Stories for November 2006

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Thursday, November 30

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Putting it together

Steamboat wrestlers prepare for season kickoff

Steamboat Springs wrestler A.J. Carmack isn't worried about numbers.

Tigers' team young, but talented

Hayden High School wrestling coach Ty Zabel knows his roster is young and short on the accolades of other wrestling programs.

Hayden players set goals

Basketball team prepares to rebuild

By all accounts, the Hayden High School boys basketball team should be rebuilding.

Police: Teen had 25 grams of pot

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.

Orchestra to spread the word and holiday cheer

Mary Ann Gunn got hooked on the Steamboat Springs Orchestra after attending its holiday concert three years ago.

Change taking a regional approach

Yampa Valley Regional Airport illustrates the growth occurring in and around Hayden, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

GrandKids turns 25

Child care center celebrates with cake, memories

The children at GrandKids Child Care Center learned all about the letter "K" on Thursday.

The Record for Nov. 29

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.

Briefs for Dec. 1

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.

Plane slides off runway

A single-engine plane slid off the runway during take-off Thursday at Steamboat Springs Airport.

Water transfer 'feasible'

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.

Deb Babcock: Caring for your holiday plants

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.

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Record lows freeze county

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.

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Video: Morning News Update

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.

Scott Stanford: Housing answers not easy to come by

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."

The Record for Nov. 28

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.

Briefs for Nov. 30

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.

Running young

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.

Eyes on the prize

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.

Hayden hoops team returns 10 girls

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.

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Adjusting the cost

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.

DA drops charges in child porn case

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.

Roesink appointed to Bill Ritter's team

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.

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Local pharmacists eye Wal-Mart

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

Money hunt starts now

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.

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Video: Morning News Update

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.

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Rams rarin' to go

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.

'Bucking' a holiday tradition

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.

Olympian to visit wrestlers

Michelle Caragol, a board member with the Yampa Valley Wrestling Club, describes this week as a "wrestling extravaganza.

Lots of work to do

Steamboat City Council begins to set housing goals

Steamboat Springs needs hundreds of new housing units.

Jessica Halverson: Store uses false ads

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."

Omar M. Campbell: Article ignores illegals

The article in Steamboat Today on Nov. 17 titled, "Amistad Feel Earns Award For City," was a paean for diversity and tolerance of immigrants.

Tracy Barnett: Tree lighting successful

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.

District launched impressive campaign

The Steamboat Springs School District again is asking for public input on its elementary school improvement projects.

Alert snowplow driver aids search

Two Hayden residents and a Lakewood man were rescued by Routt County Search and Rescue on Tuesday after spending Monday night in California Park.

Scholarship Day nets $47,000

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.

Mattress sale benefits charity

It may soon be a little easier for some people to sleep at night.

Oak Creek cuts $15K from budget

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.

Partners in fun

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.

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Powder day No. 1

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.

Mike Lawrence: Define 'affordable'

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.

Briefs for Nov. 29

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.

The Record for Nov. 27

8:23 a.m. An abandoned car was towed from Ute Trail in Stagecoach.

Elliott named mayor

'Cargo' loses out in Oak Creek

Tuesday was an eventful day for Oak Creek's new mayor.

Tuesday, November 28

More snow on the way

Steamboat could see steady snowfall for the next 48 hours.

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Video: Morning News Update

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.

Lessons on ice

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.

Briefs for Nov. 28

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.

The Record for Nov. 26

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.

City staff members receive awards

Two city of Steamboat Springs staff members have received recognition for their work and credentials.

Strong winds a possibility

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.

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District wants public input

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.

Tom Ross: Co-op gallery off to fast start

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.

A vision for housing

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

NWS issues winter storm warning

The National Weather Service has issued the following winter storm warning.

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Video: Morning News Update

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.

Chatting with Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak

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.

From autumn to winter

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.

Burglaries sweep Conestoga Circle

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.

