Stories for September 2006


Saturday, September 30

Huskies race past Steamboat volleyball

Battle Mountain High School's volleyball team continues to dominate its Western Slope League opponents. The Huskies made quick work of the Steamboat Springs Sailors on Thursday, winning 25-16, 25-13, 25-20.

Soroco still looking for answers

If the Soroco football team ran track, they'd be a shoo-in to run the last leg of a relay.

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Sailors make big plays

Steamboat hands Moffat County Bulldogs homecoming defeat

Bulldogs coach Kip Hafey knew the Sailors were capable of making big plays coming into Friday's homecoming game at Moffat County High School. What he didn't know was that they would make one of their biggest plays with 2.3 seconds left in the first half en route to defeating the Bulldogs, 21-9.

The Record for 9-28

The Record for Thursday, September 28, 2006.

Briefs for 9-30

Area briefs for September 30, 2006.

Hayden revenues increasing

Key businesses along the town stretch of U.S. Highway 40, growth in Hayden and business at Yampa Valley Regional Airport are just some of the reasons Hayden is seeing significant increases in the amount of sales tax revenues collected this year, according to town officials.

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SmartWool president leaving

Vice president to take over as interim general manager

Chip Coe is stepping down from his position as president of the Steamboat Springs-based SmartWool Corp. The announcement was made public Friday.

Rams falter late

Despite leading games, Soroco fails to finish

For the Soroco volleyball team, homecoming turned out to be both good and bad.

Center designs ready

Community facility will go before city planners next week

Construction of a new Steamboat Springs community center likely will begin this winter.

Tom Ross: Make mine a chocolate moose

Autumn trip to national park yields strange mix of wildlife encounters

We were leaning against lodgepole pine trees, staring intently through our telephoto lenses when the two women approached us.

Friday, September 29

Bush coming to Denver to raise money for Beauprez

President Bush is coming to town next week to help raise money for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez as Republicans hope to have a governor in office for the next round of congressional redistricting, GOP political consultant Katy Atkinson said Thursday.

Sheriff says gunman in hostage-taking left suicide note

The gunman who took six girls hostage in a high school classroom and killed one of them before taking his own life left a suicide note, Sheriff Fred Wegener said Friday.

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Video: Morning News Update

Steamboat Springs city planners denied four proposals to extend the city's urban growth boundary; six religious leaders representing different faiths formed a panel Thursday night to discuss world conflict; it's time to start taking steps to prevent the flu; Judy Kline of Steamboat Springs is today's winner of a ski lift ticket; the Battle Mountain volleyball team made quick work of Steamboat Springs on Thursday night; it's a big football weekend: Steamboat Springs and Moffat County renew their rivalry tonight in Craig, Soroco is hosting its homecoming game tonight against Paonia, and Hayden will play Dolores at 1 p.m. Saturday; and the Steamboat Springs Sailors are gearing up for the state golf tournament, which will be played Monday and Tuesday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

25 years and still skiing

Town Challenge marks anniversary with a few changes

For the past 25 years, the Town Challenge Ski Racing Series has offered local recreational skiers an avenue to push their limits and test their skills.

Playoff payback

Hayden, Dolores square off in rematch of postseason game

The Hayden Tigers football team has been on a mission to quiet the naysayers and earn the respect of its Class 1A peers.

Rivalry renewed

Sailors football squad takes on Moffat County

Statistics and records don't mean anything tonight.

Golfers right at home

State tournament held on Steamboat course

This year's state high school golf championships will feature the return of a state champion, three of the top four teams from 2005 and four local golfers who should feel right at home.

Soroco football hopeful

Rams look to build on positives for homecoming game

It's not how the Soroco Rams finish games that concerns football coach Andy Reust - it's how they start them.

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Live the dream

It took Nina Rogers three months to memorize all the lines for the one-woman show "Shirley Valentine." She picked the play because she and the character of Valentine have a lot in common. "Shirley is a marathon talker, which is probably one of the biggest things we have in common," Rogers said. "She talks nonstop for the whole two hours."

North Routt forum tonight

Candidates and local politicians scheduled to attend

Two political events are on the calendar in Routt County today: the 14th annual Senior Citizens Pig Roast Luncheon, hosted by the Routt County Republican Party at noon at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, and a candidates forum at North Routt Fire Station No. 2. The forum begins at 6 p.m. at the station north of Hahn's Peak Village on Routt County Road 129.

The Record for 9-27

The Record for Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

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Exploring solutions

Six religious leaders lead discussion on world conflicts

Rabbi Joseph Goldman of the Jewish Congregation of Steamboat was impressed with the responsiveness of the attendees of the third community meeting of "Exploring the Sacred" on Thursday night.

Soup-er bowl

Historic Routt County to benefit from this year's Soup Bowl supper

Members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans look forward to the annual Soup Bowl Supper as an opportunity to experiment with new techniques and give back to the community.

On Scene

I took along a chili pre-taster with me to the first annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge at the Downtown Hoedown last weekend, because I was scared of the painfully spicy wrath of the 24 chilis. Surprisingly, I tasted all of them - except the one I was warned about - and the biggest spice wimp in Steamboat still has her taste buds intact. But I wasn't the only attendee who appeared to be doing Lamaze after gulping down tastes of chili.

Colorado appeals court refuses to revive campaign finance rule

The Colorado Court of Appeals agreed Thursday that the Republican secretary of state probably exceeded her authority when she imposed a campaign finance rule requiring labor unions and other groups to get each member's permission to make political contributions from dues.

Looping emotions into music

Alan Vasquez uses multiple instruments to express himself

Alan Vasquez is a one-man band capable of eliciting some extreme responses from his audiences.

Working man songs

Wells' country rock lyrics tone down trials of life

It's not unusual for Steven Wells - the singer, songwriter and guitarist for Ghostowne - to be bleeding by the end of his performances. "I play so hard that I rip my fingers up on my guitar strings," Wells said. "I get a little out of control, and they sometimes have to carry me offstage because I expend so much energy."

Allison Plean: On love

Two weeks before the ceremony, one bridesmaid had a pre-wedding nightmare. The groomsmen were no where to be found, the bridesmaid lost her dress and forgot her shoes, the bride switched places with the maid of honor and Katie Holmes was there - nine months pregnant and wearing sweatpants. True story.

Don't let the flu bug bite

As influenza season nears, officials stock up on shots

A note from Children's Hospital in Denver recently arrived at the office of Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs. The letter said the hospital has not treated any child for influenza this fall, but that message doesn't mean parents and children can forget about the dangers influenza outbreaks pose in Northwest Colorado.

At the movies

Reviews of "School for Scoundrels," "Open Season," "The Guardian," "The Black Dahlia," "Invincible," "The Illusionist" and "Flyboys"

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City stands ground

Planners deny urban boundary extensions

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday denied four proposals for extensions to the boundary, and tabled a fifth proposal, at a meeting that set a rigorous standard for applications seeking development on rural or open space lands.

Briefs for 9-29

Area briefs for September 29, 2006.

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Little drummer boys - and girls

Strawberry Park Elementary loads up on African drums

Hess, Strawberry Park Elementary School's music teacher, is the proud owner of 20 new African drums, which she already has started using in her first- through fifth-grade music classes.

Plant garlic now for bigger bulbs next fall

Spaghetti sauce, Caesar salad, shrimp scampi and many other favorite foods have a common ingredient that can be easily grown in the mountains: garlic.

CD reviews

Reviews of Tori Amos, "Tales of a Librarian"; Regina Spektor, "Begin To Hope"; and Death Cab for Cutie, "Transatlanticism"

Thursday, September 28

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Video: A first look at Friday's headlines

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will hear a proposal tonight about a subdivision at Spring Creek that could cause some controversy; a candidates forum and the Routt County GOP Pig Roast are Friday; Melinda Mawdsley will report on what you can do to fight the flu; the Strawberry Park Elementary School band has some new African drums; the Sailors football team takes on Moffat County on Friday; Soroco has its homecoming against Paonia; and the state golf championship is Monday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

North Routt candidate forum Friday

Smoked pig at noon, candidate forum in the evening. Two political events are on the calendar in Routt County today: the 14th annual Senior Citizens' Pig Roast Luncheon, hosted by the Routt County Republican Party at noon at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, and a candidate forum at North Routt Fire Station #2, beginning at 6 p.m. at the fire station north of Hahn's Peak village on Routt County Road 129.

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Video: Morning News Update

A shift in the El Nino pattern could mean more snow for Steamboat Springs; the Steamboat Springs School District is suffering from a lack of substitutes teachers; an Interfaith meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight; Daniel Barrat of Hayden is today's winner in our lift ticket giveaway; the Hayden volleyball team beat West Grand on Tuesday; and the Steamboat Springs tennis team beat Grand Junction and Montrose. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat tennis continues solid play

The Steamboat Springs tennis team continued to roll, notching two more wins Tuesday in what coach John Aragon called a nice warm-up for the regional tournament on Oct. 6.

Running loose

Cross country finding stride after Saturday win

Steamboat Springs cross-country coach Glen Light checked to make sure he had the training essentials for Tuesday's practice - a couple of cream pies, two dozen eggs and a trash bag full of water balloons.

Interfaith forum tonight

Community discussion to reflect on 'World in Conflict'

Whether it is over coffee, around the dinner table, late at night or in some other thought-provoking setting, people have discussions every day about the state of the world.

Counterfeit bills hit Steamboat Springs

Something was funny about the money Wendy's Restaurant shift supervisor Rose Gonzalez was handed Tuesday afternoon.

Second man sentenced in robbery

Two Steamboat Springs men have been sentenced to two years in prison for robbing several men at gunpoint in February at a Steamboat mobile-home park.

Intensity brings Tigers a win

Hayden volleyball coach Stephanie Davis can see her team turning the corner and becoming more balanced.

YVRA summer volume up

Terminal construction likely to continue beyond Dec. 15

Airline passenger volume at Yampa Valley Regional Airport was up this summer, primarily because of increased traffic on United Express flights. However, the number of departing passengers on the daily Continental Airlines jet flight from Houston was down slightly despite robust load factors.

The Record for Sept. 26

7:13 a.m. A caller complained about a person camping in a vehicle in the 200 block of Anglers Drive.

Briefs for Sept. 28

Annual Literary Sojourn festival tickets sold out

El Niño may mean snow

Above-average temps, precipitation in long-range forecast

Jim Pringle wouldn't hesitate booking a ski trip to Colorado based on the long-range forecast the National Weather Service issued last week.

Scott Stanford: Help add specialized content

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is unlike any other newspaper I have worked for.

Substitute teachers needed

Steamboat Springs School District in near 'crisis' mode

The Steamboat Springs School District is in dire need of substitute teachers.

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Filling the piggy bank

Candidates agree: Money needed for local child care

Candidates from different election races and political parties agreed Wednesday that money is the solution to crowded child care programs in Routt County.

Wednesday, September 27

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Video: A first look at Thursday's headlines

Several candidates running the Nov. 7 election attended a forum today; meteorologists offer some early predictions for winter weather; Steamboat Springs schools are short on substitute teachers; Tom Ross looks at traffic at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this summer; Luke Graham recaps Steamboat tennis and Hayden volleyball games this week; and Dave Shively looks at the Sailors cross-country team at the midpoint of the season.

Third interfaith discussion Thursday

Community forum to discuss "World in Conflict"

Whether it is over coffee, around the dinner table, late at night, or in some other thought-provoking setting, people have discussions every day about the state of the world. Marchele McEntee and Tim McCarthy decided that such discussions should involve as many people as possible.

Gunman, girl dead at Colorado high school

A gunman took six girls hostage at the high school in this mountain town Wednesday, using them as human shields for hours before he shot and fatally wounded a girl and then killed himself as SWAT team members moved in, authorities said.

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Video: Morning News Update

The Division of Wildlife is looking for the people responsible for killing six antelope and two deer; First Impressions of Routt County is hosting a candidates forum today; Hayden is trying to determine how to repair a leaking water supply pipe in the Yampa River; Julie Taulman of Steamboat Springs is today's winner in our lift ticket giveaway; the Sailors volleyball team lost an emotional match to Moffat County; and the Sailors soccer team downed Moffat County 3-0. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Center serving seniors with Timeless Tennis

Karen Connell believes you are never too old to learn - or to play - tennis.

Bulldogs put end to streak

Moffat County wins fierce regional rivalry in tie-breaker

The last point whimpered to the ground on an error at the net. The six girls on the Bulldogs side of the court exploded in cheers before the deluge of Moffat County fans stormed their home floor to celebrate a feat that had not been accomplished in 16 years - beating Steamboat Springs.

Sailors tackle 'Dogs

The first half of Tuesday's soccer game at Loudy-Simpson Park was a step in the right direction for the Moffat County High School Bulldogs. Too bad the second half was two steps backwards.

Talking about toddlers

Forum to press candidates on early childhood issues

During a lunchtime forum at the Routt County Courthouse Annex, at least 10 candidates will answer questions from the board about early childhood education.

Hayden eyes plant repairs

There is more than one way to pump the water out of the Yampa River to serve the town of Hayden. Since the beginning of September, a busted pipe has forced the town to use a rented pump to supplement the amount of water sucked from the river into the treatment plant.

Mike Lawrence: Sampling campaign missives

The politics of attacking your attacker's attack ads

Whenever I feel amazed by the flood of e-mails pouring into my iMac, I think of the pope.

The Record for 9-25

The Record for Monday, September 25, 2006.

Briefs for 9-27

Area briefs for Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

Our View: District needs to be more specific

At issue: Referendum 3C

Our View: More specifics are needed on mill levy override to help attract and retain quality education staff in the Steamboat Springs School District

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Spring Creek plans on agenda

Planning commission to discuss proposals Thursday

City planners will discuss two proposals for development on Spring Creek Road Thursday night.

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Officials target poachers

Bodies of six antelope, two deer illegally shot found Monday

The Division of Wildlife is looking for the person or people responsible for illegally shooting six antelope and two deer. The carcasses were found along Routt County Road 65 on both sides of the county line, and officials think the shootings occurred early Sunday evening.

Tuesday, September 26

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Video: A first look at Wednesday's headlines

Division of Wildlife officials are looking for the people responsible for an illegal hunting incident; Mike Lawrence writes his weekly politics column; the Planning Commission meets Thursday; and two Sailors teams play in Moffat County. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Governor's race looks like tossup after missteps by GOP candidate

First came word that the running mate picked by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez had compared same-sex marriage to bestiality. Then Beauprez apologized for overstating the abortion rate among blacks.

Officials investigate illegal hunt

The Division of Wildlife is looking for the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting six antelope and two deer in west Routt County.

