Friday, August 31
If Joel Adams were to accidentally cut himself, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Colorado black and gold slowly oozed out.
Steamboat plays Laramie in today's home opener
Football coaches often say the most improvement for a team comes between the first and second games of a season.
Summit turns tables on Steamboat in 2-1 win at Gardner Field
Youth and vigor seemed to trump age and experience in Steamboat Springs High School's boys soccer home opener Thursday at Gardner Field - at least, in the first half.
Efforts are under way to stabilize and preserve the historic More Barn.
Ski Time Square restaurant closes doors after this weekend
Ski Time Square restaurant and bar Dos Amigos will open its doors for the last time this weekend. Owner Gary Baxter said saying adios to Dos will be a heart-wrenching affair.
Did you know that in the past century, about 75 percent of the genetic diversity of crops in the world has been lost to plants that have been developed for genetic uniformity? And did you know that just six companies control 98 percent of the world's seed sales: Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Mitsui, Aventis and Dow?
Wild West Air Fest also to offer copter, vintage plane rides
Steamboat Springs residents and visitors have an opportunity to remember Gen. Robin Olds during the Wild West Air Fest this weekend.
Routt forest sites to close for bark beetle extermination
When you've got termites, you call the exterminator. When you've got pine beetles, you call the U.S. Forest Service.
Serious homebuyers and looky-lous will have the run of 19 beautiful Routt County homes Saturday during the Prudential Steamboat Realty Labor Day Home Tour.
Chamber survey shows increase in visitors expected Saturday
Expect traffic and everything else in town to get busier this weekend - more visitors are anticipated for Saturday than there were for last year's Labor Day weekend.
District officials hope to fill position by mid-September
Steamboat Springs School District officials will likely begin interviewing interim superintendent candidates next week in hopes of having someone in place by mid-September.
Notes from around town
Pato Banton, the last act in Steamboat's 2007 Free Summer Concert Series, put on a decently solid show Friday at Howelsen Hill.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Entries for film festival due soon
Michael Martin has been making ski movies for more than a decade, but they've been a part of his life for much longer.
Art on the Mountain offers handcrafted clothes, jewelry
Visitors to Steamboat Springs will have a chance to peruse an open artists market this weekend.
Funky 8traC ferments old, new sounds
A lot of bands list "funk" under their long list of genre influences. 8traC means it.
There are a lot of reasons why people stay with music.
Soroco High School football coach David Bruner hasn't let the track and field season go.
12:32 a.m. A 27-year-old New Mexico man was arrested near Mount Werner Road and Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to signal, weaving and having an open container of alcohol.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from those who wish to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board from Sept. 11 through Dec. 31.
School Board senior member decides against re-election campaign
Steamboat Springs School Board member Jeff Troeger said he would not seek re-election in November, citing time constraints.
Youth orchestra offers alternative to school programs
The Steamboat Springs Orchestra's youth program is for education and outreach. It's also for preservation.
On Wednesday, members of the Soroco volleyball team ran a mile. Conditioning - evident from the mile run and two-a-day practices - is something first-year coach Kim Reeves has preached this year.
Thursday, August 30
School Board member bows out of campaign
Steamboat Springs School Board member Jeff Troeger said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in November. Troeger, the School Board's vice president, stated simply in an e-mail to the Steamboat Pilot & Today that he has "decided not to seek reelection to the (Board of Education)."
Sailors finish fifth Wednesday in Delta
Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson says his team is playing well, but he knows it may not be good enough if the team is to make the state tournament.
A 63-year-old Wassaw, Wis., man died Wednesday afternoon after he collapsed while walking along the Yampa River Core Trail.
Annual health event features practitioners and speakers
People have been coming to the Yampa Valley to heal for hundreds of years.
Routt County Sheriff to hold hearing with former employee
The 23-year Routt County Sheriff's Office detention deputy who was fired Monday for violating the department's conduct policy is appealing the decision.
At first glance, the Hayden girls volleyball team might look to be taking a few steps back after graduating eight of the varsity squad's 12 players.
1:10 a.m. Officers warned a man who was walking down the middle of Mount Werner Road.
Two of the 11 potential candidates vying for seats on the Steamboat Springs City Council have until Friday to either fix problems with their nominating petitions or be removed from the November ballot.
Rob and Anita Hawkins live in a log cabin on James Street that was built in 1896 in Hahn's Peak. The cabin was moved to Steamboat Springs during the Great Depression to help provide affordable housing.
A year ago, not much was expected from the Hayden High School football team.
I knew election season was upon us when U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, a Boulder County Democrat, walked into my office late last week.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife plans to push thousands of Colorado natives out of airplanes in the coming weeks. Spectators are welcome, but they must be willing to throw on a pack and take a hike.
Wednesday, August 29
Investigator: Fort Collins incident a violation of conduct policy
A Routt County Sheriff's Office detention deputy was fired Monday for what officials said was violation of the department's conduct policy.
Bigger, but fewer, coal haulers deemed safer option
The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved, with conditions, a petition by Xcel Energy to increase the size of trucks hauling coal on Routt County Road 27, also known as Twentymile Road.
Monday, Aug. 27
The LIFT-UP of Routt County Donation Center is closed this week for processing. All other LIFT-UP programs remain open. LIFT-UP will resume receiving donations on Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 879-3374.
Council to finalize ballot issue next week
City officials Tuesday reaffirmed their support of Ski Town Fields as the site for a potential new recreation center in Steamboat Springs.
In the ongoing debate about whether - or how - to provide affordable housing in Steamboat Springs, Monday's news that the Yampa Valley Housing Authority closed on its purchase of the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park is cause for celebration.
Lisa Eck couldn't stop smiling as she videotaped her daughter, Lauren, in front of a Soda Creek Elementary School kindergarten class on Lauren's first day of school.
Parent: Campus is traffic nightmare
When Joan Ausbury picked her child up from Strawberry Park Elementary School on the first day of school Monday, she described the scene as "chaos."
I encourage preservation of historic buildings but do not feel that mandatory preservation is a necessary, appropriate or fair way to do it. Preservation should be voluntary.
Steamboat, Wyoming wildlife officials could issue fines
When Sarah Larner opened the door to her Deer Mountain Estates home at 5:30 a.m. Friday, she was surprised to find that her two dogs had brought home a friend.
Drowning cause of death in Yampa man's accident
The sting of the loss has stuck with girls on the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team since they left the Moffat County High School gym on Sept. 26 of last year.
Ask Steamboat Springs head boys soccer coach Rob Bohlmann which game he highlighted for the fall 2007 season, and you get one stern response.
Five new City Councilpersons will be elected Nov. 6. They will inherit all the problems created by past councils, which include unmanaged growth and excess tourism promotion. Following are a few timely and tough questions to ask them at upcoming public forums:
Tuesday, August 28
2:11 a.m. A juvenile situation was reported in Steamboat Springs.
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has closed on its $3.2 million purchase of the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park.
All five Steamboat Springs City Council seats up for election this November will likely be contested.
Thursday night's well-attended concert "Rameau to Ragtime" at the United Methodist Church brought us yet another first-class classical ensemble - "The Generations Piano Trio," so called because of the disparity in ages of its members. John Sant'Ambrogio, cello, is 50 years violinist Dmitri Pogorelov's senior. And those ages bracket that of pianist Judith Stillman.
The Steamboat Springs School Board discussed implementing a full-time, district-wide kindergarten program Monday night, but board members acknowledged it could be an expensive and lengthy process.
The Steamboat Springs City Council is expected to decide tonight how to word ballot language for a possible new recreation center. What remains to be seen is whether the council will go to voters for a rec facility at Ski Town Fields or for expanded facilities at both Howelsen Hill and Old Town Hot Springs.
Grand County Republican '98 percent sure' of '08 campaign
State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, said Monday he is all but certain he will run for state Senate in 2008.
Steamboat Springs students return for first day of class
Gabe Aigner was so excited for his first day at Soda Creek Elementary School on Monday that the first-grader awoke before his parents and was dressed and ready to leave a few hours early.
The late, great Sam Cooke was one of the most significant soul singers of all time. But Mr. Cooke was not the kind of guy you would send out with your youngsters to do their shopping for school supplies.
Monday, August 27
Victim's husband in custody for first-degree murder
The Craig Police Department conducted a search warrant Saturday 33 miles north of Craig with a goal of recovering the body of a woman who was last seen June 3.
In an introduction to an article entitled "Nutrition, Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Older Adults," published October 2001 in The Journals of Gerontology, authors Adam Drewnowski and William J. Evans state, "There is no single segment of our society that can benefit more from regular exercise and improved diet than older adults."
