Stories for March 2006


Friday, March 31

Activities celebrate children

Routt County residents and people across the nation are encouraged to celebrate young children this month.

Local's story goes on air

'Mysteries' chronicles Charles Horton's brush with death

Charles Horton's nine-day tale of survival in the Flat Tops Wilderness has a timeless message.

Cyclist OK after vehicle collision

Accident highlights importance of road safety for motorists, cyclists

Kathleen Cline has had her share of close calls while cycling, but until Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs resident had avoided a collision with a car.

Cowboys wrangle Sailors

Meeker late-inning rally overwhelms Steamboat players

A hot start wasn't enough for the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team as it lost to Meeker on Thursday.

Ski walking burns fat, lowers joint, back stress

Ski walking may look awkward, but its health benefits are serious.

County studies limiting rural-home size

County leaders soon may try to answer the question, "How big is too big?"

The Record for March 30

Free health services today

Organizers are expecting about 1,000 people at today's 9Health Fair.

Participants thinking outside the cardboard box

26th annual event is April 8 at Steamboat Ski Area

Glue. String. Tape. Water-based paint. Cardboard.

Thursday, March 30

Riders on the storms

Local band brought together by natural disasters

The band Atman Roots seems to attract natural disasters.

Middle school project passes

School Board OKs $1.25M addition

The Steamboat Springs School Board approved a $1.25 million addition to Steamboat Springs Middle School at its meeting Thursday night.

Ranch, horse provide therapy for young riders

When Grayson Steur was 4 years old, he knew he was different from other children.

Arts Calendar for March 31

Mader holds her own

Steamboat skier squares off with country's best

Caterina Mader's season came to a painful ending Sunday when she crashed in the semifinals of the dual event at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships in Killington, Vt.

Historian chronicles Steamboat bar heritage

Sureva Towler received 67 rejection letters from publishers for her book "The Boys at the Bar."

Fund raise by filling your belly

The Stepping Stones Transition Program has a tasty way to raise money.

Raise a pint, awareness

Advocates hosts Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event

John was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center emergency room in December after he was found laying outside a Steamboat Springs apartment, the victim of an apparent assault.

News in brief for March 31

Charges pending against high school student Harassment charges are pending against a 15-year-old Steamboat Springs High School student who police said punched a school administrator earlier this week.

Allison Plean: Nobody's April fool

Looking for a good home for a flock of chickens. Recently back from a trip to (insert recent bird flu outbreak location here). Too sick to take care of them. Please call (insert friend's phone number here).

Candidates: Oak Creek needs growth

Growth -- if done correctly -- can bring good things to Oak Creek, a majority of the town's mayoral and trustee candidates said Thursday night.

Music calendar for March 31

Tonight ¤teve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5552

Lost in America

Edwin McCain used to go on tour more than 300 nights a year. Every day for him felt like Groundhog's Day.

Paradigm Theater offers wine tasting

The Paradigm Theater is hosting its first wine-tasting event this weekend.

On Scene for March 31

Hike up, sled down Emerald Mountain has become my favorite place to take my dog for a walk. Although leashes are required, nobody seems to keep their dog on one. Fortunately for dog owners, the walls of snow on both sides of the trail ensure their pets don't run off. But that isn't the only advantage of Emerald.

Out of Plein Air

Local artist chosen for 2006 Steamboat Wine Festival

Susan Gill Jackson has to paint fast.

Allison's Picks for March 31

Saturday Official book-signing party for "The Boys at The Bar" by Sureva Towler When: 5 p.m. Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars post in downtown Steamboat Cost: Free

Lacrosse team nets first win

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team finally got into the win column during weekend play on the Front Range.

Girls soccer team wins 3 in a row

Members of the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team passed the ball and moved their feet to the rhythmic beats of the Latin music blaring through the loudspeakers.

Summer camp sign-up begins Monday

The city of Steamboat Springs' summer youth program is sticking with what works.

The Record for March 31

Wednesday, March 29 3:52 a.m. A person called police to complain about loud noise coming from a party in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. The people at the party were warned

Hayden candidates sound off

Growth in Hayden is inevitable, the town's mayoral and trustee candidates agreed Thursday during a forum at Hayden Town Hall.

Board discusses Stagecoach

County leaders weigh in on affordable housing issue

County leaders gazed into the future Thursday night and tried to imagine a day when Stagecoach would become an incorporated town with stores, office buildings and perhaps affordable housing.

Wednesday, March 29

Women hit the ice for tournament

Kit Rice has plenty of experience on the ice, but not even 16 years of playing competitive hockey can calm her nerves the week before the state championships.

County to look at affordable housing

Routt County officials are looking at the possibility of mandating affordable housing in new residential projects.

Special education forum today

Public comment prompts two-day audit by field experts

The voice of a single parent can make quite a difference.

Show celebrates the end

Concert, free skiing planned for season's last days

Letting go of a ski season that will be remembered for more than 400 inches of snow isn't easy.

Fairview residents free to build

Council decision ends debate about subdivision land use

Cheryl Kindred says her rights have been upheld -- finally.

Candidates to talk politics

Oak Creek, Hayden hopefuls gather at tonight's forums

Oak Creek and Hayden voters will have a chance to get to know their town board and mayoral candidates a little better tonight.

Girls lacrosse players net success

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team finally got the results it was looking for.

Baseball team raises funds

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team is pairing with Haymaker Golf Course for the Sailors' spring fundraiser.

A race for the swift

Soroco's Heide, Rengel qualify for state meet

The first time Soroco High School track coach Gary Heide saw his daughter Genessa Heide run a 200-meter race was Saturday --hen she won the event at the Mickey Dunn Invitational.

Man pinned by large boulder

Worker released from hospital after suffering injuries

A construction worker who reportedly was struck by a falling rock at a construction site Monday was released from the hospital Wednesday, a construction project manager said.

The Record for March 28

Scott Stanford: Sounding off about Sound Off

I regularly get questions about Sound Off. Sound Off is a weekly feature we started about four years ago. The gist is that people call in or e-mail comments to us about community issues, and we publish a selection of those comments every Sunday. The controversial part is that we publish the comments anonymously.

Tuesday, March 28

Golf excitement growing

The greens and fairways at Haymaker Golf Course are buried beneath several feet of snow, but it's not too early for locals to start thinking about golf.

Students tune up imaginations

Ryan Fralick said she was bossy and had a hard time working with others before she got involved in the Hayden School District's Destination Imagination program.

Jonathan Kaplan: What matters?

With the debate about a new multi-million dollar sports complex, its location, funding, and concerns in the community about the value of a continued relationship with Triple Crown, perhaps it might be time to talk seriously about what we really value in our community.

Grand auction totals $23M

American Skiing Co. officials were cautiously anticipating a new era Tuesday, one in which they could make a deliberate re-entry into the real estate development game.

City approves Westland demolition permit

The demolition of Westland Mobile Home Park has become a near certainty.

Shake-ups throughout school district

Two administrators submit resignations, Stanford set to return

A former Steamboat Springs School District administrator could be returning to her old post, and two other administrators have submitted their resignations.

Golfers still must wait for snow to melt

The thick layer of snow in the Steamboat area is a reminder that golf season is still more than a month away.

Skater loves to perform

Christian Heritage School sixth-grader Sara Pugh can't really remember why she started ice skating, but she's more than happy to share the reasons she continues.

Election hopefuls to spell out plans

Hayden Town Board and mayoral candidates will talk about the issues facing Hayden and their intentions as elected representatives during a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

The Record for March 29

5:27 p.m. A man was taken to the hospital because he had consumed too much alcohol. Police said the man was attempting to ride his bike west on Lincoln Avenue and apparently crashed several times before weaving into traffic, where he was almost hit. Criminal charges were filed against the man for false reporting and obstructing rescue workers.

Briefs for March 29

Comunidad Integrada will host Craig's second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. May 6 at the picnic area of the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Police chief anticipates students will face felonies

Two of the three boys who police think were involved in branding four Hayden High School students earlier this month are talking to attorneys but not to police, Hayden police Chief Jody Lenahan said Tuesday.

January was busiest in decade at airport

Airport may top 100,000 arrivals

There are signs at Yampa Valley Regional Airport that the ski season is celebrating its last hurrah.

Frank J. Gerken: Thanks Wal-Mart

I would like to publicly thank Mark Mead, the Steamboat Springs Wal-Mart and the store's patrons for making our school support mission possible.

Our View: Build bridges, not walls

The Senate Judiciary Committee's approval Monday of an immigration bill that includes a guest-worker provision is the kind of proposal our country needs to be debating.

Beauprez, Holtzman to speak at dinner

The Routt County Republicans' annual Lincoln Day Dinner will feature both GOP gubernatorial candidates.

Monday, March 27

Riverwalk up for review

A downtown project that would result in the demolition of Westland Trailer Park gets another review from the Steamboat Springs City Council tonight.

Town gives ideas on center

VNA discusses addition to The Haven with public

There was a time when board members discussed closing The Haven assisted living center because there were not enough residents. Today, there is a waiting list for seniors who want to live at the facility on the east edge of Hayden.

Steamboat girls move to 2-1

Sailors bounce back for two wins Saturday after opening with loss

It didn't take long for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team to put Friday night's disappointing loss to Eaton behind them.

Martin drops his bid for seat

Democrat Bill Martin quit the race for county commissioner Monday, saying he did not get enough support at last week's party caucus.

Club team rocks competition in tournament

The eighth-grade girls on Tom Stockdale's club basketball team are off to a fast start this spring.

Absentee voter deadlines approaching

Hayden and Oak Creek voters who want to cast ballots early in their municipal elections have until Friday to pick up applications.

