News for Sunday, February 24, 2008



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.