Wednesday, April 30
Between 5 and 10 inches of snow expected in Steamboat tonight through Thursday
Steamboat Springs under snow advisory from midnight tonight through midnight Thursday. Up to 10 inches of snow is expected.
Most residents of the Yampa Valley were asleep in bed Wednesday morning when a small earthquake rumbled three miles underground about three miles southwest of Steamboat Springs.
Monday, April 28
Volunteers needed for Steamboat Marathon
Julie Grady first smelled smoke while walking to the reception in her homemade hemp wedding dress. The newlywed (formerly Julie Sokolowski) had just exchanged vows below towering pines at a remote camp in California's San Gabriel Mountains.
Sheriff will fight DUI charges in jury trial
Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams upheld the revocation of Sheriff Gary Wall's driver's license in Routt County Court on Tuesday, and a jury trial has been set for the drunken driving case against the county's top law enforcement officer.
This is a column about how my fantasy life awakens me each morning by singing in my ear.
Moffat County High School baseball team clinches share of third straight league title
Trailing Palisade by two games in the win column heading into Tuesday night, Moffat County High School baseball coach Tim Hafey knew what was at stake.
Local group studies different area needs
Water will become an increasingly precious resource in the future, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.
"No need for 700 Vote" (Today, April 16) is the second ViewPoints editorial supporting the 700 LLC speculation - and presumably other unrestrained growth, as well. It lauds the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, conceived 13 years ago, with its stated goal to direct growth away from the metro area of the town. The bias of the paper's Editorial Board in supporting the 700 project is obvious.
In his column (and I use that term loosely) April 23, Rob Douglas again proceeded to brush aside facts and legitimate concerns through a feeble attempt at humor laced with arrogance and pompous rhetoric. Those who voice complaints concerning Triple Crown are "doobie smoking" dreamers living in a mythical world with no legitimate grievances that he can determine. Well, Mr. Douglas, here are some facts. Four years ago, my wife and I purchased a townhome near the base of the ski mountain in what is commonly known as the Mountain Village. This was after many years of living outside the city limits. After all of those years of experiencing quiet evenings with our doors and windows open during the summer, we accepted that we would now be experiencing what we called "city noise." The reality is that there is not generally much city noise. During those years of living outside of the city limits, we never really paid much attention to Triple Crown. We just knew that there were a bunch of big SUVs with ridiculous sayings painted on the windows filling up the parking lot at the market for several weeks during the summer.
The three-part "City Limits" series, which concluded in Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today and explored annexations in Minturn, Durango, Granby and Hayden, provided valuable insight for local officials and developers working on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation just west of Steamboat Springs.
Town officials seek supporters to take on campaign proposal
The proposed West Routt Recreation District is in peril.
Hayden senior Janna Hoza earns college, high school diplomas
Janna Hoza will graduate from Hayden High School next month - after she graduates from Colorado Mountain College on Saturday.
Moffat County mountain bike trails have dried up
Contrary to the word at local cycling shops, mountain bikers don't have to go as far as Vernal, Utah, to find dry trails.
Steamboat soccer pounds Eagle Valley at Gardner Field
Any residual effects from spring break were limited to tans and braided hair.
Tuesday, April 29
Trial set for July 14 in Routt County Sheriff's DUI case
Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams upheld the revocation of Sheriff Gary Wall's driver's license in Routt County Court today, and a jury trial has been set for the drunken driving case against the county's top law enforcement officer.
Park officials push other attractions
Despite the Dinosaur National Monument's Quarry Visitor Center being closed since July 2006, park officials have not stopped organizing new programs and promoting other attractions.
12:06 a.m. After a traffic stop at mile marker 51 on Routt County Road 131, officers transported two girls to their destination.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs has planned a project with Horizons Specialized Services, which provides services to people who have developmental disabilities. Six Horizons clients are going to spend three hours a week sweeping up trash on and around Lincoln Avenue, said Kelly Landers, co-owner of Creekside Cafe and Grill.
First National Bank of the Rockies under orders to dump fund
Federal regulators have determined that the First National Bank of the Rockies has broken the law, but bank officials pledge that its problems won't affect customers.
Routt County sheriff scheduled for two hearings today
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court today for hearings in two cases related to charges that he drove drunk on an October night last year.
Bryant's 31 points lead Los Angeles past Denver
No surrender on this night. No matter, the Los Angeles Lakers dispatched the tempestuous Denver Nuggets anyway.
New superintendent to make $150,000 a year plus benefits in two-year contract
Dr. Shalee Cunningham, an educational consultant from Napa, Calif., is the new superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District.
Officials more receptive to increased vehicle registration fees
Routt County officials are more receptive to a proposal that would increase vehicle registration and rental fees than they were to one that would impose a $5 toll on Interstate 70 from Floyd Hill to the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Steamboat Springs police arrested Melinda Dudley of Steamboat Springs early Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 40 near Dream Island Plaza, on suspicion of speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.
The silence in Canyonlands National Park during the weekend was so complete at times that all I could discern was a faint ringing in my ears. And it was the busy season in the park about 40 miles south of Moab, Utah.
Monday, April 28
In a bright and airy computer lab in Craig, students furl their brows as they explore what for many is a completely new world.
Saturday, April 26
Routt County Fair centennial needs volunteers
Drive most anywhere in the mountains of Colorado, including in the nearby Routt National Forest and Zirkel Wilderness area, and you'll note more and more dead evergreens.
Yampa Valley Medical Center has set a goal of zero for hospital-acquired infections.
School Board plans to approve superintendent contract for Shalee Cunningham
By the end of the day, the Steamboat Springs School District could officially have a new superintendent.
Students get environmental lesson at Yampa River State Park
"Oh, these teeth are sharp," Senior Park Ranger Ed Keleher said. "Give me your arm."
This summer, Haymaker Golf course will introduce a new junior program director. But Luke Brosterhous is no stranger to Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat can ruin Moffat County's league title hopes
Steamboat Springs High School spent last week out of school on Spring Break, but Sailors baseball coach Dave Roy wasn't about to let several days of perfect baseball weather go to waste.
Earlier this month, the governing board for high school athletics approved a new track and field format set to start next year.
Sunday, April 27
Johnny Walker's bike doesn't show its age or its accomplishments. The skinny road tires are aired up, and the blue paint sparkles. The gear shifters work, and a new compass sits atop the handle bars, tucked between a nest of shiny black tubes that control the breaks and wires that help select the gears.
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?
Yampa Valley Electric seeks loan to keep up with growth
An expected loan of more than $1 million for 150 miles of new lines, new equipment and stepped-up transmission over the wide area covered by Yampa Valley Electric Co. is waiting approval in Washington, Engineer Ev Bristol said Wednesday.
Old West Steak House under new ownership
Marty Duran has taken over ownership of Old West Steak House from Don Silva. Duran said there wouldn't be major changes at the restaurant, though it has added a happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with specials on appetizers and alcoholic drinks.
Housing the Steamboat work force
Community leaders are hosting a series of Friday panel discussions at Rex's American Grill & Bar this spring and summer to tackle affordable housing issues. Topics will include economic sustainability, community work force and public policy considerations.
High-end vacation club buys energy-efficient duplex
Some of the most affluent travelers in the world have begun staying in one of the most energy-efficient vacation homes in the Rockies during visits to Steamboat Springs.
Spring is arriving, and there is more to celebrate then just the melting of the snow. While the fall brings big-game hunters to Colorado, springtime brings another group of wildlife "hunters," or more aptly named, "watchers." Often overlooked as a major source of economy, wildlife watching brought $1.4 billion to the state of Colorado in 2006, according to the USFWS National Survey on Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. Wildlife photographers, birdwatchers and other tourists who seek a unique wildlife viewing experience choose Colorado as a premier destination. In particular, the Yampa Valley and surrounding area offers an abundant mixture of wildlife watching opportunities.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team had to endure some serious adjustment just to compete Saturday in a dual against Roaring Fork.
Mike Morse was sure there were whispers. He was sure there were people - such as doctors, teammates and coaches - who thought the bright-eyed, veteran freestyle skier would never again see the slopes, much less top-level competition.
Delanie Vedepo didn't shout, celebrate or show any emotion. After flying across the finish line last week in the 800-meter run at a track meet in Rifle, she took a few steps and tried to regain her breath, then slowly stepped off the track.
Passengers in valley could feel effects of airlines' dive
Planeloads of airline executives are sporting frowns these days, which means passengers will probably wind up grim-faced, too.
A year ago, some dedicated individuals from Routt County, with help from other leaders in Colorado, undertook the Steamboat Conservative Editorial Series. While the rigors of the campaign kept me from reading every weekly installment, what you have seen in this space has been a grassroots attempt to reason through the issues of the day and to educate.
When the 2008-09 school year begins, all three Routt County school districts will likely have new leaders at the helm. While the trio of new superintendents will likely require some acclimatization - the air is thin up here - the changing guard also presents an opportunity for increased collaboration between Hayden, South Routt and Steamboat Springs schools.
As residents in one the oldest buildings on the mountain, the owners of units in Ski Time Square Condominiums consider ourselves to be good citizens of Ski Town USA. Some of us may not live here full time, but to all of us, it's home - if only in our hearts.
Sarajane Rossi shows strong work ethic in sports, academics
Soroco High School junior Sarajane Rossi is willing to make the sacrifice. Without a doubt, the 800-meter run has been her event since she entered high school.
Congress tinkering with proposal that sets key subsidies for farmers, ranchers
In some years, Hayden farmer Duane Hockett wouldn't have made it without subsidies from the U.S. government, he said. A crop-smashing hailstorm or a dive in wheat prices can shatter his season and leave him scrambling to make do.
