Stories for October 2007


Wednesday, October 31

Wall was in county vehicle

Sheriff's Office employee provided ride home after traffic stop

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was in his county-owned vehicle when he was pulled over and charged with DUI and prohibitive use of a weapon Saturday night. A Sheriff's Office employee provided Wall and his female passenger a ride home after the traffic stop.

The Record for Oct. 31

Monday, Oct. 29 7:32 a.m. Police cited a driver for failing to stop for a stopped school bus flashing its red lights at the intersection of Steamboat Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.

Joanne Palmer: Busted!

After an early round of trick-or-treating, my dear sweet 10-year-old son calmly announced:

Any officer can arrest the sheriff

Colorado State Patrol troopers could have arrested Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday night, even though Wall is the county's top law enforcement officer.

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Anderson, Brown, Crossan discuss shared campaign at forum

Steamboat Springs School Board candidates Laura Anderson, Lisa Brown and Robin Crossan defended their decision to campaign as a group Tuesday during a candidate forum sponsored by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs.

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City looks at potential surplus

Sales tax revenues higher than projected for 2007, trend expected to continue

There might be some grounded proof to the optimism emanating from Craig City Hall. Sales tax numbers are up, and that's a good indicator the local economy is not only healthy, but, as City Hall projects, it's growing.

Our View: The silence is disturbing

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall and the Colorado State Patrol owe the public honest accounts of what happened during a Saturday night traffic stop that resulted in Wall being given a court summons for driving under the influence.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 31

Community info Web site seeks volunteers

Crash landings raise concern

Planes that could come to Steamboat malfunction in Europe

Frontier Airlines service between Denver and Hayden - originally expected by ski season but held up by Federal Aviation Administration approval - now faces an additional hurdle.

Frank Roitsch: Vote 'no' on 1A

Vote "no" on Referendum 1A. It's a simple, continuing and escalating tax hike. It's an immediate 33 percent property tax increase that is then tied to the increase in valuation of your property, which is often 30 percent in a year. TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) presently limits the increase in total property taxes collected to 5.5 percent annually.

Jack Dysart: Approve road tax

Voters should approve the road and bridge property tax, Referendum 1A. There is little dispute that the improvements are needed: an editorial in the Steamboat Pilot & Today pointed out that the road improvement plan is the result of many hours of county and volunteer effort and that it "provides a clear direction for the county that should be followed."

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Crews monitor N. Routt fire

Wind fans flames across 5 acres of land; no injuries reported

North Routt firefighters are monitoring a grass fire that has burned about five acres near the Clark Store but so far has caused no injuries or property damage.

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Trick-or-treat with Main Street

Downtown Stroll and CMC host family-friendly Halloween

Tracy Barnett, executive director of Main Street Steamboat Springs, predicted "literally thousands of people" will turn out in costume tonight for the annual Downtown Halloween Stroll.

Steamboat socks on U.S. ski team

SmartWool continues partnership

Steamboat Springs socks will continue to grace the feet of the premier skiers and snowboarders competing for the United States. SmartWool recently announced the continuation of its partnership with the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding as its official sock supplier through 2011. The partnership spans nearly a decade.

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Magazine names Running Series 'state's best'

The Steamboat Springs Running Series is now catching the attention of runners statewide.

Kathleene Parker: Water a concern

As a native Coloradan and a long-time water activist, I appreciated your recent article "Water rights making waves." But I hope politicians will look beyond such obviously reactive approaches and be proactive. We cannot risk repeating the scenario of a New Orleans, long warned it was at risk from a failing levee system. The West faces a water crisis of catastrophic proportions, one which can not be solved by building storage and diversion; it requires addressing cause and fundamental change.

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Foust doubles down and completes banner season

Former Bridgestone Winter Driving School instructor and Steamboat Springs resident Tanner Foust fell short of an elusive 2007 Rally America National Championship win last weekend at the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Houghton, Mich.

Tuesday, October 30

Grass fire covers 5 acres near Clark Store

North Routt firefighters on scene; no injuries or damage

A grass fire near the Clark Store in North Routt burned about 5 acres Tuesday afternoon, but responders said no injuries or property damage occurred.

Strong turnout for early voting

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said weeks of urging voters to use mail-in ballots or head to the polls early is paying off.

The Record for Oct. 28

12:01 a.m. Police broke up a party in the 2200 block of Val D'Isere Circle after receiving a noise complaint. No citations were issued.

Contract may pay off for county

Inspector finding unreported assets

Suzanne Brinks may have discovered more than $40,000 in taxes for the county. She did it with an inspector from Visual Lease Services, an Oklahoma-based company that contracts with government bodies to appraise private oil and gas assets.

State meet highlights potential of Sailors cross country

When Matt Reinhold took the job as the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country coach three days before the start of the season, he had few expectations. A few of his runners may even have had doubts.

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Combating underage drinking

Forum aims to engage community, parent and student resources

Steamboat Springs High School student Taylor Miller-Freutel says alcohol is the drug of choice for teens in Steamboat Springs. That in itself may not be much of a surprise, but the amount of alcohol local teens consume could shock some residents.

Brent Boyer: How's this for a headline?

At their best, newspaper headlines capture the essence of a story in just a few short words, grabbing the attention of readers and pulling them into an article they otherwise may have flipped past. At their worst, headlines misrepresent the theme, subject or facts of a story, leaving a disconnect between what readers think the story will say and what it actually says.

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Proposals for Pine, 12th streets draw criticism

Seemingly innocent efforts by the city of Steamboat Springs to increase sidewalk connections throughout the city have created a controversy with Old Town residents who don't want sidewalks in front of their homes.

Hayden Town Board and public to discuss budget tonight

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees will hold its budget workshop tonight, opening its proposed 2008 budget for discussion by the board and town residents.

Heat assistance available to low-income residents

Residents and business owners can expect rising heat bills as winter takes hold of the Yampa Valley and utility companies seek rate increases, but there could be pocketbook relief for some low-income residents.

Local haze on its way out

The haze that settled in the Yampa Valley the past few days should begin to dissipate today and disappear by Wednesday, meteorologists say.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 30

LIFT-UP of Routt County is providing clean, warm winter coats to anyone who needs one. Coats can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the LIFT-UP Food Bank, 2125 Curve Court in Steamboat Springs. Call 870-8804 for more information.

Monday, October 29

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Wall: 'I wasn't intoxicated'

Sheriff, State Patrol keep tight-lipped about case

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall reaffirmed his innocence to charges of drunken driving Monday but declined to provide any specifics about the Saturday night traffic stop that has sparked another controversy involving the county's top law enforcement officer.

Rollover sends 3 to hospital

Saturday crash injures teens, damages property

A Craig couple's quiet evening at home was disrupted Saturday night by the sounds of an out-of-control car sheering a front-yard fire hydrant and crashing through a chain-link fence.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 29

Vision 2030 community meetings are scheduled throughout Routt County in November as part of the Vision 2030 update and discovery of what we value in our valley.

The Record for Oct. 27

12:04 a.m. A missing person was reported on Routt County Road 42.

Chamber presents honors

Real estate community sweeps annual Navigator awards

Members of the local real estate community were the stars of a cowboy-themed Centennial Celebration for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association at Sidney Peak Ranch on Saturday night.

Aging Well: The Sandwich Generation - caught in the middle

Maybe you've heard the term "sandwich generation" and wondered what it means. Visualize yourself being pressed between two large slices of bread about to be eaten by a huge monster - only the "bread" is your parents and your children, and the "monster" is time.

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Red Sox sweep Rockies

Boston completes mauling of Colorado, winning Game 4, 4-3

Overwhelming in every way, the Red Sox swept to their second title in four years Sunday night. Jon Lester, Mike Lowell & Co. left little room for drama with a 4-3 win against the Colorado Rockies in Game 4.

Luke Graham: A year of the Rockies

Despite being swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series - God knows when I take eight days off from work I don't come in at the top of my game - the Colorado Rockies have galvanized baseball in Colorado.

'Wild Dogs' defense clamps down

Sailors clinch third seed in league with win against Rifle on Friday

Steamboat Springs High School's 42-27 win against Rifle on Friday provided a clear demonstration of the development of a football team that came into the year with young players at crucial positions.

Business news and notes for Oct. 29

Resident crafts intuitive marketing campaign for Craig

Craig needed a push.

Tigers get No. 5 seed in Class 1A

After rollercoaster season, Hayden opens playoffs Saturday against Sanford

After a rollercoaster of a season in which the Hayden High School football team lost its league opener then dominated its final league game to get into the playoffs, the Tigers received some much-earned respect Sunday.

Airport committee meets today

The Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee will meet today to discuss drafts related to an airport layout plan and airport master plan being developed by Armstrong Consultants for the Steamboat Springs Airport, also known as Bob Adams Field.

Monday Medical: Hospital launches new Web site

Yampa Valley Medical Center redesigns site with users in mind

After almost nine months of labor, Yampa Valley Medical Center gave birth to a new Web site last week. You could call it a redesign because it replaced our previous site, but we like to think of it as brand-new.

Sunday, October 28

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Sheriff issued summons for DUI

Wall denies his ability was impaired

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and prohibitive use of a weapon Saturday night by the Colorado State Patrol.

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Elite Sherpa Sardar with local ties looks to solve summit mystery

When Chhiring Dorje Sherpa walks the halls of the Steamboat Springs Middle School, he gets pretty excited upon seeing the sixth-graders projects.

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Howelsen Place, Alpenglow tenants to be announced

Colorado Group Realty is expected this week to announce the commercial and retail tenants at two local developments, which are scheduled to bring a number of new businesses to downtown Steamboat Springs in 2008.

Business File for Oct. 28

Dress for success window workshop is Thursday

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Sailors volleyball eliminated from district championships

Steamboat volleyball coach Wendy Hall leaned up against the wall outside of her team's locker room.

Our View: Vote 'yes' for rec center

Referendums 2B and 2C ask Steamboat Springs property owners to fund the construction and a portion of the ongoing operating and maintenance costs of a community recreation center. At an estimated cost of $34 million, the facility would be the most expensive taxpayer-funded initiative in the city's history.

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Hinder leading Sailors football into playoffs

In the progressions and perils of high school football, Austin Hinder has always been goal-oriented.

Sailors cross country struggles at state

The pack mentality, running races together as a team, is something that is preached consistently in cross country. This year, the Steamboat Springs boys team used that approach for success and a state qualification.

Dave Shively: No big names

I thought everybody in Steamboat knew Dexter Rutecki.

County rivals upset Hayden

The Hayden volleyball team knew that heading into Friday and Saturday's Class 2A District 5 tournament would be no easy task, even having finished the regular season strong enough to earn a No. 4 seed in the eight-team tourney.

Rams run ends with Meeker

Soroco High School volleyball team falls in its final match

If imitation is the most sincere form flattery, Rangely, the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A District 5 tournament, paid the Soroco volleyball team a huge compliment in how it prepared for Friday's opening match of the tournament with the Rams.

Rockies fall to 0-3

Colorado World Series chances look grim

Mile high or sea level, nothing is stopping the Boston Red Sox. Even when the Rockies rallied late, their chance to get back into the World Series vanished into Coors Field's thin air.

John F. Russell: No World Cup, no problem

Don't be surprised this December if you see Todd Wilson or Kathi Meyer wandering aimlessly around the streets of Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Oct. 26

Carlos Mario Rangel, 24, Thornton - Driving under revocation, speeding (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

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Longing for the past

Oak Creek home decor business brings back simpler times

Bonnie Manke's inspiration for her new Oak Creek business, Nostalgia, was just that - a longing for the past.

District 2 race pits professional organizer against city manager

There is no shortage of administrative and professional experience in the race for a District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council.

District 1 race for City Council focuses on development issues

The race for a District 1 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council is focusing on which candidate is better suited to manage widespread growth in Steamboat Springs.

ELL students learn despite language barrier

At a time when most students are trying to find a sense of self during turbulent "tween" years, local English Language Learners are living two lives - one in English and one in their native tongue.

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Search and Rescue seeks assistant to handle workload

Routt County Search and Rescue Treasurer Kristia Check-Hill has a Friday tradition.

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Black widow spider bite prompts parent's journey to Mexico

People will go to great lengths to save their kids. Everyone has heard the urban legend about a mother who somehow summons the strength to lift a car off her child trapped beneath.

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Eyeing that perfect costume

Steamboat residents have a few more days to complete their Halloween looks

Three days remain until Halloween, and for those who don't have a costume, it might be time to start coming up with some ideas.

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Construction play park Dig This comes to Steamboat

The days of ropes courses as corporate team-building activities are getting old, Ed Mumm said, and he's banking that business executives waging log-stacking contests aboard heavy construction equipment is the next big thing.

Editorial cartoon for Oct. 28

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Oct. 21, 2007.

Best of the Web for Oct. 28

Best of the Web for Oct. 28

Conservative commentary: Men to match my mountains?

Fifty summers ago, at just 13, I gained admission to Princeton. Soon I was also attending Harvard, Yale, and Columbia (long before its Ahmadinejad disgrace). Eventually, my son enrolled with me in these demanding courses. We'll enroll his son one of these days.

Dennis O'Connor: Preservation ideas

Disappointed, but not surprised, was my reaction to the City Manager handpicking the historic preservation committee members. Disappointed because applicants were specifically told by (the City) Council president that they were not going to handpick this committee, that they wanted to make sure every applicant was interviewed to ensure fairness. Although our new manager may not have a usual way of forming a committee, the people of this town do.

