Stories for August 2008


Sunday, August 31

Susan L. de Wardt: Market concerns

I am sincerely dismayed by the expressed concern over the farmers market by several Lincoln Avenue retailers.

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Success granted

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.

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Eight is enough

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.

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English programs enrich families

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Matthew Augustin

Matthew Augustin

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Steamboat soccer holds off Vail

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.

Class Notes for Aug. 31

Hoing graduates from Trinity University

Travel trends spark worries

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.

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Air Fest spans decades

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.

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Sailors football looking to progress

Friday night against Laramie, Wyo., the Steamboat Springs High School offense experienced the best and the worst of a system predicated on timing.

John F. Russell: No joke: Skiing showdown moves to plastic

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.

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Massive fungus found locally

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.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 21 to 27

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - STEAMBOAT PARTNERS LLC To MILLENNIUM BANCORP INC For WILDHORSE MARKETPLACE LOT 6 - $635,000

On the market for Aug. 31

Routt County recorded the sale of 40 dwelling units in July, bringing the year-to-date total to 355.

Business File for Aug. 31

Former teacher starts Ben's Blinds company

Political Cartoon for Aug. 31, 2008

Political Cartoon for Aug. 31, 2008

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.

Danny Mulcahy: 700 moving forward

On Aug. 12, the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Commissioners considered three applications to amend the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).

Jimmy Westlake: Cassiopeia's Chair

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?

Diann Ritschard: Colorado's Roadless Rule

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.

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A different view of the Utes

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.

Obama message hits home

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.

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Luxury slopeside project has broken ground

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.

Steven Hofman: Statement not fact

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.'"

Mark Hillman: Udall's U-turn on domestic drilling

Mark Udall's message to Colorado voters is crystal clear: Just tell me want you want to hear, and I'll say it.

Our View: Good week for early childhood education

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Inspiration not hard to find at triathlon

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.

Games inspire young athletes

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.

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Hiking the Devil's Causeway

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.

The Record and Jail Report for Aug. 29

Janet Marie Owen, 58, Hayden - Second-degree assault (domestic violence) (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Looking back for Aug. 28, 1958

Much construction under way in Steamboat Springs

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Average July price doubles since '06

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.

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'Allergic' line casts net

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.

Saturday, August 30

Tigers fall to Titans

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.

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Steamboat gets defensive

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.

Hayden prepares for school

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.

Euzoa Bible Church opens new preschool

For parents like Sarah Adams, finding a preschool in Steamboat Springs can be a challenge.

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Fungus discolors aspen trees

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.

Tigers to rely on 8 seniors

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.

10K at 10,000 set for Sunday

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.

Commission gives first OK to annexation

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.

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Galaxy Aviation close to county's OK

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.

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Animal shelter hits capacity

The kennels at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter are full, and they'll stay that way until some of their residents are adopted.

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CMC enrollment high

Students still are lining up for the fall semester at the Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

Local golfers take 2nd in Montrose

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 30

The eighth annual Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center fundraiser is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Humble Ranch.

The Record for Aug. 28

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.

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Bull riders return to Romick

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.

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Hayden Chamber donates money to Totally Kids

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.

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Rams run up score against North Park

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.

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Tom Ross: Old Town developer isn't interested in hatching eggs

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.

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Steamboat soccer beats Summit, 4-0

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.

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Steamboat's Stoddard aces SAT

Charlie Stoddard's introduction to mathematics came in an unusual place.

Friday, August 29

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 29

Local resident wins Powerball lottery drawing

Soroco welcomes North Park

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.

Labor Day filled with activities

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.

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Local dressmaker can't imagine life without sewing

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.

Arts calendar for Aug. 29

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.

On Scene for Aug. 29

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.

CD review for The Walkmen

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.

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Salazar fires up Invesco crowd

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.

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Working dogs compete

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.

Businesses, trustees to meet

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.

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Designer and painter Marissa Mack makes art for herself, when inspiration strikes

Marissa Mack is the first to point out she's not a professional painter.

Margaret Hair: Live music for the masses

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.

Familiar foes face off

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.

Steinberg a hit at DNC

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.

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Into the unknown

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?

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Dems push for military votes

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.

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Initiative offers up 1,000 bikes for DNC visitors

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."

Aviation veterans to speak at 4th annual Wild West Air Fest

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.

Rob Douglas: What, when and why

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.

