Stories for January 2006


Tuesday, January 31

Salazar opponent visits today

Scott Tipton could face a tough battle to represent the Western Slope in the nation's capital. If the election for Congress in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District were held tomorrow, Tipton, a Republican from Cortez, would square off against U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Democrat from Manassa.

Our View: A sense of mission

The security of the residents of the Yampa Valley was diminished, perhaps permanently, in September when Yampa Valley Medical Center officials announced the hospital would not re-establish a locally based air ambulance service. And that's why we find ourselves troubled by the initial reaction of Federal Aviation Administration officials to proposals meant to make air ambulance operations safer.

The Record for Feb. 1

Monday, Jan. 30 2:14 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Transit bus driver reported seeing a man dressed in dark clothes lying face down on the ground near Village Drive and Walton Creek Road. Officers and medics were not able to find the man.

Officials to discuss open seat

The Hayden Town Board will discuss whom to recommend for an open seat on the Routt County Planning Commission when it meets Thursday.

Hearing set for S. Routt Medical Center

South Routt Medical Center officials' plan to get a mill levy on the May 2 ballot is moving forward.

Justice center firm chosen

FCI Constructors, with a winning bid of slightly less than $13.5 million, will build Routt County's controversial new justice center.

Sailors, Sun Devils clash on ice

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team hosts Kent Denver tonight in one of the biggest games of the season for the Sailors.

High schools could pool resources

Grab a hammer and get on the bus.

Hair salon thief strikes

Shampoo, equipment, credit card slips taken

Laura Stamp couldn't believe her eyes when she walked into her almost unrecognizable Steam-boat Springs hair salon Monday morning.

Diabetes: Avoiding a preventable disease

Yampa Valley Medical Center exhibit highlights causes, treatment

Research has shown that Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease, yet between 6 percent and 7 percent of Americans have it.

Routt County trio wrestling champs

Iacovetto, Schlegel, Haskins win in Rangely

The Hayden High School wrestling team took fourth place, and Soroco finished sixth at the Rangely Tournament on Saturday.

MacCarthy skis to a top finish

Sarah MacCarthy returned to Soldier Hollow last week for the first time since a disappointing performance at the U.S. National Cross-Country Championships earlier this month.

Tigers strong in fourth quarter

Hayden basketball team plays Grand Valley for second

The Hayden High School boys basketball team got the fourth-quarter effort it wanted and the free-throw percentage it needed in a 59-43 win against Rangely on Saturday in Hayden.

Hayden surveys buildings

On the eve of Hayden's centennial birthday, historians and architects are taking a serious look at downtown buildings.

Man pleads guilty in alcohol case

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Monday to providing alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. As part of the plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's Office, the man will not serve time in jail.

Briefs for Feb. 1

Deadline today to apply to arts school and camp

Monday, January 30

News in brief for Jan. 31

Radio station looking for listener feedback The operators of WWFM 91.1 and 92.7 are looking for feedback from listeners. The station recently shut down its 92.7 translator as officials determine whether transmission from an Emerald Mountain tower is needed to provide coverage to the area. WWFM listeners who are experiencing a loss of reception of the classical music station can call Lynn Abbott at 870-6673.

Steamboat schools turn up the juice

These aren't the sugar-infused, food-coloring-laden Slush Puppies of years past. The new Slush Puppies brand-name fruit drinks, unveiled last year, are 100 percent fruit juice and come in flavors such as orange mango, cool blue raspberry and kiwi strawberry.

Manthei tops team, captures cup title

For years, David Manthei has been chasing the elite pack of riders that lead the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine snowboarding program.

Outage cuts power for 5,700 customers

Skiers and snowboarders had a little extra time to talk on the lifts Monday. About 5,700 Yampa Valley Electric Association customers, including Steamboat Ski Area and Yampa Valley Medical Center, lost power for about 10 minutes after an equipment failure just before noon at the Mount Werner substation.

Justice Center moves ahead

Commissioners expected to select construction firm

Routt County Commissioners are expected today to select the company that will construct the new justice center.

The Record for Jan. 31

Sunday, Jan. 29 2:28 a.m. A hit-and-run accident was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. A 2002 silver Volkswagon was damaged.

Lodwick back in World Cup

A six-week absence from the World Cup tour doesn't seem to have hurt Steamboat Springs skier Todd Lodwick.

Teen assaulted on mountain

A 52-year-old Littleton man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of repeatedly punching a 16-year-old girl in the head and neck after a collision at Steamboat Ski Area.

Wildly dry snow falls on Steamboat

The snow that fell in Steamboat Springs overnight Saturday and on Sunday was out of the ordinary. It was "wild snow," according to longtime Steamboat weather observer and avalanche expert Art Judson. Not that there is such a thing as tame snow.

Wildlife official to meet public

Tom Burke took his 24-year-old goddaughter on a successful cow elk hunt in Craig in early January. The trip reminded Burke that there's more to a hunt than claiming a trophy.

Shaw hard to beat

For the second day in a row, there was no beating Johanna Shaw on her home hill.

Sunday, January 29

Sailing over the snow

Snowmobilers use park for contest preparation

Routt County is now home to the largest man-made snowmobile terrain park built, the park's owners say. As of Saturday, it also may be home to a new world record.

Shaw tops women's field

On Sunday, Australian rider Johanna Shaw displayed the talent that earned her an Olympic berth on the way to winning the Race to the Cup parallel giant slalom at Howelsen Hill.

Kay finishes first at Cup

Alpine snowboard racer Zachary Kay saved his best for last Sunday afternoon. "Something just clicked, and my last two runs were by far my best two runs of the day," Kay said after the finals of the Race to the Cup parallel giant slalom at Howelsen Hill. "You can't ask for anything more than to finish strong like that."

Belles of the ball

Event skiers don a different face to win the race

Ski for Women is probably the one time each year when you can see people skiing or snowshoeing in gorilla suits or spot a woman dressed as a cow cheering as you cross the finish line.

Tom Ross: Where can I get a good used dairy cow?

Ten-dollar gas will bring a return to the simple life

I read some absolutely chilling news on the Internet during the weekend, and in the interest of getting your workweek off to a swell start, I thought I'd pass it along.

Saturday, January 28

Drug cases going down

Problems with drugs increase

A decrease in the number of drug-related crimes investigated by the Routt County Sheriff's Office during the past four years does not indicate a decline in drug activity. Rather, local law enforcement officials say drugs continue to be an increasing problem in the area.

John F. Russell: The waiting game

Isn't it sad that the Winter Olympics come around only once every four years?

NCAA elite take hill

Iverson places 12th on Saturday at Howelsen

After finishing 12th -- and being the second American to cross the finish line, Mark Iverson put Saturday's NCAA cross-country ski race at Howelsen Hill in perspective.

One string at a time

South Routt teacher adds violin to music lessons

Listening outside the door of Gerry Sutton's classroom, it would be easy to think he was teaching an alphabet lesson inside. "A...A...A...A," Sutton's voice rings out, speaking to more than 30 students who stayed after school Monday at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa. "B...B...B...B."

Westland Mobile Home Park could be demolished

Ellen Brandt cherishes her neighborhood. It's the kind of place where children play together and neighbors help one another without asking for anything in return. When it snows, Brandt shovels around the vacant home next door. Her 2-year-old daughter, Káli (pronounced KAY-lee), has even learned to say "hello" in Spanish to the neighbor down the street.

Main Street looks ahead

Goals go beyond health of downtown businesses

Buoyed by the news this week that they had achieved official status, members of Main Street Steamboat Springs set out an ambitious work plan for 2006.

Bye 'Boat, hello Hayden

Providing for a wife and a 5-year-old daughter in Steamboat Springs is not easy when you make $30,000 a year.

Lois and Craig Kocian: Keep city's system

I was incredulous to read (ViewPoints, Jan. 22) Stuart Beall's call for a change in the form of Steamboat's government from the present "council-manager" to "strong mayor."

Steamboat girls fall to Palisade

No disrespect to the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team, but Palisade senior Christie Hunter said the Bulldogs did not show up to play Saturday night.

Class notes for Jan. 29

Clearing roofs important

If your garage door won't open or cracks are appearing in your home's drywall, Tom Williams recommends getting that heavy snow off your roof.

Residents hook up to high speed

ZIRKEL Wireless zooms past other Internet service providers

Five years ago, Alan Belvo and his friend Sean Haskett got sick of waiting for their slow dial-up Internet connection and began researching what they could do about it. To remedy their frustrations with their outdated Internet connection, they started their own company.

Thinking globally

MWH continues long tradition of Pakistani projects

Alan Krause traveled a great distance from his home in Steamboat Springs this month to give away $50,000.

Business briefs for Jan. 29

Dial411, a directory assistance company with executive offices in Steamboat Springs, recently landed a major contract with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Reality TV not reality

As the Teen Style staff tried to imagine their perfect day for this month's issue, we thought about the people who go on television to achieve a fantasy reality of their own -- true love, instant fame, untold wealth.

Our View: Main Street deserves support

Main Street Steamboat Springs deserves congratulations for winning official status as a member of the statewide organization.

Joseph Martino: 1963-2006

Steamboat Springs resident Joseph Paul Martino died Jan. 10, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center after fighting cancer for a year. He was 42. Joe grew up in Colorado Springs and attended Air Academy High School, followed by college at Colorado State University, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1985.

'Dogs upset Sailor boys

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek saw the overconfidence in his players' eyes before Saturday's game started.

Joseph Martino, 1963-2006

Steamboat Springs resident Joseph Paul Martino died Jan. 10, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center after fighting cancer for a year. He was 42.


Sherry and Greg Kammerer of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Kammerer to Timothy Robert Judkins, son of Meri-Lyn Wright-Judkins, of Allenspark, and Col. James Judkins of Palmdale, Calif.

Harry Trickey: Editorial well done

Although I am not a member of the Steamboat Springs community, I have two grandchildren in the Steamboat Springs school system. On those grounds, I would like to commend you for your well-researched and thoughtful opposition to the proposed Bible studies course (ViewPoints, Jan. 22). Religious education and indoctrination in a specific denomination's doctrine belongs in the home and in the church -- not, as you point out, in a public school.

Diana Eubank: Signs needed

About the editorial (View-Points, Jan. 25) supporting putting up signs for a snowmobile crossing around the area of Dumont Lake: Absolutely! If California can have signs on its freeways warning that illegals may be running across at any time, why can't Colorado put up signs to warn drivers that snowmobilers or any other recreational users may be crossing?

