Stories for February 2008


Friday, February 29

Dispute about oil shale plan brought to City Council

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.

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Source list: Absylom Rising

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.

On Scene: Rent the Oscar winners

The 2008 Oscars were boring. No question.

CD review of Nick Lowe, "Jesus of Cool"

CD review of Nick Lowe, "Jesus of Cool"

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Writers explore the outdoors

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.

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Crazed New Orleans rock

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.

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From the ground up

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.

Margaret Hair: Why do you sound like that?

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:

Voting equipment OK'd

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.

The Record for Feb. 27

1:17 a.m. A noise complaint was received from Fish Creek Falls Road and Highland Drive. Police gave a warning.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 29

The Routt County Conservation District election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 6.

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Sailors to meet Mustangs

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.

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Rob Douglas: Let's rally for Randall

"Rob, we've just crossed into N-ville." I sat in stunned silence.

Jane McLeod: Joy of the mountain

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.

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Nerneys face uphill battle

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

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Man dies in fall from roof at Steamboat Grand

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.

Hayden students thrive in Destination ImagiNation

Queen Elizabeth was coming for a visit, and the challenge was to put her to work doing household chores.

Out for the show

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.

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Memories at risk

Shop owner suggests using care with digital photography

Recollections - small moments that, throughout time, can accrue meaning and value to the owner.

Rail service possible

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.

Fire Academy seeks recruits

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.

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Nelson case shows larger issue

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.

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Yampa Valley Recycles selling reusable bags

The numbers associated with the consumption of plastic bags are staggering.

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All the way

High school marketing team qualifies four students for international competition

Krista Schenck, Moffat County High School business and marketing teacher, had a premonition.

Skiing pioneer, writer passes

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.

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Team play pushes Steamboat hoops to new levels

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 28

Electrical fire causes minor damage to home

The Record for Feb. 26

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Wednesday, February 27

Paper ballot chances good

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.

Property tax claim reassessed

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.

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Covillo sings his way to Italy

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Do not send me a postcard

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.

The Record for Feb. 25

Midnight. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Apres Ski Way and Mount Werner Circle. The man was taken to detox.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 27

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.

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Snow by the hundreds

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.

Sports briefs for Feb. 27

Local snowboarders compete in Revolution Tour

The dancers and drummers of the Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble: A heartfelt thanks

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.

Our View: Don't be the next victim

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.

Slide reported in Fish Creek Canyon

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.

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Colorado Mountain College men's ski team qualifies for nationals

Skiing as a team can be a tricky task.

Tuesday, February 26

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 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.

Snowmobiler hurt in accident

An unidentified out-of-state man was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a snowmobile accident in northern Routt County.

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Forensics team qualifies four Sailors for state tourney

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.

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Study to pinpoint retail needs

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.

Health care costs hit districts

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.

Under one roof

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.

The Record for Feb. 24

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.

Oscars, outrageous outfits perfect match

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.

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Bank feels 'betrayed'

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

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Another piece of the pie

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.

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Pet therapy

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.

The Record for Feb. 23

Saturday, Feb. 23

Steamboat Briefs for Feb. 25

Two Steamboat men arrested for theft

Hard work pays off for student

Boettcher Scholarship a crowning achievement for Janna Hoza

Janna Hoza always has wanted to study math and business at the University of Denver.

Monday Medical: The heart's chain of survival

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.

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Luke Graham: Hard work pays off for Vandahl

As Michael Vandahl poured in point after point against Moffat County earlier this year, the full spectrum of his game was on display.

Steamboat earns No. 2 seed in playoffs

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.

Making healthy bones a priority

It wasn't too long ago that bone fractures were considered an inevitable part of aging.

Sunday, February 24

Winter weather on the rebound?

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Rebecca Dybas (Reba)

Rebecca Dybas (Reba) Age: 28 Occupation: Teacher

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Morgan, Iacovetto take state wrestling runner-up spots

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.

The Record and Jail Report for Feb. 22

John Paul Keske, 39, Hayden - Driving under the influence, DUI per se, disregarded stop sign (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Rob Douglas: Am I buggin' you?

Bush lied and our troops die. Bush was right to start this fight. The Surge is working. The Surge is a failure.

Paul Hughes: A managing vote

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.

Amanda Kalina: Cookies good to go

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.