Brigitte Milke Wright, 44, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, no proof of insurance, possession of an open container (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
All high school juniors are required to take the ACT test May 7. Registration is automatic for enrolled juniors. No alternate test date is available.
Planning Services Manager John Eastman knows officials in other communities might raise an eyebrow when he says Steamboat Springs is "encouraging residential development."
A blue river wound across the floor, a green forest canopy covered the ceiling and animals including a snake and a monkey relaxed on children's desks.
Twenty-five years ago, the National Commission on Excellence in Education issued a landmark indictment against deficiencies in our educational process. In a report titled "A Nation at Risk," the authors cited areas such as diluted curricula and low expectations as being detrimental to high student achievement. I
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for April 27, 2008.
Real estate transactions for April 17 to 23, 2008.
Almost everyone has seen the planet Venus gleaming in the sky as the "Evening Star" or the "Morning Star." Most people probably have recognized brilliant Jupiter or ruddy Mars while dominating the night sky. Many folks might even have spotted Saturn shimmering against the stars. The one naked-eye planet that most folks probably have not seen is the ellusive planet Mercury.
Shannon Carlin sat at a table in Steaming Bean Coffee in downtown Steamboat Springs and was finally surrounded by like-minded folks.
My official indoctrination into the bicycle cult of Steamboat Springs still is two flat tires and an hour's worth of rust-scrubbing away from becoming reality.
Each year, hundreds of skiers make their way through the ranks of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
On behalf of the family and friends of Ron Campos, we would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Craig and the American Cancer Society for providing personal care for Ron as well as spiritual support to his family in our time of need.
Saturday, April 26
Federal classification could have consequences for landowners, businesses
When Jean Stetson sat down with the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Working Group in 1996, she didn't expect to sit there for 12 years.
12:29 a.m. A noise complaint was received from Walton Creek Road and AprÃs Ski Way. Everything was quiet when police arrived.
The 27th annual Steamboat Marathon is June 1. Volunteers are needed for the full race, the half-marathon, the 10K and the Fun Run. Volunteers receive an official event T-shirt and free lunch on race day. Call Kristi at 875-7006 or visit the Visitor's Center at 1255 South Lincoln Ave. to sign up for a job.
Despite the rising insurance costs and liabilities associated with Oak Creek's annual Labor Day celebration, the Town Board voted to include the event on the town's policy Thursday, ensuring the festivities will continue for at least one more year.
If you've never taken a dance class, stepping into a guest workshop with the well-practiced Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble isn't the easiest thing to do.
Alcohol and drugs can make middle school and high school quickly pass by without students realizing their full athletic, academic and social potential, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Director Colleen Lyon said.
Group invites lawmakers, others to come out for weekend 'build day'
Habitat for Humanity of Colorado called on volunteers and others for a build day last weekend, "just to see how many hammers we could get swinging," said Shelly Flannery, executive director of the Routt County branch.
Consultants look at problem spots
As the first week of work on a new roundabout ended, the Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Commission discussed ideas for two more intersections at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Soroco athletes blaze track at Clint Wells Invitational in Craig
Friday's Clint Wells Invitational track meet at Moffat County High School was anything but forgiving. Winds touched 50 mph, temperatures dipped into the low 40s and most teams chalked the meet up to just some more experience outside.
Overhaul includes biomass heating
The South Routt School District could be the last in Colorado to heat its schools with coal. In a matter of months - after the hazardous coal boilers installed in 1970 are removed and replaced - it could also be the first Colorado school district to heat a school with biomass, using wood pellets from plants in Kremmling or Walden.
Friday, April 25
On Arthur Lee Land's MySpace page, there is more than one video explaining how he achieved the (self-appointed) position of "One-Man Afrograss Folk Ensemble."
Smooth Money Gesture works varied styles on jam circuit
A while back, the four members of Smooth Money Gesture wanted to step up their touring schedule and play more shows more frequently.
Detroit fends off comeback to take Game 1 of second-round series
Johan Franzen scored two goals and had an assist to help Detroit build a three-goal cushion, and the Red Wings held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, on Thursday night in Game 1 of their second-round series.
12:03 a.m. A Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault after a domestic violence altercation resulting in minor injuries. No further information was available.
The LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Hayden, Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs are distributing USDA commodities for the second quarter of 2008 through the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program. Each eligible household may receive food from the program once per quarter. The quarterly distribution ends June 30. Call 870-8804, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, to inquire about income eligibility and hours of operation for each office.
It happens every spring. Neighbors or passing motorists see smoke rising from the Yampa Valley floor and call 911 to report the wildfire.
City officials hope replacing the intersection of Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way with a roundabout will improve traffic flow and make the area safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Work on the intersection began Monday and will continue through mid-September.
If you've never taken a dance class, stepping into a guest workshop with the well-practiced Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble isn't the easiest thing to do.
CMC artists display work in annual Depot exhibit
Colorado Mountain College student Katie Thurlby is happy to see a few of her paintings hanging on gallery walls for the first time. She's also excited about the idea of someone buying them.
Soroco High School coach David Bruner said today's Clint Wells Invitational track and field meet in Craig is a last chance to refine techniques before things really start to count.
On Arbor Day, reflect on majestic symbol of the tree
More than 1 million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day in 1872, bringing attention to their role as shade providers and windbreaks. Today, trees are gaining renewed attention for their role as critical filters of carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming and as protectors of our water supply.
Smartt hopes to prequalify for state
The track in Craig is 18 1/2 miles from the doors of Hayden High School. Still, when the Tigers track team unloads from its bus for a meet at noon today at Moffat County High School, Hayden coach Barbara Manzanares said there will be a pervasive feeling of familiarity.
Silk artist Tinker Tiffany sees the brighter side of life
Tinker Tiffany is a perpetual optimist. In December 1989, she broke her arm skiing nine days after she moved to Steamboat Springs. It wasn't so bad, she said, because the bone in her upper arm did not completely snap.
What makes him sound like he does, and why
A regular shoulder season fixture at Old Town Pub, songwriter Danny Shafer knows how to relate to the average person.
U.S. team assistant coach promoted less than 20 months before Olympics
With less than 20 months until the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, new U.S. Nordic combined coach Dave Jarrett's not afraid to put it out there.
Area professionals, officials share insight with Craig eighth graders
When Dana Duran was in eighth grade, she knew what job she wanted.
Sixth-graders help haul excess tree limbs for Arbor Day
The sixth-graders scurried around the massive trees in Hayden Town Park on Thursday, raking up limbs and loading armful after armful into the bed of a white pickup.
Wanted: 32,000 summer tourists to replace Triple Crown. Must spend $25 million at local businesses and generate $1.19 million in local taxes during a 10-week period. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to be invisible to locals at all times.
Thursday, April 24
The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is accepting team registrations for its adult soccer, softball and beach volleyball leagues.
1:42 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue, where there allegedly was almost a bar fight. Everyone was gone when police arrived.
Oak Creek officials to address project logistics tonight
Oak Creek's three new board members will get their full immersion into the town's pending infrastructure projects Thursday.
Yampa, Elk flow rates exceed historic norms for late April
The Yampa Valley shed a portion of its spring flooding concerns this week as streamflows in the Yampa and Elk rivers bounced above historic norms.
It's called athletic amnesia. It's really the opposite of a hangover.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free infant immunizations for children 2 years old and younger by appointment Tuesday at the VNA clinic at 940 Central Park Drive, suite 101. Each infant also will receive a new book and an article of baby clothing. Please take your child's immunization record. Spanish speakers welcome.
Deal ensures service; some impacts likely
Dismal news from United Airlines corporate offices shouldn't affect flights at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, officials said.
Four-year bachelor's in education program to start this summer
The first four-year degree program at Colorado Mountain College's local campus is scheduled to begin this summer and could be a model for more expanded programs in the future.
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Spring is a funny season in Routt County. The ski mountain closes, and a number of local shops and restaurants follow suit, if only for a couple of weeks to re-energize before the summer tourism season kicks off.
Wall: Former time-shaving practices out of compliance
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has tightened policies allowing prisoners at Routt County Jail to get time shaved off their sentences for good behavior.
Wednesday, April 23
Monday, April 21 1:43 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in a Gondola Square parking lot. Authorities said gat least one person was climbing a crane. That person was issued a summons.
South Routt telephone survey under way
A telephone survey of South Routt residents is under way as part of a study looking at transit needs in South Routt County and the feasibility of shuttle service to and from Steamboat Springs.
The Historic Structure Policy Review Committee got it right when it made the ordinance voluntary instead of mandatory, even with respect to "local landmarks."
Lingering snow hinders start to Steamboat season
A record-setting winter has led to a headache start of the local golf season.
Boy, I couldn't agree more with Rob Douglas' "Dear Jon Letter."
It's been 522 days since Westin Cofer has hit somebody or something meaningful in an actual football game.
Officials aim to have West Routt voters weigh in this fall
Hayden officials are developing details of their proposed West Routt Recreation District, which requires a property tax increase that could go before voters in the fall.
From steak knives to light poles, Thunderhead Lodge is for sale
Don Hayes could tell you he's selling everything at the Thunderhead Lodge but the kitchen sink. But that would be a lie.
Police warn people to keep eye out for kids as snow melts
Dry Creek's swift waters make Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch nervous. "Dry Creek is high enough and swift enough to pose a real hazard and danger for kids," Birch said.
Residents face traffic disruptions as water main is replaced
Residents of Whistler Road face 11 weeks of construction and detours beginning Monday, when Native Excavating begins replacement of a water main on behalf of Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District.
Routt County officials are considering a range of new land-use policies aimed at preserving rural character in the face of development.
It's been 38 years since Americans celebrated the first Earth Day, a grass-roots effort spurred in part by former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and his concerns about mounting environmental issues.