Chris Hart: Stop the legislating

To the editor: I just noticed this week the new "No smoking" signs on the lift poles that have been placed on the mountain.

Lyman Orton: Eliminate the gates

Gated communities have proliferated across suburban America and are now encroaching on rural Northwest Colorado. Developers use gates -- and frequently, a manned guardhouse -- as a marketing tool to sell real estate, citing security as the primary reason and claiming their customers demand them.

Soundoff for Jan. 29

No to Bible course The Bible course is an attempt to bring religion into the classroom. Religion has been the root course of more wars than anything else in this world. We do not need this intrusion into our academic studies in Steamboat. Let's concentrate on the three R's. As a homeowner, I would object to the use of my taxes for this suggested change in our schools courses. -- Chuck Abbott

Arrest Record for Jan. 29

Saturday, Jan. 21 Leon Guy Crawford, 41, Pearl River, La. -- DUI, failure to display lamps (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

The Record for Jan. 29

8:34 a.m. A 35-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and weaving. The intoxicated man reportedly hit a car near 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue earlier in the morning and left the scene of the accident. About five minutes later, the man reportedly hit another car near Fifth and Yampa streets, which is when officers found the man and arrested him.

Friday, January 27

Town Board selects new member

You can always tell how heated an Oak Creek Town Board meeting was by how long it ran.

Remnants of days gone by

Preserving heirlooms requires common sense

It's not uncommon to inherit photos, quilts and documents from family members. It's also not uncommon to find unlabeled photos and water-damaged textiles in the collection.

Sailors left behind

The visiting Pine Creek Eagles made the most of the power play Friday night. The hometown Sailors didn't.

Sullivan sentenced in DUI case

Local man to serve year in jail, 10 years probation

A Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to one year in prison and 10 years of supervised probation Friday for his role in a rollover accident that severely injured two of his passengers last summer.

Snowpack lessens avalanche danger

A weeklong break from consistent snowfall was scheduled to end this weekend, but the brief respite allowed the snowpack to settle and avalanche danger to subside.

Sales tax revenue rises

Local business managers credit November's surge in sales tax revenue to the area's abundant snowfall and increased business travel.

Hayden exhausts Soroco

Different date. Different gym. Same story.

Rams come from behind to take out Tigers

With 2 minutes, 20 seconds left, the basketball official's whistle blew, and Soroco senior Kyla Schmidt dropped her head.

The Record for Jan. 29

Thursday, Jan. 26 7:42 a.m. A man near Columbine Drive and Walton Creek Road reportedly ran through a school bus' stop sign. Officers gave him a citation.

Briefs for Jan. 29

Senate committee passes Taylor's bill The Colorado Senate's Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, on Thursday.

Thursday, January 26

Accused sex offender may represent himself

A Routt County district judge warned a man charged with fondling a 7-year-old boy that he might have to represent himself if he doesn't find an attorney before his June trial.

Ski for Women raises awareness, funds

Birgitta Lindgren admits that the idea of hosting a cross-country skiing benefit wasn't hers, but she gladly took the concept from a friend and turned it into a Steamboat Springs tradition.

GRAMNET short on funds

The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved a Steamboat Springs Police Department request to use money set aside for personnel to fund a regional drug enforcement task force.

CD Reviews for Jan. 27

Susan Tedeschi "Hope and Desire" On sale at All That Jazz for $15.98

The Record for Jan. 27

Wednesday, Jan. 25 12:55 a.m. A landlord and her tenant reportedly were arguing in the 2500 block of Val d'Isere Circle. Officers mediated the situation.

3-D software aids city planning

A 3-D software application highlighting Main Street could one day serve as a detailed, data-filled planning tool for the city, officials said Tuesday.

Crash's probable cause released

NTSB releases recommendations for air ambulance safety

Icy conditions likely caused the Jan. 11, 2005, Yampa Valley Air Ambulance accident that claimed the lives of three crew members and seriously injured another, according to a report issued Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Place and perception

Anyone who has spent time in the center of a charred forest knows why Susan Mackin Dolan dedicated an entire body of work to the surreal beauty of that landscape.

The last dance

There are pictures of Alex Stegmaier, Molly Willard, Katie Matteo and Hannah Bowers as 4-year-olds standing among 20 other tiny dancers. Fourteen years later, all those other girls are gone, and only four dancers are left -- seniors at Steamboat Springs High School -- fighting back tears as they dance their last dance with the Oak Street Performing Arts Co.

Crossing the bridge into his own

When Drew Emmitt first stepped onto the stage as a solo artist, he wanted his sound to be different from the funky, jam-rock sound of Leftover Salmon, his longtime band.

Music with a living room vibe

Jay Mogil was smoking a cigarette when he heard Shannon Hance's voice for the first time. He put out his smoke and went inside.

Autumn's Picks for Jan. 27

Tonight Grand Opening Gala featuring a showcase of local talent When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7. Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square Cost: $20 Call: 846-0578 (Call for tickets. Scott Parker said he would be surprised if there were any available at the door.)

Arts calendar for Jan. 27

¤ Opening reception for "Locations of Consciousness" work by three printmakers/ artists is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Call 879-9008.

New sound, history

No other band is more intertwined with the history of reggae than The Wailers. Bob Marley led the band until his death in 1981, and anyone with even a passing interest in Jamaica or its music has heard the band.

Music calendar for Jan. 27

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

School districts honoring school board members

January is School Board Recognition Month, and school districts across the state are honoring and thanking the service of their school board members.

The way it was; the way it is

Tonight's one-person photography show by Jane Sindell will demonstrate the difference between the perceptions of youth and the view that comes with age and distance.

Feeding the senses two at a time

Artist and musician come together

The brain loves to have multiple senses fed at once.

Traffic disruption looms

City looks ahead to Lincoln Avenue work for summer 2007

When the Colorado Department of Transportation tears up U.S. Highway 40 in summer 2007, community leaders intend to be prepared.

News in brief for Jan. 27

Forest Service warning recreation-rule violators The U.S. Forest Service has begun issuing warning tickets to people violating new winter recreation rules in the Rabbit Ears Pass and Buffalo Pass user areas.

Howelsen Hill hosts NCAA race

Natives Iverson, Gleason and Steitz in college field

Mike Gleason had some top-secret Howelsen Hill trail advice for his Montana State University teammates.

Generation Next

Steamboat trio competing in SI for Kids showcase

Steamboat Springs snowboarders Grant Murray and Maddy Schaffrick and skier Jonas Seiler have been invited to compete in the inaugural Sports Illustrated for Kids Next Snow Search All-Stars competition.

On Scene for Jan. 27

Coming soon to air waves? There is a vague and unconfirmed -- but exciting -- rumor circulating around town that a group of people are starting a local radio station. According to the rumor, the group has the ability to transmit to all of Steamboat Springs and possibly Oak Creek.

Wednesday, January 25

Base area committee chosen

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday decided who would serve on the Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee.

The Record for Jan. 26

Tuesday, Jan. 24 4:17 a.m. A delivery truck reportedly ran over a snow bank near Lincoln Avenue and Old Fish Creek Falls Road. The truck's chains were damaged in the accident. No other vehicles were involved, and no injuries were reported.

Three more Olympians

Steamboat trio named to U.S. snowboarding team

Known as Ski Town USA, Steamboat Springs has a rich Olympic tradition in Alpine, freestyle and Nordic combined skiing. It might not be long before snowboarding is added to that list.

Council OKs tennis center funding

The City Council will give about $28,100 to The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs to make up for revenue lost during the facility's renovation.

Soroco splits weekend with home advantage

More than a month after playing its last home game, the Soroco High School girls basketball team finally got to enjoy home-court advantage during two weekend contests.

Tigers win second straight

Despite getting back from Paonia at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the Hayden boys basketball team defeated Plateau Valley, 57-49, Saturday night.

Third-grader recovering at Denver hospital

Fall in Howelsen Hill terrain park results in serious head injury

The 9-year-old Steamboat Springs boy who suffered a head injury during a fall at the Howelsen Hill terrain park Friday is making progress in a Denver hospital, his father said Wednesday.

News in brief for Jan. 26

Meeting about wildlife issues is Wednesday Colorado Wildlife Commissioner Tom Burke will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Steamboat Springs to gather comments and suggestions about hunting, fishing and other wildlife issues. The meeting will be held at the Steamboat office of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, 925 Weiss Drive.

Local man faces drug summons

A Hayden man who argued a California prescription for marijuana gave him the right to possess the drug in Colorado was given a court summons Monday.

Town to swear in new clerk

Former Oak Creek Town Board member Karen Halterman will be sworn in as town clerk during a meeting tonight.

Tuesday, January 24

Shop class more than birdhouses

At first glance, Mark Wilson's woodshop at Hayden High School seems like any other shop class. Music plays in the background, students shout over the noise, and dust makes eyes water.

Zoning ordinance discussed

City Council passes first affordable-housing step

After about three hours of discussion and public comment, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved unanimously on Tuesday the first reading of an ordinance meant to bring affordable housing to Steamboat.

Bridge decision postponed

Soul Center of the Universe Bridge may be renamed Stockbridge

The Steamboat Springs City Council delayed on Tuesday the decision between naming a local bridge after a soul singer or after the area's ranching heritage.

New forum mulled for rejected Bible class

A day after the Steamboat Springs School Board rejected an elective high school class using the Bible as its main text, a parent who led support for the class said he hoped to see it taught elsewhere.

X marks the spot for local skier

Somewhere near the top of Gina Gmeiner's to-do list, among the items not already crossed out with a red line, you will find the Winter X Games.

Our View: One tragic death too many

The Colorado Department of Transportation should erect flashing signs along U.S. Highway 40 at Rabbit Ears Pass to warn motorists that snowmobiles might be crossing the road.

Luxury subdivision praised

Elk Mountain Ranch borders lower Elk River

County commissioners had praise Tuesday for the developers of 62 rural estates that will change land ownership patterns but preserve some of the agricultural practices in the lower Elk River Valley.

School Board OKs language program

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday added a foreign language program and two career classes in district schools, placed the North Routt Community Charter Elementary School on conditional accreditation for a year and approved an external audit of special education services in the district.

Iacovetto, Schlegel win league titles

The Soroco wrestling team crowned two champions, and Hayden finished fourth as a team at Saturday's Western Slope League Tournament in Paonia.

