Stories for October 2006

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Tuesday, October 31

Bus safety program in place

The safety of Steamboat Springs students is the top priority for the Steamboat Springs School District's transportation department.

Newspaper project under way

County to give $10,575 to help digitize Routt County Sentinel

Century-old editions of a historic Routt County newspaper will soon be available on the Web.

Judgment day

Commission highly recommends judges' retention

A state panel recommends voters retain two judges in the 14th Judicial District on Nov. 7.

The Record for Oct. 30

5:33 a.m. Someone driving in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue reported being flagged down by a man wearing nothing but a black fleece jacket and boxers. A report was taken.

Briefs for Nov. 1

For the next two weeks, road construction crews will be performing sub-grade work, surface regraveling and drainage improvements on Routt County Road 65 about 1 1/2 miles east of Moffat County Road. Work will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Motorists are advised to be aware of heavy truck traffic. For more information, call Routt County Road and Bridge at 879-0831.

Stephen L. Evans: Marijuana heals

Never ask your barber if you need a haircut, and don't ask law enforcement about Proposition 44. Only the medical profession is qualified to give facts about the risk versus reward consequences of smoking marijuana. The way I see it: Alcohol kills. Marijuana heals.

Anne Granath: Sojourn a success

I am back home in North Carolina reflecting on the wonderful time I had in Steamboat Springs at your 14th annual Literary Sojourn. I was enchanted.

Julie Wallace and Nate Reimer: A warm thought

We would like to express a heartfelt "thank you" to Andy and his daughter, Natalie, who were nice enough to offer a ride to two freezing and soaking cyclists on the afternoon of Oct. 6. While we were prepared for rain that day, we were not expecting the rapid drop in temperature. Your kindness will not be forgotten. We intend to "pay it forward."

Mary Jenkins and Julie Ernst: Get out and vote

The current November election has many important ramifications and though it's not a presidential election year, getting your vote in this year has a lot to do with our Steamboat life and how it will be affected for many years to come. Let's vote with this paradise in mind and the future of "life in paradise." We all benefit.

Our View: Council must adopt rules and play by them

It is hard to blame developers for halting development plans near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

A costume ball

Halloween Stroll draws thousands

Generally, bloody fingers in a bowl would be inappropriate in a restaurant. But Halloween allows for an exception.

Mike Lawrence: Calm by comparison

Election hype magnified on the Front Range

If you're tired of seeing lawn signs, of being beaten over the head by political ads while watching TV or of the general information overload that comes with the height of election season, there is a simple cure.

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Steamboat leads way for ASC

American Skiing Co.'s year-end report shows improvements

American Skiing Co. reported a net loss of $65.7 million in the 2006 fiscal year, but the company also reported that its debt has declined and that performance at its Western resorts is strong.

Hayden draws Sargent in first round of playoffs

Hayden's 21-0 league win at Meeker on Friday awarded the Tigers with the Western Slope League's co-championship and secured it an automatic berth to the Colorado High School Activities Association's 16-team 1A playoffs.

Historic newspaper project under way

County to give $10,575 to help digitize Routt County Sentinel

The Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board, through the Routt County commissioners, will give $10,575 to digitize editions of the Routt County Sentinel newspaper, which published in the early 1900s.

The Record for Nov. 1

5:33 a.m. Someone driving in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue reported being flagged down by a man wearing nothing but a black fleece jacket and boxers. A report was taken.

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Video: Morning News Update

Base area investors and property owners are recommending that all redevelopment projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area be put "on hold." The committee campaigning for the passage of two Steamboat Springs School District ballot issues has raised nearly $9,000. Main Street will be closed from 5 to 7 p.m. today for the annual Halloween Stroll between Third and 12th streets. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

A new name, but goal remains

Nordic Council promotes sport

The group's Web site has a new name, but the goal and purpose of the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council remains unchanged.

Lieutenant governor candidate stumps

A campaign swing through Northwest Colorado is the best way Barbara O'Brien, Bill Ritter's choice for lieutenant governor, could spend the day on Monday.

Paper preferred

Secretary of state candidates question electronic voting

The two candidates to be Colorado's next secretary of state are calling for stricter testing of electronic voting machines, if not for voting systems based primarily on paper ballots.

The Record for Oct. 31

12:36 a.m. Police stopped a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man near the corner of Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue on a traffic violation and arrested the man for driving under the influence.

Briefs for Oct. 31

Man arrested for assaulting police officer

Police say a Steamboat Springs man took a swing at a police officer Saturday night at a downtown bar and wound up in jail.

Garrett Wiggins: Leading positively by example

My desire to become the next sheriff of Routt County is deeply rooted in my personal history, as I am a third generation law enforcement officer from the Wiggins family.

Gary Wall: Time for a change

If you believe that the Routt County Sheriff's Department needs to change its priorities and management style to reflect the changes that have and will occur in the Yampa Valley, then I am your clear choice for sheriff.

Stroll a downtown highlight

Some sections of Lincoln Avenue closed for trick-or-treating

JuDee Duerst has handed out thousands of pieces of candy and seen more pumpkins and princesses than most Steamboat Springs residents, but the annual Downtown Steamboat Halloween Stroll is among her favorite events of the year.

$2,100 spent by school group

Campaign finance report shows donations at $9,000

The committee campaigning for the passage of two Steamboat Springs School District ballot issues has raised nearly $9,000, according to a campaign finance report filed Oct. 18.

Tom Ross: Invesco nightmare

Before there was the Peyton-ator, there was Dickerson

I awoke in a cold sweat Sunday night, shaking from the effects of a nightmare. I dreamt the doorbell rang on Halloween night and when I opened the door, a pint-sized Peyton Manning in an immaculate blue Colts uniform was standing there grinning at me. He thrust a big cloth sack at me and, revealing a gap-toothed grin, cried out, "Can't be beat!"

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A base of criticism

Group recommends redevelopment projects be put 'on hold'

A group of base area investors and property owners is recommending that all redevelopment projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area be put "on hold."

Aid for energy bills decreases

State, federal funding available to LEAP program to be reduced

Low-income households in Routt County will receive less assistance with their energy bills this winter because of a drop in federal and state funding.

Monday, October 30

Larry D. Fuchs (1953-2006)

Larry D. Fuchs, 53, died Oct. 14, 2006, in Tualitin, Ore., after a long and courageous battle with lymphoma.

Mary Rae Danford (1936-2006)

Former Steamboat Springs resident Mary Rae Danford died Oct. 21, 2006, at her home. She was 70.

O. George Specht Jr. (1920-2006)

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident O. George Specht Jr. died Oct. 21, 2006. He was 86.

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Video: Morning News Update

The race for Routt County sheriff is getting expensive. Tapes of a secret meeting held September 25 in Oak Creek show three town employees thought former Mayor Kathy Cargo Rodeman was too involved in town business. South Routt School District officials believe school security and the safety of its staff and students is one of the most important issues facing the small, rural district. . The Sailors and Tigers won their football games Friday night. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

S. Routt officials talk school safety

South Routt School District officials believe school security and the safety of its staff and students is one of the most important issues facing the small, rural district.

Sailors look to wrap-up league title

Seven weeks ago, the Steamboat Springs football team walked off the field after a 16-6 loss to Eagle Valley searching for an identity.

Luke Graham: Don't hate, celebrate

After covering and watching 10 hours of volleyball on Saturday I just felt like celebrating.

Briefs for Oct. 30

Teen Programs offering Teen School Days off

The Record for Oct. 28

2:05 a.m. A traffic stop in the 2000 block of Snowbowl Plaza resulted in a DUI arrest.

Downtown shops consolidate

The former Bottleneck building downtown will be the new home for businesses that cater to children and moms.

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Float on

Halloween event at Old Town Hot Springs a hit with children

Parker Temple glanced over his shoulder to make sure no one could hear him.arker Temple glanced over his shoulder to make sure no one could hear him. He wanted his Halloween costume idea to remain a secret, so Temple cupped his hands tightly to his face before whispering his plans for Halloween, a holiday Parker said was "totally" his favorite holiday. "You can't tell anyone," Parker said. All that Parker was willing to reveal to the public was that he has a mask with a bone that comes out of his neck.

Taking your health to heart

In June 2006, the American Heart Association (AHA) released its latest Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations for healthy Americans. This update to the 2000 dietary guidelines continues to focus on making long-term changes in diet and other lifestyle factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

Chatting with commissioner candidate Paul Strong

Paul Strong is the Republican candidate for Routt County Commissioner in District 3. He will face Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in the Nov. 7 election. Strong sat down Friday for a chat on steamboatpilot.com

Sunday, October 29

Contributions for Nov. 7 election

Campaign contributions for Routt County candidates in the Nov. 7 election.

Sailor runners have mixed results at state

For the third straight year, the Steamboat Springs boys cross country team qualified for state by earning the fourth and final spot at regionals. With that experience, they knew what to expect going into this year's Colorado State Cross Country Championships.

Ellison-Heilner

Dan and Kitty Ellison and Tom and Dele Heilner are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Jenny Ellison and LB Heilner.

Man suffers injuries after crashing motorcycle

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man sustained minor injuries Saturday afternoon when he crashed his motorcycle on Fish Creek Falls Road.

Wildhorse Meadows sales are strong

The Developers of Wildhorse Meadows recently received the sign they were seeking. It was a $16 million sign. During an eight-week period this fall, Resort Ventures West sold 32 of the 41 single-family building lots that make up the first phase of the development near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. The selling price of the lots ranged from $475,000 to $600,000.

The Record for Oct. 27

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.

Hard luck Sailors

Tough draw, errors down Steamboat's regional hopes

Sometimes familiarity can be a bad thing.

Simulation designed to enlighten students

Drunk driving accident part of weeklong activities

With a gruesome car accident scene providing the backdrop, Soroco High School's student body sat in silence Tuesday as the students listened to fellow classmate Nahila Bonfiglio describe what happened and how two of her friends died.

Routt County Spotlight: Mark Andersen

Occupation: Director of Routt County United Way

Tigers' season ends in double tie-breaker

Hayden hoped to advance to the semifinals of the District 5 tournament in Oak Creek with an upset win over No. 2-seeded Meeker on Saturday morning.

A winning legacy

Veteran volleyball coach teaches more than the game

Wendy Hall has spent the past 20 years gaining the respect of her players and opposing coaches by making sure her teams are always prepared. But it was Hall, Steamboat Springs High School's volleyball coach, who was unprepared for what her team did before its final home game of the season Oct. 19.

Hot gear to keep you warm

Picking out a new snowboard, jacket and goggles is so much easier when there are few options to choose from, so excuse Hilary Greene if she is a little flustered.

Thomas William Quinn-Clynes

Thomas William Quinn-Clynes, son of Colleen Quinn and Joe Clynes of Steamboat Springs, was born at 5:45 p.m., Oct. 16, 2006.

O. George Specht Jr.

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident O. George Specht Jr. died Oct. 21, 2006. He was 86.

Rams send off coach with solid play

The girls on the Soroco volleyball team may not like playing in the high school's old gym because of its low ceilings and tight sideline space, but Betsy Photos was glad to close out her career as Soroco's head coach there on Saturday.

Tara Schupner: Turning a deaf ear

The ongoing protest at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., against the selection of Dr. Jane K. Fernandes as the next president is not just about deaf identity politics - it's about a university community's struggle for shared governance.

Cam Boyd: Vote 'no' on 3D

It seems everywhere I look, I see a sign to "vote for our children." I am in support of our children, and I will vote yes on 3C to raise our teachers' salaries. However, the plan for the new school to be built at Soda Creek Elementary is inadequate for the future needs of the region.

Mary Rae Danford

Former Steamboat Springs resident Mary Rae Danford died Oct. 21, 2006, at her home. She was 70.

Peter F. Remy: 'Yes' on 3C and 3D

Those of you who know me will have to agree that I have dealt with quality life issues in the last 23 years by helping families relocate to Steamboat Springs through business sales as a specialized business broker. A good education system and a sense of community are the top inquiries from people seeking a new life in the mountains. Now, what does that have to do with voting yes on 3C and 3D in the upcoming elections?

Izabel Patricia Daniels

Izabel Patricia Daniels, daughter of Anna and Chris Daniels of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:21 p.m., Oct. 16, 2006.

The Record for Oct. 29

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.

Tom Miller-Freuter: Timing is right

I remember having a conversation with Steamboat Springs Middle School assistant principal Jerry Buelter late in 2005. Our conversation revolved around what the "best school district" in the state of Colorado would look like. There were many identified characteristics, some of which included a diverse curriculum, dynamic community, administrative leadership, advanced educational environments (facilities), and highly (continuously) trained professionals capable of stimulating a passion for learning.

Sound Off for Oct. 29

Steamboat has many great people and businesses. Why does it seem that every year the Chamber nominates the same people and the same businesses to be honored. It seems to be a problem. There are many good businesses and business people that should be honored.

Julian Gabriel Chapman

Julian Gabriel Chapman, son of Diana and Mark Chapman of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:53 a.m., Oct. 7, 2006.

Dublin L. Hubbard Farrell

Dublin L. Hubbard Farrell, son of Amy Margaret and Glen Alan Farrell of Steamboat Springs, was born at 1:37 p.m., Oct. 19, 2006.

Larry D. Fuchs

Larry D. Fuchs, 53, died Oct. 14, 2006, in Tualitin, Ore., after a long and courageous battle with lymphoma.

Ruth 'Rusty' Mack Poulter

Former Steamboat Springs resident Ruth "Rusty" Mack Poulter died peacefully Oct. 21, 2006, with her family at her side, at Hospice Family Care Center in Tucson, Ariz. She was 78.

Our View: 'No' to council pay raise

In Referendum 2A, the Steamboat Springs City Council asks voters for a pay raise.

To them, your vote is worth $144,361

Campaign money stacks up

A seasoned state politician out-raised his challenger by a 7-to-1 ratio. The two candidates for Routt County sheriff have fundraising totals just $35 apart. One candidate for Routt County commissioner has spent nearly $10,000 more on campaigning than the other.

Tourism with a twist

Rio Blanco, Moffat and Routt counties aim to put culture, heritage into tourism

To most people, tourism in Northwest Colorado means tearing up Mount Werner on a powder day, watching hot air balloons launch or exploring the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Taylin Dee Harthun

Taylin Dee Harthun, daughter of Dalene and Joe Harthun of Kremmling, was born at 1:33 a.m., Oct. 19, 2006.

Strawberry Park dives into 21st century

Technology a growing tool in elementary classrooms

The signal goes up: "Three, two, one, record."

Bookings for ski vacations running ahead of schedule

Lodging properties are reporting an increase in advance bookings of Steamboat ski vacations. The pace of reservations is consistent with an increase in airline seats booked. "I have been doing this for 20 years and this is one of the best years we have had," said Bob Milne, owner of Steamboat Resorts. His company manages 19 properties and rents 875 units.

John F. Russell: Coaching in a new world

It takes a special kind of person to be a high school coach.

Hailey Marie Goodwin

Hailey Marie Goodwin, daughter of Brandy and Jake Goodwin of Craig, was born at 5:09 p.m., Oct. 15, 2006.

Class Notes for Oct. 29

Steamboat students compete at Math Day

Four Steamboat Springs High School students are participating in the 30th annual Colorado State University Math Day on Nov. 2. This year's team is senior Austin Anderson, junior Sam Chovan and sophomore Charlie Stoddard. Junior Austin Pivarnik will compete individually.

Home sales thrive in West Routt

Hayden was the hot market for single-family home sales in the sub-$500,000 range, with 20 transactions during the third-quarter that ended Sept. 30. Doug Labor of Buyers Resource Real Estate said the 20 homes that sold in Hayden during summer and early fall ranged in price from $145,000 to $322,000. Labor is the official keeper of real estate statistics for the Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service.

Jimmy Westlalke: November's tiny eclipse

Being the third rock from the sun, Earth has two neighboring planets that orbit closer to the Sun than she does, Mercury and Venus. Both of these inner worlds can, on occasion, pass directly in front of the sun as viewed from Earth, producing a tiny eclipse called a transit. For this to happen, all of the celestial bodies involved must line up at just the right time and just the right spot. Consequently, transit events are rare.

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Tapes reveal issues

Town employees objected to

Three Oak Creek town employees complained to Town Board members during a Sept. 25 closed-door meeting that former Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman was too involved in town business and had assumed a role akin to town manager, not mayor.

Neuman-Reichley

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stanton of Escondido, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Neuman of Naples, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lora Kathryn, to Adam Reichley, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Reichley of Bremerton, Wash.

Saturday, October 28

Right plays at the right times

Sailors defeat Rifle in road match

Everyone thought Jay Hanley was going down.

Rams' season comes down to just one game

After dropping the first two matches at the District 5 tournament in Oak Creek, that's all the members of the Soroco High School girls volleyball team has left this season. When the team takes the court today at 10:30 a.m. they will be looking to conclude the season on a winning note in what is expected to be head coach Betsy Photo's final match as head coach. Photos is planning to move out of Oak Creek later this year.

A big win in the cold

Hayden shuts out Meeker to secure playoff berth

Hayden running back Russell Waugh said he knew going into Meeker would be a "life or death," scenario. Both teams were tied for second place in the Western Slope League standings and the game's winner would lock a guaranteed spot in the Class 1A playoffs. The loser would have to put their fate in the hands of a selection committee.

Tigers stay alive

Hayden loses to West Grand, defeats Vail Mountain

Some tournament jitters nearly led to the end of the Hayden girls volleyball team's season Friday night.

Early voting numbers rise

967 ballots cast, 1,379 absentees mailed in county

Early voting for this year's elections ends Friday, but many residents have already voted.

The Record for Oct. 26

4:55 a.m. A man reported a prowler in the 1500 block of Conestoga Lane.

Wall addresses traffic citations

Gary Wall pleaded guilty in 2004 to driving with expired license plates and paid a $100 fine for the traffic violation.

Tom Ross: If I fix my snowblower, will it ever snow again?

Winter is nigh - do you know where your garden hose is?

Here in Steamboat, we've got our priorities straight. Given a choice, we will always head for the hills and an outdoor adventure before we buckle down to do pressing seasonal chores.

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Board appoints Kozatch

Tech Commission chair, Fund Board member fills District 5 seat

Jerry Kozatch is the newest member of the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Students react to bomb threat, security

Students at Steamboat Springs High School aren't used to having to go through Homeland Security to attend class.

4-H holds scholarship event

Jamie Simpson's career as a veterinarian technician has its roots in her nine years in Routt County 4-H.

Briefs for Oct. 28

Next Teen School Days Off is Nov. 10

Friday, October 27

U.S. Nordic combined trains early

Coach hopes time spent in Steamboat will pay off in December

There might not be lift access, but U.S. Nordic combined coach Chris Gilbertson isn't complaining.

