Thursday, November 30
Steamboat wrestlers prepare for season kickoff
Steamboat Springs wrestler A.J. Carmack isn't worried about numbers.
Hayden High School wrestling coach Ty Zabel knows his roster is young and short on the accolades of other wrestling programs.
Basketball team prepares to rebuild
By all accounts, the Hayden High School boys basketball team should be rebuilding.
A 19-year-old Colorado Mountain College student was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of selling marijuana after police found about 25 grams of marijuana in his possession.
Mary Ann Gunn got hooked on the Steamboat Springs Orchestra after attending its holiday concert three years ago.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport illustrates the growth occurring in and around Hayden, Town Manager Russ Martin said.
Child care center celebrates with cake, memories
The children at GrandKids Child Care Center learned all about the letter "K" on Thursday.
1:03 a.m. A 28-year-old Vail man was arrested in the 800 block of Weiss Drive on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.
The Steamboat Optimist Club is accepting applications from area high school seniors for its Teen of the Month award. All teens recognized as a Teen of the Month will be eligible for a $1,000 Teen of The Year award to be presented at the Teen of The Year dinner in May. Applications are available at all counselors' offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek, or call club president Sid Hopkins at 870-8172 or Rob McCarthy at 871-7179 for more information.
A single-engine plane slid off the runway during take-off Thursday at Steamboat Springs Airport.
Front Range strongly considering diversion project
Transferring Yampa River water more than 200 miles from Maybell to a reservoir east of Fort Collins is not just a pipe dream.
Don't you love the beautiful colors, shapes and aromas of plants that seem to be available only during the holidays? It's been a treat to watch my amaryllis plants grow about an inch a day when they got started and then burst into a spectacular bloom of red and white. The poinsettia I usually get this time of year looks so beautiful sitting on a desk in my studio.
If you woke up Thursday morning in Base Esperanza, Antarctica, it was a pleasant 29 degrees. Moscow? 39 degrees.In Anchorage, Alaska, residents experienced a balmy 4-degree morning. Most Routt County residents, however, awoke to below-zero temperatures Thursday - and the bitter cold is expected to continue for at least the next few days.
Steamboat Springs City Council members discuss allowing developers to pay the city a fee-in-lieu instead of providing affordable housing units within a new project; local pharmacists think loyal customers will continue to get drugs at their stores, despite the low-cost prescription drug program Wal-Mart launched this week; Bonnie Roesink, District Attorney for Colorado's 14th Judicial District has been appointed to serve as an advisor to governor-elect Bill Ritter during his transition into office; check out steamboatpilot.com to previews Soroco wrestling season, and Hayden basketball and Soroco girls basketball season; and former Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Steamboat Springs High School.
Several people commented on the juxtaposition of our front page on Tuesday. It showed a photo of the demolition of the Westland Mobile Home Park above a story headlined, "A vision for housing."
1:05 a.m. A 14-year-old girl reportedly was suffering from severe abdominal pain in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza. Police did not know whether the girl was taken to the hospital.
A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of stabbing three people with a knife earlier this month had his case bound to Routt County District Court during a hearing Wednesday.
Soroco girls look to capitalize on speed, youthful experience
After starting team practices as soon as legally allowed - 12:01 a.m. Nov. 11 for an opening "midnight madness" session - the girls on the Soroco High School basketball team are more than ready for the regular season to begin.
Soroco wrestlers grapple for state
Soroco High School wrestler Joel Schlegel said a summer spent competing in four rodeo disciplines - team and calf roping, as well as bareback and bull riding - has kept him in prime wrestling shape.
Coach: 'We'll be in the top half of the district'
Hayden High School girls basketball coach Stephanie Davis expects this year's team to be a lot stronger than the 2005-06 squad that had to win a pigtail game to get into the district tournament.
Council considers fee-in-lieu boost
Making a payment to satisfy the city's affordable housing requirement could cost significantly more for developers in the near future.
Charges against a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of possessing child pornography were dropped earlier this month because the District Attorney's Office needs more time to investigate the case.
District Attorney to serve on Corrections Advisory Committee
Bonnie Roesink, District Attorney for Colorado's 14th Judicial District, which includes Routt County, has been appointed to serve as an advisor to governor-elect Bill Ritter during his transition into office.
Retail giant rolls out low-cost drug program
Local pharmacists think loyal customers will continue to get drugs at their stores, despite the low-cost prescription drug program Wal-Mart launched this week.
Wednesday, November 29
Seminar to help parents, students prepare for college
Gayle Dudley knows the financial aid process can be tedious and overwhelming, particularly for parents sending their first child off to college. That's why she created a seminar to help families who are going through the process.
The Steamboat Ski Area reported yesterday's storm dumped two feet of new snow on the mountain. J. Elliott was sworn in as mayor during a special Oak Creek Town Board meeting. Steamboat Springs needs hundreds of new housing units. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Team to rely upon experience, depth
Soroco High School boys basketball coach Sam McLeod thinks an off-season spent at open-gym pickup games and summer tournaments across the state already has pushed his team's skill level past where it was at the end of last season.
Kiwanis mark 25 years of commemorative ornaments
The members of the Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club continue their 25-year holiday tradition this week with the release of their annual collectible Christmas tree ornament.
Michelle Caragol, a board member with the Yampa Valley Wrestling Club, describes this week as a "wrestling extravaganza.
Steamboat City Council begins to set housing goals
Steamboat Springs needs hundreds of new housing units.
This Thanksgiving, I went to our local Steamboat Sports Authority, simply because of the ads I saw leading up to the holiday in the Pilot & Today, expressing "25 percent off Entire Purchase."
The article in Steamboat Today on Nov. 17 titled, "Amistad Feel Earns Award For City," was a paean for diversity and tolerance of immigrants.
Last Friday night a wonderful community event was held on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. It was the Light Up the Night event with the lighting of the community tree and the courthouse, kicking off the holiday season.
The Steamboat Springs School District again is asking for public input on its elementary school improvement projects.
Two Hayden residents and a Lakewood man were rescued by Routt County Search and Rescue on Tuesday after spending Monday night in California Park.
Winter Sports Club benefactor of opening day sales
The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. raised $46,905 for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club during Scholarship Day.
It may soon be a little easier for some people to sleep at night.
The Oak Creek Police Department went from a two-person team to a one-woman band Tuesday night after the Oak Creek Town Board cut the department's budget by nearly $11,000.
Both parts benefit from mentoring program
Hayden High School senior Janna Hoza said being a senior partner for Partners in Routt County has allowed her to form bonds with people she might not have known otherwise.
Season's first big snowfall hits ski area
Winter struck with a bang Tuesday as more than 16 inches of snow fell on the Steamboat Ski Area.
Riverwalk, Wildhorse likely not in my future
The City Council faces a monumental task in balancing Steamboat's upcoming flood of resort-style growth with providing homes for workers to sustain that growth.
Christmas tree permits now available for $10
Christmas tree permits are now available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices, including the Steamboat Springs office, for $10. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest system lands. There is a limit of five permits a household. Trees must be for personal use and cannot be sold. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.
8:23 a.m. An abandoned car was towed from Ute Trail in Stagecoach.
'Cargo' loses out in Oak Creek
Tuesday was an eventful day for Oak Creek's new mayor.
Tuesday, November 28
Steamboat could see steady snowfall for the next 48 hours.
The Steamboat Ski Area reported seven inches of new snow mid mountain and at least another foot is expected. The Steamboat Springs City Council will take another step tonight toward defining the city's affordable housing policies. The Oak Creek Town Board will meet tonight to select a new mayor. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Ski Town Hockey Festival provides perfect learning environment
Bantam hockey coach Tim Anderson views the Howelsen Ice Arena as a classroom and events such as this weekend's Ski Town USA Hockey Festival as the lessons.
Oak Creek SHARE will accept food orders today
The Oak Creek chapter of SHARE Colorado, a nonprofit food cooperative, will accept food orders from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The orders can be called in to 736-1058, or they can be dropped off at the Oak Creek Library. For more information about the program, call (800) 933-7427 or visit www.sharecolorado.com.
1:23 a.m. Police made a traffic stop near the 37500 block of East U.S. Highway 40 and arrested a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs woman for driving under the influence. The woman's 20-year-old passenger was also cited for possessing alcohol.
Two city of Steamboat Springs staff members have received recognition for their work and credentials.
Storm that hit Monday similar to that which caused '97 blowdown
A Colorado weather forecaster said there are similarities between the winter storm that hit Steamboat Springs on Monday and the 1997 blowdown.
Design of elementary schools topic of community forum
The Steamboat Springs School District would like input from community members as it moves forward with its elementary school projects.
A place for resident artists to control their destinies
I'll never forget the day I first walked through the door of 1009 Lincoln Ave.
Brenner calls City Council meeting 'one of biggest ever'
The Steamboat Springs City Council will take another step tonight toward defining the city's affordable housing policies, at a time of booming growth and rising real estate prices.
Monday, November 27
The National Weather Service has issued the following winter storm warning.
The National Weather Service says Pacific moisture is going to move into the western Rockies today, brining some much needed snow to the Steamboat Ski Area. The Oak Creek Town Board will meet Tuesday night to select a new mayor. The Steamboat Springs City Council will talk about affordable housing during its meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Nancy Stahoviak is in her fourth term as a Routt County commissioner. Prior to joining the Board of Commissioners, she served on the Oak Creek Town Board, including a stint as mayor. She chatted Friday with steamboatpilot.com. Below is a portion of that chat transcript.
Sailors football players move on to winter sports
In the case of the Steamboat Springs football team, a long season was absolutely a good thing.
Thanksgiving's meant for watching football, rocking with family and eating yourself to near death. Well, at least that's what I thought. My Thanksgiving turned into the Courtney Love of emotions.
Residents report thefts totaling $2,000; local youths suspected
Five residents of Conestoga Circle reported burglaries at their homes Saturday afternoon, citing thefts of change and small electronic items totaling $2,000.
The Record for Nov. 25, 2006.
Area news briefs for Nov. 27, 2006.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will again address one of the city's most contentious issues Tuesday. Affordable housing is the primary topic for Tuesday night's council meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
"You need to come right away." This was the unified voice of the hospice team on the telephone. I had no idea my mom was so ill. My husband and I were planning to take the family to Minnesota to visit Mom during Thanksgiving. Now, I was told, she wouldn't last that long, and had just been transferred to a nursing home.
Forecast: high winds, 12 to 24 inches of snow by late Tuesday
A swirling storm could dump two feet of snow on Routt County by Tuesday night and create whiteout conditions in the mountains starting this afternoon, a forecaster said Sunday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone wash their hands after using the toilet, nose blowing, sneezing, coughing or handling pets. Other key times to wash up are before eating or handling food, and when you come home from work, shopping or any activity.
Sunday, November 26
Local guide looks back at 12 endless summers fishing around the globe
In the summer of 1994, Steamboat Springs native Jason Jagger was at the ripe age of 25, plugging away in the Yacht Club's night kitchen. But then a couple local fishing buddies, Justin McCarthy and Perry Coleman, approached Jagger with a proposition that changed the course of his life and led him on a fishing odyssey to the world's premier rivers and streams.
