Stories for May 2006

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Wednesday, May 31

Hill appointed new judge

Steamboat Springs attorney joins 14th Judicial District

Steamboat Springs attorney Shelley Anne Hill has been appointed the 14th Judicial District's new district judge.

School salaries pass test

Employees approve 2006-07 package

With a landslide vote Wednesday, Steamboat Springs School District employees approved a salary package for the 2006-07 school year.

Steamboat athletes receive academic honors

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team got its state championship.

Lacrosse tournament a hit

Steamboat Springs youth teams fare well in weekend's Classic competition

The weather cooperated, the schedule worked, and the Steamboat Springs youth lacrosse teams played well. Overall, organizers said the Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament was a success.

Vic Steiner remembered at Haymaker golf event

Hank Franks can't help but smile when he recalls the days when Vic Steiner used to roam the fairways of Haymaker Golf Course as a course marshal.

Economic summit planners look ahead

Organizers of Steamboat Springs' decade-old Economic Summit say they intend to continue adapting the program to make it relevant to area business people.

The Record for June 1

11:30 a.m. A man reported a missing Skidsteer machine in the 2500 block of South Copper Frontage.

News Briefs for June 1

Three Oklahoma men are among the five people who have been arrested in connection with a suspected theft and drug ring operation spanning several states, Routt County Sheriff John Warner said Wednesday.

Survey: Telecommuters vital to economy

People who live in Routt County and have jobs that allow them to work over the telephone and Internet contribute $35 million a year to local economies and tend to be civically engaged, according to a survey conducted during the past year.

Kick deters mountain lion

Oak Creek couple's dog recovering from attack wounds

When a mountain lion tried to make lunch out of his dog, Zapper, Bob Woodmansee reacted as any former meter reader might.

Want to play lacrosse in your living room?

Students produce creative home designs during middle school math project

One day, when he has a house of his own, sixth-grader Lucas Krey won't need stairs.

Artificial turf field grant in limbo

The fate of a city-owned artificial turf field proposal is in question.

Tuesday, May 30

$50K in stolen property found

Officers recover ATVs, tractor, backhoe and find possible meth dump

Law enforcement officers from several local, regional and national agencies, including the FBI, are searching more than 400 acres of land just north of Phippsburg for construction equipment suspected to have been stolen during multiple burglaries in several states during the past several months.

News in brief for May 31

Real estate recording system gets upgrade Routt County residents who use the county's real estate recording system will be able to use upgraded software beginning next month. With the new software, Clerk and Recorder's Office employees will be able to electronically record documents such as deeds and mortgages. Searcher training for the system is June 16. The recording system conversion will be complete by June 19. Call Peggi Murphy at 870-5414 for more information.

Terminal project takes off

Airport expansion should double facility size by ski season

Construction crews working on the terminal expansion at Yampa Valley Regional Airport have been putting in long hours to take advantage of an unusually dry May.

Sad to see summer's arrival

Routt County Teacher of the Year hates the last day of school

Holli Hoskins received quite a surprise Thursday.

The Record for May 31

Monday, May 29 10:39 a.m. A theft was reported in the 16300 block of Routt County Road 16.

Our View: Answer opportunity's knock

We were disappointed last week by the mediocre attendance at a business seminar hosted by Main Street Steamboat Springs.

Keeping Steamboat green

Parks Department schedules annual Clean-up Day Saturday

If you want to see a cleaner, greener Steamboat Springs, Saturday is your day.

Tennis star wins award despite a sloppy final

It wasn't difficult for 11-year-old Steamboat Springs tennis sensation Jamey Swiggart to sum up the difference between first and third places at last weekend's U.S. Tennis Asso�--ciation Intermountain Mem�--�--or�--ial Day 12-and-under Tennis Championships.

Policy aims to curb truancy in Hayden

Hayden School District officials think too many high school students are taking too many days off during the school year.

Women's organization receives grant

Programs aimed at helping young women in Routt and Moffat counties received a funding boost recently.

Future leaders headed to national competition

Not many high school students can say they have managed a grocery warehouse that generated $3.3 million in a year.

Survey: Telecommuters contribute to county

People who live in Routt County but have jobs that allow them to work over the phones and Internet contribute $35 million annually and have a high degree of civic engagement, according to a survey conducted during the past year.

Monday, May 29

Silence and song

Ceremony honors service of veterans

For a few moments, the sounds of creaking ropes, muffled tears and flags snapping softly in the wind were all that could be heard at Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Not river tubing time yet

To all water-hungry risk-takers who may have watched Monday's freestyle kayaking competition in the Yampa River but don't own a kayak: Don't get any ideas.

Rev your engine

18th annual Mustang Roundup to be held June 15 to 17

Forty-two years of automotive history will be showcased this month in downtown Steamboat Springs.

News in brief for May 30

25th annual writers conference is July 15 The Steamboat Springs Writers Conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15.

The Record for May 30

Sunday, May 28 12:06 a.m. An anonymous noise complaint was made in Hahn's Peak.

Fish Creek frenzy

Paddler hosts world's best in two-event kayak challenge

Perched on the bridge above Fish Creek, Kevin Dombey said that doing a kayak entry-launch into the raging water would be a roll of the dice.

Sunday, May 28

The Record for May 29

1:53 p.m. A juvenile situation was reported on Howelsen Parkway. Police said kids were verbally warned for "screwing around." A police officer guessed the incident probably occurred at the skate park.

Harriet Freiberger: They fought for me

Today, I'll go to the cemetery on the hill, and I'll be one of the crowd that gathers for this Memorial Day's ceremonies. As we come together on a Monday morning, happy in a noisy way at first, talking with friends unseen during winter's snow-filled days, a palpable silence will slowly spread among us.

Students look for summer work

All the training in the world doesn't matter if you can't get a job.

Fighting fire with funding

Governor signs Taylor's wildfire response bill into law

Sen. Jack Taylor's bill to boost wildfire response funding comes at the onset of what could be a busy, dangerous wildfire season in Colorado.

Community to honor veterans

John Long served in the Marine Corps for 13 years and served in Vietnam for 13 months. Memorial Day is significant to him.

Tom Ross: Steamboat's growing season is shorter than you think

If you want to grow vegetables in Steamboat Springs, build a greenhouse. But if you really want to grow vegetables in Routt County, move to Hayden.

Briefs for May 29

Top auction items will be up for grabs at the 31st annual Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Scholarship Golf Tournament and Auction. The dinner and auction are at 6 p.m. June 13 at Three Peaks Grill. The cost to attend the dinner and auction is $45 per person. Golf, dinner and auction packages are available for $160 per person.

Saturday, May 27

Geoff Smith: Coulter vindictive

I believe that getting different perspectives on an issue is important. A liberal and conservative stance on a subject is vital in becoming fully educated on the issues, but the addition of Ann Coulter to ViewPoints is of no help in this instance.

The Record for May 28

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.

South Routt calendar for May 28

Monday, May 29 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mary Ellen Cunningham (1915-2006)

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Mary Ellen Cunningham passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home May 21, 2006. She was 91.

Transactions for May 16-21

TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES -- $1,165,800

Stagecoach remains competitive with 'Boat

Lower priced homes in Stagecoach are selling at a similar rate compared with properties in Steamboat. "It's very strong for properties for under $200,000 because Steamboat Springs doesn't have anything (in that price range)," said Prudential broker Chris Wittemyer.

Market justifies rising values

But lack of comparables, rapidly moving prices challenge appraisers

The prices people are paying for property in Steamboat Springs remain justifiable, area appraisers and lenders said.

Business briefs for May 28

Hall & Hall, a full-service rural real estate firm, recently opened an office at 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs. The new office is managed by broker Brian Smith, the latest addition to the Hall & Hall team. The Steamboat office will focus on ranch and recreational properties throughout Northwest Colorado and Southern Wyoming.

Ski execs to gather in Steamboat

More than 150 of the most influential people in the ski resort industry will gather in Steamboat Springs from June 14-16 for the 43rd annual meeting of Colorado Ski Country USA.

Any way you slice it

Destination retail expert preaches the gospel of niche marketing

The secret to creating a successful destination business could be as simple as slicing bacon. But not any bacon will do.

Linda Carlton: A message for City Council

My name is Linda and I was a coward. I had written an opinion that I was prepared to read at the May 23 City Council meeting. Looking around the meeting I realized I knew several people in the audience and became aware that I might offend them.

Alan Matte: Response to Omar

Mr. Omar Campbell: In your message to Vicente Fox, you left out, "send us your hard-working citizens that choose to leave their homelands to be ridiculed by prejudiced people such as you," Mr. Middle Class American Anglo.

Sound Off for May 28

I think the author of Wednesday's editorial owes the seniors an apology for the insulting and insensitive remarks, "shouting down anyone who dared suggest any option contrary to their own."

Senior keeps local history alive

Wednesday was a busy day for Elaine Gay's Green Creek Ranch in Pleasant Valley.

Honoring the fallen

Memorial Day a reminder of soldiers' sacrifices

About 250 miniature American flags sat on the back of Jim Stanko's truck Friday night as volunteers waited for maps showing which graves were for veterans.

Teens taking risks

Survey: Alcohol, drugs prevalent in Steamboat Springs

Although results from a survey of local high school students confirm an obvious theory -- that a structured, supportive home life reduces a teenager's tendency for potentially destructive behavior -- the survey also shows that some of those behaviors are escalating for Steamboat Springs' teens.

A place for kids to play

Community members search for answers

Steamboat Springs residents like to play.

Coach sends off Soroco grads

Departing Soroco coach and teacher Gary Heide got graduation ceremonies off to a strong start Saturday in South Routt County.

Our View: Reducing teen substance abuse

We recently applauded police and the City Council for their increased efforts to curb the sale of alcohol to minors. Greater awareness of the problem, stiffer enforcement and tougher penalties have combined to help decrease teenagers' access to alcohol.

John F. Russell: Superstar dreams stop here

It only took a few statements for Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer to sum up his problems since he arrived in Colorado after the 2002 season.

Tennis players shine at championships

Ranked fourth in a bracket of 32 of the region's best, Jamey Swiggart seemed confident going into his first match Saturday morning at the 14th annual Intermountain Memorial Day 12-and-under Tennis Championships.

Runner seeking sixth title

Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K are June 4

Seasoned Steamboat Marathon racer Jason Saitta had some words of advice for first-timers."Know your course," he said Friday afternoon, sitting at work, waiting for the Memorial Day weekend. "This one starts out on a downhill. I know they have a course profile on the Web site. It makes it look like if you stop running, you are going to fall down the hill, which is not the case. It's very rolling."

Booming in the 'Boat

Tournament reflects lacrosse's growing popularity

The interest in one of the country's fastest growing sports has hit Steamboat Springs.

Emma Anne Winn

Emma Anne Winn, daughter of Melissa and Robert Winn of Craig, was born at 1:24 a.m. May 15, 2006.

Leonard Kaden Blake

Leonard Kaden Blake, son of Brian Blake and Charlotte Thomas of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:48 p.m. May 19, 2006.

