Stories for April 2008


Wednesday, April 30

Say it ain't snow!

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.

Small predawn earthquake confirmed in South Valley

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.

The Record for April 28

Monday, April 28

Steamboat Briefs for April 30

Volunteers needed for Steamboat Marathon

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Rescuers evacuate Steamboat couple's California celebration

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.

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Judge denies Wall appeal

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Where, oh where, is my personal masseuse

This is a column about how my fantasy life awakens me each morning by singing in my ear.

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Bulldogs sluggers sweep Sailors

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.

Water among top concerns

Local group studies different area needs

Water will become an increasingly precious resource in the future, Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said.

Omar M. Campbell: Bias in support

"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.

Michael Turner: Triple Crown facts

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.

Our View: No place for seller's remorse

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.

Hayden recreation district shaky

Town officials seek supporters to take on campaign proposal

The proposed West Routt Recreation District is in peril.

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Double degrees coming up

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.

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Get your bike in gear

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.

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Sailors sharp after spring break

Steamboat soccer pounds Eagle Valley at Gardner Field

Any residual effects from spring break were limited to tans and braided hair.

Tuesday, April 29

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Revocation of Wall's driver's license upheld

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.

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Dinosaur more than just a visitor center

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.

The Record for April 27

12:06 a.m. After a traffic stop at mile marker 51 on Routt County Road 131, officers transported two girls to their destination.

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Horizons clients to sweep up and down town this summer

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.

Bank confronts violations

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.

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Wall to face DUI charges

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.

Nuggets swept

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.

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Cunningham hired

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.

New roads proposal proffered

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 briefs for April 29

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.

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Tom Ross: Connecting with ancient cultures in Canyonlands

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

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Aging Well: CNCC class helps older users tackle technology

In a bright and airy computer lab in Craig, students furl their brows as they explore what for many is a completely new world.

The Record for April 26

Saturday, April 26

Steamboat Briefs for April 28

Routt County Fair centennial needs volunteers

Deb Babcock: Protect your evergreens from beetles this spring

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.

Monday Medical: Preventing infection a team effort

Yampa Valley Medical Center has set a goal of zero for hospital-acquired infections.

Super school hire likely

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.

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Hands-on learning in Hayden

Students get environmental lesson at Yampa River State Park

"Oh, these teeth are sharp," Senior Park Ranger Ed Keleher said. "Give me your arm."

Haymaker introduces new junior golf director

This summer, Haymaker Golf course will introduce a new junior program director. But Luke Brosterhous is no stranger to Steamboat Springs.

Drama on the diamond

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.

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Luke Graham: New track format makes little sense

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

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Old bikes, veteran bikers find new life on streets

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Todd Danielson

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

Looking Back for April 24, 1958

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.

Business file for April 27

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.

Tom Ross: On the Market

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.

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Green with envy

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Wildlife in the Yampa Valley

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.

Steamboat tennis sails past Roaring Fork

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team had to endure some serious adjustment just to compete Saturday in a dual against Roaring Fork.

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Morse returns to moguls podium after devastating injuries

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.

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Vedepo didn't expect record-breaking start to track season

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.

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Flying less-friendly skies

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.

Mike Huckabee: Happy anniversary!

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.

Our View: Expanding education

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.

Jerri MacMillian: Other side of story

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.

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Leading on and off the track

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.

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Feeling Farm Bill effects

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.

The Record and Jail Report for April 25

Brigitte Milke Wright, 44, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, no proof of insurance, possession of an open container (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Class notes for April 27

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.

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Towns avoid costly residential development

Planning Services Manager John Eastman knows officials in other communities might raise an eyebrow when he says Steamboat Springs is "encouraging residential development."

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South Routt first-graders turn classroom into rain forest, offer tours

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.

Kerry Hart: A nation still at risk

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

Editorial Cartoon for April 27

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

Real estate transactions for April 17 to 23, 2008.

Jimmy Westlake: Mercury: The twilight planet

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.

