Stories for April 2006

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Sunday, April 30

Walkathon assists Steamboat schools

Be on the lookout for children. "Most everybody knows a kid who goes to school here, so ask them if they're going to be in the Sprit Challenge," said Marcia Martin, vice president of Legacy Foundation board.

Business as usual in Steamboat Springs

Employers say most immigrants showed up for work on Monday

It was business as usual Monday in Steamboat Springs as most immigrants showed up to work despite a national boycott billed as "A Day Without Immigrants."

911 service to increase fee

Editor's Note: The 911 surcharge is a monthly fee charged to phone bills. A story on Page 1 of Saturday's Steamboat Today incorrectly stated how the fee is applied. Routt County Communications wants to increase the surcharge for 911 by nearly 80 percent. The charge, in place since 2000, would increase from 70 cents to $1.25. The charge is applied monthly to all wired and wireless phone bills.

Workers recall mission

Area volunteers speak about New Orleans trip

The images of devastation and feelings of hope still are fresh in the minds of five Hayden Congregational Church members who visited New Orleans on a relief mission in March.

Saturday, April 29

Sasha Dougherty

Sasha Dougherty, daughter of Janne and Jim Dougherty of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:37 a.m. April 18, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Jorge Prado of Brazil, Darcy Prado of Brazil, Charlotte Fowler of Parker, Colo., and James Dougherty of St. Louis.

Jenna Isabelle Kleckler

Jenna Isabelle Kleckler, daughter of Carrie and Kevin Kleckler of Hayden, was born at 11 p.m. April 22, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long. Her brother is Andrew. Her grandparents are Joan and William Kleckler of Craig and Doug and Judy McCrimmon of Golden.

South Routt Calendar for April 30

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Poetry slam winner reveals his secrets

Performance poetry elicits a sensory storm of emotion through raw, edgy voices spitting syllables and liberating scribbled words. It is about language without boundaries within the confines of two rounds, and a final round judged only by the noise of impassioned spectators.

Our View: An Odyssey's untimely end

The demise of Steamboat Springs High School's Senior Odyssey program is a shame.

Ready to dance the night away

Annual spring performance Friday is highlight of year for studio

Miranda Watts has tried ballet and jazz, but until this year she had never strapped a pair of tap shoes to her feet.

Mountain living near the city

Elkins Meadows subdivision offers 'out-of-town feeling in town'

A small tract of land about two miles from downtown Steamboat Springs along Fish Creek Falls Road has the appearance of a mountainside park.

Real Estate briefs for April 30

Steamboat Grand names sales team Karen Schneider has been named director of sales for the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Condominiums.

Transactions for April 17 to 23

YATES, RICHARD R. AND YATES, CARRIE N. TO ZAKRZEWSKI, KRISTI D. AND ZAKRZEWSKI, JOHN E. FOR SKY HITCH 4 AT STAGECOACH, LOT 6 - $10,000

Heide's peak

Soroco sports make strides because of coach

Gary Heide thinks he is the lucky one.

Business briefs for April 30

SmartWool adds Wiper as new vice president SmartWool, based in Steamboat Springs, has announced the addition of Anne Wiper as its new vice president and general merchandising manager. Wiper was formerly the footwear merchandise director for Pearl Izumi, and a vice president at Salomon, where she managed the Salomon Design Center in Boulder.

Brenda Northrop: Contract locally

The Routt County commissioners gave the bid for the justice center to an out-of-town contractor. Never mind that there were two local companies who also bid for this job. Again, never mind that the local contractors were under the projected bid of $14 million. The commissioners awarded this job to an out-of-town contractor. The difference between the out-of-town contractor and the local contractor was about 1 percent. The commissioners would like to think that they are saving taxpayers' money.

Routt County Spotlight: Brianne Powell

Age: 27 Occupation: College instructor and administrative assistant Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

Beetle battle

Ski area, Forest Service continue to fight epidemic

Chain saws roar, loggers call to one another, and a tree trunk snaps. A lodgepole pine topples into the snow, its branches cracking as it falls through the mountain air. After sawing off its limbs, loggers use cables to attach the trunk to a skidder and haul the tree off the mountain.

Melinda Mawdsley: Saving the best for last

My phone appointment with Soroco coach Gary Heide typically is sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

Runners on pace for state title

Kieran Corrigan admits it's selfish, but he can't help but notice that the two 1,600-meter runners who beat him at last year's state meet have graduated.

Class Notes for April 30

A parent workshop about accommodations and modifications to curriculum for children with learning difficulties is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Northwest Colorado BOCES Conference Room, 325 Seventh St. Dinner is at 6 p.m. For reservations, call PEAK Parent Center at (800) 284-0251.

Officials: New city manager brings experience, potential

Alan Lanning, Steamboat Springs' new city manager, is a confident family man with relevant experience in resort communities, say local officials who have spent time with the new hire.

Workers split on boycott

Local immigrants unsure of national movement

Somos America. We are America. The slogan captures the belief of many that the people living in the United States -- whether illegally or legally -- make this country what it is. That belief is part of what's backing a national march and boycott planned for Monday to protest legislation that would make it a felony for undocumented immigrants to live or work in the U.S.

Hailie Kay Bomar

Hailie Kay Bomar, daughter of Nicole Kay Granados and Richard Bomar of Hayden, was born at 10:05 p.m. April 23, 2006. She weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Shelly Kay Volkmar of Hayden, Vicky Kessler of Hayden and Kordi Bomar of Montana.

Ordinary materials, extraordinary art

More than 400 pieces on display at annual showcase of Soda Creek students' works

Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-grader Mathew Procyzyn started his art project with a balloon and some papier-mÕche, but he finished with a creation that goes far beyond the bounds of an ordinary piñata.

Samuel Kenneth Carberry

Samuel Kenneth Carberry, son of Jenelle and Joseph Carberry of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:05 a.m. April 20, 2006. He weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Jim and Sue Carberry of Boise, Idaho, and Doug and June Blackhurst of Nampa, Idaho.

Dale Eatinger: Put resources to their best uses

On the Sunday after New Year's Day in 2005, I left my family in Manhattan, Kan., to come to Hayden. The following day, I began working for First National Bank of the Rockies. The bank provides a work setting that I really like. One reason that I enjoy Hayden is that my upbringing gives me much common ground with some of the families with deep roots here.

Rowan Manley Steiner

Rowan Manley Steiner, son of Arthur James Steiner and Jodie Manley Steiner of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:03 a.m. April 18, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Morgan Joy Steiner. His grandparents are Ben and Sheri Steiner of Steamboat Springs, Diane and Ken Manley of Steamboat Springs and Lynn Manley of Loveland.

The best medicine

Taxes help keep rural medical clinics open

Depending on local tax dollars to help support medical services is nothing new in Routt County.

Sound Off for April 30

If the Health and Rec puts a roof over the pool, I will probably drop my membership, not that anyone will care. I understand that an indoor pool would be nice for the swim team in the cold winter months, but how about all the nice, warm, sunny days that attract so many to lay and play? I agree with others who say, 'Let the city build an indoor pool and give Health and Rec a little competition.'

The Record for April 30

12:06 p.m. A drunken bicyclist reportedly ran into a car that was stopped at a red light near Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads. Police said the bicyclist became aggressive after he hit the car and began throwing his bicycle at the driver. The driver left the scene of the accident after the incident. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Officers later found the car and gave the driver a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.

Friday, April 28

Soroco state-bound

Individuals, two relays qualify for competition

Toni Lombardi patiently waited for her turn. As the fifth-fastest female member of Soroco's track team, she earned a trip to the 2005 Class 2A State Track and Field Championships as an alternate, "which was great," she said.

National Day of Prayer events Thursday

People of all denominations are expected to take part in Thursday's National Day of Prayer.

Town celebrates Arbor Day

Hayden sixth-graders did not mind getting a little dirty Friday to celebrate Arbor Day.

Group advocates for rec center

A group of residents is holding a meeting next week to inform others about the possibility of a recreation center in Steamboat Springs.

Author to share cultural insights

Author Joseph Marshall III said that once we strip away the obvious differences, we are all the same.

911 surcharge could increase

Communications center looks to raise fee from 70 cents to $1.25 per call

Routt County Communications wants to increase the surcharge for 911 calls by nearly 80 percent.

The Record for April 29

Thursday, April 27 2:36 a.m. A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs woman reportedly ran over a man while she was backing out of a driveway in the 3400 block of Hiawatha Court. Witnesses told police several people were milling around the woman's car in an attempt to deter her from driving home. Police said the woman hit the man, dragged him 3-feet and then left the scene of the accident without reporting it. She was arrested at about noon after police found her car and towed it.

Briefsfor April 29

High school Class of 1996 looking for alumni

Woman arrested in hit-and-run

A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested on suspicion of running a man over, dragging his body three feet and leaving the scene of the accident early Thursday morning.

Weary Sailors finish strong

While the rest of their peers and teammates are busy vacationing, the Steamboat Springs distance running squad and a handful of throwers have been practicing hard to prepare for their regional track meet May 12 and 13 in Grand Junction.

Hayden steps up

Throwers make mark in Craig

The Hayden Tigers roared Friday at the Clint Wells Invitational track meet at Moffat County High School, making a proud showing against much larger schools from across the Western Slope.

Thursday, April 27

Allison Plean: Working hard

On "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Penelope Cruz said that dreams really do come true. For some reason, that really ticked me off.

Lottery a chance for housing

Eligible residents choose among West End Village units

Krista Andress of Steamboat Springs won a lottery Thursday, but she won't receive a windfall of money.

The Record for April 28

Wednesday, April 26 12:12 a.m. Two dogs reportedly were running loose near Gilpin Street and Saratoga Avenue. One dog was taken to the animal shelter.

Lanning named as manager

Brenner: Selection of new official an easy choice for council

Alan Lanning, the city manager for Brookings, S.D., will be Steamboat Springs' next city manager.

