Stories for January 2008


Thursday, January 31

Old Man Winter keeps on rolling

More snow headed to region tonight, Friday

Today's sunny, blue skies will be replaced with snow Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig are under a snow and blowing snow advisory from midnight tonight until midnight Friday.

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No injuries in bus accident

No one was injured in a Wednesday morning crash between a Moffat County school bus and car.

No plea in murder case

Arraignment delayed pending ruling on defense motion

Terry Hankins' arraignment hearing came and went Wednesday without a plea from the jailed gold miner charged with murdering his wife last year.

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Senior reins in awards

It's not often that a youth with legitimate Olympic aspirations considers those games his secondary goal.

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Intrawest poised to grow

Steamboat Springs area a model for airline success

Intrawest has launched a new growth era and intends to expand real estate development at its existing mountain resorts even as it seeks new acquisitions.

Down the home stretch for Hayden basketball

Weekend plays big part for Tigers

Heading into one of the biggest weekends of the season, Hayden High School boys basketball coach Robin Lighthizer said he's confident about how his team is playing.

Tiger wrestlers flex muscles in Rangely

Hayden High School's Coy Letlow and Mitch Doolin picked up tournament titles last weekend as the Tigers wrestling team rolled to a fourth-place finish at the Rangely Invitational.

Man takes reduced charges

A Steamboat Springs man pled guilty to reduced charges of menacing and criminal mischief in Routt County District Court on Wednesday, in connection with an incident at Ski Jam during which he allegedly assaulted a Steamboat Springs police officer earlier this month.

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Traffic plan input sought

Plan that will guide U.S. 40 access enters final stages

The public's last chance to comment on a plan that will guide future access to U.S. Highway 40 is tonight. In their second public open house, consultants from Stolfus & Associates will present a draft of their West Steamboat Springs U.S. 40 Access Plan.

Cathy Hamilton: Wii broadens couple's horizons

My son left the country a few weeks ago. Armed with a passport, work visa and years of pent-up wanderlust, he flew off to New Zealand on an eight-month adventure.

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Steamboat-rooted X Gamers post solid finishes

With the electric halfpipe "huck-o-meter" now unplugged and the swanky Aspen athlete lounges emptied, a pair of athletes with Steamboat Springs roots can look back on their performances at Winter X Games 12 with pride.

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Telemark market heating up

Regional races at Howelsen Hill promote free-heel skiing in Steamboat

Unlike the downhill path of this weekend's Steamboat Telemark Regional race at Howelsen Hill, the number of local skiers freeing their heels is going up.

Rental issue rises again

City leery of revisiting contentious vacation home ordinance

Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jon Quinn calls reopening the debate about vacation home rentals "a scary proposition."

Steamboat religious leaders meet tonight to discuss salvation

Respectful religious dialogue may not be common in a world strewn with religious divisions and war, but tonight's "Exploring the Sacred" discussion of salvation aims to continue Steamboat Springs' courteous exchange of ideas.

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On-mountain upgrades planned

When the slopes at the Steamboat Ski Area are devoid of skiers and riders in the upcoming off-season, construction crews will take their place.

Wednesday, January 30

Two of three snowmobilers found

Third man, from Kremmling, presumed dead

Two of the three snowmobilers missing north of Silverthorne were found alive late Tuesday after an intensive all-day search involving a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and 35 rescuers.

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Students take center stage

Annual high school dance showcase opens Thursday

With little rehearsal time left until opening night of the 12th annual Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase, faculty adviser Kelly Erickson had some advice Monday for the 60 students participating in this year's concert.

State joins Super Tuesday

Early presidential state caucuses draw heightened interest

A combination of factors will bring unprecedented national political attention to Colorado this year, beginning Tuesday with the state's party caucuses.

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Rams girls basketball routs Saints, boys beaten inside

One would think that five games in the past eight days - counting the set of junior varsity games in which most of the Soroco boys and girls basketball players participated - would wear out the Rams.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 30

VNA, Hospice raising funds to buy Selbe House

The Record for Jan. 28

Monday, Jan. 28

Local cases of ID theft on the rise

Identity theft is on the rise in Steamboat Springs, with more residents than ever being victimized last year. Adding to the problem is that catching those responsible is becoming increasingly difficult, police officials said.

No injuries reported

Whiteout storm tests local, regional response teams

No injuries resulted from Monday's severe weather that caused whiteout conditions across Routt County, officials said Tuesday.

Community envisions ideal Steamboat candidate

A high school senior said the next superintendent of Steamboat schools should develop strong relationships with local students.

Sports briefs for Jan. 30

Mach mogul momentum

Lynn Abbott: Voice your choice

Democrats, get ready to caucus. Feb. 5 is Super Tuesday, our caucus day, along with 23 other states in the union. For the first time, we Coloradans have the opportunity to "voice our choice" of presidential candidates early enough in the process for our votes to count. Don't miss this opportunity. If you have never participated in a caucus, this article will give you an idea of what to expect. We're expecting large turn-outs, so arrive early, be patient and enjoy the excitement of grassroots politics.

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Safety on the slopes

Ski Corp. officials cite education, awareness efforts about dangers

The father of a 22-year-old who died Friday at Steamboat Ski Area thinks more signs pointing out tree well danger are needed on Mount Werner and at ski resorts everywhere.

Our View: Seize slope safety opportunity

Skiing and snowboarding are, by their very nature, dangerous activities. Nonetheless, the recent deaths of a skier and a snowboarder on the slopes of Mount Werner are powerful reminders for ski area operators to take all reasonable action to prevent additional tragedies.

Chix team on a three-game win streak, 7-3-2 overall

Friday night games on the road used to be the bane of the Chix with Stix' existence, but it appears they have broken the curse.

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Joanne Palmer: Write blindfolded

Recently, someone asked me if I have any insecurities as a writer. I had to respond, "How much time do you have?"

Tuesday, January 29

Chix with Stix split the weekend with Synergy

The Chix with Stix hockey team has a lot to be optimistic about.

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Storm forces road closures

Hundreds of motorists stranded between Steamboat and Craig

Hundreds of motorists were caught in whiteout conditions between Steamboat Springs and Craig early Monday evening. The severe weather forced the temporary closure of U.S. Highway 40 from Rabbit Ears Pass to the Utah border.

No verdict on cameras

School Board seeks more community input about security measures

Steamboat Springs School Board members declined to vote on a proposal Monday night to boost security measures at all four district schools, citing the need for more community input and lingering questions about funding a plan that could include internal security cameras.

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Flu season heating up

Colorado one of six states reporting widespread activity

Although numbers for Routt County are not available, health professionals and schools have seen a few cases of influenza this month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Colorado as one of six states reporting widespread flu activity for the week ending Jan. 19.

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City snowplow operators log 2,000 hours in two weeks

The more than 20 feet of snow that has accumulated on the slopes of Mount Werner this winter has been a blessing to skiers and riders. But on the streets of Steamboat Springs, it has meant a flurry of work for those charged with maintaining roads.

Tom Ross: Honk if you can't see me

Heaven knows I can't see you

You know that Routt County is having a big snow winter when the drifts crest the fourth strand of a barbed wire fence. If you happen to be riding a tall horse, and the snow comes up to your stirrups, it could be a historic winter.

Monday, January 28

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Steamboat to Hayden stretch reopened

Officials have re-opened U.S. Highway 40 from Steamboat Springs to Craig. U.S. 40 remains closed from Steamboat Springs east to Kremmling, and the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 also is closed to traffic.

Snowboarder remembered by family, friends

Jared Daniel died Friday at the Steamboat Ski Area

Speaking from their home in Auburn, Mass., Sunday, Stephen and Pamela Daniel remembered their son as an upbeat, kind student who was close with his friends and three brothers. He loved skiing, snowboarding and motorcycles and had come to Colorado for a weeklong ski trip with friends.

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A black-tie affair

About 110 people turned out in their penguin suits - some literally - for the "Black Tie Affair"-themed, seventh annual Colorado Ski for Women 5K on Sunday.

More snow on the way

Storm could bring 12 inches or more to Steamboat

A strong Pacific storm could bring up to 12 inches of snow to Steamboat Springs by late tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a snow and blowing snow advisory for much of Northwest Colorado.

Demong in second at break

Bill Demong had the third-fastest 7.5-kilometer race Sunday and finished sixth in a World Cup event in Seefeld, Austria.

Mader has eye on next tourney

Sick Steamboat senior misses event

Steamboat Springs High School wrestler Houston Mader had the Valley Tournament circled as a chance to look at potential state wrestling opponents.

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 28

Steamboat Pentathlon registration offered

The Record of Jan. 26

Saturday, Jan. 26

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Ski plates on the horizon

Colorado's ski area trade organization is leading an initiative to offer residents ski-themed license plates for their vehicles.

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Graham: Who to root for

Admittedly, I have no one to root for in the Super Bowl. I could certainly make a case for whom I don't want to win, but part of watching the Super Bowl is always rooting for one team.

Monday Medical: Occupational health

The workforce in the Yampa Valley has a new health partner. YampaWorks, the region's first comprehensive occupational medicine program, will begin serving employers and employees next week.

Sunday, January 27

Soroco beats North Park

Sam McLeod was a little surprised with how the Soroco High School boys basketball team hit the floor Saturday afternoon against North Park.

Ben Beall: Grant questions

An open letter to Sen. Ken Salazar and Rep. Steve Rothman, a supporter and primary sponsor, respectively, of the School Safety Enhancements Act of 2007 and the Secure Our Schools grant program.

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Sailors skate by Doherty

Steamboat hockey team nets 5-0 win on home ice

Hockey can be a really simple game for the Steamboat Springs High School team.

