Monday, January 31
Taylor Coe and Vikki Brown led the way for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on Sunday during a blazing fast Alpine Super-G race on the Vagabond ski run.
Employees at Yampa Valley Regional Airport rated high, and airport facilities rated low in a recent customer satisfaction survey.
Colorado Quitline wants to help smokers stop
Sunday, January 30
Saturday, Jan. 29 2:43 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
Food-safety training course offered Friday A restaurant food-safety training course will be offered in Spanish from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Routt County Courthouse Annex. The cost is $30 and includes materials and a certificate. Call (303) 669-4024 to register.
Elk Mountain Cemetery is the kind of place you could pass a thousand times and never know it was there. Of the 75 people who are buried there, only a few tombstones remain on the wind swept hill along Routt County Road 44.
After fatal crash, program is on hold until comprehensive review is complete
The Board of Trustees for Yampa Valley Medical Center will begin a comprehensive review of the hospital's air ambulance program in the wake of a crash that killed the pilot and two hospital employees.
The Routt County Communications Department answered 7,580 phones calls, 697 of which were 9-1-1 calls, in December.
Sunday, Jan. 30 1:01 a.m. A drunk pedestrian was reported walking near Riverside Drive and U.S. Highway 40.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is looking for a new marketing director to replace Kim Mitchell, who recently resigned as marketing and online communications director.
Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak feels as if she is on the final road to recovery, and she is turning her attention to thanking the people who have helped her the most during the past year.
Greetings from the extreme north of the Republic of Texas
Have you ever stopped to think what life would be like if Steamboat Springs were in Texas?
In its final report, the Tax Policy Advisory Board's first recommendation is to keep the city's current tax structure intact.
Annual ski-racing event raises money to fight Multiple Sclerosis
Stacey Kramer has been organizing Vertical Express for Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years. She originally got involved because of the people she has known with MS. The first person she met with the disease was her best friend's mother. Kramer was six years old.
Three stores received citations for not checking the identification cards of underage consumers during Steamboat Springs Police Department compliance checks Saturday night.
Saturday, January 29
Former Routt County resident Donald L. Boettler passed away Dec. 28, 2004. He was 59.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Nellie Gray Soash died Jan. 15, 2005, surrounded by family in her home at Mantey Heights Care Center in Grand Junction. Soash was 13 days shy of her 98th birthday.
Steamboat adventurers paddle New Zealand coastline
When John Spezia's friend Sandy Shea informed him he was taking a year's sabbatical and had always dreamed of paddling a sea kayak along the New Zealand coastline, Spezia didn't hesitate.
Book, CD and movie reviews are reserved for 4 Points, but I have been told -- and I admit -- I have poor taste in literature and music, so I won't be writing anything for Autumn Phillips anytime soon.
Super-G resumes today at Steamboat Ski Area
Those skiers and riders attempting a mid-morning run down Vagabond ski trail Saturday were greeted with a surprise -- a rare super-G race on the Steamboat Ski Area intermediate run.
Steamboat beats Rifle by 11 on Saturday
As defending Western Slope League champions, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team is counting on getting everyone's best shot. The coaches know it. The players know it, and that is how they prefer it.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club crowns multiple champions
Between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, every ski jump at Howelsen Hill was put to good use.
Snowboard coach second at X Games
Cactus Nemec thought she had it.
An undisclosed amount of money reportedly was taken from an office in The Outlaws Restaurant in Ski Time Square late Friday or early Saturday.
Stagecoach couple welcome 3 boys, juggle life with 5 kids younger than 4
Every now and then, Mark and Bonnie Porter stand in disbelief in front of the crib holding their three baby boys.
Schools help Spanish speakers adapt to English-speaking classes
After watching his daughter struggling with mathematics, Roberto Gomez picked up the telephone one night and dialed the number of her sixth-grade teacher. A short time later, Gomez was getting a math lesson of his own.
Gart looks great About the new Gart building: I think it looks great, especially compared to the peach palace that's across the street.
Although I disagree with the decision of the Oak Creek Town Board in passing "a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act," I applaud the symbolism. This act of representative democracy is in the greatest tradition of this free land. Given that the resolution was passed unanimously by the board, I can conclude only that opposition to the Patriot Act is fully representative of the views of Oak Creek residents and businesses. This saddens me.
"Hooray for URA" was the headline for the Our View commentary on the City Council's approval of the urban renewal authority in the Jan. 19 Today.
After the county commissioners signed off on the area plan, they decided to build a new courthouse with room for all necessary offices and personnel in a downtown campus in Steamboat Springs.
On Sunday, Jan. 16, I was witness to an event in our community that I think was an inspiration to all who participated and attests to the giving nature of Steamboat residents.
We have long held that the city of Steamboat Springs' application for recreational in-channel diversion rights on the Yampa River was a smart move on behalf of our tourism-based economy.
Saturday, Jan. 22 Christopher John Jaquet, 25, Telluride -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se, speeding, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Libby Foster can't help but take her work home. As the case manager for Partners in Routt County, Foster spends many nights with the names and faces of local children swirling inside her head. She often imagines the perfect adult mentor for each before drifting off to sleep.
Colorado Ski for Women raises money, awareness for domestic violence
Greg Burkholder seemed strangely comfortable gliding around on skate skis, decked out in a red pom-pom poodle skirt, lipstick and blue bob wig.
Baldwin doesn't remember crash
Tim Baldwin doesn't remember the plane crash that claimed three of his colleagues and almost killed him. In a way, he's glad that he doesn't.
Audio tape depicts dramatic rescue of lone crash survivor
Rawlins, Wyo., was cold, snowy and relatively quiet on the evening of Jan. 11. Several inches of newly fallen snow covered the area's open landscape, and Tana Davi was enjoying a quiet night at her post in the Carbon County Sheriff's Office.
Andrew Kenneth Kempers, son of Jennifer and Scott Kempers of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:27 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His siblings are Matthew and Daniel. His grandparents are Glenn and Cindy Kempers of Grand Junction, Ken and Jeannene Hanson of Los Alamos, N.M., and Earle Marie Hanson and Dean Carstens of Los Alamos.
Weston Richard Boese, son of Donna and Rick Boese of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11 a.m. Jan. 22, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 21.25 inches long.
Ashley Estefany Mota-Javalera, daughter of Hilda Azurena Javalera Loya and Jonathan Israel Mota Aragon of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:20 p.m. Jan. 21, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Her grandparents are Susana Banuelos Hdz., Amondo Mota Banuelos, Everardo Javalera Holguin and Hilda Azurena Loya Corral.
Emily Summer Hillewaert, daughter of Mistly Alger and Anthony Hillewaert of Craig, was born at 7:32 p.m. Jan. 20, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 20.75 inches long. Her siblings are Kalob and Tyson Hillewaert. Her grandparents are Tony and Lisa Hillewaert of Craig, Laura Major of Craig and Andy and Maggie Alger of Thorton.
Preston Ryan Gonzales, son of Jenny Blevins and Charlie Gonzales III of Walden, was born at 4:18 p.m. Jan. 12, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. His sibling is Troy Gonzales. His grandparents are Linda Maurath of Walden, Dean Blevins of Walden, and Charlie and Jackie Gonzales of Walden. His great-grandparents are Iris Blevins of Walden, Charles Glenn of Walden, and Bertha and Charlie Gonzales of Walden.
Peter Dale Wichelhaus, son of Kathy and Todd Wichelhaus of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:06 p.m. Jan. 11, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. His sibling is Luke Wichelhaus. His grandparents are Eric and Libbie Wichelhaus of New Jersey, and Dale and Bernice Montz of Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Sennott Jr. of West Barnstable, Mass., and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lachman of Rye, N.Y., and West Palm Beach, Fla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Nina Lachman, to Ryan Cessna Snowden Lightner, son of Drs. Jeffrey and Nancie Lightner of Merion, Penn., and Harrisonburg, Monterey and Virginia Beach, Va.
Routt County ag producers take top honors at Western Stock Show
The 99th National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show held in Denver earlier this month reported record attendance with 633,544 people. Competitors came from across the United States and Canada, representing the best of the best in agriculture. Among those, Routt County's own fared well, proving that some of the best ranchers and agricultural producers are right here in our back yard.
First National Bank of the Rockies has announced the promotion of Todd Young to bank manager for the Craig office.
Economist predicts renewed interest of foreign investors, Californians
A leading Colorado economist thinks another wave of immigration from California is gathering steam, and a weakened dollar could lead to an increase in foreign investment in Steamboat Springs and other resort towns.
Elaborate home theaters, heated driveways and indoor water falls are just a few features that, though considered luxuries by most standards, are becoming increasingly common in Routt County's ever-growing high-end home market.
What used to be an empty field along a relatively quiet section of Elk River Road is now a busy hub for light-industrial companies and customers seeking products including pet food and custom bicycles.
At least five resort condominium projects are preparing to get under way in Steamboat Springs this year, but Michael Hurley is confident his project has the jump on everyone else's.
Friday, January 28
The deadline for Routt County landowner L.A. "Butch" Dougherty to bring his property into compliance with county rules is fast approaching, but Dougherty has not notified the county that anything has been done.
Realtors gather for Rocky Mountain Resort Alliance annual meeting
Selling real estate in resort communities is very different from selling real estate in metro areas.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office is investigating two significant theft cases reported in the past week. In unrelated situations, two homeowners have reported thousands of dollars of housewares and personal goods stolen, Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.
Birmingham Partners LLC 1585 Mid-Valley Drive Owner/Contractor Tenant Finish $75,000
Anthea Kreston, Rieko Aizawa and Jason Duckles are the young, hip faces of classical music. All in their early 30s, they've grown past classical music's obsession with the young prodigy that traps so many players in their teens and early 20s into a mature but contemporary voice for their chosen profession.
FOREMAN, JOSEPH GUY TO TOWN OF OAK CREEK FOR OAK CREEK, TOWN OF PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED IN LOT A, 3RD ADD TO TOWN OF OAK CREEK -- $4,300
Two Steamboat Springs skiers found themselves on the podium at the recent Telemark Nationals Telecross event at Copper Mountain.
12:22 a.m. An attempted burglary was reported in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. A bent screen window was found on the ground, but nothing was missing from the home.
A 31-year-old Texas man was sentenced Friday to jail time for running over part of a tent that his girlfriend and his brother were sleeping in, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his bail bond conditions a week after the incident.
Oak Creek has purchased the small strip of land needed for the new roof on its open-air ice rink and is working to get official building permits for the project, which is finished.
The Hayden boys basketball team accomplished a nine-game winning streak Friday with an easy win against Soroco in Hayden.
Sailors, Rams win matches
One week before the biggest meet of the year, the Hayden and Steamboat Springs wrestling teams lightened the mood with an exhibition match -- one, one-armed 125-pound Steamboat wrestler (Houston Mader) versus two Hayden wrestlers, 103-pounder Zed Wheelock and 112-pounder Jeff Dunn.