Live from Steamboat...

The organizers of Cabaret are being very secretive about some of the content of the 23rd annual show.

Workshop will assuage mud season writers' block

Fear and lack of motivation are common roadblocks that prevent writers from moving forward with their work.

Allison's Picks for April 28

Tonight The Yampa Valley Ceili Society is meeting for an informal evening to learn new dances, listen to music and have fun

Arts calendar for April 28

Opportunities The Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Artist Member Exhibit deadline has been extended to May 12. This annual exhibit from June 2 to July 26 is open to all SSAC artist members. There is no entry fee, no slides required and no jurying. Up to three pieces of any media will be accepted. Join or renew now to participate. E-mail beth@steamboatspringsarts.com or call 879-9008, ext. 106 for entry form.

Three on the road

Graduating students' art show represents personal growth

The pieces of artwork hanging in Monson Hall represent the personal experiences of three graduating Colorado Mountain College art students.

On Scene for April 28

Double feature Pinballing between the Old Town Pub and Mahogany Ridge on Saturday night was the only way to enjoy the only two things going on in town. And they were so good that you had to keep going back and forth.

Emerald City Opera presents Leland Miller

Emerald City Opera's Resident Artist Spotlight Series presents an intimate concert featuring local percussionist Leland Miller. All of the pieces in the concert are different, but they all will involve some kind of percussion, Miller said. The program will be performed by 13 local musicians using a different combination of instruments for each piece that will include classical music, as well as jazz.

Music calendar for April 28

Tonight Worried Men When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill Cost: Free Call: 879-3773

Keep the meter running

Great American Taxi is here to stay

The rotating cast of Great American Taxi keeps their wheels spinning, and there is no red light in sight.

Rink open till May 11

Winter is over, but hockey and figure skating don't have to be finished.

Special education put to test in audit

The report card is in for special education in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Gravel pit ruling favors county

Routt County officials were justified in the restrictions they placed on Lafarge's proposed gravel pit in the South Valley, a local judge ruled.

Students suit up for business contest

Sunday in Vail, on the last day of the resort's ski season, many teenagers in town wore suits and ties rather than scarves and hats.

Fee increases split Oak Creek

To fee or not to fee. That was the question on the minds of the Oak Creek Town Board members Thursday night.

Briefs for April 28

Motorist, passengers suspected of distribution

Day of Caring help sought

For many Routt County residents, spring cleaning means more than a quick sweep under the rug.

Planning commissioners: Pool plan too big

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association's plans to build an indoor pool are too massive and too much, Steamboat Springs planning commissioners said Thursday.

Wednesday, April 26

It's summer registration time

CMC to offer ski resort classes

Summer doesn't have to mean that school is out -- or that you have to put your ski boots away.

Finalist to be named today

Council conducted interviews with six candidates for city manager

Steamboat Springs' new city manager will be named today.

News in brief for April 27

High school art show opening Tuesday at Depot The Steamboat Springs High School Art Show opens at the Steamboat Springs Art Depot on Tuesday and runs through May 5.

The Record for April 27

Tuesday, April 25 8:30 a.m. A black dog was running loose and knocking over trashcans on Butcherknife Alley. The dog was taken to the animal shelter.

Wanted: lifeguards, instructors

Health and Rec Center to start certification classes

People searching for summer jobs or another reason to be outside by the water should contact the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Oak Creek trying to improve project

No contractors bid on community center proposal

No contractors bid on a proposed improvement project for a ramp at the South Routt Community Center.

Rec center plan up for review

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Assoc�iation's somewhat controversial plans for an indoor pool will be reviewed tonight.

Alan Lanning will be next city manager

Lanning currently is city manager in Brookings, S.D.

Alan Lanning, the city manager for Brookings, S.D., will be Steamboat Springs' next city manager. Steamboat Springs City Council President Ken Brenner announced this morning that Lanning was the council's pick out of six candidates who interviewed with the council last week.

Scott Stanford: Naming illegal immigrants

Newspapers struggle with hot-button issue

The April-May edition of American Journalism Review raises the issue of whether newspapers should name names when it comes to illegal immigrants.

Manager finds new home at golf club

On Wednesday, Wayne Garrison looked like a man still trying to adjust to his surroundings.

Tuesday, April 25

Tigers girls, boys take 3rd in Vail

As the Hayden track and field team approaches its Western Slope League and regional track meets, it is starting to increase its production.

Our View: South Routt elections approach

On Tuesday, residents of South Routt County will decide whether to tax themselves to support a medical clinic in Oak Creek.

Steamboat skiers have strong ending to season at Loveland

The competitive ski racing season ended Sunday at the Loveland Derby but not before a few creative customs grabbed some laughs and a few Steamboat skiers collected some top finishes.

The Record for April 26

Monday, April 24 12:32 a.m. Someone was threatening suicide in the 300 block of South Second Street in Hayden. Police said mental health officials were called to mediate the situation.

Fire district announces elections

Three people are running for two seats on the board of directors for the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District.

Chris Young: Express support

The land exchange and acquisition of the Emerald Mountain parcel east of Cow Creek by the BLM is almost concluded.

Betting on Colorado

Gambling money could bring $19M to tourism promotion

Two Western Slope politicians think it's a sure bet that investing in Colorado tourism will boost the state's economy.

Hayden named a Tree City USA

The town of Hayden is celebrating its first year as Tree City USA on Friday.

Steamboat track scores at Rifle

Hammond runner-up in hurdle races; Steamboat's Stoll fourth in discus

Walker Hammond led all Steamboat Springs track and field athletes with two runner-up finishes at Friday's Rifle Invitational.

Searching for solutions

Alleged branding prompts Hayden officials to discuss teen issues

The past month and a half has not been easy for Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel.

Jack Huston: Father, son, daughter

I watched a TV show in which a brother shared how his brother, a doctor, held his 7-year-old daughter who had been killed in a car wreck. She died instantly. The father shared with his brother how he could not blame God for her death, because God lost his only son, too.

Debbie Born: Nice little town?

Locals and tourists love Steamboat for the same reason. It's a "nice little town."

Two buildings, one need

Routt County has void in infant, toddler care

Two new preschools may not fill Routt County's child care void, a local child care official said Tuesday.

News in brief for April 26

Carpenter's Ball to benefit Habitat for Humanity The inaugural Carpenter's Ball to benefit Routt County Habitat for Humanity is at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets are $50. Call 879-0882, ext. 209.

Ranching property conserved

More than 560 acres of Routt County ranchland will be preserved through a county program, according to the Yampa Valley Land Trust.

Monday, April 24

Soroco running tough

The Soroco girls track and field team is a threat to win the Western Slope League title, but West Grand will be tough to beat.

A string and a prayer

Teacher who fled Katrina hosting violin show tonight

Five months ago today, Mary Anne Fairlie spent Christmas packing up her wind-ravaged home in New Orleans.

Preschool coming to North Routt

Groundbreaking likely in June

When North Routt preschooler Newt Sherrod yelled: "Green light!" to classmates during an outdoor game Monday, he might have been yelling about plans for a new preschool.

Funding tools of the trade

$70,000 grant supports vocational education in Hayden

It is not often a high school student knows exactly what they want to do when they finish school. But Isaac Haskins, a senior at Hayden High School, has it figured out.

Briefs for April 25

The inaugural Carpenter's Ball to benefit Routt County Habitat for Humanity is at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets are $50. Call 879-0882, ext. 209.

Housing plan released

Tax that could provide stable funding source is one of the goals

Developing programs for housing assistance and mobile homes are among the primary goals of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, according to a draft plan released Monday.

The Record for April 25

4:15 a.m. A person reported a disoriented woman repeatedly ringing a doorbell in the 3800 block of Whistler Road. Police found the woman and checked her welfare.

Service program targets weeds

Weeds, beware. The Natural Resources Conservation Ser�--vice is sponsoring a program to control noxious weeds on private landowners' property.

Sunday, April 23

Hamilton teen dies in crash

Alcohol suspected in Saturday rollover southwest of Hayden

An 18-year-old Hamilton man died early Saturday morning in an accident on Routt County Road 67 about 20 miles southwest of Hayden.

Science teacher earns national award

It takes a special kind of teacher to compare a tiny organism to a heavenly vision.

Saturday, April 22

Routt County Spotlight: Tim McCarthy

Tim McCarthy Age: 41 Occupation: Staying occupied.

A bigger, stronger Hayden

Program helps athletes build sports skills, set personal goals

John Rowbotham is comfortable in front of strangers. He stands tall, speaks loudly and walks with a bounce in his step.

Center's future hinges on election

Without mill levy, South Routt medical clinic likely won't be able to keep doors open

The fate of the South Routt Medical Center is in the hands of the voters.

The Record for April 23

Saturday, April 15 Richard Duane Phillips, 51, Steamboat Springs -- Violation of bond, violation of probation (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Shelter from the storm

Steamboat Chamber prepares to launch innovative health insurance plan

Kathy Stokes knows firsthand how difficult it can be for small-business owners to offer their employees the protective umbrella of health insurance benefits.

Immigration examination: Teens discuss issue

This month's "Hot Topic" definitely lives up to its name.

Hangin' out in the 'Boat

Local teens find fun in unlikely places

When I was a teenager growing up in Dover, N.H. -- a city three times the size of Steamboat Springs -- my friends and I often said there was nothing to do.

Steamboat still a bargain

Northwest Colorado prices low compared with other markets

Steamboat Springs real estate is still a bargain compared with other Rocky Mountain resorts, according to experts and data compiled by a resort trade organization.

Transactions for April 9 to 16

WILEY, MICHAEL A. AND SAARIO-WILEY, SANNA TO JENSEN, TREVOR D. AND JENSEN, JENNIFER K. FOR LOT D, BLOCK 6, A SECOND REPLAT OF PROJECTS I & II AT STAGECOACH TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED 1/6TH INTEREST IN PARCEL 6-G PARTIAL LEGAL/SEE DOCUMENT --197,000

Our view: Putting a plan in place

The update to the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan is nearly complete.

