Saturday, March 31
This was a good year for Steamboat Springs snowboarder Justin Reiter, but the veteran Alpine snowboarder isn't about to predict what lies ahead.
The Steamboat Ski Touring Center today will host the fifth annual Nordic Fest, a benefit event to raise money for the Hakan Memorial Scholarship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cass Sisto, 17, has created a unique database that, for the first time, records the service of 460 deceased military veterans from Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
It was a perfect match. Mohawkie needed a job and Craig Kennedy needed a companion. Kennedy acquired Mohawkie when she was 5 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Local quilter carrying on family tradition
When Tina Segler makes a quilt for someone, she never asks what that person wants.
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.
The warm weather and sunny skies that have dominated the past couple of weeks in Steamboat Springs finally made way for some precipitation.
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.
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.
4:30 a.m. Someone suffering from heart problems was taken to the hospital from the 2900 block of West Acres Drive.
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."
Regional jet carrier SkyWest has emerged as a major player at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Browning, a professional dancer, defines modern dance as a Jackson Pollock painting on hardwood.
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.
The world of chili cook-offs has never ceased to amaze me.
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.
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?
John Sotter immune to music-industry barriers
John Sotter, also known as the "acoustic warrior," does not recommend anybody pursue a music career.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Terry and Jake Stanford have played hockey together since the time they first strapped on pairs of skates as Mites.
1:14 a.m. People were arguing outside a bar in Ski Time Square.
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.
Many students living in Steamboat Springs wouldn't give coats and boots a second thought.
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.
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.
More than $1M moved to general fund
County officials have taken advantage of an unusual upside to Routt County's booming construction industry.
I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has suggested that "readers only look at the headlines."
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
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 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.
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.
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, 2007.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plumes of thick black smoke were visible Tuesday near Stagecoach Reservoir as the Bureau of Land Management conducted a controlled burn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Erin Collins of Steamboat TV18 produces a segment with longtime Steamboat resident Eugene Buchanan about his new book, "Brothers on the Bashkaus."
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.
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.
12:34 a.m. Loud music was reported in the 3300 block of Columbine Drive.
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.
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.
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.
Part-time 'Boat resident's book a choice of New York library
Linda Collison gave her protagonist, Patricia Kelley, physical traits she desires.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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
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.
I'd never seen ski jumping live.
On Sunday, Lindsay Van proved why she's ranked third in the world.
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.
Deborah Lamb grew up on the kind of chili her mother would pour over spaghetti.
Daouda Adama's son turned one year old last month, but Adama has not met him yet.
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.
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.
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
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.
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's approach to ski jumping is simple and to the point.
Bill Demong looked like a champion Saturday night.
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.
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.
Steamboat lacrosse struggles in second half, falls to Fort Collins
Two teams, two different halves.
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?
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.
'Penguins' converge for frigid fundraiser
For Stan Urban, the end of the pool couldn't have been farther away.
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 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.
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.
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, 2007.
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.
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.
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.
Is everyone aware of the need for updating the youth programs in our community?
Dear Merriam Webster,
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.
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.
Steamboat Springs baseball coach Dave Roy thinks his ball club is right on the verge of breaking through.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The announcement last week that the Brown property west of Steamboat Springs has sold is good news for the community.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The springs in Steamboat Springs are all natural, officials said Friday.
A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he touched a woman inappropriately in February.
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.
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.
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
How things have changed at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
For the first time since January, little Molly Look is ready to meet her public.
Friday, March 23
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.
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.
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.
Shawn Baumgartner has stepped down as the head basketball coach of Hayden High School after leading the Tigers for five seasons.
On Thursday, two Steamboat Springs basketball players were named to the Rocky Mountain News Class 4A All-State basketball team.
This weekend's Colorado state speech tournament featured a little more than Steamboat Springs High School forensics coach Marty Lamansky expected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12:58 a.m. Police arrested a man on Club-house Drive for driving under the influence.
Gas sparks Phippsburg fire, destroys barn
Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted firefighters with a barn fire in Phippsburg on Thursday afternoon.
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?
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.
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.
Trevor Davis, aka "Bones," uses 15 drums, 20 microphones and between three and five video cameras for his one-man show.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
Local metalsmith voices her lifelong love affair with jewelry
Sarah Buckles Larner does the "jeweler's crawl" - daily.
Happy hours at area restaurants and bars.
This is a tattoo I got at Truth Tattoo in early February.
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
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.
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 Steamboatpilot.com.
Not too long ago, the newspaper announced its foray into television with the purchase of Steamboat TV18.