Briefs for Jan. 25

CMC theater instructor organizing trip to Denver

Steamboat hockey wins two on road

The Steamboat Springs hockey team had 96 shots on goal in two road wins during the weekend.

The Record for Jan. 25

11:43 a.m. A Steamboat Springs man with two outstanding warrants turned himself in to the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, January 23

Strong to run for county position

City Council member Paul Strong announced Monday that he planned to run for the District 3 office on the Routt County Commission.

Project 'will transform base'

One Steamboat Place developers add affordable housing

A large resort condominium project that would dramatically alter the base of the Steamboat Ski Area has formally entered the city planning process.

Officials to discuss affordable housing, bridge

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight will take a first look at a proposed affordable housing tool and ponder renaming the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge.

New class of freestyle athletes on the rise

Bo Randolph and Abe Maynard represent a new class of aspiring Steamboat Springs freestyle skiers who proved they were ready to ski with the big boys last weekend at a USSA divisional meet in Winter Park.

News in brief for Jan. 24

Cattle lost in rollover accident Monday afternoon A tractor-trailer carrying nearly 100 head of cattle rolled over south of Yampa on Routt County Road 131 Monday afternoon, killing about 50 of the cattle but not injuring the driver, Sgt. Jim Copley of the Colorado State Patrol said.

The Record for Jan. 24

Sunday, Jan. 22 12:56 a.m. A motor-vehicle accident was reported at Walton Creek and Whistler roads.

Steamboat skiers finish on top

Promising young ski racers from across the state discovered Howelsen Hill's reputation for hosting some of the toughest slalom races anywhere in the country last weekend.

Board says 'no' to Bible class

Senior Odyssey will be an elective next year at high school

In two momentous, unanimous decisions Monday night, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted against bringing an elective class titled "The Bible in History and Literature" to Steamboat Springs High School, and it decided to make the high school's Senior Odyssey program optional for students beginning next year.

Sunday, January 22

Routt County Spotlight: Tim Bishop

Age: 36 Occupation: Principal, Steamboat Springs Middle School Place of birth: Durango

School Board has full agenda

The Steamboat Springs School Board has a lot more to do tonight than act on the Senior Odyssey program and a proposed Bible elective at Steamboat Springs High School.

Fans mourn end of season

Sunday was a tough day for local fans of the Denver Broncos, who missed a shot at Super Bowl XL by losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Scientists share findings about brain

If was once thought the human brain does not continue to grow or change after a person enters adulthood, but research has shown the adult brain is not fixed. It can change, and it can be changed through things such as exercise.

Routt County Spotlight: Joel Rae

Age: 37 Occupation: Police Captain Place of birth: Greeley

Jones claims jumping title

Clint Jones knew he needed something special Sunday morning if he wanted to beat defending champion Todd Lodwick in the final event of the 2006 U.S. Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Championships.

Tom Ross: Wake me from this mid-winter reverie

There's 5 feet of snow on my roof, and the beaches of Mexico are calling

I was standing on my rooftop in brilliant sunshine Sunday and up to my armpits in snow when a vision of Mexico came to me.

The Record for Jan. 23

Saturday, Jan. 21 7:43 a.m. A man reported a lost ski pass at the Steamboat Ski Area.

News in brief for Jan. 23

Chamber looking for Winter Carnival volunteers The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is looking for volunteers to work Winter Carnival street events Feb. 11 and 12. Volunteers are needed from about 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days. Anyone interested in helping during the Winter Carnival is asked to call Jody Anagnos at 879-0882, ext. 203.

Howelsen chapter closes

Hometown skier Todd Lodwick 'gave it best effort'

The awards ceremony had been over for several minutes, and the crowd was quickly thinning as people headed for home hoping to catch the first half of the Denver Broncos playoff game.

Van sets mark for women's jumping

For the second day in a row, Lindsay Van of Park City, Utah, set the mark to beat for the women at the U.S. Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Championships.

Saturday, January 21


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Logan of Yampa announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Renee Logan, to Brandon McRay Pohlen, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pohlen of LaJunta.

Money falling like snow

Bank deposits in Steamboat Springs growing; eight banks and counting

Bank deposits in Steamboat Springs have grown at a double-digit pace the past two years, and the number of banks continues to grow, as well.

Charting a course to $1 billion

Southern migration drives median home price down slightly

Steamboat Springs is poised to become a billion-dollar real-estate market.

Demons run by Sailors

Glenwood stays within game of Moffat County for league lead

Ashley Berggren's post-game talk was brief after Steamboat Springs' 24-point loss to Glenwood Springs. "They were a solid team," the Sailors girls basketball coach said. "They have a strong inside-outside game."

Steamboat boys put up tough fight against Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs boys basketball coach Kevin Flohr paused. He needed a moment to take two deep breaths and collect his thoughts.

Soroco students hit the ice

Physical education teacher Gary Heide takes full advantage of Oak Creek's rink

Michael O'Brien isn't very good on the ice, but the Soroco Middle School seventh-grader said he's adamant about improving his skating.

Students catch Olympics fever

Soda Creek Elementary School third- and fifth-graders put on special celebration

Few combinations are as stirring to the heart as music, children and the Olympic spirit. With songs, a torch relay and even tumblers, students at Soda Creek Elementary School honored local Olympic athletes, past and present, Thursday during two special celebrations in the school's gymnasium.

Oscar Jules St. Pierre

Oscar Jules St. Pierre, son of Don and Maria St. Pierre of Steamboat Springs was born in Sydney, Australia, at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2006. He weighed 7.7 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. His brother is Oliver. His grandparents are Paul and Patricia Despis on Sydney, Australia, and George and Virginia St. Pierre of Fort Tearce, Fla. His great-grandparent is Marie Lynch of Sydney, Australia.

Real Estate transactions for Jan. 10 to 17

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer SAGEWOOD DEVELOPMENT, LTD TO HARTLESS, MARK C. AND HARTLESS, JOYCE H. FOR SAGEWOOD, FILING NO. 2 Lot: 58 -- $50,100

Mary Walker: Respect precedent

Roe v. Wade stands as the most upheld Supreme Court constitutional precedent in our history. In the 33 years since the Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to privacy includes a woman's right to obtain an abortion, this precedent has been upheld 38 times. Whether you agree with the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, you should be alarmed that our newest Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito, has indicated he does not feel bound by Supreme Court decisions and precedents.

Harriet Freiberger: Give group a try

The Steamboat Writers Group appreciates the coverage of our Thursday meeting (Sunday Style, Jan. 15), but my phone has been ringing and e-mails piling up. So, as longtime, unofficial leader of the Steamboat Writers Group, I'll offer two thoughts that limited space prohibited but that we think are very important.

BIG SOUNDS coming from a tiny studio

Musician, producer makes dreams come true in his backyard

Ten years ago, what Kurt Wipperfurth is doing today would have been impossible. A decade ago the era of analog recording filled entire rooms with racks of processors, mixers and multitrack recorders, but the digital age has changed all that.

Business briefs for Jan. 22

Vectra Bank names new market president

Stewart Beall: We need a mayor

It is with special interest that I have been following the Steamboat Springs City Council process of hiring a new city manager. I was a member of the city's Planning Commission shortly after Steamboat Springs approved the present home rule charter and annexed Mountain Village. I, like most residents of Steamboat, approved of these changes so Steamboat could develop in an organized and efficient manner.

Sound Off for Jan. 22

Get perspective Let's get some perspective. When employees retire or quit, it is up to the employer to decide when. Cut out the grandstanding and move on.

Death raises safety questions

As Tom Schupra looked at the dozen or so photos tacked to a board at his friend Carol Wayland's funeral, he couldn't help but admire the beautiful images.

City to address housing concerns

Diane Mitsch Bush hears it from people who moved to Steamboat Springs in the 1970s or 1980s like she did.

Final test for Bible class

School Board to decide Monday on proposed elective

The new Steamboat Springs School Board will meet Monday night under its brightest public spotlight yet to decide not only about the high school's controversial mandatory Senior Odyssey program but also about a proposed high school elective course that would teach the Bible as a historical and cultural document.

Our View: Reject Bible class

The Steamboat Springs School Board should reject a proposal by two parents for a history and literature course using the Bible as the main text.

Dorothy Coon, 1920-2006

Dorothy Coon died with her family by her side Jan. 14, 2006, at Mantey Heights Rehab and Care Center in Grand Junction. She was 85.

John F. Russell: Show time

This is the day I've been hoping for all season and have been dreading all week.

Lodwick stays on his game

Steamboat skier grabs Nordic title

U.S. Nordic combined skier Bill Demong was hoping his teammate Todd Lodwick might have an off day on the cross-country course Saturday afternoon, but he didn't expect it.

No place like home

Steamboat jumpers sweep championships

Jumpers from across the United States converged here Saturday hoping to take home a national ski jumping title in the shadows of historic Howelsen Hill.

Omar M. Campbell: No Bible course

Advocates for a Bible course in the high school will again ask the School Board to add it to the curriculum (Steamboat Today, Jan. 13).

South Routt Calendar for Jan. 22

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

Class Notes for Jan. 22

The Colorado Association of Science Teachers has named Shannon Koppenhafer, daughter of a Donna and Tim Bertram of Hayden and a 1992 graduate of Hayden High School, the 2005 Science Teacher of the Year for the state's elementary school teachers.

Barry Gaugler, 1949-2005

Former Routt County resident Barry Gaugler died Jan. 16, 2006, at his home in Maine after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 56.

Jerri Anne Dorr, 1937-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Jerri Anne Dorr died in her home in Prescott, Ariz., on Jan. 15, 2006, after a short illness. She was 68.

Building permits for Jan. 9 to 13


Caleb James Hothem

Caleb James Hothem, son of Elizabeth and Jake Hothem of Yampa, was born at 7:57 a.m. Jan. 13, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His sibling is Madison Hothem. His grandparents are Bob and Kayda Hothem of Highlands Ranch, Kathy and Lee Hayward of Centennial, and Lisa and Tom Higgins of Littleton.

Sara Michele Johnson

Sara Michele Johnson, daughter of Tina Harlow and Scott Johnson of Clark, was born at 3:05 a.m. Jan. 12, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long. Her sibling is Lance Johnson. Her grandparents are Margie and Mark Johnson of Centennial and Eileen and Robert Harlow of Knoxville, Tenn.

