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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.