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New director of Steamboat Running Series thrilled about opportunity

Shannon Carlin sat at a table in Steaming Bean Coffee in downtown Steamboat Springs and was finally surrounded by like-minded folks.

Joel Reichenberger: Bike fanatics speed up

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.

John F. Russell: Values live on in memorial awards

Each year, hundreds of skiers make their way through the ranks of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

The Campos family: Gratitude for care

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

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Sage-Grouse plan to prevent endangered listing

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.

The Record for April 24

12:29 a.m. A noise complaint was received from Walton Creek Road and AprÃs Ski Way. Everything was quiet when police arrived.

Steamboat briefs for April 26

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.

Oak Creek to continue Labor Day celebration this year, despite costs

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.

Margaret Hair: Trying out African dance

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.

Series to focus on substance abuse among youths

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.

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Habitat for Humanity gets down to business

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.

Base area roads mulled

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.

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Rams roll in rough weather

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.

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South Routt takes energy lead

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 Scene: Arthur Lee Land at OTP

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."

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Groovin' up slowly

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.

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Red Wings hold off Avs

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.

The Record for Apirl 23

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 25

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.

Burn notification urged

It happens every spring. Neighbors or passing motorists see smoke rising from the Yampa Valley floor and call 911 to report the wildfire.

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URA projects kick off second year with intersection replacement

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.

Margaret Hair: Trying out African dance

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.

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Student showcase

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.

Craig a final prep for Soroco runners

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.

Mary Peterson: Trees breathe life

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.

Tigers ready for 'home' meet

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.

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Painting the silver lining

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.

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Source list: Danny Shafer

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.

Jarrett named Nordic combined coach

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.

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'It starts now'

Area professionals, officials share insight with Craig eighth graders

When Dana Duran was in eighth grade, she knew what job she wanted.

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Hayden kids tackle cleanup

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.

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Rob Douglas: In search of the mythical tourist

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

Summer leagues ready to begin in Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is accepting team registrations for its adult soccer, softball and beach volleyball leagues.

The Record for April 22

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.

Water plant on tap for board

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.

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Rivers well below flood stage

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.

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Three Steamboat residents run Boston Marathon

It's called athletic amnesia. It's really the opposite of a hangover.

Steamboat briefs for April 24

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.

United woes won't stop YVRA flights

Deal ensures service; some impacts likely

Dismal news from United Airlines corporate offices shouldn't affect flights at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, officials said.

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Bigger degree at CMC

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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Brent Boyer: Wanted: Your input

Have a story idea? Send it to us

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.

Sheriff tightens jail policy

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

The Record for April 21

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 23

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.

Dennis O'Connor: Local landmarks?

The Historic Structure Policy Review Committee got it right when it made the ordinance voluntary instead of mandatory, even with respect to "local landmarks."

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Golf course openings delayed

Lingering snow hinders start to Steamboat season

A record-setting winter has led to a headache start of the local golf season.

Tinker Tiffany: Standing firm

Boy, I couldn't agree more with Rob Douglas' "Dear Jon Letter."

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Cofer fights for playing time at Mesa State

It's been 522 days since Westin Cofer has hit somebody or something meaningful in an actual football game.

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Hayden clarifies rec district plan

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.

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Liquidators set up shop

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.

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Dry Creek swells in Hayden

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.

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Whistler Road project set to begin

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 considers home-size limits, development rights program

Routt County officials are considering a range of new land-use policies aimed at preserving rural character in the face of development.

Our View: Making our green mark

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

Briefs for April 22

Medical transportation available for veterans

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Triple Crown needs assurances

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.

Fear of litigation influences voting machine decision

The specter of lawsuits aimed at eliminating the use of electronic voting machines is discouraging the purchase of additional machines in Routt County.

The Record for April 22

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.

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Petitions opposing prairie dog ban circulate

Sprinkled around town, inside businesses that have chosen to participate, petitions opposing another petition can be found.

