News for Saturday, June 24, 2006



A church in peril

Oak Creek Methodist group fears doors might close

Ed Hayne doesn't like to think about what will happen to his church if it has to close its doors. Instead, he and a small group of the church's congregation are focused on doing everything they can to ensure that doesn't happen.

The Record for June 25

7 a.m. A 66-year-old Steamboat Springs man was flown to a Fort Collins hospital after a train reportedly hit his 1996 Chevrolet pickup at a railroad crossing near U.S. Highway 40 and Saddle Mountain Ranch west of Steamboat Springs. Colorado State Patrol troopers said the man was inching his pickup onto the tracks to look for the oncoming train when the train struck the vehicle's left side and pushed it down an embankment, causing the truck to roll. The man sustained injuries to his head, ribs and shoulder. The man was in serious but stable condition Saturday morning, police said.

Aaron Sean Colby

Paul Duane "P.D." Edwards, 1938-2006

Longtime Yampa resident Paul Duane "P.D." Edwards died June 13, 2006, at his home on Terhune Avenue in Yampa. He was 68.

A risky change

County and city officials are to be congratulated for completing the re-write of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.

Kathy Darden: Meet the Rainbows

Holy cow, I don't know where to start.

Dr. T. Doug Leonardson, 1970-2006

Longmont resident Dr. T. Doug Leonardson, DDS, died June 12, 2006, from injuries sustained in a single-engine plane crash near Kansas City, Mo. He was 35. He had a business and many clients in Steamboat Springs

Build a trail, make a friend

Volunteers can work with youths to help finish Stagecoach loop

Residents and visitors in Northwest Colorado can hike more than 350 miles of trails in Routt County. On Tuesday, they'll have a chance to improve a few of those miles.

Megan Louise Quinn

Tasting summer in South Routt

Oak Creek's Decker Park was full of smiling faces, wet children and the sweet smells of a summer barbecue.

Karen Jo Dooley: Nothing to fear

It saddens me greatly to see the people of this valley that I love so much being so hateful to and paranoid of the Rainbow Family.

Raging river

Cross Mountain Canyon trip a true adventure for rafters

In Western Moffat County, the Yampa River unexpectedly cuts through Northwest Colorado's version of the Grand Canyon -- a dramatic setting few people would think exists in the midst of such a desolate stretch of land.

Hole in one for health care

Ski Town USA Golf Classic

Golfer Jeff Bergstrom's most memorable year at the Ski Town USA Golf Classic was like a scene from the movie "Caddyshack."

Flying high

U.S. Freestyle Ski Team trains on water ramps

Through a gate, down a dirt path and behind a pile of gravel and grass, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team was training.

Transactions for for May 30 - June 18


Cold front

Ice arena gets new surface

The Howelsen Ice Arena has undergone a face-lift. Well, it's more like an ice lift.

Two-fer-one history lesson

Carl home paired with 1898 log barn

The 107-year-old Smith Barn and the 1912 farmhouse from the old McDermott place have seen a lot of Routt County history, but from different vantage points. Now, they can be purchased as a package.

Lodge home offered at auction Tuesday

Auction buyers have a chance Tuesday to acquire a notable mountain home with a 26-foot floor to ceiling wood-burning fireplace, a massive kitchen and a documented place in the history of skiing in Routt County.

Routt County Spotlight: Glenn Wojcik

Glenn Wojcik

A Dolphin, an Arrow and a Coat Hanger

Two of my favorite constellations of late summer are two of the smallest in the whole sky. They aren't big and showy star patterns with lots of bright stars like Orion or the Big Dipper. Instead, they are small, compact and easy to spot only because of their charming, distinctive shapes. They are Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow.

Tom Cody: Double standards

Held hostage by the Rainbow gang. Why the double standard?

James Mill: Destroying land

I'm sure you have heard all sorts of opinions regarding the Rainbow Gathering, but I thought I'd offer mine from Vail in defense of the Forest Service, who deserve all the respect in the world.

