News for Sunday, September 2, 2007



Rick Akin: Who should decide issues?

This is a question that is not asked nearly enough in the case of government action, particularly, it seems to me, in the case of Steamboat Springs city government. As each new issue arises, the City Council, the newspaper, and most of the populace seems to immediately consider the question of how the government should act to address the issue. We seem to have forgotten to analyze the initial question, which is who should be deciding the issue.

Best of the Web for Sept. 2

NO on the rec center. Until there is a fair and equitable method of paying for these things, I have had enough. Don't want it, don't need it, don't want to pay for it. Join health and rec and work with the other members to get the services you want.

Michael Turner: Water questions

Wednesday's Steamboat Today contained a letter by Omar Campbell that was right on the money. If you did not read the letter, I suggest that you obtain a copy of Wednesday's paper or look it up in the archives.

Todd Hagenbuch: Role confusion

In a recent letter to the editor written by Steve Lewis concerning the city's recent enactment of a moratorium on historic structure alteration and demolition, the implication was made that Historic Routt County is the primary driving force behind the new ordinance. Because this information is inaccurate, it is necessary to clear up any confusion and misconceptions about HRC's role in this process.

Troy Brookshire: Right to choose

After reading the Aug. 19 article in the Pilot & Today informing us of the city's intent to leave the future of your property in the hands of the city (historic preservation ordinance), I am outraged.

Towny Anderson: Memo clarifies stay

The emergency moratorium putting a stay on permit applications for demolition of historic buildings has caused quite a bit of confusion and outcry, particularly among residential property owners. Most of the concerns have been addressed by a clarification memo accepted by City Council on Aug. 28, which resolved the issues surrounding non-demolition and non-historic building permit applications.

Our View: Historic discussion must be inclusive

The Steamboat Springs City Council has a legitimate concern about historic preservation in Old Town. But passing a revamped preservation ordinance without significant involvement from downtown property owners would be a step in the wrong direction.

Dave Shively: Cave man cometh

Mike Frazier was caving in Williams Canyon 10 years ago when the ceiling collapsed. The 25 feet of cavern below instantly filled and buried him up to his waist in rubble.

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Turn your eyes to the skies

A passion for flying brings pilots, planes to Steamboat Air Fest

Don't let the body of Mike Forney's vintage 1965 Cessna Skylane 300 fool you. Inside lies a few modern amenities, including a NEXRAD radar-equipped GPS unit that keeps Forney in the air 200 hours a year.

South Routt calendar

- The Oak Creek Public Library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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South Routt's best-kept secret

Bear River Corridor offers scenery, serenity, opportunity

From the clang of the cattle guard, it's a bumpy but breathtaking 17 miles up Forest Service Road 900 to Stillwater Reservoir.

Myriad county events offer variety to celebrate Labor Day weekend

The best way to prepare for a busy Steamboat Springs weekend is to fill up your car with gas, stash a granola bar and a bottle of water in your pocket and have a plan.

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Schools filling fast

Rising enrollment leads to new classrooms, tight spaces

At Steamboat Springs High School, creative scheduling and using nontraditional classrooms is helping educators manage rapid enrollment growth.

Routt County Spotlight: Richard Levy

Occupation: Massage therapist; chairman of the Steamboat Springs Sierra Club

Man dies in rollover wreck

A 26-year-old Hahn's Peak man died Friday night after being thrown from a van during a rollover accident on Routt County Road 129 south of Hahn's Peak Village.

Class notes for Sept. 2

The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medical Institute and Colorado Mountain College have partnered to offer nationally recognized wilderness EMT certifications to medical professionals already certified as EMT-Basics and higher. This course counts as 36 hours of Category 1 CME for Physicians, and an EMT Refresher for certified EMS personnel. The course runs Oct. 18 to 22. Register at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Steamboat Springs.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 2

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for July 29, 2007.

Local nonprofits awarded grants

Realtors' housing foundation pitches in at Fish Creek park

When the goal is to preserve an entire subdivision of affordable homes, cash contributions are vital.

Real estate transactions for August 23-28

Real estate transactions for August 23-28

Atira submits broad, preliminary Ski Time Square site plans

The development team hoping to transform Ski Time Square at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area has entered the city approval process with plans for seven new buildings with a combined 1 million square feet of space.

New ideas for Old Town

Meetings focus on downtown improvements

As private developers give Lincoln Avenue a facelift, public officials are also working to define the future of downtown - and hoping more of the public gets involved.

Business File for September 2

Yampa Valley SCORE extends services to Craig

New Tennis Center pro brings elite skills to the area

Andy Caress will never forget the day he turned down Serena Williams.

Steamboat soccer team loses to rival Vail

Ten years ago, Steamboat Springs and Vail Mountain School battled fiercely for the 3A Slope's Northern Division title.

John F. Russell: Living out a dream

It's not every day that a person gets the chance to live out a childhood dream.

South Routt school officials asking voters for more money

In the dark recesses of Soroco High School, Superintendent Kelly Reed said the dirty, coal-fired boilers that heat the high school and Soroco Middle School are crumbling.

The Record for Sept. 2

Saturday, Aug. 25 Michael Franklin Boggs, 32, Steamboat Springs-Driving while ability impaired, defective tail lamps (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Soroco debuts new offense in win against Glenwood

They're still the Rams, just without all the ram.

Jim Haskins: Hunting season has begun

I want to start this column with a "thank you" to all of the people who have stopped by, called or e-mailed to congratulate me on my recent promotion to area wildlife manager. Filling the void left at the DOW by the retirement of Susan Werner will be a task in itself. I appreciate the support I have received so far. To all of you all in advance, thank you for working with me as I enter this new phase of my career.

Jimmy Westlake: The giants of summer

A large chunk of the late-summer sky is taken up by two very large constellations, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer and Hercules the Strong Man. We see them standing head to head, high up in the southern sky as darkness falls.

Joanne Palmer: Labor pains

Because it's Labor Day weekend, it seems only natural to write about labor, which means I can write about childbirth or jobs.

Sheraton shift may hurt tax revenues

When announced last month, a planned reconfiguration of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort was hailed not only as a smart business decision but also a benefit to Routt County finances.

Sports briefs for Sept. 2

Sailors volleyball bounces back

Steamboat Springs girls volleyball coach Wendy Hall was impressed with the resolve the Sailors showed in earning third place Saturday at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.

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A century of ranching in Steamboat

In the past 100 years, the biggest change in running a Yampa Valley ranch, says Jim Stanko, is being able to just run the thing. "The biggest thing is that ranch income just doesn't keep it going," says Stanko, whose 640-acre deeded plot on Twentymile Road has been around since 1907. "Almost 90 percent of working family-owned ranches do something off the farm to make it pay for itself."