Tuesday, July 31
The show aired at 7 p.m. Monday and explores whether the six participants could link themselves to the country music star. The show was based on the theory that every person in the world can be linked though as few as six people. Contestants weren't allowed to call McBride's office or track her down at a performance. Instead, they had to go to approach someone they knew, who would then approach someone else, and so on.
Not that Jeff Nelson is counting or anything, but there are 123 days left before Howelsen Hill Ski Area opens.
John Beaupre knows the way to a black bear's heart.
Young golfers still have a little more than a week to sign up for one of the final junior tournaments of the season in Steamboat Springs.
Midnight. Officers warned a group of people partying in the 400 block of Eaglepointe Court to be quiet.
Thousands of dollars in electronic equipment was reported stolen from at least a dozen unlocked cars in Steamboat Springs on Saturday and Sunday nights.
After years of trying, Ray Selbe finally opened his Soaring Eagle RV Park on U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs - and just in time.
The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services' after-school program has called 11 different facilities home in just 18 years. That includes the newly renovated modular buildings adjacent to Howelsen Ice Arena.
News flash! Lincoln Avenue and Steamboat Springs undergo an unprecedented building boom.
Monday, July 30
It's fitting that Ben DeLine verbally committed to play football at Colorado State University.
Frog study finds no deformities in area population
The peaceful croaking of the frogs in the oxbow next to the Yampa River east of Craig was interrupted by the swish of dropping nets and a cheer of success from the captors.
Taylor's departure reveals differences with city manager
Friday was the last day at work for Don Taylor, Steamboat Springs' director of finance. Taylor, who has managed the city's growing budget for seven years, said he "found out" in late June he would leave City Hall.
Ken Swick had two loves while growing up - music and ranching.
D'oh! It's a Homer moniker from "The Simpsons," but also what the movie made this weekend from Steamboat to Springfield.
Take a moment to pull out your driver's license. Is there a little red heart on the front of your driver's license? Do you know what that little red heart means?
Last call for vendors for the second annual Hahn's Peak Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Anyone who would like space for the fair should call Marge at 879-7291. Spaces are $30 each, with proceeds benefiting the Hahn's Peak Historical Society. Vendors keep their profits.
12:07 a.m. An officer was requested in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square.
The health benefits of exercise are immeasurable, but the prospect of starting an exercise routine can be a bit daunting. Special equipment and clothing, gym memberships, hours of lessons or training and high impact activities may not fit into every person's lifestyle.
It was hard not to notice Matekitonga Moeakiola at Saturday's Ski Town rugby tournament.
Sunday, July 29
Bob Cook had no trouble cycling from Idaho Springs at 7,540 feet and up to the Mt. Evans summit parking lot shy of 14,264 feet. When he was tested at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in the late '70s, his VO2 max levels were the highest of any tested athlete at the time.
Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.
The Steamboat Springs City Council faces perhaps its most important challenge in working with Steamboat 700 LLC on plans for housing developments west of the city.
When Kassandra Collins was first diagnosed with colon cancer nine years ago, the Steamboat Springs resident said the road to recovery started at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Looking down the road to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association hopes to establish a cornerstone of national prominence and success. But the snow sports' national governing body is laying that foundation 300 miles west of the city that has produced more winter Olympians than any other nationwide.
While Steamboat Springs remains Ski Town U.S.A., it might be time to recognize it as a rugby hub as well.
Magazine: Fuzziwig's a top new franchise
For most of my life, I have believed the main goal of the game, and I mean any game, is winning.
Dylan Osias had never left the state of Florida until last week, when the six-year-old's parents took him and his brother to see the Rocky Mountains.
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.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and encourage everyone who has had the foresight and determination to band together to re-establish the Hayden Chamber of Commerce.
Growth was a big issue locally until about seven or eight years ago.
Sometimes I'm reminded of Will Roger's comment that he had no need for joke writers. He just read the newspapers and reported what he saw.
Conservation easements are one of the most effective tools available for the conservation of private lands. Landowners, community programs and land trusts have protected more than 1.2 million acres of land in Colorado using conservation easements.
Late July and early August are usually the hottest, sultriest weeks of the summer for much of the northern hemisphere. This stretch of sizzling temperatures has been referred to as "the dog days of summer" for centuries, but most folks use this phrase without really knowing what it means or where it came from.
Steamboat Wine Festival toasts fourth year
Entering its fourth year, the Steamboat Wine Festival is becoming a summer staple in the Yampa Valley.
Age: In my 40s
Life in the 'Boat
Joanne Palmer traces one man's job hunt progress during the next 6 months.
The family homes in the Silver Spur subdivision are conducting a serious flirtation with the $1 million barrier.
Sellers have family ties to arts camp
A historic 471-acre ranch with family ties to Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp near Steamboat Springs has sold for a little more than $13.5 million.
Real estate transactions for July 19 to 24
Rummagers settling in to downtown location
The new parking lot under construction at Steamboat Motors not only will add space to maneuver at the crowded dealership, but also will allow for dozens more cars to be added to the inventory.
Biggest dips expected down the road
Tourism is a bit off from a big summer last year, a trend some expect to continue as long as ongoing construction projects discourage summer visitors.
Living in Routt County, residents are used to the herds of grazing cattle and sheep and horses that dot the county's landscape.
Perhaps the most enduring image from NASA's last Space Shuttle Atlantis mission happened to come from Steamboat Springs.
Can't imagine anything more foolish in the 21st century than a mounted patrol in an area with motor traffic. Horses are pretty good for crowd control because it gives you a higher point to observe the goings on, and because most reasonable people are intimidated by the size of the animal. So, I'm sure there was a purpose in the LAPD even though it seems backwards - horses in LA, but not in Hayden. When was the last riot in Hayden?
Bridger Root sounds like an old sage when he thinks back on a lifetime of mountaineering, trying to pick his most memorable climb from hundreds of Alpine ascents.
Runners hit the trails at Spring Creek Memorial race
Shawn Scholl came huffing through the final stretch of Saturday morning's Spring Creek Memorial race, having completed the grueling nine-mile trail run only to get tripped up at the finish.
The little building that sits perched atop Oak Creek's Main Street has quite the history.
Saturday, July 28
12:05 a.m. A group of loud people was reported on Cedar Court. The group was given a warning to be quiet.
Rebecca Stievater can't help but think of biking across the country as a series of numbers.
Disc golf course completed
Ron Pannesi, course pro and co-designer of the Thunderhead Disc Golf Course announced completion of the new 18-hole course at the Steamboat Ski Area Friday.
Loris Werner, the youngest of three children in a family that helped define skiing in Steamboat Springs, said he was elated to learn he will be inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame this fall.
For the first time in 28 years of life in Steamboat Springs, I'm thinking about giving up my mail box at the downtown post office.
The annual Kent Eriksen's Tour de Steamboat is Aug. 11. Volunteers are needed for all aid stations, the post-ride barbecue and registration. E-mail email@example.com or call 819-0781.
The developers of Trailhead Lodge in Steamboat Springs put $56.6 million in real estate under contract during the span of six hours Wednesday in Denver.
Say what you will, but you can't accuse the advisory committee for redevelopment at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area of being shortsighted. At a meeting Thursday, the base area's Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee (URAAC) met and discussed projects as far down the line as 2014.
Blake and Cole Worsley are spending their summer in Denver, but the brothers continue to make waves in the Steamboat Springs swimming community.
Steamboat in mix for Ski Town
Today's Ski Town Rugby tournament will require a complete effort to win.
Nobody ever said messing with bulls would be low impact. A punctured pancreas, broken femur, dislocated hip, a horn through the leg and a hoof through an artery in his arm - the list of injuries goes on for 41-year-old, Hockley, Texas, native Rodney Gaston after 18 years of fighting bulls at rodeos.
After spending a lifetime collecting bells, chairs, diaries and photos from Oak Creek homes and businesses Mike Yurich finally has a place to display his collection.
County officials to address violence-related childhood issues
Diane Moore has spent years developing domestic violence advocacy and prevention programs for adults, and she's always wanted to focus a similar amount of attention on children. After receiving $14,000 in grant money from the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation the past two years, she can.
Friday, July 27
Sales total $56 million in six hours for reservations in planned Wildhorse Meadows development
A spokesman for the developers of Trailhead Lodge in Steamboat Springs said a reservation event in Denver on Wednesday netted deposits representing future sales of $56 million.
In 1984, Alpine ski racer Deb Armstrong won the gold medal in giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. This winter, she will bring her experience as a racer and talents as an instructor to the staff of the Steamboat Ski Area. Armstrong recently was named the resort's Alpine technical director.
Ken Brenner thinks the recent attention given to Saturday morning's Spring Creek Memorial Run is "long overdue."
Local attorney builds handball court in parking lot at downtown law office
Randy Sulky had been playing handball for most of his life. But when he moved to Steamboat a little more than two years ago, something that had been in his life was taken away.
A benefit in Hayden for 7-year-old Taylen Zabel raised about $50,000 during the Hayden Daze festival last weekend, benefit organizers said.
Grammy winners perform at Free Concert Series today
The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series caught a break this year when Los Lonely Boys was booked for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
Animal shelter working to rid facility of nonthreatening infection
Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter officials say a recent ringworm outbreak at the facility is more of a nuisance than a health threat. They hope to have the shelter disinfected and free of the infection within the next couple of weeks.
More than 170 people crowded into Olympian Hall Thursday night to glimpse a big part of the future of Steamboat Springs.
Since fuzzy dice first dangled from a Cadillac's rearview mirror, Frank Cooley has been asked when the next oil boom would occur.
Robin McKelle was born in the wrong decade. So, when would have been the right time?
Members of the Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee held an unofficial meeting Thursday to discuss the results of interviews conducted in conjunction with a study exploring alternate uses for the airport.
Wednesday, July 25
Steamboat has experienced an unusual rain pattern this summer, with town getting some deluges, higher elevations receiving hail, and areas north and west of town getting a small fraction of the moisture that other areas enjoy.