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Country Mall cleanup begins

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.

Youth event at library included crafts, snacks

Reading and beading

The turnout was slim at Monday's teen book chat at Bud Werner Memorial Library, but the participants were cheerful.

Hayden gives derby green light

Crandall Avenue will be blocked for part of May 24 weekend

Derby racers, strap on your helmets and aim for Crandall Avenue.

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Tom Ross: Stuck inside of Steamboat, with the mud season blues again

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.

Christian-based preschool looks to expand next year

At first glance, Eagle's Nest Preschool has all the trappings of a school for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Monday, April 21

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An end and a beginning

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.

Aging Well: The fiber challenge

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?

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Luke Graham: Detroit all the way

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 21

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.

The Record for April 18

Saturday, April 12 Randy Meredith Miller, 24, Steamboat Springs - Driving under revocation, driving under the influence (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Jane McLeod: Coriander helps medicine go down

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.

The Record for April 19

3:15 a.m. An open door or window was reported in the 200 block of Anglers Drive.

County clerk seeks additional voting machines

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.

Monday Medical: Decide to donate life

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."

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Meetings this week to discuss mountain's recreational uses

The public will have an opportunity this week to weigh in on the continuing evolution of Emerald Mountain's recreational uses.

Sunday, April 20

Salazar feeling out her success

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.

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Campgrounds closed, openings delayed

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Elk huntin' in my Ford

I didn't see my first elk Friday morning as I drove from Craig to cover a track meet in Rifle.

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Fire station nears completion

Stagecoach emergency services growing with area's population

As Stagecoach continues to grow, so has its demand for emergency services.

Ken Brenner: Preserve resources

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.

Green Style: Web sites to get you thinking green

Learn more about your impact on the environment and how to reduce it on the Web

Environmental club off to strong start

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.

Josie Pacana: It's not so hard to join the green guard

Images of long-haired hippies waving signs for peace often are the first things that pop into my head when I think "environment."

Take part in Earth Day on Tuesday and help the planet

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.

Business file for April 20

Gorder leaves Sundance for SmartWool

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Steamboat sisters pair up on the tennis court

Alexis and Valerie Lezin have a distinct advantage when it comes to playing tennis.

Peter Van De Carr: To the City Council

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).

Bull sale nets more than $98,000

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.

Charter school officials plan new building

Current North Routt facility overcrowded

North Routt educators are undertaking an ambitious process to fund and construct a new school in Clark.

Sandra B. Moore: Editorial off mark

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?

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Stretching the map

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.

Our View: Preservation ordinance falls short

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.

Rick Akin: What have we learned?

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.

Kerry Hart: The transformational power of music

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.

Class Notes for April 20

Hayden High School senior Janna Hoza is the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's "Student of the Month."

On the market for April 20

Average home price closes in on $1 million

John Twitchell: Think globally, buy locally

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.

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Weaving success

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

Real estate transactions for April 9 to 16, 2008

Preserving the deal

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.

Looking Back for April 17, 1958

New factories in prospect for Routt County

Prospects for development of the many natural resources of Routt County are looking brighter.

Jimmy Westlake: May meteors

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.

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High school runners began spring training routines in December

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.

John F. Russell: Supporting your sports community

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.

Mike Brumbaugh: Musical a success

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.

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South Routt students shine in FFA competition

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.

Editorial cartoon for April 20

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.

The big and little pictures

Pro talks about national, local mortgage issues

Mortgage planner Ed Allbright says he's actually seeing significantly more business these days.

Saturday, April 19

Hockey players head to regional camp

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.

Motorcycle fatalities up in Colorado

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.

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Bookstore building flips its lid

Former Off the Beaten Path gutted to make way for saloon

The visible transformation of a modern Steamboat Springs landmark began Friday.

Resort Group courts Iron Horse

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.

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Tom Ross: Thrush goes off course; birders migrate to Steamboat

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 19

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.

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Salazar packs punch at Rifle

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.

