Stories for December 2007


Monday, December 31

Road closures stall food trucks

City Market: "We're making do"

Steamboat Springs grocery stores are running low on some food supplies during the New Year's holiday, due to widespread road closures that began Sunday.

2,000 stranded on I-70

Avalanche danger blocks holiday travel

More than 2,000 travelers were stranded at Red Cross shelters in the Colorado high country Monday as a threat of avalanches closed a stretch of Interstate 70 west of Denver.

Rabbit Ears, westbound I-70 open for travel

Flight operations on schedule at YVRA

Rabbit Ears, Gore, Cameron and Berthoud passes are open for travel Monday afternoon, as is westbound Interstate 70, after a Sunday storm that shut down highways and stranded travelers across much of Western Colorado.

Aging Well: Eating well as we age

Many older people have trouble eating well. This article tells why, and then it gives ideas on what you can do about it. Using the food label is one way to eat well; there are others.

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No further fallout from bogus bills ... yet

There's has been no further fallout from last week's news that fake Spree Dollars certificates were circulated at local stores, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 31

Food assistance available through LIFT-UP

The Record for Dec. 29

Saturday, Dec. 29

Graham: Sports in 2008

I want so many things to happen in 2008. I want all of my teams to win championships. I want the Patriots to go 0-16 next year. While those things are highly improbable -maybe a .001 percent chance - I do have some wants for the 2008 year that appear, at least on paper, more plausible.

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Roadless rules reviewed

Environmental impact statement in the works

A controversial federal law governing Colorado's 4.1 million acres of roadless areas could be replaced by a state-specific rule that would allow more development exceptions.

Weather hammers Yampa Valley

Police, rescuers overwhelmed

The gusty winds, heavy snow and poor visibility that forced lift closures and frustrated skiers and riders at the Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday also contributed to a flurry of accidents, rescue operations and road closures throughout the Yampa Valley and Colorado.

Emergency care: When bad luck turns good

What's a two-letter name for an award-winning Steamboat Springs "hot spot" that is the last place you want to be for aprÃs ski?

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Festivities to fill the night

New Year's bus service will continue as needed into late, or early, hours

For Hoosier Melissa zur Loye, the New Year's Eve celebration at Steamboat Ski Area is worth the travel from Indiana.

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'Someday' dawns

Wife, mother publishes devotional book inspired by scripture, personal experience

Michelle Peters didn't set out to write a book.

Sunday, December 30

Storm closes Rabbit Ears, Gore, Cameron passes

Wind, snow advisories in effect for Northwest Colorado until Monday morning

The strong winds and heavy snow that struck Steamboat Springs on Sunday are expected to continue through the night and could bring gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and 16 inches of snow to the area.

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Last-minute shoppers drive sales

Merchants saw improvement over 2006, but still long-term lows

After getting off to a slow start earlier this month, holiday sales boomed in Steamboat Springs the week before Christmas, but still fell short of previous years for most local retailers.

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Laurel Street's future more secure

Local preschool pulls off downtown real estate purchase

A community institution that has served scores of young families, Laurel Street School and Family Center, is on the path to a more secure future this winter. The nonprofit preschool's board of directors was recently able to purchase its downtown real estate for $750,000.

Biz file for Dec. 30

Success Steps seminars changing venue

'Soft spots' forecast for ski travel

Resort officials target slow times in January, February

Local vacation lodging properties are in such demand during the holidays, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer projected that mountain condominiums would be 102 percent full Saturday.

Dave Shively: Steamboat's 82nd

Two turns in that one stash is all it takes, just enough to produce an awkward yelp, your first words of the day. Then you realize you're alone in the woods, and you belt out a full rebel yell for the other snow gluttons that care to echo.

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Commercial guides give snowmobile riders keys to the forest

Many casual visitors to the Yampa Valley simply cross over Rabbit Ears Pass - passing it as the formidable boundary to Steamboat Springs while seeing it as a divide, rather than a gateway, to the Routt National Forest.

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Comeback kids

Steamboat skiercross duo finds second chance for Olympic glory in booming freestyle scene

It has been six years since Brett Buckles traveled to Europe to compete. Her final 2002 trip was for a European Cup downhill race as a member of the U.S. Ski Team, during her last year as a member.

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Steamboat cross-country skiers prepare to peak at nationals

The girls on the elite end of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country junior ability team can already hear the Megadeth chords ringing in their ears.

Kerry Hart: Reality TV and grade inflation

In Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion radio show, Keillor signs off with the news from Lake Wobegon with a summary of the Midwest small-town stereotype and includes the remark, "Where the children are all above average." During the past couple of decades, I have seen students increasingly feel entitled to grades of 'A' or 'B' simply because they believe they are above average and incapable of doing average work.

No down time for hoops team

No. 5-ranked Steamboat Springs boys basketball holds holiday 'player practices'

It may be late December, but a quick look into the Kelly Meek Gymnasium tells a different story.

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On the road, with a mission

Humanitarian workers return home to Steamboat Springs for the holidays

Mayling Simpson-Hebert's life, spent traveling across the globe as a medical anthropologist, reads like a good road trip novel.

John F. Russell: Born freestyle

Ten years ago this February, a young skier named Jonny Moseley exploded onto the Olympic scene in Nagano, Japan, with his gold-medal run.

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Phippsburg announces holiday lights contest winners

For Phippsburg resident Artie Weber, decorating his house for Christmas each year is not just a way to spread holiday cheer, but also a special way to honor the memory of his late father, who kept his childhood home aglow with lights each year.

Editorial cartoon for Dec. 30

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Dec. 30, 2007.

Conservative commentary: The B(C)S

As you may know from prior editorials, I am a firm believer that competitive sports tell us a lot about life.

Our View: Get involved in 2008

As the coming year unfolds, and events build on projects, planning and policies begun in 2007, we encourage Routt County citizens to take an active involvement in their community because 2008 is shaping up to be a big year.

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Birdwatchers take stock of Steamboat's feathered friends

During Saturday's annual winter bird count, aimed at identifying all species of birds in the Steamboat Springs area, local birdwatchers endured the cold to "put the 'brr' in birding," Yampa Valley Birding Club count coordinator Tom Litteral said.

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Foos family rebuilding after fire

Kathleen Foos still doesn't know why she woke up in the middle of the night on Dec. 11. It was not until nearly half an hour later, when she could not fall back asleep after a midnight snack, that she first noticed anything amiss at her Phippsburg home.

Jimmy Westlake: Quadrantid meteors set to dazzle

On any given night of the year, a single observer can see about five or six "falling stars," or meteors, every hour of the night. These are called sporadic meteors because they can dart randomly from any direction of the sky. There are certain nights of the year, however, when a single observer can see 10 times that many meteors, all springing from the same point in the sky. These are our annual meteor showers, each caused by the Earth plowing through the dusty wake of a comet's tail. The richest of the annual meteor showers are the August Perseids, the December Geminids and the January Quadrantids.

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Yampatika ski program a 'constant learning' experience

Jada Lindblom is probably the only skier on Mount Werner with an ermine in her backpack.

Agriculture Allianace: 2008 - A year for agriculture to be counted

As we approach the new year, those of us with farm or ranch land already have started to receive our "every five-year" package from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, looking for information. It's the agriculture census. They want to know how much land we each have and how it is used, whether for crops or for pasture. They want to know how much agricultural equipment we have and how old it is. They want to know how much the land has produced. And, they want to know whether we have jobs other than agriculture.

Looking back: President's health big concern

Next to the Russian situation, President Eisenhower's condition will be of supreme importance. What its influence upon Russia will be, nobody knows.

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Year of the crane

A look back at an action-packed 2007

There were few dull moments in 2007. A $265 million ski area sale that brought new vitality to the resort, a City Council upheaval, a massive proposed annexation, affordable housing policies, the sale of Ski Time Square, a bought-out superintendent, controversial e-mails and a failed recall effort, a broken water pipe, a rejected recreation center, a sheriff facing DUI charges - and the list goes on.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 20-26

Real estate transactions for Dec. 20-26

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 28

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 28

Saturday, December 29

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Merchant of Sandwich closing its window today after 10 years

After 10 years, The Merchant of Sandwich will open its sliding glass drive-through window for the last time today. Citing health reasons, owner Brad Herrick is closing the little shop west of downtown and moving on to the greener pastures of Safeway's produce department.

Judge denies Nerney's injunction request

After a short-lived victory, Kevin Nerney lost the latest battle in the war for his liquor license Thursday.

Routt County Spotlight: Dan Bubenheim and Doug Diamond

Spotlight on Dan Bubenheim and Doug Diamond

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 29

Tobacco "quit kits" available at VNA offices

The Record for Dec. 27

Thursday, Dec. 27

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Tom Ross: Happy Nerd Year, everyone

In case you hadn't noticed, the days are getting longer

Perhaps the rest of you climate nerds hadn't noticed, but spring is just around the corner. Already, the days are getting longer in Steamboat Springs, and it's all downhill to the vernal equinox on March 20.

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Shipley prepares for healthy year at Dartmouth

Call it tough luck - or, as the always upbeat Lane Shipley calls it, "a blessing" - but the 2007 Steamboat Springs High School graduate's immense talent on the football field has not yet had a chance to blossom in college.

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Soroco 2007 grads talk about getting ready to fight

For everything from shaping his long hair into a crew cut to adjusting to boot camp after going to school with the same people his whole life, Pfc. Lucas Sullivan finds himself saying the same line: "You just kind of take it as it comes."

Local junior skiers race at Vail

On the opening weekend for the Smartwool Alpine Race Series, Dec. 22 and 23, 25 Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes traveled to the Rocky Mountain Division competition in Vail. The series is designed for skiers ages 13 and older and provides a unique opportunity for young racers to compete against experienced competitors.

La Niña is still on its way

Delayed weather phenomenon helps big December snow

Jim Pringle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said he still expects the state to experience warmer and drier than normal weather this season. But it will arrive later than climatologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration originally thought.

Friday, December 28

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Steamboat filled with New Year's festivities

Celebrations on tap downtown, on the mountain

The champagne corks will pop at midnight - the only question is, where will you be? Here's a guide to tonight's New Year's Eve festivities in and around Steamboat Springs.

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Nordic Council tunes schedule with events

Local cross-country skiers might notice a streamlined look to this year's schedule of race events.

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Shelton sizes up Steamboat

New public works director evaluating city infrastructure, projects

Since starting his new job earlier this month, Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Philo Shelton has been getting a crash course on the city.

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Olympic gold medalist lands at ski area

His 360-degree mute grab earned him a gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and his famous "dinner roll" trick filled the appetite of freestyle skiing fans four years later in Salt Lake City.

The Record for Dec. 26

2:40 a.m. A disturbance involving juveniles was reported in Clark. The incident is still under investigation.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 28

Three vehicles were reported stolen during the Christmas holiday from Victory Motors in Steamboat Springs.

Grammy-nominated Morgan to perform children's shows today

Children's songwriter Zak Morgan didn't plan to make a career out of writing songs about melancholy bullfrogs.

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Safer on the slopes

Hospital, Ski Patrol seeing less ski injuries this season

Despite crowded slopes fueled by throngs of holiday visitors, ski-related accidents and calls for Search and Rescue are down so far this ski season, officials said Thursday.