My friend lost his wallet on a subway in Tokyo, and someone returned it with all the contents intact. Tokyo has a population of more than 12 million people.
Local musicians join vocalist Kip Strean for encore Neil Young tribute show
Just because it's over doesn't mean it can't be redone.
To give props to Brad Cramer, Mikey, Benny, Milo and all the fun times with everyone in old Westland (Mobile Home Park) No. 7.
Cyclist arrested in road-rage incident
Tina Weintraub teaches the ancient art of origami
Seven years after her retirement, part-time Steamboat Springs resident Tina Weintraub can't seem to quit teaching. But instead of grammar as her subject matter, Weintraub teaches the ancient art of origami.
Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory founder and artistic director Ernest Richardson admits Steamboat is better known for its ski hills than its chamber music, but that doesn't mean he isn't trying to change that.
Thursday, July 26
Yampa Valley Community Foundation recognizes five residents for charity work
Linda Haltom said recognizing philanthropists in Steamboat Springs is a difficult task because of the large number of selfless people in the area.
Mike Lawrence's first article in our Power Play series was more than 2,000 words. But it was the following paragraph that got my attention:
Colorado students can expect extra shots to the arm before heading back to school this year.
Hamm granted continuance in alleged stabbing case
Tuesday, July 24
As the sport of lacrosse grows nationwide, the Steamboat Lacrosse men's club team continues to benefit. The team continues to grow in size and ability.
Bingham, Boniface bike to top Root Canal honors
When Katherine Ingalls made her first excursion outside of her house since her July 3 surgery, her destination was Wednesday night's Town Challenge mountain bike race.
Local rodeo riders have mixed results at nationals
Joel Schlegel has learned that sometimes the bucks don't go your way.
To date, Scouting has given Brant Crossan the chance to spend his summers amid the pines, spruce and aspens in the forests of Colorado. But Crossan will soon experience Scouting from an international perspective.
Strake Jesuit junior Chris Lauinger will have plenty of things to tell his Houston classmates about when he returns to school in a few weeks.
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but if you're a senior citizen in Hayden, there's certainly such a thing as a cheap one. The Routt County Council on Aging offers lunch three days a week at the American Legion in Hayden for a suggested donation of $2.50 for those older than 60. For those younger, the suggested donation is $5.
Former inspector general to speak on intelligence reform
This week's installment of The Seminars at Steamboat will focus on the future of espionage in the U.S.
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday approved $35,000 to hire a contractor to stripe roads in the city this week.
Ranch Rendezvous Day to pay tribute to area agriculture
Alpacas, goats, cows and pigs will be bleating, oinking and mooing on the Routt County Courthouse lawn Saturday during Ranch Rendezvous Day.
Wednesday, July 25
For all the plans Craig's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265 has cooked up in anticipation of the Vietnam Memorial's Moving Wall, it has been hard to stir enough volunteers from the community.
Voluntary fishing ban in place because of low oxygen levels
Steamboat's rubber armada is back in business for now, but the fate of commercial tubing is at the mercy of the weather.
City Council approves ordinance in late-night session
At nearly 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, for good or ill, and putting at least a temporary end to months of debate, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved revisions to the city's vacation home rental ordinance with a 4-2 vote.
Visitors to last weekend's Hayden Daze festival were introduced to the newest members of Hayden's police force. Horses Smokie and Jake, both geldings, made their debut in what Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch is calling a mounted patrol "pilot program."
Lightning sparks 20-acre fire 3 1/2 miles northeast of Elkhead Reservoir
Two wildland fires - one Monday and one Tuesday - burned 55 acres of private land in Moffat County.
Anyone willing to snip his or her hair Saturday for Locks of Love will receive a free haircut.
After a summer swim season that started in May and ended for Steamboat Springs Team Lightning last weekend, coach Essi Kenttala can look back at plenty of successes having won multiple meets as a team.
"Sicko," Michael Moore's latest exploration into policy-directed documentaries, raises the level of awareness of the bureaucratically encumbered American health care system.
I'm very happy to see that Steamboat now has official bicycle routes, on streets, where cars will share the road. The Bicycle Advisory Committee did a very good thing for all of the bicycle riders by doing this. I was very happy to be able to see a list of the downtown streets that have bicycle lanes.
Monday, July 23
Drivers License Office closes at noon Thursday
Pain reigns at fifth Challenge
A handful of Hayden residents were left without power Monday afternoon when a truck traveling near Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue struck a power line crossing the road, which ripped two power poles out of the ground.
Former inspector general to speak on intelligence reform
This week's installment of The Seminars at Steamboat will focus on the future of espionage in the U.S.
All three creeks running through downtown could soon change course.
It is no surprise that downtown construction is presenting challenges for the city of Steamboat Springs and its residents.
Tuesday, July 24
Asphalt shortages and city regulations - not contractor negligence - are causing loose gravel near downtown construction sites, a construction official said Monday.
12:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers arrested an 18-year-old man after officers responded to a loud party at 2015 Bear Road. Tyler Ross Jones, 18, of Steamboat Springs was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI per se, minor in possession and possession of fireworks.
Raymond Allen, 24, who currently has an address in Craig, was arrested Friday night in Moffat County after a car chase that began in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Stock Dog Challenge to host photo contest
The Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge is Sept. 1 to 3 at the Stanko Ranch. A photo contest called "Dogs At Work" will be featured as part of the stock dog event. Dog owners are encouraged to submit photos of their dogs at work, specifically dogs that help their owners at their jobs. Working dogs can include hunting and sport dogs, service dogs, shop dogs, office dogs, construction dogs, rafting dogs and stock dogs.
A sulphur cave on Howelsen Hill - a caving attraction whose discovery pre-dates the city of Steamboat Springs - will undergo scientific scrutiny next month.
Routt County school districts to receive state funds for expelled students
Families looking for resources to help re-enroll expelled students into Routt County school districts now are eligible for programs funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Runway maintanence work could be finished by end of week
Steamboat Springs Airport is expected to remain closed through Friday for runway maintenance, although it could open sooner if no rain falls over Steamboat, airport manager Mel Baker said.
The late Skeeter Werner Walker wanted her husband to be remembered here not as a youthful gridiron God, but as the gregarious bear of a man who lived out his years in Steamboat. Skeeter wanted Doak Walker's enduring image in the Yampa Valley to be crowned with a battered cowboy hat.
From a two-track dirt road atop a shale-covered hill, vast open fields and hillsides unroll in every direction. A few rusty, dented trucks sit in a makeshift junkyard. The slopes of Steamboat Ski Area are a green backdrop in the distance.
Under the direction of new leadership, the once-defunct Hayden Chamber of Commerce is looking to bounce back to life.
Monday, July 23
It couldn't have been more opposite of Saturday's come-from-behind win for the Steamboat Springs 9- and 10-year-old Little League team on Sunday.
A beautiful thing happened Thursday in Routt County.
Chamber's 100-year gift to courthouse features life-size children
Next spring, a new statue will likely adorn the Routt County Courthouse lawn.
Childhood obesity is a growing health threat. During the past two decades, the large increase of overweight children has been well-documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fifteen percent of children 6 to 19 years of age are overweight. This is three times the number recorded in 1980.
City Council determined to revise rules for vacation homes
No matter what happens, half the crowd will likely be angry when walking out of Centennial Hall on Tuesday night.
Matt and Chance Harms have no problem making the haul down U.S. Highway 40 from Hot Sulphur Springs to Hayden. The brothers load up their families and their pair of modified open-wheel racers into a custom 52-foot semitrailer rig for a taste of summer time speed. After the 95-mile drive, Matt Harms is eager to fulfill his racing fix by tearing up the fastest laps he can on the 1/4-mile dirt track at the Hayden Speedway, two miles south of town.
Many people look forward to the joys of grandparenting: Cuddling, ice cream cones, walks to the playground and maybe babysitting before sending the little ones back home to their parents.
First Craig Relay for Life raises more than $64,000
She was, admittedly, a little slap happy.
CSU education looking to expand electronically
Colorado ranks fifth in the nation when education levels of residents are the measuring yardstick, and Colorado State University Vice Provost Lou Swanson said the plan is to make that number go even higher.
Sunday, July 22
Most of the 88 official constellations in the sky represent mythological characters passed down to us from the Babylonian, Greek and Roman civilizations thousands of years ago.
It's not everyday you see a nine-foot clown wandering around downtown Hayden.
On July 17, Jeannie Ritter, the First Lady of Colorado, sponsored a meeting in Steamboat to listen to the concerns of local mental health professionals, educators, law enforcement and citizens. Unfortunately, the front page article in the Steamboat Today the following day paid very little attention to that fact or presented the readers much viable information concerning that public meeting.
When it comes to history and tradition, few entities in Routt County can compare with the Routt County Fair. We are celebrating 93 years in 2007, when the fair will take place Aug. 10 to 19 at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.
Life in the 'Boat
I am hung over. Massively and completely. My head is pounding, but my heart hurts more.
Make it 10.
If you asked Richard Kellerman to design a perfect launching spot to go gliding, it might look a lot like the Steamboat Springs Airport.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I have been visiting your town for several years now and have always loved the laid-back flavor that the 'Boat had to offer. This year, I must admit that the town's feel has changed. I was disappointed to see the rampant change towards commercialism and redevelopment. I have never see such a trashing of such a wonderful place take so little time. I remember a town that prided itself on cowboy ski races and an easy-going atmosphere. I fear that with the new makeover, that warm feel will be lost. The deals have been made and the town seems to be on its way to becoming another Vail or Telluride. How can our mountain towns continue to sell out in this way? Have we completely forgotten why we love them so much? Character, by Webster's definition, is "one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual." If things continue down the same path, I believe that Steamboat Springs will quickly lose its character.
It's hard to imagine there are people in Steamboat Springs who have never met Linda Danter.
