Stories for January 2007

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Wednesday, January 31

Deep field, big win

Ladley wins tour event, on way to junior worlds qualification

The tricks are only getting bigger, and the talent is only getting deeper.

A tough bounce

Soroco boys basketball loses game, lead in OT

The Soroco boys basketball team seems to have solved its fourth-quarter comeback ailments.

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Identity check

Soroco girls find themselves in Vail Christian rout

The girls on the Soroco High School basketball team emerged from an ugly and emotional league loss to West Grand on Saturday in a bit of an identity crisis. Soroco junior guard Glenda Long said each of the girls did a little soul searching, wrote down an answer to the question "Who are we?" and posted them in the locker room before their game Tuesday against Vail Christian (1-2 in Class 1A district, 3-10 overall).

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Dishing out high def

Steamboat options limited for Super Bowl with more clarity

Steamboat Springs residents hoping to see Peyton Manning spirals or Brian Urlacher hits in high definition this weekend will need a satellite dish. That's because in Northwest Colorado, Sunday's Super Bowl game will be available in high definition only on DirecTV or Dish Network, not on Comcast

School district administrator resigns

Kelly Stanford will move from education work to TIC training

The Steamboat Springs School District's director of curriculum and instruction has resigned from her position effective Feb. 23.

Trooper cited for accident

Unsafe U-turn on Rabbit Ears results in fine, points on license

A Colorado State Patrol was cited Tuesday for her role in a traffic accident Saturday near Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40.

Mike Lawrence: Separating housing wants from needs

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority recently took a bigger beating than Peyton Manning will give the Bears on Sunday.

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Working for better play

Rec center

Recreation consultants hired by the city may have a bigger job than they applied for. Staff with Greenplay, LLC, of Broomfield and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture of Denver will come to Steamboat Springs on Thursday to meet with city officials, city staff, local media and members of a community group advocating for expansion of recreation services. The meetings will begin a process of at least three months in which the groups will examine indoor recreation facilities and needs in Steamboat. Greenplay and Barker ultimately will prepare a report for the Steamboat Springs City Council, recommending how to best meet needs - such as a youth and teen center, indoor pool and running track - that many citizens have requested for years.

Tuesday, January 30

Chelsea's closes in Oak Creek

Owners of restaurant exploring options to reopen original site

The owners of Chelsea's are not sure when or if the long-time Chinese restaurant in Oak Creek will reopen.

Our View: County must avoid tunnel vision

We hope Routt County officials are correct when they say water leaking into an underground tunnel at the new Routt County Justice Center is a "minor problem."

The Record for Jan. 29

7:13 a.m. A 29-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue for being a fugitive of justice and failing to appear.

Briefs for Jan. 31

The Education Fund Board has a vacancy for a community member with the recent resignation of Keri Rusthoi. The Fund Board is responsible for determining how to spend the city's half-cent sales tax.

Look before you touch

Water monitoring needed before ordinance, official says

Assessing the quality of Yampa River water should occur before use of the Yampa is further regulated, a county official said Tuesday.

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Video: Morning News Update

Ron Schlotthauer, director of air service development at DIA, will speak in Steamboat on Wednesday during the Eighth annual Airline Partners' Summit hosted by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. The Steamboat Pilot & Today filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the Steamboat Springs School Board of violating the Open Meetings Law. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: The eyes of Texas are upon you

Greetings to all from the extreme northern region of the Republic of Texas

Have you ever stopped to think what life would be like if Steamboat Springs were in Texas?

The Record for Jan. 28

12:28 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 600 block of Lincoln Ave. for a man who was having seizures. He was taken to the hospital.

Briefs for Jan. 30

The Steamboat Springs High School junior placed first in her third consecutive International Extemporaneous speaking competition Saturday at the Central Invitational Tournament in Grand Junction. Lopez and her Steamboat Springs High School forensics team teammates competed in the tournament.

Pilot & Today sues School Board

Newspaper wants access to tapes of Jan. 8 secret session

The Steamboat Pilot & Today filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the Steamboat Springs School Board of violating the state's Open Meetings Law.

Two brothers, one dream

Steamboat siblings selected for world championship Nordic squads

Penny Fletcher wishes her two sons would find some time to clean their rooms. But she's not too upset about what's keeping them busy - especially considering the news Bryan and Taylor received during the past week.

Just in time for Valentine's Day

Artists with very different mediums unite for gallery opening

Kim Keith only photographs her "bodyscapes" clients once.

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City hosts airline executives

DIA's global outlook may bring international skiers

Ron Schlotthauer will watch with great anticipation in late March when Lufthansa begins direct airline service between Denver International Airport and Munich, Germany. But all the while, he'll be envisioning nonstop service to Tokyo. Either flight may someday deliver international skiers to resort towns like Steamboat. Schlotthauer, director of air service development at DIA, will speak in Steamboat on Wednesday during the Eighth annual Airline Partners' Summit hosted by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Monday, January 29

Athletes return from worlds

Lisa Perricone wasn't quite sure what to expect from the Winter World University Games in Torino, Italy.

Luke Graham: Drake a staple of class

Far too often in sports, legacies and careers are defined in terms of wins and losses.

State Patrol in collision

Pilot & Today reporter struck driving on Rabbit Ears Pass

A Colorado State Patrol vehicle driven by Trooper Melissa Remner collided Saturday morning with a Subaru Outback driven by Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Dave Shively, 25. The accident occurred as both vehicles were traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 40, ascending Rabbit Ears Pass.

Oak Creek native makes the most of each day

Mike Yurich was about 54 years old when he found himself in something of a funk.

The Record for Jan. 27

12:45 a.m. During a traffic stop on Mt. Werner Circle, a Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer arrested a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of traffic misdemeanors including driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to stop for a stop sign or traffic light.

Feb. 6 fundraiser for Molly Look

A group of Christian Heritage School parents and employees is planning a fundraiser for Molly Look, 3, who will lose at least a fingertip to frostbite after spending 30 minutes outside in sub-zero temperatures Jan. 17.

Monday Medical: Antibiotics not for viral illnesses

During this time of year, many Steamboat Springs residents are dealing with sinus congestion and pain, sore throat, post-nasal drip, cough, chest tightness, fever, chills and/or body aches. In other words, they are just plain feeling lousy.

Not just a Steamboat issue

City, county to discuss controversial watershed policy

City and county officials will address a controversial proposed water policy at a joint meeting Tuesday.

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A day for families

Advocates event brings all ages to Steamboat Ski Touring Center

Diane Holly may have a new strategy for dealing with cold weather: wrapping herself in plastic and going cross-country skiing.

Sunday, January 28

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Freestyle freedom

World's best snowmobilers hone their tricks locally before launching at Winter X Games

The sun was setting, the temperatures were dropping and the cameras had stopped rolling. But Chris Burandt had to get just one more jump session in before hitting the road to Aspen.

Dave Shively: Breaking through

People like to pin a specific watershed moment on evolving outdoor sports. Think of the buzz Johnny Moseley's Olympic "dinner roll" jump created. Suddenly freeskiing was born. Or Travis Pastrana's double-backflip this summer to herald in a new era of freestyle motocross.

S. Routt spotlighted in short film

Oak Creek, Yampa and Phippsburg play starring role in video

Jerry Caires had driven through Oak Creek before admiring its charm and slow pace but had never thought to stop his car and get out.

The Record for Jan. 26

1:02 a.m. A woman reported 20 people fighting in the 700 block of Weiss Drive. The group of people ran off when police arrived.

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Leak in the system

County officials dismiss tunnel's water problem at Justice Center site

Water trickles steadily into an underground tunnel being built as part of the new Routt County Justice Center west of town. The water collects and pools in the tunnel, which is supposed to connect the Justice Center with the Routt County Jail.

Jail Report for Jan. 28

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

Coach calls game 'scrap battle'

Soroco boys basketball can't finish comeback

West Grand coach Leo Pesch joked that a win in Saturday's game against Soroco would go to "whoever gets over their hangover first."

Best of the Web for Jan. 28

City Council played games with the center for months while promising to honor the pledge to complete the Community Center. Now the seniors be darned. Politicians' promises are only good for getting votes. Now they promise to leave a segment of the population out in the cold while a more glamorous project is started. The trendy ski people don't use the Community Center so why should the council care?

Beaten to the boards

Soroco girls hoopsters drop game to West Grand

The Soroco girls came out and tried to set the tempo in the second half of their Saturday game against West Grand.

Our View: The price of public records

Colorado charges its residents more for access to public records than any other state in the nation. That's no badge of honor; rather, it's shameful and dumb.

Now serving healthy options

Monitoring nutritional value and student attitude important to school district

Teresa Wise doesn't believe in hiding behind the hot lunch counter.

Class Notes for Jan. 28

Vacancies on Fund Board, commissions

The Education Fund Board has a vacancy for a community member with the recent resignation of Keri Rusthoi. The Fund Board is responsible for determining how to spend the city's half-cent sales tax.

Sailors offense can't find groove

Steamboat girls overcome hiccups, unable to pull off win

Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen knew when he took the job it would be a step-by-step process.

Business file: Jan. 28

The law firm of Roetzel and Andress is pleased to announce that George A. "Tony" Dietrich recently was admitted to the Colorado Bar. Dietrich remains a member of the Ohio Bar and is primarily headquartered in the firm's Akron, Ohio, office, though he resides in Steamboat Springs and travels between the two locations to serve Ohio and Colorado clients.

Main Street grows

2006 membership in organization up 149 percent

Main Street Steamboat Springs has grown out of its infancy, group leaders say, and is taking the steps necessary to become a healthy, mature organization.

Plundered powder

Product marketing changes course on the high seas

Peter Parsons spends his working days in Steamboat Springs leading a team of engineers that helps electronics companies save money on chip design. But during his coffee breaks, Parsons sometimes morphs into Cutthroat the Pirate.

Sailors drop second straight game

Members of the Steamboat Springs hockey team left the rink after Saturday's 2-1 loss against Pueblo County thinking what more could they do.

Jimmy Westlake: 'Rabbit hunting'

Greek mythology tells us that Orion was the greatest hunter of all time. His only character flaw seems to have been boasting too much. He once claimed that he was such a fearsome hunter that he could kill every animal on Earth, if he chose to do so. Having overheard Orion's boast, some of the animals got together and decided that they must make a preemptive strike. They chose one of the smallest of creatures, the lowly scorpion, to teach Orion a deadly lesson. The scorpion stung Orion on the foot and the great hunter fell to the ground dead. Not to worry, though. The great witch doctor, Aesculapius, brought him back to life and Orion promised never to boast again. Orion was eventually immortalized in the stars as a glorious winter constellation, and his mortal enemy, Scorpius the Scorpion, was placed opposite him in the summer sky so the two can never be seen at the same time.

Bill May: Progress

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a four-part series of classic Bill May writings. The series concludes today, as does May's weekly column, which has been published in various forms in the Pilot since at least 1989. The entire Steamboat Pilot & Today community wishes to thank May for his years of colorful writing and his tireless dedication to preserving the history of Northwest Colorado. Bill May is truly one of a kind.

To go, please

Roughly 200 students file out of class, hop in their cars and battle the parking lot traffic to get to lunch on weekdays. With only 40 minutes, we're looking for someplace fast, easy and - since Mom and Dad stopped giving us lunch money in middle school - cheap. High schoolers: Here's a list of the ideal lunches to take on the run so you can still make it back in time for third period. Everyone else: Steer clear of these hot spots between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Food for thought

What's in your lunch box?

In Steamboat, we have many talented athletes. Some are varsity basketball or football stars, others are highly competitive skiers and snowboarders. It would be a lie to say we didn't exercise enough here. But according to sophomore Grant Ehrick, "Some of the kids at school don't eat very healthy."

Joanne Palmer: Sentenced to sentences

Some days I'd rather be on death row than a writer. Inmates get a room of their own, complete with room service and spiritual counseling. The end comes in the form of a single, lethal injection or a jolt of electricity instead of a daily dose of rejection delivered by snail mail or e-mail. While the writer spends years toiling in obscurity, an inmate may have been featured in the front-page news.

Running on empty?

I don't refill my gas tank until the empty light turns on. Even then, I may take a few more trips to school before there's an opportunity for me to make it to the gas station. The result: me, sitting on the side of the road, waiting for my rescue in the form of a red gas can.

Water - the gold of the 21st century

Ten important rivers originate in Colorado. Those rivers eventually cross Colorado's state lines. Shares of their water are claimed by 18 downstream states and Mexico. As Colorado's most basic and important resource, water also is a limited resource. We need to study, defend and use it wisely.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 16-22

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS FOR JAN. 16 THROUGH JAN. 22: CIMARRON DEVELOPMENT GROUP LLC TO BIER, JOSEPH V AND BIER, LYNNE B FOR CIMARRON AT STEAMBOAT FILING NO 2 UNIT 15 - $954,900

Media thinks thin

A while ago, I was leafing through a magazine when I came across a picture of a really thin girl and her stick-figure friends laughing with their super hot boyfriends while eating ice cream on a beach.

