Stories for November 2007


Friday, November 30

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Opening Day: Lots of Olympians, no lift lines

The nine-day delay in kicking off the 2007-08 ski season at the Steamboat Ski Area did little to damper the enthusiasm today of those skiers and riders who hit the slopes on Scholarship Day.

Spillane snags second at World Cup event

Johnny Spillane raced back into the Nordic combined World Cup spotlight Friday in Kuusamo, Finland with a second-place finish in the opening event of the 2007-08 season.

CNCC to offer new programs

For Ed Winters, Colorado Northwestern Community College energy technology director, the "help wanted" signs around town say it all.

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Celluloid Heroes

Art exhibit makes stark images of stark celebrity

Denver artist Rodney Wallace has thought about doing a collection about Hollywood for years. "This has always been in the back of my head," he said, working in the K. Saari Gallery to hang eight paintings of classic movie stars who are honored on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Hayden hoops team and new coach size up competition

There must be something in the Hayden water. The Hayden High School teams just keep growing.

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Canadians' journey for early snow leads to Steamboat

Gregor Linsig and the members of the Canadian women's special jumping team drove more than 22 hours to get to Steamboat Springs. But despite all the miles inside a van, the Canadians felt right at home on Howelsen Hill's steep pitches when they started training here last week.

Sailors starting strong

Wrestlers host tourney Saturday

Steamboat Springs wrestling fans don't have many opportunities to watch a pair of Sailors who may have the next best shot at bringing their high school a state title.

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Community group aims to provide playground access to all kids

The wooden playground at Strawberry Park Elementary School has served students for more than two decades, but Julie Taulman and Shelly St. Pierre believe it's time to replace the aging structure with one that will be accessible to all children, including those with disabilities.

Navajo weaving exhibit opens today

Aside from their traditional patterns and unique meanings, the weavings featured in an exhibit opening today are important because of the wool they were made from: a fiber shorn from Navajo-Churro sheep.

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Youths set sights on livestock nationals

Although the win didn't help Morgan Hatfield, Ian Fralick and Catharine Koroulis achieve their ultimate goal, it certainly set them up for it.

Tentative pleas in demo case

Felony charges dropped in sentence for destructive party

Two of the men accused of causing significant damage to a rented Steamboat Springs home during an alleged demolition party agreed to tentative plea agreements Thursday in Routt County Court.

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'Efficiency' ski area's mantra

Rudi's Run, Lightning, Ego in snowmakers' crosshairs

Almost as soon as the excitement of today's opening day and the Steamboat Ski Area's first six-passenger chairlift wears off, skiers and riders undoubtedly will ask: "When will Mother Mountain open more runs?"

Deb Babcock: Should we feed birds in the winter?

Many of us have a soft spot for animals of all kinds and are especially concerned about their care and feeding during our harsh Steamboat winters.

Assistant district attorney: Avoiding trial would be ideal in Wall case

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall may not have to go to criminal trial for charges of driving under the influence and prohibited use of a weapon.

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Harmonic harvest

Easy Peaces stay true to classic rock originals, and Neil Young

When he started putting together a band to cover the best music of the 1960s and '70s rock 'n' roll, local musician Kip Strean knew he had to be picky.

CD review for Led Zeppelin

CD reviews for Led Zeppelin, "Mothership," and Various Artists, "Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino"

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Crafty employees

School district staff display artwork at bazaar

At a craft fair for employees of the Steamboat Springs School District on Wednesday, the library staff at Steamboat Springs High School was well represented.

On Scene: Too much Thanksgiving

In the process of cooking two Thanksgiving dinners during the holiday weekend, for a grand total of 16 people, I came to a conclusion: I make a lot of dumb mistakes.

Margaret Hair: Keep the arts growing

If there's one thing that is more difficult than learning to play the French horn as an adult, it is re-learning to play the French horn as an adult.

Steamboat set to battle Roaring Fork

There's no hiding it. Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Kelly Meek is set for a battle.

Waltz of the amateurs

As orchestra steps up its quality, nonprofessional players see new challenges

When Jim Simpson first joined the Steamboat Springs Orchestra as a trumpet player almost 20 years ago, the group met once a week, for most of the year, to prepare for a spring concert.

Thursday, November 29

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 29

Cancel library fines with LIFT-UP food donations

Despite departure of Lubick, DeLine committed to Colorado State

Much like Sonny Lubick said at his Tuesday press conference after being forced out as head coach of the Colorado State University football team, Ben DeLine will be a Ram until the end of time.

Hayden squad maturing quickly

Hayden High School girls basketball coach Stephanie Davis isn't too concerned with the turnover she's seen since last season. Last year's Hayden squad, led by a core of seven tight-knit seniors, upset Grand Valley in the district tournament quarterfinals only to be ousted by the No. 1 seed and state-tournament qualifier Plateau Valley.

Tree auction lives on

Hayden women organize 19th annual fundraiser

The Hayden Christmas Tree Auction celebrates its 19th year this weekend, thanks to the hard work of nine volunteers.

School district and Perry-Mansfield move to resolve sewer dispute

Steamboat Springs School District officials and representatives of the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp plan to meet soon to resolve who has responsibility over a sewer line discovered during construction at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Finance director seeks extra pay

Dale Mellor served as acting superintendent for six-week period

Steamboat Springs School District Finance Director Dale Mellor filled in as acting superintendent for six weeks this fall, and now he'd like to be paid for his extra efforts.

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Hasan courts Routt County

Alliance with White, rather than clash, a possibility

Muhammad Ali Hasan stopped short of declaring his candidacy for state Senate District 8 at a Steamboat Springs event Wednesday and suggested that he and state Rep. Al White - a fellow Republican who has declared for the seat - may end up working "as a team" rather than clashing in a primary.

Man arrested in hit-and-run

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of sideswiping a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident on Tamarack Drive Tuesday night.

Washington woes hit home

Budget battle could delay planned YVRA improvements

The Yampa Valley is feeling ripple effects from a budget impasse in Washington that has left most spending bills unresolved two months into the federal government's fiscal year.

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Resort dishes out dinner to workers

Employees receive free meals due to delay

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has been hosting free dinners for its employees, some of whom have been unable to go to work and earn their first paychecks.

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Steamboat to debut Christie Peak Express at Friday opening

Devoted Steamboat skiers and riders will have to learn some new tricks Friday when the ski area opens for the season.

The Record for Nov. 27

Tuesday, Nov. 27

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Fire ruled arson

Investigators believe Country Mall blaze set deliberately

Craig police, firefighters and fire specialists investigating a blaze at the Country Mall concluded their probe Wednesday. During a meeting later in the day, investigators reached a consensus on the fire's cause.

Wednesday, November 28

Fire cause: Arson

A joint investigation of the Sunday night fire at the Country Mall, 356 Ranney St., has determined the fire was a work of arson, the Craig Police Department announced this afternoon.

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Christie Peak Express to open Friday

The Steamboat Ski Area will debut the new six-passenger, high-speed Christie Peak Express on Friday when it opens for the traditional Scholarship Day to benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Highway 40 crash victim identified

A Craig woman killed in a Monday morning car crash has been identified as 24-year-old Teodora Diaz Simon. The Colorado State Patrol also identified a Steamboat Springs man injured in the crash as Russell Blackhurst, 30.

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Police: No timetable on cause

Authorities sifting through charred remains of Country Mall

Craig firefighters, police and a Colorado Bureau of Investigation fire investigator remained at the charred scene of one of the biggest fires in Craig's nearly 100-year history Tuesday.

Police search for hit-and-run driver

Suspect ran into woman, fled scene

Steamboat Springs police were searching Tuesday night for a driver suspected of running into a 24-year-old woman and fleeing the scene.

Joanne Palmer: In love with Mr. Mail

He was everything I wanted. From the moment we met, I was smitten. As soon as my fingertips brushed against him I was head over heels. He wasn't handsome, and he certainly wasn't rich. But he had other qualities.

The Record for Nov. 26

Monday, Nov. 26. 2007

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 28

Youth alcohol abuse packet available to parents

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Snowmaking back on track at Howelsen

Blown part shuts down system; no delay in opening expected

There hasn't been a lot of good news for Jeff Nelson since 7:30 a.m. Thursday, when the city's rodeo and ski area supervisor's phone rang and interrupted his Thanksgiving holiday.

Baby born after crash OK

Father says newborn son is in good health, wife recovering

Harry Naused, whose wife was 37 weeks pregnant when she was involved in a Nov. 14 traffic accident near Oak Creek, said Tuesday that his newborn son is in good health.

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Gondola won't run Friday

New Christie Peak Express Chairlift undergoing load tests

Crews at the Steamboat Ski Area were simultaneously load testing the new Christie Peak Express Chairlift and working on installation of a new gondola haul rope Tuesday afternoon as they prepared for the belated opening of the ski season Friday.

Our View: Caucuses provide voice to the people

It's a rare chance to participate in national politics at the grass-roots level, and voters who don't declare a party affiliation by Dec. 5 will miss out on the opportunity.

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YVRA's marks improving

Survey shows visitors generally happy with airport

Travelers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport last ski season were more satisfied than not with the airport, according to a survey commissioned by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

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From the field to the mats

Hayden High School wrestling returns sizable, determined squad

One would think the Hayden High School wrestling team would have no trouble making the seasonal transition from football.

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No clean solution

School district's janitor situation a mess; principals use Band-Aid solutions

A janitor shortage at some Steamboat Springs School District schools has reached the critical level, so much so that two building principals have enlisted the help of volunteers and students.

Tuesday, November 27

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Crash kills Craig woman

Icy morning conditions keep law enforcement busy

A Craig woman died Monday morning when her car skidded into oncoming traffic and was hit by another car driven by a Steamboat man, who was in stable condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center as of Monday evening.

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Shops, community centers put out by fire

Bev Rubley spent the past 26 years - her whole life in Craig - working at the Country Mall.

The Record for Nov. 25

1:05 a.m. Someone asked an officer in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive to check on an intoxicated female. The woman refused medical attention and was turned over to a sober friend.

Tom Ross: Winter golf in Estes Park: $7 until your toes freeze

If your ball lands in the elk 'stuff,' take a free drop

You can golf yourself silly all winter for $7 a day in Estes Park, but you must be willing to cope with the "elk hazard."

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 27

Transportation to the Grand Junction and Denver VA medical centers is available for veterans who are unable to drive and who have an appointment Monday through Friday at either hospital.

Superintendent hunt moves forward

School Board votes to find consulting firm to help with search

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted 4 to 1 Monday night to find a consulting firm to aid in the search for a new superintendent.

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Cause of fire at Country Mall under investigation

When Vicky Kessler first arrived on the fire scene at the Country Mall about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, she admitted to having hope.

Iron Horse loss expected

2008 revenues to exceed expenses, but debt service costly

While the debate continues about whether the Iron Horse Inn was a wise purchase for the city, a recently released report shows the property - which already houses eight city employees - is projected to lose almost $200,000 in 2008.

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Springing to the finish line

Hot Springs director 'cautiously optimistic' for holiday opening

Pat Carney won't allow herself to let down her guard as the director of the Old Town Hot Springs until the last tile is laid and every piece of machinery is installed.