Steve Aigner: Annexation review

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.

Our view: Winches worth a whirl

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.

Looking back: Three dead after Oak Creek man goes on shooting binge

From the Thursday, Feb. 27, 1958 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Editorial cartoon for Feb. 24

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.

On the Market for Feb 24

How much is that dirt? What does Steamboat have in common with the priciest real estate markets in the mountains?

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Visa cap hits home

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.

Business file for Feb. 24

Barney named TIC general counsel

Real estate transactions for Feb. 13 to 19


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Edgemont reaches out

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.

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Gutting it out

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.

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Hair today, gone to ski

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.

John F. Russell: The title obsession

So what's the big deal about winning a state title?

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A sport taking flight

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."

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Local weatherman travels to Arctic

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.

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New Intercultural Center opens in downtown Steamboat

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.

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Aid can make or break college choice

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.

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Beetle-killed trees spark own industry

Patches of lodgepole pine have been harvested for building materials or firewood for three generations on Jim Ritschard's ranch in Kremmling.

Agriculture Alliance: The labeling maze

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.

Kerry Hart: No teacher left behind

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Orion's great nebula

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.

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Colorado Art Ranch explores land use and artist residencies

In its second full year of existence, Colorado Art Ranch is trying to drum up some nomads.

Room for sub-$400K homes in Dry Creek

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.

Small towns bring large risks

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.

Class Notes for Feb. 24

Nolte named Rotary Student of the Month

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Outlook grim for funding U.S. 40 improvements

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

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Morgan, Iacovetto bound for state title bouts

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.

Sailors hockey loses in playoffs

Steamboat had Aspen on its heels.

Hayden school calendar proposed

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.

Sidewalk friction melts away

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.

Fire chief faces sexual conduct charges

A longtime Routt County fire official has been charged with unlawful sexual contact and harassment, both misdemeanors, relating to a November 2007 incident.

YVRA braces for 3,400 travelers

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.

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Tom Ross: Make mine a Caesar salad with anchovies, hold the croutons

You've probably never had the food server's recurring nightmare. But I have.

Theft total rises to $1.2M

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.

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Police chaplain joins force

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.

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The great outdoors

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.

The Record for Feb. 21

Thursday, Feb. 21

Steamboat Briefs for Feb. 23

Hayden student receives Boettcher scholarship

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Thayer burns up giant slalom course

Even Wiley Thayer was caught off guard.

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Steitz overcomes start position to finish fifth

The circumstances just kept building up against Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skier Kyle Steitz.

Boys continue to dominate league

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

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Five local wrestlers advance to state semis

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.

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Wild women

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.

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Sailors' Krause puts together sick run

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.

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Success on the mats

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.

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Allen leads Steamboat's Alpine skiers on first day of state meet

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.

Committed to learning

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 22

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.

The Record for Feb. 20

3:06 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.

700 team floats metro district

The Steamboat 700 development team suggested implementing a metropolitan district that could be annexed into Steamboat Springs, but received little support from city planners.

Hayden beef not part of recall effort

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.

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Nerney camps outside pub

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.

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Bank tellers jailed

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.

Hayden chooses four superintendent finalists

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.

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Steele got it

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.

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Add the verse

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."

Margaret Hair: And the winner could be ...

When "Crash" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006, my apartment building screamed.

CD reviews of The Mountain Goats, Bon Iver and The Mars Volta

CD reviews of The Mountain Goats, "Heretic Pride"; Bon Iver, "For Emma, Forever Ago"; and The Mars Volta, "The Bedlam Goliath"

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What's on tap

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.

Seminar focuses on fake documents

Advice on how employers can better spot fake documents is the topic of a roundtable discussion at Centennial Hall on Tuesday.

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Deb Babcock: A garden to stimulate the senses

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.

Sailor boys basketballers look to end league play on winning note

Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball guard Aaron Calkins has every right to look ahead to the playoffs.

Thursday, February 21

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Customer service fuels awards for businesses

A common theme runs between the two award-winning businesses the Craig Chamber of Commerce recognized Tuesday during its annual meeting.

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Steamboat hockey looks to avenge losses to Aspen

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team has a chance to make good on a promise it made before the beginning of the season.

United Way nears goal

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.

Steamboat 700 traffic plans get review

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.

Housing decision on hold

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.