Kodiak "Kodi" Kretzschmar

Kodiak "Kodi" Kretzschmar, son of Sherri Sweers and Kyrill Kretzschmar of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:47 a.m. Jan. 14, 2006. His sibling is Indiana "Indi" Kretzschmar. His grandparents are John and Lori Sweers of Battlement Mesa and Joachim and Renate Kretzschmar of Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

Blashia Michelle Mead

Blashia Michelle Mead, daughter of Amanda Faye McKendrick and Jeremiah Mead of Craig, was born at 5:23 a.m. Jan. 15, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long. Her grandparents are Carla Daniels of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and Monty and Joy McKendrick of Wellington, Utah.

Cody Melvin Wiggins

Cody Melvin Wiggins, son of Garrett and Melinda Wiggins of Stagecoach, was born at 9:50 a.m. Jan. 11, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. His sibling is Cutter Wiggins. His grandparents are Louise and Melvin Jones of Quincy, Fla., John and Sally Wiggins of San Diego, and Lynn and Steve Slack of Sneads, Fla.

The Record for Jan. 22

9:21 p.m. A 48-year old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failing to drive in one lane near Shield Drive and Curve Court.

Kyra Merie Wilson

Kyra Merie Wilson, daughter of Robin and Seth Wilson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:19 a.m. Jan. 15, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Bob and Linda Hill of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Friday, January 20

Rifle wins at last second

Tyler Gose scored all five of his points in less than 20 seconds Friday, lifting the Rifle boys basketball team to a 48-47 win against Steamboat Springs.

School Board has big to-do list

Four-year terms may not be long enough for members of the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Police respond to record calls

Police officers in 2005 responded to a record 9,199 calls about everything from minor thefts to major crimes such as sexual assault and drug distribution.

Fans' true colors shining through

Broncos, Steelers followers brace for Sunday's game

When cut, humans usually bleed a deep red color. But not Drew Williams. "I bleed black and gold," Williams said.

City running out of places for snow to go

The winter's prolific snowfall may be good for skiers, but Steamboat's public works officials are in a squeeze.

Briefs for Jan. 21

Steamboat Springs' utility district officials violated a drinking water standard in November by failing to take the required number of water samples for standard monitoring purposes. Director of Public Works Jim Weber said city workers took only six of the nine samples required for regularly scheduled water monitoring. The monitoring results tell officials whether the water meets health standards. The city is required by the state to notify customers of the error and will send out a mailing.

Bears claw back to win

Rifle makes free throws late in game

With 3 minutes, 11 seconds left in Friday's game against Steamboat Springs, the Rifle girls basketball team decided to make its free throws.

The year of the duplex

2005 was the year of the duplex in Steamboat Springs.

Preschool leading to larger discussions

Planning for a new preschool in South Routt County may involve more than just creating a place to teach young children.

The Record for Jan. 21

12:28 a.m. A man in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive wanted officers to check on a student "who was having a bad day." Officers found the underage student drinking alcohol in his dorm room. He was given a minor-in-possession citation and was taken to detox.

Thursday, January 19

CD reviews for Jan. 20

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "B.R.M.C" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98

Autumn Phillips: Where were you?

You idiots. That was all I could think as I looked around the room at Levelz on Tuesday night. On stage were The Wood Brothers -- Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin and Wood, and his lesser-known but no-less-talented brother, Oliver Wood.

Elk River plan moves ahead

Planning Commission unanimously backs development

The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday recommended approval of the county's largest land preservation subdivision project, calling it a model for future projects.

Beauprez shows optimism

Republican gubernatorial candidate talks to residents

In a visit to Steamboat Springs on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez campaigned as much for his home state as he did for himself.

The Record for Jan. 20

Wednesday, Jan. 18 2:38 a.m. Someone in the 2700 block of Village Drive reported hearing people in an apartment arguing loudly. Officers mediated the situation between a father and daughter, who were yelling and screaming.

Dream finally becomes reality

There are dreams, and there is reality, and there is that place in between where dreams become reality.

Music Jam with a cause

This will be Gib Manzanares' third year playing music as part of a Jimmie Heuga Snow Express fundraiser, but this year when he picks up his guitar, it will have a different meaning. Since last year's Jimmy Heuga Snow Express for Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Music Jam, Manzanares' brother was diagnosed with MS.

Autumn's Picks for Jan. 20

Today ¤ Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: "Memories to Memoirs" by Susan de Wardt When: Noon Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. Cost: Free

Playing a portrait of Brazil

The classical guitar has a quiet but articulate way of exploring music and, in this case, the world. On Tuesday night, audience members will be ushered into the guitar way of thinking through something familiar -- Bach overture.

Reggae the way it was meant to be

Anthony B. does not water down his music. Where reggae began as a cultural and political tool, so it continues under the artistry of Anthony B.

Music calendar for Jan. 20

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

More than 900 people arrive at airport

Commercial aircraft arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Air�--port west of Steamboat Springs were near or at capacity Thursday, and the effects will be felt at area lodges Saturday night.

Museum looking for family memoirs

Tread of Pioneers Museum officials are looking for longtime Routt County families willing to donate their memoirs and writings.

Residents get voice in search

Want to have a say in who becomes the next city manager? You may have your chance. The city is looking for applicants to join the City Manager Search Community Committee.

Sailors named team of the year

A season of firsts continues for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team.

Big air, little boarders

Winter Sports Club's youngest riders post top results

For snowboarders struggling to land jumps, don't read this. It might be upsetting.

Briefs for Jan. 20

Designs due Feb. 1 for poster, T-shirt contest A contest is under way for a T-shirt and poster design for the third annual Teen Battle of the Bands. The design should include the words "2006 Teen Battle of the Bands." Preference will be given to artwork by teens. Designs are due Feb. 1. For more information, call Autumn Phillips at 871-4210 or e-mail

Four riders on Junior World team

Wild, Farrell, Ladley, Chythlook on to Korea

Four Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders have been named to the FIS Junior World Championships team.

Mader tri-umphant

Sophomore takes both matches; team winless

The Palisade wrestling team was in postseason form.

Horses as object and icon

A horse is a horse, until it's more than that. As Studio Gallery 27 unveils a weeklong show of horse paintings and sculptures, it becomes immediately obvious that horses represent different things to each of the nine featured artists.

Liquor cases move forward

Cases against business owners who violated liquor laws are proceeding through the judicial system or through hearings before the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Wednesday, January 18

Warm colors, new furniture

Routt County Human Services dedicates new offices

Michael Sidinger recently was called to the Steamboat Springs police station to pick up three runaway juveniles from another state. He kept them up talking for several hours before transferring them to Routt County Human Services. Then he did something he could not have done several months ago.

Tourney time

Rams, Tigers headed to league tournament; Sailors host triangular

Meeker dominated Tuesday's wrestling dual against Hayden, but Tiger Mitchell Doolin made a statement at 125 pounds. The freshman pinned Kyle Stout on a headlock three days after the Meeker sophomore took second in the two-day Uintah Tournament in Utah.

Man to accept plea in car theft case

An 18-year-old man accused of stealing a car and leading police on a high-speed chase on Lincoln Avenue has reached a disposition in his case. On Wednesday, the man's case was bound to District Court.

School brings homespun fun to young pioneers

Elementary students use blueberry ink, learn to square dance in activities

In teaching her students about pioneer life, Katie Knezevich learned a new use for blueberries. Knezevich's second-graders at Strawberry Park Elementary School and those in three other second-grade classes took part in "Pioneer Day" on Wednesday morning. Students sat clustered around tables in Knezevich's classroom, dipping the stems of feathers into cups of blueberry juice and drawing pictures and letters with the makeshift quill pens and ink.

The Record for Jan. 19

7:32 p.m. Three men wearing nothing but underwear and baseball caps reportedly ran through a restaurant in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The men ran through the back door of the establishment. Officers were unable to find them.

o complaints about four-day weeks

For Hayden school officials, no news is hopefully good news. At a meeting of the Hayden School Board on Wednesday night, board members and district administrators discussed community feedback about the four-day school weeks that began Dec. 2 and will continue into March. The shortened weeks are designed to give teachers time to plan and integrate curriculum -- and to give struggling students time to receive specialized tutoring -- every Friday during the winter.

Snowmobiler died on tour

Never before in the nine years that Marcia and Jason Cobb have owned Steamboat Snowmobile Tours has a client been badly hurt. But last week, a Michigan woman died when she was hit by a truck while crossing U.S. Highway 40 near Dumont Lake on a snowmobile.

Engagements for Jan. 15


James and Patricia Mattimore of Long Island, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Julianne Mattimore of Steamboat Springs, to Carl Warnke of Steamboat.

Base area projects proposed

The creation of an urban renewal authority for Steamboat Springs' mountain base area has spurred several policy changes. Soon, some of the URA's visual effects will become apparent.

Democrat joins race for Sheriff's Office

Gary Wall said he knows his political philosophies are different than the typical candidate and that his 40 years working in law enforcement haven't been as traditional as some people's.

Births for Jan. 15

Zachary James Cardenas, son of Jacqueline and James Cardenas of Oak Creek, was born at 8:09 p.m. Jan. 1, 2006. He weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces and was 18.25 inches long. His siblings are Johnathan and Felica. His grandparents are Sue and Ken Cardenas of Yampa; and Norma Jones of California.

Briefs for Jan. 19

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Tuesday Night Recreational Jumping series is Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. through March 7. Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on jumping nights. The cost is $12 a night, and jumpers must have a lift ticket and a helmet. No experience is necessary. Call 879-0695.

Commission to review project

The Routt County Planning Commission tonight will review the largest land preservation subdivision ever proposed in Routt County.

Steamboat skiers breathe easy in high-altitude terrain

The steep hills and high altitude of the Eldora Nordic Center did little to slow Steam�--boat Springs skier Kath�--erine Ingalls as she cruised to victory in Saturday's Junior Olympic qualifying race.

Athletes brave grueling contest

Here's the scenario. It's a cold, Sunday morning. The cross-country ski race is ready to start. A man entered in the male competitive division heads to the line.

Tuesday, January 17

Beauprez to make quick stop

This Congressman knows how to kick up his heels. U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, an Arvada Republican, officially began his campaign for governor Tuesday with some country-style dancing at the Grizzly Rose Saloon and Dance Emporium in Denver. Cam-paign manager John Marshall said more than 1,500 people reserved tickets for the "absolutely huge" event.

