Stories for June 2007


Saturday, June 30

Long trip pays off for Florida golfer at Classic

Golfer Henery Hernandez traveled more than 2,000 miles to come to Steamboat Springs.

Return of the Tour

Flocks of cyclists complete loop

Although Bike to Work Week officially concluded Friday, the streets will remain the bikers' domain with the return of nearly 2,000 road cyclists this afternoon.

Soap box racers compete in Dillon

The absence of a local race didn't keep six Routt County youths from greasing the gears on their soap box derby cars earlier this month.

Look who bikes to work: Stu Woodward

Stu Woodward Occupation: Postal associate at the Sundance at Fish Creek post office. Woodward has lived in Steamboat for 17 years.

Dressed for the occasion

Holy Name holds fashion show to celebrate centennial

Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs will hold a fashion show and ice cream social Sunday to celebrate the church's centennial.

Wildfire contained in Zirkel Wilderness

A small wildfire in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area was expected to be contained by this morning, a U.S. Forest Service official said.

Steamboat gymnasts post solid results

Steamboat Springs youth gymnasts may not have been represented in much quantity at a recent state meet in Castle Rock, but they certainly delivered quality results. Excel Gymnastics of Steamboat owner and coach Mike Smith qualified seven Steamboat girls for the EAGLES State Gymnastics competition held June 23 at Castle View High School. Unfortunately, due to summer schedules, Smith could only take three.

Steamboat briefs for June 30

Veggie Booty foods possibly contaminated

The Record for June 28

Thursday, June 28

Sheriff's Office assists with go-cart arrest

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies helped Westminster police arrest a 31-year-old man accused of leaving the scene of an accident in Denver while the man was camping in Steamboat Lake State Park on Friday.

Teen injured in collision

A 16-year-old bicyclist sustained leg injuries Friday afternoon when she was struck by a semitrailer while riding down Routt County Road 129.

Tom Ross: Riding the rails in the heyday of passenger trains

Hang around an old railroad depot long enough and a passenger train might show up.

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Census: Population declining

Steamboat Springs is shrinking, the U.S. Census Bureau believes. In estimates released this week, the bureau estimated Steamboat's population on July 1, 2006 was 9,315, down 14 from the July 1, 2005 estimate. It was the third consecutive year and the sixth in the past seven that the bureau estimated a population decline for Steamboat.

Friday, June 29

Young cowboys to get shot at Steamboat rodeo

As chairman of board for the Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series, Brent Romick knows Steamboat hosts some of the best rodeos in the country.

Methodist youths inspired by 10-day trip to Guatemala

Most high school students would shy away from 10 days with no showers or personal grooming.

The Record for June 27

12:04 a.m. A 50-year-old Clark woman was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and third-degree assault.

Deb Babcock: A carnivorous plant in our forest

We all know to watch out for wildlife, biting insects and toxic plants when hiking the Routt National Forest or Zirkel Wilderness Area, but did you know there's a little-known carnivorous plant living in our wilds?

Forest Service officials urge campers to leave fireworks to the professionals

Although fireworks are a staple of the Fourth of July experience, Forest Service officials are urging campers to leave the festive explosions to the experts.

Holiday tourism cools off

Lower numbers expected for midweek Fourth of July

The celebration of Independence Day in Steamboat again will be packed with tradition, but local lodging properties won't be as packed with guests.

Briefs for June 29

SSHS '60s classes will hold reunion Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School graduating classes of 1960 through 1969 will hold a reunion from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. All who are interested in visiting with the alumni are welcome to attend. Several of the classes have planned additional activities and dinners for Saturday evening. For more information, call 879-2641.

No shortage of events during Fourth of July week

The sound of cattle hooves on Lincoln Avenue on Sunday will usher in a bonanza of Fourth of July celebrations in Steamboat Springs.

Sheriff Wall nixes elderly programs

Milner resident Jane Winograsky will miss her regular visits with the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Nordic camps help young skiers take flight

Two miles of hot pavement along Fish Creek Falls Road doesn't look like it leads to Olympic glory. But for the 10 Nordic combined athletes who made repeated trips up the hill on roller skis Thursday morning, this is where the journey begins.

Steamboat snowboarders Ladley and Eddington head north for tour titles

The snow may be out of sight, but local snowboarders still have competition on their minds.

On scene

The collared shirt and bike helmet duo has never been as prevalent as it was during Bike to Work Week in Routt County, held in coordination with Colorado's Bike to Work Day on Wednesday.

Art overtakes the ski area

Vendors will fill base of mountain for two-day market

Expect crowds next week at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area - but not the type carrying skis and wandering through lift lines.

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Southern belles

'Steel Magnolias' will be in full bloom at Mountain Theater

Sweet tea, big hair and plenty of y'alls : is it tourist season already?

Fiddlin' with strings

Eileen Ivers plays and feels the music of Ireland

Eileen Ivers' first lesson on the violin was from an Irish immigrant who taught in the back of his pub in the Bronx. From such a small beginning, Ivers never expected to be hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of the fiddle.

CD reviews

Nine Inch Nails, Fergie

Old songs with new tricks

Dylan 66 brings life to songwriter's many classics

Don't call Dylan 66 a cover band. "We don't like to think of ourselves as a cover group," guitarist and vocalist Dewey Moffitt said. "We try to keep our own unique style while we play Dylan's songs."

Autumn Phillips: This is it. (Or not.)

There it was. My favorite weather of all. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and it was snowing.

Running Series piggybacks national trail championships

His calves ache and his toenails are gone, but at least he can relax.

Thursday, June 28

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YVRA to have biggest winter air program ever

There will be nonstop flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season from more locations than ever before. The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has negotiated flights with five airlines with service from 10 major airports, including a brand new 183-passenger flight from New York's JFK Airport on Saturdays.

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Tourism expected to slip for holiday

July 4 is on a Wednesday, making it hard for visitors to package with a weekend

The celebration of Independence Day in Steamboat again will be packed with tradition, but local lodging properties won't be as packed with guests. "Last year on Saturday, July 1, we were rockin'," Mike Lomas said. "And we stayed rockin' through the third, then dropped off a little on July 4. This year July 4 is very normal," for a Wednesday in summer.

Holiday softball tournament reaches 22nd year

For the past 21 years, Steamboat has celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks, parades and softball.

Look who bikes to work: Don Schwartz

Don Schwartz Occupation: Elementary school teacher

Oak Creek Town Board agenda

Oak Creek Town Board agenda

Administrator pay on hold

School Board fails to approve salaries Wednesday

Administrators in the Steamboat Springs School District still do not know what their salaries and benefits will be next year.

The Record for June 26

Tuesday, June 26

Steamboat briefs for June 28

Fourth of July Parade entry forms no longer accepted

'We haven't given up'

Officials continue 28-year search for missing Hayden teen

The decades-long search for missing Hayden teen Marie Blee resumed Monday when Routt County officials acted on new information about her disappearance.

County asks for clarification

Sheriff's vehicle-use policies prompt questions

County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak has written a letter to Sheriff Gary Wall asking Wall to clarify which county policies he thinks apply to the Sheriff's Office.

Ignited fumes caused blast

Investigation points to lighter

Police said sparks from a cigarette lighter likely ignited rising fumes from an oil storage tank, sparking an explosion that killed two South Routt teenagers Saturday night.

Ingalls impresses

Skier proves she can pedal at Town Challenge

It's hard to imagine a 16-year-old keeping up with a pro and former world champion.

Scott Stanford: Giving it up for Bartender and Musknosumpin

Gotta give it up for the users of - specifically Bartender, Musknosumpin, the_Lizard and Dundalk. They beat us to the news time and again this week.

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A roller coaster of emotions

Astronaut's wife says Swanson can return to space anytime

Seeing her husband launch into space left Mary Swanson searching for words.

Joel Schlegel, Kacey Bull fall shy of titles at state rodeo

It has been a while since Joel Schlegel was the 95-pound freshman that got bucked off a bronc and landed hard under a broken arm.

Wednesday, June 27

Home brew takes gold

Gordon Schuck's Belgian ale wins international competition

For Gordon Schuck, brewing beer is an art.

Diversion program an option for hazing suspects

Four Hayden High School seniors reported to have hazed seven incoming freshmen will be given the option of a diversion program in lieu of a criminal trial, District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said Tuesday.

Sparks fly

Moffat County officials are warning residents of firework danger

Some children will paint their names in the sky with firework sparklers next Wednesday.

Debbie Horwitz: Thanks for support

The March of Dimes would like to thank the people of Steamboat Springs for their support of our recent Jail and Bail fundraising event. More than $11,000 was raised, due to the efforts of our Jailbirds, their donors and Old Town Pub & Restaurant. This achievement will help enable our mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. A special thanks goes to top Jailbird Traci Clark, who raised $1,365.

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School Board to consider salaries

Different comparisons possible for administrators

The Steamboat Springs School Board could determine how much to pay its administrators based on information from a different set of comparable school districts than what is used to determine teacher salaries.

Creek View revisions weighed

Hayden town staff recommends approval of project changes

The Hayden Planning Commission will consider revisions to the site plan for the Creek View Townhomes and Plaza development on the west side of town at its meeting Thursday.

Barbara Jean Sonntag: Hello from Craig

To all the dear people in Steamboat whom I have had the awesome privilege of knowing during these last 16-plus years at City Market.

John Rezzonico: Iraq coverage disturbs

I am writing you to express my disgust once again in the way media stories are distributed to the American public.

Town Challenge bike series continues

Sports briefs

The third of eight Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series events will bring local racers back up the steeps of Howelsen Hill and lower Emerald Mountain.

Look who bikes to work: Gigi Walker

Gigi Walker Occupation: Owner of Spruce Up Beauty Salon

Tilghman wins Haywhacker tourney at Haymaker

Jim Knous and Tyler Conwell both gave chase, but at the end of the 2007 CJGA Haywhacker Championships first-round leader Michael Tilghman of Littleton was still on top.

Smoking ban turns one

A year later, some business owners still resent state law

A controversial statewide smoking ban is still resented by some business owners a year after going into effect. Others are finding the law didn't have the negative impact they feared.

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No warning before fatal jump

Boulder man, 54, falls 700 feet from hot air balloon to his death

Hot air balloon pilot Ian Cox never thought the man would jump.

The Record for June 25


Briefs for June 27

Support group meeting on July 4 is canceled

Fatal blast investigation continues

Cause of ignition in explosion expected from investigators soon

Randi Cruson hasn't returned to the remote site where two of her friends died Saturday night when an oil storage tank exploded in the Routt National Forest.

Mike Lawrence: Leveling the playing field

Economic disparities between three school districts vast

Phippsburg resident Kathleen Foos, the mother of 17-year-old Sam Hedemark, told me Monday that Sam went to a party Saturday night in the Routt National Forest near Chapman Reservoir on "the spur of the moment."

Our View: The rules of the road

In honor of Bike to Work Week, we are compelled to encourage residents to do just that.

Tuesday, June 26

Boulder man, 54, dead after fall from hot air balloon

Balloon operator: Fall appeared to be intentional

A Boulder man died Tuesday when he fell out of a hot air balloon in Steamboat Springs, authorities said. The balloon operator believes the fall was intentional.

