Stories for August 2006


Thursday, August 31

Video: A first look at Friday's headlines

The ski area is working on boosting snow production; shoppers can win $1,000 shopping spree at downtown businesses; a seminar helps seniors with financial planning; the Housing Authority has a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Fox Creek affordable-housing development; and Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco all have football games this weekend.

The Record for Aug. 30

2:51 p.m. A bronzed bird's nest affixed to a rock in front of a statue of a family reportedly was stolen from The Sanctuary near Redwood Drive. Police said the nest, which is worth about $5,000, has been stolen off the rock several times.

Sidewalk sale with an incentive

Labor Day weekend sale promises chance to win $1,000 shopping spree

Perusing racks and racks of discounted clothing and other merchandise from more than 40 downtown businesses just got a little sweeter.

Pursuit ends in man being Tased

A 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Thursday morning after police said the man refused to pull over during a routine traffic stop. Police said they were forced to use a Taser to subdue the man.

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Video: Morning News Update

Police used a Taser to subdue a man after a car chase early this morning; a housing authority plan raises concerns among residents; a report released this week shows the housing authority on solid financial ground; Anthony Carlson pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography; enter our lift ticket giveaway today; and the Sailors' golf team takes second behind Basalt.

Delta Blues

Sailors a notch below Basalt at tournament

Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson is getting sick of looking at the scoreboard at tournaments and seeing his team one notch below Basalt.

High altitude running event Sunday

Chuck O'Connell calls Sunday's Steamboat Springs Running Series event a "classic Steamboat race."

Rugby ends strong season

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club considered its season over two weeks ago after losing a second close division match to Vail, eliminating the club from winning the mountain division of the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union.

On solid financial ground

Housing Authority audit positive, board questioned about new proposal

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority ended 2005 with financial assets exceeding its liabilities by nearly $390,000.

School district lawsuit settled

Nearly a year after a local teacher's union filed a lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School District, the dispute is resolved.

Creek View Grill to open soon

p>Hayden developer Stefanus Nijsten has decided to open Creek View Grill at a vacant building, which used to be a restaurant, on the west side of town along U.S. Highway 40.

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Haven celebrates anniversary

Residents have an opportunity today to get a glimpse at the past, present and the future of the Haven assisted living center in Hayden. The center has been offering care for 10 years to people who need help with day-to-day activities, but do not require the medical services of a nursing home.

The Record for August 29

12:49 a.m. A 40-year-old man with diabetes reportedly was suffering from head pains in the 3400 block of Flagstone Court. The man did not want to be taken to the hospital.

Scott Stanford: Questions about our questions

Longtime local Keith Skytta, who served on this newspaper's editorial board a few winters back, e-mailed me this week with questions about our Question of the Week.

Briefs for August 31

Habitat for Humanity seeking designer

Wednesday, August 30

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Video: A first look at Thursday's headlines

An early morning drag race ends in local men being arrested; the Housing Authority issues its annual report and is working on a new project; The Haven Assisted Living Center turns 10 years old; the Steamboat Springs Education Association settles its lawsuit with the School Board; and the Hayden Tigers take on Coal Ridge on Friday.

Man pleads not guilty in child porn case

A 44-year-old man accused of possessing child pornography pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday in Routt County Court.

Drag racing lands two drivers in jail

Steamboat residents arrested on suspicion of DUI after accident

An early morning drag race Wednesday left two Steamboat Springs residents in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Police anticipate busy weekend

Alternative transportation available for Labor Day crowds

Law enforcement officials throughout the county do not expect Labor Day weekend to cause much of an issue this weekend, though officers will be out in force looking for drunk drivers.

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Video: Morning News Update

Residents won't be voting on a bond issue for a recreation center this fall; the bond for a suspect in a string of burglaries is set at $30,000; The Haven Assisted Living Facility is 10 years old today; there's a lot going on in the Yampa Valley this Labor Day weekend; the ski pass giveaway starts Friday; and the Sailors soccer team looks strong this year.

Mountain biker injured in race OK

At Friday's final Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series event, the Mount Werner Valley View Cross Country, racer Mark Bosley ran into some trouble riding the fast descent from the top of Thunderhead Peak to the base of the Thunderhead chairlift.

Council: 'No' to rec

$18 million facility will not appear on ballot this year

A proposed $18 million recreation center will not be on the ballot for Steamboat Springs voters this year.

Mike Lawrence: The politics of absurdity

Goldfish-marrying makes mockery of serious issue

In 1829, Scotland-born activist Fanny Wright pointed out the hypocrisy of American women not being able to vote.

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Seeing clearly

City, county officials assess vision for Yampa Valley in 2020

If you put enough intelligent and influential people in the same room, the discussion is bound to get a little lofty.

Our View: Define options

The City Council's recent handling of One Steamboat Place underscores the need for the council to decide whether it wants to continue offering the payment-in-lieu option in its inclusionary zoning ordinance for affordable housing.

Craig teen injured in crash

An 18-year-old Craig woman was hurt Monday after she lost control of the vehicle she was driving on Routt County Road 27 and landed on a barbed-wire fence.

4-H youths take top honors

Routt County students received high honors at this year's Colorado State Fair 4-H competitions. Of the 64 projects submitted to the competition, 16 top honors were awarded to 13 local 4-H members.

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Haven celebrates past, future

Hayden assisted living center marks tenth anniversary

Today, the Haven assisted living center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Haven will also hold their annual business meeting at 4 p.m. Employees will be honored for five, 10 and 15 years of service. The birthday celebration will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Record for 8-28

The Record for Monday, August 28, 2006.

Alumni ready to return

Former volleyball players to compete in Colorado

Steamboat Springs High School alumni Bayli Stillwell and Katie Carter will provide local volleyball fans a couple of good excuses to get out of town next month.

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Quality and quantity

Senior group to lead Sailors soccer in wide-open league

It bodes well for the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors boys soccer team that honorable mention midfielder/forward David Comeau is one of those two all-league players returning to the squad. It also bodes well that in league ripe for new senior talent, Comeau is one of what head coach Rob Bohlmann calls a "core group of eight" seniors returning to Steamboat's varsity team.

Briefs for 8-30

Briefs for Wednesday, August 30, 2006.

Tuesday, August 29

Video: A first look at Wednesday's headlines

A judge has set bond at $20,000 for the suspect in a string of burglaries; the City Council will determine tonight whether voters will decide about a rec center in the November election; two former Sailors are now playing at the college level; and the Steamboat soccer team begins its season this week.

Man arrested in car theft case

An Iowa man was arrested in Wyoming early Tuesday on suspicion of stealing his uncle's 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 from a construction site in Steamboat Springs on Monday.

Rain, snow feed area rivers

First fall of season dusts Mount Zirkel Wilderness

The impact of the steady rain that fell in Steamboat Springs on Sunday is still being felt on area rivers and streams. The storm pattern also brought the first snow of the year, with a dusting in the highest elevations of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and a white coating on Flat Top Mountain south of Yampa.

Burglary suspect's bond set at $30K

Police seek to recover stolen goods

A Routt County judge on Tuesday set a $30,000 bond in the case of a 20-year-old man police think burglarized several Steamboat Springs businesses last week.

Craig woman hurt in crash

An 18-year-old Craig woman was hurt Monday after she lost control of the vehicle she was driving on Routt County Road 27 and landed on a barbed-wire fence.

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Video: Morning News Update

Voters will decide about rebuilding Soda Creek Elementary; the City Council will release the results of the recreation center survey tonight; a Craig woman was injured in a car crash Monday; police have arrested a suspect in a string of burglaries; the first lift ticket give-away is Friday morning; and the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash is Sunday.

It's back

Professional Bull Riders return to Steamboat

Professional bull rider Judd Mortensen is used to risky situations in the rodeo arena.

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Burglary suspect arrested after tip

Police arrested a 20-year-old man who they suspect is connected to a recent string of burglaries in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Aug. 29

12:49 a.m. A woman reported hearing gunshots in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. Police discovered it was fireworks.

Briefs: Aug. 29

Youth hockey registration open for boys and girls

Registration for Steamboat Youth Hockey has begun for boys and girls ages 6 through 18. Pre-season registration discounts as well as scholarships are being offered through Sept. 11. Register online at For more information, call 871-0063.

Hayden man recovering after surgery

A call for help has resulted in a windfall of support from the Hayden community.

Man still in serious condition

Hayden resident suffering injuries from car accident

A Hayden man remained in serious condition at a Denver hospital Monday afternoon from injuries he received in a car accident Saturday night.

City, county officials to meet today

City and council officials will meet at noon today to discuss future development in west Steamboat Springs.

Recreation center on the line

One Steamboat Place also up for discussion, but no action

The Steamboat Springs City Council will decide tonight whether an $18.5 million recreation center will be on the ballot Nov. 7.

Tom Ross: Katrina still impacts Steamboat families

Charles Cadrecha still has an ocean view from his condo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Up to the voters

$30 million for elementary schools on ballot

Steamboat Springs voters will decide Nov. 7 whether to approve nearly $30 million for construction of a new building to replace Soda Creek Elementary School and an expansion of Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Monday, August 28

Prosecutors drop case in JonBenet Ramsey slaying

Prosecutors abruptly dropped their case against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at the crime scene despite his repeated insistence he killed the 6-year-old beauty queen.

Video: A first look at Tuesday's headlines

The Steamboat Springs School Board will discuss replacing Soda Creek Elementary at its meeting tonight; the City Council will review a survey about a possible recreation center at the meeting Tuesday; three Hayden men were injured in a crash during the weekend; and there's a professional bull riding event this weekend.

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Video: Morning News Update

Classes start today for Steamboat schools; the School Board meets tonight to talk about whether to put a bond issue on the ballot to replace Soda Creek Elementary; this is Tom Miller-Freutel's last night on the School Board; the City Council on Tuesday will review results of a survey about a possible recreation center; and the Steamboat Springs Triathlon was Sunday.

Triple threat

Locals post strong showing in triathlon

For 18-year-old Paul Rose, the hardest part about this year's Steamboat Springs Triathlon wasn't the 37-degree temperature when the race began.

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Decision time

School Board to act on Soda Creek ballot issue

The first day of school for Steamboat Springs' students is the last day on the School Board for Tom Miller-Freutel.

The Record for August 26

2:01 a.m. A woman reported a suspicious person on Black Hawk Court.

Briefs for August 28

Three Hayden men injured in one-vehicle crash

Bridge ready for repair

Pine Street work, detours could last until Thanksgiving

Structural repairs to a bridge on Pine Street are scheduled to begin this week.

Chatting with Councilman Towny Anderson

Towny Anderson is a member of the Steamboat Springs City Council who was elected in November 2005. He sat down Friday for a chat with readers on

County Agenda for monday August 28

Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners

- Discussion regarding the supplemental budget for the coroner van replacement

Sunday, August 27

Tackling the opposition

Sailors force four turnovers in 31-13 rout of Kent Denver

All week, Steamboat Springs quarterback and free safety Tanner Stillwell heard about how good Kent Denver quarterback Will Deevy was.

Kings' court

Sisters look to continue Sailors' strong volleyball tradition

Shortly before her first practice with this year's squad, Steamboat Springs High School head volleyball coach Wendy Hall contemplated what she characterized as an "underachieving" 2005 season. At 6-8 in league play, Hall described the season by pointing to a series of misfortunes, such as the season-ending shoulder injury suffered by Erin Gleason.

Hayden hopes experience yields wins

If ever there was a year for the Hayden volleyball team to make some noise in Class 2A, this is it.

A jam to be envied

Soroco's volleyball talent creates lineup questions for coach

Soroco volleyball coach Betsy Photos has a problem.

High on fake grass

Nothing says the start of the high school football season like the smell of freshly cut : rubber?

Letters to the Editor

To the person who thinks Steamboat Springs needs only high-end affordable housing: Do I rightly assume that you, as a high-end wage earner, will do our low-end wage jobs?

Moving on

Westland residents to vacate mobile home park by Sept. 26

Next month, the party officially ends for Kleiman and the other 100 or so residents of Westland Mobile Home Park. To make way for Riverwalk, a residential and commercial development that could break ground in March 2007, Westland residents must vacate by Sept. 26. The neighborhood covers more than two blocks of Yampa Street. Residents were first notified of future development in April 2003, when Riverwalk Steamboat LLC, managed by Jim Cook, began proceedings to purchase the more than 2-acre site.

Our View: Fix it for the children

The city of Steamboat Springs is contemplating an $18 million community recreation center. The Steamboat Springs School District is looking to build a new Soda Creek Elementary School and make improvements at Strawberry Park Elementary School at a cost of $28.5 million.

Jimmy Westlake: Vanishing Star

Have you ever watched a star disappear? There are lots of stars that periodically fade and brighten, but there are only two that actually vanish from view, altering the shape of their constellation.

South Routt calendar for 8-27

Calendar of activities and events for South Routt for the week of Sunday, August 27, 2006.

Sound Off

Of course Kevin Kaminski should resign from the City Council seat.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

Briefs from around Oak Creek and Phippsburg, by Lila Rider.

Another day in paradise

Oak Creek promises its Labor Day celebrations will be better than ever

The theme for this year's Oak Creek Labor Day celebration is "Another Day in Paradise." The town is bringing back favorite events such as the parade and skydivers in Decker Park. New events also have been added, including comedian Bryan Kellen and the Paradigm Theater's rendition of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show," which begins Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 4.

Class Notes for 8-27

Class notes for Sunday, August 27, 2006.

The Record for 8-25

Jail Report for Saturday, August 19 through Friday, August 25, and the Record for Friday, August 25.

Dave Shively: Point Broken


The last time I tried to surf, a friend and I took an 8-foot Kmart inflatable called the Sea Hawk into some mild Atlantic surf. As hormone-ravaged 13-year-olds, it was easy enough to swim out into the waves and ride the whitewater to the jeers and insults of the older, much "cooler" surfers who established domain over their backyard waves in their fancy, oar-less boards.

Forget work ... I'm going to the wake

Local wakeboarders have daily access to state's prime waters

Just larger than 1,000 acres of water, Chatfield State Park's lake's seclusion and picturesque setting at the foot of Hahn's Peak has contributed to its growth as a paradise for local boaters looking to push themselves in the increasingly popular sports of wakeboarding and wake surfing. Dan Wilson says he's seen 350 boats - at one time - on the Chatfield State Park lake's 1,400 surface acres on a busy day. About 20 percent of those boats are towing a wakeboarder or water skier as they tear around the lake in enforced counter-clockwise laps.

Ryan Frank Andrew

Ryan Frank Andrew, son of Jessie and Josh Andrew of Steamboat Springs, was born at 2:38 p.m. Aug. 15, 2006.

Simon Daschle Rittner

Simon Daschle Rittner, son of Bronwyn and Robert Rittner of Stagecoach, was born at 5:08 p.m. Aug. 17, 2006.

Lilly Grace Williams

Lilly Grace Williams, daughter of Lisa Williams of Columbus, Ohio, was born at 1:55 a.m. Aug. 15, 2006.

