Stories for December 2005

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Saturday, December 31

Real Estate Transactions for Dec. 17 to 23

HUBER, GEORGE PAUL TO ORR, ROBERT FOR S1/2NW1/4NW1/4 SEC 10-T5N-R85W -- $210,000

Learning from the ground up

In Routt County, educational success starts early.Backed by about $400,000 a year in grant money and strong support from parents and the community, preschools in Routt County are among the best in the state, according to a comprehensive rating program conducted by a nonprofit organization.

Active council

Year includes controversy, plans for improvement

They tackled sweeping improvement plans. They ducked fire for passing a smoking ban and approving plans for a pricier-than-planned tennis bubble. And they survived a divisive election that altered their balance of power.

A year full of change

From a citywide smoking ban to a shift in the makeup of the City Council, 2005 was a year of change for Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Planets big in 2006 sky

Keep a (filtered) eye on Mercury this year

Mercury will be the star of this year's celestial show. On Nov. 8, Mercury will pass between the earth and the sun. With a telescope and solar filter, astronomy lovers will be able to watch the planet pass across the face of the sun.

Routt County Spotlight: Bob Enever

Name: Bob Enever Age: 78 Occupation: Semi-retired Place of birth: A village south of London, UK

Kaelyn Renee Radway

Kaelyn Renee Radway, daughter of Dr. Kim and Ryan Radway of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:36 a.m. Dec. 17, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Her sister is Kenzie Radway, and her grandparents are John and Cheryl Phalen of Pueblo and Cheri Radway of Nathrop.

Kyan Walker Strong

Kyan Walker Strong, son of Karen and Nick Strong of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 15, 2005. He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and was 22 inches long. His grandparents are Bob and Linda Strong of Steamboat Springs and Bill and Elsie Walker of Littleton.

Ashley Summer Anfang

Ashley Summer Anfang, daughter of Sandy and Scott Anfang of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:22 a.m. Dec. 22, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21.75 inches long. Her grandparents are Jan Bourn of Queensland, Australia; Jerry and Peggy Anfang of St. Paul, Minn.; and the late Graham Bourn.

Evan Avery Quinn

Evan Avery Quinn, daughter of Tracy and Jonathan Quinn of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:46 p.m. Dec. 17, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Pat and Cecil Scott of Porter, Texas; Burdette Rooney of Seattle, Wash.; and Jack Quinn of Washington, D.C.

Chudd-Chambers

Jim and Yvonne Chudd of Fort Col�lins announce the engagement of their daughter Jean to Chris Chambers, son of Mike and Val Chambers of Steamboat Springs.

Evelyn M. Johnson: 1911-2005

Evelyn M. Johnson, mother of Mary Dike of Steamboat Springs, passed away in her sleep Dec. 26, 2005. She was 94.

Phyllis Jacquelin Sullivan: 1916-2005

Former Oak Creek resident Phyllis Jacquelin Sullivan died Dec. 29, 2005, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. She was 89.

Robert Lorraine Todd: 1924-2005

Robert Lorraine Todd left this life for another Dec. 23, 2005, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 81.

Arrest Record for Jan. 1

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.

The Record for Jan. 1

Friday, Dec. 30 12:31 a.m. A woman in the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue in Hayden reported a stolen car. The car was recovered.

Real estate rules

Steamboat real estate market pushes through $500M mark

Baby boomers' insatiable demand for vacation homes in Steamboat Springs continued to dominate business headlines in the Yampa Valley throughout 2005. Recorded real estate transactions blew away the $500 million mark long before the end of the calendar year.

Business briefs for Jan. 1

The Festival Tent, an 80-by-180-foot tent providing more than 14,000 square feet, will be erected in the Steamboat Ski Area's Lot 1 for various special events during January, starting Monday. The tent will remain in Lot 1 through Jan. 19. Lot 1 is the parking lot at the base of the gondola building accessed from AprÃs Ski Way. No parking will be allowed in the lot from Jan. 2 to 19.

All but 4 units are under contract

Construction at Aspen Lodge at Trappeur's Crossing is dried in for the winter, and some of the exterior siding was going up this week. Trappeur's sales manager Michael Hurley said he has firm contracts on 20 of the 24 luxury condominiums off Medicine Springs Drive. Prices for three-bedroom condominiums began in the low $600s.

Building Permits for Dec. 19 to 23

Steamboat Springs Rocky Mountain Cinema/Wildhorse 655 Marketplace Plaza Ranack Constructors Movie Theater $1,373,560

Ronald R. Ellis: 1952-2005

Milner resident Ronald R. Ellis died Dec. 24, 2005, at Denver Health Medical Center. He was 53.

Early winter threatens deer

Ravages of snow, cold may not show up until April

The sudden intensity with which severe winter weather swept into Northwest Colorado in late November has created concern about how mule deer herds will come through the season.

A year of milestones

The year began and ended with career milestones. On Friday, Steamboat Springs embraced its 57th Winter Olympian when Ryan St. Onge won the men's aerials competition under the lights at Howelsen Hill.

John F. Russell: Team trials

The idea behind the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials is a golden one. The U.S. Ski Team takes the best athletes it has to offer, puts them on the same slope on the same day and offers the winners a trip to Italy.

Sound Off for Jan. 1

Where's the money? I'm wondering how the county can afford $80,000 to remodel the courthouse and it can't afford to plow our roads.

Staff Sgt. Brent Greenberg: A soldier's thanks

To the editor: I was raised in Steamboat and have been serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for the past 9 1/2 years. I would just like to send my sincere thanks on behalf of my fellow Marines. Our sincere thanks go out to Harriett Frieberger, members of the Yampa Valley Comunity Foundation, the residents of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley for the care packages sent to us here in Al Asad, Iraq. I cannot express the importance of support for Marines, soliders, sailors and airmen that comes from back home. I hope you all have had a great holiday season.

Ada McArthur: Increase fines

To the editor: I support an increase in fines for skateboarders and others who ride in prohibited areas.

Paul Hughes: Thanks, Steamboat

To the editor: This is a thank you note to the people of Steamboat Springs, who gave me the opportunity, for nearly eight years, to hold one of the best jobs in America. It has been such a great job because of the wonderful family of city employees and because of the great many residents who care so deeply about our community. Together, they make Steamboat Springs a truly spectacular place in which to live and work.

Our View: A good start for all children

The success of Routt County preschools in recent evaluations by a respected nonprofit organization was good news, but it also illuminates some problems.

Ode to Oak Creek's women

The 'Chocolate Monologues,' an evening of women's poetry and music, this weekend

To Barbi Bonfiglio, chocolate says it all.

Class notes for Jan. 1

SSHS Class of 1996 planning reunion Ten years can go by fast.

Learning looks a lot like playing

Have Fun Fridays at top-ranked Discovery Learning Center more than play days

When can you float like a feather, go high, go low, go with the flow and bop 'til you drop?

Friday, December 30

Olympic toast of the town

Athletes sent off with a Hootie and a holler

A day like Friday is what separates Steamboat Springs from any other town in the world. Thousands turned out to support America's 2006 Winter Olympic hopefuls and watched Steamboat Springs resident Ryan St. Onge, Colorado native Jeremy Bloom and East Coast women Emily Cook and Hannah Kearney qualify for the Olympics with wins in the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in freestyle skiing.

Police officers under investigation

Prosecutor investigating procedures used to obtain search warrant

A special prosecutor is investigating whether two Steamboat Springs police officers acted improperly when obtaining a search warrant last month, local police officials said.

Bloom back to Olympics

Former CU star edges past Steamboat's Mayer in finals

It was the calm before the swarm. Loveland's Jeremy Bloom took his spot on the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials podium Friday and smiled for the crowd. When he stepped down, TV cameramen and other members of the media crowded around the 5-foot-9 moguls skier turned Colorado Buffaloes football player turned moguls skier.

Residents' comments wanted

YVHA officials holding meetings to discuss affordable housing

Before Yampa Valley Housing Authority officials draft an affordable housing plan, they want to get residents' input.

The Record for Dec. 31

12:35 a.m. Extra police officers were sent to patrol Ski Time Square because business owners complained the bar crowd had become increasingly noisy and boisterous.

Briefs for Dec. 31

Kim Vogel has been named public affairs officer for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland.

Taxis, bus drivers prepare for year's busiest night

Torchlight parade among main events

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, 20 taxis will start their engines. A fleet of 10 extra city buses will hit the streets, and drivers will prepare for the annual swarm of revelers that need a ride home.

The air up there

Aerialists St. Onge, Cook wow Howelsen Hill crowd

Ryan St. Onge had the home hill advantage. Before a crowd of thousands, with snow lightly falling from the sky above Howelsen Hill, St. Onge became Steamboat Springs' newest Winter Olympian with his win in the men's aerial competition at the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

2005 World Champ overcomes slow start to win

The pigtail braids -- held together by plastic pink flowers -- couldn't hide the scowl on Hannah Kearney's face. This was the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and her first moguls run was unacceptable. "I was disappointed with my quality of skiing," she said.

Man killed while checking on accident victim

A Walden man was killed Thursday afternoon on Colorado Highway 14 while he was standing in the highway talking on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.

Thursday, December 29

Walgreens developers try again

Development plan calls for deed-restricted affordable housing

Real estate developers representing Walgreens are back with a plan they hope will win approval from the city of Steamboat Springs.

Police detective promoted to captain

Longtime Steamboat Springs police Detective Robert Del Valle was promoted to detective captain Friday. Del Valle assumed his new position on Christmas.

Green Team receives support

The city of Steamboat Springs' recent effort to promote environmental initiatives is receiving support from local organizations.

Marathon, triathlon registration starts soon

With all eyes on the daily snow report, it's tough to think about marathons or triathlons.

Freestyle Friday

Olympic trials, celebration, concert today

Olympic dreams of four athletes will become reality during today's 2006 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in freestyle skiing.

Oak Creek to twist, turn in the new year

If crowded bars and bustling streets don't sound like your ideal New Year's Eve, then head south. Oak Creek will be spinning classic tunes and ringing in the new year with a little class.

Events planned to bring in 2006

Birgitta Lindgren has a great way to kick off the holiday weekend: Go cross-country skiing.

Book explores place, idea

If you've had a conversation with me in the past month, I've probably talked about "Whiteout" by Ted Conover. It's one of more engrossing books I've read in a long time, partly because the material is so close to my day-to-day life.

Autumn Phillips: Can you see me?

I am an invisible (wo)man.I discovered this about myself Monday as a woman poured her heart out to me.

Music Calendar for Dec. 30

¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

What kind of music is this?

Mike Relm better think fast. As he stands on stage playing the kind of music that belongs as much in an art gallery as in a club, people are going to start labeling.

Music to make you feel good

At tonight's 8traC show, you won't hear any songs about heartbreak. You won't hear any political songs about the state of the world.

Top CDs of 2005

This album is textured enough to allow a lot of good finger and foot holds for any kind of music fan. Stereolab offers a mellow electronic lounge album that's more post-club comedown music than the kind of height-of-the-party music I'm used to hearing from them. Like the rest of the album, the track "Cosmic Country Noir" is the perfect song to play while driving, letting the beats roll past under the tires of your car.

On Scene for Dec. 30

A solstice celebration Before there was Christmas, there was the winter solstice and one of hell of a party in Strawberry Park.

Take a gamble on the Old West

Once again, the Emerald City Opera is giving people a place to act like outlaws for a night. The group began the Gambler's Ball tradition three years ago with a Roaring '20s Speakeasy theme. Attendees dressed like questionable figures from the Prohibition era. Last year, the theme was Las Vegas, and once again, women found an excuse to wear garter belts in public, and the men dressed like high rollers.