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Video: Morning News Update

The Steamboat Springs School Board has a new president; there are several political events in Routt County leading up to Election Day; workers are trying to improve a stream habitat on the Yampa River; Bob Chapman of Nederland is today's lift ticket winner; and the city is holding an open house at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Middle school highlights PBS plan

Administrators and teachers from Steamboat Springs Middle School gave a presentation highlighting the Positive Behavior Support plan during Monday's School Board meeting.

Tennis Center to host open house

The city of Steamboat Springs wants the community to check out the renovations at the city's indoor Tennis Center.

Film festival accepting submissions

The fourth annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival has a new format this year and is still accepting submissions.

Perry-Mansfield gives after-school classes

Perry-Mansfield would like to expand its fall offerings, and Virginia Barrett has found what she believes to be the perfect solution.

Preschool receives grant

Family Development Center awarded $64,600 for programs

Tami Havener believes funding for early childhood education is critical to development.

Briefs for Sept. 26

LIFT-UP will not be accepting donations at the Donation Center this week because donations have exceeded the space. The Donation Center will reopen with the usual schedule, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting Oct. 3. Donations are limited to two bags or boxes of items per donor per day. LIFT-UP can always use volunteers for the Donation Center. If interested, call 879-3374.

The Record for Sept. 24

1:56 a.m. Loud noise was reported on the 400 block of Ore House Plaza.

Calendar filled with politics

Plenty of events coming up; voter registration deadline Oct. 10

There will be no shortage of political events in Routt County during the next six weeks, leading up to Election Day on Nov. 7.

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Rebuilding riverbanks

Restoration project replaces cars with native plants

Marv Shively spent Monday afternoon rolling on the river. As part of an ongoing stream habitat improvement project on the Yampa River at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area, Shively, Bill Chase and excavator Billy Jankoski are installing native vegetation on a stretch of cleared riverbank to reduce erosion and improve the riparian habitat. The wildlife area is just south of Steamboat Springs city limits, near Routt County Road 14F.

Tom Ross: Football ads driving me crazy

I'd rather pilot my Nordic Track than my carpet cleaner

The best way I've found to watch football on television is to step on the Nordic Track and exercise while the first half rolls by.

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A unanimous choice

Former teacher, mother of three new School Board president

Denise Connelly was unanimously elected Steamboat Springs School Board president during Monday's monthly meeting.

Monday, September 25

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Video: A first look at Tuesday's headlines

Melinda Mawdsley reports on the Steamboat Springs School Board meeting tonight; Mike Lawrence offers a look at upcoming debates and political events; Tom Ross gives an update of flight at Yampa Valley Regional Airport; Lawrence reports on a river restoration project; and Ross gives his insights on Sunday football. 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 Steamboat Springs School Board meets at Centennial Hall tonight; Routt County Search and Rescue is holding its annual fundraiser; see a multimedia slide show of recovery efforts after the 2002 Hinman Fire; weekend lift ticket winners are announced; and the Run for Literacy was Sunday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Blue skies brighten Run for Literacy

After two days of rain and cold weather, the skies opened up, temperatures rose and more than 60 runners and walkers took part in the 20th annual Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy in near perfect conditions.

Colorado Girl Scout councils merge

"On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law."

Search and Rescue hosts fundraiser Tuesday

The Routt County Search and Rescue is always on call and prepared in case it is dispatched. Now, the Search and Rescue is calling on you.

Briefs for Sept. 25

Lift ticket winners announced

School Board sees changes

Meeting site moves to Citizens' Hall; new president to be elected

The Steamboat Springs School Board will have two certain changes tonight.

Chatting with Ken Brenner

Ken Brenner is president of the Steamboat Springs City Council. Brenner sat down for a chat Friday on Below is a transcript of that chat.

County Agenda for Monday, Sept. 25

10:30 to 11:30 Weekly Media Briefing

The Record for Sept. 23

12:14 a.m. During a traffic stop on the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza, police arrested a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Skin cancer can be treated by excision

More than one out of every seven Americans will contract some kind of skin cancer in the course of his or her lifetime. Intense or prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays is the number one cause of skin cancer. So as we exit another summer and enter into another ski season with our favorite toys, a little information may be useful

Sunday, September 24

Working the grind

Longtime snowboard coach creates rails for the snowboarders, motocross drivers and skateboarders

The first flakes of snow to touch the ground last week instantly awoke ski and snowboard jibbers from their summer slumbers, leading them on a search for one item - a few good rails. Whether it was students setting up their first jumps at The Lowell Whiteman School or teens driving up Buffalo Pass to bring pickup-loads of snow back to the city, the recent winter-like weather has proved beyond a doubt that the demand for rails - and not just salvaged rusty wreckage - is at an all-time high.

Olivia Lucero: Honor the deal

Mobile Home Park is in the final stages.

Kerry Hart: Putting the community in community college

Have you ever wondered what happened to the old junior college? Back in the day, there were primarily three types of institutions in the higher education arena: the four-year college or university, the private vocational institutions and the junior college. Although there are not many junior colleges still in existence, the junior college was designed to provide the first two years of a baccalaureate degree for those students intending to transfer and complete their degree at a university.

Class Notes for Sept. 24

Young writers contest open to local students

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and the Hayden, South Routt and Steamboat Springs School districts are combining to host a young writers contest this fall.

Roger Watson: Look in the mirror

Ann Coulter's (Sept. 14 Steamboat Today) column sought to put the blame of world terrorism on Bill Clinton's administration. She states that Bush was in office only eight months before Sept. 11 and was really not accountable. She fails to mention that Clinton warned Bush that Osama Bin Laden would be the biggest threat to national security, which Bush ignored, already setting his sights on Saddam Hussein and Iraq. She also conveniently ignores the fact that it was Bush who got a briefing five weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks that the threat of an attack was at a fevered pitch. Of course, Bush was at his ranch on vacation, and his response to the report was to go fishing.

School's numbers, students reach high

More than 100 skiers, riders and world travelers ready for record-setting year at Lowell Whiteman

Annie McLean came for the skiing, but it took more than powder days for her to remain at The Lowell Whiteman School.

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Road to recovery

Forest Service, youth corps' efforts plant new life in burned forest

Four years have passed since lightning ignited the Hinman and Burn Ridge fires in North Routt. An estimated 30,000 acres of national forest land burned in a matter of months during both blazes. But now, signs of a rebirth are visible. Forest Service employees and members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps spent the past two weeks planting an estimated 45,000 Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pine trees in the burn area.

Sound Off

Have any of our leaders who are responsible for approving the Disney castle at the corner of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive thought about traffic? That corner was already a complete mess, even on the slowest winter mornings. But add a few hundred car trips in and out of the cartoon castle, and then One Steamboat Place and Snowflower 2 - holy smokes! Think how crazy it's going to be. Any plans or foresight into this pending chaos?

Scott Gordon: A valuable experience

Opinions, point/counter point, pontificating on controversial topics. This is what I imagined might take place at a Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board meeting when I took on my role as a community member of the Editorial Board. My preconceptions were only partially realized.

Tommy Larson: Driving problem

Downtown Steamboat Springs does not have a parking problem, it has a driving problem. Adding a parking structure will only address the symptoms of congestion, not the real issue.

Omar Campbell: Patriotism lacking

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor triggered World War II.

Elizabeth Black: Thanks, Realtors

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority would like to express its gratitude to those participating Realtors, real estate agencies and others in the housing industry in the Routt County Chapter of the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF). YVHA received a grant from CARHOF in the amount of $6,500 that will go toward the purchase of land for an affordable housing subdivision on Elk River Road in Steamboat Springs.

Our View: The rewards of giving

The Routt County United Way kicked off its 2006 campaign last week with a goal of raising $550,000, up from the record $530,000 raised in 2005.

Hot, spicy competition

Chili challenge crowns top recipes in the county

While most Routt County residents were tucked in bed at 4 a.m., George Trujillo was making five gallons of the famous green chili he knew would bring him victory.

Sailors soccer bounces back

Team picks up win over Palisade after Tuesday's loss

Steamboat Springs soccer coach Rob Bohlmann was looking for his team to put together a complete game against Palisade on Saturday, after struggling to find a rhythm against Battle Mountain earlier in the week.

The road ahead

Cog Rally drivers prepare for championship series' fastest race

A couple of years ago, Steamboat Springs resident Chris Moore decided he wanted in on the action. After watching rally car competitors travel from all reaches of North America to race on the county roads in his backyard, Moore invested in a 1977 two-wheel-drive Dodge Colt and entered in last year's Colorado Cog Rally in Hayden.

Dave Shively: Living the dream

The video clip was impossible to ignore, seeing that one motocross guy whip his bike through the air two full rotations and land to the cheers of a packed Staples Center crowd at X Games 12.

A county divided

Local voters' views on candidates differ in upcoming gubernatorial election

The choice for governor is clear in the minds of Routt County residents. Of course, that choice depends on whom you ask.

South Routt Calendar for 9-24

South Routt Calendar for the week of September 24, 2006.

The Year of the Ram

Soroco High School Homecoming Week theme reflects Chinese zodiac calendar

For Soroco High School's Class of 2007, this is their year. Literally. It is the year of the ram on the Chinese zodiac, and it also is the year of the Soroco Ram.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Love of the land

I have been blessed with a very unique opportunity, and it all started two years ago.

Jimmy Westlake: The trouble with Uranus

Uranus. There, I said it. The very thought of having to say the name of the seventh planet over the airwaves is enough to send chills up the spine of even a veteran reporter. Imagine choking on embarrassing headlines like, "Astronomers today announced the discovery of five dirty rings around Uranus," or, "This week, NASA scientists probed Uranus for the first time," or, "Scientists are monitoring Uranus very closely for signs of methane gas."

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Sailors discover spark

Down two games, volleyball rallies to beat Delta

Friday's disappointing, three-game loss to Palisade looked to derail the Sailors as they returned to the court on Saturday in their match against Delta. After a lackadaisical and sloppy warm-up led to close back-to-back losses in their first two games, Steamboat Springs coach Wendy Hall said she was at the breaking point of frustration, until something intangible happened to her team in game three.

Routt County Spotlight: Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer, Age: 45, Occupation: Radio, Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

Get out while you can

Soon, leaves and snow will fall

Those glancing around and wondering where all the beautiful fall colors have gone are not alone.

Group acquires Bear Claw III

21-year-old approval would be set aside for ski-in, ski-out site

An Edwards-based development group has purchased the ski-in, ski-out Bear Claw III site at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Business briefs

Cyd Pougiales with the Thira Incorporated architecture firm was recently designated as the lead coordinator of the American Institute of Architects Colorado West Chapter in Steamboat Springs.

Two wheels, one chain and a new name

Longtime bike designer Kent Eriksen building his own line

He has been building custom bikes for more than 30 years in Steamboat Springs, but only until now has Kent Eriksen's name been decaled on them.

Bill May: Mishap at Grand River

Here's another story that was passed down by that colorful old cowboy of Hayden, Charlie Temple. Charlie came into this country early - when it was all open range. The typical full-fledged cowboy of those days was apt to be familiar with ranges and cow trails from Vernal to Wolcott and from Rawlins to Rifle. Such was the case with Charlie; so his stories related to people and places all over Routt County, which at that time covered a big part of that 20,000-square-mile area.

Rilla Wiggins: Hahn's Peak news

Whee! Got up last Saturday morning and there was at least 6 inches of snow out there, and it was hanging over the roofs. Couldn't find my shovel so I could clean off my ramp, so had to close shop all day. Marsy cleaned off the step Sunday morning. I was pushing some snow off, and that heavy snow came off the roof, right on my head. By Monday noon, most of the snow was melted here in Hahn's Peak basin, but the mountaintops look like winter.

Looking back: Trustees set budget for 1957

50 Years Ago, from the September 20, 1956, Steamboat Pilot

Tennis sharp in victory

Burger silences former teammates' jibing

Admittedly, Steamboat tennis player Brian Burger was a little bit nervous before taking on his former team.

The Record for 9-22

The Record for September 22, 2006, and Jail Report for September 16 to 22.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 5 to 7


Saturday, September 23

Hayden rips Paonia

Tigers move to 4-0, 2-0 in WSL

The Tigers' long bus ride home from Paonia was made much easier after their 34-6 win Friday night at Paonia's homecoming game. After an uneventful, scoreless first quarter, Tigers coach Shawn Baumgartner said Paonia scored first on a Tanner Ridgeway rush as the second quarter opened, only to have sophomore Coy Letlow return the ensuing kickoff to take a 7-6 lead.

Soroco victim to big play

West Grand football defeats Rams 34-8

All week in practice, Soroco head football coach Andy Reust preached to his players not to give up the big play. Unfortunately, just 15 seconds into the game Friday night, the Rams (1-3, 0-2 in league) already found themselves down 6-0.

Rams put up a fight, but fall in four games

Volleyball coach hopes slump ends

Although the Soroco Volleyball team lost in four games Friday night to West Grand - 28-26, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19 - coach Betsy Photos thinks the Rams are on the cusp of breaking out of their slump.

Hayden board OKs parks appointment

As Hayden's new Parks and Recreation coordinator gets ready to start work Monday, another Hayden resident has stepped up to help the parks.

Residents look at future of art in school

A committee has been formed to develop a plan for improving fine and performing arts in Steamboat Springs schools.

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S. Routt librarian honored

Soroco teacher receives award for online work

South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed wasn't sure whether Brenda Little would attend Thursday's School Board meeting if she had known she was receiving an award.

The Record for 9-21

The Record for September 21, 2006.

Briefs for 9-23

Area briefs for September 23, 2006.

Police department welcomes new officer

Growing up with a U.S. diplomat for a mother and watching other family members dedicate themselves to public service played a large role in Nick Moore's decision to enter law enforcement more than two years ago.

Canadian scam hitting city

Residents losing money when asked to cash fraudulent checks

An elderly Steamboat Springs woman was the victim of a scam that police worry also may have targeted other area residents.

Charges dropped in methamphetamine case

Victim refuses to testify in Craig man's trial

The District Attorney's Office has dismissed charges against a Craig man accused of entering a Steamboat Springs mobile home and stealing 10 grams of methamphetamine.

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Museum eyes downtown spot

Building gifted to city by longtime resident

The city of Steamboat Springs now possesses the deed to a historical downtown building, and a local group is eyeing the space for an art museum.

Tom Ross: Not kinky, just stinky

Watch a football game in your ski boots - your feet will thank you in November

All over Steamboat this morning, guys are emptying their garages in the worst possible weather in a vain attempt to squeeze the car back in there. A few hard frosts on Mama's windshield, and priorities subtly shift.

Pot laws trigger debate

Sheriff, House candidate speak out on legalization

Routt County Sheriff John Warner said the vast majority of people in the Routt County Jail are in custody for the same reason ... because of alcohol or drugs.