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Round Mountain listed for $18.5M

Elk River Valley ranches pre-select for exclusive group of buyers

The opportunity to purchase a ranch bordering the Elk River northwest of Steamboat Springs is becoming increasingly rare, but there are a couple of notable listings this winter. And even in a high-demand market with scarce supply, both sellers and buyers seem to have a great deal of patience.

Sailors remain perfect

Steamboat boys have yet to lose in league play

For the first time all season, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team found itself in a dog fight against a league opponent.

Saturday, January 27

Adding a place to play

Land available, but new gym would be city-funded

There is an undisputed need for additional gymnasium space in Steamboat Springs, but where and when a new gym should be built is a significant source of debate.

Arrival time

New YVRA terminal could open in two weeks

The estimated time of arrival was off, but the new terminal at Yampa Valley Regional Airport may soon be ready to open its doors.

'Playing as one'

Steamboat boys basketball wins big at Rifle, but girls lose

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team just keeps rolling. A 54-39 win Friday night at Rifle earns Steamboat its 10th consecutive win and puts the team at 7-0 in league play.

Hayden girls hope to find consistency

Team battles, loses to Paonia, 58-45

Inconsistency has plagued the Hayden High School girls basketball team all year, and it was never more evident than in Friday's 58-45 loss to Paonia.

A matter of minutes

Hayden boys basketball falls to Paonia after struggling halfway through game

In Friday's 60-43 loss to Paonia, Hayden (3-9 overall, 1-4 in conference play) played with the bigger, more athletic Paonia team for 28 minutes.

Streak snapped

Eagles down Sailors hockey, 4-2, with big goals, aggressive play

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Dave Strang doesn't think it's time to hit the panic button. The Sailors suffered their first loss in six games Friday night to a skilled Pine Creek squad (4-7-2 overall, 2-3-2 in league).

Local rider chasing Olympics

Kvols wins in reining event at National Western Stock Show

Like some other Routt County teenagers, Jason Kvols aspires to be an Olympian.

Briefs for Jan. 27

VNA offering free immunizations to children

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free immunizations to children younger than 7 who are in need of DTaP, MMR, Hep A, B, HIB, Prevnar, Polio, Rotavirus and Influenza.

Sheriff's Office stays a sheriff's office

Commissioners reject Gary Wall's plan to move to downtown

New Sheriff Gary Wall will keep his office at the Routt County Sheriff's Office west of town.

The Record for Jan. 25

3:56 a.m. A man near AprÃs Ski Way and Ski Trail Lane reportedly "felt bad" that he didn't stop for another man standing in the middle of the street wearing a sweatshirt and shorts jumping up and down trying to wave down cars. The man in the middle of the road was gone when officers arrived.

Donors pitch in for project

TIC, Mountain Valley Bank lead way in helping school district

Kevin Kleckler is excited about how quickly the Hayden School District has secured financial support for its expanding vocational program.

Molly Look to lose fingertip

Molly Look will lose the tip of her right index finger to frostbite she suffered from spending 30 minutes outside in sub-zero temperatures last week.

Groups get boost from City Council

It's not often that the entire Steamboat Springs City Council applauds an agenda item.

Tom Ross: You can kiss my razorbaack sucker

It's amusing to think that a homely fish rarely glimpsed by anyone but biologists could hold the key to the future of Northwest Colorado's water needs.

Friday, January 26

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Sans Community Center?

Current building likely to be demolished before new one is finished

The Steamboat Springs Community Center could come down months before a new one is finished, despite promises to the contrary. A 2005 agreement between the city and the East Routt Library District was intended to ensure continuous operation of the center. And seniors, who frequently use the center, took that agreement as a promise that the city would build a new facility before the current one is destroyed to make room for an $11.4 million expansion of the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Oak Creek OK's raises

Oak Creek's administrative staff received an $8,800 raise Thursday night.

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Video: Morning News Update

Topping the news this morning, as Susan Bunn raked a dime across a scratch-off lottery ticket she bought Wednesday, the ticket appeared to show she had won $500,000. City planners Thursday strongly supported plans for the expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library, but acknowledged future parking concerns at the heavily used Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street site. Steamboat Springs police Officer Matt Harmon has been promoted to detective, replacing 30-year veteran Det. Ross Kelly. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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In constant change

Mary Levingston favors interactive process of watercolors

Mary Levingston learned how to forge her mother's signature before she entered kindergarten. And that's how her art career began.

Jumping for Junior Olympics

Two weekends of Nordic action hit Howelsen Hill

Steamboat Springs' top Nordic athletes will get their shots at qualifying for Junior Olympics during competitions at Howelsen Hill over the next two weekends.

Sailors hockey preps for 2 games

When Steamboat Springs hockey coach Jeff Ruff looks at today's game against Pine Creek and Saturday's against Pueblo County, he can't help but be cautious.

Schools seeking track coaches

With less than a month before the season begins, Steamboat Springs High School and Soroco High School still are looking for head track and field coaches.

Triple whammy

Trio of Sailor wrestlers score pins in first matches

Although only three Sailors competed in the Rifle-Glenwood-Steamboat triangular wrestling meet Thursday, Steamboat made the trip worthwhile.

Leaving your plants home alone

If you don't have a kindly neighbor or a house-sitting/property management service to keep an eye on your houseplants while you're on vacation, here are a few things you can do to help your plants survive while you're away.

Makeover at Monson Hall

CMC hosts open house to showcase facilities upgrades

Monson Hall has new tenants.

Happy hours

A good excuse to have a margarita and some chips with salsa.

On Scene

Did you know that a whole genre of American music has been largely unrecorded and basically died overnight in the 1920s?

There's no place like a safe home

Sixth annual Colorado Ski for Women theme hits close to heart

Becoming a healthy adult can be difficult for children exposed to domestic violence.

CD Reviews

Cat Power, also known as Chan Marshall, has a voice that penetrates the soul.

Country that makes you laugh

Kip Attaway said women flash him at almost every show.

Pah-tah-goon-doh-gob-goon

African master drummer plays with local band during his visit

Dr. Djo Bi knows the names of the past 50 generations of men in his family because of a song he learned.

Allison Plean: Jungle fever

I fell asleep once in a clouded leopard cage with the leopard asleep in my lap. I woke up to find him sitting in front of me for one second before his eyes dilated and he swiped my face.

Kerry Hart: Colorado high school students are not disadvantaged

I recently returned to Colorado after a six-year hiatus, most of which was spent in Wyoming. During my absence, I basked in the glow of living in a state with a $2 billion surplus while I watched funding for higher education in Colorado take a downward turn. I was actually thankful my children were no longer in high school in Colorado, and that I wouldn't have to deal with the Colorado system of state-funded higher education.

Make-up games scheduled

The Steamboat Springs-Delta basketball game has been rescheduled for Feb. 13. The boys and girls junior varsity teams will start at 2 p.m., followed by the varsity girls at 3:30 p.m. and varsity boys at 5 p.m. The games will take place at Kelly Meek Gymnasium at Steamboat Springs High School.

'A great place to walk to'

Library receives rave reviews despite parking questions

City planners Thursday strongly supported plans for the expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library, but acknowledged future parking concerns at the heavily used Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street site.

Thursday, January 25

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It's hip to be old

Author to sign copies of 'Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty'

Tim Sandlin said his book, "Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty," is a future autobiographical fantasy.

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Par for the concert

Benny Kim draws correlations between golf and playing the violin

Violinist Benny Kim will bring his fervent style of playing the violin to Steamboat Springs next week.

The Record for Jan. 24

11:41 a.m. Two aggressive white dogs reportedly threatened a man in the 3700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Briefs for Jan. 26

A 6-year-old girl who fell off a chairlift Tuesday afternoon was not injured, according to Steamboat Ski Area officials.

Officer promoted to detective

Steamboat Springs police Officer Matt Harmon has been promoted to detective, replacing 30-year veteran Detective Ross Kelly.

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Hayden woman scores $500,000

Susan Bunn an instant winner in lottery

Susan Bunn was shaking. As she raked her dime across a scratch-off lottery ticket she bought Wednesday, the ticket appeared to show she had won $500,000. But Bunn wanted to be sure so she drove back to Bear River Valley Co-op in Hayden where she works. She made Casey Rolando finish scratching the ticket.

Tattoo of the week: Cyndy Kinnecom

The tattoo is a representation of the inner sacred union between the masculine and the feminine, creating heaven on earth.

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Video: Morning News Update

Molly Look is a gymnast who likes to tease her grandfathers and knows the most challenging parts of life can be cured with a cookie. The proposed expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library faces perhaps its largest step in the city's approval process tonight. In sports, it's not often that you can surprise a coach who's won a state championship, six league titles, seven Coach of the Year honors and led his teams to 14 state playoff appearances. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Checking out the library

Steamboat Springs planners to review massive addition

The proposed expansion of Bud Werner Memorial Library faces perhaps its largest step in the city's approval process tonight.

Cross-country crossover

Ingalls' finishes highlight Nordic team's success

When the seasons change, Katherine Ingalls trades in her mountain bike for cross-country skis. And she's proven she belongs on both.

Hayden girls win, boys lose

Hayden girls coach Stephanie Davis got something Tuesday night against Rangely she'd been searching for all year.

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Hall of Fame bound

Former Sailors football coach to receive honor

It's not often that you can surprise a coach who's won a state championship, six league titles, seven Coach of the Year honors and led his teams to 14 state playoff appearances. But former Steamboat Springs High School football coach Mark Drake admits he was taken aback when he received the letter informing him of his pending induction into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place March 24 in Denver.

The Record for Jan. 23

1:36 a.m. A woman in the 500 block of Pine Street reportedly heard footsteps in her house. Police checked the house and did not find anything suspicious.

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Oak Creek staff seek pay increase

Administrative staff requesting $8,800 in salary increases

Oak Creek's depleted administrative staff is requesting $8,800 in salary raises to compensate for increased duties and workload. The raises - which would total about $8,800 - for town clerk Karen Halterman and billing clerk Vivian Johnson will be addressed by the Town Board during its meeting at 7 p.m. today.

News in Brief for Jan. 25

Recycle your Christmas trees through the end of the month in the northeast corner of the parking lot at Howelsen Ice Arena. Please remove all decorations. Call Yampa Valley Recycles at 870-7575 for more information.

Ridge Road ruling upheld

City Council votes in favor of Bear Berry Cottage

City officials upheld a ruling in favor of a vacation home rental permit on Ridge Road after a lengthy hearing Wednesday night. In a quasi-judicial hearing that turned Centennial Hall into a crowded courtroom and caused homeowners and city staff to be sworn in and cross-examined by attorneys, the Steamboat Springs City Council denied two appeals of an October decision that supported the vacation home rental permit of Laurrelle Crawford, who manages a Ridge Road vacation home known as Bear Berry Cottage. Vacation home rentals are residential homes that are rented to short-term vacationers and sometimes used for private functions.

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Molly improving daily

Family inspired by 3-year-old rescued from sub-zero temperatures

Molly Look is a gymnast who likes to tease her grandfathers and knows the most challenging parts of life can be cured with a cookie. "After she got stuck on that fence and scratched herself, in her little mind, she needed to get to Mima's for a Dora (the Explorer) Band-Aid and a cookie to make her feel better," Bob Printy, Molly's maternal grandfather, said Wednesday. "Mima" is her maternal grandmother, Bonnie Printy.

Scott Stanford: Putting our mistakes out front

We have published three corrections in the Steamboat Today since Saturday. All three ran on the front page. So will all future corrections under a new policy I have implemented with the support of Publisher Bryna Larsen (whose name we inexcusably misspelled in a recent story).

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Snowshoeing under a full moon

Event will benefit Yampa Valley Science School

Steamboat Springs residents are no strangers to walking on snow, but few likely have snowshoed under a full moon. "It's a little out of the box to go snowshoeing under a full moon," said Sheila Wright, development director for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Wednesday, January 24

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Video: Morning News Update

Routt County Undersheriff David Bustos will be paid a starting salary of $64,022, about $18,000 less than what Sheriff Gary Wall asked county officials to approve. The landmark More Barn should survive another winter after workers this week added new supports to its sagging timbers and a broken ridge beam. Three Steamboat Springs businesses failed an alcohol compliance check Friday evening and now face penalties including fines and the suspension or loss of liquor licenses. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Energy audit reveals savings

Board hears updates on audit, drivers ed and science project

Changing energy needs and rising energy costs affect schools, which is why the Hayden School District conducted an energy audit to see what - if anything - it could do to save money.

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Jail security system to receive update

Routt County officials are optimistic the company installing a security system at the Routt County Justice Center will soon solve ongoing security issues facing the Routt County Jail.

Girl's prognosis unknown

Account, fundraiser planned to benefit toddler's recovery

Molly Look may return home this week, but it could be six months before her doctors and family know what the ultimate result of the 3-year-old's frightening exposure to sub-zero temperatures will be.

Mike Lawrence: Workshop worth the plunge

It only took two words for me to know that Jim Pokrandt and I would get along.