Janice Poirot: Mother's last days

Aging Well

"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.

Wash your hands, prevent illness

Monday Medical

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.

The Record for 11-25

The Record for Nov. 25, 2006.

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Blizzard winds a-blowin'

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.

Area briefs for 11-27

Area news briefs for Nov. 27, 2006.

Luke Graham: Luke 1, Bambi 0 ... I guess

Sports commentary

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.

Council to address housing

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.

Sunday, November 26

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Cast far, far away

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.

Dave Shively: Do I need a machete?

Outdoors commentary

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.

A Decade of dancing

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.

Girls basketball led by sisters, cousins

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team may not have the numbers of other programs, but it sure will have the camaraderie.

Scrapping for boards

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.

John F. Russell: Stepping up for an Olympic dream

When Mike and Marne Roberts first learned Tyler Jewell's story, they knew exactly what they needed to do.

Hello, Mr. President

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.

Oak Creek to appoint new mayor

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.

Preparing for the Cup

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.

Safe and sound

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.

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Off to a good start

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.

Class Notes for Nov. 26

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 Record for Nov. 24

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.

A true home office

Ryan and Kyle Lewis moved to Steamboat about a week ago without a place to live or space to build their future business.

Routt County Spotlight: Karen Goedert

Routt County Spotlight on Karen Goedert.

Bill May: Cowboy orders a bride

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Exploring the Mouth of the South

Celestial news

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."

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Technology rules Christmas wish lists

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.

Joanne Palmer: A dog's life is good enough for me

Life in the 'Boat

In my next life I'm coming back as my dog.

City, SSHRA can do better

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.

Brett KenCairn: Fixing Oak Creek

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.

Ken Brenner: City and county

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.

Steve Hitchcock: Efficient approach

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.

Sound Off for Nov. 26

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.

Tough and pink

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.

Business Briefs

Yampa Valley Medical Center's Board of Trustees has selected Tim Jenkins and Scott Marr as new board members.

Saturday, November 25

Heavy on the 'D'

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

Cheerleaders garner top division honors

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.

Yampatika trying to land $5,000 gift

For people who have always wanted to snack on wild plants but were hesitant to take the first bite, Karen Vail has a proposition.

Lodging barometer strong

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.

Be prepared in backcountry

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.

Long gone, and almost forgotten

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.

Office with a view

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.

International group helps artisans sell products

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.

Benjamin Franklin to visit Steamboat

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.

Students recycling to raise funds

School looking to turn empty cartridges into cash

Empty printer cartridges can turn into cash for Steamboat Springs Middle School.

2-day program seeks growth

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.

Toys for Tots celebrates 10 years

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.

On Scene

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.

The Record for 11-22

The Record for Nov. 22, 2006.

I made it out of clay

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.

This year, give the gift of gardening books

If you have a gardener on your gift list this holiday season, consider some of these books recommended by local Master Gardeners.

Retailers cautiously optimistic

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.

Tattoo of the week: Cristal Einspahr

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.

Allison Plean: Pack rat

It's gone. Life as we know it has changed again.

'Tis the season for crafts

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.

Oil and gas well proposed

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.

Two turntables (and a secret CD player)

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.

Storm could produce big snowfall

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.

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Residents gobble dinner

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.

Holiday depression common

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.

Rockin' the man's world

While playing a show in Springfield, Ill., one of Tiffany Christopher's band members dared her to take off her shirt.

Briefs for 11-24

Area news briefs for Nov. 24, 2006.

Happy hours

Giving you an excuse to grab a drink after work

Giving you an excuse to grab a drink after work

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Playing with fire

Fire dancers light up the night at hot springs

Danger is just part of the experience - and allure - for fire dancers and poi spinners.

Thursday, November 23

LIFT-UP prepares for opening

Nonprofit organization's new facility almost complete

LIFT-UP of Routt County will get its Christmas present a couple weeks early this year.

District eyes Citrix system

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.

