Stories for May 2007

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Thursday, May 31

Busting tires and burning lungs at season's opening Town Challenge race

When it comes to the eight-race Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, the first race is often the hardest.

Craig resident qualifies for gymnast nationals

The sport is called TnT, and Rochelle Johnson is dynamite at it.

Scott Stanford: Staff changes mean it must be May

We always seem to have a lot of turnover in the newsroom of the Steamboat Pilot & Today this time of year.

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Small group, big impact

Impact 100 enables citizens a way to give back to nonprofits

Inspired by a desire to give back to the Yampa Valley, a group of adults in their mid-20s to mid-40s formed Impact 100 as a way to donate time and money to nonprofits in the area.

Hayden, Steamboat businesses burglarized

Four Hayden and Steamboat Springs businesses were broken into early Wednesday morning, and police say as much as $1,000 was stolen.

Living by learning

Seniors take education into their hands with Senior Projects

It's hard to imagine what you'll get when you let loose a group of high school seniors to pursue their own educations.

Annual series adds gourmet feature to public policy chats

If you've ever left a Seminars at Steamboat discussion wanting more, this summer you'll have a chance to satisfy your appetite.

Sam Bush added to lineup

Bluegrass legend joins Free Summer Concert Series

Free. Summer. Concert.

Briefs for May 31

Water-quality monitoring program meeting tonight

Back to election basics

County returns to precinct voting, optional paper ballots

In November, Routt County voters will cast ballots by precinct and will be able choose between voting electronically or on paper.

The Record for May 29

Tuesday, May 29

Hayden's Ben Fulton races to motocross national championship

Vance Fulton couldn't keep his son Ben off a motocross bike forever.

Wednesday, May 30

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Sheraton hotel, golf course purchased by Starwood

A major - and long anticipated - property sale at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area was sealed last week.

Our View: City should remain open to street vendors

We understand Main Street Steamboat Springs' less than enthusiastic response to the idea of allowing more street vendors in the downtown area.

Howelsen Hill Circuit kicks off 2007 Town Challenge

The trails dry and the competition begins.

Leader has message for Salazar

With two years of work put in the Resource Management Plan - a document that will oversee the use of Bureau of Land Management's public lands -Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray wanted U.S. Rep. John Salazar's representative to understand the county's position on two key topics.

Craig's Largest Loser contest begins

Carrying around a few extra pounds? Starting this week, you've got a chance to do something about it.

North Routt boy finds crocodile fossil

While celebrating his seventh birthday, North Routt resident Kody Kenyon found a crocodile that could be millions of years old and worth a small fortune.

Xcel submits rail application

Xcel Energy wants to use a right-of-way it controls to build a new railroad line to supply coal to the Hayden Station.

The Record for May 28

Monday, May 28

Briefs for May 30

Applications available for Environmental Fund

Henry R. Savage: IPCC corrupt

Bill Wallace wrote to the Pilot & Today urging people to "Believe in Global Warming" based on IPCC publications.

Richard Watts: Too much control

The 208 commission doesn't want you making your own health decisions

Road leads Clark to Steamboat church

New Pastor at First Baptist Church believes varied background helpful

The last time Jason Clark took a dirt road to get to church was during a mission trip in Mexico, so the route to the First Baptist Church is somewhat symbolic for the new pastor and his family.

Board, superintendent seek understanding

Five workshops dedicated to help define school district roles

Recent workshops aimed at reviewing how the Steamboat Springs School District uses policy governance could help resolve instances of miscommunication and distrust, officials said.

Mike Lawrence: Consultants cost city more than $1.3 million

The Steamboat Springs City Council has spent $1.38 million on consultants since January 2006. That's a big number.

Tuesday, May 29

Swiggart takes third at Intermountain Memorial Day tourney

Playing in her first tournament, Kate Cooper came away from the final day of the 2007 Intermountain 12 & Under Memorial Day Championship a little bit more seasoned and a lot more excited to continue playing tennis.

The Record for May 27

6:52 a.m. A stolen vehicle was reported on U.S. Highway 40 near Pine Grove Road. Police said a GPS tracking device on a motorcycle was inadvertently triggered, and no vehicle was actually stolen.

Lion sightings rare but possible

Hikers in county should make noise, keep pets under control

Routt County residents must remember when hiking, biking and recreating, they live in mountain lion country.

Steamboat senior takes class project to task as entrepreneur

For Steamboat Springs High School senior Courtney Adamo, the human face is one of the most expressive and alive subjects an artist can work with.

Briefs for May 29

Steamboat Springs publisher and photographer Jim Steinberg and his company, Portfolio Publications, recently were awarded first place and Gold Awards by the National Calendar Marketing Association.

Grand Olde West Days begin

Automobiles of all types and horsepower began showing up early at the Wyman Living History Museum and Ranch on Saturday for the second annual Colorado Cruisers' Car Show.

Spring is tenuous season for wildlife

Humans, pets pose danger to animals

Early summer is a good time to see baby animals, but people are urged to leave them alone - even if the animals appear to be abandoned.

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Crowd gathers to honor the fallen

Monday's annual Memorial Day ceremony was an occasion to remember the past, respect the present and honor the future.

Tom Ross: Veterans at rest overlooking Steamboat

The stories of remarkable lives are waiting to be rediscovered

Charles Christian Graham is virtually forgotten here. However, he always is memorialized one weekend near the end of May when they place a small American flag in front of his headstone.

Wright and Faux get top honors at kayaking Pro Invitational

Stephen Wright knew that preparation would be key to a successful bid in a race designed to test a handful of the world's best kayakers' overall paddling prowess with a creek race in the morning and a freestyle event in the afternoon.

Monday, May 28

Former Sailors filming documentary about Rwandan bicyclists

Hope. Everyday Ryan Scheer and Andrew Johnston see five parcels of it pedaling around, showing that Rwanda's isn't just a country defined by genocide.

Youth lacrosse invite wraps up competition

It was a fitting way to wind down the season.

Tough breaks at Intermountain Memorial Day Championship tournament

It turned out to be one of those days for Jamey Swiggart.

Luke Graham: Feeder's feeding the boat

Don't let Jamey Swiggart's calm and cool demeanor off the court fool you.

Bull riding tour comes to area

The best bull riders in the west put their talents on top of rampaging bulls Saturday during the Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour.

The Record for May 26

12:15 a.m. During a traffic stop at Oak Street and 11th Street, a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer arrested a 38-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to signal a turn.

Briefs for May 28

Main Street Steamboat Springs is looking for artists interested in creating art on 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood to be installed on the pedestrian tunnels in the downtown area. The sheets of plywood will be available for pick up after May 1 at 751 Yampa St. Painting must be completed and ready for display during an unveiling event to be held May 31. For more information, call Tracy Barnett at 846-1800.

Harriet Freiberger: What is it we want to say on Memorial Day?

Most of us associate the other nine national holidays with personal experiences that make the days especially meaningful. We connect with townspeople at a parade, with family at a dinner or picnic or with neighbors at a community breakfast. Sometimes, without particular observance, a day away from work allows simply time for ourselves

Monday Medical: Make every day a fitness day

National Senior Health & Fitness Day, an annual event now in its 14th year, will be observed at more than 1,000 sites across the United States Wednesday as part of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This year's theme, "Make Every Day a Fitness Day" promotes the idea for seniors to be physically active every day.

Downtown busy despite construction

Construction in downtown Steamboat Springs isn't stopping locals and visitors from shopping or strolling on Lincoln Avenue during the Memorial Day holiday.

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City selects $439,000 consultant for streetscape study

City officials have selected a consultant for a $439,000 project to revitalize downtown Steamboat Springs.

Sunday, May 27

John Peretz: Writer an asset

What a courageous and thoughtful column by Mike Lawrence on dealing with his stuttering.

Todd Nelson: Locals apathetic

Remember that old anti-litter commercial? The one where the noble Native American looks out on a trash-strewn landscape with a lone tear in his eye. That's how I feel driving down Rabbit Ears looking at the condo-clogged catastrophe that is the new Steamboat, or should I call it Vail II.

Swiggart moves to next round

This year, Jamey Swiggart is all business.

Conservative commentary: What would Ronald Reagan do?

I often ask myself that question when the insanity of today's politics becomes more than I can bear. I am a Reagan Conservative. This good and decent man was a genius, demonstrating moral and intellectual superiority in all that he did. Foremost among his many successful philosophies was "Trust the people." He was an optimist with unshakable faith in the convictions that he developed in his early childhood, largely from his mother's influence. He was comfortable in the company of world leaders, such as Mikhail Gorbachev, his cabinet and leaders in Congress. In dealing with Congress, even when the Democrats were misguided, he knew how to work with both sides. At the time, the press called him "The Great Communicator," but Reagan was really a communicator of American ideals. The central theme of most of his speeches was patriotism. He portrayed a vision of America as a city on a hill, a beacon to the nation of the world. "In my mind," he said, "it was a tall, proud city built on rocks and stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports and doors that were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get there."

Real estate transactions for May 16 to 22

Real estate transactions for May 16-22.

Steamboat Legion drops a pair in extra innings

While they don't feel good today, the two extra-inning losses the Steamboat Springs Legion B team suffered Saturday will go a long way when the spring high school baseball season rolls around.

Welcome back, joe

Coffee returns to a familiar location in downtown Steamboat

Steamboat resident Rich Levy describes the past 10 months as an adjustment period for downtown coffee and tea lovers.

Four bedrooms, plenty of trout

Osteen residence west of Steamboat sits on Yampa River, offers fishing opportunities

Homebuyers who can imagine themselves landing a 20-inch trout while admiring guests stand nearby may want to look into the Osteen residence on U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs.

Business File for May 27

Broker earns Internet certification

Suzie Spiro, a broker associate with Steamboat Village Brokers, recently earned the e-PRO Certification. The certification is the National Association of Realtors' online training program to certify real estate professionals as Internet Professionals. Suzie adds this certification to her Graduate Realtor Institute designation. Suzie can be reached at 879-7800, ext. 147.

Joanne Palmer: N-o-r-a & M-e

When I grow up, I want to be just like Nora Ephron. I think Nora is the best. She is funny. She is a terrific writer. She is fearless because she has been married three times. This is a brave and gutsy thing to do, especially since hubby No. 2 cheated on her while she was pregnant. Nora, being Nora, turned right around and wrote Heartburn, a thinly disguised book about the rogue, and profited from it. I admire that in a woman.

Jimmy Westlake: Three leaps of the gazelle

I love star lore! The legends and stories attached to the stars carry us back hundreds or even thousands of years and tell us not only about the stars, but also about the stargazers of old.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Opening a new chapter

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has been providing columns for the Community Agriculture Alliance for several years. The task of writing the columns has traditionally fallen to Area Wildlife Manager Susan Werner, but she retired at the end of April. I just want to start off my temporary column-writing stint by acknowledging the great job that Susan did in her nearly 10 years at the helm of the Division's Steamboat Springs office. We hope she enjoys every minute of her retirement. Susan worked closely with the agricultural community and while we'll never replace Susan, DOW is committed to making sure that the next area wildlife manager understands the important role that farming and ranching play in the economy, heritage and wildlife-sustainability of Routt County.