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Congressional record

Craig resident presented prestigious award by Sen. Salazar

What does it take to meet Miss America Lauren Nelson and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar?

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Investigators seek answers

No word yet on what caused deadly explosion in forest

A night of drinking in the woods turned deadly for two South Routt teenagers Saturday when an oil storage tank exploded in the Routt National Forest.

The Record for June 27

12:59 a.m. A woman reported loud noise on Star Ridge Road.

Juniors in the spotlight

Haywhacker Championship draws a field of 188 young golfers

An even-par round of 72 gave Greenwood Village golfer Michael Tilghman a two-stroke advantage on the first day of the 2007 Haywhacker Championship.

Look who bikes to work for June 26

Mel Stewart

Steamboat Springs celebrates Bike to Work Week this week. The Steamboat Pilot & Today will profile a local bike commuter each day of the week, courtesy of Emmanuelle Vital, the city's Bike Friendly Community coordinator.

Hot holiday forecasted

Today's cold front will bring little respite from heat

Prepare for a hot holiday weekend.

Briefs for June 27

Steamboat West charged with DUI

Steamboat Springs police arrested Daniel Mulcahy early Sunday morning on misdemeanor charges of speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. Mulcahy, 36, is the project manager for Steamboat West, a potential large-scale development on at least 540 acres west of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Tom Ross: The view from here

Wyoming peak in plain sight from Rabbit Ears rocks

Nearly every time you climb a hill in Northwest Colorado, you discover a new view of a geographic landmark.

Workers left out as hunting moves in

Workers began arriving at the Bear Valley Inn of Craig in the early spring and never stopped coming.

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Families mourn loss of teens

A pile of broken fishing poles sat outside Sam Hedemark's home Monday just south of Phippsburg. At Chris Fuller's home in Yampa, hunting equipment lay on the floor, and a hide covered much of one wall. The two teenagers who died Saturday night in an oil tank explosion near Chapman Reservoir spent much of their lives outdoors, family and South Routt community members said. "That boy really went through fishing poles," Kathleen Foos, Sam Hedemark's mother and a Phippsburg resident, said softly while standing outside of the family's home on Hay Meadow Lane.

Monday, June 25

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Explosion kills 2 teens

S. Routt teenagers were jumping on oil storage tank

Two South Routt teenagers are dead after an oil storage tank they were jumping on in the Routt National Forest exploded, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported. The incident occurred late Saturday night at a well site off Rio Blanco County Road 8 near Chapman Reservoir. Killed were 17-year-old Samuel Hedemark of Phippsburg and 19-year-old Christopher King Fuller of Yampa.

Look who bikes to work: Sarah Kostin

Occupation: front desk and circulation staff member at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Bicycle Tour of Colorado begins

Indiana residents Mary Lipe and David Farnum needed a break.

Luke Graham: Blast from the past

Believe it or not, there's a connection between me and Pro Football Hall of Famers Bobby Layne and Y.A. Tittle.

Hanging up on telemarketing scams

Imagine receiving a phone call from an overly friendly stranger claiming you've won a $2 million prize which you may claim after sending a hefty processing fee.

The Record for June 23

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 1:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers dispersed a crowd in front of the Tugboat at Ski Time Square.

Hope on horizon for Alzheimer's

Today, there are 64,000 people in Colorado living with Alzheimer's disease. For each individual with the diagnosis, there are at least three other people whose lives have been changed forever by the disease.

Salary workshop planned

School Board to meet Wednesday to discuss administrative pay

The Steamboat Springs School Board will review the salaries and benefits of the district's administrators during a special meeting Wednesday.

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Students trek cross-country in support of nonviolence

Two teenagers, traveling by foot across the country in opposition of global violence, arrived in Craig on Saturday afternoon, bringing with them a message of peace.

Organizers push benefits of Bike to Work Week in Steamboat

Bike to Work Week kicks off today, and event coordinator Emmanuelle Vital urges all residents to "exchange that gas pedal for the bike pedal."

Sunday, June 24

Taste of South Routt draws crowd

Community spirit ran high Saturday at the 10th annual Taste of South Routt festival at Decker Park in Oak Creek on Saturday.

South Routt business provides luxury, extra care for boarded pets

Peggy Haas' dogs - Charlie, Wings, Lucy and Hercules - have been in doggie heaven playing host to the constant flux of new faces at the Haas' new RK Pet Ranch, which opened last week.

The Record for June 22

Saturday, June 16 Matthew Paul Anderson, 45, Oak Creek - Menacing, third-degree assault, harassment, prohibited use of a weapon (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Steamboat rugby prepares for Cowpie Classic

With wins against longtime rival Vail and its first victory against Aspen since 1978, it'd be easy to expect the Steamboat Springs rugby team already accomplished its goals.

Bronco riders have high hopes for coveted Pat Mantle Memorial prize

For Todd McCaughey, Saturday night's Steamboat Springs Rodeo was just a step in the right direction.

Pub owner Nerney wins unlawful sexual contact trial

A jury of four women and two men found Jade Summit and Pirate's Pub owner Kevin Nerney not guilty of unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor, in Routt County Court on Friday morning. The trial began Thursday.

Riley Siddoway: No cycling fatalities

As one of Steamboat's "special" cyclists, I was taken aback by Jack Horner's letter to the editor published June 17.

Routt County Spotlight: Laura Gilligan

Laura Gilligan

Community Agriculture Alliance: Congratulations to our senior graduates

Congratulations to our graduated seniors! Good luck in your careers or your pursuit of higher education. The Routt County Conservation District is dedicated to supporting seniors in Routt County.

Two Moffat County ranches offer solitude

Few Steamboat Springs Realtors pack lunches when they head out to show property to prospective clients. Penny Fletcher of Colorado Group Realty always brings a cooler packed with food and beverages when she takes clients west to visit Canyon Ranch and Yampa River Ranch in Moffat County.

Real estate transactions for June 12 to 19

Real estate transactions for June 12 to 19

May numbers surpass $200M

Steamboat Springs real estate dollar volume continues to soar

The dollar volume of Routt County's real estate market continued to surge to unprecedented levels in May, when transactions totaled more than $205.5 million.

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Editorial cartoon for June 24

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

Business File for June 24

Prudential Realty earns top honors in region

George Krawzoff: Right to use road

Anybody threatened by an aggressive driver should call *277 to report the license plate and description of the driver.

Our view: Supporting the authority

It comes as no surprise that a recent survey revealed a tax to support affordable housing faces long odds in Steamboat Springs.

Yampa Valley Electric Association goes green one bulb at a time

"Going green" is second nature to Richard Levy, so when the local Sierra Club chairman purchased his home three years ago, he installed 12 compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Sailors gear up for '07 football season

It's definitely not doom and gloom with the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Bob Beauprez: Pelosi pays for Plunders

After campaigning across America in 2006, condemning the Republicans for a "culture of corruption" and pointing to the explosion of "earmarks" during the past several years as evidence, Nancy Pelosi promised reform and a new set of ethics in the House of Representatives - if only the Democrats were given the majority. Enough people believed her, and she now is the Speaker of the House.

Joanne Palmer: Happy camper?

The origin of the word camping is derived from the French word campo. It can be defined as: cramming-as-many-of-your-household-possessions-into-your-car-attaching-car-to-pop-up-camper-and driving-as-far-as-possible-from-your-house-only-to-reassemble-all-of-these possessions-in-the-dirt. Once completed, I made this startling discovery:

New exhibit features early Steamboat fashion trends

During longtime Steamboat Springs resident and F.M. Light & Sons heiress Annabeth Lockhart's childhood, Easter meant more than just a church service and egg hunt. It meant a new hat and a new pair of patent leather shoes.

Jimmy Westlake: The summer triangle

There are few sights in nature more beautiful than the starry summer sky. When the sun goes down and the summer stars come out, three of the first ones you'll see, high in the northeastern sky, will be the trio of bright stars that forms the corners of an unmistakable asterism called the Summer Triangle.

Looking Back: Hatchery receives 480,000 trout eggs

The pioneers of Routt and Moffat Counties will have their annual reunion in Steamboat Springs Saturday, June 25, at the high school gymnasium. The business meeting will start at 10:30 in the morning followed by the basket dinner at noon. Those who attend will bring their own cups, spoons and forks. All persons who have lived in Routt or Moffat Counties for fifteen years are eligible to belong to the association. They are urged to attend the meeting to become acquainted with other residents of the section and to keep up the spirit of fellowship. Dues for the members of the association are 25 cents per year. Funds derived from the members are used for the purchase of iced cream, coffee or lemonade served at the reunion.

Murray Tucker: Reconsider epithets

As Shakespeare put it, "fair is foul and foul is fair." It is about time we came to understand the shifting connotations of various political terms and what philosophy of government each represents.

Best of the Web for June 24

If the rise in real estate values has created this affordable housing dilemma, why propose funding with a sales tax increase? Why not tax the cause via a real estate conveyance tax? And use it to fund open space to boot.

King relinquishes City Market throne

Local grocer retires after 36 years in business

The numbers on the clock in Chuck King's office are not where they're supposed to be. They lie jumbled behind the glass at the bottom of the clock as if someone violently shook them from their proper positions. The phrase "Who cares?" is printed across the face.

Forces combine

Tracy Barnett got out of the restaurant business three years ago because she was tired of "the employee hassle."

John Fry: Linkage alternative

I would like to propose an alternative to linkage fees that will provide all the benefits but without the extra baggage. Call it the "Shared Vision Back-end Investment" proposal.

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Customs Enforcement raids impact local businesses

News of Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in the area late last week had an indirect effect on local businesses, from employees not showing up, to owners scrambling to catch up on paperwork.

U.S. teams defend titles at raft nationals

What Steamboat Springs is for Nordic ski jumpers, the Vail Valley is becoming for whitewater raft racers.

Wetland flora grows; Justice Center construction on schedule

In theory, the plants growing in the wetlands surrounding the new Routt County Justice Center should return twofold during the next several years.

Dave Shively: End of the run

It's an annual lament when the Yampa drops below the dreaded 500.

John F. Russell: I wanna be a cowboy, but I'm not

Anyone who knows me realizes I'm not a natural-born cowboy.

Saturday, June 23

Early Learning Center moves forward

Bids for soil testing next task for South Routt education project

South Routt's Early Learning Center is one step closer to groundbreaking.

Students market elk sculpture

The sheet-metal elk sculpture gracing the lawn of Ski Haus is for sale.

Second bike tour kicks off

Bicycle Tour of Colorado arrives in Steamboat today

Steamboat Springs will welcome its second bicycle tour in less than a week today.

Tom Ross: Strapping gear on your bike

I'll be commuting with a fly rod taped to bicycle frame

The last time I shot my mouth off about the sanctity of riding one's bicycle to work in order to save the planet, I got busted.

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Opening night at the rodeo

Everybody excited for first rodeo, except the sheep

It's opening night at Brent Romick Arena, and two young sheep from Pete Wille's ranch have no idea what's in store for them during the Pee Wee Ram Scramble.

