Friday, February 29
Although Moffat County doesn't have the natural resource stores seen in counties to the south, as a regional player it stands to benefit or falter along with development in those communities.
The 2008 Oscars were boring. No question.
What makes them sound like they do, and why
When Heath Mahan lists the musicians that have influenced his work as a rhythm guitar player and vocalist for Mississippi jam rock band Absylom Rising, nothing comes as much of a surprise.
CD review of Nick Lowe, "Jesus of Cool"
Epilogue presents two nationally known authors for book series
When she was young, outdoor author and professional climber Majka Burhardt's family responded to a television commercial and adopted an Ethiopian child, sending regular checks to pay for food and medicine.
Cowboy Mouth promises a lively show, from silly to serious
New Orleans pop punk quartet Cowboy Mouth has been around for more than 15 years - clocking time with a major label, opening for Hootie & the Blowfish and always being aggressively honest.
Local painter Diane Cionni on getting back to basics
With almost 30 years of arts education and professional experience behind her, local painter Diane Cionni went into hiding.
Ask any member of any rock band scheduled to play in a local bar who his influences are, and you're bound to get some variation of the same answer:
Machine recertification eliminates need for hand counts
Secretary of State Mike Coffman reversed Thursday his decertification of voting equipment used in 47 Colorado counties, including Routt and Moffat.
1:17 a.m. A noise complaint was received from Fish Creek Falls Road and Highland Drive. Police gave a warning.
The Routt County Conservation District election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 6.
Steamboat begins postseason play tonight against Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan boys basketball coach Jeff Montel is having fun, and lots of it. After his first year produced a 0-23 record, Montel came back this year with a team of athletes and turned in one of the most memorable basketball seasons in Mustangs history.
"Rob, we've just crossed into N-ville." I sat in stunned silence.
Plant hard to tell if it's oregano or marjoram
Although two distinctly different plants, closely related oregano and marjoram have been confused through their long histories.
Colorado gives local licensing authorities great latitude
"I'll see you in court," were some of the last words Kathy Nerney said to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Feb. 19, but the embroiled restaurant and bar owner may face an uphill legal battle should she make good on the promise.
Thursday, February 28
A Steamboat Springs High School graduate who served in Iraq with the U.S. Army died Thursday after falling six stories off an icy roof at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
Queen Elizabeth was coming for a visit, and the challenge was to put her to work doing household chores.
Steamboat, Craig join Rocky Mountain Rail Authority
The cities of Steamboat Springs and Craig have joined a group exploring high-speed, passenger rail service that could include a spur extending from South Routt to Craig.
Northwest Colorado Home School Association play tonight and Friday
It's her first big role, but Amanda Barber, 14, said she isn't that nervous.
Shop owner suggests using care with digital photography
Recollections - small moments that, throughout time, can accrue meaning and value to the owner.
Training program combines classroom and on-scene instruction
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue is seeking participants for its 2008 Fire Academy, the department's recruiting and training program for future firefighters.
Attorney, witness to speak about race at CU Law School
Almost six weeks after 15-year-old Randall Nelson was found not guilty of assault and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a racially charged February 2007 incident that left another boy with a broken jaw, legal and financial ramifications remain for the family.
The numbers associated with the consumption of plastic bags are staggering.
High school marketing team qualifies four students for international competition
Krista Schenck, Moffat County High School business and marketing teacher, had a premonition.
Robbins recalled for optimism, Nordic contributions
Former U.S. Nordic combined coach Tom Steitz will always remember when he got the idea to try bringing the World Cup to Steamboat Springs.
When Steamboat Springs High School basketball player Colby Kostur thinks back to how many times he's driven U.S. Highway 40 from Hayden to Steamboat the past four years, he chuckles.
Electrical fire causes minor damage to home
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Wednesday, February 27
Legislation introduced in response to electronic voting flap
Top state lawmakers from the Democratic and Republican parties introduced a bill Tuesday that, if passed, would all but mandate a paper-ballot election for Coloradans in 2008.
Commissioners take second look at Craig Partners' assessment
The landlord for a large commercial operation in Craig successfully protested its property valuation, lowering the assessed value about $500,000.
Steamboat alumnus accepted to prestigious Italian vocal school
Keaton Covillo, a 2005 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is on the verge of realizing his childhood dream - singing opera in Italy.
Even though Hallmark has not officially recognized it, residents of Steamboat Springs know there is a certain week in winter where it is OK to be depressed. Blues Break - a dreadful seven-day period where certain people with frequent flyer miles, large amounts of money and jobs that aren't tied to the resort industry get to skedaddle out of town.
Midnight. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Apres Ski Way and Mount Werner Circle. The man was taken to detox.
A Craig man was arrested Monday on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine, after a month-long joint investigation by the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the All Crimes Enforcement Team.
Ski Area records three straight months with 100+ inches of snow
Routt County's snowfall late Monday and early Tuesday has the Steamboat Ski Area teetering at the brink of a 400-inch season and made for record-breaking measurements.
Local snowboarders compete in Revolution Tour
Love and compassion continues to pour over the Yampa Valley. This is a heartfelt thanks to the ever-generous local community who came out to help support and celebrate the Naused family on Feb. 8. Your donations of food, auction items, fabulous entertainment and attendance - let alone the overwhelming spirit of the evening - made this benefit an outstanding success.
Last week's arrest of two longtime Routt County residents suspected of embezzling $1.2 million from Alpine Bank customers has shocked our community, and rightly so. It very well could be the largest theft of its kind in the history of Steamboat Springs.
Four small avalanches were reported in Lower Fish Creek Canyon on Monday and Tuesday, and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center warned of continued considerable avalanche danger in the greater Steamboat Springs area.
Skiing as a team can be a tricky task.
Tuesday, February 26
Book clubs are invited to read "No Mountain Too High" by Andrea Gabbard, the story of breast cancer survivors and supporters who climbed Mount Aconcagua, the Western Hemisphere's highest peak, to raise funds for The Breast Cancer Fund.
An unidentified out-of-state man was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a snowmobile accident in northern Routt County.
The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team will send four of its members to the state tournament after dissecting the regional competition last weekend in Delta.
Results could shape development reviews at base area
To better prepare for widespread redevelopment at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, the city of Steamboat Springs is sponsoring and administering a base area retail study.
Insurance expenses eating up bigger chunks of budget
Divvying up the Steamboat Springs School District's budget is more difficult as rising health insurance costs eat up more pieces of the pie each year, said Dale Mellor, the district's director of finance.
EDP, MCTA and Chamber to examine moving in together
It's about efficiency and accomplishing specific goals within a larger mission, said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce executive director.
12:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to an anonymous noise complaint in the 1300 block of Hilltop Parkway. Police said there was a loud party that involved a lot of alcohol, and they asked those involved to quiet down.
You might be getting old if you devoted Sunday evening to watching the 78th Academy Awards and realized halfway through the production that you've seen only two of the nominated films, and they were Netflix rentals.
Officials describe shock, disappointment as theft investigation continues
Bank officials expressed shock and disappointment Monday in response to an alleged $1.2 million embezzlement from five bank account holders in Steamboat Springs.
Monday, February 25
School district offering all-day kindergarten online survey
Steamboat Springs School District officials have created an online survey to gather more community, parent and staff input on how to best implement all-day kindergarten.
Heeling Friends seeks recruits to comfort hospital patients
Lumbering onto a hospital bed with a lightly injured paw, Poudre, a 6-year-old Australian sheperd, is hard at work. Which means he's getting an ear rub from Yampa Valley Medical Center patient and part-time Steamboat Springs resident Samuel Wilson.
Saturday, Feb. 23
Two Steamboat men arrested for theft
Boettcher Scholarship a crowning achievement for Janna Hoza
Janna Hoza always has wanted to study math and business at the University of Denver.
While standing at the back of a long customs line at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Steamboat Springs resident Jim Johnsen contemplated whether he and his wife, Janeen, would make their connecting flight.
As Michael Vandahl poured in point after point against Moffat County earlier this year, the full spectrum of his game was on display.
The Colorado High School Activities Association has awarded the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team the No. 2 seed in the Ron Shavlik Region of the 4A state basketball playoffs.
It wasn't too long ago that bone fractures were considered an inevitable part of aging.
Sunday, February 24
Storm could bring 6 to 12 inches of snow to Steamboat
Up to a foot of snow could fall in downtown Steamboat Springs by early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Rebecca Dybas (Reba) Age: 28 Occupation: Teacher
The numbers were stacked in his favor. In Justin Iacovetto's 26-match unbeaten streak leading up to Saturday night's 112-pound state championship title bout, the Soroco junior had only been taken down one time.
John Paul Keske, 39, Hayden - Driving under the influence, DUI per se, disregarded stop sign (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Bush lied and our troops die. Bush was right to start this fight. The Surge is working. The Surge is a failure.
Last week, I listened by phone to the City Council discussion of a growth management tool called concurrency management. At the end of that discussion, a surprisingly timid council decided not to pursue concurrency management. I wish council would reconsider, and here's why.
I was just contacted by a Girl Scouts leader in the Steamboat Springs area who alerted me to an article that appeared in your Sunday paper of the Steamboat Pilot & Today titled "Girl Scouts deal with bad batch of cookies," (Feb. 17, 2008) by Cheryl Johnston Sadgrove out of Raleigh, N.C.
The paper's editorial, "An open-door housing policy" (Feb. 10, 2008) implies that the policies expressed by the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan are just too narrow.
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's request for winches for each of his department's vehicles has merit, but we're not yet convinced the program is worthy of full implementation.
From the Thursday, Feb. 27, 1958 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Steamboat Springs - Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Feb. 24, 2008.
How much is that dirt? What does Steamboat have in common with the priciest real estate markets in the mountains?