Counting down

Steamboat seniors celebrate last week

The bulletin board outside the main office at Steamboat Springs High School is empty for most of the year. Then, at about the same time senioritis becomes rampant, a few motivated seniors begin to count down the days until school ends, hanging up fliers and tearing down one more at the end of each day. Walking by in the morning on the way to first period, the Class of 2007 is constantly reminded that only a handful of days are left until graduation ceremonies Saturday.

Erin Gleason: One last thing

Senior year is an accumulation of lasts. My last homecoming parade and talisman events, my last volleyball game, the last ski season I'll live at home, my last prom, and my last AP exams. Soon, I'll be walking to school for the last time and taking my last calculus final. Like many in the Class of 2007, Saturday will be my last day as a student after 13 years in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Jail Report for May 27

Saturday, May 19 Derek Alexander Harrison, 23, Steamboat Springs - Driving under revocation (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

The Record for May 25

7:13 a.m. A man in the 38000 block of Routt County Road 53 in Hayden reported receiving harassing phone calls.

River instructors capitalize on Yampa runoff to teach kayaking

There aren't a lot of folks who would be willing to go for a swim in the chilling runoff water of the Yampa River. And there are even fewer, if any, kayakers who would ever admit to a swim from his or her boat as the highlight of the day.

Dave Shively: Trouble with fish

This time last year, I witnessed the greatest feat of athletic skill I've ever seen a kayaker pull off. Except it was nowhere near a river and the label "athletic," could be a stretch referring to this circus act of bodily proportions.

Rodeo team makes run

The scholastic spring season of sports may be over for most high school students, but things are just starting to get interesting for the Steamboat Springs High School rodeo team.

Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament wraps up today

A midfielder streaks toward the cage, snatches a tight pass from the attackman behind and buries the shot low.

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Motivational speaker entertains seniors at Soroco commencement

They laughed. They cried and they received a lot of advice. The 39 members of Soroco High School's senior class could barely contain their laughter during Saturday's graduation as 88-year-old commencement speaker Earl Reum regaled them, and a packed gymnasium, with the most practical tidbits of wisdom they had heard all year.

Omar M. Campbell: Growth Gorilla

A 700-pound growth gorilla is looming on Steamboat's horizon with the sale of the Brown and adjacent properties to the development group, Steamboat 700 LLC.

Randy Nelson: Discount is a ghost

The e-mail began: "The Routt County discount for the marathon is a privilege, not a right, and I'm sorry - rules are rules."

Education briefs for May 27

Sixth grade: Jay Lanning, Jack Pietig, Erik Powers, Tyler Scott, Dylan Wilkinson and Sam Zwak.

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Lowell Whiteman prepares for 50th anniversary

Instead of graduating from Midland, Texas, in the late 1960s, Peggy Barnes Garrett wrote a letter to the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce to inquire about schooling in a remote region of Colorado.

Obituary: Tyler Mark Richardella

Tyler Mark Richardella passed away on May 22, 2007 at University Hospital in Denver. He was 30.

Best of the Web for May 27

While I agree that John DeVincentis does seem to be for the students and the staff, he also has a personal agenda toward administrators, and because of this he will never be able to be truly effective with Donna Howell.

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A worker's market

Steamboat has far more jobs than employees

Are you a truck driver, carpenter, excavator driver, welder, house framer, heavy equipment mechanic, diesel mechanic, project foreman, concrete foreman, electrician, service technician, laborer, hauler or finisher?

Our View: Take time to remember

For many of us, the Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer. Across the nation, it is a weekend for barbecuing, camping and fishing. It's the weekend of auto racing. School is coming to a close, and seniors are graduating. It's the start of the summer tourist season. Stores hold special sales to attract shoppers.

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Editorial cartoon for May 27

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

Saturday, May 26

End of a South Routt era

Longtime teacher Mary Shanklin retires; colleague Peggy Barnes reflects

Despite sitting in miniature chairs made for kindergartners, teachers Mary Shanklin and Peggy Barnes looked comfortable Tuesday.

King of the road

'Roadeo' puts CDOT's finest to the test

No one said pushing a metal shot put ball up a ramp with the gaping bucket-scoop on a front-end loader would be easy. But that's sort of the point at the Colorado Department of Transportation's annual training and education "Roadeo" for snow and ice equipment.

Oak Creek denies Darling Annexation

Developer 'disheartened' after Town Board votes against proposal

The Oak Creek Town Board denied an annexation proposal during a lengthy and well-attended meeting Thursday night, saying the 24-acre Darling Annexation was not within the town's designated future growth area and citing concerns about soil stability.

Briefs for May 26

LIFT-UP closed for Memorial Day

EPYCS awards $48K in grants

High school program teaches students about philanthropy

Cheri Trousil is so appreciative of the granting process through El Pomar Youth in Community Services that she tries mightily to invite the grantees to her office and makes sure to attend as many EPYCS functions as possible.

Strawberry Park sees sweet response to effort

Estimated 240 parents, students, staff ride bikes or walk to school Friday

Olivia Satkiewicz usually rides the bus to Strawberry Park Elementary School, but Friday was different.

'Boat's Cup contender

Senators' Preissing returns to area after NHL finals

Colorado is where Tom Preissing found the "stepping stone" that helped catapult him to a career in the National Hockey League. The 29-year-old defenseman for the Ottawa Senators made a national name for himself when he helped the 2003 Colorado College Tigers to a WCHA regular season championship and an NCAA quarterfinal berth on his way to first-team All-America and Hobey Baker Award-finalist honors.

Routt County Memorial Day events

Events in Routt County for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Summer benefit season tees off

Tourneys raise money for causes

Summertime means golf, and golf in Routt County means benefit tournaments.

Tom Ross: How bicycle-friendly are we, really?

Black Beauty was capable of ferrying golf clubs

I almost stopped in my tracks Friday afternoon when I spied the black Schwinn parked in a rack on a downtown side street. It was a dead ringer for the old "Black Beauty" that used to carry me to the swimming pool three times a day and the golf course once a week in the 1960s.

The Record for May 24

Thursday, May 24

Friday, May 25

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Video honors fallen soldier

Steamboat resident encourages others to remember service members

Paula Salky knew it wouldn't be a "happy present." But for her stepfather's 83rd birthday, she decided to make a four-minute film featuring photos of her brother, who died last October in Iraq.

Oak Creek woman dies in camping accident

Officials: Hypothermia likely cause after falling in reservoir

A 52-year-old Oak Creek woman died Wednesday night from hypothermia after she apparently wandered away from a campsite near Chapman Reservoir and fell into the water. Rio Blanco County Sheriff and deputy coroner Anthony Mazzola said Christine Ann Riggle was camping with two other Oak Creek women on Dunkley Pass when she left the campsite Wednesday night and did not return.

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Whittle the Wood is art with a chainsaw

When the historic cottonwoods shading Craig City Park began to deteriorate several years ago, the Craig Parks and Recreation Department decided to leave the tree stumps for local artists to decorate with elaborate carvings.

Steamboat artist, sculptor dies

Richardella, 30, produced kayaker Rich Weiss sculpture

Tyler Mark Richardella, a Steamboat Springs artist and sculptor, died Tuesday at University Hospital in Denver. He was 30.

A retail renaissance

Chief economist convinced downtown's future is bright

Wealthy baby boomers with an appetite for quality food could be the key to filling Steamboat Springs' burgeoning downtown commercial district, Carl Steidtmann said Thursday.

A voice for smaller schools

Poole named League of Charter Schools board member

Colleen Poole's voice is now louder.

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Northwest Colorado offers variety for hunters

Northwest Colorado has been described as a hunters' paradise.

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Fish Creek Falls a sight to see

One of the most popular hiking spots in the area is accessible off Steamboat's main drag.

Hard hat art

Hard hats, banners mark Main Street's 'Downtown Renaissance'

Hard hats will safeguard the craniums of countless construction workers during this summer's building boom in downtown Steamboat Springs, but Tracy Barnett is concerned about keeping the creative juices flowing in the heads of the people who will pass the construction sites daily.

On Scene

Mud season at its best

No clowning around

Scott Parker to perform grand finale with We're Not Clowns

We're Not Clowns will perform a juggling act of its own as the group works to find a replacement for Scott Parker.

Bluegrass and beyond

Head for the Hills takes pickin' to new places

This ain't no ordinary pickin' band.

Allison Plean: Fade in

The first thing my professor asked me in the first film class I took in college was: "Which actress would play you in a movie about yourself?"

Mount Werner a home to summer leisure

Sipping martinis while watching the sun set is among the many ways to enjoy the summer at Mount Werner.

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Rodeo a key part of Steamboat heritage

Longtime rodeo personality John Shipley understands that the sport of rodeo continues to evolve each year, but the president of the board of directors of the Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series remains grounded in its roots.

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Tubing the Yampa River

A great way to spend a summer afternoon

Inner tubes dot the Yampa River nearly all summer, and if you have never jumped in to try tubing, now is your chance.

Good year for whitewater rafting

The good news for whitewater rafters in Northwest Colorado this summer is that giant Dillon Reservoir filled early, ensuring water releases that should help keep the upper Colorado River south of Steamboat Springs interesting all summer.

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Hop on a bike and see Northwest Colorado

From racing to leisure, plenty of bikes to go around

Biking - be it on a paved road or a mountain trail - is one of the most popular recreation activities in Northwest Colorado.

Art in the Park brings visitors from all over

Like many local Steamboat Springs events, Art in the Park grew from meager beginnings to now attracting more than 100 national artisans.

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An area guide to biking

Continental Divide: Gives bikers the option of spending the day or a few days on the trail. Get a break from the crowds at the more popular rides, but remember that bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas.

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Hiking in Northwest Colorado

It's not just a walk in the woods

Hiking opportunities abound in Northwest Colorado. Besides the miles of trails and acres of open public lands to be explored, hikers can find an exciting range of wilderness environments - including Alpine tundra, rivers and creeks, lush forests and desert canyons.

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Kayakers love the Yampa

Every summer, people feel free to learn to kayak on the last free-flowing river in the Colorado River drainage.

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A camping destination

Whether you prefer to car camp or backpack into a remote location, there are lots of choices for recreational visits to the Routt National Forest.

Bicycle Tour back in 'Boat

Routt County to be start, finish of 418-mile loop

Kent Powell likes to think of the Bicycle Tour of Colorado as "just a little, hardcore tour."

World's top paddlers converge in Steamboat for Pro Invitational

Paddling Life magazine publisher Eugene Buchanan was testing the waters last year when he brought the first annual Pro Invitational to Steamboat Springs. The event includes a unique dual-discipline format that favors the top kayakers who can grease a creek line in the morning and then throw huge wave tricks in the afternoon.

Rancher on road to recovery

Hayden's Avis Funk, 89, healing up at Sandrock center

Longtime Hayden rancher Avis Funk is recovering at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig from an injury she sustained while working on her ranch last month.

Seminar at CMC geared toward entrepreneurs

Ambitious entrepreneurs can learn from the experts during a workshop in Steamboat Springs next month.

Soroco ready for Saturday graduation

When Soroco senior class president Toni Lombardi walks across the high school gym Saturday to accept her diploma, she'll be saying goodbye to 38 brothers and sisters.