Jose Miguel Chavez

Jose Miguel Chavez, son of Amy Sanchez and Jose Chavez of Craig, was born at 4:07 p.m. Aug. 18, 2006

Curtis Church

Age: 39 Occupation: Yampa Valley Housing Authority program director Place of birth: Seattle, Wash.

Building permits for August 14 to 18


Highmark nudges $1,000 barrier

Vail Village condos typically being sold for $1,100 per square foot

Could slopeside condos at Steamboat someday be routinely priced at more than $1,000 per square foot? The day could be coming.

Business briefs

SmartWool Corp. announced the third round of grant recipients from the new SmartWool Advocacy Program, which includes the SmartWool Advocacy Fund and the SmartWool Breast Cancer Fund.

Fifth & Yampa

Developer giving pedestrians a reason to walk his direction

A vacant lot at one of the key intersections in Old Town Steamboat Springs could be transformed by plans for a new four-story building. Developer Paul Franklin has applied to the city of Steamboat Springs to build 24 residential condominiums and almost 7,000 square feet of commercial space close to the entrance to Howelsen Hill.

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Dwindling supply

Growing population will require water storage, conservation

By 2030, more than 60,000 people will live in Northwest Colorado - a 50 percent increase in population from 2005 statistics. The statewide population likely will grow at the same rate. In 2030, an estimated 7.1 million people will call Colorado home, up about 50 percent from the state's 2005 population of nearly 4.7 million.

Mia Isabella Moreno

Mia Isabella Moreno, daughter of Jaime and Katie Moreno of Craig, was born at 1:54 a.m. Aug. 15, 2006.

Cameron Ashton Campbell

Cameron Ashton Campbell, son of Danielle and Nathan Campbell of Hayden, was born at 7:50 p.m. Aug. 14, 2006.

John "Jack" Hugh Sulentich

John "Jack" Hugh Sulentich, son of Lisa R. and Dr. Scott M. Sulentich, was born at 7:31 p.m. Aug. 7, 2006

A first day of unfamiliar faces

Routt County schools begin year with many new teachers

All three Routt County public school districts are welcoming a mix of first-year teachers, teachers new to the area and returning teachers or previously retired teachers.

Fire, police forces seek more staff

Steamboat Springs' population has grown steadily over the past decade, as have the number of calls the city's police department responds to. But there's been no growth in the police department's staffing, and that's something Public Safety Director J.D. Hays hopes will change next year. Hays' 2007 budget, which he presented to the Steamboat Springs City Council during a pre-budget hearing Tuesday, asks for two additional patrol officers. The two officers would cost the city $130,264 a year in salary and benefits.

Once upon a time Wonderland came to Steamboat Springs

Ringmaster Roy Ordaz is offended when people refer to Circus Chimera as a three-ring circus.

Real estate transactions for August 9 to 17


Saturday, August 26

Rockslide closes U.S. 40 at 114

A rockslide closed U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden for about three hours early Friday morning.

The Record for 8-24

The Record for Thursday, August 24, 2006.

Briefs for 8-26

Local area briefs for Saturday, August 26, 2006.

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Post office paradox

Expanded service brings end to 'best-kept secret': free P.O. boxes

One of the "best-kept secrets" in town has come to an end. For at least the past two years, some Steamboat Springs residents have received free mail service. But Frank Murphy, postmaster at the Steamboat Springs Post Office on Lincoln Avenue, said Thursday that because local postal service now offers home delivery to the entire city as well as outlying areas, a federal loophole that allowed some residents to receive free post office boxes no longer applies in Steamboat.

Bikers fare well in Gunnison race

Mountain bikers certainly fared well in Gunnison

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Tom Ross: Free concerts affirm life is good in Steamboat Springs

Any guy who was in the audience at the Susan Tedeschi show at Howelsen Hill on Tuesday probably was tempted to return the next morning to look for little pieces of his broken heart in the tall grass. I found a chunk of my own on the embankment over by the Poma lift. It was still smoking.

Tennis team falls to Kent Denver

Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon knew he would find out on Friday if his team was one of the best in the state.

Triathlon set for Sunday

Those who want to head out Sunday morning for a cup of coffee should expect delays if they plan to use River Road and Routt County Road 14 between Howelsen Hill and Colorado Highway 131.

Craig man gets 3 years for robbery

A 20-year-old Craig man was slapped with a three-year prison sentence Friday for robbing a man of methamphetamine at gunpoint in February. During his sentencing hearing, Apollo William Clark declined to address the court before District Judge James Garrecht sentenced him to three years in prison with two years of parole. Clark also was ordered to pay an undetermined amount of restitution to the man he struck in the head with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver during the robbery.

Baby boom in the 'Boat

Births on track to surpass record for month, year

In July, 49 babies were born at Yampa Valley Medical Center. That tied the August 2001 record for the most babies born in a single month at the Steamboat hospital. And this August is shaping up to be a potential record-breaker.

Man, woman OK after accident

Driver cited for careless driving after car goes off road

A Montrose couple was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries Thursday afternoon after their car slid down an embankment and through a fence near Yampa.

Town Challenge wraps up

Fast times, tough crashes at memorable final bike series race

It was a bittersweet ending to the final race of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series on Friday night. Starting from the base of the Steamboat Ski Area's Thunderhead chairlift, racers in the Mount Werner Valley View Cross Country headed up the mountain in a festive mood, basking in the sunshine as looming thunder clouds rumbled in the sky everywhere but directly above them.

Hayden teens sentenced in branding

Three Hayden teens were sentenced Friday to five days in jail and ordered to pay restitution to a group of other Hayden boys whom they branded at a party in March.

Friday, August 25

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Video: A first look at Saturday's headlines

Three Hayden teens are sentenced for their roles in a March branding incident; the number of babies born at YVMC last month matches the record; Tom Ross looks at the work behind the summer concert series; the Steamboat Triathlon is Sunday; and the last Town Challenge mountain bike race is tonight.

Tourism numbers remain strong

School is back in session in many Colorado schools, and high gas prices continue to make people cringe at the pump. Nevertheless, the number of people expected to spend tonight in Steamboat Springs lodging properties is up compared to the same weekend last year. And the trend of increased summer tourism is expected to continue into the Labor Day weekend.

Countdown to race day

Sunday marks second running of Steamboat Springs Triathlon

Folks wanting to go out for a Sunday morning cup of coffee should expect delays if they use River Road to Routt County Road 14 between Howelsen Hill and Colorado 131.

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Video: Morning News Update

A rockslide closes U.S. 40 early this morning; a Montrose couple was injured in a crash Thursday; are putting a strain on the Hayden Police Department; longtime Yampa Valley chef Jacques Wilson is leaving Steamboat; and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. are going to give away free lift tickets; and a ferret is rescued from the Rainbow gathering and rehabilitated.

At the Movies

"Beerfest," "How to Eat Fried Worms," "Idlewild," "Invincible," "Accepted," "Snakes on a Plane," "Step Up," "World Trade Center" and "Material Girls"

South Routt kicks off new year

When he worked in Oklahoma, Michael Young's first day of school always involved shedding his tie and loosening his collar to seek relief from the 100-degree heat.

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Barn Village moves forward

City planners have recommended approval for a residential subdivision on a 39-acre site including the historic More Barn, north of Central Park Drive and east of Pine Grove Road.

Housing help available

$300,000 in grants available for down-payment assistance

The piggy bank just got bigger for would-be homeowners.

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Allison Plean: An endangered cause

I had some good role models when I was in college. They were these women who could throw a whole chicken over a 12-foot fence and land it in a tire. They were women who rolled out hundreds of feet of chain-link fence in the rain. One had an arm mangled by a black leopard without shedding a tear.

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Chef leaving Steamboat

Jacques Wilson moving to California with family

This fall, Steamboat Springs will lose an acclaimed culinary staple when Jacques Wilson leaves his post as Yampa Valley Medical Center's executive chef and director of food services.

Briefs for 8-25

Area briefs for Friday, August 25, 2006.

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Back in the day

Jay Fetcher to speak about family history in Yampa Valley

Fetcher will talk about childhood escapades and the history of his family in the Yampa Valley at noon today at the Brown Bag Lecture at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The Fetcher family helped shape the ski area as it is today.

Airport committee flying right along

Facilitator removes self from panel

A committee to guide studies of future development and land use at Steamboat Springs Airport made progress Thursday, despite the loss of its facilitator. During a meeting at Centennial Hall, members of the Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee shook off questions about the purpose of their group and continued working to clarify goals the committee outlined last week.

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Security strains police

Heightened measures at airport spread Hayden's forces thin

Being prevented from taking a drink on a plane is a minor inconvenience to many air travelers, but the heightened air security measures are causing a serious strain on a local police department. Since Aug. 10, the day after British authorities foiled a terrorist plot involving planes headed for the U.S., heightened security has required an armed law enforcement officer be present when passengers are being screened at YVRA.

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Kent Denver no pushover

Sailors football team expects tough game from Class 2A opponent

Call it part caution and part unknown, but Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch is a little leery about Saturday's game against Kent Denver. It's not that he isn't confident. In fact, he is excited and pleased with his team's progress the last two weeks of camp. He just knows that it's tough to judge a team's talent until it gets on the field for a game that matters.

Sailors hang tough

Golf team places second on difficult course

Despite the tough course at Cotton Ranch Golf Course on Thursday, the Sailors shot a team score of 242, five shots behind first place Basalt and good enough for second place.

Scooter rides again

Ferret paralyzed at Rainbow Gathering finds Steamboat sympathy

When Lisa Archer Leach and Maggie Smith of the Routt County Humane Society heard about canine parvovirus outbreaks at the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering in North Routt County last month, they headed north on a mission to offer free vaccinations and educate the gatherers about the disease. What they found was a severely paralyzed ferret named Two Cents who had lost the use of his hind legs.

Five magic number for Board

Members agree a sixth Planning Commission seat unnecessary

The Oak Creek Town Board decided to accept Planning Commission member Andy Benjamin's resignation without advertising the vacancy.

A free ticket to ride

Steamboat Pilot & Today, ski area to give away lift tickets

Daily lift tickets to the Steamboat Ski Area will be given away each day in September on in a joint promotion between the newspaper and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

The Record for August 23

12:29 a.m. A man in the 1900 block of Cornice Drive reported damage being done to an apartment by a tenant. Police told the man the situation was civil, not criminal.

On Scene: 'Uke' and me

Jake Shimabukuro ordered a Midori sour at Mambo Italiano after his performance at Strings in the Mountains on Friday night. It was not the drink I expected from the "baddest ukulele player on the planet" - according to a San Francisco Chronicle review. And he was one of the nicest people I've met.

CD reviews

Thom Yorke, "The Eraser"; Jurassic 5, "Feedback"; Outkast, "Idlewild"

Ex-breakdancer breaks it down

The last time Dain Estes and his band, Shaking Tree, were in Steamboat Springs, he had a dance off with a waitress.

Getting through the fire

Laura Kowalski uses acrylic paint to find balance in her world

Every winter, artist Laura Kowalski has to turn on her space heaters eight hours before she paints in her garage/art studio. "I have to carry the paint and water into the house and can't store anything in here or it would freeze," she said. "Painting without heat is a challenge and cuts back on the spontaneity of it."

Get intimate with actors

Cabaret offers a window into the performers' personalities

A typical evening in New York City in the 1930s, '40s and '50s would entail going to the theater and then going out to dinner - and then going to see Cabaret at 2 a.m. "It was a very different world," Cabaret faculty member Barry Kleinbort said. "There was something secretive about all these people getting together to make this happen, and people like the freedom of being able to say whatever they want (in the performances)."

Not your average honky-tonk

For Morrison-Williams, it's not about the "honky-tonky bedonk-e-donk." This country Western band doesn't want to produce highly commercialized songs.

Deb Babcock: Steamboat 'shrooms

Deb Babcock discusses the variety of mushrooms growing in the area and how to identify edible and poisonous ones. She also offers some tips on how to gather mushrooms.

Thursday, August 24

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Video: A first look at Friday's headlines

A ferret rescued from the Rainbow gathering has been rehabilitated; the facilitator for the Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee quits; the deadline for Westland Mobile Home Community residents to apply for relocation assistance from the city is Friday; and the Sailors' golf team competes today.

Man injured in bicycle collision

A man was taken to the hospital with broken bones early Thursday morning after he reportedly collided with another bicyclist on the Yampa River Core Trail near the Depot Art Center.

CMC student arrested on drug charges

An 18-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of possessing a Schedule 1 controlled substance, possessing marijuana concentrate, possessing less than 1 gram of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia after his Colorado Mountain College resident adviser called police after she smelled marijuana and found some marijuana in the man's room, police said Thursday.

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Video: Morning News Update

Police arrest a Colorado Mountain College student on drug charges; two Steamboat soccer players are OK after spending the night lost in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness; the Planning Commission talks about a development near the More Barn tonight; First Impressions of Routt County has a new director; and Steamboat athletes love the new artificial turf at Gardner Field.

Scott Stanford: Remembering Esequiel Hernandez Jr.

From the Editor

I am glad there is someone in custody in connection with the horrible murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. Suspect John Mark Karr has made some odd statements that raise questions about his guilt, but I hope police officers have their man so that JonBenet's family might finally find peace.

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Coaches, players sing new turf's praises

The new artificial turf covering Steamboat Springs High School's Gardner Field is a welcome sign for boys soccer head coach Rob Bohlmann.

Workshop to hunt for mushrooms

Bill Emerson of Steamboat Springs will lead a two-day workshop Saturday and Sunday entitled "The Hunt for the Wild Mushroom." Based on the short walks he has taken with his dog every morning this week, Emerson is confident he can lead his class to some edible mushrooms.

Board to discuss empty seat

Resignation leaves planning commission vacancy

Oak Creek Town Board members will discuss tonight whether to find a replacement for Andy Benjamin, who recently resigned from the town's Planning Commission. Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said Benjamin submitted his letter of resignation to the commission, but it is up to the Town Board to appoint someone to fill the empty seat.

Down memory lane

City Council reflects on youth during housing discussion

The last time Steamboat Springs City Council members Ken Brenner and Loui Antonucci both lived at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, a new fad called "disco" blared on radios.

Lost soccer players spend night in woods

Two Steamboat Springs High School soccer players who got lost during a team overnight camping trip in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area were found Tuesday morning when they turned up at a nearby campground.

Project proposal up for review

City planners to discuss subdivision near Central Park Drive

A proposed 64-lot subdivision near the historic More Barn will be up for discussion at tonight's Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting. The project, called Steamboat Barn Village, would be on a roughly 40-acre plot north of Central Park Drive and east of Pine Grove Road.

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First impressions matter

Organization welcomes new early childhood manager

First Impressions of Routt County introduced its new early childhood manager Wednesday during a meeting and farewell luncheon for former manager Renee Donahue. Stephanie Howle, an early childhood specialist with First Impressions, will assume Donahue's duties Sept. 1, although Donahue will "stick around" until mid-September to help Howle in her transition.

Species list change proposed

Forest Service wants to pare number from 24 to six

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a change to its management indicator species list in the Routt National Forest. The list currently contains 24 species of birds and mammals that were selected for monitoring to assess how Forest Service actions affect them and their habitats. The proposed change would reduce that number to six species - Colorado River cutthroat trout, brook trout, Golden Crowned kinglet, Northern Goshawk, Vesper sparrow and Wilson's warbler.