Monday, November 26

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 26

The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is accepting applications for its Teen of the Month program.

The Record for Nov. 24

Saturday, Nov. 24 1:08 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Country Mall Burns

Craig Rural Fire Protection District and West Routt County Fire respond to call

The Country Mall, located on the corner of Ranney Street and 4th Street in Craig started on fire Sunday Evening.

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Habitat builds on grant

Daniels Fund donation helps West End Village homes

A $10,000 grant from the Daniels Fund will help Routt County Habitat for Humanity finish construction on a duplex in West End Village.

Forecast bodes well for ski area

Two storms could bring up to a foot of snow by Friday

The Steamboat Ski Area could open to a powder day after all.

Get a grip, be prepared for falls

For a community that claims high levels of athletic prowess, we are not immune to falls. The same storm that produces idyllic conditions for graceful turns on the mountain also provides ideal conditions for falls on sidewalks, parking lots and other icy surfaces.

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Fire district to go to voters

Tax increase would help fund existing rural protection service

The Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District will ask voters for a funding increase on the May 2008 ballot. Without increased revenue, district officials say they won't be able to provide the current level of fire and ambulance service as early as 2010.

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County Shop catches fire

Early reports: Minimal damage to county vehicles

A fire at the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department County Shop on First Street on Saturday destroyed the county's sign inventory but left county vehicles with minimal damage, according to early reports.

Aging Well: Celebrate Alzheimer's Awareness by testing memory

There is a serious epidemic facing our country that affects all of us. It's an insidious disease that is increasingly attacking aging members of the population and changing the quality of life for everyone in its wake.

Sunday, November 25

Mesa School added to National Register of Historic Places

There was a time not long ago when the little red schoolhouse seven miles east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40 wasn't so shiny. In fact, the Mesa School was flat-out forlorn, neglected and vandalized.

Mild weather throws final big game rifle seasons for a loop

This fall's hunting season began with high hopes and plentiful harvests for archers, muzzle-loaders and early season rifle hunters looking to harvest a trophy bull elk.

Does Steamboat's isolation impact social views?

Steamboat Springs is like its own little bubble, seemingly detached from the rest of the world. That raises the question: Does Steamboat's isolation affect views on social issues?

Paula Ninger: 'Across the Universe' doesn't disappoint

The creators of "Across the Universe" faced a great challenge.

Josie Pacana: Kickin' it veg style

The holidays: a time focused on family, friends and (mostly) food.

Students fight bullying in the halls of Steamboat Springs High School

High school: the romance, the homework, the bullies - wait, what bullies? There are bullies at Steamboat Springs High School?

Nancy B. Kramer: Northwest Colorado Products program

As the Community Agriculture Alliance develops our Northwest Colorado Products (NWCP) program, it is exciting to discover all the creative and talented producers in the region.

Development signals end for rancher

South Routt County rancher Cynthia Crawford says she has had enough. Even with more than 2,100 acres of property to herself, she says there is no escaping the vehicles that speed down Colorado Highway 131. Crawford says development is pushing her out.

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Historic high-country pasture

Thorpe Mountain Ranch offers 2,122 acres of land, dense forest

A historic South Routt ranch that spans much of Thorpe Mountain and includes Yampa River frontage is on the market for $23,342,000.

Low-end homes in tight supply

Below-$800,000 prices scarce

The market for single-family homes within the city limits of Steamboat Springs has grown exceptionally tight this fall for people with $800,000 or less to spend.

Local stores prepare for holidays

Online retailers a constant challenge

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is only a month away - it's that time of year when local stores and merchants are gearing up for what they hope will be their most profitable season.

Business File for Nov. 25

Photographer Lamansky earns recertification

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School officials, parents form 'unique team'

Nancy Mucklow, a mother of two high school boys, says there is no all-encompassing handbook on how to parent a teenager. Mucklow is one of about 20 parents, community members and school officials who have banded together to create a Parent Academy to foster better communication among those who may have some insight into the lives of teens.

Jimmy Westlake: Orion rising

"You know, Orion always comes up sideways,

Real estate transactions for Nov. 14-19

Real estate transactions for Nov. 14-19

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Bus driver shortage unnerves some

Lodging, resort interests find city transportation issue 'unacceptable'

Steamboat's private sector is growing increasingly worried about staff shortages in a public sector category dear to their hearts: transportation.

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 25

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Nov. 25, 2007.

Betty Leipold: Steamboat factories

I am not surprised by the size and looks of the new buildings on Lincoln Avenue. The original drawings make them appear so massive that I remarked at the time that Lincoln Avenue would look like the 2500 block of Walnut Street in Denver. There, the buildings are industrial, and there is a railroad track running down the middle of the street.

John F. Russell: Expect nothing, and enjoy the ride

It's time to forget the 2007 high school fall sports season. It's disappearing faster than those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Judy Copeland: Worth a salute

On Nov. 8, the junior high school of Hayden hosted a Veterans Day program and luncheon for local veterans and spouses. Every year, the program has been inspiring; this year's program was awe-inspiring.

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Ladley looks to soar to new heights

Matt Ladley is your average 16-year-old high school junior - except that he's already being dubbed the next big thing on a snowboard.

Best of the Web for Nov. 25

Best of the Web for Nov. 25

The Record and Jail Report for Nov. 23

The Record and Jail Report for Nov. 23

Our View: Repeal the moratorium

The Steamboat Springs City Council is heading in the right direction with its ordinance repealing a moratorium on the demolition of potentially historic downtown buildings.

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Steamboat wrestler looks to build on last year's fourth-place finish at state

Hidden inside Steamboat Springs High School, upstairs from where large crowds gather for basketball games and behind the rows of benches and dumbbells that cram the school's weight room, Steamboat wrestler Houston Mader can still feel the pressure.

Hunt of the Week: Roger Bedell

Roger Bedell

Conservative commentary: The remnant and the president

"Out there in Colorado, what is the remnant looking for in a president?"

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Expectations are lofty for Sailors basketball

Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Kelly Meek hates to look ahead. Instead, Meek preaches to his players to take it one possession at a time.

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South Routt residents say 'ahhh'

Visits to medical clinic have more than doubled in recent months

The doctor will be in five times a week at the South Routt Medical Center as early as Jan. 1. It was less than a year ago that the clinic was open only two half-days a week. But that all changed after South Routt residents in May 2006 voted in favor of a mill levy to subsidize the expense of operating the medical clinic.

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Ski Time Square businesses prepare for final season

The pending end is bittersweet for The Butcher Shop owner Bill Gardner, who spent last week readying his restaurant for one last opening day.

Remington named new DOW director

Thomas E. Remington was named the new director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife on Nov. 19.

Saturday, November 24

Black Friday brings in green

Holiday shopping season begins in Steamboat Springs

Shoppers turned out in full force to start their Christmas shopping Friday, crowding downtown sidewalks as Steamboat retailers kicked off the holiday season, enticing shoppers with sales and seasonal snacks.

Riders contend for top spots at NorAm

Olympic medalist Chris Klug may have won the opening snowboarding NorAm race of the season last week in Copper Mountain, but that didn't stop several former and current Steamboat Springs riders from contending.

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Children line up for Santa during annual event on courthouse lawn

When it came time to tell Santa Claus what she wanted for Christmas, 3-year-old Gillian McKinney had one simple request - "Presents."

The Record for Nov. 22

1:23 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 2200 block of Glacier Ridge. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 24

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell ringers needed to raise money to help local families meet their basic living expenses. To volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bell for an hour during the holidays, call Pat at 879-0233.

Pass preps for winter use

Forest service officials readying Buffalo Pass for recreation

Despite the lack of deep snow, Forest Service officials still are preparing for a busy year of recreational use on Buffalo Pass.

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Market passes $1.3 billion

Routt County price point from $1M to $1.5M heats up

The Routt County real estate market jumped to a record $1.39 billion in year-to-date sales in October despite absorbing a 20 percent hit from last October's record of $124.7 million for the month.

Two arrested in knife attack

Bias played a role in stabbing, prosecutors allege

A 39-year-old Craig man was transported Wednesday evening to The Memorial Hospital after two men, one of them using a knife, allegedly attacked him at the Baker Hotel.

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Tom Ross: Is there a hockey puck in your stocking?

Thankfully, holiday visitors find alternative to skiing at ice arena

I was thankful when I woke up on the morning after Thanksgiving Day. I was thankful that I woke up, among other things.

Kari Billette: Babies don't come with instructions

"The Newborn Network has been a great source for me as a first-time mom for questions and support with raising infant twins. It is great to have something so readily available to me and my family in a small community that will come to me, in my home, if need be, or just a phone call away for my concerns" - Oak Creek mom of 2-year-old twins

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Girls basketball looking for improvement in second season

The notion is that the biggest step for a team is taken between year one and year two under a new coach.

Friday, November 23

A call for bell ringers

Salvation Army seeks recruits to man area kettles

The sound of ringing bells outside grocery and department stores from hearty Salvation Army volunteers has become as much a part of the holidays as Christmas carols.

Permits now available to cut your own Christmas tree

Sure, buying a Christmas tree off the blacktop in a parking lot is a popular option, but some residents continue to choose the old-fashioned method and head to the forest for their perfect evergreen.

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Holiday tourism numbers down

Lodging properties expect more than 3,000 visitors despite no skiing

When you're planning to get hitched in Steamboat Springs during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, snow conditions aren't a deal breaker.

A season for giving: Toys for Tots starts drive

Toys for Tots aims to let families do what they want on Christmas Day: gather together, open gifts and enjoy the holiday.

Accident claims life of teen

State patrol suspect speed, alcohol contributed to wreck

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of a one-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday night that claimed the life of a Wyoming teenager.

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Weather service goes back and forth on La Niña impact

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said this week that Northwest Colorado's best chance for above-average precipitation will be in the early to mid-winter.

Leck takes third at competition

YVRA firefighter hopes Las Vegas performance promotes fitness

It wasn't your typical weekend in Las Vegas. Dal Leck came back a winner, but it had nothing to do with his performance in the casinos.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 23

The Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center is in need of slightly used or new baby clothes and other used baby items for children up to age 2. Winter items are especially needed. Donations can be dropped off on Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 544 Oak St. Call 871-1307.

Deb Babcock: Bamboo: Feng shui for your home or garden

A few years ago, the Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office received a call from a new resident asking if bamboo would grow here. At the time, it was one of the more humorous questions the office had received because Steamboat isn't known for its tropical climate, which is where bamboo generally is found.

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Dinner, auction to benefit ill mine worker

When tragedy hits a family, it's nice to know friends can be counted on in times of need.

The Record for Nov. 21

12:30 a.m. A 30-year-old Arizona woman was arrested in Hayden on suspicion of driving under the influence, child abuse and careless driving.

Warsaw Poland Bros.: Loud, 'un-ignorable'

Phoenix ska band returns to town for a Thanksgiving tradition

On a Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving, the members of ska-ish Phoenix band Warsaw Poland Bros. are driving around in their van, doing what they do - you know, going to Guitar Center, rockin' and rollin', saving babies from burning buildings.