Bringing parents peace

Statue means closure after skiing accident

On Tuesday afternoon, the 30-foot sculpture still was shrouded in a white tarp. Linda and Ken Sawyer stood under the tarp looking at the piece of art they commissioned as a monument to their son.

Arts Calendar for Dec. 30

¤ Camera crews from the TV show "Exploration with Richard Weiss" will be filming in Steamboat Springs in January. They plan to do an educational program about snow. The segment before it is an educational piece on sharks and the show's producers want a local artist to create a large shark jaw made out of snow to segue from one piece to the next. The sculpture must be completed in the first week of January in a snowy location to be determined. Artists interested in this project should call Riley Polumbus at 879-0882 ext. 207.

Wednesday, December 28

Crash claims Milner man

Woman badly injured in collision on Rabbit Ears Pass

A Milner man who lived in Routt County for more than 20 years died Saturday from injuries sustained Friday in a car accident on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Program gives new life to old Christmas trees

Don't fear: Your dried-out, droopy old Christmas tree has a future in horticulture.

Not your average convention

Group of scientists solidifies early January visit to Steamboat Springs

Steamboat's collective intelligence quotient will take a quantum leap Jan. 6 when several hundred research scientists from around the world convene at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel and Conference Center.

The Record for Dec. 29

12:36 a.m. Police arrested a 20-year-old New Hampshire man after a traffic stop on Apres Ski Way, on charges including driving while ability impaired, minor in possession and failure to display headlights.

Man sentenced in cocaine case

A Steamboat Springs man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in jail for possession of cocaine.

A taste of Italy

Four 2006 Olympic spots on the line

Park Smalley remembers being chased from the woods for building freestyle ski jumps. "I kept coming back saying, 'Please let us build jumps. It will be so cool,'" Smalley said.

Send-off honors Olympic athletes

The Steamboat Ski area has coined a phrase: "When athletes gather in Italy, it's called the Winter Games. When they gather in Steamboat, it's called Tuesday."

Group helps youths compete

Once again, the Over the Hill Gang has made the holiday season a little brighter for some of Steamboat Springs' most promising athletes.

Semotan land taken into easement

A Routt County ranching property will be conserved, thanks to the landowner's donation, taxpayer-approved funding and Yampa Valley Land Trust support.

Westside subdivision planned

Development would add affordable lots to tight market

City officials intend to fast-track a proposed subdivision that would add 135 single-family lots to the tight housing market.

Briefs for Dec. 29

Opera group's annual fundraiser is Saturday The Gambler's Ball, the annual fundraiser for the Emerald City Opera, is New Year's Eve. This year's theme is "Old West Saloon," and Western attire is encouraged.

Tuesday, December 27

Henri E. Stetter: Astounding year

As the end of the year approaches, most of us ponder and review what has happened during the past 12 months.

Our View: Don't miss a glimpse of Olympic skill

One of the great privileges of living in Ski Town USA is taking advantage of the many opportunities to connect with our tradition of nurturing Winter Olympians. And it's an opportunity that all of our holiday guests can join in Friday as Steamboat hosts the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in freestyle skiing.

Council selects interim manager

Veteran deputy city manager Wendy DuBord was selected Tuesday to serve as Steamboat Springs' interim city manager.

Woman gets 90 days for embezzlement

A Steamboat Springs woman who pled guilty to embezzling more than $30,000 from the Hampton Inn and Suites was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and 10 years probation.

Snowmobiles to stay on roads

Snowmobilers can continue riding along parts of County Roads 62 and 129 after Routt County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday not to revoke an ordinance.

Snow arrives with on-time jets

Holiday skiers arrive at airport with few problems

On what could prove to be the busiest day of the ski season, more than 2,700 holiday travelers made their way through Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday with barely a hitch. It was an improvement from Monday, when late-arriving planes temporarily clogged the baggage carousel.

The Record for Dec. 28

Monday, Dec. 26 7:39 a.m. A man reported a lost license plate in the 300 block of Blue Sage Circle. 8:10 a.m. A set of skis reportedly was taken from the top of a vehicle in Gondola Square. Police are investigating the incident.

Briefs for Dec. 28

Pioneers museum begins 'high-season' hours The Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St., will operate on its high-season schedule beginning this week. During the high season, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Barbara Zwak: On Ellie Zwak

Thank you for the wonderful article about Ellie Zwak, my granddaughter. You did a fabulous job of capturing our miracle girl. I was there when she was born and again when she had her surgery, and you really captured her experience beautifully.

Sandy Evans Hall: The sound was shame

Mr. Bennett, yes, we heard the sound. But it was not the "powerful losing power" as you suggested (ViewPoints Dec. 21). It was the multitude ashamed of the lack of decency and responsible action of our City Council. That was truly the sound you heard. It was a sigh at the defacing of the "heart and soul" of this community �---- our respect for one another as human beings.

Monday, December 26

CMC registration under way

Registration for spring classes at Colorado Mountain College began earlier this month and will continue until classes begin Jan. 16.

Class of her own

Six-year-old faces challenges to thrive in first grade

First grade can be a big challenge. Transitions into more rigorous academic work, higher expectations for behavior and a more dynamic classroom environment make it an exciting and difficult year. For many children, first grade can be the biggest hurdle they have faced in their young lives.

News in brief for Dec. 27

Newspaper seeks members for editorial board The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters from residents interested in serving on the newspaper's editorial board. Board members will serve a four-month term beginning in January.

Mono-ski, cash stolen on Christmas

Along with Santa Claus, the Grinch came to town Sunday.

Hot spot on cold days

Bud Werner Memorial Library offers variety of activities, provides 'a good place to hang out'

Sometimes, a good book or an old movie is the perfect comfort for tired legs and frigid fingers.

Steamboat Springs goes green

Council allocates $20,000 to group that focuses on conservation, recycling

The city of Steamboat Springs is taking steps to become more environmentally friendly.

Law enforcement beefs up for New Year's

Law officers and business owners are urging people not to drink and drive this New Year's Eve, especially when city buses and taxi services will be increasing their staffing.

The Record for Dec. 27

Sunday, Dec. 25 1:02 a.m. Police pulled over a vehicle at U.S. Highway 40 and Anglers Drive. The driver was reportedly on the wrong side of the road, and the vehicle's headlights were not on. Police arrested the male driver for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sunday, December 25

The Record for Dec. 26

1:33 a.m. Trespassing was reported in the 200 block of Moffat Avenue in Yampa. 1:52 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. A woman was reportedly highly intoxicated, treated, taken to a detoxification center and released.

Briefs for Dec. 26

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters from residents interested in serving on the newspaper's editorial board. Board members will serve a four-month term beginning in January.

United Way meets goal

Routt County United Way Executive Director Millie Beall can barely contain her excitement when she tells people United Way has met its biggest fundraising goal in its 23-year history.

Residents share holiday dinner

Many people in Steamboat Springs had a simple plan for the Christmas holiday: Ski or snowboard all day, then share in a communal meal that is a local tradition.

Making strides

Young survivor learns to walk, function

Six years ago Thursday, Ellie Ann Zwak came home to Steamboat Springs after six hours of open-heart surgery and a harrowing cardiac arrest in a Denver hospital. A surgeon pumped her tiny, patched-up heart by hand for nearly two hours. Doctors told her parents, Audrey and Shawn Zwak of Steamboat, that Ellie had a 1 percent chance of living. She survived. At the time, Ellie was 8 months old.

Hot springs bound into history

The establishment of the town of Steamboat Springs is inextricably connected to its many mineral and thermal springs. So it was fitting that the Strawberry Park Hot Springs was placed on the Routt County Register of Historic Places by the Historic Preservation Board this fall.

Tom Ross: Christmas cheese overripe; Packer fans must be brave

I rose before dawn Sunday, just like I do every Christmas morning. In the kitchen, I picked up a traditional frosted cookie shaped like a silver bell. I nibbled at the edges, reached for a small plate from the cupboard, then set the cookie on it. I placed it on the living room floor next to the official, Charlie Brown subalpine fir from the Routt National Forest. The cookie served as a traditional sign that Santa Claus had visited during the night.

Saturday, December 24

Ivan "Ike" Anderson, 1914-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Ivan "Ike" Anderson died Dec. 21, 2005, in Brush. He was 91.

Glitches, crowds keep airport busy

A robust start to winter is making a busy season at Yampa Valley Regional Airport even busier. Although airport staff and passengers still are coping with an overcrowded terminal, operations -- for the most part -- are running smoothly, officials said.

Steamboat prepares for influx of tourists

The population of Steamboat Springs will more than double during the holidays, as 11,700 people fly into Yampa Valley Regional Airport and thousands more come over Rabbit Ears Pass in their automobiles.

A hole in her heart

Girl survives against odds

It was news no parent wants to hear. Doctors at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver told Audrey and Shawn Zwak that their new daughter, their third child, their Ellie, had a 1 percent chance to live.

Arena offers holiday skating sessions

Worried about holiday pounds? Looking for a fun family activity? Interested in taking a day off from skiing or riding?

South Routt Calendar for Dec. 25

The LIFT-UP Food Bank is open from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Oak Creek Mini-Storage building, 106 Moffat Ave. The Yampa Valley Craft Guild meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yampa Public Library. The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 3 to 7 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jingle all the way

Yampa businesses team up to offer sleigh rides, dinner

Imagine an old sleigh pulled by horses through the snow, while you cuddle up next to a loved one and take in the beauty of Yampa.

Critter Kids hunt, hibernate, have fun

Yampatika programs teach children about nature

Marley Noble, 4, decided he did not have quite enough food to get through the long winter. "Let's take one more hunt!" he shouted, before crawling through indoor, makeshift "snow tunnels" -- made of long tables and chairs -- in search of hidden peanuts and raisins.

Class notes for Dec. 25

Andryn Arithson, who graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 2001, graduated summa cum laude last week from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Arithson earned a humanities degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, with a minor in business and an emphasis in art history. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, Dec. 4. Arithson plans to continue living in Boulder.

Bill Martin: Action appropriate

During my tenure as Steamboat Springs City Council president, I participated in the termination of a city manager (who had served the city for approximately seven years) and the subsequent hiring of a replacement city manager. This is a very normal and periodic process. Typically, city managers average about a five-year employment period with a community.

Matt Hermes: Prepare for real world

I was a member of the School Board when the high school's Senior Odyssey requirement was enacted. It is a big world out there across the mountains, and education to participate in the global arena requires the rigor that the Odyssey project was intended to highlight.

Mike Forney: Consider fairness

The recent actions by five members of our new City Council are terribly mean-spirited, petty and embarrassing for our community.

Our View: Signs of spirit are all around

Nationally, this has been one of the most contentious holiday seasons in recent memory. The friction comes, in part, from a backlash among Christian faithful who complain the season's meaning is being lost in a tightly woven, politically correct language filter. They take exception to others, primarily businesses, the media and the government, avoiding specific references to Christmas and opting for such generic phrases as "happy holidays" and "season's greetings." Even President Bush was admonished for saying "happy holidays" in a speech, and because White House Christmas cards didn't mention Christmas. As a society, some religious people warn, we have taken Christ out of Christmas, and they want him put back.

Sievers manages top trick in jam

The rail was called the flaming Rainbonana, and James Sievers mastered it.

More than a coach

Lodwick, Steitz's relationship goes beyond ski jumping hill

It not surprising that Todd Lodwick wasn't happy when the U.S. Nordic combined team decided to leave its Steamboat Springs headquarters for Park City, Utah, four years ago.

Fred Trouth, 1927-2005

Craig resident Fred Trouth died Dec. 16, 2005. He was 78.