Labor Day filled with activities

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.

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Music that moves them

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.

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Everybody is a rock star

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.

Ski jumpers find opportunity in Norway

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.

The Record for Aug. 27

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.

Western Slope football preview

Coaches League Champion poll: Hayden (5 votes), Meeker (1 vote)

Thursday, August 28

Rick Penner out as Moffat County athletic director

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.

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Salazar fires up Invesco crowd

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.

Pilot & Today publisher Larsen resigns

Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher Bryna Larsen announced her resignation Tuesday after 12 years with the newspaper. Her last day is Sept. 8.

Fatka sentenced to jail

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."

Deviled in Delta

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 28

Silent auction of Brooks' plaque continues today

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Mike Lawrence: A different kind of presidential history

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.

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Uncertain league

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.

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Anti-war show leads to march

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.

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Reaching out to ranchers

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.

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Making state not enough for boys

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.

SmartCode introduced for 700

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.

The Record for Aug. 26

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.

Achievement gap widening

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.

Hagenbuch capitalizes on DNC

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.

Oak Creek seeks compromise

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.

Wednesday, August 27

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Fires consume Moffat acreage

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.

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Energy a DNC theme

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.

The Record for Aug. 25

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 27

Comcast offers Big Ten Network in Steamboat

Injured motorcyclist remains hospitalized at Denver Health

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.

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Families to get child care aid

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Clowning around

A midlife crisis is a predictable rite of passage, like getting a driver's license at 16 and collecting Social Security at 65.

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Tigers aim to improve

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.

Our View: Farmers market working as it should

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.

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Routt officials join DNC effort

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.

DeLine a starter for CSU

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.

Religious leaders to discuss world with no religion

Seven religious scholars will discuss an unholy topic tonight: What would the world look like with no religion?

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Sights set high for Steamboat boys soccer

Sailors seniors tired of finishing second

Excuse Steamboat Springs High School senior soccer player Daniel Wright, but he's absolutely sick of finishing second.

Tuesday, August 26

City manager criteria refined

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.

Steamboat briefs for August 26

High school graduate receives Blakely Award

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Tom Ross: Accidental melon patch defies Steamboat's climate

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 Record for August 24

Sunday, Aug. 24

Salazar: Energy transformation a 'moon shot'

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.

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DNC fills Denver with excitement

The 2008 Democratic National Convention hadn't even started, and Lacey Ely received a hard lesson on the zoo that Denver has become.

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Bloggers find a home in DNC

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.

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Some protestors seek peace

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.

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Work to start on Hayden Police Station

Deputy town clerk hired for position at new facility

Crews are expected to start moving dirt this week for Hayden's new police station.

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High energy for the first day

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.

Monday, August 25

Salazar: energy transformation a "moon shot"

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.

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DNC, Denver heating up

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.

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Aging Well: VNA promotes healthier aging communities

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 25

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.

The Record for Aug. 23

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.

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Triathlon a success

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.

Datebook for Aug. 25

Today 9 to 11 a.m. Toddler/preschool playgroup is at Loudy-Simpson Park. Call Kevin at 824-1703.

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Fund Board seeks members

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.

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Community supports Tyler

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.

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Put garden in mint condition

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.

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Luke Graham: School athletes worth watching

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.

Obama campaign office opens in Steamboat

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.

Monday Medical: High altitude affects heart disease

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.

Sunday, August 24

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Boulder Ridge view lots previously 'un-tapped'

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: A dolphin, an arrow and a coat hanger

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.

Looking Back for Thursday, Aug. 21, 1958

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Molly Mintun

Molly Mintun Age: 32 Occupation: Hair stylist and dance teacher

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Supplied for school

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.

Best of the Web for Aug. 24

Motorcycle safety

Klapperich fammily: Thanks to businesses, community

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.

Thomas Carter: McCain wrong

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."

Ray Cartwright: Gas prices unfair

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.

Local Coldwell Banker branch buys Century 21

Coldwell Banker's local branch is acquiring Century 21 Ski Town Associates.

Business File for Aug. 24

Steamboat Village Brokers hires 2 people

On the Market for Aug. 24

Prudential's Hibbard earns CRS rating

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Dry cleaner now eco-friendly

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.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 14 to 20

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Vision 2030 report: Community valued

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.

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Hiking with llamas

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.

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Weapons galore

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.