On scene for Nov. 23

Despite the Hayden High School football team's heartbreaking state semifinal loss Saturday, traveling to the game from Steamboat made for one of the best community events I've been to in my three months in Routt County.

Margaret Hair: Holiday countdown

To many, the holidays mean getting together with friends and loved ones, sharing stories and food in a rare opportunity to sit back and reflect.

Taking stock of rock

The Tao Jones mixes funk and jam to keep energy high

Boulder funk rock sextet The Tao Jones tries to come through Steamboat Springs at least once every couple of months.

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Developing the light

Photographer captures Yampa Valley's beauty in book

Ask local photographer Rod Hanna why he takes photos of the Yampa Valley, and he says: "It's kind of like they say, 'Why do you climb a mountain?' - because it's there," he said.

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Businesses prepare for beginning of holiday shopping season

Black Friday is widely recognized as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, the phrase conjures images of frantic shoppers flooding stores the day after Thanksgiving.

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Taking Sailors hockey to new heights

Team's senior core aims to eradicate post-Christmas bump in road

The Steamboat Springs High School boys hockey team has no trouble starting seasons strong. But then something happens when the new year arrives.

Grants help adaptive ski program

The Steamboat Training Adaptive Recreational Sports program is gearing up for its second ski season with the help of $23,000 in grants and gifts recently awarded by the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.

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Community dinner relies on donations, volunteers to run smoothly

With one hour of prep time remaining before the official start to the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, volunteer chef Roy Bruneel is making sure all his workers know just how to keep 30 donated turkeys warm.

One Year Yesterday, with two local members, is radio-ready

One Year Yesterday frontman Tyler Johnson doesn't parse words about what his band is doing.

Thursday, November 22

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 22

Children's Danceworks is offering a Just Boys four-week class for youths ages 3 1/2 to 4. The program is from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Nov. 27, at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St.

Joanne Palmer: Go ahead, take my day

Every seven minutes someone's identity is stolen. So, why did they forget me? If anyone would like to be me, I'll gladly give you my social security number, checking account number, the keys to my house and my banged-up, 1995 Subaru with over 100,000 miles on it. Here's a sample of what you'll get.

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YVMC set to break ground

Expansion follows record-setting birth, surgery numbers

On the heels of an October that saw Yampa Valley Medical Center set records in its number of births and operations, the hospital will begin work next week on an expansion that will increase its capacity for both.

Youth Corps 'makes a difference'

Local conservation, environment group has banner year

Becky Rupnow returned as a volunteer to the Yampa Valley Science School during her senior year at Steamboat Springs High School because she wanted to give back to the environment.

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No turkey, no problem

Stores to stay open for last-minute Thanksgiving needs

Many Routt County residents will gather today for Thanksgiving feasts, passing plates of turkey, baskets of rolls and an assortment of casserole dishes. But as is often the case, the men and women manning local kitchens will realize an essential ingredient for the feast is missing.

Sports briefs for Nov. 22

Steamboat youth wrestling dominates

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Soroco wrestlers start season with sights set on return to state

It's not the Denver Nuggets' inconsistent play that makes Soroco senior Levi Gonzales cringe. It's the tough memory of a shared venue.

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Snow, frigid weather a welcome arrival

There is more to be thankful for at Mount Werner this morning after 10 inches of snow fell Tuesday night and Wednesday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

The Record for Nov. 20

1:01 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Anglers Drive. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Wednesday, November 21

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White stuff at the right time

Old Man Winter awoke from his autumn slumber Tuesday evening and dumped 9 inches of snow on the Steamboat Ski Area. Snow showers are expected to linger over Steamboat into the early afternoon before giving way to clearing skies and a high temperature in the mid-30s.

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Full flights lengthen airport lines

Yampa Valley Regional Airport advises holiday travelers to arrive early

Travelers flying out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday should plan to arrive early and expect longer-than-usual check-in and security lines.

ACET nabs two Craig residents

Task force seizes alleged methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia

Several months of investigations led to the arrests of two Craig residents suspected of drug-related crimes, the All Crimes Enforcement Team, reported Tuesday.

Moratorium repeal ordinance moves forward

City Council continues push against ban on demolitions of structures deemed to be historic

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move to a second reading an ordinance that would repeal a temporary moratorium on demolitions to structures deemed historic.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 21

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's first court appearance on charges of driving under the influence and prohibited use of a weapon has been moved to 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4. The hearing previously was moved up from Jan. 8 to Nov. 27, but a scheduling conflict for Ron Smith, Wall's attorney, resulted in the hearing being postponed another week.

Mike Brumbaugh: Thanks for 'Harvey'

I wanted to take a moment and thank the dedicated and interested community and school folks who helped make this past weekend's Steamboat Springs High School fall theater production of "Harvey" a resounding success.

Paul and Mona Blee: Help still needed

On Nov. 22, 1979 - Thanksgiving Day - our daughter went missing. On Nov. 22, 2007, she will be gone 28 years.

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Students give thanks

Soda Creek kindergartners learn togetherness during holiday week

Holding hands around a Thanksgiving feast of sliced apples, popcorn and pumpkin bread Tuesday, Soda Creek Elementary School kindergartners counted to three and, in unison, said what they are thankful for.

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Senior-free Soroco squad looks to spread floor, earn wins

One might think a Soroco boys basketball team without any seniors would be a little hesitant about jumping into Class 2A Western Slope League play.

Joanne Palmer: I've got the genes for embarrassing moments

There are two kinds of people in this world - those who can wear a white shirt and eat spaghetti with marinara sauce, and those who wear marinara sauce on their white shirt when eating spaghetti.

The Record for Nov. 19

1:13 a.m. Police were called to perform a welfare check on an individual in Steamboat Springs whose friend was concerned about text messages she had received from him. Police couldn't locate the man.

Our View: Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

As we gather around the dinner table with friends, family, neighbors and others this Thanksgiving, we must remind ourselves to take a moment and reflect upon all we have to be thankful for. For many of us, it is easy to forget how long that list is.

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Veteran players to lead Soroco girls

At times, Soroco girls basketball coach Danelle Rivera feels like a parent who's watched her children grow to the point where she knows they're ready to fend for themselves.

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Pine Street 'up in arms'

Sidewalk proposal continues to incite Old Town residents

Stirred Old Town residents have risen to the defense of trees threatened by proposed city sidewalks on Pine Street.

County preserves reserves

Commissioners prioritize financial health over road improvements

The Routt County Board of Commissioners will maintain county reserves and avoid going into debt, even if it means waiting a few years to tackle infrastructure improvements.

Tuesday, November 20

Steamboat 700 submits latest plan

The developers of Steamboat 700 this week submitted to the city planning department their most detailed vision to date for the 700 acres they purchased in March.

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'We're the problem-solvers'

Veteran journalism instructor selected to mentor beginning teachers

Katy Gray, a 23-year Moffat County High School journalism teacher, thumbs through her copy of the Colorado High School Activities Association guide. The pages bulge with sticky notes, which mark high schools sponsoring student newspapers.

County helps Dinosaur hire deputy

It's never good to need law enforcement assistance when the nearest deputy is far away or off-duty.

The Record for Nov. 18

12:33 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Oak Creek. A man had locked himself out of his house and was in his shed looking for a spare key.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 20 needs volunteers to oversee a major section of the Web site.

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New system lets parents track school meal purchases online

On the first day of school this fall, Steamboat Springs School District students were assigned a four-digit code that could be used as a debit or credit system to pay for lunch.

URA generating high revenues

City exploring numerous options for unexpected windfall

The urban renewal authority created at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is generating more money than originally anticipated, and there are varying opinions about how that money should be used.

Tom Ross: Do you remember deep Sunday?

Snow so bottomless, skiers choked on it

You can write this down in your diary - Nov. 28, 2004 - DEEP SUNDAY! And to think I almost didn't go skiing.

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Winter blowing in

Storm forecast for today could bring end to mild fall weather

The brown of autumn could soon be replaced by the white of winter - and just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Steamboat Springs could receive between 2 and 5 inches of snow from a storm moving into the region today, said Ellen Heffernan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Moratorium up for debate

Split council to take up historic structures issue tonight

A controversial decision by the past Steamboat Springs City Council could take a step closer to being undone by the new one tonight.

Monday, November 19

Pilot & Today's phone system down

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is experiencing intermittent problems with its office phone system. If you need to reach somebody at the newspaper and are having a hard time getting through, call Editor Brent Boyer (846-6829), Advertising Director Scott Stanford (291-9278) or Publisher Bryna Larsen (846-8205). We apologize for the inconvenience. The newspaper's e-mail system is working.

Wellness Wednesdays catch on in Craig

It's Wednesday, late morning, and the parking lot at the American Legion in Craig is overflowing with cars. Inside, more than 30 older adults gently stretch limbs and work muscles in a fitness class aimed at helping them become stronger and more flexible.

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Routt County 4-H recognizes Steamboat veterinarian

Steamboat Springs veterinarian Lee Meyring has worked to develop youth interest in animal science for close to 15 years.

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Former councilman Brenner moves closer to state Senate run

Former Steamboat Springs City Council president Ken Brenner is inching closer to a 2008 bid for state Senate. Brenner announced Saturday that he filed the necessary paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office to run for the open Senate District 8 seat.

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Soccer talent evident in 2007 All-Western Colorado squad

Soccer is a big deal on the Western Slope. The proof is the makeup of the first annual 2007 All-Western Colorado boys soccer team.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 19

Routt County United Way and Wells Fargo Bank are sponsoring the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Holy Name Catholic Church at 524 Oak Street. All are welcome. The sponsors are in need of prepared food donations including turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry salads and desserts. Call Routt County United Way at 879-5605, or Wells Fargo Bank at 870-2021.

Be a part of your health care team

I have a friend who asks lots of questions. We make fun of her for it, too. But when it comes to health care, which is no laughing matter, I admire my friend's persistent curiosity.

360 Ranch subdivision wins recommendation of approval

The Routt County Planning Commission narrowly voted Thursday to recommend approval of a rural subdivision that could someday have one foot in the city of Steamboat Springs and the other in the county.

Sunday, November 18

Crash victim had ties to Steamboat Springs

Man was Balloon Rodeo participant

A man who died in a hot air balloon crash Friday morning in Iowa was a frequent visitor to Steamboat Springs and a longtime participant in the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

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Attackin' Akron puts end to Hayden's historic playoff run

The No. 1-ranked, defending state champion Akron Rams rolled over Hayden 55-6 on Saturday, ending a historic season for the Tigers. It was the first time Hayden reached the state semifinals in football.

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Wal-Mart supercenter now open

Moffat County store offers competition

Steamboat Springs' Wal-Mart has gained a super-sized competitor, of its own kind, with the recent opening of a new Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Craig.

Hunt of the week

Peter Doran

Stephen M. Dearholt: Timing suspicious?

I believe the old City Council closed the purchase of the Iron Horse Inn on Oct. 31 for the sole reason of being able to ensure the purchase could not be reversed by a new City Council. I guarantee delaying the closing by only one week would not have turned off the seller.

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School officials discuss options for all-day kindergarten

In JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler's office, a pyramid of binders and folders is filled with just about every fact anyone would want to know about all-day kindergarten.

