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Monday, July 31

Nation: Morning-after pill entangles FDA nominee

The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration told his confirmation hearing Tuesday that his decision to revive consideration of over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill was based on science, not politics.

Price tag: nearly $30M

Board ponders future of Steamboat Springs elementary schools

The Steamboat Springs School Board has until the end of August to decide whether it will ask taxpayers to support an estimated $30 million bond issue.

Injured animals find care at local organization

Young antelope rescued from hotel room among 18 creatures at Born Free Wildlife

Tracey Bye wants to help wildlife. She has been aiding in the recovery of hundreds of animals for 14 years.

Candidates coming to town

County Democrats, Republicans have several upcoming events

The two leading candidates for governor are scheduled to visit Steamboat Springs this week.

World: Israel expands ground offensive

Heavy ground fighting raged Tuesday near a border village and Israel resumed frequent airstrikes after it decided, in a major expansion of its offensive, to send thousands more troops deeper into Lebanon.

New face on water board

Jim Randall appointed by Mount Werner Water District

The Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District has appointed Jim Randall to its board of directors.

Briefs for Aug. 1

Fire restrictions were lifted recently for the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops Wilderness areas only. The restrictions were lifted because the areas have received enough moisture to reduce the fire danger. Restrictions remain in effect on the rest of the Routt National Forest. Fireworks are never allowed on national forests.

Water restrictions lifted

A malfunction at Hayden's water plant Sunday meant weekend chores such as washing the car and watering the lawn had to be put on hold.

Thieves targeting copper

Metal being sold to salvage yards for $4 per pound

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is warning construction workers and building suppliers to secure their copper.

Testing the best

Combined Championships open for entries

The Steamboat Springs Combined Club Championships are still more than a month away, but golfers who want to secure their spot can sign up now at the Haymaker Golf Course.

Leading the Cowboys

Steamboat golfer has goals for senior season at Wyoming

In high school Jeff Franks toyed with football, dished it out in hockey, and spent some time on the diamond playing baseball.

World: Castro temporarily cedes power

Fidel Castro, who has wielded absolute power over Cuba and defied the United States for nearly a half century, was recovering from intestinal surgery Tuesday, his allies said, after temporarily turning over authority to his brother Raul.

Local: Rain boosts river flows

The nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain that fell Monday was enough to bump flows in the Yampa River at Steamboat Springs up to historical averages for the first day of August.

Local: Snap, crackle, but no pop

Arts Council introduces new tasting sensations

If you haven't already experienced canned champagne, Wednesday night is your opportunity to crack open a new trend.

Sunday, July 30

Local: Thieves targeting copper

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is warning construction workers and building suppliers to secure their copper.

Bell to focus on media politics

Former White House correspondent to speak Thursday

As a former war correspondent in Vietnam and Cambodia and a former White House correspondent during the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations, Steve Bell has been as involved in American politics as a journalist can be.

Monday Medical: Diabetes treatment breakthrough

Inhaled insulin, a breakthrough in diabetes treatment, will be hitting the pharmacy shelves soon. Inhaled insulin, or Exubera (manufactured by Pfizer, Inc.), is a powder form of insulin, which is delivered by an inhaler device that is made specifically for this type of insulin. Exubera is taken prior to meals, in order to manage blood glucose levels during and after meals.

The record for July 29

Saturday, July 29

District facility upgrades begin

Hayden School Board awards phone bid to ICS

Broken clocks, outdated phone systems and old door locks have plagued the Hayden School District for years.

Flutist crosses from jazz to classical

There are few musicians who effortlessly cross the line between jazz and classical. And when they do, they are typically guitar players or pianists.

Jake Flax: This is a real job; it's a lot of work

I started working here two weeks ago. I don't think I've ever worn so many collared shirts in my life. This is a real job.

Local team can't keep up

For three quarters Sunday the Steamboat Bonesaws Lacrosse team battled back and forth with Marrakech Cafe.

High school team sees where it stands in Vegas

It's not always about wins and losses.

Nation: California, Britain to unite on global warming

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced an agreement Monday to bypass the Bush administration and work together to explore ways of fighting global warming.

World: Lebanese civilians flee during halt in Israeli airstrikes

Lebanese fled north in overflowing trucks and cars Monday, taking advantage of a lull in Israeli bombardment. Israel's prime minister took a tough line, apologizing for the deaths of dozens of Lebanese civilians in a single strike but declaring there will be no cease-fire.

State: Owens signs illegal immigration crackdown bill

Gov. Bill Owens signed a tough package of immigration laws on Monday that could force 1 million people receiving state and federal benefits to prove they are U.S. citizens.

Briefs for July 31

The Steamboat Springs School Board has a light agenda for its special study session at 4 p.m. today at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center.

Local: Randall named to water board

The Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District appointed Jim Randall to its board of directors Monday.

Saturday, July 29

Construction at a standstill

Main Street headaches delayed until '09

Downtown businesses are breathing a sigh of relief after the Colorado Department of Transportation pushed back major work on Lincoln Avenue.

Business briefs for July 30

Routt County Fair officials are accepting applications for vendors. The fair, from Aug. 11-20, has relocated its vendor space, and the midway is almost full. A few spots remain for interested vendors, including sellers of arts and crafts, home-based businesses or political parties.

Milner goes affordable

David Combs plans to add 13 manufactured homes

A local developer is again stepping up to the affordable housing plate. Longtime Yampa Valley resident David Combs has purchased 28 lots in Milner west of Steamboat along U.S. Highway 40. Combs said 13 homes could be built on the lots and his goal is to create affordable housing for working families in Routt County.

First in time | first in place

Water demands changing ranchers' traditional way of life

Dick Palmer couldn't recall when he cut his left forearm. "You mean this?" he asked on a clear morning in late May, glancing at an inch-long, bright red gash just above the roll of his sleeve. "I don't know when that happened," he said. "I do it all the time."

Darrell Hoaglund

1933-2006

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

Transactions for July 17-25

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $35,898,800

Raymond r. klumker: 1917--2006

Former Routt County resident Raymond R. Klumker died July 21, 2006, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing in Meeker. He was 88.

Anna Louise Stettner: 1908--2006

Longtime Routt County resident Anna Louise Stettner died July 20, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 98.

John James Kittel: 1923--2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident John James Kittel died May 11, 2006, in Palisade. He was 82.

Bobby j. wood:1920--2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Bobby J. Wood died Dec. 13, 2005, in Dalton, Mass. He was 85.

Sound off for July 30

The truth hurts

John Spezia: Clarification needed

The Pilot & Today's first article in a series of six about the Yampa River needs a few clarifications to start the reader off with the reality of how much water there really is in the Colorado River system.

Karen Halterman: Taken out of context

I wish to address the article contained in the July 23 edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today regarding the town of Oak Creek's finances.

Alex Schoder: High-income needs

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

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association staff: Holiday confusion

The decision to drop the name "Rainbow Weekend" from the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park Weekend was made by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association marketing department on April 25, 2006, long before the Rainbow Family of Living Light announced they would be coming to the Routt National Forest.

Jim McPhilliamy: Speak with victims

I read with frustration Bob Herbert's commentary on "Leading to the low ground." It indeed made me feel low.

Thrift store is new and improved

Brand Spankin' Used finds roomier location

Janine Pierce didn't know what she was getting into when she decided to take a chance and expand her Oak Creek thrift store.

Our View: 'Payments in lieu' must be clarified by city

The recent debate over Wildhorse Meadows exposes some weaknesses in the city of Steamboat Springs' inclusionary zoning ordinance for affordable housing.

Little League builds a foundation

With all three Steamboat Springs Little League divisions playing championship games Saturday at the Emerald Park fields, the Junior League Yankees and Angels staged an extra-inning, back and forth game.

Texas at home in the 'Boat

Triple Crown not just about baseball

Whoever said things are bigger in Texas must have been talking about the Houston Avengers.

Bonesaws crushed

Local lacrosse team looks to rebound

For the better part of the second half of its game Saturday, the Steamboat Bonesaws men's lacrosse team out-hustled, out-shot and out-played the Denver Altitude.

Queens of aces

Hole in one just part of the game for local women

Most golfers will go a lifetime never knowing the feeling that comes from hitting a hole in one.

Construction at a stand still

Main Street headaches delayed until '09

Downtown businesses are breathing a sigh of relief after the Colorado Department of Transportation pushed back major work on Lincoln Avenue.

John F. Russell: Legacy lives on

Young golfers crowded the putting green, waiting for their chance to step up to the tee box Wednesday afternoon.

The fox and the bulldozer

Stagecoach residents worried about the fate of local fox dens

Every morning, Sherry and Fred Schupner watch foxes play from the back deck of their home in Stagecoach. But the encroaching construction of a new housing development threatens their wild friends.

Countdown to primary

Sheriff's candidates prepare for the final stretch of race

For the past two weeks, Republican Routt County sheriff candidates Ray Birch and Garrett Wiggins have ridden horses in parades, spoken to voters at four public forums and worked lots of neighborhoods in preparation for the Aug. 8 primary.

Endless summer

Aspen study: Global warming could end skiing

Environmental dangers aren't always readily apparent in a small, remote community nestled in a lush green valley surrounded by mountains.

Keane Ballen Snider

Keane Ballen Snider, son of Fran and Jeff Snider, was born at 12:49 a.m. July 17, 2006.

Rachelle Nicole Dudley

Rachelle Nicole Dudley, daughter of Brandi and Jeremy Dudley, was born at 8:13 a.m. July 17, 2006.

Rylee Daniel Lynn Wall

Rylee Daniel Lynn Wall, son of Camilla and Kirk Wall, was born at 1:42 a.m. July 28, 2006.

Jonah Lee Hunt

Jonah Lee Hunt, son of Candace Nicole Hunt, was born at 12:01 a.m. on July 20, 2006.

Rainey Lynn Reinie

Rainey Lynn Reinier, daughter of Jenni and Leland Reinier, was born at 12:46 a.m. July 25, 2006.

Celestial News with Jimmy Westlake

Late July and early August usually are the hottest, sultriest weeks of the summer for much of the northern hemisphere. This stretch of sizzling temperatures has been referred to for centuries as "the dog days of summer," but most folks use this phrase without really knowing what it means or where it came from.

Pendleton-Maddox

Becky Pendleton, daughter of Lynn and Mary Ann Pendleton of Laramie, Wyo., is engaged to be married to Aaron Maddox, son of Bob and Cindy Maddox of Steamboat Springs.

Williamson-Plute

Tom and Pat Williamson of Steamboat Springs, Colo., announce the engagement of their daughter Terra to Edward Plute III.

Haily Grace Jarvis

Haily Grace Jarvis, daughter of Darla and Joseph Jarvis, was born at 12:29 p.m. July 16, 2006.

Nothing tops a bottle of wine quite like this

Wineries trading corks for screw caps

Jamie Jenny, sommelier at one of Steamboat's most elegant restaurants, loves screw-cap wine.

Friday, July 28

Room gets scarce

Weekend bookings up, make lodging harder to find

Book your room now and plan ahead is the advice being given to anyone who might be considering a getaway to Steamboat Springs.

Little League, take two

Teams to get second shot in tourney

Even after disappointing losses last weekend in Grand Junction, several Steamboat Little League teams will get a second chance to take home a championship today.

Alpine Bank accepting 'Tools'

School program gathers supplies for low-income students

During August, Alpine Banks of Colorado will help local school children by collecting school supply donations.

Philanthropists recognized

Askews, Steamboat Resorts receive top honors at event

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has honored Pres and Patti Askew and Steamboat Resorts as the individual and business philanthropists of the year.

The Record for July 27

12:26 a.m. A 30-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing after he reportedly walked up to two people at a bar and threatened that he "was going to kill them with a knife."

News in brief for July 29

Voters, families invited to attend Candidates Picnic All voters and their families are invited to a Candidates Picnic at 1 p.m. Aug. 12 on the lawn between Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Steamboat Springs Community Center. There will be free watermelon, drinks, popcorn and cookies. Take lunch and blankets.

Weekend heat won't last

Dropping temperatures, rain predicted for next week

With today's forecasted afternoon highs to reach 93 degrees (two degrees shy of the 1934 record) and news of heat wave-related deaths in central California, many Routt County residents may be preparing unnecessarily for summer's dog days.

No delays at this airport

Construction of regional airport addition appears on track

The third time was a charm for laying asphalt that can handle a Boeing 757 at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Cowboy heart

After transplant, team roper back in saddle

Nine years ago, Ryan Rochlitz was diagnosed with Idiopathic Cardio Myopathy and told that he had three months to live. Receiving a heart through the Donor Alliance, a Colorado and Wyoming organ procurement organization, Rochlitz underwent heart transplant surgery on Oct. 5, 1997.

Local dogs fetch awards in Longmont

Russell terriers, Quick and Baxter, constant winners in the West

Quick and Baxter aren't your average Russell terriers.

Dave Shively: Routt County Rite

Moving to Steamboat Springs from Durango last fall, I was a little disappointed to learn that the highest point in the county was only 12,180 feet. Often working near Silverton, much of my time was spent in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, home to 13 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks -- not that I ever climbed any of them, with the exception of Handies Peak, which doesn't really count. With parking at over 11,000 feet, a lot of folks, including runners in the Hardrock 100 ultramarathon, jog up Handies Peak. It's easy enough that you expect there to be a gift shop with flavored oxygen and nacho cheese at the top, kind of like Pikes Peak.