International worker program limits hurting seasonal businesses
Seasonal businesses including ski areas in the winter and construction in the summer are struggling with a visa cap that limits their ability to bring in international workers to meet employment needs.
Barney named TIC general counsel
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Condominiums' sales center invites prospective buyers, brokers
The new ski-in, ski-out condominiums at The Edgemont realized another milestone this month with the opening of a sales center in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel on Mount Werner Circle.
Hayden grapplers fight for fifth-place finishes
Dallas Robinson can remember the pressure of having to fight back through consolation rounds, just a year after winning a state wrestling title at 112 pounds for the Hayden Tigers in 1988.
Team shaves heads before competition
There are times at a ski meet when it's tough to delineate which skier belongs to which team, as wading through the bib number and all-too-common suits can prove a difficult task.
So what's the big deal about winning a state title?
Booming Nordic program showcases female ski jumpers
Todd Wilson can remember the days as junior ski jumper, not so long ago, when he'd be ribbed after a short jump for "jumping like a girl."
Caouette sees future climatic turmoil in glacial activity during recent expedition
Jean Paul Caouette - better known as Jean the Weatherman to South Routt residents - has spent the past 40 years studying the planet, and when it comes to the hot-button issues of global warming and climate change, he has a dire message to share.
For an organization that helps direct immigrants to local services, visibility and accessibility are key. With those factors in mind, Integrated Community recently moved into its new Intercultural Center on Oak Street, and walk-ins already are increasing.
Federal financial assistance often key to selection of institution of higher education
The college application process never seems to end, according to Gayle Dudley, Steamboat Springs High School's career and college adviser.
Patches of lodgepole pine have been harvested for building materials or firewood for three generations on Jim Ritschard's ranch in Kremmling.
Eating meets a number of needs for people - social interaction, medicinal purposes, political statements, a wide variety of emotional needs - but the basic purpose of eating is survival. People must eat to survive. Beyond survival, eating can help to determine quality of life. It is common knowledge that healthy eating helps people feel better, be more active and live longer.
Most of the new ideas for educational reform have historically been met with initial controversy. And in recent years, there has not been legislation that has been more controversial than the No Child Left behind Act of 2001. Like most controversies, funding is at the center of the NCLBA. The NCLBA holds schools accountable for student achievement based on standardized test scores and ties federal dollars to the outcome of these scores.
When the eighteenth century French astronomer and comet-hunter Charles Messier aimed his telescope at the middle star in the Sword of Orion, he thought he might have discovered a new comet. The object certainly had the fuzzy, diffused appearance of a comet. To Messier's dismay, however, the object turned out not to be a comet. He had, instead, made an independent discovery of what is now known as the Great Orion Nebula. It became the 42nd entry in Messier's now famous catalog of comet look-alikes and is, therefore, known as Messier 42, or just M42, for short.
In its second full year of existence, Colorado Art Ranch is trying to drum up some nomads.
Building contractor Richard Bush hopes he can deliver a two-story, stick-built spec house in Hayden's new Dry Creek Village subdivision this year for less than $400,000.
Expert: Trust creates victims
Steamboat Springs' friendly Western charm and small-town atmosphere - frequently touted to attract tourists and homebuyers - also makes Steamboat businesses and customers more vulnerable to victimization by embezzlers, according to a local security consultant.
Nolte named Rotary Student of the Month
The dismal state of transportation funding in Colorado and nationwide means all the talk about improving U.S. Highway 40 in the west Steamboat Springs area likely will remain just that for the foreseeable future.
Saturday, February 23
Justin Iacovetto tried to stroll through the wrestler's exit hall in the bowels of Denver's Pepsi Center, still dazed from the victory in his Friday night state championship semifinal and hoping to catch his breath. But every Western Slope grappler or coach on hand that has seen Soroco High School's 112-pound junior wrestle in the last three years had a nod, handshake or hug to offer.
Steamboat had Aspen on its heels.
Four-day weeks remain throughout 2008-09 draft schedule
The draft of the Hayden School District's 2008-09 calendar again includes two Fridays off each month throughout the school year to allow collaboration time for teachers.
Base area redevelopers and owners come to an agreement
The impasse among Steamboat Springs' redevelopment advisory committee and a group of condominium owners at the base of Steamboat Ski Area showed signs of a coming thaw Friday afternoon.
A longtime Routt County fire official has been charged with unlawful sexual contact and harassment, both misdemeanors, relating to a November 2007 incident.
Almost 3,400 travelers are expected to flow through Yampa Valley Regional Airport this weekend. Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. officials said the traffic signifies a turnaround in the ski season jet program.
You've probably never had the food server's recurring nightmare. But I have.
Bank tellers released on $20K bond, could face up to 15 years if convicted
Steamboat Springs police now say as much as $1.2 million was stolen from Alpine Bank account holders during a 2 1/2-year period in what is being called the largest local theft in recent memory.
Dave McKnight will work with officers and community
A few years ago in North Las Vegas, when a little girl was shot and killed on the swing set at a local playground, police chaplain Dave McKnight was tasked with notifying her family.
Soroco students visit Stagecoach State Park for Winter Studies Day
Seated atop a bucket on the frozen surface of Stagecoach Reservoir on Friday, Soroco Middle School student Eric Hanes waited patiently for a nibble on his fishing line.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Hayden student receives Boettcher scholarship
Even Wiley Thayer was caught off guard.
The circumstances just kept building up against Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skier Kyle Steitz.
Sailors girls finish season with win
With Friday's 63-27 win against Battle Mountain, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team proved it's in a class of its own en route to locking up the team's second consecutive undefeated league season.
Friday, February 22
Soroco High School junior Levi Gonzales scored an overtime takedown victory Friday in the quarterfinals round of the Class 2A state high school wrestling championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Female artists featured this month at Wild Horse Gallery
Georgian Kalow has had stained glass works on display at Wild Horse Gallery for about four years, and has been working in that medium for closer to 15 years.
Nordic skier paces girls team; boys in fifth after Day 1 of championships
Her voice barely audible after Thursday's race, Steamboat Springs High School senior Melissa Krause wasn't going to let a little sickness get in the way of finishing strong in one of her last scholastic competitions at Howelsen Hill.
Six of seven county wrestlers headed to state quarterfinals
Normally, the first string of matches of the CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament go by quietly as wrestlers make their first-round debuts, working out jitters under the bright lights of Denver's Pepsi Center.
Everything about Steamboat Springs High School senior Kris Allen says wild - from the tears in his ski suit to his go-all-out skiing style.
Librarians strive to focus on gaining lifelong knowledge
Bud Werner Memorial Library supports our community's young people by emphasizing youth literacy. Their mission is to connect children and teens to books and information in meaningful ways. Youth services librarians Currie Meyer and Alison Lambart strive to inspire lifelong learning in all youths.
Several local agencies, including the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, are sponsoring the Children's Health Fair next month. The fair is for children 4 months to 5 years old, and offers free vision and hearing screenings along with free assessments of language, cognition, physical and social development. To make an appointment for South Routt dates on March 10 and 11, call 736-2313. For Steamboat Springs dates on March 17 and 18, call 879-0391. For Hayden appointments on March 20, call 276-3750.
3:06 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.
The Steamboat 700 development team suggested implementing a metropolitan district that could be annexed into Steamboat Springs, but received little support from city planners.
School officials dispose of meat as precautionary measure
The Hayden School District did not possess beef that was part of a massive U.S. Department of Agriculture recall last weekend. Rather, school officials discarded 30 pounds of meat from the same California slaughterhouse that was part of the recall strictly as a precautionary measure.
Former liquor license holder working outside bar he can't enter
There's a new doorman at the Jade Summit restaurant and its upstairs bar, Pirate's Pub.
Workers accused of stealing $900K from customers
Two local women were arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing more than $900,000 from account holders at a Steamboat Springs bank.
School Board invites community to participate in candidate interviews first week of March
After receiving eight applications for its superintendent position, the Hayden School District has pared the field of candidates to four finalists.
Local artist stays involved in Steamboat scene after years away
Dona Steele has painted or decorated just about any household item that comes to mind: walls, kitchen surfaces, bathroom fixtures, golf shoes.
Salt Lake City rapper to perform at Wired
On the album he just finished, Salt Lake City rapper Adverse (or David Hunt) plays both Nick Nolte and a serial killer. It's a concept record, loosely based on "Another 48 Hrs."
When "Crash" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006, my apartment building screamed.
CD reviews of The Mountain Goats, "Heretic Pride"; Bon Iver, "For Emma, Forever Ago"; and The Mars Volta, "The Bedlam Goliath"
Tap House amping up bar business, trying live music
On a Saturday night in early February, Denver-based blues-rock duo American Relay packed the impromptu dance floor at The Tap House Sports Grill. After weeks of middling crowds, the bar finally had the booze-swilling, semi-dancing bodies it needed to support the addition of regular live music to its calendar.
Advice on how employers can better spot fake documents is the topic of a roundtable discussion at Centennial Hall on Tuesday.
Have you ever thought about how a garden affects your senses? Most of us enjoy the beauty of the colors, shapes, play of light and shade and the graceful movement of grasses, leaves and foliage as plants sway in the wind.
Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball guard Aaron Calkins has every right to look ahead to the playoffs.
Thursday, February 21
A common theme runs between the two award-winning businesses the Craig Chamber of Commerce recognized Tuesday during its annual meeting.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team has a chance to make good on a promise it made before the beginning of the season.
Final push needed to reach $25,000 by March
With just more than a week left for its annual fundraising campaign, Routt County United Way is doing a final push to raise the $25,000 remaining to meet its goal by the end of the month.
Planning Commission to provide specific feedback tonight
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will continue its review of the proposed Steamboat 700 development tonight, with traffic concerns set to be a major focus.