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Farmers market clashes with retail

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.

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Rams volleyball has high hopes for season

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.

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Rams ready for 8-man football

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.

Class 3A Western Slope Preview

Coaches' picks to win the league (could not vote for their own team): Glenwood: 5, Palisade: 3, Steamboat: 1

Joel Reichenberger: Trapp leading running series

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.

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House candidates discuss Roan

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.

Our View: Beetles teach balance

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.

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'Routties' play on and off the field

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.

Editorial cartoon for Aug. 24

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.

Conservative commentary: Hold the chicken, Kiev

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.

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As dying pines are mourned, a new forest is emerging

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.

Spruce, aspen losses could follow pine devastation

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.

The Record and Jail Report for Aug. 22

Steven Ryan Mills, 23, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Buyers take plunge at First Tracks

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.

Saturday, August 23

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Tom Ross: Appreciate a work of Art

You've admired Art Gumprecht's work all over Steamboat Springs. But you probably didn't know it.

Aid worker helps Kenyan girls get education

This month, most of my time is being spent organizing two girls from the safehouse who are entering teachers' colleges in early September.

Strings music directors step down

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.

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New teachers hit the halls

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.

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Volunteers help Search and Rescue

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.

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Readers get bucks for books

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.

Lodging on track to match last year

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.

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For the love of the green

Willems had passion for tractor restoration

Call it taking care of unfinished business.

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Change in perspective

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 briefs for Aug. 23

VNA offering help for quitting tobacco

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Tennis cruises again

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.

The Record for Aug. 21

12:26 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Friday, August 22

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Honesty with sequins

'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.

Health fair offers student screenings

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.

The Record for Aug. 20

6:44 a.m. A fuel spill was reported in the 1600 block of 13th Street.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 22

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.

Sailors golf wins in Gypsum

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.

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2 riders declare victory in Gunnison

Sharp pain surged through her back and her knee with every push on the pedals.

CD review for Oneida

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.

Margaret Hair: Cheering on local LeBrons

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.

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Brought to you by the letter 'F'

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.

On Scene: Avetts win fans at Strings

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.

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Making impossible possible

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.

Speaker has hopes for peace

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.

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The Local takes new owner

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.

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South Routt students enjoy improved facilities during first day back

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."

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SSHS softball team making strides with new coach

After a one-win season last year, Steamboat Springs High School senior softball player Darcy Hornstein has been able to put things into perspective.

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Blissfully complete

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'?"

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Rob Douglas: Chief issues gag order, threats

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.

City plans schedule for manager hire

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.

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Tugboat is staying afloat

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.

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Stars contribute to local cause

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.

Thursday, August 21

Reuter Jr. takes reigns at The Local

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.

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Moffat seeking $142K from city

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.

Flat Tops Ranch Supply for sale; listed at $1.6M

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.

Fireflies flashing around

Glowing insects confirmed in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat's night sky is showcasing lights from an unusual source: fireflies.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 21

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.

The Record for Aug. 19

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.

Sailors cruise to a win in tennis

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.

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June sales tax collections dip

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.

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School district, CMC discuss housing for staff

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.

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All can compete in Buffalo Pass Hill Climb

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.

Israeli scholar closes seminar series

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.

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Local finishes her third Leadville Trail 100

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.

Man critically injured in motorcycle crash

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.

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Sheriff's Office creates mock hostage scenario for school district bus staff

This wasn't about mountains of new school supplies or what to wear on the first day of class.

Wednesday, August 20

Galaxy deal still on hold

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.

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Vocational center to open on time

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.

Smith sinks ace on No. 8

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 20

Lotto ticket sold at 7-Eleven hits big

Murray Tucker: McCain an oil shill

"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!"

Our View: Olympic torch shines on local athletes

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.

The Record for Aug. 18

12:19 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 800 block of Howelsen Parkway. Police gave a warning.

Buff Pass Hill Climb presents 3,500 feet of vertical climbing

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.

Ann Marie Trout: Oak Creek news unfair

I found the article titled "Oak Creek Town Board hears concerns about police," in Saturday's Steamboat Today, very interesting.

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Lamansky prepares for assistant role

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."

Scant turnout for city manager discussion

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Happy New-Thanks-Mas-Ween!

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.

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Fire cause under investigation

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.

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A different look

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.

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Derby, concert draw crowds

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.

