank, Antares building

A longtime ranching family has bequeathed a landmark building on the corner of Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue to the city of Steamboat Springs.

Growth commission members named

The names of eight people selected to be on a growth commission by an interview committee of City Council members and Routt County commissioners were announced at Tuesday night's council meeting.

District enrollment down slightly in first count

A drop in student numbers at Hayden Valley Elementary School has contributed to an overall decrease in enrollment in the Hayden School District so far this school year.

Dry Creek developer explores last access option

A developer proposing a 62-home subdivision east of the Routt County Fairgrounds is working on his last option for accessing the development.

Monday, September 20

The Record for Sept.21

Sunday, Sept. 19 12:05 a.m. A patron who was kicked out of a bar in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square reportedly was making threats. 1:30 a.m. A driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 128.

Chip-seal meeting is tonight

County officials to explain why larger gravel used to repair roads

Cyclists and motorists will have a chance to learn everything they ever wanted to know about the chip-seal process used by Routt County during a meeting at 6 p.m. today in the commissioners hearing room at the Routt County Courthouse.

News in brief for Sept. 21

Bowermaster to discuss sea kayak adventures Author and adventurer Jon Bowermaster will present his Oceans 8 Slide Show at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Catamount Ranch and Club. The one-hour slide and DVD presentation will highlight Bowermaster's sea kayak adventures, featuring his most recent travels along the coast of Gabon, Africa and into South America's Altiplano. Bowermaster also will sign copies of his book, "Alone Against the Sea." Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Yampa River. Call 871-1308.

Snow predicted to usher in autumn

Tonight might bring Steamboat four to eight inches

If the predictions of the National Weather Service are correct, residents of Steamboat Springs will wake to several inches of snow Wednesday morning.

Moose to get loose on Sept. 29

Event raises funds for Winter Sports Club scholarships

Moose will be loose on the fairways and greens of the Sheraton Golf course once again this fall.

Rouda gets $436,000

Man whose Tree haus home burned settles with insurance company

An insurance company has agreed to pay Scott Rouda $371,000 to rebuild a house he lost in an April 2003 fire and $65,000 for his living expenses.

Liquor waiver sought

Restaurant near Whiteman Primary School wants to sell alcohol

An ordinance the City Council will consider tonight would allow liquor to be served in hotels and restaurants within 500 feet of public or parochial schools.

Golfers on state mission

Title quest begins with regional

Five golfers from Steamboat Springs High School will head to Parachute Wednesday hauling bags full of woods, irons and expectations.

Squad nets first tourney

Sailors prove their mettle at Pueblo event

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team went to Pueblo last weekend hoping to make a statement.

Teachers look at new curriculum plan

Some Steamboat Springs School Board members expressed concerns Monday about a new curriculum development plan that would take some teachers out of the classroom five to six days per year.

Sunday, September 19

Briefs for Sept. 20

Military veterans can get information about veterans' benefits and programs by calling 879-5489 or stopping by the Routt County Veterans Services Office, in the Colorado Workforce Center in Sundance at Fish Creek. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Bring your DD Form 214 for registration with the county, application for Veterans Administration programs and for filing with the VSO office.

Storm doesn't dampen volunteers' efforts

More than 200 volunteers from across Colorado pitched in to build Rotary Park boardwalk

Even with rain clouds looming, 200 volunteers cut, pieced and hammered together the Rotary Park's boardwalk Saturday and Sunday.

Anderson, Schuette win Run for Literacy

Nate Anderson of Steamboat Springs and Mary Schuette of Fort Collins won the seven-mile run at Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy.

Windstorm wreaks havoc

Victims: Aging trees, cars, Civil Air Patrol's headquarters

A trailer that housed the Civil Air Patrol headquarters at the Steamboat Springs Airport was one of the highest casualties of Sunday's severe storm.

Tom Ross: Letting go is serious business

Sending a freshman to college is a bewildering rite of passage

Letting go is the easiest thing in the world to do -- right? Let go my Eggos! Let go of your anger. Let go of that pork chop -- I saw it first! Let go of the end of the rope. Let go of the Broncos' loss to Jacksonville on Sunday (What in the world was Shanahan thinking about anyway?). It's easy to let go.

Saturday, September 18

The Record for Sept. 19

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.

Go, speed racer, go

Now in its fourth year, Routt County's local rally race already has gained national attention.

Communication lines open

Building contractors, government officials try to smooth friction

The relationship between government officials and members of the valley's building industry isn't tension free. But the lines of communication are as open as they've been at any time in the past decade, they say. And determined efforts are under way to streamline the process of completing new buildings here.

Memorializing a tragedy

Sixth-graders at Steamboat Springs Middle School create mural in memory of Sept. 11

"In remembrance of the tragedy of 9/11/01, Steamboat Springs Middle School students have recorded the names of nearly 3,000 victims. By remembering this loss we hope to inspire unity rather than exclusivity. We understand the strength, compassion and community found in combining the parts of the whole." -- message scrawled on a Sept. 11 memorial made by middle school students

Beer drinkers unite for fest

Sipping microbrews against the backdrop of changing leaves on Mount Werner, participants at Saturday's 14th annual Steamboat Mountain Brewfest seemed just as interested in socializing as in sampling fine beer.

Escape to Ripple Creek

Byway offers scenic autumn views

The Flat Tops Wilderness has been widely celebrated as the "cradle of American wilderness areas" this month as the nation observes the 40th anniversary of the wilderness Act of 1964. But it isn't necessary to mount a wilderness expedition to admire the mountain range south of Steamboat Springs that straddles Routt, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.

John F. Russell: Traditions that have no place in sports

I learned a lot of things while attending professional sporting events as a child.

The Record for Sept. 20

12:37 a.m. A noise complaint was made on Blue Sage Drive. A warning was given.

Steamboat native trains for Olympics

Some parents hide their eyes or pace atop the bleachers when watching their children play sports. They get so nervous that it's tough for them to watch. Richard and Leslie Sorensen are a little different. They just welcome the opportunity to see their youngest daughter, Rebecca, at all.

Despite loss, Steamboat's seniors play strong

In the Western Slope League, considered by many to be the state's best in Class 3A, the early advantage goes to teams dominated by upperclassmen.

Newspaper hosts Run for Literacy

After a dozen running races in Steamboat Springs, it looks as if the end-of-season titles in the Steamboat Springs Running Series will come down to today's Run for Literacy.

Sound Off for Sept. 19

I wonder why the landscaping at the post office is not being watered and taken care of. Trees have been allowed to die. Crabapples in the median planter need trimming. Flowerbeds are dried up and are mostly weed patches. This important public facility deserves better. Its condition gives a bad impression to residents and visitors. The postmaster should insist that the property owner replace the dead trees and maintain the grounds properly.

Our View: City should count pennies

The Steamboat Springs City Council must be careful not to send the wrong message to the city's voters as it prioritizes capital improvement projects.

Duck, duck, goal!

Duck race brings in $23,000 for cancer

"They're coming!" Children lining the Yampa River jubilantly cried out the words as they caught sight of the first of more than 2,300 rubber duckies bobbing toward the finish line Saturday during the 17th annual Rubber Ducky Race.

Second homes' effects studied

From affordable housing to rampant job growth to tax policy to community character, there is very little that the growth in Steamboat's second-home market won't touch, officials said.