Hayden girls pull out win against rivals
The Soroco girls basketball team's tenacity proved a good match for the Hayden girls Friday, though it wasn't enough to beat the Tigers in Hayden.
Terry Wattles said Friday that his son Ryan, 22, and his fellow soldiers look forward to the boxes that arrive in Afghanistan from relatives, friends and even schoolchildren they haven't met.
Yampa Valley Medical Center's announcement expected Monday
The Board of Trustees for Yampa Valley Medical Center will make an announcement Monday regarding the future of the Yampa Valley Air Ambulance, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Thursday, January 27
Maybe because of their Hammond B3 organ, people like to call the Greyhounds a funk band, and maybe because of their harmonica and lap steel, those who don't call them a funk band like to call them a blues band. Andrew Trube, who plays guitar, harmonica, lap steel and bass and is a vocalist for the band, begs to differ.
The Oak Creek Town Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act and creating a "civil liberties safe zone" at its Thursday night meeting.
The set is purposely spare, with just a few risers that act as the stage and one or two easily removed props. There are no elaborately constructed walls like the ones the Steamboat Community Players used to build at the Seventh Street Playhouse because the stage has to be torn down and stored at the end of every night.
Split Lip Rayfield played in Steamboat last year as the opening band for Reverend Horton Heat. Now the band is returning as the headliner of its own show. The band is touring on the heels of its fourth album, "Should Have Seen It Coming," which was released by the Ã¼ber cool, Chicago-based record label Bloodshot Records. (Bloodshot has put out such bands as the Bottle Rockets, Legendary Shack Shakers and Trailer Bride.)
"Things are strange in Steamboat right now." It was my weekly phone call to my mom. I listened to myself as everything just poured out, and it sounded like I was describing a plague.
Tonight ° Jazz pianist Paul Potyen When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where: Lobby of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ° Steamboat Jazz Trio When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399
There is a group of people who believe in a phenomenon called the Indigo Child, a kind of child who often is diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Openings ° An artist reception for Thomas D. Mangelsen will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Images of Nature, 730 Lincoln Ave. Call 871-1822.
Max Damore paintings are like mazes that you follow with your eyes. The lines wind around each other and fold into the shapes of figures or scenery. They play across the canvas like musical notes leaving the bell of a horn. They creep across the canvas like a sloth along a branch. They capture the things that Damore sees and hears -- a shape, a song, a moment with his wife.
Midway through the fourth quarter, with the game all but decided, DeBeque's Haylee Graham fired a three-point shot.
Moonshiners rally The best band to never be a band, Storm Mountain Moonshiners, had a big weekend. On Friday night, five bands played in as many hours, raising $10,000 for the Airborn/Dearborn racing team to enter the Jimmie Huega Vertical Express for M.S.
Chris Whitley "Weed" This musician was recommended by Donavon Frankenreiter during a phone interview last week, and, well, it sounds just like Frankenreiter with the exception of Whitley's eccentric playing style that makes you concerned for the guitar. (Frankenreiter actually recommended Whitley's album "Perfect Day.")
You can only say, "I was famous in Australia" for so long. Now, it's time for Tamika Tyler to stop living in the past and prove that she can top the country music charts in the United States in the same way she did in her native Australia.
Soroco boys basketball team wins, 44-39, against DeBeque
Must win. That's how the Soroco boys basketball team approached Thursday's game against DeBeque. The result didn't matter in the league standings, but the Rams, who entered the game as losers of five straight, needed to begin the toughest three days of their regular season with a victory.
Two men were critically injured Thursday morning in a head-on collision four miles west of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40.
Olympic medalist Travis Mayer was promoted to the A team of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team on Tuesday after winning his first career World Cup on Jan. 15 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Steamboat Chix with Stix dropped two games to the Bandits of Denver last weekend at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Erin Simmons has a chance to make $20,000 for minutes of work this weekend in Aspen.
Josh Bryan and Lisa Perricone led the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in the second day of super-G races at Beaver Creek.
Colorado Ski for Women fund-raiser benefits Advocates
Every year, the number of men, women and children who show up to support Advocates Against Battering and Abuse almost doubles at the Colorado Ski for Women benefit. In the first year, a few people showed up to the fledgling event. Two years ago, the count was 85, and last year, 125 people registered -- most dressed in ridiculous costumes --and skied or snowshoed the five kilometers to the finish line.
Wednesday, Jan. 26 7:59 a.m. A person reportedly used a key to scratch the side of a truck parked at a business in Clark.
Middle school seeking adult volunteers for club Steamboat Springs Middle School needs adult volunteers for its new after-school study club. The club, created to help students complete homework assignments and improve academic skills, meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Volunteers are asked to commit to a Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday schedule. For more information, call the school at 879-1058.
The South Routt Economic Development Council is anticipating a successful year after kicking off its 2005 business with elections earlier this week.
Wednesday, January 26
The town of Oak Creek could become one of a few hundred municipalities across the nation to oppose the USA Patriot Act.
Jay Pearson died Jan. 20 in backcountry skiing accident
Steamboat Springs resident James "Jay" Pearson, 29, who died Jan. 20 in a backcountry skiing accident in Jackson County, was taking time away from his professional career to spend a second winter skiing at Steamboat, a close friend said this week.
How Bryan Fletcher would recover from two knee surgeries was unknown, but he answered any questions with three podium finishes in four events at the 2005 North American Junior Championships in special jumping and Nordic combined last weekend.
Tickets are on sale for the 2005 state high school wrestling and basketball championships.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Patrick Duran picked up a win, and teammate Lisa Perricone skied to a second-place finish at an International Ski Federation super-G race Tuesday in Beaver Creek.
For Elizabeth Black, the new executive director of the Yampa Valley Affordable Housing Authority, the move to Steamboat Springs should be relatively easy.
Charges have been filed against a 38-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting a child while he was "a person in a position of trust" relative to the child.
Skier Drew Roberts is having quite a winter. After winning a NorAm Cup slalom Jan. 6 in Maine, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete left for Europe, where he will be competing in the World Junior Championships in mid-February.
Lucile Bogue called 'indomitable spirit'
College founder, award-winning author and indomitable spirit Lucile Bogue passed away early Tuesday at her home in El Cerrito, Calif. She was 93.
A group that wants to keep the county's courts downtown is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to follow its preliminary decision and deny Routt County's request for a wetlands permit.
Tuesday, Jan. 25 2:02 a.m. An intoxicated person reportedly was trying to get into someone else's hotel room in the 3100 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Routt County agencies help rescue snowmobiler The Routt County Sheriff's Office and Routt County Search and Rescue helped in a snowmobile rescue Wednesday in Grand County.
Tuesday, January 25
Bob Maddox, owner of Mountain Flight Services, has asked to resign as chairman of the Yampa Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Karen Montieth owns horses and her children are in 4-H. That means lots of friends bring their families to the Montieth home for horseback rides.
Welding program garners grant
Kenny Gehrman has gotten a good start on his goal of someday owning his own "Monster Garage" where, like the popular TV show, he dreams of fashioning flashy cars out of drab pieces of metal.
Most people probably can think of a lot of things they'd rather do than speak in front of a room full of people.
An illness spreading through the Hayden wrestling room limited the number of Tigers who took a trip to Leadville during the weekend.
Soroco's Shaye Bruggink placed fourth, and Joel Schlegal and Matt Iacovetto placed fifth in the tough Leadville Tournament on Saturday.
Just when things started to click, the Soroco girls basketball team took to the road to play the first of three straight weekends of road games.
In a little more than an hour, the Hayden boys basketball team defeated the Moffat County junior varsity for the second time this season.
Behind an efficient offense and a new defensive press, the Hayden girls basketball team has won five of its past seven games, including two of its past three.
Recognizing that their constituents help fund Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education, South Routt School Board members want to get a piece of the action for their schools.
Monday, Jan. 24 12:34 a.m. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and child abuse for reportedly slapping a pregnant woman in the face in the 600 block of Tamarack Drive.
Weight control, nutrition series starts Feb. 1 The Visiting Nurse Association is offering "Where did my waist go?" -- a six-week weight control and nutritional health series beginning Feb. 1. Registered dietitian Roberta Gill will conduct the sessions, which will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the VNA office. The cost is $60 and includes a pedometer. Call 879-1632 to sign up.
A memorial service will be held Monday in Maryland for a former Steamboat Springs resident killed in a car accident Sunday in Summit County.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners overruled its Planning Commission and changed a permit for Steamboat Lake Outfitters that had been appealed by neighboring property owners.
The Routt County Sheriff's Office will be short four patrol deputies by the end of this month and could lose a fifth in the coming months, which would cut its patrol force in half.
Mel Baker, a 14-year veteran of the Steamboat Springs Airport, is taking over the reins of the city airport as city officials decide what to do with the airport manager position.
Parking-ticket scofflaws are getting the boot in downtown Steamboat Springs -- at last.
Steamboat Springs School District officials have narrowed the field of candidates seeking its two open principalships to seven people per position.
Officials hope to bridge gap between immigrants, schools
Meeting the needs of Routt County's growing immigrant population is a relatively new predicament for the Steamboat Springs School District and one it hopes to further address at a special meeting tonight at Soda Creek Elementary School.
Monday, January 24
With a budget repeatedly hurt by state funding shortfalls, Horizons Specialized Services is considering new ways to bolster revenues, including asking voters to approve a mill levy.
More than 120 elementary students absent Monday
The school nurse's office has been a popular place for elementary students as "the bug" is causing an increase in absences for both students and teachers. Soda Creek Elementary School in Steamboat Springs was the hardest hit on Monday, with 73 students and 12 staff members calling in sick, Principal Judy Harris said.
City fighting to defeat bill by State Sen. Jack Taylor
City of Steamboat Springs officials are concerned that a bill sponsored by State Sen. Jack Taylor could hurt the city's recreational water right application. Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, has proposed a bill that would limit recreational water rights so that they can be used for only kayaking, and require that at least 10 kayakers be on the water before the water could be released.
Routt County will not have to pay attorney fees and court costs to former chief building official Mark Marchus for a lawsuit the county brought against him, a judge ruled last week.
12:13 a.m. A 37-year-old man was arrested near Clubhouse Drive and Steamboat Boulevard on suspicion of driving with a revoked license.
Terry Doherty, fair board coordinator, resigned from her position a few weeks ago, and Routt County is looking for someone to fill her place.
Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is scheduled to undergo knee surgery Wednesday for what she hopes is the final time.
Steamboat skiers and snowboarders would be thrilled with an average January snowfall, but that's something that has eluded Mount Werner for three of the last four Januarys. As the ski area enters the last week of the month, there is snow in the forecast, but it would take 3 feet to reach the historical average.
Steamboat Springs skiers traveled to Vail last weekend and posted top results at a Rocky Mountain Division meet. Caterina Mader highlighted the local results with a third-place finish in Saturday's single mogul event and a victory in Sunday's dual mogul event.