The Record for May 23

Wednesday, May 23

Briefs for May 25

Totally Kids offers summer activities for youths

Dr. Dudley receives award

Local physician honored with Walking Stick

Dr. James Dudley, a family physician who has practiced in Steamboat Springs since 1980, is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Physician High Plains Walking Stick Award.

Campground space sparse for holiday weekend

Area campgrounds are filling up quickly for Memorial Day weekend, but spots still exist at several local sites.

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Routt County plans tributes for Memorial Day

Holiday a reminder that 'freedom isn't free'

A variety of Memorial Day ceremonies throughout Routt County will pay tribute Monday to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Babcock: Spring best time to fertilize perennials

The gardening catalogs that we pour over this time of year often show the plants at their peak bloom, bursting with lush foliage and vibrant colors. To replicate that look once the plants are settled into your garden, you'll probably need to fertilize them.

Hayden Cog Run proves sucessful

With three races, beautiful weather and a ton of prizes, the Hayden Cog Run proved to be a hit once again.

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A musical message

Anna Roder, 15, puts violin ability on display

Anna Roder doesn't remember the first time she picked up a violin. She also doesn't remember living without it.

Happy Hours

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Calamity Jane's Where: 107 Moffat Ave., Oak Creek When: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday Special: Appetizer specials and 50 cents off draft beers

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Filling the sky with balloons

For two days this summer, scores of hot air balloons will not only fill the skies above Steamboat Springs with a rainbow of color - the balloons will also splash reflections of color onto water below.

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Botanic Park is a hidden gem

In the middle of Steamboat Springs, there is a 6-acre oasis known as the Yampa River Botanic Park. This city park hosts 40 gardens, 500 trees and many species of wildlife.

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Racing offered at Hayden Speedway

Tucked into the hills and just two miles south of Hayden on Lincoln Avenue sits the Hayden Speedway.

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Dirt-biking is an adrenaline surge

Dirt biking and Northwest Colorado are a natural pair. Feeling the gust of wind blow through your hair is a great way to relax and get a surge of adrenaline.

Thursday, May 24

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse hosts fourth annual Invitational

Steamboat's growing youth boys lacrosse teams may be at a geographical disadvantage when it comes to the Front Range's spring leagues.

Scott Stanford: Cancer takes its toll suddenly, quickly

My 64-year-old mother starts chemotherapy today to treat sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue that started in her thigh but has spread to her lungs and abdomen.

Exit strategy debated

Developers ask for protection from uncertain market

A policy supported by local developers could "defeat the whole purpose" of the city's affordable housing efforts, a city official said Tuesday night.

Briefs for May 24

Show us your ink

Do you have a tattoo and want to show it off? 4 Points is looking for anyone interested in having a picture of their ink featured in an upcoming edition of the weekly arts and entertainment section.

Click It or Ticket campaign has proven success in Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is again participating in a nationwide program that encourages drivers to buckle up.

'Pinocchio' opens tonight

Steamboat Springs Middle School production student-run

From the acting and set design to the running crew and the drawings in the program, the Steamboat Springs Middle School's performance of "Pinocchio" features a common thread.

Oak Creek asked to take position on trans-basin projects

The Oak Creek Town Board tonight will learn about proposals that could drastically alter future water use across Colorado.

The Record for May 22

The Record for May 22

Hayden's first American Legion baseball team opens up play

There were times it seemed like Hayden wouldn't have a baseball team for players older than 13.

Youth tennis championship scheduled for weekend

The best of the state's best youth tennis players are starting make the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs a bit of home away from home.

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Street vendors not likely

Despite demand, downtown food wagons face long permit process

It's a thought many probably have had while noticing all the construction downtown: "Man, a taco stand or hot dog cart on Lincoln Avenue would rake in the cash!"

Spellers the bee's knees

Channing Conner wins Strawberry Park competition

The inspiration for Wednesday's spelling bee at Strawberry Park Elementary School came from a movie.

Wednesday, May 23

Youth soccer teams start seasons with championships

It had been a long three years for the girls on Steamboat Springs' U-14 youth soccer team - they always returned home from the Grand Mesa Invitational without the top results they wanted.

'The Soldier's Tale' performed flawlessly

Soldier's pay is death, and as of Sept. 28, 1918, when "The Soldier's Tale" premiered, a great many had been cashiered in the not-so-great Great War. The carnage in Western Europe was finally put on hold by the influenza pandemic, though the slaughter continued in Russia in the form of the Revolution, a good reason for Igor Stravinsky to be in Switzerland at that time.

Christian Heritage seniors look toward future

With just nine graduates, the Christian Heritage School took the time Tuesday night to honor each senior, adding a personal touch through prayers, a multimedia presentation and speeches.

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Steamboat Springs Middle School's Barbier named Teacher of the Year

Ben Barbier didn't want to be a teacher when he grew up. It wasn't until he started coaching at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that he developed a rapport with teenagers.

Hayden students diving into politics

Seven Hayden youths will get hands-on experience about how government functions during the weeklong Boys State and Colorado Columbine Girls State conferences next month.

Our View: Reform is close at hand

The compromise immigration reform legislation before the U.S. Senate is key to our nation, our state and our community.

Local cyclist hits the pavement to raise funds for multiple sclerosis

Getting ready for the ride is the easy part. Making a difference is the important part.

Jon Halverson: Working together

I want to express my deep appreciation to Ken Brenner, Paul Strong, Steve Ivancie and Tony Lettunich for their recent statements recognizing the positive working relationship between Mt. Werner Water and Sanitation District and the city of Steamboat Springs. Credit belongs to them and many other city officials for making that possible.

Bill Wallace: Sustainability issues

As a Green Team member, I'm saddened but not surprised to learn that in the Steamboat Pilot & Today's view, the sustainability coordinator position isn't needed. Saddened because the Pilot & Today apparently did not understand our recommendation; not surprised because, in retrospect, we didn't do a good job of selling.

Mike Lawrence: No, I'm not on a cell phone

Stuttering can be a tricky disorder

There's an old media joke that says less-than-attractive people have "a face for radio." Along that same line, it's fair to say that I have a voice for print reporting.

The Record for May 21

1:33 a.m. A man reported a suspicious vehicle in the 2100 block of Curve Plaza. Everything was fine.

Briefs for May 24

Hayden Middle School "People to People World Leadership" participants would like to remind everyone who ordered flowers that they will be available for pick up from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday in the middle school parking lot. There also will be extra flowers for those who didn't pre-order but still would like to buy some. Call 276-3090 or 276-3532.

Housing ordinance could be adopted June 5

City officials could adopt a controversial affordable housing ordinance as soon as June 5, after taking a major step forward with the ordinance Tuesday night.

Memorial Day tributes planned throughout Routt County

A variety of Memorial Day ceremonies throughout Routt County will pay tribute Monday to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Tuesday, May 22

The Record for May 20

12:30 a.m. A person reported a drunken pedestrian near Seventh and Pine streets. The person was taken to detox.

Concerts highlight progress

The annual Spring Concert is supposed to represent one year of musical progress, and it doesn't take more than a glance at the program for tonight's Steamboat Springs Middle School band concert and Wednesday's Steamboat Springs High School band concert to be impressed.

Experts prepare for new economy

When it comes to growth, Colorado demographics expert Jim Westkott says resort communities like Steamboat Springs have seen only the tip of the iceberg.

Man hurt in rollover accident

A local teenager was listed in serious condition Monday at a Denver hospital after being ejected from the pickup he was driving early Sunday morning in rural Routt County.

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Steamboat student honored

Stoddard recognized for state, national success in math

Plain and simple, Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Charlie Stoddard is a mathematics wiz.

Group claims 600 signatures

School Board says e-mail investigation still 'ongoing'

A group seeking to recall Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis has gathered about one-quarter of the 2,300 petition signatures it aims to collect.

Tom Ross: Graphite fly rods deliver a stinging warning at Steamboat Lake

The closest I came to a fish at Steamboat Lake on Saturday night was the beer-battered cod at the White Bison Pub.

Red flag warning raised

Early season fire signs could be harbinger of things to come

Routt County was put under a "red flag" fire warning Monday - a full month before the official start of summer and an ominous sign for what is shaping up to be a dry, long wildfire season.

Monday, May 21

Hayden coach begins football camp

What could be the beginning of something big begins today at the Hayden High School.

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Hayden graduates earn more than $224,000 in scholarships

Hayden High School's Class of 2007 already is well on its way to financial success.

New location found for seniors

High Point facility proposed for Council on Aging

A temporary home has likely been found for the Routt County Council on Aging.

Manage asthma to breathe easier

What do you call a health threat that results in two million annual visits to hospital emergency departments and costs Americans $14 billion a year?

Chat with Sandy Evans Hall

Sandy Evans Hall, the executive vice president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, sat down for a chat Friday with steamboatpilot.com. Below is a transcript of that chat.

VNA Companion Care program eases daily burdens, keeps clients independent

When Carol O'Hare planned to have her knee replaced, she knew her active and independent lifestyle would be on hold - at least during her initial recovery, when she wouldn't be able to walk or drive.

Young musicians showcased at Battle of the Bands

Actual lighters, not just cell phones, burned Saturday night as the audience swayed to Power Planet's nostalgic rendition of "Stairway to Heaven." Reoccurring mosh pits sprung up throughout the dance floor during Man vs. Pillow's set, despite security's best efforts. The 2007 Battle of the Bands showcased young musicians, giving high school students a chance to perform for their peers.

The Record for May 19

12:01 a.m. During a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 40, a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer arrested a 25-year-old Texas man on suspicion of misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and weaving.

Luke Graham: Bruner's brewing something

Maybe the most striking thing about the state track meet in Pueblo on Friday and Saturday, was the Soroco boys 3,200-meter relay teams reaction after their event.

Sunday, May 20

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Law enforcement agencies struggle to recruit, retain officers

Like teachers, reporters, grocery store checkers, taxi cab drivers and bar tenders, law enforcement officers often struggle to live and work in the resort communities they are sworn to serve and protect.

Irene Nelson: Untimely demise

Another untimely demise of a landmark ...

Hill's hopes see tough end at state track

Matt Hill is not one for chit-chatting after one of his races. The Steamboat Springs distance runner has only one thing on his mind - hydration.

Class notes for May 20

Four Lowell Whiteman Primary School students spent April participating in the school's pilot program, the Community Service Project. Emily Gold, Sean Kuusinen, Shelby Reed and Alex Gibbs volunteered 30 hours a week at area nonprofit organizations and/or government agencies. Emily worked for Yampatika; Sean worked with the Colorado Division of Wildlife; Shelby worked with Lowell Whiteman Primary School; and Alex paired up with Partners in Routt County. The project concluded with a public presentation about what they learned about each organization's contribution to Steamboat.

Nine close-knit Christian Heritage graduates found it necessary to one-up anyone

Christian Heritage School teacher Mary Ann Cutter was surprised to learn the 2007 graduates of Christian Heritage were scattering around the country after high school.

Seniors take next step, graduate today

Just because Hayden High School has a small senior class of 32 graduating seniors, it does not mean they are all best friends.