Caden Pryse Moore

Caden Pryse Moore, son of Justin Moore and Rebecca Smith of Steamboat Springs, was born at 12:43 a.m. May 20, 2006.

Connor Edward Mangus

Connor Edward Mangus, son of Patricia and Shea Mangus of Steamboat Springs, was born at 3:41 p.m. May 19, 2006.

Tayla Kay Kemry

Tayla Kay Kemry, daughter of Daryl and Sabrina Kemry of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:19 p.m. May 13, 2006.

Tyler Jolie King

Tyler Jolie King, daughter of Scott and Toni King of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:45 p.m. May 18, 2006.

Joseph Stephen Hockaday

Joseph Stephen Hockaday, son of Leslie and Shawn Hockaday of Hayden, was born at 9:15 a.m.

Dezirae Mercedes Gonzales

Dezirae Mercedes Gonzales, daughter of Jenny Blevins and Charlie Gonzales III of Walden, was born at 9:19 p.m. May 16, 2006.

Mars and Saturn: Showdown at Sundown

Mars is taking careful aim at Saturn, and the red planet is expected to pass within a half-degree of the famous ringed planet in mid-June. But don't worry -- there's no danger of a collision between the two massive masses. Although they will appear very close together in our sky, their apparent near-miss is an illusion. Saturn will be at a safe distance of more than 700 million miles from Mars. They just happen to occupy the same line of sight when viewed from earth.

Routt County Spotlight: John Kohnke

Age: 54 Occupation: Ski Patrol director Place of birth: Walton, N.Y.

Sweet sounds

Sweet Adelines let out their inner divas

Katie Zwernik feels more like herself when she is wearing sequins.

Friday, May 26

Oak Creek looks to collect bills

Oak Creek officials are looking to crack down on residents who have overdue water, sewer and electric bills.

Marmot causes power outage

Steamboat residents, businesses lack electricity for two hours

A rodent ventured where it shouldn't have Friday morning and caused a power outage in West Steamboat Springs and areas as far away as Clark. The power outage also took out Comcast cable TV throughout the city.

GOP youths make votes count

Steamboat Young Republicans serve as county delegates

Two Steamboat Springs teenagers are injecting some youth into the Grand Old Party.

Holiday weather erratic

Dry wind, snow in store for weekend

The forecast for the Memorial Day weekend suggests people headed outdoors should be prepared for extremes.

15 Sailors named All-League

Steamboat senior Kelly Labor named Player of the Year

Fifteen Steamboat Springs athletes were recognized by their respective leagues during the spring sports season.

Monday's events will honor vets

John Long served in the Marine Corps for 13 years and served in Vietnam for 13 months.

Development plans advance

Neighbors: Mountain-area project will cause traffic problems

Despite neighbors' concerns, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday passed two elements of a proposed residential project that would have 17 single-family homes.

Top tennis players in town

Two young local girls represent Northwest Colorado in tennis tournament

Two young Steamboat Springs tennis players are taking part in the 14th annual Intermountain 12-and-under Championships.

Thursday, May 25

Invitation to the world's best

There's serious kayak competition at Paddler's pro invitational

Routt County residents have a rare opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to put the Yampa River's high flows into perspective. The Paddler Magazine Invitational brings 35 of the world's best professional kayakers to Steamboat Springs on Monday, turning what may be the Yampa's peak flow into a competitive playground for international bragging rights and hefty cash prizes.

Allison's picks for May 26

Tonight ¤ DJ Kip Strean When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Where: Jade Summit Restaurant in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Why you should go: Because you will get to try out Jade Summit's new dance floor.

Pushing blues boundaries

Johnny O. Band plays its own hybrid brand

Marion Edwards auditioned for the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1966, the year fellow Johnny O. Band member John Ohnmacht was born.

Music calendar for May 26

Tonight ¤ Organstein, jazz trio When: 7 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399

Allison Plean: Nine lives

My life didn't flash before my eyes, I didn't see any tunnel, and I definitely didn't see Patrick Swayze glowing in a beam of light from heaven ("Ghost" reference).

They came to win

Noise Pollution takes title at Battle of the Bands

It takes Noise Pollution drummer Nathan Walsh 30 minutes each morning and evening to make his mohawk stand up. That rock 'n' roll image helped Walsh and his bandmates win the third annual Teen Battle of the Bands on Saturday night.

Steamboat youth hockey players skate in Canada

Hockey is no longer just a winter sport.

Class project raises $50K for Habitat

There's a difference between talking about change and doing something about it. For 13 years, Leadership Steamboat has offered a program that helps community members initiate change.

Mozart to make appearance

Strings Quartet will play classical music during elegant dinner

John Sant'Ambrogio said the string quartet is a metaphor for life. Each instrument, like each person in the world, has a unique role to play.

Shuttle serves downtown

Officials: Riders can avoid hassles by parking at Stock Bridge

There will be a new way to get around downtown this weekend.

Snow, crowds greet campers

Sites are scarce, but holiday hiking opportunites abound

People who had visions of packing up the tent and heading for the hills to camp this holiday weekend may have to revise their plans.

A quick slide into summertime

'Howler' Alpine Slide on Howelsen Hill opens to riders Saturday

There still are a few patches of snow on the face of Howelsen Hill, but that won't stop the Howler Alpine Slide from racing into summer action during the weekend.

A new Sunshine lift?

Ski Corp. executive hints at replacement this summer

A Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. executive hinted Thursday that a new high-speed chairlift is in Steamboat Ski Area's future.

Opposites attract

Mixed media artist combines opposing forces

Eileen Braziel says she became an artist because her father was a science professor.

Arts calendar for May 26

Opportunities ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members to serve on its Visual Arts Committee.

On Scene for May 26

Clap if you believe Wow. I counted at least 176 middle school and high school students who worked really hard to put on a professional-caliber production of "Peter Pan."

Swim lesson session starts

A new session of swimming lessons begins Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Home on the range

Writer Queeda Mantle Walker to share historical perspective

Queeda Mantle Walker grew up in what is now Dinosaur National Monument before there were roads, running water and electricity in the area.

Technology shown at summit

Internet, satellite, TV capabilities evolve to fit residents' needs

Local communications companies have big plans for the role new wireless Internet, satellite and TV capabilities will play in Northwest Colorado.

Youth lacrosse tournament arrives

Steamboat Springs' up-and-coming lacrosse players will have a chance to show off their skills during this weekend's Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament.

Policy to limit record access

Judge: Rule created because of concern about identity theft

A new 14th Judicial District policy restricts the public's access to court records.

Adult baseball draws near

The Yampa Valley Adult Baseball League is more than hot grounders, base hits and a few curve balls.

Principal graduates with his students

Soroco High School's 25 seniors aren't the only students graduating this month.

Grads from two schools walk

Commencements held for Soroco, South Routt County Alternative

Two hardworking groups of South Routt seniors will receive diplomas Saturday.

Dos Amigos

With a team of award-winning chefs shaping the menu, and a recently remodeled dining room to showcase their talents, Dos Amigos is moving into a new era as it continues to provide one of the most rewarding Mexican dining experiences in Steamboat.

Whittle the Wood attracts international attention

When the historic cottonwoods shading Craig City Park began to deteriorate several years ago, the Craig Parks and Recreation Department decided to leave the tree stumps for local artists to decorate with elaborate carvings.

Triple Crown jewel of Steamboat summer

Triple Crown Sports and Steamboat Springs have been partners for 23 years

Strings features cultural music on an intimate level

Strings in the Mountains Music Festival is celebrating its 19th year of bringing exceptional music to Steamboat Springs. Strings will offer 70 concerts this summer showcasing 170 musicians who can entertain every musical taste.

Summer rodeo one of Steamboat's top draws

Rodeos in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Moffat County preserve our Western lifestyle and entertain thousands of tourists each year.

Rounding up a good time

Organizers of the 20th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials are expecting a large turnout for the event's silver anniversary.

Craig's heritage comes out in the summer

Festivals, rodeos and the Moffat County Fair are some of the activities that remind the town of its past.

Dinosaur more than just bones

Dinosaur may only have about 320 people, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do in the tiny town in western Moffat County.

Hikes in Flat Tops offer unmatched scenery

A trip to Trappers Lake in the White River National Forest two hours south of Steamboat Springs will allow hikers to explore a singular mountain range in Colorado - The Flat Tops, home of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and the largest elk herd in the state.

Mount Werner home to summer leisure

Sipping martinis while watching the sun set is among the many ways to enjoy the summer at Mount Werner. The Hazie's Sunset Martini Bar at Thunderhead might be the ideal destination after hiking or mountain biking some of the 50 miles of trails on the ski mountain.

Yampa River Botanic Park offers visitors serenity

If you visit the Yampa River Botanic Park once, chances are you will return again and again.

Much to shout about in South Routt - Summertime filled with activities

Like a bear buried in snow during the winter, summertime is when South Routt comes out to play.

Wednesday, May 24

Oak Creek board plans ethics discussion

Ethics and related issues will be the topic of discussion tonight as Oak Creek Town Board's two newest members receive their new board member orientation from town attorney Bob Weiss.

Council chooses committee

Seven members will oversee Steamboat's airport study

The Steamboat Springs City Council announced has named the members of the committee that will help develop a study of the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Poppy tradition continues

Paper flowers will be on sale Friday to benefit disabled veterans

For most of the 60 years that Eunice Dorr has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she has distributed poppies to raise money for disabled veterans and their families.

Mentoring program needs funding

Loss of grant money could sink local AmeriCorps group

A program that provides mentors to students in Routt County middle schools is in serious jeopardy because of a lack of funding, its new director said Wednesday.

Scott Stanford: Provoking each other, not thought

Reader Forum's competitive keyboarding

My wife spent some time Wednesday in steamboatpilot.com's Reader Forum.

Summer break? Not for winter sports club

It's a good thing Rick DeVos can find humor in the name of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Taking the challenge

Town Challenge Series begins at Howelsen Hill

On Wednesday, former Boulder resident Nicole Duke entered her first Town Challenge Series race, winning the women's expert division in the Howelsen Hill Bluffs Circuit.

Man to face June vehicular assault trial

A Craig man will face trial in June despite his attorney's efforts to have the charges against him dismissed.

Rifle retains small-town feel as it grows

Rifle is the closest access to Interstate 70 for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and considered by some as the gateway to Northwest Colorado.

Kremmling bills itself as the 'center of the universe'

Whether it be laser shows projected on rocky cliffs, cliff golfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing or four-wheeling, Kremmling has it covered.

Hot springs offer slice of heaven

Nothing beats a dip in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs after a hard day of skiing, but visitors will find plenty of reasons to come back in the summer, too.

Health and Recreation Center features water slide, pools

After a brief logrolling demonstration at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, the center decided to add the obscure water sport to the long list of activities the center provides all year.

Cascading falls welcome visitors, hikers

One of the most popular hiking spots in the area is accessible off Steamboat's main drag.

Fun comes in waves at Craig pool

The Craig Swimming Complex is a popular children's attraction because it boasts one of only two wave pools on the Western Slope.