Friday, September 22

Lift ticket winners announced

he following people have won lift tickets in the Steamboat Pilot & Today's joint promotion with Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. Winners are from Steamboat Springs unless otherwise noted:

Video: Morning News Update

A report has released details of the ski area's financials; Routt County voters have no reason to worry about the security of their votes, county officials say; today's lift ticket winner is Jason Krueger of Clark; the Soroco volleyball team dropped three games to North Park; and the Soroco and Hayden football teams play tonight. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

County says voting machines secure

Routt County voters have absolutely no reason to worry about the security of their votes Nov. 7, county Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Thursday.

West Grand poses threat to Soroco

Tonight might be the best time for Soroco to catch the West Grand football team. After all, West Grand was hammered, 38-6, by Hayden last week.

Moose is Loose

Golf tournament supports skiing prospects

For more than 30 years, golfers have teed off to help the children of Steamboat Springs excel on the ski slopes as part of the Moose in Loose golf tournament.

Hayden looks to build

After impressive start, Tigers to take on Paonia

In Shawn Baumgartner's four years as Hayden football coach, he has learned that one win or loss doesn't make a season.

Backus' appeal rejected

Man convicted in Gerald Boggs' death will remain behind bars

The murder conviction of Michael Backus was upheld. Thursday by the Colorado Court of Appeals

At the movies

Reviews of "Everyone's Hero," "The Black Dahlia," "Gridiron Gang," "How to Eat Fried Worms," "The Illusionist" and "Flyboys"

Before the pavement dries

Women reflect their views of the world through art

Dee Timm said the art world remains a male-dominated field. "It definitely is, and they are the ones getting the education chairs," she said. "It's not like it was in the 70s, but it is not 50-50 by any means."

Lombardi gets big present

Soroco senior to sing national anthem at Rockies game

What started as a joke has turned into a birthday present for Soroco senior Toni Lombardi.

Man arrested after threatening officers

Deputies were forced to use a Taser gun on a 40-year-old man to arrest him Thursday after he reportedly threatened officers with an ax.

Permission to party - and dress badly

Jill Murphy Long throws bash to promote third book

After Jill Murphy Long failed her home ec class, she was nicknamed "Home Wreck."

Fox hunt to target coyotes

The wide-open spaces of Northwest Colorado will beckon equine enthusiasts Saturday to the Elkhead Ranch, 20 miles north of Hayden, for a traditional fox hunt.

You're hired!

'Reality Town USA' winner to become fake ski company director

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be a new concept for another reality TV show, Ski Town Productions takes the stage.

A chance to serve

Oct. 6 is deadline to apply for open City Council seat

Residents interested in public service have exactly two weeks to apply for a seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Council member Kevin Kaminski resigned from his seat Tuesday. Kaminski announced the resignation in August, after he and his family purchased a new home outside of District 3, which Steamboat voters elected Kaminski to represent in November 2005. The City Charter requires council members to live in the district they are elected to represent.

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Fetcher foundations

Family's contributions displayed in new museum exhibit

The Fetcher family is being featured at the Tread of Pioneers Museum in a new exhibit, "Foundations of Steamboat: The Fetcher Family," that will be on display until August.

CD reviews

John Mayer, "Continuum";

The Record for 9-20

The Record for Wednesday, September 20, 2006.

Life of the party

Yo, Flaco! comes to Steamboat ... sans Omnibot 2000

Brandon Martin, guitarist for the band Yo, Flaco!, took his Omnibot 2000 robot with him on the band's last tour.

Briefs for 9-22

Area briefs for Friday, September 22, 2006.

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Rams drop three

Soroco's intensity fades in losses to North Park

As an under-sized 1A school playing against larger 2A opponents, North Park volleyball coach Randy Hodgson feels fortunate to have size and experience on his sideline. Having lost only one starter from last season, the tall and talented Wildcats (9-1 overall, 4-0 in league) showed some veteran swagger in their Thursday match at Soroco, winning in three games, 25-19, 25-4, 25-13.

Company cited in accidental death

OSHA investigation found several safety violations at Hayden Station

A Texas-based company has been cited and assessed about $18,000 in fines in the death of a Mississippi man who fell nearly 100 feet into an empty boiler at Xcel Energy's Hayden Station.

Deb Babcock: Bring plants inside before frost

With autumn upon us, it's time to bring indoors some of your more tender garden plants before the frost kills them off. This includes favorite annuals that bring color to your home during the gray Steamboat winter, such as geraniums, begonias, coleus, fuchsia and impatiens.

The spice is right

Who will be crowned at the chili cookoff?

Who will be crowned at the chili cookoff?

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Put your hoe down and pick up a spoon

Second annual Downtown Hoedown hosts its first chili challenge

It takes Yampa resident George Trujillo between six and eight hours to peel enough chili peppers to make one batch of his award-winning chili.

On Scene

I felt like I traveled back in time on Friday night. The entourage at the Steamboat Yacht Club flashed back to 2004 - back when the Brewglass Boys were playing as many gigs at Mahogany Ridge as Worried Men.

Allison Plean: Some like it hot

Beans, beans - are they the magical fruit or are they good for your heart?

Thursday, September 21

Video: A first look at Friday's headlines

A newspaper has released financial information for Steamboat Ski Area; the City Council has not received any applications to fill the seat left by Kevin Kaminski; Hayden Excel Power Plant cited for safety violations after a worker's death last year; and Hayden and Soroco both have football games Friday night. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Report details Ski Corp. financials

The Steamboat Ski Area generated sufficient revenues last year to cash flow $27.5 million, according to a story that published in the Denver Post Thursday morning. Based on that number, a source for the story projects a purchase price between $220 million and $275 million, an approximate range previously reported by Steamboat Today.

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Video: Morning News Update

Water district officials from the Front Range are considering pumping water from the Yampa River to Northeastern Colorado; no charges will be filed against two boys involved in a hunting accident last week; Ski Corp. is looking for locals to fill more than 100 seasonal jobs at a job fair Friday; today's lift ticket winner is Carol Charubin of Steamboat Springs; and the last race of the Steamboat Springs Running Series is Sunday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Brand new plastic

After summer of ski jump training, coaches excited about team's chances

Thanks to the new plastic at Howelsen Hill, the young athletes in Todd Wilson's jumping and Nordic combined programs logged more time on the hill this summer than ever before.

South Routt School District land acquisition official

South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed will make a much-anticipated announcement at today's South Routt School Board meeting.

Hayden thinking bigger for vocation

Growing pains are coming with the success of Hayden School District's vocational education program.

Rallying the Cog

Weekend race brings premier rally car drivers

Jim Gill, chairman of the Colorado Cog Rally, has one question for prospective spectators at this weekend's performance rally events on the county roads surrounding Hayden: Do you find sliding your vehicle thrilling?

Helping you help others

Suicide group offers free training for community members

If you've ever been confronted by a friend or family member threatening suicide and didn't know what to do or say, you're not alone.

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The last chance

Pilot & Today's Run for Literacy final race in summer series

The 20th annual Steamboat Pilot & Today Run for Literacy will mark an end to another successful year of the Steamboat Springs Running Series.

The Record for Sept. 19

12:02 a.m. A woman in the 3700 block of Lincoln Avenue reported a group of people setting off fireworks that were landing in her backyard. Officers contacted the group of people and gave them a warning.

Briefs for Sept. 21

Steamboat Youth hockey registration has started

Ski Corp. looking for locals

Ski season job fair to be held Friday

The snow is already starting, and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. still has more than 100 seasonal jobs to fill before the ski season.

No charges in hunting incident

Two boys involved in 'clearly accidental' situation, according to Sheriff's Office

Routt County law enforcement officials and investigators with the Colorado Division of Wildlife will not press charges in a hunting accident involving two boys last week.

Scott Stanford: Dabbling with video

Many have told me I have a voice for radio. Some have said I have a face for radio. No one has ever said I belong on TV.

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Front Range eyeing Yampa River

Water district studying transfer from Maybell to Fort Collins area

One of the fastest-growing regions in the country is looking to the Yampa River for water. The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, which includes eight counties on the Front Range and in northeastern Colorado, has received preliminary findings from a study examining the feasibility of transferring Yampa River water across the Continental Divide.

Wednesday, September 20

Sailors qualify for state tourney

Golf team finishes second at regional

The Steamboat Sailors golf team is headed to state after finishing second Wednesday in the regional tournament.

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Video: A first look at Thursday's headlines

Millions of gallons of water could be pumped from the Yampa River to the Front Range; no charges will be filed against a juvenile in a hunting accident; Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is holding its job fair; the Cog Rally is this weekend; and the Sailors play in a regional golf tournament today. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Man OK after hit-and-run accident

A Steamboat Springs man was not injured Tuesday night when he was run over by a woman driving near Village Drive and Walton Creek Road.

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Heavy snow headed for Rabbit Ears Pass

The first blowing-snow advisory of the season has been issued for Rabbit Ears Pass. The National Weather Service in Denver issued the warning, which is in effect from 6 p.m. today until noon Thursday.

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Video: Morning News Update

A man reports a hit-and-run; the City Council approves several project for the ski base redevelopment; school officials say they do not support a company that is asking area business for money; Arnold A. Barnes of Boulder is today's lift ticket winner; the Sailors tennis team looks comfortable in its win against Fruita Monument; and the Steamboat soccer team falls to Battle Mountain. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Devils take two from Sailors

Softball team drops doubleheader

Coach Donna Ryan and her Steamboat Springs softball team were still searching for a way to take back "that one inning" that makes all difference in their Tuesday doubleheader against Eagle Valley.

Battle Mountain tops Steamboat in soccer

There is still a month left in high school soccer's regular season, but Tuesday night's game between Steamboat and Battle Mountain seemed more like the playoffs.

Sailors tame 5A Wildcats

Steamboat tennis team looks comfortable

Steamboat Springs Andrew Hoing seems to have the focus. After the Sailors No. 1 singles player handily defeated Fruita Monument's Jeff Hrncir, 6-1, 6-1, the recent senior transfer student from Houston celebrated Steamboat's 6-1 victory against the Wildcats by giving his teammates a show straight out of Sea World, catching hurled grapes in his mouth.

Donna Howell: Issues 3C and 3D will improve area education

On Nov. 7, voters will have the opportunity to vote on Steamboat Springs School District issues 3C and 3D. I would like to take the opportunity to explain how the passage of 3C and 3D will address our needs for now and the future. A successful vote will enhance education for our children and benefit our community, at a cost increase of $8 a month for the owner of a $450,000 home.

The Record for 9-18

The Record for Monday, September 18, 2006.

Calendar fundraiser not OK with officials

Lee: 'This isn't benefiting the school at all'

Steamboat Springs High School officials warn businesses to be wary of an out-of-town company that has been asking for money as part of a basketball calendar fundraiser for the school.

Hayden board meets tonight

Overall enrollment down in district schools

Enrollment is down in the Hayden School District, but early numbers are up from what administrators projected.

Briefs for 9-20

Area briefs for September 20, 2006.

Man arrested after tanker rollover

A 43-year-old Montrose man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday night after he lost control of the empty fuel tanker he was driving on Rabbit Ears Pass and ran it off the highway.

Three teens OK after car fire

A car was destroyed in a fire that ignited after an accident early Saturday morning on Buffalo Pass.

Hoping to get in hot water

Council: Explore geothermal energy for base area

On Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved the continued design and planning of several projects that could begin redevelopment at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The projects include a roundabout leading into Ski Time Square at an intersection near the Steamboat Trading Co. and The Tugboat Grill & Pub; a pedestrian walkway from the Gondola Transit Center to Ski Time Square; and a brand logo for the redevelopment featuring the slogan "Steamboat Unbridled."

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Science School in session

Area sixth-graders immersed in outdoor, social education

Gretchen Van De Carr brought the concept of Science School when she moved here from Oregon. In Science School, area sixth-graders spend one week during the fall participating in hands-on science learning in an outdoor environment. The "outdoor classrooms" are set up at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and the students camp in the cabins and eat in a rural setting.

Mike Lawrence: Time for crampons

Firm footing needed in slippery election season

Despite the snow on the mountain and the frost on your windshield, it's not ski season yet. But it is the season of slippery slopes.

Our View: Upgrades needed at railroad crossings

At Issue: Railroad crossings. Our View: Guards should be installed at as many crossings as possible immediately.

Tuesday, September 19

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Video: A first look at Tuesday's headlines

A car was destroyed in a fire that followed an accident Monday on Buffalo Pass; black bears are out and about in Steamboat Springs and the Division of Wildlife is advising residents to take the proper precautions to avoid run-ins with the animals; one of the first redevelopment projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area could be a roundabout near the Steamboat Trading Co. and The Tugboat Grill & Pub; Steamboat Ski Area is back in the top 10. SKI Magazine's annual rankings of North America's best ski areas ranks Steamboat number nine; a proposed subdivision around the historic More Barn has hit a significant roadblock in the approval process; Christine Pohlman of Hayden is today's lift ticket winner; and in sports, the Steamboat Sailors softball team has a doubleheader today against Eagle Valley.

Pain management recognized at YVMC

A decade ago, when Dr. Brian Siegel came to Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley Medical Center, the medical specialty of pain management was just taking off.

You've been injured ... now what?

Many people, at some point in their lives, will be injured during recreation or exercise. What do you do when that happens and how can you prevent future injuries?

CEO reshaping The Memorial Hospital

After a rocky beginning, George Rohrich, TMH 'turning a corner'

It's March 29 and George Rohrich - the newly minted chief executive officer at The Memorial Hospital in Craig - is silently watching as his hospital is being torn apart by bitter in-fighting.

Digital revolution replaces film at medical center

A digital revolution has hit the hallways at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The hospital's radiology department recently moved from using film for X-rays and other diagnostic images to processing them digitally. The change has proven to save both patients' and physicians' time and space.

Standard vaccines help prevent diseases

By introducing minute amounts of potentially fatal viruses or bacteria to people, the medical community likely has saved lives. But the creation and use of vaccines is not done.

Achieving wellness

Instructors approach fitness with a well-rounded strategy

What is wellness? How do you determine how well you are? "Wellness is a multidimensional state of being, describing the existence of positive health in an individual, as exemplified by quality of life, and a sense of well-being," according to the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports Web site.

Many prenatal options available

Physical Therapist Stephanie Loomis knows the physical pain pregnancy can cause. Having two children of her own and treating women since 1995, Loomis said the pain is often not necessary.

Hospitals help staff continue education

Dawn Leipold and Cindy Meade are proud of the two letters following their names. "That's capital 'R' and capital 'N,'" Meade said. She and Leipold are registered nurses at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. They earned the title of RN together, as classmates at the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College. The educational opportunity was one of many provided by administrators at YMVC and at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, to allow hospital staff to continually advance their knowledge - and their careers.