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South Routt, Hayden schools dispose of recalled beef

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 21

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.

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Strings facility tuning up

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.

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Council, Lanning air concerns

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.

Sports briefs: Anderson nets title

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.

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Soroco school to realign

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.

The Record for Feb. 19

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

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Report to highlight underage drinking

A local grassroots organization is taking another step in its three-pronged approach to knock out underage drinking in Moffat County.

Crossan, Connelly see value, not conflict, with Fund Board

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.

Host Sailors hoping to come together at state ski championships

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.

Sports briefs for Feb. 20

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.

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Six skiers heading to cross-country skiing junior Olympics

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 20

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.

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Officials: Moose had to be put down

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.

The Record for Feb. 18

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.

Carl Dunham: Snow loads risky

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.

Our View: Fund Board needs healthy reserves

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.

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Nerneys regain liquor license

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.

Heather Burchall, MS, RD and Dana Fujita, DDS: Through With Chew

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.

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School days drafted

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.

Joanne Palmer: This time, I mean it

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.

Wall's winch request stalls

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

The Record for Feb. 17

12:37 a.m. A woman complained that a tractor-trailer was being noisy in the 1100 block of 13th Street.

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Bargaining agreement gives $210K in raises to district staff

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 19

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.

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Council to consider relaxed standards for affordable projects

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.

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Starting from scratch

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."

College seminars offered

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.

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Tom Ross: Borrow a trick from Chris Columbus

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.

Student writing contest nearing March 3 submission deadline

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.

Monday, February 18

The Record for Feb. 16

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.

Aging Well: 'Never quit on a bad day'

In 1988, Robert Fry was carried in his wheelchair into a Routt County courtroom.

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Making a splash at state

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 18

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.

Dinner fundraiser will benefit science school

As sixth-grade enrollment has increased, so has the demand on the Yampa Valley Science School's facilities.

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Workshop to offer tips and tools for preserving heirlooms

Eventually, your family memories - and the photographs, clothing, china and books that maintain them - will decay.

Monday Medical: Yoga of the Heart

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.

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Talk to address Yampa water use, recreation and environment

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.

Jimmy Westlake: Saturn closest to Earth

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: It's snowing again!

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

Snowboarding junior team named

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.

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Sundance North condos close to shopping, dining

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.

Business file for Feb. 17

<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.

On the Market for Feb. 17

<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.

Sales tax exceeds projections

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.

Reaching an online audience

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.

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Lessons from the lift line

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.

Steamboat tops Eagle Valley

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.

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Hockey lights up Lancers

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.

Dave Shively: The next first

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.

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Nordic Challenge, Ski Marathon racers pair up for cold and fast kicking

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.

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Mader misses regional title

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.

Thirstin' Thurston dominates sled dog race

Two winters ago, Tom Thurston set out to simply finish the 350-mile Race to the Sky, or maybe finish in the top 10.

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Escalating costs for grain, dairy push local pizza parlors to financial limit

Soda Creek Pizza owner Steve Hitchcock has done everything he can think of to battle rising wholesale food prices.

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From coffee to cabernet

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.

Omar M. Campbell: Growth management

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.

Don Mathes: Headline shameful

Your headline on the ViewPoints op-ed page Feb. 13 - "God does not favor the Jewish people" - is totally misleading and blatantly anti-Semitic.

Class Notes for Feb. 17

"Universal Playground" meeting

Rob Douglas: Go ugly or go home

Can I get an Amen?

Gary Hofmeister: Hypocrisy ... really?

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.

Our View: Less talk, more action

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.

In the service: Garrett M. Brew

Air Force Airman Garrett M. Brew has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Kerry Hart: Generation mix brings challenges, opportunities

"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'."

Demong places sixth in Czech Republic

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Deb Babcock

Occupation: Studio Potter/Blue Sky Pottery

Real estate transactions for Feb. 5 to 12

Real estate transactions for Feb. 5 to 12

Sailors lose to Devils, 57-45

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.

The Record for Feb. 15

Jonathan Andrew McClure, 36, Steamboat Springs - Second-degree criminal trespass (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Fund Board debates reserves as sales tax renewal vote looms

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.

Russell: Forgetting the point (of the needle)

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.

City eyes safety

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.