Tuesday, August 19

Ron Rollard: Clarifying Dr. Masih's religious presentation

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.

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Spectrum purchase poised

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.

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Avett Brothers defy genres

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.

Council takes new approach to hiring

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.

The Record for Aug. 17

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 19

Bust of Steamboat artists, sponsors needed

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Tom Ross: August snow strengthens friends' bonds

There are times in the life of a mountain woman or mountain man when a little adversity can be a positive thing.

Tier 1 and 2 will pay same fee

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.

Mary Walker: Poverty in perspective

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.

Monday, August 18

Texas family's plane found

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.

Aging Well: Awareness key to stopping elder abuse

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.

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Saturday rodeo wraps up; familiar face wins award again

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.

Office for presidential candidate Barack Obama to open in Steamboat

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.

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Livestock bring big bucks

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.

Brett Favre doesn't make Jets contenders

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.

Monday Medical: Shots required for school

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.

Deb Babcock: Plant stevia for a sweet garden

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.

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Tough course doesn't deter runners

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.

Sunday, August 17

Texas family's plane found

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.

Search for missing plane continues

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."

Dead trees cause many dangers

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.

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Dying forests increase wildfire danger across the West

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.

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Back to school is here again

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.

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Campers with disabilities strap on water skis at Bald Eagle Lake

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.

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Living the D-I life

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.

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Bonesaws cut up competition

Steamboat lacrosse wins twice, earns semifinal match today

The Steamboat Bonesaws are in the exact position the team wants.

Rugby crushed in Vail

Offense, wind and rain led to 24-0 loss for Steamboat

The Vail rugby team sure knows how to crash a party.

Robert Miner: Solve housing

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.

Conservative commentary: Colorado's 'no energy' economy

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.

Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble: Thanks for support

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!*

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Mutton busters hang on at fair

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.

Proposal would add 187 acres to Hayden

Developers are petitioning Hayden to add nearly 200 acres to town limits.

Judy Varty: Not a fan

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.

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Montgomery's General does business the way it always has

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Alex Wolf

Occupation: Sales, Cook Chevrolet and Subaru

Lynn Abbott: Citizens of the world

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.

Our View: House District 57 deserves better debate

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.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 7 to 13


Joel Reichenberger: Ski camp eye-opening

Rich Maziarz doesn't use a wheelchair, but he struggles mightily to get around.

On the market for Aug. 17

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.

Business briefs for Aug. 17

Chase Oriental Rug Co., of Steamboat Springs, has changed its name to David Chase Rugs & Furniture, according to a news release.

John F. Russell: Filling the shoes of Mark Klapperich

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.

The Jail Report and Record for Aug. 15


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Flat Tops guard post added to National Register of Historic Places

The summer John Tease spent at the Pyramid Guard Station in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area was "a magical time" in his life.

Ken Schackelton: Fall weed control

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.

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Realtor turns to matchmaking

Steamboat housing market hung up on the big contingency

Joy Rasmussen has added matchmaker to her skills as a Realtor.

Former Canton Chinese owners garner awards

Restaurant named among nation's best

The former owners of the Canton Chinese Restaurant have cooked up a winner in Loveland.

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Motorcyclists ready to ride

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.

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Elk Meadows allows modern rural life

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Venus returns

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.

Looking back for Aug. 14, 1958

Construction of new lake site is under way

Saturday, August 16

Four missing on flight from Steamboat

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.

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Schools on schedule

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.

Group seeks sales tax renewal

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.

The Record for August 14

Thursday, Aug. 14

Divide race offers tough course

Consistently one of the most beautiful races in the area, the 10th annual Ski Haus Continental Divide Trail Run begins Sunday.

Oak Creek Town Board hears concerns about police

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.

Alpine Bank losses refunded

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.

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Caress, Hoing win NTRP tennis tournament match

Sometimes youth can get the best of experience.

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WWII fighter pilot to speak at Air Fest

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.

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Tales from the 'trails'

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.

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Meetings to address parks

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.

Llamas compete at fair

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.

Friday, August 15

Evidence admissible in Cisneros case

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.

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Wildfire threatens homes

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.

Rugby squad to play for title

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.

Steamboat briefs for August 15

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.

On Scene: The subdudes, and the songs of your life

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.

CD review for August 15, 2008

Brazilian Girls

Margaret Hair: Catering for the concerts

Until about a week ago, it had been awhile since I had seen an artist's rider.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd to close free concert series

"Blues," says guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "is a 100 percent American music."