A final showdown

Soroco heads to Rangely, hopes to end season with win

Two football teams without a shot at postseason play will battle for pride tonight when the Soroco Rams head to Rangely for a 7 p.m. game.

'Screamboat' opens tonight

CMC's annual haunted house a Halloween treat

With the lights on and the decorations not quite finished, Monson Hall didn't look so scary Thursday afternoon.

Girl given 911 Hero Award

Lena Barker's quick actions saved older brother's life

Lena Barker, 10, remained calm and remembered what she had been taught - she called 911.

Officers deal with blizzard of accidents

The storm that dumped more than half a foot of snow across Routt County was a contributing factor in dozens of car accidents Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The Record for Oct. 25

2:58 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 800 block of Weiss Drive.

Hayden: Small town, big fun

Hayden, a small town 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs, offers plenty of winter fun in a quiet setting.

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Snowshoes open door to winter's beauty

Pete Kopischke has a saying: "If you can walk, you can snowshoe." And there are few better ways to see the winter beauty of Northwest Colorado than atop a mountain covered in snow.

North Routt County: winter paradise

Nine years later, Sandie Greenway still is in awe of the Elk River Valley. "It's really beautiful," Greenway said, describing the scenery of North Routt County. "There's always something that just takes your breath away." Greenway, the property manager of Glen Eden Resort in Clark, moved to the area from Texas nine years ago, and there isn't a day that goes by when she isn't amazed by her surroundings.

Opening the door to history

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is a cultural amenity that people can enjoy year-round, Executive Director Candice Lombardo said. The main gallery features a History of Skiing exhibit. Visitors can trace ski technology evolution with a timeline of historic skis.

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Wintry state of mind

Early snow has residents in search of skis, snow tires

A few lucky ones took advantage of Thursday's mid-winter conditions on Mount Werner. "I've definitely seen tracks on the mountain, seen the bright orange sleds come out and people walking with their skis," said Heidi Thomsen, public relations manager for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. "When you start seeing people actually carrying their skis, you know what's on their mind."

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Five touring centers offer varied terrain

Steamboat Springs is being discovered as a destination for cross-country skiing. Visiting Nordic skiers can purchase a single multi-day ticket that allows them to sample four distinctly different groomed trail networks sprinkled around the upper Yampa Valley.

Commissioner race heats up

Diane Mitsch Bush says there are clear differences between her and fellow Routt County commissioner candidate Paul Strong.

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Mountain of kids' options

Steamboat recognized for children's amenities

There's a reason Steamboat Ski Area recently was ranked the No. 1 Family Resort in the West by SKI Magazine. Jim Schneider, vice president of skier services at Steamboat Ski Area, attributes the success of the ski area's family programs to what he said is an exceptional staff. "We can talk about lifts and terrain all day, but when it comes down to it, the staff is our product," Schneider said. "They're genuine and friendly, trained and excited and committed to the kids - there's some kids that come back year after year asking for the same instructors."

On Scene

I quickly realized that moving to Steamboat during the peak winter season without a snowboard was a mistake.

Middle school will offer breakfast

Steamboat Springs Middle School, in conjunction with the school district's nutritional services department, will offer breakfast to its students beginning Nov. 6.

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Fit to rip

Simple steps to getting outfitted right

Before you get outside and onto the ski mountain, you need to get inside to get outfitted. Cotton socks, oversized boots and those denim Wranglers just won't cut it. The right gear is essential for an enjoyable day at Steamboat Ski Area.

Over the Hill in name only

Group of older skiers hits slopes daily

When Isty Meyers started guiding Alpine ski tours for the Over the Hill Gang in 1982, the groups primarily were made up of locals. Participants still are 50 and older, but most now are visitors looking for a convenient way to explore the slopes while skiing with other skiers of like minds and ages.

A Halloween revival

Equal Opportunity Employment plans costumes for show

Billy Franklin's favorite childhood Halloween costume was his homemade dog suit. But during the past few years, the New Orleans-based singer and guitarist hasn't had much time for costume preparation while touring the nation with his band, Equal Opportunity Employment.

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Now arriving from Atlanta

Steamboat builds air service in Southeast

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is nearing completion of Phase II of an $18 million airport terminal expansion and the Fly Steamboat program is acting on that momentum with 15,000 new ski season seats into the valley.

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SSWSC continues to thrive

More than 900 youngsters involved in club

It's a rare community in the United States that counts a World Cup ski jumping facility among its city parks. In Steamboat, we have Howelsen Hill. It's the oldest continuously operated ski area in the West, and through the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, it allows more than 900 local youngsters to strive to be the best competitive skiers they can become.

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Snowy shoes to fill

Ski area hopes to repeat blizzard of a season

Locals and visitors have no shortage of adjectives to describe the winter of 2005-06, when 431 inches of snow fell on Steamboat Ski Area. "Epic," "wonderful" and "incredible" are some of the words you hear in conversations across Steamboat, as people reminisce about last winter and count down to this year's opening day, Nov. 22.

Hayden voters consider de-Brucing

Hayden Librarian Ana Lash's first run-in with the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR, came shortly after moving from Arizona to start her new job in Hayden in 2004.

Plagiarists celebrates an original

Punk rock band plays anniversary show at Rio Grande

Rio Grande Mexican restaurant is home to two things: a three-margarita limit and The Plagiarists.

Board to select new member

The Steamboat Springs School Board is having a special meeting today to appoint a new member to fill the vacancy for its District 5 seat.

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Howelsen offers variety of skating programs

Howelsen Ice Arena offers a variety of ice skating programs for locals and tourists. Ice skating is growing in popularity, forcing directors to find ways to meet the demand for ice.

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Howelsen Hill features rich history

It's home to a ski area, a hockey arena and the things most residents of Steamboat Springs hold close to their hearts. "It's a community facility," Howelsen Ski Area Manager Jeff Nelson said. "It's not a corporate operation, but it's an extension of the Steamboat community and what's important to the people who live here."

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Kremmling: a winter paradise

It's unlikely that Rudolph Kremmling foresaw the tourism potential of the area when he opened a trading post on the north side of Muddy Creek in 1884. But more than 100 years later, the town named after its first settler is a winter paradise for those who love the outdoors.

Playoff fight

Hayden, Meeker battle for last league playoff spot

One win.

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Inspiration from Emerald

Poster to help Arts Council celebrate 35th anniversary

One of Steamboat Springs' most prominent landmarks will be the poster child for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's 35th anniversary.

Check tires for safe driving

Maintaining good contact between your tires and the road is critical for safe driving during inclement weather. Many people know that falling temperatures and wet or snowy weather conditions affect how your vehicle grips the road. Fewer people know that tire pressure and tire tread is critical for safe driving during bad weather.

Wall addresses traffic citations

Gary Wall pleaded guilty in 2004 to driving with expired license plates and paid a $100 fine for the traffic violation.

Briefs for Oct. 27

Pumpkin Float for children set for Sunday

Deb Babcock: Indoor bulbs add a nice flair

Many local garden centers are promoting bulbs to plant for color next spring. As you consider whether to pick up some bulbs for the garden, consider purchasing a handful to bring fragrance and color inside your home during the drab winter.

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South Routt: The gateway to the Flat Tops

When Denver resident Tim Bone came to fish at Stagecoach Reservoir this summer, he didn't anticipate catching Colorado's largest pike on record. Bone's prize - a 30-pound, 11-ounce pike - beat the state record by 5 ounces. Stagecoach officials expect plenty of ice fishers to attempt beating Bone's record this winter.

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Hockey takes center ice at Howelsen Ice Arena

This year, more than 220 children will take part in the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association. Another 200 people are expected to take part in adult leagues hosted by the city, which also runs popular learn to skate, initiation to hockey and mini-mites programs at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Take a tour of historic Moffat County

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is a must-see for visitors to the Yampa Valley. Home to one of the finest cowboy and gunfighter collections in the West, the museum has a one-of-a-kind Winchester and a pistol that survived the Seventh Cavalry's massacre at Little Big Horn. And its collection of saddles, chaps and spurs seems almost modern next to the displays of Indian arrowheads, knives and spears.

Winter Carnival a must-see event

In the earliest years of Steamboat's existence, winter could be a harsh time of year. There was no ski area, and the cold and snow that set in at the beginning of February could bring on depression. The annual Winter Carnival began as a way to beat those winter blues by celebrating winter, instead of despising it. Almost a century later, it remains one of the area's best-known traditions. http://www.exploresteamboat.com/news/events/winter_carnival/

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Ski with an Olympian

There, surrounded by a mixture of adults, teens and children, stands Billy Kidd, one of America's first Olympic medalists in skiing.

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Walden's winter wonderland

There are no traffic lights in the town of Walden, but it is the hub of outdoor activities in a wide-open winter wilderness.

Ameen named coach

Girls basketball to inherit seven years of experience

John Ameen is the new head coach of the Steamboat Springs High School girls varsity basketball team, Principal Mike Knezevich said Thursday.

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Hot Springs a top draw of Steamboat Springs

The Strawberry Park Hot Springs has been a popular attraction for centuries. First visited by Ute Indians, the hot springs has hosted visitors from around the world who come to recuperate after a hard day of skiing or just to relax in the peaceful and scenic atmosphere.

Allison Plean: Small world, big cats

I played with two 6-week-old lion cubs Monday.

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Light up the night

When the snow covers the ground in Northwest Colorado, it's the perfect time to grab a cup of hot cocoa and head out to enjoy it. There are few activities better for getting you into a festive winter mood than viewing the many light displays set up by Craig residents.

The sounds of music are alive and well in Craig

When the kids are getting restless and need a little fun, bring them to Craig, where the local concert association creates evenings of magic for music lovers young and old.

Safe and warm in a backcountry hut

A backcountry hut trip has become one of the most sought experiences in the Rocky Mountains for self-reliant outdoors enthusiasts who value solitude and are ready for a mild challenge. But you'll have to be on top of your calendar to book a trip at the hut of your choice.

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Homes away from home

Northwest Colorado boasts several bed and breakfast options

If it's a home away from home out-of-town visitors seek, then the folks at Taylor Street Bed and Breakfast have just the accommodations to suit their needs.

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Top of the world

Cedar Mountain offers ideal hiking, bird-watching trail, great views

Cedar Mountain - six miles northwest of Craig - offers outdoor enthusiasts great trails and the chance to see all kinds of wildlife.

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A day away

Ice fishing provides relaxing atmosphere

In Colorado, ice fishing gurus find mid-winter solace in the state's abundant streams, rivers and reservoirs full of fish. But don't make the mistake of thinking that ice fishing is synonymous with cold, windy days alone on the water.

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Everything you need

Shops, restaurants make Craig a hit with shoppers

With about 120 businesses packed into a three- or four-block radius, downtown Craig has a variety of shopping opportunities for local and out-of-town shoppers.

League title on the line

Sailors, Bears to face off for top spot

With a playoff position already locked up, Steamboat Springs head football coach Aaron Finch said his team would like to check off another one of its goals - winning a league championship.

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Snowmobiles are a great way to see the backcountry

Skis come in many forms, but some of the most popular ones in Northwest Colorado come attached to the bottom of a motorized vehicle.

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Swim through winter cold

Although winter may be perceived as a time of inactivity because of ice and cold, swimming in the Yampa Valley is by no means over for the year.

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Take a spa day

Health and Rec Center offers massage, swimming, water slide

The Old Town Hot Springs at Steamboat Health and Recreation Center offers alternative workouts to skiing and numerous ways to relax.

Snowmobiling splendor

Northwest Colorado offers some of the best trails in Colorado

Northwest Colorado provides some of the best snowmobiling terrain in Colorado - and that's not exclusive to the Steamboat Springs area.

Like fine elderberry wine

'Arsenic and Old Lace' comes to Steamboat Mountain Theater

Every family has at least one eccentric uncle. But not every eccentric uncle is delusional to the point of believing he's the original Rough Rider - Theodore Roosevelt in the flesh.

Set 'em up, knock 'em down

You tap your fingers on the desk in your hotel - "What to do, what to do?" When you're not out enjoying the slopes, you can be indoors enjoying the lanes.

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Oh, what fun it is...

Sleigh rides a popular winter activity

Steamboat Springs prides itself on preserving its rich ranching heritage, and sleigh rides are a big part of that. Sleigh rides used to be as functional as they were enchanting. Horse-driven sleighs were the historical mode of winter travel in the Yampa Valley, allowing ranchers to throw pitchforks of hay to waiting cattle, even in the deepest snow. But times have changed, and some area ranches now look toward tourism to supplement their agricultural endeavors.

Thursday, October 26

Storm dumps nine inches at summit

Since Sept. 16, 47 inches have fallen at the top of Mount Werner

A few lucky ones took advantage of Thursday's mid-winter conditions on Mount Werener. "I've definitely seen tracks on the mountain, seen the bright orange sleds come out and people walking with their skis," said Heidi Thomsen, public relations manager for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. "When you start seeing people actually carrying their skis, you know what's on their mind."

Ameen to coach girls basketball team

Steamboat Springs principal Mike Knezevich announced Thursday that John Ameen will take over as varsity girls basketball coach. Ameen, who served as an assistant coach under varsity boys basketball coach Kelly Meek for one year, comes into the position with seven years of coaching experience. This will be his first job as a head coach.

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Video: Morning News Update

There was no bomb at Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday, the day a note had named in a threat against the school; Delta has added a Saturday flight from New York City's LaGuardia Airport into Yampa Valley Regional Airport; Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond was named Business Person of the Year by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association; the 23rd-seed Sailors soccer team ended its playoff run with a 5-0 loss to 10th-seed Longmont; and the Steamboat volleyball team will be the No. 3 seed heading into Saturday's District 7 playoff tournament at Battle Mountain High School. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Residents petition for addition

Rob and Julie Meeker want to add onto their home, but they can't do so without town approval because they have a "non-conforming lot," according to local municipal codes.

Playoffs looking bright

Outlook sunny for Hayden, Steamboat football teams

The playoff races in Class 1A and 3A football are proving to be both confusing and intriguing.

Sailors jump into playoff pot

Steamboat battles Delta, Rock Canyon in district tourney

Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall is looking forward to Saturday's District 7 playoff tournament at Battle Mountain High School.

Sailors shut down

Steamboat excited about return to playoffs

The Sailors broke a two-year vacation from the Class 4A state soccer playoffs with a trip to Longmont's Everly-Montgomery Field, but the trip back ended there on Wednesday as the 23rd seed fell to the 10th seed, 5-0.

Scott Stanford: What's happening? You tell me

One of the most important services we provide is the "Happenings," our daily listing of events in and around Steamboat Springs.

Back from the drawing board

City planners to hear revised Steamboat Barn Village proposal

City planners are scheduled tonight to review a smaller version of a proposed subdivision around the historical More Barn.

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Ski Corp. president honored

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond was named Business Person of the Year by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association on Wednesday.

Soroco headed to District 5 tournament

What a difference a week makes for the Soroco Rams girls volleyball team.

Legislators honored for tourism work

Recognition continues to roll in for state Sen. Jack Taylor and state Rep. Al White, who secured $19 million annually for state tourism funding with legislation approved this year.

Delta adds nonstop service

Boeing 757 will bring skiers from New York City this winter

Another large plane will provide nonstop service from the Big Apple this ski season.

Briefs for Oct. 26

Teenager cited in minor traffic accident

The Record for Oct. 24

12:34 a.m. A man reported people yelling and talking loudly near Fourth and Oak streets. Officers gave the people a warning.

High school 'as safe as ever'

Bomb threat deadline passes; precautions in place for week

Attendance at Steamboat Springs High School was down "a little" Wednesday, the day that a bomb was threatened at the school.

Wednesday, October 25

Steamboat adds flights to La Guardia for ski season

There will be direct jet flights between New York's La Guardia Airport and Steamboat Springs this winter. Andy Wirth, vice president of marketing for American Skiing Co., announced the flights Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Chamber resort Association luncheon.

Chris Diamond, Off the Beaten Path honored

Chris Diamond won the Navigator Award as the Business Person of the Year Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's annual luncheon. Diamond is president of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. He was recognized for his civic involvement, charitable contributions and his leadership on improvements at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and at the base of the ski area.

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No problems at high school

School is safe, principal says, despit ebomb threat

Attendance at Steamboat Springs High School was down "a little" Wednesday, but the building, which received a bomb threat warning of a Wednesday detonation, is safe and secure, principal Mike Knezevich said. Knezevich said all students with a parent who works at the high school came to classes Wednesday, which Knezevich said spoke to the safety of the building.

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Video: Morning News Update

Hayden resident Sam Haslem has been honored with the Leckenby Pioneer Award; Hayden is continuing its search for a new police chief; pay for substitute teachers has increased in the Steamboat Springs School District; and the Sailors soccer team faces Longmont in the class 4A state tournament at 6 p.m. today. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Oct. 23

2:23 a.m. A drunken 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man got lost driving in the 39000 block of Routt County Road 33, and pulled onto private property. When officers arrived, they arrested the man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Our View: Board members should talk openly, frankly

The Steamboat Springs School Board's inability to appoint a new member during Monday's meeting was disappointing for both the lack of leadership and the unwillingness of board members to openly and honestly discuss the public's business in public.

Issues won't go away

The education of our children is the responsibility of everyone in the Steamboat Springs community. Adequately paid personnel and safe, well-designed buildings are basics for optimum education.

Briefs for Oct. 25

Highway closed after unhitched trailer struck

Quest for the cup

Keyek, Mayberry earn recognition

At the start of the local golf season, 64 men and 16 women began a quest to add their names to the Steiner Cup. After a summer of golf, Andy Keyek and Anne Mayberry rose to the top of the field and earned the right to have their names engraved on the Cup, which was named in honor of Vic Steiner, a longtime Steamboat resident who was a ranger at Haymaker Golf Course until losing a battle with cancer in October 2000.</p

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Routt residents awarded

Haslem, Light receive Leckenby, Larson honors

The first thing Sam Haslem did when he moved to Routt County more than 30 years ago was subscribe to the Steamboat Pilot. There, he met the newspaper's former owner and publisher, Charles "Chuck" Leckenby.

Substitute teacher pay on the rise

Steamboat School Board votes to increase daily wage for certified educators by $25

Pay for substitute teachers has increased in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Goldberg on right track

Jonah Goldberg's column on Oct. 20 ("Iraq was a Worthy Mistake") was well reasoned and logical. It was a bit of a surprise given that in the past Goldberg has been a staunch supporter of the war in Iraq, to the point of blindly following White House dogma without question. Alas, despite his reasoned tone he still missed a few facts that are worth emphasizing.

Mike Lawrence: Too close to call

Commissioner race down to the wire

The powers that be at this newspaper started this column to provide sharp, educated insight about Routt County politics.