The health benefits of an active lifestyle that includes moderate amounts of medium to vigorous physical activity on a regular basis have been detailed in the accompanying article. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people with physical and cognitive disabilities are not obtaining the recommended amount of physical activity needed to confer health benefits and prevent secondary conditions associated with a sedentary lifestyle (e.g., heart disease, obesity and osteoporosis).
These were the most eye-popping numbers for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.
12:01 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue.
Soda Creek Elementary School Principal Judy Harris knew the transition into the temporary school facility would be OK when one of her teachers compared the move to the "Three Little Pigs."
Don't blame Longmont's Craig Howie for being an optimist when it comes to triathlons.
For the 2007-08 school year, the city of Steamboat Springs' Teen Programs has developed new programming on the Fridays when school is not in session. Teen Programs is offering Teen School Days Off (TSDO), all-day recreation programming for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.
If you are the kind of person who remembers old television commercials, you probably recall the somber music and sad tone of voice as the announcer lamented "the heartbreak of psoriasis."
Parents, students and new principal meet
Strawberry Park Elementary School Montessori teacher Linda Stansbery said her classroom is like a little community.
Sunday, August 26
Game yields positive results for softball
Maggie Garcia is pretty committed to the Steamboat Springs girls softball team's improvement. The new head coach had surgery to remove her gallbladder Thursday, but that didn't stop her from traveling to Delta on Saturday to coach the team in its season-opening doubleheader.
A recent article in the Rocky Mountain News motivated me to write this letter to express my concern regarding the aggressive development going on in Steamboat Springs. This is where I grew up on a cattle ranch, and although I realize a certain amount of growth and progress are inevitable and acceptable almost anywhere, when it is carried to the extreme of ruining a beautiful area, it is a travesty.
It was one of those matches we'll look back at in two months and say, "Matt Gadbois is a better player for playing it."
Jenna Rae Conlin, a junior journalism major at the University of Colorado at Boulder, made the Dean's list for the spring 2007 semester. Students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of courses to make the Dean's List.
After they closed down the Nordic program at Winter Park, we started commuting to Steamboat to participate in the Nordic Combined with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. We've commuted here for the past three years, and this year we'll have privilege of living here year-round. We can't believe we'll be living in such a great place as Steamboat!
Colorado Group Realty opens new office
I was 10 years old and kicking around Leadville on my bike when I saw them.
Sometimes you can beat the mountain. Sometimes.
Sarah Fox Age: 24 Occupation: Vice President / LEED Accredited Professional of Fox Construction, Inc.
Bands of sheep and herds of cattle dot the landscape of the Routt National Forest in the summer, creating picturesque scenes that have tourists digging for their cameras. Besides being photogenic, the sheep and cattle are being managed to provide benefit to the land.
With the recent Perseid meteor shower still fresh on their minds, sky-watchers are now turning their attention to a possible meteor storm on Sept. 1 called the Alpha Aurigids. This is typically a ho-hum annual meteor shower that produces a paltry six meteors per hour at its peak, but at least three times in the past century, the Alpha Aurigids have roared to life with an unexpected burst of activity. In the years 1935, 1986 and 1994, several observers noted dozens of bright, oddly colored meteors coming from the direction of the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, near the bright star Capella. The spectacular displays were very brief, only lasting for about 50 minutes to an hour, and few people witnessed them because they were unexpected.
When the going gets tough, some folks go shopping. Some people give it up to a higher power, while others head off to see a shrink.
I can't help but notice Routt County's daily newspaper on Mondays lists only gas prices in Steamboat Springs. Why not let travelers heading to our area of the county know that they might find comparable gas prices in Clark, Hayden, Oak Creek, Yampa and Toponas? Please include these towns, and any I may have overlooked, in your list of countywide gasoline prices, which would then better serve your readership.
Real estate transactions for Aug. 16 to 22
Sales of million dollar-plus homes in Routt County have doubled during the past year, leaving a market segment that was believed to have a five-year inventory three years ago with what might be only a one-year supply.
Wagonwheel owners get together to improve their homes
The homeowners at one of the older condominium projects in Stagecoach were planning to meet this weekend to talk about rebuilding the playground at Wagonwheel.
The Routt County Economic Development Cooperative is continuing its efforts to produce a livability index by the end of this year. The goal of the index is to provide a benchmark to measure the county year-to-year in a variety of categories.
On Aug. 21, your City Council took a very determined step by approving an emergency 90-day moratorium on accepting applications for building or demolition permits affecting any exterior aspect of any "historic structure" (any structure more than 50 years old) within the city limits. As was clearly discussed at that meeting, this emergency measure will allow a discussion to take place in which the community can decide what policies should be put in place to identify and protect our historic resources.
Through the decades, Oak Creek has morphed from a booming mining town to a hippie refuge to the fiercely independent and eclectic town it is today.
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.
Seniors, sophomores lead Sailors to win
There might not be a more valuable game of the 2007 season than Steamboat Springs' 23-14 victory against Kent Denver.
This spring, in the Yampa/White river basin, snowpack peaked on March 13 at a level that was 72 percent of average for that date.
Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.
Energy development is impacting Colorado at a startling rate, spurring news and opinions that seem to change by the moment.
I had written an entirely different editorial for today, but when Brent Boyer told me that a story about my wife, Jennifer's, attempt at the Leadville Trail 100 last weekend would be the lead story in today's Sports section, I thought a different commentary would be in order. You probably are asking yourself what a grueling, high-altitude, 100-mile trail race has to do with Conservative political philosophy. The truth is, it is a great illustration of the conservative mode of thought.
Border collies, handlers vie for honors in Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge
Annie, a 6-year-old slightly crippled border collie, keeps a huddle of sheep in a pen by staring them down. Adorable but intimidating, Annie backs away a little when one of the ewes starts at her, but Dot, standing next to her at the edge of the small pen is stationary, backing her up.
As Steamboat Springs grows and real estate prices soar, conversations often have turned to whether the city can remain an affordable place to live for its working class. Using salary schedule information from the Steamboat Springs School District, the Pilot & Today met with local financial planners to assess how a hypothetical first-year school teacher could expect to live in Steamboat, and whether goals such as owning a home are within reason.
Summer was a season of change in the Steamboat Springs School District.
Exceptions will be made if you are demolishing your historic structure to build over priced "urban" loft condo apartments and swanky commercial space.
Kim Kreissig said that without the Discovery Learning Center's early childhood program, she would be "totally lost."
A simple Jose Bergamin quote topping four pages of Oak Creek Mayor Pro-Tem Angie KenCairn's notes on the town's comprehensive plan seem to set the tone for the direction the town is heading in.
Bigger is better.
Saturday, August 25
Matt Gadbois and Ramsey Bernard remember the days when they were the lone freshmen on the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team.
1:02 a.m. Several people were riding skateboards and being loud in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. Officers gave the group a warning to be quiet.
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Coffeehouse & Wine Bar owners Dick and Leslie Ryan confirmed their business - and the distinctive, baby blue Victorian building it occupies - are for sale.
Coroner: Cause of death in accident under investigation
A 68-year-old Yampa man died Thursday night when he apparently lost control of the truck he was driving, causing the truck to roll and land upside down in a ditch full of water.
Fund Board leader eyes School Board position
Education Fund Board President Robin Crossan is the first official candidate for one of three open Steamboat Springs School Board seats.
Manager: Airport rejected first round of bids for services
As the summer air season draws to a close, Yampa Valley Regional Airport is in a state of transition and preparing itself for a busy winter.
From the Aug. 29, 1957, edition of the Steamboat Pilot:
Steamboat Springs' corps of competitive mountain bikers put a close to the final of eight summer Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series races as the sun cast its final rays of Friday evening light onto Thunderhead Peak.
Steamboat pioneers insulated themselves with historic paper
If and when people begin tearing down more of the modest old homes in Steamboat's historic neighborhoods, demolition crews surely will find crumpled copies of the Steamboat Pilot stuffed inside the walls.
I figured my editor would give me a series of competency, writing and The Associated Press style tests when I reported to work on day one of my internship, to see if I could hold my own before sending me out to do my first story.
A two-story red brick building that hugs the banks of Soda Creek was named this month to the National Register of Historic Places.
The corner of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads is missing something: the trademark Strings in the Mountains white tent that was dismantled this week.
Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes said that, to this day, he remembers each of his fellow first-year teachers from when he started his career in education more than three decades ago.
