Stories for February 2007

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Wednesday, February 28

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'Mr. Dan' closing gymnastics doors

Steamboat Gymnastics Center owner given one week to leave

The Steamboat Gymnastics Center is closing after 12 years. Owner and operator Dan Atkins was evicted Monday for unpaid rent. He was given seven days to move out of the building on Eighth Street. The Steamboat Springs School District owns the building and presented Atkins with his eviction notice.

Avalanche danger rated 'considerable'

Recent snowfall and heavy winds have increased the avalanche danger in the Steamboat Springs area, the president of Routt County Search and Rescue warned Tuesday.

No illusions about inclusion

Housing policy revisions are top City Council priority

Revising the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance, which regulates how affordable housing is built in Steamboat Springs, is the top priority for the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Elite eight

Winter Sports Club qualifies eight for junior Olympics

In five years as the Steam-boat Springs Winter Sports Club's head cross-country ability coach, Brian Tate has not seen the team qualify so many athletes for the Junior Olympics.

Getting a boost

Steamboat skiers perform well at Telluride races

Taylor Coe wasn't looking for a boost at last week's Rocky Mountain Trophy Series in Telluride, but that's exactly what he got.

Verne's turn

Steamboat's Lundquist to be inducted into hall of fame

Way back in 1977, Verne Lundquist made the trip to Salisbury, N.C., to accept the honor of Texas Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Man pleads not guilty in sexual assault case

Judge denies request to lower $100K bond

A 50-year-old registered sex offender pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage boy last Thanksgiving.

Officials OK road review exemption

Stagecoach subdivision moving forward

A new 28-lot, 980-acre Stagecoach subdivision cleared its only Routt County hurdle Tuesday when county officials approved its status as a road review-exempt subdivision.

SSEA president updates board

Members hear concerns, praise education association

The Steamboat Springs Education Association wants legal and binding language added to district policies.

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Peanut peeved

Local man believes he contracted peanut butter salmonella

Steamboat Springs resident Chris Ward believes he contracted salmonella from a jar of peanut butter he purchased in January.

The Record for Feb. 26

1:16 a.m. A 30-year-old Fort Collins man was arrested in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square on suspicion of third-degree assault. Police said the man had been fighting with another man at a bar. Neither man was injured.

County to pay $75K for YVRA

General contractor settlement approved

Routt County will pay a $75,000 settlement to the general contractor for the expansion project at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. The deal essentially will close the books on a construction process hindered by delays before finally being completed earlier this month.

Briefs for Feb. 28

Registration is ongoing for Cotillion classes for children in the fifth through eighth grades. The cost is $155 for fifth- and sixth-graders and $180 for seventh- and eighth-graders. The classes are on Sundays, beginning March 11 and ending April 15. For more information or to register, visit www.cotillion.com or call Theresa at 879-8456.

Iran values instability in Iraq

The media has focused much of its attention lately on the claim President Bush made that the Iranians are selling Iraqi Insurgents, mainly Shiite fighters, highly advanced weaponry that is capable of doing much harm to U.S. soldiers.

Our View: Studying the airport study

It is becoming more and more apparent that the city of Steamboat Springs' efforts to study alternative uses for the city's general aviation airport might be a waste of time and money.

Newspaper wins awards

The Hayden Valley Press was named the best newspaper in its circulation class by the Colorado Press Association.

Guest commentary: Making a difference

Americans use about 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, and most of them are thrown away. As fifth-grade students at Strawberry Park Elementary, we would like to see more recycling in our community. Every resident in Steamboat Springs has the opportunity to recycle.

Mike Lawrence: The camel in the tent

Changing grant funds would be the straw that:

One thing I like about living in Northwest Colorado is hearing new colloquialisms.

Tuesday, February 27

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Video: News update for Feb. 27

the Steamboat Ski Area has enjoyed more than three feet of snow in three days; Les Otten, the founder of American Skiing Co., has resigned from the company's board of directors; and longtime Steamboat Motors general manager John Centner is leaving the dealership.

No interim director named

School Board votes against filling position for rest of year

After a discussion of more than 30 minutes, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted, 3-1, against naming an interim Curriculum and Instruction Director during Monday's meeting.

The Record for Feb. 25

The Record for Feb. 25.

Briefs for Feb. 27

Gondola base parking lot closed Wednesday; icy roads, blowing snow causing accidents

High school offers student workshops

Gayle Dudley has a favorite motto for helping Steamboat Springs sophomores and juniors plan for the future. "Senior year is too late," said Dudley, a career and college counselor at the high school.

Getting to work on water

Watershed ordinance spurs committee meetings this week

A committee formed to address a watershed protection ordinance begins meeting today, after an outcry from rural landowners who demanded a public review of a law that could limit future agricultural activities on some Routt County lands.

Centner joins Planet Powersports

One of the community's leading businessmen, John Centner, has found a way to take his career in a new direction without leaving Steamboat Springs. The longtime general manager of Steamboat Motors has left the Ford, Jeep and Dodge dealership to become a director in Randall Reed's World Class Automotive Group and president of its operations in Colorado.

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Council to set priorities

Wide-ranging discussion to include goals for 2007 and beyond

Steamboat Springs officials are taking a broad look at how to manage booming growth with the city just weeks away from a season of unprecedented construction. The primary agenda item for tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting is a discussion about the council's priorities and goals for not only 2007, but years to come.

Tom Ross: Time-traveling on wooden skis

Rendezvous celebrates another era in Routt County

Skis weren't always made from fiberglass, Kevlar and titanium. There was a time not so long ago, when children of the Great Depression skied on skis carved from hickory.

Monday, February 26

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Three feet of powder

Ski area reports 35 nches at summit with more on the way

The Steamboat Ski Area reported 9.5 inches of new snow at mid-mountain as of 12:30 p.m. today, bringing the total for the past three days to nearly three feet at the summit.

Les Otten resigns from ASC board

Les Otten, the controversial American Skiing Co. founder, has resigned from the company's Board of Directors. American Skiing Company announced Otten's resignation in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today.

Ladley finishes third in Grand Prix

15-year-old snowboarder prepares for Norway's Arctic Challenge

Fifteen-year-old Matt Ladley just wanted to make the finals of the 2007 Chevrolet U.S. Snow Board Grand Prix.

Luke Graham: Comparing apples and oranges

If I could give D'Evelyn boys basketball coach Troy Pachner one piece of advice it would be to not look at the tape of D'Evelyn's 21-point victory against Steamboat in December.

Project 236 is no green eggs and ham

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore participates in nationwide read-a-thon to promote literacy

Fifty years ago Dr. Seuss wrote a book, with a hook, that changed the way illiteracy looked.

School Board to review policy

Curriculum future, instruction position also on meeting agenda

The Steamboat Springs School Board will look at the district's policy for facility and grounds usage during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

The Record for Feb. 24

12:44 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. A warning was issued.

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Storms expected to continue

Skiers and snowboarders should smile. Based on several weather readings from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Steamboat's about to embark on a fairly moist spring.

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Locked into a promise

Rebecca Lea's father - who lost his hair from chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer - wanted her to grow out her hair to make him a wig. He died in 2000 - before she had a chance to honor his request. Lea cut her waist-long hair on Feb. 21, and donated it to the nonprofit organization Locks of Love, in memory of her father.

Chatting with Dan Bonner of Main Street Steamboat

Dan Bonner, a CPA with Treadway, Henion and Kerr, is the president of Main Street Steamboat Inc. Bonner chatted with Steamboatpilot.com Friday about Main Street initiatives.

Sunday, February 25

Jail Report for Feb. 25

Saturday, Feb. 17 Donald Otis Taylor, 53, Steamboat Springs-DUI, failing to stop (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Couples should choose music pertinent to them

Longtime disc jockey Kip Strean said that when it comes to choosing music at weddings, whether it's the reception or the ceremony, it's essential that the bride and groom are true to themselves.

Down to the Last Detail

Wedding planners make sure things run smoothly

Have a feast or simple appetizers

A great meal can be a perfect end to a perfect day. Providing a nice dinner is a way to thank your guests for sharing a day you'll never forget. Below are area caterers who can help you design a wonderful wedding meal.

Invitations as unique as you

The days of stiff, ivory traditional wedding invitations are gone.

Guest Do's and Don'ts

Weddings vary in size from intimate settings on a beach or an impromptu ceremony at the local courthouse to lavish gatherings with hundreds of guest. Brides and grooms likely will disagree on several things during the planning process, but few decisions are as important as selecting who will be invited to the wedding. With that in mind, the Wedding Guide has some suggestions on formulating the final guest list and how to treat those lucky invitees. The Wedding Guide also has suggestions for guests on how to behave.

Don't be a bridezilla

Bridesmaids typically are sisters, closest friends or future sisters-in-law. Treat them like it. She agreed to be your bridesmaid because she considers standing next to you on your wedding day to be an honor. Here are some suggestions for what to do for your bridesmaids - and what not to do

Two parties in one

Watching her friend give the manager of Old Town Pub a lap dance was one of Helle McClelland's favorite parts of her bachelorette party.

The outdoor bachelor's bacchanalia

Steamboat offers ample options for the ultimate bash

All right fellas, one thing must be said when considering a bachelor party in Routt County - we're a long way from Las Vegas.

Register, register, register

Small businesses offer hands-on wedding gift service

Nadine Daszkiewicz, owner of the Kitchen Shop in Craig, has three bits of advice for couples about to be married - register, register, register.

Steamboat weddings often include extra activities

You've chosen Steamboat Springs for your wedding. You've got the invitations out, planned the dinner and found that perfect dress, but the question remains: What do you do with your family and guests the day before the wedding and the day after?

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Editorial cartoon for Feb. 25

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

Think outside the candy box

The good news about wedding favors is that they give couples an opportunity to cut costs. The bad news is that requires creativity.

Black tie affair

Grooms need to look just as formal - but not quite as nice - as their brides. And in Northwest Colorado, that often means mixing cowboy style with traditional wedding attire.

Beautiful blooms

Finding the right flowers to accent your dresses and decor can make your wedding perfect. To locate those ideal stems, use this directory of area florists who specialize in special days.

Set the mood

Music sets a mood during weddings and receptions.

An extraordinary classroom

Soroco students visit Stagecoach State Park for Winter Studies Day

Though some people might disagree, knowing how to make the perfect s'more is a crucial outdoor survival skill.

The real deal free-heel

Country's biggest youth telemark program to host country's biggest telemark event

Just a few feet off the ground, a small figure masked in reflective goggles tears down the bump line on the steep front face of Howelsen Hill. He stops just shy of the jump.

Dave Shively: A Grand inquisition

I put a certain item on the long-term life goal list long ago.

Blake named Teen of the Month

Hayden senior Stephanie Blake has been named the Optimist "Teen of the Month."

Fourth-quarter patience gives Sailors a win

In reality, all the pressure was on the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team.

Chix fall short of matching the Clash

Steamboat Chix with Stix put forth an unrelenting effort, but the Clash finished on top, 4-2 and 3-2, during two close games in the past weekend.

John F. Russell: Sometimes it's easy to be a fan

It's not hard to be a fan of Alpine ski racer Caroline Lalive.

Ron Pollard: Understand Islam

In response to: "Iraq resolution correct" in the Feb. 21 Steamboat Today:

Maura Karow: Road needs change

We were working with Amy Flint on a refinance and are deeply saddened about Friday's tragic accident.