The Record for March 28

12:38 a.m. An accident was reported at AprÃs Ski Way and Walton Creek Road. There were no injuries. Police arrested a 15-year-old involved in the accident on an outstanding warrant.

Officials talk transportation

City, county leaders discuss bus service

County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak thinks Steamboat II should be in the city of Steamboat Springs bus route.

Briefs for March 28

A 12-year-old girl from the Front Range suffered facial injuries and possibly a broken nose after a snowmobile accident Monday afternoon.

Reiter finds reason to believe at snowboarding finals

This wasn't the gold medal season snowboarder Justin Reiter was hoping for in November, but in the end, a few words from his mother put it into perspective.

Sunday, March 26

Riders raise money for royalty

About 15 riders raced at the Brooks Arena in Hayden to raise money for the Routt County Fair and Rodeo Royalty on Sunday.

Teacher dies in crash

School staff calls Houston irreplaceable

Longtime Christian Heritage School teacher Brian Houston died in a motorcycle accident Saturday near Grand Junction.

Board to act on addition

Middle school improvements may be approved Thursday

The Steamboat Springs School Board is scheduled to take action Thursday night on a proposed $1.2 million addition to Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Saturday, March 25

The Record for March 26

Saturday, March 18 Brandon Stuart Cook, 23, Steamboat Springs -- Disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

March rainbows

Trout present a golden opportunity for late winter anglers

The time to catch a rainbow is now.

Transactions for March 14 to 21


Melvin Callahan Hitchens

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Melvin Callahan Hitchens died March 8, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 83.

Sound Off for March 26

The Question of the Week should have been, "Should Steamboat Springs help fund a sports complex near Steamboat that includes a couple of artificial fields that our youths, high school and adult soccer, baseball, lacrosse, softball, football, track and Triple Crown would use?" We need these facilities now. Our adult leagues are near capacity and play at crazy hours. Our high school athletes area at a huge disadvantage in the spring by practicing indoors, and how embarrassing was the condition of our football field in the playoffs last fall?

Addison Elle Romick

Addison Elle Romick, daughter of Jace and Kimberly Romick of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5 a.m. March 2, 2006.

A second chance

Salvaged timber adds character to high-end homes

Steamboat building and design professionals are gaining national notoriety for their use of salvaged wood products in expensive resort homes.

Mountain Capital named Cherry Creek's top producer

Mountain Capital-Cherry Creek Mortgage of Steamboat Springs has been recognized as the top producer by its Cherry Creek Mortgage affiliate.

Business briefs for March 26

Next Steps, a business planning workshop, will be from April 3 to 6 at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Coldwell Banker agents recognized at conference

Agents with the Coldwell Banker Silver Oak Brokerage office in Steamboat were recognized last month for outstanding sales production in 2005 during the Coldwell Banker International Business Conference in San Francisco.

Steve Herter: Lifesavers bless town

Two Flight for Life flights from Steamboat in two years is bad luck. Frequent flier miles on that airline are to be avoided.

Brian Bray: Small airports valued

I noticed in the Sound Off that the issue of closing the Steamboat airport has come up again. Closing small airports is a nationwide problem, one that is not taken lightly by the general aviation community. Skyrocketing land values overshadow the need and utility of a "small group."

Josephine Arlene Selbe

Former Steamboat Springs resident Josephine Arlene Selbe passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on March 20, 2006, in Mesa, Ariz. She was 94.

Our View: Fix it and move on

The Steamboat Springs City Council is running out of time to make a decision about lots in the Fairview and Miller-Frazier subdivisions.

South Routt Calendar for March 26

The South Routt Medical Center is open for physical therapy with Dr. Tom Collins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 736-8118 for appointments.

Madeline Doris Moss

Madeline Doris Moss, daughter of Danica and Ted Moss of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:32 p.m. March 14, 2006.

Class notes for March 26

Steamboat student makes dean's list Steamboat Springs resident Samuel T. Johnson made the dean's list for the fall 2005 semester at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., about 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

On top of the world

Middle school teacher planning to climb, conduct research on Mount Everest

Matt Tredway feels like a child about to attend his first day of school -- there's a weird feeling in the pit of his stomach, and he questions whether he will succeed.

Melaini Diane Bantam

Melaini Diane Bantam, daughter of Andy and Lacey Bantam of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:54 p.m. March 15, 2006.

Ian Hugh Dickinson

Ian Hugh Dickinson, son of Gerda and Marc Dickinson of the Rock Springs area in Wyoming, was born at 4:52 p.m. March 12, 2006.

Shoot from the hip, hit the heart

Young writers not afraid to evoke emotions in their stories

Their stories are a far cry from writing about "What I Did During My Summer Vacation."

John O. Ross: 1925-2006

Oak Creek readies for elections

Two candidates vie for mayor; nine running for Town Board seats

Campaign fliers are being printed, candidates are busy shaking hands and talking to residents, and Oak Creek appears ready to elect its next mayor and Town Board.

Friday, March 24

Art Judson: the avalanche doctor

Hahn's Peak forester loves snow -- and its slides

Some guys name their boats after their spouses. Not Art Judson.

Reed lashes Eaton tennis opponent

Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis, say hello to Shelby Reed.

Sailors defeat Huskies

The Steamboat Springs Sailors got their first wins of the baseball season Saturday in a sweep of Battle Mountain.

CSAPs bring March Madness

Preparing for state-mandated tests a lesson in organization for schools

In her office at Steamboat Springs High School, Carole Buelter has a stack of papers covered in pen marks, cross-outs and arrows. It's messier than an NCAA tournament bracket.

Oak Creek to look into garden options

If Rock Bevan has his way, Oak Creek residents could enjoy the fruits of his labor by the end of the summer.

Planning group mulls project

Fox Creek would include 25 condo units, townhomes

A proposed condominium and townhome project off Hilltop Parkway could be too close to Fox Creek, Steamboat Springs planning commissioners said Thursday during a pre-application hearing.

Hayden's free Aikido class changing students' lives

Amanda Tucker never thought a martial arts class would change her husband's life.

Child may testify by video

Attorneys on Friday debated whether statements from an 8-year-old boy can be used as evidence in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting him.

More than just skiing

NASTAR events celebrate nation's amateur racers

A pair of racers swap stories at the bottom of a slalom course, another couple share a joke a few feet away as 67-year-old Annette Stover sums up another day on the slopes.

The Record for March 25

12:34 a.m. A fight among bar patrons and a bouncer was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. The bar patrons were aggressive with a bouncer who was trying to remove them from the bar. Officers mediated the situation.

Hard work rewarded

Two local nonprofit agencies receive awards

Advocates Against Battering and Abuse and Comunidad Integrada have received special grant awards from the El Pomar Foundation.

'Penguins' face freezing water to benefit EMS

Soda Davison figured the best way to paddle across a freezing swimming pool would be to use flippers.

One question at a time

Special education test requires time, raises concerns

For a small number of Steamboat Springs students, standardized tests involve a lot more than filling in circles with a No. 2 pencil.

Steamboat student finishes high school in the current

Clay Whiddon left Steamboat Springs to spend the second semester of his senior year in search of bigger rivers. What he found were broader horizons.

Briefs for March 25

Historic Routt County, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic character of Routt County communities and rural areas, is looking for new members, volunteers, donations and board members.

Help wanted

Changes leave Steamboat fire department short on manpower

Former Steamboat Springs volunteer firefighter Bobby Carlomagno is worried about the state of the fire department.

John Russell: You're never too old to race

There comes a time in our lives when we must face the reality that we are growing older and that we must give up some of the things we enjoyed doing when we were younger.

NASTAR racers arrive

Event helps couple maintain dedication to skiing

The first day of the NASTAR National Champ�--ionships in Steamboat Springs was a tough one for 73-year-old Blyde Patty, but after two disappointing runs it didn't take him long to find the silver lining.

Thursday, March 23

School counselor honored

Briggs-Casson wins Hazie Werner Award for Excellence

Margi Briggs-Casson, a coun-selor at Steamboat Springs Middle School, is this year's winner of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s Hazie Werner Award for Excellence.

Series explores Irish films

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is showing "The Commitments," a movie set in Dublin, Ireland.

It's no April Fools

Lodging barometer shows ski vacationers remaining en masse

Checkout time has been moved back for Steamboat Springs' winter tourism season. The resort will be far busier than it has for the past several years, at least through April 1.

Get out your old Viking costume

Memorial Nordic Festival is Saturday

Just imagine Barry Gibb at the height of the Bee Gees popularity, add a pair of cross-country skis and Viking flair and you have what it takes to be a contender in the Häkan Memorial Nordic Festival costume contest.

On Scene for March 24

Hubba-hubba I did not boo the villain or cheer the heroine at the melodrama Thursday night at Steamboat Mountain Theater -- I was laughing too hard. The Secret of Yonder Mountain is to have a chicarita first. No, but you could win free candy during intermission if you forget to eat dinner.

CD reviews for March 24

Fiona Apple "Extraordinary Machine" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98 We've waited a long time for Fiona's new CD.

Racket people like

Berdoo brings heavy metal to the 'Boat

Members of the band Berdoo did not leave the Nite's Rest Room No. 104 until they finished recording 13 songs in 34 days.

Lovely local ladies

Museum honors women who shaped Yampa Valley

The things we struggle with today seem like nothing compared to what some of Yampa Valley's pioneering women experienced.

The power of Sojourn

2006 Literary Sojourn authors and reading list are released

There are alternatives to choosing your reading material from The New York Times' bestseller list.

Lot barricades add to rift

Store owners upset with city's actions

Two "road closed" signs are creating a barricade between the city of Steamboat Springs and the owners of a local auto supply store.

