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Monday, February 28

Principals expected soon

The Steamboat Springs School District's search for new principals could be over by the end of the week.

Committee to prioritize grants

County group will rank requests according to need, importance

A county committee today will prioritize requests for grants from the state's Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program.

Follow poroper etiquette to avoid wedding faux pas

Weddings are one of the last bastions of tradition, but even that is slowly changing. In her years as a wedding consultant and planner for The Main Event, Jill Waldman has watched trends come and go, but she warns that a wedding is not a free-for-all. There are rules of etiquette for bride, groom and all those invited.

Liquor stores help with drink choices

Like all other aspects of a wedding, what drinks to provide and how to provide them are ruled as much by price as taste. Wedding planner Lindsey Grannis, owner of One Fine Day Productions in Steamboat Springs, said drink is one of the four most important factors in a wedding, but it needs to be presented properly.

Wedding cake a matter of personal taste

When it comes to planning a wedding, picking the icing on the cake is one of the finer details. There are hundreds of combinations of cake, filling and icing flavors available from local bakeries to customize the nuptial dessert.

Take care in choosing wedding photographer

Photographer Sue Rife has recorded hundreds of weddings during the past 12 years, but she insists that each is unlike the rest. "There is something unique about every wedding," Rife said. "The day belongs to the bride and groom, and each wedding has its own personality."

Flowers are key element of wedding ceremony

On her wedding day, the bride isn't the only one scrambling around to get things done. For a florist, the busy work of putting together bouquets, centerpieces and other floral arrangements usually happens the day before or day of the wedding. But the planning process leading up to the wedding day can take anywhere from a week to many months, depending on the size of the wedding and the couple's budget.

Start early in preparing for wedding hairstyle

Finding the perfect hairstyle -- and the perfect hairstylist -- can make getting your hair done on your wedding day a luxurious self-indulgence rather than a chore. "We make it fun," says TriBeCa Hair Studio Inc. owner Susan Dressen. "We serve mimosas and pastries for the whole wedding party and put on fun music and movies like 'My Best Friend's Wedding.'"

Upper body fit important to choice of dress

Most brides have a good mental image of what wedding dress they want to wear for the big day. It is finding the perfect dress and getting it fitted that can cause headaches. Gale Loveitt, a custom dressmaker at Sew What, has seen all kinds ranging from the chic and modern to family heirlooms altered to fit the current generation's bride.

Local merchants help with gift registry, selection

Getting that perfect gift for the soon-to-be-married couple doesn't have to be as stressful as planning a wedding. Although there's no limit to how much or little you should spend, it really is the thought that counts.

Planners make sure events go smoothly

Choosing a wedding planner is the most important choice you'll make while putting together your special day. But first-time brides are often naÃive and end up paying more than they should or giving into pressure to hire someone they may not like.

Variety of sites available

Couples who are looking for a special spot to make their wedding vows needn't go any farther than the Steamboat Springs area. Location goes a long way in determining the flavor and feel of a wedding, and Steamboat offers so many wedding spots that couples are sure to find a way to create the wedding of their dreams.

Steamboat a top Wedding destination

Steamboat Springs is more than just a top-notch resort with backcountry experiences galore. For many couples, it's the perfect spot for a fairytale wedding.

Races cap off a fun ski season

For some, the races at the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Kids Festival and Junior Championships were about titles. For most, the races simply were a fun way to cap off a successful 2005 season.

Variety of rehearsal dinner, reception options available

Whether planning a rehearsal dinner or a reception, couples must face one overriding consideration: cost. Before the bride and groom even decide on a theme, a venue or level of formality, wedding planner Jill Waldman, owner of The Main Event, recommends setting a budget.

Top skiers in town at Junior Olympics

Taylor Fletcher appeared fairly relaxed Monday as he horsed around with another ski jumper at the base of Howelsen Hill.

The Record for March 1

Sunday, Feb. 27 12:10 a.m. Three men refused to leave the deck of a bar in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. The men were gone when police arrived.

Briefs for March 1

Larson to speak at 6:30 Wednesday in Steamboat The League of Women Voters will host Dr. Toni Larson at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse Annex in Steamboat Springs. Larson will speak about how four constitutional amendments -- TABOR, Amendment 23, Gallagher and the Homestead Act -- interact to make budget cuts the main business of the Colorado Legislature. In addition, she will speak about the prospect of another ballot initiative drive for the fall election.

City Council to review moratorium

The Steamboat Springs City Council is expected to extend a moratorium on growth at the base of the ski area tonight.

Passengers arriving at YVRA up in January

The number of passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in January was up 5 percent over January 2004.

Senate passes RICD bill

The state Senate on Monday passed a water rights bill that would restrict Steamboat Springs' request for a recreational in-channel diversion.

Invitations set tone, style for wedding

One of the most important aspects of your wedding arrives in the mailbox. That's how guests first learn of your big day and what the mood will be. Wedding invitations can run the gamut from traditionally formal to "anything goes," said Barb Feyka owner of Steamboat Specialties.

Tuxedo styles run the gamut

Tuxedo providers across the Yampa Valley are finding brightly colored vests and ties in their collections this year. "We're seeing brightly colored weddings. Ties and vests are more vivid than usual," said Candice Martin, manager of Celebrations in Steamboat Springs.

Bands, DJs can liven up receptions

Watching a bride walk down the aisle to the calming sounds of a harp or seeing Grandma do the twist on the dance floor are among the best memories couples and guests will take away from weddings. "(Music) is one of the key ingredients to a fun and successful wedding ... Music, flowers, food and beverage all are on the top of the list," said Lindsey Grannis, wedding planner and owner of One Fine Day Productions.

Videographers work to capture key moments

Sophisticated video editing equipment, broadcast-quality portable cameras and easy-to-burn DVDs are among the developments that have elevated the craft of shooting wedding videos. And Northwest Colorado is home to some seasoned professionals who have the skills and experience to bring a story telling quality to your nuptials.

Farmers market could be organized

The opportunity to buy homegrown foods, handmade arts and other handcrafted products in downtown Steamboat Springs could be a few meetings away if residents show interest in restarting a farmers market.

Sunday, February 27

Monday Medical: Treating and preventing UTIs

UTI: These are three letters you'll never forget if you've ever had a urinary tract infection. One in five women will suffer from a UTI in her lifetime. Many will have multiple occurrences. Yet this burning topic often goes unmentioned, primarily because of the awkwardness we feel when mentioning this part of the body.

Tom Ross: Lively up yourself, Steamboat Springs

Sam Bush makes it official -- spring skiing is here

Dammit, Steamboat! I'm in love with you all over again. If life gets much better than yesterday in Steamboat Springs, somebody's gonna have to sit me down and explain how.

News in brief for Feb. 28

Cultural heritage tourism workshop to be held The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced four nationwide cultural heritage tourism projects that have been selected to host Share Your Heritage workshops in 2005. The Northwest Colorado Heritage Tourism Initiative is one of the four, and it will unite leaders from ten communities in Routt, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties to develop a marketing strategy and cultural heritage tourism plan for Northwest Colorado.

The Record for Feb. 28

Saturday, Feb. 26 12:20 a.m. A fight was reported in the 1000 block of The Boulevard in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Hayden wrestlers power their way to victory

On Saturday, Soroco Middle School hosted its annual Invitational Wrestling Tournament, which 13 teams from across Northwest Colorado attended.

Local meeting prompts action

U.S. Sen. Salazar looks at White River National Forest changes

Spurred by local input during a visit to Steamboat Springs last week, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar wants an explanation for a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to change aspects of the White River National Forest management plan.

RICD bill scheduled for debate

Proposed legislation that would modify existing state recreational in-channel diversion water rights law is scheduled to go to the full Senate for debate today.

Saturday, February 26

Lucy Lee O'Neal: 1950 -- 2005

Longtime Oak Creek resident Lucy Lee O'Neal passed away Feb. 12, 2005. She was 55.

When Zags cross paths

Ex-ski instructors team up to take on ski industry

It doesn't seem fair. Tom Ponrick is selling ski wax and a new line of all-mountain skis from his poolside office in Venice Beach, Fla.

Business Briefs for Feb. 27

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has named Lynna Broyles as its new marketing director effective March 14. At the same time, SSCRA Public Relations Director Riley Polumbus has been given the role of communications director effective immediately.

Cinema plans moving forward

The developers of Wildhorse Stadium Cinema have submitted applications for all needed development permits in an effort to streamline the city approval process for the project.

Ranch worth the drive

A comfortable home flanked by acres of lush pastures and prime wildlife habitat doesn't have to be a million-dollar dream.

Mortgage rates remain low during February

Mortgage rates have inched upward in the past several weeks but remain relatively good for homebuyers, despite the Federal Reserve's increase to short-term rates earlier this month.

Third time no charm for Sailors girls

The third time wasn't the charm for the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team Saturday night.

Sweet 16-bound

Steamboat beats Ranum to advance

On one side of the court was Ranum's Joe Ciancio, scorer extraordinaire, a speedy perimeter player who is a threat to shoot when he steps across the half-court line.

John F. Russell: It's never too late

Sunny skies and unusually warm weather gave us all a little taste of spring at the end of last week.

Hayden's tank on empty

Grand Valley Cardinals too much for tired Tigers

Minus two of its starters, the Grand Valley girls basketball team won the program's first district championship Saturday in Hayden.

Bad back sidelines Spillane

Steamboat athlete out of Worlds

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined athlete Johnny Spillane won't be able to defend his World Championship at the sprint distance today after further injuring his already ailing back during training Saturday.

Signs of a new epidemic

Aerial maps show unexpected news about beetle infestations

Forester Andy Cadenhead's first look at 2004 aerial survey maps showed some unexpected good news and some predicted bad news about the beetle infestations that have been leaving dead, red trees across Northwest Colorado.

David B. Wilson: Don't ban Bibles

No, I am not upset that a religious group was allowed to display Bibles at the middle school.

Don Mathes: Film series' demise

I am writing to respond to Autumn Phillips' Feb. 21 story about the cancellation of the Friday Film Series.

Soundoff for Feb. 27

Interesting fact Astronomer Jimmy Westlake tells us that Subaru is the Japanese term for the star cluster we know as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. That explains the star cluster logo on the grille ornament of one of Steamboat's most popular cars.

Our View: Policy deserves a closer look

The distribution of Bibles by the Gideons International at Steamboat Springs Middle School again has ignited a debate about allowing those not associated with the school district to distribute material in the schools.

The Record for Feb. 27

Friday, Feb. 25 8:39 a.m. A child reportedly was bitten by the family dog. The incident was reported from Yampa Valley Medical Center, where the child received stitches for the bite.

The Arrest Record for Feb. 27

Saturday, Feb. 19 David Benjamin Fuell, 21, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se, failing to stop, driving a motor vehicle without valid driver's license, no valid car registration (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Blue Eagle Halterman: 1973 -- 2005

Longtime Oak Creek resident Blue Eagle Halterman passed over to the other side Feb. 18, 2005. He was 31.

Newspapers honored at convention

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Hayden Valley Press were named Colorado's best newspapers in their circulation categories Saturday by the Colorado Press Association.

Murphy returns home

The typical sounds -- or lack thereof -- of a Steamboat Springs night felt eerie for Dwight Murphy, a man now used to his sleeping hours being interrupted by the sounds of mortars, gunfire and rockets.

Ski area celebrates environment

Three was the magic number as Steamboat Ski Area Ambassador Fritz Brown chatted with skiers and riders at the Meadows remote parking lot Saturday.

Seniors enjoy company at lunches

Meals served Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at South Routt Community Center

Dorotha Matteson, 95, calls herself the "old lady" at the lunch for South Routt seniors on Wednesday at the South Routt Community Center.

Class notes for Feb, 27

Good named to dean's list

Fun in the winter sun

Soroco Middle School students enjoy Wednesday's Winter Studies Day

The typical mid-week silence that falls over Stagecoach State Park during the winter was broken last week for what quickly is becoming a favorite South Routt School District tradition.