Cross country coach Brian Tate took 19 members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to the 2002 Olympic venue in Soldier Hollow, Utah, last weekend to test their skills against a field of 500 at a Super Junior Olympic qualifier.
Olympic Silver medalist Travis Mayer was within one run of picking up his second World Cup victory in a month Saturday during a dual mogul event in Fernie, British Columbia.
Routt County Sheriff John Warner is asking residents to be on the lookout for an inmate who escaped from the Jackson County Jail on Sunday night.
Sunday, January 23
12:23 a.m. During a routine traffic stop, Steamboat Springs Police arrested a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
An award-winning program coming to Northwest Colorado will encourage parents and their children to "get real" when communicating with one another.
The South Routt School Board will rely on community input to assist in the hiring of its next superintendent. Last week, in a narrow 4-3 vote, School Board members approved a plan to form a parallel interview committee of district staff, parents and community members that will meet with and interview each of the district's four eventual superintendent finalists.
Marvin Crawford was a singular figure in American ski racing, and by all accounts a gentleman of unmatched integrity. He was an Olympian and a member of a world championship team. And Marv was arguably the best college ski racer of all time. Oh yes, and he was the general manager of the Storm Mountain Ski Area (now the Steamboat Ski Area) in its early days -- 1964 through 1967.
Volunteers are needed for the 92nd annual Winter Carnival street events, to be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Feb. 12 and 13. Call Jody Anagnos at 879-0882, ext. 203.
Saturday, January 22
The Routt County Planning Commission was right to recommend rejection of Xcel Energy's permit for a rail spur to haul coal across part of the Carpenter Ranch. Xcel argued its plan is the best of nearly a dozen options for establishing a new route for getting coal to the Hayden Power Station. But planning commissioners weren't convinced. Neither are we.
Trend in crashes spurs nationwide NTSB air ambulance investigation
The Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crash is among 12 medical flight crashes in the past 12 months. Thirty-seven people, including three Steamboat Springs medical personnel, died in those accidents.
Samantha Fuhrer, 2, skied down a tiny slope at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Thursday, held up by her dad, Tim Fuhrer. She squealed with joy as her mom, Jennie Fuhrer, filmed her.
Networking group focuses on personal referrals
Routt County's lone business eagles have a new opportunity to soar with a flock.
Zoe Alexandra Leach, daughter of Lisa and Eric Leach of Stagecoach, was born at 1:01 p.m. Jan. 6, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Ellen Archer of Birmingham, Mich.; Joe Archer of Treasure Island, Fla.; Margaret Leach of Neffs, Pa.; and Alan Leach of Neffs, Pa.
Bradley Norman Hoskinson, son of Lynda and Brandon Hoskinson of Oak Creek, was born at 8:36 p.m. Jan. 10, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His siblings are Brittany and Bryan Hoskinson. His grandparents are Debbie Hoskinson of Oak Creek, Norm Hoskinson of Oak Creek, Brian Ledwell of Jamestown and Teresa Ledwell of Jamestown.
Logan James Erickson, son of Erin and Jeffrey Erickson of Stagecoach, was born at 1:05 a.m. Jan. 11, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His sibling is Bosch Erickson. His grandparents are Joyce Nothnagel of Oak Creek, Connie and Larry Berry of Morrison, and Dan and Jeanine Erickson of Tustin, Calif.
Tips for do-it-yourselfers
It starts right about now. Checking the mailbox every day, knowing that the W2's are coming. The 1040A has arrived, and the tax men and women are fielding phone calls.
Stacey Elizabeth Wickland and Christopher William Marks were married on Sept. 18, 2004, at Forest Highlands in Flagstaff, Arizona. A dinner reception followed the outdoor ceremony.
Ivy Megan Lowe, daughter of Jessica Ketchem, was born Nov. 26, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Her sibling is Lilli. Her grandparents are Annie and Mike Terrill of Craig, Sam and Sharon Ketchum of Craig, Dan and Deb Lowe of Craig, and Marty Ketchum of Grand Junction.
Kaedance Joe Backes, daughter of Lyla and Randall Backes of Hayden, was born at 8:03 a.m. Jan. 4, 2005. She weighed 4 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 16 inches long. Her grandparents are Lyle Valora of Hayden, Gail Valora of Hayden, Larry Backes of Milner and Glenda Backes of Milner.
Phoenix Macaulay Wadley, son of Gillian and Marcel Sequoya Wadley of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:42 a.m. Dec. 30, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Carol and Mike Roe of Culross, Scotland; Bill and Hella Wadley of Plantation, Fla.; and Bill Macaulay of Glasgow, Scotland.
"It's OK to love your sled" -- and it's desirable to take chances in advertising.
Steamboat Springs JSM Builders Inc. 3250 Snowflake Court Owner/Builder Duplex -- Left Unit $799,950
BUCK, ERIC C. AND BUCK, LISA C. TO PAGANI, FRANCIS D. AND ANASTASI, NANCY C. FOR BIG VALLEY RANCH SUBD F2A LOT: 15 -- $490,000
Renewed consumer confidence gives brokers something to smile about
Real estate activity in 2004 moved like a locomotive: It started out slow in the first quarter and gradually gained speed through the summer, fall and winter -- easily setting new records for annual sales and transactions in the area covered by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.
At some point in their lives, many people look to the hills for a mountain retreat, a home away from home where they can enjoy peace and quiet among aspen groves and pine trees.
Bookstore sponsors tsunami relief drive
The rodeo season is months away from the snow-covered floor of the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs, but that didn't stop 70 professional cowboys from coming to Steamboat Springs last week for the annual Cowboy Downhill.
Pitkin official advises careful analysis of shifting population
Aspen Drug, a successful corner drug store in downtown Aspen for more than a century, closed about a year ago. A timeshare "Discovery Center" now occupies the space.
The Steamboat Springs hockey team got back in the win column with an entertaining 5-3 victory against Liberty on Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Two points separate Sailors from victory
When trailing in a close game, all a team can ask for is chances to tie or win, and that's exactly what the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team got Saturday.
Eagle Valley one of league's best
Kelly Meek, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach famous for his meticulous scouting reports and schemes for the opposition, stood before his team with nothing going into Saturday's game.
Nine Steamboat seniors graduate in December to get an early jump on future
Jessica Abate isn't sure what her future holds, but one thing is for certain -- it doesn't include another day of high school.
The Lowell Whiteman School junior Alex Horner was named the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's student of the month for December.
Oak Creek's new treasurer keeps busy with two businesses, new position
Karrie Littman's saying always has been, "Stress creates productivity."
The South Routt Economic Development Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Oak Creek Town Hall. Call 736-0312.
Am I missing something? Every day I read in the paper as if the only question is where to put the Hall of Justice. Didn't we, the people of Routt County, vote that we did not want a new justice center? We do not need a new Taj Mahal of Justice. We're tired of the overbearing, overstaffed Routt County legal, judicial and social services system.
Friday, January 21
Steamboat Clay Artisans sent e-mails to the 24 artists who donated a total of more than 500 hours of volunteer time last year to the annual Soup Bowl Supper fund-raiser. The e-mail asked whether they would be willing to help out again. Soup Bowl Supper co-chairwoman Deb Babcock said she was surprised by how quickly everyone replied.
Despite breaking two boot buckles just before starting Friday's giant slalom race in Loveland, Steamboat Springs High School ski racer Jenny Allen was able to cruise to a second-place finish, helping her team win the meet.
Even if high school basketball had a shot clock, it's not like this year's Steamboat Springs girls basketball team would use it -- or need it.
For two periods in Friday night's hockey game everything seemed to be going as planned for the Sailors.
Both South Routt School District principals will return to their posts for the 2005-06 academic year after the School Board approved one-year contracts for secondary school Principal James Chamberlin and elementary school Principal Kim Rabon.
A purse that was reported stolen from an unlocked car in the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center parking lot the day after Thanksgiving was found Wednesday.
12:28 a.m. A missing person was reported. A skier hadn't been heard from for about 12 hours. The reporting person called back at about 7 a.m. to say the person was safe.
Request to unload coal at Hayden Gulch facility put on hold
The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday tabled a special-use permit request from Peabody Energy to unload coal at its Hayden Gulch facility about two miles southeast of Hayden.
In his first 10 years of teaching instrumental music at various Colorado high schools, Ken Crombie saw only one of his students selected to an all-state band or orchestra roster.
A 29-year-old Steamboat Springs man was killed Thursday in a backcountry skiing accident in Jackson County. He fell while skiing steep terrain and tumbled 50 to 70 feet into a rock field.
Thursday, January 20
Dan Bonner is willing to wager that most people don't realize there are more than 280 businesses in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Old Town Hall will become museum, visitors center
Oak Creek's Old Town Hall is going to be saved. By next fall, it should be transformed into a museum and visitors center.
State lawmakers aren't the only outsiders who have taken an interest in Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education.
Wednesday, Jan. 19 7:57 a.m. A vehicle reportedly was blocking the entrance of Dream Island Mobile Home Community in the 1400 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Chamber seeking events for it 2005 calendar The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is asking for events to be submitted for its 2005 calendar. The calendar includes events in April through October and will be available on the Chamber's Web sites, the Summer Visitors Guide and other visitor-information publications. Call 879-0882, ext. 203, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a submission form. The deadline is Feb. 14.
A 29-year-old Steamboat Springs man was killed Thursday in a backcountry skiing accident in Jackson County. He fell while skiing steep terrain and tumbled 50 to 70 feet into a rock field.
I'm not the kind of girl who aprÃs skis with just anyone. It has to be special. Consider this analogy: The car pulls up to your door at the end of a date. You sit for one last minute with the engine running, and you make a decision. Some people get a quick hug and a "don't call me again" pat on the back and others get invited in for more conversation.
This is how bands form, but members of the Storm Mountain Moonshiners are in full denial that this weekend's show is anything more than a one-time gig for charity. They just happen to be having a really good time practicing for it.
The Hayden School District is meeting the state's accreditation requirements and will continue to be accredited by the Colorado Department of Education, according to a report submitted to the district late last year.
Commissioner: High cost of living will force young people out
It doesn't take much to get Mick Ireland talking. He has lived in Aspen for more than 25 years, and the more he has watched the quality of life change for the people around him, the louder his voice gets.
Commissioners: Plan 'flies in face' of promise to protect ranch
The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday denied a special-use permit for Xcel Energy to build a controversial railroad spur through the Carpenter Ranch and other properties.
The Steamboat Volleyball Club began last year with 13 members. This year, the club Marilou Jones founded has 25 members and three teams already enjoying success in Colorado.
For many top riders, the Snowboarding World Championships serve as a stage to showcase their talents. But for Steamboat Springs rider Justin Reiter, this week's events in Whistler, British Columbia, were more like a classroom.
Steamboat falls to Rifle, Battle Mountain
Last year, when the Steamboat Springs wrestling team traveled to Rifle for a dual, it took all of 10 minutes before the Sailors were defeated and back on the bus.