High-tech golf-fitting trailer coming to Steamboat

A state-of-the-art golf-fitting trailer is coming to the aid of local golfers this weekend.

Wednesday, August 23

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Video: A first look at Thursday's headlines

First Impressions of Routt County has a new executive director; the Oak Creek Town Board meets tonight; Mike Lawrence will follow up the City Council's talk about afforable housing; and Mike will check about a possible bid for Kevin Kaminski's vacated City Council seat. In sports, Luke Graham will take a look at progress on turf at Gardner Field to see whether it will be ready for the Sailors' first game on Friday.

Bitterbrush Fire almost contained

A lightning-caused fire burning southwest of Maybell is expected to be fully contained early this afternoon.

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Video: Morning News Update

This is your video news update for Wednesday August 23. Among today's headlines are: Kevin Kaminski's resignation is official; the City Council denies a request by One Steamboat Place Developers; shakeups at area radio stations continue; Craig clears the way for a Wal-Mart Supercenter; and the Town Challenge Mountain Biking Series wraps up tonight.

Larry Brooks: Coulter has no value

I concur with Christopher Lohmann that Ann Coulter's column should be discontinued. In my opinion, she adds nothing of value to your newspaper, and in fact, detracts from it with her shrill manner, downright nasty opinions and blatant self-promotion. The Yampa Valley does not need this and you should show more respect for your readers.

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Harper Louden leaves radio station

KBCR news director terminated after 10 years; new director has no comment

Harper Louden, longtime news director at KBCR AM/FM, said she was terminated Tuesday morning from the radio station.

Forum held tonight to discuss bus route

Residents in neighborhoods along Fish Creek Falls Road and Hilltop Parkway have a chance to comment on the new city bus route coming to their area this winter.

Planning for parks tonight

City officials seek public input on open space master plan

In recent months, city officials have made numerous decisions about development in Steamboat Springs. Tonight, the city will ask residents to talk about areas that will not be developed.

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War: a thinking man's game

Major general discusses strategies for future of military

At the final Seminars at Steamboat Tuesday night, Retired Maj. General Robert Scales belabored the point that the war in Iraq can only be won with empathy and cultural competency, not with technology.

'Good and proper'

Steamboat rugby beats Glenwood in final home game

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club rebounded from a tough three-point loss to league rival Vail the best way the team knows how - by crushing its next opponent.

Series to wrap up at Mount Werner

The last chance for area mountain bikers to compete in the 2006 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series is Friday.

Stephen L. Rummler: Words mislead

Politicians along with others are using a lot of words and phrases that are at best misleading and at worst downright deceitful. Take for instance the word "freedom." Freedom has been used to describe anything from the practice of religion to basic human rights. But the word means so many different things to so many different people. And sometimes these meanings clash.

Steve Marshall: Thanks to Yampa EMTs

With all of the complaining about changes in our Yampa Valley - bitterness about development and political rancor I read daily and weekly in this area of the newspaper - I thought I would offer a different viewpoint on one of the wonderful qualities of living here and centered on the most important item in anyone's life - your health.

One Steamboat Place slowed

Council asks base area developers to revise housing plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council took a stand for affordable housing Tuesday night. Citing a need for residential units, not cash, the City Council unanimously rejected the housing plan for One Steamboat Place. In doing so, the council rejected a payment of $418,000 that Timbers Co., developers of the project at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, had proposed "in lieu" of including required affordable housing within the multi-story, nearly 500,000-square-foot development.

Booster Club to kick off season

The Steamboat Springs Booster Club will hold its Fall Kick Off Barbecue and Community Open House on Thursday at the concession stand near Gardner Field.

Improving daily

Coach: Softball team's victories lie in its progress

For third-year Steamboat Springs softball coach Donna Ryan, it's all part of a long process.

Our View: Kaminski made the right choice

City Councilman Kevin Kaminski was right to resign from his seat on the council. We respect his desire to fulfill his commitment to those who voted for him; however, this was the only realistic choice for him to make once he and his family purchased a home outside of the district he represents.

Tuesday, August 22

Mike Lawrence: The 100-year flood

Colorado faces heaviest ballot in nearly a century

The editor of this newspaper gave a 28-year-old kid a weekly column and told him to "stir things up."

String of burglaries reported

Four businesses hit in two days

Three Steamboat Springs businesses were burglarized Saturday and Sunday nights, and a fourth attempt was unsuccessful only because there was no money in the store's cash register, police said.

The Record for Aug. 21

2:48 a.m. A woman's window reportedly was broken in the 35000 block of U.S. Highway 40 in Milner. A report was taken.

Briefs for Aug. 23

Steamboat Chamber seeks winter activity information

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Video: A first look at Wednesday's headlines

Kevin Kaminski will make his resignation from Steamboat Springs City Council official at the meeting tonight; Ret. Maj. Gen. Robert Scales will speak about the future of warfare; a turkey vulture sparks a fire in North Routt; and Harper Louden is out as news director at KBCR AM/FM. In sports, Luke Graham will have a preview of the Steamboat Springs Sailors' softball season.

Bird starts 10-acre fire in North Routt

A turkey vulture sparked a 10-acre fire in North Routt on Monday morning after it landed on a power line, causing sparks to shower to the ground.

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Kaminski to leave council

Resignation will take effect Sept. 19

Steamboat Springs City Council member Kevin Kaminski will resign from the council next month. On Friday, he finalized the purchase of a home outside District 3, which he was elected to represent in November. That district includes areas south of Walton Creek Road. The home Kaminski purchased is on Steamboat Boulevard, which is part of District 2. He said he would submit his resignation at the next City Council meeting, on Sept. 19.

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Video: Morning News Update

This is the morning news report for Tuesday, August 22, with reporter Alexis DeLaCruz. Among the top headlines are tonight's City Council discussion about One Steamboat Place, questions about whether Kevin Kaminski will remain on the council, the first day of school for area kindergartners and results from the Continental Divide Trail Run.

Running the Divide

Locals place well in running series event

Race director Vicki Oyster was pleased to see a strong group of 46 participants turn out for Sunday morning's Continental Divide Trail Run. In its eighth year, the Ski Haus-sponsored race has runners climb 3,500 feet in elevation on a challenging 16.5-mile course.

Tennis Center event a success

Tennis players from across the country traveled to Steamboat Springs during the weekend to compete in the Steamboat NTRP Championships.

Monday, August 21

Post celebrates new name

American Legion Post No. 62 in Craig pays tribute to soldier

A sea of people in different dress decorated the hall inside the American Legion Post No. 62 on Monday. Although separated by the garb of military fatigues and uniforms, civilian-wear and the black leather of motorcyclists, the 500-plus people in attendance shared a common trait.

Local personality turns the dial

Radio station manager Brian Harvey hired by Cool Radio

Longtime Steamboat Springs radio station manager Brian Harvey has left NRC Broadcasting to join rival Cool Radio.

The Record for Aug. 22

1:15 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 1300 block of Fox Lane.

Briefs for Aug. 22

A Colorado State Patrol dispatcher said a semi-truck rolled over Monday afternoon on Colorado Highway 131, about three miles north of Oak Creek.

Tom Ross: Wisdom from the top of the world

Matt Tredway is planning a return to the mountains this fall, and this time he'll have a group of Steamboat Springs Middle School students in tow. They'll find plenty to talk about.

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One day under their belts

CHS kindergarteners attend first day of school

Katelyn Kline, 5, said she was nervous before her first day of kindergarten. "I was coughing and a little sick," Katelyn said Monday afternoon at Christian Heritage School, scrunching her face at the memory of a not-so-good morning. "But now I feel pretty good."

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Video: A first look at Tuesday's headlines

Craig's American Legion post is being dedicated to Mark Lawton, a Hayden soldier who died in Iraq in 2004; Brian Harvey is switching radio stations; the Continental Divide trail run was Sunday; and the Young Life golf tournament is coming up Saturday. Check back tomorrow morning for these headlines and more.

Plan for ski base on city's agenda

Council to discuss development tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council will again discuss One Steamboat Place at its meeting tonight.

Late summer irrigation carries cattle through fall

Elk River takes a dip

Flows in the Elk River near Steamboat Springs dipped to about 60 percent of their historical average Monday morning, as farmers and ranchers began looking ahead to autumn.

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Video: Morning News Update

This is the morning news report for Monday, August 21, with reporter Allison Plean. Among the top headlines are proposed improvements at Soda Creek Elementary School, the end of this year's Routt County Fair, a visit by a Utah dating show and the big winners at the Pro Rodeo Series.

Preference points system changing

The preference points system, relatively untouched in past years, has undergone several changes.

Drop a line after the elk is bagged

Big game hunters traveling to Northwest Colorado in October don't arrive looking for trout. And for anyone who has the great fortune to hang an elk early in the hunt, that's a big mistake.

Calls can bring game to you

Somewhere between archery season and rifle season, the bull elk sought by hunters throughout Colorado will go into the rutting season, and he will begin to gather his harem of cow elk with which he will mate.

Ranching for Wildlife undergoing changes

In its 20-plus-year history, Ranching for Wildlife has been one of the state's more controversial hunting programs.

Chronic Wasting Disease: Hunters should take precautions

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease found in deer and elk. The disease attacks the brain, causing the animals to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, lose bodily functions and die.

Need a break? Check out Craig

If hunters have a day on their trip when they can't hunt or if they simply want to take a break from tracking trophy animals, there is plenty to do in Craig to pass the time.

Make a day of it

Alternate activities for those skipping the hunt

Family members of hunters can find their own adventures if they do not feel the call of the hunt.

Elk numbers near objective

There are no sure things in elk hunting - weather conditions alone deal a different hand of cards every autumn. However, statistics compiled by the Colorado Division of Wildlife strongly suggest that hunters who are willing to settle for a cow in the first rifle season will do well in Game Management Unit 4 northwest of Steamboat Springs.

Pronghorns give hunters a challenge

Serious pronghorn hunters are willing to wait years for the opportunity to hunt trophy bucks in the best pronghorn units in Colorado. All Colorado pronghorn hunting tags are issued by draw.

Illegal activities? Pay a hefty price

Illegal hunting-related activities include interfering with hunting. This year, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are looking out for people who "herd" animals by trying to move them onto private property or keep them on private property.

Hunters should recognize health risks

Hunters are susceptible to health problems when they're in the backcountry.

Changes for 2006

The Colorado Division of Wildlife unveiled some big changes for the 2006 hunting season.

Success rates depend on more than draw

Thousands of hunters will come to Northwest Colorado in search of big game this fall.

Private services take you off the beaten path

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

Bringing the outdoors in

Local couple uses native stones, wood and remains for crafts, furniture

Glenn and Audrey Pritchard said they can see forever from the top of the hill on their 40-acre spread just outside of Craig.

Tired of elk? Variety of game in area

While most hunters come to Northwest Colorado for elk and deer hunting, there are plenty of other big and small animals out there to pursue.

Big game in Rio Blanco

Rio Blanco county has much to offer the big game hunter.

Sportsman's paradise

Kremmling a hot spot for deer hunters

When it comes to the six prime game management units of the Middle Park region around Kremmling, Dean Billington says taking the road less traveled is key.

Opportunities abound for youth hunters

In Northwest Colorado, youth hunting is a way of life.

More than moose

Walden overlooked as big game destination

When people think of Walden, they think moose. The small community and county seat of sparsely populated Jackson County is known as the "Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado," because of the high elevation (8,000 feet) and valley floor conditions that cater to the largest moose population in Colorado. What people often overlook is that the five game management units of Jackson County, referred to regionally as North Park, are also home to sizable numbers of elk and deer.

Remember ethics in the field

Sports would not exist without rules. It seems simple, but consider playing tennis with no out-of-bounds line, or hockey with steel sticks.

Bow hunting offers challenge

For Alan Nielsen, getting close to a deer or elk is the thrill of a lifetime that separates bow hunting from other types of hunting. "You're so limited as far as range," he said. "You have to be that much closer, quieter and sneakier."

Camouflage helps hunters blend in

Successful hunters say the secret to their success is how well they're disguised in the habitat.

Elk aren't the only game in town

Deer also popular targets

Northwest Colorado has built a reputation for trophy elks, but hunters are discovering that this area also offers great opportunities for deer.

Premier hunting

Elk licenses may be harder to come by

As the region's elk population reaches an optimal size, it could become harder to get an elk-hunting license.

Accidents happen

Gear, keeping calm are keys to survival

Most hunters have enough experience in the backcountry to keep from getting lost. They know the basics, such as being familiar with an area before setting off on a big trip and keeping fresh on their orienteering skills.

Briefs for August 21

Teen Programs introduces program for middle-schoolers

All in the family

Weisburg daughters join father at Christian Heritage School

Alan and Sherry Weisberg thought they were empty-nesters. But there's been a change in plans for the couple.

Lift-Up holds Luau

A local woman who received help from Lift-Up of Routt County for extreme medical debt will tell her personal story at the agency's first Luau on Friday.

Utah dating TV show visits Steamboat

Unlike reality dating shows like "Blind Date" and "elimiDATE" - "Not on the First Date" is not scripted.

Mosher takes Mantle title

Chad Mosher has won a lot in his rodeo career. He has more than 10 saddles and hundreds of belt buckles. But on Saturday night, he won his most special prize to date.

County Agenda

Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners

- Discussion regarding the purchase order for Morrison Creek Culverts, replacing Bridges

The Record for August 19

5:04 a.m. A man stole a towel and was trespassing on the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. The man was arrested on suspicion of second degree criminal trespassing, theft and resisting arrest.

Learn to use ATVs properly

The number of all-terrain vehicles used during hunting season has been increasing steadily during the past five years. Although the vehicles can be useful tools to aid a hunt, many hunters are using them improperly and causing a variety of problems.

Buckskin Network keeps hunters in touch

The Buckskin Network is a unique program between law enforcement and news media to assist hunters and their families.

How far from here to there?

Rangefinders help answer important questions for hunters

The days when big game hunters had to rely entirely on dead reckoning to determine the distance to a trophy bull elk are long gone. Affordable laser rangefinders have taken much of the guesswork out of one of the most critical judgments a hunter needs to make.

Monday Medical: Staying 'Fit at 50 and beyond'

For more than six years, I have been editing all of the columns that appear on Mondays and writing quite a few of them. During that time, I have slipped further and further away from being a personal role model for healthy living.

Taxidermy: the ultimate art form

Gary Troester is an artist. Instead of using paintbrushes, chalk or acrylics, Troester uses glass eyeballs, thread and animal hides to create his masterpieces.

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War in the future

Major general discusses lessons learned from Iraq

In order to fight a diffuse enemy over a long period of time, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales thinks the American military needs to change most of its current practices.

Survival tips for the high country

Every year, more than a few hunters must be rescued from the wilds of Colorado. Hunters get trapped by snowstorms, injured in various types of accidents or lost in the woods.

Stock up on hunting items locally

Bruce Lee has noticed more than a few changes after more than 20 years spent selling sporting goods in Steamboat Springs.