Chase William Higgins

Chase William Higgins, son of Amanda and Derrek Higgins of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:12 p.m. Feb. 11, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces and was 22 inches long. His grandparents are Peter and Leanne Morris of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Judy and John Muhlsteff of Charlotte, N.C.

Kody Allen Leonard

Kody Allen Leonard, son of Carly Lopez and Jerry Leonard of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:59 p.m. Feb. 18, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 17.75 inches long. His siblings are Carmen and Luke. His grandparents are Vicky and Tony Allen of North Carolina, and Jerry and Julie Leonard of North Carolina.

Maggie Catherine Wilson

Maggie Catherine Wilson, daughter of Stephanie and Todd Wilson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:33 p.m. Feb. 17, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Noel Wilson and the late Bill Wilson of Tabernash, and George and Karen Offen of Woodside, Calif.

Noah Kingston Weidner

Noah Kingston Weidner, son of Taylor and Matt Weidner of Hayden, was born at 6:25 a.m. Feb. 16, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 3.5 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. His grandparents are Sherrie and Kenny Ertle of Sterling, and Sue and Frank Weidner of Craig.

Isaiah Matthew Tieck

Isaiah Matthew Tieck, son of Catherine and Michael Tieck of Clark, was born at 9:40 a.m. Feb. 13, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are Dennis and Meryl Tieck of Sioux City, Iowa, Mark and Glenda Chapman of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and Douglas and Rita Swan of Bronson, Iowa.

Gabriel Franklin Castor

Gabriel Franklin Castor, son of Sarah and Charlie Castor of Craig, was born at 7:17 p.m. Feb. 8, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds, and was 19.5 inches long. His sibling is Preston Castor. His grandparents are Tim and Karen Gilroy of Hayden, and Lou and Denise Castor of Sundance, Wyo.

After 22 years, man with cerebral palsy gets a room of his own

Mike Allee almost doesn't know what to do with himself. He can sleep in. He and his wife can go out of town for the weekend, or even for a week, if they like.

Friday, February 25

Cards nip Tigers in semifinals

The Hayden boys basketball team would like a rematch. The players and coaches didn't formally ask for one, but the season wasn't supposed to end in the District 5 semifinals Friday. Hayden wasn't supposed to lose by three to Grand Valley -- a team it had beaten twice already this season -- at home.

Public benefit mulled

City considers Yampa Meadows

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission saw substantial public benefit this week in a plan that would create a city park and public lake access while annexing 88.3 acres to the city and permitting intermittent gravel mining operations for the next six or seven years. Ultimately, the project also would create eight new home lots.

Hayden eyes heritage tourism attractions

The list of natural and historical features in Routt County and Northwest Colorado that could interest visitors seems endless.

Skier takes longer than expected

75-year-old man found unharmed at bottom of Morningside lift

A 75-year-old man set off Thursday morning on an 8-mile trail linking Rabbit Ears Pass to the Steamboat Ski Area -- and ended up getting a ride down Mount Werner from a groomer at about 10 p.m.

Tigers girls in district finals

Desire. The last time the Hayden girls basketball team played Meeker, it displayed none and lost by 19 points.

Grenade scare clears airport Friday

A belt buckle shaped like a hand grenade created a stir and led to a brief evacuation of Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Friday afternoon.

Pilot & Today collects awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today collected 17 awards Friday night at the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters banquet.

The Record for Feb. 26

Thursday, Feb. 24 12:16 a.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported at Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40. Police responded, and one driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. There were minor injuries.

Briefs for Feb. 26

Companies distributing Thai scarves to raise funds

Steamboat grad to walk in space, finally

After nearly 20 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Steve Swanson finally will get his day in space.

Students study communication

Hotel lamps with built-in radio receivers were used in espionage operations.

Steamboat girls' season goes on

After rolling to a 10-point halftime lead against D'Evelyn in Friday night's sub-regional playoff game, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls team were looking for a knockout punch.

Thursday, February 24

News in brief for Feb. 25

Criminal investigation under way at YVRA A criminal investigation involving the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Routt County Sheriff's Office is under way at the county airport, Undersheriff Dan Taylor said Thursday.

Aspen Ridge branded too massive

Fresh from telling the developer of Aspen Ridge to rethink his project Thursday night, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission heard consultant Stan Clauson outline how he plans to help guide the city through the process of redeveloping the base of the ski area.

Midget Minor team fourth in tourney

Steamboat's Midget Minor team finished fourth in the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League tournament last weekend.

Squirts playing big-time hockey

Dave Strang is the coach for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team and the Steamboat Squirt team. Last weekend, he was on the bench, leading both teams. At times, the only difference between the two was the size of the skaters on the ice.

Transactions for Feb. 16-22

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Roberts finishes 5th in slalom

Alpine skier Drew Roberts finished fifth in the slalom Thursday at the FIS World Junior Championships in Bardonecchia, Italy.

Skiers stranded in Fish Creek drainage

Routt County Search and Rescue was called Thursday evening to rescue four skiers stranded in the Fish Creek drainage.

Permits for Feb. 7-18

William & Susan Petrillo 30419 W. U.S. Hwy 40 Hankins Custom Builders Single-Family Residence $105,341

Laird still in serious condition

Soroco High School student Danielle Laird, 17, of Hayden, remained in serious condition Wednesday at Denver Health Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Oak Creek to look at insurance

A 30-percent increase in Oak Creek's health insurance proved to be too much for the Oak Creek Town Board, whose trustees decided to look into other options for health insurance providers on Thursday night.

In knee-d of a lift

Howard playing hurt to help Sailors

Henry Howard saw the MRI of his left knee. Then Dr. Eric Verploeg compared the black and white scanned image to the model of a healthy human knee.

Super senior season

Steamboat's sole returning starter leading team to playoffs

Kayla Kostur didn't view her role as burdensome. She thought being a team leader would be more of a challenge.

The Record for Feb. 25

Wednesday, Feb. 23 7:03 a.m. A structure fire was reported in the 27000 block of Routt County Road 14. A hay barn was on fire, and the owner was working to put it out.

Board wants town's input

After holding several successful panel discussions with students and teachers, the South Routt School Board would like to hear from community members about school-related issues.

County supports surface rights bill

The Routt County Board of Commissioners decided it would support a proposed bill that protects the rights of property owners when gas and oil companies drill under their land.

Boettcher Scholars are named

Routt County students Block, Toy receive prestigious designation

Two of Routt County's own are recipients of one of the state's most prestigious scholarships.

Summer jet service in place

Talks continue about fall airline service from Houston

The Yampa Valley's second summer of direct jet service from Houston is loaded in the computer and set to take off. But negotiations for service throughout the autumn are continuing, and there's a possibility fall flights could originate from another city.

Buhr cuts through layers of memory

Elizabeth Buhr's paintings feel like someone projecting an old Western movie over the top of an already decorated wall.

Arts Calendar for Feb. 25

Opening reception for "A Sense of Place; Three Colorado Artists Share Their Vision of the Landscape in Their Unique Style" including mixed-media works by Elizabeth Buhr, black and white photography by Ian McVey and landscape paintings by Sallie Smith will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The exhibit will be on display through March 27. The Depot Art Center is open from 9 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Call 879-9008.

Doors just keep opening

It happens to countless artists. Life.

Why is this book so popular?

Dan Brown's book, "The Da Vinci Code" is No. 2 this week on the New York Times bestseller list, which shouldn't surprise anyone. It's been on the list since it was released in March 2003, and in that time, it has never gone to paperback because it is selling so well in hard cover.

What are you reading?

What it's about: The book is about Howard Hughes in his later life. The writer got a hold of the handwritten notes he used to direct his business when he was a recluse. The book tries to explain his thinking. He tried to buy many politicians even though he never voted. He complained about taxes even though he didn't pay any for 17 years. The book is tedious at times, but also interesting. I picked it up after watching "The Aviator."

A local's ultimate CD mix

Robert Dieckhoff Occupation: Artist

Lessons from an ancient city

You may remember Bob McHugh from his 31 years in Steamboat. As an architect, partnered with Bill Rangitsch, he designed 65 homes, the Pine Grove Center and the main lodges of The Home Ranch and Vista Verde Guest Ranch.

Organization raising money for textbooks

Since last fall, Latinos from across Steamboat have been gathering once a month for a night of music and dancing.

On Scene for Feb. 25

Guttermouth invited two terrible bands to open for it Feb. 17 -- A.D.D. and F-Loder. With the exception of the drummer for A.D.D., I was driven to this unlikely thought: "You know, I don't think I like punk rock anymore."

'Maximum simplicity'

Photographer walks in the footsteps of Ansel Adams

Ian McVey always remembers a piece of advice he read from famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz: "Try for maximum simplicity with maximum detail."

Autumn's picks for Feb. 25

Opening reception for "A Sense of Place; Three Colorado Artists Share Their Vision of the Landscape in Their Unique Style" including mixed-media works by Elizabeth Buhr, black and white photography by Ian McVey and landscape paintings by Sallie Smith

Autumn Phillips: A shot I never took

There is still a shot of whiskey on the bar in Woody Creek. It's been there for years, at least in my mind.

Simple songs, complicated story

In conversation as in life, Graham Guest is all over the place. He's been a philosophy major and a law student. He has his hands in several jars, hoping something will come of this or that career choice, but get him on stage, and all the chatter subsides.

Music Calendar for Feb. 25

Jazz pianist Paul Potyen When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where: Lobby of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

Pop band with Marley vibe

56 Hope Road is the address for the famous Bob Marley compound in Kingston, Jamaica, from which reggae radiated out to the rest of the world. When a Chicago-based band chose 56 Hope Road as its name, its members had no plans to become a reggae band. What they wanted to take from Marley's legacy was his positive message as told through their own brand of jazz-infused pop music.

CD reviews for Feb. 25

From track one, there's a strange tension in this record. Through the entire thing, I felt the band was holding something back, and I'm not sure what that was.

Wednesday, February 23

Americans place fifth in team event

Spillane pushes on through injury

This year's U.S. Nordic combined World Championship team went to Oberstdorf, Germany, to win medals.

Triathlon is coming

Triathletes Joy Rasmussen and Bill Goldsmith's vision of a local event has become a reality with the creation of a triathlon to be held this summer at Lake Catamount.

Museum budgets approved

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has approved museums and historic organizations' proposed use of revenues from the Museum and Heritage Fund tax, which was approved in 2003.

BLM taking public comments

The Bureau of Land Management has set up a series of open house meetings throughout Routt County to discuss the Emerald Mountain land exchange and how to best manage the land if the exchange is completed.

Justice center permit still on hold

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has yet to decide whether to grant the county's request for a permit to fill 1.4 acres of wetlands at its proposed site for a new justice center.

YVRA expansion delayed

Airport officials prepare to apply for FAA grant in May

Second-phase improvements to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden may not be complete by the fall flight season, as airport officials had hoped.

Oak Creek looks at health insurance

The Oak Creek Town Board tonight will consider amending its budget to allow for an unexpected increase in the town's health insurance cost.

Salazar talks issues with residents

Washington politicians need to do more to address the issues facing rural America, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar said during a workshop he hosted in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday.

The Record for Feb. 24

12:04 a.m. A welfare check was requested by an out-of-state father for a woman in the 400 block of Yampa Avenue. The woman was located and asked to contact her parents.

Briefs for Feb. 24

Volunteers are needed to help at the Chevrolet Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics, to be held March 3 to 5 at Howelsen Hill, with events starting at 9 a.m. daily. Call Dan at 879-4515.

Hayden boys, girls hosting district finals

The Hayden boys and girls basketball teams will host the District 5 finals this weekend, setting the stage for both, perhaps, to advance to the regional tournament in Grand Junction on March 4 and 5.

Drennan a scholarship finalist

Hayden High School senior Jesse Drennan is a finalist for the High School Sports America Mike Alstott Student Athlete of the Year Scholarship in football.

Tuesday, February 22

Hit the slopes with friends

Ski area urges car-pooling on Sustainable Slopes Day

A recent abundance of snow has packed the Steamboat Ski Area's parking lots, and that's a good sign for ski area managers. However, Steamboat is offering incentives Saturday to cut down on the number of cars in the remote lot.