Museum educates visitors about Northwest Colorado

Sure, outdoor recreation is abundant in Northwest Colorado. Hunting, hiking and fishing opportunities are everywhere.

Black Mountain, Freeman Reservoir offer camping, hiking

If you're looking for a secluded place to enjoy a hike or camping trip, Freeman Reservoir and Black Mountain might be what you're looking for.

Bring on the tubes

Of the many things there are to do during a Yampa Valley summer, perhaps the most quintessential is maneuvering an inner tube down the mighty Yampa River.

Winter snows promise best stream fishing in five years

Downtown Steamboat Springs offers guilt-free trout fishing trips. An angler can take off in the morning to catch the early mayfly hatch and still make the promised lunch date with his or her spouse.

Running and jogging with the mountains all around you

Scenic mountain peaks, lush aspen groves and raging streams and creeks serve as the backdrop for many runs in Northwest Colorado.

Abundant snow promises best rafting in years

The 430 inches of snow that fell on the Steamboat Ski Area last winter produced many memorable powder days, but now that it's summer, rafting enthusiasts are still reaping the benefits.

Steamboat's prime paddling position - True Kayak Destination

Dedicated local kayakers like Chan Zwanzig have one thought for folks who think Ski Town USA is merely a winter destination that can only boast fluffy powder. "You know what? Sport to sport - the kayaking in Routt County is better than the skiing," Zwanzig said.

Northwest Colorado is prime hunting territory

It isn't hard to understand why Northwest Colorado is the premier big-game hunting area in the state. With more than 50,000 elk, the region simply has more elk than the rest of the Colorado.

Welcome to Northwest Colorado now take a hike

Hiking opportunities abound in Northwest Colorado. Besides the miles of trails and acres of open public lands to be explored, hikers can find an exciting range of wilderness environments including Alpine tundra, rivers and creeks, lush forests and desert canyons.

Steamboat building reputation as golfing destination

Steamboat's reputation as a world-class ski resort has drawn skiers to Northwest Colorado for decades. But golf courses like the ones at the Catamount Ranch and Club, Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club, Haymaker, Steamboat Golf Club and Yampa Valley Golf Club continue to bolster Northwest Colorado's reputation as a golfer's paradise as well.

Get your motorbikes running

The Yampa Valley Sportsman's Rider Club provides a unique opportunity for dirt bike enthusiasts in Northwest Colorado. The club owns and operates the only public track in the area.

Northwest Colorado is a camper's paradise

Whether you like to car camp or backpack out to a remote location, there are a wide variety of camping experiences available in the five-county Northwest Colorado area.

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Biking booming in Colorado

Biking - be it on a paved road or a mountain trail - is one of the most popular recreation activities in Northwest Colorado. The Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series offers a competitive, well-organized series for all ages and ability levels.

Tuesday, May 23

Water Summit lineup overflowing with experts

A slate of 10 speakers, including the director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, will discuss all things water during the 2006 Water Summit in Hayden.

Marian Sharp: Only in Steamboat

On Mother's Day, I had a nice brunch at Creekside Cafe. Several days later I remembered I forgot to pick up my jacket as I left.

Workshop offers conservation tips for landowners

Identifying ways to take advantage of local wildlife will be one of the subjects of a landowner workshop at a Hayden ranch next week.

South Routt School Board has vacancy

South Routt School Board member AlidaLee Gingerich has left her position because she has moved outside of District 1, which she was elected to represent in November.

Plaza due for a makeover

Oak Street Plaza is about to receive a makeover. The small commercial center with the tattered blue awnings at Ninth and Oak streets will get new stone work on the exterior and a new color scheme to tone down its stark white color. And the old blue awnings are coming down.

Roundabout closer to reality

A road improvement project that includes a roundabout on Routt County Road 27 took a step closer to approval Tues�--day.

The Record for May 24

2:09 a.m. A man and woman reportedly were arguing near Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Officers mediated the situation.

Briefs for May 24

Routt County Sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins announced Monday that he will appoint Routt County Sheriff's Office investigator Rachelle Redmond as his undersheriff if he is elected in November.

Steve Lewis: Anonymous says

Unsigned letters are a waste of space, though those written in the first person can make for humorous reading. The May 7 letter on illegal immigrants, "I do not support..." "I'm sick and tired of..." and "I'm extremely against... ." Since you don't care enough to stand up for your opinions, the letter actually reads: Anonymous does not support, anonymous is sick and tired of, anonymous is extremely against. Pretty weak stuff.

Maxine Ohman: Center serves several community needs

This is regarding the Steamboat Springs Community Center, which many different organizations have used and enjoyed for many years. I have made a list of some ongoing activities at the community center:

Our View: Community Center decision a mistake

The Steamboat Springs City Council erred Tuesday in choosing to build a new community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

Headed north

Former Sailor joins Alaska basketball program

Cameron Burney did what most Americans do when hungry for information.

Jumping in June

Skiers to take flight off plastic-covered hill

With construction of a K-68 jump at Howelsen Hill complete, the hope is that local Nordic athletes can spend more time training on the plastic hills and less time traveling.

Yampa men still in critical condition

Lynnea Teters didn't know how to react to the phone call last week informing her that her dad was seriously injured in a propane explosion at his Yampa home.

Tobacco checks near perfect

One business fails to ID buyer during compliance test

Routt County businesses appear to be doing their part to snuff out underage tobacco use.

Council picks Stock Bridge

Officials vote to build $3 million community center west of downtown

Steamboat Springs will have a new community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

Monday, May 22

Weather raises red flags

A large plume of smoke hovering in front of Sleeping Giant on Monday was no cause for alarm.

Meeting will focus on housing plan

A meeting Wednesday offers one of the last chances to comment on the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's draft of its strategic plan.

Council searches for site

Time to find home for community center is running short

The search for a community center site is on. The Steamboat Springs City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the future of a community center in Steamboat.

Community will honor veterans this weekend

John Long served in the Marine Corps for 13 years and served in Vietnam for 13 months. Memorial Day is significant to him.

Flowing strong

But given the snowpack, there's more to come

To gauge when the Yampa River is flowing its fastest, local kayakers and rafters don't just watch the water -- they watch Storm Peak.

Steamboat Strikers win first tournament

The Steamboat Strikers girls soccer team opened the summer season with an impressive showing at the Grand Mesa Fireball Classic.

Riders ready to race

Town Challenge kicks off Wednesday at Howelsen Hill

Howelsen Hill is ready to ride. "People are amped," said Gretchen Sehler, director of the popular Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series. "Once things dry out, there is no slow period. People are ready to ride single track."

Seniors take final steps

Project display tonight; graduation June 3

It's crunch time for Steamboat Springs High School seniors. Months of work will be put to the test this week as 136 seniors display their senior projects at an open house tonight and then make individual presentations to a panel of judges Wednesday.

From shops to destinations

Seminar teaches how businesses can attract tourists

Business owners are coming to Steamboat Springs from across Colorado and Wyoming with the hopes of making their shops a destination for tourists.

Marathon needs volunteers

The success of the Steamboat Springs Marathon, Half Mara�--thon and 10K is attributed to one group -- the volunteers.

The Record for May 23

4:12 p.m. A man reported losing keys and a wallet that were inside a yellow dry bag. It appeared the bag came untied while the man was canoeing down the Yampa River, police said.

Briefs for May 23

People who want to see progress of Routt County building projects don't need to go to the sites. The county is posting online pictures of construction at the new justice center and the airport. The pictures are available at co.routt.co.us. Click on "BCC" to see construction of the justice center and click on "Airport" to see pictures of the airport.

Sunday, May 21

Brazilians tour Steamboat

Professionals gain intercultural experience with Rotary exchange

Francesca Pesce toured the Routt County jail Thursday, which reminded her more of hotel, she said.

Graduation 'bittersweet'

Christian Heritage students finish familiar times together

For Christian Heritage School's class of 2006, Sunday's commencement ceremony was an intimate occasion.

Tom Ross: Invite their friends home for snowboarding

A parents' guide to surviving your child's first two years of college

We are making preparations to celebrate Hump Day in my household. Not the traditional Wednesday celebration marking the midway point of the working week. We celebrate that Hump Day with a couple of cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and brats on the grill. This is something much bigger. We actually have a bottle of Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut chilling in the Fridge. At least, I hope it's still there, where I hid it, behind the mayonnaise and the pickle relish.

Speaker: Find your passion, be happy

Hayden commencement features Silly String, strong emotions

No one would expect a tight-knit group of 27 Hayden High School seniors to leave quietly.

Rocking the night away

Noise Pollution takes title at third annual Battle of the Bands

When Ryan Kelley and Nathan Walsh were little boys, they started a band called "Stuff." The boys used to run all over the streets drumming on tin cans.

Saturday, May 20

Our View: Getting tough on compliance

A recent alcohol compliance check conducted by Steamboat Springs police is evidence that a renewed emphasis on preventing underage drinking is working.

Transactions for May 10 to 15

ALLEE, MICHAEL P. TO SMALLEY PROPERTIES LLC FOR COPPER RIDGE BUSINESS PARK F4 LOT 18 CONDOS Unit: B -- $175,000

Don't be left in the dust

Steamboat Springs on cusp of major economic shift

The Boomers are coming. The Boomers are still coming.

Toss out the old marketing models

Business owners should embrace the blog.

Business briefs for May 21

Armbruster, Campbell claim Centurion awards Century 21 Ski Town Associates announced recently that Century 21 Real Estate recently recognized the Steamboat office with the Centurion Office Award for its sales performance in 2005. The Centurion Award is presented to Century 21 System offices that achieve or surpass anticipated sales production within a calendar year.

Sticking to brick

Longtime Steamboat residents find new owners for their custom home

More than a year after Dick and Lucy MacGregor put their custom brick Steamboat Springs home on the market, it is under contract.

Project sets December goal

Condos could set price records

A construction scar at the Steamboat Ski Area base is slowly beginning to fade and should be completely healed by the peak ski season.

Jogging the Cog

Year's second Running Series event attracts hill climbers to Hayden

Ask five Hayden residents why the hill up Routt County Road 76 is called the Cog, and you get five different answers.

Hayden track star throws far for a car

Hayden's Emily Whiteman arrived at Dutch Clark Stadium on Saturday with hopes of winning a state title and, with any luck, a car.

John F. Russell: The true price of recreation

A new clubhouse isn't going to improve my putting, and the only thing that's going to make my tennis game better is if the new courts at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs are a little wider and a whole lot longer than the old ones.

A road less graveled

Preservation group takes a hike

John Spezia is the kind of guy who, standing in a trailhead parking lot waiting for a hike to begin, idly picks rocks out of the dirt and identifies them after a glance.

Rams shatter records

Team bids coach farewell with success at state

The T-shirts read "This" "Coach" "4 You" and "One's" as Soroco's 1,600-meter girls relay team walked toward the awards stand.