Businesses fail compliance check

Three Steamboat Springs businesses failed an alcohol compliance check Friday evening and now face penalties including fines and the suspension or loss of liquor licenses.

Recreation plans uncertain

City Council weighs facility options

The Steamboat Springs City Council is struggling to determine the best way to improve local recreation facilities.

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Historic barn gets a lift

New beam supports should keep iconic Steamboat structure upright

The landmark More Barn should survive another winter after workers this week added new supports to its sagging timbers and a broken ridge beam.

The Record for Jan. 22

Monday, Jan. 22

Wrestlers guage opponents

Hayden heads to regional tournament

All things considered, Hayden's wrestlers stacked up well against their league opponents Saturday.

The 3 to beat

Three top-ranked Soroco wrestlers claim league titles

The Soroco boys wrestling team may be small on numbers, but it is big on results.

Right tools for the job

Hayden frame store also carries sports memorabilia

Hayden resident Jim Folley turned his hobby into a business last August when he opened Hayden Mat and Frame.

Our View: County chose a fair salary

Routt County commissioners were right Tuesday to set the new undersheriff's salary at $64,000. That's about $18,000 less than what new Sheriff Gary Wall had recommended David Bustos receive.

Tuesday, January 23

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County nixes undersheriff pay request

Commissioners set Bustos' salary at Level 1, not Level 9 sheriff requested

Routt County Undersheriff David Bustos' salary was set at $64,022 Tuesday morning, about $18,000 less than what Sheriff Gary Wall asked county officials to approve. During the hearing, the Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed that starting Bustos at a "Step 9" on the county's 11-step pay scale set a bad precedent and that Bustos is not qualified to receive an $82,077 salary.

Local skiers shine at competition

Erik Skinner summed up his team's showing at last weekend's Rocky Mountain Division freestyle meet in Steamboat Springs with one word.

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Igloo expansion suggested

Larger facility would temporarily help with youth programs

After sub-zero temperatures in Steamboat Springs last week, it could be time for a larger Igloo.

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Unprecedented pay hike

Sheriff Gary Wall asks county to boost undersheriff's salary

County officials said Monday they have never seen a salary request similar to what Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has proposed for his second-in-command. Wall is scheduled to appear before the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 9:35 a.m. today to request that Undersheriff David Bustos receive a starting salary of $82,077, which is a "Step 9" salary on the county's 11-step pay scale.

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Board a go on 'green' school

Architects will follow LEED points; save money on certification

The Steamboat Springs School Board wants the new Soda Creek Elementary School to be a "green building," but it does not want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a plaque.

The Record for Jan. 21

Sunday, Jan. 21

Yampatika hires new director

An experienced environmental educator with a law degree from the University of Colorado is the new executive director of Yampatika.

Tom Ross: It's the purity of the turn that matters

When you think about it, the modern history of skiing is a great deal like the history of rock 'n' roll. Most meaningful change is driven by rebellious youth who refuse to conform to societal norms.

Monday, January 22

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Video: Morning News Update

New Gov. Bill Ritter laid out an ambitious agenda Sunday during a stop at the Yacht Club in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Pilot & Today is getting into the TV business. The Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series begins Feb. 17 with a lineup of five nationally known bands. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Midgets fall to Gunnison

Different day, same result.

Luke Graham: Oooooh...Zamboni

It goes only nine mph.

Monday Medical: Winter driving, the safe way

It's that time of year when an influx of visitors mixes with treacherous road conditions. The Bridgestone Winter Driving School here in Steamboat Springs offers these tips for safe winter driving:

Dace Kramer: Going to the dogs

My husband is traveling this week. He traveled last week, too.

Pets help cure loneliness

It's not hard getting Severino Nicoletto of Craig to talk about his spry miniature poodle Missy.

The Record for Jan. 20

Saturday, Jan. 20

Ski area announces concert lineup

The Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series begins Feb. 17 with a lineup of five nationally known bands.

Pilot & Today acquires TV channels

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is buying Steamboat TV18 and Winter Park TV18 with plans to bring a local news broadcast to Steamboat Springs.

Recent surge in master African dance, drum teachers

Within the last two years Steamboat Springs has seen an increase in the amount of African master teachers coming here to teach dance and drum classes.

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Ambitious agenda

Gov. Bill Ritter outlines energy, education, health care goals

The agenda is in place, but is the money? Speaking to a packed house at the Yacht Club restaurant Sunday in Steamboat Springs, Gov. Bill Ritter thanked Routt County supporters and outlined several goals for his newly born administration. Colorado's 41st governor said he plans to expand renewable energy, increase education funding and provide access to basic health care for all Colorado citizens by 2010.

Sunday, January 21

Where to worship

Interdenominational worship service on ski mountain during summer and ski season. Services are held when Gondola is running. 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Vista overlook on Tower Run. Call Dr. Kent Osteen 870-1992 or 879-7062.

Looking back: Homewood hosts ski jumping meet

The 14 head of long yearling steers brought to Steamboat last Thursday for shipments to Denver were indications of what the younger generation of Routt County can produce. The calves belonged to members of the 4-H Clubs, which are operating under the direction of County Agent Floyd Moon. The six heaviest steers averaged 1060 pounds each. A. Seymour judged the group to select a ring of five to represent the Routt County clubs at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

'The stage is set'

Steamboat wrestlers find success with regionals on radar

Steamboat Springs wrestling coach Sean McCarthy thought his team gained invaluable experience at a tournament in Conifer on Saturday. The nine-team tournament featured four key regional opponents Steamboat will likely face if it hopes to advance through the regional match, Feb. 9 to 10 at Ralston Valley.

Steamboat skiers compete with consistency

Steamboat Springs Alpine ski team coach Chad Bowdre is beginning to see the consistency on his girls squad begin to pay off.

Boys basketball cruises to victory

The Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain boys basketball teams hit the midpoint of the 4A Slope season Saturday going in opposite directions.

John F. Russell: Making the most of a second chance

Brett Buckles understands the pressure that comes with winning. She understands what it is like to live with the pain of a chronic injury and the significance of getting a second chance to do something you love.

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Hat trick up his sleeve

Ingalls' offensive explosion paces Sailors in win

Centering the first line for the Steamboat Springs hockey team, Greg Ingalls had been accustomed to giving all year. Coming into the game against Coronado, the junior had 11 assists in 11 games. But on Saturday, the junior found himself on the receiving end three times

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Girls unable to set streak

Steamboat falls to Battle Mountain in bid for second win

It's hard to imagine a game between teams with records of 1-12 and 2-11 had playoff implications, but that was the case when the Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain girls basketball teams met Saturday.

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Pipe dreams

Front Range thirsty for Yampa water

Carl Brouwer knows it could have gone worse. Brouwer, an engineer for the Front Range's Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, recently traveled to Glenwood Springs to meet with officials monitoring the Colorado River. Brouwer's job was to present details of a proposed trans-mountain diversion that would pump Yampa River water, part of the Colorado River system, across the Continental Divide to a lake near Denver International Airport. In some circles, people will tell you coming to the Western Slope and asking for water is like walking into a bar and asking for a brawl. Sayings such as "whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting" linger on this side of the Rockies.

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The cost of a piece of history

Old Town prices put pressure on historic homes

The rising cost of Old Town real estate raises the likelihood the modest homes that make up Steamboat Springs' historic neighborhoods will be targets of redevelopment.

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Building with a vision

Six Oak Creek families construct homes as part of self-help housing

When Corine Schweikert found out she had to help build her house and five of her neighbors' houses as part of a self-help housing project, she couldn't help but laugh.

The Record for Jan. 19

12:43 a.m. A 39-year-old Wheat Ridge man was arrested near Mount Werner Circle and Ski Time Square on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, weaving and not having proof of insurance.

Jail report for Jan. 21

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

Tackling budget hurdles

Oak Creek board members informed of doubling deficit

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak told the Oak Creek Town Board its current deficit could be double the $161,000 the Town Board members originally thought.

Class Notes for Jan. 21

Lowell Whiteman pupil named Student of Month

Kelly Northcutt, a senior at The Lowell Whiteman School, was named Rotary Student of the Month during the Jan. 16 meeting of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.

Kerry Hart: Battling the community college inferiority complex

Someone recently commented to me that a community college education is inferior to an education at a four-year college or university. Of course we know this is a myth. But apparently, the stigma still is out there.

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Hayden turning attendance around

District's tougher policy has the attention of officials in South Routt and Steamboat

The state of Colorado and its public school administrators and teachers set high academic standards annually, but students and parents take full responsibility when it comes to one issue - going to school.

John Whittum: Council on right track

Last Tuesday, City Council held a work session to discuss an ordinance to protect our watersheds. This item had originally been on Council's agenda earlier in the month but was tabled indefinitely. Many of us were surprised to see it appear on the agenda without much (if any) notice. The hasty introduction of the ordinance antagonized a number of people in the agricultural community, and so Council quickly realized its mistake and tabled the ordinance to allow more time for the community to examine the subject.

William S. Schurman: Unworthy of praise

Shame on the Pilot & Today for printing a front page article praising Jim Cook (who was not well received as the newsmaker of the year) and by choosing not to run the story about the renovation of the Squire building by the Hogue family on the front page. They have truly benefited the community by restoring their building to its original beauty.

David R. Freseman: Energy assistance

During this time of year, many in our community struggle to keep up with their home energy bills. While some of us don't think twice about living in a warm, comfortable home, others must seriously weigh such choices as keeping the heat on or doing without food or medical care.

Our View: Slowing troubled waters

The Steamboat Springs City Council was right to slow down movement on a proposed watershed ordinance. There are a lot of questions that must be answered before such regulations can be justified.

Routt County Spotlight: Jay Kimbrough

Jay Kimbrough

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The guilty party

Don't fall victim to murder mystery ignorance

Soon after the guests of a local party arrived, the host was murdered.

Seedling tree program species selling out

Just a reminder! Tree species available through the Routt County Conservation District (RCCD) are beginning to sell out. And the last day to order is March 31.

Joanne Palmer: Pregnancy myths

Now that my son, Peter, is 9 and I have emerged - at least I think I have - from the fog of first-year parenthood, I'd like to weigh in on a few of the popular myths about pregnancy and parenting.

Jimmy Westlake: Meet the Seven Sisters

High overhead as darkness falls on cold January evenings is a tiny cluster of stars that often is mistaken for the Little Dipper. Although it does have a dipper shape to it, with a tiny little bowl and tiny little handle, its real name is the Pleiades, and it is popularly known as the Seven Sisters. A person with average vision should be able to see six stars in the cluster with no difficulty and a bit of careful searching should reveal the seventh faint star as well. A person with exceptional vision might make out as many as 8, 9, or even 10 stars with their unaided eye. How many can you see?

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Editorial cartoon for Jan. 21, 2007

Joe Roberts' cartoon for Jan. 21, 2007.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 9-15

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer. REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS FOR JAN. 9 THROUGH JAN. 15: FARVER, CRAIG A AND FARVER, VIRGINIA L TO YANOSKI, STEVE AND LOVE, GENIE FOR HORSEBACK AT STAGECOACH LOT 202 - $36,000

Condos wave 'so long' to sub-$100k prices

The Steamboat Springs real estate market has crossed a threshold it isn't likely to glimpse again.

Business File for Jan. 21

Colorado Group Realty announces new broker

Kelda Combs Wall has joined Colorado Group Realty as an associate broker.

Lenders discuss budding businesses

Scott Ford will tell you there are a few words and phrases entrepreneurs should avoid using when asking a lender for a loan to start a business.

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A family foundation

Swanson history steeped in hardware

The Swansons have been in the hardware business for 60 years, but there are some things that will never change. "The presentation is different, we have more variety than we used to have, there is more competition, but other than that, it's about helping people get what they need so they can fix something," said Dennis Swanson, who stands six feet, seven inches tall, which makes it easy for him to spot customers who look like they need help at his Ace at the Curve hardware store in Steamboat Springs.

Fund Board faced with taxing issue

School district begins debate on renewing the half-cent sales tax for education

The elimination of the millions of dollars the half-cent sales tax generates would make Dale Mellor's job much easier, but the Steamboat Springs School District director of finance hopes that day never comes.

Bill May: On the Outlaw Trail

The date was late February 1898.

Saturday, January 20

Get involved for Jan. 21

Comunidad Integrada is nonprofit organization dedicated to building relationships between immigrants and existing residents in our community through education, intercultural exchange and collaboration. We are looking for volunteers in many areas, including volunteer teaching, office assistance and on our board of directors. We will hold our next teacher training Jan. 10 and 17. We ask for a six-month commitment to teach English to immigrants in our community. No foreign language skills necessary. Call Maria at 819-1328 for more information.

Dave Shively: Get ready for the X-Factors

The ski boots go on and the question nags: How could I have taken this sport to the highest competitive level?

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Cold throttle

Snocross race features region's best, promotes next generation of sled racers

Jarrett Green loves the thrill of taking a big jump and sliding through the corners of every snocross course he races.