A proposed increase in fees related to beef sales will likely be the meaty topic at a local cattlemen's meeting this week.
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 students may be putting their alarm clocks in the closet next year.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 20
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.
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.
The learning curve Herald Stout witnessed this season has been staggering.
Volunteers needed for NASTAR races today
Wednesday, March 21
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 Steamboatpilot.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 14 freestyle skiers ages 12 and younger didn't need any luck at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Development Championships at Durango Mountain Resort.
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
Two large condominium buildings soon will be going up at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
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.
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!
The skiers in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic programs proved last weekend they know how to finish strong.
The Hayden Town Board met Thursday to discuss and take action on several agenda items.
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
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.
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 Steamboatpilot.com.
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.
12:33 a.m. Police arrested a 19-year-old man in the 1400 block of Bob Adams Drive for missing a court date.
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.
A subdivision eight years in the making is up for approval of its final building tonight.
Howelsen Hill might never be the same.
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.
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
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 Steamboatpilot.com.
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.
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.
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.
Now, it's all about competing.
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.
12:30 a.m. A woman reported a drunken pedestrian in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court.
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has received state certification for its homebuyer education class.
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.
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.
Two local swimmers qualified for the state swimming meet in several disciplines Saturday at the Patriot Invite at Denver University.
Sunday, March 18
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.
Nordic fanatics go the distance, break course records at one raw Coureur des Bois
Scott Oberbreckling has no time for the views.
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.
My gallery was recently named as a "formula store" in a Steamboat Today article.
Steamboat Springs tennis player Lisa Floyd probably should have been nervous.
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.
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.
I am responding to your request for feedback regarding continuation of Ms. Coulter's column. I appreciate the chance to respond.
The owners of a new bagel shop in downtown Steamboat Springs had a feeling people on the west side of town were hungry.
Linda Haltom, executive director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, will move to finance director of the foundation.
Kim White Age: Ladies don't tell
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHS student honored
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.
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."
Friday, March 16
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.
EGGLESTON, SCOTT W and EGGLESTON, DIXIE LEE TO DEAN H LOOK TRUST DATED NOVEMBER 25 2000 FOR EGGLESTON EXEMPTION TOGETHER WITH WELL AND WATERLINE EASEMENT $785,000
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.
Joe Roberts weekly editorial cartoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've spent the past 40 years learning that there are things I can do, but probably shouldn't.
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
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.
Baseball team drops first game of Paonia tournament
The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team outplayed Cedaredge for six innings Friday.
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.
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.
Hayden track team opens season today
Hayden High School track coach Kevin Kleckler decided to take a different approach to the season this year.
Thursday, March 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olympiad in Fort Collins brings bright minds together
Steamboat Springs' latest Olympians are science buffs - not skiers or snowboarders.
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.
Canadian Ross Mercer appears to have accomplished his goal of breaking the world record for the longest snowmobile distance jump.
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.
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.
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.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will keep the ski area open through Sunday, April 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters to play benefit concert for Dave Genchi
It could have happened to anyone.
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 for March 16 to 22, 2007.
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.
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
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.
Steamboat grad Heckbert battles wrist injury to return to tennis action
Kim Heckbert can remember the night she thought her tennis career was over.
Avalanche victim was 'eternal optimist' to his students, colleagues
Paul Maniaci was drawn to the outdoors.
A week ago, I invited readers to provide feedback on whether the newspaper should keep or drop Ann Coulter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Grant will compensate rural landowners, goad weed control
Although they've yet to rear their ugly heads, the weeds are on the way.
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.
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.
12:14 a.m. Officers gave a drunken man a ride home from the 1400 block of Pine Grove Road.
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?
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?
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.
Election group hopes Routt County services expand
Steamboat Springs resident Dale Good sees a simple solution to improving Routt County elections.
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
Steamboat Springs' adult hockey A League ended Sunday with a one-day championship tournament.
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.
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.
Former Olympic slalom champion Phil Mahre may not grasp things like text messaging or iPods, but he understands ski racing.
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.
The proposed community recreation center is a hot topic in Steamboat Springs.
A frustrated soldier struggles with Veterans Affairs
Peter Duguay lives on Sixth Street in a small house a few blocks from downtown Steamboat Springs.
Erin Collins of Steamboat TV 18 offers a look at The Home Ranch in Clark.
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.
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 town officials are eager to bring in earthmovers and get started on an $800,000 upgrade to Dry Creek Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are three things that are holy in the Graham family.
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.
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.
A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs teacher was killed Saturday in an avalanche in Wyoming.
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.
Saturday, March 10 12:36 a.m. An officer was wanted in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
Looking ahead, Hayden Middle School wrestling coach Dallas Robinson can only smile at the possibilities.