Kipp Rillos: Ad correction

In a recent advertisement, my name was incorrectly included in a list of supporters for the proposed recreation center. I have not indicated my support for this project in any way.

Steve Lewis: New forum needed

Rejected Letters to the Editor can be very motivating. The three participating members of Concerned Citizens have each had one. My letter took issue with Herold Stout's letter about the Iron Horse Inn, another letter refuted the claims of a council candidate, and the third drew distinctions between candidates on west area annexation.

Kerry Hart: The ethics of diversity

Segregation in the educational setting may be alive and well in very subtle forms - notwithstanding the rhetoric we espouse for the advocacy of diversity. Arguably, understanding and appreciating diversity is one of the most important character traits that we can teach our children as the cornerstone of serving humanity.

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Students chow down with spud-wear

The utensils in Steamboat Springs school lunchrooms might look like plastic, might feel like plastic, and very well might taste like plastic, but they are far from the environmentally unfriendly, petroleum-based product.

Ad treasurer speaks out

Woman explains involvement with City Council campaign group

A Westminster woman listed as the sole contact for a recently formed political committee, which has funded controversial advertisements about campaigns for Steamboat Springs City Council, said Wednesday that she is a Steamboat property owner trying to "advertise accurate information."

Routt County Spotlight: Bridget Katherine Jean Heaney

Bridget Katherine Jean Heaney Age: 35

Free tree workshop offered next month

The Routt County Conservation District and the Colorado State Forest Service are holding a free tree workshop to provide landowners an opportunity to learn about the importance of trees for their conservation efforts. The workshop speakers will be Randy Moench from the CSFS Nursery in Fort Collins, District Forester for CSFS John Twitchell, Forester Tara Mehall and representatives from Colorado Master Gardeners. Some of the topics will include windbreaks, species selection for your property, reforestation after a fire, mountain pine beetle outbreak update, comparisons of gardens and forests and the seedling tree program. The seedling tree program offers trees and shrubs of many different varieties such as spruce, Douglas-fir, cottonwood, willow, lilac, serviceberry, dogwood, ash, lodge pole pine, Colorado blue spruce and currant just to name a few.

Looking Back: County tax increase needed for government

From the Thursday, Oct. 31, 1957 issue of the Steamboat Pilot:

Jimmy Westlake: 'Spooky Comet'

From time to time, Mother Nature likes to toss us a surprise, and this week, she sprung a doozey on us.

Michelle Lichtenfels: Support rec center

After growing up in Steamboat, I know personally the struggle teens face to find something fun to do on a Friday or Saturday night. Like it or not, the mountain is closed at four o'clock and starting then, most of the teens here have nothing better to do with their time than participate in activities most adults seem to find so irresponsible and wrong.

Omar M. Campbell: 700 vote needed

Candidates for the Nov. 6 City Council election have given different responses to forum questions about the 700 LLC West of Steamboat proposal. One candidate is very skeptical; another hints strongly that he is in favor; one says flat-out that he is in favor. Others use timeworn platitudes such as "growth is manageable." Since moving here 46 years ago, when this was truly a small town, I have seen nothing but lip-service paid to growth control.

Class notes for Oct. 28

AP scholar awards

September dollar volume almost on par with 2006

September's real estate volume marked the first time in 2007 that monthly totals have not exceeded those of the previous year. But last month's dollar volume of $132.6 million in transactions was greater than all but one other month last year.

Rounding up real estate

All the developers, all in one place at the same time

Yampa Valley residents have an opportunity Nov. 8 to hear from many of the big developers in Steamboat Springs, during the Real Estate Roundup and Expo hosted by Colorado Group Realty.

Saturday, October 27

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Soroco Rams lose final 11-man game

A group of Soroco High School seniors knelt at the 50-yard line and shed a few tears Friday night after the team's season-ending 47-12 loss to Rangely.

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Dover and Dover again

Sophomore runs for 213 yards, 2 TDs to lead Steamboat past Rifle

Steamboat Springs senior running back Jay Hanley has made a high school career out of carving up Rifle defenses. Friday against Rifle, sophomore running back Joe Dover started his career where Hanley left off.

Religious panel discusses universal truths

If truth springs from argument amongst friends, as Scottish philosopher David Hume once said, then the "Exploring the Sacred" discussion Thursday in Olympian Hall may have sprung some universal gems.

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Retiree criss-crosses country to lend a hand where needed

Judy Cole walked into the Bud Werner Memorial Library in July after cruising into town from Panama City Beach, Fla., with her husband Terry, looking to lend a hand.

The Record for Oct. 25

1:42 a.m. An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on AprÃs Ski Way for being a fugitive of justice.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 27

The Steamboat Springs and Ski Town Rotary Clubs are inviting young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 to apply for the Rotary Group Study Exchange program, which will take place in Finland from April 10, 2008 through May 15, 2008.

Airport selects No. 2

Dean Smith takes assistant manager position at YVRA

Dean Smith, former maintenance superintendent at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, is the airport's new assistant manager.

Ski Corp. launches new site

Company hopes to corral skiers with Web redesign

If you don't know Steamboat Springs resident Sherman Poppen, log onto Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s newly redesigned Web page and look him up.

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Bucking traditional outreach

CPD's seat belt program starts next week

History can change people, and people can change history.

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Hayden shines in rout of Meeker

What began early this summer - in the Hayden High School weight room and with long drives to practices in Craig and Steamboat Springs - led to where the Hayden Tigers football team stood on Friday night.

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Visual impacts thwart Aviator project

Planning Commission gets first look at new Ptarmigan Inn at base area

Citing visual impacts at the entrance to the Elk River Valley, city planning officials Thursday tabled an unconventional industrial development proposed for a site on Routt County Road 129.

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Steamboat rallies for Halloween 'Femur Fundraiser'

Craig and Andy Kennedy are Halloween heroes. The energetic Steamboat Springs couple boasts "closets full" of Halloween costumes and vouch that they have never repeated a costume twice.

City manager selects citizens committee to revise historical preservation ordinance

City Manager Alan Lanning has chosen seven local citizens to serve on a committee that will review Steamboat Springs' policies regarding historic structures.

Autumn Phillips: Ghosts of South Routt haunt old buildings

Editor's note: This ghostly piece of prose by former Steamboat Pilot & Today staffer Autumn Phillips originally published in October 2002. Tom Ross' column will return to its regular schedule Tuesday.

Friday, October 26

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Busting with support

Sixth annual Bust of Steamboat showcases artsy bras for a cause

For the sixth annual Bust of Steamboat fundraiser, submissions include decoupage, jewelry, lingerie, painting and mobiles.

Halloween revelry

What's going on late night for Halloween

Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill ¤ Holden Young Trio CD release party (costumes encouraged)

Stepping to the top

Holden Young Trio brings its funky debut home

On Saturday, the Holden Young Trio - Young on vocals and guitar, Billy Franklin on bass and Eric Rolls on drums - will bring its first record, "Steps To The Top," to the town where it formed and recorded.

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Steamboat, Rifle set to tangle

Despite two teams almost assuredly in the playoffs, it's not hard to find meaning in tonight's Steamboat Springs-Rifle football game.

The Record for Oct. 24

7:43 a.m. A gas leak was reported in the 36000 block of Tree Haus Drive.

Mainstreet, city officials discuss local traffic concerns

A city official said Thursday that a shortage of bus drivers could impact not only this winter's transit service, but also long-term transportation planning in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 26

Dean Smith, former maintenance superintendent at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, has accepted the position of assistant airport manager.

A must-win matchup for Tigers

Hayden football's playoff hopes hang on win tonight against Meeker

For the second year in a row, the Hayden Tigers football season comes down to the team's final regular season game against Meeker.

Soroco faces Rangely in Oak Creek's final 11-man game

It's hard to tell that the Soroco Rams football team has gone winless in Class 1A Western Slope League play this season.

Promoting the 'love of books'

Local author to visit Downtown Books

Downtown Books co-owners Carol Jacobson and Caroline Dotson like to provide things for people they may not be able to get otherwise.

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Pumpkin Run a way to celebrate fitness, have fun

Students were reminded at Thursday's inaugural Soda Creek Elementary Pumpkin Run that the race was for fun - but once the whistle blew, competitive natures kicked in.

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Sailors prepare for tourney

Steamboat volleyball faces tough district match-ups

There will be no hiding in the District 8 volleyball tournament. Considering the top four teams - Montrose, Regis, Moffat County and Steamboat - all come in with at least 12 wins, the district might be the toughest in Class 4A.

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'Screamboat 9' raises money for CMC

With its ninth annual "Screamboat Chamber of Horror!," the SKY club at Colorado Mountain College wants to make its guests shiver and laugh.

Police urge safe driving during Halloween

Local law enforcement officers are encouraging people who celebrate Halloween this weekend to drive safely and be aware of children on the streets.

Jane McLeod: Better basils

Basil sits high on the list of essential herbs for a kitchen garden and although it is easy to grow, it is a little trickier to have it flourish in our climate. Basil is one of those herbs that romances cooks with its versatility and warm spicy flavor so there is nothing more frustrating than tending a puny under-performing specimen.

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Steamboat psychic uses intuition to heal, answer questions

Bee Herz said her first experiences as a psychic medium began when she was a child. At the time, having visions and receiving messages from higher beings was overwhelming and frightening - so much so that Herz would "block" and refuse the information flowing to her.

CD review of "Into the Wild" soundtrack

When Eddie Vedder's voice first cuts through the sounds of Sean Penn's based-on-a-true-story film "Into the Wild," you realize it's been a good while since Vedder has been this passionate about anything.

A Halloween punk show

Members of The Plagiarists and Amputators use the same word - "starving" - to describe the appetite for loud, fast music in Steamboat Springs.

Turning up the heat

Social Services helps low-income families pay heating bills

Worried about the winter cold?

Margaret Hair: Costume escapism

Halloween gives adults a chance to act like kids

Last year for the holidays, my brother gave me a Lewis Black stand-up comedy CD.

Thursday, October 25

Representing the valley

Baldwin, Coyner receive Leckenby, Larson honors

For more than 20 years, the Tread of Pioneers Museum has honored those who have impacted the history of the Yampa Valley through its Leckenby and Larson awards.

City adopts 2008 budget

Perry-Mansfield birthday bash gets $10,000 donation

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will hold its 95th birthday bash with the help of $10,000 from the city of Steamboat Springs. In adopting the city's 2008 budget Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously to restore funds previously denied to the school for next year's celebration.

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World Series provides mud season boost for local businesses

The boost in his business from Rocktober crowds is great. But for The Tap House Sports Grill owner Gary Saxe, the Colorado Rockies making it to the World Series is even better.

Steamboat boys cross country gunning for top-10 state finish

The Steamboat Springs High School boys cross-country team has put in the hard work and logged the long miles. On Wednesday, the team was enjoying the spoils of its full taper - including some short sprint work followed by an icy soak for weary legs in the Yampa River - as it looks ahead to Saturday's Class 4A Boys State Cross Country Championships.

Dental health focus of open forum

Among stories of four-year-olds with 32 rotted teeth, dental and other health providers met for an open forum Wednesday to discuss concerns and ideas on bettering dental care around the state.

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Skier Lalive suffers another setback

'Liner' sidelined yet again by serious knee injury while training in Austria

U.S. Ski Team member Caroline Lalive was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday after suffering an injury to her right leg last week while training in Pitztal, Austria.

Hayden, Soroco volleyball still improving

If last year's 2A District 5 volleyball tournament proved anything, it's that anything can happen.

On Scene: "Into the Wild"

To a lot of people - especially those who live in Alaska - Christopher McCandless committed suicide.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 25

The fourth and final man accused of badly damaging a Steamboat Springs home during an alleged demolition party in April pleaded not guilty to felony charges during a hearing in Routt County District Court on Wednesday.

The Record for Oct. 23

1:38 a.m. A man reportedly was threatening to beat up another man in the 2300 block of Ski Trail Lane. The complaint was unfounded.

Hayden artists set up shop

Cooperative to bring variety of crafts under one roof

A group of local artists and craftspeople looking for a place to call home are forming a new cooperative in downtown Hayden.

Commission upholds Twentymile complaints

The case is over.

Wednesday, October 24

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Firefighting fitness

Hayden man preparing for world competition in Las Vegas

A group of wide-eyed Hayden Valley Elementary School students were treated to more than just a "Stop, Drop and Roll" lesson Wednesday.

Dam scheduled for repairs

More than $400K would be spent at Pearl Lake in 2008

State officials are preparing to spend more than $400,000 on repairs to the "high hazard" dam at Pearl Lake State Park next summer.

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Warren Miller time

Steamboat snowboarder makes big screen debut

In films known for startling stunts and snowy scenery, Warren Miller makes an annual plea for skiers and snowboarders to make their dreams a reality - lest, after waiting, they become "one year older when (they) do."

Candidates tackle issues, ads at final forum

Concerned Citizens for the Future of Steamboat Springs was a major focus of the last City Council candidates forum before Election Day.

Campaign practices questioned

Planning commissioner admits contribution to controversial committee

Planning Commissioner Steve Lewis is the first Steamboat Springs resident to be identified as a contributor to the secretive political committee Concerned Citizens for the Future of Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Too soon to throw in the hot towel

It's an ironic fact of life in Steamboat that even as we fervently pray for snow, we struggle with how best to rid our sidewalks and parking lots of the white stuff.

Soroco volleyball beats Plateau Valley in district qualifier

The Plateau Valley volleyball team stunned Class 2A District 5 just less than a year ago when it won the district tournament inside the Soroco High School gymnasium.