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Lumber man celebrates 45 years

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.

The Record for April 17

5:49 a.m. Police assisted a motorist in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Building assets, opportunities

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

Reed resigns as South Routt superintendent

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.

CNCC to rebid residence halls

College officials 'uncomfortable' with design-build process

It's back to the bids for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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'He's all about the joy'

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.

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Sailors girls lacrosse falls

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.

The Record for April 16

12:35 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Steamboat Springs police gave a warning.

Steamboat briefs for April 18

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board has launched its new Web site at The Fund Board is a nonprofit, independent corporation that administers revenues from the city's half-cent sales tax for education.

River Road to reopen tonight

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.

CD reviews of Man Man

"Rabbit Habits"

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.

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Organized confusion

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.

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Teaching technique

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.

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Flood danger rising

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.

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Celebrating 90 years

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.

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Developers lay out Ski Time Square demolition schedule

This summer, Ski Time Square will be the site of demolition, police training - and one heck of a yard sale.

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Rob Douglas: A Dear Jon letter

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.

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Rock, roll and soul power

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.

On Scene: North Routt Chili Cook-off

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.

Margaret Hair: Time for tunes outside

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.

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Sailors only taking small squad to Rifle

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

Remembering the children

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.

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Leaving an impression

Limited-time cancellation stamp to commemorate Craig centennial

Norma Hahn likes stamps. A lot. Hahn has collected stamps for 63 years.

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Sixth annual cattle sale supports local beef producers

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 17

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.

The Record for April 15

12:38 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Everything was quiet when police arrived.

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Sailors girls lacrosse captures first win

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.

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Hot Springs to defer new fee

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.

Road solution still a puzzle

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.

City officials, King to discuss future of Triple Crown

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.

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Steamboat splits doubleheader

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.

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Fire funds up to voters

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

West takes top spot in Surefoot Cup

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete Ann West finished atop the women's Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup standings.

Henri E. Stetter: Modify behavior

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.

Rape case charges dropped

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.

Kimberly Wilkerson: Support helpful

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.

Bill Moser: Support renewables

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.

Steamboat Briefs for April 16

Signup is under way for Ski Town USA Golf Classic

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Dream comes true for Hanley

Sailor footballer to attend Kansas State

It's hard to imagine using baby steps and Jay Hanley in the same sentence.

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Joanne Palmer: Stop the whining

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.

Our View: No need for 700 vote

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.

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County backs shale holdup

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.

Vacation home deadline extension fails

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.

The Record for April 14

Monday, April 14

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Huskies top Sailors

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.

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Lacrosse rivalry emerges

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

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Mudslide closes River Road

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.

Midvalley brush fire 20 percent contained

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.

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Macys takes helm of Yampatika

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.

The Record for April 13

Sunday, April 13

Snowmobiling illegal in ski area; skiing OK

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.

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Tom Ross: April skiing sublime 'In the Buff'

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.

Preservation ordinance excludes mandatory designations

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.

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Panel provides road map

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.

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Wild beat Avs 3-2 in OT

The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche are so evenly matched that neither team can win in regulation.

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Deadline day

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.

'Good night' takes on new meaning

Clark resident Mary Walker provides an update from Kenya, where she works at a safehouse for Maasai girls.

Steamboat briefs for April 15

Artisans seek nonprofit for Soup Bowl benefit

Monday, April 14

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Aging Well: Local programs make travel easy, fun

Venturing beyond our remote valley for a bit of adventure isn't always easy, especially for older adults.

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MCHS swim team cruises to home meet victory

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.

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Luke Graham: America's pastime living in Steamboat

There's a reason they call it the American Pastime.

The Record for April 12

1:40 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to an anonymous noise complaint in the 1800 block of River Queen Lane.

Soroco track ready for sunshine

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.

Rough landing shelves Arnone's title hopes

In one sense, it was his best jump of the weekend. In another, it put a damper on everything.