Doak Walker offers more than long-term care

At 56 years old, Deb MacIntyre is younger than nearly all the residents at Doak Walker Care Center. She was not in need of the long-term care that the full-service nursing home typically offers, but is instead taking advantage of one of the services offered at the center. She is in need of a temporary stay while she undergoes physical and occupational therapy.

Nursing program enters fourth year

Marilyn Hehr has been with the Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing program since it began three years ago. At that time, the faculty consisted of one director and one instructor.

Out of the 'deep, dark hole'

Resources help recognize, treat depression

Some would find it surprising that life in picturesque mountain communities - ones that lend themselves to blissful, active outdoor lifestyles - lead to above-average suicide rates. Tom Gangel, division director for Colorado West Regional Mental Health's four-county Northwest Colorado region, pointed out that high-altitude, mountainous communities worldwide have higher-than-average rates.

Smiling faces

Dental Coalition growing, adding new staff

It's been open for just 18 months, but the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition clinic has almost outgrown its new office.

Hope hits home

Comprehensive cancer treatment available in the Yampa Valley

On special occasions, the staff of Yampa Valley Medical Center's Infusion/Chemotherapy Center brings the skeleton out of the closet - literally. "Mr. Pigmy is our little mascot," said Tina Swinsick, registered nurse in the cancer room. "On our tropical day, we had him hanging on an IV pole and surfing, and we dressed him up as a bunny on Easter."

Lend me your ear

When purchasing a hearing aid, consider the options and ask lots of questions

Ninety-five percent of people who have hearing loss could be helped by a hearing aid, yet most people seek help too late.

More than a back crack

Chiropractic care more about whole-body healing than back-cracking

Chiropractic care is much more than cracking joints. It's more about well-being, and it starts internally.

The Haven taking another step

The Haven Assisted Living Center is aging well on the east side of Hayden after 10 years of providing care to residents.

Helping hands

Special care nursery treats newborns in need

Mary Gills has been a neonatal nurse practitioner at Yampa Valley Medical Center for five years, caring for infants less than a month old who have health problems or are struggling to learn vital motor skills. Before coming to Steamboat Springs, Gills worked the same job in Denver for 28 years, most recently at The Children's Hospital.

Trading spaces

TMH considering scope and size of new health care facility

The latest estimates indicate that the proposed new facility for The Memorial Hospital in Craig will feature state-of-the-art equipment, 16 private rooms and 52,600 square feet of space.

LASIK technology continues to advance

If you wear contacts, you know how annoying it can be to put them in, take them out, clean them and, of course, deal with dust, strong winds and water.

Respiratory care a vital department

Somewhere hidden within the twisting hallways of Yampa Valley Medical Center is the home of the Respiratory Care Services Department.

Monday, September 18

Roundabout proposed at Tugboat

Steamboat Ski Area base planners host open house today

One of the first redevelopment projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area could be a roundabout near the Steamboat Trading Co. and The Tugboat Grill & Pub.

Steamboat Barn Village hits roadblock

A proposed subdivision around the historical More Barn has hit a significant roadblock in the approval process.

SKI Magazine ranks resorts

Steamboat moves up two places to ninth; Vail tops list

The Steamboat Ski Area rode the strength of its family programs back into the top 10 in SKI Magazine's poll of the top ski resorts in North America.

Tom Ross: 431 inches of snow doesn't buy enough love

If snow isn't the ultimate test of a ski area's popularity, what is? The selection of chardonnay?

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Hungry bears getting crabby

Animals prep for long winter

Black bears are putting on their winter weight, and at least one adult bear is stocking up on crabapples in the city.

PeaceJam catches kids' attention

Steamboat youth listen to Nobel Peace Prize winners

The silence spoke volumes. Seated in the University of Denver's Magness Arena, Steamboat Springs Middle School shop teacher Johnny Walker glanced down the row to check on his students.

Calling all cattle

Extension Office asking owners to register animals

The Routt County Cooperative Extension Office is asking owners of agricultural animals to register their sheep, horses, cattle and goats.

The Record for Sept. 17

12:28 a.m. A man was reported urinating on a door in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Sept. 19

Colorado Northwestern Community College is holding a community open house for South Routt from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Community Center in Oak Creek. CNCC offers classes for all ages, and Wednesday's open house will provide residents an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the college.

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Video: A first look at Monday's headlines

The United Way is ready to kick off its 2006 campaign. The goal this year is to raise $550,000 up from the $530,000 raised last year; the School Board postponed work an on alternative pay plan until next year; local educators are opposing Amendment 39 on the November ballot; here are your weekend winners in our lift ticket give-away. Tom Carter of Steamboat Springs is Saturday's winner, Matt Hentzen of Denver is Sunday's winner and Julie Brusky of Steamboat Springs is today's winner. Carter also wins a $50 gift certificate to ski area retailers as a Friday bonus winner; and in sports, the Steamboat Springs Sailors are in pretty good shape heading into Wednesday's regional tournament.

Sailors look home

Golf team vies for berth at regional tournament

When the Steamboat Springs golf team surveys its situation heading into the regional tournament Wednesday, it has to feel pretty good about where it stands.

The Record for Sept. 16

1:40 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 300 block of Old Fish Creek Falls Road. A warning was issued, and officers arrested a 25-year-old Yampa man for reportedly violating his bond conditions.

County Agenda for Monday, Sept. 18

10:30 to 11:00 Weekly Media Briefing

Hayden needs HATS

Volunteer program helps local students

The Hayden School District is looking for HATS.

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United Way drive begins

Pledge campaign starts today

An aspen tree served as the inspiration for this year's United Way campaign.

Not just for children

Viral pneumonia, RSV can affect adults

Saturday's snowfall was a reminder that fall and winter are on their way. These are the seasons in which coughs, colds and serious illnesses such as pneumonia flourish.

Briefs for Sept. 18

Free Hepatitis A,B vaccines available

Sunday, September 17

Alaster George Weber

Alaster George Weber, son of Stephanie and Geol Weber, was born at 10 a.m., July 24, 2006. He weighed 6 pounds and was 18 inches long. His grandparents are David and Linda Ancelin of Aurora; George Weber of Boulder; Carol Tuttle of Boulder; Mimi and Gary Ferguson of Des Moines; and Tom Miller of Florida.


Jim and Pat Woodcock celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 16, 2006.

Grace Marie Ware

Grace Marie Ware, daughter of Tyanna Marie and Jody Lee Ware, was born at 12:56 p.m., Sept. 8, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces. Her sibling is Samuel Lee Ware. Her grandparents are Scott and Deb Hunt of Crawford; Jim and Gayle Ware of Hotchkiss; Jack and Alice Hunt of Hotchkiss and Marie McRobbie of Paonia.

Cooper James Satterfield

Cooper James Satterfield, son of Abbie and Brad Satterfield, was born at 7:28 p.m., Sept. 8, 2006. He was 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches long. His siblings are Josh, John and Andy Satterfield. His grandparents are Nedra Guthrie of College Station, Texas, and Sam and Yvonne Satterfield of Franklin, Tenn.

Kelsey Anne Cariveau

Kelsey Anne Cariveau, daughter of Sally and Jon Cariveau, was born at 7:54 p.m., Sept. 6, 2006. She was 6 pounds and 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Her sibling is Ely Cariveau. Her grandparents are Howard and Margie Cariveau of Rice, Minn., and Arlene Thompson of Iron Mountain, Mich.

Gage Ryan Sweetman

Gage Ryan Sweetman, son of Jennifer Vestal and Mark Sweetman, was born at 10:20 p.m., Sept. 8, 2006. He weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces and was 19.75 inches long.

Jonathan Alexis Mota Javalera

Jonathan Alexis Mota Javalera, son of Hilda Azucena Javalera Loya and Jonathan Israel Mota Aragon, was born at 8:56 a.m., Sept. 8, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces. His grandparents are Hilda Azurena Loya Corral of Steamboat Springs; Everardo Javalera Holguin of Chihuahua, Mexico; Susana Banuelos Hernandez of Steamboat Springs; and Armando Mota Banuelos of Steamboat Springs.

Class Notes for Sept. 17

An informational meeting for single/divorced dads is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Steamboat Springs High School's counseling office. The schedule of future meetings will be determined based on fathers' work schedules. For more information, call high school counselor Justin Pacheck at 871-3621.

Making statements of peace

'Pinwheels for Peace' project gives local students chance to express feelings

Peace means something different to everyone.

South Routt Calendar for Sept. 17

The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jail Report for Sept. 17

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

The Record for Sept. 15

12:32 a.m. Someone suffering from a medical problem was taken to the hospital from the 1000 block of Highpoint Drive.

Nancy Lynn Virden

Former South Routt County resident Nancy Lynn Virden died Sept. 9, 2006, at her home in Rock Springs, Wyo., after a lengthy illness. She was 54.

Opal May Stewart

Former Routt County resident Opal May Stewart died Sept. 7, 2006, in Sterling. She was 69.

Irma D. Douce

Steamboat Springs resident Irma D. Douce died Sept. 6, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 87.

Three decades of faith

South Routt Bible Church celebrates anniversary, expects many more

Many people think turning 30 signals the end of an era. For the South Routt Bible Church, it signals the beginning of one.

Secret's out

Hayden football dominates West Grand

Prior to the season, talk around the 1A Western Slope League was that Hayden was down and rebuilding.

J. Riley Parker: The bottom line

Steamboat has always marketed itself as a cowboy town and it has drawn many looking for a Western lifestyle.

Our View: Revitalization efforts must be fair

At Issue: A downtown URA

Our view: We support downtown revitalization and think the city is responsible - financially and otherwise - for leading that effort.

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Say it ain't snow

Wintry storm creates havoc on Rabbit Ears Pass

Old Man Winter pushed autumn aside - at least temporarily - Saturday, giving eager skiers and riders a glimpse of what they hope is more snow to come. But while the early snowstorm likely will have little actual impact on the upcoming ski season - the Steamboat Ski Area officially opens in 68 days - it created plenty of problems for motorists and lots of work for law enforcement agencies.

Readers Sound Off

Readers sound off on various issues in Steamboat Springs.

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Storm forces cancellation of Rubber Ducky Race

Kathy Ulmer spent most of Saturday morning in tears after she was forced to cancel one of her favorite Steamboat Springs events - the annual Rubber Ducky Race. Friday and Saturday's mixed bag of weather forced event organizers to re-evaluate the safety of the Yampa River, where the fundraising race takes place. They eventually decided it was not safe to hold the race.

George Thomas: Both bear blame

I read Ann Coulter's editorial on Sept. 14 castigating the Clinton administration's reluctance or inability to take the fight to terrorism. While I agree with many of her points, there is enough blame to go around among both Democratic and Republican administrations.

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A fiesta unites

Cultures mesh to celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Good food, good fun, good music. ... That's how Steamboat Springs resident Ernesto Perez and his family summed up Saturday's Third Annual Northwestern Colorado Mexican Independence Day Celebration and Benefit for Communidad Integrada.

Wildhorse Meadows begins moving dirt

Lot reservations open Oct. 7

The work being undertaken at Wildhorse Meadows isn't glamorous, but it portends significant events to come.

Into the West moves east

Romick combines furniture, household good stores

Jace Romick has been playing a game of musical chairs with his businesses recently, but the music is about to stop.

View from The Porches to grow

The Porches luxury duplex neighborhood near the base of Mount Werner is poised to grow.

Jimmy Westlake: Equinox

Autumn officially arrives for the northern hemisphere at 10:03 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Friday. How do astronomers determine the precise moment that marks the beginning of autumn?

Fabiola Katthain

Routt County Spotlight

Spotlight on Fabiola Katthain

In search of members, money

Help Routt County Search and Rescue help you

The SUV is packed, so is the extended cab truck. The ATVs used to access remote, rugged areas are parked on the trailer bed. The Routt County Search and Rescue gear is ready to go. If an emergency call comes today, the organization's volunteer members are one page away from gathering at the "barn" on Yampa Street.

Sailors take two

Tennis team looks toward regional tournament

The Steamboat Springs tennis team got an added bonus in the second of two matches it played Saturday.

Tigers down West Grand

It was a tale of two different Hayden volleyball teams Saturday night.

John Russell: Back in the lineup

I learned a lot when I returned to the softball field this season after a two-year hiatus.

Molly O'Brien: Involve the kids

In order for the school lunch program to be the best, you absolutely need to involve the children in the decision-making process.

Sailors optimistic despite loss

After letting the dust settle and re-evaluating Friday night's 16-6 loss to Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch knows one thing for sure.

Chris Diamond: Survey flawed

I wanted to address several issues that require clarification in Mr. Levy's Sept. 10 letter to the editor concerning Steamboat's environmental record and specifically the Ski Area Citizens Coalition (SACC) survey.

Win, loss for Steamboat

Sluggish Sailor volleyball team beats Rifle, falls to Fruita

The girls on the Steamboat Springs volleyball team need to find the right fuel.

Tying the hands that teach

Local educators oppose finance issues on ballot

Two ballot initiatives - one amendment to the state constitution and one referendum - would require public school districts in Colorado to spend at least 65 percent of annual operating expenditures on needs directly affecting student achievement in the classroom. Although supporters of Amendment 39 and Referendum J say the initiatives would ensure money is spent where it can help students the most - in the classroom - local educators oppose the initiatives, saying rural school districts face different challenges than urban districts and need flexibility and autonomy when managing their budgets.

Pay plan waits

Alternative system for school district still in limbo

Two years after pulling the plug on an alternative compensation plan for teachers and staff, Steamboat Springs School District officials and teachers still don't appear ready to revisit the issue.

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Traction Action

All-terrain vehicle tours provide access to North Routt's best views

The Hahn's Peak pyramid that rises above Steamboat Lake beckons visitors and locals to soak in the sweeping view from its summit. For those who want to experience the view - now amplified by the fading shades of fall colors - but would prefer not to hike, all-terrain vehicles provide quick access to just below the mountain's summit.

Dave Shively: Letting go: Horton's story

In the basic conflict of man versus nature, life in the mountains amplifies the appeal of survival stories set in the backcountry. Many of those stories are so affirming and unique they're never forgotten. One story in particular continues to turn the spotlight onto a Steamboat local.

Saturday, September 16

Soroco loses league opener to Meeker

Coming off a thrilling overtime win last week against Saratoga, Wyo., the Soroco Rams were looking to stick to their offensive guns - an effective, smash-mouth attack on the ground - in their Friday game against league rival Meeker. But despite the Rams' ability to run the ball well in what turned out to be a battle of offenses, big plays and Meeker's balanced offense off set the Rams' rushing, resulting in a 34-20 Cowboys' win.