Warren Ellsworth "Gil" Gilbertson, 1921-2005

Steamboat Springs resident Warren Ellsworth "Gil" Gilbertson died Dec. 16, 2005, at his home. He was 84.

John F. Russell: Finding balance key to winters

Somewhere between the World Cup B Nordic combined competitions and last week's Alpine ski races, December slipped away faster than a tray of fudge at the office Christmas party.

Analee Gardner-Kinnison, 1920-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Analee Gardner-Kinnison died Dec. 21, 2005, at the Fairacres Manor Nursing Home in Greeley. She was 85.

Friday, December 23

Drug trial postponed until April

A judge on Thursday postponed the trial of a man accused of selling cocaine.

Yule Log hunters race to the finish

Alan Selch and Glen Farrell met at 7-Eleven at about 5 a.m. Friday. They snatched a fresh newspaper with the season's final Yule Log clue and headed to the Tennis Center.

Woman believes in Santa

Steamboat resident's collection includes hundreds of items

At this time of year, Sue Gallion's home looks like a Macy's Christmas window display. It smells like spiced apples and pine wreaths, and on every shelf and in every corner is a Santa Claus.

Volunteers needed for 2006 U.S. Olympic trials

For those who have dreamed of being Olympians but realize their days have passed, Steam�--boat Ski Area has a job for you.

Teams place at Copper

The Steamboat Springs girls alpine team placed second, and the boys placed third at the Dec. 16 races at Copper Mountain.

The Record for Dec. 24

12:19 a.m. A man in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue reported a suspicious ladder being propped against a building. He also noticed footprints in the snow on the top of the roof. Officers found that someone had used the ladder to put up Christmas lights earlier in the day.

Briefs for Dec. 24

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters from residents interested in serving on the newspaper's editorial board. Board members will serve a four-month term beginning in January.

Police ask council for GRAMNET funds

After recent funding cuts, agencies that staff the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team are each having to come up with about $23,000 for its 2006 budget.

Forum seeks more teen ideas

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition director Sandy Vis�--nack said she was glad that seven Steamboat Springs High School students attended last week's teens-only forum on underage drinking but that she thought she could do better.

Crash seriously injures two

A Hayden couple involved in an accident on Rabbit Ears Pass on Friday was listed in critical condition in a Denver hospital.

Thursday, December 22

Experience to improve Steamboat in league

With the Western Slope Lea�--gue season set to begin after the holiday break, the Steam�--boat Springs boys basketball team will try to make a run at its third consecutive league crown.

Career program expanding options

A proposal to make the Senior Odyssey program an elective at Steamboat Springs High School does more than offer resolution to lengthy public debate. It also articulates the expanding number of ways for high school students to fulfill their Career and Technology requirement.

Tactics for holiday skiers

Ski area opens gondola early to ease mid-morning rush

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is offering strategic advice for skiers and snowboarders, along with early lift opening times to help ease the crunch of the busy holiday season.

Steamboat churches prepare for Christmas rush

With thousands of tourists in town, friends and family visiting from all over the country and locals counting down the days to Christmas, churches are getting ready for the rush.

Skiers shine under lights at Howelsen

Park City, Utah's Jake Zamansky capped off a strong week of skiing Wednesday night by winning the final race of the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series' Steamboat Holiday Classic at Howelsen Hill.

14 Sailors tagged All-State

Denver Post: Eight tennis, four football players on lists

Senior linemen Zack Savage and Vince Grippa are the newest additions to the Steamboat Springs football team's long list of All-State players.

Steamboat dominates Keystone event

Jenny Lee and Patrick Magee showcased their talents on the final day of the Return to Keystone Classic earlier this week, helping the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sweep the slopestyle events.

Jewell off to fast start, keeps eye on Italy

It's been a good month for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Tyler Jewell, but he prefers to think of his success during the past 30 days as more of a starting point.

Woman, man fine after train crash

A Union Pacific railroad train slammed into a truck early Thursday morning, destroying the vehicle but causing the driver only minor injuries.

Water flowing again in Oak Creek

It was business as usual in Oak Creek a day after the town was forced to declare an emergency because its main waterline burst and drained the municipal tank.

School buses to try biodiesel

Not long after Santa Claus, an alternative diesel fuel will be coming to town.

Arts Calendar

Art Events The opening reception for "New Landscapes" by Mark Nelson is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mad Creek Gallery, 811 Lincoln Ave. The show will be on display through Jan. 1. Call 875-1301.

New version of an old thing

In any other gallery in any other city in the United States, Mark Nelson shows his large-scale geometric, nonrepresentational work. But in one place, Steamboat Springs, he shows landscapes.

CD Reviews for Dec. 23

Beck "Guerolito"Available at All That Jazz for $15.98 Remember when we all bought Beck's "Guero" album and we liked it so much and we listened to it again and again. And then what happened?

On Scene for Dec. 23

College or Fashion Week? I didn't believe it was College Week.

A Steamboat holiday tradition

"The Nutcracker" is a holiday tradition nationwide, and a visit from puppeteer Jim Gamble is fast becoming a local holiday tradition.

Familiar jam sound run through the ringer

The Georgia-based band, Moonshine Still, has a lively, dance-to-this sound reminiscent of a mix between late Phish and the Allman Brothers.

New paths to explore

When visiting Jeremy Kittel's Web site, you have to scroll through a long list of honors and awards. At 21, Kittel has taken the musical world by storm. He gained international attention at 16 and has been playing professionally since. With such a long head start, no one can predict how far he will be able to take his music.

Just three guys being loud and obnoxious

Rose Hill Drive plays rock 'n' roll.

Playing with no set list

A Bill Martin performance is like a dance. As you sit in the audience, he watches you. As you step back, he steps forward and if you step toward him, he matches the footwork.

Music Calendar for Dec. 23

Tonight Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

Autumn's Picks for Dec. 23

Tonight The Usual Suspects play live jazz When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399 Why you should go: I recommend these guys almost every week. You better go.

Autumn Phillips: Gifts until she's 10

Nine-month-old Maya Hayden Phillips won't remember this Christmas. She won't remember all the presents we bought her or the hours of conversation we've had about the fact that she can almost stand up by herself.

Wednesday, December 21

'Boat racer grabs top spot

If Steamboat Springs ski racer Chelsea Lynch was feeling a little under the weather Wednesday, it wasn't apparent as she cruised down the giant slalom course to victory.

Hayden just misses podium

Welcome back, Aaron Haskins.

Three Rams place at tournament

The Soroco wrestling team didn't crown any individual champions Saturday, but the Rams continue to find the challenges they need during their weekend tournaments.

Zamansky carries success to slalom course

U.S. Ski Team member Jake Zamansky made it 2-out-of-3 on Tuesday night at Howelsen Hill by edging Karl Johnson and hometown favorite Drew Roberts on the icy pitches of Howelsen Hill.

Four Sailors in top 4 at weekend tourney

Steamboat Springs wrestlers Andy Morrell and Houston Mader placed second at the West Grand Tournament.

Sailors 1 of 2 unbeaten teams

The Steamboat Springs hockey team is one of two unbeaten high school teams in Colorado.

'Jingle Bell Jeopardy' puts parents to the test

Elementary students invite moms, dads to play knowledge game

The largest fruit in recorded history is a pumpkin that weighed 1,469 pounds, the summit of Colorado's Mount Elbert is 14,443 feet high, and poet Clement C. Moore wrote "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

180,000 gallons down drain

Oak Creek declares state of emergency after waterline breaks open

Officials declared an emergency for the town of Oak Creek on Wednesday morning after its main waterline burst Tuesday, draining the municipal water supply.

Council member apologizes

Towny Anderson says he feels 'regretful' about Hughes' firing

A City Council member said he wants to apologize for the method used to fire the city manager last week.

Realtors make holiday meal

Residents and visitors looking for a hot meal and holiday cheer Sunday need only follow their noses to the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Man accused of assaulting 15-year-old

A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of touching a 15-year-old girl inappropriately.

Suspect faces pending charge

A Steamboat Springs man charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance also has an assault charge from the summer pending in Routt County.

Tuesday, December 20

School alternative pay at least a year away

A pilot version of an alternative, performance-based pay system for Steamboat Springs School District employees is unlikely to occur during the 2006-07 school year, district officials said Monday.

City votes on moratorium

Building on lots in Fairview may be put on hold

Some residents in the Fairview subdivision area may have to wait if they want to build on their lots.

The Record for Dec. 21

Monday, Dec. 19 12:03 a.m. A 23-year-old man reportedly kicked out a window on a gondola car at Steamboat Ski Area. The man made an agreement with employees to pay for the damage, but he was arrested after police discovered he had an outstanding fugitive of justice warrant from Summit County.

City delays interim manager selection

The City Council was scheduled to select an interim city manager Tuesday, but council members instead voted to delay the process.

Youth ski club starts in January

Last winter, the Tiger Gliders Nordic Ski Club went week to week wondering whether there would be enough snow for practice.

A happy homecoming

Hayden Army reservist back in Colorado with wife, son

Arizona-raised Jeremy Hotchkiss isn't big on snow, but even with two trucks stuck in the driveway, the mounds of white stuff are somewhat of a welcome nuisance.

Tom Valicenti: Three-ring circus

Since moving to Steamboat Springs in 1991, I have carefully watched our City Council government, wondering whether it was the best system for a town our size. Since that time, our population has doubled. It has become obvious that we have outgrown this system and that we should strongly consider a mayoral-type system of government.

Mike Forney: Consider duties

To the editor: The recent actions by five members of our new City Council are terribly mean-spirited, petty and embarrassing for our community.

Kevin Bennett: Did you hear it?

Did you hear the sound last week? The sound was loud and clear. It was the sound of the powerful losing power. It would appear they have begun the task of attacking the new direction that the community chose in the past election ... did you hear it?

Our View: The wisdom of slope safety

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. doesn't deserve the criticism it has received for increased efforts to enforce safety rules.

Group suggests Odyssey changes

The Graduation Requirements Committee will recommend to the Steamboat Springs School Board that the Senior Odyssey program no longer be a requirement at Steamboat Springs High School, beginning with the 2006-07 school year.

Six stores sell beer to minor

Employees at six businesses received citations Friday night for selling alcohol to a minor. Employees at 12 establishments passed the compliance check.

Second run carries Duke to top of slalom results

A blazing fast second run helped Park City, Utah's Hailey Duke charge to the front of the pack during Monday night's Holiday Classic slalom at Howelsen Hill.

McJames maintains approach

Woman wins giant slalom

It doesn't matter whether she's in first place or last after the first run of a race, U.S. Ski Team member Megan McJames says she always takes the same approach.

Attorney removed from case

Conflict of interest between lawyer, man accused of selling cocaine

The attorney representing a man accused of selling cocaine was removed from the case Tuesday because of a conflict of interest.

Council: Center necessary

The City Council agreed during an informal discussion Tuesday that the city needs a new community center as soon as possible. A recreation center could wait, they said.

Monday, December 19

Board hears financial audit

Members of the Steamboat Springs School Board heard no significant surprises in the annual financial audit of the Steamboat Springs School District, reviewed at a board meeting Monday night.

Eastern division skiers take top honors

Charles Christianson and Mattie Ford were in a festive mood Sunday after winning the opening events of the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series Holiday Classic.

Zamansky makes most of 2nd change

On Sunday, a second-run crash ended Jake Zamansky's giant slalom run before he reached the podium of the Steamboat Holiday Classic, which was held at Steamboat Ski Area.

Weather means glitches for drivers

Two weekends ago, temperatures well below zero led to frozen water pipes and dead car batteries. This past weekend and through Monday, a different kind of winter weather -- piles of snow and blustery winds --made driving in Routt County a hazardous task.

