Stories for September 2005


Friday, September 30

Town officially hires its chief

A big chocolate cake and a bouquet of colorful flowers sat on the desk waiting while Linda Koile was sworn in as Oak Creek's police chief Friday.

Author chronicles 'healthy, happy and free' life

Burned out after 10 years as a newspaper photographer and only 30 years old, Dan Price started to ask questions. "I started questioning all the things we take for granted," Price said. "Do I have to spend all this money on a mortgage and car payments? Could I just go live in a tepee?"

Steamboat says goodbye

Hundreds of relatives, friends and community members gathered at a memorial service Friday to remember Adele Dombrowski, a 17-year-old Steamboat Springs High School senior who died last weekend.

Panel mulls graduation requirements

The committee looking at graduation requirements for Steamboat Springs students met for the first time last week.

Overtime is Steamboat time

Sailors holds on for 31-30 victory in fourth OT

Ben DeLine called it the biggest kick of his life. Staring at the uprights and the possibility of a fifth overtime, the sophomore placekicker drilled the point-after attempt through the posts, giving the Steamboat Springs football team a 31-30 victory against Montezuma-Cortez on Friday night.

Jeweler offers gem education

Unless you are educated, it's easy to be taken for hundreds or even thousands of dollars when buying jewelry.

Quake shakes city

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake shook Steamboat Springs near midnight Friday.

The Record for Oct. 1

Steamboat goes for green

Employees working to make city environmentally friendly

City employees hope to make Steamboat Springs a little greener. About a dozen city employees recently joined together to form a "Green Team" to investigate environmentally sound ways to conduct business.

Briefs for Oct. 1

Thursday, September 29

CD reviews for Sept. 30

Sleater-Kinney "The Woods" Available at All That Jazz for $14.99

In print

Riverhouse, DU form educational partnership

Anyone stepping through the door of the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery in Denver this month will be awed by a 6-foot-tall print of "Box Canyon" by John Walker.

Teachers union sues district

Seven months after first considering legal action against the Steamboat Springs School District, the teachers union filed a lawsuit against the district about alleged policy violations.

The final push

Nordic director

After years of dreaming about a plastic-covered jump at the base of Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Director Todd Wilson finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Briefs for Sept. 30

Autopsy results pending

An autopsy report about the death of 17-year-old Adele Dombrowski is expected to be completed today, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.

Mount Werner district to pay

The Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District will take financial responsibility for inadequate fire flow in seven Steamboat Springs neighborhoods, its board of directors said Thursday.

Water compact manager looking for statesmen

Eric Hecox is hoping to find diplomatic thinkers from across Colorado who will usher in a new era of water policy-making in the state.

State education department awards schools

The Colorado Department of Education has recognized five Routt County schools for improvement or sustained achievement on standardized tests.

Music calendar for Sept. 30

Tonight ¤ Muse Mason When: 8 p.m. Where: Hahn's Peak Cafe, 61070 Routt County Road 129, Hahn's Peak Cost: Free Call: 871-1495

Stories of hope never get old

Although Bob Pensack published his story of survival more than 10 years ago, the story did not end when the ink dried.

Arts calendar for Sept. 30

Saturday ¤ Aryeh Copa will give a slideshow of his photos of skiing in Argentina at 10 p.m. at Levelz in Ski Time Square. Call 870-9090.

Autumn's picks for Sept. 30

Tonight ¤ Steamboat Springs Arts Council Free Friday Film Series continues with "Central Station" When: 7 p.m. today Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Cost: Free; donations are welcome Call: 879-9008 Why you should go: "Central Station" was directed by Walter Salles, also the director of "The Motorcycle Diaries."

Rooted in jazz but growing branches in every direction

The Tao Jones doesn't have a frontman. The music is passed from band member to member, and each takes his turn holding and changing the form of the song.

Dance one step further

It seems as if the entire city has learned how to salsa since Robin Getter opened The Center for Movement Arts.

On Scene for Sept. 30

Show of sketches Curator R.C. Dieckhoff was about to smile his cheeks right off his face. He was glowing with pride as art lovers filed into the Depot Art Center for the show of sketches by Diego Rivera.

Huskies top Western Slope

Once upon a time, games against the Battle Mountain volleyball team were gimmies. Those days are gone.

Meeting looks at art program

Public art is funded with public money, and Steamboat Springs city officials want to know how they should proceed in developing their first public arts program.

Bank tackles several problems in one project

Wells Fargo Bank officials hope to solve several problems with the completion of a construction project under way in the alley behind its downtown Steamboat Springs location.

Sailors, Panthers another must see

The spread offense has made its way to Southwest Colorado.

Mountain town plans make progress

A plan for the ski base area is one step closer to adoption.

The Record for Sept. 30

Wednesday, September 28

Flexibility added to west plan

With hopes of luring developers, the city and county have come up with a more flexible plan for the area west of Steamboat Springs.

Doctor pleads guilty to harassment

A Steamboat Springs doctor accused of grabbing a female employee by the arm and shoving her through a door pleaded guilty in Routt County Court on Wednesday to a misdemeanor harassment charge.

Candidates take spotlight

Candidates for Steamboat Springs City Council, Steamboat Springs School Board and Hayden School Board positions had their first chance to speak Wednesday during a forum held by First Impressions of Routt County.

Steamboat works to stay loose before state

If members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team are uptight about next week's state golf tournament, they didn't show it while hitting golf balls at Catamount Ranch & Club on Wednesday.

Stillwell snags league award

Former Sailor has career year at James Madison University

Bayli Stillwell, a 2003 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and a junior at James Madison University, recently received a prestigious honor from the Colonial Athletic Association.

Hayden plans for growth in budget

As Hayden officials look to 2006, they expect growth -- residential and commercial -- to begin to figure into the town's budget.

Students work together to help hurricane victims

Students from across Routt County have raised more than $10,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims during the past couple of weeks.

Sex offender charged again

Steamboat man accused of assaulting 7-year-old boy

A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of sexually assaulting a boy had his case bound to District Court on Wednesday after a judge ruled there was enough information to try the man.

Sailors go 1-2 on road trip

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team returned from its longest road trip of the season with a 1-2 record.

Teens detained in vandalism

Three teenagers were detained by Steamboat Springs police officers and Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies early Wednesday after someone reportedly saw them breaking windows at Soda Creek Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School.

The Record for Sept. 29

Briefs for Sept. 29

Tuesday, September 27

Enrollment numbers on the rise at CMC campus

This fall marks the fifth straight year in which the number of full-time students attending Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus has increased.

Sobriety checkpoints deemed a success

Steamboat Springs police officers stopped about 400 vehicles during Friday night's roving sobriety checkpoints and made no arrests for alcohol-related offenses.

Road-access issues arise

County commissioners take a look at subdivision proposal

Members of the Routt County Board of Commissioners liked a subdivision plan they saw Tuesday, but they also mentioned possible improvements.

Hayden falls to W. Grand in three

Becky Burdick isn't comfortable yelling.

Cyclist team shines in tournament

Pikes Peak loomed in the background as nine Steamboat Springs High School mountain bike riders raced to a team title at the Colorado High School State Mountain Bike Championships on Saturday.

Man to serve three years for robbery

A Craig teenager who helped rob a man on the Yampa River Core Trail was sentenced to three years in a community corrections program.

N. Routt rec plan passed

An updated planning document will guide recreation in part of North Routt County.

United Express slightly down

Continental flights to Houston nearly full in August

The 50-passenger Continental Airlines jets leaving Yam�--pa Valley Regional Airport for Houston were nearly full throughout August.

Students take to trees

Residents shouldn't be alarmed this week if they see groups of Hayden Middle School students examining the leaves and bark of trees in front of homes and businesses.

Couple plead not guilty to felony theft

An Oak Creek couple charged with stealing from the Wagon Wheel Homeowners Association in Stagecoach pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to felony theft.

Growth to figure into 2006 budget

As Hayden officials look to 2006, they expect growth -- residential and commercial -- will start to figure into the town's budget.

Monday, September 26

Original West End Village sales complete

Builders plan deed-restricted townhomes

A Steamboat Springs contracting firm plans to build 20 new townhomes in West End Village.

School distribution policy updated

The Steamboat Springs School District now has legally up-to-date policies about what materials students and adults can distribute at schools.

Bulldogs, Sailors face off in key contest

Whenever Moffat County and Steamboat Springs meet on a playing field, fans can expect a heated contest.

Bulldogs outscore Sailors

Early goals give Moffat an edge over Steamboat

The problem for the Moffat County boys soccer team this season has been holding onto early leads. At least for one night, the problem was solved.

News in brief for Sept. 28

CMC offering parenting classes on Tuesdays Colorado Mountain College is offering "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent/Teacher" during four Tuesday classes. The classes are from 6 to 9:50 p.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. They teach practical techniques for raising children to make responsible decisions. The cost is $43 for in-district residents. Call 870-4444.

County to discuss subdivision proposal

Members of the Routt County Board of Commissioners will share their thoughts today about a proposed subdivision just south of Steamboat Springs' city limits.

News in brief for Sept. 27

Newlyweds' gifts stolen from condominium A newlywed couple reported Sunday that cash, checks and a scratch lottery ticket were taken from the Crosstimbers condominium, where they were staying.

Matches postponed

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team decided to postpone Monday's match against Alexander Dawson after the unexpected death of classmate and team manager Adele Dombrowski during the weekend.

Rec plan up for approval

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will vote today on a recreation plan for the North Routt area.

Schools react to tragedy

As soon as Steamboat Springs School District officials learned that a 17-year-old senior had died at her home, they began preparing ways to provide support for students, parents and staff.

Meeting will update BLM plan and other projects

When the Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field office set out to revise its Resource Management Plan, officials wanted public input.

The Record for Sept. 28

Monday, Sept. 26 4:07 a.m. A man reportedly was swearing and talking loudly in the 3300 block of AprÃs Ski Way. The area was quiet when officers arrived.

Man suspected of buying alcohol for teenager

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of purchasing alcohol and making it available to Adele Dombrowski, a minor.

Chris King: Kudos to office

Kudos to office I would like to stand up and speak out in appreciation of our Routt County Sheriff's Office.

James A. Humphrey: Buildings are eye sores

Buildings are eye sores With our city demanding that the construction of residential and commercial buildings conform to the Western look prevalent here, to which I agree, it was surprising the see that Gart Sports and other new buildings in Wildhorse Marketplace were allowed to build some of the most unattractive, non-Western-looking buildings in Steamboat.

The Record for Sept. 27

Sunday, Sept. 25 1:50 a.m. A fight was reported in Oak Creek. An arrest was made.

Our View: Preparedness is key

Efforts to put political spin on the difference between the federal responses to hurricanes Katrina and Rita are, we think, poppycock. As Earl Black, a political scientist at Houston's Rice University, told The Associated Press, "My view is that it's not wise for anybody to make too much partisan hay out of tragedies."

Sunday, September 25

Young life lost

Steamboat teenager 'knew how to love'

News about 17-year-old Adele Dom�browski's death spread across Steamboat Springs in a series of cell phone rings. By evening, more than 50 teenagers had gathered at the home of Kris and Jim Stouffer, Adele's mother and stepfather, to talk about the life of the girl everyone wanted to be.