Jay Kearns, baseball coach of the Loveland Hitmen team of 10-year-olds, knows his team is at a disadvantage.
Back in 2000, when Aryeh Copa was busy with a day of first ski descents near Haines, Alaska, the last thing on his mind was throwing Frisbees.
In 84 years, Cecille "Eefie" Shroll had never missed a family reunion.
With age, time shrinks and distance stretches in a runner's mind.
We'd like to thank the community for another successful Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Lions Club. A special thank you to the Egg & I for its generous donations and to the Boy Scouts of Troop 194 and their leaders, as well as to the other volunteers. Barbara Walker, Mark Edelfelt and Linda White are worthy of special recognition.
At first glance, it's easy to assume the city's effort to remove itself from the auspices of the Routt County Regional Building Department has more to do with money than a need for increased services. But after discussions with Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials, we believe a move to an independent contractor for building department services is both prudent and timely.
In Mike Lawrence's column (Paper or : paper? July 11 Steamboat Today), he raises the question of whether plastic bags should be banned. He quotes City Council President Susan Dellinger, who said reducing the use of plastic bags would be a step forward for Steamboat's environmental efforts. While that may be true, what would replace the plastic bags? No concrete and practical suggestion was offered either in this article or by Susan Dellinger. Paper was suggested, but paper bags in lieu of plastic bags would create just another problem since the making of paper bags would create its own environmental problems, not to speak of the millions of trees needed to make all those paper bags.
Spotlight on Currie Meyer
Kane Johnson didn't consult many people before making his decision to enlist in the U.S. Army on April 13 - the day he turned 18.
During Tom Gangel's career, which has spanned four different states and nearly 30 years, he has never had the ear of a public official to talk to about mental health issues.
Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.
Having just observed the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we should consider the unique form of government for which our Founding Fathers chose to risk "their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor" against the militarily-superior British.
Steamboat ladies dominate biker scene
For her 50th birthday, Cindy Stofft bought herself a set of skull mirrors for her metallic blue Yamaha VStar 650 motorcycle.
Local buyers, sellers, Realtors turning to technology for assistance
The transforming power of the Internet on the real estate industry should come as no surprise. According to the National Association of Realtors, 78 percent of homebuyers begin their search on the Internet.
Real estate transactions for July 12 to 18, 2007
Group promotes education in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops wilderness areas
Owners of unruly dogs, litterbugs and irresponsible campers take note: a Friends of Wilderness volunteer may give you a polite reproach on your next wilderness indiscretion.
Solar remains an ethical, not frugal, choice
There are lots of reasons to go with solar power. Global warming is gaining acceptance, and fossil fuel consumption is blamed for contributing to that warming. Solar power, conversely, is clean.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Colorado set a record for electricity use of 6,801 megawatts, breaking a previous record from an hour earlier of 6,789 megawatts. The previous record before those was 6,785 megawatts on July 21, 2005.
Zach Perrego's summer is like those of most other teenagers in Steamboat Springs.
Best of the Web for July 22
I am writing in response to Jack Horner's unfortunate accident on Twentymile Road on July 9. I have lived out Twentymile Road for seven years and have never seen so many vehicles traveling at excessive rates of speed around corners as I have this year.
Steamboat Springs 10-and-under baseball coach Tim Bishop always preaches how much his players love the game.
Saturday, July 21
AmeriCorps volunteers are scheduled to arrive soon for the 2007-08 school year, and their sponsoring organization needs local host families.
Restaurant's closure could be bellwether for Ski Time Square
On Friday morning, Don Grueser stood alone in Fuzziwig's Candy Factory in Ski Time Square. The store was replete with sweets, but devoid of people. An undisturbed baking sheet of chocolate-covered pretzels sat near the front window, and in a span of 20 minutes, the only visitor to the store was a construction worker who asked if he could run a faucet to flush the water lines.
Mystery shopping offered to Mainstreet members
Thursday, July 19
Women aim for club soccer league
Teams prepare for football season
The state quarterfinal loss to Limon still sits in Hayden assistant coach Bob Harris' mind.
It's hard to imagine that a game against a rebuilding rugby squad like Glenwood Springs is the most important match of the year for undefeated Steamboat Springs.
Two men accused of buying product for an undercover minor
Two Steamboat Springs men were arrested outside Central Park Liquor on suspicion they purchased alcohol for an undercover minor Wednesday.
Former Perry-Mansfield star in running for soap opera contract
When Ryan Serhant starred in his seventh-grade play, he knew acting was what he wanted to do the rest of his life.
The Steamboat Springs School District posted the entire 19-page e-mail investigation report to its Web site Thursday, replacing the five-page summary previously released.
I'm pleased to report that great-grandma Sadie Slayton's hand-cranked ice cream maker still is freezing custard and saving the world's energy supply.
When a patient was hospitalized during her 25th wedding anniversary, The Memorial Hospital staff organized a private, candlelit dinner for the patient and her husband to help them celebrate.
Friday, July 20
Photographer Ken Lee and artist Zanobia hope their experience can help residents capture and celebrate summer in Steamboat Springs.
Coal making a comeback into energy dominance
Coal is always - always - burning at Hayden Station. "We run capacity, at full base-load, all the time," said Sharon Brady, a career engineer who speaks with a drawl acquired in her hometown of Amarillo, Texas.
The summer tourism season is approaching the midway point with mixed results. Saturdays in June were on a par with 2006, but numbers have lagged for four consecutive weeks, according to an informal poll conducted by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.
Paul Zaleski is serious about ultimate Frisbee. He has competed in the fast-paced, disc-hurling, end zone-hunting sport for nearly 20 years.
Steamboat Springs sophomore to take helm of football squad this fall
Aug. 24 can't come soon enough for sophomore Austin Hinder. It's when Hinder starts his career as a quarterback of the Steamboat Springs High School football team.
Cancer survivor enjoys her life, chemo and all
As Debbie Sherman-Hurst walks the survivors lap tonight she will remember.
The upcoming visit to Craig by the Moving Wall, a replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will take place Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 is expected to bring thousands of people to town based on past performances.
The meter is running on this taxi.
I was asked a while ago by Tom Ross if there were any "idiot-proof" flowers for local gardeners who haven't had much luck with anything else. One plant that comes to mind is the poppy, specifically the Papaver genus, which includes 120 species of the plant also known as Oriental poppy, Icelandic poppy, opium poppy and corn poppy. It's popular because of the colorful paper-like flower that blooms early in the season as well as its ease of growth and reseeding ability.
The city of Steamboat Springs is beefing up enforcement of downtown traffic and construction violations.
The value of additions and remodeling projects undertaken at existing Steamboat Springs homes has escalated dramatically in the first half of 2007 to $7.4 million. There are signs the tight single-family housing market is helping to fuel the trend.
The rules were simple. Do nothing illegal, do not destroy public or private property and don't wear roller skates. However, encouraging complete (male) strangers to dress up as women for a Polaroid picture was encouraged.
Dancers need to be flexible in more ways than one. At Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, students learn this lesson first-hand during the six-week program that exposes them to genres ranging from ballet to tap, jazz and modern dance.
Even if you went to last week's Free Summer Concert Series performance not knowing who JJ Grey & MOFRO were, it was hard to leave the concert not a fan. Grey and his five-person band thrilled the typically-large free concert crowd despite the dismal weather.
Motorists speeding though a construction zone on U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass are kicking up debris and chipping other vehicles' windshields on a daily basis, police say.
City officials seeking comment on proposed routes, lanes
Local bicyclists who've wanted designated bike routes and lanes soon may have those wishes granted.
12:17 a.m. A man in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle reported "a lot of people drinking" and partying. The partiers were given a warning to be quiet.
Author discusses Mideast Shia, Sunni sects at seminar
Vali Nasr's book, "The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future and Democracy in Iran," has sat on President George Bush's nightstand.
Blind blues musician captures images behind the lens
Henry Butler has been nominated best blues pianist seven years running by the Blues Foundation. He's a vocalist, photographer and teacher. And he's blind.
Owner: 'I don't know why anybody would want to do this'
A fire at a Craig Conoco service station early Thursday morning has been deemed an arson, said Capt. K.C. Hume of Craig Fire/Rescue.
A 20-year-old Hayden man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of providing marijuana to a minor.
Thursday, July 19
For five weeks this summer, the Steamboat Pilot & Today explores energy development in Colorado
Bomgardner serving consecutive prison, jail sentences
A 50-year-old registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to sexual assault in a case involving a teenage boy.
Summer heat can be lethal to canines left in vehicles
Local officials urge residents and visitors to use common sense when it comes to leaving their pets unattended in cars.
Diane Moore couldn't think of a more stunning place to host the 22nd annual Decadent Dessert fundraiser benefiting Advocates Against Battering and Abuse.
Temporary school site construction on schedule
Soda Creek Elementary School students begin the 2007-08 school year in five weeks, and a flurry of activity is ongoing at the temporary school site to prepare for their arrival.
In a policy soon to be implemented at the Moffat County Libraries, no surveillance devices of any kind will be allowed to be used while in the library.
It's hard to think about winter when the thermometer reads 85 degrees. But snow and skiing aren't far away.
The names of the victims involved in a fatal crash near Dinosaur on July 11 have been released.
When it comes to golf, there might not be two more important things than consistency and confidence.
First installment of World Series features 86 teams
For the next four weeks, youth baseball players from around the country will be competing in Steamboat Springs for the chance to be a Triple Crown World Series champion.
Winter Sports Club's Davis seeking master's degree
Tom Davis' small office on the second floor of the Howeslen Hill Lodge is filled with cycling jerseys, skiing posters and the memories that accompany seven years of coaching.
For the past 16 years, Dusti Henning has had a singular career goal - finding a way to make money playing the game he loves.
12:03 a.m. Two roommates reportedly were arguing about a dog in the 3100 block of Chinook Lane. One roommate reportedly hit the other during the argument. Police mediated the situation.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking event information for its winter calendar of events. The calendar includes events from November 2007 through April 2008.
