Stories for December 2008


Wednesday, December 31

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Local resident rescued Sunday from Rio Blanco County avalanche

Scott Brennise looked back Sunday, scanning the snow for any sign of his friend.

Extra buses, police on New Year's Eve

City transit, law enforcement prepare for tonight's festivities

There will be little need to drive on New Year's Eve, as the Steamboat Springs Transit service will be out in full force tonight for its busiest night of the year.

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Snowpack spotty despite plentiful powder

Yampa Valley's spring runoff projections inconsistent

After 3 feet of snow fell on the Steamboat Ski Area during the 12 days of Christmas, holiday skiers enjoyed good conditions on Mount Werner.

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Au pair from Moldova grateful for Steamboat family

Lilia Sula isn't agonizing about spending another holiday season away from home - the Moldova native has a second family right here.

The Record for Dec. 29

Monday, Dec. 29 7:22 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a motorist on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 119 when the alternator in the car failed. A tow truck was called.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 31

Accident near Iron Horse injures several people

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High school athletes practice without coaches during holidays

The Christmas break presents a dilemma for high school coaches.

Our View: Handle school security internally

The Education Fund Board should reject an upcoming request for $30,000 to pay for a school security project manager.

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Local cadet earns nomination

John Salazar recommends Buddy Kinder to Air Force Academy

Fourteen pull-ups. Sixty pushups. A mile in less than 6 minutes. It was no normal college application, but for 17-year-old Buddy Kinder, it could be the route to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Kinder, a senior at The Lowell Whiteman School, said he is interested in attending the academy because it is important to create a safe country.

Tuesday, December 30

City manager finalist withdraws candidacy

Bob McLaurin of Jackson, Wyo., cites personal reasons; Roberts remains

Bob McLaurin, town manager of Jackson, Wyo., and one of two finalists to be Steamboat's next city manager, is no longer seeking the job - leaving Jon Roberts, city manager of Victorville, Calif., as the sole finalist.

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Broncos fire Shanahan

Coach since 1995 let go after end-of-season collapse extends playoff drought

Mike Shanahan, the second longest-tenured NFL coach, was fired by the Denver Broncos on Tuesday after the team lost a three-game lead with three games to go in the AFC West.

Kiewit finalizes TIC merger

Construction giants complete deal Monday

The two employee-owned construction giants did not disclose terms of the deal, but Kiewit said the companies generated a total of more than $9 billion revenue in 2008.

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County facing 'health care crisis'

VNA seeks additional $131,000 for health center, programs

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is asking the county for additional money in the face of state unfunded mandates and emerging health trends.

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Employers help seasonal workers get through lean early winter

Many seasonal workers recently found that the national economic crunch created a local conundrum: They were in Steamboat Springs, ready to work, but the hours just weren't coming.

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Tom Ross: Santa drove an Alpine taxi

Holiday trip from Maine to Steamboat stretches over 81 hours

Santa arrived at our front door at 1:10 a.m. Dec. 25, and he looked a lot like Randy Hurley. Come to think of it, Santa Hurley's sleigh looked a lot like a big Alpine taxi.

New Year's Eve Emerald Ball supports Emerald City Opera

Volunteers will be the guests of honor Wednesday at the Emerald City Opera's New Year's Eve Emerald Ball.

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Charles Wood helping Sailors look toward league play

Charles Wood might be quiet and unassuming, but it's easy to tell what is almost always on his mind.

The Record for Dec. 28

Sunday, Dec. 28 12:06 a.m. Vandalism was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. A suspect was followed from the premises by the reporting party and began to run. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers took a report, and the investigation is ongoing.

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Shuttle stops prove successful

Transportation group to consider regional authority

As the busy holiday season continues to unfold, officials say 10 lodging shuttle stops established in downtown Steamboat Springs have been successful at reducing traffic congestion.

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Jimmy Westlake: Happy Quadrantid New Year

The most reliable annual meteor showers are the Perseids seen on Aug. 12, the Geminids on Dec. 14, and the Quadrantids on Jan. 3.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 30

Colorado Mountain College invites interested young singers, ages 7 to 14, to join with the Emerald City Opera Youth Chorus in the "Carmina Burana" musical performance Jan. 16. Interested singers should attend rehearsals from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Steamboat Springs Middle School band room. Call 871-4883.

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Steamboat students express gratitude on totes as fundraiser for local schools

Students in Steamboat Springs are grateful. In fact, it turns out they're grateful for everything from Mount Werner to Barack Obama, from pistachios to donuts, and from soft bunnies to Costa Rica.

Monday, December 29

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Vale to leave emergency management post

Director accepts state position after 17 years of county service

Chuck Vale, who has worked for Routt County government for 17 years, has accepted a position with the Colorado Division of Emergency Management that begins Jan. 12.

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Snow days in Craig

Residents are enjoying the season's offerings outdoors

The sound of skis splitting snow interrupted an otherwise quiet Sunday morning on the white-covered landscape at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The sun was out, the sky was clear and blue, and elk ran peacefully in the background. In other words, conditions ripe for cross-country skiing for Craig residents Jim and Cindy Vorhies.

Free avalanche training takes place Saturday

Seminar to teach warning signs, survival techniques

A beacon, an avalanche probe and a shovel. These are the tools local resident Ralph Stewart takes with him when he goes snowmobiling.

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Luke Graham: Checking my list

In honor of the new year, here's a look at my picks for the top 10 sports stories and events in Routt County in 2008. No. 10: Soroco's Justin Iacovetto and Dennis Morgan finished as runners-up at the Colorado Wrestling State Championships.

Monday Medical: Stay on the sunny side to get enough vitamin D

If you experienced last winter in Steamboat Springs, you know there was no shortage of snow and gray skies.

Deb Babcock: How to feed birds during the winter

Many of us have a soft spot for animals of all kinds and are especially concerned about their care and feeding during our harsh Steamboat winters.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 29

Volunteers sought for art museum gallery, gift shop

The Record for Dec. 27

12:52 a.m. Police assisted a motorist at Steamboat Boulevard and Rockies Way.

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City tree recycling program gets an early start

Holiday decor to be converted to mulch

Although the city of Steamboat Springs' Christmas tree recycling program doesn't begin until Thursday, eager residents already were dropping off their old trees Friday in the parking lot at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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Aging Well: Wellness Days kicks off in Hayden

It's cold, the wind is blowing and it's tempting to stay cooped up at home. Too much isolation, however, can leave older adults feeling depressed or just plain bored.

Lodwick leads team in historic Nordic combined World Cup finish

3 locally affiliated skiers make top 10

Some fresh snow and a sunny afternoon made for a postcard-perfect day in Steamboat Springs. But Steamboat's great day wasn't limited to the city limits - Todd Lodwick led a trio of local skiers in a dominating performance Sunday in Oberhof, Germany.

State Sen.-elect Al White to discuss budget with Routt County commissioners Tuesday

A likely $600 million state budget shortfall could dominate the discussion between state Sen.-elect Al White, R-Hayden, and the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

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Dinner to benefit Tyler Johnson, Molly Look

Pheasant, moose, caribou and other wild game will grace the menu Saturday at a benefit dinner being held for two Routt County children.

Pheasant, moose, caribou and other wild game will grace the menu Saturday at a benefit dinner being held for two Routt County children.

Yampa Ranger District installs wind turbine

When the wind blows in Yampa next year, the local office of the U.S. Forest Service will enjoy the generation of green power without having to worry about injuring songbirds and raptors.

Sunday, December 28

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Kris Hammond's extended family formed from exchange program

When the whole Hammond clan of extended family convened in Steamboat Springs for Christmas, there were more than a dozen family members.

Heavy snowfall in Colorado brings out skiers

A white Christmas in the mountains has been a boon to the state's ski areas, giving them a much-needed holiday boost during an economic slide. After touting freebies and discounts to jump-start business, Colorado's mountain resorts said heavy snowfall in recent days has gone a long way to entice visitors to the slopes.

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Broken ankle hobbles Soroco's Estes

Alex Estes stole a pass in last weekend's basketball game against North Park and was down the court, leaping toward the rim in the blink of an eye. He lifted up and soared, flying with the ball to the height of the rim before he finally let it slip away, up, over and in.

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Hinder off to top national combine

Steamboat Springs High School quarterback to attend elite football camp

Austin Hinder has been to so many camps and has run so many drills that going to one of the top combines in the nation doesn't raise his blood pressure.

Lodwick takes 2nd at World Cup event

Todd Lodwick admitted earlier in the week that he'd be nervous in his return to World Cup competition after a three-year retirement.

Vail Valley restaurant industry feels bad economy

Restaurateurs say real test of economy will come after beginning of the year

For Zacca Za server Steven Gibson, a night with $780 worth of bills might have been considered a pretty successful workday in Colorado's Vail Valley. However, after counting up his tips from the night, the total came to $130 - barely more than 15 percent of his total bills.

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Moose Mountain shop builds clientele online

Jenny Wall owes a couple of Web site sales to Sarah Palin - and to the moose in the crosshairs of the former vice-presidential candidate's gun. Wall owns Moose Mountain Trading Co., a downtown Steamboat Springs store that sells, among other items, a moose cap with antlers. She didn't have any in stock when the first interested fellow called in October. Wall ordered a cap. A couple of days later, she got another call for the same item. The man was readying for Halloween.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 28

Opera volunteers get free admission to Emerald Ball

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High school friends home in Steamboat after basic training

Two kids who have been friends since sixth grade reunited during the Christmas holiday this year, but much had changed. In just one year - from when the pair graduated with Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 2008 - the boys had turned into men, dressed in the greens of the Army and Marines.

Best of the Web for Dec. 28

They might think twice

John F. Russell: Olympic stories unfold in Ski Town USA

Once every four Februaries, the world turns on its TVs and waits for the special stories that will unfold at the Winter Olympic Games.

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Local store owners pleased despite slip in Christmas traffic

Sales made during this year's Christmas holiday were off, some retailers said, but many still saw a steady stream of customers in their shops.

Our View: Post office move holds promise

News that the downtown branch of the U.S. Postal Service plans to move east by 2011 no doubt will cause consternation for many residents who enjoy the convenience of the Third Street location. But overall, the move has the potential to ease downtown traffic and replace an inefficient building with one more suited for the prime location.

Class notes for Dec. 28

Gayer earns Western State Bachelor of Arts degree

Routt County Spotlight: Tatiana Land Achcar

Occupation: Executive Director of Integrated Community (immigration attorney by trade)

Real estate transactions for Dec. 18 to 22

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 26

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

On the Market for Dec. 28

'Moose' signs on with Alpine Mountain Ranch

Joel Reichenberger: Skiing with women a learning experience

There's nothing like preparing to go skiing with a bunch of women to build up a guy's confidence.

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Fish Creek Falls a glistening gateway to snowshoers' paradise

So much of what attracts visitors to Steamboat Springs exists only in the summer or the winter.

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Ehrick returns to Sailors hockey for senior year

Hockey always had been a part of Grant Ehrick's life. But last year, when the Steamboat Springs High School senior moved to Fort Collins to play in a Triple A league, hockey became his life. Ehrick lived with a host family, attended Fossil Ridge High School and spent most of his free time playing hockey. At times, it got to be too much. Ehrick missed Steamboat, his friends and a simpler life.

City to review preservation tactics

Council grapples with protection of historic structures

After an eight-month hiatus from the public process, a historic preservation ordinance prepared by a citizens committee will be considered for adoption early next year.

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Creek View plugging along

Condos, townhomes, retail space still available in Hayden

Progress is steady at Creek View Townhomes in western Hayden, real estate agent Annette Hall said, but retail and residential spaces still are available.

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Tourism forecast may be brighter

Visitor numbers appear to be climbing as snow piles up

Local business owners and Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association officials have relied on a couple of assumptions while trying to remain optimistic about the ski season: People are booking closer to the time of their trip, and people will come when the snow does.

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Volunteer dedication keeps Oak Creek Ice Rink going all winter long

It took local volunteers about two weeks of nightly ice-making sessions earlier this month to get the Oak Creek Ice Rink ready for hockey practice and open skate this season.

Looking back for Dec. 23, 1958

Churches schedule special services

Business File for Dec. 28

The Steamboat Connection Coupon Book has found its first Las Vegas vacation prize winner, after four years of offering the prize, according to a news release. The local who finds a palm tree stamp in his or her copy of the coupon book wins a vacation for two to the gambling hot spot. No one had yet stepped forward to receive the prize.

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Cardboard Bobby hits slopes

Wife takes cutout of soldier husband on ski vacation

Bobby Kelly had a fabulous ski vacation in Steamboat Springs last week. He rode the gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area, tried out some new tricks in the terrain park, climbed aboard a snowmobile, and drank aprÃs-ski beers with his wife's family.

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Steamboat Flyfisher lands a new spot on Yampa Street

The principals in Steamboat Flyfisher hope a $1.6 million investment in Yampa Street real estate will secure the future of their business and allow them to reel in more customers.

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Edgemont project on schedule

Construction workers weather temperature extremes

Construction workers toiling outdoors in the snow and cold at Edgemont were expected this week to avoid the well-heated second floor of the condominium project at the edge of the Steamboat ski slopes.

Saturday, December 27

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Local businesses make accommodations for wheelchair-bound employee

On the morning of Dec. 19, Bobby Homberg, 29, was hard at work and loving every minute of it. "I didn't do this aisle yet," he said as he peered down a row of merchandise in Walgreens in Craig. He began plucking outdated blue and white sales stickers from the shelves. A bag sat in his lap for discarded labels as he maneuvered down the aisle in his wheelchair.

CMC keeps tuition rates steady

Increases at other institutions not expected to affect Alpine Campus

The Colorado Mountain College system is holding tuition rates steady in the face of an economic downturn and likely increases for other colleges throughout the state, CMC officials announced last week.

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Space Station remains vacant

The latest effort to resurrect the Space Station gas station and Go-fer Foods convenience store in downtown Steamboat Springs has failed.

False reporting leads to arrest

Steamboat Springs man claims he was shot at by passing cars

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Christmas Day on suspicion of false reporting after he told police he had been the target of drive-by shootings.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 27

LIFT-UP meets $7K goal for matching donations

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Reiter keeps Olympic dreams alive despite season-ending injury

This isn't the way Steamboat Springs snowboarder Justin Reiter envisioned the year leading up to his Olympic bid. Reiter spent the first part of the season trying to ignore a persistent pain in his left knee that limited the number of runs he could take.

Pitkin County open space may expand

Economy could leave speculators overextended, seeking to sell

At least one entity may be a winner in the real estate downturn - Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.

County schools to hire security project manager

Routt County schools are looking to beef up school security plans in 2009 with the addition of a school security project manager.

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Rat poison alerts pet owner

Dog returns to Old Town home with laced meat

Sandy Moon is used to her dog, Solomon, bringing home a few treats after a morning out near Butcherknife Creek in Old Town Steamboat Springs. But she was alarmed when Solomon brought home a piece of raw meat with a turquoise capsule of rat poison embedded in its side last weekend.