Hunters find better accuracy with their own ammo

Hunters looking for an advantage may discover that loading their own ammunition can increase accuracy just enough to bag that long sought-after trophy.

Don't shoot a moose

(Without a license)

Reintroduced to Colorado 28 years ago, moose are thriving in many parts of the state. Elk hunters need to be sure to know the difference between these two ungulates. A hunter who mistakes a bull moose for a bull elk can be fined more than $1,000.

From the field to the table

Hunters rejoice. Now that you've caught your wild game, all that's left to do is get it ready for cooking.

Sunday, August 20

Sound Off for Aug. 20

t's no contest. Bill Ritter is the only qualified candidate to lead Colorado. Why elect someone who doesn't support Referendum C and who has a proven track record of inaction in the U.S. government? Bill Ritter has a balanced approach to governance and will make decisions that reflect the true values of the citizens of Colorado.

Barbar Swissler: Kaminski should consider ethics

I am very disturbed by the situation regarding Kevin Kaminski's seat on the City Council as reported in the Steamboat Today articles published Aug. 17 and 18.

Charlie Vogel: Ann Coulter is hateful

I commend Christopher Lohmann for sticking his chin out and expressing his opinion on the publication of Ann Coulter's column in the Steamboat Today. It comes across, to me, as the most clear-headed of all the letters that have been printed regarding Ms. Coulter. There is a crystal clear distinction between opining on news and politics and calling a whole cross-section of the United States' population criminals, which Ms. Coulter clearly has been doing with her vitriolic invective.

Kathryn Thaller: Support President Bush

I personally dislike the hate and venom directed at President George Bush. He has my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for his involvement in thwarting the plan by terrorists to explode airplanes.

Audrey Mandell: Support on-site housing

City Council members Loui Antonucci, Paul Strong and Kevin Kaminski need to back efforts to mandate affordable housing in Steamboat Springs, starting at the base area with One Steamboat Place at Tuesday night's council meeting.

SSHRA Board: Health and Rec serves need

The Board of Directors of the Steamboat Health and Recreation Association would like to respond to your editorial comments in the paper on Aug. 13, 2006, when you said, "The reason the plan is so thin on amenities is that the council has repeatedly instructed recreation center advocates to work with SSHRA to develop a plan that would not undermine the association's facility downtown."

Loretta Van Norstrand: Resign, Kaminski

Thursday's front-page article should send up a red flag for all who care about principled government in Steamboat Springs. Either Kevin Kaminski will uphold city laws as he took an oath to do when he was elected, or he will try to bend the rules for personal advantage.

Our View: Airport study needs a simpler approach

The Federal Aviation Administration's recent letter to the city of Steamboat Springs wasn't altogether surprising. We knew the FAA would be opposed to closing Steamboat Springs Airport and that there would be financially penalties to such an effort. But the letter does raise questions about the city's proposed $100,000 study of alternative uses for the airport.

No rebuilding year for Tigers

Despite young roster, Hayden expects winning season

Don't blame Brandon Ford if he has a chip on his shoulder.

Rams' spirits high

Soroco seniors anticipate good season

Ask first-year Soroco High School football coach Andy Reust about his expectations for the season, and he'll tell you he isn't sure.

Tennis nets wins

Sailors kick off season with success

With a 7-0 win Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team kicked off its season in impressive fashion.

'Tis the season: Opportunity knocks for Steamboat football

There was a hint of hesitation in Aaron Finch's voice, but the smile revealed his true feelings - a big year could be on the horizon for Steamboat Springs football.

Water the foundation for growth in arid West

Just as development and the real estate market in Routt County are booming, St. George, Utah, and Washington County are adapting to the onrush of retiring baby boomers transforming their community.

Building trade pros pull together

The Cottonwoods gets a fresh start

Jan Levy was pitching The Cottonwoods townhomes as an investment opportunity to clients when she asked herself, "Why not?" Why not pull three longtime acquaintances together into a sweat equity partnership and remodel the townhomes themselves?

An 'instant success'

Organic produce grower can't keep up with demand

Christina Palaia says she has learned to not always listen to what people say, especially when it comes to produce.

Tiny insects yield major fishing event

Trico hatch: strategies for success

When visiting anglers ask Mike Boatwright where the action is on the Yampa River, he doesn't have to say much. Boatwright swings the flat panel computer screen on the counter at Straightline Outdoor Sports into view and lets the picture do the talking.

School bond questions remain

Board wants public involved in decision-making process

Time is quickly running out for the Steamboat Springs School Board to decide whether to move forward with a ballot issue to fund construction of a new elementary school. The deadline to have ballot language finalized and turned in to City of Steamboat Springs officials is Sept. 8. The School Board's next scheduled meeting is Aug. 28.

John F. Russell: Defining character on and off the green

Often times, high school athletes are defined by what they do in the heat of competition.

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First-timers: Livestock sale champs new to the business

When Yampa resident Kelsey Samuelson first set her eyes on Fonzie the steer, she knew he was destined for greatness. Fonzie lived up to Samuelson's expectations and was sold as Grand Champion Market Steer for $5,100 at Saturday night's 4-H Junior Livestock Sale at the Routt County Fair in Hayden.

Education briefs for 8-20

Education briefs from around the area for August 20, 2006.

Pioneers were always thirsty

Erastus Snow would be stunned at how adept his little desert community has become at capturing water. Snow was an early leader of the small Mormon colony of St. George, Utah, in 1861. The colonists struggled for decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to deliver sufficient water to meet even the minimum needs of their people.

Lake Powell well below capacity

More than 25 million people depend on Colorado River water, which includes the waters of the Yampa and Green rivers. The Yampa merges with the Green in Western Colorado.

South Routt Calendar for August 21

Monday, Aug. 21

Colorado River Compact of 1922

Much of Colorado's water leaves the state in its rivers. That can be explained by the state's obligations under interstate and international compacts. Additionally, Colorado has not fully developed - put to use - all of its water. The amount of water yet to be stored in reservoirs for consumptive use is a matter of discussion. The Colorado Water Conservation Board pegs the amount of Colorado River water yet to be developed at 400,000 acre-feet.

Real estate transactions for August 3-8


Water for now, water for later

Conservation proposal would raise Stagecoach Reservoir elevation by four feet

By raising the elevation of Stagecoach Reservoir by four feet, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District can ensure there will be enough water to meet future population growth and increased irrigation needs as well as increased demands from recreational and environmental users.

Romick and Associates positions for the future

Master planning thousands of acres

A boutique real estate firm in Steamboat Springs is quietly helping to shape the future of tens of thousands of acres in rural Routt County. Romick and Associates is working separately with Peabody Energy (Twentymile Coal Company holdings in Routt County) and Wolf Mountain Ranch to master plan residential developments in a seldom visited portion of West Routt that sprawls to the west of Emerald Mountain and south of U.S. Highway 40.

Business briefs for August 20

Colorado Mountain College and Steamboat SCORE volunteers will host a seminar on new business start-up methods and planning from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Bogue Hall on the CMC campus. This Next Steps class will focus on business feasibility, sales forecast, competitive analysis and building financial forecasts. A fly shop will serve as an example business for simulation exercises to be held each evening. The program will include groups working together to complete the simulation exercises.

Dollar signs point to baseball

Triple Crown teams bring big business to Steamboat

It's amazing the information one simple question can yield. That's what one downtown Steamboat Springs business manager found out when he started asking customers what brought them to town.

Routt County Spotlight: Pat Anthony

All you need to know about Pat Anthony.

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Walking in their paws

Local woman helps pet owners understand their animals

Animal communicator Megan Sisk was one of those children who found every stray animal in the neighborhood. Now, she works as an animal communicator who helps owners understand their pets.

Airport studies taking off

Master plan, alternative report could require 18 months

Two studies that will assess future plans and the local impact of the Steamboat Springs Airport are about to take flight. The Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee, appointed by the Steamboat Springs City Council in May, has begun meeting to oversee two separate studies regarding the airport. One study is designed to guide an update of the airport's master plan. Conducted by Armstrong Consultants, an airport engineering and planning services firm based in Grand Junction, the master plan study will assess possibilities for future growth and development at the airport.

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Downriver deals

Thirsty desert communities look upstream to satisfy demand for water

It's 2 p.m. on a mid-July day in St. George, Utah, and the thermometer reads 107 degrees Fahrenheit. The desert wind feels like the hot blast from a handheld hairdryer. At the 27-hole Sunbrook Golf Club, a maintenance worker lavishes water from an oversized hose onto the fringe of a green. The lush green fairways at Sunbrook are in stark contrast to the burnt sienna of the surrounding desert.

3A Western Slope outlook

3A Western Slope outlook

1A Western Slope outlook

1A Western Slope outlook

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There's no place like Colorado

New South Routt Elementary School principal leaves plains for mountains

Michael Young is counting down the days until it snows. He doesn't have a powder clause in his contract, but the new South Routt Elementary School principal, an avid skier, can't believe he and his wife, Kim, are fortunate enough to live 15 miles from a world-class resort.

The Record for 8-18

The Record for Friday, August 18, 2006.

Jimmy Westlake: Mars hoax redux

The e-mail making its rounds on the Internet that claims Mars is heading for a close approach to Earth is a hoax.

Saturday, August 19

Sitting on a rocket

Hayden Speedway welcomes Sprint Car Series racing

Josh Fellows may only be 17-years-old, but that doesn't stop him from going 100 mph in a 1,400 pound piece of scrap metal and horsepower.

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To the last drop

Water district makes push for conservation efforts

Water use in Steamboat Springs triples during the summer, and the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District is asking local hotels to promote conservation efforts such as reusing towels and linens.

The Record for August 17

5:40 a.m. A man in the 800 block of Pine Street reportedly was breaking down doors and banging around. The woman who reported the man's behavior told police the man had done this before and that she didn't want to press charges.

Briefs for August 19

Bicyclist hit by car, sustains minor injuries

South Routt board sees test breakdown

Soroco Middle School and High School Principal James Chamberlin presented a breakdown of how the South Routt School District assesses its students annually at Thursday's South Routt School Board meeting.

Parks supervisor duties set

Responsibilities more organizational, less manual labor

Hayden's next parks and recreation supervisor likely won't have to do much of the manual labor previously expected of him or her. Instead, the duties of the new parks and recreation supervisor will include more organizational work for recreation programs and events in Hayden. Mowing fields, cleaning parks and facilities and other jobs that previously were part of the position likely will be shifted to a new facility maintenance person. The creation of that position will be discussed during the Town Board's budget discussions in October.

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Outside the therapy box

Children with special needs excel in new summer program

A seven-week-long therapeutic summer program for children ages five to seven who have autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders is helping children with needs develop skills and have fun while at it.

Clover buds and Skittles

Friday's county fair activities geared towards children

The Clover Bud for a Day program guided preschool-age children around the Routt County Fair on Friday so they could learn all about the 4-H program.

Fondly recalling Hammy

County fair teaches lessons about life and porkers

A slightly goofy pig named Hammy taught young Nathan Greenwall a lesson this week about the ups and downs that life tosses at all of us.

Friday, August 18

Poll shows Salazar leading Tipton

Democrat gets 53 percent from 456 voters

A recent poll shows U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Manassa Democrat, leading Republican challenger Scott Tipton of Cortez by 11 percentage points, 53 percent to 42 percent.

Harris school poll raises questions

Superintendent Howell: Scores are high, but not good enough

Chris Moessner uses fever to help explain the purpose of the Harris Interactive School Poll, which was conducted last year for the Steamboat Springs School District. A fever often signals the onset of an illness. Accordingly, perceptions that a school is not safe, that administrators communicate poorly with teachers, or that the school district improperly spends taxpayers' dollars serve as symptoms of potential problems.

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Video: Morning News Update

This is the morning news report for Friday, August 18, with reporter Alexis DeLaCruz. Among the top headlines are a burglary at Backdoor Sports, an accident downtown and Councilman Kevin Kaminski's decision to try to hold on to his council seat.

Wide open

Fifteen South Routt artists show work spaces to visitors

When artists Susan Gill Jackson and Dancy St. John work together in their studio, they blare Sonia Dada.

On Scene

The rain that drummed against the Strings in the Mountains music tent was an uninvited guest for the musicians but a complement to the evening. The inclement weather set the stage for the last intimate chamber music concert of the summer.

Deep in your closet

Museum offers opportunity to wear Levi's, lace

Salon girls, madams and fancy Victorian ladies with high collars will roam Storm Mountain Ranch on Aug. 26.

CD reviews

Johnny Cash, Sophie Milman and G. Love

Roll out the dance floor

Asleep at the Wheel brings Western swing to town

Ray Benson, big boss of Asleep at the Wheel, is 6-foot-7 and wears size 16 boots. But he doesn't stress out about what he wears to the Grammy Awards.

The Record for August 16

6:49 a.m. A pellet gun was found under a gazebo in the 1700 block of Ski Time Square.

Briefs for August 18

Steamboat Youth Hockey registration under way

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Kaminski to keep his seat

Council member to buy apartment in District 3; family will live in District 2

Kevin Kaminski said he plans to continue serving on the Steamboat Springs City Council despite closing today on the purchase of a home outside his district.

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Scout had a little lamb

Farm animals raised by children compete at county fair

Marley Loomis' standard Rhode Island red chicken, Fluffy, won three ribbons at the Routt County Fair Thursday. But she didn't think the competition was very hard.

Sailors golfers take second

If it wasn't difficult enough for Steamboat Springs golf coach Steve Dodson to pick his top four golfers to take to regionals, Thursday's round at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose may have made it tougher.

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Drama program future debated

Community members: direction needed at high school

A nonprofit organization wants to operate Steamboat Springs High School's drama program. Stuart Handloff, the former high school drama teacher who resigned at the end of the 2004-05 school year, now operates The Great American Laughing Stock Company. At a board meeting Monday night, Handloff suggested the district contract with the company to run the drama program.

Another one gone

Tammy Jenson resigns from DA's office

Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson has resigned from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Allison Plean: Almost famous

OK, I may have been a little bit of a groupie at Matt Costa's free concert. So I'm a Matt Costa fan. Sue me. But I prefer to think of myself as a hard-working, dedicated journalist and passionate reporter.

Man gets jail time for not registering as a sex offender

A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to a 20-month jail sentence Thursday after he pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender. District Judge Michael O'Hara handed Anthony Louis Carlson the jail sentence after taking several moments to describe the complexity of Carlson's case and the struggle he had in sentencing Carlson on the misdemeanor charge.

At the Movies

Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Tennis team aims high

Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis coach John Aragon doesn't sound like a guy who lost seven of his 11 varsity players from last year's team.

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Lord of the strings

Ukulele player rocks the tent

Jake Shimabukuro applies Bruce Lee's martial arts philosophy to his innovative way of playing the ukulele. "One of the ideas behind his whole thing is using your energy as efficient as possible," Shimabukuro said. "His method can be applied to anything in life."

Sights set on Mantle

Rodeo Series ends Saturday with popular bronc event

Six riders have been invited to take a shot at the Pat Mantle Memorial Saddle Bronc Riding title during Saturday night's rodeo at Brent Romick Arena.

