Stories for November 2005


Wednesday, November 30

Wind closes S. Routt schools

Gusting winds and heavy snow closed schools in the South Routt School District on Wednesday for the first time in years.

Yampatika evolving, not fading

Valley's 'natural and cultural connection' looks to future

Steamboat's 13-year-old nonprofit organization that focuses on natural history education is evolving, but Yampatika is not about to fade into the forest. Not even close.

Sailors set lofty goals for season

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team opens its season at home Friday, and if coach Sean McCarthy has his way, the Sailors wrestlers will not leave the mats until the state championships in February.

Woman seeks to null restraining order

A 35-year-old woman accused of stabbing a man Thanksgiving morning has made a motion to remove a restraining order she has against her husband.

Men must have own lawyers

Defendants in drug case cannot have same representation

Two Wheat Ridge men accused of possessing psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana and prescription medications cannot be represented by the same public defender, a judge decided Wednesday.

Briefs for Dec. 1

Schubert-Akin selected for leadership program

Hayden strong in post

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

Group takes over running series

John Chapman has a vision for the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

All-League teams named

Hayden QB Bruchez named Player of the Year

Western Slope League coaches have chosen their All-League and honorable mention All-League teams for the 2005 fall season.

Manager search progresses

For the first time, the city will hire a company to help find a top administrator, said John Thrasher, human resources manager.

The Record for Dec. 1

Tuesday, Nov. 29 1:24 a.m. Someone in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive reported hearing loud music coming from a car parked by the soccer fields. The car was gone when officers arrived.

Group strives for consensus

Community forum will address graduation requirements

At a meeting Tuesday night, the Graduation Requirements Committee took its largest step toward creating the curriculum recommendations it plans to make to the Steamboat Springs School Board in January.

Tuesday, November 29

Snow likely to come in waves

Storm track expected to continue for another week

The winter storm track that has gripped Steamboat Springs since Saturday promises to keep coming in waves.

Former Sailors take soccer title

For four years, former Steamboat Springs Sailors Kyle Nelson and Mike Holland wanted nothing more than to bring a state high school soccer title to Steamboat Springs.

Learn about financial aid

The annual Financial Aid Workshop for students and parents is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School.

Art class comes alive

Hayden elementary school students get creative

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

Starting them young

Four newcomers among Steamboat basketball starters

When discussing this year's Steamboat Springs boys basketball team, senior Scott Peterson sounds like one of those NBA Draft gurus.

David Epstein New ordinance :

Obviously not much thought went into the new demolition ordinance. Every permit should be viewed on a case-by-case basis. Historic properties should be held to a higher standard, nonhistoric should not.

Steven Jones: A ludicrous statement :

In his letter about the "Quiet Commotion Conference," (Viewpoints, Nov. 20) paid activist Aaron Clark repeats the big lie that "almost 80 percent of Forest Service and BLM lands in Colorado are open to ORVs."

Students learn by teaching

Before Tuesday afternoon, the word "electricity" meant one thing to Tucker Sanford.

Toys sought for hospitalized kids

Each year, parents of children spending the holidays at Children's Hospital in Denver walk into a room filled with new toys.

Study: 4-H important to development

Colorado youths involved in 4-H programs are less likely to use drugs and alcohol and more likely to excel in school and serve the community, a Colorado State University Cooperative Extension survey suggests.

Mike Gleason: Class not liked :

I've just completed reading the editorial about the Senior Odyssey program (Viewpoints, Nov. 27). The editorial fairly portrayed statistics that students valued the senior project. As a member of the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2005, I can't agree more. What the editorial fails to mention, however, is that the project and the class are two very different aspects of the course. Although the project was held at high esteem by much of my graduating class, the classroom aspect of Senior Odyssey was not. If the editorial had printed the statistics of what my graduating class viewed of the importance of the Senior Odyssey classroom work, the entire argument of the editorial would have collapsed. Although I am in favor of some sort of graduation final project requirement (the project was, after all, very popular), the classroom portion of Odyssey was obsolete and worthless, as well as very unpopular among students as well as staff. The class needs to be stricken from requirements, and the relatively small group of supporters within the school district need to be disbanded.

The Record for Nov. 30

Monday, Nov. 28 3:21 a.m. A white Ford F-250 reportedly was broken down and abandoned on Lincoln Avenue near Downhill Drive.

Briefs for Nov. 30

Library's 'Sock It to Me' program has started

Town Board to discuss proposed annexations

An applicant is requesting that the town of Hayden annex about 36 acres west of town for a proposed commercial/industrial project.

Adult rec league meetings Monday

Organizational meetings for adult basketball and indoor soccer leagues are Monday, and Kit Rice of the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department suggests interested players or teams attend the meetings.

Volunteers make big events possible in Steamboat

This December, Ruth McClelland will take a few hours from her daily routine to lend a helping hand for the World Cup B Nordic Combined event and U.S. Freestyle Team Olympic Team Trials.

Our View: Enhancing education

Administrators and teachers in Steamboat Springs, South Routt and Hayden school districts deserve commendation and support for their efforts to create a consolidated alternative education program.

Out-of-bounds skier cited

Ski area warns of dangers of backcountry skiing, avalanches

A Steamboat Springs man was cited Tuesday by deputies who said he was illegally skiing a trail below Duster ski trail.

Monday, November 28

Steamboat snow leads state

Storm makes for memorable powder day

Steamboat skiers and snowboarders who don't already keep a powder diary might want to start now. Monday produced the kind of skiing people will be telling their grandchildren about 50 years from now.

Victim says he was helping his attacker

The victim of a Thanksgiving Day stabbing told police he was trying to help the woman accused of going after him with a steak knife.

Man in crash had previous offenses

A Craig man arrested Satur�day after a head-on collision with a family in a minivan has a history of driving while intoxicated, Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson said Monday.

Kay leads the way in Copper

Winter Sports Club snowboarder proving his worth

Zachary Kay enjoyed good results last season, but Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Thedo Remmelink thought the rider could achieve more.

Golfer Berry honored

On the golf course, Paul Berry's unassuming personality doesn't attract a lot of attention. He leaves that to his swing.

Safe stolen from theater

$600 container and as much as $2K missing from Chief Plaza

A metal safe containing as much as $2,000 in cash was stolen from the Chief Plaza Theater on Lincoln Avenue early Sunday morning, police said.

Earlier cases raise man's bond

A judge Monday increased the bond amount of a Wheat Ridge man jailed on drug charges because he had two prior felony convictions for sexual assault, deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson said Monday.

Briefs for Nov. 19

Two local skiers were found Sunday in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, a day after they were reported missing.

The Record for Nov. 30

1:14 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Seventh and Pine streets. The pedestrian was placed in detoxification at Routt County Jail.

LIFT-UP of Routt County planning fundraiser

LIFT-UP of Routt County's campaign to raise money for a new facility is going well, but the organization is struggling to meet the costs of running regular programs.

Sunday, November 27

Briefs for Nov. 28

An 18-year-old Colorado Mountain College student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of growing marijuana in his dorm room.

The Record for Nov. 28

12:40 a.m. A noise complaint turned into a DUI arrest in the 2700 block of Downhill Plaza. When officers arrived, the noise maker reportedly drove up to the police vehicle and was exhibiting signs of intoxication. The driver was given a roadside sobriety test, which he reportedly failed, and was arrested.

One-stop holiday shopping

19th annual Christmas in the Rockies craft fair Saturday

For holiday shoppers, watching the calendar turn to December means the beginning of the countdown to find Christmas gifts.

Man arrested after collision

A Craig man was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of vehicular assault and drunken driving after he swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic, sending a man, a woman and four children to the hospital. The head-on collision occurred at 5:25 p.m. about one mile west of Hayden. The Hayden Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol reported to the scene.

Saturday, November 26

Building permits for Nov. 14 to 18

Steamboat Springs John Hanley 215 Old Fish Creek Falls Road Owner/Contractor Interior Alteration $40,000

Students head of state class

The numbers look good, at least locally.

Window paintings opening doors

South Routt artist and full-time mother takes crack at new career

Many years ago, Amy Cham�--berlin's high school counselor asked her what she wanted to do with her life.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 14-22

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer SCOTT, MICHAEL P. AND SCOTT, GINGER TO BRENDLE, HARRY L. FOR WHISTLER VILLAGE THM PHASE II, LOT CE 30 -- $174, 000

Our view: Make students take Odyssey

The Steamboat Springs School District should keep the Senior Odyssey program as a mandatory graduation requirement.

A taste of ecology for Strawberry Park

School's fourth-graders using local surroundings to create nature journal

Students at Strawberry Park Elementary School are learning about local ecology with more than just their eyes. With field trips and hands-on demonstrations, the students are using all five senses to learn about local ecology.

Damien Alvin Duncan

Damien Alvin Duncan, son of Cherie and Dwayne Duncan of Craig, was born at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 17, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His siblings are Haley Rhett and Rylee Rhett. His grandparents are Earl Higgs of Oroville, Calif., Sharon Higgs of Craig, and Patricia and Pedro Gonzalez of East Carbon, Utah.

Comeback kids fall short

Steamboat ends season in Rifle with 14-7 loss

The sign read: "The Comeback Kids. We Believe." During the season, the Steamboat Springs football team overcame deficits and mistakes to win games -- sometimes in dramatic fashion, which is why parents designed the banner and hung it on the bleachers in Bears Stadium.

Building shuffling under way

Justice center will be last piece

Several Routt County employees have new office spaces, and additional staffers will be moving this week.

Haircuts for mountain men

Mountain Cuts targets male clientele with sports, televisions

The only haircuts Jamie Morgan and Barkley Robinson have ever given were to themselves. So why would two guys with perfectly good jobs dream of opening a hair-styling shop in Steamboat Springs?

Goodbye, free skiing

High cost of grooming leads to change at Howelsen

Cross-country skiers using the groomed trails at the city-owned Howelsen Hill ski area will need to purchase passes for the first time this winter.

John F. Russell: Lodwick shows why he's best

Todd Lodwick opened up the Nordic Combined World Cup Season on Friday with another top finish.

Different paths

Hayden and other districts discuss alternative school programs

Except for seven credits, Hayden student Jessica Brannan, 17, has all but moved past high school life: She's planning to start massage therapy school in January.

Elk River property offers rural perks

Only seven miles from town with all the comforts of rural living -- that's the advantage of a home for sale in Elk River Mountain Ranches, Realtor Penny Fletcher said.

Men arrested on suspicion of possessing 7 drugs

Two Wheat Ridge men were arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of possessing more than seven illicit drugs, including marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and several prescription drugs.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 27

Monday, Nov. 28 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The South Routt Medical Center is open from 8 a.m. t

John Whittum: Who's extremist?

The lead article in last Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today �--�---- "Group paves way for roadless issue" -- states that Western Colorado Congress is "extremist" according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. As the local representative of the WCC, I am compelled to respond to this characterization.

Business briefs for Nov. 27

Conflict resolution workshop Friday

Nathan James Demarais

Nathan James Demarais, son of Jamie Mitchell and Michael Demarais of Craig, was born at 2:05 a.m. Nov. 17, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces and was 19.25 inches long. His siblings are Caleb, Isabelle and Zackery Demarais. His grandparent is Connie Zeiler of Craig. His great-grandparents are Barbara Nicholes and Charlie Guseman of Craig.

