Sunday, August 31
The beginning of a new school year isn't the only good news for local parents. Several recent initiatives will improve the quality and availability of education for our youngest students and are worthy of recognition.
Routt County recorded the sale of 40 dwelling units in July, bringing the year-to-date total to 355.
Mike Lawrence (A different kind of presidential history, Aug. 28 Steamboat Today) showed little judgment or knowledge in repeating as fact a comment made at a Democratic National Convention event by former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke, "that the next president will begin the job with 'the worst opening day position in history.'"
On Aug. 12, the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Commissioners considered three applications to amend the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
Cindy Landusky, Jay Wisecup, Adelaide Canipelli, Brenda Barr, Linda Boom, Todd DiNoboe, Steve Lowrey, Paula Stephenson, Reed Stephenson: Response poor
On May 15, a sewage spill occurred at the Riverbend Cabins when the pumps that operate the lift station at the city's wastewater treatment plant failed.
Political Cartoon for Aug. 31, 2008
Rick and Suz Bear's brand has surged far beyond cities
Rick Bear didn't come up with the Allergic to Cities concept, but he insisted it was a humdinger of an idea.
Local Dems say speech an inspiring personal challenge
Thursday night at Invesco Field, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined what he thinks government can do for Americans.
Thrilling grandeur of hiking trail not limited to Causeway
Many hikes yield stunning views of far-off mountain ranges or expansive valleys, and the hike to Devil's Causeway isn't any different.
Gymnastics interest up after Olympics
The Olympics have built a buzz at Excel Gymnastics of Steamboat, but the 30-plus U.S. swimming medals haven't had much impact on Old Town Hot Springs' aquatic program.
Former teacher starts Ben's Blinds company
Mark Udall's message to Colorado voters is crystal clear: Just tell me want you want to hear, and I'll say it.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - STEAMBOAT PARTNERS LLC To MILLENNIUM BANCORP INC For WILDHORSE MARKETPLACE LOT 6 - $635,000
There's something different about triathlons. For whatever reason, finishing a triathlon is held by many to be one of the great goals in life, a sentiment that seemed even stronger during last week's race than it did during the Steamboat Marathon earlier in the summer or during any of the other great endurance races in Steamboat Springs.
Visitor numbers, spending down
Tourism industry officials are keeping an eye on travel to Las Vegas and Florida as they puzzle about what to expect this season.
Festival celebrates history, future of aviation at Steamboat Springs Airport
Both the history and the future of aviation were on display Saturday at the Wild West Air Fest at Steamboat Springs Airport.
Nearly $1.5 million awarded to local school districts last year
Ruth McBride's first year in the Steamboat Springs School District was a record-setting one.
Friday night against Laramie, Wyo., the Steamboat Springs High School offense experienced the best and the worst of a system predicated on timing.
Decision difficult, but Soroco thrilled with switch to 8-man football
Soroco football coach David Bruner has said it so many times, the words almost have lost their effect.
Second-half scores bump Sailors to 2-0, defeating Eagles, 3-2
It took a pair of big second-half goals, but the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team improved to 2-0 Saturday afternoon, handling Vail Mountain School with just enough defense and a little late offense.
When I heard that the 2009 U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships were going to take place in October, on Lake Placid, on plastic, I thought it was a joke. It wasn't.
Bilingual teaching now available for parents and children
Parents who want to learn English and teach their young children English as a second language have a new network to turn to for support, advice and free lessons.
Hoing graduates from Trinity University
20-pound mushroom unearthed in Routt County
When Al Wentworth unearthed a soccer ball-sized puffball mushroom in South Routt last summer, he figured there was no chance he'd ever find a larger wild mushroom. He was wrong.
Much construction under way in Steamboat Springs
Tribe historian offers firsthand perspective on heritage and history
Standing in front of a scribbled map of American Indian extermination, Ute tribe historian Roland McCook sprinkles jokes and sage sayings across a deadly serious topic.
Summer is slipping away from us, and the changing constellations are a sure sign of the approach of autumn. The Big Dipper that rode high during the early evening in the spring and summer sky now is sinking into the northwest. The Summer Triangle, too, is beginning to migrate westward. A whole stage full of new constellation characters is rising in the east to take their places. What are all those new stars?
Routt County folks interested in the management of the Colorado's Roadless Areas should plan to attend an open house from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Janet Marie Owen, 58, Hayden - Second-degree assault (domestic violence) (Routt County Sheriff's Office)
I am sincerely dismayed by the expressed concern over the farmers market by several Lincoln Avenue retailers.
Ground has broken on the luxury condominiums at Edgemont, and Atira Group executives say construction will enter the vertical phase this fall and continue into the winter.
The dollar volume attributable to real estate transactions in Routt County last month was only 40 percent of dollar volume from the record-setting July 2007, and year-to-date numbers were half of what they were last year.
Saturday, August 30
Last-minute field goal by Coal Ridge hands Hayden loss
Trailing by one point and down deep in their own territory with less than two minutes left Friday night, Coal Ridge High School faced a third-and-long from its own 2-yard line.
Alterations in traffic, parking, technology start 2008-09 year
Hayden parents and students can expect a few changes going into the 2008-09 school year, which starts Tuesday.
For parents like Sarah Adams, finding a preschool in Steamboat Springs can be a challenge.
Blight kills leaves but not entire trees, extension agent says
A fungus is cutting a path of black flecks and dead leaves through Routt County's aspens, Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow said.
Charlie Stoddard's introduction to mathematics came in an unusual place.
In a changing world where urban Americans are planting vegetable gardens in vacant lots and people are flocking to farmers markets for fresh organic produce, chickens make the most sense in Steamboat Springs.
Students still are lining up for the fall semester at the Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.
Hayden hopes for volleyball turnaround
A disappointing season turned purely rotten late last fall for the Hayden volleyball team when it went 0-3 in pool play at the district tournament.
The first game of the season always brings a higher level of anxiety for players and coaches waiting to see how the season will unfold.
Series schedule printed incorrectly
For the record, Sunday's 10K at 10,000 trail running race was not bumped ahead one week. Race director Chuck O'Connell said he was going to show up at the Dumont Lake parking lot to start Sunday's Steamboat Springs Running Series event, no matter who else was there with him.
Hayden panel agrees to approval for 185 acres near YVRA
The Hayden Planning Commission pushed forward a proposal Thursday to annex nearly 185 acres near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Sailors topple Laramie Plainsmen, 21-14, in season opener
With all the preseason chatter focusing on the offense, the Steamboat Springs High School football team may have found out more about the character of the team through its defense.
Fixed-base operator plans to take over for Spectrum at YVRA
Galaxy Aviation of Steamboat-Hayden is on the brink of getting county approval to become the new fixed-base operator at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.
The kennels at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter are full, and they'll stay that way until some of their residents are adopted.
It might have seemed like the start of just another season Friday night in Oak Creek. Soroco ended its season-opening football game with a strung-together assortment of freshmen and back-ups filling in as best they could.
The eighth annual Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center fundraiser is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Humble Ranch.
Die-hard rodeo fans are hoping for one last shot to watch rank animals and hungry cowboys compete for top dollars at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs on Sunday.
6:42 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 30000 block of Routt County Road 38. A woman was arguing with one or two younger men, and the reporting party said there was some shoving involved. Police didn't arrest any of the parties.
After making costume and marching, children get parade prize
A wobbling caterpillar took the top prize at the Routt County Fair parade, and the champions have decided to give the money to the hands (and feet) behind the float.
Steamboat high school bounces back
On a different course on a different day, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team returned to form. A day after posting the team's worst score of the season in Delta, Steamboat bounced back with a 228 on Thursday at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, finishing just six shots behind Montrose.
Friday, August 29
Jonathan Tiersten wants to share his show with the crowd
The last time Jonathan Tiersten played at The Tugboat Grill & Pub, he showed up at 6 p.m. - about four hours before showtime - to absorb the local atmosphere.
Hayden to play former coach
The Hayden and Coal Ridge football programs are pretty familiar with each other. The teams have opened their seasons against each other the past couple of years.
Oak Creek residents aim to resolve Police Department issue
More than 50 Oak Creek residents packed Town Hall on Thursday night for another heated discussion about their embattled Police Department and its chief, Russ Caterinicchio.
Local resident wins Powerball lottery drawing
Three locals travel with US Ski Team to get experience abroad
Taylor Fletcher, Brett Denney and Cliff Field left for Lillehammer, Norway, last week in search of opportunity. The three Steamboat Springs residents are finding it.
12:03 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported burglary in the 44200 block of Routt County Road 36. Officers took a report. The incident is under investigation.
North Park High School football coach Toby Sanchez has a pretty simple philosophy when it comes to 8-man football: The team with the most speed, he said, usually wins.
Coaches League Champion poll: Hayden (5 votes), Meeker (1 vote)
Obamas, Clintons receive local photographer's latest book
Steamboat Springs photographer Jim Steinberg may be in Wisconsin this week, but he is making quite an impression at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Steamboat opens season with game against Laramie
The unknown can be scary. Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch admits that when his team opens its season at 7 p.m. today against Laramie at Deti Stadium in Wyoming, the Sailors will face a lot of questions, such as: What's the character of the team?
Soft-spoken congressman finds his voice before thousands
John Salazar is usually a quiet man, not prone to raising his voice or showing much emotion in public.
Lawrence G. Romo said there are two keys to getting Southwestern military veterans to vote Democratic in November: focusing on families and winning swing votes from Hispanic veterans in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.
In the words of the Edgar Winter Group, an initiative in Denver this week is inviting visitors to the 2008 Democratic National Convention to, "Come on, and take a free ride."
It's an old axiom in the business world that it's easier to keep an existing customer than it is to find a new one. It rings particularly true for Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame member Ralph Hood.
Announcing the ranch dogs racing around sheep and through obstacle courses is a work of love for Carol Lucero, who will announce and enter two of her own dogs in this weekend's fifth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge.
Oak Creek's annual Labor Day festivities kick off tonight, starting a weekend full of fun - from family events like Sunday's Kiddie Fun Fair, to social events including barbecues and pancake breakfasts, to the sillier Oak Creek traditions such, as the Kiss the Pig contest.
Oak Creek's annual Labor Day festivities kick off tonight, starting a weekend full of fun - from family events like Sunday's Kiddie Fun Fair, to social events including barbecues and pancake breakfasts, to the sillier Oak Creek traditions such, as the Kiss the Pig contest.