Stuart Orzach: Dig deeper

Your commentary (Wed. 2/21/07) misses the point entirely.

Betty Leipold: Sour grapes

Our friends and neighbors who sit on the City Council spend many hours studying problems that affect all of us, and they try to resolve the differences between developers who are mainly interested in the bottom line and those of us who are mainly interested in preserving the unique character of Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Do what's best for kids

Establishing a school calendar is one of the most challenging tasks facing the Steamboat Springs School Board. There are so many differing needs that it's not possible to accommodate them all.

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Suzanne Schlicht named state Newspaper Person of the Year

Suzanne Schlicht, who built the Steamboat Pilot & Today into one of the most recognized newspapers in the state, was named the Newspaper Person of the Year on Saturday by the Colorado Press Association.

The Record for Feb. 23

1:29 a.m. Two juveniles were cited for being minors in possession on Kelhi Court. Officers said someone called to complain about the juveniles listening to "loud bass music" in their car, and were cited after one of them reportedly threw a bottle of alcohol out the car window.

Special needs for special students

South Routt parent raises concerns about district's ability to assist her child

When told she was going to have her picture taken, Ashley Herzog, sitting quietly in a small chair with her yoga pants on, smiled so wide her cheeks pushed up on the corners of her eyes.

It's all in the cocoa

Man's hobby becomes growing Denver business

Steve DeVries blew glass and built sculptures in the early years of his career.

Real Estate transactions for Feb. 14 to 20

Real estate transactions for Feb. 14 to Feb. 20.

Business File for Feb. 25

SmartWool formalizes Bryden's role

Mark Bryden, who replaced Chip Coe at the helm of SmartWool on an interim basis last fall, has officially been named the president and general manager of the company.

The Porches offers luxury, convenience

Private residence club 'hassle-free'

When Megan and John Massey began looking for a vacation home in Steamboat Springs, they thought ski-in, ski-out access was the way to go. Then they got a taste of The Porches, an exclusive, yet relaxed neighborhood just minutes from the slopes, shops and restaurants - a small trade-off for high-end comforts and exceptional service.

Appreciated more than we realize

In October of 2005, Steamboat Springs High School's current sophomore, junior and senior classes took a survey concerning drugs, alcohol and other risk factors associated with teen development.

Influences on teen individuality

Advertisements, parents, friends, teachers, TV shows, movies, political analysts, broadcast journalists, peer-pressure, beliefs, religion, morals and values. What do all the above have in common? They are just a few of the influences that teens deal with on a daily basis.

Confessions of a drama queen

As my high school grade Progress (or lack thereof) Reports were waved in my face, I realized how hurtful the sixth letter of the alphabet is on a transcript. Especially when it sums up how you're doing in three classes.

Daily decisions and the teenage brain

As teenagers, we make decisions every day - what to eat, who to hang out with and even what kind of shoes to wear.

Jimmy Westlake: Mira the wonderful star

I stepped outside the other night to watch the stars come out after a beautiful sunset. It was the first clear, moonless night in what seemed like a month. Facing west, I saw the dazzling planet Venus in the colorful sunset glow. Then, glancing around the sky, I noticed another bright star that seemed out of place. I took a moment to get my bearings and realized that I was looking toward the constellation of Cetus, the Whale. Aha! That explained it! The famous variable star named Mira was at maximum brightness. For a moment, I felt the way that the stargazers of old must have felt when they saw an unfamiliar star in this part of the sky.

Joanne Palmer: I owe it all to Thin Mints

Tonight, millions of women will sit in front of their televisions sipping a chilled cosmo, chardonnay or champagne as the 79th Academy Awards unfold. There will be the usual glitz, glamour and grandstanding. The usual parade of impossibly thin women wearing beautiful dresses and Harry Winston jewelry. Jack Nicholson, sporting his trademark dark sunglasses and devilish grin will be front and center in the audience as history is made. My fantasy is that tonight, one woman will make the most memorable speech in the history of the awards. After she thanks her agent, the Academy and her archangel, she will say:

Three teams a lady

Ellana Williams dreams big, takes 'tending skills to teams

One team might have been a fluke.

Photographers capture special moments

Directory of Photography

Wedding Sites

Wedding Sites

Local wedding profiles

What was unique about your wedding?

Hayden students hold the presses

Art class teaches history, printmaking process after teacher receives grant

The Edison School, built in 1890, has been replaced by the Red Stone Motel, but Hayden junior Jennifer DuBois found a way to bring Hayden's original school back to life.

Poised Sailors stop Indians

Rematch with D'Evelyn awaits in Sweet 16 games

Enough talk. The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team now has the chance to show just how much it has improved since the beginning of the season.

Pilot & Today named top newspaper

The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the top overall newspaper in the state in its circulation category Saturday during the annual Colorado Press Association Convention at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

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Drive for life

State Patrol, hospitals battle blizzard to save local baby, woman

Within hours after Jayme Brungardt was born at 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, doctors knew there was a serious problem.

Park and fly

Buyers line up for vehicle storage at Hayden Airport Garages

Dave Thorp flew the Minneapolis to Yampa Valley route on Northwest Airlines so many times that a business plan emerged from his ski vacations.

Marabou breaks $6 million

Luxury ranch preservation development has 28 'homestead lots' remaining

Building sites at one of the Yampa Valley's estate ranch developments have gone back on the market, and the choicest of those "homesteads" now are priced at $6 million.

Saturday, February 24

The Record for Feb. 22

Thursday, Feb. 22 12:38 a.m. Officers warned people listening to "heavy bass music" in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive to turn it down.

Emerald exchange complete

BLM deal with Colorado State Land Board for parcel finalized

The Bureau of Land Management has formally closed on a more than 4,100-acre Emerald Mountain parcel, receiving in exchange 123 Routt County land parcels totaling more than 15,000 acres.

Board to review facilities usage policy

The Steamboat Springs School Board will look at the district's policy for facility and grounds usage during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

A return to form

Hayden School District's leadership structure changes

After nearly three years of a makeshift administrative structure, the Hayden School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to return to one superintendent and three building principals for the 2007-08 school year.

Hayden girls fall in districts

It was just one of those nights.

Pilot & Today receives awards

Newspaper wins 20 Colorado Associated Press honors

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won 20 honors Friday night during the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters Awards banquet at the Brown Palace in Denver.

Tigers downed in semis

Hayden boys basketball coach Shawn Baumgartner considered Grand Valley the best team in the District heading into the weekend.

Air ambulance to return

Eagle Air Med hopeful to have services ready by April 16

A Utah company plans to bring air ambulance service back to Steamboat Springs two years after local service was discontinued in the wake of a crash that killed three people.

Demong finishes 13th

Local Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher gets 40th at Worlds

Former Steamboat Springs resident and U.S. Ski Team veteran Bill Demong finished 13th at Friday's 2007 Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan.

NextSnow Search

Network puts spotlight on rising stars

In February, the next generation of extreme athletes came to Steamboat Springs to display their talents in the 2007 Sports Illustrated for Kids NextSnow Search All-Stars event.

Lost snowmobiler OK

Minnesota man found Friday after being separated from pack

A 25-year-old Minnesota man was in good condition Friday morning after spending a night outside on Buffalo Pass.

Patience is a virtue

Nature photographer signs copies of his book tonight

It's difficult to be more recognizable in the field of nature photography than Thomas D. Mangelsen is today.

Friday, February 23

Demong 13th at World Championships

Steamboat's Fletcher finishes 40th

Bill Demong had the third-fastest 7.5K time despite soft snow and moved up seven places in the race to finish 13th in the Nordic combined sprint Friday at the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships behind Finnish star Hannu Manninen. Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher finished 40th. Johnny Spillane did not race after jumping to 30th place. Spillane has a sore shoulder. Eric Camerota was disqualified for a jumping suit violation.

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Video: News update for Feb. 23

A Federal Aviation Administration official said Thursday that it is possible to close the Steamboat Springs Airport but that it will be very, very expensive; Steamboat Springs is expected to see a bump in tourist visits this weekend; and the Hayden School District's new vocational building will be named The Babson Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center

Pentathlon capped

Registration fills up for event, volunteers still needed

Registration has been capped for the 16th annual Steamboat Pentathlon, Susan Petersen, recreation supervisor for Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services, announced Thursday afternoon. Petersen said 260 athletes already have signed up for the popular multi-sport event March 3 at Howelsen Hill.

Raise the Reust

Steamboat, Soroco name track coaches

Andy Reust will be back as Steamboat Springs track and field coach, after he resigned from the position following the 2006 spring season.

Within reach

Hayden hoops teams a win away from district championships

The Hayden boys and girls basketball teams headed to Plateau Valley last Saturday for the first round of the Class 2A District 5 Tournament against higher-seeded teams.

Facing familiar faces

Steamboat to play Montrose in playoff game

Still, Sailors coach Kelly Meek said getting revenge against the Indians isn't Steamboat's main concern.

Strings gets green light

Plans are to have new pavilion built in time for 2008 season

The city of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved Strings in the Mountains' application to replace its existing tent with a permanent structure.

Closer to home

Oak Creek Town Board approves garage as 'medical necessity'

Dave and Eve Ege cleared one more hurdle in remodeling their home Thursday night when the Oak Creek Town Board approved a variance allowing the Eges to construct a handicapped-accessible garage.

Vocational building renamed

School Board thanks Babson Carpenter Foundation for contribution

The Hayden School Board thanked the Babson Carpenter Foundation's monetary gift to the future of vocational education by voting Wednesday to name the new vocational building after the foundation.

A kinder, gentler beer tasting

Steamboat Brewers' Festival will differ greatly from Brewfest

Jody Anagnos is bringing more than 25 Colorado breweries back to Steamboat Springs this summer for the Steamboat Brewers' Festival.

A busy weekend expected

National Brotherhood of Skiers brings more than 2,000 to 'Boat

Steamboat Springs is expected to see a bump in tourist visits this weekend, thanks in large part to the National Brotherhood of Skiers.

Jane McLeod: No herb collection should be without tarragon

For centuries, herbs were regarded as essential to daily life, but the custom of growing herbs for culinary use largely had died out by the mid-19th century. Shortly afterward, the knowledge of the uses of herbs in cooking declined as convenience foods and table condiments rose in popularity.

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There is a way, but ...

Feds promise to make it tough to close Bob Adams Airport

The federal official who strongly cautioned the city of Steamboat Springs last August against thoughts of closing its airport, acknowledged Thursday that there is a "mechanism in place" that could allow the city to shut down Bob Adams Airport. It would involve writing a big check.

Patience is a virtue

Endurance photographer signs copies of his book tonight

It's difficult to be more recognizable in the field of nature photography than Thomas D. Mangelsen is today.

Break out the white gloves

Museum teaches to preserve personal histories for future generations

Every year, the museum offers a free workshop to teach people how to preserve their precious family heirlooms - items such as photos, scrapbooks, china, furniture, silver, important documents and newspaper clippings. Among the lessons are how to properly handle and store such items.

Happy hours

Happy hour specials for Feb. 23.

Piecing it together

Boston's Adam Ezra Group makes first trip to Steamboat

Guitarist and vocalist Adam Ezra Olshansky performs barefoot and with press-on nails.

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Turntablism

DJ Also Starring takes his chances behind the turntables

It's not just his turntables that Brain Alpart, aka DJ Also Starring, has to lug around to every gig. The local DJ always takes between 100 and 200 records with him.