Nick Hinds: Scare tactics

If anyone is surprised over why President Bush and Dick Cheney are seeking to win the upcoming election by shamelessly evoking the tragedy and dread of Sept. 11, 2001, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and trying to scare the tar out of people by hammering on the likelihood of upcoming terrorist attacks, then they have been far away from America in the past 44 months.

Yampa considers heritage tourism

Northwest Colorado could apply for state funds to start region-wide program

As a group of a dozen people talked last week about what Yampa is and what it offers, one thing was obvious to facilitator Judy Walden.

Alan Selch: On guns

First, I would like to call attention to several factual errors in your piece on the sunset of the "assault weapons" ban. Then I will fill in some background as to why the ban is a bad idea to start with.

Taylor, Fetcher hit road

Candidates focus on I-70 corridor

The two candidates in this fall's race for State Senate District 8 are both from Routt County, something that hasn't happened before.

Friday, September 17

Transactions for Sept. 8-14


Briefs for Sept. 18

Longtime Hayden resident Ruby Wright will celebrate her 102nd birthday Monday. She has been a Northwest Colorado resident since 1918.

Golfers end regular season on high note

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team wrapped up the regular season on a high note by winning a two-day tournament held in Montrose earlier this week.

Hayden residents to get curbside recycling

Hayden residents' trash bills won't change, but soon they will have the option to recycle at their curbs.

See Rocky run -- far

Rifle senior has 251 yards in easy win against Sailors

Though they weren't interested in tickets, the Steamboat football team members got front row seats to the Rocky Rauman running show Friday night.

Tigers turn tables on Panthers

In a game full of big offensive plays Friday night on the Hayden High School football field, it was the Tigers' defensive stand that stole the show after the game clock had expired.

Employers reach out to Jamaican staff

Sheraton Resort employees watched Ivan near their homes

Last Saturday night, 20 Jamaicans sat in front of a television in Steamboat Springs. They were braced for the worst as Hurricane Ivan spun toward their homes and their families.

The Record for Sept. 18

12:46 a.m. Two men reportedly were fighting at a bar in the 1500 block of Mid-Valley Drive. When Steamboat Springs police arrived, one was behind the bar and the other was across the street at Safeway. No one was arrested.

Helping the helpers

Support Search and Rescue at annual fund-raiser

As members of Routt County Search and Rescue lifted a broken Brian McFadden from the bottom of Fish Creek Falls this summer, everyone was grateful for the ropes training they had received earlier in the year.

Set on saving the West

Fay Ranches brokers aim to preserve open spaces

One day more than 10 years ago, dogs barking from new homes lining the Madison River in Montana interrupted Gregory Fay's otherwise peaceful day of fishing.

Officials: Fire began in kitchen

Investigators still determining cause of roadhouse flames

A fire that heavily damaged the Riverbend Roadhouse on Tuesday likely started in the kitchen, caused by either an old compressor or the electrical wiring around it, officials said Friday.

Man arrested in theft case

A 40-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing almost $900 from his employer's safe at the Old West Steak House.

Business Briefs for Sept. 19

The number of arriving passengers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport was up by almost 2,000 year over year in July. The addition of a daily flight from Houston on a Continental Airlines 50-passenger jet, coupled with a fourth daily turboprop from Denver on United Express accounted for the increase. More than 4,000 passengers arrived at the airport east of Hayden in July. That compares to about 2,500 in July 2003.

Grant collaboration poised to take flight

Community leaders were sorely disappointed last September when they were turned down for a federal grant that would have been used to expand airline service into the Yampa Valley. But they didn't give up.

Hayden ranch offers piece of history

With its massive white barns and expansive golden meadows, the historic Hereford Haven Ranch is not only a familiar gateway to Hayden, but also to an era when bulls ruled the pastures and agriculture dictated residents' way of life.

Thursday, September 16

Steamboat Golf Club earns first SWIGL title

On Monday, the women of the Steamboat Springs Golf Club took their place in the history of the Steamboat Women's Interclub Golf League by winning the inaugural title.

Horse history highlighted

As evidenced at this year's Routt County Fair and Rodeo, team roping and team penning events are growing in popularity and offering a window not only into everyday ranch activities, but the key role horses play in accomplishing that work.

Breaking through the landscape

Ask Susan Schiesser how many breakthroughs she has had in her artistic career and she says, "Two."

Hour of power

Steamboat defeats Rifle in three, stays unbeaten

In its own rendition of the hour of power, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team defeated Rifle in three games, playing a brand of volleyball that left quite an impression on senior captain Kristyn Bradbury.

Steamboat takes aim at Rifle

In the first week of the season, the Steamboat Springs High School football team went up against an Arvada squad determined to throw 40 to 50 times a game. In Week 2, the Sailors played a Palisade team more interested in running 40 to 50 times a game.

Last party of the summer

Brewfest closes out summer, ushers in fall with cold beer

The slogan of the annual Steamboat Mountain Brewfest could be, "We won't run out of beer."

Council looking into bear-proofing trash

In its efforts to stop bears from visiting homes, the City Council may require residents to use bear-resistant trash containers that cost between $150 and $300.

Last day for discounted tickets to sojourn

Today is the last day to get tickets at the reduced price for Literary Sojourn. After today, tickets for the daylong gathering of readers and authors increase from $75 to $85. This year, the cost of a ticket will include a meal.

Simplicity proves there is life after the Dead

Simplicity's first album sounded like what it probably was: a band of young guys steered by their interest in the Grateful Dead -- complete with soft vocals styled after Jerry Garcia, backed by the Dead's brand of bluegrass-influenced finger picking.

Autumn Phillips: Catapulted by events

Sept. 11. It came and went like the ticking of a second hand. It passed like river water. If it weren't for the news coverage, I may not have noticed.

Briefs for Sept. 17

Kitchen tour tickets on sale The Steamboat Springs Kitchen Tour, including tours of six private home kitchens and cooking demonstrations by local chefs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25. Advance tickets are $20 and are available at All That Jazz, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, The Homesteader and Strings in the Mountains, or by calling 879-5056, ext.105.

Search called for 72-year-old

Man found early Thursday morning in Dunckley Pass area

A 72-year-old Arkansas man was found safe at about 2 a.m. Thursday in Routt County Search and Rescue's first operation of the hunting season. He was found resting in a hunting camp about six miles from where his hunting party was staying.

The Record for Sept. 17

12:19 a.m. Noxious fumes were reported coming from a fast-food restaurant in the 600 block of Snapdragon Way. The fumes were from a carbon dioxide leak. No one was injured by or treated for inhaling the fumes.

School Board meets Monday

Two key components of a long-range strategic plan for the Steamboat Springs School District will be presented to the School Board on Monday.

Steamboat riders invade Gunnison

Local contingent rides 24 Hours in Sage

Ethan Johnson sees mountain bike racing heading in the direction of endurance riding. Johnson, 19, is a veteran mountain bike racer on the national scene but a relative newcomer to the world of endurance riding. But after faring well in the men's duo division at the 24 Hours in the Sage near Gunnison earlier this month, he is targeting longer races for the future.

Something to remember

Softball team shines in first home game

Kelly Labor's bat and Kirsten Ryan's arm helped the Steamboat Springs High School girls fast-pitch softball team make its first home game something to remember.

