Stories for March 2007


Saturday, March 31

Reiter, Steamboat riders race to top at NorAm finals

This was a good year for Steamboat Springs snowboarder Justin Reiter, but the veteran Alpine snowboarder isn't about to predict what lies ahead.

Fifth annual Nordic Fest is today

The Steamboat Ski Touring Center today will host the fifth annual Nordic Fest, a benefit event to raise money for the Hakan Memorial Scholarship.

Own Your Choices campaign visits Steamboat schools

Nonaggressive, anti-tobacco team reaches students across Colorado

Steamboat Springs High School students Genna Bradley and Brian Aragon said the biggest pressure facing teens in Steamboat relate to alcohol and tobacco use.

Sailors lacrosse nets win

Steamboat responds to lapse, beats Denver South

Steamboat boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester didn't have a lot to be proud of during the Sailors' second and third quarters Thursday.

Steamboat youth snowboarders ready for Nationals

The 18 inches of recent snow at Northstar at Tahoe was a nice welcome for the crew of Steamboat Springs snowboarders arriving Friday for the USASA Nationals, which run from Sunday to April 7, at the California resort.

Steamboat soccer scores early to down Eagle Valley girls

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team opened up its two-day road trip with a 4-1 win against Eagle Valley, Friday in Gypsum, by scoring early and often.

The Record for March 29

1:05 a.m. An 18-year-old Louisville man was arrested near Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, being a minor in possession and two other traffic charges.

Teen documents records of Steamboat war veterans

Cass Sisto, 17, has created a unique database that, for the first time, records the service of 460 deceased military veterans from Steamboat Springs.

Man dies in Rabbit Ears accident

A 32-year-old Oklahoma man died Thursday night after the delivery truck he was driving to Craig rolled on Rabbit Ears Pass, partially ejecting the man from the vehicle.

Air ambulance hits delay

Eagle Air Med wants stronger commitment from hospitals

A Utah company interested in bringing air ambulance service back to Steamboat Springs is waiting for a stronger commitment from area hospitals before moving forward with the licensing process.

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Horizons puts mill levy money to good use

Jaimee Sexton and Jamie Kaminski moved into a Horizons Specialized Services group home in December 2006, and their third roommate, Rhianna Gifford, moved in a month later. Their house is the second group home Horizons has opened since it began receiving funding from a mill levy approved by Routt County voters in 2005.

Tom Ross: Putting my name on a Grand Canyon rapid

I've just returned from 17 days floating the Grand Canyon and I'm brimming with confidence about the possibility that someday soon the National Park Service will rename a rapid after me.

Area skiers receive pass deal favorably

Some Steamboat skiers say they'll add Winter Park, Copper for extra cost

The announcement that Steamboat Ski Area season-pass holders will be able to add unlimited access to Copper Mountain and Winter Park for a few more dollars next season appears to have been met with open arms.

Alcohol class targets students

National awareness campaign focuses on abstinence, life skills

A national alcohol awareness class usually taught to college freshmen about the dangers of alcohol abuse and how to better handle alcohol-related problems hit the hallways of Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday.

Friday, March 30

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Locals 2007: Humble horses

Maximillian is the first and only horse at Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center to receive a Christmas card. He is a 20-year-old Appaloosa gelding, who is the oldest and longest standing member of the ranch's herd.

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Locals 2007: LeStat the Cat

Lestat the cat, also known as "Dogcat," gets invited to parties that his owners, Allen and Kathy Brandon, are not even invited to. "But we tag along too," Allen said. "Lestat has quite a fan club. He also gets cards and letters and postcards sent to 'Dogcat', because he is so much like a dog."

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Locals 2007: Lyman Brothers

Dr. Lyman R. Brothers III, M.D., has a down-home persona that puts patients at ease in the uncomfortable situations a urologist sees every day. At the Urology Clinic on Anglers Drive that he shares with partners Stacy Childs and James Haden, Brothers treats a wide range of ailments.

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Locals 2007: Ted the cat

he Steamboat Springs Airport is managed by Ted the cat. He is the official greeter and commander, and sometimes the 5-year-old gray and white tabby even stows away on airplanes.

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Locals 2007: Claire Cohen

Whether standing in front of 1,000 people during a prestigious violin concert in Snowmass or in front of the fireplace in her Steamboat Springs home, 9-year-old Claire always stands tall, keeps her arms relaxed and focuses on her violin strings.

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Locals 2007: Logan Banning

Logan Banning is an 11-year-old with a twist. He plays hockey and lacrosse, but he also plays the African drums. He likes watching movies, but unlike many of his peers, he'll select a title such as "An Inconvenient Truth."

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Locals 2007: Sven Wiik

Sven Wiik rose early on Feb. 27 to celebrate his 86th birthday with a long journey that would take him above the Arctic Circle to Rovaniemi, Finland. Several days after his arrival, Wiik planned to take part in the World Masters Association Cross-Country Skiing Championships. He was among Nordic skiers from 27 nations who gathered in Finland.

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Locals 2007: Alex and Davis Miller

Brothers Alex and Davis Miller enjoyed a complimentary grand tour of the Alps in January. However, they didn't take in many of the landmarks you and I would visit while touring Germany, France and Italy. "It's not like a vacation," Davis said. "We didn't see the sights."

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Locals 2007: David Henderson

Being a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church does not require an Episcopalian past. And although most denominational churches have open-door policies, St. Paul's offers even more leniency and flexibility in thought to its members, said Father David Henderson.

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Locals 2007: Daryl Newcomb

Daryl Newcomb knows next year will be his best yet in Steamboat Springs. It's not that Newcomb has disliked any of the previous 21 years in Steamboat, but each year just gets a little bit better, he said.

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Locals 2007: Kevin King

Kevin King is commanding in stature, voice and message. The former police officer and Atlanta-native-turned-mountain-man has been Anchor Way Baptist Church's guiding hand for the past 7 1/2 years.

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Locals 2007: Tinkerball, Clarabell and Tacobell

Tinkerbell, Clarabell and Tacobell think they are lap dogs. "Every time you sit down in a lawn chair, they try to crawl into your lap," owner Susan Anciaux said about her three goats. "They have personalities just like dogs - they each get pouty if they don't get enough attention, and they know their names like dogs."

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Locals 2007: Jake Barker

Jake Barker is intelligent, athletic and cultured. Add elusive to the list. Between classes at Steamboat Springs Middle School and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club training, Jake has about 30 minutes each day to sit down and talk about life as a 13-year-old in Steamboat.

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Locals 2007: Betsy Kalmeyer

Betsy Kalmeyer is looking forward to doing things the "hard way" again this July. Kalmeyer, 45, is training for her ninth "Hard Rock 100" foot race, an endurance test beyond the comprehension of most amateur athletes.

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Locals 2007: James Dudley

Dr. James Dudley, M.D., doesn't need to go outside to tell what time of year it is. "We get knee injuries with the skiers, and broken collarbones with the mountain bikers," Dudley said. "We can definitely tell the season."

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Locals 2007: Millie and Liam Delaney

Liam and Millie Delaney couldn't believe they were sitting with a person who was afraid of horses. "Oh, come on," Liam said in disbelief, while his younger sister Millie threw her head back, laughing.

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Locals 2007: Abbey and Belle Horn

Abbey and Belle Horn aren't old enough to vote. For that matter, they aren't even old enough to be in middle school, but age hasn't deterred the sisters from starting their own business.

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Locals 2007: Mohawkie the dog

It was a perfect match. Mohawkie needed a job and Craig Kennedy needed a companion. Kennedy acquired Mohawkie when she was 5 years old.

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Locals 2007: Barkley Robinson

After pedaling to a starting line 54 times in 2006, Barkley Robinson of Steamboat Springs is more than just a super-fit athlete. He's one of the savviest competitors you could ever go up against. "I love the strategy that goes into bicycle racing," he said.

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Locals 2007: Ann Coon

Colleagues say Ann Coon can have the same effect on children as Mountain Dew. Full of spirit, Coon is the full-time Spanish teacher at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools. Coon works with third-, fourth- and fifth-graders for 20 minutes, twice a week.

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Locals 2007: Curtis Comeau

Dr. Curtis Comeau, D.D.S., loves to point out the "Wall of Shame" in his dental office on Pine Grove Road. "These are all the dumb things we do - anything for a thrill," Comeau said, pointing out photos of himself and partner Dr. Bill Schwartz on various adventures, including water-skiing at Lake Powell, jumping out of a hot-air balloon and even bungee-jumping 350 feet off a bridge in Africa.

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Locals 2007: John and Diane Franklin

John and Diane Franklin were so passionate about helping the homeless that they opened their home to strangers who had nowhere else to stay. John, a deacon at Holy Name Catholic Church, has poured his heart into making the lives of those less fortunate a little more comfortable.

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Locals 2007: Judy Harris

Soda Creek Elementary School Principal Judy Harris has a secret. "I always hated school," she said. But somewhere between having two sons and filling prescriptions at a family-owned pharmacy in Salida, Harris changed her mind about education.

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Locals 2007: Kent Osteen

On cold Sunday mornings, the lift operators at the Steamboat Ski Area can always look forward to a friendly "hello" and a chocolate chip cookie courtesy of Kent Osteen. "They're often forgotten, so they get excited and say, 'Here comes that cookie guy!'" Osteen said.

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Locals 2007: Janet Babish

Pastor Janet Babish jokes that her church seemingly has become the Hurricane Katrina Congregational Church because of the attention it has received for the volunteer efforts of some of its members, including herself.

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Locals 2007: Sheila Fountain

Dr. Sheila Fountain, M.D., was surprised by her chance to be featured in Locals. Fountain came to Steamboat Springs less than four years ago, after a childhood in South Carolina and medical residency in Atlanta. She acknowledged that not only is she a relative newcomer to town, but she also only skied her first black diamond - or expert-level ski run - this winter.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include a new combination pass for Steamboat, Winter Park and Copper Mountain; election reforms for Routt County; spring weather; and a meeting between school officials and rersidents of Old Town about construction of a new Soda Creek Elementary.

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Locals 2007: Duke the rescue dog

Duke, a 7-year-old Labrador retriever, would rather find people than a ball. "He is always willing to work," said Scott Havener, Duke's owner and a member of Routt County Search and Rescue. "It is his first love - other than eating. But it's a really close second."

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Locals 2007: Bob Hiester

When Bob Hiester left Grandview High School in 2001, he technically retired from teaching. Yeah, right. Bob and his wife, Judy, simply left Denver for a slower life in the mountains, where he could start the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse program and teach math.

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Locals 2007: Marty and Shauna Lamansky

When two experienced public speakers argue, there is only one way to end it - the family dog. But Star, a black Labrador retriever and border collie mix, doesn't often have to mediate in the home of Marty and Shauna Lamansky.

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Locals 2007: Rod Schrage

Rod Schrage is Steamboat's version of a kid in a candy store. As the owner of the Ski Haus outdoor equipment store, he says most of the toys any outdoor enthusiast seeks are readily available to him.

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Locals 2007: Brock Webster

Everything Brock Webster has done since he was 12 has focused on bikes. "I grew up a total bike racer from the beginning," said Webster, who has owned Orange Peel Bicycle Service, on Yampa Street, since 1999.

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Locals 2007: Frank and Lou Dolman

Frank and Lou Dolman made sure their children were given plenty of opportunities to love skiing as much as their parents did. Frank, a National Ski Patrol volunteer, can lay claim to skiing at 167 ski areas in North America. But after the "best ski week (his family) ever had," Steamboat was the only one his family ever returned to.

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Locals 2007: Mike Forney

Mike Forney can - and will - walk you through the finer points of how he executes an instrument landing on remote mountain airstrips in his Cessna 182H. "I'm a process guy," Forney said, revealing the basic drive behind his passion for precision flying and his wide range of volunteer service in the Yampa Valley.

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Locals 2007: Bill Sanders

Bill Sanders goes back to throw more tea bowls on his pottery wheel while the slip clay finishes drying in a plaster mold of a sake pourer. On this cloudy winter day, there's no place Sanders would rather be than in his studio -"a quiet place in the aspens above Steamboat Springs" and atop a winding gauntlet of a driveway lined with old skis that he likes to call "a great quarter-mile toboggan run."

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Locals 2007: Jo Stanko

Don't worry about wiping your feet when you enter Jo Stanko's home. "This is a ranch house," she'll immediately tell you. She jokes that maybe she'd have time to worry about a little mud if it came down to that or digging post holes.

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1960s tribute band caters to Baby Boomer generation

The '60s tribute band The Easy Peaces will take the Baby Boomer generation back to a time when original music was still being created.

Tatto of the week: Zack Thompson

I got the tattoo of the sugar skull because I plan to get a sleeve of skulls in the future. Brad Cramer at Truth Tattoo did the tattoo.

Labor of love

Local quilter carrying on family tradition

When Tina Segler makes a quilt for someone, she never asks what that person wants.

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Locals 2007: Black Tie Ski Rentals

Joe Sternberg came up with the concept for ski and snowboard equipment rental delivery thanks to a special request by a customer while he was working at Steamboat Ski and Sport in March 2002.

Occasional showers in 'Boat's forecast

The warm weather and sunny skies that have dominated the past couple of weeks in Steamboat Springs finally made way for some precipitation.

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Locals 2007: Johnny Walker

There are two types of builders: those who build boats and those who build self-esteem. Johnny Walker is both. As the applied technology teacher at Steamboat Springs Middle School, Walker has spent the past 13 years blending his love of children with his construction expertise.

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Locals 2007: Mike and Kathy Diemer

Mike and Kathy Diemer have been known to work 10, sometimes 12 and even 18-hour days. But the owners of Johnny B. Good's Diner wouldn't trade their jobs for anything.