I had almost forgotten I owned one. Cleaning out the back of my vehicle, I pulled the rusting machete out along with the remnants of summer days long gone - cam straps, headlamps, a bed roll, even my fake Bubba teeth.
Weekend performances showcase dancer's favorite choreography
What would Barbi Bryant-Bonfiglio's brain look like if it were set to music? That's the question the Oak Creek resident will try to answer during part of "A Dance Retrospective/1995-2006" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team may not have the numbers of other programs, but it sure will have the camaraderie.
Steamboat boys hope to overcome size with versatility
Cameron Petet is ready for his games to start meaning something. The Steamboat Springs senior spent the summer traveling to tournaments and the fall playing open-gym games with what head basketball coach Kelly Meek calls the core group of eight varsity players.
Monger to lead state group of county commissioners
Hayden rancher and accountant Doug Monger, elected county commissioner in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, has been named the next president of Colorado Counties, Inc., or CCI, a statewide organization of county commissioners and officials. The announcement will be formally made this week, during CCI's 99th annual Winter Conference in Colorado Springs. Monger has also been asked to join an advisory committee for Governor-elect Bill Ritter's "transition team," which will help Ritter assess the current state of Colorado government in preparation for taking office in January.
When Mike and Marne Roberts first learned Tyler Jewell's story, they knew exactly what they needed to do.
Howelsen Hill site of Nordic Combined B event
Preparations are under way for the opening event of the Nordic Combined World Cup B season in Steamboat Springs.
Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman isn't the only one who wants to be Oak Creek's mayor. Three men also have applied for the job. The Oak Creek Town Board is expected to choose a new mayor at a special meeting Tuesday.
Police officers educate at school during Safety Day
On Tuesday, a group of Steamboat Springs police and community service officers learned that you should never accept candy from a stranger on the playground and that you should shut and lock the door when your mom isn't around.
Business owners excited by heavy downtown traffic
The day after Thanksgiving historically is one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. But while volume is always high, it isn't always the day with the highest sales volume. In Steamboat Springs, most downtown businesses are busiest the week before and the week after Christmas.
Ten Steamboat Springs High School students have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board for their achievements on the Advanced Placement Program Exam.
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.
Yampa Valley Medical Center's Board of Trustees has selected Tim Jenkins and Scott Marr as new board members.
Playful fashion and hardcore snow sports come together at PowderDivas
If you're going to ski on a pair of pink butterfly camo boards - like Head's "The Wild Thang," Wendy Allen thinks you might as well go all out. Complete your outfit with a white and pink parka by Orage, pink goggles by Oakley and a pink helmet by Boeri or Giro.
This is about the community center. Is the City Council stalling on this project or does it just appear so. And Scott Stanford was off the mark with the editorial on Sunday. Scott if you had been here longer you might appreciate how important and how vital the seniors have been to Steamboat. Hopefully, you will be a senior one day, and will appreciate respect.
Steamboat Springs City Council asked Routt County Commissioners to fund part of the Community Center costs because the Council on Aging, administered by the commissioners, is the prevalent user of the current facility.
Much is happening on the local recreation center front. The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association announced last week that it plans a major expansion - estimated at $8 million - at the Old Town Hot Springs. The City Council is exploring buying the U.S. Post Office property at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, presumably as the site for an indoor pool operated by the SSHRA.
Life in the 'Boat
In my next life I'm coming back as my dog.
Routt County Spotlight on Karen Goedert.
This holiday season is all about high-tech toys. Don't believe it? People started camping out at 10 a.m. the day before the Steamboat Springs Wal-mart released the new PlayStation 3. Wal-Mart got only six units, and the store is unsure of when it will receive more.
Ryan and Kyle Lewis moved to Steamboat about a week ago without a place to live or space to build their future business.
We are so fortunate. Our community, through various entities, has the ability to consider, simultaneously, a new school, additions and improvements to other schools, significant improvements to Health and Rec, a new county justice center, a new city recreation center, a new public library and a new community center.
As one of many who has come to know and love Cargo and her energetic efforts to help Oak Creek, I have been deeply disturbed by the drama now taking place.
Shining brightly in the southern sky as darkness falls is one of autumn's few bright stars, a blue gem named Fomalhaut (pronounced foam-a-low). Fomalhaut belongs to our constellation of Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish, pictured on ancient star atlases as swimming belly-up and swallowing the stream of water flowing from the water jug of Aquarius hovering above. In fact, the name Fomalhaut comes from the Arabic words meaning "the mouth of the fish."
Tales from the Ranch
When I was a kid, I guess I wasn't any different than other kids of that day and age. I was enamored by cowboys. Oh, sure, there were plenty of "hands" that worked for Dad, but you know how it is, the ones from "across the fence" are always more glamorous. And, when I think back on it, I do believe that all of the cowboys of that period were more glamorous than any of the ones nowadays.
Saturday, November 25
Seniors anchor formidable defense for Sailors hockey team
Having lost seven players from a hockey team that went 13-7, the Steamboat Springs Sailors understand the challenge ahead, particularly the five seniors.
Friday, November 24
Team prepares for state contest
For the fourth time in six years, a Kathy Jones-led cheerleading team took home the top prize at the National Cheerleading Association Rocky Mountain Regionals in Grand Junction.
For people who have always wanted to snack on wild plants but were hesitant to take the first bite, Karen Vail has a proposition.
Turkey Day business up 30 percent despite limited skiing
The limited opening weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area isn't reflected in resort motels and condominiums this weekend.
Search and Rescue advises caution after incidents
A Routt County Search and Rescue official urged outdoor enthusiasts Friday to be prepared before entering the backcountry, a day after two incidents left off-road vehicle and snowmobile users stranded in the cold.
Baker Mountain was epitome of the family ski hill
Much to my regret, I never had the chance to ski Baker Mountain when it was served by a lift. The truth is, I'm too young to ever have skied the funky little ski area on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass. It closed in 1953, the year I was born.
New scientists take over operation of Storm Peak Laboratory
Gannet Hallar and Ian Mc-Cubbin's morning commute is longer than that of most Steamboat Springs residents.
Arts and crafts fairs are synonymous with the holiday season, but rarely do they have the spin Steamboat Springs residents Susan Mizen and Cindy Wither are putting in theirs.
Tread of Pioneers hosts portrayal of Founding Father
Routt County residents have a chance Tuesday night to converse with one of the United States' most colorful and celebrated Founding Fathers.
School looking to turn empty cartridges into cash
Empty printer cartridges can turn into cash for Steamboat Springs Middle School.
Social climate expert to look at resort communities' future
Several local groups are hosting one of the foremost experts on changing social and economic climates in resort communities.
Michael Condie remembers the success of the Toys for Tots collection and distribution drives in which he participated as a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve sergeant in Los Alamitos, Calif. The USMC Reserve program has lasted 58 years and has grown into a prolific nationwide charitable organization, having distributed more than 351 million toys to 166 million children.
A new oil and gas exploration well is proposed for a site east of Hayden, but county officials said this week that the Northwest Colorado drilling boom has yet to hit Routt County.
The holiday season often is a time of joyous celebration and the coming together of family and friends. But for an increasing number of people, the end-of-year occasions and the changing of the seasons are invitations for depression.
The Record for Nov. 22, 2006.
Area news briefs for Nov. 24, 2006.
Jim Pringle, the National Weather Service's warning coordination meteorologist, said a storm system moving into the region Monday and Tuesday has the potential to dump a foot or more of snow on Steamboat.
Light Up the Night event to feature Santa, cider and singing
Thanksgiving is barely in the rearview mirror, but Tracy Barnett already is looking forward to Christmas. And for good reason - the holiday season kicks off locally with the lighting of the community Christmas tree today.
Local business success often depends on December sales
Despite a persistently strong local economy, Routt County business owners know how important the holiday shopping season is to their bottom lines.
If you have a gardener on your gift list this holiday season, consider some of these books recommended by local Master Gardeners.
Giving you an excuse to grab a drink after work
Giving you an excuse to grab a drink after work
I got the tattoo in San Diego. The "om" symbol in the middle represents the connection of all life. The orchid pedals in Chinese culture are a symbol of one's ability to search within for the answers to all of life's questions. The reason I put any tattoo on my body is to use it as a reminder. During this particular session, I fell asleep in the artist's chair. Go figure.
For many members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans, the annual Holiday Pottery Sale is the only time of year locals have a chance to buy their work.
It amazed me that some people in the audience had not read "The Diary of Anne Frank." Her story was so powerful to me as a little girl. And, having visited two concentration camps and the attic in Amsterdam where Mr. Dussel and the Frank and Van Daan families hid, the words leapt off the pages for me.
While playing a show in Springfield, Ill., one of Tiffany Christopher's band members dared her to take off her shirt.
DJ School Graduate has an ear for mixing it up
When Robert Roulette, aka DJ School Graduate, is behind his turntables, he's spinning vinyl - because it's sexy.
Center serves 33 turkeys
One of the advantages of volunteering at Routt County's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is getting a first look at all the food before sitting down to enjoy a plate of your own.
Fire dancers light up the night at hot springs
Danger is just part of the experience - and allure - for fire dancers and poi spinners.
It's gone. Life as we know it has changed again.
Thursday, November 23
Nonprofit organization's new facility almost complete
LIFT-UP of Routt County will get its Christmas present a couple weeks early this year.
Official: Technology upgrade needed for Steamboat schools
The technology used in the Steamboat Springs School District is outdated and in need of a makeover, according to the official in charge of the school system's computer hardware and software.
Plan on seeing a familiar sight this holiday season.
Artist-owned space features 24 local contributors, owners
Marc and Audrey Small took a chance by renting a downtown Steamboat Springs space to 24 artists who didn't know one another, artist Sandra Sherrod said.
Routt County to increase plowing on rural roads
Rural Routt County residents can loosen their grip on the steering wheel this winter.
Wednesday, November 22
If it wasn't clear just how strong the snowboarders from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were before Monday's parallel giant slalom race in Copper Mountain, it was afterward.
Soccer players named to team
One year after a season with only two wins, five of the 11 seniors on Steamboat Springs High School's boys soccer team were recognized for helping the Sailors to a winning record, a second-place Western Slope League finish and a postseason berth.
Many businesses, government offices closed today
Today's Thanksgiving holiday means many area businesses and government offices will be closed.
1:45 a.m. A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested in the 3700 block of Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of harassment (domestic violence). Police said the woman was arguing with her boyfriend and his roommate.
Got a tattoo and want to show it off? Four Points is looking for anyone interested in having a picture of their ink featured in an upcoming edition of the weekly arts and entertainment section. What we need: a high-resolution, color photo of the tattoo (appropriate body areas only, please) and a short description identifying what the tattoo is, why you got it, when you got it and where you got it. E-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Allison Plean at 871-4204.
One local family celebrates return of military son
Molly Hibbard doesn't care about Thanksgiving dinner this year - she already got the best holiday treat imaginable.
Relocating downtown post office branch could take several years
Relocating the downtown post office would be an expensive, multi-year process but could result in a new recreation or youth facility at the downtown site, city officials said Wednesday.
In honor of the holiday, I'm breaking out the "notes" column. A little newspaper insider information: a notes column is a columnist's cop-out. It means the columnist doesn't have 400 words on a single topic but can string together 75 to 100 words on three or four subjects. Lookey there, I'm already up to 55.