Festival to conclude town's centennial celebrations
Hayden's biggest celebration of the year kicks off this weekend under a new name, but organizers expect the same old fun for the long-standing tradition.
Routt County Search and Rescue crews helped a 39-year-old woman and her 10-year-old off the side of Hahn's Peak on Wednesday morning after the pair became disoriented and got stuck on a steep incline.
Wednesday, July 18
Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter was in the midst of touring Northwest Colorado when she first learned Monday that a gunman was shot and killed outside her husband's office at the state Capitol in Denver.
When there's nothing left inside, the toughest endurance athletes have to pull through to the finish on guts alone.
On Tuesday, Stephanie Loomis was among the dozens of volunteers and hundreds of golfers, many of them wearing pink, who came out to support the eighth annual Rally For The Cure golf tournament at Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club. The event is a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.
For close to 10 years, studies and surveys have been done showing that the residents of Steamboat want and need a community recreation center. The idea is to construct a centralized facility that is all-encompassing and multi-generational for use by children, seniors, singles, families, locals and visitors.
A Middle East and South Asia politics professor, author and regular TV and radio commentator will share his thoughts about Iraq and a "Shia revival" on Thursday.
Search and Rescue used GPS coordinates to help plot location
Four Iowa backpackers became lost while camping in North Routt County during the weekend.
The U.S. Ski Team officially named its 2008 Nordic Combined Team on Friday, with six of its 10 members representing the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
12:03 a.m. Two inmates reportedly were fighting at Routt County Jail. A report was taken.
The Bud Werner Memorial Library has restored its online access to Bradford Legal Forms. Bradford Publishing provides more than 1,000 up-to-date, professional legal forms. Unlike generic forms found on other Web sites, all Bradford forms are specific to Colorado law. T
Developers: Charge on building materials won't stymie growth
Growth in Hayden is creating more costs for the town than revenue, and Town Manager Russ Martin said the town has to find a way to make sure "growth is paying for itself."
Just a shameless plug for a powerful topic
In retrospect, maybe we should have used a smaller lens. Or called first.
An animal that found its way into the Yampa Valley Electric Association's substation in Hayden caused a power outage Tuesday morning that lasted more than two hours and left two neighborhoods without water.
Families struggling to afford care for autistic children received a boost this week when the Yampa Valley Autism Program received a $50,000 to fund local programs.
Commissioners 'perplexed' by Ritter's flight over Vermillion Basin
In a strongly worded letter to Gov. Bill Ritter, the Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday expressed displeasure with a recent fly-over of Vermillion Basin by the governor.
City Council gives $115 million ski base resort final approval
It's a done deal.
The afternoon thunderstorms that have brought rain and cooler temperatures to Routt County during the past several days certainly provided welcome relief from the persistent hot, dry conditions. But it would be premature to assume we're out of the woods when it comes to wildfire danger.
A collision between a semitrailer and Hayden's lone street-sweeping vehicle Tuesday morning has taken the street sweeper out of service. Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin estimated it would be a month before the vehicle is repaired and available for use.
The recall petition for School Board member John DeVincentis was signed by 2,249 voters. In order for his name to be placed on this November's ballot, 1,933 of those had to pass the stringent legal tests that a serious matter such as this requires.
Tuesday, July 17
A power outage hit Hayden early Tuesday morning and left two neighborhoods without water, Town Manager Russ Martin said.
A small wildfire near Dumont Lake is under control, a U.S. Forest Service official said Monday.
Teaching, administrative and support staff positions still open
The first day of the 2007-08 school year is five weeks away, and Steamboat Springs School District officials continue to look to fill openings at the school and district levels.
Utility work already has begun at the future site of One Steamboat Place, but final plans for the resort-style development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area still have one hurdle to clear.
With a recall effort apparently finished and an internal investigation complete, the Steamboat Springs School Board and district officials say they are eager to return their full attention to the business of education.
Andy Wirth, vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing and chief marketing officer of Intrawest. Intrawest acquired Ski Corp. in March from now defunct American Skiing Co.
YVMC and Healthcare Foundation donate $20,000 for new health facility
Funds from local health organizations will help build a new medical center in Walden.
Nonprofit agencies in Routt County have until July 25 to apply for $36,000 in grants for affordable housing projects.
Builder says traffic at construction site already 'chaotic'
When planning a trip to Bud Werner Memorial Library in the next year, residents may want to leave their cars at home.
If you are anything like I am, you snuck off on a bicycle this week and pretended to be Lance Armstrong riding up L'Alpe d'Huez.
2:04 a.m. Police made a traffic stop at Lincoln Avenue and Dream Island Plaza. A 27-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested for speeding and driving while ability impaired.
Monday, July 16
An unidentified man armed with a gun was shot and killed outside Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter's office in the state Capitol on Monday, Ritter's spokesman said.
Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and pass through glass without breaking it.
There are many differences between life in nondemocratic and underdeveloped societies and life in America. Political scientists and economists cite four characteristics that set America apart. They say we Americans: (1) share a belief in the dignity of man and respect for basic human rights; (2) value hard work and the right of each person to prosper from his work; (3) cherish the right to equal treatment under a legal system created and adjudicated by fellow citizens; and (4) protect our right to elect our nation's leaders.
The Steamboat Springs School Board has revised its e-mail investigation interview transcripts.
12:18 a.m. A verbal warning for loud noise was issued at a party at 2577 Apres Ski Way.
Sisters trek from Missouri to Steamboat for one last ride
Vickie Bohannon doesn't have much of an appetite these days, but she craved "gravy and biscuits" Saturday morning. Her accent is as thick as the July humidity in her hometown of Sikeston, Mo., and it's hard to tell after spending any length of time with Bohannon that she is sick.
Championship games come to an end at Emerald, Ski Town fields
More than 25 championship soccer games were played at Emerald Park and Ski Town fields this weekend, with the final whistle Sunday bringing an end to the 23rd annual Steamboat Mountain Tournament.
All high school girls from Craig, Hayden, Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs who are interested in playing fastpitch softball should attend a general informational meeting for parents and players at 6 p.m. today at Steamboat Springs High School. Call Maggie at 879-3917 or Lori at 846-6993 for more.
Once again, the Colorado Rockies are giving me headaches.
Water is essential to our lives. We use it for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning and growing crops. Because water is so integral to our daily activities, it is important for consumers to know when it is safe.
Adonna Allen has been named the new president of the Alpine Bank branch in Steamboat Springs.
Sunday, July 15
I read with interest Lynn Abbott's letter to Paul Epley in Wednesday's Steamboat Today, in which she offers to give Dr. Epley a Democrat T-shirt and makes several unfounded charges against the Bush administration. Last Sunday, the Pilot & Today published a Conservative Commentary by Dr. Epley in which he made the point we should be active in assuring Congress and courts do not establish a preferred religion and stop discrimination against Christians and Jews in the name of "Separation of Church and State." As Rick Akin observed about her previous response to the Conservative Commentaries, Ms. Abbott is again long on platitudes and short on specifics. It tells me that Ms. Abbott believes that slogans on her T-shirts constitute a full analysis.
Living in Northwest Colorado has inspired longtime Yampa resident and artist Nita Herold Naugle's creativity since she was a child.
Gear picks for the outdoors.
School Board, City Council seats on ballot with rec center
Voters will have plenty of candidates and initiatives to consider this fall despite a local group's failure to put the recall of School Board member John DeVincentis on the November ballot.
In a barley patch in the Seedhouse Corridor of the Routt National Forest, a one-armed monster of a machine moves across the landscape on a set of tracks.
Best of the Web for July 15
We wish to thank those who expressed their sympathy and reached out to comfort us at the time of our loss of our husband and father. We want each and everyone to know how much we appreciated your caring, whether it was a card you sent, food brought to our home and to the meal the day of the service, and especially for the donations to the memorial fund. The fund will go toward the planting of a blue spruce tree and a donation to the Routt County Historical Society for our hall here in Toponas. Both will be in Howard's memory. We sincerely thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.
If the 23rd annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament is any indication, soccer in America - specifically youth soccer - is growing.
You could've lived in Steamboat Springs for 10 years, driven past it 100 times and still wouldn't have known it was there. Even if someone told you there was a set of quartzite granite outcroppings a stone's throw from a U.S. Highway 40 shoulder pull-off on your way up to the Rabbit Ears Pass West Summit, you'd still have trouble finding the unmarked trail.
More than 6,000 concerts and 50 years as a professional cellist haven't slowed John Sant'Ambrogio. He recently founded Arts for the Soul, an arts camp for adults, and is a member of the Generations Trio. At Home sits down with him for a chat.
Avoiding cliches is a fundamental tenet in journalism. But I don't care. Today, I'm breaking the rule.
Real estate transactions for June 29 to July 11
A farmer plants corn in the Midwest, and people in Steamboat Springs drink less beer.
Sales tax revenue continues rise
Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.
Training for triathlons
Last year, Nicole Lindstrom was the top local female finisher at the Steamboat Springs Triathlon. But it didn't earn her top honors. Now entering her sixth year of competitive triathlon racing, the 34-year-old environmental geoscience consultant is determined to get faster and stronger to best her second-place finish by riding her fitness peak through this summer's Aug. 26 race.
Colorado's dry air and intense sun can wreak havoc on feet
They're hardworking, under-appreciated and most often hidden from plain sight. And unfortunately, they're often neglected when it comes to routine body maintenance.
All it took was a little push from his wife, Kelly, for Chef Jason Landers to enter the culinary world.
We applaud the Steamboat Springs City Council's decision last week to forward a recreation center initiative to the ballot in November.
Your view (Our View, July 11 Steamboat Today) praising the addition of Frontier flights to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport gave me a great idea. You seem enamored of the airport and the growing number of flights in and out, so I would like to propose you and I switch homes for the next year.