Jane McLeod: Marjoram - the happy cousin

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 14

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.

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Dispatchers recognized at barbecue for often trying work

Sharon Clever is in her 24th year working with Routt County Communications, an organization that runs 24/7 - no weekends, no holidays.

Monday Medical: Autism awareness begins early

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.

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North Routt crocks out

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

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Worsley finds his fit

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.

Class notes for April 13

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

Best of the Web for April 13

Ken Meyer: Is it spring?

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Todd Savalox

Todd Savalox

Business File for April 13

Local State Farm agent receives designation

Wedding Guide: Set the mood with music

Music sets a mood during weddings and receptions.

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Dog gear guide

Gear for your four-legged friends

New Businesses

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.

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Tracy Bye rehabilitates animals at Born Free

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.

Real estate transactions for April 3 to April 8

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market for April 13

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.

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Mud season sanity

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.

Mary Kay Monger: Defending the beef industry

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Counting Crow

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.

Looking back for April 10, 1958

Pearl Michaels murder trial nearing end, started Tuesday

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Allison Miriani: We're a dog town

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.

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Inside out

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.

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Best bets: Events from April to July 2008

Things to see and do around Steamboat Springs this spring and summer.

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Season of fresh and nutritious eating

Healthy eating

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.

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Q&A with Keri Rusthoi

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 Guide: Directory of wedding service providers

Wedding service providers

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Projection affection

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.

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Houses made to entertain

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.

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Color kaleidoscope during Balloon Rodeo

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.

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Wedding Guide: Getting the rite right

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.

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Dishing up raw talent

Cooking with Saketumi

Like a sports franchise building for the future, Saketumi has decided to go young.

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Seek solace in Arizona

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.

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New Strings Pavilion will offer space, keep intimacy

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.

Our View: Unite behind school leader

The hiring of a new Steamboat Springs School District superintendent is no time for a split decision.

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What's in it for me?: Coffee

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.

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Partnering in Alpine River Ranch

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.

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State loan helps businessmen

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.

Conservative commentary: Go Vols!

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.

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Airport reports strong ski season

By Dave Ruppel's estimation, it was a good season for Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Battle for the Mountain

Minturn residents to vote on annexation

There is a rift between Ginn Resorts' Minturn headquarters and the town outside.

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Steamboat, Rifle sluggers split doubleheader

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.

John F. Russell: Breaking records

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Arnone addicted to gelande

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.

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Project aims to verify carbon offsets

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.

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Flood preparations under way for South Routt

Oak Creek's Public Works Department is assessing its sandbag supply in anticipation of high water in South Routt this spring.

Kerry Hart: CMC fares well in community survey

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.

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Sailors boys lacrosse beats Mustangs for shot at even season

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.

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Dog-gone ski town

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.

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Creekview progressing

Fourteen residential, seven retail units to be available in Hayden

Fourteen new housing units are about to come on line in western Hayden.

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Crowds flock to Buffalo Pass for skiing, riding

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.

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Autism spectrum disorders present unique challenges

By the end of last summer, Denise English wasn't sure she could make it work.

The Record and Jail Report for April 11

The Record and Jail Report for April 11

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Soda Creek students present songs, dances during masquerade

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.

Editorial cartoon for April 13

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.

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Mom-toddler exercise class lets kids work out their energy

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.

A brand new tune

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

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Frontier files for bankruptcy

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.

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Hayden plans spring sale

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.

Promenade ideas discussed

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.

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Tom Ross: Remembering Steve Maloney

Friends, family gather to recall quietly competitive man

Steamboat Springs is a community where many residents enjoy testing their physical limits.

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Sunday liquor sales likely

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.

The race is on

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.

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Two students reach forensics nationals

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.

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Sailors boys lacrosse falls to Wheat Ridge

Finding consistency for a lone quarter in possibly the biggest game of the season just won't get the job done.

Steamboat briefs for April 12

Tread of Pioneers Museum closed through April 21

The Record for April 10

Thursday, April 10

Floyd leads squad in road trip

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.