Jessica Beth Whitecotton

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

Steamboat ready to pick up the pace

Sailors' speed an asset in 2005-06 season

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball season could have started this weekend, and that wouldn't have been soon enough for senior Jessica Peters.

Leopoldo O. Trujillo: 1920 -- 2005

Hayden resident Leopoldo "Leo" O. Trujillo died Nov. 13, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 85.

Nancy Ellen Crawford

1948 -- 2005

Oak Creek resident Nancy Ellen Crawford died Nov. 16, 2005, at her home. She was 57.

Lorna L. Brown Lorna L. Brown: 1917 -- 2005

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Lorna Louise Larson Brown died Nov. 16, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 88.

Bill Whittemore: Keep buses free

The Steamboat Pilot & Today (Sound Off Nov. 13) printed an opinion saying that the bus service should start charging $1 for every ride. I feel that the bus service should not charge all people to get on the bus. If Steamboat Springs Transit did charge anyone to ride the bus, many more people would drive cars. I also feel that fewer people would visit this resort town because of having to pay for their transportation.

The Record for Nov. 27

Friday, Nov. 25 12:54 a.m. Someone was concerned about an intoxicated man in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue. Officers checked on the man, and he told them he was OK to take care of himself.

Family of Margaret Kline: Expressing thanks

The family of Margaret Kline wishes to express it thanks for the many beautiful cards, the wonderful food and the many expressions of love and sympathy. A special thanks to the Hayden Chapter No. 99 of the Order of the Eastern Star for the beautiful service in honor of our mother. Also, a big "thank you" to the Women's Fellowship and Star for the wonderful meal.

The Arrest Record for Nov. 27

Saturday, Nov. 19 Joseph Mikel Pickering, 36, Hayden -- Harassment, third-degree assault (Routt County Sheriff's Office) Larry Allen Gill, 30, Oak Creek -- Fugitive of justice, harassment (Oak Creek Police Department) Kelsey Paul Draper, 30, Steamboat Springs -- Fugitive of justice (OCPD) David Richard Kerr, 37, Longmont -- Prohibited use of a weapon (RCSO) Christopher W. Kerr, 34, Longmont -- DUI, prohibited use of a weapon, careless driving (Colorado State Patrol) Melissa Jean Schamanski-Rainey, 28, Steamboat Springs -- Violation of restraining order (Steamboat Springs

Melinda Mawdsley: Congrats to Sailors on a great season

There were no tears. No helmets thrown of faces buried in hands. There were only smiles.

Class notes for Nov. 27

Mouffe named Rotary's student of the month

Rachel Skye Spitzley

Rachel Skye Spitzley, daughter of Karina and Nathaniel Spitzley of Steamboat Springs, was born at 2:25 p.m. Nov. 11, 2005. She weighed 5 pounds and 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Dyllan Rose Spitzley. Her grandparents are Wendy Serkin of Bedford Hills, N.Y., Regina and Peter Serkin of Richmond, Mass., Heather Stirling of Hayden and James Spitzley of Cambria, Calif.

Scott Wedel: Not for everyone

Gayle Dudley does a fine job of defending and supporting the Senior Odyssey. What she fails to do is justify why it is a graduation requirement for all students.

Moving on after 26-year detour

Couple saying goodbye to Steamboat

They never meant to stay this long, but Steamboat Springs has a way of holding on to those it wants. It molds them into members of the community and weaves them into the fabric of the place. And then, as unexpectedly as it took hold, the town lets go.

Friday, November 25

HIV tests give quick results

Few things are more nerve-wracking than waiting for the results of an HIV test. Even if you are 99 percent sure the test will come back negative, there's always the fear that it won't, and the imagination runs wild.

Tree-cutting permits available

Christmas tree permits are available at Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest regional offices for $10. Each permit allows the cutting of one tree on national forest land. There is a limit of five permits a household, and trees must be for personal use, not resale.

Available ski runs doubled

The sounds of "yoo hoo," "c'mon" and "sweet," echoed throughout Steamboat Ski Area as people from near and far took advantage of the 20 or so runs opened Friday.

Woman suspected of stabbing man

A 35-year-old woman was arrested early Thanksgiving morning after a man was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen steak knife at his Meadow Lark Condominium, according to police reports.

The Record for Nov. 26

12:22 a.m. A 35-year-old woman in the 3000 block of Village Drive was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man multiple times in the upper torso with a steak knife.

Briefs for Nov. 26

U.S. Forest Service officials have closed Buffalo Pass Road to automobiles from the gate just below Dry Lake. Officials said they are concerned that cars that drive past the gate will get stuck in snow. The road is open to snowmobiles, but officials remind snowmobilers that it is illegal to use the machines on less than 12 inches of snow in order to protect forest vegetation. For more information, visit the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District office, 925 Weiss Drive in Steamboat, or call 879-1870.

Local potters create bazaar atmosphere

This weekend, while you shop for holiday presents, be sure to stop by the Depot Art Center. Even if you aren't shopping for holiday presents, stop by the Depot Art Center. The scene is something to behold.

All they want for Christmas

Electronics top local wish lists

Electronics that show movies and play songs, dolls that talk or dance and apparel with a Bohemian look. Those are just a few of the must-have items this holiday season, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers and representatives at the local Wal-Mart.

Volunteers needed to ring in the holiday season

Salvation Army bell ringers are as much a part of the holiday season as Charles Dickens and tangled Christmas lights.

Sales off to a strong start

The early birds got the laptops. The holiday shopping season began just before 4 a.m. Friday, when several cars sat in Wal-Mart's parking lot, filled with customers waiting in pre-dawn darkness to snag such holiday deals as Hewlett-Packard Pavilion laptops on sale for $378, store manager Mark Meade said.

Thursday, November 24

CD reviews for Nov. 25

Shakira "Fijación Oral Vol. 1" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98 Living in a small town, I find myself listening to the hype more than I ever would in a city. From this remote cave, my feelers blindly search the world for new things, hoping to stumble on some good music or an interesting underground artist.

Dreaming it up in a new place

That bit of news might not have any significance in Steamboat Springs, where the band has yet to build a following, but if you were a Wisconsin resident, you would be clearing your schedule to make sure you didn't miss the reunion of your favorite acoustic duo.

Arts calendar for Nov. 25

Tonight ¤ Grand opening reception for Studio Gallery 27 featuring work by local and national artists Julie Anderson, Beth Banning, Diane Cionni, Julia Corbett, Max Damore, R.C. Dieckhoff, Michael Conrad, Doron Fishman, Wallace Garrison, Jeffrey Hall, Charley Hart, Michele Ideus, George Krawzoff, Lisa Lala, Janice Lawrence, Connie Norman, Chris Oar, Susan Schiesser, Keri Searls, Susan Thompson, Patricia Walsh, Rob Williams and Jan Willman will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in its new location in Ski Time Square next to the Tugboat Grill & Pub. Call 879-6114.

Thanksgiving diners enjoy food, company

Twenty turkeys, 19 sets of rolls and 19 pies -- plus other desserts.

U.S. skiing team preps for events

The members of the U.S. Nordic combined team will arrive in Steamboat Springs in December with a clear goal.

Locals send gifts to troops

Last year, when Kara Mikos decided to start gathering small gifts for U.S. troops in Iraq, she asked local merchants for handouts.

Steamboat takes aim at Rifle

For the second-straight week, the Steamboat Springs football team will face a familiar opponent.

Earnest but incompetent

Oak Creek group to stage 'challenging bit of theater'

In December 2003, South Routt was introduced to the antics of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society through its inadvertently raucous and slapstick version of "A Christmas Carol."

The Record for Nov. 25

Wednesday, Nov. 23 8:16 a.m. A controlled burn was reported at Routt County roads 33 and 179.

New gallery opens

The space soon to be a gallery and center point of the local art scene still smells of fresh paint and sawdust.

Snow-removal policies voiced

Sixty-eight miles of streets, 5.5 miles of alleys, 23 parking lots and 105 cul-de-sacs.

Law enforcement beefs up

As you sip that spiked eggnog this holiday season, local law enforcement agencies want you to know that if you have been drinking it, is always a good idea to have a designated driver take you home or to find alternative transportation.

The other Colorado

It's a photo that Jim Steinberg said took him 10 years to get. His book practically falls open to the two-page spread celebrating that single image.

Bar room revival

Blues, rock 'n' roll preacher's songs 'get people filled with the spirit'

Ask Reverend Deadeye about his persona, and he doesn't understand what you're talking about.

Autumn's picks for Nov. 25

Tonight ¤ Grand opening reception for Studio Gallery 27 When: 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Ski Time Square, next door to the Tugboat Grill & Pub Call: 879-6114 Why you should go: New blood, new art in a new space.

On Scene for Nov. 25

Miriam Pensack and Lydia Kindred stole the show Friday night at the Steamboat Springs High School production of "The Taming of the Shrew."

United Way should make funds goal

As new needs arise, Routt County United Way is there to fund those who seek solutions. In past years, local nonprofit organizations have noticed a steady increase in the number of immigrants needing services in Routt County. In January, Comunidad Integrada formed as a referral agency and direct-service provider for the growing Spanish-speaking population.

News in brief for Nov. 25

Routt County LIFT-UP sites closed today All LIFT-UP of Routt County sites will be closed today. The Community Thrift Store will re-open Saturday. Call 870-0727.

Music calendar for Nov. 25

Tonight ¤ Live jazz When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399

Ski areas gear up for December

The Thanksgiving holiday kicks off a busy month for the Steamboat and Howelsen Hill ski areas, which will be filled with jib jams, concerts, World Cups and Olympic qualifiers.

Ski area plans new chairlift

Steamboat Ski Area officials envision building new lifts, a restaurant atop Sunshine Peak and improvements for beginning skiers and snowboarders. But first, the public gets a say about the potential environmental consequences of those changes.

Special needs students discussed

School Board also hears about graduation requirements

Although the Steamboat Springs School Board took action on only minor agenda items Monday night, board members and members of the public discussed two issues at length.

Autumn Phillips: Happy New Year

I stared at her for a long time.

Terminal improvements on track

Advance airline reservations for the holiday ski season are up this year, despite a decline in available seats.

Wednesday, November 23

Briefs for Nov. 25

Jay Gallagher will take the position after current district manager Bob Stoddard leaves in mid-December. Gallagher is a seven-year resident of Routt County, and he has been in management positions in the GIS and industrial imaging industry and staff planning and technical field positions in the mining industry.

Skiers flock to opening day

Jayme Miller had a choice: Be a good college student and go to class or hit the trails on opening day at Steamboat Ski Area.

Date set for district's suit

A July 10 court date has been set for the lawsuit brought by the Steamboat Springs Edu�cation Association against the Steamboat Springs School District.

Community leaders invited to polish skills

After the hotly contested Nov. 1 City Council elections, Leadership Steamboat is sponsoring a daylong conflict resolution workshop by an internationally known mediator.

VNA owns Haven

The Visiting Nurse Association on Tuesday officially became the new owner of The Haven Assisted Living Center.