The Record for March 28

4:30 a.m. Someone suffering from heart problems was taken to the hospital from the 2900 block of West Acres Drive.

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Locals 2007: Dick and Leslie Ryan

Dick and Leslie Ryan have managed to carve a successful book-selling niche in an era of book megastores. "I think people need to remember every time they go to the Internet and purchase their books, they're not supporting the community of Steamboat Springs," Leslie said. "We're proud of what we've built, and we're pleased with the support from the community."

SkyWest ascends to prominence at YVRA

Regional jet carrier SkyWest has emerged as a major player at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season.

Soroco track, field team sets bar high

For four years, David Bruner produced state champion track and field athletes from the Class 2A high school he coached at in Clayton, N.M.

Allison Plean: Totally tubular triumph

Frigorific. No - there is no word that can begin to describe what it felt like. When I jumped into the 35-degree pool at Lake Catamount for the fourth annual Penguin Plunge, the whole world stopped for a moment.

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Locals 2007: Terry and Kathy Stokes

Kathy and Terry Stokes have a classic Steamboat love story. In 1981, Kathy was on a road trip with friends and stopped in Steamboat. Instead of continuing on the trip, Kathy decided to invest her last $450 on a ski pass. The investment paid off.

Sailors bounce back

Boys lacrosse responds to lapse for second win

Steamboat boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester didn't have a lot to be proud of during the Sailors' second and third quarters Thursday.

Dance sampler offers jazz, modern lessons from seven teachers

Ryan Browning, a professional dancer, defines modern dance as a Jackson Pollock painting on hardwood.

From Rams to Sailors

Six South Routt athletes travel to Steamboat to play baseball

Trading the maroon and white of Soroco for the white and red of Steamboat can be tough. But when it came down to it, the choice was easy for six South Routt athletes.

On Scene for March 30

The world of chili cook-offs has never ceased to amaze me.

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Locals 2007: Marion Gibson

The thousands of guests at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center and the thousands of children in the Hayden School District who have had the privilege of meeting Marion Gibson, should thank local legend Billy Kidd.

Deb Babcock: Springtime tree care

Another Steamboat winter has passed. How did your trees fare and what, if anything, should you do right now to ensure their health and well-being?

Guitarist at large

John Sotter immune to music-industry barriers

John Sotter, also known as the "acoustic warrior," does not recommend anybody pursue a music career.

Soda Creek dialogue begins

District, Old Town residents discuss school's move this summer

Old Town residents are concerned about traffic and parking when Soda Creek Elementary School moves to a temporary facility at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center.

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Locals 2007: Michael Lomas

Michael Lomas has spent his life serving up fun. Lomas, who now serves as vice president and general manager of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, has been in the hospitality business since he moved here in 1978.

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Locals 2007: Steve Ross

"Sleeping Bear Pediatrics" is more than just a catchy name. Dr. Steve Ross, M.D., said he named his Anglers Drive practice after a problem he helps many local youths overcome.

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Locals 2007: Mark Walker

A Golden Gloves champion at 147 pounds in Ohio. An accomplished drummer who has played in the Superdome in New Orleans, New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. Time spent living and studying in Mexico. A proud father of two with a great wife. It's safe to say Mark Walker is living an extraordinary life.

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Locals 2007: Tim Selby

Through international travel and mission work, Tim Selby has helped open the eyes of some of Steamboat Springs' youngest philanthropists. Selby, a pastoral associate at United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, has taken interested church youths to such places as Mexico, Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, N.Y., to build housing projects and orphanages and experience life in other churches.

State keeping eye on county

Routt still may end up on Colorado election watch list

Local election officials received praise and a warning from the state Thursday. Four months after Routt County's calamitous November election, which saw hundreds of local voters wait for hours in long lines, Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman visited Steamboat Springs to assess the work being done to improve future elections.

Thursday, March 29

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Intrawest announces combo pass

Steamboat, Copper and Winter Park for $999

Steamboat Ski Area season-pass holders will be able to add unlimited access to Copper Mountain and Winter Park for about $60 more next season. Intrawest Colorado announced Thursday the creation of the "Rocky Mountain Ultimate Pass" available through Aug. 15 for $999. It gives the holder the freedom to ski all three mountains as often as they choose for a price that is $64 more than the early season price for an adult season pass at Steamboat in the 2006/2007 season.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include the Education Fund Board's budget for 2007-08; Hayden's efforts for a new Community Center; and a preview of the Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

Women's hockey tourney starts Friday

The Steamboat Springs Chix with Stix women's hockey team will host the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey state tournament starting Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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Steamboat hockey players to showcase talent in Chicago

Jimmy Terry and Jake Stanford have played hockey together since the time they first strapped on pairs of skates as Mites.

The Record for March 27

1:14 a.m. People were arguing outside a bar in Ski Time Square.

Briefs for March 29

A 15-year-old Steamboat Springs boy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and eluding after he reportedly hit a fence and tried to run from police Tuesday night.

Kiwanis provides coats for children in Macedonia

Many students living in Steamboat Springs wouldn't give coats and boots a second thought.

Udall coming to town

U.S. Rep. headlines big lineup for Democrats' dinner

Routt County's increasing support of Democratic candidates and issues continues to be noticed across the state.

Hayden center sits in limbo

Exercise room, Internet cafe planned for community building

Construction on a community center in Hayden could start this year, if a builder willing to do the job for the right price can be found.

Excess building revenues transferred

More than $1M moved to general fund

County officials have taken advantage of an unusual upside to Routt County's booming construction industry.

Scott Stanford: If you start this column, you'll read most of it

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has suggested that "readers only look at the headlines."

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Fund Board approves budget

Long-term reserves will be used to meet education needs

The Education Fund Board approved a budget of more than $3 million for next year, meaning the board will have to dip into its long-term reserve.

Wednesday, March 28

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include the City Council taking input on vacation home rentals; District Attorney Bonnie Roesink responding to recall challenge; and Christian Heritage School gets ready for its annual fundraiser.

City Council gets an earful

City Council struggles with rental policy at packed meeting

More than three hours of emotional public comment Tuesday night stalled action on a controversial city ordinance that impacts scores of local homeowners.

Tennis team rolls to fifth win

Steamboat tennis defeats Eagle-Vail in unplanned matches

Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon was originally planning a varsity 2 match for his team's meeting with Eagle-Vail on Tuesday. But when he realized he could schedule a tenth league match against a competitive opponent, he made the quick call to have his varsity squad take on Eagle-Vail.

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Soccer team blanks Rifle

Steamboat girls control ball, down Rifle, 3-0

Coach Rob Bohlmann was looking for more composed and consistent play from the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team. He got it in Tuesday's game against Rifle. The Sailors (4-1) controlled midfield possession time and held the Bears (2-2) to a single shot in each half for a 3-0 win.

The Record for March 26

The Record for March 26, 2007.

Mike Lawrence: No strip in Steamboat

Vegas developer says he's here for community

As far as Danny Mulcahy is concerned, the ads have it right: what happened in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas.

Students reflect on tobacco

Poster contest helps Soda Creek kids express thoughts

There are three fifth-graders at Soda Creek Elementary School who said Monday that they are never going to smoke.

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Steps to self-sufficiency

Fundraiser aims to help young adults walk into 'real world'

Devin Gillette's peers and teachers were gathered around the breakfast table when the 18-year-old walked in with good news and a smile.

Area briefs for March 28

A 19-year-old Hayden man who was sentenced in the branding of four Hayden teens had his deferred judgment extended to March 2009 as part of a deal he reached with the District Attorney's Office.

Christian Heritage School fundraiser is Saturday

Private school to hold live, silent auctions at hotel

Without fundraisers such as its auctions on Saturday, the Christian Heritage School likely would have to close its doors.

BLM conducts burns of Stagecoach piles

Plumes of thick black smoke were visible Tuesday near Stagecoach Reservoir as the Bureau of Land Management conducted a controlled burn.

Outtrim leads team at freestyle competition

The cards were not stacked in favor of the 13 Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers at the 2007 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Killington's Bear Mountain in Vermont.

Steamboat skiers take top finishes in Winter Park

Julia Cooper stepped onto the podium and several of her Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club teammates recorded top finishes at the 2007 Chevrolet Rocky and Central J4 Junior Olympic Championships.

Jerry Strahan: Correction about BLM

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some factual errors in a recent Steamboat Pilot & Today editorial regarding the Little Snake Resource Management Plan (RMP) revision process.

Dialogue Before Decision: Statewide solutions

Recreation centers in other Colorado towns, cities

Steamboat Springs is not the first town in Colorado to look at whether it needed or could fund a recreation center. Leadership Steamboat chose three different mountain communities and took an in-depth look at the recreation centers those communities built. Information was gathered from key personnel at each of the centers.

Our View: Sharing tax dollars

At Issue: Half-cent sales tax for education

We can't blame school administrators in Hayden and South Routt for seeking a portion of revenues from Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education. We would do the same thing if we were in their shoes.

John Whittum: Regulating oil

From what I have personally observed at various oil and gas well sites in Routt, Garfield and other counties, concern for any public interest is barely perceptible.

Tuesday, March 27

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TV18 Video: YVRA's new terminal

In this segment from the Steamboat Today show on Steamboat TV18, producer Nate Pickens takes a close look at the grand opening of the new terminal at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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TV18 Video: An interview with Eugene Buchanan

Erin Collins of Steamboat TV18 produces a segment with longtime Steamboat resident Eugene Buchanan about his new book, "Brothers on the Bashkaus."

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include the school district's review of its expulsion policy; a preview of the City Council meeting on vacation home rentals; and information about an upcoming survey seeking feedback about Colorado Mountain College.

Locals shine at NASTAR

Steamboat residents win in 16 divisions

More than a thousand skiers from around the country flocked to the Steamboat Ski Area for last weekend's Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.

The Record for March 25

12:34 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 3300 block of Columbine Drive.

Briefs for March 27

Mailboxes vandalized on county roads

Between 15 and 20 mailboxes were vandalized on Routt County Road 44 and C.R. 46B late Saturday night, Routt County Sheriff Investigator Ken Klinger said Monday.

Charlie Bates: A night of extraordinary music

Orchestra presents "Music from the Majestic Mountains to the Savage Seas"

Now in its 15th year and going strong (but in need of financial assistance), the Steamboat Springs Orchestra is large enough - with more than 40 musicians - for symphonic compositions but flexible enough to play chamber music. It boasts at least 20 members who have been or still are professionals, a remarkably high ratio for such a small community.

Free health services at fair

About 500 people are expected to attend the 9Health Fair, sponsored by Yampa Valley Medical Center. The free fair is from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Author donates books to library

Part-time 'Boat resident's book a choice of New York library

Linda Collison gave her protagonist, Patricia Kelley, physical traits she desires.

Direction for filmmakers

Presentation to offer tips on making action-sport movies

Michael Martin prefers to be the man behind the camera. Used by such filmmakers as Warren Miller, Martin specializes in shooting action-sport footage when he's not busy being a ski business professor at Colorado Mountain College.

District attorney plans to defend against recall

Fighting for her political future, 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink said Sunday she intends to make herself available to the public and defend her prosecutorial record.

Expulsion policy reviewed

Steamboat high school has expelled 24 students since 2001

The number of students expelled in the Steamboat Springs School District is minimal, but the School Board has deemed the issue important enough to re-examine the district's policy on suspension and expulsion.

Tom Ross: Carrots, pingpong balls and jokes

I lost one of the best friends I never met last week when Bob Keeshan died at the age of 76 in Windsor, Vt. I am told that as a 2-year-old in San Antonio, Texas, one of my most oft repeated phrases was, "Wanna see 'Roo!"

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CMC conducts resident survey about campus

Community needs are important to Colorado Mountain College administrators, which is why Steamboat Springs residents will be surveyed about their perception of the local community college.

Monday, March 26

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include an update on Molly Look; a debate over Education Fund Board dollars; and reaction to the sale of the Brown property west of Steamboat Springs.

Luke Graham: Thumbs up to ski jumping

I'd never seen ski jumping live.

Van cruises to another national title

On Sunday, Lindsay Van proved why she's ranked third in the world.

Demong takes home third national ski jumping championship

Nerves aside, when Bill Demong's in a zone like he's been in the last month, the only question is who's getting second place.

Fifth annual chili cook-off benefits organizations

Deborah Lamb grew up on the kind of chili her mother would pour over spaghetti.

African Community Care Team celebrates local successes and diversity

Daouda Adama's son turned one year old last month, but Adama has not met him yet.

Teresa Wright: Tobacco still a burning issue

Kick Butts Day, on March 28, is the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' annual celebration of youth advocacy, leadership and activism. Now in its 11th year, the event promotes a day to stand out, speak up and seize control in the fight against tobacco.

SL3 tent wins Backpacker 2007 Editors' Choice Award

BIg Agnes earns bragging rights

Winning the Backpacker 2007 Editors' Choice Award for their Emerald Mountain SL3 tent, gives the local company Big Agnes major bragging rights.

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Molly Look full of smiles

Saturday's fundraiser brightens toddler, family spirit

Molly Look's hair is a little shorter and she still has a few bandages protecting her small hands, but her electrifying and infectious smile did not waver as she walked into a fundraiser benefiting her and her family Saturday night.

Sunday, March 25

Sale tax demands rise

School districts request funds from Steamboat's half-cent tax

Administrators in South Routt and Hayden have a wish list of items they would address if they received a portion of the Steamboat Springs half-cent sales tax for education.

John F. Russell: For the love of the sport

It only takes one jump, a few brief seconds of flight, to see how much 22-year-old Lindsay Van loves to ski jump.