Woman on quest for history

Nancy McClelland Wilson has a hard time imagining her grandfather trying to take his three children across the country from Steamboat Springs to New York state by stagecoach and train. She is having a harder time researching this legendary man she never knew.

Left out in the storm

Local woman volunteers to help four-legged hurricane victims

Stacy Cannon's awareness of the tragedy in New Orleans began as she watched TV, just as the rest of the United States did. But unlike many, who were watching CNN, Connor saw beyond the people being rescued. She looked past the waterlogged homes and the people walking waist deep in fetid water, and she saw animals in the background, clinging to rooftops without food, water or anyone to rescue them.

Psychiatrist volunteers to help evacuees

At first, Dr. Bob Pensack was looking for a volunteer opportunity to help Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana. He was willing to buy a plane ticket or jump in his car. Instead, he discovered there was a need just miles away in Denver.

The Record for Sept. 26

Saturday, Sept. 24 12:18 a.m. A burglar alarm sounded in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

News in brief for Sept. 26

Man hospitalized after vehicle accident At about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, 46-year-old Thomas Barker rolled his 2000 white Toyota Tundra pickup after losing control on a curve on Routt County Road 25. The truck was a half-mile south of Oak Creek when it rolled once down a steep embankment and came to a stop on its wheels, according to a press release from the Colorado State Patrol.

Saturday, September 24

Omar Campbell: Silent conspiracy

Our country is flooded by 11 million illegal aliens who have sneaked across our southern border in violation of our immigration laws. It is as if the Mexican government wants to colonize the U.S. with its surplus population. They have a special ministry set up to furnish help and advice on how to sneak through the border, get forged papers, etc. President Fox is pressing for a blanket amnesty. Just what we need in a country that is already overpopulated.

Arianna N. Aguilar

Arianna N. Aguilar, daughter of Lorena Villegas and Ivan Aguilar of Guayaquil, Ecuador, was born at 4:05 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2005.

Lynn Abbott: Vote for Referendums C, D

Passing referendums C and D makes sense. It makes business sense to regain Colorado's competitive edge in attracting companies and investors who look for quality schools, an educated work force and adequate transportation.

Kids are climbing the walls

Thanks to fundraising, elementary schools put rock climbing into PE curriculum

On Thursday morning, fifth-graders at Soda Creek Elementary pulled, stepped and hefted their way along a 60-foot-long traverse rock-climbing wall. They climbed quickly, using their hands and feet. They looked for their next moves while trying not to fall to the mats below.

Free your mind

Alternative-medicine healers of the Yampa Valley

Next Sunday, Steamboat Springs High School will be filled with evidence that the area's approach to medicine is changing. For the second year, healers from the area will gather for the Yampa Valley Holistic Fair.

A place to call home

A meandering sidewalk is like an artery through the River Place co-housing community. It connects cottage-like homes and classic covered porches with benches, cruisers and baby strollers.

Yoga is in the house

Nancy Spooner opens new business in 90-year-old house on Main Street

The first thing Oak Creek residents asked Nancy Spooner when they found out she had bought the lavender house on Main Street was whether she planned to paint it.

Preparing for disaster

When it comes to disasters, citizens not only expect action from their government -- they deserve it.

Fall foliage on foot or by car

Leaves changed on cue this year. As soon as the calendar hit Sept. 22, the official first day of autumn, the aspens responded with a show of bright yellow. This week and the next, as the changing aspen colors reach their peak, will be the best time to get outdoors on foot or by car.

Our View: Field decision was right call

The Steamboat Springs City Council was right to postpone plans for a new artificial turf field adjacent to Heritage Park west of the city. The field's cost and the emergence of other options are the reasons the city should wait. The concerns of Heritage Park homeowners are less valid.

Business briefs for Sept. 25

Newspaper promotes two into editor roles The Steamboat Pilot & Today recently promoted Brent Boyer and Meg Wortman into editor roles with the newspaper.

Lane Marcus Ray

Lane Marcus Ray, son of Michelle and Mathew Ray of Craig, was born at 6:36 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2005.

Richard Jones: 1918--2005

Yampa resident Richard Ernest "Dick" Jones died Sept. 19, 2005, at his home after a brief illness. He was 87.

Dan Henry Knott: 1918--2005

Longtime Oak Creek rancher Dan Henry Knott died Sept. 11, 2005, at his home on Trout Creek. He was 87. Dan was born March 12, 1918, to Henry and Ella (Pense) Knott in Baird, Neb. He came to Routt County when he was 2 years old and settled on a ranch between Yampa and Phippsburg by the Yampa River. He moved to Trout Creek in the 1930s.

Ray Revere: 1927--2005

Longtime Oak Creek resident Ray Revere died at his home Sept. 18, 2005. He was 78.

Betty Pauline Gray: 1929--2005

Former Steamboat Springs resident Betty Pauline Gray passed away on Sept. 12, 2005. She was 76. Betty had been a resident of Grand Junction since 1985.

Class notes for Sept. 25

Matteo is Rotary Student of the Month Katie Matteo, Steamboat Springs High School Senior, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month at the Tuesday meeting of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club. Katie is the daughter of Bob and Nona Matteo.

South Routt Calendar for Sept. 25

Monday, Sept. 26 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 Sept. 25

Friday, Sept. 23 Midnight Officers reportedly arrested a 19-year-old man on a fugitive of justice warrant after they responded to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Steamboat Boulevard.

Arrest Record for Sept. 25

Saturday, Sept. 17 Elbert Vernon Hawkins, 25, Steamboat Springs--Disorderly conduct (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

John F. Russell: More than expected

When the members of the Steamboat Springs golf team teed off for this year's regional golf tournament, nobody was expecting much.

Football team smiling after overtime win

Steamboat, 4-1, second in Western Slope

Steamboat Springs' overtime win Friday against Moffat County is a blur to lineman Lane Shipley.

Sailors tennis takes 2

Steamboat beats Evergreen, Greeley West

The Evergreen and Greeley West tennis teams hadn't lost a dual match until they came to Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Sound Off for Sept. 25

Sound Off excellent I would like to say that Sound Off is an excellent place for people to Sound Off when they feel intimidated by other people. I think you should keep it anonymous because there are a lot of people who are scared to say anything. I think a lot of the people who want everyone on record are the ones doing the intimidating.

Daniel Tyler: Support library

Nothing stands out more in a small community than a first-class library. It's a meeting place for all ages. It's a resource for young and old. It's a statement that the community values education, life-long learning and communication with the rest of the world.

Elias Roland Bourgeois and Maddox Matthew Bourgeois

Elias Roland Bourgeois and Maddox Matthew Bourgeois, sons of Shelly and Matt Bourgeois of Steamboat Springs, were born at 4:45 a.m. and 4:56 a.m., respectively, on Sept. 4, 2005.

Jamison Abigail Taylor

Jamison Abigail Taylor, daughter of Stacey and Kelly Taylor of Aurora, was born at 12:02 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2005.

Library district asking taxpayers for money to expand

After seven years of design and committee meetings, the East Routt Library District is coming before the voters to ask for money.

Class offers choice

New tastes for Senior Odyssey

Kim Mayer, a Senior Odyssey teacher at Steamboat Springs High School, has sensed a more positive feeling in the classroom this school year.

Steamboat skier keeps his eye on the ball at CU

University of Colorado ski coach Richard Rokos has taken a sudden interest in football this fall.

Counties collaborate

Routt, Moffat economies intertwined

At one time, Routt and Moffat counties were one big county with a collective interest in agriculture.

Kort Harrison Mosbey

Kort Harrison Mosbey, son of Rebecca and Michael Mosbey of Hayden, was born at 7:39 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2005.

Sailors in win column

Steamboat beats Palisade, 3-2

Rob Bohlmann spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday doubling as coach and team psychologist.

Friday, September 23

Street named for town clerk

Oak Creek honors employee for 25 years of service

When most people accomplish 25 years at a job, they get a bouquet of flowers or a watch. Nancy Crawford got a street named after her.

Eagles take down Tigers

When a holding penalty stalled a Tigers' drive at the 14-yard line in the fourth quarter, Paonia Eagles coach Jeremy McCormick knew the key to winning was keeping the Hayden offense off the field.

Cards fly by Rams

Grand Valley tops Soroco, 47-6

Watching the Grand Valley football team execute to near perfection Friday, it was hard to believe the team hadn't won before its game against Soroco.

As close as it can get

Sailors stop Bulldogs at goal in 1-point win

One inch. For Moffat County football players, it's a distance that will conjure up nightmares; for Steamboat Springs players, it's a distance that equals pure bliss.

For SSMS, math's a plus

Steamboat Springs recognized for gains on assessment

Steamboat Springs Middle School has been named a "2005 Gain-Maker School" for its continued improvement in math during the past three years.

The Record for Sept. 24

Briefs for Sept. 24

Thursday, September 22

Hard look through a clear lens

Every piece of art has an entry point -- a doorway through which you pass and disappear into someone else's way of seeing things. Jessica Maynard's work should always be entered through the eyes. It's the thing that sets her work apart from that of other photographers.

CD reviews for Sept. 23

David Gray "Life in Slow Motion"On sale at All That Jazz for $15.98 David Gray does sad better than anyone. He's more despondent than Coldplay. He's more pensive than Ben Harper. He may even be giving Patsy Cline an all-time sad-song run for her money.

Locals enjoy small-town feel

Steamboat Springs residents enjoy living in a small town with open space and recreational opportunities, and they want to see more done about those priorities, according to a community survey.

Hayden OKs Dry Creek plan

Whether Hayden needs more residential projects weighed heavily on the minds of Hayden Planning Commission members Thursday.

On Scene for Sept. 23

Read about who's who Who was I and what did I know before McSweeney's? Not very much, I now realize. I have been living in isolation for so long that I do not know what is cool. I am a failing snob. Which is why I was so happy to see that my lifeline back into "the know" has returned.

Rivalry heats up

Steamboat, Moffat even matchup

Success can be dangerous when a team comes to expect it. Moffat County, a playoff participant last year, learned that lesson Sept. 16 after losing what it thought was a winnable game at Eagle Valley.

Asts Calendar for Sept. 23

Tonight The formal opening reception for "The Brilliance Before the Brush: Diego Rivera" is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The show will be on display through Oct. 16. Call 879-9008.

Pink Floyd note for note

When Sons of Nothing band members play as themselves, they tend toward a brand of rock 'n' roll that sounds like Yes or the Alan Parsons Project or even a guitar-driven Weather Report. But when they are playing as Sons of Nothing, the Pink Floyd tribute band, their style is a strict, note-for-note reproduction of the original thing.

Autumn's Picks for Sept. 23

Tonight Before the Brush: Diego Rivera" When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: Free Call: 879-9008 Why you should go: If you didn't go last week, you owe it to Steamboat's art scene.

Kitchens that match the lives they feed

When Carol and Gary Berman built their home in Steamboat Springs, they wanted the space to reflect their values. With a few design changes, they were able to design a kitchen that followed kosher guidelines.