Occupancy still higher than last year

Steamboat Resorts owner Bob Milne says January has been extraordinary so far in terms of occupancy levels.

Board keen on 'green,' unsure of LEED

The Steamboat Springs School Board is beginning to finalize plans to spend $29.7 million in taxpayer money, and board members agree the district has few issues, if any, that are more important.

Early learning center on hold

Deal to purchase existing preschool building falls through

Plans to construct a new South Routt Early Learning Center have been put on hold until the current center is sold, officials decided Thursday night.

The Record for Jan. 18

12:27 a.m. A 28-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and being a fugitive of justice.

Briefs for Jan. 20

Officials unable to provide update on girl's condition

Officials were unable to update 3-year-old Molly Look's condition Friday afternoon despite numerous calls placed by the Steamboat Pilot & Today staff.

Above and beyond

Sailors defense rises to occasion, downs Lewis-Palmer in OT

The defensive players on the Steamboat Springs hockey team had some talking to do after giving up a 5-2 lead to tie Kent Denver on Wednesday.

Sailor girls get first win

Finally.

Vandahl's hot hand leads

Sailors win, 71-40, after trailing in first quarter

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek knew junior guard Michael Vandahl had it.

Friday, January 19

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A united effort for United Way

Routt County organization's fundraising surpasses its goal

Routt County United Way exceeded its fundraising campaign goal of $550,000 by $5,000.

Suspicious fire destroys SUV Friday

A fire destroyed a Chevrolet Blazer west of Hayden on Friday morning.

Man gets prison in meth case

A 39-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for selling methamphetamine.

Tom Ross: Blame Dad for Lombardi's only playoff loss

It was bad enough that my mother square-danced with the Eagles' QB

I'll never forget the moment I first glimpsed the Green Bay Packers in "living color."

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Revamping the rec center

Hot pools likely closed for reconstruction April to November

Soak in the Old Town Hot Springs while you can. The hot pools at the recreation center likely will be closed for reconstruction from April to November, Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association Director Pat Carney said Thursday. Reconstructing the hot pools to add more natural elements and two new waterslides is the first phase of a possible $8.5 million expansion of the recreation center.

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Video: Morning News Update

Topping the news this morning, a 3-year-old Routt County girl was listed in stable condition at Denver Children's Hospital on Thursday, one day after spending an extended period of time in sub-zero temperatures with little to protect her. The city of Steamboat Springs saw another increase in sales tax revenues for the month of November. In sports, a Winter X Games championship suddenly is a high priority for Erin Simmons. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Stagecoach store site for sale

Developer exploring ways to get commercial space built

Three years after proposing Stagecoach's first commercial development, developer Chris Wittemyer is looking for someone else to build and operate the store.

Deb Babcock: New master gardener class begins Feb. 1

If you are an avid gardener or want to become one, the master gardener program sponsored by Routt County's Cooperative Extension Service is a great way to learn about gardening in the mountains of Northwest Colorado.

Girl in stable condition

Molly Look, 3, spent half an hour in sub-zero temperatures

A 3-year-old Routt County girl is in stable condition at Denver Children's Hospital this morning after being hospitalized with hypothermia. The girl was found early Wednesday morning in a snowbank wearing only a long-sleeved shirt in sub-zero temperatures. Molly Rhea Look has sensation in her arms, legs, fingers and toes, Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said Thursday. However, Molly's prognosis still is uncertain, he said.

Locals finish strong in race

For many Alpine ski racers in Steamboat Springs, the SmartWool Race Series is a chance to earn points and move up the ladder to higher-level races.

Sailors ready to face Eagle Valley

Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen thinks he may have found the solution to his team's season-long struggles.

Sailors hockey begins feeling right at home

If there was a stretch run where the Steamboat Springs hockey team could distance itself from the rest of the Pikes Peak League, this might be it.

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Great X-pectations

Local Winter X Games invitees look ahead to Aspen events

A Winter X Games championship suddenly is a high priority for Erin Simmons.

Twist and shout

High school students put on Kids Carnival

Karen Kutska's first- and second-graders smelled the popcorn as soon as they entered the Kids Carnival on Thursday.

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Sales tax revenues increase

November numbers up 6.74 percent from previous year

The city of Steamboat Springs saw another increase in sales tax revenues for the month of November. The city released November numbers Thursday. Citywide November sales tax revenues were up 6.74 percent compared to November 2005. With only December sales tax numbers left for 2006, the city is up 12.03 percent over 2005. Through November, the city had collected $15,735,309 from sales tax. During the same period in 2005 the city had collected $14,045,401. The city is funded almost solely by sales tax revenues.

The Record for Jan. 17

12:10 a.m. Two drunken Craig residents were arrested outside a bar in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive on suspicion of harassment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing police officers.

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Meet your new governor

Bill Ritter to speak at Yacht Club event on Sunday

Colorado's new governor is coming to Steamboat Springs.

Briefs for Jan. 20

Fair Association looks to fill board vacancy

The Routt County Fair Association has an opening on its volunteer Board of Directors. Interested people should submit a letter of interest to the Routt County Fair Association by e-mail at jaltman@co.routt.co.us; fax at 276-1023; or mail to P.O. Box 1000, Hayden, CO 81639. Letters must be received by Jan. 30. Interviews will take place Feb. 7 in Oak Creek. Applicants must be residents of Routt County and able to attend meetings at least once a month. Call 276-3068 for more information.

Crime has a sunny side

Justice Center to install 150 solar panels at cost of $220K

The new Routt County Justice Center will have 150 solar panels on its roof.

Tattoo of the week: Ryan Lee

I got the tattoo of a monkey fight at Truth Tattoo because I thought it was hilarious.

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Preserving history and friendship

Artists maintain social, professional collaboration for a quarter of a century

Oil painter Jean Perry and sculptor Curtis Zabel will present some of their new works tonight at the Depot Art Center, but it won't be the first time they've shared an exhibit.

On Scene

I've been stuck in elevators alone more than once - and for more than 20 minutes at a time. I can't imagine anything scarier than that : and then I heard about the people who were stuck on the Storm Peak Express chairlift for three hours.

Romance actually

Mary Zalmanek coaches couples on adventures of the heart

Anyone who's in love or wants to be might think about stopping by author Mary Zalmanek's lecture Wednesday night at Colorado Mountain College.

Three artists, four centuries

Local musicians perform at Emerald City spotlight series

In the mid-1980s, pianist Marie Carmichael had a single telephone conversation with cellist John Sant'Ambrogio.

Music to make you move

Tao Jones comes to Steamboat to 'throw a hell of a party'

The Tao Jones bassist Sean Mahaffey will celebrate his birthday Saturday night at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, and the whole band is bringing the party.

Allison Plean: Party on

This New Year's Eve was the first one in my life when I had close friends celebrate on East Coast time. I don't know if that's a sign of age, wisdom or both.

Thursday, January 18

Reiter misses second round

Less than a second.

Mogul events expected to draw record field

Warm weather in the Eastern U.S., the upcoming NorAm season and a chance to ski this year's Junior Olympic venues is expected to make this week's Rocky Mountain Division Freestyle meet in Steamboat Springs one of the largest ever.

Sailors skate to tie with Denver

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Jeff Ruff called Wednesday's game against Kent Denver a good wake-up call.

Start your engines

Regional snocross race hits Hayden

The best snowmobile racers from across the region will go at it Saturday in Hayden during the biggest snocross race hosted in the Yampa Valley this winter.

Photographer on road to recovery

Dave Genchi moves to Denver to begin rehab after suffering spinal injury

Dave Genchi's voice on the phone was a welcome moment for for Steamboat Powdercats manager Kent Vertrees. "He sounded great," Vertrees said. "It was the first time I've been able to talk to him. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time."

Hack attack hits city Web site

'Serious damage' but no personal information accessed

Kent Morrison, the city's information systems manager, has been working overtime to repair damage from what he called a "very sophisticated" computer-based attack on the city's Web site, www.steamboatsprings.net. Morrison said he first became aware of the damaged Web site on the morning of Jan. 8 and immediately disconnected the city's Web server from the Internet.

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Skier numbers break record

Resorts post large increases for first part of season

Colorado ski resorts posted a record number of skiers for the first part of the season.

Scott Stanford: New features will stay

From the editor

Hopefully readers have noticed our new feature "Last but not Least" near the end of the Steamboat Today.

Girl airlifted to Denver

Three-year-old found in snowbank after wandering from home

A 3-year-old child was hospitalized with hypothermia Wednesday after apparently wandering away from her home with little to protect her from sub-zero temperatures. The girl was at Denver Children's Hospital, Routt County Sheriff's Office officials said. Hospital officials would not release information, citing federal privacy laws.

Center focus of board discussion

South Routt school officials to hear update on preschool building

The South Routt School District has the land and has secured $300,000 in Energy and Mineral Impact Grant money to build the new South Routt Early Learning Center in Yampa, but construction has not started.

Kelliher, Redmond join Hayden force

Two Routt County deputies who lost their jobs last week when new sheriff Gary Wall took office have landed with the Hayden Police Department.

Youth Hockey wins tourneys

Steamboat Youth Hockey teams win two tournament titles

Dave Strang understands the dividends that years of consistent coaching throughout the ranks of the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association can pay.

Wednesday, January 17

Child found in sub-zero temperatures

3-year-old girl flown to Denver Children's Hospital

A 3-year-old child is at Denver Children's Hospital after apparently wandering away from her home with little to protect her from sub-zero temperatures. The child, a girl, was found at about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday on the side of Routt County Road 52E near Fly Gulch, Lt. Bill Brandenburg of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said. The child's name has not been released.

Clay D. Ogden: Board trust an issue

Not believing much of what I read or am told (and often questioning what I see with my own two eyes) I assume there must certainly be more to the story that was published by the Steamboat Today on Jan. 9, 2007 regarding the Zoomerang Survey conducted late last year. Lacking any explanation other than the board believes it has the legal right to see the actual surveys, I find myself struggling to understand the goals and motivation behind four of the five members of the school board. I question your intent and your method. My fear is that this may well be a little battle you won in a huge war of trust you are now destined to lose.

Audrey Mandell: Increase housing

The city council is presently considering the commercial linkage housing tool whereby all new jobs generated by the developer be housed at the rate of 10 percent. Commercial linkage is a system whereby a mathematical equation is used to analyze all new commercial developments to determine how many new jobs are created by the project. Then the town determines what percentage of those new jobs must be housed in-town.

John Centner: I love Steamboat locals

This morning, when it was 30 degrees below zero at my house, I was thinking about why I loved it here so much.

Our View: Dellinger a good choice to lead council

Ken Brenner's decision to step down as president of the Steamboat Springs City Council and the subsequent appointment of Susan Dellinger to replace him is a move that can strengthen the council.

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Video: Morning News Update

Topping the news this morning, rural landowners found strength in numbers Tuesday night. Cowboys go all out at this year's Cowboy Classic. More than $2 million has been awarded to three Routt County municipalities to aid pending water or wastewater treatment projects. In sports, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club headed to the Utah Winter Games. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Spotlight shines on local riders

Jewell takes sixth in international event

A field of international Alpine snowboarders stepped into the spotlight at the 2007 FIS Snowboard World Championships in Arosa, Switzerland, on Tuesday, including several Steamboat Springs riders.

Jumpers, skiers post strong

Todd Wilson, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's longtime Nordic director, said he had a good feeling before he took 29 athletes to Park City, Utah, last weekend for the Utah Winter Games.

A test with the best

Hayden wrestlers earn key wins against Meeker

Hayden coach Ty Zabel knows that if his wrestlers want to be the best, they'll have to wrestle the best.

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Wading into water policy

Council addresses watershed ordinance, approves downtown project

Rural landowners found strength in numbers Tuesday night.

$2M in grants awarded

Steamboat, Hayden, Oak Creek receive aid for water projects

More than $2 million has been awarded to three Routt County municipalities to aid pending water or wastewater treatment projects.

Hayden board to hear driver's ed report

The Hayden School District would like to offer a drivers education program to its students, but officials worry the program would be too expensive.

Coca-Cola to resubmit plans

Coca-Cola Bottling High Country is expected to resubmit building plans to move the company's operations from Craig to Hayden, town officials said.

New gym opens in Hayden

Longtime Hayden resident Kathy Hockin says it has always been hard to stay fit. She thinks other Hayden residents feel the same way, and that's what prompted her to open Hayden's first commercial gym, Family Fitness Center.

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Cowboy ski junkies

Cold beer and big spills at classic Steamboat event

The jump in the middle of the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill course has changed a bit over the years. Since starting the event 33 years ago with six-time all-around world champion cowboy Larry Mahan, Billy Kidd has continued to increase the size of the jump.

It's not easy being 'green'

Meeting to focus on environmental school design, cost

Schools are for education, so Steamboat Springs School Board member Jeff Troeger thinks the construction of a new Soda Creek Elementary School is an opportunity to teach students about responsible energy consumption.

Mike Lawrence: Mud season and blizzards

East Coast has no snow; Eastern Colorado has too much

If only a fleet of federally funded blimps could scoop up all the snow in southeastern Colorado and dump it over northern New Hampshire.