Beach volleyball league begins

Games take place Monday nights

When Kit Rice found out there was local demand for beach volleyball competition, she did the best thing she could - start a league.

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Local teen's friendship with mentor seven years in making

As the only child of a single mother, Nate Mauth didn't have a strong male influence in his life until he embarked on a snowmobiling trip sponsored by Partners in Routt County.

Booming youth swim club wins weekend meet

Essi Kenttala, head coach of Steamboat Springs' summer club swim team, is stumped time and again by the same question posed to her at meets across the Western Slope.

Fugitive illegals detained in Hayden

ICE officials: Incident part of 'larger investigation'

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained at least five illegal immigrants this week in Routt and Moffat Counties.

Trio of new stores poised to open

Central Park Plaza businesses to include Golf Etc., brokerage

Three new businesses are poised to open in the south wing of Central Park Plaza by July.

Friday, June 22

Immigration nabs 38 in region

Five people in Routt and Moffat counties detained

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained 38 "criminal aliens, fugitive aliens and other immigration status violators" from northern Colorado and western Wyoming during a three-day operation. Five people in Routt and Moffat counties were detained, officials said Friday.

Sachs is 'Friend of Education'

School Board honors local attorney for volunteer efforts

The Steamboat Springs School Board honored local attorney Paul Sachs on Wednesday night as its 2007 Friend of Education.

Encore, please

Classical pianist Olga Kern returns to 'Boat for performance

Four years after wowing Steamboat Springs audience members, classical pianist Olga Kern is back for an encore performance. Kern plays a concert Thursday at Strings in the Mountains Music Festival Park.

Emerald expands for public

City to use 10-acre Smilkstein plot for recreation, open space

Locals soon will have more space for recreational activities on Emerald Mountain.

Tourism heats up with weather

There could be less visitors in town Saturday night than there were at this time last year, but don't expect that trend to hold.

Seminar focuses on wildfires

Free event stresses landscaping for protection, prevention

A couple of South Routt residents want their neighbors throughout the county to know a beautiful yard also can be a functional yard.

Deb Babcock: Tell mosquitoes to buzz off

One thing you don't want to cultivate when gardening this summer is a bunch of mosquito bites. In addition to the many diseases mosquitoes can transmit, their bites itch and turn into unsightly red welts.

The Record for June 20

1:50 a.m. A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and being a minor in possession. An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested during the same incident on suspicion of third-degree assault, harassment, being a minor in possession and criminal mischief.

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Perry-Mansfield faculty to perform onstage Saturday

Faculty from Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will steal the spotlight from their students Saturday night for the annual "One Night Only" performance.

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Emerald exhibit shows real gem

Local artist Carol Jean is finally ready to grow up.

A stroll through history

Walking tours reveal historic side of Steamboat

The organizers behind the Cultural Heritage Walking Tours of Steamboat Springs know how to incorporate two passions of local residents - exercise and an interest in Yampa Valley history.

Briefs for June 22

Sometime during the early morning hours of June 19, an unknown person drove a vehicle onto the Soroco High School football field, causing significant damage to the turf.

Brother between the ropes

Resident watched sibling play in U.S. Open

Scott Matthews rubbed elbows with the pros at the 2007 U.S. Open last week in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, he walked the course during the June 13 practice round.

Gates swing open on rodeo season

The outcome of the first performance of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series will remain uncertain until late Friday evening. But for local cowboys and cowgirls, opening night in Steamboat Springs is generally welcomed with a rush of emotions.

Short and sweet

Stereomaid singer Eric Olsen knows what he likes. Snow days, big hair and The Who and Miles Davis top his list. He also likes playing music - all the time.

Wither Cabin moved

Hahn's Peak's oldest building gifted to historical society

Hahn's Peak's oldest home has a new home.

YVHA funds run low

Poll uncertain if tax will pass

Local voters may be asked in November to pay a sales tax of one cent for every $10 to support the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Allison Plean: My best friend's wedding

Mrs. Marchele McCarthy (formerly McEntee) did the worm in her wedding dress on Saturday.

On Scene

Notes from around town

A good friend of mine had company in town for the past week, and every night, it's been a struggle for us to find something to do other than play another round of "Guitar Hero." Luckily, he was here for what may turn out to be one of the best nights of the summer - a backyard concert in true Steamboat style.

Thursday, June 21

Wall supports victim notification system

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said he supports a proposed statewide victim notification system that would alert victims to the status of their offender.

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Construction returns on 131

CDOT staff, area residents urge patience through summer

Motorists traveling south from Steamboat Springs on Colorado Highway 131 may want to leave a few minutes early this summer.

Liquor license for free concert falls through

The Free Summer Concert Series opened Wednesday night without one of its staples: beer.

High school tennis player ranked No. 1 in state

Ramsey Bernard's resume as a tennis player speaks for itself.

School Board approves policy changes

Board one step closer to allowing district employees to serve

The Steamboat Springs School Board moved one step closer Wednesday night to allowing current school district employees to serve on the board.

Cattlemen's convention winds down

Land trust working on easements in region

The director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust told a statewide gathering of ranchers here Wednesday that his organization is increasingly active in the Yampa Valley.

District hires new curriculum director

JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler to fill position

The Steamboat Springs School District's new director of curriculum and instruction is excited about the upcoming school year. JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler, 59, was hired to fill the position vacated by Kelly Stanford, who resigned Feb. 23.

After 50 years playing game, golfer makes hole-in-one

Steve Green plays a lot of golf.

The Record for June 19

Tuesday, June 19

Briefs for June 21

Careless driving accident case heads to trial

Local mountain bikers clock fast times at NORBA nationals

Steamboat Springs' top mountain bikers had their hands full with the competition at this weekend's National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) National Mountain Bike Series event.

Judge nominations finalized

Steamboat attorney, Grand County judge recommended

Two women have been nominated by a commission to serve as a third judge in the 14th Judicial District.

Strings in the Mountains kicks off 20th anniversary season

It has been 20 years since Strings in the Mountains hosted its first concert in the Yampa Valley. Since then, the famed music festival has grown to include about 80 concerts a summer that draw more than 30,000 music lovers.

Wednesday, June 20

Golfers chip in

Golf Shoot-out to benefit Sailors

D.J. Edwards and her husband, Hank, don't have any children of their own. But the couple takes pride in supporting junior golf in the Yampa Valley.

Teens face hazing charges

Diversion program may replace criminal proceedings

Law enforcement officials are again investigating a hazing incident involving Hayden High School students.

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Rentals spark passion

Vacation home policy moves forward; potential final reading July 3

Numerous members of the public spoke passionately Tuesday night about how to regulate vacation home rentals in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for June 17

2:01 a.m. Several people reportedly heard a baby crying and someone calling for help near Hilltop Parkway and Tamarack Drive. Officers were unable to find the people.

Briefs for June 20

The Sailors Shoot-Out golf tournament to raise money for the high school golf team begins at 12:30 p.m. June 25 at Catamount Ranch and Club with a shotgun start. The cost is $150 a person or $600 a foursome.

Cliff and Robin Loeb: Rules not needed

We would like to voice our displeasure with the proposed ordinance regarding vacation rentals by homeowners. It seems that this ordinance is unnecessary as the problems cited are already addressed legally by existing ordinances, which limit noise, public nuisance and disturbances.

James C. Makens: No housing problem

Steamboat Springs does not have an affordable housing problem. Houses, townhouses and condominiums continue to sell briskly at today's high prices. In fact, in some cases buyers have arrived in throngs and paid over the asking price.

Marilyn Frentress: Thanks for help

The family of Forrest Frentress thanks everyone who assisted us during our husband, father and grandfather's illness and passing away.

Hayden woman attacked by two dogs

Police: Victim would have died if neighbors had not come to her rescue

A Hayden woman was mauled by two dogs Sunday before being rescued by neighbors who pulled her over a fence and away from the animals.

Littleton cyclist OK after accident

Ride the Rockies participant struck by car on Rabbit Ears Pass

A 52-year-old Ride the Rockies bicyclist from Littleton sustained minor injuries Sunday afternoon after being struck by a car on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Thursday meetings will address local economy

Two separate meetings, both dealing with economic issues in and around Steamboat Springs, are scheduled for Thursday.

Burgess Creek redevelopment not yet 'full stream ahead'

Costly culvert complicates goal for Burgess Creek

Restoring Burgess Creek to a natural looking streambed where it crosses the bottom of the ski area is among the most glamorous aspects of redeveloping the mountain base.

Our View: Join the cancer fight

The inspiration behind the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser rings true to an increasing number of Americans every year.

Cattlemen's conference not all bull

Annual gathering mixes fun and business

Getting transformed into a cow in heat was not on the printed agenda for this year's Colorado Cattlemen's Association convention, but that's exactly what happened to cattle producer David Mendenhall on Tuesday.

Mike Lawrence: Rainbow communal gathering under way in Arkansas

The hippies are heading south.

Tuesday, June 19

Reggae band The Wailers kicks off free summer concerts

Few bands have been together as long as The Wailers, arguably the most celebrated reggae band of all time and made famous in the 1960s and '70s by Bob Marley and hit songs such as "Buffalo Soldier" and "Redemption Song."

Language, education discussed at immigrant integration meeting

Breaking down language barriers and educating the community on cultural differences were the goals set by residents Monday night at The Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Commercial tubing fleet sails

Yampa streamflow one-third of typical volume for mid-June

John Kole of One Stop Ski Shop hasn't yet sent any commercial tubing customers out to float the Yampa River, but he did take a patriotic test ride over the weekend.

The Record for June 17

12:33 a.m. A drunken diabetic woman reportedly was sitting on a bench and mumbling near Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Medics treated the woman.

Briefs for June 20

Lowell Whiteman names director of admissions

Jared Olson has been named the Lowell Whiteman School's new director of admissions. Olson's responsibilities will include working with potential families in finding an appropriate independent school fit for their student.

Airport Commission charts course

Members of the Yampa Valley Airport Commission will convene for a six-hour retreat this week as they reform and anticipate naming a new chairman next month.

Three fail alcohol check

Sting comes on heels of perfect compliancy rate in March

Three Steamboat Springs businesses failed a routine Steamboat Springs Police Department alcohol compliance check Friday night, three months after all 17 businesses passed a similar check.

Tom Ross: North Lake Trail demands caution; deadfalls numerous

If you hike up the North Lake Trail toward Wolverine Basin this month, keep your head on a swivel. You never know when a tree might fall across the trail.

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Audio slideshow: Pot law appeal worries Nord

Hayden medical marijuana user says Aurora case could hurt others

Don Nord grew and harvested three marijuana plants last fall to help ease the pain brought on by the numerous medical conditions from which he suffers.

Monday, June 18

The Record for June 16

1:21 a.m. After a fight in progress was reported on 10th Street, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 23-year-old Steamboat man and a 28-year-old Glenwood Springs man, both on misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and second-degree trespassing. Police said the two men assaulted the owner or manager of a local business. Police said the assaulted man received "very minor injuries."

Briefs for June 18

Routt County Road 42 will be closed today and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday Medical: Take part in Bike to Work week

Imagine walking into your workplace with a big smile on your face, full of energy and the knowledge that you just did something good for yourself and the environment. You can stop imagining this picture and start experiencing it next week.