The Record for Dec. 20

Sunday, Dec. 18 12:33 a.m. A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.

Briefs for Dec. 20

Newspaper seeking editorial board members The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters from residents interested in serving on the newspaper's editorial board. Board members will serve a four-month term beginning in January.

Some United passengers inconvenienced by storm

Commercial jet flights from Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas and Chicago landed at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in the midst of a snowstorm Monday.

Communities vie for energy funds

Routt County communities face stiff competition for Energy and Mineral Impact dollars for roads, schools and other projects.

City Council to review Fairview lot issue

The City Council today will review an ordinance related to a dispute about city lots sold to Fairview subdivision residents almost 15 years ago.

Interim manager to be picked

The Steamboat Springs City Council met Monday night and will meet today in a retreat to discuss a wide variety of issues including priorities and the council's purpose.

Snow pattern returns

Ski area records more than 23 inches of snow in six days

The snow spigots have been turned on once again, and the snowpack in the Yampa and White River basins stands at more than 126 percent of average.

Sunday, December 18

Tom Ross: Have yourself a merry little solstice now...

A guide to purchasing some of the season's least popular gifts

I was flipping through the Sunday paper that gets trucked up here from the big city yesterday when something caught my eye.

News in brief for Dec. 19

Suicide support group to meet once a month

The Record for Dec. 19

Saturday, Dec. 17 2:36 a.m. An assault and battery was reported in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive. An ambulance was called.

Couple urges locals to give

Vic and Flo Hencken have seen the effort it takes to respond to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Class to cultivate learning

Get out your trowel; an upcoming class will cater to local green thumbs.

Saturday, December 17

Edgar Alexis Hernandez Balbuena

Edgar Alexis Hernandez Balbuena, son of Azucena Balbuena and Edgar Hernandez of Craig, was born at 8:28 p.m. Dec. 10, 2005. He weighed 4 pounds and 7 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. His grandparents are Consuelo Duarte, Benito Balbuena, Francisco Hernandez and Esther Burciaga, all of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico.

John F. Russell: Life should not focus on football

Life in the Russell family does not revolve around football or TV.

Tigers rebound

Boys back to .500 with Saturday win

Hayden point guard Kyle Woodley is 5-foot-8, but North Park's guards have to be thinking differently.

Hayden girls struggle

North Park wins matchup by 20 points

Once, twice, sometimes three times, the North Park girls basketball team got an offensive rebound on a possession.

Diving into winter

Steamboat trio braves temps to keep training

The lap pool at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center is a lonely place in the winter.

Sound Off for Dec. 18

No real estate offices I don't think you should allow real estate offices on Lincoln Avenue or the base of the ski area. You don't see any used car sales offices on sidewalks, why have used house salesmen have special privileges?

Don Grant: Editorial wrong

Your editorial "If you clear it, they will come," in the Dec. 11 edition was significantly short on facts and quick to blame the "newcomers."

Natalie Cowan: Political hackery

I, along with many of my fellow residents, am appalled at the City Council's recent action to terminate Paul Hughes as city manager. It reeks of political hackery and arrogance. Shame on you. Wait until the next election comes around; your low behavior will not be forgotten.

Chris Diamond: Sorry Hughes

On Tuesday night, the City Council voted 5-2 to terminate City Manager Paul Hughes effective Dec. 31. This decision had nothing to do with the performance or effectiveness of our city manager. He already had resigned and agreed to continue working until a new manager was found.

Bobbi Hodge: Good decision

City Manager Paul Hughes made the decision to retire Nov. 3, just after Election Day. He said, "It just seemed like a good time, especially with a new council getting seated, to be moving on to something else." On Tuesday night, a strong majority of the council agreed with only three members in the audience, myself included.

Shelley A. Hill: Beyond all decency

My husband is Paul Hughes. As so many members of our community have affirmed to me since his unnecessary and abrupt termination Tuesday, Paul is a man of integrity, ethics, honesty, kindness, industriousness and humor. Perhaps the five members of City Council who decided it was better for the community not to permit Paul to retire quietly, as he announced last month, should take a lesson. The comments I have heard from everyone regarding their treatment of Paul include such adjectives as "shameful," "disgusting," "deplorable," "indecent" and "appalling."

Our View: Hughes' firing causes concerns

The City Council's abrupt firing of Paul Hughes was crass, unnecessary, ill advised and only marginally legal.

South Routt Calebdar for Dec. 18

Monday, Dec. 19 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Musician marches to his own beat

Oak Creek man living his dream as a performer, teacher

Beyond being a talented musician and teacher, Cary Kamp�--erschroer says he can beat any challenger in thumb wrestling

Class notes for Dec. 18

Hayden Middle School first quarter honors Seventh grade Straight 'A' honor roll Hayden Blake, Cassidy Bush, Brian Hoza, Kaitlyn Jezo, Katelyn Kline, Kali McFadden, Lindsay Parrott, Kyra Rolando, Jake Rosendale, Krista Tomke, Lysa Valora, Delanie Vedepo, Ben Williams, Katelyn Young, Taylor Young

North Routt school growing up

Clark charter school gets new classroom to help with increased student enrollment

The yurt is open for business.

Men arrested in stolen guns case

Three Steamboat Springs men were arrested last week on suspicion of breaking into a man's home in October and stealing three rifles, a shotgun and a compound bow worth $2,300.

Police Blotter for Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 16 12:06 a.m. People in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square were given a verbal warning for being loud and playing loud music.

Arrest Record for Dec. 18

Saturday, Dec. 10 Susan Lynn Steinmetz, 34, Hayden -- Driving under the influence (Colorado State Patrol) Michael Eugenis Wills, 50, Steamboat Springs -- Fraud by check (Steamboat Springs Police Department) Ben Jacob Nierenberg, 19, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under revocation, careless driving (SSPD)

Jamie Marie Adams: 1967--2005

Steamboat Springs resident Jamie Marie Adams passed away Dec. 5, 2005. She was 38.

Medical Center hopes mill levy will help keep its doors open

The South Routt Medical Center occupies a modest brick building on Main Street in downtown Oak Creek.

Center debate mulled

Council to look at issue Tuesday

Does Steamboat Springs need a community center, a recreation center, both or a facility that includes each under one roof?

CMC interviews for dean

Bob Spuhler, president of the Colorado Mountain College system, is looking for a simple quality in a new dean for the college's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

Safety on the slopes

Ski area urges holiday skiers and riders to 'go with the flow'

With the potential of as many as 15,000 skiers and snowboarders on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area in the days after Christmas, the ski area's added emphasis on safety could be put to the test.

Hot Topic: What if you ran for office and won?

In 2005, four towns in the United States elected 18-year-olds into office.

Olivia Sky Rossi

Olivia Sky Rossi, daughter of Belinda and Philip Rossi of Yampa, was born at 3:37 a.m. Nov. 17, 2005. She weighed 9 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Deanna and Jerrel Berry of Yampa and Virginia Rossi of Phippsburg, at the Hart Mountain Ranch.

Victoria Silva

Victoria Silva, daughter of Nadia and Jose F. Silva of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:42 a.m. Nov. 28, 2005. Her grandparents are Miguel Silva and Consuelo Silva of El Paso, Texas, and Alfredo Lopez and Luz Mora of Mexico.

Kaya Marie Hillesland

Kaya Marie Hillesland, daughter of Devon and Eric Hillesland of Craig, was born at 8:07 a.m. Dec. 7, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 18.5 inches long. Her sibling is Kyle. Her grandparents are John Peck of Steamboat Springs and Donna and Ed Rettmann of Bouse, Ariz.

Raising timbers

Building style provides quality

Daryl Sigler always admired the quality and strength of timber framing -- a building style dating back hundreds of years. Then he had the opportunity to construct a timber-frame barn with builder Steve Rundquist. Sigler was convinced it was the direction he wanted to go for a new home in Clark.

Simple elegance

Six years after building his home, Dan Howard has a hard time thinking of anything he might have done differently.

Business briefs for Dec. 18

Colorado Group Realty recognized four brokers for their accomplishments during the past year. Brokers of the year are Mike and Ronna Autrey. Ron Wendler earned the Top Producing Agent award, and Annamarie Shunny was recognized as CGR's rising star.

Waste-disposal company expanding Milner Landfill

Steamboat Springs and Routt County are growing, and so is the need of its residents to throw things away.

With $10 million on the line ...

Steamboat man 'insures' audience will get a kick out of halftime show

When the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams head into their locker rooms at halftime Jan. 1, Steamboat Springs businessman Joe McNasby will sit up straight on his couch and pay close attention.

Friday, December 16

The Record for Dec. 17

12:22 a.m. Several cars in the 1300 block of Blue Sage Drive reportedly were parked hazardously. The cars' owners were warned.

Briefs for Dec. 17

"Beyond Fibers: New Forms" and "Shadows in Fabric: A Figure Study," two new exhibits at the Depot Art Center, will be on display through Jan. 18. Admission to the exhibits is free. The Depot's hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 879-9008.

Madeline Frances Wuest

Madeline Frances Wuest, daughter of Marlene and Donald Wuest of Yampa, was born at 6:45 a.m. Nov. 28, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. Her siblings are Charlie and Lucy. Her grandparents are Maria and Paul Fedor of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Kathryn Wuest and Dave Ashworth of West Chester, Pa.

Probation officer sworn in

Dennis Martinez retired for three months before deciding to apply for the chief probation officer position for Colorado's 14th Judicial District. Martinez beat out more than a dozen candidates from across the nation and was sworn in last week as the chief probation officer for Grand, Routt and Moffat counties.

Attorney says client needs evaluation

The attorney defending a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman told a district judge Friday that he questioned his client's competency to face trial.

Council lauds Harbor project

The applicant for a proposed Harbor Hotel redevelopment project received compliments and a couple of suggestions from City Council members this week.

Hotline helps smokers quit

State program offers free nicotine-replacement patches

Three weeks ago, Vickie Szumski started using nicotine-replacement patches to kick her seven-cigarette-a-day habit. She hasn't had a cigarette since.

Tourist season heating up

More than 11,500 visitors are expected in town tonight as the holiday ski season rapidly approaches.

Hayden increases intensity, performance

Hayden High School's wrestlers don't need a tropical island to escape the winter chill. They just go to practice.

Wrestlers are on a roll

Soroco wrestling coach Doug Gates didn't have much to say Friday night. With only two varsity wrestlers healthy enough to compete in the triangular against Hayden and Rangely, Gates stood off to the side of the mat, holding his boys' warm-ups while they made quick work of the opposition.

S. Routt board has opening

The South Routt School Board has a vacancy that needs to be filled within a month.

Hayden OKs tree ordinance

The Hayden Town Board on Tuesday took a step that protects and, in a sense, honors the legacy of some of the town's oldest residents: trees.

Thursday, December 15

Autumn Phillips: Cleveland rocks?

She was being so nice. I should have been suspicious. But I was young -- 20 or 21 years old. I hadn't learned that when a phone call begins with a shower of compliments, something horrible is about to happen.

Autumn's picks for Dec. 16

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for "Interpretation: New works by Patricia Branstead"

Jam series starts up next week

Riding a wave of popularity that began with its debut last year, the Friday Night Jib Jam series will continue this winter in Gondola Square.

Real estate agents protest ordinance

Real estate companies that want sales space on the pedestrian level of two zoning districts in the city will have to successfully complete a review process.

Chix drop matches

The Chix with Stix hockey team came up short in two women's hockey games against the Denver Cliffhangers at Howelsen Ice Arena last weekend.