Dave Shively: Things for the Springs

It's easy to pick on people from Pagosa Springs. The Pagosans just seem so very content living in their stunning physical surroundings, and the ones I know have no problem inviting doses of self-deprecating humor.

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Katherine Ingalls returns from devastating accident, sets sights on another national title

The weirdest part was that the truck hit her on her left side.

John F. Russell: Race for the jumps

Every fall there's a race in the United States.

Vision 2030 Spotlight: Summer Laws

Vision 2030 is a collaborative citizens effort to define the future of the Yampa Valley. Vision 2030 intends to gather the wisdom of valley residents to update the 1994 Vision 2020 Report of Recommendations and create a community vision that will define the "heart and soul" of the Yampa Valley and develop specific, doable, measurable strategies for ensuring that the "heart and soul" are successfully stewarded from one generation to the next.

Lori Jazwick: Looking at the 2008 Farm Bill

The new year promises to bring lots of changes for all USDA Service Centers. Unfortunately, we do not know what any of those changes will be until the new Farm Bill is signed. Government employees optimistically hope the bill will be signed shortly after the first of the year.

Karen Gordon Schulman: Be 'trash aware'

In June of 2006, after working on the city' Clean-Up, Green-Up Day, I wrote a letter to the editor explaining my concern regarding the trash along the roadsides in both the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County in general. I also made a number of suggestions of various ways in which we and our city and county governments could help keep Routt County clean. Below are the points I included in that letter:

Our View: All eyes on Antonucci, council

New Steamboat Springs City Council President Loui Antonucci says Nov. 6 marked the first time in city history - or at least since Steamboat became a home-rule charter - that residents elected five new council members.

Kerry Hart: College policies based on moral values

The once-forbidden topic of teaching values in public educational institutions is not as prevalent today as it was a couple of decades ago.

Routt County Spotlight: Susanmarie Oddo

Routt County Spotlight on Susanmarie Oddo.

Pete Waller: Need to consider the big picture

Much has been written about the turmoil in the subprime mortgage market, and consumers may understandably be worried about what it means to them. Will prospective homebuyers be able to get a loan? Can those with adjustable rate mortgages refinance before the interest rates reset? Is my bank affected by the market correction? Will the subprime market send the economy into a recession?

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Alpen Glow and siblings provide glimpse of future

The views from Alpen Glow are beginning to snap into focus this month as construction crews from Drahota Construction and its subcontractors prepare to transition inside for the winter.

Routt County budget in a pinch

Finance official says growth in area outpacing revenues

Despite an expected 19 percent increase in revenues - and spending that will exceed those revenues - Routt County will struggle to meet anticipated needs next year, according to a proposed 2008 budget.

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Democratic convention to boost economy, voter interest

The Colorado Democratic Party is expecting increased political participation in Routt County leading up to the 2008 presidential election, due to Colorado moving up its caucus date and Denver hosting the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.

Business File for Nov. 18

Help-U-Sell office opens in Steamboat

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Pinch of this, handful of that

Best Thanksgiving recipes are about what tastes good

On Friday afternoon, like most afternoons in longtime Routt County resident Elaine Gay's kitchen, something's cooking.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 31 to Nov. 13

Real estate transactions for Oct. 31 to Nov. 13

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Twin Miller brothers shooting for World Cup A

Nordic combined skier Davis Miller estimates that he made more than 370 jumps in competition and training last summer.

Carol O'Hare: Thanksgiving greeting from France

Naysayers shout that the United States is "the big bad wolf" around the world. Doomsday carpers rail that the nation's leadership and political image is at an all-time low. If we are to believe all these negative sentiments, for Thanksgiving, we should retreat into caves and feast on humble pie.

The Record for Nov. 16

Keith Montgomery Allen, 30, Steamboat Springs - Unlawful possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule I controlled substance, unlawful possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance, driving under the influence, open container (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Curator aims to educate

Teaching and learning never stop for Tracks and Trails Musuem's Laurie Elendu

Laurie Elendu says she felt like she was walking into a very exciting adventure last March, when she became curator of the Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek.

Best of the Web for Nov. 18

Be thankful this season for what you've got and where you live. We really have so many reasons to be joyful at this time of Thanksgiving, here in Routt County!

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 18

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Nov. 18, 2007.

Students rushing to finish college applications as deadlines near

In Gayle Dudley's perfect world, Steamboat Springs High School seniors would turn in their college applications well before Thanksgiving. But in reality, the high school's career and college adviser knows there will be a flurry of last-minute, panic-stricken students popping into her office this week.

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Winter reservations down

Holiday period strong, but overall figures lag in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat's winter resort and lodging properties are optimistic about the rapidly approaching ski season, but overall reservations are slightly down compared to last year.

Steamboat, Routt County cultivate energy-efficient building program

Routt County and Steamboat Springs officials are collaboratively investigating how to boost municipal green building efforts.

Saturday, November 17

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Ski area official describes the science behind the snow

In his office, Doug Allen keeps a photo that shows Mount Werner covered in several feet of powder after a weekend-long dumping of snow. The picture was taken the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2001 - the only other time in Allen's 21 years with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. that Steamboat Ski Area missed its opening day.

The heat spoils hunter's fruit

It's been an Indian Summer.

Jimmy Westlake: A Martian Syzygy

Get ready, Mars is coming!

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Tom Ross: 15 things to do while waiting to ski

The autumn of 1975 was exceptionally dry in the Yampa Valley. We didn't see a cloud during September, and it wasn't much different in October.

Autism a national health crisis

Four years ago, a group of parents began meeting to share some very special concerns and daily challenges they each faced. This was more just than a social gathering. Each parent had a child with autism or related disability and felt overwhelmed with a lack of resources and support from the community. From this "grassroots" parents group grew the Yampa Valley Autism Program, which now serves all of Northwest Colorado and offers services and assistance to the families affected by this devastating disorder.

The Record for Nov. 15

3:03 a.m. Police responded to a disturbance in the 3100 block of Lincoln Avenue, where two male roommates were fighting at a hotel.

South Routt school projects gearing up and breaking ground

Work began on the new South Routt Early Learning Center this week, after about two years of planning and fundraising by South Routt School District officials.

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Student ideas and hot air balloons take to the skies

Dustin Andrus and Cutter Pasternack were sprinting across the Steamboat Springs Middle School football field Friday morning when their hot air balloon crashed about 75 yards from where it launched.

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Parks and Rec granted $500K

Energy impact dollars will help fund $3.6M building expansion

The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department received a $500,000 state grant Tuesday to help remodel its offices and expand facilities by about 7,000 square feet.

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Hayden players, coaches and community make final touches for game

Once the morning frost thaws, John Svoboda is the first person to walk onto the Hayden High School football field.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 17

Routt County United Way and Wells Fargo Bank are sponsoring the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, at Holy Name Catholic Church at 524 Oak Street. All are welcome. The sponsors are in need of prepared food donations including turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry salads and desserts. Call Routt County United Way at 879-5605, or Wells Fargo Bank at 870-2021.

Friday, November 16

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Hayden prepares for clash with No. 1 Akron

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner could spend some time reflecting on how far the Tigers have come since he first took the program's reins. But four years later, Baumgartner is only looking forward.

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Lend a hand

Work of Human Hands craft bazaar focuses on developing nations

For its annual holiday craft bazaar, Holy Name Catholic Church offers a charitable hand by offering wares from dozens of developing nations.

Democrats to recruit delegates at seminar

The 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver is less than a year away, and the Colorado Democratic Party is ramping up efforts to recruit residents to participate.

Students awarded arts scholarship

Arts Council announces winners of $2K in college funds

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council recently awarded $2,000 in scholarship money to three students studying the arts in college.

The Record for Nov. 14

2:26 a.m. Shots were reported at the intersection of Logan Avenue and Larimer Street, where a resident heard a loud noise.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 16

Yampa Valley Medical Center's weekly Steamboat Today column, "Monday Medical," was honored with two trophies at the Gold Leaf Awards banquet in Denver earlier this month.

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Deb Babcock: Keeping orchids isn't hard

Every week when I go grocery shopping, I can't help but notice the beautiful orchids in the flower department. Like many local gardeners, I always thought that orchids were too exotic and fragile for Steamboat Springs, as well as expensive, and so avoided bringing any home.

On Scene

I'm sorry, basketball is on

CD reviews for LCD Soundsystem, Phosphorescent and The Hives

CD reviews of LCD Soundsystem's "45:33," Phosphorescent's "Pride" and The Hives' "The Black and White Album"

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Caleb Riley Funk Orchestra makes everything a standard

Dave Nezat, drummer for the Caleb Riley Funk Orchestra, is understandably excited.

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Coffee shop tunes

Steaming Bean Coffee adds live music to weekend mornings

Local musician Paul Geppert has been playing guitar for more than 30 years.

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Traffic woes continue at Strawberry Park

Strawberry Park Elementary School officials implemented a new traffic plan this fall for the campus's perpetually congested parking lot in September, but abandoned the plan Wednesday due to concerns from parents and bus drivers.

Margaret Hair: How Food Network ruins Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the only time of year that I don't trust the Food Network.

Films address water, energy issues

Sierra Club screens environmental documentaries tonight

Rich Levy, president of the local Sierra Club chapter, hopes a 20-minute trailer for a documentary about the Yampa River will be enough to get people interested in the river and its future.

Hayden School Board balks at adding baseball as school sport

There's no joy in Hayden - Tigers baseball has struck out.

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Elwood and his invisible rabbit

Steamboat Springs High School drama students present 'Harvey'

Elwood P. Dowd is one of the nicer characters you'll find in drama.

Thursday, November 15

Woman remains in critical condition after accident

An Oak Creek woman remains in critical condition today at Denver Health Medical Center as a result of injuries suffered in a one-car accident Wednesday afternoon.

Subdivision with a twist

Land preservation proposal goes before Planning Commission

The Routt County Planning Commission will hear a proposal tonight for a rural subdivision on Routt County Road 42 that could foreshadow the future of the rolling farmland west of Steamboat Springs.

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Students put own spin on classic fairy tales

In the classic fairy tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," the heroine is scared from the bears' home after being caught sleeping in the baby's bed. Lowell Whiteman Primary School students gave a new twist to that fairy tale and others Wednesday.

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School starts to take shape

Ficken: 'Some problems, but projects are moving along very well'

A group of Soda Creek Elementary School parents were treated Wednesday afternoon to a virtual tour of what their children's new school will look like.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 15

Off-leash dog hours begin Friday

Evaluating Mainstreet

Experts to weigh in on downtown advocacy efforts

The amount of construction in downtown Steamboat Springs is a rarity that bodes well for downtown's economic future, according to a resource team studying the Lincoln Avenue corridor.

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Historic policy review kicks off

Committee doesn't address possible repeal of moratorium

At their first meeting Wednesday, members of the city's Historic Structure Policy Review Committee established a framework for a process that could lead to a new city approach to regulating historic structures.

Youth Wellness Initiative meeting alerts parents, community to underage drinking

For high school youths, it is easy to get ahold of alcohol. As easy as a phone call.

Hayden to appoint new mayor

Schminkey's replacement expected today

After seven weeks without a mayor, the Hayden Town Board of Trustees is expected to name Joseph Schminkey's replacement tonight.