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Heading up the arts

News that shaped local music, theater, dance and pictures in 2007

A handful of art galleries opened this year, significantly upping the number of formal spaces to show visual art.

On Scene: Away from Indiana

God bless friends and family.

Standout tracks from American music of 2007

For the record industry, the end of the year is a time to push out compilations and throwaway albums that make decent stocking stuffers. Certainly, it's not the time to try to drum up attention for new releases. Which makes it a prime time to look back at some standout tracks from American music of 2007, subjectively selected by 4 Points writer Margaret Hair.

The 'Boat's best of 2007

This year's most outstanding national releases, as selected by contributors from the Steamboat Pilot & Today staff and music fans around town

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Massey hopes to heat up local music scene with debut

Singer/songwriter Julia Massey admits that she was a little taken aback by Steamboat's lack of local music when she got to town in August.

Jane McLeod: Fennel has case of mistaken identity

In all categories - appearance, cultivation, medicinal properties, culinary - but taste, fennel, or Foeniculum vulgare, closely resembles dill and is often mistaken for it.

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Spending Spree

Police investigating phony Chamber of Commerce certificates

The Craig Police Department opened an investigation Thursday after the Chamber of Commerce reported that three phony Spree Dollars certificates, totaling $150, were used at local stores.

Margaret Hair: See you in 2008

For those who follow arts and entertainment reporting in just about any publication in the country, you'll notice something around the middle of December every year:

Charlie Bates: Production of 'Messiah' a triumph, hits all right notes

George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" is certainly one of our most glorious Christmas compositions.

Thursday, December 27

The Record for Dec. 25

12:14 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 30600 block of Lakeshore Trail. Police said everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 27

The 62-year-old man who died in his hunting cabin north of Hayden Saturday night has been identified as Jack Kelly of Craig. Kelly died of natural causes while on a snowmobile trip with a female friend near Quaker Mountain.

Holidays slow for local law enforcement officers

While December is typically a busy month for local law enforcement, crime in Steamboat Springs took a break during the Christmas holiday.

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Waste Management urges residents to recycle holiday trash

Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Wednesday that there is a sustainable way to deal with mounds of cardboard left from opened Christmas presents.

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City snowplow drivers faced with heavy snowfall

While heavy snowfall made for a white Christmas in Steamboat Springs, it also kept city snowplow drivers busy clearing the streets - even on Christmas morning.

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Holiday homecoming

Steamboat troops recoup with some welcome R&R

Since Michelle Jones got the word that her son A.J. Carmack would be coming home for two weeks during the holidays, the apple pies and honey-baked hams have come streaming in.

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More jets coming to YVRA

United and Ski Corp. deal will increase seats year-round

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has struck what many call a long-overdue deal with United Airlines.

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Local freestylers prepare for Rail Rodeo event

David Lamb had a rough end to last ski season when a February skiercross competition course in Snowmass suddenly rearranged the ligaments and bones holding his knee together.

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Local snowpack still behind

Yampa Basin moisture at 84 percent of December norm

Powder skiers won't believe it and snowblower operators won't want to hear it, but all of the snow that has fallen on the Yampa Valley this holiday week hasn't been enough. At least, it hasn't been enough to push the moisture contained in the accumulated snow to 100 percent of norms for Dec. 26.

Wednesday, December 26

Deceased snowmobiler identified

Jack Kelly, 62, had preexisting heart condition

The 62-year-old man who died in his hunting cabin north of Hayden Saturday night has been identified as Jack Kelly of Craig.

Daileys respond

By now you have read the Pilot's side of the story, while Jim and I are back in Alabama doing what we feel was finally the right thing to do. We are not finished, nor is this federal investigation, so unfortunately, we are unable to say too much. However, as our staunch friends and loved ones, you deserve some explanation from us, so here it is, as much as we can tell.

Bird-watching a year-round treasure hunt

Bird-watching is a year-round treasure hunt. You never know what you will find.

Heavy snow forecast

Daily dumps could coincide with ski area's holiday hours

Keep the shovels and snowblowers handy.

The Record for Dec. 26

Monday, Dec. 24 12:20 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court. The parties were gone before Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrived.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 26

Newspaper's Editorial Board seeks new members

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Serving up holiday cheer

Hundreds attend annual Community Christmas Dinner

For teenage sisters Maura and Meghan Hartley, Steamboat Springs' annual Community Christmas Dinner has long been a part of their family's holiday tradition. The girls have been volunteering to serve up cranberry sauce alongside their father, Realtor David Hartley, for as long as they can remember.

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Joanne Palmer: Holiday party quips and quotes

All I really need to know I learned on public radio. To be specific, National Public Radio is the best source of information, especially during the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 25

Holiday demand high in New York

Arriving planes were nearly full over the course of the weekend

More than 3,800 holiday skiers streamed into Yampa Valley Regional Airport over the weekend with the only major difficulties occurring on Sunday when steady falling snow and low cloud ceilings contributed to delays.

Ice show expresses holiday spirit

The "Grinch" was nice, everyone wanted to catch a ride aboard the "Polar Express" and there was no question that "Rudolph" glowed inside the Howelsen Ice Arena.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 25

Applications being accepted for LEAP

'Just to feel amazing'

No presents for Christmas or Hannukkah

Most people get a Christmas with lots of presents. But imagine a Christmas without any presents. You are probably saying to yourself that that is ridiculous. But lots of people don't have the money to get lots of presents.

Tom Ross: Buffalo Pass miracle

Don't tell Santa, but I opened one of my Christmas gifts early on Dec. 22. It was 1,400 feet tall and 12 inches deep, and when I took it out of the box, I howled like an Absaroka "song dog."

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Last-minute rush

Shoppers hit local merchants for the perfect Christmas gifts

With only 15 hours to go until Carley Romick's family planned to exchange gifts, the 17-year-old moved from one downtown store to another Monday afternoon looking for presents.

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Builders aim for February

Community Center construction will continue throughout winter

Construction of the new Steamboat Springs Community Center, which aims to be the first building in Northwest Colorado to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, is on track for completion this winter.

The Record for Dec. 23

Sunday, Dec. 23

Monday, December 24

Craig man dies in cabin

Rescuers endure 13-mile snowmobile ride to recover body

Routt County Search and Rescue workers endured sub-zero temperatures and a 13-mile snowmobile ride Saturday night to recover the body of a 62-year-old Craig man who died in his hunting cabin north of Hayden.

More stress than bliss

Holidays put strain on individuals with high suicide risk factors

For some, the holidays may elicit fond memories.

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Hayden carolers continue tradition

The clicking and clopping of horseshoes through the streets of Hayden on Sunday beat a steady rhythm to the sounds of Christmas carols sung by members of the Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ.

Graham: Is there any team to beat the Patriots? Yes.

As the National Football League playoffs approach - again without my Buffalo Bills, for the eighth straight year - it's pretty apparent the New England Patriots are the team to beat.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 24

Hayden Marketplace offers variety of local goods

The Record for Dec. 22

Saturday, Dec. 22

Language exchange

Local English-Spanish interchange offers education, relationships

Mirna Luna knows why she comes to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Tuesday evenings, long after all the children have left and most of the building is dark.

Construction of Haven community center expected in January

There's good reason for cheer among staff at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden as they prepare for a new community center addition to The Haven.

Summit skier wins Holiday Classic

Summit skier Katie Hartman used dominant first runs Saturday and Sunday to capture both days of the Holiday Classic women's slalom race at Howelsen Hill.

Dinner has new location

Annual community get-together is at Holy Name Catholic Church

This year's Christmas community dinner will bring time-honored traditions to a new location.

Have yourself a positive holiday

During this holiday season, as we look out on a Yampa Valley landscape that could have inspired Currier and Ives, we may be filled with conflicting thoughts and feelings.

Sunday, December 23

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Steroid testing hits some schools, but not in Colorado

Steroids certainly aren't a taboo discussion topic anymore.

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Three days of racing under way at Howelsen

The Holiday Classic serves as much as a homecoming as it does a slalom race.

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American Nordic combined team hopes for continued success

American Nordic combined skiers Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong are back home this week celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

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Child care crisis

Steamboat Springs teachers ask school district for help

When Nicole DeCrette learned she was pregnant with her first child after moving to Steamboat Springs with her husband in August 2006, fellow Steamboat teachers warned her of the child care difficulties she'd face.

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Ski mountaineer talks about scaling 14ers

Chris Davenport is an Aspen-based professional Alpine skier and a 36-year-old father of two, expecting a third child in a couple of weeks. In just under one year, from Jan. 22, 2006, to Jan. 19, 2007, Davenport skied from the summit of all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks. He tacked on ski descents of the Grand and Middle Teton, Mount Rainer, Mount Adams and Mount McKinley. Before Davenport heads to the Alps, he recently passed through Steamboat Springs to present a slideshow on the project and to sign the book he authored, titled "Ski the 14ers," which chronicles the journey. The coffee table book retails for $49.95 and is available at Epilogue Book Co., Off the Beaten Path and online at The filmed version (produced by Oceanic Productions' Ben Galland) is tied up in legislation with the U.S. Forest Service, who had originally denied Davenport a commercial filming permit in designated wilderness areas - where roughly 2/3 of the peaks, and the some of steepest lines, are located.

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Playing a holiday tune

The audience was brought to their feet not just with applause, but also to join in on the Christmas fun at the Soroco Music Department's Holiday Concert on Tuesday.

Kay Weinland: Elections secure

Colorado County Clerks are entrusted by our citizens to ensure the honesty and integrity of the election process. We are confident that fair and accurate elections have been held and will continue to be held in our state. As elections administrators, we are dedicated to serving and fulfilling the public trust.

Bill and Cathie Voorhees: Recall Sheriff Wall

Your article on Sheriff Wall's license suspension points out a serious problem we, the citizens of Routt County, need to take action to correct. As summarized below, Sheriff Wall's actions since he was elected have clearly shown he is not the correct person for the position of Routt County Sheriff. It is now time for the citizens to begin a recall process and appoint a qualified person for sheriff who has integrity : We pay taxes which are used to pay his salary, and we are not getting value for our money. He has shown that he considers himself and his department above the restrictions of the law and of county policies. We can not receive the law enforcement we are paying for when Sheriff Wall himself has such disregard of both the laws and the county regulations as he has demonstrated.

Kerry Hart: Would you like that degree super-sized?

The gigantic department store chain culture that has all but eliminated small specialty businesses has not left education untouched. The small, proprietary specialty shops of an older era were either put out of business or were bought and merged into the big business supermarkets and super department stores of today - where the wide array of commodities are standardized and available under one roof. Similarly, the wide array of course offerings at colleges and universities have also become, to some degree, standardized.

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Students place in top 5 percent in math competition

Steamboat Springs Middle School students faced some brain-busting questions on a recent American Mathematics Competition test, including:

Class Notes for Dec. 23

KCMV "Colorado's Mountain Voice" and KSMT "The Mountain," in conjunction with the Summit Foundation, have begun a monthly scholarship program for area high school students. The scholarship program will continue through May 2008. KCMV and KSMT are looking for exceptional high school seniors that give their time to the community.

Jail Report and Record for Dec. 23

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.