Hughes: Managers often fired

Working in city management comes with risks -- including being fired at a moment's notice, Steamboat Springs' city manager said Thursday.

The Record for Dec. 16

Wednesday, Dec. 14 1:59 a.m. A loud group of college students partying in the 2200 block of Storm Mountain Drive was warned to be quiet.

S. Routt school powers up

South Routt Elementary School in Yampa is changing how it reports on student progress.

Terrain park tweaked

Free-skiers and riders are being turned loose for a walk in the park Saturday as the Steamboat Ski Area opens Mavericks Superpipe and a majority of the rails and jumps in the SoBe Terrain Park.

On Scene for Dec. 16

Black tie affair Black Tie Ski Rentals kicked off the Christmas party season Dec. 8 by inviting the beautiful people to a cocktail hour at Amante. Because of the shape of the place, your social laps became more like social lines as you moved from one end of the room to the other and back again.

Through the lens

School for local filmmakers this weekend

This weekend's three-day Steamboat Mountain Film Festival is a miniature film school. Today is dedicated to pre-production script writing. Saturday is full of workshops focused on filming, and Sunday is a day of postproduction work, including a complete class for first-time users of Final Cut Pro. The class is offered by one of the editing program's developers.

56 Hope Road still truckin'

When 56 Hope Road came through Steamboat last February, band members announced their plans to take over the world -- musically. They had just quit their jobs in Chicago, made 56 Hope Road T-shirts and moved into a 33-foot mobile home.

CD reviews for Dec. 16

Martina McBride "Timeless" On sale at All That Jazz for $15.98

Program helps teachers make ends meet

A statewide program designed to help new teachers pay their student loans is not being used as much as it could be, an official with the program said.

Six seniors' perspectives

It's good to take a break from museum shows and large-gallery openings to visit an exhibit of work by high school students. There's a rawness of technique and an honesty that disappears after years of art school critiques.

Arts calendar for Dec. 16

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for "Interpretation: New works by Patricia Branstead" will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Comb Goddess, in the Old West Building on 11th Street. Call 871-0606.

Open to interpretation

One of Patricia Branstead's newest prints is a monochromatic study of abstracted plant life. A varied coloration in the ink creates movement in the piece as if wind were blowing through a clump of ferns or water were moving back and forth through a patch of seaweed.

Same theme, different ranch

The Steamboat Community Players had a look of defiance on their faces during Tuesday night's rehearsal.

Sports complex ideas advance

Area officials hope to present conceptual plans for a sports complex in Northwest Colorado to the public early next year.

News in brief for Dec. 16

Tickets on sale for annual Gambler's Ball fundraiser Tickets are on sale for the Gambler's Ball, the annual fundraiser and New Year's Eve party thrown by Emerald City Opera.

In good company

County football players named to All-State teams

The Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high school football teams landed eight players on the Rocky Mountain News' All-State teams announced Thursday.

Bringing her harp back

If your Steamboat Springs memory stretches back to the early 1980s, you might remember Margot Krimmel. She played guitar, had long hair and performed regular gigs with musicians Randy Kelley and Mary Beth Norris, who still live here.

Music calendar for Dec. 16

Tonight ¤ 3 Wire When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Jade Summit Restaurant in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Call: 871-6268

Celebrate Christmas Celtic style

It took a couple years, but Steamboat Springs is becoming an Irish dancing town. The monthly dances are catching on, and there are as many as 30 regulars who know the steps to any reel you throw at them.

On his own this time around

Jamie McLean's new album is called "This Time Around."

Wednesday, December 14

Iacovetto, Schlegel second

Morgan takes third at 215 pounds; Soroco team seventh

With three wrestlers, the Soroco wrestling team took seventh out of 19 teams at the Sargent Tournament on Saturday.

Hughes decision divides council

The sudden firing of Steamboat Springs' city manager will make the search for his replacement more difficult, two City Council members said Wednesday.

County jail nurse fond of her work, her patients

Several weeks ago, Routt County Jail inmate Michael Renwick wrote a letter singing the praises of the jail's new nurse, Laurie Voit-Perry, better known to the inmates as Nurse Laurie.

Charges filed in car theft

Front Range men accused of leading police on chase

The District Attorney's Office filed charges Wednesday against two Front Range men accused of stealing a car Saturday and leading police on a chase down Lincoln Avenue.

Attorney concerned about ethics

The attorney for a Steamboat Springs man accused of selling cocaine near Soda Creek Elementary School told a judge Wednesday she thought she had a conflict of interest.

Keillor home on the range?

KUNC radio seeks funds to purchase station license here

Garrison Keillor is poised to find a permanent home in Routt County. Not the humorist and folklorist himself, but his radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion."

Briefs for Dec. 16

A convenience store on the west side of Steamboat Springs has been purchased by a regional chain and is being converted to a Kum & Go.

City hosts free holiday party

Free food for you, time with Santa for the kids and tubing for all.

Speech team steps up

Five members of the Steamboat Springs High School forensics team traveled to Niwot High School on Saturday for a tournament on the Front Range.

Heritage holiday show tonight

Some angels ride surfboards. At least they do at the Christian Heritage School, where elementary students went through a final dress rehearsal Wednesday for their holiday performance of "Angel Alert," a musical written by nationally known children's composer Celeste Clydesdale.

Youth changes approach

A youth movement has forced Nordic ski coach Barry Smith to change the way his team is approaching the high school ski season.

Hayden fills out its roster

The Colorado High School Activities Association stipulates that wrestlers must have 45 minutes between matches.

Mayer places fourth in World Cup opener

Travis Mayer opened up the World Cup season in Tignes, France, on Wednesday with a seventh-place finish.

Tuesday, December 13

Frozen pipes prove draining

Steamboat's recent cold weather causes bursts, damage

Plumbers, insurance agents and city officials are working overtime to help people in Routt County recover from last week's freeze.

Briefs for Dec. 15

Nordic Challenge Series begins at 6 p.m. today The Nordic Challenge Series begins tonight with the Howelsen Hill Relays.

Hayden boys net split in four games

Turnovers plagued the Hayden High School boys basketball team during the three-day Meeker Tournament.

The Record for Dec. 14

12:10 a.m. A man in the 2300 block of Storm Meadows Drive reported someone vomiting in front of an elevator door and breaking a picture. Officers were called to take a report.

Steamboat optimistic going into ski season

Aspen and Summit should be the favorites when the high school ski season opens Friday in Copper Mountain, but don't be surprised if the Steamboat Springs Alpine team comes out of the gates hard.

Selection events provide stage for rising stars

Mogul skier Eliza Outtrim wouldn't let a disappointing performance at the U.S. Ski Team Selection event last Friday ruin her week.

City and school leaders meet

Ken Brenner began Tuesday night's meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council with a statement that hadn't been said at such a meeting in at least three years.

Rams squeak past Saints

Spaeth has 27 points in overtime win against Vail Christian

The Soroco High School boys basketball team defeated Vail Christian on Friday but lost to Coal Ridge on Saturday.

Soroco girls split weekend games

It was an up-and-down weekend for the Soroco girls basketball team.

Fielder slide show tonight

Photographer draws on historical perspective

John Fielder returns to Steamboat Springs tonight to regale his audience with the mystery of the giant boulder and the long-dead horse. Along the way, he'll also raise doubts about "digitally altered" images from the 1870s.

Our View: Four-days a week

It's hard to know what to think about Hayden School District's decision to hold classes only four days a week until mid-March.

Wrestlers log full day

The Hayden wrestling team put in a full day of competition at the Olathe Dual Tournament on Saturday.

The aggressor

Steamboat makes quick work of Moffat County, 41-30

Times have changed in the Steamboat Springs wrestling room.

City's Hughes ejected

City manager fired after heated debate

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday night to terminate Paul Hughes' position as city manager at the end of the month.

Tigers steal one from Sailors

Led by 12 steals and an improved transition game, the Hayden High School girls basketball team defeated Steamboat's junior varsity, 54-41, on Monday in Steamboat.

Family reclaims holiday tradition

The late Walter Webber is remembered for his many gifts to Steamboat Springs -- he helped bring a TV signal to the town and also was the first to light up the Routt County Courthouse at Christmastime.

Catholics arrange monthly Mass

It's been about 20 years since Catholic Mass was held regularly in Hayden.

Baby on board

Hayden mother gives memorable birth to ninth child

Just two weeks old, little Ruth Pederson already has given her parents an inkling of her determined spirit.

County planning fees to increase

Developers and permit applicants will pay more for county planners' services after the Routt County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a revised fee schedule.

Monday, December 12

Steamboat hot destination for racers

Four days, $9,000 in prize money and eight races have made Steamboat Springs one of the hottest destinations for ski racers this December.

The Record for Dec. 13

Sunday, Dec. 11 8 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 2000 block of Shield Drive.

Small crowd, big ideas

Teens-only forum about underage drinking held Monday

Underage drinking in Steamboat Springs is not going to stop, local teens said, but it can be reduced.

City Council faces full plate

If Steamboat Springs City Council meetings were meals, tonight's would be filling.

County planning fees could increase

Developers who apply for projects or permits in Routt County may face increased fees during the planning process.

Building begins

High school students set out to construct timber-frame cabin

Students at Steamboat Springs High School are beginning a project this week that will last at least into the spring: the construction of a timber-frame, two-story cabin.

Town Challenge kicks off season

The designers of the Town Challenge racing series say they can understand the desire some people feel to scream down a racecourse like U.S. Ski Team member Bode Miller.

Judge issues water opinion

The judge who ruled in favor of the city of Steamboat Springs' water right application issued an official written ruling Monday.

Hayden looks at 2006 budget

Hayden should have at least 5 percent more sales tax revenue in 2005 than in 2004, and town officials expect those dollars will continue to increase next year.

News in brief for Dec. 13

Look for clues for 26th annual Yule Log Hunt The 26th annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, began Monday with the release of the first clue. Clues will be printed daily in the Happenings section of the Steamboat Today until the yule log is found.

Sunday, December 11

Grant challenges nonprofit

Comunidad Integrada must match funds or lose them

Members of the Democratic Party of Routt County passed the hat during their Christmas party Saturday night to help Comunidad Integrada. The nonprofit organization -- formed in January to help immigrants adjust to life in Northwest Colorado -- was given a $5,000 grant by the El Pomar Foundation's Penrose Nonprofit Institute earlier this month with the stipulation that Comunidad Integrada match the funds by Jan. 15.

Briefs for Dec. 12

The 26th annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, begins today with the release of the first clue. Clues will be printed daily in the Happenings section of the Steamboat Today until the yule log is found. The clues, 10 in all, often include information that references local history and events. This year's hunt starts at the location of last year's yule log hiding place: Stehley Park at the end of Missouri Street in downtown Steamboat.

Lodwick dominates

Todd Lodwick had the hometown fans on their feet Sunday as he cruised to his second-straight victory in the Mountain Resorts World Cup B Nordic combined sprint.

Jazz students win top honor

Two Steamboat Springs High School juniors have been given the highest honor in the state for jazz musicians their age. The recognition comes with an added piece of prestige, as they are the first students in the high school's history to be given seats in the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, according to SSHS band director Ken Crombie.

The Record for Dec. 12

1:05 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. 2:58 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. 5:25 a.m. A burglar alarm sounded in the 800 block of Oak Street. 9:50 a.m. An arrest was made on a warrant in the alley of the 300 block of Oak Street.

Expect the unexpected

Concert features traditional tunes in unusual arrangements

With members of the Steamboat Springs High School Jazz Ensemble being acknowledged by the rest of the state for their talent, it goes without saying their local community should show the same support.