The Record for Feb. 23

Monday, Feb. 21 1:30 a.m. A woman in the 1400 block of Blue Sage Drive called police fearing there was an intruder in her home. The woman said she heard a vehicle leaving and a sound like a snowblowing machine. Police investigated and discovered the woman's significant other made the sounds.

Briefs for Feb. 23

County chooses architect for annex remodel

Nora Parker: Show interest in series

As was mentioned in the Feb. 13 "Sound Off" by an anonymous writer and in The Local by Helena H. Pannier, the Friday Foreign Film Series hosted by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at Centennial Hall has indeed been canceled. In the face of waning interest in the program and exceedingly limited resources, we had to make the unhappy decision to marshal our resources in programs that enjoy broader community support.

Our View: Freedom of information

Our government needs more John Cornyns.

Be careful out of bounds

wo rescues in as many days of out-of-bounds skiers and a snowboarder have the Steamboat Ski Area warning people to take precautions if they decide to ski past the ropes.

Steamboat hockey team ends season 8-11

The Steamboat Springs hockey team is waiting to see whether Bishop Machebeuf, the team that defeated the Sailors in the opening round of the playoffs, can pull off a surprising run to the state championship.

Sailors set for state

Boys get top seed, girls headed to Craig

The Class 4A state tournament brackets are out, and the Steamboat Springs boys and girls basketball teams have to be pleased with how Sunday's seeding meetings went.

Jewelry reported missing at YVMC

More than $9,000 worth of jewelry was reported missing at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Monday.

Students put science to the test

Caitlin Mahanna isn't sure whether she'll ever fly through a giant tube in a free-wheeling car, but she had fun coming up with the idea, which is the inspiration behind her science project: "Engineering a Roller Coaster."

Students study communication

Hotel lamps with built-in radio receivers were used in espionage operations.

County hires new fair board coordinator

Routt County has hired a new fair board coordinator, about two months after Terry Doherty resigned from the position in January.

Hayden eyes heritage tourist attractions

The list of natural and historical features in Routt County and Northwest Colorado that could interest visitors seems endless.

Laird still in serious condition

Soroco High School student Danielle Laird, 17, of Hayden, remained in serious condition Tuesday at Denver Health Medical Center, said her mother, Lori Laird.

Channel focus, energy

Free martial arts aikido class offered Thursdays

It's a Friday afternoon in the Hayden High School wrestling room, and martial arts instructor JD Paul makes a move for senior Lauren Branstetter, trying to grab her arm. With a firm hand she cuts just beneath his elbow, and his momentum sends him flying into a soft wrestling mat.

Town plan is nearing completion

The Hayden Town Board and Planning Commission will review the latest and nearly final draft of the town's new comprehensive plan during a joint work session Thursday.

Chief building official hired

Carl Dunham, who has worked as the assistant building official for the Routt County Regional Building Department for seven years, has been hired as the chief building official.

City moves forward with artificial field

Soil tests completed Monday marked the first step in design work on Northwest Colorado's first artificial turf field.

South Routt names finalists

Soroco High School and Middle School Principal James Chamberlin is one of four finalists for the South Routt School District superintendency, a consultant leading the search process said late Monday.

President helping rural districts

School Board's Stephenson testifies, lobbies in Denver

Steamboat Springs School Board President Paula Stephenson is racking up miles on behalf of rural school districts across Colorado.

Monday, February 21

The Record for Feb. 22

7:00 a.m. An intoxicated man was reported in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. He apparently had slept outside all night and was suffering from hypothermia. The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Man dies skiing chute

Dolven, 46, an experienced skier

A 46-year-old skier who died at the Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday afternoon was trapped head first in a deep pile of snow for about an hour before skiers found him.

New avalanche warning issued

Three days of accumulating snow have returned the mountains of North Routt County to a state of avalanche danger for the second time in less than a week.

Salazar heads to Steamboat

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar will be in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday for one in a series of regional issues workshops he hopes will guide his legislative agenda.

S.R. superintendent finalists chosen

After receiving 21 applications for its superintendent position, the South Routt School District has pared the field of candidates to four finalists.

Tanker accident closes Highway 40

A tanker truck carrying 4,000 gallons of aluminum sulfate rolled just east of Rabbit Ears Pass, causing traffic from Kremmling to Steamboat Springs to be rerouted for much of Monday.

Briefs for Feb. 22

The AARP is offering a driver safety program for motorists 50 and older. The eight-hour course is designed to help drivers improve their skills and prevent traffic accidents. Drivers ages 55 and older may receive substantial insurance savings. The classes will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The cost is $10. To register, call Bud or Jane Romberg at 879-0064 or Shelly Orrel at 879-0633.

Sunday, February 20

One woman left to tell story of town

History stays around as long as there is someone to tell it. Today, there is only one woman left to tell a piece of Routt County history, and she lives in Craig.

News in brief for Feb. 21

Volunteers sought for after-school Study Club Volunteers are needed for Steamboat Springs Middle School's after-school Study Club. The program runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Any help is appreciated. Call 879-1058 for information.

The Record for Feb. 21

Saturday, February 19 1:35 a.m. Police made a traffic stop at Mount Werner and AprÃs Ski Way that resulted in a DUI arrest.

Tom Ross: It feels good to earn your turns

Old school, new school -- everything works in powder

Thank goodness for ski lifts. Most of us would never have learned to ski were it not for the chairlift that takes us 1,000 feet up the mountain in 12 minutes flat. But we all know there were skiers long before there were lifts. And there's something to be said for skiing the old-fashioned way -- on Saturday, we earned our turns.

Man found dead at Steamboat Ski Area

A man in his mid-40s was found dead after a nonavalanche-related ski accident Sunday afternoon.

Monday Medical for Feb. 21

Children are expected to suffer as many as 10 colds a year, which translates into 70 to 100 days of nasal congestion annually. Because a stuffy nose is a common condition for the pediatric population, it can be challenging to distinguish between the child with "one cold after another" and a child who needs to see a doctor.

Friday Film Series canceled

Although the Free Friday Foreign Film Series was new on the Steamboat Springs cultural scene, it was already on its way to becoming a cornerstone event. On film nights, all the seats at Citizens Hall were full, and still people came, willing to stand or sit on the floor.

Saturday, February 19

Charles Parker Rosemond

Charles Parker Rosemond, son of Katherine Miner Rosemond and Charles Glenn Rosemond IV, was born at 7:25 a.m. Feb. 9, 2005. He weighed 4 pounds and 6 ounces, and was 17.5 inches long. His grandparents are Ralph and Judith Miner of Norfolk, Va., and Charles and Sondra Rosemond of Richmond, Va.

Keegan Nicholas Veenstra

Keegan Nicholas Veenstra, son of Rachel and Nicholas Veenstra of Craig, was born at 1:32 p.m. Feb. 10, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. His grandparents are Jack Veenstra, Debbra Veenstra, Dr. John Ilko Jr., and Sally Ilko, all of Craig.

Business briefs for Feb. 18

Hart joins Steamboat Village Brokers

Industrial park may be in sight

Light industrial businesses vying for spots to build or expand their operations may have another real estate option later this year.

Transactions for Feb. 20

RIDER, SHIRLEY J. to CHAPMAN, KEVIN for POWDER RIDGE CONDO (GOLDEN HORN) Unit: 20 BUILDING NO. 3 -- $137,500

Horse property offers privacy, proximity

Privacy, open spaces, great views and a comfortable home less than 10 minutes from town: That's the pull of a horse property offered for sale on the southwest corner of Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14E.

Base-ic upgrade

Development plans in the works as part of ski area base renovations

The site of the one-time Selbe dairy farm has become a focal point in the recent surge of new development interest near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat's Smith wins state Nordic title

Steamboat Springs Nordic skier Marty Smith picked up the team's second state title in as many days, winning the boys' classic cross-country ski race Saturday in Summit County.

Hayden girls take down Paonia

The season continues for the Hayden girls basketball team after a narrow 45-42 win against Paonia on Saturday in Hayden.

John F. Russell: NHL fans, hockey has disappeared

You're traveling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but also of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. There's a signpost up ahead -- your next stop: the Lockout Zone.

Sailors boys cruise to win in league finale

Foul trouble did little to hamper the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team's mission of finishing the league season unbeaten, as the Sailors routed Eagle Valley, 71-49, in Gypsum on Saturday.

Tigers thrash Eagles

Hayden on to district's 2nd round

Hayden boys basketball coach Shawn Baumgartner was curious about how the Tigers would respond without leading scorer Evan Hilling.

Stopping bullying where it starts

School officials focus on curbing problem behavior by empowering students

The 1999 shootings at Littleton's Columbine High School left 14 students and one teacher dead and a nation horrified.

Class Notes for Feb. 20

Amanda Toy, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's January student of the month. Amanda is the daughter of Joel and Cindy Toy.

Oak Creek's 'gentle giant' remembered

The skies over Routt County were brilliant blue and cloudless when Blue Halterman passed away Friday.

Our View: Make it a quick stop

The Steamboat Springs City Council was right to implement a 45-day moratorium on growth around the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, but we would urge the council not to prolong the moratorium unnecessarily.

Robert M. Sexton: Bible is free speech

Our Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Furthermore, it merely states "Congress shall make no law ..." It does not authorize local officials to either prohibit the free exercise of religion nor to advocate any specific religion. Displaying Bibles is free speech, protected by the Constitution.

Judy Duncan: Allow the choice

I am extremely thankful that Bibles are being put in the schools. I am upset that people complain. It seems that with Columbine and all the shootings in the world, everyone would want to see a positive influence in our schools. Even if you don't believe the Bible (which I do), if everyone lived by its principles, it would make this world a much safer and loving place.

SoundOff for Feb. 20

The Gideons have a great idea by trying to get young people to read the Bible. It's full of history and actually a very interesting book to read. It seems natural, with the reputation they have for distributing Bibles worldwide, that they would distribute them to schools. Only why not in Hayden and South Routt as well?

South Routt eyes sales tax

Last year, South Routt Superintendent Steve Jones followed with interest state lawmaker Keith King's attempt to outlaw Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education.

Funds fight suicide

Grant helps Routt, Moffat counties start prevention program

In November 2001, 31-year-old Shaun Autrey was married with two young children, and was on the brink of a promotion to vice president.

'It only takes a second'

Reports of date-rape drugs on the rise in Steamboat Springs

She has run the events of that night through her head over and over again since it happened. One drink. That's all she had, and that's almost all she can remember.

Mabel Florence Yoast Green (1918 -- 2005)

Mabel Florence Yoast Green passed away Jan. 31, 2005, in Meeker. She was 86.

Suzanne S. Frasier (1941 -- 2005)

Steamboat Springs resident Suzanne S. Frasier passed away Feb. 6, 2005, at her home. She was 63.

Orion J. Wellman (1975 -- 2005)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Orion J. Wellman passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 2005, in Silverthorne. He was 29.

Allen -- Kirby

Charlene and LeRoy Kirby of McCoy and Doris and John Kirchner of Gypsum are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Travis Earl Kirby to Lindsey Jean Allen.

Hot topic: Teenagers and relationships

Something starts happening on your 13th birthday. Almost as soon as the word "teen" is added to your life, everything starts to change.

Amla L. Manera

Amla L. Manera, daughter of Jennifer LeRoy and Andrea Manera of Milan, Italy, was born at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 15, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds, and was 19.75 inches long. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Giorgio Manera of Milan, Italy, and Barbara LeRoy of Steamboat Springs. Her uncle is Andy LeRoy of Steamboat Springs.

Emma Nichole Marie Lee Coleman

Emma Nichole Marie Lee Coleman, daughter of Rosemary and Michael Coleman of Hayden, was born at 7:07 p.m. Feb. 9, 2005. She weighed 4 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 17 inches long. Her sibling is Taylor Wade Coleman. Her grandparents are John Armour of Vancouver, Wash., Julie Huntley of Yampa, Pam Nelson of Hayden, and the late Rob Coleman.

Friday, February 18

Sex assault reported in city

Alleged incident involved Copper Mountain Ski Resort employees

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating an alleged sexual assault at a local hotel involving an 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, both of whom are Copper Mountain Ski Resort employees.