Teen Style: Is every advance in technology a benefit?

During the past decade or so, something has become a huge part of our daily lives: the Internet.

Lady Sailors win second straight

Break up Steamboat. The Sailors girls basketball team is on a roll.

Demong in second place

Bill Demong had the second-fastest 7.5K race Saturday to finish sixth in a Nordic combined World Cup sprint in Seefeld, Austria. He protected his second overall spot in the World Cup overall standings. Steamboat Springs' Johnny Spillane was 19th.

Diann Ritschard: Recycle beetle-killed trees

Wouldn't it be neat if all the new homes in the Yampa Valley had a little sign in the entryway that read "No Live Trees Were Killed in the Making of this Home."

Soroco girls drop thriller to North Park

No Soroco girls basketball team had accomplished the feat in more than a decade - taking a win from the North Park Wildcats.

Susan Ogden: Issue with Pilot

I was going to let it all go, really I was. I've lived and worked in this community for 25-plus years and know the plusses and minuses of living in a small town. But for some random reason, I decided to enter my name in the search key for the online version of the Steamboat Pilot.

The Record for Jan. 25

Jail Report and Police Blotter

Jimmy Westlake: The morning planets

During the next week or two, you can watch a fascinating celestial event unfold in the pre-dawn sky. The two brightest and most eye-catching planets in our sky are closing in on each other for a remarkable close conjunction on Friday morning.

Business briefs for Jan. 27

The Edgemont Real Estate Preview Center at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel opened Friday, giving interested parties their first peek at the new slopeside community and the opportunity to register for more information prior to the development's release for sale this spring.

Tree well talk grows

Many skiers still unaware of dangers

With all of the signs hung on lift poles at the Steamboat Ski Area, frequent skier Paxton McVoy wondered Saturday why there aren't more that warn about the dangers of tree wells.

Teen Style: The not-so-peachy world of the Internet

The Internet offers a myriad of entertainment choices. You can surf the Web, download music or - as Kip from "Napoleon Dynamite" would say - chat online with babes all day.

Mike Knezevich: Continue support

I wanted to personally thank all of the school district staff, community organizations, families and community members that have provided support and resources during the past week, in light of our recent crisis involving two young adults in our community.

Teen Style: Computers lack the charm of pastimes

I remember in kindergarten when I got the chicken pox and had to stay home for days.

Lynn Kelley: Recognize MLK Day

I was disappointed to see the students in my neighborhood going to school on the holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I thought for certain that Steamboat schools would honor the day dedicated to a great American, especially when we honor all the other federal holidays.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 17-23, 2008

Real estate transactions for Jan. 17-23, 2008

Looking back: 3-district school plan for county to be proposed

Tentative boundaries for the proposed three-district school organizational plan were set Jan. 22 at the regular monthly meeting of the Routt County School planning commission.

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Days of free parking likely numbered

Redevelopment projects at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area have created some headaches for skiers and riders this season, from maxed-out base area parking to general roadway congestion. Some officials say the real challenges are yet to come.

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River projects planned

Redevelopment trend grows on south side of Yampa Street

The Spanish word paseo is figuring prominently in three mixed-use redevelopment projects that have been proposed for the riverfront on the south side of Yampa Street.

Editorial Cartoon for Jan. 27

Editorial Cartoon for Jan. 27

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Oak Creek Town Board also discusses surveys, hate mail

Oak Creek officials are working to ensure that future users of the town's rink aren't skating on thin ice.

Get ready for a property tax hike

Rising real estate valuation hits home

Routt County property owners have found reason the last three years to celebrate the dramatic growth they've seen in the equity in their homes and land. Now, the bill has come due.

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Steamboat conquers Battle Mountain

Sailors' perimeter game too much for Huskies

Friday night, Steamboat Springs' Aaron Calkins had 7 3-pointers in his team's win against Eagle Valley. Saturday, he had just four from downtown in the Sailors' easy 77-49 win at Battle Mountain.

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Bereaved family hopes their loss helps others

Late at night in an off-campus apartment in Boulder, Sandy and Art Dye's son was blinded in a narrow tunnel of depression. He had stumbled, and with no friends or family there to pull him up on that November 2007 night, 21-year-old Jeffrey Dye committed suicide.

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History project displays images of conflict, change

American quilts often display homely references to the simple life while making use of traditional patchwork and embroidery. High school sophomore Journee Heiner's quilt, however, depicts a burning building with women jumping to their deaths.

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Many retailers against changing liquor laws

Prohibition has been over for 75 years, but Colorado's liquor laws still possess vestiges of regulations dating to 1933. State legislators are aiming to change that, drawing the ire of local retailers.

John F. Russell: When softball ruled summer

I don't remember the first time I met Rosa, but I would bet it was near a softball field.

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Fischel, 73, claims title of oldest rider on Mount Werner

When Sherman Poppen, the man widely credited with inventing the snowboard, heard that longtime friend Harold Fischel had likely taken over Poppen's title as the oldest snowboarder on Mount Werner, Poppen had to laugh.

Class Notes for Jan. 27

Michael Weston, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, is an Optimist Club Teen of the Month.

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Steamboat senior Steitz excels on the slopes and in the pool

No one can fault Kyle Steitz for being lazy.

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Cross-country ski purists converge at inaugural race event

Classic cross-country skiing comes pretty naturally to Sven Wiik.

Dave Shively: A legend's reach

You don't really get the feeling from the chairs in his living room that you're in the presence of the most honored and respected mountaineer to ever walk the Earth.

Epley: Politically correct genocide

Professor Wen Kilama of the African Malaria Vaccine Testing Network in Tanzania sums it up: "Malaria is equivalent to crashing seven jumbo jets filled with children every day!" According to the World Health Organization, in the year 2000, more than 300,000,000 people were infected with malaria. Nearly 2,000,000 - 90 percent being children younger than age 5 or pregnant women - died from the disease.

Our View: Parking problems aren't going away

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials say the parking mess of Jan. 12 was an anomaly rather than a precursor. While that may be the case in the context of the 2007-08 ski season, all signs point to a continued increase in skier traffic in the coming years - and the necessity for comprehensive base area parking plans sooner rather than later.

Teen Style: Students give 'South Park' mixed reviews

Google "South Park."

Kerry Hart: What good are the humanities?

About 2,300 years ago, the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle said that education must have some benefit for the good of humanity. We have accepted this as a fundamental premise for our educational system in the western world.

Saturday, January 26

DOW monitoring winter conditions in Northwest Colorado

District Wildlife Managers and terrestrial biologists with the Colorado Division of Wildlife are monitoring winter conditions throughout Northwest Colorado to determine whether wildlife populations will need supplemental winter feeding, according to a news release.

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Sailors girls basketball stops nine-game slide

After weeks of strong halves, quarters and short stretches, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team finally put together a whole game.

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Steamboat hockey drops game to Rampart

It's easy to overlook the Rampart Rams.

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Sixth-graders relax Friday; CSAP tests upcoming

Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders had the run of Howelsen Hill on Friday while their seventh- and eight-grade classmates were hitting the books.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 26

Parade entries, button sellers sought for Carnival

The Record for Jan. 24

Thursday, Jan. 24

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Rotary reaching out to Mexico

Christmas gift program raises $2,400, benefits two orphanages

Steamboat Rotarian Darcy Trask said the group's goals lie in "sharing the heart of the Rotary both locally and internationally."

CMC narrows search for president

Board of Trustees plans to name new head of school in February

A founder of a leadership development consulting group, three community college presidents and a community college vice president are the finalists in Colorado Mountain College's search for a new president.

Tom Ross: Super Bowl spending beyond all reason

I'm a big fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but there's no way I'm paying $2,800 for bad seats to a short concert.

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Life as a house

Family mending the pieces after harrowing accident

The small trailer home on Moffat County's outskirts sits low and quiet in the crevices of the rolling landscape, a place 15 miles away from the hustle and noise of the city.

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Steamboat boys top Eagle Valley by eight points

Steamboat's 62-54 win against Eagle Valley on Friday drew very different reactions from the two teams on opposite ends of the Western Slope League.

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Agritourism touted as key to profitability

Saddleback Ranch owner Wayne Iacovetto took to ranching because he'd always wanted to be a cattleman. These days, his family's ranch south of Milner hosts as many as 500 head a day - of people, not cattle.

Friday, January 25

Snowboarder dies at Steamboat Ski Area

22-year-old man fell into tree well

A 22-year-old Massachusetts man died Friday afternoon after falling headfirst into a tree well at the Steamboat Ski Area. It was the second snow-immersion death at the ski area in 10 days.

American Legion membership, missions grow

Post to offer bingo nights bimonthly as fundraiser for community outreach programs

With greater numbers comes greater responsibility. This is the case for the Craig American Legion Post No. 62, which in recent years has seen its membership - and its mission - dramatically expand.

State LEAP gets $8.1M

Moffat County program enrollment down from last year

Those looking for help with heating costs are encouraged to apply to the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program at Moffat County Social Services.

The Record for Jan. 23

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Moffat County School District superintendent tells board this year will be his last

Moffat County School Board members voted Thursday to extend Superintendent Pete Bergmann's employment contract an additional year.

First Tracks treks on

Project includes 94 deed-restricted units near ski base

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted, 6-1, to recommend approval of the First Tracks housing project that will bring 94 deed-restricted condominiums to the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

On Scene

Saturday night in Park City, Utah, San Francisco 49'ers quarterback Alex Smith was standing on a street corner with an entourage of burly guys. Paris Hilton, 50 Cent and Method Man were at a nearby party.

