Stories for December 2006

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Sunday, December 31

Routt County Spotlight: Kimberly Conrad Saari

Age: 29 Occupation: Wife, director of marketing for Door to Door Ski Rentals, horseback riding instructor and sales associate at PowderDivas.

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Rex's takes aim at locals

Mazzola's owner opens restaurant, bar in remodeled space at Holiday Inn

A new restaurant on the edge of town has quickly become a popular place for locals. "We wanted to have a soft opening," said Rex Brice, who opened Rex's American Grill & Bar on Dec. 1. "It's nice to have the cash flow, but we kind of got thrown to the wolves."

Complete triathletes

Steamboat's multi-sport endurance athletes don't slow for the snow

Steamboat Springs' fanatically fit athletes have it easy. At least in the summer time, that is. The Yampa Valley provides endless warm-weather exercise options that breed numbers of multi-sport enthusiasts and competitors.

John F. Russell: Don't stop dreaming

I love dreamers. They drive us to seek the treasures of everyday life, they give us a reason to believe in the unbelievable, and they inspire us all to reach our personal goals.

Racer's focus still on school

For most of his life, snowboarder David Manthei has been focused on his competitive dreams.

Race to the Worlds

Final World Championships spots to be determined

For the country's fastest snowboarders, the road to the World Snowboard Championships goes through Steamboat Springs.

Dave Shively: Peak experience

Forty-nine down, five to go. Five peaks in three weeks separates Chris Davenport from skiing the 54 summits of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks in one calendar year.

Back in stride

After early

The boys on the Steamboat Springs basketball team thought they had the right stuff this summer.

Breaking new trail

After requests from residents, Stagecoach State Park opens cross-country ski trail

Ice fishing has been a popular Stagecoach Reservoir winter activity for years. Many snowshoers know the trails around the reservoir are excellent this time of year, and even brave winter campers know the reservoir always provides a place to pitch a tent and enjoy a warm fire.

Without reservation

CMC hotel and resort management program prepares students for immediate success

As a 24-year-old general manager for a Steamboat Springs hotel, Kona Ward is on the fast track to success in the hospitality industry.

Our View: Goals for the New Year

At Issue: The year to come

2006 was prosperous, but there remain community issues that need to be resolved in 2007.

The Record for Dec. 29

The Record and Jail Report

Wall ready for sheriff's job

After 12 years, Warner eager to begin next phase

Gary Wall won't bother with slapping a new coat of paint on the walls and rearranging the furniture in the Routt County Sheriff's Office when he takes over Jan. 9.

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Reshaping downtown

2006 Newsmaker of the Year: Jim Cook

2006 Newsmaker of the Year: Jim Cook. Seeing Jim Cook's impact on Steamboat Springs is as easy as taking a walk downtown. Cook, a principal partner with Colorado Group Realty, is leading development of three large-scale building projects downtown and has plans or is involved in several other projects that will change the face of Steamboat for years to come.

Reason to celebrate

Ski area toasts new year with variety of activities

Chris Diamond looks back fondly on 2006, but said he is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the Steamboat Ski Area in 2007.

Men rescued after night outside

Three snowmobilers were rescued from the Fish Creek Falls drainage area Saturday morning after spending Friday night in the elements.

Bill May: Where the Old West skis

p>Yes, friend, I'm a native And I've sure seen some change In our old mountain village And out on the range.

Community Agriculture: The National Western Stock Show

In January, Routt County invites cowboys from the National Western Stock Show in Denver to Steamboat Springs, straps skis on them and send them down the ski hill in a raucous race.

Joanne Palmer: Auld anxiety

I hate New Year's Eve. I do not stay up to see the ball drop. I go to bed as early as possible and sleep through the whole thing. There are a lot of things wrong with New Year's. The first: it comes at the wrong time of year.

Wolfgang Puck: Eat noodles for a happy new year

An old Asian tradition holds that eating long noodles helps ensure that you live a long - and presumably happy - life. With the Western world's New Year just a few days away, it seems to me a good idea to eat Eastern-style noodles as the year turns (and, of course, you can hang onto the recipe for the Chinese New Year, less than two months away!)

Looking Back: Tax bill set at more than $900K

50 Years Ago. From the Dec. 27, 1956, Steamboat Pilot: Routt County's tax bill on real and personal property in 1957 will be $911,627.62.

Real Estate Transactions

Transactions for Dec. 19-20

FITZGERALD, THOMAS M TO GLEASON, SHARI M FOR STEAMBOAT II SUBD F1 LOT 78 - $329,000

Rex's takes aim at locals

Mazzola's owner opens restaurant, bar in remodeled space at Holiday Inn

A new restaurant on the edge of town has quickly become a popular place for locals.

Business News in Brief for Dec. 31

The annual meeting for MainStreet Steamboat Springs is 8 a.m. Jan. 23 in Centennial Hall. Along with the usual accomplishments of the past year and the plans for the new year, there will be a presentation on the proposed Business Improvement District.

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Prices soaring in Silver Spur

Once working class neighborhood bumping against $1 million barrier

The days when families here could aspire to building a modest home in Silver Spur Estates appear to be long gone. Just do the math. Realtor Ulrich Salzgeber of Buyers Resource Real Estate of Steamboat said this week the price of lots in the subdivision appears destined to remain north of $200,000. That adds up to finished homes that cost more than $600,000.

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Reef madness

His goals are as big as the ocean

Gavin Graham's grand vision includes building a 600-million-gallon aquarium into the side of a mountain.

Business File briefs

Business File briefs for Dec. 31, 2006.

Saturday, December 30

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Lamb wins first rail event

Jeep Terrain Park Challenge action intensifies on Headwall

David Lamb always had success on skis. But competing in his first freeskiing event at Friday's Jeep Terrain Park Challenge at the base of Headwall, Lamb even surprised himself.

YVRA returning to normal

Front Range snow storm continues to affect local airport

Unlike last week's massive storm that brought Denver to a standstill and affected hundreds of travel plans to Steamboat Springs, this week's Front Range snowstorm hasn't halted delivery service or shut down one of the nation's busiest airports.

Tom Ross: Change constant in 'Boat circa 1902

Ski Town USA appears to be poised for unprecedented change in the New Year. The base of the ski resort and the heart of downtown are on the verge of extreme makeovers. It's already almost more than my mind can process.

Well-deserved R&R

Two local soldiers feel fortunate to be home for the holidays

Worrying about the next powder day is the least of Eric O'Hara's concerns. He's just glad to have a break from daily patrols through the Sunni city of Tikrit in Iraq.

Oak Creek to update town plan

Planning commission wary of new annexations

The Oak Creek Planning Commission told the Town Board Thursday night that there should be no more annexation until the town's comprehensive plan is updated.

New life for old trees

The browning Christmas tree in your front room soon could be a sprouting flower in the front yard.

The Record for Dec. 28

2:14 a.m. Two women were arguing in the 300 block of Old Fish Creek Falls Road. Officers mediated the situation.

Coats offer a little warmth in winter

Couple brings free jackets to South Routt County residents

After distributing free coats to families in Hayden, Clark and Steamboat Springs, Wayne and Rebecca Eller realized they had missed their friends in Oak Creek and South Routt County.

News in brief for Dec. 30

SIMZ Antiques in Ski Time Square is holding a fundraiser to help the Steamboat Springs Middle School raise funds for construction of a school in Chimfunshi, Zaire.

MusicFest returns with freebies

Music Tent will close ski area gondola parking lot in January

A local tradition with a little Texas flavor will be back in Steamboat next week.

An unexpected guest

Former President Ford dined at Hazie Werner's, unannounced

First, picture your mother when company arrives in the driveway unannounced. Then, picture your mother when the surprise guests turn out to be the former president and first lady of the United States.

Friday, December 29

Steamboat freestyle skiers earn NorAm starts

It wasn't the start Erik Skinner was hoping for.

'The coolest moment'

CU's Joel Adams gives up skiing for football

Joel Adams always knew he'd have to make a decision.

Midnight masquerade

Hayden to ring in the new year early with costume party

Hayden residents will welcome the new year a night early at a masquerade party on Saturday night.

Coyote causes, survives slide

Despite a trio of avalanches, danger rated moderate

Even wily coyotes would be wise to pay attention to avalanche conditions.

Fall injures photographer

Accident paralyzes local Powdercats guide

Dave Genchi lived to ride powder.

New Year's Eve a big to-do

Ski area plans parties abound for adults, children

Few places ring in the New Year like the Steamboat Ski Area.

Freshen up and brighten up

Adding aroma and color to your home through the use of houseplants is a wonderful way to freshen your interior spaces, especially during these gray days of winter.

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Weathering flights

Some try connecting through Nashville instead

Flights between Denver International Airport and Steamboat Springs have been canceled again as the Denver area suffers through another major winter storm. Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden was open Thursday night and flights coming from outside Colorado were running on schedule. The United flights headed to and coming from Denver were a different story.

From the turn of the century

Steamboat Art Museum showcases artistic diversity of region

The artwork displayed in the new Steamboat Art Museum is representative both of the history of Northwest Colorado and the generations of artists who have called the region home.

CD reviews

Reviews of "Love" (The Beatles), "Eminem Presents the Re-Up" (various artists) and "The Intention EP" (One Year Yesterday).

Fusing formality with funk

Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes use classical training to rock 'n' roll

Marc Paradis - aka Johnny Sketch - admits to dropping his tuxedo pants during a performance and continuing to play in his boxers.

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Blow on the dice

Opera hosts Monte Carlo-themed Gambler's Ball on New Year's Eve

Keri Rusthoi has been waiting four years to use a Monte Carlo theme for the Emerald City Opera's annual New Year's Eve Gambler's Ball. Sunday's event will feature roulette, craps, blackjack and Texas hold 'em poker. There also will be a costume contest.

On Scene

Notes from around town

An Acoustic Christmas, Johnny O. and the Community Dinner.

Happy Hours

Happy Hours at area Steamboat Springs restaurants and bars.

Allison Plean: For auld lang syne

I lost my cell phone this week. I'm now officially ready for this year to end.

One Year Yesterday one year old

Two members of L.A. band play homecoming show

Everyone and their mother is in a band in Los Angeles, says Nate Lotz, drummer for One Year Yesterday.

Tattoo of the week: Daniel Ossen

The tattoo is a traditional Japanese dragon with four symbols. The top one represents life, the bottom is death, the one on the left means Samurai and the one on the right is Zen.

Thursday, December 28

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Video: Morning News Update

Just when things are starting to return to normal, another storm could bring the Front Range back to its knees. Investigators haven't determined what caused Tuesday's fire in a 12-unit condominium building at The Pines. Motorists entering the downtown Steamboat Springs corridor may have hit their brakes a little sooner than usual Wednesday - and that's exactly what Steamboat police officers want. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Set to jib

Challenge to showcase 'Boat's best rail riders

Steamboat Springs' finest freeriding specialists will be on center stage Friday.

Scott Stanford: Last chance to Sound Off

I have defended Sound Off numerous times. Most recently, I defended it in this space on March 30.

Oak Creek to examine insurance

Board to discuss resident's lawsuit against town about quiet title

Oak Creek employees may soon see a drastic change in their insurance packages.

Daycare eyes new playground

Laurel Street preschool center receives grant to help with costs

Swings, slides and a seesaw in the shape of a cat are just three of the wishes for the Laurel Street School and Family Center's new playground.

Fire investigation continues

Investigators don't suspect arson in The Pines blaze

Investigators haven't determined what caused Tuesday's fire in a 12-unit condominium building at The Pines, but they don't think the fire was started intentionally.

Signs aim to slow speeders

Motorists entering the downtown Steamboat Springs corridor may have hit their brakes a little sooner than usual Wednesday - and that's exactly what Steamboat police officers want.

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Another storm on radar

Just when things are starting to return to normal, another storm could bring the Front Range back to its knees.

Wednesday, December 27

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Video: Morning News Update

Another major storm looming that is expected to hit Steamboat before nailing Denver. Topping the news this morning a fire broke out at a 12-unit condominium building Tuesday night, forcing the people who were staying there to make alternative lodging arrangements. The closing of a long-time convenience store signals more change in downtown Steamboat Springs. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Cap won't come without a price

At issue: New commercial development regulations

Our View: Keeping stores over 40,000 square feet out will drive up leakage and hinder sakes tax revenue growth

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Smoke engulfs The Pines

A fire broke out at a 12-unit condominium building Tuesday night, forcing the people who were staying there to make alternative lodging arrangements.

Series gives ski jump start

Youngsters get chance to compete in Nordic heritage

The Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series is about competition, history and promoting Steamboat's Nordic heritage.

Foundation hands out grants

Craig-Scheckman helps Routt County at-risk youth

Shrine Pass is remote and beautiful, but Yampa Valley High School teacher Karla Setter envisions the scenic getaway as more than a photo opportunity.