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Sailors can't overcome No. 5 Wildcats

Greeley Central didn't waste any time introducing Steamboat Springs sophomore goalie Connor Birch to the Class 4A state soccer tournament Tuesday at District 6 Soccer Field.

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Off-leash dog park trial nears fruition

School Board to allow dogs to romp at Whistler Park

A trial program to allow dogs to romp off leash during specific times in some city parks moved one step closer to fruition during a Steamboat Springs School Board meeting Monday night.

Demo case dismissal requested

A Steamboat Springs attorney is asking the District Attorney's Office to dismiss charges against a 21-year-old man accused of destroying a Steamboat house during an alleged demolition party in April, claiming that the man is the victim in the case.

Bob and Audrey Enever: Secret sessions OK

There has been much criticism recently of the City Council for excessive executive sessions, and we think this is largely unjustified. Unfortunately, it has been picked up as a verified truth by more than one candidate for City Council.

Mark O'Reilly: 1A practical

Referendum 1A, the ballot measure to fund road improvements, makes good, practical sense for the residents of Routt County and Steamboat Springs.

Kami Brockway: Rec center needed

This proposed recreation center is long overdue. I moved here in 1984 when I was a 13-year-old teen. Yes, I skied after school and recreated outdoors. When it came time to hang out with friends, we were either at the Gofer parking lot or other choice parking lots. We spent an occasional night at the movies; most nights out were spent sneaking into particular restaurant/bars. They provided us with the dance floors, pool tables, foosball and video games that we wanted to play.

The Record for Oct. 22

12:30 a.m. A drunken woman on the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue was taken to detox.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 24

Oak Creek Town Board member Stephen "Spike" Beven was arrested Sunday morning at his Oak Creek home on a Colorado State Patrol outstanding traffic warrant.

Transportation planners hold open house

Transportation planning - especially on a regional or statewide scale - may seem too large to be influenced by everyday citizens. Stacey Stegman wants people to know that in her mind, that's not true. gets a new look

Newspaper launches redesign of more user-friendly Web site with variety of new features

The Steamboat Pilot & Today this morning launched a redesigned version of its Web site,

Locals empty-handed as Rockies World Series seats sell out

Four computers at Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare weren't enough to score a seat at the World Series.

Joanne Palmer: Calling Detroit

Life in the 'Boat

Most mothers double as chauffeurs driving their children here, there and everywhere. We are forever running late, to lacrosse practice, Winter Sports Club programs, racing across town to return overdue library books and making late night trips to the store to buy poster board for science fair projects due tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23

The Record for Oct. 23

Saturday, Oct. 20. 7:36 a.m. A car accident was reported on U.S. Highway 40. Minor damage was reported to one of the vehicles. There were no injuries.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 23

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs seeks volunteers Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is recruiting interested volunteers to assist with its programs. Mainstreet is a comprehensive program created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revive and strengthen the historic cores of communities across the nation. More than 2,000 communities are using the Mainstreet Four-Point Approach, which addresses design elements within the district, promotion of events and image, economic restructuring to gauge and strengthen economic health and organization of the entities within the district as a unified voice. If you would like more information about becoming active with the Mainstreet organization, call Tracy Barnett at 846-1800 or e-mail

Snowmelt a hot topic

Council to mull recommendation to abandon geothermal system

A proposed geothermal snowmelt system at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is expected to be a hot topic when the Steamboat Springs City Council convenes tonight as the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority.

Power down

Winter storm causes outage in Craig, Hayden

A storm spitting snow, ice and heavy winds Saturday night knocked out power to about 3,800 homes and businesses in Craig and Hayden, Yampa Valley Electric Association reported Monday.

Search and Rescue helps hunters

Saturday snowstorm, busy hunting weekend spur activity

Routt County Search and Rescue responded to a flurry of calls during Saturday's snowstorm, assisting two overdue hunters and a stuck vehicle.

Supplemental budget OK'd

School Board discovers unexpected revenues will help

A windfall of unanticipated revenues led to the Steamboat Springs School Board approving a supplemental budget Monday night.

Every vote counts

High school students stress that their opinion matters

The war in Iraq and the 2008 presidential election have sparked heated debates in the halls of Steamboat Springs High School, inspiring many high school seniors to register to vote.

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Tom Ross: Photographer sticks with Old Yeller for miles

Only air bag in 1980 Volvo is the driver

When people give pet names to their automobiles, it's natural to assume they've developed an unnatural fondness for a machine. But that's not the case with Jim Steinberg and Old Yeller.

Underdog Sailors head to Greeley for first round of state playoffs

If he could, Greeley Central coach Ian Wale would simply throw the records and the seeds out the window before today's first-round playoff game against Steamboat Springs.

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Winter bus routes may be cut

Steamboat Springs still 20 bus drivers short for season

Steamboat Springs' winter bus service likely will be curtailed because of a shortage of qualified drivers.

Monday, October 22

Water rights making waves

Lawmaker considering state authority on future allocations

A Western Slope lawmaker is considering legislation that would give the state of Colorado authority over all future water rights.

Marching for awareness

Candlelight vigil recognizes adults, children impacted by domestic violence

When she started Advocates Against Battering and Abuse 24 years ago, Diane Moore said women used to ask her, "You mean this happens to others, and I'm not crazy?"

Stay active, age wisely with ongoing classes

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is helping residents 50 and better stay physically and socially active with ongoing classes in Routt and Moffat counties. Here is an update of current and upcoming fall/winter classes (classes are free unless otherwise noted):

Eighth-grade team shows talent on, off football field

It didn't take long for Steamboat Springs eighth-grade football coach Matthew Gantick to realize what type of football team he had on his hands.

Steamboat soccer gets 28th seed

Sailors volleyball team prepares for tough district tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team, the No. 4 team from the Western Slope League, will travel to a playoff match against No. 5 seed Greeley Central on Tuesday.

Bernard and Caress square off in City Championships

There's no doubt that Ramsey Bernard and Andy Caress know each other's games well.

Luke Graham: A vote for the Western Slope

There are several common themes with Western Slope athletics.

Steamboat defense rises to the challenge

With the way the Steamboat Springs offense had been playing, the defense almost had become an afterthought.

The Record for Oct. 20

- The Steamboat Springs Police Department took a report of criminal mischief in Ski Time Square. A police officer said some of the path lights at Kutuk Condominiums were damaged.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 22

Singers are wanted for holiday performances of Handel's "Messiah," to be performed Dec. 22 and 23 at Steamboat Christian Center. Rehearsals are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Methodist Church, beginning Oct. 30.

Monday Medical: Fend off the flu with a shot

Down under in Australia, where the seasons are reversed, peak influenza season has come and gone for 2007. Flu cases reported were three times greater than normal. Hawaii already has reported some early cases, and experts are worried that this flu season might be heavier than usual.

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Early voting starts today, continues through Nov. 2

Weeks of courting voters and attending election forums will begin to pay off for candidates today when Routt County's polls open for early voting.

Sunday, October 21

Hunt of the Week for Oct. 21

Amanda Ellis

Occupation: School teacher/mom

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Campaign contributions

Candidates debate money's role in Steamboat politics

At-large contender Cari Hermacinski is the top fundraiser among candidates for Steamboat Springs City Council, compiling a total of $5,350 from a variety of sources.

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In the business of business

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will mark its 100th anniversary by honoring the past and toasting the future of the Yampa Valley business community with a celebration Saturday.

Cynthia May: May says 'thanks'

The time has come to send a big "thank you" to all the friends and neighbors that Bill and I have had through 50 years of ranching at the May's S-S Ranch on the Elk River.

Our View: Vote 'no' on Ref. 1A

We support Routt County's plan to improve 59 miles of county roads during the next six years. But county commissioners' decision to ask voters for a permanent exemption from the Taxpayers Bill of Rights to fund such improvements is excessive and unjustified. Therefore, we urge residents to vote "no" on Referendum 1A.

Steamboat closes regular season with pair of league wins

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team closed out a successful regular season with pair of Western Slope League wins Friday at Palisade and again Saturday at Delta.

Steamboat boys cross country qualifies for state

Steamboat Springs cross-country team went into a flatter, lower-elevation course last week in Wiggins hoping to set new personal marks and gain confidence heading into the regional meet Saturday in Delta.

Oak Creek historian recalls comical, tragic stories during centennial tour

Oak Creek resident Rosie Hudack died in 1943 after living a full life and spending a lot of time at the Oak Creek Cemetery mourning a deceased boyfriend.

Dave Shively: Sandlot daze

When you're a kid, the dying daylight of ever-shortening fall afternoons conspires against you. After school, the kids across the street and I convened to play basketball until it was too dark to see, too cold to shoot or we were too hungry for dinner.

Plugging into technology

It's 7:20 a.m., better known as zero hour at the high school.

School uses searches, reporting with discretion

It seems that Steamboat Springs High school is a pretty safe place, but when threatening circumstances arise, how are they dealt with?

High school implements new safety procedures

Unfortunately, as danger in Steamboat becomes more prevalent, so does security. And one of the most highly impacted places in town has been at our own school.

Who is Teen Style?

For one week a month, high school students from Steamboat Springs will take over the Steamboat Pilot & Today's Style section, tackling issues from education to entertainment, politics to music. Here's a brief introduction to the students who'll be writing:

Avoiding the trend of violence

About a year ago, Steamboat Springs High School faced something that was quite new to this small, quiet community - a bomb threat.

Vision 2030 Spotlight: Donna Hellyer

Donna Hellyer

Ski area projects remain on track

Headwall regrade still on schedule

With opening day only 32 days away, construction crews working at the base of Steamboat Ski Area are working in high gear to complete a massive re-grading project.

Jake Schwan: Trucker friendly

Recently, I viewed a headline in the Steamboat Pilot & Today reading, Steamboat "bike friendly," referring to bicyclists. After some thought, I reached a conclusion. In observing the bike lanes, I estimate that approximately one-sixth of our highways are used daily by the pedal pushers. Admittedly, they put little wear on these lanes. The initial cost of construction, however, is immense.

Tommy Rossi: Autumn rolls

As autumn rolls in, farmers, ranchers and small landowners are faced with many tasks to do before the snow is here to stay. Many of us are finishing up the summer hay season, gardening and other tasks we have put off so we can enjoy barbecues, family gatherings, the majestic orange sunsets or playing in the green grass with our children.

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May S-S Ranch turns historical corner

New owner paid $5 million for 385-acre ranch on Elk River

One of the most visible family ranches in Routt County, the May S-S Ranch, recently sold for $5 million.

Rams give up lead

Soroco falls in three to league-leading Rangely

There's no doubt the Soroco High School volleyball team can play with any team in the league.

Tigers' playoff hopes alive

Hayden earns win against Rangely

The Hayden High School football team kept its playoff hopes alive Friday night, beating league foe Rangely, 40-24.

John F. Russell: Banking baseball memories

Dean Vogelaar loves the game of baseball.He can talk about the game for hours, has enough sports memorabilia to fill a museum and calls some of the game's greatest players his friends.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 10 to 16


Editorial cartoon for Oct. 21

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Oct. 21, 2007.

Business File for Oct. 21

Campbell named to real estate honor society

Whistler Village represents entry level in townhomes

Prospective townhome buyers in the entry-level market have five choices at Whistler Village near Whistler Road and Skyview Terrace south of Walton Creek Road.

The Record for Oct. 19

Edgar Esquivel, 23, Steamboat Springs - Third-degree assault (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Fitness fanatics begin quest to ski strong

It's not hard to find the ski fitness class at Old Town Hot Springs.

Hayden seeks to shift tax burden

Officials: Building tax would force growth to pay for itself

Hayden town officials want voters to replace an existing automobile use tax with one on building materials. In addition to raising more money, officials say the move would shift the tax burden from existing Hayden residents to newcomers.

Russ Garrity: Vote for funds

On Nov. 6, the South Routt community will be asked to vote on the following two ballot issues that are critical to the future of our South Routt schools: Referendum 3A, a mill levy override, and Referendum 3B, which would fund the replacement of the schools' heating systems. I am asking you to vote "yes" on both these critical issues.

Young scientists explore the sky

North Routt Community Charter School students receive climate education at 10,500 feet

North Routt Community Charter School students went on an adventure Friday afternoon with Storm Peak Laboratory scientists and Yampatika environmental educators.

Best of the Web for Oct. 21

Off the Beaten Path has never lost its luster. Every time you walk in to the store, you are greeted warmly by its employees. Every time you order a coffee or a lunch, you get nothing but the best. They care about their customers. Do you think a chain bookstore would? SAVE OFF THE BEATEN PATH!

Championships end today as tennis players vie for town titles

Since Jim Swiggart started the Steamboat Springs City Tennis Championships in 1995, the Tennis Center director has seen quite a few junior players throw their hats in the ring, hoping to earn a skill level title - and, of course, the bragging rights that go along with the claim of city champ.

Ben Tiffany: 'No' for rec

I feel it is time that I weigh in with my thoughts and opinions regarding the proposed recreation center that is being voted upon this November. I have tried to see "the big picture" and consider all points of view concerning this issue, and the inescapable conclusion is that the whole proposal is flawed and not in the best interests of the town.

Advertisements fuel heated election

Steamboat Springs City Council candidates have raised a total of more than $30,000 for campaigns this fall. Nearly all of that money has gone toward advertising, whether it be yard signs, radio spots or newspaper advertisements.

North Routt fire tax would pay chief, increase volunteer benefits

Dave Moss likes to think of the North Routt Fire Protection District as a three-legged stool with a loose leg.