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Traveling music

Trio blends tango, gypsy and jazz from around the world

In his long-spanning career as a composer, guitarist, film scorer and performer, Christopher Caliendo has written a lot of music, played for a lot of audiences and won a lot of recognition.

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Tom Lockhart suggests reality in oil paintings

Colorado artist Tom Lockhart has spent decades perfecting the style of landscape oil painting he describes as "far more difficult than it is to be an abstract artist or a realist."

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Swimmer hopes approach to training will lead to better times

Cole Worsley's motivation is simple. He's reminded of it every time he looks at his watch or a clock on the wall.

CD reviews for Jan. 25

From eerie 1950s teen love gone awry to the early days of punk, "Hey Venus" covers nostalgia from one corner of American pop music to the next - which is interesting coming from Super Furry Animals, a Welsh band that has spent the past decade reinterpreting and redefining everything modern radio has had to offer.

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'Ain't no two the same'

Montgomery Gentry promises unique set for festival show

As half of the headlining act for the Country in the Rockies music festival, Nashville mainstay Eddie Montgomery joins a roster that in the past has included Willie Nelson and Brad Paisley.

Steamboat girls look to get back on track

In terms of getting the season back on track, no two games are more important for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team than today and Saturday.

Deb Babcock: Neglected indoor plants may need more room to grow

If your indoor plants have been neglected while tending to the holidays and snow removal tasks, or while taking advantage of outdoor recreation this winter, you might have missed the growth spurts that have taken place inside. If your indoor plants have used up all the nutrients in their soil, or have outgrown the pot and become root bound, it's time to move them into a new pot.

Boys hoops look to continue league win streak

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team can't redo yesterday. The team can't make up for a lazy practice or a half-hearted effort in a game. So while the weekend's slate of games against three-win teams Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain doesn't ring with playoff battles or league title fights, the games are as important as any to Steamboat coach Kelly Meek.

Property taxes rising

Have a seat. Your property tax bill is in the mail, and you're apt to notice a change - upward. Routt County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon confirmed that she sent half of the county's property tax notices Thursday, and the rest will go into the mail today. For many local property owners, the tax notices will contain unwelcome news.

Sailors hockey hosts trio of key games

Last year, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team learned the hard way about peaking too early. The Sailors downed the eventual state champion, Aspen Skiers, in December 2006 only to collapse down the final stretch of crucial Peak Conference games two months later. They lost six of their past seven games, barely making the postseason with a tough draw as the No. 15 seed.

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Simple dancing music

Eclectic band Missed the Boat finds its sound

The four members of Steamboat Springs jam band Missed the Boat have been performing locally at open mike nights for years. But they hadn't played as a group - not really, at least - until a private party in early December.

Happy hours

Happy hours for the week of Jan. 25, 2008.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 25

GOCO hosting grant assistance workshop

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Costumed racers at ski event to raise money for Advocates

The seventh annual Colorado Ski for Women 5K will raise money for a serious cause, but as organizer Marchele McCarthy said, "It's obviously not a formal event."

Margaret Hair: Howelsen gladiators

As winter wears on and I continue to be the clumsiest snowboarder to ever exist, two things have occupied most of my thoughts: ways to fill time outside of work, and ways to deal with the snow.

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Home centers could alleviate child care crunch

Coloring book drawings decorate the walls of Tracy DelliQuadri's refrigerator, while a toy truck is parked on her coffee table. Such sights are common in the homes of most parents, but it's just another day at the office for one of Steamboat Springs' few child care home providers.

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Agritourism conference aims to help ranches

Cows and calves have been money-making resources on the Monger ranch for more than 100 years, but the Monger's have also discovered a new source of revenue on their land - a small cabin rented out to tourists.

Thursday, January 24

Sports briefs for Jan. 24

West wins Surefoot event

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Ann West picked up a super-G win on Tuesday at the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup in Beaver Creek.

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Weekly visits create bonds, warm hearts

The activities board at the Doak Walker Care Center is filled from sunrise to sundown, but the event that's most special to resident June Hamer is the weekly visit from Strawberry Park Elementary School students.

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Mainstreet Steamboat Springs sets 2008 goals

Streetscape and business district funding dominate agenda for new year

For Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, the new year brings a chance for another special election to fund the Downtown Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District.

Officials monitor herds

Money requested for possible feeding operations near Steamboat

So far, so good is the message for Northwest Colorado deer and elk herds, but areas including Steamboat Springs and Craig could be on the cusp of a wildlife crisis.

Oak Creek Board of Trustees agenda

Oak Creek Board of Trustees agenda

The Record for Jan. 22

Tuesday, Jan. 22

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Snow totals flirt with records

100 inches reported at ski area in both December and January

The winter of 2007-08 is continuing to defy predictions, as Steamboat Ski Area officials are reporting historic snowfalls while federal climate experts are sticking to forecasts that the remainder of the season is likely to be milder than normal.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 24

Old Town Hot Springs hosts members-only party

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Steamboat hockey team falls to Moffat County

Moffat County center Scott Smith had two game-tying goals and CJ Walt scored the game-winner, as the Bulldog hockey club came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period Wednesday to beat the visiting Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association Midget Major A team, 6-4.

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Local snowboarders have big finishes

The only thing that surprised Steamboat Springs snowboarder Ariel Tredway more than her halfpipe podium finish Tuesday was seeing a teammate ahead of her.

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Rider, quarter horse take national dressage title

Even Routt County's English horse riders still have distinctly Western characteristics.

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Local swimmer working hard in winter weather

Poolside, it was a comfortable 22 degrees for Amy Brodie on Wednesday at the Old Town Hot Springs.

Toolkits aim to keep liquor license holders up on state laws

The Steamboat Springs City Clerk's office has ordered 100 alcohol retailer toolkits from the Youth Wellness Initiative to help combat underage drinking.

Wednesday, January 23

Foster care needs improvement

Local families could take in children left in outside care facilities

Moffat County could do a better job caring for its troubled youths, said Marie Peer, Moffat County Social Services director.

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DOW won't give funds

Cuts prevent regional division from giving more to chamber

The Craig Chamber of Commerce asked the Colorado Division of Wildlife for an additional $10,000 a year to fund the Chamber's sportsman's information specialist position.

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Tabernash bull rider wins annual Cowboy Downhill

Tim Kitching and Bruce Hill were so taken by the Cowboy Downhill last year that they went out of their way to see it again.

Water rates increase

Steamboat officials say further price hikes virtually certain

City of Steamboat Springs water customers will see their water rates increase next month for the first time since 2001.

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School officials blasted

County Commissioners decry $266,000 request for security funding

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said Tuesday that he was "shocked and flabbergasted" by the Steamboat Springs School District's request for $266,000 to help match a federal school security grant.

The Record for Jan. 21

2:24 a.m. An intoxicated pedestrian was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Joanne Palmer: Warning signs of cabin fever

If the four walls of your house seem to be closing in on you, and you can't remember the last time you smiled you may be suffering from cabin fever, winter doldrums, January blahs, seasonal affective disorder or all of the above.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 23

Applications for designation to the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due in the Routt County Commissioners office Feb. 12.

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County Road 37 back on track

Hayden overcomes expansion obstacles for U.S. 40 link

After years of construction obstacles, the town of Hayden has reached an agreement that will finally connect Routt County Road 37 to U.S. Highway 40 later this year.

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Knowledge Bowl team wins big

Steamboat Springs High School's mind squad rolls to victory

The Steamboat Springs High School's Knowledge Bowl team held onto its perfect record Saturday in Moffat County.

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Snowboarder Jewell takes third in World Cup race

Snowboarder Tyler Jewell posted the best World Cup finish of his career Saturday, placing third in a parallel giant slalom event in La Molina, Spain.

Alex Schoder: Saluting local police

Thank you, Steamboat Springs Police Department.

Junior freestyle skiers find podium

Nate Bird remembers coaching a few skiers in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's junior ranks since they were wee bump bashers, half his height.

Our View: The river runs through us

The Yampa River may be the most important, and most overlooked, natural resource in Steamboat Springs. It was therefore encouraging last week to hear the preliminary recommendations for a Yampa River Structures Master Plan commissioned by the city.

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Junior cross-country skiers find reasons to enjoy Utah races

The annual Super Junior Olympic Qualifier lived up to its billing for 21 local cross-country skiers last weekend at the Soldier Hollow course near Midway, Utah.

Tuesday, January 22

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Time fulfilled

Assistant superintendent announces retirement

For Joel Sheridan, Moffat County School District assistant superintendent, the time has come.

EDP hires specialist

Steamboat woman named top executive

Scott Cook, Cook Chevrolet owner, would like to get education on certain things, such as reducing employee health insurance premiums and property tax dues.

The Record for Jan. 20

12:45 a.m. A noise complaint was made in the 500 block of Eaglepointe Court.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 22

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northwest Colorado have announced a campaign to raise $2.5 million to acquire and remodel the Selbe House, located at 1500 Pine Grove Road, to create the Rollingstone Respite House. T

Sailors talk hard at tournament

Lopez and Paley place at Front Range forensics competition

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team's performance Saturday proved to coach Lisa Ruff that her team can hold its own against Colorado's largest schools.

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County's oldest native turns 98

John Sandelin recalls a life of local pursuits, shares secrets for longevity

Over a breakfast bowl of sliced peaches, a blind John Sandelin sometimes needed a hand getting a piece of fruit on his spoon. He needed little help Monday, however, recalling some of the major events that have shaped his life. It's a life that, save two years in the Navy, has been spent entirely in Routt County.

Workshop encourages locals to record family stories

There are as many reasons to write a memoir as there are ways to start one.

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Martin Luther King, civil rights movement remembered

As Doak Walker Care Center residents celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, 73-year-old Bettie Pierce recounted growing up in Philadelphia, Miss., before the height of the civil rights movement.