Mike Lawrence: Looking ahead to future elections

Government and Politics

Dusting off the crystal ball shows a clear truth for at least the next two years in Routt County: get used to lengthy ballots and lawn signs that spread faster than hippies at a Rainbow gathering.

Dave Moloney: Fix downtown bottleneck

A recent letter to the editor, regarding the proposed library expansion, pointed out the expansion's potential effects on long term traffic solutions for the downtown area.

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Go-Fer is gone

Convenience store closed; Developers eye key downtown location

The closing of a long-time convenience store signals more change in downtown Steamboat Springs. Paul Brown, whose family has owned the real estate affiliated with the Go-Fer Foods store at Seventh and Lincoln for three generations, said Monday he and his father, Bob, have talked to more than one developer about the future of the site.

Transit adds two bus routes

Steamboat Springs Transit once again served 1 million passengers this year.

The Record for Dec. 25

The Record for Dec. 25, 2006.

Owner to close liquor store

It's a little quieter on Walnut Street in Hayden now that the liquor store is closed.

Neil Cinquemani: Center debate impressive

I attended the city council meeting, Tuesday Dec. 20, and was impressed with the debate.

Steamboat gets free TV advertising

The best kind of advertising is free advertising especially when it reaches anywhere from 18 million to 20 million viewers. That is how many people Andy Wirth, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. vice president of sales and marketing, thinks saw the Steamboat Ski Area footage that accompanied the Christmas Eve Denver Broncos broadcast on CBS.

Area briefs for 12-27

Area briefs for Dec. 27, 2006.

Vandals delay school opening

North Routt preschool facility aims for April finish

Schools are the colorful thread in the fabric of any community, which is why North Routt residents are looking forward to the opening of the North Routt Preschool.

Tuesday, December 26

Honoring Hazie at Almost New Year's Eve bash

Barb Shipley has always felt like one of Hazie Werner's adopted children.

Gamble, Peter and the wolf

Master puppeteer performs for Strings on Thursday

Master puppeteer Jim Gamble is a busy man during the holidays.

Yampatika succeeds in matching gift

The staff of Yampatika, a nonprofit for education about the natural environment, received an early holiday gift Thursday when the last check needed to secure a $5,000 gift arrived in the mail.

Bubble Wrap turns into money

Local girl takes inventive side to insulation

Intrigued with the idea of being an inventor, Hannah Barkey sought to find a functional way to use Bubble Wrap.

A house cleaner's best friend

Bud Werner Library now offers digital downloads of books

In a multi-tasking world, Alysa Selby has figured out how to clean the house while reading a good book.

YVEA: Rates won't go up

For the sixth year in a row, the Yampa Valley Electric Association won't raise its rates.

The Record for Dec. 24

SUNDAY, DEC. 24

Reindeer games

This year's holiday ice show features 50 skaters

Courtney Gill and Kim Haggarty watched "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at least 10 times while choreographing this year's holiday ice show.

Local man inspired to send

Merkin Scott makes an effort to do at least one community service project each year. Last year, for example, Scott and some of his friends raised money to promote melanoma awareness.

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Full bellies and spirit

Community dinner attendees fill up with Christmas cheer

Even for the volunteer musicians, the Board of Realtors' annual Community Christmas Dinner is about more than filling their bellies. The folks sat there the whole time and smiled and grinned at us. They made it so easy," said John Fisher of the Yampa Valley Boys. "Besides that, it's turkey time." Entertainment also was provided by pianist Paul Potyen and singer Pam Pierce.

Monday, December 25

Sports wish list

Luke's checked his list and checked it twice. Here are the six things I'm wishing for in sports as we approach the New Year:

Hospital announces appointments

Steve Dawes, president of the Healthcare Foundation of the Yampa Valley, is leaving that post to assume the role of chairman of the foundation's Board of Directors.

County seeks court security

Routt County could be eligible for funds to increase courthouse security.

Enjoying retirement: How will you cope financially?

The balance between the income you will need, the resources you have and how long you will live will help determine your financial security in retirement.

Thriving on history and people

Donna Hellyer's favorite exhibit at the Hayden Heritage Center sits among weathered reminders of ranching and coal mining days gone by.

Soup up your winter meals

Soup is the ultimate comfort food as winter closes in and the cold nights stretch ever onward. We usually think of comfort foods as fat-filled pleasures. But soup has the power to bring together comfort, satisfying taste and a healthy meal in one delicious bowl.

Oh! The places music can take you

Eroica Trio passionately shares their gift all over the world

The Eroica Trio faced many challenges early on when they entered the male-dominated field of chamber music.

Free Christmas dinner offered

If making a huge holiday meal isn't on your to-do list today, let the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors do all the work.

Ski area to open for the early bird

Skiers looking to get an early jump on the mountain, might just be in luck.

Sunday, December 24

Something's missing

Lack of diversity affects politics of Steamboat Springs students

People may find that being tucked away in a quiet, little mountain town, while relaxing, is not the most cultural experience in the world.

James C. Makens: Affordable illusion

All attempts by government to replace the efficiency of the marketplace in the allocation of housing will ultimately fail. Buyers determine what prices are affordable, not government. If prices reach too high a level, housing inventories will swell and prices will decline to meet available demand.

Linda Haltom: Routt County gives

Recent local headlines reported our state 42nd in philanthropy. Although this is true via the methodology used by the Catalogue of Philanthropy, it does not reflect the giving trends in Routt County.

Seeing red in a sea of blue

I never really understood what Sammy Kershaw meant when he sang about not talking about "politics religion or her : because politics can start a fight." until my sophomore year in high school.

Breaking Out: Step outside comfort zone

When I think of high school, teachers, assignments and required credits aren't the first things to come to mind.

Jon Schafer: A friend's tribute

Recently, Steamboat lost a great person. Long-time resident Bill Alberts, or "Albe," as he was known to friends, passed away. Albe came to Steamboat in 1972 for a short vacation before law school. After a few weeks in town, he called home to tell his parents he was going to try to get a job in Steamboat for the winter and defer law school for one year. His parents told him he was crazy to put off law school, that he'd never find a job and that he'd be back in two weeks. He ended up staying for life.

Oak Creek home is an affordable option

The little house on First Street in Oak Creek has been recently remodeled and offers considerable upside in Routt County's escalating real estate market. "It's actually on three lots," listing broker Kerry Eaton of Town & Country Properties said. "That means you could easily add onto this home."

Wrestling appetites

Steamboat wrestlers adjust diets to holiday weight allowance

The Steamboat Springs wrestling team has done some growing.

John F. Russell: Olympic-sized sacrifices

Getting to the Olympics means making sacrifices.

Current events - what?

I thought that when I turned 18, along with the keys to a new Range Rover, I would be automatically enlightened on the state of world and current events. Needless to say, the Range Rover didn't happen, and apparently the voting age doesn't come with a handbook concerning politics.

Basketball, hockey teams look to stay in shape

If any coach knows the key to keeping players in shape over the holiday break, it's Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek.

"The Holiday"

What does an L.A. powerhouse career woman with an inability to cry and a British journalist trying to fall out of love with her ex-boyfriend current have in common? A need to get out of town. Amanda's (Cameron Diaz) on-a-whim offer to switch houses with Iris (Kate Winslet) proves to be the perfect opportunity for them to do just that.

The More Barn - a symbol of Steamboat

By the time this article prints, the fate of the More Barn may be known. For nearly two years, a developer has been pursuing his vision to create a residential infill parcel - the Steamboat Barn Village - on 40 acres of agricultural land along Fish Creek in Steamboat Springs.

Sound Off for Dec. 24

Downtown needed to be revitalized, but it seems like we've overdone it with saturating downtown with loft and retail edifices. We are doomed to chaos with increased congestion and traffic. What happened to the small-town atmosphere we were trying to preserve? Does City Council realize that many tourists comment on and lament the fact that Steamboat has been discovered by developers? It seems that we have in fact become Cooktown, USA.

Star of wonder

Two thousand years ago, St. Matthew recorded in his gospel that something extraordinary appeared in the sky over Bethlehem of Judea that heralded the birth of Jesus. For centuries, astronomers have wondered about the nature of this Star of Bethlehem. Was it a one-time supernatural event, never seen before and never seen since? While that is a possibility, it seems unlikely that St. Matthew would have been the only person in the world to record the appearance of an amazing event like that.

Hear me out

Wait! Before you skip over this review, writing MCR and their new album off as "emo" and not worth listening to, hear me out.

Young philanthropists

El Pomar Youth in Community Services introduces students to fundraising, giving

Kristin Toy joined the El Pomar Youth in Community Service for the post-graduate bonuses, but the Steamboat Springs High School senior has found so much more.

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Building a resort

Intrawest guidance actively reshapes Winter Park

Winter Park and Steamboat Springs both are small mountain ski towns serviced by U.S. Highway 40.

Kerst joins Lowell Whiteman board

The Lowell Whiteman Primary School appointed John Kerst to its Board of Directors. Kerst is the president and CEO of First National Bank of Steamboat Springs.

Cabin to house visitor center

Project is part of big plans for 2007 for Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg

Renee Johnson predicts 2007 will be a busy year for the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg.

Christmas Eve at the ranch

Christmas Eve here on Elk River.

Storm stifles stores

Grocers await stock for shelves

Empty cardboard boxes littered grocery store aisles in Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning as employees worked to stock shelves emptied during the past couple of days.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

In celebration of Christmas, the Steamboat Pilot & Today offers one of the most famous newspaper editorials ever, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Written by Francis Church, the editorial originally appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.

Splittin' time ain't no 'Bull' for Kacey

Some Steamboat Springs athletes have it easy with instant access to world-class facilities and competition. Others have to go great lengths and distances to stay at the cutting edge of their given sports.

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Ski area sale produces winter heat

News fanning the flames of hot real estate market

Some of Steamboat's most active Realtors and developers said the announcement that the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is under contract to Intrawest for $265 million will simply further enhance a burgeoning market. "It will put petrol onto a large and already hot fire," Michael Hurley said. "It was already burning. It's just going to go quicker, faster and hotter."

Past the due date

Library expansion could wait for community center

Chris Painter loves to talk about the proposed expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library. But seeing the expansion built may take longer than the library director expected.

Class Notes for Dec. 24

Optimist Club names Magee student of month

Hayden senior Lacey Magee, 18, was named the December Optimist Teen of the Month. Magee has a 3.2 GPA and is involved with the Future Business Leaders of America, the El Pomar Youth in Community Service group and the Community Action Network. Magee also has been in student government for the past three years.

'Roving Christmas Tree' returns

Webber family joins Santa on Hayden streets with treats for kids

As a little girl, Cindy Wright would stay up until 11 p.m. every Christmas Eve waiting for Santa Claus to knock on the door of her parents' Steamboat Springs home.

Geothermal technology offers way to save energy

With energy costs - and environmental consciousness - on the rise, more and more homeowners are looking outside the traditional boiler room when it comes to heating their homes. Geothermal technology, or the process of tapping the earth's temperature to heat and cool homes and buildings, is among heating systems gaining a foothold in home design and construction, architect Joe Patrick Robbins said.

Business News in Brief for Dec. 24

First National Bank of the Rockies Regional President Greg Dixson has announced that the bank is participating in a program over the holidays to bring awareness to identity theft and fraud. Dixson said each of the bank's 10 offices will provide a variety of free information on how to prevent identity theft.

Read my mind: Diamonds

Life is full of mysteries. Why are there ten hot dogs per pack and only eight buns in a bag? Why does toast always land butter side down? Why was the planet Pluto booted out of the solar system? If you order chicken fried steak why do you get steak and not chicken? What kind of number is emirp?

Saturday, December 23

Tom Ross: The least-popular gifts

I was flipping through the Sunday paper that gets trucked up here from the big city yesterday when something caught my eye. "Now that's a hideous Christmas gift," I said out loud. Then I caught myself and realized it could be the perfect Christmas gift for the right people.

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The Victoria moves forward

City officials concerned about construction crush

Another large downtown development is one step closer to approval, and it's causing some concern among city officials about the impacts of widespread construction in Steamboat Springs next summer.

Area briefs for 12-23

Briefs for Dec. 23, 2006.

Mighty middle school mathematicians

Twenty-two Steamboat students score well in international competition

Will Horner stood in disbelief. When Steamboat Springs Middle School and High School gifted and talented teacher Lisa Ruff read out the school's top finishers in the American Mathematics Competition, Horner's name was atop the list.

A return to normalcy?

YVRA expects flights to resume regular schedules today

After three days of cancelled and delayed flights, Yampa Valley Regional Airport officials expect takeoffs and landings to resume as normal today.

The Record for Dec. 21

The Record for Dec. 21, 2006.