Rodeo kicks up deals to survive 2009

Skiing brought Rob Powers to Steamboat Springs, but Tuesday evening he wore his allegiance on his head. A brilliant white cowboy hat led the way as he cut across a snowy and dark Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat.

Basalt sales tax revenues up 4.4 percent from 2007

Basalt's economy held its own this year even as news on the national front kept getting worse in the fall.

Brumleve memorial service scheduled

Weather delays NTSB investigation of Monday's fatal plane crash

A memorial service has been scheduled for Joe and Suzette Brumleve, a Steamboat Springs couple killed in a Monday afternoon plane crash in Moffat County.

Friday, December 26

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8 to 12 inches of snowfall expected

Winds with gusts up to 25 mph possible

A storm system and cold front were expected to tumble into Steamboat Springs on Thursday night, bringing 8 to 12 inches of snow.

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Steamboat Springs skier back on the World Cup circuit

After winning three out of four Continental Cup meets in December, Steamboat Springs skier Todd Lodwick hopes to stay hot as he heads to Europe and his return to the Nordic Combined World Cup.

Research: Domestic violence awareness is lacking

A research project conducted last month in Craig confirmed what one local group already knew. A report from the Domestic Violence Research and Action Coalition indicates that residents don't know enough about domestic violence in their community. "Overall, information about domestic violence and the local services, as well as (their) limitations, is well-known among the professionals, but too little discussed in the wider community, leading to a passive kind of tolerance for domestic violence," a report from the coalition read.

YVEA keeps rates the same for next year

Electric utility plans to absorb cost increases for 2009

Yampa Valley Electric Association won't increase rates next year, utility officials said. "In 2008, the Yampa Valley Electric Board voted to absorb a $1.28 million rate increase from the association's power provider - Xcel Energy," Larry Covillo, YVEA president and general manager, said in a news release. "To assist our member consumers in this unsettled economic environment, the association projects that no increase in rates will be required next year."

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Despite low turnout, Christmas dinner a success for local church

Craig resident Tom Ward finished his plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and a roll Thursday afternoon, and he then made the rounds inside Faith Lutheran Church, chatting up others on a cold, snowy Christmas Day.

Burglaries, thefts on the rise

Police suspect individuals or group are on local 'crime spree'

Steamboat Springs received an unwelcome gift this holiday season - a rash of thefts and burglaries across town, according to police.

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Funds sought for noon whistle

Mainstreet taking donations to restore historic downtown siren

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs has raised about $1,200 of the $4,000 needed to save the noon whistle, an iconic siren formerly located in downtown Steamboat Springs. Those who contribute to the cause get to vote on the particulars of the whistle's restoration.

Sweet Pea brings in organic winter produce

Store open weekly, offers hand-selected fruits, vegetables

Sweet Pea Market's latest venture might be a step toward year-round operations for the natural foods store. Owners Jonathon Hieb and Katherine Zambrana have started a weekly organic produce pick-up service.

Pitkin County real estate market transactions drop in November

Same story, different month in the Aspen-area real estate market.

Ink runs dry at Valley Journal paper

Thursday's edition of The Valley Journal, Carbondale's community newspaper for more than three decades, was the last, its managers said Wednesday.

South Americans searching Vail Valley for jobs find no luck

Andres Varela and his group of friends spend each day walking up and down Route 6 and throughout the Vail Valley, stopping into local businesses and filling out job applications.

The Record for Dec. 24

3:03 a.m. Police responded to a motor vehicle wreck on Rollingstone Drive.

Events that helped shape local entertainment in 2008

January - First Friday Artwalk, a collaboration between the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and several business and art galleries around Steamboat Springs, built on a strong start to draw locals and visitors into galleries with coordinated openings on the first Friday of each month. The next Artwalk is Friday, Jan. 2.

On scene: Buy locally - by default

Buying locally - by default

4 Points' guide to New Year's Eve festivities

The champagne corks will pop at midnight Jan. 1. The only question is, where will you be? Below is 4 Points' guide to New Year's Eve festivities in and around Steamboat Springs.

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Guest classical music directors look to broaden festival's appeal in 2009

For Andres Cárdenes and Monique Mead, not much is off-limits when they think about how to program the 2009 Strings Music Festival season.

CD review for Dec. 26, 2008

Top 10 CDs of 2008

10. "Volume One," She & Him: A collection of folksy little songs that don't have much to them - aside from an amazing pop sensibility and ability to keep renewing their welcome - "Volume One" isn't anywhere close to the best-written record of the year. But it is one of the most fun.

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Local band is living the grooving rock dream

Winter is a good time of year for the members of String Board Theory.

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Annual Community Christmas Dinner draws more than 500 people

Take a whole mess of Steamboat Springs locals. Add seasonal workers, volunteers, Realtors and musicians.

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Night skiing offers bright dimension

The sun falls behind the mountains at Keystone Resort. Parking lots empty as day-tripping skiers leave for home. Vacationers who had crowded into lift lines now crowd around pizzas and pitchers of beer.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 26

Optimist Club taking Teen of the Month applications

Thursday, December 25

Winter storm warning in effect

Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas are under a winter storm warning from noon today until 6 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Some businesses remain open today

Government offices, many restaurants closed for Christmas

Most businesses, banks and government offices will be shut for the Christmas holiday today, though grocery stores and some retailers and restaurants are opening their doors.

The Denver Post honors 4 local football players

Steamboat's Wood, Dover named to All-Colorado team

Four local high school football players made The Denver Post All-Colorado football teams.

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Carnegie Mellon Trio, Kutandara to highlight Strings holiday concerts

Strings Music Festival is hosting holiday concerts destined to please audiences of all ages next week, with a Sunday night performance by perennial Strings favorite Carnegie Mellon Trio and Monday performances from the Kutandara Marimba Experience.

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Yampa community celebrates Christmas Eve

Locals enjoy annual festivities despite near-zero temperatures

Trinity Delto made a last-minute Christmas request that Santa Claus had no trouble fulfilling Wednesday night - candy and a popcorn ball.

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Doak Walker Care Center residents decorate, plan week of festivities

Watching a Lawrence Welk holiday special on tape in the community room of the Doak Walker Care Center on Tuesday, Rosa DeVault and Beatrice Parkins put on more of a show than the crooner ever could.

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Long returns to steer Sailor girls basketball team in league play

There aren't many mysteries in regard to what will make the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team successful as it heads into Western Slope League play.

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Poland natives celebrate traditional Christmas in Steamboat Springs

If this were Poland, Wednesday night would have been the biggest celebration of the Christmas festivities.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 25

Children can erase library fines through donations

The Record for Dec. 23

12:30 a.m. An illegally parked vehicle was towed from the 1800 block of Central Park Drive.

Wednesday, December 24

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YVRA back to normal

3 Monday night flights landed using visual flight rules

Three evening flights made it to Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Monday after a missing plane led to concerns about the airport's instrument landing system, officials said. Flights came and went without problems Tuesday.

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Crash victims mourned

Joe and Suzette Brumleve 'died doing something they really enjoyed'

Full of life and love, Joe and Suzette Brumleve formed a dynamic team driven in recent years by their love of family and their passion for flying and living the Western lifestyle.

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More snow in forecast

Expect a white Christmas with 2 feet of accumulation predicted

Yampa Valley residents dreaming of a white Christmas might have their wish answered this year. Mother Nature is expected to bring Mount Werner as much as 2 feet of snow through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Where to worship

Holiday services in Routt County

A guide to Christmas Eve holiday services at Routt County churches

Joanne Palmer: A merry Christmas poem

Dedicated to all locals who must work this holiday season. There's not enough space to include all of you, but a special thanks to: taxi and shuttle drivers, housekeepers, concierges, front desk clerks, property managers, wait staff, newspaper staff, ski patrol, cashiers, UPS and FedEx drivers, and, most of all, snow shovelers.

Santa making a stop in Yampa

Before boarding his sleigh to deliver toys and Christmas cheer to children across Routt County tonight, Santa Claus will make house calls to senior citizens in Yampa and take last-minute Christmas wishes from South Routt children at Yackey Park.

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Crash investigation temporarily delayed

An investigation into a single-engine plane crash Monday that claimed the lives of a Steamboat Springs couple will be delayed until after Christmas, said K.C. Hume, Moffat County Sheriff's Office investigator.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 24

Volunteers needed for Winter Sports Program

9 SSWSC members make freestyle Noram circuit

Nine Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members made the Noram Freestyle circuit after their performances during last week's U.S. Freestyle Selection event in Winter Park.

The Record for Dec. 22

Monday, Dec. 22

Hans Cartin remains in custody

Investigator: Additional charges likely for Steamboat Springs man

A Steamboat Springs man arrested last week on felony drug and weapons charges remained in custody Tuesday at Routt County Jail, in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Aspen housing loses ground

Multi-million dollar home sales slump in real estate market

Luxury homes long have been a trademark of the Aspen real estate market, not only for their opulence and size, but for the princely sums paid for those residences.

Summit Public Radio Board green lights Spanish-language station

The Summit Public Radio Board voted yes Monday to bring an all Spanish-language radio station to Summit County.

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Wilson scores Classic win

21-year-old Minnesotan victorious on final day of Howelsen Hill competition

While many skiers struggled on the final day of the FIS Holiday Classic on Howelsen Hill, Ryan Wilson simply relaxed.

Tuesday, December 23

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Abbe grabs 2nd win

DU racer edges local favorite in women's slalom at FIS Holiday Classic

For a few moments, it looked as if hometown ski racer Lisa Perricone would top the field in the women's slalom race on the second day of the FIS Holiday Classic on Monday morning at Howelsen Hill.

Carbon-monoxide death probe continues

Investigation into incident results in multiple search warrants

An investigation into the Thanksgiving holiday deaths of a family of four at an Aspen-area home has spawned multiple search warrants, as a team of experts continue to seek answers for the tragedy, authorities said.

The Record for Dec. 21

Sunday, Dec. 21

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 23 announces contest winner

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Equestrians lend hand

Sidney Peak Ranch group donates money, supplies to shelter

Half a dozen people bustled back and forth from a maroon pickup Monday, hauling food, cat litter and toys into Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter.

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Big powder greets holiday skiers

Snow expected to continue into the weekend

The Steamboat Ski Area reported 20 inches of new snow since 12:30 p.m. Monday, and more snow is in the forecast.

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Longtime Craig resident receives U.S. citizenship

Alvaro Landa, 34, straddles the space between two worlds.

Veggie oil fuels new shuttle service

Denver entrepreneur offers eco-friendly rides to Vail, Colorado ski resorts

A Denver man is trying to green up skiing - or, more specifically, the trip to Vail, Steamboat Springs and other Colorado resorts - with veggie oil.

Aspen halts construction for holidays

Although not having the sounds of construction echoing through Aspen during the holidays may be a welcome respite, hundreds of workers will be missing out on a critical time to make money.

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Jimmy Westlake: The SAD reality of the winter solstice

The winter solstice, marking the moment that the season of fall ends and winter begins in the northern hemisphere, took place at 5:04 a.m. Sunday. The winter solstice is a very happy day and a very sad day - literally SAD.

Gravel pit expansion plan will be reviewed

Commissioners to consider idea today

Connell Resources' plan to expand the Camilletti gravel pit southeast of Hayden by 13 acres will be reviewed by the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 3 p.m. today.

Commentary: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

In celebration of Christmas, the Steamboat Pilot & Today offers one of the most famous newspaper editorials ever, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." Written by Francis Church, the editorial originally appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.

Tom Ross: No waiting at this post office

Historic Bond building untouched by holiday rush

Postal stress? What stress? The third week in December has to be the toughest time of the year for post office employees across America.

Sheriff's license suspension up

Wall won't confirm whether his driving privileges have been restored

Sheriff Gary Wall, who was convicted of driving while ability impaired and two related charges in July, would not confirm Monday whether he is back behind the wheel.

Monday, December 22

Commercial flights experience delays, cancellations

Few afternoon commercial flights made it to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, diverting to Denver because of concerns about the Hayden airport's instrument landing system after a Piper Malibu single-engine private plane failed to arrive as planned.

Crash victims identified as local couple

A Steamboat Springs couple died after their single-engine plane crashed west of Elkhead Reservoir in Moffat County this afternoon.

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Luke Graham: The week that matters the most

The winter prep sports season might be the most interesting one of the three seasons. Essentially, it's broken down into two parts - the pre-holidays season and the "real" season after the New Year.

Vail 1-day lift tickets hit $97

Single-day passes will become country's most expensive

A single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek will top out at $97 this week, making it the most expensive ticket in the country.

The Record for Dec. 20

Saturday, Dec. 20

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 22

Benefit for Molly Look, Tyler Johnson on Jan. 3

Tigers boys fall in Wyoming

Hayden girls remain unbeaten

It wasn't just that his team lost that bothered Hayden boys basketball Mike Luppes after Saturday's game at Snake River High School in Baggs, Wyo. It was that the Tigers, in their 64-43 defeat, bore nearly nothing in common with the squad that won its biggest game of the season just two days prior against Soroco.

Green power cuts raise questions

Durango city manager says decision necessary based on budget

Durango city officials are standing by a recent decision to stop purchasing green power from La Plata Electric Association, despite criticism from some who think it sends the wrong message about local sustainable energy efforts.

Tigers place 3rd at West Grand tourney

MaGee, Letlow capture titles; Soroco's Bruggink finishes 2nd in 103-pound class

Hayden wrestling coach Ty Zabel said the two-week vacation that began after his team's Saturday tournament in West Grand couldn't come at a better time.

Monday Medical: The truth about cats, dogs and allergies

Sometimes in medicine, it is hard to separate fact from fiction. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of myths presented to allergy sufferers. These misunderstandings can prevent people from obtaining the allergy relief they deserve.

Deb Babcock: The best mountain plants in '08

Each year, a few plants are chosen as the best of the best for gardens in the high mountains of Colorado through a cooperative program of the Denver Botanic Park and Colorado State University in conjunction with greenhouses and nurseries throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.

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Community dinner a collaborative effort

Annual Christmas feast is Thursday at Community Center

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors starts work on its annual Community Christmas Dinner each November. By the time 50 or so volunteers serve up a holiday feast to as many as 400 people on Christmas Day, two months of work and countless hours of effort have gone into the meal.

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Aging Well: Fitness classes inspire students, instructors

Take some relaxation, add a little relief and empowerment, some friendship and a touch of silliness, and you have the recipe for a typical Aging Well fitness class.

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Local hero recognized

Seventh-grader honored for giving Heimlich to choking student

During an otherwise routine school lunch Nov. 11, seventh-grader Cole Sittig started to panic. He reached up to his throat and signaled that he was choking, as his chest tightened and friends tried to help him by hitting his back.