Free Friday Film Series returns

The screen at Centennial Hall has been blank for more than a year while the Steamboat Springs Arts Council worked to determine the future direction of the popular Free Friday Film Series.

Dinner to help Katrina survivors

The students in Susan Kipfer's English Composition II class have something to write about. For two weeks, class discussion centered on the planning of tonight's spaghetti feed fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Autumn Phillips: The Thompson phenomenon

I wondered where those 100 words went. On March 1, after the cannon blast echoed off the snowdrifts in Strawberry Park and we were done raising our glasses to Hunter S. Thompson, I went back to my desk and edited all my thoughts, feelings and the exact dimensions and fire power of our cannon into the shortest essay of my life.

Men sentenced for drug possession

Two men were sentenced Thursday in District Court for drug possession.

Lawyer: 'Boat reigned

Water attorney says city prevailed at RICD hearing

Steamboat Springs' water attorney says it was the city that prevailed during a hearing with the Colorado Water Conservation Board on Tuesday, despite comments otherwise from a water board staff member.

LIFT-UP wins $120,000 challenge grant

Not only did LIFT-UP of Routt County receive a $120,000 capital challenge grant from the Gates Family Foundation of Denver -- it also received more money than it requested.

The Record for Sept. 23

Wednesday, Sept. 21 4:09 a.m. Construction workers reportedly were heard before 7 a.m. in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. The workers were cited for early construction work.

Briefs for Sept. 23

Music calendar for Sept. 23

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

Singing over the pressure

Songwriter writes about being a twentysomething

Kate Laurel Smith's biggest fans are people just like her. They are teenagers and twenty-somethings who are trying to carve their own paths while trying to ignore a world of voices telling them to do more, do faster and do it all by age 30.

The bonds of sisterhood

I scoffed when my sister called me and recommended that I read "My Sister's Keeper." I told her that I don't read sappy chick books, especially ones that deal with sisters.

Knezevich headed to Hall of Fame

On any given day, Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich will see nearly two dozen students carrying lacrosse sticks.

Wednesday, September 21

Water board: City doesn't qualify

The Colorado Water Conservation Board says it has evidence that the city of Steamboat Springs is asking for too much water in its recreational water right application.

Flat sewer rate considered

Under old plan, city residents paid more plant costs than others

Steamboat Springs City Council members took the first step this week toward approving a new sewer rate structure. Members approved the first reading of two ordinances that, if approved on second reading, would set a base monthly rate of $6.77 for all residential customers.

The Record for Sept. 22

Plan offers teachers a new benefit option

The Hayden School Board on Wednesday approved a plan that will benefit schools while bumping up teachers' retirement payments.

All-terrain vehicle proposal likely to fail

Town Board also will consider installing water meters for residents, businesses

Team Off the Back wins third

Team Off the Back has spent the summer racing around the clock. Most recently, the foursome of Brad White, Essam Welch, Nate Juden and Matt Hannon won the men's expert division of the Kona Global Series mountain bike race Sleepless in the Saddle, at Snow Mountain Ranch near Granby.

Soroco looking to boost morale

Rams host Cards on Friday night

Soroco High School volleyball coach Betsy Photos is trying to instill her confidence into a young, developing squad.

Man dies in Hayden accident

A Grand Junction man was killed instantly Wednesday night in a two-vehicle accident one mile east of Hayden.

Briefs for Sept. 22

Montessori method takes the spotlight

Every child learns differently, and a presentation tonight is aimed at helping parents and community members understand the Montessori method of educating children.

Woman charged in rollover accident

An Oak Creek woman was arrested Sunday night after the vehicle she was driving rolled south of Steamboat Springs.

Perfect timing

Sailors capture third regional title

In sports, timing can be everything. On Wednesday, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team proved it to the best high school golf teams on the Western Slope by winning the regional golf tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. It was perfect timing for the Sailors, who had not had a tournament victory this season.

Balance questioned at budget meeting

Why the Steamboat Springs School District will have a $6.8 million fund balance for cash flow purposes will be "the big discussion this year."

Community meets to discuss suicide prevention

When Ronna Autrey lost her son to suicide four years ago, it took months before she could get out of bed and a year and a half before she could speak about it in public.

Tuesday, September 20

Our View: Give generously to United Way

United Way kicked off its 2005 campaign last week with a local goal of raising $500,000, the most in the organization's history.

Firefighters help New Orleans

Locals battle blazes from Hurricane Katrina's aftermath

For the past two weeks, retired firefighter Craig Lodge has been living out of a tent in New Orleans' French Quarter, working 16-hour days and waiting for the sound he has become accustomed to hearing: sirens signaling another fire.

Local poet writes about the common

E.F. McSweeney scowls when he talks about "poetry syndrome," an affliction affecting poets whose verses are thick with innuendo and light on rhyme.

Hayden to face Paonia

Tigers prepare for homecoming

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner is going back and forth about whether this year's Paonia squad is better than the team his Tigers defeated a year ago.

Park plans postponed

City wants to look at another location for potential artificial-turf field

The Heritage Park area will not be getting a new ball field anytime soon. Steamboat Springs City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to not move forward with plans for an artificial-turf field between the east side of Christian Heritage School and the west side of the Heritage Park subdivision.

Cog rally appeal gains momentum

Spectators filled the stands at Dry Creek Park on Sunday to watch rally cars maneuver jumps and tight corners during the Colorado Cog Rally.

Sailors hold off Bulldogs

Steamboat Springs wins league match in four games

Missy Chotvacs remembers Moffat County dominating her Steamboat Springs teams in middle school.

County schools pass progress check

Almost all Routt County public schools met federal standards for student progress during the 2004-05 school year, according to results released Monday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Logo deadline approaching

Residents with a knack for art have less than two weeks to submit their entries for the Hayden centennial logo contest.

Townhome project proposed

The Hayden Planning Com-mission on Thursday will consider a proposal for 48 townhomes at the base of Golden Meadows.

Hollywood headlines homecoming

On Thursday, Hayden High School students will ponder math and history while wearing their finest formals.

Schools eye retirement benefits

The Hayden School Board tonight will consider a work-stipend option that would help district employees boost their retirement benefits.

The Record for Sept. 21

Monday, Sept. 19 7:16 a.m. A gas skip was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

News in brief for Sept. 21

Student thespians needed to audition for fall play Steamboat Springs High School students are invited to audition for this fall's production of "Raceworld One."

Tigers to host Eagles

Unbeaten Hayden, Paonia face off for homecoming

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner is going back and forth about whether this year's Paonia squad is better than the team his Tigers defeated a year ago.

Steamboat gears up

After Tuesday's practice round at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson said he's not worried about Montrose's team.

Man arrested in car theft

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing a car.

Public invited to school budget meeting

Parents, community members and anyone else who wants to better understand the Steamboat Springs School District's budget are invited to a meeting tonight.

Council concerned about fire flow

Members ask Routt County commissioners to keep eye on district efforts

Steamboat Springs City Council members want to see the low fire-flow issue in the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District resolved. Members voted Tuesday night to send a letter to district officials outlining their key concerns, which include the urgency and importance of the issue.

Monday, September 19

Sailors take swing at title

The Pueblo South Tournament offered the members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team one last chance to sharpen their tournament skills.

'Sit down, roll up your sleeves'

Regional summit to explore solutions to community issues

One-quarter to one-third of residents in the Yampa Valley struggle economically.

Election deadlines nearing

With the Nov. 1 election approaching, it's time for residents to get their voting plans in order.

Newspaper, radio station holding forum

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and KRMR Radio are sponsoring the 2005 Election Forum on Oct. 5.

Vale returns from Louisiana

Down in Baton Rouge, La., where the temperatures are in triple digits and the humidity is high, lies another Steamboat Springs.

Council to field discussion

City will take a look at plans for artificial turf in Heritage Park area

Steamboat Springs City Council members tonight will discuss the city's stalled plans to build an artificial-turf field in the Heritage Park area.

Tourney tests golfers

Irwin manages tough course to take Mid-Amateur title

The Colorado Golf Association's Mid-Amateur Championships featured three different leaders during the three days event was held in Steamboat Springs.

Residents give library input

Meeting attendees prefer architecture on a human scale

On Monday night, Steamboat Springs took a personality test. Architect Barry Petit turned the lights out in Centennial Hall and began a subtle but complete psychological examination of the 25 residents who came to steer the physical appearance of the new Bud Werner Memorial Library.

News in brief for Sept. 20

Children invited to attend Hodgepodge story-time Bud Werner Memorial Library invites children ages five and younger to Hodgepodge story-time, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. every other Thursday.

The Record for Sept. 20

Sunday, Sept. 18 12:04 a.m. Fifteen to 20 adults reportedly were drinking and being loud in the 400 block of Blue Sage Drive. The party was warned.

Sunday, September 18

News in brief for Sept. 19

Annual Search and Rescue fundraiser is Sept. 27 The 10th annual Routt County Search and Rescue fundraiser is from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bear River Bar and Grill.

Recording a way of life

Students explore ways to document agricultural properties and culture

Architect Ekaterini Vlahos worries that important history and lessons are lost when farms and ranches disappear.

Rally appeal gains momentum

Colorado Cog spectators enjoy race in Hayden on Sunday

Spectators filled the stands at Dry Creek Park on Sunday to watch rally cars maneuver jumps and tight corners during the Colorado Cog Rally.

Saturday, September 17

Referendum C promises lively election debate

It isn't even October yet. But statewide Referendum C already has generated more election rhetoric than any two ballot questions have in recent election cycles.

A day at the races

This time of year, fly fishers or rare late-season tubers usually occupy the cool waters of the Yampa River. But on Saturday, more than 2,000 yellow rubber duckies bombarded the river.

The Record for Sept. 18

At a moment's notice

Search and Rescue members quick to help in crises

The first thing you learn when you join the Routt County Search and Rescue team is how to pack.

Jesse River Morris

Jesse River Morris, son of Robyn and Kevin Morris of Steamboat Springs, was born at 2:12 a.m. Sept. 8, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Miranda Sky Morris. His grandparents are Carolyn and Maynard Morris of Kaysville, Utah, and Mary Ann Watkins of Wheat Ridge.

Clarissa Wells Fetcher, 1915-2005

Clarissa "Criss" Fetcher died Sept. 7, 2005, at Doak Walker Care Center. She was 90.

Brewfest of champions

Sigda's Green Chili Beer. Laughing Lab Scottish Ale. Boysenberry Nectar. Captain Hickenlooper's Flying Artillery Ale. These frothy brews were just four of about 50 unique and cleverly named beers sampled by attendees of Saturday's Steamboat Mountain Brewfest.

Defense key to success

In theory, Saturday was an off day for the Steamboat Springs football team.

Down to the final play

West Grand wins against Soroco, 21-19

The Soroco Rams and West Grand Mustangs battled until the game's final play Saturday night.

Susan Corser: Vote 'yes' on 1A

On Nov. 1, voters will have the opportunity to renew the existing Routt County Ranchlands and Natural Areas Program by voting yes on 1A.