Juggling buildings

City discusses post office, youth programs location

The city of Steamboat Springs is ready to collaborate with the Steamboat Springs School District on an after-school program. The city currently houses after-school programs in the "Igloo," a renovated trailer adjacent to Howelsen Ice Arena. But on Tuesday, the council approved a payment of $16,000 to school district architects Christiansen, Reece and Partners, to add about 800 square feet of office and storage space to plans for the new Soda Creek school.

Friday, December 22

Mite team thinks big

Players plan for Pepsi Center game

Eight-year-old Andrew Mitchell imagines that playing hockey at the Pepsi Center in Denver would be "cool - but bigger."

Steamboat girls earn 2-2 record

Hockey squad gains confidence in game

The Steamboat Springs 12-and-under girls hockey team not only returned from Denver with 2-2 record against the Colorado Select team; it came back a more refined, confident bunch.

Police receive DUI enforcement grant

The Steamboat Springs Police Department received an $18,000 grant to be used to help discourage drunken driving.

Drunken driving discouraged

Play it safe on the roads during the holidays

While the holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, local officials encourage residents to celebrate safely and responsibly by not drinking and driving under the influence.

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Big red truck delivers again

Local Toys for Tots program continues years of success

The annual Toys for Tots drive is winding down in Steamboat Springs, but that shouldn't stop people from stopping by Steamboat Motors to donate a gift or money to the big red truck.

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Concert of all ages

Mary Anne Fairlie gets a thrill out of watching children play music.

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Hanging history

Steamboat Art Museum opens its doors today

The Steamboat Art Museum opens today with a goal of rounding out the cultural experiences in Steamboat Springs.

Web site offers local mental health help

Addressing mental health issues like depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder can be difficult.

Take two

Brent Rowan adds a second show for his fans

Guitarist Brent Rowan added an additional acoustic Christmas show at 9 p.m. today because tickets sold out for his 7 p.m. show.

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Fire destroys shed, farm equipment

A fire destroyed a shed and ranching equipment Thursday afternoon southwest of Steamboat Springs.

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Officers find Yule Log

Tom Whiddon and Scott Schaffer, community service officers for the city of Steamboat Springs, weren't expecting to find the Yule Log.

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Standing by

Canceled flights, lift lines and lots of powder

Wednesday's snowstorm continued to affect travel plans Thursday, but those visitors already in Steamboat Springs experienced deep powder - and lengthy lift lines - at the Steamboat Ski Area. Wednesday's snowstorm continued to affect travel plans Thursday, but those visitors already in Steamboat Springs experienced deep powder - and lengthy lift lines - at the Steamboat Ski Area. Those lines likely will stay long over the next two weeks, when local lodging properties expect more than 10,000 visitors to sleep in their rooms.

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Baby born on side of road

Hayden fire chief delivers Craig couple's fourth, last child

Payton ReNea Roop was born at 6:58 a.m. Wednesday on the side of a highway. She was delivered by a fire chief.

Deb Babcock: Winter the time to plan a garden

Winter in Steamboat is a great time to think about what you might want to do in the garden next year to enhance your enjoyment of it.

Snow stalls Santa

Storm delays mail for at least two days

Santa might be a day or two late with presents for families in Steamboat Springs and across Colorado.

Youth hockey jumps into play

After concluding the Ski Town Tournament the first Week of December, Steamboat Hockey teams jumped into league play before the holiday break.

Sailors head into break undefeated

The Steamboat Springs hockey team has joined the long list of organizations affected by a winter storm that blanketed the Denver metropolitan area.

All-State teams announced

Sailors, Tigers recognized for accomplishments on football field

Although the football fields in Steamboat Springs and Hayden have been barren for more than a month, the accomplishments of the athletes who competed there are still showing through.

New badge, new tradition

Girl Scouts, Brent Rowan to perform at the Grand

Members of Girl Scouts Troop 221 have added a new badge to their vests and a new venue to their typical downtown Christmas caroling routine.

Happy hours

Happy hours for Dec. 22.

Tattoo of the week: Jan Meckley

I custom designed it myself, and it is a work in progress that started two years ago at Pam's Body Art in Craig. I call it the "Web of my life." It represents my family and parts of my life that have left impressions on me.

Island in the snow

Djate brings tropical sounds to Steamboat

Djate has learned over the years that the music industry isn't always conducive to bass players.

Island in the snow

Djate brings tropical sounds to Steamboat

Djate has learned over the years that the music industry isn't always conducive to bass players.

Allison Plean: The Steamboat blues

It was 8:14 a.m. Monday when I was pulling out of my parallel parking spot in front of the post office. I thought I could clear that flat bed truck parked in front of me. I was wrong.

Reindeer games

This year's holiday ice show to feature 50 young skaters

Courtney Gill and Kim Haggarty watched "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at least 10 times while choreographing this year's holiday ice show.

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Poster child

Lance Whitner's painting career hits the ground running

Lance Whitner graduated with a bachelor's degree in art from the University of Colorado at Boulder - one week before her first child was born. Although she had studied clay and pottery, she switched to painting with acrylics because it better complemented raising a family with three children.

CD reviews

CD reviews for Dec. 22.

On Scene

On Scene for Dec. 22.

Thursday, December 21

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Video: Morning News Update

White-out conditions along the Front Range and over the Eastern Plains shut down highways, airports and delivery services Wednesday, stranding many travelers in Steamboat Springs and preventing others from arriving for one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year. On Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved the preliminary plat for the Steamboat Barn Village subdivision. The competition was far from fierce at the opening Nordic Challenge race Wednesday night at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden struggles against N. Park

The Hayden High School boys basketball team headed into the holiday break on a sour note.

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Home for a holiday win

Steamboat natives return to open Nordic Challenge series

The competition was far from fierce at the opening Nordic Challenge race Wednesday night at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill.

City buys wind power for Howelsen

Wind from southeastern Colorado will soon provide power for the Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

Another downtown project on agenda

City planners will review tonight the next in an increasingly long line of large-scale, mixed-use downtown development projects.

Barn Village project moving forward

On Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved the preliminary plat for the Steamboat Barn Village subdivision, which includes more than 90 housing units on a 39-acre site near Yampa Valley Medical Center and east of Pine Grove Road. The proposal also includes a 4-acre public park surrounding the historic More Barn.

The cost of business

Steamboat City Council regulates commercial growth

Grocery stores now are the only single-tenant commercial developments larger than 40,000 square feet permitted in Steamboat Springs, according to regulations approved by city officials Tuesday.

Fortress' money matters

New York company owns Intrawest and is eyeing ski area

The press release announcing the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday said Intrawest, but make no mistake, the new owner of the ski area will be Fortress Investment Group if the $265 million sale goes through as planned.

Scott Stanford: Not every newspaper can be a critic

We have been criticized recently for our lack of arts coverage, specifically our lack of reviews.

The Record for Dec. 19

12:59 a.m. A drunken 21-year-old man in the 3000 block of Mountaineer Circle was caught trying to get into a home through a back window. The two women who lived at the home called police from a bathroom they locked themselves into. Officers gave the man a warning, and the women were fine.

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Front Range fiasco

Blizzard's effects felt in Steamboat Springs as flights canceled

Other than their home state and second names, Colorado Springs and Steamboat Springs have little in common. But airline passengers flying from Dallas to Colorado Springs found themselves stranded in Routt County on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, December 20

Weather prompts cancellation of Denver flights

A winter storm pummeling the Front Range is having an indirect impact on Steamboat. Unfortunately, Steamboat isn't getting much of the snow being dumped to the east. However, the blizzard conditions in the Denver area have prompted the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Denver International Airport, including the four flights between Steamboat and Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Video: Morning News Update

The Steamboat Ski Area is being purchased by a veteran ski resort developer and operator with access to significant financial resources. The new Steamboat Springs Community Center will be built adjacent to the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown, and could be completed in late fall 2007. If making a huge holiday meal isn't on your to-do list Monday, let the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors do all the work. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Through the years

The history of the Steamboat Ski Area

Storm Mountain, under local ownership, opens for business with one double chairlift, Bear Claw and Poma lift. Receipts for the first day were $13.75.

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Intrawest-ing deal

Veteran ski industry owner, operator buys Steamboat

The Steamboat Ski Area is being purchased by a veteran ski resort developer and operator with access to significant financial resources. Intrawest announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to buy Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and its related assets from American Skiing Co. for $265 million. The deal is expected to close in late March.

$265M: Sale price gets attention in ski industry

When American Skiing Co. announced Tuesday morning that it will sell the Steamboat Ski Area to Intrawest, it was the price tag that grabbed everyone's attention.

Girls win, boys lose

Rams hoopsters split games in Kremmling

Soroco girls basketball coach Danelle Rivera said her team's 31-26 victory against West Grand on Monday demonstrated its ability to win even when it plays bad.

Soroco wrestlers reach podium

The Soroco Rams lost one of their top wrestlers just minutes before the start of the West Grand Invitational last weekend, but the team rebounded by winning two individual titles.

Gun thief sentenced to 90 days in jail

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 90 days in Routt County Jail for breaking into a home and stealing about $2,300 worth of weapons.

Our View: New owners could bring big changes

At Issue: Sale of Steamboat Ski Area

Our View: Intrawest and its parent company, Fortress Investment Group LLC, have the experience and resources to have a significant impact on the ski area.

Alpine team qualifies six, Nordic squad qualifies four

It didn't take Kris Allen long to remember how to hit the gates.

Diverse owners, diverse approaches

First five operators all have left their marks on Steamboat

Assuming the deal is closed, Intrawest would become the sixth owner of the Steamboat Ski Area in the ski area's 43-year history.

Mike Lawrence: A holiday story

Ellie Zwak walking with a cane and confidence

Maybe you know Ellie Zwak. Maybe you've seen her around town with her family or walking through the halls at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Maybe you've heard her laugh, sing or make up a story on the spot.

Briefs for Dec. 20

Last call for basketball, soccer registration

The final day to register an adult basketball or coed indoor soccer team for the winter season is approaching. League fees are due to the city's Parks & Recreation Office by Dec. 21. Call 879-4300 for more information.

The Record for Dec. 18

12:18 a.m. People reportedly refused to leave a woman's home in the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue when she asked them to. Officers mediated the situation and the people left.

Council approves new center

Stock Bridge site gets green light; Anderson votes 'no'

After hearing 19 comments from members of the public in an overflowing Centennial Hall on Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council gave final approval to plans for the new community center with two 6-1 votes. Council member Towny Anderson twice voted 'no,' voting against one plan detailing the center's site layout and another detailing its architecture. While nearly all of the public comments dealt with the 2.3-acre site bordering the Yampa River, praising or criticizing a site that has stirred debate throughout the center's planning process, the pair of council votes affirmed that the 8,400-square-foot, nearly $3 million center will be built at Stock Bridge.

Sale fuels excitement, speculation

The uncertainty is over. That is how Sheraton Steamboat Resort general manger Chuck Porter described how he felt Tuesday after learning Intrawest plans to purchase the Steamboat Ski Area for $265 million.

Realtors offer free Christmas dinner

The Board of Realtors' annual Community Christmas Dinner is from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The dinner brings together about 400 people every year for a warm Christmas meal, live entertainment and holiday gifts for children.

Tuesday, December 19

Skiers open selection events mixed

The pressure to do well at this weekend's U.S. Freestyle Selection events in Park City, Utah, can be overwhelming.

Nordic Challenge opening season at Howelsen

The Nordic Challenge race series opens at 6 p.m. today with a criterium at Howelsen Hill.

Video: Morning News Update

Intrawest ULC has agreed to buy the Steamboat Ski Area and related assets for $265 million, American Skiing Co. CEO B.J. Fair announced today. Interview with ASC CEO B.J. Fair. The new Steamboat Springs Community Center could be approved for construction tonight. Steamboat Springs School Board members supported collaboration between the district and the city regarding after-school programs, but they said city officials need to decide what they want - and soon.

Steamboat Ski Area: a timeline

History of ownership of the Steamboat Ski Area

Fortress plans to go public

Move would free up money to invest in assets

The investment firm that is buying the Steamboat Ski Area plans to go public and hopes to raise nearly $750 million, which the firm could then invest in its assets.

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Intrawest to buy Steamboat

$265 million deal announced today

Intrawest ULC has agreed to buy the Steamboat Ski Area and related assets for $265 million, American Skiing Co. CEO B.J. Fair announced today. The deal will bring an end to ASC's 10-year run as the ski area's owner. Included in the sale are the resort and all resort-owned operations, all of Steamboat's resort-owned real estate assets, the commercial core of the Steamboat Grand Hotel and Condominiums and the company's interest in the Walton Pond Apartments complex.