Ringing in the holiday season

Plan on seeing a familiar sight this holiday season.

New gallery opens its doors

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.

Clearer roads ahead

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

Steamboat riders strut stuff at Cup event

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.

All-League honors

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.

Gone eatin'

Many businesses, government offices closed today

Today's Thanksgiving holiday means many area businesses and government offices will be closed.

The Record for Nov. 21

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.

Briefs for Nov. 23

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 aplean@steamboatpilot.com. For more information, call Allison Plean at 871-4204.

Not an overnight delivery

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.

Home for the holidays

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.

Scott Stanford: Secret Oak Creek sweet potato pie

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.

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Smiles abound, but not snow

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.

Johnson: A town divided

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.

Ski jumping season opens

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.

County director resigns

Mendoza: 'I didn't have 100 percent of myself' to give

Routt County Communications Director Faith Mendoza resigned Monday, citing personal health issues.

Winter rec rules return

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.

Donations needed for dinner

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.

Briefs for Nov. 22

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."

The Record for Nov. 20

4:31 a.m. A man was arrested in the 2000 block of Shield Drive for being a fugitive of justice.

Schubert-Akin: Future bright for GOP

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.

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Ski area to open today

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.

Many reasons to give thanks

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.

Budget decision delayed

Several funding questions still on table for City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council postponed action on the 2007 budget Tuesday night.

Mike Lawrence: Cargo-gate hits Oak Creek

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

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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.

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A formula for growth

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.

Truck stuck, couple rescued

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.

Council may adopt budget

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.

Briefs for Nov. 21

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.

The Record for Nov. 19

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.

Auction tradition continues

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.

Bond set for man accused of stabbing

A $100,000 bond was set Monday for a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of stabbing three other young men last week.

City receives Amistad Award

Mexican government honors cultural, social accomplishments

The growing friendship between the city of Steamboat Springs and the Mexican government began with a phone call.

Tom Ross: Tell it to The Big Blogski

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.

From a concept to a reality

School Board plans new Soda Creek

Now the real work begins.

Monday, November 20

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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.

The Record for Nov. 20

1:56 a.m. Police checked on the welfare of a person in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Art quilter takes top prize

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.

4-H honors members at banquet

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.

Pilates builds strength, body awareness

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.

Elisa Shackelton: Don't let your workout make you sick

Any time people are in close quarters, there's an elevated risk of sharing germs, such as cold and flu viruses or skin infections.

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Vocational strategy shifts

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.

Hayden lots get auctioned

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.

News in Brief for Nov. 20

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.

Monday Medical: Eat healthy during holidays

For many, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, which means extra parties, travel, different routines and special holiday foods and treats.

Sunday, November 19

Denise Connelly: School thanks

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.

Sound Off for Nov. 19

If it's true that Steamboat Springs has become too politically liberal, then it's about time.

Ulrich Salzgeber: Saluting servants

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.

Mark O'Reilly: Support hockey

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".

Mike Luppes: 'Secret' misleads

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:

County should tell city, 'no'

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Algol, the Demon Star

Celestial news

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.

Keep the Steamboat Ski Area local

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.

Steamboat students 'Mix It Up'

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.

Luke Graham: Covering the family

Sometimes I can't believe I get paid to do what I do.

Giving thanks

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.

Joanne Palmer: The lessons I've learned from my big brother

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.

Serving up more costs

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.

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End of the line for Sailors

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.

Riverwalk's first phase approaching final OK

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.

Business Briefs

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.

The Record for Nov. 17

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.

Baily and Kashiwa tapped for Hall of Fame

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.

Skiing vs. snowboarding

What your ride says about you

Do you ski? Do you snowboard? Or do you both ski and snowboard? Or do you do nothing?

Condos waiting for buyers

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.

Global drivers to pilot city buses

Damion Graham is ready for the occasional red light on Lincoln Avenue.

Class Notes for Nov. 19

Optimist Club names Greis student of month

Hayden senior Angela Geis has been named the Optimist Teen of the Month.