Demons leave it all on field in upset of Sailors

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

The assets of empowerment

Engaged students make important contributions to their schools and communities while experiencing a sense of belonging and a stake in their community.

Oak Creek board sworn in

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.

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Rob Douglas: Is business a dirty word?

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.

County adds voting equipment

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.

Craig man pleads guilty to distribution

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.

Mineral leases profitable for county; property issues remain

Northwest of Lay, 10,000 acres of possibility rolls across the horizon.

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Boys lacrosse team shoots for a simple goal: Just win

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.

Swimmers get a chance to shine at 'home'

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 11

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.

The Record for April 9

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.

Skiers West, McConnell top Surefoot field

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.

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Aiding Africa

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.

On Scene

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.

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Nature vs. nerd-ture

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.

Margaret Hair: Cardboard crash course

I'm not sure what I expected from my first run at Cardboard Classic. But I'm reasonably sure it didn't happen.

CD reviews for April 11

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.

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Finding the fringe

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.

Mountain area sales tax revenue rising

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.

Local gelande jumper heads to nationals

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.

Housing project gets nod

Planning Commission approves Elk River Village

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted, 4-1, Thursday night to recommend approval of Elk River Village.

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Home-schooled kids teach one another about famous figures

"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.

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Taking it gingerly

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

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Storm takes title in shootout

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.

Sports briefs for April 10

Steamboat smartest hockey team in state

The Steamboat Springs High School boys hockey team is the smartest hockey team in the state.

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Avs win Game 1 in OT

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.

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Up in smoke

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.

ACET suspects make first court appearance

Nine suspects facing an assortment of drug possession and distribution charges made their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

No timetable for Country Mall cleanup

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.

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Alpine Electronics closing

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.

Oak Creek to swear in board

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.

Soroco racers rip relays

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.

The Record for April 8

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 10

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 theft trials likely

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.

Affordable housing on the horizon

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.

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Climbing wall up at middle school

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.

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Brent Boyer: Magazine production presents new challenges

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.

Tigers win historic baseball game

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

Bank theft suspect appears in court

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.

Snow expected through Thursday night

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.

State gas prices inch toward record

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.

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Charges dismissed against two ACET suspects

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.

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Hayden Middle School wrestlers impress

Hayden Middle School wrestling coaches Ty Camilletti and Dallas Robinson know a thing or two about state championships.

Steamboat lacrosse falls to Fort Collins

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.

Hayden spring sale planned

Dead cars will be towed for free as part of cleanup

Hayden has set its town-wide spring cleaning for May 3.

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Sailors rock Bulldogs

Girls soccer shuts out regional rival Moffat County

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team is making dominance a habit.

Delta fall flights from YVRA discontinued

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.

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Romanoff savors final days as House speaker

Front Range Democrat touts health care, higher ed goals

You can't accuse Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff of suffering from senioritis.

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Girls to Women event offers career advice, self-confidence

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.

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City Council reviews staff space needs

The city of Steamboat Springs has been driven to creativity when it comes to finding space for its employees to work.

Anne Barounos: Gifted education: Differentiation ideal, but difficult

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.

Our view: Closing day crackdown a good move

Sunday closed the books on a winter local skiers and riders won't soon forget.

Steamboat briefs for April 9

VNA offering free HPV vaccinations to uninsured

Joanne Palmer: Trumped!

Last week, I discovered the secret to retirement savings.

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Bears venture back into town

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 riders find gold in Copper

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members wrapped up a golden week at the USASA National Championships last Friday.

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Author Doug Fine going green

Before he started to erase his carbon footprint, Doug Fine did not know how to raise goats.

Tuesday, April 8

The Record for April 6

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 8

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.

Orchestra brings spring excitement

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.

Maintenance plan takes shape

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.

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Birch headed to Iraq

Hayden police chief to be deployed this summer

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch will head back to Iraq this summer.