Council delays action on design standards for affordable units
The possibility of relaxed design standards for affordable housing is a debate for another day, the Steamboat Springs City Council decided Tuesday.
Of the 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse recalled Sunday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 120 pounds remain in the South Routt and Hayden school districts.
United Way grant deadline approaching
Feb. 28 is the application deadline for grant funding from the Arthur E. Anderson Impact Grant, administered by Routt County United Way.
Despite heavy snow, new performance pavilion on track for June opening
Almost out of sight behind a wall of snow, work is progressing steadily on Strings in the Mountains Music Festival's new performance pavilion at the intersection of Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.
Executive session held Saturday to discuss philosophies
A City Council retreat Saturday that was billed as an opportunity for City Manager Alan Lanning to discuss philosophy with council members appears to also have served as an impromptu review of the city manager.
Telemark skier among group of top local finishers
Eight years ago, Shane Anderson began telemark skiing. Four years ago, he thought he might be able to be the best. Two years ago, he knew it was a distinct possibility. Last week, it became a reality.
Sixth grade will move back to middle school next year
South Routt School District officials have announced plans to transition sixth-graders back to Soroco Middle School, five years after dropping the grade to the South Routt Elementary School.
12:36 a.m. A domestic disturbance was reported in Steamboat Springs, where a man broke down a door during a verbal and physical dispute with a woman. The man was arrested on criminal mischief charges.
Wednesday, February 20
A local grassroots organization is taking another step in its three-pronged approach to knock out underage drinking in Moffat County.
Robin Crossan and Denise Connelly said Tuesday their dual membership on the Steamboat Springs School Board and Education Fund Board does not present a conflict of interest and is valuable to both boards.
Winning a state high school skiing title requires a perfect blend of Nordic and Alpine talent, the perfect mix of endurance and speed, the perfect balance of two sides that form one team.
Iacovetto, Letlow earn regional wrestling titles at 2A tournament
Hayden wrestling coach Ty Zabel knows that at the state wrestling tournament, anything can happen on any day.
Six Steamboat Springs skiers and two coaches have made the cut for this winter's cross-country skiing junior Olympics as part of Rocky Mountain Nordic's team of 42 junior athletes and 10 coaches headed to the event.
Bud Werner Memorial Library card holders can now download videos for free from the library's opening on-line collection, which includes documentaries, feature films, classic horror films, instructional videos, children's science videos and more.
Aggressive animal was a threat to Steamboat skiers, DOW says
The threat an injured moose posed to the public necessitated its killing Saturday near the Steamboat Ski Area, local wildlife officials said Tuesday.
7:32 a.m. A driver's license and credit card found in the 2000 block of Curve Plaza were turned in to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
I feel that it is important to set the record straight. We are concerned about the quote in the (Feb. 12) paper stating there are 35-40 pounds of snow on roofs in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs taxpayers shouldn't underestimate the impact the city's half-cent sales tax for education has had on their public school system. Neither should they underestimate the impact losing that annual source of funding would have on schools in the years to come.
Council approves privileges for former bar owner's wife
After more than three months in liquor-less limbo, the Jade Summit restaurant and its upstairs bar, Pirate's Pub, has its license to serve alcohol in time to capture a few more weeks of ski season business.
The Northwest Colorado VNA Tobacco Prevention Program and the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition are promoting Through With Chew Week, an educational campaign to decrease spit tobacco and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using this product.
Students get MLK Day off, more five-day weeks in 2008-09 calendar
The draft of the Steamboat Springs School District's 2008-09 academic calendar creates more five-day school weeks and gives students Martin Luther King Jr. Day off. But despite the objection of some local families, spring break may continue to fall the week after the Steamboat Ski Area closes.
I am a liar. This is a hard thing to admit, especially in print, because up until recently, I've considered myself a scrupulously honest person.
Commissioners, sheriff discuss policy questions, impact on towing companies
When Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall first talked about installing Sheriff's Office vehicles with winches, he hoped they could be used to help people. He's now convinced they could save people's lives.
Tuesday, February 19
A Collaborative Bargaining Team agreement approved Monday by the Steamboat Springs School Board will put an additional $210,000 into the pockets of teachers, administrators, support staff and hard-to-fill positions.
12:37 a.m. A woman complained that a tractor-trailer was being noisy in the 1100 block of 13th Street.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering two new sessions of its Healthier Living class. Join the Steamboat Springs class starting Wednesday or the Hayden class starting Thursday.
Affordable housing is just that for those who live in it, but some officials say the term is a misnomer for those who actually build it.
Steamboat Springs High School Gifted and Talented teacher Lisa Ruff says it's a shame the creative writing talents of many students often are never subjected to an appreciative audience.
It's never too early to prepare for post-secondary schooling
Most high school seniors would agree that their final year is a chaotic time filled with college applications, standardized tests and loads of stress. And there never seems to be enough time to get it all done.
Committee to toss current historic preservation ordinance
John Fielding sums up the issue of historic preservation in two lines from Rudyard Kipling's "The Law of the Jungle:" "The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,/The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again."
Book a romantic sleigh ride for Wednesday and view the eclipse
If you failed to impress your date on Valentine's Day, there's a can't miss opportunity Wednesday night to make up for your romantic shortcomings. Don't delay; the chance won't come again until 2010.
Monday, February 18
In 1988, Robert Fry was carried in his wheelchair into a Routt County courtroom.
1:04 a.m. A 39-year-old Hayden man was arrested for DUI and disregarding a stop sign on River Road at the Howelsen Ice Rink. Steamboat Springs Police said the passenger in the car was taken to detox.
Sophomore diver Genna Bradley finishes as top underclassman
Entering this year's 4A state diving championships in Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs resident and Moffat County High School diver Genna Bradley just wanted to make the top 16. Each time she has competed at a Front Range meet in her short two-year career, Bradley said, she has been intimidated, nervous and even scared.
Marathon preparation under way
Registration is open for the 27th annual Steamboat Marathon and Half Marathon, to take place June 1. There is a limit of 1,000 half-marathon participants and 500 marathon participants.
As sixth-grade enrollment has increased, so has the demand on the Yampa Valley Science School's facilities.
Eventually, your family memories - and the photographs, clothing, china and books that maintain them - will decay.
Stress is now considered to be a major contributor to poor health and the development of many diseases, including heart disease. Both anxiety and type A behavior have been associated with coronary disease.
As part of a non-consumptive water use assessment for the Yampa River, local water expert Kent Vertrees is leading an effort to define the river's recreational and environmental attributes.
Reminder: Don't forget to watch the total eclipse of the Snow Moon between 6:43 p.m. and 10:09 p.m. on Wednesday.
When most people see or hear the letters USDA. they assume that it has something to do with their food, or maybe even the natural resources, and they're right.
Sunday, February 17
Twenty-three U.S. riders are looking to shred their way to the top of the podium at the 2008 FIS Junior Snowboarding World Championships March 21 to 31 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Six of those riders and three of the team's six coaches will be representing the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
The city's newest mixed residential/commercial project won't break ground until this summer - and more than 30 percent of the residential units already are under contract.
<p>Sullivan Agency named 2007 Agency of the Year</p>
SmartWool Corp. honored the Sullivan Agency as its 2007 Agency of the Year during last month's Outdoor Retailer winter market show in Salt Lake City.
<p>Ghost Ranch Saloon</p>
The future of the soon-to-be-former Off the Beaten Path Bookstore building is revealed in documents recently filed with the city planning department.
December snowfall brings 8 percent increase in revenue for 2007
After the Steamboat Ski Area's delayed opening cut lodging and mountain area sales by nearly half in November, December's snowfall ushered in a recovery that helped bring a more than 8 percent increase in the city's sales tax revenue in 2007.
Local businesses use Internet to expand market
Ever-improving technology means local businesses' market share is no longer limited by geography, as local retailers and service-oriented businesses increasingly are taking their endeavors to the Internet.
Make your ski days more enjoyable with a little etiquette
Asking skiers what annoys them most about lift lines, while they are stuck in a stagnant lift line, does not elicit serious or patient responses.
There was a brief pause, but once the gears got cranking again, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team cruised to yet another league win Saturday against Eagle Valley in Gypsum.
Steamboat Sailors look ahead to playoff seeding
After a rough 6-0 loss to Battle Mountain on their home ice Wednesday, the nine seniors on the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team were determined to bounce back and close their regular season with a positive stride.
I, for one, shed no tears watching Michael Strahan "stomp out" Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLI, and with it, the endless pursuit of perfection commentary.
Kevin Kopischke could doubly appreciate Saturday morning's doubled up cross-country ski events at the Lake Catamount Touring Center, which combined the fifth and final Nordic Challenge Series 3K/5K/10K races with the 22.5K/45K Steamboat Ski Marathon.
Steamboat wrestler loses in final, qualifies for state
Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Houston Mader has seen the best. Now, the senior is out to prove he is the best.
Two winters ago, Tom Thurston set out to simply finish the 350-mile Race to the Sky, or maybe finish in the top 10.
Soda Creek Pizza owner Steve Hitchcock has done everything he can think of to battle rising wholesale food prices.
The Mugshot granted liquor license, hopes to attract evening customers
The Mugshot already has dozens of dedicated regulars who stop in for their coffee in the morning. This spring, owner Jane Sindell hopes her local following will be stopping by her coffee bar on their evening strolls not for a caffeine fix, but for a glass of their favorite wine.
"Never trust anyone over 30" was the mantra chanted by many young college students several decades ago. Those college students were part of the baby boomer generation and, with many of their youthful peers, protested the Vietnam war and rebelled against the "establishment." This was a sub-culture that also encompassed many baby boomers who had been disenfranchised from receiving a college education for one reason or another. But, as the well-know street philosopher of that era, Bob Dylan, prophetically sang in one of his songs, "The times, they are a changin'."