High school seniors take advantage of internship program

Sitting behind a large desk littered with spreadsheets, eyes glued to a seemingly endless array of numbers while pounding away at a calculator, Steamboat Springs High School senior Molly Weiss looks like a seasoned accountant.

Marc Fraioli: 'Yes' for rec

After decades of discussing the addition of a recreation center with youth/teen elements to our community, we finally have the opportunity to vote to add this amenity to our community.

Class notes for Oct. 21

Jennings Anderson, a four-year Lowell Whiteman School day student, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club. He is the son of Steamboat Springs residents Towny and Jodi Anderson.

Kristi Brown: Teen alcohol use: What's the big deal?

When I think back to my teenage years and the way my parents handled teen drinking, I could easily subscribe to the notion that alcohol use by teens is "normal" and a "rite of passage."

Saturday, October 20

Storm could bring 8 inches to Steamboat through Sunday

Wind, snow advisories in effect for Steamboat Springs, much of western Colorado

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of western Colorado, and wind and snow advisories in Steamboat Springs. A Pacific storm is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of snow on Steamboat by Sunday afternoon.

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Land run begins

First units available under ordinance

Seven condos in south Steamboat Springs have made Curtis Church a very busy man.

The Record for Oct. 18

7:31 a.m. A bear was spotted in the 1800 block of Christie Drive. The bear was gone when officers arrived.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 20

Vision 2030 community meetings are scheduled throughout Routt County in November, as part of the Vision 2030 update and discovery of what we value in our valley.

The Food Mill set to close

Hayden eatery will be replaced by Mexican restaurant

Kevin and Alaine Montgomery, owners of The Food Mill restaurant in Hayden, say they just want to "have a life."

Parent pleads for play space

Fund Board requests begin annual process for school gifts

The gymnasium at Strawberry Park Elementary School serves as an assembly hall, recreation center and cafeteria, but Steamboat Springs parent Bette Van Dahl believes the multi-purpose facility doesn't serve any of those functions well.

Snowmass passes moratorium

Officials say emergency ordinances a common tool for growth

After Snowmass Village officials this week passed an emergency moratorium on land-use applications, Steamboat Springs city officials say the move shows how commonly moratoriums are used when communities are confronted with growth.

Grand Valley crushes Soroco to seal league title

The Soroco football team was hoping a wet and cold field would help even the playing field when it hosted Grand Valley on Friday night.

Cardinals take Rams in five

Soroco came out on fire in its Friday night Class 2A District 5 match with Grand Valley. The Rams opened the match hitting hard, easily taking the first two games. But behind the play of Whitney Ashcraft at the net, Grand Valley put out the flames and came back to win the next three games and take the match victory, 14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 17-15.

Mucklow receives two awards

Routt County extension agent honored by CSU

Jay Whaley knew it wouldn't be easy to get Colorado State University Extension Director C.J. Mucklow to attend an annual awards banquet in Fort Collins, so he did what he had to.

Tom Ross: Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack

Rocky lyrics lend themselves to a new World Series anthem

The World Series is less than five days away and to my knowledge, our beloved Colorado Rock-heads don't have an official World Championship song.

Steamboat loses to No. 1 Glenwood Springs, 25-20

If Class 3A No.1 Glenwood Springs is the measuring stick in high school football, the Steamboat Springs team wasn't too far off Friday night.

Friday, October 19

Steamboat soccer earns postseason play

Thursday could have been a real nail-biter for the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team.

Hayden resident passes away

Ingalls spent past year and half battling infection, diabetes

Hayden resident Tim Ingalls, who spent the past year and a half overcoming open-heart surgery, serious infection and constant battles with diabetes, passed away Oct. 14.

School Board candidates go unscripted at forum

In an election season when Steamboat Springs School Board candidates have remained mostly on script, Wednesday night's election forum gave the public some off-the-cuff answers.

Hayden takes on Rangley

Push for playoffs begins today

From here on out, all of Hayden High School's football games are must-win.

Deb Babcock: Organic gardening - a fertile field

If you get a chance to read Barbara Kingsolver's new book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - A Year of Food Life," you might find it quite interesting.

SAFEbuilt, already in Hayden, hopes to win Steamboat contract

A Windsor-based building services contractor is starting to make a lot of noise in Routt County.

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'Intense quilting'

Gallery opening includes artistic bedding, pottery, painting

For Jo Stack, who had a hand in 11 of the 15 quilts on display in an exhibit opening tonight at The Depot Art Center, quilting doesn't have to be confined to grandma.

From 'Kashmir' to Kris Kross

Genre lines mean little to Something Underground

Denver rock band Something Underground doesn't like to make set lists, because they don't like to be nailed down - as a rock band, a funk band or anything else.

Stump yourself at trivia night

Popular pub quizzes offer prizes, test useless knowledge

On Wednesday night at The Tap House Sports Grill, teams of six or fewer hunch over tiny slips of paper, mulling over the answers to questions such as, "What band's original name was Mookie Blaylock until concerns about trademark issues led it to change to its current name?"

'I don't care what you play'

Open mic nights give local performers free rein for three songs

On Monday night at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, sound guy Justin Glaza is pushing things off from a slow start with a pretty lengthy set of solo covers.

On Scene

Open mic at Mahogany

Margaret Hair: I want more stuff

Building a scene, one darts league at a time

On the subject of what there is to do here at night, I've heard this comment 50 or so times in two months: "Well, ever since Levelz closed, we don't really have a scene anymore."

Soroco battles toughest foe yet

Grand Valley and Soroco field two very different football teams.

Steamboat gears up to face No. 1 Glenwood

Two offenses, nearly 4,500 yards of total offense, more than 320 points scored and the two best quarterbacks in the league.

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Meteorologist predicts heavy snow in Steamboat similar to 2005-06

Joe Ramey, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Grand Junction, said Thursday that another storm is expected to dump more snow on the area this weekend. And although that snow will melt by early next week, Routt County residents should keep their shovels handy in the coming months.

Margaret Hair: 'Godspell' boasts strong singing

Vocals highlight opening night of local theater performance

Of the two Jesus musicals - "Jesus Christ Superstar" being the other one, "Godspell" has more room for uplifting messages, creative staging and ad-libbed lines.

Stanko tapped for committee

Ritter appoints local rancher to Board of Veteran Affairs

Jim Stanko knows many of the Yampa Valley soldiers serving in or returning from the Middle East. He has known some of them since they were children participating in 4-H Club programs.

The Record for Oct. 17

3:25 a.m. A 35-year-old New Mexico woman was arrested at a Steamboat Springs hotel on suspicion of shoving a man.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 19

The Steamboat Springs and Ski Town Rotary Clubs are inviting young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 to apply for the Rotary Group Study Exchange program, which will take place in Finland from April 10, 2008 through May 15, 2008.

Annual Winter Sports Club Ski Swap offers winter gems

A sure sign of the season to come, the annual treasure hunt known as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski and Sport Swap takes place today and Saturday at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Benefit today for former Hayden man

Kochenower still in hospital after Sept. 21 motorcycle accident

A benefit for former Hayden resident Tyrrell "Tye" Kochenower is today in Northglenn.

Thursday, October 18

City tennis championships begin

The 2007 Steamboat City Tennis Championships begin at 6 p.m. today at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs with singles play in the first eight round-robin matches in the men's and women's Masters Division.

Steamboat triathlete qualifies for Ironman World Championships

Triathlons have kept Steamboat Springs resident Joy Rasmussen busy this fall.

Steamboat mountain bikers make mark at 24 Hours of Moab

Steamboat Springs mountain bike racer Nate Bird didn't think competing in a 24-hour race outside of Moab, Utah, would be that big of a deal. After all, he completed nine, 11-mile laps on Mount Werner during this summer's Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat mountain bike race.

The Record for Oct. 18

Tuesday, Oct. 16 8:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs police assisted the All Crimes Enforcement Team with a "marijuana production" investigation in the 1300 block of Hilltop Parkway. The incident is under investigation.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 18

Man arrested in pot operation

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Daylight at night

Howelsen crews squeezing in major projects before Dec. 1

Jeff Nelson said that when the installation of new lighting is completed at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, the outcome will be "the difference between night and day."

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Global, green and Gore

Church sponsors screening of 'An Inconvenient Truth'

Freshly minted Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist Al Gore's "city by city, person by person" message about the effects and potential dangers of global warming reached a new audience Wednesday night in Craig.

MCHS speech and debate nets good start at competition

The Moffat County High School speech and debate team continued its persuasive ways this past weekend in Denver at its first competition of the year.

Sailors finish season

Girls volleyball ready for districts

With two league games remaining, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team has entrenched itself as the No. 3 seed in the Western Slope League.

Julia Baker: Hospital or doctor?

If doctors want to come here just for a new hospital, I would rather have a good doctor than a hospital. We want a good doctor to know what he's doing, not looking at the beautiful interior and exterior. It's what our town as a whole can offer.

Wednesday, October 17

Top candidates turn down post

Salary prompts 3 airport management prospects to back out

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Dave Ruppel had hoped to name his new assistant manager during last week's Airport Commission meeting. But all three of the job finalists turned down his offers.

Candidates file finance reports

District 5 School Board hopefuls lead the way in fundraising

Candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 5 seat are neck and neck in terms of campaign fundraising, according to campaign finance reports filed this week with the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Sen. Salazar fighting meth

Federal appropriations bill awaiting approval

Routt and Moffat counties are poised to gain an additional $100,000 to fight the methamphetamine scourge in Northwest Colorado, pending final approval of a federal appropriations bill.

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Facing an uncertain future

Employees struggle to save Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

Kathy Cox calls Off the Beaten Path Bookstore her "hub" in Steamboat Springs.

Longtime landfill employee liked to laugh, ski

Being the youngest of four children has its advantages - like knowing your parents love you the most and that you're the best looking one of your siblings.

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Steamboat soccer ties Moffat County

Sailors finish season 6-4-2, await playoff standing

Leading 2-1 in the final minutes of Tuesday's soccer game against Steamboat Springs, Moffat County could sense the victory.

Suzanne N. Hammel: A memorable visit

On a beautiful September 2007 day, we went hiking up the Fish Creek Falls trail with two friends. Even though I live below sea level in New Orleans, I remembered to sit and rest periodically on the way up to the aspen meadow.

Shorn solidarity honors banner tennis season

John Aragon and Don Toy half-joked that they should have been coaching for the opposition. The Steamboat Springs boys tennis coaching tandem had to swallow their words of inspiration Tuesday, after making the Sailors an offer they couldn't refuse.

Van Fletcher: A strange matter

There's something strange about the recreation center issue. First, the City Council voted unanimously to put the issue on the ballot and has funded studies and consultants ($62,018). Second, the City Council is offering free land for the center. Third, the possibility of putting a nonprofit (Old Town Hot Springs) out of business is being dismissed. What is not being discussed is that the recreation center will be financed by a new city property tax.

Sandy Schwindy: No duplication

Like many of you, my thoughts on the proposed recreation center vacillate frequently. However, I now believe we should vote down the recreation center, as proposed, and here's why.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 17

Eagle County Republican Muhammad Ali Hasan has filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's office for a 2008 run at the state Senate District 8 seat to be vacated by term-limited Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Oct. 15

12:39 a.m. Residents playing loud music were given a warning to be quiet in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza.

Man arrested in alleged sex assault

Craig man arrested on suspicion of two incidents involving 9-year-old girl

A 33-year-old Craig man was arrested Oct. 5 on suspicion of forcing a 9-year-old girl to touch him inappropriately at a Thanksgiving gathering last year.

Joanne Palmer: Hunting for groceries

Forget Division of Wildlife regulations. Hunting season really begins when herds of bewildered men begin foraging for food at local grocery stores. Watch them, clustered together at the end of every aisle, dazed and confused, eyes darting frantically in every direction - searching, hoping, praying - this will be the place where they bag their trophy: Red Bull! Eggs! Bacon!

VNA urges flu vaccinations

Association kicks off annual flu shot campaign Monday

In an attempt to curb the number of flu cases hitting the Yampa Valley this year, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association kicked off its annual flu shot campaign Monday, encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

Commission enacts 1041 regulations

At a hearing Monday night, the Routt County Board of Commissioners enacted 1041 regulations, which are designed to give the county more control over projects of state interest - such as highways, oil and gas development or pipelines - that are brought to the county by other entities.

Hayden volleyball downs Meeker

Hayden volleyball coach Stephanie Davis is confident her team can play with anyone in the district but says sometimes it just has "trouble finishing" the close ones.

Hunters keep Rio Blanco sheriff busy

Heart attacks claim the lives of two out-of-staters

The Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with other agencies, conducted four search and rescue missions Monday, two of which involved fatalities.

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Go green, even when it's white

Environmentally-friendly principles as winter approaches

"Going green" is second nature to Sarah Fox, so when the vice president of Fox Construction entered her father's contracting business, her environmental principles followed her into the workplace.

Our View: Vote 'yes' on 3A, 3B

In the coming weeks, South Routt voters will decide whether to raise their taxes to provide additional funding to the South Routt School District.

County OKs Xcel rail spur

Commissioners unanimously approve special use permit

The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday night Xcel Energy's special use permit for a rail spur to deliver coal to Hayden Station.

Council sets up downtown dollars

Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District funding depends on approval from voters

City officials decided Tuesday how to spend money for downtown improvements - if downtown voters allow the money to be spent.