Lynette Weaver: Green on hold?

What a lost opportunity. Our City Council still does not get the message. OK, so the "Green Team" didn't go through the right channels and didn't have the right timing, but the team sure made an impression/awareness on the rest of us residing in Steamboat Springs.

Bill Wallace: Micromanagement

I attended the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting last Tuesday and really learned a lot. No kidding! I arrived at about 5:45 p.m. to show my support for our Green Team's recommendation to the city to create a staff position. As it turned out, our agenda item didn't come up until well after 8 p.m.

Business File for May 20

Moose Mountain ad recognized in magazine

Why replace the heads of models with those of moose? Because it's funny.

Conservative commentary: See, we told you so

Thanks to Lynn Abbott for her letter "For the Common Good" that appeared in the Pilot & Today on May 13. The conservative editorial series that began three Sundays ago is written to illustrate the difference in thought between conservatives and liberals. Abbott's letter is a good example of the differences we've tried to explain.

Dave Shively: See and saw

There's just something cool about boating with a chainsaw.

Raising state standards

Changes to Colorado admissions process near

High school graduates with aspirations of enrolling in select Colorado universities and colleges will find the admission process more difficult.

Jimmy Westlake: What we don't see

I've been an astronomer for so long that it's hard to remember a time when I looked up at the night sky and was totally lost. I was about 12 years old when I had an epiphany one night while looking up at the stars.

Store owner aims to be social stop for fellow musicians

Walk into the First String Music store and you might catch owner Steve Boynton playing a rendition of "Dueling Banjos."

Routt County Spotlight: Kyleigh DeMicco

Occupation: Administrative assistant for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association

Todd Hagenbuch: A conversation we need to have

We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world. We also spend less of our income on food than anyone else in the world. As discussion of the 2007 Farm Bill moves forward, I hear grumblings about "farm subsidies."

The Record for May 19

Saturday, May 19

Denise Connelly: Article inaccuracies

There are several inaccuracies in your Friday, May 11, article and Wednesday, May 16, editorial:

Best of the Web for May 20

Best of the Web for May 20

Murray Tucker: Financing health

My mother-in-law loves insurance agents, and they love her. They offer relief from the hassle of deductibles and coinsurance that is most appealing to an 86-year-old. But the hassle-free life is brief. Soon she hears, "We don't cover that," or "your doctor did not provide one of our diagnostic codes," aggravation and an unhealthy rise in her blood pressure follow. Can we eliminate this conundrum that constantly repeats itself?

Looking Back for May 20

Musicians from other towns aided program

From the May 20, 1932 issue of The Steamboat Pilot

Alpiner Lodge under contract

Property values in downtown Steamboat Springs continue to climb

A downtown Steamboat Springs motel that sold for $2.2 million just 14 months ago went back on the market late this winter for $3.5 million and already is under contract.

Cell phones of 2DAY R GR8

TXT MSG is used by everyone BC it's EZ

The cell phone has become the Swiss Army knife of communication in our techno-society, and style sometimes trumps function.

Joanne Palmer: Rest for the weary

The problem with living in a Colorado ski town is that most everyone is a jock, thinks they're a jock or tries to be a jock. Women have buns of steel, bulging biceps and zero body fat. Men come shrink-wrapped in little black lyrca pants, shave their legs and are obsessed with biking uphill. People around here like to sweat, except, alas, for me. Sometimes I just like to sit down and do nothing.

Keeping old places new

House restoration highlights preservation efforts

One of the most amazing things about Mark Shillingburg's Old Town house is it never went up in flames.

Local team's endurance race victory highlights popularity of fixed-time races

Mike Hlavacek ran into the relay station at about five after 8 a.m. May 13, giving teammate Jenna Gruben the chance for one final lap on the torrid 4.6-mile loop outside of Moab, Utah.

Real Estate Transactions for May 9 to 15

Real Estate Transactions for May 9 to 15

Emphasis on the arts

South Routt Elementary School holds Spring Art Show

The South Routt Elementary School's Spring Art Show on Thursday served as a reminder that parents think art education is an essential part of school.

Our View: Sustainability doesn't need a coordinator

Steamboat Springs City Manager Alan Lanning is absolutely right - now is not the time to add an $80,000 to $100,000 "sustainability coordinator" to city staff.

Rams' relays place

Boys come in 11th; girls, 8th

David Roberts and Johnny DeCosta know success isn't always defined by winning.

John F. Russell: Loyalty takes a back seat

If you're born in Denver, you are supposed to be a Broncos fan.

Saturday, May 19

Cabaret's message: The times are a changin'

Spring officially began in Steamboat Springs on Thursday night when music's always-universal language spoke to a full house at the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater.

The Record for May 17

3:16 a.m. A man reported loud noise in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Frontage.

Tom Ross: Name your favorite summer snowdrift

Only in the Rocky Mountain states are snowdrifts worthy of semi-formal names.

Area briefs for May 19

Nightwalker Enterprises is collecting donated household items and clothing for delivery to Native American families living on reservations.

Steamboat track and field athletes fall shy of podium at state

The practice throws were a cinch. Steamboat Springs discus thrower Westin Cofer was hurling his best distances of the year, pushing the 160-foot mark and hoping to break a new school record.

Hayden places one, fails to qualify others at state track meet

Emily Whiteman got everything she wanted from her final high school shot put throw except for four inches.

Bike-friendly initiative rolls forward, expands to county

Efforts to improve road conditions for cyclists are expanding beyond city limits.

Price pinch hurts all over

High gas and diesel prices have hit motorists at the pump, but the rising cost of fuel also is being felt elsewhere.

Study intended to plan economic future of Steamboat

Steamboat Springs has to spend money to make money, city officials said this week.

Steamboat Springs Orchestra presents Russian 'fusion piece'

Russians never write happy endings, said Ernest Richardson, the musical director of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra.

Record-breaking day for Soroco runners

Rams relay team sets new school record despite losing last year's seniors

Losing three seniors from last year was supposed to hurt the Soroco track and field girls relay teams. Instead, with three new members and an old staple, those three seniors will have to move out of the record books to make room for the 2007 version of the Soroco Rams.

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Oak Creek Sinclair station closed indefinitely

An empty gas tank in Oak Creek means South Routt motorists and convenience store shoppers are out of luck.

Friday, May 18

Hayden relays looking to make waves at state

Hayden track and field coach Kevin Kleckler knows the state meet in Pueblo will field one of the deepest and best groups of 400- and 800-meter relay teams in years.

On Scene: A precision premarital ritual

The days of bringing brides-to-be pies and gifts are gone. Now you need an Excel spreadsheet and five months of e-mail planning among 10 women who are capable of keeping every plan a secret from the bride.

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'Mad House' to come down

A small piece of U.S. Forest Service history will be erased from the landscape this summer when the old Mad Creek Guard Station is demolished.

Teen bands confident about performance

The four members of the teenage punk rock band and Battle of the Bands contender allieappleoponess still hadn't had a full-band rehearsal as of Tuesday.

The Record for May 16

12:19 a.m. Police arrested a man in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue for drunken driving.

Swimmers slash time during 4A meet

As the level of competition rose Thursday at the 4A state championships swim meet in Fort Collins, the times for Moffat County High School boys swim team seemed to drop.

Capital concern boils over

South Routt has $2.5-million boiler replacement issue on its hands

During Wednesday's School Board meeting, South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed told board members the coal-fired boilers at the Soroco secondary campus in Oak Creek and at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa need replacing - to the tune of about $2.5 million.

Yampatika offers slew of camps

Nonprofit expands summer programs for kids

This summer, Yampatika is extending its programs to include children ages 3 to 11. The camps are designed to foster a connection between youths and their natural environment in Northwest Colorado.

Happy Hours for May 18

Happy hour specials.

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Leaving his mark

Tattoo artist interprets an ancient art form

Tattoo artist Brad Cramer would rather get a tattoo than go to the dentist.

Allison Plean: I'm going off the record

I can still picture my two best friends in my U-Haul's rearview mirror - running down the street crying and waving - when I traded North Carolina for Colorado.

Deb Babcock: The ongoing war against Whitetop

In the war against Whitetop (Lepidium draba), Routt County is fighting an uphill battle. This non-native creeping perennial mustard plant displaces our native plant communities, disrupts wildlife habitat and is toxic to grazing cattle.

Steamboat seniors ready for last crack at state titles and school records

Matt Hill and Westin Cofer were the first to arrive at track practice Wednesday.

Far from the ranch

Local horse trainer competes for $50,000 on national TV

Jason Patrick laughed so hard that his face hurt during the filming of the TV show "America's Top Cowboy." Patrick, a Routt County resident, was a competitor on the show that will air at 7 p.m. Saturday on Country Music Television.

Veterans clinic coming to Craig

Veterans from Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties will soon have a state-of-the-art way to get health care.

Melt opens up forests, campgrounds

Routt County's warm and dry spring weather is bringing an early start to the camping and hiking seasons.

Briefs for May 18

Steamboat Mental Health has been selected as the recipient for funds raised from this year's sixth annual Soup Bowl Supper.

Highway Clean Up Day needs volunteers

On Saturday, whoever finds the strangest piece of trash will win a prize during the Yampa Valley Highway Clean Up Day event sponsored by the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Thursday, May 17

Scientist places blame on Front Range pollution

A haze that has settled over the Steamboat Springs area has some people scratching their heads, but one local scientist thinks pollution from the Front Range could be the culprit.

Yampatika hosts eighth annual Wild Edible Feast on Friday

Yampatika found the perfect fit when seeking a fundraiser that would be both unique and environmentally oriented.

Scott Stanford: Scattershooting after Day of Caring

I spent Friday cleaning up the Moonhill Schoolhouse in North Routt County with other managers at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. We scrubbed down the building and moved a pile of bark mulch from the schoolhouse to the new North Routt Community Preschool.

Board to approve calendar tonight

Hayden School Board has two options to choose from on agenda

Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes doesn't expect the School Board to spend much time discussing the two school calendar options before approving one tonight.

Soroco's Lombardi sisters take run at state titles

There's a reason Soroco track and field coach David Bruner has Toni Lombardi as the starting leg on the three relays the Rams will run at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships.

The Record for May 15

12:26 a.m. A woman reported two intoxicated men were being loud at hot tubs in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza. Police could not find the men.

Ritter, Northeast Colorado celebrate new crop in Logan County: wind

Logan County's agricultural community is rebounding from years of drought, thanks to a new kind of crop - wind.

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Volunteers of all ages

Day of Caring brings out more than 220 volunteers

Wednesday's 11th annual Day of Caring brought people from all walks of life together.

Steamboat's Worsley, Steitz look to make waves at state meet

Cole Worsley and Kyle Steitz knew one another last year, but they never imagined they'd be teamed up on a couple of relay teams competing for a state title.

Area briefs for May 17

The Cancer Education Support Group sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association will not meet this month.

Wednesday, May 16

Local Special Olympics swimmers head to state

When asked how she plans to spend the next two weeks preparing for the 2007 Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games, June 2 and 3 in Greeley, Jaimee Sexton has one emphatic answer.

City to consider sustainability hire in '08 budget

Now is not the time to add a new environmental position to city staff, city officials said Tuesday.