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Flu fighters

Steamboat students honored for their influenza prevention posters

Steamboat Springs students Caroline Wilson and Hannah Barkey don't take influenza lightly.

Mary Walker: Crisis in Kenya

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.

Looking back: Local hospital has modern laboratory

From the Thursday, Feb. 20 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Saturday, February 16

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Vandahl shines in Sailors' 54-41 win

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.

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Moffat County girls stifle Steamboat, 78-24

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.

Nordic team stretches limited budget

Steamboat skiers seek donations to support travel, expenses

Kerry Lynch always has had a vision of helping a team compete at the highest level.

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Propane safety stressed

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.

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All-time high

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.

The Record for Feb. 14

Thursday, Feb. 14

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 16

Preschool sessions offered to qualifying children

Steamboat Springs High School's Knowledge Bowl team dominates

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.

Rollover closes U.S. 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.

Small dip in tourism numbers

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.

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Merging into midlife

'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.

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Phollow me for phenology phun

In case you hadn't noticed already, phenology is bustin' out all over in Steamboat Springs.

Flawless Cardinals soar past Tigers

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.

Oak Creek board buys police cameras

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.

Mader shakes off rust in win

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

Rabbit Ears Pass open after rollover

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.

Task force: drug seizures on the rise

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 15

Scarves on sale to benefit breast cancer research

The Record for Feb. 13

Wednesday, Feb. 13

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Pennies to fund playground

'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.

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Frontier leaves Steamboat off new flights list

Steamboat Springs is not one of eight new destinations for Frontier Airlines' regional subsidiary, Lynx Aviation.

Steamboat 700 pledges dollars to identify workforce, demand

The Steamboat 700 development team hopes to put some faces to the numbers that are thrown around in discussions about affordable housing.

Tigers eye two weekend wins

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.

Steamboat girls prepare for Moffat County

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.

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Steamboat to meet rival Moffat County on the court

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.

Council mulls sharing cost of services

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.

Neighbors helping neighbors

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.

City fills finance position

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.

Hayden police station plans near completion

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.

'Crunch time' for wrestlers

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.

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Getting into art: Batik

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.

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Behind the music

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.

Everyone deserves a second chance

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.

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Neo-soul, from rock 'n' roll

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.

On Scene: Winter Carnival is crazy, and so are you

Living in Steamboat Springs is a crazy thing to do.

CD reviews for Feb. 15

Maceo Parker is not the best sideman in music. But he is the most important one.

Margaret Hair: Flight cost = free concert

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.

Deb Babcock: Cacti, succulents require minimal care

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

City hires finance director

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.

Snow advisory in effect until 6 p.m. today

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.

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Steamboat not part of new Frontier

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.

Officials want Steamboat 700 village center moved

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 14

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.

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Oak Creek man remembered for service

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.

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Sailors bitten by top team

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.

Steamboat dropped as championship site

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."

It's all business with FBLA

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.

The Record for Feb. 12

4:43 a.m. An ambulance was requested in Steamboat Springs.

Man pleads guilty in bomb-making case

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.

Audit offers advice

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.

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Wall trial to be held in Routt County

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.

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Steve Aigner to lead Community Alliance

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

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Man dies in Oak Creek house explosion

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.

Housing headway made

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.

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Push to the finish

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.

Steamboat Briefs for Feb. 13

Sex assault suspect released on $10,000 bail

The Record for Feb. 11

Monday, Feb. 11

Marie Matta: A just solution

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.

Christine McKelvie: Exception to statement

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."

Jake Schwan: What's it all about

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the front page of this paper had a picture of 16 head of elk. The caption read "Thieving Elk."

Our View: Kill Taylor's hunting bill

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.

Sports briefs for Feb. 13

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.

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Going to ski school

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.

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Wall to appeal license revocation

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.

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City considers Triple Crown extension

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.

Officials partner for universal playground

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.

Joanne Palmer: 'Grouch Potato'

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.

Monica Hutson: Hometown feel

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

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Fire guts mountain home

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.

Hashing out housing

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.

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Hayden seeks more funds

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.

The Record for Feb. 10

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.

Taylor bill comes under fire

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.

Tom Ross: Surreal winter landscape foretells forest's future

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.

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Snow removal calls on the rise as powder continues to fall

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.

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Local dives into state

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 12

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

High school put on short lockdown

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.