Six months ago, Steamboat Pilot & Today published my first weekly column. During that period, I've received hundreds of comments and questions about the opinions I've expressed and the topics I've selected. Today, I'll attempt to address the most frequent inquiries.
Moreland & Arbuckle play roots, blues
"We're all drawn to the things that move us," blues guitarist Aaron Moreland said over the phone from his home in Kansas.
Marissa Mack is the first to point out she's not a professional painter.
Dressmaker Gale Loveitt doesn't remember how or why she started sewing, but it might have had something to do with an inadequate selection of clothing for the doll she played with as a 6-year-old.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, Old Town Pub will present live music by Back Door Slam, a blues rock band from the Irish Sea's Isle of Man.
Art events ¤ Leisure Mountain Studio in Yampa hosts a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday for new work by gallery regulars Nita Naugle, Susie Pattillo, Richard Villa, Carol Villa and Jeanne Willman. The collection of photography and prints will be up through the end of August. Leisure Mountain Studio is a coffee shop/gallery space at 158 Moffat Ave. in Yampa. Call 638-4500.
There are few things I like more than music. I spend hours at my computer finding new bands, and I can't run more than 10 steps without my iPod. So when I heard the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival was being held a few blocks from my best friend's apartment in San Francisco, I immediately bought a ticket.
With "You & Me," New York pop-garage boys The Walkmen offer a jittering collection of down-tempo pop tunes, all full of uncertainty and doubt and fantastically melodic guitar lines that completely clash with everything else going on.
Thursday, August 28
Board hires Matt Ray as interim replacement for 'missing' man
At its monthly meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School District declared Rick Penner had abandoned his post as the district's athletic director.
Soft-spoken Congressman finds his voice before thousands
John Salazar is normally a quiet man, not prone to raising his voice or showing much outward emotion in public. But the San Luis Valley Congressman proved to be one of the most energetic speakers Thursday afternoon at Invesco Field in Denver, during the prelude to the highly anticipated speech by U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who tonight will become the first African-American to accept the presidential nomination of a major party.
Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher Bryna Larsen announced her resignation Tuesday after 12 years with the newspaper. Her last day is Sept. 8.
Teams across Western Slope in process of rebuilding
Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall usually has her finger on the pulse of the Western Slope League. But in a year where teams across the league lost numerous starters, the veteran coach admits she is not quite sure what is out there.
Wednesday night in Denver, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama became the first African-American nominated for president by a major party. But our next president will make history another way - whether it's Obama or U.S. Sen. John McCain.
It may be his first run at public office, but Todd Hagenbuch already has learned an important lesson in political shrewdness: Never let a good fundraising opportunity pass you by.
Low-performing students show little growth on CSAP
One of the top goals for the Steamboat Springs School District in the coming school year is to bring low-performing math students up to state standards, JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler said.
Rage Against The Machine concert fires up 10,000 protestors
Ron Creel took long, contemplative drags from his cigarette as he leaned on a metal barrier outside the Denver Coliseum, waving an American flag at passing motorists.
Steamboat woman gets 8 years for role in bank embezzlement
Terri Dawn Moody Fatka was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for her role in embezzling more than $1 million from Alpine Bank and its account holders, a crime prosecutor Carl Stahl called "probably the largest theft that this county has ever seen."
Rural Council ramping up message to agriculture community
Jayne Bilberry of Montrose said rural issues such as water rights and ranchland preservation inspired her campaign to become a delegate at the Democratic National Convention.
Businesses, residents, police hope worst is behind them
One week after a majority of Oak Creek businesses signed off on an open apology to their customers for the actions of the town's police department, business owners seem to share the sentiment that the tide is turning - hopefully for the better.
Cutter, Stoddard hope to join elite
It's been as rhythmic as the late-summer afternoon thunderstorms that seem to always appear on the horizon.
Steamboat team struggles in tournament
The best news for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team Wednesday at Devil's Thumb in Delta was that today begins a new day and a new tournament.
City planning officials will consider tonight a model zoning code for the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan and Steamboat 700 that has been used elsewhere in Colorado to create neighborhoods where pedestrians hold sway over automobiles.
12:18 a.m. An animal complaint was received from Huckleberry Lane, where a dog had been barking and crying for four hours. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were unable to contact the owners.
Silent auction of Brooks' plaque continues today
Wednesday, August 27
12:04 a.m. A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested during a traffic stop at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, driving under suspension, failure to signal and improper turn.
Comcast offers Big Ten Network in Steamboat
Vale, Struble man State Emergency Operations Center
Bob Struble's eyes dart between computer screens and television monitors at the State Emergency Operations Center in Centennial.
County agrees to increase income limit on assistance program
Under new rules, more Routt County families will be eligible to receive financial help with child care.
A Hayden man remains hospitalized at Denver Health Medical Center after he was critically injured in an Aug. 19 motorcycle accident on Routt County Road 37.
There is room for compromise between Mainstreet Steamboat Springs and a handful of its members who want to ban crafts vendors from downtown's summertime farmers market.
Seven religious scholars will discuss an unholy topic tonight: What would the world look like with no religion?
A midlife crisis is a predictable rite of passage, like getting a driver's license at 16 and collecting Social Security at 65.
Sailors seniors tired of finishing second
Excuse Steamboat Springs High School senior soccer player Daniel Wright, but he's absolutely sick of finishing second.
Hayden returns 14 seniors, looks to build on 2007 season
Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said he thought senior running back Coy Letlow might be the single best player in the Class 1A Western Slope League.
For as long as Ben DeLine can remember, he's imagined himself on the field kicking the game-winning field goal against the University of Colorado.
All three main blazes still burning as of late Tuesday
Crews from county and state agencies fought three main fires Tuesday that raged across Moffat County.
Ritter joins Sen. Salazar in setting goals for renewable industry
Colorado's leading Democrats continued to exuberantly promote the state's developing renewable industry Tuesday, spotlighting solar and wind energy on the grand stage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Tuesday, August 26
Deputy town clerk hired for position at new facility
Crews are expected to start moving dirt this week for Hayden's new police station.
A successful city manager is one who knows how to dodge falling rocks, said the consultant helping the Steamboat Springs City Council hire a successor to Alan Lanning.
The 2008 Democratic National Convention hadn't even started, and Lacey Ely received a hard lesson on the zoo that Denver has become.
U.S. senator touts industry growth in state's present, future
U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar said Monday that coming changes to the energy industry in the American West will be comparable to America landing on the moon nearly 40 years ago.
Many DNC participants focusing on their message, not muscle
Although tensions flared in Denver on Monday night when police used pepper spray on throngs of protesters in Civic Center Park, several demonstrators across the city said earlier in the day that confrontations with the law couldn't be further from their minds.
Routt County Democrat volunteers at first-of-its-kind event
There are some who hold to two truths about the Democratic National Convention. One: it's nothing more than a big party. And two: that all events of any significance take place far away from the Pepsi Center and official convention proceedings.
After two decades of half-hearted attempts, I have succeeded in growing a watermelon. Make that two watermelons. But it isn't because I ever planted watermelon seeds. At least not intentionally.
The students in Grady Turner's all-day kindergarten class bounced around the gym near the end of their first day with seemingly endless energy.
High school graduate receives Blakely Award
Sunday, Aug. 24
Monday, August 25
U.S. Senator touts industry growth in Colorado's present and future
U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar said Monday that coming changes to the energy industry in the American West will be comparable to America landing on the moon nearly 40 years ago.
50,000 flood city for Democratic National Convention as law makes its presence felt
Two major protest sites at City of Cuernavaca and Civic Center parks were largely deserted Monday morning. But with marches, concerts and other protest events scheduled, both the Recreate '68 and Tent State University groups promise to catch the attention of plenty of Denver's 50,000 visitors as the day and the week roll on.
Auction attendees bid on $20K worth of items to help pay child's medical bills
As Steamboat Springs' Tyler Johnson has been recovering from a serious illness, the support from friends and the community has been amazing, his grandmother, Louise Thomas, said.
The Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Awards Program has honored Hayden High School teacher Dean Massey for his dedication to local youths and contributions to education in his community.
Half an hour into the kickoff party for Barack Obama's Campaign for Change Steamboat Springs Office opening, about 100 people gathered for a potluck dinner and conversation about politics.
Choosing culinary herbs for your garden is a pleasant task. I put mint in the "fun-to-have" category, as opposed to, say, tarragon, which falls in the "must-have" category in my herb patch.
Half-cent sales tax renewal campaign a 'grassroots effort'
The effort to organize a campaign supporting the renewal of a half-cent education sales tax continues today with a community-oriented meeting of the Education Fund Board.
Symptoms may become more prominent in the mountains
Exposure to high altitude can pose special problems to people with a history of heart disease. Although individuals with heart disease can enjoy the mountains, it is very important to be aware of altitude and its potential effects.
12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to an anonymous noise complaint in the 3300 block of Apres Ski Way. A ticket was issued.
Today 9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call Kevin at 824-1703.
Course record falls to a new champion
They weren't the most famous people there, and they certainly weren't the fastest, their finish going unnoticed by the announcer at Sunday morning's Steamboat Springs Triathlon.
The beginning of another year of prep sports is upon us, and it's a good time to be a sports reporter in Routt County. Although the area teams tend to be the biggest story, each school has athletes who are definitely worth watching.
Annual meeting to highlight Aging Well projects, partnerships Wednesday
If there were an image to describe the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's mission, it probably would be a chain, with each link representing health programs that make life better for residents from infancy to their final hours.
Sunday, August 24
Bob Hamilton always dreamed of carrying through on the final phase of the Mountain View Estates development in Steamboat Springs. But there was one big hitch.
Coach Kim Reeves returns for her second year at the helm of the Soroco High School volleyball team. But Reeves isn't rewarding hustle plays.
Deed-restricted development has 12 new homeowners
After nearly 20 years of life in Steamboat Springs, Rene Mattone had begun looking for a job elsewhere when the opportunity to buy an affordable condominium at First Tracks presented itself.
A tremendous loss of spruce and aspen trees could make up the next chapter in the drastic transformation of Colorado's forests after the mountain pine beetle eats itself out of house and home.
When Charlie Cammer built his wife, Barb, a bookcase out of blue-stain wood eight years ago, he couldn't have been prepared for her response.
When locals were asked what they would like Routt County and their community to look like in 20 years, the most common answer was surprisingly simple. "Friendliness. That's what people value the most," Vision 2030 co-chair Kathy Stokes said.