Men arrested after brief bar brawl

Two brothers from Longmont were arrested Saturday after employees at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark reported one of them broke a window during a heated argument.

The Record for Nov. 25

3:23 a.m. A woman in the 100 block of Mountain Village Circle reported seeing someone standing outside her bedroom window, and she said the screen door on her porch was off its track. Officers were not able to find any footprints in the snow or other signs of an intrusion.

More land protected on ranch

Twenty years ago, The Nature Conservancy identified the Yampa River as a Colorado gem. Since then, the organization has worked with landowners to help protect sensitive riparian areas and wildlife habitats along its banks.

Tuesday, November 22

County OKs additions

Steamboat Lake Outfitters to add snowmobiles, ATV ride time

A Routt County company that provides all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile rides to guests will be allowed to use additional vehicles and add an evening ATV ride to its schedule.

Americans heading to Europe with high hopes

After a busy summer of training at home and abroad, the members of U.S. Ski Jumping Team hope to see their hard work pay off during the opening of World Cup competition this week in Finland.

Happy holidays

Sailors to practice on Thanksgiving

The Steamboat Springs High School football team has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season: Washing machines to clean muddy uniforms, parents who buy food and coaches who spend hours watching, rewinding and rewatching game film. This year, the Sailors can add one more item to their lists: Practice on Thanksgiving morning.

Expanded language program gets first nod

The School Board gave initial approval Monday night to a foreign language program that would provide constant instruction for students as they progress through the school system.

Alternative school discussed

Except for seven credits, Hayden student Jessica Brannan, 17, has all but moved past high school life. She's planning to start massage therapy school in January.

Our View: Community center compromise

Some on the Steamboat Springs City Council are right to advocate a slow, deliberate process toward building a new community center, rather than rushing the project to fulfill a promise to senior citizens.

The Record for Nov. 23

Monday, Nov. 21 7:58 a.m. A woman in the 200 block of Moffat Avenue in Yampa was concerned that pushpins she found stuck into a bulletin board spelled her initials. The pins spelled "Die S.R." Sheriff's deputies took a report.

News in brief for Nov. 23

Library holding teen program through holidays Bud Werner Memorial Library's "Sock It to Me" teen program runs through the winter holidays.

Cristina Harmon: Address needs

I support the editorial position on the need for more bus service for the residents of Steamboat Springs (Nov. 6). Several years ago, the Steamboat Springs City Council commissioned a traffic study to determine the make-up of traffic on U.S. Highway 40 through Steamboat Springs. What that study found was that tourists and highway traffic was small compared with residents running errands, going to and from work, going out to eat, etc. In other words, the traffic in town was us.

Tree lighting rings in holidays

Holiday cheer in Hayden will be unmistakable after the annual lighting of the community Christmas tree Saturday.

Tradition continues with tree auction

Decorating a tree isn't hard, but with some creativity and flair, local service and youth groups can raise money from their work at the Holiday Tree Festival on Dec. 4.

Sales tax up in September

The city's September sales tax report, the most recent available, showed that sporting goods and retail spending increased more than 20 percent each from September 2004.

Hoza to lead School Board

The Hayden School Board last week elected Brian Hoza as its president.

First aid classes coming up at CMC

Colorado Mountain College soon will offer several first aid classes -- including one-day certifications in CPR and outdoor emergency care refreshers.

Gayle Dudley: Uninformed

Once again, people speak out against Senior Odyssey who do not know the facts. In Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today, Laura Claire McKelvie asks why students cannot take classes in areas they are interested in. There is unlimited opportunity for students to delve into what they are truly interested in as they select their senior projects.

Steamboat Ski Area adds to list of open trails

Today's terrain jumps to 26 runs

The list of trails available to opening-day skiers and riders jumped to 26 today with the added news that the Steamboat Ski Area would offer skiing from the top of Storm Peak by Friday.

Woman refuses plea agreement

One of two women accused of stealing more than $30,000 from the Hampton Inn declined a deal Thursday and pleaded guilty to the original charge, her attorney said.

Monday, November 21

County to hold budget hearing

Residents can speak their minds tonight about Routt County's proposed 2006 budget.

Schools unveil plans to improve

Every public school in the district now has a comprehensive plan to improve its academic performance and social climate during the next three years.

News in brief for Nov. 22

Advocates seeks people to help abuse victims Advocates Against Battering and Abuse needs volunteers interested in helping victims of domestic violence. Call 879-2034.

Snowmakers busy at Howelsen

Just about every fall, Jeff Nelson is asked whether he's ready for winter.

YVRA parking rates to increase

Parking rates at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will soon double.

High-schoolers flex knowledge muscles

The Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team began its season in impressive fashion Saturday, never letting go of an early lead at a Rangely tournament and cruising to a win.

The Record for Nov. 22

Sunday, Nov. 20 9:56 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 300 block of Vista Verde Drive in Hayden.

Sailors cheer squad takes top honors

The Steamboat Springs varsity cheerleading team had a record-breaking day Saturday.

Sailors taking on motivator

The Steamboat Springs football team's next opponent has been its biggest motivator this season.

Ski area to open with six lifts, at least seven trails

Officials at Steamboat Ski Area announced Monday that they would have six lifts operating, with at least seven trails and possibly more for the opening Scholarship Day on Wednesday.

Sunday, November 20

City and county recognize employees

The city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County recently recognized employees for their hard work.

U.S. team to open season

Led by veterans Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong, the U.S. Nordic Combined team will open the 2005-06 season Thursday in Kuusamo, Finland, with high hopes and high goals.

News in brief for Nov. 21

LIFT-UP donation center closed until Nov. 29 LIFT-UP of Routt County's donation center will be closed this week to process recent donations. The center will re-open for donations Nov. 29. Call 870-0727

The Record for Nov. 21

Saturday, Nov. 19 12:17 a.m. Police officers were on foot patrol in Ski Time Square.

Fire-training doll rescued

Randy found floating in spring, possibly with new outfit

He's been missing for two weeks. And even though he was found floating face down in a sulfur spring Saturday, officials are breathing a sigh of relief.

Tom Ross: Backcountry crowd knows how to party

Now, if only all that energy could be applied to powder diplomacy

And to think it happened in Steamboat Springs. I went to a party at the Art Depot Center on Saturday night, and I saw a man carrying a cup full of amber beer in the chest flap of his lederhosen. And that's not all I saw.

Saturday, November 19

Center of the debate

Officials discuss community facility

Steamboat Springs city officials are planning to build a new community center that likely will include meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen.

Aaron Clark: Manage ORV use

A mass of concerned citizens from across Colorado, New Mexico and Utah converged on a recent weekend in the town of Crestone for the "Quiet Commotion" Conference. Why? Because people who enjoy traditional activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, and skiing in the mountains are alarmed as their beloved backcountry becomes overwhelmed by dirt bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles.

Class notes for Nov. 20

Soroco Middle School releases honor roll

John F. Russell: Keeping Owens in the game

What's the cost of blazing speed, great hands and a physical presence that can turn a marginal team into a contender and a contender into a champion?

Bringing creativity to a new level

Oak Creek's Paradigm Theater provides venue and outlet for local artists

When she was a girl, Barbi Bonfiglio didn't dream about designing or creating a theater. She didn't think about gutting Oak Creek's old gym and turning it into an arts venue, and she certainly didn't imagine doing so would take only four months.

Melinda Mawdsley: An unlikely but deserving winner

At what point did the Steamboat Springs football team stop becoming lucky and undersized and start becoming the semifinal team they are?

4-H awards: New location, full house

On Saturday, the annual Routt County 4-H awards ceremony took on a different look from previous years.

Condos offer alternative

Units in Craig may be option for employers

A marketing team for Craig's first condominium project will be looking to Steamboat Springs employers as potential buyers.

Wingin' it in the 'Boat

Specialty sauce company moves headquarters to city

When Terry and Denise Brown realized their specialty food sauce company could be successful almost anywhere in the nation, they chose a small town with a healthy environment for children and legendary skiing.

Airline adds flights

Reservations point to busy holiday week

Andy Wirth is cautioning against complacency among members of the resort community. Wirth, vice president of marketing for the Steamboat Ski Area, said advance airline reservations indicate the holiday period could be among the busiest Steamboat Springs has experienced.

The Record for Nov. 20

Saturday, Nov. 12 Stephen Joseph Fresquez, 41, Steamboat Springs -- Possession of drug paraphernalia (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Timbers views, land unbridled

There is no monument sign or grandiose entryway marking the private gravel road to the Timbers Preserve.

Business briefs for Nov. 20

WorldWest newspapers management restructured Suzanne Schlicht, publisher of Steamboat Pilot & Today, Steamboat Today and Hayden Valley Press newspapers and regional manager for WorldWest LLC since 1995, has been named general manager and director of strategic planning for the company.

Louis George Gabos

Steamboat Springs resident Louis George Gabos died Nov. 6, 2005, at his home. He was 65.

Abigail Caller Smith

Abigail Caller Smith, daughter of John and Katie Smith of Richmond, Vt., was born Nov. 8, 2005. John, Katie and Connor Smith are former residents of Steamboat Springs.

Hot chocolate and the superpipe keep teens coming

If you ask the staff of Teen Style how many days they spend at the Steamboat Ski Area during the winter, they'll ask you how many days the ski area is open. The two numbers will be pretty close.

Jeff Smith: Watch for theft

About the downhill collision thing: I have witnessed younger boarders conning people out of their ski passes at the transportation center.

Loretta Van Norstrand: Hooray for council

Regarding the ordinance that requires developers to have a final development approved before they can demolish a building.

Laura Claire McKelvie: End Odyssey

As a former Steamboat Springs High School student and a college sophomore, I was happy to hear students organized a successful walk-out to express their opinion about the Senior Odyssey program.

Robert V. "Bob" Barnes

Lifelong Hayden resident Robert V. "Bob" Barnes died Nov. 6, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.

Michelle "Shelly" Muffs Burt

Former Steamboat Springs resident Michelle "Shelly" Muffs Burt passed away Oct. 25, 2005, from lung and brain cancer. She was 54.

Sailors make waves

Steamboat upsets top-seeded Eagle Valley

The Eagle Valley High School football team may have won the Western Slope League championship, but Steamboat Springs won Saturday's rematch between the league foes, earning the Sailors a berth in the Class 3A semifinals.

Sound Off for Nov. 20

Recreation center Absolutely. Every community needs a recreation center.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Langill of Centennial are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Abigail Langill, to Benjamin Hoffner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hoffner of Steamboat Springs.


Doug and Beth Redmond of Durango announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Redmond, to Jason Arthur, son of Glen Arthur and Pamela Jackson of Moab.

Elin P. Carns

Lifelong Hayden resident Elin P. Carns passed away Nov. 10, 2005, at the Sandrock Ridge Care Center. She was 92.

Transactions for Nov. 6 to 13


Group paves way for roadless issue

Supporters of preventing future development on national forest lands in Routt County say doing so would not significantly affect the region's oil and gas industries.

Our View: Council erred with ordinance

The Steamboat Springs City Council has a legitimate concern about -- and a legitimate role to play in -- redevelopment of downtown property, but the council was wrong to apply terms of a new ordinance to a project that already was under way.

