Thursday, September 30
All that separates Steamboat Springs from Cortez is eight hours through the Routt, White River, Gunnison, Uncompahgre and San Juan national forests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 may be one step closer to the controversial gravel pit it has proposed for an area just south of Steamboat Springs.
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.
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."
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.
The images are recognizable even if the artist isn't.
After several years of declining enrollments, Routt County public school officials anticipate better news when today's official pupil count passes.
The Yampa Valley Airport Commission is looking at the possibility of having a fly-in community next to the Steamboat Springs Airport.
12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs police assisted a motorist with a flat tire near Seventh and Oak streets.
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.
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.
With the league season nearly half over, the Western Slope picture looks nothing like Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall would have sketched.
The drive to bring a competitive men's hockey team back to Steamboat Springs begins Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Worried Men plays at 10 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.
When Ralph Green began skiing competitively in 2000, his goal was simple.
Wednesday, September 29
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Subdivision slated for Tamarack Drive
Plans for a new residential subdivision on Tamarack Drive were submitted Monday to the Steamboat Springs Planning Department.
The case againt a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man charged with growing psilocybin mushrooms was sent to District Court on Wednesday.
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
Charging impact fees to new homes in the Steamboat Lake area was ruled out at a county meeting Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
Routt County commissioners finalized on Tuesday a revision of the criteria and guidelines used in the county's Purchase of Development Rights program.
Hayden students might imagine, for a minute, game day without cheerleaders.
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.
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.
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?
Monday, Sept. 27 6:24 a.m. A complaint about construction noise was made in the 800 block of Broad Street.
Effects of a tight state budget have rippled through to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension's office in Routt County.
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.
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.
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.
The Hayden volleyball team dropped a four-game match to Paonia on Friday.
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.
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.
Wendy Puckett hopes to inspire young athletes through Pilates, but this fall she also hopes to reward young athletes who inspire others through competition.
Boardwalk construction slated for weekend The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club hopes to complete its boardwalk project this weekend with the help of community volunteers.
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.
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.
We are citizens of Grand County and no longer are represented by your state senator, Jack Taylor.
The Steamboat Springs School District's aging bus fleet has become a cause for concern among some district officials and the School Board.
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
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.
A months-long search to find community volunteers to serve on the Education Fund Board and its three commissions is nearly over.
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.
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 store owners are using the relative lull of autumn to change locations and, in one case, change a name.
Routt County commissioners are considering impact fees as a means to help pay for road and public safety improvements in parts of the county.
The first prescribed burn in a project that will affect 4,000 acres of North Routt County forest starts today.
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.
The city of Steamboat Springs continues to seek members to serve on the recently approved Steamboat Springs Water Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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
Annual College Fair night Wednesday in Craig
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.
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.
A 65-year-old Montrose woman had to be airlifted from the backcountry Friday evening after a horse she was riding fell on her.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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, 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.
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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.
Steamboat Springs Bell & Pollack, P.C. 505 Anglers DrIVe Amaron-Folkestad Construction Tenant Finish $80,000
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.
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, 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 Lajuana (Dull) New, formerly of Oak Creek, died Sept. 7, 2004, after a long battle with cancer. She was 64.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Darby Ann Curtis of Loveland died suddenly at her home Sept. 20, 2004.
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.
Teamwork is overrated. We can tell our children that there is no "I" in "team," but do we really mean it?
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.
Tough September finds Steamboat 0-4
Wet grass, streamers and reserved smiles were strewn through the Steamboat Springs High School hallways Friday night.
As a longtime member of the Colorado Education Association, I was surprised that they endorsed Jay Fetcher's opponent for State Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs softball team remains undefeated in its inaugural season, beating Basalt in both games of a doubleheader Thursday in Basalt.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Maddox, the owner and operator of Mountain Flight Service, has dropped a campaign finance complaint against Combined Airports Now LLC.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Man pleads guilty to growing marijuana
Thursday, September 23
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doug Mouton first discovered the sound of surf music while watching the Bones Brigade skateboarding videos as a teenager.
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.
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.
A man was injured Thursday afternoon when his car went off Colorado Highway 131 and rolled over, trapping him inside.
Linda Lewis knows exactly how many days are left until the Nov. 2 presidential elections: 40.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Sept. 21 1:52 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive.
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 Environments Inc. is not seeking a zoning change from Routt County to expand its business, contrary to previous articles published in Steamboat Today.
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.
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
Ruby Wright always has liked taking drives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Soroco volleyball team's match against Vail Christian scheduled for Tuesday night in Vail was postponed because of weather.
Rain, snow and unseasonably cold weather cut short the 2004 PGA Western Chapter Championships at the Catamount Ranch & Club's golf course Tuesday.
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.
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.
Monday, Sept. 20 12:58 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported at the Stock Bridge Transit Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Now in its fourth year, Routt County's local rally race already has gained national attention.
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.
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
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.
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.
I learned a lot of things while attending professional sporting events as a child.
12:37 a.m. A noise complaint was made on Blue Sage Drive. A warning was given.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Longtime Hayden resident Ruby Wright will celebrate her 102nd birthday Monday. She has been a Northwest Colorado resident since 1918.
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' trash bills won't change, but soon they will have the option to recycle at their curbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ask Susan Schiesser how many breakthroughs she has had in her artistic career and she says, "Two."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two key components of a long-range strategic plan for the Steamboat Springs School District will be presented to the School Board on Monday.
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.
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.
Music Tonight Worried Men play at 10 p.m. at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Free. Call 879-3773.
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
The Hayden High School football field will be much brighter next year, thanks to the district's plans to install new lights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Sept. 14 1:03 a.m. A complaint was made of loud music and talking at a unit in Hillside Apartments.
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.