Ski season opens with limited terrain, lots of optimism
Shouts of excitement and a healthy dose of optimism helped usher in the first day of the 2006-07 season at the Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday.
U.S. Nordic Combined members launch from Howelsen Hill
Davis and Alex Miller have officially opened the ski jumping season at Howelsen Hill 10 of the past 11 years.
Mendoza: 'I didn't have 100 percent of myself' to give
Routt County Communications Director Faith Mendoza resigned Monday, citing personal health issues.
Forest Service to require permits to play on Buff Pass
For the second year, permits will again be required for outdoor activity in parts of Buffalo Pass area, and the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass is designated strictly for non-motorized uses.
Andersen: 'You can never have enough desserts' at Thanksgiving
Mark Andersen is concerned that 16 turkeys won't be sufficient to feed his guests on Thanksgiving Day.
Former Olympian featured in TV cooking program
A new cooking show debuts Thursday on channel 17 in Steamboat Springs. The show, "Real Cooking," features Bobby Aldighieri, Steamboat resident and former U.S. Olympian. In the locally filmed show, Aldighieri will prepare and cook recipes from the Strings in the Mountains Cookbook "Steamboat Seasons."
4:31 a.m. A man was arrested in the 2000 block of Shield Drive for being a fugitive of justice.
I was born and raised in Oak Creek. Being one of 12 children, we were poor, and we are of Mexican decent. I grew up with the prejudices of a small town. Kids teased you because you were different.
With apologies to Mark Twain, the rumors of the demise of the Republican Party in Routt County have been greatly exaggerated. Despite losses in the recent election, the Republican Party in Routt County, as well as throughout Colorado and the nation, is focused, determined and preparing for victory in 2008.
It has been nearly four centuries since the Pilgrims, having survived tremendous hardships during their first winter in America, held a feast with the Indians, who taught the colonists how to raise crops and hunt game in this new land.
The 2006-07 ski season kicks off today at the Steamboat Ski Area with 17 trails and 139 acres of skiable terrain. Those trails will be accessed by six chair lifts, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials said Tuesday.
Several funding questions still on table for City Council
The Steamboat Springs City Council postponed action on the 2007 budget Tuesday night.
Opinions about town's mayor not hard to find
Leonard Herzog said he's not sure where the stack of papers came from, but he doesn't mind that it's there.
Tuesday, November 21
Steamboat Springs was awarded the Amistad Award on Monday night by the Mexican Consulate in Denver. The Steamboat Springs City Council could adopt the city's 2007 budget tonight. A $100,000 bond was set Monday for a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of stabbing three other young men last week. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat girls hockey team comes together en route to title
The wins were great, but youth hockey coach Herald Stout was even more impressed with the growth he saw in his players last weekend in Aspen.
Bryan Verschoor's perfect weekend was going to include a trip to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs and a little Denver Broncos football at a downtown bar.
Several funding requests to be reviewed tonight before decision
The Steamboat Springs City Council could adopt the city's 2007 budget tonight, but not before reviewing several funding requests that are still on the table.
United Way still seeking donations for Thanksgiving
The Routt County United Way continues to seek donations of prepared, ready-to-eat food for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. The dinner is from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Turkey donations are still needed. Other food items needed include stuffing and desserts. Food can be dropped off beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 879-5605.
1:57 a.m. A "hysterical" 22-year-old woman was taken to the hospital from the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. Police did not know what the woman was suffering from.
Nonprofit organizations to benefit from Hayden festival
The upcoming Holiday Tree Festival in Hayden will give nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties the chance to raise money.
A $100,000 bond was set Monday for a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of stabbing three other young men last week.
Mexican government honors cultural, social accomplishments
The growing friendship between the city of Steamboat Springs and the Mexican government began with a phone call.
When your love for skiing and riding becomes a compulsion
Snow is good. Snow is habit forming. We can't stop talking about snow and skiing and snowboarding and Mother Mountain.
School Board plans new Soda Creek
Now the real work begins.
Monday, November 20
The Steamboat Ski Area will open on Wednesday for the season. Business leaders say it is unclear the impact a voter-approved minimum wage increase will have in Steamboat Springs. The city of Steamboat Springs will begin its winter bus service on Wednesday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Any time people are in close quarters, there's an elevated risk of sharing germs, such as cold and flu viruses or skin infections.
1:56 a.m. Police checked on the welfare of a person in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Residents get deals '15 to 20 percent' below market at event
Hayden resident Dallas Robinson left an auction Sunday thinking he got a good deal on a lot in the budding Villages at Hayden subdivision. He said he had been in the market for a home for five years, but the price tags in Routt County kept him from purchasing one. Robinson came well prepared to the auction at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Land in three new Hayden subdivisions was auctioned.
The LIFT-UP Donation Center will remain closed through the Thanksgiving holiday for the moving process. The donation center will open at the new Lufkin Lift-Up Center on Nov. 28 at 2125 Curve Court. Call 879-3374.
Taylor shows strong at International Quilt Festival
Steamboat Springs art quilter David Taylor returned from the International Quilt Association's Fall Quilt Festival as one of the top seven prize winners in the world.
Routt County 4-H members and friends celebrated a successful year at the annual Routt County 4-H awards banquet Sunday. Members competed against more than 2,700 projects at this year's Colorado State Fair competition, and 14 local 4-H projects took top honors.
For many, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, which means extra parties, travel, different routines and special holiday foods and treats.
Committee developing plans to expand programs throughout county
Hayden School District vocational teacher Kevin Kleckler has fielded three calls from Steamboat Springs parents who want to send their children to Hayden because of its vocational classes. But Kleckler's response to those parents hasn't been what they wanted to hear. In fact, he has to tell many Hayden parents the same thing. "We don't have space," Kleckler said last week.
Aging Well for Nov. 20
On a Friday morning at Steamboat Pilates & Fitness Studio, students use long foam rollers to balance carefully while alternating legs in the air. Instructor Mary Edwards reminds students to breathe as she gently tweaks their positions so they get the most out of the slow, yet powerful exercise. Several participants laugh, exasperated, as Edwards suggests they raise their arms while maintaining the leg motions.
Sunday, November 19
If it's true that Steamboat Springs has become too politically liberal, then it's about time.
I would like to thank the community for its strong support of our students and schools in the recent passage of 3C and 3D. Through their generous support we will be able to continue the quality education that we have enjoyed in the past. The new and improved elementary buildings and competitive salaries will enable us to meet the needs of the future and compete for quality personnel.
Now that the elections are over (thank goodness) and all the new officials are learning about and trying to adapt to their new positions, it is important to pay tribute to those who are leaving office. There are two in particular that I have had the privilege of working with. Both are honest, hard working individuals who have dedicated much of their lives to bettering Routt County.
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, the comment in "Readers Sound Off" concerning youth hockey coverage merits a response. First, the same comment could be made about newspaper coverage of any youth sport at any level from the little guys through high school. Second, there's a lot more at stake than "attention for the kids by getting their names in the paper".
I am writing with concerns about the stance taken by the editorial staff of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Hayden Valley Press regarding the "renaming" of executive sessions at official public meetings to "secret" sessions. My concerns (and those of the Hayden School District Board of Education) are based upon the following:
City Council President Ken Brenner has asked Routt County to fund 30 to 40 percent of the cost of the new Steamboat Springs Community Center.
No news on potential sale as ski area prepares for Scholarship Day
With the ski season just days away, the Steamboat Ski Area remains the property of American Skiing Company.
Steamboat tennis player, skier join likes of John Elway and Jack Dempsey
Steamboat's Carol Baily and Hank Kashiwa have been selected for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
Sometimes I can't believe I get paid to do what I do.
Soroco students provide South Routt seniors with a turkey dinner
When Bill Voorhees received a call from Soroco High School student Martin Germain inviting him to a special Thanksgiving Day meal for South Routt seniors, he was thrilled.
Optimist Club names Greis student of month
Hayden senior Angela Geis has been named the Optimist Teen of the Month.
Nationwide lunch program designed to teach children integrated living
Normally, Theo Hansen and Alta Kaster sit on the far side of the Soda Creek Elementary lunchroom closest to the windows and the playground.
Turnovers prove costly for Steamboat in loss to Pueblo County
Handshakes would have seemed out of place. Instead, Steamboat Springs head coach Aaron Finch stood just inside the locker room after Saturday's 41-7 loss to Pueblo County in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs and gave every passing player a hug.
First the glue went, then the duct tape.
Pros offer tips to get your gear right for winter
Tim Magill puts about 60 hours of preparation into his skis before they touch the snow.
Starting the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, the Steamboat Ski Area will open for skiing and riding and all other snow events. Many of us that live in Steamboat or who visit Steamboat, love the mountain. My teen style topic this week was to ask around at school to find out who people think should own the ski area if they had the choice. I set off around Steamboat Springs High School expecting someone to say "MTV, so we could have concerts," or "Disneyland, so Mickey Mouse could come," or "Six Flags, so there could be roller coasters," or "National Aeronautics and Space Administration, so we could be air lifted instead of taking the gondola." However, I was surprised to find that some of my peers thought logically about my question. In fact, when I asked this question I got all of the same answers.
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.
KT Tunstall's debut album "Eye to the Telescope" stands out to me as both the best and most unique CD I have ever listened to. And coming from a senior in high school with several cases of CD's and a full MP3 player, that is saying something.
What your ride says about you
Do you ski? Do you snowboard? Or do you both ski and snowboard? Or do you do nothing?
Ancient sky watchers believed that the stars were eternal and non-changing, but modern astronomers have discovered otherwise. Although it is true that most changes that occur in the stars are so slow that you wouldn't notice a difference during your lifetime, a few stars are noticeably non-constant to the unaided eye.
Tales from the Ranch
In my column, the only time I've mentioned any of the hired hands at the S-Bar-S was a line concerning the Moffat boys working for Dad. During the 88-year history of our operation, there have been a lot of different hands, some whom make for very interesting stories.
Life in the 'Boat
My brother, Mark, can't tell the difference between a penny and a quarter. He'll never drive a car, read a bestseller, go to college or get married. At 54, he has the reading ability of a third grader, the writing skills of a seven-year-old and knows almost no math.
CORPUS LLC TO BURGER, CHARLES J FOR EAGLE GLEN AT STEAMBOAT, FILING 1 LOT 6 PARTIAL LEGAL - SEE DOCUMENT / INCLUDES EASEMENTS -- $525,000
Four Old Town buildings scheduled for 2007 construction
Developers of the Riverwalk project in downtown Steamboat Springs are preparing to tackle the final hurdle before they can begin construction of the project's first four buildings.
Jonathon Schechter of Jackson, Wyo., will present "Dynamics of Growth in Resort Communities" and how it applies in Routt County during seminars in Steamboat Springs in early December.
Oak Creek's Sierra View's stick-built units include garages, carports
A quartet of condominiums on a bench overlooking downtown Oak Creek is nearing completion, and buyers could move in before the New Year.
I've always been a Denver Broncos fan. Like so many other residents of Colorado, it was never really a choice, but more like a rite of birth.