Snowpack levels higher than average

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.

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Airport studies complete

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.

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Tom Ross: Skiers ring out season for the ages with Springfreezurtushes

Springalicious? Did you say, "Springalicious?"

School Board chooses new leader

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

Steamboat under snow advisory

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.

The dirt on cleaning products

At long last, it's time to open windows and doors to welcome spring and waft out stale winter air.

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Season ends with a splash

Hundreds flock to ski area on closing day of record winter

A record-setting ski season ended Sunday with songs, shouts and splashes.

Water commission evaporates

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.

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Luke Graham: A real dynasty

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.

The Record for April 5

12:25 a.m. Police responded to a fire alarm in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. It was a false alarm.

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Deb Babcock: Can we grow tomatoes here?

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.

Freshman shatters Tigers record

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 7

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 listings. is Steamboat's premier online city guide. A light continental breakfast will be provided. Register by contacting Internet Services Manager Dan Divens at or 871-4236.

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With a new venue, summer festival announces season

To introduce music enthusiasts to its new venue, Strings Music Festival won't be doing a soft opening.

Monday Medical: Help for hoarseness, raspy voice

Professional singers, sportscasters and trial attorneys appreciate a good larynx, or voice box, because it's their money maker.

Sunday, April 6

Steve Rummler: Review Afghan war

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.

On the Market for April 6

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.

Looking back for April 11, 1968

Pool memberships going along swimmingly

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Prepping for Passover

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Kimberly Diane Wilkerson

Kimberly Diane Wilkerson

Jimmy Westlake: Berenice's Hair

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.

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Judy's doughnuts a hot commodity

Judy's Country Donuts & Bakery had been open less than a week, and owner Judy Deming already had a cadre of regulars.

Sailors baseball loses both in doubleheader

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.

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Girls lacrosse loses in snowy conditions

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.

The Record and Jail Report for April 4

Daniel Marcus Williams, 28, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding, weaving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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A taste of Mexico

Quintero's offers flavor, flair from south of the border

The vivid colors of Quintero's Mexican Restaurant evoke, appropriately, Mexico.

Cricket coming to area

New cell phone service limited across county

Cricket Communications is expanding west along Interstate 70 and adding a dot of coverage around Steamboat Springs.

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Aspens at Walton Creek attract locals

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.

Business file for April 6

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.

Sailors glide past grass, Devils

Steamboat Springs bounces Eagle Valley, 8-0, on turf field

The grass is always greener on the other side of the street - literally.

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Steamboat no match against Black Widows' venom

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.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse impressive in Saturday split

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.

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Earn your turns

Closing day doesn't mean the end of ski season

There's good news, more good news and only a shred of bad news.

John F. Russell: Too much time on my hands

When next Saturday morning rolls around, I will wake up in unfamiliar territory.

Tim Miles: New technology expands education

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.

Conservative commentary: Coming home to the Grand Old Party

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?

Jim Engelken: Assumptions false

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.

Our View: Allow use of Emerald park

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.

Fred Duckels: Bypass needed

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.

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Sailor tennis blanks two opponents without losing a set

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Magill looks past injury

There were plenty of reasons for Tim Magill to skip this year's trip to a number of world speed skiing competitions in Europe.

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Carpenter Ranch to Costa Rica

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.

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State speaker addresses county Dems

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.

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Shortened Cardboard Classic still entertains

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.

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Diesel prices slam businesses

Record-high fuel costs pain truckers, other industries

Diesel fuel prices are higher than ever, and businesses are feeling the burn.

Saturday, April 5

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Seeking a hard compromise

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.

Sports briefs for April 5

Allen takes top spot in Vail

Hayden OKs 16-acre annexation

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.

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Overtime thrill

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 5 workshops are Wednesdays

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Learning about life

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.

Man arrested for ID theft - twice

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.

Closing weekend crackdown

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.

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Tom Ross: April - it's calf-alicious

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.