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
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.
The Rangely football team expected a postseason run, but coach Brandon Sanchez thought it would come this season instead of last season.
The Hayden Town Board will consider changes in trash service that could mean more recycling services or savings to residents.
A sensible policy became a political casualty this week as the federal ban on assault weapons was allowed to lapse.
Tuesday, Sept. 7 6:39 p.m. Police ticketed a man for disorderly conduct in the 200 block of Harvest Drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whitney Ward, developer of the residential Wildhorse Meadows project, plans to reduce the density of the project.
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.
Monday, Sept. 13 5:58 a.m. A vehicle reportedly rolled into the street near Gilpin Street.
As president of Property Owners for Sensible Roads Policy, I wanted to write to acknowledge the fine work of Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger.
Man arrested in stolen credit card case
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 football coach Gary Heide is pretty sure he can read the minds of the West Grand football team.
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.
With the general election quickly approaching, Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland is encouraging voters to update their records.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1:50 a.m. Fireworks were reported in the Walton Village area.
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.
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 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 are being held countywide this week to discuss attracting tourists who want to experience the area's history and culture.
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
Routt County's first study on the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in the county suggests there weren't many.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, Sept. 11 12:11 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 3300 block of AprÃs Ski Way.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!"
The Steamboat Springs City Council took the right step in allowing a local marketing district to come before voters in November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tina Zywicki's mother often tells customers at the family's new restaurant that they serve entertainment along with the food.
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, 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
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.
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 Springs resident Florence Hidy will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 14.
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.
Adonna Allen earns CU master's degree
Saturday, Sept. 4 Nancy Suzanne Gallion, 46, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, weaving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
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.
There was a taste of fall in the air Friday morning.
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.
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.
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
A visit to Steve Hilley's office shows how much Yampa Valley Medical Center has changed since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams played out their rivalry during a close match in Hayden on Friday night.
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, 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.
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
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.
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.
Surplus hasn't been part of the South Routt School District's vocabulary for the past six years.
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.
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.
Family granted deannexation
A 180-acre parcel near the Steamboat Springs Airport is no longer in city limits.
12:24 a.m. A loud party was reported in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza. The group was warned and advised.
Visitors will find more than hay at Saturday's third annual Hay Auction at the base of the ski area.
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.
The newest mini-trend among downtown Steamboat Springs restaurants is rooftop dining.
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.
Play ball! With contractual and legal hurdles cleared, a Steamboat Springs High School girls fast-pitch softball team has become a reality.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northwest Health Specialists provides space for non-resident doctors to practice in Craig and provide care for Northwest Colorado residents.
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.
The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series wraps up Friday with the Mount Werner Criterium at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Yampa Valley Medical Center is looking for a kinder place for its chemotherapy patients and others who use its infusion treatment center to heal.
The wave of excitement generated by the American Olympic swimmers in Athens made its way to Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The City Council approved a proposal to form a Steamboat Springs Water Commission, but not without hesitation from some council members.
Planned Parenthood is offering free ultrasounds for pregnant women. Call 879-2212.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Montrose and Steamboat Springs are proving to be the best 4A golf teams on the Western Slope this season.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
More than $300 in cash and coins was stolen from two cash registers at Backcountry Provisions, 635 Lincoln Ave.
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.
The Steamboat Springs High School golf team has been one of the hottest high school teams this fall.
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.
Northwest Colorado public schools will have a voice on a state advisory committee this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Base Area Reinvestment Coalition will come before City Council tonight to present its redevelopment plan.
12:43 a.m. A fight was reported in progress in Ski Time Square. The party was arrested.
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
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.
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.
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.
12:55 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 2200 block of Val d'Isere Circle.
Saturday, September 4
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.
Heavy rain, cold weather and snow in the high country made for a soggy start to the Labor Day weekend.
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.
Airline transportation into Yampa Valley Regional Airport has undergone significant change for the better in the past year.
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.
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.
THF Steamboat Springs Development 1755 Central Park Drive Gioffre Companies Retail Building Shell $2,133,975
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Buyers looking for a small, exclusive neighborhood within city limits may want to consider building in the Stonebridge Park subdivision near the Sanctuary.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A jury awarded a local insurance company $6.8 million Friday, ending a two-week civil trial in District Court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite adverse conditions, fire crews have contained a fire that started Wednesday afternoon about two miles west of Steamboat Lake.
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
Call this a book review. Call it a cry for help. Call it a search for similar life forms.
Reigning world champion log roller Elizabeth Hoeschler and her three siblings will host a log-rolling demonstration and clinic this weekend in Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cate Potyen has spent the past 20 years trying to help her clients improve their lives.
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.
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.
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.
Mountain Movie Fallfest
"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'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.
Bill Martin plays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Creekside Cafe and Grill, 131 11th St. Free. Call 879-4925.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A $500,000 federal grant will help subsidize daily jet service between Houston and Yampa Valley Regional Airport next fall.
Vicki Weber, Routt County elections supervisor, is getting a chance to bring some small-town know-how to a state and federal process.
The master plan for a proposed park in the city's old sewage lagoon will come before the City Council on Tuesday night.
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.
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 will end its first summer concert series Saturday, with the organizer declaring it a success and planning for next year.
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
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.
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.
The Hayden School District has determined that a part-time teacher leader will help lead Hayden Valley Elementary School for the upcoming school year.
Bear sightings are commonplace in The Sanctuary, but Linda Hamlet had an encounter with three bears Wednesday afternoon that many would consider too close.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Aug. 31 12:55 a.m. Loud music and screaming were reported in the 1300 block of Walton Creek Road.
Charges have been dropped against a man accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 15 years old.
Firefighters respond to fire near Steamboat Lake
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 .
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.
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.