Lisa Adams has lived and run in Steamboat Springs for seven years, but never considered the trail-running potential at Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain.
If you can't swing a trip to Bordeaux, France, this summer, don't despair; Chateau Deux Fleuves is easily within your grasp.
Exploring the complexity of wines for fun and flavor
Wine expert Lisa Lesyshen says no two people have identical palates, and there is no wrong answer to the question, "What do you taste in this wine?"
Local wine experts share their steal bottles
Local wine experts share their picks for great wines less than $25.
Tasting expensive wines at a dinner party can be intimidating, but it needn't be. Just adopt the demeanor of those poker players who dominate cable TV and trust your senses. There's a good chance no one will have the grapes to call you out, especially if you sell your convictions.
Home improvement Web site targets women
I had home improvement ideas floating in my head well before I closed on the purchase of my condo last month. Walls would get a fresh coat of paint, the bathroom mirror and fixtures would be updated and the carpet in the dining and living rooms would be replaced with wood laminate.
New businesses in and around Steamboat.
The feel and character of Steamboat Springs is changing - again. What was once a ranching and mining community that received much of its sales tax from tourists headed for Salt Lake City on U.S. Highway 40, and what is now a ski-oriented city off the beaten path from more posh resorts like Vail and Aspen, is becoming a worldwide, year-round tourist destination marked by luxury hotels and third- or fourth-homeowners.
It's easy for a sports columnist to be critical of today's top professional athletes. Just pick a topic, and you can find some professional athlete to use as an example of what's wrong in the world of sports.
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago, longtime Steamboat Springs resident Tom Fox made the decision to not "burden" his family, friends and co-workers with the bad news.
It's big, it's green and it might seem a little out of place for someone not in touch with Steamboat Springs' long Nordic tradition. But since it opened in summer 2006, the new plastic-covered, K-68 ski jump at Howelsen Hill has received a lot of attention.
Drive along any country road in Routt County and you will see them. Barns of all shapes and sizes dot the landscape, helping to define the area's character and showcasing our proud Western lifestyle.
Most serious ski enthusiasts never want the ski season to end. But, alas, summer arrives each year and they are stuck with only memories of the snow-covered slopes as boating, hiking and biking replace the thrill of executing those perfect turns in champagne powder.
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall will not be making any policy changes that interfere with the county's budgetary authority, and will continue to comply with all county, state and federal laws.
What a wild two weeks it has been. I enjoyed another beautiful Fourth of July, a parade, fireworks, a cattle drive, the rodeo, Art in the Park and, yes, the 27th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo presented by Bank of the West. This year was different for me because, for the first time, I wasn't sitting there as a spectator. I was driving to the event early in the morning to set up, lead, watch and learn.
A well-placed tee shot on a freshly mowed fairway. An improbable chip that flirts with the cup. A 40-foot two-putt to save par. Four hours of summertime bliss spent with old friends or new ones.
It's hard to appreciate what the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club has accomplished this year if you don't turn the pages back and take a glimpse at the past.
A funny thing happened on the way back to the Clark Store.
You moved to Steamboat for the lifestyle. Problem is, you pile up so many hours during the work week that by the time Saturday rolls around it's easy to pass up the recreation opportunities that brought you here in the first place. Talk about a Catch-22.
Steamboat homeowners maximize their space for easy entertaining and relaxing
Steamboat homeowners maximize their space for easy entertaining and relaxing
Tips for sizzlin' summer barbecues
Put away the skewers and start worshipping the grilling basket. It will change your barbecuing life.
All the gear you need for a sizzlin' barbecue session.
People and events in and around Steamboat Springs.
The best in barbecue sauces
Tom Ross rates barbecue sauces.
Coca-Cola broke ground last week on what will become a 26,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in the Valley View Business Park in Hayden. The company paid $285,000 for two lots totaling 2.7 acres in the development, according to Prudential Steamboat Realty.
Things to do from July to October 2007
Nicole Rabanal was 8 years old at the time. She was with her brothers and dad in the countryside, shooting a shotgun for the first time.
A group of 27 people drove to Frisco and back Sunday. The distance is 100 miles. There were six cars, most of them going over the Rabbit Ears Pass, then up the Blue River to Frisco. Mr. and Mrs. Webster See went over the Gore Pass because they stopped at Yampa to get Mrs. See's mother, Mrs. Chapman, and her granddaughter.
Peering at us from out of the darkness on July evenings are the twinkling eyes of Draco the Dragon. Draco is one of several constellations in the sky that pictures a creature killed by Hercules, the great, strong man from mythology. The two stars marking Draco's eyes are remarkable in that they appear close together and are nearly the same brightness, making them easy to spot. Their names are Eltanin and Rastaban.
Yes! A garage sale. Why not? The household budget is experiencing a petite deficit; closets are overflowing and clutter reigns supreme. In a moment of entrepreneurial insanity, I decide to pool my trinkets, trash and treasures with others and haul everything over to a friend's house.
There are smells that nature formulates that stun man into realizing how lucky and fortunate he is to be on this planet. While these smells of nature can be different for everyone, some of the most common - and my favorites - are the cleansing smell of the earth after a rain, the fragrant smell of lilac blooms in the spring, and the musty yet sweet smell of decaying plant material in the fall.
Saturday, July 7 Theodore Edward Niemi, 65, Craig - DUI, DUI per se (Routt County Sheriff's Office)
Saturday, July 14
Editor's note: Tom Ross is on vacation. This column originally appeared in the Aug. 13, 2005, Steamboat Today.
Two men cycle across America to raise money for cancer
Two bagels. Two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Two bikes.
Low flows in the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs have given city officials and state wildlife experts reason to make the weekend's potential recreational users think twice before wading in.
They played youth soccer together, they played in fall and summer leagues together, and they played in high school together.
Soroco High School junior-to-be Sarajane Rossi was recently selected to an elite all-star team chosen to compete at the Thursday conclusion of a four-day basketball camp in Aspen hosted by Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard.
Art in the Park, the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and downtown construction pushed the number of passengers using Steamboat Springs Transit to record numbers last weekend.
Jeannie Ritter, Colorado's first lady, has made it a priority to understand the challenges Coloradans face with mental health issues.
Two South Routt schools are one step closer to new heating and boiler systems after the Colorado Department of Education awarded the district $1.5 million in grants toward the projects.
Everything about Buck and Tara Chavarria's Christ for Life SL8 Church is unique, so when the couple decided to take a group of nine SK8 Church members on a mission trip to Costa Rica in June, they didn't want to saddle the group with the typical paintbrush and nail gun to build another church in the jungle.
All high school girls from Craig, Hayden, Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs who are interested in playing fastpitch softball should attend a general informational meeting for parents and players at 6 p.m. Monday at Steamboat Springs High School. Call Maggie at 879-3917 or Lori at 846-6993 for more information.
2:51 a.m. A woman reportedly heard loud rap music in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza.
Friday, July 13
Hodder captures enduring beauty of rural life, landscapes
Among landscape photographs of French and English countrysides, photographer Frederick Hodder snuck in a photo or two of the More Barn, perhaps Steamboat's most recognizable landmark. And amidst photos encompassing veterans from Kazakhstan are rodeo cowboys and the mountains surrounding the Yampa Valley.
'Everybody can relate' to personal lyrics
Southerners know how to spin a tale, and JJ Grey is no exception.
A Routt County Court judge set a $10,000 bond in the case of a man accused of stabbing another man during an argument at a downtown Steamboat Springs bar July 6.
1:26 a.m. A drunken man reportedly was walking near Village Drive and Walton Creek Road. The man was gone when officers arrived.
Tour highlights Steamboat's best gardens
Steamboat's incredibly short growing season doesn't deter some local gardeners from their green thumb ambitions.
Six Steamboat musicians will unleash their inner blues tonight in their performance of "Unexpected," a jazz and blues tribute show.
Walter Magill figured that if he liked running on Howelsen Hill's singletrack trails enough to organize a race, others would be sure to follow.
While the thermometer read a comfortable 82 degrees Thursday in Steamboat Springs, the Yampa River's streamflow dropped to an unseasonably low level of 81 cubic feet per second. The result was the immediate suspension of all commercial tubing operations on the city stretch of the river.
Pilots and passengers planning on using the Steamboat Springs Airport the week of July 23 are going to have to make alternate travel arrangements.
It's Wall Street meets the Old West in a ballroom at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel this week as ranchers in cowboy hats sit in front of computer screens and man telephones while cattle from around the country are auctioned off.
For charm and affability in the garden, nothing tops a fresh white daisy surrounded by deep green foliage. With so many varieties of daisy to choose from, which is best for your mountain garden?
Oak Creek offered suggestions that could help town budget
Oak Creek's Denver-based auditor sent a clear message to the Town Board on Thursday night: Things are looking good.
Dental coalition seeks new dentist to fill void
With the departure of its dentist, the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition is seeking someone new to fill the position.
The first and only time I went deep-sea fishing, I caught a huge ocean tally. Sadly watching the life slowly escape him as he flopped around on the deck trumped any feeling of victory I had while reeling him in.
The first of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp's summer shows premiere this weekend, when students take to the stage to perform "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Another Saturday Night."
One of the state's biggest soccer tournaments will take to the fields of Steamboat Springs this weekend.
Thursday, July 12
An attempt to recall Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis fell 154 signatures short.
U.S. Highway 40 near Dinosaur is currently closed because of a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday night.
Two Craig men were injured - one seriously - Tuesday afternoon when the Jeep they were driving in rolled on Routt County Road 78 in Hayden.
'Frank and damaging' discussion pushes Howell into executive session
Superintendent Donna Howell's job appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday night after the president of the Steamboat Springs School Board declined to commit to Howell's future employment with the district.
Committee ranks school district first for $500,000 grant
When it comes to things that need to be changed, it's hard to beat children breathing coal dust.
There's no question Hayden High School's student body is interested in fall sports.