Haley O'Brien: Centuries-old Christmas carols about more than the holiday

Christmas season is often signaled by the change in music on the radios; the day after Thanksgiving (and even sooner), music in stores and radio stations play songs that we somehow know all the words to. "Winter Wonderland" and "Let it Snow" are some of the classics; then there are songs with a new age twist, like "All I Want for Christmas is You."

Lorin Paley: Food makes the festival

Hanukkah is over now, but my memory has a funny way of playing tricks on me. When it comes to the holidays, I can't remember them by their history or prayers. Rather, I recall the prayers, traditions and history of the holidays by the food we eat. The preparation, smell and taste of food is my guide to the Jewish holidays. As a joke explains, all Jewish holidays go as follows: They tried to kill us, we won, so let's eat!

Paula Ninger: Hallmark holidays

We've all grown accustomed to the stores setting up for Christmas in September. But are we forgetting the true meaning of the holidays with our materialistic mindsets?

Sarah Hagenbuch: Routt County Conservation District

The Routt County Conservation District would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. The RCCD office will be closed Monday to Wednesday and Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, 2008, for the holidays.

Jimmy Westlake: 'The Christmas Star'

Two thousand years ago, St. Matthew recorded that something extraordinary appeared in the sky over Bethlehem of Judea that heralded the birth of Jesus. For centuries, astronomers have wondered about the nature of this Star of Bethlehem. Was it a one-time supernatural event never seen before and never seen since? Although that is a possibility, it seems unlikely that St. Matthew would have been the only person to record the appearance of an amazing event like that.

Santa - naughty or nice?

The holiday season involves many traditions, from lighting the menorah to exchanging Christmas presents.

Business File for Dec. 23

Money makeover course offered starting Jan. 14

Budget joins YVRA rental fleet

Budget Rent A Car became the third rental car provider at Yampa Valley Regional Airport earlier this month, serving residents as well as tourists flying in for a vacation, just in time for expanded ski season flights.

Molly Parsons: Committing to a New Year

Inhale, exhale, it's finally here: a brand new year. It is the time of year that many experience that refreshing feeling in which they want to turn the page and start a new chapter in their lives. It is time to make a New Year's resolution. Time to climb up to the attic and dust off your running shoes. It is time to finally start consuming your fair share of vegetable servings each day and time to give up the chocolate cake. Maybe your goal is to raise your GPA, become more involved in activities at your school, or go to state competition for your sport, or maybe you want to decide where you want to go to college or participate in more community service. No matter what New Year's resolution you make, the goal is generally directed to bettering yourself as a person in some way.

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Easements across Routt County foster wildlife, preserve open space

Since 1997, Routt County has helped conserve 11,525 acres at a cost of about $4.7 million. That comes to a $408-per-acre cost to county taxpayers.

Editorial cartoon for Dec. 23

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Dec. 23, 2007.

Conservative commentary: What ever happened to Christmas?

It's been about 35 years or so since the great Frank Sinatra recorded a beautiful song by this title on his album, "A Sinatra Family Christmas." Whoever wrote it must have been prescient to the tune of at least a few decades. The lyrics proclaim that "Christmas has gone and left no traces." Well, we're getting close.

John F. Russell: Feelin' lucky in the 'Boat

I'm lucky. I didn't win the lottery or strike it rich in Las Vegas, and Paris Hilton wasn't my high school sweetheart - I'm not even sure I was in high school when she was born.

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Local experts begin hosting Real Estate Apres Ski

Tom Seyfried and Tina Chavez are firm believers that too much information is rarely a bad thing, especially when it comes to buying real estate.

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Men big shoppers at downtown lingerie store

Although sales of women's undergarments and sleepwear are Sweet Potato Lingerie's bread and butter, since the new downtown store's opening Tuesday, men have been by far the best customers.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 11 to 19

Real estate transactions for Dec. 11 to 19

Saturday, December 22

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A brand new, old courthouse

Project will preserve historic structure

Renovations to the historic Routt County Courthouse are under way, with officials throughout the county eagerly anticipating the completion of a project that Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said will add "new life to the old building."

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Serhant playing football, baseball in college

Growing up, Jack Serhant loved football and baseball.

Sailors scuttle Hornets

Steamboat Springs beats Pueblo, 3-2

Traffic, in hockey, is a good thing.

South Routt School Board hears construction update

South Routt School Board members learned Thursday night that workers will begin framing the new South Routt Early Learning Center in January.

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Local schools get thumbs up

Steamboat Springs School District accredited, in top 5 statewide

JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler said meeting the state's accreditation requirements for the Steamboat Springs School District was easy. But Hilton-Gabeler, director of curriculum and instruction for the Steamboat Springs School District, stressed that meeting her own high expectations is much more difficult.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 22

Sheriff Wall not discussing loss of driver's license

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Christmas tree to rove Hayden

Come Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will board a float and roam the streets of Hayden, bringing candy and Christmas cheer to all the children in town, a tradition the Webber family started seven decades ago in the Yampa Valley.

Cisneros to stand trial

Judge rules premeditation likely in alleged murder

Murder suspect Luz Cisneros will stand trial next year for the death of her infant child, after a judge determined Friday that the District Attorney's Office has enough evidence to proceed with a court hearing.

The Record for Dec. 20

Thursday, Dec. 20

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Mixed freestyle results at U.S. Selections

For Steamboat Springs' budding freestyle ski talents, the golden opportunity at the 2007 U.S. Freestyle Selections, Monday through Thursday at Winter Park, was right there - ski well enough at a pair of single moguls events and earn a spot on the U.S. Ski Team.

YVRA offers travel tips

Officials give holiday commuting advice

Officials at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden are offering travel tips for people using the airport this holiday season.

Friday, December 21

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Sailors hockey ready for breakthrough game

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team feels about ready to explode.

The Record for Dec. 19

9:01 a.m. A mother reported her juvenile son possessed a controlled substance. Police issued a summons.

ACET, VNA collect federal funds through act

Local law enforcement and public health entities are poised for a funding boost, thanks to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 passed by Congress earlier this week.

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Ski area opens Morningside

Weather Service issues snow advisory for Buffalo Pass

Reaping the benefits of about six inches of new snow Thursday, Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Morningside Park will open today.

On Scene: Punk is not dead

At first glance, and probably according to anyone who went to the Agent Orange concert at Steamboat Mountain Theater on Dec. 13, having a punk show in a seated venue is not the best idea.

Happy hours for Dec. 21

Happy hours for the week of November 16.

Margaret Hair: What do you want to see in 4 Points?

After covering the arts in this town for four months, I'd like to think that the first sentence of the first column I wrote for this section - "I don't know anything about Steamboat Springs" - is no longer true.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 21

The Steamboat Kiwanis Club has released the 26th edition of its annual holiday ornament. The 2007 collectible edition features a fly fishermen casting in the Yampa River just downstream from the footbridge near the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

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We're Not Clowns Christmas show opens tonight

Developing an idea for this year's We're Not Clowns Christmas show went something like this:

CD review of Daft Punk's "Alive 2007"

CD review of Daft Punk's "Alive 2007"

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Messiah revealed

There has been a production of Handel's "Messiah" in Steamboat Springs, in some form, for almost 30 years.

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Hot Springs expects phased opening

New amenities scheduled to come online next week

Pat Carney says the amenities included in a $5 million renovation project at Old Town Hot Springs will open as they are completed throughout the holiday season.

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Sheriff Wall loses license

Department of Revenue upholds yearlong revocation

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has lost his driver's license for one year, the Colorado Department of Revenue confirmed Thursday.

Deb Babcock: Caring for your holiday plants

Don't you love the beautiful colors, shapes and aromas of plants that seem to be available just at holiday time? It's been a treat to watch my amaryllis plants grow about an inch a day once they got started and then burst into a spectacular bloom of red and white. The poinsettia that I usually get this time of year looks so beautiful sitting on our dining room table.

Acoustic Christmas

Rowan brings holiday concert back for a second year

Country musician Brent Rowan would like his "Acoustic Christmas" concerts to become a Steamboat Springs holiday tradition.

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In a sentimental mood

Sophie Milman turns pop culture standards into nostalgic jazz gems

Jazz vocalist Sophie Milman doesn't write music, but that doesn't mean each song she performs is not very much her own.

County rivals split doubleheader

Sarajane Rossi saved her best for first.

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Long-time CMC supporter named to board of trustees

As a student, employee, supporter and administrator, 85-year-old Benita Bristol has looked upon Steamboat Springs' Colorado Mountain College campus from just about every angle.

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AmeriCorps branch will serve nonprofits in area

Alex Flynn is no stranger to helping those in need.

Thursday, December 20

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Sheriff Wall's license suspended

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has lost his driver's license for one year, the Colorado Department of Revenue confirmed Thursday.

Twentymile suspends contracts

Twentymile Coal Co. suspended the contracts of all of its contract labor force this week, Human Resources Director Ron Spangler said.

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Snowboarders stick solid Grand Prix runs

Ariel Tredway had never landed a backside 540 until the day before she competed at the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, held Friday and Saturday in Breckenridge.

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Hayden, Soroco prepare for basketball games

Like riding a bike, the coaching mentality has never left Soroco High School Athletics Director Andy Johnson.

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Two feet of snow possible

The snow that began falling on Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night is expected to continue through Saturday, bringing as much as 2 feet of total accumulation to the Yampa Valley, with a significant storm passing through the area tonight and Friday.

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Support for playground effort

Julie Taulman and Shelly St. Pierre are one step closer to seeing a playground accessible to their sons, and all children, after the Steamboat Springs School District contributed $50,000 to the cause Tuesday.

School Board focuses search

List of superintendent consulting firms down to three

The Steamboat Springs School Board narrowed the pool of potential superintendent search firms from five to three Monday night after a lengthy debate about each of the consultants' resumes.

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Nerney's liquor license temporarily reinstated

Kevin Nerney, owner of Jade Summit restaurant and its upstairs bar, Pirate's Pub in Ski Time Square, has appealed the revocation of his liquor license and been granted a temporary injunction allowing him to serve alcohol.

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Bentley urges negotiations

Councilwoman wants public involvement in Steamboat 700 discussions

Meg Bentley is urging her fellow members of the Steamboat Springs City Council not to yield too much authority to city staff and the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission when it comes to negotiations with the developers of Steamboat 700.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 20

Local quilter honored

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Santa's little helpers

Moffat County High School woodshop students make time to build toys for local children

It started with an off-handed remark as Moffat County High School woodshop teacher Craig Conrad watched one of his classes at work more than 18 years ago.

County wrestlers clean up

Teams win weight-class titles in West Grand

Hayden High School wrestling coach Ty Zabel says the real season has finally arrived.

The Record for Dec. 18

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Wednesday, December 19

Nordic athletes lead way

Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic combined program are off and running after dominating the Rocky Mountain Division's Winter Start.

Steamboat Brief for Dec. 19

State Patrol says alcohol a factor in fatal crash

Forensics team talks good game at Niwot

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team flexed some serious brain muscle against many of the state's largest schools Dec. 8 and 9, at a meet hosted by Niwot High School.

Knowledge Bowl team scores big

Steamboat Springs High School squad earns 154 points

The Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team proved its mental prowess during a possible record-setting finish Friday in Walden.

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Window decals aim to keep adults from buying kids alcohol

Keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors by checking identification is easy, Kay Stuart, owner of Market on the Mountain, said Tuesday. Persuading adults not to purchase booze for kids is much more difficult.