Classroom spending bill introduced

Legislation counters 65 percent proposal for schools

A bill that counters a proposed ballot measure about K-12 education spending is moving through the legislative process at the Capitol in Denver.

Get your slope on

Sister Hazel builds local community of music

Sister Hazel considers itself more of an institution than a band.

Allison's picks for March 24

Friday ¤ Friday Film Series When: 7 p.m. Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Why you should go: Because Dori Weiss is an incredible source of knowledge and wisdom regarding film.

Allison Plean: Legend has it

My physical therapist faxed in my paperwork last week for a partial refund of my season ski pass.

Music calendar for March 24

Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5552

Father Nature

Sculptor experiments with selenite

You probably know Leo Atkinson as "The Geode Man" from Art in the Park.

Arts calendar for March 24

Ongoing ¤ "LIVE4THIS," works by Darshan Phillips and Aaron Whisner, new works by Shirley Sacks and "dans le jardin de fleur," new works by Patricia Walsch and Reven Fellars, are on display at Studio Gallery 27. The exhibit ends April 10. Call 879-6114.

Road committee appointed

A group of Routt County residents has been assembled to help county commissioners prioritize improvement projects for county roads.

The Record for March 24

Wednesday, March 22 1:59 a.m. An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested in the 700 block of Amethyst Drive on a failure to appear warrant that stemmed from a barking dog complaint.

Free music takes center stage

Steamboat Ski Area hosting bands, rail jam for NASTAR event

More than 1,300 amateur ski racers are in town this weekend for the NASTAR National Championships, and the Steamboat Ski Area is offering a variety of live, free entertainment for them and other visitors and residents.

Inventory shrinks, prices rise

Local real estate experts are concerned about the lack of real estate inventory in Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for March 24

Get ready for Teen Battle of the Bands on May 20 The third annual Teen Battle of the Bands is May 20 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Tony Counts, aka "Kat in tha Hat," will emcee the battle. Prizes for the winning band include a professionally recorded demo produced by Kurt Wipperfurth of Big Idiot Productions; airtime on KFMU; a weeknight performance at Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill; a feature article in Four Points, the weekly entertainment supplement to the Steamboat Today; and a trophy created by industrial arts students at Steamboat Springs High School.

Wednesday, March 22

Scott Stanford: This one's on the record

I learned a lesson about going "off the record" years ago.

Club's prestige builds

Steamboat telemark skiers shine at national races

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has built a reputation for producing top ski jumpers, Nordic combined skiers, snowboarders and Alpine skiers.

Snowfall hinders meter reading

Routt County residents who think their electric bills are more expensive than they should be should check the ease of access to their meters.

Rotary works to rebuild libraries

When two hurricanes ravaged the homes of Louisianans last year, they also wiped out the institutions where residents stored their cultural heritage.

Board to hear community garden proposal

An Oak Creek resident will pitch a community garden concept to the Oak Creek Town Board tonight.

Day 4: Seeing the devastation

We turned the music off. We stopped talking. We heard the damage in the Lower Ninth Ward would take our breaths away and bring tears to our eyes. We heard this neighborhood comprised mostly of low-income African-American people once had spirit and character.

Lacrosse team lacks wins

Sailors remain upbeat despite season's slow beginning

Despite snow-covered fields and little sunshine, the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse season is under way.

Free skiers succeed at Junior Olympics

Sierra Weir surprised everyone -- including herself -- at the 2006 Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympic Championships in Park City, Utah.

Season's first tennis match set

Getting back to the state championships is a priority for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team. The journey begins Friday.

'A rare quality'

Woman who died in crash remembered with love

Jennifer Buttery formed lasting friendships with just about everyone she met.

Tuesday, March 21

Police look at incident

Hayden boys may have been involved in hazing

Hayden police are continuing to investigate an incident in which four high school students were branded -- possibly against their will -- with a heated wire coat hanger.

Sailors get back on track in Delta

The sky was cloudy, but there was no snow in Delta during the weekend. It was a welcome sight for Steamboat Springs track coach Andy Reust and the 14 members of the high school track team that made the trip.

The Record for March 22

11:18 a.m. A woman in the 26000 block of U.S. Forest Service Road 409 reported her mother kidnapping her 2-year-old daughter after the women were involved in an argument. Officers said the fighting between the woman and her mother has been an ongoing problem for two or three years. Officers contacted the woman's mother and the 2-year-old daughter at the Steamboat Lake Outfitter's restaurant and gave the child back to her mother. The officers also called the Department of Human Services to mediate the situation.

Skiers fare well at J4 Junior Olympic Championships

Making it to this year's J4 Junior Olympic Championships in Winter Park was a goal shared by most of the skiers in coach Scott Wither's program.

Police warn of money scam

Scheme involves 'travel agent' contacting local businesses

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is warning businesses about a scam aimed at robbing victims of thousands of dollars.

New Orleans landscape shocks teens

Teenagers wrestle with each other and climb on broken treadmills atop a trash pile waiting to be picked up.

Our View: A Grand success

The successful auction of the remaining condominium shares at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center is good news, not only for the Grand's owners but also for the community.

Fairview talks to continue

City votes to have members work with neighborhood groups

Residents of the Fairview and Miller-Frazier subdivisions will continue to face a disagreement they say has created a rift in the neighborhood.

Sailors struggle at plate, in field

It's still early in the season, but the Denver East baseball team gave its Steamboat Springs counterpart a goal to work toward Saturday.

Day Three: Unbelievable

Michelle and I dined under the big top today, but this is a circus no one wants to watch. On one side of the tent, we ate spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and vanilla pudding pie provided for Hurricane Katrina relief workers. On the other side of the blue and yellow tent, men, women and children of all ages walked single-file through a distribution line, receiving free items such as canned vegetables, tampons and clothes. Seven months after the hurricane struck New Orleans, Top Ramen will be someone's meal in St. Bernard's Parish tonight.

Lot sold for Coke building

Developer hopes to sell lots by summer 2007

Developers say they have sold five lots, and construction could begin as soon as June at the Valley View Business Park in Hayden.

Candidates forum next week

An hour-long candidates forum will be held next week in preparation for the April 4 election.

Banquet to benefit outreach group

If you've ever wanted to drive a 100-ton excavator, get your checkbook ready for Friday's Young Life fundraiser.

Briefs for March 22

Three southern Colorado residents were arrested Sunday on suspicion of criminal trespass after police said a Union Pacific Railroad employee found the people sleeping in a train compartment.

LIFT-UP to break ground

Nonprofit's building expected to be done by fall

All of LIFT-UP of Routt County's Steamboat operations soon will be under one roof.

County ranchers take honors in bull test

Two Routt County ranching families have bulls that rank among the best in the state.

Get out your swimsuits

Cold-water plunge to benefit emergency medical services

There is no better crowd with which to jump into ice-cold water than a group of emergency paramedics.

The Record for March 23

Tuesday, March 21 12:19 a.m. Someone reported seeing a drunken man stumbling in the road near Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Officers picked up the man and took him to detox.

Briefs for March 23

Reward offered for vandalism information

No place like home

After hurricane, two New Orleans men say they're staying put

On a direct flight from Denver to New Orleans on Monday evening, two men flanked a journalist eager to hear their stories.

County assessor race contested

Republican Dick Klumker announces candidacy during precinct caucuses

Mike Kerrigan is no longer running solo in the race for Routt County Assessor.

Monday, March 20

Local skiers jump into sunset

Top showings from skiers including Trevor Wert, Cliff Field and Erik Lynch gave the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club plenty to smile about during the final jumping events of the season at Howelsen Hill.

School lunches to veg out

Grants will fund nutrition programs in Steamboat

Elementary school students in Steamboat Springs will be in a classroom even while they're eating lunch.

Day Two: Shedding tears

I cried my first tears for New Orleans today. Edward Sears, a displaced New Orleans Parish resident, lost everything. He lived on the first floor of what he called "the projects" and was forced out when the water came rushing in. His story overwhelmed me. I get tears in my eyes now. He told me to stop crying and to be strong because a greater, safer New Orleans will emerge from the devastation.

Car crash kills local woman

Husband in 'fair' condition, baby OK after accident near Silverthorne

A Steamboat Springs woman died Sunday from injuries sustained in a car crash north of Silverthorne.

Tour to show working ranches

Before Steamboat Springs became "Ski Town USA," it was a ranching community. People will have a chance to experience that community Thursday during a tour of two working ranches.

The Record for March 21

Sunday, March 19 12:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a noise complaint reported in the 1400 block of Morgan Court. 1:55 a.m. Police investigated a report of a fight in progress in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. No fight was found.

Briefs for March 21

Adults can get vaccinated for Hepatitis B at VNA Hepatitis B Vaccinations are available to adults with certain risk factors on a sliding scale of as much as $15 a vaccination for a limited time. Completing the Hepatitis B vaccination series of three shots provides protection from this sexually transmitted disease. To be eligible for this discount, you must be 20 or older and have certain risk factors. Call the VNA at 879-1632.

Smoking ban may hit Hayden

Because the Hi-Way Bar in Hayden is neither a casino, cigar bar nor the smoking lounge at Denver International Airport, Fawna Odom likely will have to ask her patrons not to light up come July 1.

Ski area speculation

Ski Corp. officials say rumors of pending sale are false

Officials of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. say they are not aware of any pending sale of the ski area.

Spring arrives, soccer lagging

Monday was the first official day of spring, but that doesn't mean the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will be hosting a home game anytime soon.

Jones pushes limits in Steamboat finale

The competitive ski jumping season in Steamboat Springs ended on a good note Sunday thanks to calmer air, cooler snow conditions and a top showing from local favorite Clint Jones.