Minimum wage increases add up for Steamboat restaurants
Andie Failla was surprised to learn that Colorado voters decided she should get a pay raise come January.
Damion Graham is ready for the occasional red light on Lincoln Avenue.
Community members work to make Thanksgiving a special holiday for everyone in town
For many, Thanksgiving Day is a time to gather with family and friends, watch football in the comfort of a warm, safe home and eat until it hurts.
Community Agriculture Alliance
As we complete our fall chores and get ready for that first big snowfall, it's hard to think about spring tree planting. But believe it or not, it's that time again.
Saturday, November 18
Hornets' rushing attack proves to be too much for Sailors
Pueblo County's Myles Martinez rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Hornets to a 41-7 win over the Steamboat Sailors in a Class 3A playoff game Saturday in Pueblo.
Don't expect to encounter lines as long as those on Election Day, but to avoid any sort of substantial wait, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials suggest picking up season ski passes this weekend.
South Routt School Board members will continue to discuss redistricting after failing to make any decisions during an all-day work session Thursday.
Routt County to host public hearing about 2007 budget
Routt County commissioners and Routt County Finance Director Dan Strnad will host a public hearing to discuss budget issues at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Routt County Courthouse Annex.
Three men wounded during incident at house party
A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of stabbing three other young men during an altercation early Friday morning.
Post-election audit shows votes were counted accurately
Despite hours-long lines and several voting machine breakdowns, Routt County's votes were counted accurately in the Nov. 7 election, political and county officials said Friday.
Marching bands face off for college football game of the year
When the University of Oregon Marching Band struts into Autzen Field in Eugene today for the pregame show, my nephew Kyle will be lip synching.
Old Town Hot Springs health facility could grow in the spring
Pat Carney, director of the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association, used a brief news release to announce the intention - but not the specifics - of an expansion that has been discussed for more than a year. The announcement came just days after a community group called Citizens for a Recreation Center spoke to Steamboat Springs City Council members about an upcoming, yearlong effort to get voters to support a new public recreation center. That issue could appear on the 2007 city ballot.
Sailors pep rally precedes bus trip to Pueblo for quarterfinal game
Students, teachers and parents gathered at Steamboat Springs High School on Friday morning to cheer on the football team and cheerleading squad as each headed to their own postseason contests.
Sailors girls basketball forging ahead under first-year coach John Ameen
Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen hasn't been on the job long, but he likes what he has seen.
The Record for Nov. 16, 2006.
Area briefs for Nov. 18, 2006.
Friday, November 17
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission reviewed two large-scale development projects Thursday night. the U.S. Forest Service is offering tree permits for anyone who wants to venture out into National Forest land and cut their own tree. The Steamboat Sailors football teams heads to Pueblo County for Saturday's playoff game. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
A 43-year-old Oak Creek woman was treated and released from the hospital Wednesday morning after suffering minor injuries in a rollover accident on west U.S. Highway 40.
The Hayden School Board spent nearly 45 minutes discussing the future of the vocational program in the district during Wednesday's meeting.
Steamboat applauded by consulate for embracing diversity, tolerance
In Spanish, "amistad" means friendship. For the Mexican Consulate in Denver, amistad defines how Steamboat Springs city officials and community leaders have embraced the area's growing population of Mexican immigrants.
Most of us know that houseplants need air, water, sunlight and nutrients to grow. But many of us have a difficult time figuring out which of these important, life-sustaining elements is the cause of our plant problems.
Local plein-air painter Susan Jackson won first place and Best of Show in September at the 48th annual Catalina Island Festival of Art in California.
Yampa fair offers wide variety of products by artisans
Artisans from across Northwest Colorado will converge in Yampa on Saturday to share their unique products during the 26th annual Yampa Arts and Craft Fair.
In any other season, a selection to the Western Slope League's All-League volleyball team would be considered a high honor. But this year, the significance of a selection is magnified because of the astounding number of talented players in the league, Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall said.
Steamboat, Pueblo County meet in football quarterfinals
When the Steamboat Springs offense takes the field Saturday against Pueblo County, the team will see a familiar sight. The Sailors will look across the line of scrimmage at the Hornets defense and see a scheme that mirrors their own. The Sailors and Honrets meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pueblo.
Reust leaves team after just one year
Andy Reust is leaving his position at the helm of the Soroco High School football program after just one season.
As it does every holiday season, the U.S. Forest Service is offering tree permits for anyone who wants to venture out into National Forest land and cut their own tree.
While the end of the primary hunting season could come as a relief to big game animals, they now must make it through a critical feeding period to help them bulk up and survive the winter. The animals are getting some help from the U.S. Forest Service, which has enacted several annual "courtesy closures" in a few popular recreation areas. The courtesy closures are effective Nov. 15 to April 15.
The Record for Nov. 15, 2006.
Area briefs for Nov. 17, 2006.
City planners praise Fifth and Yampa project, recommend approval
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission reviewed two large-scale development projects Thursday night. The commission unanimously supported The Olympian, a proposed 41,100-square-foot commercial and residential building planned for the northwest corner of Fifth and Yampa streets, currently three vacant lots. The planning commission unanimously did not support Steamboat Crossings North, a 10-building project on the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.
Piercers can't get enough of pins and needles
Truth Tattoo body piercer Jasen Phelps has worn more than 250 piercings - and that doesn't include the thousands of times he pierced himself on stage while performing in a freak show.
Holiday Craft Bazaar benefits developing countries
A severe drought and the prevalence of HIV and AIDS have taken their toll on the people of Duze, Swaziland, in Africa.
Giving you an excuse to grab a drink after work
I got my tattoo, which is a picture of the Iron Man symbol with a lei around it, after finishing the Iron Man World Championships Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, in 2004. (The tattoo is on the back of Obrecht's ankle.) I had raced shorter triathlons for six years prior to going long-distance. The Iron Man distance includes a 2.4-mile ocean swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride (the wind gusts were up to 50 mph the day I raced). After the brutal bike ride, I ran the 26.2-mile marathon to finish the race.
Some of my friends call ski movies "ski porn," and I imagine it is because the movies are exciting for viewers despite having little or no storyline but lots of action.
With the probable exception of the majority of those living in Red States, there aren't too many people who can honestly say they don't like the Scissor Sisters.
Kip Strean hosts an unrestricted open mic night
Kip Strean is a strong believer in giving participants in his open mic night free reign to express themselves.
Pink Floyd tribute band incorporates stuffed pigs into its performance
Sons of Nothing will open for themselves Saturday night at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.
Sometimes it seems as if the only cheap date in Steamboat Springs is going out with a person with a low tolerance for alcohol - and there aren't too many of those.
Thursday, November 16
Routt County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ray Birch will be Hayden's next police chief. City planners are scheduled to review a project tonight that would drastically change the east end of Yampa Street. The Steamboat Ski Touring Center opened for the season Wednesday after crews groomed all 15 kilometers of trails. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
No charge for Nordic skiing activities through Saturday
The Steamboat Ski Touring Center opened for the season Wednesday after crews groom ed all 15 kilometers of trails.
Area briefs for Nov. 16, 2006.
A group of local businesses is coming together before the start of the holiday shopping season to showcase and sell their products. Hometown Holiday will feature the work and products of about 17 local artisans and businesses. The sale is from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the Depot Arts Center, 1001 13th St.
South Routt members have five-hour work session, public meeting today
The South Routt School Board had better be prepared for a long night. In a break from routine, the School Board has scheduled a five-hour work session today, which will be used to discuss the future of director redistricting. The work session is from noon to 5 p.m., and the regularly scheduled public meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the district's administrative offices.
Steamboat's Stoddard, Chovan place first in Craig
On Saturday, Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Charlie Stoddard and junior Sam Chovan won the regional Knowledge Bowl competition in Craig, defeating teams from Middle Park, North Park, Moffat County and Rangely.
From the Editor
Earlier this year, I wrote about the importance of getting the Steamboat Today on news racks by 6:30 a.m. As I said then, being on time is the single most important factor in attracting readers. There is no front-page story that can make up for being a couple hours late to the racks.
The Record for Nov. 14, 2006.
Hayden Town Board affirms decision by committee of residents
Routt County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ray Birch will be Hayden's next police chief. Birch was the top choice of a committee of Hayden residents involved in the search. The Hayden Town Board affirmed the committee's decision Monday.
Planners to discuss Fifth and Yampa development, Walgreens
City planners are scheduled to review a project tonight that would drastically change the east end of Yampa Street. The Olympian, formerly known as Fifth and Yampa, is a proposed mixed-use development encompassing more than 41,100 square feet and including 20 market-rate residential units, three affordable housing units, underground parking and about 7,000 square feet of commercial space.
Wednesday, November 15
Ryan Dingle has come a long way since his days playing as a high school sophomore on the Steamboat Braves.
Local squad reaches regional contest
The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team will try to give head coach Kathy Jones one last going away gift this weekend.
Sailors assistants help push team into playoff games
It would have been easy for the assistant coaches to criticize.
Officials pass resolution aimed at reducing pollution
City officials responded Tuesday night to potential increases in air pollution from the booming natural gas and oil exploration industries in Northwest Colorado.
The snowstorm that moved through the Yampa Valley on Monday and Tuesday may not have produced the 2 feet originally forecast, but it was a welcome site nonetheless at the Steamboat Ski Area. Steamboat Springs police officers kept busy Monday responding to nearly two dozen car accidents, but the workload - and the speed at which motorists traveled icy and snowpacked roads - slowed significantly by Tuesday. City and county officials made progress Tuesday night with plans for construction and future development west of Steamboat Springs. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Tuesday, November 14
Election 2008 will be huge for Routt County
This year's election is barely a week old, and they're still counting votes in Denver, but it's never too early to look ahead.
Chix with Stix is off to a solid start with penalty kills and offensive pressure
Alex Centner, Tanner Stillwell, Tucker Campbell, Lane Shipley and Jace Bonner have experienced both extremes of high school football.
Ski program breeds more hungry athletes
For members of Colorado Mountain College's Alpine ski team, cabin fever ends today.
Infrastructure work could begin in 2007
City and county officials made progress Tuesday night with plans for construction and future development west of Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Ski Area receives 18 inches as opening day nears
The snowstorm that moved through the Yampa Valley on Monday and Tuesday may not have produced the 2 feet originally forecast, but it was a welcome site nonetheless at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Thursday Town Board meeting to address position, water rates
Hayden officials are close to announcing the hiring of the town's next police chief.
Steamboat financial seminars guide parents, students
Financing a college education is becoming increasingly difficult, but Gayle Dudley wants to help.
Elementary school principal warned for impersonating officer after car crash
Steamboat Springs police officers kept busy Monday responding to nearly two dozen car accidents, but the workload - and the speed at which motorists traveled icy and snowpacked roads - slowed significantly by Tuesday.
8:46 a.m. A hotel guest's credit card was declined in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. A report was taken.
The Oak Creek chapter of SHARE Colorado, a nonprofit food cooperative, will accept food orders from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 28. For more information about the program, call (800) 933-7427 or visit www.sharecolorado.com.
As everyone knows by now, on Nov. 7, many voters stood in line 1 1/2 to 2 hours, with some waiting nearly four hours for the privilege to vote. In all, 4000 dedicated voters persevered on Election Day. The Democratic Party congratulates and thanks them for their patience and their commitment to the democratic process.