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Bonesaws playing for 1st win in home lacrosse tournament

As the fifth year of its home tournament arrives, the Steamboat Bonesaws men's lacrosse team knows it's right on the cusp.

The Record for August 13

12:12 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a lost motorist at Lincoln Avenue and Pine Grove Road.

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Local opera hits its stride

'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.

Oak Creek to investigate police actions

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.

Projects tout public benefits

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.

All is at stake in rodeo

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.

Bikers asked to lend a hand

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.

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Stewart Mann is ready to bear the brunt of recording outside his home state

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.

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Studio Tour fundraiser showcases workspaces of 38 artists

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:

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Competitors lead the lambs at Routt County Fair

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.

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Set designers transform high school stage into 19th-century salon

"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.

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Rob Douglas: Chief Caterinicchio acted unprofessionally

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.

Snow could help economy

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.

Thursday, August 14

Wildfire threatened homes, but no damage

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.

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Roan leases net state, feds $114 million

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.

Runner looking to finish Leadville Trail 100

Jennifer Schubert-Akin looks forward to that last jaunt up East Sixth Street in Leadville during the early morning hours.

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Weston swings for spot at University of San Diego

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.

Steamboat series seminar focuses on power of female peacemakers

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.

Oak Creek Town Board wants Rodeman's arrest investigated

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.

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Hayden Town Hall saw most voters in primary

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.

The Record for August 12

12:13 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Howelsen Parkway. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 14

Bank codes possibly were used to get personal data

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Steamboat praised for culture

Consul, artist travel on tour to promote ties with Mexican communities

Art is a versatile ambassador.

Joanne Palmer: Rat points and sex scandals

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?

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Local man welds a willow

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.

Steamboat 700 to drop acres

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.

Fatka confesses in bank case

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.

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Bikers lunge for Dog Days finish line

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.

Wednesday, August 13

Fatka: "I had $10,000 in my pants"

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.

County denies Wall's funding request

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.

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Slide repairs to get under way

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.

Baumgardner gets strong win in GOP primary

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.

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Work starts on Lake Village

Crews tackling infrastructure repairs at Hayden subdivision

Repairs have started at the Lake Village subdivision south of Hayden.

The Record for August 11

Monday, Aug. 11

Rain thwarts, supports Town Challenge race

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.

Dr. Henry R. Savage: Climate talk

The climate change debate/discussion ensues, and I am delighted.

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Triathlon tips offered at meeting tonight

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.

Golfers one shot away

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.

James A. Humphrey: Show outstanding

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.

Our View: Leveling the field

The time has come to provide student athletes and their families at Steamboat Springs High School with a more level playing field.

Prices for 2008-09 ski passes increase after Friday

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.

Railroad linking Steamboat to I-70 studied

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.

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County denies 700 request

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.

Tuesday, August 12

Sailors place 4th after taking swing at regional competition

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 Record for Aug. 10

Sunday, Aug. 10

Steamboat Briefs for Aug. 12

Road will be closed for bridge dedication

All-day kindergarten tuition lowered

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.

UGB confusion resolved

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.

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Tom Ross: Trout fishing is as good as it gets

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.

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4-H show at fair includes showmanship, obedience

Snappily dressed youths marched their canine friends around a grassy enclosure Monday morning at the 4-H Dog Show.

Relay for Life surpasses goal

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.

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Hayden gets 30 computers

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.

Monday, August 11

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Aging Well: Staying strong and sharp

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.

The Record for August 9

12:03 a.m. Police responded to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Sparta Plaza.

Steamboat briefs for August 11

Entry forms for Routt County Fair arena events are available at

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Upcoming Strings concerts to change the tempo

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.

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Routt County Fair bursts out of the gate with open horse shows

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.

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Rain shortens ride

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.

Luke Graham: On the road to Irish

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.

Monday Medical: The truth about organic and locally grown foods

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?

Jane McLeod: Cilantro - Love it or hate it

There probably is no other herb that is more vilified than cilantro (coriander leaves).

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Slowest race in the West

Moffat County Fair fans cheer on turtle races

More than 100 spectators packed inside the livestock barn at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

'Just a good time'

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.

Primary vote coming up

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.

Sunday, August 10

Shelly St. Pierre: Thanks for help

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.