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Spring ahead of schedule

Yampa River nearing peak; wildfire season may be close behind

Mark Cahur is concerned he won't have much free time this summer. Although the current fire danger in the Routt National Forest is low, early season signs point to a ripe fire season.

Mike Lawrence: Hit by a sledgehammer

Secretary of state talks straight about tough lesson

When I asked Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman if he wanted to talk about a recent scandal involving one of his staff members, I expected the conversation to last about five seconds.

Hayden eyeing Boys & Girls Club

A few months ago, Hayden resident John Shaw watched as several packed school buses unloaded kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

South Routt School Board talks Early Learning

Meeting is tonight instead of Thursday

During tonight's South Routt School Board meeting, South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed will ask board members to take the next step in the construction of a new South Routt Early Learning Center.

Craig residents hit the pavement for MS

Krista Schenck participated in her first MS Walk four years ago to support a co-worker with multiple sclerosis.

Our View: Discussion needed on Breathalyzer issue

The Steamboat Springs School Board should hold a public discussion about whether random Breathalyzer testing is appropriate for school-related events.

Trail and Town Challenge considerations for early mountain bike season

Gretchen Sehler has been involved in helping organize the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series for 13 of its 18 years of existence.

Bob Havice: No needless killing

Your article on May 9 concerning "Rattlesnake Ron" was disturbing. Every "real" cowboy I have had the privilege of knowing would never kill anything needlessly, especially a rattlesnake.

Hayleigh Aurin: Sad about MacHale

I am writing for the students at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Plenty of the kids at our school are very sad that our great principal, Mark MacHale, is leaving us for a new job.

Steamboat boy's friends recover stolen bike after seeing it in town

The recent theft of an 11-year-old's bike serves as a reminder that not locking up could leave you bikeless.

Jake Schwan: Replace road signs

I live on Jack Creek Road, which is off County Road 14 northeast of the Stetson Ranch.

Area briefs for May 16

Area briefs for Wednesday, May 16, 2007.

The Record for May 14

1:32 a.m. Police responded to a report of domestic violence. A couple was having an argument, and the woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Tuesday, May 15

Steamboat swimmers compete with Moffat County team at state

Kyle Steitz and Cole Worsley of Steamboat Springs will be among seven swimmers representing the Moffat County swim team this week at the Class 4A state swimming championships in Fort Collins.

Craig club names new director

Regis University administrator to take helm next month

Working within education or a related field. Being in a small-town environment. Making an impact on Generation Next.

The Record for May 13

1:16 a.m. Police responded to a report of people yelling outside a bar in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everyone was fine.

Briefs for May 15

Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ is seeking a pianist to accompany the choir and to fill in for Sunday services as needed. Call Julie at 276-2027 or the church at 276-3510 for more information.

CMC searches for new president

Robert Spuhler's retirement effective June 2008

For the first time in nearly five years, Colorado Mountain College is searching for a new president.

Steamboat resident honored for book

Sureva Towler misses the days when a cowgirl could ride her horse into the bar of the El Rancho in downtown Steamboat Springs and order a couple of beers - one for herself and the other for the horse.

Middle school art club paints mural at LIFT-UP

Pam Graham stared at the light brown walls at the new LIFT-UP of Routt County building thinking they needed a little color.

Triple Crown, housing and water issues on council agenda

City officials tonight will discuss whether a regional sports complex would be a home run in Hayden.

Tom Ross: Ranch hands in short pants prove invaluable

I never thought I'd live to see working cowboys in short pants. But I have to admit, those fellas with the hairy legs knew their business.

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Taylor and White divided about education tax law

Al White supports a new tax law that will boost local funding for school districts across Colorado even though that position places him at odds with many in his Republican Party.

Monday, May 14

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Brent Boyer 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 efforts to find a new Strawberry Park Elementary School principal; a $3.1 million gift to the Steamboat School District: and local high school athletes qualify to compete at upcoming State track meets.

The Record for May 12

12:48 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported on Ski Time Square Drive. Police said the individual was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center for detoxification.

Briefs for May 14

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation's Employee Environmental Fund annually awards grants to support charitable projects that benefit environmental issues in the Yampa Valley. Funds may be requested for nonprofit purposes contributing to improvement or development of environmental projects, programs or facilities.

Annual Mother Daughter Day event nurtures relationships

Fifth-grader Tari "Taritots" Weekslynn wanted to know why she won't be allowed to wear spaghetti-strap shirts to middle school this fall.

Education Fund Board gifts $3 million

Small-class size and changes in district technology warrant substantial gifts

The Education Fund Board has approved the gifting of more than $3 million to help the Steamboat Springs School District preserve small-class size and to revamp its aging technology system.

Monday Medical: New hip surgery available

There is new hope for people who have chronic hip pain caused by a pinching or impingement within the joint. Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is now being performed at Yampa Valley Medical Center to alleviate this problem.

Kerry Hart: Weighing in on the arts controversy

It appears by recent activities and discussion that both the community and the Steamboat Springs School District are interested in exploring ideas to enhance the arts experience for students in Steamboat. I thought I would devote this commentary to offering a third perspective - as the campus dean of Colorado Mountain College and one who helped write the current music standards for the Colorado public schools during the 1990s.

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Strawberry Park searches for principal replacement

The search to find Strawberry Park Elementary School's new principal has begun. Mark MacHale's resignation last week created an administrative vacancy at one of the Steamboat Springs School District's highest performing schools, and making sure a strong leadership team of principals is in place to guide district schools "is critical," Steamboat Springs Superintendent Donna Howell said.

Wellness Wednesdays keep minds, bodies busy

Nina Lawton carefully shades areas on her paper, looking up to study the bench on the table in front of her.

Sunday, May 13

Hayden's Walker a winner

There aren't too many sprint races in the world that a walker can win.

Hutson's 400 finish highlights finals

Steamboat sprinter Tyler Hutson joked that a little bit of his skin probably was still left on the Stocker Stadium finish line after a rough tumble at Friday's 200-meter preliminary dash of the Class 4A Regional Track and Field Championships.

Best of the Web for May 13

You mean to tell me that the current city employees can't be directed by city council (if that is what the community wants) to make "green" decisions without having to waste $80,000 on a new position?!

Soroco relay squads dig deep; four of five qualify for state

Soroco runner Johnny DeCosta chose his words wisely before the final day of competition at the Regional Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Grand Junction.

Sailors struggle on final day

It was difficult to tell whether the tears in Breanne Murray's eyes after Saturday's final round were brought on by her championship match loss or the realization that her high school tennis career was finished.

Our View: Good riddance, good work

The photograph that ran on the front page of the Steamboat Pilot & Today on May 6 was one of symbolic importance for residents who have waited years for changes to the commercial district at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Dave Shively: End of the canyon

The cool mud penetrates the space between my toes, and the sun cooks barren shoulders as I begin soaking in the canyon.

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One in a Vermillion

World-class wilderness resources in basin subject to change

Shrieks from the peregrine falcons echo off the vertical canyon walls climbing 600 feet up from the creek bed. It's immediately apparent how far you are from civilization.

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New alternative school looks ahead

Program nears end of its first year

Cole Breland is an artist, and he has no problems painting a picture of what would have happened had he remained at Steamboat Springs High School.

Real estate transactions for May 3-8.

Real estate transactions for May 3-8.

Whiteman students take annual foreign trip

Don't be fooled. Although Peru, Bolivia, Russia, Vietnam and South Africa could be attractive vacation destinations, the Lowell Whiteman School students who spent nearly four weeks in those locations did anything but relax.

Lynn Abbott: For the common good

I would like to begin by thanking Rick Akin for his discussion of "What Makes a Conservative" in the Steamboat Pilot & Today several weeks ago. I have no intention of defining what makes a "liberal" or a "progressive"; we come in many shades. However, Rick's column did spur me to join this discussion - a discussion that is valuable for our community and one in which I hope many people will participate.

Joanne Palmer: Lemonade

"Like lemonade!"

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A place to call home

Business leaders stress need for affordable housing

A 27-year-old severe needs teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary School, Anne Davidson has always been a renter. That changed April 19, when she closed on the purchase of one of the last available condominiums at Fox Creek Village, a Hilltop Parkway development built by the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Wadhams recharging GOP

State Republican chairman fires up Lincoln Day Dinner crowd

Speaking to Routt County Republicans at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant on Saturday night, Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams touted Fort Collins Republican Bob Schaffer, a former congressman, as the GOP candidate for the seat currently held by Republican Sen. Wayne Allard of Loveland.

Luxuriously green

Marabou strives to show multi-million dollar homes can be sustainable

The log rail fence stretching along the hay and wheat fields on County Road 42 is brand new, but it already has been modified. It was too tall to allow elk to cross it during their seasonal migrations.

Increasing number of children assuming healthcare responsibilities for parents

A vase of lavender tulips sits on a table to the right of Marie Bowes' recliner. To Marie's left is a picture window overlooking a giant meadow turned green with the change of seasons. Snow still covers the mountain peaks that tower above the meadow.

Mike Johnson: The entire story

Here is a simple fact to consider: When school boards give a directive to a superintendent, it must be done in a public meeting. A directive cannot be given to a superintendent in executive session - secret session, as the Pilot & Today likes to say.

The Record for May 11

4:20 a.m. A 38-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested on Colorado Highway 131 near Routt County Road 22 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

Costshare available to improve wildlife habitat

The Colorado River Salinity Forum, in partnership with Conservation Districts, will make funds available to landowners for wildlife habitat improvement projects in western Colorado. This 75 percent cost share opportunity is available to state and local governments as well as private landowners.

Green companies enlist carbon-conscious consumers in the cause

It's a dicey fact of the eco tourism business that anyone who jumps on a plane for the long flight to Ecuador to visit the Galapagos Islands has just contributed a few tons of greenhouse gases to global climate change. Eco tourism, anyone?

Soroco students beautify Oak Creek for AmeriCorps Youth Service Day

Lottie Turon has spent her fair share of time balancing on a ladder to paint houses, but Tuesday was the first time the Oak Creek resident had four young helpers to aid in the task.

Jimmy Westlake: The planetary superhighway

Our solar system is flat, like a pancake. That is to say, the planets orbit the sun in nearly the same plane, like marbles rolling around on the floor. And, all of the planets move in the same direction around the sun - counterclockwise as viewed from above the Earth's North Pole. The moon, too, orbits the Earth in nearly the same plane that the planets orbit the sun and in the same direction.

Education briefs for May 13

Steamboat Springs resident Emma Simmins received an award for academic excellence from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for the award.

Routt County Spotlight: Diane Davis

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

Gary Hofmeister: Conservatives think twice

Lots of truth here. The caveat is daily demonstrable by realizing how easily TV manipulates our feelings through images of emotional scenes they want us to see and internalize. Indeed, it is nearly impossible not to be swayed by such visuals. That they might not be giving you the whole truth is usually considered nit-picking and/or irrelevant.

Jail Report for May 5 to 11

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.

John Russell: Being a parent isn't so easy

It would be easy to think that the most difficult thing to do this weekend at Pueblo City Park was winning a state tennis title.