As a private citizen, I took early retirement in 1998 from a marketing job in Connecticut specifically to volunteer for the Carpenter Ranch. I made this decision as an individual not knowing anyone in Steamboat Springs but believing strongly in what The Nature Conservancy was doing at the Carpenter Ranch. In the seven years that have transpired, my belief in and admiration for these efforts have only grown.
Hip-hop is everywhere, but not everyone is listening. For many, walking through that door for the first time into a new genre can be intimidating. Consider Yo, Flaco! a password to enter a new world if you've never been there.
Tonight ° Steamboat Jazz Trio When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399
Name: Chris Painter Occupation: Library director, Bud Werner Memorial Library Book: "The Love Wife," by Gish Jen
Why do we find it necessary to form opinions about things that don't directly affect us -- things thousands of miles away? Why do we argue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the comfort of a downtown restaurant or read books about wars that took place decades or even centuries ago?
Donavon Frankenreiter songs sound like they were written in the back of a van with the doors wide open and the ocean crashing nearby. They sound like the kind of songs you play around a campfire or to your girlfriend on the couch in your living room.
Tony Counts, aka Kat in tha Hat, our favorite artist/musician/ poet, found himself unexpectedly on stage last Thursday night at the Carlos Washington concert at Levelz. Halfway through the concert, Carlos Washington walked to the microphone and said, "All right. Tonight is open mic night."
Drink beer in celebration of a bard's life
They sat around Nora Parker's long dining room table one Friday night passing bread and cheese, drinking thick Irish beer and discussing history and the derivation of various Celtic names and traditions.
Don't be afraid to spit. That's the best advice Cat Loyd, event manager for the Steamboat Winter Wine Showcase, has for attendees to the Grand Tasting, where 200 wines will be on hand for the swilling.
Name: Kevin Bennett Occupation: Businessman, former City Council president Top 11 songs:
Tell me what you listened to in high school and I'll tell you when you grew up, what you looked like and who you hung out with. I'll stereotype you right, left and center, especially if you were the type of person who loved The Cure.
It took Janice Lawrence a while to figure out what made Steamboat Blue -- the color in the sky that is unique to this area. After months of experimenting, she created a match so close, she should patent it: a little ultramarine mixed with fallow blue, yellow ochre and white.
° "Recent Works by Paul F. Morris and Jennifer Scott McLaughlin" is on display at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. through Feb. 20. The Depot is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 879-9008.
Tonight ° Robert Burns Supper When: 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
Wednesday, January 19
It didn't seem to matter whether it was a sprint or a classic race; the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country ski team found the podium last weekend during a pair of races at the Spring Gulch Nordic Center in Carbondale.
Tuesday, Jan. 18 12:22 a.m. A verbal dispute among roommates about money was reported in the 300 block of Eighth Street.
Community Foundation taking grant applications Yampa Valley Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for the Mellam Foundations Teachers Fund. The Teachers Fund provides funding, support and encouragement to kindergarten through eighth-grade public school teachers in Routt County.
The National Transportation Safety Board suspects ice found on the Yampa Valley Air Ambulance played a role in the Jan. 11 crash that killed three crew members in Rawlins, Wyo.
In 1905, 28 Norwegian men living in Chicago commissioned one person to find a possible location to erect ski jumps for a new ski club.
The investigation into 13-year-old skier Ashley Stamp's death remains open, and no decision has been made on whether any charges should be filed.
Steamboat, South Routt accreditation reports favorable
The Steamboat Springs and South Routt school districts continue to meet the state's accreditation requirements, according to review reports recently given to each district by the Colorado Department of Education.
The Routt County Planning Commission today will consider two special-use permits intended to ensure short- and long-term coal supplies for the Hayden Power Station.
Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James dismissed charges for nine of the 10 people cited for smoking marijuana in gondola cars at the Steamboat Ski Area because of concerns about how the search was conducted, court documents show.
Hayden school revenues shrinking annually, no end in sight
If more families with young children don't start moving to Hayden, the Hayden School District will continue to see declining enrollment, superintendent Mike Luppes told the Hayden School Board on Wednesday night.
Two days after winning his first World Cup, Steamboat Springs mogul skier Travis Mayer was back home, finishing his laundry and preparing for what promises to be the most demanding road trip of the season.
For many people, psychological stress can be triggered by a seemingly limitless number of everyday occurrences -- waiting in traffic, dealing with work-related problems, worrying about a sick loved one or opening monthly billing statements.
Steamboat Springs snowboarder Erin Simmons, who competes for Canada, finished 11th at the World Snowboarding Championships in Whistler, British Columbia, earlier this week.
Steamboat Springs junior Joey Melius placed fifth at 171 pounds to lead the Sailors in a weekend tournament at Salida.
Tuesday, January 18
The Steamboat Springs City Council approved the plan for an urban renewal authority after hammering out the details on its boundaries, what the city's contribution would be, the role of private property owners and backfilling any potential loss to the school district.
Judge cites 'strong probability of conviction'
A 45-year-old Routt County man charged with incest and sexual assault on a child asked for a bond reduction in court Wednesday, but his request was denied.
The Hayden School Board will begin the long process of establishing a 2005-06 budget by reviewing preliminary figures tonight.
Traffic, water pressure among town's concerns
Hard or soft trails, road medians and park space were just a few details the Hayden Planning Commission pondered Thursday while reviewing the sketch plan for the 93-acre Lake Villages Subdivision.
The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday will consider two special-use permits intended to ensure short- and long-term coal supplies for the Hayden Power Station.
The Hayden and Meeker wrestling teams tied 36-36 in Tuesday's dual in Hayden.
Snowboarder Justin Reiter placed 10th in a parallel giant slalom at the World Championships in Whistler, British Columbia, on Tuesday afternoon.
Alpine racer Ramsey Bernard is looking forward to returning to the Loveland Ski Area this weekend for the third high school giant slalom race this season.
The members of the Steamboat Springs High School ski team dominated Saturday's five-kilometer classic race at the Spring Gulch Nordic trail system in Carbondale.
Don't be deceived by the Hayden girls basketball team's 56-36 win against the Steamboat Springs junior varsity. Although the game ended in lopsided fashion Tuesday, it wasn't uneven until the Tigers went on a 23-4 run in the final six minutes to seal the victory.
As officials make plans to improve Colorado's roads, the biggest question they face is how to fund the work.
The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch and nature preserve plays a number of roles in preserving and enhancing human and ecological communities. Unfortunately, Xcel Energy is choosing the wrong path in proposing to take this unique land from the Yampa Valley community for use as a route for coal transportation. The Nature Conservancy opposes the development of an industrial coal transportation facility across this significant historic ranch and nature preserve.
The urban renewal authority in the vicinity of the Steamboat Ski Area base is a smart investment in the community's future, and the City Council was right to approve it Tuesday.
Monday, Jan. 17 1:34 a.m. A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving with a denied license in the 600 block of South Lincoln Avenue.
Steamboat woman falls from ski area chairlift A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was seriously injured Monday after falling about 15 feet from a chairlift at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Backcountry users eager to increase their knowledge of avalanche safety practices have opportunities Friday and Saturday.
High cost of living keeping student enrollment from rising, he says
A demographer hired by the Steamboat Springs School District to analyze its growth potential told School Board members not to expect significant, if any, enrollment increases for at least the next five years.
There's one main difference between riding skis and riding rodeo horses, says cowboy Todd Herzog of Alberta, Canada.
The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch and nature preserve plays a number of roles in preserving and enhancing human and ecological communities.
Sabre's Comedy Den has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of a 24-year-old man who died of alcohol poisoning in October.
With no discussion, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved a stricter bear ordinance that would require residents to purchase wildlife-proof containers if they have repeated problems with wildlife.
Contrary to the belief of students everywhere, homework does have a purpose. And when it doesn't get completed, they fall behind.
Monday, January 17
Sunday, Jan. 16 12:16 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported in the 800 block of Steamboat Boulevard.
Advertising experts Bryna Larsen of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and David Habernaski of KFMU will talk Wednesday about the keys to effectively reach a targeted customer base.
Volunteers being trained to teach English lessons Communidad Integrada is holding a volunteer training for those who would like to teach private English lessons in new immigrants' homes. The training will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Steamboat Springs High School. No experience is necessary. For more information, call 846-5521.
The civil lawsuit filed by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a Durango-based company, against the owners of Fuzziwig's Candy Factory has been settled outside of court.
The snowstorms that blanketed North Routt this month boosted the snow water content near Columbine by 5 inches. And Fish Creek Reservoir, Steamboat Springs' main source of drinking water, is more than 90 percent full.
Four accidents occurred Monday morning on an icy patch of U.S. Highway 40 between Milner and Steamboat Springs.
Nearly four decades after his assassination, Martin Luther King's messages of nonviolent change, tolerance and integration are as relevant today as they were during the Civil Rights Movement he helped lead, Colorado Mountain College officials said Monday.
Residents concerned about deer's safety
A pair of young deer that have sought winter refuge outside the SnowFlower Condominiums should be left alone, said Valerie Masiello, district wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
The Steamboat Springs School Board and City Council appear to have reached a verbal agreement whereby the school district will fully support plans for an urban renewal authority in exchange for a promise of financial aid from the city should the URA negatively affect the district.
Remodeling plans eliminate possibility of downtown justice center
The new Routt County Justice Center will not be built downtown.
Sunday, January 16
In this day and age, we seem to be bombarded with health care information that is generated by the media. How do we discriminate between what is important and what should be discarded? How do we interpret the studies that result in this information?
Saturday, Jan. 15 10:53 a.m. Rumors of a former employee threatening a building were reported in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. Police took a report.
A civil lawsuit against the City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County, filed by a company that said the city's order to stop work at the site of its unfinished duplex was illegal, could be settled out of court in the next few weeks.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is looking for an architect to plan a remodel of portions of their downtown properties.
Pajamas misplaced beneath pounds of packing peanuts
You'll all be thrilled to know that Aunt Reggie is happy with the set of flannel pajamas we sent her for Christmas. They're keeping her warm and toasty in Buffalo, N.Y., this winter. The only problem is, we never intended to send sleepwear to Reggie.
Pink scarves available at Epilogue Book Co. Pink Scarves benefitting the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Program are available at Epilogue Book Co. The scarves were made by volunteer knitters to help the fight against breast cancer.
Saturday, January 15
As I read that we have just lost three lives of young community residents who literally risked their lives in trying to save that of another, and as I reflect the terrible loss of two other young people in our community in this last month who also helped Steamboat define its special character, I am reminded of how fragile life is and how in one quick moment it can be taken from us.
Five new condominium projects in the works hold the promise that Steamboat Ski Area base village will be busy with construction for several years to come.
When East/West Resorts announced in the summer of 2004 that it would sell its management contracts on 130 resort condominiums here, the pullout prompted a foursome of their most motivated young employees to re-evaluate their futures in the property management company.