The Record for Nov. 15

Tuesday, Nov. 13

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No snow, no go: Ski area postpones opening day

For the second time in seven years, mild November weather has caused the Steamboat Ski Area to push back its opening day.

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New council wastes no time tackling issues

Steamboat Springs' new City Council wasted no time Tuesday tackling tough issues, creating what City Clerk Julie Jordan called "quite the list" of tasks for city staff.

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Running for a cause

Local attorney transforms self, lends support to fighting cancer

Two years ago, David Nagel ran into a family crisis no one ever wants to face. His sister-in-law, Lee Nagel, had been hit with a rare form of colon cancer at age 35.

Sports briefs for Nov. 15

Mixed doubles meet this weekend

Wednesday, November 14

Hayden police station granted funds

The Hayden Police Department was granted more than half the money it needs to build a new station.

Testing the waters

CNCC, Mesa State gauge local interest in teacher licensure program during forums

A Mesa State College representative fielded questions from the public during two forums hosted by the Colorado Northwestern Community College on Tuesday.

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Give thanks, give turkeys

United Way seeks donations for annual community dinner

For its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Routt County United Way and Wells Fargo Bank need a lot of pie.

The Record for Nov. 12

12:16 a.m. A missing persons report was filed at the Routt County Sheriff's Office. No further information was available.

Tinker Tiffany: Support housing

As I remember it, our City Council decided on the purchase of the Iron Horse Inn to supply affordable housing for city employees. I pictured, for example, housing for badly needed bus drivers.

Kevin Nerney: Setting the story straight

It's time to set the story straight. Originally, when this alleged incident took place back in February 2007, the judge told me not to talk to anyone about the case. Some people took my silence as a sign of guilt. From the beginning I have professed my innocence. Finally, a jury of my peers concurred with a verdict of "not guilty."

Sports briefs for Nov. 14

STARS calling on volunteers

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Steamboat U-14 girls win hockey tourney in bizarre overtime

As the players on the ice decreased, the screams only got louder.

Hayden to name a new mayor

After seven weeks without a mayor, the Hayden Town Board of Trustees is expected to name Joseph Schminkey's replacement Thursday.

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New City Council members dive into hot-button issues

Loui Antonucci was named president of the new Steamboat Springs City Council, and Cari Hermacinski its president pro-tem, during a Tuesday night meeting that saw newly elected council members make their mark in Centennial Hall.

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Construction hits sewer snag

Workers find Perry-Mansfield pipe on school district property

Steamboat Springs School District officials are hustling to get the expansion of Strawberry Park Elementary School back on schedule, but workers recently hit a snag with the discovery of an 8-inch sewer line - owned by the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp - in the construction area.

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County Commissioners discuss raising child care assistance

Stephanie Howle, director of First Impressions of Routt County, said Tuesday that the biggest problem for local families seeking early childhood education is not long waiting lists at overcrowded preschools - the biggest problem is cost.

Our View: Voting by mail should remain optional

Colorado's legislators and county clerks are making the right move by preparing for potential problems with the 2008 election. But any push to mandate a statewide, all-mail voting system is premature and should be used only as a last resort.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 14

The ninth annual Backcountry Ball begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Depot Art Center on 13th Street. The event includes music, food, drinks, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Routt Backcountry, which works to create and maintain nonmotorized winter recreation areas. Tickets are $25 at All That Jazz for nonmembers, and $20 at Spruce-Up Hair Care for members. Call 870-6445 or 879-1722.

Historic policy committee convenes today

A day after the swearing in of a new Steamboat Springs City Council, a committee established by the former council will convene for the first time.

Joanne Palmer: Ready : set : snow!

With the change of season comes a long to-do list of things to get done before the snow flies. In case you need a reminder, I'll share my list with you.

Sailors volleyball players earn all-league honors

Steamboat volleyball coach Wendy Hall doesn't like to make a big deal out of all-league recognition.

Tuesday, November 13

The Record for Nov. 11

12:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers arrested a woman on suspicion of driving under the influence at Lincoln Avenue and Ninth Street.

Bag scanning goes high tech

Airport boosts baggage claim area for winter season

Travelers moving through Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season will encounter temporary improvements to the baggage claim area that could relieve congestion.


Teen education program seeks to reduce violence

A program sponsored by Advocates-Crisis Support Services, PReVENT educates high school students about bullying and relationship-based violence and then trains them to pass that information on to their peers.

Denied ski area development appeals to Steamboat council

On an agenda otherwise filled with orientation and ceremonial items, a newly seated Steamboat Springs City Council also will consider an appeal of the Planning Commission's Oct. 11 denial of the Edgemont development at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 13

The Economic Restructuring Committee of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is having a Holiday Window Dressing Contest on Nov. 23. Windows will be judged twice: once during the day and once in the evening (think lights). Cash prizes will be awarded. Register with Tracy Barnett at 846-1800.

Tom Ross: This should be a northern mountain winter

Jeff Colton uttered words to warm a skier's frozen heart Monday.

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Nerney continues fight

Pirate's Pub owner will challenge liquor license revocation

Jade Summit and Pirate's Pub owner Kevin Nerney is exploring several avenues to overturn last week's revocation of his liquor license.

All-day K group starts planning

Superintendent Smyser hopes for decision by March

JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler, curriculum and instruction director for the Steamboat Springs School District, said district stakeholders have embarked on one of the most important steps in creating an all-day kindergarten program - starting a dialogue.

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Crossan, Anderson and Brown sworn in to School Board

Steamboat Springs School Board Interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser told the School Board's three new members Monday that they are carrying on a 100-year tradition in being trustees of Steamboat's children.

Monday, November 12

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Success despite a loss

Steamboat football looks back on season

This year's seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School football team hold a special place in the heart of Sailors coach Aaron Finch.

Luke Graham: In one word

2007 Sailors football defined by character

Resilience. The word was thrown around a lot when discussing this year's Steamboat Springs High School football team.

Charlie Bates: Emerald City concert impresses

Friday night's concert at United Methodist Church, featuring Mark Rasmussen on trumpet, was Emerald City Opera's first Resident Artist Spotlight Series performance of the season. Rasmussen is billed as a freelance trumpeter from the San Francisco Bay area and San Diego in classical, jazz and rock. He is now a member of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra.

The Record for Nov. 10

12 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported at Gondola Square. Police issued a warning.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 12

The 13th annual Tread of Pioneers Museum Festival of Trees, sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs and Ace at the Curve Home and Hardware, began Saturday and continues through Nov. 19 at the museum, on the corner of Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.

'New Pioneers' honored

The Emerald Mountain Partnership, Gretchen Van De Carr and the Strawberry Park Elementary School Green Team were honored Saturday night as "new pioneers" in the Yampa Valley.

War memorial fountain dedicated

One of Steamboat Springs resident Buck Buckland's most vivid memories while working for the U.S. Department of Defense was seeing family members talk to each other on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall, while they couldn't see each other.

Hold on to treating bladder leakage

Bladder leakage, also called urinary incontinence, is a health issue that some people are too embarrassed to discuss. Others simply live with the problem, wishing to avoid surgery and unaware that there are other treatment options.

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The retired and the rescued

Local veterans pay proper thanks to worn, torn and tattered American flags

Under other circumstances, an event organized to burn hundreds of American flags would be either cause for outrage, a happening born of protest, or both. Sunday morning's gathering at the Moffat County Fairgrounds was neither.

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City officials disagree with federal, state population figures

City officials disagree with state and federal census figures that say Steamboat Springs' population is shrinking, and are taking a head count into their own hands.

Sunday, November 11

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Wall notes positive achievements, addresses perceptions

Some might balk at the label "controversial." Not Gary Wall. "I'm a lightning rod for sure," the Routt County Sheriff said recently.

Alumni seek title ring

Former Sailors help Mesa State to 9-1 record

As a wide-eyed freshman trying to make his mark on a program, Zimmerer - a Steamboat Springs High School graduate - walked into an established Mesa State College football program in 2003.

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Record-lovers come out of the woodwork

Indie rock fan, All That Jazz employee and record aficionado Tony Ranieri knows that vinyl records never went the way of the 8-track or cassette tape.

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When the world changed

Steamboat veterans tell stories about their service

Donald Lufkin, 84, remembers Dec. 7, 1941, like it was yesterday. He was on his family's ranch building a dairy barn when the news that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor came over the radio.

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Last-minute loss

Steamboat drops first-round playoff game to Fossil Ridge

Saturday in Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge made more big plays than Steamboat Springs - and that was the difference in the game.

Hunt of the Week for Nov. 11

Occupation: Kum & Go sales assistant

Stephen M. Aigner and Sue Carter: Concerned for future

We formed the Concerned Citizens for the Future of Steamboat Springs because we love Steamboat Springs and we love living here with our neighbors. Thus, we are very concerned about the future of Steamboat Springs. These beliefs guide us:

Class Notes for Nov. 11

Sixth grade: Mackenzie Holberg and Alexis Len

Routt County Spotlight: Phoebe Fulkerson

Occupation: Artist and teacher

Best of the Web for Nov. 11

The city could have given all employees making less than professional wages a raise sufficient to afford rents in town for a LOT less money than buying this property will cost.

Routt County's unsung rural 'heroes'

As a board member for Historic Routt County, I've helped compile the history of much of this area - its people, homes, barns, ranches, business, community facilities and agriculture. However, little attention has been given to the role of the "utility animals."

The Gegenschein

The vacuum of space is empty, right? Well, by earthly standards, it is. But it isn't completely devoid of all matter. In fact, the space between the planets is filled with fine dust particles.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 30

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - ADRIAN, GEORGE THEODORE To OTOMO, MICHAEL For GRASSY CREEK MT HARRIS FINAL PLAT LOT 17 - $300,000

Harriet Freiberger: Gratitude is the least we can offer

Today, we Americans honor all the men and women who have served in this country's armed forces. The annual tradition began 88 years ago, on the first anniversary of a temporary armistice between hostile forces. Seven years later, Congress required a presidential proclamation "inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 11

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Nov. 11, 2007.

The Record for Nov. 9

Saturday, Nov. 3 Dylan James Kane, 21, Yampa - Failure to appear (Driving under the influence) (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Kerry Hart: Study finds in favor of dual enrollment

Last spring, a friend and former colleague of mine in Wyoming sent me a newspaper article about his 17-year old son, who was receiving his associate's degree from the local community college two weeks before he would receive his high school diploma. The son had participated in a dual enrollment program, in which juniors and seniors in high school who meet certain stipulations can earn both high school and college credit at no cost to the student. Although the financial benefit to high school students participating in the dual enrollment program is enormous, there is now a national study that validates the academic benefits of this type of program as well.

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Old West-style spirits

New liquor store opens in downtown Steamboat

The retail liquor business in downtown Steamboat Springs is growing almost as fast as it disappeared a few months ago.

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Soda Creek students say 'thank you' to veterans

Jim Stanko could hardly contain himself when he read a handwritten note given to him Tuesday night by a Soda Creek Elementary School student.

Dramatically altered council ponders future

After a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, the new Steamboat Springs City Council will have to elect a new council president. The choice could be down to two.