Man convicted of possession

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man was convicted of possessing less than 1 gram of methamphetamine Friday.

Man arrested after allegedly assaulting boy

A 51-year-old Arizona man was arrested on suspicion of hitting a 12-year-old boy in the arm with a baseball bat after the boy reportedly hit the man's wife in the head with a Wiffle ball during a game Thursday.

Racing by night

Raft racing quietly booming in Colorado

Every summer, a distinct seasonal subculture of semi-employed river guides migrate to the Arkansas River Valley, Colorado's capital of commercial rafting.

Lacrosse team prepares for tourney

The Steamboat Springs men's lacrosse team is hosting the third annual Steamboat Invitational tournament this weekend. Six teams are scheduled to play 11 games today and Sunday.

Thursday, July 27

Music calendar for July 28

¤ Rocky Mountain Conservatory presents a faculty recital When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cost: Free Call: 879-1350, ext. 13

Cowboy monkeys hit rodeo grounds

Tim Lepard's rodeo specialty show typically features border collies saddled and ridden by white-throated Capuchin monkeys, which herd a group of sheep onto Lepard's signature "Wild Thang" Dodge truck.

On Scene

The difference between Ski Time Square and the downtown night scene is a tale of two cities.

Un tiempo bueno

Los Lobos played music to please every type of audience member

Thursday night's free concert brought long lines of illegally parked cars, long food lines, long beer lines and long bathroom lines.

Briefs for July 28

Construction to repair a concrete and steel girder bridge on Colorado Highway 131 in Oak Creek is scheduled to begin Wednesday (Aug. 2), Colorado Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday.

The Record for July 28

9:28 a.m. A lightning bolt reportedly caught a pine tree on fire near the Catamount Golf Course. Firefighters cut the tree down, chopped it up and extinguished the fire.

Bleuer appointed to board

Former Oak Creek trustee chosen to replace Paxton

Former Oak Creek trustee Tom Bleuer was appointed to the Town Board on Thursday to fill a vacancy created by Bill Paxton's July 14 resignation.

Train-chasing trio hits town

Eric's Big Adventure passes through Steamboat

Eric Stephens has a system. Five days a month he sets his alarm for 6 a.m., so, on an empty stomach, he can choke down a 420-milligram chemotherapy pill. Stephens, 35, then, falls back to sleep and wakes up at 10 or 11 a.m.

Tee time

Fall sports programs ready for new season

Steamboat Springs High School's fall sports teams will start their practices next month in preparation for their approaching seasons.

Cheap n' Cheesy does it

Arts council to throw wine-tasting party

If you haven't already experienced canned champagne, Wednesday night is your opportunity to crack open a new trend.

Club hosts Classic Car show

Free event by Steamboat Car club is on Sunday

Classic car enthusiasts should make plans to stop by the Steamboat Classic Car Show and Parts Swap on Sunday.

Strong showing for swimmers

Steamboat team wins U-8 championship, takes fourth overall

Having to compete against teams able to train year-round has not been easy for Steamboat Springs' summer youth swim team. But despite the apparent disadvantage, Steamboat had an impressive showing last weekend at the Western Slope League Championships in Aspen, placing fourth overall in a field of 15 teams.

Deb Babcock: Weeds can look like other plants and ruin a garden

My fellow volunteers at the Yampa River Botanic Park have commented often on how closely some weeds resemble the plants they grow closest to.

Sales tax revenues rising

May receipts up 14 percent compared to same period last year

The tail end of mud season proved to be lucrative for Steamboat Springs in terms of sales tax revenues.

World: Hezbollah launches deepest rocket attack yet

Hezbollah launched a new kind of rocket Friday that made its deepest strike into Israel yet, while Israeli warplanes and artillery blasted apartment buildings and roads gunning for guerrillas.

Nation: GOP couples minimum wage increase, estate tax cut

Republican leaders are willing to allow the first minimum wage increase in a decade but only if it's coupled with a cut in future inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, congressional aides said Friday.

State: Colorado killer's claims a tour of murder, mayhem

Robert Charles Browne says he shot some of his victims and strangled others, in one case with a pair of leather shoelaces. He knocked out one woman with ether, then used an ice pick on her. He put a rag soaked in ant killer over another victim's face and stabbed her nearly 30 times with a screwdriver.

Local: Steamboat Little League season coming to a close

Even after disappointing losses last weekend in Grand Junction, several of the Steamboat Little League teams will get a second chance to take home a championship today.

World: Bush, Blair back multinational force

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday they want an international force dispatched quickly to the Mideast but said any plan to end the fighting must address long-running regional disputes to be effective.

Routt board lifts fire ban

Decision applies only to private land, not public

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to lift the fire ban on all private areas in the county.

Out of the woodwork

Artist fine-tunes craft with inspiration from natural world

Woodworker David Winters still has all 10 of his fingers, and he plans to keep it that way.

'Tommy' dark but positive

Most of the students in Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp's production of The Who's "Tommy" are playing the parts of between three and six characters.

More than notes

Students learn to incorporate life skills into musical repertoire

Ernest Richardson teaches his music students to train as if they were athletes. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves physically and musically as part of his six-week program at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory at The Lowell Whiteman School. They learn how to face and overcome doubt and accept failure as part of the musician's experience.

Hurry, it's The Last Call

Band members find their sound, reconnect during summer

The Last Call will be playing its biggest venue Sunday night since its inception. Members of the band fear they will not be able to fill the 170 seats in the Steamboat Mountain Theater.

A day in the life

Youth Festival portrays the trials and tribulations of a middle school student

Musical theater staff member Mark Fifer said he weeped during the first two minutes of "Go the Distance," and then he couldn't stop crying.

Art opportunities for July 28

¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2007. To commemorate what is sometimes referred to as the Emerald Anniversary, the arts council is seeking artwork to be considered for a poster that will be the artistic design and branding for the anniversary.

Wednesday, July 26

Attendance policy approved

Hayden High School students, parents will be accountable

The Hayden High School Improvement Team and the Hayden School Board believe attendance is the responsibility of the student and the parent or parents.

Hayden project moves forward

Plans for a mixed-use development in Hayden likely will be finalized and approved during the Hayden Planning Commission meeting Thursday.

Sports: Landis denies cheating to win Tour de France

American cyclist Floyd Landis denied that he cheated to win the Tour de France, but said Thursday that his career will forever be stained by his positive test for high testosterone during the sport's premiere event.

State: Colorado killer claims responsibility for 49 slayings

A man serving a life sentence in Colorado for murdering a teenage girl is claiming responsibility for nearly 50 slayings across the country dating back more than three decades, authorities said Thursday.

Youth golfers shine in tourney

Wednesday's round of golf may have made the decision a little easier for Steamboat Springs freshman-to-be Kaelen Gunderson.

Local: Sales tax revenues keep rising

The tail end of mud season proved to be lucrative for Steamboat Springs in terms of sales tax revenues.

World: Al-Zawahri threatens new attacks

Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader called Thursday for Muslims to unite in a holy war against Israel and to join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq."

Local: Fire ban lifted in Routt County

Routt County commissioners agreed today to lift the fire ban on all private areas in the county.

Oak Creek to appoint trustee

The Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to appoint an Oak Creek resident to replace former trustee Bill Paxton tonight.

The Record for July 25

Tuesday, July 25

DOW forced to put down injured bear

A two-year-old male bear suffering from "extensive and massive" head injuries was put down Tuesday morning, officials with the Colorado Division of Wildlife said Wednesday.

Realtors offer housing funds

Friday is deadline to submit applications for grant money

It usually isn't difficult to give money away.

No metropolitan district for Wildhorse

The Steamboat Springs City Council said "no" Tuesday night to a proposal that would have raised property taxes for future homeowners at the Wildhorse Meadows development.

Candidates: Community key

Strong relationships with county agencies crucial for sheriff's office

There were many things Republican sheriff candidates Ray Birch and Garrett Wiggins butted heads on during a forum Wednesday night, but they agreed that uniting Routt County residents behind the Sheriff's Office is important.

Briefs for July 27

Construction to repair a concrete and steel girder bridge on Colorado Highway 131 in Oak Creek is scheduled to begin Wednesday (Aug. 2), Colorado Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday.

Housing project proposed

City planners to discuss Walton Creek developments

Housing developments on Walton Creek Road and Tamarack Drive are nearing approval.

Rain extends softball season

For many teams in Steamboat Springs' adult recreational summer softball league, recent game cancellations due to evening thunderstorms mean the nine-week regular season will be extended.

The Record for July 27

12:59 a.m. A drunken man nearly ran over two Steamboat Springs police officers in the 3000 block of Village Drive. Police said the officers were called the break up a loud party and were nearly hit when they attempted to stop a man from driving while under the influence of alcohol. The officers jumped out of the way of the man's truck and were not injured. Police said they are attempting to find the man who nearly hit the officers.

Scott Stanford: Don't like Coulter? Read Dowd

I received an e-mail from a reader this week who said he and his colleagues would boycott businesses that advertise with the Steamboat Pilot & Today so long as we continue to carry Ann Coulter's columns.

Race-day Replay

Robinson, Campbell win Howelsen bike race

Last Wednesday, an evening storm drenched Howelsen Hill, turning participants away from the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike race after the adult divisions of the race were cancelled.

Boy rides in style

Sam Harrelson still has three years to go before he's eligible to have a learner's permit to drive a car in the state of Colorado, but that will not stop him from getting around town in style this summer.

Tuesday, July 25

Larry Brown: Fees affect tourism

As a summer renter of a Trappeur's Crossing property in Steamboat for the past five years, and a long-time visitor since 1974 to Steamboat Springs, I went today to see how my 1 percent lodging tax that benefits tourism was used at the Haymaker Golf Club (July 3, 2006 article).

Sheriff candidates concerned

County retention, recruiting problems discussed at forum

Having as few as two deputies -- sometimes only one -- patrolling the 2,400 square miles of Routt County has the sheriff's candidates concerned.

State: Growing number of women addicted to meth, expert says

Increasing numbers of Colorado women are becoming addicted to methamphetamine after turning to the drug to lose weight or find the energy to keep up with demanding lives, a health official says.

Nation: Jury finds Yates not guilty by reason of insanity

Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday in her second murder trial for the bathtub drownings of her young children.

Local: Construction continues on 131

Construction to repair a concrete and steel girder bridge in Oak Creek is scheduled to begin Aug. 2, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday.

Local: Oak Creek to appoint new trustee

The Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to appoint an Oak Creek resident to replace former trustee Bill Paxton's position on the board at its meeting Thursday.

The Record for July 26

12:54 a.m. A Steamboat Springs man reportedly was "beaten up and jumped" in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police said an employee of a nearby restaurant reportedly found the drunken man and called police. The man was taken to the hospital, and the incident is under investigation.

Briefs for July 26

Steamboat Springs' Michelle Hess was awarded the Kodaly Certificate for professional music educators from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis.

Antonio R. Marxuach: Doing my part

Last night after work I pedaled my cruiser over to the new theaters to catch the 5:45 showing of "Inconvenient Truth." Despite a raging headache and a frustrating workday I knew it would probably be my last opportunity to catch it before it left our local theater. My interest was not conversion as my devotion to the cause is already thorough. Simply stated, I hoped merely to further inform my understanding of what I believe to be humanity's highest calling.

Jim "Moose" Barrows: Motives behind petition

A petition is being circulated to propose a ballot issue in November to close the Steamboat Springs Airport. Before you sign such a petition please be aware of the following facts:

Our View: Will a committed volunteer please stand up?

Tom Miller-Freutel's decision to resign from the Steamboat Springs School Board just 13 months after his appointment is disappointing, but it also presents an opportunity for a committed community member willing to take on the demands of such an important position.

World: Mideast talks end without cease-fire

U.S., European and Arab officials holding crisis talks on Lebanon failed to agree Wednesday on an immediate plan to halt the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.

Sailor in last game

Labor to play in All-State game

Throughout her high school career, Kelly Labor has led her soccer team with talent, leadership and knowledge of the game.

Leaving his mark

Local junior tennis player ranked No. 1

Imposing isn't the first word that comes to mind when describing Jamey Swiggart.

Warehouse wonders

Hayden FBLA students place at national competition

Janna Hoza, Jess Martin and Dusty Zabel made $3.3 million managing a warehouse from a Hayden High School classroom.

Stagecoach goes high-speed

Zirkel uses 'green' energy to provide Internet service

Zirkel Wireless is offering high-speed Internet access to Stagecoach residents.

Man in fair condition after horse accident

A man who was thrown from and kicked by a horse Saturday on a trail off Seedhouse Road in North Routt County was listed in fair condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Tuesday.

Fire ban likely to be lifted

Restrictions could be removed Thursday morning

Routt County's fire ban likely will be lifted Thursday.

Rural areas seeing growth

New Phippsburg store, lots in Milner among developments

Rural towns in Routt County are growing along with Steamboat Springs.

Council approves housing

Wildhorse gets go-ahead to begin building

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved plans for Wildhorse Meadows Tuesday night, clearing the way for eventual construction of the massive, mixed-use development.