Lindsay Van makes point en route to title, good time

Lindsay Van's approach to ski jumping is simple and to the point.

Veteran picks up two titles, makes it look easy

Bill Demong looked like a champion Saturday night.

Demong on fire

Nordic Ski Team member steals championship show

Bill Demong may have missed Friday's official training, but that didn't seem to hurt him Saturday morning as the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team member cruised to his first national title since 2002.

Girls lose focus

Coach hopes practice gets team back on track

Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse coach Jenn Kirkpatrick is looking for her team's play to translate from the practice field to the game field.

Sailors get bit in Viper pit

Steamboat lacrosse struggles in second half, falls to Fort Collins

Two teams, two different halves.

Best of the Web for March 25

The Glenwood Springs pool has kept the historical feel without becoming cheesy or losing the fun. I guess that's why its pool and facility are world famous. The springs in Steamboat has the same potential : no?

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Brown deal may trigger boom in west Steamboat

Scott Martin says he and his family decided a year ago they wanted to move to Steamboat. New development on the west side of the city could provide them that opportunity.

Plunge raises $50,000 for hospital

'Penguins' converge for frigid fundraiser

For Stan Urban, the end of the pool couldn't have been farther away.

City to review rental issues

Six years after city officials adopted an ordinance to regulate vacation home rentals, roughly half of such homes in Steamboat Springs likely are operating without a permit, and city officials say those with permits are governed by unclear, ambiguous rules.

The Record for March 23

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

Dave Shively: A race by any other name

What's in a name? Well, when it comes to public ski racing, if you can accept that the word NASTAR is meant to be an acronym for "national standard race," you can take the leap of faith about just how sweet thousands of participants consider a race that provides a level, nationwide playing field for all ages.

Looking back: County receives funds for schools, roads

E.J. Farmer, Moffat County rancher, died on the gallows at the state penitentiary at Canon City Friday night. The trap was sprung at 8:18 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at 8:32 p.m. He was the slayer of Joe Jones and Earl Hopkins in Axial Basin in January 1931.

Real estate transactions for March 14 to 19

Real estate transactions for March 14 to 19, 2007.

Dusty downtown

Customers, business owners brace for construction season

Downtown business owners and shoppers are minding the dust as the construction ramps up and the downtown transformation begins.

Dustin Buccino: Blocking Wikipedia

I am a student at Steamboat Springs High School. Recently, our Library Media Center directors and Technology department requested a block on Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia that is free and includes a ton of information regarding just about everything. Wikipedia is now blocked. A majority of the student population is outraged. I am writing to the Steamboat Pilot & Today in an effort to get it unblocked, as even letters from teachers to the tech department have gone unheeded.

Wolfgang Puck: Main-course salad

Today, more and more people who love to cook and eat good food - not to mention who care about the well-being of themselves, their families and friends, and the planet on which we all live - are going organic. It just makes good sense.

Liz Rawlings: Update programs

Is everyone aware of the need for updating the youth programs in our community?

Joanne Palmer: Dear Dictionary

Dear Merriam Webster,

Oak Creek celebrates 100 all year

Events range from birthday party spectacular to setting time capsule

The face of Oak Creek inevitably will change in the next decade, just as it has during the past 10 years.

Stuff piles up for high schoolers

In your own home, there's a place that's so terrible, so horrendous, few dare to venture within its poster-plastered walls where plates with old food are left to accumulate mold. Behind the permanently shut door, heavy bass music shakes the entire household to the groove of whatever is No. 1 on TRL. The mysteries of the teenage room are boundless enough, but what I want to know is: When did I collect all this stuff? Not only is my floor, and bed, and dresser covered in clothes, but the mess spills over into my bathroom, amassing near-empty deodorant sticks and almost-finished perfume bottles.

Sailors drop league opener

Steamboat Springs baseball coach Dave Roy thinks his ball club is right on the verge of breaking through.

Ken Brenner: Representing Steamboat

An important part of City Council responsibility is representing the City on local and state boards and commissions. These assignments are made after the council election and are shared by council members depending on interest, background and experience. Meetings of these boards and commissions are sometimes on the Front Range and thus involve travel expenses.

Ski racers carve up Steamboat at national championships

A l Mercier had not skied at the Steamboat Ski Area since he made the trip out in 1973 with his Lansing (Michigan) Ski Club for the NASTAR National Championships.

Class notes for March 25

The Lowell Whiteman Primary School announced its second trimester Honors List and High Honors List this month. Students in sixth through eighth grades with grades of 85 or above in all classes have earned honors. Students in sixth through eighth grades with grades of 90 or above in all classes earned high honors.

Jimmy Westlake: Canis Minor - playing second fiddle

It's tough to be always standing in someone else's limelight and never feel appreciated for who you are. I imagine that's how Canis Minor, the constellation of the Little Dog, must feel running alongside his larger, better-known companion, Canis Major, the Big Dog. Canis Major has its flashy alpha star Sirius outshining all of the other stars in the area, even Canis Minor's very bright star Procyon. So, I'm dedicating this Celestial News to all the "little dogs" out there, and Canis Minor in particular.

Where is the free time hiding?

I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I woke up and said, "I have nothing I should be doing today." It was probably back in middle school, when I was blissfully unaware of how to clean a bathroom or write a research paper.

Compliancy rate hits 100 percent

Seventeen local businesses pass police alcohol compliance check

For the second time in nearly two years, the Steamboat Springs Police Department garnered a 100-percent compliance rate among the 17 businesses that were tested during a routine alcohol compliance check Monday.

Seniors struggle most

Walking in the doors of high school on the first day of senior year marks the beginning of a whirlwind of pressure and decisions. There are colleges and degrees to chose, standardized tests to take, essays to write, applications to fill out, scholarships to apply for and, of course, senioritis working in full swing to make everything just a little harder.

Steamboat soccer beats Palisade, 3-1

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team didn't wallow too long after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Battle Mountain on Thursday. In fact, Steamboat wasted no time getting back on track in its game Saturday at Palisade, scoring two minutes into the game and then extending the lead, 4-1, for the win.

Our View: Housing goes west

The announcement last week that the Brown property west of Steamboat Springs has sold is good news for the community.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Last call for seedling trees

Last call for seedling trees!! The seedling tree program will be over for this year on March 31 so get your applications in immediately! Applications can be picked up at our office located at 1475 Pine Grove Road, above the Steamboat Medical office, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Students pass up school for outdoors

Trip takes three Steamboat Springs kids to Rabbit Ears Pass for winter education

While their classmates were busy in English and math classes Monday, seventh-grader Dani Perry and eighth-graders Michael Savory and Patrick Weston were hauling around 20-pound backpacks on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Balancing homework, activities overwhelming for high school students

Even the mere idea of a "No School" day brings drool to the mouths of high school students. The fact that I recently spent five and a half hours at school on a day off is sad. Sadder yet is that I chose to be there. School plays require a ton of time and effort, even if your mad acting skills landed you in the well-known role of "Villager No. 3." It seems that teenagers are spending more time at school, because they are participating in so many extracurricular activities. Their huge involvement outside of class rises the inevitable question: Why would anyone ever willingly spend their free time at school?

From affordables to rateables

Trappeur's Crossing developer, architect aim to keep costs down

Trappeur's Crossing developer Michael Hurley and architect Eric Smith think they have addressed some of the problems that come with incorporating mandated affordable housing alongside luxury vacation condominiums.

Bud Durnil: Save open space

Steamboat Springs is witnessing a residential and commercial building boom and a loss of open ground; therefore, I think it would behoove the city leaders to give extra thought to the preservation of open spaces.

Saturday, March 24

Girls lacrosse plans rebound

Team falls to St. Mary's Academy, plays two away games today

Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse coach Jenn Kirkpatrick wasn't upset that her team lost, it was how it lost that bothered her.

Lacrosse: Best of the West

Boys lacrosse downs rival Summit for first win

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester had good reason to believe Friday's game against Summit (2-3) was a fine start to what will surely become an annual tradition. In their first meeting, the instant rivals played an intensely physical game to gain a Foothills Conference win and a stake to the claim of the Western Slope's best team sanctioned under the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Seeking gold in Nordic

Demong leads group competing for national title

The value of hard work was clear to Bill Demong the minute he crossed the finish line of the Nordic combined individual event at the 2007 FIS Nordic World Championships.

Second community dance tonight at Depot Art Center

Charles Horton said the best part of the last community dance was all the people who participated. The second community dance, with a "Dance into Spring" theme, is tonight at the Depot Art Center from 7 to 11 p.m.

Springs in Steamboat flow all natural

The springs in Steamboat Springs are all natural, officials said Friday.

News briefs for March 24

A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he touched a woman inappropriately in February.

Tom Ross: Season shorter than you think

If you want to grow vegetables in Steamboat Springs, build a greenhouse. But if you really want to grow vegetables in Routt County, move to Hayden.

Sexually violent predator identified

Routt County officials identified a resident classified as a sexually violent predator as 45-year-old Ronald Eugene Noel during a community meeting Friday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel on Friday night.

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Child therapy program moves

YVMC's pediatric service's new home a small red house on Pine Grove Road

The Yampa Valley Medical Center moved its Pediatric Therapy Services program only one month ago, but the response from children such as Ben James and his mother, Holly James, has been positive.

The Record for March 22

The Record for March 22

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Grand opening celebrates completion of airport expansion

How things have changed at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Fundraiser to aid Molly Look

For the first time since January, little Molly Look is ready to meet her public.

Friday, March 23

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Nicole Miller of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include an update on Molly Look; a rise in bear sightings; and the Planning Commission's ruling on Old Town Hot Springs' renovations.

Lacrosse stretches across the slope

Steamboat and Summit face off in Colorado's first Western Slope showdown

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team will be playing for much more than its first win of the season when it faces off against Summit at 3:30 p.m. today at Gardner Field.

Broncos alumni to hold basketball game

A Three Amigo, a Ring of Fame inductee, a 25-year anniversary left tackle, a sub-10-second 100-meter sprinter and a Super Bowl tight end.

Baumgartner steps down as basketball coach

Shawn Baumgartner has stepped down as the head basketball coach of Hayden High School after leading the Tigers for five seasons.

Calkins, Vandahl named to all-state basketball team

On Thursday, two Steamboat Springs basketball players were named to the Rocky Mountain News Class 4A All-State basketball team.

Lamansky given achievement award

This weekend's Colorado state speech tournament featured a little more than Steamboat Springs High School forensics coach Marty Lamansky expected.

Fists of fury: Competing in Rock Paper Scissors

Locals take trip to Rock Paper Scissors national championships

Whether by dumb luck or deep thought, participants had one tough, split-second choice to make at Thursday's single-elimination tournament: rock, paper or scissors.

DOW: 'A fed bear is a dead bear'

No. Your eyes aren't fooling you. Routt County's black bears are emerging from hibernation one month earlier than last year, Colorado Division of Wildlife District Wildlife Manager Justin Pollock said.

Mountain lion found dead

Carol Baily returned from vacation to find body near deck

Carol Baily lived in Routt County for 25 years and never saw a mountain lion, but she isn't necessarily upset that her first encounter was with a dead one.

Local store owner investing in her business

Moose Mountain owner applies advice from seminar

Jennifer Wilson has owned Moose Mountain Trading Co. in downtown Steamboat for 13 years, but immediately after attending a business seminar in September, she decided it was time to make some changes.

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Hot Springs criticism: 'Too much Disneyland'

Planners debate Hot Springs' waterslides, $3.5M renovations

A pair of new waterslides proposed for the Old Town Hot Springs would be clearly visible from Lincoln Avenue. Too visible, members of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission said Thursday night.

The Record for March 21

12:58 a.m. Police arrested a man on Club-house Drive for driving under the influence.

Briefs for March 23

Gas sparks Phippsburg fire, destroys barn

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted firefighters with a barn fire in Phippsburg on Thursday afternoon.

Girls soccer streak ends

Battle Mountain wins first match against Steamboat on 15th try

Lizzie Seibert, you and the Battle Mountain girls' soccer team just beat Steamboat Springs for the first time in school history. How are you feeling?

Knowledge more important than ID of sexual offender

Sheriff's Office releases name of predator moving to Routt County

At a public meeting tonight, the Routt County Sheriff's Office will release the name, address and photo of a man classified as a sexually violent predator who has moved to the county.

Love thy neighbor and respect thy landlord

So my neighbor's an ax murderer" was a common phrase used at my last residence. Yes, one of our neighbors actually threatened us with an ax one dark night.

A bare-Bones production

Trevor Davis, aka "Bones," uses 15 drums, 20 microphones and between three and five video cameras for his one-man show.

The mountains are alive

Steamboat Springs Orchestra attracts audience members with pirate music

The Steamboat Springs Orchestra will perform Aaron Copeland's "Appalachian Spring" during its 15th anniversary concert this weekend because its story parallels spring concerns in our valley.

Back in 'Boat with whole new bag

Bill Smith visits from Chicago for a CD release party

The members of Bill Smith were one week away from heading home to Steamboat Springs when they found a drummer for their band.

On Scene

Notes from around town

Colby Nalder, my waiter at the Western BBQ on Sunday night gave some of the best advice a server has ever bestowed upon me. "The macaroni and cheese is on the buffet on the far side, and the other side has baked beans."

Deb Babcock: A plant that lives on air alone

Looking kind of like a punk hairdo, Tillandsia air plants can be quite spectacular and a focal point of a houseplant array with their spiky leaves sticking out in all directions. Tillandsia are members of the Bromeliad family.