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Night race kicks off Classic

DU racer Claire Abbe places atop the field in 1st event at Howelsen

Claire Abbe grew up training at night in Minnesota and put those skills to good work Sunday, winning the first race of the Steamboat FIS Holiday Classic at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Group wants wildlife crossing

Conservationists pushing Vail Pass project to prevent accidents

A wildlife crossing across Vail Pass in Colorado is one of several projects a wildlife conservation group wants to see funded in a proposed federal economic stimulus plan being discussed in Washington, D.C.

Dillon considers focusing on seniors

Town council explores options for revitalization projects

Trying to breathe new life into its struggling town center, Dillon officials are contemplating turning the area into an active senior community.

Man arrested on felony weapons charges

Routt County Sheriff's Office case involves drugs, automatic weapons

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man Friday afternoon on suspicion of nine charges, eight of which are felonies.

Sunday, December 21

Steamboat girls struggles at Flaming Gorge Classic

Sailors fall to Rock Springs, 69-29

After playing solid basketball for six straight quarters, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team couldn't get anything going on the final day of the Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball tournament, falling to Rock Springs, Wyo., 69-29.

Steamboat sports briefs for Dec. 21

Bill Demong wins World Cup event in Austria

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 19

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Looking back for Dec. 18, 1958

1,200 petitioners ask for junior college

Some 1,200 signified the definite desire on the part of these residents of a five-county area for the establishment of a junior college in this area.

Routt County Spotlight: Loryn Kasten

Occupation: Public relations manager, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Gary Burman: Ordinance needed

I am appalled that the City Council didn't pass the social host ordinance. It is true that it's not going to solve the problem of underage drinking, but it is a great first step. Contrary to Cari Hermacinski's statements that no data are available that show a social host ordinance is effective and that data are available that show an ordinance can even cause greater harm (e.g. incidence of drunken driving), a cursory search on the Internet last night turned up a study that discusses the effectiveness of social host ordinances and that they do work. I could not find the research that Hermacinski referenced.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 11 to 17

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market for Dec. 21

Prudential Steamboat nabs top state awards

Sailors boys fall to Cheyenne East, 41-38

A slow first quarter doomed the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team Saturday during the final day of the Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball tournament, as the team fell to Cheyenne East, 41-38.

Anne Barounos: Ordinance wrong

It was with great relief that I read this week that the social host ordinance failed to pass City Council. I attended and spoke up at the forum held at the high school and had assumed - obviously mistakenly - that the views of the many people at that meeting who spoke out against the social host ordinance would be transmitted to the City Council. In fact, of the 50-odd parents who attended the high school forum, it seemed that a majority were against the ordinance, for various reasons. To read in the Pilot that City Council received numerous letters in support of the ordinance, and no communications against it, was a bit of a shock to me.

Best of the Web for Dec. 21

Excellent purchase. This is how to enhance Steamboat's appeal to the rest of the world. Any and all land that can be purchased in that particular area should be procured or obtained in any manner possible. I beg you to keep it as it is! I hiked and skiied in that area years ago when I lived in "Brooklyn" and always considered it one of the finest properties in the city. This acquisition will help keep Steamboat's appeal that I love so dearly.

Cari Hermacinski: Solutions needed

Research shows that Steamboat Springs has an occurrence of underage alcohol use that exceeds most communities. This is deeply troubling to me as a community member, councilwoman and mother. I do not believe that there is any "safe" location for underage alcohol use.

Median home price declines by 22.5 percent

The average price of single-family homes in Steamboat Springs is holding relatively strong at $996,816, but a 22.5 percent decline in the median home price in Rout County tells a different story.

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Local timeshare size triples

Village at Steamboat owners hope to be recession-proof going into new year

The greatly expanded number of timeshare condominiums at The Village at Steamboat Springs could afford Steamboat Springs a measure of recession-proofing this ski season. After all, the 800,000 vacation members of Wyndham Vacation Ownership essentially have paid for their stay in a condo at Steamboat in advance.

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Court held in classrooms

Criminal justice program starts this spring at CMC

When Jeff Weeden was asked to teach criminal justice at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, he thought of what made a good instructor: a multi-faceted, engaging approach and a love for the topic.

Soroco teachers steal show at holiday concert

Vocal stylings aside, the Soroco faculty choir's festive outfits - Christmas sweaters, electric pink wigs and dark sunglasses - were a big hit with the audience at Tuesday night's holiday concert at Soroco High School.

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Shedding a sweet light

Hanukkah celebration focuses on food, family

The irony of celebrating the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights in a restaurant that greets its customers with a large ceramic pig hasn't escaped Paula Salky.

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Skiing 'sisterhood' pulls together women at 3-day seminar at Steamboat Ski Area

It's 8 a.m. The Steamboat Ski Area doesn't officially open for another thirty minutes. Nevertheless, there's a ski race going on - a race to go skiing, anyway.

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SSWSC wins pair of titles

Club strong in Howelsen Hill races with 7 podium finishes

Dori McNeill said she knew it was a good run the whole way through. It ended up being good enough for first place. Steamboat brought home one other championship and seven podium finishes Saturday.

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Sailors have tough day on the ice

Lewis-Palmer hands Steamboat 1st loss of season

If Lewis-Palmer hockey coach Steve Fillo's assessment of his team's 4-0 win against Steamboat Springs High School on Saturday is correct, Sailors fans should be encouraged. Fillo sees a Sailors squad that has all the potential to make a deep run into the playoffs.

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Fewer guests expected for the holidays

Early figures show 15 percent drop in bookings; officials say calls still coming in

As Christmas approaches, the latest figures show that local lodging bookings are down by about 15 percent, compared with 2007. Still, visitors are pushing forward with late bookings, observers said, and some spots will be packed to the gills for the holidays.

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Ace icon Doug Post moves on

Post and his wife will head to Washington next month

If you've ever been pelted in the noggin with candy at Ace at the Curve, odds are that Doug Post was the one slinging the sweets. After nearly 25 years at Ace and True Value, Post is on his way out.

Joel Reichenberger: Steamboat is a great place to grow up

I wonder if the children growing up here in Steamboat Springs realize how well they have it. I've seen Steamboat's youths soak up the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club experience before, and I long ago came to the conclusion this town would be a great place to grow up. It was a point reinforced while I was covering the many events at Howelsen Hill on Friday and Saturday.

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Rams bounce back

Soroco boys rock North Park, 78-28, on Saturday

The Soroco boys basketball team ruined its chance to take a perfect record into the two-week holiday break Thursday, when a rash of turnovers led to a loss at Hayden. But the Rams played squeaky clean Saturday and enter the break on a high note after downing North Park, 78-28.

Class Notes for Dec. 21

Meghan Hartley named Teen of the Month

Officials pursue stimulus

City, county lobby for federal infrastructure dollars

Yampa Valley children aren't the only ones preparing lists of Christmas wishes this holiday season. City and county government officials have their own roll of infrastructure projects they hope will become a reality sooner than previously anticipated.

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Soroco girls can't snap losing steak

Rams lose to Wildcats for 9th consecutive game

The Soroco girls basketball team accomplished one of the goals it set for Saturday's game against North Park.

Conservative commentary: In defense of social conservatives

For rank-and-file Republicans, our party's mission is to advance freedom through limited government, strong national security, personal responsibility and traditional family values.

John F. Russell: Todd Lodwick's comeback is no surprise

When Lodwick announced his comeback last summer, nobody expected the road back to the top of international competition to be easy for the four-time Olympian skier. But I would never bet against him.

Our View: Council erred on host vote

The Steamboat Springs City Council blew an opportunity last week to send a clear message to residents, particularly adults, that underage drinking will not be tolerated in our community.

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Club strong in Howelsen Hill races with 7 podium finishes

Club strong in Howelsen Hill races with 7 podium finishes

Dori McNeill said she knew it was a good run the whole way through.

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Fun Bucket set to open in '09

Oak Creek locale a place for games in supervised environment

When The Fun Bucket opens in Oak Creek early next year, co-owners Darrell Randall and Beverly Halcomb hope their youth center will fill what they perceive as a huge void in their community - safe, supervised after-school activities for South Routt children and teens.

Tree on the move

Roving Christmas Tree to mark 70th year with deliveries in Hayden

As far as his family can figure, Walt Webber started the Roving Christmas Tree in Steamboat Springs 70 years ago this year.

Fund Board finds sharing sales tax difficult to do

After 15 years of keeping revenues from the city's half-cent sales tax for education within city limits, members of the Steamboat Springs group are looking through bylaws and regulations in an effort to figure out how and when to grant the money to the South Routt and Hayden school districts.

Lynn Abbott: Greed is the Grinch

Nearly every headline last week brought to mind Dr. Seuss's evil-eyed Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small: sub-prime mortgage lenders, loan securitizers, corporate CEO's, auto execs, Governor Bleepovich and now Bernard Madoff, who lived up to his name and made off with billions of dollars from people all over the world. When I read the news, I picture them as mean old grinches, with green, snaky fingers slithering out from under their furry Santa jackets to snatch every dollar from every Who in Whoville. How can they sleep at night?

Business leaders: Now is the time to fight for customers

Steamboat Springs' business outlook could be summed up with a word: competitive. Real estate agents and home sellers are competing to move properties. Construction companies are competing for projects. Tourism-related businesses are competing for visitors.

Business File for Dec. 21

Small-business counseling group SCORE and Visa have added new online tools that provide small business owners with ideas and guidance on topics from securing funding to managing cash flow, according to a news release. The Financial Management Workbook and Ask SCORE provide advice and mentoring to help small-business owners make decisions.

Saturday, December 20

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The land that time forgot

Literal no-man's land holds up trail project

Completion of the city hike and bike trail from the Ridgeview subdivision to Sunset Elementary School has hit an unforeseen snag.

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Sailors skiers dominate at home

Boys, girls win Alpine titles at Howelsen Hill

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team's season was born Friday into a cold, gusty and overcast morning. That did little to dampen the Sailors' celebration once the first competition was in the books.

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SSWSC records big day

Lynch 1 of 4 local skiers to win in sprints Friday

The course for Friday's sprint portion of the Steamboat Junior Nationals Nordic skiing qualifier event at Howelsen Hill is narrow with plenty of steep climbing sections.

Mary Walker: Seminar allows sharing

Young girls address traumatic experiences together

All of the girls at the rescue centre and I have just returned from an Anti-FGM/Forced Marriage seminar held at a nearby school. We spent two nights away from the centre, sleeping in the dormitory of the boys boarding school hosting the seminar. The girls were very excited, initially, about the opportunity to be away from the rescue centre environment. When we arrived at the school, however, we were struck by the dirt, garbage, smell, and general uncleanliness of the school. Boys, boys, boys :

Rail agency studies idea for route across state

High-speed transit proposal rules out line to Winter Park

The Rocky Mountain Rail Authority's push to develop a high-speed intercity train network across Colorado will study spurs to Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge but has eliminated a branch to Winter Park as too costly.

Phippsburg water rates rising in '09

Quarterly increase to help pay for infrastructure projects

Phippsburg residents will see their quarterly water and sewer bills rise $6 in 2009, in part because of expensive infrastructure projects Routt County had to undertake this year.

Budget drops for Soroco

South Routt School District's finances firm despite 20 percent dip

The South Routt School District's budget for the 2008-09 year shows a drop of 20 percent from the previous year, but the situation isn't as dire as it looks, auditor Matthew Scoggins said Thursday.

Sailors hockey pulls out a 3-2 victory against Chatfield

Senior Eric Bonner scores 2 late goals for Sailors

If nothing else, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team doesn't make it boring. For the fourth time in six games, Steamboat left the second period tied or down. But for the fourth time, the Sailors found the grit and managed to find a way to win.

Green River gets best of Steamboat girls

If judging just by score, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team got 10 points better.

Airlines slash holiday fares going to Aspen

Not only are airline seats into Aspen still available for the Christmas holidays, they're surprisingly affordable.

Female avalanche deaths remain rare

Less than 5 percent of snow-slide fatalities attributed to women

An inbounds avalanche at Utah's Snowbird ski area last week was notable for the fact that it marked a rare female avalanche death.

The Record for Dec. 18

Thursday, Dec. 18

Colorado snowpack perilous

Death near Aspen, inbounds slide show avalanche dangers

The season's first avalanche death near Aspen and an inbounds slide at Vail, both last week, are clear signs that Colorado's snowpack is touchy and prone to trigger releases that could run deep and wide.

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School administrators don nightgowns for Make-A-Wish penny drive

On Friday morning, Steamboat Springs High School Campus Supervisor Dennis Hensen stood in a custodians closet and flattened the wrinkles in his pale green cotton nightgown. School Principal Kevin Taulman looked on and assured Hensen that his newly tinted hot pink hair - dyed with Hannah Montana-brand hair coloring - was a good style.

Steamboat sports briefs for Dec. 20

Top-tier slalom racers return to town

Sailors boys fall to Red Devils

Cold shooting dooms Steamboat against Evanston

Despite playing its best game against the best team its seen all year, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team couldn't overcome cold shooting from the outside and fell, 49-37, to Evanston, Wyo., on Friday in the Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball tournament.

East Grand School District looks at driver's ed

Community gets involved in bringing back safety program that has been absent for 20 years

After about 20 years without a driver's education program, Grand County leaders are working on a plan to make it available to local students again.

Housing tax gains speed

YVHA supports real estate transfer fee for affordable units

An alternative method to fund local affordable housing is gaining support - and not just from the developers proposing it.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 20

Last day for 4-H club warm clothes collection

Friday, December 19

Frigid temperatures to blast Steamboat this weekend

Weather advisories in effect; 8 to 14 inches of snow expected

Skiers and riders should bundle up and brace themselves for frigid weather on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend. Although today's daytime temperatures could get up to 20 degrees, the wind chill from a storm system blowing through the Yampa Valley will keep it feeling between 0 degrees and 5 below zero on the mountain, National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Ramey said.

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Yule Log found at Rotary Park

Randy Nelson successfully searched under the boardwalk

Local resident Randy Nelson found the log under the park's boardwalk, the Tread of Pioneers Museum announced this morning.

Buescher named secretary of state

Ritter picks Grand Junction legislator over Gordon, Romanoff

Gov. Bill Ritter appointed the Grand Junction legislator over two other finalists.

Sports briefs for Dec. 19

Junior wins Rocky Mountain News football honor

Steamboat Springs Alpine team to open season at Howelsen

According to the Las Vegas bookies, home field advantage always is worth a few points in the NFL.

Hockey puts 5-0 record on the line

Steamboat Springs faces 2 weekend tests on the ice

It would be human nature for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team to overlook today's game with Chatfield in favor of Saturday's top-5 matchup with Lewis-Palmer.

Sailors drop opener in Wyoming

High school boys basketball team falls to 3-3 in young season

The parts are there; they're just not coming together.

Oak Creek Ice Rink opens today

Santa Claus will skate at community party Sunday

After two weeks of ice-making, the Oak Creek Ice Rink welcomes skaters and hockey players for an after-school kickoff party this afternoon.