Luke Graham: Blueprint for success

There are times in sports when you see it.

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Ski jumpers take to the air at Alpine Ski Flying Championships

Everything had set up well for Rolf Wilson.

The Record for Feb. 9

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 11

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.

City close to hiring director

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.

Aging Well: Love later may be better

Last week, Ray and Patsy Magness of Craig celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.

Monday Medical: Taking health to heart

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.

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Carnival brings crowds

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.

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Ski Corp. makes sidewalk offer

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

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Stories of a bygone era

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.

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Sailors clamp down for win

Steamboat boys team falls back on defense to defeat Palisade

Oh, the ways the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team can win.

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Adele hockey tournament concludes today

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.

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Former Sailor finds success in Alaska

Things weren't always this good for him.

John F. Russell: Skier's spirit far outshines crash

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.

Steamboat Springs hockey team likely scores postseason berth

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.

Oak Creek airs police grievances

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.

Kerry Hart: Helicopter parents: to be or not to be

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.

Class Notes for Feb. 10

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.

2008 Winter Carnival schedule


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A delicate decision

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Darcy Horath

Darcy Horath

Looking back: New breathtaking events at night show

From the Thursday, Feb. 13, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Reiter, Mueller top NorAm

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.

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Strawberry Park students strap on skis for morning commute

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.

Kathy Connell: Atta boy, atta girl!

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.

Lynette Weaver: Exception to story

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.

The year of multi-million-dollar home sales

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.

Our View: An open-door housing policy

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.

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On-snow show-stoppers

'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.

Editorial cartoon for Feb. 10

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot &amp; Today. This is the cartoon for Feb. 10, 2008.

Trailside seeking approval

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.

Roger Watson: Epley misinformed

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

Real estate transactions for Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2008.

Business File for Feb. 10

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.

Robert Pensack: An appeal to all Americans

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

The Record and Jail Report for Feb. 8

On the market for Feb. 10

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 &amp; Resort Corp., Intrawest has been able to add the equivalent of $100 million in profitability to the company's balance sheet.

Guest commentary: Hush, Rush

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.

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Creativity a la carte

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.

Dave Shively: Carnival calling

Everyone loves the Winter Carnival events.

Jimmy Westlake: Snow Moon eclipse

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.

Girls fall in 52-33 game

It's easy to see where the Palisade girls basketball team gets its success.

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Skiers take to streets

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.

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Look at the bright side

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.

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Doggie delicacies

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

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Sailors rout Panthers

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.

Delta loss tough for Steamboat

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.

The Record for Feb. 7

1:13 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Police gave a warning.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 9

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.

URA funds tight

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.

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Rusted Root coming to 'Boat

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.

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United limits free baggage

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.

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Tom Ross: Plastic piccolos preferred by band

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.

Hayden nets pair of wins against Soroco

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.

Hayden considers Precision annexation

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.

City awarded energy grant

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

Rabbit Ears still closed Friday evening

High winds shutting down mountain roads

Several Northwest Colorado mountain passes remain closed due to strong winds and drifting snow Friday evening.

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Meeting to focus on warning signs of teen depression

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.

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Ready for regionals

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.

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Obstacle Race kicks off carnival

Winter Carnival's youth-oriented Cross-Country Obstacle Race is not a competitive event. At least, it's not supposed to be.

Play role in youth development

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.

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Steamboat boys look to avoid complacency in rest of season

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.

Steamboat girls look toward weekend

The script for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball hasn't changed.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 8

Pink scarves to benefit breast cancer research and awareness are available at Epilogue Book Co., 837 Lincoln Ave., through Feb. 17.

Early avalanche season possible

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.

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Schaefer Outfitter moving on

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 skiers top Vail pipe

Steamboat Springs freestyle skiers dominated the podium Friday at the two-event USSA Vail Valley Freestyle competition in Vail.

Worsley posts top times

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.

The Record for Feb. 6

1:17 a.m. A possibly drunken driver was reported at Sixth and Oak streets. The person was sober.

Local girls hockey preps for weekend Dombrowski Tournament

The surging growth of local girls hockey will be on display in this weekend's third annual Adele Dombrowski Tournament.

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Careful carving

Commissioned sculpture offers realistic challenge for local artist

Sculptor Sandy P. Graves does her best artwork at night.