Deb Babcock: Know your berries


Deb Babcock describes the various types of berries, edible and non-edible, toxic and nontoxic, to be found in the area.

City passes sustainability plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved the Sustainability Management Plan proposed by the city's Green Team.

Thursday, August 17

Funds available for renovation

Phippsburg awarded grant, loan for wastewater plant

The town of Phippsburg has the funds to significantly upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.

Forest Services proposes species-list change

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changing its management indicator species list in the Routt National Forest.

Harris poll delivers results

Steamboat board gets survey numbers

Chris Moessner used temperature to help explain the purpose of the Harris Interactive School Poll to the Steamboat Springs School Board, Superintendent Donna Howell and administrators at Monday's study session.

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Video: Morning News Update

This is the morning news report for Thursday, August 17, with reporter Alexis DeLaCruz. Among the top headlines are Councilman Kevin Kaminski and his new house, a new approach to affordable housing and the end of Ashley Berggren's tenure as Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach.

The Record for August 15

The Record from Tuesday, August 15, 2006.

Town board to discuss park

Parks, parks and more parks. Monday's news of a $400,000 grant being awarded for improvements to Dry Creek Park had Hayden officials feeling good, but improvements to the Hayden Town Park on Third Street also might be in store.

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Routt County swine strut their stuff

Tyler Manzanares, 17, of Hayden claimed his second championship in three years in Wednesday's senior swine showmanship competition at the Routt County Fair. The event was popular, with more than 200 spectators in the bleachers.

Board to discuss redistricting

Before the South Routt School Board begins discussing extended service award proposals and director redistricting, its members will take a tour.

Local sports briefs for 8-17

Former Steamboat Springs volleyball standout Bayli Stillwell will return to Colorado next month when the James Madison University Dukes take the court during the Coors Invitational in Fort Collins.

Scott Stanford: Looking for a few good columns

From the Editor

Good columnists are a critical component of a good newspaper.

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Plane found hours after crash

Man, 3-year-old son survive accident with minor injuries

A plane that crashed near Kremmling was found early Wednesday morning about four miles from Kremmling. The two passengers on the plane - a man and a child - were taken to Kremmling Memorial Hospital, the Grand County Sheriff's Office reported. The plane's pilot, 37-year-old Ritesh Lal, and his 3-year-old son, Neil, survived the accident and were taken to a Denver hospital to be treated for "minor to moderate" injuries, Grand County Sheriff Rodney Johnson said.

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Vertical challenge

Mountain bikers tackle Buffalo Pass climb

When Michelle Isaeff finished the Buffalo Pass Hill Climb, she swore up and down that it's definitely the most challenging leg of the Town Challenge.

Coach wants answers

Berggren fired with little notice

Ashley Berggren isn't happy with how her brief tenure with the Steamboat Springs School District ended.

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Kaminski moving out

Council member leaving district, could lose seat

Steamboat Springs City Council member Kevin Kaminski may be moving out of the district he represents. According to the Steamboat Springs City Charter, such a move would require he leave the council.

Board OKs fees, handbooks

With one slight amendment, the Hayden School Board approved a student and activity fee schedule for the upcoming school year at Wednesday's meeting.

local news briefs for 8-17

Area teens who turn in their TeensRead cards to Bud Werner Memorial Library before school starts are eligible for a $50 gift certificate. A completed card signifies the teen read 1,000 pages over the summer. The program is for children and teens ages 11-18. Every participant who turns in a card will receive a $10 gift certificate to his or her choice of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, The Potter's Wheel, Silver Lining, Quicksilver Boardriders Club or The Click. All completed cards also will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing on Aug. 28 for the $50 gift certificate donated by Wells Fargo Bank. Call the library at 879-0240, ext. 312, for more information or to get a TeensRead card.

Got employees? Give them a home

"Linkage" law would place burden of housing on businesses

Steamboat Springs could follow other resort communities in requiring businesses to help provide housing for employees.

White appointed to state budget committee

If re-elected, state representative will guide state spending

House Republican Leader Mike May, R-Parker, today appointed state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, to serve as one of six members of the state's Joint Budget Committee.

Wednesday, August 16

Fire bans lifted in Northwest Colorado

Fire restrictions have been lifted in Northwest Colorado because the area has been receiving moisture and has not had high temperatures or high winds to fuel a fire, officials said Wednesday.

Police seek man involved in fight

Steamboat Springs police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a restaurant umbrella and struck a car with it Tuesday evening.

Wednesday at the Routt County Fair

If there's such a thing as a show-off pig, you'll find him at the Routt County Fair late this afternoon as the "swine showmanship" competition takes place from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Video: Morning News Update

This is the morning news report for Wednesday, August 16, with reporter Alexis DeLaCruz. Among the top headlines are a plane crash near Kremmling, the search for a man who smashed a car window with an umbrella, Main Street Steamboat's proposal for a new Urban Renewal Authority and the Steamboat golf team's first tournament win of the year.

Oak Creek board approves 2006 audit

Special permit granted to Labor Day Committee for alcohol sales

During a special meeting Monday night, the Oak Creek Town Board approved its 2006 audit to be submitted to the State of Colorado.

The Record for August 14

The Record from Monday, August 14, 2006.

Slalom to get facelift

Friends seek improvements

Peter Van De Carr can still remember a time when kayakers packed the slalom course on the Yampa River in front of Rich Weiss Park.

Community taking care of one of its own

Community members in Hayden are coming together to help a family in need.

Daniel Tyler: Cancel Coulter

I would like to respond to your July 27 comments on Coulter.

Troy Langston: Striking balance

I would like to reply to the letter from Christopher Lohmann. This concerns the inclusion of Ann Coulter's column in your weekly roundabout of opinion. I applaud your effort at balance in opines people in Steamboat are getting. I don't know you personally but figure you have the best at heart for folks you serve here.

Brian Kotowski: Angry Left

I wish to express my gratitude for Christopher Lohmann's anti-Ann Coulter tirade, as it helpfully spotlights the Angry Left in its natural habitat.

Christopher Lohmann: My reply

I would like to thank all the people who provided thought-provoking responses to my letter to the editor concerning publication of Ann Coulter's column in the Steamboat Today. In trying to come up with my response, there was much to digest. I would like to ask some of you: Do you believe that freedom of speech is a sacrosanct end-all, that the First Amendment's protection provides a cloak of immunity? Civil society clearly believes it doesn't, and correctly recognizes that some "speech" needs to be regulated. Religious cannon prohibits blasphemy.

Our View: No need for safe harbor

The city of Steamboat Springs' new liquor ordinance has barely begun to produce results. Now is not the time to change it.

Bike race goes vertical

Buffalo Pass Climb next part of Town Challenge

The 2006 Buffalo Pass Hill Climb has arrived for Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike racers.

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Downtown URA proposed

A taxing district known as an Urban Renewal Authority, or URA, has been proposed for downtown Steamboat Springs. Nancy Kramer, design committee chair for Main Street Steamboat Springs, made the proposal to the Steamboat Springs City Council Tuesday night.

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Hayden School Board meets Wednesday

Before the school year begins, the Hayden School Board has a list of items it needs to take action on. The board will vote tonight on the handbooks at the three district schools and the student and activity fee schedule for the 2006-07 school year.

Sailors tops in golfing

Team wins at first tourney

Tuesday's golf tournament at Tiara Rado in Grand Junction symbolized everything that is right about the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.

McCormick to talk about environment

President of The Nature Conservancy is next in seminar series

Steve McCormick, president of The Nature Conservancy, will be in Steamboat Springs on Thursday to discuss conservation strategies in the Yampa Valley and how they link up with national strategies.

Riders take on obstacle course at county fair

Patience, persistence and staying calm were key to Tuesday's 4-H trail horse riding event at the Routt County Fair.

Firsthand experience

Attorney General a victim of the crime he fights

In June 2005, someone stole pre-printed checks out of an envelope in the mailbox of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

Briefs for Aug. 16

Briefs for Wednesday, August 16, 2006.

Tuesday, August 15

Man injured in motorcycle accident

A man sustained moderate injuries Monday afternoon after the motorcycle he was driving at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass slid out from under him.

Diesel fuel spill results in citation

A 40-year-old Ogden, Utah, man was cited for careless driving Monday morning after he lost control of the semi-trailer he was driving. The accident caused about 100 gallons of diesel to spill into a ditch south of Phippsburg.

Revenue increase trend continues

Steamboat Springs city sales tax revenues figures continue to support the buzz on the street that things have been busy this summer and business is good.

Steamboat golfers win

Paul Berry demonstrates sportsmanship in conceding tournament title

Tuesday's golf tournament at Tiara Rado in Grand Junction, symbolized everything that is right about the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.

Video: Morning News Update

This is the morning news report for Tuesday, August 15. Among the top headlines are a tanker spill on Colorado Highway 131, a motorcycle accident at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass, the FAA's letter of warning to the city of Steamboat Springs and the School Board's discussion of a new Soda Creek Elementary School.

Sprint cars race this weekend

Cars racing at speeds near 100 mph will be making 12-second laps around the quarter-mile Hayden Speedway on Friday night.

W. Slope in governor race

Beauprez picks Mesa County commissioner as running mate

A Western Slope county commissioner is the running mate for Republican governor candidate Bob Beauprez.

The Record for Aug. 15

12:32 a.m. A woman reported loud music coming from an apartment in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. The parties were warned.

Briefs for Aug. 15

Health research indicates tobacco users are two to three times more likely to quit when they can access effective free services to help them. Examples of such services are the QUITLINE (1-800-QUIT-NOW) or QuitNet at

Harris poll results provide direction

Students, teachers and staff in the Steamboat Springs School District had a chance to make their voices heard during a spring survey.

Questions about schools remain

Steamboat School Board asks about preschool, kindergarten

The location of a new Soda Creek Elementary School is the latest challenge the Steamboat Springs School Board faces.

Fair picking up steam

Vendors, exhibits one day away

Like heavy clouds before a summer rainstorm, the Routt County Fair is slowly picking up speed.

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FAA sends strong message

Agency: Any effort to close airport would cost city millions

A Federal Aviation Administration district manager sent city officials a sternly worded letter, stating clearly that the FAA would frown upon any effort to close the Steamboat Springs Airport. Sent to City Manager Alan Lanning, the letter was in response to a failed petition that sought to ask local voters whether to close the airport. The letter "reminded" Lanning and members of the Steamboat Springs City Council of financial obligations the city has to the FAA.

Monday, August 14

FAA tells city airport should not be closed

The following is a letter sent to Steamboat Springs City Manager Alan Lanning from the Federal Aviation Administration. The letter was received Aug. 8. The Steamboat Pilot & Today obtained a copy of the letter Monday afternoon.

Sailors take 3rd in golf tourney

Steamboat Springs golf coach Scott Berry had no problem deciding what the focus of Monday afternoon's practice was going to be.

Affordable housing on agenda

Two-hour talk precedes council meeting

The Steamboat Springs City Council has set aside two hours before tonight's meeting to discuss affordable housing.

Hayden awarded $400,000 grant

Money will be used to fund Dry Creek Park improvements

The grass will soon be greener, and there will be more of it at Hayden's Dry Creek Park.

School Board to discuss facilities, survey results

Future of bond issue on agenda

Discussion of a potential $30 million bond issue to build or renovate the community's elementary schools will continue at Monday's Steamboat Springs School Board study session.

Triple Crown comes to end

For five local teams, this weekend's Adult Slow Pitch Softball Summer Nationals proved wins are hard to come by.

County Agenda

- Discussion and updates on various Environmental Health Dept projects including Phippsburg and Milner Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades and Yampa Basin Water

The Record for August 12

12:56 a.m. Police assisted emergency medical technicians with an intoxicated female at a bar in the 700 block of Yampa Street. The woman was transported to the hospital.

Ukelele star to play at Strings

Jake Shimabukuro plays the ukulele - and, by all accounts, he rocks.

Briefs for August 14

Registration opens for Young Life Tournament

Scouts work on Divide Trail

A quarter-mile stretch of the Continental Divide Trail is more scenic thanks to a group of Boy Scouts and parent volunteers.

Monday Medical: Many start smoking in college

Amazing progress has recently been made on lowering the smoking prevalence rate among all groups with the regrettable exception of one: college-aged young people from 18 to 24 years. As other age groups show trends of kicking the habit, this age group has demonstrated steady increases.

Steamboat Rotary helps Louisiana

The local Steamboat Springs Rotary Club will continue to make its presence felt in Louisiana in the wake of last year's hurricanes.

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Barrels of fun at fair

A broken foot was not enough to keep 12-year-old Teah Montieth from getting back on a horse Sunday at the Routt County Fair. Her 4-year-old horse Dollar bucked Teah off during the Western Pleasure morning competition and stepped on her foot.

Tom Ross: Beer and typewriters

Pilot alums re-hash good old days

I went to a garden party over the weekend and almost everyone was there. Attending the Steamboat Pilot old-timers reunion Saturday afternoon was a lot like stepping through the doors of perception into a novel a work of fiction populated by characters that happen to be real people and my former colleagues. And when I use the word "characters" I mean it in every sense of the word.

Sunday, August 13

The Record for Aug. 13

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Subdivision construction begins at Alpine Mountain Ranch

Construction is under way on a 1,200-acre subdivision that could add up to 63 luxury homes to a series of ridges just outside the city's southern boundary. Heavy equipment from Precision Excavating in Hayden has been cutting the subdivision roads for Alpine Mountain Ranch.

Chuck Abbott: Quality at issue

I want to thank Todd Danielson for putting into words what I and many of your readers feel about this columnist in such an insightful, and elegantly expressed manner. Our objections are not so much political as the hateful and Senator McCarthy-like rendition of her writings.

Charles Cholet: Variety important

I am responding to an invitation from Christopher Lohmann to express my opinion. I fully support Mr. Stanford's decision to include Ann Coulter's column in the editorial section of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Patrick Arnone: Numbers game

I guess the first question that comes to mind after reading "Stick to the Facts" is, are you a statistician? You seem to be very adept at twisting some of the facts to meet your desired outcome.

Sally Claassen: Ritter says thanks

The Ritter Campaign thanks Steamboat Springs for a wonderful opportunity for Bill to meet and discuss issues with a number of residents last Saturday at the Tread of Pioneers Museum and on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

Terry Malloy: Good versus bad

Letter to the Editor

I thought for a long time that the best way to defeat bad, racist, ignorant or wrongheaded speech was by drowning it with good speech; reasoned, open-minded and thoughtful speech.

Real estate transactions for July 31 to August 2

REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $17,517,300; TIMESHARE SALES -- $806,400

Tuff E Nuff to ride?

At Guy Urie's ranch, cowboys face bulls in a test of toughness

A sleepy 72-acre ranch tucked into the Elk River Valley just north of Steamboat Springs draws participants from around the Yampa Valley once a week to answer one basic question - how tough am I?

If these shoes could talk ... they'd sing

Feet everywhere are enjoying the comfort of Crocs

Ugly. That was Alicia Wisecup's first reaction to Crocs. Then, the nurse at Yampa Valley Medical Center tried on a pair and was smitten - or bitten - by the power of a shoe that allows her to stay on her feet all day and take pain-free walks at lunch.