Trucks to continue coal deliveries

Improvements not yet complete on Routt County Road 27

Trucks can continue to deliver coal to the Hayden Station power plant even though all the road improvements have not been completed on Routt County Road 27. On Tuesday, Routt County commissioners voted to extend Xcel's temporary special use permit for another year until November 2007.

Yampa 'Pioneers' honored

A lively crowd packed the Depot Art Center on Saturday night for a celebration honoring contributors to community and environmental sustainability in the Yampa Valley.

Lots of locks of love

Local woman donates hair for third time to nonprofit

Jodi Bringuel sat down with a smile and hair that nearly touched her waist.

Hayden seeking top cop

Four applications completed so far for new police chief

Hayden is continuing its search for a new police chief. The town has been without a chief since Jody Lenahan retired on Oct. 6. The application deadline is 1 p.m. Friday.

First round test

Steamboat faces No. 10 Longmont in state soccer

Sunday morning, the Colorado High School Activities Association's seeding committee awarded the Sailors the No. 23 seed in their 32-team 4A state tournament bracket. The first round game pits Steamboat (9-5-1 overall) against No. 10-seeded Longmont (11-3-1). Kickoff is at 6 p.m. today.

Wiggins' wise choice

We are writing this letter out of concern over the race for the Sheriff's Office of Routt County. Those of us who live in the small towns that do not have a police force need to have a strong, well-trained group of men who work well together and are dedicated to enforcing the law.

Tuesday, October 24

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No arrests have been made in connection with a bomb threat Friday at Steamboat Springs High School; the Steamboat Springs School Board called a special session for Friday to appoint a District 5 board member because it could not reach a consensus at Monday's meeting; recent campaign finance reports shed light on a claim made Monday by Republican Congressional candidate Scott Tipton; and there are just a few weeks left for golfers to hit the greens. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Golfers take final swings of season

Last week's wet, snowy weather kept golfers off area courses, but Steamboat Golf Club manager Wayne Garrison reminds players there are still a few weeks left in the season.

Off to a swift start

Snowboarders successful early

After two World Cup starts this month, it appears the members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's alpine snowboarding program are off to another strong start.

Xcel suggests existing line

Company ponders options to supply Hayden plant with coal

An existing rail line has emerged as potentially the best option to supply coal to the Hayden Station power plant.

Photographer shooting for charity

Portion of portrait session fees goes to Operation Smile

Photographer Shauna Lamansky had no idea there were medical professionals in Steamboat Springs who participated in Operation Smile.

Paying the way to Washington

Finance reports shed light on funding of Congressional race

Recent campaign finance reports shed light on a claim made Monday by Republican Congressional candidate Scott Tipton.

Planning ahead

City Council to prioritize projects, hopes to reduce workload

Faced with a pile of future projects, the Steamboat Springs City Council might lighten its workload by giving greater authority to city planners.

Briefs for Oct. 24

South Routt man arrested on violence charges

A South Routt County man was arrested on multiple charges related to domestic violence during the weekend.

The Record for Oct. 22

12:09 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of domestic violence in Yampa. A 20-year-old Yampa man was arrested for criminal attempt, first-degree assault, felony menacing and third-degree assault.

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No arrests in bomb threat

Rae: High school students should expect to be searched

No arrests have been made in connection with a bomb threat Friday at Steamboat Springs High School. The Steamboat Springs Police Department is following leads, and officers and high school administrators are confident the building is safe, but extra security measures will remain in place until further notice, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Top business, leader to be honored

Lieutenant Gov. Jane Norton will be in Steamboat Springs Wednesday to pick up an award on behalf of the governor's office and to speak to a gathering of business leaders.

You're hired with a $17K raise

New county commissioner will earn more than colleagues

When the new Routt County Commissioner starts work in January, that person might want to take fellow commissioners Nancy Stahoviak and Doug Monger out to a nice lunch.

Tom Ross: The skiing's hot on Bruce's Trail

Perhaps it was a mirage. The big temperature sign on the Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Steamboat Springs read "60 F" on Monday afternoon. But I would swear I spent Sunday morning skiing in excellent conditions 15 miles away on Rabbit Ears Pass.

No decision on vacancy

Steamboat School Board calls special meeting Friday to fill open seat

The Steamboat Springs School Board called a special session for Friday to appoint a District 5 board member because it could not reach a consensus at Monday's meeting.

Monday, October 23

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Illegal immigration and border security are the primary topics for a public meeting today hosted by Republican Congressional candidate Scott Tipton; early voting began today; the Steamboat Springs School Board will choose between two applicants to fill a vacancy on the board tonight; the Steamboat Springs Sailors wrapped up a playoff berth with their 31-6 win over the Glenwood Springs Demons on Friday night; and the Sailors volleyball team will be the No. 4 seed at the district volleyball tournament. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Luke Graham: I'm a believer

It amazes me the lack of respect Western Slope football gets from the big papers on the Front Range.

Tipton to talk immigration

Illegal immigration and border security are the primary topics for a public meeting today hosted by Republican Congressional candidate Scott Tipton. Tipton, a small business owner from Cortez, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Colorado's Third Congressional District, which includes Routt and Moffat counties. He is opposed by Libertarian Bert Sargent and Democratic incumbent John Salazar, a San Luis Valley farmer and rancher who was first elected to Congress in 2004.

School Board seat to be filled tonight

The Steamboat Springs School Board will likely return to full strength tonight.

Briefs for Oct. 23

Youth orchestra event registration under way

The Record for Oct. 21

1:55 a.m. A woman reported theft at a business in Central Park Plaza. Police said two people were involved in stealing two pumpkins from City Market Food &amp; Pharmacy. Police found the people and gave one of the individuals, who claimed responsibility, a court summons for theft.

Monday Medical: Lab work helps solve medical mysteries

Milk that is safe to drink. Development of a rabies vaccine. A Northwest Colorado woman afflicted with a rare, life-threatening disease.

Salazar stresses food security

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar sees a disturbing possibility related to the United States' dependence on the Middle East for oil.

Sunday, October 22

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Towny Anderson: Our affordable housing quandary

Our fledgling inclusionary zoning ordinance, as it will be applied to our ski base area, has brought disagreements within our community into sharper focus. Ironically, I see this as a remarkable opportunity to find common ground and bring our community together to define our future.

Sailors headed to state

Boys cross country team takes fourth at regional

Steamboat learned from its cross country performances Oct. 14 at the Battle Mountain Invitational.

Hayden volleyball pulls out a squeaker

While it wasn't the prettiest of wins, Hayden volleyball coach Stephanie Davis said her team learned a valuable lesson Saturday as it gets ready for the district tournament.

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Shop hits its mark

Hunters flock to new gun store

After flipping through the yellow pages during a visit to Steamboat Springs, Don Holcomb decided it would be a good idea to open a gun shop. "There wasn't one here," Holcomb said. "I couldn't believe it."

The Record and Jail Report

Jason Scott Cranwell, 23, Oak Creek - Driving while ability impaired, careless driving (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Steamboat loses to Eagle Valley in three

Sailors volleyball locks fourth in league

After losing to Battle Mountain on Thursday, many of the girls on the Steamboat volleyball team were confident they could at least wrap up third place in the Western Slope League with an easy win at Eagle Valley.

John Russell: Wrestling a tradition in 'Boat

All you need to do is enter the high school weight room on the first day of winter practice and you can sense the battle that is being waged in Steamboat Springs.

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A new direction

Longtime editor, staff leave magazine for new ventures

Paddler Magazine publisher and editor-in-chief Eugene Buchanan has left to start his own publication. "I enjoyed my time with Paddler very much," said Buchanan, who moved the magazine to Steamboat in 1992. "I want to pursue my own goals and dreams."

Business briefs

Aileen Denise Hockin, daughter of Ed and Kathy Hockin of Hayden, has recently been promoted to captain at Frontier Airlines.

Sound Off

Council pay raise

Talented Grand Valley overcomes Soroco, 31-8

Early turnovers prevented the Soroco Rams from keeping the ball and controlling the clock like they wanted to Friday against the Grand Valley Cardinals.

Rick Dowden: 'No' to pay raise

Your election coverage reminded me that the City Council is indeed seeking a pay increase. As I view it (and from my discussions, I know that I am far from alone), the City Council is now "terribly overworked" because it has no discernable leadership, is essentially dysfunctional and has members who want to spend most of their time making speeches rather than getting things done. In addition, from what I can see, they do not use any of the well-established methods of streamlining work and making it more efficient, such as effective delegation to committees, limits on debate or better use of staff, to name just a few.

Dave Shively: Downhill battle

The long week of rain and snow put a premature end to another fair-weather outdoor exercise option. Lugging the mountain bike inside for late fall, I started thinking about Steamboat's unique mountain bike community.

Bruchez making strides

Ex-Hayden star juggles books, football at Colorado School of Mines

Like most college athletes, Keenan Bruchez would rather face a fourth-and-15 with the game on the line than any test in the classroom.

Colorado Children's Campaign: Vote for children

On Nov. 7, Coloradans across the state will have the opportunity to make important decisions that will impact the lives of kids. At the Colorado Children's Campaign, we don't think about Election Day in terms of politics, we think about how our votes will impact the more than one million children who live in our state.

Tom Ptach: 'Yes' for schools

Excellent schools are good for local business. We all know that is true, and we know that Steamboat's schools are among the best in the state. An affirmative vote for referendums 3C and 3D will keep them that way.

Lisa Becker: Love the chili

Recently my sister and I had the great pleasure of spending a weekend in Steamboat Springs. What a beautiful little town and area. We thoroughly enjoyed our long girls weekend, but we especially loved the Chili Cook-off we attended. Being from Maine, we don't get much really good chili. Chowder yes, chili no.

Powder show

Steamboat highlighted in Warren Miller Entertainment's 'Off the Grid'

Warren Miller Entertainment spends a pretty penny traversing the globe to bring home footage that has October crowds drooling to break out their skis and boards.

Cook shares vision for downtown

Jim Cook flashed a broad hint Tuesday that he isn't done proposing redevelopment projects in Steamboat Springs. Cook, a principal in Colorado Group Realty, was the speaker at a brown bag luncheon at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. He plays varying roles in three development groups that are launching major redevelopment projects in the city's Old Town. Taken as a group, they represent more than 400,000 square feet of mixed-use buildings including residential condominiums and commercial space.

A lesson in climate control

South Routt fifth-graders spend day learning science of weather

Nothing gets past elementary students.

Ref. 2A would raise City Council's pay

Members: More work, more compensation

Citing an increase in meetings, events and travel, the Steamboat Springs City Council is asking voters for its second pay increase in five years.

Personnel files shed light

Records more extensive for Wiggins than Wall in sheriff race

Republican Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins' personnel files generally describe him as a well-respected law enforcement officer who, at times, can be stubborn and easily frustrated.

Condominium market heats up

Inventory equates to 3-month supply

The market for resort condominiums in Steamboat Springs is threatening to out-sell the supply. Doug Labor of Buyer's Resource Real Estate of Steamboat said 112 condominium sales closed in the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30. A quick glance at the Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service reveals there are 111 condominiums on the market as of Oct. 19.

Anything but by the book

Oak Creek's controversial ex-mayor looks to the future

In 2002, after being named the Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today's "Newsmaker of the year," Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said she had no intention of running for mayor of Oak Creek upon finishing her first term.

Our View: Vote 'yes' on 3C

Make no mistake - Routt County Referendum 3C is an initiative brought about as much by political convenience as by thoughtful analysis.

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Soldiering on

Steamboat woman proud of her brother

Robert Secher was quiet. He stood tall and sat up straight. When asked about girlfriends, Secher would blush, but he would never kiss and tell.

Local ties

Routt County commissioner candidates have years of service

Routt County commissioner candidates Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat, and Paul Strong, a Republican, remember their first days in Steamboat Springs well.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 10 to 17

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES -- $27,600,400; TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES -- $79,600

Saturday, October 21

The Record for 10-19

The Record for Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.

Briefs for 10-21

Area briefs for October 21, 2006.

Getting teens to read

Area libraries, schools holding drawings for Teen Read Week

The prevalence of video games, TV and the Internet makes it tough to get and maintain the attention of teenagers, but area librarians aren't giving up.

Tom Ross: Would Carl Howelsen recognize the place?

Developer is busy reshaping downtown for a new century

Say whatever you want to about Steamboat developer Jim Cook, but the guy had a brilliant idea when he commissioned a statue of Carl Howelsen.

Hayden loses to Rangely

Tigers fall to district's top team in five

Without a single district loss on their home court all season, Hayden headed into its Friday night match against Rangely with a confident stride. The Tigers hoped to get a win against the District 5-leading Panthers (17-2 overall, 8-0 in district).

Local child care centers earn four stars

Three Steamboat area preschools have earned top rating in state evaluations.

Hunter's heart failed

Michael Wayne Fanaris remembered as hardworking, loving

Michael Wayne Fanaris was a loving man who cared deeply about his children, lived to succeed and was passionate about hunting.

Bomb threat at high school

Threat found in bathroom was for late next week

Police are investigating a bomb threat found Friday in a bathroom at Steamboat Springs High School.

Wall need only pass two tests

Sheriff's candidate can get peace officer certification

Gary Wall can get certified as a peace officer by passing a written exam and a skills test, the man who oversees the certification said Friday.

Sally Claasen: Why I support Bill Ritter

When Bill Ritter announced his candidacy, I agreed to volunteer for the campaign. When I was asked to tell you why I'm voting for Ritter, I jumped at the chance. I know Bill, I went to law school with him. What you see is what you get with Bill Ritter. He is honest, sincere and a man of consistent convictions.

Sailors dominate

Steamboat Springs delivers 31-6 drubbing to Glenwood Springs

The Steamboat Springs football team just had a different vibe about them.

Redistricting talk continues

South Routt School Board may take issue to voters as soon as May

The growing population of Stagecoach and the forced resignation of a board member prompted the South Routt School Board to begin discussing the possibility of redistricting months ago.

Hayden crushes Rangely

Sloppy conditions favor Tigers' running game in 40-12 rout

Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner worked on his team's pass defense all week, preparing for Rangely quarterback Kalen Brady. Considering the three-year starter as one of the league's top passing threats, Baumgartner's game plan crafted to handle Brady was thrown for a loop on Friday morning.

Friday, October 20

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Police investigate school bomb threat

Note found in bathroom at high school; threat is for next week

An investigation into a reported bomb threat at the Steamboat Springs High School is ongoing, Superintendent Donna Howell said. At approximately 7 a.m. Friday, high school principal Mike Knezevich found in one of the bathrooms a statement involving a bomb threat. The bomb threat was for the end of next week.

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Oak Creek has agreed to release tapes of a closed meeting; the Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to change the inclusionary zoning ordinance; three people are running for Routt County assessor; the Steamboat volleyball team fell in three games to Battle Mountain; and Steamboat golfer Paul Berry was named to the honorable mention All-Colorado golf team. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Sailor gets honor

Berry on honorable mention golf team

Steamboat Springs High School golfer Paul Berry was named to the honorable mention All-Colorado golf team by the Rocky Mountain News.

Sailors fall in three

League-leading Huskies grab win on Senior Night

Many of the girls on Steamboat Springs' volleyball team started their match Thursday night against Battle Mountain while choking back tears. The start of the game - the Sailors' last home appearance of the season - was marked by a brief ceremony recognizing the team's seniors, their parents and coach Wendy Hall's 20 years coaching for Steamboat.

Sailors face huge hurdle

Demons pose threat

Steamboat, playing the last of a three-game stretch against spread offenses, takes on a team head coach Aaron Finch calls "very dangerous" - Glenwood Springs.

Push for the playoffs

Hayden, Rangely meet up tonight

The Tigers' push for the playoffs starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight when they take on the Rangely Panthers in Hayden.

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Co-housing: Not just neighborhoods

In building the River Place and Butcherknife co-housing communities, Rob Dick said his intent was to create communities, not just neighborhoods. In neighborhoods, people can pull their cars into garages and walk inside their homes without acknowledging their neighbors. Often, neighbors don't know one another and don't have to interact. In a community, interaction is not only welcome, it's necessary.

Staying toasty could be less pricey

Atmos seeks reduction in natural gas costs this winter

Operators of car washes and coin-operated laundries in Northwest Colorado likely rejoiced this week at news that Atmos Energy has filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to decrease the price of commercial and residential natural gas by 33 percent effective Nov. 1.

On Scene

From the second I walked into the Sheraton Steamboat Resort on Saturday morning, I could feel the excitement looming around the 14th annual Literary Sojourn. I was surrounded by over-excited attendees who immediately informed me that this was the greatest event in the world.

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Season to be At Home

It's that time of year. Snow is imminent and so are skiing and the holidays. It's definitely the season to be At Home in Steamboat Springs. This is our second edition of the magazine and we've worked hard to get you ready for winter in the Rockies. Whether it's getting fit to hit the slopes, some ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas, getting in touch with the arts, profiles of locals or options for your kitchen, this issue is packed with things that make the Steamboat lifestyle special.

The monster in the closet

Yamn moves in frighteningly new directions

With the jam band trend fading, Yamn is doing its best to shed the image formed by the likes of jam-band heavyweight Phish. "The scene is just getting too bitter with Phish and the big bands," said Ryan Ebarb, Yamn's keyboardist. "They blew up, and the whole scene was modeled after them, and everyone automatically associates you with those jam bands."

Briefs for Oct. 20

Workforce Center hosting informational workshops

Three vie for county assessor position

After 18 years in the Routt County Assessor's Office, Amy Williams is stepping down. And there are three people eager to fill her position.

Deb Babcock: When to prune shrubs

Ordinarily, a shrub shouldn't need pruning if you've selected the right size plant for a particular site. Sometimes it's necessary to prune for the health of the plant, to control its size, to promote new growth with better flowers or to correct damage caused by weather, disease, animals, etc.

Home work

One Steamboat Place a test for affordable housing

The Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to change the inclusionary zoning ordinance. The council's denial Tuesday night of the revised housing plan for One Steamboat Place, a base area, mixed-use development project, not only set a high standard for the inclusion of affordable housing in future residential developments in Steamboat, but also shined a light on flaws in the inclusionary zoning ordinance that regulates affordable housing. A primary flaw, council members said, is the city's fee in lieu calculation, which requires developers to pay the city $24,102 for every required affordable housing unit that is not included in a development.

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Staying fit with Chris Voyvodic

The countdown to the ski season is on. Skiers and riders can't hit the slopes without the snow, a pass or the proper gear, but personal trainer Chris Voyvodic reminds powderhounds not to neglect their bodies, either.

Passport fair aims to help with process

Starting Jan. 8, 2007, new national guidelines will dictate that all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals present passports when traveling to or from neighboring countries such as Canada, Mexico and Caribbean nations. To help area residents with the transition, the Steamboat Springs Post Office is offering a Passport Fair on Saturday.