Council to discuss Fairview lot issue

Time is running out for Fairview and Miller-Frazier residents who want to build additional homes on their lots.

Sunday, March 19

County prioritizes funding

Board ranks requests from areas affected by energy advances

The Routt County Board of Commissioners recently prioritized funding applications from four entities in the county.

Day One: On the road

Michelle Perry, my companion/photographer/sanity, and I arrived safely in New Orleans at 10:45 p.m. CST without complications and only minor delays.

Tom Ross: Ski and golf in the same day

Spring can wait -- today is the first day of two-fer season

If the view out your window this morning doesn't particularly remind you of spring, you're not alone. Resist the temptation to throw yourself off the James Brown Memorial Stock Bridge because, in spite of what the calendar says, spring has not yet arrived.

The Record for March 20

Dentist offers children free care

A Steamboat Springs dentist will offer free dental care next month to children younger than 18 who don't have insurance.

Saturday, March 18

Bowling for books

Students play games, have fun at South Routt Elementary's annual Literacy Carnival

Konnor Harves, 8, got all bent out of shape to win free books Thursday night.

Hot Topic: On the record about recording

A student at Overland High School in Aurora made national news in recent weeks when he recorded a Feb. 1 lecture by his geography teacher, Jay Bennish, in which Bennish makes opinionated, inflammatory statements in class, including a comparison of the Bush presidency to the regime of Adolf Hitler.

Local teens ready to rock

With this year's Teen Battle of the Bands just two months away, the Teen Style staff focuses this month on the local teen music scene. You'll read a firsthand account of what it's like to be in a teen band that practices in a basement and watches anime between songs; an interview with members of last year's Battle of the Bands runner-up, Noise Pollution; and a scathing-yet-hopeful look at the current world of popular music written by a Teen Style staffer.

Budget broker targeting 'Boat next

If Time Value Real Estate realizes its goal of becoming one of Colorado's 10 largest real estate companies in the next five years, you still likely will find Tom and Dwight Willman working out of their discreet basement office.

Boys taking flight

Gymnasts recognized at championships

The smiles say they're 8 years old. Their gymnastic feats do not.

BOCES plays an important role in education in area

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services, or BOCES, is on a mission that can be found in its mission: "As a result of our efforts, districts will maximize resources, through cooperation, to positively impact student learning."

The record for March 19

Sailors, Huskies tie game

Teams 'played with heart and passion'

The first meeting of 2006 between Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs girls' soccer lived up to its billing.

Finally, the Grand sells out

Buyers snatch up remaining units at Saturday auction

After years plagued by construction delays, lackluster condominium sales, turnover of general managers and other headaches, ownership units at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel finally have sold out.

Skier visits grow

Debt detracts from ski company's record revenues

Thanks in part to 9 percent growth in skier days at Steamboat Ski Area during the first part of the season, American Skiing Co. lost a lot less money than it did during the same time period last year.

No rest for the Bulldogs swimmers against Glenwood Springs

Rest was not in the schedule for the Moffat County and Glenwood Springs swim teams Saturday.

Sound Off for March 19

Keep two airports: The two airport system in our valley, which separates general aviation and commercial, is an ideal situation. As a student pilot, I don't particularly want to be in the traffic pattern of the 747, and I'm certain the 747 feels the same way. The Steamboat Springs Airport provides a vital service for all air travel.

Our View: Putting value on Triple Crown

Steamboat Springs City Council member Loui Antonucci was on target last week with his comments about a potential sports complex in Northwest Colorado.

Jazzmyn Rylee Soule

Jazzmyn Rylee Soule, daughter of David and Kryssi Soule of Craig, was born at 3:16 p.m. on March 13, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Her siblings are Arran, David Jr. and Gavin. Her grandparents are Robin and Tal Willis of Craig, Bill and Janice Rogers of Hayden and Joy and Paul Bachem of Hayden.

John F. Russell: Make the right picks

After finishing dead last in our office pool last year, I swore I never again would fill out an NCAA tournament bracket.

Real estate transactions for March 19

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer 4S DEVELOPMENT, LTD., LLLP TO MCGOWEN, RODNEY AND MCGOWEN, MARJORIE FOR HIDDEN SPRINGS RANCH LOT: 2 - $197,500

Slim pickings in the rental market

Huge snows this year have made Steamboat Springs an especially popular destination, but that isn't the only reason for a tough rental market.

Business briefs for March 19

Wharton promoted to executive vice president

Dennis L. Hayes 1939-2006

Longtime Hayden resident Dennis L. "Dinny" Hayes died March 7, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs, where he had resided the past three years. He was 67.

Braden Patrick Adams

Braden Patrick Adams, son of Chris and Lisa Adams of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:13 a.m. on March 3, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. His sibling is Kellen Adams. His grandparents are Karl and Kathleen Chambers of Greenwood Village and Gordon and Kitty Adams of Clinton, Wash.

Class Notes for March 19

Mark Rueff:Attracting skiers

Patricia Anne Neste 1934-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Patricia Anne "Pat" Neste died of degenerative lung disease March 12, 2006, in Olathe. She was 71.

Shedding light in Yampa

For 20 years, lamps were Wendy Moreau's life.

The Vernal Equinox

This year, spring officially arrives in the northern hemisphere at the moment of the vernal equinox -- about 11:26 a.m. March 20. Our spring begins the instant that the sun crosses the Earth's equator on its way north. With each passing day, the sun rises a little bit earlier and sets a little bit later, increasing the number of daylight hours for us to enjoy. The number of daylight hours will continue to increase until the summer solstice June 21 -- the longest day of the year and the first official day of summer.

Violette Elizabeth Lowe

Violette Elizabeth Lowe, daughter of Jesse and Jessica Lowe of Craig, was born at 4:05 a.m. on March 8, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Her siblings are Ivy and Lilli. Her great-grandparents are Sam and Sharon Ketchum of Craig. Her grandparents are Anne Marie Goslin of Craig, Dan and Deb Lowe of Craig, Mike Terrill of Craig, Marty Ketchum of Canon City and Ed and Rose Powell of Glenoma, Wash.

Luke Bomier Mont-gomery

Luke Bomier Mont-gomery, son of Debbie and T.J. Montgomery of Craig, was born at 5:25 p.m. on March 6, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. His sibling is Logan. His grandparents are Bob and Jan Stark of Savery, Wyo.; Guy and Kay Montgomery of Powell, Wyo. and David and Marty Rann of Grand Junction.

Alexia Lillian Cornelison

Alexia Lillian Cornelison, daughter of Danielle Marie Parker and Trevor Wayne Cornelison of Walden, was born at 3:49 p.m. on March 8, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Delita and Lloyd Parker of Walden, Rick Cornelison of Walden and Alicia Cornelison of Green Valley, Ariz.

Community banker, first-generation rancher

n and out of the office, Terry Jost is all business

Terry Jost is a hard-working, no-nonsense, make-your-own-breaks kind of guy, which could explain how the St. Louis-raised banker fell in love with the ranching and cowboy lifestyle he found in Iowa and Northwest Colorado.

Dinner beefs up Democrat funding

According to U.S. Rep. John Salazar, it's a good thing the U.S. Capitol is not made of leather.

Authority in its youth

Housing board works to answer questions

Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials have said they want affordable housing.

Any way you slice it

Downtown pizza picture offers plenty of options

It no longer matters whether you are headed west or east on Lincoln Avenue -- you can pull over for pizza by the slice without ever having to make a left turn against traffic.

Friday, March 17

The Record for March 18

4:47 p.m. A 15-year-old boy reported finding a wallet while he was with his cousin in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. The boy told officers his cousin took $80 out of the wallet and wasn't going to return it. The boy's father took the $80 from his nephew and gave the wallet to police officers.

Middle distance is Rams' strength

Keep eye on 400, 800-meter runners

Soroco High School senior Kyla Schmidt introduced herself to Class 2A runners and coaches during last year's state meet.

Police investigate branding

Hayden boys may have been involved in hazing

Hayden police are investigating an incident in which four high school students were branded --ossibly against their will --ith a heated wire coat hanger.

Yampa lacks candidates, cancels election

The town of Yampa has canceled its April 4 municipal election.

Chix give back to their fans

Snacks offered at tonight's game

The Steamboat Chix with Stix women's hockey team ventured out of league play last weekend, dropping games to A Division opponents Breckenridge and Vail during the weekend.

Fox Creek project considered

The developer building the Sundance Creek townhomes on Anglers Drive has proposed a 27-unit development on the U.S. Highway 40 corridor.

Briefs for March 18

A 41-year-old Phippsburg woman was arrested Thursday after police said she resisted arrest and obstructed officers who were trying to remove two horses from her property. Police said the horses are malnourished.

West Side Auto wins championship

The Steamboat Springs premier hockey league's version of March Madness came to a close Thursday with West Side Auto's 6-2 win against the Blind Pigs of Craig at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Thursday, March 16

Looking for better planes

Resort officials fly to Chicago for airline meeting

A group of Yampa Valley resort and airport officials will travel to Chicago on March 22 in a bid to upgrade commuter airline service between Routt County and Denver.

Track team has eyes on regionals

Be it running in the pool, in the school hallways or during meets, the Steamboat Springs track and field team is preparing for the three-day regional meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Man sentenced for assault

During his sentencing Thursday, 35-year-old Jerome Velasquez of Idaho Springs, Idaho, told Senior District Judge Charles Buss that he takes full responsibility for an accident in January 2005 that almost killed 27-year-old Jacob Martinez of Craig.

Commission reviews west plan

Affordable housing a focus during Thursday discussion

During a discussion about the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan on Thursday, Routt County planning commissioners expressed discouragement about their ability to create truly affordable housing.