Pick up sticks

Lacrosse gains popularity in Steamboat

Lacrosse. Some people know what it is, many do not. Either way, one thing is for certain: This sport is on the rise, and Colorado is leading the way.

Sound Off for April 23

The other Pilot & Today This is Bill Schurman. Apparently the individual who has been receiving the purported Democratic edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today has been receiving my edition. You can have my Republican edition any time you wish.

The school down the road

Longtime resident remembers Sidney School House

Vernon Summer, 88, spent Wednesday morning fixing a wire fence on his Sidney homestead.

Class notes for April 23

Day camp registration under way until May 12 Registration for the city of Steamboat Springs' Adventure Bound day camp program ends May 12. Registration forms can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Recreation Office, 245 Howelsen Parkway. Camp activity calendars will be released Friday.

John F. Russell: An indelible Stamp

The vision of a young, determined ski racer making her way around a gate at high speeds is the way many people in Steamboat Springs remember Ashley Stamp.

South Routt Calendar for April 23

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

Business briefs for April 23

Antalek joins Wells Fargo in Steamboat Springs Wells Fargo Bank in Steam�--boat Springs is pleased to announce the addition of Cheryl Antalek to its Business Banking team. Antalek worked for the company for 18 years before moving to Steamboat in 1992. She spent 10 years in the Controllers Division and eight years in statewide loan review. Before joining Wells Fargo, Antalek worked in the Steamboat banking community for four years

Khakis kill competition

College students take Mud Season dodgeball title

The absence of female participants set the tone early Saturday during at Colorado Mountain College's first Mud Season Dodgeball Tournament.

Elsie Marie Cerise

Longtime Yampa resident Elsie Cerise died April 18, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 95.

Peter Arnold: Live life fully

Wednesday night I found myself unable to sleep with thoughts swimming through my head and deep sorrow in my heart for the passing of someone taken so suddenly and unfairly from all of us who knew her.

Sailors' season sealed

Baseball team downed in doubleheader

Two innings made all the difference for the Steamboat Springs baseball team.

Trick football play sidelined

Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch had dreams of scoring touchdowns.

Gary A. Hofmeister: The Gold business

In the major second page story on Andy Gold running for Colorado Legislature last month, it describes him as a "business owner" but does not say what it is.

The end of an Odyssey

Seniors finish projects in program's last year

When a longtime boyfriend cheated on her, Steamboat Springs High School senior Nicole Curd found an outlet for her emotions that she hopes will lead to a career.

Gasoline as good as gold

Expanding prices shrink wallets

Katelyn Stokes cringes every time she pulls into a gas station.

Updated area plan may spur development

Officials, landowners optimistic something will get done this time

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan lays out Routt County and Steamboat Springs officials' development goals for the area west of town.

Friday, April 21

Steamboat's boys lacrosse makes statement

If Thursday's game was the season finale for the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team, the Sailors made a statement.

Multi-use project proposed for Hayden

Two young developers are proposing a major project in Hayden and want to break ground next month.

Robbins destined for trial

Judge: No deal in 2005 vehicular homicide case

A 31-year-old man accused of vehicular homicide will face a trial in August. Daniel Robbins, formerly of Clark, pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony manslaughter, felony vehicular homicide and felony reckless driving charges.

South Routt principal hired

Michael Young chosen a month after predecessor's resignation

The South Routt School District wasted no time in hiring a new principal.

The Great Bunny Rescue

More than 1,000 rabbits saved from Nevada, need homes

It was the biggest rabbit rescue operation in recent history.

Affordable housing planned

Steamboat Crossings developers back for another try

The developers of Steamboat Crossings are proposing to double the number of affordable housing units in the project in order to win city approval.

City manager pool narrows

President says council favors one candidate in remaining group

Steamboat Springs City Coun�cil President Ken Brenner said the council has a favorite candidate for the city manager position.

U.S. senator paints a grim picture

Salazar sees 'failure' on energy policy , 'incompetence' in Iraq

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar told a small crowd at the Village Inn on Friday morning that he did not want to present a negative message -- but there was little to feel positive about in the senator's assessment of the country today.

Thursday, April 20

Allison Plean: Au revior

There is no easy way to say goodbye.

Send the youngest to Yampa

School Board selects South Routt Early Learning Center site

Pending grant approval, the new South Routt Early Learning Center will be built in Yampa.

Young talent showcased

Soccer team to celebrate win during spring break

The minds of the girls on the Steamboat soccer team were elsewhere Thursday afternoon. Coming off a tough and emotional win against rival Battle Mountain on Wednesday, the weary Sailors still found enough seams in a porous Eagle Valley defense to beat the Devils, 9-2, at the Christian Heritage School fields.

Not by invitation only

Bud Werner Memorial Library offers non-exclusive book club for residents

Michelle Dover understands that some readers are intimidated by book clubs.

On Scene for April 21

The weekend update Last weekend felt like the beginning of spring. I had my first bonfire and camping experiences of the season (I slept on a Paco Pad on an upstairs floor while my friends camped outside in the rain -- I swear, couldn't find my tent).

Hot off the press

Art shows exhibit printmaking techniques

Master printer Susan Hover Oehme names her artwork using words from a language invented by her son and husband.

Arts calendar for April 21

Ongoing events ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents "The Printed Image" exhibit through May 28 at the Depot Art Center. See artwork from 37 printmakers from across the United States and Canada. Drawings and monoprint collages by Susan Hover Oehme will be on display in the small works gallery. Admission is free. Call 879-9008 for more information.

Allison's picks for April 21

Saturday ¤ Gallery talk for "The Printed Image" exhibit When: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1003 13th St. Cost: Free Why you should go: Because printmaking sounds like a fascinating process, and you get to hear the scoop straight from the artists in the show.

Music calendar for April 21

Tonight ¤ 3 Wire When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Jade Summit Restaurant in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Call: 871-6268

Ann Barney shows Steamboat who she is

Ann Barney has put herself on display.

New band, old dreams

The Unknown Americans get political

The voice of The Unknown Americans laments the fall of the American dream.

Steamboat high school grad's space trip delayed

Swanson will work on International Space Station

Astronaut Steve Swanson's day in space has been postponed for a year because of complications.

Montessori program grows

School district plans to start upper-elementary classroom

Although spring break starts this afternoon for Steamboat Springs students and staff members, teacher Linda Stansbery will spend much of next week inside a classroom.

Have ball, will dodge

Dodgeball tourney set for Saturday

Steamboat residents have an opportunity to let off a little steam this weekend at Colorado Moun�--tain College's inaugural Mud Season Dodgeball Tournament.

Counting down to 24 Hours

Mountain bike race on as planned

Brad Cusenbary wants to end the rumors about this year's Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat. "The race is definitely on," said Cusenbary, a race organizer with Rocky Peak Productions.

Hayden approves funds for airport contribution

Hayden is doing its part to make the skies a little friendlier and safer.

Manager candidates tour city

The six candidates for Steam�--boat Springs' city manager see the position as an ideal career move that would provide a challenge and an opportunity to live in a great city.

Airport master plan identifies goals

The Steamboat Springs Airport Master Plan, which will be created in the public eye, will address a range of topics including finances and facilities.

Pier 1 Imports to open store

Village Inn restaurant will relocate to Central Park South

Pier 1 Imports, the national household accessories and furniture retailer, is poised to enter the Steamboat market, though a representative of the shopping center developer said final lease documents have not been signed.

Soroco girls place first at track meet

With a meet scheduled for Saturday, Soroco High School track coach Gary Heide treated Wednesday's Grand Valley Invitational differently than most competitions.

Wednesday, April 19

Juveniles face charges for party

Hayden teens to confront counts of assault in branding case

Three Hayden teens have been charged with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon in a case involving the branding of fellow students.

Haymaker to host state tournament

Steamboat's Haymaker Golf Course will host the state's top 4A golfers for the state championship.

Steamboat resident retires as Canadian coach

Headed into the 2005-06 season, Bobby Aldighieri knew that his passion for skiing would not be enough to overcome the fatigue of five years spent living on the road.

League leaders

Sailors defeat Huskies, 5-2, to top Western Slope League

The mood was loose. Both the Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain soccer teams were laughing and joking during pregame ball drills.

Former manager seeks pay

Ousted city employee files appeal for unemployment

Former Steamboat Springs City Manager Paul Hughes is seeking unemployment pay.

Big band brouhaha today

Steamboat Springs High School hosts regional performance

It's time for local school bands to make some noise.

Hayden considers forum to discuss student issues

Hayden High School Princi�--pal Troy Zabel said Wednesday night that addressing recent behavior issues at the high school would take the efforts of the entire community.

Scott Stanford: Horrific story qualifies as news

Different readers have different expectations of newspaper

Reader Robert Skorkowsky took us to task Wednesday for running a story about an Oklahoma man accused of killing a 10-year-old girl.

South Routt to decide about preschool

Preparing for an afternoon preschool session Wednesday in Oak Creek, paraprofessional Joyce Nothnagel sighed.

City manager pool shrinks

The candidate pool for Steamboat Springs' new city manager is now a little shallower.

Tuesday, April 18

Our View: Open process, informed residents

The city of Steamboat Springs should be applauded for the open process it is using to hire a new city manager.

Council completes review

Area west of Steamboat must include affordable housing

Residential development west of Steamboat Springs must include 15 percent affordable units, but that percentage would ideally be higher, the Steamboat Springs City Council agreed Tuesday.

New awards take center stage

Four generations of the Gooding family have honed their skiing skills as part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Friends remember Dawes

'Poogie' recalled as exemplary philanthropist with contagious smile

If you knew Margaret "Poogie" Dawes, you knew one of Steamboat's most committed and passionate volunteers and philanthropists.