Tuesday, April 22
Medical transportation available for veterans
Officials say short-term deal unnecessary without long-term plan
Officials with the sports tourism company say local governments need to develop a long-term plan for Triple Crown's future in Northwest Colorado. Absent such a plan, there may not be a future.
The specter of lawsuits aimed at eliminating the use of electronic voting machines is discouraging the purchase of additional machines in Routt County.
Sunday, April 20 12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers arrested a 37-year-old man during a traffic stop on Howelsen Parkway on suspicion of driving under the influence and disregarding a traffic device.
Sprinkled around town, inside businesses that have chosen to participate, petitions opposing another petition can be found.
Veldon "Lop" Behrman remembers being confused the December 2007 day he saw "Danger: Asbestos" signs wrapped around the Country Mall, a property he owns with Marvin "Red" Cortner.
Reading and beading
The turnout was slim at Monday's teen book chat at Bud Werner Memorial Library, but the participants were cheerful.
Crandall Avenue will be blocked for part of May 24 weekend
Derby racers, strap on your helmets and aim for Crandall Avenue.
I stepped onto my deck Sunday afternoon just to admire my roof. The south side is entirely free of snow, and it's a beautiful thing.
At first glance, Eagle's Nest Preschool has all the trappings of a school for 3- to 5-year-olds.
Monday, April 21
Beard contest judging kicks off 100-day
Tonight, 100 days of beard growth probably will end for 46 contestants participating in the Brothers of the Brush contest.
Fiber: Most of us know we need it and probably don't get enough of it. But why, exactly, is fiber so important and how do we get more of it in our diets?
I'll admit I haven't watched much of the NBA this year, so I'm probably one of the least qualified people to prognosticate who will host the trophy.
MainStreet Steamboat Springs is seeking volunteers for a Christmas season event the first weekend in December. The vision is to have the twinkle lights lit on Lincoln Avenue, the street closed on Saturday night much like the Halloween Stroll, a visit from Santa Claus, open houses in the stores and much more. A meeting for volunteers is at noon April 28 at the Cantina of Steamboat restaurant. For more information, call Tracy Barnett at 846-1800. If you can't make the meeting but would like to be involved, call to get on the list for future meetings.
Saturday, April 12 Randy Meredith Miller, 24, Steamboat Springs - Driving under revocation, driving under the influence (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Coriander is thought to be one of the first herbs to be used by mankind, perhaps as far back as 5000 BC. It has been cultivated as a medicinal and culinary herb for at least 3,000 years and is mentioned in Sanskrit texts, on Egyptian papyri and in "Arabian Nights" tales.
3:15 a.m. An open door or window was reported in the 200 block of Anglers Drive.
County officials will discuss the potential purchase of 15 electronic voting machines this afternoon, the same day a new statewide voter registration system will be put to a telling test.
April is an especially appropriate month in which to remind ourselves of Benjamin Franklin's famous quote: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
The public will have an opportunity this week to weigh in on the continuing evolution of Emerald Mountain's recreational uses.
Sunday, April 20
Track star has eyes set on new mark
It's smooth, Hayden High School junior Holli Salazar explained. That's how she can tell the good throws from the bad throws. That's how she can tell which shot puts are going to drop her in the thick of the competition every week and which are going to soar far beyond everyone else's marks.
The time to mourn the arrival of the mountain pine beetle has come and gone. The time to curse the toll it's taking on Colorado's lodgepole pine forests has come and gone. The time to bemoan the drastic changes to scenery across northern Colorado has come and gone.
I didn't see my first elk Friday morning as I drove from Craig to cover a track meet in Rifle.
Stagecoach emergency services growing with area's population
As Stagecoach continues to grow, so has its demand for emergency services.
Western Colorado's greatest wealth is its land and water. If the current Bureau of Land Management proposal to turn oil shale into oil is adopted, the integrity of agriculture and wildlife habitat, of our public lands and water supply, will be threatened.
Learn more about your impact on the environment and how to reduce it on the Web
At the beginning of the school year, students at Steamboat Springs High School made a decision. They started an environmental club that focused on spreading global awareness and doing what they could to help avoid the corrosion of the environment.
Images of long-haired hippies waving signs for peace often are the first things that pop into my head when I think "environment."
Today, in eight cities across the country, musicians from the Marley family to Menudo will come together to celebrate Earth Day, our yearly reminder of environmental stewardship.
Gorder leaves Sundance for SmartWool
Alexis and Valerie Lezin have a distinct advantage when it comes to playing tennis.
Thank you for all your work regarding the issues surrounding Emerald Park and the Triple Crown organization. Back in the early '90s I stood up in front of your predecessors and denounced Triple Crown stating that our town should promote our mountain sports for which we are famous, rather than team sports that seemed uncharacteristic given our lack of amenities (at the time).
Consigners brought their cattle, buyers brought their checkbooks and everyone brought their appetites Saturday to the sixth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.
Current North Routt facility overcrowded
North Routt educators are undertaking an ambitious process to fund and construct a new school in Clark.
Your commentary headline of April 16, "No need for 700 vote," reflected an elitist viewpoint indeed. Why not a vote on such an important issue as Steamboat 700 since it would affect every resident living here?
Durango extends city limits for high-density development
Tim Zink will be the first to tell you: If you moved to Colorado for a five-acre lawn, Three Springs is not for you.
We don't envy the task assigned the Historic Structure Policy Review Committee: Recommend a new Steamboat Springs historic preservation ordinance that navigates the fine line between personal property rights and preservation of our city's historic buildings.
Almost a year has passed since the first Conservative Commentary ran in the Pilot. One has appeared in this space virtually every week since then, and even two have run at a time on some occasions. These commentaries are the product of volunteer contributions, mostly by locals, with a few contributions from state leaders such as John Andrews, Mark Hillman and Bob Beauprez. Writing these commentaries and having the courage to put one's name on them is not a particularly easy thing. I take my hat off to all who have contributed for a job well done.
There has been increasing media attention about the power and influence of music - particularly in the lives of children. An April 13 broadcast of the CBS news show "60 Minutes" featured a story about how classical music is elevating children out of the psychological damage associated with growing up in extreme poverty in Venezuela. After 30 years of providing a program of training children in classical music, the positive influence of the program not only has proven to transform the lives of individuals, but now is starting to transform the entire country. And the Venezuela National Youth Orchestra is putting Venezuela on the map as a musical Mecca.
Hayden High School senior Janna Hoza is the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's "Student of the Month."
Average home price closes in on $1 million
Community Agriculture Alliance
Someone asked me recently, since we had all these dead and dying trees around, why a board costs so much at the local lumberyard? There is no quick and simple answer to this question.
Smartwool named to magazine's 'Best Places to Work' list
They've been called SmartWoolians and they've been called Smarties. But they've yet to be called Woolies. Whatever you call them, the 63 employees of outdoor clothing specialist SmartWool seem to be satisfied in their careers.
Real estate transactions for April 9 to 16, 2008
Lenders advise Realtors to prep buyers for mortgage market
Steamboat Realtors who want to arrive at commission day without avoidable surprises need to prep their buyers thoroughly and give lenders extra space on the calendar, Holly Rogers said this week.
New factories in prospect for Routt County
Prospects for development of the many natural resources of Routt County are looking brighter.
Did you get to see Halley's Comet when it sailed past Earth in 1986? If not, you'll have to wait until 2062 for another chance to see it, because Halley's Comet requires 76 years to orbit the sun. In the meantime, you can watch tiny pieces of Halley's Comet rain down into the Earth's atmosphere every May and October during the annual Aquarid and Orionid meteor showers.
High school track and field practice officially started in early March, but for some Steamboat Springs runners, that first official practice was just another day.
On the surface, sports such as football, tennis and skiing seem completely different. One's played on a field, the other on a court and the third on a steep, snow-covered course.
I wanted to take a moment and thank publicly the dedicated and interested community and school folks who helped make the Steamboat Springs High School spring musical theater production of "All Shook Up" a resounding success.
Byron Dean likely doesn't need fresh wallpaper or a new paint job for his classroom walls at Soroco High School. There probably are more than enough FFA awards to fill the space.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for April 20, 2008.
Pro talks about national, local mortgage issues
Mortgage planner Ed Allbright says he's actually seeing significantly more business these days.
Saturday, April 19
Bender, Patten and Matt Dawes chosen for elite event in Salt Lake City
Three Steamboat Springs hockey players have been selected to compete in the Rocky Mountain District camp at the end of the month.
While the number of motorcycle licenses issued in Colorado is increasing, motorcycle-related fatalities are increasing at a faster rate, prompting the Colorado Department of Transportation to launch its new Live to Ride safety program.
Former Off the Beaten Path gutted to make way for saloon
The visible transformation of a modern Steamboat Springs landmark began Friday.
City in final negotiations for inn's private management
Steamboat Springs officials are close to finalizing an agreement that would provide for the private management of the city-owned Iron Horse Inn, a move that could save the city about $62,000 a year.
The pilgrims come from all across North America and even Europe to a quiet dead-end street in Old Town Steamboat Springs. They are all strangers but welcome in the home of Jan and Vic Serafy overlooking the rushing snowmelt of Soda Creek. The pilgrims come for the thrill of spotting a songbird that has no business in Colorado.
The Carpenter's Ball to benefit Routt County Habitat for Humanity begins at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by dancing.
Hayden junior qualifies for state, sets school record with powerful throws
Holli Salazar heard the roar and rushed first to a friend, then to her father. She clung tight to both in turn as friends, family and admirers refused to wait in line and hollered congratulations through the crowd.
Hicks worked 'from grunt to manager and back' at business
Wendell Hicks is an icon at Steamboat Lumber. A regular employee since 1963, Wendy, as he is known to friends and customers, has worked through nine U.S. presidents and six managers of the lumber yard, not including the years he worked as manager of the store.