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Rob Douglas: Council has some 'splainin' to do

As we prepare to turn the calendar from 2008 to 2009, the Steamboat Springs City Council is poised to hire our newest new city manager. Before doing so, the council should - as Ricky famously said to Lucy - do some 'splainin.'

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Do-it-yourself crafts for the holidays

Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym offering gift-making workshops and others for children and adults this weekend.

Shaky 1st half dooms Steamboat girls basketball

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team couldn't overcome a slow first half Thursday in the opening game of the Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball tournament, falling to Star Valley, Wyo., 49-45.

The Record for Dec. 17

12:05 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a motorist near mile marker 46 on Colorado Highway 131.

Snow Tow is back in Aspen, claims 25 cars on 1st night

The odds of late-night revelers and other folks not finding their vehicles where they left them on certain streets in Aspen have increased. That is because the city fired up its Snow Tow program Wednesday.

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Denver's Oakhurst members list influences for their sound

When the five members of Denver's Oakhurst started thinking about what influences their music, they had no trouble looking past the updated bluegrass acts that have come before them.

Margaret Hair: Holiday movie traditions

I come from a generally inactive family. Where other families might venture out to test new toys, play in the snow or do other adventurous things on Christmas Day, my immediate family has done the same thing every Dec. 25 for at least 23 years: We sit in the living room and watch movies.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 19

A three-vehicle pileup snarled traffic between Hayden and Craig for 2 1/2 hours Thursday afternoon, and both lanes were fully reopened shortly before 6 p.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol.

AAA: Christmas travel will drop across Colorado this year

Travel in the western United States, including Colorado, will be down 1.9 percent during the Christmas holidays, with 15.5 million Western residents traveling more than 50 miles away from home, according to AAA Colorado.

Skier triggers snow slide in Vail

Blue Sky Basin rider unhurt, was in a restricted area

Another Blue Sky Basin snow slide was triggered by a skier Wednesday on Vail Mountain - this time by someone who had ducked a rope and was skiing in a closed area.

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Hybrid bus joins transit fleet

Nighttime ridership figures show steep decline

Steamboat Springs Transit Operations Manager Jonathan Flint said he hopes to have the hybrid in service by the first of the year, depending on how soon officials can have a graphic wrap installed in Denver.

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Hayden boys basketball sends Soroco to 1st season loss, 63-54

Hayden boys basketball coach Mike Luppes was cautious and reserved when asked what message his team sent to the Western Slope League on Thursday night. But junior forward Murphy Smartt wasn't nearly as subdued. "We announced we can play with anyone," he said. "We are a team to compete with."

Yule Log Hunt clue No. 9

Yule Log Hunt clue No. 9

Pitkin County, Aspen School Board butt heads about teacher housing

The Pitkin County commissioners and the Aspen School Board on Tuesday began hashing out their differences regarding building teacher housing in Woody Creek, but they continue to be locked in a stalemate.

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Self-promoting bluesman David Booker knows hard work

If James Brown was the hardest-working man in show business, blues guitarist David Booker figures he must be one of the hardest-working men in Colorado show business.

On Scene: Comedian visits Steamboat

After living in Steamboat Springs for more than a year, it can be easy to lose touch with how this place might be seen by an outsider - especially by someone from a place that doesn't have a ski resort, receive 500 inches of snow in a single winter or have a tradition of sending people down an icy street riding shovels in a festival called Winter Carnival.

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After-school drama program performs Saturday

Totally Amazing Drama Adventure teaches children acting, self-confidence

South Routt fifth-grader Joseph Frausto makes an excellent - though vegetarian - fairytale wolf. Crouching on the edge of the stage at Soroco Middle School, Joseph showed off his scary wolf face and quickly followed it with his charming prince face, thus demonstrating the two characters he'll play in "Wooing Wed Widing Hood," a Totally Amazing Drama Adventure production.

City manager finalists talk about position

The two finalists to be the city's next top administrator have different feelings about the fact that Steamboat Springs has lost two city managers in less than three years.

Thursday, December 18

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City, county collaborate to purchase and preserve land straddling Yampa River

In a deal scheduled to close Friday, the city of Steamboat Springs will purchase and preserve 35 acres straddling the Yampa River on the south side of Emerald Mountain.

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Brent Boyer: Help us help you

An error - four of them, actually - in Tuesday's newspaper reminded me how important the Happenings page is to our readers.

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Sailors girls look to turn losses into positives

With the honeymoon phase of the season over, Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen considers the final two losses at the Steamboat ShootOut a good thing for his team.

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Sailors boys look to come together

The Flaming Gorge Classic Basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo., has been kind to the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team.

City set to host Nordic qualifier

Race to attract more than 300 athletes

The Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior Nationals qualifier, set to go off Friday and Saturday at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, will give more than 80 local competitors a chance to shine.

Seminars at Steamboat to welcome 2 speakers

Seminars at Steamboat will welcome The New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to its annual public policy speaker series in summer 2009.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 18

South Routt School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. today

The Record for Dec. 16

Tuesday, Dec. 16

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Youngest Legion member honored

Sen. Taylor recognizes Hayden student's patriotism

Heather Nereson had no idea why she was being called to the front of the auditorium during a Wednesday assembly at Hayden Middle School.

Yule Log Hunt clue No. 8

Yule Log Hunt clue No. 8

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Charter school wins $500K in expansion funds

Grant will help build new North Routt facility

North Routt Community Charter School Director Colleen Poole received an early Christmas gift this year.

Rams, Tigers to clash in league contest

The Soroco boys basketball team enters tonight's game at Hayden with a perfect record, two wins better than the Tigers' 3-2 mark.

Wednesday, December 17

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2 city manager finalists chosen

Candidates McLaurin, Roberts lead very different communities

If nothing else, Steamboat Springs' next city manager will have a healthy appreciation of extreme weather. Officials announced Wednesday that the two finalists to become the city's top administrator are Jon Roberts, city manager of Victorville, Calif., and Bob McLaurin, town manager of Jackson, Wyo.

Burglar steals from three businesses

Cash, other items were taken overnight Tuesday, police said

Three businesses in west downtown Steamboat Springs were burglarized overnight Tuesday, police said. Money and other items were stolen from Twice as Nice Shoppe, Steamboat Tattoo and Body Piercing and Steamboat Hair Co.

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Ski area to open more terrain Saturday

Buoyed by more than 5 feet of snow at the Steamboat Ski Area in the past three weeks, ski area officials announced Wednesday a new slate of trail openings for this weekend. By Saturday, about 96 percent of the ski mountain will be open to skiers and riders.

Sports briefs for Dec. 17

Jewell finishes 5th in Piemonte

Lynne Miller: Become a Partner

Just before Christmas last year, I called Partners of Routt County and set up an interview to mentor a child. Volunteering in a program like this had been on my list for a long time, but I always had some excuse why I didn't have the time.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 17

Moffat Avenue will not be closed for sledding

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Rawlings gets new gig

Resident promoted to head cross-country coach for US Adaptive Ski Team

What started out as a way to earn free lift tickets has turned into a career for former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club head cross-country coach Greg Rawlings.

Donors issue LIFT-UP pledge challenge

Local couple gives $7,000 - contingent on residents matching it

The only thing better than giving $7,000 to LIFT-UP of Routt County may be giving twice that amount.

Skier 'swam' to endure Vail slide

Sunday started out as a typical powder day in Vail for Matt Jones.

Schaffrick impresses at Copper Mountain event

As wide-eyed as Maddy Schaffrick was on Thursday and Saturday during the first stop on the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Tour in Copper Mountain, it's hard to argue with the 14-year-old's results.

Our View: Consider shopping locally this holiday season

Mother Nature didn't exactly cooperate with the inaugural Merry Mainstreet event held Saturday in downtown Steamboat Springs, but the celebration nonetheless achieved the desired effect: attracting foot traffic to the downtown shopping district.

Pam Duckworth: Preserve Rehder

I was disappointed to read your editorial in the Dec. 10 Steamboat Today suggesting that the city should return the Rehder Building to the Rehder Estate, particularly because previously you have supported saving the city's historic landmarks.

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Snow by the feet expected by the weekend

Avalanche danger 'considerable' in Steamboat, Flat Tops

A new storm system could bring between 4 and 8 inches of powder to the slopes of Mount Werner tonight and Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The Record for Dec. 15

Monday, Dec. 15

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Steamboat diver takes Montrose meet

The season has just begun, but Steamboat Springs diver Genna Bradley already knows where she will be when the state high school swimming championships roll around in February.

Social host ordinance falls

Tie vote not enough for City Council to approve effort to curb underage drinking

The absence of a council member helped doom a "social host" ordinance that failed in a tie vote of the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.

Yule Log clue No. 7

A new clue will be published daily in the Steamboat Pilot & Today until the yule log is discovered.

Judge dismisses lawsuits about disputed invoice

Lawsuits filed earlier this month by the Routt County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall against each other and the Steamboat Pilot & Today were dismissed by a judge last week.

News on sales tax tops expectations

Projected drop higher than actual number

October sales tax collections dipped compared with the same month last year, but numbers came out higher than preliminary figures showed.

Salazar appointment praised

Gov. Ritter to name Senate replacement for popular politician

News that President-elect Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, a San Luis Valley Democrat, Interior secretary drew praise from both sides of the political aisle in Colorado on Tuesday.

Aspen ladies turn entrepreneurs

2 women form company to peddle tote bags to buyers

Two Aspen women have decided a fine way to do their bit for the environment and maybe make a little money is to become bag ladies - tote-bag entrepreneurs, to be precise.

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Joanne Palmer: Excuses, excuses, excuses

Never underestimate the power of the perfect excuse. The right excuse can free you from dozens of situations you don't want to be in.

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Holiday mailing deadlines approaching soon

Kathy Stokes has a simple warning: procrastinators beware.

Tuesday, December 16

City hosts community holiday party tomorrow

Event features tubing, Santa Claus and more at Howelsen Hill

Today's start of ski season flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport will bring large numbers of tourists to Steamboat Springs, but city officials say a locals-geared event is the real start to the holiday season.

Intrawest offers day at three resorts for $99

Promotion includes Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain

'Pow Pow Platter' available until sold out or Jan. 31, whichever comes first.

Printing error affects Steamboat Today

Four Craig Daily Press pages appear in today's Steamboat paper. Click here for the PDF versions of the four missing Steamboat Today pages.

Trauma likely killed avalanche victim

Former Aspen ski patroller caught in slide Sunday

Former Aspen ski patroller Cory Brettman probably died from trauma when he was caught in an avalanche Sunday on Aspen Mountain, Pitkin County Coroner Steve Ayers said Monday.

The Record for Dec. 14

Sunday, Dec. 14

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 16

Three motor accidents occur during weekend

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Winter concerts kick off

Learning how to play a stringed instrument beginning in kindergarten has its advantages, fifth- through eighth-grade students at Lowell Whiteman Primary School, as they demonstrated Monday in their first concert of a winter concert series.

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Students help out at local food bank

The group of fifth- and sixth-graders looked like a colony of ants. Scurrying about with their individual tasks, the students from the North Routt Community Charter School were organizing a table piled with food at the LIFT-UP Food Bank on Monday, dividing the items and placing them on their respective shelves.

Routt County adopts 2009 budget

The Routt County Board of Commissioners officially adopted a $64.5 million 2009 budget Monday. The 2009 budget is about $8 million smaller than the 2008 budget and includes several projected decreases in revenue tailored to a recessionary economy.

City manager search nears end

Hunt for city official position draws closer to finalist stage

One interview remains before the Steamboat Springs City Council settles on a list of finalists for the position of city manager. City officials expect the finalists to be announced by the end of the week.

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Tom Ross: A lion in winter

Cougar alarms telemark skier on Sitz

If I get my wish this Christmas, Santa will leave a pair of climbing skins for my telemark skis under the tree. However, I've already promised Mrs. Claus that I won't play with mountain lions when I go out skinning.

Social host ordinance returns

Law would punish adults who allow underage drinking in their homes

After a three-month delay, a proposed "social host" ordinance returns to City Council tonight for a second and final reading.

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Local figure skaters gain edge

Club members perform well in Aspen competition

After the first competition of the season, coach Kim Haggarty is excited about the prospects for the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club.

Speakers present business method

Experts: Survey of services, quick turnaround key to attracting businesses

Successfully attracting new businesses to the Yampa Valley could depend on how much local economic development groups know about their communities, two state officials said at a public gathering Monday.

Monday, December 15

Yule Log clue No. 5

A new clue will be published daily in the Steamboat Pilot & Today until the yule log is discovered.

Sailors ski their way to 2nd place

9 athletes qualify for state after 1st meet

Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing coach Chrissy Lynch said she knew she had some strong athletes in the freshman class.

In-bounds avalanche catches person in Vail

Skier was unhurt in Blue Sky Basin slide

A skier was caught in a small in-bounds avalanche in Vail Mountain's Blue Sky Basin on Sunday. The skier was buried to his waist but was unhurt, said Scott Toepfer, of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The Record for Dec. 13

12:12 a.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported at the intersection of Routt County Road 14 and C.R. 14D. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies took a report.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 15

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting applications for 2009 summer event funding. The application deadline is Jan. 2. For information and an application, call Kara Givnish at 875-7002.

Former Olympian takes big strides in comeback effort

Four-time Olympian Todd Lodwick made two wins in a row to open the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup season Sunday at Soldier Hollow, Utah.

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Saddleback Ranch celebrates a Cowboy Christmas

The snow came just in time for the Saddleback Ranch's fifth annual Cowboy Christmas. A dump of snow Saturday night meant tubing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and enough attendance to help collect toys for Mickey's Fund.

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Parade of Museums leads people on tour of history

Tour takes travelers on journey through region's past

The 24 people boarded a school bus just after 8 a.m. Saturday at Wyman Museum for the Parade of Museums. Their destination? History.

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Schools plan for the worst

Lowell Whiteman Primary School discusses emergency response procedures

The first and biggest challenge for Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale is convincing the faculty and staff at Routt County schools that disaster could strike.

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Forecast: Snowfall to persist this week

The snow isn't going to stop any time soon. The National Weather Service predicts snow will continue to fall in Steamboat Springs tonight through Tuesday afternoon, dropping another 6 to 12 inches at Steamboat Ski Area.

Monday Medical: Finding the line between stress, clinical depression

Feeling a little more tense than usual? You are not alone. Although the holidays should bring joy, they often add stress. Combine the holidays with current financial concerns, and it is easy to feel more tense than usual.

Aging Well: Time and thought go a long way during the holidays

It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned that some of the most memorable Christmases in my family also had been the toughest financially.

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Deb Babcock: Decking the halls with holly boughs

When the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, the day after Christmas, one of the plants the pilgrims certainly were happy to see was American holly, Ilex opaca, which no doubt reminded them of the popular holiday plant from home.