I have had calls lately from folks wondering why I have written no letters to the editor lately. Shoveling snow day after day is one reason; a general malaise at the gloomy weather, old age and the state of our town and nation are probably others.
Your headline on the ViewPoints op-ed page Feb. 13 - "God does not favor the Jewish people" - is totally misleading and blatantly anti-Semitic.
"Universal Playground" meeting
Can I get an Amen?
Even if we pay attention to the trends of the day along with the changes in generations, some things can pop up and give us a good knock on the head when we realize how transforming they are. My three children are in the 40s range, but when they were teenagers, I began to notice certain words frequently appearing that I hadn't heard used in the same context previously. Some of them were "hypocrite," "evil" and "two-faced." At the time, I didn't think a lot about it.
The availability of adequate athletic fields continues to be one of the biggest hurdles between Triple Crown Sports and a long-term contract with the Northwest Colorado communities that play host to the tournaments each summer. That hurdle arose again this week when it was revealed that Triple Crown wants to use Emerald Park fields as part of a proposed two-year contract extension.
Air Force Airman Garrett M. Brew has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Bill Demong finished sixth Saturday in a Nordic combined World Cup mass-start event in Liberec, Czech Republic, after posting the fastest 10K race time on the 2009 FIS Nordic World Championships venues. He strengthened his second-place standing in overall points.
Occupation: Studio Potter/Blue Sky Pottery
Real estate transactions for Feb. 5 to 12
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team lost to Eagle Valley, 57-45, Saturday, in a game that carried the energy of a rivalry and saw the Sailors' comeback effort fall short.
Jonathan Andrew McClure, 36, Steamboat Springs - Second-degree criminal trespass (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
Education Fund Board members are questioning how to best manage the fund's reserves in light of the possibility that voters reject an extension of the city's half-cent sales tax for education in November.
I'm not saying I can hurl a baseball past a major league batter, hit a baseball out of Coors Field or beat a throw to first by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Missouri shootings spur council security talks locally, nationally
Returning from a break during last week's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, Councilman Jon Quinn was surprised to find a side door he normally takes into Centennial Hall's Citizens Meeting Room locked.
Steamboat students honored for their influenza prevention posters
Steamboat Springs students Caroline Wilson and Hannah Barkey don't take influenza lightly.
It is now clear that what started in Kenya six weeks ago as political unrest has now become a humanitarian crisis. More than 1,000 Kenyans have been killed and more than 600,000 displaced from their homes, either fleeing to Uganda or now living in "displacement" camps within Kenya.
From the Thursday, Feb. 20 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Saturday, February 16
The night, the game and possibly the distinction of best point guard in the state belonged to Steamboat Springs' Michael Vandahl on Friday night against Moffat County.
It's glimpses like the first six minutes of Friday's Steamboat Springs-Moffat County game that give the Steamboat girl's program hope. But it was the last 26 minutes of Friday's 78-24 loss that showed why Moffat County is one of the top teams in the state.
Steamboat skiers seek donations to support travel, expenses
Kerry Lynch always has had a vision of helping a team compete at the highest level.
Keeping equipment free of snow, ice crucial in winter
Fire officials are reminding propane customers to keep their equipment free of ice and snow in the winter, after a gas explosion Wednesday morning killed a 64-year-old Oak Creek man.
Highmark condominium closes for $1,329 per square foot
A pair of real estate closings this month marks a dramatic turnaround for a condominium tower that has languished without sales since it went under construction in 2004.
Thursday, Feb. 14
Preschool sessions offered to qualifying children
As a junior on the Steamboat Springs High School's Knowledge Bowl team last year, Sam Chovan said the squad was lucky to break 100 points. This year, the senior said, triple-digit scores are the norm.
U.S. Highway 40 was closed in both directions over Rabbit Ears Pass for several hours Friday afternoon because of a tanker rollover accident.
President's weekend off 3 percent despite full airplanes
Steamboat Springs had brilliant blue skies and packed powder to offer the holiday weekend skiers and passengers streaming into Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Friday.
'Changing Lanes' includes local stories from local authors
Looking back on her 30-year career in the telecommunications industry, Susan Marshall doesn't remember considering writing as a way to spend her time.
In case you hadn't noticed already, phenology is bustin' out all over in Steamboat Springs.
With as deep of a league as Mike Johnson has seen in his nine years coaching in the Class 2A Western Slope League (District 5), the Grand Valley girls basketball coach wasn't about to take any chances in Hayden on Friday night.
The Oak Creek Town Board purchased new police cameras and discussed appointing a local citizen to review police complaints alongside the town's police commissioners after ongoing heated discussion about the Oak Creek Police Department at the board's meeting Thursday.
There were more than 195 hours between takedowns for Steamboat Springs High School's Houston Mader. Before Friday's Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament, the 140-pound senior hadn't wrestled since the previous Thursday.
Friday, February 15
Rollover shuts down U.S. Highway 40 for several hours
U.S. Highway 40 was closed in both directions over Rabbit Ears Pass for several hours Friday afternoon because of a tanker rollover accident.
ACET also reaching out to users seeking help
The All Crimes Enforcement Team, formerly known as GRAMNET, seized more than $250,000 worth of illegal narcotics in 2007, a number more than double the previous year's drug seizures.
Scarves on sale to benefit breast cancer research
Wednesday, Feb. 13
'Penny Drop' to raise money at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek
If the old adage that a penny saved is a penny earned holds true, then students at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools are on their way to securing two new playgrounds.
Steamboat Springs is not one of eight new destinations for Frontier Airlines' regional subsidiary, Lynx Aviation.
The Steamboat 700 development team hopes to put some faces to the numbers that are thrown around in discussions about affordable housing.
Asset-building in youths happening across the community
Jonathon and Kristi Spence value many aspects of their home in West End Village. One of the best features is their neighbors. Living in West End Village includes having caring adults who help each other out.
Tonight, Saturday pivotal for Hayden basketball teams
The Hayden High School boys basketball team knows what's at stake as it prepares for a two-game homestand this weekend.
If plans for the Hayden Police Department's replacement station go through, its officers will never have to process evidence in the Town Hall meeting room again.
County grapplers prepare for regional matches
The Tigers are coming off a successful Saturday, wrestling against and beating a string of larger, Class 3A and 4A opponents in Eaton. The high school team is now heading into its 2A regional tournament - today and Saturday in Grand Junction - healthy and firing on all cylinders.
Weathering a season with more downs than ups, Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen said the focus as the season reaches its final weeks won't be looking at the past or the future.
When you're an experienced point guard like Steamboat Springs High School's Michael Vandahl, it's tough to get caught up in the hoopla of any game.
Developers who bear the cost of extending essential services like water and streets to new subdivisions soon could receive reimbursement from developers who follow after them, according to a proposed city law.
Rolan was CFO, consultant for city of Columbia, S.C.
The city of Steamboat Springs announced Thursday that it has chosen Lisa Rolan as its new director of financial services. Rolan comes from Columbia, S.C., where she served as the city's chief financial officer and later as a financial consultant to the city.
Boiling wax and bleeding dyes
Batik can be a messy process. A combination of applying wax and colored dyes to fabric, batik is an ancient decorative art form most commonly practiced in Indonesia.
Bands playing in Bud Light Rocks the 'Boat free concert series
Best known for: The last name Allman carries some weight in the classic rock world. Honeytribe sets itself apart with the occasional rocker and use of B3 organ.
Local Brigade pulls out prom dresses to benefit New Orleans
Going over the flier for Local Brigade's Second Chance Prom, event organizer Nick Marzano admits the thought progression is a little off.
Martin Sexton recently went on a celebrity cruise hosted by John Mayer - and he doesn't seem to think that is a weird thing to do.
Living in Steamboat Springs is a crazy thing to do.
Maceo Parker is not the best sideman in music. But he is the most important one.
Last summer, I interviewed Jack Blades. Blades is not a name or personality that most people immediately recognize. But along with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw, he was one of the main songwriters in Damn Yankees.
The appeal of cacti and succulents often lies in the unusual, and otherworldly, shapes of these plants. That and the fact that in Steamboat Springs homes, they thrive in low humidity environments.
Thursday, February 14
Lisa Rolan directed finances for Columbia, S.C.
The city of Steamboat Springs has hired Lisa Rolan, who has led the finance department of Columbia, S.C., as its new finance director.
Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas are under a snow and blowing snow advisory until 6 p.m. this evening. Between 5 and 10 inches of snow could fall in downtown Steamboat, although the storm's southwesterly flow could keep those totals to a minimum.
Lynx Aviation announces eight new regional destinations
Steamboat Springs is not one of eight new destinations for Frontier Airlines' regional subsidiary Lynx Aviation. The eight new cities to be serviced by regional Frontier flights are Aspen; Colorado Springs; Grand Junction; Durango; Bozeman, Mont.; Missoula, Mont.; Fargo, N.D.; and Jackson Hole, Wyo.
While much of the discussion about the proposed Steamboat 700 development has focused on housing, city officials also have raised concerns about the development's commercial components.
Cause confirmed for Rendezvous death
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg confirmed Wednesday the cause of death for Dennis Chin, who died Feb. 7 in the Rendezvous Saddle lodge at Steamboat Ski Area. Ryg confirmed Chin, a 62-year-old man from Mechanicsville, Va., died of heart failure as the result of an aneurysm.
Dennis Eugene Harris was killed in home explosion early Wednesday
A 64-year-old Oak Creek man killed Wednesday in an apparent propane gas explosion was remembered for his kind nature and service to local senior citizens.
Steamboat hockey team overcome by No. 2 Battle Mountain, 6-0
While Battle Mountain weathered its miscues, Steamboat Springs couldn't overcome its own. In the end, the state's second-ranked hockey team easily defeated the Sailors, 6-0.