The Bottleneck closing a sobering end

Future building tenants unknown

Anyone who has owned a liquor store in a resort town for three decades is bound to have at least a few interesting stories. The Bottleneck owner John Marshall is no exception.

Slamming screen doors music to the ears

Residents go all out in remodel of Brooklyn home

Rick Bear lets his front screen door slam with a satisfying "bang!" and gives a visitor a sly grin. "This is what I've always wanted," he said, striding onto a covered front porch at his home on River Road in Steamboat Springs.

Business briefs

SmartWool, the Steamboat Springs-based manufacturer of merino wool products, announced the addition of Lisa Curran as its new apparel merchandising director and CJ King as apparel development director.

Routt County Spotlight: Erica Robinson

Age: 25; Occupation: Assistant wedding planner, concierge, freelance artist; Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

Watch the river flow

Currents in the Yampa River dictate when it's a good time to kayak, raft or float on a tube. From mid-May to early June, peak run-off sent water surging through downtown Steamboat Springs at a "flow rate" of more than 3,000 cubic feet per second, or cfs, ideal conditions for kayaking.

South Routt calendar for august 13

Events scheduled for the week of August 13, 2006

Closing shop

Longtime Phippsburg welding and plumbing store going out of business

After working in her husband's welding and plumbing supply store for nearly 36 years, Louise Iacovetto is closing the store's doors.

Thomas W. Duckels Jr.


Former Steamboat Springs resident Thomas W. Duckels Jr., died July 21, 2006, at his home in LaPorte. He was 90.

Our View: Revamp rec center plan

We believe there is community support for a new recreation center in Steamboat Springs, but not for the $18 million center currently on the table.

Steamboat teams enjoy race

Wild West Relay returns after three years with 94 teams competing

When Paul Vanderheiden decided to start the Wild West Relay three years ago, he knew he needed a town in Colorado that could bring in people from everywhere. Saturday, he was elated he chose Steamboat Springs.

Dave Shively: A brief thrill ride

You tighten your grip, wedge yourself under your hand, take a breath, tell yourself you're as ready as you're ever going to be and give the head nod. The gate swings open and the bull suddenly explodes underneath you. Three seconds later the ground hits at the same instant the animal's leg, searching for ground, steps on your back and slams you into the landing spot before barreling off : and then you start thinking again.

Rugby team experiences some dejà vu

It was dejà vu for the Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club Saturday.

John F. Russell: Trading in summer for fall's promise

It may not be snowing outside, but the carefree days of summer are being consumed by the calendar faster than hot dogs at a neighborhood barbecue.

Green Team plan up for adoption

Steamboat Springs City Council to see results of $10,000 study

Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs are asking questions about the environment.

Sound Off for August 13

It must be getting very difficult to come up with questions for Sound Off. Of course, the electronic voting machines must be trusted for accuracy. Kay Weinland would make sure that everything would be done right and so would the state of Colorado.

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Playing for keeps

Top-notch boating and fishing spur flood of recreation on Yampa River

Sunlight glinted on churning water as kayakers flipped in fluorescent boats. On May 29, crowds of onlookers lined the Yampa River near downtown Steamboat Springs to take in the Paddler Magazine Pro Invitational, a two-part kayak contest featuring a race down Fish Creek in the morning and a freestyle event, or rodeo, in the afternoon.

Forget France

Cyclists gut it out for Tour de Steamboat

It was an early 7 a.m. Saturday morning start at the Meadows Parking Lot for many of the cyclists participating in the non-competitive, 105-mile Tour de Steamboat.

Trotting to victory

Youths compete in horse showmanship competition at Routt County Fair

Millie Delaney's quarter horse, Dusty Downs, is about 10 times her size. The top of her head barely reaches Dusty's snout, and she can't touch his back without someone's assistance.

Four's a crowd

Tenants face eviction because of city occupancy code

Nine tenants of a duplex on Walton Creek Road face eviction because of a rarely enforced city zoning law.

Jimmy Westlake: Ophiuchans unite!

If you are an Ophiuchan, please raise your hand. Hmmm: I'm not seeing any hands out there. Perhaps you are an Ophiuchan and you don't know it. Please allow me to explain.

Palestinian, Israeli women seek peace

Aya and Ofer are enemies, according to politicians, Israeli soldiers, Palestinian suicide bombers and public perception.

Are you ready?

Local high schools start fall practices Monday

Turning the calendar from July to August brings thoughts of cooler weather, shorter days and the phrase, "back to school." But with August also comes a Routt County staple: the start of football season.

Saturday, August 12

The Record for August 10

6:58 a.m. Someone reportedly stole a man's Ford truck in the 100 block of Logan Avenue. Officers found the truck five or six blocks from the man's home about 15 minutes later. Nothing had been stolen, and no damage was done to the truck.

Briefs for August 12

Registration opens for Young Life Golf Tournament

Girls basketball coach won't return

Steamboat Springs High School Athletics Director Richard Lee confirmed Friday that head girls basketball coach Ashley Berggren will not return this season to coach. Lee wouldn't give a reason for Berggren's departure.

Hometown Triple Crown

Final weekend of tournament features five local teams

Triple Crown Sports' presence at baseball fields across Routt and Moffat counties will have a different look this weekend. Steamboat's final championship tournament of the summer, the Adult Slow Pitch Softball Summer Nationals, will be a much shorter and smaller affair compared with the previous three weekends of youth baseball World Series tournaments.

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The fruits of labor

Congressman tours Transit Operations Center

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a farmer from the San Luis Valley, used agriculture to describe his Friday visit to Steamboat Springs. "It's good to see the fruits of your labor," Salazar, a Democrat from Manassa, said after touring the city's Transit Operations Center on 13th Street. The Congressman recently secured more than $625,000 for transportation needs in Steamboat. More than $175,000 of that funding already has been spent to replace vehicle hoists at the center, allowing for safer and more effective maintenance of city vehicles, including buses, Steamboat Springs Transportation Director George Krawzoff said.

'General of the Exhibit Hall'

Longtime resident instrumental in setting up fair events

Amid the moving of display boxes, plywood sheets and wall dividers, Linda Long stood and directed volunteers about the science of setting up an Exhibit Hall.

Steamboat board to discuss facilities

Discussion of a potential $30 million bond issue to build or renovate the community's elementary schools will continue at Monday's Steamboat Springs School Board study session.

Friday, August 11

Oak Creek approves projects

Board discusses how to rid town of pike

The Oak Creek Town Board unanimously approved three building projects at its meeting Thursday despite questions from other town residents about whether the projects were legal.

A Grand Future

Prevention Coalition director promoted

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition executive director Sandra Visnack has been promoted to the coalition's tri-county executive director.

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Soda Creek Western Mercantile closing

Chase Oriental Rug Company owner purchased buildng for location, more space

Word of a "quitting business" sale at a popular Western clothing and merchandise store in downtown Steamboat Springs brought out the masses. Even before Soda Creek Western Mercantile opened Thursday morning to begin the sale, about 150 people had gathered outside. Supervisor John Brothers said about 200 people were in the store within the first five minutes after opening.

Summer tourism slowing

The summer vacation season is winding down, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Lodging Barometer.

Deb Babcock: Don't fear earwigs

The poor earwig, though disgusting to most of us, can be a beneficial insect as well as a destructive one.

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The past is present

Songwriter Matt Costa looks to history for inspiration

Matt Costa collects postcards from the early 1900s from an antique store by his house in Huntington Beach, Calif. He appreciates the moments captured in the old photographs and the messages that reveal what people were thinking at that time.

Llama mama goes off beaten path

Local author to do book signing, puppet show and live performance

Diane White-Crane could not have written "Hiking the 'Boat II" without her llamas. "They were my partners and my buddies," White-Crane said. "The llamas were carrying everything so I could still hike and not carry 50 pounds on my back. And the llamas bring a lot of fun."

Driving class mandatory

The Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors parked on campus or driving around town during lunch earned those privileges.

Liquor businesses seek safe harbor

Business owners are seeking changes to the city's liquor license ordinance that would afford the businesses safe harbor if they failed a liquor compliance check.

Two more liquor licenses gone

Two Steamboat Springs businesses that failed recent compliance checks by selling alcohol to minors had their liquor licenses suspended Thursday.

Business as usual

Despite foiled terror plot, operations smooth at regional airport

Yampa Valley Regional Airport implemented new safety precautions, but by and large, officials said it was business as usual Thursday at the airport in Hayden.

The secret behind the lens

Two photographers portray what they can't explain

In 38 years of work, Bob Dylan is the only subject David Michael Kennedy has ever been nervous about photographing. "Because I felt like I was in the presence of something more. The guy is just a genius," Kennedy said. "And I was more interested in photographing Dylan the person, not the icon we knew in the '60s."

On Scene

Summer in Northwest Colorado doesn't get any better than riding down the Colorado River on a floating bachlorette party raft with seven of your girlfriends on a sunny day.

Big weekend for Democrats

Visit from Rep. John Salazar, picnic on schedule for party

Routt County Democrats have significant events scheduled today and Saturday.

Learner's permit age changed to 15

Teenagers hoping to get their learner's permits may have to wait longer than expected.

A step ahead

Sailors volleyball heads into season with camp

Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall was pleased to see the girls who will be trying out for her team next week already playing six-on-six games before their first official practice.

Arrest made in child porn case

A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of trading child pornography.

Briefs for August 11

Defensive driving classes Aug. 15, 19

Real estate sales set record

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors recently reported that the first six months of June were off mildly in both volume and dollars sales when compared to the record numbers of 2005. But July appears to have been a different story.

Ski Corp. opens real estate office

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. plans to carve out a slice of Steamboat Springs' burgeoning real estate market.

Allison Plean: All about the Benjamins

My friend lost his wallet on a subway in Tokyo, and someone returned it with all the contents intact. Tokyo has a population of more than 12 million people. Why is that story so shocking? After all, things like that happen all the time in Steamboat Springs.

Cycling tour seeks workers

Tour de Steamboat race co-director Katie Lindquist needs more volunteers for the 105-mile, non-competitive cycling tour on Saturday.

Golfers finish second

If the Steamboat Springs High School golf team members were in school, head coach Steve Dodson would have given them an above-average grade for Thursday's opening tournament in Battlement Mesa.

The Record for August 9

12:03 a.m. A 39-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of violating his bail bond conditions after officers found him intoxicated and hiding in a mobile home in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza.

Ski Corp. launches billboard campaign

Advertisement: "Champagne Powder. Best chilled and poured over friendly ski town."

If a billboard advertising campaign is working, there is no sense in changing it. That is the thinking behind the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s billboard marketing efforts along the busy Interstate 70 corridor. The billboard again will emphasize a friendly ski town atmosphere and world-class Champagne Powder.

Taking things to heart

Young pianist finds her passion in art, clothing and music

If pianist Joyce Yang broke a finger, she would switch careers and enter the fashion industry.

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Humble partners

Children bond with horses, llamas at local ranch

Children and horses both know how to live in the moment, Humble Ranch Executive Director Cheri Trousil says. That helps create an important bond during Humble Ranch's hippotherapy sessions, in which horses become a therapeutic tool for children suffering from disabilities.

Thursday, August 10

Impact of national security directives light at YVRA

Yampa Valley Regional Airport public security director Tyler Whitmore got the call at 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Transportation Security Administration coordinators told him that the airport needed to be in line with immediate national security directives before the first flight departed at 7:50 a.m.

Man arrested in child porn case

A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion the man has been trading child pornography images.

Council suspends two liquor licenses

Two Steamboat Springs businesses had their liquor licenses suspended during a show cause hearing Thursday afternoon as punishment for failing a June compliance check.

Hiker disappears on Mount of the Holy Cross

Authorities were searching for a hiker who disappeared on 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross in western Colorado.

Drivers must be 15 to get permit

Teenagers hoping to get their learner's permits may have to wait longer than expected. Beginning July 1, applicants must be 15 years old and enrolled, participating and attending an approved driver's education class to attain a Colorado Temporary Instruction Permit.

Denver air passengers endure long waits amid terror warnings

Fretting travelers waited in long lines at Denver International Airport security checkpoints Thursday, and loudspeakers blared warnings that toothpaste, water and other common items were barred from planes after authorities in Britain disrupted a plot to blow up U.S.-bound flights.

Local Sports Briefs: Benefit tournament for local man raises $11,635

The Steve Ivers Benefit Golf Tournament, held Aug. 4 at the Steamboat Golf Club, raised $11,635 for Ivers.

Swim team ends season on high note

A summer full of 6:30 a.m. workouts paid off for the Steamboat Springs Swim Club.

Do or die for Steamboat Rugby

Team takes on league rival Vail

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club has a bone to pick with Vail.

'Lettuce live, lettuce love'

Celebration honors Yampa history, vegetable's role in local agriculture

Most people don't give a second thought to lettuce. At the grocery store, it's iceberg or romaine, butter chard or arugula. It gets thrown on a burger or tossed in a salad. Most people don't obsess about where their lettuce came from. But in Yampa, lettuce used to be a way of life.

Projects up for approval

At its meeting tonight, the Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to hear presentations from several town residents about proposed construction projects that require town approval.

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Diesel in demand

Statewide fuel shortage affecting local suppliers, consumers

Routt County is not immune to the statewide diesel shortage. At least one local diesel supplier is rationing its remaining supply of fuel, another already ran out, and truckers and other diesel consumers are paying premium prices to fill up their tanks.

Wednesday, August 9

News in brief for August 10

Phonebook recycling at City Market

Scott Stanford: Internships vital part of journalism

I am a firm believer in college, but college alone isn't always enough to get you into the workplace.

Height, density are concerns

Council discusses One Steamboat Place proposal

Height and housing density are the two greatest concerns city officials have with a proposed mixed-use development at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Professor honored for ranch preservation work

Historic Routt County presented one of its two 2006 Preservation Leadership awards to an assistant professor from the University of Colorado at Denver on Wednesday.

The Record for August 8

7:49 p.m. A badger reportedly wandered into a store in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue and was then chased into a Chinese restaurant by an employee. Colorado Division of Wildlife officers handled the loose badger.

Alex Schoder: Look at the future

With real estate prices steadily rising, Steamboat is turning into a dichotomized community of socio-economic strata: the wealthy and the lower-income.

Christopher Lohmann: Expressing opinions

After several private discussions with Scott Stanford, the editor of Steamboat Pilot & Today, concerning his decision to include Ann Coulter's column in the newspaper, he asked me to respond publicly. I will take this opportunity to do so.

Our View: CSAP scores disappointing

With few exceptions, student scores dropped countywide and highlight the need for district officials to carefully analyze data and focus on areas of weakness.

Tuesday, August 8

Center push to continue

Council approves city-funded survey to gauge voters

The proposal to place a taxpayer-funded recreation center on the ballot is still alive.

Pilot & Today launches re-designed Web site includes new features

The Steamboat Pilot & Today on Tuesday launched its newly re-designed Web site,

4-H members display projects

64 qualifying exhibits advance to Colorado State Fair

The 4-H motto is "Heads. Hands. Heart. Health." All four leafs of the clover were on display at the 2006 Routt County Exhibit Day at Soroco High School last weekend.