Students learning on deadline

Soroco middle schoolers face newsroom realities to publish school newspaper

The questions whizzing through the air Wednesday in a class at Soroco Middle School would sound familiar to anyone who has spent time inside a newsroom.

Ready or not

New boundaries govern Buffalo, Rabbit Ears passes

After seven years of debate, backcountry recreationists are adjusting to new boundaries that enforce the way they play.

Friday, November 18

Olympic spirit

Qualifying events to bring excitement to Steamboat

The opportunity to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games will fuel the excitement surrounding this year's U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs.

Developers propose 23 townhouses, five condos

Three ADA compliant condominiums are in the mix of 28 residential units being proposed for a site on Walton Creek Road.

Dig out your skis, snowpants

Opening day, Winter Sports Club benefit less than a week away

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the Steamboat Ski Area have built a relationship like no other in the country.

Fair offers food, crafts

If you're looking for an arts and craft fair this weekend that mixes local artisans, great food and a visit from Santa Claus, then you need to head south.

Sailors, Devils eye semis

The Eagle Valley football team is one of the hottest teams in the state.

Study: Fewer heart attacks sans smoke

Colorado health care experts this week announced study findings showing significantly fewer heart attacks in Pueblo after the city's enactment of a smoke-free ordinance.

Local radio station KIDN changes format

Madonna, AC/DC, Poison: There were big changes on KIDN this week.

Chix drop 2 in Denver

The Chix with Stix dropped its first two games of the season to Front Range teams last weekend.

Briefs for Nov. 19

Man accused of stabbing sentenced to three years A 37-year-old Georgia man accused of a stabbing a man with a pocketknife was sentenced to three years in prison during his appearance in Routt County District Court on Thursday.

Vehicle turns up in 'comical' situation

During the two weeks Devon Bradley's Jeep Wrangler was missing, police called him once to say they had found it and once to say the car they found wasn't his. Then, Routt County Sheriff's deputies told him it had turned up.

Truck slides down slope

Two Fort Collins men walked away from a car crash in which a truck went off the road and down the mountain Friday morning on Rabbit Ears Pass.

The Record for Nov. 19

Thursday, Nov. 17 6:12 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported on Colorado Highway 131 near mile marker 59.

Trails to be closed for big game

U.S. Forest Service officials are asking winter recreation enthusiasts to keep away from trails that are close to big-game winter range areas.

Thursday, November 17

Council talks transportation

Adding bus routes among ideas to reduce congestion

City Council members have been listening to residents and business owners, and they want to answer back.

Students take on Shakespeare

Lydia Kindred calls "The Taming of the Shrew" a Shakespeare version of the movie "10 Things I Hate About You" starring Julia Stiles.

On Scene for Nov. 18

A deejay spun techno Friday, and a Metallica cover band rocked Saturday. Of the two performances at Levelz last weekend, techno drew a slightly larger crowd, but in my book, heavy metal rockers Battery brought a better show.

Oak Creek clerk remembered

In September, on Nancy Crawford's last day working at the Oak Creek Town Hall, she took a long lunch break and watched as town officials, community members and her family replaced Colfax Avenue street signs with new ones reading "Nancy Crawford Boulevard."

CD reviews for Nov. 18

This album by the Soul Coughing frontman is Mike Doughty stripped of his original band and rebuilt with a band of session musicians.

LIFT-UP receives grants, passes $1M mark

The holiday season came early for LIFT-UP of Routt County.

Arts Calendar for Nov. 18

¤ Backcountry Ball and Ski Art Auction to benefit Friends of the Routt Backcountry is from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The cost is $20 in advance, and tickets are available at All That Jazz and Spruce Up! Hair Care. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call 870-6445. For more, see page 10.

Hauling of coal debated

More than 60 people came with comments, questions or open ears to a meeting Thursday night that addressed possible rail options for hauling coal near Hayden.

Steamboat Springs: Far from home

He couldn't have been older than 24. He held the door as I walked into a building in Nashville, Tenn., but my plan was to simply reach into the foyer for a newspaper and leave.

Walk into the canvas

Phil Wright's paintings unfold in front of you. Your eyes peel back the layers one at a time until you find yourself deep into the landscape.

Surveys shed light on Odyssey

Surveys about Steamboat Springs High School's Senior Odyssey program show that many students found the program worthwhile, at least after completing it.

SSHS speech team tries hard in Craig

The high school forensics, or speech, team traveled to Craig on Saturday for its first big tournament of the season -- the Moffat County Bulldog Invitational at Moffat County High School.

Man sentenced to 3 years

Phippsburg resident pleads guilty to sexually assualting teen

The 45-year-old Phippsburg man accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a teenage girl was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday in Routt County District Court.

Wear your prom dress, wear your chaps

The Backcountry Ball is meant to resemble the ski balls of Steamboat's past, before ticket prices increased and the dress turned formal.

Tales about the empty Wyoming landscape

"Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2" is anything but an invitation to move to Wyoming. Annie Proulx avoids the worshipful John Denver cliches of the New West and decides to show the darker side of the windy state.

Autumn's Picks for Nov. 18

Today ¤ Tread of Pioneers Museum Festival of Trees When: The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday

Music Calendar for Nov. 18

¤ Live jazz When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399

Yamn musically breathing

Concert promoters bill Yamn as one of the best jam bands around. Recently transplanted to Breckenridge from Lubbock, Texas, the four-member band plays long, Pink Floyd-style jams that build spacey landscapes through a series of rolling crescendos.

Briefs for Nov. 18

Advocates Against Battering and Abuse is looking for community volunteers interested in helping victims of domestic violence. Call Allison at 879-2034.

Pets pose with Santa

Proceeds benefit county humane society

The photographs are so cute, if you don't have a pet, you'll want to get one just so you can put a little Santa hat on its head.

Man pleads guilty to selling cocaine

The 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of selling cocaine from his home pleaded guilty to drug-distribution charges in Routt County District Court on Thursday.

Hayden's Dry Creek Village is approved

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday approved plans for the first 26 homes of Dry Creek Village, a subdivision slated for Routt County Road 37 south of Crandall Avenue.

The Record for Nov. 18

1:27 a.m. People reportedly were screaming loudly near Buena Vista Court. Officers were unable to locate the residents.

Fair features artisans worldwide

Shop your way around the world this weekend at the Work of Human Hands craft fair. Volunteers at the Holy Name Catholic Church have organized this event for eight years, providing local shoppers with an opportunity to buy unique gifts while raising money for people living in poverty.

Wednesday, November 16

Base area standards set

Developers who want to build in the ski base area now have the guidance to do so.

Feast donations needed

With Thanksgiving just a week away, the Routt County United Way is in dire need of food donations for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Day of fitness planned

Proceeds go toward troop care packages

As the temperatures continue to drop, exercising outdoors becomes more difficult and painful.

Tech curriculum proposed

With the deadline for changes to next year's curriculum just a couple of months away, school administrators this week discussed proposals to expand or add technology classes.

Xcel to double coal loads

County approves company's request to haul along road

A company that supplies energy to Routt County will be allowed to double the amount of coal it hauls along a county road.

News in brief for Nov. 17

Forest Service restricts Buffalo Pass Road U.S. Forest Service officials have closed Buffalo Pass Road to automobiles from the gate just below Dry Lake. Officials said they are concerned cars that drive past the gate will get stuck in snow.

Adults facing alcohol charges appointed counsel

Two Steamboat Springs residents accused of providing alcohol to three teenage girls were appointed legal counsel Wednesday in Routt County Court.

Orchestra season begins with fundraiser

Even after 13 years as an organization, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra is changing and growing.

New winter recreation plan implemented

This week's snowstorm ushered in a new era in winter recreation in areas of the Routt National Forest bracketing Steamboat Springs.

Stahoviak benefit is Friday

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak's voice choked Wednesday when she talked about how great people have been to her during her years of illness.

The Record for Nov. 17

Tuesday, Nov. 15 1:27 a.m. People reportedly were screaming and banging around in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza. They were given a verbal warning.

Tuesday, November 15

Sports complexes at bat

Officials review design options for Triple Crown ballparks

The number of possible sites for a new sports complex in Northwest Colorado has been narrowed to two, and architects have created preliminary designs for both.

Spanish-speaking residents learn laws

A group of about 20 Spanish-speaking residents met Tuesday night at Soda Creek Elementary School to learn their legal rights when confronted by police officers, and to express concerns about recent run-ins with the law.

Our View: Back to the drawing board

Chances are, very few people have marked calendars with their intention to attend Thursday's public meetings about Xcel Energy's proposal to build a railroad spur to its Hayden power-generation station.

Officers deal with accidents

Colorado State Patrol officers were busy from dawn to dusk Monday, dealing with a 5-ton boulder that fell on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden and helping throngs of stranded motorists during the snowstorm.

GOP chairman to speak

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman will speak at a cocktail reception in Keystone on Friday evening.

Sailors to host rematch

Eagle Valley defeated Steamboat last month

Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno had one question. How much snow did Steamboat Springs get during the weekend?

Demolition ordinance OK'd

Development plan approval needed before Harbor Hotel destruction

The Steamboat Springs City Council narrowly approved on Tuesday night an ordinance that requires developers to have a final development approved before they can demolish a building.

Graduation rules at issue

Members of the Steamboat Springs School District's graduation requirements committee decided Thursday that they need more time to prepare a recommendation for the School Board.

The Record for Nov. 16

Monday, Nov. 14 12:27 a.m. Three cars were left in a parking lot in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive, and snowplow crews couldn't plow around them. The cars were towed.

Mark Cejer: Double standard?

To the editor: I would like to respond to the article (Steamboat Today, Nov. 12) regarding the increase in penalties for reckless skiers.

Another rate hike on table

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will discuss a proposal to raise water rates by about 20 percent starting Jan. 1.

Former Routt County deputy indicted

A former Routt County sheriff's deputy was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in Westminster on suspicion of police misconduct.

Heavy snow spells backcountry trouble

Forecasters at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center are warning of pockets of "high" avalanche danger at and above timberline in the northern mountains. That includes the Park Range north and east of Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for Nov. 16

Harwig's/L'Apogee and First National Bank of Steamboat Springs are hosting a benefit dinner for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra on Thursday evening. The event, which begins with a wine reception from 6 to 7 p.m., is $125 a person, $90 of which is tax-deductible. The event includes a four-course dinner. Chamber music will be performed after dinner. There are a limited number of seats available. Call 879-9008, ext. 107, for more information or to make a reservation.

King finds new court

Tara King signs with Mesa State volleyball

Tara King was like most high school athletes: She wanted to play Division 1 college sports.

Henri E. Stetter: Can't trust White House

To the editor: It is clear that the White House will try everything possible to minimize the significance of Scooter Libby's indictment.

Bicycles pile up at police station

If residents are missing a bicycle, there's a good chance it's at the Hayden Police Department.

Coal rail solution sought

Members of the Routt County and Hayden planning commissions will put their noses to the grindstone Thursday to find a rail route for bringing coal to the Hayden Power Station.