Saturday, December 10

Governor hopeful rallies for education

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Holtzman isn't a comedian, but he had his audience rolling in laughter during a Steamboat Springs appearance Sat�urday.

Unique era ends

Consignment shop had never-ending supply of 'fine junk'

One of the remaining links to a simpler era in Steamboat Springs retailing has disappeared from Ninth Street. The Unique Shop, a cooperative of women older than 55, and a purveyor of "fine junk," closed its doors in the Squire Building on Friday.

The Record for Dec. 11

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Saturday, Dec. 3 Melissa Jean Rainey-Schamanski, 28, Steamboat Springs -- Harassment, third degree assault domestic violence (Steamboat Springs Police Department) Alexis Gabriel Loewen, 19, Lancaster, Calif. -- Careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive alcohol content (SSPD) Jorge Contrers-Rodriguez, 28, Denver -- Fugitive of justice (Colorado State Patrol) Nancy Allyn Mayer, 55, Steamboat Springs -- DUI (SSPD)

Barbara N. "Jaime" James, 1960-2005

Steamboat Springs resident Barbara N. "Jaime" James died as a result of brain cancer on Dec. 2, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 45.

Hayden schools step back to go forward

When asked last week about how to raise student achievement in the Hayden School District, Superintendent Mike Luppes gave an unconventional answer.

Realtors not sold

Agents say ordinance change unfairly targets them

A nine-word change to the city's Community Development Code has sparked concern in Steamboat Springs' real estate community.

South Routt Calendar for Dec. 11

Monday, Dec. 12 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The South Routt Medical Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The Oak Creek Fire Protection District meeting is at 7 p.m.

Dovetail Designs takes flight

Oak Creek furniture-makers use unusual technique to prosper in new shop

Dovetail Designs furniture store owners Mike Roach and Craig Rench see each other every day. The work together, ski together, mountain bike together and make custom-designed furniture together. If that wasn't enough, they married sisters.

Class Notes for Dec. 11

Lowell Whiteman Primary honor roll High honors (grades of 90 or higher in all classes): Ciar Colgan, Taylor Gold, Jonathan Milne, Claire Parsons, Murphy Roberts, Clare Southworth, Laina Weinman, Christine Wolfe, Natalie Wright, Kendall Yeager

A celebration of celebrations

Lowell Whiteman Primary School students learn about other cultures, customs

Students at Lowell Whiteman Primary School got a taste of the world Friday -- several tastes, in fact.

Our View: If you clear it, they will come

During the weekend after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping periods of the year, the retail zone along Lincoln Avenue was made treacherous by snow and ice.

Fast and furious

String of powder days goes by in a white blur

It came so fast -- it was a white blur, literally, and when powder piggies finally came up for air Thursday, they needed the calculators on their cell phones to total the snow they'd tracked up in late November and early December.

Steamboat girls off to a slow start, still optimistic

There is no sense of urgency for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team. Although the Sailors lost all three of their games during the Steamboat Shootout this weekend and fell to 1-4 overall, they got off to a similarly slow 1-8 start last year before finishing 12-12 and third in the Western Slope League.

Sailors perfect on the ice

Senior Gunde Schrock has two words to describe this year's Steamboat Springs hockey team.

John F. Russell: Olympic spirit arrives

This weekend kicks off one of the busiest Decembers I can remember.

Steamboat second in Shootout

Boys fall to Liberty in tournament finale

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team lost to Liberty in Saturday's Steamboat Shootout finals, but the game will help the Sailors in the long run.

Lodwick rolls to win

Most of the young Nordic Combined athletes who came to Steamboat Springs this week for the Mountain Resorts World Cup B share the goal of making it to the next level.

Taylor-Ayer

Don Taylor of Steamboat Springs and Peggy Tobin of Port Ludlow, Wash., announce the engagement of their daughter, Marion Jean Taylor, to Bryan Alan Ayer, son of John and Patricia Ayer of Steamboat.

Jessica Beth Whitecotton

Jessica Beth Whitecotton, daughter of Julie Beth Whitecotton and Lloyd Dewey Whitecotton of Hayden, was born at 2:46 p.m. Nov. 15, 2005. She weighed 9 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. Her sibling is Samuel Newman. Her grandparents are Eva Lee Whitecotton of Yampa and Gabriel and Joy Daigle of Craig.

Etzler--Wold

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Etzler of Hayden announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaclyn Etzler, to Scott Wold, son of Allen Wold and Julie Davis of Missoula, Mont.

Bridgestone Winter Driving School: Breaking bad driving habits for 23 years

Locals pass the Bridgestone Winter Driving School office in Ski Time Square, but they rarely go in. The few locals who use Winter Driving School often are sending their newly licensed teenage children to learn to navigate Steamboat Springs' icy roads.

Business briefs for Dec. 11

CIGAR Graphics celebrates new location

Transactions for Nov. 30 to Dec. 6

ASHLEY, PETER TO HOFFMAN, GREG AND STEVENS, AMANDA FOR TIMBER RUN CONDO Unit: 203, BLDG 200 --187,000

Investors eye land

Large parcels of prime hunting, recreation and agricultural land about 10 miles north of Hayden are catching the eyes of potential investors.

One of a kind

Post-and-beam home sits in heart of downtown Steamboat Springs

Rick and Judy Dettwiler's unique post-and-beam log home on Logan Avenue has always been something of a marvel.

Grand sale

Seven years later, condos destined for auction

The decision this week to auction off the remaining condominiums at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel signals the possible conclusion of a drawn-out sales process at one of the most prominent buildings at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Friday, December 9

Most of ski area opened

96 percent of terrain available

Skiers and riders can bask in the sunshine or attack the chutes on Mount Werner today as Steamboat Ski Area opens almost the entire mountain.

Simmons snags bronze

Canadian snowboarder Erin Simmons, who lives and trains in Steamboat Springs, won two bronze medals at Thursday's and Friday's World Cup races in Whistler, British Columbia.

The Record for Dec. 10

Thursday, Dec. 8 9:06 a.m. A car near Medicine Springs Road and Village Drive reportedly lost one of its wheels and was stuck on the side of the road. The owner put on a spare tire before the car was towed.

Briefs for Dec. 10

Free Sol cancels Colorado tour, plans to reschedule Free Sol, a hip-hop band scheduled to perform tonight and Sunday at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, has canceled its Colorado tour because of a family emergency. The band plans to reschedule its Steamboat Springs concerts.

Sailors hold off Indians

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek is pleased --nd surprised -- with the way the Sailors picked up their first two wins in the Steamboat Shootout.

Sailors fall prey to Wolves

Four games into the season, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team is still looking for its identity.

Hayden board OKs sketch

Hayden planning commissioners carried a significantly lighter load as they considered and approved a sketch plan for a commercial/industrial subdivision Thursday.

Suspect dies in Jefferson County

A Steamboat Springs woman charged with providing alcohol to a minor died during the weekend at a Jefferson County hotel, officials there said.

Teens to share their ideas

Underage drinking forum asks youths to address problem

One of the many ideas that came out of a recent community forum on underage drinking was to hold a similar forum just for teenagers so they could discuss their own concerns about the issue.

Holtzman coming to town

Meet with candidate for governor this morning

A Republican candidate for governor hopes to connect with young voters in Steamboat Springs today.

Thursday, December 8

Gala to lift up programs

LIFT-UP of Routt County representatives are optimistic for good attendance at their first signature fundraiser.

Short-handed Sailors fall to deeper Basalt Longhorns

Playing short-handed, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team could not overcome a balanced, deep Basalt team in Thursday's opening-round game of the Steamboat Shootout.

Inspired Sailors rally for victory

Down by as many as 18 points, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team rallied to beat Conifer, 42-39, on the night the new high school gymnasium was formally named Kelly Meek Gymnasium.Many friends and former players were there, along with a cake.

Tigers take down Bulldogs

The Hayden wrestling team defeated the Moffat County junior varsity, 36-27, in a dual meet on Thursday in Hayden.

Celebrate a cowboy Christmas

On a whim last year, members of the Iacovetto family decided to throw Steamboat Springs an old-fashioned Christmas party. It was their chance to give back to the community that had given them so much, Luanna Iacovetto said.

Tennis Center almost done

Construction crews working on the city's indoor tennis facility are battling the elements as they work to enclose the structure.

Bull sale sign-up starting

For serious cattle producers, it's never too early to start thinking about buying and selling top quality stock -- or about the advantages of doing so locally.

The Record for Dec. 9

8:25 a.m. A Budweiser truck reportedly hit a Subaru near Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street. No injuries were reported.

Men's drug cases moving slowly

The case of one of two roommates accused of selling cocaine and methamphetamine from their home near Soda Creek Elementary School is moving slowly because the attorney who was representing the man has had her law license suspended.

Briefs for Dec. 9

The Routt County Fairgrounds multipurpose building is open to the public for horseback riding. The cost is $5 for two hours. Days and times vary according to the schedules of the volunteer supervisors. View the schedule at www.routtcountyfair.org, or call 276-3068 for information.

Center meeting targets concerns

Residents discuss recreation facility

People who attended a community forum Thursday shared dozens of ideas about what a Steamboat Springs recreation center should include.

Olympic send-off scheduled for this month

A $60,000 send-off for local Olympians has been rescheduled for Dec. 30 and will coincide with the U.S. Freestyle Olympic Team Trials taking place in Steamboat the same day.

First winter jets set to arrive

Construction at airport winding down for ski season

With the arrival of the ski season's first jet flights just a week away, construction workers worked this week to finish Yampa Valley Regional Airport's parking and road systems.

GRAMNET changes 'G'

Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson decided in June that contributing an officer from his agency to the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team was no longer worth "the bang" he got for his "buck." Grand County's departure left the organization with one less officer, less funding and an extra letter in its name.

Club releases edition of local cookbook

On Thursday night, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club held a book-release party for "Steamboat Entertains ... Again!" The book is the second installment of the popular cookbook first published 14 years ago. Sales from the first edition raised $250,000 for the Winter Sports Club, but sales were starting to wane, SSWSC volunteer Nancy Perricone said. "We thought a new cookbook would rejuvenate some interest."

The story is in the shadow

Randy Cooper's art is best described in four dimensions. His wire-mesh sculptures exist in three tangible dimensions, and then there is the fourth -- created by lighting. The fourth dimension is made of shadow, and in many cases, the shadow contains more detail than the object from which it stems.

Houstons say goodbye

Columbine Singers' leaders ready to move on

This weekend's Columbine Singers concert will be a tribute to the holidays as well as a goodbye to Brian and Christel Houston, the couple who have led the group for eight years.

Strange things in the mind's eye

Writer Joseph Campbell once said the role of the artist is the mythmaker, because the artist has the ability to communicate ideas that are larger than the literal.

CD reviews for Dec. 9

Eminem "Curtain Call" On Sale at All That Jazz for $15.98

On Scene for Dec. 9

On Saturday night, we braved the eighth day of snow and freezing cold to find out that The Southland Band had not done the same. At the top of the stairs leading to Levelz, we saw the announcement on the chalkboard -- "Show canceled due to weather."

'Violent faith'

Author explores religious fundamentalism, motivations

Jon Krakauer's books usually focus on outdoor adventures gone awry. In "Into Thin Air," he wrote about the growing number of inexperienced people attempting to climb Mount Everest. In "Into the Wild," the son of a well-off family abandoned everything for Alaska, where he died trying to survive in the wilderness.

Autumn Phillips: Under the blanket

It was hard to tell where we were. The few lights we could see from Steamboat Springs were blending into the swirling snow.

No-boundaries hip-hop

Free Sol stepped onto the stage because he wanted to be the future of hip-hop. He wanted to move the genre forward with new rhymes and new ideas.