Stop the marketing

The Steamboat Springs School Board is scheduled to vote next week on a change to its policies regarding the distribution of materials in schools. As it stands, the new policy would set specific guidelines for when and where adults not associated with the schools can distribute non-curricular material to students on school grounds.

Transactions for Aug. 28 to Sept. 11


Lee Pierson and Tom Simmins: Owners oppose field plans

On Tuesday, we anticipate that city staff will receive additional funding from the City Council to construct an artificial turf multi-purpose field outside city limits and immediately adjacent to the residential area of Heritage Park.

Middleton- Amadeo

Kelly Ann Middleton of Steamboat Springs and Antony Leonard Amadeo of Merrimack, N.H., were married in a sunset, mountaintop ceremony performed by the Rev. Larry Oman at the Steamboat Ski Resort.


John and Michelle McCullom of Baltimore, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebekah Elizabeth McCullom, to Stephen Jay Moss, son of Judy and Jeff Moss of Columbia, Md.

Susan E. Birch and James W. McCreight: Support coalition

Over many years, the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition has emerged as a tireless advocate of children's dental services both in the prevention and intervention arena. They continue to see children in our area with serious dental problems.

Four teens injured in rollover crash

Four teenagers were injured Friday night when the teenage driver lost control of the car they were riding in and crashed, according to a police report.

Lillie Mae Shupp, 1918-2005

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Lillie Mae Shupp died Sept. 5, 2005. She was 87.

Colleen Joan Kowach, 1940-2005

Former Hayden resident Colleen Joan (Hayes) Kowach died Sept. 6, 2005, in Silver Lake, Kan. She was 65.

Tigers football sharp in league opener

After the Hayden High School football team's easy wins against junior varsity squads, it was ready to face a varsity opponent.

Soroco surrenders season opener

The Soroco Rams fell behind early and never really recovered in their volleyball match Saturday against West Grand.

The Record for Sept. 19

Saturday, Sept. 17 1:50 a.m. A man reportedly was assaulted at a business on Lincoln Avenue. The man was treated for head lacerations. There is no suspect, but the situation is under investigation.

Victory streak snapped

The Hayden High School volleyball team's four-match win streak was snapped Thursday by a loss to Little Snake River.

Sound off for Sept. 18

The cost of cravings

The price of pizza just went up at the pump

Three-dollar-a-gallon gasoline is taking some of the dough out of your neighborhood pizzeria.

Business briefs for Sept.18

As Hurricane Katrina relief efforts continue, western Colorado is reaching out by providing housing assistance to many displaced families and individuals. Alpine Bank is taking steps to help people who have been relocated to the area by waiving ATM transaction fees for those with accounts from Gulf Coast-area financial institutions.

Lucas Robert Smith

Lucas Robert Smith, son of Mishelle and James Smith of Phippsburg, was born at 8:07 a.m. Sept. 7, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. His siblings are Chris, Destini, Cotton and Tyler. His grandparents are Robert Koler Jr. of Phippsburg, Lynn Koler of Arvada, and James and Maryann Gabbard of Indiana. His great-grandfather is Robert Koler Sr., of Oak Creek.

Mike Forney: Stay 'on the record'

I totally agree with Ulrich Salzgeber's letter to the editor Sept. 14 regarding the anonymity of Sound Off. He articulates the issues exceptionally well. Sound Off may have entertainment value, but it is beneath the journalistic standards found elsewhere in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Shane Henry Savalox

Shane Henry Savalox, son of Heather and Todd Savalox of Steamboat Springs, was born at 2:41 p.m. Sept. 8, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Kira Savalox. His grandparents are James and Christine Savalox of Livonia, Mich., Mary Morgan of Plainwell, Mich., and the late Mike Caurdy.

MacKenzie Rose Moyer

MacKenzie Rose Moyer, daughter of Kristin and Edward Moyer of Hot Sulphur Springs, was born at 2:37 p.m. Sept. 2, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her sibling is Madison Jane Moyer. Her grandparents are Ed and Bunny Moyer of Craig, Mike Dickinson of Fort Collins, and Susan and Ted Williams of Estes Park. Her uncle is Nick Moyer of Craig.

Marian Sharp: Only in Steamboat

We recently moved to Steamboat and enjoy your paper daily. We are so impressed to read the "found items" and especially the story of the woman who lost her diamond, which was found and returned.

Mining for new workers

Company hires hurricane's unemployed

Ron Spangler left Colorado this week for Houston and a job fair he thinks will be different from any he's attended. Spangler is the human resources manager for Peabody Twentymile Coal Company in southwestern Routt County. When he gets to Texas, he hopes to offer good job opportunities to people who had their lives turned upside down earlier this month.

Take a journey

Flat Tops offers good views, fishing

For a classic backpacking loop that can be done in a weekend, look no farther than the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

John F. Russell: Gone fishin'

There should be a law that parents have to go fishing with their children at least once a summer.

Denver group buys Grand retail spaces

An investment group has purchased the empty retail spaces at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Antlers ready for a new start

Unique. According to a dictionary definition, it's something that is one of its kind; without equal or equivalent.

Friday, September 16

Walking alongside the hungry

Crop Walk organizer Tim Selby describes the event as a metaphor. As hundreds of people walk from the Meadows parking lot to the Stock Bridge Transit Center, he imagines them walking side by side with people from around the world who walk to find food for their families.

Steamboat downs defending state champ

The Steamboat Springs Sailors already have beaten a Class 5A team and a Class 4A team this season. On Friday night, they added the defending Class 3A state champions to their list of victims, downing the Rifle Bears, 14-12.

Dem tackles questions

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter visits Steamboat

Tucked into a corner of Creekside Cafe and Grill, democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter answered questions, asked some of his own and laid out his plans for Colorado's future during a visit with local democrats and the public Friday.

Independence Day celebration draws hundreds

Second annual event brings residents together

Friday marked the second annual Mexican Independence Day celebration in Steamboat Springs, and it also marked the change in the community in just one year.

Racers ready to rally

Flying down a county road at 90 mph and fishtailing around corners with only dust clouds visible in the rearview mirror. It's hard not to smile when riding in a rally car.

The Record for Sept. 17

Thursday, Sept. 15 6:46 a.m. Police officers reportedly searched the home of a man who was arrested on drug possession charges earlier this week. The man was worried about his dog, so officers took the dog to the shelter. Officers did not find any additional drugs during the search.

County commissioners to review subdivision

A proposed subdivision in Stagecoach is three steps closer to approval. In a meeting this week, Routt County planning commissioners approved three out of five applications toward the Red Hawk Village subdivision, according to county planners.

Bears top Sailors in doubleheader

The uniforms and players were identical for both halves of Friday afternoon's softball doubleheader between Steamboat Springs and Rifle. But the performances were drastically different.

Briefs for Sept. 17

Third- to sixth-graders can sign up for chorale Spaces are available for youth singers in grades three through six who would like to rehearse with the Youth Columbine Chorale from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at United Methodist Church. Rehearsals will culminate in a holiday concert Dec. 8. Registration is $41 through Colorado Mountain College. For more information, call instructor Kathy South at 736-2630 or CMC at 870-4444.

Drivers approve of DUI checkpoints

Most people who were stopped by Steamboat Springs police during a DUI checkpoint this year approved of the measure, according to a report city officials reviewed this week.

Thursday, September 15

Hayden may get sports complex

If a new sports complex is built in Northwest Colorado, there are two chances it will be near Hayden. Steamboat Springs, Hayden and area officials met Thursday to discuss possible sites for a sports complex that would be used by Triple Crown Sports and area residents.

Tourney is Moose's chance to give back

Former Steamboat Springs Olympian Jim "Moose" Barrows has never forgotten growing up on the slopes of Howelsen Hill.

Base area design in review

City Council considers draft of proposed changes

If the mountain town area's design changed, what would it look like?

a turning point

Exhibiting work from a turning point in art history could mark a turning point for the art community in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors host state champs

In lieu of a slogan, Rifle's football coaches chose a bull's-eye as this year's team theme.

Soroco High School sees changes

Study halls required for failing students; leadership class offered

Soroco High School students who don't turn in assignments and start failing a class will face mandatory study halls during lunch this year.

Area suicides spur town meeting

In the past four months, five people have committed suicide in Routt County. As the number of suicides continues to add up, area mental health workers feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to help those who are suicidal.

Autumn Phillips: A badly healed scar

At this time four years ago, I was locked out of the United States. My little blue passport meant nothing. The borders were closed, and no one knew when they would open again.

SKI Magazine's Steamboat ranking takes slight dip

After reaching the lofty heights of No. 5 in 2003 and No. 10 last year, Steamboat Ski Area ranked 11th among North America's ski resorts in the latest annual poll conducted by SKI Magazine this week.

CD reviews for Sept. 16

Live albums should be listened to with a measure of gratitude. For years, I refused to listen to recorded music. Live music was music, I said, and studio music was something completely different. It was orchestrated and layered. It was engineered and pieced together in takes. It was a musical sculpture, a soundboard Frankenstein more than a heartfelt performance.

Demons down Sailors in four

Before the volleyball season, Steamboat Springs coach Wendy Hall tabbed the Glenwood Springs hitting duo of Leah Hinkey and Leanna Lawson as tops in the league.

On Scene for Sept. 15

Filling the Love Buck-It The Love Buck-It show at Hilltop Bar & Grill was a fun mix of the kind of people who drink more hot tea than beer and the kind of people who live most of their waking life on a bar stool. Singer Amber Voiland brought in a good cross section of her life, from school teachers who had known her since childhood to the people who saw her play the out-of-tune piano at Geeks Garage's once-legendary open mic nights to that woman shouting, "Play Lynrd Skynrd" from her place at the bar.

Music calendar for Sept. 16

¤ Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra (part of the Mexican Independence Day celebration) When: 5 to 8 p.m. Where: 10th Street in front of City Hall Cost: Free

Toast the arts

Perry Mansfield's wine tasting gets better with age

This is the 10th year that Steamboat Springs' performing arts lovers will board a gondola car and disappear into the evening for a night of music, wine and food.

Autumn's Picks for Sept. 16

¤ Opening reception for "The Brilliance Before the Brush: Diego Rivera" When: 5 to 8 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: Free Call: 879-9008. Why you should go: If an exhibit of work by Diego Rivera comes to Steamboat Springs and you don't go, I'm going to be sooooo disappointed.

Playing the music of the revolution

The history of the mariachi is the story of Mexico. They were the bards who traveled from village to village, singing stories and spreading news. And in the time of revolution, they were the ones who inspired the masses with music.

Children like to rock, too

It's not every day that you hear a rock band for children, but that's precisely what was created after Lisa Mathews had her first child.

News in brief for Sept. 16

Museum looking for actors to help with Cemetery Tour Tread of Pioneers Museum is looking for actors to play historical characters during a Cemetery Tour on Oct. 20 and 21. Call Candice at 879-2214 for more information.

Booze, women, drugs

Many journalists wish they could live like Paul Kemp, one of Hunter S. Thompson's most famous literary semi-heroes.

Arts Calendar for Sept. 15

Tonight Opening reception for "The Brilliance Before the Brush: Diego Rivera" will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., in conjunction with the Northwest Colorado Mexican Cultural Festival and Mexican Independence Day celebration. The show will be on display through Oct. 16. Call 879-9008.