World Mountain Running Association to relocate event after resignation
Steamboat Springs has been dropped as the host site for the 2009 World Mountain Running Trophy. The World Mountain Running Association announced in a Feb. 1 news release that, "due to the resignation of the (Local Organizing Committee) chief, the attempt to stage the Trophy at this venue has been abandoned."
State tournament awaits students, future entrepreneurs
Some students join the Future Business Leaders of America to boost college applications, while others enjoy the sense of competition. But Steamboat Springs High School students who join the team also receive a dose of real-world experience.
4:43 a.m. An ambulance was requested in Steamboat Springs.
Former Hayden resident Isaac Haskins pled guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a series of homemade acid bombs set off in Hayden during the first week of August.
School district to implement some ideas
The auditing firm hired to conduct the 2007 fiscal year assessment of the Steamboat Springs School District recommended eight changes to be made by the district's finance department.
Judge denies prosecution's motion to change venue
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's trial will be held in Routt County, Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams ruled Wednesday morning.
Steve Aigner believes there are plenty of gifted people in Routt County willing to share their talents and opinions. Now, if he can just get them to lend an ear.
Wednesday, February 13
Law enforcement, fire crews on scene at 208 Carbon Avenue
A man died after a home in Oak Creek exploded this morning. The likely cause of the blast is a propane tank explosion, an Oak Creek fire official said.
City Council, Housing Authority discuss duplication, funding
The Steamboat Springs City Council vowed to empower the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, stay out of the "housing business" and improve its coordination and communication with the organization during a meeting Tuesday with Housing Authority officials and the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
Junior cross-country skiers make final push toward qualification
While much of the local Nordic skiing community was wrapped up in last weekend's Winter Carnival, a large contingent of Steamboat Springs skiers headed to the Aspen Nordic Festival to race against the state's top competition.
Sex assault suspect released on $10,000 bail
Monday, Feb. 11
As a citizen of Lebanon, and therefore with a personal stake in the future of the Middle East, it was with disbelief that I read Jack and Lynny Huston's letter (Feb. 6, 2008) outlining their provocative view of a proposed peace in Israel.
Although I enjoyed John Russell's article about Moose Barrows in Sunday's Pilot, the feminist and historian in me takes exception to the following misstatement: "He still recalls that he was at the top of Howelsen Hill's large hill when he learned that Jimmy Heuga and Billy Kidd had won American's (sic) first medals at the 1964 Olympic Games."
On Saturday, Jan. 26, the front page of this paper had a picture of 16 head of elk. The caption read "Thieving Elk."
State Sen. Jack Taylor says his Senate Bill 69 is needed to rein in intimidating and overzealous Division of Wildlife officers. But the bill, as currently written, does little more than protect hunters who break the law.
Solid finishes at Grand Prix
Several Steamboat Springs snowboarders walked away from one of their sport's elite competitions - the Chevrolet U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix - this weekend at Idaho's Tamarack Resort with confidence-building results. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rider Tyler Anderson qualified in sixth place to make the top-16 halfpipe finals Saturday.
Hayden elementary students hit the slopes in P.E. class
As Matalinn Haptonstall skied down a gentle slope Tuesday afternoon next to Hayden Valley Elementary School, her kindergarten classmates fell one by one. At the bottom of the hill, Matalinn was the only student left standing.
Routt County sheriff will appear in court today
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall will fight the Colorado Department of Revenue's yearlong revocation of his driver's license and is asking that his license be reinstated while the appeal process plays out.
Triple Crown Sports wants to use the playing fields at Steamboat Springs' Emerald Park as part of its proposed two-year contract extension with the city.
Commissioners work with school district for $200,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant
Routt County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to team with the Steamboat Springs School District to apply for a $200,000 state grant to be used toward replacing the aging, wooden playground at Strawberry Park Elementary School.
Welcome to Steamboat Springs, home of the newest reality TV show, "Grouch Potato." In this first episode, we will meet and interview several contestants to determine their grouch factor index. The grouch factor index is calculated using a complicated mathematical formula - kind of like the one used for the caucus - where factors such as amount of snow shoveled since Dec. 1 are multiplied by the number of days spent on the couch instead of at work. Other criteria are: relationships with friends and family (have you called your mother lately?) and number of ski days vs. number of sick days. Bonus points are available for the contents of the contestant's refrigerator. Fast food, fried food and junk food can catapult a contestant to the winner's circle. Subtractions will be made for leafy greens, organic food and soy-based products. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Sun City, Ariz.
Our family attended the 95th Winter Carnival, an event my husband saw as a child and wanted to bring our son to. We had a wonderful time!
Tuesday, February 12
Officials investigating cause of blaze at rental property
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and a private insurance company are investigating the cause of a fire early Saturday morning that gutted a Ski Trail Lane rental property.
City, county, Yampa Valley Housing Authority meet tonight
Donna Howell wants one thing from today's joint meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council, the Routt County Board of Commissioners and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority: clarification.
Vocational education facility needs additional $300,000
The Hayden School District needs $300,000 to complete an expansion of its career and technical education center, and Hayden Town Board trustees declined Thursday to provide additional funds for the project.
Bradley eclipses personal best at regional meet
For the past two winters, Moffat County High School diver Genna Bradley has started every practice the same way - by jumping in her car and making the 42-mile drive from her home in Steamboat Springs to Craig's indoor swimming pool.
1:32 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 800 block of The Boulevard. Steamboat Springs police said it was a false alarm.
Legislation would soften Colorado illegal hunting statutes
State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, has come under fire for a proposed bill that would change hunting laws in Colorado.
The trip up the North Fork of the Elk River into Diamond Park takes backcountry travelers through a surreal winter landscape. It's a place where the bleached bones of evergreen forests stand silent watch over a sea of snow that is 6 feet deep.
Standing near the edge of a roofline Monday, Tom Williams chipped away at an ice dam from a home on Clubhouse Drive in Steamboat Springs - one of 90 jobs booked for his snow removal crew.
The Routt County Department of Human Services is accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, through April 30, 2008. LEAP is a federally funded program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating.
Monday, February 11
Precautionary measure lasts only 10 minutes Monday morning
Steamboat Springs High School was locked down as a precautionary measure early Monday morning while police officers searched for a student who acted suspiciously and then fled the area. The lockdown was over before 9 a.m.
There are times in sports when you see it.
Everything had set up well for Rolf Wilson.
1:29 a.m. A structure fire was reported in the 2400 block of Ski Trail Lane. Officials fought the blaze for three to four hours. A cabin burned to the ground. No injuries were reported.
Acting postmaster Mike Evans said Friday that effective today, passport hours at the downtown U.S. Post Office in Steamboat Springs, at Third Street and U.S. Highway 40, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Current passport hours, in which people can take passport photos and have passports processed, are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Finance position could be filled today from pool of three
The city of Steamboat Springs is close to hiring a new director of finance, a move that would fill one of its most important staff openings.
Last week, Ray and Patsy Magness of Craig celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.
On her recent trip to the tropics, Pat Walsh had more on her mind than sun, fun and an escape from snow-covered Steamboat Springs.
Sunshine and festivities give businesses a boost
Winter Carnival events drew throngs of people to downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday, with crowds flooding local restaurants and bars in addition to Lincoln Avenue.
Snowflower residents unwilling to foot ongoing maintenance bill
While approaching an April 7 construction-start date, the city of Steamboat Springs is making progress on a key issue involving a proposed public improvement at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
Sunday, February 10
Contributions by black Routt County residents immeasurable
The stern, coal-dusted faces of about 20 miners are fixed straight ahead in a 1942 photograph of a Moffat Coal Mine crew. The unity of the racially diverse men belies the segregation of the era.
Steamboat boys team falls back on defense to defeat Palisade
Oh, the ways the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team can win.
The veteran players on this year's Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association U-19 girls team are some of the program's last players who had the honor and opportunity to play alongside Adele Dombrowski.
Things weren't always this good for him.
Steamboat Springs Alpine skier Jim "Moose" Barrows will long be remembered for a spectacular crash that ended his bid for an Olympic medal at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team almost assuredly wrapped up a playoff spot by finishing 1-1 during the weekend against Palmer and Pine Creek.
Residents, businesses start petition citing complaints about increased enforcement
Disgruntled Oak Creek residents and business owners have begun circulating a petition enumerating complaints against the Oak Creek Police Department, whose "big city" mentality is being blamed for hurting business in their small town.
Go to an education conference and there will undoubtedly be at least one session about the new millennial generation with their helicopter parents - those over-protective parents that hover over their children to remove life's obstacles and fight their children's battles. One can often find college administrators at these conferences exchanging horror stories about their experiences with parents, like fishermen who talk about the big one that got away.
After considering input from college faculty, staff and students, and community opinion gleaned from an online survey, the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees narrowed its list of five finalists for the position of college-wide president to two: Dr. Joe Forrester and Dr. Stanley Jensen.
Officials monitor wildlife, consider feeding operation
Mike Middleton can point at just about any North Routt County property and tell you stories about the troubles elk have caused for landowners during the years - especially during winters like this one.
From the Thursday, Feb. 13, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Steamboat Springs snowboarders dominated Wednesday, as U.S. men's snowboarders swept the podium of a NorAm parallel slalom race in U.S. Snowboarding's "Race to the Cup Series" at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. Steamboat's Justin Reiter won the race in extremely snowy conditions and was followed by Steamboat's Tyler Jewell in second and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rider Vic Wild of White Salmon, Wash., in third.
Strawberry Park Elementary School student Brenden Selby said it was a shame he had to spend Thursday sitting behind a desk on a powder day.