Board to spread the wealth

Meeting set tonight to distribute school grant funds

The clock in the Hayden School District's central office conference room doesn't work. The clock in the district's front office is fast.

Coffee break

Mocha Molly's changing hands, should reopen soon

The doors of Mocha Molly's, a popular local coffee shop, are closed, at least for the time being.

Monday, July 24

Nation: Senate passes interstate abortion bill

A bill that would make it a crime to take a pregnant girl across state lines for an abortion without her parents' knowledge passed the Senate Tuesday, but vast differences with the House version stood between the measure and President Bush's desk.

World: Israel tightens grip on Hezbollah stronghold

Israeli troops sealed off a Hezbollah stronghold and warplanes killed six people in a market city in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, while Beirut was pounded by new air strikes. Guerrillas fired rockets at northern Israel, killing a girl, as the two-week-old crisis showed no signs of letting up, despite frantic diplomatic efforts.

Triathlon Club hosts workshop today

Race participants interested in the August 27 Steamboat Springs Triathlon should know that the clock is ticking.

Little league looks ahead

Team learns from state losses

After winning the Junior League District 3 Finals, the Steamboat squad of 13- and 14-year-old Routt County baseball all-stars seemed poised to make a run at last weekend's state championship tournament in Thornton.

YVMC to host blood drive

Yampa Valley Medical Center will host a blood drive Thursday. The drive is from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the YVMC conference rooms.

The Record for July 25

9:51 p.m. During a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 40 at the Mount Werner exit ramp, police arrested a 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence and careless driving, and a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Briefs for July 25

Registration for girls fast-pitch softball is ongoing at the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation office. Girls between 10 and 14 years are eligible for the league, which runs from mid-August through mid-October. Registration is ongoing until Aug. 9 or until the program fills. The $60 registration fee includes uniform top, hat, participation medals and use of equipment and fields. Call 879-4300 with questions.

Manke new District 1 representative

Having two young children can spark a parent's interest in education. So can living next to a South Routt School Board member.

Man killed by truck ID'd

Coroner releases name, continues search for family members

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg has identified the man who died after being struck by a truck Saturday night as Timothy Nolan of Steamboat Springs.

A step closer to construction

Riverwalk, Wildhorse Meadows on City Council table tonight

Nearly in step with each other, two large-scale Steamboat Springs developments could be moving forward tonight.

Oak Creek receives boost with a big, fat check

Two grants, loan provided to fund wastewater treatment plant, replacement pipes

A town struggling with finances got a $3.2 million boost Monday.

Full-day K

Hayden offers new kindergarten option

There isn't one particular project Christine Epp is looking forward to completing or one specific field trip she would like to take.

Local: Man OK after horse accident

A man who was thrown from and kicked by a horse he was riding Saturday near Seedhouse Road in Clark was listed in fair condition at the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Local: Mocha Molly's closed for 'transition period'

The closing of a local coffee shop had many in downtown looking for an alternative source of their morning snack or cup of Joe.

State: Task force trying to fight meth 'plague'

Thornton police commander Lori Moriarty said she was stunned when the North Metro Task Force discovered a 10-year-old was living amid the dangerous fumes of a home meth lab -- and had somehow been overlooked on four previous raids.

Sunday, July 23

Monday Medical: A baby's first step to health

Choosing a pediatrician before birth has many benefits

Expectant parents have long lists of "things to do" to prepare for birth and parenthood.

County Agenda

Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners

Water lovers able to adapt

Wheelchairs traded for wakeboards

Two years ago, Vijay Viswanathan severed his spinal cord while rappelling at a rock-climbing site on the Front Range. He has used a wheelchair ever since.

Board seeks District 5 rep

Miller-Freutel's resignation opens seat, presidency

News of Steamboat Springs School Board President Tom Miller-Freutel's resignation caught Superintendent Donna Howell a little off guard.

Stagecoach store moves ahead

County commissioners also to discuss Heritage Park

Plans for a general store in Stagecoach may clear another hurdle this week.

Tom Ross: Neil Young still 'Rockin' in the Free World'

Most of my rock'n'roll heroes are rushing toward senior citizen status. But I rediscovered the passion and fire that characterized rock music in another era at Red Rocks Amphitheater on July 20.

Lathrop family aces event

Mixed Doubles Championships deemed a success

The Sunday finals matches at the Steamboat Springs Tennis Association's Mixed Doubles Championships were an active family affair.

Steamboat Little League squads fall short

Two Steamboat Springs Little League all-star teams that had secured District 3 championship titles last week saw their seasons end this weekend.

A bit of French Impressionism

French Impressionism. The name immediately brings to mind Monet, Renoir and Degas. But Debussy and Ravel?

Saturday, July 22

Democrat Gary Wall: Crusading for civil liberties

The winner of the Republican primary between Ray Birch and Garrett Wiggins will face Democrat Gary Wall in the general election.

Strings of success

Popular concert music series has grown from humble beginnings

On the morning that a city official said it wasn't acceptable to seat two people on the roof and two people on a chair, Strings in the Mountains founders Kay Clagett and Betse Grassby knew they had outgrown their first venue.

Into the next phase

Steamboat's Todd Lodwick, who recently retired as America's best Nordic combined skier, is busier than ever

He has traveled around the world for 13 years, but one of the most difficult journeys Todd Lodwick takes these days is just a short drive from his downtown home. The new father admits that dropping off his 5-month-old daughter, Charley, is more difficult than it was to climb aboard a plane when he wasn't jumping well for a long World Cup trip through Eastern Europe.

Get in shape with Mike McCannon

Mike McCannon is a personal trainer with Forever Fit of Steamboat Springs. His training career began 25 years ago, when he started designing workout regimens for friends. He soon discovered a passion for helping others achieve physical fitness.

Smart move

Steamboat's SmartWool a nice fit for Timberland

Gardner Flanigan's wife, Millie, forbids him from discussing his job in crowded public places such as airports. She isn't about to miss a flight because yet another enthusiastic stranger wants to demonstrate his version of the "SmartWool salute."

The good and the rad

Local BMX riders building courses, interest

If you want to ride BMX in Routt County, you need only one tool -- a shovel. Without a maintained public course to speak of, local riders create their own with dedicated grassroots grunt work. For a few separate groups of local enthusiasts hooked on riding the smaller, specialized bikes characterized by 20-inch wheels, the sport is experiencing a rebirth in popularity.

Welcome home

This is one of the reasons I came back to Steamboat Springs from Texas. I'm a newspaper editor. Most of the work I produce is in black and white and completed in one, 24-hour cycle. Other than reading them, I have no experience with magazines. But when Publisher Bryna Larsen told me she wanted to launch a magazine to go along with our news product, I thought it would be a great chance to do something new. And it was.

A magical place: Covered Bridge House

Imagine a bridge, water flowing underneath, as the entrance of a home. You can do so in the Steamboat Covered Bridge House, perhaps Steamboat's most renowned luxury home. The house sits on a high point overlooking the golf course at Catamount Ranch and Club with views of the Flat Tops and Walton Canyon. Pam Vanatta of Prudential Steamboat Realty has the home listed for $8.9 million.

Work from your patio

Telecommuting booming in Steamboat

This bombshell from Noreen Moore, business resource director for the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative: "Within six years, 40 percent of corporate workers will be location-neutral," said Moore, who recently completed an extensive study about the growth of location-neutral business and "telecommuting" in Routt County. Telecommuting means working via computer and telephone -- often at home -- for a company that is not located where you live.

Change on the horizon

Yampa River's abundant water won't be overlooked for long

The rules have changed. The increasing demand for water brought on by the booming population of Colorado and other Western states has forced new strategies for water management, and the Yampa River figures to play an important role.

Irrigation patterns evolving in Strawberry Park

Wayne Kakela, dressed in blue overalls and a straw hat, presides over a small corner of Routt County that serves as a microcosm for the changing use of water in a mountain resort town.

Challenges run deep

Standing in a high-mountain meadow on a June morning in the summer of his 94th year, John Fetcher likes what he sees. Sand Mountain -- and its lingering snowfields -- dominates the view from the upper Fetcher Ranch. Fetcher is irrigating his cattle pasture, and the world seems right. But the early summer breeze that rustles the willows along the creek whispers of changes to come.

Cooking with Chef Kate Rench

She's the starving artist who ended up in a kitchen. She's the chubby ice-cream-eating Buddha child who matured into a tall, skinny biker babe. And she can dance around the tiny kitchen of Cafe Diva as comfortably as she danced for an audience of 20,000 people at the Pepsi Center during a Prince concert.

Pick Up Sticks

Lacrosse flourishing among Steamboat's youths

Andy and Jake Flax haven't put their lacrosse sticks down in five years. As hockey players, the Flax brothers were intrigued by lacrosse, another stick sport, after their eighth-grade year, despite the sport's anonymity among boys in Steamboat Springs.

The new look of luxury

LPS developments changing valley landscape

Live music was a must when the listing real estate firm for Marabou Ranch planned a picnic this summer. Country Western recording artist Clay Walker, with no fewer than five No. 1 hit singles to his credit, was booked for the party by DMB Real Estate of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Joy Ride

Kayaking the run from Fish Creek Falls to the C-hole a thrilling experience

For the core of Steamboat's adrenaline addicts, Fish Creek Canyon runs much deeper than glossy tourism brochures flaunting a single picturesque fall.

Time for a new sheriff in town

The two Republicans battling for a chance to be Routt County's next sheriff are as different as night and day

Garrett Wiggins is a man of many talents. He has rebuilt classic cars, ranched in Florida, worked on an alligator farm, been a taxidermist and served as a police officer, a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy and the assistant plant manager at a large tobacco company. Ray Birch is an imposing man with a strong jaw and broad shoulders. To some, he appears intimidating. To Birch, it's just a façade.

Nation: Sniper shootings target vehicles on Indiana interstate

Sniper fire struck two pickup trucks along Interstate 65 in southern Indiana early Sunday, killing one person and injuring another, state police said.

Sports: American Landis wins Tour de France

The highs and lows of Floyd Landis' nail-biter of a bike race ended without a hitch Sunday as he won the Tour de France and kept cycling's most prestigious title in American hands for the eighth straight year.

World: Israeli warplanes hit minibus; Hezbollah rockets kill 2

Israeli warplanes struck a minibus carrying people fleeing the fighting Sunday in southern Lebanon, killing three people, Lebanese security officials said, and Hezbollah rockets killed two civilians in northern Israel.

Hitting hard at 15

Baseball talent showcased at Triple Crown quarterfinals

Cheering crowds and the classic sound of wooden bat to baseball echoed around Howelsen Hill on Saturday during the 15-and-younger Triple Crown World Series playoff games.

All mixed up

STA Mixed Doubles Championship finals today

At times, the Steam�--boat Springs Tennis Association's Mixed Doubles Championships seemed more like a social mixer than a cutthroat competition.

Carol J. Ward: Proud of Son

This letter is a response to the article "Mothers protest Bush visit" in Friday's Steamboat Today.

Alice Klauzer and Christine McKelvie: Get involved

As event sponsors of Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society fundraiser, we want to invite all who have survived cancer to the opening ceremonies and inspirational Survivors' Lap at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. The event will take place at the Steamboat Springs High School track. Survivors -- people and pets -- will be given free T-shirts, recognition and loving support.

Omar M. Campbell: Illegals are a threat

Thank you, Alan Matte, for your Letter to the Editor in the Sunday, May 28 Pilot & Today -- gleefully titled "Response to Omar" by the editors.

Our View: No guarantees with new ownership

The announcement that American Skiing Co. is selling the Steamboat Ski Area has created a buzz in the community.

'One step at a time'

Betsy Kalmeyer triumphs in Hardrock 100 again

As Steamboat Springs long-distance runner Betsy Kalmeyer crossed the finish line of the Hardrock 100 race last weekend, she was overcome with joy -- and relief.

John F. Russell: Saying thanks

As a reporter, I meet lots of people working to make a difference in our community.

Storm Mountain Coffee selected for national chef tasting

Storm Mountain Coffee Roasters owner Julie Spitzley is used to locals sampling her coffee with a smile, but she never expected someone to recommend her coffee for a national culinary event.

Scientists skeptical of new air pollution rules

The Bush administration might add to air pollution by making it easier for thousands of aging factories and plants to modernize, scientists say.

Weed whackers

Flea beetles feasting on non-native leafy spurge, helping contain weed

No larger than the head of a nail, the leafy spurge flea beetle doesn't appear capable of much. Things change, however, when you release thousands of the tiny insect.

Sound Off for July 23

I'm calling about the article in Sunday about "Immigration haze." Comunidad Integrada is seeking to locate 1,500 Spanish-speaking residents to Routt County. What will this do to affordable housing in our area? We already have a problem with that. And these new residents, where are they coming from? Why are they coming here? What are they doing to the wage scale for the people already here?

Paul Edward Fancler, 1941-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Paul Edward Fancler died July 8, 2006, surrounded by his family at Loyola University Hospital in Chicago, after a courageous battle against leukemia. He was 65.

Earl Reed "Jr" Crowner, 1916-2006

Former longtime Yampa resident Earl Reed "Jr" Crowner died June 29, 2006, at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction. He was 89.