Full speed ahead

The Fryday Band is back on the road

Members of the Fryday Band have been busy handing out copies of their CD on the side of highways.

Seven-year itch

Band reunited, plays for charity

It has been seven years since the Freddy Jones Band played together.

Paradigm Theater hosts beer tasting festival

Oak Creek's Paradigm Theater is a chameleon venue that is offering an alternative to celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year.

Green team grows

Staff reviews goals, community service

The popularity of the city of Steamboat Springs' Green Team has grown to the point that city staff has asked the City Council for direction about how to handle all of the inquiries.

What you CAN DO

Event raises money for locals with multiple sclerosis

Barbara Sanders was taking a written test during her freshman year of high school when her hand went numb and she couldn't write. That day marked the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease she has battled for 42 years.

County doesn't play by city's rules

Sheriff candidate Birch won't face the same choice Murphy had to make

The Routt County Sheriff's Office does not have guidelines for its employees to abide by during a political campaign, Sheriff John Warner said.

Coloring outside the lines

Five featured artists challenge themselves by working in new mediums

Steamboat's visitors this time of year include both ends of the age spectrum. Studio Gallery 27's new exhibit represents both ends of the art spectrum.

Couple acquitted of theft

An Oak Creek couple was cleared Friday of charges that they stole from a Stagecoach homeowner's association.

Grand Finale

Final 25 days at ski area packed with events

The time to relax for Steamboat Ski Area employees is fewer than 30 days away. They will have earned the rest.

Arts calendar for March 17

Ongoing Makers of furniture and furnishings that incorporate wood are invited to apply to "Fabric, Furniture and Furnishing," a joint, juried exhibit presented at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs by the Rocky Mountain Fine Woodworking Gallery and the Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Exhibit dates are Aug. 4 through Sept. 17. The entry deadline is May 19. The juror is Susan Working, director of woodworking and furniture at Anderson Ranch. Entry guidelines can be downloaded at or by e-mailing

Allison Plean: Cheers

OK, so I lied in my last column. There is one more thing that Steamboat lacks -- a true nightclub scene.

Allison's picks for March 17

Today The Fryday Band When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill Cost: Free Why you should go: Because you want to see what kind of St. Patty's Day outfits the band found in Denver thrift stores.

Based on a true story

Local attorney publishes book based on life experiences

The judge assigned to a murder trial that Charles Feldmann prosecuted while he was in the Marine Corps suggested that he write a book.

Music calendar for March 17

Tonight Steve Boynton When: 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Chaps in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free Call: 871-5552

Click your heels and test your Irish dancing skills

No experience is necessary to ceili dance on St. Patrick's Day.

Bargaining slow but steady

School district's collective team reports progress, pleasantries

The Steamboat Springs School District's collaborative bargaining team may be progressing slowly, but its members are happy.

The Record for March 15

On Scene for March 17

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.

Democrats to dine for

Routt County Democrats have lined up some impressive names to speak at their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Jump season wrapping up at Howelsen Hill

Ski jumpers in Steamboat Springs will have one more chance to make their competitive mark this weekend during the Western Regional Championship and Super Tour finals at Howelsen Hill.

South Routt principal resigns

South Routt Elementary School Principal Kim Rabon has submitted her resignation effective at the end of the 2005-06 school year.

Buzz off flies

Like flatlanders who misjudge the potency of alcohol at our altitude, cluster flies sluggishly reel and spin around the room, bumping into the ceiling, windows and lampshades. They're a general nuisance this time of the year as our air warms up.

School leaders to explore vocational opportunities

A diverse group of education, business and community leaders is moving forward with plans to expand vocational opportunities for students in Routt and Moffat counties.

Wednesday, March 15

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.

Tease photo

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.

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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.

Tuesday, March 14

Lirva Bean: Unfair closing

The Record for March 15

Monday, March 13 12:42 a.m. A bouncer at a bar in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square reported feeling a gun in the waistband of a man he was escorting out of the bar. Officers caught up with the man, who did not possess a gun. The man was warned not to return to the bar.

Our view: Caucuses: Part of grass-roots democracy

Residents will have the opportunity Tuesday to participate in politics at the most grass-roots level -- precinct caucuses.

Chamber divvies up its events

This week's Hayden Town Board meeting was canceled because of a lack of business to attend to, but other Hayden committees have plenty to address as they look to take over event organization from the fizzled Hayden Chamber Association.

City seeks clear housing rules

The city of Steamboat Springs has an inclusionary zoning ordinance. It also -- along with Routt County -- has a housing authority.

MacCarthy leads 'Boat cross-country team

It took a drastic effort at the finish line in the semifinals of the sprint event, but after five trips to the Junior Olympic Championships, Sarah MacCarthy finally made it to the finals.

Briefs for March 15

A special education audit of the Steamboat Springs School District is scheduled for March 30 and 31. A parent focus group is from 7 to 8 p.m. March 30 in the Steamboat Springs High School's commons area. Parents who have children with disabilities enrolled in the school district are strongly encouraged to attend the focus group, which is part of the audit. Participants do not need to RSVP. Call Robin Tschider at 879-0391 or e-mail for more information.

Swedish students can't get enough of Steamboat

Group of eighth-graders to host local teens in April as part of exchange program

The residents of Steamboat Springs are a happy bunch of folks.

Family opens ranch to travelers

Patrick and Tammie Delaney are envisioning people saying their wedding vows this summer at their historic ranch overlooking the Yampa River two miles northeast of Hayden.

Sales-tax revenues on the rise

January was only so-so when it came to sales tax revenues in Hayden, but the town has seen some big revenue increases this budget year.

Time to try a triathlon?

The second annual Steamboat Springs Triathlon is more than five months away, which is why the time to think about training is now.

Recreational hockey teams square off for top honor

It all started last November when 90 players in Steamboat Springs and Craig pulled on their skates for the opening night of the Steamboat Springs Premier Hockey League.

Baseball team fights to tie cold opener

Steamboat Springs baseball coach Dave Roy joked that he was still trying to catch his breath after the team's season-opening game Saturday.

Greg Forney: Naming suspects

Board approves GRAMNET funding

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved on Tuesday an $11,000 contribution to the Routt County Sheriff's Office. The money will fund a regional drug-enforcement task force.

Mill-levy proposal advances

South Routt Medical Center officials' plan to get a mill levy on the May 2 ballot has moved a step forward.

No charges filed in snowmobiler's death

No charges will be filed in connection with a snowmobiling accident that killed a woman in January.

Holiday gives tennis group a reason to get back on courts

It will not take the luck of the Irish to find a good time at the Steamboat Tennis Center on Sunday.

Gifted funding uncertain

School Board members discuss hiring full-time staff

Steamboat Springs School Board members are questioning plans to hire staff for gifted and talented programs that have yet to be developed.

The snow's healing powers

Skiers with disabilities treated to a day in the sun

The way Terry Smutney looks at it, skiing gave him back his life.

Raymond, Terry pick up title

Middle school wrestling team ties Moffat County for win

Halen Raymond knew what he had to do. With 35 seconds left, Hayden middle school wrestling coach Dallas Robinson reminded Raymond that the Tigers needed a pin to tie Moffat County for the Soroco Middle School Wrestling Tournament title.

Monday, March 13

Steamboat skiers make their mark

The J3 Junior Olympic Championships came to a close Saturday at Vail's Gold Peak with Buck Hill, Minn.'s Michael Ankeny topping Ski Club Vail's Hunter Schleper for the slalom title.

Youths find success at Junior Olympics

Five members of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club returned from Sun Valley, Idaho, this week after successful campaigns at the J2 Junior Olympic Championships.

Young kids are old hands

Cowboy musical tonight at Strawberry Park Elementary

Jackson Perry may not have a big part, but he knows his lines by heart. "Are you all right, partner?" Jackson said in a cowboy drawl Monday during a rehearsal for tonight's performance of "Cow�--boys, Outlaws, Railroads & Mining, Oh My!"

Steamboat's playoff run ends in 2nd

Steamboat girls hockey coach John Harris was optimistic before his team headed to the Chapel Hill Ice Arena during the weekend for the Mountain State's Girls Hockey League State playoffs.

Briefs for March 14

"Heralds of Hope," a fundraiser for Hospice, seeks to bring color and cheer into the lives of residents. On Wednesday, daffodils will be for sale for $5 a bunch at City Market, Safeway, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Alpine Floral, Hayden Mercantile, the Clark Store and the Visiting Nurse Association offices. Proceeds from daffodil sales will be used to provide hospice care for teminally ill patients in the Yampa Valley.

Lose something lately?

Steamboat Ski Area may have what you're looking for

If you have seen a gray stuffed rabbit around the ski area, a child would appreciate it if you would bring it to the lost and found.

Colorado brings in record numbers of skiers

Steamboat focuses on April tourism

The gondola singles line that stretched around the corner to Gondola Joe's coffee shop Monday morning said it all.

Hayden marks 100 years

Happy Birthday, Hayden. The town of Hayden has made it through its first hundred years, and most people are optimistic about what the next hundred years will bring.

Council, authority to discuss housing

The Steamboat Springs City Council and the local housing authority will discuss affordable housing efforts tonight.

Grant helps honor heritage

The city of Steamboat Springs is among the nation's first to receive a grant promoting the protection of community heritage.

Steamboat man arrested in drug bust

The Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team drug task force assisted agents from Denver Drug Enforcement Agencies in an investigation that resulted in the seizure of more than 1 pound of cocaine.

School Board seeks input

Forums will address specific questions about aging facilities

The Steamboat Springs School Board plans to host another round of community forums to gauge public opinion about what to do with aging district facilities.