Monday, November 14

Middle schoolers help smokers kick their habits

Steamboat Springs Middle School students dropped magnets, anti-stress "squeezy" balls and brochures with tips about quitting smoking into little white bags Monday.

Briefs for Nov. 15

Drivers on Routt County Road 78 in western Routt County will be detoured for the winter, so work on the Elk Head Dam can take place. The road goes over the dam, which is being raised. There are signs marking the detour, which will be plowed and will stay in place until the dam construction is complete. County officials expect to reopen the road in spring or summer.

Pilot & Today announces restructuring

Suzanne Schlicht, publisher of Steamboat Pilot & Today, Steam�--boat Today and Hayden Valley Press newspapers and regional manager for WorldWest LLC since 1995, has been named general manager and director of strategic planning for the company.

County to review coal truck change

Routt County's Board of Commissioners today will review a permit change that would allow an energy company to haul coal in larger trucks.

The Record for Nov. 15

12:37 a.m. A Hayden woman called police and said her husband had just left the house drunk and in possession of firearms. Hayden police arrested the man when he returned to the house. He was placed in custody and charged with two counts of violating a protection order. The violations were possessing a firearm and intoxication. The man was released from Routt County Jail on Monday after posting bail.

Storm Peak gets two feet

Much-anticipated snow finally falls on Steamboat

Steamboat received the one-two weather punch it needed this week.

Cabin in rough shape

Historic log cabin won't withstand many more winters

For at least 90 years and perhaps longer, travelers in South Routt County have admired the simple architecture of the "Diamond Window Cabin." Most likely, they first gazed at it from the windows of passing stagecoaches, and later from the power windows of sleek SUV's and big pickups cruising past Stagecoach Reservoir State Park.

Man charged in sex assault

A Steamboat man was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sunday, November 13

Businesses support roadless forests

Thirty Steamboat Springs businesses have agreed to help support the preservation of roadless areas on Colorado's National Forest lands.

Tom Ross: Dream of a great recreation center

Is an indoor trout stream too much to ask for?

Dare to imagine a great city, and along with it, a recreation center like no other. Dare to imagine squash courts, an indoor motocross track, a four-season ice climbing wall and perhaps even an indoor trophy trout stream.

Snow base at Storm Peak exceeds 2 feet

The snow that fell on Mount Werner over the weekend sent skiers and snowboarders scurrying to pull their gear out of the closet, but frigid overnight temperature could do more to get the Steamboat Ski Area open.

Businesses honored for recycling efforts

Yampa Valley Recycles will honor four local businesses for their recycling efforts at Tuesday's meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

News in brief for Nov. 14

Accidents but no injuries reported Sunday evening The Colorado State Patrol reported four accidents Sunday evening, but no significant injuries.

The Record for Nov. 14

Saturday, Nov. 12 7:36 a.m. Two dogs reportedly were fighting in the 1700 block of Highland Way.

Local Dems to talk with Dean

Group to take part in national call from party chairman

Steamboat-area Democrats can listen to a nationwide conference call from Democratic National Party Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday, as part of an organizing kick-off for Dean's "50 State Strategy" to build momentum for the 2006 elections.

Saturday, November 12

Roepke -- Whiting

Kimberly Roepke and former Steamboat Springs resident Douglas Whiting were married Aug. 12, 2005, at First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs.

Our View: Continue to explore rec center

Many questions remain about when, where, how and even if some configuration of organizations should build a recreation center in Steamboat Springs.

Gwen Power: Teens not welcome

Teenagers are not welcome in Steamboat! This is how my family felt when we read the City Council was considering an ordinance restricting people from riding skateboards on city streets.

Slim down your Thanksgiving feast

There's no room left on the dinner plate.

The Record for Nov. 13

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.

Life skills and boomerangs

Steamboat Springs Middle School club members build crafts, knowledge

In the woodshop classroom at Steamboat Springs Middle School, students are learning how to use a belt sander, how to throw and catch a boomerang in one toss and how to save money for an international trip.

Treyton Chaz Jacobson

Treyton Chaz Jacobson, son of Mark and Jessica Jacobson of Craig, was born at 1:25 a.m. Nov. 2, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and 11 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. His siblings are Ethan Jacobson and Allison Jacobson. His grandparents are Ralph and Sheila Myers of Elko, Nev.; and Mark and Naomi Matlock of Metaline Falls, Wash.

The price to play

Groups encouraged to work together on rec center

What would it take for Steam�--boat Springs to get a new community recreation center?

Paula Cooper Black: Conflict exists

I have, during the past 30 years, served on many boards and committees as well as 12 years on the City Council of Steamboat Springs. Each time I served, I was aware that there would be times that I would have to step down because of a real or perceived conflict of interest. Each board, committee and council that I served on had a code of ethics statement that I was either instructed on or asked to sign.

Louthan earns American Degree

Former Soroco High student is eighth Ram to achieve FFA honor

Tucker Louthan is all about cows. He grew up on a ranch, he wants to be a rancher, and the latest herd he raised helped earn him the prestigious American Degree from the National FFA Organization.

Melinda Mawdsley: Storm warning

Thunder and Lightning. That's the nickname KRMR radio announcer Brian Harvey gave to the duo of 6-foot, 202-pound sophomore fullback Jay Hanley and 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior "Z-back" Walker Hammond on Friday night.

Transactions for Nov. 1 to 5

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Downtown sales growth lags behind rest of city

Sales in Steamboat Springs' downtown commercial district are growing, but not as fast as in the rest of the city.

If the shoe fits

Timberland woos SmartWool

SmartWool and Timberland began courting earlier this year, almost without realizing it. On Monday, Timberland reached an agreement to purchase SmartWool, and the romance became official.

School contract backers hopeful

Supporters of a master contract for Steamboat Springs School District employees say the newly configured School Board presents a rare opportunity for negotiations.

High interest in peak

Buyers snag half of available lots at The Neighborhoods

For years, Routt County residents speculated about when Stagecoach, once shadowed by bankruptcy and bust, would come back to life.

Sailors click on all facets

Penalties only sign of trouble

It often has been said that a football team reflects its head coach and coaching staff.

Housing demand outpaces supply

Looking for a home in the $2-million-to-$3-million price range? Not to worry, Steamboat Springs has a 12-year supply.

Business briefs for Nov. 13

John Marshall, owner of Fairway & Stream in Steamboat Springs, recently was named 2005-2006 Colorado Clubmaker of the Year by the Golf Clubmakers Association.

Nellie Margaret Kline (1909-2005)

Hayden resident Nellie Margaret Hall died Oct. 30, 2005, at her home. She was 96.

Jane Arigo (1948-2005)

Steamboat Springs resident Jane Arigo passed away Nov. 4, 2205. She was 57.

Evelyn Tiff Fortik Hall (1915-2005)

Steamboat Springs resident Evelyn Tiff Fortik Hall passed away peacefully Oct. 12, 2005, after a lengthy illness. She was 90.

Robert G. De Vries: Nothing has changed

I came to Steamboat Springs in 1968 to serve the court as a juvenile probation officer. At that time, the population was about 3,000. There were 250 to 300 teenagers in the high school; about 95 percent of them lived at home with their natural parents. The police department had three officers, and the sheriff's department had five. There were two or three liquor stores and two 3.2 bars where 18-year-olds could legally drink beer. Guess what? Our biggest problem was underage drinking. In 37 years, nothing has changed but the numbers.

Eliese Pivarnik: Use schools

I recently attended the community forum on underage drinking. A lot of talk was about a teen center and how having one would be an asset to this community. Steamboat already has teen centers: We have the schools. The middle school and high school are both underutilized. There could be a lot more school-sponsored activities that give our children something to do in a non-threatening environment.

Sound Off for Nov. 13

The city definitely should charge for bus service, not only for new routes but to defer from the costs of gas.

Youth wrestlers flex their muscles

Tournament gives young athletes a chance to compete

Steamboat Springs High School's Carl Ramunno Gymnasium became the scene Sat�--urday of an all-out wrestling match.

Class Notes for Nov. 13

Caleb Samuel Simon graduated Sept. 16, 2005, from the Computer Assisted Drafting program at High Tech Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. He received special recognition for his 96 percent cumulative grade average.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 13

Monday, Nov. 14 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Simmons headed to Turin

Local boardercross racer named to Canadian team

Erin Simmons can clear her February calendar. The Canadian boardercross racer and member of the Steamboat Ski Area's Mavericks Freeride Team has been named to the Canadian Olympic Team.

Israel -- Asher

Gunilla Ruth Israel and Mark Alan Asher were married Oct. 1, 2005, at the T-Lazy 7 Ranch in Aspen. A meadow and Pyramid Peak provided the ceremony's backdrop.


Mr. and Mrs. William R. Conrad of Chester, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter Kimberly Marie Conrad to Benjamin Michael Saari, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Saari of Steamboat Springs.

Josie Elizabeth Meyring

Josie Elizabeth Meyring, daughter of Spike and Libby Meyring of Walden, was born at 10:13 a.m. Nov. 6, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her brother is Emmitt. Her grandparents are Jerry and Nancy Meyring of Alliance, Neb.; Gary and Beth Hertzog of Steamboat Springs; and Larry Belton and Geri Crosby of Steamboat Springs.

Full effect of taxes won't be felt this year

Steamboat Springs-area residents who own average-valued homes will -- in the near future -- pay an additional $180 in annual property taxes thanks to four tax measures passed by voters Nov. 1.

Friday, November 11

Officials to reckless skiers, snowboarders: Wise up

Steamboat Ski Area officials will add safety personnel to the slopes this winter at the same time they broaden the penalties for reckless skiers and snowboarders. It's part of an initiative called SlopeWise intended not only to improve safety on the slopes, but also to enhance customers' comfort levels.

Sailors cruise to playoff victory

The drive was more family sedan than sports car.

Teachers: Not all Odyssey critiques accurate Teachers: Not all Odyssey critiques accurate

Many of the criticisms of Senior Odyssey expressed by Steamboat Springs High School students and parents are not based on facts, two teachers involved in the Odyssey program said Friday.

Forensics team starts season strong

The Steamboat Springs High School Forensics Team has its second tournament of the season today at Moffat County High School in Craig.

Vets take day to remember

Elmer Fogg Jr., Army, World War II. George Hart, Army. Ray Lam, Navy, stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he taught radar technology. Al Ligons, Tuskegee Airmen. Lyle Richens, Army, fought at Normandy. Wayne Swanson, Army Reserves. Gene Serhant, Army Air Corp., World War II.

Toponas Public Library is still in operation

The South Routt Library District board voted to close the Toponas Public Library in May, but the library did not shut its doors permanently.

False alarm: Stolen Jeep still missing

Devon Bradley's Jeep had been missing for more than a week when he got a call from police early Thursday saying they had found it in an underground parking lot Wednesday night.

The Record for Nov. 12

Thursday, Nov. 10 1:46 a.m. Someone reported seeing a woman throw a street sign in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue. The woman was gone when officers arrived.

City officials review standards

Council to mull adopting ski base area design criteria

Just days before the City Council is set to decide whether to adopt design standards for the ski base area, council members and city planning commissioners discussed details of the document.