Tim Nylen: Climate opinions

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.'"

Mical Hutson: American pride?

In the past decade, this nation has staggered off of the "good-guy" list across the globe.

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Friends, family take on task of helping racers during Rio Stampede

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.

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Teachers to learn how to bring the outdoors into the classroom

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.

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Area rider clings to the dream of being a professional cowboy

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Stuart Handloff

Occupation: Theater director and instructor

Conservative commentary: Progressive groups remodeling Colorado

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.

Our View: Keeping it real

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Race shows Steamboat at its best

It doesn't take much looking to find what people like so much about Steamboat Springs, especially at Saturday's Rio Stampede.

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New South Routt preschool facility completed on schedule, ready for first students

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.

Sandra Sherrod: A lot of prep work to get animals ready for fair

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.

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Longtime fair contestants prepare for baking, quilting exhibitions

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."

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Local man wins Irish road bowling competition in West Virginia

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.

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Coal co. signs on to green program

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.

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Barber shop returns to 'Boat

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.

Business briefs for Aug. 10

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.

On the market for Aug. 10

Take a local home tour for Labor Day weekend

John F. Russell: Climbing for the less daring

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.

Best of the Web for Aug. 10

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.

The Record and Jail Report for Aug. 8

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)

William Wallace: Climate change real

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.

Mike Forney: Caring community

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Perseid meteors peak this week

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!

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Relay For Life participants endure wet weather at overnight event

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.

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Laws reflects on changing valley

Integrated Community sees growth

In her four years at the helm of Integrated Community, Summer Laws has seen shifting trends firsthand.

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Boon or bust?

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.

Looking back for Aug. 7, 1958

World's swimming record set by girl who practiced here

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Iron Horse attracts developer interest

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.

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Single-family home starts lag

Everywhere one turns in Steamboat Springs this summer, there are construction sites.

Real estate transactions for July 30 to Aug. 6

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

Wood-fired boilers gaining steam

Electricity presents bigger hurdles than heat

Oak Creek and Milner are on the cutting edge of a new energy frontier.

Saturday, August 9

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Pains and gains

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.

Tom Ross: TV and Tater Mitts

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.

Juniors, parents try for titles at tourney

Luke Brosterhous, junior director at Haymaker Golf Course, loves to see parents getting out on the course with their children.

Peterson trying his hand at Mesa State

Former Sailor looks to college basketball

Scott Peterson is getting a second chance.

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High school fall sports practices begin Monday

The first day of organized high school practices for fall sports is Monday.

The Record for Aug. 7

Thursday, Aug. 7 12:29 a.m. An illegally parked vehicle was towed from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 9

Three members of the Education Fund Board were reappointed for an additional two years during the board's meeting Wednesday night.

Phippsburg line repairs on schedule

Repairs to Phippsburg's water supply line are on schedule to allow usage restrictions put in place July 22 to be lifted next week.

Hayden could get subdivision funding

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.

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Steamboat students get a world of experience on volunteer trip

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.

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New boating law in effect

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.

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Capped visas for foreign workers may lead to staffing shortage

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.

Friday, August 8

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Former Steamboat linebacker transferring for a fresh football start

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.

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Resident recalls K2 tragedy that claimed 11 lives

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.

Steamboat golf opens on top

Things couldn't have started much better for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.

The Record for August 6

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Nerneys abandon liquor license

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.

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Rob Douglas: Rookie chief needs oversight

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.

Transit group homes in on issues

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.

Talbott focuses on climate

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.

Arts calendar for Aug. 8

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.

CD review for August 8, 2008

Randy Newman

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Steamboat dancers say African styles let them celebrate life

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.

The subdudes hold on to New Orleans, even in Colorado

It's 11:50 a.m. New Orleans time, and after 20 minutes of talking, Jimmy Messa admits he's finally woken up.

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The Bellamy Brothers keep gaining fans, 33 years in

The Bellamy Brothers are huge in Europe.

Margaret Hair: Count on getting quoted

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.

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Polls see low turnout

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."

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Construction rolls on

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.

On scene: The Wine Festival at Steamboat Springs

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.

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Museum hosts inaugural plein air event with annual fundraiser

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.

Rodeo keeps kickin'

Two weeks and four rodeos remain in the cowboy marathon that is the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.