The Record for March 14

12:32 a.m. An assault and battery was reported in Park Trailer Park in Hayden. A 29-year-old Hayden woman was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault in what police described as a domestic dispute. No injuries were reported.

Jewell returns to World Cup

Nearly three weeks after he made his first Olympic appearance, Steamboat Springs Tyler Jewell returned to the World Cup tour with a seventh-place showing at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y., last week.

Sunday, March 12

Tom Ross: What have you done to make history lately?

The first decade of the 21st century marks the golden age of photography

Lately, I've become increasingly aware that almost every time I go to Howelsen Hill, someone is making history. Or at least, everyone but me is making history.

Speech competitors prepare for state

Three members of the Steam�--boat Springs High School speech team have qualified for the state tournament, Friday and Saturday at Arvada High School.

Gift for the gifted students?

Board to hear committee update about $100,000 proposal

With all the balls it has up in the air, the Steamboat Springs School Board might need juggling lessons.

Saturday, March 11

Transactions for March 1 to 6


All work, all play

Three professional 'ski bums' get their passes scanned every day

Three of Steamboat's more accomplished ski bums have more in common than simply skiing every day of the season.

Ty Thomas Norton

Ty Thomas Norton, son of Gina Goodman Norton and Ron Norton of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:17 a.m. on Feb. 28, 2006.

Building permits for March 1 to 3



Danny and Lori Thompson of Steamboat Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Marissa Mack of Steamboat, to Preston Housel of Denver. Housel is the son of Thomas and Lori Housel of Commerce City.

Shelby Nicole Gunter

Shelby Nicole Gunter, daughter of Bryan and Rachel Gunter of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:58 a.m. on March 1, 2006.

Braden William Jenrich

Braden William Jenrich, son of Drew and Jessica Jenrich of Steamboat Springs, was born at 10:55 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2006.

Discounts at a price

15 years have passed since city lost suit over Wal-Mart vote

It was 15 years ago this month that the lengthy debate about Wal-Mart's bid to open a store in Steamboat Springs stopped just short of reaching the Colorado Supreme Court.

Business briefs for March 12

Steamboat Village Brokers has announced the addition of Suzie Spiro to its real estate team. Spiro began her real estate sales career in 2002 in Boulder. She is an owner and partner for RWM Development, LLC.

Patrick Ryan Kuntz

Patrick Ryan Kuntz, son of Kelsey and Paul Kuntz of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:49 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2006.

Tall Tulips flower shop fills niche

Exotic flowers sent overnight from Amsterdam

Marco is the most valued business partner of Amy Bunch and Christopher "Kip" Tirone. Yet they never have met the man or spoken to him on the phone.

A Grand sale

Auction could bring end to resort's sales woes

Auctioneers may have to sell a unit every minute Saturday to get rid of the remaining units at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Friday, March 10

Plan, study guide airport's future

For more than 50 years, Steam�--boat Springs Airport has been a part of the community.

Christian Heritage School depends on community support

I am excited about our 2006 annual Fundraising Banquet and Silent and Live Auction, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 7 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Studying Spanish firsthand

Local school group travels to landmarks of Peru

Although she didn't want it at first, the hand-knitted blanket that Rachel Van Baak brought home from Peru in February will always make her smile.

Colorado senior skis to second title

Estonia's Jane Rehemaa was introduced to an American sports tradition Saturday when her University of Colorado teammates lifted her up on their shoulders.

Barbara Barker

A service celebrating the life of Clark resident Barbara Barker is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Eighth and Oak streets. A reception will follow.

Nordic pain fest 2006

Outside of Sweden, there's nothing like the North Routt Coureur des Bois. When it comes to Nordic pain fests, this 90-kilometer cross-country ski race is in a class by itself.

Politics from the grassroots up: Caucuses coming

Let your voice be heard. At 7 p.m. March 21, citizens across Colorado will sit down with neighbors who share their political affiliation to talk about what is going on in their communities, their towns and their state. Discussions will cover not only candidates running for elected office but also a huge variety of issues including affordable housing and undocumented immigration.

Winter makes an encore

Forecast: Snowy days may not let up until St. Patrick's Day

Winter has returned to the Yampa Valley, and it doesn't appear to be leaving any time soon.

John O. Ross

A memorial service for longtime Steamboat Springs resident John O. Ross is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with Father David officiating.

United Way director to retire

'Millie's done a fabulous job,' board member says

United Way's executive director, Millie Beall, has a new agenda.

Manager search continues

City Council aims to hire new city official by April's end

Steamboat Springs' search for a new city manager is progressing, with the City Council expected to offer the position to a leading candidate by the end of April.

Snow makes for dangerous driving

Three days of rain, snow and freezing temperatures made Routt County a dangerous place to drive Friday.

Melvin Hitchens

A graveside service for longtime Steamboat Springs resident Melvin Hitchens is at 2 p.m. Monday in Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

A title for Marno

J3 skier wins Junior Olympics event

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's J3 athletes don't tend to excel in Alpine racing speed events, but the team has shrugged this reputation because of the results from Wednesday's J3 Junior Olympics in Vail.

Director praises Oak Creek

During its meeting Thursday night, the Oak Creek Town Board was complimented for the town's response to the December rupture of a mainline water pipe.

The Record for March 11

Ronald Dean Stewart 1932-2006

Former Yampa Valley resident Ronald Dean Stewart passed away March 8, 2006, in Sterling. He was 73.

Benjamin David Morin, 1997-2006

With great sorrow, David and Jill Morin announce the passing of their beloved son, Ben Morin. He was 8.

Emily 'Mex' Evans Briley, 1975-2006

Former Steamboat Springs resident Emily "Mex" Evans Briley died tragically March 4, 2006, in an accident at her home in Park City, Utah. She was 31.

Buffs charge into lead

CU women shine in NCAA slalom at Howelsen Hill

Lucie Zikova, one of the nation's top slalom skiers all season, had struggled on previous races at Howelsen Hill.

Youth hockey leagues reach end of season

Steamboat's Squirt B hockey team wrapped up its season with two games against Vail and one against Summit County during the weekend.

Torn between schools

With one child at Utah and another in Boulder, one Steamboat Springs family could have had a family feud during last week's NCAA National Championships.

Attorney questions informant motives

An attorney representing a man accused of selling cocaine and meth near Soda Creek Elementary School questioned the credibility of the confidential informant police used to purchase drugs from the man.

Steamboat girls soccer falls to top-ranked Broomfield

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team didn't start the season how it wanted to, falling to Broomfield, 4-0, on Saturday. But the Sailors aren't about to worry.

Class notes for March 11

Energy shapes election

Oak Creek sees growing interest

The petitions have been verified, the candidates are hunkering down for a few weeks of campaigning, and Oak Creek appears ready to elect (or re-elect) its next mayor and Town Board.

Happy 100th birthday, Yampa

After almost a year of planning, the town of Yampa is ready to celebrate its centennial.

Dennis Hayes

A funeral service for Hayden resident Dennis Hayes is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hayden Congregational Church. Interment will follow in the Hayden Cemetery.

Big Green takes fifth NCAA win in a row

Perched above the Howelsen Hill face, Karl Johnson looked out and saw home.

Buffs trample NCAA field

CU men place three in top four

With one lap remaining in Saturday's 20-kilometer skate race, University of Colorado skier Henrik Wol Hoye threw his arms up in the air as the lead pack glided past the fans.

Thursday, March 9

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, March 8

West of Steamboat plan up for review

A series of public meetings that begin tonight will mark the end of city and county officials' review of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.

Fog, snow fail to slow Utah skier

NCAA National Championships open in Steamboat Springs

Surrounded by a blanket of thick fog and confronted by a steady stream of heavy snow from the sky, Utah's Scott Veenis had only one thing on his mind as he stepped into the starting gate at the top of Concentration ski run at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Judge says plea in ski rage case 'lenient'

Man could face more severe punishment

A Routt County judge reluctantly gave tentative approval Wednesday to a plea deal reached in the case involving a Littleton man who assaulted a 16-year-old girl on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area in January.

Police officer goes under covers

A Steamboat Springs police officer went undercover -- and covered up -- to nab a suspected thief in the Steamboat Springs High School parking lot Tuesday morning.

What's in a domain name?

Web site accusations fly as sheriff candidates begin campaigns

With the primary election still five months away, the race to replace outgoing Routt County Sheriff John Warner is getting heated.

The Record for March 9

8:23 a.m. A 17-year-old Steamboat Springs boy was arrested in the high school parking lot on suspicion of stealing something from a car. Officers reportedly hid under a blanket in the car the boy was stealing from and baited him with money left in the car's cupholder. When the boy opened the car door, the officer jumped up and caught him. The boy was compliant with officers and even opened the back door of the car for the officer to get out. The boy was charged with several counts of felony trespassing and theft.

Briefs for March 9

The Board of Routt County Commissioners next week will review South Routt Medical Center officials' plan to get a mill levy on the May 2 ballot.

Students earn high science honors

Scott Ptach isn't old enough to drive, but the eighth-grader knows how to take advantage of his driveway.

Judge calls ski rage plea 'lenient'

Man who assaulted 16-year-old girl could face more severe punishment

A Routt County judge gave tentative approval Wednesday to a plea deal reached in the case involving a Littleton man who assaulted a 16-year-old girl on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area in January.

Town Board reviews response

The water has subsided, the water treatment plant has new carpet, and everything appears to be back to normal 2 1/2 months after Oak Creek lost nearly 90 percent of its water.

Fourth time's a charm

Colby College skier grabs national title

Colby College ski racer Abbi Lathrop has been to the NCAA National Championships four times, but before Wednesday's women's giant slalom race, she had never brought home a national title.