Saturday, May 12

The Record for May 10

Thursday, May 10

Steamboat athletes go the distance

Five track team members qualify for state on day one of regionals

If you give Westin Cofer an inch, he'll take a whole foot.

Tom Ross: Why blame the snake for a spooky horse?

It wasn't the rattler that broke Ron Knaack's hip - it was the dang jug-headed horse.

Steamboat senior making most of her final shot at state title

Steamboat Springs senior Breanne Murray is making the most of her last shot.

Soroco squad posts solid finishes

As the only guys throwing for the Soroco track and field team, Matt Watwood and Dennis Morgan have developed a peculiar competitive relationship.

Curtiss receives Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year award

While Soda Creek Elementary School teachers and staff were honored all week during "Staff Appreciation Week," one special teacher received an honor Friday she wasn't expecting.

School Board to announce Teacher of the Year by end of month

The Steamboat Springs School Board will name its Teacher of the Year before the end of the month.

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City to consider hiring full-time sustainability coordinator

Gavin Malia thinks keeping Steamboat Springs environmentally sustainable should be a full-time job.

Housing Authority has funds waiting for homeowners

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has $3 million in grant funds available to local homeowners for mortgage credits.

Young actors look to future

When Bea Cole realized there weren't many opportunities for South Routt's child actors to perform, she started her own company to provide a stage for the young thespians.

Oak Creek discusses future range use

Police chief suggests opening shooting range to public

During her tenure as Oak Creek's police chief, Linda Koile has been asked by several residents about opening the town's shooting range to the public.

Preliminary successes highlight Hayden's regional track run

Hayden track coach Kevin Kleckler was pleased with his team's performance after day one at the Class 2A Regional Track and Field Championships, Friday in Grand Junction, but knows his athletes' top showings will surely be today.

Briefs for May 12

Toy guns taken from student in school bus

Friday, May 11

Mother Daughter Day Event offers a time for family education, bonding

Rebecca Duryea, a mother of four daughters, knows how hard it can be to talk to your children about certain issues. On Saturday, she will attend her third Mother Daughter Day with her daughter Amaris, and the two will hear professionals address some of those difficult subjects in a nonthreatening way.

Economic Summit urges taking steps to sustainability

Straw bale homes, which feature thick walls and high-performing insulation while allowing builders to save on material costs, were just one of the innovations on display at the Economic Summit 2007's Sustainability Expo.

Sailor veterans advance to semifinals

Lisa Floyd was relentless, Breanne Murray was driven, and Steamboat's No. 1 doubles team simply would not give up on the first day of the 2007 Colorado State High School Tennis Championships at Pueblo City Park.

Tigers hope to qualify as many as 15 for state

Hayden High School track and field coach Kevin Kleckler says this is what coaching is all about.

The Record for May 9

Wednesday May 9

Briefs for May 11

Volunteers needed to finish educational cabin

Paradigm Theater opens its stage to wordsmiths

Paul Bonnifield realizes there is no venue in Routt County that gives writers other than poets a platform to share their art.

Defense adviser to speak at Steamboat series

After flying Naval reconnaissance missions during the Cold War, working for the U.S. State Department at the United Nations and the CIA, and serving as a Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary in the first years of President Bush's administration, Peter Brookes has a wealth of foreign policy experience.

Board passes resolution on investigation

The Steamboat Springs School Board wants its internal e-mail investigation finished, and it took steps Thursday to try and make that happen.

Board nixed random tests

School officials were worried about legal issues

Concerns about the legality of randomly selecting students for Breathalyzer tests stopped the procedure from taking place at last weekend's Steamboat Springs High School prom.

Jane McLeod: Sage advice on growing culinary herbs

Growing herbs on a large or small scale is not difficult. Herbs are tolerant, tough and undemanding plants, but as with all living things, the more care and attention they receive, the better they flourish. Here are a few things to consider when growing vibrant herb plants:

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Meeting kicks off recall effort

Save Our Schools group hopes to gather 2,300 signatures

A group hoping to lead a successful recall of Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis began collecting petition signatures Thursday night after a meeting at Olympian Hall.

On Scene: Notes from around town

The odds were against Nick Marzano and I for hosting a three-piece-of-clothing Local Brigade event Friday night.

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include the recall effort of Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis; an attempt to perform breathalyzer tests on Steamboat students during prom: and Steamboat girls tennis players advance in the state tournament.

Allison Plean: Not the mirror image

One of the scariest things I could imagine doing was posing nude for a photographer. So I made a Tuesday night appointment with bodyscape artist and photographer Kim Keith, and then bought a bottle of wine.

Hard hats for humanity

Carpenter's Ball benefits affordable housing

Cathryn Marie slept on her couch for six years before becoming a homeowner last November.

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Beadazzle mom

Art gym offers beaded earring class for Mother's Day

Kate Huntington has come full circle at the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym. She has taken two beading classes and The Artists' Way Series, and consequently developed so much enthusiasm for beading that she is now teaching the Beaded Earrings for Beginners class Saturday.

Holden's homecoming

Transplanted band members return with new sound

Singer-songwriter Holden Young has taken his show on the road.

Happy hour and Mud Season specials

In addition to our regular happy hour column, during the spring we will keep a listing of food specials that restaurants offer for locals during mud season. We want to be as thorough as possible, so if we left you out, please contact Allison Plean at 871-4204 or e-mail aplean@steamboatpilot.com

Cabaret's a changin'

Annual production has smaller cast, shorter program, more singing

Kelly Anzalone said the seasoned cast of "Cabaret" doesn't need to rehearse for the production.

Tatto of the week: Lee Wolford

My tattoo is of an American eagle carrying the American flag. I got this tattoo in memory of all the Americans that lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. I had this tattoo done in June of 2002 at Karen's Tattoos in Rosamond, Calif.

Thursday, May 10

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines a dramtic increase in property valuations conducted by the Routt County Assessor's Office ; a look at Saturday's Routt County Republicans' annual Lincoln Day Dinner; and the Steamboat Springs and Soroco track teams head to Grand Junction this weekend for a regional track meet.

Rams look to send five relays to state

Soroco track and field coach David Bruner is understandably excited for Friday and Saturday's regional meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Sailors hope to increase number of track qualifiers for state

Steamboat Springs High School's track and field coaches know at least two Sailors will compete in the 4A state meet in Denver later this month.

The Record for May 8

12:02 a.m. Someone reportedly heard two girls skateboarding and screaming on Whistler Road.

Hayden students complete projects for school, town

Hayden Middle School students had few problems trading in their pens and pencils for wheelbarrows and paintbrushes Wednesday.

Briefs for May 10

Planning Commission continues housing review

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 5 p.m. today in Centennial Hall. The commission will continue its discussion and review of proposed revisions to the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance, which regulates how the city provides affordable housing. The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to continue its work on the ordinance May 15.

Big lineup for GOP event

Coffman, Wadhams headline Lincoln Day Dinner

There will be some big elephants in a room Saturday night in Steamboat Springs.

Oak Creek to address downtown commercial needs

The changing face of Oak Creek's Main Street is a topic some Oak Creek Town Board members are eager to address.

GRAMNET En Routt to new location

The deal was just too sweet to turn down, so Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team officials packed their bags this week and headed east.

Aspen Ski Co. fights climate change by changing minds

Auden Schendler managed a minor miracle at the Steamboat Grand on Wednesday night.

Scott Stanford: Prior review would damage credibility

I have received requests recently to allow the subjects of stories to read those stories prior to publication.

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Sticker shock

Property valuations increase dramatically during past two years

Property owners in Steamboat Springs are adapting to the news this month that valuation of their real estate for tax purposes has increased dramatically during the past two years. In some cases, property owners' building lots are more valuable than their houses.

Wednesday, May 9

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Alexis DeLaCruz of the Steamboat Pilot & Today provides the morning news, which airs on Steamboat Today between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Steamboat TV18. The top headlines include an investigation by the Steamboat Springs School Board; efforts to recall John DeVincentis from the School Board; and the Steamboat City Council considering options for a recreation center.

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TV18 Video: Student gallery opening

More than 200 pieces of artwork by Steamboat Springs High School students are being exhibited at the Depot Art Center through Sunday.

Recall petition to begin circulating

A group calling itself "Save Our Schools RE-2" will begin circulating petitions to recall Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis after an informational meeting Thursday night.

Ex-board members stay silent

Investigation into obtained DeVincentis e-mails continues

Former Steamboat Springs School Board members are wanted for questioning, but it is unlikely they will cooperate with an ongoing School Board investigation.

Mike Lawrence: Maybe I'll just walk

Cost of gas hitting record highs

Last weekend, I moved out of the little Old Town house I've called home since October 2005.

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Down to Ski Town, Howelsen

Council picks rec finalists; still chance for Old Town pools

Ski Town Fields and Howelsen Hill are the two sites that will be considered for a new recreation center in Steamboat Springs, according to statements made by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night. The council's decision came after a consultant-led presentation of site analyses and cost projections for various recreation options, which was followed by extensive public comment at a crowded meeting in Centennial Hall.

Showcase tourney a stepping stone for local hockey duo

A month ago, Steamboat Springs senior Jimmy Terry knew he wanted to continue his dream of playing hockey, but he wasn't quite sure how to get there.

Our View: Extreme downtown makeover

We can paint colorful murals on construction barriers and enlist artists to decorate hard hats, but no matter how you spin it, Steamboat Springs' downtown commercial district will face some adversity for the next couple of years. The dust and commotion of half a dozen major building projects will dominate Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street this summer and beyond. But there is encouraging news on the horizon.

Patricia Creekmore: Great experience

My friends and husband told me to go for it, but I was dubious. I always have opinions, but will my opinions be informed enough? Have I lived here long enough to be credible (five years and counting)? In short, can I run with the big dogs?

Glenn Airoldi: Outrage misplaced

Carol O'Hare's assertion that the war on terror will continue to be fought by the next generation is chilling, because it is very likely true. More chilling, though, is the case she makes to restrict the rights of our senators to maintain a balance of powers in our country, while promoting the notion we are in Iraq because of Sept. 11.

Historic cabin being moved

The oldest building in Hahn's Peak will be moved this summer to a new site within the Hahn's Peak Historic District.

Phillips to replace Fox as county planning director

During a period of significant growth and change, Routt County officials say it's fortunate the new planning director won't have a steep learning curve.

Author to speak on bipolar disorder

Steamboat Springs resident Ronna Autrey can cite Colorado's alarming suicide statistics - the state ranks seventh nationwide in annual suicides, and the Yampa Valley suffers between 10 and 12 a year, above both the state and national averages - but she would rather take action to help alleviate the source of the problem.

Sports briefs for May 9

The Routt County Riders Bicycle Club plans to hold its annual Bike Swap from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Sailors can't hang with defending state champs

With his ample experience coaching, Rob Bohlmann knows there are keys to winning as an underdog.

State title in sight for Sailors tennis team

This weekend represents everything Steamboat Springs sophomore Shelby Reed has practiced, worked and played for since the girl's high school tennis season began in March.

Briefs for May 9

Registration is ongoing for the fourth annual Teen Battle of the Bands to be held May 19 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The event, sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs' Teen Programs, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, The Local and Z-Rock radio, will feature bands from Steamboat, Hayden, South Routt and Craig.