Sailors football features potent offensive attack
Austin Hinder is living a quarterback's dream. The SSHS junior and signal caller can look left or right before the snap and realize he's in pretty good hands.
Businesses express concerns about advantages for street vendors
Some Steamboat Springs business owners aren't thrilled with the setup of the local farmers market. The Saturday market, on Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street, continues through next weekend. It includes vendors who sell food, crafts, hats, art and clothing, among other wares.
Defense, Miles carry the day in Soroco's first scrimmage
At first glance, the Soroco High School football team's Friday night scrimmage seemed to matter even less than an NFL preseason game.
Coaches' picks to win the league (could not vote for their own team): Glenwood: 5, Palisade: 3, Steamboat: 1
Regulars in the Steamboat Springs Running Series came upon a welcome sight when they reported for the Aug. 2 Mount Werner Classic: they didn't see Todd Trapp, which is rare.
Baumgardner, Hagenbuch differ on recent sale of oil and gas leases
Northwest Colorado's candidates for the state House have vastly different opinions on the recent sale of oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau.
Steven Ryan Mills, 23, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Aug. 24, 2008.
South Routt softball team revives after taking a year off
Despite years of dedication and playing together, the members of South Routt's longstanding women's softball team, which once went undefeated for six years in Steamboat Springs' now defunct women's league, are not sure what their team's name is.
As our delegation pulled out of St. Petersburg/Leningrad in late July, 1991, we glanced off at the ships on the Neva river with sailors of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet standing at attention. It was prescient, though we surely didn't know it at the time.
The families of Mark and Levi Klapperich would like to thank the following local businesses, organizations and individuals for their generosity during our time of need: Doug Zirkle & Mission of Grace Church, Janet Babish & Hayden Congregational Church, Kevin Kleckler & Hayden School District, Randy DeWall and Kum & Go in Hayden, the Phoenix Condominiums, Thunder Mountain Condominiums, Matt Beckett & Sign Source, Yampa Valley Medical Center ED Director, Owen & Judy at Grant's Mortuary, Rob Ryg, South Aero, private plane owners for their time and resources, Routt County Search and Rescue, Civil Air Patrol, Routt County Sherriff's Department, Wolf Mountain, Cross Mountain, Ed Camilletti & Sons, Rabbit Ears Motel, Stockman's Liquor, The Flower Mine and the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Hayden Valley Press and Craig Daily Press.
Imagine if there were less water available for raising Northwest Colorado's cattle and sheep. The added costs to Colorado agriculture for feed and water would be an additional tax on Colorado's ranchers, farmers and consumers. Yet a few days ago, John McCain said that the water-sharing compact that Colorado and other upper basin states have with California, Nevada and Arizona should be "renegotiated" to provide more water to Arizona and California. Apparently, McCain is more concerned about the golf courses and swimming pools of Arizona than he is about Colorado. McCain's policies would hurt Colorado. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, a water law expert, responded to McCain's proposal to give away Colorado's water by saying that the compact would be reopened "over my dead body."
I heard on KRAI that Ken Brenner has come out asking about the major differences in the gas prices between the towns in the valley. I seem to remember in the past, several investigations stated that there was no price fixing or gouging going on in the valley. Good for Mr. Brenner for asking the question; but I wonder why this hasn't been happening long before now. There might not be any way to prove any such thing, but shame on the local gas outlets for taking advantage of the working person that has to get out to the oil fields, mines, or the power plant.
The mountain pine beetle epidemic is a clear wake-up call to foresters and the public about how to manage and interact with ever-changing ecosystems across the Rocky Mountain West.
Two of my favorite constellations of late summer are two of the smallest in the whole sky. They aren't big and showy star patterns with lots of bright stars like Orion or the Big Dipper, but are, instead, small and compact and easy to spot only because of their distinctive shapes. They are Delphinus, the Dolphin, and Sagitta, the Arrow. The Dolphin and the Arrow are neatly tucked in under the wing of the nearby constellation of Aquila, the Eagle, marked by its bright star Altair.
50 years ago From the Thursday, Aug. 21 edition of The Steamboat Pilot: Five highway deaths were racked up in Routt County for the year as a Florida couple apparently died instantly in a collision Monday on Colorado 131 near Yampa.
Molly Mintun Age: 32 Occupation: Hair stylist and dance teacher
First-day necessities better than first-day jitters
In Richel Eskridge's first-grade class at South Routt Elementary School, students carefully pulled design-filled pocket folders out of their desks to show them off.
Steamboat Cleaners changes hands, uses pollution-free machine
Natural Cleaners Colorado has bought Steamboat Cleaners, a move that brings a switch to a pollution-free process but few other immediate changes.
Coldwell Banker's local branch is acquiring Century 21 Ski Town Associates.
Steamboat Village Brokers hires 2 people
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
Prudential's Hibbard earns CRS rating
Animals help carry load into rarely explored areas
It's only natural that hikers in Steamboat Springs approach the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area from the west side of the Continental Divide. It's only 13 miles to the Continental Divide Trail on Buffalo Pass from downtown Steamboat.
Saturday, August 23
Willems had passion for tractor restoration
Call it taking care of unfinished business.
This month, most of my time is being spent organizing two girls from the safehouse who are entering teachers' colleges in early September.
VNA offering help for quitting tobacco
Athlete has new goals for triathlon
Kimberly Zacher has completed many of the goals she set for herself since taking off from the starting line in last year's Steamboat Springs Triathlon. Much to her relief, that triathlon was one of those goals.
Steamboat's No. 4 doubles team of Murphy Roberts and Kyle Rogers talk and carry themselves more like experienced veterans than freshmen playing the second high school match of their careers.
After 15 years, Collier and Schotten ready to move on
When Katherine Collier and Yizhak Schotten took over the classical portion of the Strings Music Festival 15 years ago, they set out to bring in world-class musicians and put on great concerts.
Hayden district adds eight staff members for school year starting Sept. 2
Eight new Hayden School District staff members reported for duty Friday. They came from as far as Iowa and as near as Craig to fill posts at Hayden Valley Elementary School and Hayden Middle School.
Group to host annual fundraiser with live music, food Sunday
Each year, volunteer crews from Routt County Search and Rescue respond to an average of 60 calls for requested service in wildly varying situations, weather and locations.
Book-loving youths win awards
Matthew Irvine says he loves to read because "it just gives you an adventure." The Hayden 7-year-old was one of seven children who received prizes as part of Hayden Public Library's Young Readers' Award program.
Occupancy rates forecast about same
This week's lodging forecast is roughly on par with where Steamboat Springs was last year. The figures, released by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, show that the city expects about 5,500 pillows to be occupied tonight.
12:26 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue.
You've admired Art Gumprecht's work all over Steamboat Springs. But you probably didn't know it.
Friday, August 22
Sharp pain surged through her back and her knee with every push on the pedals.
'Art of Cabaret' lets singers bare their souls, with a little glitz
Finding a personal connection to "I Remember Sky" - a Steven Sondheim song most popularly used as the theme for a TV show about a woman living in a department store - is not an easy task.
In a move that soils representative democracy, Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio issued a gag order to the Oak Creek Town Board Trustees and threatened criminal charges for violations of his command.
Saturday event provides free check-ups before school starts
Students in Steamboat Springs will be subjected to their first tests before school starts. The first Kids' Health and Safety Fair will provide a free battery of screenings to students from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot next to the Rinn Chiropractic Center on Anglers Drive.
Third-grader Ben Kelley had just a couple of pieces of advice Thursday for younger students starting out their school lives: "Be good. And don't pick your nose."
6:44 a.m. A fuel spill was reported in the 1600 block of 13th Street.
Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due to the Routt County Board of Commissioners' office in the Routt County Courthouse today. The Historic Preservation Board will review applications at its Sept. 12 meeting. Call Dee Bolton at 879-0108 for more information.
Golan: Israel, Palestine are close to agreement, differ on goals
While the prospect of ever resolving the Israel-Palestine dispute may appear "pretty bleak," the two countries actually are closer to agreement than ever, Galia Golan said at a Thursday night seminar.
Council considering public interviews of finalists, to be held week of Dec. 8
It will be at least December before the city of Steamboat Springs hires its next city manager, according to a schedule laid out Thursday by Phil McKenney of executive search firm Peckham & McKenney.
Ski Time Square spot escapes wrecking claw for another winter
Steamboat's landmark ski town bar, the Tugboat Grill & Pub, will live to see its 36th winter after all. "We've agreed to a month-to month lease for this winter and are exploring a longer arrangement," co-owner Larry Lamb said Thursday.
Readers, contributors hope alternative paper stays the same
Owners and co-publishers Paulie Anderson and Scott Glackman have sold The Local - an alternative Steamboat Springs newspaper that is published every two weeks - to Thomas Reuter Jr.
Members of Blissful Mayhem have chemistry they've been looking for
"Have you ever been to a bar," asks Blissful Mayhem lead vocalist Tom Wood, "and all night all you hear from some knucklehead is that he wants to hear 'Freebird'?"
Garth Brooks, Joe Theismann donate memorabilia to help boy with illness
Tyler Johnson's family is getting major help from a couple of superstars. Country singer Garth Brooks and former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann donated items to be auctioned off at a fundraiser Saturday. The money will help pay the 10-year-old's medical bills.
Steamboat Springs High School golfer Kaelen Gunderson fought through a tough round for the low medalist spot Thursday at Cotton Ranch Golf Club in Gypsum.
After a one-win season last year, Steamboat Springs High School senior softball player Darcy Hornstein has been able to put things into perspective.
CD review for OneidaOneida's "Preteen Weaponry" is not immediately accessible. Or, more accurately, Oneida's "Preteen Weaponry" is not, at any point in its 39-minute instrumental run time, easy to get at.
Artists collaborate on works from flurry to fauna to fever
Painter Susan Hover Oehme gets a little nervous every time the U.S. Postal Service ends up with one of her works.
As Seth Avett sang the opening lines of "Tear Down the House," the seated, sold-out crowd at Tuesday evening's Strings Music Festival concert thought it was getting what it had expected: a laid-back, folksy sibling act from North Carolina, full of pained nostalgia and unassuming banjo lines.
Golden Dragon Acrobats defy the laws of physics
For choreographer and costume designer Angela Chang, the most rewarding part of a Golden Dragon Acrobats performance happens in the lobby, after the show is over.