Drink the summer away

Don't put too fine a point on it. The annual Steamboat Mountain Brewfest is about beer, and lots of it.

Hayden approves liquor store

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday unanimously approved a liquor license for a new store in Hayden. Herman and Nancy Venzke of Craig want to put a liquor store in vacant space in the front of their shop, A-1 Auto, on the northeast corner of Jefferson Avenue and Walnut Street.

The Record for Sept. 16

Wednesday, Sept. 14 8:26 a.m. Someone reportedly pumped gas at a gas station in the 900 block of Weiss Drive and could not pay for it. The person left a driver's license with employees and said he or she would be back the next day. When the person did not return, police were contacted.

Schools negotiating salaries, benefits

With the school year already in full swing, Steamboat Springs School District administrators, teachers and staff members continue to negotiate a salary and benefits package.

Award nominations sought

The list of past Leckenby and Larson Award winners reads like a history of Routt County. They are the people who built the foundation of the valley's economic and cultural future. Although many of them have passed away, others are hard at work, making sure the community does not lose its Western heritage and sense of community, even as it continues to grow.

Wednesday, September 14

Championship comes to Haymaker

By the time golfer Rick DeWitt arrives in Steamboat Springs this week, he will have had his fill of golf. He played 44 holes Tuesday en route to finishing ninth in the U.S. Golf Association's Mid Amateur Championships, which were held in Tennessee. After getting knocked out, the seven-time champion of the Colorado Golf Association's Mid Amateur Championships boarded a plane and headed back to Colorado so he could be in Steamboat Springs on Friday for the opening round of this year's CGA Mid Amateur at Haymaker Golf Course. The tournament is open to qualified golfers over the age of 25.

Literacy run marks series end

The Steamboat Springs Running Series comes to an end Sunday with the 19th annual Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy.

Running Series director resigns

Steamboat Springs Running Series director Heather Eller will resign after the season.

Sailors manage narrow escape

Tuesday's contest between Steamboat and Eagle Valley was the type of game that should give coach Rob Bohlmann nightmares. The Sailors and Devils finished the contest locked in a scoreless tie, but when you consider that Steamboat played the majority of the game down a player and lost star goalkeeper Bjorn Lickteig midway through the first half, the final score might have been the best part of the afternoon.

Dem candidate to visit 'Boat

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter will talk to residents and answer questions about his candidacy Friday at Creekside Cafe and Grill in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Sept. 15

Briefs for Sept. 15

Man pleads guilty to growing marijuana

A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday in district court to growing marijuana. Grey Edward Schumacher, 26, pleaded guilty to marijuana cultivation, a Class 4 felony, and marijuana possession as part of a plea agreement reached earlier this month with District Attorney Kerry St. James.

United Way kicks off annual campaign today

For the first time in its 23-year history, Routt County United Way officials are asking residents to donate half a million dollars during their annual fundraising campaign, which kicks off today.

Tots help fund scholarship

First Impressions run raises money for graduates

The Steamboat Springs Running Series is encouraging its youngest racers to support the continuing education of Routt County high school seniors by racing Sunday.

Students take art to the streets

As Autumn Johnson and Lizzie Stoll painted the final touches on a slab of sidewalk in downtown Steamboat Springs, they described what their picture meant.

Saving smiles

New dental coalition provides much-needed care

Since Debi Harmon became executive director of the North--west Colorado Dental Coalition in March, she has been witness to some of the most atrocious tooth and gum decay in children she has seen.

Area reopened after wildfire

U.S. Forest Service officials have lifted the closure of a 38,400-acre area surrounding the Wolverine Fire smoldering in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

Tigers volleyball beats down Titans

The Hayden volleyball team is off to its best start in years after getting its fourth win in as many matches Wednesday. Hayden defeated Western Slope League newcomer Coal Ridge, 19-25, 25-15, 25-23, 27-25, in the new Silt high school.

Steamboat softball wins two

The Steamboat Springs High School softball team won its first two games of the season during the two-day Eagle Valley Tournament last weekend.

Voters to see more security at polls

Routt County election officials hope the ballots cast by residents will be a little more secure this November.

Tuesday, September 13

New supervisor 'well-rounded'

Inevitably, J.D. Paul's out-of-town friends ask, "So, what is there to do in Hayden?"

Missing diamond returned

Mount Werner has claimed countless gloves, water bottles, skis and Frisbees. But on Sunday, it could not claim Catherine Matthewson's diamond ring.

Board discusses graduation requirements

Senior Odyssey, math, physical education and foreign language requirements are some of the areas Steamboat Springs School Board members say should be reviewed when high school graduation requirements are revised this fall.

Sailors prepare for title run

With a stroke average of 71.2, there is no question that Paul Berry is among the top golfers on the Western Slope this season.

CMC dean candidates to meet public

Students, faculty and residents are invited to meet the finalists for Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus dean position tonight at the Depot Art Center.

Panel denies ranch's appeal

A road adjacent to the Three Forks Ranch can be built, Routt County commissioners decided Tuesday night. The commission denied the outfitting lodge's appeal to the county's decision to allow road access to an oil-well site on Bureau of Land Management property.

Land applicants denied

City Council members, county commissioners discuss Urban Growth Boundary

Six owners who wanted to be part of future urban development plans will have to wait.

Hayden bus in accident again

Hayden School District had a bus involved in an accident for the second time in a week Friday when one of its buses slid off a Moffat County road and went down an embankment. No one was hurt.

Man arrested after traffic stop

Police say suspect was driving erratically, had more than 23 grams of cocaine

A man was arrested late Monday night on suspicion of possession of more than 23 grams of cocaine, Routt County Sheriff's Office officials said.

The Record for Sept. 14

Residents to propose liquor store

Herman Venzke already has two preferred wine lists from residents hoping he will open a new liquor store in Hayden.

Donations pour in

Residents throughout the region have contributed to a Hayden woman's efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Baseball players to help Sailors

A $20 fundraiser ticket could win you a trip to the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star festivities in Pittsburgh.

Hayden volleyball upends power North Park

The Hayden volleyball team notched one of its biggest wins in years Saturday, defeating North Park, 24-26, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13, in Walden.

Recent tests help teachers set goals

Last week, Hayden students began taking tests that will help teachers set learning goals and track students' progress.

Risks of air ambulance outweigh benefits

Yampa Valley Medical Center's decision not to re-establish its air ambulance service was the right one.

YVMC to host blood drive

Anyone who might be looking for free orange juice and a cookie Thursday should consider donating blood during the Bonfils Blood Drive at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Letters to the editor, Sept. 14

Briefs for Sept. 14

Monday, September 12

Sailors frustrated

The boys in red and white were celebrating after Monday's soccer game at Dudley Field.

School Board debates policy

Members to vote on distribution issue next week

After months of tabling the issue, Steamboat Springs School Board members had a first reading of revised policies on what materials students and adults can distribute at schools.

Briefs for Sept. 13

Routt County officials are continuing their search for a manager at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Rams 2-0 after strong second-half performance

After a quiet first half, Soroco senior Nick Rangel exploded for 133 yards in the second half of Friday's football game leading the Rams to a 21-0 victory against Saratoga in Wyoming.

Commissioners to debate oil well access near ranch

Routt County commissioners tonight will review the county's decision to allow road access to an oil well site on Bureau of Land Management property near the Three Forks Ranch.

Police officers shoot, kill hairless fox

A hairless fox that has disrupted life in Steamboat Springs neighborhoods for more than a year is dead.

Officials to review land-use requests

Routt County commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council members will discuss whether six applicants' parcels of land should be included in plans for future urban development.

The Record for Sept. 13

12:07 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle.

YMVC Auxiliary getting duckies in a row

It's that time of year again when a parade of yellow duckies bob their way down the Yampa River.

Jones finishes strong at Summer Grand Prix

Ski jumper Clint Jones wrapped up the 2005 summer Grand Prix with two top-20 finishes and a lot of momentum as he heads toward the World Cup season and the 2006 Olympics.

Sailors hold own against state's best

It wasn't the state tennis tournament, but Steamboat Springs coach John Aragon thinks that the Western Slope Open might be every bit as challenging.

Injured hunter rescued

A man hunting during the weekend was kicked by a horse and had to be airlifted to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

$500 cookie takes the cake

Steamboat hurricane relief efforts raise thousands

Never underestimate the power of the modest bake sale.

Sunday, September 11

Tom Ross: Pioneer auction sums up a lifetime, an era

They auctioned off Helen and Henry Rehder's worldly possessions on a breezy September Sunday on the east side of Lake Catamount, where Harrison Creek tumbles out of the mountains.

News in brief for Sept. 12

Car catches on fire at Hayden Speedway A car racing at the Hayden Speedway caught on fire Saturday night but did not result in any injuries.

Steamboat school district enrollment increases

Steamboat Springs School District enrollment is up 31 funded students from projected counts for this school year, according to preliminary numbers.

Truck rolls over on Colorado Highway 131

An 18-year-old man was arrested this weekend after the truck he was driving rolled over on Colorado Highway 131.

The Record for Sept. 12

Saturday, Sept. 10 2:16 a.m. An angry patron was reported at a bar in the 1000 block of Highpoint Drive. The person was asked to leave and did not want to, but eventually left.

Friends recall Sept. 11

On Sept. 11, 2001, Irene Meyers was driving with her longtime friend Noreen Moore into New York for an extended visit.

Saturday, September 10

Back at the ranch

Event honors agriculture's role in county

The fourth annual Ranch Ren�--dezvous is a collaboration of the Community Agriculture Alliance and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. that seeks to bring attention to the county's agricultural industry, particularly to people who otherwise might not be exposed to it. The event was held at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Tigers tear up JV Sailors

After two season-opening routs against junior varsity teams, it's tough to tell whether the Hayden High School football team is ready for league play.

The Record for Sept. 11

Vote 'yes' on C and D

The Routt County commissioners on Tuesday discussed and passed a resolution supporting referendums C and D. As a former county commissioner, I want to share with you and Routt County residents how important it is that Colorado pass referendums C and D this November.

Sound Off for Sept. 11

Powder tools

Steamboat Ski Area's budget beefs up snowmaking, grooming

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is investing in more firepower this fall to help ensure snowboarders and free skiers get to play in the terrain park a little earlier this season. It's part of an announced $1.5 million capital budget.

Author inspires with her story

Kids encouraged to start making a difference now

What author and illustrator Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini most wants children to know is that they can make a difference. That's why, when talking to Soda Creek Elementary School students Wednesday, she told them the story of how she published her first children's book at age 14. Called "A Walk in the Rainforest," it was an ABC book that introduced plants and animals alphabetically. Her illustrations were done with markers.

Oak Creek's bike guy

Stop in Dave Fisher's shop for bike repairs, advice or good conversation

Dave Fisher's new shop in Oak Creek isn't your typical bike shop. Instead of selling mountain bikes, jerseys and clip-in shoes, he offers bike repairs, free advice, intriguing conversation, a history lesson or two, Internet access and an occasional ride on his 1948 Schwinn Town and Country tandem bike.