No resident left behind

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.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 31 to Nov 8

CORPUS LLC TO BURGER, CHARLES J FOR EAGLE GLEN AT STEAMBOAT, FILING 1 LOT 6 PARTIAL LEGAL - SEE DOCUMENT / INCLUDES EASEMENTS -- $525,000

The mountain waits

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.

Dave Shively: Don't boot that boot yet

First the glue went, then the duct tape.

John F. Russell: Bleeding blue and orange

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.

Sarah Hagenbugh: Plant a tree for conservation and beauty

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.

Time for a wax and a tune-up

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.

The best CD ever

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.

Bill May: George Porter

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.

Saturday, November 18

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Pueblo County 41, Steamboat Springs 7

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.

Ski area officials say season pass sales on rise

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.

Redistricting discussion continues

South Routt School Board members will continue to discuss redistricting after failing to make any decisions during an all-day work session Thursday.

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Detailing the dollars

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.

Man accused of stabbing

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.

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County votes re-counted

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.

He's a high falutin' son of a gun

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.

Rec plans 'major expansion'

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.

Sent off in style

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.

Making progress

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 11-16

The Record for Nov. 16, 2006.

Area briefs for 11-18

Area briefs for Nov. 18, 2006.

Friday, November 17

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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.

Minor injuries from rollover accident

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.

Board puts focus on vocation

The Hayden School Board spent nearly 45 minutes discussing the future of the vocational program in the district during Wednesday's meeting.

'Amistad' feel earns award for city

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.

Important steps to healthy houseplants

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 painter wins awards at art festival

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.

'Tis the season for crafts

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.

King, Gary make cut for league volleyball team

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.

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A heavyweight showdown

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.

Soroco coach resigns

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.

Christmas tree permits now available

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.

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Trails closed to help wildlife

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 11-15

The Record for Nov. 15, 2006.

Briefs for 11-17

Area briefs for Nov. 17, 2006.

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Olympic gold

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.

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Hooked

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.

Pigs on the wing

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.

Allison Plean: Cheap skate

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.

Express yourself

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.

Tattoo of the week: Dawn Obrecht

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.

Happy hours

Giving you an excuse to grab a drink after work

Making a world of difference

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.

On Scene

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.

CD Reviews for Nov. 17

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.

Thursday, November 16

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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.

Touring center season starts

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.

Team wins Knowledge Bowl

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.

Sale features local businesses

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.

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Birch named new chief

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.

The Record for 11-14

The Record for Nov. 14, 2006.

Olympian project up for review

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.

Briefs for 11-16

Area briefs for Nov. 16, 2006.

School board has long day ahead

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.

Scott Stanford: More than you want to know

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.

Wednesday, November 15

Denver's Dingle earns collegiate hockey honors

Ryan Dingle has come a long way since his days playing as a high school sophomore on the Steamboat Braves.

Bringing good cheer

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.

Standing by their men

Sailors assistants help push team into playoff games

It would have been easy for the assistant coaches to criticize.

Council works for cleaner air

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.

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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

Mike Lawrence: If you thought 2006 was fun:

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 start the season 1-1 on the road

Chix with Stix is off to a solid start with penalty kills and offensive pressure

Five seniors lead the way

Alex Centner, Tanner Stillwell, Tucker Campbell, Lane Shipley and Jace Bonner have experienced both extremes of high school football.

Ready to race

Ski program breeds more hungry athletes

For members of Colorado Mountain College's Alpine ski team, cabin fever ends today.

West of town plans advance

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.

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Storm packs needed punch

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.

Hayden to select police chief

Thursday Town Board meeting to address position, water rates

Hayden officials are close to announcing the hiring of the town's next police chief.

Dealing with college costs

Steamboat financial seminars guide parents, students

Financing a college education is becoming increasingly difficult, but Gayle Dudley wants to help.