Nightlife for Sept. 17

Music Tonight Worried Men play at 10 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.

Local theater student benefits from scholarship

Thirteen-year-old Ian Noble has the confidence that comes from being on stage. He speaks his mind and commands the attention of the room.

Wednesday, September 15

Hayden to get new lights on ball field

The Hayden High School football field will be much brighter next year, thanks to the district's plans to install new lights.

Tigers eyeing upset

2003 semifinalist Rangely coming to town

The Rangely football team expected a postseason run, but coach Brandon Sanchez thought it would come this season instead of last season.

Chadwick back on track

Contractor hired to get condominium construction going

Longtime Steamboat Springs contracting executive Steve Cavanagh has been hired to resolve problems and get construction restarted on the long-dormant The Chadwick condominium project.

Briefs for Sept. 16

LIFT-UP Donation Center closed today and Friday The LIFT-UP Donation Center will be closed today and Friday because of space limitations. The donation center will reopen with its regular schedule Tuesday. Call 879-3374.

Undefeated softball squad hosts Basalt today

When the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls fast-pitch softball team take the field at Howelsen Hill today, they will be sporting an undefeated record.

United Way kicks off fund-raising campaign

For the 22nd year, Routt County United Way officials erected their familiar barometer on the courthouse lawn Wednesday, kicking off a fund-raising campaign that will help health and human service agencies and programs throughout the county.

Case postponed from lack of translator

A lack of a translator postponed finalizing a plea agreement for a 21-year-old Polish man who was arrested on suspicion he made more than $900 worth of international telephone calls from a Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel room.

2003 Sailor grad swings into college with victory

When he won at the Air Force Academy earlier this month, University of Wyoming golfer Jeff Franks felt the best he has in some time.

The Record for Sept. 16

Tuesday, Sept. 14 1:03 a.m. A complaint was made of loud music and talking at a unit in Hillside Apartments.

Wildcats take down Lady Tigers in 3

Hayden volleyball coach Becky Burdick is done with moral victories. It's time for the Tigers to get point victories. That was her chief thought after Hayden came up short against North Park in its league opener Saturday.

Fire case close to settlement

Tree Haus homeowner, insurance company reaching agreement

A tentative settlement has been reached between a Tree Haus homeowner and his insurance company over the insurance company's refusal to pay claims for a 2003 fire that damaged the house.

Tuesday, September 14

District seeking four aides

Spurred by a request from the Steamboat Springs School District, a commission of the Education Fund Board will seek $68,000 in sales tax revenue for up to four full-time classroom aides.

Tigers eyeing upset against Rangely

The Rangely football team expected a postseason run, but coach Brandon Sanchez thought it would come this season instead of last season.

Town Board will discuss trash, recycling service

The Hayden Town Board will consider changes in trash service that could mean more recycling services or savings to residents.

Our View: A political casualty

A sensible policy became a political casualty this week as the federal ban on assault weapons was allowed to lapse.

Blotter for Sept. 15

Tuesday, Sept. 7 6:39 p.m. Police ticketed a man for disorderly conduct in the 200 block of Harvest Drive.

Run for Literacy last point race

After a dozen running races in Steamboat Springs this summer, it looks as if the end-of-season titles in the Steamboat Springs Running Series will come down to this weekend's Run for Literacy.

Commissioners table plans

Mountain West Environments will have more time to prepare

Routt County Commissioners agreed to table conceptual plans for a landscaping business that wants to expand just south of town.

Haven, VNA raise the first $100,000

Mark Fischer, president of the West Routt Rural Health Council Inc., recently sat in on a sing-along at The Haven Senior Assisted Living Center.

Kids: Please try this at home

It only took one assembly for Brian Jones to learn that middle school students just aren't very interested in watching a teacher perform a science experiment; they'd much rather do the experimenting themselves.

Town Challenge ends with lightning, party

Chris and Mary Ann Keiss looked at each other and thought about leaving before the slideshow and prize drawing. The couple and their four school-aged children -- all of whom race -- live in Craig, so they like to get the 45-minute drive over as soon as possible.

Wildhorse developer plans for reduction

Whitney Ward, developer of the residential Wildhorse Meadows project, plans to reduce the density of the project.

City prioritizes community plan items

Reviewing the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, looking at affordable housing issues and focusing on ski base area improvements topped the list of items the City Council wanted to accomplish first from the newly adopted Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan.

The Record for Sept.15

Monday, Sept. 13 5:58 a.m. A vehicle reportedly rolled into the street near Gilpin Street.

Briefs for Sep.15

Man arrested in stolen credit card case

Townsend H. Anderson: What about value?

Two hundred years ago, George Washington said, "public buildings in size, form and elegance must look beyond the present day." This view was shared by the community leaders who built the 1923 Routt County Courthouse.

Soroco expecting tough game

Soroco football coach Gary Heide is pretty sure he can read the minds of the West Grand football team.

Woman survives 200 feet roll off road

A 60-year-old California woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after her car rolled off U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass and landed 200 feet from the road.

Clerk: Update voter records

With the general election quickly approaching, Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland is encouraging voters to update their records.

A.J. Chamberlin: Thanks, Monger

As president of Property Owners for Sensible Roads Policy, I wanted to write to acknowledge the fine work of Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger.

Fire rips through roadhouse

Fire displaces tenants, causes heavy damage

An early morning fire at the Riverbend Roadhouse displaced 10 tenants Tuesday and caused heavy damage to the restaurant.

Council looks at projects

Clubhouse and golf course top capital expenditure list

The Steamboat Springs City Council looked at $14.5 million worth of capital improvement projects for 2005 at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Students will get music, P.E. classes daily

Despite budget cuts and a smaller staff, students at Hayden Valley Elementary School are getting equal doses of physical education and music every day, superintendent Mike Luppes said. Luppes will discuss the elementary school situation during tonight's Hayden School Board meeting -- its first of the school year.

Monday, September 13

Mexican Independence Day event scheduled

Fabiola Katthain took out a pen and paper and wrote down the history of Mexico's independence. She knew the dates and the names. She told the history as if it were the story of her own family, passed down from generation to generation.

Pavement chips away patience

Residents air safety, cost concerns with chip-seal county roads

Earlier this summer, George Thomas wanted to take an out-of-town friend for a bike ride. They decided to head up Routt County Road 129 toward Hahn's Peak, looking forward to a smooth, scenic trip.

Hunter agrees to deal

Wisconsin man who shot friend gets probation

A 45-year-old Wisconsin man who mistakenly shot his lifelong friend during a hunting trip last fall in South Routt County was sentenced Monday to five years of probation. Doug Jones pleaded no contest to charges of criminally negligent homicide and hunting in a careless manner. The plea was part of an agreement Jones reached with the District Attorney's Office to avoid a trial scheduled to begin Monday.

News in Brief for Sept. 14

Two men remain in the hospital after being injured in a three-vehicle accident Friday morning on U.S. Highway 40. Bill Haight, a former Routt County Commissioner, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Denver Health Medical Center. Omar Bautista is in good condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Race makes cents for scholarship

Victory surely will be on the minds of some of the participants in this year's First Impressions Tot Trot. That is, however, until the first flower, insect or other distraction comes into play.