Allison Plean: Woman on fire

I hit myself in the head with tennis balls at least 20 times Monday night.

On Scene

Hundreds of people crowded into the basement of Holy Name Catholic Church to support Comunidad Integrada by attending Taquiza - a potluck of scrumptious foods from countries around the world.

Thursday, February 22

Hayden blinded by science

School fair takes over middle school hallways and rooms

This winter, the pipes under Errol Ormesher's house burst, leaving his family with a problem and the Hayden sixth-grader with a question.

Oak Creek won't redo plan

Instead, town will focus on steps toward smart regrowth

It isn't feasible to overhaul Oak Creek's comprehensive plan, officials agreed Wednesday night.

Scott Stanford: Secret's out ... we don't like 'executive'

Members of the Steamboat Springs School Board do not like that the newspaper uses "secret" to refer to "executive" sessions.

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Filling the calendar

New events aim to make 'Boat a year-round resort

If you ever wanted to run a 50-mile race up Mount Werner, along the Continental Divide and down Rabbit Ears Pass, Sept. 15 is your chance.

The Record for Feb. 20

The Record for Feb. 20

Steamboat Midgets finish weekend 2-0

The Steamboat Midget hockey team finished 2-0 during the weekend after wins against Telluride and Craig.

Steamboat qualifies six for Junior Olympics

Steamboat Springs will send six Nordic combined athletes to the 2007 Chevrolet USSA Junior Olympic Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Champ-ionships March 1-3 in Park City, Utah.

Area briefs for Feb. 22

The Steamboat Clay Artisans are looking for a local nonprofit organization that would like to be the beneficiary of this year's Soup Bowl Supper.

Oak Creek couple requests variance

Paralyzed resident needs to remodel home for accessibility

Oak Creek resident Dave Ege, who was paralyzed in a construction accident in September, is looking forward to coming home. But before Ege and his wife, Eve, move to their house at 120 Carbon St., they need to remodel the home to accommodate Dave Ege's wheelchair and a handicapped-accessible car.

Haymaker's 2007 rates approved

For those looking forward to melted snow and green fairways, the City Council brought some good news Tuesday, when it approved the rates for Haymaker Golf Course for the 2007 season.

Sound check for new pavilion

City planners to review revamped venue for Strings

Plans for a completely redesigned and upgraded concert venue for Strings in the Mountains will be presented to the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight. It is the first public hearing for the 9,107-square-foot pavilion that Strings President Kay Clagett has called a "spectacular building."

Wednesday, February 21

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Video: News update for Feb. 21

Chelsea's, a popular Chinese restaurant, closed its Steamboat restaurant Tuesday; the City Council gave quick and unanimous approval Tuesday to One Steamboat Place; and American Skiing Company continues to unload ski resorts.

The Record for Feb. 19

The Record for Feb. 19

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Chelsea's closes in Steamboat

Lincoln Avenue Chinese restaurant lasted just eight months

The owners of Chelsea's closed their Steamboat Springs restaurant Tuesday. The doors of the Chinese restaurant at 345 Lincoln Ave. were locked after lunch, and a voice on the telephone answering machine said, "We regret to inform you that Chelsea's is closed due to unforeseen circumstances."

Hayden nets big win

Boys stage comeback, advance in districts

No one said the Hayden boys basketball team would have it easy. The Tigers were in a three-way tie for last place in the eight-team Class 2A District 5 standings after ending their season with a Feb. 13 win against the Little Snake River Rattlers (Baggs, Wyo.). Their record was 5-12 overall and 2-6 in district play.

A four quarter effort

Hayden girls upset Grand Valley in districts

In their Feb. 9 meeting, the Hayden girls basketball team hung with Grand Valley for three quarters before losing its steam and losing by 10 points. When the No. 5-seeded Tigers drew the No. 4-seeded Cardinals in the first round of the eight-team Class 2A District 5 Tournament last weekend, they knew they would need to put together a complete game.

End of the line

Soroco boys, girls basketball teams fall in first round

In the topsy-turvy first round of the Class 2A District 5 Tournament - which saw the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds eliminated - the Soroco boys basketball team could not add another upset to the list.

Raring to go

City Council approval puts One Steamboat Place on fast track

Jim Wells prepared a presentation for Tuesday night's City Council meeting, but he never got past the first slide. The Steamboat Springs City Council approved the community housing plan for One Steamboat Place with a 5-0 vote that came before Wells even had time to dim the Centennial Hall lights to show his PowerPoint presentation.

Lee Fischer: 'Red' means stop

We've all done it, and at times it just happens unintentionally, but the extent of the red light runners in town is getting out of control.

Paul Brabenec: Biker friendly

It's great the Routt County Riders and city of Steamboat Springs are working toward the Bicycle Friendly Community designation. Each bike on the road means one less car or truck in traffic, one more open parking space.

Our View: Council should review Code of Ethics

The recent flap about Ken Brenner offers an opportunity to review the City Council's Code of Ethics

News briefs for Feb. 21

An 18-year-old Louisiana man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of second-degree assault after he allegedly shoved a firefighter who was helping his girlfriend.

Snowmobilers OK after losing way

Search and Rescue crews locate men near Dumont Lake lot

Two snowmobilers were found in good condition Monday afternoon after becoming separated in bad weather on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Administrator contracts approved

South Routt School Board also adopts new academic policy

South Routt School Board members Thursday unanimously approved the renewal of employment contracts for Superintendent Kelly Reed, secondary Principal Dr. James Chamberlin and South Routt Elementary School Principal Michael Young.

Support overwhelms district

Hayden raises more than $370,000 for vocational building

The Hayden School District has raised more than $370,000 from area businesses, organizations or foundations to help pay for the expansion of the district's vocational building.

Under the gun

Forum draws criticism, praise of sheriff's GRAMNET decision

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's decision to cut county funding for a regional drug task force was both applauded and criticized Tuesday during a public meeting hosted by county commissioners.

ASC to sell two more resorts

Company announces deals for Killington, Pico Mountain

American Skiing Co. officials announced Tuesday the sale of Vermont ski resorts Killington and Pico Mountain to SP Land Company for $83.5 million. The announcement came less than a week after ASC announced a deal to sell the Mount Snow and Attitash ski resorts to Peak Resorts for $73.5 million.

Mike Lawrence: 'Collaboratories' and corn bags

News from Steamboat, Denver and the East Coast

I thought only crossword puzzle designers and Scrabble players could make up words, but U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar has proved me wrong.

Bill Dring: Iraq resolution correct

It is good to see the House of Representatives having a meaningful debate on the War in Iraq. Why could not we have had this debate years ago?

Tuesday, February 20

ASC sell-off continues

American Skiing Co. continues to unload its resorts. Company officials announced Tuesday the sale of Vermont ski resorts Killington and Pico to SP Land Company for $83.5 million. The announcement comes less than a week after ASC announced a deal to sell the Mount Snow and Attitash ski resorts to Peak Resorts for $73.5 million. ASC reached an agreement with Intrawest in December to sell the Steamboat Ski Area for $265 million. That deal is scheduled to close sometime next month.

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Steamboat Springs will be the focus of a new show premiering on the Weather Channel March 4; the Hayden School District has raised more than $370,000 to help pay for the expansion of the district's vocational building; and the Steamboat Springs City Council is set to act tonight on a community housing plan for One Steamboat Place.

The Record for Feb. 18

1:40 a.m. During a traffic stop at Steamboat Boulevard and Rockies Way, a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer arrested a 30-year-old Steamboat woman on suspicion of misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and driving a vehicle with defective headlamps.

Briefs for Feb. 20

The fifth annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-off is from 4 to 6 p.m. March 25 at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 15, and there is a maximum per-family charge of $35. Food categories include red and green chili, soup and "To Die For Desserts." There will be hot dogs and chips for children, and live entertainment will be provided by 3-Wire. There also will be an auction and a cash bar. All proceeds from the event benefit the North Routt Preschool and the Hahn's Peak Area Historical Society.

Snow secrets unlocked on TV

Weather Channel, Warren Miller bring 'Boat to national audience

The first image is of gently falling snow. Then, as the music picks up speed and a narrator introduces the audience to Steamboat Springs, a skier drops off a rock into a pile of powder.

Driver hits semi head-on

A sports utility vehicle collided head-on with a semitrailer in icy conditions on U.S. Highway 40 early Monday evening near Mount Harris. The driver of the SUV was listed in fair condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center, and the driver of the semitrailer and his passenger sustained minor injuries.

Back from the drawing board

Council to hear latest housing plan for One Steamboat Place

For the third time in six months, city officials will hear a housing plan proposed for a massive, resort-style development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Licensed natural healing?

Proposed law would allow local naturopathic clinic to reopen

A year after closing his practice and considering a move out of Colorado, naturopathic practitioner Jim Dailey could soon be back in business thanks to a proposed state law.

Tom Ross: If a Bear Grylls in the forest, he must be a survivor

What's the last thing you think about before you fall asleep every night?

Monday, February 19

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Routt County will discuss GRAMNET funding on Tuesday; a 37-year-old woman died in a traffic accident Friday; and Oak Creek has au

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GRAMNET forum Tuesday

Commissioners to host sheriff, public

Routt County officials will discuss the future of GRAMNET Tuesday, less than a week after Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall announced his office will no longer contribute to the regional drug task force.

Local diver takes to the water at state

Admittedly, Genna Bradley was nervous before her first dive at the state meet in Fort Collins.

A passion that digs deeper

Oak Creek resident Tom Thurston found his perfect match.

Sailors net prime spot

Basketball team earns bye, No. 2 seed in region

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team got the respect they deserve.

Sleep well to feel good

Get on your mark, get set, sleep!

Seniors write their memories

One of them remembers living above a general store in a small Midwestern town. She has begun her writing project with a basic description of the place.

Luke Graham: We're good for now

If you like high school sports take a big sigh of relief for now.

The Record for Feb. 17

12:18 a.m. A vehicle accident was reported on Routt County Road 14 in South Routt.

Briefs for Feb. 19

The city of Steamboat Springs' Recreation Division is accepting registration applications for the 16th annual Steamboat Pentathlon. The five-stage, multi-sport race includes Alpine skiing/riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and running. Standard and short courses are available.

Renewable energy's incentive

Proposed law would pay customers for producing power

A proposed law that would reimburse electric customers for renewable energy they produce is heating up faster than a solar panel on a sunny day.

Optimize your capability to age healthy and happy

Chances are good that Americans today will live a long life. The aging process begins at birth, and how we treat our body and our unique genetic makeup will determine how well we age.

Water forum and film tonight

Colorado Trout Unlimited hosts Howelsen Lodge event

Ken Neubecker doesn't think a proposal to pump Yampa River water to the Front Range is as far-fetched as it may seem - the veteran of Colorado water issues has seen such projects happen before.

A chat with the new president

Head of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority puts things in perspective

Routt County Planner Mary Alice Page-Allen is the new president of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. She sat down with steamboatpilot.com for a chat about the agency and the housing picture in the Yampa Valley:

Sunday, February 18

Routt County Spotlight: Melanie Guerra

Melanie Guerra

Heading south of the border

Steamboat's 'Blues Break' means annual pilgrimage begins

Marsha Sanford expects to see plenty of braids and tans when students return from next week's "Blues Break."

The Record for Feb. 16

The Record for Feb. 16

Jimmy Westlake: Saturn at opposition

On Feb. 10, the ringed planet Saturn was at its closest point to the Earth for the year, a point called opposition. At the moment of opposition, the Earth is positioned exactly between Saturn and the sun, placing the two planets as close together as they can be.