The results of the 2006 election demonstrate that, at a minimum, Routt County is once again home to two political parties.
Topping the news this morning, despite heavy morning snow officers said there had not been many accidents reported as of 8 a.m., but drivers should be cautious and drive slowly. Steamboat Springs City Council President Ken Brenner wants Routt County to help pay for a new community center in Steamboat. In sports, the details have been set for the Steamboat Sailors football playoff game. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Monday, November 13
Rookie begins season on U.S. snowboarding halfpipe team
Steamboat's Matt Ladley might have gotten the call in May, but the reality of being part of the 2006-07 U.S. snowboarding halfpipe team is just beginning to set in.
Steamboat Springs will face Pueblo County in the second round of state football playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pueblo.
The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team placed fifth, and four individual members placed in the top four at the Moffat County Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Craig.
The popularity of Hayden High School's vocational programs is not in doubt, but questions as to the program's direction are being discussed.
The 2007 Routt County budget is nearing completion.
12:47 a.m. A woman reported a suspicious incident at a business in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. Lights were on at the business, but police discovered nothing suspicious.
Applications for designation to the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due in the Routt County commissioners office, second floor of the Courthouse Annex, by Nov. 22. Call Dee Bolton at 879-9046.
By 4 p.m. Monday, Steamboat Springs police had responded to 16 weather-related car accidents.
Baggage screening machines arrive in Yampa Valley
Passengers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden can feel a little more at ease. On Monday, workers at the airport unloaded crates containing three, $350,000 Reveal CT-80 baggage screening machines that are part of an automated system for detecting explosives.
Heavy winter storm has me thinking dejÃ vu all over again
Veterans Day 2005 produced a steady overnight rain that caused skiers and riders across Northwest Colorado to wake up grumpy and cursing the snow gods. Little did they know that by March they would be baking cookies for the gods.
Meeting planned to discuss money
Steamboat Springs City Council President Ken Brenner wants Routt County to help pay for a new community center.
An analysis of the 2006 election returns shows a decided shift to the left for Routt County. ampa Valley Recycles honored a group of five businesses and organizations. The Routt County United Way and Wells Fargo Bank are sponsoring the Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Community Center. In Sports, The Steamboat Springs Sailors have advanced to the second round of the Class 3A football playoffs. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
The 2006 Steamboat City Mixed Doubles Championship wrapped up play Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
Three local youth hockey teams finished play in the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Rumble on Sunday.
Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch said in playoff football it's probably more important to finish games fast than start fast.
I love high school football.
Bring together 12 senior citizens, 18 high school honor students and nearly 100 costume-clad children and you have one heck of a Halloween party.
Bud and Jane Romberg typically see about 20 people in the driver safety classes they teach for drivers 50 and older.
12:13 a.m. A noise complaint was made at the housing complex near the Steamboat Christian Center. No warnings or citations were issued.
Driving regulations placed on Rabbit Ears Pass
Rabbit Ears Pass was not closed to traffic Sunday, but winter driving regulations were put in place, a deputy with the Routt County Sheriff's Office said Sunday morning.
Mental Health Center launches campaign against depression
In a world where instant messaging and cell phone texting seem second nature to most high school students, it's hard to believe communication still is a problem for youths.
African dance master offers dance, drumming classes
Candice Lombardo is part of a strong group of local African dancers.
Two county properties have received historic designation for their contribution to the architectural and historical character of Routt County.
United Way, Wells Fargo sponsor Steamboat Thanksgiving event
The Routt County United Way began its involvement in the Community Thanksgiving Dinner more than a decade ago and executive director Mark Andersen doesn't see an end in sight.
Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman served as Oak Creek's mayor from April 2002 until this past month, when she resigned in a dispute with the Town Board and some town employees. She has since changed her mind and wants to rescind her resignation. She sat down Friday for a chat with steamboatpilot.com. Below is a partial transcript of that chat:
America Recycles Day is Wednesday in Routt County
Yampa Valley Recycles honored a group of five businesses and organizations during a presentation at Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.
Sunday, November 12
Tigers' season ends with 21-0 loss at home Saturday
Hayden's 21-0 loss to Limon on Saturday afternoon was not as black and white as the final score indicated.
Moffat County Bulldogs lose, 26-0; Tigers head to quarterfinals
Summit County routed Moffat County 26-0 on Saturday in Breckenridge.
The 2006 Steamboat City Mixed Doubles Championships, sponsored by Alpine Bank and Capital Advisors, saw its second day of terrific matches.
You can't spell Steamboat without the word team.
If Limon is the measuring stick in Colorado small-school football, Hayden is halfway there.
Steamboat defense shuts down Fort Lupton for a 28-0 win
A week after the Steamboat Springs offense put up an eye-popping 446 yards rushing, the defense returned the statistical favor against Fort Lupton in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Epicurean reopens with a new feel
The Epicurean deli has been closed, but owner Marco Pauvert says he and his wife, Rebecca, are reopening Tuesday.
All Seasons Golf aims to make sport available year-round
The winters in Northwest Colorado can be extreme and long, especially for the avid golfer.
Steamboat tandem ready to challenge Baja 1000
Riders at the World Off Road Championship Series have begun to take notice of the rickety, two-door 1985 BMW sedan with a duct-taped sunroof.
Two women recognized for WWII service
Rosa DeVault was in her 20s when her seven brothers were drafted into the armed forces. She remembers her large family, 14 in all, praying together during World War II and the Korean war for her brothers' safe return.
Voting woes our fault
Doug Seward, 37, died Friday afternoon in a car accident on Colorado Highway 14 in Larimer County's Poudre Canyon.
Have the editors at the Pilot & Today and the developers lost sight of the fact that the main goal and primary intent of the inclusionary zoning ordinance is to provide on site affordable housing? Payment in lieu is only another option when the on-site housing requirement cannot be met.
Since visiting this little part of heaven over the past 10 years, I notice an increasing and worrying trend - the regular practice of people driving with a cell phone glued to their ear. In Britain, it is illegal, but people still do it. They face a driver's license penalty and a fine. One must ask - what is the importance of that call? Recent European studies based on this issue have highlighted that it is worse than being drunk in charge of a vehicle.
Money was a significant factor in local and regional 2006 political races. In two of the three contested, countywide races, the candidate who received the most campaign contributions won the election.
The fact the Amendment 44, which would have legalized possession of one once of marijuana for people 21 and older, carried Routt County is surprising. The fact that it received over 53 percent of the vote in this county is shocking. The fact that the number of "yes" votes in Routt County correlates so closely with the votes for local Democratic candidates is dumbfounding.
Class notes for Nov. 12, 2006.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission's rejection of plans for a new community center once again creates an opportunity for the city to reconsider moving forward with the center as presently conceived.
Quartet wins small-school title at CSU scholastic competition; Stoddard takes third overall
Between school commitments, athletic obligations and out-of-school tasks, getting four high school-aged boys together at one time is nearly impossible in Steamboat Springs.
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.
In 1948, Michigan established the first Centennial Farm Program in the United States to recognize working farms owned by the same family continuously for 100 years or more.
Lloyd G. Lockhart and Annabeth Light Lockhart of Steamboat Springs, Colo., will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 20. They both were born in Routt County and, except for time during the war and college years, have lived in Steamboat Springs. Their lives have been actively spent in community affairs as well as owning F.M. Light & Sons. Lloyd, as president of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, chaired the 50th Winter Carnival, was instrumental in founding the Steamboat Rotary Club chapter, was an active member of Kiwanis Club for many years and has been president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce as well as commander of the American Legion. Annabeth, as a member of the Routt County Republicans, was an elected delegate to the National Convention to nominate Ronald Reagan in 1980. She is a 50-year member of Beta Sigma Phi.
Big game a healthy meat choice that provides options
Brendan Hines bends over the grill, putting his nose within six inches of the sizzling burgers.
Steamboat house wins BEAM award
A noteworthy Routt County home compared favorably with some of the finest homes in the Vail and Beaver Creek area this month.
Susan Phillips has joined Buyer's Resource Real Estate. She holds a bachelor's degree in land use planning from Metro State College of Denver and has worked in natural resource management, including involvement in projects related to land acquisition for the purpose of public access and recreation. This background provides her with knowledge of the many important, and sometimes complicated, aspects of land use and real estate investment, in turn allowing her to offer valuable assistance to clients as they make their buying decisions.
CSAP scores show improvements in county schools
The certificate honoring Steamboat Springs Middle School's excellence in mathematics is small and barely visible in Principal Tim Bishop's office. But he knows it's there.
Nothing beats rock.
How many planets are in our solar system? It seems like that should be a very simple question to answer and, for most of our lives, the answer was simple: There were nine planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Every seven minutes, someone's identity is stolen. So - why did they forget me? If anyone would like to be me, I'll gladly give you my social security number, checking account number, the keys to my house and my banged-up, 1995 Subaru with over 100,000 miles on it. Here's a sample of what you'll get.
Soroco student heads to national reining competition in Oklahoma
Bryan Luark, a Soroco High School senior, will compete with his quarter horse, 'Boomen James Foley,' in the National Reining Horse Association's Adequan North American Affiliate Championships in December. The championship will be held in Oklahoma City.
Kudos to all involved with the production of the play, "Arsenic and Old Lace," at the Steamboat Mountain Theater. It was very entertaining throughout with excellent performances by all. The theater experience was terrific, and the set was fabulous.
Results of Tuesday's elections show that, for the third year in a row, Routt County voters cast ballots strongly in favor of Democratic candidates and liberal issues, a departure from gubernatorial and presidential elections in 2002 and 2000, respectively, and a significant statement by a county in which voters continue to be split into almost equal - if not conservative-leaning - thirds among Democratic, Republican, and unaffiliated registrations.
I've told about the "foot-log" Dad used to put across the river during low water so that we could cross the river to our mailbox. The foot-log had a six-inch board nailed on top to walk on, and stays were nailed to one side to support a smooth wire about 30 inches above the log to hold onto, to keep your balance.
Every seven minutes, someone's identity is stolen. So - why did they forget me? If anyone would like to be me, I'll gladly give you my social security number, checking account number, the keys to my house and my banged-up, 1995 Subaru with over 100,000 miles on it. Here's a sample of what you'll get.
GARDNER, DANIEL K TO COLLINGS, ANN L FOR PINES CONDOMINIUMS UNIT 104 - $187,000
The house at 2381 Penny Lane in West End Village is listed for sale well below the prevailing "price of admission" for single-family homes within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. Yet, it's been waiting for months to sell.
Saturday, November 11
Ski Corp. president's check depends on ski area sale price
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond will be paid a $400,000 to $725,000 bonus, depending on the sale price of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Area briefs for November 11, 2006.
The Record for November 9, 2006.
Residents asked to check their trees for infestations
Bark beetle infestations are not just in rural areas of Routt County; beetles also are feeding on pine trees in Old Town Steamboat Springs.
North Routt County community members have an opportunity to take part in a new project that will let them help develop a community wildfire protection plan.
Agreement reached on second access road to subdivision
The ping-pong game that is the planning process for Steamboat Barn Village continued Thursday night, as city planners bounced the proposed subdivision back to the Steamboat Springs City Council.