City to hear study results

Steamboat Springs City Council members will hear the results of a second-home owner study conducted in four mountain resort counties. The study shows part-time residents increase the demand for workers and the cost of housing.

The Record for Sept. 14, 2004

1:50 a.m. Fireworks were reported in the Walton Village area.

Boucher wins city championship

D.J. Edwards captures women's title

Butch Boucher saved his best for last during the Steamboat Springs Combined Club Championships over the weekend. The defending champion fired his best round on Sunday -- the final day of the three-day event -- to reclaim his title from a field of worthy opponents.

Sailors win another tournament

The Steamboat Springs golf team collected the team's fifth tournament title of the season Monday at Eagle-Vail. Tucker Smalley led the Sailors with a round of 74.

Main Street group needs director

Main Street Steamboat's board of directors is seeking an executive director who can take the board and the various subcommittees beyond the talking stage and into the action phase.

Meetings to discuss historic tourism

Meetings are being held countywide this week to discuss attracting tourists who want to experience the area's history and culture.

Boardwalk construction slated

An ambitious and expensive boardwalk project nears its ends this weekend when an estimated 200 volunteers are expected to converge upon Rotary River Park in Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, September 12

Few mosquitoes found with West Nile

Routt County's first study on the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in the county suggests there weren't many.

Rubber Ducky Race benefits YVMC Auxiliary

At 10 a.m. Saturday, hundreds of yellow rubber duckies will be dropped into the Yampa River from the Fifth Street Bridge. All the ducks are numbered, with each number corresponding to a ticket holder. Tickets to adopt a duck are $10.

Briefs for Sept. 13

Assault reported in Meadows parking lot A Denver man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault after reportedly getting into a fight with a man during the Steamboat Springs Grand Prix on Saturday.

Impact fee study released

A recent report shows that a $1,600 impact fee charged to each new home in Stagecoach could help pay for future road improvements, but would not come close to the $4.5 million needed to improve Routt County Road 14.

The Record for Sept. 13

Saturday, Sept. 11 12:11 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 3300 block of AprÃs Ski Way.

Land study to be updated

Value that residents, visitors put on ranch land will be studied

It's been more than 10 years since a study showed the high value that Routt County residents and visitors place on the area's open ranchlands, which means it's time for an update.

Tom Ross: Is there no end to obscure cult sports?

Greetings from the Haddam Neck Junior Lawn and Garden Tractor Pull

Many of America's newspaper columnists spent the first week in September at home relaxing while sifting through their notes and reminiscing about the recently concluded Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Not I. When the call came from the editor asking whether I could be on the next plane to Connecticut, I leapt at the opportunity. I had just received my dream assignment -- my editor had chosen moi to cover the junior division of the lawn and garden tractor pull at the Haddam Neck Fair. OK, it wasn't really an assignment. I was actually on vacation. But I can't help myself. I have this compulsion about interviewing strangers. So, here we go. Haddam Neck is a small rural community on an oddly shaped peninsula of land on the east bank of the Connecticut River near the confluence with Pocotopaug Creek. It is fewer than 15 miles from Long Island Sound. It's an area of dense hardwood forests bisected with old stone fences that were built before the Revolutionary War by guys wearing tri-corner hats.

Saturday, September 11

A lesson from the old

Aging trees teach kids of beetles, wildfires

Areas of the Routt National Forest infested by bark beetles and destroyed by fire provide an opportunity to look into the life cycles of healthy forests.

A taste of agriculture at event

Saturday's Ranch Rendezvous at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area was a pleasant surprise for the Fortune family of Parker, which stumbled upon the event during a weekend visit to their Steamboat condominium.

To save the wilderness

Beauty of Trappers Lake sparked American wilderness movement 40 years ago

Traveling west over Rabbit Ears Pass, the first glimpse of the distant ramparts of the Flat Tops mountain range symbolizes a homecoming for residents of Northwest Colorado.

Soundoff for Sept. 12

County letter responses I have read the county's statement justifying its position on the future of the courthouse. It was so long it took three editions of this week's Pilot & Today to reprint it. Frankly, it looks like a lot of over-explanation, even rationalization. What's wrong here? As Shakespeare said, "Methinks they doth protest too much!"

Our View: LMD best sent to voters

The Steamboat Springs City Council took the right step in allowing a local marketing district to come before voters in November.

Sailor tennis top 4A team in field

The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team didn't crown a champion at the Western Slope Tournament, but the Sailors left Grand Junction with a boatload of confidence after scoring more points than any other Class 4A team and playing well against players from larger Class 5A schools.

Possible sexual assaults in town

Reports renew concerns about date-rape drugs

A report of two women who suspect they were the victims of drug-facilitated sexual assaults behind a downtown restaurant have renewed community concerns about date-rape drugs.

Hayden sinks Sailors

Tiger football squad easily defeats Steamboat JV

The Hayden football team is playing for now. The Steamboat Springs junior varsity is playing for the future, and both took important steps in their respective directions during Saturday's game.

Steamboat stays positive in defeat

The Steamboat Springs football team has approached this September with a playoff mentality. Three of the four teams it will face made the playoffs last season, including Palisade, which went on to win the Class 3A state championship.

Walcher, Salazar face off in debates

The two candidates for Colorado's massive 3rd Congressional District sparred over water issues, taxes, immigration policies and campaign donors during a Club 20-sponsored debate Saturday.

Unmatched views

See Steamboat and Craig from atop Sand Mountain

The expression "panoramic views" is overused. But the term applies perfectly to the dramatic 360-degree vantage point on top of 10,800-foot Sand Mountain in North Routt County.

Eateries changing hands

Tina Zywicki's mother often tells customers at the family's new restaurant that they serve entertainment along with the food.

'Mountain family' celebrates

Har Mishpacha offers a small-town Jewish religious experience

In a larger city, it's easy to take certain resources for granted. In a small mountain town, there is no such luxury. Gaps have to be filled creatively -- and that's what makes the Jewish community in Steamboat Springs so special, Rabbi Joseph Goldman said.

Fulkerson -- Grow

Dr. John and Lynn Fulkerson of Litchfield, Conn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Phoebe Brennan Fulkerson, to Matthew Allan Grow, son of Allan and Judy Grow of Ringoes, N.J.

Former Steamboat resident celebrates 100th birthday

Former Steamboat Springs resident Florence Hidy will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 14.

Goode, Edwards in lead

Today: Round 3 of Combined Club Championship

After two days of play in the Steamboat Springs Combined Club Championship, Michael Goode finds himself in the lead after a round of 76 at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club on Saturday.

The arrest record for Sept. 12

Saturday, Sept. 4 Nancy Suzanne Gallion, 46, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, weaving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

The Record for Sept. 12

Friday, Sept. 10 2:16 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near Central Park Drive and Pine Grove Road.

John F. Russell: Football, fall back in the air

There was a taste of fall in the air Friday morning.

Molly Jane Allsberry

Molly Jane Allsberry, daughter of Joan and Todd Allsberry of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:03 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her siblings are Anna and Alisa Allsberry. Her grandparents are Joan Shelburne of Las Vegas, N.V., Chuck and Georgia Shelburne of Temple City, Calif., Dixie and Chandler Coyle of Steamboat Springs, and Helen Allsberry of Chandler, Ariz.