Tuesday, January 16

Real estate transactions for Dec. 30 to Jan. 8

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Routt real estate market hits $1.12B

County's December sales set record

The dollar volume of real estate transactions in Routt County shot up in uncharacteristic fashion during December 2006.

Strings tuning new pavilion design

Music lovers attending Strings in the Mountains concerts could find themselves seated inside a "stringed instrument" in the not-too-distant future.

Facelift nearly complete

The scaffolding is down and the Maxwell/Squire Building at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs has returned to its original glory.

Window into Steamboat

Google software has many applications

A Google Earth computer software upgrade now makes it possible for users to do a virtual fly-over of the Steamboat Springs area using detailed satellite and aerial photographs.

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Video: Morning News Update

Many Routt County residents had jumper cables at the ready Monday morning, and with overnight low temperatures expected to remain below zero for the rest of the week, it might be a good idea to keep those cables handy. Steamboat Ski Area's Storm Peak Express lift opened at 9 a.m. Monday, ending an accelerated repair process that began Friday after a mechanical failure stranded 65 people on the lift for more than two hours. For the second time, members of the Hayden Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will spend vacation time in New Orleans helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Mader makes wrestling finals in Vernal

It was the toughest field of wrestlers he has faced this season, but that didn't keep Steamboat Springs' Houston Mader from stepping into the spotlight at a tournament in Vernal, Utah.

A good showing

High school ski team earns fourth place in Aspen giant slalom

The Steamboat Springs High School ski team earned fourth place in a giant slalom event Friday in Aspen, despite missing two key team members.

Master your garden

Cooperative Extension office announces event, course

The Routt County Cooperative Extension Office is accepting applications for its Master Gardener Program, which begins Feb. 1 and includes full-day classes on Thursdays through April 19. The program costs $200 and requires submitting an application by Jan. 26.

Ready for seconds

Church group to return to New Orleans for mission work

For the second time, members of the Hayden Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will spend vacation time in New Orleans helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Area briefs for Jan. 16

Area briefs for Jan. 16, 2007.

The Record for Jan. 14

The Record for Jan. 14, 2007.

Delegating authority

New council strategy gives larger role to city planners

Using a new strategy designed to lighten its considerable workload and give more responsibility to city officials, the Steamboat Springs City Coun-cil has placed The Victoria and Sundance North Village on the "consent agenda" for tonight's council meeting.

Storm Peak lift opens after repairs

Steamboat Ski Area's Storm Peak Express lift opened at 9 a.m. Monday, ending an accelerated repair process that began Friday after a mechanical failure stranded 65 people on the lift for more than two hours.

Fund Board mulls tax renewal

Half-cent sales tax may appear on November ballot

Members of the Education Fund Board and the Steamboat Springs School Board overwhelmingly support asking voters to renew the half-cent sales tax on November's ballot. But questions have been raised regarding the final ballot language.

Calamity Bess, Ramblin' Jack discover winter in the 'Boat

If there is a cowboy in Colorado who has taught more 3-year-olds how to rope a steer than Justin Iacovetto, I'd like to shake his hand.

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Relief in sight?

Forecast calls for gradual warming trend to end bitterly cold spell

Many Routt County residents had jumper cables at the ready Monday morning, and with overnight low temperatures expected to remain below zero for the rest of the week, it might be a good idea to keep those cables handy. Monday's low temperature in Steamboat Springs was 22 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service. But many rural residents reported even lower temperatures, including 32 degrees below zero in Milner early Monday morning.

Monday, January 15

Storm Peak lift re-opens

The Storm Peak Express lift opened at 9 a.m. this morning, ending a three-day repair process that began Friday when a mechanical failure stranded 65 people on the lift for as long as three hours.

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A complication with the casings needed to repair the Storm Peak Express prevented it from opening Sunday, but an official with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. said it's 'highly probable' the lift will open today. Bitter cold gripped the Yampa Valley this morning, with temperatures between 16 below and 20 below. The world's best rodeo cowboys will be joined by the Denver Broncos cheerleaders Tuesday for the 33rd annual Cowboy Downhill on Headwall at the Steamboat Ski Area. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Routt real estate market hits $1.12B

County's December sales set record

The dollar volume of real estate transactions in Routt County shot up in uncharacteristic fashion during December 2006.

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Strings tuning new pavilion design

Music lovers attending Strings in the Mountains concerts could find themselves seated inside a "stringed instrument" in the not-too-distant future.

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Facelift nearly complete

The scaffolding is down and the Maxwell/Squire Building at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs has returned to its original glory.

Business file for Jan. 14

Hilton Hotels Corp. has honored Nick Schmitz, guest service agent at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Steamboat Springs, with the company's national Spirit Award. The award designates Schmitz, who has worked at the hotel since late 2005, as a top performer within Hilton hotels.

Window into Steamboat

Google software has many applications

A Google Earth computer software upgrade now makes it possible for users to do a virtual fly-over of the Steamboat Springs area using detailed satellite and aerial photographs.

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Cowboy Downhill a 'boat signature

Participants will race on Headwall, rope a Broncos cheerleader

One team's disappointment is the Steamboat Ski Area's gain.

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Crews work to repair lift

Andy Wirth: Highly probable Storm Peak quad open today

A complication with the casings needed to repair the Storm Peak Express prevented it from opening Sunday, but an official with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. said it's 'highly probable' the lift will open today.

Spillane struggles in World Cup

Things looked to be getting better for hometown favorite Johnny Spillane.

Luke Graham: The Never Foul League

Apparently it's still all about popularity.

A Library's fine line on Web use

The staff at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries has been facing an increasingly belligerent number of clients, upset by blocked access to Web sites and rules governing computer use.

Historic newspapers going digital

Efforts to place Routt County media sources online underway

A woman will call the newspaper wanting information on a relative living in Routt County in the early 1920s.

County Agenda for Monday, Jan. 15

10:30 to 11:30 - County Manager / Tom Sullivan

Modifying Recipes for Healthy Aging

As individuals age, they often encounter health problems that may encourage them to eat healthier and reduce some of the fat, sugar and overall calories in their diet. While it may look like the easy way to do this is to cut out desserts, it usually isn't as easily done as it sounds.

Moffat County adds Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays are coming to Moffat County for everyone "50 and Better." Each Wednesday at the American Legion's Shadow Mountain Clubhouse in Craig, activities are planned throughout the day that will focus on learning, exercise, swimming and fun for older adults.

The Record for Jan. 13

12:01 a.m. An ambulance was requested in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

News in brief for Jan. 15

The Steamboat Springs High School and Hayden High School forensics teams had a combined 15 top six finishers during Saturday's Steamboat Invitational tournament. Two schools could not make the trip to Steamboat, so organizers had to cancel the Student Congress competition, but Steamboat and Hayden still had a busy day in nearly a dozen other forensics categories.

Health scans a must for women

Most women who have reached or exceeded the age of 40 are familiar with the medically recommended ritual of having a mammogram. By the age of 50, some have also had a bone density scan.

A chat with Susan Dellinger, president pro-tem

Last week, City Council President Ken Brenner stepped down from that position and Susan Dellinger, the president pro-tem, was appointed to replace him. Dellinger sat down for a chat Friday with steamboatpilot.com. Below is a partial transcript of that chat.

Sunday, January 14

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Editorial Cartoon for Jan. 14, 2007

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

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A tale of two halves

Steamboat girls lose to Palisade

Two halves. Two different teams. And if Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen can take anything from Saturday's 55-37 loss to Palisade, it's that the Sailors' performance in the first half proves they can compete.

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Sailors roll to seventh straight win

Just as fast as the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team gave Palisade an opportunity to take control of Saturday's game, it took it away.

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Chasing records

Local distance runner looks to shatter school records

The names sit above an entrance to the high school gym. They're the names of the individual distance record breakers in track and field and are subtly stacked above each other by event on a bright red board.

Weaker than Meeker

Cold shooting costs Tigers team

Maybe the girls on the Hayden basketball team should've opted to play Meeker away. Looking ahead to a long drive home from Kremmling on Thursday, Hayden coach Stephanie Davis said her team put together "a terrific team effort" to down West Grand, 50-29.

Meeker walks all over Hayden team

You could practically see the smoke coming from Klark Kindler's ears. At the end of the second quarter of Saturday night's boys basketball game in Hayden, the Meeker head coach entered the locker room fuming.

Sailors find balance in Doherty matchup

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Jeff Ruff had been looking for balanced scoring all year.

John Russell: Who says cowboys can't ski?

Since moving to Steamboat Springs I've photographed a lot of ski races.

Bill and Cathie Voorhees: Looking bleak

We are writing this in response to the two articles you printed about newly-elected Sheriff Wall. First, the grandstanding ceremony was rather amazing. Who pays for this kind of ceremony? County budget and, ultimately, the taxpayers? We would like to know. And the newspaper had it right on the front page.

Ron Pollard: We must prevail

I enjoyed Bill Dring's heartfelt comments (Letters to the Editor, Jan. 10) on the war and particularly on the proposed troop increase. I agree with some of his thoughts and disagree with others. I believe the Bush administration, operating on the worldwide intelligence system and the impotence of the United Nations, made the correct decision in taking out Saddam Hussein.

Bonnie McGee: Kudos to Kramer

In December, Nancy Kramer retired as executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council after 13 years of exceptional service. During those years, she nurtured local talent, supported and developed arts programs for young and old, managed an expanding staff and volunteers, assisted over 20 affiliate organizations, successfully maneuvered through the maze of nonprofit red tape and fundraising, catered to a multitude of egos, hosted scores of art openings, and celebrated the diversity in our community by making sure the Arts Council's doors were open and welcoming to all.

Our View: Wall's moves bold, risky

Several newly elected officials took office last week, including County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush, Assessor Mike Kerrigan and Sheriff Gary Wall.

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Family matters

School officials work out issues after dispute

Mark MacHale thinks of the Steamboat Springs School District as a family. As such, the Strawberry Park Elementary School principal said Monday's disagreement between the School Board and district administrators and instructional support specialists was just an example of how family members don't always see eye-to-eye.

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Preventing pollution

Watershed proposal stirs debate among officials

Opinions about an ordinance intended to protect Steamboat's water quality are moving faster than spring runoff in the Yampa River.

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Crews work on lift

Storm Peak part arrives

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials are optimistic the Storm Peak Express chairlift will be up and running today.

A lively lady

Longtime local leaves lasting impression on people, homes and ski slopes

The year was 1970, and Steamboat Springs was a mix of cowboys and hippies, until Irene Nelson drove into town with her four kids, a cat and a dog.

Business Briefs

Hilton Hotels Corp. has honored Nick Schmitz, guest service agent at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Steamboat Springs, with the company's national Spirit Award. The award designates Schmitz, who has worked at the hotel since late 2005, as a top performer within Hilton hotels.

Best of the Web for Jan. 14

Selected comments from steamboatpilot.com

Editor's Note: The following comments were made by readers about news stories and editorials posted to Steamboatpilot.com. The posters' Steamboatpilot.com usernames are included.

Class Notes for Jan. 14

Steamboat residents receive degrees from CU

The following Steamboat Springs residents received their bachelor's degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder during Dec. 22 winter commencement ceremonies: Daniel Martin, Daniel Adams, Jeff Aragon, Genevieve Bassett, Tyler Hartung, Katherine Homier and Annie Robbins.

Talking points

Steamboat students compete in, host 27th annual speech tournament

Is Hugo Chavez a help or a threat to the stability of Latin America?

History through a lens

Art exhibit features Soroco students' interpretations of historical South Routt

Soroco High School senior Maggie Crulo never thought a photo of a leaf could incite so many reactions from viewers.

Skiing at a higher level

Disabilities don't keep skiers from mastering mountains

Edward "Ted" Wade and his fellow soldiers in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division were returning from guard duties at the Mahmudiyah Power Plant south of Baghdad three years ago when Sgt. Wade's vehicle triggered a roadside bomb.

How's the weather out there?

Summit brings scientists to discuss climate change

The dangers of climate change aren't apparent while you're riding a chairlift staring at a foot of fresh snow.

Dave Shively: Man and the seas

People I met in Manhattan would always scoff when I told them I had spent the day kayaking on the Hudson River.

Saturday, January 13

Splitting the pie

District representatives discuss 'attract and retain' funds

Steamboat Springs teachers and staff members consistently identify salaries and benefits as two of the most important issues facing them.

Tom Ross: Barren slopes on East Coast

Legendary Vermont ski areas struggle to open trails

If the single inch of snow that fell on the Steamboat Ski Area on Thursday night left you wanting more, count your blessings instead. There are small ski areas in New England that were forced to close for a day this week in the midst of steady rain.

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Storm Peak shuts down

Stranded riders praise Ski Patrol

A mechanical failure shut down Steamboat Ski Area's Storm Peak Express lift just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, stranding about 70 skiers and snowboarders for more than two hours. Ski Patrol crews eventually lowered the riders to the ground with ropes, harnesses and small metal seats.