Spaustat passes engineer exam
Downtown Victorian home restored to full potential
A historic Victorian home in downtown Steamboat Springs was a bittersweet purchase for Bob and Catherine McCullough.
Buyers have reserved nearly half of the luxury townhome units at Cimarron at Steamboat, and developers have yet to break ground on the project.
MOSER, WILLIAM M., JR. AND MOSER, KATHERINE E. TO ROSS, SARAH ELLEN FOR LODGE AT STEAMBOAT CONDO UNIT: 105, BLDG C - $250,000
Jonas Solomon Holzman, son of Julia and Eric Holzman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:58 p.m. Dec. 20, 2004. He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Bob Holzman of Pembroke, Mass., Lynn Holzman of Pembroke, Mass., Renate Friesenhagen of Duesseldorf, Germany, and Wolfgang Friesenhagen of Duesseldorf, Germany.
Kaitlyn Yvonne Greenwood, daughter of Linda and Mark Greenwood of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:36 a.m. Dec. 26, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Her sibling is Kristina Greenwood. Her grandparents are Ronald Greenwood of Bernville, Pa., Yvonne Greenwood of Bernville, Pa., Angelina Santana of Reading, Pa., and Andres Santana of Reading, Pa.
Tatum Daniela Hodges, daughter of Danielle and Thor Hodges of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:59 p.m. Jan. 3, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her sibling is Thurston Hodges. Her grandparents are Karen and Ray Selbe of Steamboat Springs, Daniel and Beth Ward of Oahu, Hawaii, Marie and Steve Henderson of Steamobat Springs, and Richard and Judy Hodges of Saratoga, Wyo.
Lance Blake Brackett, son of Amanda and Bennie Brackett of Craig, was born at 8:22 a.m. Dec. 31, 2004. He weighed 5 pounds and 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His siblings are Lexi Brackett and Jade King.
Jonah Reed Anstine, daughter of Chata Sue and Jeremy Reed Anstine of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:34 p.m. Dec. 27, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds, and was 20.5 inches long. Her sibling is Sequoia Belle Anstine. Her grandparents are Sue Carpenter of Steamboat Springs, Phil Carpenter of Sauk City Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Gale Anstine of Littleton, and the late JoAnn Anstine.
The staff of Teen Style is made up of girls 13 to 17 years old. They are clean cut. They are good students and, by volunteering their time to write for Teen Style, they have shown the desire to interact with the community at large.
Town Challenge Kehoe Memorial super G on Sitz/See Me Saturday
Skiers who'd like to test themselves against former elite racers on a really quick racecourse can pay their $15 and sign up for the Tap House Cup Jim Kehoe Memorial super G to be held Saturday on Mount Werner.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Marvin L. Crawford passed away Jan. 10, 2005, at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs. He was 72. Marvin suffered an unexpected stroke in his home Jan. 6.
Longtime Hayden resident Mary Louise Roeder Denker passed away Jan. 9, 2005, in Craig. She was 90.
Steamboat Springs resident David Linner died Jan. 11, 2005, in a plane crash. He was 36.
Friday, Jan. 14 12.26 a.m. A drunken pedestrian reportedly was in the road near Whistler Road and Village Drive.
Saturday, Jan. 8 Eli Robert Nykamp, 24, Steamboat Springs -- Driving under the influence of alcohol, improper mountain driving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Fifth-graders find ways to make tasks easier, more fun
By most accounts, Thomas Edison's first invention -- an electric vote recorder -- wasn't completed until after his 20th birthday. If age is an accurate measure, America's most famous inventor was a full 10 years behind a group of Strawberry Park Elementary School students.
Yurevitch graduates from CU-Boulder
"How much more can this community take?" That question was asked in the office, at the gym, in the school and on the ski lift as word spread through Steamboat Springs on Wednesday about yet another tragic accident that had taken three lives.
Editor's note: The following are responses to questions raised by John Spezia in a letter to the editor published Dec. 26, 2004. The responses were prepared by Steamboat Springs City Council President Paul Strong. This is Part 1 of the responses. The remainder of the questions and answers will be printed in Monday's Steamboat Today. Q. Many of the improvements, i.e. sidewalks, lighting, landscape, stream renovation and convention center will be on private property. Why is the public paying for these private property improvements?
Leave TABOR alone Concerning TABOR: Leave it alone. If those in power would stop their foolish spending, there would no shortage of money. Also, if they would give up some of their salaries, as they are paid too much for what they do, then the little people could keep their share of there tax money. It's time the public put its foot down and let them know we will not put up with their foolish spending.
Oak Creek 'roof-raising' ceremony honors donors to ice rink effort
Lyall de la Mater, 16, played his first hockey game under the new roof of Oak Creek's hockey rink a week ago.
Monday, Jan. 17 n The South Routt Medical Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.
Steamboat's Kelly Meek hits coaching career milestone
Cody Sherrill's college entrance essay hangs on Kelly Meek's office wall. For admittance into the University of Denver, Sherrill, a 2003 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was asked to write about the most influential person or thing in his life. Sherrill selected Meek, his varsity basketball coach for three seasons. It was an easy choice.
Urban renewal authority talks return to the table
More than three weeks have passed since the Steamboat Springs City Council voted to table a plan for an urban renewal authority. In the interim, Council President Paul Strong has been busy answering questions and talking to residents and officials from Routt County and Steamboat Springs School District in hopes of gaining support for Tuesday's vote.
Routt County Planning Commission prepares to review Xcel rail request
At the Carpenter Ranch northeast of Hayden, cattle wander on well-worn trails through the snow, eating hay harvested from fields that, in warmer months, host sand hill cranes, bobolinks and other birds.
Robert Culver had zero expectations of winning a Western Slope League championship when he arrived in Oak Creek on Saturday morning.
One day after putting seven goals into the back of the net, the Steamboat Springs hockey team was shut out by Pine Creek, 2-0, on Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Sailors give Meek career win 500
Fortunate. Lucky. Blessed.
Sometimes it feels like forever, sitting in the hallway, waiting for Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek to complete his post-game talks.
Steamboat girls win second straight
Two league games in two days that resulted in two easy wins. This weekend was just what the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team was looking for.
Friday, January 14
Meek, Sailors go for milestone today
Win No. 499 wasn't pretty, but many of Kelly Meek's victories through the years haven't been perfect.
Soroco High School's 11s Club is looking for a few good volunteers.
1:37 a.m. A report of loud music was made in the 700 block of Grand Street North, and the noise makers were warned and advised.
Candle flames shined at the Steamboat Springs Airport on Friday night, in remembrance of the three Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crew members who left the ground there for the last time Tuesday.
Three first-period goals by Steamboat's high-powered offense gave the Sailors the cushion they needed to skate to a 7-4 win against Colorado Academy on Friday night at Howelsen Ice Arena.
People interested in volunteering to ski with Horizons clients every Saturday afternoon for seven weeks beginning at the end of January are asked to call Kay at 879-4466.
Steamboat Springs Alpine ski team places first in team results
Led by Andy White's second-place finish, the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team raced to victory during slalom races in Winter Park on Jan. 7.
Number of passengers flying airline into YVRA up sharply
The decision to begin daily United Airlines 737 service from Denver five days early this ski season paid off. The number of passengers arriving on the flight jumped from 983 in December 2003 to 2,346 in December 2004.
Steamboat girls notch league victory
The lesson, as always, is to follow your gut feeling.
Steamboat Springs Donald Lufkin 827 Lincoln Avenue Dobell Contracting Storefront Restoration $25,000
31st annual Cowboy Downhill is Tuesday
There's something fascinating about watching grown men make fools of themselves, especially when those grown men are bull-riding, bronc-riding, tough-guy cowboys.
Thursday, January 13
Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek is nearing 500 career victories. If his Sailors can notch two home wins this weekend, the longtime coach will hit the mark. Meek's career record is 498-193.
The Steamboat women's hockey team played strong against Aspen, even outshooting the Motherpuckers in the first game, but couldn't come up with a win in two chances during the weekend.
The cause of Tuesday night's air ambulance crash that killed three Steamboat Springs residents remained a mystery Thursday.
First positive testing at Motherwell Ranch was a year ago
A second captive bull elk has tested positive for chronic wasting disease at the Motherwell Ranch, the Colorado Department of Agriculture confirmed Thursday.
The more than 100 people and businesses that helped build a new roof over Oak Creek's outdoor ice hockey rink will be recognized tonight at a dedication open to the public.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hosted an age class super-G during the weekend, welcoming teams from Loveland, Winter Park, Eldora and Michigan.
The members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team capped off a solid week of skiing in Steamboat Springs by dominating Thursday's World Cup slalom at Howelsen Hill.
For years, U.S. Ski Team member Chris Devlin-Young has dominated the speed events on the Disabled World Cup tour.
Woman spends night in empty cabin before reaching 911
A woman spent Tuesday night lost on Lynx Pass, finding shelter in a small cabin, after her car got stuck and she walked several miles looking for help.
Eight years ago, music promoter Casey Phillips booked a band called Little Hercules at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.
Whether flying airplanes, sailing on open water or hunting with family and friends, Tim Benway lived life at full speed. And the 35-year-old from the Vail Valley expected others to do the same.
Some people spend their entire lives in search of a career that gives meaning to their existence. Jennifer Wells had hers figured out at age 6.
Cool under pressure and a consummate professional, Dave Linner couldn't help but gush when it came to his baby daughter.
Karen Connell has three children, and they are not old enough to understand what they are seeing when they watch the images of water rolling into the streets and homes of Southeast Asia. Her 4- and 5-year-olds call it "the big flood," Connell said. "And mostly, they are just thankful that it didn't happen here."
Information will help develop regional plan, heritage tourism for Northwest Colorado
To help Northwest Colorado producers better market their goods, information is being collected about who is selling what.
Charlie Daniels says he can't pound a nail in straight and can't cut a board square. He can sing. He can entertain. And he isn't bragging when he says he's going to offer a good show.
Wednesday, Jan. 12 1:19 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
Two runaways charged with theft of more than $500 Two 16-year-old runaway boys were charged with theft of more than $500 after allegedly shoplifting snowboard and ski gear.
The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday tabled a sketch plan for the Lake Village Subdivision, a 93-acre development proposed west of Routt County Road 53 and south of the Sagewood subdivision.
Nearing the end of its regular-season schedule, the Steamboat Springs High School speech and debate team is shifting its focus to postseason qualifying tournaments.
Tonight ° The Plagiarists open for Long Beach Short Bus When: 10 p.m. Where: Levelz in Ski Time Square Cost: $10 before 10 p.m. Call: 870-9090 Why you should go: Bass player LeeAnn Gansel is hot.
If eyes are the windows to the soul, I'm putting on storm windows. I'm getting glasses.
Series explores work of two directors
When film producer Dori Weiss bought a home in Steamboat Springs, she was doing so to get away from Hollywood.