Looking back: Town officers elected April 5

Hundreds of eager spectators stood in line on Lincoln Avenue Wednesday ready for the street events, which launched the 19th annual winter carnival in Steamboat Springs. The new snow that had fallen for two days previously was well packed, giving a smooth glistening surface for the street races and specialty events. Music from the Logsdon public address machine added piquancy to the brilliant scene of gala-colored sport suits worn by the contestants. Skiers from various competing clubs were easily recognized by their colors and letters - the red and white, blue and white, purple and orange, green and white, black and yellow, mingled in a kaleidoscope stream of complimentary contrasts.

Business File for Feb. 18

John C. Noonan, president of Storm King Surveying and Mapping Inc., has become a charter member of the RTRN Chapter of the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado.

Cresting departures

January airport passenger traffic may project holiday numbers

The true story of Steamboat's holiday airline traffic probably won't be known until January figures are official.

David Moss: What a mistake

To Sheriff Wall: Congratulations on fulfilling your "wink, wink" campaign promise to minimize drug enforcement in Routt County. Your decision to not fund GRAMNET goes a long way toward that end.

Loretta Van Norstrand: Devious motives?

Residents should expect high ethical standards from public officials, and refusing gifts of any sort should be at the top of our expectation list. When City Council members violate the public trust, it is, at best, disappointing.

A date debate

School district takes look at making changes to calendar

Changes could be in store for the Steamboat Springs School District's school year calendar, but district officials first want to be sure parents are on the same page.

Local woman dies in accident

Weather likely contributed to Colo. 131 crash

A 37-year-old Steamboat Springs woman died Friday afternoon after the tow truck in which she was a passenger slid off Colorado Highway 131 and down a steep embankment north of Phippsburg.

Season ends for Sailor hockey

The Sailors' season ended in a flurry of first-period penalties and Air Academy power play goals as the No. 2 seed Kadets eliminated No. 15 seed Steamboat Springs, 6-2, Saturday in Colorado Springs.

John F. Russell: Spring ahead on field

After Friday's blowing snow and icy roads, the possibility of having an early spring might seem unlikely.

Best of the Web for Feb. 18

The following comments were made on stories posted to steamboatpilot.com. The posters' steamboatpilot.com usernames are included:

Soroco wrestlers place 3rd

Soroco wrestling coach Jay Whaley thought his wrestlers were a little humbled by their Friday night performances when Justin Iacovetto, Joel Schlegel and Dennis Morgan all dropped semifinal matches at the CHSAA 2A State Wrestling Tournament.

Setting their sights high

Sailors come together to finish conference play undefeated

They weren't a very good basketball team.

Michael Pierce: Sour grapes

It has been fascinating reading ethics questions about a City Council member by former City Council members.

Our view: Getting on the same page

It is good to see the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority start to hash out their differences.

Steamboat team skis to top finishes

Despite high winds, low temperatures and downright miserable conditions, Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski coach Chad Bowdre left the state championship ski meet in Vail with a smile on his face.

New faces in South Routt real estate

Town & Country Properties' owners eager to serve community

After being compelled to move to the Stagecoach area 10 years ago, Kerry and Dave Eaton are looking forward to helping the newest South Routt residents find their slice of heaven.

Oak Creek makes transfer to balance budget

Increasing property taxes may be answer to question of town's struggling general fund

The Oak Creek Town Board agreed Saturday to transfer $304,793 from its utility funds to balance the town's depleted general fund.

Stephen Dearholt: Council hypocrisy

The ethical lapse of accepting a ski pass is minor compared to the hypocrisy shown by the entire City Council concerning the lack of parking at the newly approved library expansion. Is it ethical for the City Council to approve new construction for the library with 21 too few parking spaces?

A gem of a deal

Emerald Mountain exchange could close this week

A transfer of lands that is more than 13 years in the making - and will add more than 4,000 acres of public open space to the Steamboat area - could be finalized this week.

Doolin takes sixth

Hayden 140-pound wrestler drops regional rematch

Hayden wrestler Mitch Doolin got his qualifying ticket to the state championships with a win against Dove Creek's Denny Beanland at the Feb.10 regional tournament.

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Dreams come true

Specialized skis allow boys to hit the slopes with their families

Horizons recently gave Kyle Taulman and Remy St. Pierre a gift many Steamboat residents might take for granted - a day of skiing with their families.

County's future business leaders thrive

More than 20 students qualify for FBLA state competition

While some teenagers sing in the shower, Soroco High School senior Emily Strait practices her speech. That practice should come in handy two months from now.

New agricultural markets

The sale of my lambs the past two seasons has awakened me to the changing nature of agricultural markets. It also has reminded me that the buyer has specific traits in mind that affect the desirability of the livestock offered for sale. This is, of course, reflected in the purchase price. This relationship between producer, product and purchaser is at the heart of some of the new niche marketing.

Joanne Palmer: Our lady of the Perpetual Washing Machine

There's a place I go to worship every morning. The windowless room is quiet with creamy white walls. As soon as I cross the threshold a feeling of hope comes over me. Maybe today will be the day I triumph over dirt. I stand in front of my washer and dryer to make an offering. Plink. In go the new khaki pants I bought for my son. He didn't even make it to the car before the dog jumped on him with her wet paws. Pif! Paisley boxers. Mmmmf! Thick ski socks. Thunk! Camo pants, camo jacket, camo T-shirt, the fashion of choice for fourth-grade boys. As the water rises, I add detergent and make my plea, "Oh great Tide, please do what the ads promise. Get these stains out."

Victoria honors historic materials

No fewer than five mixed commercial/residential projects are poised to go vertical in downtown Steamboat Springs this summer.

Mader takes fourth in rematch

The state semifinals, a packed Pepsi Center crowd, and up against the state's No.1-ranked wrestler can be a lot to handle.

Saturday, February 17

Tom Ross: Solar power for the people

It is with great pride that I announce my candidacy for president of the United States.

Steamboat girls end season on positive note

Prior to Friday's game against Battle Mountain, Steamboat Springs head coach John Ameen already had a rigorous plan for the offseason.

'A whole other caliber'

Hayden's Doolin makes semis; Letlow, Magee eliminated

Hayden coach Ty Zabel knows the first day of the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament simply proves that his wrestlers deserve to be battling on the state's biggest stage.

Wiggins: GRAMNET is not doomed

On the same day Routt County sheriff Gary Wall announced his office no longer would fund the drug task force, the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team, its board met to discuss contingency plans.

Crowds coming after holiday

Organization's ski summit to bring 2,000 to Steamboat

Steamboat Springs likely will see a big boost in tourist visits after, not during, this Presidents Day holiday weekend.

Three up, three down

Soroco's three state semifinal hopefuls lose matches

Before Soroco wrestler Justin Iacovetto stepped on the mat to open Friday's quarterfinal round of the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament in Denver, he already had been a little jostled.

Sailors cap off perfect league record

Team waits on playoff seeding after defeating Battle Mountain, 77-54

Now the only thing left is to see where the seeds fall.

Social Security scam targets elderly

Steamboat Springs police are warning residents to not provide personal information to a company that is targeting elderly residents as part of a Social Security scam.

Spin to win

Steamboat wrestler Houston Mader wins quarterfinal match, drops semifinal

Steamboat Springs wrestler Houston Mader's matches were getting so close that even the referees didn't know which way to call them.

Avalanche danger increasing in area

An avalanche warning is in effect for the mountains in the Steamboat Springs area, and anecdotal reports of avalanche activity are reinforcing the need for caution in the backcountry.

Worth the risk

Despite advice, group headed out to find missing friends

A group of friends risked their own lives Thursday night to find seven snowmobilers who had been missing since Wednesday, Routt County Search and Rescue officials said Friday.

Prep sports' future discussed

Committee to look at funding of Tier 1 and Tier 2 athletics

A committee of Steamboat Springs High School administrators, coaches, parents and athletes will review the future of sports in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Friday, February 16

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High winds and blowing snow the closure of many highways Friday; American Skiing Co. is selling two more resorts; and seven snowmobilers who had been missing for more than 24 hours were found late Thursday in North Routt County.

ASC to sell two more resorts

Mount Snow, Attitash next ski areas to change hands

American Skiing Co. officials announced Friday morning the sale of the Mount Snow and Attitash ski resorts for $73.5 million.

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Winds wreak havoc

Weather forces closure of upper-mountain chairlifts, some highways

High winds forced the closure of many of the ski area's upper-mountain chairlifts. The weather also played havoc with transportation across the state, as highways and interstates were shut down for much of the day because of winds, snow and avalanche danger.

Mixed bag for Chix With Stix

Hockey team defeats Tigers, gets shut down by Silverwolves

Although Coach Tom Shorland would have liked to see better neutral zone play, he was pleased to watch his players standing up to their opponents.

Finishing on a high note

Since Steamboat Springs entered Class 4A, the boys teams have enjoyed undefeated league records four times.

Rams not messing around

Three Soroco wrestlers advance at state tournament; team in 15th place

Soroco wrestling coach Doug Gates was pleased to see his team work toward its best practices of the year heading into the first day of the Colorado High School Activities Association 2A State Wrestling Tournament in Denver.

Strive to survive

Steamboat wrestler Houston Mader pulls off first-round state win

Steamboat Springs wrestler Houston Mader has a nasty habit of taking his matches down to the wire before somehow pulling out the win.

Teachers, staff get raises

Citing a promise made to voters and school district employees, the Steamboat Springs School Board unanimously approved a revised certified and support staff salary schedule Monday.

Brenner did not 'demand' free golf

A Haymaker Golf Course official downplayed an incident that has raised questions about the ethics of Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner.

2006 sales tax up 10.5 percent

But December collections were slightly below previous year

Steamboat Springs netted a record $18.12 million in sales tax revenues last year, a 10.5 percent increase from 2005.

The Record for Feb. 14

12:08 a.m. Officers warned a loud group of adults in the 700 block of Yampa Street to be quiet.

Briefs for Feb. 16

A 43-year-old Denver man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of first-degree assault after he allegedly stabbed a bartender in the hand during an argument in North Routt County.

Deb Babcock: No need to be scared of African violet

For a popular indoor plant with beautiful flowers and foliage, you can't beat African violets (Saintpaulia). Every time I visit my mother-in-law in Denver, I am always amazed at the beauty of her plant. It always seems to be in bloom when we visit.

Wall just says 'no'

Routt County sheriff won't continue GRAMNET funding

The Routt County Sheriff's Office no longer will contribute funding or staffing to the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, Sheriff Gary Wall said Thursday.

More shake-ups in planning

Assistant director Brian Berndt leaves city department today

As Steamboat Springs continues to see unprecedented levels of development and growth, the city's Planning Department continues to see turnover in its staff.

Sailors hockey hopes for upset

Steamboat opens playoffs against No. 2-seeded Air Academy

The first time Steamboat Springs High School's hockey team played Air Academy, the Sailors beat the Kadets in every facet of the game - except on the scoreboard.

Bright lights, quick pins

Two of three Hayden wrestlers advance to state quarterfinals

Hayden 160-pound wrestler Jake Magee got plenty of sleep Wednesday night, but nothing could prepare him for that first match under the glowing Pepsi Center scoreboard.

Tattoo of the week: Jasen Phelps

I got this tattoo when I was 18 years old.