Friday, January 12

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Around Town

People and events seen in Steamboat

Photo gallery

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What we're saving for this winter

Gear

The stuff we all want.

Basketball games canceled

Many high school athletic events were canceled Friday night in Routt County because of snow elsewhere in the state. Steamboat Springs athletics director Richard Lee said he canceled the boys and girls basketball games against Delta early Friday afternoon after Delta's coaches called to report hazardous road conditions near Meeker.

Sailors continue to roll

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Jeff Ruff knows it's imperative for his team to set the tone of play.

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Seasonal soirees

Celebrate the end of holiday parties ... with a party

January marks the end of holiday season. The seemingly endless number of Christmas parties are over, and Steamboat locals slip back into their (more) normal routines. But that doesn't mean the fun needs to stop. January through April is a great time to throw parties in Steamboat. Whether it's an intimate dinner for friends while the snow is falling outside or a Super Bowl bash, start planning early to set your party apart from the others.

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Cooking with Chef Ryan Hoth

It was Christmas Eve - one of Harwigs/L'apogee's busiest nights of the year - when some pans on the back burner of one of the kitchen's stoves began to smoke. As Chef Ryan Hoth moved the pans from the stove, boiling grease splashed onto his hand.

Spinning through the seasons

Staying fit

Winter does not signal the end to cycling in Steamboat Springs. At Old Town Hot Springs, formerly the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, instructors allow a limited number of cyclists to keep their legs in shape through a series of spinning classes.

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Fusion of pilates and yoga

Staying fit

Together, Pilates and yoga can bring out the best in each other, bucking the belief that they are opposite exercise methods that attract opposite personalities.

Annexations on hold

Residents divided on updating town's comprehensive plan

The Oak Creek Town Board will not act on any annexation proposals until the town's comprehensive plan update is complete, board members said Thursday.

Autism program to show film

Grayson Steur, 10, thinks his autism is more of a gift than an affliction.

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Mountain Chic 2

Protect your eyes and hair this winter

Skin isn't the only vulnerable part of the body when exposed to ultraviolet rays. Your eyes also can be damaged by the sun's rays. Dr. Mark Helm, an ophthalmologist, and Dr. Gary Migues, an optometrist, say sunglasses and goggles are essential while on the ski mountain or during other outdoor activities during winter.

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Mountain Chic 1

Protect your skin and body this winter

Ski jacket? Check. Ski pants? Check. Ski boots? Check. Sunscreen? The answer better be "Check," said Jennifer Switzky, a medical assistant at the Dermatology Center of Steamboat Springs.

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What's in it for me?: Energy bars

Energy bars

Looking into the power of energy bars.

New businesses in Steamboat Springs

Who's opened their doors recently

A host of new businesses have set up shop in Steamboat Springs this year.

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Ask a lawyer

Do I need a living will?

So, those new skis or snowboard have you actually considering a run down Chute 3 or a hike into the Christmas Tree Bowl for some steep and deep? And why not ... you've always wanted to ski a double-black diamond. But before you head to the gondola, you might want to consider a living will (especially if you won't be wearing a helmet).

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Denver Art Museum is a must-see

New building an attraction in Mile-High City

One of North America's most important and stimulating art experiences is suddenly a familiar three-hour drive from Steamboat Springs.

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Destination divas

From the fashion runway to the airport runway

When snow keeps falling and you need a break from winter, head out to someplace warm like Mexico, get your club outfits ready for Las Vegas or plan a sightseeing excursion in Europe. From the fashion runway right onto the airport runway, Steamboat stores get you ready.

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Best Bets

What At Home staffers think you should do this winter

Winter events you've just got to check out.

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Web sites worth a whirl

It wasn't more than five years ago that satellite imagery seemed to be a tool solely of government surveillance and military intelligence. Colorado-based companies like Space Imaging and DigitalGlobe led the way, securing contracts with private companies, the U.S. Defense Department and foreign governments to provide amazingly detailed overhead imagery of just about any corner of the earth.

Movies/books

Books to read, movies to watch.

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Cozy spaces

to relax in when the weather gets cold

Curl up in a corner with a good book.

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Rising stars

At Home profiles a few local youths who show potential for success

With "Rising Stars," At Home scratches the surface of the potential shown by a few of our local youths. These are teens recommended by coaches, teachers, neighbors and community members. They are athletes, scholars, performers and artists. And they are exceptional.

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Mountains of coal

Twentymile crews produce millions of tons of coal, one cut at a time

The tunnel seems endless. But Production Supervisor Troy Madsen moves confidently forward, stooping under a low roof and striding from one metal platform to another. He is more than 1,100 feet underground. Only the bobbing beam of Madsen's headlamp lights the surrounding darkness.

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Parking problems?

Steamboat not as bad as other mountain towns

Has the pressure on parking in Steamboat's downtown commercial district risen to the level of a sinus headache? The answers certainly depend on who you ask.

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Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist

Q&A

National sports broadcasting icon Verne Lundquist has called Steamboat Springs home - at least when he's not on the road - for the past 22 years. Lundquist has seen and covered just about every major sporting event in his illustrious career, including the Masters golf tournament, the Winter Olympics and the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Lundquist currently is the voice of college football for the CBS network. Despite his constant travel, Lundquist and his wife, Nancy, stay actively involved in Steamboat Springs, particularly with Routt County United Way and Strings in the Mountains.

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Through metal veins

Local artisan hammers out niche in booming housing market

Many of Steamboat's mountain homes are noteworthy for massive wooden beams, sensitive architecture and grand views of the Rockies. But often it's the attention to detail that sets a home apart. Singular design elements like a Pete Schroeder chandelier - custom crafted in steel with antique flair and a rich patina of rust - can appeal to the senses the most.

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Mechanical problem shuts down Storm Peak lift

A mechanical failure shut down Steamboat Ski Area's Storm Peak Express lift just after 9:30 this morning, stranding about 70 skiers and snowboarders on the lift for more than two hours as Ski Patrol crews lowered people to the ground with ropes, harnesses and small metal seats. No injuries, except for cold toes, were reported as a result of the shutdown. It was like rappelling," Maryland resident Neil Brodsky, 54, said of being lowered to the ground by Ski Patrol. "Once I was in the seat and had the rope over me, I was pretty comfortable."

Full courses and Lighter Fare

It's no secret that Steamboat Springs is Ski Town USA. The dozens of Winter Olympians who have called Steamboat home over the decades indeed justify the moniker. But Routt County is home to many outstanding young men and women who make names for themselves in areas other than - or in addition to - winter sports. Unfortunately, many of them often go unrecognized.

Deb Babcock: Express a lasting sentiment with fresh flowers

Some people swear talking to plants is therapeutic for them. I haven't tried it yet, although I have been caught talking to myself.

Getting hooked

Ice fishing event provides warm-up for large upcoming regional contest

The weather during Saturday's ice fishing tournament at Green Mountain Reservoir might be a little frigid.

Sailors ready for key hoop match-ups

Kelly Meek's team is riding a six-game winning streak and is tied for the lead in the Western Slope League.

Wrestlers answer to early losses

In their final home event of the season, Steamboat Springs' wrestlers bounced back from four early losses against Delta to beat Battle Mountain with a team score of 24-18.

U-19 girls hockey grows in popularity

Really brutal.

Author promotes self-esteem

Children's books writer to visit Steamboat for signing

Ann Louise Ramsey wants to make sure her young readers get a message she didn't as a child.

Students gear up for war of words

Steamboat, Hayden to compete in home speech tournament

Some of Colorado's best high school speakers will gather in Steamboat Springs on Saturday to compete in an all-day speech tournament.

Money on his mind

Wall Street Journal writer to speak in Steamboat

A seasoned journalist, economist and groundbreaking, controversial fundraiser for the Republican Party will speak in Steamboat Springs on Monday.

Powder empowering

Steamboat hosts ski camp for people with disabilities

Craig Kennedy wants to put the Steamboat Ski Area on the map as an adaptive skier's paradise.

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Weather made for a King

Snow and bitter cold in forecast for holiday weekend

A potentially large winter storm is developing and heading toward Steamboat Springs in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

YVHA budget runs thin

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority likely will seek a dedicated sales tax this year to bolster its dwindling bank account.

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3 artists, 3 mediums

Gallery features pastel, wood burning, metal sculpture exhibits

The three featured artists at Schiesser Gallery have little in common other than where they live and that they're working with new mediums.

On Scene

Country vocalist Lee Ann Womack is a tiny woman with one of the most powerful voices I have ever heard. On Tuesday, she belted her songs, including the Grammy-Award winning hit, "I Hope You Dance," to a mix of cowboys and teens wearing backward caps.

CD Reviews

I loved Dante Terrell Smith, aka Mos Def, in "The Italian Job," "16 Blocks" and "Talladega Nights." He's appearing in five more movies over the next two years, so it's understandable why the hip hop artist's new CD was released with no packaging other than the CD itself and a clear plastic case.

Coming full circle

Rose Hill Drive opens for groups band members grew up listening to

The three members of Rose Hill Drive agreed to grow out their hair until they got a record deal. The result wasn't pretty - at least for drummer Nathan Barnes.

Allison Plean: Help wanted

Steamboat Smokehouse is hiring experienced servers. Actually, they are hiring experienced servers who, among other qualities, "can talk funny (or like they were from Texas), have no philosophical problem with meat consumption, can carry beer mugs the size of small children and know how to make outgoing calls on the phone."

Happy hours

Happy hours.

Tattoo of the week: Jeff Henderson

When my husband and I went to get my wedding band in Northern Virginia in 2000, the jewelry clerk asked him why he wasn't getting one himself. My husband told her that he doesn't wear jewelry of any kind. The clerk then proceeded to say with that being the case, he should get a ring tattooed on his finger. I was starting to laugh, (yeah, like he would really do that) and he got this look and said, "I think that's a good idea."

The leader of the children's music movement

The Laurie Berkner Band changes image of children's artists

The Laurie Berkner Band gives children and adults the opportunity to safely release energy and emotions through body movement.

The soundtrack of silence

Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra brings back a lost art

Photoplay music was what accompanied silent films in the early 20th century, but it became a lost art until recently.

Thursday, January 11

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Video: Morning News Update

Topping the news this morning, members of the Steamboat Springs City Council said Wednesday that while they feel Ken Brenner's decision to step down as council president is "healthy" and "the right thing," they did not try to influence Brenner's decision before it was made. Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall and Undersheriff David Bustos have at least a year to renew their inactive Peace Officer Standards and Training certifications. Backcountry skiers and snowmobilers on Rabbit Ears Pass may have noticed new, brightly colored signs at trailheads in the past month. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Wall not concerned about staff

New Routt county sheriff, undersheriff to renew certification

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall and Undersheriff David Bustos have at least a year to renew their inactive Peace Officer Standards and Training certifications. The men said they will not have a problem meeting the deadline.

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New concert venue needed

Current tent location making way for base area development

A new location is being scoured for a venue to host the concerts going on at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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A new look for Rabbit Ears

Backcountry skiers and snowmobilers on Rabbit Ears Pass may have noticed new, brightly colored signs at trailheads in the past month.

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'Ken did the right thing'

Steamboat City Council members discuss Brenner's decision

Members of the Steamboat Springs City Council said Wednesday that while they feel Ken Brenner's decision to step down as council president is "healthy" and "the right thing," they did not try to influence Brenner's decision before it was made.

Chix with Stix start 2007 with shutout

If the Chix with Stix hockey team made a New Year's resolution for 2007, it must have been about dominance.

Scott Stanford: Who are we to tell you what's on TV?

I remember when my family got cable TV - we went from four channels to 13. It was 1978, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. We got TBS and WGN - all the Braves and Cubs games you could ever want, plus Perry Mason, Andy Griffith and Leave it to Beaver.

School district seeking grant

Hayden officials look for funding for vocational building

The future of the Hayden School District's vocational building most likely rests in a grant proposal.

Nixing annexing?

Town Board to review Darling annexation conceptual plan

Heather Kline's development plans may be halted tonight at the Oak Creek Town Board meeting.

The Record for Jan. 9

12:20 a.m. Two men reportedly were making slurs at Texans and kicking at them at a bar in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square. Police said the fight was broken up but that another group of men was trying to provoke a second fight. All the men were gone when officers arrived.

Match to measure

Steamboat wrestlers eye key regional match-ups heading into final home event

Steamboat Springs wrestling coach Sean McCarthy said the ante has been raised.

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'Boat riders sail to Switzerland

Seven current and former members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club left for Arosa, Switzerland, on Tuesday to compete in the 2007 Snowboard World Championships.

Wednesday, January 10

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Ken Brenner has resigned as president of the City Council. Three newly elected county officials were sworn in Tuesday including Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush and Appraiser Mike Kerrigan. Sheraton Steamboat Resort officials hope to have a buyer for their property by the end of the month. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden survives Soroco defense

After losing the cross-county rivalry by one-point at both meetings last year, the girls on the Hayden girls basketball team returned the favor by beating Soroco, 32-30, on the Rams' home court Tuesday night.