Steamboat skiers gain experience at Utah event

A lack of snow in Europe brought a talent-packed field of cross-country skiers to last weekend's SuperTour event at the Olympic venue near Heber City, Utah.

Wrestlers take hold of titles

Steamboat's Ben Deline and Hayden's Coy Letlow pocketed individual titles Saturday as area high school wrestling teams headed into the holidays with strong showings at the West Grand Invitational.

GRAMNET names new head

Garrett Wiggins to succeed Dusty Schulze

Officers from the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team agree - fighting the area's methamphetamine problem can be a thankless job.

Community center vote today

Approval would clear way for Stock Bridge Transit Center site

The new Steamboat Springs Community Center could be approved for construction tonight.

Hayden gets another high-speed Web option

High-speed Internet service in Hayden has gone from sparse to abundant in the past 12 months.

High cost, long schedule

Report details possible Yampa River water transfer

A project to transfer Yampa River water to the Front Range would cost nearly $4 billion and take 17 years to complete, according to an engineering report released Monday.

The Record for Dec. 17

12:37 a.m. A police officer spotted a man with an outstanding warrant. The 44-year-old man was arrested for the warrant. Upon searching the man, police said they found paraphernalia and less than one ounce of marijuana.

Briefs for Dec. 19

Longtime Steamboat weather tracker and snow researcher Art Judson reports that the latest check on his snow stake on Buffalo Pass measured a settled snow depth of 54 inches.Longtime Steamboat weather tracker and snow researcher Art Judson reports that the latest check on his snow stake on Buffalo Pass measured a settled snow depth of 54 inches.

School district starts bond sales process

$10 million in bonds sold Thursday saves district thousands of dollars

The Steamboat Springs School District sold nearly $10 million in bonds Thursday, beginning the process of rebuilding Soda Creek and renovating Strawberry Park elementary schools.

Schools willing to work with city

Steamboat Springs School Board members supported collaboration between the district and the city regarding after-school programs, but they said city officials need to decide what they want - and soon.

ASC officials mum on deal

Despite hosting prospective buyers, ski area tight-lipped

As thousands of winter vacationers begin to pour into the Yampa Valley for the holidays, the Steamboat Ski Area remains the property of American Skiing Co.

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Small jets return to YVRA

Passengers on United Express flight 6759 descended through a steady snowfall onto the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport late Sunday afternoon.

Monday, December 18

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It's a powder day. The mountain has received 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more than a foot since Friday. Today is expected to be the busiest day of the year at the Steamboat Springs Post Office. Projections are that the Stagecoach area could have 640 homes, and a population of more than 2,000 by 2010. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Luke Graham: News and notes from the week that was

A reflection on the past week in sports:

Cole a winner in last day of slalom

University of Denver skier Adam Cole knew he was skiing fast.

Food after fifty

Antioxidants, trans fats, probiotics, resveratrolt ... the vocabulary of nutrition changes daily. Study after study is reported refuting the information that was reported in the study during the past month : why has healthy eating become such a complicated process?

The challenges of caregiving

Most people do not choose to become caregivers. A spouse, parent, or relative begins to show a need for care and family members respond. They often do so with limited information, little preparation and no previous experience or training. Giving care to a loved one may be a privilege and a source of satisfaction, but it also is a huge responsibility. When helping someone with a physical illness like arthritis, heart disease or respiratory illness, families can usually continue to interact in their usual way, work together to solve problems, make decisions and enjoy each other's company. On the other hand, though dementia also is a physical illness, its symptoms appear as cognitive and psychological changes, thus posing enormous challenges to relationships and communication.

Briefs for Dec. 18

Newspaper looking for Editorial Board members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from those who wish to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board from Jan. 1 through April 30.

The Record for Dec. 16

2:28 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1000 block of The Boulevard. Officers wrote a ticket.

Lisa Bankard: Give the gift of health

It's that time of year when we stop to think of the loved ones in our life and what special gifts we can give them to show our love. Are you running out of ideas? Can't find that "perfect" trinket? Why not give a gift of health?

Strategic plan update on agenda

O'Connell to attend Monday's meeting, provide bond sale update

Nearly one-quarter of the activities the Steamboat Springs School District included or added to its Strategic Plan, which was developed three years ago, are complete.

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Holiday countdown begins

Stores prepare, post offices brace, bell ringers gather for busy weekend

From start to finish, Brad Maxwell can make a batch of milk chocolate fudge in 17 minutes.

Sunday, December 17

Boys rock Rock Springs

The Steamboat Springs Sailors didn't get an easy draw in the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo. After an emotional Friday night win against the host team, the boys basketball team returned to its hotel after midnight, knowing it would have to be back on the floor early Saturday morning to face Rock Springs.

Living to ski

I've known plenty of people who live to ski.

Not your grandmother's cookbook

South Routt PTO members bind favorite recipes to celebrate heritage

Flipping through the pages of the "Taste of History" cookbook reveals some interesting page partners.

Class Notes for Dec. 17

p>First Quarter honor roll

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A time for giving

Winter Gift Festival a chance for students to make presents, work together

Phillip Dorr can't wait for Christmas.

No easy deed

Developer struggles to sell affordable housing, may give up

A local development firm that had taken affordable housing into its own hands hasn't been able to sell any of its deed-restricted units and may give up that effort next year.

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Growing pains

Stagecoach faces tough questions in light of immense growth

Exponential growth in the Stagecoach area quickly is changing the landscape for residents and making Stagecoach one of the hubs of residential development in Routt County. The rapid changes also are rekindling interest in transforming Stagecoach into an independent, incorporated municipality.

Abbe takes the cake

DU skier wins both Holiday Classic slalom women's races

The pressure to repeat was all on Lucie Zikova at Saturday morning's slalom races at the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series Steamboat Holiday Classic.

Sailors tie it up

Sloppy plays, several penalties 'take away from the flow'

Despite Steamboat Springs and Aspen both averaging more than four goals a game and having some of the more skilled forwards in the state, the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie in a game marred by penalties and sloppy play Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Dave Shively: Tandem Takeover

Are tandem sports acceptable? For the unattached male, I think not.

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Psycho for cyclo

Local cyclocross rider wins state title, hopes to spark interest in fast-growing sport

While many in Ski Town USA groan at the thought of another mud season, Jon Cariveau grins.

An after-school special

City, school district explore program partnership

Inadequate facilities have prompted the city to look at partnering with the Steamboat Springs School District to improve after-school programs for area children.

Loretta Van Norstrand: Town is right

In defense of City Council member Towny Anderson:

Sound Off for Dec. 17

None of us want to witness the decline of Main Street historic Steamboat or its environs. Big box stores over 12,000 square feet can alter the landscape and make us look like Anytown USA. Support the City Council in passing a stringent PUD ordinance. Have a say over what kind of development comes to Steamboat.

John Whittum: Coverage lacking

The Steamboat Springs Orchestra's extraordinary performance last weekend went by unrecognized (and unnoticed, except in its Happenings and 4 Points) by the Steamboat Pilot & Today. John Sant'Ambrogio's rendition of the Saint-Saens cello concerto, played on his highly resonant and deeply vibrant 18th-century instrument, seemed to strongly affect and excite an audience that had packed the Steamboat Christian Center.

Ira Dubinsky: Bravo, orchestra

The Steamboat Springs Orchestra presented its annual Christmas Concert the weekend before last with a Friday performance in Craig and Saturday and Sunday performances in Steamboat. A very important reason why the attendance at these three concerts was the largest in the history of the orchestra was the beautiful Saint-Saens cello concerto, played so magnificently by John Sant'Ambrogio.

Bill May: Zeb Wise

When I was a kid, it was a real highlight when Dad would sign my name as "agent for shipper" on the railroad cattle-shipping contract, which entitled me to ride (in the caboose) on the cattle train to Denver. In Denver I could take my contract to the office of the railroad agent in the Livestock Exchange Building and pick up a free pass to come home on a passenger coach.

Trendwest/Wyndham building 142 condos

A company describing itself as the largest vacation ownership and exchange network in the world is poised to grow bigger in Steamboat Springs.

Songs of the season

Cantata kicks off celebrations

The search for a Christmas cantata took Ellie Bach to a place where most Americans go for quick information - the Internet.

A sweet souvenir

Award-winning toffee comes with a piece of Steamboat

Peter DeWolf has come up with a product that he thinks will be popular at Christmas and during the rest of the year.

Joanne Palmer: The great holiday mystery

Life is full of mysteries. Why are there 10 hot dogs per pack and only eight buns in a bag? Why does toast always land butter side down? Why was the planet Pluto booted out of the solar system? If you order chicken fried steak why do you get steak and not chicken? What kind of number is emirp? These mysteries are intriguing, a bit puzzling perhaps, but not worthy of a full blown Sherlock Holmes style investigation. But there is one enduring holiday mystery that is so complex it has never been able to be solved. What happens to men during the holiday season?

Business Briefs

Peggy Garrett of Steamboat Village Brokers has earned the Master of Real Estate designation. The MRE designation is awarded through the Colorado Association of Realtors and is designed to provide advanced training in critical skills of the real estate business as well as current real estate topics and issues. Only 2 percent of Colorado Realtors have earned the MRE designation. Call Garrett at 879-7800, ext. 114.

Real estate transactions for for Dec. 6 to 11

CRYSTAL MESA PROPERTIES LLC TO BRAGG, JACKIE J FOR CHAPARRAL TERRACES CONDO UNIT 7 - $185,500

Developers weigh two options

Bear Claw III could include one 11-story building or several smaller ones

The development team that paid $25 million for the ski-in, ski-out Bear Claw III parcel in September has entered the city planning process with a two-pronged approach.

Tom Leeson: Community credit

In response to the editorial "Reinventing Downtown" (Dec. 10 Steamboat Pilot & Today), I would like offer the following comments. The editorial states the downtown "transformation is being driven not by government, but by private investors and their faith in our resort economy" and concludes by stating, "And it would not have happened without the vision and investment of the development community."

Jimmy Westlake: Auriga the Charioteer

What's that flashy golden star hovering over the northeastern mountains as darkness falls in mid-December? It's Capella, the third brightest star visible in Colorado. Capella is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer, formed by a conspicuous pentagon of five stars.

Routt County Spotlight: Heidi Anne Meshurel-Jolly

Age: 35 Occupation: Professional dancer, owner and teacher at Northwest Ballet of Steamboat Springs, director of Oak Street Performing Arts Co. Place of birth: Massena, N.Y.

Saturday, December 16

Our View: Ensuring the right to vote

It is good to see Routt County moving forward with efforts to fix its election problems. The county has an obligation to make voting as simple and as convenient as possible.

Sailors girls drop two in tourney

It's a different tournament but the same struggles for the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team.

Young Rams fall to Lady Cats, 52-35

Soroco girls basketball head coach Danelle Rivera saw both the good and bad of a young team Friday against North Park.

Abbe wins Holiday Classic

University of Denver star excels at Howelsen

If the number 13 was unlucky for the University of Denver's Claire Abbe, it didn't show Friday night.

Steamboat answers tourney loss with two wins

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek thinks his team is finally finding their poise. The Sailors beat Green River 48-43 on Friday night to bring their tournament record to 2-1 at the Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo.

Rams comeback effort comes up short

If the Soroco boys basketball team continues to play like it did in the third quarter of Friday's game against North Park, the Rams will beat a lot of teams.

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New mats, old rivals

Rangely beats Hayden, Soroco at tri-match

Mitchel Doolin knew he would have to come out on the attack.

The Record for Dec. 14

12:51 a.m. A bus rider in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue was confused because a bus driver told him to get off at the wrong stop.

News in Brief for Dec. 16

Newspaper looking for Editorial Board members

Soroco student reins supreme

High school senior wins National Reining Horse Championship

Being a national champion has it perks.

Brenner, Wren named All-State

Steamboat jazz musicians among best in Colorado high schools

Kenyon Brenner and Lee Wren are among the state's top high school jazz musicians for the second consecutive year.

A new Christmas tradition

Brent Rowan, Regi Stone add another chapter to Christmas book

Brent Rowan knew he wanted to be a guitarist in second grade.

'The Pilot' gets new sign

Historic stage wagon named after newspaper

The last time Steamboat Springs author John Rolfe Burroughs traveled by stage wagon in 1903, the wagon tipped over three times, sending "husbands flying through the air to land sometimes upside down in a snow bank."

Expect a wait

Monday marks the busiest post office day of the year

When shipping holiday packages, the early bird gets the worm - or in this case, won't have to wait in line at the post office. But those days have passed.

Tom Ross: New lift an upgrade for skiing paradise, more or less

What better way to begin another Alpine skiing season than to call up four or five of your favorite Olympians and ask them to meet you at the Sunshine Express chairlift at 9:45 a.m.?