Soroco student honored as scholar

The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Chelsea Bonfiglio, a junior at Soroco High School in Oak Creek, as a new member. Chelsea plays volleyball and is involved in 11s Club, a community service group; EPYCS, a philanthropic organization that supplies grants for local businesses; and a peer education group.

All in the family

Christian Heritage School graduating seniors a close-knit group

Jessi Houston and Rebecca Timmerman have gone to school together for 13 years. Charlie Cogburn joined them three years ago. Lauren Keppler joined the group in February.

Seniors bid farewell with reflection and a bit of humor

The 27 Hayden High School seniors who will walk across the stage today leave behind a legacy of extracurricular involvement and academic strength.

Dan Hulslander: Priorities absurd

It's amazing to me how our School Board can jump in and make a quarter-of-a-million dollar decision almost within minutes for new turf on the athletic field; however, when it comes to the question of making some money, they did not have enough time to make a "responsible financial decision." It's time for this community to wake up and get involved in our schools. It worked in 1996 when they came up with absurd plans for new and rebuilt schools here.

Walter Glass: What's tax for?

Let me see now -- Education Fund Board has $250,000. A new football field or perhaps a laptop for all new ninth-graders. Maybe it's time to look into what our half-cent sales tax is really supposed to be used for.

Sound Off for May 21

Outlaw walkers It seems there are some residents of Mountain View Estates who don't like people driving on city streets. I have a great idea -- why don't we outlaw the people from walking and biking on those particular city streets and then we'd have plenty of room for the people who pay the taxes on those roads --he drivers of those cars. Maybe they should put signs on their lawns that say 'This is a less desirable family neighborhood' instead of 'Thank you for driving slow.'

Chuck McConnell: Don't blame Big Oil for gas prices

The $4 price pinnacle for gasoline might arrive in Steamboat Springs sooner than you think -- maybe this summer.

Jay Kimbrough: Columnist matchup off balance

I'll tell you right off the bat: you're not going to care for this letter. But like all medicine, it's good for you, so take the bitter dose and try not to complain too vehemently. In return, I'll keep the personal attacks to a bare minimum.

Wayne Olsen: Ads baffling

I read with interest the full-page advertisement soliciting negative information on Kerry St. James.

Rick Dowden: Don't be fooled

It has been apparent to me for some time that John DeVincentis has a very private agenda for his tenure on the School Board, and one which he tries to mask as commitment to our children and community. I am hopeful that far fewer people are fooled by this now than on Election Day.

Raymond Iacovetto

Longtime Phippsburg resident Ray Iacovetto passed away May 14, 2006, at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction after a courageous eight-year battle with an illness. He was 89.

The Record for May 21

Saturday, May 13 Jeremy Patrick Allee, 23, Steamboat Springs -- Third-degree assault, felony menacing, unlawful acts, criminal mischief (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Rec center poses challenge

Ballot question possible but would require a lot of work

A new city-owned recreation center won't happen unless some hurdles are cleared.

Walking the line

Businesses seek balance in alcohol rule compliance

Before mid-December 2005, Jeff and Kristi Brown, owners of the Cantina and Mambo Italiano restaurants in Steamboat Springs, made their employees follow 14 policies regarding serving alcohol to customers.

Bear aware

Black bear sightings on the rise

Jenny Cook was in the kitchen of her home on Meadowbrook Circle a month ago when she heard a "bunk, bunk, bunk" in her garage.

Peich-Kiely

The big apple

Ginny Osbourn named Steamboat Springs Teacher of the Year

When Ginny Osbourn was a little girl, she received a chalkboard that she would take to the basement to play school by herself or with her sister or father.

Friday, May 19

Foresters take on beetle battle

Meeting about epidemic examines management challenges

Battling beetles was the focus Friday of the Colorado/Wyoming Society of American Foresters annual meeting at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Rams' Rangel tops in discus

Soroco senior rebounds from regionals with title

Soroco's Nick Rangel saved his best effort for state.

Bruchez advances

Hayden senior to compete in today's finals

Hayden's Keenan Bruchez was in demand Friday morning at Dutch Clark Stadium.

Cofer comes in fourth

Steamboat junior places in discus

Westin Cofer wasn't interested in the future.

Class teaches navigation basics

There is treasure on Howelsen Hill, and Routt County Search and Rescue volunteer Dave Hill will be teaching people how to find it today at a global positioning workshop.

Hayden police: Fasten up or pay up

Failures to buckle up could cost your wallet. Worse, it could cost you your life.

Helping parents help kids

Presentations to show residents how to support youths

Representatives from Assets for Colorado Youth will offer special presentations Wed�--nesday and Thursday for Routt County parents, adults and community members interested in learning how to support youths.

Kaleidoscope of cultures

Summer program teaches children about Irish, African traditions

As part of the Kaleidoscope Program, 7-year-old Libby Luk�--ens performed in a play last year about a "selchie," which is a seal that turns into a person.

Strawberry shortcake wins out over politics

Seniors upbeat during annual Spring Fling

More than 90 senior citizens from across Routt County gathered Friday for live music and strawberry shortcake at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Thursday, May 18

A legacy of responsibility

Woman tells about growing up trapped within two worlds

At age four, Rita Williams already had experienced the death of her mother and abandonment by her father. She was left in the care of Aunt Daisy, the last surviving black widow of a Civil War Union soldier.

Now showing

Wildhorse 6 Stadium Cinemas opens its doors

The wait is over. Wildhorse 6 Stadium Cinemas opens today and offers a moviegoing experience that includes wall-to-wall, 35-foot-by-35-foot screens, gourmet popcorn and stadium seats with 44-inch backs and legroom to spare.

Seventh Street site quashed

School Board nixes city's choice for community center

The George P. Sauer Human Services Center will not be converted into a community center after all.

Celebrating servicemen

Armed Forces Day honors members of military Saturday

Routt County residents will have the opportunity to recognize and remember members of the U.S. military Saturday on Armed Forces Day.

Funky chickens

Photographer finds beauty

JoAnn Baker Paul photographs animals as if they were movie stars and names them after musicians.

Allison Plean: Sounds of spring

Every time I hear her in concert, I cry. (And I'm not a crier.)

Allison's picks for May 19

Tonight ¤ Free Friday Foreign Film Series featuring "Antonia's Line" When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at 7 p.m. Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square Cost: Free

Ramble on

WhiteWater Ramble takes eclectic mix of music on the road

WhiteWater Ramble was mistaken for three different bands at the first wedding they performed at. It was a logical mistake.

Music calendar for May 19

Tonight ¤ Organstein, jazz trio When: 7 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399

Get ready to rock

Teen Battle of the Bands is back

The lead singer of the band In the Gutter came down with strep throat this week. And although guitarist Jojo La is concerned about the status of the vocalist, In the Gutter will appear on stage Saturday night during the third annual Teen Battle of the Bands.

CD Reviews for May 19

Bruce Springsteen "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" On sale at All That Jazz for $16.98 Bruce Springsteen succeeds once again by making you proud to have been born in the U.S.A. I wasn't expecting folk music, but I immediately started tapping my foot and looked around the room for someone to swing me around by my arm.

Grace your garden with grasses

Often when we think about bare spots in the garden, we consider shrubs, perennials or annual flowers to add color, texture, aroma or interest to an area. Another plant to consider in your Steamboat-area garden is one of the ornamental grasses that grow well here. Grasses are practically pest-free and easy to grow perennials.

West Routt development a step closer to building

A proposed development on the west side of Hayden was again the subject of discussions with town officials Thursday.

Seeking the road to compromise

More than 100 people turn out for roadless task force meeting

People in Northern Colorado care about public lands. They just have differing views about how to best care for them.

First family finds first paper

Crawfords hope 1885 Pilot spurs effort to digitize newspapers

A few things have changed at the Steamboat Pilot since editor and proprietor James Hoyle's original issue was printed on July 31, 1885.

Steamboat Springs City Council business

Approved: A resolution establishing the 2006 payment-in-lieu option for the city's affordable housing ordinance.

The Record for May 19

12:25 a.m. A man reported a bonfire and people screaming in the 2500 block of Val d'Isere Circle. The residents were given a warning.

Briefs for May 19

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp is holding its annual Clean-Up Day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Lunch will be provided. Call 879-7125.

Step approved for roundabout

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission approved on Thursday an early step in the approval process for a project that would include a roundabout at a Routt County Road 27 intersection.

Wednesday, May 17

Scott Stanford: Keeping public records public

I read some distressing statistics in this month's edition of Presstime about attitudes toward public information. A few of the highlights:

This year's budget less painful

Hayden School District officials don't have to make cuts

Compared with last year, Hayden School Board members and administrators breezed through the first reading of next year's budget Wednesday night.

Sailors head to state

Cofer, Hammond and Hill set to compete in 4A field

Preliminary heat sheets are out, and the field at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships is loaded.

Waiting: It's the hard part

Sorocco, Hayden athletes ready for state meet

The worst part about the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships? Waiting for it.

To sell or not to sell

School Board could decide on community center

The Steamboat Springs School Board could decide tonight whether to sell, lease or retain the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

Library expansion 'on hold'

Rising costs, time crunch jeopardize $11.4 million project

The expansion of the Bud Werner Memorial Library could be in jeopardy, East Routt Library District officials said.

Briefs for May 18

"Steamboat Seasons: A Medley of Recipes" won second place in the 16th annual Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards. The cookbook is a collection of recipes and anecdotes from Strings in the Mountains.

The Record for May 18

1:39 a.m. A single-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 146 west of Rabbit Ears Pass. Police said a driver apparently lost control of his vehicle, which slid off the side of the road and rolled onto its roof. The driver and his two passengers were not injured.

State Patrol gives cyclists hotline

Colorado bicyclists have been given access to a State Patrol hotline that will allow the riders to report aggressive or threatening drivers from their cell phones.

Train rides mark Yampa's 100 years

Karen Tussey knew there was one thing she could give the town of Yampa and Routt County residents that no one else could: free train rides.

Alpine Mountain Ranch goes to planning

Routt County planning commissioners will review a plan to create as many as 63 luxury home lots on a west-facing hillside just south of Steamboat Springs' city limits.

Tuesday, May 16

Town may give more money to fight drugs

Doubling Hayden's cash contribution to a regional drug task force will be up for discussion at Thursday's Town Board meeting.

Class bids farewell

The 27 Hayden High School seniors who will walk across the stage Sunday will leave behind a legacy of extracurricular involvement and academic strength.

Teacher suspension over

A Hayden High School teacher has returned to the classroom after serving a three-day unpaid suspension.

Relatives injured in Egypt blast

Steamboat family knows the pain that terrorists inflict

Page Lamberson Stockdale's family members survived a terrorist bombing in Egypt last month because they hesitated.

Hayden schools steer clear of more cuts

This year's budget process should not be nearly as painful as last year's was for Hayden School District officials.

Soroco creates maintenance job

In April, Soroco Secondary Principal James Chamberlin informed the South Routt School Board of a surprising statistic.

Sexual violence forum stresses awareness

It is important that community members understand steps they can take to help prevent sexual assault, law enforcement officers and victims advocates said Monday.