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Sweet Jebus

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.

Mike Lawrence: Winter Park lark

I'm not a fun person to ride a chairlift with these days.

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Musical chairs

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.

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Rallying around their own

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.

Man dies of heart attack at Rendezvous

A 62-year-old Virginia man died of an apparent heart attack Thursday morning in the Rendezvous Saddle lodge at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Happy hours

Happy hours

Margaret Hair: The Fab Faux

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."

Gardening: Houseplant pests common

The most common insect questions the Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office receives about houseplants are associated with whiteflies, spider mites and scale insects.

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From the slopes to the tube

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.

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Expansion won't be easy

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.

Hayden, Soroco primed for match-ups

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 for Hot Chip, North Mississippi Allstars

CD reviews of Hot Chip, "Made in the Dark," and North Mississippi Allstars, "Hernando"

Thursday, February 7

Man dies of apparent heart attack at ski area

A 62-year-old Virginia man died of an apparent heart attack Thursday morning in the Rendezvous Saddle lodge at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Can area sustain more growth?

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.

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USDA programs benefit public, private sector

Pattie Snidow came home recently, if only for a few days.

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DeLine signs letter of intent to play at Colorado State University

There was always one school that hovered above the rest.

The Record for Feb. 5

3:45 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 7

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.

Yampa man remains in custody

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.

Man gets jail in hit-and-run

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.

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Tradition spared the knife

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.

Playground may get $250,000

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.

Colorful ski personality Glen Plake to visit Winter Carnival

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.

Steamboat 700 proposal faces concerns during three-week meeting blitz

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

Another 2 feet of snow by Friday?

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.

Reducing the bottom line

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.

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Jitterbug dances into 100th birthday

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.

Man arrested for sexual assault

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.

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Joanne Palmer: The four stages of winter

The thoughts, events and feelings depicted in this column are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or otherwise is merely coincidental.

The Record for Feb. 4

Monday, Feb. 4

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Swiggart honored

Steamboat tennis player receives John Hough Award from CTA

Winning on the court has become second nature for junior tennis player Jamey Swiggart.

Paul Bonnifield: Stimulus falls short

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.

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New judge to hear Wall case

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.

Betty Wytias and Robert Sobel: Create acts of service

I wrote this in response to Dr. Lynn Kelley's letter to the editor (Jan. 27 Steamboat Pilot &amp; Today).

Our View: Carnival a cause for celebration

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.

Jack and Lynny Huston: Pray for Jerusalem

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.

S. J. Sackter: Tree well dangers

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.

Steamboat briefs Feb. 6

Food assistance available

Superintendent ad posted

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.

Affordable housing issues debated

The Steamboat Springs City Council touched on a subject Tuesday night that could foretell a difficult debate in weeks to come.

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Obama wins big

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.

Nordic team readies for championships

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.

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Routt County entrants awarded

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

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Obama cruises to Routt County win

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.

Property tax bills mailed Monday

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 5

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.

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SST continues record-setting pace

Steamboat Springs Transit followed a record-setting 2007 with all-time high ridership numbers in January.

Steamboat's first ski jump built with $50 and a lard bucket

In 1914, a $50 investment and a lard bucket helped found a mid-winter tradition that has persisted for 95 years in Steamboat Springs.

Seeking answers

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.

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Cuckoo for caucuses

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.

Butterfly Barn may stay put

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.

The Record for Feb. 3

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

Japanese encephalitis? No thanks

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.

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Graham: Playoff ready

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.

Routt County 2008 precinct caucus locations

Voting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. to register.

Continuing the debate

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.

Monday Medical: Know your cardiac risk

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.

Mader second in Estes Park

Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Houston Mader finished second at the Estes Park wrestling tournament Saturday, winning two matches before falling in the finals.

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Snowed in

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

Winter storm warning for Steamboat Springs

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.

Winter Carnival's can't-miss spectacle

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.

Welcome to Winter Carnival

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."

A celebration of community

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.

Relic of a bygone era

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.

The new chariots

'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.

Wilhelm family named grand marshals

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.

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Hayden boys send forth 38 3-point attempts in OT loss

The Hayden High School boys basketball team can live by the 3-point shot.

Winter tradition in its 95th year

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.