Briefs for April 19

County fair sponsors should commit this week Individuals, groups and businesses interested in sponsoring the 2006 Routt County Fair or advertising in its fair book must make their commitments by Thursday. Payment is due June 1. Call the fair office at 276-3068 or e-mail jaltman@co.routt.co.us for details.

The Record for April 19

Monday, April 17 7:45 a.m. A man reported losing his cell phone at Steamboat Ski Area.

JoEllen Heydon: Give your input

As a parent with young children living in this community I am concerned about why the issue of a community recreation center has not been at the forefront of the City Council's agenda in the past months, but instead, the focus has been on rebuilding a community center for use by a small number of residents?

Moose O'Malia: Tim forgotten

I very much enjoyed your article about the new acupuncturist at Yampa Valley Medical Center (April 2 Steamboat Pilot & Today). Acupuncture does relieve pain as well as many other problems.

Scott Wedel: Compensation conflict

One size may not perfectly fit all for compensating residents of the Westland Mobile Home Park, but that is far better than making every resident apply to a special compensation committee with vague suggestions about how to more fairly compensate residents.

Three county sites receive historical designation

Three properties in Routt County are being added to the Routt County Historic Register.

Weather causes accidents

School bus incident sends Oak Creek girl to hospital

An Oak Creek girl was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after suffering minor injuries in an accident involving a school bus.

Shuttle begins Memorial Day weekend

Steamboat Springs Transit will experiment with a downtown shuttle bus this summer.

Students charged in branding

Hayden High School senior says incident was a form of hazing

Four Hayden High School students have been charged with crimes related to a branding incident at a house party in March.

Board to consider funding request

The Town Board will have Hayden's friendly skies in mind when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Soccer rescheduled for today

The girls soccer game between Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. today.

Hayden girls track wins

The Hayden girls track team won the Lynn Whiteman Invitational hosted by Meeker on Saturday. The Hayden boys team finished third.

Robert Skorkowsky: Need other news

I don't watch TV because the media has a tendency to fill the airtime with dirty laundry -- who died and how violent it was.

Community values location

Parent at Soda Creek forum: Keep it here

The Soda Creek community likes its elementary school where it is.

Monday, April 17

Teacher, tech funding get final OK

Now the real work begins. The Steamboat Springs School Board accepted nearly $2 million in gifts from the city's Education Fund Board on Monday night, a final step that ensures funding for several new or expanded academic programs scheduled to begin at district schools in September.

Briefs for April 18

Steamboat Springs police detectives are investigating a suspected burglary at the Slopeside Grill.

Hayden schools to work with retirees

Allowing retired teachers to continue working for another year is beneficial to Hayden schools and students -- not to mention the teachers, Hayden School District officials say.

Gilbertson agrees to role with U.S. team

Nine years ago, Chris Gilbertson returned to Steamboat Springs to help young members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club reach their goals.

Sailors vs. Huskies: Part 2

Winner of today's game likely will win league championship

For the first time since this year's Steamboat Springs seniors began their varsity soccer careers, a team other than the Sailors is poised to win the Western Slope League championship.

A hip-shakin' time

Hawaiian dance to raise money for after-prom party

When you can't serve vodka with lemons, serve lemonade. With its liquor license suspended for five days this week, the Cantina restaurant and bar in downtown Steamboat Springs is hosting an alcohol-free dance for Steamboat Springs High School students. All proceeds will be donated to the school's after-prom party.

Thousands of books headed for bayou

Routt and Moffat county residents have cleared a lot of room in their homes for new books.

County may subsidize fees

Proposal would apply to affordable-housing developers

Affordable housing in Routt County could soon become a cheaper option for developers.

Steamboat lacrosse team loses close ones

Consistency has been a consistent problem for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team.

Highway construction under way south of 'Boat

Commuters from Stagecoach won't be delayed -- yet

Work has begun on the reconstruction of a 3.2-mile section of Colorado Highway 131 between Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek.

Sunday, April 16

Tom Ross: Change is in the Yampa Valley's springtime air

Do we have the tools to manage growth and shape our future?

There was water running everywhere in the valley south of Steamboat Springs on Sunday afternoon. It was coursing through seasonal streambeds and attempting to back up the culvert where Agate Creek runs under Routt County Road 14. It was flowing in sheets across meadows and popping out of holes in the ground along road cuts. Its music was audible everywhere my bicycle took me.

Agricultural fires not cause for alarm

For Routt County's agricultural and ranching community, spring cleaning often means conducting controlled burns.

Hayden still celebrating

Town's centennial features upcoming historical lectures

The town of Hayden's centennial celebration continues.

The Record for April 18

12:58 a.m. Police arrested a man on suspicion of drunken driving on U.S. Highway 40. After processing the man's fingerprints, police officers learned the man had given them a false name and that he was a juvenile with two outstanding warrants.

Council to reconsider plan

West of Steamboat decision delayed by 11th-hour questions

Steamboat Springs City Council members will discuss Tuesday a plan they didn't get through during the last review.

Yampa marks 100th birthday

When Hildred Fogg decided to collect information about Routt County, she didn't know where to start.

Saturday, April 15

Sound Off for April 16

I'd like to comment on Sunday's story that Tom Ross wrote. It was a three-quarter page advertisement for the new Marabou subdivision in the Elk River Valley. It was more an advertisement than a story. It's a shame you have lost your objectivity and become a pawn for these big luxury developers. Step aside ranchers for these millionaires, whose concern really isn't about preservation of habitat but preservation of the bottom line.

District pursues flow of funding

Forums allow questions about Soda Creek's future

Determining what to do with Soda Creek Elementary School involves half a century of community heritage and likely more than $20 million in taxpayer support.

Omar M. Campbell: Immigration facts and myths

I know you probably do not have time to watch C-SPAN and all their panels, think tanks, interviews on Washington Journal, etc.

Turon-Vannoy

Turon-Vannoy

Below the surface

Rebirthing experience provides insights to life

Laura Lamun was halfway through her rebirthing experience."I need to do more," she said. "I'm sorry, we have to go deeper. I've got to see this. I've got to see what this is."

Shannon and Jeff Lukens: Think rec center

This letter is regarding an indoor pool in Steamboat, something the community needs and deserves. Should it be at the Old Town Hot Springs or at a new recreation site at the Curci Turner land, off Hilltop Parkway? The issue is under heavy debate now and is on City Council's agenda May 16.

Our View: Council must consider all rec plans

The Steamboat Springs City Council must take a big-picture approach to community recreation facilities and develop a plan that stretches public funds to meet the broadest needs possible. If that means the city has to put proposed projects on hold until such a plan can be developed, so be it.

Ashtay Shikilah Bennett

Ashtay Shikilah Bennett, daughter of Suchshane Williams and Patrick Bennett of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:23 a.m. March 29, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Oliver and Sonia Bulter of Steamboat Springs, and Patrick and Paulett Bennett of Jamaica, Wis.

Irving L. Jones Jr.: 1921-2006

Part-time Steamboat Springs resident and aviation pioneer Irving Jones died March 26, 2006, at Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 84.

John F. Russell: A risky jump

Taking risks is nothing new to Steamboat Springs native Corby Fisher.

Democrats hunker down for debate

The Routt County Democratic Party won't have a primary election in August, nor will it have candidates to oppose local Republicans for county treasurer, coroner, clerk or recorder positions. But local Democrats said Saturday they couldn't be more excited about the three candidates they have.

Broker: 'It's like a frenzy'

Data show Steamboat market remains extremely hot

Real estate inventory continues to shrink and prices still are on the rise.

Second-home sales skyrocket in 2005

Doug Scott and Linda Blazek of Corvallis, Ore., purchased their second home in Steamboat Springs three years ago. They plan to retire here.

Balloon migration

July tradition drifts south to new launch site

One of the hottest fixtures on Steamboat's summer resort calendar is drifting south.

Business briefs for April 16

SmartWool, based in Steamboat Springs, has announced the addition of Anne Wiper as its new vice president and general merchandising manager. Wiper was formerly the footwear merchandise director for Pearl Izumi and a vice president at Salomon, where she managed the Salomon Design Center in Boulder.

Brady Claire Bischoff

Brady Claire Bischoff, daughter of Laura and Patrick Bischoff of Steamboat Springs, was born on April 5, 2006. She weighed 5 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Her siblings are Baera and Bo Bischoff. Her grandparents are Barbara and Walter Lett of Washington, D.C. and Barbara and Dieter Bischoff of Austria.

Diane Brower: Editorial wrong

We believe that the Pilot & Today Editorial Board's editorial of Wednesday, April 12, was misleading and vague.

Class Notes for April 16

Steamboat Springs High School senior Anya Salzgeber is the Rotary Club's student of the month. An active participant in Student Leadership and Student Council, Anya is vice president of the senior class. She also mentors a middle school student through Partners in Routt County, is co-commissioner of the Link Crew Program and plays varsity tennis.

James Chamberlin: Praise for the 'little stuff that may not get covered in the paper'

As the principal at Soroco Middle School and Soroco High School for the past seven years, this is the first time I have been asked to contribute an article to the Steamboat Pilot & Today. I am honored and appreciate the opportunity to do so. When I asked about the scope of the article I was told: "...maybe those little things that are going on in your school that don't necessarily get covered in the paper." With that in mind, the little things going on at Soroco middle and high schools that don't necessarily get recognized are the countless little things the faculty and support staff do for the students in South Routt.

Kerry Hart settling in at CMC

New campus dean comes to Steamboat from community college in Laramie, Wyo.

It didn't take long for Kerry Hart to see something unexpected in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat ends home season with win

After sophomore Molly Weiss' powerful serve, she scrambled for an outstretched volley. The ball was returned, but her No. 1 doubles partner, Kristin Toy, was at the net to slam the winning shot home for their 6-1, 6-2, win against Columbine on Saturday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Errors plague Sailors in double loss

The difference between the Steamboat Springs baseball team and the upper-tier teams of the Western Slope League isn't reflected in the final scores.