City Council to review home rental policy Tuesday

City officials are ready to once again set regulations for vacation home rentals, an industry that allows short-term vacationers to stay in neighborhood settings but which draws the ire of year-round residents who complain of noise and traffic.

A chat with School Board President Denise Connelly

District official discusses e-mail investigation, policy governance and relationship with media

Denise Connelly, a former Steamboat Springs School District teacher and the current School Board president, joined last week for an online chat. Below is a transcript of that conversation.

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Ride the Rockies bike tour hits Steamboat

Cyclists to depart for Craig today

Heavy headwinds and heat made for tough riding over Rabbit Ears Pass on Sunday, but Buzz Scher said he was more than happy with the first leg of this year's Ride the Rockies bicycle tour.

Steamboat's Vandahl, Calkins play big on AAU basketball team

In the landscape of elite summer basketball games and camps, where players often would rather chew glass than pass, Steamboat Springs seniors-to-be Michael Vandahl and Aaron Calkins don't waver.

Aging Well: Staying informed

VizAbilities offers information and support for people with vision and hearing loss

Like many older adults, Betty Craig is coping with hearing loss. Thanks to a clever piece of technology, however, she no longer struggles to hear soft-spoken friends or the TV.

Sunday, June 17

Tracy Barnett: Dee will be missed

Although we all knew it was coming, the loss of Dee Richards from this community leaves a big hole that it will be hard to fill. Dee was an original. She has influenced my life in more ways than she ever knew.

Joanne Palmer: S'mores season

Mark your calendars now. You'll need plenty of time to get ready for two little known but important August holidays.

Return to the river

Close calls and canyon floats on a pair of the Southwest's wild and scenic stretches

The age-old maxim that you cannot put your foot in the same river twice rang true this week on the Piedra River. This remote gem of a tributary comes screaming for a short runoff season out of the southern San Juan Mountains and into a tight and steep box canyon just west of Pagosa Springs. The 12-mile lower canyon stretch, which constricts into a series of Class IV and V drops, has long been a favorite of southwest Colorado paddlers. For the Durango-based outfitter I guided for more than six seasons, the Piedra was a proving ground.

Steamboat Rugby improves to 3-0

Vindication. Redemption. Revival.

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High-octane horsepower

Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup returns to Steamboat

For the 19th consecutive year, the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup returned to Steamboat Springs for a weekend of mountain highway cruises and showboating.

Stagecoach twins revving, riding into competitive motorcross scene

Richard and Carmen Strait kept their 14-year-old identical sons Ben and David from riding competitive motocross as long as possible, but they couldn't hold them off forever.

John F. Russell: Smiling at its best

If you want to appreciate soccer, and I mean truly appreciate the game itself, you need to watch a youth soccer game at the Heritage Park fields.

New Forest Service map to identify motorized-use routes

U.S. Forest Service officials hope a new motorized-use map will help off-highway vehicle riders stay on designated roads and trails. The map, which would be specific for the Routt National Forest, is expected to be completed in late September.

YVEA's future is 'bright'

Electric co-op's annual meeting includes district elections

Yampa Valley Electric Association board member Pat McClelland began the job six years ago, and he is determined to finish it.

Fundraiser aims to preserve agricultural heritage

For 9-year-old Yampa resident Eric Logan, working cattle during a Cayuse Classic competition Saturday was just like another day at work - except it was a little more fun.

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Hayden firefighter beats cancer one day at a time

Firefighter Ken Farmer wears a silver fire proximity suit and shows off the fire trucks at Yampa Valley Regional Airport with all the exuberance of a child with a new toy. Farmer, 54, behaves like a man with a second lease on life - which is exactly what he is.

Best of the Web for June 17

Best of the Web for June 17, 2007.

Robin Craigen: Ordinance is excessive

Steamboat Springs Vacation Home Rental Alliance, a group of vacation home owners, property managers and concerned citizens, has reviewed the proposed revised Vacation Home Rental ordinance and has the following comments in advance of Tuesday's first reading of the ordinance by the City Council.

Bonnie Ives: Name insulting

An article recently appeared in the Steamboat Pilot & Today concerning "Mad House," (on Mad Creek and destined for demolition by the U.S. Forest Service).

Kevin Rogers: Keep Bob's alive

I enjoyed reading the article on Bob Logan's Conoco station in the June 3 Steamboat Pilot & Today. I take issue, however, with Jim Cook's insinuation that somehow Bob's station is a blight on downtown. I submit that walking traffic turns around at Bob's because the parking lot, motels and Planned Parenthood that follow do not provide a compelling reason to continue.

Leellen Koroulis:

A heads-up to 4-H and FFA families and anyone who owns livestock in the state of Colorado: Colorado State University has announced that premises registration under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) will be mandatory for all 4-H/FFA youths in October 2007 as a part of registration in a livestock project. Premises registration is voluntary at the federal level at this time, but CSU thinks it will become essential in all segments of the livestock industry in the future.

Jack Horner: Cyclists beware

I drive a two-lane, paved road every day. I tow equipment and horses daily on this road. Ninety percent of the road is double yellow on the centerline. It is double yellow because of blind corners and hills that prevent seeing what is coming.

All things motorized

Steamboat Springs Car Club members love pistons and wheels

The bugs plastered to the windshield of Maury Bunn's Ford 427 Shelby Cobra are a testament to how much the founder of the Steamboat Springs Car Club loves to drive.

Betty Leipold: Future bleak?

Does any one of our elected officials have the courage to curb the insatiable appetite of Jim Cook? And where does he get off telling Bob Logan that he should move his service station because the land is too valuable?

Routt County Spotlight: Sheila Wright

Sheila Wright

Our View: School Board shouldn't change policy

We applaud the Steamboat Springs School Board for reviewing and revising its governing policies. Such an overhaul appears to have been due. But we are concerned with the board's plans to revise Board Governing Policy 11, which covers board member conflicts of interest.

The Record for June 15

Friday, June 15

Ride the Rockies rolls through 'Boat

More than 2,000 cyclists will descend Rabbit Ears Pass today as part of the 22nd annual Ride the Rockies.

Runners, bikers navigate 'Short Cut' routes for fast times

Derek Leidigh did his homework before Saturday morning's Hot Springs Short Cut Run. The local runner knew the best place to make up ground in the Steamboat Springs Running Series' seven-mile race - the only race without a set course - would be at the start. Leidigh wove through city streets from the starting line at the downtown post office to Routt County Road 36, which climbs north to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs finish.

Business File for June 17

Prudential Steamboat Realty was recognized as a top company performer in the first quarter of 2007.

Real estate transactions for June 5 to 11

Real estate transactions for June 5 to 11, 2007

The cattle battle

Ranchers face myriad of challenges in today's environment

Driving a four-wheel-drive pickup across her ranch in designer sunglasses, Jo Stanko represents the dual identities of Steamboat Springs. The contrast between the high-end resort feel of the city and the rural ruggedness of ranches just minutes away can be striking. The former, a bellwether. The latter, a relic.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Historic Routt County honors preservation

"What's happening to Steamboat?" is a question that has been asked plenty of times this spring as folks from out of town visit for the first time in a year or two. With all the change that is happening in our community, it's hard to recognize what has stayed the same. At a Historic Preservation Month/annual member meeting in May, Historic Routt County honored some of the places and people who have helped keep the ties to our past intact.

Jimmy Westlake: The heavenly harp

What's that bright star rising in the northeastern sky as darkness falls this month? It's Vega, and its arrival is a sure sign that summer is just around the corner. Speaking of corners, Vega marks one corner of the well-known asterism called the Summer Triangle and is the first corner of the triangle to pop up above the horizon.

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Editorial cartoon for June 17

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

Lightning strike causes brush fire

Lightning ignited a small brush fire Saturday afternoon on Oak Creek's Green Mountain.

Dave Shively: Pain in the pass

Whenever I'm up on the "Great Divide" and drive down the west side of U.S. Highway 160, I make it a point to blast C.W. McCall's classic 1975 trucking anthem, "Wolf Creek Pass."

What would Tiger shoot?

The professionals' answer: It's low

He's easily the best in the world.

Prices soar for limited condos

Mountain market experienced 39 percent gain in values during winter

The market for resort condominiums in Steamboat Springs is tight, and there isn't much relief in sight for the next couple of years.

Saturday, June 16

Festival celebrates South Routt

Spending time on the lawn, sampling great food and catching up with friends is easy at the Taste of South Routt.

Tom Ross: The ski season never ends

There's snow in the high country - if you want it bad enough

A Steamboat Ski Area official teased the news this week that the mountain achieved a record number of skier visits during the 2006-07 ski season. However, he stopped short of revealing the magic number.

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Housing director resigns

Manager: Yampa Valley Housing Authority 'in flux' at critical time

Elizabeth Black has resigned as executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Oak Creek shaping police department's future

Again without any law enforcement officers, Oak Creek town officials are considering hiring part-time officers and advertising for a new police chief. In the meantime, they hope to rely on the Routt County Sheriff's Office to respond to local emergencies.

The Record for June 14

Thursday, June 14

Briefs for June 16

Daylee King makes spring 2007 honor roll

Fighter ace Olds dies at 84

Gen. Robin Olds, who became a fighter pilot ace in World War II and the Vietnam War, died peacefully at his home in Steamboat Springs on Thursday. He was 84.

Summer programs start for skateboarders

The Howelsen Hill Skate Park can be a little intimidating for skateboarders still learning the ropes, especially on summer afternoons packed with more than 20 skaters.

Strawberry Park principal could be named next week

A new Strawberry Park Elementary School principal could be hired as soon as Wednesday, district officials said.

Friday, June 15

Dusting off bluegrass

The Infamous Stringdusters pride themselves on not being a typical bluegrass band. The sextet of Nashville boys combine their youthful sound with classical bluegrass, creating a flavor that appeals to a wide audience of listeners.

Local man's art places first at Boulder Creek Festival

Steamboat artist Leo Atkinson really knows how to work a crowd. During Memorial Day weekend, Atkinson opened geodes to children and created a booth full of rotating mineral sculptures, winning first place in the sculpture division of the Boulder Creek Festival.

Deb Babcock: From sprout to spectacular in one season

Some of the most beautiful and imaginative gardens in Steamboat Springs are created with flowering annuals. These undemanding plants become fully grown in just one season, giving gardeners an opportunity to experiment with color, texture, shape and design.

Record-breaking season

Officials: Ski area tops 2005-06 total visits of 1.05 million

Steamboat Ski Area had its second consecutive year of record-breaking skier visits, officials said Thursday.

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New Works Festival finds inspiration in mountains

This weekend at Perry-Mansfield, new talent is literally coming out of the woodwork. The 10th annual New Works Festival begins today and sets never-before-seen plays and choreography on a stage that's almost a century old.

Happy hours

Happy hours

On scene

The fourth in a popular series of community dances will be held at a new location Saturday night.

Aiming for a higher level

Team prepares for Triple Crown

Steamboat U-13 baseball coach Greg Engle has a couple of goals in mind as he looks toward this weekend's Triple Crown Mountain Magic baseball tournament.