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Consolidation of economic councils discussed

With at least seven organizations currently promoting economic vitality in Northwest Colorado, some local officials are wondering if that work could be consolidated.

Chase suspect still at large

A man who led the Colorado State Patrol on a high-speed chase across Routt County last month is still at large after giving local law enforcement a false identity and fleeing the hospital where he was receiving medical treatment for minor injuries received after crashing the stolen vehicle.

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Ski racers earn solid results

Last week, the men and women of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine ski team traveled to Winter Park, where the men raced two USSA Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup super-Gs and two giant slaloms, and the women raced two super-Gs. Athletes competed from Thursday to Sunday.

Ali Hasan: Western Slope warriors

When I first signed up to run for state Senate District 8, I did it with the intention of serving as the Western Slope Warrior. Despite the odds, my team and I set out to conquer two obstacles. The most important one would be killing the plan to increase drilling on the Roan Plateau, with half of the royalties going to a Higher Education Fund that would mostly benefit Front Range interests; a potential bill that was promoted by legislators Josh Penry and Al White.

Gary Gianetti: Happy and healthy

After a safe and successful return home to Steamboat Springs - a few weeks back spent visiting with friends, watching the Jon Krakauer movie "Into the Wild," and re-reading Dave Shively's articles in the Pilot & Today about my trip - I feel compelled to provide some updates about the "Ride For Your Life" 5,000-mile bicycle journey I undertook that traversed every state in America and engaged, educated and empowered people about healthy living and cancer survivorship.

Our View: Airport improvements take flight

After five years and tens of millions of dollars in improvements, Yampa Valley Regional Airport is becoming the kind of facility that can help ensure the future success of our tourist economy.

The Record for Dec. 17

Monday, Dec. 17

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Joanne Palmer: A local dedication

Dedicated to all locals who must work this holiday season. I don't have space to list all of you but a super big thank-you to:

Sports briefs for Dec. 19

Riders notch top World Cup finishes

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Steamboat cross cyclists post top-10 national finishes

While many Steamboat Springs residents bemoaned the mild fall weather and late snow this year, a trio of local cyclists was secretly grinning.

Coffman, legislators seek certification solutions

A day after Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman said voting equipment used in Routt County and throughout the state has been decertified, a leading state legislator expressed hope that some of the problems will soon be corrected.

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Building issue incites passion

City's decision to break ties with department discussed at meeting

Time has done little to cool the passions surrounding the city of Steamboat Springs' planned departure from the Routt County Regional Building Department.

Tuesday, December 18

Empowering commission

Council to discuss ceding control to appointed body

The new Steamboat Springs City Council - which already has cut one meeting a month and discussed delegating its role as the local Liquor License Authority to a separate body - also is discussing increasing efficiency by removing itself from some planning decisions.

Demong fourth in standings

Bill Demong turned in the second-fastest 7.5K race Sunday and moved up 14 places in a World Cup hurricane start sprint event. Demong finished sixth behind Germany's Bjoern Kircheisen, who couldn't catch the U.S. Nordic combined skier who has trained and lived in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Dec. 16

Sunday, Dec. 16

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 18

West Slope FM off the air as it works to adjust dish

Board gives Mellor $4K bonus

District finance and operations director receives compensation

Steamboat Springs School District Finance and Operations Director Dale Mellor and the Steamboat Springs School Board agreed Monday to a $4,000 settlement to compensate Mellor for the seven weeks he filled in as superintendent.

Grant money awarded

Craig-Scheckman announces seven recipients Monday

Saying no to funding requests is the most difficult part of Sara Craig-Scheckman's job as executive director of her family's charitable foundation.

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Yule log stays in the family

Wattersons, Farrells continue tradition

If Yule log hunting were a sport, the Watterson and Farrell families would be a dynasty.

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Homes for the holidays

Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter seeking owners for pets

Dogs and cats may be cute and cuddly, but local animal workers say they aren't necessarily the type of gift to surprise someone with this holiday season.

Monday, December 17

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Vote of no confidence

Electronic voting equipment used in Routt County and throughout the state of Colorado was decertified Monday, calling into question how some counties will conduct their 2008 elections.

Yule log found

If yule log hunting were a sport, the Watterson and Farrell families would be a dynasty. Brian Watterson brought an official end to the 28th annual Yule Log Hunt when he spotted the 50-pound hunk of wood in Rita Valentine Park in Steamboat Springs on Monday.

Hayden Marketplace opens today

Who says there's nowhere to go for local products?

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Christmas party brings happy tubers

When Saddleback Ranch started hosting holiday parties with sleigh rides and Santa four years ago, it was a small-scale event at the Steamboat rodeo grounds.

Study nears completion

Consultants' review focuses on airport safety and expansion

A study reviewing the Steamboat Springs Airport master plan is nearing completion, as consultants hired to conduct the study are finishing up final recommendations made Thursday night by the city's Airport Steering Committee.

Yule Log Clue No. 6

Yule Log Clue No. 6

The Record for Dec. 15

Saturday, Dec. 15

Teams look toward league games

As the Steamboat Springs boys and girls basketball teams head toward the holiday break, they find themselves in a Catch-22.

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One of a kind

Every time you talk football with Bob Harris, the veteran coach admits he is leaning toward coming back for year No. 44.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 17

Steamboat Springs School Board meets tonigh

Aging Well: Ways to beat the winter and holiday blues

Amid colorful decorations and holiday music, some smiles mask sadness, anxiety, irritation and hopelessness.

Guns, germs and foreign affairs

Seminars at Steamboat keep issues topical in 2008 series

Pandemics, foreign policy and world peace will be among the topics of the 2008 Seminars at Steamboat.

Monday Medical: Improving care to save lives

Hospitals save lives every day, thanks to highly skilled health care professionals and continually advancing technology. Yet the very complexity that can bring someone back from the brink of death also can result in incidents of medical harm.

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DECA garners most awards in team's history at district competition

Krista Schenck, Moffat County High School DECA adviser, didn't see it coming.

Sunday, December 16

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Mineral dollars spur debate

Western Slope lawmakers: Use exploration revenues locally

Months after floating the idea with a colleague, and after criticism from some Western Slope lawmakers and fellow Republicans, state Rep. Al White of Winter Park is now distancing himself from a proposal to use mineral exploration revenues to help Colorado's ailing higher education system.

Soroco girls basketball team defeats Rangely

After a tough 44-28 loss Friday night at North Park, the Soroco High School girls basketball team was searching for answers before Saturday's game against Rangely.

Steamboat girls basketball loses to Sheridan

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team found out what the rest of Wyoming already knows: the Sheridan, Wyo., basketball team is really, really good.

Steamboat boys basketball goes 2-1 in Wyoming

On Saturday, during the final day of the Flaming Gorge Basketball Tournament, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team saved its best for last.

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'Messiah' production spotlights need for arts venue

As executive director of the Steamboat Springs Art Council, Marion Kahn said she feels the need for a true performing arts venue every day.

John F. Russell: Tradition built on support

Chloe Banning is only 15 years old, but the aspiring snowboarder already understands our town's tradition of churning out Olympians.

Balancing game

Colorado is an odd breeding ground for two thriving species without a natural predator on the prowl: man and elk. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation puts our state's predicament clearly in its recent article, "The Future of America's Greatest Herd," which explains how Colorado, our self-proclaimed "elk capital of the world," has nearly twice the elk of any other state and twice as many people as any other elk state.

Editorial Cartoon for Dec. 16

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Dec. 16, 2007.

Binsfield: Coulter, Dowd rude

As usual with both Ann Coulter and Maureen Dowd, I can't get through their columns. They are just too rude, although Ann Coulter usually exceeds Maureen Down in rudeness by a factor of 10.

Lift only what you can carry

While waiting in line to check in for a flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco, a man with an infectious smile asked if I had just arrived on the flight from Manila.

Making schools safer

Creating and maintaining a safe, crime-free environment for school children should be a top priority in every community, including ours. We're fortunate to live in an area with relatively low crime - particularly violent crime - but that doesn't mean we shouldn't take proactive approaches to school safety and crime prevention.

Routt County Spotlight: James Knapp

Routt County Spotlight on James Knapp.

Jimmy Westlake: 'The Great Overdog'

American poet Robert Frost was a poet of the stars. Just listen to his short poem about Orion's big hunting dog entitled "Canis Major":

Class Notes for Dec. 16

Theresa Cutter, a senior at Christian Heritage School, was honored as a Rotary "Student of the Month" at the December meeting of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club. Theresa is the daughter of Louis and Mary Ann Cutter. The Cutters and the Reverend John Brothers, one of Theresa's Christian Heritage School teachers, joined her at the presentation.

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School district looks to add interactive education materials

Frayed edges, broken spines and missing pages are evidence that textbooks take a daily beating in Steamboat Springs schools, but officials stress that the school district's aging books have shortcomings far more troublesome than cosmetics.

Police set sights on community center in downtown Oak Creek

To give local kids a safe and supervised place to play, the Oak Creek Police Department is working to establish a community center in one of downtown Oak Creek's vacant storefronts. The center could open its door early next year.

Condos below $300K going fast

Steamboat condominium and townhome sales in the sub-$300,000 range may be an endangered species.

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Diplomatic privileges in The Victoria

Longtime restaurateurs reinvent on a smaller scale

Morton Hoj has met enough foreign officials during his long restaurant career that he finally decided to open a new restaurant in Steamboat Springs with his wife, Ellen, called The Diplomat. It is the first announced commercial tenant in The Victoria, currently under construction at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Holidays heavy on tourists

Steamboat resort properties expect full occupancy

Although overall season reservations at Steamboat Springs' winter resort and lodging properties are slightly down compared to last year's figures, full occupancy is expected later this month as crowds arrive for the upcoming holiday period.

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Ski season at YVRA takes flight

Ski season flights began arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden last week, bringing winter tourists to Northwest Colorado on five airlines.

Business file for Dec. 16

Steamboat jeweler named Registered Jeweler

Rick Cables: Forest snow leads to faucet flow

Bringing evergreens into the home in winter is an ancient symbol of renewal. At this time of year, the forest enters many homes in the form of a Christmas tree. If you cut yours on national forests, this thinning of small trees also contributes to a healthier forest.

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Ready for hire

Horizons day program participants are looking for work this winter

After lunch at the Horizons Specialized Services day program, Jamie Kaminski is talking, and smiling, about her work as a dishwasher at Cugino's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant.

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Soroco boys hoops team falls to Rangely

The Soroco and Rangely boys basketball teams came to Saturday's game in Oak Creek from two opposite ends of the experience spectrum.

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Baumgartner wins Coach of the Year

It caught Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner off guard.

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North Routt Community Charter School organizes cross-country ski squad

The line of little bobbing heads slowly works its way across the wide-open, snowy expanse between North Routt Community Charter School and North Routt Preschool. This would be just another Thursday winter afternoon in the lives of these hardy elementary- and middle school-aged children, if it weren't for the extra kick in their strides.

Jail Report and Record for Dec. 16

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.

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SSHS alumnus Carrell is school's new resource officer

Steamboat Springs Police Officer Josh Carrell is no stranger to the halls of Steamboat Springs High School.

