News for Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Murphy gives up bid for sheriff

Dwight Murphy, a Steamboat Springs police officer, withdrew from the Routt County sheriff's race Wednesday after being forced to choose between his job and running for office.

Sports complex raises questions

Steamboat Springs City Council members are raising questions about a proposed sports complex in Northwest Colorado.

Club riders dominate snowboard contests

A pair of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders posted top finishes in prestigious competitions.

Martin to run for office

Ex-city councilman joins two others in commissioners race

Former Steamboat Springs City Council president Bill Martin announced Wednesday that he is running for the District 3 seat on the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Elk finds a home that's not on the range

Wildlife officials are hoping an elk's decision to make a mountainside condominium complex his home is temporary.

Homeless man pleads guilty to assault

A homeless man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault in Routt County Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.

A touch of class

Dance Showcase redefines its image

Last year, the Steamboat Springs Dance Showcase was criticized because some people thought portions of the showcase were inappropriate.

Scott Stanford: To err is ... unacceptable

During employee orientation at a newspaper for which I once worked, the publisher asked everyone in the room: "In any given newspaper, how many mistakes are acceptable to readers?"

Weather hinders sports

Students head indoors, out of town to train

Look outside. It's no wonder Steamboat Springs High School's spring sports teams escaped the Yampa Valley for preseason training.

One (or 400) for the records

Unofficial snowfall passes milestone, disrupts flights

The snow that fell on Mount Werner on Wednesday appeared to have pushed the Steamboat Ski Area past a threshold it had reached just four times in the past 26 years.

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Matt Belton: Keeping traditions alive

Young rancher gets back to the basics

Matt Belton will tell you, "There ain't no Sundays west of Omaha." For Belton, the saying is true; he has the same ranching duties whether it's the weekend or a holiday. Every day starts mostly the same way for Belton. The only thing that really varies is the weather, but cold temperatures don't stop him.

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Blair Seymour: Balancing act

Woman oversees 9 Winter Sports Club programs, 3 boys

Blair Seymour was supposed to leave Steamboat Springs in 1993 - one year after she arrived to teach skiing. "I was going to go to a ski resort and work for a winter," she said "I just was going to take one year off between college and something." Seymour has found her something.

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Jim Cook: A man with a vision

Some people who know Jim Cook will tell you that he is a brilliant, creative, motivating and visionary man. They will also tell you that he is misunderstood. Cook, 63, is a real estate agent and a developer. He is well known for his latest development projects, which are built around his extensive vision for Steamboat Springs' downtown.

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Nanette Waneka: Muy bien

Middle school teacher spreads smiles along with Spanish

Early in the morning on a cold Friday, the last day before winter break, students in varying states of alertness - from walking dead to mildly sleepy - file into Nanette Waneka's classroom at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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Marsha Daughenbaugh: On and for the ranch

Marsha Daughenbaugh was going to leave. After she graduated from high school in 1971, Marsha thought briefly that she might be ready for a new adventure. "I got in my car, and I was going to travel," she said. "But then I got sick, and I stayed around."

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Joel Rae: A different attitude

A compassionate leader for Steamboat police

Joel Rae has seen some very ugly, devastating things during his time as a police officer. But he also has seen beautiful and hilarious moments, as well. Rae has learned that people will call the police for absolutely anything. That includes a bridesmaid panicking because the groom's ring is stuck on her finger.

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Peter Boniface and David Pepin: 'These crazy sandwiches'

Backcountry boys lead a growing business

Sandwich fans in Steamboat Springs can thank Peter Boniface's mother. Boniface, who owns the Backcountry Provisions sandwich shop along with high school classmate David Pepin, said it all started in the kitchen of his youth.

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Avis Funk: 'Strong as a rock'

Rancher knows there's work to be done

Each day, Avis Funk rises before the sun is up and eats the breakfast her son, David, makes. Then, she takes the "old-lady pills" that keep an 88-year-old lifelong rancher going. The cattle need their feed. Avis drives the tractor while her son unloads the feed for the cows at the ranch on Bowling Alley Hill on a dark morning outside Hayden.

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Debby Curd: Steamboat or bust

Inspiration came from Broadway to Yampa Valley

Only someone like Debby Curd could take the idea of auctioning off bras and turn it into one of Steamboat's biggest parties that raises thousands of dollars for local women suffering from breast cancer. Curd has never had breast cancer, but the premature death of her good friend and fellow dancer, Amy Tumminello, inspired her to create the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

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Bill Bowes: His world rocks

Geology, skiing, family life among 'adventures'

Perhaps tired of hearing skiing legend Gordy Wren talk incessantly about Steamboat Springs, Bill Bowes decided to check out the sleepy ski town in Northwest Colorado for himself. He liked what he found.

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Linda Long: Life the South Routt way

Linda Long doesn't like to dwell on the fact that she had cancer. She would be surprised if more than a few dozen people she knows ever knew she was sick a day in her life. And yet, as she looks back on her 18 years of staring death in the face over and over again, the one thing Linda Long can dwell on is her family.

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Kent Kirkpatrick: The voice of Steamboat

'Switchboard Kent' directs Ski Corp. calls, callers for 12 years

Like tenor Luciano Pavarotti and actor James Earl Jones, Kent Kirkpatrick is famous for his voice. Known simply as "Switchboard Kent," Kirkpatrick has been the voice of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. for 12 years. His nametag, proudly displayed on the left side of his black Steamboat vest, bears the nickname instead of his whole name.

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Ray Heid: Once a cowboy skier, always a cowboy skier

Ray Heid is the embodiment of the nearly mythical figure that has come to symbolize Steamboat Springs - the cowboy skier. It all started for Ray with a big old swayback buckskin horse that his family kept at the house in old town Steamboat Springs.