Betty Leipold: Remember uniqueness

Regarding changes coming to Lincoln Avenue, it's timely to read Lucile Bogue's book "Miracle on a Mountain." On page 50, she talks about going across the country, touting the college: "Yampa Valley College?" they would say, looking bewildered. "I never heard of it? Where is it?"

A good start for business center

Early signs indicate the new Valley View Business Park on Hayden's east side someday will fulfill the goals of the town government -- bringing more businesses to Hayden.

Man avoids train by an instant

Second accident at railroad crossing in a month

Buck Chavarria said he began to slow down well ahead of the train tracks that run through the Fish Creek mobile-home park in Steamboat Springs.

Council talks buses, sidewalks

During a discussion about transportation on Tuesday, City Council members agreed that they would like to try running a downtown circulator bus in the summer.

Sailors split road games

Hockey team beats Air Academy, falls to Pine Creek

The good news is that the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team avenged its only loss of the season Friday, defeating defending state champion Air Academy.

Top jumpers to let it fly

When the 2006 U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships open Satur-day in Steamboat Springs, Todd Lodwick is going to be a marked man.

It's all Downhill for annual event

PRCA cowboys, cowgirls take on 32nd annual Cowboy Downhill

Michael Sisk had a message for the 60 other cowboys and cowgirls gathered in Steamboat Springs for Tuesday's 32nd annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill.

Briefs for Jan. 18

Library holds Babytime program on Saturdays Bud Werner Memorial Library will resume its Babytime program Saturday mornings with a free program for babies, toddlers and their parents.

Bill & Mary Schurman: Cronkite right on again

Oh no! Now what? Mr. Middle America says that we should pull out of Iraq -- now. What will W. and his ilk do to dis Walter as they have done with anyone else who has dared to belittle W. and his war? Maybe they will say that he is just too old to know any better. Well, he was right on with Vietnam and he is right on again. Iraq is a never-ending quagmire that will continue to see our troops die for a country that surely will end up in civil war. What will W. (or his writers) say then?

Stephanie Dye: Bible class has many problems

So we return to the discussion of the "Bible in History and Literature" class to be possibly included into Steamboat Springs High School curriculum. While other world nations surge past the United States in science and math, we will now use a book that was written in the first century by a variety of writers and translated (poorly) from an ancient language to teach our students history. As the people submitting this proposal to the School Board say to themselves, "It's basically a history course using the Bible as its main text."

Hayden wrestlers have tough time in Uintah

The Hayden wrestling team has found a tournament sure to appear on the schedule next season.

Tiger ballers down Wildcats

Foul trouble limited Keenan Bruchez and Bryan Richards, but it did not stop the Hayden boys basketball team from picking up a 46-34 win against North Park in Walden on Saturday.

The Record for Jan. 18

Monday, Jan. 16 7:58 a.m. A woman requested an ambulance for a person with a broken ankle at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The individual was transported and treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Our View: Addressing affordable housing

Conversations about issues needing to be addressed in Steamboat Springs and Routt County often get around to affordable housing.

Monday, January 16

Briefs for Jan. 17

Youth basketball league registration forms available Registration is under way for the city's youth basketball program. The program is for children in third through sixth grades and runs from March through May. The program is designed for youths who want to learn more about the fundamentals of basketball in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Registrations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms can be obtained at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department office. Call 879-4300 for more information.

Steamboat claims to buck destination resort trend

Officials at Steamboat Ski Area say they don't fit the trend for Colorado's destination resorts described in a news release last week.

Human services celebrates new digs

Bob White, director of Routt County Human Services, couldn't help but smile when he said his department's new building is bringing an old mortuary back to life.

Input wanted about roads

If you're tired of bouncing your car over that irritating pothole or frost-heave, there is an opportunity to make your voice heard.

The Record for Jan. 17

Sunday, Jan. 15 12:24 a.m. An anonymous noise complaint was made about loud music on Balsam Court.

Yampa man faces assault charges

A Yampa man was in jail Monday facing three criminal charges in connection with an incident with an ex-girlfriend about guns, which occurred Sunday at the Royal Hotel.

Local skiers named to Olympic team

The U.S. Nordic Combined and Special Jumping teams made it official Monday by naming 11 skiers to the Olympic team that will compete in Turin, Italy, in February.

Sunday, January 15

The Record for Jan. 16

1:28 p.m. A man reported a hit-and-run, noninjury vehicle accident at Howelsen Hill. Police said a 52-year-old woman, on the way to pick up her children, backed into a vehicle in the parking lot. Witnesses thought the woman was intoxicated and reported the incident. The woman then reportedly backed into another vehicle. Police arrived and arrested her on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Police said the woman had not yet picked up her children at the time of the accidents.

Chaps, cowboy hats required

Cowboy Downhill in its 32nd year at Steamboat Ski Area

One of Steamboat Ski Area's most unusual events returns to the slopes Tuesday. The 32nd annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill takes over Headwall run at 1:30 p.m. with an entertaining dual slalom race.

Briefs for Jan. 16

Yampa Valley Medical Center needs volunteers for its lobby information desk and the pain management department. Various hours and shifts are available. Call volunteer coordinator Mindy Fontaine at 870-1146 for more information.

Area legislators get their bills moving

Area legislators Jack Taylor and Al White quickly got down to work this week, introducing seven bills during the first three days of the legislative session at the Capitol in Denver.

S. Routt plans for preschool

The South Routt School Board plans to decide within a month on a site for the South Routt Early Learning Center.

Tom Ross: Snow-driving emergency declared

Secret and rarely used journalistic powers of ordinance invoked

By the power vested in me as an official newspaper guy, I hereby declare a snow-driving emergency in Steamboat Springs. I have exercised my right to invoke an "ordinance by citizen." Henceforth, all motorists shall affix a warning device to the top of their radio antennae so that their fellow motorists might be able discern their rapid approach behind that giant snowbank at the intersection.

Saturday, January 14

Past, present, future

Change accelerates on Steamboat's main street

As change takes shape and becomes reality on Lincoln Avenue this year, the Steamboat Pilot & Today plans a series of stories that will illuminate the history of Lincoln Avenue, take a close look at its present condition and attempt to peer into the future.

Letlow athletes stay positive while dad works overseas

Mike Letlow doesn't need to answer the question. He simply points to his wife and sons. They are what he misses the most.

Melinda Mawdsley: Pretty in pink

I blame the patent leather shoes, lacy dresses and restricting tights. It was a valiant -- but failed -- family attempt to make me be a girl.

Building Permits for Jan. 1 to 6


Scott Hoffner: Snow warning

Warning! It snows here in Steamboat. My goodness, this year it has snowed a lot. I hear that the 3 feet I have in my yard is just average; some have 5 feet.

Skiers manage tough balance

Students handle class, competition

Andy White was tired but ready to go. On a clear, sunny Friday in the parking lot at Howelsen Hill, the 17-year-old Steamboat Springs High School senior loaded two giant ski bags, six bottles of lemon-lime Gatorade and at least three packs of snacks, clothes and gear into a large white van.

A year later, still healing

On Wednesday, about 100 hospital employees, rescue workers and people involved with the former Yampa Valley Air Ambulance gathered at the Doak Walker Care Center to remember three lives lost one year before.

A life full of music plays on

Longtime Yampa resident Evelyn Pidcock, 91, starts new chapter at care center

Just as they have for 80-plus years, Evelyn Pidcock's fingers slid across the cool ivory keys of a piano as she played one of her favorite tunes for a growing crowd of residents last week.

Transactions for Jan. 1 to 9


Business briefs for Jan. 15

Human Services to hold open house Wednesday The Routt County Department of Human Services is hosting an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at its new offices, 135 Sixth St.

Greg Hughey: Keep snow on path

If we call our city Ski Town USA, why don't we make it easy for commuters to cross-country ski through our community as they do in parts of Europe? We have a very good Core Trail bicycle path that is plowed each and every time it snows. The trail is so wide that it requires two passes of the plow to grade the entire width of the path. Leaving 3 feet on one side of the path unplowed would allow traditional cross-country skiers to travel alongside the fewer pedestrians and bicyclists who use the path in the winter months.

Our View: Put all options on the table

The Steamboat Springs City Council will get the opportunity Tuesday to begin addressing a lingering problem in the public transportation system.

South Routt calendar for Jan. 15

Monday, Jan. 16 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments. The South Routt Medical Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Depths of winter

Fish Creek Falls trail accessible to hikers

Last week's snowstorm on the Park Range brought the settled snow depth on the summit of Buffalo Pass to 117.6 inches.

No excuses

Groups give writers a venue to unleash their creativity

On Thursday, the table was scattered with the detritus of creativity -- crumpled paper, pens and pencils, folders full of research notes and chocolate.

Business park attracting buyers from Steamboat

Light-industrial businesses at both ends of the Yampa Valley are beginning to see opportunity in the middle. Annette Hall of Prudential Steamboat Realty said this week that she's poised to close on the sales of several lots in the new Valley View Business Park on the southeast side of Hayden. There are buyers from Craig and Steamboat Springs, she said.

The Record for Jan. 15

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.

Transport tactics

Council to discuss parking, sidewalks

People who live in Steamboat Springs care about how easily they can get around town. In the 2005 community survey, residents identified traffic mobility and circulation as the second most important issue in the city. And those who have lived here for a number of years reported increasing frustration with traffic.

Friday, January 13

'It cost me everything I had'

Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling cocaine

Michael Sherrod Saunders was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison and five years mandatory parole after pleading guilty to selling cocaine from his home.

Olivia, Jonathan top baby names

In about 16 years, Olivia might date Jonathan at Steam�boat Springs High School. Olivia was the most popular name for a newborn baby girl at Yampa Valley Medical Center in 2005, hospital spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said. Four local families chose the name for their daughters.

College to start spring set of classes

At Colorado Mountain College this spring, you can learn to write from a published author and learn to cook from local chefs.

Former Winter Sports Club athletes ski well for CU

Led by strong finishes from former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes, the University of Colorado ski team finished second at the Alaska Invitational.

Double trouble

Sailor Mitch Bryden has double-double in team's win

Ten minutes after the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team beat Eagle Valley on Friday, attention shifted to tonight's opponent: Battle Mountain.

Hayden School Board planning ahead

Hayden school officials are planning next year's budget and taking on other basic issues.