Sunday, December 14

Real estate transactions for Dec. 3 to 12

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Looking back for Dec. 11, 1958

Yule lights brighten Steamboat

Christmas music filled the air as Mayor Glenn Stukey turned on the lights at 7:30 Tuesday evening and carolers led by Mrs. Geraldine Elkins gave voice to the ever-popular songs of the season.

On the Market for Dec. 14

Sheraton Starbucks bows to Segafredo

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One Steamboat Place tops out

Completion still 1 year away for condo project at ski base

Skiers and snowboarders arriving at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area this season are apt to comment on the size of the construction project that recently topped out just off the southern edge of Gondola Square.

Routt County Spotlight: Isis Rich

Occupation: Tread of Pioneers Museum

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Sheraton unveils new look

Twenty million dollars later, the Sheraton Steamboat Resort has an elegant new look and - if everything goes as planned - a new identity.

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Contests light up South Routt

Yampa residents to judge holiday displays by ballot

Yampa residents are invited to tour the town this holiday season and cast their votes for their favorite decorations in Yampa's annual holiday lighting contest.

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Sailors place 6th in home tournament

It was feast or famine for the Steamboat boys basketball team, playing for fifth place Saturday in their own tournament at Steamboat Springs High School.

Sports briefs for Dec. 14

Hayden boys get revenge against Rangely

John F. Russell: Leaving a mark on Steamboat

The other day, I was inside the Steamboat Springs High School gym when I noticed something was missing.

Rash of thefts from unlocked cars reported

Eighteen vehicles were broken into between Tuesday and Friday at condominium complexes in the area of Whistler Road, according to local police.

Soroco steals a pair from Vail Christian

Volleyball opened the new gym in the fall with a loss to West Grand, and Soroco basketball did a nice job Saturday night of ruining Saints basketball's debut in the new barn with a sweep in nonconference play. But nix the plans on returning across the street.

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Meditation soothes Lowell Whiteman students

LWPS conducting meditation exercises twice a day

As director of the Lowell Whiteman Primary School, Nancy Spillane has seen the success of a new type of teaching method that uses Transcendental Meditation to instill a sense of concentration and focus in the school's fifth- through eighth-grade students.

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Habitat home in the works

Archuletas will get single-family house in Hayden

Amanda and Levi Archuleta weren't sure what they were going to do when they lost their trailer lot. Now, their new Habitat for Humanity home is in the works.

Joel Reichenberger: Ski year resolutions

The Steamboat Ski Area opened more than three weeks ago but, for me, this doesn't have the feeling of making a late New Year's resolution Jan. 25.

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Drug issues affect SSHS

Administrators, students concerned about substance abuse

Gary Burman's phone rang at 3 a.m. Oct. 8 with a chilling message. His 18-year-old son was in an ambulance, unresponsive, on his way to the hospital with a severe drug overdose.

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Holiday flights expected to slip

YVRA anticipates fewer winter bookings

Ski-season flights begin in earnest this week at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Although a drop in passenger load is expected during the holidays, staff members are working hard to make sure visitors who do come have a smooth ride.

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Nordic ski lessons challenge stereotypes, offer all-around fitness

You're supposed to wear tight clothes when you cross-country ski. At least that's the thought I had in my mind Thursday as I dug through my closet in preparation for my first cross-country ski lesson.

2 deaths confirmed at Keystone

Two deaths were confirmed Saturday at Keystone by Summit County coroner Joanne Richardson.

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Merry Mainstreet lights up downtown

Crowd gathers to enjoy songs, shopping at inaugural Steamboat holiday event

Hundreds of Christmas shoppers turned out for the inaugural Merry Mainstreet event in downtown Steamboat Springs on Saturday night - many with leashes and strollers in tow, some clad in Santa hats, and a particularly daring few riding their beach cruiser bicycles in defiance of the falling snowflakes.

Editorial cartoon for Dec. 14, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Dec. 14, 2008.

Best of the Web for Dec. 14

If the students in the Montessori program are learning well, why not expand it? But first, please show us the research to justify the expansion.

Jim Larsen: Is nothing sacred?

As a recent guest in Steamboat with my family, I see with angst that your great community is actually encouraging more tourists. I worry about my selfish needs to walk unimpeded into any of the fine restaurants and not wait for a table. I lose sleep at night about my kids having to wait more than 10 minutes for a ski lift.

700 plans hinge on retail

Big box store would have sizeable impact on development

As the city enters its most serious considerations of annexing the Steamboat 700 development, one of the first questions it must answer is whether it wants to see a big box store included in the plan.

Laura Case: Pay it forward

The true meaning of Christmas is alive and well in Steamboat. Thank you very much to the man who helped put our Christmas tree on the roof of our little car. As a single mom, some things tend to be somewhat challenging, i.e. Christmas tree transportation. Wednesday evening at 5 p.m., my children selected the largest Christmas tree within our budget from City Market - it was a great value. However, it was very heavy, and I wasn't quite sure how to hoist it up to the roof.

Lynaia South Orr: Give to United Way

There has been much talk recently about the Steamboat-style friendliness for which Steamboat Springs is known. That hospitality sets Steamboat apart, especially in the troubled economic times our country is facing. The Chamber is even offering Steamboat culture training in an effort to improve or perpetuate this Western hospitality.

Lynne Garell: Cut down on use of plastics

Plastic is everywhere these days, and it's hard to imagine that most of the plastics we use today weren't even invented a mere 60 years ago. Saran Wrap was introduced in 1953, Ziploc bags in 1968. It would be challenging to identify every plastic thing you use in the course of a day. Plastics have become so popular because they're cheap and durable. They can take many different forms (which is how they got their name), and they have become so useful that it can be difficult to imagine how we solved certain problems - like food storage - without plastic.

Jimmy Westlake: Ring around the moon

Did you see the magnificent ring around the full moon this past Thursday evening? Colorful rings, or halos, around the moon are not particularly rare, but conditions must be just right to produce one, and Thursday night's halo was unusually good.

Business File for Dec. 14

TIC, Kiewit merger still in works for end of year

Our View: Funding efforts crucial

President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan offers hope to Northwest Colorado and its needed infrastructure improvements - if, and perhaps only if, local governments and local business leaders are quick to seize the opportunity.

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Hayden rolls past Rangely

Big 4th quarter helps Tigers overcome Panthers rally

Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton, at first, said he was never worried. "I had confidence in them," he said about his team, victorious Saturday with a 62-44 win against Rangely.

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Green River shuts down Steamboat at ShootOut

Green River shut down Steamboat's girls basketball team, 63-33, in the consolation game of the 10th annual Steamboat ShootOut on Saturday afternoon.

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Environmental program helps Steamboat businesses plan sustainability measures

Sustainability strong

Several Steamboat Springs businesses are ratcheting up their "green" programs.

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Group tries to revive old ties

Program promotes cultural exchange

In 1989, a group of about 30 Steamboat Springs residents traveled to Saas-Fee, Switzerland, as part of a cultural exchange.

Business pros offer managers advice

Success Steps program gives input to manage finances

Seasoned business pros offered advice Thursday about how to make smart decisions in a tough economy.

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 14

Anthony John Huston, 21, Steamboat Springs - Second-degree burglary, theft (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Bonnie McGee, Ira Dubinsky and John Fairlie: Funding challenges

Shelly Riley (Letters to the editor, Dec. 7 Steamboat Pilot & Today) laments that tickets for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's Christmas Concert have become too expensive for her to attend, notwithstanding the fact that she found last year's performance "wonderful." We are sorry for her distress and wish to offer a note of explanation.

Saturday, December 13

Budget, utility rates OK'd for Oak Creek

Town Board appoints focus group to assess policing needs

Oak Creek Town Board passed its 2009 budget and rate increases for all town utilities with little discussion at its meeting Thursday night.

Sports briefs for Dec. 13

Hayden boys basketball team falls Friday, plays for 3rd today

Forest experts meet in Aspen

Scientists: Questions remain about beetles and global warming

Not enough is known about the mountain pine beetle infestation of Colorado's forests, or similar infestations in other forests across the world, to say for sure whether the phenomenon will contribute heavily to global warming in the coming decades.

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Sailors boys get big victory against Summit during home tourney

Sailors sharp in big victory against Summit

A quick glance at the end of the first quarter of the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team's Friday afternoon game against Summit bore an eerie resemblance to the Thursday disaster that cast the Sailors into the consolation bracket of their own tournament.

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Post office plans move

Downtown facility to relocate to Pine Grove Road in 2011

Developer Brian Olson said Thursday, and U.S. Postal Service officials confirmed Friday, that a deal has been struck to move Steamboat Springs' downtown post office to a future development at South Lincoln Avenue and Pine Grove Road.

Furniture store moves to warehouse

Triple 555 Ranch Design offers lower-cost pieces for locals

After closing her furniture store next to Off the Beaten Path, Holly Day wasn't ready to stop selling pieces to locals.

Saddleback to collect toys

Holiday drive gathers gifts for Denver Children's hospital

Prudential Steamboat Realty is collecting toys again this year to take to the Denver Children's hospital on behalf of Moose Barrow's annual effort, Mickey's Fund. The holiday toy drive collects more than 3,000 toys every year for children and families who will be spending their holiday season in the hospital.

Report: Hayden School District finances healthy

Review positive despite fund decrease

Matthew Scoggins, auditor from Colorado CPA Services, gave the Hayden School District a clean bill of health in a report of the district's 2007-08 audit.

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Merging past with present

Guidebook celebrates 122 years of downtown architecture

A new book published by the city of Steamboat Springs commemorates the city's ability to couple boom periods with a respect of its past.

Ski Band to get new uniforms

High school group raises money for ski coats, cowboy hats

Convincing a high school student to march down the street in the Steamboat Ski Band's current uniform isn't easy.

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Tom Ross: Steamboat's roving Santa

Walt Webber family took Christmas door to door

As Steamboat kicks off a new holiday tradition tonight with Merry Mainstreet and the good folks in Hayden look forward to the tradition of the Roving Christmas Tree, it's good to be reminded that in a more innocent time, Steamboat youngsters looked forward every Christmas Eve to the popcorn balls that Santa Claus delivered to their doors.

Hayden Town Board trustees OK 2009 budget

Hayden trustees approved the town's 2009 budget without incident or fanfare Thursday night.

The Record for Dec. 11

2:49 a.m. An intoxicated pedestrian was reported in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive, where a drunken man was knocking on windows and trying to enter vehicles. Police gave him a courtesy ride back to his hotel.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 13

The Steamboat Springs Police Department and Colorado State Patrol, along with nearly 50 other state law enforcement agencies, will step up drunken driving patrols through Monday.

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Sailors pressed into pity contest

Girls fail to keep up with D'Evelyn

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball that team proved Thursday night it can dish it out, blasting Summit in the opening game of the 10th annual Steamboat ShootOut with a grueling full-court press.

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Hayden girls basketball has 5-0 record for season

Hayden has 5-0 record for season

The Hayden High School girls basketball team didn't have its best game of the season Friday at home, but the Tigers still are perfect. Thanks to Holli Salazar's hot hand and the team's relentless defense, the Tigers improved to 5-0 this season with a 73-42 win against cross-county rival Soroco High School.

Friday, December 12

Flurry of accidents reported Friday

Mambo Italiano nearly became a drive-through in a three-vehicle collision Friday afternoon - one of many accidents reported as weather took its toll on Routt County roads.

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Major storm coincides with added terrain

At least 1 foot of snow predicted as ski area opens more lifts

The first major storm of the winter is hitting Northwest Colorado this weekend. A winter storm warning has been issued for Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas, with a foot or more of snow expected by Sunday afternoon.

Al White tabbed for Tourism Office Board slot

State senator-elect has said tourism funding is his No. 1 priority

Hayden Republican will assume seat vacated by term-limited state Sen. Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs.

District's finances healthy, but still lacking

Auditor calls Hayden School District "a clean penny" despite fund decrease

An auditor gave the Hayden School District a clean bill of financial health Thursday, but the district is still struggling - net assets decreased $16,237 last year.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 12

Christmas Alive nativity show runs through Sunday

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Lift up your voices

Holiday choral events include concerts, sing-along

The Mountain Madrigal Singers have been together long enough to keep each other entertained for hours with stories about past concerts.

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Landscape painter Clyde Aspevig finds inspiration worldwide

Landscape painter Clyde Aspevig has a term for finding light effects and shapes that catch his eye: "I call it landscape snorkeling."

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Orchestra teaches young musicians how to play as a group

Every Monday afternoon this fall, Craig resident Ray Kirk drove 45 minutes to Steamboat Springs so his 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, could play violin with an orchestra.

On Scene: Orchestra chops impressive

I am picky about performances of "Sleigh Ride."

The Record for Dec. 10

Wednesday, Dec. 10 12:44 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported on Cypress Court, where two juveniles appeared to be breaking into vehicles. They were gone when police arrived but appeared to have entered at least one car. Police are investigating.

Yule Log Hunt clue No. 4

A new clue will be published daily in the Steamboat Pilot & Today until the yule log is discovered.

Lodwick qualifies for Nordic event

8 U.S. skiers make Continental Cup

Eight U.S. athletes, including veteran Todd Lodwick, of Steamboat Springs, qualified to compete in this weekend's FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup events in Park City and Soldier Hollow, Utah, at trials in Steamboat. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club played a key role in producing two days of outstanding qualifying events despite low early season snow.

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Steamboat girls rout Summit

Stockdale leads way with 26 points

Sailors junior Gracie Stockdale leads way with 26 points in easy opening-round win at Steamboat ShootOut tournament. The girls play D'Evelyn at 6:20 p.m. today in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

Hayden boys advance to tournament's semifinal round

The Hayden boys basketball team advanced in the Cowboy Shootout Tournament on Thursday night in Meeker, beating Altamont, 64-55.

Burglaries on rise in Carbondale

Has Carbondale's small-town feel been tarnished by several random burglaries to businesses and homes in the past year? Some locals think so.

Aspen woman starts Unemployment Anonymous help group

When 64-year-old Aspen resident Gette Vhrin lost her job a year ago, she spent the ensuing months feeling hurt. Before being let go, she had been giving "1,000 percent" to the company, she said.

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Steamboat can't keep pace with Castle View

Sailors drop opening game of home tournament, 57-38

Turnovers, poor shooting and a boy named Jade spelled trouble for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team in the opening game of its home tournament. The Sailors lost 57-38. They return to play Summit at 4:40 p.m. today in the alternate gym at the high school.

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Young Nordic team excited

Squad kicks off competition Saturday at Vail

The start of the high school Nordic skiing season is just a day away, but that doesn't mean Steamboat Springs coach Chrissy Lynch has any idea what to expect when her athletes take to the snow Saturday in their first race at Vail.

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Mainstreet to unveil festival

Holiday celebration will feature carolers, treats, open houses

Lincoln Avenue will become "Merry Mainstreet" on Saturday night during downtown Steamboat Springs' inaugural Christmas season block party.