Friday, August 24
Youth prevails in game against Kent Denver
In the ultimate bend-but-don't-break game, the Steamboat Springs High School football team didn't act its age. If fact, considering the numerous sophomores and first-time starters sprinkled throughout the lineup, the Sailors played like a team versed beyond its years during Friday's 23-14 win against Kent Denver.
Barry Siff and his event management company, 5430 Sports, hosts seven triathlons a year, including some of the biggest in the state, which often draw more than 1,000 participants.
Raul Chavez loves his 6-iron. It was his club of choice during indoor lessons the past couple of winters.
Local wildlife officials hope Steamboat Springs residents concerned about the area's continuing bear problem will spring into action to revive the Bear Aware program.
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is teaming with the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department to host a picnic Saturday with the goal of building bridges between teens and adults.
The Steamboat Art Museum needs volunteers to work two- or three-hour shifts between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
12:54 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square.
It's good to be on top again.
Members wanted for committee to pick interim superintendent
Steamboat Springs School Board members want help from the community in their search for an interim superintendent.
Sheriff requests additional deputy, animal control officer
Sheriff Gary Wall has spent his first months in office modifying the shifts worked by his deputies in an effort to provide around-the-clock service. But Wall said 24-hour coverage won't be possible unless he can add another patrol deputy and an animal control officer to his staff.
Like many gardeners, I've had to work hard to get over my fear and dislike of bugs. Even though many of them might creep us out, we need to recognize that they serve a beneficial purpose - for the most part. Even annoying mosquitoes provide food for frogs and other animals that is so necessary for ecological balance.
The statistic made U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar's eyes open wide in surprise. "Our emergency room visits have increased 40 percent in the past year," Bob Omer, chief executive officer of Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker, told the senator Thursday at a public meeting that drew several elected officials and members of the public to Centennial Hall.
Reggae mainstay Pato Banton will close out the 2007 Free Summer Concert Series tonight at Howelsen Hill. An opening band, Lion Vibes, will take the stage at 5:30 p.m.
Possibly the biggest - and most important - factor heading into today's season opener at Kent Denver (3:30 p.m. kickoff) is how Steamboat's underclassmen will play.
Perry-Mansfield closes season with self-styled cabaret
The art of cabaret, says performer Karen Mason, is about self-realization.
Funk rock band will play two shows this weekend
People can expect a high-energy show from Colorado funk rock band Little Hercules. Fresh off a tour in Hawaii, some festival dates and recording, the band will come through Steamboat tonight and Saturday to get funkadelic on the crowds at the Tugboat.
Sporadic Yampa River streamflows have left commercial tubing operators in a precarious situation.
Let's just get this out of the way: I don't know anything about Steamboat Springs.
No Holds Bard will perform plays as they were meant to be
Turns out, Shakespeare didn't intend for his plays to have so many props. Or to be especially highbrow. Or really, to be rehearsed.
U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar gave credit Thursday to the Moffat County veterans for their work on bringing health care to veterans in Craig and the surronding area.
Rod Hanna's gallery show features digitally-altered photographs
For photographer Rod Hanna, even a high-resolution digital image is not enough to capture the unique beauty of the Yampa Valley.
South Routt High School junior Dafne Arce didn't mind starting classes again Thursday. But she already misses her summer sleep schedule.
Thursday, August 23
Law enforcement cracking down on drunken driving
As part of a statewide initiative to crack down on drunken driving, local law enforcement agencies are stepping up their annual "The Heat is On" enforcement now through Labor Day weekend.
Two-day event brings Sen. Salazar, Rep. Udall to Steamboat
Water buffaloes are coming to Steamboat Springs Today and Friday, the Colorado Water Congress is holding its 2007 Summer Convention at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The event features a series of seminars and discussions about water policies and strategies, supply forecasts, bark beetle impacts, and water-related legislation passed this year and coming up in 2008.
Split recreation center at sites not yet ruled out
City officials might, just might, ask Steamboat Springs voters to approve new recreation facilities at Howelsen Hill and Old Town Hot Springs, despite expressing support last month - and this week - for a consolidated facility at Ski Town Fields.
12:58 a.m. A suspicious car with its doors open was parked in Curve Plaza.
Tickets for the sixth annual Soup Bowl Supper are now on sale at All That Jazz.
Eight strokes and 28 days. Those currently are the only numbers that matter to the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.
Growing Steamboat softball team brings optimism to the plate
It's hard to keep the Steamboat Springs High School girls softball team down.
Program connects upperclassmen, freshmen for guidance
As a freshman at Steamboat Springs High School three years ago, Victoria Lavington was in a new school with few friends.
Search continues for candidates in three districts
No official candidates have stepped forward as of Wednesday to be candidates for School Board seats in the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt School Districts.
Several town employees promoted or transitioned
Steady growth in the town of Hayden, plus the loss of a public works employee, has led to a number of transitions and promotions, Town Manager Russ Martin said.
Pilot & Today grows its own leaders
The Steamboat Pilot & Today's track record of growing its own leaders is well-documented. A quick glance at the newspaper's leadership highlights that approach.
Wednesday, August 22
Commissioners hesitant to support Hayden project
Continuing efforts to construct a regional sports complex in Hayden were met with skepticism by the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
High school check-in is a checkout to summer
The first day of school is just days away.
A 19-year-old Alabama woman died from massive chest trauma Thursday during an all-terrain vehicle accident in North Routt County.
City Council blocks renovations to structures more than 50 years old
City officials have enacted a temporary ban on demolitions and exterior alterations of historic structures in Steamboat Springs.
Immunizations keep young children healthy and protect them from disease. Similarly, developmental assets help kids make healthy choices and inoculate them against a wide range of risk-taking behaviors, including substance abuse, violence and school failure. The more assets young people have, the more likely they are to be healthy.
12:23 a.m. Someone driving a small white car reportedly left before paying for gas in the first block of Anglers Drive. Officers later pulled over a small white car on Lincoln Avenue that was not involved in the reported gas skip.
Lt. Gov. O'Brien on 'listening tour' about early education
Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien will host an early childhood education community forum Thursday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. O'Brien hopes the forum will provide insight into the complexities of supporting children and families in Colorado.
The past four months have been tumultuous, to say the least, for the Steamboat Springs School Board, and there are indications November's election could be just as contentious. We think that's a good thing for district voters.
Runners scorch the Divide
A three-month experiment to give students Fridays off was so successful that the Hayden School District has decided to use the schedule throughout the 2007-08 school year.
Bill Ritter announced as Club 20 keynote speaker for fall meeting
Whatever tension that once existed between Gov. Bill Ritter and the Western Slope political group Club 20 appears to have been forgotten.
Crested Butte strictly controls historic structures
On Elk Avenue in downtown Crested Butte, the owner of a commercial business recently applied for a permit to put "shed dormers" - upright windows topped with a gable on a sloping roof - onto the second story of his building.
For the philanthropist who doesn't mind kicking up a heel, slapping down a winning poker hand or figuring out whodunit, this weekend is for you.
Tuesday, August 21
Steamboat Springs City Council President Susan Dellinger said Monday that the city's governing body is doing too much, too fast.
It's not easy cheering for a vegetable. But there are colleges and high schools in America where that's what school history demands.
Sunday, Aug. 19
Registration open for September chili competition
Registration is under way for the Chuckwagon Chili Challenge on Sept. 15 at Little Toots Park in downtown Steamboat. The competition is part of the Downtown Hoedown. Everyone is encouraged to enter a chili in this year's competition. Chili will be judged and awards presented for the best Red, Green, Firehouse and People's Choice chilis. Taster kits will be $5. All who buy a taster kit will be eligible to vote for the coveted People's Choice Award for best overall chili.
Xcel completes application for controversial line project
Anyone with an opinion on Xcel Energy's controversial application for a coal supply rail spur to Hayden Station has until Thursday to submit comments to the Routt County Planning Department.
Anderson confirms re-election bid
Paul Hughes, the former city manager who was fired by the Steamboat Springs City Council nearly two years ago, confirmed Monday that he will run for a seat on the City Council this fall.
The health care industry is always in a state of change, said Karl Gills, chairman of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley.
Timeshares will be hotel's major focus after redesign
The Steamboat Sheraton Resort has officially hopped into the fray of redevelopment at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Monday, August 20
There are no strangers on the court when Stacy Swiggart, Patrice Lorenzen, Laurie Buelow and Gillian Morris play tennis.
Saturday, Aug. 18 12:19 a.m. Theft was reported in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court.
Sheriff gets legal help in policy discussions with commissioners
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has hired an attorney to aid him in ongoing policy discussions with the Routt County Board of Commissioners and county legal staff.
