Thursday, August 31
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly a year after a local teacher's union filed a lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School District, the dispute is resolved.
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.
Chuck O'Connell calls Sunday's Steamboat Springs Running Series event a "classic Steamboat race."
Habitat for Humanity seeking designer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 30
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.
A 44-year-old man accused of possessing child pornography pleaded not guilty to the charge Wednesday in Routt County Court.
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.
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.
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 steamboatpilot.com ski pass giveaway starts Friday; and the Sailors soccer team looks strong this year.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
Briefs for Wednesday, August 30, 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Monday, August 28, 2006.
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.
Tuesday, August 29
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional Bull Riders return to Steamboat
Professional bull rider Judd Mortensen is used to risky situations in the rodeo arena.
Police arrested a 20-year-old man who they suspect is connected to a recent string of burglaries in Steamboat Springs.
12:49 a.m. A woman reported hearing gunshots in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. Police discovered it was fireworks.
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 www.steamboatyouthhockey.com. For more information, call 871-0063.
A call for help has resulted in a windfall of support from the Hayden community.
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 and council officials will meet at noon today to discuss future development in west Steamboat Springs.
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.
Charles Cadrecha still has an ocean view from his condo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
$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 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.
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.
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.
Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners
- Discussion regarding the supplemental budget for the coroner van replacement
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 steamboatpilot.com
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.
2:01 a.m. A woman reported a suspicious person on Black Hawk Court.
Three Hayden men injured in one-vehicle crash
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.
Pine Street work, detours could last until Thanksgiving
Structural repairs to a bridge on Pine Street are scheduled to begin this week.
Sunday, August 27
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.
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.
If ever there was a year for the Hayden volleyball team to make some noise in Class 2A, this is it.
Soroco's volleyball talent creates lineup questions for coach
Soroco volleyball coach Betsy Photos has a problem.
Nothing says the start of the high school football season like the smell of freshly cut : rubber?
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?
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.
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.
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.
TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES - $27543,400; TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES - $309,300
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.
Calendar of activities and events for South Routt for the week of Sunday, August 27, 2006.
Of course Kevin Kaminski should resign from the City Council seat.
Briefs from around Oak Creek and Phippsburg, by Lila Rider.
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 Sunday, August 27, 2006.
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.
Jail Report for Saturday, August 19 through Friday, August 25, and the Record for Friday, August 25.
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.
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, son of Bronwyn and Robert Rittner of Stagecoach, was born at 5:08 p.m. Aug. 17, 2006.
Lilly Grace Williams, daughter of Lisa Williams of Columbus, Ohio, was born at 1:55 a.m. Aug. 15, 2006.
Jose Miguel Chavez, son of Amy Sanchez and Jose Chavez of Craig, was born at 4:07 p.m. Aug. 18, 2006
John "Jack" Hugh Sulentich, son of Lisa R. and Dr. Scott M. Sulentich, was born at 7:31 p.m. Aug. 7, 2006
Mia Isabella Moreno, daughter of Jaime and Katie Moreno of Craig, was born at 1:54 a.m. Aug. 15, 2006.
Cameron Ashton Campbell, son of Danielle and Nathan Campbell of Hayden, was born at 7:50 p.m. Aug. 14, 2006.
Age: 39 Occupation: Yampa Valley Housing Authority program director Place of birth: Seattle, Wash.
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.
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.
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.
Ringmaster Roy Ordaz is offended when people refer to Circus Chimera as a three-ring circus.
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.
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.
LIST OF BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED IN ROUTT COUNTY FOR THE WEEK OF AUG. 14 18, 2006
Saturday, August 26
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.
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.
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.
A rockslide closed U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden for about three hours early Friday morning.
The Record for Thursday, August 24, 2006.
Local area briefs for Saturday, August 26, 2006.
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.
Mountain bikers certainly fared well in Gunnison
Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon knew he would find out on Friday if his team was one of the best in the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, August 25
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.
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.
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.
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; Steamboatpilot.com 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.
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.
The last time Dain Estes and his band, Shaking Tree, were in Steamboat Springs, he had a dance off with a waitress.
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)."
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.
Thom Yorke, "The Eraser"; Jurassic 5, "Feedback"; Outkast, "Idlewild"
"Beerfest," "How to Eat Fried Worms," "Idlewild," "Invincible," "Accepted," "Snakes on a Plane," "Step Up," "World Trade Center" and "Material Girls"
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 steamboatpilot.com in a joint promotion between the newspaper and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
$300,000 in grants available for down-payment assistance
The piggy bank just got bigger for would-be homeowners.
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.
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.
Area briefs for Friday, August 25, 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, August 24
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new artificial turf covering Steamboat Springs High School's Gardner Field is a welcome sign for boys soccer head coach Rob Bohlmann.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A state-of-the-art golf-fitting trailer is coming to the aid of local golfers this weekend.