A giving tradition lives on

Mickey's Fund collects donated toys for ailing children

Laura Sturges couldn't find the words to describe her experience.

Madrigals reunite for holiday sampler

In past times, people typically would arrive at madrigals via sled, horseback or sleigh. But you can probably find a good parking spot at the Depot Art Center for the Mountain Madrigal Singers Holiday Sampler on Sunday.

Friday, December 15

Zambian school a priority for youth

Middle School holding fundraisers, SSHS grad to deliver funds

The letters take six weeks to arrive in Steamboat Springs via mail from Zambia, but the excitement isn't outdated.

United Way almost to its goal

There are 25 dogs and two cats that are able to light up the day for many children and hospital patients because of Routt County United Way's financial support.

Deb Babcock: Deck the halls with holly boughs

When the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock the day after Christmas in 1620, one of the plants pilgrims were happy to see was American holly (Ilex opaca), which no doubt reminded them of the popular holiday plant from home.

ASC changes bonus policy

A bonus program for American Skiing Company executives has been amended so that it only comes into play if $300 million in assets are sold, according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Making a (little) splash

Local diver raising eyebrows off the board

Moffat County diving coach Dave Fix laughs about the first time he saw Steamboat Springs freshman Genna Bradley at one of his diving sessions.

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Tourist season touches down

Arrival of winter jet service signals start of holiday tourism

Steamboat Springs' winter jet service got off to a good start Thursday with American Airlines flight 2229 and its 104 passengers arriving a few minutes early.

KenCairn appointed mayor pro-tem

Oak Creek fire chief to fill vacant board position

After being voted Oak Creek's mayor pro-tem, Angie KenCairn immediately got behind the gavel to run Thursday night's meeting.

Community center progresses

City planners give thumbs-up to two projects

The proposal for the new Steamboat Springs Community Center took a major step forward Thursday night.

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Election panel named

Citizen group to review Nov. 7 debacle, plan for future votes

A citizen committee will examine county election procedures and recommend how to avoid a repeat of the problems that plagued the general election.

Alpine ski team brings in variety

Chad Bowdre has a difficult job as Steamboat Springs High School's head Alpine ski coach.

Sailors, Skiers face off on ice

One game doesn't determine a season, but if the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team (4-0-0) wants to prove that its No. 2 ranking is legit, a win Saturday against fifth-ranked Aspen (4-2-0) could go a long way.

The Record for Dec. 13

12:03 p.m. People reportedly refused to get off a bus in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. Police mediated the situation.

News in brief for Dec. 15

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from those who wish to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board from Jan. 1 through April 30.

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Tribute to Hasselhoff

Band and Baywatch star are Huge in Germany

There are a couple of standards that were set by the 1980s heavy metal scene. "Never wear the T-shirt of the band you are going to see," said Mike Shanahan, guitarist for the '80s hair tribute band Huge in Germany. "You always wore another band's T-shirt to be cool."

Allison Plean: A holiday orphan

Every December, I feel like a Christmas poser.

Tattoo of the week: Leah Andres

I got a tattoo of a Pegasus as a gift for my 21st birthday in Las Vegas. I put it where no one could see it so as not to tick off my dad.

Around the campfire

Dave Moran performs Rocky Mountain-inspired songs, poetry

Expect to hear the chirping of crickets and the crackling of a fire at Dave Moran's Rocky Mountain Campfire Show on Tuesday night.

CD Reviews

There are two sides to Neil Young. The first side is known for its delicate vocals and stunning songwriting and is responsible for songs such as "Heart of Gold." This Neil Young is the one most familiar to the average listener.

Bob's luck

Jebus overcomes amp troubles, builds new image

Jebus is 80 percent Colorado Mountain College employees, 40 percent librarians, two lefties and some bad luck.

On Scene

Every year of my youth, my mom and dad would bundle up my sister and I into scarves and turtlenecks, pour hot chocolate into our faded green Thermos and take us to downtown Denver, where we sat on blankets in awe and watched the annual Parade of Lights.

Spirited tales of dynamic local women

Book honors ten distinctive women in Routt County

Marles Humphrey and Susanne Holloran spent five years writing a book illustrated with original pastels and old photographs as a tribute to 10 distinctive women in the Yampa Valley.

Bucking bronze

Taxidermist finds another way to preserve wildlife

Don Beeler is an accomplished taxidermist for the Smithsonian who has created more than 70 bronze wildlife sculptures since 1995.

Thursday, December 14

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Video: Morning News Update

A month after city planning officials called the proposed Steamboat Springs Community Center "blatantly institutional" and "extremely bland," architects will return to Centennial Hall with revised plans tonight. When the Routt County Justice Center is completed in late 2007, the historic courtrooms of the Routt County Courthouse will have a new use. Steamboat Springs saw more big gains in sales tax revenues in October. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Teams prepare for tourney

Wyoming basketball competition kicks off

If the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team was looking for any extra motivation heading into today's opening game of the Great Western Flaming Gorge Classic, it may have got it before Tuesday's practice.

The Record for Dec. 12

12:04 a.m. A car reportedly slid into a ditch near Walton Creek Road and Village Drive. No injuries were reported.

News in brief for Dec. 14

Street performers needed for Lincoln Avenue

Christian Heritage has community message

Students ready for tonight's Christmas program

Mayor Jack Pietig has canceled his community's Christmas pageant because the program creates traffic problems in Town Square and the manger scene isn't "cool."

2007 county budget approved

Routt County Commissioners adopted the county's 2007 budget Tuesday.

Contest offers chance to win skis

Residents can relive last year's epic ski season and register to win new skis or a Steamboat ski vacation at bigsno.com.

Oak Creek to approve budget

Town Board meeting to address seat vacancies

With a new mayor in place, the Oak Creek Town Board now must appoint its second-in-command and a resident to fill an open trustee position.

In other action, the Hayden School Board:

- Received the energy audit report

All rise

Commissioners to move to historic courtroom

When the Routt County Justice Center is completed in late 2007, the historic courtrooms of the Routt County Courthouse will have a new use.

Airport gears up for busy winter season

The construction continues at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and airport officials want to make sure things run smoothly as the busy winter season quickly approaches.

Building still in early stages; district eyes grant

The Hayden School Board gave voted Wednesday to move forward with plans to build a permanent vocational building near Hayden High School.

Shoulder season lessening

Steamboat Springs saw more big gains in sales tax revenues in October. The city collected $1.13 million in October. That's a 17 percent increase over October 2005. For the year, Steamboat revenues are 12.35 percent ahead of last year.

School Board won't change districts

The South Routt School Board will retain its seven director districts, board members decided Wednesday.

Scott Stanford: The sharks come out when it doesn't snow

During my first year as an assistant metro editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, we had three incidents in a month involving swimmers and surfers coming in contact with sharks in the nearby Gulf of Mexico.

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Community center review tonight

City planners to examine revised project

A month after city planning officials called the proposed Steamboat Springs Community Center "blatantly institutional" and "extremely bland," architects will return to Centennial Hall with revised plans tonight.

Wednesday, December 13

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A scheduled three-day trial for a former Clark man accused of reckless manslaughter ended abruptly Monday. The City Council, meeting Tuesday as the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority, unanimously approved several items spurring redevelopment around the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Ray Birch was sworn in as Hayden's newest police chief and started his new job Monday.

Forensics team fares well at Niwot

Lopez places first in two visits

Standing up for what she believes in paid dividends last weekend for Steamboat Springs freshman Molly Parsons.

Plans for park grow

Town awarded grant for covered pavilion

There will be plenty of room to picnic in Hayden next year.

Hayden planning to hit $1M mark

Sales tax revenues in Hayden are expected to reach a big milestone next year.

Our View: Progress made but there's more work to be done

A perfect alcohol compliance check last week shows how far the city and liquor license holders have come in a little more than a year.

Another successful Steamboat Shoot-Out

Saturday evening's championship games brought an end to another successful year for the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out boys and girls high school basketball tournament.

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Birch taking new road in life

Ray Birch's airport security clearance badge puts him at 5'10", 210 pounds, with hazel eyes and bald hair.

Hayden boys take 4th at Meeker

The Hayden boys basketball team saved its best for last during a three-day tournament in Meeker last weekend, but a strong showing against Mancos still resulted in a loss for the Tigers.

Wrestlers claim victory in Sargent

Sailor wins in final seconds

Houston Mader's thrilling come-from-behind victory in the final seconds of the 140-pound title match in Sargent on Satur-

Retirement/Service policy on agenda

Employee benefit amendment among action items in Hayden

The Hayden School Board will consider the district's amended Retirement/Service Bonus Policy at a meeting tonight.

Alcohol class teaches serving

Safe TIPS course one of five accepted by city

Knowing when to stop serving alcohol to an intoxicated person and checking IDs were two key messages given Tuesday to about 30 local bar and restaurant workers.

Project update, redistricting on agenda

South Routt School Board to hear audit findings and annual report

Soroco Superintendent Kelly Reed will discuss the school district's School Accountability Report during a School Board meeting tonight.

Investigation continues in plane accident

Pilot Les Liman, who was involved in an incident Nov. 29 at Steamboat Springs Airport, is giving up on his beloved Piper Meridian.

Manslaughter case ends in mistrial

New leads prompt February trial date

A scheduled three-day trial for a former Clark man accused of reckless manslaughter ended abruptly Monday after attorneys received information that the victim in the case refused a blood transfusion after sustaining critical

Mike Lawrence: Termites holding hands

Decaying base area needs city's housing plan

Chris Diamond can be very diplomatic.

The missing linkage

Council considers housing policy

It could soon cost more to build in Steamboat Springs.

News in brief for Dec. 13

"25 Colorado Landscapes," an exhibit of artwork by Bonnie McGee, is on display through Dec. 19 at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Call the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at 879-9008 for more information.

Holiday races building renown

On paper, the Holiday Classic is just four ski races during the course of three days.

The Record for Dec. 11

12:07 a.m. Five or six young people reportedly were swinging ski poles and trying to hit cars with them near AprÃs Ski Way and Village Drive.

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Local hitter in spotlight

Steamboat's Katie Carter helps UCLA to national semifinals

Katie Carter's week just keeps getting better. First, Carter helped her UCLA Bruins to their first NCAA Division I national semifinal since 1994 after sweeping the University of Hawaii on Saturday night in Honolulu. Next, the Steamboat Springs native woke up Tuesday to an e-mailed contract offer from Caguas Criollas - part of the 10-team Women's Superior Volleyball League of Puerto Rico - to sign on as one of two Americans eligible to compete on the professional team. Then, Carter boarded a plane bound for Omaha, Neb., where No. 4-seeded UCLA will take on No.1-seeded University of Nebraska at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Yule Log clues

Follow the clues to find the Yule Log and win a prize

This is the fourth Yule Log clue: The diamond digit opens the door, Just one more clue you can explore. Keep on rollin' toward the hump. The log came from a tree, that's now a stump.

Tuesday, December 12

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Three men were injured Sunday in an accident at Twentymile Coal Co. There is plenty of the flu vaccine to go around and health officials are advising residents to get flu shots. State Rep. Al White may be in the minority party but he thinks he can still wield influence during the upcoming legislative session.

Sailors ski team opens season in Vail

Vail Mountain and Summit high schools looked like the teams to beat following the first ski races of the season Friday in Vail.

Over the Hill Gang awards athletes

Helping young Steamboat athletes reach their goals has been the mission of the Over the Hill Gang for more than a decade.

Base area, housing back on table

City Council to again tackle tough, lingering questions at meeting

The two most complex and contentious issues currently facing the Steamboat Springs City Council are on today's agenda.

Knowledge Bowl team scores at top

Steamboat takes impressive 121 points

To better understand the intellect of the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team, coach Barb Tuchlinsky offered sample questions from Saturday's competition in Rangely.

The Record for Dec. 10

12:09 a.m. A man reported another man attempted to assault two bouncers at a bar in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. The man became physical after the bouncers asked the man to leave because he has passed out in the bathroom. The man left but police found him, and he was warned.

Briefs for Dec. 12

Newspaper looking for Editorial Board members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from those who wish to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board from Jan. 1 through April 30.

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First Impressions holds retreat

Participants discussed topics on early childhood care, education

First Impressions of Routt County's focus is early childhood care and education, but the adults involved with the organization never stop learning.

Health officials: It's not too late to get flu shot

It's not too late to get a flu shot, local health officials say.

Three men injured in mine accident

Three men were injured Sunday in an accident at Twentymile Coal Co.

Tom Ross: A great time for festive Whos

Don't like the Grinch? Your heart is two sizes too small

Wah-hoo Doris! Welcome Christmas! Tonight is one of my favorite nights of the entire holiday season. Tonight is the night The Grinch returns to network TV (7 p.m. on ABC Channel 7).