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Dance like nobody's watching

Fundraiser will benefit Ugandan orphans

Shane Gilbert doesn't want to raise money to build orphanages in Uganda. Her goal is even bigger. "Americans have been building them for years where they get three meals a day, a bunk bed and get to go to school," Gilbert said. "But kids will lie just so they can eat. I believe Come, Let's Dance can get to the root of the orphan crisis."

Romancing the stone

Local metalsmith voices her lifelong love affair with jewelry

Sarah Buckles Larner does the "jeweler's crawl" - daily.

Happy hours

Happy hours at area restaurants and bars.

Tattoo of the week: Ray Plumery

This is a tattoo I got at Truth Tattoo in early February.

Hayden district names Sweetser, Zabel principals

The paths Rhonda Sweetser and Gina Zabel took to becoming principals were similar, but both came to the realization they wanted to be administrators at different times and for different reasons.

Thursday, March 22

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TV18 Video: An interview with Big Head Todd

Erin Collins of Steamboat TV18 interviews Big Head Todd and the Monsters abut the band's benefit concert for Dave Genchi on Wednesday and free concert Thursday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz provides the morning news for Thursday, March 22, 2007. The news airs on Steamboat Today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning on Steamboat TV 18 and also on

Scott Stanford: Readers get news delivery their way

Not too long ago, the newspaper announced its foray into television with the purchase of Steamboat TV18.

Fee hike could cost cattle feeders

A proposed increase in fees related to beef sales will likely be the meaty topic at a local cattlemen's meeting this week.

Community meeting called

Identity of sexually violent predator, safety to be discussed

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is alerting residents that a man classified as a violent sexual predator has moved to the county.

South Routt looks at changing school day

South Routt students may be putting their alarm clocks in the closet next year.

Hayden superintendent resigns

Luppes retires but will remain through 2007-08 school year

The Hayden administrative team generated most of the buzz at Wednesday's monthly School Board meeting.

Road to the NHL

Former Steamboat youth hockey player joins Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Dingle isn't sure how he's going to spend his first paycheck as a professional athlete - that's something he has to first run past his mom, Karen.

The Record for March 20

Tuesday, March 20

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Prices rising like steam

Old Town Hot Springs $1M over projection

Another local construction project is proving to be much costlier than expected. Less than a month after the new Steamboat Springs Community Center was bid at more than $1 million over budget, Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association Director Pat Carney said Wednesday renovations of the hot pools at the Old Town Hot Springs, at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat, could cost about $1 million more than originally estimated.

NASTAR brings more than racing

Ski racing is at the heart of the 2007 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships, but this weekend promises to be much more for the 1,400 recreational athletes competing.

Routt County's three state title hockey hopefuls fall in finals

The learning curve Herald Stout witnessed this season has been staggering.

Briefs for March 21

Volunteers needed for NASTAR races today

Wednesday, March 21

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Scott Stanford provides the morning news for Wednesday, March 21, 2007. The news airs on Steamboat Today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning on Steamboat TV 18 and also on

Lovely ladies deliver history

Museum cleverly shares history of local pioneer women

Chrissie Hodges said it was easier to portray Margaret Duncan Brown because of her southern accent, but she could relate more to playing the personality of Emma Hull Peck.

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Brown property deal closes

Key to city's housing future: 540 acres west of Steamboat

The sale of Steve and Mary Brown's property west of Steamboat Springs, seen by many as the catalyst for development in the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, has closed. Steamboat 700 LLC purchased the 540 acres just west of the city for $24.6 million. The property makes up a good portion of the land in the WSSAP. The master plan was updated last summer and outlines how the property should be developed to accommodate growth in Steamboat.

Ready to run

Steamboat moves onto the runner's state, national map

Matt Windt, special events director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said the half marathon has reached its capacity, and the full marathon is approaching capacity.

Our View: Give BLM feedback

At Issue: BLM Resource Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management has a plan on the table that could radically change how public lands in Northwest Colorado are used. Let's hope the public is paying close enough attention to make its voice heard before the plan takes effect.

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Howell, Board still at odds

Three hours of facilitated discussion Tuesday could not resolve the differences between the Steamboat Springs School Board and Superintendent Donna Howell. Instead, both sides agreed to end the special public meeting early and continue it next week behind closed doors. Facilitator Ken DeLay, who is executive director of the Colorado Association of School Boards, was in Steamboat on Tuesday to lead the discussion between Howell and the School Board.

Mike Lawrence: How Dellinger found her groove

Center choice was a leap into leadership for new City Council president

Susan Dellinger officially took over for previous City Council council president Ken Brenner in January. But during her first few months in the center chair at Centennial Hall, Dellinger primarily served as a moderator - as someone who facilitated discussion, fostered consensus and went whichever way the majority wind was blowing.

Coghlan takes freestyle title

The 14 freestyle skiers ages 12 and younger didn't need any luck at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Development Championships at Durango Mountain Resort.

DA recall petition entering final stage

Up against an April 9 deadline, a committee attempting to oust 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink has begun its final push to acquire necessary petition signatures.

The Record for March 19

The Record for March 19

City Council gives go-ahead to base area buildings

Two large condominium buildings soon will be going up at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Board narrowly approves principal contracts

Language and terms of agreements, not people, cause for concern; vote passes, 3-2

The Steamboat Springs School Board scrutinized and challenged principals' contract terms Monday night before voting narrowly to ask them back for another year.

Lynn Abbott: Side-splitting wit

I laughed until tears dropped into my cold coffee yesterday morning as I read "Countdown to Departure." What a perfect way to start the day!

Nordic programs finish strong

The skiers in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic programs proved last weekend they know how to finish strong.

News briefs for March 21

The Hayden Town Board met Thursday to discuss and take action on several agenda items.

Hayden developer to pitch live-work units

The developers of the Valley View Industrial Park in Hayden want to construct two buildings that would house 12 live-work units.

Tuesday, March 20

Developers pay $25 million for Brown property

540 acres make up 85 percent of the land in West of Steamboat Springs Area PLan

A group of developers has finalized the purchase of 540 acres west of Steamboat Springs for approximately $25 million. The land is owned by Steve and Mary Brown.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Dan Divens provides the morning news for Tuesday, March 20, 2007. The news airs on Steamboat Today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning on Steamboat TV 18 and also on

Students jump at chance to help

Hayden Valley Elementary raises money for research, education

Hayden Valley Elementary School students jumped at the opportunity to raise money to fight heart disease and stroke.

The Record for March 18

12:33 a.m. Police arrested a 19-year-old man in the 1400 block of Bob Adams Drive for missing a court date.

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Warm weather to give way to snow

Unseasonably warm weather will continue into Wednesday - the first official full day of spring - but don't count out the possibility of another powder day or two before Steamboat Springs' ski season comes to a close.

City Council to vote on Trappeur's last building

A subdivision eight years in the making is up for approval of its final building tonight.

Howelsen Hill patroller off to serve with the Peace Corps

Howelsen Hill might never be the same.

School Board picks calendar

Option similar to this year's schedule earns approval

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted Monday to stick with a school calendar similar to this year's.

Tom Ross: The power of the California Raisin

If it isn't a spring blizzard, then it's marauding bands of mule deer bent on migrating beside the highway in the middle of the night. We returned from Denver International Airport on Saturday night and we knew in advance it was going to be a late one. We didn't begin the climb out of Morrison on Interstate 70 until shortly after 10 p.m., and that meant we wouldn't be back in the Yampa Valley until nearly 1 a.m. Sunday. Still, we felt pretty good about the trip because the reports were that the roads were dry. And then, there was that gorgeous "Sugaring Moon" as the March full moon is known in some northern climes, lighting up the sky above the Rockies.

Monday, March 19

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TV 18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz provides the morning news for Monday, March 19, 2007. The news airs on Steamboat Today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning on Steamboat TV 18 and also on

Briefs for March 19

The Routt County Democratic Party's annual Jefferson/Jackson potluck dinner and fundraiser is at 5:30 p.m. March 31 at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. Speakers include U.S. Congressman Mark Udall, Speaker of the Colorado House Andrew Romanoff and Colorado Democratic Party chairperson Pat Waak. Live auction items include a stunning framed giclee print by R.C. Dieckhoff, a Broncos game/dinner/hotel package and a fabulous Americana quilt crafted by Tina Segler. There also are many terrific door prizes and silent auction items. Homegrown Steamboat music provided by the favorite Dem trio of Pam, Carole and Jack, and the comedy of "The Bad Habits." All are welcome. The suggested admittance is a potluck dish and $25 per adult or $15 per college student.

Luke Graham: Notes from afar

There might not be a better time for high school sports than the spring. Really, it's a thing of beauty. On Saturday I covered girls lacrosse in 60 degree, cloudless weather. The spring also brings my favorite sport: baseball.

News in brief for March 20

Yampa Valley Medical Center is looking for volunteers for the lobby information desk and the cookie cart. Call Volunteer Services Coordinator Mindy Fontaine at 870-1146 to find out more about the volunteer opportunities.

Tigers, Sailors get on track

Now, it's all about competing.

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Ski Corp. security foils snowboard heist

Steamboat Springs police arrested two men who were "caught in the act" of stealing more than $3,000 worth of snowboards from a retail store at Steamboat Ski Area early Saturday morning.

The Record for March 17

12:30 a.m. A woman reported a drunken pedestrian in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court.

YVHA education class earns statewide certification

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has received state certification for its homebuyer education class.

Blood typing offered at 9Health Fair

The 9Health Fair is Colorado's largest, most-trusted non-profit health fair program, offering services in more than 160 sites and impacting more than 1.7 million lives. This year, March 31 will mark the 28th annual health fair in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat residents to hit the road for climbing adventure

What began as a far-fetched dream nearly four years ago is now a reality for two Steamboat Springs residents. Beginning in April, friends Katy Nelson and Shannon Bender will take to the road and follow a mutual passion unusual for two Nebraska natives - rock climbing.

Sports briefs for March 19

Two local swimmers qualified for the state swimming meet in several disciplines Saturday at the Patriot Invite at Denver University.

Sunday, March 18

Our View: Let the sun shine in

The American Society of Newspaper Editors dedicates a week every year to highlighting the importance of open government. It's called "Sunshine Week" - as in letting the sun shine in on government activity. The week concludes today.

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Coureur des Bois: A four-hour tour

Nordic fanatics go the distance, break course records at one raw Coureur des Bois

Scott Oberbreckling has no time for the views.

Larry Covillo: YVEA listens

I would like to respond to Ms. Marra Bennett's letter to the editor regarding support of green energy. The Yampa Valley Electric Association's employees and Board of Directors live in the area we serve with electricity. We all want to be good stewards of the environment and support keeping the air clean for ourselves and our children.

Todd Savalox : Nothing to fear

My gallery was recently named as a "formula store" in a Steamboat Today article.

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Steamboat tennis dominates

Steamboat Springs tennis player Lisa Floyd probably should have been nervous.

Meredith Shell: 'Skit' was wrong

I take serious issue with the reporting regarding the incident Wednesday night at Steamboat Christian Center. Specifically, I disagree with the liberal use of the word "skit" throughout the stories.

Jimmy Westlake: The vernal equinox

Ahhh, springtime! The early signs are all here - mud, blackbirds, the return of the Big Dipper to our early evening sky, more mud, and the gradual lengthening of our daylight hours.

Larry Williams: Like a car wreck

I am responding to your request for feedback regarding continuation of Ms. Coulter's column. I appreciate the chance to respond.

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Couple filling hole in bagel market

The owners of a new bagel shop in downtown Steamboat Springs had a feeling people on the west side of town were hungry.

Business File for March 18

Linda Haltom, executive director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, will move to finance director of the foundation.

Routt County Spotlight: Kim White

Kim White Age: Ladies don't tell

Richard Gaines: Change process

I have owned my home in the Tree Haus neighborhood in Steamboat Springs since 1989. Over the years, I have offered my home to vacationers through various management companies in Steamboat.

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Harboring history

Hotel's demolition uncovers 'ghost signs' of another era

Demolition crews may have torn down the Harbor Hotel, but they couldn't harm a resilient wall advertisement hidden for nearly 70 years on an adjacent building in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Looking back: Murderer to be hanged

Regional Forester Allen S. Peck has received notice of the formal designation by the forester on March 5, of the Flat Tops Primitive Area. This includes an area of 117,800 acres of land within the White River National forest, in the Flat Tops between North and South forks of the White River and extending eastward to Derby Peak, Sheep Mountain and Wall Mountain. The area is essentially a high plateau bordered by a sharp rim through which several deep canons have been eroded.

Learning can be fun and games

South Routt Literacy Carnival a hit with students

Kali Constine did laps around the stacks of books in the South Routt Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday. The third-grader earned the right to select seven books free of charge, and she didn't want to waste a pick.

Class notes for March 18

CHS student honored

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Sailor girls 'hungry to win'

Girls lacrosse finishes 1-1 Saturday

A week of practice on an actual field, a heck of an effort from a senior leader, an impressive win and a beautiful St. Patrick's day. Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse coach Jenn Kirkpatrick couldn't have asked for a better day. Playing two games Saturday against Lewis-Palmer and Rangeview, Steamboat finished 1-1.

Joanne Palmer: Countdown to departure

9 p.m. I'm caulking the bathtub. I'm caulking the bathtub because I'm leaving on a trip. I'm caulking the bathtub because if the plane goes down I will not have to worry about friends coming over and commenting, "She should have caulked the bathtub."

The Record for March 16

Friday, March 16

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School drug policies differ

Czar's bark commands attention. His keen sense of smell has failed him only once as a state-certified, drug-sniffing dog, and it has secured him a job uncovering narcotics for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Real Estate transactions for March 7 to March 13


BLM land on the line

BLM releases draft Resource Management Plan addressing public areas

Northwest Colorado residents have until May 16 to comment on a plan that will govern the use of regional public lands through at least 2020.