Not as long as it took to vote on Tuesday
The line to vote Tuesday was so long, the woman standing next to me nearly finished knitting a Christmas scarf for her mother while she waited.
September revenues up 7.9 percent; year-to-date up 11.9 percent
Steamboat Springs saw a jump in sales tax revenues again in September. The bump marks the 38th consecutive time the city has seen tax revenues increase from the same month the previous year.
Steamboat bids for track and field championship
Steamboat Springs has hosted the country's best athletes in numerous winter national championships. Now, John Chapman believes the community is fit to host one in the summer as well.
Youth hockey programs begin tournament, finish the day 1-2
Amidst football playofs and the beckoning of the winter season for high school sports, three local youth hockey teams opened up play on Friday in the seventh annual Rocky Mountain Rumble at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Friday, November 10
phase 2 construction at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is about six weeks behind schedule and will not be completed by the time winter air service begins Dec. 15. Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman told the Oak Creek Town Board and dozens of residents Thursday night that she wants her job back. Strong winds tore through the Yampa Valley on Thursday afternoon, uprooting trees and knocking out power. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Hayden hopes to deny Limon team's 50th consecutive win
Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner knows there are good reasons his 9-1 Tigers have advanced to the Class 1A playoff quarterfinals.
Steamboat defense gears up for attack from Bluedevils
Through 10 weeks of the season, the Steamboat Springs football team has seen power-running teams, balanced teams and teams that spread the ball out. On Saturday, the defense will face its newest - and possibly toughest - challenge yet.
The Record for November 8, 2006.
Area briefs for November 10, 2006.
Growing plants hydroponically avoids one of the biggest problems with indoor plants: over-watering or forgetting to water and then drowning our plants when they start to wilt and wither. It also avoids the messiness associated with soil and repotting as plants outgrow their space, and it avoids the bug problems associated with insects that live in soil.
Twenty-six Christmas trees will be decorated by nonprofit organizations and businesses for the 12th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. The event is a fundraiser for the Tread of Pioneers Museum, and the trees will be on display there from Nov. 11 to 20.
For many people, Saturdays are days for running errands and watching football. But this Saturday is a special day for Routt County's veterans and their families - it is a day to remember the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.
First Impressions' Parenting Expo to offer 16 informative sessions
First Impressions of Routt County officials understand that expectant mothers and new parents often have lots of questions. In an effort to help them get answers, the nonprofit organization is hosting a Parenting Expo from 10 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
Oak Creek residents disagree on ex-mayor's new position
Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman told the Oak Creek Town Board and dozens of residents Thursday night that she wants her job back.
Supporters worked hard on behalf of school issues
Steamboat Springs Superintendent Donna Howell's voice was barely audible Tuesday night, but the smile on her face spoke volumes.
Strong winds tore through the Yampa Valley on Thursday afternoon, uprooting trees and knocking out power.
Draft of 2006 county budget forecasts need for 2008 elections
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland forecasted several months ago that the county would need more electronic voting machines in 2008.
Dems stress centrist, bipartisan work
Remember the speech a day after the 2004 election? When finalized votes showed President George W. Bush had defeated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and won re-election by garnering 51 percent of the popular vote nationwide, with about 3.5 million more votes than Kerry, Bush immediately got behind a lectern and told the television cameras that the American people had given him a "mandate" approving his policies on issues including the war in Iraq, tax cuts and Social Security reform.
Phase 2 of airport expansion about six weeks behind schedule
Phase 2 construction at Yampa Valley Regional Airport is about six weeks behind schedule and will not be completed by the time winter air service begins Dec. 15.
Deals at local bars
Deals on food and drinks at local bars and restaurants.
Cesare F. Rosati bestows lessons on life and love to young men
As a teenage boy, Cesare F. Rosati quickly figured out that the jocks got all the girls. Life lessons such as that helped Rosati write "Love & Life: Advice for a Teenage Boy." The collection of poetry was published recently.
Fourth annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival hits the slopes
Memories of deep powder from the 2005-06 ski season won't die anytime soon for most area residents. Nonetheless, this weekend's Steamboat Mountain Film Festival will give skiers and riders a chance to relive those memories from a variety of perspectives.
Notes from around town
A murder-mystery party and Holden Young's performance
'Diary of Anne Frank' play has universal messages
The set for Steamboat Springs High School's production of "Diary of Anne Frank" is eerie for its realism.
Steamboat String Quartet brings legacy of Beethoven to dinner concerts
Legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven was beaten by his father, had no relationships with women and lost his hearing. "Ninety-nine point nine percent of people would never go near music after that," said John Sant'Ambrogio, a cellist in the Steamboat String Quartet.
This week is Children's Book Week, so encourage your children to read a good book, or pick one up yourself. Here are a few recommendations, all winners of the 2006 Newbery Medal or Honor awards.
There is one statement you dread hearing when toying with the idea of getting a tattoo. And you know you will hear it.
Steamboat Springs Orchestra recruits the next generation
John Fairlie never gets tired of the thrill of being in the midst of the all-encompassing sound of an orchestra. Fairlie, a displaced Hurricane Katrina refugee, runs the Steamboat Spring Orchestra's youth program, whose 50 members will perform Nov. 17.
Thursday, November 9
County officials say that more electronic voting machines and more vote centers will be needed for future elections in Routt County. Veterans Day is Saturday, but the fifth-graders at Soda Creek celebrated the holiday early with an hour-long tribute to Routt County veterans Wednesday. Nearly a month after Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman resigned her position, the town still is accepting letters from residents interested in filling the vacancy. In Sports, don't forget about the high school football playoffs on Saturday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat's Squirt B Skaters hosted The Summit Lightning on Saturday morning. Steamboat was able to hold off the Lightning and post a 3-1 victory in its first game of the season.
Saturday kicks off the scholastic winter sports season, marking the first day practices can officially begin for sports sanctioned under the Colorado High School Activities Association. The Soroco boys and girls basketball teams will kick off their seasons with practices beginning just after midnight Ã¡ la Midnight Madness in college basketball. Most other area teams will begin practice this weekend or early next week. Even the ski teams, whose seasons are the only winter sports not bound to the start date because of weather considerations, plan to declare Monday the official beginning of practices.
Town Board strives to set application deadline, appoint leader
Nearly a month after Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman resigned her position, the town still is accepting letters from residents interested in filling the vacancy.
Soda Creek students perform tribute for local servicemen
Fifth-grader Danny Kramer is too young to know much about war, heroism or sacrifice. But the Soda Creek Elementary School student knows what Veterans Day means to him.
3 a.m. A 24-year-old Denver woman was arrested near Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with an open container.
LIFT-UP Donation Center closed starting today
Democrat Gary Wall said Wednesday it is too early to speculate about how current sheriff's office employees will respond to his philosophies.
Hart InterCivic explains voting machine malfunctions
Hart InterCivic, the Texas-based manufacturer of Routt County's electronic voting machines, downplayed the mechanical problems that plagued voting in Routt County on Tuesday.
For what it's worth, here's my postmortem on Tuesday's election:
Monger: More machines, vote centers needed
County officials said Wednesday that more electronic voting machines and more vote centers will be needed for future elections in Routt County.
Steamboat senior makes smooth transition
Some high school athletes work four years and never have the privilege of making it to a state championship.
School bus routes, food service addressed at Monday meeting
Results from a climate poll conducted in the spring revealed overall satisfaction with the Steamboat Springs School District, but two school officials said several specific topics need to be addressed.
Wednesday, November 8
It was a big night for Routt County Democrats. In other election races. Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush defeated Paul Strong for county commissioner. Routt County also took a liberal stance on several statewide ballot proposals. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
The following are vote totals in the mid-term election in Routt County. These totals were reported by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office.
Voters on Tuesday approved Referendum 3C, a mill levy that will raise $600,000 in 2007 and $25,000 more per year through 2015 to fund teacher salary increases and help attract and retain quality staff members.
Rputt County voters wait hours to cast ballots
Laura Hetrick earned her "I Voted" sticker. Hetrick spent nearly two hours in line Tuesday, waiting to vote in a midterm election that not only involved a lengthy ballot with numerous local and statewide races, but also was the biggest test yet for the Routt County's new electronic voting system.
The Record for Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.
Democrat Gary Wall, a private investigator and former chief of police in Vail, was elected Routt County sheriff Tuesday over challenger Garrett Wiggins. Wall received 4,235 votes, or 55 percent of cast ballots. Wiggins garnered 3,423 votes, or 45 percent. Wall will take over for Republican Sheriff John Warner in January.
Steamboat Springs voters struck down a proposed pay raise for the City Council. With all votes counted, Referendum 2A was defeated, 66 percent to 34 percent. Voters cast 2,356 votes against the referendum, compared to only 1,231 votes in support.
Mitsch Bush will take over in January
Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat, defeated Republican Paul Strong in Tuesday's election. Mitsch Bush netted 4,422 votes compared to 3,248 for Strong. The vote totals represented a 58 percent to 42 percent victory.
Hayden voters decided Tuesday to lift restrictions on how much money the West Routt Library District can collect.
Coalition spells out agenda, asks for sessions with council
Developers and property owners at the base of the ski area thanked the City Council on Tuesday night for reaching out to them; then, they laid out five issues they want resolved.
State Rep. Al White, a Winter Park Republican, cruised to re-election Tuesday night in House District 57, which includes Routt County.
Democrat Mike Kerrigan cruised to an easy victory Tuesday to become Routt County's next assessor. With all of the votes counted, Kerrigan grabbed 56 percent, beating Republican Dick Klumker, who got 27 percent and independent candidate Nancy Terry, who received 17 percent.
Soda Creek Elementary School will be rebuilt, and Strawberry Park Elementary School will be renovated and expanded after Steamboat Springs School District voters passed Referendum 3D on Tuesday.
Wow. If we vote Democratic, Bush and Cheney get impeached, Nancy Pelosi becomes president, troops leave Iraq, Saddam comes back, digs up the hidden weapons of mass destruction and smuggles them across the porous Mexican border to blow us all to bits.
As local attorneys, we were stunned to read the Sunday Pilot article attributing "Turnover Troubles" in the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office to low salaries.
At Issue: Election problems
Our View: The county needs more voting centers and double the number of voting machines before the next election.
Sailors use early camps to gain edge over rivals
By 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, a group of eager players were inside the gym at Steamboat Springs High School, preparing for the upcoming basketball season. It didn't seem to matter that the first official practice is still four days away.
Steamboat native makes legendary kill on local ranch
Jeannie Jo Logan was born and raised on her father's 400-acre ranch north of Steamboat Springs near Deer Mountain. But after the family sold Joe Zimmerman's property recently, they decided to take advantage of their final chance to hunt on the land before moving. They had harvested bull elk from the land's residential herd throughout the years, but Logan had a feeling the big one was out there during the Oct. 21 weekend.
Tuesday, November 7
Following are comments of residents who waited in line for hours to vote Tuesday:
Democrats reclaimed governors' offices from the Northeast to the Rockies to the South on Tuesday, putting them on track to take a majority of the governorships for the first time in 12 years.
Firebrand Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave was in a dead heat for a third term Tuesday while a Democrat opened an early lead in the expensive and high-profile battle for a GOP-held seat in suburban Denver.