When Alpine Director Chris Puckett made it official that he was leaving the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in May to take a position with Edward Jones, it sparked an extensive search for his replacement.
Tuesday, July 10
Council approves Pioneer Spirits retail liquor license
Our summer edition of At Home magazine hits racks today. It is, in my opinion, our best edition yet.
Victim: 'Words can't express how happy I am'
A 29-year-old Michigan man was arrested at a construction site Wednesday afternoon on suspicion he stabbed a black man during an argument July 6 at Sunpie's Bistro.
The Colorado Realty Char-itable Foundation announced Tuesday it has awarded seven grants totaling $10,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout Routt County.
Bingham takes first in Town Challenge race
Brad Bingham accomplished a lot more than just a first-place finish during Wednesday's Sunshine Loop.
The yellow-and-black-outfitted "bumblebees" from Team Lightning, Steamboat Springs' massive youth summer swim club, swarmed to another win last weekend in Craig.
Reservoir dedication draws a crowd
State and federal officials mingled with the crowd as the Yampa Valley Boys softly sang about cool, clear water during Wednesday evening's Elkhead dam and reservoir dedication.
Steamboat officials may seek separate building department
Steamboat Springs officials are unhappy with the level of service provided by the county building department, and the City Council approved a resolution Tuesday that would allow Steamboat to form a department of its own.
Wednesday, July 11
Voters will decide on $34 million recreation facility with pools
A $34 million recreation center at Ski Town Fields, with pools, will be on the ballot for Steamboat Springs voters in November.
News this week that Frontier Airlines is close to a deal to serve Yampa Valley Regional Airport is exciting.
Superintendent had no specific reason for searching e-mails
Superintendent Donna Howell is scheduled to meet with the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight for her performance evaluation. The evaluation comes two days after the board released transcripts of interviews conducted with Howell and other district employees about how controversial e-mails were obtained from the school computer of John DeVincentis.
We would like to give you our opinion of the Balloon Rodeo that took place last weekend. We have been attending the rodeo for the past 12 years and were very disappointed in the site where the rodeo was held this year.
A 58-year-old Steamboat Springs man suffered broken bones and lacerations Monday morning in an accident involving two trucks on Routt County Road 33.
12:50 a.m. A loud party was reported on Cypress Court.
The Sunshine Loop, the fourth of eight Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series races, usually starts and finishes at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Barbara Walker can't eliminate breast cancer single-handedly.
Private landowners now included in protection measure
Private landowners have been included in a countywide fire ban that went into effect this morning.
I have just spent a glorious week vacationing in Steamboat Springs. Your town, its people, activities and amenities are terrific. Your traffic signs are not.
This is an open letter to Paul Epley.
The road to Little League glory went through the Emerald Park baseball fields for the best youth players in Northwest Colorado. A trip to the four-team state championship tournament was on the line for three Steamboat Springs teams participating in the District 3 Championship tournament that concluded Tuesday evening.
Plastic bags have been banned or taxed for years in South Africa, Kenya, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Ireland. San Francisco began restricting use of the bags in March. Annapolis, Md., is considering the idea.
What began as a casual June lunch in Washington, D.C., ended with the structuring of Thursday's Seminars in Steamboat chat on public policy.
A small wildfire in the backyard of a home near the Steamboat Ski Area was extinguished Tuesday before it could cause any structural damage.
Tuesday, July 10
Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner will not seek re-election in November. Brenner said Monday that in a recent conversation with legal counsel for the Colorado Municipal League, it became evident that he may be term-limited due to state regulations. Rather than contest the issue, Brenner said, he has decided that his City Council service will end this year.
Residents of Fish Creek Mobile Home Park could become property owners in a matter of months. The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has announced its intent to use a $954,000 loan from the city to help fund its $3.2 million purchase of the park. Should that purchase close late next month, the Housing Authority would then offer ownership of lots to residents, a Housing Authority official said Monday.
When the bright yellow raft stood on end Saturday in the re-circulating wave known as Charlie's Hole, the crowd at the Yampa River Festival cheered in appreciation. But only a relative few recognized the significance of the middle-aged man who stood casually with his left arm wrapped around the bow tube of the crazily tilting raft.
Tax funding for a $34 million recreation center at Ski Town Fields could be on the ballot for Steamboat Springs voters in November.
The Bureau of Land Management, with assistance from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, continued Monday fighting a 20-acre wildland fire on Sevenmile Ridge, located 17 miles northwest of Maybell.
Victim considers leaving Steamboat Springs after incident
An alleged stabbing at a Steamboat Springs bar on Friday is the subject of an ongoing investigation, and police say the crime may have been racially motivated.
Style columnist wins award for humor
Steamboat Springs resident Joanne Palmer recently won second place in HumorPress.com's "America's Funniest Humor!" contest. Palmer's award-winning essay, "Memorandum," will be showcased on HumorPress.com through the end of July and also will appear in an upcoming print edition of "America's Funniest Humor!"
When Kerry Kerrigan heard a rustling from the lower level of her home last week, she assumed her cats had brought home a mouse. What she found was several hundred pounds larger. A black bear entered Kerrigan's home through an open window and was helping itself to everything from watermelon to cake mix.
12:08 a.m. A person complained of noise in the 1000 block of 13th Street. Police issued a warning.
City and county officials agreed Monday to fund ongoing studies of water quality in the Yampa River.
Extremely dry conditions have convinced local and regional fire officials that Northwest Colorado needs a fire ban.
Local ski racer Jenny Allen is making the most of her summer vacation.
Frontier Airlines could begin year-round service from Denver to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden as soon as this fall. The service would bolster what already is expected to be YVRA's biggest winter air program to date.
Monday, July 9
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday released transcripts of the interviews conducted in the investigation into controversial e-mails by former board member John DeVincentis.
Investigators are now suspicious that foul play may be the cause behind a Craig woman's disappearance, the Police Department reported Monday morning.
Service to and from DIA expected to be added this fall
Year-round Frontier Airlines service with Denver is likely to begin this fall at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, officials said Monday. The service would bolster what will already be YVRA's biggest winter air program ever beginning this ski season.
It was picturesque.
People have personalities.
Saturday, July 7 12:08 a.m. A missing person was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square.
Your eyes are itching and your nose alternates between running and stopping up. You have repeated fits of sneezing and at times a feeling of tightness in the chest. You just feel miserable.
If you're not keeping weeds out of your yard, you're not just a poor gardener; you might be breaking the law.
Comments on a proposal to remove dead or dying trees near roads, campgrounds and trails in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest will be accepted until July 13.
Friday night's Faculty Recital was the second of six in the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory's Chamber Music series. This week, the faculty recital is Wednesday, and student recitals are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each performance is at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Chuck Mack's parents came to Routt County in 1918. Sitting amongst other guests at Sunday's Pioneer Picnic, Mack was prompted to say that made them "newcomers." Many of the picnic's attendees are the direct descendents of Routt County's first settlers.
When Tim Gibbs resigned as executive director of the Economic Development Partnership in April, questions swirled as to whether EDP would stay in existence.
Did you know that each year, more people die from "excessive heat events" than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined?
Sunday, July 8
What started out as a team goal became a reality Sunday.
Sandy Conlon Age: Some of my students are convinced that I helped Aristotle tutor Alexander the Great, but, alas, I am only 68.
Like all golfers, Chris Mabry sat back and looked at his scorecard from Friday's round at Catamount Ranch and Club and found several shots he should have made but didn't.
For Front Range residents Ryan Post and Curtis Griffin, the 26th annual Steamboat Powderkeg Volleyball Tournament allows them a chance to break out of routine.
One went the way it should have, and the other raised some eyebrows.
Have you noticed lately that all large trucks passing through Steamboat are always in the left driving lane. Large trucks such as cement trucks, dirt trucks, log trucks, etc.
Sports rarely impact world affairs, they will never stop global warming, and even if you're football team wins the Super Bowl, chances are you will still be paying more than $3 for a gallon of gas next February.
Along the coast of Mississippi, a crew of 10 Rocky Mountain Youth Corps workers toiled across a landscape still wounded by the havoc wrecked by Hurricane Katrina.
Alan Lanning is done saying "I'm the new guy."
Helen "Dee" Richards served on the VALE Board over a nine-year period. This VALE (Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement) Board serves the 14th Judicial District. Each term for board members is three years, with the opportunity to be reappointed for another three years. After serving two consecutive terms, a member must be off the board for at least a year before being reappointed. Dee was first appointed to the board from 1995-1998, served a second term from 1998-2001 and a third term from 2004-2007. VALE Board members are appointed by the Chief Judge of the 14th Judicial District.
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Shows bring artists as unique as their work
Just as varied as the art one sees at shows like last week's Art on the Mountain and this weekend's Art in the Park are the artists in the shows themselves. Some come to the shows seeking inspiration, others just a vacation. Some claim to be "starving artists," while others are looking toward an early retirement.
I firmly believe in the Curse of the Sleeping Giant. Legend has it that once you leave the valley you are destined to return. The Sleeping Giant, also known as Elk Mountain, peacefully watches over the Yampa Valley as one heads west from Steamboat Springs. It has always been a vision of strength, peace and long-term permanence in the valley.
There aren't many constellations that resemble the objects for which they are named. Scorpius the Scorpion is a delightful example one that does. The celestial scorpion crawls across our southern horizon on summer evenings, so July is prime time for scorpion hunting.
Now that the last official firework has fizzled, the parade is over and barbecue grills are cooling, I have only one regret from the Fourth of July.
I do not contemplate that I will convince conservatives to switch from their entrenched position. Nor do I care to preach to the choir of another 30 percent who stubbornly hold to diametrically opposed positions. My desire is to present some personal observations and conclusions hoping to inspire fence-sitters to fall left.
Liberals seem to find it difficult to recognize moral absolutes. Liberals also seem unable to differentiate between "righteous and self-righteous" as they have determined man's laws to be equivalent, if not superior, to God's laws.