Hayden bucks make debut at local banks

There's a new buck in Hayden.

Bone's big fish

Potential record pike caught at Stagecoach

Tim Bone thought it would be nice to come up from the Front Range for the weekend and take his kids fishing at Stagecoach Reservoir.

Hayden teen sentenced to jail

Judge also orders Najera to read book about hazing

An 18-year-old Hayden man was sentenced Tuesday to five days in jail and two years of unsupervised probation and ordered to read a book about hazing and write letters of apology to the families of the boys he branded with a heated coat hanger in March.

River rehab

Classic cars pulled out of Yampa banks

Under different circumstances, they might have been revered as classic automobiles from a bygone era.

Meeting to offer VA benefits information

Officials hold 'enrollment day' in Craig

Northwest Colorado veterans with questions about eligibility, benefits and services provided to them can find answers this week.

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Wiggins rolls to win in primary

Police officer will face Democrat Gary Wall in November sheriff's election

Steamboat Springs Police Officer Garrett Wiggins cruised to an easy win in Tuesday's Republican primary for Routt County sheriff, beating Sgt. Ray Birch of the Sheriff's Office. Wiggins garnered 714 votes or 63 percent of the vote. Birch totaled 426 votes or 37 percent.

Church-state debate brewing

Hayden board to consider formal policy for TV content

Many Hayden religious leaders think a dangerous precedent was set last month when the town refused to post a vacation Bible school announcement on the town's public TV channel.

Wild, wild relay

195-mile race enjoys greater popularity

Lisa Javernick was busy making signs Tuesday afternoon to help direct the 1,040 runners who will race Friday and Saturday during the challenging, 195-mile Wild West Relay.

New voting off and running

When voting officials began explaining Routt County's new voting system to Steamboat Springs resident Shauna Duran on Tuesday afternoon, she couldn't help but feel a little nervous. "When I first walked in and they were giving the directions, I was concerned," she said. Duran, who cast her primary ballot at the Steamboat Pilot & Today conference room, said she was shocked by how easy the new system is.

Affordable not always buyable

Red Hawk developers cite housing concerns

Developers who volunteered to include affordable homes in their Stagecoach subdivision said Tuesday that restrictions implemented by Routt County are preventing them from selling the units.

The Record for August 7

9:06 p.m. A man in the 1400 block of Flattop Circle reported his nephew kicking and denting his car because the men had been in an argument. The man did not want to press charges; he just wanted his nephew to stop kicking his car. Officers arrested the nephew Tuesday morning on suspicion of false reporting, possessing a Schedule II controlled substance and other charges.

Monday, August 7

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Judgment day

Sheriff candidates in only contested primary

On Monday morning, Ray Birch got out of bed at 4:45 for a run and workout. Garrett Wiggins rose at 5:30 and went in to work. Today, Republican voters in Steamboat Springs will decide which of the two hard-working, early-rising law enforcement officers will represent the GOP in the race for Routt County Sheriff.

Cafe Diva chef wins again

Kate Rench captures Steel Chef competition for third straight year

The key to winning the Steel Chef Competition at the Steamboat Wine Festival was being prepared. The three battling restaurants - Cafe Diva, Chelsea's Restaurant and Mambo Italiano - had to incorporate an ingredient into as many entrees and appetizers as they could create in 45 minutes.

Fast as lightning

Steamboat girls set state record; team takes fourth at state championships

The festive atmosphere at the seasonal state swimming championships in Craig kept Steamboat Springs' Team Lightning buzzing with excitement. "We were dancing before (our event)," 12-year-old Amy Brodie said. "They were playing funny songs like the 'Macarena.' It got us psyched."

The Record for August 6

1:37 a.m. Police assisted emergency medical technicians with a man who hit his head at a bar in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police said the man was taken to the hospital and then to detox.

Berry wins invitational

Affirming his status as one of Colorado's premier junior golfers, Steamboat Springs' Paul Berry won Monday's Denver Country Club Junior Invitational. Selected from the best 14- to 18-year-old boys and girls on the Colorado Junior Golf Association's point list rankings, Berry, tied for 11th on the list, started golfing among what he called a "pretty salty field," with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Briefs for August 8

Applications for Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program are due to the Routt County Board of Commissioners' Office by Sept. 6. Qualified projects must relate to protecting agricultural operations, natural areas, and open lands. In general, they should protect the Western heritage of the Yampa Valley for its residents and visitors. For more information or an application, call Helena Bond at 879-0108, ext. 315.

Stock Dog Challenge returns

Sheepherding event back after a year off

A local competition for sheep dogs and handlers from across the country is back after a one-year hiatus. The Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge will be held Sept. 3 and 4 at the Stanko Ranch on Twentymile Road, organizer Mary Sasak said. A meeting for volunteers who want to help run the event is Thursday night. The two-day competition, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, could bring as many as 100 teams of border collie "sheep dogs" and their handlers to Steamboat Springs, Sasak said.

Turf target date Aug. 21

Gardner Field in midst of makeover; entrance project planned

To the side of Gardner Field, a small square - about 2 feet by 2 feet - showed off the finished product. "Step on it," Pat Gleason, Steamboat Springs School Board and Education Fund Board member, yelled from the bleachers. If - as expected - the new full-size artificial turf field is as soft and bouncy beneath the feet as the sample square, Steamboat Springs athletes are in for quite the change when sports begin at the end of the month.

Pushing for a rec center vote

Supporters want $18 million bond issue to go on ballot

A new recreation center could be on the ballot for Steamboat Springs voters in November. As part of a hefty agenda for tonight's meeting, the Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss putting an $18 million bond issue on the ballot. The funds would require a property tax and would be used to construct a new recreation center on a 37-acre site near Anglers Drive, adjacent to Rita Valentine Park.

Parks a priority for Hayden

Hayden Town officials have reshaped their vision for what they want to see in the next parks and recreation supervisor. Hiring someone who can take on maintenance of the town parks in addition to organizing recreation activities and special events might be too much, the Hayden Parks and Recreation Board decided at its Monday night meeting. The former parks and recreation supervisor cited too many duties as one of the problems with the job when he resigned last month.

Seminars for entrepreneurs

A series of business seminars this week is meant to inspire business owners, as well as people thinking about testing their entrepreneurial skills. "When you get the entrepreneurial bug, it's almost like a bug that takes over your soul," said Randy Rudasics, manager of the Bogue Enterprise Center and counselor at the Small Business Resource Center.

Sunday, August 6

Tour returns

Tour de Steamboat returns for second year Aug. 12

After more than a decade hiatus in the mid-1990s, the Tour de Steamboat returns for its second installment in as many years.

Briefs for August 7

The kindness of strangers

Local woman receives medical help from unknown people

Complete strangers have donated hundreds of dollars to help Cassandra Krause.

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Fair time nears

Learn to walk on stilts, ride a pig, enjoy some bluegrass music or enter your baby in a contest to see whether he or she has the chubbiest feet. The Routt County Fair begins this week, and to say it provides a variety of events would be an understatement.

WIC tackles childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is on the rise in Colorado. Children are consuming more total fat and are getting less than two-thirds of the daily recommendations for vitamins and minerals from their diets.

The Record for August 5

Crime reports.

Tom Ross: Take this haircut and Shovick

Steamboat landmark counting down the days

August is a wonderful month to plan a family reunion in Steamboat Springs. You can organize an excursion to the top of the gondola for a picnic amid the late summer wildflowers at 9,000 feet. You can rent a party boat at Steamboat Lake and troll deep for trout as the sun sets over Meaden Peak.

Monday Medical: Take steps to reduce risk of suffering stroke

About 700,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds. The good news is you are never too young or too old to reduce your risk for stroke.

'Talladega Nights' zooms past challengers

The Will Ferrell NASCAR send-up "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" easily lapped the competition over the weekend, topping the box office with more than $47 million in ticket sales. The comedy from Sony Pictures was the biggest-ever opening for Ferrell in a starring role.

Unbreakable bond

Steamboat Springs sends three men to fight in Iraq

The chances that three Steamboat Springs residents would wind up in the same regiment halfway across the continent would seem on the surface to be one in a million.

Saturday, August 5

North Sundance rises again

Four commercial buildings would comprise 60,000 square feet

There is renewed interest in developing several large, mixed-use commercial buildings on the north side of Anglers Drive. They would total more than 60,000 square feet.

The magical San Juan range

Moderate fourteeners abound in southwest Colorado

Avid hikers in Northwest Colorado who haven't made the pilgrimage south to the San Juan Mountain Range are missing out on some of the most spectacular scenery our state has to offer.

Tanner Eugene Cole Wheeler

Tanner Eugene Cole Wheeler, son of Diana Renee Cole and Brad Anthony Wheeler, was born at 1:25 p.m. July 27, 2006.

Brycyn Alexander Atwood

Brycyn Alexander Atwood, son of Lyndsey Flores and Aaron Atwood, was born at 2:49 a.m. July 29, 2006.

No gimmes for golf team

Competition for high school squad expected to be plentiful

Summer will come to an end Monday for junior golfers hoping to earn a spot on this year's Steamboat Springs High School team.

Lynx out, but not down

Coach, team take loss, elimination all in stride

The Northwest Colorado Lynx felt the momentum shifting as it headed into its playoff game Saturday morning against Utah's South Jordan Renegades in the 13-and-under Division 2 bracket of the Triple Crown World Series.

Lofty aim

Wiley Button has sights set on Olympic team spot

The next Olympian to come out of Routt County very well may be more comfortable with a 12-guage slung over his shoulder than with skis on his feet. Wiley Button's demeanor -- calm and collected, is everything one would expect of dead-eye shot capable of excelling in international shooting events.

Our View: No time for hesitation

The timing may never be better, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. The Steamboat Springs School Board is contemplating asking voters this November to support a $30 million bond issue to rebuild Soda Creek Elementary School and renovate and expand Strawberry Park Elementary School. We see a significant number of reasons for putting the question to voters on Nov. 7, but by no means will bond approval be easy.

Mark Alan Dernay

Longtime Routt County resident Mark Alan Dernay died July 23, 2006, at his home in Stagecoach. He was 48.

Over the mountain

Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang does more than ski

Gordon Jones, president of Steamboat Springs' Over The Hill Gang, said the group lowered its lone eligibility requirement in order to add a new member.

Rylee Daniel Lynn Wall

Rylee Daniel Lynn Wall, son of Camilla and Kirk Wall, was born at 1:42 p.m. July 18, 2006

New ranger in town

One of Kingsbury's first tasks was Rainbow gathering

Jamie Kingsbury barely had time to unpack before she heard the news.

Dorothy c. Springer

Longtime Northwest Colorado resident Dorothy C. Springer died July 26, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 96.

Hopeful Ritter fires up crowd

Bill Ritter likely hears about public schools every night over supper -- it's only natural that he should talk about schools on the campaign trail.

Relay walkers unite against cancer

Everyone who attended Steamboat Springs' inaugural Relay for Life fundraiser Friday night had his or her own reason for participating.

Kyler Daniel Arnold

Kyler Daniel Arnold, son of Amanda Marie and Daniel Edward Arnold, was born at 5:10 p.m. July 30, 2006.

Aging well in South Routt

Visiting Nurse Association program targets those 50 and older

Jeanne Upbin says need is a good word choice -- as in, people 50 and older "need to work on flexibility, strength and balance."

David R. Anderson

Former Steamboat Springs resident David R. Anderson died July 26, 2006, at the Regional West Medical Center after a long illness. He was 62.

Stagecoach lot sales flying high

The first two quarters of the year typically aren't a busy time for lot sales in Routt County. But the unincorporated subdivisions south of Stagecoach Reservoir broke the axiom this year.

Timothy Michael Landers

Timothy Michael Landers, son of Kelly and Jason Landers, was born at 1:06 a.m. July 28, 2006.

Sean Charles Hart

Sean Charles Hart, son of Joan and Christopher Hart, was born at 2:27 a.m. July 29, 2006.

Dave Shively: For the love of the tube

Floating on an inner-tube down a river means vastly different things to different people. For various breeds of outdoor enthusiasts, the question, "What do you think about tubing?" is a litmus test to determine one's basic river competency.

Crocs' income on rise

Crocs Inc. reported Thursday that its second-quarter net income rose more than five times as the manufacturer delivered its colorful offbeat shoes into new stores across the U.S. and internationally.

Job seekers have plenty to choose from

Sam Kennedy had a lot of options to choose from when looking at the job postings at the Colorado Workforce Center in Steamboat Springs.

Routt County Spotlight: Ricky Romero

Ricky Romero

Darrell Hoaglund

Steamboat Springs resident Darrell "Swede" Hoaglund died July 24, 2006. He was 72.

Business briefs for Aug. 6

Shirl Cox and Angela Mecca of Hofmeister Personal Jewelers recently earned their Graduate Sales Associate certificates, bestowed by the Jewelers Education Foundation, for successful completion of courses of study and final examinations about jewelry and the jewelry industry.

John F. Russell: When winning isn't everything

Winning may not be the most important thing in sports, but you can't deny that it plays a vital role.

Sound Off for Aug. 6

Sunday's "High-income needs" letter to the editor from Alex Schoder was spot on, although tongue in cheek. Our City Council negotiates away the "payment in lieu" from the Wildhorse Meadows development, forcing that development to include the 80 affordable housing units.

Shamus Quinn Davenport

Shamus Quinn Davenport, son of Suzy and Jon Davenport, was born at 8:44 a.m. July 27, 2006.

Dakota Rein Munden

Dakota Rein Munden, daughter of Tracey and Tom Munden, was born at 3:50 p.m. July 26, 2006.

Jimmy Westlake: The tears of St. Lawrence

Historians tell us that the Romans martyred a Christian deacon named Laurentius on Aug. 10 of the year 258 by cooking him alive on an outdoor iron stove called a gridiron. It was during this torture that Laurentius reportedly cried out, "I am already roasted on one side, and if thou wouldst have me well cooked, it is time to turn me on the other."

Don Patterson: Keep Coulter

I have recently read a couple of letters to the editor asking you not to print Ann Counter's column in the paper. And from Scott Stanford's article, "Don't Like Coulter? Read Dowd" (Steamboat Today, July 27), I gather you have received at least one e-mail that threatens to boycott businesses that advertise in your papers.

Jane Romberg: Thanks for support

Last week, I volunteered for LIFT-UP of Routt County to collect canned goods and money at the Los Lobos concert at Headwall.

Doing away with the riprap

Public stretch of the Yampa near Steamboat undergoes rehabilitation

"Detroit riprap" isn't what you think it is -- no motivating rhythms, no poetic lyrics -- just the hulks of 50-year-old automobiles.

Getting back to schools

Officials gathering data on multi-million dollar projects

The educational environment for the Steamboat Springs School District's youngest students appears to be a priority, but when and if voters are asked to fund major school construction projects remains up in the air.

A river wild

Yampa a lifesource for diverse and fragile ecosystems

In the big-stakes game of water poker, even the fish have a seat at the table. The razorback sucker, bonytail, humpback chub and Colorado pikeminnow -- four species of endangered fish native to the lower Yampa, Green and Colorado rivers -- are hardly a sportsman's dream, but their importance to the river and the larger water debate can't be underestimated.