Skilled Meeker squad tops Soroco

Losing a close Thursday night match to Vail Christian, Soroco volleyball coach Betsy Photos said her team needed to concentrate on mental aspects of discipline and focus heading into its Friday match against a tough squad from Meeker.

The providence of solitude

Karen Chamberlain to read excerpts from her ranch memoir

Author Karen Chamberlain spent five years as the only human resident and caretaker on a remote ranch in southeast Utah. She was without phone, electricity or neighbors.

Briefs for Sept. 16

Free Hepatitis A, B vaccines available

Idling vehicles have time limits

New Oak Creek ordinance gives residents basis to complain

The sounds of trucks idling for an hour and the odor of diesel fumes soon may be things of the past in Oak Creek.

The Record for September 14

12:22 a.m. A bear sighting was reported in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza.

Airport study under way

Consultants work on master plan updates

A study to update the master plan for Steamboat Springs Airport will produce a long-term "roadmap" of the airport's growth that is financially, politically and physically feasible, consultants said Thursday.

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Official: 'No easy solution'

Despite rash of accidents, railroad crossing upgrades not a sure thing

Three days after the third vehicle-train collision in Steamboat Springs since December, a city official said plans are under way to improve at least one area railroad crossing. But he cautioned that adding safety features to crossings often can involve more than simply installing gates or lights.

Eagle Valley shocks Steamboat

Being one of the top teams in Class 3A, Steamboat Springs coach Aaron Finch knew each week that the Sailors would take their opponents' best punch.

Golfing, fishing for a local cause

Flyfishers raise $51,150 for stream improvements in tournament

The Yampa Valley Flyfishers raised $51,150 at the organization's annual Golf Trout Tournament last weekend, and 276 trout did their part.

Tom Ross: Ski season over techno-horizon

Who needs a Bluetooth-enabled helmet?

If you woke up this morning to the sight of tattered gray clouds lifting off Thunderhead, perhaps you also glimpsed a dusting of snow. If you're like me, it made you put down your coffee mug and rise from the couch to take inventory of your ski equipment.

Friday, September 15

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City officials will soon begin advertising for a part-time staff member who will work toward making Steamboat Springs more bicycle-friendly; scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program were up across the board at the North Routt Community Charter School; changes have been made in how coaches are paid in the Steamboat Springs School District; Apa Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest more times than any other person, will speak at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel for a benefit for two Sherpas who died on the world's highest mountain this spring; today's winner for the lift ticket give-away is Steve Havenner of Lakewood; and in sports, the Steamboat Springs football team is hunkering down to face Eagle Valley tonight in Steamboat.

Golf team takes home tourney win

The Steamboat Springs golf team won its second tournament of the year on Tuesday playing at Lakota Ridge.

Hayden wins in 5 games

Tiger volleyball struggles, pulls out victory

Heading into the fifth and deciding game against Baggs, Wyo., Hayden sophomore Holli Salazar wanted the ball.

Sailors can't underestimate Eagle Valley

On paper, Steamboat Springs has a decided advantage tonight against Eagle Valley.

Gardner Field to be rededicated

A rededication of Gardner Field will take place tonight at halftime of the Steamboat Springs-Eagle Valley football game.

Woman arrested after N. Routt crash

Alcohol suspected as contributing factor

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she crashed her car in North Routt County.

Award nominations needed

Museum honors those who have served the Yampa Valley

Some people shape the Yampa Valley more than the documentation of history gives them credit for.

North Routt CSAP scores up

Test scores released later because of school's small size

Scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program were up across the board at the North Routt Community Charter School.

The Record for Sept. 13

12:01 a.m. A drunken person reportedly broke a window in the 200 block of Fourth Street. Officers found the person and took him or her to detox.

Briefs for Sept. 15

Community foundation's grant forms due today

Woman seriously hurt in crash

State Patrol: Drugs, alcohol suspected as contributing factors

A Highlands Ranch woman was flown to Denver in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon after the van she was driving struck a boulder on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Pedal Pusher

City plans to add staff member to make Steamboat bicycle friendly

City officials will soon begin advertising for a part-time staff member who will work toward making Steamboat Springs more bicycle-friendly.

At the movies

Reviews of "The Black Dahlia," "Everyone's Hero," "Gridiron Gang," "How to Eat Fried Worms" and "The Illusionist"

In her backyard

Artist finds award-winning inspiration close to home

Painting is not a talent; it's a discipline.

On Scene

From the outside, the Porsches on display in downtown Steamboat last weekend looked too small for any person to fit inside. I was mistaken. George Dunn, a true Southern gentlemen from Georgia, opened the door and let me in.

Everest record holder to speak Saturday

Apa Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest more times than any other person, will speak in Steamboat Springs later this month.

Mad about merlot?

Toast to Perry-Mansfield students

Emily Stockdale could not have attended her first summer at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp without a scholarship.

Deb Babcock: What's up with brown evergreens?

It's so sad to see the spreading destruction of whole hillsides of evergreens as we drive near and hike into the nearby forests.

They're back

Brewglass Boys reunite to play their greatest hits

Like many unfinished relationships, the Brewglass Boys disbanded but never had their "break-up" conversation.

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Not your granddad's blues

Mem Shannon plays the modern delta tunes

Mem Shannon was lucky that the driver's seat of his van reclined when he got stuck in his seat belt a month ago.

Board talks tiers

All coaches placed on same salary schedule

Changes have been made in how coaches are paid in the Steamboat Springs School District.

CD reviews

Maria Taylor, "11:11"; Gwen Stefani, "Love. Angel. Music. Baby."; Bob Dylan, "Modern Times"

Allison Plean: Fade in

The first thing my professor asked me in the first film class I took in college was: "Which actress would play you in a movie about yourself?" That's the hardest question in the world. It's difficult even without taking into consideration who would be disqualified based on eating disorders, drug rehabilitation unavailability and recent Church of Scientology affiliation.

Thursday, September 14

Accident leads to DUI arrest

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she crashed her car in North Routt County.

Woman seriously injured in crash

A Highlands Ranch woman was flown to Denver in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon after the van she was driving struck a boulder on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested early this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she crashed her car in North Routt County; in an accident Wednesday, a Highlands Ranch woman was seriously injured while driving down Rabbit Ears Pass; the Steamboat Springs City Council is interested in creating more parking downtown, perhaps with a parking garage; a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to give the public a chance to offer feedback on the Steamboat Springs Airport; also tonight, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will review plans for Fulton Ridge, a 28-unit subdivision on Hilltop Parkway; Lance Spafford of Hayden is today's winner of a lift ticket to the Steamboat Ski Area; and in sports, a group of tennis players from Steamboat Springs captured a state championship last weekend.

Steamboat Red tennis team takes state title

Don't call the 10 women on the Hawaiian skirt-clad Steamboat Red tennis team "over the hill."

Tigers drop two matches

Volleyball team looking forward to today's contest

It's been a tough couple of days for the Hayden volleyball team.

Town hours could change

Officials to discuss limited staffing at Oak Creek Town Hall

Short staffing is hindering the amount of work Oak Creek town billing clerk Vivian Johnson can get done during the day.

Hayden woman picked for parks job

Hayden resident Kathy Hockett has been named the town's Parks and Recreation Department supervisor.

Hilltop subdivision on agenda

City planners to act on 28-unit development

City planners are scheduled to act tonight on the final development plan for a 28-unit subdivision on Hilltop Parkway.

Briefs for September 14

VNA offering free children's immunizations at clinic

Ski Corp. hands out grants

Area nonprofits receive money for environmental work

Beth Faris bought a couple of recycling bins each time she made a trip from South Routt to the Wal-Mart in Steamboat Springs.

Meet the planners

Steamboat Springs Airport consultants to host public forum about master plan

The public has a chance tonight to meet staff from the consulting firm chosen to update the master plan for Steamboat Springs Airport.

The Record for Sept. 12

1:32 a.m. An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested near Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, being a minor in possession, weaving, driving under revocation and violating his bail bond conditions.

Scott Stanford: Putting our best work forward

Every year at this time, I spend a couple weeks getting ready for the annual Colorado Press Association newspaper awards contest.

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Sparse spots

Krawzoff: Not enough legal

A parking garage in downtown Steamboat Springs is likely in the city's future.

Wednesday, September 13

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The Steamboat Springs City Council put the brakes on a plan to create a downtown tax district; a 56-year-old Steamboat Springs man was left with serious injuries Tuesday morning after a train struck the man's truck near Routt County Road 14 and Mount Werner Road; yellow rubber duckies will take the place of kayakers and tubers on the Yampa River on Saturday for the 19th annual Rubber Ducky Race; today's winner for the lift ticket give-away is Brynna Vogt of Steamboat Springs; and the Steamboat Springs boy's soccer teamtied 3-3 with Eagle Valley. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Man injured when train hits truck

A 56-year-old Steamboat Springs man was left with serious injuries Tuesday morning after a train struck the man's truck near Routt County Road 14 and Mount Werner Road. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said Robert Pansack was driving his silver 2002 Dodge truck across the railroad track on Mount Werner Road, just before C.R. 14 when he was struck on his passenger side by a Union Pacific train that was coming from the south into Steamboat Springs.

Local cyclist wins professional road race

Despite hail, rain and windy conditions, Steamboat Springs' Barkley Robinson won the 73-mile, Pro 1-2 division of Saturday's Gore Pass Road Race in 3 hours, 29 minutes, 54 seconds.

Solid play, messy tennis tourney

Mother Nature threw a monkey wrench into the Sailors' tennis efforts Friday at the Western Slope Invitational in Grand Junction.

Volleyball team faces tough opener

Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall is used to seeing competitive matches with Middle Park that go down to the wire in five games.

Golfers have fun in Fruita

For Steamboat Springs golf coach Steve Dodson, Tuesday's round in Fruita Monument served as a relaxing outing for him and his golfers. After weeks of trying to prepare and pick a roster for the regional tournament at Devil's Thumb on Sept. 20, Dodson was able to take five golfers to the Fruita Monument tournament at Adobe Creek National Golf Course and "just have fun."

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3-3 tie doesn't add up for Sailors

Steamboat Springs soccer coach Rob Bohlmann has been preaching this season for his offense to play a more unpredictable game. Coming out with a polished attack that put them up 3-0 with two minutes left in the first half of their Tuesday night game against Eagle Valley, no one would have predicted the Sailors would give up three unanswered goals to finish the game in a 3-3 overtime draw.

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Little Shop of Physics

Freshmen wait a year to see CSU science experiments

As eighth-graders last year, Steamboat Springs High School freshmen did not get to see Little Shop of Physics because weather prevented the CSU crew from traveling to Steamboat. This year, the freshmen shuffled through the rooms, hearing, listening and feeling their way through the experiments Jones and his team of students and interns conducted.

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Bobbing along

Rubber ducky race to benefit YVMC Auxiliary

Yellow rubber duckies will take the place of kayakers and tubers on the Yampa River on Saturday for the 19th annual Rubber Ducky Race. The Rubber Ducky Race benefits the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary. This year, the auxiliary, which organizes the event, is pledging all proceeds to the hospital's Obstetrics Department and the Family Waiting Area.

Lodging taxes increase in July

Money collected from Steamboat Springs' 1 percent lodging tax increased nearly 25 percent in July compared with July 2005, according to the tax revenue report released by the city Tuesday.

Jenette Settle: Fillmore not so ducky

The Sept. 11 "Mallard Fillmore" cartoon was in bad taste.

Booster club looking for a boost

Stacy Magee wanted to dispel the myth she believes is hurting the Hayden Booster Club. "I think people just think we involve ourselves in sports," Magee said. "In the past year or two, we purchased math books for the high school, scientific calendars, books for the resource class. We gave a total of $392 to the high school play."

Towny Anderson: Put Keillor on page 1A

Garrison Keillor's column belongs on the editorial page or the front page of the Sunday Pilot, not in the Style section.

Our View: Developing healthy eating habits

At Issue: School food options

Our View: Removing the availability of soda was a good step; but we should also consider other steps we can take.

Donna Hellyer and family: Thanks, Chief Lenahan

Thanks to Police Chief Jody Lenahan from Donna Hellyer and family.

Mike Lawrence: Childhood's magnifying glass

Historical events loom larger when seen from young eyes

Adjene was the kind of kid you couldn't hide anything from. I knew Adjene five years ago. He was in first grade and I was the director of a tutoring program at Tierrasanta Elementary School in San Diego. About 100 kids came to the program before and after school for activities, snacks and help with homework. Parents would drop off and pick up their kids at varying times, usually two or three days a week.

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Downtown URA on hold

City Council wants more information on need for tax district

More information is needed before moving forward with plans for a new tax district in downtown Steamboat Springs, city officials said Tuesday. The Steamboat Springs City Council decided not to approve preliminary funding to implement the city's urban renewal authority, or URA, in downtown Steamboat. A URA allows the city to use a fraction of tax revenue, generated by a specified neighborhood, to fund infrastructure improvements in that neighborhood. The city created its URA in December 2004. In January 2005, the city implemented the URA in an area around the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Improving Sailors drop two

When the Steamboat Springs softball team took the field Tuesday, coach Donna Ryan already was trying to balance her lineup. Because of a pre-game ankle injury to starting catcher Mataya Flaharty, Ryan had to shuffle players into positions they had never played. Christie Fielding played catcher for the first time, and Darcy Hornstein was inserted at shortstop, also for the first time.

Tuesday, September 12

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A power outage forced the closure of Steamboat Springs Middle School on Monday morning; a 12-year-old boy was released Monday from Yampa Valley Medical Center after being treated for a gunshot wound suffered Sunday in a hunting accident; and the Women's Interclub Golf League had a successful season with the Steamboat Golf Club coming out on top.

Tom Ross: Living in a post-9/11 world

Full understanding may be decades away

There was no reason for Mike Hart to be awake and watching the news on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Hart, 19, and a freshman at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., didn't have his first class of the day until noon.

Steamboat Golf Club collects SWIGL title

Since the Steamboat Women's Interclub Golf League began three years ago, the women of the Steamboat Golf Club have dominated.

Board: Attracting, retaining staff key

The Steamboat Springs School Board earmarked retaining and attracting quality staff, revising negotiated policies and focusing on Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores as priorities Monday.

Boy shot in apparent hunting accident

A 12-year-old boy was released Monday from Yampa Valley Medical Center after being treated for a gunshot wound suffered Sunday in a hunting accident.

Water cooler for telecommuters

Location-neutral workers lacking the water cooler conversations of the corporate world are invited to attend a luncheon Wednesday.

The Record for Sept. 10

12:47 a.m. An employee at a bar in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive reported a patron was causing a disturbance. A man had a broken broom handle up his sleeve. He told police he had it because some people attempted to jump him earlier that night.