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Fighting fire with facilities

City Council, emergency officials discuss expansion options

Local fire district officials are considering moving the Yampa Street fire station in downtown Steamboat Springs and asking voters for funding through a property tax increase. he Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Board - the oversight committee for the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District - met with the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday to discuss several options for the future. Through an intergovernmental agreement, the rural fire district shares services and works in conjunction with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. Both departments are outgrowing current funding resources and firefighting facilities, officials said.

Missing snowmobilers found

Six CMC students, 16-year-old in good condition

A group of seven snowmobilers who had been missing in North Routt County since Wednesday afternoon was found at about 9 p.m. Thursday.

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Art happens

Some works don't need fancy explanations

Troy DeRose struggled with writing the artist's statement for his new mixed media exhibit at Schiesser Gallery.

Rerun

'One Acts' are back with multi-rated content

When she needs to laugh while acting, Anna Poirot just thinks about the funny things her brother does and the inside jokes she shares with her friends.

No boundaries

Reggae artist blends music, religious interpretation

After Joseph Israel quit his high school basketball team, the coach made a rule that all the remaining players had to cut their hair.

A positive spin

The Chad Hollister Band stays upbeat in an industry associated with sin

Chad Hollister says he wants his actions and song lyrics to bring a positive message to the music scene.

On Scene

Many people believe that each gemstone has a specific healing power. For me, they had a paralyzing effect - at least the first few times I attended the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase.

Allison Plean: Sexercise?

Pick someone in the audience who looks like he can pay your rent - and dance for him."

Thursday, February 15

Missing snowmobilers found

A group of seven snowmobilers who had been missing in North Routt County since Wednesday afternoon was found at about 9 p.m. Thursday. All of the men were thought to be in good condition.

Seven snowmobilers missing

Six Colorado Mountain College students and a 16-year-old boy from Wisconsin remained missing Thursday night after apparently getting stranded Wednesday during a snowmobile trip in North Routt County. The seven young men, one of whom is a guide with High Mountain Snowmobile Tours, were last seen at 7 p.m. Wednesday by another snowmobiler who left the group after it began snowing, Routt County Search and Rescue incident commander Darrel Levingston said.

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Wall tells GRAMNET 'no'

Routt County Sheriff's Office pulls funding, opfficer from drug task force

he Routt County Sheriff's Office will not contribute to the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, Sheriff Gary Wall said Thursday. Wall said the results of GRAMNET's work do not justify the $115,000 the county contributes to the drug task force. "As other former participating agencies have said, 'There is just not enough bang for the buck,'" he said.

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Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht has ruled that a misdemeanor charge of careless driving is appropriate for a man who is to blame for an accident last year that killed 43-year-old Michael Bailey of Craig. An accused sexual predator wanted in Montana was arrested without incident in Hayden on Wednesday. The Steamboat Springs Sailors basketball team will look to cap an undefeated league season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Battle Mountain.

The Record for Feb. 13

12:24 a.m. A man reportedly saw water rushing down the street in the 1300 block of Skyview Court.

Fire damages rooms in Oak Creek home

A fire that damaged several rooms in an Oak Creek home Tuesday night resulted in no human injuries but killed the family's two cats.

Not guilty

Robbins cleared of manslaughter charges from 2005 accident

A former Clark resident was found not guilty Tuesday of reckless manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with a fatal car wreck in June 2005.

Montana fugitive nabbed in Hayden

An accused sexual predator wanted in Montana was arrested without incident in Hayden on Wednesday.

Judge rules in favor of charges

Lund to face careless driving misdemeanor for 2006 traffic fatality

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed the appropriate charge against a man involved in a fatal accident, a judge determined Wednesday.

Scott Stanford: When Anna Nicole ruled the media

In our "Last but not Least" segment on Page 35 today, there's a story about how the late Anna Nicole Smith has dominated TV coverage in the past week.

Council ethics on table

Former members challenge Brenner

Seven former members of the Steamboat Springs City Council, including two former presidents, are the latest to challenge the ethics of current Councilman Ken Brenner.

Iditarod dreams

Sled dog racer plans to take her dogs to the top

Krista Halsnes has some lofty goals when it comes to sled dog racing.

Biathletes collect state titles

Even Gary Osteen, the coach of Colorado's only competitive biathlon-training program, was a little shocked at how well his team did at the state championships.

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Doting on Doak residents

Center celebrates Valentine's Day with makeovers, dance

Growing up on a farm has weathered and worn Jean Galusha's small hands.

Wednesday, February 14

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The much-anticipated expansion of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal is scheduled to serve its first departing passengers Thursday. In a joint meeting Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority agreed to continue working together to provide local affordable housing. The Steamboat Springs High School course book will undergo some changes before fall. This news update is brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace Ward of Colorado Group Realty.

The Record for Feb. 12

The Record for Monday, Feb. 12, 2007.

Sailor girls can't find outside shots

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team played with what coach John Ameen thought was some of his team's most balanced inside-outside offense in its Feb. 2 meeting with Delta - a close game that came down to the wire in Delta's favor.

On the road to the JO show

Cross-country skiers find success in qualifier

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country ability coach Brian Tate thinks his athletes are stepping up to stiff competition.

Sailors stay perfect

Delta win moves boys to 13-0 league record

Steamboat Springs basketball coach Kelly Meek was a little concerned heading into Tuesday night's game against Delta.

Steamboat wins at Knowledge Bowl

Team scores 111 points at home contest

Although Steamboat Springs and Middle Park are in different school classifications, a rivalry of sorts has formed between the two Knowledge Bowl teams.

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Terminal expansion ready

New ticket counters to be used for first time Thursday

The much-anticipated expansion of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal is scheduled to serve its first departing passengers Thursday. Travelers leaving the Yampa Valley on four airlines will check in at new ticket counters.

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Making the Boat bike-friendly

Routt County Riders seeking national designation

Steamboat Springs is a bicycle-friendly place, but the Routt County Riders think more can be done.

Area briefs for 2-14

Area briefs for Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007.

Gaining press and wins

Ladley wins second tour event of season

When he's not busy doing interviews for feature stories such as the one that just appeared in Rise Magazine, Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley is backing up his newfound visibility with wins.

Henry R. Savage: Politics dangerous for science

I am delighted that my recent letter on the IPCC summary has generated some dialogue and serious thinking about the subject. Mr. Carley and Mr. Wallace make some good, valid points. I surely hope the IPCC will produce technical reports that are adequately truth-squaded this time.

Our View: Saluting Winter Carnival

Unique Steamboat event is as successful as ever

The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is coming off one of its most successful runs ever. Despite often warm, wet weather, the winter celebration saw some of its biggest crowds ever. And those crowds got to see great events, including a spectacular lighted skiing exhibition and fireworks show Saturday night. It was nothing short of impressive.

High school courses change

Steamboat to add social studies elective, credit internships

During Monday's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting, board members approved the elimination of one course offering, the creation of another, and adjustments to three other courses for the 2007-08 school year for Steamboat Springs High School.

Tough talk

City Council, Housing Authority face differences

Sometimes you have to shovel a lot of dirt out of the way before you can start building a house.

Mike Lawrence: Firing Cupid's arrow

Playing matchmaker on Valentine's Day

I'm not much for Valentine's Day sentiment. But in honor of the "holiday" - Corporate hoax? Hallmark and Russell Stover conspiracy? Excuse to churn out another awful Drew Barrymore movie? - here are a few matches, romantic or semantic, that I would like to see get a little Valentine's spark.

Tuesday, February 13

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Video: Morning News Update

Good morning. I'm Scott Stanford and this is your video news update for Tuesday, February 13, 2007. This news update is brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace Ward of Colorado Group Realty.

The Record for Feb. 11

The Record for Feb. 11, 2007.

Area briefs for 2-13

Area briefs for Feb. 13, 2007.

School bus nicked in accident

Pickup truck's driver fell asleep at wheel; no one injured

A pickup collided with a Steamboat Springs School District bus carrying about 40 students Monday morning, but no one was injured.

Opening up oil and gas

White, Taylor trying to make industries more public

Northwest Colorado's two state lawmakers are proposing legislation to make the oil and gas industries more accountable and accessible to the public.

No change on school's menu

Board decides to leave Strawberry Park kitchen where it is

In a decision met with strong approval from parents and staff, the Steamboat Springs School Board decided Monday not to move lunch at Strawberry Park Elementary School to the building's arcade area.

Tom Ross: Button!? I don't need no stinkin' button

I was taken aback Saturday night when a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club staff approached me at the Winter Carnival Night Show and asked me if I wouldn't mind returning my Winter Carnival button.

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How to handle housing

Council, Housing Authority to define roles at tonight's meeting

Mary Alice Page-Allen knows exactly what she wants to come out of tonight's meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Monday, February 12

Local wins regional diving title

Genna Bradley completed a trio of firsts at the high school regional swimming and diving meet in Delta on Saturday.

State wrestling bracket announced

On Sunday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released the state wresting playoff brackets.

U-19 girls take championship

Steamboat Springs girls U-19 hockey coach Dave Hartley had two plans heading into overtime against Summit in the championship game of the Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament.

Staking out state

Steamboat set to play Air Academy in opening round of playoffs

The Steamboat Springs hockey team earned the No. 15 seed in the state playoffs and will play second-seeded Air Academy in the first round, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced on Sunday.

Luke Graham: Let's talk 'sports'

Just the other day I got an e-mail from an old college friend who said he was taking up disc golf.

The Record for Feb. 10

5:39 a.m. Someone reportedly spray-painted graffiti on a bus shelter near Apres Ski Way and Alpenglow Way.

Big Head to play benefit concert

Skiing with one of the biggest names in music has its benefits.

Food festival unites community

You won't have to travel far Friday night to sample exotic foods from countries all over the world for a fundraiser benefiting Comunidad Integrada, or Integrated Community.

Monday Medical: Cardiac Rehab key to heart health

The month of February and thoughts of Valentine's Day often get our hearts beating a bit faster. But keeping our hearts healthy year-round is the focus of the Cardiac Rehab program at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Broken records

Carnival attracts crowds despite rain

Winter Carnival 2007 may go down in history as one of the largest carnivals the event has seen during its 94 years. Rick DeVos, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, said he is optimistic that the club may have sold more than 6,000 buttons during the days leading up to and the weekend of the Winter Carnival. At Saturday's Night Extravaganza, someone made an announcement that the Winter Carnival buttons, which are sold to support the Winter Sports Club, had been sold out.

Sunday, February 11

Real estate transactions from Jan. 31 through Feb. 7

Seller's name listed first, followed by buyer

GRIPPA, ROBERT P TO TAYLOR, DONALD O FOR FISH CREEK FALLS CONDOMINIUMS UNIT B-210 - $265,000

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Editorial cartoon for Feb. 11

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

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Chase Oriental has new direction for Steamboat store

Redevelopment projects are creating scores of high-end residences in the heart of downtown, and David Chase Scully has repositioned his business in the thick of things. Riverwalk, Alpenglow, The Olympian and Howelsen Place will all be built during the next two years within a couple of blocks of the new location of Chase Oriental Rug Co. at 335 Lincoln Ave.

Steamboat's black powder days

Quirky 33rd annual International Muzzle-loading Biathlon no flash in the pan

It's not easy to keep your skiing tempered and controlled with the hefty, octagonal, steel barrel of a rifle gently tapping you on the head.