Shuttling between 2,000 and 3,000 people to the 27th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo's new location at Bald Eagle Lake turned out to be a bit more difficult than anticipated, event organizers acknowledged Saturday.
The joke caught me off guard at first.
If a man's character is, as Winston Churchill once said, measured, "by the choices he makes under pressure," then it would be easy to quantify who Dean "Cody" St. John was by the decisions he made day in, day out during his tenure on the Steamboat Ski Area Ski Patrol.
Cyclists, motorists asked to help prevent accidents
A rash of accidents involving bicyclists and cars has city, county and state officials urging residents to be aware of their surroundings when driving and cycling.
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.
Real estate transactions for June 28 and 29, 2007.
Two projects would transform Oak Street intersection
The intersection of Fourth and Oak streets in Old Town Steamboat Springs is poised for change with new developments planned.
The four-bedroom home on Merritt Street in Steamboat Springs was on the market for six days when listing Realtor Bruce Tormey of Ski Town Realty already had received two serious offers.
Replacement likely will come from within Steamboat branch
Scott Gordon, president of the Alpine Bank branch in Steamboat Springs since it opened eight years ago, is leaving to take over the company's largest branch in Aspen.
Lila Rider's yellow legal pad has documented nearly every birth, death, business opening and closing, celebration, and pinochle and Bridge get-together in South Routt County for the past 64 years.
The Steamboat Springs School Board was right to investigate how e-mails sent by John DeVincentis in 2004-05 were made public.
I have kept quiet throughout this whole sensationalized and rather personal attack on John DeVincentis that I believe Scott Stanford, editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, has spearheaded.
Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.
Saturday, July 7
The Yampa Valley Wrestling Club is holding a two-day wrestling camp with Olympic champion Rulon Gardner. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Heritage School. The cost is $100, and a USA Wrestling card is required. The card can be purchased at registration.
The 120-page document will be available online Monday at the district's Web site, www.sssd.k12.co.us. Board member Jeff Troeger said Thursday the delay in providing the transcripts to the public was because of their size.
Elkhead event features food, music and speakers
Before selling his boat in 1998, Dave DeRose and his family would make it up to Elkhead Reservoir two to three times a month.
12 a.m. Someone was cited near Seventh and Yampa streets for being a minor in possession.
After this weekend's Mountain Madness Half Marathon and 10K, it will be awhile before Steamboat Springs runners see a relatively flat, paved course again.
Four years ago, Bad Company Rodeo owner Mack Altizer's purchase of the bull "Walk This Way" looked like a gamble.
Friday, July 6
Artisans Market owner Jan Lomas was rifling through some paperwork when she realized her business was about to turn 25.
The Hayden Police Department operates out of Hayden Town Hall, but plans are in place to change that.
A Grand County court judge was appointed to a bench seat in the 14th Judicial District on Thursday.
Contractor hopes sentimentalists will carry off Soda Creek brick by brick
It may be impossible to put a price on the memories students, staff and local families have of Soda Creek Elementary School, and the bricks that housed those memories now are free of charge.
Months ago, when the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club had its first early-season meeting, the team set some goals.
Instead of celebrating the Summer Solstice, I found myself panicking. I saw summer slipping away, even though on the calendar, it was only the first day.
'No comment' from former School Board members named in report
Former Steamboat Springs School Board members did not cooperate with a school district investigation into the release of controversial e-mails, and they aren't talking now that the investigation is complete.
Accused ex-marshal makes first appearance
Former Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller, accused of falsifying his resume and work records, made his first appearance in Moffat County Court on Tuesday.
John Chapman got the local support he needed to bring the World Mountain Running Trophy to the base of Mount Werner in 2009.
Many students venture to the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory to work an impressive faculty staff from across the country.
Four men facing felonies after damaging house in April
Four former tenants of a badly damaged home on Walton Creek Road have been charged with felony criminal mischief.
Artists' Gallery presents exhibit featuring three local artists
"Independence," July's featured show at The Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, is a compilation of the most recent works from local artists Phil Wright, Sandra Graves and Mary Levingston.
Art in the Park returns for 33rd year with more than 140 vendors
Art in the Park returns this year for its 33rd - and largest - showing. More than 140 vendors will set up shop at West Lincoln Park in downtown Steamboat Springs during Rainbow Weekend.
One of the last columns I wrote for my college newspaper before graduating and moving to Steamboat Springs was called "Oh, the places you'll never go." It discussed all the places around campus that I had never set foot in more than four years.
Officials urge residents to use free shuttles for hot air balloon, art events during the weekend
Saturday's 27th annual Bank of the West Hot Air Balloon Rodeo promises the same excitement of a traditional rodeo - with more color.
A red flag warning was issued Thursday for Routt County, despite a Fourth of July afternoon thunderstorm and the chance of more rain in the next few days.
Project part of the $16 million mountain improvements
A total regrade of the Headwall area at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is under way.
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking the public's help in building a four-mile trail on Emerald Mountain.
Catharine Koroulis called it luck. But one look at the slew of ribbons, medals, plaques and belt buckles she won in the livestock judging portion of the statewide 4-H contest in Fort Collins gives a better reason for her success.
12:38 a.m. A 35-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested near Walton Creek Road and Chinook Lane on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving a defective vehicle and two counts of driving under revocation.
There is probably no need to convince you of the merits of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a "must have" in every culinary herb collection. However, it is a very tender perennial, growing evergreen only in warm climates, and for it to survive here, you will need to bring it in for the winter to a sunny windowsill. My solution is to leave it in a pot year-round, and when I am very sure the nights are warm, I sink the pot into an outdoor spot for the summer and reclaim it to a sunny interior long before even a finger of frost can achieve total damage.
Yampa Valley native becomes town's first sergeant
The Hayden Police Department has a sergeant's position for the first time.
Saxophonist Dave Laub's musical background is in jazz, but he added some funk to his repertoire when he started Flux5.
A 37-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of impersonating an Arizona police officer after he reportedly showed a resident a police badge Wednesday.
Happy hours for July 6, 2007.
Thursday, July 5
A Grand County court judge was appointed Thursday as a third judge for the 14th Judicial District.
Comunidad Integrada is looking for volunteers for its Sept. 16 event.
12:14 a.m. A motor vehicle accident involving one vehicle was reported at North Steamboat Boulevard and Sundance Court. No injuries were reported.
The same development and design team currently building a two-story restaurant and pub on Yampa Street has a new project in the works for Steamboat Springs' downtown riverfront.
City approves $10,000 donation to summer concert series
The Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously approved a one-time donation of $10,000 to the Free Summer Concert Series on Tuesday to make up for the revenue the series lost when it couldn't sell beer at its June 20 concert.
I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has suggested that "readers only look at the headlines."
The weather was hot, but there wasn't much trouble staying cool at the Fourth of July Parade on Lincoln between Sixth and 11th streets Wednesday. Whether it was a free flavored ice or a water gun dousing from a parade float, there were plenty of ways to beat the mid-80s temperatures and enjoy the parade.
Hayden 7-year-old undergoing treatment for brain tumor
Gina Zabel was understandably hysterical when she heard the news that her youngest daughter, Taylen, 7, had a brain tumor. Gina's husband, Ty, and oldest daughter, Tyanna, 11, cried as well. The only composed person in the room was Taylen herself, who patted her mom's leg and told her everything would be OK.
Clay Dahl experienced some of the highs and lows of rodeo in a 20-minute period Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series.
Oak Creek resident Ray Zimpher will take Yampa's small-town celebration of the Fourth of July any day over the glitz and glamour of big town celebrations.
Wednesday, July 4
Officials warn about high fire danger in Routt County
A wildfire that has consumed about 16 acres of Routt National Forest in Buffalo Park and a brush fire that consumed about 10 acres near Toponas on Monday are reminders that fire danger remains high throughout the county, officials said Tuesday.
There's no hiding when it comes to doubles volleyball.
Steamboat's Little League sluggers are hoping the diamonds at Emerald Park will help produce their golden tickets to state.
12:24 a.m. A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested near Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving a defective vehicle and not having valid registration.
USDA Commodities are being distributed for the third quarter of 2007 at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek through The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Each eligible household may receive TEFAP foods once per quarter. This quarterly distribution ends Sept. 30. Food will be given on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Call 870-8804 Monday through Friday between 1 and 5 p.m. to inquire about income-eligibility and hours of operation for each office.
The Steamboat Springs School Board chose Brenda Smith Barr, most recently a principal in Colorado Springs, on Monday to run Strawberry Park Elementary School.
Steamboat Springs Board of Education's report following the publication of non-public e-mails
When Gina Zabel heard the news that her youngest daughter Taylen, 7, had a brain tumor, she was "hysterical." Gina's husband Ty Zabel and oldest daughter Tyanna, 11, were crying as well. The only composed person in the room was Taylen herself, who patted her mom's leg and told her everything would be okay, Gina said.
Paris, Libby walking free on the Fourth
As soon as she said it, I knew I would see my mother's wry comment again - probably, as they say, in the funny pages. "Paris had to go to jail, why not Scooter?" Mom quipped during dinner Monday night.
Driver cited for failing to yield during turn
A 34-year-old Steamboat Springs woman sustained moderate injuries Monday afternoon when she struck a car that turned in front of her near Lincoln Avenue and Trafalgar Drive.
The Pioneer Picnic is moving to Hayden for a two-year stint and will be held at noon Sunday at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. The Hayden Heritage Center is hosting the event.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues, parades, fireworks and a day off work, we should pause and give thought to what it is we are celebrating.
The HiWay Bar soon will have a new, old look. In an effort to restore the property to its historical state - and take care of some much-needed maintenance - owner Fawna Odom is undertaking massive renovations.
A few weeks ago, a young woman questioned my words about honoring our dead soldiers through a renewed sense of our nation's larger purpose.
Jeff Hergenreter was heading home when he saw the smoke rising from the hills near his house northwest of Craig.