Short Cut to a bounty

Running Series cash prize tempts record-breakers

Hot Springs Short Cut Run director John Chapman is putting out a bounty.

North Routt to show off equipment, provide info

A recent addition to the North Routt Fire Protection District's fleet will make fighting fires a little easier.

Cabin movers need volunteers

A historic log home slated to become a South Routt visitor center and workspace for business owners needs a push in the right direction.

Briefs for June 15

Moots hosts Ride the Rockies open house Sunday

The Record for June 13

Wednesday, June 13

Man sentenced to year in prison for fatal accident

A 37-year-old Lakewood man was sentenced to one year in jail Thursday after pleading guilty to careless driving that resulted in the death of Craig resident Michael Bailey in February 2006.

Salazar pushes veterans health

U.S. Representative's funding proposal in Congress

A proposed law could more than triple travel reimbursements for military veterans seeking health care services.

Father's Day fun

No shortage of family activities Saturday

Spending a sunny Saturday with a fishing pole in hand may seem ideal, but for others a day on the ranch watching horse events and eating barbecue is sublime. Or perhaps your favorite horses are the kinds that give power to sports cars.

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Accident involving undersheriff reveals conflicting views

A Utah car accident involving Undersheriff David Bustos likely will spur a meeting between county officials regarding the Sheriff's Office policy on employees using county vehicles for personal use.

Musicians set to make mark

Stealing Outfield's sound maturing throughout the years

Four former classmates from Kremmling left behind their tubas and violins and donned more traditional instruments for rocking Steamboat's Battle of the Bands in May. Their onstage presence and lyrics provided musical maturity beyond their years, and Stealing Outfield ended up stealing the show.

Random acts of kindness

Editor's note: This Allison Plean column originally was published Aug. 11, 2006.

Thursday, June 14

Quite a climb

Campbell, Welch top finishers in Thunderhead Climb

Rosy-cheeked and exhausted after a 4.72-mile climb, Marin Campbell had a confession after the Mount Werner Thunderhead Climb.

District attorney looking to add an investigator

Twenty years ago, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office employed three district investigators. Gradually, that number was reduced to one investigator to cover the tri-county district.

Converging ideas

Event celebrates local diversity, discusses integration

Joseph Wismann-Horther didn't have to go far to find a theme for Wednesday night's celebration of local diversity at Steamboat Springs High School. All he had to do was check the school's front door.

Dirt caused water issues

Hayden officials say debris prevented valve from closing

Town officials have discovered the source of a water valve malfunction that led to a drinking water warning two weeks ago. They also have discerned what caused an alarm system failure that delayed discovery of the problem.

Paula Cooper Black: A hero, friend and community icon

Dee Richards was my nemesis, my co-worker, my friend, my hero, and I, along with our community, will sorely miss her.

The Record for June 12

1:15 a.m. A drunken man was taken to the hospital from the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza because he fell down and cut himself.

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Oak Creek seeks direction

Town Board meeting to address struggling funds, police department

Oak Creek resident Andy Benjamin is confident the town's historic "fierce independence" will keep it alive, though he's concerned about how the town is addressing several issues, including a struggling general fund.

Briefs for June 14

A 2-year-old Steamboat Springs boy sustained minor injuries Tuesday afternoon after a Dodge truck ran over the boy after he fell into the street, police said.

Sales tax revenue exceeds expectations

April report: Ski area base growth continues; town area falls

An April sales tax report prepared by city staff showed large growth continuing at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, while sales tax revenue in the downtown area dipped for the second straight month.

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Swanson starts spacewalk

Atlantis astronaut and former Sailor helps fold up solar wing

Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson spent the first two hours of their scheduled 6 1/2-hour spacewalk helping to put a 115-foot solar wing away in its storage box.

Success Steps breakfast offers commercial collection tips

At a monthly Success Steps breakfast seminar Wednesday, local businesspeople learned how to deal with people ranging from "experienced deadbeats" to "bloodthirsty" collection agencies.

Strawberry Park principal applicants to visit

School officials to meet with candidates

Steamboat Springs School District administrators may have found the next principal of Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Utility work begins on $115-million One Steamboat Place

The One Steamboat Place construction site at the base of the ski area has come to life as crews working for Haselden Resort Constructors begin relocating utilities.

Wednesday, June 13

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Swanson begins spacewalk

Steamboat Springs High School graduate Steve Swanson began his first spacewalk at about 12:30 p.m. today. View NASA's live video feed.

Celebration works to bring community together

Steamboat Springs High School will be filled with the sounds of traditional Mexican folk music tonight as immigrants, newcomers and locals are invited to attend a "community voices" celebration.

Officials urge residents to be aware of mosquito virus

Public health officials are encouraging residents to protect themselves against the deadly West Nile virus by wearing bug repellent and ridding areas of stagnant water.

The Record for June 11

1:12 a.m. A drunken man reportedly was throwing pizza in the 1300 block of Mountain Village Circle and then "stole a knife" to flatten his girlfriend's car tire. Police were unable to locate the man.

Briefs for June 13

Steamboat Springs resident Doug Smith was listed in critical condition Tuesday, three days after he sustained severe injuries in a motorcycle accident.

Thunderhead up next in Town Challenge

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series race with the longest history returns to Gondola Square today.

Our View: DeVincentis recall is necessary

Requiring John DeVincentis to stand for election in November is a minimum consequence of his conduct, not only in 2-year-old e-mails he sent using his school computer but also during his 20 months on the School Board. We previously asked DeVincentis to resign. Absent his resignation, we endorse the effort to recall him and urge residents to sign the recall petition.

Mike Lawrence: Icequakes, copper thefts: Consumption driving market

It might not seem so, but Greenland's upcoming icequake season is related to recent thefts of copper from the Routt County Justice Center construction site west of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Sailors suit up one last time

Cofer, Shipley play at All-State

For the past three years, Lane Shipley and Westin Cofer helped lead the Steamboat Springs High School football team to two playoff berths and a league championship.

Groundbreakings on schools expected in July

A new Soda Creek Elementary will begin to rise from the ground in July, but other school construction projects also are primed for groundbreaking this summer.

Hayden students try to refurbish 1950s truck in one week

The whirr of power sanders competed with Bon Jovi on the radio Tuesday as seven local high school students hustled to strip a 1954 International Harvester pickup in the Hayden High School shop building.

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Fire service source debated

City, district discuss new taxing entity

Future fire and ambulance service in the Steamboat Springs area could be provided by a new taxing entity. The city of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District officials started discussions about the idea Tuesday night.

Young returns from watching son-in-law take off to space

The emotions of seeing her son-in-law launch into space haven't worn off on Chris Young.

Adieu to fee-in-lieu?

Council to reconsider controversial housing policy

City officials will reconsider a controversial housing policy next week.

Tuesday, June 12

Opposing View: Newspaper unfair, biased

Editor's Note: The following commentary was written and submitted by supporters of John DeVincentis who met with the Pilot & Today Editorial Board to discuss the recall of DeVincentis. We understand the Pilot & Today Editorial Board is considering writing an editorial in support of the recall of John Devincentis. We think that would be incredibly unwise on the part of the newspaper.

Council may reconsider fee-in-lieu policy

Seven days after the Steamboat Springs City Council approved vast revisions to the city's inclusionary zoning and linkage ordinance, which regulates how the city provides affordable housing, council members tonight will reconsider a key provision of the ordinance.

The Record for June 10

12:09 a.m. A juvenile situation was reported in Steamboat Springs.

Area briefs for June 12

Routt County resident Doug Smith, a self-employed owner of a trucking company, is on life support at the Denver Health Medical Center as a result of severe injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash at about 6 p.m. Sunday on Routt County Road 33.

Breakfast confronts confrontation

Success Steps to discuss asking for money in a small town

Randy Rudasics handled collections for the employment service he was president of in Indiana "basically because no one else wanted to do it."

Air ambulance delay continues

YVRA commission to discuss service slowed by red tape

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

Summer air program takes off

Airport seeking terminal manager to replace Copeland

The summer air program at Yampa Valley Regional Airport started Friday, with daily Delta flights to Salt Lake City added to United Express service to Denver.

Longtime Pilot editor dies

Dee Richards known by newspaper editors worldwide

Helen "Dee" Richards, the longtime editor of the Steamboat Pilot, died Sunday at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 86.

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Soda Creek on the move

Massive relocation of materials to school's temporary facility under way

A new Soda Creek will begin to rise from the ground later this summer, but Principal Judy Harris has more pressing concerns, such as the logistics of moving approximately 31,680 square feet of school materials.

Tom Ross: A newspapering life well lived

Dee Richards part of history of Northwest Colorado

Picture a tiny woman in white canvas tennis shoes boldly stepping into a rodeo arena wielding an antique camera with a waist-level viewfinder. That was Dee Richards.

Monday, June 11

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State Bridge Lodge fire ruled arson

A fire that destroyed a 117-year-old building at the State Bridge Lodge was deliberately set, possibly to cover up a burglary, investigators said.

Man on life support after motorcycle accident

Routt County resident Doug Smith, a self-employed owner of a trucking company, is on life support at the Denver Health Medical Center as a result of severe injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday on Routt County Road 33.

Longtime Pilot editor dies at 86

Longtime former Steamboat Pilot editor Helen "Dee" Richards died Sunday at Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. She was 86.

Tournament starts busy summer for Tennis Center

All in all, they don't get much better than this.

The Record for June 9

2:08 a.m. A driver was arrested for driving under the influence at U.S. 40 and Pine Grove Road.

Briefs for June 11

The Flat Tops Llama Trek, a fundraiser for Yampatika, is from July 23 to 27. A second trek is from Aug. 6 to 8. Hike with the llamas on this amazing wilderness camping experience. Explore high peaks, mountain meadows and stunning views of the Flat Tops Wilderness. The cost is $650 a person for four nights or $350 a person for two nights. Call 871-9151 to register.

Hayden schools unite for reunion

A high school reunion in Hayden on Saturday that welcomed just about everyone made for an event characteristic of a town many times larger.

Yampa Festival wraps up

The weekend celebration of snowmelt continued Sunday with kayaking races through racing gates on the Yampa River along Dr. Rich Weiss Park.

Towny Anderson: The rest of the story on city consultants

Mike Lawrence is a wonderful asset to our community with his insightful, humorous and well-written political columns and regular city reporting. His Wednesday, May 30, column on city consultants certainly grabbed the readers' attention. However, in this case, Mike apparently had a point he wanted to make and arranged the facts to fit the point. That it invited criticism and derision is, therefore, no surprise. If anyone looks at the list City Manager Alan Lanning produced for City Council, this is what he/she would see:

Luke Graham: Missing high school athletics

With high school sports in the past, and a summer filled with camps, bike and running races, I would be remiss if I didn't look back at the 2006-07 Steamboat Springs High School athletic season.

Jesse Jakomait wins second-straight Rio 24 Hours

At about midnight Sunday, the farthest thing from Jesse Jakomait's mind was winning.