Hope fading for use of electronic voting machines in 2008

Voters in Routt County and across Colorado likely will take a technological step backward at the polls this year.

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Tom Ross: You could be building your own quinzhee

When winter won't let up, think like an Athabascan

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When January gives you unceasing snow and dreary skies, make yourself a quinzhee, like any self-respecting Athabascan might.

Monday, January 21

Hayden falls in Meeker

Saturday was a sign to Hayden boys basketball coach Robin Lighthizer that his team is improving.

Demong still skiing strong in World Cup

Bill Demong picked up another top-five World Cup finish in Klingenthal, Germany, on Sunday in a rare World Cup doubleheader.

The Record for Jan. 19

Saturday, Jan. 19

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 21

Healthy living class coming to Hayden

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Brenner vacates party chair

Whether local Democrats will gain a seat in the state Senate in 2008 remains to be seen. Regardless of what happens in November, the Routt County Democrats will lose their leader of the last five years to the campaign trail.

How to manage chronic conditions

Chronic conditions are life-altering, but they can be managed. Some diseases can even be prevented.

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Ski Time Square shift discussed

City, developers hope realignment will accompany redevelopment

Developers are making progress in negotiations that could result in a major realignment of Ski Time Square Drive. The realignment would be part of the impending redevelopment of Ski Time Square and Thunderhead Lodge at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Cowboy Downhill turns 34

Champagne powder. Aspen glades. Skiing cowboys. Skiing cowboys? Yes, skiing cowboys are becoming as synonymous with the Steamboat Ski Area as its feather-light snow and world-famous tree skiing.

Aging Well: More than willpower

Mary Dike, 58, of Steamboat Springs remembers the moment 10 years ago when she decided to quit smoking.

Business News & Notes: Craig's first all-inclusive spa

Debbie Tomlin, 44, and Roxanne Nelson, 36, recognized a business opportunity.

Graham: Likeable, but not the best

So if Favre decides to come back for one more try at a Super Bowl title, it's certainly fair to assess his place in football history.

Sunday, January 20

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Slopes for the soul

Camp participants adapt to ripping turns

It's been one year and four days since Nikko Landeros' accident. As a junior at Berthoud High School, Landeros and his friend Tyler Carron were removing a spare tire from an Isuzu Trooper when the driver of another SUV failed to see them and collided with their car on Larimer County Road 17, pinning the boys between the vehicles.

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Museum seeks new lease

Board of directors wants long-term, no-rent deal; Antares may be forced to move

The Steamboat Art Museum and the city of Steamboat Springs are negotiating a long-term lease for the museum in the historic, city-owned Rehder Building. The resulting deal likely will result in the building's other tenants being forced to leave.

The Record for Jan. 18

Alex S. Ghiggeri, 34, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, DUI per se (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Steamboat skier Allen wins in Aspen

Steamboat Springs High School Alpine skier Jenny Allen continued her dominance in the prep ranks, picking up another win in Friday's giant slalom at Aspen Highlands.

Hayden, Soroco wrestlers win medals

Small wrestling teams often have a tough time coming up with top finishes, particularly when they square off against some of the state's best teams.

Steamboat's Mader returns to podium

Relieved and revived, Steamboat Springs wrestler Houston Mader is back on track.

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Locally trained X Games athletes ready for big stage

Gina Gmeiner gets a little choked up just thinking about the Winter X Games.

Sailors hockey regroups, gets win

It was the intensity the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team was looking for.

John F. Russell: Coach's love comes full circle

Scott Wither understands the roles commitment, hard work and good luck play in earning a spot on the U.S. Ski Team - and keeping it.

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 20

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Jan. 20, 2008.

Conservative commentary: Tom Brady is no role model

On a recent Saturday night, I found myself cheering for the New York Giants in the hopes that they would defeat the reigning champion New England Patriots and end their quest for a 16-0 season. Afterward, I had to ask myself why I was hoping for a Patriots loss. After all, they are possible Super Bowl winners this year and are a very impressive team.

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BAP, Big Agnes turn refuse into gear

Steamboat outdoor gear company makes plastic bottles into award-winning sleeping bags

When Big Agnes devotees visit Steamboat Springs and want to check out the headquarters of their favorite outdoor equipment company, they're often surprised to find that Big Agnes' showroom consists of a sleeping bag display tucked away in the corner of BAP! Inc.'s modest Steamboat Springs store.

Mayling Simpson-Hebert: Road to Nairobi

As a month in Steamboat Springs comes to a close, my husband, Paul, and I are trying to imagine our move to Nairobi this month in the midst of Kenya's new political turmoil.

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Late-'60s hotel to get luxe treatment

Inn at Steamboat sold for $3.65M

Development partners Dave Thorp and Scott Rotermund have plans to remodel a modest hotel south of Walton Creek Road to give it the feel of a classic ski lodge.

Eric S. Morris and Jeffrey C. Minotto: Rent vs. sale

While reading the article "First day at First Tracks pulls in 45" (Steamboat Today, Jan. 17), we were struck by the statement from Mariana Ishida whereby the list of 45 names for 47 units would have "to grow in leaps."

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Ski-in, ski-out in high demand

Twin Ski Trail Lane townhomes sell for combined $10.7 million

The secluded Ski Trail Lane neighborhood, quiet for decades, has been the scene of notable real estate sales activity this winter.

Chandler Coyle and Lynn Abbott: Service worthwhile

As outgoing members of the Steamboat Pilot & Today's Editorial Board, we want to publicly thank the Steamboat Pilot for granting us the opportunity to join them these past four months and actually become members of their staff. It was an experience that we will always cherish. We learned a lot about our community, and, more importantly, about the Steamboat Pilot. We learned that they have no vested interest about what should be done in Steamboat, simply an interest in reporting the news as it happens, and through their editorials, starting dialogue and a thought process among Steamboat's inhabitants about what is happening in their community.

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Early Learning Center on target

Construction in Yampa on schedule for next school year

Construction of the South Routt Early Learning Center is progressing quickly in Yampa, with the project on target for completion in August - just in time for students beginning the 2008-09 school year.

Kerry Hart: The arts for the sake of science

Student test scores in science from the United States continue to rank 14 out of 17 among the industrialized countries. Since the early 1960s, there have been numerous attempts at educational reform to improve science with most reform movements increasing the exposure to more science. These reforms have not produced the desired results since the Unites States consistently ranks at the bottom. Let me make an observation about the role the arts could possibly play in improving science test scores.

Business File for Jan. 20

Ken Gold and the Gold Team at RE/MAX Steamboat, composed of Val Lish, Lisa Ruffino and Liz Langely, were named the No. 1 real estate team in the Mountain States Region three times in 2007. The Mountain States Region consists of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Class Notes for Jan. 20

Ahmad Akkad, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's January Student of the Month.

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Forensics team flexes brain and brawn

The Steamboat Springs High School forensics team hosted an event Tuesday night dubbed "Speak Easy," but team members stressed that competing in speech and debate matches is anything but a breeze.

Community Agriculture Alliance: To spray or not to spray

The Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service held a joint press conference Monday to discuss the results of last year's aerial forest health survey.

Jimmy Westlake: Return to Mercury

On Aug. 3, 2004, a Boeing Delta II rocket left Cape Canaveral, Fla., riding a fiery plume and carrying a spacecraft named MESSENGER, the MErcury, Surface, Space ENvironment, GEoscience and Ranging spacecraft.

Routt County Spotlight: Cho Tun Schram (Tin Tun)

Age: 28 Occupation: Finance and education Place of birth: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

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Funding for hospice

Proposed facility would be first for NW Colorado

Barb Shipley isn't shy about the community support she'd like to see for tonight's fourth annual Hazie Werner Hospitality Party:

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A neighborhood divided

North Routt subdivision split on snowmobile use

For more than 30 years, snowmobiles had been a common sight on the county roads that wind through the Willow Creek Pass subdivision. That changed last November, when officials realized state law prohibited snowmobiling on county roadways.

Sailors girls fall to Palisade, 57-40

The after-effects of a 57-40 loss to Palisade put Steamboat Springs in a sour mood as they filtered back toward the locker room.

Our View: City, 700 taking right approach

It's hard not to be encouraged by the early stages of the proposed Steamboat 700 development, and if last week's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting is any indication, we think there is a strong possibility for the development to proceed in an expeditious manner that proves beneficial to the community and the developers.

Looking Back

Utah approves east-west Interstate route

From the Thursday, Jan. 23, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Taking the next step

Mid-year graduates ready for life after high school

Colin Tucker couldn't help but smile as he thought about his friends rushing to class Friday morning at Steamboat Springs High School. Tucker spent Friday morning rushing to snowboard at the Chevrolet Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain.

Dave Shively: The last chariot

Ed Duncan started racing horse-drawn chariots back in 1974.

Steamboat maintains undefeated record

Sailors boys basketball recovers in second half against Palisade after slow start

You have to follow the rules to win the game.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 10 to 16

Real estate transactions for Jan. 10 to 16

Saturday, January 19

Task force arrests suspected distributors

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, an area task force, arrested two men this week, both suspected of distributing narcotics, during separate search warrants executed in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

Senior leads Pledge at Capitol

Steamboat Springs High School senior Taylor Miller-Freutel said leading the Pledge of Allegiance before the Colorado General Assembly on Tuesday was a rush, but she hopes one day to have a much bigger stage.

Car thieves hit mountain

Steamboat Springs police are investigating the theft of three cars as well as two additional attempted vehicle thefts reported Thursday near the Steamboat Ski Area.