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Editorial cartoon for March 18

Joe Roberts weekly editorial cartoon.

Sailors run out of luck

Boys lacrosse falls in double OT

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team ran out of St. Patrick's Day luck in its game Saturday against Green Mountain.

Go figure

Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club a perfect fit for children of all abilities

In Callie Heil's hometown of Homer, Alaska, children figure skate on cold, winter nights on outdoor ponds.

Potato focus of South Routt celebration

Oak Creek centennial event celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Whether it's fried, mashed, baked, julienned, scalloped or twice-baked, the versatility of the potato is undeniable.

Wildhorse lots sell out

Sales effort now focused on Trailhead Lodge condo/hotel

The market for single-family home lots in Steamboat just got a tighter as lots in Wildhorse Meadows have sold out.

John F. Russell: 'Get back' on the race track

I've spent the past 40 years learning that there are things I can do, but probably shouldn't.

Dave Shively: On records

I started thinking about records when the 450-pound Ski-Doo came flying at me. Ross Mercer hit the ramp at 75 mph, cleared a massive gap and touched down his sled on the groomed landing mound a few feet from where I was standing.

Saturday, March 17

The final push

Riders prepare for nationals, eight named to junior worlds

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard program director Jon Casson has seen plenty of progress from his riders throughout the season. Now, he has the opportunity to see his riders through their final event.

Bad inning sinks Sailors

Baseball team drops first game of Paonia tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team outplayed Cedaredge for six innings Friday.

Skier comes up short of goal

Asoian leads team in giant slalom

Less than one second separated Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski racer Nathan Asoian from his goal Friday afternoon.

Eight is enough

Steamboat girls overwhelm Moffat County, 8-0

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team, which struggled to finish several shots on net Thursday night, found the answer Friday.

Off to the races

Hayden track team opens season today

Hayden High School track coach Kevin Kleckler decided to take a different approach to the season this year.

The Record for March 15

Thursday, March 15

Museum honors local women

Steamboat Springs history is chock full of colorful and influential women, and some of them will be on display - kind of - next week at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

County names new comm. director

A retired U.S. Air Force major with extensive experience using communications equipment and "a great personality" has been named the director of Routt County Communications.

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Lincoln Avenue makeover

City hopes to redesign downtown with more trees, upgrades

The future of Lincoln Avenue through downtown Steamboat Springs is shady. City officials want consultants to design Lincoln Avenue improvements such as increased trees, improved curbs and sidewalks, and better benches, bus stops and bike racks. The plans also could suggest locations for a future downtown parking garage and the removal of parking spaces on one side of the street to widen Lincoln Avenue.

Report: Economy strong

January sales tax revenues up 12.4 percent compared to last year

Sales tax revenues for the city of Steamboat Springs started off in 2007 a lot better than they ended in 2006. The city reported a double-digit percentage increase in revenues collected during January 2007 compared to January 2006.

Tom Ross: Shhh ... I hear Utah calling

Friends returned from a soccer match in Grand Junction Saturday night and reported that the willow trees there already have that bright green fuzz on their crowns that signals the change of seasons.

Sister Hazel performs concert for hazelnuts

Many of the events Sister Hazel plans and performs are for the benefit of its "hazelnuts." "That's what our fans self-dubbed themselves," said Ryan Newell, the band's guitarist. "They are definitely our lifeblood, and we wouldn't be able to play music for a living if they weren't in the audience."

Cook to purchase building

Around Steamboat

Local developer Jim Cook confirmed Friday that he intends to close on the purchase of the building at 235 Lincoln Ave. that currently houses Spring Creek Laundromat, a convenience store and Blimpie Subs & Salads.

Friday, March 16

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TV 18 Video: Firefighters needed

Erin Collins of Steamboat TV 18 visits with Jacqui Campbell, fire and life safety educator for Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, about efforts to recruit new firefighters. The department is accepting applications for recruit firefighters through April 1. The recruit program is a nine-month program that includes monthly meetings and skills testing on firefighting curriculum.

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Video: News update for March 16

A facilitator will try to help the Steamboat Springs School Board and Superintendent Donna Howell hash out lingering differences during a meeting Tuesday. A fire Thursday morning consumed more than 14,000 gallons of crude oil on the surface of a well site east of Hayden and sent heavy black smoke into the air that was visible from as far away as Oak Creek. Flames from the fire reached 100 feet into the air at one point. In sports, The Steamboat Springs Sailors got their first soccer win of the year, shutting out Eagle Valley 2-0 Thursday at Gardner Field.

Double exposure

Exhibit allows youths to show their work, view pieces by peers

Susan Koehler is submitting every student's print that was involved in a grant-funded historical Hayden print making project to the Routt County Youth and Colorado Mountain College Annual Student and Faculty Art Exhibit.

Community cooperation

Students' recycling project establishes relationship

Thirty-five Steamboat Springs High School home repair and construction class students recently designed and built four new pedestrian recycling units for Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek.

Science buffs are Olympians

Olympiad in Fort Collins brings bright minds together

Steamboat Springs' latest Olympians are science buffs - not skiers or snowboarders.

Keeping a clean river

Yampa Valley water monitoring program in the works

Local officials are working to implement a comprehensive plan for monitoring water quality in the Yampa Valley.

Mercer breaks snowmobile jump record

Canadian Ross Mercer appears to have accomplished his goal of breaking the world record for the longest snowmobile distance jump.

New museum exhibit uncovers intricate print method

Rod Hanna recognized the cabin in one of Harriet Huff's aquatint intaglio prints hanging in the Steamboat Art Museum from his travels to Walden.

Howelsen ready to host best in Nordic

Western Regional Championships to bring top skiers from Aspen, Park City

The ski season is winding down in Steamboat Springs, but not before Howelsen Hill will host some of the best Nordic combined and special jumping athletes in the country.

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Calkins the player of the year

Local athletes honored for play in Western Slope League

It's not often that Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Kelly Meek comes across something he hasn't seen before.

Ski area returns to Sunday closing

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will keep the ski area open through Sunday, April 15.

Howell, board to hash it out

Facilitator Ken Delay will conduct Tuesday meeting

A facilitator will try to help the Steamboat Springs School Board and Superintendent Donna Howell hash out lingering differences during a meeting Tuesday.

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In, out of ordinary

Sailors open season by shutting out Devils

In some ways, Thursday's season opener for the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team was out of the ordinary.

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Oil spill, fire contained

Well site east of Hayden ignites Thursday morning

A fire Thursday morning consumed more than 14,000 gallons of crude oil on the surface of a well site east of Hayden.

Gettin' jiggy with it

Local Irish dancers will perform to live music for St. Patrick's Day

Irish dancing is a subculture that becomes a lifestyle, said Nora Parker, an Irish dancer, teacher and musician.

The Record for March 14

12:39 a.m. A man reportedly bit his roommate on the hand during an argument in the 1000 block of Pine Street. The man's hand was fine. A report was taken.

In the zone

Emcee at large doesn't miss a beat with On the One

Mario Treadway, aka Souleye, can freestyle rap for hours and never say one curse word.

Jane McLeod: The versatile chive

One of the most popular and widespread culinary flavorings comes from the onion, or "allium," family. Within the larger family of onions, garlic, leeks and shallots is the delicate chive (Allium schoenoprasum) herb, nicknamed "The Little Brother of the Onion." And that, in effect, is what chives are.

Miracles happen

Big Head Todd and the Monsters to play benefit concert for Dave Genchi

It could have happened to anyone.

On scene for March 16

Veteran local musician seeks new outlets

Last week, Johnny Harris was delighted to teach some children an original song he played after a sleigh ride at Bar Lazy L Ranch.

Happy Hours

Happy Hours for March 16 to 22, 2007.

Racer carves way to podium

Ski racer Austin Johnson survived a turn-filled opening run and then excelled in the second run to finish third in Thursday's Rocky Mountain Trophy Series giant slalom race at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Allison Plean: Green with holiday envy

Lucky Charms was always my favorite meal option in the university dining hall. But that little leprechaun who fed me marshmallow goodness was as much a farce as the nutritional content of the cereal.

Thursday, March 15

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Hayden-area fire burns 14,000 gallons of oil

A fire Thursday morning consumed more than 14,000 gallons of crude oil on the surface of a well site east of Hayden. West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman said the fire was reported around 7:30 a.m. by Hayden resident Randy Booco, owner of Booco Contracting.

The long road back from recovery

Steamboat grad Heckbert battles wrist injury to return to tennis action

Kim Heckbert can remember the night she thought her tennis career was over.

Maniaci loved outdoors, teaching

Avalanche victim was 'eternal optimist' to his students, colleagues

Paul Maniaci was drawn to the outdoors.

Scott Stanford: Sticking with Ann Coulter

A week ago, I invited readers to provide feedback on whether the newspaper should keep or drop Ann Coulter.

Owners after right mix

Businesses debate pros and cons of 'formula stores'

Steamboat Springs developer Jim Cook assured downtown business owners Wednesday that large national chains are not eyeing downtown.

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Easy as 3.1415926...

Middle school students celebrate international 'Pi Day'

Pi is an infinite decimal whose numbers never repeat in a pattern, but that hasn't stopped the world from trying to memorize as many of pi's decimal places as possible. On Wednesday, seventh-graders at Steamboat Springs Middle School joined the international math community in celebrating "Pi Day." Because pi begins with 3.14, March 14 certainly is an appropriate day to celebrate it.

Wheels set in motion

Community center vote could get library plans rolling

When the Steamboat Springs City Council decided Tuesday night to pay $3.6 million for a new community center, plans for Bud Werner Memorial Library also became much clearer.

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Running deep

Sizable Steamboat track and field squad looks to regionals

Steamboat Springs track and field head coach Andy Reust has had it with the Chevy Suburbans. Based on the size of this year's team (pushing nearly 50 kids signed up on the roster), Reust expects nothing less than needing a bus to take a full load of qualified athletes to the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships in May.

Racers say 'oui, oui' to Coureur des Bois

3rd annual ski ultramarathon returns Saturday

Racers and organizers have one all-encompassing motto to describe the North Routt Coureur des Bois marathon and ultramarathon cross-country ski race - "it's out there."

Wednesday, March 14

Judge rules against newspaper

Ossola says School Board did not violate open meetings law

A judge ruled Wednesday that the Steamboat Springs School Board did not violate the Colorado Open Meetings Law during a Jan. 8 executive session meeting.

Video: News update for March 14

Steamboat Springs Council members voted Tuesday night to build a new community center for $3.6 million, about $700,000 more than budgeted. Routt County Search and Rescue has received a $10,000 gift from a woman who lives here part-time. In Sports, the track around the artificial turf at Gardner Field should be cleared in the next two days.

Fighting the weed war

Grant will compensate rural landowners, goad weed control

Although they've yet to rear their ugly heads, the weeds are on the way.

Search and Rescue gets gift

Part-time Steamboat resident cuts check for $10K donation

Marion "Scotty" Searle has never had to call on Routt County Search and Rescue, but the part-time Steamboat Springs resident felt compelled to make a donation to the volunteer organization nonetheless.

Briefs for March 13

Additional vaccine requirements approved

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Board of Health has approved additional vaccine requirements for children in childcare settings and schools. The new requirements will take effect for the 2007-08 school year.

The Record for March 12

12:14 a.m. Officers gave a drunken man a ride home from the 1400 block of Pine Grove Road.

Ken Brenner: Protect our water, land

Do you want to protect Yampa River water to the Utah border? Do you want to preserve wilderness areas, wildlife habitat and water quantity and quality in the river? Do you want to continue to enjoy recreation in the natural setting of the Yampa River below Cross Mountain?

Jack Horner: Dowd offensive

Does freedom of speech only apply to (Maureen) Dowd? I don't always agree with (Ann) Coulter in her views. I do find her recent statements far less objectionable than Dowd's repeated degrading and blasting of our country's president. It is my opinion these editorials are harmful to the patriotism of this country. If Dowd's columns are accepted and Coulter's are rejected, it simply illustrates the leanings of our media and the new residents of our valley. If Coulter goes, who is going to be next in your publication's choices?

Our View: Using the right formula

The city of Steamboat Springs and the Main Street Steamboat downtown business organization are wise to work together on an ordinance that establishes regulations for future retail stores in the city.

More places, ways to vote

Election group hopes Routt County services expand

Steamboat Springs resident Dale Good sees a simple solution to improving Routt County elections.

Total cost: $3.6M

City approves Community Center funding

City officials Tuesday capped the total cost of the new Steamboat Springs Community Center at $3.6 million.

Tuesday, March 13

Mad Dogs win adult hockey league

Steamboat Springs' adult hockey A League ended Sunday with a one-day championship tournament.

Combining forces

Tri-town team nabs youth league hockey championship title

Greg Miyauchi's friends think he's a little crazy - he drives upward of four hours round trip from Grand Lake to Oak Creek for hockey practice.

The ten-year itch

Squirt B's return Steamboat hockey to state title contention

It had been a decade since a Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association team advanced to compete in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association's final four tournament.

Mahre's quest to qualify

Former Olympic slalom champion Phil Mahre may not grasp things like text messaging or iPods, but he understands ski racing.

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Back on track

School district to clear high school track in next two days

Steamboat Springs track and field athletes and coaches felt left in the dust when it came to the heightened expectation surrounding an all-weather training facility at Gardner Field.

Delving into the rec center issue

The proposed community recreation center is a hot topic in Steamboat Springs.

Mike Lawrence: The biggest fear

A frustrated soldier struggles with Veterans Affairs

Peter Duguay lives on Sixth Street in a small house a few blocks from downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Video: A look at The Home Ranch in Clark

Erin Collins of Steamboat TV 18 offers a look at The Home Ranch in Clark.