Don A. Erwin, 1927-2006

Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Don A. Erwin died July 18, 2006, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kan. He was 78.

The Record for July 23

7:52 p.m. A woman in the 2500 block of Village Drive was concerned that her husband was missing. The woman told police it was not uncommon for her husband to disappear for long periods of time without telling anyone but that he had been gone longer than usual. A report was taken.

A parade of success

Shriners in cars a feature of this year's Colorado Days

Hayden resident Ashley Walden hasn't been to every Colorado Days event, but she was pretty sure Saturday's Colorado Days parade was the best the town's ever had.

The bottom line

Oak Creek struggles to gain better financial footing

In a small town like Oak Creek, everyone seems to know everyone else's business. Except, that is, for the town's business.

Group seeks airport closure

Petition circulating to put issue before voters

A petition is circulating to place a question on November's ballot asking city voters to close Steamboat Springs Airport.

At Home debuts

Paper launches quarterly magazine

Steamboat Springs is more than a mountain town. It is a lifestyle. At Home in Steamboat Springs debuts today, a little more than a year after Steamboat Pilot & Today publisher Bryna Larsen proposed an idea for a free lifestyle magazine.

Jimmy Westlake: The teapot in the sky

Legend has it that a pot of gold awaits you at the end of the rainbow -- if you are lucky enough to find the end. No luck is required, however, to find the pot of tea at the end of the Milky Way. All you need is a clear, dark night and an unobstructed view of the southern sky.

Routt County Spotlight: Jairo Alonso Cardenas Rodriguez

Age: 25, Occupation: Maintenance worker, Place of birth: Bogota, Colombia

Worth the walk

Cancer survivors take on Relay for Life

Doctors told Bill McKelvie that nothing could be done to help him after he was diagnosed with cancer for a second time.

Gracymay Lynn Tuttle

Gracymay Lynn Tuttle, daughter of Jeramy and Sherry Tuttle of Oak Creek, was born at 4:42 p.m. June 4, 2006. She weighed 2 pounds and 2 ounces and was 14 inches long. Her siblings are Louden, Samantha, Nathan, Axel, Nathaniel, Jeremiah and Mike. Her grandparents are Jack and Connie Tuttle of Golden; Donna and HP Sanders of Hayden; and Sterling Osborn of Georgia.

Tyler James Marren

Tyler James Marren, son of Sherry and James Marren, was born at 6:16 p.m. July 10, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His sibling is Cole Marren. His grandparents are Jerry Brewer of Craig; Bill Brewer of Craig; and Mary and Everett Smith of Hartsburg, Mo.

Emaline Ruby Farrington

Emaline Ruby Farrington, daughter of Jessica Wright and Matthew Farrington, was born at 11:31 p.m. July 12, 2006. She weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Peter and Pam Farrington of Brisbane, Australia; and Maude and Gregory Wright of Boothbay, Maine.

Transactions for July 3-17

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $58,640,200, TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES -- $249,400

Across nation, building materials in tight supply

Although home builders in many parts of the country are beginning to experience a decline in buyer demand, the shortage of some key building products is continuing.

Families realize their dreams

Fox Creek tour gives residents sneak peak of their new homes

Juan Carlos Maldonado, his wife Guadalupe and their two children last week toured the home they thought they never would be able to afford.

Business briefs for July 23

Tim Landusky has opened a new tax service business in Steamboat Springs.

Getting details on retail

Shoppers for the government help determine CPI

Armed with a badge and a tablet computer, Sandy Zeiss walked into a Minneapolis auto-repair shop last Wednesday and peppered an employee with detailed questions about the cost of a brake job for a six-year-old foreign compact car.

A new way to fly

Light jets could have big impact at Steamboat Springs Airport

Imagine no longer having to deal with multiple layovers in crowded airports or nervously standing by luggage carousels wondering if your bag made it to the final destination.

Friday, July 21

Local: Colorado Days a parade of successes

Hayden resident Ashley Walden hasn't been to every Colorado Days event, but she was pretty sure Saturday's Colorado Days parade was the best the town's ever had.

World: Israeli soldiers, tanks roll into southern Lebanon

Israeli tanks, bulldozers and armored personnel carriers knocked down a fence and barreled over the Lebanese border Saturday as forces seized a village from the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

State: Man convicted in Grand Junction hitman scheme

A Mesa County man who tried to get his girlfriend to kill his ex-wife, then tried to hire a hitman from behind bars to kill both, is headed to prison.

World: U.S. moving more troops into Baghdad

Seven Shiite workers were gunned down Saturday in a religiously mixed area of west Baghdad, and explosions in the capital killed one American solider and shattered a one-day calm after a ban on private vehicles expired.

Nation: Democrats recommend election calendar changes

National Democrats recommended Saturday wedging Nevada between the traditional one-two punch of Iowa and New Hampshire in the leadoff nominating contests for president in 2008.

Looking back: 100 people have been X-rayed

Many organizations have made use of the special chest X-ray clinic at the Routt County Memorial Hospital this week. Nearly 100 persons to date have been X-rayed in the first program of its kind in the country.

The record for July 20

Thursday, July 20

Bound for courage

Survivors of violence invited to Outward Bound course

Heather, who was a victim of domestic violence, was scared to go to Outward Bound. She didn't want to disappoint anyone in case she still wasn't ready to sign divorce papers upon her return.

World Series returns

Country's premier players compete in Triple Crown

A Steamboat Springs summer staple is back. This weekend's bracketed, double-elimination youth baseball championships mark the beginning of Triple Crown Sports' World Series tournament play.

Changes causing postal woes

New guidelines causing newspaper delivery delays

Kate Sverre, a periodicals specialist with the United States Postal Service, is making a list and checking it twice. And she is frustrated.

Signs plague Steamboat

City officials note increase in illegally placed placards

City officials say signs such as sandwich boards, easels, dry-erase boards and even banners are cluttering the streets of Steamboat Springs.

Soroco considers redistricting

Change could add several at-large board members

The South Routt School Board is made up of seven members who represent seven voting districts, but that could soon change.

Oak Creek gets windfall

Town to receive grant checks for over $2 million

Oak Creek officials are inviting residents, local politicians and anyone else interested in being part of a presentation for the biggest grant the town has received.

The Record for July 22

Someone reportedly tore a Laundromat coin machine off a wall in the 800 block of Weiss Drive. Police said the incident occurred between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday. The suspect or suspects reportedly disabled the Laundromat's power and punched through the wall to gain access to the machine. No arrests have been made, and the incident is under investigation.

Briefs for July 22

Two Steamboat Springs men were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft Friday morning after they allegedly stole some baked goods from a business' sidewalk.

Thursday, July 20

Time to celebrate

Colorado Days helps Hayden celebrate 100th birthday

Hayden's biggest celebration of the year is this weekend.

State: Bush raises thousands for GOP candidate

In a fast-paced spin through Denver Friday, President Bush raised at least $400,000 for a Republican congressional candidate, gave an Air Force sergeant a volunteerism award and told a group of Iraq war veterans, "we'll succeed, we'll prevail."

State: Friends, family mourn Coloradan killed in murder-suicide

More than 200 friends and family gathered Friday to remember the life of Amber Nicole Carlson, a 19-year-old nursing student shot to death in a double-murder-suicide in Laramie, Wyo.

Briefs for July 21

A heavy dose of lightning sparked two small fires north off Hayden on Wednesday night, officials said Thursday.

On Scene for July 21

"Go Allison!" Sophie Milman urged me during her performance at Strings in the Mountains' Music Festival Park last week. Her comment was in response to my friend dragging me (against my will) in front of the stage to dance with him. I'm not gonna lie -- it was fun once we got up there because the music was amazing.

Allison's picks for July 21-27

What Allison Plean thinks you should do this week.

World: Rice rejects "false promise" of quick cease-fire

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rejected the "false promise" of an immediate cease-fire in the spreading war between Israel and Hezbollah on Friday and said she would seek long-term peace during a trip to the Mideast beginning Sunday.

Viva Las Vegas

Local basketball team rolls the dice in Sin City

After strong showings from his players at several basketball camps this summer, Steamboat Springs High School basketball coach Kelly Meek will push his luck when he takes eight players to the Reebok Big Time Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas this weekend.

A silver celebration

Moots Cycles hosts 25th anniversary event

Steamboat's renowned titanium crafters are celebrating their anniversary with a little silver.

Strange object causes bomb scare

A green fireworks-type fuse protruded from the object wrapped in black tape delivered by hand Thursday morning to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

Cyclists win 3 state titles

Steamboat team pedals into second half of season

Mountain bike racers in Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cycling program are looking ahead full tilt.

Rangers worry about vandalism

U.S. Forest Service officers are asking the public for help in identifying a vandal or vandals in the Bear River area.

Clash about trash

Crowds leave litter downtown

While Tracy Barnett picks up bags of trash along Lincoln Avenue twice a week, she sometimes thinks about the "old-school days."

Board approves alcohol sales

Upgrades to cable TV, Internet to be complete by early September

The Hayden Kum & Go can continue to sell beer, Hayden Town Board members ruled Thursday night.

The record for July 19

Wednesday, July 19

Get on the bus, Fish Creek Falls

New route to start in winter; Hilltop could be included

Starting this winter, a new city bus route will run along Fish Creek Falls Road.

Chavez seminar series packed

Contrary to images of immigrants crossing the border under the cover of darkness, Linda Chavez does not think illegal aliens are invading this country.

Shop 'til you float

Teacher holds weeklong boat-building program

A summer program caught Amy Wharton's eye as she read her son John's newsletter from Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Board president resigns

School district looks for new leadership after Miller-Freutel leaves

Steamboat Springs School Board President Tom Miller-Freutel resigned Thursday, citing an inability to devote the time needed to be an effective member.

Plant society offers valuable benefits

Although Steamboat Springs does not yet have a local chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society, this organization offers some valuable benefits to local gardeners via newsletters, workshops, field trips and the Internet (www.conps.org).

Week recognizes work of parole, probation officers

Most people know what a judge does, know what an attorney does and have an idea how the judicial system works. But far fewer people know the roles probation and parole officers play in a community.

Town Challenge rescheduled

Howelsen bike race cancelled after Wednesday's storm

Gretchen Sehler, director of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike race series, was pleased with the turnout at Wednesday night's Another Root Canal race at Howelsen Hill.

World: Israel masses troops on Lebanese border

Israel massed tanks and troops on the border, called up reserves and warned civilians to flee Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon as it prepared Friday for a likely ground invasion.

The Record for July 21

12:16 p.m. Someone in the 1700 block of Fetcher Park Drive reportedly became very upset with officers at the prospect of receiving a dog at large ticket. Officers "handled the situation" and called mental health officials to mediate. The person was not given a citation.

Local: Changes cause postal woes

New USPS guidelines delaying newspaper deliveries

Kate Sverre, a periodicals specialist with the United States Postal Service, is making a list and checking it twice. And she is frustrated.

Wednesday, July 19

Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Lightning strikes Routt forest

Several strikes of lightning reportedly hit areas of the Routt National Forest during an afternoon storm Tuesday, though there were no reports of fire, officials said.

Exhibition to feature high school players

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs will be the site of a U.S. Open party and doubles tennis exhibition this weekend.

Tennis group hosts tourney

Championships to take place this weekend

The Steamboat Springs Tennis Association will mix things up this weekend when it hosts the long-running STA Mixed Doubles Championships presented by Alpine Bank

Pirates take series

Rockies flub opening lead

Maybe hosting the All-Star game was all the Pittsburgh Pirates needed to regain respectability.

School Board in session

Janette Manke to be sworn in at meeting

The swearing in of a new South Routt School Board member and the discussion of the board's code of ethics are just two items on the agenda for tonight's meeting in Oak Creek.

Scott Stanford: A roster of reporters

It has been a summer of change in our newsroom. We have added staff, changed some beats and seen some personnel leave.

Ski base area may go green

Heat from the Earth may be used to melt ice on sidewalks

Consultants working on plans for improvements to the Steamboat Ski Area are considering an alternative energy source.

State: DeGette, stem cell supporters to protest Bush visit

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and other embryonic stem cell research supporters plan to greet President Bush in Denver Friday with a rally protesting his veto this week of a bill that would expand federal funding for the research.

State: Colorado becomes key battleground for GOP in the West

Colorado glistened like a small gem among coals for Democrats in 2004, with two congressional wins and majority control of the state Legislature for the first time since John F. Kennedy was president.

Local: Get on the bus, Fish Creek Falls

New route to start in winter; Hilltop likely also served

Starting this winter, a new city bus route will run along Fish Creek Falls Road.

Local: Rangers concerned about vandalism along Bear River

In the past two weeks, someone has been removing U.S. Forest Service signs and putting them back upside down; taking excessive amounts of the fee envelopes used at the entrances to campgrounds; and scribbling profane statements on signs along the Bear River corridor, south of Yampa.

City to address project's housing

Wildhorse plan could be approved in less than a week

The layout for the Wildhorse Meadows development could receive approval in less than a week.

Briefs for July 20

An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from the Ore House at Pine Grove restaurant sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, police said Wednesday.