Skiers get first racing taste

Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club grow up competing throughout Colorado, the country and the world.

Scott Stanford: Where we stand

I think every community and every newspaper needs an Omar Campbell. Omar and I don't see eye to eye on many issues, but he is my friend, and I enjoy reading and hearing his views about community issues. It would be hard to find somebody who invests more time in reading our newspaper.

Levelz club to remain closed

Officials await completion of engineer reports to clear building

A popular club in Steamboat Springs' Ski Time Square remains closed nearly three weeks after it was evacuated because a support beam failed.

Tuesday, March 7

Our View: Getting focused on facilities

Superintendent Donna Howell is right -- the time has come for the Steamboat Springs School Board to put together a plan to repair its aging facilities.

Sen. Jack Taylor: Balancing uses

Advocates of recreational water rights have been critical of ongoing legislative efforts to ensure recreational uses are compatible with the state's many other water needs. I appreciate their concerns, but as a member of the state Senate, I represent the wide-ranging interests of many different water stakeholders in our part of Colorado. I do not have the luxury of advocating for one kind of water right to the exclusion of all the others.

Parking mess clearing up

School Board considers staff for gifted, talented program

A little warm weather can solve a lot of problems. A chaotic student pick-up and parking situation in the lot between Strawberry Park Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School has become more orderly thanks to staff action and recent sunshine, which has melted snow and made driving lines visible.

Volunteers won't get paid

Steamboat firefighters must give up fee of $20 per call

Volunteer firefighters with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue no longer are being paid $20 for every call they respond to.

Deborah S. Colgan: Point of view

For your information, my husband, Sean P. Colgan, was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team, as well as 10 National Rowing Teams, from 1972 to 1984, winning six medals in world championships.

City to study airport's future

The Steamboat Springs City Council members agreed Tuesday that they need more information before making any decisions about Steamboat Springs Airport's future.

Kerrigan to run for assessor

Williams won't seek fourth term, says Democrat is qualified

Mike Kerrigan is the first to make his candidacy official in the wake of the announcement that Routt County Assessor Amy Williams will not seek a fourth term.

Quint Friesell: Paint the lines

This is mostly directed to the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Steamboat Springs City Council, and in response to the article in the Steamboat Today that stated they couldn't paint lines until favorable weather holds for a consistent time.

It's time to party

Hayden to mark centennial with variety of events

This weekend kicks off a yearlong celebration of Hayden's centennial birthday.

Hayden officer praised for stopping suspects

Police officials are praising the work of a Hayden police officer for apprehending five suspects thought to have been involved in an armed robbery last month.

Kids shine on the slopes

Cancer patients take a break in Steamboat

The nausea is all Kelsey Stone remembers from her first four rounds of chemotherapy. "I had to try a million different medicines," she said. Fortunately -- a word rarely used when discussing cancer -- Kelsey was just 13 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, so doctors could attack the cancer aggressively. The younger the patients, the better their bodies respond to chemotherapy, oncologist Stuart Toledano said.

Monday, March 6


The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is absolutely dependent on local support for artists, art programs & events.


The Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater Company offers monthly concerts, melodramas, performances, film and more. Visit for full calendar!

School Board not ready to finalize facilities plan

While acknowledging a sense of urgency from district principals, the Steamboat Springs School Board decided Monday night that it needs more time and information before developing a plan to improve district facilities including Soda Creek Elementary School, Strawberry Park Elementary School and the George P. Sauer Human Services Center.

SSAC Announces Re-granting Program

Grant Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2006


Focus Adventures offers photo workshops in Steamboat Springs year-round, as well as half and full-day photo tours of the beautiful Yampa Valley.


Don't miss this Arts Council tradition. This popular fundraiser and local comedy review show is generally about poking fun at ourselves through political humor.


Art Exploration for Kids Programs Looking for some creative fun for your kid's this summer?


This year's Cabaret auditions will be held March 11 at 1 pm, and on March 12 at 3 pm at the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater (located in Ski Time Square). Call 879-9008 for more information.

Steamboat Springs Arts Council Affiliated Organizations

The Arts Council serves as a pivotal organization for affiliated groups and individual artists, offering collaboration, administrative support, facility support, technical assistance, grants and leadership in advocating for community arts programming in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Perry-Mansfield Enrolling Students for Summer 2006 Camp Programs

For more information about program

Officials prepare for bird flu

The avian flu has not reached North America, and it can't be transferred from person to person, but a bird flu expert visiting Steamboat Springs said it's still a good idea to be prepared.

Airport's future questioned

Councilwoman Dellinger asks council to study Steamboat airport

City Council member Susan Dellinger will ask her colleagues tonight to consider whether Steamboat Springs Airport should be closed.

Rebuilding Buffalo pride

Colorado athletics director hits the road to visit with fans

Mike Bohn, athletics director for the University of Colorado, is in Steamboat Springs for the NCAA Skiing Championships, but it was football that was on his mind Monday morning.

Briefs for March 7

The fourth annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-off is from 4 to 6 p.m. March 26 at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. Organizers are seeking judges and chili cooks. The categories for judging this year are green chili, red chili, open and dessert. The open category is for milder chilis, white chilis or soup.

The Record for March 7

12:54 a.m. Police received a report of loud music coming from a first-floor condo in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive.

High-speed Hayden depends on weather

Internet users in Hayden could realize speeds as fast as 8 megabytes per second by early summer.

Boy who was buried in snow doing fine

A 3-year-old boy who was buried beneath 3 feet of snow for several minutes last week is doing fine, his father said Monday.

MacCarthy takes top finish

Steamboat Springs skier third in Junior Olympics event

Steamboat Springs skier Sarah MacCarthy opened the 2006 Junior Olympic Nordic Championships in Michigan on a high note Monday afternoon by earning a spot on the podium.

Stroll back to the '50s and '60s

Break out your dancing shoes for a good cause Friday night

In the song "Book of Love," in which chapter do you break up? The answers to such trivia questions will earn prizes at a '50s and '60s dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Lodwick cracks into top 10 in Finland

Todd Lodwick added another top 10 to his list of accomplishments.


The settings are social, and the drama between the characters vivid. Their creator, Amanda Adare, cut her teeth at the Art Institute of Florence and in various studios in Rome, and the results are beautiful.

SSAC Chosen for Leadership Program

The Boettcher Foundation, a privately endowed grant-making organization, in collaboration with National Arts Strategies,

New SSAC Affiliate

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is proud to announce their newest affiliate, the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater Company.


The SSAC held its Annual Meeting on February 2 at the Depot. Guests were welcomed by Executive Director, Nancy Kramer,and introductions were made for staff members and new board members.

Upcoming EXHIBITS at the Depot

Full Spectrum 2006


The Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Free Friday Film Series continues! This is the fourth season of the popular arts council program that brings foreign films both classic and contemporary to Steamboat viewers free --of --charge!

Docent Program Invaluable to Community

Arts Council Docents are trained volunteers/educators who staff the Depot Gallery, and help to interpret and explain elements of exhibits.

A fountain of youth dollars

Foundation to grant $100,000 this year

A charitable foundation plans to give funding and hands-on support to youth organizations in Routt County for years to come.

Skier down and out

Crash sidelines local athlete

For University of Colorado freshman Pat Duran, earning a spot to this week's NCAA National Skiing Championships was a big break.

Sunday, March 5

Fairy tale open for debate

College hosts discussion about classic C.S. Lewis work

Some said the film adaptation of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" was a Hollywood attempt to spread religious propaganda.

Tom Ross: Ms. Bullock, what's in your pocket?

When it comes to evening gowns, stars walk the line

You might be getting old if you devoted Sunday evening to watching the 78th Academy Awards and realized halfway through the production that you've seen only two of the nominated films, and they were Netflix rentals.

Winter losing its grip?

Chances for ski area snow record are diminishing

After a winter that produced unrelenting powder days in December and January, the sudden shift to spring temperatures and cloudless skies during the past week may have shrunk the chances for a record snow total at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Hayden voters will have options

The Hayden mayoral and trustee elections are now contested.

'We're goin' to Boulder'

Bulldogs win regional title, advance to final four

Angie Charchalis may never receive a better belated birthday present. The Moffat County sophomore turned 16 on Friday, but she didn't cut her cake until the next day, after her team unwrapped a 56-51 win against Harrison. The birthday present was a regional championship trophy and an all-expense paid trip for the Moffat County girls to the Class 4A State Basketball Tournament's final four in Boulder.

Saturday, March 4

Fox Creek Park development taking shape

Imagine waking up, walking downstairs from your condominium to eat breakfast at the bakery below, and then walking 20 yards to work.

Transactions for Feb. 21 to 28


Of mice and pen

Event turns fifth-graders into literary critics

With dimmer lights and some coffee, the cafeteria at Soda Creek Elementary School could have been mistaken for a bohemian cafe Friday afternoon.

Ski for your own reasons

For the past three weeks, I've been looking forward to this day. Of all the things I truly missed about the United States while I was in Italy covering the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the opportunity to spend the day skiing with my son and daughter was at the top of the list.

Safety in the terrain park

Incidents raise parents' concerns

There is inherent risk in snowboarding and free skiing at terrain parks such as the one at Howelsen Hill. And parents need to pay close attention.

Fifteen years and still paddling

Steamboat-based magazine celebrates a big birthday

Eugene Buchanan and his staff at Paddler magazine have figured out how to navigate the braided currents of career and leisure time.

South Routt Calendar for March 5

Monday, March 6 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reaching out

Steamboat doctor takes 21st century medicine to remote areas

It's easy for U.S. doctors to get caught up in the time and effort needed to begin their own practices. What often lost in the daily shuffle is why they became doctors in the first place -- to help others.