Proceeds exceed 2006 total; new Fair Queen coronation postponed until November
The Routt County Junior Livestock Sale grossed nearly $270,000 this year, exceeding the 2006 sale by almost $10,000, a Routt County Fair official said Sunday.
Free six-session class helps participants set goals, alleviate symptoms
Managing pain and fatigue is an everyday reality for Patsy Magness, who has multiple sclerosis. It helps to attend support groups and health seminars, where she finds comfort in camaraderie with others with similar problems.
An elite runner complains of severe foot pain, yet her X-ray was negative. A 55-year-old man experiences chest pain while riding his mountain bike. A cancer patient is about to begin chemotherapy.
Steamboat officials to address congestion concerns
Steamboat Springs' top city planner said Friday that growing traffic problems are not just about future development west of downtown - they are community-wide concerns that need to be addressed by the Steamboat Springs City Council.
Sunday, August 19
It was brutal. It was scary. It was violent.
The relative scarcity of new condominiums near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is allowing the developers of the Bear Lodge project to gradually release units to the market.
Workforce shortage to be addressed
Mountain Temp Services has opened a branch in Steamboat Springs. The office is the only temporary employment agency in Steamboat.
Q. What is the mountain pine beetle?
Those of you who felt left out in the cold last March 3 - when the Eastern U.S. got to see a beautiful total eclipse of the moon and folks out West didn't - take heart, because the tables are about to be turned.
Fifi La Rue, the Yorkshire terrier:
New gadgets continue to revolutionize classroom
In 1903, Crayola debuted a box of crayons with eight colors. Throughout the years, Crayola has continued to add colors to its crayon boxes, style to its markers and smiles to children and parents shopping for school supplies all around the world.
Stagecoach woman revels in raising South American breed for their fibers
Although he doesn't have a name yet, Carol and Ken Collins are leaning toward "Punto."
In the perils of high school sports, maybe no team in the area has been as consistent as the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team.
There are no desks or overhead projectors, and I can honestly say I've never seen a dry erase board on the 50-yard line.
Noah Townsend had no trouble getting the packed crowd at the Routt County Fairgrounds' grandstands to cheer Friday night. The 8-year-old buzzed by on his 50-pound, 51cc motocross bike during halftime at the Planet Powersports Freestyle Motocross show as the crowd hooted at each pass by the District 25 (Colorado and Wyoming) No. 3-ranked racer in his Rocky Mountain Motocross Association age division.
Monthlong extension project now years in the making
A project to extend Routt County Road 37 in Hayden, creating another access to U.S. Highway 40, has been in the works for nearly three years, and there's still no end in sight for the project that has left a portion of the road in an unfinished and abysmal condition.
In a grainy, black-and-white photograph in Centennial Hall, a building that once was the Steamboat Springs Bed and Breakfast on Pine Street can clearly be seen from the photographer's vantage point, across the Yampa River on Howelsen Hill.
If you think this Board is so bad, where are all the candidates flocking to oust them? Where's that "80%" that needs to be represented?
Statements like these have been getting a lot of print lately: "Preserve the past, while investing in the future"; "A classic mountain community"; "Steamboat is alive and there is history to be learned"; "Create a legacy:" These are not quotes from a Partners in Preservation Meeting, but rather from recent ads and publications for Realtors and developers. Steamboat Springs' community character is not only important to those of us who live here, but it is also used as a marketing tool.
Saturday, Aug. 11 Travis Freeman Young, 22, Steamboat Springs - DUI, failing to signal (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Real estate transactions for August 4-15
Ptarmigan Inn could be replaced with 39 slopeside, lock-off condos
A team that includes the developer of The Porches duplex project is proposing to replace the old Ptarmigan Inn hotel with a new building that would include 39 slopeside condos at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Investors, lendors wait out credit market mess
At a discussion last week about growth in the Yampa Valley, it was, oddly enough, a comment about recession that drew the most attention.
Waller nominated to ABA board of directors
From my perspective, the experts analyzing the recent worldwide finance problems missed one fundamental change that underlies the problem - the retirement of Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve and his replacement by Ben Bernacke. Both men are esteemed members of a select community of experts in finance. The problem is that they hold divergent philosophies that crashed like a train wreck.
Jenn Wright Age: 31 Occupation: Executive director of Yampatika
Sarajane Rossi had two good reasons to smile Saturday night at the Routt County Junior Livestock Sale.
The raft buckles upon impact.
Along a hillside overlooking the baseball fields at Howelsen Hill, a group of cave aficionados of varying scientific professions met Saturday at the seldom-explored Sulphur Cave.
The Steamboat Springs City Council's response to development plans for the Steamboat Springs Airport was on target.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for July 29, 2007.
Saturday, August 18
A young Alabama woman died Thursday night in an all-terrain vehicle accident at Three Forks Ranch in North Routt County.
Pair not guilty of making threats in April
Two Moffat County High School students have been cleared of misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations they made threats against other students and school staff in April.
If it's possible to encompass Steamboat's beauty into a 16-mile run, Sunday's ninth annual Ski Haus Continental Divide Trail Run might do it.
When it comes to rivalries, the one between Craig and Steamboat Springs isn't limited to high school or junior high sports.
Official: Intrawest seeking 'cost and operational efficiencies'
Six year-round employees of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. have been laid off, an Intrawest official confirmed Friday.
6:24 a.m. Domestic violence was reported in Steamboat Springs. A Steamboat Springs Police Department captain said a verbal argument occurred between a married couple, and no arrests were made.
Carol Sharp, EPSDT outreach coordinator for Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to sit on the Advisory Committee on Covering All Children in Colorado. The advisory committee's purpose is to help the state develop policies and legislation for covering all low-income children during the next three years. Ritter signed legislation designed to put Colorado on the path to covering all 180,000 uninsured, low-income children in the state by 2010. The legislation makes it easier for children to enroll in Medicaid and the state's SCHIP program by allowing health providers to presume eligibility for some children and establishes quality measures and reporting for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance. Residents with comments or concerns should contact Sharp at 824-8233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's nothing quite like a quick business trip to introduce a little perspective into the growing pains we're experiencing in Routt County.
School Board looks for interim superintendent to heal past differences
Steamboat Springs School Board members are looking for an interim superintendent with "team-building" experience - a quality former Superintendent Donna Howell lacked, according to board-administered evaluations.
Assessing the size of an elk herd is a tricky task.
Sen. Wayne Allard says Iraq war policy debate 'overshadowing' other issues in Congress
With a Democratic-controlled Senate consistently challenging Iraq war policies, Congress has turned its attention away from "most other issues," Sen. Wayne Allard said Friday.
Llamas weren't the only things being judged Friday at the Routt County Fair, hoping for a call of, "nice color and good legs," from the judges.
Friday, August 17
12:19 a.m. A warning was issued to a group of loud people in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle.
Hermacinski, Bentley announce intent to run for seats
Steamboat Springs Planning Commission member Cari Hermacinski and longtime Steamboat resident Meg Bentley have announced their intent to run for the Steamboat Springs City Council.
Fewer drivers mean fewer route options
The Steamboat Springs School District needs additional bus drivers in order to prevent a cutback in bus service.
Self-guided tour takes art aficionados across West Routt
Artists from West Steamboat to Hayden will be featured Saturday in the seventh annual Steamboat Springs Arts Council Studio Tour.
Running Late seeks to mix bluegrass, other music
A fiddle, dueling vocals and a blistering banjo sound may define bluegrass music, but Joe Turman said his band, Runnin' Late, transcends the genre.
The Sam Bush concert at Howelsen Hill on Aug. 8 was the closest many of us have been to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in several years.
Ryan Serhant couldn't believe his ears when his name was read off a red envelope during Monday's live taping of the CBS Early Show.
Colorado is changing so much that, for the first time in a long time, Doug Seiter is a little ashamed of how well things are going.
It seems there is always room for just one more plant in the herb garden, and while poking through catalogs, I was reminded of an old favorite - sorrel. Sorrel is a hardy perennial that appears early in the spring and lasts until autumn. It is an herb that is most commonly used as a salad green. But because it's not one of the more elite herbs, it suffers from benign neglect in both the garden and the kitchen.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard program was pleasantly surprised with the places its snowboardcross riders qualified to compete last winter.
The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medical Institute and Colorado Mountain College have partnered to offer nationally recognized wilderness EMT certifications to medical professionals already certified as EMT-Basics and higher.