Yampa victims remain critical

Two Yampa men remained in critical condition at a Greeley hospital Tuesday after they were seriously injured in a propane gas explosion Monday afternoon.

The future of forests

Meetings held to discuss roadless areas, beetle spread

Two significant events related to forest management are this week in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for May 17

Monday, May 15 12:05 a.m. A 28-year-old man was arrested on a fugitive-of-justice warrant near Lincoln Avenue and Old Fish Creek Falls Road.

Briefs for May 17

Hayden High School teacher serves suspension A Hayden High School teacher has returned to the classroom after serving a three-day unpaid suspension.

Lance Eldridge: War justification

Recent press reports on the increasingly estranged relationship between the intelligence community and the administration regarding the intelligence and the justification for the war in Iraq reflect the difficult role secret intelligence plays in a free society. The relationship between the intelligence and policy communities is often contentious, but the public rarely gets a front-row seat. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that recent attention to this contentious environment will result in any meaningful intelligence reform.

Omar M. Campbell: Come on over

A message to Vincente Fox: Send us your poor, your huddled masses (15 to a smuggler's van; 50 to a U-Haul truck); your sick (small pox, tuberculosis, AIDS); your criminals (with backpacks of drugs); plenty of your women to seed our country with "anchor babies."

Tom Bleuer: What would Jesus do?

The gathering of religious leaders and the community to discuss peace is a good thing. I have a suggestion for the next forum. That would be why haven't we spoken out on the killing of innocents, for instance in Iraq, that is being done in our name?

Our View: DeVincentis crossed the line

John DeVincentis' letter publicly chastising Superintendent Donna Howell on Monday was not only off target but also completely inappropriate for a School Board member.

Judge names sent to Owens

Steamboat attorney, Grand County judge recommended

Two women have been nominated by a commission to serve as the 14th Judicial District's next judge.

Vote on rec center likely

City Council wants answers

A city-owned recreation center may be on the ballot as soon as November.

Yampatika charts new course for education efforts

Friends of Yampatika will observe a new fork in the trail May 19, when they gather for the nonprofit's seventh annual Wild Edible Feast at the golf clubhouse at Catamount Ranch & Club.

DeVincentis criticizes Howell in letter

Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis was not at Monday night's School Board meeting, but he still made an impact.

Monday, May 15

Recreation meeting tonight

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission thinks it is time to ask voters for a city-owned recreation center.

Put your running skills to the test

For the past 28 years, the Hayden Cog Run has challenged runners in the Yampa Valley to step it up -- or at least to run up one of the most challenging hills in Routt County.

Bill doesn't affect city's water rights

A water rights bill signed by Gov. Bill Owens last week won't affect Steamboat Springs' rights.

Our View: DeVincentis crossed the line

Letter criticizing superintendent was off target and inappropriate

John DeVincentis' letter publicly chastising Superintendent Donna Howell on Monday was not only off target but also completely inappropriate for a School Board member.

A night for the arts in S. Routt

Band, choir and art students to display talents

In South Routt, young musicians play concert pieces with conch shells and PVC pipes. Student artists create original sculptures with metal, willow sticks and plaster.

Briefs for May 16

A memorial service for Josephine Arlene Selbe is at 11 a.m. Monday, May 22, at the United Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs. The wrong date appeared in Saturday's and Monday's Steamboat Today.

The Record for May 16

12:08 a.m. A woman reported gunshots in the 1000 block of Merritt Street. Police were unable to locate any gunfire and said there were no reports of injuries. The noise may have been fireworks, police said.

Busy summer for Bettger

Retired educator to lead vocational planning

A retired educator will coordinate efforts that could lead to a regional vocational center in the Yampa Valley.

Terry eyes assessor's office again

Former Routt County Chief Appraiser Nancy Terry will try to make it a three-way race this fall when voters choose a replacement for county assessor Amy Williams.

Yampa blast leaves two in critical condition

A propane gas explosion at a Yampa home sent two men to the hospital Monday afternoon.

Fake grass is always greener

School Board approves turf field at Steamboat Springs High School

Next spring, local high school student athletes will have a new home field.

Sunday, May 14

Learn about voting changes

Visit office or go online for demonstration of new system

Routt County officials are encouraging voters to try out the county's new voting system before the primary election in August.

School Board to talk turf, teachers

Turf, teachers and timelines are on a packed agenda for tonight's meeting of the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Boost funds by hitting links

Golf tournament supports high school, middle school sports

For Steamboat Springs High School's 12 sports not funded by the school district, the Booster Club provides invaluable help.

Program keeping riders on boards

The end of winter means one thing for snowboarders like Jon Casson -- time to hit the streets. As director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's snowboarding program, Casson understands how important it is for the athletes he coaches to stay on top of their board skills in the off-season by staying on top of skateboards.

The Record for May 15

8:47 a.m. A man reported vandalism in the 600 block of Snapdragon Way. Police said someone threw a rock through the window of Taco Bell.

Briefs for May 15

Sports physicals will be conducted from 4 to 8 p.m. May 22 to 25 at Steamboat Medical Center for all high school and middle school students who will be participating in sports during the 2006-07 school year.

City plans for preservation

Historical buildings may be in better shape, thanks to a maintenance plan created by the city of Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: Which came first -- hot tubs or ski lifts?

Steamboat is naturally hot -- always has been, always will be

Could Steamboat Springs lead the nation in hot tubs per capita? One would have to think that if the U.S. Census Bureau kept track of such things, we'd at least rank in the top 25.

Saturday, May 13

Warren H. Harner Jr.: Just the facts

In your publishing of the letter from Robert Maddox on April 17, I noted that you deleted several comments that Mr. Maddox made about me.

Barbara De Vries: Keep your promise

Bouquets and kudos to those three City Council members who voted against the old junior high as the site for our new community center. Those three kept the promise -- made to the community, the seniors and the American Legion -- that was given in return for helping to pass the Bud Werner Memorial Library bond issue.

Kami Brockway: Another solution

In its reporting about the May 9 City Council meeting, the Steamboat Today neglected to mention that the plan for a new community center is to remodel the old junior high's gymnasium and add a kitchen. The architect's recommendation did not seem to take into account the existing use of the area to be renovated. This process of finding the senior group a new space would in turn displace the current gymnastics programs, which would need to find a new location. This "solution" simply solves one problem by creating the next one.

Our View: City should rethink decision

The Steamboat Springs City Council took a major risk last week by selecting the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street as its future community center site.

Moms, girls tackle tough questions

Middle school students Lindsey Yost and Emily Hannah only had enough time to answer half of the questions posed to them by 40 soon-to-be sixth-grade girls who attended the fourth annual Mother-Daughter Day on Saturday.

Some unsure of site choice

City Council's community center decision questioned

Make no doubt about it: Steamboat Springs will get a new community center. But whether the City Council selected the best site for the center has quickly become a subject of debate.

Time to talk

Special education audit starts conversations

James Dickson, 9, has a lot of eyes watching over him. James, an energetic third-grader at Strawberry Park Elementary School, has autism. He struggles with changes to his routine and with verbal communication.

Corvus and Coma Berenices

One of my favorite constellations is Corvus the Crow, which is visible during spring. It is compact and fairly bright, making it easy to locate. Without too much imagination, you can see a crow winging his way across our southern sky.

Fashion that functions

Don't overdo it: Steamboat trends stylish and practical

Steamboat Springs' spring couture redefines casual. From large Jackie O.-style sunglasses to the new line of Havaianas metallic flip-flops, ski town style has you covered from head to Crocs.

Filmmaker combines lifestyle, ambition

Jacob Bell has come up with a plan to fulfill his personal and professional ambitions this summer. He'll travel the Rocky Mountain West from New Mexico to Alaska to shoot and produce outdoor adventure TV programs.

Transactions for May 1 to 9

BASSEL, DAVID LEE AND BASSEL, LORI ANN TO PERLSON, SCOTT N. FOR MONTVIEW PARK SUBDIVISION Lot: 5 --315,000

Business briefs for May 14

The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies recently selected Yampa Valley dentist James W. W. McCreight to be an adjunct clinical instructor. This is the second teaching appointment McCreight has received from LVI.

Building permits for May 1 to 5

ROUTT COUNTY CARI HERMACINSKI 27555 WHITEWOOD DRIVE OWNER/CONTRACTOR SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE $239,701

Construction projects climb

The volume of projects coming through the Routt County Regional Building Department indicates this construction season will be just as busy, if not busier, than last year.

Breaking boundaries

Businessmen have unique vision for sports store

Randall Reed and Michael Graves have plans to transform an ordinary commercial center on Steamboat Springs' west side into a destination retail experience. Based on their past projects, don't be surprised if they pull it off.

Soroco shines

Team takes seven titles at regionals

Saturday was a good day for the Soroco track and field team. "Yeah, it was," Rams coach Gary Heide said as he headed toward the Soroco tent.

Sailors fall flat in final round

Steamboat Springs High School doubles players Molly Weiss and Kristin Toy struggled to find their game Saturday during the final day of the 2006 State High School Girls Tennis Tournament at Pueblo City Park.

South Routt calendar for May 14

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.

Holocaust survivor urges tolerance

Jack Adler speaks to local students about respect, diversity

Jack Adler is the only member of his family who survived the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. He witnessed horrible atrocities and lived to tell about them. And tell he has.

Class notes for May 14

Tara Delancey, a Steamboat resident and freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder, has been named to the fall semester dean's list for her academic performance in the university's Leeds School of Business. She graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 2005 and is majoring in business at CU.

Strengthening ties

Youth Service Days bring communities, students together

Bob Parker knew his yard could use a little work, but his legs wouldn't allow it. "I'm diabetic, and my legs are numb up to my knees," said Parker, 64, while standing on the lawn of his Oak Creek home. Long, dead branches drooped from several trees on his property, a small plot on Second Street with untrimmed rose bushes, a lawn that needed to be raked and a broken fence. "These are things I've wanted to fix for a long time," Parker said. He was born in Oak Creek and has lived in the same house for most of his life.

The Record for May 14

2:03 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 2700 block of Eagleridge Drive, where police found a man sleeping in the lobby of the Terraces at Eagleridge. The man was given a courtesy ride home.

Anna Fitzhugh, 1907-2006

Former Oak Creek resident Anna Fitzhugh died peacefully May 6, 2006, at the Heritage Senior Home in Palisade. She was 98.

Pass the corn

Rabbit Ears offers quick fix of mellow spring turns

Turn off The Golf Channel and get off the couch right now �--�---- there is still time in your weekend to go corn skiing. In fact, if you can leave the office by 4 p.m. any afternoon this week, you can carve mellow turns on Rabbit Ears Pass until well after 7 p.m.

Hayden throwers win long 'shot'

And to think, Emily Whiteman's parents nearly canceled their hotel room in Pueblo. One day after Whiteman failed to make the discus finals, having one of her worst days ever in the event, the Hayden junior surprised everyone, including herself, by qualifying for the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships in the shot put Saturday.