The Record for May 7

1:43 a.m. A man reportedly saw a bear near Lincoln Avenue and Mount Werner Road. The bear was gone when officers arrived.

Haselden receives projects bid

A key piece of the upcoming $30 million in Steamboat Springs School District construction projects is now in place.

Tuesday, May 8

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Liz Kuzmkowski 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 Ann Copeland's retirement from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport; a bear who took a stroll downtown; and a look at what the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team faces as they head into the playoffs.

Sailors girls soccer to face Eagles team undefeated since April 10

If the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team wants to survive the first round of the 4A state playoffs it will need to do something no other team has accomplished since April 10.

Watershed draft clarifies regulations for ranchers

A controversial watershed ordinance has been revised and once again is scheduled for action by the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Area briefs for May 8

Steamboat Springs High School freshmen invite anyone interested in environmental issues to come to an open house in the high school commons from 4 to 6 p.m. today.

The Record for May 6

The Record for Sunday, May 6, 2007.

Workforce Forum Series addresses issue of workforce housing

Affordable housing issues have trickled down into the workforce in several ways that will be addressed Wednesday at the second session of the Workforce Forum Series at Rex's American Grill & Bar.

Bear on a hot diner roof

Bruin leaps from Johnny B.'s, flees on foot through town

You've heard the expression "raining cats and dogs," but bears? At approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a bear jumped from the roof of Johnny B. Good's Diner startling window shoppers standing or walking on Lincoln Avenue.

De Lancey named CMC adjunct faculty of year

In a matter of minutes, Tom De Lancey can teach jaw-dropping facts - such as how the top of Mount Werner contains rocks that are more than 3 billion years old and once sat 30 miles below the surface of the planet.

CMC meeting held in 'Boat

Board of Trustees in town to talk about college's direction

Kerry Hart knows Steamboat Springs has a perception of Colorado Mountain College, and he's out to change it.

Council requested to reduce recreation center options

City officials soon could reduce the number of sites considered for a new recreation center to two.

Tom Ross: Change is in the Yampa Valley's springtime air

Do we have the tools to manage growth and shape our future?

There was water running everywhere in the valley south of Steamboat Springs on Sunday afternoon. It was coursing through seasonal streambeds and attempting to back up the culvert where Agate Creek runs under Routt County Road 14. It was flowing in sheets across meadows and popping out of holes in the ground along road cuts. Its music was audible everywhere my bicycle took me.

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YVRA vet plans departure

After 21 years, Copeland trading in big jets for likeable llamas

Ann Copeland remembers being a young girl sitting on her grandparents' porch and gazing across a future runway as the Yampa Valley Regional Airport was being built in the 1960s.

Monday, May 7

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TV18 Video: Steamboat Today News

Amanda Fuerte 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 redevelopment of the base area; the departure of the Strawberry Park Elementary School principal; and results from the Hayden's track meet in Grand Junction.

Challenger Cup game today

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association hopes to put a cap on another successful season with the Challenger Cup sponsor appreciation game.

Luke Graham: In the end, it all adds up

It's what makes Tiger Woods so great. It's what makes Roger Federer nearly impossible to beat.

Hayden track now prepares for regional meet

The Hayden High School track and field team returned from the league meet with three league championships and a whole lot of confidence heading into Friday and Saturday's regional meet in Grand Junction at Stocker Stadium.

The Record for May 5

12:50 a.m. Two brothers were reported fighting on the corner of Sixth and Oak Streets. The incident was mediated by police officers and the brothers were given a warning.

Annual bike swap a ticket to fun

Routt County Riders kicks off summer season with cycling event May 12

Are you looking for an organization to enhance your cycling experience?

Wall space for every student

Steamboat Springs High School art exhibit opens Tuesday

More than 200 pieces of artwork by Steamboat Springs High School students will be exhibited at the Depot Art Center beginning today through Sunday. The opening reception is Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

YVMC rejoices National Hospital Week

"Care you count on. People you trust" is the theme of National Hospital Week 2007, which is being celebrated this week by Yampa Valley Medical Center and nearly 6,000 other hospitals.

Erin Gleason: Sober prom

A few things are expected of prom night. Never having enough time to finish my friend's hairdo, sore cheeks from the all-school picture parties and kicking off my heels as soon as I enter the dance floor is anticipated. This year's prom was almost exactly the same: corsages, limos, dresses ... and breathalyzers? Steamboat Springs High School was recognized in national news last week for being the one of the first high schools in the country giving breathalyzers to students attending prom and the after prom party. More unusual than the police officers stationed at prom Saturday night was the random testing had been requested by SSHS students.

New gig for MacHale

Strawberry Park principal filling superintendent role in Dolores

For Mark MacHale, being a superintendent has always been in the back of his mind.

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Hats on for high tea celebration of women of Oak Creek

The women of Oak Creek and South Routt probably never held a high tea event within their 100 years of history.

Sunday, May 6

Spirit Challenge attracts elementary walkers, world-class runners

When asked what his favorite part was about completing 20 laps around the Steamboat Springs Middle School track Saturday, Hayden 5-year-old Garrett Salazar took a moment to catch his breath and then revealed the obvious answer.

Sailors track team ready for regionals

It was one of those days for Steamboat Springs discus thrower Westin Cofer.

Sailors sweep regionals

Steamboat girls tennis sending 11 players to state tournament

Steamboat Springs girls tennis coach John Aragon has contended all year the class 4A state championships will be a dog fight between four or five schools.

Citizens for a Community Recreation Center: A time of change

Steamboat Springs is in the midst of an exciting, collaborative and grassroots process of improving the unmet recreational needs of the community. This is an exciting time, and our group, Citizens for a Community Recreation Center, wants the community to get even more involved.

John F. Russell: Coaching more than winning

Blame it on the cost of living. Blame it on our somewhat transient community. Heck, blame it on the weather. But it's a fact that finding a coach in Steamboat Springs requires more work than it did a few years ago.

Denise Connelly: Hard questions

Every Board of Education has its own vision, and all our elected members bring varied backgrounds and experiences to mold and implement that vision.

Community members: Reconsider LEED

We, as concerned members of our community, would like the school board to reconsider its decision to not seek LEED certification for the new Soda Creek School.

Relay wins highlight Soroco

The Soroco Rams track and field team is hoping for some good weather and its best times, Friday and Saturday at the regional track meet in Grand Junction.

Best of the Web for May 6

I am impressed with our kids' performances on the CSAP tests. I'm not sure that they are the best way to measure our schools' effectiveness, but good going to all of the teachers and students.

Joanne Palmer: Prom night memories

In the end, the prom dress goes in the garbage.

Real estate transactions for April 25 to May 2

Real estate transactions for April 25 to May 2, 2007.

Soles that are good for the soul

Steamboat residents prefer function to fashion in spring footwear

Imagine a shoe that has more height than the average stiletto heel, but is more comfortable. Sky-high wedges are street chic this spring, and can be no less than four inches, according to elle.com.

Graystone Park sells for $5.1 million

Angler's Retreat developers hope to repeat success

The second piece in the Ski Time Square Enterprises puzzle fell into place this week with the news that the 11.3-acre Graystone Park parcel sold to VGS Enterprises of Steamboat Springs for $5.1 million.

Our View: Move ahead with rec center plan

Results of a study into a possible community recreation center underscore our longstanding position that the city should give voters the chance to decide on an all-encompassing facility at a single site easily accessible by tourists.

Soroco's student-written musical encourages creativity, involvement

For Soroco High School senior Martin Germain, playing himself in the school's musical wasn't as easy as he thought it would be.

Medical Center earns award for emergency care

Yampa Valley Medical Center earned the top score for emergency care in a recent survey of 250 hospitals nationwide.

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Editorial cartoon for May 6

Joe Roberts' weekly editorial cartoon.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The price a cowboy pays in Routt County

It's fascinating that an industry which leaves manure on the bottom of your boots and a sunburn mark across your forehead can be so important to the health of this valley, but that seems to be the case. A Masters Degree study by Lindsey Ellingson showed that the summer tourists coming to Routt County listed the view of the working ranches as a major reason for choosing Steamboat as their summer destination. Seeing real cowboys ride their horses down a mountain slope with a herd of cattle in front of them suited their imagination of what it is to be a rancher. Ellingson's report estimated that $8 million in tourist money would be lost if the valley did not have a ranching industry.

Routt County spotlight: Foster King

Spotlight on Foster King

A sustainable summit

This year's economic meeting to focus on environment

Auden Schendler plans to kick off Steamboat's annual Economic Summit with practical solutions to some very daunting challenges in terms of climate change.

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Ski Time Square primed for massive face-lift

The magnitude of potential changes at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is enormous.

Local shops get in gear with latest and greatest in 2007 mountain bike fleet

As the mountain singletrack slowly dries out, dedicated bikers' appetites only become wetter when imagining putting tire to trail.

Fifth-graders put SpongeBob on trial

Everyone knows SpongeBob SquarePants lives in a pineapple under the sea and that he is absorbent and yellow and porous, but not everyone knows the alleged darker side to the famous sponge's personality.

Spirits run high at annual Cinco de Mayo event in Craig

When Bette Carlson, vice president of the Comunidad Integrada board of directors, woke up Saturday morning, she found snow on her front lawn.

Jimmy Westlake: Blue moons and red

Have you ever seen a blue moon up in the sky? How about a red moon? Well, this year, you'll have the opportunity to see both, beginning in May with an unusual blue moon.

Paul J. Epley: Why road to hell is paved with liberals

Conservatives are cursed with an unyielding need for Individual Accountability as illustrated by three basic principles: (1) Every-thing affects something else; (2) Everything has to go somewhere; and (3) There is no such thing as a free lunch. These three precepts point to the solution for "The Law of Unintended Consequences."

Business File for May 6

Denver law firm acquires local office

Looking Back for May 6

F.M. Light sells clothing business to sons

A human skeleton with portions of dried skin still adhering to the bones was found Sunday afternoon by Charles Riester when he was driving cattle in the pasture southeast of his home. He followed a heifer which had run into a clump of choke-cherry and service berry trees, and his horse was almost upon the form before Mr. Riester saw it. The exact site is about a quarter of a mile from the airport on Marble Hill and near the Elk River Road. The figure was lying on the slope of the hill near the edge of the shrubbery.

Saturday, May 5

U.S. Forest Service seeking campground hosts

U.S. Forest Service officials are looking for residents interested in spending some time in the woods this summer hosting visiting campers.

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Measures taken to ensure safe prom

The most important message that school faculty, police officers, parents and community members want to send Steamboat Springs High School prom attendees is to be safe and make good choices tonight.

Boys' workshop teaches movement

Juggler Kelly Anzalone says dropping the ball is simply a sign of learning.

Summit focuses on harnessing boom

Conference had many energy perspectives

Thanks to new technology in the energy business, presenters at the Energy Summit, held Friday in Craig, were quick to talk about how things will be handled during the current energy boom in Northwest Colorado, and the benefits to be realized.

CMC board members meet

Alpine Campus Dean Kerry Hart hosts monthly discussion

A nine-minute DVD with original music written by a local musician is all it took to feature Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus year in review.