Briefs for Jan. 14

Snowmobilers lost in North Routt found

Girls find chemistry

Somewhere between Tuesday's 35-point loss to Moffat County and Friday's tip against Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach Ashley Berggren aand her seniors had a sit-down.

The Record for Jan. 14

2:19 a.m. A 24-year-old man was arrested in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle on suspicion of flashing people on a hotel balcony. Officers first found the man drunk, standing alone in the middle of the street wearing a wet T-shirt and jeans. Officers followed the man and witnessed an argument with people on the balcony. They arrested the man after he took off his pants and flashed the group.

Thursday, January 12

Arts Calendar for Jan. 12

¤"Interpretation: New works by Patricia Branstead" is on display at the Comb Goddess, in the Old West Building on 11th Street. Call 871-0606.

Autumn Phillips: Different kind of Zen

The last time I took an exercise class, leotards were in style.

Town Board adopts revised codes

The Oak Creek Town Board adopted five amended municipal codes during its meeting Thursday night. At issue were several municipal codes that Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said needed to be eliminated or modified.

CD Reviews for Jan. 13

Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke "Sixty Six Steps" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98

Boards to look at Bible course

A proposal for an elective high school class that would teach the Bible as a historical document is scheduled to come before the Steamboat Springs School Board this month.

Riverwalk plan progresses

The proposed Riverwalk project is two steps closer to approval. The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to approve two phases of the proposed development, a 10-building project along Yampa Street between Third and Fifth streets that would include 72 residential units, seven deed-restricted affordable units, 35 hotel rooms, 35,234 square feet of commercial space and 108 underground parking garage spaces

Music calendar for Jan. 13

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

Autumn's picks for Jan. 13

Tonight ¤ Medeski, Martin and Wood When: Doors open at 6 p.m. (No opening act) Where: Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski Area Cost: $22 in advance at All That Jazz, Christie Sports in Central Park Plaza or Gondola Square SportStalker Call: 879-7179 Why you should go: Medeski inside a spaceship cockpit of keyboards steering the musical world.

Making the end of the world a more positive experience

Medeski, Martin and Wood's latest album "End of the World Party (Just in Case)" proves that, if anything, is going on in music, the band is one step ahead of it.

Church hosts concert for teens

An online review of one of Spoken's concerts described an unassuming guy walking through the crowd with a Bible.

North and South meet in Colorado

For all those who know Chris Wood, bass player for Medeski, Martin and Wood, it's time to meet his brother.

It goes away if you don't write it down

Rick Bragg's story about his family, "All Over But the Shoutin,'" begins by simply saying, "This is not an important book."

Making a scene in the corner

Cully Kistler gives a whole new meaning to the term "plein-air." She paints on location and completes the piece in a matter of hours. When she finally lifts the brush, she does not go back to make corrections or additions.

On Scene for Jan. 13

Look around your town When people visit and you search around town desperately for something to entertain them, you realize there are things that locals take for granted.

High school pingpong tournament tonight

Local teens can paddle it out for the right to be called pingpong champions -- and winners of $25 gift certificates -- during a city Teen Programs event tonight.

Inside the world of men

More than three decades ago, Bob Baker read Galway Kinnell's poem "The Bear." The poem is difficult to read because of its graphic description of man versus nature.

Man suspected of exposing himself

A 24-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of showing his genitals to people standing on a hotel balcony.

Commissioners discuss barn project

Steamboat Springs Planning Commissioners agreed with residents that a proposed project is high in density, but they said that density is needed.

The Record for Jan. 13

12:08 a.m. Someone in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive reported hearing loud music. The residents were warned.

Briefs for Jan. 13

A fire destroyed a small shed on Routt County Road 14D on Thursday afternoon.

Chix split series vs. 'Wolves

The Chix with Stix picked up its third win of the season Satur�--day against the Silverwolves of Colorado Springs.

Back to the gym

Club volleyball runs through spring

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Lauren Marias has played club volleyball for three winters. She believes in its benefits.

Driver pleads not guilty

A Craig man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and hitting a family's minivan pleaded not guilty in Routt County District Court on Thursday.

Bands pass music on to the next generation

Brady Rymer looked out on his audience of pint-sized rock fans and heard a 4-year-old yell "Last Night in Utero." It wasn't much different from the screamed requests he used to get in nightclubs when he played with the band From Good Homes.

Wednesday, January 11

Board to act on curriculum

The Odyssey odyssey is nearing another turning point.

Wrestlers look to pin top seeds

Less than one month remains before the Class 4A and Class 2A regional tournaments, and wrestlers in Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat Springs are settling into their weight classes.

Mayor pro-tem named clerk

After living in Oak Creek for 32 years and serving as the town clerk when it was a part-time job in the 1970s, Karen Halterman decided it was time to try the job again.

Riverwalk, barn on agenda

Steamboat Springs planning commissioners are set to have a busy night.

Coca-Cola plant to move to Hayden business park

The owner of the Coca-Cola distribution center in Craig confirmed this week that he plans to move the business to a new commercial park being developed in Hayden.

The Record for Jan. 12

12:46 a.m. A man near Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue reported an incoherent passenger riding the bus. The man said he didn't think the passenger needed medical attention.

Town Board to OK modified codes

After conducting just two meetings in the past two months, the Oak Creek Town Board is poised to get back to business tonight.

Snowmobiler killed on Rabbit Ears Pass identified

The woman killed Tuesday afternoon while trying to cross U.S. Highway 40 near Dumont Lake on a snowmobile has been identified as 42-year-old Carol Wayland of Michigan.

Nordic Challenge creates Hill Climb

Race from rodeo grounds to quarry

The Mountain Cut Hill Climb isn't until Sunday, but Dan Smilkstein thinks the inaugural cross-country ski race will be an instant classic.

Woman pleads guilty to holiday stabbing

A 35-year-old Canadian woman arrested on Thanksgiving Day on suspicion of stabbing a man with a steak knife pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony menacing.

Knowledge bowlers place second

A group of Steamboat Springs High School students have learned not to mistake neutrons for croutons.

Briefs for Jan. 12

After several days during which departing passengers outnumbered arriving ones at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the build-up to the Martin Luther King holiday weekend reversed the trend Wednesday.

Woman pleads guilty to theft

One of the two women accused of stealing more than $39,000 from the Hampton Inn & Suites pleaded guilty to felony theft in court Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 10

Sailors shoot past Bulldogs

Even before the second half started, Steamboat Springs' Aaron Calkins was feeling it.

Woman killed in snowmobile accident

A snowmobiler was killed Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 near Dumont Lake when she was hit by a semi-trailer as she tried to cross the highway.

Board hears salary comparison

A discussion at Monday's meeting of the Steamboat Springs School Board shed light on how salaries of local school staff compare with those of other state educators.

Tuggle handed two life terms

A Hayden man who raped and kidnapped his 12-year-old daughter and left her for dead in the Idaho wilderness will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Monday.

After deaths, public urged not to feed deer, elk

When a well-intentioned person in the Copper Ridge neighborhood recently put out bales of grass hay to sustain snowed-in mule deer, the fate of the animals was sealed.

Soroco pulls off thriller

Rams come from behind to beat Hayden, 45-43

It's a good thing the Hayden and Soroco girls basketball teams are off until Friday. The players need to catch their breath.

Council extends moratorium

Residents of Fairview will have to wait to build on lots

Residents in the Fairview neighborhood will have to wait another 90 days before they can build on some lots.

City increases fines for skateboarding

Skateboarders, roller skaters and scooter riders will have to open their pocketbooks wider if they get caught riding where they aren't allowed.

Singing her praises

Soda Creek music teacher wins award

A Soda Creek Elementary School teacher has been named the recipient of an annual statewide award from the American Legion.

Briefs for Jan. 11

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Tuesday Night Recreational Jumping series is Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. through March 7. Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on jumping nights. The cost is $12 a night, and jumpers must have a lift ticket and a helmet. No experience necessary. Call 879-0695.

Hayden wins fourth straight

Bruchez leads all scorers with 22 points in win against Soroco

The Hayden boys basketball team dominated play in the paint during Tuesday's 56-38 win against rival Soroco.

Bulldogs balance attack

Moffat County beats Steamboat, 72-37

The transition from shooting guard to point guard is going quite well for Moffat County sophomore Angie Charchalis.

CMC officials select dean

A Colorado native, music lover and experienced educator has been hired as the new dean for the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Oak Creek works on repairs

Oak Creek's water plant is almost back to normal, three weeks after a break in the main waterline drained 90 percent of the town's water supply.

Richard Boersma: Thanks to plow drivers

It has been a tough season so far for city and county snowplow operators, and we're only a couple of weeks into winter, officially. These guys get a lot of flak for "plowing us in" some mornings. When that means extra time and work for us to clear our driveways and get to work, it can be aggravating.

Good as gold

Miner and family stay positive while he works overseas

Mike Letlow doesn't need to answer the question. He simply points to his wife and sons. They are what he misses the most.

The Record for Jan. 11

2:24 a.m. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, menacing and second-degree assault after police said he threatened a man with a hammer and threatening to return to the victim's residence with a gun. Officers said the men apparently were involved in a scuffle over a woman.

Robert Miner: Good vs. evil

As the new year begins, it is a time to reflect and give thanks.

Our view: On the agenda

It was disappointing to watch a Steamboat Springs School Board meeting bog down as it did Monday in a procedural issue that shouldn't have been dealt with on the public's time.

Monday, January 9

Speech team hosts tournament at high school

Steamboat Invitational brings 120 students

The Steamboat Springs High School speech team hosted its only home tournament of the season Saturday, bringing teams from nine high schools to the 26th Annual Steamboat Springs Invitational.

Officials discuss west-end housing

City and county officials focused on affordable housing Monday during a review of a plan for development west of Steamboat Springs.

Council to address lots, fees

From skateboards to subdivision lot development to building fees, the Steamboat Springs City Council has a busy list of business to address tonight.

DeVincentis calls for change

School Board member says his suggestions not on agenda

At the beginning of Monday night's meeting of the Steamboat Springs School Board, fifth-grade teacher Mike Johnson said: "At the classroom level, it feels like nothing has changed since the election of the new board."

Briefs for Jan. 10

The third annual Teen Battle of the Bands will be made more memorable by T-shirts commemorating the event.

Four injured in semi-trailer crash

Four people were injured Sunday when their car collided with a semi-trailer at U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 27, a Colorado State Patrol trooper said.