Minority leverage

White one of two Republicans to manage state budget

Being a member of the minority party at the Capitol could be a blessing in disguise, state Rep. Al White of Winter Park said.

Monday, December 11

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Nearly three weeks into the season, and still no news on a potential sale of the Steamboat Ski Area. On Sunday, the Iacovetto family hosted its third annual Cowboy Christmas and Sledding Party. Oak Creek Town Board members said Mayor J. Elliott is a no-nonsense, by-the-books type of leader. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Chix with Stix hockey team wins a pair

After six years of coaching the Chix with Stix women's hockey team, coach Tim Shorland is starting to see his hard work pay off.

Top prizes offered at Town Challenge kick off

New skis, an LCD television and a trip with Steamboat Powdercats are just a few of the items organizers are offering to entice skiers to come out for the Town Challenge kick off party Tuesday night.

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Stealing the show

German skier wins final event of Mountain Resorts World Cup B

After finishing third in Saturday's individual Gundersen competition, German Tino Edelmann was happy, but not satisfied. So he returned to Howelsen Hill for Sunday's sprint event and jumped 118 meters in the only jump that counted, and then erased a 20 second deficit in the 7.5-kilometer cross-country race to win the second and final event of the Mountain Resorts World Cup B.

Luke Graham: Ameen has girls going in the right direction

Rome wasn't built in a day. In the same sense, successful high school programs aren't built in a day or a week or even a season.

Depression and the older adult

Depression in the older adult population can sometimes be confused with normal age-related changes, such as appetite loss, decreased physical activity, stooped posture and disrupted sleep patterns. Many times, individuals who are depressed either do not recognize the symptoms or they refrain from sharing their feelings with others.

Sun protection prevents cancer, early aging

Some people may remember when tropical tanning and baby oils were the skin products of choice on trips to the beach and ski slopes. In those days, SPF was not exactly a common household acronym.

Briefs for Dec. 11

Knitters sell scarves to fight breast cancer

Local knitters are selling pink scarves to raise money for the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. The scarves are available at Epilogue Book Co. in downtown Steamboat. All proceeds from scarf sales will go the Breast Cancer Awareness Project. Special order requests can be accommodated, and any local knitters or crocheters interested in making additional scarves are encouraged to call Jo at 846-2627. Non-knitters are encouraged to make cash donations to help offset the cost of yarn, or purchase pink yarn themselves.

The Record for Dec. 9

2:04 a.m. A man reported people were fighting at a bar in Ski Time Square. The fight was over when police arrived, and a man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

How to use OTC painkillers

When you open the medicine cabinet to seek pain relief, you have an array of options. Will you choose wisely?

South Routt men's clinic addresses health issues

A free men's health clinic being offered by the South Routt Medical Center in Oak Creek will address a variety of health issues such as erectile dysfunction disorder and detecting diabetes, prostate cancer and high cholesterol.

Still no ski area contract

ASC report states company in talks with 'potential purchasers'

Nearly three weeks into the season, and still no news on a potential sale of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Cattle drives to tube rides

Saddleback Ranch adds another family attraction to activities

Luanna Iacovetto first came up with the idea of opening her family's 8,000-acre ranch to outsiders after watching a movie.

Sunday, December 10

Brent Boyer: The future is here

The Jay Cutler era is here, and I say bring it on.

Big jumps, Little Vikings

Winter Sports Club builds ski skills to create tomorrow's Nordic champions

The bundled children racing across a snow-covered field this week had only one goal - earning a warm chocolate chip cookie at the Howelsen Hill Lodge. Just don't be surprised if years from now, these same kids are racing among an international field of competitors looking to win Olympic gold.

Dave Shively: Blurred lines

If a skier drops in the woods, will anyone hear him?

Greg Forney: Sailors pride

I've just returned home from the Steamboat Springs High School football awards dinner at the Sheraton in complete awe of the community in which we are so privileged to be a part.

Cathie Voorhees: Christmas spirit

Thank you for printing the article about a family that compiles gifts for kids worldwide (Nov. 29, Steamboat Today).

Betty Leipold: Cooktown USA?

There have been some recent articles in the Pilot stating that when tourists visit Colorado's mountain towns they want to see historic and "quaint."

Bill Schurman: Affordable sham

The front cover of the Nov. 28, 2006, Steamboat Today was priceless. On top was a photo of the mobile homes at the Riverwalk project site being leveled, and immediately below it was the bold headline "A vision for housing." What could have been meant by that headline in relation to the photo?

Michelle Caragol: CRC: Stay tuned

A grassroots group of locals known as the Citizens for a Recreation Center has been working diligently to explore the options for a recreation center for Steamboat Springs. CRC's vision statement is, "The Recreation Center Committee uses the Feasibility Study and results from citizen polling to determine the best way to provide for the present and future unmet recreational needs in an effort to invest in the future of youths, teens, adults and seniors in our growing and changing community." We are exploring all aspects of this vision statement, including location, cost, wants, needs and areas of concerns.

Van Fletcher: Towny not fit

Is it really possible for a City Council member to write a "Guest Commentary" (Dec. 6, Steamboat Today) that is derogatory toward and accusatory of past and present City Councils, County Commissioners and city employees and still believe he is representing the best interests of the citizens?

Our View: Reinventing downtown

Private investment in our downtown core will pay big dividends for the community

The approval last week of The Olympian, a 41,100-square-foot commercial and residential building at the corner of Fifth and Yampa streets, continues the radical transformation of our downtown area.

The Record for 12-8 and Jail Report for 12-3 to 12-8

The Record for Dec. 8 and Jail Report for Dec. 3 to 8, 2006.

Soroco splits against Vail Christian

Boys basketball loses, 63-39, in Edwards on Saturday; Girls take 52-43 win

As tiring as it may be to play two basketball games in less than 24 hours, the Vail Christian boy's team doesn't seem to mind.

New Stagecoach station inches along

Volunteer firefighters still needed to handle booming growth in Oak Creek district

Stagecoach residents could be in position to celebrate the opening of their new fire station before ringing in the New Year.

American finds podium

U.S. comes out strong at opening of World Cup B

Before Saturday's World Cup B event in Steamboat Springs, U.S. Ski Team coach Chris Gilbertson said he hoped one of his team's skiers would make the podium and five would crack the top 30.

Falcon runs Steamboat into the ground, 82-24

If Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen rested easy after his team's Thursday and Friday performances in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, Saturday's game against Falcon was a harsh wake-up call.

Sailors labor against Jaguars

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek admits his team isn't playing to its ability.

Thinking inside the box

City Council revising requirements for new 'big-box' retail stores

City officials are divided about how to revise building requirements for large commercial developments, including "big-box" retail stores. The Steamboat Springs City Council is in the middle of a lively, multi-week discussion about the potential merits and dangers of revisions to the city's Planned Unit Development regulations. The regulations apply to development projects that seek variances to city building codes, and currently, to any commercial development of more than 12,000 square feet.

Town Board upbeat about mayor

Oak Creek Town Board members said Mayor J. Elliott is a no-nonsense, by-the-books type of leader who can help the town through its budget woes and unite a community divided about the resignation of three-time elected mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman.

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Pay to play debated

School district grapples with sports teams' funding

Steamboat Springs High School offers its students more extracurricular activities than any other Colorado public high school of similar size, but whether the district should fully fund each of those activities remains a hot-button issue for some parents and school officials.

Sailors win on stolen power

Steamboat defeats Summit, 3-1, behind Stanford's hat trick

Power plays are supposed to be good for the team with an extra player on the ice and bad for the team that's a man down. The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team has yet to get that memo.

Class Notes for Dec. 10

Hayden first quarter honor roll students

12th Grade - Stephanie Blake, Molly Davis, Lacey Doolin, DreAnna Dowling, Jennifer Epp, Brandon Ford, Lauren Frentress, Angela Geis, Dave Gullett, Dustin Jones, Katy Koehler, Kyle Kuegler, Lacey Magee, Tyler Manzanares, Jessica Martin, Jeni Medvesk, Lydia Murray, Tucker Overstreet, Bryan Richards, Sean Rolando, Andy Sperl, Alicia Steele, Shirley Vazquez, Courtney Vestal, Emily Whiteman

Don't leave home without it

Local women earn nursing degrees through Regis University program

There is a nursing shortage in the United States. There is a nursing shortage in Colorado. But there was no shortage of smiles around a table at Colorado Mountain College last weekend.

Real estate dollar volume surpasses '05

Countywide sales top $1 billion

The real estate industry in Routt County blew through the billion dollar threshold for the first time ever in November.

Anglers' Retreat near completion

The sound of Fish Creek provides background music for residents

p>Some Steamboat developments are a few years ahead of their time. That was the case with Anglers' Retreat, which took off last summer after several years of steady sales.

Routt County Spotlight: Adam Bleesz

Spotlight on Adam Bleesz

Joanne Palmer: The first fight of the holidays is with the tree

Life in the 'Boat

The three wise men had it right. On the way to Bethlehem, they carried gold, frankincense and myrrh. They did not schlep a Christmas tree.

Rental market tight

But, hey, it's worse in Aspen

Finding an affordable place to rent this time of year comes down to whom you know and a little bit of luck.

Jimmy Westlake: Geminid meteors to put on a show this week

Celestial news

Meteor watching is one of my favorite starry-night activities. No special equipment is needed, and the excitement of seeing a brilliant "falling star" is enough to keep me awake anticipating the next one.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 11 to Dec. 5

Real estate transactions for Nov. 11 to Dec. 5, 2006.

High tech cabinetry

Blue Mountain uses machine to enhance production

Two entrepreneurs are taking advantage of technology to provide more options and cost savings for their customers.

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Sidekicks in adventure

Mom, daughter's trip to Africa brings them closer together

Natalie Geer, 13, and her mother, Kendall, had a not-so-typical bonding experience in October. Among other things, the Steamboat Springs residents sampled goat blood stew and watched a lion take down a Cape buffalo calf right in front of their car.

Bill May: Meat for the miners

Tales from the ranch

The gold rush to the Rockies started in 1859 after the precious metal was discovered in the creekbed sand and gravel at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River (the heart of present-day downtown Denver).

Saturday, December 9

Skiers out-shoot Sailors

Aspen advances to tournament championship

Aspen coach Steve Ketchum remembers his first home loss to Kelly Meek's Steamboat Springs Sailors nine seasons ago. The Sailors won on a shot at the buzzer.

Fast start paces Tigers win against Panthers

Hayden basketball coach Stephanie Davis knows it's how a team ends a game - or a season - that matters most.

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Cold shooting downs Sailors girls

Despite Friday's 57-33 loss to Roaring Fork in the second round of the Steamboat Shoot-Out, Steamboat girls coach John Ameen could see progress and growth in his young team.

City showdown

Tennis championship returns

A year without the popular city championships had Steamboat Springs' best junior and adult tennis players thirsting to return to the courts.

Growth spurs change in city planning

Out the door, in the door and up the ladder.

Out the door, in the door and up the ladder.

Stettner hanging up hat

Historic Routt County director wants next generation to take reins

Historic Routt County co-founder Arianthe Stettner will retire next month from her role as executive director of the nonprofit organization.

Forum raises elementary questions

Parking, traffic flow dominate school district meeting Thursday

Discussions about parking and traffic flow dominated Thursday's community forum about the Steamboat Springs School District's plans for a new Soda Creek Elementary School and renovation of Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Compliancy rate soars

All 16 businesses pass alcohol compliance checks

Sixteen out of sixteen businesses passed a Steamboat Springs police alcohol compliance check Thursday night, the highest rate of compliancy the city has had in years.

Housing questions continue

Base area bigwigs ask City Council for clarity

In a lunchtime meeting with six members of the Steamboat Springs City Council, members of the Base Area Reinvestment Coalition, or BARC, expressed concerns that the council's ongoing process to revise city housing policies presents unclear expectations for potential developers at the base area, and they again questioned whether base area construction projects should move forward in 2007.

Tom Ross: (Cool) Whip it good

Toppings and the great food chain

Have you ever taken a can of Reddi-Wip, flipped off the cap and squirted the contents directly into your mouth? I was tempted Friday morning, but thought better of it and put the can back in the fridge.

Cold delays needed repairs

Divers unable to make dam near Hayden water plant

Freezing temperatures will keep a new water intake from being completed until next spring in the Yampa River in Hayden. Divers who were trying to construct a temporary dam in the river were unable to work.

Friday, December 8

The Record for Dec. 9

12:23 a.m. A black dog reportedly was chasing an elk on a cross country trail in the 200 block of Golf Course Road.

Briefs for Dec. 9

Daniel Robbins trial starts Monday

A scheduled three-day trial for a 31-year-old man accused of vehicular assault in a June 2005 crash that his passenger, a Clark resident, will begin Monday in Hot Sulphur Springs.