5:49 a.m. Police assisted a motorist in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Young people need a variety of people in their lives to nurture internal strengths and external supports, known as the 40 Developmental Assets. During the past two months, this series has covered each of the eight asset categories: Support, Constructive Use of Time, Empowerment, Boundaries and Expectations, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies and Positive Identity.
Friday, April 18
Superintendent to leave school district June 30 for Grand Junction job
South Routt School District Superintendent Kelly Reed announced his resignation Thursday night. His resignation is effective June 30.
College officials 'uncomfortable' with design-build process
It's back to the bids for Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Congolese dance/drum teacher Titos Sompa embraces life with his art
No one - at least not anyone in Steamboat - knows how old Congolese dancer and drummer Titos Sompa is.
Steamboat Springs shut out by St. Mary's Academy
A day after picking up its first win of the season, the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team reverted back to some bad habits in Thursday's 20-0 loss to St. Mary's Academy.
12:35 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Steamboat Springs police gave a warning.
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board has launched its new Web site at www.steamboateducationfund.org. The Fund Board is a nonprofit, independent corporation that administers revenues from the city's half-cent sales tax for education.
River Road is due to reopen at 6 p.m. today after a mudslide closed the road in both directions near Tree Haus on Tuesday.
There are a couple of spots on Man Man's "Rabbit Habits" where you can tell how sickeningly fascinating the band's live set must be.
Laura Wait might not plan her books, but that doesn't mean she hasn't got a plan
In preparation for an upcoming book art contest in Tucson, Ariz., Steamboat artist Laura Wait has been trying to hone her metalworking skills.
DKO Jazz Sextet focuses on style, thought behind music
While members of the Darren Kramer Organization Jazz Sextet set up for their own rehearsal after an afternoon clinic at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday, members of the SSHS Jazz Ensemble nervously thanked Kramer for his time.
Officials stress high water preparation, planning
Routt County officials are preparing for high water and flooding conditions in the coming weeks as the area faces disconcerting weather patterns, high snowpack and heightened runoff.
Families and friends host birthday parties for Gay, Monger
When those who know them well describe the dispositions of longtime Routt County residents Elaine Gay and Evelyn Monger, one word comes up before others: strong.
This summer, Ski Time Square will be the site of demolition, police training - and one heck of a yard sale.
As everyone is busy this weekend decamping for their annual pilgrimage to warmer climes, I thought I'd sneak a private letter to City Council freshman Jon Quinn while no one's looking. This is eyes-only to Jon Quinn. Everyone else, turn the page to last night's Avs recap.
Harmonious Junk does its own thing, with lessons from Brown
Damon Wood is well aware that to ask something like, "So, what's the difference between playing bars in Colorado and touring with James Brown in Europe?" is to ask something extraordinarily stupid.
Not eating anything for the 10 hours leading up to the sixth annual North Routt Chili Cook-off was a mistake. As was showing up more than an hour into the event, thinking there still would be food.
With ski season over, a couple of sunny days behind us and a handful of outdoor concerts already set for Steamboat this summer, I'm having trouble holding a thought on anything that isn't related to listening to live music while simultaneously burning my pasty face off.
The existence of spring break is the bane of all spring sports coaches, because the weeklong vacation typically pulls athletes away at a time when every practice counts.
Thursday, April 17
Early Childhood Council to involve area agencies
Life for new parents can be tough, Jenna Davis said. As a mother, Davis knows from experience. "As a parent, you kind of feel on your own," she said.
Limited-time cancellation stamp to commemorate Craig centennial
Norma Hahn likes stamps. A lot. Hahn has collected stamps for 63 years.
Viewing of the animals at the sixth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.
Robin Crossan, president of the Steamboat Springs School Board, said Wednesday that contract negotiations with leading superintendent candidate Dr. Shalee Cunningham of Napa, Calif., are progressing well and could prove successful.
12:38 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Everything was quiet when police arrived.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team won its first game of the season, beating Mountain Range, 6-3, on Wednesday in Steamboat, by outplaying the Mustangs.
Committee to debate other construction fundraising options
The Old Town Hot Springs Board of Directors voted to defer its new construction fee last week, after many members saw their rates double or even triple in some price categories. "The membership fees increased too much, too fast," Old Town Hot Springs Executive Director Pat Carney said.
Atira Group returns to city for guidance on Ski Time Square
The redeveloper of Ski Time Square has encountered barriers to the creation of a looped road through the development, and it wants the city to help with the next steps.
There was a time when Triple Crown Sports tournaments in Steamboat Springs made up 25 percent of the sports-tourism company's business. But 27 years later, the Steamboat games are only the No. 4 revenue generator for a company.
Gutsy pitchers save second game for Sailors
After an Eagle Valley pitcher stymied Steamboat bats in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday in Craig, the Sailors had every excuse in the book to lose Game 2.
Rural district asks for property tax hike in mail-in ballot
Residents of the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District will vote on a property tax increase for emergency services and elect members to the district's board of directors in a mail-in, May 6 election.
Wednesday, April 16
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete Ann West finished atop the women's Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup standings.
A lot has been said and written about the environment and the economy recently. Yet, so few impactful, concrete and sensible actions are put into motion.
District Attorney's Office cites 'exculpatory information'
A Steamboat Springs man accused of rape was released from Routt County Jail on Friday after the District Attorney's Office dropped all charges in the case.
On March 28, several Colorado Mountain College Amnesty International Club members and CMC faculty member Bob Gumbrecht traveled to Grand Junction for meetings at the offices of U.S. Rep. John Salazar and Sen. Ken Salazar to ask them to send a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to keep up diplomatic pressure to ensure the success of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
Recently, the "Current Events" publication was mailed to all the owners/members of Yampa Valley Electric Association. Their leading issue in the last "Current Events" detailed the rising cost of electricity and the future cost of power.
Signup is under way for Ski Town USA Golf Classic
Sailor footballer to attend Kansas State
It's hard to imagine using baby steps and Jay Hanley in the same sentence.
Let me always live in a town where the biggest problem is a baseball tournament. Let me always live in a town where a bear rummaging in a Dumpster makes the police blotter. Let me always live in a town where the residents are so passionate about issues that they take the time to express their opinion in a thoughtful way.
The adoption of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan and its subsequent 2006 revision were anything but a rubber-stamped government project. Rather, it took several years of work and input from elected city and county officials, planning departments, staff members, consultants and area residents.
Commissioners support effort to slow production in area
The Routt County Board of Commissioners will back an effort to slow the commercial production of oil shale in Northwest Colorado.
Rental operators not given extra compliance time
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday rejected a request to give the operators of vacation home rentals three extra months to come into compliance with an ordinance passed last year.
Monday, April 14
Battle Mountain earns season sweep of Steamboat
A tie would have been fine in the standings for Battle Mountain girls soccer against Steamboat Springs on Tuesday afternoon.
Steamboat earns win against Battle Mountain
It's easy to find similarities between the Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs high school boys lacrosse teams.
Tuesday, April 15
Homeowner's property washing away
A mudslide Tuesday afternoon closed River Road in both directions about three-tenths of a mile north of the Routt County Road 14 and Mount Werner Road intersection.
Two homes damaged, but no extensive damage reported
A brush fire has charred 300 acres and caused minor damage to two homes in the midvalley as of 5 p.m., Tuesday, Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach said.
Steamboat resident brings experience to executive director role
Sonja Macys brings depth of experience to her new role as executive director of Yampatika, the Steamboat Springs-based environmental education organization.
Sunday, April 13
In response to a number of inquiries and at least one incident of people snowmobiling within the boundaries of the Steamboat Ski Area, U.S. Forest Service officials are warning snowmachiners that the practice is illegal.
If anyone tries to tell you that ski season is over and it's time to move on, ask them if they've ever skied "In the Buff" in April. And don't blame me if you get slapped in the face.
Citizens group proposes all-voluntary historic preservation rules
A citizens committee will recommend a new ordinance that does not mandate the preservation of any of Steamboat's historic structures.
Experts present transportation ideas, realities to City Council
A panel of experts told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Monday to plan aggressively for its long-term transportation needs, with a particular focus on mass transit solutions to reduce traffic congestion.
The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche are so evenly matched that neither team can win in regulation.
Federal, state returns due today; post office expects crowds
The state and federal tax deadline is today, and last-minute filers have been crowding the post office to get their envelopes postmarked in time.
Clark resident Mary Walker provides an update from Kenya, where she works at a safehouse for Maasai girls.
Artisans seek nonprofit for Soup Bowl benefit
Monday, April 14
Venturing beyond our remote valley for a bit of adventure isn't always easy, especially for older adults.
Heading in to Saturday's lone home meet of the season for the Moffat County High School boys swim team, coach Patti Worsley said one of her goals for the team was to win.
There's a reason they call it the American Pastime.
1:40 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to an anonymous noise complaint in the 1800 block of River Queen Lane.
Rams run to strong showing at meet in Glenwood Springs
Being forced to work indoors early in the spring sports season is as much a part of life in the mountains as skiing and knee injuries.
In one sense, it was his best jump of the weekend. In another, it put a damper on everything.
Another native of the Mediterranean regions, marjoram, according to lore, was created as a symbol of happiness by the goddess of love Aphrodite. Used extensively by the ancient Greeks for medicinal and cosmetic purposes, and introduced into England in the Middle Ages, it was soon in demand for nosegays, potpourri, washing waters and for garlands to crown bridal couples. It was popular in knot gardens, and in the 18th century was one of the 'sweet herbs' used with meats and savory dishes.