Business as usual

Sailors defeat Palisade, stay at top of league

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team punched in for work Saturday at noon and punched out nearly two hours later, defeating Palisade, 8-1.

Kirk Morse Crowner: 1922-2006

Former Yampa resident Kirk Morse Crowner died April 7, 2006, surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 84.

Airline boosts service

Winter roundtrip to Atlanta added

Emboldened by the economic performance of the winter's ski season airline program, resort leaders have added a daily roundtrip flight from Atlanta to the 2006-07 schedule.

Flood risk not easily assessed

Seasonal weather proves more influential than thickness of winter snowpack

The 432 inches of snow that fell on Mount Werner this winter have to go somewhere.

South Routt Calendar for April 16

Monday, April 17 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The South Routt Medical Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Bringing a little share to South Routt

Oak Creek residents start food co-op chapter, offer discounts to county residents

After years of participating in a Craig food co-op, several Oak Creek residents have brought a chapter of their own to South Routt.

A family affair

Father, daughter share a love of dogsledding

It has been a week since the team's last run, and the crisp mountain air at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass makes waiting almost unbearable for a group of sled dogs eager to take on the frozen landscape.

Alan Daniel Mayer

Alan Daniel Mayer, son of Matthew and Onika Mayer of Oak Creek, was born at 4:56 p.m. March 20, 2006. He weighed 4 pounds, and was 17.5 inches long. His sister is Eden. His great-grandparents are Helen and Lee Krystosek of Clearwater, Fla. His grandparents are Mary Mayer of Fort Collins, Dan and Kathy Mayer of Bismarck, N.D.; and Karen and Robert Crulo of Bedford, Ind.

Nolan David Laughlin

Nolan David Laughlin, son of Dave and Melissa Laughlin of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:51 p.m. on April 4, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds, and was 21.5 inches long. His grandparents are Carolyn and John Rule of Steamboat Springs and Ethel and Robert Laughlin of Chicago.

Powered by the Internet

Remote work force comes to the forefront

The answer to Routt County's quest for economic development snuck up on the community from behind.

Friday, April 14

Judge OKs mill levy petition

Voters will consider funding South Routt Medical Center

A judge approved a petition Friday allowing South Routt Medical Center officials to ask voters to approve a mill levy in May.

One man's weed --- another man's dinner

Hayden resident finds nutrition in dandelions

For adventurous Routt County residents, finding greens for a dinner salad could be as easy as stepping outside to the front yard.

Chix take third at state tournament

The Chix with Stix women's hockey team placed third at the Women's Association of Colo�--rado Hockey state tournament.

Nordic Council seeks nominations

The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for a few energetic people to lay the foundation for the future of cross-country skiing in the Yampa Valley.

District judge announces retirement

District Judge Paul McLimans will retire this summer after a little more than three years on the bench.

Margaret Dawes dead at 54

'Poogie' was a longtime volunteer and philanthropist

Steamboat Springs philanthropist and civic volunteer Margaret "Poogie" Dawes, 54, was found dead at her home Friday afternoon.

Yampa, Elk rivers roar

Scientists say much of high-altitude snow not yet melted

The Yampa and Elk rivers near Steamboat Springs surged with melting snow this week.

Lacrosse players face tough opponents

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team was dealt two more losses in games against Colorado Academy on April 5 and Kent Denver on Wednesday.

The Record

Collision sends 2 to hospital

A car accident on Lincoln Avenue sent two Steamboat Springs residents to the hospital with minor injuries Friday afternoon.

Commissioners approve townhomes

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission has approved plans for a townhome project in the mountain area.

Prep sports briefs for April 15

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer game against Palisade is at noon today at the Christian Heritage School fields west of Steamboat Springs off U.S. Highway 40.

Sailors down Demons

Tennis team has final home matches today

Anya Salzgeber raised her clenched fist in the air and skipped toward doubles partner Rebecca Timmerman.

Thursday, April 13

Council names finalists

Seven people in the running for city manager position

The city of Steamboat Springs announced on Thursday the names of the seven finalists for the city manager position.

Sweetser sets new shot put record

Hayden fares wellin Moffat County

The large aviator sunglasses hid Tyson Sweetser's eyes, but they couldn't hide the Hayden High School senior's excitement.

Allison Plean: From the cheap seats

There's a different kind of theater in Steamboat Springs. It's blue-collar comedy that feels like a waitress's revenge for having to spend the past five months serving tourists.

Arts calendar for April 14

Ongoing ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents "Full Spectrum: The Routt County Youth and Colorado Mountain College" exhibit through Sunday at the Depot Art Center. See artwork from students ranging from preschool through college. Admission is free. Call 879-9008 for more information.

On Scene for April 14

There's no place like home "Get up! Get up!" was all I could hear under the wreckage of six Wizard of Oz characters as we capsized in our ruby slipper 15 feet into the Cardboard Classic. Panic set in as the Pink Ladies zoomed past us in their cardboard convertible.

Tuesdays in the tent

Strings offers new concert series aimed at locals

Before the busy season begins, Strings in the Mountains will offer locals a community-orientated concert series.

Poetry slam lets local poets express themselves

Most of Janel Moore's poems are about very personal issues.

Dance for orphans

Senior project raises money for Tanzanian orphanage

Emma Stopher-Griffin got the idea for her high school senior project from the project she did about AIDS in Africa her junior year.

Music calendar for April 14

Tonight ¤ 3 Wire When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Jade Summit Restaurant in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Call: 871-6268

Allison's Picks for April 14

Friday ¤ Puppet Show for the month of the young child When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater Cost: $5 for adults, $1 for children

Bears emerge from hibernation

Officials remind residents to be wary of trash

The end of winter marks a changing of the guard of sorts -- skiers and snowboarders return control of the mountains to area bears waking from five months of hibernation.

First Impressions hosts a puppet show tonight

Puppeteer Mike Walsh's biggest challenge is holding his hands above his head for 45 minutes.

Exploration of beauty

Fulkerson creates art people can relate to

Half of Phoebe Fulkerson's paintings have other paintings underneath.

Oak Creek swears in Board

The town of Oak Creek welcomed two newly elected trustees to its Town Board as well as two incumbent trustees and incumbent Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman during a meeting Thursday night.

Airport expects new tracking equipment

If money keeps coming in, more airplanes will be able to land faster -- and be diverted less often -- at Western Slope airports such as Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

Court officials warn of scam

Fake jury summons questionnaires seek personal information

Court officials across the state are warning residents about a potential scam in which fraudulent jury questionnaires are being used to obtain the personal information of respondents.

Drawing lines on the land

House candidates Tipton, Salazar debate immigration reform

Mike Lawrence PILOT & TODAY STAFF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Terrorism and November's elections are fueling nationwide debates about illegal immigration, a Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District said this week. "If we're all very honest about it, I think politics certainly drives some of the agenda right now," said Scott Tipton, a Cortez businessman. "But a number of people since 9/11 have been pushing for more secure borders for an extended period of time. You may well have the two interests converging." Tipton, a newcomer to Colorado's political arena, is challenging incumbent Demo-crat John Salazar for the U.S. House of Representatives seat representing the state's massive third district, which includes Routt County. The men are unopposed within their parties. On Thursday, Tipton re--leased a plan for immigration reform that focuses on creating a guest-worker program, increasing penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and tightening security along U.S. borders. "We must build a security wall along our southern border to stop the flood of illegal immigration," reads the plan, which also proposes training National Guard troops near border-crossing areas. Salazar has said he also supports a guest-worker program and increased border security. In December, he voted against the Border Security Act, which proposed 700 miles of a double-layer steel wall -- with floodlights and surveillance cameras -- along the Mexican border. "Unfortunately, we were unable to address all of my concerns in the House-passed Border Security Act," Salazar said in a written statement. "I do not believe we should make criminals out of charitable organizations and churches that provide assistance to those in need. And local communities should not have to bear the burden of federal mandates." The Senate eventually killed the act and is deadlocked on compromise legislation to address the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Congress is on a two-week Easter break. In a March visit to the Steamboat Pilot & Today newsroom, Salazar called the Border Security Act "abrasive" and said that although a plan is needed for comprehensive immigration reform, that plan should address labor issues and provide incentives for immigrants to legally declare themselves. "We shouldn't be carrying the message of hate," said Salazar, whose office staff said he is spending the break tending to planting season on his ranch in the San Luis Valley. "If there wasn't a need, immigrants wouldn't come here." Tipton said although some people may call his plan harsh, it is not meant to keep immigrants out of the U.S. as long as they enter legally. "This has nothing to do with closing the door on immigration -- that's the lifeblood of our country," he said. "Essentially, what we are calling for here is enforcement of our laws." -- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

The Record for April 14

Wednesday, April 12 1:09 a.m. A Colorado Mountain College resident advisor reported a car stuck in a small pond near the college. When officers arrived, they arrested the 22-year-old driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and failing to report an accident. No injuries were reported.

Schmidt ignores wind

Soroco senior wins 400, qualifies for state track tournament

Four meets. Four state qualifiers. The Soroco High School track and field team added another name to its Class 2A State Track and Field Championships contingent when senior Kyla Schmidt won the 400 meters during Thursday's Hayden Invitational.

Airport project vaults ahead

Construction on terminal expansion projects at Yampa Valley Regional Airport resumed this week, and the work already is a week ahead of schedule. No sleight of hand was involved.

Briefs for April 14

CMC hosting Mud Season dodgeball tournament Colorado Mountain College will host a free dodgeball tournament Saturday at the college. All are welcome. Teams of six will compete for prizes given to the all-around champion, best uniform and most original team name. Call Tommy Larson at 870-4479 for additional information.