Wednesday, August 23
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.
A lightning-caused fire burning southwest of Maybell is expected to be fully contained early this afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last chance for area mountain bikers to compete in the 2006 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series is Friday.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 22
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."
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.
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.
Steamboat Chamber seeks winter activity information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 players from across the country traveled to Steamboat Springs during the weekend to compete in the Steamboat NTRP Championships.
Monday, August 21
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.
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.
A Colorado State Patrol dispatcher said a semi-truck rolled over Monday afternoon on Colorado Highway 131, about three miles north of Oak Creek.
1:15 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 1300 block of Fox Lane.
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.
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."
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.
Council to discuss development tonight
The Steamboat Springs City Council will again discuss One Steamboat Place at its meeting tonight.
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.
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.
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.
The preference points system, relatively untouched in past years, has undergone several changes.
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.
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.
In its 20-plus-year history, Ranching for Wildlife has been one of the state's more controversial hunting programs.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 are susceptible to health problems when they're in the backcountry.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife unveiled some big changes for the 2006 hunting season.
Thousands of hunters will come to Northwest Colorado in search of big game this fall.
From food and equipment to travel and lodging, planning an annual hunting excursion can be an expensive undertaking.
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.
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.
Rio Blanco county has much to offer the big game hunter.
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.
In Northwest Colorado, youth hunting is a way of life.
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.
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.
Bruce Lee has noticed more than a few changes after more than 20 years spent selling sporting goods in Steamboat Springs.
Sports would not exist without rules. It seems simple, but consider playing tennis with no out-of-bounds line, or hockey with steel sticks.
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.
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."
Hunters looking for an advantage may discover that loading their own ammunition can increase accuracy just enough to bag that long sought-after trophy.
Successful hunters say the secret to their success is how well they're disguised in the habitat.
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.
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.
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.
Gary Troester is an artist. Instead of using paintbrushes, chalk or acrylics, Troester uses glass eyeballs, thread and animal hides to create his masterpieces.
The Buckskin Network is a unique program between law enforcement and news media to assist hunters and their families.
(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.
Hunters rejoice. Now that you've caught your wild game, all that's left to do is get it ready for cooking.
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.
Teen Programs introduces program for middle-schoolers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike reality dating shows like "Blind Date" and "elimiDATE" - "Not on the First Date" is not scripted.
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.
Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners
- Discussion regarding the purchase order for Morrison Creek Culverts, replacing Bridges
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.
Sunday, August 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Despite young roster, Hayden expects winning season
Don't blame Brandon Ford if he has a chip on his shoulder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Record for Friday, August 18, 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $4,437,500; TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES -- $204,200
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.
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.
The e-mail making its rounds on the Internet that claims Mars is heading for a close approach to Earth is a hoax.
All you need to know about Pat Anthony.
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.
Often times, high school athletes are defined by what they do in the heat of competition.
3A Western Slope outlook
1A Western Slope outlook
Monday, Aug. 21
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.
Education briefs from around the area for August 20, 2006.
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.
Saturday, August 19
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.
Bicyclist hit by car, sustains minor injuries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, August 18
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:
Johnny Cash, Sophie Milman and G. Love
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
6:49 a.m. A pellet gun was found under a gazebo in the 1700 block of Ski Time Square.
Steamboat Youth Hockey registration under way
Tammy Jenson resigns from DA's office
Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson has resigned from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved the Sustainability Management Plan proposed by the city's Green Team.
Deb Babcock describes the various types of berries, edible and non-edible, toxic and nontoxic, to be found in the area.
Thursday, August 17
Phippsburg awarded grant, loan for wastewater plant
The town of Phippsburg has the funds to significantly upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changing its management indicator species list in the Routt National Forest.
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.
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.
Before the South Routt School Board begins discussing extended service award proposals and director redistricting, its members will take a tour.
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.
From the Editor
Good columnists are a critical component of a good newspaper.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
With one slight amendment, the Hayden School Board approved a student and activity fee schedule for the upcoming school year at Wednesday's meeting.
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.
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.
Berggren fired with little notice
Ashley Berggren isn't happy with how her brief tenure with the Steamboat Springs School District ended.
The Record from Tuesday, August 15, 2006.
Wednesday, August 16
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.
Steamboat Springs police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a restaurant umbrella and struck a car with it Tuesday evening.
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.
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.
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 from Monday, August 14, 2006.
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 members in Hayden are coming together to help a family in need.
I would like to respond to your July 27 comments on Coulter.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Steamboat Springs' new liquor ordinance has barely begun to produce results. Now is not the time to change it.
Briefs for Wednesday, August 16, 2006.
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.