Looking Back: Commission authorized to plot orderly development

From the Thursday, Dec. 19, 1957, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Real estate transactions for Dec. 6 to 10


Saturday, December 15

Steamboat falls to Summit High School

Bryan Smith has said since the beginning of the season that this year's Summit High School hockey team is explosive.

Steamboat win streak stopped

Boys basketball drops defensive battle with Rock Springs

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team had its five-win hot streak snapped Friday night when its shooting went cold.

Sailors fall at Flaming Gorge Tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is not there yet.

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Soroco High School senior Morgan rolls wrestling competition

It's only natural for Soroco High School wrestler Dennis Morgan to be angry.

The Record for Dec. 13

6:40 p.m. A man was arrested on domestic violence charges in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 15

Phone tampering charges dropped

Misdemeanor criminal mischief charges have been dropped against a Hayden man, in connection with a Nov. 23 phone tampering incident.

Horizons cares about your child's development

Every parent wonders at one time or another, "Is my baby developing normally; is it OK for a 14-month-old to not be walking; or a 2-year-old to not be saying any understand-able words?" "What about all the recent press about autism - do I need to be worried?"

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Middle school students create Web site for outdoor program

After more than three months of work on a new Everything Outdoor Steamboat homepage, a group of Steamboat Springs Middle School students learned that creating a Web site requires a lot more than a few clicks of a mouse.

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URAAC embraces roundabout for messy intersection

Steamboat Springs could take a roundabout approach to redesigning one of the most confusing intersections in the city.

United Way brightens holidays for Routt County families

Routt County United Way is looking for volunteers to adopt about 50 families for its annual Christmas Wishes program.

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Tom Ross: Vernon Summer turns 90 in style

Celebrating with the son of pioneers

Vernon Summer told all the best stories at his 90th birthday party on Tuesday.

Hayden approves budget

$3.5 million ledger for 2008 exhibits town's growth

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees passed the town's 2008 budget unanimously Thursday night, funding growth in salaries, public safety and public works.

Friday, December 14

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Football all-state teams announced

Although the season has been over for more than a month, football players in Routt County continue to make waves statewide.

Annual Holiday Classic to open ski race season at Howelsen

The news coming across Anje Worrell's desk has been mixed lately. The bad news is that the Sitz/SeeMe racecourse at Steamboat Ski Area won't be ready to host a pair of FIS giant slalom races this weekend.

Girls' offensive woes continue

Steamboat hoops drops opener in Wyoming tournament

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team's offensive struggles continued Thursday in a 39-32 loss to Kemmerer, Wyo., in the opening game of the Flaming Gorge Basketball Tournament.

Sports briefs for Dec. 14

It didn't take long for Steamboat Springs sophomore Genna Bradley to punch her ticket to the 2008 girls swimming and diving state championships, Feb. 14 through 16 in Fort Collins.

Developers cure concerns

The Aviator project revisions win over Planning Commission

Developers of The Aviator made enough revisions to their project to win over all but one member of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday.

Senior guard leads Sailors basketball to win in Wyoming

Even as the injuries continue to pile up for Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball senior guard Michael Vandahl, his performance never drops.

The Record for Dec. 12

12:09 a.m. Police received a report of an assault in the 3000 block of AprÃs Ski Way. No charges were filed.

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High school, club skiers feed off each other heading into first race

Steamboat Springs High School cross-country ski coach Chrissy Lynch believes the Sailors cross-over skiers - those who compete for both the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as well as their high school - are a key component to helping the Sailors raise their overall ability level as they head into their first competition of the season Saturday in Vail.

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Post Office deadlines approaching for holiday shipping

Mike Evans, chief official at the Steamboat Springs Post Office, has one piece of advice for those looking to get gifts and packages to their destinations by Dec. 25: "Do not wait until the last minute."

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Stay tuned for 'wild snow'

Steamboat Ski Area opens many Priest Creek trails today

Skiers and riders at Steamboat Ski Area can now enjoy the Sundown Express and Elkhead chairlifts, along with the trails they serve in the Priest Creek basin, which open today.

CD reviews for Dec. 14

Jens Lekman "Night Falls Over the Kortedala"

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Live Nativity scene brings music, drama to the holidays

For their first professional recording session, Christel Houston's students at Christian Heritage School acted like professionals.

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Buying local in South Routt

Leisure Mountain Studio brings local work, tasty coffee to Yampa

At the bottom of the notices she sends out about receptions for art openings at Leisure Mountain Studio in Yampa, the coffee shop/gallery space's co-owner Debbie Johnson has started to write, "Buy locally, not globally."

Deb Babcock: Plants for cool spaces

Unlike those of us who can reach for a fleece or an extra pair of socks when we're chilly, our houseplants have to suck it up and shiver in the cold and drafty areas of our homes.

On scene: 'No Country for Old Men'

"No Country for Old Men," adapted by Joel and Ethan Coen from Cormac McCarthy's novel, is an easy movie to review - if the focus is the craft of filmmaking.

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'We found the perfect candidate'

Full-time dentist joins Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition staff in Craig

Several words come to Janet Pearcey, director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, when describing Dr. Dana Fujita.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 14

With holiday parties in full swing, the Colorado Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Colorado State Patrol and 68 other law enforcement agencies, will step up patrols this weekend in hopes of limiting driving under the influence, according to a CDOT press release.

Margaret Hair: Limping in a winter wonderland

Sitting at my desk, poking the giant welt that used to be my left knee with a pencil, I'm trying to think of something that I've been more of failure at than snowboarding.

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Epilogue Books wins screening with 'Kite Runner' book club

Only the country's 10 largest markets will get "The Kite Runner" in theaters this weekend. Luckily for the 259 Steamboat Springs residents who joined Epilogue Book Co.'s "Kite Runner" book club, they've already seen the movie.

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Rancher growing grain for Coors

Frentress' malt barley harvest meets brewer's strict standards

The next time Kurt Frentress drinks a Coors beer, he might be tasting malt barley harvested on his Hayden ranch. The fourth-generation Hayden rancher was one of three Routt County farmers asked by Coors Brewing Company agronomists to grow the crop in a pilot program aimed at expanding the company's regional malt barley supplies.

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Organization sends packages to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

Clean socks, chocolate and fly swatters may not seem like extravagant Christmas presents, but for soldiers facing danger far from home, life's simple pleasures - or basic essentials - can be very meaningful.

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Getting people moving

It's Tuesday afternoon, and guitarist Todd Tijerina has to be feeling like a bluesman.

Thursday, December 13

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More terrain on the way

Buoyed by snowfall during the past week, the Steamboat Ski Area plans to open additional terrain Friday and Saturday, including the Sundown Express chairlift and some of the mountain's more popular upper-mountain trails.

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Girls ready for tough tourney

Last year at this time, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team hit a wall.

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Sailors prepare for another test

The schedule isn't getting any easier for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team.

Freestylers open up season

Despite limited training for his team, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle coach Erik Skinner came away from the first weekend of competition pleased with the early results.

MCTA director asks to leave

Flannery wants to be released from contract

Shelly Flannery requested the Moffat County Tourism Association board allow her to step down as executive director at a special meeting Wednesday morning.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 13

Hayden Town Board of Trustees to approve budget

The Record for Dec. 11

Tuesday, Dec. 11

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Dear Mother Earth...

Many of Georgia Reust's kindergarten students are well versed in writing a skillfully crafted letter to Santa Claus, but a class project recently turned their letter-writing efforts toward the environment.

Yule Log Clue No. 4

Yule Log Clue No. 4

Officials: Residents, contractors frustrate removal efforts

Jim Weber wishes some people would admit that it's winter.

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Oak Creek officer promoted

The Oak Creek Police Department promoted Officer Erik Foster to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony Tuesday.

Construction hurts sales

October sales tax figures slump around ski base

Sales tax revenue from lodging businesses and the mountain area dropped in October, showing decreases attributed to ongoing construction projects.

Alpine racers shine in winter's first events

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine Team kicked off its season last weekend with a number of athletes competing regionally and internationally.

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South Routt rallies around fire victim

South Routt residents have stepped up to help fire victim Kathleen Foos rebuild her life, after her Phippsburg home burned to the ground Tuesday.

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Another test flight for Aviator

Open space, trails master plan also to be discussed

Hoping to have mitigated the visual impacts that doomed it the first time, an industrial project at the entrance to the Elk River Valley on Routt County Road 129 will go before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission for a second time tonight.

Saddleback Ranch hosts free tubing party

Families wanting to share the holiday spirit will find what they are looking for Sunday, as Santa and Mrs. Claus help collect new toys for Mickey's Fund during the Fourth Annual Saddleback Ranch Cowboy Christmas Party near Milner.

Wednesday, December 12

Steamboat residents injured in car crash

Two Steamboat Springs residents and a Hot Sulphur Springs woman were injured in a two-car collision west of Kremmling on Tuesday.

Local residents hurt in accident

Man, woman recovering after crash

Two Steamboat Springs residents and a Hot Sulphur Springs woman were injured in a two-car collision west of Kremmling on Tuesday.

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Daileys face federal charges

Steamboat naturopaths provided Internet pharmacy with improper prescriptions

Jim and Melanie Dailey of Steamboat Springs have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges related to the distribution of large quantities of hydrocodone-based narcotics without valid prescriptions.

Mike Forney: Petition time?

Have these people learned nothing from the consequences of their previous actions? Now it is Denise Connelly preaching fiscal responsibility while opposing a professional search for a new superintendent - on the heels of a six-figure buyout of the previous superintendent.

Omar M. Campbell: Put it to the voters

I have learned a bit about the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan (WSSAP). It was initiated in 1995, apparently by our elected city and county officials.

Our View: Turning point for Housing Authority

Buoyed by a new executive director and an experienced project manager, there is reason to be optimistic about what the Yampa Valley Housing Authority can accomplish in the future.

Council preps for annexation

Cycling community requests continued support

In preparation of the "imminent" annexation of the planned Steamboat 700 development west of the city, the Steamboat Springs City Council held a review session Tuesday night on the particulars of the process.

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Joanne Palmer: Friendly letters

Greetings from the Jordan family: Jackie, Jim, Jerry, Jasmine and Jewel and Jingles, my little Chihuahuas.

Yule Log Clue No. 3

Yule Log Clue No. 3

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County adopts '08 budget

The Routt County Board of Commissioners quickly and easily passed its 2008 budget Tuesday afternoon.

Snowmobiles approved

Sheriff's Office equipment to aid Search and Rescue

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of two snowmobiles Tuesday to assist county law enforcement in search and rescue operations and to help winter patrols combat trespassing in North Routt.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 12

LIFT-UP Board to hold annual meeting

The Record for Dec. 10

Monday, Dec. 10

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Home fire latest tragedy for Foos family

A Phippsburg woman's house burned to the ground early this morning, the latest in a string of tragedies for the Foos family.

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Hayden begins search

School district officials start superintendent application process

After four years as superintendent of the Hayden School District, Mike Luppes said the end of this school year will be a good time to retire and spend more time with his family.

Tuesday, December 11

Community Party to usher in holidays

Winter Carnival and the Fourth of July parade are among the Steamboat Springs traditions that Chris Wilson holds close to his heart, but what he finds most special is the annual Community Holiday Party.