Parade of Museums to hit 4 area locations

About two weeks before Thanksgiving, the Wyman Living History Museum's office manager, Nicki Boulger, had a thought: If a parade of homes is fun, wouldn't the same be true of a parade of museums?

4-H fairgrounds fees limited

Youths won't be charged for most organized group activities

In a meeting that carried an air of tension and included concerned public comment, the Routt County Fair Board agreed to move forward with a fee structure for use of the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

YVHA officially downsizes

Board president to apply for Housing Authority's sole staff position

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority's board of directors gave final approval Thursday to a $1.5 million 2009 budget that will eliminate all current employees and put the authority into "survival mode" as it contemplates its future - or lack thereof.

Group to schedule community training to prevent domestic, sexual abuse

Next step: education. Community members and Advocates - Crisis Support Services representatives plan to host a public session on sexual assault and domestic violence.

Three Craig men arrested for suspected poaching

The Colorado Division of Wildlife arrested three Craig residents Thursday evening on suspicion of poaching.

Saturday event to help woman recovering from brain surgery

Penny Paxton can't remember the days in September before she was airlifted to Denver for the removal of a tennis-ball-sized tumor in her brain.

Arts Council asks associates to give back in fundraising auction

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council staff had been talking about holding an art auction for a while.

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Amputators cut debut CD

Local rock band plays release show today at Tap House

One look at the track listing for the Amputators' self-titled CD debut should tell you something about these guys: They are not out to impress you.

Margaret Hair: No other book like it

Steamboat Pilot & Today columnist Joanne Palmer will not hype her newly published book, "Life in the 'Boat," herself. So, I am doing it for her.

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Rob Douglas: Lessons from our largest bank heist

Like many folks in the valley, I wear more than one hat when it comes to scratching out a living. In fact, penning this column is a tiny fraction of my work. Given the Alpine Bank heist, I'll change hats and draw on my full-time career to offer some thoughts to local businesses and consumers.

Thursday, December 11

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Significant storm headed toward Steamboat

Get your shovels ready - more than a foot of snow could accumulate on the slopes of Mount Werner this weekend, according to updated forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Swanson to fly on next space shuttle mission

Steamboat astronaut slated for second trip into orbit

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson has been named a mission specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery's upcoming trip to the International Space Station.

Lodwick, local athletes qualify for Nordic event

Eight U.S. skiers qualify for Continental Cup at Steamboat trials

Eight U.S. athletes, including veteran Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs, qualified to compete in this weekend's FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup events in Park City and Soldier Hollow, Utah, at trials in Steamboat.

Jackson Hole readies to debut $32 million ski tram

New 100-passenger cars will make the 4,139-vertical-foot track up Rendezvous Mountain in nine minutes, besting the old tram system by 45 passengers and three minutes.

Salazar named to House Appropriations Committee

Announcement signals Congressman out of running for agriculture secretary

U.S. Rep. John Salazar said the seat will give Colorado a strong voice for federal funding in transportation and energy projects. The appointment also means he most likely will not become President-elect Obama's secretary of agriculture.

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Sailors kick off home tournament with 6:20 p.m. game

The Steamboat ShootOut begins today with a slate of games, including the Sailors' matchup against Castle View. The Steamboat girls play at 8 p.m. tonight.

Fund Board's reach expands

Hayden, South Routt join request process for education dollars

Superintendents for the Hayden and South Routt school districts said they will be requesting between $100,000 and $200,000 each from the Education Fund Board during the first year they are able to receive money from the body.

Sailors girls look to build on recent progress

Steamboat Springs High School junior Gracie Stockdale doesn't have the best memories from past Steamboat ShootOut basketball tournaments.

Pass sales up, bookings down in Vail

Season ski pass sales are up, but advance room bookings are significantly down, according to a Vail Resorts earnings report Tuesday.

Reservations down in Aspen

Advance bookings for Christmas bleak in Snowmass Village

Current bookings would produce an average occupancy of only 59 percent during Christmas week for the Aspen lodging industry, a report released Tuesday shows.

Education roundup for Dec. 11

The Hayden School Board meets at 6 p.m. today in the School Board meeting room to discuss goals for the Hayden School District and its individual schools, the budget and the School Accountability Reports released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 11

YVMC to receive more Medicare funds from state

Hayden to approve budget

Final proposal, parks plan, water rates on tonight's agenda

Hayden trustees are scheduled to approve a 2009 budget with some slight revisions tonight. At its last meeting of the year, the Town Board will discuss the finalized budget, the parks and recreation master plan and a proposed water rate increase.

The Record for Dec. 9

2:38 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 1600 block of Natches Way. Everything was fine.

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Brent Boyer: Newspapers must focus on Web

News from within the newspaper industry has been pretty dire in recent weeks. The Rocky Mountain News, said to be Colorado's oldest business, is for sale.

Yule Log Hunt clue No. 3

A new clue will be published daily in the Steamboat Pilot & Today until the yule log is discovered.

Grand Junction Housing Authority takes over Section 8

The Grand Junction Housing Authority now has an official agreement with Moffat County to manage the area's 72 Section 8 housing vouchers.

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New Ski Corp. store opens Saturday

Howelsen Place location will offer rentals, lift tickets, lessons

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s first downtown retail location is in the new Howelsen Place. Services will include equipment rental and the ability to purchase lift tickets and lessons.

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More than an officer

Carrell takes on many duties at Steamboat Springs High School

School resource officer may not be the most accurate title for the position Josh Carrell holds at Steamboat Springs High School. "School-resource-friend-confidant-authority-coach-sponsor officer" might be closer.

Oak Creek utility hikes up for approval

Tonight's Town Board meeting will address budget; water, trash, electric rates

The Oak Creek Town Board is set to adopt the town's 2009 budget and approve rate hikes for all Oak Creek utilities tonight at the board's final meeting of the year.

Routt County man pleads guilty to cultivation of marijuana

A Routt County man facing multiple felonies in connection with a Hilton Gulch drug bust earlier this year accepted a plea agreement Wednesday in Routt County District Court. He is expected to serve 90 days in jail.

Aspen requiring carbon monoxide detectors for all new homes

The city of Aspen issued an administrative order Monday that requires all new homes to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.

Vail Resorts-town relations on the mend

Vail, resort officials ready to work together after a rocky past

At a meeting between Vail Resorts and Vail town officials Tuesday night, pins clashed - not tempers.

Weekend Nordic ski event expects big turnout

Late nights are in store for almost anyone who plans an event as big as the one Emily Lovett and Katie Lindquist are planning. And indeed, the pair stayed up well past their bed times Monday.

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Slopeside parking spots for $1,000 apiece

Youth ski group offers $1,000 passes

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hopes its latest fundraiser appeals to people seeking ski-in, ski-out parking at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Wednesday, December 10

Sobering photos from Cameron Pass

Local avalanche danger rated moderate

The recent avalanches at Diamond Peaks took place just to the southwest of the high point of Cameron Pass. They were slab avalanches, according to Steamboat-based retired avalanche forecaster Art Judson. One large slide broke to the ground.

Moskowitz lands new role

Steamboat grad named head volleyball coach in Gunnison

Former Steamboat Springs High School volleyball player Katie Moskowitz and daughter of Kelly Meek has been named the head volleyball coach at Western State College.

Hayden wrestlers finish 4th at Middle Park

Soroco squad showing early season promise, coach says

The Hayden High School wrestling team opened the season in impressive fashion last weekend. Soroco's squad also is showing promise, coach says.

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Forensics team on a roll

Steamboat Springs speakers have earned 9 medals in 3 meets

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team has earned nine medals in the first three meets of the season, despite fielding a young squad with only two returning members.

Ski programs under fire at Vail Resorts

Ski area operator ends Over-the-Hill Gang at Keystone and Breckenridge

When Tim Bourke's wife died after the couple moved to Summit County, he found solace in a circle of friends he developed when he started skiing at Keystone with the Over-the-Hill Gang every week.

State releases accountability reports for public schools

Steamboat scores exceptionally well; Soroco and Hayden earn 'high' and 'average' ratings

Steamboat Springs' public schools are mostly excellent, according to the annual School Accountability Reports released by the Colorado Department of Education on Tuesday. The Hayden and South Routt districts also were rated.

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Joanne Palmer: The fountain of youth is in my wallet

Quite by accident, I have stumbled upon the fountain of youth - the secret to looking and feeling younger. This revolutionary secret does not require a visit to a Swiss spa, a doctor's prescription or painful injections.

Rams manage to sneak by pesky Sailors

Soroco tops JV team

Those looking to see what makes the Soroco High School boys basketball team so successful should just look at Tuesday's game against the Steamboat Springs junior varsity.

Soroco girls take early lead, beat Steamboat JV

Rams beat Sailors squad by 20 points

Soroco High School freshman Madison George scored 21 points and Sarajane Rossi chipped in 16 as the Rams easily ran past the Steamboat Springs junior varsity team, 58-38, on Tuesday night.

The Record for Dec. 8

1:52 a.m. A 28-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle on suspicion of driving under the influence and DUI per se.

Fund Board to set priorities

The Steamboat Springs School District is prepared tonight to request $3.15 million in funding from the Education Fund Board for the 2009-10 school year. That total is about $1.25 million less than what the Fund Board granted the school district last year.

Making the most of beetle kill

Beaver Creek makes signs from dead trees; Vail plans long term

Vail Resorts isn't trying to fight pine beetles anymore - they've lost that battle. Instead, the company is trying to manage the beetle problem as best it can, Vail Resorts planner Tom Allender said.

Aspen reports 9 inches Tuesday; Snowmass boasts 17

Snowmass reported a bountiful 17 inches of new snow Tuesday morning, and Aspen Mountain picked up 9 inches from a snowstorm that blew through Monday night.

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Ghost Ranch Saloon's opening pushed back

New Steamboat Springs music venue not expected to open until May

Music fans eager for a new venue in Steamboat Springs are going to have to wait about six more months. Owners of the Ghost Ranch Saloon don't anticipate opening the music venue and restaurant until mid-May.

Lawsuits filed over disputed legal invoice

County, sheriff sue newspaper, each other about Wall's legal fees

The Routt County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall filed lawsuits against each other and the Steamboat Pilot & Today last week, seeking a court determination as to whether the county or the Sheriff's Office is required to release copies of a disputed legal invoice.

Our View: City should release Rehder Building

The time has come for the city to end its ownership of the historic Rehder Building in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Towny Anderson: Doing the right thing

How did the agreement enabling Steamboat Art Museum to lease the Rehder Building, first consummated in principle in 2007, become so politicized that City Council President Loui Antonucci was compelled to declare at the Dec. 2 meeting, "Hopefully between now and some point in the future we will know what our options are"?

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Williams pleads guilty

Routt County woman faced felony charges related to embezzlement of $1.3 million from Alpine Bank

Routt County woman's prison sentence will be capped at 10 years for her role in embezzling $1.3 million from Alpine Bank customers. She previously had pleaded not guilty and was headed to a February trial.

Pilot suspended after near-collision at YVRA

A March incident at Yampa Valley Regional Airport has resulted in a 60-day certificate suspension for a SkyWest Airlines pilot, though he has appealed the decision.

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Council to support parks and rec

Officials to help department weather economic storm

The city's prized parks and recreation programs received assurances of support at a joint meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 9

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Danner appointed to commission

Executive director of Yampa Valley Partners will assume Moffat County Commissioners seat previously held by Saed Tayyara, who died Nov. 29.

The Record for Dec. 7

Sunday, Dec. 7

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Building fee nears adoption

Industry opposes new exaction on cost of construction in the city

Following a public outreach process that was absent when the city first contemplated a new building permit fee, changes have been made to the proposal that will go before the Steamboat Springs City Council for approval next week.

Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 9

Salvation Army looking for volunteer bell ringers

Spillane, Demong finish in top 10

Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong came together for two U.S. top-10 finishes Sunday in a World Cup event in Trondheim, Norway. Spillane, of Steamboat Springs, finished fifth; Demong was seventh.

Yule Log Hunt clue No. 1

Throughout the day and in the dark, The log lay last year in Rita's park.

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Perhac takes the reins at CMC

One of Peter Perhac's first decisions on his first day of work as chief executive officer of Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus was to open up his e-mail account to anyone who wants to contact him.

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Big week for parks department

Council to address master plans, budget shortfalls at work session today

The future of Steamboat Springs' beloved parks and recreation offerings will be the main point of discussion at today's meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

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Tom Ross: Beware the karaoke machine

Here's wishing a blue Christmas to ye and all your kin

I tanked as an Elvis impersonator in front of 110 of my colleagues and their significant others Sunday, and I know that people will never regard me in quite the same way again.

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Financial aid paramount

Seminar gives students, parents tips on securing money

For Mike Smith, parent of Steamboat Springs High School senior Brian Smith, applying for college financial aid will be more important than ever this year.

Monday, December 8

McCoy, Bond rally for better emergency services

To distance themselves from a contentious political past, community members have a new name for their new department (formerly the Bond/McCoy Fire Department) has a new name: Rock Creek Fire.

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Storm blowing in

Snow is expected to continue into tonight, with total city accumulations of 2 to 5 inches. More snow is expected on the slopes of Mount Werner, where between 4 and 8 inches could accumulate by midday Tuesday.

Sailors struggle at meet

Steamboat learns lessons in season's 1st wrestling match

Steamboat Spring High School wrestling coach Shane Yeager said he sent his team into its first meet at Middle Park with a goal in mind.

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Youths invade Steamboat mats

Locals fare well at 180-wrestler home tourney

Sure, they were interrupted by the cries of the wounded, with a bloody nose or poked eye occasionally stealing the spotlight. Smiles dominated Sunday, however, shining through everywhere as the Yampa Valley Wrestling Club closed out its season with a massive home tournament at Steamboat Springs High School.

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Luke Graham: Steamboat hockey set for big year

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team shouldn't get ahead of itself. Although winning the King of the Mountain Tournament is quite a statement, it's easy to forget it's only the first three games of the year.

The Record for Dec. 6

12:14 a.m. A traffic stop was made at U.S. Highway 40 and Majestic Circle. A ticket was issued.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 8

Ian Harper, a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs resident, was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting a Steamboat Springs police officer.

Deb Babcock: Giving care for your holiday plants

Don't you love the beautiful colors, shapes and aromas of plants that seem to be available only at holiday time? The spectacular amaryllis plants that grow about an inch a day and the beautiful white-, red-, pink- and plum-colored poinsettias are so decorative.

Yule Log Hunt starts Tuesday

Clues to be announced via Steamboat Today, radio stations

For Jayne Hill, Steamboat Springs' annual Yule Log Hunt is a year-round affair. "People talk to me about it all year long. It's amazing," said Hill. "The people who are really into it are aware of it all year long."

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Going, going, gone

Holiday event sells decorated trees for nonprofit groups

About 100 people filled the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Sunday to bid on Christmas decorations that ranged from the traditional to the inventive.