Yampa River's medical bills near $4M

Consultants working for the city of Steamboat Springs recommend $3.8 million in improvements to the town stretch of the Yampa River.

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Tom Ross: I'm a lonesome cowdude, riding o'er the range

Steamboat Springs author, John Rolfe Burroughs, made lasting contributions to history

Have you ever stopped to wonder why people who herd cattle from horseback are referred to as cowboys and cowgirls instead of cowmen and cowwomen? Or perhaps cowgals and cowguys? Maybe even cowdudes and cowdudettes?

Private ski resort touts benefits

A private ski resort will provide more benefits than "negatives" for Minturn residents, said Bill Weber, senior vice president of the Ginn Development Co.

The Record for Jan. 19

1:13 a.m. A noise complaint about loud music was received from Sparta Plaza. Police gave a warning.

Steamboat hockey finds focus late, falls

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team didn't have the immediate fire it needed Friday night in Monument. The Lewis-Palmer Rangers (8-1-1 overall) had the intensity early on to establish a quick two-goal lead in the first period that they held onto for a 3-0 win.

Sailors girls drop league game to Delta

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team couldn't stay calm and get the ball inside on a night when its shooting went cold.

Hayden boys power past West Grand

It's always good to have more than one horse in the stable.

Hayden girls get win after 29-day sabbatical

With 29 days in between games, Hayden High School girls basketball coach Stephanie Davis was rightfully guarded.

Sailors dominate Delta

Steamboat spreads the scoring in lopsided win

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team had a game Friday night in Delta unlike any other it has had this season - one where its opponent never even had hope.

Summit avalanche hotline to be restored

After several months of frustration for local avalanche forecasters, the Summit County telephone hotline could be up and running on a reliable basis in the next few days.

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Slope safety stressed

Autopsy reveals cause of man's death was asphyxiation

The Steamboat Ski Area's first on-mountain death in nearly two years is bringing increased attention to skier safety and awareness.

Out of the loop

Questions arise about MCTA project funds, communication with officials

A Moffat County Tourism Association project to put Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carvings around town and establish a tourist walking tour has derailed for logistical reasons.

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Commissioner recognized with award

Stahoviak honored with Hazie Werner Award

Nancy Stahoviak attributes her three decades of service to Routt County to her upbringing.

Search gains focus

Board invites community to join superintendent hunt

The Steamboat Springs School District will use community focus groups to help guide its hunt for a permanent superintendent.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 19

Firefighters from across the county battled a blaze at a South Routt barn Friday night, off Colorado Highway 131 north of Oak Creek.

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Torito wins at World Cup

Former Winter Sports Club skier shines on the bumps

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier and Lowell Whiteman School graduate Emiko Torito won her first World Cup moguls event Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Friday, January 18

Happy hours

Happy hours for Jan. 18

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Still life, with workshops

Artists' Gallery starting to book demos, seminars in refurbished space

Painting in the back room of the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat - under new fluorescent lights and a roof that no longer leaks, oil painter Susan Gill Jackson tests the room's potential for art demonstrations and workshops.

CD reviews for Jan. 18

Margaret Hair reviews two new CDs.

Margaret Hair: Jamming for a cause

Sure, Wes Dearborn has raised tens of thousands of dollars to benefit patients with multiple sclerosis at the Jimmie Heuga Center. He thinks it's a worthy cause.

The Record for Jan. 16

12:05 p.m. A possible drunken driver was reported at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Police took a report.

Word from the underground

Steamboat Springs hip hop artists bring indie tour to Wired

Tonight, Andrew Lindsley and Brandon Norwick - or Ocelot and B_Where when they're performing - bring live hip hop back to Steamboat for the first time in what seems like a long time.

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High hopes for the lowbrow

Local artists join with nightclub to get work on display

Mike Benninghoven doesn't have anything against Steamboat's formal art spaces or galleries - he just doesn't expect his work to be on any of their walls.

Hayden girls come off 29-day break

The holiday break hit the Hayden girls basketball team in an unusual way.

Soroco hoops faces Rangeley

Boys basketball looking for full game of solid play

Soroco boys basketball coach Sam McLeod has seen his team play a good half of basketball against Rangely. Tonight, the Rams coach wants to see a full game from his squad.

Sailors look to rebound

Girls hoops faces Delta, Palisade

Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen has never lacked confidence heading into a game.

Win in Palisade will put Sailors atop league

Now is the time for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team to separate itself from the rest of the league.

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Steamboat boys hockey ready to focus on pivotal league games

Nothing has come easy this season for the Steamboat Springs High School boys hockey team.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 18

About a dozen homes were left without water service Thursday when a water line broke on Ridge Road. Steamboat Springs' Public Works Director Philo Shelton said the break's impact was limited because the dead-end pipe broke near its end.

On Scene: Trickling in

Maybe, just maybe, a hip-hop scene is making its way into Steamboat Springs.

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United Way director to resign

Andersen praised for his strong leadership, fundraising

Mark Andersen is stepping down as executive director of Routt County United Way almost two years into his second stint leading the charitable agency.

Hayden School Board OKs baseball as JV sport

Supporters of Hayden baseball stepped up to the plate Wednesday before the Hayden School Board.

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Jane McLeod: Dill-icious

Some herbs just need a little more public relations in order to earn a starring role, and underused and underappreciated dill (Anethum graveolens) is one of them. Dill's feathery stature lends a graceful note to any herb patch with its very finely cut, blue-green foliage growing easily up to 3 feet on hollow, upright stems topped, when the plant matures, by delicate heads of tiny greenish-yellow flowers arranged in clusters like inverted umbrellas. All parts of the plant are aromatic with a slightly sharp, yet sweet flavor.

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Busy, sub-zero weekend coming to Steamboat

Frigid weather, lots of cars and even more skiers dominate the forecast for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

A winter centerpiece

Organizers aim for Winter Festival to draw crowds in off-season

Looking forward one year, Nicky Boulger could see the Moffat County calendar was pretty bare from hunting season in the fall to Grand Old West Days in the summer.

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Base area projects could stall

City and private officials debating future operations, upkeep

Future public improvements at the base of Steamboat Ski Area could be delayed without an agreement for operations and maintenance, the Steamboat Springs City Council was warned this week.

Talk to address cowboy artist's history and work

It makes sense that Bill Ward would be the best person to talk about the 50-plus pieces of cowboy art on display at the Steamboat Art Museum - he used to own all of them.

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Acoustic soul

Eclectic musician Dave Gerard brings well-crafted solo act

Soul-influenced jam musician Dave Gerard comes through Colorado only a few times a year, but he speaks fondly of how his attention to likeable songwriting is received here.

Thursday, January 17

Storm will bring several inches of snow

A relatively tame winter storm could bring between 4 and 10 inches of snow to the Steamboat Ski Area today and tonight.

Transit study rolling ahead

Project would explore feasibility of South Routt service

Routt County has entered into a contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation to develop a service needs and feasibility study for potential transit service between Steamboat Springs and South Routt.

District discusses harassment policy

Steamboat Springs School Board members said Monday night that the district's harassment policy is sound, but they acknowledged more should be done to educate students, teachers and parents about what to do when threatened.

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Yampa River master plan up for discussion

Consultants will make their final recommendations tonight for the Yampa River Structures Master Plan, a city project nearing completion that will guide the future of the river's manmade features.

Steamboat U-19 girls continue hot streak

The Steamboat Springs U-19 girls youth hockey team continued its winning ways during the weekend, finishing 3-0-1 during a trip to Gunnison.

The Record for Jan. 15

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 17

Medical transportation available for vets

Wall case delayed again

Judge Garrecht may rule on venue change request

Gary Wall made a brief appearance in Routt County Court today, but little progress was made in the case involving the Routt County sheriff accused of driving under the influence.

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Local sled dog racer among sport's elite with 200-mile win

For four years, Tom Thurston has had the 2008 Seeley Lake 200 circled. This year, at this 200-mile race, was when Thurston was going to have his adult, 12-dog team primed to compete for a win.

Rodeo series awarded

Despite the snow on the ground, cowboys and cowgirls certainly aren't forgetting this past season at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

First day at First Tracks pulls in 45

Prospective homebuyers register for affordable condominiums

The developers of Wildhorse Meadows said 45 prospective homebuyers turned out Tuesday to register for the 47 affordable condominiums in First Tracks.

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Ann Barney touched lives, hearts

Those who knew her will remember many things about Ann Barney, 19, who passed away Friday in a car accident near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Her smile. Her compassion for others. Her ability to make friends anytime, anywhere.

Sports briefs for Jan. 17

Demong fastest, finishes 7th

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Tree wells pose hidden danger

Deep or unstable snow can cause sudden, severe risks

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Dan Tullos knows firsthand how too much powder can quickly create a deadly situation. About this time last year, Tullos was cruising down the Priest Creek lift line at the Steamboat Ski Area when he dropped 15 or 20 feet off a rock. It almost cost him his life.

Wednesday, January 16

Wall case delayed again

Garrecht may rule on venue change request

The location of Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's trial will not be decided until at least next month.

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Fire at CMS 'did minimal damage'

Craig Fire/Rescue reported to what is believed to be a chemical fire at Craig Middle School at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, after a small fire broke out in Room 208.

700 brews excitement

Concerns raised about traffic, review process

The first major public presentation of the Steamboat 700 development drew mostly enthusiasm from a packed Centennial Hall audience Tuesday night.

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Rift mended - for now

Steamboat Springs builders will have at least one more season working with the Routt County Regional Building Department.

Chase suspect in custody

Man who fled YVMC held in Greeley on other charges

A man who led the Colorado State Patrol on a high-speed chase across Routt County in November is now in custody in Greeley.