Briefs for Nov. 12

Winter coats will be distributed today

Thursday, November 10

From outside looking in

Tonight, the doors of Barbi Bonfiglio's new arts venue will open to the public. As the art hungry and the curious wander into the venue, they will usher in with them a new era in South Routt.

Events honor local veterans

At the soda fountain counter in Lyon's Corner Drug on Thursday, Henry Taylor sipped coffee with his granddaughter and sent his memory back to the Korean War.

North Routt County offers a private winter paradise

Eight years later, Sandie Greenway still is in awe of the Elk River Valley.

Sailors ready for reward

Steamboat faces Harrison to open 2005 playoffs

Returning to the playoffs was the goal of the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Howelsen offers variety of skating programs

The Howelsen Ice Arena offers a wide variety of ice skating programs for locals and tourists.

Steamboat offers skiing on champagne powder

When people come to ski Steamboat Springs, they look forward to powder, trees, and world-class ski runs.

Classic couple comes to Steamboat

With a 5-month-old baby watching carefully from his car seat, Kyle and Heidi Mendenhall rehearse their oboe and clarinet pieces for Wednesday's concert. Although they won't be performing the same pieces, it's the first time both musicians have performed on the same stage in Steamboat.

Group of older skiers hits slopes daily

When Isty Meyers first started guiding Alpine ski tours for the Over the Hill Gang in 1982, the groups primarily were made up of locals.

Books to get snowed in with

-- if we ever get snow

If you're sitting in a coffee shop, library or other public reading venue working your way through Neal Stephenson's "Quicksilver," you might have the following conversation:

Follow tips to get outfitted right Follow tips to get outfitted right

The best way to guarantee an enjoyable time in the Steamboat Ski Area is to be dressed right and outfitted with good equipment.

SSHS students protest Odyssey program

About 150 Steamboat Springs High School students, mostly seniors, staged a walkout and left campus just after 11 a.m. Thursday in protest of a graduation requirement.

Hockey takes center ice at Howelsen

When Jerry Dunn founded the Steamboat Braves Youth program back in 1983, people in the Yampa Valley must have questioned his sanity.

Planning wrangles with plan

Hayden group recommends Town Board OK annexation

The proposed Dry Creek Village subdivision is the first major project subject to new standards ensuring Hayden development will pay for itself.

S. Routt School Board elects officers

At its monthly meeting Thursday night, the South Routt School Board unanimously elected Tim Corrigan its president. There was little discussion about Corrigan's selection, as board members quickly made it official with a hearty round of "aye" votes. "That's called railroading," board member Linda Long said with a laugh.

Safe and snug in a backcountry hut

A backcountry hut trip has become one of the most sought experiences in the Rocky Mountains for self-reliant outdoors enthusiasts who value solitude and are ready for a mild challenge.

Steamboat gaining stature as cross-country skiing destination

The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is intent on making the Yampa Valley a destination for cross-country skiing. That means vacationers who want to take a day off from the Alpine slopes have more flexibility than ever.

Craig: Where the old West meets the new

Hunting isn't the only activity that draws visitors to Craig in the winter.

CD Reviews for Nov. 11

I know most people won't like this CD. And yet, I want to throw copies of it out to the crowd from a white-feathered parade float.

South Routt is the gateway to the Flat Tops

In the winter, fishermen and women willing to strap on skis or walk the distance from the entrance of Stagecoach State Park to the tailwaters are rewarded with great fishing and silence.

Hot Springs draws visitors young and old

The Strawberry Park Hot Springs were first visited by Ute Indians and have been a popular attraction for centuries.

Snowmobiles offer great way to see backcountry

Skis come in many forms but some of the most popular in Northwest Colorado are of the motorized variety.

Man gets 90-day jail sentence

Oak Creek resident accepts plea bargain for drug offenses

When Richard Cyr moved from Oregon to Colorado five years ago at his family's request to help his brother, he had no intention of one day sitting in a courtroom facing felony drugs charges.

Painting for preservation

It's hard to find someone as passionate about the solitude of backcountry skiing as Leslie Lovejoy. She has poured the past seven years of her life into Friends of the Routt Backcountry, a group with a mission is to "create and preserve quiet, nonmotorized winter recreation areas in the Routt National Forest."

Autumn's Picks for Nov. 11

Tonight Yampa Valley Ceili Society: Irish music and dance When: 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: $5 / $2 students and seniors. Kids 18 and younger and members get in free. Call: 879-2205

Howelsen Hill features rich history

Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Hill has built a reputation around the world.

Music Calendar for Nov. 11

Tonight Yampa Valley Ceili Society: Irish music and dance When: 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: $5, $2 for students and seniors. Kids ages 18 and younger and members get in free. Call: 879-2205

Festival kicks off holidays

It's that time of year again. For 11 years, the Tread of the Pioneers Museum has kicked off the holiday season in Steamboat Springs with the Festival of Trees.

Rocky Mountain vibe

Although many bands do musical gymnastics to avoid the verse-chorus-verse approach to songwriting, The Fryday Band recognizes the value of the classic formula.

Meeker tempts visitors with entertaining events

There's no shortage of fun in Meeker once the snow falls.

Hayden offers small-town feel, fun

About 22 miles west of Steamboat's resort atmosphere is the small community of Hayden, which offers numerous winter activities in quiet settings.

Renowned Winter Carnival a must-see event

February is typically the month when most people are struggling to fight cabin fever and the seemingly never-ending winters that characterize Northwest Colorado.

Kremmling is a gateway to winter fun

It's unlikely that Rudolph Kremmling foresaw the tourism potential of the area when he opened a trading post on the north side of Muddy Creek in 1884.

Residents share rec center ideas

Pools, teen activities, athletics facilities among top priorities

Residents at a meeting Thursday were asked to rate the priority level of a new recreation center in Steamboat Springs.

Rangely offers Western experience

Rangely really isn't at the edge of the world, but some say that with binoculars you can see it from there.

Legendary Olympian offers free clinic daily

There, surrounded by a mixture of adults, teens and children, stands Billy Kidd, one of America's first Olympic medalists in skiing.

Health and Rec Center offers massage, swimming, water slide, workout center and more

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center offers alternative workouts to skiing -- plus a lot of ways to relax.

The Record for Nov. 12

12:06 a.m. A hunter was experiencing chest pain near Routt County Road 37 at mile marker 8. West Routt Ambulance transported the man to the hospital.

Briefs for Nov. 12

American Legion posts in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Yampa and Craig, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Steamboat and the VFW Auxiliary in Steamboat are raising money to provide emergency housing assistance to veterans who lost their homes because of Hurricane Katrina. Donations can be made to the American Legion National Emergency Fund at any American Legion post or by dropping off donations at First National Bank of Steamboat Springs or the Moffat County National Bank. One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to veterans who have lost their homes. The fundraising effort ends today.

Oak Creek repeals water law

Although the Oak Creek Town Board has stopped discussion about installing town water meters, it revisited a past water meter ordinance Thursday night to repeal it and make a few amendments.

Three teens booked in trespass, theft

Three Steamboat Springs High School students were arrested Wednesday night by police officers who say they caught the teens burglarizing a car parked in an underground garage.

Harbor plan praised, criticized

City planning commissioners liked some elements of the Harbor Hotel redevelopment project they saw Thursday night.

Hockey teams host tourney

Rocky Mountain Rumble kicks off today

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association kicks off its busy home tournament schedule with this weekend's Rocky Mountain Rumble.

On scene for Nov. 11

When I called the Texas Artists Museum on Monday to ask about an award it had given to local artist Susan Schiesser, I was greeted by an answering service. The operator apologized. She would have to relay the message because Hurricane Rita had destroyed the Texas Artists Museum building.

Wednesday, November 9

Legendary wrestler visiting

Olympic champ Dan Gable giving clinic at Mesa State

Mesa State College is bringing wrestling back as a varsity sport in style.

Senior Sailor healthy

Walker Hammond scores 4 touchdowns after beating mono

It was late summer. Walker Hammond was getting excited for his senior season with the Steamboat Springs football team when he got what he thought was a cold.

Case bound to District Court

Man accused of providing alcohol to minor appears in court

The case of a 20-year-old man accused of providing alcohol to a 17-year-old was bound over Wednesday from county court to District Court at the request of his attorney, who said she and prosecutors were near a plea agreement.

Miller-Freutel talks education in D.C.

Steamboat's new School Board president has some political pull.

Harbor mulled

Planning Commission to look at hotel redevelopment plan

A redevelopment plan for the Harbor Hotel will be reviewed in public for the first time tonight.

News in brief for Nov. 10

Two men injured in rollover accident Two Routt County men were injured in a rollover accident near Wilderness Ranch on Tuesday.

The Record for Nov. 10

Tuesday, Nov. 8 2:05 a.m. Two men in the 3100 block of Lincoln Avenue reportedly were hiding behind trees and Dumpsters as motorists drove by. The men were gone when officers arrived.

Fire training doll stolen

The last time fire Chief Bryan Rick�--man saw Rescue Randy, he was fine. But when firefighter Dane Leck needed the 6-foot-1, 155-pound mannequin for a training exercise Monday afternoon, he was gone.

Oak Creek mulls check signers

More people will be authorized to spend town funds if the Oak Creek Town Board approves a proposal at its meeting tonight.

Clinics set for Alpine officials

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is holding two clinics for Alpine ski race officials.

Local man honored for hockey

Ryan Dingle, a former The Lowell Whiteman School student, was named Red Baron Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Tuesday, November 8

Jonathan Kaplan: 'Western' architecture

In response to James A. Humphrey's comments about the "new" architecture at the Wildhorse Marketplace and Gart Sports (Sept. 28):

Bill Hill: Thank you for More

I want to congratulate the developers of

Affordable housing tricky

City Council members debate developers' requirements

The Steamboat Springs City Council -- along with a lot of community members -- agree that the city needs more affordable housing.

Council members sworn in

A nearly packed Centennial Hall was filled with clapping and grinning City Council members.

Tuggle sentencing postponed to 2006

The sentencing of former Hayden resident John Rollins Tuggle, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping his 12-year-old daughter, was postponed two months after his Idaho defense attorney told the judge he didn't have time to prepare.

Cooperative Extension services could change

Routt County residents soon may be sharing their Colorado State University cooperative extension agents with nearby counties while benefiting from other agents' expertise across county lines.

The Record for Nov. 9

3:30 a.m. A woman called police because she thought someone was outside her home in the 200 block of Hillside Drive. While the woman was talking to police, she reportedly had a seizure and sounded as if she was snoring. When officers arrived, the woman refused to be transported to the hospital.

Friday program offered for kids

Get ready parents, because Hayden students soon will have Fridays off from school.

Briefs for Nov. 9

Longtime Road and Bridge engineer dies at 65 Routt County Road and Bridge engineer Louis Gabos, 65, was found dead in his home Monday morning.

Board of directors: Thanks for 5C

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority would like to express its gratitude to Steamboat Springs and Routt County voters for the overwhelming support of ballot issue 5C. Now, with the TABOR revenue exemption, any excess funds can further support our work with housing programs, services and advocacy.

Our View: School Board could gain cohesion

The Steamboat Springs School Board should enlist a facilitator to help its members work together better. That's not meant as criticism, but as support for an idea broached at the board's first meeting.