If you've ever made a habit of reading the ramblings of a specific writer about anything going on in a contained cultural area - hint: you have - you might have noticed those writers tend to harp on certain sources or topics.
Thursday, August 21
Sale of alternative newspaper confirmed; owners not commenting yet
Owners and co-publishers Paulie Anderson and Scott Glackman have sold The Local - an alternative Steamboat Springs newspaper that publishes every two weeks - to Thomas Reuter Jr.
For teacher Shannon Carlin, moving to Steamboat Springs was a challenge. She made it to town and found housing through a friend of a friend, but she now is faced with the high cost of living.
What Leadville Trail 100 Race Director Ken Chlouber tells racers before they start "The Race Across the Sky" always has struck deep with Jennifer Schubert-Akin.
Town Challenge race knows no age limit
True grit was on display Wednesday evening at the Buffalo Pass Hill Climb mountain bike race in Steamboat Springs.
Hayden rider ejected from bike after striking deer on C.R. 37
A Hayden man was airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center with critical injuries after crashing his motorcycle on Routt County Road 37 on Tuesday night.
Golan to discuss possibilities for peace in Israel and Palestine
If there ever was a time for Israel and Palestine to try to set aside their differences and seek a two-state solution to decades of often violent conflict, that time is now, Galia Golan said.
Feed store, farm owners want to move on
After spending years getting Flat Tops Ranch Supply off the ground, its owners are ready to pass the Phippsburg farm and feed store on to a new pair of hands.
Glowing insects confirmed in Steamboat Springs
Steamboat's night sky is showcasing lights from an unusual source: fireflies.
The Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1958 will hold its 50th Reunion from Aug. 29 to 31. Call Barbara Hudspeth at 846-9568 or Jackie Sherrod Grimaldi at 879-0689 for details.
Tuesday, Aug. 19 12:55 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. He was sent home in a taxi.
County says Steamboat breached contract terms for transit center
What once was considered a healthy collaboration between the city of Steamboat Springs and Moffat County has become soured by a six-figure dispute between the two governments.
This wasn't about mountains of new school supplies or what to wear on the first day of class.
Steamboat defeats Montrose, 7-0
Early nerves and inexperience did little to thwart the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team Wednesday as it easily topped Montrose, 7-0. The Sailors - featuring four freshmen and three sophomores in the lineup - breezed through the day, losing only one set.
Income down slightly from 2007; mountain revenue decreased
Sales tax collections were down for June, compared with those of last year, though revenues still topped 2006 figures.
Wednesday, August 20
The Steamboat Springs City Council had a hard time moving past its old city manager at a Tuesday meeting intended to discuss its next one.
Longtime SSHS teacher promoted to second in command after 28 years at school
After 28 years of walking the halls of Steamboat Springs High School, Marty Lamansky finally has moved into the "fishbowl."
Fair events filled stands during weekend
The grandstands were packed to the gills two nights in a row during this year's Routt County Fair.
Florida company would bring strong performance record to YVRA
The company that hopes to replace Spectrum Jet Center as the fixed base operator at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden currently runs an award-winning chain of five airport service centers in Florida.
Happy New Year! Pop open that bottle of bubbly, settle down in front of the TV and get ready for the ball to drop in Times Square. What? It's only August? Yes, only August. But sadly, I already have spotted Halloween candy in one local store. The way I calculate it, in a few short days the Christmas merchandise will be upon us.
The cause of a wildland fire that threatened two homes southwest of Steamboat Springs last week still is unknown, Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale said Tuesday.
Kansas City man scores second one
There was no doubt Nelson Smith's four-person scramble team was going to take his shot on No. 8 at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club on Friday.
12:19 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 800 block of Howelsen Parkway. Police gave a warning.
Lotto ticket sold at 7-Eleven hits big
Young boys tennis team opens season today at Montrose
The numbers, the years and the players change, but the expectations of the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team never do.
Kleckler: Facility should be ready Sept. 2
The sounds of banging, building and repairing are set to echo soon in Hayden High School's Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center.
"Drill now! Drill Here!" I couldn't agree more with John McCain. So why is he addressing himself to the Congress? Oil companies now hold more than 68 million acres of leased territory including more than 40 million offshore. What can Congress do? Exactly what they have done for the last 30 years, nothing! And John McCain is a substantial contributor. All that Congress might do is remove the federal restriction on offshore drilling, leaving that decision to the states. Already, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California and McCain supporter, has effectively said, "Not in my backyard!"
I found the article titled "Oak Creek Town Board hears concerns about police," in Saturday's Steamboat Today, very interesting.
If you live in Steamboat Springs, it's not unlikely that you frequently share casual conversations with Olympic athletes - there are almost 60 of them to get to know. It's possible you've chatted with an Olympian and were not even aware of it.
There's nothing really fancy to today's Buff Pass Hill Climb, the second-to-last race in this year's Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series.
Tuesday, August 19
My name is Ron Pollard and I was the point man and coordinator in soliciting Dr Mujahid el-Masih to give the presentations on Islam and the Quran, coupled with appropriate Holy Bible verses, for the Steamboat Christian Center and Holy Name Catholic Church. In reading the two letters (recently) published in the Pilot, I would offer the following thoughts and information.
New fixed base operator would replace Spectrum Jet Center
Galaxy Aviation of Steamboat-Hayden is in contract negotiations with Routt County to replace Spectrum Jet Center, the longtime fixed base operator at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, county officials said Monday.
Worker living in Kenya finds a very different lifestyle
Although my husband would argue that much of the staple foods eaten by Kenyans every day tastes a bit like dust, this is not the correlation that I wish to imply.
Tier 2 sports will pay for district-approved transportation
The new system of Tier 1 and Tier 2 activities already is in full swing, just in time for high school golfers to sign up for their sports, Steamboat Springs Superintendent Shalee Cunningham announced.
With traces of many styles, this band just wants to rock
Somewhere on the road between Jackson, Wyo., and Steamboat Springs, Bob Crawford is conducting the longest phone interview of all time.
Meeting to gather residents' desired city manager qualities
Roger Good is showing the Steamboat Springs City Council a new way to hire a city manager. Structured behavioral interviewing is based on the idea that a job candidate's past performance provides the best forecast of his or her future performance.
Bust of Steamboat artists, sponsors needed
Sunday, Aug. 17 12:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Steamboat Boulevard and arrested a 24-year-old Wyoming man on suspicion of reckless driving, driving under the influence and driving under the influence, per se.
There are times in the life of a mountain woman or mountain man when a little adversity can be a positive thing.
Monday, August 18
School nurses, clinic aides responsible for law compliance
Give your child's school nurse or clinic aide a pat on the back. School nurses and clinic aides hold the primary responsibility of making sure each student in their school complies with Colorado immunization law.
Matt Bickhard didn't travel to Steamboat Springs to hike, but that's exactly what the Kansas runner found himself doing Sunday morning as he made his way through the demanding first six miles of the 10th annual Ski Haus Continental Divide trail run.
Former Adult Protective Services supervisor suspects cases are going unreported in Routt County
Vickie Clark, new director of the Routt County Department of Human Services, recently was surprised to learn that only six referrals regarding possible abuse of at-risk adults were made in the county in the last year.
He stood idly by Saturday night, a warm smile the only evidence that he had again won the Pat Mantle Saddle Bronc riding championship, the crown jewel competition of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series.
The numbers just don't add up. Certainly, Brett Favre is one of the best quarterbacks of the past 10, 20 or even 50 years.
Tropical herb's leaves can be used as a sugar substitute
Todd and Joan Allsberry were kind enough to allow a group of local gardeners to visit their beautiful garden in early August, when they showed us the thoughtful layout and amazing array of plants growing there. The trip was arranged by CJ Mucklow and the Routt County Cooperative Extension office and was available to anyone interested in taking the trip out to the Allsberry's Strawberry Park home.
The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is expanding its presence in Steamboat Springs by opening an office to support the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Youth sale at Routt County Fair grosses more than $250,000
The overall sales at the Routt County Junior Livestock Sale were down slightly this year, but T-Lane Mazzola walked away smiling Saturday with an extra $1,000 in his pocket.
Authorities say there were no survivors in Friday's crash
Authorities confirmed Sunday that there were no survivors in the crash of a plane piloted by a missing Houston, Texas, man flying home with his family from Steamboat Springs on Friday.
Sunday, August 17
Authorities confirm Sunday there were no survivors after crash in Park County
A hiker in Park County discovered wreckage today that authorities confirmed is the crashed plane of a Texas family of four who went missing Friday en route from Steamboat Springs to a suburb of Houston, Texas. Authorities confirmed that there were no survivors of the crash and identified the family as energy executive Tommy Jacomini, 42, his wife Susie, their son, Thomas, age 8, and daughter Vivi, 6.
Rescuers expand search for Texas family who left Steamboat on Friday
No new clues have been found in the search for a family of four from Texas who disappeared after their private plane left the Steamboat Springs Airport on Friday morning. Search efforts have been moved south, out of Routt County and into the Summit County area, but nothing has been located, according to Civil Air Patrol Major Mark Young. "We have nothing new to report on the plane crash. It's still missing," Young said. "The weather is hampering the efforts."
Steamboat housing market hung up on the big contingency
Joy Rasmussen has added matchmaker to her skills as a Realtor.
Subdivision offers country culture 11 minutes from Steamboat
Land preservation subdivisions have been the dominant trend in rural Routt County for a decade. Now, that trend is creating a niche for more traditional rural subdivisions - neighborhoods where residents have more freedom to use their 35-acre parcels to suit them.
Politicians, government bureaucrats and authorities often don't want to define a problem because then they would have to come up with a specific solution. A case in point is the so-called "affordable" housing problem in Routt County. In the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about the affordable housing problem but I've never seen or heard how the so-called affordable housing problem is defined.
Seven-year-old mutton busting champion Hayden Friel demonstrated Saturday that when speeding across an arena on the back of a cranky sheep, riding backward is better.
Rich Maziarz doesn't use a wheelchair, but he struggles mightily to get around.
Construction at South Routt schools may look like a mess, but the summer projects were "97 percent" complete Friday and due to finish up in time for the first school bells to ring Thursday, Superintendent Scott Mader said.
As if paying $4-plus for gasoline isn't bad enough, some of Colorado's political leaders seem bound and determined to spread pain at the pump to the cost of heating our homes this winter and for decades to come.
The summer John Tease spent at the Pyramid Guard Station in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area was "a magical time" in his life.