Wednesday, April 12

Ski jumping coach leaves U.S. squad

Corby Fisher thinks American ski jumpers can be competitive on the World Cup Tour, but he also understands it is going to take a major shift in thinking.

Sex assault suspect's bond unchanged

A Routt County Court judge on Wednesday refused to lower the bond of a 23-year-old man accused of sexual assault.

Sailors win big in Englewood

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team started well and finished even better during a 16-1 win against Englewood on Tuesday in the Denver metro area.

Scott Stanford: Recruiting, teaching, saying goodbye

I've always wondered why the University of Hawaii doesn't have one of the best football programs in the country year after year. How tough can it be to sell recruits on Honolulu?

Immigration talk of town

Meeting with U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard gets emotional

Taking part in a national debate can be as easy as walking down the street.

Fox Creek Village should be complete this summer

The price of a two-bedroom condominium just dropped by $12,500 for 20 modest-income families in Steamboat Springs.

Holiday celebrations

Following are holiday services announced by area churches: The Hayden Congrega�--tional United Church of Christ will hold a Holy Week "Shadows" Service at 7:30 p.m. today at the church.

Rec boards can't agree on pool

Parks commission wants city pool; Health and Rec wants its own

Indoor, outdoor. Here, there. Two groups that met Wed�--nesday to discuss proposals for pools in Steamboat Springs found little common ground.

Controlled fires to begin

Smoke from prescribed burns visible during next few weeks

The snowmelt is just kicking into high gear, but it's not too early to start thinking about fire season, Routt County officials said.

Former director returns to United Way position

Mark Andersen is returning to Steamboat Springs and to the Routt County United Way's executive director position.

Oak Creek to swear in new board

Oak Creek's new Town Board takes office tonight. During the April 4 municipal election, Dave Fisher and Angie Kralj KenCairn were elected to the Town Board, and incumbents J. Elliott and John Crawford were re-elected. Incumbent Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman also was re-elected.

City announces finalists for city manager position

The Steamboat Springs City Council has named seven finalists for its vacant city manager position. The candidates include Gweorge Krawzoff, the city's director of transportation services and the interim deputy city manager, and Elizabeth Black, the executive director fo the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Sailor athletes awarded academic honors

Seven of Steamboat Springs High School's winter sports teams have been recognized by the Colorado High School Activities Association for their academic achievements.

Tuesday, April 11

Showtime for Sailors

Steamboat tennis team blanks Vail Mountain

Natalie Nichols made the most of her singles debut. Typically a doubles player on Steamboat Springs' No. 2 varsity team -- the Sailors have enough players for two varsity and one junior varsity tennis teams -- Nichols found out Monday night that she was needed to fill in at No. 3 singles. "It was my first ever singles match," Nichols said. "I was not expecting to win."

Richard Levy: Providing homes

In November 1997, the Regional Affordable Living Foundation was created. In November 2003, this organization evolved into the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Our View: Council sends wrong message to volunteers

The Steamboat Springs City Council was right Tuesday to appoint Ed MacArthur to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's board of directors.

Power of perseverence

Olympian inspires eighth-grade girls

When Kylee Swiggart's mother broke her leg recently, her family didn't know how to react.

Democrats to meet Saturday

Last-minute candidacy announcements not likely

Routt County Republicans may have been a little surprised last week to learn about the last-minute announcement of a Routt County sheriff candidate during their county assembly.

Flood warning expires

The town of Hayden was mostly spared by the rising waters of Dry Creek last week, but minor flooding is expected to move east through Routt County as the Yampa and Elk rivers and their tributaries continue to swell with snowmelt.

The Record for April 12

Monday, April 10 12:10 a.m. A man reported finding a snowboard on Yampa Street.

Briefs for April 12

Pilot & Today seeking Editorial Board members

Hayden senior sets school hurdle record

Be it jumping, throwing or running, Hayden High School senior Keenan Bruchez is off to an impressive start this track and field season.

Man falls to death at plant

Accident occurred at Xcel Energy's Hayden Station on Sunday

A Mississippi man died Sunday after falling nearly 100 feet into an empty boiler at Xcel Energy's Hayden Station.

Men accused of quarter theft

Two 19-year-old men were arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing about $600 worth of quarters from a woman who collects money from area newspaper dispensers.

Flower fundraiser orders due Thursday

Spring may have just begun, but time is running out on an annual spring flower sale that benefits 10 local school and youth organizations.

Police officer on paid leave after arrest

A Steamboat Springs police officer is on paid leave after his arrest Sunday night.

Council votes to appoint MacArthur

Joint board openings should be advertised longer, two Steamboat Springs City Council members and the Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday.

Steamboat cruises to 5-0 win

The trademark Latin dance music of the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team played on after another win Tuesday. After beating Moffat County, 5-0, in Craig, the girls briefly celebrated to the tunes blaring from a small boom box before retreating from the dusk's strong winds into their bus.

Bulldogs pull away with late offense

All that Bryan Wojtkiewicz needed was for his team to score one run, but he didn't mind the seven others.

Power lines coming down

City asking for bids to bury utility lines in downtown

City officials are preparing to beautify one of downtown Steamboat Springs' often overlooked assets.

2006 Easter Services

Following are Easter week services announced by area churches: The Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a Holy Week "Shadows" Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. The church also is holding a community sunrise service at 6 a.m. Sunday on the east patio of The Haven Assisted Living Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane. The service will be followed by a breakfast prepared and served by children in the church's Parish Hall, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. Call 276-3510.

Bruchez clears high mark for Hayden

Be it jumping, throwing or running, Hayden High School senior Keenan Bruchez is off to an impressive start this track and field season.

Hill, Mosser take the lead

Next stop for track team: Demon Invitational

The events in which Matt Hill will compete this season are up in the air. How well the Steamboat Springs athlete does is not.

Giovanni de Francisci: Reopen ski mountain

Steamboat has received an almost record-breaking amount of snowfall this year, and the snow coverage on the ski runs on closing day was more than 99 percent. Given this fact, if the mountain were permitted to reopen, not only would it be ski-able, but like closing day, people would flock to the mountain.

Robert H. Maddox: A balanced group

Editor's note: The following letter is addressed to the Steamboat Springs City Council:

Summer rec league meetings are today

The snow still covers the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, but it's never too early to start thinking about summer.

Hayden welcomes new town officials

Longtime trustees leave their posts

The Hayden Town Board welcomed a few fresh faces and said goodbye to two longtime public servants last week.

Council starts work on 2007 budget

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday approved the formation of a task force to investigate the way the city allocates community support funds.

Monday, April 10

School talks start next week

Soda Creek Elementary will be 'first decision to be made'

The Steamboat Springs School District has scheduled two forums to gather input on the future of Soda Creek Elementary School.

County to buy new voting machines

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to purchase voting machines that will change the way residents vote.

Rams records tumble in Gypsum

Girls, boys track team ahead of last year's pace

On Monday --wo days after the Eagle Valley Invitational --oroco track coach Gary Heide still had goosebumps.

Council to discuss budget

The Steamboat Springs City Council is taking an early look at the city's 2007 budget tonight.

Lineup shakeup lifts Sailors

Steamboat places second in Mullen

A shakeup in the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team's lineup worked.

Colorful walls in the halls

Murals brighten up Steamboat Springs Middle School

A pride of lions fit the theme, but 13-year-old Morgan Cox decided they wouldn't look as good as Popeye the sailor flashing a "peace" sign.

The Record for April 11

Sunday, April 9 12:58 a.m. A woman reported a loud party in the 2500 block of AprÃs Ski Way.

Briefs for April 11

Area churches holding Easter services this week The Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a Holy Week "Shadows" Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. The church also is holding a community sunrise service at 6 a.m. Sunday on the east patio of The Haven Assisted Living Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane. The service will be followed by a breakfast prepared and served by children in the church's Parish Hall, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. Call 276-3510.

Sunday, April 9

Briefs for April 10

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for scholarships to attend its dance classes and workshops. Applications are available at www.dancesteamboat.org or from area dance instructors. Applications are due Saturday. Call John Donham at 879-4380.

Seventh-graders set eyes on D.C.

A weeklong conference in Washington, D.C., this fall will give several Hayden students a firsthand look at politics and government.

Tom Ross: All great ski seasons must come to an end

Darn it all Colorado, you've gone and done it. You made me fall in love with you -- again.

Through rain, sleet and snow

Bull sale brings in $110,000 despite wet conditions

Soggy conditions threatened to put a damper on the Northwest Colorado Bull Sale, but the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden dried enough to hold a successful auction.

Smithsonian comes to Yampa

April is a very big month for the town of Yampa. Not only is the town celebrating its centennial with the "Party of the Century," it also is hosting a special exhibit called "Inspirations from the Forest." The exhibit items are on loan from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Senator visits Routt County

Allard town meeting provides opportunity to ask questions

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard will hold a Routt County town meeting in Centennial Hall on Wednesday.

The Record for April 10

11:18 p.m. A neighbor reported a car being wrapped in Saran Wrap on Mountain Village Circle. There was no damage to the car, and the officer said it looked like a "Ford deli sandwich."

Just one more run

Steamboat's skiers and riders celebrate season's end

Late in the afternoon Sunday there were bluebird skies and highs in the 60s, and the ski runs were empty and thick with snow. There was an air of tranquility as an epic ski season came to a close.

Saturday, April 8

Calving off to cold start

Deep snow wreaking havoc on critical time of year for ranchers

Dean Look, a third generation rancher, found a dead newborn calf on his ranch in North Routt County on Thursday morning.

'Trouble free, worry free'

Development would put focus on luxury

The developers of Alpine Mountain Ranch hope to secure more than $33 million in business during the first week in June.

Jeff Temple's next project

Marabou combines amenities, $2 million sites with ranch operations

Jeff Temple and his partners plan to take the successes Temple achieved at Storm Mountain Ranch, along with the lessons learned, and apply them on an even bigger scale at Marabou.