The Colorado Master Farm Homemaker Guild is offering a $500 scholarship to a Colorado woman with an agriculture background. Known as the "second chance scholarship," it will be given to someone who has had her college education interrupted or postponed and is hoping to continue her higher education. Homemakers are encouraged to apply. Requirements are three references and statements of work history, community involvement, future goals and why she should receive the scholarship. Applications are due May 15. The award must be used in the year it is received. Applications are available at the Routt County Cooperative Extension Office in the Routt County Courthouse Annex.
Sharon Clever is in her 24th year working with Routt County Communications, an organization that runs 24/7 - no weekends, no holidays.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.
Crowded chili cook-off benefits charter school, preschool
In six years, Chris King has yet to win bragging rights from his entries in the North Routt Chili Cook-off.
Sunday, April 13
Former Sailors swimmer thriving at University of Denver
These days, it seems like Blake Worsley and the University of Denver have always been a perfect fit. But there was a time when it seemed as if Worsley just didn't fit in at most colleges.
Margaret Crouch, a sixth-grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum, from Monday to Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Best of the Web for April 13
Mrs. Robin arrived today, April 8, 2008, at our home on Routt County Road 33. She has been in the Southern states for the winter and looked somewhat tired from her long journey to get back here. She is quite tame and let me get real close to her before she would hop off a few feet at a time.
Local State Farm agent receives designation
Music sets a mood during weddings and receptions.
Gear for your four-legged friends
Celebrations Party Store moved from its former West Steamboat location to Central Park Plaza in January. Celebrations is now at 1875 Central Park Plaza. Call 870-6778.
First-graders lucky enough to have Tracy Bye as a teacher at Soda Creek Elementary School got to learn about Hayden the bald eagle this winter. Hayden was hit by a car while eating a rabbit. Bye helped the first-graders understand units of measurement by discussing Hayden's weight and his wingspan - 11.5 pounds and 6 feet, respectively.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
Although the number of homes here priced less than $500,000 is dwindling, the single largest category in terms of February transaction volume was homes priced between $300,000 and $500,000.
How to pass the rainy months in Routt County
If you're not willing to wait for the Christie Sports tent sale or the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski Swap in the fall shoulder season, now's the time to get deals on ski and snowboard gear from this season.
Defending the beef industry is the responsibility of every beef producer. We, as beef producers, also have a valuable resource available to us through the check-off dollars that we pay each time a beef animal is sold. Those dollars are providing our advertising and have monitored and helped correct the negative publicity we have been getting.
Winging his way across our springtime sky is a delightful little constellation named Corvus, the Crow. The four main stars of Corvus form an unmistakable kite-shaped pattern about one-third of the way up in the southeastern sky at 9 p.m. in mid-April. Perhaps the easiest way to find Corvus is to use the old adage "follow the arc to Arcturus, spike on to Spica, and continue to Corvus." The seven stars of the Big Dipper are easy to spot high overhead. Just follow the curve or "arc" of the Big Dipper's handle around to the bright orange star Arcturus, then keep going until you arrive at the bright blue star Spica, and continue on until you spot the kite-shaped pattern of Corvus.
Pearl Michaels murder trial nearing end, started Tuesday
When planning the stories for our spring edition of At Home in Steamboat Springs magazine, a feature about dogs quickly shot to the top of our list. It's nothing shocking - Steamboat Springs is a dog town.
One-hour fitness fanatics get fit to head outside
The "hour of power" isn't what you'd expect. No, it's not the afternoon siesta following that Double Z cheeseburger, and it's far from the notorious beer-drinking marathon of fraternity lore that comes to mind.
Things to see and do around Steamboat Springs this spring and summer.
Growing your own produce or buying locally grown produce from a farmers market may improve your health in more ways than one. Exercising your body while shopping in the fresh air or working in your garden are great activities that could help your health.
Keri Rusthoi was looking for a place where she could ride her horse and spend a winter living the ski bum lifestyle with a few college girlfriends before attending graduate school.
Wedding service providers
Profound sounds for the room with a view
There is no down time for Ray Martinez. The combination of rampant high-end development in the Yampa Valley and the digitization of American life has led to the perfect storm for Martinez's business - that is, fully integrating the data, video, audio, heating and lighting systems of the grandest new estates popping up left and right.
Many of the finest homes in the Yampa Valley, large and small, have been designed with entertaining guests in mind. From powder rooms that delight the eye with dramatic vessel sinks, to choice granite serving bars worthy of an Italian villa, they make a favorable impression on party guests.
It's an early July morning and the mountain air still has a cool bite as pilots and crew begin to unfurl the colorful canvas that will soon decorate the Yampa Valley sky.
Local couple forgoes a few traditions to focus on guest experience,
Katie West knew on their first official date. Over a glass of wine at Mambo Italiano, Katie was sure she'd end up marrying Brent "Benny" Tollar.
Cooking with Saketumi
Like a sports franchise building for the future, Saketumi has decided to go young.
Mud season blues got you down? Catch a flight to Phoenix to warm your bones
When snowbanks linger in Steamboat Springs in late April and flurries taunt budding aspens in early May, Steamboat residents often look to the desert for solace.
Performances at Strings in the Mountains this summer are apt to make your heart soar like never before - thanks to the soaring ceiling in the new Strings Pavilion, set to open June 28.
The hiring of a new Steamboat Springs School District superintendent is no time for a split decision.
When you need a fix to get you going, Steamboat coffee shops have you covered. Here's the buzz on some of the shops' most-ordered brews.
Local men create private fishing country club
The $19.4 million sale of the More Family Ranch on the Yampa River late last year has brought the equivalent of a trout fishing country club to Routt County.
Money key in Steamboat store owners acquiring new location
For Steamboat Springs business owners Joe Armstrong and Harris Greene, a state loan was the key to taking their furniture showroom to a new level while securing the future of Mountain Mattress and Bedroom.
As anyone who has known me for more than five minutes can attest, I am a lifelong Oklahoma Sooners fan. Nevertheless, I must congratulate Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball team on their second consecutive national championship. This was the program's eighth national championship, having played in a total of 13 national championship games. This is all the more impressive when you consider that there have only been a total of 26 national championship games in the history of women's college basketball.
By Dave Ruppel's estimation, it was a good season for Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Minturn residents to vote on annexation
There is a rift between Ginn Resorts' Minturn headquarters and the town outside.
Sailors win first game, fall in second to Bears
As ugly as it got at times during Saturday's baseball doubleheader between Steamboat Springs High School and Rifle, both teams were able to come away with a win.
The other day, I got an e-mail at work informing me that Jameson Sutton, the owner of Barry Bonds' No. 762 home run ball, was running an online auction to sell the ball to the highest bidder.
Steamboat Springs gelande jumper Pat Arnone came to a realization when talking about preparing for the North American Gelande Ski and Telemark Jumping Championships, which conclude today at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
Steamboat Springs is one of eight potential pilot communities for a state program to certify and sell carbon offsets, or reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to counter pollution created elsewhere.
Oak Creek's Public Works Department is assessing its sandbag supply in anticipation of high water in South Routt this spring.
When Colorado Mountain College conducted a community survey in Steamboat Springs last spring, a promise was made that the data would be shared with the community. That promise has been fulfilled. Printed copies of the results of the survey are now available at the front desk at CMC's Bristol Hall.
It didn't take the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team long to show it was in a different state of mind, one day after a crippling loss to Wheat Ridge.
Steamboat produces distinct breed
Sometimes a dog isn't just a dog. In a town with easy access to open spaces, the furry quadrupeds can become an extension of their owners. And not just the kind that's allowed to mount up on the tailgate every so often. Steamboat is a town for dogs that get to ride along in the front seat.
Fourteen residential, seven retail units to be available in Hayden
Fourteen new housing units are about to come on line in western Hayden.
The road to Buffalo Pass grows increasingly treacherous, with dry pavement giving way to soggy gravel and finally a thick gleaming coat of Routt County snow.
By the end of last summer, Denise English wasn't sure she could make it work.
The Record and Jail Report for April 11
Soda Creek third-graders present multicultural songs, dances during masquerade
Alex Wadsworth, 8, strode confidently onto the gymnasium floor in an orange-and-white dress she said came from Japan.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for April 13, 2008.
The students in Robin Wilson's class at Colorado Mountain College are not the timeliest bunch. Moms and their toddlers trickle in - some arriving only a few minutes before class is scheduled to end - with diaper bags, sippy cups and sleeping infants in tow.
The Internet makes musical exploration an easy trip
It's easy to get into a musical funk. No, not funk music such as James Brown or George Clinton, but rather listening to the same old scratched CD again and again, playing out the battery on your MP3 player or getting only one radio station in your car. It can be a frustrating existence listening to nothing but the same kind of music.
Saturday, April 12
Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Thursday night, citing an unexpected increase in holdbacks of customer receipts by its primary credit card processor.
Dead cars will be towed for free as part of May 3 cleanup
Hayden has set its town-wide spring cleaning for May 3. Trash bins will be available at Routt County Fairgrounds, and this year, residents also can cash in by selling their unwanted stuff.
Base area committee considers shorter public walkway
A planned promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area may have a more limited scope than previously considered. At a meeting Friday, the city's advisory committee for base area redevelopment debated the promenade it hopes to start building as early as next summer.
Friends, family gather to recall quietly competitive man
Steamboat Springs is a community where many residents enjoy testing their physical limits.
Ritter set to approve measure; local businesses less than thrilled
Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to sign legislation Monday allowing alcohol sales at retail stores starting in July, according to a news release. The reaction among Steamboat Springs retailers was lukewarm, though most stores said if the law is enacted, they plan to be open that seventh day.
Two candidates vying for 14th Judicial District Attorney position
The race is on to become the next 14th Judicial District Attorney covering Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.
Lopez, Ninger qualify for Las Vegas competition
A pair of veterans from the Steamboat Springs High School forensics team will take their oratory talents to the National Forensic League's national competition in June.