Demon girls blitz Sailors, 61-23

Leah Mansfield's 3-pointer with 1 minute, 40 seconds to go in the game drew a huge ovation.

Gerri Wilmer: Real Republicans

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.

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Volunteer talks about political unrest in Kenya

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.

Karl Gills, CEO: Praising YVMC staff

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.

Rob Douglas: Enough is enough

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.

Looking Back: Three fun-filled days set for Winter Carnival

From the Feb. 6, 1958, edition of the Steamboat Pilot.

Census gives opportunity to shape future of agriculture

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.

Renewed royalty

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.

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Tigers drop too many turnovers

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.

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Looking back on 94 Winter Carnivals

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.

Student wins for simplicity

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.

Marianne Capra: Caucus fever

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.

Our View: The drive for traffic funding

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.

On the market for Feb. 3

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 &amp; Today.

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Still Off the Beaten Path

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.

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Lynx Aviation in holding pattern

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.

Business File for Feb. 3

Cooper vice president of Alpine Bank

Class Notes for Feb. 3

Hoza named Optimist Teen of the Month

Sculpture contest promotes community spirit

Local high school students aren't the only ones who compete for a chance to participate in Winter Carnival's annual snow-sculpting contest.

Rising mill levy funds boosting coffers, concerns across county

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.

John F. Russell: Building Olympic dreams

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.

Gliding to the oldies

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.

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Holy Name Catholic Church plans a building for the next 100 years

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.

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Unique program, ideal conditions producing successful biathletes

The location couldn't be more ideal.

Rub shoulders with future Olympians

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.

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Yampa Ranger District honored

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.

Editorial cartoon for Feb. 3

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

The Record for Feb. 1

Susan Marie Paquin, 41, Fairview, Tenn. - Third-degree assault (domestic violence) (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Jimmy Westlake: A river of stars

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.

Man on fire

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.

2008 Winter Carnival schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Rick Akin: Does the talk match the walk?

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.

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Local kids use birthdays to give to charity

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.

Sailors keep league record intact

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.

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Keeping the spirit alive

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.

Dave Shively: Moving forward

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

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Steamboat woman, son killed in jet crash

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.

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All-day K may be delayed

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.

S. Routt schools fixing water leak

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.

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Ski area surpasses 300-inch mark

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.

Soroco girls upset Meeker

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.

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Sailor girls routed

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.

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Steamboat boys blow Rifle game open in second half

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.

Skiers burst past Sailors

Boys hockey loses to Aspen

Aspen forward Tyler Moore eyed an opening in the middle of the Steamboat Springs defense and charged.

The Record for Jan. 31

12:39 a.m. A one-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive. Police took a report.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 2

The city of Steamboat Springs' Parks, Open Space &amp; Recreational Services Department is accepting registrations for its youth basketball program until Feb. 8 on a first-come, first-served basis.

No jail in demolition case

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.

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Tom Ross: Cooking hot dogs in hot springs frowned upon

Please refrain from simmering wieners and preparing soft-boiled eggs in the hot spring. Thanks in advance for your cooperation - the management.

Routt County Spotlight: Beth Boyd

Occupation: Massage therapist and yoga instructor

Friday, February 1

South Routt schools fix water leak

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.

Mountain travel not advised

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.

Steamboat girls basketball looks to build on win streak

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.

Sailors, Bears boys battle for top spot in league

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.

Sailors hockey faces Aspen tonight

Usually, playing the defending state champion this late in the season would make a coach and team nervous.

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Arts Council redefines its mission to support growth

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.

Old Man Winter to keep blowing

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.

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Museum to host historic film screenings of Winter Carnival

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.

On Scene: Natural wonders

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.

The Record for Jan. 30

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.

Four walls, four artists

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.

Steamboat briefs for Feb. 1

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.

School Board to tackle hot-button issues

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.

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City seeks Iron Horse ideas

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.

Deb Babcock: Keeping houseplants healthy

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.

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Hayden wrestlers lose matchup against Moffat County, 54-30

Hayden freshman Treyben Letlow appeared to have lost early Thusday in his match against Lyle Schaffner of Moffat County.

CD reviews for Feb. 1

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).

High achievement from the low register

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.

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From Steamboat to subways

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.

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Collecting a full cast

'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.

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Spotlight on downtown galleries

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.

Access plan sparks interest

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.