Sunday, March 11
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team opened the 2007 season with two wins on Saturday, downing Montrose and Durango.
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.
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.
For the second straight day, Katherine Ingalls walked away from Soldier Hollow, Utah, and the 2007 cross-country Junior Olympics, a national champion.
Minorities still rare on U.S. ski slopes
The outreach is growing, but so far, the impact is not.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Allaire will always be a Sunshine Kid.
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 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.
Editor's Note: The following comments were posted this week on stories or in forums on Steamboatpilot.com. The posters' Steamboatpilot.com usernames are included.
Julie Marie Tucek Age: 29 if you only count weekends ... OK, 42.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OKONSKI, CHRISTOPHER M and OKONSKI, D ERICA TO BELL, MIKE FOR OVERLAND AT STAGECOACH LOT 16 - $680,000
One week in Steamboat Springs changed Guadalupe Sorchaga's life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado Mountain College professor Terry Hunter recently was appointed to the academic advisory board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Educational Institute.
Local men are dancing more, stereotyping less
Ryan P. Browning thinks male athletes could not keep up in a ballet class.
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.
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
Two days of less-than-ideal training on the Voo Doo ski run had Abe Maynard feeling pretty low Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing but first place will do for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country skier Katherine Ingalls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Man arrested for stealing taxi
Thursday, March 8
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.
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
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.
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 news briefs for March 9, 2007.
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.
Giving you a reason to stop on your way home from work
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I couldn't tell if the woman in my adjoining bathroom stall at Steamboat Springs High School was laughing or crying Monday night.
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.
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.
I got these tattoos because of what ravens symbolize.
The Record for March 7, 2007.
Two Oklahoma artists often get more than they painted for
Darshan Phillips does not like to talk politics.
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
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."
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 6
Yampa Valley Medical Center seeks volunteers
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.
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.
I have only myself to blame. I'm the one who decided last year to add Ann Coulter to our ViewPoints pages.
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.
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.
Barb Tuchlinsky hopes the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team's success this year will appeal to state officials.
Growth in Stagecoach has some residents concerned about a natural catastrophe such as a wildfire.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are house bills going before Colorado Legislature this week and many of them are concerning green energy and green building codes.
Twenty-year-old Daniel Coloccia understands the pressures of mid-term exams at the University of Colorado.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 will make an explosive return to Hayden this year as the town continues its centennial celebration.
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.
City of Steamboat Springs optimistic about new ski area owner
Optimism is suddenly a widespread emotion around Steamboat Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
It's easy to hang your head after a loss.
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.
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.
1:34 a.m. A person complained of noise in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive.
Brett Stein can remember six years ago when he started telemarking and the sport wasn't that big.
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.
Judy Harris is the principal at Soda Creek Elementary School. She chatted Friday with Steamboatpilot.com about the process of building a new school and the interim plan during the construction phase.
Today, George P. Sauer Human Services Center
Sunday, March 4
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.
A 24-year-old Craig woman was seriously injured Saturday morning when her car collided head-on with a semitrailer on Rabbit Ears Pass.
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.
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.
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.
The term "March Madness" usually is reserved for the basketball court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fiber Arts Camp gives kids exposure to old, new hobbies
Heather Nereson loves the color purple.
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.
Steamboat Springs let out a collective sigh of relief Thursday when Intrawest officially sealed the deal to buy the Steamboat Ski Area.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Angela Ashby of Prudential Steamboat Realty recently was awarded the first EcoBroker designation in Steamboat.
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.
Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.
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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.
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.
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.
Occupation: Executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance
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.
It's always been easy for me to make the cynical assumption that I'm better at most things than older people.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Snowfall buries high hopes, exposes complexity of turf issues at Gardner Field
The hopes and expectations of an "all-weather" field were high.
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.
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.
The scene in Gondola Square on Saturday reminded me a little of the Three Stooges classic "Three Sappy People."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
FINAL: D'Evelyn 52, Steamboat 48
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Notes from around town
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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.
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.
Artists' new work reflects current passions
Wildlife photographer Judy Jones isn't scared of most of her subjects - save one.
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.
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 hour deals
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.
Contest promotes snow safety skills
Longtime backcountry skier Charlie Magnuson has a plan to promote and enhance avalanche beacon skills.
Adam Hinikie's tattoo.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2007.
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.
Official: city will see watershed law again
A controversial watershed ordinance is not going away, a city official said Tuesday.
The Steamboat Springs Midget hockey team finished second in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League tournament in Craig during the weekend.
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, 2007.