Developers are petitioning Hayden to add nearly 200 acres to town limits.
The number of single-family homes priced less than $700,000 has been growing this summer in the neighborhoods west of Steamboat Springs city limits.
The remarkably low number of voters in Tuesday's primary clearly showed that Northwest Colorado's race for state House has not inspired the public debate that residents deserve.
- MINER, HOWARD D and PARSEGAN, ELAINE to NORTHLAKE PROPERTIES LLC for STEAMBOAT LAKE SUBD 4 LOT 31 - $2,500
Some say today's newspaper is lining for tomorrow's pet cage, but 6-year-old Kyle Taulman put the plastic bag from last week's Steamboat Pilot & Today to a slightly better use.
Spraying season isn't over yet. The best control of perennial weeds is in the fall when the plants are going dormant for the winter. At this stage, the plant is taking the nutrients from the foliage into the roots for the winter and will take the herbicide with it.
Let me say from the outset that I am a two-month summer visitor and a future homeowner in Steamboat Springs, and I would like to share with you, for what it's worth, my perspective on the subject of renewing the Triple Crown contract that is under consideration. My husband and I are renting a lovely condo in one of the wonderful resort-type developments on the mountain. The amenities here are outstanding and the staff truly accommodating. This is very attractive to us, but, regrettably, also to a vast number of participants in the Triple Crown tournaments. For the past three weeks this complex has been virtually overrun with young players who, in their natural exuberance, view the area as a "free-for-all playground." It has been impossible to relax by the pool and read a book, as the level of activity is intense, and it is wise to keep an eye open for errant balls whipping around the area. The tennis courts have been usurped as enclosed baseball fields, volleyball and basketball courts and general playground areas. Dogs are being "walked" on the lawns and not a plastic bag in sight.
Occupation: Sales, Cook Chevrolet and Subaru
For several weeks now, the brilliant planet Jupiter has ruled our evening sky as its brightest object, but Jupiter's reign is about to come to an end.
Construction of new lake site is under way
If you asked Ken Montgomery to write down his daily routine for opening the store he's owned for 26 years and has worked in all his life, there would be dozens of things missing.
This was a break-out week for West African dance, drum and culture in Steamboat Springs. The entire African Dance & Drum Ensemble wants to thank our friends and neighbors for supporting Pan Africa, the 11 guest artists from Guinea, Ghana, Mali and Togo who traveled here to perform and teach workshops for two special days. In addition to a packed-house performance at Strings Music Festival, more than 150 local kids and adults took the opportunity to study dance and drum with our West African master teachers. We were astounded by the turnout, and the artists were duly impressed by our community. As an all-volunteer effort, this festival never could have happened without the generosity of Strings, who booked the performance and lodging, and Perry-Mansfield, who allowed us to dance and drum in the incredible Steinberg Pavilion. For getting the word out, thanks to Post Net, and especially 4 Points reporter Margaret Hair - she has done such a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of why we are devoted to bringing this lively, far-flung traditional culture to our ski town. Everyone's collaboration made Steamboat's first West African dance, drum and culture festival a resounding success. We are grateful! Won Tanara!*
When Barack Obama stood before 200,000 people in Germany and declared, "I come to you as an American citizen and as a world citizen," he struck a chord in my heart. Later in his talk, he said that we Americans now must approach foreign policy with humility. The chord in my heart expanded to a symphony.
Former Sailors play at college football's highest level
There was a time when Lane Shipley, Jay Hanley and Ben DeLine took the field at the same time.
Steamboat lacrosse wins twice, earns semifinal match today
The Steamboat Bonesaws are in the exact position the team wants.
Offense, wind and rain led to 24-0 loss for Steamboat
The Vail rugby team sure knows how to crash a party.
Chase Oriental Rug Co., of Steamboat Springs, has changed its name to David Chase Rugs & Furniture, according to a news release.
Restaurant named among nation's best
The former owners of the Canton Chinese Restaurant have cooked up a winner in Loveland.
Insta-Gator Choppers shop sells custom-made bikes
Scott Singer makes cabinets, fixes boats and RVs and teaches people to fly helicopters. Now, he also plans to sell choppers.
Close your eyes, and a 3,000-acre wildfire on the banks of the New Fork River in Wyoming's Bridger Wilderness crackles deceptively, like a soothing campfire. But any sense of security is shattered quickly by the blaze's more violent noises.
At Rockin's River Resort north of Prince George, British Columbia, Horst Schulz is experiencing a consequence not often associated with the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
I didn't know Mark Klapperich well enough to know his foot size, but I'm guessing he must have worn some pretty big shoes.
Saturday, August 16
Texas family left Steamboat Springs Airport on Friday
Civil Air Patrol is searching for a missing Texas family who departed the Steamboat Springs Airport on a private plane Friday morning and never made it to their destination.
Public invited to discuss future of local recreational offerings
Two public meetings this month will help guide the future of the Steamboat Springs area's beloved recreation opportunities.
Moffat County resident's book recalls a half century of area hunts
In 1962, when Glenn Pritchard was young and not old, when hunting was pure and about something other than "money and politics," the then-19-year-old Moffat County resident found himself waiting patiently in the predawn morning of his favorite place.
It took more than 60 years for former U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot Burt Newmark to open up about the most harrowing experience of his life. However, he will be sharing his near-death experience with an audience here this month.
Routt County sisters showcase their pets
When contest judge Chandra Herold asks first-time competitor Zava Zupan if she plans to compete in the Routt County Fair's 4-H/FFA Llama Show again next year, Zava smiles and nods quickly, mimicking Herold's expressions.
Sometimes youth can get the best of experience.
Embezzled $1.2M returned to victims, Fatka due for sentence
The account holders who allegedly had as much as $1.2 million embezzled from their accounts were reimbursed by Alpine Bank earlier this year.
In a six-week period, Black Mountain Tavern co-owner Doug Diamond said he had eight regulars - from nearby communities including Steamboat Springs, Lynx Pass and Kremmling - seek him out and tell him that while they love the restaurant, they will not be returning to Oak Creek until the police situation changes.
Consistently one of the most beautiful races in the area, the 10th annual Ski Haus Continental Divide Trail Run begins Sunday.
Thursday, Aug. 14
Education Fund Board forms committee to raise awareness
A committee to encourage voters to renew Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education will hold its first meeting Monday. The group will coordinate efforts in the campaign to renew funding for the Education Fund Board.
Denney: Middle school, Strawberry Park will be ready for start of classes
Steamboat Springs School District Facilities Director Rick Denney said Strawberry Park Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School will be ready for the first day of school, meaning all of the construction equipment and crews will clear out in a little more than a week.
Friday, August 15
The Oak Creek Town Board agreed Thursday to appoint an undetermined special investigator to examine the circumstances surrounding former mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman's July 19 arrest and the Oak Creek Police Department's subsequent internal investigation of the incident.
Water use restrictions in the Phippsburg area were lifted at about noon Thursday, as repairs to the town's only water line were completed, said Routt County Department of Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf.
Murder trial to begin Sept. 8 in Routt County District Court
Statements and evidence gained from Luz Cisneros on Sept. 6, 2007 - the day she is suspected of killing her 1-year-old daughter - are admissible in her upcoming murder trial, Routt County District Court Judge Michael O'Hara determined Thursday.
12:12 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a lost motorist at Lincoln Avenue and Pine Grove Road.
Study: A winter like last year's might keep tourism steady during ski season
A boatload of snow could bring planeloads of tourists this winter, despite the weakened economy and higher travel costs, a study has suggested.
Toward the end of a conversation about how his band has gathered a following in two decades of playing, the subdudes bassist Jimmy Messa said something you could only expect to hear from someone who's spent much of his life playing to crowds of all sizes and levels of interest.
A wildland fire burning in thick oak brush spread to within a couple hundred feet of two homes southwest of Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon.
"Blues," says guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "is a 100 percent American music."
Last week, this column questioned whether Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio has the appropriate temperament for his job. This week, while examining Oak Creek's Taser policy, I got a full dose of that temperament.
'La Traviata' opens today with ambitious cast, set
Ten minutes before the first note drops for the first full dress rehearsal of Emerald City Opera's production of "La Traviata," the all-professional, widely experienced pit orchestra and stage crew are holding on during a whirlwind of practicing and planning.
Developers persist after Steamboat 700's boundary failure
The developers of two projects that seek to amend the urban growth boundary are honing in on their projects' public benefits after Steamboat 700 and two other projects lost their bids to extend the boundary Tuesday.
Belt buckles, rifle to be awarded to season champions
Duane Reichert is traveling to Steamboat Springs this weekend to be the rodeo clown for the last weekend of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series.
As the fifth year of its home tournament arrives, the Steamboat Bonesaws men's lacrosse team knows it's right on the cusp.
Steamboat faces Vail in match
Familiarity might breed contempt, but it also might lead to the Steamboat Rugby Club's second consecutive Mountain League title.
Trail work sessions are scheduled today, Saturday
Wednesday's Dog Days of Summer Town Challenge mountain bike race had 185 racers register, an expected break from the swell of competitors that has often topped 200 this summer.
"The opportunity to sit down, I think we'll all take," says a clearly worn member of the Emerald City Opera technical crew, resting behind the light and sound table for what looks like the first time in hours.
Until about a week ago, it had been awhile since I had seen an artist's rider.
Control is key in showmanship
Some sheep just couldn't be controlled. While being led around the competition ring Wednesday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, one lamb didn't take a single step, instead bounding along with its senior showmanship competitor.
The first time he played a show in Colorado, Southern rocker Stewart Mann was more than a little surprised by what he saw from the stage.
Standing on her front porch, in front of a flower-arrangement-shaped metal sculpture her brother made from scraps and horseshoes, Sandra Sherrod states the obvious:
Thursday, August 14
Crews contain blaze southwest of Steamboat Springs
A wildland fire burning in thick oak brush spread to within a couple hundred feet of two homes southwest of Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon.
Sale of oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau falls far below some industry projections
This morning's long-awaited sale of oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau in western Colorado netted the government a significant sum by lease sale standards, but far below some of the industry's more ambitious predictions.
12:13 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Howelsen Parkway. Everything was fine.
Woman accused of embezzlement tells detectives details of theft
Terri Dawn Moody Fatka, one of two women accused of embezzling as much as $1.2 million from Alpine Bank account holders, told detectives in June that the thefts began when she put $10,000 down the front of her pants at the bank.