Tuesday, October 16

Hayden invites residents to weigh in on planning

Hayden officials are asking residents to comment about plans for future land use, while the town updates its Comprehensive Plan to include more detail of areas west of Hayden and near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Man dies in accident at Milner Landfill

Longtime employee remembered as smart, caring, irreplaceable

A 51-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Tuesday afternoon at the Twin Landfill in Milner after a bulldozer attachment fell on top of him.

Tom Ross: Beware of annexing flying pork chops

Former city planner talks about Durango

The first time I drove to Durango over Red Mountain Pass during winter, I swore it would be the last time I would behave so recklessly.

The Record for Oct. 14

12:09 a.m. A resident from the 2600 block of Copper Ridge Circle reported that four juveniles were trespassing at a construction site. Police determined that no trespassing took place because one of the juvenile's stepfathers owned the site.

Redeveloping airport could cost nearly $30 million

Any redevelopment of the Steamboat Springs Airport for an alternative use would face daunting hurdles, not the least of which are costs that could approach nearly $30 million.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 16

Coastal navigation course to be offered this fall

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a course in Steamboat Springs this fall in basic and advanced coastal navigation.

Kindergarten choices in North Routt

Charter school offers optional, all-day enrichment program

Full-day kindergarten in Steamboat Springs may be on the horizon, but the district's North Routt Community Charter School has offered the program since the school's inception six years ago.

Affordable homes in the works

Revised Elk River Village plans include 67 condominiums

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority is pushing ahead with plans to develop as many as 67 affordable housing units on the city's near west side.

Monday, October 15

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McClure withdraws

Remaining candidates sharpen their stances at forum

And then there were 10. Steamboat Springs City Council candidate Dave McClure withdrew from the race for the at-large seat Monday during a forum hosted by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Steamboat tv18 at Centennial Hall.

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School Board candidates stress accountability

Steamboat Springs School Board candidate Char Rusk defended her decision to abstain from voting for the August buyout of Donna Howell's contract, and she said the board was justified in cutting ties with the former superintendent.

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Soroco coach reels in grant to enhance fishing program

For Soroco physical education teacher David Bruner, taking a group of teenagers fishing is about more than just making a great catch and getting out of school.

Rail spur proposal again under review

The Routt County Board of Commissioners could give final approval this week to a proposed rail spur over U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden and a broad set of construction-related regulations.

BID voters have more options

Downtown walk-in voting available until Nov. 6

Eligible property owners and tenants in downtown Steamboat Springs now have more options to vote for a proposed tax that would raise money for downtown advocacy and improvement issues.

Election Forum tonight

Pilot & Today hosts City Council, School Board candidates

The Steamboat Pilot & Today hosts its 2007 Election Forum tonight, posing questions to candidates for Steamboat Springs City Council and Steamboat Springs School Board. The forum also will cover two topics on the ballot for local voters: the proposed $34 million recreation center at Ski Town Fields and its associated tax increase for operation and maintenance, and Routt County's proposed tax increase for road improvements.

The Record for Oct. 13

12:02 a.m. A warning for a noise complaint was issued in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 15

The 52nd annual Colorado Baptist General Convention meeting is today in Steamboat Springs.

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Health care commission gets an earful at hearing

Members of the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform listened to sometimes angry, sometimes tearful testimony at a public hearing Saturday in Craig.

Luke Graham: Anchors away

Sailors need to cut loose against Glenwood

This is going to be fun. Fun like we might see 100 points combined.

Aging Well: Help and support aren't far

Independent Life Center helps people with disabilities overcome challenges

It's hard for Jackie Lyons to describe an average day on the job helping people with disabilities, because every day and every client is different.

Sailors ready for top team

Don't look now, but the Steamboat Springs High School football team has put itself in a position to not only get in the playoffs, but possibly change a 2-3 start into a league championship.

Communicate before you medicate

Do you know your medications? If you are admitted to a hospital for care, you will be asked to provide a list of every prescription drug and over-the-counter medicine or supplement you are currently taking.

Sunday, October 14

Gary Cogswell: Reconsider choice

Dear City Council members, My concern and admiration goes out to you for your willingness to serve on City Council at this very challenging time.

Lee Tautz:

I'm responding to the article from the Oct. 3, 1957, edition of the Steamboat Pilot in your "Looking Back" section about the concern of many accidents on U.S. Highway 40.

Debbie Wilson: Think ahead on rec

As a community member, parent and active participant in many local recreational activities, we are asking you to vote for the proposed recreation center located at the Ski Town site near the tennis bubble.

Jail Report and Record for Oct. 14

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.

Steamboat boys cross country grabs win

Steamboat Springs cross-country coach Matt Reinhold has been pushing his team to improve speed and beat its individual best times in preparing for a flatter regional course, Saturday in Delta.

Soroco rumbles over Eagle Valley, 14-7

Rams use some trickery, strong defense to defeat Devils' junior varsity squad

Behind a little trickery and stout defense, the Soroco High School football team ended a five-game losing streak Saturday, downing Eagle Valley's junior varsity team 14-7.

Steamboat volleyball downs Rifle

With core of five seniors, Sailors dispatch Bears easily in three games

The girls on the Rifle volleyball team thought they could keep the momentum rolling after taking a talented Moffat County team to five games Thursday.

John F. Russell: Steamboat tennis sets great example

There is no question that Ramsey Bernard, crowned Saturday as the state's top singles player in Class 4A, has secured his place as one of Steamboat Springs High School's best tennis players.

Hunt of the Week for Oct. 14

Mike Homier and Tom Fox

Age/occupation - MH: 57/retired; TF: 57/Owner Fox Construction Inc.

Forest Service seeks public feedback for future facilities

Federal land management agencies can only do so much.

South Routt-grown business

New Phippsburg feed, supply store offers plethora of products

When Wendy and Jules Palyo began chasing their dream of opening a new business in South Routt County, they knew they wanted it to be built by, staffed by and supported by the community.

Members of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board: Clearing up article

Regarding the Oct. 5 article, "Fund Board plans PR blitz" and Oct. 10 editorial, we would like to explain the Education Fund Board's reasons for this educational campaign.

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High school seniors test medical careers in hospital internships

Steamboat Springs High School seniors interning at the Yampa Valley Medical Center may not be entrusted with a scalpel, but they are charged with plenty of responsibilities.

Greg Binsfeld: What we have

I was re-reading my copy of "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson, PhD, this week. It gave me some real insight into the recreation center issue that we will be voting on here in Steamboat in a few weeks.

Herald Stout: Explanation needed

The Colorado Sunshine Law says, "It is declared to be a matter of statewide concern and the policy of this state that the formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret."

Chuck Baker: Tax won't go away

I would encourage all taxpayers to vote "No" on Referendum 1A (county tax increase purportedly for county roads).

Our View: Make informed choices

Odd-year elections traditionally attract the fewest number of voters, but we hope Routt County residents buck that trend come Nov. 6.

Base area taking shape

Geothermal snowmelt system likely to be abandoned

Public construction projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area are beginning to take their final form, relieving anxiety about what shape the ski base will be in by opening day Nov. 21.

Class notes for Oct. 14

Teen Read Week begins today

Teens would likely read more if they knew more about what good books to read, said Alison Lambart, youth services manager at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Kerry Hart: Reading, writing and multitasking

Educators continually sing the praise of this new millennial generation for their technological and multitasking skills. Go to an education conference of any type at any level, and there will certainly be sessions on how to understand and keep up with this new generation. Veteran teachers learn new pedagogical and technological methods to capture attention, teach in short bursts and move quickly to new and varied activities because students think faster and grasp information much more readily than their parents' generation.

Week of homecoming events boosts school spirit

Before Friday night's football game even started, before the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors thumped Montezuma-Cortez, 46-7, in front of a boisterous crowd, Steamboat Springs resident and former Olympian Jim "Moose" Barrows said there was something special about homecoming.

Vision 2030 Spotlight: John Kerst

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Linda Blazek

Linda Blazek Age: 58 Occupation: Self-employed Place of birth: New Jersey

Todd Hagenbuch: Public invited to celebrate 100 years of Farmers Union

In 1907, a group of farmers from Crystola started the Colorado Farmers Union. The family farmers, wanting to have a common voice to fight for fair prices against larger, more corporate-type farms, banded together to raise awareness of their plight amongst fellow agriculture producers and consumers. The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, now incorporating members from Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, is still fighting this fight on behalf of producers and consumers alike.

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Hope & Healing

Abuse victim and former Miss America to speak in Steamboat Springs

Former beauty queen Marilyn Van Derbur's book, "Miss America by Day," is intensely personal. But she didn't write it for herself.

Jimmy Westlake: The king and queen of the sky

Many moons ago, when I was a knee-high astronomer, I used to stargaze with my best friend and next-door neighbor, Nicky. Although we really didn't know the official constellations very well, there were many star patterns with which we were very familiar, and we referred to them by our own descriptive names.

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Growing Pains

Consultant says better pay needed to woo Steamboat workers

Difficulties with recruiting and retaining quality employees are nothing new to Steamboat Springs.

Business file for Oct. 14

Steamboat Realtors honored at banquet

Steamboat Seen

People and events around Steamboat Springs.

Holiday feasts

Inspirations for a great meal from Steamboat locals

It's that time of year. A time to gather around the family dinner table, which is filled to capacity with wonderful taste sensations, and share special moments with our family and friends.

Editorial cartoon for Oct. 14

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Oct. 14, 2007.

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Deck your second home with boughs of holly

Companies that do the decorating for you

Early every December, Lindsey Grannis stuffs more than 100 poinsettias into her living and dining rooms. Not long after she stashes as many as 14 Christmas trees in a snow bank in her front yard.

Real Estate transactions for Oct. 4 to 9

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - FLACK, AL C JR TRUSTEE To TWEETEN, BRUCE C For SHADOW RUN CONDOMINIUMS UNIT 305 - $364,900

Efficiency program tested at Hayden Station

Power production at Xcel Energy's Hayden Generating Station just got a little greener.

Bringing home the Tannenbaum

Cut your own tree for a lasting holiday memory

Rich family traditions, passed from parents to children, are the tangible stuff of holidays. Without them, we are left to chase material dreams and the latest circuit-board gadget.

The price of paradise

Check around ... Steamboat's a bargain

Sticker shock is as much a part of moving to Steamboat as losing your breath because of altitude when climbing a flight of stairs.

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Looking back: The history of a ski town

Seven men, some of them dreamers, gathered nearly 50 years ago at the base of Storm Mountain. They assembled to have their picture taken on the day Jim Temple broke ground on a new ski area for Steamboat Springs. Two of the men stood on a squat bulldozer. The remaining five stood proudly in front of it.

Holiday movie classics

There is a good deal more to holiday motion pictures than Burl Ives singing "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" and Chevy Chase sliding off the roof of his home while stringing Christmas lights.

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How well do you know Steamboat?

Test your knowledge of the Yampa Valley

Test your knowledge of Steamboat Springs' people, places and history.

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Turning green with luxury

Affluent homeowners may be the ones to bring green building practices to the mainstream

Green building practices are germinating at some of Steamboat's most exclusive addresses. It just might turn out that affluent resort homeowners will be the ones to bring green building into the mainstream.

Best Bets: Events for October 2007 to January 2008

Late fall and early winter are busy times in Steamboat Springs, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Whether it's taking your kids to the Downtown Halloween Stroll or volunteering at the community Thanksgiving Dinner, there are plenty of Best Bets to keep you occupied.

Rematch for District 5

Anderson, Kozatch square off for School Board seat

Laura Anderson and Jerry Kozatch have faced off before.

Sharing love for schools

Crossan, Rusk seeking District 4 School Board seat

The two candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 4 seat put their passion for education to work long before seeking election.

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Ghosts predate video poker in historic Central City

Road trip

Central City doesn't offer the manic 24-hour entertainment buzz of Las Vegas. But then, Vegas doesn't have ghosts that go bump in the night.

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Question and Answer: Deb Armstrong

At the tender age of 20, Seattle native Deb Armstrong won Olympic gold in the women's giant slalom at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. As the former ambassador of skiing for Taos Ski Valley, Armstrong has spent the past 23 years of her life sharing her passion for skiing with others.

Eating smart for an adventurous day

Healthy Eating

Heading out onto a lengthy snowshoe or day of skiing? Registered dieticians Pam Wooster and Jenny Thomsen have come up with a meal plan that is energy dense and nutrient-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals to support health and an active day.

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Cooking with Matt Souder

Souder enjoys cooking's variable nature

Three Peaks Grill's Matt Souder has spent a long time manning kitchens, but the executive chef at Three Peaks Grill is anything but burned out.

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Health at the grass-roots level

Demand, availability of organic foods increasing in Steamboat Springs

There's no denying it. Burgers made from grass-fed beef just taste better. Kristy Fox's customers picked up on the difference without being tipped off.

New businesses

New businesses in Steamboat Springs

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Small space, big workout

Staying fit

The tradition of holiday feasting doesn't have to be a caloric conspiracy. And don't use the crutch that the closed quarters of a hotel room or relative's sofa sleeper keep you from doing anything about packing on inevitable "winter insulation.

Gifts with a click

Click on this

For many, the holiday season brings stress - and lots of it. Stress about what gift to send your in-laws, what to wear to a work holiday party, and what dish to bring to the dinners and potlucks that seem to occupy every weekend.

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Gear Guide: Indoors

Allison Miriani's indoors picks for winter 2007

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Gear Guide: Outdoors

Allison Miriani's outdoors picks for winter 2007

Allison Miriani: Holiday time

It's that time of year to start thinking about the holidays - what meals to cook, gifts to give and traditions to continue. We hope the holiday-themed stories in this issue of At Home will inspire you to try something new this year, whether it's cutting your own Christmas tree or trying a new recipe.