Local police on lookout for serial rape suspect

As a statewide search was on for a suspected serial rapist, local law enforcement officials were ready and waiting for the man to enter Routt County.

Gleason boys win skiing title

Several hours had passed since Steamboat Springs Nordic skier Mike Gleason had won the boys Freestyle race at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge.

Sailors clinch basketball league crown

The players on the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team wasted little time putting on their freshly made black, red and white Western Slope League Champion T-shirts, slipping them on over their jerseys on the gym floor.

U.S. misses medal

Americans have 'unpredictable day' at Nordic World Championships

The competition was over, and the afternoon hours were starting to slip away in Oberstorf Germany, as U.S Nordic combined coach Bard Elden and the American team drove back to their hotel.

Woman arrested, accused of shoplifting

A 44-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing more than $500 in jewelry from a downtown store.

Public meetings to start

Base area improvement plan officials seek community input

A series of public meetings to discuss the Mountain Base Sub Area Improvement Plan will begin next week.

The Record for Feb. 19

Thursday, Feb. 17 12:01 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault in a domestic violence incident in the 800 block of Weiss Drive.

Briefs for Feb. 19

Salazar to hold planning workshop in Steamboat

Bluegrass band takes stage

The last time Drew Emmitt was in Steamboat Springs, he was on stage breathing a last sigh with his band, Leftover Salmon. Emmitt fronted the popular band for 15 years. It was a wild ride and a learning experience that established Emmitt as one of the heavies of the Colorado music scene.

Presidents weekend good for resorts

Holiday Inn manager Barbara Robinson said her hotel will be full tonight and on its way to being sold out Sunday night as Steamboat Springs rolls into a three-day holiday weekend.

Soroco student in serious condition

Seventeen-year-old sustained multiple injuries in car accident

A Soroco High School student injured in a car accident on Routt County Road 27 on Thursday was in serious condition at Denver Health Medical Center on Friday, hospital spokeswoman Estella Juarez said.

Thursday, February 17

Briefs for Feb. 18

A 32-month-old female elk that was born and died at a Kremmling ranch tested positive for chronic wasting disease, said officials at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Rule leads Pledge of Allegiance

Horizons client, employees visit state Capitol

Bruce Rule is taking his newfound fame in stride. As he sat at the Horizons Specialized Services' Oak Street office Thursday, he just smiled and shook hands as person after person stopped to say hello to the man of the hour.

The Record for Feb. 18

12:19 p.m. A man on Cedar Court reportedly was kicking his girlfriend's car while she was in it. She reportedly drove away before officers arrived. The man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. The woman later was arrested on suspicious of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Board contest at Howelsen

Peta Greenleaf thinks Howelsen Hill will surprise people.

Chix's spirits high

The Steamboat Chix with Stix women's hockey team has won one game in 16 opportunities, including two recent losses to the Left Hand Brewsers on Feb. 12 and 13, but don't judge the team by its record.

Postseason puzzle

2A, 4A basketball systems varied, complicated

Words such as confusing, complicated and up-in-the-air shouldn't be associated with the basketball postseason. But the changes made in Class 4A and the antiquated process still used in Class 2A have coaches trying their best to explain what will happen in the coming weeks.

Committee approves RICD bill

Steamboat's water rights application exempt from requirements

Recreational in-channel diversion applications that already have been filed, including Steamboat Springs' application, have been exempted from a Senate bill that would limit such water rights in the future.

Pet spa raises concerns

The Routt County Planning Commission almost unanimously agreed that a proposed resort and spa for dogs and cats including almost 20,000 square feet of kennels was not appropriate for a 40-acre area near Milner.

Hayden student critically injured

A 17-year-old Hayden girl was critically injured Thursday morning when the car she was driving hit a tractor-trailer on Routt County Road 27.

Democrat meeting sees good turnout

About 25 residents showed up to the Routt County Democratic Party reorganization meeting Wednesday to elect officers and discuss the direction of the party.

Soroco to take tax issue to Fund Board

For Tim Corrigan, the issue about whether some of the revenue generated by Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education should be spent on the South Routt School District is black and white. And he's not alone.

Paintings for the design crowd

Maggie Fleming paints like a designer. Her canvases are, above all things, blocks of space. She places colors side by side, like a decorator pairing furniture with a room. You can imagine her paintings superimposed onto rugs or pillows, or you can just appreciate them the way they are, ready to hang on your well-appointed wall to accent your retromodern furniture.

The right Frame of Mind

Band members inch slowly toward their goal

O Snail, Climb Mount Fuji, Slowly, slowly. And so goes the journey of this band that started in California with a mind to someday become the next Phish or String Cheese Incident.

Autumn's picks

Tonight Opening reception for "Maggie Fleming: Paintings 2003 -- 2005" When: 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Comb Goddess, in the Old West Building on 11th Street Cost: Free. Call: 871-0606 Why you should go: Welcome a new artist to town

Autumn Phillips: Out of hibernation

It's 8 a.m. Mocha Molly's coffee shop. I put my dollar in the jar and started pouring myself a cup of coffee. I was in my own world.

Blues style takes Steamboat stage

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

Hip-hop comes together for good cause

Hip-hop means a lot of things to a lot of people -- and not all those thoughts are positive. Local concert producer Brian Alpart wants to see that change.

Music calendar for Feb. 18

Tonight Yampa Valley Ceili Society dance When: 6 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: Free to members; $10 for students and $5 for seniors Call: 879-2205

On scene for Feb. 18

'A hint of things to come' When Denver funkabilly trio Brethren Fast took the stage Friday night, they looked out into the audience and saw an old friend from "back in the day" a.k.a. "the good old days" standing in the audience -- Russ Duplessis. Duplessis is best known to local live music lovers as the drummer for Buzzcut Sheep. ("If one pleases, Duplessis more.")

CD Reviews

Joey Cape, Tony Sly "Acoustic" Available at All That Jazz for $15.98 Sometimes I think they yell because they don't have much to say. And I imagine that behind all that distortion and volume, if I could listen to their guitars, I would realize that there wasn't much there.

New approach to Old West

Like so many young people who move to Steamboat Springs, Duke Beardsley had an epiphany about the course of his life. He lived here for three years in the early 1990s, but he left to pursue a career in medicine.

Traveling back in time

Steamboat woman's excitement about Egypt contagious

Even if you have no interest in traveling, Jennie Parker's excitement for what she has seen in the world is infectious.

Arts calendar for Feb. 18

Tonight Opening reception for "in vino veritas: artwork by Keri L. Searls" will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Vino and Vidalia Market, in the Sundance at Fishcreek plaza. Call 875-1183.

Snowboard design contest draws 200 artists

The third annual Ride Snowboard art competition attracted more than 200 graphic artists from around the world. The number of entries went down from last year, but the quality of art went up.

Painting soul mates

Saturday night's show will pair two artists, Renee A. Fox and Nancy Jeffrey, who have been working together and influencing each other for almost a decade. Their sensibilities have taken turns in similar directions even when they weren't working together.

A world of dreams come true

"Welcome to your new life -- a life of joy, prosperity and dreams come true. That is the life you hold in your hands right now, the life you can have if you follow the simple steps set forth in this book."

Wednesday, February 16

South Routt to mull sales tax

Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education again will be on the minds of South Routt School Board members when they gather tonight for their regularly scheduled meeting.

Future bright for local snowboarders

The future of snowboarding can be found in the dreams of 12-year-old Grant Murray and 10-year-old Maddy Schaffrick.

Steamboat hoping for a perfect WSL finish

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team has the Western Slope League title wrapped up, but the Sailors can't afford to let up in this weekend's final games of the regular season.

Swiggart garners USPTA honor

The United States Professional Tennis Association honored Jim Swiggart on Friday with the Intermountain Division's Facility Manager of the Year Award during a convention at the Four Points Sheraton in Denver.

Rams pick up big win in final weekend

The members of the Soroco girls' basketball team wrapped up the regular season last weekend but not before picking up one of the biggest wins of the season against West Grand on Friday night.

Bake, craft sale will benefit crash victim

Heather Matney, an operating room technician at Yampa Valley Medical Center, is among the many people deeply saddened by the tragedies that have befallen Yampa Valley residents in the past several months.

City has good December, year-end sales tax revenue

Year-end and December city sales tax revenue figures were like the light at the end of a three-year-long, dark tunnel.

Avalanche danger rated high

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the Park Range and Elkhead Mountains in Northwest Colorado.

Hayden likely won't need ELL assistance

The Hayden School District likely will not be involved in any discussion to hire a coordinator to help Northwest Colorado school districts meet the needs of non-English speaking students.

The Record for Feb. 17

Tuesday, Feb. 15 12:37 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle.

Judge doesn't lower $20K bail bond

Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to lower a $20,000 bail bond for a man who was recorded on jail phones saying he wanted to go to Canada.

News in brief for Feb. 17

Recreation department sponsoring free class The Hayden Recreation Department is sponsoring a free Hapkido class for people ages 11 and older at 6 p.m. Thursdays, from Feb. 24 to May 26 in the Hayden Middle School gym. Parent and child participation is encouraged. To register, call instructor JD Paul at 276-7242 or 846-8545.

Town Board takes action on idling issue

The days of vehicles left idling for hours should be over in Yampa on Tuesday when a new law goes into effect.

County to mull preapplication

Walter Scott's family partnership has submitted plans to divide area near airport

Five months after Walter Scott's family partnership successfully deannexed its 188-acre parcel near the Steamboat Springs Airport from the city, it has submitted plans to subdivide the area into six building lots and a 140-acre tract of open space.

Speech team off to regionals

Competing against some of the best programs in the state, the Steamboat Springs High School speech and debate team wrapped up its regular season with strong performances from two of its top members. The team heads to Durango today for a state-qualifying tournament.

Bids to open on clubhouse

Three local contractors and a pair of Denver firms that specialize in building golf courses and clubhouses are among five contractors prequalified to bid on the new clubhouse at Haymaker Golf Course.

Tuesday, February 15

New $4M gondola proposed

'Cabriolet' would transport people from parking lot to ski area

Whitney Ward and his development team released a plan Tuesday that would create between 400 and 500 new resort residential units and could lead to the construction of a $4 million gondola linking the ski area's remote parking lot with the gondola base.

Our View: Reviewing academic credibility

The University of Colorado Board of Regents was right to take 30 days to review the academic work of tenured professor Ward Churchill, not because of Churchill's remarks about Sept. 11, 2001, victims but because of serious questions about Churchill's academic credibility.

Kelly Larson: Keep showcase

My name is Kelly Larson, and I am a senior at Steamboat Springs High School. Recently, I was part of the ninth annual SSHS Dance Showcase. Although I was not one of the dancers -- I sang while Brittany DeGroff danced to the live music for her solo -- I was there virtually every step of the way and observed much of what it took for these girls to put on this production.

Babette Dickson: Dancers impressive

I am very sorry to read the comments regarding the Dance Showcase at the high school.

Judith Hiester: About amendment 35

By an overwhelming majority, Coloradans voted for Amendment 35, the tobacco excise tax, because they wanted to save lives and protect their families and communities, especially children, from tobacco. About 4,000 Coloradans die every year from tobacco-related diseases and, from a Sept. 25 Steamboat Pilot & Today article, "proponents of (amendment 35) ... estimate that 30 children a day become addicted to cigarettes."

Briefs for Feb 16

Church hosting Lenten series starting Friday Holy Name Catholic Church hosts a Lenten series, "Good News of Reconciliation -- Journeying Home," facilitated by Sr. Faith Hansen, Fr. David Henderson and Msgr. George Schroeder. Meetings will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday to March 18 at the Holy Name Church Family Life Center. No registration is required. Bring a bag lunch. Call 879-0671.

The Record for Feb. 16

Monday, Feb. 14 8:14 a.m. A burglary was reported in the 2300 block of AprÃs Ski Way.

More tips reported to Crime Stoppers

In the past year, Routt County Crime Stoppers has seen an increase in tips, and the nonprofit organization's board is hoping the trend will continue.

School's policy unlikely to change

A Steamboat Springs School District policy that allows members of the public to distribute religious and other materials in the middle school and high school appears to have the support of the majority of School Board members, making it unlikely the policy will be changed.

Road conditions 'horrible' on Tuesday

Roads were so bad Tuesday that Colorado State Patrol troopers could not be reached for comment -- they were on the road dealing with one accident after another.

Skiers finish on top

Steamboat Springs mogul skier Caterina Mader returned to top form Saturday, placing second in front of the hometown crowd during a Rocky Mountain Division meet at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat skiers top NorAm

Mogul skiers Eliza Outtrim and Michael Morse turned in the best NorAm performances of their careers in Killington, Vt., last week.

Steamboat wins 4th straight

The weekend's two road wins weren't pretty, but Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach Ashley Berggren said the team will take them.

Rams lose heartbreaker in home finale

The Soroco Rams wrapped up the regular season Saturday night with an emotional overtime loss at home to Plateau Valley.

Steamboat downs Doherty

The Steamboat Springs hockey team wrapped up the regular season Saturday with a 6-0 win against Doherty, sending the Sailors into the playoffs with some late-season momentum.

VNA discusses goals with county

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's community health goals and objectives for 2005 were presented to the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Council halts growth

City OKs moratorium on new development at ski area's base

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday approved a 45-day moratorium on growth inside the boundaries of the new urban renewal authority.

School District eyeing a 4-day school week

The Hayden School District plans to investigate the possibility of a four-day school week for students next school year.

Funds for Haven on right track

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is $200,000 closer to acquiring The Haven Assisted Living Center.

Students selected for honor band

For several Hayden High School students, playing in the school's concert band isn't just an obligation, it's something they enjoy, and it shows in their performance, middle and high school band director Don Cherni said.

Town Board to consider annexations

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will begin considering a group of annexation proposals for properties southeast of the Sagewood subdivision along Routt County Road 53.

Hands on Housing project slated to begin in March

From their cramped rental trailer in Oak Creek, Christene and Nicholas Planansky hoped to someday build or buy a home where they could raise their three boys.

City explores district taxes

Money would fund improvements in three target areas

Steamboat Springs City Council members think special taxing districts could be used to fund improvements in specific areas of the community.

Monday, February 14

Housekeeper arrested in theft case

A Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation into multiple thefts at The Phoenix Condominiums resulted in the Monday arrest of an 18-year-old housekeeper.

County election process could change

Moving Routt County's voting process into the future and potentially changing the county's precinct boundaries is getting a serious look by Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland.

County accepts 5 architecture proposals

Routt County commissioners have received five architecture proposals for the first stage of a remodel to the County Courthouse Annex and the county's 135 Sixth St. property.

A title to defend

The first Nordic combined event of the 2005 FIS Nordic World Championships is four days away, but it's a race that can't get here soon enough for defending World Champion Johnny Spillane.

Local skiers earn top results at final event

The final Junior Olympic qualifier of the season gave the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country program one last opportunity to shine at the regional level.

No injuries in big avalanche

The large avalanche triggered by a snowboarder Sunday in North Fish Creek Canyon serves as a dramatic reminder that last week's snowstorm contributed to an unstable snowpack.

Porzack attacks water bill

The Colorado Water Congress will support Senate Bill 62, state Sen. Jack Taylor's legislation regarding recreational in-channel diversion rights.

Principal finalists named

SSHS assistant, Fort Collins assistant get nod

Steamboat Springs High School assistant principal Mike Knezevich is one of two finalists for the position being vacated by retiring principal Dave Schmid.

Sunday, February 13

Hooves fly in chariot races

Shane Yeager has a challenge that he knows you won't win. He'll give you a baseball bat and let you stand at the starting gate for a chariot race. When the gate opens, your only job is to hit the horse.

Music festival comes to Hayden

The halls of Hayden High School will be teeming with music Tuesday when middle and high school students from throughout Northwest Colorado gather for the Solo Ensemble Music Festival.

Ski flier sets world record

A crowd watched in awe Sunday afternoon as Rolf Wilson flew on skies for what seemed like forever, then hung on for a second more, beating the world record that he set a year ago.

Tom Ross: Valentine's massacre at touring center

Girls in tutus humble newspaper columnist in ski race

I came around the corner of the restroom and at the sink was a woman craning her neck at the mirror and touching up her lipstick. Immediately, I had that sinking feeling that I'd accidentally entered the wrong door, and I was about to be in a whole lot of trouble.

News in brief for Feb. 14

FBI looks at unruly air passenger incident The FBI is investigating an incident involving an unruly airplane passenger that took place on a plane while it was in flight to Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Saturday.

The Record for Feb. 14

Saturday, Feb. 12 12:55 a.m. Extra patrol was requested in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square.

Monday Medical: Eat fish for a healthy heart

On a recent trip through the Yampa Valley Medical Center cafeteria, I was having difficulty choosing just one entree. "They all look so good," I told Kent, the chef. "So," he said, "you'll take the chicken, right?"

Saturday, February 12

Iacovetto finishes 4th

Soroco senior walks away from state wrestling championships a placer

Wrestling has been a part of senior Matt Iacovetto's life since he was a child. Pee Wee tournaments gave way to middle school and, eventually, varsity wrestling at Soroco High School.

Hayden pulls out a win

Tigers get scare but hold on against Meeker Cowboys

Levi Sheldon knows what the Hayden boys basketball team will be doing Monday at practice.

John F. Russell: Surprise, surprise: Steamboat is ranked

The news had leaked to Kelly Meek by the time he picked up Thursday's Rocky Mountain News and started flipping through the pages to the prep sports section.

Cowgirls run past Hayden, 61-42

Meeker had four players in double figures Saturday night as the Cowgirls pulled away from Hayden for a 61-42 win in the final regular season game for both teams.

Schlegal gets top-four finish at state

Soroco's Joel Schlegal is a sophomore in appearance and in stature, weighing just 103 pounds. But nothing about the way Schlegal wrestled this season, particularly this weekend, says underclassman.

Our View: West of town, action at last

Changes to the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan could be the catalyst to spur the kind of development the plan intended and the community needs.

CHARLES DAVID MARGOLIN: 1961 -- 2005

Former part-time Steamboat Springs resident Charles David "Chuck" Margolin passed away Feb. 7, 2005. He was 43.

IRENE M. BALSER: 1921 -- 2005

Irene Balser passed away Jan. 25, 2005, at Palisade Living Center near Grand Junction. She was 84.

LouAnn Brown: 1946 -- 2005

LouAnn Brown passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 3, 2005, after a long and valiant battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58.

ALICE VAN CLEAVE ROWLEY: 1940 -- 2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Alice Van Cleave Rowley passed away Jan. 21, 2005, in Calabash, N.C., after a short illness. She was 64.

Art Benson: 1929 -- 2005

Art Benson passed away Jan. 21, 2005, at his home in Buffalo, N.Y. Benson, who died of cancer, was surrounded by his children at the time of his death. He was 75.

Exuberance at events

Winter Carnival brings out the kid in residents, visitors

More than 200 children on skis lined up Saturday for their chance to grab a rope and be towed down snow-covered Lincoln Avenue behind a galloping horse.

The Record for Feb. 13

Friday, Feb. 11 1:13 a.m. Police checked on a man in the 300 block of Pine Street. The man's son reportedly was concerned because his father didn't answer his phone. The man was asleep.

ROBERT R. 'BOB' MUTCHLER: 1947 -- 2005

Robert R. "Bob" Mutchler of Loveland died Jan. 17, 2005, at his home. He was 57.

Class Notes for Feb. 13

King named AP Scholar for tests

Working together

School employees try new activities during professional development day

Cathleen Nardi looked up the length of the climbing wall at Steamboat Springs Middle School and slowly proceeded up its face.

Habitat home taking time

Gary Frey has stopped answering people when they ask him when the Habitat for Humanity duplex in West End Village will be done. He hears the question at least once a day, and when he first took the job as the project manager for the house, he would smile and say, "December."

Taylor amends RICD measure

State Sen. Jack Taylor has amended a bill on recreational in-channel diversion rights, adding a cap on the amount of water such diversions can request but exempting existing applicants from having to meet that cap.

Seaman Matthew J. Meinhold

Coast Guard Seaman Matthew J. Meinhold, a 1998 graduate of Hayden High School, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Thomas Michael Reilley

Thomas Michael Reilley, son of Erin and Bob Reilley of Clark, was born at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 30, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. His grandparents are Marilyn Reilley of Glen Rock, N.J.; Marcia LeMire of Victor, Idaho; and Joyce and Tom LeMire of Boulder. His great-grandparents are Marian Ruth Carr of Boulder, and Paul C. Moore II of Costa Mesa, Calif.

Gabriel Franklin Castor

Gabriel Franklin Castor, son of Sarah and Charlie Castor of Craig, was born at 7:17 p.m. Feb. 8, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches long. His sibling is Preston Castor. His grandparents are Tim and Karen Gilroy of Hayden, and Lou and Denise Castor of Sundance, Wyo.

Sgt. Johann Svensson

Army Sgt. Johann Svensson, a 2000 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in March with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Polishing for posterity

Tread of Pioneers Museum will offer common sense tips to preserve family history

The funeral was long over, all the relatives had gone home, and Candice Lombardo was at her grandmother's home sorting through her belongings. As the executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Lombardo was eager to look through her grandmother's historic photographs and documents and get them in order for the next generation.

The Arrest Record for Feb. 13

Saturday, Feb. 5 Jonathan Clinton Palmer, 25, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se, failed to drive in a single lane (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Youngsters send Valentine hopes

As Elena Ortiz, 5, described the newspaper photos of the recent disastrous tsunami, her classmates at the South Routt Early Learning Center listened with interest.

Muhme stands on podium

Hayden senior places sixth at state wrestling tournament

Kenneth Muhme was in Craig, but his cousin, Hayden High School senior Randy Muhme, was in Denver wrestling in the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championships.

100 Years and counting

F.M. Light & Sons celebrates its centennial

Long dresses, wool suit coats and carefully knotted ties wouldn't seem to coordinate with winter sports. But an album of photos from Steamboat Springs' oldest family-owned retail business says otherwise.

Business briefs for Feb. 13

Knaus joins Feldmann, Nagel and Oliphant LLC

Personal touches, extras add up

Sanctuary home custom built

Paul and Linda Williams put a lot of thought into their custom-built home in the Sanctuary.

N. Routt property offers options to horse lovers

Real estate buyers with visions of a trophy home and buyers with more simple lifestyles in mind both may find what they are looking for in a property for sale near Clark.

Real Estate transactions Feb. 2-8

BROWNELL, BELINDA TO MANKE, CHRISTOPHER FOR HAMIDY SUBD LOT: 2 -- $120,000

Building permits for Feb. 13

Building permits for Steamboat Springs for week of Feb. 1 to 4 Steamboat Springs Cook Chevrolet 1955 Curve Court Owner/Contractor Auto Dealership $1,500,000

Michael Loomis: Praising dancers

I am writing in response to the article by Brent Boyer on the School Board discussion about the Dance Showcase, which appeared in your Feb. 9 issue.

Stuart Handloff: Showcase artistic

I disagree with the findings of our school board regarding the recent Dance Showcase at the Steamboat Springs High School. I have had the privilege of watching every dance showcase since I began teaching at the school six years ago. Each year, the performances have gotten better and better. All have been entirely appropriate for at least two reasons.

Chris Kipfer: Federal IOUs

Reducing a complex problem to its simplest elements is often the only way to achieve understanding. Politicians rarely want a complete understanding of their proposals. Their public explanations are designed to sell themselves. They seem to be motivated by ideology, power, money, and, new to American politics, religion. However, "follow the money" is still a useful if overly simplistic investigative tool.

Steve Marshall: Johnson is missed

A remarkable person has left us. You may have thought you knew him but, in truth, you probably didn't.

Kevin Bennett: Council going west in wrong direction

If you like the idea of more traffic, more congestion, more growth, and more people, and have longed for an opportunity to personally help pay for this growth ... then your day has arrived. But if that is not your position, you might want to take a look at the new direction City Council is taking.

Soundoff for Feb. 12

Save downtown Isn't it ironic that our Routt County Commissioners are deliberately, publicly disinvesting in our downtown -- one that is world-renowned for its character -- at a time when, according to the lead story on Page 1 of the Feb. 6 Denver Post, Front Range communities are "desperate to build downtowns that offer sense of identity?" The county is attempting to unravel the fabric of our downtown while other communities are trying to build what we already have. Remember the indelible line from Joni Mitchell, "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?" When will we ever learn?

Friday, February 11

City council sets 2005 goals

While the Steamboat Springs City Council developed its list of goals for 2005, the topic of affordable housing kept rising to the surface.

Soroco wants podium finish

It took two overtimes, but Soroco's Joel Schlegal, bloody mouth and all, will wrestle another day, and teammate Matt Iacovetto will join him.

Muhme enjoying his final state meet

Culver goes hard in first tourney

Senior Randy Muhme is enjoying every moment of the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championships. Of course, winning helps.

Sailors lose heartbreaker, but hockey team gains confidence

Friday night's game between Steamboat Springs and Air Academy wasn't going to effect the post-season seeding, but that didn't seem to slow either of the teams on the ice.

Youth hockey teams play well

Peewee B: Steamboat's Peewee B team traveled to Summit County last weekend to take on the Summit Lightning. The first game was a goaltending clinic put on by Steamboat's Joey Haight and Summit's Philip Contos. Contos turned away 27 of the 29 shots he faced in goal. Steamboat was able to capitalize on goals by Charlie VonThaden and Lance Ostrom. Landen Mertz assisted on Ostrom's goal. Haight posted a shutout, stopping all 15 shots that he faced.

District names principal finalists

The list of potential successors to replace retiring Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis has been narrowed to two finalists.

YVMC surveying residents on health care

Yampa Valley Medical Center is starting a 2 1/2 week survey to learn what residents in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties think about the health care services offered in the area and how they could be improved.

Business up for next weekend

Reservations at Steamboat's major hotels are down slightly tonight, but the condominium developments at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area are 92 percent full, and advance reservations show the condos are 91 percent full for Feb. 19.

The Record for Feb. 12

Thursday, Feb. 10 1:53 a.m. A noise complaint was reported at Ninth and Aspen streets. Police responded and issued a warning.

News in brief for Feb. 12

Winners announced for sculpture competition The winners of the 2005 Winter Carnival snow sculpture competition were announced Friday. The first-place winner was "End of the Powder," located in front of The Homesteader.

Sharing our heritage

Meetings will explore heritage tourism in Routt County

There's a growing breed of tourists that seeks more than powder-laden slopes and meandering mountain trails.

Fund-raiser helps church mission trips

Thinking back quickly about all the mission trips that Pastoral Associate Tim Selby, of the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, has gone on, one woman stood out in his mind.

Thursday, February 10

High school skiers look toward state

After several top showings in the final two meets of the regular season, it would appear that the members of the Steamboat Springs High School ski teams are ready to make a run at a state title.

Future business leaders live here

More than three dozen Routt County high school students earned a trip to the state Future Business Leaders of America competition after successful showings at Monday's district tournament in Grand Junction.

The Record for Feb. 11

Wednesday, Feb. 9 12:21 a.m. An 18-year-old man in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive reportedly was taken to the hospital for over intoxication. The man was given a ticket for being a minor in consumption of alcohol.

Men plead guilty to trespassing

Two of five men who were charged with breaking into a duplex and stealing alcohol pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor criminal trespassing in Routt County Court on Thursday.

Two skiers hospitalized in accident

A skier accident at the Steamboat Ski Area sent two people to the hospital Thursday morning.

Man allegedly strips in town

Clark resident reportedly enters business, fondles woman

A 30-year-old Clark man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of breaking into a Steamboat Springs office, stripping and then fondling a woman.

SSHS artists sculpt snow

Ice axes and garden trowels come in handy

The theme provided to high school artists for this year's Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest was "Skis and snowboards; red, white and blue."

Bible group upsets parents

Two members of an international organization that distributes Bibles recently set up a booth at Steamboat Springs Middle School, prompting complaints from some parents and reviving a controversial issue that surfaced two years ago.

Grant sought for S. Routt road

The South Routt Community Center, along with the town of Oak Creek, plans to apply for a grant to provide an access road to the second level of the Community Center.

Soroco 2-1 on opening day

Iacovetto, Schlegal on to quarters

Strategy and adrenaline worked hand in hand to help Soroco's Joel Schlegal and Matt Iacovetto get off to impressive starts in the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championships.

Stars of Tomorrow to be held Monday

With "American Idol" and similar shows taking over television, offering true musical ability with a subplot of people looking like fools, it's a relief to see a good, old-fashioned, hometown talent show.

Hayden's Muhme picks up quick pin

There the Hayden wrestling contingent sat Thursday, waiting as each weight class went by. Finally, at 5:15 p.m., nearly two hours after arriving at the Pepsi Center, it was time for the Tigers to wrestle.

Reiter earns top World Cup finish

Justin Reiter was the top American finisher Wednesday in a World Cup parallel giant slalom race held in Bardonecchia, Italy, the site of the 2006 Olympic Games.

News in brief for Feb. 11

Natural gas leak found at Routt County Jail A small natural gas leak caused a little excitement at the Routt County Jail at about 6 p.m. Thursday. The leak was found in a boiler in the jail's maintenance room, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said. The boiler was shut down, and county maintenance officials plan to fix it this morning, he said. The jail is fully operational without the broken boiler, officials said. The occupants of the jail were not evacuated, but a city bus was called to the jail as a precaution.

Creating white space

A crowd gathered around Al Krnc as he pointed to the watercolor paintings hanging on the walls of the Wild Horse Gallery and told the story of how each came to be.

Arts calendar for Feb. 11

Ongoing Work by Jay Moore, Al Krnc, Hollis Williford and Don Van Horn is on display at the Wild Horse Gallery, located in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel. Call 879-7660.

Woman takes stage backed by bandmates

Christopher sings everything, including scat

The bandmates of the Tiffany Christopher Unit talk about lead singer, Tiffany Christopher, as if they are members of an admiring entourage.

CD Reviews for Feb. 11

Agent Orange "Sonic Snake Session" Available at All That Jazz for $19.98 Newly re-mastered and re-released with a second live disc, "Sonic Snake Session" is pure skatepark music. SoBe Terrain Park music. This is adrenaline-pumping music. The kind you wear in your headphones while you zone out the world and lose yourself on the slopes.

On Scene for Feb. 11

Pews emptied, stage filled It started out as five men and one microphone, but after The Persuasions warmed up Monday night, they pushed the microphone away and let the acoustics of St. Paul's Episcopal Church carry their voices. All the pews were full. The folding chairs came out for the spillover, and still, the people kept coming.

Lord of the rings

SKY club hosts down-to-earth exploration of ringed planet, Saturn

Have you ever wondered what it sounds like in outerspace? You can find out tonight as Colorado Mountain College astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake plays a recording sent back from the Huygens Probe as it fell through the atmosphere of Titan, one of Saturn's 33 moons.

Potty humor and loud guitars

How ironic for a band named Guttermouth to be punished for using profanities on stage and what a telling sign of the current music scene for a band to be shunned because of its right-leaning politics.

Playing the guitar with grease under their nails

Since everyone and their next-door neighbors started growing sideburns and wearing white T-shirts with cigarette packs rolled into the sleeve, there have been a lot of songs written about truck driving and hotrodding by people who don't know what the hell they're talking about.

Sophomores have world waiting

This band still has the fresh enthusiasm of four guys new to the stage, combined with the bluegrass chops of a band passionate about its chosen genre.

Autumn's picks for Feb. 11

Tonight "Saturn: The Real Lord of the Rings" lecture and slideshow by Jimmy Westlake When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Colorado Mountain College gymnasium, first floor of Bristol Hall Cost: Free Call: 870-4537 Why you should go: The chance to see the ringed planet through a telescope.

Autumn Phillips: Significant advice

On this Valentine's Day weekend, I would like to discuss a love malady specific to ski towns. No, this is not about the ratio. Or the Peter Pan syndrome.

Music calendar for Feb. 11

Tonight CD release party for DJ Cocheze When: 7 p.m. Where: All That Jazz, 635 Lincoln Ave.

Developers proceed with Lake Village plan

It's one step down and one big step to go for a group of developers proposing to build a 205-unit subdivision south of Hayden.

Public works expansion OK'd

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission approved the final development plans for a more than 6,000-square-foot expansion to the city's public works building on 13th Street.

Wednesday, February 9

Snowboarder cited in injury accident

A 20-year-old snowboarder was ticketed Sunday afternoon after allegedly running into a 39-year-old telemark skier and breaking her leg.

Developers present revised Lake Village sketch plan

A revised sketch plan for the Lake Village Subdivision proposed west of Routt County Road 53 and south of the Sagewood subdivision likely will satisfy the Hayden Planning Commission today.

Steamboat Lake park gets 161 acres

A 161-acre parcel that connects Steamboat Lake State Park to the Routt National Forest, preventing the park from being landlocked by private property, has been purchased officially and is in the state park's trust.

SOS series brings top results to local riders

The SOS Snowboarding Series brought 71 riders to Steamboat Springs last Saturday for a halfpipe event.

45-year-old arrested in alleged stabbing

A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a 23-year-old man in the leg early Wednesday morning.

Immigrant students' needs eyed

Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services to assist ELL children

The Steamboat Springs School District isn't the only Northwest Colorado school system with a growing population of non-English speaking students.

The Record for Feb. 10

Tuesday, Feb. 6 5:22 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive.

Briefs for Feb. 10

YVEA sends reminder of electricity's dangers

Ready to wrestle

State wrestling opens today in Denver

Ty Zabel remembers the emotions swirling in his head the first time he advanced to the state wrestling tournament. It was 1985, and he weighed 155 pounds.

Ice skaters

Team Volant and Mini Team Volant, Steamboat Springs' synchronized skate teams, fared well at the Pacific Coast Regional Championships on Jan. 28.

Steamboat skiers wrap up busy weekend

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Junior Development Freestyle Program wrapped up a busy weekend that included a Friday night event in Steamboat Springs and two days of skiing in Aspen.

Steamboat man back in court day after getting out of jail

Less than 24 hours after bonding out of jail, a 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man was back in Routt County Court on Wednesday, accused of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Investigation of Stamp's death concluded

The Colorado State Patrol's investigation into the death of 13-year-old skier Ashley Stamp's has been concluded and was turned over to the Eagle County District Attorney's Office early this week.

Liquor retailers bash bill

Liquor owners in Steamboat Springs fear a proposed change in state law could lead to last call for mom-and-pop stores.

Advocates receives El Pomar money

Steamboat Springs' Advocates Against Battering and Abuse is among a group of Northwest Colorado nonprofits to receive funds from a new El Pomar Foundation program geared toward addressing the needs of Colorado's rural communities.

Tuesday, February 8

Briefs for Feb. 8

Two injured in rollover accident on U.S. 40

Boards agree to changes

Council members, commissioners discuss west of Steamboat plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County commissioners agreed to change some key components of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan as they began to answer how far they were willing to go to make the plan work.

Sailors boys vying for Western Slope League title

Steamboat Springs senior Pat Ayres was perfect Saturday.

Hayden outruns Mustangs

Tigers eyeing Meeker showdown

Last season, an off shooting night and a second-half deficit would have been cause for concern for the Hayden girls basketball team.

Hilling hits high mark

Hayden senior scores 1,000th point in win

For nearly four years, Evan Hilling has been a varsity member of the Hayden boys basketball team. On Tuesday night, he was rewarded for his offensive consistency by scoring his 1,000th career point for the Tigers.

Smith takes 3rd in Crested Butte

By the time Marty Smith reached Elk Avenue in downtown Crested Butte, he didn't have time or energy to soak in the historic city.

Coach expects solid field for home meet

NorAm events have pulled some of the top Rocky Mountain Division freestyle skiers away from Colorado this month, but freestyle coach Nate Bird expects a strong field for this weekend's event in Steamboat.

Mardis Gras brings 'phat powder'

The abundant snow that fell all over the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area on Fat Tuesday was -- dare we say it -- "phat."

City not ready for another tax

Some old ghosts haunted the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night as members grappled with the decision to consolidate fire and EMS services with the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District.

School Board shines spotlight on Dance Showcase

For the past 10 years, Steamboat Springs High School students have entertained packed-house audiences with the annual Dance Showcase, a student-run event that puts on display the dancing talents of dozens of local teenagers.

Lions, dragons and a new year ... oh my!

The world suddenly got a lot bigger for Cole Sittig and his fellow third-graders at Soda Creek Elementary School.

County OKs Hayden Gulch permit

The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a permit Tuesday that will let Peabody Energy unload coal at its Hayden Gulch facility for the next three years.

Take the Plunge next month

Penguin Plunge fund-raiser will help buy patient simulator

As many as 100 people can help raise $40,000 for an infant human patient simulator by jumping into icy cold water in mid-March.

Winter Carnival kicks off tonight

The 92nd annual Winter Carnival begins today with a fresh blanket of snow atop Howelsen Hill.

Hayden students prepare for performance

For more than two months, fifth-grader Jacie Temple has been practicing not being herself.

The Record for Feb. 8

Monday, Feb. 7 1:15 a.m. A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.

The family of Jennifer Smelker Wells: Thank you for support

We would like to express our gratitude for the compassionate, sincere care we, the Jennifer Smelker Wells family, received from Yampa Valley Medical Center. A special thanks to Jane Howell for her many calls to us during the search for the Yampa Valley Air Ambulance on Jan. 11, 2005, and subsequent calls when it was found and in the days following. The staff of Yampa Valley Medical Center and Yampa Valley Air Ambulance, Karl Gills, Bob and Cindy Maddox, Paula Golden and others who made the special effort to fly out to Stratton to visit with the family personally. Your presence meant so much to us.

Charles and Jacqueline Oldroyd: Glad to be back

We last visited Steamboat two years ago this week when Jacqueline, my wife, was unfortunate enough to break her left leg on the slopes. The leg has healed and she finally goes back into the hospital March 8 to have the plate removed from her lower leg.

Steve Lewis: Reflect community

On the Tax Policy Advisory Board, I feel like we just worked months researching how our city can best grow a healthy garden; and your Sunday Pilot's editorial interpretation of our work? Order more pesticides.

Patrick Tolle: Is Ross qualified?

John Ross' criticism of Paul Krugman as only knowing enough to snipe at President Bush's plans for Social Security indicate only that Ross only knows enough about Krugman to snipe at him.

Tina Kyprios: Iraqi elections

The incredible story about the Iraqi elections that the main stream media has largely chosen to ignore is not just that the elections happened with incredible turnout (at least 60 percent) and a minimal loss of life (about 40 people including nine insurgents), but also that they happened is a clear indication that the insurgency is not as strong or effective as the insurgents would otherwise have us think.

Our View: A special event

The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is still going strong nearly a century after it began.

Monday, February 7

Briefs for Feb. 8

The Second Annual Penguin Plunge is March 19 at Lake Catamount. Proceeds will benefit the purchase of an Infant Human Patient Simulator for health-care provider training.

The Record for Feb. 8

2:32 a.m. A man in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive reportedly was intoxicated and causing a verbal disturbance at Colorado Mountain College. The man eventually passed out in his room.

Developers plan condos at Christie Base

A group of developers is proposing an eight-story condominium building adjacent to the Steamboat Ski Area at the upper end of Ski Time Square.

Jackson County Jail escapee found

A 27-year-old man who escaped from Jackson County Jail on Jan. 23 was picked up in Longmont on Saturday night during a routine traffic stop.

Teachers threaten legal action

Union members say School Board violated negotiated policy

Dissatisfied with the Steamboat Springs School Board's response to alleged policy violations, the union that represents a majority of district teachers is considering taking legal action against its employer.

Council on Aging gets wheelchair-accessible van

Routt County's new 12-passenger, wheelchair-accessible 2004 Ford van is expected to attract more West Routt County seniors to programs sponsored by the Routt County Council on Aging.

Tax hot topic in debate

City, fire district to discuss merge

The Steamboat Springs City Council and the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District will meet tonight to discuss consolidation.

Speakers eye postseason

Things are looking up for the Steamboat Springs High School speech and debate team.

County to decide on coal idea

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider a request for a permit allowing Peabody Energy to unload coal at its Hayden Gulch facility for the next few years.

Sunday, February 6

The Record for Feb. 7

Saturday, Feb. 5 12:10 a.m. A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near Medicine Springs Road and Village Drive.

Tom Ross: It's OK to base minority outreach on profit motive

Ski industry plans deliberate steps toward meaningful diversity

The slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area haven't been as white with snow as we might have hoped this winter. However, in matters unrelated to precipitation, the entire winter resort industry is too white for its own good. In short, diversity is noticeably lacking in the snow sports industries.

Ku Klux Klan topic of college lecture

More than 80 years ago, about 200 hooded, white-sheet clad Ku Klux Klan members marched through the streets of Yampa as immigrant workers from nearby lettuce fields watched.

Fifth-grader gets back to basics

Dog sledding a fun but challenging winter pastime for 11-year old

Eleven-year-old Krista Halsnes is one of those people you could say was born 100 years too late, her mother, Leigh Halsnes said.

News in brief for Feb. 7

Kiwanis Club talent contest entries due today The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club is seeking entries for its annual Stars of Tomorrow Talent Contest, which will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. The competition is open to all school-aged children, either enrolled in a public or private school or home-schooled. The top three finishers in each of three age groups receives a medal, and the winner of the senior age group, which is open to high school students, advances to the Stars of Tomorrow district competition. Entry forms are available at schools or by calling 723-4093. Entries are due today.

16-year-old crashes through barn

An intoxicated 16-year-old Steamboat Springs boy allegedly crashed his Jeep Cherokee through two barn walls late Saturday night, causing extensive damage to a barn on Routt County Road 14.

Fire causes major damage

A fire that started while a family was sleeping did severe damage to a house in Yampa, but no one was injured.

Saturday, February 5

Sophie Grace Vertrees

Sophie Grace Vertrees, daughter of Jules and Kent Vertrees of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 25, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Josephine Vertrees. Her grandparents are Jacquie Lewis and Bruce Caplowe of Steamboat Springs, Robert and Noel Vertrees of Columbus, Ohio, and Rudi and Illona Miklosvary of Melbourne, Australia.

Cayden Rose King

Cayden Rose King, daughter of Diane and Rich King of Craig, was born at 7:40 p.m. Jan. 26, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 3.6 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Her siblings are Casey, Cameron and Carlin King. Her grandparents are Leon and Rose Earle of Craig, and Dick and Jane King of Craig.

Brooke Lynn Germond

Brooke Lynn Germond, daughter of Jennifer and Patrick Germond of Craig, was born at 6:09 p.m. Jan. 25, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 1.5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her siblings are Rachelle, Hannah and Harley. Her grandparents are Richard and Christine Tatman of Myton, Vt., and Don and Mary Germond of Baker City, Ore. Her great-grandparents are Haynes and Iola Woolsey of Escalante, Utah.

Thomas Edward Moorehead

Thomas Edward Moorehead, son of Alana and Timothy Moorehead of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:32 p.m. Dec. 25, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 18.5 inches long. His grandparents are Rose and Richard Cordova of Farmington, N.M., and Caroline Sue Moorehead of Quary and the late Roy Tom Moorehead.

Artist hits a home run

Hayden sculptor sells piece to the Texas Rangers baseball team

On Saturday, friends and teammates surrounded Buck Showalter, manager of the Texas Rangers, as they honored him with the Manager of the Year award from Major League Baseball.

Waterside condos, retail space filling

Last year, business at Bamboo Market began pushing the limits of the heath food store's small space on Ninth Street.

Bad news, Bears

Steamboat upsets Rifle at home

One week after Rifle defeated the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team by 18 points, the Sailors responded on their court Saturday, winning 44-38, in the team's biggest victory of the season and the first defining win of first-year coach Ashley Berggren's career.

Roberts, Perricone make elite team

Alpine ski racer Drew Roberts opened the ski season with a well-defined goal: He wanted to elevate his performances to the next level.

Girls in hockey heaven

U-12 team gets first win

Screaming in pitches words couldn't accurately describe, the girls of Steamboat Springs' U-12 team rushed to hug and tackle any teammate they could find.

Five Routt County wrestlers advance to state

Soroco's Joel Schlegal spent last year watching wrestling, injured and unable to compete. This year, he will be part of the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championship field after winning the Region 1 tournament at 103 pounds Saturday.

McConnell, Letson lead SSWSC

Team sees high temperatures and good results at Beaver Creek

With temperatures pushing 50 degrees at Beaver Creek, members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had another fast day on the ski course Saturday.

Seminars span spectrum

Alpine Enrichment Program features wide range of presenters, topics

Colorado Mountain College professor Janie Swartz wants her Alpine Enrichment Program to reflect the broad interests of Routt County residents. To that end, Swartz has succeeded.

Car help close to home

Rocco Lombardi grew up watching his dad fix cars at his full-service gas station in Oak Creek and helping out wherever he could.

Sound Off for Feb. 6

Overstepping bounds The mayor of Oak Creek and Town Board overstepped their bounds when they passed a resolution condemning the Patriot Act. They do not speak for all citizens of Oak Creek. We are supposed to have a government for the people and by the people, but in Oak Creek, we have government for the mayor and by the mayor, and the Town Board allows it.

Our View: Tax board falls short

The Tax Policy Advisory Board has determined that the city's tax structure ain't broke.

Jonathan Coles: Overzealous police

I read with some interest the recent stories about the shortage of deputies in the Routt County Sheriff's Office. Apparently "Functioning without just one of its 12 patrol deputies stretches the small office" (Dec. 31).

Lucile Maxfield Bogue

Lucile Maxfield Bogue, college founder, award-winning author, educator and long-time resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away Jan. 25, 2005, in El Cerrito, Calif. She was 93.

The Record for Feb. 6

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, Jan. 29 Ryan Andrew Wells, 31, Hayden -- Fugitive of justice (Driving under revocation) (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Survivor's story

Christina Davis' experience, as told to her by those who were there

Christina Davis tells her story in the same way adults talk about their early childhoods. They retell the stories they have heard, and as they tell over and over again that funny story from when they were 2, they feel as if they almost can remember it.

National forest turns 100

Go today to the closest bit of national forest you can find.

Plan in the works

Boards to revamp West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan

For five years, city and county officials have watched the proverbial paint dry.

Mini resort ideal for gatherings

Steamboat Springs is an ideal destination for family reunions and corporate retreats, but few suitable rental properties are available for such uses.

High-tech travelers

Millennium Generation's gadgets dictate future of resort marketing

Shortly after Santa disappears back up the chimney in December, thousands of American snowboarders will be tuning their handheld satellite radios to the Weather Channel to get the snow report. And if Colorado ski areas aren't hip, they could get tuned out.

Scarcity of lots reflected

Owners of single-family homes in Steamboat Springs could find out this spring that valuation of their building lots has increased by 50 percent in two years.

Business briefs

Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs recently announced it had promoted three existing employees to new positions.

Friday, February 4

Soroco wrestlers in semifinals

The Soroco wrestling team took four wrestlers to the Class 2A Region 1 tournament in Palisade. Three have worked their way to the semifinals, inching that much closer to a berth into the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championships field.

Sailors righting their ship

One year after serving as a back-up point guard, junior Missy Chotvacs is in control of the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team.

Sailors squeak by Demons

The good news is that no one on the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team is afraid to take the outside shot. The bad news is that very few were falling Friday, so Steamboat had to win the old-fashioned way -- with fourth-quarter free throws and defense.

News in brief for Feb. 5

'Ski for Research' group holding fund-raiser Steamboat Springs is hosting through Tuesday a group of Chicago-area vacationers, who are dedicated to "Ski for Research."

Two years added to Griffith's sentence

Two years were added to a man's 12-year prison sentence after he threw a pingpong paddle through a window at the Routt County Jail.

Democrats holding meeting

The Routt County Democratic Party is having its biennial reorganization meeting, and all interested Democrats are invited.

The Record for Feb. 5

Thursday, Feb. 3 10:26 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported in the 300 block of Pine Street.

Regional economics explored

Location-neutral businesses and part-time residents are emerging economic drivers in Routt County. At the same time, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties struggle with tough oil and gas drilling issues.

Pilot program looks ahead

District will host Montessori open house for interested parents

Barely past the halfway point of the 2004-05 school year, the Steamboat Springs School District already is looking ahead to year two of its Montessori pilot program.

Steamboat U-19 strong in Gunnison

Bucking the myth that more is better, the Steamboat Springs U-19 girls hockey team needed just eight skaters to win three out of four games in Gunnison last weekend.

Five Steamboat wrestlers advance

The Steamboat Springs wrestling team heads into the second day of regional competition with all but one wrestler still alive in the consolation bracket.

Thursday, February 3

SOS to hold freestyle event this weekend

The Snowboard Outreach Series' first freestyle event of the season is this weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Transactions for Jan. 26-Feb. 1

MCMULLEN, SCOTT TO DUFFANY, BRIAN L. AND TERRELL, ELIZABETH E. FOR EAGLES NEST THM AT STAGECOACH, PHASE I, LOT 24 -- $115,000

Permits for Jan. 24 to 31

Jim & Hillary Getten 535 Pine Street Alpha Construction Alteration $75,000

Hayden to look at tap fees

Town Board will explore policy for affordable housing projects

The town of Hayden needs to establish a policy for waiving or reducing water and sewer tap fees for affordable housing projects before it makes any commitments to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

The Record for Feb. 4

Wednesday, Feb. 2 1:52 a.m. A window screen was found cut open in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Feb. 4

Knowledge bowl team hosts competition The Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team is hosting a five-school competition at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school. Steamboat's team will compete against teams from Walden, Granby, Rangely and Craig. The tournament's written round begins at about 9 a.m. in the school's Lower Emerald Mountain pod. An oral round will follow the written round. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the high school at 879-1562.

Planning advises to OK permit

The Routt County Planning Commission recommended on Thursday that a request from Peabody Energy for a special-use permit to unload coal at its Hayden Gulch facility be approved.

Skiers head to Telluride with confidence

Sam Tarrant fresh from two first-place finishes last weekend at Monarch

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle skiing team hit the road for Telluride on Thursday with new confidence gathered last weekend on the Gunbarrel mogul course at Monarch Ski Area.

Eyes of Tigers, Rams on state

Regionals will determine state wrestling field

Final seedings won't be announced until coaches arrive at Palisade High School, but things are shaping up nicely for the Soroco wrestling team and several of Hayden's wrestlers.

Drennan signs with Mesa State

Hayden senior Jesse Drennan signed a national letter of intent with Mesa State College on Thursday, committing himself to a program and a lifestyle in which football will be a focal point of his routine morning, noon and night.

Steamboat off to regionals

State berths are on the line for Sailors wrestlers

A meeting to determine seeds for the regional wrestling competition went very well for Steamboat Springs freshman Houston Mader.

BLM prints intent for swap

The Bureau of Land Management has published its intent to begin the Emerald Mountain land exchange, setting into motion one of the last legs of the controversial land swap.

First Habitat home sold back to organization

The first house built by Routt County Habitat for Humanity has been sold back to the organization.

'Boat teacher pay studied

Report: Steamboat staff paid less than market value

Many Steamboat Springs School District teachers and support staff are paid less than their peers working for similar high-performing and high cost-of-living districts, according to a multi-district comparative analysis of school employee salaries.

CCI to help with federal road rule

Colorado Counties Inc. has been invited to help draft legislation addressing a controversial 150-year-old federal rule about roads on public land.

Music calendar

Tonight ° Jazz pianist Paul Potyen When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where: Lobby of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

Employers, take note

Book tells how to lure Creative Class workers

"The Rise of the Creative Class and how it's transforming work, leisure, community and everyday life," by Richard Florida, ended up on my desk via Linda Kakela, city director of intergovernmental services. I'd heard the title before from Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Kramer, and before that it was the pet book of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

The Pleasant Valley curse

Susan Gill Jackson didn't realize how many paintings she had of Pleasant Valley until she stopped painting, dropped her artist-tired body into an armchair and surveyed her latest body of work.

Quality over quantity

After nine years of students taking the stage for the annual Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase, this year's organizers are taking it up a notch.

On scene

A new campaign for XM Satellite Radio's new XM2go portable radios features a shot of Steamboat Springs in its latest commercial.

Making it personal

Of the 20-plus Susan Thompson paintings hanging at the TEI Modern Contemporary Gallery, there is one that seems to draw everyone to it.

Steiner extends life of a tree

Maybe you remember the loud crash or the storm that brought a huge cottonwood behind Backdoor Sports to the ground. If you don't remember it, Ben Steiner does. He showed up on the scene after getting a call from a friend who was cleaning up afterward, and he took a piece of the tree home.

Arts calendar

° Opening reception for work by Jay Moore, Al Krnc, Hollis Williford and Don Van Horn will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wild Horse Gallery in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel. Call 879-7660.

Autumn's Picks

Tonight Opening reception for work by Ben Steiner and Susan Thompson When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: TEI Modern Contemporary Gallery in the Torian Plum Plaza Call: 879-2240 Why you should go: The wine is still free.

Autumn Phillips: Open your door

It's one of my favorite stories, but I never tell it. I don't tell it because it's not really a story at all. It's just a moment, a memory.

43 years and still no band

Few could have guessed The Persuasions would become the template for a cappella music back when they were standing in the corner of a record store singing five-part harmonies for the storeowner.

Band eases you onto the roller coaster

The album starts off with the sound of a needle dropping onto a record. The record starts to a pop and crackle, and a slide guitar rolls into the mix. The next thing you expect is the sound of an old man singing the blues. Instead, you're immediately reminded that you aren't listening to a record at all. You are listening to a CD that was released last summer by a bunch of young guys from Gunnison.

Seven musicians for one musical landmass

To hear the band members tell it, Pangea sounds like an entity -- a boulder that has been rolling down a mountain gathering mass and momentum -- or a local band that has been gathering members and inspiration.

CD reviews

What if Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughn were born in the last half of the 20th century instead of the first half? What if they were raised around urban beats, Korg keyboards and electric guitars instead of the baby grand pianos and horn sections of Harlem? What would they have done with their voices?

Wednesday, February 2

Board tables bylaw changes

The Education Fund Board on Wednesday tabled a vote to enact changes to its bylaws that would revise the board member appointment process and cut in half the number of Steamboat Springs School Board members who sit on the Fund Board.

Fireplace and woodstove laws get look

A 1987 ordinance that required residents to upgrade their fireplaces and woodstoves to improve air quality in the Yampa Valley is going to be re-examined.

Hearing set in meth case

A suspected methamphetamine distributor appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court.

Ski area exec predicts air passenger increase

A top ski company executive told a gathering of airline executives here Wednesday that he expects to see 11 percent growth in arriving airline passengers when final ski season numbers are in.

Serious cash for serious cause

Local students pitch in to raise money for tsunami relief

Devin DuPree and the sophomore class at Soroco High School in Oak Creek weren't sure what to expect when they decided to hold a fund-raising dinner for tsunami victims.

Local riders sweep races

Steamboat Springs is on the Alpine snowboarding map, based on results from the final Race to the Cup held in Squaw Valley, Calif.

Winter rec plan delayed

The U.S. Forest Service's final decision about how to manage winter recreation on Rabbit Ears and Buffalo passes has been delayed but is expected by early spring.

Domestic elk found with CWD in Penrose

A 4-year-old bull elk from an elk ranch near Penrose has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The Record for Feb. 3

Tuesday, Feb. 1 12:12 a.m. A noise complaint was made on Downhill Drive.

Briefs for Feb. 3

Men injured in head-on crash remain in hospitals Two men injured in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 40 last week remained in hospitals Wednesday.

Steamboat Storm gets better of Edge twice

Two of the three Steamboat Springs women's hockey teams faced each other in a weekend series at Howelsen Ice Arena that both teams were anticipating.

Tuesday, February 1

Lalive top U.S. woman in worlds training

Caroline Lalive of Steamboat Springs was the top American and finished sixth overall in a women's World Cup training run Monday.

Steamboat gets Denver split

Sailors hockey beats Mustangs, loses to Sun Devils

Although finishing strong is always important in sports, the Steamboat Springs hockey team is learning that starting strong makes a huge difference, too.

Tigers girls team climbs above .500

The Hayden girls basketball team won its fourth-straight league game Saturday, defeating Rangely, 34-26, in Rangely.

Panthers pass Tigers' test

Rangely holds off Hayden, 40-37

Saturday's game between the Hayden and Rangely boys basketball teams was exactly what everyone expected -- a back-and-forth contest that came down to one possession.

Town Board to consider conducting traffic studies

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will consider hiring an engineering firm to conduct traffic studies helping the town determine what road improvements will be needed to accommodate proposed growth.

City pans bill

Council to pay $10K to fight water measure

Steamboat Springs City Council members had harsh words Tuesday night about the state bill Sen. Jack Taylor proposed that would severely limit the city's request for recreational water rights.

Council says little about report

City Council members had little discussion Tuesday night about the Tax Policy Advisory Board's final report.

Man jumps from tanker

Driver escapes runaway truck without serious injury

A truck driver escaped serious injury Tuesday morning after jumping from the cab of a runaway tanker on Rabbit Ears Pass. After hurtling up a bank and back onto the road, the tanker, which was carrying diesel fuel, came to a stop without injuring anyone else.

Police Blotter for Feb. 2

Tuesday, Jan. 25 10:01 a.m. A juvenile received a ticket for reportedly smoking a cigarette in the 400 block of West Jefferson Avenue.

Planning will again mull Hayden Gulch

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday again will consider a request from Peabody Energy for a special-use permit to unload coal at its Hayden Gulch facility.

The Record for Feb. 2

Monday, Jan. 31 11:50 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported in the alley behind the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Feb. 2

Comedian Attaway will perform at 'Ski for DeSo' Comedian Kip Attaway will perform at the Bear River Bar & Grill for the eighth annual "Ski for DeSo" Day at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 at the door for this 21-and-older show. All proceeds from the sale of tickets to the show will be combined with an additional donation and contributed by The DeSo Foundation to the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Scholarship Fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Call 879-8632.

Scott Wedel: Half-cent tax

Steamboat should consider itself part of a local educational community. Many children move among the various local school districts. Steamboat is certainly not an island of self-sufficiency in terms of providing housing for its work force. It is morally wrong to limit the Education Fund Board money to the residents of Steamboat while depriving the same benefits to the children of the workers of the resort industry.

John Ross: Editorial far from facts

Paul Krugman's editorial in the Jan. 22 Steamboat Today about Social Security privatization is so far from the facts that I'm surprised you printed it.

Our View: Results are in

The staff at Yampa Valley Regional Airport should feel good about an air traveler survey that gives the airport and airport workers high marks.

Oak Creek talks about city police

Oak Creek officials held a Friday night work session to discuss the Oak Creek Police Department, touching on issues such as work schedules for the town's police chief and officer.

Late start or early release?

District leader plans to alter school schedule for 2005-06

After several years of discussion, the Steamboat Springs School District plans to implement late start or early release at each of its schools beginning this fall.

Carnival is showtime for band

Outside of the occasional star athlete, it's not often that high school students receive national publicity. But for the past 70 years, members of the Steamboat Springs High School Band have captured headlines for their unique musical talent -- playing instruments while on skis.

Property owner disputes violations

Routt County landowner L.A. "Butch" Dougherty told county officials Monday that he was not in violation of zoning regulations. Monday was the deadline the county set for Dougherty to bring his land into compliance with county rules.

Duran skis to second place

Patrick Duran skied to second-place finishes in two downhill events held at Beaver Creek Saturday and Sunday.