Sailors, Panthers meet Friday

Steamboat to play Harrison on new turf

The Steamboat Springs High School football team begins its postseason with a 7 p.m. Friday game against Harrison High School in Colorado Springs.

Chix with Stix pick up 2 wins

The Chix with Stix are off to a quick start.

Planning group to consider final plan

The Hayden Planning Commission on Thursday will see a final plat for the 150-home Dry Creek Village subdivision proposed off Routt County Road 37.

Facility plans left up to School Board

When the old School Board ended its term Monday night, its schedule for possible renovations of district facilities ended, as well.

Organ donor awareness to be discussed Sunday

Bob Pensack remembers waiting more than a year for a new heart.

School Board ready for retreat

Before the Steamboat Springs School Board moves forward, its members want to take a few steps back.

Calves bring $5,500 at sale

Investment in heifers yields educational dividends

The initial graduating class of the Four H Bar Cattle Co. yielded $5,500 in profit, and the calves are on their way to a feedlot in Wiggins to eventually become natural beef.

Monday, November 7

Programs to help veterans

Veterans of all ages face challenges in the civilian work environment.

Briefs for Nov. 8

Workforce Office offers advice for veterans Military veterans are encouraged to stop by the Workforce Office in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center to visit with the Routt County Veterans Affairs officer. Find out about the benefits earned by serving in the military. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Call 879-5489 or e-mail

Meeting to focus on recreation center

Is your child's swim team clamoring for an indoor pool? Are you a teen who wants a place to dance? Would you like to practice your climbing skills inside before you head out?

Affordable housing discussed

New City Council members sworn in today

Of the nine items on the City Council's agenda today, half involve the swearing in and orientation of the four new or re-elected council members.

Work resumes on new tennis center

Early December opening within reach

Construction crews were back on the job Monday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs after taking a hiatus to erect a pair of structures needed for hurricane recovery efforts in Louisiana.

The Record for Nov. 8

SUNDAY, NOV. 6 1:52 a.m. Officers responded to a noise complaint involving people screaming and smoking cigarettes outside at Fourth and Oak streets. All was quiet when officers arrived.

School Board elects leader

As its first order of business Monday night, the new Steamboat Springs School Board elected Tom Miller-Freutel as its president with a unanimous vote.

Timberland buys SmartWool

Steamboat Springs-based SmartWool, a well-known manufacturer of high-quality merino wool socks, has been acquired by one of the giants in the outdoor clothing industry.

Sunday, November 6

Tom Ross: Reality TV it isn't, but we'll find a way to survive

Decisions made by this City Council will be felt for decades into the future

Before your holiday calendar fills up, I'd like to invite you all to an open house. You won't have to dress up, but you shouldn't count on feasting on eggnog, sugar cookies and cheese balls, either.

Extension may share help outside county

Routt County residents soon may be sharing their Colorado State University cooperative extension agents with nearby counties while benefiting from other agents' expertise across county lines.

The Record for Nov. 7

12:09 a.m. Hayden police tagged several cars with warnings about not parking on public streets between midnight and 6 a.m. because of plowing.

Briefs for Nov. 7

Winter coats from LIFT-UP of Routt County and Steamboat Cleaners' coat drive will be distributed through Saturday.istribution will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in Warehouse No. 9 in the Copper Ridge Business Park on Copper Ridge Circle, behind Elk River Farm and Feed.lpine Taxi will give free rides from its office on U.S. Highway 40 west of downtown Steamboat to the coat distribution center. For more information, call 870-8804.

Girls Scouts help community

Members given Bronze Award for doing service project

Middle school girls in Girl Scout Troop 220 are serious about taking their leadership skills to the next level.

Saturday, November 5

Tom O'Halloran: Learn English

In response to the article "Spanish-speaking parents list concerns," (Steamboat Today, Oct. 30), it is evident that a severe communication breakdown exists between Spanish-speaking families and their children's teachers.

Our View: Uneasy times for Broncos

Bye week for a Denver Broncos fan is an uneasy time.

Faith Anna Marie Chandler

Faith Anna Marie Chandler, daughter of Kimberly and Kevin Chandler of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:22 a.m. Oct. 28, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Cheryl Abl-Aad and the late Emile Abl-Aad of Oldsmar, Fla., and Mack and Carolyn Chandler of Crescent City, Fla. Her brother is Luke Emile Chandler.

A salute to the troops

Soda Creek fifth-graders prepare for performance to honor veterans

Just before 10 a.m. Thursday, Amy Larson's fifth-grade music class at Soda Creek Elementary School was buzz�--ing with urgency. There were only two more days of class -- and rehearsal -- before showtime.

Ski coach shows the way

Teenage skier bags trophy bull elk on first try

Lorin Paley made the first shot of her hunting career count.

Out of the comfort zone

Hayden man races snowmobiles on grass

The sound shakes the eardrums. Inside his small Thunder Mountain Performance shed on the west edge of Steamboat Springs, Shawn MacIntyre starts up his 1976 vintage snowmobile. His attention shifts to his 1998 Ski-Doo snowmobile. He gives the starter rope a sharp tug, and the 800cc engine roars to life. The sound bounces off the walls.

Restaurant spices up South Routt

Bartlett family realizes dream in new Mexican eatery in the Antlers

Sandra Bartlett received an important phone call not long ago. On the other end of the line was her brother, John Bartlett.

David Cope: Winning isn't everything

I've always enjoyed trips to Steamboat. As a coach just down the road in Eagle County, I make the trip several times a year up Colorado Highway 131 and into your beautiful town. Over the years, my Battle Mountain High School teams have suffered far more defeats in Steamboat than we have enjoyed victories. After our most recent visit, however, I was dismayed to check online and see the headline "Sad ending to a sad season." We run a risk of losing perspective if we send a message to adolescents that the quality of an experience is determined solely by its outcome.

Justine Marie (Meredith) Fielding, 1957-2005

Steamboat Springs resident Tina Fielding died Nov. 4, 2005, of lung cancer. She was 48. She was born June 22, 1957, in New Haven, Conn., to Donald R. and Marjorie Kelly Meredith.

Sailors travel to Harrison for playoffs

The Steamboat Springs High School football team will face Harrison in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Our view: Bus service should expand

The city of Steamboat Springs should continue looking for ways to expand bus service to areas such as Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat II and Heritage Park.

The Record for Nov. 6

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.

Bacchetti -- McClelland

Steve and Helga Bacchetti of Los Angeles are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Helle Bacchetti, to Eric McClelland, son of Pat and Ruth McClelland of Steamboat Springs.

Council members prepare for seats

As their first meeting draws near, the new and re-elected members of the Steamboat Springs City Council are preparing to grapple with the issues they think most affect the community. They also say they're ready to move past a divisive election and work together as an effective body.

Easier said than done

Businesses face challenges in fight to curb underage drinking

Charlie Noble, owner of Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, said his restaurant failed an alcohol compliance check a year ago because one of the bouncers was sweeping up cigarette butts and did not see an underage drinker slip through the front door.

Quality without quantity

Home has many amenities at a comfortable size

The long, complex process of building a home can result in frayed nerves for homeowners and contractors. That was not the case for Erick and JoAnne Glanz, who worked with building contractor Joe Gillaspie to build their French country-style home in Strawberry Park.

Testing their sea legs in Steamboat

Family spends four years on sailing adventure

It changed us. As Dean Massey said those words, he smiled and looked around at his wife and two sons gathered around him at the dining room table.

Building Permits for the week of Oct. 24-31

Chadwick Place LLC 1525 Eagle Glen Drive Owner/Contractor Duplex -- Left Side $1,588,655

Patrick Kellen Bohmer

Patrick Kellen Bohmer, son of Amy and Kelly Bohmer of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:41 a.m. Oct. 28, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. His brother is Coleman Bohmer, and his sister is Claire Bohmer.

South Routt Calendar for Nov. 6

Monday, Nov. 7 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The South Routt Medical is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Class Notes for Nov. 6

At age 17, Casey Garth already has quite a resume.

Business briefs for Nov. 6

Cullen purchases downtown retail outlets

Jay Kopf: All is not well

It's nice to see white cops pummeling black people again in New Orleans. Racism, police brutality and violence are back in Louisiana. Everything is going to be just fine. But it's not just the police department; tourism officials say that Mardi Gras will be bigger and better. That's the spirit. Sorry your family lost everything; now get up and dance.

Stephen Stirling Wilson, 1953-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Stephen Stirling Wilson passed away at his Missoula, Mont., home Nov. 3, 2005. He was 52.

Stephen M. Hay, 1974-2005

Former Oak Creek resident Stephen Mark Hay died Oct. 22, 2005, in Northglenn. He was 31.

Solana Raine Brown

Solana Raine Brown, daughter of Amy and Thomas Brown of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:22 a.m. Aug. 24, 2005. Her grandparents are Janice and Doug Brown of East Brunswick, N.J., Steve and Lois Brown-Klein of Princeton, N.J., and Susan and Ronald Brown of Belchertown, Mass.

Real Estate Transactions for Oct. 24-31

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

School Board takes on a whole new look

For the past several years, the Steamboat Springs School Board has worked as a mostly cohesive unit. But that could change Monday night, when the board takes on a new look after Tuesday's election.

ASC works on moving mountain of debt

The parent of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. reported a continuing heavy debt load and operating losses on the resort side of its business this week.

Who's that man in the window?

Radio D.J. leads very public life at Western wear store

No, that wasn't the latest solution to work-force housing you saw in the window of F.M. Light & Sons this week.

Home staging is a growing niche

A house can have the nicest finishes -- wood floors, granite countertops and marble tile -- but without furniture and accessories, it may be hard for potential buyers to envision the house as a home.

Friday, November 4

Briefs for Nov. 5

Routt County United Way and Vectra Bank are sponsoring the free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. Dinner volunteers and prepared food donations are needed for the event at Steamboat Springs Community Center. For information or to volunteer, call Routt County United Way at 879-5605. To donate prepared food, call Vectra Bank at 870-4210.

A grand finale

Sailors end regular season with 10-0 win

Calm. That was the word Vince Grippa used to describe Steamboat Springs coach Aaron Finch at halftime.

Group tackles MS challenges

Members share information, vent frustrations

When the Visiting Nurse Association asked Carol Gordon, a clinical social worker, to host monthly support meetings for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she wasn't sure whether she would have the time.

Vehicular assault case continued

The case against a man charged with two counts of vehicular assault was continued Friday in Routt County District Court.

New School Board to meet

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday will say goodbye to its outgoing members and welcome three new ones when it meets for the first time since the Nov. 1 election.

The Record for Nov. 5

1:58 a.m. A 27-year-old woman reportedly was arrested near Eagleridge Drive and Walton Creek Road on suspicion of driving under revocation and without proof of insurance.

Steamboat skates past Pueblo

Steamboat's Pee Wee hockey B team held on for a 4-2 victory against Pueblo on Oct. 29 at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Car thefts increase in winter

Devon Bradley awoke and went outside at about 7:45 a.m. to go to work, as he does every day. But Tuesday something was different. His car was missing.