Democrats took Senate seats away from Republicans in Ohio, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania on Tuesday but the GOP battled hard to retain its control of the chamber.
Democrats won 18 Republican-held districts in nearly every region of the country to move within striking distance of retaking control of the House on Tuesday as voters demonstrated their disenchantment with a war, a president and scandals on Capitol Hill.
Resurgent Democrats swept toward control of the House and grabbed Republican Senate seats in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Rhode Island Tuesday in midterm elections shaped by an unpopular war in Iraq and scandal at home.
Ritter alos leads
Incumbent Democrat John Salazar appeared headed for another term in Congress Tuesday night. With 14 percent of the precinct reporting, Salazar led Republican Scott Tipton 56 percent to 42 percent. Libertarian Bert Sargent had 2 percent.
Early voters in Routt County supported legalizing marijuana and giving benefits to partners in same-sex relationships. They also backed raising the minimum wage.
Early voters in Routt County cast strongly Democratic ballots. According to the 2,486 early ballots counted Tuesday night, representing just over 16 percent of registered voters in Routt County, Democratic candidates have an early lead in Routt County in nearly all statewide and regional races.
Democrat Mike Kerrigan has a big early lead in the race for Routt County Assessor. Of the 2,486 early votes, representing just over 16 percent of registered voters in Routt County, Kerrigan tallied 1,396 votes, or 57 percent.
Steamboat Springs School District voters are supporting a pay raise for teachers. As of 8:30 p.m., 1,259 voters, or 59.92 percent, voted yes for Referendum 3C, while 842 people, or 40.08 percent, voted no.
In the race for Routt County Commissioner, Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush is leading Republican Paul Strong by 17 percent after early voting results Tuesday night.
Referendum 3D, a $29.7 million bond issue for Steamboat Springs schools, had a sizable lead according to early voting numbers reported Tuesday.
Gary Wall, the Routt County Democratic candidate for sheriff, is leading his opponent, Republican Garrett Wiggins by 283 votes, with 5,211 votes counted.
Democrats, seizing on voter unrest over the Iraq war, defeated incumbent Republicans in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Tuesday in a bid to take control of the Senate.
Colorado congressional races at a glance:
A judge turned down Democrats' request to keep polls in Denver open for two extra hours Tuesday night after balky computers, the longest statewide ballot in decades and unfamiliar new voting machines delayed voting for thousands of people.
Two-term Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, undone by state and national scandals and a sour state economy, was trounced Tuesday by Rep. Sherrod Brown in a race long ago abandoned by the GOP.
Banning abortion and gay marriage, boosting minimum wages and tobacco taxes, and legalizing marijuana were among the options Tuesday as voters in many states considered ballot measures addressing an array of the nation's most divisive social issues.
Resurgent Democrats grabbed a Pennsylvania Senate seat and an Indiana House seat long in Republican hands Tuesday night, challenging for control of Congress in midterm elections shaped by an unpopular war in Iraq and scandal at home. Democrats also elected governors in Ohio and Massachusetts for the first time in more than a decade. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania became the first Republican senator to fall to the Democrats, losing his seat after two conservative terms to Bob Casey Jr., the state treasurer.
Hourlong waits, long lines reported at vote centers
Routt County voters faced long lines and computer malfunctions Tuesday in an arduous election day. When polls closed at 7 p.m. at the Steamboat Pilot and Today, one of eight voting centers in the county, there were still more than 150 people waiting to vote on one of the four electronic voting machines at the site. Dozens and dozens of voters gave up and left without casting ballots. Some voters waited nearly four hours to vote.
Voting got under way at 7 a.m. this morning at voting centers around Steamboat Springs. Gary Wall, the Democratic candidate for Routt County sheriff, received significantly more financial contributions than Republican Garrett Wiggins in the weeks leading up to today's election. Construction crews used a backhoe Monday to tear into the Harbor Hotel at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. In Sports, the annual Rocky Mountain Rumble takes center stage at Howelsen Ice Arena this weekend. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Youth tourney this weekend
For three days this weekend, Ski Town USA will be more like Hockey Town USA as the annual Rocky Mountain Rumble takes center stage at Howelsen Ice Arena.
The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team opened its season on a strong note Saturday, with each team member taking home an award.
Results from a climate poll conducted in the spring revealed overall satisfaction with the Steamboat Springs School District, but district administrators and two district directors discussed areas that need to be addressed and how they plan to do it during Monday's School Board study session.
Routt County and the town of Hayden are preparing to ask the state for more than $1.5 million in grant money.
Steamboat City Council to discuss complex URA issues
Base area redevelopment is the focus of several meetings at Centennial Hall today.
1:25 a.m. A bus stop on Weiss Drive reportedly was vandalized.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed Wednesday through Friday for Festival of Trees preparations. The museum will reopen Saturday at 11 a.m. for viewing of the trees. The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (including Sunday and Monday) for viewing through Nov. 19. The last day to view the trees is Nov. 20, when the museum will close at 4 p.m.
Finance reports show big push for Democrat in sheriff's race
Gary Wall, the Democratic candidate for Routt County sheriff, received significantly more financial contributions than Republican Garrett Wiggins in the weeks leading up to today's election.
Tim Kohl watched with mixed emotions as a backhoe tore through the Harbor Hotel building Monday morning in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.
High-tech voting machines are taking all the adventure out of election night.
Large turnout, lengthy ballot could create lines for voters
A limited number of electronic voting machines and a potentially large number of voters could result in lines at Routt County polls today By 8 a.m., the line was out the door at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, one of the eight voting centers in the county. "It could be a problem," Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Monday. "People could have to wait in line. If people are in line by 7 p.m., they will be able to vote, no matter how long we have to stay there."
Monday, November 6
Early and absentee voting ended Friday with more than 30 percent of Routt County's registered voters casting their ballots before Election Day. Veterans Day is Saturday, and activities start with breakfast at 6:15 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and will be served until 9 a.m. In Sports, Hayden shut out Sargent in the first round of the playoffs Friday, 14-0.
Steamboat's road through the state football playoff bracket will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gardner Field.
High school football seeding and communism.
Program coordinator Joanne Palmer chose Michael Bye to present a seminar at Colorado Mountain College because he truly embodies a dream job for this community.
Over-the-Hill Gang offering financial help
You can't be totally healthy without good oral health.
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland participated in an online chat with steamboatpilot.com on Friday. Below is a portion of the chat:
Veterans Day events remember men, women of the armed forces
There's an old saying in the military that once you take off your uniform, someone else puts it on, Jim Stanko said. Veterans Day is a chance for Stanko, who is the district commander for the American Legion and post adjutant for post 4264 and American post 44, to get to know some of the people who wore that uniform before and after his service in the Army during the Vietnam War. "It's a special day set aside to thank all of those who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime," Stanko said. "Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service and to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated."
12:09 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 2300 block of Storm Meadows Drive. Officers issued three MIPs to a fraternity group from Colorado State University.
Sunday, November 5
First playoff game against Fort Lupton
Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch doesn't know a whole lot about Fort Lupton, the Sailors' first-round playoff opponent. What he does know, however, is that his team is hitting its stride at just the right time.
After reading the BARC letter to the City Council and the Pilot & Today's editorial on base area redevelopment, I feel that a number of key issues and points were missed.
I am writing on behalf of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley. The Steamboat Springs inclusionary zoning ordinance was established for the primary purpose of providing homes for the working people of our community.
The City Council has been taking a lot of heat for much of their work. Most recently, a Pilot & Today editorial and the Base Area Reinvestment Coalition sharply criticized council's denial of the One Steamboat Place community housing plan. First and foremost, I want to point out that this City Council has been extraordinary in their efforts to try new things and to balance the needs of different aspects of the community.
Tigers control ball, shut down Farmers' offense to win playoff opener
Hayden defensive back Russell Waugh guessed that five years from now he will remember one thing about Saturday's first-round playoff game against Sargent - the interceptions. The first of Waugh's two picks helped Hayden's defense stave off Sargent's best scoring opportunity, and the Tigers went on to win, 14-0.
Major decisions will be made on Election Day. There are seven state amendments, seven state referendums, two school bond issues and a City Council pay raise on Tuesday's ballot.
Economic council works to help South Routt's burgeoning business community
Ken DePaul thinks the growing number of new South Routt County businesses is a sign of things to come.
Four years ago, if you asked people what PBR meant to them, your answer would have to do with Milwaukee's 1893 award-winning macrobrew. If you ask Routt County residents today, you might get a different answer, or at least a clarification to learn which of "nature's choicest products" you were talking about - select hops or a whirling, belligerent 1,800-pound beast?
This is what you'd consider a red-letter game. Except, with this one, you'd highlight it, circle it, underline it, enlarge it and put it in bold letters.
Through two of the fall's big game rifle seasons, hunters gauge success, eye early migrations
High-country hunting may have taken a brief break during this past week's five-day hiatus between the second and third deer and elk rifle seasons, but that's when the craziness began for the butchers at Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company.
Too often in high school sports the success of a team is tied to how well it does in the playoffs. State champions are viewed as successful, while those that fall along the way - well, they still have some work to do.
Vote yes to raise City Council pay. How embarrassing is the salary we currently give our hardworking elected officials? That is a thankless job, requiring more than 40 hours a week if done properly by someone who cares and takes the time to understand all sides of the issues and does his homework.
Elementary school Spanish program marches on
It was Wednesday afternoon - still three days until the weekend, but the fourth-graders in Judy Ross' and Barb Gregoire's classes were singing and clapping. "My job is easy," Ann Coon said. "They love Spanish." SeÃ±ora Coon, as her nametag read, opened the 20-minute Spanish lesson with a series of Spanish commands. Then, Coon, the district's elementary Spanish teacher, began the lesson of the day.
The Fat Fairy flew in last night.
In an era when cattle companies are folding up shop in Routt County, it's refreshing to hear that a new cattle company has been formed.
Contour maps of Storm Mountain now are being made to push through development of a $1 million ski area on the 10,600-foot peak just east of Steamboat Springs.
Candidates from both parties remain optimistic
With their campaigns quickly winding to a close, the top Republican and Democratic candidates for Colorado governor and Third Congressional District representative expressed optimism Saturday for Election Day wins.
Shaman, healer, spiritual teacher changes mindsets
He doesn't look like a shaman. He doesn't dress like one, and he doesn't have a framed shaman certificate hanging on the wall of his office.
Area has not seen the ra[pid increase other parts of state are experiencing
Colorado is leading the country in foreclosure rates, but Routt County is not a significant contributor to that rate. Nearly every foreclosure in Routt County comes through Routt County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon's office. There have been 40 foreclosures in her office this year; she anticipates another 10 before the year is out.
Low salaries make help hard to keep in District Attorney's Office
In a community where employee turnover rates can be as high as February snowbanks, the situation in the 14th Judicial District District Attorney's Office is no different.
USDA loans for 13 households in Fox Creek Village were jeopardized
October has been a long month for 30 families hoping to move into the affordable homes at Fox Creek Village Condominiums. Now, there's renewed hope that the federal mortgage assistance they need is falling back into place. "If you had called me two weeks ago, I was not feeling good," Elizabeth Black said. "They were waiting for their units, but there wasn't any money, so it was heartbreaking. But we had five closings (Thursday) and hope to have five more in the next week or so."