Thursday, August 7

Belshaw shines in stage race

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 7

Town Challenge race rescheduled for next week

The Record for Aug. 5

12:11 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The woman was taken to detox.

Vanpool options to be laid out

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.

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Portion of livestock sale to help Tyler Johnson

4-H members plan to pitch in to help a friend at this year's Routt County Fair.

Town Challenge bike race postponed

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series event scheduled for today has been postponed because of the weather.

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Balking at Triple Crown

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.

Potential buyers see 360 Village appeal

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.

Seminars at Steamboat continues with foreign policy discussion tonight

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.

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Rio Stampede moves to 6- and 12-hour race, allows corporate teams

The Rio Stampede bike race returns to the Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday, this time with a little twist.

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Town Board could fix problems at Lake Village subdivision

The Hayden Town Board could set the gears in motion to take over infrastructure repairs at the Lake Village subdivision at its meeting tonight.

Wednesday, August 6

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Steamboat riders take home state titles at Sol Survivor event

The Steamboat Springs cycling community certainly made an impression last weekend at the Sol Survivor state mountain biking competition.

Steamboat club wins Ski Town tourney, now 11-2

Steamboat Rugby Club captain Michael Hurley might have been the team's biggest skeptic four games into the season.

Gardeners put plots on display

Folks interested in growing more food - and therefore buying less - are invited to tour a local vegetable garden Thursday.

Alcohol likely a factor in crash

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.

Jean Wright: Sexism wrong

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.

Dr. Henry R. Savage: Balance needed

Saturday's Steamboat Today had a long article about global warming based on the melting of permafrost in the north.

Marie Matta: Concerned about talk

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.

Relay for Life hits track Friday

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.

Town Challenge heads to Howelsen

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.

Our View: Social host ordinance has merit

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.

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Cunningham looking for clarity

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.

700 moves to 'main event'

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.

Triple Crown heads into last week of summer action

On Saturday, the final three champions will be crowned as the Triple Crown World Series comes to a close in Steamboat Springs.

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Joanne Palmer: Steamboat Motherhood Olympics

Crunch! Ugh, Cheerios. Even ground into the carpet she knows what they are.

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Perlman to pump up Ski Area

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.

Tuesday, August 5

Local doctor safe after K2 crisis

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.

No records for Town Board

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.

Wellness Initiative to meet Thursday

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.

Daily Press names new editor

Jennifer L. Grubbs has been named the new editor of the Craig Daily Press. Her first day of work was Monday.

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One dead in one-vehicle accident

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.

Steamboat Briefs for Aug. 5

County to close C.R. 51B through September

The Record for August 4

Monday, Aug. 4

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Sailors begin fall 2008 golf season at Haymaker Course

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.

Taking a stand against crime

National Night Out invites residents to meet law enforcement

In its original form, the National Night Out was geared specifically toward law enforcement agencies.

Iron Horse contract on agenda

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.

Participant fees discussed

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.

Social host ordinance returns

An ordinance aimed at punishing those who allow underage drinking in their homes will be resurrected during tonight's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

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Tom Ross: Performers' hands speak volumes at Strings

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.

The Record for Aug. 3

Sunday, Aug. 3

Monday, August 4

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Moffat County Fair kicks off

Fun, competitions usher in 90th annual event

Moffat County Fair coordinator Carol Haskins paused, crunching the numbers in her head.

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Fifth annual wine festival draws crowds, celebrates vineyards

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.

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Aging Well: Aging Well, CMC team up to offer more fitness classes

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.

The Record for August 2

1:09 a.m. Police responded to a burglary alarm in the 35700 block of U.S. Highway 40.

Steamboat briefs for August 4

Repairs continue on Colorado Highway 131

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Opening doors in the opera world

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.

Yankee Stadium and the Goose

It was fitting that Goose Gossage went into the Hall of Fame on the day I made my last trip to Yankee Stadium.

Monday Medical: Protect yourself from rabies

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.

Elissa Greene: Strings enters final week of classical music

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.

Comment policy takes effect

Newspaper hopes verification process improves online forum

The Web site launches its new verification process for online commenters this morning.

Deb Babcock: Plant something scent-sational!

Whenever the aroma of lilac wafts by, I'm reminded of my grandmother who wore that scent.

Sunday, August 3

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 3

A 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man was airlifted Saturday after sustaining significant injuries in a horse-riding accident near Buffalo Pass.