Soldier returning to Iraq

Former Steamboat Springs resident Wesley Mottlau knows that when he returns to Iraq for his second tour of duty in three weeks, he'll be missing some of the milestones in the life of his infant daughter, Ava Marie.

Thursday, November 3

Dvorak, Mozart and Bach

Free classical concert by local musicians

In this community, if you want something, you have to create it. Which is exactly what a group of classical musicians did. Four principal players with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra were looking for opportunities to play together in a smaller ensemble. Instead of waiting to be asked, they put together a program and a free chamber music concert.

Autumn Phillips: Ready for theater

Sunday afternoon was filled with shades of things to come. Outside, it was spitting a strange combination of snow and rain and rays of sun. We were in Ski Time Square, and if you cocked your head and squinted, you could imagine the mountain covered in snow.

CD reviews for Nov. 4

Thelonious Monk Quartet "... with John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall"Available at All That Jazz for $16.98 This is one of those "wish you were there" recordings.

Community voices concerns

Students bring suggestions to forum on underage drinking

Justine Warner, Anya Salzgeber and Joel Graham are worried about fellow students who drink alcohol. They are worried that some of their peers would rather get in a car with a drunken driver than risk getting in trouble with police. They also are worried that students feel pressured to drink just to fit in. But they're glad that at Thursday night's community forum about underage alcohol use, someone finally listened to their concerns.

Earthlings are coming to Mars

Last winter, Colorado Mountain College astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake talked his way through a slideshow of Saturn's 46 moons.

The Record for Nov. 4

4:45 a.m. A dog reportedly was running loose in the 2900 block of Whistler Road.

Snowboarders train at camp

More than 20 members of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine snowboarding team were in Copper Mountain on Thursday preparing for the upcoming season, but their hearts may have been somewhere else.

Stagecoach subdivision, school site nears approval

County officials next week could take the last public step needed before a developer breaks ground on a 136-home subdivision that includes a 10-acre elementary school site.

Sailors seeking 3rd seed

The Steamboat Sailors football team has clinched a playoff berth but still has reason to play well in tonight's regular season finale.

Azteca to reopen downtown

Bamboo Market's move leaves space on Ninth Street

The owners of Azteca Taqueria hope to open their restaurant in a new location on Ninth Street before Christmas.

Autumn's picks for Nov. 4

Tonight Friday night yoga When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, 136 Lincoln Ave. Cost: $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers Call: 879-1828

Music calendar for Nov. 4

Tonight Live jazz When: 7 to 10 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399

The West as she imagined it

When Dee Lambert was a little girl, her dad read the books of Will James. They told the story of the West that belonged to horses and cowboys.

Targeting timely issues

Steamboat Green Film Festival tonight

Each year, members of the Trappers Lake Group of the Sierra Club search for films that speak to the moment.

On Scene for Nov. 4

Halloween really starts in August, when you feel the first pangs of costume pressure. It continues through September as one mediocre costume idea after another is dreamt and discarded. Suddenly, it's October. People all around you know what they are going to be for Halloween, and you have no clue.

New support group formed

When Ronna Autrey lost her 31-year-old son to suicide almost four years ago, she was surprised to learn there was no support group here for people like her; so, she started one.

City OKs bus facility contract

Steamboat Springs Transit's regional buses don't have a home.

Briefs for Nov. 4

Winter coats from LIFT-UP of Routt County and Steamboat Cleaners' coat drive will be distributed through Nov. 12.istribution will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in Warehouse No. 9 in the Copper Ridge Business Park on Copper Ridge Circle, behind Elk River Farm and Feed.lpine Taxi will give free rides from its office on U.S. Highway 40 west of downtown Steamboat to the coat distribution center. For more information, call 870-8804.

High school band honorees head to Aspen

The cream of the instrumental crop left early this morning for the two-day Northwest Colorado High School Honor Band festival in Aspen.

Hockey 'Rumbles' back into Howelsen Ice Arena

The Rocky Mountain Rumble is about a lot more than hockey for coach PJ Wharton and the players on the Steamboat Pee Wee B team.

Worsley making splash at DU

Few freshmen have high expectations when joining college sports teams.

Smith securing snow for Saturday jam

Chris Smith, owner of Powder Pursuits snowboard shop, is out to prove that where there's a will, there's a way.

Continuing upward

I would never summit Mount Everest. I lack the mental or physical fortitude to push myself past certain limits, but the world's peak has always fascinated me.

Wednesday, November 2

Backers: D's failure won't stop C

Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff promised Wednesday that the Legislature would be faithful in its appropriation of TABOR funds freed up Tuesday by approval of Referendum C.

Tigers open playoffs

Hayden faces Dolores in first round

Dolores' resume speaks for itself. The Bears won four of the past five San Juan League football titles, including this year's crown, and advanced to the Class A state semifinals last year. Dolores advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002 and 2003.

New council to be sworn in Tuesday

Starting next week, two new faces and two familiar ones will join the ranks of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Voter turnout higher than officials expected

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland tends to be optimistic about Election Day participation and the desire of Americans to practice their democratic right to vote.

Crash report issued

Plane had ice on wings, NTSB says

Ice covered parts of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance that crashed in Rawlins, Wyo., on Jan. 11, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released this week.

Briefs for Nov. 3

The Rotary Club is accepting applications for its Youth Summer Exchange Program, which pairs club-sponsored high school students with students from foreign countries. The American student spends three to five weeks living with his or her host family and a foreign student, and the two students come to the U.S. to spend a similar amount of time here. The student's family is responsible for the cost of travel and insurance for their student and also must agree to host the foreign student in their home.

City manager plans to retire

Steamboat Springs City Manager Paul Hughes has announced his plans to retire.

Man pleads guilty to meth possession

A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Routt County District Court to possessing more than an ounce of methamphetamine.

Forum to look at drinking

Community organizations and residents are meeting tonight to look for ways to combat underage alcohol drinking.

The Record for Nov. 3

12:05 a.m. A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under denial on Conifer Circle.

Crash survivor, victims' families sue

The lone survivor of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance crash and the families of two people killed have filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit against Mountain Flight Service, which provided the plane and pilot.

Wolfpack snares 13 trophies

Last Sunday, the youth wrestlers of the Yampa Valley Wrestling Club, also known as the Wolfpack, represented Routt County at the first tournament of the fall season for the Intermountain League of USA Wrestling.

Seventh-graders learn fundamentals

Seventh grade is the first exposure most Steamboat Springs players have to 11-man football, and coach Kevin Morris said it's always interesting to see how they respond.

Defense key to title run

In 10 games this season, the Steamboat Futbol Club's U-16 girls soccer team, coached by Jim Dudley, gave up just five goals.

Transit lacks funds, drivers

Extending bus service in Steamboat to highly requested areas such as Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat II, Heritage Park and areas north of Mount Werner Road could cost more than $250,000 annually, transit officials said Wednesday.

Eighth-grade football rolls

Even in a phone conversation, Daren Mangiaracina's excitement comes through.

Tuesday, November 1

Referendum C wins big

Coordinating measure D narrowly failing late Tuesday

Routt County people who advocated on both sides of the debate about referendums C and D were absorbing the implications of a possible split vote on the two measures by 11 p.m. Tuesday. Statewide totals showed Referendum C leading by a healthy percentage, and Referendum D was narrowly behind.

Library expansion funded by voters

East Routt Library District voters passed two referendums that clear the way for an expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

City OKs liquor penalties

Alcohol vendors who sell to underage or obviously intoxicated people face harsher penalties after the City Council's unanimous approval of new enforcement guidelines.

Ivancie wins re-election for City Council seat

Two Old Town incumbents and only one seat.

Our View: Election congratulations

General sentiment is that the 2005 City Council election already was historic before the first ballots were counted. People calling and writing letters to the editor noted the amount of money candidates raised, along with the level of rancor and the number of allegations and complaints some of this year's electioneering inspired.

Tax for ranchland preservation OK'd

Routt County voters approved Referendum 1A on Tuesday, granting the continuation of a property tax to help preserve ranchlands and natural areas.

The Record for Nov. 2

Monday, Oct. 31 2:11 a.m. Fence links reportedly were cut on a gate on Breeze Basin in Hayden.

Hayden JV 'B' team finishes 12-2

Most members of Hayden High School's junior varsity 'B' volleyball team have been playing together since sixth grade or earlier.

JV 'A' has winning season

The Hayden High School junior varsity volleyball team wrapped the 2005 season with a winning record.

Karolynn Lestrud: I'm finally convinced

I read with interest the comment that the Public Art Steering Committee thought that "a private nonprofit organization should not be in charge of distributing public dollars" (Steamboat Today, Oct. 28). The arts council is an IRS-designated 501c3 nonprofit organization. So are Horizons, Strings in the Mountains, Winter Sports Club and many, many other local organizations -- all of which receive varying degrees of public dollars used to fund programs or activities that benefit the community.

Joe Bender, Mike Bieron: Thank you for bowlers

Council 4462 of the Knights of Columbus and the local Special Olympics bowling team, the Steamrollers, would like to express our sincere thanks to the people of Steamboat Springs, who by their kind and generous contributions have made it possible to continue the bowling program.

Voters approve Horizons tax

Routt County voters decided Tuesday that the county will be among those in the state with a property tax benefiting people with mental retardation.

Housing Authority exempt from TABOR

Voters made it a little easier for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority to pursue its mission by approving Referendum 5C, which exempts the agency from the Taxpayers Bill of Rights.

Antonucci narrowly keeps seat

Loui Antonucci will retain his District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council after winning a close race with Warren Harner.

Kaminski wins District 3 seat

Longtime resident Kevin Kaminski will represent District 3 on the Steamboat Springs City Council after defeating Dick Curtis in Tuesday's election.

Bruchez keeps School Board spot

Voters on Tuesday opted to keep Patty Bruchez in the District A seat on the Hayden School Board.

Anderson wins close race

The tightest race in City Council was for the shortest term.

Zirkle, cross country great fit

Hayden's Laura Zirkle was transformed from recreational runner to state qualifier in three months.

Tigers volleyball team ends season with win

The Hayden High School volleyball team finished its season at the District 5 tournament in Paonia during the weekend.

Welding students to make planters

The Hayden High School welding program is at it again. Welding students are making 100 large flower planters for the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.

Kathryn Sullivan: Wait for facts

I am writing in response to the article "Local woman dies in rollover" (Steamboat Today, Oct. 18). The life and achievements of a longtime resident of Steamboat Springs went unnoticed in the author's rush to sensationalize her death.

Midget hockey opens at home

Steamboat Springs midget hockey teams returned to the ice during the weekend at Howelsen Ice Arena, where they hosted the Fort Collins Junior Eagles in minor and major games.

Henri E. Stetter: Two thousand

Two thousand.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.he U.S.dministrative power has failed; bombs are being unleashed, seemingly at random; chaos is reigning in the streets of Iraq, and our global relationships have been thrown to the wind.

Briefs for Nov. 2

LIFT-UP's coat drive deadline extended

DeVincentis takes District 1 Steamboat School Board seat

Retired principal John DeVincentis easily defeated incumbent Michael Loomis on Tuesday, earning a seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board for District 1.