The Record for Dec. 11

1:21 a.m. A city bus was towed from Walton Creek Road and Columbine Drive.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 11

County budget slated for adoption at 1:30 today

Tool kit aims to start dialogue

Group continues efforts to curb underage drinking

Teenager Molly Weiss said there's a simple explanation for her decision to not drink alcohol - she doesn't want to disappoint her parents.

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Tom Ross: Cow bones make fine holiday gifts

I saddled up Old Paint on Saturday morning and rode into Strawberry Park for the Christmas in the Rockies craft fair. I was hoping to find the ideal gift for a Wisconsin cowgirl. The Routt County CattleWomen exceeded my expectations with one of the most ingenious luxury spa products you have ever seen.

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Christian leaders and government officials say no change in services after weekend shootings

Andrea Buzzell spent Monday morning on the phone with her college roommate, Brandy, a Youth With A Mission student in Colorado Springs. Brandy told Buzzell, a 22-year-old Craig resident, about being in the emergency room with her friend who was shot in both legs by a gunman who opened fire on a YWAM dormitory in Arvada early Sunday.

DUI recognition focus of police class

Volunteers will drink tonight for training purposes

Just in time for the holiday season, police officers are spending three days in Hayden this week learning how to handle traffic stops involving suspected cases of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Yule Log Clue No. 2

Yule Log Clue No. 2

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Stahoviak to run for fifth term

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak will run for a fifth consecutive term in 2008.

Monday, December 10

Aging Well: Divided We Fail, together we can do anything

The health of Americans is at risk, not from new strains of flu but from the inability to pay the bill at the doctor's office, hospital or pharmacy.

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More Barn stabilization complete

Steamboat icon will anchor forthcoming neighborhood

Work to stabilize Steamboat's historic More Barn - and restore it to the approximate state of the 1972 poster that made it famous - is complete.

The Record for Dec. 8

Saturday, Dec. 8

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 10

Local snowmobilers rescued on Buffalo Pass

Podium streak ends for Spillane, Demong

The streak of American podium finishes at this year's Nordic combined World Cup was bound to end. During the second day of competition in Trondheim, Norway, U.S. Nordic combined skiers Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong finishing 17th and 21st, respectively.

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Australian morning show airs live from Steamboat

The sight of Ray Heid strutting down Ninth Street on a horse Sunday afternoon harked back to Steamboat Springs' past. But in actuality, Heid's act was part of an effort aimed at the future, which took Steamboat global and live on an Australian morning show.

Pilot & Today upgrades printing press

Work begins this week on a printing press expansion at the Steamboat Pilot & Today facility in Steamboat Springs. When complete, the revamped press will double the number of full-color pages available in the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Steamboat Today and Craig Daily Press.

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Nordic center gains traction

Presentation Wednesday will lay out feasibility of project

It was hard for a group of Midwesterners on Sunday to think of how the Nordic skiing at Howelsen Hill could get any better.

The 12 Days of Wellness

Last week, I introduced the concept of "The Twelve Days of Wellness" as an opportunity during this busy holiday season to do some things to take care of yourself.

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Kostur a force for Sailors

Success is a byproduct of dedication. Maybe nobody knows this better than Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball player Colby Kostur.

Sunday, December 9

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Steamboat girls take tough loss

Team becoming more consistent on defense and more patient while on offense

Without a doubt, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team is getting better as the season progresses. The team is becoming more consistent on defense and more patient on offense.

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Crash brings national issue into focus

On the morning of Nov. 26, Russ Blackhurst suffered serious injuries in a car crash near Milner. The driver who caused the accident, Teodora Diaz Simon, was killed. The accident and others like it are bringing home a debate raging at the national level: whether immigrants, regardless of their legal status, should be allowed to obtain a driver's license.

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A.P. classes give high school students a leg up on college

Andy Mucklow will enter his first college classroom in about eight months, but the Steamboat Springs High School student is already well versed in the rigor of academia after loading up on advanced placement classes his senior year.

Demong surges on last second burst, stays hot in Norway

Billy Demong used a last second push Saturday in Trondheim, Norway, to secure his first Nordic combined victory of the year.

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Historic designation gives Columbine a boost

In his 1949 account of Colorado mining towns, author Muriel Sibell Wolle describes Columbine, a once-booming gold mining community in North Routt County, this way:

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Middle school teachers organize drive to overhaul indoor climbing structure

Since Matt Tredway and a collection of his fellow Steamboat Springs Middle School teachers built the school's indoor rock climbing wall in 1994, with help from students, thousands of prospective alpinists have had their first taste of vertical accomplishment.

Security cameras inside schools spur debate

Some call installing security cameras in Steamboat schools authoritarian. Others, including many students, call it a necessity.

Kerry Hart: A brand of education for the 21st century

The pomp and ceremony associated with the tradition of the university will probably always remain a feature of higher education. However, the times are changing and community colleges such as Colorado Mountain College are leading the pack in moving higher education forward in a positive direction.

Class notes for Dec. 9

Students: Dress warm for winter

As the weather changes, Soda Creek Elementary School Principal Judy Harris is encouraging parents to be sure students come to school with appropriate clothing for winter.

Jacob C. Schwan: Meditations

Scene: Coffee counter

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 7

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 7

Military news: Simon Kassemi

Simon Kassemi, a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,has been selected to compete as a member of the Air Force Academy's three-person team at the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2008. The Pictet Competition, held in a different country each year, is a week-long event that will test each team's training in the fields of international humanitarian law (the laws of war): international solidarity, international criminal law and refugee law. Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world gather to compete at the Pictet Competition, which is hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Simon will begin advanced studies of international humanitarian law next semester at the Air Force Academy, where he is majoring in Military Strategic Studies.

Routt County Spotlight: Seth Bograd

Seth Bograd

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Downtown design

New businesses cater to high-end clientele

Shoppers stopping by Pilot Office Outfitters can now buy everything from staples to contemporary sofas in one location, as owner Tom Ptach is now using two-thirds of his floor space to sell high-end home furnishings in his newest venture, RoCo eNteriors.

Business File for Dec. 9

Steamboat Realtor earns resort certification

Back to the BIDding board

Business Improvement District to ask voters again in '08

Faced with an uncertain financial future after the failure of a ballot question this fall, the Downtown Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs are planning to go back to voters in 2008.

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Steamboat boys basketball wins Shoot-Out

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team won a tournament on its home court Saturday night, as Michael Vandahl led the Sailors to a convincing championship win against talented rival D'Evelyn.

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Routt County's top wrestlers square off at Soroco tournament

Houston Mader and Mitch Doolin have been wrestling since they were fourth-grade peewee grapplers growing up in Hayden. Now high school upperclassmen, Mader and Doolin are both eyeing the statewide 140-pound ranks, each bent on returning to the state championships and each the top finisher from his school - Steamboat Springs and Hayden, respectively - last season.

John F. Russell: Meek unrivaled on court

Many things have changed since I first arrived in Steamboat Springs back in 1990.

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White courts bipartisan support

State representative formalizes state Senate run at reception

Area Democrats, Republicans and independent voters came together Saturday to support the state Senate campaign of Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, at a meet-and-greet fundraiser in Steamboat Springs.

Keeping warm is a dirty job

Maintaining coal boilers in South Routt schools reminiscent of former times

Sometimes, Larry Radford's job reminds him of what it must have been like to work on a locomotive in the early 1800s.

Our View: Mellor earned extra money

For a school district that has repeatedly - and correctly - stressed the importance of attracting and retaining good personnel, we're a little surprised the situation with Director of Finance and Operations Dale Mellor hasn't been resolved.

Jimmy Westlake: Don't miss the Geminid Meteors

The constellation of Gemini the Twins will be a hot spot of activity during December. Not only will Mars be glowing like a red-hot ember near the feet of the Twins as it passes closest to Earth on Dec. 19, but sky-watchers also will notice lots of fiery streaks of light coming from Gemini as a result of the annual Geminid meteor shower. The slender waxing crescent moon will set early Dec. 13, the night of the peak of the meteor shower, leaving the sky nice and dark for meteor-watching.

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Hard-earned holidays

Some local soldiers fortunate to spend time in Steamboat Springs

Sgt. Daniel Ward first told his parents he wanted to join the U.S. Army when he was 7 years old.

Dave Shively: Saving the best for last

This time of year, it becomes hard to ignore the NFL hype machine churning out power ratings and an endless stream of analysts dissecting teams (from other states) clinching division titles en route to the playoffs.

Conservative commentary: Win the lottery?

The story is that Bernie prayed religiously every day of his life to ask God to let him win the lottery. This went on for upward of 30 years. "Oh, God. You know that I'm a good man but have always been poor. I deserve to win the lottery. Please, Lord. PLEASE!" Finally, God got tired of hearing the same prayer daily for all those years. One day as Bernie started echoing the same old prayer, the clouds rolled back. The thunderous voice of an exasperated God aimed right at this beggar: "Bernie, meet me halfway. Buy a ticket!"

Real estate transactions for Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Real estate transactions for Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Consumers take lower rates to bank

With mortgage rates hovering around a two-year low, local lenders have been busy locking in low rates for their customers.

Jay Whaley: 4-H - Appreciating our heritage and community

Since 1929, the Routt County 4-H program has had much to celebrate. This year was no exception.

Saturday, December 8

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Storm Peak opens today

Snowfall allows summit access at Steamboat Ski Area

The Storm Peak Express chairlift opens today, giving Steamboat Ski Area top-to-bottom skiing for the first time this season.

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Letdown not an option for girls

There wouldn't be any letdown this time. Just a night after giving up an eight-point halftime lead in a loss to Northridge, the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team made its biggest leap with second-year coach John Ameen.

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GOCO grants $2 million to Steamboat, Hayden water projects

The latest batch of grants from Great Outdoors Colorado could fund the first trails along the Yampa River in Hayden.

Oak Creek museum honors mining history, war vets

For its first "Attitude Adjustment Party," the Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek is getting into the holiday spirit by tapping into the town's history.

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Steamboat boys win close game in overtime

If there was ever any question about the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team's heart, Friday night's semifinal game in the Steamboat Springs Shoot Out certainly answered that.

Sailors hope to establish winning pace

This year's Steamboat Springs High School hockey team hopes to get things done a little differently - completely opposite, actually - from years past.

SEED develops mental health

Social Emotional Early Development service available to children

Q: What does it mean if you are an infant and in therapy? (Now that sounds crazy!) When and why do we do infant mental health evaluations? What is Infant Mental Health?

Avalanche tests deem backcountry snowpack 'tricky,' 'tender'

The signs are strongly cautionary for backcountry snowmobilers, skiers and snowboarders thinking about their first big expedition of the winter.

Tom Ross: Who shovels for plowers?

Incessant storms lay seige to Yampa Valley Households

There are three distinct types of people in Routt County this morning. Which are you?

Friday, December 7

Updated Snow Report

Conditions as of 9:16 a.m. Dec. 7

The Ski Town USA Snow Report as of 9:16 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2007:

White avoids primary clash

GOP leaders push Hasan to not challenge for state Senate seat

At the urging of state Republican leadership, Muhammad Ali Hasan of Eagle County will not challenge state Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, in a primary for state Senate.

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Moffat County schools ranked 'Average' on state assessments

The report tells the story.