Wrestling season heats up for local squads

Mitch Doolin and a handful of Routt County wrestlers fought hard but fell short of medals against a talented field last weekend at the Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah.

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 16

CNCC classes offered in South Routt

Our View: Fight racism at all levels

The recent court case of a local teen charged with felony assault for punching a fellow student alleged to have taunted him with racial epithets serves as an important reminder that fighting racism in any and all forms must be an ongoing community effort.

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Wall to appear in court today

Local attorneys speculate on possible change of venue, potential strategies

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall will appear in court at 8:30 a.m. today, but little is expected from the proceedings.

Man arrested for assaulting officer

Littleton man faces felony charges for altercation with Steamboat Springs police at Ski Jam

A Littleton man remained in Routt County Jail on Tuesday after a Ski Jam incident in which he allegedly assaulted a Steamboat Springs police officer.

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Across the board

Steamboat snowboarders occupy weekend podiums in every discipline

It was a big weekend for Steamboat Springs snowboarders, as riders from every age and discipline landed on competition podiums across the continent.

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Joanne Palmer: Fat Fairy for president

Down at the local barbecue stand (campaign headquarters for the Fat Fairy), we caught up for a quick Q&A session with the candidate.

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Three Dog Night to play at the Fairgrounds

Band will headline Centennial Celebration closing concert

When Dave Pike thinks back to his high school years, he remembers the band Three Dog Night was in the middle of a good run.

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Open house rolls out experts

Steamboat 700 holds event for public to view proposals

Steamboat 700 should someday have a city park that is as compelling as venerable Howelsen Hill in the heart of Old Town Steamboat Springs, Chris Wilson said Tuesday night.

The Record for Jan. 14

Monday, Jan. 14

Tuesday, January 15

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Skier dies on slopes

Pennsylvania man found near Cowboy Coffee run at about 1 p.m.

A 45-year-old Pennsylvania man died Tuesday at the Steamboat Ski Area after being found about 150 feet off the intermediate Cowboy Coffee trail.

The Record for Jan. 13

12:11 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. A man who reportedly was staggering in the road was given a ride home.

Stepping Stones begins transition

For the past four years, the program has provided transitional support for residents 18 to 21 with severe mental disabilities who need help preparing for adult life.

Board debates all-day K

Committee studying issue says it needs further direction

A committee studying the prospect of all-day kindergarten in the Steamboat Springs School District is at a standstill until provided with further direction from the School Board, an official told board members Monday night.

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Pool's rest period is over

Old Town Hot Springs reopens water slides, heated pools

The thermometer across the street at Wells Fargo Bank read 25 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday afternoon, but that didn't deter eager locals from plunging into the pools and water slides at Old Town Hot Springs.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 15

The law firm representing a man accused of stabbing another man during a July 6, 2007, fight at a downtown bar has withdrawn from the case.

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Steamboat 700 ready to 'dance'

Open house, meeting kick off development's public input

Raise a concern about Steamboat 700, and Danny Mulcahy provides a calming answer.

Storms boost snowpack

Buffalo Pass depth increases 51 inches in a week

The Yampa Valley's outlook for spring runoff turned around in the span of three weeks as relentless snowstorms made up for a dry November.

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Brenner formalizes candidacy

Former councilman vows to protect 'Colorado's playground' in Senate

Former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner formally announced his candidacy for Senate District 8 in a tour of Northwest Colorado on Monday that concluded in front of supporters at the old Routt County Courthouse.

Tom Ross: Every guy needs a slush fund

Even my old checkbook register has tales to tell

I'm an unabashed pack rat, but even I never meant to keep a 15-year-old checkbook register.

Monday, January 14

Dyer takes dual mogul title

Fast, big runs fill Lando's Mojo Bump Bash

After two days of skiing powder, skiers found something a little different during the third day of the Lando's Mojo Bump Bash.

Luke Graham: Era on the side of caution

The drive into Cooperstown, N.Y., is magical. It's the two-lane roads into the town with massive trees blanketing both sides of the road.

The Record for Jan. 12

2:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to an abandoned vehicle on Lincoln Avenue near Sixth Street.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 14

USDA commodities are being distributed for the first quarter of 2008 at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek. The service is part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

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Snow straining city staff

Snowplow operators called out at 1 a.m. to play catch-up

Doug Marsh called his employees out of bed at 1 a.m. Saturday to see if they could gain a little edge in the snow wars.

Harassment policy, all-day K on agenda

The Steamboat Springs School Board will review the school district's harassment policy tonight, in the wake of a Steamboat teenager's Thursday acquittal of assault and disorderly conduct charges.

Explore Steamboat on new Web site

Site is an online guide to the Yampa Valley

The Steamboat Pilot & Today this morning launched, a dynamic new online directory of business, news and events for Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas.

Pulmonary rehab: a breath of fresh air

Most of us take breathing for granted.

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Volunteer crews work on Habitat duplex in West End Village

For single mother Melissa Kerbs, the best part of owning a home will be that her young sons will have their own rooms for the first time.

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Indoor gear guide for winter 2008

1. Throw this around

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Outdoor gear guide for winter 2008

Snow bunny

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Road Trip: Estes Park

Estes Park is farther from Steamboat Springs in winter than it is in summer. However, it's worth another 60 minutes of driving to experience the beauty of the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park without the crowds.

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Brent Boyer: Life carries on

I sit at my office desk, waiting for the words to come. They don't. My mind is preoccupied - not with my work, but rather by the steady snow that falls silently outside the window. I'm giddy like a child as I watch the powder pile up during the afternoon. I've lived in Steamboat Springs a little more than five years now, and I'm still amazed at how life carries on despite our harsh winter weather.

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A vacation to dream about

Visitors to Steamboat Springs often say, "Living here must be like a constant vacation." In a lot of ways, it is.

Because real chocolate doesn't have milk in it

At Home's Tom Ross evaluates various fine chocolates found in Steamboat Springs.

New businesses

Air Quality Systems specializes in cleaning air ducts for heating and ventilation systems, dryer vents and chimneys. The business is owned by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Dan and Judy Zetzman. Call 875-0200.

Health and Wellness

When normal no longer exists

Karen Schulman's initial breast cancer diagnosis came as a shock, but the new outlook on life the experience has given her may have been worth the hardship it brought.

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Ski Town USA's local bar

A look back at the Tugboat Grill & Pub

The measure of a Colorado ski mountain is the frequency and quality of its powder. Some might argue the measure of a ski town is the authenticity of its saloons.

it's the details that are worth noting

At Home's Tom Ross and John F. Russell take a tour of three luxurious local homes to find out what sets them apart

A growing number of spectacular homes are appearing throughout the Yampa Valley, and increasingly it's the details that set them apart.

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Q & A with rancher Rick Wilhelm

Come February, Rick Wilhelm will saddle up his white horse Badger and ride laps down Lincoln Avenue. Behind him, local children will hold on for dear life - and, in so doing, will keep alive a Steamboat tradition almost a century in the making. The Wilhelm family has played a significant role in that tradition, providing some of the horses and riders for Winter Carnival street events for the past 60 years. This will be the first year since 1949 that Rick's mom, Patsy Wilhelm, won't roam snow-covered Lincoln Avenue. Patsy, a quintessential rancher with the spirit and work ethic of five adult men, passed away last August in Loveland. She was 67. Rick took a few moments out of an early winter day to talk with At Home about ranching, Winter Carnival and his mom.

Server stories

Steamboat Springs has more than 70 restaurants to satisfy the dining impulses of a growing base of long-term residents and more than 10,000 visitors who check into lodging properties on any prime week in the summer and winter tourism seasons.

Healthy Eating

Many of us live busy lives. We try to fit in a few runs of skiing on the mountain during our lunch breaks. In addition, some of us also have a stressful or physically demanding job. You also may be one of the unlucky people with an injury, searching for ways to get healthy and salvage part of the ski season.

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Staying Fit

Learn the secret to living longer

Antonio Marxuach is one of Steamboat Springs' most dedicated skiers. And he has yet to ride any of the chairlifts at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Cooking with bistro c.v.

Before they make your meal, the staff of bistro c.v. has already had its own.

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Best Bets for January to April 2008

95th annual Winter Carnival

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Where art and commerce converge

People close to Steamboat Springs' visual arts scene are watching closely and wondering whether downtown redevelopment could usher in a new kind of growth.

Aging Well: Gliding into health

Sven Wiik, 86, knows a thing or two about cross-country skiing.

Sunday, January 13

Local teenager killed in crash

A Steamboat Springs teenager was killed in a car accident Friday night on an icy highway in Idaho.

Marie Matta: Cheap shots

I usually do not read Ann Coulter's column because her mean-spiritedness and superficial views just make me angry. However, I made an exception. The heading of her column and the first paragraph about the passing of her father caught my attention, and I thought she would reveal a gentler side of herself. How naive of me! Much to my disappointment, she still managed to politicize her memories of him and take cheap shots at individuals and organizations on the other side of her political fence. Clearly, her dad was a good man, and my condolences to her on her loss, but I feel equally sorry for her that she was unable even to write a tribute to her father without injecting her poisonous political platitudes.

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Ski Corp. working on parking plan

Meadows, Knoll lots jammed Saturday; shuttles cart from Central Park Plaza

Steamboat Ski Area shuttles trolled Central Park Plaza on Saturday as part of a makeshift overflow parking plan enacted after skiers and snowboarders filled the Knoll and Meadows lots to capacity.

Sailors girls in tough stretch

Steamboat b-ball falls to Glenwood

It might have been a different game for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team, but it was the same old problem.