Class notes for Sept. 12

Adonna Allen earns CU master's degree

Pediatric therapy services help children with developmental disorders

For most parents, having a child who catches frogs is not a cause for delight; but for others, seeing a son or daughter successfully capture a jumping reptile can move them to tears of joy.

Katherine Happy Louise Eastman

Katherine Happy Louise Eastman, daughter of Liane and John Eastman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 2:39 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Gracie Eastman. Her grandparents are Rita Eastman of Ontario, Canada, and Don and Katherine Ciavarra of Steamboat Springs

Former commissioner in serious condition

Former Routt County Commissioner Bill Haight remained in serious condition Saturday after being airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center after a three-car accident Friday morning on U.S. Highway 40 west of Milner.

Bacon -- Cunningham

Patricia and Steve Bacon of Vienna, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan Nicole Bacon, to Timothy Edward Cunningham, son of Jerry and Carolyn Cunningham or Greenville, Miss.

On the right foot

Boys first at opener, girls second

When it comes to running races, it helps to chase one teammate while having another push from behind.

Friday, September 10

9/11 sparks more preparedness in Routt County

A visit to Steve Hilley's office shows how much Yampa Valley Medical Center has changed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Ben and Jerry's, Quiznos on tap

Wildhorse developer signs leases with new businesses, possible theater

The developer of Wildhorse Marketplace confirmed this week he is close to signing a lease with a theater chain that intends to build a six-plex theater in a new commercial center under construction on Mount Werner Road.

Steamboat tennis fares well against 5A teams

The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team plays in Class 4A, but the Sailors figure if they can take on and beat larger 5A teams now, they should fare well when their 4A regional and state tournaments roll around in October.

CMC to offer 4-year degrees

College partnering with Franklin University for online diplomas

Colorado Mountain College officials hope the second year of a program that allows students to earn bachelor's degrees online will attract more students than the program's inaugural run did.

CDOT dome a surprise

Domes also being built in Hayden, Kremmling

City officials were as surprised as many residents to see a white, dome-like structure erected near U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road last week.

Three injured in accident

Former county commissioner among seriously injured

A three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 40 early Friday morning sent three people to the hospital, including a former county commissioner who was severely injured.

Sailors nearly upset champs

Steamboat football coach Aaron Finch loves his Sailors team. He loves their fire. He loves their competitiveness. He loves their desire to hit hard. But he hates that Steamboat left Gardner Field on the losing end of another winnable game, especially since the latest loss came against defending state champion Palisade, 35-28.

Tigers defeat Rams

The Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams played out their rivalry during a close match in Hayden on Friday night.

The Record for Sept. 11

12:45 a.m. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road.

Luke Emile Chandler

Luke Emile Chandler, son of Kimberly and Kevin Chandler of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:09 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Cheryl ABI-AAD of Oldsmar, Fla., the late Emile ABI-AAD, and Mack and Carolyn Chandler of Crescent City, Fla. His great-grandparents are Paul and Leah Jane Disinger of Farmington Hills, Mich.

Briefs for Sept. 11

The newest exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, "Foundation of Steamboat: The Gay Family" is on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Thursday, September 9

VNA reaches out to poor

Number of Americans without health insurance skyrocketing

The staff of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, watched the numbers of Americans without health insurance rise from 40 million last year to 44 million in 2004.

Briefs for Sept. 10

The Independent Bankers of Colorado named Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, the IBC 2004 Legislator of the Year, during its 31st annual convention in Breckenridge.

South Routt sees enrollment jump

Surplus hasn't been part of the South Routt School District's vocabulary for the past six years.

Sailors host cross-country meet

While many high school cross country teams were busy competing last weekend, the Steamboat Springs boys and girls were out on a long practice run.

Golfers indulge in weekend tournament

It's a dream come true for most avid golfers: 54 holes of golf during three days on three of the best courses in the state.

Land not in city's limits

Family granted deannexation

A 180-acre parcel near the Steamboat Springs Airport is no longer in city limits.

The Record for Sept. 10

12:24 a.m. A loud party was reported in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza. The group was warned and advised.

Hay Auction fun for everyone

Visitors will find more than hay at Saturday's third annual Hay Auction at the base of the ski area.

Golf team back on top

Kenton Gamache led the Steamboat Springs golf team to its fourth tournament victory of the season Thursday at the Yampa Valley Regional Golf Course in Craig.

Restaurants seek OK to take dining to next level

The newest mini-trend among downtown Steamboat Springs restaurants is rooftop dining.

Orchestra searches for place in community

Orchestras are better than they ever have been. They are playing more difficult music with more skill than musicians in recent history. Unfortunately, no one is there to listen.

Sailors' fast-pitch softball team a go

Play ball! With contractual and legal hurdles cleared, a Steamboat Springs High School girls fast-pitch softball team has become a reality.

Local bands rock the vote

Four local bands, several political speakers and a chance to register to vote. It's a combination the organizers of "Party Party" hope will draw the politically apathetic out of their caves.

Study: Parking still problem

County court's peak day could max out supply of spaces

A parking study for a possible downtown justice center found that parking will be a problem only on peak days, causing drivers to search for parking spaces in a larger area.

Sailors to face Palisade

Steamboat gets early season test against champs

Nine months removed from winning a state championship, the Palisade football team finds itself back among the elite in Class 3A, a Western Slope League favorite and the popular choice to bring another title to the program.

Wednesday, September 8

Bhutanese lama to speak in Steamboat

Residents will have the rare opportunity to learn about the Buddhist cultural traditions of Bhutan during a visit from the country's most revered lama, His Holiness Lopen Ngawang Tenzin Rinpoche, this weekend.

Region offers continuum of care for seniors

From meals and help at home to assisted living and 24-hour care, various facilities and organizations are helping meet the needs of a growing senior citizen population in the Yampa Valley.

TMH offers first-rate care for mothers, newborns

A hospital is only as good as its staff, and when it comes to having a baby, area patients can make no better choice than The Memorial Hospital, said Dr. Michael Crane.

CNCC nursing program a major asset for region

The new nursing program at Colorado Northwestern Community College is a huge asset to the area, especially in light of the acute shortage of nurses in rural areas nationwide.

Craig clinics offer wide variety of care, services

Northwest Health Specialists provides space for non-resident doctors to practice in Craig and provide care for Northwest Colorado residents.

Spine center opens in the Yampa Valley

Spine surgeons are few and far between on the Western Slope -- but that's not a problem for residents of the Yampa Valley any more.

Town Challenge wraps up on Friday

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series wraps up Friday with the Mount Werner Criterium at the Steamboat Ski Area.

YVMC looks to expand chemotherapy center

Yampa Valley Medical Center is looking for a kinder place for its chemotherapy patients and others who use its infusion treatment center to heal.

Steamboat swimmers ride Olympic waves

The wave of excitement generated by the American Olympic swimmers in Athens made its way to Steamboat Springs.

Leadership course leads to service

Having the desire to be active in your community is one thing; having the knowledge and background to be an effective civic participant is something else.

Hurricane worker returns

Emergency services director helps in disaster-stricken Florida

For years, Routt County Emergency Services Manager Chuck Vale has worked on plans for large-scale emergencies.