Business briefs for March 5

Wurmlinger joins Drahota Construction Neil Wurmlinger recently joined Drahota Construction's Steamboat Springs staff. He has begun working as the superintendent for the Alpenglow mixed-use development in downtown Steamboat Springs at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Omar M. Campbell: Act on immigration

I take exception to last Sunday's editorial attack on candidate for governor Marc Holtzman, accusing him of pandering to potential voters with his "du jour" political issue (illegal immigration) and of knowing full well that he could do little about them.

Sound Off for March 5

Missing pit coverage LaFarge v. the Routt County Board of Commissioners District Court hearing regarding the conditions that were placed on their special permit for a gravel pit complex on the More Ranch was Tuesday afternoon. I'm just curious why such an important issue to the community was not reported by the newspaper this week?

The Record for March 5

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

Our View: Finding the right formula

Downtown business leaders are right to begin working now on a plan to address formula stores -- such proactive efforts are necessary to preserve the character that makes downtown Steamboat Springs unique.

Jerry Rudolph: Costly questions

In how many countries and areas of the world could the United States help people solve their problems if it had not started an unnecessary war in Iraq?

Our challenge: Continuing to exceed expectations

As the new father of a beautiful baby girl and a person who values the pursuit of knowledge above all, finding a community with a quality education system was first and foremost.

Class notes for March 5

School board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday


Mr. and Mrs. Don Babcock of Hayden announce the engagement of their daughter, Daleena, to Jeremy Green, son of Glen and Kerri Green of Bend, Ore.


Tara Allen, daughter of Dan and Susann Allen of Phippsburg, and Machia Cox, son of Bill and Shannon Cox of Brighton, Tenn., were married Aug. 20, 2005, in the Steamboat Christian Center.

Residents meet with lawmakers

Alternative medicine group wants backing

To state Rep. Al White, the size of the crowd at Saturday's public forum was misleading.

Children's book helps family deal with death

Dave Linner died in air ambulance crash

The moment was so overwhelming that 14 people didn't notice the oven burner had been left on high.

Ethel Meyer Finley

Ethel Meyer Finley died Feb. 24, 2006, at the home of her daughter in Forked River, N.J. She was 85.

Marian Elizabeth Balleck

Longtime Craig resident Marian Elizabeth Balleck died Feb. 24, 2006, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 82.

Fire station under construction

Stagecoach chief expects building to open in June, six months behind schedule

Construction on Stagecoach's new fire station is under way.

Kloser to the top

Nearly 200 competitors race in 15th Steamboat Pentathlon

The Steamboat Pentathlon is the newest addition to Christian Kloser's growing list of athletic endeavors. "I snowshoe, bike, and do triathlons -- only winter ones," he said.

Instant success

Steamboat skier races to top of world skiercross rankings

Brett Buckles was in the desert when her love for skiing was rekindled.

Friday, March 3

Among the elite

Bulldogs use OT to advance vs. Montrose

For 23 games, the Moffat County girls basketball team didn't get challenged in the fourth quarter. No. 24 was an exception.

Tournament time

Five skiers with local ties qualify for championships

After months of qualifying races across the country, 148 Alpine and Nordic skiers will descend on Steamboat Springs next week for the 2006 NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships.

Showing their sunny side

Young cancer patients build friendships at annual games

The days can be tough and painful for most children with cancer.

Driver injured in semi-truck rollover

An Edwards man was left a little "stiff and sore" and a Gypsum man sustained minor injuries Friday when two trucks collided near Oak Creek.

Mesa's jets lag behind

The U.S. Department of Transportation reported this week that Mesa Airlines had the worst record in the nation for canceled flights during the month of January among 21 airlines reporting.

The Record for March 4

Thursday, March 2 7:18 a.m. Vandalism was reported near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Oak Creek petitions finalized

Mayor to face competition in upcoming municipal election

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman appears to have a challenger in the town's municipal election in April.

One Yampa candidate, no election?

The Town of Yampa may not have a municipal election in April because only one man turned in a petition for the open mayoral position.

Pee-wee wrestling to start Tuesday

The Yampa Valley Wresting Club kicks off its pee wee season Tuesday with a meeting at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

News in brief for March 4

Heralds of Hope raises funds with flower sale "Heralds of Hope," a fundraiser for Hospice Services of Northwest Colorado, seeks to bring color and cheer into the lives of local residents. On March 15, daffodils will be for sale at City Market, Safeway, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Alpine Floral, Hayden Mercantile, the Clark Store and the Visiting Nurse Association offices for $5 a bunch. Proceeds from daffodil sales will be used to provide hospice care for teminally ill patients in the Yampa Valley.

Thursday, March 2

Gridiron Giovanni

Football-player-turned-opera-singer coming to Steamboat

To know the pitch of Keith Miller's singing, all you have to do is listen to his voicemail message. When he says, "You have reached Keith Miller," the earth rumbles.

Arts calendar for March 3-9

¤ The Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will hold open scholarship auditions March 11 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 Street in Steamboat Springs, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.

City to suspend liquor licenses

Businesses punished for selling to minors

Two local liquor sellers accepted short suspensions of their liquor licenses Thursday as a penalty for selling alcohol to a minor during an undercover sweep Dec. 16.

Time to paint

Retired teacher devotes himself to his work

Richard Galusha has owned an art gallery for eight years, but the gallery never has had a show dedicated to his work.

Get up offa that name thing

Group withdraws petition to change soulful bridge title

Get on up, fans of the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge -- it's time to feel good.

Judge rejects Robbins plea

Attorneys to draw new plea or begin trial in vehicular assault case

Dan and Doral Harris told a judge Wednesday that a deal offered to the man responsible for their son's death was a miscarriage of justice.

Avalanche set off in town

A pair of snowboarders kicked off a rare event in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday afternoon. Call it an urban avalanche.

Taylor, White to meet with public

Local lawmakers will take a break from an action-packed week at the Capitol to meet with Routt County residents Saturday.


People like to watch things. Birders don hats and binoculars and grab their detailed, colorful books. Star Trek fans get into costume to watch their favorite show. And NASCAR fans, well, I'm not sure I want to know what they do.

Staff picks for March 3-9

¤ Gallery opening featuring the work of Richard Galusha, Greg Effinger, Lee Stroncek, Vince Valdez and Ken Sullivan When: 5 to 8 p.m., show continues until the end of the ski season Where: Wild Horse Gallery in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Cost: Free

Blow out the candles

Museum marks Crawford Pritchett's 100th birthday

Tales from the pioneer days of Northwest Colorado will be brought to life Wednesday at Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs.

Jig for warmth

Steamboat Springs is one of the coldest shows the band performs all year. But Keith Roberts, frontman for the The Young Dubliners, offers a potential solution.

The Record for March 3

Wednesday, March 1 6:23 a.m. A 91-year-old woman was taken to the hospital from the 800 block of Anglers Drive because she was having trouble breathing.

Chamber gives up events

Hayden Town Board agrees group should re-evaluate itself

The Hayden Town Board agreed with the Hayden Chamber Association on Thursday night that the Chamber should take some time to re-evaluate itself.

Music calendar for March 3-9

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

Owners request zone change

Two Steamboat Springs property owners are petitioning the city for a zone change that would allow the construction of as many as five duplexes and four single-family homes in the Fairview neighborhood.

Man arrested after car crash

Resident who collided with police vehicle may have had drugs

A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after he rear-ended a Steamboat Springs Police Department patrol car Wednesday night.

News in brief for March 3

Bus shelter at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue closed The Steamboat Springs Transit bus shelter at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue is closed for repairs after it was vandalized Wednesday night, city transportation director George Krawzoff said.

Chix handle Clash

Women's hockey team wins twice against Denver

The new year has been kind to the Steamboat Chix with Stix women's hockey team.

Sex offender list available online

The Routt County Sheriff's Office unveiled its new online sex offender registry Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 1

No buckling under pressure

Steamboat skier takes third at Jeep World Championship

It took Brett Buckles two years to become the top American skiercross racer.

Keeping it inside invisible lines

Weather wears Lincoln lane stripes, leaving drivers guessing

The bad news is snowplows, studded tires and chains have, once again, made the traffic stripes on Lincoln Avenue disappear.

Holtzman, ministers spar

Latino leaders call candidate's immigration views 'extremist'

Statements made during a lunch at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant last week have ignited a war of words.

Speaker: Realistic policy needed

League of voters briefed on immigration reform, legislation

The main message of a Routt County League of Women Voters presentation about immigration was that the federal government needs a firmer push from residents more than state government to reform immigration policy.

Fund Board OKs $3.3 million

Dipping into reserves will fund all requests from district, commissions

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board said 'yes' to everything Wednesday night, approving a budget of more than $3.3 million for the 2007 fiscal year.

Club sends 19 to Jr. Olympics

Nineteen ski racers with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club qualified for the J4 Junior Olympics in March in Winter Park.

Man says meth use was medicinal

Judge hands out two-year prison sentence on possession charge

A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man who said he was using methamphetamine to relieve pain from a back injury was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.

Youth hockey teams enjoy success

Steamboat Springs' Bantam A squad hosted the Mountain States Renegades for two games during the weekend. Steamboat gave up an early lead in the first game but responded with two third-period goals to end in a 2-2 tie.

Scott Stanford: Knowing our left from our right

A reader once told me the Steamboat Pilot & Today is the most liberal newspaper he ever read because we print columns by Maureen Dowd. Another reader once told me we are the most conservative newspaper in the country because we put Mallard Fillmore on our editorial page.