Ken Brenner: Balanced plan best for Roan

There has been considerable debate about whether to allow natural gas drilling on BLM-administered public lands on the Roan Plateau near Rifle and if so what should be done with the revenues. As a likely candidate for Sensate District 8, I wanted to make my position known. I favor a balanced approach to developing the natural gas reserves under the Roan Plateau with a no surface disturbance stipulation for the remaining public lands. This position best balances the benefits of energy production with conservation of a special wildlife and recreation habitat. Any revenues from energy development must flow to the affected communities first to address the direct impacts of extraction and other consequences of the energy boom.

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 13

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Jan. 13, 2008.

Board of Education: Student success

It is with great honor that we share some of the latest news from our district. Based on our CSAP scores, the Colorado Department of Education has ranked Steamboat Springs RE-2 as the 4th highest performing school district in the state. This has occurred while maintaining a favorable financial position. Our recent audit confirms that we are operating well within the boundaries of sound fiscal protocols. For more detailed information about our district's performance, please look for our Annual Report that will be arriving in your mail later this month or visit our website, The combined efforts of many individuals are having a significant impact on the education of our community's young people.

Routt County Spotlight: Julie Niemi

Julie Niemi Age: 55 Occupation: Business owner, barista, chief cook and bottlewasher at Spill the Beans Espresso Bar

Facing racial issues

Policy, parents fight harassment in schools

After an allegedly race-related incident led to violence at a local school last year, the Steamboat Springs School District has installed a harassment policy aimed at better investigating complaints from students and staff.

Steamboat hockey makes a statement

Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff has challenged his players to own their level of play throughout the season.

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Wildhorse announces First Tracks

Deed-restricted sales could test demand for affordable housing

The city's efforts to ensure affordable work force housing will continue to unfold Tuesday, when developers of Wildhorse Meadows introduce their deed-restricted community housing project, First Tracks, to prospective buyers.

Business file for Jan. 13

West Elevation Architects, a Steamboat Springs firm specializing in modern architecture, has created two new positions, hiring Carolyn Corogin to concentrate on interior design services and Beth Banning to coordinate intrinsic art projects.

The Record for Jan. 11

Saturday, Jan. 5 Ernesto Silvio Quispe Perez, 47, Steamboat Springs - Harassment (domestic violence), criminal mischief (domestic violence) (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Steamboat freestylers go big

Heavy snow lifts local skiers to the podium at Bump Bash

The heavy snowfall that buried, and re-buried, the Voo Doo ski run at the Steamboat Ski Area was a bit of a Catch-22 for the coaching staff hosting this weekend's Lando's Mojo Bump Bash.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 1 to 9


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Steamboat boys hang on for gritty win

As the minutes shrunk and the score tightened, there wasn't a raised pulse in the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team's huddle.

John Russell: Coaches endure the cold

Learning to stand on the steep pitches on the side of the Voo Doo mogul course is a trick of its own.

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Paradigm Theater taking final bow in Oak Creek

The stage is empty at the Paradigm Theater, and its spotlights are about to fade.

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Slip 'n' slide, safely

Winter Driving School gives students skills to stay on the road

As he turns the steering wheel to demonstrate what it feels like to go into a tailspin, Bridgestone Winter Driving School instructor Matthew Johnson says something that is not entirely comforting: "I can't hardly see where we're going."

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CSAP results different for white and minority Steamboat students

Administrator JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler said that while the Steamboat Springs School District is working to shrink an achievement gap between white and minority students, the gap is growing and is now larger than the state average.

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Keep on racing

Stacked CMC Alpine ski team starts season with high hopes

Jaymes Elkins toyed around with the NASTAR gates every time his local ski club made a trip up to the Pocono Mountains from his native Hightstown, N.J. But he never really took ski racing all that seriously. Certainly not seriously enough to think he'd some day wind up on a collegiate Alpine ski racing team with a shot at a national title.

Dave Shively: Pure hootin'

In three years as a passholder to the local resort, I had never skied three full days in a row. But with a friend in town, the back-to-back-to-back, open-to-close experience was eye opening.

Class Notes for Jan. 13

Steamboat Springs-based Partners in Routt County is teaming up with Routt County merchants to sell Partners decals to raise money for the nonprofit organization's one-to-one mentorship program.

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Making connections

AmeriCorps program builds mentorships in Routt County middle schools

Virginia Lamneck and Jenny Ackerson said it doesn't take much to gain the trust of the Hayden Middle School students they work with as school-based mentors.

Paul Epley, Ph.D.: Poverty's pimps

Arvin Fluharty, Ph.D., a pioneer biochemist in Thin Layer Chromatography and Atomic Absorption Spectraphotometry, shocked an auditorium of researchers at a gathering in1969 (and was almost booed off of the stage), by espousing his fear that "We might never cure cancer for the simple reason that we now have more people living off of it than dying from it!" Dr. Fluharty predicted that the major "breakthroughs" in bringing cancer-curing drugs to market would be made through the efforts of for-profit American drug companies that recouped their research expenses by selling the cancer-curing doses as opposed to living off of government grants. In other words, he dared to suggest the all too obvious conflict of interest in a circumstance where success puts you out of business. Have you ever noticed that the first goal of an "Ad Hoc" committee is to find a way to guarantee its perpetuity? Particularly if they hold their meetings at a swank restaurant or the Broadmoor Hotel at someone else's expense.

Our View: Housing strategy undefined

If anything has been made clear during the past couple of months, it's that the city of Steamboat Springs must define its role in the affordable housing movement.

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Aspen skiers renew rivalry at Nordic races

Gary Crawford remembers the days when he was a junior Nordic ski jumper.

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Ownership potential instills pride in Fish Creek residents

Walking through the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park in Steamboat Springs, the signs of recently completed remodels and ongoing renovations are hard to miss.

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'Nowhere to live'

Possible foreclosure forces would-be residents to find homes elsewhere

The first residents of the Villages at Hayden subdivision were expecting to move into their new homes by the end of the year, but the development's five model homes still sit unfinished, mired in legal battles and facing foreclosure.

Looking back: Planning group formed

From the Thursday, Jan. 16, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Saturday, January 12

HUD plans solution

Will conduct telephone survey to ensure correct voucher rent values

In the next week or so, if a person calls asking about your monthly rent and utility costs, Evelyn Tileston would like you to consider not hanging up.

Court rules in favor of TMH

Collection company owner denies criminal, malicious wrongdoing

The Memorial Hospital has "received very little," of the nearly half million dollars owed to it by a now defunct Craig collection company, hospital officials said.

Man pleads indecent exposure

Felony sex assualt charges dropped; man gets probation

A man facing felony sexual assault charges pleaded no contest to indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, in Routt County Court on Friday, accepting a plea agreement offered after difficulties arose in prosecuting the case.

Sailors boys start slow, come up with big win

Despite a slow start, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team won its 18th consecutive Western Slope League game with a 72-61 win at Rifle on Friday.

West Grand passes Soroco girls hoops in final frame

After gaining a one-basket lead over Soroco High School with under three minutes to go in Friday night's basketball match-up in Oak Creek, West Grand coach Larry Banman told his players they were only allowed to shoot if it was a guaranteed layup or a free throw.

Soroco boys basketball drops tight game against West Grand

From choked tears to bench chairs pushed over in silence following its disappointing, 45-42 loss to West Grand on Friday night, the Soroco boys basketball team had a right to be bitter.

Sailors girls fall short in Rifle

Steamboat hoops' mental lapses lead to loss in fast-paced game

Despite a solid start, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team suffered mental lapses that led to a loss Friday in Rifle, 61-33.

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Steamboat skiers punch tickets for Junior World Championships

The Winter Olympic Games are still two years away, but Steamboat skiers Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney have already found success in British Columbia.

The Record for Jan. 10

12:49 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Colorado Highway 131 near U.S. Highway 40.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 12

Emerald City Opera is accepting registration for its Youth Performance Workshop, an after-school, multi-disciplinary performing arts training series for children in grades three through eight.

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Tom Ross: How to powder your nose

Steamboat skiers, riders enjoy mounds of snow

If you're on your way up to the ski hill this morning, you might swing by Old Town Hot Springs and see if they'll loan you a pair of those nose clips that synchronized swimmers can't seem to do without.

Christi Lightcap: Advancing colorado's rural development

Economics, water issues, transportation, technology and other factors that affect the development of Colorado's agricultural regions will be discussed at the 17th annual Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture.

Jimmy Westlake: 'The Pleiades'

High overhead as darkness falls on cold January evenings is a tiny cluster of stars that is often mistaken for the Little Dipper. Although it does have a dipper shape to it, with a tiny little bowl and a tiny little handle, its real name is the Pleiades. It is the 45th object in Messier's famous catalog (M45), and is popularly known as the "Seven Sisters," and in Japan is called the Subaru. A likeness of the Pleiades star cluster adorns every Subaru car out there on the road!

A history of threats

Teen's acquittal highlights racially motivated incidents in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs High School freshman Randall Nelson has succeeded in nearly everything he can control.

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Change in venue requested

Wall's defense opposes motion; judge's decision uncertain

If the prosecution has its way, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's driving under the influence trial will not be held in Steamboat Springs.

Year one down for Jantz

Sheriff looks at first year, toward second

Sitting on Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz's desk is a blue Mead notebook.

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Officials seek water monitoring grant

Consolidating data would help city, county better manage Yampa River

For Mike Zopf, there's one simple reason why the water quality in the Yampa River Basin should be monitored better.

Friday, January 11

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Sonic has plans for Craig

Fast-food franchise seeks to build on land in front of Wal-Mart

Years of speculation have led to this: The rumors are true.

Up from the ashes

Reconstruction efforts going on after apartment fire

Early May is the goal for completing reconstruction on a Craig apartment complex that caught fire in September 2007.