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All in the family

Whitney Ward, the man behind dramatic change at the ski area base, developed his business ethic by watching his father and grandfather run the family timber business in Vermont.

Allison Plean: Eye candy

I remember when I started dance classes. I wasn't a 5-year-old ballerina who looked cute in her tutu. Rather, I was an awkward high school freshman. It made me less clumsy and improved my posture. It also taught me another language. I learned that my body has a memory. I got to feel muscles work that I didn't know existed.

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Relax at one of the area's many spas

When your cup of coffee spills all over your white blouse right before a meeting, your cell phone won't stop ringing, you have 90 e-mails in your inbox and you forgot to make your son's lunch before dropping him off at school, it's time to go to a spa.

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A faster way to ride

Sunshine lift improvements cut ride time in half

Length? One mile. Elevation gain? About 1,300 feet. Speed? Tops out at 1,000 feet per minute, or about 5 meters per second. Time spent riding to Sunshine Peak on the new, high-speed Sunshine express lift, opening this winter at Steamboat Ski Area? Five-and-a-half minutes.

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The truth about cats and dogs

Outlook good for animal shelter temporary residents

The Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter is the best home some dogs have ever had. "Here, they open up, become social and become a loving pet for a family," said Megan Wegroch, animal control officer for the city of Steamboat Springs. Almost all the animals that come through the shelter find homes. In 2005, 195 dogs and 171 cats were adopted. Besides strays, many of the animals come to the shelter after being surrendered by their owners.

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Need for speed

Behind the scenes at Hayden Speedway

Tucked into the commotion of drivers, mechanics and horsepower and at the base of two trailers stand four men in worn-out jeans, race-inspired T-shirts and with grease on their faces. For the men, it's a quasi-family reunion.

State water funding allocated

Each of 8 basins expected to receive $1 million by July 2007

Each of Colorado's eight river basins and the Denver metro area will receive $1 million by July 2007 for water-related studies and projects.

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Say cheese

Four women capture 'Snapshots from Life'

A piece of art is a snapshot in time and a permanent record of an artist's evolution with their craft. Nikki Kerrigan, Mary Yamamoto, Linda Litteral and Patricia Branstead chose the theme "Snapshots From Life" for their group show that opens today because of its universal appeal.

A box of flair

Speakeasy visualizes its personality in many ways

Members of the self-described "funky rock 'n' roll band" Speakeasy say they take their audiences on a rollercoaster ride. "We are a very dynamic band and very danceable and very melodic. We go through it all at once and spin you around," said Shawn Eckels, Speakeasy's guitarist and vocalist. "And we'll do some really silly covers here and there, like (the theme song to) Super Mario Brothers, Black Sabbath, Eddie Money, Guns N' Roses and Nine Inch Nails."

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Center Court

Play the clay or serve inside at newly renovated Tennis Center

The bubble had all but burst for public tennis in Steamboat two years ago. The original facility at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs - an antiquated, air-inflated fabric dome built in 1991 - was literally coming apart at the seams, worn by years of high-altitude sun exposure. On the inside, heating the non-insulated bubble created a muggy greenhouse because of the four clay courts' underground watering system.

Oak Creek to release tapes

The Oak Creek Town Board agreed Thursday night to release tapes from a Sept. 25 meeting held in secret session.

At the movies

Reviews of "Flags of Our Fathers," "The Prestige," "The Departed," "The Guardian," "Man of the Year," "Open Season," "Employee of the Month" and "Flicka."

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At Home for the holidays

Your guide to all things entertaining guests and enjoying yourself this holiday season.

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The locomotive of arts and culture

The Depot is the portal of diversity in the Yampa Valley

Coal trains pass by the Depot Art Center five or six times a day. Phone conversations have to be put on hold, and the building shakes. When the trains go by, the one thing you need to watch for is the re-shifting of the artwork in the galleries, said Nancy Kramer, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

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Icons of Routt County

Routt County is a place where lifetimes of experience are not hard to find. At Home's Mike Lawrence gets to know some of the people who have helped make our community what it is, including John Fetcher.

The Record for Oct. 18

3:01 a.m. Someone broke a door window in the 500 block of Eaglepointe Court. A report was taken.

Verizon upgrades service

In anticipation of another busy ski season, Verizon Wireless officials say they have enhanced service in Steamboat Springs. The announcement of the upgrade in Steamboat comes shortly after some local Verizon Wireless customers may have experienced problems with their service over the weekend. Two of Verizon Wireless' Steamboat antenna sites went offline over the weekend but had been restored by Monday, officials said.

'Be prepared'

Found hunter credits survival to candles, blanket

William Porter thinks a $5 space blanket and two large candles saved him. The items helped keep the 54-year-old hunter alive this week when he got lost in California Park during a snowstorm. He spent two nights outside in below-freezing temperatures.

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Under the wire

Bust of Steamboat finds many ways to support breast cancer patients

Marilyn Ramunno supported her daughter through a mastectomy in a way most mothers could not. "It was good for her to have me around," Ramunno said. "It was good because I had just gone through it and could tell her how things went."

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Gear: What we're saving for this winter

If you're already a fan of Mountain Hardwear's indispensable wind-stopping fleece vests, check out the new GTX 2.5 jacket ($299), built for bad-to-the bone backcountry and Alpine pursuits.

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Cooking with Chef Paul 'Rocky' LeBrun

Paul "Rocky" LeBrun has a theory about nicknames. "Everybody gets a nickname, and you only get one," LeBrun said. "You just do something really dumb - that's how you get it." LeBrun got his nickname in 1981, the winter he moved to Steamboat Springs. His skiing style - he liked to drop from rock to rock - reminded some of the squirrel in the cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle." He said he also wore a hooded sweatshirt a lot, a la Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky movies.

CD reviews

Reviews of Pepper, "No Shame"; Jet, "Shine On"; and Trey Anastasio, "Bar 17."

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Music: 10 CDs to liven up your collection

"Am I really that out of touch?" you ask yourself. Yeah, you are. Fortunately, it's not difficult to fix. Catching up with pop music is relatively inexpensive and doesn't take much time.

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Kitchens with style

Tom Ross takes a look at how some Steamboat residents are using their kitchens to make a statement.

Thursday, October 19

Water regions to get $1 million each

Funding approved during state water meetintg in Steamboat Springs

Colorado's eight river basins and the Denver metro area will get $1 million each next year for water-related projects. At a meeting of the state's Interbasin Compact Committee Wednesday in Steamboat Springs, water officials approved a plan to allocate $40 million in severance tax funds to river basins statewide.

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Video: Morning News Update

A hunter who had been missing for three days was found Wednesday night; U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar is the featured speaker at a regional forum Friday; School Board member John DeVincentis is questioning the role of instructional support specialists; the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs' annual "Tango and Cash" event is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; the Hayden volleyball team lost to Meeker on Tuesday; and the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team is still without a coach. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Overlooked

Sailors special teams makes its mark with little fanfare

It sounds different when Ben DeLine kicks the ball.

Steamboat girls still need coach

Basketball practices scheduled to start Nov. 11

With less than a month before the first practices of the season, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team is still without a coach.

New pioneers to be honored

The "new pioneers" contributing to the sustainability of the Yampa Valley will be recognized during a celebration Saturday night. The people, families and organizations being honored have taken on some of the challenges facing the valley and are making sure the local culture and community are nurtured and protected, said Brett KenCairn, a Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley board member. The Community Alliance is sponsoring the event.

Scott Stanford: A race to remember

Election night 2000 was one of those events that makes you appreciate being in journalism. I went to work thinking the presidential election would be over by 9 p.m., and George W. Bush would win. I had learned that no matter how much I wanted to be surprised on election night, I usually wasn't.

Ski for less

Sports swap a chance to find deals, support club

It doesn't matter whether you are looking for new sporting equipment or looking to unload used stuff - the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Ski and Sports Swap is the place to be this weekend.

Hayden loses to Meeker

Tiger volleyball falls short in bid for Western Slope League lead

The Hayden High School volleyball team had its chance Tuesday to knock off the district's top team and move into shared occupancy of the coveted No. 1 spot. But in the Meeker Cowboys' final home game of the regular season, they proved Tigers' coach Stephanie Davis' point: District 5 "is as tough as they come."

Ranch talk

Senator to speak at regional agricultural forum

Northwest Colorado residents will get a second chance this week to get together and talk about the changing face of local agriculture and ranching. U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar is the featured speaker at Friday's regional forum titled "Keeping the Ag in Agriculture." Salazar is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall in downtown Steamboat Springs.

School position draws criticism

As an Instructional Support Specialist with the district, Gilbertson's job is to provide support to fellow teachers as it relates to curriculum design and lesson planning. She also works to enhance and improve the use of technology in the classroom.

Rotarians ready to 'Tango and Cash'

Annual fundraiser helps community nonprofit organizations

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs' annual "Tango and Cash" event is equal parts fun and fundraiser. And Rotarian Mike Forney said the Rotary Club has something special planned this year.</p

Missing hunter found

Porter in 'good condition,' good spirits

A hunter who was missing for almost three days was found alive and in good condition Wednesday night. William Porter, 54, of Prospect was "in good condition and good spirits," Routt County Search and Rescue spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said.

Committee awards teens

Soroco High School students recieve $50 for their class

Two Soroco High School students each received $50 for their class from the Oak Creek Labor Day Committee on Wednesday.

Olympic wrestler to speak to club

American wrestler Rulon Gardner captured the world's attention in 2000 when he overcame the odds to defeat Russian Aleksandr Karelin for the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.

Briefs for Oct. 19

Soroco School Board to discuss redistricting

The Record for Oct. 17

4:11 a.m. A light blue Oldsmobile reportedly left a gas station in the 1800 block of Kamar Plaza without paying for gas.

A driving force

Diesel engine class offers career training, motivation

Hayden High School senior Tyler Manzanares has always been interested in engines, but his career plans are becoming a little clearer thanks to a new course at his school.

Wednesday, October 18

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Video: A first look at Thursday's headlines

The search for a missing hunter continues; the Tango and Cash fundraiser is this weekend; a School Board member has questioned the value of a specialist position; Scott Stanford will offer his views on the sheriff's race; and Luke Graham takes a look at the Sailors' special teams. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Search continues for missing hunter

Routt County Search and Rescue crews continued their search this morning for a missing hunter thought to be in the California Park area near the Moffat County border.

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Video: Morning News Update

During a candidates forum in Oak Creek on Tuesday, Republican Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins said he would continue to support a local drug task force if elected, while Democratic sheriff candidate Gary Wall said he doesn't know enough about the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, or GRAMNET, to commit to a stance; the Steamboat Springs City Council denied a revised housing plan for One Steamboat Place; It appears a downtown coffee shop will not be returning, at least not as Mocha Molly's; and the Sailors volleyball team beat Moffat County in four games. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Setback for One Steamboat

Council demands more affordable housing on-site

It's back to the drawing board, again, for One Steamboat Place. With a 4-1 vote, the Steamboat Springs City Council denied a revised housing plan for the resort-oriented project Tuesday night, citing a need for more affordable housing units in the 440,000-square-foot, residential and commercial development planned for a 4-acre site at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, adjacent to the ski area's gondola building and AprÃs Ski Way.

Mocha Molly's apparently not returning

It appears a downtown coffee shop will not be returning, at least not as Mocha Molly's. A "For Rent" sign is now posted beside the "closed until further notice" sign in the front window of the 1,300-square-foot space in Old Town Square, 635 Lincoln Ave.

Two applicants up for School Board seat

Board to appoint someone to fill vacant seat during meeting Monday

Laura Anderson and Jerry Kozatch have been volunteering in the Steamboat Springs School District for years. On Monday, the two will interview for the District 5 seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board, which was vacated when Tom Miller-Freutel resigned Aug. 28. The School Board is scheduled to appoint a new member following the interviews.

The Record for Oct. 16

12:35 a.m. A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested near Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of violating his bail bond conditions, possessing a Schedule 2 controlled substance and violating a restraining order.

Plastic power

K-68 jump valuable as local jumpers begin competition

With several major ski jumping competitions scheduled for early December, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic program director Todd Wilson says it's getting harder for athletes to ease into the season.

Briefs for Oct. 18

Search and Rescue crews looking for lost hunter

Our View: Vote 'no' on 44

We believe that America's 30-year war on drugs has been a costly and unproductive national failure. We believe there has to be a better way and that the progressive decriminalization of certain drugs may be a significant part of the solution.

Sailors settle score

With regional pride and district berths on the line, Steamboat beats Moffat

After Moffat County snapped Steamboat's 16-year winning streak in Craig on Sept. 26, Sailors coach Wendy Hall wrote down Tuesday's date in her team's locker room as a reminder for her girls to fix in their minds.

Cause of hunter's death still unclear

A hunter who died Monday morning in a remote area of California Park has been identified as 42-year-old Michael Wayne Fanaris of Champlin, Minn.

Planting the soccer seed

Sailors back in playoff bracket after two-year slump

After a two-year hiatus from postseason play, Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer coach Rob Bohlmann is pleased to see his team back in the playoff bracket.

Soroco falls to West Grand

In what could potentially be their final home game of the season, the Soroco Rams fell to West Grand Tuesday night in four games, 25-23, 26-28, 25-14, 25-20.

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Dealing with drugs

During forum, Wiggins stands behind task force; Wall not so sure

During a candidates forum in Oak Creek on Tuesday, Republican Routt County sheriff candidate Garrett Wiggins said he would continue to support a local drug task force if elected, while Democratic sheriff candidate Gary Wall said he doesn't know enough about the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, or GRAMNET, to commit to a stance.

Sheriff candidates walk the talk

Wall, Wiggins debate training requirements if elected

Officials with the city of Aspen said on Tuesday that personnel files for Gary Wall, Democratic candidate for Routt County Sheriff, most likely were purged decades ago and are not available.

Mike Lawrence: And the winner is...

Introducing the 2006 Forum Decorum Awards

It's time to hand out some prizes. After four debates in one week, and with just 20 days until we all give the political blanket a big shake and see what falls out, things have been getting a little tense. Hence these awards, the inaugural Forum Decorums. Hopefully they're a reminder that politics are nothing without a little humor.

Rick Akin: Why I support Bob Beauprez

This year's Colorado governor race presents a stark choice concerning the proper role of government in our lives.

Tuesday, October 17

A driving force

Diesel engine class offers career training, motivation

Hayden High School senior Tyler Manzanares always has been interested in engines, but his career plans are becoming a little clearer thanks to a new course at his school.

Authorities open criminal investigation into Colorado attack ad

Colorado authorities have opened a criminal investigation into whether an attack ad run by GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez against his opponent for governor illegally used confidential information from a federal law enforcement database.

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Video: A first look at Wednesday's headlines

The City Council meets tonight; the School Board is expected to announce Tom Miller-Freutel's replacement Monday; there's a candidates forum in Oak Creek tonight; we'll explain the training that would be needed for each of the sheriff's candidates; and Steamboat plays Moffat County in volleyball tonight. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Video: Morning News Update

The two candidates for sheriff again stole the show Monday; the Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to act tonight on a revised community housing plan; and the Steamboat Springs soccer team locked up a playoff spot with a win against Glenwood Springs on Monday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors claim muddy win

The Steamboat and Glenwood soccer teams went through a lot to play Monday night's game, first rescheduling it, then having it delayed for rain and then finally fighting through a 80-minute mudfest.

Winter Sports Club carries on holiday tradition

Ski coach Chris Puckett is hoping that ski racers from across the country will find some holiday cheer in Steamboat Springs this December during the annual Holiday Classic.

Hunter dies in California Park

A male hunter died Monday in a remote area of California Park north of Hayden.

Man rearrested on drug charges

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Monday morning just five days after he made bail and was released from jail.

School groups seek members

Jerry Kozatch likened the Steamboat Springs School District to a ship. The Education Fund Board and its three commissions are like the captains, keeping the crew and craft on course.

Chief offered almost $13K

Retirement package includes three months' salary, insurance

Retired Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan says he was given three months' salary and money equivalent to one month of health insurance as part of a retirement package.

Briefs for Oct. 17

Steamboat Dance Theatre will be holding auditions for its 35th annual concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St. The concert audition is open to adults and high school students, with parents' permission. Registration or a Steamboat Dance Theatre membership fee of $15 is due at the audition. Call Wendy at 846-4450 or visit www.dancesteamboat.org.

The Record for Oct. 17

12:18 a.m. A man reported a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of Central Park Drive. The car had been parked in a parking lot for multiple nights.

Developers sweeten offer

One Steamboat Place plan revised; fee in lieu stands

The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to act tonight on a revised community housing plan for a large development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Tom Ross: A second chance at college

This time around, I would take no prisoners

Dear folks, I know this will come as a surprise, but I want to go back to college. Send money for textbooks. I'll handle the out-of-state tuition.

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Sheriff's race continues to steal spotlight

Another debate, another development in the race for Routt County sheriff. No bickering or thinly veiled insults occurred at Monday night's political forum, but the two candidates for sheriff again stole the show by sharply disagreeing about the amount of certification training Democratic private investigator Gary Wall would need should he defeat Republican police officer and narcotics investigator Garrett Wiggins in the Nov. 7 election. The standing-room-only event at Olympian Hall, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Routt County, came two days after a Northwest Political Agricultural Forum during which Wall publicly doubted Wiggins' ability to earn a promotion in law enforcement, and Wiggins questioned whether Wall had "half a brain in his head."

Monday, October 16

Democrats going after three seats in Colorado

The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Monday he believes his party can pick up three congressional seats in Colorado this year and defend the seat they wrested away from Republicans two years ago.

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Video: Morning News Update

Embattled Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman has resigned; Gary Wall has agreed to release his personnel files from his years as a law enforcement officer and has challenged Garrett Wiggins to do the same; a report by Yampa Valley Partners shows that the Yampa Valley is good at giving; the Steamboat Springs School District has two major initiatives on the ballot November 7; the Sailors volleyball team has its final matches of the season this week; and the Sailors wrapped up their tennis season Saturday at the state tournament in Pueblo. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Oak Creek Mayor Cargo Rodeman resigns

Embattled Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman has resigned. Rodeman has been under fire since Sept. 25, when the Oak Creek Town Board met in secret session to hear complaints by town employees against the mayor. Rodeman was not allowed to participate in that secret session.

Gauntlet thrown down

Wall challenges Wiggins during candidate forum

Despite being asked to focus on agricultural issues at a political forum Saturday night, one candidate thought there was a more pressing issue that needed to be addressed.

Briefs for Oct. 16

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association is selling advertising space for its four tournament programs and seeking seasonal sponsors for the upcoming year. Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization. For more information, call Amy Hill at 871-1144 or e-mail ahshoot@mac.com.