Science School future up in air

Popular outdoor learning program for students finds itself short on funding

It may seem obvious that the best place to teach a student about an aspen grove is from within an aspen grove, but that's precisely why the Yampa Valley Science School is so highly regarded in Routt County schools.

Dave Shively: Solo or no-go?

Steamboat Springs resident Charles Horton's near-fatal experience in the Flat Tops - one in which Horton was stranded for nine days in the woods after breaking his leg while skiing alone in April 2005 - reminded me of a similar, albeit more extreme, story of solo survival.

Fishing for a winner

Ice fishing at popular Stagecoach Reservoir attracts throngs of eager anglers

Through 2-foot-thick ice and in the murky depths of Stagecoach Reservoir lurks what every ice fisherman hopes to catch: the state's next record-breaking pike.

Young Soroco girls team falls to Meeker, 68-36

Soroco girls basketball coach Danelle Rivera knows her team feeds off positive energy.

Righting the ship

Steamboat boys basketball team wins against Gypsum, 70-48

With an energetic first-half performance on senior night, Eagle Valley looked to sink Steamboat's hopes of an undefeated league record.

John F. Russell: Taking the plunge

You expect to find ski jumps in places like Steamboat Springs, Lake Placid, N.Y., and Calgary.

Four Soroco wrestlers qualify for state

Soroco's Justin Iacovetto has had his eyes set on a state title since the wrestling season began.

Mader takes title

Steamboat Springs junior wins regional competition

This year's regional tournament was a bit more relaxing for Steamboat Springs junior Houston Mader.

The Record for Feb. 9

Feb. 9

Soroco falls to deep Meeker team

Rams' tight roster loses in showdown against Cowboys

There's no way to fault the effort of the Soroco boys basketball team.

Bill Schurman: Who's he kidding?

After a full and complete "investigation," the Colorado State Patrol has decided to charge one of its own with the crime of an improper U-turn. The CSP captain claims to want the public to be assured that they do not cover up these accidents when investigating an accident that was clearly caused by one of their members.

Joanne Wiswell: Know the etiquette

My husband and I went out late yesterday on one of our favorite backcountry trails. It was snowing, and we had to break trail on our cross-country skis. But it was worth it as we had a wonderful downhill run back to the car.

Bill Wallace: Bunch of hot air

Regarding Henry Savage's letter of Feb. 7, "Climate change report, study unreliable": As someone who researches, writes, speaks and consults extensively on the these matters, I couldn't disagree more with Henry's insinuations about the IPCC report. Recognizing the significance and implications of its findings, the IPCC has taken great pains to have its work reviewed and vetted by literally thousands of the world's top scientists, making it the most scrutinized report in history.

Dave Carley: Abandon ship

The other side of a scientific debate can be healthy and welcome. But I'm not so sure about Dr. Henry R. Savage's recent letter (Steamboat Today, Feb. 7), in which he took a strong position undermining the credibility of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Our View: Making a BID for downtown

Main Street Steamboat Springs is wise to consider a Business Improvement District for the downtown area.

Best of the Web for Feb. 11

The following comments were made on stories posted to steamboatpilot.com

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Trailhead Lodge architecture criticized

The developers of Trailhead Lodge heard plenty of praise from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday night, but they didn't get a vote of approval. Their proposal for an 86-unit condo hotel at Wildhorse Meadows was tabled until Feb. 22. In the meantime, three of the five commissioners present at the hearing asked architects for Resort Ventures West to add more variety to the north side of the building.

Business File for Feb. 11

New Frontiers for Girls and Women is holding an informative luncheon as part of the "Women, Wealth, Wisdom" speaker series. The luncheon at noon Thursday at Rex's All American Grill is titled "Steps to Financial Security: Start Late and Finish Financially Secure." Eileen Allen with Wells Fargo Investments will be the featured speaker. The cost is $14. RSVP by Monday to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation at 879-8632.

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Dads delight crowds

The key to Saturday's Dog and Dad Dash event was a good throwing arm.

The ranch that matters most but isn't real

Routt County is home to many famous ranches, but there's one you need to know about that doesn't even exist, except on paper.

Joanne Palmer: Bag lady

On Valentine's Day I plan to stay home with my head inside a paper bag. I refuse to see the florist trucks delivering red roses to their destinations. If an emergency forces me out, I'll wear a mask so the thick "l'air du love" doesn't choke me. I'll pop in my iPod so I can't listen to dozens of people trumpet their plans for candlelit dinners, limo rides, stamping "I love you" in the snow or placing poetry underneath their sweetheart's pillow.

Looking Back: Carnival events complete weekend

There had been considerable changes made in the scoring of a ski jump, with less emphasis placed on the distance and more on the form. The international rules assign 20 points for distance to the longest standing jumping made in the competition. For shorter standing jumps points given amount to 20 less one-half point for each meter that the jump is shorter than the longest standing jump. To this figure is added the form score. The sum of the two is then divided by two for the score of that jump. After the two official jumps are made and scored, the sum of the scores for the two jumps are added and divided by two. The maximum score for form is 20. The local club has worked out a table in which the figures are estimated in feet instead of meters.

Routt County Spotlight: Joshua K. Carrell

Occupation: Steamboat Springs Police Department patrol officer

Love for a lifetime

Relationships take work, commitment throughout the year, but Valentine's Day is a good place to start

Pat Davis has been married for 45 years, but that doesn't mean she has forgotten what it feels like to fall in love.

Water insurance proposed

Augmentation would buffer property owners from shortages

Managers of the Upper Yampa River are proposing a plan that would allow property owners to buy a share of water preserved against future shortages.

Jimmy Westlake: The winter circle

Summer has its triangle, spring has its diamond, autumn has its great square, and winter has its circle.

Saturday, February 10

The Record for Feb. 8

The Record for Feb. 8

Briefs for 2-10

Area briefs for Feb. 10

Managing pain

Aging Well workshop to address chronic health issues

A free six-week series aims to help South Routt residents suffering from chronic pain or illness.

Snow buries chariot races

Concerns about the safety of the horses have forced the cancellation of this weekend's popular Winter Carnival chariot races.

Lapses doom Sailors

Steamboat hockey loses to Rampart

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team headed to Colorado Springs on Friday to avenge a sour, home playoff loss to Rampart last season.

No mercy

Bulldogs blast Sailor girls, 82-17

If there was a mercy rule in girls high school basketball, the Moffat County High School versus Steamboat Springs game would have been over at halftime.

Great days and gut wrenchers

Soroco, Hayden see opposite results at wrestling regionals

Soroco wrestling coach Jay Whaley told Caleb Mitchell he'd have to beat one kid if he wanted to get to the state championships. The kid Mitchell met in the 160-pound quarterfinal match Friday at the Class 2A regional tournament in Grand Junction just happened to be cross-county rival Jake Magee - a Hayden wrestler who pinned Mitchell in 47 seconds a week before.

Staying alive

Steamboat's wrestlers all in contention after first regional matches

Steamboat Springs wrestler Houston Mader has been working on finishing his matches. All season, Mader has found ways to defeat his toughest rivals in close and technical contests.

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Bulldogs leashed

Sailors pull out win on road against rival

It may not have been the prettiest win for the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team, but Friday's 59-47 win against Moffat County showed why Sailors are the top team in the Western Slope League.

Art on the wild side

CMC students to create art in nature during class

If you see twigs arranged in a circle or stones piled in a pyramid while walking around Steamboat this spring, don't chalk it up to an act of nature.

Tom Ross: Putting competitive skiing in the right perspective

Winter Carnival festivities connect Steamboat Springs' many generations

The drive from Park City, Utah, to Steamboat Springs easily is five and a half hours - longer if there are a lot of elk on U.S. 40 between Massadona and Maybell. Chris Gilbertson made the drive this week for what must have seemed like the thousandth time. It was that important to get home and hang out with his son, Gunnar, at the 94th Winter Carnival.

Friday, February 9

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Steamboat Springs City Council member Ken Brenner has returned a complimentary ski pass after being questioned about it at a council meeting Tuesday night. A mass e-mail mistakenly sent Thursday morning by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. staff contained personal information of hundreds of Ski Corp. customers. The driver of a semitrailer was uninjured Thursday night after his rig tipped on its side and slid off the road near the Heritage Park neighborhood west of Steamboat Springs. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Hockey action and honor

Girls hockey teams compete in memory of 'founding skater'

This weekend's Adele Dombrowski Girls Hockey Tournament will be an affirmation of the growth of girls youth hockey in the Yampa Valley and a celebration of one of its local pioneers.

Playoff pushing

Sailors hockey eyes postseason seeding

Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff stopped short of calling this weekend's games the most important contests of the season, but he said the Sailors know what's at stake.

Without a scratch

Sailors hope to remain perfect in league play

The road to the league title will take the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team into hostile territory tonight.

Oak Creek board to focus on police

Koile's police logs, records needed to proceed with discussions

Before the Oak Creek Town Board makes any decisions about the future of the town's police department, it needs more information from its police chief.

Brenner stays at Democratic helm

Councilman elected to lead county party for two more years

Two months after Democratic victories in three contentious Routt County elections, Steamboat City Councilman Ken Brenner has been elected to serve as chairman of the Routt County Democratic Party for another two years. No other nominee for chairman was made at a Wednesday night Democratic Party meeting, which also featured a potluck dinner, a discussion of party goals and the election of several other officers.

Ski Corp. e-mail reveals data

Customer phone numbers, addresses inadvertently sent out

A mass e-mail mistakenly sent Thursday morning by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. staff contained personal information of hundreds of Ski Corp. customers.

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Driver OK after semi rollover

The driver of a semitrailer was uninjured Thursday night after his rig tipped on its side and slid off the road near the Heritage Park neighborhood west of Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Feb. 7

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Jane McLeod: A little Borage for the cowardly lion

Gardening

Instead of a pretty flowering herb tucked into your garden, why not choose one that is hairy and strange looking? Why not choose one that has some character?

Happy hours

Stop on your way home from work, grab a bite to eat and socialize

Tattoo of the week: Mike Pinder, aka 'Hot Pocket'

I got the tattoo of the sugar skull to represent Hispanic culture. It is a design from the Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," holiday. I got the tattoo from Brad Cramer at Truth Tattoo.

On Scene

I've been to a lot of parties throughout the years.

Saluting Neil Young

Hand-picked musicians to perform tribute concert

Laura Lamun has been preparing for Thursday's Neil Young tribute concert since she was 10 years old.

Surprise romance

Steamboat Springs Orchestra set for intimate Valentine performance

Richard Wagner composed his symphonic poem Ziegfried Idyll as a romantic birthday gift for his wife, Cosima, in 1870.

Making public art public

Arts Council offers sculptures to Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council has offered its entire sculpture collection to the city of Steamboat Springs.

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Fast turns through the past

Take a free dabble in Winter Carnival history

Jon Banks has made some serious changes to his coat of many lights and colors since he began skiing with his father, Claudius, the original Lighted Man of the Winter Carnival.

Bringing 'A' games

Routt County wrestlers look to advance to state

Routt County's best wrestlers know they have to bring their 'A' games to this weekend's regional tournaments if they hope to earn a spot on the state's biggest wrestling stage - the Colorado High School Activities Association State Wrestling Tournament from Feb. 15 to 17 in Denver.

At the movies

Reviews of movies in Steamboat theaters

Brenner gives up ski pass

Councilman, ski coach returns season pass after resident raises questions

Steamboat Springs City Council member Ken Brenner has returned a complimentary ski pass after being questioned about it at a council meeting Tuesday night.