Tonight ° Opening reception for "Recent Works by Paul F. Morris and Jennifer Scott McLaughlin" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 20. The Depot Art Center is open from 9 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 879-9008.
Try to find Paul Morris on the Internet. You won't. Try to find him in a book or magazine article. You probably won't.
You can stay on the surface of a Jennifer Scott McLaughlin painting, or you can let your eyes wander.
Changing of the grounds With a handshake and a few signatures, Mocha Molly's Bluegrass Bakery changed hands. Teri Shewshuk, who bought the coffee shop in 1995, sold the business to Jerri Nappa, the mother of a former Mocha's barrista -- Melissa Netze.
Performer gets first violin by kindergarten
Tai Murray didn't come from a musical family, but before she was old enough to tie her shoes, Murray started asking for a violin. Her mother just shrugged.
Throw Rag / Dexter Romweber Duo "Ten bad studs: a 12" split" Throw Rag's album "Desert Shores" is available at All That Jazz for $14.98
Tonight ° The Plagiarists open for Long Beach Short Bus When: 10 p.m. Where: Levelz in Ski Time Square Cost: $10 before 10 p.m. Call: 870-9090
The Ethereal Plane is a destination, and the band by the same name is a vehicle to get you there.
Wednesday, January 12
One of four crew members survives in serious condition
Three of four members of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crew died late Tuesday night when their plane crashed near Rawlins, Wyo., Yampa Valley Medical Center officials reported.
The Hayden Planning Commission today will review a sketch plan for the Lake Villages Subdivision -- a 93-acre development proposed south of the Sagewood II subdivision on Routt County Road 53.
American skier Stephani Victor threw her arms in the air after she realized that she had won the sitting skier class in Wednesday's Disabled World Cup slalom race at Howelsen Hill.
Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today at Town Hall.
Tuesday, Jan. 11 12:34 a.m. A noise complaint about a loud party was reported in the 1600 block of Shadow Run Frontage. The people were warned and advised.
Even in defeat, Soroco senior Whit Gates drew applause.
Road conditions were nothing short of "awful" Tuesday, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling.
Randy Muhme and Robert Culver placed second and third, respectively, at the Paonia wrestling tournament Saturday.
Since it first was approved by Steamboat Springs voters in 1993, a half-cent city sales tax for education has provided more than $17 million for various Steamboat Springs School District programs and projects.
The cheers coming from the Christie chairlifts and the World Cup course on See Me could be heard at the bottom of Voo Doo.
No injuries reported; evidence suggests snowboarder partially buried
Steamboat Ski Area officials pleaded for skiers and riders to respect closure ropes Wednesday afternoon after someone triggered a substantial avalanche to riders' left of Chute 3 on Mount Werner.
Veteran U.S. Ski Team member Chris Devlin-Young was smiling like a World Cup rookie after his third-place finish in Wednesday's sitting skier slalom race at Howelsen Hill.
Tuesday, January 11
One of Twentymile Coal Company's exhaust fans, which neighbors say creates an incessant, annoying noise, will need to be rotated by June 30 or sooner and cleaned more often in the interim, the Routt County Board of Commissioners decided Monday.
Bob Maddox, chief pilot and co-owner of Mountain Flight Service, said he became uneasy about the status of the Yampa Valley Air Ambulance about 50 minutes after it took off from Steamboat Springs Airport at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Colleagues struggle with emotions while recalling victims
Colleagues fought back tears Wednesday afternoon as they recalled the crew involved in Tuesday night's air ambulance tragedy in Wyoming.
Three of four members of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crew died late Tuesday night when the plane crashed near Rawlins, Wyo., Yampa Valley Medical Center officials reported. The plane, a 1978 Beech E-90 King Air turbo prop operated by Mountain Flight Service of Steamboat Springs, carried a pilot and three Yampa Valley Medical Center employees. Pilot Tim Benway, 35, was killed. Also killed were air ambulance director and flight nurse Dave Linner, 36, and flight nurse Jennifer Wells, 30.
City Council to give $12.5K to Disabled World Cup
The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to give $12,500 to the 2005 Disabled World Cup, but not without concerns that the city would be without a Nordic Combined World Cup this December.
As the Steamboat Springs City Council talked about the "big rocks" of the city's future, it stumbled across some "bigger boulders" it will face in the coming years.
The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday will review a sketch plan for the Lake Villages Subdivision -- a 93-acre development proposed south of the Sagewood II subdivision on Routt County Road 53.
A sepia-toned photo of a family sitting on a ranch house porch in Nebraska hangs in loan officer Dale Eatinger's office in First National Bank of the Rockies.
Forget the stiff-arm square dance.
So much for that shooting slump. After struggling to make shots in an uninspired performance against West Grand on Friday, the Hayden boys basketball team found its touch Tuesday, defeating rival Soroco, 73-29, in Oak Creek.
The Steamboat Springs hockey team won twice and lost once, playing three road games in four days.
Ryan St. Onge won his first World Cup aerials event Sunday, leading a podium sweep by the United States men in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Some use the holidays to relax. The Hayden girls basketball team spent its time out of school and practice refocusing.
Day 2 of the Disabled World Cup in Steamboat Springs brought more wet weather, more challenging conditions and another top finish for U.S. Ski Team member Laurie Stephens.
Walker finds podium again in World Cup
Clay Fox led three American skiers into the top 10 on the second day of the Disabled World Cup in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.
The Steamboat Springs School District is getting close to finalizing its calendar for the next two school years, and Superintendent Donna Howell doesn't foresee any significant changes to the format.
All applications for the position of chief building official for the Regional Building Department have been received, and the position should be filled in the coming weeks.
Andy LeRoy is still single and still skiing. In other words, life has returned to usual for the Steamboat Springs bachelor.
Dinner tickets were almost sold out Tuesday afternoon for one of the most dramatic fund-raising events on the Steamboat Springs calendar. But it's still possible to purchase a $100 raffle ticket for Tango and Cash.
Monday, Jan. 10 12:28 a.m. A 16-year-old runway was reported in the Steamboat Springs area.
Fund-raiser will help kids affected by tsunamis A fund-raiser to help children affected by the tsunamis will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Steamboat Gymnastics.
I am writing because the dedication ceremony for the "Four Seasons Arena" is this Friday, and we sincerely want to acknowledge everyone who helped with roofing Oak Creek's hockey rink. So many people helped in so many capacities; but it isn't over quite yet.
I noticed in Friday's Steamboat Today a listing under "News in Brief" for a local avalanche watch issued by the National Weather Service and Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The on-going public spectacle to find a home for the new justice center will do little more than drive an even deeper wedge between our local governmental structures and the constituencies they represent.
The Community Indicators Project, released this week, is an amazing collection of data that is a useful tool for businesses, parents, ranchers and newcomers.
A practical joker with a dynamic personality and a love of the outdoors, Marvin Crawford became a Steamboat Springs legend for his feats on a pair of skis.
Monday, January 10
Halfway across the world from the devastation caused by a series of tsunamis that killed more than 150,000 people, some Steamboat Springs students are donating their time and money to help the massive relief effort.
Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger took his oath of office Monday and said he is looking forward to the next four years.
Talks continue on possible consolidation, property tax
The city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District are continuing talks on consolidation, which would most likely mean a property tax to city residents.
The Steamboat Springs City Council and city department leaders will meet tonight to set goals for the next five to 15 years.
12:06 p.m. Two people reportedly were pushing each other at a concert in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle. One man was given a ticket for being a minor in the possession of alcohol and taken to detox.
More people entering retirement age are moving to the Yampa Valley. The area is becoming more ethnically diverse. Telecommuters and location-neutral businesses are becoming more prevalent.
Rain and sleet greeted the best skiers with disabilities in the world Monday at the Steamboat Ski Area, but the weather conditions did very little to dampen the spirit or performance of American sit-skier Laurie Stephens.
Members of the Colorado Tourism Office Board, who met here Monday, said they would begin incorporating images of travelers with disabilities on their Web page.
Disabled World Cup opens with U.S. success
American Christopher Devlin-Young held off his former student Tyler Walker on Monday en route to winning the sit-ski class in the first of four Disabled World Cup events that will take place in Steamboat Springs this week.
Every year, 85 percent of smokers or chewers report they want to quit their tobacco use. This year, Colorado's free Quitline service wants to help by offsetting a portion of the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy. For a limited time, the Colorado Quitline will be offering $5, mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be included in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are 18 and older. The coupons will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to people who call 1-800-639-QUIT (7848). For more information about the offer, call Judy Hiester at 879-1632 or 824-8233.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners will have the final say today on whether Twentymile Coal Company's special-use permit should be revoked or amended.
Sunday, January 9
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a dog food factory?
As if there weren't already enough strife in the world, I came home from a short trip to Utah last week only to find that my dog, Buck, was on a hunger strike.
Routt County government, businesses consider economic strategies
Business and government leaders in Routt County and other Western Slope communities mulled about ways the state can improve Colorado's business climate during a videoconference Friday.
Routt County Search and Rescue often can be found doing backcountry training, but last week, it added a new twist with "across-country" training, with three members from the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue.
Routt County Search and Rescue found four snowmobilers unharmed Sunday morning after they had spent the night in the backcountry on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Sunday, Jan. 9 12:05 a.m. An officer was requested in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Military veterans benefit information available Military veterans can get information about veterans' benefits and programs by calling 879-5489 or stopping by the Routt County Veterans Services Office, in the Colorado Workforce Center in Sundance at Fish Creek. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Bring your DD Form 214 for registration with the county, application for Veterans Administration programs and for filing with the VSO office.
Marshall teaching fitness series
Peaks. Valleys. Plateaus. Exercise regimens can be filled with all three, but Roan Marshall is offering an information-packed fitness series designed to help everyone enrolled expand his or her fitness knowledge and avoid all three.
Saturday, January 8
For more than 40 years, millions of tons of black coal excavated from the Seneca mine near Hayden have fueled the fires of the Hayden Power Station.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Janice Lee Thibault passed away Sept. 17, 2004, in Mesa, Ariz. She was 78.
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.
Norah Francis Pietras, daughter of Christine and Kyle Pietras of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:39 p.m. Dec. 31, 2004.
'Alpine Swines' literacy campaign raises $86K Alpine Bank's "Alpine Swines" literacy campaign raised $86,000 to benefit projects and agencies on Colorado's Western Slope.
A popular vintage poster depicts skiers on horses plodding through the snow against a backdrop of Mount Werner and Steamboat's iconic More Barn.
Full-ownership units available at Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel
Grand Summit Resort Properties, which owns and markets condominium units at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, recently entered into an agreement with Prudential Steamboat Realty, which will be the exclusive sales agent for the whole-ownership units.
Edward Watson and John Cardillo have reinvented themselves in the business sense, and this time, they have a doggone golden idea.