Finding consistency for a lone quarter in possibly the biggest game of the season just won't get the job done.
Tread of Pioneers Museum closed through April 21
Thursday, April 10
Steamboat girls tennis blasts Ralston Valley, 5-2
Lisa Floyd has had anything but a slow season, leading the way for the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team with strong showings in dual after dual.
Even when the records going in might suggest a lopsided game is in the offing, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat girls soccer matchups never seem to lack in the thrilling department.
Friday, April 11
Engaged students make important contributions to their schools and communities while experiencing a sense of belonging and a stake in their community.
Mayor J. Elliott was sworn in for another term at the helm, and Chuck Wisecup, Wendy Gustafson, Dave Ege and Josh Voorhis were sworn in as members of the Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday night.
Last week's column concerning Triple Crown's request to use Emerald Park on an interim basis - coupled with my belief that City Council should grant that use - elicited much reaction.
Officials concerned about registration system
Routt County has 20 more electronic voting machines to use in upcoming elections, but the county's top election official expressed "serious concerns" Thursday that a new statewide voter registration system could crash in November.
A Craig man arrested last year by the All Crimes Enforcement Team pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Moffat County Court to distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a felony.
Northwest of Lay, 10,000 acres of possibility rolls across the horizon.
Toss around the records, juggle the numbers of goals against and goals for, look at who has to beat whom, and it can get dizzying.
Moffat County swimmers Cole Worsley, Kyle Steitz, Cody Poirot and Greg Ingalls are hoping for some hometown support Saturday, and it would be nice to hear a few cheers from the Craig fans, too.
The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 4:30 p.m. today in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center at 325 Seventh St. The agenda includes potential action on insurance providers for Steamboat Springs School District staff, through the district's collaborative bargaining team, and an executive session to review a draft contract for the potential new superintendent, Dr. Shalee Cunningham of Napa, Calif.
1:22 a.m. Two cows were reported on the road near mile marker 137 on U.S. Highway 40. The animals were returned to their pasture.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Ann West took first place in the first of a pair of Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Championship super-G races Tuesday in Winter Park. West took the top spot with a time of 1:11.63. Shane McLean, another Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier, placed second in 1:12.12. Lauren Samuels, from Minnesota's Team Gilboa, took third place in 1:12.44.
Fundraiser to send local students overseas for service work
On her first trip to rural Zambia, local teacher and middle school track coach Lennae Jenkins spent the majority of her time teaching outdoor education at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.
I've been a fan of blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi since I started listening to a radio show called "The Blues Hangover," about 10 years ago.
Yampa art space showcases animal drawings and sci-fi books
On the phone from their home in Westminster, Chrysti and Paul Lell exchange some back-and-forth about their respective crafts.
I'm not sure what I expected from my first run at Cardboard Classic. But I'm reasonably sure it didn't happen.
Gnarls Barkley, the collaboration of Goodie Mob soul man Cee-Lo Green and DJ Danger Mouse (of "The Grey Album" fame), gets a lot of credit for being a good idea.
How classical music festivals reach a broader audience
When the Strings in the Mountains summer music festival moved in 1992 from a 125-seat venue to the 500-seat Strings Tent, nonclassical programming director Betse Grassby started thinking about how to fill those extra chairs.
February saw a small upturn in mountain area sales, continuing recovery that began in January after three straight months of losses, according to sales tax figures released by city officials this week.
Gelande ski jumping is an ever-evolving sport, Steamboat Springs jumper Pat Arnone explained. He said it has drastically changed in the 14 years he has spent flying off jumps. It changes from year to year as ski areas embrace or shun the sport and even from day to day as competitors mold takeoffs to suit their sensibilities.
Planning Commission approves Elk River Village
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted, 4-1, Thursday night to recommend approval of Elk River Village.
"My name is Josh Parish," the 5-year-old said, peeking out from under a large-brimmed black hat. He gave the audience a giant grin and looked around, apparently savoring his moment on stage.
Wasabi reacts to rock/jam success at its own pace
Fort Collins six-piece Wasabi has the tendency to take extended solos during live sets and recorded performances, but the group is weary of the "jam band" label.
Thursday, April 10
Steamboat women's hockey team rallies for big win
The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team made the most of its weekend trip to Vail for the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey Mountain Division "B" playoffs.
Steamboat smartest hockey team in state
The Steamboat Springs High School boys hockey team is the smartest hockey team in the state.
ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) — Sakic tipped in a shot by Ruslan Salei from the point midway through the first overtime period, his eighth career playoff goal in extra time, to send the Colorado Avalanche past the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, on Wednesday night.
Search for nonprofit's client, financial records leads to dead end
A notebook lies open on the desk in front of Debbie Rudd, Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center director.
Nine suspects facing an assortment of drug possession and distribution charges made their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.
Steve Bell, Furniture Gallery of Craig owner, said he wondered about the Country Mall investigation and the future of the site, which remains charred across Ranney Street from his business.
Downtown store, open since '89, shutting doors this weekend
Alpine Electronics in downtown Steamboat Springs plans to close its doors Saturday. The store at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue has been run by Maureen and Dan Hebard since 1989.
After going over their routine business one last time, trustees John Crawford, Tom Bleuer and Steve "Spike" Beven will depart the Oak Creek Town Board tonight - and new faces will be sworn in to take their place.
Steamboat strong at Battle Mountain meet
With lingering winter weather and limited time on the track, Soroco High School track teams should be struggling with relays.
12:33 a.m. Domestic violence was reported in Steamboat Springs, where a man and woman were having a physical altercation. There were no injuries. Steamboat Springs police are investigating.
Last day for water roundtable applications
The Yampa/White Basin Roundtable, which guides solutions to regional water issues, is accepting applications for nine open voting seats: one seat representing recreation interests, one seat representing local domestic water providers, one seat representing industrial interests, one seat representing the Green River basin and five at-large seats.
Bank embezzlement suspects make first court appearances
The two women accused of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Alpine Bank accounts made their first appearances in Routt County Court on Wednesday, where their attorneys indicated both cases likely are to proceed to trial.
Housing Authority seeks approval for 34 deed-restricted units
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority goes to the city tonight to seek approval for plans to add at least 34 deed-restricted affordable housing units west of downtown Steamboat Springs.
Concrete and steel structure challenging students
As sixth-grader Malia Fraioli scaled a climbing wall like an adventurous spider Wednesday, teacher Matt Tredway wasn't only watching her hands.
One of the real joys of producing a daily newspaper is that we get to see the product of our work every morning, 365 days a year, no exceptions.
Senior pitcher powers first-year program to win, 6-2, against Rangely
It took months of trips to the School Board and plenty of convincing for Hayden High School to get its first baseball team.
Wednesday, April 9
Attorney indicates case could go to trial
One of the women accused of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Alpine Bank accountholders made her first appearance in Routt County Court on Wednesday, and her attorney indicated the case is likely to proceed to trial.
Winter storm watch in effect for higher elevations, including Rabbit Ears Pass
Keep the ice scraper handy - winter isn't going away yet. Residents awoke to snow this morning, and the white stuff will continue to fall through Friday before giving way to mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s this weekend.
Feds say $4 a gallon possible by Memorial Day
Colorado's average gasoline price of $3.283 Tuesday was little more than a nickel away from hitting a record high.
The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office dismissed drug distribution charges late Friday against two suspects arrested during last month's sweep by the All Crimes Enforcement Team.
Hayden Middle School wrestling coaches Ty Camilletti and Dallas Robinson know a thing or two about state championships.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team fell to defending state champion Fort Collins Unified, 15-0, on Tuesday at French Field in Fort Collins.
Dead cars will be towed for free as part of cleanup
Hayden has set its town-wide spring cleaning for May 3.
Girls soccer shuts out regional rival Moffat County
The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team is making dominance a habit.
Summer departures to Salt Lake begin June 6
Yampa Valley Regional Airport will not see daily service from Salt Lake City, Utah, this fall, as a three-year federal aviation grant has expired.
Front Range Democrat touts health care, higher ed goals
You can't accuse Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff of suffering from senioritis.
Sitting at a lunch table in a large banquet room in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, Steamboat Springs Middle School eighth-grader Kate Verploeg became progressively more freaked out about the economy.
The city of Steamboat Springs has been driven to creativity when it comes to finding space for its employees to work.
Gifted education specialist Lisa Ruff recently wrote to voice her support for the "inclusive," or "differentiation," model of education for gifted and high-ability students. Put simply, this model advocates that gifted students not be separated from regular classrooms, but instead that teachers "differentiate" the curriculum within the regular classroom in order to challenge these high-ability learners.
Sunday closed the books on a winter local skiers and riders won't soon forget.
VNA offering free HPV vaccinations to uninsured
Last week, I discovered the secret to retirement savings.
City officials asking residents to secure trash containers
Bears are beginning to come out of hibernation in the Steamboat Springs area and at least three already have been reported to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members wrapped up a golden week at the USASA National Championships last Friday.
Before he started to erase his carbon footprint, Doug Fine did not know how to raise goats.
Tuesday, April 8
Sunday, April 6 12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a report of domestic violence. Officers contacted the man and woman involved, and settled the verbal dispute.
Class of 1988 20-year reunion July 25 to 27
Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 1988 will hold its 20-year reunion the weekend of July 25 to 27.
If you had sat at the Steamboat Christian Center from about an hour before Saturday night's Steamboat Springs Orchestra performance until after Sunday afternoon's final performance, and looked out the high glass eastern facade toward Mount Werner, you would have witnessed the panoply of weather that characterizes spring in Steamboat.
Ski Corp. would assume responsibility for promenade
The city of Steamboat Springs' urban renewal authority and private property owners are close to signing a contract ensuring the ongoing operation and maintenance of a planned promenade around the immediate ski base.