Here it is, Feb. 6, and we already have 345 inches of snow. While this snow is a blessing for the ski industry, businesses in Steamboat and for our drought, the hardship it has created for our city snow removal crews, private snow shovelers and crews cannot be underestimated. They are short-staffed, they are tired, they are sore and they are sick of getting up night after night with no break while the rest of us get to sleep. It's all in an effort to keep our streets, walkways, driveways, roofs and sidewalks safe and free and clear of so much snow.
A friend of mine was kind enough to save me a copy of the Steamboat Today from Wednesday, Jan. 30. The story's headline was "No injuries reported," referring to the icy storm of Monday, Jan. 28. There is an exception to this headline.
Market hits $1.5 billion in 2007
One year after the Routt County real estate market exceeded $1 billion for the first time, the market has dusted $1.5 billion. And the market pushed through that threshold while the number of transactions was declining.
We are encouraged that the Steamboat 700 development team is floating a housing proposal that is broader than some policies envisioned in the city and county's West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.
'Sledstyle' pioneers wow Winter Carnival crowds in spite of injury
No one said that bringing freestyle snowmobiling to global audiences - one cliffhanger seat grab and sprawling backflip at a time - was easy work.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Feb. 10, 2008.
Key site in Highway 40 corridor enters round two in city planning process
A residential development that would add 200 market-rate condominiums and 30 affordable condos to the U.S. Highway 40 corridor is working its way through the city planning process.
In Paul Epley's column from Jan. 27, he attempts to lay the deaths of millions of people from malaria at the feet of the environmental movement. But what he does not say is as important as what he does. He is not writing from any great concern about malaria deaths but instead from an attempt to malign what he himself calls "eco-Nazis" and "whackos." He is just using this issue as another vehicle for that purpose.
Real estate transactions for Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2008.
REI honors Big Agnes
National retailer REI has honored Steamboat Springs-based outdoor products company Big Agnes as Vendor Partner of the Year in the Camp/Travel Division.
On Nov. 22, 1963, while in my eighth-grade study hall at my high school, at age 13, an announcement came over the public address system that President John F. Kennedy Jr. had been shot and killed in Dealy Plaza in Dallas. I still remember the disbelief, shock and sadness that ran through my classmates and left me forever cynical about the forces of good versus evil that affect human existence and all of our life experiences here on this planet.
The Record and Jail Report for Feb. 8
Outgoing Intrawest CEO Alex Wasilov told a Steamboat audience Jan. 30 that in the approximately 15 months since Fortress Investments Group acquired Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., Intrawest has been able to add the equivalent of $100 million in profitability to the company's balance sheet.
Last Sunday, I suggested idolatry toward the Clintons should be cast aside by those who tilt left. Today, I proffer conservatives do the same with their iconic couple - Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Why? Because rhetoric aimed solely at divisiveness is no more appealing dressed in red than blue.
Steamboat's fine dining keeps menu choices moving
Kate Rench, head chef at Cafe Diva, likes to use squash in the fall. One of her favorite dishes for the season, a spaghetti squash cake Napoleon with farmer's market ratatouille, holds closely to what foods taste the best while the leaves are turning.
Everyone loves the Winter Carnival events.
The full moon that falls during the month of February each year is called the Snow Moon, and this year's Snow Moon is something special, indeed. On Feb. 20, the Snow Moon will be totally eclipsed for all of North America.
It's easy to see where the Palisade girls basketball team gets its success.
Winter Carnival events liven up atmostphere on Lincoln Avenue
When Steamboat Springs resident Ryan McClellan volunteered three longtime friends for Winter Carnival's famous shovel race, he kept some of the details of the competition under wraps.
Fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder
The National Weather Service has sun in its forecast for today - the first time that's happened so far this month.
New barkery serves up cakes, candy for Steamboat canines
Casey Smith's latest bakery creation is a birthday cake, frosted with peanut butter and low-fat cream cheese, with "Happy Birthday McGowen" written across the top in script.
Saturday, February 9
Steamboat boys crush visiting Delta, 81-29
Delta certainly wasn't a team at the bottom of the league in the eyes of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team.
Unforced errors cost Sailors girls
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team certainly had the talent to play with - if not beat - Delta. But too many unforced turnovers and untimely miscues cost Steamboat in Friday's 46-36 loss.
1:13 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Police gave a warning.
Christian Heritage grad injured in tornadoes
Kevin King, a 2007 graduate of Christian Heritage School, sustained minor injuries in the tornado-driven storms that swept across the Mid-South on Tuesday.
Financing maneuvers considered for ski base projects
Officials could be forced to make some tough decisions about public improvements at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area if a budget shortfall revealed Friday is not corrected in the weeks and months ahead.
Bud Light free concert series lineup announced
Steamboat skiers will have the chance to see two legendary last names and acts from bluegrass to punkish rock in this year's Bud Light Rocks the 'Boat free concert series.
New fees for checking second bag start May 5
Many United Airlines passengers flying at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will soon be subject to additional checked baggage fees, due to a policy change from the airline.
Martha Bender and Katie Haberlan played their piccolos in the Winter Carnival parade, and their lips survived to tell about it. As senior members of the Steamboat Springs High School skiing band back in 2004, Bender and Haberlan were participating in the 91st annual Winter Carnival. The two young ladies have been down Lincoln Avenue more than once in their careers. In fact, they've participated in the Winter Carnival parade four straight years. Winter Carnival marked a rite of passage of sorts - it was their last freezing cold parade.
When the Hayden High School girls and boys basketball teams met Soroco's squads Friday night for a back-to-back pair of league games, bodies were colliding.
The owner of Precision Excavating of Hayden has initiated the annexation process for a 15.89-acre hay meadow west of town with the hopes of keeping his business in Hayden while providing much-needed expanded facilities for the company. The annexation also would bring nearly 10 acres of U.S. Highway 40 right-of-way into the town.
Money will go toward promoting more efficient homes
The city of Steamboat Springs announced Thursday that it has received a $2,500 matching grant from the Governor's Energy Office to promote the construction of energy-efficient homes.
Friday, February 8
High winds shutting down mountain roads
Several Northwest Colorado mountain passes remain closed due to strong winds and drifting snow Friday evening.
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, a Yampa Valley agency, originally scheduled a public discussion titled "Recognizing Teenage Depression" for early March to highlight an upcoming training seminar on suicide prevention.
Wrestlers warm up in Moffat County
Rifle, Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs and Moffat County competed Thursday in Craig, in a meet all of the coaches said would be used as a preview of the upcoming regional tournament.
Winter Carnival's youth-oriented Cross-Country Obstacle Race is not a competitive event. At least, it's not supposed to be.
This February in particular finds many residents standing in driveways scratching their heads in frustration about where to toss the next shovel full of snow.
With the Western Slope League title all but locked up and a 25-game league winning streak in play, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team now must avoid a pitfall faced by many elite teams - complacency.
The script for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball hasn't changed.
Pink scarves to benefit breast cancer research and awareness are available at Epilogue Book Co., 837 Lincoln Ave., through Feb. 17.
Routt County Search and Rescue is on its toes as heavy snow and mild temperatures could mean an early avalanche season in the Yampa Valley.
Steamboat Western wear marketer heading to New Mexico
The owners of a small Steamboat Springs business with an international client list and a natural fit in Steamboat are moving to New Mexico.
Steamboat Springs freestyle skiers dominated the podium Friday at the two-event USSA Vail Valley Freestyle competition in Vail.
High school swimmer looks forward to spring season
Cole Worsley headed to Plano, Texas, last week with high hopes. He returned to Steamboat Springs a few days later with top finishes.
1:17 a.m. A possibly drunken driver was reported at Sixth and Oak streets. The person was sober.
The surging growth of local girls hockey will be on display in this weekend's third annual Adele Dombrowski Tournament.
Commissioned sculpture offers realistic challenge for local artist
Sculptor Sandy P. Graves does her best artwork at night.
Steamboat jam band keeps a loose blues frame
If they were 20 years old, the members of Steamboat blues-rock jam band Jebus are pretty sure they would own a van. They'd drive around Colorado and play bars every night.
I'm not a fun person to ride a chairlift with these days.
Tiffany Christopher Trio swaps instruments
Hilary Murray is willing to admit she and singer-songwriter Tiffany Christopher base their tour schedules on which Colorado mountain towns they like the most. Actually, she volunteers that fact.
Dance community comes together to benefit Naused family
In months of rehearsal and a week of lengthy run-throughs, members of the Steamboat Dance Theater get pretty close preparing for their annual concert.
A 62-year-old Virginia man died of an apparent heart attack Thursday morning in the Rendezvous Saddle lodge at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Not so secretly or subtly, I am hoping John Lennon impersonator Tom Coburn answers his phone in character. I picture him sitting in his Salt Lake City home, wearing a "Sgt. Pepper's"-era matador outfit, humming along to "Getting Better."
The most common insect questions the Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office receives about houseplants are associated with whiteflies, spider mites and scale insects.
Ski personality Glen Plake to film TV show at Winter Carnival
Skiing icon Glen Plake, who has graced the covers of ski magazines and dazzled winter sport enthusiasts in movies, will soon appear on Steamboat tv18.
Urban growth boundary a tough hurdle for Steamboat 700
Expanding Routt County's urban growth boundary will likely require a more lengthy and difficult process than Steamboat 700 developers would like.
Soroco High School boys basketball coach Sam McLeod is going into tonight's game against cross-county rival Hayden a little bit blind, in a couple of ways.
CD reviews of Hot Chip, "Made in the Dark," and North Mississippi Allstars, "Hernando"
Thursday, February 7
A 62-year-old Virginia man died of an apparent heart attack Thursday morning in the Rendezvous Saddle lodge at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Mesa State presents findings on impacts; audience laments frustrations with state
When representatives from Mesa State College, El Pomar Foundation and Club 20 presented findings from their regional economic growth study Wednesday, the audience's frustrations with the state spilled out.