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Northwest Colorado's booming energy industries and rapid population growth in Routt County could stress electricity infrastructure in the Yampa Valley. The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will open 36 more trails and four more lifts Saturday as the ski area ramps up for the holiday season. A social host ordinance that would hold adults accountable for allowing teens to drink illegally at their homes most likely will not become law. A tubing hill equipped with a tow rope is opening this weekend at the Saddleback Ranch west of Steamboat Springs. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Bulldog wrestlers pin down Sailors

Facing the Moffat County High School wrestling team, Steamboat Springs coach Sean McCarthy knew the match would be lopsided.

Slow start dooms Sailor girls

For the last 24 minutes of Thursday's tournament-opening game, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team outplayed, outworked and outscored the Aspen Skiers.

Steamboat walks over Basalt

Sailors look to improve after tournament win

Steamboat Springs junior basketball player Michael Vandahl proved he has recovered from recent knee surgery faster than his coaches and teammates expected.

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Fortune favors the brave

Pam Pierce overcomes fears, releases her first CD

Pam Pierce often wakes up the residents of the Doak Walker Care Center with her singing while she is working.

School district's audit clean

No changes made on fiscal year 2006 audit

Dale Mellor's record speaks for itself.

Totally tubular

New lodge, tubing hill opens west of Steamboat

A tubing hill equipped with a tow rope is opening this weekend at the Saddleback Ranch west of Steamboat Springs.

No snow, but more terrain

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will open 36 more trails and four more lifts Saturday as the ski area ramps up for the holiday season.

Citywide Yule log hunt begins Monday

Search is Steamboat Springs holiday tradition

The 27th annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, begins Monday. The citywide search for the three-foot-long, 50-pound log is a long-standing holiday tradition in Steamboat.

A merry little winter concert

Columbine Chorale to put on show Tuesday night

When Nichole Young was hired as the director of The Columbine Chorale, she was a little unsure of what to expect.

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Story contest winners named

Students awarded gift certificates for fiction writing

The inspiration for their short stories were different, but Victoria Lavington, Drew Ruff and Corey Puffett all have one thing in common - a love of writing.

Mother's Deli rejects plea offer

A bar owner cited for allowing a visibly intoxicated patron to loiter on the bar's premises last fall has rejected the city's plea offer.

Alcohol ordinance looking grim

A social host ordinance that would hold adults accountable for allowing teens to drink illegally at their homes most likely will not become law.

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More people, more power

Future growth could impact local electricity

Northwest Colorado's booming energy industries and rapid population growth in Routt County could stress electricity infrastructure in the Yampa Valley, an official said Thursday.

Happy hours

Happy hours for Dec. 8, 2006.

Tattoo of the week: TJ Weiss

TJ Weiss' tattoo

Not your mother's fanny pack

Marian Howley re-defines fashion functionality with homemade purses

Marian Howley doesn't like to carry a lot around, but when she found that her little leather Coach bag wasn't big enough for a trip to London, she sewed her own purse.

On Scene

Notes from around town

I'm no music critic, but I was astonished by the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's performance last weekend. From the balcony of the Steamboat Christian Center, I felt like I could have been in an opera house.

Allison Plean: No more running from scissors

I've never considered myself a high-maintenance girl. Even worse is the girl - as Meg Ryan's character explained in "When Harry Met Sally" - who thinks she's low maintenance but really is high maintenance.

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Santa's little scandal

Risque 'Reindeer Monologues' sure to shock audiences

Tony Counts has been camping in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and hanging out with elk to research his part in the production of "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," which opens Thursday at Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater.

Guerilla grass

Oakhurst performs acoustic attacks on unsuspecting victims

Whether on a cruise ship or armed with a golf cart, you could be the next victim of a guerilla grass acoustic assault by Oakhurst.

A living tradition

Old School band preserves traditional style of Irish music

Gary Burman and his band, Old School, will play Irish melodies on the second Wednesday of every month at Steamboat Smokehouse. In addition to bandmates Nora Parker, Greg Zulevich and Bonnie Murray, anyone who knows the songs and wants to join in is encouraged to do so.

Thursday, December 7

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The El Niño weather phenomenon could mean Steamboat Springs won't come close to experiencing the abundance of snow that fell over the city and ski area in December 2005 and January 2006. Routt County is bringing in outside expertise to help sort through Xcel Energy's proposal for a new rail line to haul coal. For the next two summers, Steamboat Springs will play host to a national championship for the country's premier trail runners. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Dec. 6

1:10 a.m. A patient called police repeatedly from the hospital. Hospital staff took the man's cell phone from him.

District requests $2.9 million

Fund Board's annual budget process under way

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board kicked off its annual budgeting process Wednesday night, when school district leaders asked for $2.9 million.

News in brief for Dec. 7

A registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy could spend as many as 32 years in jail if convicted, a Routt County Court judge told the man Wednesday.

Trails plan moving slowly

County asks for more involvement

City staff members are moving forward with the creation of an Open Space and Trails Master Plan for the Steamboat area, but the process is taking longer than expected.

Police receive federal alcohol grant

The Steamboat Springs Police Department has received a $43,000 grant to help curb underage drinking.

Council OKs police, fire staff

Christmas came early for the Steamboat Springs police and fire rescue departments when the City Council approved the hiring of six new firefighters and two new police officers.

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Outside help for new rail line

Routt County is bringing in outside expertise to help sort through Xcel Energy's proposal for a new rail line to haul coal.

Scott Stanford: Making my lists ...

and checking them twice

If I had a vote in the Associated Press Top 25, I would rank Boise State No. 2 and make a case for the 12-0 Broncos to play the 12-0 Ohio State Buckeyes for the national championship.

Leaving a lacrosse legacy

Local pioneer inducted into hall of fame

Danielle Gallagher, who called Steamboat Springs home for several years, was inducted last month into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Baltimore.

Steamboat football cleans up

Sailors fill five spots on All-League first team

The accomplishments of a team that finished 10-2 and made it to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs were never more evident than on Tuesday night at the Steamboat Springs football banquet.

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Sun sets on snow?

El Niño could hurt mid-winter snowfall

The El Niño weather phenomenon could mean Steamboat Springs won't come close to experiencing the abundance of snow that fell over the city and ski area in December 2005 and January 2006, a leading climate researcher said Wednesday.

Coaches hoping early season

The Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out has grown from a small regional event eight years ago into one of the most popular basketball tournaments in the state.

Trail championships coming to Steamboat

For the next two summers, Steamboat Springs will play host to a national championship for the country's premier trail runners.

Wednesday, December 6

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Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop did something unheard of Tuesday - he canceled homework. On Tuesday night the Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously and resoundingly approved The Olympian. The Hayden High School girls basketball team still had some early season kinks to work out during its home opener Tuesday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Soroco boys, girls earn wins

The Soroco boys basketball team opened its regular season with three games at a tournament in De Beque and walked away with one spectacular win.

Tigers boys take bite out of Rattlers

Williams lifts Hayden past Baggs

After his team's Tuesday night basketball game against Little Snake River (Baggs, Wyo.), Hayden point guard Jordan Williams had one prediction for the upcoming season: "It's not going to be easy."

Hayden girls topple Baggs

Tigers create turnovers, hit shots to beat Rattlers

The Hayden High School girls basketball team still had some early season kinks to work out during its home opener Tuesday.

King-size fundraiser nets $7K

The end-of-the-year push is on for the Routt County United Way to reach its $550,000 fundraising goal.

Sex offender charged again

Police report: Man caught assaulting teenage boy

A registered sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage boy on Thanksgiving Day.

Ashes, not arson, suspected in fire

A pile of hot ashes from a wood-burning stove are to blame for a fire that caused minor damage to a home west of Steamboat Springs on Monday.

South Routt schools rated

Elementary school 'high,' secondary schools 'average'

South Routt Elementary School retained its rating of "high," and Soroco Middle School and Soroco High School received "average" ratings on School Accountability Reports released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Hayden elementary at top

Middle school, high school receive 'average' scores

Hayden Valley Elementary School teachers received a "pat on the back" Tuesday.

The Record for Dec. 4

12:58 a.m. A drunken man wearing black ski pants and goggles reportedly was stumbling near Fifth and Oak streets. The man was gone when officers arrived.

Briefs for Dec. 6

The Steamboat Springs School District would like input from community members as it moves forward with its elementary school projects.

Towny Anderson: Take a step back

The recent objections to the amount of money we are about to spend on a new community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center may or may not become an opportunity to revisit this proposed expenditure. In the interest of encouraging an honest public dialogue, I offer the following comments about what I believe was an expedient, ill-conceived decision.

Our View: Area schools make the grades

Schools in Routt County are to be commended for their performance in the annual School Accountability Reports.

An Olympian project

Council approves Fifth and Yampa building, 2007 budget

Add another building to the list of projects that will reshape downtown Steamboat Springs.

Mike Lawrence: Bill, Bob and the beetles

Ritter plans $750,000 party; Beauprez e-mails

In light of Steamboat's recent cold snap and the rapidly splitting paths of Colorado's two recent candidates for governor, allow me to start this notes column with a little Robert Frost.

Tuesday, December 5

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Steamboat schools grade well

Strawberry Park Elementary, middle school get top marks

Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop did something unheard of Tuesday - he canceled homework. Bishop said students deserved a reward for helping the middle school receive an "excellent" rating from the Colorado Department of Education. It was the second straight year the middle school has received the state's highest rating.

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Life lessons illustrated

For a minute Tuesday, it looked like a food fight had broken out in the Hayden High School auditorium.

Council to discuss alcohol ordinance

The Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss a "social host" ordinance as a means of curbing underage drinking at private residences.

Middle school, Strawberry Park retain excellent ratings

Steamboat schools rank among top 8 percent in state

Steamboat Springs Middle School, Strawberry Park Elementary School and the North Routt Community Charter School's middle school were rated "Excellent" by the Colorado Department of Education on Tuesday.

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Video: Morning News Update

Report cards for Routt County's public schools will be released today by the Colorado Department of Education. Routt County commissioners are scheduled to act today on an application for a new oil and gas exploration well at a site east of Hayden. Steamboat Springs is a suburb, said Jonathan Schechter, who has researched growth in resort communities. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors pay for breaking rules

Boys basketball loses to Roaring Fork at Brenda Patch tourney

Break the rules, and you will usually pay the price.

Camerotas top Winter Start

The members of the U.S. Ski Team made their presence known last weekend during the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start competition at Howelsen Hill.

Former elite racers offer their coaching

Camp promises to raise skiers' game

A collection of Nordic coaching talent, including four-time Nordic combined Olympian Todd Lodwick, will assemble in Steamboat Springs on Dec. 16 and 17 for the Steamboat Nordic Camp and Festival.

Americans seek consistency at Cup event

Chris Gilbertson would like nothing more than to see Americans climb to the top of the podium at this weekend's Mountain Resorts World Cup B Nordic Combined events in Steamboat Springs.

Drilling permit up for county action

Routt County commissioners are scheduled to act today on an application for a new oil and gas exploration well at a site east of Hayden.

Briefs for Dec. 5

Forensics team members place in top six at tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team took 10 competitors to the eight-team Fruita-Monument High School Invitational on Saturday.

Reports rate academic performance, growth

Report cards for Routt County's public schools will be released today by the Colorado Department of Education.

The Record for Dec. 3

8:22 a.m. A man made a vehicle complaint on Routt County Road 35.

Bond purchases approved

Issuing $10 million in bonds now to save taxpayers later

The Steamboat Springs School Board made two important decisions regarding the construction of a new Soda Creek Elementary School and the renovation of Strawberry Park Elementary School during Monday's special meeting.

Welcome to the 'burbs

Speaker: Technology allows rapid growth in resort towns

Steamboat Springs is a suburb, said Jonathan Schechter, who has researched growth in resort communities.

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Tom Ross: The big cheese is full of tricks

Chasing the full moon tends to make me loony

I was bamboozled by the Man in the Moon last night. I could almost hear him laughing at me.

Olympian on agenda

City Council scheduled to act on Fifth and Yampa project tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight is scheduled to act on a potential landmark structure that would change the face of Yampa Street.

Monday, December 4

Two local hockey teams lose

The Steamboat Springs Bantam team kept just missing opportunities. After outplaying and out shooting the Fort Collins team, 41-13, through regulation, Steamboat headed into overtime tied, 1-1, looking to capitalize on its opportunities.

Youth wrestling tournament wraps up

Tehya Johnson walked around the high school gymnasium on Sunday with an ear-to-ear smile on her face. Carrying a six-inch trophy with flashing lights on top, the 6-year-old was beaming after her first place finish at the Yampa Valley Invitational youth wrestling tournament.

Luke Graham: Knight time isn't the right time

By all means, I am a Bob Knight supporter. His off the court antics aside, Knight's the best tactician in college basketball history.