Hayden police chief to be deployed this summer
Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch will head back to Iraq this summer.
Oblivious to the Sunday closing of the Steamboat Ski Area, the snowpack in Northwest Colorado continued to grow this week, and data collected by the Natural Resources Conservation Service confirms that trend is typical for this time of year.
Redevelopment a costly option for Steamboat Springs
Redeveloping Steamboat Springs Airport for other uses would be a money-losing venture for the city, according to a report that will be presented to the Steamboat Springs City Council tonight.
Springalicious? Did you say, "Springalicious?"
Cunningham top superintendent choice; contract to be negotiated
Provided contract negotiations go smoothly, Dr. Shalee Cunningham will be the Steamboat Springs School District's next superintendent.
Monday, April 7
Five to 10 inches expected by late this afternoon; snow to persis throughout week
What spring? Snow is expected to continue throughout the day - heavy at times - with total accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. The National Weather Service predicts higher totals in the higher elevations surrounding Steamboat Springs.
At long last, it's time to open windows and doors to welcome spring and waft out stale winter air.
Hundreds flock to ski area on closing day of record winter
A record-setting ski season ended Sunday with songs, shouts and splashes.
Officials hashing out mission and structure for new body
A lack of focus and communication with city staff has led to the dissolution of the Steamboat Springs Water Commission.
At the Steamboat Springs boys basketball banquet Tuesday evening, there was a little back and forth between longtime Pilot & Today reporter Tom Ross and Sailors coach Kelly Meek.
12:25 a.m. Police responded to a fire alarm in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. It was a false alarm.
At last week's conference on growing food locally, panelists and audience members discussed what produce could be grown in the Steamboat Springs area on a commercially viable level, focusing on foods that restaurants and retailers could offer the local and visiting public.
Hayden cuts through field at Eagle Valley
Delanie Vedepo set the Hayden High School record Saturday for the girls 1,600-meter run, a part of the Tigers' stellar day at the Eagle Valley Invitational track meet.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting training workshops at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays throughout April in the Pilot conference room. Any and all business owners are encouraged to attend and learn how to create a free account and manage their free ExploreSteamboat.com listings. ExploreSteamboat.com is Steamboat's premier online city guide. A light continental breakfast will be provided. Register by contacting Internet Services Manager Dan Divens at email@example.com or 871-4236.
To introduce music enthusiasts to its new venue, Strings Music Festival won't be doing a soft opening.
Professional singers, sportscasters and trial attorneys appreciate a good larynx, or voice box, because it's their money maker.
Sunday, April 6
Lately, I've been hearing that Iranian bombs have been found in Iraq. We know this because numbers on fragments indicate an Iranian origin. There probably are other indications as well. But before we believe that Iran is supplying them, we might want to review the Afghan war.
Homes on The Range Steamboat Springs architect Michael Olsen confirms his office is actively working on six new homes tentatively planned for The Range single-family subdivision in Wildhorse Meadows, near the base of the ski area.
Pool memberships going along swimmingly
Handed-down recipes, family traditions make holiday
Passover doesn't get started until sundown on Saturday, April 19, but local grocery shelves have been stocked with holiday staples for weeks.
Kimberly Diane Wilkerson
There are a number of star clusters visible to the unaided eye, such as the well-known Pleiades and the Beehive clusters, but there is only one star cluster that forms a constellation all by itself. You can see it high in the eastern sky on April evenings as a smattering of several dozen faint stars. This is the constellation we call Coma Berenices, or Queen Berenice's Hair, and it is one of only a few constellations associated with a real person rather than a mythological one.
Judy's Country Donuts & Bakery had been open less than a week, and owner Judy Deming already had a cadre of regulars.
The improvement of Steamboat Springs High School's baseball team has begun to show itself on the field. But, the point at which the Sailors will become a force in the Western Slope League is yet to arrive.
Playing in blowing snow on a snow-covered Gardner Field with snow banks lining the field like boards at a hockey game, the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team fell to Palmer, 15-4, on Saturday.
Daniel Marcus Williams, 28, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, weaving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Quintero's offers flavor, flair from south of the border
The vivid colors of Quintero's Mexican Restaurant evoke, appropriately, Mexico.
New cell phone service limited across county
Cricket Communications is expanding west along Interstate 70 and adding a dot of coverage around Steamboat Springs.
The development team for The Aspens at Walton Creek envisioned a neighborhood of townhomes that would appeal to local buyers, and to date, that seems to be the market.
Businesses are invited to this week's Success Steps Luncheon, which is titled "Changing Credit Markets: Personal Credit Management and its Effects on Business Lending," according to a news release. Officers from First National Bank of Steamboat will present information on monitoring, protecting and improving credit scores; available mortgage products; and current business lending conditions.
Steamboat Springs bounces Eagle Valley, 8-0, on turf field
The grass is always greener on the other side of the street - literally.
West Jeffco goalie ruins team's only home stand
The Steamboat hockey team entered Saturday's home game unsuccessful in four of its first five games of the season and as a first year program going against last year's league champions, the West Jeffco Black Widows.
Alexander Dawson boys lacrosse coach Travis Aldrich was waiting for it to happen. He knew it was just a matter of time before Steamboat Springs coach Bob Hiester established another legitimate lacrosse program like he has done at all his previous posts.
Closing day doesn't mean the end of ski season
There's good news, more good news and only a shred of bad news.
When next Saturday morning rolls around, I will wake up in unfamiliar territory.
Early last year, the Steamboat Springs School District marked a 15-year period of upgrading and integrating technology to streamline operations as well as strengthen educational programs in its schools.
The media coverage of the race to the White House is very entertaining. Who needs "Law and Order" when we have Fox News and conservative talk show radio to give us daily updates on the fiasco within the Democratic Party?
Columnist Rob Douglas weighed in on the Triple Crown access to Emerald Park debate last Thursday with a number of false assumptions. I don't know where Rob got his information about what I said to City Council at their meeting on the subject, but he clearly wasn't in attendance.
Short of an alternate solution, the Steamboat Springs City Council should allow Triple Crown Sports limited use of Emerald Park fields in the summers of 2009 and 2010.
I have observed Steamboat Springs and U.S. Highway 40 for more than 60 years. I can remember times when one could look down Lincoln Avenue and not see a single vehicle. The traffic has greatly increased during this period, mostly after 1970.
They go by the moniker "Drama Team," and on Saturday the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team's No. 1 doubles squad lived up to its name.
There were plenty of reasons for Tim Magill to skip this year's trip to a number of world speed skiing competitions in Europe.
Local high school students make a difference through Rotary Interact Club
She lives in an expensive real estate market, but Steamboat Springs High School junior Meghan Hanrahan found a way to purchase land.
Andrew Romanoff says education, health care Colorado's challenges
Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, identified education and health care as two of the biggest problems facing the state in his keynote address to the Routt County Democrats during Saturday night's Jefferson/Jackson Dinner.
Cardboard Classic participants are limited to only a few construction materials - cardboard, duct tape, masking tape, string and water-based paint, but Lew Cutter decided to push the envelope and duct tape chairs to his craft.
Record-high fuel costs pain truckers, other industries
Diesel fuel prices are higher than ever, and businesses are feeling the burn.
Saturday, April 5
State and local officials discuss proposed drilling regulations
The current rules governing energy drilling permits and public land mineral leases are more than a decade old, said Dave Neslin, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission acting director.
Allen takes top spot in Vail
Additional land along U.S. 40 will house Precision Excavating
Hayden trustees approved the annexation and zoning of land for Precision Excavating at their meeting Thursday night.
Grippa goal seals Steamboat win against Green Mountain
Knowing their playoff hopes rest on every game from here until the end of the season, and having given up a late lead Friday to Green Mountain, the Sailors boys lacrosse team really had nowhere to go.
ExploreSteamboat.com workshops are Wednesdays
High school juniors acquire new skills at symposium
Jacquelyn Mitchell had many time-honored lessons Thursday for local high school students learning about job interviews.
A Steamboat Springs man arrested Tuesday on burglary and identity theft charges was arrested a second time Thursday when law enforcement officers learned he had given them a false identity - that of another identity theft victim.
Ski area, police plan more vigilant oversight of festivities
The Steamboat Ski Area will shut down its lifts earlier than usual for Sunday's closing day festivities and will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior and illegal drinking on the mountain.
Even as the ski area raced to add a few inches of snow to its record total this week and skiers and riders were preparing to observe the celebration called Springalicious, Routt County ranchers were working late to keep their newborns alive.
Susan Tedeschi can wail. A blues guitarist who picked up her style and her instrument about 15 years ago, Tedeschi has spent that time crafting a soulful, gutsy method of singing and shredding that fits right in with the people she names as influences.
Former labor official speaks about election year issues
Steve Hofman is smiling in the frown-filled galaxy of the economic debate.
Steamboat, Craig restaurants staying open despite bankruptcy
The recent bankruptcy case for Village Inn restaurants will not affect local Village Inns, said Michael Scott, director of operations for Family Restaurants, Inc., which owns both Craig and Steamboat Springs Village Inns.
School Board could name Smyser's successor as early as Monday
In the midst of a marathon day of meetings and interviews with three superintendent finalists, Steamboat Springs School Board President Robin Crossan said the board will take the necessary time to choose the district's next leader.
Thursday, April 3
Friday, April 4
Human Services worker Mewborn looking forward to time off
"You were so good to us, but you were also so good to our clients," Carolyn Stamps told a teary-eyed Ruth Ann Mewborn at the longtime Routt County employee's retirement party Thursday.