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Water, land use hot topics

County Commissioner candidates discuss agriculture issues

One basic necessity was on the minds of many of the ranchers and others attending the Northwest Colorado Political Agricultural Forum on Saturday night in Steamboat Springs.

Many options exist for obtaining medical equipment

At some point in life, most people will utilize medical equipment to assist with ambulation and activities of daily living. Some may need crutches or a wheelchair temporarily after surgery, while others have medical conditions that require the use of assistive equipment for the rest of their lives. There are many resources in Routt and Moffat Counties for those in need of medical equipment.

VNA program helps seniors stay balanced

When you're young and agile, walking can seem the most basic of movements.

Chatting with sheriff's candidate Garrett Wiggins

Garrett Wiggins of the Steamboat Springs Police Department is the Republican candidate for Routt County sheriff. He sat down Friday with steamboatpilot.com for an online chat. Below is a transcript from some of that conversation:

Sweet charity

Report: Yampa Valley supportive of local nonprofits

Yampa Valley residents tend to be much more generous toward nonprofit organizations than the rest of the country, and there continues to be an increase - 65 percent over the past 10 years - in the number of local nonprofits to donate to. Those are just two of the findings of a recent report about local nonprofit organizations published by Yampa Valley Partners.

Christine McKelvie: Preoperative care important

As the saying goes in medicine, there is no such thing as minor surgery. At Yampa Valley Medical Center the focus on a successful outcome begins as soon as a surgery is scheduled.

The Record for Oct. 14

1:32 a.m. A woman reported a fight at a bar in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. The victim had left by the time police arrived.

Luke Graham: Say no to the Tigers

I root for cities not teams.

Sunday, October 15

Three candidates hope to draw votes from Beauprez and Ritter

Three independent candidates are hoping to draw votes from Democrat Bill Ritter and Republican Bob Beauprez in the gubernatorial race, but pollster Floyd Ciruli says they haven't exceeded a combined 4 percent in his surveys.

The Record for Oct. 13

JAIL REPORT

Derek Ross Jacobo

Derek Ross Jacobo, son of Laura Oatman and Luis "Beto" Jacobo of Craig, was born at 12:04 a.m., Oct. 4, 2006. He weighed 4 pounds and 14 ounces and was 17 1/2 inches long. His grandparents are Glenda Rhodes of Craig; Maria Teresa Adan-Larios of Guadalajara, Mexico; Arnulfo Jacobo-Huerta of Guadalajara, Mexico; and Lori and Julio Guerrero of Craig.

Mary Walker: Sex crimes

The media coverage of the recent events in Bailey and Lancaster County, Penn., would have us all believe that these were just more school-shooting rampages. Well, I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more.

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The hunt is on

Sportsmen prepare for start of big-game rifle seasons

The crack of gunshot pounding your eardrums reminds you of two things - big game hunting season is here and you might want to put in some earplugs at the Routt County Rifle Club range.

Business briefs

Vicky Roberts has joined Colorado Group Realty. As an established Realtor of eight years, she specializes in the marketing and sales of luxury homes, condominiums and home sites. She can be reached at the Colorado Group Realty downtown office at 509 Lincoln Ave. or by phone at 870-8800.

Running rivals meet

Steamboat cross-country falls to Battle Mountain

In a preview of the regional cross-country meet, Steamboat Springs' boys and girls teams got their first taste of competition on the grassy, hilly Minturn course, where they will race again next week.

Dave Shively: Beetle mania

I have a hard time getting excited about wood chippers. The machines instantly trigger the scene of Steve Buscemi's demise in the movie "Fargo" over and over in my head.

Good stuff, slightly used

Consignment clothing, sporting goods stores open downtown

There still may be some life left in that designer dress that does not get worn anymore or maybe it's time to cash in the ski boots that pinched your toes all last season.

Jimmy Westlake: Beyond Andromeda

Topping the alphabetical list of the 88 constellations is Andromeda, the beautiful daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus. This celestial royal family figured heavily in Greek mythology. Cassiopeia once boasted that her daughter was lovelier than the daughters of Neptune. Angered by this, Neptune sent a horrible sea monster to ravage the villages along the shoreline. The only way to stop the creature was to sacrifice Andromeda to the monster.

John F. Russell: Negative memory

It took only a few minutes for Kent Denver's Vincent Heguy to form an impression on me that will last a lifetime.

Susan L. de Wardt

Age: Mature, but not a grandmother.

'The Weatherman' gets more air

Oak Creek resident to appear on The Weather Channel series

Jean Paul "The Weatherman" Caouette's perfect day would be sunny with a light breeze, a few puffy clouds and temperatures in the low to mid-70s. But if Caouette always had his way, he'd be out of a job.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 2-9

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES - $32,640,500; TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES - $333,600

Jerry Rudolph: The Bush empire

Does the Bush administration want to be the leaders of a totally controlled world empire? Sadly, they want everything.

Callah Rain and Hannah Jo Caperton

Callah Rain and Hannah Jo Caperton, daughters of Katie Barnes and Jesse Caperton of Craig, were born at 12:29 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively, Oct. 7, 2006. Callah weighed 5 pounds and 5 1/2 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. Hannah weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long. Their grandparents are Jodie and Mark Dean of Craig; Randy and Dorothy Caperton of Craig; and Barry and Amy Barnes of Craig.

Abigail Rae Tucker

Abigail Rae Tucker, daughter of Amanda and Adam Tucker of Craig, was born at 2:21 p.m., Oct. 4, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Her sibling is Alee Tucker. Her grandparents are Michael and Dianne Murphy of Hayden; Margaret and Fred Mager of Davison, Mich., and Kent Ferver of Madison, Wis.

Short-handed Rams roll to victory

Short-handed and battling the elements, the Soroco Rams got a much-needed 28-8 win Saturday against Eagle Valley's junior varsity team.

Audrey L. Mandell: Counting on you

As you are now charged with the task of completing the Community Housing Plan portion of your project, one may assume that you are "back at the drawing board," trying to figure out how to finalize the details of the 14 affordable, on-site housing units and the five employee units of One Steamboat Place. I would like you to know that I appreciate your efforts in completing this essential component. I recognize the commitment of time, money and research this takes.

Finnegan Shay Dahl Bradley

Finnegan Shay Dahl Bradley, son of Ingrid Dahl and Casey Bradley of Oak Creek, was born at 2:02 p.m., Oct. 4, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are Ken and Kate Bradley of Sussex County, N.J., and Richard and Birgitta Dahl of Seattle.

Teacher pay raise up to voters

The Steamboat Springs Education Association, the local teachers union that represents many Steamboat Springs School District teachers and staff, has been relatively quiet leading up to the November election. Not anymore, said SSEA president and middle school science teacher Brad Kindred. "How would you feel if your salary was dependent on a public vote?" Kindred asked last week. Referendum 3C asks voters to absorb a tax increase of $600,000 in 2007 and an annual tax increase of $25,000 a year through 2015 to fund teacher salary increases and help attract and retain quality staff members.

Montessori growing a 'garden' at a time

School district program focuses on individual, small-group learning

Mea Fisher planted a garden Thursday.

Ford William Fontaine

Ford William Fontaine, son of Mindy and Larry Fontaine of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:03 a.m., Oct. 8, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Mary Kay and John Harrelson of Springfield, Ill.; Bill and Trish Marriott of Springfield, Ill.; and Larry Fontaine of Queensbury, N.Y.

The right keys

Sailors' balance unlocks victory

Steamboat football coach Aaron Finch and his coaching staff waited six weeks for the Sailors to put it all together on offense.

On writing

Passion for words explored at Literary Sojourn

Stewart O'Nan became friends with author Stephen King in the mid-1990s after O'Nan was prohibited from using King's name in one of his first novels, "Dear Stephen King."

Brielle Melba Bunker

Brielle Melba Bunker, daughter of Bonnie Bell and Karl Bunker of Steamboat Springs, was born at 6:37 a.m., Oct. 7, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. Her grandparents are John and Dianne Boylan of Kinnelon, N.J.; Ray and Cindy Bunker of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; Peggy Bunker of Warren, Mich.; and great grandmother Melba Bates of Dallas.

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Bricks and books

School building projects would be funded by Referendum 3D

Soda Creek Elementary School is 51 years old. Strawberry Park Elementary School is too small for its existing and future enrollments. Those are simply the realities, Steamboat Springs School District officials say. Whether anything happens to either building is now in the hands of the voters who live within the school district's boundaries. Referendum 3D, which will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot, is a $29.7 million bond initiative to rebuild Soda Creek and renovate and expand Strawberry Park.

Sailors soccer one win away from playoffs

After a three-game losing streak, the Steamboat Springs soccer team bounced back this week, winning three consecutive league games, capped by its 5-1 win Saturday in Rifle.

Hip to be square

Greenridge Mountaineers square dance every Friday

Elaine Sturges met her husband Dave while square dancing in Laramie in 1970.

Stanton-Reichley

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stanton of Escondido, Cali., and Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Neuman of Naples, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lora Kathryn, to Mr. Adam Reichley, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Reichley of Bremerton, Wash.

Paula Stephenson: 'No' on 39

Amendment 39, more commonly known as the "65 percent solution," is no solution at all. What it is, is a snappy sound bite with a feel-good title designed to draw uneducated voters into imposing a random amount of spending on "classroom expenditures."

Freseman family: Exceptional quality

The Freseman family wants to publicly express gratitude for the exceptional quality of medical professionals we have in this community. Richard Freseman, age 88, has been visiting from Ohio and discovered severe medical problems after arriving in Steamboat, including kidney failure and colon cancer requiring surgery.

Soroco volleyball falls in three games to Rangely

Despite falling to Rangely in three games, 25-17, 25-7, 25-21, Soroco volleyball coach Betsy Photos was nothing but positive after her team's game Saturday.

County budget shows strong local economy

Routt County Finance Director Dan Strnad uses adjectives such as "smoking" and "cooking" when describing action in the local economy.

Real estate firms tap Hayden

RE/MAX, Sotheby's take advantage of growth, open offices in town

Two real estate firms have tapped into the growing Hayden real estate market. Steamboat Springs-based High Mountain Sotheby's International Realty and Craig-based RE/MAX have opened offices in Hayden.

Developers target Burgess Creek Road

A development team is proposing to redevelop a Burgess Creek Road building into nine townhomes and 12 condominiums.

14 games, two days, one win

Steamboat volleyball loses tie-breaker to Delta, finishes road trip with Olathe win

After putting together one of their best defensive performances of the year Friday night against a powerful Palisade team, Steamboat Springs dropped a closely-fought match Saturday in five games to the Delta Panthers (4-10 in Western Slope League play, 5-13 overall).

Robert E. and Ann McKune

Robert E. and Ann McKune of Rangeley, Colo., will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary on Oct. 13.

Rylie Jade Marie Edmondson

Rylie Jade Marie Edmondson, daughter of Jessica Marie Edmondson of Kremmling, was born at 10:22 p.m., Oct. 8, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her grandparents are Tracy Edmondson of Kremmling; Kelvin Edmondson of Branson, Mo.; and Ken Young of Kremmling.

Jedidiah Wilson Moody

Jedidiah Wilson Moody, son of Betsy Edwards and Fred Moody of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:25 p.m., Sept. 25, 2006. He weighed 10 pounds and 2 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. His grandparents are Mark and Sally Edwards of Junction City, Kan., and Ken and Sheila Moody of Overland Park, Kan.

Door swings shut

Title eludes Steamboat's Bernard in championship match

Cheyenne Mountain's Brad Young gave Steamboat Springs junior Ramsey Bernard exactly what he expected in the finals of the state high school tennis championships Saturday at Pueblo City Park.

Luke Norland: Wall for sheriff

I was recently having a hard time making up my mind as to which sheriff candidate would get my vote this November. After reading the report of an exchange between the two well-qualified candidates, I have made my choice, and I was surprised how easy it was for me.

Our View: Yes on Ref. I; no on 43

Amendment 43 on the Nov. 7 ballot would change the Colorado Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Let us be crystal clear - this is a purely political amendment that is an unnecessary waste of the voters' time. The only thing to be gained by voting for it is to send a message of intolerance that we know the people of Colorado do not support.

Saturday, October 14

Tigers lose first game of season

Big plays prove to be too much

Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner knows it's not the end of the world. Still, Friday's 28-14 loss to Grand Valley hurts in more ways than one.

Back for more

Sailor hopes to grab second state tennis title

After losing a disappointing second round match to Cheyenne Mountain's Dennis An and Jay Patel, Steamboat Springs No. 1 doubles team found new life Friday. The Cheyenne Mountain team came from behind to beat Mullen in the semifinals, pulling Steamboat's Brain Aragon and Brian Burger back into the tournament. The Steamboat team made the most of its second chance, topping Greeley Central to stay alive and then surviving a tough match with Mullen later in the day.

Senior strength

Steamboat shuts down Palisade in final home game

In the final home appearance of their high school soccer careers, the seniors on Steamboat Springs roster filled their half of the field, all eleven players starting in Friday night's game against Palisade.

Sailors breeze past Panthers

It was all Steamboat Springs Friday night at Panther Stadium as the visiting Sailors smashed the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers, 31-6, extending their record to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in Western Slope League play.

GRAMNET: No laws broken

Drug task force responds to pro-marijuana group's accusation

A local drug task force accused of wrongdoing by a Denver-based organization lobbying for pro-marijuana legislation denied Friday that it violated state campaign laws.

Candidates square off again

Another round of candidates forums to begin today

Another round of candidates forums will offer voters the chance to ask some tough questions of the men and women seeking elected office. Forums are being held tonight at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, Monday night at Olympian Hall and Tuesday night at the Oak Creek Community Center.

Man arrested in car theft

A 19-year-old Toponas man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft after Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies found a stolen car at a home on Colorado Highway 131.

Point, counterpoint

Tuesday's debate still not over for House candidates

Grand County Democrat Andy Gold made a $3 billion gaffe during Tuesday's candidates debate in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for 10-11

The Record for October 11, 2006.

Briefs for 10-14

Area Briefs for October 14, 2006.

Tigers sweep Cardinals

Hayden volleyball wins in three games

The only question the Hayden volleyball team had to worry about Friday night was what hairstyles they'll don at tonight's homecoming dance. The Tigers easily disposed of Grand Valley in three games, 25-14, 25-17, 25-20.

Palisade defeats Steamboat, 3-1

Against the talented Palisade Bulldogs (9-2 in league, 13-3 overall), Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall thought her team put together one of its best defensive efforts of the year in its match Friday night. Despite tough play, the Sailors fell short, losing in four games, 25-16, 25-12, 20-25, 25-17.

Mind over muscle

Pilates studio to raise funds for conditioning programs

Instructors at the Steamboat Pilates &amp; Fitness studio have helped everyone from Olympic competitors to local high school athletes and residents strengthen their muscles with their popular method of conditioning workouts. Today, the studio's eight instructors will donate their time and expertise for the annual Pilates-a-thon, an all-day event of discounted classes designed to raise funds for scholarships for two Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes.

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Partners needs volunteer

Nonprofit organization looking for part-time help

Partners in Routt County has undergone a staff transition and increased its workload, so the nonprofit organization is looking for some help. The Steamboat Springs-based mentoring organization is looking for a volunteer to help with general office duties, youth recreation and mentor training, among other things.

Town supports paralyzed man

Dinner, raffle to benefit resident injured in accident

Difficult cannot begin to describe the last month in the lives of Oak Creek residents Dave and Eve Ege. On Sept. 7, Dave was paralyzed when a wall at a construction site fell on him. He clinged to life for nearly a month in a Denver hospital, battling infection and other complications. His wife has been at his side throughout the ordeal.

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Homes away from home

Residents oppose vacation house rentals

An issue that the Steamboat Springs City Council wrestled with for three years once again is causing a stir. Residents who live on Ridge Road and Meadow Lane recently filed complaints with the city's Planning Department about vacation home rentals - homes rented short-term to vacationers - in their neighborhoods. The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission addressed two complaints at a meeting Thursday night.

Road-tripping through New England

No shortage of characters at Harlow's Sugar House and Bouldervale Farm

Blessed with a few unscheduled days in New England last week, I set out in a rented Buick Rendezvous, looking for the covered bridges of New Hampshire's Monadnock Region. I found the bridges, but the people I encountered on my rambles were far more interesting.

Open and closed books

Sheriff's candidates disagree about releasing their personnel files

The two candidates for Routt County sheriff are squaring off over whether they should release their personnel files to the public. On Thursday, Democratic candidate Gary Wall authorized the Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today to obtain copies of his personnel files from the Aspen and Vail police departments, for which Wall worked as an officer and chief in the 1960s and '70s.

GOP in fight to hang on to Colorado congressional seats

Facing voter discontent over everything from Iraq to the House page scandal, the GOP has placed its hopes for retaining one of Colorado's two open congressional seats in 36-year-old Rick O'Donnell, whose most prominent campaign ad of the moment is an apology for a youthful indiscretion.

Friday, October 13

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Oak Creek Town Board members offered statements Thursday night that were both supportive and critical of embattled Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman; the inability of some non-English-speaking students to complete a state assessment test means the Steamboat Springs School District did not meet state and federal guidelines for student progress; four Steamboat Sailors are still in the hunt for titles after the first day of the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo; and the Steamboat football team is taking on Montezuma-Cortez in Cortez tonight. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Tigers take on Cards

Homecoming game tonight in Hayden

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner and his players know what's on the line in tonight's game against league foe Grand Valley.

One game at a time

Sailors won't look past Panthers

It would be easy for the Steamboat Springs football team to overlook Montezuma-Cortez tonight.

Four Sailors still alive

Colorado tennis tournament continues today

After surviving weather delays, a tough draw and some foul language, four Steamboat Sailors were still in the hunt for titles at the end of the first day of the Class 4A state tennis tournament at Pueblo City Park.

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Break out the shot-ski

Band serves up funk rock with a shot of jazz

Vail is a long way from Saudi Arabia, but mountain living suits the Jonny Mogambo Band's frontman just fine. The band, which generally plays funk rock with jazz influences, has traveled the world performing for military personnel. Take, for instance, the time a sniper had to escort band members around Camp Monterey in Saudi Arabia.

Gallery to open next month

Artists showcase work in old Pilot printing facility

After 12 months of work and planning, the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat will open its doors Nov. 24.

From chats to chaps

KRMR radio switches from talk to country music

KRMR radio, on the dial at 100.5 and 107.3 FM, changed its programming Monday from talk radio to country music. The station is now known as "The Range" and has discarded well-known, national talk-radio hosts including Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger in favor of country stars such as Garth Brooks, Gretchen Wilson and Toby Keith.

Briefs for 10-13

Area briefs for October 13, 2006.

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Trees invade Hayden home

Town manager orders cottonwoods removed within 30 days

Hayden tree lovers might have to bid farewell to three of the town's oldest cottonwoods. The roots from three cottonwood trees that help form a canopy over the east end of town along U.S. Highway 40 have invaded the basement of a home, and similar problems could happen elsewhere.

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On Scene

Sitting in the back of a car, Dazed and Confused character Mike Newhouse confessed to his friends he didn't want to be a lawyer. When asked what he wanted to do instead, he said, "I wanna dance."

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More funk than junk

Damon Wood's music career has taken him many places with many people, but his experiences with James Brown always rise to the top.

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They won't hold still

Plein air painters capture changing landscape

The two artists featured at Steamboat's Schiesser Gallery share a talent - and sometimes one another's company - while painting "en plein air." But their styles are on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Deb Babcock: Protect your trees against sunscald

Gardening

Before the weather turns wintry, take steps to protect your trees from sunscald and other common problems that occur during our fierce winters.

Our View: 'No' to amendments 40, 41, 42

At issue: Proposed state amendments 40, 41 and 42

Our view: Each proposed amendment is flawed and should be defeated.

District fails to meet guidelines

ELL students weren't able to finish CSAP math tests

The inability of some non-English-speaking students to complete a state assessment test means the Steamboat Springs School District did not meet state and federal guidelines for student progress.

Dressed to kill

It's time for our laid-back town to step it up a notch

It was like a scene from the movie "Pretty Woman." Chrissie Felt, owner of Token Threads, went shopping in Denver to find a fancy dress for the Dressed to Kill party she is co-hosting tonight.

At the movies

Review of "The Departed," "Employee of the Month," "Open Season," "The Guardian," "The Illusionist" and "Man of the Year."

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Oak Creek addresses residents

Mayor's grant writing contract questioned

Town Board members offered statements Thursday night that were both supportive and critical of embattled Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman. Town Board members Angie Kralj KenCairn and Steve "Spike" Beven were scheduled to address the Town Board during its meeting, and Town Board member Tom Bleuer spoke after he was added to an amended agenda.

Allison Plean: Designer genres

Sometimes I feel as if I'm driving around a cassette tape museum stocked will all the mixes I made when I was 17. Regardless of whether it was because I was too lazy or too broke to put a CD player in my most recent car, my daily drives and the accompanying soundtracks make me appreciate the evolution of music - a subject that seems to come up whenever I interview a band.

CD reviews

Reviews of Beck, "The Information"; Jerry Lee Lewis, "Last Man Standing"; and Ludacris, "Release Therapy."

School district reserves increase

Hayden accepts $345,000 in mineral lease money from county

The Hayden School District began the 2006-07 school year with $554,805 in its reserves, or beginning fund balance, compared to $294,758 in reserves in 2005, business manager Jnl Linsacum said. This year, the district took in $345,000 in mineral lease money from Routt County. Mineral lease money is money the county collects from companies that drill in the Hayden School District.

The Record for 10-11

The Record for October 11, 2006.

Thursday, October 12

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KRMR changes to a country format; Steamboat Springs Middle School falls below adequate yearly progress standards; the Oak Creek Town Board meets tonight; the Sailors football team faces Montezuma-Cortez, and Hayden plays Grand Valley; and the state golf tournament started today. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden approves school district budget

he Hayden School District began the 2006-07 school year with $554,805 in its reserves, or beginning fund balance, compared to $294,758 in reserves in 2005, business manager Jnl Linsacum said.

Beauprez says governor bid an uphill battle

Trailing in the polls, GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez acknowledged Wednesday he faces an uphill battle in his bid for Colorado governor for a litany of reasons - including a dark climate for Republican candidates nationwide.

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Video: Morning News Update

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has learned that both Routt County sheriff candidates have mistakes in their past; the Steamboat Springs City Council appointed Karen Post to the City Council on Tuesday night, but the council did so by secret ballot; the South Routt School Board approved its 2006-07 budget unanimously; two Oak Creek Town Board members have pledged to speak publicly about embattled mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman and town employee complaints about her; Chad Mosher, the saddle bronc rider who won the Pat Mantle Award at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, is looking for the person who broke into his home and stole the rifle he was given as the Pat Mantle winner; and the Sailors football teams is on its way to Cortez for a game against Montezuma-Cortez on Friday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Town Board members to speak out

Oak Creek officials request opportunity to address colleagues

Two Oak Creek Town Board members will address their colleagues about problems at Town Hall during tonight's regularly scheduled board meeting. Town Board members Angie Kralj KenCairn and Steve "Spike" Beven are scheduled to "read a letter or statement into the record," Town Clerk Karen Halterman said.

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Past mistakes

Sheriff's candidate Wall filed for bankruptcy, Wiggins reprimanded twice

Gary Wall, the Democratic candidate for Routt County sheriff, filed for bankruptcy protection and had liens filed against him by the IRS in the 1990s. Garrett Wiggins, the Republican candidate, has never been arrested nor filed for bankruptcy. However, he acknowledged Wednesday that he has been reprimanded twice in his law enforcement career.

Mantle prize rifle stolen

Mosher family devastated after burglary

Chad Mosher gushed about his latest prize possession everywhere he went. But on Oct. 3, just three days after getting married, someone broke into the Moshers' home outside of Colorado Springs. They took jewelry, electronic equipment and Chad's hunting gear. They even took the laundry soap and toilet paper. But most upsetting, Michelle said, was when the couple found out the burglars had taken the rifle.

South Routt board approves budget

Expenditures, revenue both $5.72 million; reserve fund maintained

The South Routt School Board approved its 2006-07 budget unanimously and without change during a special meeting Tuesday.

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City Council votes revealed

Members appointed new councilwoman by secret ballot

Steamboat Springs City Council members Ken Brenner, Susan Dellinger and Steve Ivancie voted in favor of appointing Karen Post to the council on Tuesday. Council member Towny Anderson voted for candidate Steve Hitchcock. Councilman Loui Antonucci would not reveal whom he voted for, but during the meeting Tuesday, he referred to numbering the candidates on his secret paper ballot one through five in order of preference. Only one of the ballots obtained by the Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today on Wednesday contained such numbering. That ballot gave a vote to Hitchcock.

Scott Stanford: Nothing executive about secret sessions

From the Editor

On Monday, we ran a short story that said the Steamboat Springs School Board would meet in "executive, or secret, session." I received two phone calls (neither was from a board member) complaining that the use of the word "secret" implied deviousness on the part of the board. So what if it did? Webster's defines devious as "not straightforward, frank; deceiving," all of which applies when public bodies meet in private.

Problems with promenade arise

Lack of funding could stall projects around base of ski area

A lack of maintenance funding could stall the start of redevelopment projects around the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Springs City Council has required planners of base area redevelopment to establish a permanent source of funding for the future operating and maintenance costs incurred by the projects. Those proposed projects include a public promenade, a vehicle roundabout leading into Ski Time Square and snowmelt systems.

'It's all about heart'

Hayden's smallish offensive line getting the job done

Imposing isn't the first word that comes to mind after looking at Hayden's offensive line. But effective? Absolutely.

Swimmers kick off season

Four dedicated Steamboat Springs High School athletes will begin their season this weekend after a summer spent training. Cole Worsley, Cody Poirot, Lexie Ruppel and Zach Ruppel will travel to Loveland to compete in the Fall Harvest swim meet Saturday and Sunday.

Gifted assessments under way

District in process of evaluating students for special program

Much like special education students or children in the English as a Second Language program, Gifted and Talented students need specialized services, Steamboat Springs School District officials say.

Momentum strong for ski season

Airline passenger bookings ahead of typical numbers

The number of passengers already booked on winter flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport - which start in mid-December - is up 6 percent compared to the same time last year and 13 percent over two years ago. That 6 percent means an additional 2,000 passengers.

Soccer without borders

Steamboat youth team sends donated equipment to Zambia

On a 2005 trip to the South African nation of Zambia, Vince Ventimiglia was amazed to see barefoot children kicking around balls of tied banana leaves on dusty, barren fields. The semi-retired Evergreen youth soccer coach vowed to return to make a simple, immediate impact on the children's lives.

Wednesday, October 11

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Alexis DeLaCruz will take a closer look at sheriff candidates' backgrounds; bookings at Yampa Valley Regional Airport are up; the City Council's secret vote for its new member is questioned; Luke Graham writes about the Hayden Tigers' offensive line; and the winner of the Mantle Memorial bronc riding award has his prize stolen. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Yankees pitcher presumed dead after plane crashes into high-rise

A small plane carrying New York Yankee Cory Lidle slammed into a 50-story skyscraper Wednesday, apparently killing the pitcher and a second person in a crash that rained flaming debris onto the sidewalks and briefly raised fears of another terrorist attack.

Secretary of state drops controversial proposed rule change

Secretary of State Gigi Dennis has decided to drop proposed changes to a campaign finance rule that led to a lawsuit by labor unions and prompted Democrats to accuse the Republican of partisanship in running the state's elections.

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The Steamboat Springs City Council selected psychotherapist Karen Post as its new District 3 representative; a candidates debate Tuesday night reached the boiling point on several occasions; the number of Steamboat Springs School District students who speak a primary language other than English continues to climb; and the Sailors soccer team beat the Bulldogs, 4-0, on Tuesday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Cross-country finishes fifth, seventh

All things considered, between the overnight travel, the muddy, challenging course and the thought of the homecoming dance back home, Steamboat Springs cross-country coach Glen Light was pleased with the Sailors' performance at the Chris Severy Cross Country Invitational Saturday in Aspen.

Bikers take third at state

Steamboat was able to take third place Sunday at the Colorado Scholastic Mountain Bike Championship at Beaver Creek Resort, despite competing with just three riders out of five allowed.

Sailors upbeat despite draw

Kent Denver and Cheyenne Mountain will be the favorites when the 4A state high school tennis championships open at Pueblo City Park on Thursday. But Steamboat's Ramsey Bernard doesn't think the Sailors should be overlooked.

No bones for 'Dogs

Steamboat offense connects, shuts out Moffat, 4-0

Moffat County came into Tuesday's soccer contest against Steamboat Springs with momentum, having downed Rifle on Saturday. On the other hand, Steamboat Springs had lost three in a row. But from the opening minute of play, it was clear to everyone at Gardner Field, as well as to Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann, that Steamboat had snapped whatever problems were ailing them.

Marijuana propaganda

Amendment 44 backers seek GRAMNET records

The campaign director for a Denver-based group leading the charge for pro-marijuana legislation said his organization "anxiously" awaits the response from a local drug task force that may have violated state campaign laws. So far, that response hasn't come

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Debate gets hot

Event hosted by forensics team hits boiling point several times

A candidates debate Thursday night reached the boiling point on several occasions, with election foes sparring about qualifications and political records. The debate, hosted by the Steamboat Springs High School forensics team, drew about 60 people, who were encouraged to submit questions for the candidates before the debate began.

City Council inducts Post

New member sworn in; urban boundary changes denied

The Steamboat Springs City Council selected psychotherapist Karen Post as its new District 3 representative Tuesday, returning the council to its full size of seven members.

Our View: Vote 'no' on Amendment 39, Ref. J

At issue: Amendment 39 and Referendum J

Our View: State issues on school funding would undermine local control and should be defeated.

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ELL population growing

District has four teachers to work with non-English speaking students

The number of Steamboat Springs School District students who speak a primary language other than English continues to spiral upward, with this year's enrollment of English Language Learners, or ELL students, reaching almost 100.

Enrollment up in each district

The number of enrolled students has increased in each Routt County public school district this year. All Colorado school districts recently submitted their enrollment numbers - based on the Oct. 2 official count day - to the state. Colorado public schools are primarily funded on a per-pupil basis.

Mike Lawrence: Excruciating choices

Bailey tragedy shows sheriff is a job like no other

Parents of Strawberry Park Elementary School students have an extra consideration in their vote for Routt County sheriff. The new sheriff - either Democrat Gary Wall or Republican Garrett Wiggins - would be the incident commander should a horrible tragedy like Bailey or Columbine unfold at Strawberry Park or Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Oak Creek won't release meeting tapes

Newspaper contends session violated law

The town of Oak Creek will not release tapes of a special meeting held last month unless a judge orders the town to do so, town attorney Bob Weiss said Tuesday.

Sales taxes continue to rise

Downtown area lags behind other parts of city

Empty commercial space in downtown Steamboat Springs is reflected in sales tax revenue, but there is no need for concern, officials said.

Briefs for 10-11

Area briefs for October 11, 2006.

Cindy Gantick, Celia Dunham: Support issues 3C, 3D

Think about why you live in Steamboat Springs. Many of us live here for the healthy and pleasant environment, the active, rural life style, the supportive community, and the value placed on lifelong learning. It makes sense that we think our kids deserve to have these same basic things reflected in their school environments. With this in mind, we whole-heartedly support the passage of the upcoming school bond issues 3C and 3D.

Mark MacHale: Help local schools

On Nov. 7, voters will have a chance to approve funding to help Steamboat Springs Schools continue their history of providing a first class education to local children. As the principal of Strawberry Park Elementary, I would like to make a passionate plea for your "yes" vote on issues 3C and 3D.

BLM land swap progresses

4,000 acres of Emerald Mountain expected to be public by 2007

By 2007, more than 4,000 acres in the Emerald Mountain area is expected to be publicly accessible and spared from development. A land swap between the Bureau of Land Management and the State Land Board would accomplish the goal set out by the Emerald Mountain Partnership of preserving the land located in the portion of Emerald Mountain north and east of Cow Creek Road.

The Record for 10-9

The Record for Monday, October 9, 2006.

Tuesday, October 10

Ritter, Beauprez promise to restore veterans trust fund

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez defended his opposition to an initiative asking voters to give back an estimated $5 billion in tax surplus refunds and a companion measure to spend it on Tuesday and then asked voters to make him the CEO who will decide how to spend the money.

Karen Post named to City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council selected psychotherapist Karen Post as its new District 3 representative Tuesday. Post received four votes, enough for a majority, in the first vote by the council following interviews for five candidates. Business owner Steve Hitchcock received the other two votes.

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The Steamboat Springs City Council will pick its new member tonight; sales and flight numbers are up for August; candidates debate at a forum tonight; and all 11 Sailors tennis players will play in the state tournament. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Oak Creek withholding tapes

Release of executive session tapes up to a judge

The town of Oak Creek announced Tuesday that it will not release tapes of a special meeting held last month unless a judge orders the town to do so. In a letter sent to Steamboat Pilot & Today attorney Chris Beall, the town's attorney, Bob Weiss, said the town is contending its special meeting Sept. 25 was about Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman's role as grant writer and a contract employee and not as mayor, an elected official.

English Language Learners population growing

District has four full-time teachers in place

The growth of the Steamboat Springs School District's English as a Second Language Program has the attention of administrators. "The way our numbers are increasing, we have to talk about how our schools are changing," said Kelly Stanford, the district's director of curriculum and instruction.

The Record for Oct. 9

9:56 a.m. A tube reportedly was leaking in one of the Hayden XCel power plant's boilers and blew coal dust all over the plant. West Routt Fire Chief Bryan Rickman said the coal created an "explosive environment," and the plant was evacuated for safety measures. No fires started or any other problems were reported, he said.

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Two men were arrested Monday night after one of the men pulled a gun on the other man after a fight, according to police; the Steamboat Springs City Council should have a new member by the end of the day; two School Board members said they want a timeline for implementation of common assessments; and Henry Christian Hall will inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Freestyle coach

St. Pierre trades in bumps for Australian surf

Don St. Pierre has spent the past 15 years standing in the shadows of some of freestyle's most successful mogul skiers.

Ski legend takes place in the hall of fame

Henry Christian Hall may have been born in Ishpeming, Mich., but his legacy lives in the hills that surround Steamboat Springs.

Pilot & Today receives award

Staff honored for Yampa River series by national organization

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has received a national award for its summer series about the Yampa River.

Airport group seeks input

Public hearing Thursday gives residents a voice

Michael Turner said he knows supporters of Steamboat Springs Airport will show up at Thursday's public hearing - it's attendance from people who question the airport that concerns him.

Xcel narrows options for rail line to haul coal

Xcel Energy has narrowed its options for a rail spur that would supply coal to the Hayden Station power plant.

The Record for Oct. 8

2:06 a.m. Police responded to the 1800 block of Ski Time Square for a drunken person passed out on the patio of a restaurant. The person was taken to detox.

Briefs for Oct. 10

Two men were arrested Monday night after one of the men pulled a gun on the other man after a fight, police said.

New homes to be auctioned

Hayden developers will auction off homes and land next month to help launch three new subdivisions.

District seeks assessments

Principals, School Board members want plans in place

Common assessment tests or plans have been a popular item of discussion for several years, and two Steamboat Springs School Board members are ready for less talk and more action.

Council seat to be filled

Members will swear in one of five candidates at today's meeting

The Steamboat Springs City Council will fill its vacant seat today, a city official said. City Clerk Julie Jordan said that at 4 p.m. today the council will interview five candidates for the District 3 seat vacated last month by former councilman Kevin Kaminski. Following the interviews, the council is expected to convene its regular meeting and immediately appoint Kaminski's replacement and swear that person in. Five candidates submitted applications to Jordan's office by Friday's deadline.

Monday, October 9

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Local to build Zambian school

Benefit Wednesday at Olympian Hall

Two Zambian brothers share one bicycle to ride the 22 kilometers every day to the Kayowelo School, the closest school to their town. That is the only way to get an education when you live in a small remote town in Zambia. Steamboat Springs High School graduate Lennae Jenkins plans to help by building a new school for the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage's employees and their children.

Meet the candidates for the open City Council seat

Five applicants are eligible for the open City Council seat representing District III, vacated last month by Kevin Kaminski. The former councilman moved out of the district, which includes neighborhoods in southeastern Steamboat Springs. Council members will interview the applicants at the start of Tuesday's council meeting, and they may select and swear in a new council member immediately after the interviews.

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Video: Morning News Update

A Steamboat Springs woman is trying to raise funds to pay for a school in Zambia; Comunidad Integrada is hosting a series of health care workshops; the Steamboat Springs School Board will host a special meeting and work session at 6:30 p.m. today; and the Steamboat Springs Sailors volleyball team got it second straight win Saturday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for 10-9

Area briefs for October 9, 2006.

Health care workshops offered

Comunidad Integrada hosts free series on navigating system

One of Comunidad Integrada's English students had trouble navigating the health care system and ended up having to be taken to Denver by Flight For Life to get treatment for a brain hemorrhage. The incident prompted the idea for a series of workshops aimed at immigrants and community residents to help them effectively address their health care needs.

The Record for 10-7

The Record for October 7, 2006.

Sailors bounce Rifle

Steamboat has won two straight games

Sailor coach Wendy Hall was a little nervous heading into Saturday's league game against Rifle.

Preparing for pandemic flu

It is difficult to write about a potential future influenza outbreak without mentioning some scary statistics from the past.

Gary Wall chats online with steamboatpilot.com

Gary Wall, 65, is the Democratic candidate for Routt County Sheriff. He sat down Friday for an online chat with steamboatpilot.com. Provided is a portion of the questions and answers from the chat:

Luke Graham: Thank God for high school football

At least I have Fridays. After this weekend of sports, it's taking everything in my body not to go Terrell Owens on a bottle of pain killers.

Sunday, October 8

Poll gives Ritter 15-point lead, 11 percent undecided

A poll released Sunday by The Denver Post of registered voters gave Democrat Bill Ritter a 15-point lead over Republican Bob Beauprez, with 11 percent undecided.

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Distinct candidates

Wiggins, Wall bring contrasting backgrounds, philosophies to sheriff's race

Routt County voters have very distinct choices when selecting their next sheriff. Democrat Gary Wall touts his experience as a leader in law enforcement, including stints as a detective, sergeant and police chief, experience his Republican opponent Garrett Wiggins doesn't have. Wiggins, a police officer and narcotics investigator with the Steamboat Springs police department, points out that Wall's law enforcement experience came nearly 30 years ago and that he hasn't been in uniform since leaving the Vail police chief's position in 1979.

A fine line to walk

City budget weighs wants and needs

Steamboat Springs' city budget is about much more than numbers.

Warriors top Sailors

Steamboat drops non-league game to Centaurus

Coming off back-to-back league losses, the Steamboat Springs soccer team played with what Sailors captain Nick Labor described as "a lot of emotion" Saturday morning against Centaurus.

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On the ground

With Hanley's return, Steamboat gets its running game going

In high school football - no matter what the level - running the ball is imperative to have success. No one knows this better than Steamboat Springs coach Aaron Finch. After watching his team struggle running the ball the first four weeks, Finch can't help but smile at the effort his team has put together during the past two weeks.

John F. Russell: Skier thrilled many

Sports commentary

I wish that I could have had the chance to meet Henry Christian Hall. He's the type of guy that I would like to have standing in front of or behind me if I had to wait in one of those really long lines. If I was lucky enough to strike up a conversation with him I have no doubt he could entertain me.

Sailors net ninth straight title

Tennis team sending all 11 players to state

Prior to the regional championships in Montrose, Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon said he wanted to qualify all 11 of his varsity players for the state tournament. Mission accomplished.

Safety a main priority

Administrators, law enforcement plan to ensure school security

Columbine. Bailey. The words incite emotions among Northwest Colorado school administrators and law enforcement officers.

Jerry Rudolph: Listen to Byrd

Does the Bush administration want to be the leaders of a totally controlled world empire? Sadly, they appear to want everything.

Tom Traynor:The drug dilemma

I am a licensed psychologist and certified substance abuse counselor. It has been part of my occupation to be "up on" issues about drugs, such as responsible drug use, drug abuse and drug dependence.

Michael Turner and Jack Dysart: Help with airport

The Airport Steering Committee is conducting a comprehensive review of the economic and social value of the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Denise Connelly: Support Referendum 3C

Quality education is vital to our community and over the years the Steamboat Springs School District has delivered. In past years I have seen our seniors head off to post-graduate institutions ranging from our great state universities to some of the top schools of the nation, including Penn State, Stanford, Princeton and Dartmouth. We've always had reason to be proud of our educational system, but recently, I've seen some distressing trends.

Our View: Council losing credibility

At a City Council meeting in June, Councilman Towny Anderson warned his colleagues to be careful in their decision making or risk public perception that "we're spending money like drunken sailors."

New coffee house opens

Yampa couple combines love of coffee and art at Leisure Mountain Studio

To Debbie and J-Jay Johnson, there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee, especially when it's from roasting your own coffee beans.

Class Notes for Oct. 8

Rotary seeks exchange program applicants

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club is accepting applications from area students interested in participating in the youth Rotary International Summer Exchange and the yearlong Rotary International Student Exchange.

CSI: Steamboat Springs

High school forensics team ready for debate, discussion, drama and competition

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team doesn't have its own TV show, but it operates like one.

Dave Shively: Jensen's story

I noticed an odd community comment posted on our Web site to the column I recently wrote about Charles Horton's April 2005 survival in the Flat Tops. I didn't find it strange that the anonymous message wanted to know where Holger Jensen's tale ranked among the area's survival episodes, but I was caught off guard by the statement that, "there is such a lack of perspective and true local knowledge with things like this."

Legends of the fall

Hiking expert and author suggests treks that illuminate the colors of autumn

With the clock ticking on chances to get outside and soak in the fall colors, I decided to go to Routt County's aspen leaf connoisseur to get advice on where to find the 'Boat's best autumn views. As author of 'Hiking the 'Boat II,' Diane White-Crane has settled into a comfortable semi-retirement at her home on "Llama Drive," just outside of Clark.

Jimmy Westlake: Catch Comet SWAN

Get ready, comet lovers! A new comet has been discovered in photographs taken by the SWAN camera onboard the SOHO spacecraft and should give sky watchers their first comet visible in binoculars since Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 in May 2006.

Pining for a revival

Trees killed by bark beetles find new life in Routt County

There is no shortage of materials in Steamboat Springs for timber framer and sawmill operator Joe Bonn to work with.

Transactions for Oct. 8

MOORE, NOREEN TO CHOICE DEVELOPMENT GROUP LLC FOR BETTERVIEW BUSINESS PARK LOT 2 AND OUTLOT 2 - $249,000

Avery Miguel Silva

Avery Miguel Silva, son of Jennifer and Felix Silva of Craig, was born at 8:23 p.m., Oct. 1, 2006. He weighed 9 pounds and 3 ounces and was 21.75 inches long. His grandparents are Miguel and Josefa Bernal of Craig and Fidel and Felipe Silva of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Spoil yourself

All-day event geared toward women's needs

Ladies need to be pampered, to have time set aside for their needs.

Business briefs: Oct. 8

New loan officer at First National Bank

First National Bank of Steamboat has announced the promotion of Lore Tracht to commercial loan officer. Tracht has extensive financial experience in Steamboat Springs and holds a degree in finance from Michigan State University. She has called Steamboat home for more than 13 years and served on the United Way Board of Directors for six years.

Appel-Gregory

Scott Gregory and Amber Appel were married on Saturday, May 20, 2006, at the Creek Ranch headquarters in Steamboat Springs. The Gregorys will reside in Rifle.

Simon-Sanders

Jim and Marilyn Simon of Steamboat Springs are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Alyssa to Nicholas Sanders of Denver. Alyssa and Nick were married July 1, 2006, with the wedding and reception at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The couple honeymooned in Maui and will reside in Highlands Ranch.

Reagan Isabella Kern

Reagan Isabella Kern, daughter of Eveling and Jim Kern of Steamboat Springs and Managua, Nicaragua, was born at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 27, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 10 ounces and was 19.75 inches long. Her siblings are Mackenzie, Karyssa, Kellsey, Jessica, Stephen, James and Winnie. Her grandparents are Hal C. Kern of Lompoc, Calif., and Alba Liz Navarrete, of Managua, Nicaragua.

Henry Joseph Miller

Henry Joseph Miller, son of Christine France and Wade Thurston Miller of East Marion, N.Y., was born at 6:32 a.m., Sept. 29, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His siblings are Taylor Thurston Miller and Dorothy Anne Miller. His grandparents are Lynne Miller of Steamboat Springs and Walter and Dorothy France of Manhasset, N.Y.

Realtor of the Year named

Steamboat Springs board also announces new officers, other honors

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors has named Christine Hands the Realtor of the Year.

Saturday, October 7

Hayden considers condemnation

Hayden town officials will proceed with condemnation procedures on a piece of private property if they aren't able to secure a deal with the Colorado Department of Transportation to install a water line in a section of downtown.

Businesses victims of criminal activity

Burglars hit Steamboat, Oak Creek and Yampa

At least 10 businesses were burglarized late Wednesday and early Thursday in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek and Yampa.

Forensics hosts election debate

Candidates to be at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday

Candidate forums are common, but debates are rare, which is why Steamboat Springs High School forensics coaches Marty and Shauna Lamansky look forward to Tuesday night.

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Friends say goodbye to chief

Hayden's Jody Lenahan's last day ends with a party

Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan's last day on the job was just how he liked it. "Pretty quiet," said Lenahan, a soft-spoken man who has been the chief for 27 years.

Tigers shut out Rams

Hayden rolled up nearly 400 yards of offense Friday night and held Soroco to less than 100 in a, 28-0, shutout.

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Register to vote by Tuesday

Deadline nears for Nov. 7 election

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election. Residents can register at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Routt County Courthouse, at the Driver's License Office in Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center or at any city or town hall in the county. Registration forms also can be download from the Clerk and Recorder's Web site. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Clerk and Recorder's Office. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Oct. 10.

Hayden tops Soroco in volleyball

With cries of "our house" as they broke off a huddle before their Friday volleyball match with Hayden, the Soroco Rams came out on fire, catching the Tigers off guard in their first game. But the Rams could not sustain the intensity, losing the match in four games, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19, by finding out what the Little Snake River Rattlers did on Tuesday - that the Tigers can come alive on the road.

Briefs for 10-7

Area briefs for October 7, 2006.

Sailors grind out win

Special teams, defense lift Steamboat past Delta

Maybe nothing said more about the character and fortitude of the Steamboat Springs football team than Friday's 10-7 win against Delta.

TV show filming in Steamboat

'Modern Marvels' explores Storm Peak Laboratory, snowmaking

A fascination with snowmaking and the tracking of climate change brought TV producer Jeffrey Willerth to Steamboat Springs.

The Record for 10-5

The Record for October 5, 2006.

Friday, October 6

Briefs for 10-6

Area briefs for October 6, 2006.

Poll: Ritter has 10-point lead in governor's race

With just a month left in the campaign, Democrat Bill Ritter holds a 10-point lead over Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez in the race for Colorado governor, according to a poll released Friday that also shows a large number of undecided voters.

Foley scandal bad timing for Colorado GOP

The unfolding congressional sex scandal involving House pages couldn't have come at a worse time for the Colorado GOP, as absentee ballots are being mailed out early next week.

Beauprez-controlled bank to be sold for $72 million

Directors of a bank in which GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez owns a controlling interest have agreed to sell the company to a New Mexico bank for $72 million.

Video: Morning News Update

Steamboat police are investigating a string of burglaries that occurred late Wednesday night or Thursday morning; The Oak Creek Town Board held a special meeting Thursday night to respond to discuss the Steamboat Pilot & Today's challenge of a meeting held on September 25, State Treasurer Mike Coffman, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, will meet with residents from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today at the Old Town Pub in downtown Steamboat, The town of Yampa will purchase Crossan's Market with plans to restore the building and get it added to the county's list of historic buildings, In Sports, the Steamboat Springs volleyball team stopped a four-game slide, beating Glenwood Springs Thursday in Steamboat, The Sailors will host Delta in their homecoming football game tonight at Gardner Field, and also tonight, the undefeated Hayden Tigers take on the 1-4 Soroco Rams in a renewal of the Routt County rivalry.

Playoff fight begins

Sailors face Delta in homecoming game tonight

Tonight's homecoming game between Steamboat Springs and Delta could go a long way toward clearing the picture in the Western Slope League... or make it a lot muddier.

Routt County face-off

Hayden, Soroco play tonight

The statistics indicate Hayden should beat Soroco tonight. Hayden (5-0, 3-0 in league play) has dominated, outscoring its opponents 177-34. Conversely, Soroco (1-4, 0-3) has lost three straight games in which the Rams started off slow and gave up too many big plays.

Sailors shake Demons

Steamboat ends losing streak in Glenwood win

Having lost four consecutive matches over a long week that Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall could only describe as a "train wreck," the Sailors pulled together a league win Thursday night over Glenwood Springs, outlasting the Demons in four games, 25-22, 18-25, 25-20, 25-18.

Sailors fall to Devils in soccer

Eagle Valley played near-flawless soccer to knock off Steamboat Springs on Thursday night, 4-1, under the lights at Hot Stuff Stadium to move to 4-3-1 in the Western Slope League.

Coffman to visit with voters

Candidate for secretary of state in Steamboat today

After leaving military retirement last year to spend time in Iraq overseeing elections and government-building, state Treasurer Mike Coffman has his sights set on becoming Colorado's top elections official.

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Golden Cue out of shots

Billiards club owner says lease expires soon and he has not been given a chance to renew

Golden Cue Billiards' lease is expiring soon, and the bar and pool hall's owner said he isn't being given the chance to renew it.

Steamboat receives Starburst Award

A year after their completion, the all-season ski jumps at Howelsen Hill are being recognized by the Colorado Lottery for enhancing youth programs in Steamboat Springs. The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize facilities that exhibit cost-efficient and creative use of Colorado Lottery funds. The award acknowledges sites that provide excellent recreational activities for the community's youths. Two Colorado mountain communities - Steamboat Springs and the Western Eagle County Recreation District - recently were awarded Starburst Awards for their use of funds to promote Colorado's outdoor programs.

At the movies

Reviews of "The Departed," "Employee of the Month," "Open Season," "The Guardian," "The Illusionist," "Flyboys" and "School for Scoundrels."

Allison Plean: Circle up

Climbing on, on belay, on climb, uh - I could never remember the language the first-time around when I took a rock climbing class in college. And I had never rock climbed outside of my university's climbing gym until this weekend.

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Dance, dance

Hubbard Street 2 explores the emotion of movement

Julie Nakagawa Bottcher, artistic director of Hubbard Street 2 Dance Co., said dancers are always vulnerable. "There are a bunch of people watching them (whom) they don't know, and the audience is vulnerable, too, because they think they won't get it," Bottcher said. "There's nothing to get except their own experience."

On Scene

Usually when I go on vacation, I head over Rabbit Ears Pass to some exotic destination like the New Jersey shore or Albuquerque. This year, I decided to spend my vacation in Routt County.

CD reviews

Reviews of Los Lobos, "The Town and the City"; Diana Krall, "From This Moment On"; and Jedi Mind Tricks, "Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell."

Pursuing patronage

Steamboat Art Museum solicits support from the community

Steamboat Springs has cultivated a strong performing arts community and continues to produce talented artists, yet there is a gap in the town's artistic package. "We need to round out our cultural experience here," said Shirley Stocks, secretary of the Steamboat Art Museum board of directors. "We have such great performing arts, it's time to have the equivalent for visual arts."

Officials: Wait to snowmobile

Although signs of winter are coming, the Routt National Forest officials want to remind snowmobile riders that 12 inches of snow is required to operate the machines on national forest grounds. Twelve inches are not yet present in Routt County.

Oak Creek to discuss tapes

Town Board authorizes attorney to research 'legal matters'

Oak Creek Town Board members decided during a special meeting Thursday to have their attorney research whether a secret session they held Sept. 25 violated open meetings laws.

Homestyle recipe

Mama's Cookin serves up a hip-hop, blues and cosmic vibe

Zebuel Early, singer and guitarist for Mama's Cookin, said his mother is a very good cook. "My mama is the most amazing cook in the whole world," Early said. "Her idea of eating vegetables is eating green beans wrapped in bacon."

Yampa to buy historic market

The Yampa Town Board has taken the first step toward purchasing one of town's oldest buildings. Town officials hope to restore the structure and have it added to the county's historic registry.

The Record for 10-4

The Record for October 4, 2006.

Deb Babcock: Get your garden ready for winter

What a great year for gardening, at least in parts of Routt County. North of town, where we live, rain was plentiful and the frost held off until later in September, allowing many of the fall plants to bloom longer and early-season plants to sprout a second flourish of blooms.

Leaving the nest

Two members of Hard Poor Corn move to Chicago to pursue dream

In the past six years, they've had five different drummers and five different names, but the goal has remained the same. Ean Smith and Dan "Dank" Koebnick of the bands Perfectly Frank, Earthtone, The Whip, Bill Smith and Hard Poor Corn, are moving to Chicago to pursue their music careers.

Thursday, October 5

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Golden Cue sunk

Pool hall losing its lease

The Golden Cue Billiards lease is expiring soon, and the bar's owner is not being given the chance to renew it. "I'm losing my lease after 20 years," said Hoekstra, who will be forced to close his bar located in the Dream Island Mobile Home Park. "They're shutting me down."

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Video: Morning News Update

New regulations increase security requirements to prevent tampering with electronic votes; the classifieds section of Steamboat Today has been changed to be more reader-friendly; several downtown Hayden businesses have been without water for months; and the Steamboat Springs tennis team looks strong heading into its regional tournament in Montrose on Friday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat assembles championship team

Sports briefs for 10-5

After taking home the team state champion trophy last year, Ben Clark will return to the Colorado Scholastic Mountain Bike Championships on Sunday at Beaver Creek with a team of five Steamboat Springs High School athletes.

Trail's end

Running series grows, awards top runners

Looking back at the races of the 2006 Steamboat Springs Running Series, Linda Casner chooses to block out memories of physical exhaustion. Instead, the 54-year-old Steamboat resident focuses on the aesthetics of running beneath the famous Rabbit Ears geologic formation during the 10K at 10,000 Feet or soaking in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs after the Hot Springs Short Cut run in June.

Regional aims

Sailors hope to qualify 11 players for tournament

After a team meeting Tuesday night, Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon said the Sailors' goals for the regional tournament in Montrose on Friday and Saturday are clearly defined.

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Businesses still without water

Several downtown Hayden businesses have been without water for several months because of a broken water pipe.

The Record for 10-3

The Record for October 3, 2006.

Briefs for 10-5

Area briefs for October 5, 2006.

Newspapers' classified sections revamped

Readers may notice a few changes to the Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today and Craig Daily Press newspapers' most popular section.

Let the show begin

Ski Corp. prepares to show off town to potential buyers

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials on Wednesday put the final touches on a conference room that will be used to host and woo potential buyers of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Scott Stanford: Living for around-the-clock news

From the Editor

I spent the last few days in San Antonio watching news around the clock with my father.

Bush visits Colorado to boost Beauprez's bid for governor

President Bush showed he still has clout when it comes to fundraising after supporters had to be turned away from a Wednesday reception for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who is lagging behind his Democratic opponent.

Wednesday, October 4

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Video: A first look at Thursday's headlines

Another Steamboat Springs store has been burglarized; new regulations are in place to prevent tampering with electronic voting; the History Channel is filming a show in Steamboat; the regional tennis tournament is coming up; and we'll have a recap of the 2006 Steamboat Springs Running Series. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Voting security increased

Denver court orders county offices to comply with regulations

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said in her 12 years on the job, she has never seen election security measures tighter than those in place this year.

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Blue Sky burglarized; raft slashed

Another downtown Steamboat Springs business was broken into Tuesday. The person or people who broke it didn't take anything from the business, but someone slashed one of the company's rafts before "trashing the place" and leaving, police said.

Gubernatorial candidates disagree on Foley, clash over immigrants

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter said Tuesday that Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert should resign after he acknowledged his staff was made aware of improper e-mails from Republican Rep. Mark Foley last fall because Republican leaders were too complacent about the problems facing one of their own.

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Video: Morning News Update

Another downtown Steamboat Springs business was burglarized Tuesday; Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman is again under fire in Oak Creek; relief is in sight for the Hayden Police Department, which has been overwhelmed by the task of providing additional security at Yampa Valley Regional Airport; Pueblo West golfer Zach Zaremba came from behind to win the class 4A state high school golf championship; and Democratic sheriff candidate will answer your questions Friday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Missing in action

Steamboat lags in Summit without top runners

A little cough syrup may have been the missing ingredient for the Steamboat Springs boys and girls cross-country teams at Saturday's Summit High School Invitational meet.

Rainy day for Sailors softball

Despite the drudgery of a 13-hour Tuesday round trip that the Sailors softball team took to play Palisade in a pair of rainy games, Steamboat coach Donna Ryan was pleased with her team's improvement.

Pueblo in come-from-behind win

Pueblo West golfer Zach Zaremba started the day six strokes behind the leaders at the class 4A state high school golf championship.

No titles, no disappointment

Sailors finish sixth at Class 4A state golf tournament

There were no state titles for the Steamboat Springs Sailors at this year's Class 4A state golf tournament.

Hayden homecoming events

Hayden High School homecoming celebrations start Saturday, and events are planned throughout the week of Oct. 9. The varsity football team will take on the Grand Valley Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Hayden High School.

Businesses still without H2O

Several downtown businesses have been without water for months because of a broken water pipe.

Police: Man assaulted girl in store

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child at a Steamboat Springs business Sunday.

Board develops revenue plan

School officials meet to discuss mill levy override

The Steamboat Springs School Board met during a special meeting Tuesday to come up with a plan for how the district would use revenue from a proposed mill levy override that will appear on November's ballot.

The Record for Oct. 4

8:06 a.m. A man reported his car being stolen somewhere in Steamboat Springs.

Briefs: Oct. 4

A prescribed burn began Tuesday and will continue through tonight at the Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, is conducting the slash burn as part of a project to re-grade the Broadway ski trail in the South Peak park area. Smoke may be visible above the Rolex trail. Local fire and county authorities have been notified about the burn.

To fund, or not to fund

City Council allocates $47.5 million in 2007 budget

There will not be a Main Street Shuttle in 2007. Re-paving the parking lot at Howelsen Hill won't happen in 2007 either. But the city likely will spend $100,000 to clear snow from Lincoln Avenue sidewalks this winter, and the Steamboat Springs Police Department will be able to hire two new patrol officers.

Roger Reynolds: Cigarette litter

The city has done non-smokers and public health a favor by banning smoking in restaurants and bars. Unfortunately, this ordinance seems to have created another ugly problem - litter. Last week, as I was walking from the Probation Department to the courthouse, I had an extra few minutes to stand in front of the Old Town Pub and enjoy the sunshine.

Mike Lawrence: Counting our blessings

Budget hearing shows a fortunate, but pricey, Steamboat

My brain hurts. It's like the feeling after taking the SATs, or after watching the Broncos defeat the three-time-world-champion New England Patriots yet again. The hours of sustained concentration are exhausting.

Bob Enever: Thanks, planners

I want to congratulate and give my unreserved support to the members of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission for refusing to enlarge the Urban Growth Boundary. Many who have land on the margins want to increase its value, so inevitably there will be great pressure to expand the boundary.

Airport relief en route

Hayden could be reimbursed for police costs already incurred

Relief is in sight for the Hayden Police Department, which has been overwhelmed by the task of providing additional security at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Randy Dodd: Marijuana no danger

Regarding Amendment 44, I decided to do a little research of my own on the dangers of marijuana use. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency Web site, marijuana is dangerous because they say so. They quote other government agencies to back them up without any proof of anything they say. Again, it's the government mentality of selling fear to Americans. We are supposed to buy into this viewpoint without question - just like buying into the Vietnam War, or the high price of gas, or weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Our View: Vote 'No' on Amendment 38

At Issue: Amendment 38 Our View: The ill-conceived measure would cost taxpayers, disrupt government and undermine representative democracy.

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Oak Creek mayor under attack

Town Board calls meeting to discuss employee complaints

Town employees have alleged that Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman circumvents staff decisions and does not follow town procedures for complaints against town employees. The allegations prompted a special Town Board meeting last week.

Small business victim of fraud

A North Routt County business owner has lost thousands of dollars in a foreign scam that police officials say is reminiscent of a fraud that hit three other North Routt businesses in March.

Tuesday, October 3

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Video: A first look at Wednesday's headlines

There's another case of fraud in North Routt; city officials met Tuesday to discuss the 2007 budget; Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman is under fire; it's homecoming week at Steamboat Springs High School; Routt County has committed to helping Hayden with security at Yampa Valley Regional Airport; and state golf championships continued Tuesday.

Ski area conducting controlled burn

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, will be conducting a prescribed slash burn associated with the regrading of the Broadway trail in the South Peak Park area of Steamboat Ski Area.

Homecoming week in Steamboat

This year's theme is 'decades'

Homecoming week is under way at the Steamboat Springs High School. The theme this year is "decades," prompting students to dress in garb spanning four decades, from the 1950s to the '80s.

Dennis won't appeal campaign finance ruling

Secretary of State Gigi Dennis said Monday she will not appeal a ruling that tosses out a campaign finance rule requiring labor unions and other groups to get each member's permission to make political contributions from dues.

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Video: Morning News Update

At least five homes from the Westland Mobile Home Park will be transported to the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota instead of being demolished; the city council will review the proposed 2007 budget at an all-day public hearing at Centennial Hall today; Judy Wiegard is the winner of two airline tickets in our lift-ticket giveaway, and Carol Charubin has won the season pass; and defending state golf champion Nick Umholtz leads the pack at Haymaker. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Defending champ tops field

It only took nine holes for Greeley Central's Nick Umholtz to put a disappointing regional behind him and to prove that he is a contender for the 4A state high school state title.

'Making progress'

Sailors happy after first round of state championships

It wasn't the start the hometown Sailors had hoped for, but at the end of the first round of the class 4A state high school golf championships the players and coaches were happy with the effort.

The Record for Oct. 1

1:43 a.m. Police responded to a bar in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue where an intoxicated woman was complaining about the way she was kicked out. No action was taken.

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Homes headed to reservation

Riverwalk donates Westland trailers to Sioux in South Dakota

Some of the trailers in Westland Mobile Home Park will be put to good use rather than being demolished. Developer Jim Cook has announced that at least five homes from the park will be transported to the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Homes from the park will be taken to the reservation this month, at the expense of development group Riverwalk Steamboat, managed by Cook.

Tom Ross: October is time to think pink - even for guys

I double dare you to walk into the Tap House on a Sunday afternoon during football season and order a Pink Squirrel.

Dealing out the dollars

Council, city staff conduct hearing about 2007 budget

Today, the Steamboat Springs City Council takes a big first step toward allocating more than $47.5 million in projected expenditures for 2007.

Monday, October 2

Thanks, but no thanks

Candidate rejects special-interest donations

Ken Gordon said he has turned down as much as $100,000 because of his principles. The Democratic candidate for Colorado Secretary of State, Gordon is emphasizing his refusal to accept campaign contributions from special-interest groups and political action committees.

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Ski pass, plane ticket winners announced

Steamboat Springs residents have won a season ski pass and two airline tickets as part of Steamboat Pilot & Today's joint promotion with Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Fairfield Inn to see changes

Steamboat couple expands hotel business with purchase

La Quinta hotel owners Bobby and Awani Amin are coming off the busiest summer in the hotel's history, and they plan to be twice as busy this winter with their newest hotel.

Voter fraud allegations still tripping up voting rights group

An advocacy group that registered more than a million voters two years ago is wrestling with new allegations of voter fraud and sloppy work just weeks before crucial midterm elections.

Two largest papers endorse Democrat Bill Ritter for governor

The state's two largest newspapers, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, have endorsed Democrat Bill Ritter over Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez for governor.

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Video: Morning News Update

The city is nearing completion of a project to brighten alleys in downtown Steamboat Springs; a public forum Friday night in North Routt took a turn from individual speeches to contested debates; it's time for our lift ticket contest to come to an end; and the Steamboat Springs softball team lost both games that they played against Rifle on Saturday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for Oct. 2

Local Girl Scouts are selling nuts and candies through Oct. 14. Anyone who would like to place an order can call Tammy Ryan at 879-9813. Also, the Girl Scouts' fall registration is ongoing. For more information, call the Chipeta Council Office at (800) 288-0463 or Steamboat Area Service Team Leader Elizabeth Flaharty at 736-2499.

Sailors lose a doubleheader

The Steamboat Springs softball team lost both games that they played against Rifle on Saturday, 14-1 and 27-0. Sailor coach Donna Ryan said the Bears, who are at top of the Western Slope League, were probably the best team that Steamboat has played all year.

Exam change benefits patients

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October highlights our community's support for issues that are related to breast cancer. We thought this would be a good opportunity to inform the women in our region of some of the changes in Yampa Valley Medical Center's cancer screening program.

Youth Corps to help pilot "Safe at Home"

A steep driveway leads to Bruce and Pat Weng's home, a comfortable modular sitting high among aspens and overlooking a vibrant green valley near Oak Creek.

County Agenda for Monday, Oct. 2

Discussion regarding the Court Ordered Security Requirements for the Clerk &amp; Recorder's office 10:30 to 11:30 Weekly Media Briefing

Coffee with a candidate

Secretary of State hopeful hosts morning meeting

Steamboat Springs residents stopping for a cup of coffee or a scone this morning can meet a man running to be Colorado's next Secretary of State.

The Record for Sept. 30

12:00 a.m. During a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and 13th Street, police arrested a 19-year-old Oak Creek man on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in a single lane. Police also arrested a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man on charges including possession of an open container.

Look in the mirror and you will see the face of aging

Living in the Yampa Valley is, for most of us, living well. Whatever your recreational interests, there are opportunities to play. Whatever direction your home faces, there is a spectacular view. Whether you live in Oak Creek or Craig, Steamboat or Hayden, if you have an opinion about a local issue, you can raise your voice and be heard. The people here are amazing. And let's face it; small town life is just comfortable. Most of us are here because we want to be here.

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Clear skies

Utility pole removal renewing Old Town alleys

The city is nearing completion of a project to brighten alleys in downtown Steamboat Springs. The 2006 utility undergrounding project is in the final phase of construction, city officials said last week. The project placed power lines and utility cables underground along nearly 10 blocks of downtown alleys, with the ultimate goal of removing utility poles that clog the alleys and stretch wires across the sky.

Getting in the ring

Candidates throw verbal jabs at North Routt Forum

If local political candidates were boxers, they would be taking off their warm-up jackets and tightening the straps on their gloves.

Sunday, October 1

Bear Claw III site sold for $25 million

The sale of the Bear Claw III property reported in the Sept. 24 edition of the Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today was recorded at the Routt County Courthouse this week. The transaction price was $25 million.

Hahn's Peak news

Sunday evening, and glory be, we're having sunshine. I'm eager to get out and enjoy the fall colors. A lot of trees have already lost their leaves.

Fishing Yampa's prime fall conditions

Steamboat's top fishing guides have reason to look forward to what's left of autumn.

Our View: School bond issue should be approved

Bond issue to replace Soda Creek Elementary and renovate Strawberry Park Elementary should be approved.

Joanne Palmer: Keeping time with the refrigerator

It's hard to forget something you are reminded of 31 times a day. If my child reminded me of something that frequently I'd go berserk. But the zen-like hum of my refrigerator is something else, indeed. That something else, frankly, is my hard drive. Truth is, my refrigerator organizes my life. Totally and completely. I've tried "Week-at-a-glance," Post-it notes, and even a razzle-dazzle cell phone complete with calendar and calculator but nothing works as well as the low-tech door of my refrigerator.

Sailors have goal trouble

Steamboat soccer team struggles to find net against Glenwood Springs

The Steamboat Springs boys varsity soccer team could not catch a break during its game against Glenwood Springs on Saturday.

Jimmy Westlake: Cassiopeia's Chair

One of the first star patterns to catch your eye in the early fall sky is a distinctive group of five bright stars high in the northeast forming the shape of the letter "W," rotated counterclockwise on its side. Meet Cassiopeia, the Queen. The five stars of the W pattern actually form the outline of the Queen's chair, hanging upside down in the sky. Why upside down?

Local woman qualifies for LPGA major

Shannon Hanley remembers the goose bumps she had while standing on the first tee box at the 2002 LPGA Championship. With her brother caddying at her side, Hanley recalls the prestige of seeing her name on the leaderboard for the first five holes of an LPGA major.

Scott B. Gordon: Investment returns

The first questions I am asked when discussing my support of school bond issues 3C and 3D are, "What will it cost me?" and "What's in it for me?" The first question is a great one and can be quantified easily, as I will explain later. The second question also can be addressed with several key points.

Late rallies prove futile for Steamboat

Sailor volleyball drops Eagle Valley match, falls to Summit County

Rallies late in the games were not enough for the Steamboat Springs girls varsity volleyball teams to win against the Eagle Valley Devils.

Bill May: Frank Groh's Oxen

After Frank Groh's first adventurous trip from Leadville to Egeria Park in Routt County, he made preparations as quickly as possible to return to the prettiest place he'd ever seen and stake a homestead.

Looking back: Buggies to automobiles

50 Years Ago, from the September 27, 1956, Steamboat Pilot

Dave Shively: Tunnel vision

When I emerged for my first full breath and swam to shore, the first thing I noticed was that both laces of my river shoes were loose - even though they had been tied in double knots. Then I noticed the pink, barren tops to my right knuckles before touching my face to find that I was bleeding.

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Far from home

Exchange students settle in to Steamboat school

Areumsol Choi and Myung Chi Cha hail from South Korea, where it is common for students to where uniforms and attend school for 14 hours a day.

William and Jan van Straaten: Thanks, teens

There is much to complain about when it comes to the behavior of teenagers in this area, but a recent incident occurred that demonstrated uncommon good character on the part of a group of eight high school boys. We wanted to share this story with the community because such exemplary behavior deserves recognition.

Local VA clinics AWOL

Lack of facility a strain on vets

Ken and Cheryl Flag typically wouldn't be driving a Ford Taurus around Steamboat Springs at 5:15 a.m., but Ken has a mid-morning appointment at the Veterans Administration hospital in Grand Junction. He has little choice - there are no VA hospitals or community-based outpatient clinics in Northwest Colorado.

All in the valley

Don't travel to the Front Range for a new range

When you call Northwest Colorado home, finding the right home appliance can often involve a trip to the Front Range. For many area homeowners, such a trip is considered the only way of purchasing an affordable appliance. Not so, says Thaine Mahanna.

Border battles

Congressional race highlights immigration, security debates

In the race for Congress in Colorado's massive Third Congressional District, which spans 29 counties and includes cities such as Pueblo, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar and Republican challenger Scott Tipton have sharply differing views about illegal immigration reform and border policy. A bill called the Secure Fence Act, passed by the U.S. Senate late Friday night, defines that difference - one of many in a closely watched contest for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Republicans ready to rumble

GOP election rally draws small crowd, big passions

Despite a small public turnout, a crowd of about Republican supporters gave an adrenaline shot to the local party during an energetic "GOP Victory Rally 2006." The event featured speeches from a variety of GOP candidates as well as state Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Republican Party Chairman Bob Martinez.

Business briefs

First National Bank of the Rockies is holding a grand opening of its new Steamboat Springs office from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The building is at 270 Anglers Drive, next to McDonald's.

Sound Off

There was a glaring ommission in your recent editorial on traffic safety at railroad crossings: driver error. More than 300 motorists die each year in this country as a result of collissions with trains, yet most drivers don't give a thought to the possibility that a train may be coming down the tracks as they cross. Trains travel one path, they are very large and very loud, and they take at least a quarter-mile to stop.

Routt County Spotlight: Betty Leipold

Betty Leipold, Age: Almost 80, Occupation: Volunteer jobs, Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pa.

Looks, numbers can deceive

Building permit figures don't reveal late surge boosting 2006 construction

The volume of construction-truck traffic bustling back and forth on U.S. Highway 40 this week could point to a trend. At first glance, the valuation of building permits issued in Routt County this year appears to be on the decline. But that situation very well could reverse before year's end.

County officials: 'No' to marijuana

With the upcoming Nov. 7 general election quickly approaching, the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team and the law enforcement agencies involved with GRAMNET encourage the voters of the 14th Judicial District to educate themselves regarding the facts around marijuana and its usage prior to voting on Amendment 44.

Class Notes

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club has named Tanner Stillwell its Student of the Month for September. Lonn Clementson, Tanner's anchor teacher and assistant football coach, said: "In speaking of Tanner, my first thoughts are of his outstanding character.

John F. Russell: All on the line

I stopped playing golf a few years ago, and I can honestly say that I don't miss the game - most of the time.

Straight from the source

Hayden, Steamboat sixth-graders get hands-on with nature

There were no desks, chalkboards or bells to signal the end of class, but that didn't mean Hayden and Steamboat Springs sixth-graders weren't learning.

Hayden slays Goliath

Tigers defeat larger Dolores squad, 21-6

The numbers are gaudy. From the second quarter to the end of Hayden's 21-6 win over Dolores, the Tigers had the ball for more than 30 minutes and limited the Bears to 17 offensive plays, including just 10 in the second half.

'Taking care of our kids'

South Routt Elementary honors Hal Viele for 29 years of service as janitor

As temperatures dipped below zero on a frigid Yampa morning several winters ago, classrooms inside South Routt Elementary School stayed warm. But Hal Viele knew that soon, the classrooms and scores of students could get very cold. Something was wrong with the school's coal-burning boilers.

If you build it, they will ride

Brian Deem had raced BMX bikes his whole life - that is until he moved to Steamboat Springs.

Lithia Springs adds to Fairview housing supply

On a quiet street in Fairview, where a pair of metal storage buildings once stood, Steamboat Springs developer Thaine Mahanna is preparing to create four single-family homes before the end of the year.

Town Talk: Oak Creek/Phippsburg

You are invited to attend the open house in honor of Elmer Mai's 90th birthday. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Ladies Aid Hall in Yampa. No gifts, please.

South Routt Calendar

Monday, Oct. 2, to Friday, Oct. 6

Real estate transactions for Sept. 8-25

TOTAL REAL PROPERTY SALES - $85,215,900; TOTAL TIMESHARE SALES - $232,300