City Manager Lanning proposing changes, new positions
Steamboat Springs City Manager Alan Lanning is proposing numerous changes to city staff, including seven new positions that could be part of the 2008 city budget.
The Steamboat Springs School District is without a superintendent, and as of Thursday, there were no candidates for School Board either.
Author, motivational speaker brings her message to Steamboat
To say Cynthia Brian is a ball of energy would be an understatement.
'Madama Butterfly' is Emerald City Opera's 'best show yet'
A performance worthy of New York City or London will grace a stage in Steamboat Springs tonight and Sunday.
Steamboat Springs resident Elise Anderson grows the biggest zucchini in Routt County.
Thursday, August 16
Tuesday, Aug. 14
In his eight years of competitive running, Matt Reinhold always kept a portfolio with him.
Steamboat swimmer conquers 50-free at West Zone meet
In a sport where winning is measured by fractions of a second, swimmer Cole Worsley admits it took a few moments to realized he had won the 50-meter freestyle at last week's Western Zone meet in Farmington, N.M.
Dollar Tree eyes new location in Central Park South
Dollar Tree, with 3,334 stores and $971 million in second quarter sales, is seeking a building permit that would allow it to open a new store in Steamboat Springs.
Aaron Gabel's Wednesday was full of cake.
Parents get first look at traffic, parking for temporary school
Ali Berka's children will start school in two weeks in a mobile classroom in a field adjacent to the George P. Sauer Human Services Center.
Hayden Board of Education petitions deadline Aug. 31
Stagecoach resident Chris Zuschlag, like many of his South Routt friends and neighbors, was excited when county officials sent a survey to residents to gauge interest in a regional shuttle service.
Representative asks councilman to run for 'prestigious position'
U.S. Rep. John Salazar may have let the cat out of the bag regarding the future of Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner.
The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs will host its biggest and one of its most competitive tournaments today.
Patsy Wilhelm leaves legacy of conservation, caring
Patsy Wilhelm refused to act her age.
It took more than 13 years to get this party started.
There are not too many "perfect" outdoor locations people would describe as both tacky and beautiful.
Wednesday, August 15
Raising a teenager isn't always easy, which is why local nonprofit organizations banded together to create a program aimed at helping parents and others foster healthy choices among teens.
Fire bans across Northwest Colorado - except for those pertaining to state and private lands in Moffat County - were lifted this morning.
My hat is off to the School Board for their recent decision to end the district's contract agreement with former Superintendent Donna Howell. I have no axe to grind neither with her performance or personality nor with the School Board, and I have no children in the district.
Golf team shows signs of improvement
After a rough start at Battlement Mesa Golf Club last week, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team hit the road looking to get back on track.
Skiers and riders have just a few more hours to purchase a season pass at the Steamboat Ski Area at discounted prices.
City officials next week will consider a temporary ban on demolition permits for historic structures.
Newly reorganized Hayden group hosts event tonight
The newly reorganized Hayden Chamber of Commerce will host its first event tonight - the Hayden Summer Business Festival.
Tuesday's horse show brings out the best in Routt County riders
Aleigh Aurin's pink cowboy boots and pink Western shirt match her pink saddle pad, which accents her pink, ostrich-skin saddle.
The recent cruel entrapment of a "nuisance" mother bear (with peaches) and her cubs is another tragic example of just how poorly we are doing in our efforts to live in harmony with the wildlife that surrounds us.
As longtime taxpayers in the Steamboat Springs School District, we are appalled at the decision of this School Board to waste $270,000 in tax dollars in an attempt to solve their personal problems.
2 a.m. A person was cited near Snowbowl Plaza and U.S. Highway 40 for camping illegally.
Dr. Howell's forced departure from the Steamboat Springs School District is an indication of a serious fissure in the system. The purpose of the Steamboat Springs School Board is clearly stated in its governing documents: The board sets district policy, evaluates how the superintendent implements those policies, and represents the citizens in the district. The Superintendent is charged with administering the operations of the schools.
It was hard not to feel the electricity Friday and Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School.
In about two weeks, Soda Creek Elementary School students will begin their first day of school in the mobile classroom facility in the field adjacent to the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.
Debate about $34 million facility gets a twist
The city could fund a proposed $34 million recreation center without raising taxes.
Extra seating was required in Centennial Hall on Monday night for "The Present and Future Impacts of Resort Development on the Yampa Valley," the third installment in the "Dynamics of Growth in Resort Communities" series presented by a collection of local organizations.
Conditions perfect for Scowboys' Regatta
Incident with teen girl in Larimer County leads to suspension
A Routt County Sheriff's Office jailer has been placed on leave following an incident involving the jailer and a teenage girl in Larimer County.
Sue Birch, executive director of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to sit on the Blue Ribbon Commission for Healthcare Reform - Rural Advisory Task Force.
Tuesday, August 14
In Amy Gregorich's mind, a Web site is a necessity for any business, no matter how small.
12:38 a.m. A bear was spotted in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Steamboat Mental Health and Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is holding a Comedy Mystery Dinner fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25 at Rex's American Grill and Bar.
Hayden resident Karen Brown is more than happy to have her daughter, Anna, 14, participate in events at the Routt County Fair.
Train hits semitrailer; cars collide on U.S. Highway 40
Two accidents, including one involving a train and a semitrailer, caused minor injuries Monday morning along U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs.
City Council looks at 2008 spending tonight
If approved by voters in November, a new recreation center would dominate Steamboat Springs' city budget next year.
Steamboat Springs School District officials will likely not hire an interim superintendent for at least the next two weeks.
Officials look for cause of decline in 'miscellaneous retail'
Steamboat Springs' total sales tax collections continued a steady rise over last year, but officials are concerned with downtown sales, which were down for the fourth straight month.
I have a party game to re-introduce to you this week. It's called, (with sincere apologies to Barry Manilow) "I Write the Songs that Make the Whole World Gray."
Mental health agency, advocates working to solve suicide problem
Colorado's suicide rate ranks as the seventh highest in the country, according to Mental Health America of Colorado. Figures for Moffat and Routt counties are just as unsettling.
Monday, August 13
Two accidents, including one involving a train and a semitrailer, caused minor injuries this morning along U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs. At about 7:45 a.m., a westbound coal train struck the back of a semitrailer owned by excavation and drilling company D&D Enterprises, Inc. The second accident occurred at about 9 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Routt County Road 42, which leads to the Silver Spur subdivision just east of Heritage Park.
Aging Well and Council on Aging combine forces to develop new programs
The old Steamboat Springs Community Center now is just a memory, but excitement is building about new healthy aging activities that will be possible at a larger, more versatile community center being built just down the road.
The Steamboat Springs men's club lacrosse team got everything it wanted out of the Steamboat Lacrosse Tournament, except for its name on the championship plaque.
Steamboat Springs resident Brad Miller can see just what the Steamboat Tennis Association Summer Championships mean to Routt County's tennis enthusiasts.
12:29 a.m. A traffic stop was made near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. An arrest was made for a DUI.
Longtime Routt County resident and horse trainer Jason Patrick is recovering at home after fracturing his skull and eye socket during a horseback riding accident Wednesday.
City water right can't ease bans on Yampa activities
A water right acquired by the city in 2003 cannot fix low water levels that recently caused temporary bans of recreational activity on the Yampa River.
It took a little more than a 1,000 words and a couple of hours to put together, but Friday, the fall sports schedule for Hayden, Soroco and Steamboat came together.
The Routt County Fair got off to a well-attended start this weekend with a series of horse shows. According to organizer Alicia Samuelson, about 160 horses participated in events Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Riders competed in a variety of age groups, and Samuelson said the youngest rider was 5 and the oldest 68.
The Oak Creek Town Board has denied a proposal to create three apartments in the former South Routt Early Learning Center on Grant Street.
When was the last time you took a day off? Not to run errands, clean the house or dash to a series of appointments, but to spend a day pursuing your favorite hobby, pampering yourself or doing, well, nothing?
Sunday, August 12
The budding success of lacrosse in Routt County apparently isn't limited to the youth and high school programs.
As the House sponsor of SB 07-45, I was disappointed in the reaction to the bill by the Routt County Clerk and Recorder and pleased by the editorial response by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Best of the Web for August 12
Workshop focuses on prevention
The Steamboat Mental Health Center will hold one of its biannual "gatekeeper training" workshops Monday at the Yampa River State Park Visitor Center in Hayden.
The Routt County Humane Society (RCHS) had a very successful "Soggy Doggy Washdown" on Aug. 4. More than 100 hundred local families participated by bringing their dog for a bath, and many businesses, including Alpine Bank, Powder Claws and Paws 'n Claws, helped sponsor the event.