Briefs for Sept. 12

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. have given away 11 lift tickets in a promotion on

Downtown tax on agenda

Steamboat City Council will also review draft budgets

The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight will consider a tax district to fund neighborhood and infrastructure improvements in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Effects of powerful storm linger

The ramifications from an electrical storm Saturday night were still being felt Monday in Steamboat Springs.

Ballot issues set for Routt County

Routt County voters now know what choices will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Monday, September 11

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Power and school out

Power outage sends middle schoolers home early Monday

A power outage forced the closure of Steamboat Springs Middle School on Monday morning. A lightning strike, either at the school or on the power grid, was the suspected cause of the outage, Steamboat Springs School District facilities director Rick Denney said.

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Video: A first look at Tuesday's headlines

The Steamboat Springs City Council is meeting tonight to discuss a resolution to accept a petition for an urban renewal authority downtown; ramifications of a power outage over the weekend were still being felt Monday in Steamboat Springs; and the school board is meeting tonight to look at issues surrounding the district's strategic plan. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Lift ticket contest winners so far

The Steamboat Pilot & Today Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. have given away 11 lift tickets so far in a promotion on

Power problems close middle school

Impacts of Saturday's lightning storm linger

The ramifications from an electrical storm Saturday night were still being felt Monday in Steamboat Springs. "This was a freak storm that came in," said Jim Chappell, Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman. "It really stressed our system, as it would any utility."

Video: Morning News Update

Yampa Valley Regional Airport wants to be part of Frontier Airlines' expansion plans; Yampa Valley Electric Association has had a record number of outages and more could be on the way; Work is proceeding on the new Routt County Justice Center west of town; your weekend winners in our lift ticket give-away are Scott Singer, Greg Pohlman and Kyle Rholl; Butch Boucher is the city's men's golf champion for the third time and D.J. Edwards won the women's title.

City golf champs crowned

This weekend's Steamboat Springs Combined Club Championship determined which locals are at the top of their golf game.

The Record for Sept. 9

12:22 a.m. A person reported fining a child's bicycle and backpack in the 900 block of Pamela Lane.

Power restored

Brief outages possible today

There could be some brief power outages today as Yampa Valley Electric Association crews repair the damage caused by lightning throughout Routt County on Saturday night.

Chatting with David Siller and Giles Charle

David Siller and Giles Charle were released from Routt County Jail on Wednesday evening. The men were sentenced to six months in jail for taking produce from Sweet Pea Produce, but their sentence was reduced to time served after their story caused public outcry across the country.

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New way to fly?

Ski Corp., Frontier Airlines talks ongoing

Talks are ongoing between the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and Frontier Airlines about expanding the low-cost airline's service to the Yampa Valley.

Briefs for September 11

Boy shot in apparent hunting accident stable

U.S. still strong after Sept. 11

Five years ago, along with my country, I became an intended victim.

Paying for healthcare

When it comes to paying for health care, a number of people in Northwest Colorado are caught between a rock and a hard place. They can't afford health insurance but they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.

Sunday, September 10

Sound off for Sept. 10

The developers of One Steamboat Place don't really want to build affordable housing at the base area. It costs them too much money, and it's a lot of work. Luckily we have our strong City Council to enforce the inclusionary zoning ordinance. I feel so relieved. Excuse me while I take my tongue out of my cheek.

Barbara DeVries: Facts missing

Obviously Ms. Lowe does not have the same opinion as many of us do about the SSHRA. In the 38 years, six days per week that I swim, I have never seen either a hairball or slime in the pool or the locker rooms.

Richard Levy: Poor performance

On Sept 5, the Steamboat Today carried the Associated Press article "Ski Resorts Go Green" about the environmental business practices for ski areas in America. It highlighted various good deeds accomplished by Colorado ski areas. What it did not contain was how our own Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. was responding to these new business practices.

Towny Anderson: Truth and injustice

All of us have been touched, one way or another, by the events of the past week. Emotions were fueled by the instantaneousness of telecommunications which laid our community bare for the world to see.

Elizabeth Flaharty: School spirit

School has begun, and with it comes many ball games and school activities. There are two sports that I will highlight in my letter today. The first is cheerleading, and the second is softball.

Our View: Changes offer hope, but include risk

The announcement last week that the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center and other assets of Ski Time Square Enterprises are for sale further underscores the dramatic upheaval under way at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Class Notes for Sept. 10

The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street. Board members are expected to spend most of the study session discussing components of the district's strategic plan, which includes the school calendar, alternative compensation systems for teachers and staff and graduation requirements.

The Record for Sept. 8

1:16 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 2500 block of Apres Ski Way. A verbal warning was issued for the noise complaint, and an arrest for a DUI was made.

Jail Report for Sept. 10

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.

Jeremiah Russell Palmer

Former Steamboat Springs resident Jeremiah Russell Palmer died Sept. 3, 2006, in Estes Park. He was 93.

Dorothea A. Hinton

Hayden resident Dorothea A. Grouns Hinton died Aug. 22, 2006, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Craig. She was 93.

Free fallin'

Steamboat's veteran skydivers generate new interest in sport

When asked what she will remember most from a prolific skydiving career that spans 25 years, Peggy O'Reilly immediately pointed to last weekend's jump over Steamboat Springs. She didn't cite any of the jumps that ended in broken bones because of rough reserve parachute rides or double malfunctions.

Dave Shively: Land of the bro

Inside out

When I first started at the Pilot & Today, I was surprised that several reporters - albeit ones with firm Midwestern roots - had no idea what I was talking about when referring to someone as a total "bro-brah." I assumed this was a label widely understood in Ski Town USA, a place that lures young adults with its range of outdoor activities. Many of those denizens embrace a sport solely for its look, lifestyle and lingo. In the typical cases of skiing, snowboarding and kayaking, it's a question of self-conscious style versus humble substance for this unique mountain breed of outdoor enthusiast.

Earning their wings

Seventh-graders use math, science to understand flying

The Hubba Bubba Babes landed safely at Jeffco Airport on Wednesday.

Local grad makes waves at CU

Tammy Adams can remember years ago when her son Joel would be in their back yard with his brothers and friends skiing on their hill into the late hours of the night. Even with temperatures dipping below zero and the sky pitch black, Tammy would have beg the children to come inside.

Tigers run past Sailors

Hayden beats Steamboat JV, looks ahead

The Hayden Tigers dialed in their running game Saturday against Steamboat Springs' junior varsity squad by clocking in and going to work from No. 9 to No. 5.

Sailors perfect in league play; seniors lead charge

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team is experiencing a role reversal.

Off to a muddy start

Steamboat's cross-country team hosts Howelsen meet

The Sailors opened their cross-country season with the Steamboat Springs Invitational on a muddy Saturday morning.

On the road to recovery

South Routt Medical Center in good condition after mill levy approval

Four months after South Routt County voters approved a 1-mill levy to support its medical center, officials say the facility couldn't be in better condition.

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Going up

Construction of new justice center proceeding smoothly

As Routt County's building and plant director, Tim Winter is overseeing construction of the new, $13.4 million justice center going up on a 5-acre site adjacent to Routt County Jail, two miles west of downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Porsche prestige

Handling, reliability set vintage sports cars apart

Greg Rawlings' college roommate isn't expecting a child, but if he was, there's little doubt his daughter would be named Porsche.

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Times changin' in Ski Time Square

Thunderhead once state of the art, now part of Sheraton sale

The ski-in, ski-out Thunderhead Lodge, which has been identified as a candidate for a tear-down and redevelopment, was once a symbol of the increasing sophistication of Ski Town U.S.A.

Storm wreaks havoc

Lightning strikes start fires, bring down power lines

Lightning strikes are the suspected cause of a power outage that affected areas from west Steamboat Springs to Milner on Saturday.

Study firm selected

Economic effect of sports center to be examined

A committee of volunteers has moved one step closer to getting some hard data about what a sports complex could mean for Northwest Colorado. The committee is working under the Yampa Valley Economic Development Council and has selected a Denver-based firm to compile an economic impact study to measure the effects a new sports complex in Hayden would have on the region.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5


Business Briefs for Sept. 10

Construction has begun at Wildhorse Meadows. Local excavation firm Native Excavating has been working on the initial ground-work, which is scheduled for completion by Oct. 1. Site work, including grading, roads and utilities, on the 47-acre site will continue during next year with completion anticipated for fall 2007.

South Routt Calendar for the week of 9-11

South Routt Calendar for the week of 9-11

Brent Boyer: Seeing red

I emerged from the bowels of Memorial Stadium a lone Buffalo on the Great Plains.

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Viva Mexico

Comunidad Integrada leads celebration for Independence Day

Twelve little girls have been training for two months to perform a traditional polka dance at Comunidad Integrada's Mexican Independence Day celebration on Saturday.

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New frontier on airline's radar

Turbo-prop planes to connect Rocky Mountains, Denver

Frontier Airlines' expansion plans could mean another carrier at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Homes in Milner hot commodities

When Annette Hall listed a modest home in Milner for $320,000 on behalf of her client, she hoped they weren't expecting too much. She didn't need to worry.

Saturday, September 9

An instant 'classic' at Sidney Peak Ranch

When a couple hundred people are sitting in a barn on a Sunday evening just before Labor Day, and the auctioneer is taking bids on a pickup load of hay, and most heads are covered with a Stetson of one shape or another, it must be a real ranch auction, right?

Hahn's Peak news for Sept. 10

Oh, shucks! Mo and my customers have been enjoying 25 or 30 humming birds at the feeders all summer. Then, after a cold night last week, most of them left and went south to cross the Gulf of Mexico. Now we have two or three.

Jimmy Westlake: Enter the Sea Goat

Summer is slipping away from us. I know this because the Sea Goat is entering our early evening sky. "What's a Sea Goat?" you ask. It's a good question.

Zoey Rae Green

Zoey Rae Green, daughter of Shelly and Stephen Green, was born at 8:18 a.m. Sept. 1, 2006. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Cathy Morrow of Oak Creek; Jim Monroe of Rathdrum, Idaho; and Terry and Rachel Green of Oak Creek.

Kyle Stephen Meyring

Kyle Stephen Meyring, son of Erin and Lee Meyring, was born at 8:08 a.m. Aug. 30, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His sibling is Cash Meyring. His grandparents are Paul and Sharon Timmons of Westminster and Terry and Nancy Meyring of Alliance, Neb.

Bodie Hart Zamzow

Bodie Hart Zamzow, son of Carrol and Darren Zamzow, was born at 9:40 a.m. Aug. 30, 2006. He weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. His sibling his Ben Zamzow.


Monica Katherine Curcio, daughter of Jim and Kathy Curcio of Steamboat Springs, and Chad Leonard Feagler, son of Dr. an Mrs. John Feagler of Scottsdale, Ariz., were married July 8, 2006 atop the gondola on Mount Werner. A reception immediately followed at the Thunder Lodge.

Rams top Saratoga in OT

Big finish in Soroco football home opener

The stage was set - overtime, tied game in the home opener under Friday night lights, the ball ten yards away from victory - and all Soroco senior fullback Kane Johnson wanted was a taco.

Hayden prevails

Tigers beat Soroco Rams three games to one

The Hayden volleyball team took a systematic approach against Soroco Friday night.

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Longtime police chief retires

Jody Lenahan to leave Hayden department after 32 years of service

Longtime Hayden police Chief Jody Lenahan has announced his retirement effective Oct. 6.

National Porsche club visits Steamboat

First it was Mustangs, now it's Porsches.

Board to discuss strategic plan

Calendar, graduation requirements, performing arts on agenda

Graduation requirements, the school year calendar and alternative compensation plans for teachers and staff will be among the discussion items Monday during the Steamboat Springs School Board's study session.

The Record for Sept. 7

7:31 a.m. A woman reportedly found a child's bicycle near Seventh and Oak streets.

Briefs for September 9

Bud Werner Memorial Library's Book Club is encouraging new members to join. The club meets every four to six weeks and is facilitated by Michelle Dover, the library's circulation manager. Visit for a complete list of books to be read and discussed by the book club this year. For more information, call 879-0240.

Man gets four years for vehicular assault

A 53-year-old Craig man was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for vehicular assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

County candidates busy

Mitsch Bush published, Strong visits Mexico City

The two candidates for Routt County Commissioner are not letting campaign season slow them down.

Tom Ross: Silly rabbit earns respect

Motel sign has become emblematic of Old Town

What's 7-feet, 6-inches tall, has orange glowing eyes, prefers carrots to hamburgers and represents one of the best remaining examples of roadside Americana in Steamboat Springs?

Friday, September 8

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Video: Morning News Update

A man was flown to Denver after being hit by a wall frame at a construction site; a fungus is hitting cottonwoods trees across Routt County; city officials don't appear ready to implement a safe harbor for restaurants, bars or liquor stores any time soon; a new city bus route connecting Fish Creek Falls Road to Hilltop Parkway and U.S. Highway 40 will begin service Sunday; Andrew Duncan of Steamboat Springs is today's lift ticket winner; and three Sailors teams came away with victories Thursday.

Colorado Mountain College sees enrollment jump

Total number of credit hours rises by almost 400 compared to 2005 school year

Enrollment this fall has increased by 13 percent at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

Back in the saddle

Ranch Rendezvous Day celebrates agriculture

Despite challenges such as rising land costs and a recent shortage of diesel fuel, ranching in the Yampa Valley is alive and well.

Steamboat: So long to soda

District implementing new beverage policy at schools

The days of Steamboat Springs students cracking open a Mountain Dew in school will soon be over.

The Record for Sept. 6

1:27 a.m. A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault (domestic violence) and menacing in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza.

Briefs for Sept. 9

The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club's kick-off party is at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Howelsen Ice Arena. The party will include an informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the club.

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Disease in the trees

Fungus attacking

Leaves are falling off cottonwood trees across Routt County, but not because it's almost that time of year.

On Scene

I have seen a lot of men in women's lingerie, but I have never seen a man look as good in a pair of thigh-high stockings, a lacy black corset and red lipstick as I did Saturday night at the Paradigm Theater's performance of the "Rocky Horror Show."

What's cookin'?

Kitchen voyeurs unleashed in Steamboat this weekend

If you get a thrill from peering into other people's pantries, if double Dutch ovens make your day, and if cleverly conceived kitchen cabinets give you chills, you'll want to make plans for the 2006 Kitchen Tour and Designers Expo.

CD reviews

Reviews of Easy Star All-Stars, "Radiodread"; The Roots, "Game Theory"; and Gov't Mule, "High & Mighty"

Funk in the trunk

Tubby drives its energy up to the 'Boat

Neil MacPherson says funk is in the heart. "If you don't get it, something's wrong with you," said MacPherson, keyboardist for Tubby. "Everybody gets it because it's a very simple thing, and very powerful that way."