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Video: News update for March 13

The Steamboat Springs City Council will again take up plans for a new community center when the council meets at 5 p.m. today in Centennial Hall. An open house in memory of Paul Maniaci will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the home of Nancy and Gary Gray at 48 Maple Street. Opinions are strong on either side of a proposed ordinance to regulate formula stores in the city.

Stars of tomorrow

Talent show to be held in high school

Ten local students will try to impress the judges at the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Spring's Stars of Tomorrow talent show tonight.

Hayden to set park upgrade priorities

Hayden town officials are eager to bring in earthmovers and get started on an $800,000 upgrade to Dry Creek Park.

The Record for March 11

12:02 a.m. A person reported a large group of people laughing and playing loud music in the 3000 block of Village Drive. The party was quiet when police arrived.

Briefs for March 13

9Health Fair blood draw appointments available

Yampa Valley Medical Center, which is sponsoring the 9Health Fair on March 31, is offering Early Bird Blood Draws from March 14 to 16. Some appointments are still available between 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. The blood draws are by appointment only. Call 875-2758 to schedule an appointment.

Avalanche takes man's life

Steamboat resident Paul Maniaci dies while skiing in Wyoming

Paul Maniaci was an experienced backcountry skier equipped with the necessary avalanche equipment Saturday, but preparation could not save his life.

Community compromise?

Scaled-down construction plans proposed for center

City officials tonight could act on revised, less costly construction plans for the over-budget Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Charter school gifts policy to be reviewed

The Education Fund Board is reviewing its policy for giving money to charter schools, a move that has caught the attention of North Routt Community Charter School head of school Colleen Poole.

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'Critical' time for downtown

Main Street solicits feedback on possible formula restrictions

There are strong opinions on both sides when it comes to imposing restrictions on so-called formula stores.

Monday, March 12

Luke Graham: Call me 'money,' it's tournament season

There are three things that are holy in the Graham family.

Tech commission proposes overhaul

Plans to cost $1.37M; address district's software, hardware needs

The Technology Commission is proposing a significant software and network upgrade in the Steamboat Springs School District that will cost a substantial amount of money.

School projects moving ahead

Used modular classrooms ordered for half the cost of new ones

The grass lot adjacent to the George P. Sauer Human Services center sits vacant, and Soda Creek Elementary School still stands, but progress in the Steamboat Springs School District's effort to temporarily move the staff and students while a new Soda Creek is being built continues.

Teacher killed in avalanche

A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs teacher was killed Saturday in an avalanche in Wyoming.

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Letting the dogs loose

Canine ownership group advocates for off-leash time in city parks

Frank X. Cefaratti wants to let the dogs out, at least for a little while in certain places.

The Record For March 10

Saturday, March 10 12:36 a.m. An officer was wanted in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

Hayden wrestling finishes 3rd

Looking ahead, Hayden Middle School wrestling coach Dallas Robinson can only smile at the possibilities.

Sunday, March 11

Demons down Sailors

Steamboat boys lacrosse improves, gains field experience

The Steamboat Springs boys team brought Golden up Saturday for a little ski town lacrosse, complete with frigid rain that became snow before the final whistle.

'We had to go bigger'

Junior Olympics conclude today with dual mogul events

Even in conditions so bad race officials considered calling off the event, Steamboat aerialist Tyler Saxe remained calm.

Tennis team nets two wins

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team opened the 2007 season with two wins on Saturday, downing Montrose and Durango.

Dave Shively: Gettin' primal

His toenails have grown back and the cracks in his feet have healed. He has regained the 15 pounds he lost during the eight days taken to complete the course.

March midge madness

Anglers cash in on early spring's prime fishing

Bucking Rainbow Outfitters owner John Duty remembered when some fellow fishing guides made the trip up from the Patagonia region of Argentina to fish the Yampa River in March and instantly put it into perspective.

Ingalls skis away with 2nd gold

For the second straight day, Katherine Ingalls walked away from Soldier Hollow, Utah, and the 2007 cross-country Junior Olympics, a national champion.

Not quite there

Minorities still rare on U.S. ski slopes

The outreach is growing, but so far, the impact is not.

Scott Stanford: Here's a tip: Go with Winthrop

Sports commentary

Best sports experience of my college years at the Naval Academy? The 1986 NCAA basketball tournament. Navy beat 10th-seeded Tulsa in the first round but drew a tall order in the second - No. 2-seed Syracuse, which featured Pearl Washington and Rony Seikaly and had beaten us by 23 in December. Did I mention Syracuse's Carrier Dome was the site of the NCAA sub-regional?

City Council costs rise sharply

Expenses for hotels, meals, seminars have more than doubled since 2003

Steamboat Springs City Council expenses for such things as travel, meals, organization dues and other incidental costs have nearly tripled since 2003.

Sailors drop two to Denver East

After dropping two games to Denver East on Saturday, Steamboat Springs baseball coach Dave Roy said the team knows where the efforts will be focused this week.

Starting to click

Steamboat girls lacrosse brings home first season win

It didn't take long for the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team to figure out its field sense. After a disappointing loss Friday to Pine Creek, Steamboat answered with its first win of the season Saturday at Colorado Springs' Garry Berry Stadium.

Bruce Stover: 'Formula stores' can be good

Special to The Pilot & Today

I am writing this letter in response to Thursday's article regarding the drafting of an ordinance to impose restrictions on "formula stores." This seems like another attempt by local government to regulate competition and provide protectionism to existing retailers that may be ultimately bad for the consumer. I own and run a business and have to compete with global companies who have huge budgets. If we don't provide the right products at the right price and compete in an effective manner, we will be out of business.

Betty Leipold: Just build it

Will we ever get a community center? The City Council was blindsided on Tuesday with the estimate cost going so far over budget. Real sticker shock.

Marilyn Mackenzie: I'm impressed

Many things have impressed me during my two-month stay in Steamboat - the great skiing, the beautiful environment and the friendly people. But there are two other things I would like to compliment the town on.

Omar M. Campbell: Project mess

I have given City Council and the Library Board my solution several times, but it bears repeating now because of the exorbitant bids and rising costs: leave the existing Senior Center alone. It serves us oldsters quite adequately, has decades of useful life remaining, and is very well located and unobtrusive. What a waste and shame to destroy it.

A Sunshine Kids alumna returns to the slopes

Laura Allaire will always be a Sunshine Kid.

Hot on the trail

Steamboat high school sleuths use genetics and DNA to solve mock homicide

Johnny Montana was at his Steamboat Springs home, probably making dinner, when someone bludgeoned him to death with a lug wrench Feb. 26.

The Record for March 9

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

Best of the Web for March 11

Editor's Note: The following comments were posted this week on stories or in forums on The posters' usernames are included.

Routt County Spotlight: Julie Marie Tucek

Julie Marie Tucek Age: 29 if you only count weekends ... OK, 42.

Jimmy Westlake: Stalking the Unicorn

The late winter sky is brimming with bright stars. Winter's showpiece, Orion the Hunter, boasts two luminaries, Betelgeuse at his shoulder and Rigel at his foot; his two canine companions each show off a bright star, Sirius and Procyon; the Gemini Twins have Castor and Pollux; Auriga the Charioteer holds the golden star Capella in his arms; ruddy Aldebaran marks the glaring eye of Taurus the Bull; and icy-blue Regulus marks the heart of Leo the Lion. If you were a constellation made of very faint stars and didn't want to draw attention to yourself, there couldn't be a better spot for you to hide than among the brilliant stars of winter!

Joanne Palmer: Losing my mind

A few months ago, the World's Greatest Boyfriend (W.G.B.) and I were invited to join a potluck group. I love potluck groups. I couldn't wait to get out of my house, try new food and socialize. The theme: appetizers. An all apps party. No desserts, no main course, just plenty of finger food.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Manage your wiley weeds

Do you have wiley weeds? Chances are you might. These are the weeds you spray one year, and then you think that they're gone, but they show back up next year. Or worse, they don't show up in the spot that you did spray but in a different spot! These weeds could be considered noxious weeds and Routt County has its share of them.

Seven wonders of the Chikalla world

Yampa family serves God, community through church, school, fire department

Wednesday's family dinner conversation consisted of five of Josiah Chikalla's six brothers and sisters arguing about whether the tie he was adamant about wearing matched his green polo - and if it was even appropriate to wear a tie to his talent show performance at South Routt Elementary School.

Conservation on her mind

Lyn Halliday helps businesses reduce waste, enhance sustainability

Todd Savalox will break down every piece of cardboard that comes through the Images of Nature art gallery and haul it away to be recycled.

Jeannine C. Stauder: Coulter and Dowd

I'd like to thank the Steamboat Today for providing the columns of two women political writers, Maureen Dowd and Ann Coulter, in the Thursday edition. Both are devoted to their respective political parties and present current issues from that viewpoint.

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Giving children a lift

Sunshine Kids provides free winter fun for cancer patients

It is a question no child should have to ask and a question no parent should have to answer. But Malcolm Gaines remembers, on more than one occasion, his daughter Shadreana wondering out loud, "Daddy, am I gonna die?" It was an honest thought from the heart of a teenage girl who had a tumor the size of a golf ball removed from her brain.

Transactions for Feb. 28 through March 6


An experience Lupe never forgot

One week in Steamboat Springs changed Guadalupe Sorchaga's life.

Looking back for March 11

30 million trout placed in streams

Henry Zehner will act as superintendent of the Steamboat Springs schools beginning next fall, and in addition, will carry on his regular teaching work. The decision was made by the school board at a recent meeting as a matter of economy in the operation of the schools next year. Mr. Zehner has been teaching in the high school for the past five years, proving himself efficient and capable in any position in which he was placed. He has the ability to teach in any department.

Business File for March 11

The Rio celebrates fifth year in Steamboat

From March 22 to 24, The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant will celebrate its fifth anniversary as a member of the Steamboat community. The Rio is located in the heart of downtown at 628 Lincoln Ave.

Our View: Stop the insanity

At Issue: The new community center

We have been down this road before; yet, we feel compelled to say it again. The Steamboat Springs City Council owes it to taxpayers to reconsider building a new community center. There simply has to be a more efficient way.

Channing Reynolds: Cat out of the bag

Buying a "pig in a poke" means you have purchased something from the seller that you did not first investigate thoroughly. Literally, the lump in the bag could be something very different than what you were promised. The term "let the cat out of the bag" has its origins related to this phrase in that the lump in the bag was, on occasion, not even a pig.

Class notes for March 11

Colorado Mountain College professor Terry Hunter recently was appointed to the academic advisory board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Educational Institute.

Leading men

Local men are dancing more, stereotyping less

Ryan P. Browning thinks male athletes could not keep up in a ballet class.

Jim Curd: Sick fascination

Personally, I couldn't care less whether Ann Coulter stays or not, because sooner or later, people like her self-destruct from their own hate anyway. I do, however, challenge you to construct a side-by-side comparison of remarks on any number of hot-button issues made by Coulter vs. Dowd or any liberal of your choice, for that matter. I predict two results.

'A quick trip to Steamboat'

Realtor uses personal blog to reach clients, potential clients

Search Google using the words "Steamboat Springs blog" and a link to Jon Wade's Web site is the second one listed.

Saturday, March 10

Maynard captures silver

Two days of less-than-ideal training on the Voo Doo ski run had Abe Maynard feeling pretty low Thursday afternoon.

Sailors drop home opener

Columbine coach Steve Bailey knew before his team left Denver at 7 a.m. Friday that chain laws were in effect for Rabbit Ears Pass.

Chasing daylight

Daylight-saving time goes into effect Sunday morning

Steamboat Springs residents and others across the nation will spring their clocks forward one hour Sunday morning, a month sooner than daylight-saving time typically occurs.

Demong wins World Cup event

Former Steamboat Springs resident Bill Demong, who earned a silver medal at the Nordic Combined World Championships last week, added his first World Cup win since 2002 on Friday.

Ingalls wins at cross-country Junior Olympics

Nothing but first place will do for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country skier Katherine Ingalls.

Preparing for the worst

County hosts emergency response workshop

Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener will never forget walking into Platte Canyon High School classrooms filled with stunned students and teachers.

Ski area myth erroneous

The notion that the U.S. Forest Service requires the Steamboat Ski Area to close by April 15 is nothing more than urban legend, Forest Service officials said.

'We've learned from this'

Communications officials to revisit protocol after church fiasco

Routt County Communications officials will revisit its policies and procedures in light of a church skit that left some children and adults fearing for their safety.

Judge hears arguments in suit

Transcripts to be viewed in newspaper case against School Board

A judge ordered the Steamboat Springs School Board on Friday to give him a sealed transcript of what was said during its Jan. 8 executive session, but he did not rule whether the School Board violated Colorado Open Meetings Law and whether that transcript will be released to the public.

Briefs for March 10

Man arrested for stealing taxi

The Record for March 8

Thursday, March 8

Girls lacrosse team loses

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team opened up its season Friday afternoon against Pine Creek. The Sailors lost, 14-2, with goals from Kelsey Pal and Maria Heilner.

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Going the distance

Canadian team looks to break snowmobile distance jumping record

No need for the Caesars Palace fountains or the Las Vegas crowds. Ross Mercer has settled for a more low-key and remote location for his planned Evel Knievel-like feat - launching his 450-pound Ski-Doo snowmobile across a snow-covered, empty expanse at Chris Brown's ranch just west of Steamboat Springs.