Pattie Snidow came home recently, if only for a few days.
There was always one school that hovered above the rest.
3:45 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.
Winter Carnival Street Event sign-ups under way
Registration for 2008 Winter Carnival Street events begins at 7:30 a.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Visitor's Center, 1255 S. Lincoln Ave.
Resident accused with strangling, sexually assaulting woman
A Yampa man suspected of strangling and sexually assaulting a woman in a domestic dispute last month remains in Routt County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.
A Steamboat Springs man has pleaded guilty to careless driving and reckless driving in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured a pedestrian in November.
Company steps up to help snow sculpting contest go on
A longtime Winter Carnival tradition was nearly broken this year because of too much snow in Steamboat Springs, but a local company has stepped up to ensure snow sculptures will again grace Lincoln Avenue.
Fund Board votes to gift sum to Strawberry Park project
The Education Fund Board voted, 7-4, to gift up to $250,000 to replace an aging wooden playground at Strawberry Park Elementary School with one that will be accessible to all children, including those with disabilities. The funds also will be used to build a playground at the new Soda Creek Elementary School.
Some call him skiing's bad boy, while others say he's a Mohawk-hairstyled extrovert. But whatever title is bestowed upon Glen Plake, the legendary skier claims to be a traditionalist at heart.
The enthusiasm that carried the day at Steamboat 700's first major public presentation last month is likely to be replaced with concerns when the project goes before Routt County officials tonight.
Wednesday, February 6
Once again, Steamboat Springs is expected to bear the brunt of multiple storm systems that could leave almost 2 feet of snow in city limits by Friday morning.
Food Check-Out Week highlights farmers', ranchers' contributions
Less than 10 percent of an average American's disposable income pays for food, the American Farm Bureau Web site reported.
Sunset Meadows resident stays 'feisty' in her golden years
The year was 1908. It was a big year for baseball: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" made its debut, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series - they haven't won one since - by defeating the Detroit Tigers.
An Oregon man suspected of sexually assaulting a California boy in Steamboat Springs in December 2006 has been arrested in his home state and is awaiting extradition to Colorado.
The thoughts, events and feelings depicted in this column are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or otherwise is merely coincidental.
Monday, Feb. 4
Steamboat tennis player receives John Hough Award from CTA
Winning on the court has become second nature for junior tennis player Jamey Swiggart.
Maybe I'm missing something or don't understand what I should, but I believe that the economic stimulus proposal offered by President Bush and endorsed by many in Congress has no substance.
Prosecution, defense venue dispute spurs Garrecht's recusal
A new judge will hear the case against Gary Wall, and his first order of business will be whether to grant a new trial location for the Routt County sheriff accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.
I wrote this in response to Dr. Lynn Kelley's letter to the editor (Jan. 27 Steamboat Pilot & Today).
With as quickly as the things around us seem to change, it's often worth recognizing and celebrating those things that persist in the face of evolution.
Our leadership says we will have peace in the Mideast by carving up Israel and dividing Jerusalem to create a Frankenstein state called Palestine. Much like the classic work of fiction, this freak of assorted parcels of land will turn on its creator and terrorize the local neighborhood.
I was involved in being trapped in a tree well at Park City, Utah, after a heavy snowfall. I was on a steep slope amongst mixed conifers skiing within my ability, but, inadvertently dropped into a tree well. It was quite deep and well over my head - probably about 9 or 10 feet. Fortunately, I had one of my skis in the hole with me and I landed on my side with my head exposed.
Food assistance available
The job description posted Tuesday for the Steamboat Springs School District's open superintendent position included a list of qualifications that School Board members conceded may be tough for even the most skilled candidate to meet.
The Steamboat Springs City Council touched on a subject Tuesday night that could foretell a difficult debate in weeks to come.
Romney edges McCain in crowded Routt caucuses
Barack Obama won overwhelming support from Democrats and Mitt Romney edged John McCain among Republicans in Tuesday caucuses that drew hundreds to precinct locations across Routt County.
Steamboat Springs High School qualifies nine skiers for state
A few members of the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team saved their best for last.
Locals place at national stock show
The National Western Stock Show still plays an integral role in the lives of a few Routt County residents.
Tuesday, February 5
McCain, Romney close in Republican caucus
Local Democrats threw their weight behind presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama during tonight's precinct caucuses. With limited returns available, local Republicans appear split between candidates Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Moffat County assessor: Values increased across the board, partly due to school, hospital bonds
Property owners may remember getting a notice of value on their property from the Moffat County Assessor's Office in May 2007.
Deceased driver identified as Oak Creek man
The 81-year-old man found dead behind the wheel of his pickup Sunday morning off Routt County Road 25 has been identified as Douglas Robert Jones of Oak Creek.
Steamboat Springs Transit followed a record-setting 2007 with all-time high ridership numbers in January.
In 1914, a $50 investment and a lard bucket helped found a mid-winter tradition that has persisted for 95 years in Steamboat Springs.
School Board directs Smyser to gather all-day kindergarten input
The Steamboat Spring School Board directed interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser on Monday night to gather the pros and cons of implementing all-day kindergarten.
Democratic and Republican leaders hope for strong turnout
Local Republican and Democratic party officials may be divided on the issues facing voters and the candidates best suited for office, but they agree there is a special buzz in the air for today's caucuses.
Wildhorse developers propose incorporation of historic structure
Having failed in attempts to relocate the historic Butterfly Barn on Mount Werner Road, the city of Steamboat Springs will consider a proposal from the developers of Wildhorse Meadows that would let the barn stay put.
12:02 a.m. A woman complained about noise in the 1300 block of Sparta Plaza. Steamboat Springs police issued a warning.
Monday, February 4
It's that time of year again when palm trees, white sand beaches and temperatures above 70 degrees sound pretty nice to shivering residents in Northwest Colorado.
After the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team dismantled Rifle, 74-50, on Friday night, one of the game's referees succinctly summed up the state of the Sailors.
Voting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. to register.
All-day kindergarten, school security grant discussion continues
At tonight's meeting, the Steamboat Springs School Board will continue a years-long discussion about implementing all-day kindergarten. The discussion won't result in board action.
Steamboat Springs artist Pat Walsh can tell you the exact place, time and date her heart attack occurred. She was in PostNet when she stopped in her tracks at 2:57 p.m. on October 2, 2007.
Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Houston Mader finished second at the Estes Park wrestling tournament Saturday, winning two matches before falling in the finals.
More winter weather in store for Steamboat Springs
Ace at the Curve hardware employees have had a difficult time keeping snow removal equipment in stock this winter. Today's expected weather won't help.
Sunday, February 3
Severe winter weather is again headed for Routt County. Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas are under a winter storm warning from 6 p.m. today through midnight Monday.
Call 'em crazy, but the brave men and women who take part in the Winter Carnival shovel race help make it one of the annual spectacle's most entertaining events. It also helps make the street events one of the most popular aspects of Winter Carnival.
Winter Carnival queen named princess at age 3
Missy Krause made her first appearance on the Winter Carnival court when she was 3 years old, as a little princess.
Beginning as the organizing committee for the first Winter Carnival, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has maintained the Winter Carnival as a service to the community since 1914. We are pleased to host the 95th Winter Carnival beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6 and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 10. This year's theme is "A Celebration of Community."
In the 95 years since Carl Howelsen hosted the first "Midwinter Sports Carnival" in Steamboat Springs, the event has captured a community's imagination and daredevil spirit with horse-drawn skiers, record-breaking jumps, parades and shovel rides down Lincoln Avenue, and lots of pyrotechnics.
Ski band tradition continues with classic rock, new director
Steamboat Springs High School's new band director Jim Knapp has never attended Winter Carnival, but he's well aware of the precedent set by the school's famous Ski Band.
Parade focuses on what ties locals together
In the wake of the construction projects that are reshaping Steamboat Springs, Winter Sports Club officials chose "A Celebration of Community" as the theme for the 95th Winter Carnival.
Muzzle-loading Biathlon unique to Steamboat
Rich in tradition and uniqueness, the International Muzzle-loading Biathlon returns to the Winter Carnival for its 34th year.
'Sledstyle' riders ramp up rodeo event
The chariot horses that once raced at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena during Winter Carnival will be replaced by pure horsepower this year.
Following in the footsteps of some of Steamboat Springs' greatest local legends - Billy Kidd, Hazie Werner and Moose Barrows - a longtime ranching family will serve as grand marshals for the 95th annual Winter Carnival.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team can live by the 3-point shot.
Although Steamboat Springs is now known as "Ski Town USA," winter sports did not make their debut until local legend Carl Howelsen put on the first Winter Carnival in 1914.
Leah Mansfield's 3-pointer with 1 minute, 40 seconds to go in the game drew a huge ovation.
Voters have a chance to select a real Republican, not a Republican in Name Only (RINO). Look at John McCain carefully. This 72-year-old RINO has a record of siding with the liberal Democrats and with his "good ole boy" Clinton club. He hasn't closed the border in his own state of Arizona, and illegals are stampeding over the border with McCain ready to give them amnesty and Social Security cards.
In the days following accusations of a rigged election, Narok, the city in Kenya where Mary Walker lived and volunteered, was relatively calm - during the day.
During weather conditions like we had Monday night, most of us found our way home, battened down the hatches and let the wind and blowing snowstorm pass. Yampa Valley Medical Center and its employees must continue our patient care responsibilities regardless of the weather.
As Colorado reaches Super Tuesday, I'd like to ask my friends on the left to resist the urge to nominate Hillary Clinton. My request is not entirely political. It is based on my former life in Washington, D.C.