Allison Plean: Vegas vacation

Why is it that we always need a vacation after our vacations?

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Art is a journey not a destination

Two artists use nature's architecture to reflect the changing landscape of their lives

Despite the obvious differences in their mediums of choice, painter Donald Berry and photographer Jessica Klein Maynard share a common conduit of expression - barns. The work of both artists will be on display as part of a new exhibit at Studio Gallery 27.

At the Movies

Reviews of "Crank," "World Trade Center," "Beerfest," "How to Eat Fried Worms," "Accepted," "The Illusionist" and "The Wicker Man."

Sailors complete 'the drive'

Fourth-quarter score topples Palisade

Plain and simple, the Steamboat Springs offense was in a funk.

Youth hockey registration on Saturday

Mites, squirts, peewees, bantams and midgets in Oak Creek might be ready to hit the ice this fall.

Safe harbor future in doubt

City Council to look into implementing tougher regulations

City officials don't appear ready to implement a safe harbor for restaurants, bars or liquor stores any time soon.

Horse, human volunteers to be honored

The volunteers at Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center say they receive as much as they give by working there.

Hilltop bus route starts Sunday

A new city bus route connecting Fish Creek Falls Road to Hilltop Parkway and U.S. Highway 40 will begin service Sunday.

Emergency radio coming to area

An emergency radio broadcast system is scheduled to be up and running in Northwest Colorado within the next month.

Deb Babcock: Plant infringement

Trademarked plants have restrictions

Although it's unlikely the Patent Police are patrolling the gardens of Routt County to make sure we're not illegally propagating plants, it behooves us to know which of our plants we're allowed to propagate and which ones we aren't.

Thursday, September 7

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Video: A first look at Friday's headlines

A fungus is causing cottonwoods' leaves to fall off early; drink options in schools are changing; the City Council decides not to include a safe harbor provision in the liquor ordinance; and the Sailors' football, golf and soccer teams play. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Emergency radio system coming

An emergency radio broadcast system is scheduled to be up in running in Northwest Colorado within the next month.

Back in the saddle

Ranch Rendezvous Day celebrates agriculture

Despite challenges such as rising land costs and a recent shortage of diesel fuel, ranching in the Yampa Valley is alive and well.

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Video: Morning News Update

The so-called Sweet Pea two are free this morning; preliminary numbers show enrollment has increased in the area school districts; the Steamboat Springs Sailors golf team finished third in their home tournament Wednesday; and the Sailors football team heads to Grand Junction today to take on Palisade. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Scenic trails draw runners

Saturday event features 10K, half marathon

If the scenic trails atop Kremmling's cliffs aren't enough to lure runners to Saturday's Kremmling "Road Kill" Trail Races, perhaps the smell of roasted pork will.

Labor named Offensive Player of the Week

Steamboat Springs' Kelly Labor has made an immediate impact as a Regis University freshman, being named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Sept. 5.

Carpet Shoppe wins men's B softball

The Carpet Shoppe rolled out a victory in the men's B League softball championship game Tuesday night, beating Market on the Mountain/Slopeside Grill/Steamboat Floral & Gifts, 18-8.

Ripe rivalry

Hayden, Soroco volleyball prepare for Friday meeting

Playing in weekend preseason tournaments gave Hayden's and Soroco's volleyball teams crucial experience. Now, the two county rivals will face each another in Friday's season opener in Hayden.

Western Slope face-off

League foes Steamboat, Palisade to play

Now the real fun starts for the Steamboat Springs football team. After playing two non-league games against Kent Denver and Laramie, the Sailors (2-0, 0-0 in the Western Slope) collide with league foe Palisade (2-0, 0-0) today at 7 p.m. at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Local man gets two years for robbery

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for robbing several men at gunpoint in February.

The Record for 9-5

The Record for Tuesday, September 5, 2006.

Enrollment up in area schools

Preliminary figures show increase in Steamboat, South Routt

Preliminary numbers show enrollment has increased in the Steamboat Springs and South Routt school districts.

Scott Stanford: Process worked in Sweet Pea case

From the Editor

Giles Charle's mother called me Wednesday to thank me for helping get her son out of jail. I didn't know how to answer. I know that absent the newspaper's coverage, Charle and David Siller most likely would still be behind bars. But securing the men's release is not what this newspaper set out to accomplish when it began reporting this story Friday, and I take neither personal nor professional pleasure in their release.

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Sailors finish third

Golf team leaves shots on Haymaker course

Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson made one thing clear when he met with his team after Wednesday's tournament at Haymaker Golf Course - the Sailors have to play better if they want to compete with the top teams in the state.

Briefs for 9-7

Local news briefs for Thursday, September 7, 2006.

Hayden tackles religion debate

Town Board to consider church-state issue in TV policy

The Hayden Town Board will consider a new policy today that would allow Hayden churches to advertise vacation Bible school.

Wednesday, September 6

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Charle and Siller released

DA agrees to let men go

Giles Charle and David Siller walked out of the Routt County Jail Wednesday after the District Attorney's Office took the extraordinary step of reducing their six-month jail sentences to the 10 days they already had spent in jail.

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DA agrees to release men in Sweet Pea case

Two men sentenced to six months in jail for stealing fruit from a local produce store will be released tonight. In a letter sent Wednesday to Wayne Westphale, the attorney representing Giles Charle and David Siller, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James wrote: "We will agree to a stipulated reduction of sentence in these two cases to the time that the defendants have served in the Routt County Jail. I have prepared a stipulation reflecting the agreement."

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St. James' letter agreeing to men's release

The following is a letter from Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James to defense attorney Wayne Westphale in which St. James agrees to reduce the sentences of David Siller and Giles Charle to time served.

Video: A first look at Thursday's headlines

Several community members have started a group to recall District Attorney Bonnie Roesink; enrollment is up at Steamboat and Soroco schools; Hayden Town Board meets Thursday night; Jared Dean Justice is sentenced to two years in prison; and the Steamboat golf team hosts the Sailor Invitational today. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Enrollment in Steamboat schools increases

Preliminary numbers show enrollment has increased in the Steamboat Springs and South Routt school districts.

Man gets two years for robbery

A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for robbing several men at gunpoint in February.

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Video: Morning News Update

A fire burns an abandoned home in Westland Mobile Home Park; District Attorney Bonnie Roesink vigorously defends the six-month sentence two Rainbow gathering participants got for taking food from Sweet Pea Produce; the City Council discusses efforts to stabilize and protect the historic More Barn; Patty Cashen of Steamboat Springs is today's lift ticket winner; and Steamboat's J.J. Huie leads the largest field ever in Sunday's 10K at 10,000 Feet race. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Mobile home 'totally on fire'

A house fire burned an abandoned mobile home on the east end of Yampa Street in the Westland Mobile Home Park late Tuesday night.

Barn Village issues may stall progress

Road, building preservation debated

Disagreements that could stall approval of a residential subdivision near Yampa Valley Medical Center are occurring while time runs out to preserve a historical barn on the site, city officials said Tuesday.

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink: Newspaper distorted facts of Sweet Pea case

It is unbelievable that the Steamboat Pilot & Today has chosen to report the story concerning the burglary at the Sweet Pea Produce on a holiday weekend without ever checking the facts of the case with the District Attorney's Office.

Our View: Ensuring justice is met

There should be no dispute - Giles Charle and David Siller committed a crime when they took fruits and vegetables from Sweet Pea Produce.

Huie, Walker win 10K at 10,000

With the combination of ideal weather conditions and a serene, high-altitude mountain course, fair-weather runners and die-hard Steamboat Springs Running Series regulars turned out for Sunday's 10K at 10,000 feet race.

Application date draws near

Five candidates have applied for Hayden Parks and Rec position

The deadline to apply to be Hayden's next Parks and Recreation coordinator is quickly approaching, and town officials would like as many options as possible.

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All-day kindergarten kicks off

Young Hayden students begin brand-new school year

Classes began yesterday at Hayden Valley Elementary School, including a new all-day kindergarten program.

Mike Lawrence: Apricots and asparagus

Stolen produce kick-starts race for county sheriff

People interested in the race for county sheriff couldn't have asked for a sweeter pea. A week after two men were sentenced to six months in jail for stealing $15 worth of fruit and vegetables from Sweet Pea Produce on Yampa Street, residents of Routt County are getting more than a juicy story - they are getting a look at two paths county law enforcement could take in the very near future.

The Record for 9-4

The Record for September 4, 2006.

Briefs for 9-6

Local news briefs for Wednesday, September 6, 2006.

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Power in numbers

Sailors' sizable cross-county squad looks to make regional tracks

Although the Steamboat Springs cross-country team again will be short on seniors, its apparent confidence stems from the fact that it has something that was missing in the past - depth.

Tuesday, September 5

A partial transcript from the meeting with District Attorney's Office officials

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James, Sweet Pea Produce owner Jonathon Hieb and police Det. Capt. Bob Del Valle talk about the sentencing of two men caught stealing produce from Sweet Pea.

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DA: Justice was served

St. James, Roesink say evidence supports men's sentence

District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said Tuesday the evidence shows two Rainbow Gathering participants entered Sweet Pea Produce and stole fresh food, thus committing felony burglary.

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Video: Morning News Update

The story of two Rainbow Family gatherers sentenced to six months for stealing fruit continues to grab national attention; three Oak Creek officials puckered up for a pig as a way to help the town raise money; today's winner in the lift ticket giveaway is Jan Kaminski of Steamboat Springs; and this year's Mud Madness holds special significance for organizer Kathy Oberwitte, whose brother was killed in an accident in February. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors looking for home victory

Steamboat golfers to host tournament at Haymaker course on Wednesday

Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson and his team will try to do something this week they haven't been able to do in Dodson's three years as coach. The Sailors want to win their home tournament.

The Record for 9-3

The Record for September 3, 2006.

Briefs for 9-5

Local news briefs for Tuesday, September 5, 2006.

Money well spent?

Horizons uses mill levy money to improve programs

Horizons Specialized Services officials say they have opened a new group home and renovated a site for their Milestones day program thanks to the mill levy passed by voters in November.

Strings guild offers look at kitchens

Culinary voyeurs to be unleashed in Steamboat this weekend

If you get a thrill from peering into other people's pantries, if double Dutch ovens make your day, and if cleverly conceived kitchen cabinets give you chills, you'll want to make plans for the 2006 Kitchen Tour and Designers Expo.

Busy day for Search and Rescue

Emergency services respond to two North Routt accidents

A woman riding a bicycle and a man riding a dirt bike were taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after they crashed their bikes in separate accidents in North Routt County.

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Story ripe for the picking

The story of two Rainbow Family gatherers sentenced to six months in jail for stealing produce from a Steamboat Springs store's garbage can continues to grab attention - and headlines. Media outlets across the country are picking up the story, and many e-mailers and bloggers are threatening to boycott Steamboat and other Colorado towns and businesses because of what they are calling an abuse of the justice system.

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Mud Madness motors on

Craig event held in memory of former organizer Mike Bailey

Three years ago, Mike Bailey and his younger sister, Kathy Oberwitte, took over the job of running the Moffat County Mud Madness. It was a labor of love for the brother-and-sister team.

Tom Ross: Webcasts and Podcasts

Technology defines new age of information sharing; I get plogged for the very first time

Just this week, I was plogged for the very first time, and I have to say that it felt pretty darn good.

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Puckering up for a pig

Oak Creek's Labor Day festivities provide fun for all

Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman spent a good part of Labor Day running around Decker Park barefoot and begging people to pay $1 to vote for the town official they most wanted to watch kiss a pig.

Monday, September 4

Man arrested after rollover

Four passengers OK

A 23-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol after he lost control of the car he was driving near Mount Werner Road and Routt County Road 14.

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Video: Morning News Update

Leaders are calling for the District Attorney's Office to reverse the sentence of two Rainbow Gathering participants caught stealing fruit from the trash at a local business; a man was arrested after a car crash early Sunday; lift-ticket winners for Saturday, Sunday and Monday are announced; and Laddan Ledbetter is the winner of the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Cyclists to ride Gore Pass

ACA-sanctioned event is Saturday

Riding in a peloton - a large group of bicyclists packed elbow to elbow - can be intimidating for a first-time road racer. Fortunately for those interested in taking that next step in competitive cycling, Saturday's Gore Pass Road Race provides an excellent chance to gain race experience.

A Texas-size win

Bull rider turns luck around in Sunday's PBR event

Laddan Ledbetter was in a slump.

County Agenda for Tuesday, September 5

Morning Session

Briefs for September 4

'Arsenic and Old Lace' auditions this month

The Record for September 2

12:27 a.m. A 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested near Fifth and Oak streets on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and being a minor in possession.

Apa Sherpa to visit

Apa Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest more times than any other person, will speak in Steamboat Springs later this month.

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Running ragged

Sheepdog competition just another day at work

Marianne Sasak's border collie puppy, Dot, is only 14 months old, but she already has the passion and vigor it takes to be a competitive stock dog.

Traffic jam

New rules lengthen lines at vehicles office

A trip to the Routt County Motor Vehicles Office could now be more than just a lunch-break errand.

Chatting with School Board VP Jeff Troeger

Jeff Troeger is a professor at Colorado Mountain College and the vice president of the Steamboat Springs School Board. He was our guest for an online chat Friday on

Monday Medical: Air quality an asthma concern

When we think of living in the mountains, we think of breathing clean fresh mountain air, right? What we think is not exactly what we get. For me, anyway, it wasn't until I moved to the mountains that I started experiencing breathing problems, which soon led to a diagnosis of asthma.

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Too much time?

Community leaders call for overturn

Several local politicians and attorneys are urging the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office to reconsider a six-month jail sentence given last week to two men who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespass for stealing rotten produce from a garbage can.

Sunday, September 3

Our View: Getting the ballot right

The Steamboat Springs School Board made the right decision Monday to put a $29.7 million bond issue on the Nov. 7 ballot. At the same time, the Steamboat Springs City Council also was right to postpone a bond issue for a new recreation center.

Dave Shively: A skater's home

I have no interest in moving to Trinidad, but I felt a little upset when I found out that this sleepy Colorado town best known as a Mecca for sex change operations could boast better facilities than Steamboat. And I'm not just talking about their Burger King.

Sound Off

There must be more to this than meets the eye. Would someone who understands please explain how in Routt County, a person who embezzles $30,000 does less jail time than two men who steal $15 worth of food out of a trash can?

Injury-riddled Rams lose to Hotchkiss

Going into Saturday's game, Soroco head football coach Andy Reust knew his team was up against some unfavorable odds.