Steamboat's Hammond clears regional field

On Friday, Walker Hammond strolled into Stocker Stadium relaxed, carrying a guitar to play during down time. On Saturday, the Steamboat Springs senior left Grand Junction a Region 1 champion, taking first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.38 seconds.

John F. Russell: Teamwork means more than titles

For some, the state high school tennis championships are about titles. But this week in Pueblo, the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team proved that the championships are about friendship, teamwork and respect.

Raptors' speed shuts down Steamboat

Coming off a thrilling home playoff win on Wednesday, the 10th-seeded Sailors girls soccer team seemed poised to match up well against the seventh-seeded Silver Creek Raptors.

Sound Off for May 14

Yes, I support the artificial field. It makes more sense and would require less maintenance in the long run.t will provide more useful time on the field and keep our students in the classrooms. It would be beneficial to several sports.

Lia Kozatch: Support the arts

I am writing in response to the articles about artificial turf. I agree that it would be nice for sports teams to be able to use an artificial turf field due to complications with winter weather. It would keep the home team home.

Friday, May 12

Multi-use development proceeds in West Routt

Plans for a walking path and open space along Dry Creek seemed to ease the concerns some Hayden officials had with a proposed multi-use development on the west side of town.

Tiger track athletes fare well on Day 1

In mid-April, Tyson Sweetser was struggling in the discus.

Rams' 3,200 relay wins region

Kieran Corrigan collapsed as he crossed the finish line.

Sailor gets 2nd in discus

Runners dominate preliminary races

Westin Cofer went from anonymity to regional runner-up.

Match point

Steamboat poised to get fifth place after difficult state semifinal round

After a turbulent semifinal round, several members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team headed into the playbacks searching for the motivation they needed to get back on track.

High school senior asks tough questions

Student interviews classmates who left school

Steamboat Springs High School senior Walker Hammond researched his Senior Project by looking at his classmates -- or more specifically, by looking at his classmates who are no longer there.

'The way for tomorrow'

Youth leadership among issues discussed at final forum

Health care, affordable housing and the civic involvement of youths are issues affecting the Yampa Valley's future, residents agreed Friday.

Residents fight traffic trouble

Mountain View Estates neighbors 'need a permanent solution'

Residents of Mountain View Estates are determined to make North Steamboat Boulevard safer for children on bicycles, and they're equally determined to persuade City Council members to respond to their concerns.

Elementary students decide legal fate of Paul Bunyan

Annual Law Day teaches fifth-graders about judicial system

Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan took the stand in District and County courts Friday to defend themselves against charges of damaging the environment.

The fruits of labor

Sen. Jack Taylor calls session his 'best yet' as a legislator

The first day back from Denver never felt sweeter for state Sen. Jack Taylor.

Thursday, May 11

Deb Babcock: Assess tree problems as spring season arrives

After the snow has melted from our gardens, most gardeners take inventory of which plants made it through the winter.

Delta confirms new jet plan

Carrier to fly Salt Lake route; United schedule still not certain

Delta Airlines has confirmed its service between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Salt Lake City, Utah, in the fall.

The Record for May 12

Wednesday, May 10 2:01 a.m. A Steamboat Springs police officer found a syringe in the back of his patrol car after taking a man to jail. The officer could not determine whether the syringe belonged to the man.

GASP! 'Theater on the edge'

High school student directs uncensored controversial theater

Steamboat Springs High School student Alex Stegmaier wanted to perform "Cell Block Tango" from the musical "Chicago," but school officials told her she would have to censor it.

County fair season under way

Students get a chance to test new technology

Spring was in the air at the Routt County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, and so was the smell of 125 squealing hogs being weighed in for the August fair.

Hill wins Heritage award

Jayne Hill's dedication to historic preservation and the Tread of Pioneers Museum are the stuff of legend, her colleagues say.

New Soda Creek questions emerge

Pros, cons discussed during school public forums Thursday

New questions continue to arise about the future of Soda Creek Elementary School.

News in brief for May 12

Section of Routt County Road 18 closed to traffic The Routt County Road and Bridge Department has closed Routt County Road 18 from the cattle guard below Stagecoach Reservoir to the gate at Pleasant Valley.

Money approved for field

Fund Board votes, 9-0, for artificial turf

A grassroots community effort is one step closer to putting fake grass on Gardner Field.

Allison's picks for May 12

Tonight ¤ Free Friday Foreign Film Series featuring "Mostly Martha" When: 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. movie begins Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square Cost: Free

Allison Plean: Mom's best friend

For Mother's Day this year, I would like two new couches, two remote controls, five pairs of very expensive shoes, a new coffee table, a bathroom door, screen door, a couple of CDs and the movie "Sixteen Candles."

The unstoppable groove

8traC will make you dance

Derek VanScoten thinks people like to label bands from their inception so they feel comfortable knowing how to categorize them.

Music calendar for May 12

Tonight ¤ Touring Opera Troupe of The Three Little Pigs of Emerald City Opera When: 2 p.m. Where: Soda Creek Elementary School Cost: Free Call: 879-1996

On Scene for May 12

Five of May My kryptonite-colored glowing margarita glass illuminated my way through the crowd at Cantina on Friday night. Although everyone was extra festive, it was almost like any other Friday night.

Flying to new heights

Students learn life lessons from participating in Peter Pan production

When Jake Barker was 3-years-old, he attended Steamboat Springs Middle School's first production of Peter Pan dressed as Peter Pan.

A fairytale ending

Two women write and illustrate a fairytale story that is close to their own

Longtime restaurant workers Natalie de Stefano and Jean McLaughlin are on their way to fulfilling a dream.

Arts calendar for May 12

Ongoing ¤ A collection of art and photography dedicated to the mother and child will be on display at the Paradigm Theater in Oak Creek today and tomorrow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $5. Call 846-5137 for information and reservations.

Clinic hosts pet health fair

You can bribe your dog or cat with homemade treats and a free bandana if they accompany you to the first Pet Health Fair on Saturday.

Hayden youths mobilize for national service day

Saturday's National Youth Service Day in Hayden will focus on strengthening relationships among people of all ages.

Honoring Oak Creek moms

Paradigm Theater performance celebrates mothers of all ages

If you're still not sure what you should get your mom for Mother's Day, a trip to Oak Creek's Paradigm Theater might be the answer.

Speed skier races to personal best

Routt County's Tim Magill goes 147 mph

Local speed skier Tim Magill went to Europe to set a personal best -- and maybe a world record.

Sailors look for more

Steamboat tennis fourth going into semifinals at state

The last time Lisa Floyd advanced to the semifinals of the state high school tennis championships, she was a wide-eyed freshman getting her first taste of the state finals.

Hayden to get high-speed service

Internet availability projected to boost local business success

After years of anticipation, it appears Hayden will have access to high-speed Internet in about a month through the town's current cable provider.

Wednesday, May 10

Forum focuses on planning for change

A forum Friday will help participants decide what when faced with change.

Radar funding for airport increases

Local officials are closing in on the $250,000 they hope will bring new electronic airplane surveillance equipment to several regional airports.

A day to give back

Volunteers: United Way's 10th annual Day of Caring rewarding

Steamboat Springs High School Sophomore Taylor Miller-Freutel accidentally dropped a hose, which drenched her as she cleaned one of Horizons Specialized Services' vans Wednesday.

Director: No plans for mobile homes

Routt County Planning Dir�--ector Caryn Fox said her office is receiving a lot of complaints from people who are opposed to a plan for a rural mobile home park near Steamboat Springs.

Speak out about Soda Creek

Public forums about elementary school plans are today

A Steamboat Springs City Council decision to use school district property for a new community center will affect the school system's plans for its facilities, including the aging Soda Creek Elementary School.

Turf on the town table

Fund Board to decide about Gardner Field request

Artificial turf is the only item on tonight's agenda for a special meeting of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board.

Scott Stanford: Delivering today's news today

In fall 2001, my wife and I had to drive to a funeral in Washington state. It was then that I broke down and bought our first cell phone. I'm pretty sure we were the last couple to get one.

Sailors advance

Soccer team moves on after close win against Cougars

Although it looks good in the box score, winning regular season games by seven goals did little to prepare the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team for close playoff contests.

Oak Creek mayor promotes recycling

Oak Creek offers free curbside recycling to its residents, but Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman thinks the town can do more to keep recyclables out of landfills.

Officials discuss open space

Report says Hayden developers do not meet code requirements

Two young developers are proposing a major project in Hayden, and they hope to break ground soon.

Tuesday, May 9

Jerry Kozatch: The process works

Living in America is a wonderful thing. We have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom to express our own views in a public forum. Although I have often thought of writing a letter to the newspaper, I have not done so until now.

John Spezia: Roads or not?

In 2001, after two years, 600 public meetings and 1.6 million comments from the public, the Clinton administration announced it was designating 58 million acres of the National Forest as roadless.

News in brief for May 10

Water summit scheduled for June 1 in Hayden The 2006 Northwest Colorado Water Summit, "Challenges to Our Water Future," is at 1 and 3:45 p.m. June 1 in Hayden. A $15 pre-registration is required.

Local students win animal writing contest

When Soda Creek Elementary School first-grader Riley Toye began writing a story about her dog, Baxter, she wasn't thinking about winning a prize.

Board: Housing Authority needs funding

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is looking at financing options because it's likely that additional staff will be needed to accommodate expanded workloads, board members said Tuesday.

Judge applicants announced

Public comment welcome during hiring process

Three prosecutors, a county court judge and an attorney have applied for the 14th Judicial District judge position that will open when District Judge Paul McLimans retires July 1.

School building selected

City Council votes on site for new community center

The George P. Sauer Human Services Center will be remodeled to accommodate the city's new community center, the Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday night.

Tigers earn team fifth at Saturday league meet

Hayden senior Keenan Bruchez placed in all four of his events during Saturday's Western Slope League meet in Kremmling, but the Tigers could place no better than fifth as a team.

Hill in state field for 1,600

Matt Hill appears ready for regionals. The Steamboat Springs High School middle distance and distance runner qualified for the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships during Saturday's Tiger Invitational, when he ran the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 34.04 seconds.

Up for a challenge

Bike race series registration begins

Like many Routt County mountain bikes, the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Series is a well-oiled machine.

Waiting on weather

Construction stalls opening of Haymaker course

Forty cubic yards of concrete and a certificate of occupancy are all that stands between eager golfers and the opening of Haymaker Golf Course.

School to honor the Bard

Lowell Whiteman students perform Shakespeare plays tonight

Besieged by guilt, sliding into insanity and lost in a dreamlike, sleepwalking stupor, seventh-grader Claire Parsons stepped slowly across the stage Tuesday at the Lowell Whiteman Primary School.

Welcome to Hayden

Economic commission puts up signs to promote town

The Hayden Economic Development Commission has one more item it can cross off its to-do list.

Man gets probation for assault

A 30-year-old Yampa man was sentenced Tuesday to two years of supervised probation and 60 days in jail for assaulting his wife and "head-butting" a police officer.