Todd Danielson: Missing the point

In regards to your column (Don't Like Coulter? Read Dowd, Steamboat Today, July 27) about keeping Ann Coulter in the newspaper, I think you're missing the point. It isn't about maintaining an "equal" amount of viewpoints, or even a diverse selection of views. Those ideas are fine (although they go too far when the media think they need to give equal time to inaccuracies and lies simply because they're a divergent view, but that's another subject).

Huie gets fourth win

Runner takes late victory in Mount Werner Classic

No matter which race J.J. Huie competes in, the result stays the same.

The Record for August 4

JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Two rivers united

The Yampa River wasn't always a tributary of the Green River. By using evidence from dry gravel deposits left by ancient rivers, geologists such as Wallace Hansen discovered that the Green once flowed east to the Mississippi River.

Friday, August 4

Local couple celebrates 60 years of marriage

Chance meeting at a dance in Louisiana leads to lifetime together for owners of Del's Jewelry

The year was 1942. The event was a dance in a church hall in Alexandria, La. They knew the night they met that they were meant for each other.

Time to cast a ballot

Sheriff's primary first election with new machines

Win or lose, Routt County sheriff candidates Ray Birch and Garrett Wiggins likely will sleep well Tuesday night.

Ski area proposals advance

Planners pass plan to construct maintenance building

It appears as if improvements could occur on the Steamboat Ski Area -- not just to the land and buildings around its base.

Briefs for August 5

Beaux Arts Festival rolls on with street painting

The Steamboat Springs Beaux Arts Festival continues today with exhibits at various locations throughout town.

Local sports briefs

Kids place in Kansas triathlon

Pitcher leads Storm

Strong arm shuts down Bulldogs

Alex Estes had a day he will never forget.

End in sight

Chamber predicts fewer visitors in area for next weekend

Relief is in sight for locals who need a break from the summer tourism season, but they'll first have to make it through another busy weekend.

The Record for August 3

12:07 a.m. Police pulled over a vehicle for a routine traffic stop on the Mount Werner Road exit ramp off U.S. Highway 40. The 20-year-old driver was arrested because he had two outstanding warrants.

A positive outlook

Man battles cancer with optimistic attitude

There never is a dull moment with Steve Ivers talks. Take his exchange with friends and family Friday at the Steamboat Golf Club.

Thursday, August 3

Nation: Two men arrested in investigation of Phoenix shootings

Authorities arrested two men Friday in connection with a series of fatal shootings that have terrorized Phoenix area residents for more than a year, a police spokesman said.

Unconventional carpentry

Mark Koons has attempted to construct his piece, "A Simple Chair," 35 times. He has spent more than 2,000 hours building it to portray a specific concept.

On Scene

Although I have issues with people using animals for entertainment, I was compelled to see the white-throated Capuchin monkeys ride border collies at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo last weekend. So we took the dogs for a hike up Howelsen Hill and descended upon the rodeo with perfect seats in the bushes on the hill.

Allison Plean: Steep learning curve

I already have learned a million things from working at the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Planners approve ski base project

City Council to consider One Steamboat Place next week

City planners have approved a mixed-use development at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, clearing the way for the Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss its second large-scale project in two weeks.

Country in the Rockies landed

Winter music event often includes Nashville headliners

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has wooed a classy country music ski tourism group away from Mount Crested Butte, where it vacationed last winter.

A message of hope

Musical performance dedicated to Brian Houston

Jessi Houston will leave her crutches backstage during her performance of "The Spitfire Grill" this weekend.

A work in progress

Mike Garson's career begins again at 61

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins introduced Mike Garson to a psychic a few years ago. She told him his career would take off when he turned 61. Garson's 61st birthday was last weekend.

Rally for a Cure raises $24,474

Local sports briefs

This year's Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament, which was held at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club on July 18, raised $24,474 to help in the battle against breast cancer.

Walking a blurring line

Bell: Media's role in politics has changed with times

Steve Bell never thought there would be an era in American history as divisive as the Vietnam War and the Watergate years.

Water jumping to forefront with local voters

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez discusses issues in Steamboat

A mantra of Colorado politics has a new verse. Politicians in the centennial state almost always talk about three things on the campaign trail: education, transportation and health care.

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The soul of genius

Emerald City Opera celebrates Mozart's birth

A male opera singer's voice does not mature until he is in his 30s.

World: Israel expands bombing after Hezbollah rocket attack

Israel expanded its assault on Lebanon Friday, launching its first major attack on the Christian heartland north of Beirut and severing the last significant road link to Syria.

Music calendar for Aug. 4-10

Police chase ends in arrest

A early morning, high-speed chase through Routt County ended on a grassy hill in Milner, where Colorado State Patrol troopers and other local law enforcement officers arrested the 30-year-old driver and his passenger.

Foster new executive director

Libby Foster, former case manager for Partners in Routt County, was introduced as the nonprofit organization's new executive director on Tuesday.

Allison's picks for Aug. 4-10

What Allison Plean thinks you should do this week

Briefs for Aug. 4

The show-cause hearings for Fiesta Jalisco and Jade Summit were postponed until noon Aug. 9 at Centennial Hall.

Pay it forward

Local man hunts down owner of lost wallet

Matthew Shelters felt as if he were on a game show when dollar bills came flying at his car's windshield a couple of weeks ago.

Sentencing delayed for sex offender

Sentencing was delayed Thursday for a 44-year-old man who failed to register as a sex offender.

Herbalist to lead medical plant hike

With its harsh winters and dry summers, Steamboat Springs is a lip balm kind of town. People who sign up for Mary O'Brien's medicinal and edible plant walk Saturday will learn how to make their own soothing salve from native plants.

Locked and loaded

Three Quarter Circles Ranch hosts shotgun shoot weekend

The Three Quarter Circles Ranch is hosting a vintage shotgun shoot Aug. 12, and among those expected to attend are members of the Rocky Mountain Vintagers shotgun group based on the Front Range.

Lynx have bad outing

The Northwest Colorado Lynx's Thursday game turned out to be a microcosm of the games it played Wednesday, or at least in the way the team hit the ball.

Steep but not deep

Saturday race takes trail runners up Mount Werner

Powder days are still a few months away, but a large group of people will nonetheless assemble at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday morning to race to the top of Thunderhead.

Local: Summer tourism season winding down

Relief is in sight for locals who need a break from the summer tourism season, but they'll first have to make it though another busy weekend.

Hayden project ready to begin

Hayden developer Stefanus Nijsten is ready to begin moving dirt for a new development on the west side of town.

The Record for August 2

8:26 a.m. A dog was reported roaming the area and eating trash in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. The caller said the issue is an ongoing problem. The dog's owner was given a verbal warning by police officers.

Spotted knapweed -- stop it if you see it

At this time of year, when most people are thinking about their gardens and outdoor activities, Matt Custer, Routt County's weed supervisor, is making weed management his priority. On his "A" list for weeds this summer is spotted knapweed. Under the Routt County Noxious Weed Management Plan, the control of noxious spotted knapweed is mandatory for all landowners.

Family stick together

Local businessman pays off Rainbow warrants

More than 100 Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering participants have received a "get out of jail free" card.

Local: VNA receives $187,000 in grants from Colorado Trust

Over the next two years, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will receive $187,500 for improvements in health care. Much of that money will come from two $75,000 grants from Colorado Trust to address problems related health care access in Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties.

Art opportunities for Aug. 4

Drawing lessons for still life and landscape are offered at Studio Gallery 27 every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon until August 31.

Wednesday, August 2

Nation: Microsoft offers challenge for hackers

After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world's best-known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.

Lance event grows

Denver hosts LiveSTRONG challenge

The Lance Armstrong Foundation is opening new doors and challenges with the inception of the national LiveSTRONG Challenge -- a five-city biking, walking and running race.

Sports Scoreboard for Aug. 3

Local sports scores

State: BLM suspends leases for two cities' watersheds for a year

Despite vocal opposition from residents of Grand Junction and Palisade, the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it will issue oil and gas leases in the two cities' watersheds, though the leases will be suspended for a year.

CSAP test results mixed

The Steamboat Springs School District traditionally outperforms others schools from across the state when it comes to Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.

Hayden's third-graders lead charge

District sees marked improvements in reading, writing scores

Practice makes perfect, at least in the case of Hayden Valley Elementary School's third-graders.

Early voters happy with system

Bob Fry can forget about the days when he had to wait in his van outside of his precinct voting station on Election Day. Unable to make it up the snow-covered wheelchair ramps, Fry recalls having his wife, Connie, bring him paper ballots, which she would help him fill out.

World: Israel launches new airstrikes on Beirut

Israel renewed airstrikes on Beirut's southern suburbs Thursday and an Israeli missile killed three people in a border village, a day after Hezbollah launched its biggest rocket attacks yet on Israel.

Locals play in Triple Crown

Colorado teams kick off games at Howelsen fields

Routt County residents who think Triple Crown Sports' championship events are tourist-exclusive affairs should know that two youth baseball teams representing Northwest Colorado are competing in this week's tournament games.

Tennis group hosts tourney

Local players return with victories, titles

It was 110 degrees on the tennis courts in Grand Junction last week, but the temperature wasn't the only thing burning up the asphalt at the Taco Bell Western Slope Open.

Mutilated cat spurs investigation

The Oak Creek Police Department is looking for help from anyone with information about the mutilation of a cat.

Tennis scores wins

Local players return with victories, titles

It was 110 degrees on the tennis courts in Grand Junction last week, but the temperature wasn't the only thing burning up the asphalt at the Taco Bell Western Slope Open.

Project approval nearly done

Rhe process of approving a mixed-use development in Hayden is nearly complete. Tonight, the Hayden Town Board will consider approving the final plat for the Creek View subdivision.

Nation: Iraq fighting could become civil war, U.S. generals say

Two top Pentagon commanders said Thursday that spiraling violence in Baghdad could propel Iraq into outright civil war, using a politically loaded term that the Bush administration has long avoided.

State: CSU team eases hurricane prediction

A lowering of Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures and other factors have caused hurricane researchers at Colorado State University to revise downward their estimate of the number of major hurricanes this year from five to three.

Briefs for Aug. 3

SportReach, a Christian youth sports camp, is being offered for all children entering kindergarten through sixth grades. Sports disciplines offered are basketball, soccer, football and cheerleading. The camp for third- through sixth-graders is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9-11 and costs $55.

The Record for August 1

12:10 p.m. A Rainbow Family gatherer reported items taken from his 1969 Ford that was temporarily parked on Routt County Road 129 near mile marker 10. A backpack, two checkbooks and a tent were missing.

Scott Stanford: A Pilot Web site revolution

Get ready for big changes to our Web site,

Soroco test scores average

Reed: District writing exam results disappointing

Soroco High School teachers and administrators have reason to be optimistic about the future.

O'Connell leads pack

Dog Days winner has home field advantage

If there is such a thing as home field advantage in the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge, then Chuck O'Con-nell used it Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 1

World: Mideast war shows no signs of ending

Hezbollah fired its biggest and deepest volley of rockets into Israel on Wednesday as Israel pursued the guerrillas with 8,000 soldiers on the ground and heavy bombing. With fighting in its fourth week and diplomatic efforts stalled, the region braced for a bitter and long war.

Three local swimmers compete at state championships

Despite the disadvantage of training locally in a pool with only 25-yard lanes, three Steamboat Springs' swimmers competed well last weekend at the Colorado Swimming Long Course State Championships in Fort Collins.

Campbell wins Junior Championships

After putting his name at the top of the leaderboard during Tuesday's Haymaker Junior Championships, Steamboat Springs golfer Tucker Campbell had more than enough time to second-guess his game.

Unemployment appeal upheld

Former city manager receives state benefits after termination

The state of Colorado has upheld a ruling that former Steamboat Springs City Manager Paul Hughes was eligible for unemployment benefits during the first half of 2006.

Project proposal to get review

Planning process begins for One Steamboat Place

A project that could be central to growth at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area will begin the planning process Thursday night.

Briefs for August 2 seeks volunteers for Web site

Back in business

After a seven-month hiatus, a Hayden business has reopened its doors, and the owner says she has some fresh ideas.

Lizard King loses its crown

Steamboat's art car vandalized over the weekend

The Lizard King has attracted curious onlookers for the past couple of years, but recent vandalism has marred the unique appearance of the "art car."

The Record for July 31

An anonymous noise complaint was made on the 1300 block of Sparta Plaza.

Local history teacher gets recognition

Scott DeVries named Colorado History Teacher of the Year

Instead of fighting advances in technology, Scott DeVries has welcomed them.

Dog Days of Summer

Town Challenge event to be held at Howelsen Hill

The dog days of summer have arrived for Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike racers.

Linda Moore: Mid-East coverage lacks

I am dismayed at the Steamboat Pilot & Today's coverage of the conflict raging on the Lebanese-Israeli border.

Our view: Take the time to vote

Let this be a reminder that there is a primary election on Tuesday.

Medical center seeks rezoning

Officials looking at potential future expansion

Yampa Valley Medical Center has approached the city about a zone change that could someday enable expansion of hospital facilities.

CMC feels pinch

College seeks more faculty

Kerry Hart is the first to acknowledge that the timing of his arrival in Steamboat Springs was tough.

Briefs for Aug. 2 is seeking volunteers to oversee major sections of the Web site. officials are looking for center managers for the Arts & Culture, Communications, Employment, History, Housing, Natural Resources & Environment and Religion sections of the site. Center managers maintain links, add new information, answer online questions and serve as expert resources for information about the community. Interested people can call Alysa Selby at 879-0240, ext. 305, or e-mail

Lizard King loses its crown

Steamboat's art car vandalized over the weekend

The Lizard King has attracted curious onlookers for the past couple of years, but recent vandalism has marred the unique appearance of the "art car."

Walter Scott: Stick to the facts

We would all prefer that Jim Barrows stick to the facts behind the petition to combine the Steamboat Springs Airport and the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. His attempt to vilify and discredit me and other property owners, whose lands are contaminated by the airport Flight Patterns Zone, which covers more than 3,000 acres, is a transparent attempt to disguise the major negative impact issues, liabilities and expenses of the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Nation: Haditha investigation supports accusations against Marines

Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

World: Forecasters: Chris to drench Puerto Rico, become hurricane

Tourists evacuated two small islands off the coast of Puerto Rico on Wednesday as Tropical Storm Chris gained strength in the eastern Caribbean and was expected to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.

Nation: U.S. prepares for showdown in Cuba

The White House and Congress, caught unaware by Fidel Castro's illness, prepared Wednesday for a possible showdown in Cuba as lawmakers drafted legislation that would give millions of dollars to dissidents who fight for democratic change.

Police chief to spend vacation working biker rally

Annual motorcycle gathering in Sturgis, S.D., a taste of big city for Jody Lenahan

Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan doesn't ride motorcycles any more - he broke his neck riding one when he was 15 - but he has attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the past 10 years.

Local: Steamboat CSAP results mixed

Schools above state average, but scores drop from '05

The Steamboat Springs School District traditionally outperforms other schools from across the state when it comes to Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.