Dace Kramer: Old Arthur and me: How to enjoy winter

Aging Well

Winter has come. My source in this matter is more reliable than the most respected meteorologist. He lets me know a storm is coming for sure-in my knees, my spine and even the knuckles of my hands. Old Arthur is his name.

Seniors volunteer to help each other in Maybell

The Maybell Community Center is a basic white building just a few blocks off a quiet stretch of U.S. Highway 40.

News briefs for 12-4

Area briefs for Dec. 4, 2006.

The Record for 12-3

The Record for Dec. 3, 2006.

What is an eating disorder?

Monday Medical

With our society's preoccupation about weight and dieting, it is sometimes difficult to decide if someone really has an eating disorder.

Passing down wisdom

Native American author to share insights from new book

Native American elders still teach the children of their tribe by telling stories. Author Joseph M. Marshall III will be reading some of those tales from his new book, "Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance," at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore on Thursday.

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18th Holiday Tree Festival raises record amount of money

Diane Holly, historian for Routt County Cattlewomen, attended the 18th Holiday Tree Festival to see how much their tree would get at auction. Forty-one decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces were donated to the event to raise money for 22 Hayden, Routt County and Moffat County organizations.

Sunday, December 3

Jail report for Dec. 3

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.

The Record for Dec. 3

12:57 a.m. A drunken person reportedly was stumbling around the 1800 block of Central Park Plaza. The person was gone when officers arrived.

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Frame-worthy

Students study world's cultures through art

The analogy was ingenious. "Pretend your paintbrush is your favorite pet," instructor Virginia Barrett said, demonstrating how to move the watercolor paintbrush back and forth on clay.

Sailors skate to win

Hockey takes tourney for second time in row

Summit, Battle Mountain and Aspen were regarded - and ranked - as the state's best high school hockey teams entering this weekend's King of the Mountain Tournament.

The fittest focus

During American wrestling icon Rulon Gardner's speech at Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday, the massive Greco-Roman gold medalist turned motivational speaker talked about what drove him to be the man he knew he could become.

30 hours, 1,000 miles, 1 bike

Steamboat team

Travis Newbold awoke from a sleep-walking daze last week wondering why he had just dragged his bed across the room.

Life's hold

Most of us never stop to ask what we are willing to give up for our country.

Hayden boys, girls hoops begin play

Boys start 1-0, girls go 1-2 in tourney

Led by strong play from its forwards, the Hayden High School boys basketball team kicked off the season with a 45-41 win against Rangely on Friday.

'Sense of spirit'

Steamboat cheerleading takes ninth in state

Having practiced their routine since August and honing it at the National Cheerleading Association Rocky Mountain Regionals on Nov. 18 in Grand Junction, the Steamboat girls executed the competition routine to near perfection on Saturday afternoon.

Testing the waters

All Sailors wrestlers reach podium, DeLine wins class at tourney

Steamboat Springs freshman Derek Morris got his first taste of a high school wrestling tournament during Saturday's Carl Ramunno Invitational.

Local success

Hayden wrestlers win team title, Soroco claims pair of champions

Aaron Haskins and Dennis Morgan have been wrestling since they were in seventh grade. They've always been about the same weight, and their matches against one another have always been close.

Three local youth teams gain victories

Steamboat hockey tournament wraps up today

The tie may have earned the Steamboat Springs midget hockey team only one point in the standings, but the 1-1 result against a team from Cheyenne, Wyo., proved much more valuable to Steamboat's coaches.

Steamboat girls fall to Roaring Fork

Despite losing their second game in a row at the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School, Steamboat Springs girls coach John Ameen can see his team building confidence with each passing minute.

Class notes for Dec. 3

Rotary Club names student of the month

Inspiration from Africa

Artisan and her work motivated by Zimbabwean orphans

Virginia Barrett's first Christmas in Zimbabwe was spent with a single woman who cared for 10 orphaned children.

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Housing hitch

Low supply of affordable homes face high demand

Steamboat Springs isn't alone as a Western Colorado resort community confronting a lack of affordable housing.

Site out of mind

District faces hurdles with temporary school location

Four weeks after Steamboat Springs School District voters supported a $29.7 million bond issue to build a new Soda Creek Elementary School, district officials are grappling with how to convert the aging, disjointed George P. Sauer Human Services Center into a makeshift school for more than 300 elementary students.

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Waiting for democracy

CMC class travels to Nicaragua to observe Nov. 5 election

Two days before American voters hit the polls for the Nov. 7 Election Day, a group of students from a Colorado Mountain College political class witnessed firsthand a historic election in Nicaragua.

Our View: Oak Creek makes right call on mayor

The Oak Creek Town Board's decision to appoint J. Elliott as the town's new mayor was the right call.

Work out your creative side

Finding a place to create works of art in Steamboat Springs can be a challenge. That was Diane Davis' thinking in opening the Steamboat Arts and Crafts Gym. The gym is an unusual business idea that emerged from Davis' experiences as an artist.

Business Briefs

A business financing forum titled "Tools for Funding Business Development" will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Trappeur's Crossing, 1795 Medicine Springs Drive. Representatives from each of the following offices will provide an overview of available financing tools and offer tips on tapping into those funds: The Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, The United State Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and The United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. The Forum will end with a networking session. Registration is free. Contact Virginia Davis by Dec. 13 at 303-892-3873 or e-mail at Virginia.Davis@state.co.us.

Bill May: Bridges of Routt County

Have you counted the number of cars in a freight train? Waved to the engineer? Or maybe to the conductor or brakeman on the caboose? I suppose most kids do.

Robert S. Ralston: Think long-range

I am a senior citizen, architect and 37-year city resident who, on occasion, agrees with the Steamboat Pilot & Today's views. Your assessment of the community center is absolutely correct. The location is wrong and the cost is too high.

Old Town Hot Springs Board of Directors: Support SSHRA

We believe the majority of the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association's members and the majority of community residents wholeheartedly endorse the Steamboat Springs City Council's support for the Old Town Hot Springs.

Stonewood offers luxury, value

K&K Builders of Steamboat Springs has built a reputation for added value in its multi-family housing projects. It's evident in the details.

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Ex-city slicker named 'Rookie of Year'

Connecticut native gets honors from Routt County and Colorado Cattlewomen

Joan Gibbs' introduction to the cattle industry was abrupt and unconventional. In 1995, the self-proclaimed "Westport, Conn., city girl" had just moved from the East Coast when she literally was thrust into the cattle ranching business.

Wildhorse plans five-story hotel

The developers of Wildhorse Meadows have approached the city with a plan to build a five-story condominium hotel.

Doug Smith: Bypass needed

Our downtown area is about to experience considerable growth with four major new buildings having been approved, plus the Riverwalk project. I haven't been able to figure out how the Lincoln Avenue transportation corridor will absorb all this new development.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 15 to 21

BRANDON, ALEXANDRIA TO KATALINAS, DAVID J AND KILLEEN, SARAH EARLEFOR SKI TIME SQUARE CONDO UNIT 311 - $300,000

Still going strong

PostNet, Pilot Office not backing down to Staples

Steamboat Springs office supply and services business owners said they are prepared to compete with big-box retailer Staples.

Joanne Palmer: Reduce, reuse, recycle and regift?

Recently, Yahoo! News announced the discovery of a new phenomenon. The news was so miraculous an AP press release was issued, and an entire Web site was created to showcase it. The phenomenon? Regifting.

Readers Sound Off for 12-3

No fees for Buff Pass; Kudos to Hospice; Don't fault MacHale; Re-think library plans; Support local merchants; and Bait-and-switch tactics

Jimmy Westlake: A telescope under the tree

I'll never forget my first telescope. When I was 10 years old, my mom and dad purchased a small 2.5-inch reflecting telescope and put it under the Christmas tree with my name on it. It didn't take me long to discover the moons of Jupiter, the craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn and a whole universe of surprises.

Saturday, December 2

Board to hold discussions

Members scheduled to review report, budget Monday

While sorting through the details of a voter-approved elementary school construction project remains a top priority, it isn't the only item of interest for the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Hayden teams reap awards

After a successful fall season, 15 Hayden High School student-athletes were recognized for their play on the volleyball court and football field.

The Record for 11-30

The Record for Nov. 30, 2006.

Area briefs for 12-2

Area news briefs for Dec. 2, 2006.

Buffalo Pass fee proposed

Forest Service seeks comments from backcountry users

Snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and other winter users of the Buffalo Pass Recreation Area would be required to pay a $5 daily-use fee under a recent proposal by the U.S. Forest Service.

Puck drops in youth hockey tourney

Steamboat Springs pee-wee hockey goalie Jack Lupori knew he was going to play well in the 11th annual Ski Town USA Hockey Festival.

Sailors hockey wins opener

Steamboat defeats Summit, 4-3, in Battle Mountain Tournament

Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff couldn't have asked for anything more out of the Sailors' first game of the year.

Chamber hosts Winter Activities Fair

Don't know what the Winter Carnival is all about? Haven't heard that dog sledding is one of the winter activities available to Routt County visitors in the winter? Unfamiliar with some of the area's new restaurants? Next week's Winter Activities Fair just might be what you need.

Boys basketball claims season opener

Second chances, third chances and even fourth chances at times gave the Sailors the scoring opportunities they needed to beat the Coal Ridge boys basketball team 78-45 Saturday at the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork High School.

Flurry to give way to blizzard

Tourism slow, but crowds not expected to stay away for long

The weekly Lodging Barometer, published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to provide a gauge of how many visitors are staying in local lodgings, predicts about 4,000 overnight visitors in Steamboat Springs tonight. That's the same number of visitors who stayed overnight on the corresponding Saturday in 2005. But those numbers could increase as the snow continues to fall.

Girls basketball falls to Coal Ridge

Stealing passes to jumpstart fast breaks, the Coal Ridge girls basketball team built up an early lead that carried all the way to the end, as the Titans downed the Steamboat Springs Sailors, 57-43 in the first game of the Brenda Patch Tournament on Friday at Roaring Fork High School.

Shining a light on the early 20th century

Grant funds will help digitize old newspapers on the Web

The year 1909 was a significant one in the history of Steamboat Springs. The local business community was beside itself with the prospects for an economic boom fueled by the arrival of The Moffat Road rail line in the Yampa Valley.

Habitat helps two families realize housing dreams

Two single parents and their children are in new homes thanks to Habitat for Humanity in Steamboat Springs.

Rangely pins Steamboat

Forfeits create deficit for four-man team, contribute to 53-6 loss Friday

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team got caught in the numbers game in its dual against Rangely on Friday.

Friday, December 1

Mike Larson: Evaluate pros, cons of ARMs

Mortgage Q and A

Q. The media has raised concerns of late about adjustable rate mortgages and the risk that interest rates will not decline. I have heard others say that in Steamboat's real estate market, I should not worry about getting an ARM because the appreciation of my home will offset a rise in interest rates. What are your thoughts about using an ARM to purchase property in Steamboat Springs?

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Video: Morning News Update

Most Routt County residents awoke to below-zero temperatures Thursday - and the bitter cold is expected to continue for at least the next few days. A single-engine plane slid off the runway during take-off Thursday at Steamboat Springs Airport. Transferring Yampa River water more than 200 miles from Maybell to a reservoir east of Fort Collins is not just a pipe dream. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Through the eyes of a champion

Olympic wrestling legend Rulon Gardner visits Steamboat, demonstrates technique for athletes

On the road to becoming a three-time U.S. wrestling champion, a world champion and a two-time Olympic medalist, Rulon Gardner fixed his mind on two goals - knowledge and strength.

Christmas in the Rockies

When Abbey, 11, and Belle, 9, Jean get home from school today, they will eat a snack and proceed directly into the soap factory in their basement.

8traC stays on track

The band's hard work is continuing to pay off

Funk rock band 8traC has undergone some changes since it last visited Steamboat Springs in August.

Happy hours

Giving you a reason to stop by a pub on your way home from work.

Tattoo of the week: James Mowatt

I got a tattoo of a compass on my right arm on Aug. 6 to remember my Grandfather James who was a sailor.

Again & again

Artists find solace in repetitive gestures

Christine Marie Noguere found a common thread between her past career in cinematography and filmmaking and her new passion of working with beads.

On Scene

For a girl like me - who doesn't even know how to cook a baked potato - the Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a great event. Of course, it's also good for poor college students, social butterflies and those who can't be with their families on Thanksgiving.

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Spin me 'round

DJ Chris Seefelt fuels Chelsea's late-night scene

Being a deejay requires time, consistency, patience and a lot of lonely nights.

Allison Plean: Wax on

When I finally reached the Burgess Creek lift at the end of the day Saturday, the lift operator asked me if I was sore.