Cyndy Mansur and Rupert Laumann met five years ago during the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. Mansur, now a Hayden resident, and Laumann, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., kept in touch through the years and eventually started dating.
In 1980, the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl with offensive linemen whose average weight was 252 pounds. The 2007 Super Bowl winners, the Indianapolis Colts, had offensive linemen weighing in at 306 pounds, on average.
In an attempt to set the record straight, I feel compelled to respond to the recent Question of the Week in the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the editorial the Aug. 8 edition of the Steamboat Today.
Just one month after contractors broke ground on the new Soda Creek Elementary School, district officials are looking at cost-cutting measures to make up a deficit of more than $1.6 million.
The high school sports season starts Monday in Steamboat Springs, but late last week, the Steamboat Springs High School was still seeking cross country and cheerleading coaches.
Steamboat lost a very knowledgeable and sincere community leader Friday at the hands of a few - five, to be exact: the School Board. None of them represented the community. They were the same School Board members who, I might remind them, were elected to represent us - parents and staff alike.
The Steamboat Springs School Board's decision Friday to buy out the final two years of Superintendent Donna Howell's contract brought a needed conclusion to what had become an embarrassing, drawn-out affair for the school district and the community. Unfortunately, we believe it was the wrong conclusion.
Life can change in an instant.
South Routt Bible Church camp combines horses, lessons of the Lord
Kicking off her tennis shoes and slipping on her cowboy boots, Stagecoach resident Joplyn Brittain could barely contain her excitement as she ran in the direction of the horse arena Friday.
When we consider drastically altering our expectations of government, we risk undermining the principles on which our country was founded and proving Ronald Reagan's maxim: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
From the seventh hole of the Royal Thimpu Golf Club in Bhutan, golf professional Luke Brosterhous says you can see the Decehn Phodrang Monastery.
Is $2 billion in 2007 real estate sales realistic for Routt County?
The Routt County real estate market has already passed the $1 billion plateau, almost four months faster than it did in the record-setting year of 2006.
Real estate transactions for August 1-8
Carriage rides pump Western flavor into downtown Steamboat
Living in Las Vegas doesn't always provide the type of exposure to the outdoors and the Old West that residents living in Steamboat Springs experience daily.
Until recently, the bright planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn have dominated the evening sky. Even Mercury made a brief appearance back in June. Now, only Jupiter remains to light up the night as Mercury, Venus and Saturn have quietly moved from one side of the Sun to the other and are now seen in the early morning sky. Noticeably absent during all of this activity is the planet Mars. Where has the Red Planet been hiding?
It seemed a key ingredient was missing in each of the past four seasons for the Steamboat Springs Rugby team. Be it inexperience or a lack of depth, the squad always seemed one element short.
Panda, the big black bull with a splash of white on his face, is hard to forget.
County officials Tuesday gave final approval to an oil drilling permit west of Milner on land the Morton family has called home since 1942.
Sleep is not one of the ingredients competitive barbecue cooks stock up on during a competition.
Along the dusty, winding road that leads to the Twin Landfill outside of Milner, Jolie Lemoine rummages through almost every vehicle that enters the dump.
Friday, Aug. 10
Lots expected to reach market this month
Bob Comes and Jim Kelley once flew together in the cockpit of a United Airlines 747-400. Today, they are steering the course of a new residential development on a landmark Steamboat Springs property.
When Brian Vaughn calls his new downtown Steamboat Springs restaurant a "Rocky Mountain bistro," he's talking about more than its location.
Warning: If you don't like reading about bodily functions, slime and snot, this week's column is not for you.
Saturday, August 11
As it turns out, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team's biggest asset may be its depth.
Thursday, Aug. 9
Search, Rescue teams find hikers at Fish Creek Falls
Two 17-year-old boys were rescued from the Fish Creek Falls area Thursday night after they became disoriented and lost during a hike.
Alistair "Big Al" Dalgleish could have gone either way when picking a U.S. mountain locale for a summer of rugby abroad. It came down to Steamboat Springs or Vail for the Scotsman.
1:01 a.m. A man reportedly saw a "prowler" trying to get in a house in the 700 block of Grand Street. The man was gone when officers arrived.
Search, Rescue teams find hikers at Fish Creek Falls
When Sam Bush picked up his fiddle at Howelsen Hill on Wednesday night and played a few mournful licks, I recognized the tune immediately.
Discussion Monday will convey experience of other communities
There's a saying that in Aspen, the billionaires have driven the millionaires "down valley," a reference to the belief that the fellow resort town has become a haven for only the super-wealthy.
Former superintendent agrees to contract buyout
Donna Howell's tenure as superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District ended Friday afternoon when she and the School Board agreed to a contract buyout.
Congressman to attend two events today in W. Slope tour
Routt County's representative in Washington, D.C., visits Steamboat Springs for two events today.
Friday, August 10
Superintendent, board agree on contract buyout
Donna Howell's tenure as the superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District ended Friday afternoon as she and the School Board reached agreement on a contract buyout. In exchange for her resignation, the district will pay Howell $270,000, slightly less than the $300,000 she would have earned in salary and benefits from serving out the remaining two years on her contract.
Bring your favorite salad dressing, it's time to celebrate Yampa's favorite vegetable - lettuce.
Steamboat Springs golf team finishes fifth in first tournament
The good news is it was the first tournament of the year.
Pam Lindahl joins MacArthur & Stine
Taoism is all about finding constancy in a life of continuous, swirling change.
Two of the most poisonous plants in North America can be found here in the Steamboat area: poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) and western water-hemlock (Cicuta douglasii). Yes, hemlock is the plant that killed Socrates in Athens in 329 BC. Just a small taste of these plants can cause a quick, painful death.
Track coach plans double marathon in memory of mother
Greg Long knows how to prepare for a successful run.
Advances offer hope for cheaper solar power
Solar power technician Marc Landry bounces around a laboratory like lightning in a bottle - or more specifically, like silicon atoms subjected to extreme heat in a test machine.
Conservation called key to energy future
It is widely accepted that real changes in the production and consumption of energy will not only result from new technologies, such as innovations in wind and solar power. Real change will also - and primarily - result from conserving resources that already are in play.
Wind power blows into Logan County
The truck seems out of place rolling past Main Street in Peetz, a dusty little town on the plains of northeastern Colorado.
Officials at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus are gearing up for another busy fall.
93rd annual event kicks off today with open horse show
The 93rd annual Routt County Fair begins today in Hayden and continues through Aug. 19. For the first time, the fair will feature a freestyle motocross stunt show as its highlight event.
Formula business debate ties up Planning Commission
An ordinance that could keep chain stores out of downtown Steamboat Springs is raising more questions than answers.
After 41 years of riding off-road motorcycles, Yuba City, Calif., resident Bob Jensen sees recreational dirt bike rides as a way to instantly open up the outdoors.
1:53 a.m. A drunken man in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square reported that his car keys were missing. The man's mother came and picked him up, police said.
'Eleemosynary' examines relationship of three generations of women
From Toni Morrison's "Beloved" to Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club," mother-daughter relationships have long been a topic of artistic expression.
Kathy Mattea brings sound of Appalachians to Steamboat
If you want to see Kathy Mattea perform tonight, get to the Strings in the Mountains box office this morning.
If your children grew up on the Headwall chairlift or you met your wife riding up Christie II, you'll soon have the opportunity to own a piece of that Steamboat history.
'FIVE' local women open new downtown gallery
Ask Kimberly Conrad Saari why she decided to open the K. Saari Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs and she acts as if it was something completely out of her hands.
Thursday, August 9
A year of hard work paid off for Routt County's 4-H youths Saturday as 53 projects were selected for the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
12:17 a.m. Officers assisted a stranded motorist near Lincoln Avenue and Anglers Drive.
REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide) will hold a summer Gatekeeper Workshop on Aug. 13 and 14 at the Yampa River State Park Visitors Center west of Hayden.
A 13-year-old boy who was injured Saturday after he slid about 100 feet down a side of Fish Creek Falls has been released from the hospital.
Ordinance would limit chain businesses downtown
City planners have drafted an ordinance that would make it harder for chain stores such as Gap or Starbucks from setting up shop in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Wildlife officials likely will resurrect a public outreach and volunteer program designed to tackle Steamboat Springs' ongoing issue with bears.
It is your mistakes, not your successes, that teach you the most in this business.
Regulations would give county a stronger say in state projects
If the Colorado Department of Transportation told local officials a new state highway was coming through Routt County, the construction would proceed almost entirely on the state's terms.