Heather Burchall, MS, RD: Join Smokeout

The American Cancer Society is urging thousands of tobacco users across the country to give up their tobacco products for the day and perhaps a lifetime on Thursday for the Great American Smokeout. To help encourage tobacco users to stick with it and get through those urges, it is important to focus on positive health changes that can happening as quickly as 20 minutes after quitting.

Tara Shaffer: Great people in city

During the past year, our community has read about how certain authority figures aren't getting along or aren't behaving well. I'd like to make the community aware of some wonderful people walking around among us. I have been fortunate enough to find the true good in our community.

The Ramunno family: Help appreciated

Members of the Ramunno Family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all those who were so helpful during our mother Marilyn's illness. Special thanks go out to Dr. Allen Cohn, Jan Fritz and staff, Dr. Hermacinski, Sports Med, hospice, and the Doak Walker Care Center.

Russ Garrity: Soroco says thanks

On behalf of the Improve Soroco Schools committee, I want to thank each and every person that helped us approve these very important ballot issues. The list of supporters is very long and it includes people across the entire South Routt district. We deeply appreciate your putting our kids first. These much-needed changes will significantly improve the quality of our schools, and we are very fortunate to live in such a great community. Thank you all.

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Lunch brings sense of community to South Routt

Three times a week, meal brings seniors together for socializing, fun and food

The senior citizens in South Routt County know a good deal when they eat one.

Dave Shively: Guts and glory

The question caught me so off guard, I almost laughed:

Conservative commentary: Tax that man behind the tree!

Some years ago, the late Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, poking fun at tax reform policy, said that the underlying philosophy was, "Don't tax me. Don't tax thee. Tax that man behind the tree!"

Our View: A day (or month) to remember

Time will tell the significance of the 2007 election on the history of Routt County and its communities. What was immediately significant - and telling - were the clear messages given by voters.

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Tigers football digs for upset win, advances to semifinals

It would have been a great day to rob a house in Hayden.

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Mother, daughter ride to national horse reining notoriety

When it comes to the equine sport of reining, Medora Fralick won't hesitate to remind you that you're not dealing with an English riding discipline.

A clean slate for School Board

New members look to start fresh

After winning seats on the Steamboat Springs School Board by wide margins, new members Laura Anderson, Lisa Brown and Robin Crossan - who campaigned under the "ABCs for Education" banner - may find their honeymoon brief.

Business file for Nov. 11

Beall appointed resort development VP

Saturday, November 10

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 10

Applications for energy assistance available

Vision 2030 spotlight

Vision 2030 spotlight on Tim Frentress.

Class of 1957 celebrates 50th reunion

Amidst changing autumn colors and a mixture of sunshine and rain, 27 members of Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 1957 gathered in Steamboat the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16, 2007, to celebrate their 50th class reunion.

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Moskowitz putting stamp on Western State program

Seven months after Mike Moskowitz took over the Western State College men's basketball program, the former Steamboat Springs assistant coach is making a name for himself in Gunnison.

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Steamboat Bantams start tourney with shutout win

Steamboat Springs' first youth hockey tournament of the season, the Rocky Mountain Rumble, opened Friday afternoon with a little three-county, on-ice rivalry between the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association Bantam B's and the Kremmling Cattle Kings, a collection of 13- and 14-year-olds from Kremmling, Craig and the Oak Creek Hockey Association.

The Record for Nov. 8

Thursday, Nov. 8

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Mail-only vote possible

County clerks warn of potential election crisis in 2008

Mail-in ballots could be the only option for Routt County voters in the 2008 election.

Lodging boosts business

Sales tax revenue up for downtown, mountain area

The mountain area and downtown Steamboat Springs are continuing to recover from the sales slump experienced earlier this year, with gains in lodging revenue contributing a significant boost.

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City staff shortages widespread

Manager: Four empty snowplow driver positions 'critical'

City staff shortages that will force a reduction in bus service this winter are being felt in other city departments as well.

'Growing our own educators'

Forums to gauge public support for four-year elementary education program

Two public forums scheduled for 2 and 6:30 p.m. at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig Campus on Tuesday will help determine if a four-year elementary education program could be offered in Craig, a CNCC official said.

Tom Ross: Turn and face the change

A younger generation assumes control of the 'Boat

"Ch-ch-ch CHANGES : Time may change me, but I can't change time."

VNA programs help parents

When it comes to community resources, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association often is the first point of contact for expectant parents and families with young children. The VNA is the local public health provider for Routt and Moffat counties and is home to many community programs. The following is a summary of just some of the services and resources available through VNA. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Hayden vetoes houses near airport

City's Planning Commission updates Comprehensive Plan

The Hayden Planning Commission on Tuesday struck down the idea of building residential housing near Yampa Valley Regional Airport, amid fears that doing so would create "two separate Haydens."

Friday, November 9

Work out your inner artist

Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym can help you archive memories

Scrapbooking rule No. 1: Take lots of pictures.

At the root of it all

Grassroots campaign to curb youth drinking begins Tuesday

Organizers of an upcoming local campaign designed to limit underage drinking are angling for participation from key areas - health, mental health, education, law enforcement and the judicial system.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 9

Off-leash dog program trial hours begin Nov. 16

Sheraton proposal enters city planning

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has entered the city planning process with its plans to remodel the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel. When the transformation is complete, the hotel will include 47 multi-bedroom condominiums that will be added to more than 6,000 "vacation villas" marketed and managed by Starwood Vacation Ownership.

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Hunter rescued by helicopter

Woman OK after night near Hinman Campground

A young California woman was rescued by helicopter early Thursday morning in North Routt County after becoming separated from her hunting party Wednesday.

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Works at Comb Goddess created for, inspired by children

For her newest project, local artist Susanmarie Oddo decided to move away from the wine and cheese crowd.

On scene

Turns out that screenwriting Oscar that Ben Affleck won back in 1997 wasn't a fluke.

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Spotlight on residents

Local trumpeter Rasmussen featured in opera series concert

Trumpeter Mark Rasmussen wants to show the many sides of his instrument when Emerald City Opera opens its concert season tonight.

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Shake a leg with a smile

CMC concert series debuts in 'Boat

Colorado Mountain College will bring its annual concert series to Steamboat Springs for the first time this season, kicking off with Americana rock from The Rifters on Thursday.

Margaret Hair: Strike, TV get bad, fast

On Monday, members of the Writers Guild of America (East and West) closed their laptops and went on strike, picketing for rights to residuals from DVDs, Internet re-airings and digital media.

The Record for Nov. 7

Wednesday, Nov. 7

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Deb Babcock: Witch of the West

If you've ever looked up into spruce trees during a hike in the woods, you've probably noticed what looks like a large nest or the bristle end of an old-fashioned broom.

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Differing styles meet

Sailors set for first-round playoff opponents

It will be a matchup of contrasts when Steamboat Springs and Fossil Ridge square off in the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday in Fort Collins.

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Developers dish a little buzz

First real estate roundup draws large attendance

There were enough news nuggets Thursday night at the Real Estate Expo and Roundup to keep a packed house at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Ballroom paying close attention to a panel of six leading developers.

Annual New Pioneers gala goes green

At last year's inaugural New Pioneers sustainable development gala, event organizers grossly underestimated the amount of guests and subsequently ran out of food at the jam-packed Depot Art Center.

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Byers beware, Tigers ready

When Byers football coach David Dodge brought his team to Hayden three years ago, he hit a wall. The Tigers all but shut down the Bulldogs, forcing them to go to a one-trick-pony passing attack.

High school winter sports start Saturday

Saturday marks the first day winter sports teams throughout Colorado can officially begin practice, according to Colorado High School Activities Association guidelines.

Planning commissioners get first look at Ski Time Square redevelopment

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission wants to see more from developers who plan to replace Ski Time Square and Thunderhead Lodge with a project more than four times as large.

Public TV viewing made easy

Rocky Mountain PBS joins the airwaves on channels 10 and 24

Early risers can flip on Rocky Mountain PBS television this morning and stretch out the kinks with Priscilla's Yoga Stretches at 6 a.m. and again at 6:15 a.m. And for the first time, television viewers don't need a cable television subscription or a satellite dish to get public television in Northwest Colorado.

Pub's liquor license revoked

City Council votes, 3-2, against Jade Summit owner Nerney

City officials Thursday revoked the liquor license of Jade Summit restaurant and Pirate's Pub owner Kevin Nerney for what they called a violation of the state's liquor code of conduct.

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Faring well

Great American Taxi draws on roots traditions

Great American Taxi guitarist Vince Herman is quick to talk about politics and music. He's just as quick to mention that drawing on the rich folk tradition of knowing - and singing - about what's going on in the world doesn't mean Great American Taxi doesn't know how to encite a good dance party.

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Council mulls Iron Horse

New councilors face challenges

Steamboat Springs' planned $4.05 million purchase of the Iron Horse Inn was a controversial topic leading up to Election Day. And now that the deal has closed, the incoming City Council will be hard-pressed to reverse the transaction.

Agreement reached in demo party case

Tentative sentences don't include jail time; felony charges dismissed

Two of the four men accused of causing significant damage to a rented Steamboat Springs home during an alleged demolition party agreed to tentative plea agreements Thursday.

Thursday, November 8

Hunter rescued by helicopter

A young California woman was rescued by helicopter early this morning in North Routt County after becoming separated from her hunting party Wednesday.

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Wall's license in jeopardy

Breathalyzer refusal could mean loss of privileges for one year

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's driver's license could be revoked for up to one year for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test Oct. 27 when Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling cited him for driving under the influence and a related weapons charge near U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 8

Military donations sought for troops overseas

Man pleads guilty in bomb case

Former Hayden resident Dusty Zabel pled guilty to reckless endangerment Wednesday in connection with a series of homemade acid bombs set off in Hayden during the first week of August.

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Business district denied funding

Steamboat downtown property tax increase sunk by six votes

A property tax increase for the Downtown Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District was defeated by only six votes in a special election Tuesday.

Tuning up the bike

Riders looking for new members, officers

The Routt County Riders Bicycle Club meets at 6 p.m. today in Centennial Hall to elect officers for 2008 and invite new members to join the club.

Peewees and Bantams start youth hockey season at home

Youth hockey hits full swing this weekend as Howelsen Ice Arena hosts its first youth tournament of the season - the eighth annual Rocky Mountain Rumble.

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Tigers have sights set on history

The nine seniors on the Hayden High School football squad are fully aware of where they stand.

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Yampa Street project passes

City Council votes unanimously to approve new building

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an innovative new building for 655 Yampa St. Despite his "yes" vote, Councilman Towny Anderson expressed some concerns about the project.

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Sailors hope for lucky third try

The seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School football team are used to playing in November.

The Record for Nov. 6

Tuesday, Nov. 6

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Valley's future discussed

Vision 2030 meeting goal to promote positive change

Some wanted to preserve Western heritage and others urged more affordable living options, but everyone at Wednesday's Vision 2030 meeting agreed it will take the community working as a whole to enact positive change in the Yampa Valley.

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Rec center may have led to council losses

Wednesday was a day for second-guessing as Steamboat Springs City Council incumbents pondered their resounding Election Day defeats.