Nation: Senate overwhelmingly passes Voting Rights Act renewal

The 1965 Voting Rights Act that opened voting booths to millions of minorities won a 25-year extension from Congress Thursday after Republicans put it on a fast track, hoping to improve their standing with minorities before the fall election.

World: Israeli army hints at full-scale invasion

Israeli troops met fierce resistance from Hezbollah guerrillas Thursday as they crossed into Lebanon to seek tunnels and weapons for a second straight day, and Israel hinted at a full-scale invasion.

The Record for July 20

12:36 a.m. An underage drinker in the 1900 block of Steamboat Boulevard was given a ticket for being a minor in possession. The other residents at the loud party were given warnings to be quiet.

Everyone has a story to tell

RMYC needs people to share stories, advise youth

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is searching for professionals willing to share life stories and lessons with teens and young adults.

Tuesday, July 18

Suspect pleads not guilty

Steamboat man in meth, robbery case faces trial

A Steamboat Springs man accused of false reporting and possessing methamphetamine and a weapon by a previous offender pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment Thursday.

Work on town parks to continue

Despite discouraging news last month about funding, Hayden officials are moving forward with Dry Creek Park improvements.

Local ranchers honored with Heritage awards

Three local ranching families took a break from their work on the range so they could be honored for their commitment to agriculture earlier this month.

Golfing for a cure

Tourney a fundraiser for breast cancer research

The first two years Lynda Brees entered the Rally for a Cure Golf tournament, she played for somebody else's daughter, somebody else's sister and somebody else's mother.

John Ameen: What year is this?

The Middle East has exploded into war, nuclear rivals in Iran and North Korea are challenging the United States' resolve, the economy is a roller coaster ride, and the American people lack faith, trust and confidence in their president.

Susan Ritschard: Sportsmanship

In a day and age when so much publicity is given to bad sportsmanship, I wanted to point out some good sportsmanship.

Israeli bombs target bunker thought to hold top Hezbollah leaders

A wave of Israeli warplanes blasted a bunker in south Beirut thought to hold Hezbollah's top leaders Wednesday, intensifying an offensive against the guerrillas despite mounting international pressure and an appeal from Lebanon to spare the country further death and devastation.

Bush vetoes bill expanding embryonic stem cell research

President Bush cast the first veto of his 5 1/2-year presidency Wednesday, saying legislation easing limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell "crosses a moral boundary" and is wrong.

Volunteers needed to share stories

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps needs advisers

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is searching from professionals willing to share life stories and lessons with teens and young adults.

Ski base planners explore energy options

Consultants working on plans for improvements to Steamboat Ski Area are considering alternative energy sources.

Time crunch for rec center

Ballot issue could wait until 2007

Time is running very short to put issues such as a recreation center proposal before local voters in November, city officials said Tuesday.

Lightning strikes Routt forest during storm

Several strikes of lighting reportedly hit areas of the Routt National Forest during an afternoon storm Tuesday, though there were no reports of fire, officials said.

The Record for July 17

Monday, July 17

12:17 a.m. Someone reported three suspicious cars in the 200 block of Howelsen Parkway. Officers gave the owners of the cars warning and the cars were moved.

Ultimate Frisbee soaring

Club wins tournament

When the Team of Steamboat Springs (TOSS) Ultimate Frisbee squad meets for practice tonight, its members no doubt will be celebrating.

Crash kills skier

Former local dies in cycle collision

Erik Skinner remembers Jordan Chiovarelli as the type of skier who drove him mad, but one of those guys his former coaches couldn't stay mad at for long.

Taxidermist wins 'Best Mule Deer' competition

While walking around the Colorado Taxidermists Association state show in June, Gary Troester had a feeling the mule deer mount he entered in the competition was something special.

Affordable houses in works

Group selling land, development plan to Housing Authority

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has land under contract in Steamboat Springs that would allow for its largest affordable housing project yet.

Immigration to jump start series

Political analyst Linda Chavez to give Thursday presentation

Most Americans can agree on one thing -- immigration reform is a divisive topic. Linda Chavez, author, syndicated columnist and political analyst for Fox News, begins this year's Seminars at Steamboat with "Facing Facts about Immigration Policy." The seminar begins at 5 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall, 10th and Oak streets.

Joanne Palmer: River acts alarming

There's no better place to cool off on a hot summer weekend than the Yampa River. However, after spending several hours on Saturday at the C-Hole with my son, I was both surprised and alarmed at what I witnessed.

Our View: Special legislative session pure politics

Colorado's special legislative session made some modest progress on immigration reform, but its biggest benefits were purely political.

Briefs for July 19

A Craig man was cited for careless driving Monday morning after he lost control of his coal truck on Routt County Road 27 in Hayden, causing the truck to roll.

Monday, July 17

Helping hands: TIC donates shed to seniors foundation

Jim Severson has a new home for his tools and lawn equipment, and maybe -- as friends joked on Friday -- a new home for himself, too.

City to take Wildhorse reins

Council members to discuss 47-acre development proposal

A huge horse has rode into the Steamboat Springs City Council's stable.

Don't feed the bears

Close encounters prompt tough talk from DOW

The life of a young black bear is at risk because of human recklessness, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials said Monday.

Summer is time to hire

School districts filling positions

The notion that summer is a time of rest and relaxation for school administrators is, in many ways, a myth.

Root Canal racing

Howelsen's tricky terrain home for fifth race of season

The second half of the Town Challenge mountain bike race series kicks off Wednesday on the tricky mountain terrain of Howelsen Hill.

Authority plans large affordable housing project

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has land under contract in Steamboat Springs that would allow for its largest affordable housing project yet.

320 Americans flee Lebanon

House rejects gay marriage amendment

4th 100-degree day in Colorado

Sheriff's race forums today

With the primaries less than a month away, Routt County Republicans are gearing up for the contested race that will decide the Republican sheriff's candidate.

Sunday, July 16

The record for July 15

Saturday, July 15

Scott Stanford: American Skiing Co., readers deserved better

Quote selection, context and source credibility integral to keeping stories fair, balanced

If you are going to criticize something, you should, at a minimum, know its name. On Page 1A of Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today we published a story about local residents' reaction to Friday's announcement that American Skiing Co. has put the Steamboat Ski Area on the market.

Temps signal 'Dog days'

Finding ways to beat the heat seemed to be on everyone's mind this past weekend.

Local ranchers honored

Three local ranching families took a break from their work on the range so they could be honored for their commitment to agriculture earlier this month.

This week at strings: A birthday party with history

Shostakovich and Mozart share a musical anniversary. Born exactly 150 years apart, the world celebrates their birthdays with great fanfare every fifty years. Mozart may be getting all the attention this year (it's his 250th), but Dmitri Shostakovich's (1906-1975) 100th birthday is due profound respect as well.

Host can boast two championship teams

Steamboat's U-12 Boys and U-18 Girls win their divisions

The Steamboat Youth Soccer Association had a strong showing in the 22nd annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament they hosted this weekend. As the veteran core of the Steamboat U-18 Girls played a final game together, winning their division at the Emerald Park Dudley Field, a younger breed of local soccer fanatics were across town at the Christian Heritage School fields, coming into their own as a competitive team to beat in the U-12 boys division.

Vitamins can reduce arthritis pain

If you wake up each day with stiffness and pain, you may be one of the 70 million Americans who suffer from arthritis or symptoms of joint pain. Although there's no magic cure, there are plenty of strategies based on recent research that can help counter the pain and disability.

Eric Blehm to be at bookstore

Eric Blehm, author of "The Last Season," will be at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore on Wednesday for a book signing.

Don't believe the hype

Business owners: Rainbow gathering experience wasn't all that bad

The Rainbow gathering's impact on area businesses was far less than expected, business owners and managers said.

More change downtown

Liquor store to give way to new, three-story, mixed-use building

Steve and Denise Peterson and designer Matt Wagar enjoyed a great view of the July 4 fireworks from the rooftop of the Rocky Mountain Wine and Liquor Company at 941 Lincoln Ave.

New software empowers users

Property searches just got easier at Routt County Clerk's Office

A new software package should make Internet searches for Routt County real estate documents more effective, Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said last week.

Rediscovered treasures

'I've been decorating for 6 years, and I'm not done yet'

One year ago, South Routt resident and artist Mary Beth Galer, painted "I love PCS" on the wall of her kitchen -- an unmistakable declaration of her love for her partner, Phil Schaeffer.

Engagement: Dalla-Redman

Darrell Alan Redman, son of Jim and Dorlan Redman of McCoy, is engaged to be married to Catherine Claire Dalla, daughter of Rick and Claire Dalla of Commerce City.

Wedding: Miner-Pascetti

Connie Ann Miner and Gerald Allen Pascetti were married in Miller Park in Tryon, Neb., on July 2, 2006.

Birth: Jacen Eric Rabesa

Jacen Eric Rabesa, son of Eric and Samantha Rabesa of Boulder, was born at 11:34 a.m. July 5, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long. His grandparents are Barbara and Steven Rabesa of New Hampshire; Michele Noe of Tucson, Ariz.; Arturo Biron of Silver Spring, Md.; and Howard Bashinski of Waukesha, Wisc.

Birth: Donovan Gary Thompson

Donovan Gary Thompson, son of Gary and Jamie Thompson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:07 a.m. July 8, 2006. He weighed 7.1 pounds and was 19.75 inches long. His sister is Olivia Thompson. His grandparents are Kathy and Trent Dietrich of Steamboat Springs; Jannie Thompson-Burg of Dunkirk, N.Y.; and Gary Thompson, Sr. of Charlotte, N.C.

Birth: Boden Corbett Whitehead

Boden Corbett Whitehead, son of Jeffery and Laura Whitehead of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:22 a.m. July 7, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and was 20 inches long. His brother is Jacob. His grandparents are Harry and Julia Miller of Conyers, Ga.; Cal and Nancy Odom of Brighton, Mich.; and Diane and Ralph Whitehead of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Birth: Kealia Emmalani Leialoha Buschmann

Kealia Emmalani Leialoha Buschmann, daughter of Jonathan and Tiana Buschmann of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:55 p.m. July 8, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Ed and Louise Buschmann of Lewiston, Maine; Mina Kane of Boulder; and Ken and Rebecca Hegemann of Escondido, Calif.

Birth; Aiden Fernando

Aiden Fernando, son of Fernando Rojas and Alejandra Valdez of Craig, was born at 10:16 a.m. July 11, 2006. He weighed 5 pounds and 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. His sibling is Arely Rojas. His grandparents are Raquel Valdez of Craig, Guadalupe Valdez of Craig, Norma Rojas of New Mexico, and Baltazar Rojas of New Mexico.

Birth: Aiden JerBrian George

Aiden JerBrian George, son of Ailini and Andrew George of Steamboat Springs, was born July 7, 2006. He weighed 9 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. His sister is Adalia. His grandparents are Kesaia and Soane Paseka of Tonga, and Bert and Jeanne George of New Hampshire.

Birth: Guthrie Harrison Meyer

Guthrie Harrison Meyer, son of Currie and Steve Meyer of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:22 p.m. July 10, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces and was 22 inches long. His sister is Amelia. His grandparents are Bob and Jean Jacobus of Evergreen, and Harry and Mary Meyer of West Hartford, Conn.

Stalking the Scorpion

There aren't many constellations that resemble the objects for which they are named. Scorpius the Scorpion is a delightful example one that does. The celestial scorpion crawls across our southern horizon on summer evenings, so this is prime time for scorpion hunting.

Saturday, July 15

Melinda Mawdley: Sweet memories

When you spend 15 years hoping for something and it finally happens, the feeling is hard to describe.

Charles Thomas Gregory: 1916-2006

Longtime Oak Creek resident Charles Thomas Gregory died July 9, 2006, at his home in Oak Creek. He was 89.

Rainbow Remnants

Forest officials divided over effect of Rainbow Family gathering on Routt National Forest

No matter how careful they are, a group of 15,000 people can't help but leave a mark on the Routt National Forest, environmental officials said this week.

Sound off: July 16

I wish the stories about the Rainbow Family in the Pilot & Today did not whitewash some of the realities about these people. Yes, there are many very nice, responsible members of this group, and the majority is probably pretty OK, but has anyone from the newspaper bothered to ask the hotel and restaurant workers about their experiences with Rainbow members? The trash they were supposed to take out of their camp ended up in the hotels and who knows where else. Do you know how many times they stiffed restaurants during this past week?

Library director turning pages

Bertollini has big plans for futures of Oak Creek, Yampa libraries

Barry Bertollini jokes that he had a full head of hair before he took the job of directing South Routt libraries.

Jeff Batt: The land will heal

I was watching the 6 p.m. news last night (KUSA Channel 9, Denver), and saw the video of the before and after pictures of the recent Rainbow Gathering near Steamboat Springs. I find it very interesting that the U.S. Forest Service deems it necessary to point out the damage done by the peaceful gathering of 10,000 to 15,000 people on this land. The land will heal as the gathering was a congregation of God's children to promote peace and unity among ourselves -- all were welcome.

Real estate transactions for June 19 to July 2

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $33,557,000 TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES -- $621,300

Business briefs for July 16

The Steamboat Springa Chamber Resort Association is hosting an informational luncheon about the Urban Renewal Authority's plans for the base area at Mount Werner.