Thursday, February 8

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Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, a publicly funded local nonprofit organization, received approval from Routt County commissioners this week to apply for a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women. Oak Creek's police chief and sole law enforcement officer, Linda Koile is beginning to feel the burn. Routt County extension agent C.J. Mucklow is being honored for his work. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Feb. 6

The Record for Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Area briefs for 2-8

Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team is hosting four other Colorado schools at a meet beginning at 9 a.m. Friday with the written round of competition.

Cop talk

Oak Creek's lone police officer creates concern

As Oak Creek's police chief and sole law enforcement officer, Linda Koile is beginning to feel the burn.

County GOP picks leader

Routt Republicans elect Halvorson to serve as chairman

Steamboat Springs attorney Vance Halvorson has been elected to lead local Republicans for the next two years.

Sports briefs for Feb. 9

Soroco boys coach says team on the right track

Soroco boys basketball coach Sam McLeod thinks his team is starting to play its best basketball of the season.

Shipley inks with Dartmouth

Former Sailors offensive, defensive lineman headed to Ivy League

If the Ivy League had a Steamboat Springs, Dartmouth would be it.

Small classes Fund Board priority

Educational Excellence wants $900,000 to fund small class size

Maintaining small class size is a priority for the Education Fund Board, which is why the Educational Excellence Commission has asked for a substantial amount of money to support small class size next year.

Mucklow receives CSU award

Resident named distinguished alumnus by association

C.J. Mucklow, director of the Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office, will be honored Saturday with a Colorado State University Alumni Association Distin-guished Alumni Award.

Scott Stanford: Newspaper increases comics package

Some time back, I asked readers for input about our Sunday comics. The overwhelming majority of you asked me to add Zits to the lineup.

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Finding a safe haven

Advocates trying to set up secure site for child visit transfers

Imagine wanting to see your child, but worrying that your abusive ex-spouse will again become violent. Imagine having to go to a public place such as McDonald's, or the parking lot of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, to pick up your child from your ex-spouse because there is no better place for the transfer.

Wednesday, February 7

Dr. Henry R. Savage: Climate change report, study unreliable

The media is awash with coverage of the new IPCC report summary, which expounds on human causes of climate change (global warming). I urge readers to do some truth-squading on the subject. Many untruths are becoming common knowledge in this area.

Richard Levy: Developers get job done

Congratulations to Timbers Resorts and One Steamboat Place for coming up with a plan to build their required affordable housing units on site (Steamboat Today, Feb. 3). Their decision to build the units at Wildhorse Meadows is a great opportunity for all of Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Analysis of task force needed

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall should commit to helping fund the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team for the 2007-08 year.

Slow start, tough finish

It was the Hayden girls basketball team's last home game of the regular season. The Tigers handed out roses to parents before tipoff, but they could not complete the fitting finale by handing out a loss to the West Grand Mustangs.

'Playing in spurts'

West Grand boys basketball drains shots to beat Hayden

Bryan Richards has been looking for his team to put a full game together.

The Record for Feb. 5

1:49 a.m. A person was taken to the hospital from the 3000 block of Village Drive because he or she cut an arm.

Winter Carnival starts today

Winter Carnival has a special place in the storied history of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Library expansion approved

City Council gives unanimous 'yes' to $11.4 million project

The Steamboat Springs City Council gave final approval to the expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library on Tuesday night, giving a unanimous "yes" to a voter-approved, $11.4 million project that will more than triple the size of the current library at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street. The 23,400-square-foot expansion will feature vastly improved children and teen libraries, an outdoor reading deck overlooking the Yampa River, a coffee shop, more meeting rooms and lounge areas, and significantly increased floor space that will allow for larger selections.

Seat open on South Routt School Board

The South Routt School Board has a vacancy. Again.

Changing the guard

County political groups meet to elect new officers

Local political machinery is winding up again.

Mike Lawrence: Quick draws in Denver

Democrats' 2008 convention a time for gunslingers

Get the tumbleweeds rolling, saddle up the horses and, while you're at it, cue the theme music from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Look fundraiser warms family

Lexy Look, 11, had a simple message for the nearly 400 people who attended a fundraiser for her sister Tuesday night.

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Down and out

Sick students plague local schools

Teachers at Christian Heritage School are feverishly trying to get their hands on one thing - Lysol.

Briefs for Feb. 7

Volunteers needed for international food festival

Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to help with set up, food service and clean up at the second annual Taquiza international food festival at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Holy Name Catholic Church. Call 846-5521 for details.

Resident takes step toward recall

Secretary of State's office rules petition in compliance

A Craig resident is moving forward with a petition to recall Bonnie Roesink, 14th Judicial District Attorney.

Tuesday, February 6

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City officials ruled in favor of a Meadow Lane vacation home rental permit Monday night, but decided to temporarily ban new permits due to disputed regulations that one official called "unenforceable." The expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library could get a final stamp of approval tonight. Concerns about moving lunchtime at Strawberry Park Elementary School from the gymnasium to the arcade has the Steamboat Springs School Board rethinking current construction plans. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Last step for library?

City Council approval would clear way for expansion

The expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library could get a final stamp of approval tonight.

Strawberry Park plans revisited

District wants parent feedback on moving lunch to arcade

Concerns about moving lunchtime at Strawberry Park Elementary School from the gymnasium to the arcade has the Steamboat Springs School Board rethinking current construction plans.

The Record for Feb. 4

1:16 a.m. A Steamboat Springs police officer arrested a 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of felony unlawful sexual conduct. Police said no injuries resulted from the incident, which occurred when the man touched a woman inappropriately in a bar in Ski Time Square. The woman reported the incident to a nearby officer, who took the man into custody.

Tom Ross: Purple Reign in the rain

Petite Prince deserved Super Bowl MVP more than Peyton

I was more than happy for Peyton Manning after he got the primate off his back in the Not So Super Bowl Sunday night. Heck, I was happy for myself. I won't be listening to any more sports talkers flapping their yaps and speculating about whether Archie's boy is ever going to win the big one.

Briefs for Feb. 06

The Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office is looking for volunteers to teach knitting and quilting to local youths during the upcoming 4-H Fiber Arts Camp from Feb. 20 to 23. Also needed are donations of 100 percent cotton fabric and wool yarn. Call extension agent Karen Massey at 879-0825 for more information, or stop by the Extension Office in the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

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No new vacation rentals

City of Steamboat Springs to enact temporary ban on permits

City officials ruled in favor of a Meadow Lane vacation home rental permit Monday night, but decided to temporarily ban new permits due to disputed regulations that one official called "unenforceable."

Monday, February 5

Local skiers find podium

It appears Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Julia Wong has totally recovered from two knee surgeries.

Luke Graham: The recruiting spectacle

It's bad that I know the measurables for so many high school athletes.

School Board agenda

Steamboat Springs School Board special meeting agenda

Feeling like you're 30 when you're 65

Benefits of strength training include muscle tone, better posture, improved balance

A local gym may need a new leg press machine - at least for Hal Noyes, who recently leg pressed 700 pounds - 200 pounds more than the total weight stack on the machine at Forever Fit.

The Record for Feb. 3

12:14 a.m. A vehicle was towed from the 1800 block of Central Park Drive.

Briefs for Feb. 5

A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested early Sunday morning for alleged sexual misconduct.

Taking custody of your joints

Osteoarthritis is a common joint disorder in which cartilage - the cushioning between the bone joints - wears away. Pain and stiffness are the result. Symptoms usually appear in middle age, so aging plays a role.

Students to learn survival skills

Whiteman Primary School kids will spend time in wilderness

No one wants to be stranded or lost in the backcountry, but accidents happen, and students at The Lowell Whiteman Primary School want to be prepared.

Sunday, February 4

Local man bids farewell to Navy

Capt. Jack Dysart's long service career spanned 40 years

Retirement was bittersweet for Jack Dysart.

Kerry Hart: Educational policy is a values issue

School change has been an ubiquitous topic of national and local concern for decades. In the process of trying to implement change, many school districts have adopted a policy of becoming "everything to everybody." Although an altruistic policy on the surface, it seems to me that if a school system tries to be everything to everybody, it becomes virtually nothing in terms of educational value.

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Something to smile about

Local dentists start foundation for victims of domestic abuse

Knowing the power of a good smile and finding themselves at a point in their careers where they felt like giving back, Drs. Jim and Wendy McCreight have started The McCreight Smile Foundation.

Steamboat girls regress, fall to Palisade

Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen saw his team take a few steps back in its game Saturday at Palisade, as it lost 58-33.

The tough get going

Steamboat boys basketball downs Palisade, stays unbeaten in league

Even with a roster that's starting to look like an infirmary, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team continues to win.

Local Alpine skiers capture second again

For the second straight week, the Steamboat Springs boys Alpine ski team placed second.

Business Briefs

Feldmann, Nagel & Associates, LLC is pleased to announce the release of attorney Jeffrey L. Weeden's Ave Maria Law Review publication on "Genetic Liberty, Genetic Property: Protecting Genetic Information." To review the publication in its entirety, visit www.avemarialaw.edu/publications/lawreview/articles.

The Record for Feb. 2

12:18 a.m. A driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence near Action Motor Sports on Shield Drive.

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Determined

Stahoviak overcomes obstacles and keeps pushing forward

Nancy Stahoviak joked at a recent meeting that she is in favor of global warming.

Reservations pace encouraging

One Steamboat Place might not be the only 'one'; developer eyeing more projects

The developers of a luxury condominium project that could kick off the transformation of the Steamboat Ski Area base are sufficiently encouraged by the pace of reservations that they are looking for another slopeside project to build here.

Grabbing hold of the market

Snowboarders, innovations in ski equipment boost industry

National Ski Areas Association President Michael Berry credits the revolution of winter recreation equipment as a major reason for the strong momentum the ski industry is experiencing.

A defining moment

Sailors hockey falls to Air Academy despite strong play

It may not have been a win, but Saturday's game against Air Academy might have a defining effect on the Steamboat Springs hockey team as the state playoffs approach.

Jump start

Utah, Colorado skiers take top spots in NCAA event

University of Colorado skier Maria Grevsgaard quickly established her strategy during Saturday's Denver University Women's 10K Classic at Howelsen Hill.

Rivals face in match before storm

Hayden, Soroco wrestle dual before regionals

Hayden wrestling coach Ty Zabel was happy to travel to Oak Creek on Saturday and give his wrestlers a final chance to hone their moves before the big one.

Best of the Web for Feb. 4

My wife and I make a decent living and have one child. At our current income we do not qualify for any type of affordable housing benefits. The only place we can afford to live on our income is Hayden.

Deb MacIntyre: Thanks, Doak

With a new year, I would like to remind everyone how fortunate we are to have a facility as outstanding as the Doak Walker Center.

John E. Ciluzzi and family: Watch Intrawest

The deal looks as if it's done - the closing is scheduled for spring and the final documents are being prepped. A premium of $265 million. How? Why? Steamboat?

Elisabeth A. Mullen: What a stunt

My immediate thought to the Jan. 31 article "School district administrator resigns" was, "What an obvious stunt." Are we actually to believe that the letter of resignation from Kelly Stanford, the wife of the Steamboat Pilot & Today editor, just happened to be "forwarded from a district employee"?

