News for Sunday, August 5, 2007

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Conservative commentary: Scare tactics

It is often said that "unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it."

Routt County Spotlight: Mike Forney

Q. When did you move to Routt County?

Best of the Web for August 5

Best of the Web for August 5

Business File for Aug. 5

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.

Routt National Forest a valuable resource for livestock owners

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.

Mount Werner hill race 'breathtaking' course

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.

Wild West Relay doubles in size

One look at Wild West Relay race organizer Paul Vanderheiden, and it's easy to see what the race means to him.

Dave Shively: What was the river?

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.

Wine fest has broad attraction

"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."

John F. Russell: Relax, enjoy the season

The golf team's meeting Monday will mark the start of a new high school sports season.

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Officials stress compliance as bear problem grows

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.

Dr. Donna K. Howell, JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler: Raising the bar

In response to Scott Stanford's column in the Aug. 2 Steamboat Today:

Steamboat crew embarks on ambitious 5,000-mile cycling odyssey

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.

Business booms at Spectrum Jet Center

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.

Lauding local products

Program aims to connect area producers, retailers

Rosemary Farrell of Oak Creek believes "there is a need to bring back the American product."

Alpiner's new owners won't tear down motel

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.

More Barn sale closes

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.

Parade of Homes sheds light on stunning custom houses

Mike and Toni Hennessy's initials have been carved perfectly into an aspen tree. The initials "M + T" are encircled by a large heart.

Jimmy Westlake: Raining fire in the sky

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!

Our View: Giving Howelsen a facelift

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.

The Record for August 3

Friday, Aug. 3

Ranger Smokey offers Stagecoach visitors hands-on nature programs, hikes

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.

Downtown plan gets input

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.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 5

Transactions for July 25 to 31

Joanne Palmer: Steamboat myth busters

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.