Janice Poirot: Not newsworthy

Let's print a news story about how a victim of an assault was really dirty, and how property, damaged during the assault, smelled. That's what the Pilot did in the July 11 article, "Rainbow rental returns wrecked" wherein a customer, "filthy with dreadlocks," rented a car from Steamboat Motors and was later assaulted. The customer was so beaten, "all his front teeth" were loose; the rental car so damaged, it was totaled. Sounds like crime to me.

Rick Garth: Project on schedule

On Monday night I was contacted by Mike Lawrence of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, who was seeking information regarding the progress of the new turf field at the high school.

Our View: Jumping into the future

The new, plastic-covered ski jump at Howelsen Hill cost a lot of money and will be used by just a few people. Still, we think it can play a key role in distinguishing Steamboat as a unique summer destination.

Council reviews ballot issues

Voters may face

When it comes to the slew of potential questions to pose to local voters in November, Steamboat Springs City Council members still have a lot of questions of their own.

Instant 8 Mile classic

Hanson and Walker top new Howelsen running event

It may be a long way from Detroit, but Steamboat now has a popular 8 Mile Road of its own.

Immigration haze

Local effect of laws not yet clear, officials say

New state laws designed to address illegal immigration may not have much of an effect locally, a county official said this week.

Soccer exposure

Steamboat's youth teams work for wins in talented tournament

With the Emerald Park fields buzzing in a flurry of constant soccer activity, Chris Troeger watched day two of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament with a little nostalgia.

ASC makes 'good move'

Some residents applaud company's decision to put ski area on market

While eating breakfast at a Steamboat Springs cafe Saturday morning, Lindsay Schneider said she couldn't be happier that American Skiing Company is looking for buyers for the Steamboat Ski Area.

State's mortgage broker registry aims to end fraud

Mortgage brokers doing business in Colorado will have to undergo criminal background checks, be fingerprinted and register with a state-run database under a new state law intended to crack down on fraud.

Carrying the cost

U.S. Forest Service estimates gathering price more than $1 million

A little more than a week after the official end of the Rainbow Family of Living of Light's annual gathering, local, state and national agencies are tabulating how much the event will cost taxpayers.

Aiden Fernando

Aiden Fernando, son of Fernando Rojas and Alejandra Valdez of Craig, was born at 10:16 a.m. July 11, 2006.

Aiden JerBrian George

Aiden JerBrian George, son of Ailini and Andrew George of Steamboat Springs, was born July 7, 2006.

Guthrie Harrison Meyer

Guthrie Harrison Meyer, son of Currie and Steve Meyer of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:22 p.m. July 10, 2006.

Rediscovered treasures

'I've been decorating for 6 years, and I'm not done yet'

One year ago, South Routt resident and artist Mary Beth Galer, painted "I love PCS" on the wall of her kitchen -- an unmistakable declaration of her love for her partner, Phil Schaeffer.

Routt County Spotlight: Lisa Brown Gilbert

Age: 36 Occupation: Yampa Valley Community Foundation, program manager

Jacen Eric Rabesa

Jacen Eric Rabesa, son of Eric and Samantha Rabesa of Boulder, was born at 11:34 a.m. July 5, 2006.

Fed pause won't help markets

Investors often like to dream of the perfect world, and their current vision has the Federal Reserve soon ending its two-year interest-rate tightening run and the stock market soaring afterward.

Life's a pitch

Game of horseshoes a favorite summer pastime

People who think of horseshoes as an excuse to get outside, drink beer and throw around pieces of metal are, well, right. The game can be exactly that to some participants.

Donovan Gary Thompson

Donovan Gary Thompson, son of Gary and Jamie Thompson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 11:07 a.m.

Boden Corbett Whitehead

Boden Corbett Whitehead, son of Jeffery and Laura Whitehead of Steamboat Springs, was born at 8:22 a.m.

Kealia Emmalani Leialoha Buschmann

Kealia Emmalani Leialoha Buschmann, daughter of Jonathan and Tiana Buschmann of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:55 p.m. July 8, 2006.

More change downtown

Liquor store to give way to new, three-story, mixed-use building

Steve and Denise Peterson and designer Matt Wagar enjoyed a great view of the July 4 fireworks from the rooftop of the Rocky Mountain Wine and Liquor Company at 941 Lincoln Ave.

New software empowers users

Property searches just got easier at Routt County Clerk's Office

A new software package should make Internet searches for Routt County real estate documents more effective, Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said last week.

Don't believe the hype

Business owners: Rainbow gathering experience wasn't all that bad

The Rainbow gathering's impact on area businesses was far less than expected, business owners and managers said.

Friday, July 14

Golf for fitness

Doctor's book, videos use body-friendly technique

Dr. J. Darcy Dill used to suffer from lower back pain that hindered his ability to both play and enjoy golf. He decided to do something about it.

Team splashes to victory

Swimmers win Craig meet

Steamboat Springs swim team coach Essi Kenttala is seeing orange.

All-star team routs opponent

U11 squad advances to state tourney

With a 12-2 victory against Grand County, a third Steam-boat Springs Little League all-star team claimed a District 3 title on Tuesday.

Mammoth sale set standard

Prospective buyers may or may not have ties to ski industry

The eventual purchasers of ski areas aren't always the likeliest suspects.

The Record for July 15

Thursday, July 13 12:50 a.m. Someone was taken to the hospital from the 700 block of Pitkin Street.

Opportunity may knock

Leaders envision improvements would accompany sale

Community leaders responded favorably Friday to news that the Steamboat Ski Area is once again for sale.

Passing the palette

Nancy Kramer retires from Steamboat Springs Arts Council

After a 13-year tenure as the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Nancy Kramer has announced her retirement.

The biggest of block parties

First 'Dorothy Gathering' aims to bring community together

More than most, Noreen Moore has a finger on the pulse of Routt County. When she realized recently that she had concerns about that pulse, she made a creative decision -- throw a big party and invite everyone.

Local authors to sign books

Book signings are a great opportunity for people to pick the brains of published writers.

Paxton resigns from Oak Creek Town Board

Bill Paxton resigned Friday from the Oak Creek Town Board.

News briefs for July 15

Youth Corps looking for community volunteers Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is looking for community members to volunteer for its field-based workshops this summer.

Ski area for sale again

ASC announces it will test Steamboat's value in hot acquisitions market

Five years after American Skiing Company last hung a "for sale" sign on the Steamboat Ski Area, it's on the market again.

Mountain bikers aim to win series

Local cyclers making strong showing in summer races

Mountain biking is all downhill for Cathy Cantway.

Ski area back on the market

American Skiing Co. announces it will try to sell Steamboat resort

Five years after American Skiing Company last hung a 'For sale' sign on the Steamboat Ski Area, it's on the market again.

Ownership history of the Steamboat Ski Area

Ownership history of the Steamboat Ski Area

Thursday, July 13

Mobile home causes spate

Neighbors concerned about illegal trailer move, decision stays

Several residents turned out Thursday night to address how the Oak Creek Town Board handled the recent move of a mobile home.

Big finish in U-10 Little League championship

Steamboat steals home, wins District

Going into the final sixth inning of Thursday's deciding game of the District 3 Little League Championships in Breckenridge, the situation looked grim for the Steamboat all-star team of 9- and 10-year-olds. After trailing the entire game, down 7-3 against Eagle-Vail, a team they had traded games with over the tournament, coach Stace Toye said "the nine-year-olds came up huge," ensuring that the ride back was not plagued with regrets of what could have been.

Junior golf in midst of boom

Nina Krats has been busy this summer.

Junior League, big play

Steamboat U-14 all-star baseball team wins district finals, looks to state title

Routt County's 13- to 14-year-old baseball all-stars will have a shot at a state title next weekend.

Talking about weather not dull for this group

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program meets in Steamboat

Some of the nation's top climate scientists -- and a few just beginning their careers -- have spent the week in Steamboat Springs networking and sharing expertise.

On scene for July 14

Free concert/Rainbow Gathering

Dirt therapy

Locals show off their beautiful gardens on tour

Lynne Masters aspires to have her garden included in the High Country Garden Tour in 2010.

Dancing with horses

Perry-Mansfield and Equus Projects join to present a multi-species piece

The way you train a horse to dance is the same way you raise a child.

Winds of opportunity

Manasse is grateful for everything his career has afforded him

Clarinetist Jon Manasse either walks or flies to work.

Rising star stays grounded

With a promising singing career ahead, Milman keeps things in perspective

Russian-born jazz singer Sophie Milman was stopped at customs in Canada on her recent tour. Custom officials did not believe that she hadn't spent more than $200 on shoes in the United States.

Thinking outside the shutter box

Workshop challenges the creative process of digital photographers

Rita Bradley came to Steamboat Springs from Houston, Texas, to improve her digital photography skills during a six-day workshop. Her camera malfunctioned on her way up the gondola. But it wasn't all bad news.

Cultivate flowers of the wild

Creating a wildflower garden in your backyard

Of all the hiking trails in the area, the one on Rabbit Ears Pass is the most colorful and diverse I've found in terms of the wildflowers that grow there. In a single field, you'll find spires of bright red Indian Paintbrush surrounded by the blues of lupine, yellows of sunflowers, white yarrow and delicate pink-veined Richardson's geranium.

Seminars touch timely issues

Speakers series begins July 20 with immigration discussion

The speakers in this year's Seminars at Steamboat lineup will discuss timely, controversial topics and give audience members the chance to ask questions and discuss points.

Transitions and tribulations

Perry-Mansfield students express difficult subjects

The cast of the musical revue "Hymn to Her" calls John Tedeschi, its writer and director, an "honorary girl."

Man arrested after leaving accident scene

A 26-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident after crashing his pickup.

One Steamboat Place on hold

The developers for One Steamboat Place will have another chance to turn their project around.

At 'the top of the pile'

City manager excited about Steamboat position

Sometimes the little changes are the hardest to get used to.

Wednesday, July 12

VNA workshop aims to prevent suicide

Recognizing the signs of someone who might be suicidal and communicating with them effectively will be the subject of a discussion in Hayden tonight.

Judge: 16 years for Sybrandt

Man guilty of sexual assault could face up to life in prison

Michael Sybrandt's expression didn't change Wednesday as a judge ordered him to serve at least 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in February 2005.

Teams celebrate in Breck

Steamboat Springs Little League coach Stace Toy held up his cell phone.

Local golf pro swings to success

Fuhrer completes PGA program

For most people, golf is a game. But Tim Fuhrer isn't just another avid golfer.

8-mile running event debuts Saturday

Walter Magill is one of Steamboat Springs' many local runners who train on the backyard network of trails weaving through Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain. This Saturday, Magill is directing the Howelsen Hill 8 Miler to give fellow runners and visiting competitors a chance to compete on the prime trails.

Just kickin' it

Nearly 150 teams expected at youth soccer tourney

The ongoing Steamboat Soccer Academy camps will quickly give way to one of the community's largest youth events of the calendar year.

Hayden to improve parks

Grant rejection has slowed efforts at town's Dry Creek Park

Despite discouraging news last month about funding, Hayden officials are moving forward with Dry Creek Park improvements.

Gondola plot to be discussed

One Steamboat Place proposal includes residential, retail space

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight will review plans for One Steamboat Place, a major development at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Town Board giving up pay

Oak Creek officials forgo stipends to help town with finances

Tonight, Oak Creek Town Board members are expected to give up their small monthly stipends to help the town save money.

Scott Stanford: Trust wasn't built in a day

What's the No. 1 reason that readers pick up a newspaper?

Soroco teacher dies at age 27

The South Routt community has lost an outstanding young teacher.

Tuesday, July 11

Heinz's school gets kids hooked on hockey

Herald Stout got hooked on hockey in an unorthodox way -- by watching his young daughter.

Red Sox 2nd in Craig league

Nothing about the way the Hayden Red Sox play says young. Well, other than the blue bubble gum.

The Record for July 12

1:41 a.m. Officers warned a group of people who were camping illegally near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Malone hired as grant writer

Partners in Routt County director to fill space left by Sue Gariepy

Routt County school administrators did not have to look far to find a new grant writer.

Chilean talks with families

A Chilean psychologist will meet with immigrant families tonight to help address concerns they may have about acclimating to the U.S.

Rain welcome, but impact minimal

It may seem low, but the National Weather Service has recorded less than an inch of rain in Steamboat Springs since Saturday morning.

Housing initiative passed

County developers offering affordable options will be rewarded

Developers who provide affordable housing in Routt County will be rewarded, officials decided Tuesday.

Luxury dog kennel approved

Ron and Peggy Haases' dream to build a resort-like boarding kennel for pets is one step closer to coming true.

Want benefits? Get an ID

White, Taylor say voters lost their voice when immigration legislation passed

Routt County's two state lawmakers give different amounts of disapproval to proposed laws restricting services for illegal immigrants.

Briefs for July 12

Vacation Bible school offered for local children Several local churches are offering Vacation Bible schools for local children. They are:

Our View: Homeowners should count their blessings

If the homeowners in Heritage Park want to preserve the entry into their neighborhood as open space, we have a solution for them -- step up and buy the property from owner Ty Lockhart.