County applies for surcharge

Commissioners approve monthly rate increase for 911 system

The Routt County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to increase monthly 911 surcharge rates in Routt County from 70 cents to $1.25.

Our View: Providing an alternative

The creation of Yampa Valley High School is a good investment for the taxpayers of Routt County and is the kind of cooperative effort we would like to see more of among our school districts.

Monday, May 8

Man cleared of drug charges

Halsnes told police substance was ginger; tests prove him right

Erlend Halsnes is the victim of mistaken identity.

Ram girls run to league crown

Soroco team title snaps West Grand's 9-year reign

The Soroco girls track and field team trailed West Grand by 12 points with four events left in Saturday's Western Slope League meet.

Sailors soccer opens playoffs

Steamboat faces Evergreen at 4 p.m. Wednesday

No draw in the Class 4A Girls Soccer State Tournament is easy, but Steamboat Springs had prepared for the toughest road.

Experience bolsters tennis veterans' confidence

It was a lesson that Steamboat Springs High School tennis player Breanne Murray says she will never forget.

Corrigan wins two at league

Soroco's Kieran Corrigan won the 800 and 1,600 meters as the boys finished third at Saturday's Western Slope League meet.

City, county, authority meet

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority tonight will share its goals with the Routt County Board of Commissioners and the Steamboat Springs City Council.

City planning process under review

The planning review process for projects is about to change.

Woman extracted from rolled vehicle

A Steamboat Springs woman was taken to the hospital Monday morning after she sustained minor injuries in an accident near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

District hires nutrition director

'Kid-sized' salad bars installed in elementary schools

The Steamboat Springs School District has hired a new director of nutritional services.

More Barn may be preserved

Developer seeks approval for subdivision along Fish Creek

City planners are reviewing a proposal that would establish a 64-lot residential subdivision while helping to preserve the historical More Barn within a city park.

Hayden in the spotlight

Study to examine economic impact of sports complex

An economic impact study will be used to determine the feasibility of a sports complex in Hayden.

Ride of passage

North Routt students to take Moab biking trip

Four North Routt eighth-graders are ready to pedal their way into high school.

News in brief for May 9

Yampatika holding seventh 'Wild Edible Feast' event Yampatika's seventh "Wild Edible Feast" is from 6 to 9 p.m. May 19 at Catamount Golf Clubhouse.

The Record for May 9

Sunday, May 7 12:03 a.m. A woman on Lincoln Avenue told police her boyfriend was "on something" and was kicking boxes and walls and throwing coats at her. Officers mediated the situation and gave the woman a ride somewhere else.

Sunday, May 7

Witness prompts mistrial

Aggravated driving case compromised by trooper's testimony

A Routt County District Judge declared a mistrial Thursday in a case about a Craig man accused of driving under revocation. The mistrial was declared after a witness testified about a topic he was ordered not to address.

Police share message, fun with students

Several Steamboat Springs officers will be donning aprons instead of badges Tuesday as they work to feed hungry high school students.

I whiffed on a chance to expand my awareness

Searching for strangers' stories on a New Mexican road trip

It was with considerable anticipation that we stepped through the door of Cafe Pasqual's on Don Gaspar Street in Santa Fe this month. We've owned the cookbook published by the restaurant's founder for a decade, and its pages are flagged with Post-it notes.

Dance benefits Routt Habitat

Ball builds support for construction of affordable housing

High heels and hard hats will mingle at the inaugural Carpenter's Ball on Saturday.

Exercise simulates accident

Emergency responders get practice during mass-casualty drill

An EMB 145 aircraft from UFO Airlines crashed at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty-six passengers were transported to the Yampa Valley Medical Center and The Memorial Hospital -- 16 of them were in critical condition. One responding fire fighter was injured and there was one fatality.

Compliance rate increases

Only one store fails alcohol check during recent evaluation

Of the 13 local restaurants, bars and liquor stores that were tested Friday night during a routine compliance check, only one failed.

Saturday, May 6

Sound Off for May 7

Illegal immigration No, I do not support a guest-worker program to help illegal immigration. There should be no illegal immigrants. Illegal means they do not have any rights of any kind in this country and should return to their own country. Illegal is illegal whether one is an immigrant or a citizen.

Our View: Bring on the fake grass

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board has a unique opportunity to improve the spring sports landscape for our schools and our community. It's an opportunity the board should seize.

Leslie Curley: Council needs to take its time

In the course of the next two City Council meetings, there will be reports given and public comment taken on a new Steamboat Springs Community Center for seniors; the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association's expansion proposal; and a proposal for a community recreation center. The City Council made a commitment to replace the community center for seniors prior to breaking ground on the library expansion. They allocated funding to SSHRA and the community recreation center groups for feasibility studies on each of their future requirements.

Robert Hull: Editor out of touch

I read Scott Stanford's article in the April 27 Steamboat Today regarding naming illegal immigrants. I must say I strongly disagree with you. This issue is a plague on our country.

Nan Schweiger: Oil company scam

I appreciated your story on gas that appeared in the April 23 issue.

Florence Warrick

Former Craig and Steamboat Springs resident Florence "Flossie" Warrick passed away April 30, 2006, at her home in Grand Junction from complications from lymphoma. She was 85.

Keith r. gressman

Fort Collins resident Keith Gressman passed away May 2, 2006, at his home in Fort Collins after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. He was 54.

The Record for May 7

JAIL REPORT Saturday, April 29 Jose Alfonso Garcia-Castro, 23, Craig--Driving under revocation, using forged driver's license (Colorado State Patrol)

Same path, alternate routes

New school hopes to help teens who may otherwise fall through cracks

In June 2005, one day before finishing his junior year, Drew Ganyer's time at Steamboat Springs High School ended. Not only had he been caught with a master key to the school, he also had been previously suspended for three weeks for hacking into a computer database to change his grades. Both incidents were indisputable violations of school rules.

YVHA looks at funding options

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority will not be able to continue or expand service without more funds, board members say, and the organization could go to voters as soon as November to secure a dedicated source of funding.

Cinco de Mayo celebration brings community together

To Laura Duarte, the melodic sounds of mariachi music and the smells of homemade tamales took her somewhere she hasn't been in more than a decade: home.

Pod people

Apple's popular MP3 players boast multigenerational appeal

"Witness the evolution of the revolution" is the iPod's tagline. If you haven't heard it, maybe it's time for you to evolve.

8 girls, 4 years, 50 wins

Steamboat Springs seniors have been dominating soccer fields since childhood; now they're ready to make a final run at state

It was a Pizza Hut birthday party. Kelly Labor's face turns red as teammate Ann Barney tells the story Thursday afternoon.

John F. Russell: Building places for us to play

Someone a lot smarter than me once said, "where there is a will, there is a way." In Steamboat Springs, people continue to prove it every day, and every year. The examples are everywhere.

Fake field of dreams

Officials: Turf on Gardner may be cheaper and safer

Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch stepped onto the artificial turf field in Colorado Springs before last November's playoff game against Harrison.

That's the spirit

Race honors those we have lost, kicks off running series

The Walter family had a strong showing at Saturday's 21st annual Spirit Challenge at Steamboat Springs Middle School -- a race dedicated in part to the late Pamela Walter, an avid runner and teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary.

South Routt Calendar for May 7

Monday, May 8 The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Yampa Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Strings brings musical merriment

School performances entertain kids while teaching music history and theory

Parents in Northwest Colorado likely are buying earplugs this weekend.

Class notes for May 7

Ben Beall graduates magna cum laude Benjamin Stigler Beall V, son of Ben and Millie Beall, graduated from the University of Colorado as a member of the class of 2006.

Pumping up downtown entertainment

Main Street Steamboat aims to bring events to the heart of town

Leaders of Main Street Steamboat Springs would like to move art out of the park and onto the street -- Yampa Street, to be exact.

Ski shops reap fruit of record snowfall

John Kole of One Stop Ski Shop has found the key to business success on Lincoln Avenue: hire a dog.

Business briefs for May 7

Steamboat Grand names new sales team Karen Schneider has been named director of sales for the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Condominiums.

Achieving the American dream

Affordable housing program helps Hayden woman reach goals

Aurora Gonzales has lived in Hayden for 25 years, but owning a home always has been out of reach.

Construction begins on Riverfront project

Work on a "live-work" development along the Yampa River on the west side of town has begun.

Fishing for answers

Colorado State University team researches non-native species in the Yampa

John Hawkins speaks of the Yampa River with reverence.

Druggings in the dark

Proliferation of date-rape drugs hard to gauge, prosecute

Amy is a petite woman with stunning blue eyes. She usually wears her blond hair in a ponytail. She is married and the mother of two small children.

Chelsea's opening in Steamboat

Owners of popular Chinese restaurant insist Oak Creek location will remain

Andy and Jaila Benjamin have been crafty in dodging questions about their business plans.

Friday, May 5

Teacher's Everest climb cut short

Health issues prompt Tredway's early return to Steamboat

Steamboat Springs teacher Matt Tredway is on his way home from Mount Everest this morning after experiencing health problems while preparing for his attempt to summit the world's tallest mountain.

Helping families live well

Extension agent teaches about health, food and finances

The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service has a new representative to help families.

Mother-Daughter Day helps ease transition

Jennifer Fritz would have given every penny in her piggy bank to have had the opportunity to ask middle school students questions before she started sixth grade.

Writing their way to Washington

Sydney Burkett and Tyler Kelly have never been to Washington, D.C., but both will visit the nation's capital next month, free of charge.

Balloon Rodeo staying put

The winds have shifted, and the 2006 Balloon Rodeo will be held in Wildhorse Meadows after all. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association announced April 15 that the popular summer event would move south to a rural piece of property west of Lake Catamount.

Event helps bridge language gap

There are many stereotypical high school cliques, often associated with sports or clubs. But cliques in foreign language classes?

Building permits for April 27 to 30

ROBERT FELINCZAK 860 BROAD STREET OWNER/ONCTRACTOR DETACHED GARAGE $29,640

Real Estate Transactions for April 24 to 30

STAHL, ROBERT B. AND STAHL, VIRGINIA, AND STAHL, BRIAN T. TO STAHL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC. FOR NEIGHBORHOODS AT YOUNG'S PEAK LOTS 1 THROUGH 36, INCLUSIVE, LOT 37, LOTS 38 THROUGH 62, INCLUSIVE

Thursday, May 4

On Scene: Emerald City Opera

I was raised in Europe, where we used to take school field trips to the opera. By age 10, I had visited the house where Mozart was born and the cemetery where Schubert and Beethoven are buried. Yet I couldn't answer any of the trivia questions on the back of Emerald City Opera's program at its performance Tuesday night.

A night in Venice -- in Steamboat

Students get ready for prom

Finding faculty chaperones for prom night is never a problem. "It's like the Oscars. I want to see what they wear," said Steamboat Springs High School faculty prom organizer Meghan Hanson, who has chaperoned prom for the past three years.

Music calendar for May 5-11

¤ Worried Men When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill Cost: Free Call: 879-3773

The next generation

Students perform as part of Chamber Orchestra's youth program

Among tapping feet and intermittent giggling, Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra Youth Ensemble coach Gary Foss lead one of the last clarinet quintet rehearsals before Saturday's performance.