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Tedeschi to lead lineup

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.

A lighter look at economics

Former labor official speaks about election year issues

Steve Hofman is smiling in the frown-filled galaxy of the economic debate.

Village Inns not closing

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.

Superintendent decision nears

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.

The Record for April 3

Thursday, April 3

Friday, April 4

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County employee bids farewell

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.

Intrawest unveils new prices

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.

The Record for April 2

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 4

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.

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Gallery gathering

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"

CD review for Destroyer, "Trouble in Dreams"

Margaret Hair: Springalicious makes the 'Boat go crazy

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.

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Schoolhouse rock

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.

On Scene: Penguin Plunge

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.

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The gentrification of funky Fairview?

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

Real estate transactions for March 26 to April 2

Jefferson/Jackson Dinner goes green

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.

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Rob Douglas: Put an Emerald on this Crown

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.

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Ski Time Square heads into final ski season weekend with sales

It's the end of the line for Ski Time Square.

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Girls set for only home stand

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.

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More than music

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.

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Just rockin' out

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.

Building a positive identity

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.

Summer bus schedule starts Monday

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.

Fundraiser to benefit autism program

It didn't take much time for Lu Etta Loeber to join the board of directors for the Yampa Valley Autism Program.

Steamboat lacrosse to play three games in 24-hour stretch

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.

Prep teams away this weekend

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

Intrawest unveils new season pass prices

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.

District attorney candidacy announced

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.

Elk killing case highlights ranchers' frustrations

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.

Infrastructure up first for new Town Board

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.

Girls lacrosse preps for weekend

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.

Steamboat briefs for April 3

A Craig man who was arrested after eluding police in Hayden had previously served time for armed robbery and been deported, authorities said.

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SSMS project moves forward

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.

Players earn Western Slope honors

Nine basketball players from Hayden and Soroco high schools were named to Class 2A Western Slope All-Conference basketball teams Tuesday.

Soccer fees up this year

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.

The Record for April 1

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.

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SSHS senior to try Swiss ice

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.

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Brent Boyer: Voices to be heard, or read

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.

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Child care shortage in spotlight

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.

November chase suspect to stand trial

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.

Mary Walker: Kenya's differences create hurdles

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

DOW: Ranchers illegally killed elk

Two Moffat County men face felony charges of willful destruction of big game and misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of wildlife.

Derby heads to Hayden

Soap box drivers ages 10 to 17 welcome

Soap Box Derby racers, start your engines - or your downhill descent, anyway.

Snowfall forms tenuous bond

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."

New Hayden schools leader praised

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.

Steamboat Briefs for April 2

Yampa Town Board meets tonight

The Record for March 31

Monday, March 31

Ski area extends free invite to schools

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.

Cherri Briggs: Watch closely

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.

Betty Leipold: Share the money

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.

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J. Elliott re-elected mayor

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.

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Triple Crown tears council

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.

Save on early golf passes

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.

Local wrestlers advance to state

Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco middle schools each qualified multiple wrestlers for the first Middle School State Wrestling Championships in Loveland this Saturday.

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Sailors soccer shoots past Rifle

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.

Our View: Kudos to Fund Board

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.

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Officials oppose I-70 toll plan

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

J. Elliott re-elected mayor; three newcomers win town trustees seats

Oak Creek Mayor J. Elliott was re-elected to another term Tuesday, edging out challenger and former mayor Gerry Greenwood by just three votes.

Vail Pass pileup kills 1, many injured

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.

BLM OKs 30-day oil shale comment extension

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.

The Record for March 30

Sunday, March 30

Steamboat Briefs for April 1

Oak Creek Town Board member arrested for DUI

Hayden to control building permits

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.

Oak Creek to hit the polls

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.

Cable rates up in March

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.

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Tom Ross: Medals matter for racers of all ages

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.

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Triple Crown up to bat

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.

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Winter makes slow exit

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.

Condo proposed for Burgess Creek Road

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.