Local personality has been 'training people' for years
He walks into your life, half-preacher, half-cowboy. Before he steps into your house, before he meets your dog, Sand Reed already has looked you up and down, inside and out, and he's ready to teach you about yourself.
Jasper and Jayden Patrick, sons of Brandy and Jason Patrick of Steamboat Springs, were born at 3:35 and 3:37 p.m., respectively, Dec. 31, 2004.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hoffner of Steamboat Springs are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelley Marie Hoffner, to Joe Schwab, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Schwab of Kihei, Hawaii.
Thomas Edward Moorehead, son of Alana Marie and Timothy Edward Moorehead of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:31 p.m. Dec. 25, 2004.
Thirty-three points. That was the gap between the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs girls basketball teams Saturday, though Sailors coach Ashley Berggren doesn't believe that is true.
Steamboat gets second win of season against rival Bulldogs
Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek has been in the profession for more than 30 years, so he doesn't get nervous before games such as Saturday's league opener against rival Moffat County, but he still gets excited.
Mader, Douglas, Demetrian lead
Skiing on a course designed in the likeness of the 2002 Olympic freestyle venue in Utah, three members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club posted top-three finishes in the second day of the Ski Town USA Freestyle competition.
It's easy to admire Monte Meier for the challenges he has faced and the things he has overcome since losing his right leg as an 8-year-old.
Jenny Siegle has accumulated a long list of accomplishments during her life.
Iacovettos honored for three decades of service to Phippsburg Water District
Louise Iacovetto has sent out her last set of water bills.
Monday, Jan. 10 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students compete in speech competition, play host to judges, teams
"OK, class, ready for a story?" Ariella Kuchler stood hunchbacked at the front of the classroom, peering over her imaginary reading glasses at an imaginary group of students. Her open hands representing the open pages of the fairy tale "Rumplestiltskin," Kuchler licked her fingers and turned a nonexistent page.
Steamboat Springs High School student Michael O'Hara was selected to attend the Presidential Classroom Program in Washington, D.C. The June program offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to meet with America's public policy leaders, including congressmen, presidential appointees, military officials, business leaders and journalists.
Big-box and chain store developments do not support the entrepreneurial spirit of Steamboat Springs and Main Street. Say no to big boxes, chain stores and profiteering developers.
Colorado legislators return to work Tuesday with an agenda that has never been so sharply focused.
I have a simple solution for the URA proposal and for the location of the justice center. The only fair way is to let the people decide democratically -- by countywide vote.
The Yampa River has long been identified as one of the longest undammed and undeveloped rivers in the West. It is naive to think that outside water interests have overlooked that fact. The Yampa River Valley stands to benefit greatly from the "Colorado Water Heritage Act," which is being introduced to our state Legislature.
This is in response to Nicholas D. Kristof's column, "Land of Penny Pinchers," which ran in the Today on Jan. 6.
Dear City Council Members: After reading C.R.S. 31-25-102 Legislative Declaration from the Urban Renewal Authority Statute, it seems to me that some of you who are pushing for an URA haven't read this part of the statute.
Stack the odds against danger with education
By all accounts, Michael Gebhardt was an experienced out-of-bounds skier who ventured into the backcountry with the proper training and equipment to help him avoid, or survive, an avalanche. In a slide last week on Soda Mountain, he died anyway.
It was 9 a.m. Dec. 26 when Kendra Johnson woke up in her hotel room on the small beach town of Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Friday, January 7
Blue sky and no wind made for a nearly perfect opening day for Steamboat Spring's first Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle meet of the winter.
Steamboat Springs native Caroline Lalive collected her second World Cup top-10 finish in two days Friday as she skied to eighth place in a downhill event in Santa Caterina, Italy.
Baby steps. That's what Soroco girls basketball coach Danelle Rivera wants the Rams to take each practice and each game. And although Soroco may have lost, 41-34, to Rangely, that is exactly what it took Friday.
Craig Kennedy of C.K. Consulting in Steamboat Springs will be one of several local speakers on the agenda Monday, when the Colorado Tourism Office Board hosts its monthly meeting at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
Local women are needed as workshop presenters and volunteers for the eighth-grade "Girls to Women" career day April 12. Call Tibby Speare at 870-9707.
2:14 a.m. A complaint was made about a loud party in a hotel room in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle.
Rangely senior Brian Skelton's eight-game audition to be named the Western Slope Player of the Year and Rangely's bid to defend its league title began in impressive form Friday.
Owner would tear down Ptarmigan Inn
A Washington, D.C., real estate development firm specializing in urban renovation wants to tear down the Ptarmigan Inn and the Snowbird Restaurant to build 60 residential condominiums next to the slopes at the Steamboat Ski Area.
'Community came together to make it a reality'
Christmas came a few days late for Routt County United Way, but the present was well worth the wait.
Steamboat woman gets 3 years in Community Corrections
A Steamboat Springs woman who pleaded guilty to criminal impersonation and forgery in December was sentenced to three years in the Community Corrections program in Craig and will have to pay back the money she took from the woman she impersonated.
A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been ordered to pay $3,240.50 in restitution costs for kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend.
Volunteers needed to sort through education fund requests
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board spends $2 million in taxpayers' money each year, but many community members are unaware of exactly what the 13-person group does with their money.
CHC TRUST, CURTISS, CHARLES E., TRUSTEE TO LIVINGSTON, ROBIN M. FOR TIMBERS CONDO UNIT: 405 -- $196,000
Thursday, January 6
Next week, a Soroco High School theater class will present a play for the first time since 1997.
The flu is starting to make its presence felt in Routt County, where local health care providers are urging residents and visitors to get vaccinated.
After escaping from a Steamboat Springs police car early Thursday morning and spending the wee hours of the morning on the run, a 22-year-old Colorado Mountain College student was arrested Thursday afternoon in his home.
Wilderness areas are not for snowmobiles, the U.S. Forest Service is reminding people as the winter season continues.
Resident has fishing success
Golf has its Grand Slam events, tennis has its Grand Slam events and, obviously, baseball has its own version of the Grand Slam, but few people know much about the bluewater fishing Grand Slam.
Avalanche watch issued for surrounding mountains The National Weather Service and Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche watch for the mountains around Steamboat Springs, including Rabbit Ears Pass and the Flat Tops. According to the report, 15 to 30 inches of recent snow and blowing snow in backcountry areas has resulted in high avalanche danger in zones above 9,000 feet.
The jam-band scene is an odd place. It's hard to pinpoint the borders and boundaries. It's hard to say who should be let in and who should stay out on the sidewalk.
Roger Creager "Live Across Texas" Available at All That Jazz for $15.98 I only recently discovered Roger Creager. I was downloading music for a Texas mix CD and ran across "Long Way to Mexico" and "Shreveport to New Orleans." My wife followed up by giving me "Live Across Texas" for Christmas.
Pilot seeking talented teens The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for teen musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands. Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.
Tom Wood kicks off his shoes and settles into the corner of the Hahn's Peak Cafe for a long night of music. Wood is an endurance musician. He plays for four hours, sometimes longer, without a break.
January 10, 2002. I stepped off the Alpine Taxi with a trumpet, a fishing rod and a backpack. The driver left me in the underground garage of the Steamboat Ski Area where I would spend the next four months sorting bottles from cans, cans from plastic, newspaper from magazines, and bale more cardboard than most people will see in their lives.
For Todd Snider, every song tells a story. He plays the kind of music that makes you listen to the words and as you listen a picture appears. His lyrics are full of the finest details of people's lives. You see the wrinkles on their foreheads. You see the scuffs on their boots. You see their scarred hands lifting shots of whiskey.
What if homeless people made decisions about the way homeless shelters were run? What if teenagers made decisions about the operations of the nonprofit teen centers that served them? And what if people with disabilities made decisions about the programs that helped them live independent lives?
Second annual Ski Jam Music Festival billed with celebrated national acts
When the South Austin Jug Band released an album more than a year ago, it got people's attention.
Music Tonight Open mic night with guitarist and keyboardist Neil Marchman is from 8 to 10 p.m. at Starbuck's, 255 Anglers Drive. Call 871-1303.
It's the first week back from a 10-day holiday vacation for Steamboat Springs basketball players, and the Sailors girls and boys teams are wasting little time jumping into their league season.
Wednesday, Jan. 5 8:06 a.m. A vehicle reportedly was in the ditch near Mount Werner Road and Steamboat Boulevard.
Residents encouraged to sign up for self-help housing program
At Thursday night's affordable housing open house, Yampa Valley Housing Authority officials showed site plans for upcoming projects, and talked about financing options and the process of getting into housing.
The Hayden Town Board on Thursday tabled its decision on an ordinance renewing a 25-year agreement allowing Yampa Valley Electric Association to use roads and other property maintained by the town in exchange for a fee.
Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick just missed the podium Thursday in Schonach, Germany, where he placed fourth in the rainy finale of the three-meet German Grand Prix.
On Thursday, Steamboat Springs ski racer Drew Roberts stood at the bottom of the slalom course in Sunday River, Maine, waiting to know his fate.
Wednesday, January 5
The Steamboat Springs City Council gave the final go-ahead to keep a traffic light functioning as is at Central Park Drive and Mount Werner Road.
Tuesday, Jan. 4 2:18 a.m. A 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near Central Park Drive and Pine Grove Road.
Yampa Valley Medical Center offering CPR class Yampa Valley Medical Center is offering a cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid class from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 13. The cost is $25. Call 871-2500 to register.
Backcountry skiers motivated to seek additional avalanche safety training in the wake of the death of Michael Gebhardt, 26, on Soda Mountain on Monday have an opportunity Saturday at Vista Verde Guest Ranch near Clark.
A Steamboat Springs man charged with stealing two cars from a Strawberry Park neighborhood in November will be admitted to a transitional living center in Glenwood Springs next week.
Hitchens Brothers' series opens Wednesday
Two cows were walking around Olympian Hall on Wednesday wearing ski-jumping boots and smiles.
Five members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club joined the best skiers in the country Wednesday for the 2005 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah.
The annual Town Challenge Race Series has been offering adults in Steamboat Springs a competitive skiing experience for more than 20 years.
The neatly aligned bumps of the Voo Doo mogul course were set last week, and the final preparations to the aerial jumps at the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex were completed Tuesday.
Unlike most Steamboat Springs High School teams, the speech and debate squad rarely enjoys the support of a home crowd.
The Education Fund Board moved one step closer Wednesday to cutting in half the number of Steamboat Springs School Board members who preside over the city's sales tax for education.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Fuzziwig's Candy Factory, alleging Fuzziwig's violated a non-compete agreement.
Michael Gebhardt, who was killed in an avalanche Monday and remembered by friends and family during a memorial service Wednesday, died doing what he loved: making turns on the untracked slopes of the backcountry.
Tuesday, January 4
Kosglow too much for hometown favorite
Tuesday's Race to the Cup parallel giant slalom title came down to snowboarding legend Lisa Kosglow and hometown favorite Erica Mueller.