Housing Authority nears hire

Former superintendent Howell among director finalists

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is nearing a hire for its executive director position, and former Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Donna Howell is one of two finalists for the job. The Housing Authority's interim executive director, Curtis Church, is the other.

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Joanne Palmer: Not just for talking

Press one if you'd like to read this column in English. Press two if you'd like to bypass this column and go straight to your horoscope. Press three if you'd like to buy this column by waving your cell phone over it.

Wednesday, November 7

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 7

Sheriff's court date moved to Nov. 27

Magill defeats Arroyo for District 3 seat

Local businessman looks to make City Council more efficient

Walter Magill says he's ready to get to work on a number of important issues facing the Steamboat Springs City Council. Magill won a two-year seat representing District 3, defeating opponent Vince Arroyo by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent Tuesday.

Recreation center tanks

Voters overwhelmingly defeat Referendums 2B, 2C

A proposed $34 million recreation center that would have been funded by Steamboat Springs property taxes failed miserably in Tuesday's election. Almost 80 percent of city voters cast "no" ballots for Referendums 2B and 2C.

Hayden approves cemetery revenue change

West Routt County voters pledged support for the Hayden Cemetery District on Tuesday night by resoundingly approving Referendum 5B.

Sharon Nereson wins Hayden seat

District D incumbent Troy Wertenberger lost his seat on the Hayden School Board to challenger Sharon Nereson in Tuesday's election.

Hayden passes building use tax

The town of Hayden will put more of its tax responsibility on new growth, thanks to the passage of Referendum 2A.

South Routt school funds OK'd

Property taxes will buy new boilers, boost district coffers

The South Routt School District will receive money for new boilers at two schools and for its general fund after voters passed Referendums 3A and 3B by a wide margin Tuesday.

Crossan cruises past Rusk for School Board seat

Robin Crossan, a retired facilities director and disaster recovery planner for Macy's in New York City, was elected the District 4 Steamboat Springs School Board representative Tuesday, defeating incumbent Char Rusk.

The Record for Nov. 5

Monday, Nov. 5

Jim Tholson: Construction a problem

When are we, the residents of Steamboat Springs, finally going to stand up and say, "We have an incurable illness"? Construction and deconstruction has gotten to the point of being ridiculous, especially when the only thing driving this madness appears to be greed.

North Routt approves tax for fire district

Dave Moss wasn't too surprised Tuesday night when 75 percent of North Routt County voters voted "yes" on Referendum 5A, an annual property tax increase for the North Routt Fire Protection District.

Long retains her School Board seat

Longtime South Routt School Board member Linda Long retained her District 4 seat after voters re-elected her Tuesday night.

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Wins of change

Challengers convincingly beat council incumbents

Steamboat voters called for change Tuesday. Challengers convincingly won all three Steamboat Springs City Council races involving incumbent candidates.

Our View: Another way to create change

The Vision 2030 process provides a valuable opportunity for community members to discuss their hopes for the future of the Yampa Valley. Strong public involvement began last week in North Routt, and we hope that trend continues tonight in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill.

Bentley edges past Hughes in District 2

Affordable housing and teamwork at the top of her agenda

Meg Bentley defeated former Steamboat Springs City Manager Paul Hughes in a close race for the District 2 City Council seat.

Routt County road tax voted down at polls

Voters overwhelmingly reject deBrucing measure that didn't include sunset provision

Routt County voters overwhelmingly turned down a property tax increase that would have raised $3.3 million or more a year for road improvements and other capital projects.

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Voters get relief with short lines, no waits

What a difference a year makes. Voters in Steamboat Springs saw little delays at polling locations Tuesday, breezing through the ballot process in a distinct contrast from Election Day a year ago.

Anderson wins School Board seat

In October 2006, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted 3-1 to appoint Jerry Kozatch, not Laura Anderson, to the District 5 seat vacated when former School Board President Tom Miller-Freutel resigned.

Tuesday, November 6

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Complete Routt County election results

Click here for full results from Tuesday's election, which featured a number of overwhelming victories for City Council and School Board challengers.

Man gored by deer while hunting

Victim's name and condition not yet released

One man's hunting trip took a dangerous turn this weekend when a wounded buck deer gored him approximately 15 miles south of Craig.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 6

Sailors football first-round playoff game Saturday

The Record for Nov. 4

Sunday, Nov. 4

Sailors excel during math day

High school forensics team also does well in competition

If the old adage holds true that brains win out over brawn, then the Steamboat Springs High School math team flexed some serious mental muscle on Thursday during Colorado State University's "Math Day."

Teacher: Students don't unroll condoms on bananas

Steamboat Springs High School health teacher Lonn Clementson acknowledges that teaching sex to high school freshmen and sophomores is a delicate matter.

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Strawberry Park students recognized for environmental efforts

Barb Parnell said it takes only one person to make an impact in helping to save the environment. But the Yampa Valley Recycles volunteer noted that Strawberry Park Elementary School's collective conservation effort is truly inspiring.

City Council faces light Election Day agenda

Little drama is expected at tonight's final meeting of the current Steamboat Springs City Council.

Tom Ross: Is there a mountain dog in your life?

Wyoming writer opens the door to understanding canine behavior

If you hiked up to the quarry on Emerald Mountain on Saturday, you might have been leading the parade of 'Boat people and their well-behaved mountain dogs.

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Suspect in high-speed chase flees hospital

The Colorado State Patrol is looking for a man who walked out of Yampa Valley Medical Center early Saturday morning while recovering from minor injuries suffered Friday during a high-speed car chase and subsequent crash.

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Election Day arrives

Win or lose, most happy to get it over with

Election Day has arrived, but many voters won't visit any of the 10 polling locations set up throughout Routt County today. Truth be told, Election Day is no longer just the first Tuesday in November.

Monday, November 5

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Luke Graham: Continuing success

Kelly Meek's basketball teams have been the definition of success.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 5

- The Routt County Clerk & Recorders Office will be closed from noon today through Tuesday to prepare for voting locations and conduct polling on Election Day.

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Crews install midway terminal for Christie Peak lift

With the start of the 2007-08 ski season 16 days away, work on the new Christie Peak Express six-passenger chairlift is accelerating at Steamboat Ski Area.

The Record for Nov. 3

12:57 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers responded to a report of a drunken pedestrian in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The individual was taken to detox.

Sailors awarded No. 11 seed in playoffs

The Steamboat Springs High School football team's attention turned to the postseason Sunday, when it was awarded the No. 11 seed and a first-round matchup against sixth-seeded Fossil Ridge in Fort Collins. The game will be played Friday or Saturday at a time to be determined.

Mobile recycling bin keeps trash from landfills

It's big, it's mobile and it's green.

Fitness, lessons keep older skiers, riders on the slopes

At their best, alpine skiing, telemarking and snowboarding are exhilarating, freeing and fun sports. At their worst, they are, well, painful.

Monday Medical: How altitude affects newborns

"It's the altitude." That catch-all phrase is used to rationalize or explain a wide variety of experiences in Colorado.

Sunday, November 4

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Sailors boys, girls return to court

Colorado high school basketball champions are crowned in March, but coaches and players know a championship mentality is built much earlier.

Hunt of the Week: Dr. Dennis Noonan

Hunt of the Week: Dr. Dennis Noonan

Class Notes for Nov. 4

Weaver received Rotary scholarship

Bryn Weaver, a 2001 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has recently been awarded a prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to earn her master's degree at the London School of Economics in London.

Christian Heritage School explores world cultures as Halloween alternatives

There were a few ghosts, a princess and a pirate roaming the hallways of Christian Heritage School on Halloween, but they were outnumbered by packs of kangaroos, zebras and tigers.

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Hayden advances to state quarterfinals with thrilling win

The nine seniors on the Hayden football team have advanced to the Class 1A state playoffs in every one of their high school years.

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Artists' Gallery celebrates one year on Lincoln Avenue

The Artists' Gallery of Steamboat threw itself a first birthday party Friday, celebrating a visible boom in the town's art community.

Michael Brown: Wants vs. needs

After living in Steamboat for 17 years, I have finally figured out what the Yampa Valley Curse really is. It is turning wants into urgent needs that require huge expenditures and, of course, tax increases. It manifests itself whenever there is a meeting of elected officials, and most prominently when there is an election.

Best of the Web for Nov. 4

Best of the Web for Nov. 4

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Curtain call

With 7 months left to operate, Steamboat Mountain Theater owner looks to the future

For all the energy he puts into supporting theater in Steamboat Springs, Kelly Anzalone has no formal experience in theater or any of the arts. At all.

Routt County Spotlight: Burt Kempers

Burt Kempers Age: Older than I can remember

Vision 2030 spotlight

Vision 2030 is a collaborative citizens effort to define the future of the Yampa Valley. Vision 2030 intends to gather the wisdom of valley residents to update the 1994 Vision 2020 Report of Recommendations and create a community vision that will define the "heart and soul" of the Yampa Valley and develop specific, doable, measurable strategies for ensuring that the "heart and soul" are successfully stewarded from one generation to the next.

Our View: Make your voice heard

Voter apathy tends to be strongest in odd-year elections. That doesn't appear to be the case this year, and for good reason.

John F. Russell: Injury doesn't stop skier

If American ski racer Caroline Lalive had her way, she would be ripping down a super-G course on some European mountain with a name that I can't spell - let alone pronounce.

700 in focus

City Council Candidates differ on annexation

It's been called everything from the biggest thing to face Steamboat Springs in 30 years to the city's last chance to confront its affordable housing crisis.

Scott Berry: Use common sense

The new recreation center has turned into a classic sociological debate. The potential benefits for some of the citizens of Steamboat would be wonderful. One can become ecstatic about its potential. But therein lies the crux of the matter - it has become very emotional.

David W. Bishop, M.D.: Rec center satisfies

While speaking with my son, Tim Bishop (principal of Steamboat Springs Middle School), I was informed that Steamboat Springs is considering the building of a recreation center. Durango now has a recreation center that required bringing it to the voters on two occasions. The second vote narrowly passed, but the resulting Community Recreation Center has been of great benefit to our area. The center was opposed by various private gyms and training centers, but ultimately no mortal damage was caused. Many of the people now using the recreation center did not have memberships in these private gyms anyway. What has been surprising is the use of the center by senior citizens. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon finds many seniors using the indoor walking/running track and the various exercise machines The recreational pool and current pool are also very popular with the seniors. The lap pool is used all day by many people. The Masters Swimming program practices four times per week in the early morning and two times in the late afternoon. There are probably nearly 40 adults registered in this program. The Durango age group swimming teams use the pool for training and for multi-team swimming meets. Swimming lessons and other programs are provided throughout the year.

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Ball sparks WWII memories

Museum exhibit opening in time for Veterans' Day

For Oak Creek resident Lorraine Gregory, a deflated football recently found upstairs in her farmhouse brings back memories of rationing food and purchasing bonds to support Americans fighting overseas in World War II.

Business File for Nov. 4

The Charitable Foundation of Colorado Group Realty will award $11,000 in grants Monday to nine local community programs.