Tree made out of horseshoes will debut at county fair
In the past year, Isaac Haskins has come to know what it's like to run his own business. Fresh out of welding school at Aims Community College in Greeley, Haskins admits certain times have been slow for Haskins Welding and Iron Works.
Robinson holds off Bingham in tight Town Challenge race
Laura Soard didn't let up - she kept pedaling as she swooped down the final hill, and she kept pedaling as she neared the finish.
Jennifer Schubert-Akin looks forward to that last jaunt up East Sixth Street in Leadville during the early morning hours.
Former Sailor taking golf to new level
Former Steamboat Springs High School golfer Michael Weston will tee off one last time this summer before packing his bags to leave for college.
The power of women to create peace will be the subject of a speech given tonight by Swanee Hunt, director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The Oak Creek Town Board is calling for an independent investigator to examine Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman's July 19 arrest and police Chief Russ Caterinicchio's subsequent internal investigation of the matter.
Clerk feels prepared for general election despite low turnout
It was the same old story as election officials rolled into the Routt County Elections Office on Tuesday night after polls closed in a primary election.
Developers will move forward with condensed application
Steamboat 700 developers told city planners Wednesday that they intend to move forward with pared-down development and annexation proposals after their application to extend the urban growth boundary was denied Tuesday night.
Bank codes possibly were used to get personal data
Consul, artist travel on tour to promote ties with Mexican communities
Art is a versatile ambassador.
There's nothing like a scandal to take the productivity right out of a rainy weekend. Given the choice between following a juicy sex scandal or cleaning the house, what would you do?
Wednesday, August 13
Woman accused of embezzlement tells detectives details of theft, use of money
Terri Dawn Moody Fatka, one of two women accused of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Alpine Bank account holders, told Steamboat Springs police detectives in June that the thefts began when she put $10,000 down the front of her pants in the safety deposit box room at the bank.
The time has come to provide student athletes and their families at Steamboat Springs High School with a more level playing field.
Grand County Republican to face Phippsburg Democrat Todd Hagenbuch in November for state House
The Grand County Republican is now matched against Phippsburg Democrat Todd Hagenbuch for the House District 57 seat in the state Legislature.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously denied Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's request Tuesday to outfit all Sheriff's Office vehicles and the Routt County Justice Center with defibrillators.
Road officials have chosen a company to repair slides on Routt County Roads 27 and 37, Routt County Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper said.
Crews tackling infrastructure repairs at Hayden subdivision
Repairs have started at the Lake Village subdivision south of Hayden.
Monday, Aug. 11
Commissioners turn down growth boundary expansion for development
The Routt County Board of Commissioners denied an expansion of the urban growth boundary for the proposed Steamboat 700 development Tuesday night.
Putt doesn't fall as Sailors just miss Tiara Rado title
The title at the Warrior Invitational golf tournament came down to a single stroke Tuesday at the Tiara Rado Golf Club in Grand Junction.
Weather causes delays, but sweetens trails
If there is one good thing about the recent rain's impact on the Steamboat Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, it's that the trails are in pristine condition.
In less than two weeks, athletes will have a chance to test their swimming, running and biking skills in the cool mountain air of the Yampa Valley during the Steamboat Triathlon.
The deadline to buy ski passes at the season's lowest rate is Friday. After that, prices increase by as much as $350 for an adult.
The climate change debate/discussion ensues, and I am delighted.
As a lifelong jazz fan and also a jazz clarinetist, I was thrilled when my wife and I heard that Nnenna Freelon and Mike Garson were coming to the Strings Music Festival here in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 8 to perform a "Jazz Meets Classical" concert in the Strings Music Pavilion.
The hard details of high-speed passenger rail in Colorado - including a spur linking Steamboat Springs and Craig to the I-70 corridor - are due to be figured out during the next year, determining what types of trains will run, where and what that means for potential riders.
Tuesday, August 12
Road will be closed for bridge dedication
I released some chunky brown trout back into the Yampa River on two different days last week. But that doesn't mean I didn't come home with a full stringer.
The Hayden School District has received 30 computers from Routt County, putting Jim Earley closer to his goal of a 1-1 student-to-computer ratio.
Snappily dressed youths marched their canine friends around a grassy enclosure Monday morning at the 4-H Dog Show.
Last week, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team were walking on air after opening the season with a first-place finish at the Grand Valley Tournament at the Battlement Mesa golf course.
The Steamboat Springs Relay for Life has surpassed all fundraising goals set for the event, held the night of Aug. 9. The community event raised a total of $205,700, with more money expected to arrive before the Aug. 31 deadline.
Sunday, Aug. 10
The Steamboat Springs School District has lowered the tuition for all-day kindergarten. Parents will now pay $3,203 for full-day classes, instead of the initial estimate of $5,720 per student.
Two expansion requests will be removed from today's agenda
City and county officials have agreed that proposals to extend the urban growth boundary will fail unless they gain the approval of both the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
Monday, August 11
Organizers settle down, look back on 2008 Moffat County Fair
Although they seemed fatigued to the point of giddiness, Alisa Comstock and Joanne Roberson relaxed and smiled when they looked back on last week.
12:03 a.m. Police responded to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Sparta Plaza.
Entry forms for Routt County Fair arena events are available at www.routtcountyfair.org.
In a muddy arena under an overcast sky, riders guided their horses around cones Sunday. The crowd was slim, mostly family members, and soft country music wafted around the equestrians.
Weather brings early, muddy end to Rio Stampede
After lingering snow from a record-breaking winter forced the Rio Stampede mountain bike race back from its traditional June date, weather again struck the event after its belated start this weekend.
In the American gaming spirit of horseshoes, washers, washeroos, bocce ball, ladder golf and corn hole, David Powell and Larry Handing would like to introduce you to Irish road bowling.
Exercise, physiology and the chronologically gifted
When I first came to Steamboat Springs, I was retired for a couple of years and intent on becoming a ski instructor. In 1990, I was pushing 60, and the average age of an instructor was about 25.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday
Primary voting is Tuesday, and election officials aren't expecting droves at the polls.
Health-minded consumers have grown more and more aware of the importance of reading labels. Too many products claim to be healthful and "natural," and it takes a little effort to discover the truth. Have you noticed there is very little of this type of reading material to be found in the produce section?
Moffat County Fair fans cheer on turtle races
More than 100 spectators packed inside the livestock barn at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.
Even though the Strings Music Festival's main subscription season has ended, the next two weeks feature four very exciting "Different Tempo" concerts. This week presents some Strings classics, and next week features something brand new.
There probably is no other herb that is more vilified than cilantro (coriander leaves).
Sunday, August 10
I don't understand man's desire to climb peaks such as Mount Everest and K2, but I also can't lay blame on those who travel the world to explore these imposing landmarks.
Starting Sept. 2, the pitter-patter of 54 pairs of little feet will sound through the brand new hallways at the South Routt Early Learning Center in Yampa.
As co-chairs of Let's All Play, we would like to thank the volunteers, businesses, and community members who helped build the new playgrounds at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.
The pine beetle ultimately is destroying our land. It's not just a tree problem but water, terrain, loss of tourist (visits), wildlife, safety due to fire.
In response to Dr. Savage's statement, "In the interest of scientific integrity and, in fact, intellectual integrity broadly speaking, the article should have said 'some scientists.'"
Curtis James Puckett, 30, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, failure to drive on the right side of the road, improper left turn (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
While it always is interesting to discuss climate change issues with Henry Savage, I have to take issue with his letter to the Steamboat Today of Aug. 6, "Balance Needed," regarding the uncertainties of climate change.
In the past decade, this nation has staggered off of the "good-guy" list across the globe.
The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who arrived at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek schools to assemble two of the most exciting new fully accessible playgrounds in our community.
In John Denver's wonderful song "Rocky Mountain High," he says he's "seen it raining fire in the sky." I always like to think that he was singing about the annual Perseid meteor shower when you can, indeed, see it raining fire in the sky!
It's county fair time. Parents are getting ready to load up and transport pigs, lambs, chickens, rabbits, steers or horses to Hayden for this annual event.
Official: Twentymile taking steps to help the environment
Coal companies are right in the mix in the quest for environmental sustainability, one mine official says.
Asked whether she plans to wait until the last minute to finalize her entries in the 2008 Routt County Fair, longtime contestant Jackie Grimaldi has the same answer as most: "Oh, of course. Everybody is."
Occupation: Theater director and instructor
World's swimming record set by girl who practiced here
Electricity presents bigger hurdles than heat
Oak Creek and Milner are on the cutting edge of a new energy frontier.
Some lament, others capitalize on beetle epidemic
In the backwoods of the Roosevelt National Forest in northern Larimer County, woods boss Jerry Heggie has barely introduced himself before he starts hauling the U.S. Forest Service over the coals.
Seemingly every walker at Relay For Life on Friday and Saturday had a very personal story. They were walking in honor of someone currently battling cancer, in memory of someone they had lost or in support of friends and family whose lives have been touched by the disease.
Integrated Community sees growth
In her four years at the helm of Integrated Community, Summer Laws has seen shifting trends firsthand.
Teachers can expect to act like deer and dress up in bearskins as they simulate a bear attack during the Wild About Wildlife teacher workshop Wednesday and Thursday.
Jerad Schlegel was in Missouri on Wednesday night, drove to Oklahoma on Thursday and planned to hit New Mexico and Oregon on Friday and Saturday.
Larry Handing isn't Irish, and he isn't a bowler. But when visiting his sister in West Virginia at the end of July, Handing came across a sport rich in tradition, interesting in its name and intriguing enough that, if there is enough interest, he'd love to bring to Steamboat Springs.
There seemed to be problems everywhere Saturday morning at the Rio Stampede staging tents of Dave Marrs and Kelly Boniface, at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
So you didn't know that Aug. 1 was Colorado Day, the anniversary of our admission to statehood in 1876? That's no surprise, since many now regard this as a dusty bit of historical trivia, irrelevant today. It's not.
We're impressed with the creative, two-pronged approach Steamboat Springs City Council and interim City Manager Wendy DuBord have taken to reshaping the future of the Iron Horse Inn.
It doesn't take much looking to find what people like so much about Steamboat Springs, especially at Saturday's Rio Stampede.
Everywhere one turns in Steamboat Springs this summer, there are construction sites.
The city's plans to redevelop the Iron Horse Inn to modernize and potentially double the amount of work force housing it offers have drawn preliminary interest from a diverse group of potential developers.