Allison's picks

¤ Cinco de Mayo Party with Billy Franklin and Friends When: 10 p.m. Where: Cantina Mexican Restaurant Cost: Free Why you should go: Because it's Cinco de Mayo!

The usual suspects

They're everywhere. They're at the post office, the supermarket and they drive by as you wait for eternity to make a left turn onto Lincoln Avenue from Sixth Street.

Johnson gets new trial

Court of Appeals acknowledges error in jury instructions

Thomas Lee Johnson, convicted in 2001 for the stabbing death of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases, was granted a new trial by the Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday.

A fake eulogy with a real message

Staged death warns of prom-night risks

Si Si Atkinson spoke softly and sadly about her friend Dillon Jenkins. "Dillon could smile like no one else could," said Atkinson, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School. "Now he has left me behind."

The Record for May 5

8:52 a.m. A man near 12th Street and Crawford Avenue reportedly watched a small child who was not buckled in to the car fall out of a green Subaru and onto the pavement. The man told police the child was crying as the car's driver picked up the child and put her back in the car. Officers could not find the car.

Briefs for May 5

Routt County United Way is celebrating its 10th annual Day of Caring on Wednesday morning. The Day of Caring is an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in projects that help the elderly, residents with disabilities and disadvantaged residents of Routt County.nited Way matches projects that will benefit nonprofit organizations and their clients with volunteers. Volunteers will be served lunch at noon at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Call the Routt County United Way at 879-5605.

Arts calendar for May 5-11

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Artist Member Exhibit deadline has been extended to May 12. This annual exhibit from June 2 to July 26 is open to all SSAC artist members. There is no entry fee, no slides required and no jurying. Up to three pieces of any media will be accepted. Residents can join or renew membership to participate. E-mail beth@steamboatspringsarts.com or call 879-9008, ext. 106, for an entry form.

More licenses suspended

Council hands down liquor punishments to businesses

The liquor licenses of two Steamboat Springs businesses were suspended Thursday as punishment for failing an alcohol compliance check in December. Neither businesses contested the suspensions.

The heat is on

Local potter combines her love of art and gardening

One out of three of Deb Babcock's teapots crack if they do not dry evenly after being fired at 2,130 degrees Fahrenheit.

Worsley making waves at Moffat

Cole Worsley immediately made his presence felt on the Moffat County High School boys swim team. In the first meet of the year, the Steamboat Springs freshman qualified for the Class 4A State Swimming Championships in the 100-meter freestyle. In his second meet, he qualified in the 50-meter freestyle.

Tennis players net title

It was all business for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team on the opening day of the regional tennis tournament in Grand Junction.

Last home hurrah

Sailors girls soccer team finishes with Western Slope title

On Wednesday, a tight-knit crew of seniors accomplished a goal four years in the works. The eight seniors on Steamboat Springs' girls soccer team started in Wednesday's game against Delta (7-6-1), and after their 5-1 victory, they finished the regular season having secured their fourth consecutive Western Slope League title -- one for each of the years they have played together.

School restoration featured

Perry-Mansfield wins state award for preservation achievements

The ongoing historical restoration work at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Strawberry Park has won a state award.

Hayden board supports 911 surcharge

Funding emergency communication services and keeping town right-of-ways were priorities for the Hayden Town Board on Thursday night.

Religious leaders talk peace

If your sense of peace does not go beyond yourself, your peace is lacking, Steamboat Springs religious leaders agreed Thursday.

In excellent shape to legislate

Sen. Taylor wins lawmakers' Health and Fitness Challenge

State Sen. Jack Taylor has a new feat to add to his resume. The Steamboat Springs lawmaker has been named the fittest state senator after the six-week annual legislative Health and Fitness Challenge.

Wednesday, May 3

Fund Board takes on smorgasbord

Education group discusses regional school, North Routt gifts, turf field

Education is a gift that can come in many different packages.

CMC graduates ready to take next step

Nearly 100 students will close one chapter of their lives Friday when they graduate from Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

Scott Stanford: Writing for readers, not sources

One of the fundamental lessons reporters must learn is to write stories for the benefit of readers, not sources. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Why? Because reporters spend much of their days interacting with sources and a lot less time interacting with readers. Most often, it is sources' judgments of their work that they hear, not the public's.

Golf benefit for Houston nearly filled

In less than a week, word about a golf tournament to benefit the family of Brian Houston has swept across Steamboat Springs.

No bikes allowed

Trails still too wet for riders to use

Gretchen Sehler made her annual plea Tuesday.

Kids enjoying grammar

Mention the name Shurley, and elementary students in Hayden go nuts.

Sailors bounce back

Steamboat rebounds from rare loss to beat Rifle, 5-1

One day after losing its first league game in four years, the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team had a choice to make -- wallow or win.

Bark beetle money OK'd

Salazar adds $30 million to budget to fight forest epidemic

Sen Salazar has successfully worked to set aside $30 million for a smaller war closer to home.

Board tables field's future

May 11 meeting planned to discuss artificial field at high school

The future of Gardner Field won't be decided until next week. The Education Fund Board tabled a decision about whether to recommend that the Steamboat Springs School Board approve a gift to resurface the field.

More fire hydrants coming

Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District officials are taking the first step to improve the district's fire flow.

When in doubt, stay put

Rescuers teach youngsters to be survival savvy

Routt County Search and Rescue member Darrel Leving�--ston had an important message for local children Wednesday: If you get lost in the wilderness, stop walking and stay put.

Tredway, team acclimatize on Everest

Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher Matt Tredway was replenishing his reserves at Everest Base Camp on Wednesday after spending two nights above 20,000 feet at Camp II.

A spring celebration

Band concert tonight at high school

As rain washed away the lingering signs of winter Wednesday morning, more than 20 members of the Steamboat Springs High School band rehearsed "Into the Joy of Spring" in the school's auditorium.

Hayden officials aim to ease tax burden

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin plans to lead an effort to analyze who bears Hayden's tax burden.

Tuesday, May 2

Sailors prep for regionals

From the looks of the Sailors girls tennis players during Tuesday's practice, you wouldn't know they were about to defend a regional title.

Hayden gets top CSAP marks

Steamboat administrators face sobering scores

Hats off to Hayden Valley Elementary School. All 23 of the school's third-graders scored proficient or advanced on the reading portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, test administered in February. The 100 percent success rate is at a school that had trouble with CSAPs last year, largely because of scoring errors.

The Record for May 3

4:38 p.m. A woman reported someone dangerously passing her and other cars on Colorado Highway 131 near Oak Creek. The driver was pulled over and ticketed.

Briefs for May 3

In honor of Brian Houston and his contributions to Steamboat Springs' music community, the Colorado Mountain College Columbine Youth Chorale is organizing a public concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church. All donations will go to the Brian Houston Family Fund. The Youth Chorale is looking for singers and other musicians -- individuals and groups -- to perform at the concert. If you are interested in performing or volunteering, call Kathy at 736-2630 or Keri at 879-1996.

Fire district boards elected

The Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District elected two new members to its board of directors Tuesday, and the Oak Creek Rural Protection District elected three new members.

Officials want to ease tax burden

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin plans to lead an effort to analyze who bears Hayden's tax burden.

Alternative school goes regional

Steamboat Fund Board to help with teacher salaries

Routt County's new Regional Alternative School is scheduled to open its doors in September, possibly with a boost from Steamboat Springs' Education Fund Board.

Judge catches error in teen's plea deal

DA: Mistake led to Willy Najera being offered chance to plead to misdemeanors

Routt County Judge James Garrecht looked a little closer at Willy Najera's plea agreement Tuesday morning. Something did not seem right to the judge.

Sidewalk extension planned for Hayden

Hayden is small enough that residents can walk almost anywhere in town. Sometimes, this means pedestrians must share the road with passing motorists.

Turf talk

Fund Board asked to help pay for artificial grass

A group of Steamboat Springs parents, community members and coaches are pushing to install an artificial surface at Gardner Field.

City looks for missing link

Council members investigate employee housing program

The Steamboat Springs City Council is moving forward with research on an employee housing program.

School Board not saying 'no' yet

Soda Creek Elementary School bond issue could come in November

The possibility still is alive that the Steamboat Springs School District will ask voters this fall for money to fund construction of a new elementary school.

Health district approved

South Routt Medical Center to stay in business in Oak Creek

South Routt voters on Tuesday created a health district and approved a property tax to keep the doors open at the South Routt Medical Center in Oak Creek.

The centers of attention

Rec center backers urge foresight in community center planning

Backers of a $25 million rec center and indoor pool are urging the Steamboat Springs City Council to keep them in mind when they consider the site for a new community center next week.

Our View: Backing a guest-worker program

A nationwide boycott -- called A Day Without Immigrants -- had little impact across the Yampa Valley on Monday. With limited exceptions, most area businesses reported all of their employees showed up for work.

Paul J. Epley: Connecting Referendum C and PERA

The dictionary defines "fiduciary" as held or founded in trust or confidence. Legal documents, regardless of how extensively they delineate responsibilities and restrictions on a fiduciary, usually include a "catch-all" called the "prudent man" standard. The classic example is that a prudent man does not assign the fox to guard the henhouse.

Monday, May 1

The Record for May 2

1:31 a.m. Police received a report of a young man who was passed out and suspected of being intoxicated near Pine Grove and Mount Werner Roads. He was taken to the hospital.

Officials fired up over Hayden range

Department of Wildlife officials will close the free public shooting range south of Hayden unless people clean up after themselves and stop damaging the facility.

Business as usual in the 'Boat

Employers report typical staffing on 'A Day Without Immigrants'

It was business as usual Monday in Steamboat Springs as most immigrants showed up to work despite a national boycott billed as "A Day Without Immigrants."

Winter Sports Club shifts gears to summer

Shifting gears has been a rite of spring for Steamboat Springs ski coach Tom Davis the past three summers.

Excavating, wetland work for justice center begins

Work on Routt County's new justice center is progressing. The parking lot has been leveled, and some excavating work has begun on the site, which is next to the Routt County Jail.

Hayden gets top CSAP marks

Steamboat administrators face sobering scores

Hats off to Hayden Valley Elementary School. All 23 of the school's third-graders scored proficient or advanced on the reading portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, test administered in February. The 100 percent success rate is at a school that had trouble with CSAPs last year, largely because of scoring errors.

Medical district vote today

Residents to decide about tax for services in South Routt

Supporters of a tax that would support medical services in South Routt are cautiously optimistic as voters head to the polls today.

Briefs for May 2

The Routt County commissioners today will consider approval and authorization to sign documents related to the Routt County Road 33 project, which will extend from where it is paved now. The project has been awarded to Connell Resources, County Manager Tom Sullivan said, but today the commissioners are set to move the project forward.

Specifics of special education

School audit cites oversight, administration woes

The problems, and the positives, are now clear.

Council to review housing study

A new housing regulation may be coming to Steamboat Springs.