Routt County Woolens manages to stay ahead of the flock
Routt County Woolens has continued to grow throughout the years, but its mission has never changed. "We want to ensure there is a market for local (wool) producers," said Nancy Mucklow, who, along with North Routt County sheep rancher Greg Brown, owns Routt County Woolens. The company was formed in 1997 after the Colorado Department of Agriculture provided grant money to explore the market potential for producing a wool blanket made from legendarily clean wool from Routt County.
Pharmacy developers change strategy at Steamboat Crossings
The developers seeking to build a Walgreens store just off U.S. 40 at Pine Grove Road are back in the city planning process with a redesigned proposal, or more accurately, two different proposals. THF Real Estate of St. Louis, Mo., previously proposed a small commercial center on the north side of Pine Grove Road at U.S. Highway 40 with a condominium project of more than 100 units on the south side of Pine Grove. They were all part of a single proposal called Steamboat Crossings.
As you gaze up at the magnificent night sky in early November, don't be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens. There's no reason to be alarmed, it's just the annual Taurid meteor shower reaching its peak of activity.
Until the winter of 1938-39, we had no car bridge across Elk River. In summer, we could go out through the hills with a car, but that route was closed in winter. If we went to town in winter, it was with a team and sled (or, of course, we could catch the stage, which was also sometimes a sled but usually a Model A pickup).
Officials seeking dialogue, not division, as City Council meets with base area planners
A letter criticizing city development policies has not stalled plans for redevelopment at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
Saturday, November 4
58 Steamboat Springs High School athletes earn Academic All-State honors
For 12 years the Colorado High School Activities Association has recognized thousands of students across the state for balancing academics with athletics.
Sailors take No. 1 seed with Battle Mountain win
There may not be a word in the dictionary to describe the Steamboat Springs football team's 446-yard rushing performance in a 39-12 rout of Battle Mountain on Friday.
Kelly Labor had a bit of a target on her back heading into her freshman year of NCAA Division II soccer at Regis University.
Community center project stalled at least a month
Plans for the new Steamboat Springs Community Center likely will not be reviewed again until mid-December, a city official said Friday.
Early and absentee voting ended Friday with more than 30 percent of Routt County's registered voters casting their ballots before Election Day.
The Steamboat Springs Wendy's Restaurant, in conjunction with the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies, is holding a Holiday Food Drive throughout November. Wendy's will accept nonperishable food items as well as personal care items, including such things as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant.
A five-member committee of Hayden residents will decide which of the 11 applicants for police chief will be granted interviews.
Construction resumes after repeat of soil slumping
Foundation construction has resumed on a single-family building site in the Tree Haus subdivision where the soil has slumped more than once this year.
2:14 a.m. A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested near Pine Grove Road and Ore House Plaza on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, weaving and driving with expired license plates.
Special Event Funding applications available
Consider this possibility before voting. If the Democrats win the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi will become Speaker of the House of Representatives. There is much talk of impeaching President Bush, and if they do, Dick Cheney will probably be impeached also, because they hate him just as much. In that event according to the law, Nancy Pelosi becomes President of the United States.
Epilogue Book Company should be applauded for the wonderful books they gave to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. How refreshing and educational.
Purchase a new electric guitar and Volkswagen will throw a car in with the deal. Even better, you can plug your customized First Act guitar into the car's sound system, a feature that suggests your new VW Jetta is actually a guitar amplifier on steel belted radials.
I read the Base Area Reinvestment Coalition letter referenced in your Nov. 1 editorial. Their letter states they are putting their projects on hold until the city becomes a partner. My personal opinion, as a City Planning Commissioner, is that BARC had the city's partnership.
Appropriately, the green T-shirt Soroco High School senior Chelsea Bonfiglio wore Friday said, "I was born ready."
It is the job of the District Accountability Committee to oversee the goal writing process in each of our district's schools, make sure the schools have the resources to reach those goals and then hold the schools accountable to those goals. We are a committee comprised of community members, parents, teachers and administrators.
With just 18 days until the 2006-07 ski season officially begins, Steamboat Ski Area representatives say capital improvements that began this summer are on schedule.
Friday, November 3
City planning officials strongly criticized plans for the new Steamboat Springs Community Center on Thursday night. Yampa Valley Regional Airport is feeling the pinch of a labor shortage in Northwest Colorado. Today is the last day for early voting. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Cody Lee dispels old myths with modern tattoo art
In case you haven't noticed, tattoos aren't just for bikers, sailors and convicts anymore.
Today is the last day for early voting. The polling booths in Conference Room 1 in the Routt County Courthouse annex are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. Those who don't cast ballots today can do so on Tuesday's Election Day. As of Wednesday night, 1,741 people had voted early, and 1,486 absentee ballots had been cast, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said.
Bidders seek profit, property during
If you haven't paid your taxes, the attendees at the county's annual tax lien sale might pay them for you. But they'll expect something in return.
Parents urged to maintain strict rules
Soroco High School senior Chelsea Bonfiglio said she had two choices to make on Halloween night: drink alcohol with "95 percent of her peers," or do something else.
County Road 65 to receive renovations by Connell
County Democrats, Republicans hosting upcoming events
Democrats to the Steamboat Smokehouse, Republicans to the Old Town Pub.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport hosting job fair Saturday
Yampa Valley Regional Airport is feeling the pinch of a labor shortage in Northwest Colorado.
One way to extend the growing season in Steamboat is to set up a greenhouse. Greenhouses can be used for starting seeds early, protecting your most tender plants and preserving certain vegetables - such as tomatoes - in an environment that allows them to mature on the vine.
Community center design called 'institutional,' voted down
City planning officials strongly criticized plans for the new Steamboat Springs Community Center on Thursday night, calling the building's proposed architecture "blatantly institutional" and "extremely bland."
Steamboat Springs senior Brian Aragon and junior Brian Burger were named to the Rocky Mountain News honorable mention All-Colorado tennis team Thursday.
8th-seeded Hayden hosts game Saturday
Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner has spent the week watching film and preparing his Tigers to keep an otherwise unknown Sargent team from setting the trap in their Saturday showdown.
Casino night benefit raises money and awareness for asthma
Matt Mielke loved to gamble. It's only fitting that three months after his death from a massive asthma attack, his sister, Sarah Mielke, has organized a casino night to benefit asthma patients.
Reviews of Robert Randolph & the Family Band's "Colorblind," Amos Lee's "Supply and Demand" and The Killers' "Sam's Town."
Joy Hughes bring the didgeridoo to the Depot
Joy Hughes' sound-healing career began the day a man on the streets of Portland, Ore., asked her if she wanted a brain massage. But instead of actually touching her scalp, the man played a didgeridoo, an Australian Aboriginal instrument that looks like a long wooden pipe and creates a deep, reverberating humming sound.
12:12 a.m. A man in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive reported a party with underage attendees.
Notes from around town
It was larger than life, but maybe that's because I was sitting in the second row. I don't ever remember a Warren Miller movie having such an IMAX feeling to it.
Holden Young hosts a sit-down affair
Holden Young is finally at a place where he has something meaningful to say. "As a teenager, I was just letting things out," said Young, a guitarist, pianist, percussionist and singer/songwriter. "Now I actually do know something and want to share."
I started turning into a teenage werewolf at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. At 4:45 p.m., I learned Halloween costume lesson No. 1 - do not put on fake nails before you put on the rest of your costume.
A group of Steamboat Springs restaurant and bar owners said Thursday they can't afford and shouldn't have to close down their businesses for a day every year to re-certify employees who serve alcohol.
Sailors could wrap up No. 1 seed with a win
The last time Steamboat Springs High School's football team came off an emotional road win against a league powerhouse, it fell flat the following week. Sailors head coach Aaron Finch is confident this time will be different.
Mother's Deli, a Steamboat Springs bar, has been cited twice in the past five months for violating two separate Colorado liquor laws.
Thursday, November 2
Democrats to the Steamboat Smokehouse, Republicans to the Old Town Pub. Groups representing Routt County's two major political parties will be separated by a few blocks on Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday, as party officials have designated locations for candidates and onlookers to watch election results and celebrate with a pint, or cry over spilled beer. With just four days remaining before that night, both parties have scheduled upcoming events to rally supporters and boost attendance at the polls.
Real Estate Transactions For Oct. 25-26, 2006
Students' backpacks are no longer being searched at Steamboat Springs High School. Traffic flow on Colorado Highway 131 is about to return to normal. Hayden Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner has his team making its third straight appearance in the state playoffs. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Success follows Hayden High School's football coach
Shawn Baumgartner's Hayden Tigers weren't supposed to be here.
I have never met John Salazar. By all accounts, he is a nice fellow, but this does not qualify him to represent us in Congress. While Salazar's ads paint him as a farmer and advocate for the Western Slope, his record reflects quite the opposite.
The seasonal transition is under way for many of Steamboat Springs' organized leagues for adult sports.
Champion to guide new generation of skiers
Steamboat Springs High School's Nordic Ski Team will be guided by a coach who understands what it takes to win a state title.
An operational agreement between the Steamboat Springs School District and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services was tabled at a recent Steamboat Springs School Board meeting.
Hayden officials are working to solve several of the town's water problems.
Committee evaluaate candidates for chief of police position
Six local law enforcement officers are among the 11 candidates vying to become Hayden's next chief of police.
McDonald's to donate half of today's sales to school
A recent chain e-mail warning residents about a perfume scam has caught the attention of law enforcement officers.
Students' backpacks are no longer being searched at Steamboat Springs High School, but administrators and local law enforcement are changing the building's security indefinitely.
The public has a chance tonight to give city officials input about a new Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Highway 131 crews wrapping up work for the winter
In about two weeks, traffic flow on Colorado Highway 131 will return to normal.
12:41 a.m. A man in the 1800 block of Kamar Plaza reported a man sitting in a white Dodge Durango for a long time. Police said the man was waiting for someone.
John Salazar has proven himself to be an effective representative for those of us who live in the Third Congressional District. Since he was elected two years ago, he gained seats on three committees which are important, not only to Colorado in general but to the Western Slope, which relies on farming, ranching and tourism as our major industries.
I lost my father on Sunday.
Wednesday, November 1
American Skiing Company has filed its annual year-end report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Century-old editions of a historic Routt County newspaper will soon be available on the Web. In Sports, the Hayden Tigers will host a first-round playoff game Saturday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.
Swimmers prepare for December meet
Steamboat Springs' year-round competitive swim team may have lost one-quarter of its members since a meet in mid-October, but that hasn't stopped its remaining high school athletes from posting impressive times at USA Swimming-sanctioned events.
Tigers secure No. 8 seed, host Sargent on Saturday
Hayden's 21-0 victory against Meeker on Friday helped the Tigers secure an automatic berth into the Colorado High School Activities Association's 16-team Class 1A playoff bracket. The Tigers were awarded the No. 8 seed and the final home field spot. Hayden will face No. 9 Sargent (Monte Vista) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hayden.
Consistency aids Winter Sports Club success
The natural and manmade snow just outside the windows of Olympian Hall serve as a reminder that a new ski season in rapidly approaching.