News for Thursday, March 9, 2006

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Ex-employee responds to allegations

Company wants to halt man's unauthorized lessons at ski area

Lawyers representing a former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employee filed their response Wednesday to a lawsuit alleging that the man has been teaching ski lessons illegally since he was fired in 2001.

How now, brown cloud?

Steamboat Springs skies have cleared since 1990

One of the benefits of living in Steamboat Springs is its clean mountain air. But it hasn't always been this clean.

Steamboat athlete wins two golds at JOs

Taylor Fletcher was a marked man heading into the 2006 Junior Olympics, and he left with two more gold medals in the competition in the Northeast.

Allison Plean: Well, enough about me

Suck in your stomach, keep both knees bent and don't make eye contact. Breathe. Remember, when he charges you, you charge him. (And kick him in the jaw if he attacks.)

On scene for March 10

It's been many years since I got so excited about the first bike ride of the season. Not since I rolled out of the garage at age 4 or 5, proudly astride my Transformers Big Wheel with plastic tires that rumbled on pavement like an oncoming train, has the first turn of the pedals felt so good.

Arts calendar for March 10

¤ The Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will hold open scholarship auditions Saturday for local youths interested in attending its two-week junior camp for students entering the fifth, sixth and seventh grades. Theater and musical theater auditions are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Steinberg Pavilion on the Perry-Mansfield campus off Routt County Road 36. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Dance auditions are from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northwest Ballet, 326 Oak St. in Steamboat Springs, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. Dancers will participate in ballet and jazz classes. Theatre and musical theater students should prepare one monologue and one song, each about two minutes in length. For more information, call 879-7125.

One last hurrah

Soccer team's seniors want perfect finish

There is no time for complacency when chasing perfection, so Steamboat Springs girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann has been pleased with his team's preseason mood.

Stene leads the way for Pioneers

Favored to defend its NCAA skiing team title, the University of Denver found itself behind after Wednesday's first day of competition. Not anymore.

No ifs, ands or Buffs

CU women dominate 5K race on Howelsen

The Bluffs Loop was all Buffs. Three University of Colo�--rado cross-country skiers, including champion Jana Rehemaa, finished in the top seven during Thursday's five-kilometer women's race on the second day of the 2006 NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships.

A delicious way to benefit the preservation of history

The Tread of Pioneers Museum has its own way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year.

Expert teachers bring African culture to 'Boat

African dancing is more than dynamic, spirited movements. It often tells a story.

Full spectrum

The work of artists of all ages

Rare is the occasion in which children get to hang their works of art in a gallery. But that's exactly what will happen this week at the Depot Art Center.

Musical gumbo

The vibe of New Orleans will infuse Gondola Square

Be prepared for the jubilant extension of the spirit of New Orleans when the Dirty Dozen Brass Band comes to town Saturday.

Music calendar for March 10

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

Jam band on a new track

Some bands are fortunate enough to get to a time in their careers when they can focus only on their music.

Allison's picks for March 10

Saturday ¤ Dirty Dozen Brass Band When: 3 p.m. Where: At the base of Steamboat Ski Area Cost: Free Why you should go: To get a taste of N'awlins that doesn't involve crawfish.

The Record for March 10

Wednesday, March 8 1:06 a.m. A man in the 3300 block of AprÃs Ski Way reported hearing loud talking and partying. Officers contacted the residents and told them to quiet down.

County OKs land-use tool

Routt County has adopted a pilot program intended to preserve open space.

Web controversy continues

Sites purchased after Birch announced sheriff candidacy

Accusations that Routt County sheriff candidate Dwight Murphy bought several Web site domain names incorporating fellow GOP candidate Ray Birch's name may be difficult to prove.

Gold rushing for House seat

Candidate challenges White for Capitol spot

State Rep. Al White will face some competition on November's ballot. Andy Gold, a business owner from Tabernash and chairman of the Grand County Democrats, has begun campaigning for the House District 57 seat that White has held since 2000.

Hayden grapplers take first

The Hayden middle school wrestling team placed first, and 16 Tigers were in the top four during the Northwest Invitational Tournament during the weekend.

Sports complex talks progress

Regional officials preparing for public presentations

Officials are getting closer to preparing a series of public presentations about the possibility of a new sports complex in Northwest Colorado.

News in brief for March 10

Steamboat Springs Transit reduces regional bus service Steamboat Springs Transit will reduce its weekend regional bus service from three to two buses a day starting Saturday. The change is being made because of a lack of drivers.

Flying solo: REL-I brings reggae to the mountains

REL-I, aka Matthew Relis, is a very busy man.

Hitchens leaves ski legacy

By all accounts, Melvin Hitchens had a lively sense of humor, too many colorful stories to count and, above all, a love for the city and county he called home.