Blues man returns to the stage

Todd Tijerina has an unassuming stage presence that lets you imagine that shy child who picked up the guitar when he was 9 years old as a way of connecting with the world.

Music calendar for Dec. 9

Tonight ¤ 3 Wire When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Jade Summit Restaurant in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Call: 871-6268

Autumn's picks for Dec. 9

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for work by Dan Benjamin When: 8 to 10 p.m. Where: Paradigm Theater, 116 Main St., Oak Creek Call: 846-5137 Why you should go: This is Benjamin's first one-man gallery show in the area. Support him so he'll have another.

Soroco gets its first win

Rams beat Nucla, finish 1-2 at DeBeque Tournament

The Soroco girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season at the three-day DeBeque Tournament.

Wednesday, December 7

Council may revisit issue

The City Council next week may revisit an ordinance approved Tuesday regulating real estate offices because a glitch in the city's computer system delayed delivery of 11 e-mails about the measure, City Clerk Julie Jordan said.

Chix fall to Clash

The Steamboat Chix with Stix hockey team lost a game against the Clash on Saturday at the Apex Center in Arvada.

Sailors open season with split

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team split its two games at the season-opening Roaring Fork Tournament in Carbondale during the weekend.

SSWSC skiers earn top finishes

Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country programs opened the season last weekend with a pair of races at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Summit County.

Hayden girls basketball changes things up

The Hayden High School girls basketball team has a whole new look.

Sailors reel in awards

The Steamboat Springs High School football team handed out end-of-season awards at its annual postseason banquet Tuesday.

Grand units set for auction

The remaining condominium inventory at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel will go on the auction block March 18, when Grand Summit Resort Properties will attempt to complete an ongoing five-year sales effort.

Oak Creek Town Board nulls codes

After looking at several municipal codes during its meeting Wednesday night, the Oak Creek Town Board decided to null a few of them, including codes prohibiting fortune telling and ice cream trucks and one requiring residents to wash their trash cans once a week.

Man tackles theft suspect

Arkansas resident Steve Wiles was bummed when he realized his snowboard was gone from a rack outside the Bear River Bar on Monday night.

Speakers: Give Odyssey choice

Parents and students said Wednesday night that when it comes to the Senior Odyssey program, one size does not fit all.

The Record for Dec. 8

8:49 a.m. A car reportedly slid off the road at Mount Werner Circle and Mount Werner Road. A tow truck pulled the car out.

Briefs for Dec. 8

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. still need volunteers for this weekend's World Cup B Nordic Combined competition and the Dec. 30 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Olympic Trials. Volunteers can earn lift tickets for their time. Call 879-0882, ext. 209.

County seat to open; one makes bid

Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison, who holds the District 3 seat, announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election.

Murphy joins sheriff's race

Candidate could face incumbent Republican John Warner

Steamboat Springs police Officer Dwight Murphy announced Wednesday his candidacy for Routt County sheriff.

Team finished well

From now on, the Steamboat Springs High School speech team will play with the big kids. The team had its final competition against small schools Saturday, when seven members traveled to Glenwood Springs for the Glenwood Demon Festival Meet.

Tuesday, December 6

Lodwick to compete at home

After weeks of rumors and speculation, U.S. Nordic combined coach Bard Elden made it official this week, announcing that three-time Olympian Todd Lodwick will ski in a pair of World Cup B events scheduled at Howelsen Hill this weekend.

Experts advise cold preparation

Doug Whipper and his friends were enjoying a seemingly perfect day skiing Tuesday when Whipper noticed a small patch of white skin on his friend's cheek.

The Record for Dec. 7

Monday, Dec. 5 1:06 a.m. A 29-year-old near Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and weaving in and out of the traffic lanes

School district has wish list

The school district needs money to teach its fastest-growing demographic: English language learners.

Briefs for Dec. 7

Man reaches plea deal in harassment case Prosecutors and a 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of spray-painting racial slurs and a swastika on a car in August have reached a plea agreement, according to court records.

Steamboat earns top grades

Student academic performance continues to be strong in Steamboat Springs, is improving in South Routt and is declining slightly in Hayden, according to new educational data.

Skaters may face bigger fines

An ordinance that would increase fines for skateboarders and others who ride in prohibited areas is one step closer to adoption.

'It is going to be very, very cold'

Good news is on the way for those ready for a change in the weather after weeks of snow. But they will have to wait.

Holiday activities brighten days for seniors

The holidays and gloomy weather can emphasize feelings of isolation and loneliness among seniors.

Students flex business muscle

Several Hayden High School students may be ready to go into the grocery store supply business.

Board to look at industrial subdivision

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday will see a sketch plan for a commercial/industrial subdivision that eventually could include a hotel and home center.

Boys basketball team looks for rhythm

Western Slope League play doesn't begin until January, and that may be good news for the Hayden High School boys basketball team.

Wrestling program on 'good road back'

The Hayden High School wrestling program's schedule had been thinned in recent years.

Public art group ready to go

After months of thought and five meetings, the Public Art Steering Committee is ready to approach the Steamboat Springs City Council with a proposal. The group plans to be on the council agenda in early January with a plan for a seven-member Public Art Selection Committee that would be put in charge of allocating money set aside each year in the city budget for art.

Schools prepare for cold weather

Schools here must close when the temperature hits 40 degrees below zero.

Homeowners should prepare for frozen pipes

The forecast low temperature in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning is 26 degrees below zero.

Our View: Keeping it local

It might be hard at first to see what shrimp farming, nuclear power generation and Christmas shopping have in common, but they share one thing -- hidden costs.

Brian C. Harrington M.D.: Seriously beneficial

To the editor: Sometimes, the decisions our City Council makes can be as serious as a heart attack.

Jon Wade: Singled out

To the editor: I am writing to express my opposition of an ordinance changing the legal definition of a real estate office. I think it represents an unfair taking of legal rights to pursue business in desirable areas.

Requirements forum today

Senior Odyssey program, other issues up for debate

The Graduation Requirement Committee will hold a public forum tonight in the Steamboat Springs Middle School cafeteria.

Hayden drops season-opener

Hayden opened the season with a 53-39 loss to Grand Valley on Thursday in Parachute.

Sailors lead at tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team got a solid defensive showing from goaltender Jeff Dawes and took advantage of its scoring opportunities en route to winning the King of the Mountain Tournament in Aspen during the weekend.

Sailors boys drop two in season-opening tourney

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team lost both games in its season-opening tournament in Carbondale, but coach Kelly Meek said all was not lost during the weekend.

Rodeman suggests looking at town codes

In a recent Steamboat Pilot & Today "Sound Off" comment, a reader suggested Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman read the town's municipal codes. So, she did.

Monday, December 5

Council to discuss west plan

Steamboat Springs City Council members are set tonight to discuss with Routt County commissioners their thoughts about plans for the area west of town.

Shipping deadlines nearing

As if there isn't enough pressure to pick out and wrap gifts, shoppers also must mail packages and cards in time for the holidays.

Parents gather to voice concern

Two weeks ago, Babette McAlpin Dickson stood alone in front of the Steamboat Springs School Board to express concerns about a lack of instructional services for her 8-year-old son, who has autism.

Students make campus a canvas

A plain brick wall of Monson Hall got much more colorful Monday afternoon.

Find the log, spend the C-note

Annual Yule Log Hunt demands knowledge of history

Members of the extended Farrell family will attempt to log on next week and reclaim their title as rulers of Steamboat Springs' annual historical holiday hunt.

County to discuss coal group

Routt County commissioners today will discuss whether to promote the formation of a committee to review the coal industry's future in the county.

The Record for Dec. 6

Sunday, Dec. 4 1:48 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Skiers ready to go

Winter Sports Club athletes prepare for weekend's events

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined skier Davis Miller will head toward this weekend's World Cup B competition knowing he can jump as well as the U.S. Ski Team members he so desperately wants to catch.

Hockey teams collect two titles

The Ski Town USA Hockey Festival came to a close Sunday with two Steamboat Springs teams skating away with titles.

Sunday, December 4

Tom Ross: Who shovels snowplow operators' driveways?

Incessant storms lay siege to Yampa Valley households

There are three distinct types of people in Routt County this morning. Which are you?

DOLA change questioned

Some counties stand to lose mineral-lease funds

Routt County likely would benefit from a decision by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to alter the way some federal mineral-lease funds are doled out to counties.

News in brief for Dec. 5

Teen arrested on suspicion of DUI, careless driving Police say five Colorado Mountain College students are lucky to be alive after the Hummer they were riding in nearly rolled down an embankment Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 40.

Festival rings in holidays

Thad Mosbey couldn't resist taking a bite out of one of the crab apples adorning a bird-friendly Christmas tree decorated by the Order of the Eastern Star #99.

The Record for Dec. 5

Saturday, Dec. 3 1:20 a.m. A vehicle reportedly rolled over on U.S. Highway 40 near Mount Werner Road. A 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. No one was seriously injured.

Saturday, December 3

Emerald Village lots a rare find

It's rare to find building lots -- much less properties -- that offer the convenience of in-town living with plenty of breathing room and views.

Biking blues

Frequent visitors to Yampa Valley unaffected, but area cyclists disappointed by new limits on bike tours

New Colorado State Patrol restrictions on the size of organized bicycle tours won't affect two major rides that have contributed to Steamboat's tourism economy during the past decade. However, area road cycling enthusiasts are disappointed by the new limitation and because they weren't consulted.

Steamboat youth hockey beats Boulder, 4-0

The Steamboat Springs peewee hockey team outshot, outskated, outshoved -- and ultimately outscored -- Boulder to advance to today's Ski Town USA Hockey Festival championship.

Soroco small, talented

What the Soroco High School wrestling team lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Despite having five young wrestlers competing this season -- Justin Iacovetto, Joel Schlegel, Levi Gonzales, Steven Padilla and Dennis Morgan -- the Rams took third in Saturday's Carl Ramunno Invitational at Steamboat Springs High School.

Tigers on their way back

The Hayden High School wrestling program's schedule had been thinned in recent years.

John F. Russell: Volunteers make the difference in Steamboat

For the life of me, I can't understand why anyone in their right mind would volunteer for a special event -- especially in the winter.

Sailors crown three champions

The Steamboat Springs wrestling team crowned three champions during Saturday's Carl Ramunno Invitational in Steamboat Springs.

Greg Barone and family: Thank you

I'd like to thank all the Steamboat Springs paramedics, fire squad, State Patrol, police officers and the firefighter who offered to take our dog and keep him at his house.

Steve Bonowski: Not a lie

In a response (Viewpoints, Nov. 30) to a letter about the Quiet Commotion Conference on off-road vehicles, Steven Jones of Louisville called the statement that nearly 80 percent of Forest Service and BLM land in Colorado is open to ORVs a "big lie." In actuality, the 80 percent figure comes from an analysis of existing Forest Service plans and BLM resource area management plans. Thus, the statement would be considered correct, not a lie, based upon the objective analysis.

Laura Claire McKelvie: Optional Odyssey

Once again I am given cause to wonder why the Steamboat Springs High School motto is "Respect Diversity." Is it common faculty policy to degrade people with different opinions? And if the Odyssey program stands on such strong merits as claimed, I wonder why its proponents would need to sink to ridiculing those who question the program.

Our View: Step up ID enforcement

State and local officials should step up efforts to catch and punish people who make, sell or use false identification cards.

South Routt Calendar for Dec. 4

Monday, Dec. 5 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The South Routt Medical Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

South Routt enters new ice age

Recent rink improvements bring an earlier skating season and increased youth presence

Although only half of Oak Creek's ice rink was fit for skating Tuesday, Oak Creek Hockey Association President Tim Corrigan and a few hockey players couldn't resist etching the first skate marks of the season into the 1 ½-inch thick ice.