Ange Young: Local superheroes

Although most people hold firefighters in high regard, my sons Kaleb and Kasen view Steamboat's crew as nothing short of superheroes.

John Adli: Here it comes

And you thought California wildfires moved fast. They are nothing compared to our elected real estate City Council.

Steve Lewis: Agreement flawed

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Paul Potyen

Paul Potyen Age: 64 Occupation: Musician/music teacher

Real estate transactions for July 24 to 29


Officials provide tips for small business

The slowing economy hasn't kept potential small-business owners from trickling into the Small Business Resource Center, Director Randy Rudasics said last week.

On the market for Aug. 3

Fractional market chalks up 75 sales

Epidemic elicits little wildlife fright

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."

Alison Berkley: Pet's life saved

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.

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Sunday liquor sales bring in buyers

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.

Educators cite CSAP strengths, weaknesses

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.

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11-year-old sells jewelry at Farmers Market

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.

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Locally trained boxer hopes to answer the bell in Beijing

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.

The Record and Jail Report for Aug. 1

Andrew Brian Tyner, 20, Delta - Driving under the influence, DUI per se, speeding, minor in possession (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Voicing vanpool viability

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.

John F. Russell: Swimming a sea of suspicion

Guys like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa could learn a thing or two from 41-year-old swimming sensation Dara Torres.

Omar M. Campbell: Rife Club concern

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

Conservative commentary: Sovereignty - bye bye?

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?

Our View: CSAP results show ups and downs

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.

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Bear sightings down in Steamboat; residents advised to reduce attractants

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.

Editorial cartoon for Aug. 3, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot &amp; Today. This is the cartoon for Aug. 3, 2008.

Best of the Web for Aug. 3

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!

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More than just rocks

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.

Looking back for July 31, 1958

Whiteman-Gaylord School has versatile program

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Homesteader classes offer basic tips for every level

Cooking 101

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.

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How the West was lost

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.

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Trailhead Lodge construction hits halfway mark

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.

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Foust steering for another X Games title

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.

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Young athlete takes on challenge of Mount Werner Classic

There isn't much that 7-year-old Tyler Scholl loves more than running.

Jill Delay: Routt County tradition begins with fair

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Have you seen the great dark horse?

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.

Saturday, August 2

Barn fire reported south of Toponas

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.

The Record for July 31

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 2

Get ready for flag football with meeting Aug. 13

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Teen races into derby top 20

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.

Yampa Valley's summer tourism season peaks tonight

Denver's weekend heat wave could help extend a tourism trend that has held sway in Steamboat Springs all summer long.

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Yampa filth takes flight

Youths build birds out of trash they found along river

Yampatika campers turned waste into winged creatures this week.

Friday, August 1

Two injured in U.S. 40 rollover

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.

Rodeman recordings released

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.

YVMC names six new directors

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.

Construction moving forward at Soda Creek, Strawberry Park

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.

On Scene: Lez Zeppelin at the Free Summer Concert Series

Lez Zeppelin at the Free Summer Concert Series

Margaret Hair: Getting used to you, finally

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?"

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Lullaby for strings

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.

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Attend the tale of 'Sweeney Todd'

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.

Arts calendar for Aug. 1

First Friday ArtWalk, 5 to 8 p.m.:

The Record for July 30

Wednesday, July 30 1:37 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. One person was taken to detox.

Happy Hours for Aug. 1

Amante Coffee Where: Wildhorse Marketplace When: 4 to 7 p.m. daily Special: $1 off beer, wine and liquor

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Two local shows open with focuses on nature and Western life

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.

Steamboat briefs for Aug. 1

County fair extends deadlines, seeks entries

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Cross Canadian Ragweed stays true to its rough edges

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.

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Tyler Johnson comes home for physical therapy after battle with disease

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.

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Area campgrounds see increased number of visitors

High gas prices and forests ravaged by beetle kill have not deterred dedicated campers, as some park officials predicted.

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Library prepares for move into expanded facility

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.

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Steamboat high-schoolers get in 7-on-7 football work

Nelson Brassell never has played a down of organized football in his life.

Rabid bat bites man in North Routt

Victim captured animal; no other rabies incidents reported

A rabies-infected bat bit a man last week in North Routt County, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Epilogue hosts release party for latest in vampire book series

On the Web site for "The Twilight Saga" young adult book series, a map of the United States is covered in red.