YVMC enhances joint replacement program

Carolyn Scherar could no longer walk without severe pain. She could not get out of bed or rise out of a chair without hanging onto nearby furniture. Her lunch hour walks had become a thing of the past.

Scholarships help address nurse shortage

As a global nursing shortage has forced countless medical facilities to limit and even cut vital health care services to their patients, officials at Yampa Valley Medical Center are working hard to keep the impact of the shortage as far from Routt County as possible.

Owner: Deannex my land

Steamboat, Scott take property issue to court

Owners of a 180-acre parcel next to the Steamboat Springs Airport asked the District Court to deannex the land from the city because the city has not provided water and sewer services to the land as promised.

Bear breaks into house

Tony Lettunich and his family are used to frequent bear sightings at their house, but last Tuesday they had an encounter that was a little too close for comfort. Lettunich woke up to a loud clattering in the middle of the night and found an adult bear had rummaged through his kitchen.

Council approves water commission

The City Council approved a proposal to form a Steamboat Springs Water Commission, but not without hesitation from some council members.

Briefs for Sept. 9

Planned Parenthood is offering free ultrasounds for pregnant women. Call 879-2212.

The Record for Sept. 9

12:21 a.m. An intoxicated 18-year-old woman reportedly was yelling and causing a scene in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. She reportedly fell, hit her head on a sidewalk and was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hunting death trial vacated

A homicide trial scheduled to take place Monday for a 44-year-old Wisconsin man accused of accidentally killing a hunting companion was vacated and a disposition hearing set in its place.

Yampatika seeks volunteers

Environmental group looking for 'gung-ho' board members

Yampatika has two to four open spots on its board of directors, and Executive Director Deborah Fuller is searching for "gung-ho" people who believe in the group's mission.

Technology advances dental care

Jeffrey Piaskowy knew he wanted to be a dentist when he was 9 years old. He remembers having positive experiences with his dentist and orthodontist, despite spending seven years wearing braces.

Urology procedures help patients with incontinence

Chances are, if you have a friend who struggles with incontinence, they've never talked to you about it. There is an obvious stigma attached to the inability to control one's own bladder.

Surgeon, professor offers revision surgery

Over a period of time, artificial knees and hips (called arthroplasties) can begin to wear out, just as their natural counterparts do. Steamboat Springs now has an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in complex knee and hip problems and revision surgery for failed arthroplasties.

New Craig nursing home has capacity for 58 residents

A new nursing home has set up shop at the site of the former Valley View Manor building, and Sand Rock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation is almost ready to open its doors.

Laboratory critical to diagnosis, treatment

Figuring out why someone is sick is like solving a riddle. About 85 percent of the information a doctor uses to solve those riddles comes from one place: clinical laboratories.

New technology a boost for TMH

The Memorial Hospital may be in the small town of Craig, but it's a facility that sports big-time technology and a professional staff. In the respiratory ward, the hospital's new ventilators can assist infants to the critically ill, said Chris Evans, the hospital's cardiopulmonary manager.

Sailors edged at home

Montrose and Steamboat Springs are proving to be the best 4A golf teams on the Western Slope this season.

Simulator can help EMTs stay prepared

Emergency medical crews in the Yampa Valley have a new way to practice their skills. Its name is Pat, and it is able to endure relentless punishment, although it has been know to complain from time to time

Cardiac rehab helps patients bounce back

Terry Paulsen's 43rd birthday began as it should. His son Patrick, 6, gave him his present early in the morning. Then Paulsen jumped in the shower to get ready for work and take his son to school.

Regular screenings, tests can save lives

Busy schedules and hectic lifestyles can make it tough to get to the doctor for help with a cold or an injury. It can be even tougher to make time for routine screenings and shots that help prevent illness.

Dickinson helps diabetes patients live healthy

For an estimated 18 million people in the United States, diabetes is a part of everyday life. Jane Dickinson, the director of the Diabetes Education Program, is one of those people.

Tuesday, September 7

Big Creek Ridge area will be burned

The U.S. Forest Service has decided to start prescribed burns in an area along Routt County Road 129 this fall, burning about 400 acres now and eventually affecting 4,000 acres.

Cheriene Marchus runs as write-in

Cheriene Marchus wants to see aspects of Routt County's government change. That is why, she said, she has decided to be a write-in candidate for the District 2 county commissioner seat.

Briefs for Sept. 8

More than $300 in cash and coins was stolen from two cash registers at Backcountry Provisions, 635 Lincoln Ave.

Sailors defeat Bulldogs in three

Mills has 13 kills to lead Sailors

Nearly every face is new, but the expectations that come with wearing a Steamboat Springs volleyball warm-up never change.

Sailors prepared to host region's best golfers at Haymaker

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team has been one of the hottest high school teams this fall.

The Record for Sept. 8

1:13 a.m. A Craig man was arrested near U.S. Highway 40 and Old Fish Creek Falls Road on charges of driving under revocation and an outstanding warrant.

Mellor on financial board

Northwest Colorado public schools will have a voice on a state advisory committee this year.

Rivers respond to recent moisture

The rain and snow that soaked Labor Day weekend campers produced record streamflows in the Elk River on Tuesday, when the flow was measured at 188 cubic feet per second. The Yampa River also was above the seasonal average after spending the entire summer well below historic averages.

Sailors' offense comes to life

Four second-half goals lifted the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team to a convincing 4-1 win over Eagle Valley on Tuesday night at Dudley Field.

Our view: Sending the right message

Last April, a Routt County Sheriff's deputy was terminated after allegations surfaced that the 34-year-old deputy had sex with a 17-year-old girl he met through a school program. The case was turned over to the District Attorney's Office, which still has not determined whether to charge the deputy with a crime. Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James has said the case remains under investigation, and that he wants to turn over every stone before filing charges or making an announcement that there will be no charges. District Attorney Bonnie Roesink, who is unopposed in the November election, has said the case is St. James' to decide.

Hayden ushers in new school year Tuesday

A long and turbulent summer for the Hayden School District came to an end Tuesday as its three schools returned to business as usual: educating students.

Council to send question to ballot

Voters to mull local marketing district

In a 4-3 vote, the City Council approved putting the question of a local marketing district on November's ballot, a day shy of the deadline.

URA petition given to city

Residents tell City Council the ski area needs improvements

A group looking to redevelop the base of the ski area presented two petitions to City Council on Tuesday night asking that an urban renewal authority be formed to fund improvements.

Monday, September 6

Archaeological tour slated

When a little girl found an arrowhead on Rabbit Ears Pass in 1994, she could have put it in her pocket and walked away, unknowingly cheating the Yampa Valley out of 3,000 years of archeological knowledge. Instead, she left it where she found it, marked the spot and called the Forest Service.

City Council to review URA plan

The Base Area Reinvestment Coalition will come before City Council tonight to present its redevelopment plan.

The Record for Sept. 7

12:43 a.m. A fight was reported in progress in Ski Time Square. The party was arrested.

Sun and fun to be had at Oak Creek event

Oak Creek is the place to be on Labor Day, and it always has been. For as long as Shirlene White can remember, she has come to the Labor Day celebration. She remembers running -- and, she says, "winning" -- the same potato sack races that children were running Monday in Decker Park.

Sunday, September 5

Pilots put on a show at fly-in

Gerry Denofsky was walking around the Steamboat Springs Airport with a clipboard on Sunday inviting children to take a free ride in a small airplane. More than 30 children, ages 8 to 17, signed up, and Denofsky couldn't be more pleased.