Members to discuss Howell's future
Steamboat Springs School Board members made it clear that Superintendent Donna Howell's job is on the line heading into a special board meeting Friday.
The Steamboat Springs High School golf team has been the definition of success.
Wednesday, August 8
Scott Stanford, Brent Boyer to assume new roles this month
Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Scott Stanford has been named the newspaper's advertising director. City Editor Brent Boyer will replace Stanford as editor.
Third annual event pits cyclists vs. mountain passes
Don't expect to see an endless stream of Front Range cyclists crowding the highway during Saturday's Tour de Steamboat.
My wife, Jean-Ann, and I have been spending vacations in Steamboat Springs for three summers, and I wanted to write and tell all your readers what a wonderful place the Yampa Valley and Steamboat Springs are to spend a few months.
Hayden police chief Birch: 'This went way beyond a prank'
Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said Tuesday that those who set off crude, homemade bombs last week in the town are fortunate they did not cause more damage.
African cat last seen in Heritage Park area
A domesticated serval escaped from a motorhome in the Heritage Park area Saturday, and law enforcement officers are urging residents to be careful if they come in contact with it.
A countywide fire ban for landowners in unincorporated Routt County likely will be lifted early next week, officials said Tuesday.
Tanner Foust knew he'd have to be warmed up and ready to drive all-out in the semifinal race of the Rally Car Racing Super Special event that closed X Games 13 on Sunday in Carson, Calif.
Athletes and coaches are already in the gym and on the fields of Steamboat Spring High School this week for optional conditioning camps. The official start of the fall sports season is Monday.
1:40 a.m. Two men reportedly were chasing a man in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. The men were gone when officers arrived.
A response to Joanne Palmer's Steamboat Myth Busters No. 3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hung out in Routt County. Ms. Palmer says, Nope. I disagree. If Ms. Palmer will read her history she will find that Butch Cassidy and his bunch passed through and hung out in Browns Park for several years; actually from the 1890s until about 1905. And at that time, Browns Park was in Routt County. Moffat County did not exist until 1911, so at the time the "Wild Bunch" was in Browns Park, it was Routt County. It is well-documented that they stayed with the Bassett family.
Hayden juvenile arrested in burglary probe
A burglary suspect who allegedly stole as much as $1,000 worth of property in two recent residential burglaries was arrested Friday night in Hayden. The suspect's name was withheld because the suspect is a juvenile.
The collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis has raised many eyebrows as news coverage has revealed the questionable durability and safety of many bridges across the U.S. To clean up and replace the bridge in Minneapolis will cost upwards of $160 billion (This is obviously an extreme case).
He has shared a stage with some of the biggest names in acoustic and folk music, including Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and David Grisman. He has inspired nationally known bands including the String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and Nickel Creek.
A former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president will discuss the state of America's health care system during the final Seminars at Steamboat presentation of the season.
The Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office's response to a new law lowering the cost for copies of public records was disappointing.
Former Steamboat Springs City Council President Kathy Connell plans to run this fall for another stint on the City Council.
Tuesday, August 7
City Council says airport study coming along smoothly
City officials Tuesday gave strong support to consultants studying development options for Steamboat Springs Airport.
Hayden hopes to increase the amount of water it can pump to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in anticipation of the continued expansion of the facility, town officials said.
Preventive programs are keeping Routt County children in their homes and out of foster care, county officials said Monday.
Summers are short lived in the Yampa Valley, so the leadership of the Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association has decided to take advantage of fall.
12:20 a.m. A person complained of noise in the 800 block of Weiss Drive.
Cliff climber injured after falling at Fish Creek
A man who was climbing the south face of the cliff at Fish Creek Falls lost his footing and fell about 100 feet Saturday, Sheriff's Office investigator Ken Klinger said. Klinger said the man was conscious after his fall and was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with unknown injuries that were not life threatening.
Consultants will tell city officials tonight that a $10 million runway expansion at Steamboat Springs Airport would boost fuel sales and turn a $2 million profit in 20 years.
I'd like my fish pan-seared with an orange balsamic drizzle
Good evening folks. Tonight's specials include a roulade of Idaho chukkar breast marinated in Snake River gooseberry confit and topped with a juniper reduction and dollops of crÃme fraiche de chanterelle.
Sheriff says deputies did 'excellent job' in Aug. 1 incident
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall reflected Monday on an Aug. 1 standoff that he said was "the most intense incident" he has encountered since taking office in January.
Voluntary fishing ban lifted; other restrictions remain in place
Frequent rain showers in recent weeks have reduced the risk of wildfire and led to the repeal of a voluntary fishing ban on the Steamboat Springs stretch of the Yampa River.
Monday, August 6
Monday's print edition of Steamboat Today has been delayed because of a mechanical problem with the newspaper's press. The press was repaired by 6:45 a.m., and delivery began shortly afterward. Most of the city of Steamboat Springs had been delivered by 8:30 a.m. Normally, the press rolls between 1 and 3 a.m. on the Today, with the goal of having all 11,000 copies of the newspaper delivered to racks by 6:30 a.m. Circulation director Steve Balgenorth said all newspapers should be delivered by noon.
Driving event challenges entries with difficult course
The Horse Driving Contest looked like fun.
During a summer in which city, county and state officials have fielded dozens of calls a day about bears, another animal may visit area homes - mountain lions.
Did you know eight out of 10 U.S. households use pesticides both indoors and outside their home?
Saturday evening in Hayden, it seemed as if there was a high school football game going on.
Where other drivers struggled with continuity, Nick Craig thrived.
Errant kicks cost the game in 27-24 loss; Gents avenge an upset
When Steamboat lined up a kick after a try in the waning seconds of Saturday's rugby match in Aspen; it sailed wide of the far post.
12:26 a.m. A fight was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
There are several things that you can do to keep your blood pressure healthy. These actions should become part of your regular lifestyle. You should discuss with your health care provider the best ways for you to address these issues.
Workshop to further policy governance
The Steamboat Springs School Board will hold its first meeting Tuesday to discuss policy governance and communication between the board and Superintendent Donna Howell.
Applications for the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program are due Sept. 5 to the Routt County Board of Commissioners Office in the Courthouse Annex. Qualified projects must relate to protecting agricultural operations, natural areas and open lands. In general, the projects protect the unique Western heritage of the Yampa Valley for its residents and visitors. For more information or an e-mail application, call Helena Bond at 879-0108, ext. 315.
Hope will be the word of the day - and night - this weekend.
Sunday, August 5
It is often said that "unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it."
Q. When did you move to Routt County?
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Lodging barometer rebounds from July
After a July that mostly lagged behind the previous year, lodging is expected to be higher this week, according to an informal lodging poll conducted by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The Chamber's weekly Lodging Barometer is a nonscientific poll meant to help property managers and restaurant owners gauge their staffing needs.
Nicolas Poma Castro said the wildflower-strewn meadows of the Routt National Forest reminded him of his childhood herding sheep in the shadow of the Andes Mountains.
On a Saturday morning in August, long before the Gondola starts turning, there's only one way to get to the top of the Steamboat Ski Area -the hard way, one foot in front of the other.
One look at Wild West Relay race organizer Paul Vanderheiden, and it's easy to see what the race means to him.
The intensity in Waterton Canyon builds as the rock walls constrict. Before you know it, huge boulders dissect the current and retentive holes mark the bottom of the increasingly steeper drops, the rapids stack up and, just as adrenaline starts pumping, catching up with paddle strokes : you splash into a calm, giant pool.
"It takes a wine festival to make you realize you'll never be an alcoholic," Rowland Edwards of Dallas said near the end of the Steamboat Wine Festival's events Friday. "I can't last that long."
The golf team's meeting Monday will mark the start of a new high school sports season.
A mother black bear was euthanized Monday after she was caught in a trap on the side of a Steamboat Springs lawn after breaking into at least four homes. Two bears were put down in Grand Junction this week, as were two in Aspen - one that reportedly broke into a school and one that broke into a home through a closed window. A bear was killed by a motorist as it was crossing U.S. Highway 40 at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass on Thursday night. A bicyclist hit a bear after it darted in front of him on Fish Creek Falls Road on Friday. A bear reportedly killed several sheep in the Flat Tops Wilderness area south of Hayden.
In response to Scott Stanford's column in the Aug. 2 Steamboat Today:
When Morgan Spurlock subjected himself to a 30-day experiment in 2004's Super Size Me to test the physiological and psychological effects of an exclusive diet of McDonald's fare, the numbers were alarming - Spurlock gained 25 pounds and did irrevocable damage to his liver after consuming an average of 5,000 calories a day and stopping exercise, limiting himself to 5,000 steps a day.