Tom Ross: Log cabin was winter vacation home for early postmaster

I drive by the little log cabin at Casey's Pond at least twice a day without giving it a glance. Recently, I've come to understand that I've underestimated its historical significance.

Judicial positions created

Heavy caseload prompts Gov. Ritter to pass bill opening new jobs

A third district judge position has been created in the 14th Judicial District, which includes Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

The Record for May 3

6:23 a.m. A flatbed trailer reportedly came unhitched from a truck on U.S. Highway 40 in Hayden. No injuries were reported.

Food-service program honored

School district gets excellence award for nutrition quality

Under first-year director Teresa Wise, the Steamboat Springs Sch-ool District's nutrition program has earned a national award.

Sailors off to brush up before regionals

Stoll, Hutson, Marias set personal bests at Friday's Tiger Invitational track meet

Steamboat Springs junior discus thrower Lizzie Stoll would have been forgiven if she didn't put her best effort forward Friday at the Tiger Invitational track meet.

Boys lacrosse ends spring season strong

Spring break left the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team hanging.

All 11 Steamboat players advance to tennis championships at regionals

Steamboat Springs No. 1 singles player Lisa Floyd felt vindicated.

Steamboat girls soccer drops final home game to talented TJ squad

The girls on the Steamboat Springs soccer team locked a postseason berth with the No. 2 spot in the Western Slope League. Now it's a matter of them stepping up their game for a playoff run.

Friday, May 4

Steamboat runner aims to break school record in 1,600-meter run

Matt Hill's goal for the Tiger Invitational track and field meet is pretty simple.

Four head coaches off Sailors' ship

It's not easy finding coaches in a ski town with an ever-rising cost of living.

Deb Babcock: Steps to a healthy lawn

The melting snow has given way to a lushness here in the Yampa Valley that many homeowners would like to capitalize on and maintain throughout our hot, dry summer. Keeping your lawn healthy and green involves a few simple steps. Once you've done that, your lawn pretty much takes care of itself.

Heavy metal

Stanley S. Madeja brings his 50-year retrospective to Steamboat

For 50 years, metalsmith Stanley S. Madeja, Ph.D., has been skiing in Steamboat Springs and making jewelry.

School's Invention Convention gets students thinking

As part of the Lowell Whiteman Primary School's Invention Convention, Noah Zedeck created "The Noah Idea Machine."

Council approves natural food store to sell alcohol

On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs City Council, acting as the city's Liquor License Authority, approved Sweet Pea Produce's liquor license after a brief discussion. The authority noted a petition bearing 31 signatures of people in support of the businesses selling alcohol.

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Steamboat CSAP scores return to 2005 levels after dip last year

The scores achieved by Steamboat Springs third-graders on standardized reading tests rebounded this year, according to unofficial test results released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Allison Plean: Fad or fixture

American pop culture needs to be constantly inundated with new ideas - things people can love and then love to hate - like pop songs.

National Day of Prayer unites residents and faiths

The students from Holy Name Preschool sang a modified version of, "This Land is Your Land" for the 56th annual National Day of Prayer on the courthouse lawn Thursday.

Judge stands by decision in School Board case

Pilot & Today weighing options in lawsuit about secret session audiotapes from Jan. 8

A judge has affirmed his decision that the Steamboat Springs School Board did not violate the law during a meeting in January, as the Steamboat Pilot & Today alleged.

The Record for May 2

The Record for May 2, 2007.

On Scene

Spring fever

Tattoo of the week: Mindy Ames

Mindy Ames' tattoo

Sheriff's Office teaches gun safety

Routt County Sheriff's Office personnel are teaching a series of gun safety courses this summer for people interested in applying for a concealed weapons permit or becoming familiar with guns.

Area briefs for May 4

The Steamboat Springs Booster Club will offer sports physicals this month through Steamboat Medical Group. The physicals are for all middle and high school student athletes. The cost is $30.

Happy Hours

Happy hours around town

Personalized pieces

Let's Dance Spring Program is customized to each dancer

There is a lot involved in being a stage mom for the Let's Dance Spring Program.

A community celebration

Cinco de Mayo festival integrates ideas and residents

Cinco de Mayo is more widely celebrated in the United States than in Mexico, said Summer Laws, executive director of Comunidad Integrada (Integrated Community).

Police, advocacy officials encourage self-education at meeting

Although Centennial Hall was a little quieter than a group of law enforcement, mental health and advocacy officials would have liked, the message they had for the community was heard loud and clear.

The new education

DJ changes his name, but never leaves a genre behind

Nick Marzano learned a deejay should never play his own birthday party.

Thursday, May 3

Popular event kicks off running series

The name has changed throughout the years. The organizers and the beneficiaries also have changed. But one thing about the Spirit Challenge remains the same - it's a good reason to get out for a run.

Steamboat girls tennis in hunt for third straight regional title

It's not a secret - the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team is the consensus favorite in this year's regional meet. The Sailors have ripped off two straight regional titles, return five state medalists, are ranked among the top 5 in Class 4A and put together a 9-1 record during the regular season.

The Record for May 1

The Record for Tuesday, May 1

Student jumps to monetary milestone for heart disease

It doesn't take much to get Zephyr Lacey jumping. It also doesn't take much to get the nine-year-old boy - the same boy who has his birthday party guests make donations to organizations like the Maui-based Whale Trust in place of gifts - to find ways to raise money for charity.

Liquor licenses considered

City Council discusses three new downtown permits

Geek's Garage owner Lori Bourgeois remembers the days when picking up a six-pack after work was as easy as walking next door.

Knowledge team places 11th

Steamboat students finish strong at state competition

The Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team supplied nearly all the answers during a strong finish to its season at a recent statewide tournament.

Breathalyzer tests to be given at prom, after prom

Steamboat Springs High School principal Mike Knezevich hopes this year's prom will be a night to remember for all the right reasons.

Scott Stanford: Weighing positives and negatives in news reporting

Positive and negative are dangerous labels in the newspaper business.

Area briefs for May 3

USDA Commodities are being distributed for the second quarter of 2007 at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek through The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

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Ski Town Rec Center?

Consultant says Pine Grove Road site is top choice

Ski Town Fields would provide the best site for a new recreation center in Steamboat Springs, a consultant hired by the city said Wednesday. "That's the area that I think has the most potential," said Chuck Musgrave, of the Denver firm Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, speaking to a crowd of about 50 gathered at Steamboat Mountain Theater to discuss recreation issues. Musgrave said the Ski Town site, adjacent to the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs on Pine Grove Road, offers "great access" from U.S. Highway 40, potential shared parking with the Tennis Center and ample room for a consolidated recreation building with facilities such as a youth and teen center, indoor pool, running track and climbing wall.

City agrees to $30,000 payment from Mt. Werner Water

The city of Steamboat Springs and the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District have settled a financial dispute that began more than 20 years ago.

Celebrating kids

Annual Lowell Whiteman auction puts the 'fun' in fundraising

While any non-profit organization in the Yampa Valley will tell you fundraising often is a daunting task, it's a little easier when you delegate the task to students.

Wednesday, May 2

Demons edge Sailors in second straight WSL girls soccer finale

Glenwood's got Steamboat's number when it comes to Western Slope League finales.

Sports briefs for May 2

Baseball promotion raised 3K

Mike Lawrence: In memory of Bill May, we could use more straight talk

Before an overflowing, bring-in-the-extra-chairs crowd at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, Grace May Chew read a short poem about her late father, William Bowie May (or "Wild Bill from the Hill," by which he was also known, she said.)

Kent Vertrees: Protect Yampa River

As the Yampa River sees more and more threats to its water quantity, quality and environmental integrity, we in this basin need to step up our advocacy in hopes that the Yampa's future resembles its past.

Downtown tax district moving ahead

Petition nearly done; City Council again tables housing ordinance first reading

A special tax district to help fund marketing and infrastructure improvements in downtown Steamboat Springs is gaining support from local business owners.

The Record for April 30

12:35 a.m. A 21-year-old woman was arrested near Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to signal.

Skiing with a heavy heart

Local skier cruises despite tragedy

Routt County's Tim Magill admits that in order to break 200 kilometers an hour on skis, you have to be able to "ski without abandon and do everything right."

Police, Advocates host safety meeting

Law enforcement and Advocates Against Battering and Abuse officials are hosting a community safety meeting Thursday to talk about issues including date rape drugs, domestic violence, sexual offenders and personal safety.

Yampa Town Board agenda

Agenda for today's Yampa Town Board meeting

Briefs for May 2

A man classified as a sexually violent predator who is facing charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Routt County appeared in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Warmth accelerates irrigation

Rancher Jay Fetcher was thinking about irrigating his hay meadows Tuesday, a full month ahead of schedule.

CMC graduation slated for May 4

Graduation ceremonies for students at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus are set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, is at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

Group begins recall process

Committee submits petition to recall John DeVincentis

A committee calling itself "Save Our Schools RE-2" submitted petition language Tuesday seeking to recall John DeVincentis from the Steamboat Springs School Board.

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Ski area is picking up a six-pack

Steamboat to add high-speed lift - Christie Peak Express

The Steamboat Ski Area announced plans Tuesday to build a new six-passenger chairlift with a capacity that exceeds any of its existing lifts, including the eight-passenger gondola.

Our View: One size doesn't fit all

As the City Council wrestles with the best approach to its affordable housing policies, we would encourage it to look at Steamboat Barn Village as a model for what can be accomplished.

Tuesday, May 1

River study would examine fishing holes, kayak spots

City officials are seeking a consultant to ensure that manmade structures such as kayak parks and fishing spots are not eroding the Yampa River's health.

Sailors soccer team heads down home stretch

With just two games remaining in the regular season, Steamboat Springs girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann is hoping for a strong finish to carry the Sailors into next week's playoffs.

Tom Ross: Convertible played role in couple's lives

This is the tale of how a Routt County cowboy used a bright red British sports car to woo a Northeast New Mexico gal.

Early burns signal early spring

White plumes of smoke throughout Routt County are serving as another reminder that spring arrived early this year, allowing the agricultural community to get an early start on spring chores.

Local middle school students place in state competition

Hannah Barkey and Jeff Sperry spent the first day of their spring break winning awards at the Colorado Science Olympiad.

The Record for April 29

12:08 a.m. A man complained of loud music coming from a residence on Dougherty Lane. The music had been turned down by the time police arrived.

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Council to act on Core Trail extension funds

The Yampa River Core Trail could be nearly a half-mile longer, with a new park underway at its western end, by the end of next summer.

Briefs for May 1

The Craig-Scheckman Foundation will award $50,000 during its May funding cycle. Applications for funding are due today. The funding is for the foundation's Youth Advocacy Project for Routt County. Funds will be granted to charitable, tax-exempt agencies that operate programs benefiting special-needs, at-risk or low-income youth in Routt County. For information, visit www.yap4rc.org or call Sara Craig-Scheckman at 879-0148.

Some trails too wet for travel

With temperatures soaring into the seventies and eighties during the weekend, many Steamboat Springs residents are anxious to mount their bicycles for spring trail rides. Officials at the Routt National Forest would like to remind bike and motor vehicle enthusiasts that many trails and roads are still too wet for travel.