Tuesday, July 3
John DeVincentis violated school policies by sending and receiving personal e-mails on his school computer in 2004 and 2005, and Pat Gleason violated school policies by publicly releasing those e-mails, an attorney who investigated the e-mails has concluded. The Steamboat Springs School Board on Tuesday released a five-page report on its internal investigation into the DeVincentis e-mails. Grand Junction attorney Earl Rhodes conducted the investigation.
The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday unanimously approved salaries and benefits packages for administrators that brings them closer to the mean for comparable districts. Just six administrators remain below the mean.
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall defended his suspension of the ElderWatch program in a meeting Monday with the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
Group submits 2,307 signatures to force DeVincentis on ballot
The potential recall of Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis moved a step closer Monday to being on the November ballot.
Fire burning near Buffalo Park; smaller blazes put out
Extremely dry conditions have fire officials concerned heading into the July 4 holiday. On Monday there was a wildfire burning in the Buffalo Park area of the Routt National Forest and a handful of smaller fires in the Steamboat Springs area. The Buffalo Park fire was first reported Sunday and was caused by a dry lightning strike last week. "It was dry enough that it continued to smolder until the heat was right," said Lee Duerksen, a visitor information official at the U.S. Forest Service's Yampa ranger district.
Avid cyclist, skier listed in 'good' condition at Denver hospital
A promising Steamboat Springs cyclist and skier is in good condition at a Denver hospital after colliding with a truck Friday while biking on Routt County Road 129.
Haymaker Golf Course head pro Hank Franks can compile quite a list of factors that made Friday and Saturday's Ski Town USA Classic golf tournament a special success, from it being the 10th year of the event and both Haymaker and Sheraton Steamboat Golf Courses being in peak condition, to the nice weather and Henery Hernandez's Friday hole-in-one.
July 4th holiday fanatics who can't wait until sundown for a skyward show will have the country's best Nordic ski jumpers to tide them over tomorrow.
City officials will once again wrestle with how to regulate vacation home rentals in Steamboat Springs.
2:08 a.m. A suspicious person was reported in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Ashley Lynn Meadows of Oak Creek was among 580 students named to the Gonzaga University Dean's List for spring semester 2007. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed.
Common stockholders won't see a penny from shares when business goes away
There's still time to cash out your shares in American Skiing Company for pocket change.
Master picker fits 540 friends into room
Brent Rowan might have the biggest living room in Steamboat Springs. It's called the Strings in the Mountains Performing Arts Tent.
Monday, July 2
A 13-year-old girl who had been missing since 6 p.m. Sunday was found dead Monday morning in the Yampa River.
A 13-year-old girl who had been missing since 6 p.m. Sunday was found dead Monday morning in the Yampa River. Karen Valdez, of Stephenville, Texas, was last seen swimming in the river, just west of Loudy-Simpson Park.
Firefighter sent to hospital, released in good condition
Ken Wolgram was driving his 2002 Dodge truck westbound on Highway 40 about 10 miles past Craig on Sunday afternoon when he was flagged down by a passerby.
Cancer and atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries, are words people hope to never hear from their doctors.
Carol Schaffer has worked in long-term care for the long haul
Unless you have a friend or relative living at the Doak Walker Care Center, you may be oblivious to the fact that a new era is about to begin at one of Steamboat Springs' most important institutions.
Breathing easier this summer? You should be. July 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, a statewide law requiring most indoor public places* to be smoke-free.
It was a taste of what downtown Steamboat Springs sounded like, and smelled like, in the early days of its rich, Western history.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Tonja Cowan reported two vehicle crashes Sunday. The first occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on Colorado Highway 131, near turnoffs for Routt County Road 14. A southbound driver crossed the center line and collided with a northbound driver, Cowan said. The southbound driver was cited for careless driving and transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The northbound driver was not hurt.
The group working on a recall of Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis says it has about 2,300 signatures, nearly 400 more than needed to put the recall on November's ballot.
Routt one of nine counties to offer service though the Web
Routt County residents can now renew most vehicle registrations on the Web.
12:05 a.m. A woman reported loud noise near Routt County Road 36.
Sunday, July 1
Randy Osborn has been fixing motorcycles in Steamboat Springs for nearly 40 years. For the past year, Osborn has been quietly wrenching the bikes of a dedicated clientele who entrust their two-wheelers to his one-man, hole-in-the-wall operation, The Motorcycle Shop.
A 16-year-old bicyclist has been flown to a Denver hospital because of a crushed pelvis and a broken leg she sustained when she was struck by a semitrailer riding down Routt County Road 129 on Friday.
Along a hillside in the Routt National Forest, a crew of six men moved across a landscape Wednesday filled with rocks, fireweeds and charred trees.
Thank You, Thank You.
I do believe it's time to put an end to the Ann Coulter column. I noticed that she didn't have one this Thursday, probably due to her busy TV schedule to promote a book called "Godless: The Church of Liberalism" and to call for the assassination of a U.S. presidential candidate.
Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.
They both live for the days where riding a line in waist-deep powder is as good as it gets.
I am a resident of Florida and have been a vacation homeowner in Steamboat Springs since 1989.
We want to commend the Routt County Sheriff's Department for the recent search for our daughter Marie's physical remains. They put forth a tremendous effort and while they were not able to locate her remains, we appreciate all the work and cannot thank them enough. There was such exceptional coordination and cooperation from all involved. We also thank the NecroSearch team and Paul Draper's road and bridge crew for the great job they did.
Did you know the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District plants an average of 60,000 trees a year? Forester Jeff Hartling said the forests in this area regenerate very well naturally, but after the Routt Divide Blowdown in 1997 and the wildfires that burned 38,000 acres in 2002, crews have worked diligently to help nature regenerate the forest.
When the bright moon is not in the sky, the dark summer night reveals one of its most spectacular treasures - the soft, misty glow of the "Via Lactea," or the Milky Way. Contrary to what the ancient Romans believed, the Milky Way is not made of milk, but is the combined light of billions of distant suns, unresolved by the unaided eye.
I am not cool.
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The former home of Golden Cue Billiards in the Dream Island Mobile Home Park has a new occupant. Elk River Guns opened Monday to what owner Ken Constantine called "a wonderful response."
The "creative class" is on the rise in Routt County.
Old Town realtor earns GRI designation
John Tomasini, a broker at Old Town Realty in Steamboat Springs, has earned the Graduate Realtor Institute designation. The designation is given to those who are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients, according to the Graduate Realtor Institute Web site. The program includes 90 hours of coursework on various topics such as marketing and servicing listed properties to real estate law. John and his wife Mary Brown have lived in Steamboat for more than 30 years.
The Steamboat Springs School Board should use the same criteria for determining pay and benefit packages for its administrators that it uses in determining pay and benefits for teachers and support staff.
When 11-year-old Oak Creek resident and aspiring musician Jessica Miller writes a song, it comes from the heart.
The Hayden Police Department served a search warrant in the 400 block of Jackson Avenue on Friday and recovered stolen property from two burglaries in the town.
Hayden Valley Elementary School fourth-graders had no room to improve this year after every one of them scored proficient or advanced in reading on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests as third-graders in 2006.
Growth all but unchecked in Steamboat law
A popular question around town is why all this construction is happening at once - or more specifically, why the Steamboat Springs City Council approved a truckload of projects at the same time.
Longtime condo owners find themselves in right place at right time
For many of the longtime unit owners at Snowflower Condominiums, the summer of 2007 is turning out to be a case of being in the right place at an incredibly lucrative time.
Real estate transactions for June 20-26
Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School Board and the City Council for reaching an intergovernmental agreement on after-school programs.
The finest dance pavilion in Northwestern Colorado will be completed sufficiently to accommodate the large crowds that will gather in Steamboat Springs for the Cowboys Round Up on July 4th, staged by the American Legion. The hall will provide room without crowding on the dance floor for 350 couples.</p
Colleen Erin Lyon
I believe it was one of my idols, second president John Adams, who said that "every man is entitled to his opinion but not his own set of facts." President Adams would be a very frustrated man today for so many in the media seem determined to fold, bend and mutilate the facts into what they want the public to believe even when they know it's not the truth.
Following is a list of major July 4 holiday events in the Yampa Valley.
Public given opportunity to help decide on proposed changes
The public has its first chance to help decide about proposed streetscape changes to downtown Steamboat Springs.
Friday, June 29
Even before the train blew its whistle, you could tell it was near by the unmistakable shrieks and laughter coming from the throngs of children standing along the train tracks Thursday.
It started with a grueling uphill that most competitors chose to describe as brutal. More than 1,000 feet in elevation gain in the first 1.65 miles took an elite field of the country's 67 top trail runners up and then straight back down Christie Peak at Mount Werner. And that was just the first lap.
Believe it or not, it wasn't the skiing that brought Lisa Wynn to Steamboat Springs. It was the softball.
It's not your typical rodeo.
Last of deed-restricted townhomes sells
After 18 months of marketing, listing Realtor Norbert Turek of Elk River Realty reports he has sold the last of the 10 deed-restricted units in West End Townhomes. The buyer was a longtime Steamboat Springs resident.
In the full and sonorous sound of an organ, the hymn "Amazing Grace" rings through the sanctuary of St. Paul's Episcopal Church when Marilyn Ramunno is asked to play her favorite song.
Christopher King Fuller and Sam Theodore Hedemark grew up together. They shared in adventures together and, on Saturday, the two South Routt teens were laid to rest together.
Underage drinking a major concern
The mother of a teenager killed after a night drinking in the Routt National Forest thinks her son might still be around if South Routt communities had more to offer teenagers.
The "pure Rocky Mountain spring waters," that flow into Golden provided the foundation for the world's largest single-site brewery and helped put Colorado on the map, or at least create an ideal of it in the minds of Coors' drinkers - specifically those who have never smelled the general brewery vicinity or wonder about what really washes off Interstate-70 and into Clear Creek.