The Record for Jan. 8

The Record for Monday, Jan. 8, 2007.

Soroco nearly loses lead

The Soroco boys basketball team looked to have things wrapped up by halftime in its Tuesday night game against Hayden. The team dominated both ends of the court to establish a comfortable 10-point lead at the half.

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Sailors bite Bulldogs

Steamboat, Moffat County game fails to live up to rivalry

When Steamboat Springs and Moffat County meet on the hardwood it's normally a heated battle that lives up to the two schools' long-standing rivalry. That wasn't the case Tuesday night.

Fast start, slow finish

Steamboat girls fall, 55-16, to Moffat County

The Steamboat girls basketball team led, 4-0, against Moffat County High School after two minutes of play in Tuesday night's home game.

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Wall makes quick changes

New sheriff begins to clean house, names Bustos undersheriff

On Tuesday, new Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was sworn into office in a crowded Routt County Courthouse courtroom. Also taking the oath of office were new Undersheriff David Bustos, 13 patrol deputies, 15 detention deputies and five Sheriff's Office administrative staff members.

Jimmy Westlake: Don't miss Comet McNaught

Not everything in astronomy can be predicted far in advance. A faint comet discovered last year by Australian comet-hunter Robert McNaught has brightened suddenly and dramatically as it has neared the sun.

Briefs for 1-10

News in Brief for Jan. 10, 2007.

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Sheraton deal expected this month

Sheraton Steamboat Resort officials hope to have a buyer for their property by the end of the month. The first round of bids from prospective buyers have been submitted, Sheraton Steamboat Resort general manager Chuck Porter said Tuesday.

Bill Dring: Stop the madness

Letter to the editor

I have seldom felt so strongly about an issue affecting our country. I urge everyone to protest against the deployment of more troops to Iraq. Protest in any way you can - as loudly as you can - to prevent this huge mistake.

Mike Lawrence: Image for sale

Ads paint vision of Shangri-la Steamboat

The ads for homes have no homes in them. Instead there are brightly painted cowgirl boots and a braying buck splashed in full color across pages of recent editions of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Some ads show two people relaxing in a heated pool while the snow falls around them.

Partnership for the ages

Partners in Routt County hosts mentor appreciation party

Cristie Scott isn't an employee of the South Routt School District, but she is treated like faculty. For that matter, so is each of the three AmeriCorps mentors who work in Routt County's middle schools.

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Search and Rescue on center stage

CNN, NBC to film winter survival, avalanche stories

Although they typically work behind the scenes, members of Routt County Search and Rescue are getting ready to take center stage. Television networks NBC and CNN will feature members of Search and Rescue as well as local adaptive skier Craig Kennedy and the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in a variety of upcoming shows.

The road to regionals

Hayden wrestlers take sixth, Soroco takes seventh in Paonia

Hayden wrestling coach Ty Zabel had only three words to describe the competition at Saturday's Paonia State Bank Screaming Eagle Tournament: tough, tough and tough.

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Brenner steps down as president

Dellinger takes reins; Brenner to remain on City Council

Council member Ken Brenner, who has served as council president since November 2005, stepped down from the role Tuesday night, citing physical and mental strains from recent surgeries and a job that requires managing lengthy council meetings and facilitating discussion of contentious issues.

Jim Miller: Grateful for superintendent

Letter to the editor

We are truly blessed in Steamboat to have Donna Howell as our superintendent. She is an excellent administrator and wonderful communicator, and she is a passionate advocate for our children and what is best for their education.

Our View: School Board picked wrong battle

At Issue: Dispute over access to performance surveys

The Steamboat Springs School Board's decision Monday to order the release of performance surveys of district administrators was unnecessary and poorly timed, particularly given the larger issues facing our schools.

Tuesday, January 9

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Officials take oath of office

Diane Mitsch Bush and Mike Kerrigan join incumbents for wearing-in

A standing-room-only crowd witnessed the swearing in of numerous county officials Tuesday at the Routt County Courthouse Annex. More than 30 people attended the brief 8 a.m. ceremony, during which Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht solemnly swore in newly elected Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush and Assessor Mike Kerrigan. Garrecht also renewed the oaths of office for re-elected Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland, Surveyor Ridgway "Skidge" Moon and Coroner Rob Ryg. Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon renewed her oath last week.

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Video: Morning News Update

The Steamboat Springs School Board and school district administrators squared off Monday night over access to performance surveys conducted in the fall. Routt County election results become a reality today when county officials are sworn in. Seasoned and beginner backcountry adventurers have the chance to brush up on avalanche safety this weekend. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Finding better ways to vote

Citizen group aims to improve local elections

A citizens committee formed to examine and improve Routt County elections begins its work this week.

Swearing in, moving out

Routt County officials changing the guard

Routt County election results become a reality today when county officials are sworn in.

Slide into avalanche safety

Seasoned and beginner backcountry adventurers have the chance to brush up on avalanche safety this weekend.

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Tom Ross: Powder more precious than gold

I attended an intimate little party in Old Town on Saturday night and managed to offend approximately one-third of the people there. I didn't have to try very hard - it comes naturally.

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Housing plan takes shape

Council to review draft ordinance tonight

A draft ordinance to amend Steamboat's housing policies includes many ideas but few specifics - for now.

District officials fight over surveys

Gleason: Disagreement over closed session 'divisive to district'

The Steamboat Springs School Board and school district administrators squared off Monday night over access to performance surveys conducted in the fall.

Medals elude Steamboat skiers at championships

Five members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club traveled to Houghton, Mich., last week seeking competition experience and hoping for top results at the 2007 U.S Cross Country Championships.

Demong races to fourth ... again

Another race, another close finish for American Bill Demong on the Nordic combined World Cup tour.

Monday, January 8

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LIFT-UP of Routt County is celebrating its grand opening with an open house at its new facility - the Lufkin LIFT UP Center - at 2125 Curve Court. Hurricane-force winds were recorded on Mount Werner Saturday night, and gusts created white-out conditions in the city of Steamboat Springs. In sports, the Steamboat Sailors are 2-0 in the Western Slope League after a 61-40 win over Glenwood on Saturday. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

A matter of ability, not age

Word on the street is that especially if we are baby boomers, we don't like to be called "seniors." At Aging Well, we take that seriously.

January's new beginnings

New Year's resolutions are as much a part of American culture as Fourth of July fireworks, it seems.

Diagnostic imaging: Not just X-rays

Your physician just ordered an MRI. A friend is scheduled for a CAT scan. Your mom is getting a nuclear medicine study. You are probably not alone if you do not know what these terms mean. They reflect just a few of the important developments since the "X-ray" was discovered in 1895.

Strong winds rock 'boat

Hurricane-force winds were recorded on Mount Werner Saturday night, and gusts created white-out conditions in the city of Steamboat Springs.

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Settling in and spreading out

LIFT-UP to hold grand opening for new location on Wednesday

LIFT-UP of Routt County has a new building and more space, but one thing certainly will never change as the non-profit organization continues to grow.

Local racers take 2nd, 3rd in trials

Anna Marno learned a lot about competitive ski racing this past week at Winter Park.

Luke Graham:

Make spring football a reality

There's nothing better than spring football.

Sunday, January 7

Get your head in gear

If you wanted to hang out with the cool crowd at Arapahoe High School back in the mid-1980s, there were a few basic things that you just had to have.

Cowboys turn on offense to give Rams boot

The Soroco junior varsity won a thrilling 46-44 game Saturday against Plateau Valley. The varsity squad didn't fare nearly as well.

Height lifts Sailors over Demons

Over winter break, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team, whose tallest starter stands at 6'2", traveled to Wyoming to play in games against teams with posts that were 6'10".

Parallel wins

Jewell, Loo claim giant slalom victories at Race to the Cup

Marne Roberts might just have earned herself a trip to Europe.

Sailors hockey bounces back against Liberty

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Jeff Ruff thinks it's weekends like this one that could propel his team to great heights this season.

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Teams' bleak play gives Sailors a loss

The Demons couldn't hit many shots and neither could the Sailors.

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Soroco girls team struggles with Plateau Valley press

Soroco coach Danelle Rivera said the girls on her basketball team were looking forward to their first district game on Saturday against an 8-0 Plateau Valley team - so much so they requested to get back in the gym and start practicing a day before she had scheduled.

Class notes for Jan. 7

Alyse Gentry and Michael Peckham, both of Steamboat Springs, have been named to the Dean's List for the 2006 fall term at Johnson & Wales University. To receive Dean's List commendation, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better.

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No substitute for subs

County schools in need of teachers for the rest of the year

Substitute teachers are a necessity, not a luxury.

William "Albe" R. Alberts

1952-2006

Steamboat Springs resident William "Albe" R. Alberts passed away peacefully Dec. 19, 2006, surrounded by family and friends in Steamboat.

Doris Pauline Shelton

1931-2006

Former Hayden resident Doris Pauline Simpson died Dec. 27, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 75.

Haroldene "Dena" Mae Lager (Gourley)

1928-2007

Former Steamboat Springs resident Haroldene "Dena" Mae Lager, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Jan. 2, 2007, in Gilroy, Calif. She was 78.

Wayne E. Swanson

1934-2006

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Wayne E. Swanson passed away Dec. 23, 2006, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs of Parkinson's disease and related complications. He was 72.

Dayton Guy Dowling

1927-2006

Longtime Hayden resident Dayton Guy Dowling died Dec. 27, 2006, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after a brief illness. He was 79.

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"Shame on Congress if another year goes by without such reforms" (Pilot & Today "Our View" published on Dec. 31) Shame on this paper for assisting in the invasion of Iraq. The same is happening here again. The biggest issue in this country is Iraq! You helped get us there now help get us out.

Richard Levy: Expanding editorial

On Dec 27, the Steamboat Today's "Our View: Cap Won't Come Without a Price" talks about Steamboat's newly adopted "big box ordinance." The editorial correctly points out that "big-box stores will detract from our (town's) natural beauty and its unique sense of community, which is part of our attractiveness to both residents and visitors."

Our View: Getting our housing going

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority turned a $250,000 investment into the $5 million Fox Creek project, creating 30 affordable housing units for Steamboat Springs residents.

Dave Shively: Airborne excursions

"It's pretty cool to be in the air so long that you can think about some stuff."

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Going to the dogs

Local dog sledding fanatics harness canine power for backcountry thrills

Carol Bloodworth jokes that she's "totally going to the dogs."

Horizons seeks volunteers for skiing excursions

For Steamboat Springs resident Chris Martinez, the smile on his skiing partner's face while coming down Preview ski run makes the entire day worthwhile.

The air up there

Civil Air Patrol pilots search for blizzard victims

Hayden resident Sam Haslem started his new year's celebration 13,500 feet in the air, hundreds of miles from Routt County.

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Back to work

Taylor returns to Capitol as Dems take state reins

State Sen. Jack Taylor has seen a lot during his 14 years at the Capitol in Denver.

Former law office receives a face-lift

Boat House Pub would continue Yampa Street trend

The evolution of Yampa Street into a downtown restaurant district is poised to continue with the news that the new owners of The Boat House at 609 Yampa plan to build a pub on the site.

Marabou developers call time-out

Team members optimistic as ski area sale prompts recalculation of market

The developers of Marabou Ranch luxury subdivision west of Steamboat Springs have responded to the pending sale of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. by temporarily withdrawing about 40 home sites from the market and accelerating construction of community buildings.

Bigger bang for your buck

Seminar focuses on marketing

Small business owners have a short period of time to attract vacationers into their doors.

Retail takes off at airport

Second of three phases of YVRA expansion nearly complete

Trini Riley has seen a lot of changes at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden since she opened her snack bar there in 1995.

In 2007, look up

Celestial highlights this year include meteors, planets and a total lunar eclipse

Sky watchers in 2007 can look forward to several excellent meteor showers, lots of bright planets, and two total eclipses of the moon. Add in a spacecraft flyby of the planet Jupiter and two more launches of spacecraft headed for Mars and beyond, and it stacks up to be a great year in astronomy!

Saturday, January 6

Carving wins

Race to the Cup snowboard showdowns yield wins for Kay and Doyon

It doesn't take Zachary Kay long to rebound.

Sailors offensive game improves

The week just keeps getting better for Steamboat Springs coach Kelly Meek.

Sailors hockey suffers first loss to Cheyenne Mtn.

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Jeff Ruff knew that playing Cheyenne Mountain would be a good a measuring stick. The Indians (4-2) were returning 14 players from a talented squad that advanced to last year's state finals.

Propane price increases affect businesses

For Oak Creek business owners Doug Diamond and Scott Wedel, paying more than $2 for a gallon of propane gas is having drastic effects on their pocketbooks.

Tom Ross: Memories aging like old magazines

Fading Bronco glory almost a decade old

I'm the kind of person who hoards old magazines. It's difficult to part with them. I'd rather throw out a book than throw out a great issue of "American Photographer" or "National Geographic."