On a mission to inspire

He won't let a skiing accident change him. Instead, he'll change the world.

The doctor told him feeling might return to his legs in the next two weeks. If the feeling hadn't returned by then, it probably wouldn't.

'Flipped' property offers comfort

Kari Doerr is a flipper: She buys old homes or properties needing work, fixes them up and sells them for a profit.

Colorado Cog a blur of excitement

At 125 mph, the view of the county roads near Hayden and Steamboat Springs become a blur of dust, vegetation and heart-pounding adrenaline.

John F. Russell: 5 fleeting months

The 2006 Winter Olympics begin Feb. 10 in Torino, Italy.

No need to rush

Steamboat Springs city officials are right to begin discussions about a new community center. However, efforts to have a plan in place before the November election are misguided.

Mary Krawzoff, 1956-2005

Real estate transactions for Aug. 31- Sept. 2


Sept. 11 effects linger

Like many Americans, Mary Ann and Perry Ninger have painful memories of Sept. 11. For them, the day and its aftermath were particularly difficult because they were in Steamboat Springs, not New York City, when the terrorist attacks occurred. The couple moved to Steamboat from New Jersey two months before Sept. 11. Mary Ann Ninger had worked in the World Trade Center for 10 years, and her husband worked just across the street.

City takes a hit on gas prices

Paul Draper gulped hard Aug. 30 when no one responded to his request for quotes on an order of a few thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel. Draper, director of the Routt County Road and Bridge Department, orders fuel for the county's entire fleet of vehicles, including heavy equipment used by his department and smaller cars and trucks used by other county employees.

Passion for books, writing come together

An electric energy created by a gathering of readers and writers filled the Sheraton Steamboat Resort's ballroom Saturday. The 13th annual Literary Sojourn brought together 400 enthusiastic book lovers and five authors for a day of speeches, book discussions and conversations celebrating a love for books.

Financial assistance available for medical costs

Health care statements get buried in the bill pile.

Business briefs for Sept. 11

Barclay joins Steamboat Village Brokers Steamboat Village Brokers has announced the addition of Ryan Barclay to its real estate firm.

Junior leads Steamboat boys to title

Few cross-country teams in Northwest Colorado will agree to compete in Steamboat Springs.

Class Notes for Sept. 11

South Routt Calendar for Sept. 11

Donald Jones Hagemann, 1928-2005

Sailors search for air game

The Steamboat Springs High School football team was able to get by without a passing game for two weeks.

Vernon L. Reeves, 1944-2005

Friday, September 9

Water battle continues

With a trial date for a recreational water right application looming in about a month, the city of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Water Conservation Board continue to refuse to settle outside of court. This week, the Steamboat Springs City Council sent a letter to the water board stating that the board's most recent proposal did not "provide a productive basis for settlement."

Several cited for illegal hunting

Several hunters were cited Wednesday for hunting deer and elk with guns during archery season in the Big Red Park area north of Steamboat Lake.

'Dogs trump Sailors

Looking every bit like one of the state's elite Class 3A teams, Palisade defeated Steamboat Springs 29-0 Friday in Grand Junction.

Tigers take tough match

Soroco Rams give their rivals a competitive round

The high school volleyball season is only a week old, but on Friday night, the atmosphere inside the Soroco gym seemed more fitting for a late-October playoff game.

LASIK continues to improve

Those who wear contact lenses know how annoying it can be to put them in, take them out, clean them and, of course, deal with dust, strong winds and water. But the options for eye care continue to get better, said Dr. Craig Eckroth, an optometrist at Eyecare Specialists.

How you can help hurricane victims

A number of Routt County businesses, nonprofits and individuals are leading charitable efforts to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Record for Sept. 10

Briefs for Sept. 10

Liquor stores fail ID check

Nine of 11 sold to underage buyer working for police

Nine liquor stores received citations Thursday night for failing to check the ID of an underage man attempting to purchase alcohol. The busts occurred during compliance checks performed by Steamboat Springs police officers.

Tickets available for Soup Bowl Supper

Soup Bowl Supper is the fundraiser everyone can participate in. Tickets are only $20, which covers dinner, dessert and a handmade ceramic bowl to take home.

Thursday, September 8

Berry leads Sailors to third

Montrose might have one of the best prep golf teams in the state of Colorado, but on Thursday, Steamboat's Paul Berry stole the show at the Yampa Valley Golf Club in Craig.

Art raises bar at benefit

During the first three years of the Humble Ranch benefit, organizers were able to raise about $8,000 to cover the operating costs involved with running an outdoor education and therapy center for children and adults with special needs. During the fourth year of the benefit, they added an element to the annual barbecue and trail ride -- the sale of original artwork. That helped them raise $25,000.

Music, dance will mark Mexican independence

Festivities include art display by more than 200 students

For weeks, nine girls have been practicing traditional Mexican dances in the living room of Fabiola Katthin's home in preparation for the Mexican Independence Day celebration planned for Sept. 16.

Commission approves land-use code

Plan will provide clear guidelines to help Hayden's future development

Hayden Planning Commission members were satisfied Thursday after their final review of a new land-use code.

Autumn Phillips: Truth in marketing

My first thought was, "Get down from there. You're making a scene."

Barely the girl you knew

We gave Amber Voiland a great send-off in 2003 with a CD release party and an opening slot at the Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert.

Team trials bring Olympic excitement to 'Boat

In 2002, Travis Mayer thrilled the hometown crowd by winning a Gold Cup competition in Steamboat Springs and earning an automatic spot on the U.S. Olympic mogul team.

Arts calendar for Sept. 9

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for "12 x 12," an exhibit of work by artist members of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. The show will be on display through Oct. 16. Call 879-9008.

The Record for Sept. 8

12:14 a.m. An employee in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue reportedly heard someone banging on the doors and windows of the business while she was waiting for her ride. The person suspected of banging on the doors and windows was gone when officers arrived.

Autumn's picks for Sept. 9

Tonight ¤ Opening reception for "12 x 12," an exhibit of work by artist members of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: Free Call: 879-9008. Why you should go: For those anal retentive types who love grids, this is the art world -- neat, orderly, contained in a box.

Music calendar for Sept. 9

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

How small a canvas

Opening showcases big things in small packages

You don't realize how small a canvas 12-by-12 inches is until you walk into a gallery full of square images that size.

Officials' hunt for hairless fox is on

The days may be numbered for Steamboat's renowned hairless fox.

Rendezvous a taste of agriculture

This time of year, golden bales of hay are neatly lined in meadows -- reminders of agriculture's prominent role in the Yampa Valley.

Second group of nurses in Mississippi

On Thursday, Jennie McQueen's first meal of the day was a bag lunch. She had been sleeping on a cot in a shopping mall since Tuesday. She had not showered and was working from sun up to sundown.

Steamboat boys soccer falls to Mountain View

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team got off to a rough start this season with a 9-0 loss to Mountain View on Wednesday in Loveland.

Palisade presents challenge

Despite its youth, the Palisade football team advanced to the state semifinals last season.

Young runners on their marks

The varsity teams are not set, but one thing is certain: The Steamboat Springs girls cross-country team is young.

Sailors drop three in Granby

The Steamboat Springs girls softball team traveled to Granby and ran into three talented small school programs during the weekend.

Father pleads guilty to rape

Tuggle reaches plea agreement, avoids death penalty

John Rollins Tuggle of Hayden has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping his 12-year-old daughter in Idaho.

On Scene for Sept. 9

Happy ending Our favorite survival story continues toward a happy ending.

Who hasn't read Ozeki?

Residents of Steamboat Springs read books en masse. We graze across the shelves of our bookstores and libraries with one mind, chewing the same sentences and story lines, which is what makes Literary Sojourn such a perfect event for our community. It's also what makes Ruth Ozeki a perfect choice for this year's lineup.

CD reviews for Sept. 9

Kanye West "Late Registration" On sale at All That Jazz for $14.99 Let me begin by making myself a social pariah. "Late Registration" is supposed to be the biggest album of the year. It's "the new 'Speakerboxx'," or so I was told.

YVMC won't restart service

Air ambulance too expensive, officials say

Yampa Valley Medical Center will not re-establish its air ambulance service, the hospital announced Thursday. Hospital officials said an air ambulance is not economically feasible.

CMC program offers a mix

Alpine Enrichment Program discussions at 7 p.m. Wednesdays

This winter's Colorado Moun�--tain College Alpine Enrichment Program spans the gamut from online romance to Mormonism, from life on Mars to life on the border.

Wednesday, September 7

City seeks demolition change

The City Council may require developers to have development plans in place before tearing down buildings.

City to toughen sign codes

The city wants to strengthen its sign code and may increase the amount of time staff spends enforcing it.

Fund Board to survey voters

Residents to be asked about half-cent sales tax for education

Before asking voters to approve the half-cent sales tax for education, a survey will be conducted to learn what Steamboat residents want the tax to be used for and whether they would support it again.

Sailors finish third

Steamboat golfers look for more at home tournament

It was clear after Wed�--nes�--day's third-place finish that the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team are focused on getting back on top of the Western Slope League.

Tiger volleyball even through four matches

The Hayden High School volleyball team is .500 after four matches this season.

Adult soccer teams hosting tourney

The adult soccer enthusiasts of Steamboat Springs aren't ready to put their cleats away just yet.

Longtime local volunteer dies

Clarissa "Criss" Fetcher of North Routt County died Wednesday at Doak Walker Care Center. She was 90.

Briefs for Sept. 8

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors donated $8,000 this year to Routt County organizations through the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation.

Steamboat trio tries its hardest

Weston, Lukenses reach podium

Patrick Weston is ready for more.

Attempted murder case dismissed

A Craig man accused of choking his wife until she passed out had his case dismissed in Routt County because new evidence indicates the alleged assault happened in Jackson County.

Gulf Coast experience renews nurses' passion

Much could have been different for the seven Yampa Valley Medical Center nurses who went to the Gulf Coast to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Tuesday, September 6

Land use code up for review

Planning Commission to consider final draft onThursday

When Russ Martin stepped in as Hayden Town manager, two big goals stood out among items on his to do list: Devise a new comprehensive plan and establish a new land use code.

The Record for Sept. 7

3:46 a.m. A rock reportedly was thrown through a window of a hotel in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court. Police officers took a report.

Council: Fire flow a concern

City Council members are concerned about neighborhoods in the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District that might not have enough water to fight fires.

City Council holds off on turf field

Shifting a proposed artificial turf field from a parcel of land next to Christian Heritage School to Steamboat Springs High School is not an option, City Council members were told Tuesday.

School open house is today

Parents will learn about Professional Learning Communities

Change is happening at Hayden schools, but so far, much of it has been behind the scenes.

Our View: A message for sex offenders

Recent cases in Routt County raise questions about the prosecution of individuals who commit sexual offenses against children.

Briefs for Sept. 7

A 23-year-old woman was rescued Monday after dislocating her shoulder while rock-hopping near Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

Officials debate ski area future

Commission to vote Thursday

The future of Steamboat Springs' mountain village is on the table again Thursday night, when Planning Commissioners will consider adopting a plan that would guide future development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Soroco opens season with victory

The Soroco Rams opened their football season on a positive note Saturday with a resounding victory against Rifle's junior varsity squad in Rifle.