The concert goes on

Rain finally clears enough to get McClinton on stage

Somewhere around 3 p.m., Labor Day weekend changed its attitude. The clouds parted. The sun started shining and it was almost warm.

A ride to remember

Nebraska cowboy captures PBR event

Bull rider Cauy Hudson has been to Steamboat's Professional Bull Riders event six times. On Sunday night, his perseverance paid off as the Nebraska Cowboy won his first Steamboat Pro Bull Riding Classic in a muddy, rain-soaked Romick Rodeo Arena.

The Record for Sept. 6

12:55 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 2200 block of Val d'Isere Circle.

Saturday, September 4

Ginger Fisher: 1932-2004

Climbing the ladder

Longtime employees realize dreams of

Jamie McQuade signed the papers to become the new owner of Winona's Restaurant and Bakery on Aug. 6, almost a decade after she walked into the same restaurant as a 19-year-old and filled out an application for a job.

Weekend gets off to soggy start

Heavy rain, cold weather and snow in the high country made for a soggy start to the Labor Day weekend.

Playground dream drives scout

A new school year and soccer season can be stressful for any student. Add the pressure of completing an ambitious Eagle Scout project and you get 15-year-old Lewis Cutter, a sophomore at Christian Heritage School who quickly is learning how to juggle responsibilities while striving to earn the top honor bestowed upon Boy Scouts.

Our View: Maintaining momentum

Airline transportation into Yampa Valley Regional Airport has undergone significant change for the better in the past year.

Summer of learning

AKWAABA. Travelers landing at Ghana's Kotoka International Terminal are greeted by this sign. It is a message whose truth is shown daily, in myriad ways, by the friendly hospitality of the Ghanaian people.

Iva C. Seaman: 1923-2004

William F. Dugan: Keep airport

My wife and I have been coming to Steamboat Springs since the 1960s and have owned a second home here since 1984. I would like to offer a user's perspective on the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Business permits for Sept. 5

THF Steamboat Springs Development 1755 Central Park Drive Gioffre Companies Retail Building Shell $2,133,975

Briefs for Sept. 5

Allen completes banking school steamboat springs

Stonebridge offers privacy and space

Buyers looking for a small, exclusive neighborhood within city limits may want to consider building in the Stonebridge Park subdivision near the Sanctuary.

Steve Lewis: Editorial unfair

Ouch! Ouch! Hey! That hurts! We're just trying to be good citizens. OK, we're overdue. We apologize for the extra months of volunteer time we're putting in.

Opening a new chapter

A new chapter for the Steamboat Springs School District began quietly last week inside a Strawberry Park Elementary School classroom. Almost two dozen first-, second- and third-graders shuffled into Linda Stansbery's room early Monday morning, unknowingly becoming the district's first Montessori students.

Rick Garth: Garneau wrong

At the end of her Viewpoints letter on Aug. 29, Gail Garneau poses an excellent question: "If the City Council pro-airport majority of Paul Strong, Kathy Connell, Nancy Kramer and Loui Antonucci will not put this issue on this November ballot, why not?"

Routt County commissioners: County defends decision

At a public hearing on April 1, 2003, the commissioners made the decision to locate the new Justice Center adjacent to the Detention Facility. This decision was not made lightly and, at the time, was not a unanimous vote of the board. We received extensive public comment and had considerable debate as a board before making our decision. In addition to a variety of other issues, we did consider the letter you sent to us expressing your desire for us to maintain government facilities downtown by constructing the Justice Center at the Sixth and Oak streets location. Unfortunately, we felt that the reasons for constructing the facility outside of the downtown area outweighed the reasons for keeping it downtown.

Kenzie Marie Varner

Adam Christopher Tuck

Talia Pearl Fix

Veterans honor troops at Fly-In

With the sun shining through a small break in the murky clouds, a crowd of military veterans, military families and spectators gathered to honor U.S. troops serving in Iraq during the Vintage Aircraft Fly-In held Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Soundoff for Sept. 5

Step aside Steamboat has one of the most overbuilt hotel and motel industries in all of the resort areas. Here we have one of our city councilwomen who has a big stake in the lodging industry, going to vote Tuesday, I guess on this tax district to benefit the hotel industry. There are many other ways we could use tax money from the city. I think Kathy Connell has a real conflict of interest in this vote and should recuse herself from this vote.

The Record for Sept. 5, 2004

Sailors volleyball opens with 5-set win

Behind 15 kills each from senior Tina Roberts and sophomore Katie Mills, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team opened the 2004 season with a five-set win against Greeley Central in Greeley.

Sailors' injuries hurt more than loss

High school football players are supposed to leave the field on the shoulders of their teammates -- or at least on a school bus. They are not supposed to leave in an ambulance, and so the only huddle the Steamboat Springs football team could muster after a tough 28-22 loss to Arvada on Saturday was a makeshift huddle around injured teammates Daniel Coloccia.

Defense sets tone

Rams stay focused despite rain, plummeting temperatures

It didn't take long for Soroco's defense to set the tone in its first football game of the season Saturday against the Rifle Bear's junior varsity team.

Behind the Headlines: Steve Dawes

Historic ranch on market

1,600-acre Warren Ranch off Elk River Road listed for $8.9 million

The Warren Ranch, one of the first ranches settled in the Elk River valley, has been listed for sale.

Sage grouse protection plan finalized

For decades, the Herolds have monitored the greater sage grouse population on their ranch near Yampa. The greatest numbers of the small, chicken-like birds were present in the 1940s and '50s. In 1985, when a harsh winter caused the bird population to drop drastically, Carl Herold and his wife, Rita, stopped letting people hunt them on their land.

For Romicks, Routt County is home

You never know if you don't try. That's been the common theme in Janie and Jack Romick's life together, with one thread woven throughout: ranching. The Romicks will lead off Oak Creek's Labor Day Parade on Monday as grand marshals.

Friday, September 3

Ski Corp. announces improvement plans

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has announced a $2.8 million capital program for the 2004-05 season, including $1.3 million for the new Burgess Creek triple chairlift.

Company wins $7M in court

A jury awarded a local insurance company $6.8 million Friday, ending a two-week civil trial in District Court.

Sailors finish third

Devil's Thumb has hand in golf team's results

All the excitement the Steamboat Springs golf team was feeling after breaking par to win an Aug. 23 tournament in Carbondale by 19 strokes disappeared at the mercy of the Devil's Thumb golf course in Delta.

Officials watch for English learners

Steamboat Springs School District officials are keeping a close eye on the number of non-English speaking students enrolling in the district, one year after an unexpected surge took the district by surprise.

Ticket sales brisk for bull riding event

Brent Romick said tickets sales for the 2004 Pro Bull Riding Classic have been brisk this week, but some reserved seats and general admission tickets still are available.

The Record for Sept. 3, 2004

Briefs for Sept. 3, 2004

10K race at 10,000 feet on Sunday

Race begins near Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass

After 18 years of lining a racecourse, one might think that Bob Dapper would tire of the task. That is, until one learns that the racecourse he lines annually is on single-track trails and rustic mountain roads atop Rabbit Ears Pass.