John F. Russell: Shifting gears into spring

Later today, a few hours after Tony Furtado plays a final tune in Gondola Square, it will hit home that another ski season in Steamboat Springs is in the books.

Yoga for youngsters

Classes celebrate Month of the Young Child, improve children's fitness

Yoga instructor Nancy Spooner had never taught children before Friday.

Recycling hits home

Materials go from one home to the next

At first glance, it appears an older home in Dakota Ridge with ski area views is being torn down to construct someone's dream home.

The cycle of the seasons

Local riders ready to ditch bindings for bikes

The way Katie Lindquist sees things, winter begins in six months, so she better get on her bicycle now.

Jason Andrew Colby,

Jason Andrew Colby, son of Jean and Scott Colby of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:50 p.m. March 30, 2006.

Real estate transactions March 25 to April 3

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES - $37,928,000 TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES - $1,496,700

Changes in store for the Grand

Changes are in store now that the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel has sold out. There have been 15 to 20 closings a day on the $23 million worth of units purchased at auction March 18, and the final closing deadline of April 17 is quickly approaching.

Slushy snow buckles Dorothy's ruby slipper

We thought duct tape would be the best way to get sheets of cardboard down a slushy ski trail. After all, it wouldn't absorb water, it would slide well, and it wouldn't come apart.

Riding high

SSWSC team winning with attitude, amplitude

Spencer Tamblyn was hooked the first time he saw someone snowboarding.

Business briefs for April 9

Susan Ross, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Silver Oak Real Estate, has earned membership in the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 13 percent of the more than 126,000 people in the company's worldwide system.

Madison LeeMarie Crisp

Madison LeeMarie Crisp, daughter of Tabitha Haughey and Erick Crisp of Craig, was born at 5:32 p.m. March 24, 2006.

Appel-Gregory

Dale and Becky Appel would like to announce the engagement of their daughter Amber to Scott Gregory, son of Gary and Patsy Gregory of Tunkhannock, Pa.

Martha Jean Ruzicka

Martha Jean Ruzicka, daughter of Cynthia and Michael Ruzicka of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:26 p.m. April 3, 2006.

Class notes for April 9

Strawberry Park book fair starts this week Strawberry Park Elementary School is hosting a Spring Book Fair from Thursday to April 19 in the school's media center. The fair is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for Saturday, when it is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair ends at 3 p.m. April 19.

South Routt Calendar for April 9

Monday, April 10 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sound Off for April 9

GOP woes As I read the article about "GOP urges unity" in the April 2 Steamboat Pilot & Today, it amazes me, as a Republican in Routt County, that I find out about events after the fact. I'm more informed about events the Democratic Party has in the county. It is time for the Routt County Republican Party to reach out to its party members in all of Routt County.

Our View: One size doesn't fit all

Relocation assistance for Westland Mobile Home Park residents should be decided on an individual basis.

Timothy Bruno Sabat

Timothy Bruno Sabat, son of Allison Katherine Sabat and Erik Christopher Sabat of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:36 p.m. March 28, 2006.

Dartagnan Michael Hammond

Dartagnan Michael Hammond, son of Earl "Tank" Hammond and Jayna Hammond of Craig, was born at 7:03 p.m. March 31, 2006.

Wyatt Robert Medeiros

Wyatt Robert Medeiros, son of Judy Medeiros of Craig, was born at 9:35 p.m. March 24, 2006.

Isabelle Elze Johnson

Isabelle Elze Johnson, daughter of Brett and Kate Johnson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:59 p.m. March 22, 2006.

Bridge to learning

Teacher using card game to teach math, reasoning skills to students

When seventh-graders at Steamboat Springs Middle School began playing bridge, they quickly shed a popular assumption about the intricate card game.

Friday, April 7

Race for sheriff contested

Police officer announces bid for Republican nomination

Routt County Republicans will have a choice after all in the race for sheriff.

Looking for late snowstorm

Ski area needs miracle from Mother Nature to break record

The 10 inches of snow that fell on Thunderhead overnight Thursday wasn't enough to topple the single-season snowfall record at the Steamboat Ski Area.

'Road warrior' lacrosse team rolls on after loss

It's tough to win in a sport that was created to settle territorial disputes when you have no territory to protect, let alone practice on.

Club figure skaters go solo, chill competitors

Going solo can be a hard thing to do, but seven skaters from the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club recently ventured onto the ice alone for the first time.

Steamboat triathletes convene for training

More than 25 percent -- 118 out of 400 -- of the athletes who participated in last year's inaugural Steamboat Springs Triathlon lived in Routt County.

Technology spending not finished

Items left off a budget ap�--�--proved by the Education Fund Board this week are not going away, a Fund Board member said.

Drug case ruled mistrial

Jury fails to reach agreement after two hours of deliberaton

A mistrial was declared Fri�--day in the trial of a Steamboat Springs man on drug charges.

Sales tax revenues continue to increase

This year's sales tax revenues continue to outpace revenues collected in 2005.

City faces community center decisions

Time is ticking for the Steam�--boat Springs City Council to make a decision about building a new community center.

GOP makes sheriff picks

One day after Steamboat Springs police Officer Garrett Wiggins announced his candidacy for Routt County sheriff, a group of Republican delegates voted him onto August's primary ballot. Fellow GOP sheriff's candidate Ray Birch, a sergeant with the Routt County Sheriff's Office, also received enough votes during Saturday's Republican County Assembly to appear on the August ballot.

Under one umbrella

Colorado schools' English Language Learners take new standardized test

Joselyn Ponce, 5, is one sound away from knowing what you put food into at the grocery store.

After the aftermath

Alpine Enrichment Program tells South Mississippi's Hurricane Katrina story

Brianne Powell, an adjunct instructor at Colorado Moun�tain College, received an alarming phone call from her high school friend the day Hurricane Katrina hit South Mississippi.

Thursday, April 6

Arts calendar for April 7

Ongoing events ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents "Full Spectrum: The Routt County Youth and Colorado Mountain College" exhibit through April 16 at the Depot Art Center. See artwork from students ranging from preschool to college. Admission is free. Call 879-9008 for more information.

Center submits pool plans

Health and Rec officials want indoor swimming, renovations

Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association officials have submitted plans for the construction of an indoor pool.

Gumbiner named hospitality person of the year

Tourism industry pros tell stories from the trenches

Christina Gumbiner danced out of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom Thursday night with a trip for two to Key West, Fla. Gumbiner, manager of the Thunderhead building for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., was named "Hospitality Person of the Year" during the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Genuine Prom.

Allison's picks for April 7

Today ¤ "The Sounds of Spring" concert by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra When: 7 p.m. Where: Moffat County High School in Craig Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students; and $1 for children 12 and younger Why you should go: Because the orchestra is made up of truly amazing local musicians, and it's a great opportunity to take a road trip to Craig. (They also are playing in at the Steamboat Christian Center on Saturday and Sunday.)

Get ready to run

Spirit Challenge kicks off Steamboat series

Longer days and spring sun fuel John Chapman's hopes for Steamboat Springs' potential as a runner's paradise.

GOP assembly Saturday

Gathering of Republicans could contain surprises

The lack of a contested race won't take the excitement out of Saturday's Republican County Assembly, a local GOP official said.

By invitation only

Three local artists invited to Governor's Show

Greg Effinger can't wait to be 60 years old and look back at what he has accomplished during his art career.

Allison Plean: Coffee talk

My roommate's cell phone is partially broken. She can make and receive calls but cannot hear it ring, see the display, retrieve phone numbers or exploit caller ID.

The sounds of spring

Orchestra celebrates season with performance

Ernest Richardson, conductor for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra's spring concert, uses his advanced training in tae kwon do to help musicians prepare for the physical demands of music making.

Tony Furtado caps off amazing winter

Tony Furtado cooks the way he plays music.

Music calendar for April 7

Tonight ¤ Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra's spring concert When: 7 p.m. Where: Moffat County High School in Craig Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students; and $1 for children 12 and younger Call: 879-9008, ext. 107

CD Reviews for April 7

Sia "Colour the Small One" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98 Sia sounds like she could be the new Norah Jones, but her style is more diverse. Her voice hangs over the edge of what you love about powerful female vocalists.

One-stop shopping

Bike Swap offers chance to sell, buy used gear

The Routt County Riders Bicycle Club is holding another bike swap in hopes of making the buying and selling of bicycle-related gear a one-stop shopping experience.

Slide into spring ice skating show

Jamie Jones has been competing and performing as an ice skater for 10 years. For her senior experience project at Steamboat Springs High School, she is producing "Paradise on Ice," the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club's annual spring ice show.

On Scene for April 7

The boys at the VFW I secretly might have been the most excited person at Sureva Towler's book-signing party to see the old El Rancho Nuevo sign again.

Ski town spoofs

No one is safe from 'Spinal Pirate' parody performance

The members of Ski Town Productions like to pick on people.

Boundary criteria changes OK'd

With little discussion, the Routt County Planning Com�--mission approved changes to the criteria for inclusion in the Urban Growth Boundary on Thursday night.

Hayden welcomes new officials

Two longtime trustees step down from Town Board posts

The Hayden Town Board welcomed a few fresh faces and said goodbye to two longtime public servants Thursday night.

Nordic combined coach named

Lasse Ottesen will take over leadership of U.S. team

As expected, spring 2006 has been a season of change for the U.S. Nordic Combined Team.

Council suspends 2 liquor licenses

Cantina opts for harshest penalty

The liquor licences of two Steamboat Springs businesses were suspended Thursday as punishment for failing an alcohol compliance check last year. However, the owner of one of the establishments made his punishment harsher than what was recommended during the show-cause hearing at Centennial Hall.

Routt authorities keep watch on rising rivers

Abundant snowpack, higher temperatures and rain have Routt County officials keeping a close eye on area streams and rivers.