Friday, March 9

Weather steals the show

Men's Junior Olympic slopestyle event cut short by storm

Thursday's weather was the clear-cut winner in the 2007 Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympic Championships slopestyle event at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Hanging on every note

Tishamingo revamps sound with third release

Singing the national anthem in front of 15,000 Atlanta Braves spectators was a surreal experience for Jesse Franklin, who plays guitar, keyboard and organ and sings for Tishamingo.

Area briefs for March 9

Area news briefs for March 9, 2007.

Redistricting process marches on

Final hurdle is South Routt School Board vote on March 15

The South Routt School Board has spent countless hours reworking its district boundaries, and that process soon will come to a close.

Happy hours

Giving you a reason to stop on your way home from work

Pastel portrayals

Suzy Holloran honors local intrepid women with paint

Suzy Holloran decorated the walls of the Utterback House of the Tread of Pioneers Museum with her pastel paintings, but the women she portrayed set the stage.

Police cars to remain in town

Oak Creek board allows town employees to use vehicles

The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday night agreed to make two extra police cars available to town employees who have been using their own cars to conduct town business.

Students hone Spanish skills in Europe

Christian Heritage School Spanish teacher Lupita Hathaway believes one of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself in it, which is why she took nearly a dozen high school students to Europe last month.

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Snow removal up to owners

City Council offers shoveling, plowing law clarification

Removing snow from sidewalks, parking areas and curbs on or along any commercial or residential property within Steamboat Springs city limits is the job of the property owner, according to the city's municipal code. Steamboat's snow removal law has been on the books for years, but the issue was highlighted this week during a bit of "housekeeping" by the Steamboat Springs City Council. The council clarified the law Tuesday night after a request from city staff.

'For the love of the game'

The Freddy Jones Band reunites without sacrifice

After taking a hiatus from 1999 to 2005, the Freddy Jones Band has reunited. The band members have figuring out a way to keep making music amid a life filled with laptops, cell phones, families and real jobs.

On scene

Steamboat Springs is the perfect town to entertain a guest for a long weekend in the winter. My friend Jenny Siferd from North Carolina hopped off the plane Friday and into a whirlwind of art openings, plays, free concerts, dance parties, cross-country skiing and getting stuck in a tree well on a powder day.

Ingalls, Smith lead Nordic Junior Olympic team

Led by strong performances from Katherine Ingalls and Marty Smith, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes have helped propel the Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior Olympic team into fourth place halfway through the 2007 Junior Olympics in Soldier Hollow, Utah.

Locals fare well at NCAA championships

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Lisa Perricone, a University of Colorado skier, finished fifth in the giant slalom at the 54th annual NCAA Skiing Championships on Thursday in Jackson, N.H.

Deb Babcock: Maybe Dilbert just needed a dracaena


The concept of feng shui has become increasingly popular in the United States in recent years, but it's actually a very old Chinese concept of being in harmony with your environment. It's the art of placing things in your room so you maximize the positive energy or feelings you desire when being in that room.

Keeping her word

Hayden school administrator takes a dip for students

Green eggs and ham wasn't on the lunch menu at Hayden Valley Elementary School on Thursday, but there was a big pool of green Jell-O awaiting school administrator Rhonda Sweetser.

Allison Plean: No biz like show biz

I couldn't tell if the woman in my adjoining bathroom stall at Steamboat Springs High School was laughing or crying Monday night.

Skit concerns community

Use of fake gun frightens Steamboat Christian Center youth group

A church skit involving a fake gun went awry Wednesday night at Steamboat Christian Center leading youth and adults to duck under chairs and call 911.

A new look

Steamboat girls reload soccer ranks

The girls on this year's Steamboat Springs High School soccer team know they have some big shoes to fill. The team graduated a tight-knit core of eight seniors who led the Sailors to a staggering 52-1-1 league record during the past four years.

Tattoo of the week: Noah Laplant

I got these tattoos because of what ravens symbolize.

The Record for March 7

The Record for March 7, 2007.

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An accidental message

Two Oklahoma artists often get more than they painted for

Darshan Phillips does not like to talk politics.

Early close not crowd pleaser

Ski area officials say this season is longer than past ones

The Steamboat Ski Area's last day of the 2006-07 season is a Saturday, leaving some feeling slighted out of a day of skiing. Historically, Sunday has been the last day of skiing on the mountain.

Thursday, March 8

Church skit involving fake gun goes awry

Teens, adults call 911 because they thought incident was real

A church skit involving a fake gun went awry Wednesday night at Steamboat Christian Center leading youth and adults to duck under chairs and call 911. Steamboat Springs police Capt. Det. Bob Del Valle said officers began receiving calls around 9 p.m. Wednesday from people who had witnessed or heard about the incident. "Apparently the youth group was putting on a skit using an actor with a fake gun," he said. "Somehow the skit was overdone and the kids began hiding under chairs thinking the situation was real."

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The Education Fund Board considered funding two programs Wednesday night. City Council members are expressing reservations about a new community center. A condo hotel described as a "key building" and "social epicenter" for the 47-acre Wildhorse Meadows development comes before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight.

Reason for postseason

Coaching consistency propels youth hockey teams to playoffs

At the end of the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association's regular season, Dave Strang has been used to sending one, two or maybe three teams to the league playoffs.

The Record for March 6

Tuesday, March 6

Briefs for March 8

Yampa Valley Medical Center seeks volunteers

Batter up

Sailors baseball to begin season Saturday with doubleheader at Denver East

Shortstop Brian Aragon has endured some tough seasons as a Steamboat Springs baseball player.

Formulating discussion

Main Street to host discussion on store ordinance draft

Some downtown business owners find themselves worrying about more than just the daily operation of their stores and restaurants, such as which retailers will occupy 88,000 square feet of new commercial space slated for construction in the downtown district.

Stanford: Ann Coulter can't say that, can she?

I have only myself to blame. I'm the one who decided last year to add Ann Coulter to our ViewPoints pages.

Superpipe kick-off

Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympics begin with high-flying tricks

For some skiers, the Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympics are about making that next big step or proving they are the best among their peers.

Crafts for a cause

Doak Walker residents donate money to service projects

Making homemade fruit pies and scarves is time-consuming, but the months of hard work by Doak Walker Care Center residents and staff have paid off.

Knowledge Bowl awaits state bid

Barb Tuchlinsky hopes the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team's success this year will appeal to state officials.

Residents encouraged to attend wildfire meeting

Growth in Stagecoach has some residents concerned about a natural catastrophe such as a wildfire.

Back at the Trailhead

Wildhorse condo hotel returns to city planners

A condo hotel described as a "key building" and "social epicenter" for the 47-acre Wildhorse Meadows development again appears before city planners tonight.

Fund Board not sold

Youth orchestra, Science School funding not approved

Education Fund Board members aren't quite ready to approve funding for a new youth orchestra and the popular Yampa Valley Science School.

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A clock and a hard place

Community Center, library debate urgent for all

The future of the new Steamboat Springs Community Center, way over budget and well behind schedule, suddenly is very unclear.

Wednesday, March 7

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The Steamboat Springs City Council delayed any decisions on the Steamboat Springs Community Center Tuesday night. Hayden's efforts to expand its vocational education program got good news Tuesday when the Routt County Energy Impact Committee made the building expansion its top priority. Steamboat Springs School District parents will be surveyed this week about the district's school calendar.

Hayden grabs wrestling gold

Middle school Tigers post top scores in nearly all weight classes

Hayden Middle School wrestling coach Dallas Robinson knew his wrestlers would have their work cut out for them if they hoped to grab team gold at the Northwest Invitational wrestling tournament last weekend in Hayden.

Jenette Settle: A waste of space

It only took reading a couple of Ann Coulter's columns before I realized that her words are a waste of ink, space and my reading time.

Grant gets priority

Hayden School District closer to building center

The Hayden School District has cleared another hurdle in its effort to fund a new vocational education building.

District to finalize calendar

School officials to survey parents for next year's schedule

Parents who attend conferences with Steamboat Springs School District teachers this week will receive more than an update about how their child is faring in school.

Mike Lawrence: Let the buyer prepare

Contractors market makes high costs the norm

Chris Painter is smiling just about every time I see her - that's the kind of person she is, as anybody who knows her knows - but on Tuesday, I'm certain I saw her frown, if only a little bit.

Our View: Celebrate field, but also answer questions

The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team will host a game Friday, a week after the city received six feet of snow in six days.

Drug dog visits high school

A chocolate Labrador retriever named Czar sent a clear message to Hayden High School students last week that drugs will not be tolerated in their school.

Marra Bennett: Support green energy

There are house bills going before Colorado Legislature this week and many of them are concerning green energy and green building codes.

Hockey star to play for title at CU

Twenty-year-old Daniel Coloccia understands the pressures of mid-term exams at the University of Colorado.

Greg and Pam Gundlach: Center concerns

The recent initiative by the Citizens for a Recreation Center to locate up to a 95,000 square foot recreation center in the Rita Valentine Park (Curci-Turner) raises a number of concerns.

'Ahead of the curve'

Veteran players lead Steamboat girls lacrosse team

Megan Lucas can remember never having seen a full-size girls lacrosse field prior to her first game.

Grand Futures names new director

Former head of Craig's Boys & Girls Club said to be 'perfect fit'

An extensive background in working with youth, fundraising, board development and strengthening community bonds made Jonathan Godes an easy choice to oversee Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, organization officials said Tuesday.

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No quick fix

City Council tables Community Center funding

City officials Tuesday postponed deciding whether to allow $1 million in additional funding for construction of the new Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Tuesday, March 6

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The lowest bid for the Steamboat Springs Community Center came in at nearly $4.1 million. The Steamboat Springs School Board wants to expand elementary Spanish. Fireworks will make an explosive return to Hayden this year as the town continues its centennial celebration.

Steamboat girls finish out strong

Sailors earn spot in state tournament

Steamboat Springs hockey coach Herald Stout couldn't have asked for any more from the players on his U-12 girls hockey team.

Fireworks to make explosive return to Hayden

Fireworks will make an explosive return to Hayden this year as the town continues its centennial celebration.

School Board seeks to speak same language

Members want to know what it would take to expand Spanish program

Steamboat Springs School Board members want to expand Spanish-language instruction in the district's elementary schools.

Base area ready for Intrawest

City of Steamboat Springs optimistic about new ski area owner

Optimism is suddenly a widespread emotion around Steamboat Springs.

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A lofty price tag

City staff 'shocked and embarrassed' at $4M Community Center cost

Construction of the new Steamboat Springs Community Center could cost nearly $4.1 million, more than $1 million greater than the city's total budget for the project. Steamboat Springs Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Monday that the lowest of three bids to build the new community center is $4.087 million, from Fox Construction of Steamboat Springs. Contractors Tusca II of Grand Junction bid $4.197 million, and White Construction of Castle Rock bid $4.282 million.

Tom Ross: Cattlemen and sheep ranchers tangled

Tree carvings recall the turn of the century in North Routt

On an August evening in 1934, in an aspen glade not far from Iron Mountain, a lonely sheepherder named Willie Lujan opened a stout pocketknife and carved his girlfriend's name in the soft bark of a tree trunk. "Chrlotte" was the woman's name.

Briefs for March 6

A 26-year-old Yampa man was arrested early Sunday morning and faces charges of second-degree kidnapping. Police say the man allegedly took his girlfriend against her will.

The Record for March 4

1:18 a.m. A woman reported a fight in progress behind a bar in the 100 block of East Main Street in Oak Creek. The people fighting were gone when police arrived.

Monday, March 5

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Luther Propst, the executive director of the Sonoran Institute, told the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley that good growth management and conservation practices would lead to economic prosperity; representatives from the Colorado Department of Education were in the Yampa Valley last week to gather input on local schools; and A 24-year-old Craig woman was hurt Saturday morning when her car collided with a truck on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Briefs for March 5

Strings in the Mountains Music Festival is looking for community volunteers for the 2007 season, which runs from June through August. Volunteers work as ushers and in the box office/concession stand. Enjoy a concert while you work. Call Kristen Lodge at 879-5056, ext. 107, or send an e-mail to

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Seeking solutions

Community Alliance gets reminder of area challenges

Luther Propst's message was one that many members of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley had heard before. "Conservation and good growth management correlate with economic prosperity," said Propst, who was the speaker at the Community Alliance's annual meeting Saturday night.

Luke Graham: Sailors embody toughness

It's easy to hang your head after a loss.

Don't shrug off shoulder pain

You don't have to be a major league pitcher to sustain a significant shoulder injury. Most of us have experienced shoulder pain from more regular activities such as snow shoveling or a brisk fall into the back of a mogul.

Home field advantage

Local skiers gear up for Junior Olympic Championships in Steamboat

Bo Randolph and his Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club teammates won't have to endure a long drive or airplane flight to get to the 2007 Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympic Championships.

The Record for March 3

1:34 a.m. A person complained of noise in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive.

Telemark Nationals, Revival wrap up

Brett Stein can remember six years ago when he started telemarking and the sport wasn't that big.

Education officials follow funds

CDE representatives visit to meet with parents, administrators

Shana and Nick Yaw are determined to stay involved in their children's education, which is why they attended a roundtable discussion last week between parents and state Department of Education officials.

Chatting with Judy Harris

Judy Harris is the principal at Soda Creek Elementary School. She chatted Friday with about the process of building a new school and the interim plan during the construction phase.

Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education meeting agenda

Today, George P. Sauer Human Services Center

Sunday, March 4

An unlevel playing field

School Board members cry foul on facility policy

A revised version of the Steamboat Springs School District's Facilities and Grounds Use Policy is intended to even the playing field for facility users, but several aspects of the policy have School Board members crying foul.