Fire near Steamboat Lake contained

Despite adverse conditions, fire crews have contained a fire that started Wednesday afternoon about two miles west of Steamboat Lake.

Oak Creek ready for Labor Day celebration

Labor Day celebrations in Oak Creek are steeped in tradition. The celebrations began in the early 1900s as a way for coal miners from across the state to organize and talk about unionizing. Earlier celebrations were, for the most part, about business, said Renee Johnson, president of the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg.

Thursday, September 2

Autumn Phillips: Join my book club for fools

Call this a book review. Call it a cry for help. Call it a search for similar life forms.

Champion log rollers in town

Reigning world champion log roller Elizabeth Hoeschler and her three siblings will host a log-rolling demonstration and clinic this weekend in Steamboat Springs.

Fire near Steamboat Lake growing

Smoke jumpers and area firefighters worked throughout the night Wednesday and Thursday battling a fire burning in the Routt National Forest about two miles west of Steamboat Lake.

Tax group makes recommendations

The recommendation the city's Tax Policy Advisory Board is sending to the City Council will not address the proposed lodging tax, but group members did at Thursday's meeting.

Steamboat's season debut Saturday

Arvada coach Bob Bozied remembers the feelings running through his head and body 35 years ago during the week leading up to his first varsity game as a coach. They weren't much different than what was going through his mind Aug. 28, when he opened his eighth season at Arvada against Grand Junction.

Hayden shows promise in opener

Whatever choice words Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner had for his players during halftime of Thursday's game he may want to stash away for possible future use, after the Tigers rebounded from a mediocre first half to rout Moffat County's junior varsity, 42-14.

New courses offered at CMC

Cate Potyen has spent the past 20 years trying to help her clients improve their lives.

Cooper's drawings pull light out of the dark

In some cases, Karen Cooper's drawings are as simple as a series of well-placed lines, drawn as she traces the path of light on a face or body. She works with pastels against a thick, black background, and it's the interplay of light and dark that give Cooper's work its voice.

Old and rusty means beauty for painter

If it's old, rusted and abandoned, Cully Kistler can find the beauty in it. She finds them in fields, behind barns and on blocks next to garages. She sets up her easel next to these old pickups, lying like elephants, and she paints what she sees.

Magazine chooses resident as artist to watch

Just a month before artist Greg Effinger turns 31, Southwest Art Magazine has noticed him. Southwest Art, a magazine that caters to art collectors, runs a popular September feature called "21 under 31: Meet the New Generation of Western American Artists." This year, Effinger joined 20 of his peers as an artist to watch.

Briefs for Sept. 3

Mountain Movie Fallfest

Plant pairings that complement your garden

"Levis and Lace," the theme of a recent fund-raiser for Steamboat's Tread of Pioneers Museum, suggests an interesting combination of color and texture, of casual and dressy, of work and play. So it goes in the garden when you choose plants. Pairing plants based on their colors, textures, shapes, heights, foliage or aromas can add interest to various parts of your garden.

Little Feat back in Steamboat

Little Feat's latest CD, "Kickin' it at the Barn," has the kind of sound that usually pours out of a warmly lit back-road bar. Listeners comforted by the organic sound always are surprised to hear that the band comes from Hollywood and not from some small Southern town, guitar player Fred Tackett said.

Nightlife for Sept. 3

Bill Martin plays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Creekside Cafe and Grill, 131 11th St. Free. Call 879-4925.

Maddox files complaint

Bob Maddox, the owner and operator of Mountain Flight Service, has filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's Office saying that Combined Airports Now LLC has violated Colorado's campaign finance laws.

Development gets first OK

Some Stagecoach residents are worried that a proposal for a 147-unit development would mean roads in their back yards, less of the wildlife they love, and roofs in their views.

Crowds expected for long weekend

Steamboat Springs hotels and lodging properties were at 59 percent of capacity for the Labor Day weekend at mid-week, and that percentage is expected to climb during the next couple of days, according to estimates from the Lodging Barometer provided by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Seeing historic aircraft up close

2004 Vintage Aircraft Fly-In at Steamboat Springs Airport

At times, the lobby of the Steamboat Springs Airport feels like a clubhouse. Pilots stop in to check the weather, have a cup of coffee and talk about their favorite subject -- aviation. For those who own planes, flying is an all-encompassing lifestyle.

YVRA gets fall jet service

A $500,000 federal grant will help subsidize daily jet service between Houston and Yampa Valley Regional Airport next fall.

Elections supervisor working

Vicki Weber, Routt County elections supervisor, is getting a chance to bring some small-town know-how to a state and federal process.

Bear River goes to council

The master plan for a proposed park in the city's old sewage lagoon will come before the City Council on Tuesday night.

Lions pounce on Sailors

It wasn't the way the Steamboat Springs soccer team wanted to open the season, but coach Rob Bohlmann isn't letting a 4-1 loss to Mountain View get him down.

The Record for Sept. 3, 2004

Briefs for Sept. 3, 2004

Rams open season at home

At this point in the season, it doesn't matter who the Soroco football team plays; the Rams are ready to face anyone. Through summer camps and August two-a-days, Soroco players have had to look across the line and see the same faces. The Rams are ready for a change.

Oak Creek's series a success

Oak Creek will end its first summer concert series Saturday, with the organizer declaring it a success and planning for next year.

CMC officials: 20 percent more students

The number of full-time, degree-seeking students attending Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus has increased by more than 20 percent during the past two years, school officials estimate.

Wednesday, September 1

District looks to ease class-size dilemma

Large class sizes at the kindergarten and third-grade levels are prompting Steamboat Springs School District officials to consider hiring additional classroom aides and possibly a teacher.

Large development proposed for Stagecoach

Plans for one of the biggest subdivisions the county has seen in the past few years will be proposed to the Routt County Planning Commission tonight.

Teacher to help lead elementary

The Hayden School District has determined that a part-time teacher leader will help lead Hayden Valley Elementary School for the upcoming school year.

Bears too close to home

Bear sightings are commonplace in The Sanctuary, but Linda Hamlet had an encounter with three bears Wednesday afternoon that many would consider too close.

Sailors soccer faces tough early test

Instead of scheduling an easy opponent to open the 2004 season, the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team scheduled one of the state's toughest in Class 4A: Mountain View.

Tigers open season in Craig

When the Hayden football team takes the field tonight in its season opener, coach Shawn Baumgartner is expecting to face a Moffat County junior varsity squad similar to the one the Tigers saw two years ago.

The Record for Sept. 2

Tuesday, Aug. 31 12:55 a.m. Loud music and screaming were reported in the 1300 block of Walton Creek Road.

Sexual assault case gets dismissed

Charges have been dropped against a man accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 15 years old.

Briefs for Sept. 2

Firefighters respond to fire near Steamboat Lake

Gun hider gets 3 months

A Louisville man who was arrested for hiding two firearms near the Springs Creek Trail was sentenced Wednesday to three months in Routt County Jail .

Hearing to deannex land set for next week

Steamboat Springs Airport critic Walter Scott will go to court next week to ask that his 180-acre parcel next to the airport be deannexed from the city.

Cheriene Marchus a write-in candidate

Routt County receptionist Cheriene Marchus is a write-in candidate for the District 2 county commissioner seat in the November election. The deadline for becoming a write-in candidate is today.