Aging Well: Cancer facts for people older than 50

Cancer strikes people of all ages, but you are more likely to get cancer as you get older, even if no one in your family has had it. The good news is cancer death rates are going down. No matter what your age, the chances of surviving cancer are better today than ever before.

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Renewable energy society celebrates strides, re-evaluates goals

For a subject that is so often combined with the evermore depressing assessments of pollution and global warming, a renewable energy conference in Steamboat Springs this weekend was marked by a celebratory mood.

Monday Medical: Thumbs up for healthy hands

I'd be willing to bet 90 percent of us have not consciously thought about our hands this week. I don't mean checking out our fingernails, using lotion to moisturize dry skin or lamenting about age spots.

Sunday, June 10

Developers lament fees

Affordable housing ordinance worries business community

The Steamboat Springs City Council may have reached its decision, but debate continues in the business community about how much new affordable housing policies will affect local development projects.

Routt County Spotlight: Melissa Calhoon

Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?

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DeVincentis recall effort stirs emotions

In August 1984, Steamboat Springs citizens voted 336-308 to recall then-School Board President Al Miller, largely due to Miller's attempt to fire legendary wrestling coach Carl Ramunno. That same month, John DeVincentis began his 21-year career as principal of Strawberry Park Elementary School in Steamboat. The city has not seen a recall election for a School Board member since.

Mike Forney: Recall necessary

"Don't shoot the messenger" admonished Shakespeare in "Henry IV." Perhaps those on our School Board and other supporters of John DeVincentis should reflect on the Bard's words. The fact remains that the DeVincentis e-mails and his actions as a School Board member have demonstrated a shocking lack of honesty and integrity, and a vindictive character and behavior that violates the trust given him by those (like myself) who chose him to represent us on the RE2 Board of Education.

Jan van Straaten, Bette Van Dahl, Mike Johnson, Kelly Wilson, Scott Crouch, Sandi Crouch, Tania Coffey: New versus old

A lot was said recently about the Steamboat Springs School Board and member John DeVincentis, which created a flurry of press in the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper. Uninvolved, unaware readers who followed the story were given eyebrow-raising excerpts from a private e-mail secretly leaked by an individual later revealed to be a disgruntled board member who resigned in order to be able to betray the public trust anonymously as an ordinary citizen.

Stephen Caragol: Protect the process

If you are considering signing the recall for John DeVincentis, please do not do it. Why: Because we need to protect some level of a decent political process in our School Board and our town in general.

Brian T. Kelly: This is a pattern

Much has been written and discussed lately regarding John DeVincentis' tumultuous tenure on the School Board. In the past few days, a group of his supporters have emerged with radio and newspaper ads saying the backers of a recall petition are running a smear campaign. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Lynette Lochausen: Simms was bully

I am not a personal friend of Dr. John Devincentis, but I can no longer be quiet while the group calling itself "Save Our Schools" does everything in its power to discredit him. I worked as a high school counselor in Steamboat Springs from 1986 to 2001, time that afforded me a chance to closely observe some of the motivation for the anger and bitterness in the private e-mail conversations that are behind the current recall effort.

Mary Darcy and Eric Gautreaux: Say no to recall

We're sure plenty of people in town are sick of the whole subject of the Devincentis e-mails and the attempted recall of this school board member. But since the Pilot & Today offered a one-time chance to print letters on both sides of the issue, we'd like to point out a few facts that not everyone may know.

Tami Havener: Acts not surprising

That John DeVincentis would lie (to another school board) and send vitriolic e-mails (those published by this newspaper) over a two-year period, while shocking, were not surprising to my husband or me. It was just public evidence of what we've known for quite some time.

All That Jazz celebrates 30 years of business in Steamboat

During the past 30 years, All That Jazz owner Joe Kboudi has seen a lot of people walk through the glass doors of his business on Lincoln Avenue. And the faces still look familiar.

Medora Fralick: Give the Cayuse Classic a chance

Community Agriculture Alliance

The second annual Cayuse Classic is June 16 at Sidney Peak Ranch. If the first year was any indication, this event will be a great opportunity for anyone who has a love of the Yampa Valley, agriculture, horses and people.

Jimmy Westlake: Corvus and Crater

Winging his way across our late springtime sky is a delightful little constellation named Corvus the Crow. The four main stars of Corvus form a distinctive kite-shaped pattern located about one-third of the way up in the southwestern sky at 9:30 p.m. in mid-June.

Soroco grad Joel Schlegel rides for state rodeo title

Joel Schlegel had a tough choice most seniors don't think twice about.

Tournament highlights Tennis Center

Steamboat facility may take on hosting duties for larger, national events

While the 138 players at the 2007 Intermountain Senior Sec-

Joanne Palmer: Great Granny Garbanzo advice column

Life in the 'Boat

I've always wanted to write an advice column. I thought it would be easy. I thought I could get some help from guy friends. I was wrong. No matter what question I posed to them their answer was the same. Sex.

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Remembering State Bridge

Spirit of historic building remains in wake of tragic fire

Lauren Diveley pushed wisps of hair out of her face Wednesday as she peered over the police tape keeping her from the charred remains of a building that defined the 23-year-old's childhood.

Business File for June 10

Coldwell Banker Silver Oak Ltd. was ranked second of 2,678 Coldwell Banker offices nationwide in April.

Transactions for May 30 to June 4

Real estate transactions for May 30 to June 4.

Crazy River Dog challenge highlights Yampa events

When Steamboat Springs locals band together at the start of each summer to celebrate the Yampa River with a little friendly competition, it's not the human events that bring the biggest crowd.

Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat bike race kicks off at Mt. Werner

Having done 24-hour races before - but never the Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat - Boulder's Mike Hogan knew the singletrack trail up Mount Werner would be about pain and reward.

Lots back on the market

Land prices in The Sanctuary jump as much as $300K in three months

As recently as eight months ago, there were 11 original building lots available in The Sanctuary subdivision at developer prices, some for less than $500,000. Today, those 11 have all sold, and several have come back on the market at substantially higher prices.

Friendly floatin'

Local river enthusiasts unite for successful Yampa River Festival

When it comes to the competition at the Yampa River Festival, the stakes on the line are all relative.

Conservative commentary: War: the real thing

In case you might have missed it, we are in a war. The real thing.

Display dedicated as railroad veterans and enthusiasts remember past

At the age of 19, Jim Woodcock joined his father, Wesley Woodcock, in 1949 working on the Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad.

Dave Shively: Evening exposure

It was a typical Friday evening in June on the Yampa River. A contingent of local kayakers enjoying the last rays of sunlight and egging each other on with playful hoots in the surf at Charlie's Hole. Downriver, a threesome of pint-sized paddlers no older than 15, in town for the river festival, wowed their shore-side parents by hucking paddles aside for some hands-free wave acrobatics in the D-hole.

Beetle epidemic raises fire threat

Officials look to clear beetle-infested pine trees before next wildfire

Along a hillside in the Routt National Forrest's Seedhouse Corridor, splashes of red and gray emerge from a large canvas of green.

The Record for June 8


Best of the Web for June 10

Best of the Web for June 10

Our View: No guarantees on affordable housing policy

The Steamboat Springs City Council may have approved new affordable housing policies last week, but its work is hardly done.

Saturday, June 9

Hayden alumni reunite today

For the first time, the alumni of the old Hayden Union High School and Hayden High School will hold a reunion together for all classes up to 1979.

Sailors named to All-Colorado tennis team

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team took another step in becoming one of the elite programs in the state.

Local economic index being formed

Data to more accurately measure Routt County's economy

By the end of this year, the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative hopes to produce the Routt County Economic Index. The cooperative hopes the index will provide a reliable benchmark to judge the county's economy year-to-year and identify trends.

City making own gifts law

Ordinance would allow override of Amendment 41

City officials are considering an ordinance that would revise ethical requirements supported by local and statewide voters last November.

The Record for June 6

12:38 a.m. A driver was arrested on U.S. 40 at the Mount Werner Road off-ramp for driving under the influence, minor in possession of alcohol and driving on a suspended license.

Sectional championships highlight weekend of tennis

Fran Micka has made the trip to Steamboat Springs from Avon for the past fives years to kick off the summer with some serious tennis.

Area briefs for June 9

The Flat Tops Llama Trek, a fundraiser for Yampatika, is from July 23 to 27. A second trek is from Aug. 6 to 8. Hike with the llamas on this amazing wilderness camping experience.

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City OKs watershed law

Routt County also considering tighter regulations

As Steamboat Springs water-lovers gear up for this weekend's Yampa River Festival, city and county officials are taking steps to protect the quality of that river for decades to come.

Cowgirl convoy hits the 'Boat

Quirky trailer-trotting caravan club on way to Wyoming

Although the 751 members of "Sisters on the Fly" prefer to go by their ordered number of when they joined the organization, they are far from a fringe religious cult or clandestine agency out of a James Bond film. It's simply a group of ladies looking to have some fun.

School Board reviewing, revising policies

The Steamboat Springs School Board is reviewing and revising its governing policies, which largely have gone untouched in the past decade.

Cartoon Network and actor donate to sick 5-year-old Craig boy

The package's origin: the Cartoon Network's Los Angeles office. The contents: enough toys, notebooks, DVDs and other goodies to rival Christmas and birthdays combined.

Tom Ross: Sorry son, you're over-qualified for chicken frying

Soda Creek Elementary School firing taught many a valuable lesson in humility

It was a strange form of nostalgia that I experienced this week when readers Nick and Tracy Metzler e-mailed me a photograph of the last class of students and staff at the old Soda Creek Elementary School posed in front of the doomed building.

Friday, June 8

Unknown caterpillar mystery solved

Treatment isn't recommended because 'damage is done'

Entomologists at Colorado State University have identified the species of caterpillar that has exploded across Routt County. The caterpillar, which has been feasting on the leaves of aspen, scrub oak, sarvis and chokecherry trees, is known as a linden looper.

Emerald images

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council decided to celebrate its 35th anniversary with a color as vibrant and invigorating as the artists it supports - emerald.

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Reining it in

Historic art exhibit features variety of Northwest Colorado collectibles

An impressive collection of artwork reflecting Northwest Colorado history and culture debuts tonight at the Steamboat Art Museum.

Happy hours

Happy hours

Return to the river wild

Epilogue brings local's tale from Siberia to the Yampa

Adventures are relative. And while some folks will be thrilled to get a first taste of competition at this weekend's Yampa River Festival, others may be interested in hearing the tale of a wild river descent far from the Yampa.

The Green is back

Strings shows at Botanic Park start Thursday

Nearly four years have passed since fiddle player Jessie Burns left Steamboat Springs for the lively Celtic music scene in Boulder. Fortunately for local fans of traditional Irish music, she still has a soft spot for the Yampa Valley.

Triple Crown season underway

World Series set for mid-July

At 8 a.m. Thursday, the first pitch of a game between two girls fastpitch softball teams from Denver launched the beginning of what has become a Steamboat summer staple.

Railroad display honors history

David Moffat had dreams of building a railroad from Denver to Salt Lake City, but his efforts fell short just outside of Craig.

Festival celebrates Yampa River with slew of weekend events

For 27 years, Steamboat Springs' local river enthusiasts have organized at the start of each summer to celebrate the Yampa flowing through town.