Steamboat prepares for lone home tournament

The greens, fairways and tee boxes at Haymaker Golf Course will be full today as more than 100 of the state's top prep golfers converge here for the Steamboat Invitational.

Bond set for suspect in stabbing

A man who allegedly stabbed another man with a pocketknife on Sunday had his bond set at $20,000 Tuesday in Routt County Court. He had not bonded out as of Tuesday afternoon.

Hayden helping Katrina victims

Small things -- a clean shirt, pillow or box of crayons -- can make a big difference when you've lost everything.

School off to lively start

Hayden Valley Elementary School students got the school year off to a jiggy start Tuesday. Following their teachers' lead, they danced their way into a morning assembly to the music of "Celebrate" and "We are Family."

Women released from jail

Pair charged with embezzling more than $38,000

Two women arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing thousands of dollars from a Steamboat Springs hotel allegedly did so by keeping former employees on the payroll and cashing their checks for themselves.

Nurses back from South

Seven local nurses who traveled to the Gulf Coast to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts returned safely to Steamboat Springs on Monday.

Monday, September 5

Jake's last jump a good one

Oak Creek's Labor Day event serves as happy send-off

Jake Schwan descended from the sky into a crowd of cheering people for the last time Monday during Labor Day celebrations in Oak Creek.

News in Brief for Sept. 6

Tickets are available for the GrandKids Family Fun Festival to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Park. Entertainment includes the award-winning children's music of "Milkshake," comedy and juggling by We're Not Clowns, family games and Pickles the Clown.

New fires fizzle

Zirkel blaze grows slightly over weekend

About a dozen new wildfires were reported throughout Northwest Colorado during the past few days, but all have been contained.

Man stabbed once during bar fight

A man from Lakeland, Ga., was arrested on suspicion of stabbing another man Sunday night.

The Record for Sept. 6

1:35 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 2400 block of Ski Trail Lane. Police issued a warning.

Sunday, September 4

Tom Ross: They defied racial and gender stereotypes

Ethel Meyer Finley and Charles McGee were reunited with an old friend Saturday afternoon at Steamboat Springs Airport. The two veteran pilots were invited to climb into the backseats of a pair of screaming yellow World War II era T-6G trainers.

A fascination with flight

Wild West Air Fest plays to people's wonder with planes

Flying a radio-controlled airplane can be more difficult than flying the real thing.

The performers behind the West

When J. Paul Ganzel watches his 10-year-old daughter, Haley Ganzel, trick ride, he can't help but think of the day she was born.

Briefs for Sept. 5

A Heritage Program hike to the Windy Ridge Archaeological site is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The cost is $12, and participants must sign up through Yampatika. Participants must be 12 and older for the five-mile round-trip hike that offers spectacular views of Rabbit Ears Pass. The program is sponsored by Tread of Pioneers Museum, Yampatika, Historic Routt County and the U.S. Forest Service. Call 871-9151.

A clean slate

Soccer team not looking back to last season

Finding the desire to improve on last soccer season is not a difficult task for Steamboat Springs senior Chad Oliver.

The Record for Sept. 5

12:16 a.m. A noise complaint was reported at Fourth and Oak streets. Police issued a warning.

Nurses work through third day

After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, registered nurse Eve Stephenson had a deep desire to go and help.

Lost hunter finds way out on own

A 42-year-old hunter who got lost in the woods Saturday found his way out Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 3

Excited about teaching -- and learning

New teachers join the ranks of Steamboat Springs School District educators

Editor's note: Following are short bios about some of the new middle school and high school teachers in the Steamboat Springs School District. Elementary school and some middle school teachers were introduced in the Aug. 28 Steamboat Pilot & Today.

The long road home

After years of searching, Holy Name's new priest found his calling

If every priest comes to the church with a gift, Father Ernest Bayer arrived with his past. What he learned in the two decades it took him to reach the priesthood is what makes him special. His own path gives him compassion for young people struggling with their faith, and it helps him reach out to people of other denominations with an open mind.

Charles Edward Hogue (1916-2005)

Steamboat Springs resident Charles Edward Hogue died Aug. 25, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 89.

Home offers privacy, views

Dream homes come in all different shapes and styles.

Class Notes for Sept. 4

Back to School Night at Soroco High School and Middle School is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Steamboat overcomes early jitters, tops Greeley

With four new players in the lineup and another at a new position, it wasn't surprising the Steamboat Springs volleyball team started slow.

Comeback kids do it again

Sailors score 21 in 4th to beat Arvada

Two games. Two fourth-quarter comebacks.

Logan Douglas Silva

Logan Douglas Silva, son of Stephani and Sam Silva of Hayden, was born at 12:57 p.m. Aug. 21, 2005. He weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are John Tafoya of Pueblo, Kathy Tafoya of Greeley, Barbara Silva of Steamboat Springs and Don Silva of Steamboat Springs.

Rebecca Ferguson: Saving Harbor is right thing to do

I live in Steamboat Springs and would like to express my deepest and sincerest concerns about a historic hotel that will be demolished by developers if someone does not stop them.

Emotions fly high

U.S. troops saluted at Steamboat's annual air show

Jane Sacher was happy she had her sunglasses during Saturday's Salute to the Troops procession. But she didn't need them for the sun. Instead, they helped hide her teary eyes during the emotional tribute at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Local air ambulance crash may spur national changes

The January crash of a Yampa Valley Air Ambulance flight is one of 12 accidents driving the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendations for changing the nation's air ambulance industry.

Council races promise to be lively

The balance of the Steam�--boat Springs City Council could wobble like a teeter-totter on the night of Nov. 1, when local voters head to the polls to decide four council races.

Nancy Stahoviak: Horizons resolution is justified

As a Routt County commissioner, I don't normally write letters to the editor, but in this case I feel compelled to do so.

South Routt Calendar for Sept. 4

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

Business park in the works on 13th Street

Construction on a new business park in Steamboat Springs is scheduled to start this month.

Steamboat nurses take their skills to Louisiana

There will come a day when Alicia Morton will explain to her 5-year-old twins why their mommy had to leave Steamboat Springs so suddenly last week.

William S. Schurman: Let Triple Crown go

Here we go again. Dave King comes to town with his "build what I want or I'll take my traveling Triple Crown and leave town and you'll lose the money that I bring."

Rebecca M. Hanson: Stop ANWR drilling

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would ruin one of America's last unspoiled wild places, and only for a few months worth of oil that won't be available to consumers for 10 years. The American people don't want their national treasures sold off to the highest bidder.

Deanna "Dea" Sue Effertz (1944-2005)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Deanna Sue Effertz died Aug. 26, 2005. She was 61.

Sandra Madelene Martinez (1957-2005)

Oak Creek resident Madelene Martinez died suddenly on Aug. 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: New jumps are key to tradition

If you haven't seen Steam�--boat Springs' newest landmark, you're the perfect candidate to be an official in the NFL, NBA or NHL.

Sound Off for Sept. 4

The City Council also vowed to do it right this time when addressing the access change to Emerald Field through Trafalgar neighborhood and they did nothing. So what does getting it right this time actually mean? It means nothing to us.

Reagen Kristine Bower

Reagen Kristine Bower, daughter of Hayley and Brandon Bower of Craig, was born at 12:01 p.m. Aug. 29, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Bud and Amy Bower of Craig, Mike and Linda O'Neil of Price, Utah, and Vernon and Carrie White of Price, Utah.

Levi Park Jensen

Levi Park Jensen, son of Heidi and Craig Jensen of Craig, was born at 2:32 a.m. Aug. 28, 2005. He weighed 9 pounds and 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His siblings are Seth, Colin, Leif and Holleigh Jensen. His grandparents are David and Lynne Jensen of Columbia City, Ore., and Bruce and Diane Ruhnow of Springfield, Ore.


Mark and Karen Zim-merman of Roanoke, Va., and Harold and Sandra Paisant of Norcross, Ga., announce the engagement of their children Christine Marie Zimmerman and Lt. Michael Anthony Paisant.

Robert Kenneth Neff (1942--2005)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Robert Kenneth Neff died peacefully on Aug. 22, 2005, at the home of friends in Rio Vista, Calif. He was 63.

James Reed Appel

James Reed Appel, son of Jenna and William Appel of Steamboat Springs, was born at 9:41 a.m. Aug. 28, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19.25 inches long. His grandparents are Henry Appel of Steamboat Springs, Laurie Heidel of Hayden, Karen Robertson and Martin Pearlman of Steamboat Springs, and Donald and Marylou Robertson of Peekskil, N.Y.

John Brandon Hall

John Brandon Hall, son of Carol and John Hall of Craig, was born at 8:47 p.m. Aug. 11, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 13.8 ounces and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Dylan Nicklas. His grandparents are Robert and Luinda Raines of Hugo and Ella Korthas of Mack.

The Record for Sept. 4

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.

Monster trout

Streamers bring out the aggression in autumn browns

Steve Henderson thinks the monster brown trout that Meredith Gilliland landed in the Yampa River probably was a rogue trout. Instead of guarding a perfect lie in a current seam and sipping the aquatic insects delivered by the river, Gilliland's trout probably was a cruising predator looking for triple-value meals.

Our View: The lessons from Katrina

Hurricane Katrina is a heart-wrenching natural disaster unlike anything most of us has ever seen. It deserves our immediate attention both in terms of giving to the relief effort and to learning the lessons it has for us.

Sebastian Chili Craigen

Sebastian Chili Craigen, son of Heather and Robin Craigen of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:55 p.m. Aug. 31, 2005. He weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. His sibling is Madeleine Craigen. His grandparents are Ann and Jerry Cobb of Reading, Penn., and Pat and Peter Paterson of Lovedean, England.

Doing it the Light way

A century later, F.M. Light's principles still in place at city's oldest retailer

When the Great Depression prompted federal regulators to close the largest bank in Steamboat Springs on Nov. 13, 1931, Clarence and Olin Light didn't sit around mourning the potential loss of their deposits.

Transactions for Aug. 24 to 30

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer WATERSIDE VILLAGE, LLC TO NICKERSON, TIMOTHY ALAN FOR WATERSIDE VILLAGE CONDOS UNIT: E-1 - $155,000

Friday, September 2

The Record for Sept. 3

Thursday, Sept. 1 12:23 a.m. An elderly man reportedly was experiencing heart problems in the 2300 block of AprÃs Ski Way. The man was taken to the hospital.

New precincts confuse voters

New precinct numbers and combined polling places for the Nov. 1 elections have confused some Routt County residents.

Proceeds from 10K will go to Gulf Coast

Those needing a push to exercise during Labor Day weekend need look no further than Sunday's 21st annual 10K at 10,000 feet.

Briefs for Sept. 3

Heritage Program hike takes place Friday A Heritage Program hike to the Windy Ridge Archaeological site is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The cost is $12, and participants must sign up through Yampatika. Participants must be 12 and older for the five-mile, round-trip hike that offers spectacular views of Rabbit Ears Pass. The program is sponsored by Tread of Pioneers Museum, Yampatika, Historic Routt County and the U.S. Forest Service. Call 871-9151.