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What's in it for me?: Organic

Local stores prove that organic food doesn't have to sacrifice flavor

Bamboo Market's Pamela Ball and Healthy Solutions' Jennifer Harlan recommend several organic food items.

Wild play gives Sailors win

Steamboat soccer nets key league victory against Rifle

Steamboat Springs senior Kevin Bertrand said that Saturday's Western Slope League soccer showdown with Rifle was a "like a wild card game," with both teams needing the win to increase odds of a postseason berth.

Bernard shines at state

Sailors senior wins second singles championship

The sky was overcast at Pueblo City Park on Saturday morning, making for a gloomy and gray start to the final day of the 2007 4A Boys State High School Tennis Championships.

Wildhorse is quick out of the gates

Someday in the not-too-distant future, when residents and guests check into Trailhead Lodge or a home in Wildhorse Meadows' The Range subdivision, they'll have some of the most colorful street addresses in the Steamboat resort area.

Gary Hofmeister: 1984 ... a bit late?

In George Orwell's classic "1984," double-think, thought crime and disinformation were the major themes. Regardless of the truth, citizens found it necessary to selectively remember and forget events to stay on the right side of the powers-that-be in the government.

Saturday, October 13

Experts claim protecting historic structures boosts economies

One of the most common arguments against historic preservation in Steamboat Springs - that it would have an adverse effect on property values - was challenged during a panel discussion on the topic Friday night.

Eight-man football at Soroco

Superintendent cites safety and enrollment as concerns

After more than 50 years of football in South Routt, Rams fans will see eight-man football next year.

High school freshman off to leadership forum in Europe

Hayden High School freshman Lysa Valora spent this week attending Spanish class and feeding her sheep. She will spend next week shaking hands with members of British Parliament.

Sailors trounce Panthers, 46-7, for homecoming

Right now, it might not matter whom the Steamboat Springs High School football team plays.

The Record for Oct. 11

12:42 a.m. A man in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive reported hearing a group of men making a lot of noise.

Tom Ross: Brown trout won't let go of his dinner

If this isn't one of the best fish stories you've ever heard, I'll eat my wading boots. And for the nonfisher people among my readers, I promise to work cute, furry mammals into the narrative.

Sailors fight for 3rd place

Strong showings help Steamboat at state tourney

Standing courtside of the 4A Colorado State High School Tennis Championships is enough to make any good coach lose hair.

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Local retailers stocked and ready to rock

The sign on the Backwoods Diner reads: "Open 6:30 a.m. 10 p.m."

Grand Valley speed, big plays shut out Hayden

Grand Valley was armed with a couple of serious offensive weapons coming into Friday night's Class 1A Western Slope League football showdown with Hayden.

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High School parade and pep rally boost Sailor spirit

An armada of tractor-trailers moved through the streets of Steamboat Springs on Friday adorned with the markings of homecoming - chicken wire, papier-mache, spray paint and hundreds of screaming teenagers.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 13

Yampa Valley Wrestling Club of Routt County invites all youths in kindergarten through eighth grade to try the sport of wrestling. The season begins Tuesday and continues through Dec. 4. Practices will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $75. Anyone interested please meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Steamboat Springs Middle School wrestling room. With questions, call Kenda at 970-620-1811.

Oak Creek transfers funds for budget

In order to balance Oak Creek's budget, the Oak Creek Town Board made a $250,000 transfer from the town's electric fund to its general fund Thursday night.

Grants push county closer to improving communication system

A recent dose of federal grants has pushed Routt County in the right direction to begin using an 800-megahertz system for emergency responders.

Friday, October 12

Jade Summit case continued

Steamboat City Council struggles through 'hybrid' hearing

After hearing four hours of testimony Thursday, city officials postponed their quasi-judicial case to determine the fate of Jade Summit's Pirate's Pub liquor license.

Chamber of Commerce conducts ribbon-cutting ceremonies for three Hayden businesses

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce conducted ribbon-cutting ceremonies Thursday for three recently opened businesses, a sign of the continuing growth in the West Routt County town and the success of its revamped Chamber.

Hayden netters lose momentum

Momentum can be a funny thing.

Title hopes alive

Sailors remain strong at state tennis championships

The competition threw spin serves, rocket serves and anything else it had at Steamboat Springs senior Ramsey Bernard on Day 1 of the 2007 4A Boys State Tennis Championships.

The Record for Oct. 10

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Food drives honor World Hunger Day on Sunday

World Hunger Day is Sunday, and local organizations are working to raise awareness and collect nonperishable food donations.

Public to address preservation

A panel of speakers with extensive historic preservation experience will headline a forum tonight co-sponsored by an ad hoc committee called Partners in Preservation.

Volleyball drains Glenwood

Maggie Kriz hadn't had a kill the entire game.

Steamboat downs Palisade on the road

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team recovered from a recent two-game skid by earning a Western Slope League win on the road Thursday afternoon at Palisade.

Steamboat football gears up for homecoming

Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch knows the challenges of football.

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Edgemont spurs debate

Planning Commission votes against ski base development

A controversial development plan for the private Edgemont project at Steamboat Ski Area was the topic of a dramatic and contentious Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting Thursday night.

Deb Babcock: Lawn care for fall

By the time the kids go begging for treats in downtown Steamboat Springs on Halloween, we've often had some snowfall, and certainly much cooler weather. So, before winter kicks in and you lose the opportunity to give your lawn a head start on next spring's growth, take time to care for your lawn this fall.

CD reviews

Reviews of Matt Pond PA "Last Light," Jill Scott "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds," and Matchbox Twenty "Exile on Mainstream"

MC Souleye pens lyrics

After two years of making up his lyrics on the fly, self-styled "conscious wordsmith" and Steamboat semi-resident MC Souleye is going back to write down his rhymes.

De-varmint your yard

Lecture to address preventing wildlife damage

Moffat County residents putting hard work into gardens and well-groomed yards may notice their elbow grease offset by the intrusion of deer and varmints.

On scene: On writing well

There are a few things that are generally true about people who write for a living.

Local CD mix: Heather Baloth

Heather Baloth Age: 25 Occupation: Middle school Spanish teacher

Mountain movies

Filmmakers step up for fifth festival

After Josh Brom took home an independent film award for a ski and snowboard movie he made last winter, he decided to put some effort into it the next time around - by filming in Chile.

Margaret Hair: When to be critical

For the preview story of "Godspell" in this week's 4 Points, I got the chance to remember what high school drama productions are like.

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'Smart thing to do, right thing to do'

Chamber hosts customer service seminar

The Chamber hosted a community service seminar for area businesses Thursday at the Holiday Inn. Sixty-six people out of a possible 120 attended the seminar.

'A fictional ski town'

'Godspell' caters to Steamboat themes

"Godspell" debuted in 1971 and was originally set in the inner city.

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Drums, dance and diversity

African Drum and Dance Ensemble to host workshops this week

By bringing in outside help to learn outside cultures, members of the African Drum and Dance Ensemble are able to experience a kind of diversity that might not otherwise be readily available in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 12

Bond reduced in vehicular homicide case

County tries to salvage contract

Letter to city lauds building services

Two weeks after Steamboat Springs City Manager Alan Lanning told the Routt County Regional Building Department "this marriage is over," county officials are taking steps to prevent the divorce.

Thursday, October 11

Modern masterpiece

Good fortune smiles on 3X Lucky Ranch architects

Some of the finest homes in the Yampa Valley are secluded from public view, so the evolution that is taking place here isn't always easy to discern. But more homes in Steamboat Springs and its surroundings are being designed with modern lines instead of the familiar timbered gables that evoke the lodges of the national parks system.

Crime team reduces budget

Wiggins: Donations allowed ACET to cut spending

The All Crimes Enforcement Team has reduced its supplies and operations budget by 34 percent while making several drug-related arrests with limited staff.

The Record for Oct. 9

Tuesday, Oct. 9

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Felonies swamp DA's Office

Judicial District gets OK to hire new investigator

An increase in felony cases across the 14th Judicial District is overloading the District Attorney's Office and could result in the hire of a new investigator.

VNA launches flu shot campaign

Enough vaccinations for whole community

With October being the traditional start of the flu season, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has three core tactics in preventing the flu.

Sports briefs for Oct. 11

Tennis championships ahead

Shooting the slopes

Steamboat Mountain Film Festival starts tonight

The fifth annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival starts tonight with a screening of two movies at the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater.

Safeway to donate money to area schools

Back to School drive uses shoppers' spendings

Craig Safeway shoppers donated money to Moffat County schools from this past July to September, and they may not have known it.

Local entrepreneurs thrive at 'boot camp'

Ashley Edinburg and Melinda Miller have been refining their destination retail niche in downtown Steamboat Springs for a decade. But it wasn't until they came home from boot camp this month that they fully understood how to capitalize on it.

Mountain sales booming

Downtown shows second straight month of sales tax gains

Sales tax revenues collected from mountain-area businesses far surpassed expectations last month, according to sales tax figures released by the city of Steamboat Springs. Those figures also reveal the downtown area experienced its second straight month of gains after a slump earlier this year.

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VIDEO: 'Hunt for October' alive for Steamboat sluggers

While the Colorado Rockies were busy preparing for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series today in Phoenix, a small group of fifth-graders at the Emerald Park baseball diamonds in Steamboat Springs could've debated about the Rockies all afternoon.

Sailors prepare for final stretch

Volleyball team faces Glenwood today

From here on out, they all matter.

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Questioning the status quo

School Board, City Council incumbents under fire at forum

When no one else submitted a question for Steamboat Springs School Board candidates at a Wednesday forum, Jon Quinn stepped up to the plate.

Council candidates clash

This year's City Council election could directly impact the future development of 700 acres west of downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 11

Sexual assault charges dismissed against Carlson

Steamboat cyclist completes 5,000 miles across 50 states

Gary Gianetti boarded the flight from Montana to Las Vegas in his self-described "Ozzy Osbourne-like zombie mode."

Wednesday, October 10

North Routt fire tax would fund chief, benefits

Dave Moss likes to think of the North Routt Fire Protection District as a three-legged stool with a loose leg.

Early voting options expand

County officials have expanded early voting options in an effort to limit the long lines that plagued polling locations during the 2006 election.

Cemetery district trying to keep up with growth

Hayden-area voters will consider increasing their cemetery district tax in the Nov. 6 election via Referendum 5B, which aims to fund capital improvements and expansion to keep pace with population growth.

Hayden seeks to shift tax burden

Hayden town officials want voters to replace an existing automobile use tax with one on building materials. In addition to raising more money, officials say the move would shift the tax burden from existing Hayden residents to newcomers.

Incumbent, school staffer square off in Hayden

The two candidates in the only contested seat for the Hayden School Board said their children were their inspiration to run for public office.

Most South Routt board races uncontested

Three current South Routt School Board members feel pretty good about their chances of serving another term. School Board President Tim Corrigan and members Joel Harris, who was appointed to the board in April, and Rodney Wilson are seeking re-election in uncontested races. Each term is for four years.

Palyo looks to unseat Long

South Routt School District voters have a choice between the old and the new on Election Day. Longtime South Routt School Board member Linda Long is being challenged by Jules Palyo.

South Routt schools seek funds for boilers

The South Routt School District is asking voters to approve two ballot questions Nov. 6 - one to fund a new heating system, and the other to provide additional money for the general fund.

Mill levy would fund business improvement district

Downtown Steamboat Springs commercial property owners and tenants have the option of voting for a tax to fund a business improvement district.

Tax increase would fund county road improvements

A proposed property tax increase for Routt County residents would raise $3.3 million a year for road improvements and other capital projects.

Nonprofit manager runs uncontested for District 2 seat

Lisa Brown's two children face 14 more years of education in Steamboat. That alone was Brown's inspiration for running for a spot on the Steamboat Springs School Board.

District 5 candidates meet again

Laura Anderson and Jerry Kozatch have faced off before. In October 2006, both applied for the District 5 School Board seat vacated by the resignation of Tom Miller-Freutel. The School Board voted 3-1 to appoint Kozatch to fill the remainder of Miller-Freutel's term. Now it's up to voters to decide who occupies the District 5 seat for the next four years.

Candidates have passion for education

The two candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 4 seat put their passion for education to work long before seeking election.

Post, Quinn want to represent south Steamboat

There are two open seats to represent District 3 on the Steamboat Springs City Council: a two-year position and a four-year position. Karen Post and Jon Quinn decided to go all in.

Rec center issue dominates Steamboat ballot

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

Political newcomers vie for open District 3 seat

Of Steamboat Springs' three City Council districts, District 3 is the one that will see the most changes as a result of November's election.

Planning commissioner challenges Dellinger

Both candidates for a District 1 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council hope to make local government more accessible to the public - and change inefficient procedures such as council meetings that extend late into the night.

Bentley, Hughes square off in council's District 2

There is no shortage of administrative and professional experience in the race for a District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Paul Hughes, 64, served as Steamboat Springs' city manager from 1998 to December 2005, capping more than two decades of service in municipal government. Meg Bentley, 63, is a founder of The Playworks Preschool, a co-owner of Steamboat Aviation, and a former member of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Board of Directors.

At-large race draws largest field

Of the five City Council seats up for election this fall, the race for the at-large seat is the only one to draw more than two candidates. The at-large seat is a two-year seat, as opposed to the other six council seats, which carry four-year terms. Candidates for the at-large seat may reside anywhere in the city, while other candidates must live in the districts they want to represent.