Coaches host volleyball camp

Free five-day program for middle-schoolers includes fundamentals training

Jody Akers: Drain on society

We were shocked to read in Scott Stanford's story on June 19 ("Clark Store tries to get ready") that the preferred method of payment used by participants in the Rainbow Gathering is Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, "which allow the transfer of government benefits such as food stamps to pay for items."

Elizabeth Flaharty: Show tolerance

The ongoing stories about the Rainbow Gathering are making me sad.

Gilbert L. "Gil" Hitchens, 1917-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Gilbert L. "Gil" Hitchens died June 12, 2006. He was 89.

Mario Cruz Vigil, 1946-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs and Craig resident Mario Cruz Vigil died March 26, 2006, in Colorado. He was 60.

Officials consider alternative sites

U.S. Forest Service officials say because of high fire danger there may be no suitable site in the 1.2-million acre Routt National Forest for the Rainbow Family of Living Light's annual gathering.

Pickup struck by train

A 66-year-old Steamboat Springs man was in serious but stable condition Saturday after the pickup he was driving was struck by a train at a railroad crossing Friday morning.

Bar owners still fuming

Businesses assess local smoking ban on eve of state law

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Steamboat Springs' controversial municipal smoking ban, but local businesses that once catered to the smoker's dollar have no reason to celebrate.

Garden honors crash victims

Memorial to celebrate YVMC employees' lives

A year and a half after their deaths on a snow-swept Wyoming field, Tim Benway, Jennifer Wells and Dave Linner will be memorialized by a sculpture and flower garden at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Skating for Christ

Couple combines skateboarding with life lessons

Tara Chavarria's toes are painted metallic blue. Her short blonde bob is tipped an electrifying pink. She has five tattoos, dresses mostly in black and is looking to revolutionize how Steamboat Springs youths view their relationship with God.

Abigail Rose Martinez

Joshua Thomas Leath

Larhae Christine Whaley

Larhae Christine Whaley, daughter of Jay Dee Whaley and Shiloh Larynn of Yampa, was born at 12:10 p.m. June 12, 2006. She weighed 5 pounds and 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. Her sibling is Jaelyn Rhae. Her grandparents are Doug and Kelly Gates of Yampa, and Charlotte and Lynn Whaley of Phippsburg.

Cheyenne Elizabeth Williams

Cheyenne Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Charley and Lynn Williams of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:26 p.m. June 16, 2006. She weighed 4 pounds and 15 ounces and was 17 inches long. Her grandparents are Barbara Williams of Steamboat Springs, Al Callahan of Steamboat Springs, and John and Mary Ellen Oslick of Aurora.

Christopher Scott Rayburn

Christopher Scott Rayburn, son of Cara and Ryan Rayburn of Craig, was born at 5:16 p.m. June 15, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. His sibling is Angel. His grandparents are Chris and Vicki Rayburn of Craig, John and Kim Pedroncelli of Craig, Ellen Rivers of Craig, and Dale Hettinger of South Range, Wis.

Adam Jacob Singer

Adam Jacob Singer, son of Hillary and Scott Singer of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:34 p.m. June 19, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His siblings are Michael, Matthew, David and Danielle.

Bridget Ann Hazlett

Harvie Branscomb: Participate in event

Public land near Steamboat Springs is the location of this year's annual gathering of the Rainbow Family from July 1-7 ( This a very long-lived annual event that moves around. I have been to the gathering twice and have never forgotten the wonderful experience in living by simple mutual cooperation.

A different perspective

Growing firm brings fresh look to classic ski town architecture

Sometimes, it is necessary to pat yourself on the back.

Sound off: June 25

Note to Forest Service law enforcement officials: If you really feel that strongly about the Rainbow gatherers having a "free" permit prior to their official permit dates, then maybe you could escort old Grampa Rainbow himself back to your offices to fill out the necessary paperwork.