Stephen M. Dearholt: Vandalism serious

The vandalism on the K-68 ski jump is a very serious problem. I don't know who the owner is, whether it's the Winter Sports Club or the city.

Jeff Batt: Hippies not enemies

I was watching the 6 p.m. news last night (KUSA Channel 9, Denver), and saw the video of the before and after pictures of the recent Rainbow Gathering near Steamboat Springs.

Hayden officials rethink position

Hayden's first year with a full-time Parks and Recreation supervisor didn't work out as planned.

Rodeo roping in crowds

It's been a busy three weeks for the Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series, and if Brent Romick has his way, things won't slow down until the end of August.

Voting system demos available

County officials to offer free trials of new machines

Voters who want to learn more about Routt County's new voting system have a chance to try it in person.

Monday, July 10

News briefs for July 11

25th annual writers conference is Saturday The Steamboat Springs Writers Conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A few openings remain for the 25th annual conference, which is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Writers Group. Instructors include Patricia Black, on the art and craft of memoir writing, and Jody Rein. Registration forms are available at the Depot Art Center or by or calling 879-8079.

The Record for July 11

Sunday, July 9 1:35 a.m. Police received a report of a drunken person near Whistler Road. The man was transported by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Hayden celebrating Colorado Days with a purpose

Hayden's biggest celebration of the year is right around the corner.

Making housing affordable

County's plan would offer incentives for deed restrictions

Routt County officials are trying to create incentives for people who provide affordable housing within the county.

County to review dog 'resort'

Kennel would hold 24 dogs, feature music and television

A kennel that the owners say would be a "small, luxury boarding facility" for pets may be built south of Steamboat Springs.

Turf field on track

Completion planned for mid-August, project supporters say

The new turf field at Steamboat Springs High School is on track for completion next month, project supporters say.

Rainbow rental returns wrecked

A few casualties emerged from the woods in North Routt County on Monday and made their way to a Steamboat Springs collision repair shop.

Little Leaguers 1-1 in tourney

Steamboat Springs plays at 5 p.m. today in Breckenridge

The Steamboat Springs Dis�--�--t�--rict 3 baseball team lost Monday, but it still has a chance to advance out of the double-elimination tournament.

Hayden baseball team sweeps Meeker

When Wayne DeLuca started playing baseball in Hayden, the gear was purchased at yard sales, and the numbers on the shirts were written in magic marker.

Rallying for a cure

Local tournament raises money for breast cancer research

Golfer Linda Danter wasn't sure what she wanted to do, but she knew she wanted to make a difference.

Sunday, July 9

Eyes on the Skywagons

International Cessna Convention is in town Tuesday

Those who keep their eyes on the sky may notice high air traffic at the Steamboat Springs Airport this week.

Dance master offers classes

Abdoulaye Camara has been a dancer all of his life.

Rain can't wash out Marabou's Mountain Roundup

Country western star Clay Walker must think guitar picks grow on trees

After attending Clay Walker's concert at the Marabou Mountain Roundup Saturday night, I'm just grateful I don't have to write the check for that man's monthly guitar pick bill.

Cool running

Rain welcomes half-marathon winners to finish

Most of the runners at Sunday morning's 28th annual Mountain Madness Half Marathon weren't too mad about the weather. The overcast 8 a.m. Howelsen Hill start turned into a rainy downpour as lead runner Scott Kempers made it to the turnaround point on Routt County Road 14, just south of Steamboat Springs city limits. Kempers was excited to maintain a healthy lead as he reached the soggy cardboard sign marking one Mile until the drenched finish line.

Cowpie clash

Steamboat loses gritty semifinal match to Wyoming

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club team members took off their tournament party togas and put on their game faces and muddied orange and greens for Day 2 of the 32nd annual Cowpie Classic on Sunday morning. With eight teams vying for the rugby tournament's coveted framed cowpie trophies, Steamboat came out hitting hard in its semifinal match against the University of Wyoming alumni squad. After winning its three Saturday matches, Steamboat looked to carry the momentum over for a championship run against the Wyoming team that beat them in last year's Cowpie finals.

The Record for July 8

Saturday, July 8

Processed food lacks whole grains

Our ancestors probably consumed more fiber than we do today. Years ago, grain mills removed only the inedible parts of the grain. The bran and germ that contain the fiber and essential nutrients remained. Whole grains were the only grains people knew.

Saturday, July 8

End of the Rainbow

Officials assess impact of gathering

You can tell the Rainbow cars by the dust.

The grass isn't always greener

Weather, fuel costs creating a tough year for hay ranchers

A year ago, local hay ranchers enjoyed a bumper crop. Things are different this summer.

Sound off for July 9

If everyone in Steamboat who has children and wanted to build a swing set would go to the forest and start chopping, wouldn't it be a pretty sight? Why is it OK for the Rainbow people to do just that?

South Routt Calendar for July 9

Monday, July 10

Summer reading program kicks off

Librarian encourages students to improve skills at South Routt libraries

Kellen Garrity, 9, is excited to spend the summer reading her favorite adventure books and participating in the Oak Creek Library's summer reading program.

Beach play on a stormy day

Rain delays dampened Day 1 of the Steamboat Doubles Volleyball tournament Saturday afternoon for almost all of its 600 participants. With the outfield grass courts on the Howelsen Hill softball fields empty and players seeking shelter from the downfall, the action was on the sand courts.

The Record for July 7

Friday, July 7

John F. Russell: Universal love of soccer

For a few hours this weekend, Emerald Park became the center of the soccer-playing universe.

Hope Stevenson Ulak: 1950-2006

Former Routt County resident Hope Stevenson Ulak died June 20, 2006, at her home in Craig. She was 56.

Steamboat shuts down opponents

The "ruggers" on the Steam�--boat Springs Rugby Football Club weren't afraid of a wet Cowpie on Saturday. As the rain and field conditions for the first day of their 32nd annual Cowpie Classic tournament became worse, Steamboat's play became more fearless and unrelenting, winning all three of its games and outscoring its opponents 106-0.

Fun on and off the ice

Through the Rocky Moun�--tain Hockey School, instructor Bryan Smith may have discovered the best way to tire out a 9-year-old.

Rain dampens Art in the Park

Rain or shine, art must go on.

On top of the world

Pilot: There's nothing like flying balloons

Unless there is a warm pile of eggs benedict and a cup of Kona coffee waiting for me, I never wake before 6 a.m. on a Saturday.

Football fever

Americans bitten by World Cup bug

Betsy Liebsch's first experience with fanatacism took place in the third-row bleachers on the 50-yard line of an Eagles-Vikings NFL football game in Philadelphia. Eagles fans are famous -- or infamous -- for booing their own players (and even Santa Claus), so it's fair to say Liebsch knows about American sports passion. What she found in Germany during the World Cup goes beyond anything she's experienced in the States.

Aging well

Program helps elderly stay safe, healthy

Jennie Chin Hansen's interest in older people began when she was 10.

Thomas W. McMahon: Coulter offensive

Your choice of Ann Coulter for the ViewPoints section of your paper is extremely offensive.

Jaclyn Karolewski: Quote unnecessary

Mr. Stanford, why did you choose this quote: "At church a couple weeks ago, someone asked our congregation to pray for the law enforcement officers who have to deal with the Rainbow participants."

Douglas Dupler: Give 'em a break

The Forest Service's fuss about the Rainbow Gathering is unnecessary.

Patrick Arnone: Biased coverage?

I am absolutely amazed at the Steamboat Pilot & Today's one-sided, misinformed, blatantly biased coverage of the Rainbow invasion. It is so bad that it's hard to pick a place to start.

Putting the brakes on

The Harbor Hotel's fate was sealed last week. The old hotel that some see as historical is coming down now that Howelsen Place has made it through the planning process.

Mini love

Mini Cooper enthusiasts celebrate their cars

It was love at first site for Tom Chaney and his 2005 cobalt blue Mini Cooper. "Tom came to my house, saw mine, drove it once, went back to Houston and ordered his own," said Anne DeGroff, a Mini Cooper owner and self-appointed leader of the Steamboat Springs Mini Cooper Car Club.

Routt County Spotlight: Kit Rice

Age: 45 Occupation: Sports coordinator for the city of Steamboat Springs Place of birth: Oak Park, Ill.

The moon illusion

After two weeks of threading its way between the stars Virgo, Libra and Scorpius, the moon shines full Monday night. To the naked eye, however, the moon will appear full tonight and Tuesday night. July's full moon is the first of the summer and traditionally is known as the "Buck Moon." This name comes to us from the Native Americans, who noted that July is the time of year that buck deer begin growing their new, velvet-covered antlers.

Caroline Rose Wittlinger

Caroline Rose Wittlinger, daughter of David and Jennifer Wittlinger of Pasadena, Md., was born at 6:05 a.m. July 1, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Nell Singleton of Maryland, Frank Singleton of Maryland, and Diane and Tim Wittlinger of Michigan.

Makenna Leigh Walden

Makenna Leigh Walden, daughter of Ashley and Mike Walden of Hayden, was born at 4 a.m. June 9, 2006. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her sibling is Corbin. Her grandparents are Susan Murray of Grand Junction, John Walden of Oak Creek, and Cydne and Steven Bell of Hayden.

Shellby Lee Love

Shellby Lee Love, daughter of Serena and Steven Love of Craig, was born at 10:15 p.m. June 27, 2006. She weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. Her sibling is Madison. Her grandparents are Dawna and Robert Gulledge of Craig, and Theresa and Warren Love of Melbourne, Fla.

Sydney Neve Lotz

Sydney Neve Lotz, daughter of Molly Fetcher and Jonah Lotz of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:05 p.m. June 27, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Marsha and Robert Lotz of Fort Collins, and Gael and Jay Fetcher of Steamboat Springs.

Madeline Mae Johnson

Madeline Mae Johnson, daughter of Caroline and Michael Johnson of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:35 a.m. July 5, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces and was 19.33 inches long. Her siblings are Zach and Autumn. Her grandparents are Gwen and Harry Bius of Channing, Texas; David Johnson of Amarillo, Texas; and Richard and Sally Kennett of Salida.

Daisy Ann Hoff

Daisy Ann Hoff, daughter of Jamie and Julie Hoff of Oak Creek, was born at 8:53 a.m. June 28, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her sister is Irene. Her grandparents are Jim and Peggy Hoff of Steamboat Springs; Jane George of Wichita, Kan.; and Kurt Pavlyak of Daytona, Fla.

Babish-Totzke

Jessi Jo Babish, daughter of Ralph and Janet Babish of Hayden, will marry Christian Totzke, son of Jack and Marty Gordon of Dubois, Wyo., on Aug. 4, 2006, at the Canterberry Club.

Hall and Hall specializes in 'ranch stewardship'

Brian Smith is an atypical Steamboat Springs real estate broker working with an atypical firm.

Changing downtown

Riverwalk development promises to transform Third and Yampa

The city of Steamboat Springs is poised to give up the right of way to small portions of Yampa, Third and Fourth streets in Old Town. In return, the public should gain informal gathering spots, reclaim a buried stretch of Spring Creek and add new frontage on the Yampa River.

Business briefs for July 9

The Routt County Clerk's Office is implementing a new system for recording and searching warranty deeds. The switch has interrupted the Steamboat Pilot & Today's ability to report real estate transactions. The transactions are expected to return in the July 16 edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Wildhorse fills holes

Tenants: New movie theater provides big boost to shopping area

Two years after construction started on Wildhorse Marketplace, the original vision for the project is taking shape -- and Steamboat Springs is now a two-movie-theater town.

I am woman, watch me climb

Heather Ludwick had a hard time believing that a small pair of shoes with rubber soles was going to keep her from plummeting down a rock outcropping.

Friday, July 7

Vandals target jump

Despite signs, fences and safety netting, there continues to be vandalism on and around the Howelsen Hill recreational areas.

Young gymnasts excel

Boys team expands, brings home honors from state competitions

Not yet tall enough to jump off a mat or springboard to reach the high bar, the young gymnasts climbed the metal support poles like a rope.

(Half) Marathon Madness

Don't be surprised upon seeing hundreds of people running through the streets on Sunday when madness returns to town. The 28th annual Mountain Madness Half Marathon is not only one of the 2006 Steamboat Springs Running Series' longest-running events; it's also one of the most popular.

Child porn leads to arrest

Newest charges stem from 2005 sexual assault charges

A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of sexually exploiting children after police reportedly found child pornography on the man's computer.

Summer crowds spill over into Wednesday

There are signs Steamboat's summer visitors are lengthening their stays.

Thursday, July 6

Conservation encouraged

Officials ask community members to change watering habits

A few behavioral changes can save gallons of water, along with the community's money, officials say.

Suspensions likely for bars

City Council moves forward on liquor law violation cases

Two more Steamboat Springs businesses face the possibility of liquor license suspensions when their owners appear before the city's liquor licensing authority next month.

Developers eye metro district

Special area would pay for Wildhorse Meadows infrastructure

Partners in the Wildhorse Meadows project are proposing the formation of a special district to pay for infrastructure and improvements.

Wildhorse moves forward

Planning commission: Project improvements significant

Improvements to the Wildhorse Meadows project were significant and deserved recognition, members of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission said Thursday.

Steamboat boosts free bus service

Weekend events spur extra routes

Steamboat Springs Transit officials are offering expanded bus service this weekend in anticipation of some of the highest ridership numbers of the year.