Woman hurt in head-on collision

A 24-year-old Craig woman was seriously injured Saturday morning when her car collided head-on with a semitrailer on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Program funding gets early thumbs-up

The Yampa Valley Science School and the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra could get much-needed financial assistance for their programs - at least if last week's vote of approval from the Education Fund Board's Educational Excellence Commission is any indication.

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Downhill diversity

Summit brings brotherhood to Steamboat

A few times every winter, the tinted lenses of Janice Owens' sunglasses do not reflect the streets of Kansas City, where she worked for years as a division director for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Heavy on the medals

Steamboat skiers take three golds, three silvers at Nordic junior Olympics

Steamboat Springs junior Nordic skiers topped the field at the 2007 Chevrolet USSA Junior Olympic Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships, which concluded Saturday in Park City, Utah, earning four individual medals and two gold medals in the team events.

John F. Russell: March Madness hits slopes

The term "March Madness" usually is reserved for the basketball court.

Moving forward, looking back

Sailors will return three starters to next year's basketball team

Steamboat Springs High School senior Cameron Petet has no regrets about the basketball season that ended Friday night in Broomfield.

Fresh legs, tough D

Huge freshman crop backs biggest lacrosse team to date

Observers will notice something different about the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team this spring.

A historic win

Demong nets silver in World Championships

Former Steamboat Springs resident Bill Demong won silver in the 15-kilometer individual event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Japan on Saturday, making him only the second American to medal in a Nordic combined event at the World Championships.

A celestial journey

Steamboat grad prepares for Space Station mission

Steve Swanson never was one of those boys who ran around with a sheet tied around his neck, holding a flag and pretending to walk on the moon.

Carving a niche

Man brings lifetime of master wood-carving skills to the 'Boat

Eddie Canono never imagined he would wind up running a business in the mountains when he started whittling wooden toys for himself 60 years ago in the Philippines.

4 the fun of it

Fiber Arts Camp gives kids exposure to old, new hobbies

Heather Nereson loves the color purple.

Partners with a purpose

South Routt adults find time to mentor, spend time with youths

For Sam, an eighth-grader at Soroco Middle School, having another adult in her life to talk to and spend time with has made all the difference in the world.

Our View: Dawn of a new era

Steamboat Springs let out a collective sigh of relief Thursday when Intrawest officially sealed the deal to buy the Steamboat Ski Area.

Class Notes for March 4

Hayden graduate excels at Eastern Wyoming

Hayden's Billie Babcock was named to the President's Honor Roll at Eastern Wyoming College for the fall 2006 semester. The President's Honor Roll recognizes full-time students who achieve a 4.0 GPA.

Jimmy Westlake: Columba the Dove

Far below the stars of Orion the Hunter, below the stars of Lepus the Rabbit, even below the stars of Orion's Big Hunting Dog, Canis Major, you can find the stars of a small and often overlooked little constellation, flying just over the southern horizon this time of year. It's Columba the Dove, one of nine constellations in our sky representing a bird. Besides the dove, there are constellations immortalizing a swan, an eagle, a toucan, a phoenix, a peacock, a bird of paradise, a crow and a crane.

Joanne Palmer: I say 'Right on!'

Last Saturday, an epic powder day, I skied with my favorite companion - a Snickers bar. I boarded the gondola with a group of guys who looked so young I calculated they had five chest hairs between them. The only woman, I felt old enough to be their mother. Maybe grandmother. The guys were staring at their boots, heads bobbing to the beat of the music coming through their headphones. We rode in silence until I couldn't stand it anymore.

Ralph Graves: A caring young girl

I am writing to express my disappointment in your newspaper and how you choose your articles. After reading the article about Rebecca Lea donating her hair to Locks of Love, I was so furious I could hardly see straight.

The Record for March 2

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

Business briefs

Angela Ashby of Prudential Steamboat Realty recently was awarded the first EcoBroker designation in Steamboat.

Don A. "Donnie" Williamson : Best visit ever

I have enjoyed coming to Steamboat Springs for the past four years to visit my longtime friend, Paul Hoffman, and stay at the ranch of Susan Shoemaker.

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Editorial Cartoon for March 4

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

Feb. 21 to 27


All pent up

Sunshine and short breaths at 16th annual Pentathlon

It started with 130 helmeted racers huddled at the base of Howelsen Hill, ready to charge 400 feet uphill, jockeying for space with whatever elbows or ski poles were available.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Routt County's historic barns

Routt County has a long history in agriculture. Early settlers needed to raise crops and dairy products for their consumption. Once established, some families began ranching and raising cattle, sheep and horses. Eventually, others raised hay and cool-weather crops for market.

Janet Williams: Wary about BID

I would like to compliment our city and county on their snow removal of our streets and alleys. After seeing other cities with their snow removal problems, we should be proud.

Routt County Spotlight: Marsha Daughenbaugh

Occupation: Executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance

Charlie Dresen: Missing diversity

My eyes are open, and the 'Boat is lacking diversity. I too have enjoyed the diversity at the grocery stores, the restaurants and the lift lines over the past week. Scott Stanford's March 1 article resonated to what's good and bad about Steamboat.

Die hard, race fast

It's always been easy for me to make the cynical assumption that I'm better at most things than older people.

Best of the Web for March 4

This is the most ridiculous editorial position I've seen ("Our View: Do what's best for kids," on Sunday, Feb. 25). The calendar changes benefit nobody except the district's hired help. There is a personal and narrow Thanksgiving desire on the part of an influential individual somewhere in the mix here. No to this unadulterated boondoggle. One, there is no need. Two, there is no benefit.

The right 'formula'

Ordinance would restrict types of businesses downtown

Even as developers prepare to break ground on five downtown developments this spring, city officials and the business community are contemplating an ordinance allowing the City Council to manage the kinds of "formula businesses" that could move into the buildings.

A fair amount of experimenting

More than 100 eighth-graders take part in optional science event

Eighth-graders at Steamboat Springs Middle School aren't much different than eighth-graders anywhere else in the country. Many of the boys think they are better than the girls at most things, and the girls disagree. Such a difference of opinion was the reason behind Rachel Dobell's science fair project, "Who Has Quicker Reflexes, Boys or Girls?"

Saturday, March 3

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Demong takes silver at World Championships

Former Steamboat Springs resident Bill Demong won silver in the 15-kilometer individual event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Japan on Saturday, making him only the second American to ever medal in a Nordic combined event at the Olympics or World Championships.

Comeback falls short

Steamboat falls to D'Evelyn in Sweet 16 playoffs

Friday's playoff game against D'Evelyn was a character-defining moment for the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team.

All-weather woes

Snowfall buries high hopes, exposes complexity of turf issues at Gardner Field

The hopes and expectations of an "all-weather" field were high.

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How convenient

Baby born in 7-Eleven with help of clerk, husband, officer

No one heard Sabrina Gill the first time she yelled for an ambulance from inside the 7-Eleven bathroom early Friday morning.

The Record for March 1

12:16 a.m. A 42-year-old man was taken to the hospital from the 2300 block of Ski Time Square Drive because he was suffering from a rapid heart rate and was coughing up blood.

Tom Ross: Hey Curly, watch those skis

The scene in Gondola Square on Saturday reminded me a little of the Three Stooges classic "Three Sappy People."

Pin(head) it to win it

U.S. Telemark Nationals opens at Howelsen

It was all downhill for the U.S. Telemark Nationals and Steamboat Telemark Revival's opening race, which started Friday morning with a giant slalom event at Howelsen Hill.

Storm Peak holding open house

Free event this weekend at Steamboat Ski Area with games, food

It may not be behind a cast iron fence and accessible only with a golden ticket, but the Storm Peak Laboratory is the real-life equivalent of Willy Wonka's mythical chocolate factory.

Arts Council names new director

An Arkansas native with an extensive background in the arts and nonprofit organizations has been named the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

Intrawest not a Sheraton suitor

The new owner of the Steamboat Ski Area is not among the candidates to purchase assets of Ski Times Square Enterprises, which includes the Sheraton Hotel.

'Give buses a break'

City official asks drivers to slow down, leave room

A city transit official is pleading with local drivers to slow down when they're near public buses on Steamboat's snowy and crowded streets.

Friday, March 2

Steamboat vs. D'Evelyn basketball update

FINAL: D'Evelyn 52, Steamboat 48

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Well it's official Intrawest owns the Steamboat Ski Area. Consultants hired to work on Steamboat Springs' recreation needs are leaning toward more than one facility. The City Council, acting as the city's Liquor Licensing Authority, found probable cause Thursday to move forward with punishing Rex's American Grill and Bar, City Market and Arctic Liquors.

Camp without moonshine

Moonshine Still brings band of brothers to town

Members of Moonshine Still say they feel a responsibility as musicians to try to make the world a better place.

Deb Babcock: Seedhouse did store seeds in Routt County

As long as I've lived in Steamboat, I've been curious about the origins of the name given to the road that takes me to a favorite hiking area. If it's called Seedhouse Road, then there must have been a seedhouse there sometime, right? Just what is a seedhouse? And why was one located in the national forest?

ASC digs out from extensive debt

Steamboat the first of several sales that will shrink company

The sale of the Steamboat Ski Area is the linchpin deal in American Skiing Company's efforts to shed assets and transform the company into a much smaller, debt-free operation.

Sale yields relief, optimism

All the necessary parties showed up this time when it came time to close the sale of the Steamboat Ski Area to Intrawest for $265 million.

On Scene

Notes from around town

How long has this fabulous ladies' night been happening at Wired? Check it out!

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Ski area deal finalized

Intrawest brings financial resources to table

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employees went to work this morning for a new owner - one that has the deep pockets never possessed by American Skiing Co.

Alliance holding annual meeting

Keynote speaker will address preserving Steamboat's identity

Luther Propst, executive director of the Sonoran Institute, will be the keynote speaker Saturday at the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley's annual meeting.

Springing forward

Artists' new work reflects current passions

Wildlife photographer Judy Jones isn't scared of most of her subjects - save one.

Council tables Jade Summit decision

Attorney concerned about proceeding with dual cases as investigation continues

The owner of a Ski Time Square restaurant and bar will have another month to deal with a criminal case against him before the city decides whether to pursue suspending his liquor license.

Multi-generational love

North Mississippi Allstars hear it all

Luther Dickinson, guitarist and singer for the North Mississippi Allstars, already has been typecast. He sings the part of an old dog in Nickelodeon's new cartoon show, "Barnyard."

Happy hours

Happy hour deals

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35 unsurpassed years

Steamboat Dance Theatre celebrates its emerald anniversary

Steamboat Dance Theatre participants think every year is its best year. And every year, everyone who auditions gets the chance to perform on stage.

Bringing home the beacon

Contest promotes snow safety skills

Longtime backcountry skier Charlie Magnuson has a plan to promote and enhance avalanche beacon skills.

Tattoo of the week: Adam Hinikie

Adam Hinikie's tattoo.

Allison Plean: O-pin-ions and needles

I actually woke myself by my own snoring during a Reiki session once. Luckily, the treatment works just as well if you are asleep - but it apparently couldn't rectify my embarrassment.

Police warn about potential Canada scam

A Steamboat Springs homeowner nearly lost $5,000 this week to a foreign scam that police officials are likening to a series of scams that hit four North Routt County businesses last October.

More than one place to play

Recreation consultants might recommend several sites

Consultants hired to create a clear picture of Steamboat Springs' recreation needs could present city officials with a complex choice.

Thursday, March 1

City, county receive grants for energy efficient building

City and county officials announced this week that they have received a $25,250 grant from the Colorado Heritage Planning Grant Program, to develop an energy-efficient building program.

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It's a done deal

Intrawest buys Steamboat for $265 million

American Skiing Company's ownership of the Steamboat Ski Area came to an end today as Intrawest finalized its purchase of the resort. Intrawest announced the closing this afternoon. The deal was announced Dec. 19.

Jade Summit faces suspension

City Council to consider four other liquor cases today

The Steamboat Springs City Council today will consider suspending or revoking the liquor license of a Ski Time Square restaurant whose owner was arrested on a misdemeanor charge in February.

End of an era

Det. Ross Kelly's police service longest in department's history

When Ross Kelly began working for the Steamboat Springs Police Department, his intentions were to stay for a few years to help build the department. That was 1974, more than three decades ago.

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Extending Election Day

Committee promotes early voting, hosts public forums

In future elections, voters in Hayden and Oak Creek could cast early ballots on a Saturday, and Steamboat Springs residents could vote at a local school. These are among the ideas to be floated by the Routt County Citizens Election Review Committee, which was formed to create strategies for improving local elections.

Scott Stanford: Brotherhood helps us see 'Boat

The revelation this week that the Rev. Al Sharpton is a descendant from slaves once owned by the family of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, a renowned segregationist, caught my attention.

News briefs for March 1

News briefs for March 1, 2007.

Delta to offer daily service

Summer flights begin June 8 on 50-passenger Comair jet

Houston is out and Salt Lake is in this summer at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Beginning June 8, Delta Air Lines will offer two jet flights per day between Salt Lake City and the airport in Hayden. The flights will continue through Labor Day weekend.

Not a question of 'if'

Official: city will see watershed law again

A controversial watershed ordinance is not going away, a city official said Tuesday.

Midget team takes second

The Steamboat Springs Midget hockey team finished second in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League tournament in Craig during the weekend.

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Sailors face tall order

Outsized Steamboat prepares for Sweet 16 games against D'Evelyn

Steamboat Springs post player Cameron Petet thinks when he takes his 6-foot-2 frame onto the court at Broomfield High School on Friday, onlookers who don't know the Sailors probably will laugh. Petet will be among a slew of Sailors who will be giving up at least four inches - and sometimes as much as seven inches - to the frontline of D'Evelyn.

The Record for Feb. 27

The Record for Feb. 27, 2007.