On Scene

Young, old come together

Briefs for June 8

All mountain bike trails at the Steamboat Ski Area will be closed all day Saturday and until approximately 1 p.m. Sunday because of the fourth annual Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat bike race.

Allison Plean: Ahoy matey!

Bad pirate jokes and cheesy comments about "booty" are perfectly acceptable when flying a pirate flag on the back of your flotation device on the Yampa River.

Library's summer reading program kicks off Monday

Curling up with a book on a lazy summer day may need no incentives, but the Bud Werner Memorial Library is offering prizes and activities this summer to youths who do just that.

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Slow times for Ski Time

Base area work impacting businesses in shoulder season

Construction near Ski Time Square and Torian Plum Plaza is digging up utility lines in unexpected places, knocking out Internet service for businesses and creating costly delays in the already slow shoulder season.

Oak Creek discusses mill levy

Police department biggest strain on struggling general fund

The Oak Creek Town Board agreed Thursday it must balance its general fund, but board members differed on the best way to do so.

Jane McLeod: A summer love

Maybe it is the name. Maybe it's because it is impossible to miss, often reaching 6 feet in a few years, standing ramrod straight like a sentry guarding a flock of more discreet-sized herbs. Maybe it is the sharp, biting taste or the refreshing aroma. Whatever the reason, I always want lovage (Levisticum officinale) in my herb garden.

Burning up the breaks

High-energy electronica artists BLVD, Souleye to fill dance floor

The last time Steamboat Springs fans looked into the lyrical vision of Souleye, the freestyle rapper was laying down rhymes on top of jazz and funk.

Thursday, June 7

The Record for June 6

12:28 a.m. A man at the police department reportedly wanted police to perform a roadside sobriety test on his 21-year-old son, who he claimed has a drinking problem. Police talked to the man.

'Sound and Fury' resonates

Beethoven and Mozart both had, although briefly, Joseph Haydn as a teacher of composition. Haydn defined that which is specifically, not generically, classical, as distinct from the baroque, which preceded, and the romantic, which followed, his long career.

Strong winds topple trees

All things considered, Wanda Waggoner was pretty lucky.

Outbreak surprises resident

Unknown caterpillar species spreads thick across county

Take a walk around Frank Welsh's property 10 miles south of Hayden and it won't take long to see the scale of the caterpillar infestation there.

The Record for June 5

12:45 a.m. Two intoxicated people reportedly were fighting in the 100 block of Oak Street in Oak Creek.

Area briefs for June 7

Elev8 Youth, a local nonprofit Christian youth organization, is hosting a Mud Volleyball Tournament from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Christian Center for students in grades seven through 12 and Class of 2007 graduates.

VNA receives grant for Aging Well

Older adults in Northwest Colorado interested in senior Pilates, yoga or even a workout boot camp may soon have greater access to such programs.

Steamboat High grad scheduled for NASA launch Friday

Steamboat Springs High School graduate and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson is scheduled to launch into space with the space shuttle Atlantis on Friday.

Scott Stanford: What's up? The price of gas and other data

When we bought our Dodge Durango in February 2004, I read somewhere in the owners manual that our 5.7-liter, Hemi V-8 likes mid-grade fuel of 89 octane or higher.

Mountain bikers ready for 24 Hours of Steamboat race

The Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat endurance mountain biking race is entering its fourth year, going from a Le Mans start at noon Saturday to a finish at noon Sunday. Event co-director Katie Lindquist expects around 250 participants in 12 divisions - solo, duo, four-man, five-man and corporate teams (6-10 members) spread across genders and skill levels - to compete in a race to notch as many 11-mile laps as possible in either 12 or 24 hours.

Swimmers off to a fast start

Sports briefs for April 4

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team had a strong start to its summer season. Building off a fourth-place finish at August's seasonal state championships, 46 Steamboat swimmers headed to Rangely on Friday and Saturday and walked away from the meet with a win, edging out the Rangely Hurricanes, 2,187 points to 2,017.

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How housing funds will be used still to be determined

Steamboat Springs' new affordable housing ordinance could generate millions of dollars annually.

Hanley returns from CU camp

Sailor football player gains experience

As one of the football players invited to the University of Colorado's "Friday Night Lights" and Nike camp, Jay Hanley - a soon-to-be senior at Steamboat Springs High School - said the urge was to do what he does best and go play.

Wednesday, June 6

Program teaches women with cancer hair, skin care techniques

Shortly after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in mid-May, Debbie Yeager said goodbye to her hair.

Hayden reservist trains Afghans

When an instructor asked a room full of people hoping to become Defense Department contractors who train police officers overseas if any of them could break down an AK-47, only one hand rose to the air. It was the hand of Rachelle Redmond, a 47-year-old mother of two.

Teachers, neighbors address Soda Creek concerns

Temporary facility poses traffic, safety and logistical issues

In three months, Julie Ernst's daughter will start her first day of third grade in a row of modular units as Soda Creek Elementary is demolished and rebuilt.

Board OKs staff pay package

Attracting and retaining educators in Steamboat Springs has been an uphill battle due to the area's high cost of living, Steamboat Springs Middle School Assistant Principal Jerry Buelter said.

Mike Lawrence: Who needs bike races or 10Ks?

Crosstown Clusterfest on Main Street is the real test

You just ran the Steamboat Marathon? Bah, humbug.

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Nonprofits excluded from linkage fees

Non-profits are excluded from sweeping new housing policies adopted by the city of Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night. Capping nine months of research and preparation, the Steamboat Springs City Council approved a vastly revised inclusionary zoning and linkage ordinance, voting, 4-2, to change how the city will provide affordable housing for local workers facing Steamboat's booming real estate market. Council members Paul Strong and Loui Antonucci voted against the ordinance, citing what they said are excessive fees for commercial developers. City Council President Susan Dellinger was absent from the meeting, which continued past 11 p.m. in a crowded Centennial Hall.

Firefighter takes first in challenge

Hayden firefighter Dal Leck isn't your typical 52-year-old. He isn't even your typical firefighter. Leck recently took first place in the "Over 50" category at the 16th annual Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Charlene Stees: More retail space?

Let me tell you about a nice little Western town that used to exist.

Carrie Requist: Flaws in articles

The Associated Press story you ran on June 4, "Doctors say roller shoes injuring kids," is a fine example of why everyone needs to understand math and statistics.

Youth lacrosse staying alive

Season ends with tourney success

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Director Neill Redfern has an easy gauge to determine how well Steamboat fares at a tournament - how many teams are still alive on the final day.

The Record for June 4

2:14 a.m. A bear reportedly was wandering around the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police chased off the bear.

City OKs new liquor licenses

Hilltop Bar & Grill, Vino Downtown, Garage Bar get nod

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved three new liquor licenses Tuesday night.

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Hayden seeks building control

Town wants to end agreement with county department

Hayden officials hope to gain more control over the continually increasing rate of new construction in town.

Our view: Say no to paper

The election reforms implemented by Routt County are, by and large, appropriate. But allowing voters to use paper ballots if they choose is a step backward.

Winter Sports Club program breeds serious cycling competitors

It was no surprise to Tom Davis that a couple of teenagers were contending for pro/open division titles at the first Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series race last week at Howelsen Hill.

Area briefs for June 6

A Steamboat Springs man has begun circulating petitions in an effort to recall 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink, two months after another effort to oust Roesink failed.

Monday, June 4

The Record for June 3

12:11 a.m. A woman in the 900 block of The Boulevard reportedly heard people yelling, swearing and "driving on the lawn." Officers warned the residents to be quiet.

Mark Halvorson: Clarifying article

In the Monday, May 28, Steamboat Today, there was an interview with Susan Dellinger, the president of the Steamboat Springs City Council. Dellinger used me as a source in the article. Let me clarify a number of points.

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Still no answers in Hayden

Officials investigating town's water plant malfunctions

Hayden officials still don't know what caused a water plant alarm system to malfunction last week and whether that system needs to be replaced.

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County sponsors Hot Springs

Commissioners' decision helps rec center get lower loan rate

Routt County commissioners have agreed to sponsor the Old Town Hot Springs hot springs and slide renovations, allowing the recreation center to borrow the estimated $3.5 million needed for the project at a lower interest rate.

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Young artist continues to shine

Fifth-grader Alice Holmquist wins national ski poster contest

Travis Holmquist doesn't know where his daughter got her artistic talent, but the Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-grader continues to win awards for her art nonetheless.

14th district judge applicants named

Two private attorneys, a part-time Grand County judge and the assistant district attorney have applied for the 14th Judicial District's new judge seat.

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Rusk appointed to School Board

Mother of two fills District 4 seat vacated by Pat Gleason

Shortly after watching one child graduate from Steamboat Springs High School and on the verge of seeing another child complete eighth grade, parent Char Rusk is about to get even more involved in local schools.

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Tom Ross: Would you take $4 for that porcelain rooster lamp?

If you've never set eyes on a 1960s-era TV mood lamp in the form of a porcelain rooster, you're welcome to swing by my office cubicle this week and check one out. It's a dandy.

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Housing law on doorstep

City Council could OK inclusionary ordinance tonight

Steamboat Springs homeowners will have to pay new fees to expand their homes under an affordable housing ordinance the City Council could enact tonight.

Applicants for new judgeship named

Four people have applied to fill a new judgeship in the 14th Judicial District. The applicants are Mary C. Hoak of Fraser; Steven A. Gall of Hot Sulphur Springs; and Kerry St. James and Tammy L. Jenson of Steamboat Springs. Hoak is a county judge in Grand County. St. James is assistant DA in the District Attorney's Office. Jenson is a former deputy district attorney who is now in private practice.

Luke Graham: Win one for the King

How one man, one team and one city can change the perception of the NBA playoffs in a matter of a week.

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Saitta wins seventh Steamboat Marathon

Former Steamboat Springs resident Jill Roberts wasn't sure when she took the lead for good in the 26th Annual Steamboat Marathon.

First Steps series aimed at educating future entrepreneurs

Educating and encouraging small-business owners to be successful is a key part to economic development, which is why residents thinking about starting or developing a business are encouraged to attend a First Steps seminar.

Green thumb contributes to good health

Spring has opened its doors to summer, and Yampa Valley gardeners are ready. Bright blooms sit on doorsteps ready to plant, freshly tilled patches of soil wait for seeds and the earthy scent of mulch wafts through neighborhoods.

The Record for June 2

12:55 a.m. A woman reportedly saw a bear in the 300 block of Third Street.

Protect yourself from hepatitis C

Almost 4 million Americans have the hepatitis C virus, and most don't know it. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by HCV. The infection is spread by contact with the blood of an infected person.

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Foundation names new director

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has named a new executive director. Starting Aug. 1, Betsey Jay will assume the role previously held by Linda Haltom. Haltom, who has served as executive director and finance director for the past three years, will focus on the financial side.

Bike tours coming to town

Steamboat Springs will host Colorado's two major bicycle tours this summer.

Emerald in the spotlight

BLM to host 'field trip' to discuss plans for popular recreation area

Residents curious about what the Bureau of Land Management has in store for a recently acquired parcel of land on Emerald Mountain will have an opportunity to discuss those plans Thursday.