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'Living the dream'

Craig resident to compete in rodeo's 'Super Bowl'

More than $200,000 for less than 60 seconds of work.

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Rabbit Ears under heavy snow warning

Snow advisory in effect for Steamboat through Saturday evening

Many Steamboat Springs residents woke up to a half-foot of fresh snow or more this morning - and it's not expected to let up until late Saturday.

Chix with Stix reaches its sweet sixteen

One of the reasons Jen Travis moved to Steamboat Springs was the Chix with Stix hockey team.

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Sailors girls fall to Northridge

After dominating the first half of play, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team had a third quarter it would like to forget. The end result was a 42-26 loss Thursday against Northridge in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot Out.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 7

The Steamboat Pilot & Today wants to hear from parents with an opinion about security cameras inside Steamboat Springs School District schools. Parents who would like to make their voice heard can contact reporter Mike McCollum at 871-4208 or

Ice rink advertising for general manager

In a year that has seen critical city staff shortages for positions such as bus and snowplow drivers, the Howelsen Ice Arena also is looking for employees, including a new general manager.

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Bus routes will be restored

Three city bus routes that were cut because of a shortage of drivers will be restored on a limited basis later this month.

Deb Babcock: An indoor tranquility garden

The Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius said, "When you are disturbed by events and lose your serenity, quickly return to yourself and don't stay upset longer than the experience lasts; for you'll have more mastery over your inner harmony by continually returning to it." His words, spoken close to 167 A.D., still hold true, don't you think? After a busy day at work, outdoor recreating or generally being part of a crowd, it's refreshing to step inside your home for peace, tranquility and calm.

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Take a picture - it'll last

Artists' Gallery show captures ranching life in photos, fibers and canvas

Plein air oil painter Dancy St. John is inspired by everything that's around her, every day.

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Handcrafted holidays

Christmas in the Rockies craft fair celebrates 20th year

For the 20th annual Christmas in the Rockies craft fair, Marion Kahn predicts the gym at Strawberry Park Elementary School will be "jammed" with craft enthusiasts and holiday shoppers.

On Scene: Opening Day

Baseball and skiing may not have much in common, except possibly the excitement of Opening Day.

CD review for The Killers

CD review for The Killers, "Sawdust"

Agent Orange: 'It ain't rocket science'

After almost 30 years, punk rock still sticking to basics

It's not easy to get Agent Orange frontman/guitarist Mike Palm on the phone.

Bhutanese Buddhist figure to visit Steamboat

When His Holiness Lopen Ngawan Tenzin Rinpoche first came to Steamboat Springs in 2004, it was not only the first time he had come to the United States.

Steamboat's Bradley jumps back into title contention

Some learning curves are steeper than others.

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Steamboat boys top Montrose

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team has never had a problem winning with defense. In fact, it's what Steamboat coach Kelly Meek prefers.

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Yule Log Hunt starts Monday

Steamboat Springs holiday tradition in its 28th year

Beginning Monday, be on the lookout for a 3-foot-long, 50-pound yule log hidden somewhere within city limits.

The Record for Dec. 5

12:03 a.m. Domestic violence was reported in Steamboat Springs. The incident was a verbal-only argument, and no charges were filed.

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Holiday renaissance

Mountain Madrigal Singers perform English traditions for holiday shows

A madrigal choral concert is an elaborate show: dresses with puffy sleeves and billowing skirts for the women, tights under short pants for the men, carefully balanced vocal arrangements for the whole group.

Margaret Hair: Go to ArtWalk

You should go to the First Friday ArtWalk today.

Thursday, December 6

Snow advisory in effect through Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a snow advisory for Steamboat Springs. Significant snowfall accumulations are expected tonight as the temperatures drop. Between 6 and 13 inches of snow could fall in downtown Steamboat by Saturday night.

Updated Ski Report

The Ski Town USA Snow Report as of 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007:

Smyser makes pitch to Fund Board

Steamboat Springs School District administrators Wednesday asked the city's Education Fund Board for $4.4 million in contributions next year, seeking money to support small class sizes, improved security and computer equipment, and completion of delayed construction at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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Strawberry Park, middle school rated 'excellent' by the state

Hayden, South Routt get mixed reviews

Steamboat Springs Middle School and Strawberry Park Elementary School maintained "excellent" ratings in the annual School Accountability Reports released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Steamboat football student athletes honored at banquet

Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch said this year's seniors are some of the best he has ever coached.

Skaters bring home medals

Youths prepare for holiday show

If the first competition of the year was any indication, the Steamboat Skaters are well on their way to a successful season.

The Record for Dec. 4

2:10 a.m. A minor in possession of alcohol was reported in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer issued a ticket.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 6

A donation account for the Naused family has been set up at Vectra Bank. Heathre Naused was seriously injured in a car accident in the canyon near Oak Creek on Nov. 14, when she was more than nine months pregnant.

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Quinn faces conflicts

Business relations could limit councilman's influence

Councilman Jon Quinn will not have a say in some of the largest and most complex developments that will come before the Steamboat Springs City Council in coming months.

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Clark man hurt in accident

Head-on truck collision shuts highway for two hours

An accident on Routt County Road 129 on Wednesday morning injured a Clark man and stopped traffic about five miles north of U.S. Highway 40 for about two hours.

Howell tapped to lead YVHA

Housing Authority: Ex-superintendent has 'wonderful challenge'

The board of directors for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority has chosen former Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Donna Howell to lead the organization.

No plea bargain in Cisneros case

Mother of slain 1-year-old expected to stand trial for murder

The District Attorney's Office will not offer a plea bargain in Luz Cisneros' murder case, and the matter will proceed to trial, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said Wednesday in Routt County Court.

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SSPD announces new hires

Sgt. Bosick promoted to detective; high school has new officer

The Steamboat Springs Police Department has hired a detective, school resource officer and accident reconstruction specialist, all due to begin work at their new positions in the coming weeks.

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No gimme wins at Steamboat Shoot-Out

Today begins one of the deepest Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out tournaments in recent memory. The eight-team bracket features four teams in preseason top 10's - Steamboat, Aspen, Roaring Fork, and D'Evelyn.

Wednesday, December 5

Winter storm could bring a foot of snow

A winter storm is expected to dump snow over Steamboat Springs beginning tonight and persisting into the weekend. According to the National Weather Service, the storm could leave as much as a foot of snow in downtown Steamboat Springs by Sunday.

Accident stops traffic on C.R. 129

Man injured in head-on collision between dump truck and pickup

An accident on Routt County Road 129 this morning injured a Clark man and stopped traffic about five miles north of U.S. Highway 40.

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School Board ponders video cameras in district schools

A school official is questioning a plan to install security cameras in Steamboat schools, citing authoritarian measures in George Orwell's classic novel "1984."

Gondola, 4 Points lift to open today

Available terrain doubles; Storm Peak hopeful for this weekend

With today's opening of the gondola and 4 Points chairlift, Steamboat Ski Area officials have more than doubled the amount of terrain available to skiers and snowboarders.

Prosecutors plan to introduce confession

Preliminary hearing set in murder case

Prosecutor Kerry St. James told a Moffat County District Court judge Tuesday that he intends to introduce into evidence a confession allegedly given by a man who is accused of murdering his wife.

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Steamboat cheerleaders bring their best at state

While the intricacies of a flawless opening stunt series - highlighted by a basket toss into a full twist back up into an extension with a double twist down - may be unfamiliar to most, the 15 girls on Steamboat Springs High School's competitive cheerleading squad know that details make all the difference.

Soroco girls take second at tourney, boys return with win

When the Soroco High School basketball teams arrived in De Beque last Friday for a four-team basketball tournament, they were told the tournament would be canceled because of a power outage.

Charges filed in Oak Creek assault

A 32-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a recent fight in the town.

The Record for Dec. 3

Monday, Dec. 3

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 5

Volunteers needed for Mainstreet Steamboat

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Nerney left to the courts

City Council will not address liquor license revocation

The new Steamboat Springs City Council will keep its hands off the revocation of Kevin Nerney's liquor license. On Tuesday night, the council voted 5-2 to let Nerney's appeal run its course in District Court.

Our View: Intrawest gives reason for optimism

The 2007-08 ski season didn't get off to the start Intrawest and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials may have hoped for. A warm, dry autumn brought little natural snow and limited opportunities for artificial snowmaking. Opening day was delayed by more than a week, and then the new Christie Peak Express six-passenger lift encountered mechanical problems on Day 2. The gondola, which begins operating today, has been out of service so a new haul rope could be delivered and installed. There have been other hiccups as well.

360 Ranch fears denial

Developers withdraw application from Board of Commissioners

Fearing denial from the Routt County Board of Commissioners, the developers of a controversial rural subdivision west of Steamboat Springs withdrew their application from consideration Tuesday.

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Fund Board to hear requests

As the city's Education Fund Board considers more than $4 million in funding requests for 2008-09, one Steamboat school administrator said his building has to be a priority.

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Joanne Palmer: Holiday horoscopes

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Rewrap. Regift. Rejoice. You have found a home for the white elephant you got last year. Now, someone else will have a toilet plunger that sings, "I'm Too Sexy for the Bowl."

Tuesday, December 4

Sheriff Wall's case continued

Defense, prosecution say they still are investigating

The court case against Gary Wall was continued in Routt County Court this morning. Attorneys on both sides said they still are investigating the charges against the Routt County sheriff.

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Splicing gondola rope a painstaking process

Missouri family oversees work on haul cable; opening expected 'soon'

While most of Steamboat played in the snow during the weekend, a small crew of men labored through windblown sleet mixed with snow pellets and a chilly afternoon. They were working on the intricate task of splicing the massive new haul rope for the Steamboat Ski Area's gondola.

School Board considers consultants

Members discuss bids from superintendent headhunting firms

The Steamboat Springs School Board received five bids Monday night from consulting firms looking to aid in the search for a new superintendent.

Mellor negotiations continue

School Board discusses finance director compensation

Steamboat Springs School District Finance Director Dale Mellor and the Steamboat Springs School Board may be close to reaching a financial settlement to compensate Mellor for the six weeks this fall he filled in as superintendent.

The Record for Dec. 2

1:23 a.m. Domestic violence between a husband and wife was reported in Steamboat Springs. The case is under investigation.

Council to critique proposal

Less commercial space at Ski Time Square a concern

Steamboat Springs City Council members will tell developers today what they think of a proposed redevelopment that would replace Ski Time Square and Thunderhead Lodge with more than 1 million square feet of new development. The current properties total 234,449 square feet.

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Krawzoff accepts appointment

New public works director will absorb Transportation Department

Gov. Bill Ritter has named George Krawzoff to the Colorado Transportation Commission, an appointment that led the Steamboat Springs transportation director to announce he will be leaving his job with the city. In a related move, the city's Transportation Department will be moved under the Public Works Department and its new director, Philo Shelton.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 4

The weekend snowstorm made all the difference at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center, which has opened 67 percent of its terrain for cross-country skiing.

Monday, December 3

Twentymile offers free shuttles to employees

Miners who aren't fond of the drive out to Twentymile Coal Mine have reason to rejoice.

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A firefighter born and bred

Capt. Dennis Jones a veteran who's seen it all

Capt. Dennis Jones, a Craig Fire/Rescue veteran, snapped off a quick description of the all-consuming blaze that destroyed the Country Mall a week ago in Craig.