First National Bank of Steamboat Springs and its Craig branch, Moffat County National Bank, will be uniting under the name Yampa Valley Bank as of Aug. 18. The name change is meant in part to help the bank reflect its local roots, spokesman Paul Knowles said.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - TAYLOR, CHARLES G and TAYLOR, CLARE RYLAND to GM ENTERPRISES LLC for TOWN OF OAK CREEK LOT 3,4,5,6 BLK 3 - $450,000
Take a local home tour for Labor Day weekend
Barb and Kenny Porteous hope to fill local void
When customers step into The Victoria, they'll lay eyes on Steamboat Springs' new old-style barber shop.
Saturday, August 9
Three members of the Education Fund Board were reappointed for an additional two years during the board's meeting Wednesday night.
Repairs to Phippsburg's water supply line are on schedule to allow usage restrictions put in place July 22 to be lifted next week.
Town votes to call bond, letter of credit for stalled Lake Village neighborhood
Robinson Construction representatives say the company will repair infrastructure at the Lake Village subdivision in Hayden.
Having returned to Steamboat Springs after a 21-day volunteer trip through Africa, six young travelers said the trip taught them the value of simple things - such as a hot shower, a change of clothes and the power of balloons to delight a room full of children.
Alcohol threshold lowered for boating under the influence
Boating under the influence laws got a bit tougher this week, with the blood alcohol threshold lowered to 0.08 percent and the law expanded to cover the operators of any waterborne vehicle.
Rehab center's new designation aids cancer patients' physical recovery
The brain tumor - or "the big mean one" - was diagnosed Aug. 5, 2006. Subsequent radiation and chemotherapy treatments paralyzed her left leg, arm and side of her mouth, and left her depressed and fearful of what possibly lay ahead.
Listening to Steamboat Springs Transit radio conversations used to be one of Jonathon Flint's favorite ways to pass the long winter days at work.
I launched an all-out, disgusting TV binge Thursday night. But I had a great excuse. Having been without television for the preceding two weeks, I needed to give my video muscles a good stiff workout. I wanted to be at my best for Friday night's marathon coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, broadcast 12 hours after the fact from China.
Luke Brosterhous, junior director at Haymaker Golf Course, loves to see parents getting out on the course with their children.
Former Sailor looks to college basketball
Scott Peterson is getting a second chance.
The first day of organized high school practices for fall sports is Monday.
Thursday, Aug. 7 12:29 a.m. An illegally parked vehicle was towed from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Everything was fine.
Friday, August 8
Butcherknife Creek, Yampa Street projects just beginning
Several downtown construction projects are wrapping up, but Steamboat Springs residents shouldn't expect a total respite from the related headaches anytime soon.
Brookings Institution president lectures about global issues
Whether the next president of the United States is Barack Obama or John McCain, he will arrive in the Oval Office with a very full inbox, Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott said Thursday night.
Jade Summit, Pirate's Pub saga appears to be over
Steamboat Springs Liquor License Authority Hearing Office Jim Moylan allowed owners of the former Jade Summit restaurant and its upstairs bar, Pirate's Pub, to abandon their liquor license Thursday, bringing an end to one-and-a-half years of dispute between Kevin and Kathy Nerney and the city's justice system.
Westin Cofer is starting anew. The former two-time All-State linebacker at Steamboat Springs High School is transferring from Mesa State College in Grand Junction to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga.
Oak Creek officer agrees with himself on appropriate actions
On Monday, Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio announced he had concluded his internal investigation of the arrest and tasing of former town Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman by Sgt. Erik Foster. And - no surprise here - the chief agrees with himself.
Two weeks and four rodeos remain in the cowboy marathon that is the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.
As he looked up the mountain in Pakistan a week ago, Steamboat Springs resident Eric Meyer saw more than 15 climbers moving slowly toward the summit of K2 and knew he had to make a choice.
Things couldn't have started much better for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.
Ballot with one contested race dampens interest in early voting
Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland used one word to describe the early turnout for a primary election ballot nearly devoid of contested races: "slow."
Wednesday, Aug. 6
Officials, businesspeople, residents take on U.S. 40, parking, other concerns
Voices buzzed around a U-shape of tables at Steamboat Smokehouse on Thursday afternoon.
Toward the end of April, I found myself sitting on the patio of a four-star resort outside of Palm Springs, Calif., eating breakfast from a needlessly expensive buffet line with a friend from college.
Ongoing ¤ Artists' Gallery of Steamboat presents "Artists' Rodeo," featuring paintings by R.C. Dieckhoff, pottery by Barb Gregoire and Western photography by Judy Jones. Call 879-4744.
On Monday morning, artists from across Colorado will show up at the Steamboat Art Museum, get as many canvasses as they want stamped with a museum logo, and head off into the wilderness - or along cleared trails - to paint.
When Quincy Davisson moved to Steamboat Springs in February, the first group of friends or like-minded souls she found was backed by a line of djembe players drumming in rhythm, taking solace in a semi-weekly session of African dance.
It's 11:50 a.m. New Orleans time, and after 20 minutes of talking, Jimmy Messa admits he's finally woken up.
The Bellamy Brothers are huge in Europe.
In reporting, I have a couple of very fixable regrets: I never took keyboarding in high school, and I have never owned a voice recorder that hooks up to a phone.
Thursday, August 7
The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series event scheduled for today has been postponed because of the weather.
12:11 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The woman was taken to detox.
The Rio Stampede bike race returns to the Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday, this time with a little twist.
Steamboat City Council votes to put off contract extension
After being pitched a ninth-inning curve ball Tuesday night, city officials responded with a checked swing.
Four-day event wears on racers
Allen Belshaw is a skinny guy, no doubt a product of a careful diet and the hundreds of miles he logs training for trail-running ultra-marathons each summer.
The Hayden Town Board could set the gears in motion to take over infrastructure repairs at the Lake Village subdivision at its meeting tonight.
Town Challenge race rescheduled for next week
Information session held for planned development
Jeremiah and Jaime Baughman seem to be the ideal candidates for the 360 Village development that is being planned near Steamboat II on the western edge of Steamboat Springs.
The Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott will focus on the United States' role in changing the course of climate change and nuclear proliferation in a free seminar tonight at the Strings Music Festival Pavilion.
South Routt residents could subscribe for transit service
The possibility of a subscription-based vanpool between South Routt County and Steamboat Springs was well received at a public meeting Tuesday in Oak Creek, and planners are moving forward to price out options for the transit system.
4-H members plan to pitch in to help a friend at this year's Routt County Fair.
Wednesday, August 6
The Steamboat Springs cycling community certainly made an impression last weekend at the Sol Survivor state mountain biking competition.
Local effort seeks to raise $200,000 for American Cancer Society
More than 500 people will take to the track at Steamboat Springs High School for Relay For Life on Friday night - and the walking won't stop until Saturday.
On Saturday, the final three champions will be crowned as the Triple Crown World Series comes to a close in Steamboat Springs.
Crunch! Ugh, Cheerios. Even ground into the carpet she knows what they are.
Riders in today's Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series event will face more than 10 miles of grueling climbs along with challenging downhills as the summer-long series moves back to Howelsen Hill.
Steamboat Rugby Club captain Michael Hurley might have been the team's biggest skeptic four games into the season.
Folks interested in growing more food - and therefore buying less - are invited to tour a local vegetable garden Thursday.
Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in Monday morning's fatal car accident off U.S. Highway 40 near Milner, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The same press that once adored Bush and who followed his lead in denouncing those who disagreed with him as "unpatriotic" are continuing in the same vein.
Saturday's Steamboat Today had a long article about global warming based on the melting of permafrost in the north.
Thank you for publishing Judith Gunthorpe's letter (July 27 and 30) drawing attention to factual errors in a recent talk by Pastor Mujahid El Masih on Islam and Christianity. I too attended that talk and also was concerned about his approach and conclusions.
The Steamboat Springs City Council should strongly consider adopting a social host ordinance that would punish adults who knowingly provide a place for minors to consume alcohol.
New superintendent hopes to streamline school policies
After beginning work nearly a month ago, Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham has had her hands full with new buildings, a new principal, new faces and new all-day kindergarten classes.
New marketing official says plan is to keep advertising simple this season
Rob Perlman said he has gotten his arms around the ski season strategy during his first month at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
City Council approves pre-annexation agreement for proposed development
City Council sent a signal Tuesday night that the five or six potential deal-breakers in the possible annexation of Steamboat 700 have been overcome. Now, it's time for city government and residents to dig into the details.
Tuesday, August 5
A voice message left late Saturday night at the Steamboat Christian Center was welcome news for local resident Sue Alexander and other members of the church.
Monday, Aug. 4
When we strolled into the Strings Pavilion on Saturday night, I fully expected Heidi Krutzen's harp to present a musical experience like none I'd ever encountered. And I was pretty certain that Mike Garson's premiere of a piece of music created expressly for Strings with vocalist Nnenna Freelon would stretch the boundaries of what we know as the lullaby.
Coaches Steve Dodson and Scott Berry understand this year's Steamboat Springs High School golf team is a little raw, but that hasn't dampened their vision of what the Sailors can accomplish.
Steamboat Springs Fire-Rescue personnel attended to the scene of a one-vehicle accident early Monday morning that claimed the life of the driver, 22-year-old Oleg Lasii of the Ukraine.
National Night Out invites residents to meet law enforcement
In its original form, the National Night Out was geared specifically toward law enforcement agencies.
Sunday, Aug. 3
County to close C.R. 51B through September
Attorney: Oak Creek has no claim to files from Rodeman arrest
Oak Creek officials have the right to see only basic public information regarding the arrest of former Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, the Town Board was informed by its attorney Monday.
City Council will consider rental management agreement
City Council will consider authorizing a rental management agreement tonight that would reduce its annual deficit on the Iron Horse Inn employee housing project to less than $50,000.
School Board proposal would change Tier 1, Tier 2 funding
Steamboat Springs student-athletes playing Tier 1 and Tier 2 sports would pay the same base fees to the school district under a proposal discussed Monday.
An ordinance aimed at punishing those who allow underage drinking in their homes will be resurrected during tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.
Jennifer L. Grubbs has been named the new editor of the Craig Daily Press. Her first day of work was Monday.
Group to discuss media campaign, plan for upcoming presentations
A local organization is gearing up for another round of media messages and community programs to alert local parents to underage alcohol use.