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Dry spell breaks

Storm drops 9 inches of powder on area

A storm Thursday night and early Friday brought 9 inches of much-needed fresh powder at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Slow start stings Sailors girls again

Basketball loses to Rifle, 54-27

The Steamboat Springs Sailors girls basketball team has struggled all season with falling behind early. Friday was no different. Steamboat was down, 18-2, to Rifle after the first quarter en route to a 54-27 loss.

Fletcher earns national title

Nordic skier secures World Juniors spot

Nordic combined skier Taylor Fletcher topped the Nordic combined field Thursday at the North American Junior Championships in Calgary, Alberta.

A 12-step program for creativity

De Wardt teaching workshop based on 'The Artist's Way'

Susan de Wardt says she stopped drawing for 20 years after a college art instructor said she was wasting her parent's money by attending his class.

Talk turns to action

Fundraising to begin for Hayden vocational building

The Hayden School District and Hayden Economic Development Council are looking for money to expand Hayden's vocational building and program.

Friday, January 5

Real estate transactions for Dec. 21 to 29

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The Yampa Valley Medical Center set a record with 430 births in 2006. A second wave of vacationers has arrived, making for another busy weekend in Steamboat Springs. Nancy Kramer has worked her last day as the executive director of Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

Be a life-saver

South Routt Medical Center offers CPR class

Many rural Routt County residents live half an hour or more from the nearest hospital, meaning the life of a loved one could be in their hands in the event of an emergency.

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Crowds carry into January

A second wave of vacationers has arrived, making for another busy weekend in Steamboat Springs. But this wave won't match what the city experienced over the Christmas holiday, which could prove to be the busiest holiday on record in the Yampa Valley.

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Call him the surprise specialist

Sailors standout Shea Hurley makes unexpected visit from Iraq

Shea Hurley is full of surprises. For instance, former Steamboat Springs head football coach Mark Drake remembers Hurley catching the D'Evelyn defense off guard in Steamboat's 2003 playoff run to the state semifinals. In what Drake called a "turning-point play," Hurley ran a screen pass in for a touchdown to put the Sailors ahead, 10-0, against the previously undefeated team.

The Record for Jan. 3

6:36 a.m. A stranded motorist reportedly was blocking a lane of traffic near Lincoln Avenue and 10th Street. The car was gone when officers arrived.

Boys open up league play with Rifle team

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team will experience something different when they open league play against Rifle tonight in Kelly Meek Gymnasium - a team they match up well against.

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Boys falter on second runs, take fourth in slalom

The boys on Steamboat Springs' Alpine ski team brought their best skiing early to Thursday's high school slalom event at the Steamboat Ski Area. Unfortunately, most of the Sailors were a little slow through the gates on their second runs.

Allen win boosts Sailors to second

Racer comes from back of the pack to win slalom

When Steamboat Springs ski racer Jenny Allen stepped into the starting gate of Thursday's high school slalom race, the plan was simple.

A Council of change

Arts Council will use the new year to enact many transitions

Nancy Kramer has worked her last day as the executive director of Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

Teachers needed to help bridge gap

Summer Laws has a suggestion for anyone whose New Year's resolution was to become more involved in the community - volunteer to be an English teacher to immigrants for Comunidad Integrada.

District to fill vacancies soon

The job descriptions for key school construction officials haven't been finalized, but the Steamboat Springs School District is moving forward with filling two of those positions.

Scientists unite in Steamboat

Annual symposia draw international researchers for discussion

Hundreds of the world's brightest scientists are gathering in Steamboat Springs today to begin a series of discussions about the most important medical and scientific issues facing the United States.

Fire in the sky

Oak Creek resident spots rocket debris entering atmosphere

Tom Bleuer knew the bright light he watched zoom over the Flat Tops early Thursday morning wasn't a UFO by the way it was acting.

Jane McLeod: Bee balm a treat for all senses

There is so much emphasis put on the usefulness of herbs that it's not always appreciated how decorative they can be. For variety in a garden, I like to tuck some of them in amongst our tried-and-true posies, and in an earlier article I described my fondness for the addition of sweet cicely for just such appeal.

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YVMC reports record births

2006 was a good year for babies, with over 400 new infants

Many Northwest Colorado residents spent the better part of 2006 skiing in or digging out from waist-deep powder. It appears many people also spent quality time indoors.

Happy hours

Drink and appetizer specials at Steamboat pubs.

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Art beyond the spruce

Artists' Gallery of Steamboat hosts its first opening reception

One of the functions of the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat is to be a learning experience for gallery visitors and artists alike.

On Scene

I don't gamble a single penny when I go to casinos. And I certainly didn't need to change that habit at Emerald City Opera's Gambler's Ball on New Year's Eve. We had a ball because we had it all.

Touring in style

Whitewater Ramble travels to Steamboat in an RV

Whitewater Ramble will tour in style this year. The self-described "high-octane, Rocky Mountain dancegrass" band is traveling in a new RV its members bought last month to accommodate their growing concert schedule.

Ambassadors of Texas

South Austin Jug Band to play at MusicFest, Ski Jam

The South Austin Jug Band's music doesn't fit any particular genre.

Allison Plean: Ode to the arts

Want to see some big smiles? Check out the artists involved in opening the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat and the Steamboat Art Museum.

Tattoo of the week: Donald Dillon

I got the tattoo in the summer of 2006. I was inspired to get the tattoo after my grandfather came back from Ireland with a plaque of my family crest. An independent artist named Joe Miller of Denver created the crest. It took him four and a half hours to create the design.

Thursday, January 4

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Because the deal to sell the Steamboat Ski Area won't close until late this winter, American Skiing Co. will keep most of the revenues from the 2006-07 ski season. Arson is not the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed a room in a house in Old Town Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office dismissed drug charges a former Strawberry Park Hot Springs manager faced because the man was sentenced to a federal prison term on separate charges last month. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Ski area deal still on track

Because the deal to sell the Steamboat Ski Area won't close until late this winter, American Skiing Co. will keep most of the revenues from the 2006-07 ski season.

Scott Stanford: May's column captured the history of the region

Bill May is from a different era in Routt County.

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Cause of Uncochief fire unclear

Arson is not the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed a room in a house in Old Town Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, fire officials said Wednesday. The fire at 1045 Uncochief Circle was reported at about 5 p.m. Tuesday after a neighbor saw smoke pluming from the home's roof.

Man sentenced on porn charge

Following sentence, DA dismisses Routt County drug charges

The District Attorney's Office dismissed drug charges a former Strawberry Park Hot Springs manager faced because the man was sentenced to a federal prison term on separate charges last month.

No local impact from snow

Routt County cattle not stranded by storm, official says

The heavy snowfall and gusty winds that stranded tens of thousands of people and livestock in southeastern Colorado likely will not affect Routt County's cattle industry, a local agriculture official said Wednesday.

Make your voice seen

'Photo petition' will be sent to Congressman

A picture is worth a thousand words - or in this case, two or three.

Capital Commission lists budget wants

Middle school expansion, grant writer, high school theater upgrade discussed

In its first budget presentation for the 2007-08 school year, the Capital Commission suggested that the Education Fund Board continue funding the district grant writer, pay for improvements to the North Routt Community Charter School and pay for upgrades to the Steamboat Springs High School theater.

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Girls team looks to get on track

If there's one thing Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach John Ameen hopes the New Year will bring, it's consistency.

Local skiers race in nationals

Several Steamboat Springs Nordic skiers raced in Wednesday's U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships in Houghton, Mich.

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Sailors ready for big-time clash

Hockey team faces state runner-up Cheyenne Mountain on Friday

It's not often that a team that hasn't lost all season - and remains the only undefeated squad in the state - enters a game as an underdog.

Wednesday, January 3

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Joanna Marie Almeida was born at 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, making her the first baby of the new year at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Routt County commissioners agreed Tuesday to reimburse the town of Hayden for stationing law enforcement officers at the airport screening area during passenger screening. New Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch says underage drinking is a problem in his town. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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YVMC celebrates first baby

Joanna Marie Almeida was the hospital's first birth of 2007

Liana Martin was scheduled to give birth at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but her daughter insisted on arriving early. Joanna Marie Almeida was born at 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, making her the first baby of the new year at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

County to bill airlines for cost

Reimbursement approved for officers

Routt County commissioners agreed Tuesday to reimburse the town of Hayden for stationing law enforcement officers at the airport screening area during passenger screening.

Chief cracking down on youth drinking

New Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch says underage drinking is a problem in his town, and he plans to do something about it. Birch is focusing his efforts on cracking down on those who supply the booze to kids.

Mike Lawrence: Resolving to see the Legislature

The joke hung in the air, waiting to be said.

Jim and Lisa Tholson: Pines fire

My husband and I lived in The Pines condominiums and were displaced by the fire on Dec. 26. We want to let the citizens of Steamboat Springs know what a great bunch of firefighters and police officers we have.

Tom Lake: Teamwork helped through the holidays

For anyone who experienced the pillage of the City Market and Safeway shelves over the recent holiday weekends, they can understand firsthand the challenges weather inflicts on running any business. We at Yampa Valley Medical Center had the same issues.

Our View: Congress' top priority

Congress goes back to work Thursday with a new Democratic majority and without a November election to worry about.

Hayden moves to four-day week

School district returns to former schedule one year after change

Hayden School District Superintendent Mike Luppes is convinced that going to a four-day school week was the right move for his district.

Funding boost for preschools

First Impressions receives $67,000 in grants

Local preschools will continue to benefit from the work of a county organization.

Fletcher opens bid for World Juniors

Nordic combined skier Taylor Fletcher rang in a new year last week in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a third-place finish at a qualifier for the 2007 FIS Nordic World Junior Championships.

High school ski racing comes to Steamboat

More than 250 high school ski racers will be in Steamboat Thursday for the first slalom race of the season.

The Record for Jan. 1

12:01 a.m. Police gave a person near U.S. Highway 40 and Mount Werner Road a ride to a gas station.

News in brief for Jan. 3

Registration is Monday and Tuesday for Northwest Ballet of Steamboat Springs' punch-card classes. Classes are available for adults and children seven and older. The classes run from January through May. Call 871-1880 or visit www.northwest-ballet.com for more information.

Tuesday, January 2

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Routt County residents rang in 2007 with relatively tame revelry, law enforcement officials said Monday. The Steamboat Springs City Council will have plenty of work to do when it reconvenes Jan. 9. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

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Routt County residents rang in 2007 with relatively tame revelry, law enforcement officials said Monday. The Steamboat Springs City Council will have plenty of work to do when it reconvenes Jan. 9. Brought to you by Coleman Cook and Sharon Pace-Ward of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Dec. 31

The Record for Dec. 31, 2006.

Police report mostly quiet holiday weekend

Routt County residents rang in 2007 with relatively tame revelry, law enforcement officials said Monday.

News briefs for 1-2

Area briefs for Jan. 2, 2007.

Ski Corp. announces hires

Poirot named marketing director; Brown's duties expand

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials announced a new marketing director Monday.

Tom Ross: Buck's hunger strike is finally over

As if there weren't already enough strife in the world, I came home from a short trip to Utah last week to find my dog, Buck, on a hunger strike.

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City Council takes holiday

Busy month to follow break; next meeting is Jan. 9

The Steamboat Springs City Council will have plenty of work to do when it reconvenes Jan. 9. The council does not meet today because of a break for the holidays, but its members will attempt to tackle several busy agendas in coming weeks. Continuing discussion of affordable housing issues, action on proposed large-scale developments and a review of city policies for vacation home rentals all are scheduled for January.

The sound is sweeter at home

Moffat County grad to perform in Steamboat on Friday

Nothing beats performing for a hometown crowd. Just ask Juliann Albaugh, a 1996 Moffat County High School graduate who's performing some of her favorite popular songs and arias at the United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs on Friday.

Monday, January 1

Hayden secures funds for park

After making some tweaks to an application that had been denied in June for Dry Creek Park grant money, the town has learned it has been awarded a $200,000 Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCo, local government grant. "It's the whole enchilada," Hayden town manager Russ Martin said. "That's the most grant money they award, and we got it."

Seminars sets 2007 series

Summer lectures, in their fifth year, have gained popularity

The annual Seminars at Steamboat series will feature four speakers this summer: a columnist on national security, a professor of Middle East and South Asia politics, a former inspector general of the CIA and a professor of medicine.

The Record for Dec. 30

The Record for Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006.

Monday Medical: Resolutions may prevent diabetes

Eating healthier, exercising more can reduce risk

Good New Year's resolutions for someone who has diabetes are - believe it or not - pretty much the same as those for someone without diabetes. The following resolutions would help people with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels more effectively and might even help people without diabetes from getting it:

News briefs for 1-1

Briefs for Jan. 1, 2007.

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No resolutions needed

Locals, visitors discard New Year's tradition

For many people, beginning a new calendar year means setting goals for the future, taking time for introspection and enjoying a fresh start at self-improvement. Not so in Steamboat Springs. Not so in Steamboat Springs. "I just try to live the way I want to live, all the time," said resident Carmel Tsabar, explaining that in her view, achieving personal goals is a year-round endeavor that shouldn't necessarily be attached to a holiday.