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Luke Graham: Back on track

When the athletic careers of Hayden High School senior Jordan Williams and Steamboat Springs High School senior Houston Mader hit a speed bump, they simply slowed down and absorbed it.

Automobile accident victim identified

The Colorado State Patrol identified the name of the 29-year-old Steamboat Springs woman who was killed in a car accident Saturday on U.S. Highway 40 as Laura Jarrell.

Mellor negotiation, superintendent search to be discussed

The Steamboat Springs School Boards meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall for a special planning session in an attempt to catch up on the number of pressing issues facing the board.

Monday Medical: The 12 Days of Wellness

Shopping, travel, parties, family visiting, children's activities, end-of-the-year obligations : the commitments this time of year can seem endless. With these disruptions to your normal routine, it's easy to let good health habits slide.

Tourney showcases future stars

Intermountain Wrestling Leauge tournament gives look ahead

As a third-generation wrestler in Steamboat Springs, Shane Yeager has seen the ups and downs of wrestling in the Yampa Valley.

Sailor fullback and defensive end being courted by four college programs

While Jay Hanley's high school football career ended weeks ago, the Steamboat Springs High School senior certainly isn't taking a break.

Hayden High School football players dominate Western Slope League ranks

On Oct. 19, things looked bleak for the Hayden High School football team. Trailing 18-13 halfway through a Western Slope League match with Rangely and already carrying two league losses, Hayden didn't appear to have a shot at the postseason.

The Record for Dec. 1

Saturday, Dec. 1

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 3

Horizons needs volunteers for winter sports program

Aging Well: Easy gift ideas for older family and friends

Older relatives and friends can present the biggest challenge when it comes to buying gifts during the holidays. After all, most have downsized to smaller living spaces and typically don't need more "stuff."

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Elk winter areas threatened by Steamboat growth and recreation

The Yampa Valley is home to two of the largest elk herds in the world, but competing for open space with the area's world-class winter recreational opportunities is putting a strain on the animals, wildlife officials say.

Council sets priorities

Members have differing philosophies on affordable housing

Councilman Steve Ivancie entered Saturday's all-day City Council retreat concerned about his fellow council members' commitment to affordable housing.

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Hayden Christmas Tree Auction helps community groups

Hayden's Girl Scout Troop 217 had a good start to the holiday season Saturday as their Colorado Rockies-inspired Christmas tree pulled in $125 at the 19th annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction.

Sunday, December 2

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Morris, Mader take first at Carl Ramunno Invitational

Frankly, Derek Morris and Houston Mader were sick of wrestling one another.

Steamboat hockey drops pair

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team improved with each period it played in this weekend's King of the Mountains tournament.

Sailor boys outgun Titans

The Coal Ridge High School boys basketball team learned the hard way that giving Steamboat Springs open looks from beyond the 3-point arc is not a recipe for success.

Steamboat girls' struggles continue

The Rick Schmitz era of Coal Ridge girls basketball is off to a promising start, as the Titans improved to 2-0 with a 44-25 rout of Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Nordic skiers heat up at World Cup

The U.S. Nordic combined World Cup team continued its hot start during the second day of competition in Kuusamo, Finland, on Saturday.

John F. Russell: Evel lands a place in my heart

It was back in the days before hand-held video games, Xbox and remote-controlled cars.

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Online classes expand curriculum

In a school of only about 120 students, visitors might not expect to find students taking classes in Latin, digital photography and astronomy. But students at Soroco High School in Oak Creek are doing exactly that.

The Record for Nov. 30

Saturday, Nov. 24 Shaun N. Lester, 21, Aurora - Fugitive of justice, driving under the influence, driving under revocation, weaving, failure to stop at a red light (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Dave Shively: Baja's inferno

Brian Blake didn't think he was embarking on "a life-changing adventure" when he joined a team for the Baja 1000.

Costa Rican triathlon racer lands in Steamboat Springs

Triathletes like Mónica Umaña don't loaf around much.

Kerry Hart: The danger of interdisciplinary arts education

Wouldn't it be great if we could read a couple of books on brain surgery and be ready to perform an operation? In arts education, that is the type of miraculous feat we often expect from our teachers.

Class Notes for Dec. 2

Luchini named Rotary Student of the Month

Amanda Luchini, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month at the November meeting of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.

Best of the Web for Dec. 2

Best of the Web for Dec. 2

John Andrews: Element R and daddy's wisdom

"Born on third base and thought he hit a triple," Ann Richards' supposed death cut on George H. W. Bush, was a failure and a falsehood both. The Bushes laughed last when the father won the presidency in 1988 and the son unseated Texas Gov. Richards in 1994. And each man's political success was arguably in spite of, not because of, his genes.

Lisa, Dominic, Bryanna and Isabel Medina, and Ken and Cindy Montgomery: Thanks for support

Although we have always known what a wonderful community of people we have the honor of living among in South Routt, when the community's generosity reached out to us and our family following Michael's third heart surgery (for the hypoplastic left-heart syndrome he was born with) and the following complications that placed him on the transplant list, we hardly know what to say.

Towny Anderson: Unanimous ruling

Regarding the situation at the Pirate's Pub, Colorado Liquor Regulations state:

Many cities delegate liquor responsibility, risk

This week, the Steamboat Springs City Council will decide whether it wants to convene as the Steamboat Springs Liquor License Authority to consider reversing the controversial revocation of Kevin Nerney's liquor license.

Sandra Sherrod: Connecting ranching and art

The connection between artists and ranching has a long history, even in the Yampa Valley. The paintings and sculptures of cows, horses, hay bales and cowboys are favorite subjects.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 20 to 28

Real estate transactions for Nov. 20 to 28, 2007.

Business file for Dec. 2

Black Tie Ski Rental's local branch has earned the Gold Planet certification from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's sustainable business program.

Artisans to set up year-round home

After months of planning by residents, Hayden's artists' cooperative is scheduled to open later this month, creating a year-round business opportunity for home-based artisans and craftspeople.

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New cleaning business targets heating systems

The owners of Air Quality Systems hope they can help Steamboat Springs residents breathe a little easier.

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Highmark developers sue buyers

Steamboat Ventures: Purchasers' failure to close a breach of contract

Steamboat's troubled The Highmark luxury condominium project appears to have hit another in a string of impasses that have left the six-story building unoccupied more than four years after its groundbreaking.

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Students learn nutrition by cultivating veggies

Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop was sitting in his office about three weeks ago when he saw something strange through his window.

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For arts community, First Friday is a collective effort

The Steamboat Springs art community is getting organized.

Jimmy Westlake: Two clusters for Taurus

Rising in the eastern sky as the last colorful rays of sunlight fade from the mountaintops in early December is the magnificent constellation of Taurus the Bull. Taurus is one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac and, as such, serves from time to time as a backdrop for the sun, moon and planets.

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Dancing up a storm

High school students prepare to showcase skills

With no dance studio currently offering classes to high-school-age students, the Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase is one of the town's few places to practice dancing and choreography.

Our View: Hire a search firm

Hiring the right superintendent could be the most important decision the Steamboat Springs School Board makes during the next couple of years, and we urge the board to make use of a professional search firm to help it identify the best candidates.

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Alzheimer's families learn to laugh, cry together

Janet Panebaker first noticed signs of Alzheimer's in her mother when the 85-year-old woman could no longer orientate herself between Howelsen Hill and the Steamboat Ski Area.

Routt County Spotlight: Jill Murphy Long

Jill Murphy Long

Betsy Blakeslee: Litter party

Twice a year, we have a cleanup party along U.S. Highway 40 in front of Carpenter Ranch. Our goal is to collect trash along The Nature Conservancy's adopted mile of highway.

Saturday, December 1

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Mother Nature, new chairlift wreak havoc at ski area

Neither the weather nor the new Christie Peak Express chairlift cooperated much with local skiers and riders Saturday, the first day of the 2007-08 ski season for which season and value passes were honored on the mountain.

Spillane, Demong continue to roll in Finland

The U.S. Nordic combined World Cup team continued its hot start during the second day of competition in Kuusamo, Finland, on Saturday.

Steamboat woman dies in auto accident

A 29-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was killed in a car accident Saturday after losing control of her vehicle on U.S. Highway 40 near Mount Harris. Her identity has not been released pending notification of her family.

Rangely too much for Hayden boys

Panthers' commanding third quarter, fast breaks lead to victory

As debuts go, first year Hayden High School basketball coach Robin Lighthizer came away from Friday's game against Rangely with some positives.

Oak Creek police receive $1K grant

Wal-Mart funds to aid domestic violence prevention efforts

The Oak Creek Police Department was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Steamboat Springs Wal-Mart to help aid its domestic violence prevention and law enforcement efforts.

Hayden Planning Commission updates Comprehensive Plan

The Hayden Planning Commission approved updates to the town's Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, limiting future residential construction to areas west and south of town and preserving open space near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Sailors hockey drops opener

Loss to Summit kicks off King of the Mountain tourney

It will be an uphill battle if the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team hopes to make it three King of the Mountains tournament titles in three years.

Kids can't wait to learn

First Impressions stresses importance of early care, education

The challenge for many families in the Yampa Valley is that both parents must work to afford the high cost of living, and childcare is a major concern. It is important that children are provided quality programs, but they are hard to find.

The Record for Nov. 29

Thursday, Nov. 29

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 1

Enter "Sock It To Me Holiday Stocking Drawing"

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KBCR director hits it big

Duncan named 'Country Music Director of the Year'

For KBCR music director Debbie Duncan, good music is simply good music.

Storm brings mixed bag

Mild temperatures will affect system's snow totals

A strong storm system moving through the region has the potential to leave half a foot of snow or more across Steamboat Springs by Sunday morning.

Spillane finishes second at World Cup

Johnny Spillane returned to the World Cup spotlight Friday by leading the American team with a second-place finish at the opening event of the season in Kuusamo, Finland.

Boys lose first game to Roaring Fork

Steamboat falls in first round of Brenda Patch Tournament

In a much anticipated matchup between two teams at the top of their respective classifications, Roaring Fork was able to outlast Steamboat, 57-49, on Friday in the opening round of the Brenda Patch Tournament.

Tom Ross: What did we ever do without Hefty bags?

Oregon Trail pioneers went sans Ziplocs

Have you ever stopped to wonder how the pioneers made it through the holidays, back in the olden days, before plastic food storage bags were invented?

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Opening day lift-off

New Christie Peak Express, no lift lines usher in ski season

The nine-day delay in kicking off the 2007-08 ski season at the Steamboat Ski Area did little to damper the enthusiasm Friday of those skiers and boarders who hit the slopes on Scholarship Day.

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Lessons for life

Mass production class teaches practical skills

In Craig Conrad's opinion, Moffat County High School mass production teacher, school shouldn't teach just facts.

Roaring Fork smothers Steamboat

Girls basketball stumbles offensively with 31 turnovers, losing 50-26

With a smothering defense that produced 31 turnovers, Roaring Fork got its girls basketball season off on the right foot with a 50-26 win against Steamboat Springs

Edgemont earns awaited approval

In its first go-round with the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, the Edgemont residential development on the south end of the Steamboat Ski Area received what some planning commissioners called the most strongly worded recommendation for denial they had ever seen from city staff.