Floating festivities

Balloon Rodeo to lift off from traditional site

So long as the weather permits, balloon meister Brad Poissant will give the thumbs up to 43 balloon pilots waiting to launch from a field near Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday morning. The early-morning takeoffs will signal the beginning of one of Steamboat's signature summer events.

Arts calendar for July 7

Opportunities ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2007. To commemorate what is sometimes referred to as the Emerald Anniversary, SSAC is seeking artwork to be considered for a poster that will be the artistic design and branding for the anniversary.

On Scene for July 7

The Ditty Bops I heard the Ditty Bops do a radio interview the day before their Saturday show. For some reason, I wasn't expecting to hear ragtime music.

It's a family affair

Art in the Park artisans get support and help from family members

Garrett Spencer is the youngest artisan to be juried into Art in the Park in the history of the event.

Quick draw

Plein air painters have one week to capture the Yampa Valley on canvas

Plein air painter Darcie Peet drove 400 miles around the Yampa Valley this week as part of her homework.

Allison Plean: Roommates for rent

I walked downstairs in my house to find our couches, coffee table and TV gone one morning. Either we'd been robbed, or my roommate with all the nice furniture moved out.

Allison's picks for July 7

Tonight ¤ Michael Franti and Spearhead

Smooth sailing

Eric Lindell steps up his tours with a 1991 Cadillac

Transportation for Eric Lindell has not always been ideal.

Music calendar for July 7

Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Poolside at The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free to hotel guests Call: 871-5500

Music spicier than the food

BeauSoleil preserves Cajun heritage with music

It's not about how much hot sauce you use; it's about how you make it.

City gets on board

Steamboat Springs to offer youth skateboard class

Beginning snowboarders couldn't hang with Shaun White. Beginning cyclists couldn't climb the Alps with Lance Armstrong. Beginning skateboarders are no different -- they need a positive environment conducive to learning new skills.

Hosts hope to win

Steamboat rugby club likes chances in Cowpie Classic

The Ski Town Fields were quiet Thursday except for a scattering of children and adults playing baseball on either end of the complex.

Diaz to dazzle rodeo

'Charro' to perform unique horse show tonight, Saturday

Rodeo fans have a rare opportunity this weekend to experience the authentic brand of equestrian skills born centuries ago in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Stiff competition at rodeo

Annual Fourth of July event placed ranch life in the spotlight

Bill Montag's team didn't win the Fourth of July Ranch Rodeo, but he wasn't going to let that ruin his holiday.

Volleying in the mountains

Annual weekend volleyball tournament starts Friday

The idea of playing volleyball in the heart of the Rocky Mountains has been the driving force behind the Steamboat Doubles Volleyball tournament for 25 years.

Tour Yampa Valley's gardens

Six splendid Steamboat and Yampa Valley gardens will be yours to explore during the 11th Annual High Country Garden Tour on July 15.

Voter registration deadline approaches

Routt County residents who want to vote in the August primaries must register and declare their party affiliation by Monday.

Coalition says 'Stay the Trail'

OHV users invited to discuss motorized forest access

As the Rainbow Gathering comes to an end, another group of nature-lovers will be assembling in North Routt County this weekend to discuss responsible forest use.

Heritage Park homes debated

County officials, public divided on initial plan

Routt County's needs for affordable housing and open spaces collided Thursday night in a discussion about Heritage Park.

On Scene

I heard the Ditty Bops do a radio interview the day before their Saturday show. For some reason, I wasn't expecting to hear ragtime music.

It's a family affair

Garrett Spencer is the youngest artisan to be juried into Art in the Park in the history of the event.

Wednesday, July 5

Scott Stanford: The newspaper and the Rainbows

In the latest edition of American Journalism Review, there is a story detailing how some newspapers have started using Internet "click" totals to help shape the content of their print products.

Locals cheer for hometown ski jumpers

Park City's Eric Camerota topped local favorites Alex and Davis Miller in the first-ever Fourth of July Ski Jumping Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill Tuesday.

Happy holidays

Robinson fares well in back-to-back mountain bike races

Barkley Robinson spent the better part of the Fourth of July holiday on his mountain bike.

Lasso up a dance partner

Country dances to follow performances of Steamboat Rodeo Series

Kenny Fuller, a former Boothill Bar & Grill owner, has decided to create a place for residents to dance the night away to live country music during the summer nights.

City promotes bike program

If you see someone riding a bright yellow bicycle around town, it's likely that the rider is an employee of the city of Steamboat Springs.

Fund Board ties loose ends

Two new teachers' salaries included in budget approvals

The Education Fund Board approved more than $200,000 in gifts for Steamboat Springs schools at a meeting last week, taking care of lingering business before the board's July break.

Wind may be culprit of outage

The fireworks show above Howelsen Hill lit up the sky over Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night. Then, the lights went out.

Hayden teens accept plea

Minors in branding case to serve two years probation

Three Hayden teens pleaded guilty last week for their involvement in the branding of several Hayden juveniles with a heated coat hanger.

Plan up for review

Officials discuss Wildhorse project

Two meetings today will focus on the proposed Wildhorse Meadows project.

Tuesday, July 4

Steamboat celebrates 4th in style

Awesome fireworks, parade cap holiday events

Max Loffgren used the Cowboys' Roundup Days Par�--ade as a rolling tribute to the 3,578 prisoners of war and missing in action soldiers of the Vietnam War. "I was a Viet�--nam vet, and I made it home, but 3,500 of my brothers did not," Loffgren said.

Governor's race heating up

With no primary, hopefuls Ritter and Beauprez set to duel

Bob Beauprez is a boxer who has just fought a few rounds, taking some strong punches and working up a sweat. Bill Ritter is coming into the ring fresh out of the locker room.

Rainbow family members join hands for celebration

Four square miles of Routt National Forest was quiet Tuesday, despite the estimated 15,000 members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light who had gathered and set up camp.

Our View: Protecting freedom of the press

The White House's recent attack on the New York Times continues a disturbing pattern that the Bush administration has used to try to erode the freedom of the press.

Pioneer Block party continues Independence Day celebration

St. Paul's Episcopal Church gave out more than 720 free hot dogs in 55 minutes at the Pioneer Day Block Party. But as supplies dwindled, the line of hungry people got anxious.

New Hayden Station plant manager settling in

Gary Gilleland knows why he chose a career in the utility industry, specifically power plants.

Rainbow gathering peaks at 15,000

Attendance at the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering has topped off at about 15,000 people, according to U.S. Forest Service estimates.

Martha Anderson: Rainbow Camp nice

On Sunday, I paid a trip to the Rainbow camp in Big Red Park. It was like nothing I read about in the paper. Everyone was so friendly. They love having visitors and are very interesting to talk with.

Joshua Hanson: Thanks for help

We came down the mountain into Steamboat Springs in a flurry of smoke and brake fluid, on our way to the 35th Rainbow Gathering. Yikes. One of the colorful family school buses in our caravan was not going to make into the national forest.

Monday, July 3

Yampa River flows drop quickly

The thrill of tubing the Yampa River is floating high for now. The question is, how much longer can it last?

Holiday Sprint

Steamboat race covers 400 yards

The shortest race in the Steamboat Springs Running Series also may be the most difficult.

Parks supervisor resigns

Paul served less than a year in newly created Hayden position

Hayden's parks and recreation supervisor has resigned less than a year after his position was created.

Politics on parade today

Parties, candidates ready for July 4 events in Steamboat, Yampa

A burro and an elephant will ride down Lincoln Avenue today.

The Record for July 2

Sunday, July 2

Area high country access increasing

Wilderness hikers will find increasing access in the high country today, but can expect to deal with mosquitoes and snow drifts.

Hospital ranks among best

YVMC earns Top Performer award for 4th consecutive year

Yampa Valley Medical Center recently was honored for its efforts to make sure patients are satisfied with their care.

Rainbow tally tops 10,000

Number of law enforcement officers up to about 100

Legal clouds could cast shadows on the Rainbow gathering's sunniest moment.

Sunday, July 2

News briefs for July 3

Courage Classic race to benefit Children's Hospital Cyclists in Steamboat Springs and across Colorado are gearing up for the 17th annual Courage Classic, a benefit for The Children's Hospital.

Clubhouse gets good reviews

New Haymaker facility is on par with most country clubs

After nearly nine years, the city-owned Haymaker Golf Course finally has a clubhouse on par with the course itself.

Monday Medical: Relief available for allergies

Are you sneezing, itching, coughing and wheezing? If so, you probably blame the "cotton" from the aspen and cottonwood trees that is flying around. But it is the invisible pollen grains from grasses that are causing your allergy symptoms.

The Record for July 3

Saturday, July 1 1:09 a.m. A fight was reported in Ski Time Square. A group of intoxicated softball players were reportedly pushing and shoving each other. They were escorted out of the establishment and told they were not welcome back. Officers issues them a warning and arrested one man for disorderly contact after he entered another establishment and got belligerent with the officers.

Ranches preserve local heritage

Tours offer visitors a chance to see elk, learn about Steamboat

Tricia Dyer-Kerr came face to face with a bull elk on Sunday during the Heritage Ranch Tour.

Cattle Drive draws large crowd

By 1913, there were more cattle shipped out of the train station in Steamboat Springs than anywhere else in the United States.

$350,000 S. Routt preschool grant moves ahead

Routt County commissioners have approved a grant of more than $350,000 to help fund construction of the new South Routt Early Learning Center.

Expect delays

Rainbow Gathering traffic is projected to increase

As of Saturday, there were an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 people congregating in Big Red Park for the Rainbow gathering.

Saturday, July 1

The Record for June 30

Friday, June 30

Rita Kelly (1916-2006)

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Rita Kelly passed away on the evening of June 24, 2006. She was 90.

URA has plans for base of ski area

Funding for operational costs of projects still must be identified

Changes are coming to the base of Steamboat Ski Area, but officials still are figuring out how to pay for the ongoing costs associated with those projects.

Bringing the love

Rainbow Family members prepare Interdependence Day celebation

Instead of shooting off fireworks and grilling hot dogs for the Fourth of July, members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light plan to form a prayer circle thousands of people wide and pray for world peace.

John F. Russell: Living by a code in Rodeo

On Friday night I watched bareback rider Jed Baker take a nasty fall off of a bucking horse named Magic.

New names for Pluto's moons

In March, astronomers Hal Weaver and Alan Stern surprised the world with the announcement that the Hubble Space Telescope had spotted two new moons orbiting the planet Pluto.

Shirley Stewart: Rainbow defense

Just for the information of some of you folks who are bashing the Rainbow Family Gathering there.

In Step

July 4 parade a community affair

In last year's Fourth of July Parade, the Steamboat Libraries Freadom Book Cart Drill Team shocked onlookers.

Competing to buy

Entry-level duplex sells above asking price

The market for homes priced below $500,000 in Steamboat Springs has heated up to the point that some buyers are making initial offers above the asking price.

Mining for real estate

Vista Ridge planned for Peabody Energy land

One of the nation's largest energy companies has a stake in the latest rural residential subdivision in Routt County.

Business briefs for July 2

First National Bank of the Rockies has moved into its new building at 270 Anglers Drive, next to McDonald's. For the past two years, the bank had been operating at 465 Anglers Drive.

A sweet ending

Carol Ginsberg estimates she has an inventory of nearly 10,000 T-shirts and a September deadline to get rid of them.

Ready for the next 100 years

Maxwell/Squire Building getting a facelift

A landmark building in downtown Steamboat Springs is undergoing a historical preservation project that should assure its second 100 years at the corner of Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Thomas Laprade: Smoke screen

The bandwagon of local smoking bans now steamrolling across the nation from sea to sea has nothing to do with protecting people from the supposed threat of second-hand smoke. The bans are symptoms of a far more grievous threat; a cancer that has been spreading for decades. This cancer is the only real hazard involved -- the cancer of unlimited government power.

Sound Off

In full bloom

Botanic Park offers beauty, new events this summer

Gayle Noonan might work in Eden, but on a hot summer afternoon, the gardens are no paradise.

Dancing with the Devil

Newcomers to Flat Tops call Causeway a heck of a hike

Beware of tempting Mother Nature and the Devil.

Tom Cody: NASCAR drivers

Hey. I'd like to talk about the insane driving going on around Steamboat, Hayden, Craig, Oak Creek and Yampa. I would like to live five minutes from work, but I don't. I commute like so, so many others around here.

Kristi Brown: Revise liquor ordinance

As a parent, public health advocate, community member and liquor license holder, I have an unusual vantage point from which to examine the city's liquor enforcement policy.

Our View: Special session an ode to politics

Sadly, the special legislative session on immigration is little more than election-year politics.

South Routt calendar July 2

Monday, July 3

Calamity Jane's new in Oak Creek

When the West was still wild, women like Calamity Jane ruled.

An event worth the wait

Howelsen's year-round jump dedicated as 'The Senator'

Kevin Bennett was one of the many smiling faces present on Saturday afternoon at Howelsen Hill for the dedication of the K-68 year-round ski jump. The jump's dedication was an affirming realization of a journey that began six years ago for former Steamboat Springs city council president in the kitchen of his mother's Minnesota home.