Steamboat residents can help hurricane victims

A number of Steamboat Springs busi�--nesses, nonprofits and individuals are leading charitable efforts to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Rams look forward to great season

Soroco High School Rams football players are ready to rumble. They'll get their chance at 1 p.m. today, when they open their season at Rifle.

A desperate situation

Steamboat nurses helping in Louisiana

Desperation. That's what Natalie Booker, registered nurse and director of Inpatient Services at Yampa Valley Medical Center, saw all day Friday -- her first in the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast.

Labor Day festivities abound

From vintage warbird airplanes to free music, Labor Day weekend is chock full of events throughout the Yampa Valley. Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek lead the way with a variety of family-oriented activities and entertainment, beginning this morning and running through Labor Day. Below is a list of many of these events, including general descriptions, locations and times.

New coach brings life to Rams

After taking a four-year hiatus from coaching high school volleyball, Soroco High School coach Betsy Photos is back, and this year's team couldn't be more excited.

Ski Corp. making big hires

Ben and Ben from New Hampshire eagerly were filling out applications at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. job fair Thursday.

Xcel back to drawing board for rail plan

Xcel Energy officials are heading back to the drawing board to find a long-term coal-delivery solution for the Hayden Power Station.

Middle school class sizes up

Steamboat Springs Middle School officials plan to hire two more teachers because of eighth-grade core classes that have as many as 31 students.

Sailors see net gain

Steamboat tennis notches another win

Ryan McNamara sometimes yells at himself and throws his black Nike cap.

Little change in N. Routt fire

Rowan Heid knows that wildfires benefit ecosystems.

Thursday, September 1

Labor Day weekend full of things to do

Labor Day weekend typically marks the end of summer. This year, summer is being ushered out with numerous events for all sensibilities and ages at locations including Oak Creek, downtown Steam�--�--boat Springs and the summit of Mount Werner.

Man accepts plea in sex assault case

A 45-year-old South Routt County man pleaded guilty Thursday to abusing and trying to sexually assault a teenage girl.

Center's scope undetermined

Residents gather at Centennial Hall to discuss future of community center

A plan for what a new community center will offer should be in place before residents vote on the expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library in November.

Autumn Phillips: Anonymity in flight

Upgrade me. Upgrade me. Upgrade me.

Airport celebrates 50 years

For years, fly-ins have been a small-airport tradition. Pilots get together to share stories and show off their planes.

Bulldogs no trouble for Tigers

There's a reason Tim Taylor wasn't a member of last year's Hayden football team.

Marijuana measure mulled

Hayden Town Board receptive to resolution request

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday was receptive to a request for a resolution supporting medical marijuana.

Artificial turf field on hold after high bids received

The city of Steamboat Springs' plans to build an artificial turf field near Christian Heritage School are on hold after bids came in at almost double what was estimated.

Nurses help with relief effort

For seven nurses from Yampa Valley Medical Center, it wasn't enough to watch the rescue efforts happening in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast.

Azteca needs new location

Popular burrito place attracts Steamboat cross-section

One of Steamboat Springs' most popular casual eateries has two months to find a new home. Azteca Taqueria, where high school students and defense attorneys rub shoulders over burritos, has lost its lease in the two-story log building at 402 Lincoln Ave.

Arts Calendar for Sept. 2

¤ Opening reception for new wooden turned bowls by Glen Paulk and watercolors by Dedi Knox will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wild Horse Gallery. The gallery is in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 879-7660.

Autumn's Picks for Aug. 31

Tonight "40-Year-Old Virgin" When: 7:10 and 9:40 p.m. Where: Chief Plaza Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. Call: 879-0181

CD reviews for Sept. 2

It's been years since I walked straight to the jazz section of a record store to search for mind-wringing sounds by the likes of Ornette Coleman, and so it happened that the hand of jazz had to reach into the rock section to find me.

Music calendar for Sept. 2

Tonight Steve Boynton When: 5 to 8 p.m. Where: Brauns Bar & Grill, 709 Lincoln Ave. Cost: Free Call: 870-1441

It's all happening in Oak Creek

Labor Day weekend full of entertainment

In 1975, KFMU was the kind of place where disc jockeys brought their records from home to work, where dogs were welcome and where, if you were hungry while you were on the air, you put on a record and walked next door to Mary Jane's Kitchen in Oak Creek.

On Scene for Sept. 1

The new dog in town Levelz Nightclub has a new guard dog.

Laughing at mortality

When a friend recommended a book about the history of cadavers, I went to the store expecting to walk away with a few nights of dry but informative science-journal reading.

The Record for Sept. 2

1:42 a.m. Loud screaming and yelling reportedly was heard near Old Fish Creek Falls Road and U.S. Highway 40.

Local plans family-to-family help

After watching hours of news coverage about the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Linda Laughlin woke up Thursday morning with an idea.

Cresting the wave of a movement

The band deSoL isn't ambitious. It just wants to be the Bob Marley of Latino music. It wants to change the world.

We steer the set list

There's a reason Cracker is one of the best bands to see live. More than most bands, Cracker's shows are an interplay between the audience and the music.

Sailors, Arvada an even matchup

The Steamboat Springs High School football team has players that fit well in Arvada's football program, and vice versa.

Swimmers super in 2005

Team Lightning, the Steamboat Springs swim team, wrap�--ped up its season with a party Sunday afternoon.

Briefs for Sept. 2

The Wolverine Fire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area grew slightly to about 300 acres Thursday morning, Forest Service officials said.

Art reveals itself

Anyone who knew Glen Paulk as president of Steamboat Ski Area in the 1970s might not recognize the man in his woodshop. He stands at the lathe, peeling away layers of bark and wood until a shape begins to reveal itself. He follows grain, texture and flaw as his muse.

TMH still recruiting full-time surgeon

In the two years that The Memorial Hospital has been recruiting a general surgeon, there have been many qualified applicants, others who were interested, but none who have made a perfect fit.

Hospital pharmacies on cutting edge

The Pneumatic tubes, Pyxis dispensing and the Meditech computer systems make the pharmacy at the Yampa Valley Medical Center a marvel of modern medicine.

Nursery gives special care to babies who need it most

The Special Care Nursery at Yampa Valley Medical Center stays dark, quiet and warm on purpose - it's meant to mimic a mother's womb.

Craig hospital's capital campaign is going well

With each dollar, a new facility for The Memorial Hospital comes closer to becoming a reality.

New laser technology enhances dental care

Improvements in the field of dentistry are leaving doctors and patients healthier, happier and smiling brighter.

Dentist's arrival kicks clinic into a higher gear

The phone still rings off the hook with patients needing dental care at the Northwest Colorado Dental Care Clinic.

CNCC nursing program numbers continue to grow

Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig is playing host to the largest crop of nursing students seen in the program's three years.

Hospital making switch from film to digital imaging

Moving from film to digital at the Yampa Valley Medical Center's radiology department will save the hospital and patients time and space. By the start of the ski season, YVMC hopes to make the switch from film to digital images for X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, computed tomography and nuclear medicines.

Procedure for achalasia done for the first time at YVMC

Dr. John Sharp, a gastroenterologist, performed a medical "first" at Yampa Valley Medical Center this summer. His patient, a 57-year-old man who lives in Craig, had suffered for years from a condition that affected his ability to swallow foods and liquids.

Therapeutic massage good for relaxation, pain relief

While massage therapy is relaxing, its benefits go much deeper than just easing the strain of a busy day.

New surgery option for back pain

Lower back pain due to degeneration of vertebral discs is a massive health problem in this country, affecting an estimated 12 million people. Last year, 200,000 Americans sought relief with spinal fusion surgery.

Public input key in CEO search at Craig hospital

The ideal candidate for the position of administrator at The Memorial Hospital will meet a long list of community requirements.

VNA works to secure Haven's future

Several years ago, The Haven Assisted Living Center's future was uncertain. Now the Hayden facility is steps away from having a new owner and becoming a platform for improving senior services - and seniors' quality of life - throughout the Yampa Valley.

Technology revolutionizes hospital, patient services

Imagine a busy winter day in the emergency department at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The staff physician and support staff are already managing two cases of strained knees, a closed head injury and a laceration when a patient comes in with an unknown internal injury.

'Doak' provides innovative care

Come evening, an elderly resident at the Doak Walker Care Center used to fret about who would feed the chickens.

Best of the herd

Northwest Colorado boasts largest elk population in the state

Northwest Colorado has the largest elk herd in Colorado and probably the nation, drawing hunters to the area in droves. The state relies on hunters to keep that population at a manageable size.

Understanding hunting unit information can enhance success

Northwestern Colorado has earned a reputation as one of the best places in the country to hunt for elk.

Point system may change

The Colorado Division of Wildlife created the preference points system as a way to try to accommodate hunters.

Cow licenses might be hard to find

Hunters in Northwest Colorado who take the opportunity to buy an over-the-counter cow elk license for granted might want to pay careful attention to a process unfolding at the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Outfitters tailored to meet hunters' needs

Given the vast expanse of hunting land in Northwest Colorado, hunters unfamiliar with the area can face a daunting task that stacks the odds against finding a quality animal.

Fewer over the counter licenses available

A new hunting season structure means the last wave of hunters this fall won't have unlimited access to elk tags.

DOW licenses available online

The Colorado Division of Wildlife offered online applications for elk licenses for the first time in 2004.

DOW has limited licenses left

In addition to the unlimited elk licenses available over-the-counter for the second and third season, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has 185,000 elk licenses available to hunters in the draw.

Elk not the only game in town

All it takes is an early evening drive along a rural highway in Northwest Colorado to get acquainted with Colorado's growing deer population.

Private versus public hunting

One of the many choices hunters face during planning is whether to hunt on private or public land.

Area retailers offer advice on stocking up

When hunters walk through the doors of the Straightline sporting goods store in Steamboat Springs, they will find all the basic items they need for hunting.

Ammo is about preference

In the hand load versus store-bought ammunition debate, it all comes down to preference, said Jules Palyo, owner of Pack Country Outfitters in Oak Creek.

Going off the beaten path

From food and equipment to travel and lodging, planning an annual hunting excursion can be expensive.

Bowhunting offers sporting challenge

For Dennis Slunaker, getting close to a deer or elk is the "thrill of a lifetime" that separates bow hunting from other types of hunting.

Simple fitness program is key to healthy living

To local fitness instructors, exercise is not just about leaner thighs or a tight tummy. It's about living a better and longer life.

Preceptors help new nurses with what's not in textbooks

There's a lot to nursing that isn't in the textbooks. "They say 80 percent of an RN's job goes unnoticed, and those are the things you have to teach and explain to a new graduate," said Natalie Booker, registered nurse and director of Inpatient Services for Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Camouflage allows hunters to get as close as possible

When getting a shot depends on stealth, the scent of your detergent, the sound of your movements or the sight of you could destroy any hope of bagging a trophy.

Making the right call

Using a game call is considered by some to be "active" hunting -- used instead of sitting motionless in a blind, the hunter is working to improve the chance of success.