Cost of an adult Steamboat season pass increases $30
A season pass to the Steamboat Ski Area will cost $979 for the 2008-09 winter, an increase of $30 from this season's price. Pass holders also will have to pay $75 if they want to add unlimited skiing to Winter Park and Copper.
2:37 a.m. A fire was reported at a coal pile in the 13100 block of West U.S. Highway 40 outside Hayden. No structures were damaged and no one was injured. Officials from the West Routt Fire Protection District contained the fire by 5 a.m.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board from May 1 through Aug. 31.
All-artist exhibit gives 27 locals fair showing
It's a little more hectic than normal on hanging day at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat as the gallery's 27 members teeter on stepladders and carefully balance prints on wooden stands.
CD review for Destroyer, "Trouble in Dreams"
I am blaming Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. for the fact that, in the past two weeks, I have listened to "Fergalicious" at least 25 times.
High school's spring musical highlights Elvis' hits
The 22-member cast of Steamboat Springs High School Theater's production of "All Shook Up" has had surprising luck running down mid-1950s costumes.
It was clear, in the three minutes or so leading up to four Steamboat Pilot & Today staffers jumping into a pool of 28-degree water at Lake Catamount Ranch and Club, that we were not adequately prepared for this.
Manitou Avenue home price nears $1 million
Fairview has always been a charmingly funkified neighborhood on the edge of Steamboat Springs where neighbors pull together and tolerate each other's architectural idiosyncrasies. There are folks occupying a yurt in Fairview and probably a couple of early 20th-century machine sheds.
Real estate transactions for March 26 to April 2
Democratic candidates to speak, gain support at annual fundraising event
Routt County Democrats will gather this weekend with Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, to drum up support for party candidates and raise funds during the annual Jefferson/Jackson Dinner.
Recall the Rainbow Family gathering in Big Red Park two summers ago or, as I like to call it, The Panic of '06. I'm starting to wonder if, in the prejudices of some, Triple Crown Sports is nothing more than the Rainbow Family in better uniforms.
It's the end of the line for Ski Time Square.
Steamboat hockey team seniors excited to say hello and goodbye
Saturday is shaping up to be a festive day at the Howelsen Ice Arena, and the host for the bash is the Steamboat girls hockey team.
For SSO's Richardson, composition gets to the core of human experience
It's possible that the depth of Ernest Richardson's effortless connection to classical music comes from a basic truth - he has never known anything else.
That's all 'Acoustic Warrior' John Sotter wants to do
Before he was the Acoustic Warrior, John Sotter was just a guy with a guitar, a harmonica and no desire to stay still.
New Frontiers for Girls and Women, a local, all-volunteer nonprofit organization, aims to improve the self-sufficiency of girls and women in Northwest Colorado.
Transit makes adjustments to increase Main Line frequency
The city's Hilltop Connector bus route will become an on-call service under a new bus schedule that takes effect Monday.
It didn't take much time for Lu Etta Loeber to join the board of directors for the Yampa Valley Autism Program.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse season has been raging for less than a month. It will continue for at least another month - and if all goes well, for six more weeks.
Sailors tennis faces Evergreen at the Tennis Center on Saturday
The competition just keeps getting tougher for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team.
Thursday, April 3
Unlimited skiing at Steamboat will cost $30 more next season
The cost of unlimited skiing at the Steamboat Ski Area will increase $30 for the 2008-09 winter. But not all Intrawest season passes will increase in price.
Steamboat Springs attorney and former Routt County Deputy District Attorney Tammy L. Stewart is running as a Democrat for District Attorney of the 14th Judicial District.
Two Northwest Colorado ranchers, apparently frustrated by foraging elk eating hay intended for livestock, now face thousands of dollars in fines and multiple felony charges for allegedly killing 34 elk.
Oak Creek's governing body expected to get right to work on improvements to the town's water and sewer treatment plants, according to Mayor J. Elliott.
It's amazing what fluidity in practice can accomplish, when fundamentals don't have to be drilled and players can just go out and play.
A Craig man who was arrested after eluding police in Hayden had previously served time for armed robbery and been deported, authorities said.
Fund Board approves up to $1.46 million for construction
A long-awaited construction project at Steamboat Springs Middle School could break ground this summer after its funding took a big step forward Wednesday night.
Nine basketball players from Hayden and Soroco high schools were named to Class 2A Western Slope All-Conference basketball teams Tuesday.
Association tackles player growth
The Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association has taken on new staff in an effort to elevate coaching and player development of budding local soccer stars.
12:45 a.m. A Steamboat Springs woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court.
Anderson taking hockey talents to international level
Last weekend's Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League all-star game could have marked a competitive end for Steamboat Springs High School senior T.J. Anderson.
I like to give City Editor Mike Lawrence a hard time about our content on Page 2 of the Wednesday Steamboat Today. You see, Lawrence was a bit skeptical when we moved Joanne Palmer's column from the Sunday Style section to a more prominent spot in the daily paper.
Businesses learn about, discuss possible solutions
Local business leaders were told Wednesday that Routt County has about 400 children younger than 2 and about 90 licensed child care slots for them.
Nicholson fled Yampa Valley Medical Center after 2007 crash
A man who led the Colorado State Patrol on a high-speed chase across Routt County in November is proceeding to trial in Routt County District Court.
Editor's note: Clark resident Mary Walker works at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya. The center was built in 2002 with funding from the United Nations, and it provides a safehouse for Maasai girls who have run away from their families to escape or been rescued from female genital mutilation and forced childhood marriage. Walker's updates from Kenya will appear periodically in the Steamboat Today.
Wednesday, April 2
Two Moffat County men face felony charges of willful destruction of big game and misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of wildlife.
Soap box drivers ages 10 to 17 welcome
Soap Box Derby racers, start your engines - or your downhill descent, anyway.
Avalanche danger increases because of old snowpack
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting that backcountry travelers in Fish Creek Canyon northeast of Steamboat Springs witnessed "large collapses in the snowpack, and the snowpack has only grown more tender since then."
Boss in Tennessee says future superintendent has strong communication skills
In Greg Rockhold, the Hayden School District will get a superintendent with strong communication skills and an eye for the big picture, Rockhold's current boss said.
Yampa Town Board meets tonight
Monday, March 31
Students, faculty and staff at public and private schools in much of Northwest Colorado are invited to ski and snowboard free during closing weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area this Saturday and Sunday.
This is a note to the Steamboat judicial system. As a longtime business owner, I have dealt with the court system here on a couple of occasions and found it to be singularly ineffective in its application of the law, so I am turning to the media to be heard.
As I recall, the half-cent sales tax for education was originally intended for technology. Throughout the years, it has morphed into different uses, but not for Hayden and South Routt school districts.
Three newcomers win seats on Oak Creek Town Board
Oak Creek Mayor J. Elliott was re-elected to another term Tuesday, edging out challenger and former mayor Gerry Greenwood by just three votes.
City attorney to draft ordinance that excludes use of Emerald Park
A divided Steamboat Springs City Council directed City Attorney Tony Lettunich on Tuesday to draft an ordinance extending the city's contract with Triple Crown Sports without including the use of Emerald Park.
Haymaker sales start April 7
The 2008 golf season at Haymaker Golf Course still is several feet of snow and more than a few warm spring days away, according to director of golf Hank Franks.
Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco middle schools each qualified multiple wrestlers for the first Middle School State Wrestling Championships in Loveland this Saturday.
Steamboat Springs' four first-half goals were all the team needed to defeat Rifle 4-2 at Gardner Field on Tuesday. But the team's second-half performance concerned coach Rob Bohlmann.
After years of debate about sharing revenues from Steamboat Springs' education sales tax with other Routt County school districts, we were encouraged by the Education Fund Board's unanimous support last week for considering flexibility in how those funds are dispersed.
State Sen. Andy McElhany's proposal to make Interstate 70 a toll road from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Floyd Hill passed a Senate committee last week, but Senate Bill 213 doesn't have many friends in Routt County.
Tuesday, April 1
Oak Creek Mayor J. Elliott was re-elected to another term Tuesday, edging out challenger and former mayor Gerry Greenwood by just three votes.
A jack-knifed semitrailer and whiteout conditions were to blame for a 60- to 75-car accident that closed I-70 over Vail Pass for hours Monday afternoon.
The Bureau of Land Management approved a 30-day extension to the public comment period for its Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for oil shale development March 20.
Sunday, March 30
Oak Creek Town Board member arrested for DUI
Residents will be able to avoid trip to Steamboat for forms
As of today, people who want to build in Hayden won't have to travel to Steamboat Springs for a permit.
Town voters will decide on mayor, four Town Board seats
Oak Creek voters will have plenty of options when they head to the polls today to elect a mayor and four Town Board trustees.
Steamboat customers see bills increase about 4 percent
Many Comcast customers saw their cable bills increase about 4 percent for March, which company officials attributed to added investment, faster Internet and more programming.
Robert McMahon has a history of letting decades pass by between medal-winning ski races. So, it was particularly disappointing this winter when the 72-year-old Charlottesville, Va., man lost the prized silver NASTAR medal he won in Steamboat Springs in February.
Council to discuss use of Emerald Park fields for summer tournaments
An extension of the city's contract with Triple Crown Sports - including provisions allowing the sports-tourism company to use Emerald Park - will be a topic of discussion at tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.
Mount Werner sees more than 10 inches; warming trend begins today
Spring officially began March 20, but Mother Nature has other ideas. A strong winter storm dropped more than 10 inches of snow on Mount Werner overnight Sunday and Monday morning, delighting skiers and riders and adding to the season's record-setting total. And there's more snow in the forecast as Sunday's closing day approaches.
Development group poses 11-story Steamboat Highlands
A development group based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is proposing an 11-story condominium hotel on Burgess Creek Road immediately north of the existing Kutuk and Bronze Tree projects.