The show goes on

'South Pacific' cast perseveres through tragic loss

Most musicals are about the struggle and triumph over adversity. The story about Steamboat Springs High School's production of "South Pacific" is no different.

Wilderness the size of Ireland

Local travelers canoe remote Canadian rivers

Steamboat Springs-based adventure traveler John Spezia will present a slideshow Saturday detailing the vast Canadian wilderness of Muskwa-Kechika.

Wednesday, April 5

Wheelin' and dealin'

Casino night looks to draw high schoolers

Area high school students will have an opportunity to be high rollers Friday during Substance Free Casino Night.

The Record for April 6

Tuesday, April 4 1:07 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Transit employee reported a man in his 20s standing under a bus shelter but not responding to the employee's voice. The employee told police the man was drooling and might be intoxicated.

Authority appointment tabled

County votes to appoint Ed McArthur, but city balks

In a divided vote, the Steam�--boat Springs City Council has tabled a decision about whether to appoint the recommended candidate to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's board of directors.

Routt not part of forest sale

The Routt National Forest land is not included in a federal proposal to sell more than 300,000 acres of forestland to provide short-term funding for rural schools.

Staff, computer cash OK'd

Thirteen turned out to be a lucky number for the city's Education Fund Board on Wednesday night.

Fruita picks apart Steamboat

Sailors fall to Wildcats, 4-3, in first outdoor matches

In Steamboat Springs' first outdoor matches of the season, the girls tennis team faltered, falling to Fruita, 4-3, on Friday.

Officials seeking airport analysis

The city of Steamboat Springs is seeking six to seven people to serve on a steering committee that will help with upcoming studies of Steamboat Springs Airport.

Briefs for April 6

LIFT-UP Food Bank finds new home in Oak Creek

Oak Creek man pleads guilty to assault

A 22-year-old Oak Creek man pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor third-degree assault in Routt County Court.

Chix off to state tourney

Steamboat's Chix With Stix earned a No. 5 seed in this weekend's state hockey tournament, and it may work to the team's advantage.

Rain doesn't sink Sailors

Steamboat girls beat Moffat, 4-0

The running wasn't over after the final whistle of the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs soccer game Wednesday.

Scott Stanford: Looking for a few good funnies

Question: Where do cows go for a night out? Answer: To the mooooo-vies. That's it -- my best joke. You're welcome to use it.

Tuesday, April 4

Rodeman rakes 'em in

Oak Creek incumbent mayor elected to third term

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman was re-elected to a third term Tuesday.

Men arrested after car chase

Two Denver teenagers were arrested Monday night on suspicion of breaking into and stealing items from four Steamboat Springs cars and leading police on a high-speed chase through Grand County.

There's no slowing down Soroco senior

Kieran Corrigan is a veteran, so cool temperatures and a stiff wind aren't going to slow the Soroco High School senior.

Hayden schools receive $200,000 in grant money

The Hayden School District has some big plans for the $200,000 it has been awarded by the state, including installing new public address systems, clocks and an advanced key system.

Return of small United jets on hold

Yampa Valley community leaders have had talks with United Express, but their requests for more frequent service to and from Denver on small jets won't be realized for the foreseeable future.

City stalls plan adoption

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan adoption hearing will not happen as scheduled.

Sailors having a field day

Sailors jumpers, throwers improving

While the runners continue to work their way into mid-season shape, Steamboat Springs High School's field athletes are ready to score consistent points for the team.

Last chance to buy local bulls Saturday

A late-season cattle sale Saturday will be the last opportunity for residents to purchase cattle locally.

Christian Heritage banquet to be held Friday

Event has special meaning after teacher Brian Houston's death

This year, the Christian Heritage School's fundraising banquet will be about more than raising money.

Bruchez qualifies for state in discus

Kevin Kleckler is a veteran coach, but even he hasn't encountered training conditions such as those experienced during February and March.

Keenan Bruchez qualifies for state in discus

First meet shows some great results

Kevin Kleckler is a veteran coach, but even he hasn't encountered training conditions such as those experienced during February and March.

Chamber looks to refocus

The election of Hayden Chamber of Commerce officers is on hold until a committee can formulate goals for the troubled organization.

Schools receive state grant

The Hayden School District has some big plans for the $200,000 it has been awarded by the state, including installing new public address systems, clocks and an advanced key system.

Officer to attend academy

Steamboat police captain accepted into FBI training program

Police Capt. Joel Rae has been accepted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's prestigious National Law Enforcement Academy.

Hayden elects new mayor

Former trustee defeats Parks and Recreation chairman

Hayden Town Board member Joe Schminkey is the town's new mayor.

Our View: School Board needs focus groups

The Steamboat Springs School Board should consider using focus groups to gather public input on replacing Soda Creek Elementary School.

Rural schools continue fight

Study to assess graduation requirement effect on small classes

A local education official soon will find out whether data supports her claim about a possible threat to rural schools.

Monday, April 3

BLM releases Emerald plans

Comments about mountain's future accepted until May 1

The long-anticipated land swap for Emerald Mountain reached another milestone with the release of a draft management plan and environmental assessment by the Bureau of Land Management.

Town elections held today

Oak Creek, Hayden voters to decide on Town Boards

Voters in Hayden and Oak Creek will cast ballots today in two very different elections.

Board reviews school options

After a review of four options for Soda Creek Elementary School on Monday, the Steamboat Springs School Board agreed that the public should have a say in the school's future.

Council reviews west end development

The Steamboat Springs City Council will hold a final discussion tonight on the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan before the plan goes to an adoption hearing.

County approves gravel pit for project

Routt County planning staff approved a permit last week that will allow a new gravel pit on Colorado Highway 131.

Officials address teen sexual assault risk

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Bob Devalle had a tough question for Lonn Clementson's health class.

Local riders get big air at nationals

Steamboat team brings home 43 medals, crowns three champions

Arielle Gold's last name was appropriate.

Puck Ewes earn first division title

The walls of the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena are adding color.

Nursing association thinks remotely

VNA hopes long-distance health monitoring will reduce hospital bills

The Visiting Nurse Assoc�--iation announced Monday that it has received $75,000 in grants for remote health monitoring equipment.

Sunday, April 2

Tom Ross: TV sports network goes to new lengths

Series will capture all the drama of competitive dominoes -- seriously

April fools! I know, I know. That was Saturday. But practical jokes were all I could think of Sunday when I glanced at the front page of the New York Times. The headline read: "After luck with poker, ESPN bets on New York dominoes."

Relief in sight for elk

Big-game animals raid ranches for food during sparse winter

A large heard of elk trying to feed in a snow-covered hayfield south of the Haymaker Golf Course serves as a reminder of the harsh conditions big-game animals have been battling this winter.

Rotary collects 15,000 books

Books for the Bayou drive continues until Saturday

Local Rotarians are on their way to collecting 25,000 books for Louisiana libraries ravaged by Hurricane Rita.

Saturday, April 1

Demand grows for West End

Thirteen families already on list for 10 deed-restricted units

Units in West End Townhomes have been on the market for little more than a week, and developers already have a list of 13 people who may want to live in the affordable units.

Transactions for March 22 to 24

WEAVER, L. TO ALLEN AIR COMFORT, INC. FOR SKI-INN CONDO UNIT: 224 - $217,000

In the still of the night

As a spring storm shakes out its last few flakes, blinking yellow lights count down the slow hours of the graveyard shift.

Coming soon

A theater near you

Marshall Smith is confident he can open Steamboat's new movie theater in time to show two of the biggest blockbusters of the spring.

Over the hills but not far away

Tanglewood Trail a North Routt gem

I have a theory that the best backcountry experiences start in a coffee shop.

Teachers taking stress out of CSAPs

Brad Kindred knows how to make brain juice.

Possible Westland relocation detailed

Westland Mobile Home Park residents know the demolition of their homes is all but certain.

Derby set to return to Oak Creek

Winners have a chance to earn trip to national competition in Ohio

After a successful Oak Creek debut last summer, the sixth annual Rotary Club Soap Box Derby will return to South Routt in the summer.

Improving Steamboat's school system

Student, parent and teacher opinions valued in quest for excellence

The Steamboat Springs School District is committed to improving the quality of education provided to every student. We think we must actively seek and consciously use input from parents, teachers, staff and students.

Preservation allows for higher density

A recent change to the Land Preservation Subdivision ordinance prompted developers Andy Daly and Bill Butler to change their plans for Alpine Mountain Ranch, a new luxury home development just south of the city limits.

East meets West

Hospital introduces acupuncture treatments

Kelley McDaneld represents a small foothold for Eastern medicine in a bastion of Western tradition.

Business briefs for April 2

Lisa Idzahl joins Steamboat Motors Lisa Idzahl has joined the sales team at Steamboat Motors.

Our View: Fire staffing takes priority

Steamboat Springs fire officials are concerned that the city doesn't have enough firefighters to handle a major structure fire. It's a serious issue that the city must act quickly to fix.

Delta deals Sailors losses

Alex Wood eats with his right hand. He writes with his right hand. He even bats right-handed. The only thing he does with his left hand is throw a baseball.

GOP urges unity

At a Lincoln Day Dinner marked by themes of solidarity, most Republicans in attendance showed that quality by uniting behind U.S. Rep Bob Beauprez for governor.

The laws of nature

Hurricane's wrath can't keep attorney away from home

Hurricane Katrina spun wildly in the Gulf of Mexico, swallowing water on its deadly path toward New Orleans. David Band saw the brilliant red radar image every time he turned on the TV.

Ideas growing with enrollment

Parent input needed at charter school forum Thursday

Big ideas are brewing in the yurt.

John F. Russell: Changes in altitude, attitude

I knew the day my first child was born that fatherhood was going to change a lot of things in my life.

Skier goes from World Cup to Carhartts

These days, four-time Oly-mpian Todd Lodwick's uniform consists of a pair of Carhartt pants, a paint-splattered sweatshirt and a baseball cap.