Class Notes for Dec. 4

Steamboat Springs School Board meeting with presentations about district budgeting, a special-education audit and a community recreation center. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St.

Art class gets new life in Hayden

Elementary school hires formerly retired teacher to lead art program

If you ask Tyler Hockaday, snowmen should wear cowboy hats, and paintbrushes always should be within reach.

The Record for Dec. 4

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

Woodrow A. Gledhill, 1917-2005

Former Hayden resident Woodrow A. Gledhill passed away Nov. 27, 2005, at his home in Loveland. He was 88.

Craft fair kicks off holiday shopping

Sue Gallion only needed one tool -- a tape measure -- to send her customers home happy Saturday.

What it takes to survive

Stranded men do all the right things

As Randy Oehme and Bill Wetherby skied away from their car at 10 a.m. Nov. 26, they had no idea how important everything in their small daypacks would turn out to be. They planned to ski for a few hours, just "an early-season ski to get in shape," Wetherby said.

District to share wish list

Fund Board begins budget process

For the Steamboat Springs School District, the holiday season is the time to ask for presents -- presents the district can't open until March.

Fighting fakes

Business owners concerned about fraudulent IDs

Central Park Liquor owner Greg Nealy often spends a lot of time with a customer's driver's license. He bends it, twists it and compares the picture on it to the face looking at him from across the counter, all to ensure the person buying alcohol is 21 years old.

In the Service: Frank Gerken

Steamboat Springs resident and Army National Guard Lt. Col. Frank Gerken, center, poses with Marine Corps Gen. M.W. Hagee, left, and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. J.L. Estrada. Gerken is serving as an embedded team trainer with the 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps of the Afghanistan National Army in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Connor Bamford Frithsen

Connor Bamford Frithsen, son of Craig Bamford Frithsen and Jenny Fleming Frithsen of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:23 a.m. Nov. 20, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and was 21.5 inches long. His grandparents are Eugene and Colleen Frithsen of Rockport, Mass., Jane Hines of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Van Fleming of Greenville, N.C.

Levi Jon Martin

Levi Jon Martin, son of Jon and Samantha Martin of Craig, was born at 7:21 a.m. Nov. 22, 2005. He weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18 inches long. His siblings are Jazman and Zander Martin. His grandparents are John and Bobbi Kring of Las Vegas and Don and Donna Hammonds of Farmington, N.M.

Waylon Ray Ellis

Waylon Ray Ellis, son of Miles and Amanda Lloyd Ellis of Hayden, was born at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 27, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Mike and Ann Lloyd of Boston and Ralph and Janice Ellis of East Dennis, Mass.

Alexander Shane Boyd

Alexander Shane Boyd, son of Jeremy and Sondra Boyd of Hayden, was born at 3:38 p.m. Nov. 18, 2005. He weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. His grandparents are Brian and Nona Boyd of Shawnee, Kan., and Dave and Patti Adey of Independence, Kan.

Alexis LaVaughn Camp

Alexis LaVaughn Camp, daughter of Bo and LeeAnn Camp of Craig, was born at 10:04 p.m. Nov. 21, 2005. She weighed 6.02 pounds and was 18.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Mike and Pam Hurd of Craig and Howard and Terri Camp of Grand Junction.

Matthew Dylan O'Neil

Matthew Dylan O'Neil, son of Kimberly Rose O'Neil of Milner, was born at 12:32 a.m. Nov. 27, 2005. He weighed 8.8 pounds and was 22 inches long. His sibling is Brian Casey O'Neil Riddell. His grandparents are Sandy and Penelope Traylor of Mesa, Ariz., and David and Sally O'Neil of Tucson, Ariz.

Beginning their lives together

Steamboat couple adopts Chinese toddler

Zofia Xing Hao Stroman arrived in Steamboat Springs three weeks ago -- 22 months after she was born in China and 17 months after Tara and Larry Stroman began the process to adopt her.

Steamboat shopping at your fingertips

'Net competition poses challenges for some; others embrace it

Even Dick Ryan indulges in a little Internet shopping now and then. "It's pretty hard to get parts for my DeLorean (automobile) in Steamboat," he said.

Business briefs for Dec. 4

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Director of Marketing Doug La Placa will return to his home state of Michigan after accepting a position as senior director of marketing operations at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Mich.

Stay warm with soup from the Summit

Kevin Nerney's decision to open a restaurant here had a little to do with a firehouse kitchen, a little less to do with Jerry Seinfeld and a fair amount to do with the New York Institute of Technology.

Survey finds Steamboat vacancy among highest

Steamboat Springs last fall had one of the highest rental vacancy rates in Colorado, according a survey released last week by the Colorado Division of Housing.

Building permits for Nov. 21 to 31

Grand Summit Resort/Chocolate Soup 2300 Mt. Werner Circle Snow Country Construction Tenant Finish $142,482

Transactions for Nov. 23 to 29

ZIMMERMAN, CAROLYN S. TO WOLF, THERESA K. FOR SKI TRAIL CONDO Unit: 107 -- $262,500

Anderson-Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Townsend H. Anderson of Steamboat Springs and Duxbury, Vt., announce the engagement of their daughter Elizabeth Paisley to Charles Bernard Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Taylor of Colorado Springs.

Friday, December 2

Court suspends attorney's license

A branch of the state Supreme Court has suspended a local attorney's Colorado law license after complaints by court officials that she had been "abandoning her clients."

Lindstrom enters race

Western Slope candidate puts in bid for governor's office

The Democratic candidacy for governor is no longer a one-horse race. State Rep. Gary Lindstrom, D-Breckenridge, announced Thursday night his intent to challenge former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter in the August Democratic primary.

Mountain hotels up 10 percent

Innkeepers were hoping for walk-in business driven by record snowfall this weekend.

County thinking digital

Routt to expand communications system for state's use

For several years, state officials have, through an initiative, encouraged emergency responders and other agencies to switch to a digital communications system.

New snowblower takes to airport runway

2005 has turned out to be a good year for Mel Baker's luck to kick in.

Soroco girls get defensive

Schmidt, Schalnus return for Rams

Pardon coach Danelle Rivera if she gets defensive when talking about this year's Soroco girls basketball team. "My teams are about defense. Always," she said. "It's a philosophy I grew up with."

Sailors open season with win

When Ben DeLine pinned Stephen Brown in the third period of Friday night's match against Rangely, you could feel the momentum starting to swing inside the Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

Bantam team keeps solid lead over Summit

When shorthanded, it is customary for a hockey team to go on the defensive. For the Steamboat Springs Bantam A team, however, having fewer players on the ice is a chance to attack.

Midgets rally for tie

Steamboat, Cheyenne finish 4-4

Skill is great, but sometimes luck makes the difference. On Friday, the puck took all the right third-period bounces for the Steamboat Springs midget minor A team, which tied its counterpart from Cheyenne, Wyo., 4-4.

Commissioners attend state meeting

Early childhood care, tax distribution and voting systems were among the topics county officials from across Colorado discussed during their annual winter conference this week.

School Board to hear guest speakers

The Steamboat Springs School Board will receive input from four guest speakers at its meeting Monday.

The Record for Dec. 3

1:19 a.m. Two cars in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive were towed so snowplows could clear the parking lot.

Briefs for Dec. 3

Suicide support group to meet once a month Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, or REPS, is offering a monthly support group for those who have lost a loved one to or have been touched by suicide. "Heartbeat of Routt County" will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Visiting Nurse Association office, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Hosts are Ronna Autrey and Laurie Marano, both of whom are community members who have lost loved ones to suicide. For more information, call Ronna at 871-0682.

Man pleads guilty in vehicular assault case

A man accused of driving while intoxicated, rolling his vehicle and injuring two female passengers pleaded guilty Friday in Routt County District Court to one count of vehicular assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Officers use Taser to subdue suspect

Police used a Taser gun on a 22-year-old man who officers said escaped their custody by jumping out of an ambulance and fleeing on foot in Oak Creek on Thursday night.

Thursday, December 1

Hotel manager to honor rescue group

The Christmas tree towering over the Hampton Inn & Suites lobby is 16 feet tall. It took a half-day to stabilize and four days to decorate.

Bus drivers needed for winter

A lack of drivers is keeping Steamboat's transit officials from providing the usual level of wintertime service.

The Record for Dec. 2

5:48 a.m. A car in the first block of 10th Street reportedly was left in an alley after becoming stuck in the snow. The car was towed.

Briefs for Dec. 2

"Beyond Fibers: New Forms" and "Shadows in Fabric: A Figure Study," two new exhibits at the Depot Art Center, will be on display through Jan. 18. Admission to the exhibits is free. The Depot's hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 879-9008.

Students in giving spirit

Soda Creek fifth-graders raise money to help hurricane relief

With cookies, brownies and wristbands, fifth-graders at Soda Creek Elementary School raised more than $1,000 this fall for the American Red Cross.

More trails open Saturday

November's 83 inches of snow breaks Steamboat record

It's time to revise the record books. The 83 inches of snow that fell at mid-mountain on Mount Werner last month established a November record for the Steamboat Ski Area.

City asks for cooperation

Business owners, drivers face winter restrictions

When snow flies in Steamboat, the possibilities for fines start piling up.

The timeless dance of light and shadow

The latest body of figure-study work by photographer Ken Proper is a dance of fabric and light, form and texture.

Arts calendar for Dec. 2-8

¤ Opening reception for "Beyond Fibers: New Forms" is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Call 879-9008. ¤ Opening reception for "Shadows in Fabric: A figure study" photography by Ken Proper is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Small Works Gallery at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Call 879-9008.

A holiday challenge

This year's Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra Holiday Concert will take you away from the Christmas carols you may be used to hearing in December. It will challenge your ears, just as it will challenge the performing musicians.

CD reviews for Dec. 2

If you aren't a Neil Diamond fan, this is a good album to make you become one. The first thing I noticed as I unwrapped it was the name of the producer -- Rick Rubin.

Experiences with immigration

Reporter to discuss work on 'Crossing the Line' series

A year and a half ago, Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Autumn Phillips was driving past Dream Island Plaza when something caught her eye: a small Mexican store called "El Mercandido."

On scene for Dec. 2

I was there, were you? If you weren't at the grand opening for Studio Gallery 27 on Friday night, you were probably the only one who wasn't.

Autumn Phillips: Holiday spirit

I have holiday spirit.

Autumn's Picks for Dec. 2

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for "Beyond Fibers: New Forms" When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Call: 879-9008. Why you should go: Stop knitting scarves. Start knitting sculptures.

Strangely familiar

"Beyond Fibers: New Forms"

Textile art has turned a corner. For years, people making textile art or using textile art techniques found themselves relegated to the world of arts and crafts by the art establishment. Their work was kept out of galleries.

Music calendar for Dec. 2

Tonight ¤ 3 Wire When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Jade Summit Restaurant in Ski Time Square Cost: Free

The Southland

They didn't mean to be to this good

As hipsters become fascinated by polo shirts and all things mainstream, pop music no longer has the negative connotations it once had.

City groups get together

Schools, library and community center discussed

An update presented to city leaders Wednesday about school district facilities turned into a discussion about the future of Steamboat Springs.

Dreading the holiday season

For many, the holidays are the most stressful time of the year. Shopping on credit, realizing you didn't thaw the turkey and bracing for annual confrontations with family members turn what should be the happiest time of year into a time some people dread.

VNA receives $200,000 grant

The Visiting Nurse Association this week received a $200,000 grant supporting the organization's plans to improve seniors' quality of life.