News for Thursday, February 9, 2006

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And so they begin: Benvenuto! Welcome to the Winter Games

A dazzled, cheering audience danced on their chairs in the winter cold Friday night and the opening ceremony of the Winter Games became one giant house party.

Staff picks for Feb. 10

Tonight ¤ The Yampa Valley Boys and Brad Fitch perform songs by John Denver When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday Where: Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater Cost: $15 Call: 846-0578 Why you should go: There are so many puns here. I'll go with the basic and just say to experience that good ol' Rocky Mountain high.

'We need more'

Commissioners say Walgreens plan should have greater public benefit

A proposed residential and commercial development that would include a Walgreens drug store needs to provide more public benefit, Steamboat Springs planning commissioners said Thursday.

Landscapes of color

Susan Schiesser thought she should make her new art gallery's first show conservative, but the death of a mentor and close friend changed her mind.

Fueling the Olympic spirit

Community cauldron for athletes to be lighted tonight

Nelson Carmichael, Steam�boat Springs' first Olympic medalist, will light a community cauldron tonight during a ceremony to kick off the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Two nights of John Denver

This weekend could produce the first impromptu wedding ceremony in the short history of Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater.

Arts calendar for Feb. 10

Art event ¤ An opening reception for "Elements of Landscape," an exhibit at Studio Gallery 27, is from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The reception is preceded by an all-day open house. The exhibit closes March 5. Call 879-6114.

Hayden evaluates development plan

The town of Hayden and its Planning Commission are making sure they get all the details before approving the biggest commercial development in town history.

Grammy nominees stop by the 'Boat

In less than a week, De La Soul will go from the stage at the 48th annual Grammy Awards to the stage at Levelz nightclub in Ski Time Square.

Music calendar for Feb. 10

Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500

An Irish jig

Every Thursday is St. Patrick's Day at Jade Summit Restaurant and Pirate's Pub in Ski Time Square.

On Scene for Feb. 10

Bye Autumn, hello spring Thursday was the official goodbye to Autumn Phillips and the return of Ladies Night at Mambo Italiano.

Elk attacks rare, but experts encourage caution

He's been bumped a few times and wears a flak jacket during the rutting season, but Tom Cox never has been attacked or otherwise feared for his safety when working with the elk on Routt County's M&M Ranch.

Man dies after elk attack

A 9-year-old bull elk that had been raised in captivity since it was a calf killed a ranch worker Thursday morning.

Buses take carnival detours

Winter Carnival street events taking place Saturday and Sunday will affect traffic and bus routes on Lincoln Avenue.

Hearing set for medical center changes

Routt County Commissioners have delayed until March 7 a public hearing about South Routt Medical Center officials' plan to place a mill levy on the May 2 ballot.

Men work behind scenes to prepare Olympians

Scott Blair was asked to bring home chocolate and souvenir T-shirts from the Olympics, but one interesting request made the Steamboat Springs physical therapist laugh.

Decision made in alcohol case

Dan and Kim Bonner went into Rout County Court on Thursday morning prepared for a trial. So did the District Attorney's Office.