Hangar at Hayden airport offers
From the outside, Spectrum Jet Center looks as unimpressive as any other hangar at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.
Program aims to connect area producers, retailers
Rosemary Farrell of Oak Creek believes "there is a need to bring back the American product."
The new owners of the Alpiner Lodge have no plans to tear down the 33-room motel at 424 Lincoln Ave. At least for now, they just want to put it firmly in the black.
Traditional ranch family moves west onto 2,300 acres
The long anticipated closing of the sale of the historic More Barn property has allowed the Willard Owen "Jerry" More family to resume ranching on 2,300 acres along the Yampa River east of Hayden.
Life's a kick for Bruce Guettich.
Mike and Toni Hennessy's initials have been carved perfectly into an aspen tree. The initials "M + T" are encircled by a large heart.
In John Denver's wonderful song "Rocky Mountain High," he says he's "seen it raining fire in the sky." I always like to think he was singing about the annual August Perseid meteor shower when you can, indeed, see it raining fire in the sky!
The city's efforts to upgrade facilities at Howelsen Hill are overdue. We hope the city is willing to go even further in improving this important community asset.
Friday, Aug. 3
Ranger Smokey is a colorful character who walks around Stagecoach State Park with buckets of crayfish, collects feathers and cooks 4,000-year-old recipes, all with the hopes of educating people about nature.
Residents canvass Steamboat's core for future improvements
Almost every curb, streetlight, sidewalk and storefront in Steamboat Springs' downtown corridor was scrutinized Thursday night during a public meeting to discuss future streetscape plans.
Transactions for July 25 to 31
The Ute curse is the number one myth in the Yampa Valley. If you don't hear it from your waitress, you're sure to see it on a brochure. The story goes that an Indian chief cast a spell of sorts on the Yampa Valley. As a result, visitors are destined to be seduced by its charms and always return.
Saturday, August 4
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball and football teams will hold optional conditioning camps starting Monday.
The summer season left Michael Vandahl and Aaron Calkins with little question about the basketball talent throughout the country.
Plans for a new headquarters building at Yampa River Botanic Park have been submitted to the city's Planning Department, and the proposed building already has a name.
The Routt County Extension Office is hosting an informational meeting for 4-H families on a proposed program that would require all 4-H members to register their livestock with the state.
The deadline for registering for the Steamboat Tennis Association Summer Championships is rapidly approaching.
Wine is far more than just a beverage for Stephen Kautz.
Police keep occupied with Friday bike, car accidents
A North Carolina man struck a bear Friday while biking on Fish Creek Falls Road.
Samantha Johnston, the Steamboat Pilot & Today's regional advertising director, is leaving the newspaper for a position with The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Thursday, Aug. 2
Transportation to medical centers available for vets
The service at the Dam Cafe is really slow, but at least the ambience is industrial.
New law mandates cheaper public record pages
Access to public records became cheaper Friday after a Colorado Senate bill went into effect capping fees for copies of such records at 25 cents a page.
Ski and Resort Corp. gives $40,000 to nonprofit organizations
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has awarded six grants totaling $40,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout Routt County. The grants are part of Ski Corp.'s Employee Environmental Fund.
Friday, August 3
Speaking to a roomful of ski industry executives, meteorologist Robert Henson chose his opening words carefully.
With practices slated to begin Aug. 13 for Steamboat Springs High School fall athletic teams, the school district still is looking to fill the head coaching vacancies for cross-country and cheerleading.
National association honors Steamboat's Cookie Lockhart
Cookie Lockhart believes auctioneering needed a trailblazer to break the gender line, and she was up to the task.
It appears Jade Summit and Pirate's Pub owner Kevin Nerney will fight city efforts to suspend his liquor license.
A grant writer for the three Routt County school districts may be hired as soon as Monday, district officials said.
Shakedown Street keeps Grateful Dead's music alive
Shakedown Street might have a longer career than the band it covers.
While driving on Amethyst toward Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, I could hear the guitar chords of the Los Lonely Boys concert wafting up the valley through my open car window. A free concert, and I wasn't dancing in the front?
The beauty of Routt County is evident in the artwork that's part of tonight's opening reception at The Artists' Gallery of Steamboat. The sense of community behind it isn't as clear.
While more than 1,000 runners come cruising down Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40 on Saturday, a separate group of runners will plug away on Mount Werner.
Ski resorts taking environmental strides
In June, Aspen Skiing Co. announced the installation of a 10.6-kilowatt photovoltaic system on the company's Thunder River Lodge affordable housing complex in Carbondale.
The Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory Faculty Chamber Music Recital on Wednesday night was the last for this - the 10th - season, although there was a student recital and the Summer Soiree Scholarship Fundraiser at the Cottonwood Grill on Thursday night, the traditional end of camp finale today and the last student recital Saturday.
Progress unhindered by water problems
A $3.5 million renovation project at the Old Town Hot Springs is on schedule for a holiday finish, Director Pat Carney said Thursday.
12:08 a.m. Dogs reportedly were barking in the 300 block of Blue Sage Drive.
A second attempt to recall 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink has failed.
Any plant that grows where it shouldn't is considered an unwelcome weed. This means that if seeds from last year's poppies blew into your lily bed, the resulting plant is a weed and should be taken out unless you like it there. Or if your peppermint has snaked into your parsley bed, it's gotta go.
Strings show highlights 19th century movement
To chamber musicians, the word "romantic" is heart-wrenching. It's an expression of the deepest human suffering and the most intense joy, tidal-wave dynamics and rich harmonies.
Perry-Mansfield ends summer with 'Youth Festival'
As summer 2007 creeps toward its end, so to does another session of dances, performances and classes at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
TMH adds surgeon, emergency room doctor
The Memorial Hospital hired two new doctors to fill positions outlined in its Medical Staff Development Plan.
Thursday, August 2
Commissioners want more information about improvement district
Routt County commissioners want to see a budget before they agree to give money to a newly formed business improvement district in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Scores improve at secondary level, decline at elementary level
Significant declines at Hayden Valley Elementary School on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests overshadowed progress made at the middle and high school, district officials said.
Amelia Sidinger named to Dean's Honor Roll at UNC
City seeks public suggestions on Yampa structures
Fishermen, kayakers and any member of the public can bring suggestions about improving flows in the Yampa River to Howelsen Hill today.
The Locks of Love "Hair Raiser" on Saturday collected enough hair to provide 23 hairpieces to children younger than 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Despite several crashes, a couple of brushes with trees, a disintegrated front end and a several hundred yard sprint to the finish, locals Zach Ruppel and Paul Rose accomplished something that's never been done in the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Biking Series.
Tim McClenathan hadn't pitched a game since he was a 14-year-old Little Leaguer growing up in Granby.
Seven Hayden girls selling doughnuts this week as fundraiser
Seven Hayden Middle School students are almost halfway to their goal of raising just more than $18,000 to travel to Washington, D.C., for the People to People World Leadership Forum in October.
A 31-year-old man was arrested without incident Wednesday morning after a 12-hour standoff with law enforcement.
Tuesday, July 31
The South Routt School District mostly outpaced state averages on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.
The release of Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores for the Steamboat Springs School District put us in a quandary ever year.
Wednesday, August 1
A 31-year-old man was arrested without incident Wednesday morning after a 12-hour standoff with law enforcement. The man is accused of assaulting his mother and another man during an argument.
Truck driver Patrick Maki drove an hour and a half to reach the Craig Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday.
Not a whole lot of kids in Colorado would rate a trip to Ponca City, Okla., as the highlight of their summer vacation.
Agenda for Yampa Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. today at Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln Ave.
Hayden police recover stolen property in home
Monday, July 30
City sets weight limit for aging Old Town structure
City officials may close the small Yahmonite Bridge until next summer.
Nate Bird and Bryce Gordon hit the road this weekend and rode for a pair of vindicating regional mountain bike titles.
Steamboat students outpace state, but show little progress
The Steamboat Springs School District again outpaced state averages on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.
Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School Board and the City Council for reaching an intergovernmental agreement on after-school programs. The council signed off on the agreement July 17; the School Board is expected to do so at its next meeting.
Dry Creek in second phase; town wins grant for planning
When it comes to Dry Creek Park, Hayden town officials are hoping slow and steady will win the race.
Commissioners ask sheriff to clarify position on policies
Sheriff Gary Wall and Routt County commissioners continue to trade letters about county policies.