The Record for Jan. 10

1:04 a.m. A man reported that somebody threw a rock through the window of a city bus on Walton Creek Road. Police had no suspects.

Sunday, January 8

Passengers pack city buses

Public transportation long on riders, short on drivers

Despite a shortage in bus drivers, Steamboat Springs Transit was able to operate at peak levels New Year's weekend, two event nights in a row.

Briefs for Jan. 9

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra will introduce its new Youth Ensemble Program to parents and their young musicians at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Depot Art Center. In a new design, an ensemble "coach" from the chamber orchestra will instruct student quartets, consisting of violins, violas, cellos, bass, piano, flutes and clarinets at various ability levels. The program is for musicians from elementary- through high-school age.

The Record for Jan. 9

1:01 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. 2:21 a.m. A caller made a noise complaint for the 2200 block of Storm Meadow Drive. 4:29 a.m. A caller reported a disturbance in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle.

Ringers bring in record donations

The Salvation Army's bell ringers were heard loud and clear this holiday season. The 2005 kettle campaign had a record year, pulling in $16,750 for the organization, which provides assistance to low-income families. In 2004, the kettle campaign raised $12,091.

Saturday, January 7

Takeout for takeoff

Rain, sleet or shine, man keeps airline passengers fed

A small bunch of grapes, a few cocktail shrimp, a triangle of cheese and slices of salami are carefully arranged and wrapped in Charlie Epp's kitchen.

Tigers will remember the Titans

Young Coal Ridge squad upends Hayden

Showing up to a Hayden High School girls basketball game wearing black and orange usually wouldn't cause a stir, but Jacky Gaddis was the Coal Ridge coach.

'I do what I can'

Tigers start league season on the right foot

The Tigers need to get hungry. On Friday and Saturday, the Hayden High School boys basketball team let West Grand and Coal Ridge hang around longer than they should have considering Hayden's obvious advantage in talent.

Snow: winter's cash crop

Early snowfall yields bounty for plowing companies

The winter is young, but it already offers the promise of a bumper crop for area businesses that harvest snow from driveways and parking lots.

Margaret R. Stirling (1915-2005)

Aspen resident Margaret R. Stirling passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2005, at her daughter's ranch near Hayden. She was 90.

Routt County Spotlight: Judy Harris

Age: Ageless... I mean 52. Occupation: Principal at Soda Creek Elementary School Place of birth: San Diego, Calif.

City seeking skateboarding balance

City officials say they were seeking a balance when they met with athletes to discuss a proposed ordinance.

Tough tasks loom

Lawmakers face difficult issues as session nears

For Colorado lawmakers, the flowers soon will be replaced by brass tacks.

Jesse Everet Chedsey

Jesse Everet Chedsey, son of Lisa and Brent Chedsey of Coalmont, was born at 2:33 p.m. Dec. 27, 2005. He weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces and was 18.25 inches long. His siblings are Matt and Mercedez. His grandparents are Beu and Glen Chedsey of Coalmont, and Tonia and Ken Montague of Pinetop, Ariz.

Business briefs for Jan. 8

Mambo Italiano flies in Italian winemaker Mambo Italiano in downtown Steamboat Springs will host Italian winemaker Sisto Tessari on Thursday for a special meal that will educate diners about the intricacies of the winemaking process.

Open shop at Loggers Lane

There are two distinct stories to tell at one of Steamboat Springs' newest commercial/light industrial projects.

Tuning up college week

Ski package attracts young adults with music legends, new sensations

When they tune up the acoustic guitars and fiddles under the big tent in the gondola parking lot Sunday night, an international audience will tune in to satellite radio to catch the performances live.

Projecting through projects

Steamboat's crop of mid-year graduates use Senior Projects to help clarify futures

Five Steamboat Springs High School seniors presented their Senior Projects to school district staff Friday, displaying a quality of work that overshadowed recent public debate about the Senior Odyssey program.

Our View: All eyes on City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council will have to make some hard decisions when it deals with a group of businesses accused of violating liquor laws.

Sailors back in the win column

Steamboat beats Doherty, 4-1

What the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team giveth, it can taketh away.

Frank Yurich Jr. (1929-2006)

Former Oak Creek resident Frank Yurich Jr. passed away Jan. 1, 2006, in Green Valley, Ariz. He was 76.

Emilia Blaine Tucker

Emilia Blaine Tucker, daughter of Michelle and Luke Tucker of Craig, was born at 10:10 p.m. Dec. 27, 2005. She weighed 7.12 pounds and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Tamra and Blaine Tucker of Craig, and Connie and Bill Schmalz of Grand Junction.

Angelina Smith

Angelina Smith, daughter of Kasi Smith of Yampa, was born at 6:53 a.m. Dec. 2, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and was 18 inches long. Her sibling is Julianna Porter. Her grandparent is Gina Rogers of Denver.

Charley Jordan Lodwick

Charley Jordan Lodwick, daughter of Sunny and Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6 p.m. Dec. 29, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds and was 18.75 inches long. Her grandparents are Carol and Ed Owens of Jackson, Wyo., and Jeanne and Dennis Lodwick of Steamboat Springs.

Alaya Nellie Ann Lievanos

Alaya Nellie Ann Lievanos, daughter of Marissa Danyelle Haak and Nicholas Gary Lievanos of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:31 a.m. Nov. 29, 2005. She weighed 5 pounds and 11 ounces and was 16.5 inches long. Her siblings are Levi Daniel and Carter Allen Van Pelt. Her grandparents are Sherry Ann Bird and Garnet Wessley Bird of Steamboat Springs; Debra Jean Prather of Carson City, Nev., and David James Lievanos of Medford, Ore.

South Routt Calendar for Jan. 8

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

Sound off

Olympic send-off

Class notes for Jan. 8

The Steamboat Springs School Board will conduct a study session and public meeting Monday at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St.

Daisey Grace Holt

Daisey Grace Holt, daughter of Kacy Renee Holt and Gabriel Daniel Holt of Baggs, Wyo., was born at 8:48 a.m. Dec. 30, 2005. She weighed 8 pounds and 15 ounces and was 18 inches long. Her siblings are Alexis, Gabriel and Dakota. Her grandparents are Debra Liljedahl of Craig, James Holt of Baggs, Wyo., John Hazen of Russia, and Renee Hazen of Cedaredge.

Megan Isabelle Guire

Megan Isabelle Guire, daughter of Chris and Trevor Guire of Hayden, was born at 3:54 a.m. Nov. 29, 2005. She weighed 4 pounds and 5 ounces and was 16.5 inches long. Her siblings are Tanner and Brennan. Her grandparents are Mim and Bob Rapp of Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia, and Marilyn Guire of Hayden.

Ryanne Grace Catterson

Ryanne Grace Catterson, daughter of Angela and Christopher Catterson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:52 a.m. Dec. 28, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces and was 18 inches long. Her sibling is Liam Catterson. Her grandparents are Earlene and Edward Smith of Vergennes, Vt., Bruce Catterson of Huntington, N.Y., and Patricia Magnan of Kings Park, N.Y.

Parker Davis Ashley

Parker Davis Ashley, son of Cindy and Brian Ashley of Yampa, was born at 2:05 p.m. Dec. 1, 2005. He weighed 8.5 pounds and was 19.75 inches long. His siblings are Harrison and Spencer. His grandparents are Helen and Ernest Rezzonico of Hewitt, N.J., and Mary and Silas Ashley of Petersburg, Ind.

Jemma Casey Dinges

Jemma Casey Dinges, daughter of Elisha and Matt Dinges of Stagecoach, was born at 4:01 a.m. Dec. 28, 2005. She weighed 7.5 pounds and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Vicki and Ron Dinges of Mendota, Ill., and Geoff Cross of Brisbane, Australia.

Grace Elizabeth Brice

Grace Elizabeth Brice, daughter of Bettina and Rex Brice of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:15 a.m. Dec. 28, 2005. She weighed 5 pounds and 13 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Transactions for Dec. 24 to Dec. 31


Building Permits for Dec. 26 to 30


Finding passion in stained glass

Oak Creek man's job as apprentice helped him discover lifelong hobby and career

Paul Carter Rutledge never expected a job working as an apprentice in a stained-glass shop in Kansas would lead him to his passion.

The Record for Jan. 8

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

Friday, January 6

Young actors learn the ropes at workshops

Out of an invisible magic box that sat on the floor in front of her, Sara Stout pulled an imaginary scooter that she "rode" across the room, grasping handlebars with her hands and kicking the air with her legs.

The Record for Jan. 7

Thursday, Jan. 5 12:23 a.m. A taxi driver in the 800 block of Larimer Street reported a woman couldn't pay her taxi fare because her credit card could not be processed. A member of the woman's family paid the fare.

Steamboat Springs trio places in slalom race

Lauren Letson stopped just short of saying she and her teammates could ski the face of Howelsen Hill blindfolded.

Departures outnumber arrivals

The pendulum has swung, and departing airline passengers outnumbered arrivals Friday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Sailors' streak snapped

Air Academy takes down Steamboat, 1-0

For three periods on Friday night, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team did everything possible to extend the team's winning streak.

Oak Creek ready to hire town clerk

The Oak Creek Town Board will announce a town clerk Tuesday after interviews with the potential candidates Monday.

Bartender accused of theft

A bartender was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of stealing more than $700 from a tent he was working at during a Musicfest concert.

DA questions attorney's competency

Attorney Heather Turner's legal troubles escalated Thursday night when she was arrested at her Hayden home on a bench warrant issued after she failed to appear in court.

News in brief for Jan. 7

Suicide support group meets once a month

Young skiers take to trail

Anna Anderson was tired.

City profiles ideal manager

Council says official should be savvy, flexible, up for challenge

Steamboat Springs' next city manager should be savvy, flexible and willing to challenge the City Council, council members said Thursday during their daylong retreat.

Thursday, January 5

Bridging the divide

Leaders hope discussion will defuse differences

For more than a year, the religious leaders of Steamboat Springs have been meeting to discuss and understand one another's belief systems. On Thursday, for the first time, they will open the discussion to the community. This initial dialogue, they hope, will become the basis for quarterly panels dedicated to facets of spiritual experience.

District staff members see a chance for change

As bargaining begins for teacher and staff contracts for the 2006-07 school year, several employees of the Steamboat Springs School District say pay increases are needed.

Arrested kicks off Ski Jam

Since Arrested Development disbanded in the '90s, hip-hop has changed. It has more mainstream exposure than it did during the group's first go around.