Monday Medical: Treat OSA now for a better life

Snoring is no laughing matter. If you snore, or if you sleep with someone who snores, you probably are not getting enough sleep at night. Lack of sleep can cause health issues, just as snoring can create social issues among couples.

Chamber report: Wine, baseball fueled summer's biggest weekend

A combination of wine lovers and baseball nuts made up Steamboat's busiest summer weekend this year.

Aging Well: Cancer screenings available to low-income women

Exercise more, eat better and quit smoking - these are just a few goals likely to show up on many to-do lists for 2009.

Sunday, December 7

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Author maps the way to 36 abandoned ski resorts

General Douglas MacArthur explained in 1951 that old soldiers never die. "They just fade away," he told Congress, preparing to fade away himself. The same apparently can be said for ski resorts.

Soroco girls fall in West Grand championship

The numbers were right for the Soroco High School girls basketball team Friday in a rout of Clear Creek.

Soroco boys basketball sprints past opponents

For a team looking to establish an early culture of winning, the Soroco High School boys basketball team sure has done a good job through the first two weeks of the season.

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Steamboat girls playing confidently, off to 2-0 start

Even with the offense not where it needed to be, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team easily breezed past Basalt, 63-38, on the closing day of the Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale.

Hayden girls wrap up championship

Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton wasted no words describing his team's performance Saturday in the championship game of the Meeker Tournament.

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Sailors win despite 27 turnovers

Steamboat Springs boys basketball improves season record to 2-0

As ugly as it was, the Steamboat Springs High School basketball team beat Basalt, 53-36, on Saturday, the final day of the Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale.

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Changing of the guard at Sheraton

Chuck Porter steps down from top post

After 19 years, Chuck Porter is stepping down as general manager of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. A new owner took over last year, and the makeup of the hotel has changed. Porter decided it was time to switch things up.

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Developers plead for affordable-housing relief from city

In the absence of buyers, Michael Hurley has found another use for some of the six affordable condominiums he vainly is trying to sell at Trappeur's Crossing.

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Parents want Montessori program to expand

Five years after strand program began at Strawberry Park, supporters say there's more interest than space. District officials are concerned about financial and classroom limitations.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 7, 2008

Meetings begin Tuesday for adult sports leagues

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Steamboat hockey wins home tournament

The King of the Mountain Tournament provided an identity for a Steamboat Springs hockey team looking to find just that.

Business File for Dec. 7

Photographer's new Web site online

Demong takes 4th in Norway

The U.S. Ski Team's Bill Demong capitalized on perfect jumping conditions Saturday to finish fourth in the season's third Nordic combined World Cup competition in Trondheim, Norway.

Bars, police launch safety program in Breckenridge

Campaign to crack down on disorderly patrons

An increase in fights and disorderly patrons has prompted local police to join forces with bar owners to establish the Breckenridge Safe Bar Campaign, a program designed to target the troublemakers rather than the bars.

Energy boom has adverse effects

Study: Development takes toll on other segments of economy

A new study indicates the natural gas boom on the Western Slope has made it harder for other sectors of the regional economy to thrive.

Lynne Paschal: Thanks, council

This is what we get for allowing our economy to be based on the non-sustainable second-home formula: Developers trying to bully the City Council, threatening to sue the community they pretend to be a part of, because they are not able to sell "affordable" units during the worst economy in 70 years. Thanks, City Council for not caving.

Shelly Riley: Tickets too steep

I was so looking forward to the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's Holiday Concert until I learned that adult tickets were $30. Although the concert undoubtedly will be wonderful, as it was last year, $30 seems a little steep, especially considering the price was a more manageable $20 last year. (Ah, yes, 2007, when we were all happy-go-lucky and rolling in the dough.) And why is it that adult tickets for this past Friday night's Craig performance were only $15? Are we expected to pay more in Steamboat because we're "wealthier" and "can afford it"? I still believe music is good for the soul, but this year I guess I'll get it from a CD.

Brooks and Laura Graham: Kudos Steamboat

It's about time that the hard-working, self-respecting local read a paper and feel like his/her opinion is not only heard but acted upon. Our point is in reference to two articles in the Dec. 3 Steamboat Today.

Scott L. Ford: Donate locally

Lately, my P.O. Box has been crammed to overflowing with catalogs asking me to either call or log on and buy "stuff." I also am being encouraged to shop locally for "stuff" whenever possible. I am well aware that a dollar spent locally at one of our many retail establishments has a ripple effect within the overall economy. Although we have some pretty cool local "stuff," I am not too sure that my personal spending on such "stuff" would make a very big splash in the economy.

Best of the Web for Dec. 7

9News lauds Pio Utu

Editorial cartoon for Dec. 7, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Dec. 7, 2008.

Cynthia Rozell: Change is coming to national security

The major international challenge facing the Obama administration is repairing our nation's frayed international relationships. Restoring global partnerships is key to achieving our global aims and priorities, and it is what Americans voted for. So how does President-elect Obama's new national security and foreign policy team shape up to this challenge?

Joel Reichenberger: Just a shot in the dark

I wrote several months ago about how much I missed hunting turtledoves near my childhood home in Kansas.

Routt County Spotlight: Brian Hoza

Brian Hoza

Jimmy Westlake: Fishing for Pisces

The patch of sky that appears overhead about 7 p.m. in early December is informally known as "the celestial sea." That's because it is home to all forms of watery constellations, including Delphinus the Dolphin, Capricornus the Sea Goat, Cetus the Whale, Eridanus the River, Aquarius the Water Carrier and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish.

Teen Style: Service requirements are good for students

When it comes to community service, Steamboat Springs has more options, and requirements, than many places. For instance, Steamboat schools require a certain amount of community service hours to pass the grade.

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Teen Style: High school students take on Dance Showcase challenges

As January draws to a close, 82 high school girls will put on a stunning dance performance. The 13th annual Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase will be the culmination of nearly four months of hard work and daily practices.

Yampa faces a tighter budget

The town of Yampa is poised to dip as much as $80,000 into its financial reserves next year to cover operating costs, infrastructure improvements and equipment replacement, according to its proposed 2009 budget.

Usage costs could grow

4-H parents oppose new fairground fees

Routt County wants to charge more fees for use of the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, a suggestion that has upset parents of 4-H members who would be affected.

Teen Style: Hot Topic: Defining a 'teen'

As they focused on middle and high school students in Routt County who stand out for their academic and extracurricular accomplishments, the five-member staff of Teen Style asked itself: Are students their age stereotyped as an age group?

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Sixth-graders teach younger learners in language program

The way Ty Coughlan explained the Spanish-language story he was reading to Sven Tate and Fischer Matthews made sense to them. As 12-year-old Coughlan read the story about Doctor Jen to his 8-year-old reading partners Wednesday, he stopped to give tips and hints for how to remember the Spanish words.

Teen Style: Students research wind energy for senior project

Steamboat Springs High School seniors Chrissy Ford and Ben Paley, both 18, are working locally to solve a worldwide goal: developing sources of alternative energy.

Teen Style: Question of the month

Do you think it's important to contribute to the community?

Real estate transactions for Nov. 25 to Dec. 2

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Hayden subdivision features mid-range homes with solar panels

Steamboat Springs homebuilder Paul Flood is determined to show mid-level buyers in the Yampa Valley that "green" homes can fit within the budget of working families.

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On the market for Dec. 7

Steamboat Springs saw just one building permit issued for a single-family home in October, but permits for alterations and additions hit double digits.

Our View: Success out of struggle

A push by some parents to expand Montessori in the Steamboat Springs School District is a reflection of the growth of a successful program, but school officials must consider what's best for all students and families before determining whether the wants of a few should be met.

The Record and Jail Report for Dec. 5

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Help to pay bills heats up

As winter sets in, dipping temperatures are creating higher utility bills and pushing some low-income residents to reach out for help with heating costs.

Former policy adviser: Fiscal plans vital

Recession could have lasting effects on Steamboat

Economic experts officially declared a recession last week, sending the stock market tumbling and raising questions about the implications.

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New faces at Black Diamond

Former owner 'thrilled' to hand shop over

It's hard to believe that Charlie Holthausen will really step away from Black Diamond Automotive.

Home foreclosures remain rare in Routt County

Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon confirmed this week that a pair of homes in Steamboat Springs - one on Red Hawk Court and another on Cornice Court - were foreclosed on this fall and returned to the holders of the mortgages, an outcome she seldom sees.

Saturday, December 6

Steamboat jumpstarts to 1st win of season

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team opened up the 2008-09 season with a 48-34 win against Roaring Fork in the marquee game of the Brenda Patch Tournament. The girls fared as well in their opening game, defeating Roaring Fork 57-40.

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Steamboat quilter takes 2 top awards

Area-inspired designs win 1st in Houston

The quilts David Taylor creates don't even look like quilts.

Book store, school collaborate for funds

The problem with book fairs is, they often miss their mark, Steamboat Springs High School librarian Nicole DeCrette says.

Area bank shifts executives

PJ Wharton takes over as new Yampa Valley president

Yampa Valley Bank will have a new top official as of Jan. 1.

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Hayden boys fall to Rangely; girls reach finals

Long scoreless streaks in first and fourth quarters doomed the boys basketball team, while Holli Salazar led the girls to the final game of Meeker Tournament.

SmartWool gives $85,000 in grants

Steamboat Springs company contributes to charities across US

Steamboat Springs company SmartWool doled out about $85,000 to 27 nonprofit organizations in its most recent round of grants, the company reported last month.

Alpine Campus gains affiliates for 2 new transition programs

Ski runs on Mount Werner aren't the only new courses opening this season.

The Record for Dec. 6

3:21 a.m. A 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving under restraint, during a traffic stop at Lincoln Avenue and Hilltop Parkway.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 6

Vectra Bank will move to new location Monday

Colleges strapped for cash

Sinking economy depleting scholarship funds, boosting tuition for students

Gayle Dudley says there is always a way to pay for your education. As Steamboat Springs High School's college and career counselor, Dudley wants to make it clear that despite a sinking economy and rising tuition costs, students can find a way to pay for a college education if they start looking now.

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Tom Ross: Pass the porcupine stew

Early settlers used skis for work, rarely for play

Winter appears to have settled in for good, and some of you who are new to the Yampa Valley may be wondering what you have gotten yourselves into.

Looking back for Dec. 4, 1958

From the Thursday, Dec. 4, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Dawes blocks barrage of shots

Sailors goalie stops 51 in tourney win

Steamboat Springs goaltender Matt Dawes relished the opportunity to face a barrage of shots. In fact, the junior wanted to see as many as he could.

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Expanded openings on tap for today

New terrain, deep snow greet skiers and riders Friday

The Steamboat Ski Area has announced Saturday's terrain openings, which include the Storm Peak Express chairlift and most of the terrain off Sunshine Peak.

Friday, December 5

Steamboat skates to 3-2 win over Aspen

Sailors hockey team opens home tournament with a key victory

Goaltender Matt Dawes turned away 51 of 53 shots Friday night to help the Sailors redeem last year's 0-3 record against the Skiers.

Muellers sell Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Triple Peaks LLC will remain in charge of resort operations, but CNL Properties of Florida will take ownership of assets. The Muellers were part of an unsuccessful bid to purchase the Steamboat Ski Area in 2002.

Hayden girls win opening game of tournament

Easy victory over Grand Valley sends Tigers to second-round matchup against Rangely on Friday.

SmartWool gives $85,000 in grants

Local company supports nonprofit groups across U.S.

The Steamboat company is supporting 27 nonprofit groups, including Partners in Routt County and North Carolina Outward Bound.

Aspen Skiing Co. leaving 12 salaried positions vacant

Resort operator says it doesn't plan to lay off any employees, one day after competitor Vail Resorts announced 142 jobs will be eliminated.

Town of Winter Park predicts 11 percent revenue decline

Officials expect sales taxes to decrease 5 percent in 2009. That's in addition to the 7 percent drop in sales tax revenues from 2007 to 2008.

Rabbit Ears among snowiest

Rabbit Ears Pass and the Park Range were among the snowiest spots in the state Friday morning

The official Rabbit Ears measuring station at 9,400 feet on the west side of the pass read 31.4 inches of snow depth.

Vectra's downtown location moving after today

Bank headed to Howelsen Place starting Monday

Vectra Bank will close its old downtown location after business today and open its new one Monday.

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Soroco wrestling squad set for first meet

The bet isn't available anywhere in Las Vegas, but if it was, Soroco wrestling coach Jay Whaley would eagerly plop down money on his hunch.

Hockey tournament hits Howelsen ice

Instead of focusing his efforts on the three visiting teams for today and Saturday's King of the Mountain Hockey Tournament, Steamboat coach Jeff Ruff has taken a little different approach.

Al White re-appointed to Joint Budget Committee

State senator says preserving tourism funding is his top priority

Protecting $20 million in tourism funding will be the No. 1 priority of state Sen.-elect Al White, R-Hayden, whom Senate Republicans unanimously reappointed last month to the Colorado General Assembly's Joint Budget Committee.

West End Liquor fined for violation

Store to pay in lieu of suspension for compliance check failure

The city of Steamboat Springs is allowing West End Liquor to pay an undetermined fine in lieu of having its liquor license suspended for failing a compliance check in September.

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Knitting hats for newborns

High school staff to help those in impoverished countries

Gayle Dudley can crank one out in an hour. Barb Tuchlinsky keeps yarn secreted away behind her desk. And newcomer Nicole DeCrette is making "one-of-a-kind" creations.

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Nordic center opens trails; ski area logs 1 foot

The snow that powdered the valley's nose Thursday ensured that skiers and riders would enjoy fresh fluff when the Steamboat Ski Area gondola opened this morning.

Fraser Valley officials consider year-round municipal bus service

A recent study has Fraser Valley officials eyeing the possibility of converting the existing private, winter-only transit system into a year-round municipal bus service.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 5

Trace Musgrave resigns from Hayden Town Board

The Record for Dec. 3

4:09 a.m. An ambulance was requested in unincorporated Routt County for a man with a head laceration.

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iPods becoming a tool of the trade

Local schools incorporating portable music players into lessons

It may seem a strange place to receive a lesson on sound, but the library at Strawberry Park Elementary School was abuzz with rolling pencils, shuffling papers and spinning globes as a part of a technology-enhanced class Thursday afternoon.

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Stewart brings mosaics, paintings to all surfaces

If there are any undecorated surfaces in Patsy Stewart's house, they're not easy to find. Her experiments include paintings and creations in various mediums, which will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mugshot in Oak Creek.

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Orchestra concert spotlights 4 soloists

Working through the subtleties of dynamics, tempo and articulation while they rehearse Haydn's "Sinfonie Concertante," three Steamboat Springs musicians can't stop complimenting each other.

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The Ethereal Plane wants to take you higher

To Patrick Latella, good music isn't just something to dance to, and dancing isn't just something you do in a bar.