School Board adopts budget

District members set aside $290,000 to increase staff salaries

The Steamboat Springs School Board decided Monday to increase the amount of money set aside in the district's 2007-08 budget to raise staff salaries.

Sailors tennis hopes for fast start at state championships

The state titles will be decided Saturday, but the members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team know the most important matches will be played Thursday.

Joanne Palmer: Peanut butter without jelly

I'm in the process of moving and in between two households. I describe this as being in a perpetual state of peanut butter without jelly - I am always missing one-half of the necessary ingredients. For example, I have an iPod but no headphones, a bicycle but no helmet, dirty dishes but no detergent, coffee maker but no coffee, dog but no leash.

Steamboat F.C. claims youth tourney title

Some of Steamboat's smaller soccer players are starting to grasp the bigger picture.

Accidents keep troopers busy

A 35-year-old Denver man was injured Tuesday morning when the semitrailer he was driving slammed into a rock embankment below the Timbers Villas condominiums on U.S. Highway 40, after the man's brakes apparently failed.

City Council, School Board candidates meet twice today

With early voting starting Oct. 22, the time left for candidates to win over voters is quickly shrinking.

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Steamboat 700 talks advance

Development plans to be presented next week

The first glimpse of plans for the proposed Steamboat 700 development could come in the form of a "presubmittal package" delivered to city officials next week.

Tuesday, October 9

Jim Steinberg: Unrestricted Reserves

Citizens of Steamboat Springs rejoice! We now have the means to celebrate freedom from further bond issues, freedom from increased or extended sales taxes, and freedom from any fee increases. Let us praise our great interim city finance director, Mr. Bob Litzau, for our new Steamboat Springs Doctrine of Unrestricted Reserves! Let us consider all the property that the city of Steamboat Springs owns and all the buildings that sit on that land, and all the vehicles owned by the city. They all add up to more than $85 million (2005 city budget, page 20), a staggeringly enormous start to our city's "Unrestricted Reserves." Add to this our unrestricted cash of more than $18 million and we are rolling in "Unrestricted Reserves."

Michael Turner: Concerning 2B, 2C

Based on the Talking Points fact sheet distributed by Citizens for a Community Recreation Center, please consider the following counterpoints concerning Referendums 2B and 2C:

Our View: No need for PR spin

The urgency and initiative shown by Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board members in their efforts to extend the city's half-cent sales tax for education are commendable. However, the Fund Board's decision last week to hire a Denver public relations firm to market the tax to local voters was disappointing and, we fear, could work against them.

The Record for Oct. 10

Monday, Oct. 8 1:20 p.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer said a woman in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue reportedly was "insulted" by a bartender who "became rude to her" after she dropped a glass.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 10

Eight Steamboat businesses pass compliance check

Kick-starting kindergarten

School Board to create all-day committee

Full-day kindergarten in Steamboat Springs moved one step closer to fruition Monday night as the Steamboat Springs School Board decided to create a committee to explore how to implement the program.

City council to brush up on annexation

West Steamboat changes spur informational review sessions

Spurred by the pending annexation of areas west of the city, the Steamboat Springs City Council will hold informational review sessions tonight about annexation and special districts.

Today last day to register

Office open until 4:30 p.m. for Nov. 6 voter sign-up

The Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office expects a flurry of activity today - the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

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Astronaut lands in Steamboat

Former resident recounts journey on shuttle Atlantis

Being an astronaut isn't all work and no play - NASA Mission Specialist Steve Swanson admits he spent some of his time in space trying to do the "perfect flip" in a weightless environment.

DA charges four suspects

Accused face felonies in connection with alleged kidnapping and assault

A joint investigation conducted by the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office into a 27-year-old Craig woman's report that she was kidnapped and assaulted has prompted criminal charges against four suspects.

Local economy too healthy for Ritter's plan

Surplus of jobs makes Yampa Valley a different case than most of the state

The economy of the Yampa Valley and Moffat County is bright enough that businesses almost need to wear shades, said Scott Ford, a local entrepreneur and Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership interim director.

The Record for Oct. 7

12:21 a.m. A person complained about a dog in the back of a truck in the 3200 block of South Lincoln Avenue. Police checked on the dog and found it to be OK.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 9

For the 12th consecutive year, Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang is offering financial assistance to local athletes for their education and/or skill improvement in their area of competence.

Early Learning Center board reviews project bids

South Routt youngsters may soon see their new school rising from the ground in Yampa.

Monday, October 8

Sailors football looks to continually improve

At this point in the season for the Steamboat Springs High School football team, it's a matter of putting all the pieces together.

The Record for Oct. 6

12:13 a.m. A verbal warning for a noise complaint was issued at a residence in the 2700 block of Walton Creek Road.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 8

The Routt County Fairgrounds' annual Open Riding Supervisor Volunteer sign-up meeting is at 5 p.m. Wednesday in conference room #1 of the Routt County Courthouse Annex on Sixth Street. Open Riding Supervisors manage the indoor arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds during public ride time. Supervisors sign up at least one month in advance for dates and times that work with their schedule. Responsibilities include enforcing rules and safety during ride times, collecting fees and managing sign-in. Supervisors ride for free. If you are not able to attend the meeting but would like to be a supervisor, please contact Jill at 276-3068

Board to discuss all-day kindergarten

The Steamboat Springs School Board will continue to explore how to implement all-day kindergarten tonight at its monthly study session.

Public forum to address regional transportation issues

The public is invited tonight to discuss regional transportation issues facing the I-70 corridor and Northwest Colorado.

Monday Medical: Hygiene prevents spread of bug

On my first day as an employee at Yampa Valley Medical Center, I learned a very important lesson: how to wash my hands.

Public gondola planned for 2009

Wildhorse project moving forward

The developers of Wildhorse Meadows have formalized plans to link their multi-phase residential project with the base of Steamboat Ski Area via a new gondola.

Watch your step in and out of your home

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people ages 65 years and older in the United States, with more than a third of adults aged 65 years or older falling each year. In 2001, this was more than 1.6 million older adult emergency room visits with nearly 388,000 associated hospitalizations.

Aging Well: Avoid some of the pain of downsizing

A trip home to visit family and friends is often a highlight of summer. However, these trips also can make us aware of some of the difficult aspects of aging.

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Filling in for the fall

Craig residents take second jobs during hunting season

At first, Chelsey Herod just wanted to get experience.

Luke Graham: The bandwagon is full

The Rockies win.

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Yampa dammed for repair

Expert divers take on intake pipe project in Hayden

Long-awaited repairs to the Hayden water plant's intake pipe on the Yampa River began last week after several delays. Before the damaged pipe can be replaced, expert divers must partially dam and drain the river. Repairs are estimated to take at least two weeks to complete. The problem was first noticed at the plant in September 2006, when intake from the pipe dropped to 625 gallons per minute, down nearly half from its usual level of 1,000 gallons per minute, according to Plant Operator Scott Price.

Sunday, October 7

Dave Shively: The new limits

I just read about Andrew Skurka's presentation to the vaunted ranks of The Explorer's Club. The 26-year-old already had made short work of a long list of epic North American trails - the 7,778-mile Sea-to-Sea Route in 11 months, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 45 days, the 487-mile Colorado Trail in 14.5 days. Yawn.

Krause named Optimist "Teen of the Month"

Steamboat Springs High School senior Melissa Krause has been named the Steamboat Springs Optimist Club's "Teen of the Month" for September. Melissa has a 4.5 GPA, participates in the school's Link Crew, was elected by her peers to be on the Honor Council for the past three years, and she is co-president of the National Spanish Honor Society.

Editorial cartoon for Oct. 7

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Oct. 7, 2007.

George Thomas: Traffic gets worse

I've been living in Steamboat for the past seven years, and even in that short time, I have seen traffic congestion increase significantly, and I'm sure it will only get worse. In my opinion, one measure the city could take to help ameliorate traffic flow is to consider building roundabouts at selected intersections instead of using traffic lights.

Luke Schafer: Stats not the issue

On Oct. 4, the Craig Daily Press reported that the Moffat County Commissioners disputed Gov. Bill Ritter's use of the term "2 percent" in referring to Vermillion Basin. The governor made it clear that he was referring to the percentage of the Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Resource Area's overall acreage in the Vermillion Basin, which is 2 percent. This is not in dispute.

Barbara De Vries: Remember to vote

It doesn't make sense for citizens of Steamboat Springs to pay for a facility that is in direct competition with an established nonprofit business. It also doesn't make sense that the residents of our city would have to pay for it twice - once in property tax and once for a membership, if they choose to do so.

Best of the Web for Oct. 7

Best of the Web for Oct. 7

Conservative commentary:

Unlike football, where the dimensions of the field of play are defined and consistent, baseball allows a lot of latitude, particularly with regard to the distance between home plate and the outfield fences. This latitude has allowed teams to "tailor" their park from season to season to fit their particular personnel. You might say that, if we employ the following definitions presented in the Encyclopedia Britannica, football is conservative (providing a level and equal field of play) and baseball is radical.

Our View: Wants versus needs

The Steamboat Springs City Council made the right decision by restoring most of the city's funding to community support groups for 2008. But that isn't to say such funding should continue at current levels.

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High school seniors get class credit for coaching youth hockey

Matt Lettunich is almost a foot taller than the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey League skaters that zoomed past him Thursday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Burgess Creek boom

Purchase price of mountain parcel increases tenfold in two years

A 1970s-era office building that sold for $1.15 million in November 2005 recently sold for $11.5 million.

John F. Russell: Sailors prove no 'I' in team

They don't give trophies to the fourth-place team at the state high school golf championships, but after watching the Steamboat Springs High School golf team in Broomfield, I think they should.

Hometown homecoming

Steamboat Springs High School spirit on display throughout the week

A legion of alumni filling the stands for the homecoming football game, carefully crafted parade floats, and a coroneted king and queen are images synonymous with small-town America.

At-large race draws largest field of hopeful candidates

Of the five City Council seats up for election this fall, the race for the at-large seat is the only one to draw more than two candidates. The at-large seat is a two-year seat, as opposed to the other six council seats, which carry four-year terms. Candidates for the at-large seat may reside anywhere in the city, while other candidates must live in the districts they want to represent.

Tax increase would fund improvements for roads

A proposed property tax increase for Routt County residents would raise $3.3 million a year for road improvements and other capital projects.

Fashion Forward

Ski-season clothing takes it a step further this fallwith new textures, bold prints and even bolder colors

For anyone who has ever dreamed about skiing Mount Werner in a full paisley-print snowsuit, this is your year.

Sailors' cross country experiences unexpected success

Cam Niswander wasn't really expecting much out of the Steamboat Springs boys cross-country team heading into this season.

Wood stock

BMC West sale shows strong local lumber industry

BMC West Building Materials' western Colorado units, including its Steamboat Springs location, were sold last month to West Canyon Investments for $11.4 million.

Hunt of the Week: Dave Summers

Occupation: Safety/Training Director for a power line utility contractor

Vision 2030 spotlight: CJ Mucklow

CJ Mucklow Residence: Clark Number of years in the valley: 18

Routt County Spotlight: Michael Brumbaugh

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

Jimmy Westlake: Comet LONEOS

Last March during an automated patrol of the night sky, the Lowell Observatory Near Earth Object Search, or LONEOS, discovered a tiny little blip on a photograph that was, at first, thought to be a new asteroid.

Business file for Oct. 7

Board of Realtors names award winners, officers

Jill Limberg of Colorado Group Realty and Wendy Fisher of Anchor Realty shared the prestigious Realtor of the Year Award at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors annual Rewards banquet Sept. 13 at Catamount Lake House.

Flying back to the top

Johnny Spillane looking to regain 2003 form

Johnny Spillane wasn't sure what the problem was.

The Record for Oct. 5

Jesus Antonio Mota, 26, Hayden - Third-degree assault, two counts of child abuse (criminal negligence) (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Taking shape

Aspens at Walton Creek in pre-construction sales

The Aspens at Walton Creek townhomes are under construction, and the first potential resale is already on the market. The $668,000 asking price could set a new "low end" for residential housing at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

Real estate transactions for Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2007.

Wall advised to seek attorney

Commissioners: Sheriff's policies have legal, fiscal risks

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has advised Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall to seek legal counsel, citing Sheriff's Office policies that commissioners say "present significant legal or financial risk for the county."

Finger Rock Fish Hatchery stocks fish, sustains healthy trout populations

On Tuesday morning in Yampa, about 2,000 rainbow trout were loaded into a Colorado Division of Wildlife truck headed for their new home - Rangers Lake, about two hours away.

Saturday, October 6

Hayden seniors show spirit

Tigers conclude week of class competition with parade

The seniors were awarded possession of Hayden High School's spirit stick at a pep rally after the homecoming parade Friday afternoon, bringing an end to a week of class competition.

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Smyser settling in

New superintendent: 'First week a flurry' of meetings

Steamboat Springs' recently hired interim superintendent endured a gauntlet of teacher, principal, school board, parent and committee meetings during her first week on the job.

Record enrollment in area schools

Tally shows 111 more students than 2006-07 in Steamboat

The number of students filling Steamboat Springs' schools is at a record count, which district officials said is a good problem to have.

Former UMC pastor dies

Friends and co-workers remember former United Methodist Church pastor Larry Oman as being committed to his congregation and his community, well beyond the walls of the church. Oman died Thursday after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 65.