Steamboat Half Marathon Results

Complete results of the Steamboat Half Marathon run Sunday, June 3.

Steamboat Marathon - 10K results

Following are the complete results of the 10K run Sunday as part of the Steamboat Marathon.

Steamboat Marathon Results

The following are the complete results of the Steamboat Marathon.

Sunday, June 3

Steamboat grads net $116K in scholarships

Graduating seniors at Steamboat Springs High School netted 110 scholarships totaling $116,250 from local organizations. Following are the scholarship awards. The name of the scholarship is listed first, followed by the amount and the recipients:

Stagecoach woman, friend devote time to picking up trash

Cigarette butt. Car part. Beer can. Soda can.

Best of the Web for June 3

Best of the Web for June 3

Routt County Spotlight: Brad Cusenbary

Brad Cusenbary

Pilot Office building for sale

Old post office site offered for $3.895M; owners rethink 'highest and best' use

Tom and Cindy Ptach were weighing options for their commercial building in downtown Steamboat Springs when the sales of two smaller buildings nearby caught Cindy's eye.

Business file

A series of upcoming business seminars is meant to inspire business owners, as well as people thinking about testing their entrepreneurial skills.

Steamboat rugby dominates in first match of the year

Big things could be on the horizon for the Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club.

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Steamboat grads ready to 'swim in a new pool'

While many of Steamboat Springs High School senior Max Pensack's fellow classmates chose to complement their caps and gowns with big curls, high heels or ties, he opted for an eye patch and a pirate's accent.

Joanne Palmer: Hospital for Dummies

Life in the 'Boat

Hospitals are scary, expensive and confusing. Visiting one is like landing in a foreign country without a guidebook. I can't help you with the expensive or scary parts. However, I recently spent several days in the ICU at the bedside of my 85-year-old mother. Let me share what I learned in an attempt to alleviate some of the confusion.

Jimmy Westlake: June's parade of planets

Ancient Greek skywatchers recognized five star-like objects that slowly moved through the stationary constellations. They called them planets, meaning "wandering stars," and four of these five planets are visible now in our evening sky.

Jacob Schwan: Road apologies

A short time ago I sent a letter, laced with irony, concerning the condition of Routt County Road 14-G. A few days later the road was in repair. We can only conclude that the project was already in the works. I offer my apology, therefore, to the powers that be for my hasty criticism.

John Ayer: Man from Granby

While camping at Stagecoach State Park during Memorial Day, I shot the breeze with a contractor from Granby. His name was Troy. He reminded me that Granby had been bulldozed by some disgruntled citizen. I replied that Steamboat uses developers. Troy smiled and then said the town at first attributed the destruction to some underground movement. I replied that in our city that term now had a special meaning ... it refers to our new parking scheme. Troy sighed as he told me how the incident almost cooked the town. I had to explain how Steamboat was already cooked. Troy bragged about the brick by brick approach Granby was taking to rebuild. I told him we were building a new town the same way. Troy shared his optimism about raising Granby to a new level and how he valued its open spaces. I responded that Steamboat was also "razing" its sight and excited about how construction gives a new twist to "don't fence me in."

Scott L. Ford: Students prepared

I spent Wednesday afternoon evaluating Senior Project presentations at the high school. As a result of this experience, I have a renewed confidence that the students who participated in Senior Project are better prepared for the next steps in their lives. The Steamboat Springs School District does a good job of getting the kids of our community prepared for post-secondary education. Most of the students who will graduate Saturday have a broad range of options open to them.

Don Kosnik: To Sen. Salazar

An open letter to Senator Ken Salazar

Dave Shively: Friendly face-off

It's as much a part of being human as the thumb on your hand.

Conservative commentary: The illegal immigration travesty

We should all be appalled by the handling of immigration policy since the last amnesty to 2.7 million illegals in 1986. Despite the promises of border enforcement then, almost no effort has been made to secure the nation's borders, and a further 12 to 20 million illegals have flooded into this country. This has led to the derogation of our society in a number of respects and is the subject of new federal legislation that will certainly worsen the problem.

Our View: Housing policy impact on nonprofits should be reviewed

The Steamboat Springs City Council should reconsider aspects of its new community housing policy before approving it Tuesday.

Real estate transactions for May 23 to 29

Real estate transactions for May 23 to 29, 2007.

Lowell Whiteman Primary touts benefits, necessity of outdoor IQ

There are some lessons that can be learned only through experiencing life outside in one's natural environment.

Woman twice diagnosed with cancer survives

Sara Lindsey can't pinpoint a moment when she thought of herself as a cancer survivor. She never really asked, "why me?" when the doctors told her the lump on her neck was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and the lump on her breast was cancer.

John F. Russell: Optimism grows in the shadows of Howelsen

It's hard not to be optimistic standing at the base of Howelsen Hill's new plastic-covered ski jumps.

So long, Soda Creek

Former principal, teachers will remember school fondly

The demolition of Soda Creek Elementary School is expected to begin later this month, but memories that date back to 1956 won't vanish with the disposal of thousands of bricks.

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A piece of the past

Bob's Conoco is last station standing downtown

Bob Logan is not a big fan of rumors. "The fact is we are not under contract, and we are not listed for sale," said Logan, who recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his business, Bob's Downtown Conoco/ American Car Care Centers at 942 Lincoln Ave.

Amy J. Williams: 'Charitable' property taxes are a bad policy

During the past several years, a disturbing trend has emerged in property tax - that of approving small mill levies for specific charitable purposes. While the specific charitable purpose may be a good cause, and the dedicated mill levy is normally tiny - generally amounting to less than $10 in taxes for the typical house - it is still bad tax policy. Here's why:

The Record for June 1

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Saturday, June 2

Briefs for June 2

AARP's Driver Safety Program is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The eight-hour classroom refresher course is for older motorists who have many years of driving experience. The course reminds attendees of driving skills and techniques they may no longer use. The course also will provide new approaches and concepts to driving, including compensating for normal, age-related physical changes that could affect your ability to drive. State law mandates that auto insurance companies give course participants a three-year discount. The course costs $10. Call Jane at 879-0064 to register.

Balloon Rodeo sails to lake

One of Steamboat's more popular events has found a new home at Bald Eagle Lake.

Former resident commits to rodeo in Casper

Travis Darling will get a degree in bronc riding.

More than 1,500 runners to rule Steamboat on Sunday

Prospective runners are always thrown for a loop when they peruse the downhill profile of the Steamboat Marathon. Sunday's 26.2-mile race starts at Hahn's Peak Village and winds down the Elk River Valley (Routt County Road 129) to the Routt County Courthouse lawn for a net loss of 1,400 feet in elevation. But the hilly and winding course is no cake walk.

Nurse-Family Partnership offers free help for first-time mothers

At 17, Amber and Andy Snow were unsure how they were going to raise their yet-to-be-born baby.

Early Learning Center moves forward

South Routt students could be using new building by 2008

South Routt's early learners could be in a new building in Yampa by the start of the 2008 school year.

Tom Ross: Idaho still home to Stinker gas stations ...

And college kids still find way to drive cross-country for less than $400

Even with record prices for gasoline, a couple of college kids found a way this spring to make the cross-country trek from their campus in Maine to Colorado's Front Range for less than $400. It can be done, but only if they've ingratiated themselves with enough relatives and parents of friends of friends to crash and eat for free in four different states.

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Hayden water OK to drink

Officials say town samples show no sign of contamination

Hayden's water supply is again safe to consume, officials said Friday afternoon.

Craig-Scheckman awards grants

School districts and area nonprofit organizations receive needed money

Sara Craig-Scheckman aspires to be more than a face with a checkbook.

The Record for May 31

12:04 a.m. Someone reportedly tipped over a portable toilet at a construction site near Crawford Avenue and Yahmonite Street.

Officials looking at regional South Routt shuttle

Every day, South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed watches hundreds of Stagecoach and Oak Creek residents climb solo into their cars clog Routt County Road 14 and Colorado Highway 131 with traffic for the trip to Steamboat Springs.

Adventure Zone good to go despite projects

Disc golf will be the only temporary casualty as the Steamboat Ski Area undertakes extensive chairlift and trail work at the base of the resort this summer.

Friday, June 1

Whiteman grads are school's 50th class

Lowell Whiteman School seniors graduating this year are golden in more way than one.

Rugby brings talent for big summer

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club has one main goal in mind for the 2007 summer season of games - win the 33rd annual Cowpie Classic.

New bass player brings big sound to Unknown Americans

Troubadour and acoustic guitar artist Danny Shafer is returning to Steamboat Springs with a different kind of sound.

Diving camp offered

Last summer, Northwest Colorado diving coach Dave Fix found Genna Bradley at one of his camps.

The Record for May 30

12:12 a.m. A woman reportedly saw a bear in the 600 block of Tamarack Drive.

Steamboat seniors eager

Steamboat Springs High School salutatorian Kristin Toy says the past four years have been a blur.

Oak Creek Sinclair pumping gas, reopening in June

Oak Creek residents Tim and Cheryl Carl say it's true that you miss something more when it's gone.

Two candidates apply for District 4 seat

Steamboat Springs School Board appointment to be made Monday

The Steamboat Springs School Board has received two applications from women interested in filling the vacant seat on the board.

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Subway coming to west side

Sandwiches in the six and 12-inch variety are making their way to the west side of Steamboat Springs.

Hayden water in question

Residents advised not to consume from tap until further notice

Hayden residents have been advised not to drink from the town's water supply until further notice.

Deb Babcock: Perennials for large spaces

Every year it seems one plant or another just doesn't make it through our Steamboat winter, thus leaving a space to fill in the garden. As you contemplate which plant to bring into your garden to fill a sizeable space, check out these Zone 4 beauties.

Living in joy

Shaman teaching series to address spiritual guidance

As a child, Rob Wergin used to see angels, a talent that made his parents uncomfortable.

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The man behind the music

Beethoven's life revealed in Sunday play, concert

Imagine being a world-class musician going deaf. How would that change your life? Ludwig van Beethoven contemplated suicide.

Nature in all its colors

Local artists use gems, watercolor, oil to spice up nature

Don't mind if Melanie Guerra doesn't make eye contact because she is too busy looking at people's ears, fingers and necks.

Tattoo of the week: Joe Carollo

It was May 1967. Joe Carollo and nearly one dozen of his fellow soldiers in the Army were on leave before being deployed to Vietnam. They had too much to drink one night and all agreed to get tattoos. Carollo remembers the devil he got on his right calf cost about $5 and "hurt so bad" he didn't have the artists finish it.

Freestyle complex to open

After hosting a three-day camp with the U.S. Freestyle team, the freestyle complex at Bald Eagle Lake will open summer programs Saturday.

Hantavirus raises caution in rural areas

With two Hantavirus cases confirmed in Colorado already this year, state health officials are warning residents in rural parts of the state to be cautious when doing spring cleaning and opening cabins, buildings, sheds and barns.

Happy hour and Mud Season specials

Happy hour and Mud Season specials

On Scene

'Image rescue' worthwhile