Buffalo Pass Climb next part of Town Challenge
The 2006 Buffalo Pass Hill Climb has arrived for Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike racers.
Patience, persistence and staying calm were key to Tuesday's 4-H trail horse riding event at the Routt County Fair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cars racing at speeds near 100 mph will be making 12-second laps around the quarter-mile Hayden Speedway on Friday night.
Beauprez picks Mesa County commissioner as running mate
A Western Slope county commissioner is the running mate for Republican governor candidate Bob Beauprez.
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.
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 www.co.quitnet.com.
Students, teachers and staff in the Steamboat Springs School District had a chance to make their voices heard during a spring survey.
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.
Vendors, exhibits one day away
Like heavy clouds before a summer rainstorm, the Routt County Fair is slowly picking up speed.
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
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.
Steamboat Springs golf coach Scott Berry had no problem deciding what the focus of Monday afternoon's practice was going to be.
Two-hour talk precedes council meeting
The Steamboat Springs City Council has set aside two hours before tonight's meeting to discuss affordable housing.
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.
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.
For five local teams, this weekend's Adult Slow Pitch Softball Summer Nationals proved wins are hard to come by.
- Discussion and updates on various Environmental Health Dept projects including Phippsburg and Milner Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades and Yampa Basin Water
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.
Jake Shimabukuro plays the ukulele - and, by all accounts, he rocks.
Registration opens for Young Life Tournament
A quarter-mile stretch of the Continental Divide Trail is more scenic thanks to a group of Boy Scouts and parent volunteers.
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.
The local Steamboat Springs Rotary Club will continue to make its presence felt in Louisiana in the wake of last year's hurricanes.
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.
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
Events scheduled for the week of August 13, 2006
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $17,517,300; TIMESHARE SALES -- $806,400
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.
Age: 25; Occupation: Assistant wedding planner, concierge, freelance artist; Place of birth: Steamboat Springs
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.
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.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Thomas W. Duckels Jr., died July 21, 2006, at his home in LaPorte. He was 90.
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.
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.
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.
It was dejÃ vu for the Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
Aya and Ofer are enemies, according to politicians, Israeli soldiers, Palestinian suicide bombers and public perception.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, August 12
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.
Registration opens for Young Life Golf Tournament
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Prevention Coalition director promoted
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition executive director Sandra Visnack has been promoted to the coalition's tri-county executive director.
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.
The summer vacation season is winding down, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Lodging Barometer.
The poor earwig, though disgusting to most of us, can be a beneficial insect as well as a destructive one.
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.
The Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors parked on campus or driving around town during lunch earned those privileges.
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 Steamboat Springs businesses that failed recent compliance checks by selling alcohol to minors had their liquor licenses suspended Thursday.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
Tour de Steamboat race co-director Katie Lindquist needs more volunteers for the 105-mile, non-competitive cycling tour on Saturday.
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.
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.
Defensive driving classes Aug. 15, 19
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.
The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. plans to carve out a slice of Steamboat Springs' burgeoning real estate market.
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.
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.
Visit from Rep. John Salazar, picnic on schedule for party
Routt County Democrats have significant events scheduled today and Saturday.
Teenagers hoping to get their learner's permits may have to wait longer than expected.
A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of trading child pornography.
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.
Thursday, August 10
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.
A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion the man has been trading child pornography images.
Two Steamboat Springs businesses had their liquor licenses suspended during a show cause hearing Thursday afternoon as punishment for failing a June compliance check.
Authorities were searching for a hiker who disappeared on 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross in western Colorado.
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.
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.
The Steve Ivers Benefit Golf Tournament, held Aug. 4 at the Steamboat Golf Club, raised $11,635 for Ivers.
A summer full of 6:30 a.m. workouts paid off for the Steamboat Springs Swim Club.
Team takes on league rival Vail
The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club has a bone to pick with Vail.
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.
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.
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
Phonebook recycling at City Market
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.
I am a firm believer in college, but college alone isn't always enough to get you into the workplace.
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.
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.
With real estate prices steadily rising, Steamboat is turning into a dichotomized community of socio-economic strata: the wealthy and the lower-income.
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.
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
Council approves city-funded survey to gauge voters
The proposal to place a taxpayer-funded recreation center on the ballot is still alive.
Steamboatpilot.com includes new features
The Steamboat Pilot & Today on Tuesday launched its newly re-designed Web site, steamboatpilot.com.
Classic cars pulled out of Yampa banks
Under different circumstances, they might have been revered as classic automobiles from a bygone era.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Officials hold 'enrollment day' in Craig
Northwest Colorado veterans with questions about eligibility, benefits and services provided to them can find answers this week.
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.