Sluggish Sailors cruise to victory

Football defeats Delta easily

As Steamboat Springs High School football passes the halfway point of the regular season, it's safe to assume the coaches have a pretty good idea of what this team can be.

Sailors win, but slip in league

Craig upsets Battle Mountain, moves ahead of Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Sailors won Friday night's match against Eagle Valley but still lost ground in the league standings.

Hayden takes pair of wins against county rivals

The Hayden Tigers went two-for-two Friday night during their homecoming festivities, beating familiar Routt County rivals, the Soroco Rams, in a close volleyball match and a not-so-close football game.

Sailors tennis wins regional tournament

Rumors had started circulating before the regional tennis tournament had even started. Aspen - who had battled Steamboat Springs High School to a 4-3 loss just weeks before - had already made T-shirts saying 'Steamboat Stops Here.'

Four men face up to 12 years in prison for demolition party's damages

Four former tenants accused of throwing a "demolition party" are now facing more severe felony charges after the District Attorney's Office upped the ante in the case.

Cannon Trust annexed

Hayden Town Board of Trustees approves 14.9-acre petition

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees approved the annexation of the 14.9-acre Cannon Trust property on the east side of town at its meeting Thursday night.

Tom Ross: Luxury boxes aren't what you think

No Rockies tickets for me - you'd better not rub it in

No, I do not have tickets for a Rockies playoff game this weekend. Want to make something out of it? I'll bet you never sat in a luxury box. Take that.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 5

Coroner releases names of accident victims

Routt County Deputy Coroner Mitch Locke released the names Friday of two men that died in a head-on crash west of Hayden on Thursday.

The Record for Oct. 4

6:59 a.m. Someone reportedly saw orange traffic cones sitting on railroad tracks near 13th Street. The cones were gone when officers arrived.

Friday, October 5

Traffic restricted on bridge

Group recommends step to prevent further deterioration

The city of Steamboat Springs has taken steps to slow the continuing deterioration of the Yahmonite Bridge in Old Town.

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Two die in accident on U.S. 40

Head-on collision closes highway Thursday afternoon

Two men died in an accident on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden on Thursday afternoon.

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Gallery opens all-artists show

By switching out shows almost monthly and frequently holding all-artists exhibits, the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat keeps a steady production pace for its 26 members.

On Scene

There is crying in baseball

Pilot & Today wants your opinion

Online survey seeks to help paper better serve readers

The Steamboat Pilot & Today launches an online survey today to gather information and opinions to better serve its readers.

Happy hours

Food and drink deals around town.

Nonfiction workshop tries to make business manageable

It takes a while to become an overnight success.

Holden Young Trio to release locally-recorded CD

For his first album with the Steamboat-based, self-named, reggae/semi-soul group Holden Young Trio, Young said it was nice to record the project where it started.

Sailors tennis takes early lead

Team holds lead against Aspen at regional tournament

If a team wants to break the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team's stranglehold on the Western Slope region, they'll have to come from behind to do it.

CD reviews

Reviews of Iron & Wine and Josh Ritter

Delta 'the have-to-win' game for Sailors

It's not hard to pull out the football schedule and see the games a team is supposed to win.

The Record for Oct. 3

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Briefs for Oct. 5

Regional transportation seminar 5:30 p.m. Monday

Brenn Hill tells it like he sees it

Western music troubadour Brenn Hill understands the importance of modern storytelling and can describe it in the most sophisticated terms.

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Preparing for snow in 2057

Steamboat ski area work crews setting pipes for next 50 years

The blue concrete pipe stacked around the base of the Steamboat Ski Area this week has to do with the push to make snow not only later this month, but also 50 years into the future.

Margaret Hair: Blockbuster or bust

With only 10 screens and 10,000 people, it would be silly to expect Steamboat Springs to get first cut on new movies.

Charges filed in homemade bomb case

Haskins, Zabel face felonies as a result of August incident

Two 19-year-old former Hayden residents have been charged with possessing an explosive device and reckless endangerment for allegedly setting off homemade acid bombs in Hayden in August.

Jane McLeod: Parsley, sage, rosemary and : thyme

There are more than 100 varieties of thyme, and any garden, especially a rock garden, should contain several. All thymes are fragrant to some degree, with the pungent scent coming from the oil in their tiny leaves releasing a soft piquant aroma from lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) when chopped in the kitchen or in the garden when stepping on a ground carpet of wooly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus). Depending on the variety, the leaves range from dark green to gray-green to variegated, and the delicate, long-lasting flower spikes, appearing at the end of the stems, range from white to all shades of pink and purple.

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Moving forward, thinking back

Woman sells hot springs she ran for 45 years

She brought the Juniper Hot Springs into the 20th century, and now is helping it into the 21st.

Perry-Mansfield disputes 'reserve'

City, organization differ on meaning of financial term

Board members of the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp say a city official's assessment of the school's finances was misleading and has damaged fundraising efforts.

Hayden hosts Soroco tonight for homecoming

Coach Shawn Baumgartner doesn't need to say much to the boys on the Hayden High School football team heading into tonight's homecoming game with the Soroco Rams.

Thursday, October 4

Sailors soccer hits road to battle for No. 2 in league

The boys on the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team ask themselves one question when eyeing their final stretch of league games: are we growing or are we dying?

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Governor's statistic disputed

Commissioners: Ritter's facts on Vermillion Basin not from a scientific study

Politically, the governor and the Moffat County Commission sometimes view things differently.

Sailors volleyball prepares for defending champion Huskies

It's not hard to imagine what a victory at Battle Mountain would do for the rejuvenated Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team.

Tax ballot process 'tricky'

Downtown residents must request mail-in form by Oct. 20

Property owners and tenants living in the Downtown Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District must request a mail-in ballot by Oct. 20 to vote on a proposed tax that would raise money for downtown advocacy and improvement issues.

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Fund Board plans PR blitz

Officials concerned about voters supporting education tax renewal

Members of the Education Fund Board aren't taking any chances when it comes to getting voter approval to extend Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education. On Wednesday, Fund Board members agreed to hire a public relations firm to help market the future tax renewal question, which likely will be put to voters in 2008 or 2009.

Hayden releases draft budget

Town's growth affects both sides of 2008's balance sheet

The town of Hayden released the first draft of its 2008 budget this week, detailing how town officials plan to spend nearly $3.5 million of revenue bolstered by double-digit growth in airport sales taxes.

City seeking bus drivers for winter

Applicant shortage threatens service

An energy boom in Australia could affect winter bus service in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Springs Transportation Director George Krawzoff said this week that his department is currently 26 drivers short for its winter bus service program.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 4

Applications are being accepted for the 2008-09 Rotary Youth Exchange program. School year and summer exchanges are available for local students ages 15 to 19.

The Record for Oct. 2

12:07 a.m. Three bears were eating trash in a yard in the 2500 block of Val d'Isere Circle. The bears were gone when officers arrived.

Coal companies: tax increase would hinder sales

Coal industry representatives claim the Colorado Department of Revenue's plan to reverse a 14-year-old freeze on coal severance taxes is an unconstitutional violation of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.

Wednesday, October 3

The Record for Oct. 1

6:36 a.m. A theft was reported in the 2300 block of AprÃs Ski Way.

Wastewater plant has room to grow

Construction and growth in Steamboat Springs is placing an extra workload on Steamboat's wastewater treatment plant, but the plant is not yet approaching capacity, a city official said Tuesday.

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Council restores funds

Proposed community support programs cuts rejected, spark discussion

City officials Tuesday pledged funding for community support programs, overturning an initial proposal that could have meant massive budget cuts to organizations such as the Yampa Valley Housing Authority and Seminars at Steamboat.

Steamboat tennis hopes to bring home 10th consecutive regional title

The boys on the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team have had a single goal on their minds since the season began - adding 2007 to the lengthy list of regional champions adorning the team's shirts.

Sailors finish fourth

Golf team enjoys best finish at state in five years

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team opened the second round of the state golf tournament Tuesday with hopes of shaving a few strokes and moving into the top three.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 3

Vision 2030 community meetings are scheduled throughout Routt County in November, as part of the Vision 2030 update and discovery of what we value in our valley.

Hayden High School celebrates homecoming this week

Hayden High School students are showing their Tiger spirit during this week's homecoming festivities, engaging in class competition and preparing their floats for Friday's parade.

Phyllis Coletta: Traffic a problem

I recently moved to Steamboat and I love it, but I'm confused. I can't seem to make a left-hand turn on Lincoln Avenue - ever. Now, I came from New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, and we didn't have a lot of $30 million libraries or $34 million rec centers, but we could make left-hand turns on busy streets because of these little green left-turn arrows that probably cost about $1.50.

Ron Roundtree: Bypass bad idea

The proposal to cause a bypass around downtown by constructing a new roadway above Howelsen Hill is an incredibly bad idea. When proposed in the past, it has been discarded, and for good reason. Significant public funds and private donations have been contributed to the preservation of the land above the Yampa River to the southwest of Steamboat Springs, and with the ink barely dry on the Emerald Mountain Land Exchange, to violate that high ground open space and any existing conservation easements with a roadway would be a travesty.

Main Street tests mystery shopping program

A handful of downtown Steamboat Springs businesses have agreed to subject themselves to a little well-intentioned espionage.

Sue Lewis: Mistakes are minimal

I am writing in response to the article "This marriage is over" (Steamboat Today, Sept. 27).

Part of trail privately owned

Legal matter briefly closes section of recreation route

Users of the Yampa River Core Trail were detoured for about 12 hours Sept. 26, as a private property owner exercised his right over a portion of the trail that was apparently built on his land.

Our View: Bypass not the answer - yet

Steamboat Springs Planning Director Tom Leeson hit the nail on the head last week when he said, "You can't pave your way out of this problem."

Joanne Palmer: Body by bifocals

If you are looking for a new way to shape up for ski season, I have just the solution.

Tuesday, October 2

Sailors move into fourth

Kaelen Gunderson steps up game and leads golfers

Steamboat Springs High School's golfers still have a few surprises in their bags.

The Record for Sept. 30

12:53 a.m. An officer was requested in the 2200 block of Village Inn Court, where two intoxicated people reportedly vandalized an elevator. Both were arrested.

Steamboat briefs for Oct. 2

A human resource management class at Colorado Mountain College is conducting a comprehensive wage and benefit survey for local employers.

School ballot initiatives get attention

South Routt residents invited to explore issues at meetings

The Improve Soroco Schools Committee is pushing hard to make sure two South Routt School District ballot initiatives are approved by voters.

Hayden use tax proposal would force growth to pay for itself

Hayden town officials will ask voters this fall to replace an existing automobile use tax with one on building materials. In addition to raising more money, officials say the move would shift the tax burden from existing Hayden residents to newcomers.

Crash disrupts commute, power

A two-vehicle accident on Fish Creek Falls Road on Monday morning disrupted the morning commute and left about 375 Yampa Valley Electric Association customers without power.

A symphony for mouths, ears

Wednesday night's music for "An Evening at Harwigs/L'apogee" is a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, and at a cost of $150 per person, it might not be for everyone.

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Proposed cuts raise eyebrows

Council will weigh infrastructure against community programs

Sending the statement that Steamboat Springs' infrastructure should be given a higher priority when compared to community support programs, City Manager Alan Lanning has proposed a 2008 budget that would cut community support spending by more than 30 percent.

Tom Ross: Rockin' Charlotte International

Descending in the darkness into Charlotte the other night, I experienced regret that my first trip to North Carolina wouldn't provide me with any sense of the place.

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A pound per person

Three hundred. That seems to be the magic number for the Craig Chamber of Commerce's upcoming fifth annual CrabFest, an evening of dinner, entertainment and community camaraderie.

New Interim Superintendent Smyser vows to build up trust

Steamboat Springs School Board members emphasized three key words Monday night following Interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser's first day on the job: trust, input and evaluations.

Monday, October 1

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Accident causes Monday morning headaches

A two-vehicle accident on Fish Creek Falls Road this morning disrupted the morning commute and left about 200 consumers without power.

Sailors football gets offensive

It's hard to imagine that even with the way things went Friday night against Moffat County - a 40-24 win in which the score didn't reflect the dominance of Steamboat Springs High School football - the Sailors should get much better in coming weeks.

Luke Graham: Now this is an offense

If you're a fan of the Steamboat Springs High School football team, you should be giddy right now.

The Record for Sept. 29

12:35 a.m. A burglary was reported in the 300 block of Little Moon Trail. No suspects were on scene when police arrived.

Briefs for Oct. 1

Oak Creek Hockey Association is excepting registration for all age groups.

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City earns bike-friendly award

The League of American Bicyclists recently awarded the city of Steamboat Springs a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation, to the surprise of city officials.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month under way

Something old, someone new, something purchased, something pink. Okay, it doesn't rhyme, but it does sum up Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Yampa Valley Medical Center this October.

City to take on budget

All-day discussion outlines fiscal plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to work all day Tuesday to publicly discuss the city's 2008 budget, in an annual hearing that can become an emotionally charged, bring-your-dinner affair.

Commission seeks input on health care reform

Nearly 800,000 state residents - nearly a quarter of them children - have no health insurance, according to estimates. With public opinion polls listing health care as a top concern, the state Legislature created the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform.

Aging Well: Resident celebrates nearly 100 years in Routt County

In this time of growth and change, residents may have different ideas about what it means to be a local.

Winter weary

AAA Colorado recommends winterizing vehicles before inclement weather hits

Last year, amid one of the most active winter seasons in state history, calls for roadside automobile service reached "unprecedented levels," said David McDonald, AAA Colorado roadside assistance manager.