From the Feb. 6, 1958, edition of the Steamboat Pilot.
Community Agriculture Alliance
It's not every day that a walk to your mailbox leads to an opportunity to shape the future of the agricultural industry. But for the nation's farmers and ranchers, that opportunity has now become a reality.
Costly mistakes doom Hayden girls in 59-49 loss to Plateau Valley
With the District 5 playoffs approaching, the Hayden High School girls basketball team will have to learn from its 59-49 loss to Plateau Valley on Saturday.
High school senior designs this year's button
The second time was a charm for Steamboat Springs High School senior Karyn Savory, who created the winning design for the 95th Winter Carnival button in her second year of entering the contest.
It's hard to say which I am more revved up about - the birth of my next daughter, or the Colorado caucus for president, both of which are expected to happen this Tuesday.
The biggest hurdle to widening and improving U.S. Highway 40 from 13th Street west to Steamboat II isn't how to do it or whether to do it - it's how to fund it. For that reason, city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials as well as our state legislators should play an active role in lobbying for funds to offset the cost of such a significant capital project.
The big news came in from Bruce Carta at Land Title Guarantee Company as we went to deadline with this debut of a Real Estate section front in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Bookstore moving to Ninth Street
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore will continue to avoid Steamboat's main drag when it moves to a new home on Ninth Street in March.
Likelihood of Frontier service to YVRA fading for the short term
Although the touchdown of Frontier Airlines' new turboprop subsidiary at Yampa Valley Regional Airport was expected before the start of the ski season, the airline's dropping profits are dimming hopes that the carrier will begin service to Colorado mountain communities.
Cooper vice president of Alpine Bank
Hoza named Optimist Teen of the Month
Local high school students aren't the only ones who compete for a chance to participate in Winter Carnival's annual snow-sculpting contest.
Some Routt County taxing entities are seeing massive budget increases this year from escalating property tax revenues, creating a controversial windfall that is expanding the scope of local services but also raising concerns about the use of taxpayer dollars.
It's surprising to hear Tyler Jewell, a snowboarder who lived in a tent just outside of Steamboat Springs leading up to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, compare his snowboarding career to building a house.
The parish of Holy Name Catholic Church in downtown Steamboat Springs has begun a capital campaign to help fund a major addition and remodel to the church. The brick building where worshippers gather today was dedicated on Christmas Eve, 1965.
The location couldn't be more ideal.
If you've already fully embraced middle age, there's probably no chance you'll qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. However, there's no reason you shouldn't rub shoulders with future Olympians at historic Howelsen Hill during this year's Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs.
The Yampa Ranger District has been honored with the Regional Forester's Ranger District of the Year award, beating out U.S. Forest Service districts in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Feb. 3, 2008.
Susan Marie Paquin, 41, Fairview, Tenn. - Third-degree assault (domestic violence) (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
The very familiar star pattern of Orion the Hunter is found nearly overhead at 8 p.m. as January ends and February begins. The bright stars Betelgeuse, at Orion's shoulder, and Rigel, at his foot, join the three stars marking Orion's Belt to form one of the most widely recognized star patterns in the entire sky.
Lighted Man continues annual tradition
Jon Banks can set his annual watch according to the few minutes he comes blazing down Howelsen Hill, launching an elaborate bundle of pack-mounted Roman candles to kick off the Winter Carnival's Night Extravaganza.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Super Tuesday, including the Colorado caucuses, is only two days away, and it is clear that the race for the Republican presidential nomination has come down to John McCain and Mitt Romney.
Instead of unwrapping the usual mountain of presents at his last birthday party, Lisa Gamber's first-grade son raised money to adopt a pair of wild gorillas.
With 31 seconds left, Steamboat's Aaron Calkins cleared the Glenwood press with a full-court inbound pass to Michael Vandahl, who, in turn, dropped in an uncontested layup.
Strawberry Park's quadathlon steeped in snow sport traditions
Strawberry Park Elementary School physical education teacher Sam Rush put her students through a gauntlet of winter sports activities during the past two weeks in an effort to keep the spirit of Ski Town USA alive.
When I heard the oddly intertwined stories of Brett Buckles and David Lamb - a pair of Steamboat natives who bounced back from debilitating ski injuries to the top of our nation's skiercross ranks - I featured them on our Dec. 30 Sunday Sports front in a story titled, "Comeback Kids."
Saturday, February 2
Jeanette Symons was a veteran pilot and innovative engineer
A Steamboat Springs woman and her son were killed Friday when the woman's private jet crashed shortly after take-off near Augusta, Maine.
School Board seeking more input for kindergarten decision
Citing the need for more community input before creating an all-day kindergarten policy, Steamboat Springs School Board members Robin Crossan, Laura Anderson and Lisa Brown proposed waiting until the 2009-10 school year to implement the program.
Classes on schedule for Monday
An early-rising custodian likely prevented disaster Friday by spotting a leaky water heater that led to school cancellations in Oak Creek.
It was the type of day when strangers exchange knowing looks and wide grins. It was the type of day when a favorite terrain feature simply can't be found because of the depth of snow. It was the type of day you seriously consider bringing a snorkel.
Since Meeker made its move down to the Class 2A Western Slope League five seasons ago, the Soroco Rams girls basketball team had come no closer than two points to defeating the Cowboys.
Win streak ends with home loss to Rifle
When it got bad, it got worse. And when it got worse, it got ugly for the Steamboat Springs girls basketball team Friday night against Rifle.
The Steamboat Springs boys basketball had kept Rifle around for a half. But just as the Sailors have done throughout the season, they hit a stretch.
Boys hockey loses to Aspen
Aspen forward Tyler Moore eyed an opening in the middle of the Steamboat Springs defense and charged.
12:39 a.m. A one-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Police took a report.
The city of Steamboat Springs' Parks, Open Space & Recreational Services Department is accepting registrations for its youth basketball program until Feb. 8 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Men accused of $15,000 in property damage reach agreement
The four men accused of causing significant damage to a rented Steamboat Springs home during an alleged demolition party last April avoided jail time with a plea agreement Friday in Routt County District Court.
Please refrain from simmering wieners and preparing soft-boiled eggs in the hot spring. Thanks in advance for your cooperation - the management.
Occupation: Massage therapist and yoga instructor
Friday, February 1
Tonight's Soroco basketball games to be played as scheduled
Tonight's high school basketball games in Oak Creek are on schedule despite a leaky water heater that canceled school today at Soroco High School and Soroco Middle School.
Visibility near zero on passes; snowfall to continue into the night
Gusty winds and heavy snowfall expected to increase through Friday are creating low visibility and icy, snowpacked road conditions across Northwest Colorado.
After two years of extended losing streaks with wins mixed in one at a time, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team put together back-to-back wins against Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain last weekend.
Two wins for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team this weekend would go a long way toward improving potential playoff seeding, winning another Western Slope League title and making Steamboat's case as one of the best teams in the state.
Usually, playing the defending state champion this late in the season would make a coach and team nervous.
Introducing the 2008 Steamboat Springs Arts Council officers at the group's annual meeting Wednesday, Kelly Anzalone summed up the organization's forward movement during the past year.
Snow, blowing snow advisory for area continues until midnight
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a snow and blowing snow advisory for Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig, effective from midnight Thursday until midnight today.
With Winter Carnival's opening ceremonies less than a week away, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is hosting historic film screenings today that make clear how the annual tradition has evolved throughout the decades.
After living in Steamboat Springs for a little more than five months, I finally have time to do some of the things people come to Steamboat to do.
12:53 a.m. A Denver man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during a traffic stop at U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road.
Doing a mini-tour of some of the galleries on this month's First Friday Art Walk, I got the chance to catch up on what some of the art spaces downtown have been up to during the past few weeks.
Registration for 2008 Winter Carnival Street Events begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Visitor Center, 1255 S. Lincoln Ave.
All-day kindergarten, cameras to be considered
The Steamboat Springs School Board will tackle a number of hot-button issues today, including how to implement all-day kindergarten, whether to install security cameras in schools, and revisions to the district's harassment policy.
Hoteliers discuss implications of city-owned competition
The city of Steamboat Springs is seeking proposals from private firms for an Iron Horse Inn management plan. Meanwhile, some local hotel operators see the public ownership of a competing property as a less-than-ideal situation.
Most of us know that our houseplants need air, water, sunlight and nutrients in order to grow. But many of us have a difficult time figuring out which of these important life-sustaining elements is the cause of our plant problems.
Hayden freshman Treyben Letlow appeared to have lost early Thusday in his match against Lyle Schaffner of Moffat County.
Vampire Weekend is not terribly impressive. And its brand of diverse pop songs isn't the kind of thing you hear and wonder how the band came up with it (hint: they listen to Afro-pop).
Bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam builds his resume while embracing opera
Ashraf Sewailam was in high demand after his second opera appearance in Steamboat Springs, said Emerald City Opera Artistic Director Keri Rusthoi.
Singer-songwriter plays homecoming show Saturday
Carrie Elkin answers her cell phone and warns that she and fellow singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt are about to break down from boredom. They're driving through West Texas, starting a tour that will take them through New Mexico, Colorado, Tennessee and the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
'The Full Monty' scheduled to be Steamboat theater's last production
Waiting for the second night of auditions for "The Full Monty" to get under way, director Michael Brumbaugh isn't sure how things will turn out.
Three gallerists talk about their First Friday Art Walk exhibits
Taking a break from hanging her show at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat on Monday, local artist Maggie Smith talked about the gallery's success with the First Friday Art Walk.
Future U.S. 40 access proposal draws questions at open house
Local business owners questioned a future traffic plan for U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat Springs during a crowded open house Thursday in Centennial Hall. Others who attended the event were happy with the plan, claiming something has to be done to relieve congestion and danger along the highway.