Music calendar for Jan. 6-12

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

Rock 'n' roll fantasy

There's a spirit that came on stage with the hair bands of the 1980s, left with them and has never returned. That is why we must revisit it again and again through heavy metal tribute bands.

On Scene for Jan. 6

For the first time in a long time, I was counting the songs to make sure I got my money's worth before I left the show. If a band is boring, I usually follow the $1 per song equation. I force myself to listen until the scales are balanced, then I drag my disappointed ears home.

CD Reviews for Jan. 6

I had to have someone tell me what I was listening to. I never would have guessed that "Tiny Cities" was an entire album of Modest Mouse covers because it sounds nothing like the original. In this record, the Mouse's music is heard as if the Earth were rotating backward, as if time slowed and everything was filtered through the eyes of an acoustic guitar.

Autumn Phillips: Anonymity in flight

Upgrade me. Upgrade me. Upgrade me. I was sending psychic vibrations to the oblivious guy behind the Continental Airlines counter when my concentration was interrupted.

Planners discuss housing

Commission debates zoning ordinance proposal

Steamboat Springs planning commissioners spent more than four hours hashing through an affordable-housing ordinance on Thursday night.

Busy weekend

Prep sports begin after holiday break

High school sports resume this week, and for prep teams, the real season starts. Although December games and matches count in the overall record, the league seasons begin this weekend, and league records go a long way in determining postseason seedings and success.

Arts calendar for Jan. 6

Saturday ¤ A dedication ceremony for "Steamboat Spirit" by sculptor George Lundeen will be held at 3 p.m. at Howelsen Hill. The life-size bronze was created in honor of the junior athletes of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. A small version of the statue is on display and for sale at the Wild Horse Gallery in the Steamboat Sheraton Resort Hotel. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ashley Stamp Scholarship Fund. Call 879-7660.

Lasting legacy

Sculpture commemorates junior athletes

If you want to leave a lasting legacy, leave it in bronze. Long after the artist and the object of a bronze sculpture are gone, the artwork will remain.

Autumn's picks for Jan. 6

¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5500 Why you should go: I walked by Chaps the other day and saw Steve Boynton playing to an empty room. I thought to myself, "Why is the best guitar player in Steamboat playing to no one?"

Council sets priorities

Some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council have two years left in their terms; the others have four. Council members, however, looked beyond their terms to set priorities reaching as far as five years from now.

County gets a new trooper

After spending a few years teaching physical education and science in Japan and working as a private security officer in Denver, Tonja Cowan decided she was ready for a change.

Three more say they were groped

Three more women have accused a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man of groping them, police said. The man already is charged with groping a 15-year-old girl.

Wednesday, January 4

Sergeant to run for sheriff

One day after Routt County Sheriff John Warner announced he would not be running for sheriff, Routt County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ray Birch said he was.

Staff salary, contract negotiations today

Salary and contract negotiations for next year's school district staff are scheduled to begin tonight.

Commission to discuss affordable housing

Steamboat Springs planning commissioners will have a special meeting tonight to discuss affordable housing.

The Record for Jan. 5

Tuesday, Dec. 3 12:07 a.m. Two people in the 3100 block of Ingles Lane reportedly were arguing loudly. The residents of the home were advised to keep their shouting down.

Man pleads guilty to stealing snowboard

A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty in Routt County District Court on Wednesday to stealing a snowboard and possessing less than 1 gram of cocaine.

Texas fans keep airport busy

January traffic makes a big impression on airport veteran

Hook 'em Horns was the mantra of the day at Yampa Valley Regional Airport at midday Wednesday. Excited young travelers deplaned from Houston and Dallas in time to check into their condos and watch tonight's Rose Bowl tilt between the University of Texas and the University of Southern California.

School bus ads raise debate

Steamboat Springs school officials soon may be talking about following a neighbor's lead and allowing advertisements on buses.

News in brief for Jan. 5

Rabbit Ears Pass closes Wednesday afternoon Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for about two hours on Wednesday afternoon because of inclement weather and a jack-knifed semi-trailer.

Best of both worlds

Residents enjoy ice rink in winter, basketball court in summer

Residents living west of Steamboat Springs have 5,000 square feet of fun to enjoy year-round.

Free-heeled run arrives at Howelsen

Howelsen Hill has been the site of many rodeos during the years, but very few of them have been scheduled for January.

Man facing marijuana charges arrested

An 18-year-old Colorado Mountain College student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion he stole about $2,000 worth of ski and snowboarding equipment from a business where he worked.

Man pleads guilty to possession of psilocybin

A Wheat Ridge man accused of numerous drug infractions pleaded guilty in Routt County District Court on Wednesday to possessing less than 1 gram of psilocybin, a hallucinogen derived from mushrooms.


Steamboat defeats rival Battle Mountain for first time

Between the second and third periods of the Steamboat Springs hockey team's game, Aretha Franklin's hit "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" began blaring from the Howelsen Ice Arena rafters.

Tuesday, January 3

Jumping series kicks off today

Brendan Doran was only 10 years old when he made a decision that would change his life.

Our View: Stick up for development standards

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and the city's planning staff should be commended for sticking to their guns in April, when developers proposed a project -- anchored by a 14,820-square-foot Walgreens store -- that didn't measure up to the city's "big-box" ordinance.

Bill Marolt: Thanks from ski team

On behalf of our entire U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, I would like to extend my thanks to the Steamboat Springs community for its support of our recent U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This was truly an outstanding event with tremendous support from the community in terms of event organization and spectator support.

Kenneth Michael White: Not that simple

The case of Don Nord (Steamboat Pilot & Today, Jan. 1) is more complex than the rule that Congress is superior to the states and therefore state officials can enforce federal drug prohibition against medical marijuana patients.

Sheriff will not run for 4th term

After serving 12 years as Routt County sheriff, John Warner will not seek a fourth term.

Shuttle bus collides with dump truck

Slick roads and excessive speed caused a shuttle bus operated by Alpine Taxi to collide with a dump truck Tuesday, closing a portion of Walton Creek Road for about an hour, police officers said. No one was injured in the accident.

Coal mine works at safety

As rescuers searched Tuesday for workers trapped in a West Virginia coal mine, a local administrator praised the safety record and procedures at a coal mine in Routt County.

New Year's baby marks first birth of 2006 in city

Couple's fourth child arrives weeks ahead of schedule

Jackie Cardenas was waiting tables at her sister-in-law's restaurant Friday when she felt the first contraction. That contraction started a two-day labor process that brought Zachary James into the world.

Freestyle skiers get testy

Athletes get practice at regional meet

Last week, the best freestyle skiers in the country came to the U.S. Team Trials looking for a chance to go to the 2006 Winter Games.

The Record for Jan. 4

Monday, Jan. 2 12:42 a.m. A man reported a dog bite in the 3000 block of Aspenwood Drive.

Briefs for Jan. 4

Man faces charges instolen ski pass incident Steamboat Springs police have identified the man who reportedly stole a one-day ski pass from a 12-year-old girl Sunday.

Ice rink off to a bumpy season

Last winter, high temperatures prevented the Hayden Parks and Recreation Department from opening the town's portable ice skating rink.

Harland Ranney: Snow problem

My family spent four pleasant days in Steamboat Springs during Christmas week. Because my wife and I don't ski, we spent time shopping and dining downtown, which, I am sure, is music to the ears of merchants and restaurant owners. So I was surprised that Steamboat Springs is so lax regarding sidewalk snow removal.

Winter's tale of the tape

December snowfall cracks into top 5

December snowfall totals at Steamboat Ski Area ranked among the top five in the past 25 years. The ski area received 94 inches at mid-mountain in the past month.

Monday, January 2

Girls' quick actions save life

Children knew address, how to dial 911

Nine-year-old Lena Barker was able to save her brother's life because she had two pieces of information: She knew how to dial 911 and she knew her address.

Trios, quartets push young musicians to improve

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra is making a push to ensure all available community resources go into creating the best possible learning experience for local music students.

Sailors back on the ice

A perfect start is great, but the Steamboat Springs hockey team wants more than five wins this season. Instead of using the extended holiday break to rest, the Sailors (5-0 overall) have been skating whenever they can get ice time. This time of year, with Howelsen Ice Arena booked for public skates and holiday ice shows, Steamboat's players made the 80-minute round-trip drive to Craig's rink to stay in shape.

Sunday, January 1

The Record for Jan. 3

12:12 a.m. Vehicles reportedly were parking in the middle of the street in the 1300 block of Blue Sage Drive. 12:37 a.m. Vandalism was reported after a snowball broke a car window in Ski Time Square. 1:06 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Jan. 2

The price of a first-class stamp from the U.S. Postal Service will increase to 39 cents from 37 cents on Jan. 8. The postcard rate will increase one cent to 24 cents the same day.

Club gets pilots off ground

Aviators can access plane without having to buy one

When Bob Maddox learned to fly at Bob Adams Field in 1978, there were planes to rent and options for a young man who didn't own plane. But that was decades ago, and rising insurance costs have changed all that.

Back to civilian life

After five tours of duty, man returns to Hayden

A torn bumper sticker on Alex Epp's Ford Taurus reads "Support Our Troops." In the past few years, the bumper sticker has become a familiar sight, but on Sunday afternoon, as Epp drove the car through the streets of Hayden, the sticker took on deeper significance.

Briefs for Jan. 3

Yampa River State Park, two miles west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40, will have a full-moon ski and skate open house from 2 to 8 p.m. Jan 14. Visitors can cross-country ski on a groomed nature trail, skate on a pond and enjoy roasted hotdogs, hot cocoa and coffee. Visitors also are encouraged to take ingredients for s'mores, which they can roast around a fire.

The Record for Jan. 2

12:19 a.m. Property was reported found in the 800 block of Yampa Street. 12:27 a.m. A theft was reported at the Gondola Transit Center. 12:50 a.m. A burglar alarm sounded in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Tom Ross: 'Stand back! I'm with a condo delivery service!'

New Year's grocery shopping fails to live up to fearsome reputation

"Stand back! I'm with a condo delivery service!" My sources tell me those bold words were spoken in an authoritative tone at one of the local grocery stores this week. I know, it sounds far-fetched. However, a reliable source, one who insisted on anonymity, told me that a Dec. 28 trip to the grocery store in Steamboat Springs had a lot in common with a rewards challenge on Survivor.