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Hayden developments stall

Villages at Hayden, Hidden Springs Ranch hit legal snag

Construction at the Villages at Hayden and Hidden Springs Ranch residential developments has been put on hold because of a legal dispute between the developers and their contractors.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 23-29

Real estate transactions for Oct. 23 through 29, 2007.

Cheap homes hard to find

Sub-$500K market shrinking quickly

Properties priced below $500,000 in Routt County still account for a large chunk of transaction volume. However, the supply is drying up, and the monthly number of sales of properties less than a half-million dollars has declined by 32 percent since the first quarter of 2007.

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Growing rock climbing program producing next crop of local pioneers

Alex Moore hopes to strengthen his students by teaching them the basics.

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Mobile homes enjoy new stature

Residents of two Steamboat Springs neighborhoods are translating mobile homes into newfound security and upward mobility.

Jimmy Westlake: The fireballs of fall

As you gaze up at the starry sky in early November, don't be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens. There's no reason to be alarmed, it's just the annual Taurid meteor shower reaching its peak of activity.

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Abstinence first

Steamboat high school students get straight talk on sex

Alison Harris was 16 when she and her Steamboat Springs High School classmates were shown how to unroll a condom by their health class teacher.

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Swiss deli opens doors downtown

With this weekend's opening of Heidi's Little Switzerland, owner Heidi Schaefer is continuing a dream her father started in California 35 years ago.

The Record and Jail Report for Nov. 4

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.

Rec center issue dominates ballot

Questions ask voters to fund construction and operation of facility

For more than a year, proponents of a new recreation center in Steamboat Springs fought simply to get the facility onto the ballot.

Michael Turner: Staff irresponsible

The editorial staff of this newspaper demonstrated an amazing lack of community responsibility by recommending a "no" vote on one tax issue that addressed the deteriorating infrastructure of our community (roads) and then turning around and supporting a "yes" on a frills-packed, taxpayer-supported "fun palace" (recreation center).

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South Routt gridiron legends debate Rams' best 11-man squad

The future of football in South Routt County is unknown.

Jon Casson: Skatepark needed

There is a lot of discussion in our community about the proposed recreation center, its location, necessity and cost. As part of the rec center's proposed plans, there is a portion of land allocated toward a new skateboard park. I'd like to elaborate on the skatepark portion of the rec center.

Conservative commentary: Consumers deserve health care choice, not mandates

"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it." - Mark Twain

Ken Burgess: Maintain roads

The County Commissioners have crafted a tax increase that can keep Routt County infrastructure from sliding backward as growth continues. Gravel roads are fine for the rural countryside that defined so much of Routt County in the past. Today, however, the volume of traffic has exceeded the ability of those gravel roads to be economically and safely maintained. Existing paved roads established 20 or 30 years ago now do not provide an efficient and safe environment with the growing traffic, which includes school buses.

Dave Shively: 'Gotta run'

Nobody knew Bernie Boettcher when he first came to Steamboat.

Saturday, November 3

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 3

Applications for energy assistance available

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Man caught after police chase

State Patrol estimates speed reached 120 mph on Colo. 131

A Denver man is in custody with minor injuries after leading the Colorado State Patrol on a high-speed chase Friday south of Steamboat Springs.

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YVMC sets births record

Yampa Valley Medical Center recorded 59 births in October, surpassing the previous record of 49.

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Tom Ross: Skimeister, innovator, manager and Hall of Famer

At age 66, Loris 'Bugs' Werner is right where he belongs

Loris "Bugs" Werner is in the Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame - where he belongs.

The Record for Nov. 1

Thursday, Nov. 1

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Sailors in playoffs

Easy win against Battle Mountain caps regular season

Good football teams take care of business when they have to. On Friday, against a fired-up Battle Mountain squad with 12 seniors playing their last game, Steamboat Springs did just that.

Halloween goes to church

Local congregations host Halloween alternatives

This Halloween, some parents and their children opted not to canvas the block in search of candy.

School Board candidates report contributions

Candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 4 seat said the most difficult aspect of campaigning isn't answering tough questions or preparing for forums.

Anderson top fundraiser

City Council candidates make second finance filing

At-large candidate Towny Anderson is the top fundraiser among candidates for Steamboat Springs City Council, surpassing challenger Cari Hermacinski by more than $3,000 in a recent 16-day period.

Sailors senior starters stack all-league soccer lineup

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team emerged from a string of close games to establish a winning Class 4A Western Slope League record (6-4-2), earn a postseason berth and finish with a respectable showing against a staunch first-round opponent, No. 5-seed Greeley Central.

Friday, November 2

Man in custody after high-speed chase

State Patrol estimates top speed at 120 on Colo. Highway 131

A man is in custody after leading the Colorado State Patrol on a high-speed chase Friday south of Steamboat Springs.

First-round challenge for Hayden

'Second season' hopes go through tough Sanford team

The Hayden High School football team has proved that it can win when it must win.

Keeping in check

Love INC sponsors free car clinic

For some, a car's engine is a mystical force propelling them down the road. If a problem were to arise, keeping it running could be a bewildering challenge.

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It don't mean a thing (If it ain't got that swing)

Intro to Lindy Hop workshops bring swing dancing to Steamboat

Brady and Jenny Meier have been addicted to swing dancing since college.

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Patagonia merchandiser critiques local window displays

Windows are more than just somewhere to look.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 2

The Routt County Clerk & Recorders Office will be closed from noon Monday through Tuesday to prepare for voting locations and conduct polling on Election Day.

On Scene: Dispiriting departures

I hate to be a downer and disturb the normally light-hearted nature of this column, but I had a rough weekend.

CD reviews for Little Brother, "Getback," and Ween, "La Cucaracha"

CD reviews for Little Brother, "Getback," and Ween, "La Cucaracha"

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Happy birthday, Artists' Gallery

Art collective celebrates one year in business

Since opening its doors the day after Thanksgiving a year ago, the collective of 26 creative minds that make up the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat has learned how to work together.

LIFT-UP coat drive spreads warmth

Routt County organization giving away garments this weekend

LIFT-UP of Routt County has a storeroom full of winter coats and will be giving them away from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Making sense of downtown

Preliminary Steamboat streetscape plan includes 'bold' options

Steamboat's much-overlooked side streets could be the key to creating a more functional and engaging historic downtown.

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Winter parking laws in effect

Snow removal ordinance begins despite mild weather

The city's winter parking ordinance went into effect Thursday, prohibiting motorists from parking along city streets overnight in an effort to help snow removal.

Justice Center gets permit

City officials give county temporary certificate of occupancy

The city of Steamboat Springs on Thursday gave Routt County officials a temporary certificate of occupancy for the new Routt County Justice Center on Shield Drive.

Writing songs in the flux

Flux5 bands together to craft funky grooves

Vail funk quintet Flux5 likes to skew the proportions on the James Brown-inspired formula "2 percent jazz, 98 percent funky stuff," by leaning more heavily on the jazz while providing plenty of danceable grooves.

Margaret Hair: Art community making strides

Gallery walks, First Fridays would give downtown spark

For this week's 4 Points, I talked to a few prominent members of Steamboat's arts community about organizing.

United Methodist Church choir to perform cycle of spirituals

The United Methodist Church choir will perform a cycle of spirituals titled "Feel the Spirit" as part of services at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Record for Oct. 31

4:36 a.m. Police responded to a burglar alarm in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle.

Sailors playing for seed

Football looks for strong finish

It's not the most attractive game on the Steamboat Springs High School football team's schedule, but it's now the most important one.

Soroco looks at future football options

If football is a numbers game, Soroco High School just can't quite get the numbers to add up.

Deb Babcock: Can we really grow pumpkins in the mountains?

A couple years ago, an acquaintance of mine purchased giant pumpkin seeds as soon as they became available in March. To offset our short growing season, he started the seeds indoors and then set the seedlings outside once the danger of frost had passed. Rick had high hopes for a field of the orange gourds by the time Halloween rolled around. Alas, it didn't happen.

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Celebrating curated culture

Art galleries team up to plan First Friday events

Crafting Steamboat Springs into a cultural entity is a no-brainer, gallery owner Kimberly Saari said.

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Winter Sports Club excited as construction winds down

The backhoes, front-end loaders and bulldozers that have been commonplace at the base of Howelsen Hill this summer will be disappearing this week, but the building process has just begun.

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Copper Mountain opens today

Locals have first chance to use Intrawest's new Ultimate Pass

Those who splurged on a Rocky Mountain Ultimate Pass bought themselves 26 extra days of skiing this season. Those days begin today with the opening of Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Summit County.

Thursday, November 1

Hayden salaries still lag

Town Board looking to increase wages in 2008 budget

Even with recommended pay increases in 2008, salaries for law enforcement officers in Hayden still lag about 15 percent behind pay at the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said Tuesday.

Visitors, locals invited to Holiday Inn Hunting Camp

When it began last year, it was geared toward visitors - hunters who come to Craig for a country getaway.

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Annual Downtown Halloween Stroll draws kids of all ages

Lincoln Avenue was closed from Fifth to 10th Streets for the family-friendly Downtown Halloween Stroll. From 5 to 7 p.m., employees of downtown businesses handed out candy to kids of all ages.

Entrepreneurs take 'Next Steps'

CMC's training program geared toward small-business owners

Five years ago, an arts and crafts business was just a dream for Diane Davis. The Next Steps training program at Colorado Mountain College turned her idea into a success.

The Record for Oct. 30

1:09 a.m. Vandalism was reported in the 1400 block of Bob Adams Drive, where someone had broken beer bottles in a parking lot. The person was required to clean them up.

Teens fight underage drinking

SSHS seniors ask community to help stop youth alcohol use

As a counselor working with sixth-graders at the Yampa Valley Science School, Steamboat Springs High School senior Taylor Miller-Freutel said she became convinced underage drinking is starting at a younger age.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 1

Strawberry Park Elementary School was evacuated Wednesday morning after a school employee smelled gas in the school.

Justice center lacks permit

County officials downplay building occupancy transgression

The Routt County Justice Center has been operating since mid-September without a certificate of occupancy for the controversial $18 million building.

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Special prosecutor likely

District attorney from Eagle County could handle Wall case

The 14th Judicial District is seeking a special prosecutor to handle the DUI case of Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall.

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Youth soccer starts strong

Two Steamboat Springs teams finished undefeated in the 2007 Colorado Youth Soccer Association's fall league - and a third team is chasing that goal.

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Ex-high school hockey players move up

The reality of playing Junior A, Tier III hockey more than 750 miles from home hit Jake Stanford and Jim Terry much like the former Steamboat Springs Sailors used to hit their opposition on the ice.

Chix with Stix off to hot start

Taking last season off for maternity leave hasn't affected Diane Dwire's game. Dwire scored four of the Chix with Stix's eight goals in two games during the weekend against the Northern Colorado Comets in Fort Collins.

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Pride on the line

Hayden football's front line readies for the big one

Bob Harris has been coaching football in the Yampa Valley for nearly 43 years.

Tom Ross: You and I missed 'The Great One' in Oxnard

Gretzky sells old hockey sticks at tag sale

I may have made a strategic error Saturday when I did my garage-sale-ing in Steamboat instead of suburban Oxnard, Calif.