On Scene: Thanksgiving was a success

This is what I did on Thanksgiving and why I have come to love holidays in Steamboat Springs:

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'Solstice' show at Artists' Gallery celebrates the start of winter

With her hand covering the men fishing in one of her winter-themed oil paintings, Bonnie McGee just has a landscape.

CD review for Dec. 5, 2008

'Cadillac Records'

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Arts Council events tea off

Teapot sale and Holidays in the Rockies happen this weekend

On Monday, Linda Laughlin was near hour 20 of unpacking teapots. The Steamboat Invitational Teapot Show features 81 pieces and is on display through January at the Depot Art Center.

Rob Douglas: Rolan's first and last impressions

It's true that first impressions count, but last impressions are the ones that folks remember. Steamboat Springs Finance Director Lisa Rolan looked promising as she entered City Hall last March, but she will not be remembered fondly by some as she exits.

Fortress holding investors' money

Possible impact on Ski Corp. parent Intrawest remains hazy

Fortress Investment Group, the company at the top of the hierarchy that owns the Steamboat Ski Area, officials told investors they can't get their money back from several of its funds.

Margaret Hair: Taking time to breathe

Rob Williams' life is all about balance.

Thursday, December 4

Vail Resorts eliminates 142 jobs

The company also is deferring raises for executives and some employees, and suspending 401k matching funds.

Winter Park to open top-to-bottom skiing Friday

Winter Park Resort has received more than 19 inches of snow since Thanksgiving Day, and the resort will open 32 acres of new terrain and two chairlifts at noon Friday. Rocky Mountain Ultimate Passholders can ski Winter Park and Copper Mountain as part of their Steamboat skiing priveleges.

Hayden school vehicle rolls with students aboard

Only one minor injury reported

A cut finger was the only injury resulting from the accident early this morning. The driver was cited for careless driving causing injury.

Musgrave leaves Hayden board

Trustee moved to Arizona for job reasons; town to appoint replacement

Trustee moved to Arizona for job reasons; resignation will be formally accepted during Dec. 11 meeting.

Vail's sales tax revenue falls in October

Town experienced 4.9 percent decrease from October 2007; year-to-date revenues remain up almost 6 percent from last year.

Durango passes inclusionary zoning law

Ordinance is similar to controversial one adopted by Steamboat Springs last year

The Durango City Council adopted its first official affordable-housing policy Tuesday night by passing the Fair Share Housing inclusionary zoning regulations by a 3-2 vote.

Rocky Mountain News for sale

E.W. Scripps Co. said Denver financial conditions make newspaper not viable

The E.W. Scripps Co. said it had lost about $11 million in Denver through the first nine months of this year.

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Ski area reports 12 inches of new snow, announces Friday terrain

Winter weather advisory remains in effect until midnight for Mount Werner

With a foot of new snow on the slopes, Steamboat Ski Area officials said 34 trails over 356 acres will be open for skiing and riding Friday, when the gondola and Burgess Creek lifts will open along with Thunderhead Food Court.

Adventure Trip ranks ski area No. 3

Online magazine scores Steamboat high after compiling ratings

An online magazine has aggregated the results of top ski resort listings and placed the Steamboat Ski Area at No. 3 overall.

October sales tax revenues decrease

Steamboat Springs faces 2nd straight month of decline

Preliminary figures for the city's October sales tax receipts show a decline of 6.24 percent from October 2007, Finance Director Lisa Rolan confirmed.

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Rehder Building poses financial issues

City Council members disagree about the rent being charged to two of the building's tenants, and consideration is being given to returning a $150,000 capital improvements grant from the State Historical Fund.

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Soroco High School returns 5 starters to basketball court

Rams expectations high

Soroco High School senior Ryan Tibbetts isn't worried about the past. Instead, the Rams leading scorer a year ago has sensed a cultural change in the basketball program - losing is not acceptable anymore.

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Howelsen Hill to open Saturday

All open terrain will be accessible to skiers and riders via the Poma lift beginning Saturday, Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department staff assistant Susie Kleman said. The Barrows chairlift will not be in use. Final terrain decisions will be made according to the weather. The slopes will be open this season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and 3 to 8 p.m. on weekdays.

YVRA prepares for season

Flight schedules may shift; wireless Internet not yet installed

Ski season flights are slated to start in the next couple of weeks, and Yampa Valley Regional Airport should be ready to go.

Youth wrestlers set for home meet

The Yampa Valley Wrestling Club wraps up its season Sunday at Steamboat Springs High School.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 4

Friday is deadline for Galápagos trip deposit

The Record for Dec. 2

5:39 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue, where a diesel truck was idling.

Plea agreement pending in drug case

The case of a Routt County man facing felony drug charges in connection with a Hilton Gulch marijuana operation was continued Wednesday in Routt County Court.

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Brent Boyer: Changes in store for Pilot & Today

A group at the Pilot & Today has spent the past couple months evaluating our newspaper products and refining ideas for how to make them better. Some of them come down to efficiency and best use of resources. Some of them involve the changing nature of newspapers and newspaper readership.

Steamboat football sees Glenwood title as roadmap

Those looking for a reason to be excited about the Steamboat Springs High School football team's 2009 season might not have to look further than the 2008 Class 3A state champion.

Local hydrologist awarded

Forest Service's Schnackenberg honored for watershed work

Liz Schnackenberg is excelling in a highly technical field where a tiny insect has altered the rules for the remainder of our lifetimes.

Wednesday, December 3

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City finance director resigns

Report: Rolan to take county finance position in North Carolina

Finance Director Lisa Rolan resigned from the city of Steamboat Springs on Tuesday afternoon, the same day that a county manager in North Carolina announced he had hired Rolan to be his finance officer.

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Snow to blow into Thursday

Forecasters say flurries could fizzle by Thursday evening

Snow flurries hitting Routt County today are expected to stick to higher elevations overnight and continue through late Thursday, forecasters said.

Plea agreement pending in drug case

Case of man facing felony charges related to marijuana bust continued Wednesday

The case of a Routt County man facing felony drug charges in connection with a Hilton Gulch marijuana operation was continued Wednesday in Routt County Court.

Mom, daughter involved in rollover accident

The accident occurred just east of Milner on U.S. Highway 40 during this morning's commute. Only minor injuries were reported.

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Joanne Palmer: Mouse potato needs staycation

I have a notebook full of words that interest and intrigue me. Then, when I can't think of an adjective, I can pull out my notebook and come up with a really surprising word that will astonish my readers. Of course, the problem then becomes I can't find my notebook, and I start digging around through my desk drawers and find other things I've been looking for.

Man sentenced to 3 years in chase case

James Vance Nicholson fled State Patrol, escaped YVMC in '07

A Greeley man who wrecked a stolen car during a high-speed chase last year was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday.

Sales of CO gas detectors on the rise in Aspen

Aspen hardware stores can't keep enough carbon monoxide detectors on the shelves after the public learned of the tragic deaths of a family of four who died Friday from the deadly gas.

Airfares touch down in Aspen

More supply than demand means good deals to be had

It appears that competition between airlines and economic uncertainty has resulted in good deals for tourists coming to Aspen.

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Gondola to open Friday

Storm Peak lift to bring top-to-bottom terrain Saturday

Eager skiers and riders will be greeted by top-to-bottom terrain at the Steamboat Ski Area this weekend. The gondola and Burgess Creek lift are scheduled to open Friday, followed by the Storm Peak Express lift Saturday.

School Board forms wish list

Prioritization of sales tax leaves some requests in the cold

A textbook budget didn't make the cut this year. Neither did science labs or extra time for teacher planning. Kitchen equipment, furniture and carpet also went by the wayside as the Steamboat Springs School District prioritized what budget items to request from the Education Fund Board for the 2009-10 budget.

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Housing battle brewing

Developers could take legal action against Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Springs City Council rejected developers' requests Tuesday to relax affordable housing requirements at Wildhorse Meadows, but sweeping changes could be in store for the city's housing ordinances beginning early next year.

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Utu wins 9 News award

It wasn't surprising that Pio Utu was oblivious to the hundreds of people walking into Kelly Meek Gymnasium at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday. It also wasn't surprising Utu had no idea he'd won the 9Who Care Award for December from 9 News. No, Utu was busy doing the same thing he's been doing the past 25 years. While everyone was filing into the gymnasium to honor him, Utu helped a group of 15 student-athletes train.

The Record for Dec. 1

4 a.m. A burglar alarm went off on Moffat Avenue in Yampa. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 3

Opera volunteers get free admission to ball

Hayden boys, girls win season openers

Barnes sends game to OT, then wins it

Hayden High School boys basketball player Zach Barnes will have to find a way to get nervous before every game.

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Local service club turns 60

Kiwanis continues 27-year holiday ornament tradition

In the midst of celebrating their 60th anniversary, members of the Steamboat Kiwanis Club have released their 27th collectible Christmas ornament.

Trees for sale to highest bidder

Hayden holiday auction to help charity groups, organizations

Visitors to this year's Christmas tree auction in Hayden could snag a plant draped with nutcrackers or boughs bulging with ornaments made of shell casings.

Terry Magoon: Dinner was great

I wish to thank the Steamboat community for a truly great Thanksgiving dinner at the new Community Center. It was another typical "Steamboat cares" affair, like the Steamboat I knew years ago.

Omar M. Campbell: Put annexation to vote

The "Local ballot looms in '09" article in the Nov. 9 Steamboat Pilot & Today identifies only two potential upcoming ballot issues - a property tax to fund affordable housing, and one for downtown development. The current recession and the hits we taxpayers recently have taken for approving the elaborate Bud Werner Memorial Library expansion, the new Soda Creek Elementary School, the cemetery, museum and open-space support, will surely dampen voting for a social engineering issue like affordable housing. Prediction: Like the recreation center ballot question, it will be defeated by at least a 2-to-1 margin.

Michelle Madderom Mackey: EMTs needed

In May, I passed my National Emergency Medical Technician Basic exam in hopes of continuing to work at Howelsen Hill as a ski patroller. After growing up in Steamboat and being a part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for more than 10 years, I wanted to give back. I started patrolling at Howelsen in 2007 and enjoy it immensely.

Our View: Officer a valuable resource

Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School Board for agreeing to help fund the resource officer position at Steamboat Springs High School.

Hayden Valley Press to cease publication

Today's edition marks the final publication of the Hayden Valley Press, a small weekly newspaper owned by WorldWest LLC, the parent company of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Craig Daily Press.

Tuesday, December 2

Snowmass Village to stick with increased tax rate

10.4 percent sales tax will be among highest of mountain resort towns

That tax rate will be one of the highest among local resort towns, though it will be matched by at least one other town - Telluride. Aspen's sales tax, for example, is 8.6 percent. In Steamboat Springs, the sales tax rate is 8.4 percent.

Spillane, Demong ski well in World Cup event

Steamboat Springs skiers finished 13th, 14th in Finland

Demong and Spillane excelled on the track. Demong had the fastest ski time, and Spillane was third, but they finished 13th and 14th because of poor jumps. Demong and Spillane tied for 31st after the jumps.

Snow rolling into valley tonight

Fast-moving storm system could bring eight inches by Wednesday

Northwest Colorado could get 8 inches of snow at high elevations by Wednesday night, a forecaster said.

Green Courte invests $3.4 million in Fort Collins

Company active in Steamboat Springs developments

Backers of downtown Steamboat projects including Alpen Glow and Howelsen Place also see opportunity on the Front Range.

The Record for Nov. 30

From Sunday, Nov. 30

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 2

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 2

Storm systems challenge motorists

Weekend storms that brought more than 10 inches of snow to Mount Werner also caused headaches for motorists.

City takes step toward green building

Council set to consider pilot program for developers

City Council is set to consider a new ordinance tonight that has been working its way through the public process for almost the same amount of time needed to construct a modest green-built home.

School district to share cost of resource officer

DeVincentis wants proof the position is worth the money

John DeVincentis says he doesn't like to vote for things just because they "feel good." In the example of district funding for a high school resource officer, DeVincentis wants proof the position works.

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Carbon monoxide a winter threat

With December comes the desire to shut the windows and doors, seal all the cracks from the threat of cold drafts and crank up the heater to keep warm during the long Routt County winter.

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Tom Ross: Santa got run over by a vampire

Holiday reading alternatives to the Dracula fad

I have to confess that until I picked up the Sunday New York Times Book Review, I was oblivious to the wild popularity of Sookie Stackhouse. Stackhouse, in case you haven't run into her, is the telepathic cocktail waitress who serves as the protagonist in a series of bestselling vampire novels by author Charlaine Harris.

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Fire destroys truck in mall parking lot

A local pizza deliveryman may have a hard time bringing people their orders, after his truck caught fire Monday night in the Centennial Mall parking lot.

Compensation program extended as jobless rates rise

Unemployment is increasing in the state and Routt County, but more relief is available for those eligible.

Monday, December 1

Storm system wreaks havoc on motorists

Numerous accidents reported across Routt County on Sunday

Local law enforcement agencies responded to about a dozen car accidents Sunday, including two involving cars that slid off Rabbit Ears Pass. None of the accidents resulted in serious injuries.

Steamboat briefs for Dec. 1

The Tracks and Trails Museum at 129 E. Main Street in Oak Creek is featuring Daniel Ellertson's wildlife photographs, on display on the Artist's Wall.

The Record for Nov. 29

12:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 700 block of Lithia Springs Road.

Vail energy efforts may go unnoticed

It's a cloudy day, and Vail has gotten its first snowfall in weeks - it's good for the skiing, but bad for the array of newly installed solar panels at the top of Eagle's Nest.

2 shelters open for motorists

Lanes of I-70 closed as icy conditions cause accidents

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed Sunday over Vail Pass and from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower tunnel because of bad weather and heavy traffic, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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Aging Well: Everyone invited to celebrate new Haven addition

Not too long ago, the Yampa Valley's only assisted living facility was in danger of closing. When the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association acquired The Haven in 2005, the VNA not only protected an important longterm care option - it seized an opportunity to expand older adult services while engaging the community in the process.

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Inclusion program expands options for adaptive skiers

Until this season, learning to ski in Steamboat Springs was costly and sometimes difficult for skiers with adaptive needs.

Jane McLeod: Local cherry trees as easy as pie

My friend, Grace, bakes wonderful cherry pies from cherries off her tree grown right in her own backyard.

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Hayden lights up holiday season

Joneses host traditional ceremony for town in their yard

When Russ Jones and his wife, Dolores, bought their house at Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue in Hayden two years ago, they were unaware that the nearly 80-year-old blue spruce towering next to U.S. Highway 40 had a proud history as the town's Christmas tree.

Monday Medical: YVMC gives patients financial assistance

Regardless of financial circumstances, your health must remain a priority. That is why, in these troubled economic times, your community hospital wants to be sure you can access health care services.

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Luke Graham: Winter athletes to watch

The winter sports season is upon us, and every local team, at this juncture, thinks it has a chance to be good.