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Pitching dooms Sailors

Steamboat falters at tournament

With an inexperienced team, Steamboat Springs softball coach Donna Ryan wanted to see the Sailors get better Saturday at the Middle Park tournament. Playing three games, Steamboat didn't win, but Ryan deemed the tournament a success.

Air Fest freefalls into the 'Boat

Flying remote control airplanes can be much safer then flying real airplanes - and just as exciting.

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Not so special

Despite good kickers, Sailors struggle on special teams

It's been a case of the good, the bad and the ugly for the Steamboat Springs special teams this year.

Moving in a new direction

With rec center issue dead for now, proponents look at other options

City and school district officials agree that facilities for teens and after-school programs in Steamboat Springs need to be improved.

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Turning trails

Oak Creek residents passionate about creating first-ever South Routt trail system

With rakes, shovels and garden hoes in hand, a few very-motivated Oak Creek residents maybe undertaking one of the biggest projects the town, or South Routt County, has ever seen: a multi-use trail system.

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Book awards honor Hayden resident

The family and friends of former Hayden resident Bern Giannini have selected several young readers for an award that memorializes Giannini. The awards were given to children that read a book or series of books that "deeply moved them" said Hayden librarian Ana Lash.

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Career potpourri

Steamboat Springs High School adds classes in medical preparation and design technology

As Principal Mike Knezevich looked at results from a recent survey profiling the needs, habits and goals of students at Steamboat Springs High School, one statistic particularly bothered him. "Only 13 percent of students perceive that adults in the community value youth," Knezevich said. "By having these classes and bringing community members in, we will start building that back up."

Eleven original lots remain in final filing

Sanctuary story unfolds over 15 years

The Sanctuary, a luxury home subdivision in Steamboat Springs, provides a revealing snapshot of how far the local real estate market has come.

A piece of history

Former Crawford residence offered for $2.45 million

The purchasers of the home at 1184 Anglers Drive on Baer Lake will acquire a piece of Steamboat Springs history. Along with it comes a singular property that offers private trout fishing and a nature preserve in the city limits.

Business briefs

The Feldmann, Nagel & Associates law firm has announced the appointment of partner David J. Nagel as a cabinet member to the President of the American Bar Association.

Routt County Spotlight: Gary Burman

Age: 45, Occupation: Carpenter, Place of birth: Inglewood, Calif.

The Record

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

Real estate transactions for Aug. 18-29


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Sailors soccer tops Vail in opener

Defense strong in come from behind victory on new turf

Coming off Thursday's 4-0 loss to a skilled Summit High School team, Steamboat Springs High School soccer coach Rob Bohlmann was focused on two things heading into the Sailors' home opener Saturday morning at Gardner Field - tightening down the hatch defensively and continuing to work on generating the attack.

It's all smiles

Operation Smile targets low-income children around the world

Kathy McKinley apologized. Several of her photos from Vietnam were graphic. "Sometimes, people need to see how deformed these children are to see why we are going in to help," she said. "Vietnam has the highest birth defect rate in the world."

Up in the air

Airport expansion continues as ski season deadline looms

Additional parking for vehicles, as well as Boeing-757 aircraft, means the Yampa Valley Regional Airport maintenance staff will have more snow to plow.

Looking back

The most widely known Labor Day Celebration in Northwest Colorado will begin Saturday at Oak Creek when that coal producing town stages a three-day event honoring its working men.

Ranch Rendezvous Day - don't miss it

As we all know, Steamboat is coming off of an incredible winter season - one affectionately called a "4-Wire Winter,"-where we were blessed with more than 400 inches of our signature Champagne Powder snow. Although the fluffy, white flakes certainly bring the powder hounds to Steamboat (many of whom never leave), epic snow is not the only thing that makes this place memorable.

Jimmy Westlake: The late, great planet Pluto

What a wacky month in astronomy this has been! First, astronomers announced that they might add three new planets to the existing family of nine, and next, we learn they've axed Pluto instead and cut the number of planets from nine to eight. What the heck is going on in astronomy-land?

Hahn's Peak news

No snow on the trees this morning. Sure thought there would be, according to the weather report. But, it's cold! Out in front of my cabin, next to the shop, are two little bright yellow dandelions. How pretty!

Letters to the Editor

When Bryna Larson and Scott Stanford approached me to serve as a community representative on the Steamboat Pilot & Today's editorial board I immediately responded by saying that I was too busy and not interested.

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The $29.7 million question

Tax impact of school bond issue estimated for residents

Steamboat Springs residents may need a calculator and their checkbooks when deciding how to vote in November.

Fly like an eagle

Local pilots hosting weekend rendezvous live to soar

Whatever you do, don't call Ken Grubbs a jumper.

South Routt Calendar for 9-3

Calendar of events for South Routt for the week of Monday, September 4, 2006.

Saturday, September 2

Sweet Pea owners: 'We didn't want this'

Jail time for taking food from trash 'ridiculous,' Hieb says

The owners of a fresh produce store said Saturday that it is absurd that two men are in jail for taking spoiled fruit and vegetables from the store's trash area.

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Sheepdog event kicks off

The third annual Stock Dog Challenge sheepdog trials will kick off today with a demonstration during the art show at 3 p.m. at the Steamboat Ski Area. The exhibit will provide a glimpse of the competitions taking place all day Sunday and Monday at the Stanko Ranch on Routt County Road 33, about 3 1/2 miles from Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Three Steamboat residents walk away from rollover

Three Steamboat Springs residents suffered minor injuries when their car rolled multiple times in an accident early Friday morning.

Rec league season winds down

Having played in Steamboat Springs' adult recreational summer softball league for the past ten years, ABI team captain Yvette Look knew that going into Thursday night's Coed C League playoffs with a No. 7 seed didn't mean a thing.

Hepatitis link investigated

North Carolina officials looking at Rainbow Family connection

Health officials in North Carolina are investigating whether a hepatitis outbreak in that state coul be linked to a person or people who were at the Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering in Routt County earlier this summer.

The Record for 8-31

The Record for Thursday, August 31, 2006.

Labor Day a big deal in Oak Creek

Holiday was occasion to honor men, women working in coal mines

For the residents of Oak Creek and South Routt County, there are very few holidays that get more attention than Labor Day. Oak Creek hosts the arguably biggest Labor Day celebration in the county, thanks in large part to its history as a coalmining community. The town schedules plenty of activities surrounding Labor Day to honor the men and women laborers in the community, as well as past laborers.

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Little Bambi pays a visit to the telephone company

Escaped Chihuahua discovers next best thing to calling for help

We may never know what compelled Bambi to go AWOL on Aug. 22. Was it separation anxiety? Or was it a case of reaching for a lifelong dream of working for the phone company? Perhaps Bambi was simply answering the call of the wild. Could a Chihuahua ever be devious enough to hatch a plot? A scheme resulting in her owner's mother-in-law crawling under a truck in her nightgown? Bambi ain't talkin' to the press this week.

Local Briefs for 9-2

Local briefs for Saturday, September 2, 2006.

Sailors take to the air

Stillwell leads charge with three touchdowns

Steamboat Springs head football coach Aaron Finch knew his team could run the ball but wanted to make a concerted effort to show the Sailors were more balanced on Friday night.

Labor Day schedule of events

Schedule of events for the Labor Day weekend in Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek.

A final float

Labor Day marks end of commercial tubing season

Steamboat Springs' visitors and locals have one of their last opportunities to tube the Yampa River this weekend. Peter Van De Carr, owner of Backdoor Sports at Ninth and Yampa streets, is one of three Steamboat outfitters allowed to commercially rent tubes under the Yampa River Management Plan. He said he plans to rent tubes and offer shuttle service through the weekend before calling it a season.

County official honored

Mike Zopf wins statewide environmental award

Mike Zopf is not the kind of man who seeks recognition for his work. So, his staff sought it for him. Zopf began working for the Routt County of Environmental Health in 1977. He has been director of the department since 1978. This month, after nearly 30 years of county service, he received the Milton M. Miller Award from the Colorado Environmental Health Association.

Friday, September 1

Sheraton Steamboat is for sale

Ski Time Square, Thunderhead and golf course also on market

A group of resort properties that could figure prominently in the redevelopment of the base of the ski area are for sale. Sheraton Steamboat Hotel General Manager Chuck Porter confirmed Friday that a consulting firm in the hospitality industry has been retained to market the holdings of Ski Time Square Enterprises.

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Video: A first look at Saturday's headlines

Men sentenced to six months in jail for stealing food from trash; a local official wins an environmental health service award; the Stock Dog Challenge is Saturday; this weekend could be your last chance for tubing on the Yampa; and the Sailors play in Laramie tonight.

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Men get six months in jail for stealing food from trash

Men were on their way to Rainbow Gathering when they were arrested

Their crime? Taking five cucumbers, four or five apricots, two bundles of asparagus spears and a handful of cherries from a garbage can at Sweet Pea Produce. Their sentence? Six months in the Routt County Jail.

First lift ticket winner: Barbara Meglen

Click on powder hounds ad to submit your entry

Barbara Meglen of Steamboat Springs has won a lift ticket to the Steamboat Ski Area courtesy of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and

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Video: Morning News Update

Despite all the activities planned for Labor Day, weekend tourism is expected to be down from last year; a car accident Thursday injured two people; Ski Corp. is improving its snowmaking; one shopper will win $1,000 shopping spree from downtown businesses; the Fox Creek affordable housing project is open; the first lift ticket giveaway winner has been announced; and the Sailors' football team takes on Laramie tonight. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Glitch blocks out CBS 4, Broncos' game

Some Steamboat Springs Broncos' fans missed the Broncos preseason game with the Arizona Cardinals' Thursday night because of a technical glitch.

Injury bug bites Soroco

Rams limited in Saturday game against Hotchkiss

Before the season, Andy Reust said the season for Soroco might hinge on the health of his team.

Into the unknown

Hayden, Coal Ridge have questions

Despite weeks of practice and a scrimmage against some tough teams, Hayden head football coach Shawn Baumgartner admits there are still a lot of unknowns going into tonight's game against Coal Ridge.

Respect gained

Sailors soccer falls to talented Summit team

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team players dug themselves a tough hole in the first minute of their opening game against the Summit High School Tigers on Thursday night in Frisco. After a penalty called near the Sailors goal, Tigers sophomore Christian Larsen, a 6-foot-3-inch tall transfer student from Denmark, scored on the ensuing direct kick, putting Summit up 1-0.

Tale of two teams

Steamboat, Laramie two contrasting styles

When the Steamboat Springs football team takes the field tonight in Laramie, Wyo., an interesting encounter should take place between two different styles.

First lift ticket winner to be revealed

Ski Corp., newspaper promotion continues through the month

The Steamboat Pilot & Today will give away the first of 30 lift tickets to the Steamboat Ski Area today in a joint promotion between the newspaper and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. The winner will be announced during the video news update today on The video news update is posted online by 9 a.m. each morning.

'The Oscars of sustainability'

Community Alliance of Yampa Valley honors new pioneers

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley is holding a new event to recognize the area's "new pioneers." "It will be like the Oscars of sustainability in the Yampa Valley," board member Brett Kencairn said. Kencairn is modeling the New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley event after a similar gala held by a sustainable organization in the Pacific Northwest.

Future looking bright for Haven

The Haven Assisted Living Facility is aging well on the east side of Hayden after 10 years of providing care to residents.

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Mountain trenched with snow in mind

During the past two weeks, trucks have delivered more than two miles of pipe and fittings for snowmaking improvements at the ski area. The snowmaking enhancements are part of more than $7 million worth of capital-improvement projects being completed for the 2006-07 ski season.

Weekend offers many options

Labor Day events take place in air, on mountain, in town

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's goal when planning this year's Labor Day events was to do something completely different than everyone else.

Tourism projections down

Hopes are that last-minute travelers will decide to make their way to Steamboat this weekend.

Aging in place in Steamboat Springs

Experts: Net wealth resides in homes

It isn't uncommon to bump into an acquaintance at a cocktail party in Steamboat Springs, exchange exclamations about how the value of each others' homes have skyrocketed and then agree that your real estate represents your retirement nest egg.

The Record for August 30

1:57 a.m. A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and drag racing on Routt County Road 33. The man was stopped by police near 13th Street.

Briefs for September 1

Display cars welcome

First multi-family development opens

George Thomas can plan his workday just by standing on his porch.

Sidewalk sale with an incentive

Labor Day event sale promises chance to win $1,000 shopping spree

Perusing racks and racks of discounted clothing and other merchandise from more than 40 downtown businesses just got a little easier.

'Very questionable characters'

Paradigm Theater brings Rocky Horror Show to Oak Creek

Barbi Bonfiglio started going to see The Rocky Horror Show every Friday night when she was 16 years old.

On Scene

There was only a piano, a microphone, a stool and some shimmering attire on the stage of the Julie Harris Theater on Friday night. The pitter-patter of rain outside complemented the patter of the cabaret performers. (Patter is the small talk the actors say to the audience, which breaks the fourth wall and gives you insight into the personality of the performers.)

The new funky frontier

Little Hercules paves its own way

Little Hercules played its first paid gig at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. They will revisit the Tugboat this weekend with an original funk, groove and rock inspired sound that has been nine years in the making.

Allison Plean: The waiting game

It's already started. I bought a new pair of snowboard boots, I signed up for a merchant pass, and I found 10 bucks in my ski pants. Conversations all around me consist of last minute vacation talk, new Warren Miller films and waterproofing pants.

Taser brings end to police chase

A 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Thursday morning after refusing to pull over during a routine traffic stop. Police said they had to use a Taser to subdue the man.

At the Movies

Reviews of "Beerfest," "How to Eat Fried Worms," "Invincible," "Accepted," "World Trade Center," "Material Girls" and "The Illusionist."

Ready to roll

Heeling Friends and its rising star continue success

It took only a minute Tuesday before the elderly Yampa Valley Medical Center patient opened up and began to talk. Dogs like Kandu, a two-legged Jack Russell terrier mix, can have that effect on people.

Deb Babcock: Using insects to control weeds

In their native habitat, most plants have natural enemies that hold their spread in check. This includes insects, foraging animals, pathogens in the soil and the ecological environment in which the plant originated.

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Wait: Old-fashioned bookmaking takes time

Bookbinder Laura Wait uses materials from all over the world to make her art books. Her handmade paper comes from Europe and Japan, and the leather she uses to make covers comes from England. The threads and chords for binding the books are shipped from Ireland, and the fabrics she uses to make protective boxes for the books are from Italy and Germany.

A life on the road

Blues musician brings rhythm to Routt County

Road warrior Jimmy Thackery has seen the world through a bug-smeared windshield. "When you perform 300 nights a year on the road playing roadhouses and do that for 30 years, by God, people will start calling you a road warrior," Thackery said.