Monday, August 4
On Saturday afternoon at the Toast of Steamboat Grand Tasting, wine drinkers from across the state rubbed elbows in search of the perfect zinfandel, malbec or chardonnay. Humidity lifted up from the grass on Torian Plum Plaza as the sky clouded, dumped rain and cleared, while festival-goers lifted glasses and danced to the folk rock of Missed the Boat.
Beverly Lehrer-Brennan, of Steamboat Springs, injured her knee 30 years ago, but it wasn't until arthritis set in that the injury began to limit her active lifestyle.
Newspaper hopes verification process improves online forum
The Web site www.steamboatpilot.com launches its new verification process for online commenters this morning.
1:09 a.m. Police responded to a burglary alarm in the 35700 block of U.S. Highway 40.
Repairs continue on Colorado Highway 131
Emerald City young artists' program offers entry-level performances
It's a chorus line heard from aspiring professionals in fields from politics to newspapers to opera productions: you've got to have experience to get experience.
It was fitting that Goose Gossage went into the Hall of Fame on the day I made my last trip to Yankee Stadium.
Disease fatalities most often caused by bat bites
Everyone has a bat story. One particular family has a bat story that's hard to top.
Beethoven - he is a superstar of Western classical music. And he's the star of the last classical performance of Strings' Season 21 on Saturday, which features a record 46 musicians on the larger stage of the new Pavilion.
Whenever the aroma of lilac wafts by, I'm reminded of my grandmother who wore that scent.
Fun, competitions usher in 90th annual event
Moffat County Fair coordinator Carol Haskins paused, crunching the numbers in her head.
Sunday, August 3
When it comes to history and tradition, few entities in Routt County can compare with the Routt County Fair. Celebrating 94 years in 2008, the Routt County Fair takes place Aug. 8 to 17 at the fairgrounds in Hayden.
Climate change, forest management fuel beetles' shocking spread across Rockies
In a laboratory at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, a moving plate jostles eight test tubes inside a mirrored glass box. Bacteria in the test tubes are being used to grow the mountain pine beetle genes responsible for producing the insect's chemical defenses against lower temperatures.
Some vendors report mediocre returns, but most are seeing dollar signs
Cellar Liquors customers are enthusiastic about Sunday sales, Manager Chris Gibbens said. "Everyone who's come in has said they love going straight from church to the liquor store," he said.
Fifty percent of Steamboat sophomores scored proficient or advanced in math. Scores are above the state average, but half the sophomores did not demonstrate proficiency.
Tanner Foust said winning an X Games gold medal in last year's Rally Car Racing Super Special - and knocking off extreme sport legend Travis Pastrana in the process - didn't change his life much at first.
Cassie Wilhelm rocks a streak of blue dye in her blondish hair and has a soft spot for lime-green shoes. Cassie also has a social conscience: A couple of weeks ago, she started selling homemade jewelry at Steamboat Springs' weekly Farmers Market for charity. Her profits will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the American Heart Association.
Shawn Estrada has been overcoming odds since the first time he stepped into the ropes and found the sport that probably will one day make him rich.
A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man was airlifted Saturday after sustaining significant injuries in a horse-riding accident near Buffalo Pass.
There isn't much that 7-year-old Tyler Scholl loves more than running.
Guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa could learn a thing or two from 41-year-old swimming sensation Dara Torres.
Andrew Brian Tyner, 20, Delta - Driving under the influence, DUI per se, speeding, minor in possession (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Transit research rolls ahead; input sought from South Routt community
Proposals for transit between South Routt County and Steamboat Springs are leaning towards a subscription vanpool concept, and those involved in the project are hoping for public feedback at a meeting Tuesday as they get closer to laying out details.
Rabbit Ears Peak makes for great photos no matter the camera or photographer
Steamboat Springs-area photographer Larry Pierce started with one piece of advice when asked what aspiring photographers should do if they plan to catch one of the region's signature shots, a photo of Rabbit Ears Peak.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Aug. 3, 2008.
My heart goes out to this family and Tyler. I do hope he recovers well and is able to get on living his life to the fullest!
Although most people hold firefighters in high regard, my sons Kaleb and Kasen view Steamboat's crew as nothing short of superheroes.
And you thought California wildfires moved fast. They are nothing compared to our elected real estate City Council.
There are two significant flaws in the current draft of the pre-annexation agreement for Steamboat 700. First is the 20-year vesting of "...permitted uses." Ten-year vesting of uses may be fair in order to stabilize 700's market expectations, but 20-year vesting is not a smart move by the city.
I wanted to thank Tanya, Dana, Joel and everyone at Rocky Mountain Pet Resort in Yampa for saving my dog's life. Sebastian is a chow/lab mix who was "on vacation" in one of their fine doggie suites when his stomach twisted, a condition that often kills dogs.
The Routt County Rifle Club was born just after the start of World War II by an informal group of local shooters. I have not been able to find any exact names or records. Surely, Elwood Bradley was one of them.</p
It will be most interesting to see the public's Election Day reaction to Sen. Obama's recent overseas trip. The mainstream media and academia are ecstatic the Europeans once more have the warm fuzzies for us as opposed to that mean old George W., who goes off half-cocked starting wars and threatening those harmless types such as Saddam, Kim Jong II and Achmadinejad. Can I hear a big "kumbaya" out there?
By no means should Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores be the sole determining factor in how we judge our public schools and the quality of education they provide our children. But, last week's release of CSAP results for all three Routt County school districts provides valuable insight into areas worthy of commendation and concern.
Living in the high country comes with certain inevitabilities. It will snow incredible amounts, the views will be breathtaking, and bears will break into trash cans near homes and businesses.
Paul Potyen Age: 64 Occupation: Musician/music teacher
Whiteman-Gaylord School has versatile program
This black stallion, disguised as dark nebulae, prances through the stars of the Milky Way about midway between Jupiter and the star Antares. During the dark of the moon, the Great Dark Horse can be glimpsed with the naked eye from rural skies.
It is not that hard to cook rice. There are, however, a multitude of things that can go wrong: you could undercook it, overcook it, add too much liquid, make it too sticky or too lumpy, or fail to season it in any way.
The slowing economy hasn't kept potential small-business owners from trickling into the Small Business Resource Center, Director Randy Rudasics said last week.
When Trailhead Lodge is complete a year from now, owners on the south side of the building will overlook a series of grotto-style hot pools linked by a cascade and flanked by boulders and landscaping.
Fractional market chalks up 75 sales
- JOE GREGORY STETMAN REVOCABLE TRUST DATED JANUARY 7 2008 To ELK RIVER RANCH LLLP For SEC 31,32 T 8N R 85W - $4,700,000
Randy Hampton doesn't mean to downplay the seriousness of Colorado's mountain pine beetle epidemic - especially considering the serious fire and erosion concerns it presents - but he says "it hasn't risen to the crisis level for wildlife."
Saturday, August 2
Routt, Eagle county crews responding to spreading blaze
Routt and Eagle county fire crews are responding to a reported barn fire that could spread to vehicles and a gas tank south of Toponas on Routt County Road 1.
Denver's weekend heat wave could help extend a tourism trend that has held sway in Steamboat Springs all summer long.
Youths build birds out of trash they found along river
Yampatika campers turned waste into winged creatures this week.
Get ready for flag football with meeting Aug. 13
Thursday, July 31 12:40 a.m. A person was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Morgan Mertz fares well among 140 Soap Box competitors
Morgan Mertz doesn't have any traditions or good-luck charms when it comes to racing in the Soap Box Derby. Perhaps that's because she doesn't need them.
Friday, August 1
Pickup overturned on highway east of Steamboat Springs
A one-vehicle rollover accident was reported at 6 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 40 between Colorado Highway 131 and Rabbit Ears Pass. Three occupants reportedly were traveling in a pickup, pulling a trailer with a backhoe, when the vehicle went off the road and overturned. According to dispatches from Routt County Communications, one victim suffered head injuries, and another had a neck injury. The third occupant was dazed but otherwise unharmed. The two injured occupants were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center for treatment.
On the Web site for "The Twilight Saga" young adult book series, a map of the United States is covered in red.
Victim captured animal; no other rabies incidents reported
A rabies-infected bat bit a man last week in North Routt County, authorities confirmed Thursday.
Hospital promotes employees to management positions
The Yampa Valley Medical Center has announced the promotion of six employees to director positions at the hospital and its Doak Walker Care Center.
Sgt. Erik Foster told dispatchers: 'They're attacking me'
In the July 19 incident that resulted in the arrest of former Oak Creek mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, Sgt. Erik Foster initially told dispatchers five people were physically attacking him.
The roar of heavy trucks and the pounding of hammers continued to resonate Thursday at the new Soda Creek Elementary School and the expanded Strawberry Park Elementary School.
Wednesday, July 30 1:37 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. One person was taken to detox.
County fair extends deadlines, seeks entries
Less than two weeks after 10-year-old Tyler Johnson lost his feet and part of the fingers of his right hand to amputation, life is starting to look a little more like it used to.
High gas prices and forests ravaged by beetle kill have not deterred dedicated campers, as some park officials predicted.
The Bud Werner Memorial Library is preparing for a "big, beautiful book ballet" as 80,000 books are moved from the old library to the new addition, Library Director Chris Painter said Friday. The library will be closed Aug. 9 to Sept. 11 as volunteers assist in the mass migration of materials to the new space.
Cross Canadian Ragweed is signed to a label in Nashville, Tenn. But other than having higher-quality press photos than most rollicking red dirt rock bands, there isn't much that ties the band to the glistening world of pop country.
Perry-Mansfield production challenges students and audience
A half-hour before one of their final run-throughs of the play, the cast of "Sweeney Todd" is learning how to die.
Amante Coffee Where: Wildhorse Marketplace When: 4 to 7 p.m. daily Special: $1 off beer, wine and liquor
Despite producing work that is deliberate and confident, local artists and collaborators Julie Anderson and Nancy Jeffrey take an unexpectedly timid approach to sharing it.
Lez Zeppelin at the Free Summer Concert Series
A year ago today, I had the following conversation (more or less) with my former boss: Dennis Gavin, owner of the Skylight Exchange, an illustrious back alley bookstore/record store/sandwich shop: "How was Colorado?"
Nelson Brassell never has played a down of organized football in his life.
Festival to premiere crossover commission by an industry pro
Fifty years into his music career, keyboardist Mike Garson is relatively certain his catalog of 4,400 compositions is in the running for the most prolific of any composer, living or dead.
First Friday ArtWalk, 5 to 8 p.m.: