Stories for October 2005

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Monday, October 31

City Council may up skateboard fines

Too many people are "repeat offenders," who have been caught riding skateboards and other vehicles on sidewalks more than once, city officials say.

Stroll brings costumes, candy, campaigns

A young Mr. Potato Head -- also known as Rieley Wilkinson, 8 -- strolled through the crowd, clutching a bag of treats and narrowly avoiding two Darth Vaders, a walking Federal Express box, a pirate brandishing a long cutlass and a baker who led a chocolate chip cookie by the hand. Nearby, two interlocking red Legos laughed while eating chocolate, and a ghoulish demon brushed shoulders with a fairy princess.

Briefs for Nov. 1

A minivan hit a Steamboat Springs school bus Monday morning in Steamboat II.

The Record for Nov. 1

12:01 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Airline makes up for cutbacks

Early ski season reservations from Dallas, Chicago climb

American Airlines is picking up United's slack, Steamboat Ski Area marketing executive Andy Wirth said.

Lundquist earns place in Texas sports hall

When Verne Lundquist was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame last month, he was surprised by the honor.

Have you voted? Today's Election Day

Despite what your desk calendar might say, today is Election Day.

Vandalism stings new owner

Rocks thrown through windows of former Azteca building

Steamboat Springs businessman Jace Romick is as sorry as any of its loyal customers to have seen Azteca Taqueria temporarily suspend business last week. So, it's particularly disappointing to him to have someone taking it out on him.

Sunday, October 30

The Record for Oct. 31

Saturday, Oct. 29 8:54 a.m. Someone reportedly threw a rock through the window of the former Azteca building, 402 Lincoln Ave.

Election Day draws near

Election Day is tomorrow, and if early voting numbers indicate how the day will go, the polls will be bustling.

News in brief for Oct. 31

Coat drive deadline extended to Thursday The donation period for LIFT-UP of Routt County and Steamboat Cleaners' coat drive has been extended to Thursday.

Business juggling more than ski gear

Black Tie Ski Rentals concept catches on in Aspen, Crested Butte

Black Tie Ski Rentals has achieved significant traction in the ski industry since Ian Prichard loaded his first van full of rental skis. That was in 2002, when the company operated out of Prichard's one-car garage in Mountain Vista Townhomes in Steamboat Springs.

City transit officials to hold public meeting

Residents will have a chance this week to give input about transit services in Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: Anyone know where I can get a stress monkey costume?

This Halloween, make a pledge to yourself -- lead a life of serenity

The decision about this year's Halloween costume was a difficult one. At age 52, some things are ruled out -- besides, I've been a pirate before. I could dress up as Bruce Willis or Jack Nicholson, or maybe as Steve Martin. But only Nicholson is truly scary, and I couldn't imagine myself running around the downtown Steamboat candy crawl, with my hair disheveled and yelling, "Heeeere's Johnny!" Besides, my wife says I'm too old for trick or treating.

Saturday, October 29

Jo Semotan: Support 1A

The continuing influx of people buying up ranch and agricultural lands throughout the county means the preservation of the remaining open lands should be of utmost importance. Increasingly, local ranchers are having to make the difficult choice whether to subdivide or continue to work the land for modest profit. The opportunity to put the land into a conservation easement offers a compromise, an exchange of certain land-sales revenues by the owner for the preservation of ranch lands, their agricultural viability and ensuring the beauty of their open space, hopefully forever.

Nick Metzler: Good investment

Would you like to make a good real estate investment that benefits you and your community? If yes, then I would invite you to learn more about the Routt County Ranchlands and Natural Areas Initiative (Referendum 1A).

Pamela Anne Walter, 1955-2005

Steamboat Springs resident Pamela Anne Walter died Oct. 18, 2005, at her home after a yearlong fight with stomach cancer. She was 50.

Jodie Lynn Coyner, 1967-2005

Steamboat Springs resident Jodie Lynn Coyner died Oct. 22, 2005, at her home. She was 38.

Class Notes for Oct. 30

Christian Heritage School senior Jessi Houston was selected as the Rotary Club's student of the month for October. Jessi is the daughter of Brian and Christel Houston.

Linda Lee Brown, 1938-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Linda Lee Brown died Oct. 15, 2005, at her home from a courageous battle with cancer. She was 67.

Jack Leonard, 1930--2005

Steamboat Springs resident Jack Leonard died Oct. 13, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 74.

The Record for Oct. 30

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.

Spanish-speaking parents list concerns

Gonzalo Mendoza is fortunate. When his sons bring letters home from school, he can read them. Other Spanish-speaking families with children in the Steamboat Springs School District aren't so fortunate.

Hopefuls wrap up election activities

This weekend, people knocking on your door may be asking for something other than Halloween candy. They might want your vote.

Crash crushes pilots

By the time a helicopter found the wreckage of a Lancair Columbia 350 on Sunday morning, members of Routt County's close-knit general aviation community already had gathered in the lobby of Steamboat Springs Airport.

John F. Russell: The power of love and pain

Pain and love are feelings 24-year-old Brett Buckles understands well.

Steamboat falls just short in district tournament

All sports seasons come to an end, but no team likes its season to end prematurely.

Twist shines a light on ski races

If former Olympic skier Chris Puckett has his way, there will be hundreds of cheering fans lining the base of Howelsen Hill this December to watch a thrilling slalom race under the lights.

Charley Scarlett Barnes

Charley Scarlett Barnes, daughter of Michelle and David Barnes of Hahn's Peak, was born at 5:35 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Her sibling is "Rock" the dog. Her grandparents are Frank and Marion Barnes of Bar Harbor, Maine, Mary Jane Carraway of Haiti, and Bill Quinn of Ocala, Fla.

Looking for love online

Internet dating helps singles make lasting connections

Serious daters usually have serious questions: What's a person's political leanings? Are they religious? Do they hope to have kids? -- questions you aren't exactly comfortable asking on the first or even second date.

Kaleb Jake Wells

Kaleb Jake Wells, son of Corenia and Thomas Wells of Craig, was born at 3:38 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His siblings are Ashley and Tyler. His grandparents are Donna Orlich of Craig, Andrew Sanchez of Clifton, Robert Wells of Craig and Tami Sanchez of Albuquerque, N.M.

Hailey Isabel Archuleta

Hailey Isabel Archuleta, daughter of Amanda and Levi Archuleta of Hayden, was born at 10:56 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her siblings are Brisha and Shelby. Her grandparents are Pablo and Connie Perea of Grand Junction and Linda and Ernie Archuleta of Hayden.

Lucy Valentine Kiefer

Lucy Valentine Kiefer, daughter of Bruce and Maureen Kiefer of Denver, was born at 4:58 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2005, at 4:58 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds and 9.4 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Pat and George Barnett of Buena Vista and Jerry and Lois Kiefer of Aurora. Maureen Kiefer is a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School.

Real Estate Transactions for Oct. 17-21

HARR, HARRIS D. AND HARR, BARBARA S. TO NORTHLAKE PROPERTIES, LLC FOR STEAMBOAT LAKE SUBD 7 Lot: 47 -- $800

Grayson West Buccino

Grayson West Buccino, son of Janelle and Michael Buccino of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:07 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His siblings are Michael and Anya. His grandparents are Karen Sheppard of Steamboat Springs; Dave and Joyce Luke of Woodward, Iowa; Dennis and Kathy Anderson of Bouton, Iowa; and Mike and Lori Buccino of Bermuda Dunes, Calif.

Building permits for Oct. 17 to 21

Steamboat Springs Mountain Meadow Preserve LLC 2069 Indian Summer Drive Structural Associates Single Family Residence $1,915,080

YVHA self-help project in works

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has launched a plan to add eight duplex units to the valley's stock of deed-restricted affordable housing. If a federal grant comes through, the Brooklyn Park project would be a self-help project that requires owners to invest sweat equity in their new homes.

Live-work units sparking interest

Developers are creating a project that likely will attract tradespeople, artists and others looking for convenient live-work spaces as well as those with an eye for unique industrial architecture.

South Routt Calendar for Oct. 30

The South Routt Medical Center is hosting a costume contest from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with judging at 6 p.m. Cookies and hot cider will be served.

A hair affair for Oak Creek salon

Longtime stylist Cindy Wettstein thrilled about her new home, business

When you walk into Oak Creek's new South Routt Hair, expect to kick off your shoes, put on a pair of slippers and make yourself at home.

Old skis foster creativity, art

Middle school students combine art, shop classes to design projects

Pairs of skis discarded by their owners often are re-sold, recycled or thrown away, but some middle school students discovered last week that old skis are perfect for art projects.

Campaign contributions through Oct. 28

Steamboat City Council District 1 Re-elect Stephan K. Ivancie Reporting period -- Oct. 12 to 28

John Leslie Monger, 1918-2005

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident John Leslie Monger died Oct. 16, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center. He was 87.

Sound Off for Oct. 30

Billy Kidd is no thief. It could have been handled differently. We've been here a long time, before many of you people from the Pilot and everywhere else. Please do your investigative reporting first. This used to be a small town. It still is. Please keep that in mind. We used to have integrity and respect for each other. Let's put things in perspective and don't print incriminating material that publicly humiliates longtime residents.

Vote Yes on C and D: Just the facts

Colorado was hit hard by the recession that began in 2001. We lost thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenue. This forced extensive cuts in education and health services as well as funds for schools, roads and bridges. Cuts that have already occurred include:

Paula Stephenson: Being a good board member

A good school system begins with a good school board, and the quality of the school board depends largely upon the interest of the districts' citizens. On Nov. 1, you will be asked to choose three new members for the Steamboat Springs School Board. Although two are running unopposed, it is important that you examine the qualifications of each candidate and decide who will best serve this community. An equally important concept that must be considered is whether these candidates have the ability to effectively perform the duties of a member of the School Board.

Our View: Approve alcohol ordinance

Steamboat Springs City Council should approve an ordinance designed to enhance its ability to police those who sell alcohol to underage or obviously intoxicated people, but not before making one important change.

League of Women Voters supports C and D

The Yampa Valley League of Women Voters and the Colorado League of Women Voters have taken the unusual position of endorsing a ballot issue. League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization intent on encouraging an informed participation in the political process. These organizations rarely endorse issues unless after research and study it is deemed important to the good of the state. The leagues feel it is important to the well-being of Colorado that referendums C and D pass.

Friday, October 28

Hayden proves it belongs

If there was any question about which team should represent the Western Slope League in this year's playoffs, Hayden answered it Friday night.

The Record for Oct. 27

Thursday, Oct. 27 12:28 a.m. A driver reportedly ran into landscaping boulders in the 1700 block of Burgess Creek Road. The 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was not injured.

Briefs for Oct. 29

Two injured in furniture truck rollover on pass A furniture truck driver and his passenger were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center on Thursday morning after suffering minor injuries when the truck rolled over on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Meetings will look at coal delivery plans

Officials have scheduled Nov. 17 for the first of several meetings exploring how to deliver coal by train to Hayden Station.

Robbins pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

A Denver man pleaded guilty Friday to vehicular homicide in connection with a June car accident that killed a Clark man.

Judge: City to have water right

The city of Steamboat Springs will soon have a recreational water right.

Business leaders urged to rediscover childhood

Kerst, F.M. Light & Sons honored with Navigator Awards

Adults who want to succeed in business might consider spending more time doing childish things.

Campaign funds questioned

Steamboat Springs officials told City Council candidates and their campaign officials Thursday to be wary of accepting donations from area businesses.

Steamboat football clinches playoff berth

Any thoughts that a week off might leave the Steamboat Springs football team rusty were dispelled in the first half of Friday's game at Delta.

Bill Haight: For your safety

Although much has been said about the lack of specificity with respect to where the state will spend the money it will retain if referendums C and D are approved in November, let there be no doubt that the Colorado Department of Transportation has very detailed plans. The department has developed a detailed list of important statewide projects that will be built within the next five years with the proceeds of the bonds that would be issued. Absent voter approval of these referendums, the construction schedule for these projects will be deferred until new funding becomes available, which may be a very long time.

Towny Anderson: Guiding growth

Bob Milne suggests I would be "unreceptive to a part of our community that provides jobs and the tax base for the services we all expect." That's wrong and sidesteps the real issue in this election, which is shaping up as a referendum on how we will move forward -- as a community with a resort, or a resort community. If the old-school business oligarchy continues to rule, we may have a resort, but we will lose our community. Conversely, if we regain balance by investing in our community, the resort will prosper because it is marketing a sense of place -- a family-friendly, Western community.

Thursday, October 27

Music calendar for Oct. 28

Tonight ¤ Samhain Celebration When: 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for children, seniors and students; children younger than 5 get in free Call: 879-2205

Commissioners review base area project

City planning commissioners reviewed on Thursday night a project they thought had improved, but some were still hesitant to provide much comment.

Police to up DUI patrol for Halloween

Steamboat Springs Police Department will step up efforts to stop impaired drivers beginning at 10 p.m. today for the Halloween weekend.

Planning group OKs base area standards

A five-hour meeting Thursday night wasn't long enough for city planning commissioners to deal with issues surrounding the ski base area.

Cream of the crop

State cross-country meet highlight for Steamboat

By many accounts, this year's state cross-country championship field is as talented and deep as any in recent memory, making it a treat and a privilege to qualify.

Sailors resume season

Steamboat football plays at Delta today

The Delta football team is winless, but it did one thing Steamboat Springs, Rifle and Moffat County were unable to.

Sailors volleyball forced to step up

A drop in junior varsity numbers may pay dividends for Steamboat Springs volleyball.

Valley Pass offers skiers affordable opportunity

The idea of being able to ski the scenic mountain trails of the Lake Catamount, Vista Verde, Howelsen and the Steamboat Ski Touring centers as much as you want this winter -- priceless.

Freshmen do well in first year

The Steamboat Springs freshman volleyball team finished its first year of high school volleyball with a winning record.

A place to skate

Group will be formed to look at park plans

Efforts to build a concrete skatepark continue in Steamboat Springs.

Ken Brenner: Not guilty

Steve Ivancie, Susan Dellinger, and myself are not against tourism nor improvements at the base area, contrary to the doom and gloom letter written by Joe Pete Lorusso. Our votes against an urban renewal authority and local marketing district were about three things: the lack of adequate public due process, denial of the voters' right to approve all new taxes, and serious concerns that the public would be the sole source of funding for projects.

Oak Creek chief suggests animal control change

The Oak Creek Town Board began looking at housing its lost or loose dogs in the town instead of driving each animal to the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter, which is what officers do now.

Public art program closer to creation

Since September, a group of artists and arts administrators have been meeting to design the foundations for a public art program.

Snowmakers wait for colder weather

Powderhounds here spent last evening howling at the latest Warren Miller movie playing at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. But 2,000 miles away, in Sugarloaf, Maine, at another American Skiing Company res�--ort, people were trying to cope with 40 inches of real snow.

Lighthearted musical comedy kicks off season

Nothing went according to plan.

Barbara Lacey: For the community

Bud? Affordable Housing? Ethics? Let us not forget he voted away affordable housing while seated on City Council and the Health and Recreation Board; Health and Recreation got new tennis courts.

Bob Milne: Join me, vote for Bud

I just received a forwarded e-mail originated by Towny Anderson that gives me great concern. In the e-mail, Anderson has drafted a letter that he asks supporters to copy and send out as their own. The letter suggests that any resort interests are the enemy of his supporters.

Bobbi Hodge: Time to take stand

Having spent 36 years of my life in this valley, growing up and raising my children, I feel it is time to take a stand to protect ourselves and our home, Steamboat Springs. I know our votes can truly make a difference.

Diane Brower: Vote in new blood

Certainly Bud Romberg, Loui Antonucci, and Nancy Kramer are to be thanked for their long involvement in the community, but there is one major reason why I don't think we should re-elect them.

Owens: Rural areas at stake

Referendums C and D critical to regions like Hayden, governor says

Rural Colorado stands to lose the most if referendums C and D fail Tuesday, Gov. Bill Owens said Thursday.

Begay given award

Navajo jeweler contributed to American Indian culture

When Navajo jeweler Harvey Begay received a phone call alerting him that he was one of four people chosen to receive the Arizona Indian Living Treasures Award, he didn't blink an eye. He didn't realize how big of an honor he was receiving.

Arts Calendar for Oct. 28

Ongoing "Natural Reflections," an exhibit of drawings and prints by Karina Noel Hean and ceramic art by Connie Norman, is on display through Nov. 17 at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Call 879-9008.

Step into the darkness

It was a month before Halloween, and Colorado Mountain College astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake was about to give up. Since Halloween 2004, he had been searching for a new location for the SKY Club's annual fundraiser, the "Screamboat Chamber of Horrors."

Examining the place between

Artist hopes art helps people heal

As Steamboat Springs residents get punched in the stomach by the deaths of one local after another, Ann Root hopes her art exhibit can be a healing salve.

The Irish are coming

That rumbling is the sound of the local Celtic music scene growing. Since the fall, Yampa Valley Ceili Society leaders Gary Burman and Nora Parker have been inspired to learn more, teach more, dance more and play more.

Autumn Phillips: Puzzle machine

In posters advertising Steamboat, smiling, well-dressed people lean forward on their skis, letting the snow carry them into a perfect turn. The sun glows in the background, capturing one of those incredible days when the sky is blue and the ground is covered in a thick layer of the lightest snow.

Still loud and obnoxious

Six mangled microphone stands, several broken E strings and a few bleeding eardrums later, The Plagiarists are still going strong.

Therefore you will have fun

Steamboat Springs loves Halloween. Next to New Year's Eve and the last night of ski season, it's probably the biggest party of the year.

On Scene for Oct. 28

Dogs from the block If you ever driven through Tree Haus, you've seen the herd of four yellow labs that seem to own the place. Next time you see them, stop for an autograph. They're famous.

Autumn's Picks for Oct. 28

Saturday (You can celebrate Halloween this day) Muse Mason and Friends When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Hahn's Peak Cafe, 61070 Routt County Road 129, Hahn's Peak Cost: Free Call: 871-1495 Why you should go: If you live in North Routt and have so much as a pair of plastic fangs to wear, this is the place to be for Halloween party.

Wednesday, October 26

The Record for Oct. 27

12:06 a.m. A 24-year-old Arvada man was arrested on suspicion of harassment in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue. The man reportedly was kicked out of a bar for causing a disturbance, and officers took the man to his hotel. While at the hotel, the man reportedly was causing another disturbance. Officers returned and arrested the man.

Briefs for Oct. 27

U.S. Forest Service crews plan to burn piles of brush that have been removed from the forest as part of a prescribed fire project to reduce fuel load and the potential for fire.

Former hotel employees waive hearings

Two former Hampton Inn employees accused of stealing about $39,000 from the hotel waived their rights to preliminary hearings Wednesday in Routt County Court. Their cases were bound to District Court.

Two hockey teams prove to be perfect combination

The Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix teamed up with the Left Hand Brewsers from the Boulder area to win an early season women's hockey tournament in Colorado Springs.

Summer night lights

Howelsen Park ballfield's makeover continues

Howelsen Park is getting a makeover.

Wrestlers compete at world match

Steamboat Springs wrestlers Nick Rossman, Colton Mahanna and A.J. Carmack represented the Yampa Valley Wrestling Club at the Gladiator World Championships in Orem, Utah, last weekend.

Early voting an early hit

Election Day is still a few days away, but the polls already are experiencing healthy voter turnout.

Cargo Rodeman: TABOR working

Most municipalities and other government entities have "de-Bruced," or voted to keep money in excess of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. TABOR allows for this by a vote of the people. The municipalities and other entities that have voted out TABOR have done it permanently. How and why did this happen? The voters trusted their elected leaders to spend the excess -- which getting out from under TABOR allotted them -- for the needed improvements in their communities.

Mike Skov: Editorial wrong

As a former member of the Pilot & Today's editorial board, I respect and appreciate the process that determines which topics and which positions are editorialized twice weekly in our paper. That two community members, generally of differing political views, are included on the board proves that the publisher of the paper is keen on capturing the many voices of the community. I fondly remember the weekly editorial board meetings, which were supposed to last an hour but inevitably spilled into a second and sometimes a third hour, with lively, intelligent and objective exchanges of ideas and opinions. I was always impressed with the thorough drafts of the editorials that were sent to us for review just hours after the meeting. The drafts of the editorials always captured the key ideas we discussed in the meeting, and included fair presentation of the opposing position. That careful research and presentation wasn't apparent to me in the Oct. 22 editorial opposing the library expansion ballot measures.

Forest service donates maps

Last weekend, members of Routt County Search and Rescue team were looking for an airplane that crashed. At times, the depths of the forest kept their GPS systems from working.

17 townhomes proposed

Project site bracketed by Mount Werner Road, Rockies Way

The developer of The Pines condominiums is proposing to build 17 luxury townhomes on a small parcel of land near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

CMC plans big Halloween

Colorado Mountain College Residence Hall Association mem-bers started Halloween early.

Board to look at Oak Creek water rates

The Oak Creek Town Board will look into changing the town's water-rate schedule during its meeting tonight.

Tuesday, October 25

Van Fletcher: Don't hide

On Oct. 19, a somewhat large ad was placed in the Steamboat Pilot. The ad implied that Bud Romberg's past actions were incorrect.

Lisa Fusco: Small town, big fun

A recent visit to the small community of Oak Creek provided proof that good, old-fashioned fun and hospitality live on in America.

Tom Kleman: Are we unique?

Steamboat Springs is a unique environment. You hear that all the time, yet, how unique are we?

Sailors refuse to give up

District 8 tourney on Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball season starts anew this weekend. Losses to Delta and Eagle Valley don't matter. Neither do near wins against Glenwood Springs and Palisade.

Pigskin playoff payoff

Postseason on the line for Hayden, Soroco on Friday

Berths in the Class A football playoffs will be on the line for both teams when Hayden and Soroco meet Friday.

Wrestlers get chance to shine

The idea of 200 young athletes competing on the mats at Carl Ramunno gymnasium has Richard Atkinson, president of the Yampa Valley Wrestlers of Routt County, excited about the future of wrestling in Steamboat Springs.

Tigers, Rams head to district playoffs

The Soroco High School vol-leyball team topped Coal Ridge in three games Monday night to complete the lineup for this year's District 5 volleyball tournament in Paonia.

Geraldine Elkins given Larson Award

So many years have passed since she died that the people who knew her are starting to forget, and a whole generation has grown up not knowing about Geraldine Elkins.

Woman recovering after fall

A Steamboat Springs woman is recovering at a Denver hospital after extensive surgery to reconstruct parts of her face and jaw from injuries she sustained in a bicycling accident Oct. 16.

Hayden, Routt commit centennial funds

The Hayden Town Board and Routt County commissioners have stepped up to the plate to support activities planned for Hayden's centennial next year.

News in brief for Oct. 26

Professionals invited to apply for exchange program The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs is inviting professionals ages 25 to 40 to apply for the Rotary Group Study Exchange Program. The program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults to better prepare them to address the needs of their communities.

The Record for Oct. 26

Monday, Oct. 24 9:44 a.m. A silver bicycle reportedly was found in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Gov. Owens to visit Haven

Gov. Bill Owens is taking Visiting Nurse Association officials up on their offer to visit The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden.

Wither given Leckenby award

Frances Wither is the glue that holds a lot of Routt County's history together. She keeps the collective memories of the community in bundles and boxes of letters and photos. The stories are stacked neatly in the drawers of her bureau and on the shelves in her closet.

Schools gauge drunken driving

Middle and high school students may be a little too smart for their own good.

Johnny and Gigi Walker: Vote for PDR

The purchase of development rights in Routt County (PDR) is a dream come true for many residents who came to the Yampa Valley for the scenery and the culture.

Crash victim was adoring husband, outdoorsman

Michael Kamprath last saw his best friend, Luis "Lou" Marina, on July 10, when Marina was the best man at Kamprath's wedding.

Airport manager affirmed

Ruppel anticipates transition to commercial facility

County Manager Tom Sullivan had difficulty containing his enthusiasm Tuesday after commissioners approved the hiring of David Ruppel as the new manager of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

City, state water debate set to end Friday

The city's water battle with the state is set to end Friday, three days behind schedule.

Our View: Make sure you vote

There often is low turnout for odd-year elections.

Allison Tate: Kidd no thief

I was upset by the article printed in the Oct. 18 issue of Steamboat Today. The article pertained to an incident with Billy Kidd at City Market. It was quite obvious that there was a gross misunderstanding.

Crash investigation moves to Denver

The wreckage of a Lancair Columbia turboprop airplane that crashed Saturday night north of Walton Peak on Rabbit Ears Pass, killing the pilot and passenger, will be moved to Denver for further investigation, said Jennifer Kaiser of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Monday, October 24

News in brief for Oct. 25

Funding available from Ski and Resort Corp. Officials from park, recreational and cultural facilities or groups can apply for funding of projects from the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Contribution Committee.

Over-the-Hill Gang keeps up tradition

For the past 10 years, Steamboat's Over-the-Hill Gang has been providing promising young skiers with some of the financial assistance they need to pursue their goals on snow -- and ice.

Rams top Titans

Soroco earns district spot with win

Monday night's pigtail game between the Soroco Rams and Coal Ridge Titans had playoff implications for both teams.

Fundraiser to help skier

More than anything, Chris Nappi wants everyone to know he's doing well. His strength is coming back. He can walk on his own.

Man critically injured in rollover accident

A Gypsum man was in fair condition in a Denver hospital Monday after rolling his pickup near Yampa on Saturday night.

Airport manager in the works

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport is set to hire a new manager.

Classic views of Steamboat's More Barn to remain

More than 100 homes planned for Pine Grove Road

Developers are proposing to create 70 new building lots, allowing as many as 115 residential units on 46 acres straddling Fish Creek and encompassing the historic More Barn.

Workers search for lost hunters

A weary Routt County Search and Rescue crew was regrouping late Monday afternoon for the volunteer organization's fifth mission in three days.

Administrators' payment denied

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday declined a proposal to give administrators a one-time payment of 1 percent of their salaries.

Father, husband, patriot

Widow describes man who died in airplane crash

When Tina Kyprios first met the man she would marry, she listened to his last name and asked him about his nationality. He was wearing the uniform of a U.S. Army lieutenant, so she knew which country he was from. She was wondering about his Greek family heritage.

Susan Dorsey Otis, Executive Director and the YVLT Board of Directors: Vote yes on 1A

Vote yes on 1A Yampa Valley Land Trust, a local, nonprofit land-conservation organization, appreciates the positive views the Steamboat Pilot and Today have of our accomplishments as expressed in its recent commentary.

The Record for Oct. 25

Sunday, Oct. 23 12:34 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1000 block of Redwoods Drive.

Sunday, October 23

Area needs wrestling officials

Northwest Colorado is in desperate need of wrestling officials.

Tom Ross: Ski Swap full of hidden treasures

For just a moment on Saturday, I imagined myself skating hard in the lead pack at Val di Fiemme. I was measuring the Norwegians and the Austrians for the final sprint to the finish line of a World Cup Nordic Combined event. Confident in my wax, I knew this could be the day!

Victims in plane crash identified

The identities of two people involved in a fatal plane crash Saturday night have been released by the Routt County Coronor's office. Lou Marina and Greg Kyprios were both from Steamboat Springs.

Teens take on teaching

Peer Educators begin setting goals for this year

Teens will begin meeting this week to decide which social issues need attention among their peers.

The Record for Oct. 24

12:23 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 1300 block of Walton Creek Road.

Briefs for Oct. 24

Pilot & Today wins awards in national contest The Steamboat Pilot & Today won two awards in a national contest sponsored by the Inland Press Association.

Curtis Church: Vote 'yes' on 5C

I am writing this letter in support of Referendum 5C on the Nov. 1 ballot. About two years ago, the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County decided it was time to address the issue of affordable housing and created the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. The leaders of this community had heard many stories about other mountain towns and the difficulty they had in providing entry-level homes for their workforce.

Rebecca Huyser: Kids will be kids, parents should be parents

I was somewhat surprised that there are parents condoning underage drinking. I wonder, if we were to enact laws that required the custodial parent(s) of minors who are issued minor in possesion citations to perform community service with their child, attend alcohol classes with their child and be subject to the same penalties and fines their child faces, would we see remedial parents starting to take their parenting more seriously?

State Sen. Jack Taylor: C and D will move Colorado forward

On Nov. 1, we Coloradans have an opportunity to truly affect the future of Colorado in a very positive way -- by voting for referendums C and D. They will help our transportation, education and health care within Colorado and will move Colorado forward with a better economy.

Let the countdown begin

Warren Miller film signals approach of ski season

Watching the annual Warren Miller release is as big a ski season tradition as setting your alarm for a ridiculous hour the first day the lifts run.

Newspaper welcomes editor

Michael Smith takes the reins at the Pilot & Today

Michael Smith is the new editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Ski Swap is a sign that winter's on its way

Steamboat Springs Middle School was transformed into a big garage sale Friday and Saturday, though shoppers weren't looking for blenders and old books. They were looking for skis, boots, hats and goggles.

Plane crash kills two

Identities of Steamboat Springs men not released

A plane went down Saturday night north of Walton Peak on Rabbit Ears Pass, killing the pilot and passenger.

Saturday, October 22

Super leak?

Craig Wal-Mart threatens to deflate Steamboat tax receipts

When a new Wal-Mart Supercenter opens in Craig in early 2007, the city of Steamboat Springs could experience a hit in sales tax revenues as dollars flow down valley.

Class notes for Oct. 23

Optimist names Labor Teen of Month The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs has chosen Kelly Labor as the Teen of the Month for September.

CHS students get medieval

Event is a celebration of students' achievement during first quarter of school

Christian Heritage School was filled Friday with princes wearing royal cloaks, princesses with their puffy dresses and knights covered in armor.

Sound off for Oct. 23

Voting bloc I have lived in the Yampa Valley for 10 years but not in the city of Steamboat Springs I have read about the City Council and their activities with great interest for all that time. One observation has become very clear and that is that there is a majority voting bloc that continually votes with the Chamber interests in mind. So much so that they should adopt the motto "Of the Chamber, By the Chamber, and For the Chamber." Just look at the record of votes and actions.

Don Schwartz: DeVincentis is best choice

John DeVincentis is the best choice for the District One School Board seat. John has a 20-year history of innovative, thoughtful and dedicated leadership in the Steamboat Springs schools. He will bring those same qualities to the School Board. His success is unparalleled, guiding Strawberry Park Elementary to School of Excellence designation year after year. John understands the ingredients to success. He is the most widely read administrator I've encountered, and he has the vision to implement best practices in our schools.

Students are taking the lead

New leadership class at Soroco High School already producing results

For the first time ever, Soroco High School students, parents and community members will be able to attend a Halloween Carnival thanks to the persistence and dedication of 11 students in a new leadership class.

South Routt Calendar for Oct. 23

Monday, Oct. 24 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Record for Oct. 23

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.

Gail Sigman: Defending Romberg

It's too bad supporters of Bud Romberg's City Council opponent feel the need to attack Bud, who is my father, instead of supporting their candidate.

Ruby Allison Humphrey, 1922-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Ruby Elizabeth Allison Humphrey died Oct. 13, 2005. She was 83.

John Brockman: Time for change

I have lived in Steamboat Springs for 25 years and used to think the City Council was for the people. Now, I see the Chamber Resort Association dominates City Council.

Kelly Kent Johnston Sr., 1948-2005

Kelly Kent Johnston Sr. died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs from heart failure following surgery. He was 57.

Steamboat has suffered rash of incidents

Ten plane crashes in little more than 6 years

Steamboat Springs has been affected by a rash of plane crashes in recent years. Since 1999, there have been 10 incidents involving aircraft based in Steamboat or flying to or from Steamboat Springs Airport-Bob Adams Field. Fourteen people have died in those incidents.

Nancy Spillane: Say yes to library

Every community with outstanding public spaces makes a statement about itself. A well designed and staffed courthouse, post office, library, and recreational facilities tell residents and visitors alike that the people who live here care enough about each other. They make the small sacrifices necessary to build a home in which their children will want to remain, and which visitors will admire. The Greeks and Romans understood this. Other societies have followed their example.

John Spezia: Stop the negativity

The negative letters using selected facts and half-truths to reach pre-determined and inaccurate conclusions about City Council candidates are a disservice to our community. These letters are an insult to the intelligence and integrity of the reader.

Festival creates pumpkins of a different color

How fast can throngs of children eager to paint pumpkins go through about two tons of the vegetable? About 30 minutes, Pumpkin Festival organizer Rob McCarthy said.

Insurance for floods takes some by surprise

Updated maps alter requirements

Flabbergasted. That's how Mike Middleton reacted to a letter from his mortgage lender telling him he needs flood insurance for his home.

Library plan will benefit all in community

As a mother of young children and a person who respects the intricacies of running a business, I want to present a few points for consideration with regard to the proposed Library Expansion Project.

Election a battle for control of council

Four to three. Three to four. A division. That's what the residents of Steamboat Springs have seen from their City Council recently: numerous 4-3 votes from the seven-member group.

Our View: Library plan too expensive

The East Routt Library District's plans to expand the Bud Werner Memorial Library are well thought out. No doubt, a bigger, newer library would be a nice addition to the community.

Get your body in gear

Ski season approaching fast

All the hiking and biking you did this summer was good for your heart, but endurance isn't nearly as important during ski season.

Tigers slip to third in league

Hayden football is still in the Class A Western Slope League picture -- but barely -- after a 29-8 loss to West Grand on Friday in Kremmling.

Sailors come up short in bid for second

Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon knew going into the final day of state high school tennis championships that if the Sailors we

Our View: Giving tennis a bad name

He doesn't yell when he makes a point; he rarely questions calls; and the only thing he hits with his racquet is the ball.

Steamboat drops home match

Steamboat Springs had the momentum and a two-games-to-one lead. But there were the Eagle Valley volleyball players, laughing it up with one another and coach Rob Crawford.

Special Forces

Steamboat turns to special teams to win games

Ben DeLine has the genetics. Now, he is developing the skill.

Sizing down

The small-class debate

Class size is perhaps the central debate in the only contested race for the Steamboat Springs School Board on Nov. 1.

Morgan Kopischke

Morgan Kopischke, daughter of Christy and Kevin Kopischke of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:22 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2005.

Two Steamboat men dead in plane crash

Men were flying home from Iowa when plane went down near Walton Peak

A plane went down Saturday night north of Walton Peak on Rabbit Ears Pass, killing the pilot and passenger. The identities of the two men are not being released until the families have been notified.

Oak Creek project ready for homes

Utilities are in, and roads are complete, but increasing construction costs have hindered lot sales in the Sierra View subdivision in Oak Creek.

City Council District 1

Incumbents view for seat

Two current Steamboat Springs City Council members, Nancy Kramer and Steve Ivancie, are facing off for the District I seat. Kramer has been the District I representative for four years, during which she said the council has built a solid framework. Now she wants to progress with that framework.

Labor honored as Realtor of the year

Last week was not a good time to connect with officers and directors on the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors.

Real Estate Transactions for Oct. 11 to 14

KRISTAL RIVER, LLC TO O'REILLY, T. MARK FOR WILLETT RIDGE SUBD FILING NO. 3, LOT 1 -- $261,500

Building Permits for Oct. 10 to 14

Steamboat Springs All About You Salon/Waterside Village 25 11th Street KHB Construction Services Tenant Finish $250,000

Business briefs for Oct. 23

Drahota building Fox Creek Village Drahota, Inc., general contractor, reports that construction is under way on Fox Creek Village affordable housing project at 1303 Hilltop Parkway South in Steamboat Springs.

Work better, for free

Web tools make businesspeople more efficient

Web-based productivity tools are making it easier for independent businesspeople to operate far from the Yampa Valley.

Friday, October 21

Babette McAlpin Dickson: Raise the bar: Vote for John DeVincentis

I encourage you to vote for John DeVincentis on Nov. 1 for the Steamboat Springs School Board. I have two boys at school in Steamboat, and I have observed and appreciated John D.'s work as a principal.

C.J. Mucklow and Medora Fralick: Uniqueness based on Western heritage

Why vote "yes" on 1A? Two recent studies show that agricultural landscapes and natural environment are the most appreciated amenities for our Routt County citizens. Referendum 1A provides the necessary funding for the preservation of these assets. Here's why your support is so essential:

Last call for Azteca on Wednesday

Burrito joint's owners vow to reopen, but not sure where

A popular downtown burrito and taco restaurant will go dark Wednesday, but the owners vow to reopen in a new location. They just aren't certain where.

Union endorses DeVincentis

The Steamboat Springs Education Association has endorsed candidate John DeVincentis for the School Board's District 1 seat.

Middle school abandons survey

After complaints from several parents, Steamboat Springs Middle School students will not take a survey about student attitudes and behaviors.

Misplaced signs top 100

City officials have picked up more than 100 election signs that were placed where they did not belong.

Auditions to be held for annual performance

This year will include jazz, African, modern pieces

This is the year when you finally do it. This is the year when you finally audition for the Steamboat Dance Theatre.

Rams run wild on Panthers

With a convincing 32-6 win against Rangely on Friday, the Soroco football team has assured itself of finishing with a winning record.

Sailors end sad season

The Battle Mountain Huskies quickly recovered their poise after giving up an early goal to Steamboat on Friday night and cruised to their 14th win of the season on sloppy Gardner Field.

Down but still not out

Coach hopes Steamboat nets second

After dropping four out of five matches in the semifinals of the state high school tennis championships in Pueblo on Friday, members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team were down but still not out.

Halloween time to talk health

Halloween is a time for scary goblins, ghouls and witches. It's also a time for many parents to face their own fears, such as their children eating an exorbitant amount of candy.

The Record for Oct. 22

8:08 a.m. A woman reportedly picked up a stray cat in the 2200 block of Bear Drive and wanted it taken to the animal shelter.

Briefs for Oct. 22

Election mailing may be in violation of state law The owners of a Steamboat Springs company may have violated a state law by sending out a mailing stuffer supporting four City Council candidates.

Al Reiner: Signs of irresponsibility

I would like to thank the Steamboat Pilot & Today for the very important article regarding election signs. The three violators of city regulations are all longtime politicians who know the rules. They just choose to ignore them.

Eric Gautreaux: Dr. D is the right choice

John "Dr. D" Devincentis has contributed significantly to the success of the Steamboat Springs School District. During his 21 years with Strawberry Park Elementary School, he consistently put children first by promoting small class size and supporting staff members and parents. His experience and success clearly make John the right choice for school board.

Thursday, October 20

News in brief for Oct. 21

Applications available for student exchange program The Rotary Club is accepting applications for its Youth Summer Exchange Program, which pairs club-sponsored high school students with students from foreign countries.

Group mounts negative campaign

A new kind of advertisement has come to Steamboat Springs. A couple of ads paid for by a group calling itself Citizens for a Better City Council have matter-of-factly campaigned against City Council candidates Loui Antonucci and Bud Romberg.

Braden Bryant: Where's cartoon?

I am a 10th-grade high school student and a loyal reader of the Sunday Pilot & Today. Sadly, for the past few weeks I have become an irritated and confused reader. Where has the Joe Roberts cartoon gone?

Susan DeWardt: Library expansion needed

Since the library expansion issue became public everyone is asking: "What's in it for me?" Comments range from "everyone can buy all the books they want" to "libraries aren't necessary anymore, everything's on the Internet" and "our library is just fine the way it is."

Michael Turner: Funding Horizons important to community

It is critically important for Horizons Specialized Services to receive adequate funding so that it can provide services to Routt County residents who have been on its waiting list. There are dozens of reasons why this is so important, including:

Kathleen Cline: PDR deserves support

I was disappointed in the Pilot & Today's recent editorial about Referendum 1A, though it was very positive about the benefits of land conservation in Routt County.

Planning approves coal truck change

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday gran�--ted Xcel Energy a permit to use larger trucks to haul coal.

Woman in critical condition after crash

A 52-year-old Steamboat Springs woman is in critical condition at a Denver hospital because of injuries she sustained in a bicycling accident Sunday.

Prevention coalition awarded $100,000 grant

The Grand Futures Prevention Coalition of Grand, Routt and Moffat counties received a $100,000 Drug-Free Communities grant to continue supporting the prevention and reduction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use among local youths.

Event helps homeless animals

Every time a pet owner lets his or her dog or cat have a litter, a wave sweeps through the local animal population.

National program encourages teens to read

Alison Lambart pointed to the books lining the shelves in the young adult reading area at Bud Werner Memorial Library. In an ideal world, there wouldn't be any books there, she said.

School salary package passes

Plan wins approval in every school and department

Steamboat Springs School District employees overwhelmingly approved a revised salary package Thursday.

Water district opposes agreement

The city's 25-year-old agreement with the water entities that use its sewer interceptor line and wastewater treatment plant expires at the end of this month.

The Record for Oct. 21

Wednesday, Oct. 19 12:11 a.m. A man reportedly was concerned that his girlfriend had not shown up to meet him in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive.

Counter-culture heroes or losers?

What begins as a portrait of the Hell's Angels, a group of motorcycle outlaws filling headlines in the 1960s, turns into an examination of the "Great Society" that created them.

Project hits home

Woman diagnosed with breast cancer while working on fundraiser

While making a bra for the Bust of Steamboat fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, Deborah Sherman-Hurst was diagnosed with a recurrence of the disease.

On Scene for Ocr. 21

Thanks for the jump A great big jumper-cable thank you to the guy who stopped and helped me get my car started Tuesday morning at Seventh and Oak streets. Thanks to you, I made it to work to fill this 4 Points.

CD reviews for Oct. 21

Franz Ferdinand "You Could Have it So Much Better" On sale at All That Jazz for $15.98

Autumn's picks for Oct. 21

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for "Natural Reflections, " an exhibit of drawings and prints by Karina Noel Hean and ceramic art by Connie Norman When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Call: 879-9008 Why you should go: Next time you try to paint nature, use mud. Learn how tonight.

Autumn Phillips: Commute-challenged

I'm a commute weenie.

Hunker Down with an 'edge'

Different brand of bluegrass visits Steamboat for first time Saturday

If you pass by the door of Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill on Saturday night, you'll hear the familiar sound of a mandolin and an upright bass playing what sounds like bluegrass. But if you stop and listen for a while, you'll hear something more.

Music calendar for Oct. 21

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

You can do anything at all

Even after years of getting on stage and playing dirty, from the gut, roadhouse blues with his violin, Lionel Young still catches people off guard.

A thing and a process

If you've spent any time alone in the woods, just sitting still, you'll understand Karina Noel Hean's work.

Arts calendar for Oct. 21

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for "Natural Reflections, " an exhibit of drawings and prints by Karina Noel Hean and ceramic art by Connie Norman, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The show will be on display through Nov. 17. Call 879-9008.

Wednesday, October 19

Briefs for Oct. 20

LIFT-UP generates tons of Hurricane Katrina help LIFT-UP of Routt County's drive for Hurricane Katrina relief assistance generated more than 60 boxes that were shipped to the Gulf Coast region last month. Items donated from the community included three boxes of electrical cords, power strips and batteries; three boxes of work gloves, flashlights and duct tape; five boxes of tools and tool boxes; a box of toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap; 16 boxes of first aid supplies; a box of insect repellent; two boxes of kitchen items; four boxes of traps, Clorox wipes and face masks; seven boxes of bedding and towels; nine boxes of blankets; two boxes of sunscreen and diapers; a box of pillows; a box of nails; two boxes of baby products; a box of Bibles and children's books; an Aerobed; a cooler; two power saws; two power drills; and three chainsaws. Community members also donated $713 for shipping costs.

Donna Hellyer: Vote yes on 1B

I'm writing this letter to ask voters to pass 1B in the coming election.

Diane E. Mitsch Bush: Land Trust works with PDR program

I am writing to correct misinformation contained in your Pilot & Today editorial on Oct. 12 that opposed Referendum 1A. You implied that PDR duplicates the functions of the Yampa Valley Land Trust (YVLT), and that the YVLT has preserved more acres than has PDR (Purchase of Development Rights), implying that PDR is less cost-effective. You concluded that 1A is "excessive and unnecessary."

Commentary: Officials urge support for 1A

We support Referendum 1A to renew Routt County's Ranchland and Natural Areas Preservation Program and encourage you to vote yes on Nov. 1.

Awards celebrate top business people

A side dish of business humor will be on the menu Oct. 28 when the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today host the annual Navigator Awards.

RICD battle continues in court

Board questions Steamboat's ability to measure flow rates

The city of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Water Cons�ervation Board met in court Wednesday, the third day of a scheduled seven-day trial about the city's water right application.

Kremmling man killed by cyanide

Toxicology results show that a 55-year-old Kremmling man who committed suicide in front of three police officers Oct. 4 died of cardio-respiratory failure due to cyanide poisoning.

Robbins accepts plea deal

Denver man agrees to plead guilty to vehicular homicide

A 31-year-old Denver man will plead guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with a car accident that killed a Clark man.

Choir performances to bring taste of Halloween

Expect spooky decorations, fog and first-rate music in Steamboat Springs High School's commons area tonight.

School candidates debate

The two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board highlighted their strengths during a candidates' forum Wednesday.

If art could talk

Ceramic artistlets her work do the talking

To ceramic artist Connie Norman, function is empty without meaning.

Sixth-graders promote trees

If trees had cheerleaders, they would be a troop of sixth-grade students from Hayden Middle School.

Youth hockey gets under way

This weekend saw the return of hockey to Steamboat. After summer camps, preseason clinics and team tryouts, players were able to get back to playing actual games. The Bantam A (13- to 14-years-old) team traveled to Vail on Saturday, while the Squirt C (9-10) team visited Pueblo.

Runners ready for regionals

Sailors boys have a shot at state

The Steamboat Springs boys cross-country team can advance to the Class 4A state meet if the members run well at Saturday's regional race in Palisade.

Board to hear pitch for centennial funds

The Hayden Centennial Committee is scheduling dances, parties, picnics, carnivals and other activities to celebrate the town's big birthday next year.

The Record for Oct. 20

12:42 a.m. Three or four men were reported to be yelling loudly, chasing each other and making threats in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. The men were warned and advised.

Tuesday, October 18

Briefs for Oct. 19

Man arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving A 52-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving in the wrong traffic lane after he ran into another vehicle while driving around a curve.

Paul Epley: Oh, what a tangled web we weave

As students, most of us learned the saying by Sir Walter Scott: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!"

Our view: Vote 'yes' on Referendum 5C

In its short existence, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority has parlayed limited funding into meaningful affordable housing projects for the community.

Contract awarded for Highway 131 improvements

Connell Resources has been awarded a $5.6 million contract to extend improvements on Colorado Highway 131 another 3 miles past "Catamount Corner," south of Steamboat Springs.

Liquor penalty change mulled

Alcohol vendors that sell to minors -- particularly repeat offenders -- could soon face harsher penalties.

The Record for Oct. 19

2:51 a.m. A man was taken to the hospital by ambulance from the 300 block of First Street in Oak Creek. The man was later released from the hospital.

City OKs live-work project

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved an industrial project Tuesday, after some debate about an outlying trail and the development's colors.

Council hears community center ideas

If a bond issue to expand the Bud Werner Memorial Library passes, Steamboat Springs' community center will be torn down.

MTV figure gives words of wisdom

Gasps filled an auditorium full of Hayden High School and Hayden Middle School students when guest speaker Jeff Yalden tore a $100 bill in half.

Barrel series adds sanctioned races

Even on the coldest, snowiest Sundays, Marina Bull doesn't mind driving, horse trailer in tow, from her home near Clark to the Brooks Arena in Hayden.

Board to consider request for funds

The Hayden Centennial Committee is scheduling dances, parties, picnics, carnivals and other activities to celebrate the town's big birthday next year.

Mineral lease funds will help schools

The Hayden School District, like all school districts, is seeing the costs of heating buildings and driving students to and from school skyrocket.

Tigers fight for playoff spot

The Western Slope League standings will undergo a transformation Friday night. The top four teams in the standings -- Paonia, Hayden, Meeker and West Grand -- play one another. With the four teams fighting for three playoff spots and two weeks remaining in the season, Friday night's games take on a different level of importance.

Sailors set to take on tournament

When the members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team arrive in Pueblo on Thursday, coach John Aragon hopes the challenges faced by the team this season will be behind it.

Tigers down rival Rams

Keep it simple. That's what Hayden volleyball coach Becky Burdick instructed her players to do Tuesday night.

Funds will help balance energy costs

The Hayden School District, like all school districts, is seeing the costs of heating buildings and driving students to and from school skyrocket.

Schools plan for higher fuel

The South Routt School District's budget for the 2005-06 school year is not very different from last year's.

Man arrested after struggle with police

A 27-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Mon�--day night on suspicion of trying to take a police officer's gun while resisting arrest as well as possession of methamphetamine.

Woman's judgment deferred

Teen faces drug treatment, fines in rolling meth lab case

A 19-year-old Denver woman received a four-year deferred judgment as well as court-ordered drug treatment and extensive fines during her sentencing in Routt County District Court on Tuesday.

Vote on salary package set for Thursday

Steamboat Springs School District employees will vote Thursday on a revised salary package.

City debates water board

Are the Yampa River's C and D kayaking holes world-class water features?

Monday, October 17

RICD trial begins

The city of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Water Conservation Board were in court Monday for the first day of a scheduled seven-day trial about the city's recreational water right application.

Winter bargains at annual ski swap

The forecast promises the return of summer this weekend, but inside the halls of Steamboat Springs Middle School, the focus will be on winter savings.

The Record for Oct. 18

Sunday, Oct. 16 12:04 a.m. Loud people in a hot tub were reported in the 2800 block of Burgess Creek Road. Police responded and warned and advised the party.

Local woman dies in rollover

A 45-year-old Steamboat Springs woman died Sunday night when her car rolled down an embankment off U.S. Highway 40 near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Cement shortage slows YVRA

The nationwide cement shortage has caught up with the paving project at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. But Routt County officials don't think the problem will inconvenience air travelers.

Briefs for Oct. 18

Rifles, shotgun stolen from townhome over weekend

Man tries to steal noodles, candy

A man was arrested at City Market on Saturday night after he tried to leave the store with more than $100 worth of Top Ramen noodles and candy that he hadn't paid for.

Kidd arrested in grocery incident

Steamboat Springs ski legend Billy Kidd was arrested last week after taking a package of buffalo steaks and a dozen pink roses from City Market while it was closed for renovations.

Loomis funds small against DeVincentis

Steamboat Springs School Board incumbent Michael Loomis has raised only a fraction of the money accumulated by his challenger for the board's District 1 seat, according to campaign finance reports turned in to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office on Monday.

Sunday, October 16

News in brief for Oct. 17

Police respond to party on Buffalo Pass A U.S. Forest Service officer on Saturday afternoon alerted the Routt County Sheriff's Office that 25 to 30 young adults were having a drinking party near the top of Buffalo Pass.

Getting a leg up on college expenses

Dealing with college tuition and expenses can seem like a no-win situation.

Tom Ross: What would Carl Howelsen and Ragnar Omtvedt say?

All-season ski jumping creates a new buzz at Howelsen Hill

Davis Miller acknowledged he was feeling a little pressure the morning of Oct. 15 as he prepared to make the first jump on Howelsen Hill's new HS 75-meter all-weather ski jump.

Early voting starts today

Residents who have decided about their positions on issues and candidates can vote early today through Oct. 28 at the Routt County Courthouse annex.

The Record for Oct. 17

Saturday, Oct. 15 12:15 a.m. Two men reportedly were fighting at a business in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. One man had minor injuries and later took himself to the hospital. The situation is under investigation.

Saturday, October 15

Megan Katerine Neton

Megan Katerine Neton, daughter of Melany and James Neton of Craig, was born at 1:29 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her siblings are Molly and Alexa Rose. Her grandparents are Elaine Kayganich of Pueblo, and Joan and Joseph Neton of Appleton, Wis.

Real Estate Transactions for Oct. 3 to 10

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer LITHIA CORPORATION to COX, MARK A. for TWENTY MILE INDUSTRIAL CENTER, TRACT 2 -- $1,395,000

Vibrancy driving commercial interest

A sunny economic outlook paired with a national trend toward urban areas is helping fuel more buyer and investor interest in Steamboat Springs' downtown commercial market, some Realtors and developers say.

B & B potential family home

Walking into the bed and breakfast on Pine Street, visitors are welcomed by the warm scent of cinnamon and spices.

Business briefs for Oct. 16

Frank named United Way board president Walter Frank recently was named president of Routt County United Way's board of directors. Frank, who moved to Steamboat in July 1991, is controller for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. He is married to Nancy Trimmer.

Season figures bucking trends

Airline reservations take off despite

The last thing ski resort marketers want to see is an abrupt drop in consumer confidence. But ski season airline reservation figures suggest vacationing skiers are a little more optimistic than the rest of the population.

Rounding up a loan

Growing Steamboat businesses lock in interest rates

Business owners in Routt County are lassoing a method of capitalization that allows them to lock in a favorable interest rate for 20 years. Just as important is the opportunity to own businesses in a resort town where real estate prices are escalating rapidly.

Wyatt Nicholas Shaw

Wyatt Nicholas Shaw, son of Sancy and Brett Shaw of Clark, was born at 2:11 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Nick and Judy Shaw of Point Pleasant, Penn., and Keith and Bonnie Florquist of Evergreen. His great-grandparents are Walter and Betty Florquist of Steamboat Springs.

Sloane Katherine Carfield

Sloane Katherine Carfield, daughter of Farrell and Dustin Carfield of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:24 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Kay and Bill Allen of Little Rock, Ark., Garlanda Davis of St. Louis, Mo., and Ron Carfield of Hilton Head, S.C.

A common ground

Religious leaders take steps to better understand one another

The world changes slowly, transformed by things as small and simple as a conversation between two people in Steamboat Springs.

Jehn and Kennedy

Christopher and Mary Ellen Jehn of Falls Church, VA announce the engagement of their daughter, Andrea Carin Jehn to Craig Patrick Kennedy, son of William Kennedy of Steamboat Springs and Kathryn and Mike Clarke of Lake George, NY.

Will Andrew McStay

Will Andrew McStay, son of Nancy and Mark McStay of Craig, was born at 12:10 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2005. He weighed 5 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. His sibling is Collin McStay. His grandparents are Harold McStay of Craig, and Joanne Brandenburg of Fort Lupton.

Searching for answers

Steamboat volleyball dips below .500

The tears showed coach Wendy Hall that several of her Steamboat Springs volleyball players are at least upset about the team's funk.

Sailors sweep region titles

The Steamboat Springs tennis team won its eighth-straight Region 8 title Saturday and is sending all 11 players to the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo.

Rifle takes down Steamboat

The Rifle soccer team is starting to play its best ball of the season at a crucial time.

John F. Russell: Big game lives up to the hype

It was homecoming week in Steamboat Springs. It was a time to crown a new king and queen, a time to think about whom to ask to the big dance or just to hang out with friends on the back of a homecoming float as it rocked its way down Lincoln Avenue. More important, it was the one football game that the home team absolutely didn't want to lose.

Steamboat ready for a break before Delta game

After eight-straight weeks of football, Steamboat Springs will get a break.

The Record for Oct. 16

Brandon David Himmerite, 22, Oak Creek -- Second-degree assault (Oak Creek Police Department)

Sarah Jane Hallman (1937 - 2005)

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Sarah Jane Hallman passed away suddenly Oct. 9, 2005, from heart failure.

Quakes have history of rockin' 'Boat

Much of Northwest Colorado shook violently Feb. 10, 1955, when an earthquake later determined to be of intensity VI originated on one of the area's many faults.

Parents part of alcohol problem

When it comes to underage drinking, parents often can be part of the solution. But sometimes, they're part of the problem.

The money trail

Campaign finance reports show business backing

Some of the most prominent members of the Steamboat Springs business community and real estate agents are opening their wallets for City Council candidates Bud Romberg, Kevin Kaminski and Nancy Kramer.

Eagles dominate Rams, 35-6, in Paonia

Soroco able to keep opponent from scoring in second half

Soroco football coach Gary Heide knew Paonia was going to be at its best. He just wanted Soroco to be there, too. But Friday night in Paonia, the Eagles dominated in a 35-6 win, scoring all 35 points in the first half.

Elk hunt begins

Early snow improves the odds

First-season elk hunters are gamblers and this year, they stand to hit it big.

Vote 'yes' for Horizons

A society is judged by the way it treats its weakest members. On Nov. 1, Routt County residents will have the opportunity to help some of the weakest members of our community -- those with mental retardation -- by voting for Referendum 1B. We think the measure should be approved.

Letter: Support PDR program

We support Referendum 1A to renew Routt County's Ranchland and Natural Areas Preservation Program and encourage you to vote "yes" on Nov. 1. Routt County is a special place to live, with its wide-open spaces, crystal clear streams and rivers and spectacular mountain vistas. It's the reason many of us live here and why we want to ensure we retain our quality of life for us as well as for future generations.

Joe Pete Lorusso: Ivancie voted 'no'

I have been dismayed at candidate for City Council Steve Ivancie's position that working people in Steamboat would be better off with fewer tourists.

Joe Cashen: Spend wisely

Recently, Silver Spur (Silverview Estates) and Heritage Park subdivisions were assessed new property values for the purpose of taxation. Upon reviewing information on the county assessor's Web site, I came up with the following information. Steamboat II is not included for these purposes.

Scott Ford: Towny deserves 'A'

I am writing in response to George Noyer's recent letter to the editor calling into question City Council candidate Towny Anderson's ability to establish a good working relationship with the county commissioners. This has more to do with leadership than credibility.

Omar M. Campbell: Make a difference

On Nov. 1, the working people and retirees of Steamboat Springs will have an opportunity to gain better representation on the City Council. As most of you already know, the council has been dominated by the Chamber Resort Association, which has managed to have at least a 4-3 majority of its members or sympathizers on the council for many years. This assured that its agenda -- uncontrolled growth, access to tax money, passage of the URA without a public vote, Triple Crown subsidy and contract extension without a public vote, etc. -- would happen.

Don Griffin: Less talk, more action

It was almost exactly a year ago that a developer and a landowner appeared before the City Council and told it in clear and reasoned terms that there would be no significant development under the West of Steamboat Plan as long as the plan required 33 percent of any housing development to be affordable housing. Such development, they said, was simply not economically viable. The six years of no development since the plan was written underscores this. Recently, Ken Brenner and Steve Ivancie again said they did not want to reduce the affordable housing requirement from 33 percent to 15 percent.

Class Notes for Oct. 16

Koehler part of Mesa State production Darren Koehler, who attended Steamboat Springs High School and now is a freshman at Mesa State College, recently was part of the college's production of GODSPELL. The production took place Oct. 5 to 8. Koehler was part of the ensemble, and was featured in the song "All Good Gifts" during the first act of the musical.

Miller-Freutel wants to see involvement

Tom Miller-Freutel said his desire to serve on the School Board reflects his commitment to "education first."

Former teacher steps up

Denise Connelly has an intimate knowledge of the Steamboat Springs School District. She retired last year from teaching English and Spanish for 28 years in Steamboat's middle and high schools, and she and her husband have three children in district schools. She also has been involved with curriculum, has chaired departments and served on the Steamboat Springs Education Association.

Candidates square off

Bruchez, Fry battle for Hayden's District A seat

The two candidates in the only contested seat for the Hayden School Board have very different positions on two key issues: student enrollment and student achievement.

No Soroco board races contested

There will be no election for the South Routt School Board because there are no contested races this year.

Proud to be a Colorado educator

New Soroco Superintendent Kelly Reed happy to be here

New South Routt School District Superintendent Kelly Reed shuffles uncomfortably in his seat. He hates interviews.

South Routt Calendar for Oct. 16

Monday, Oct. 17 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Friday, October 14

Rivera show ends Sunday

Almost 1,200 people have walked through the doors of the Depot Art Center since the exhibit of Diego Rivera sketches opened Sept. 16.

Steamboat students show homecoming spirit

There was a whole lot of bouncing going on along Lincoln Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Briefs for Oct. 15

Auditions are Friday for Broadway musical piece Between nine and 12 female singers and dancers are needed for a performance of the musical number "Big Spender" from the Broadway musical "Sweet Charity." The piece will be performed during the Steamboat Dance Theatre show in March. Auditions are at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Strawberry Park Elementary School music room. Auditioners are asked to sing 16 bars from a Broadway-style music piece. Call Julie at 819-2797 for more information.

Ripping through regionals: Sailors head to finals

All three Steamboat Springs High School singles players and the school's four doubles teams are positioned to advance to the Class 4A state tennis tournament next weekend in Pueblo.

Heartbreaker

Devils hand Sailors 16-13 homecoming loss

Another Steamboat Springs football game. Another close finish. But this time, the Sailors weren't victorious.

Men in orange head for hills

First elk-hunting season begins

The army of men clad in blaze-orange ball caps strolling down Lincoln Avenue on Friday afternoon weren't in town for the homecoming parade. And by dawn this morning, most of them presumably had disappeared deep into the woods.

Commissioners OK plan

Industrial project has been described as unique, creative

Steamboat Springs planning commissioners have given their approval to an industrial project some described as unique and creative.

Suspect interview allowed in sex case

Statements made by a man shortly after his arrest on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact will be allowed in court, a district judge ruled Friday.

Loss to Bulldogs frustrates Sailors

After the Steamboat Springs volleyball team lost to Palisade on Friday night, a disappointed Wendy Hall stood outside the Sailors locker room wonder what's next for the Sailors.

Thursday, October 13

Modern dancers get chance to improve

Dance audiences that reg�--ularly attend the annual Steam�--boat Dance Theatre concert in spring will be surprised to hear there are no modern dance classes offered in Steamboat Springs.

Wildcats foil Sailors in five

Steamboat hasn't won a five-game match this season

Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall could fix physical problems, but the Sailors' biggest problem right now isn't technical.

Steamboat skier places second in competition

It's been a great summer for Steamboat Springs ski jumper Clint Jones, but when the Continental Cup came to a close Sunday, he admitted to being ready for a break.

Sailors, Devils face off

No. 6 Steamboat vs. No. 5 Eagle Valley

Marilyn Ramunno is proud of Steamboat Springs High School football. But her allegiance shifts once a year because her late husband, Carl Ramunno, a longtime Sailors coach, had a saying around the house.

Yampatika starts yearly event

Tonight, Yampatika will kick off its new signature event, "Unmask Your Colorado Crit�--ter." The event is modeled after The Mask Project, in which more than 400 hand-painted clay masks are auctioned off to raise money for the Hospice in Denver.

Briefs for Oct. 14

Tag in advance for Ski and Sport Swap until Thursday Anyone interested in tagging items in advance for the Oct. 21 and 22 Ski and Sport Swap can pick up consignment tags from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Call 879-0695, ext. 100, for more information.

Group working to create a public art program

The cougar that has sat in captivity in Loveland finally can come home thanks to a public art fund created by the city of Steamboat Springs.

New site option for complex

Area officials are eyeing three sites as possible locations for a sports complex.

Made in the mountains

Entries due, passes on sale for Steamboat film festival

What began as a chance for a few local filmmakers to show their work has become a full-blown, three-day film festival in its third year.

World-renowned quilter to visit

From afar, Cynthia England's quilts look like paintings. The intricate detail and shading seems impossible to accomplish with something as indelicate as a pair of scissors and a sewing machine. But, as England will show Monday at her slideshow presentation, if you know the technique, nothing is impossible.

On Scene for Oct. 14

Quiet time Every day, messages come down from heaven saying I should keep my mouth shut, and yet, I continue to noisily flap.

Arts calendar for Oct. 14

Opportunities ¤ Volunteers are needed to document art in public places for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Documentation will include a short description of the art object and a photo. Volunteers need a digital camera. Call 879-9008 or e-mail arts@steamboatspringsarts.com.

5 films, 5 weeks

What are the five movies that "rocked the world"? Dori Weiss knows, and she isn't telling anyone until her film class begins Thursday.

Brutal lives still can be full of hope

This is the fourth and last week attendees of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Free Friday Film Series will look at foreign films that explore childhood.

Oak Creek looks at water-billing options

The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday continued a discussion about installing water meters at town homes and businesses, a project that could take three years or longer to start.

Sex offender pleads not guilty

The case against a 43-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of fondling a 7-year-old boy is headed to trial after the man pleaded not guilty in Routt County District Court on Thursday.

Autumn's picks for Oct. 14

Tonight ¤ Steamboat Springs Arts Council Free Friday Film Series: "Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids" When: 7 p.m. Where: Centennial Hall, 124 Tenth St. Cost: Free Why you should go: Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature.

Landowner: No incentives

Brown says West Plan doesn't give reason to develop

One of the larger landowners in the area included in the West Steamboat Springs Area Plan is not sure the updated draft gives her enough incentive to develop.

Autumn Phillips: 10 questions

Answer these 10 questions to determine whether you should move to a ski town.

Music calendar for Oct. 14

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

Years in the making

Hard Poor Corn showcases evolving sound

As I write, keyboard player Ryan Chamlin is somewhere in Iowa on his way to Steamboat to resurrect a chapter in our music history. By tonight, he'll be back onstage with his former Bill Smith bandmates, playing as Hard Poor Corn.

Music changed his life

When James Clark steps on the stage, he becomes a different person. He becomes James Clay.

CD reviews for Oct. 14

Les Paul and Friends "American Made/World Played" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98

One percent payment raises concern

A proposed salary and benefits package for Steamboat Springs School District employees could be revised to exclude administrators from receiving a one-time bonus payment. But that doesn't mean high-level school officials won't receive the bonus.

Softball begins district play

Coach expects eight back next season

The Steamboat Springs High School softball team begins postseason play today against Montezuma-Cortez.

Tango and Cash fundraiser helps VNA

Every year, residents clamor for last-minute tickets to the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's annual Tango and Cash fundraiser.

Theater due to open in April

Wildhorse Stadium Cinema construction under way

Construction has begun on the Wildhorse Stadium Cinema, and developers hope the complex will be ready for moviegoers by April.

Wednesday, October 12

City names new planning director

Tom Leeson is thrilled to have a great job in a great city. Leeson, who has been the city's assistant director of planning services, was named director this week.

Steamboat Springs, Palisade end in a tie Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs and Palisade high school soccer teams played to a 1-1 tie Tuesday in Palisade.

Pilates helps fund athletes

Many of Steamboat Springs' top skiers have discovered the benefits of Pilates when it comes to training. Wendy Puckett, one of the owners of Steamboat Pilates and Fitness, hopes to make that connection stronger by hosting the annual Pilates-a-Thon, a fundraising effort for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Crazy eight

Steamboat tennis favored for 8th crown

An eighth straight regional title is there for the taking when the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team opens regionals play Friday in Montrose.

Briefs for Oct. 13

Man waives hearing in cocaine case

A man accused of selling cocaine and bringing contraband into Routt County Jail waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. His case was bound to Routt County District Court.

Crash victim in fair condition

A Craig woman who was injured Tuesday when her car rolled down an embankment near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass was listed in fair condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Wednesday.

Council backs library plan

Officials voice their support for ballot issues

The Steamboat Springs City Council has placed its stamp of approval on the proposed Bud Werner Memorial Library expansion project.

School district evaluates learning programs

The Steamboat Springs School District now has a process to evaluate programs. For the first time, officials last year considered the Montessori strand at Strawberry Park Elementary School, the elementary Spanish program, the alternative high school and the Students Engaged in Active Learning, or S.E.A.L., program.

College starts search again

Finalists for CMC dean not hired

The Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs is back to square one in its search for a dean.

Tuesday, October 11

Sewer rate change OK'd

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a change to the sewer rate structure.

Getting a leg up on education expenses

Dealing with college tuition and expenses can seem like a no-win situation.

New dentists in town

It's just a coincidence that Nate and Diana Haerr liked the name Hayden for their 1-year-old son and also liked the town where they just purchased a dental practice.

Steamboat sweeps Aspen

In the long run, Saturday's tennis matches against Aspen may be more beneficial to Steamboat Springs.

Hayden falls to Meeker

The Hayden volleyball team didn't defeat Meeker on Friday, but Tigers coach Becky Burdick was elated with the way the Tigers played.

Eat pizza, learn about parenting

The "Parenting and Pizza" event Oct. 25 is designed to attract busy parents -- it's short, child care is provided, and dinner is free.

Richard Tremaine: Support 1A

I am writing to support approval for Referendum 1A, to preserve Routt County ranchlands and natural areas. This is a proven program that provides seed money for major land conservation efforts throughout the county, and a yes vote will continue this effort in the critical years ahead.

Plea offered in Robbins case

The family of a Clark man killed while a passenger in a car that crashed in June between Kremmling and Silverthorne is not happy with a plea agreement offered to the driver of the car.

Man accepts plea in cocaine case

A 43-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Routt County District Court to possessing less than 1 gram of cocaine as part of a deal reached with prosecutors.

City Market reopens after grocery store remodel

Halloween and harvest-season items will be front and center when the newly remodeled City Market in Steamboat Springs opens for business this morning.

Schools seek input on facilities

The Steamboat Springs School District has scheduled 13 meetings to gather public input about what to do with its facilities.

News in brief for Oct. 12

Fire destroys barn Saturday night A fire destroyed a barn containing hay and chickens on Routt County Road 76 on Saturday night.

The Record for Oct. 12

Monday, Oct. 10 1:06 a.m. A vehicle with two occupants was reported as suspicious in the 1300 bock of Indian Trails. The car was empty when officers arrived.

Our View: Vote no on Referendum 1A

Routt County's Purchase of Development Rights Program is progressive and innovative. Conservationists have lauded it as a model for others to follow.

Jack Dysart, Audrey Enever, Nancy Nagler Engelken, Scott Glackman, John Greig, Steve Lewis, Ken Solomon and Fred Wolf: Support C and D

In its February report, the Steamboat Springs Tax Policy Advisory Board concluded "the greatest vulnerability of the City's ability to fund capital and services at the community's desired level is loss of grant income, rather than decline from sales tax and other revenue sources." Colorado's current budget woes may test that conclusion sooner than we thought.

Greg Romberg: Ridiculous charges

I must respond to Stuart Orzach's unnecessary and unprovoked attack on my father, Bud Romberg. Orzach's Oct. 9 letter to the editor says, "The 'go along to get along' philosophy preached by Bud Romberg and practiced by his cronies, the City Council majority, has put our community in a predicament where everything we hold dear is threatened."

Grant to fund county road improvements

Routt County roads 33 and 65 soon will drive a little smoother, thanks to a state grant.

Ski base area plan passes

City officials have approved a plan for the ski area's base, but development will have to wait.

Monday, October 10

Posted: Mind those signs

City sends letter to candidates about ad placement

A city of Steamboat Springs official has sent a letter to City Council candidates reminding them where they can -- and cannot -- place campaign signs

Revised salary package on table

All Steamboat Springs School District employees -- teachers, staff and administrators -- might receive a one-time payment of 1 percent of their salaries this school year.

Prevent the flu-season blues

Headaches, body aches, coughing, sneezing and sniffling: It's time to think about avoiding the winter flu doldrums.

Cattlemen to host C and D seminar

The Colorado Cattlemen's Association and other agriculture organizations are concerned that campaigns for and against referendums C and D have neglected rural areas.

Ranch owner wants airstrip

The owner of a large ranch in extreme northern Routt County has applied for a permit to build a private landing strip.

The Record for Oct. 11

Sunday, Oct. 9 2:43 a.m. An intoxicated man reportedly was passed out on a couch at a business in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and then to detox at Routt County Jail.

Briefs for Oct. 11

Rain and snow boosts river flows above average The rain and snow that fell in Steamboat Springs Oct. 4 and Sunday boosted area rivers and streams above seasonal norms.

Sewer rates, base plan up for approval

City Council members will vote today whether to approve a new sewer rate structure.

Affordable housing discussed

Steamboat Springs City Council members and Routt County commissioners on Monday discussed the affordable housing requirement in the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.

A whole lot of shaking going on

Steamboat residents who thought they experienced their second earthquake in 10 days Sunday night weren't dreaming.

Role reversal sees teachers hitting the books

Educators from across regionparticipate in development day

On Monday, the tables were turned on about 250 teachers from Northwest Colorado -- they were the ones being taught.

Sunday, October 9

Fund Board discussed

School Board to address whether it is directing policy

Whether or not the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board is trying to direct district policy will be discussed tonight.

City Council: At-Large

Thre vying for seat on council

A historic preservationist, a roofer and a retired teacher are running for the Steamboat Springs City Council's at-large position, which is a two-year term.

City Council District 3

Long-time local square off for council seat

Kevin Kaminski says his business background and local roots will bring a fresh perspective to the Steamboat Springs City Council. Dick Curtis says his experience on local governmental bodies means he knows how the system works and the important issues the city faces.

City Council District 2

Incumbent Antonucci faces two challengers

The three candidates for the District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council all say they will bring leadership and vision to the position. Each of the candidates -- incumbent Loui Antonucci and challengers Warren Harner and Charles McConnell -- says he is fair-minded and independent.

Tom Ross: October is time to think pink -- even for guys

I double dare you to walk into the Tap House on a Sunday afternoon during football season and order a Pink Squirrel.

Man arrested after fight

A fistfight in Oak Creek sent one man to the hospital on Saturday, police said.

Briefs for Oct. 10

Rain a sign of winter

The storm that pushed through Steamboat Springs on Sunday and was expected to continue through today likely will not cause snow in town.

Saturday, October 8

Pam Herz: Library a treasure

Library a treasure As our many Steamboat friends know, David and I are in the process of relocating to Paonia, a small community in Delta County. It is hard to leave Steamboat after 30-plus years, but we love the agricultural lifestyle and slower pace in Paonia. And, like everyone in rural Colorado towns, we willingly trade certain amenities for a great way of life.

Laura Anderson: Preserve lands

The citizens of Routt County have continually expressed the importance of our open lands, scenic vistas and the quality of the environment as major reasons for living in the Yampa Valley. This was reaffirmed by the recent community survey conducted by the city of Steamboat Springs. Scenic and visual quality was rated as the most important issue to voters, who also stated they would pay more for open space preservation than any other issue. Growth management also was considered a critical issue facing our community in the next five years.

Sally Claassen: We all must help a little

I don't know about you, but I sure don't remember getting to fill out a pre-birth application. Let's see, should I go for blue eyes or brown? I know I didn't check any boxes for these knobby knock-knees.

Our View: Vote 'yes' on C and D

Referendums C and D on the Nov. 1 ballot are a reasonable way to address the state's fiscal challenges and should be approved.

Lora Lu Reedy:1957-2005

Oak Creek resident Lora Lu Reedy died Sept. 29, 2005. She was 48.

Dorothea "Dotty" Oleta Thomas Graham: 1922-2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Dorothea "Dotty" Oleta Thomas Graham died Sept. 25, 2005. She was 83.

Gladys C. Biffle

Former Steamboat Springs resident Gladys C. Biffle died Sept. 8, 2005, in Castle Rock. She was 96.

South Routt Calendar for Oct. 9

Monday, Oct. 10 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

A studio for the voice of the valley

South Routt musician opens recording studio in Oak Creek

David Moran has the kind of voice that forces a person to look around to see who is speaking. It is solid, deep, raspy and commanding.

Class notes for Oct. 9

Jones named director of admissions at LWS

Growth, no pains, at school

North Routt Community Charter School has increased enrollment, new program

It was chilly in North Routt on Wednesday morning -- snow coated yellow-leaved aspens -- but the kitchen of the North Routt Community Charter School was warm, its air filled with the sweet smell of freshly baked blueberry muffins.

Jeneika Adrianna Sealie

Jeneika Adrianna Sealie, daughter of Jean and Paul Sealie of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:25 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.

Wren Redmond Capra

Wren Redmond Capra, daughter of Marianne and Jimmy Capra of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:38 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Nancy and Steve Miller of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Linda and Roger Cracraft of Louisville, and Al and Sonja Capra of Westminster.

Cale Michael Howard

Cale Michael Howard, son of Wendy and Michael Howard of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:48 a.m. on Sept. 26, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 0.5 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. His grandparents are Patrick and Paula Howard of Ocala, Fla., Delphia Irwin of High Point, N.C., and Paul Irwin of Craig.

Joshua Lee Wille

Joshua Lee Wille, son of Alicia and Alan Wille of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:41 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 9.5 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. His siblings are Jordan and Alaina. His grandparents are Cindy and Robin Penrose of Craig and Lise and Roger Wille of Milwaukee.

Steamboat Springs School Board: District 1

Former principal faces incumbent board member

The two candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 1 seat say they have a lot in common. But they also said differences between them do exist.

Sophie Jeanette Flam

Sophie Jeanette Flam, daughter of Chloe and Eric Flam of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:38 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.

Taylor Jane Powell

Taylor Jane Powell, daughter of Candace Garnett and Matthew Powell of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:31 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. Her grandparents are Glen and Jane Garnett of Sibl ey, Iowa, Betty Powell of Craig, and Steve Powell of Dubois, Wyo.

Neuman -- Litzau

Mackenzie Lynne Neuman of Longmont and Andrew Jerome Litzau of Steamboat Springs were married at the University Club in Denver on Sept. 24.

Coming soon

Actors sign lease for live theater

To the untrained eye, the place looks like a closed movie theater. The posters have been taken off the walls. The cash register is gone. The popcorn machine is unplugged and empty.

Miller-Freutel uncontested in District 5

Tom Miller-Freutel said his desire to serve on the School Board reflects his commitment to "education first."

Retired teacher is unopposed in District 3

Denise Connelly has an intimate knowledge of the Steamboat Springs School District. She retired last year from teaching English and Spanish for 28 years in Steamboat's middle and high schools, and she and her husband have three children in district schools. She also has been involved with curriculum, has chaired departments and served on the Steamboat Springs Education Association.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 27 to Oct. 2

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS FOR SEPT. 27 TO OCT. 2 THOMPSON, OLEN D AND THOMPSON, PATRICIA J. TO KATHLEEN M. DEJACO TRUST FOR THUNDER MOUNTAIN CONDO UNIT: 203, TIME SPAN WEEK #09 - $2,000

Business briefs for Oct. 7

Sheraton resort fills management position

Like father, like daughter

Construction management degree points to continued success in family

After nailing down a degree in construction management from Colorado State University last spring, Sarah Fox had numerous invitations to interview with large contracting firms.

Dam expansion feels the pinch

Construction crews working on the expansion of Elkhead Reservoir east of Craig are pouring about 400 cubic yards of concrete a day. But that's only half of what they'd like to pour.

Building permits for Sept. 26 to 30

Steamboat Springs Sunray Meadows LLC 3345 Columbine Dr. Cfc Residential Constructors 8 Unit Condominium Building $1,158,654.50

Sidney Peak improvements paying off

Large colorful ads, a revamped image and improved infrastructure are pulling prospective buyers into the Sidney Peak Ranch residential project south of Steamboat Springs.

A river runs through it

Water flow highlights Clark home

There's nothing like listening to the gentle or sometimes powerful sounds of a river.

John F. Russell: Parents' jobs are never easy

Parents are the biggest supporters of our local high school teams. But even rooting for their children and their local teams can be a difficult task for most parents.

Drive helps Steamboat move past Rifle

Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall said she senses a new drive among her players this week. She noticed it during Thursday night's match in Glenwood Springs, when the Sailors nearly upset the Demons who are second in the Western Slope standings with just one loss.

Sailors, Devils play for second

It's now OK to talk about Eagle Valley.

Cowboys play spoiler

Plateau Valley spoiled Soroco's homecoming, but the Cowboys, who are in the midst of a memorable season, weren't about to apologize.

Looking for big trout?

Twin tail on streamer pattern makes the difference

Colton Lewer, 10, and his father, Scott Lewer, caught the rainbow trout of a lifetime in the Yampa River last month. Make that two rainbow trout of two lifetimes.

See Soroco run

Rangel, Spaeth score six times in homecoming win

Soroco's Bryan Spaeth wouldn't want to try to tackle teammate Nick Rangel. Rangel wouldn't want to try to catch Spaeth on the corner. Plateau Valley had difficulty doing both, as the pair of Rams running backs combined for 277 yards and six touchdowns in Soroco's 47-22 homecoming win Saturday against Plateau Valley.

Housing wants limits lifted

One thing has become clear to Kathi Meyer since the Yampa Valley Housing Authority was formed in November 2003. "We've come to understand that, in order to create affordable housing, you need land. And in order to buy land, you need money," Meyer said.

Tax would help land preservation

It has been nine years since voters approved a 1-mill property tax to preserve ranchlands and natural areas. More than 7,400 acres spread among 13 projects have been preserved, with another 1,400 acres on the way.

Soroco Rams celebrate their homecoming

For the first time in more than a decade, floats took part in the Soroco High School homecoming parade that proceeded through downtown Oak Creek on Saturday.

Alcohol charges dropped

Stores face fines, community service for failing checks

Liquor store owners and clerks have been forced to pay fines and do community service for selling alcohol to minors in the past year.

ELL enrollment jumps

Steamboat Springs School District officials expected another increase in the enrollment of non-English-speaking students. They just didn't expect such a big increase.

Sound Off for Oct. 9

Underage drinking The only drinking problem we have is when our parents' stash runs out, then we have to find someone else to buy us our goods.

Jack Huston: Have faith in God

I read some of the "Breakfast Serials" that the Pilot ran a few weeks ago and found them to be amusing, but I have a better one. There was a great king a long time ago. His kingdom was so great that there would never be one like it after it passed on. The story goes that one day the king made a great likeness, a statue of sorts of himself, and commanded everyone in his kingdom to bow down and worship the likeness and his gods when called to. This great king also decreed that anyone who didn't worship the statue would be killed.

John Whittum: Towny and McCain

I am amazed by the simplicity of George Noyer's argument that Towny Anderson has no credibility with the county commissioners. George tells us that, because Towny fought for keeping the Justice Center downtown, he will have no standing among those people who wanted it elsewhere.

Bill Wallace: What a concept

Responding to George Noyer's letter of Oct. 5, excuse me, George, but those of us who understand the root causes of the Justice Center fiasco greatly respect Towny Anderson. Thankfully, he had the fortitude and guts to stand up for the citizens of Steamboat Springs against the county officials who promulgated that crummy decision-making process. Gosh, someone who stands up for what he believes in. What a concept.

Stuart Orzach: We need Towny

I am responding to George Noyer's misleading personal attack on Towny Anderson.

Verne Lundquist: C & D must pass

My wife, Nancy, and I have lived in Routt County for more than 20 years. We have always been supportive of the various nonprofits that support the residents of our favorite valley.

Karen Leftwich: Support Horizons

Please support Referendum 1B. Horizons is our family.

Friday, October 7

Briefs for Oct. 8

Mayle -- McAuliffe

Ashley Rae Mayle and Kevin Eugene McAuliffe exchanged marriage vows on Sept. 25, 2005, in Doolin, Ireland.

Kali Brooke Waldman

Kali Brooke Waldman, daughter of Jill and John Waldman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:12 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. Her sibling is Jolie Waldman. Her grandparents are Marian Strauss of Cedarhurst, N.Y., Mitchell Strauss of Highland Beach, Fla., and Barbara and Seymour Waldman of Portland, Ore.

Wyatt Nicholas Shar

Wyatt Nicholas Shar, son of Sancy and Brett Shar of Clark, was born at 2:11 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His grandparents are Nick and Judy Shar of Point Pleasant, Penn., and Keith and Bonnie Florquist of Evergreen. His great-grandparents are Walter and Betty Florquist of Steamboat Springs.

Top player hosting lacrosse clinic

Jen Adams, one of the world's top female lacrosse players, is holding a girls lacrosse clinic in Steamboat Springs.

Slavery has a new face: trafficking

Similar to domestic violence in the 1970s, little is understood about human trafficking today. Few laws concerning it have been enacted, and even fewer organizations and shelters have been created to help its victims.

Local vehicle rollovers speed-related

A Clark woman sustained minor injuries Thursday when the vehicle she was driving rolled once on Routt County Road 129 north of Clark.

Accident closes YVRA for hours

An airplane blew a tire upon landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Thursday, causing the airport to close for three hours. The incident grounded a Delta flight and forced a United Express flight to return to Denver.

Sailors get an easy win

Hammond gains 121 yards, scores three TDs

It took seven plays for the Steamboat Springs football team to score four touchdowns -- in the first quarter -- as it defeated Battle Mountain, 45-0, on Friday.

Blakeslee to take over conservancy job

Geoff Blakeslee has balanced ranching and conservation for 35 years, including almost 10 years as ranch manager of the Carpenter Ranch near Hayden.

When food was a struggle

South Routt woman talks about culinary history

Over the years, Yampa Valley residents have become dependent on refrigerator trucks bringing much of their food over Rabbit Ears Pass and into local communities. The area's first settlers didn't have it so easy.

American Skiing announces promotion

With the release of its year-end financial report about two weeks away, American Skiing Co. has announced the promotion of Stan Hansen to senior vice president of real estate.

Area preschools expanding

Under the pressure of growing waiting lists and increasing demand for child care and education, preschools across Routt County are expanding.

Middle school students top 14,000-foot mountain

Standing atop Mount Harvard at 14,420 feet above sea level, Molly Newman and Julia Churchill couldn't believe their eyes. "You felt like you were on top of the world," Newman said. "I've never hiked that high."

Thursday, October 6

Man commits suicide in front of police

A man suspected of stealing bicycles in Steamboat Springs committed suicide Tuesday by swallowing a dose of potassium cyanide while police questioned him at his Kremmling home.

Music Calendar for Oct. 7

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

The Yampa Valley through a fourth-grader's eyes

Strawberry Park Elementary School fourth-graders spent Thursday morning writing about what they saw and felt as they stood along the Yampa River near the Boardwalk at Rotary River Park.

10 years of waiting

Bluegrass world ready for The Hot Strings

Why would a band play together for more than 10 years before ever hitting the road? Even after winning the Rockygrass Band Competition and the Telluride Bluegrass band contest, The Hot Strings weren't ready to tour.

Autumn Phillips: Determining cyclers

I knew I had entered the Twilight Zone when the pilot came over the intercom to tell us the flight was running late but that he would "pedal as fast as he could to get us to Las Vegas on time."

DIEGO RIVERA - THE BRILLIANCE BEFORE THE BRUSH La Brillantez Previa al Pincel

The news arrived like a thunderbolt out of the clear blue: the Depot would be hosting a Diego Rivera (1886-1957) exhibit that includes 42 of the Latin American master's finest sketches.

Workers needed for trail project

One of Emerald Mountains more popular singletrack trails is undergoing a facelift. Beginning this weekend, members of Routt County Riders and other volunteers will reroute sections of the Lupine Trail. Volunteers still are needed to help improve the trail.

Rescued man uses his story to teach others

Charles Horton, after being stranded alone in the woods for nine days in April and balancing on the thin line between life and death, was shocked when his phone rang constantly with calls from Denver TV stations, CNN, Good Morning America, Jay Leno and People Magazine.

The Record for Oct. 7

Wednesday, Oct. 5 1:48 a.m. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol near Lincoln Avenue and Trafalgar Drive.

Board declines medical marijuana vote

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday declined to vote on a resolution supporting medical marijuana -- an issue most Hayden voters did not support in the past.

Families seeking help finishing their homes

When leaves turn colors and the first snow falls -- as it did in some areas of the county Tuesday afternoon -- builders feel the pressure to finish projects before winter. That feeling of urgency likely is tenfold for two groups of families working to construct one another's homes in Hayden and Oak Creek.

Briefs for Oct. 7

Annabeth Lockhart given Golden Circle Award Beta Sigma Phi awarded Annabeth Lockhart its Golden Circle Award last week for her 50 years of membership with the women's organization. Lockhart was presented the award during a dinner at the home of Jack and Geneva Taylor. Beta Sigma Phi members and their spouses attended the event, as did Lockhart's children and their spouses.

Devils get one-goal win

Troeger, Lomeli score for Sailors

The Steamboat Springs and Eagle Valley soccer teams have struggled this season.

'Boat eyes road win

The Steamboat Springs High School football team, though positioned well for the playoffs, isn't counting on anything.

Fallout from California ruling

Seedhouse Guard Station open for rentals; party canceled

U.S. Forest Service employees in the Hahn's Peak Ranger District in Steamboat Springs have been adapting on the fly to the fallout from a federal court ruling in California.

VNA gets funds to purchase Haven

More than 10 years ago, a group of mostly Routt County residents envisioned a noninstitutional place where senior citizens could live independently with supervision. The Visiting Nurse Association is about to start a new page in The Haven story: VNA officials this week announced they have raised enough funds to acquire The Haven. They expect the purchase to be final later this month.

Autumn's Picks for Oct. 7

Tonight Steamboat Springs Arts Council Free Friday Film Series: "Ma Vie en Rose" When: 7 p.m. Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Cost: Free Call: 879-9008 Why you should go: Dori Weiss has been facilitating some good discussions after the films in this fall's series.

Steamboat Springs Arts Council

Mission Statement, Vision Statement, The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, Regular Business Hours, Gallery Hours, Board Officers, Members of the Board of Directors, Staff Members

Where Art Thou?

Engage Enrich Enjoy Join now! we need your help to continue these events in our community: Kaleidoscope: an Art Enrichment Program for Youth, Friday Free Film Series:

Memoirs more personal than political

As I speed through the book I'm reading, turning pages with relish, I finally have perspective about how long it took me to finish "Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life" by Queen Noor.

When boys want to be girls

The movie came out in 1997, but I still haven't forgotten the main character in "Ma Vie en Rose" (My Life In Pink).

Christmas in the Rockies Annual Holiday Artisan's Market Saturday December 3rd 9am-4pm, 2005

The annual Christmas in the Rockies returns to the Strawberry Park Elementary School on Saturday December 3rd, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m.

2005/2006 Free Friday Film Series

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Free Friday Film Series is back! This is the fourth season of the popular arts council program that brings foreign films, both classic and contemporary, to Steamboat viewers free of charge!

Another way to see the leaves

The scene was enough to turn anyone into an artist. Six people stood near easels with paintbrushes in hand. The light was crisp and bright as it reflected off the yellows of the falling aspen leaves.

Arts calendar for Oct. 7

Opportunities Volunteers are needed to document art in public places for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Documentation will include a short description of the art object and a photo. Volunteers need a digital camera. Call 879-9008 or e-mail arts@steamboatspringsarts.com.

Steamboat Springs Arts Council Affiliated Organizations

The Arts Council serves as a pivotal organization for affiliated groups and individual artists, offering collaboration, administrative support, facility support, technical assistance, grants and leadership in advocating for community arts programming in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Steamboat Springs beaux arts Festival

From the Beaux Art Downtown to Strada D' Arte and the Art Car Stampede, from the Strings in the Mountains Chamber Music with Amir String Quartet to Emerald City Opera's "Merry Widow," from the Jazz Brunch at the Top of the Gondola to the many youth performances, there was more to see and do in Steamboat during the nine day Beaux Arts Festival than many communities can offer in an entire summer!

A sum of its parts

From a distance, Martin McGowan's "Horse #5" looks like a metal monolith guarding the entrance of Wildhorse Marketplace. But a closer examination reveals a thousand welded parts, pieced together during 2 1/2 years into the shape of a horse.

Kaleidoscope Art Exploration for Kids Programs

Kaleidoscope Art Exploration for Kids programs for 1st through 6th graders took place throughout the summer. This program is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council in partnership with The City of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Summer Programming, The Center for Movement Arts and the Yampa Valley Ceili Society.

On Scene for Oct. 7

Records for Rivera The Diego Rivera show, which comes down this week, brought record numbers of people to the Depot Art Center this month. On Monday, curator R.C. Dieckhoff estimated that as many as 700 people had visited the show -- an average of 50 people a week.

New workout trend is no strip, all tease

Robin Getter said "No" when approached by someone about leading an exercise class based on the dances done by strippers.

City seeking bus drivers

Transportation director says service may be affected

City officials' efforts to expand bus service are hitting a glitch: a need for drivers.

CD reviews for Oct. 7

Sheryl Crow "Wildflower"On sale at All That Jazz for $15.98 I found myself imagining immediately.

Playing blues for Louisiana

Cajun bluesman Tab Benoit's Louisiana home was spared by Hurricane Katrina. But he owes his career to the blues venues of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and since the floodwaters broke through the levees, Benoit and other New Orleans area musicians who already were working to raise awareness about the erosion of the Gulf Coast wetlands, transferred their energy into fundraising for Katrina victims.

Wednesday, October 5

District 2: Jeff Troeger on the issues

Steamboat Springs School Board District 2 Jeff Troeger Age: 49 Occupation: Colorado Mountain College professor

District 4: Robin Crossan on the issues

Robin Crossan Age: 47 Occupation: Mom; former facilities director for Federated Department Stores in New York

District 4: Pat Gleason on the issues

Pat Gleason Age: 51 Occupation: owner of Gleason Construction

Steamboat boys fourth in Summit

In the first good-sized meet of the year, the Steamboat Springs High School boys cross country team placed fourth at the 9,100 Feet Invitational on Saturday.

Soroco hungry for win at home

Soroco High School football coach Gary Heide's motivational speech has been simple this week.

Vail Christian takes down Soroco in four games

After dropping two matches in straight sets, the Soroco High School volleyball team battled through four games before falling to Vail Christian on Tuesday.

Tigers tame Cardinals

Hayden volleyball wins in four

The Hayden High School volleyball team defeated Grand Valley in four games Tuesday night in Hayden.

Crash simulation delayed

Training resources depleted by Gulf Coast efforts

A simulated airplane crash intended to help local emergency officials plan for and respond to mass-casualty events has been delayed because of a lack of resources.

Briefs for Oct. 6

Family cycles through grief

Armstrong's example inspires healing journey

The last big road bike ride of Jim O'Hare's life was a year ago during the Skinny Tire Festival Century Tour in Moab, Utah. Last month, O'Hare's widow, Carol, and his eldest son, Jay, both of Steamboat Springs, closed the loop.

Board discusses how to use funds

Some Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board members said Wednesday night that more of the city's half-cent sales tax for education should be used for small class sizes.

School candidates debate

Potential board members discuss taxes, class sizes in forum

The two candidates for the only contested Steamboat Springs School Board race have similar priorities for the future.

Snow causes accidents on Rabbit Ears Pass

A Tuesday afternoon rainstorm that changed to sleet and snow caused several accidents near Rabbit Ears Pass, leaving some motorists and their vehicles in shoulder lanes and ditches.

Candidates speak up

City Council hopefuls concerned about budgeting, growth

Most Steamboat Springs City Council candidates are concerned about fiscal responsibility, growth management and economic development. What they want to do to solve those problems is another matter.

District 5: Michael Loomis on the issues

Steamboat Springs School Board, District 5 Michael Loomis Age: 46 Occupation: Owner of Steamboat Spine and Sports Physical Therapy

District 2: Bian Kelly on the issues

Steamboat Springs School Board District 2 Brian Kelly Age: 49 Occupation: owner, BTK Surveys

District 4: Jerry Kozatch on the issues

Jerry Kozatch Age: 50 Occupation: owner of Ambiente home furnishings store

Tuesday, October 4

The Record for Oct. 5

Monday, Oct. 3 7:09 a.m. A vehicle reportedly hit a deer on Routt County Road 78 in Hayden. No injuries were reported.

Our View: An investment for YVRA

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is entering the 21st century. On Tuesday, the Routt County commissioners signed off on a new electronic parking system at the airport. Even at a cost of $240,000 for the equipment, software and installation, the system is a bargain. It will allow the county to finally adequately charge for parking and ensure that everyone pays equally.

Man hires new attorney in coke case

A 25-year-old man accused of selling cocaine and introducing contraband into the Routt County Jail accused a public defender of turning down a plea agreement without his consent.

City hopes to upgrade Spring Creek Reservoir

The city of Steamboat Springs hopes to modernize portions of Spring Creek Reservoir and upgrade a 400-foot section of trail this fall.

Dombrowski died from seizure

A seizure killed 17-year-old Adele Dombrowski, an autopsy showed.

Funding planned for 2006

Council members discuss budget during retreat

City departments will have more funding in 2006, as will several organizations that receive city money.

Hayden volleyball falls in 3 to Cowboys

The Hayden volleyball team lost its first match of October with a three-set defeat at the hands of Plateau Valley on Saturday.

Hayden downs Plateau Valley

Tigers second in league

The Hayden High School football team scored 34 first-half points, and the starting defense surrendered just one first down in an easy 54-14 victory against Plateau Valley on Saturday.

Berry so close to title

First playoff hole puts end to Sailor golfer's chances

Denver -- After a full season of high school golf and 36 holes of tournament play against the best juniors in the state at the Wellshire Golf Course, the race for the 4A state title came down to three golfers.

Lynne Thurston Drogosz: Learn about initiative

In 1983, I moved to Steamboat Springs from Massachusetts. Like many people who come to Steamboat for one or two seasons, I'm still here. The landscape that attracted me was largely one of hayfields, river corridors and large open spaces that I was unaccustomed to viewing in northwest Massachusetts.

George Noyer: No credibility

I am writing in response to candidate for City Council Towny Anderson's comments in the September "Boat Biz," specifically his statement, "Understanding one another and our respective interest is the first step toward a relationship built on trust and mutual respect." The context here is the testy relationship between city and county elected officials.

Dave Gardner

Many thanks to Routt County residents who have provided donations, either directly or by supporting community fundraising events, to aid rescue and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This outpouring of compassion and charitable giving speaks highly of our community. A few have even gone so far as to directly participate in these efforts, and often at their own considerable expense.

The joy of reading

Hayden library introduces story-hour for babies

It's been said that babies' brains are like sponges, absorbing every new sight and sound that comes their way.

Families seeking help with homes

When leaves turn colors and the first snow falls -- as it did in some areas of the county on Tuesday afternoon -- builders feel the pressure to finish projects before winter.

Board may adopt land code

For several months, Hayden Planning Commission members have lugged around a new companion: A thick binder filled with rules about everything including trails, trees, historic preservation and gas drilling.

School Board candidates wrangle with enrollment

The two candidates in the only contested seat for the Hayden School Board have very different positions on two key issues: student enrollment and student achievement.

Projected enrollment down

The Hayden School District is down eight students from its projected count, but Superintendent Mike Luppes said the shortfall would have only a minimal effect on the district's budget.

YVRA parking to go high-tech

Parking at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is about to change.

News in brief for Oct. 5

Awareness through Movement classes offered The Center for Movement Arts is offering Awareness through Movement classes designed for neck and upper back relief. The classes are at noon Wednesdays. The cost is $10 for drop-ins and $8 for card holders. Call 870-9977.

Monday, October 3

Student enrollment counted

Final tally falls between projections, estimations

Official enrollment in the Steamboat Springs School Dist�--rict is 1,915 full-time funded students, almost 20 more than was expected at the end of last year.

Teen died of seizure

Alcohol played no role in death, coroner says

A seizure killed 17-year-old Adele Dombrowski, an autopsy showed. Also, a toxicology report showed Dombrowski had a minimal amount of alcohol in her system, meaning alcohol played no role in her death, said Deputy Routt County Coroner Mitch Locke. Locke said the official cause of death is "cardiopulmonary arrest consistent with a grand mal seizure." Cardiopulmonary arrest means the heart and lungs stopped functioning.

Fishing pond due for rehab

Casey's Pond becoming choked with weeds and silt

Casey's Pond has always been one of the best places in Steamboat Springs to take youngsters trout fishing.

Teen's autopsy still pending

A complete autopsy report about the death of 17-year-old Adele Dombrowski is expected today, according to the Routt County Coroner's Office.

Candidates to get specific at forum

Steamboat Springs City Council and School Board candidates will get to the heart of issues at the 2005 Election Forum on Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

City Council to review 2006 budget

Steamboat Springs City Council members will be crunching and shuffling numbers today, and the public is invited to attend.

Briefs for Oct. 4

Steamboat Springs High School needs convertibles for its homecoming parade Oct. 14. If anyone has a convertible that could be used in the parade, call Lucianne Myhre at 871-3623.

The Record for Oct. 4

2:12 a.m. A man reportedly was running around yelling and trying to get into homes along Blue Sage Circle. One person let him in and tried to talk with the man, but the man could not stay awake and appeared intoxicated. Police arrived and arrested the man for first-degree criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

County eyes electronic parking at Hayden airport

Yampa Valley Regional Airport's parking system may go electronic.

Berry sits in second

State high school golf tourney continues today

With the first 18 holes of the Colorado High School State Golf Championships in the books, Sailor Paul Berry knows that consistency will determine this year's 4A state champion.

Sunday, October 2

Deadline for voter registration today

Election Day is almost a month away, but there is no time to stall if you aren't registered to vote: Today is the last day to sign up.

Briefs for Oct. 3

Tom Ross: Insane bugling throughout the night

If a bull elk took out a personal ad, this is what he'd say

The first time I heard the high, keening sound, I was immediately convinced it was made by a rank amateur. No self respecting bull elk would ever bust out a botched bugle like that. The noise that came from beyond the low ridge sounded like a sheep that had swallowed a B-flat harmonica. Nope, that pitiful sound had to be produced by a hunter experimenting with a new elk call.

A holistic view

Fair teaches lessons in health, alternative medicine

Dan Smith was a bit of a cynic about alternative medicine, but the Yampa Valley Holistic Fair changed his mind Sunday. The fair, in its second year, was organized by a committee of five people interested in alternative medicine, organic products and the healing arts.

Saturday, October 1

Making bath time fun again

Horn sisters start their own soap-making business at ages 2, 4

Ten-year-old Abbey Horn and her sister, 8-year-old Belle, have something most children their age don't have: a company credit card.

South Routt Calendar for Oct. 2

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Toponas Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A different learning environment

Steamboat, Hayden middle school students are taught about -- and in -- nature

On Tuesday afternoon, with gray clouds looming overhead, a group of sixth-graders sat in a circle in the middle of an aspen grove.

Ollis L. "Mitch" Mitchell (1919-2005)

Former Toponas and Yampa resident Ollis L. "Mitch" Mitchell went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sept. 12, 2005, at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. He was 86.

Plans enter initial phase

Harbor Hotel redevelopment in city process

An ambitious plan to redevelop the Harbor Hotel on a pivotal street corner in downtown Steamboat Springs has entered the city planning process.

Katrina survivors take refuge here

When Hurricane Katrina tore through areas of the Gulf Coast in late August, it flooded streets, destroyed homes, killed more than a thousand people and displaced hundreds of thousands of Louisiana and Mississippi residents.

Dealing with drinking

Officials search for answers to alcohol use among minors

A series of incidents in which Steamboat Springs stores sold alcohol to minors points to a communitywide problem that will require a communitywide solution, officials say.

Shaken nerves but no damage

Travis Hilliard was at home watching TV late Friday night when he felt his house shake.

Former Winter Sports Club skiers aim for Olympics

When the best aerialists in the world take to the freestyle jumps in Sauze d'Oulx in Italy this February, several skiers with ties to Steamboat Springs could be among them.

Soroco pulls off thriller on road

Rams down Cowboys in OT

The Soroco High School football team got its biggest win in four years with a 34-27 overtime victory against Meeker on Friday.

Buzz around town

Steamboat boasts an abundance of coffee shops

There are a lot of certain things in Steamboat Springs: skis, bikes, Subarus, dogs and Mexican restaurants, for example.

Power of chocolate

Never underestimate the power of a chocolate bar.

No points for style

Steamboat cuts it close but manages to pull out win

Scott Stanko typifies this year's Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Class Notes for Oct. 2

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a dynamic two-day certification workshop called WAIT Training that will equip teachers to educate students about healthy life choices, including abstinence from drugs, alcohol, sex and other high-risk behaviors in an exciting and impacting way.

Mortgage rates rise

Lenders optimistic market will stay hot

Rates on 30-year mortgages have hovered comfortably in the mid- to upper 5 percent range most of the year.

Project continues trend

A vacant lot at Fifth and Yampa streets could become the site of another mixed-use retail and residential building -- the kind already transforming Yampa Street.

Identifying the trends that span the valley

Leadership summit conceived to foster collaboration

The service sector of Northwest Colorado's economy is growing faster than other areas of employment, and studies suggest the trend could be feeding a widening gap between the wages earned by women and men in Routt and Moffat counties.

Back to work

Construction resumes at Highmark condos

Workers recently poured concrete at the Highmark (formerly The Chadwick) at the corner of Village Drive and AprÃs Ski Way. Construction began in August 2003 and was suspended the following spring. The original developers said a jump in the cost of building materials from the time they broke ground and pursued building permanents for the aboveground phase of the project disrupted their financing.

Cody Robert Dunckley

Cody Robert Dunckley, son of Kristine Haske and Rich Dunckley of Craig, was born at 1:14 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. His siblings are Kassie, Kandyce and Sadie. His grandparents are Dick and Jane Dunckley of Craig, and Arnold and MaryAnn Lieske of Steamboat Springs.

Salvadore Blake Malone

Salvadore Blake Malone, son of Lane and Michael Malone of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:51 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. His grandparents are Rosalyn and Louis Stein of New Orleans, Nancy Middleton of Excelsior, Minn., and Blake and Joan Middleton of Eden Prairie, Minn. His great-grandparents are Frances and Bernard Manale of New Orleans.

Kaeyl Shawn Zelek

Kaeyl Shawn Zelek, son of Erica and Jonathan Zelek of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:58 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 17.5 inches long. His siblings are Savannah and Kaleya. His grandparents are Dawn Kern and Mike Cline of Leicester, N.Y., Pat and Kathie Zelek of Steamboat Springs, Barbra Hoctor of McKinney, Texas, and Donna Figel of Baltimore.

Josephina Lee Hermacinski

Josephina Lee Hermacinski, daughter of Cari and Mark Hermacinski of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:56 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 21 inches long. Her sibling is Eva Marie Hermacinski. Her grandparents are Donna and Joseph Russo of Craig, and Eva and James Hermacinski of Tucson, Ariz.

Josee Lauren Smith

Josee Lauren Smith, daughter of Traci and Jeremiah Smith of Hayden, was born at 9:55 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Hailee. Her grandparents are Susan Signs of Estes Park, Dave Smith of Hayden, and Mary Burnett of Howard, Kan.

Bryson Ryan Bennett

Bryson Ryan Bennett, son of Elise and Steven Bennett of Hayden, was born at 5:48 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long. His siblings are Shelby and Bridger. His grandparents are Karen and Jim Hunter of Wellington, Theresa Bennett of Craig, Bill Bennett of Hayden, and Ann and Andy Bennett of Hayden.

Kellen Patrick Gormley and Dylan Robert Gormley

Kellen Patrick Gormley and Dylan Robert Gormley, sons of Cathie and Dave Gormley of Steamboat Springs, were born at 9:06 p.m. and 9:24 p.m., respectively, on Sept. 19, 2005. Kellen weighed 4 pounds and 12 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Dylan weighed 5 pounds and 2 ounces, and was 17.25 inches long. Their siblings are Brenden and Shannon Gormley. Their grandparents are Caroline Webb of Littleton, Bill Webb of Phoenix, and Dave and Mary Lou Gormley of Denver.

Teagan Renee Nickey

Teagan Renee Nickey, daughter of Megan and Tyler Nickey of Hayden, was born at 9:16 a.m. on Sept. 21, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Carel and Bill Nickey of Steamboat Springs, and Tom and Becki Ferguson of Bothell, Wash.

Transactions for Sept. 20 to 26

STOLTZ, J. STEPHEN and STOLTZ, SUSAN H. to CRENSHAW, WILLIAM C. and STEPHENS, CECILIA T. for SPA AT STORM MEADOWS CONDO Unit: CHAMONIX I -- $307,500

Mary Kay Orrell-Barber (1945--2005)

Former longtime Steamboat Springs resident Mary Kay Orrell-Barber lost her battle with cancer Sept. 24, 2005. She was 60.

Building permits for Sept. 19 to 23

Pines IV, LLC 444 Ore House Plaza Beck Construction Inc. 6 Unit Condo $850,000

The Record for Oct. 2

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.

Our View: Keep alcohol from teens

Recent events should send up a red flag about underage drinking in our community.

Karl B. Gills: Vote 'yes' on referendums C and D

The upcoming vote on Referendums C and D is extremely important to Yampa Valley Medical Center and hospitals across our state. On Sept. 22, the Board of Trustees of Yampa Valley Medical Center adopted a resolution supporting the passage of Referendums C and D.

Victoria Rudolph: Support send-off

When making the decision to move my family to Steamboat Springs from a suburb of Philadelphia, I considered the following: Steamboat is a town with a rich heritage. It still manages to maintain the charm of the Old West with modern-day conveniences. Where else could one see a cowboy in chaps strolling down Lincoln Avenue with a Starbucks latte? Where else can one find a packed audience for the Wild West Show, complete with dancing horses and American Indians, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its oldest dry goods store?