Scott L. Ford: Before it's too late

I am responding to Mike Lawrence's article titled "Separating housing wants from needs" in the Jan. 31 issue of the Steamboat Today. Mike's article was about a recent Question of the Week poll in which 82 percent of the 318 respondents would not favor a tax dedicated to affordable housing.

Task force crunch

GRAMNET struggles with lack of funding

A lack of funding and high officer turnover rates may force a change in direction for the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Increasing the arts

School district, community exploring needs

A group of community members, parents and Steamboat Springs School District staff has been meeting to determine whether local schools could - and should - expand the arts opportunities for students.

Cultural exchange valuable

Ten students from Paraguay in town, attending local schools until Feb. 28

Ten teenagers from Paraguay are spending their summer vacation in Colorado to learn more about American education and U.S. culture.

Jimmy Westlake: Catch Mercury now

There are only five planets that can be seen easily with the unaided eye. They are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. All five are among the brightest objects shining in our nighttime sky, but they are not equally easy to locate. The only one that requires making a special effort to see is Mercury, the innermost planet in our solar system.

Joanne Palmer: Raising the dead

When my son was little, he believed he could raise the dead.

Spicing up the night

Increasing popularity of adult product parties empowers women

It's typically the quiet guests who buy the most at Gerri Kassel's slumber parties, where she sells an array of adult-themed products.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 23 to 30

- STAHL, LEE A III AND STAHL, SUSAN TO WATERMAN STEAMBOAT LLC FOR BEAR CLAW II CONDOMINIUMS UNIT 613 - $875,000

Big increase in automobile licenses

Mrs. Olive B. Lemmons, 50-year-old Routt County ranch wife, went on trial in federal court in Denver on Tuesday on charges of placing poisoned articles in the mails with intent to kill.

Running out of space

Single-family homes feel upward pressure

Doug Labor recalls a client who came to town in late December looking for a three- to four-bedroom house offering a den and 3,000 to 4,000 square feet. He couldn't find what he wanted in his price range.

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Editorial cartoon for Feb. 4

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

Our View: Developing a new plan

The city of Steamboat Springs' decision to bring in new consultants to address the city's indoor recreation needs was the right move - officials need better information about what residents want.

All in the family

Courtney Long is ninth Soroco Ram to receive prestigious American FFA Degree

If the Long family adopted official colors, they would be dark blue and gold - just like the colors of the National FFA Organization.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Thoughts on winter

Sitting at my dining room table, I reflect on the season upon us. What a study in extremes! Last winter we had deeps snows, each day bringing another foot of fluffy white powder. We all lived a part of each day behind a shovel, moving the fluff out of the way. This winter our snowfall has been below normal and the sun greets us nearly every day.

Saturday, February 3

The next X

North America's elite freestyle tweeners strut stuff at All-Stars competition

They've got the lingo down. They've got their faux fur-lined, matched-print snowsuits zipped and ready. And they definitely know how to cork out and stomp a big "backside 5" when the cameras are rolling.

Dave Shively: Skin it to win it

My friend used to have a bumper sticker on his truck that read, "randonnee: French for can't tele."

King for a day

Hayden boys basketball team wins against Soroco

Bryan Richards really did prove he was the king of Hayden High School's Snowcoming.

Coach: 'One rough game'

Sailors emerge from tough Delta matchups

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team got a win Friday night in Delta the hard way.

Striking the Terrors

Steamboat hockey downs Palmer, 6-2

The Steamboat Sailors hockey team needed to rekindle the fire after last weekend.

Hayden too much for Soroco

The weekend couldn't have gotten much better for seven seniors on the Hayden girls basketball team.

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Dawes to receive Hazie Werner award

Margaret "Poogie" Dawes, who died last year, cared deeply for Steamboat Springs and its youth.

Part-timer a winner in Words of Art

Dagny McKinley will be wearing a new dress when she listens to an actor read her winning short story during a performance at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre in Denver next week.

Town increases contribution to vocation

Hayden taxpayers will pitch in to help the Hayden School District expand its vocational education program.

Snowball to benefit Booster Club

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has named the Steamboat Springs Booster Club as the beneficiary of the 25th annual Snowball.

Developers team up

One Steamboat Place looks to Wildhorse for the answer

The developers of 80 multimillion-dollar condominiums at One Steamboat Place have settled on a plan to meet the city's affordable housing requirements.

The Record for Feb. 1

Thursday, Feb. 1

Tom Ross: Relentless cold causes cabin fever

Have you already finished a bag of Valentine's candy?

Could this be cabin fever?

Friday, February 2

Life on the pro golf circuit

Steamboat's Shannon Hanley takes second at PGA event

Steamboat Springs golf guru Shannon Hanley headed to Florida this winter on a mission to improve her short game.

Playoff push

Sailors jostle for high seed

If there was such a thing as a run to the playoffs for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team, it would start today against Palmer and continue Saturday against Air Academy.

Pride on the line

Soroco, Hayden to square off in rivals rematch

Their teams might be at the bottom half of the Class 2A District 5 standings, but when Hayden hosts Soroco's basketball teams tonight, records are the last thing that matter.

Hitting the road

Steamboat boys, girls prepare for away games

Good teams win at home.

Go west, Shakespeare

Paradigm Theater brings version of classic play to South Routt

William Shakespeare is crying on the poster advertising the Paradigm Theater's production of "Midnight at the O.C. Corral."

Council moves forward with alcohol training program

The city may soon provide as many as four advanced alcohol server training sessions a year to local bar and restaurant owners, managers and supervisors.

Deb Babcock: Aloe vera for the klutz in the kitchen

When it comes to cooking, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Somehow I tend to either slice a finger on the utensils or burn myself. A lot.

Mother's Deli loses license for 10 days

Mother's Deli in Ski Time Square will not serve alcohol for at least 10 days in May as a result of a liquor license suspension handed down Thursday.

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Getting downtown dollars

Main Street looking for stable funding for improvements

A special taxation district for downtown Steamboat Springs could be on this year's ballot. For the second time in six months, Main Street Steamboat Springs is considering a way to establish stable, long-term funding for downtown improvements such as increased snow removal and marketing, intersection upgrades and even a parking garage.

On Scene

I don't know what impressed me more - the nine men who attended Mary Zalmanek's lecture, or the incredible story she told about how one couple turned a night at Taco Bell into an incredibly fancy dinner and dancing date.

Prevention director resigns

Visnack ends four-year commitment to ending substance abuse

Sandy Visnack has committed the past four years of her professional life to tackling substance abuse issues in Northwest Colorado.

Happy hours

Giving you an excuse to stop for a drink and socializing after work

Here's to Mud in Yer Eye

Steamboat Clay Artisans celebrate a play on words

Walk into any Steamboat Springs bar and you might hear someone raise his or her glass and say, "Here's to mud in yer eye."

Stepping out and stepping it up

11th annual Dance Showcase adds a little more class to the act

Every night before she falls asleep, Heidi Keenan runs through a checklist in her head of all the things that need to be done for the Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase.

Allison Plean: In stereo

When are the Stereo Sisters going on tour?

A world of opportunity

Pianist Tien Hsieh cruises into Steamboat

Pianist Tien Hsieh spent the past three months on cruise ships, playing for audiences at sea.

Local attorney appointed to CMC board

Daniel Hanin was the only applicant for Colorado Mountain College's vacant Board of Trustees position, but he likely would have risen to the top of an applicant pool with dozens of candidates.

The Record for Jan. 31

Wednesday, Jan. 31

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Consultants dive in

Firm begins work on recreation center issues; '07 ballot possible

Consultants hired to study local recreation services brought optimism, experience and open ears to Steamboat Springs on Thursday.

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New works, veteran artists

Gary Price and Richard Galusha perpetuate their art forms

Gary Price's heaviest bronze sculpture weighs between 5 and 6 tons.

An accidental talent

Andreas Kapsalis used a disadvantage to his advantage

One of the Andreas Kapsalis Trio's unique attributions can be credited to guitarist Andreas Kapsalis.

Thursday, February 1

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Video: Morning News Update

Topping the news this morning, Molly Look has returned home. Along with housing, real estate prices and parking in downtown Steamboat Springs, growth in Routt County is having a significant impact on health-related services. If the owners of Mother's Deli of Steamboat Springs don't accept an offer from the city for a 21-day liquor license suspension by noon today, the city will hold its first show cause hearing in 15 years. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden finds a Golden Ticket

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' to be performed

Acting isn't as difficult when the character is easy to play or the story is familiar, so it should come as no surprise that Chris Zirkle has little trouble playing the quirky Willy Wonka.

Growth strains health services

Study outlines needs and costs to handle expanding workforce

Along with housing, real estate prices and parking in downtown Steamboat Springs, growth in Routt County is having a significant impact on health-related services.

Town asked to give funds for building

The Hayden School District is asking the town to help fund the vocational building expansion.

The Record for Jan. 30

12:28 a.m. Police called a store owner in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square to move merchandise from the sidewalk.

Briefs for Feb. 1

Teams to converge for hockey tournament

The Adele Dombrowski Girls Hockey Tournament is Feb. 9 to 11 at Howelsen Ice Arena. The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association tournament will feature competition in three divisions of girls hockey - U-12, U-14 and U-19. Teams from across the state, and from as far away as Arizona, will compete for top honors in their respective divisions. Stop by the Howelsen Ice Arena or log on to www.steamboatyouthhockey.com for a complete schedule.

Mother's Deli faces suspension

Failed compliance check to be discussed at hearing today

If the owners of Mother's Deli of Steamboat Springs don't accept an offer from the city for a 21-day liquor license suspension by noon today, the city will hold its first show cause hearing in 15 years.

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Sweet homecoming

Molly Look plays with sisters, does ranch chores after returning home

Molly Look spent her first day home feeding the cows. "Grandpa Dean (Look) was on his way out to the feed cows and stopped by to see if the girls wanted to go," Molly's maternal grandfather, Bob Printy, said Wednesday. "So they bundled Molly up and the three girls went out with grandpa to feed the cows. She loved it." Molly, 3, returned home Monday evening after spending more than two weeks at Denver Children's Hospital recovering from frostbite.

Scott Stanford: Lawsuit was only choice

As a story earlier this week stated, the newspaper is suing the Steamboat Springs School Board over the way its Jan. 8 meeting was conducted.

Rivals share bench

Kremmling, Oak Creek combine hockey teams

Oak Creek and Kremmling athletes typically are considered rivals.

Spillane, Jones named to '07 Nordic worlds team

The U.S. Ski Team on Monday named five Nordic combined skiers - Brett and Eric Camerota, Bill Demong, Bryan Fletcher and Johnny Spillane - to compete in the World Nordic Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan, from Feb. 22 to March 4.

Local Alpine skiers take second

The Steamboat Springs boys Alpine ski team placed second as a team for the second time this season.

Quest for the best

All Star Snow Search showcases next freestyle generation

Madeline Schaffrick is an old salt when it comes to navigating the waters of judged freestyle competition.

Four Soroco wrestlers win in Rangely

Four Soroco wrestlers won their weight classes Saturday at the Rangely Invitational. The top finishes helped Soroco to a sixth-place finish in the 13-team tournament. Justin Iacovetto (103-pound class), Levi Gonzales (125), Joel Schlegel (130) and Dennis Morgan (189) won their weight classes, Soroco coach Doug Gates said.

Surprise ... a powder day

Snow accumulation raises local avalanche danger

The cold weather that has dominated the past couple of weeks in Steamboat Springs finally was accompanied by some precipitation.