Warmer than usual temperatures have prevented the Hayden Recreation Department from opening the town's portable ice skating rink at Hayden Town Park.
The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will consider a petition to annex the Routt County Fairgrounds to the town.
The Steamboat Springs City Council gave the first approval of a bear ordinance that would allow the city manager to require residents to use wildlife-proof trash cans if their properties had repeated problems with wildlife.
Open government is good government. That's a philosophy the Routt County commissioners, manager and attorney should take a little closer to heart.
As another building season quickly approaches, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority is holding an open house Thursday. This open house is designed for moderate-income individuals who want to find an affordable and attainable housing option in the Yampa Valley. Professional information will be available to potential homebuyers about their credit reports and mortgage options, as well as about the projects that the Housing Authority is currently planning.
Just recently, I proudly became an American citizen.
Conservation easements protect wildlife habitat, agriculture
Exposed sagebrush and golden grasses fleck the rolling hills southwest of Hayden, where Kurt Frentress navigates his hefty truck through a half-foot of crusty, windswept snow.
Sunday, Jan. 2 12:38 a.m. A verbal dispute was reported in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
Columbine singers open season at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 Columbine Singers of Colorado Mountain College begins the spring semester at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the United Methodist Church. Anyone who enjoys singing is encouraged to join. The cost is $55 for in-district students, and tuition assistance is available. Register at CMC in person or by calling 870-4444. Call 870-1430.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is investigating the avalanche that killed a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man Monday.
Three men were arrested on suspicion of having marijuana in the Routt County Jail.
Data-driven decision-making has been a popular phrase in the Steamboat Springs School District during the past couple of years.
Steamboat residents and visitors came to a Bureau of Land Management meeting Tuesday night for one overriding reason: They care about how their public lands are managed.
The two state legislators who came before the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night had their sights set on fixing Colorado's budget crisis in 2005.
Routt officials want justice center west of town
Building a justice center in downtown Steamboat Springs is not an option because it will be too costly, take too long to build, offer less security and impede efforts to expand county offices, county officials argued in a Dec. 15 letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Spring semester student enrollment at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus is expected to remain on par with the high number of students who registered for classes last fall.
The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine age-class ski team got back to work the week after Christmas, with some of the athletes taking part in the Topolino Time Trials in Winter Park and others heading to the Loveland Ski Area for USSA Rocky Mountain Division races.
Monday, January 3
After 10 runs down the face of Howelsen Hill on Monday, Steamboat Springs Alpine snowboarder Justin Reiter looked tired and a little out of breath.
A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Monday in an avalanche on Soda Mountain.
Some of the top women snowboarders in the country arrived in Steamboat Springs on Monday hoping to put on a show and take home a trophy.
Monday's fatal avalanche on Soda Mountain was just one of several potentially dangerous snow slides reported in the area this week.
People interested in the future of 1.3 million acres of public lands in Northwest Colorado have a chance to influence their management from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Howelsen Hill's Olympian Hall.
Two people were injured in a collision Monday afternoon between a Subaru station wagon and a Ford truck at U.S Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road.
United Way reaches its goal of $450,000
Sunday, Jan. 2 12:38 a.m. A verbal dispute was reported in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
Supporting curriculum development, increasing professional development opportunities for teachers and better using student assessment data to influence instruction are the impetus behind a Steamboat Springs School District proposal to restructure several licensed positions for the 2005-06 school year.
Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak plans to try another knee replacement before considering an amputation of part of her right leg leg.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider strengthening the city's bear ordinance, increasing penalties for offenders and requiring residents who have repeated problems to use wildlife-proof trash cans.
Routt County Board of Commissioners could give historic designation today to four buildings, three of which are in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Sunday, January 2
Saturday, Jan. 1 12:25 a.m. A fight in progress was reported on a city bus in the Gondola Transit Center. Police arrested one of the parties on suspicion of third-degree assault, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Mara and Ty Louthan sat on the edge of a hospital bed Sunday looking overwhelmed. It was their second day as parents. Mara Louthan, 19, sipped a Pepsi that her mom, Kelly Berry, brought in with lunch and talked about her new son.
For people facing an overwhelming problem, who feel stuck in a life that isn't really what they want, or who just need someone to listen, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the new Positive Change Program.
Some are afraid of the dark. Some can't cross the street by themselves. Some are just learning to read. But the children who take part in the Hitchens Brothers' Wednesday Night Jump Series have one thing in common: they aren't afraid to fly.
Applications from educators hoping to replace two retiring Steamboat Springs School District principals are beginning to trickle into the district's central office.
Can one week change your life? Cathy Cantway believes it can.
United Way accepting tsunami-relief donations The United Way South Asia Response Fund has been activated to support the long-term recovery efforts in the region effected by the earthquakes and tsunamis and will be administered by United Way International. Individuals and corporations interested in donating funds for long-term recovery can make an online contribution by visiting: www.unitedway.org/ tsunamiresponse
Absent powder, corduroy makes a great start to new skiing year
The freshly groomed corduroy snow on High Noon was so crisp Sunday morning that it sounded like Velcro being pulled apart as my skis cut across the fall line.
A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Monday in an avalanche on Soda Mountain.
Saturday, January 1
County optimistic about justice center but considering its options
Legal recourse is one option Routt County commissioners will consider pursuing if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially denies a county application to fill wetlands at a proposed site for a new justice center.
Holiday shopping season brings pleasant surprises for local store owners
Leon Rinck was surprised early Saturday morning when, as soon as he opened his store, Treasure Tees, people were already through the doors and shopping.
There is something about the shiny pages of a new calendar that makes everyone feel that the slate is just as clean. There are no coffee rings yet on the desk calendar. There isn't a single birthday or "bill due" note scribbled in any of the date squares, which means that there also haven't been any forgotten birthdays or overdue bills yet.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department was busy responding to fights and disorderly partygoers New Year's Eve, leaving no time for DUI enforcement.
Monday, Jan. 3 n The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. n The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. n The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. n The South Routt Medical Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.
Ron Nielsen, Bobbie Vetter, Dick Rudeen and Tom Yackey have more than 100 years of volunteering for the Yampa Fire Protection District -- longer than a lifetime -- among them.
Kassemi receives AFA nomination Steamboat Springs Simon Kassemi of Steamboat Springs recently received an Air Force Academy nomination from Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Kassemi, a senior at the New Mexico Military Institute, also received three additional nominations to the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy and West Point Military Academy. Kassemi is the son of Rebecca and Mical Huyser of Steamboat and Dr. Si Kassemi of New Mexico.
Libraries offer free online tutoring program, Live Homework Help
Having trouble with that complicated math problem? Don't know how to apply a physics formula? Is there no one to help you before that homework assignment is due?
Analogy ludicrous The analogy comparing the URA to letting your house get rundown and then asking the HOA for help is ludicrous. The caller is completely out of touch with reality. It's very simple -- without a vibrant ski mountain and base area, Steamboat Springs would become another Craig, Hayden, Walden or Oak Creek. Steamboat Springs has the opportunity to truly become world class. Think progressively and quit being an obstructionist.
I am very appreciative that the URA has been tabled. I agree that we need to have more specific information.
We live, work and play in a very unique community, one that has amazing natural resources that we all enjoy and value in varied ways. More than 100 volunteers have joined the Northwest Colorado Stewardship effort to come together to seek ways to improve public lands decision-making by promoting commonly held values and principles.
In the course of 12 months' participation in the County Commissioners' application to the U.S. Corps of Engineers to disturb a wetlands, several facts have come to light that might contribute to the public discussion.
The New Year's holiday provides the opportunity to reflect on the year that passed and resolve to make the most of the year to come. With that in mind, we offer a look back at what transpired in 2004 and the challenges awaiting in 2005.
Jake Daniel Filler, son of Kim and Dan Filler of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:11 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2004. He weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Sandra and Peter Fishwick of Ballarat, Victoria in Australia, and Lee Filler of Colorado Springs.
Eileen Margaret Cashen, daughter of Patti and Joe Cashen of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:54 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2004. She weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Her sibling is Jack Michael Cashen. Her grandparents are Mary and Cliff Stanley of Titusville, N.J., Mike and Linda Curry of Manasquan, N.J., and Patrick and Jane Cashen of Columbus, Ind.
Jonas Solomon Holzman, son of Julia and Eric Holzman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:58 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2004. His grandparents are Bob Holzman of Pembroke, Mass., Lynn Holzman of Pembroke, Mass., Renate Frisenbager of Duesseldorf, Germany, and Wolfgang Frisenbager of Duesseldorf, Germany.
Sean Patrick Davenport, son of Suzy and Jonathan Davenport of Hahn's Peak, was born at 2:11 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Phoebe Clarke of Richmond, Va., William and Matilda Davenport of Stone Ridge, N.Y., and Clifford Clarke of Hawaii.
Philip Shane Nielsen, son of Sarah Nielsen and Wayne Fredrick of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:23 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2004. He weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Susan Nielsen of Monument, and Shane and Nancy Call of So. Yarmouth, Mass.
The phrase "born in a barn" doesn't exactly have a positive connotation.
Like many business people, Steamboat Springs real estate broker Tom Willman saw his success in the 1990s come to a screeching halt after Sept. 11, 2001.
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Karen Gallivan already had a background in real estate. Still, she sought the help of Steamboat Realtor Tom Willman this year when she began looking for a home here. The results were so positive she joined the firm.
Younger crowds picking up yarn, needles
Knitting needles, as improbable as it may seem to some, have become symbols of hipness, and a new generation of young women is discovering the satisfaction of creating singularly wearable art along with their mothers. The strength of the trend has been measurable this month as two new businesses in Steamboat Springs, one at the ski area base and one in Old Town, opened to a rush of success.
What to expect in the sky this year
Astronomers ended 2004 with their telescopes ready and their jaws dropping. It was an unexpectedly historic year.
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Tom Litteral came home from his latest vacation with a painfully sore right wrist and forearm, and he received no sympathy from family and friends. Litteral needed to rest after catching 50 to 60 aggressive brown trout a day during six days of fishing in the fjord country of Chilean Patagonia.
Sport enthusiasts will be offered two pentathlons this year
The city of Steamboat Springs and the city of Aspen are coming together to create The Rocky Mountain Pentathlon Series this winter.
The stories behind the top three female members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team vary as much as the snowflakes that provide the slippery surface on which athletes race.
Howelsen Hill Terrain Park opens
Snowboarder Spencer Tamblyn is hoping that the new rails, jumps and a variety of other features at the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park soon will replace memories of the halfpipe that had been a main feature of the ski area for more than a decade.
Former Routt County resident Ruby Mitchell died Dec. 8, 2004, at the Kenton Manor Nursing Home in Greeley. She was 96.
Brad Scott, a 13-year resident of Steamboat Springs, died Dec. 19, 2004, at his home. He was 46.
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.
Each year, hundreds of athletes show up at Howelsen Hill hoping to discover the path to Olympic glory.