Accidents abound after snowstorm

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.

Briefs for Nov. 15

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.

The Record for Nov. 13

8:46 a.m. A hotel guest's credit card was declined in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. A report was taken.

Ken Brenner: City drafts plans for future elections

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.

Our View: Balance returns in election

The results of the 2006 election demonstrate that, at a minimum, Routt County is once again home to two political parties.

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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

Air aware

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.

Details set for quarterfinal

Steamboat Springs will face Pueblo County in the second round of state football playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pueblo.

Lopez, Hill lead forensics team

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.

Vocational building on Hayden agenda

The popularity of Hayden High School's vocational programs is not in doubt, but questions as to the program's direction are being discussed.

Wheels rolling on '07 budget

The 2007 Routt County budget is nearing completion.

The Record for Nov. 12

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.

Briefs for Nov. 14

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.

Police advice: Slow down

By 4 p.m. Monday, Steamboat Springs police had responded to 16 weather-related car accidents.

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Another first at airport

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.

Tom Ross: Snow gods bring it on

Heavy winter storm has me thinking dejà 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.

Council may ask county for help

Meeting planned to discuss money

Steamboat Springs City Council President Ken Brenner wants Routt County to help pay for a new community center.

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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.

Championships end at tennis center

The 2006 Steamboat City Mixed Doubles Championship wrapped up play Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Quick start helps Sailor football

Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch said in playoff football it's probably more important to finish games fast than start fast.

Hockey tourney wraps up

Three local youth hockey teams finished play in the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Rumble on Sunday.

Luke Graham: Gamblin' man

I love high school football.

Children, students bring Halloween spirit to seniors

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.

Knowing when it's time to give up the wheel

Bud and Jane Romberg typically see about 20 people in the driver safety classes they teach for drivers 50 and older.

The Record for Satuday, Nov. 11

12:13 a.m. A noise complaint was made at the housing complex near the Steamboat Christian Center. No warnings or citations were issued.

Briefs for Nov. 13

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.

Card opens communication lines

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.

Out of Africa

African dance master offers dance, drumming classes

Candice Lombardo is part of a strong group of local African dancers.

Properties named 'Historic Places'

Two county properties have received historic designation for their contribution to the architectural and historical character of Routt County.

Volunteers needed for dinner

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.

A chat with Oak Creek's Kathy 'Cargo' Rodeman

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:

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Recyclers honored

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

Limon badgers Hayden

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.

Tennis Center hosts doubles championship

The 2006 Steamboat City Mixed Doubles Championships, sponsored by Alpine Bank and Capital Advisors, saw its second day of terrific matches.

Summit still superb

Moffat County Bulldogs lose, 26-0; Tigers head to quarterfinals

Summit County routed Moffat County 26-0 on Saturday in Breckenridge.

Luke Graham: Someone is always stepping up for Sailors

You can't spell Steamboat without the word team.

Scott Stanford: Hayden is on its way

Sports commentary

If Limon is the measuring stick in Colorado small-school football, Hayden is halfway there.

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Smooth sailing

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.

Robin Gunthorpe: Turn off cell phones

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.

Off-road warriors

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.

In the hunt for a belt buckle

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.

Events honor vets

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.

Attention to math pays dividends

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.

Sound Off for Nov. 12

Voting woes our fault

Jail Report and Record

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.

Hayden resident killed in accident

Doug Seward, 37, died Friday afternoon in a car accident on Colorado Highway 14 in Larimer County's Poudre Canyon.

Steamboat students showcase math skills

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.

Routt County's centennial farms

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.

Audrey Mandell: On-site housing

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.

Lloyd and Annabeth Lockhart

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.

Business News and Notes for Nov. 12

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.

From the target to the table

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.

Our View: Rethinking community center

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.

Routt County Spotlight: David Caddell

David Caddell

Bill May: The fish dog

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.

French bistro

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.

Big spenders, big winners

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.

Affordable Penny Lane home unsold

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.

Joanne Palmer: Go ahead, take my day

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.

Class notes for 11-12

Class notes for Nov. 12, 2006.

Jimmy Westlake: The new solar system

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.

Sod roof makes home stand out

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.

Swinging away winter blues

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.

Jane Bennett: See play tonight

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.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 26-30

GARDNER, DANIEL K TO COLLINGS, ANN L FOR PINES CONDOMINIUMS UNIT 104 - $187,000

Dave Shively: Rock on

Nothing beats rock.

Joanne Palmer: Go ahead, take my day

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.

Rick Akin: A troubling pattern

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.

Routt County leaning to the left

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.

Saturday, November 11

Diamond to receive bonus

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 11-11

Area briefs for November 11, 2006.

The Record for 11-9

The Record for November 9, 2006.

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Bark beetles plague Old Town

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 working on wildfire plan

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.

Barn Village back to Council

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.

How long did it take to knit that scarf?

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.

Sales tax receipts rising

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.

Hot on the trail

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.

First faceoff

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

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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.

Snapping the streak

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.

Sailors' next test

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 11-8

The Record for November 8, 2006.

Area briefs for 11-10

Area briefs for November 10, 2006.

Deb Babcock: Growing plants without soil

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.

Museum hosts tree festival

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.

Routt County gears up for Veterans Day

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.

Finding early childhood answers

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.

Rodeman to return?

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.

Campaign proves successful

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.

Microburst fells trees, causes outages

Strong winds tore through the Yampa Valley on Thursday afternoon, uprooting trees and knocking out power.

Purchase of new voting machines already planned

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.

Mike Lawrence: Don't hype the mandate

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.

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Construction lagging

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.

A poet's reflections on adolescence

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.

For love of the music

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.

On Scene for 11-10

Notes from around town

A murder-mystery party and Holden Young's performance

Allison Plean: Snowflake queen

There is one statement you dread hearing when toying with the idea of getting a tattoo. And you know you will hear it.

Happy hours

Deals at local bars

Deals on food and drinks at local bars and restaurants.

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From the goggles to the lens

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.

Through tragedy and triumph

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.

Lessons from the attic

'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.

Pick up a good book for Children's Book Week

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.

Thursday, November 9

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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.

The Record for Nov. 7

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.

Oak Creek still seeking new mayor

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.

Notes from youth hockey

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.

Scott Stanford: Election postmortem

For what it's worth, here's my postmortem on Tuesday's election:

Printer problems

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.

Wall focused on transition

Democrat Gary Wall said Wednesday it is too early to speculate about how current sheriff's office employees will respond to his philosophies.

Board receives survey update

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.

Golf to gridiron

Steamboat senior makes smooth transition

Some high school athletes work four years and never have the privilege of making it to a state championship.

A 'thank you' for veterans

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.

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Officials look ahead

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.

Winter sports ready to go

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 á 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.

Briefs for Nov. 9

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Wednesday, November 8

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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.

Routt County vote totals

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.

Steamboat educators get pay raise

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.

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Long lines, frustrated voters

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 11-6

The Record for Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.

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Wall cruises to victory

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.

Voters deny council raises

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 defeats Strong

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 approve de-Brucing

Hayden voters decided Tuesday to lift restrictions on how much money the West Routt Library District can collect.

Base area diplomacy

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.

White takes House

State Rep. Al White, a Winter Park Republican, cruised to re-election Tuesday night in House District 57, which includes Routt County.

Kerrigan takes assessor seat

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 bond issue OK'd

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.

Jeff Moag: GOP fantasies

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.

Local attorneys: Attorneys talk

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.

Our View: Fix voting problems before next election

At Issue: Election problems

Our View: The county needs more voting centers and double the number of voting machines before the next election.

Sharp points

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.

A jump on the season

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.

Tuesday, November 7

Voters react to long lines

Following are comments of residents who waited in line for hours to vote Tuesday:

Democrats gain ground in governors' races

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.

GOP on defensive as Colorado Democrats seek to gain House seats

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 make move in Senate

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 win 18 GOP-held districts in race for House control

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.

Democrats challenging for control of Congress

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.

John Salazar cruising

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 back pot, minimum wage increase, domestic partnerships

Early voters in Routt County supported legalizing marijuana and giving benefits to partners in same-sex relationships. They also backed raising the minimum wage.

Routt County leans Democratic

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.

Kerrigan rolling in race for assessor

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.

Voters supporting teacher pay raise

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.

Mitsch Bush leads Strong

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.

School construction issue getting approved

Referendum 3D, a $29.7 million bond issue for Steamboat Springs schools, had a sizable lead according to early voting numbers reported Tuesday.

Wall leads Wiggins in early returns

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 pick up Senate seats in Pennsylvania, Ohio

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

Colorado congressional races at a glance:

Judge rejects request to extend voting hours in Denver

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.

Democrats grab Ohio Senate seat

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.

Abortion, gay marriage among many hot topics in state ballot measures

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.

Democrats challenge GOP for control of Congress

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.

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Swamped in Steamboat

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.

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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.

Hockey rumbles onto ice

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.

Forensics team talks good game

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team opened its season on a strong note Saturday, with each team member taking home an award.

Board updated on survey

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.

Grant applications to be prioritized

Routt County and the town of Hayden are preparing to ask the state for more than $1.5 million in grant money.

Nothing basic about ski base

Steamboat City Council to discuss complex URA issues

Base area redevelopment is the focus of several meetings at Centennial Hall today.

The Record for Nov. 5

1:25 a.m. A bus stop on Weiss Drive reportedly was vandalized.

Briefs for Nov. 7

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.

Wall finishes campaign strong

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.

Harbor Hotel torn down

Tim Kohl watched with mixed emotions as a backhoe tore through the Harbor Hotel building Monday morning in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: Technology changes election night all-nighters

High-tech voting machines are taking all the adventure out of election night.

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Officials: Go to polls prepared

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

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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.

Chatting with Kay Weinland

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland participated in an online chat with steamboatpilot.com on Friday. Below is a portion of the chat:

The Record for Nov. 4

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.

Briefs for Nov. 6

Over-the-Hill Gang offering financial help

Luke Graham: Communist Party of CHSAA

High school football seeding and communism.

Oral health and diabetes

You can't be totally healthy without good oral health.

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Sailors kick off playoffs on Saturday

Steamboat's road through the state football playoff bracket will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gardner Field.

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In honor of veterans

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."

Local videographer to present seminar

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.

Sunday, November 5

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Sailing ahead with confidence

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.

John Spezia: Points missed

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.

Diane Brower: Keep it up, council

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.

Hope Cook: Editorial off mark

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.

Our View: Take the time to vote

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.

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Sargent slaughtered, Hayden advances

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.

The Record for Nov. 5

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.

Grooming the growth

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.

Dave Shively: Raging bulls

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?

Luke Graham: Up next - Hayden vs. Goliath

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.

Half the harvest

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.

John F. Russell: Success can be title-less

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.

Foreclosure rate stable in county

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.

Bill May: Dead Man's Gulch

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).

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Bilingual benefits

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." Señora 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.

Sound Off for Nov. 5

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.

Jimmy Westlake: The Fourth of July in November

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.

Scholarship progam powered by beef

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.

Joanne Palmer: The Fat Fairy strikes again

The Fat Fairy flew in last night.

Turnover troubles

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Kelly Anzalone

Kelly Anzalone

Walgreens goes below big box threshold

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.

Issues 'lost in translation'

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.

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Housing authority works to restore funds

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."

Wish Granted

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.

Looking back: Ski area development in works

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.

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Wool - It's what's for winter

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.

Getting out the vote

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.

Saturday, November 4

Balancing books, athletics

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.

Off and running

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.

Labor named Freshman of the Year

Kelly Labor had a bit of a target on her back heading into her freshman year of NCAA Division II soccer at Regis University.

Improvements on schedule

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.

Epilogue Book Company deserves applause for Halloween gifts

Epilogue Book Company should be applauded for the wonderful books they gave to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. How refreshing and educational.

The Record for Nov. 2

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.

Voting 'yes' on 3C and 3D will address several education issues

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.

Briefs for Nov. 4

Special Event Funding applications available

Early voting ends in a rush

Early and absentee voting ended Friday with more than 30 percent of Routt County's registered voters casting their ballots before Election Day.

Earth moves in Tree Haus

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.

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Delays ahead

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.

Steve Lewis: Payments in lieu editorial misses mark

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.

Students learning leadership

Appropriately, the green T-shirt Soroco High School senior Chelsea Bonfiglio wore Friday said, "I was born ready."

President Pelosi? Think about it before voting

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.

Residents review chief applications

A five-member committee of Hayden residents will decide which of the 11 applicants for police chief will be granted interviews.

Tom Ross: Guitars and Volkswagens

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.

Wendy's holding holiday food drive

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.

Friday, November 3

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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.

Auction attracts risk takers

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.

Alcohol training topic of talk

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.

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The sounds of healing

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.

Deb Babcock: Considering a greenhouse?

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.

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Early voting ends today

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.

Mother's cited twice for liquor violations

Mother's Deli, a Steamboat Springs bar, has been cited twice in the past five months for violating two separate Colorado liquor laws.

Forum addresses local teens' drinking

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.

On Scene

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.

The Record for Nov. 1

12:12 a.m. A man in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive reported a party with underage attendees.

Gamble your money here

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.

Airport understaffed

Yampa Valley Regional Airport hosting job fair Saturday

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is feeling the pinch of a labor shortage in Northwest Colorado.

Tigers wary of Sargent traps

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.

Local tennis players receive recognition

Steamboat Springs senior Brian Aragon and junior Brian Burger were named to the Rocky Mountain News honorable mention All-Colorado tennis team Thursday.

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Allison Plean: Leprechauns, lollipops and lessons

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.

Briefs for Nov. 3

County Road 65 to receive renovations by Connell

CD reviews for 11-3

Reviews of Robert Randolph & the Family Band's "Colorblind," Amos Lee's "Supply and Demand" and The Killers' "Sam's Town."

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A modern rite of passage

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.

Parties throwing parties

County Democrats, Republicans hosting upcoming events

Democrats to the Steamboat Smokehouse, Republicans to the Old Town Pub.

Playoff push

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.

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A time and space for music

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."

Too bland

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."

Thursday, November 2

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Parties throwing parties

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

Real Estate Transactions For Oct. 25-26, 2006

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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.

Follow the leader

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.

Baumgartner's boys

Success follows Hayden High School's football coach

Shawn Baumgartner's Hayden Tigers weren't supposed to be here.

Hayden reviewing applicants

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.

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Closing up shop

Highway 131 crews wrapping up work for the winter

In about two weeks, traffic flow on Colorado Highway 131 will return to normal.

Jo Stanko: Why I support John Salazar

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.

Hayden to explore water fixes

Hayden officials are working to solve several of the town's water problems.

The Record for Oct. 31

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.

Security remains at high school

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.

Contract between BOCES, district tabled

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.

Public to comment on center

The public has a chance tonight to give city officials input about a new Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Buck Buckland: Why I support Scott Tipton

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.

Perfume scam staged in parking lots

A recent chain e-mail warning residents about a perfume scam has caught the attention of law enforcement officers.

Local rec leagues gearing up

The seasonal transition is under way for many of Steamboat Springs' organized leagues for adult sports.

Briefs for Nov. 2

McDonald's to donate half of today's sales to school

Wednesday, November 1

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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.

Small team, fast times

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.

Coaches keys to success

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.

Hayden at home

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.