There's a new buck in Hayden.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, August 6
Local woman receives medical help from unknown people
Complete strangers have donated hundreds of dollars to help Cassandra Krause.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Brycyn Alexander Atwood, son of Lyndsey Flores and Aaron Atwood, was born at 2:49 a.m. July 29, 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week, I volunteered for LIFT-UP of Routt County to collect canned goods and money at the Los Lobos concert at Headwall.
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.
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).
One of Kingsbury's first tasks was Rainbow gathering
Jamie Kingsbury barely had time to unpack before she heard the news.
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.
Winning may not be the most important thing in sports, but you can't deny that it plays a vital role.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Runner takes late victory in Mount Werner Classic
No matter which race J.J. Huie competes in, the result stays the same.
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."
Steamboat Springs resident Darrell "Swede" Hoaglund died July 24, 2006. He was 72.
Longtime Northwest Colorado resident Dorothy C. Springer died July 26, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 96.
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.
Everyone who attended Steamboat Springs' inaugural Relay for Life fundraiser Friday night had his or her own reason for participating.
Former Steamboat Springs resident David R. Anderson died July 26, 2006, at the Regional West Medical Center after a long illness. He was 62.
Longtime Routt County resident Mark Alan Dernay died July 23, 2006, at his home in Stagecoach. He was 48.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Kennedy had a lot of options to choose from when looking at the job postings at the Colorado Workforce Center in Steamboat Springs.
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, son of Camilla and Kirk Wall, was born at 1:42 p.m. July 18, 2006
Shamus Quinn Davenport, son of Suzy and Jon Davenport, was born at 8:44 a.m. July 27, 2006.
Timothy Michael Landers, son of Kelly and Jason Landers, was born at 1:06 a.m. July 28, 2006.
Sean Charles Hart, son of Joan and Christopher Hart, was born at 2:27 a.m. July 29, 2006.
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.
Dakota Rein Munden, daughter of Tracey and Tom Munden, was born at 3:50 p.m. July 26, 2006.
Tanner Eugene Cole Wheeler, son of Diana Renee Cole and Brad Anthony Wheeler, was born at 1:25 p.m. July 27, 2006.
Kyler Daniel Arnold, son of Amanda Marie and Daniel Edward Arnold, was born at 5:10 p.m. July 30, 2006.
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.
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."
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.
Friday, August 4
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.
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.
Strong arm shuts down Bulldogs
Alex Estes had a day he will never forget.
Kids place in Kansas triathlon
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.
The Steamboat Springs Beaux Arts Festival continues today with exhibits at various locations throughout town.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, August 3
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.
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.
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.
The show-cause hearings for Fiesta Jalisco and Jade Summit were postponed until noon Aug. 9 at Centennial Hall.
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 was delayed Thursday for a 44-year-old man who failed to register as a sex offender.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Libby Foster, former case manager for Partners in Routt County, was introduced as the nonprofit organization's new executive director on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
Emerald City Opera celebrates Mozart's birth
A male opera singer's voice does not mature until he is in his 30s.
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.
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.
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.
Hayden developer Stefanus Nijsten is ready to begin moving dirt for a new development on the west side of town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drawing lessons for still life and landscape are offered at Studio Gallery 27 every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon until August 31.
Musical performance dedicated to Brian Houston
Jessi Houston will leave her crutches backstage during her performance of "The Spitfire Grill" this weekend.
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.
I already have learned a million things from working at the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
What Allison Plean thinks you should do this week
Wednesday, August 2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
District sees marked improvements in reading, writing scores
Practice makes perfect, at least in the case of Hayden Valley Elementary School's third-graders.
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.
The Oak Creek Police Department is looking for help from anyone with information about the mutilation of a cat.
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.
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.
Get ready for big changes to our Web site, steamboatpilot.com.
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.
The Steamboat Springs School District traditionally outperforms others schools from across the state when it comes to Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.
Reed: District writing exam results disappointing
Soroco High School teachers and administrators have reason to be optimistic about the future.
Local sports scores
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 1
Scott DeVries named Colorado History Teacher of the Year
Instead of fighting advances in technology, Scott DeVries has welcomed them.
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.
College seeks more faculty
Kerry Hart is the first to acknowledge that the timing of his arrival in Steamboat Springs was tough.
An anonymous noise complaint was made on the 1300 block of Sparta Plaza.
Yampavalley.info seeks volunteers for Web site
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yampavalley.info is seeking volunteers to oversee major sections of the Web site. Yampavalley.info 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 email@example.com.
Town Challenge event to be held at Howelsen Hill
The dog days of summer have arrived for Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike racers.
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.
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.
After a seven-month hiatus, a Hayden business has reopened its doors, and the owner says she has some fresh ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
I am dismayed at the Steamboat Pilot & Today's coverage of the conflict raging on the Lebanese-Israeli border.
Let this be a reminder that there is a primary election on Tuesday.