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Their feet can't fail them now

Dirty Dozen Brass Band knows what's going on

For more than 30 years, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has introduced music fans to the New Orleans street band tradition by way of funk, jazz and pop music, blending what they like from the present with what they love from the past.

Steamboat girls hope to rebound after loss

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is up against a wall.

Sailors hockey preps for grueling weekend

The plan is simple. Play the systems, skate with confidence for three periods - much like the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team did in last week's 5-4 loss to Cheyenne Mountain - and the rest will take care of itself.

No snow, slow sales

Ongoing construction, delayed ski season take a bite out of tax revenue for Steamboat Ski Area

Ongoing construction projects and a postponed opening of Steamboat Ski Area contributed to a November sales tax hit for the mountain area, which saw revenues cut nearly in half from 2006 levels.

United Way to award $25,000

Maturity of Arthur E. Anderson gift makes grant for a local nonprofit organization possible

Arthur E. Anderson died more than seven years ago, but his presence in the Yampa Valley is being felt anew.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 11

Free English as a Second Language, or Ingles como Segundo Idioma, classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

Deputies don't drive Wall

Change of venue possible for Routt County sheriff's DUI trial

The loss of his driver's license has not impeded Gary Wall's ability to perform his duties as sheriff, an official with the Routt County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

The Record for Jan. 9

12:57 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive, where a group of sledders got into a verbal and physical altercation with a group of passersby. Steamboat Springs police said everyone involved declined medical treatment and declined to press charges.

Teen not guilty of assault

Defense: Student victim of racism

A Steamboat Springs High School freshman was found not guilty of felony assault charges and disorderly conduct in Routt County Court on Thursday. The boy's attorney said the altercation that led to the charges was the result of ongoing, race-related taunts that occurred while the defendant was an eighth-grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Deb Babcock: Freshen up the indoors with cut flowers

A splash of color during this monochromatic time of year brightens our spirits as well as our homes. And what better way to add a fresh splash of color than with some colorful tulips, Alstroemeria or daisies?

Jamming along with Ski Jam

Music festival brings fans for all Steamboat venues

The guys in Fort Collins dancegrass band Whitewater Ramble say they always get a hearty reception when they play shows in Steamboat Springs.

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Threads of a story

Decades of learning have turned a local artist into a master of her craft

When Jacque Hart tells the story of how she first learned to weave on a loom, it sounds like a training montage from "The Karate Kid."

On Scene: Big fun at a small show

Huge concerts - with more than 500 people in attendance - have never been my thing.

CD reviews of Lupe Fiasco, "The Cool" and Cat Power, "Jukebox"

CD reviews of Lupe Fiasco, "The Cool" and Cat Power, "Jukebox"

Margaret Hair: Rallying around Relay

Naturally, American Relay drummer Alex Hebert had some reservations about quitting his job last year to play Delta-influenced blues rock full time.

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Steamboat boys basketball gears up for league challenge

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team takes its 17-game league winning streak into Western Slope competition today and Saturday.

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School projects on track

Construction slowed by winter weather, remains on schedule

Heavy December snowfall may have been a boon for local skiers and snowboarders, but the severe winter weather caused some hiccups in the Steamboat Springs School District's construction plans.

Thursday, January 10

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Old Town Hot Springs grand (re)opening set

After months of complicated construction, Old Town Hot Springs plans to open its renovated hot pools and two new water slides during a celebratory event Monday.

New Intrawest CEO is a 'road warrior'

Bill Jensen, who will become the new CEO of Intrawest ULC on June 1, is a "road warrior" whose management style drives him to form one-on-one relationships with team members, according to longtime associates.

Scientists to lecture on atmosphere

Storm Peak Laboratory scientists Dr. Gannet Hallar and Ian McCubbin will share information from the atmospheric research station atop Mount Werner in tonight's public lecture, the "State of Our Atmosphere."

Sailors skiers prep for weekend meets

With a race and the holiday break behind them, the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic and Alpine teams are looking to build on early season success.

Top of the line

Sailors wrestlers to see toughest contest of season

One week after its toughest test of the season to date, the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team will face top competitors from Utah, Wyoming and Colorado at the Tournament of Champions on Friday and Saturday in Vernal, Utah.

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Beyond the bumps

Ski foundation sets Steamboat roots for divisional moguls event

While spectators gaze at flying moguls skiers' corked 360s and D-spins at this weekend's 2008 Lando's Mojo Bump Bash, a few organizers of the freestyle event will be looking beyond the bumps.

The Record for Jan. 8

Tuesday, Jan. 8

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Global warming happens today

That's the headline New York Times Science Editor Andrew Revkin says you will never see in his newspaper.

Mike Lawrence: Press 1 if you trust this poll

The phone rang, and the guessing started. "Huckabee!" my sister called from the couch.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 10

No injuries after city bus slides off road

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Fund Board ponders appeals

'Universal Playgrounds,' middle school expansion get support

Education Fund Board members expressed support Wednesday for replacing the aging, wooden playground at Strawberry Park Elementary School with a playground accessible to children with disabilities.

Sports briefs for Jan. 10

Demong back on podium

Wednesday, January 9

Snow storm hits Steamboat

Weather Service issues snow advisory; forecasts up to 10 inches

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a snow advisory warning for Northwest Colorado and is forecasting up to 10 inches in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat girls lose to Moffat County

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team lost to Moffat County High School by a score of 62-19 on Tuesday night in Craig, in both team's Western Slope League opener.

Vail exec named Intrawest CEO

Bill Jensen, the top executive at Vail Mountain and president of Vail Resorts' mountain division, has been named chief executive officer of Intrawest ULC, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Jensen will take over June 1, Intrawest officials announced in a news release Tuesday.

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Sailors tame Bulldogs

Moffat County boys basketball loses home opener

By the end of the first quarter, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team held a two-point lead against home rival Moffat County High School on Tuesday night.

Wrestlers have top results

Soroco's Justin Iacovetto started with a win, Hayden's Coy Letlow followed suit, and despite some rust, Steamboat's Houston Mader made a solid run as high school wrestling returned to the mats last weekend after the long holiday break.

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Sailors top Bulldogs

Steamboat boys win shootout in Moffat County, 53-38

By the end of the first quarter, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team held a two-point lead against rival Moffat County High School on Tuesday night in Craig.

Colorado Northwestern Community College back in South Routt

The South Routt campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College has been mostly dormant since 2003, when the campus's coordinator retired.

Joanne Palmer: Celery gimmicks

Scene One: Interior of darkened Steamboat Springs home. Woman lays on couch with shades drawn, a half-finished bag of potato chips, French onion dip, chocolates and a water glass full of celery next to her on the floor.

The Record for Jan. 9

Monday, Jan. 7 12:10 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol during a traffic stop at Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive.

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White, Taylor brace for big year

The second regular session of the 66th Colorado General Assembly begins today, and Northwest Colorado lawmakers say it will be an eventful five months for issues affecting the Western Slope - if politics don't get in the way.

Our View: Fighting for the Western Slope

We agree with state Sen. Jack Taylor that keeping regional energy development revenues on the Western Slope will be a paramount need during this year's Legislative session.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 9

Time to sign up for youth basketball

Iron Horse choices considered

Council requests estimated costs of essential property repairs

The Steamboat Springs City Council is taking a measured approach to its management of the Iron Horse Inn, a property purchased last year in a deal approved by the previous council to provide affordable rental housing for city employees and others.

Amanda Allen: Respect workers

Respect workers

Tuesday, January 8

Total judicial caseload decreases

District sees modest reduction in 2007

The tri-county 14th Judicial District handled 4,993 total cases - ranging from felony prosecutions to traffic infractions - in 2007, the district's lowest total in three years.

The Record for Jan. 6

12:52 a.m. A fight between two people was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. A woman was taken to detox.

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Tom Ross: Have you crossed over the line?

Join me as I give up fudge, pizza and cheese logs (for now)

As the winner of the 1971 Elm Drive B pizza-eating contest, this is a difficult confession for me to make. However, the sad truth is that I've been living on the plus side of the Mendoza Line ever since Thanksgiving. I'm wearing khakis with a hidden elastic waistband under the belt loops.

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Verizon says glitch is fixed

A weekend of dropped cell phone calls, frustration and headaches for some Steamboat Springs Verizon Wireless customers was cured after a quick dose of *228 on Monday, Verizon officials said.

Avalanche danger 'considerable'

The avalanche danger in the mountainous backcountry surrounding Steamboat Springs has grown from "moderate" to "considerable" in the span of three days.

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Gangel appointed to child advisory team

Tom Gangel says his recent appointment to Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien's new Colorado Early Childhood Advisory Team probably wouldn't have happened 10 years ago.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 8

Avalanche clinic in need of volunteers for weekend

CASB to assist in superintendent search

After spending a day interviewing superintendent search firm candidates, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted, 3-2, on Monday to hire the Colorado Association of School Boards.

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Housing Authority discusses relationship with city, its future

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority's touchy relationship with the city of Steamboat Springs was the topic of Monday's meeting of the Housing Authority's executive committee. It was the group's first meeting with new Housing Authority Executive Director Donna Howell.

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Iron Horse decision planned

City staff seek 'immediate direction' on inn's future at council meeting

The oft-debated future of the Iron Horse Inn could be put to rest tonight. City staff is seeking immediate direction from the City Council about what to do with the motel purchased for the purpose of providing affordable rental housing to city employees and others.

Commissioner Monger to seek re-election

West Routt rancher says there's more work to be done

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger wants to represent West Routt for another four years and will run for a third term in November.

Monday, January 7

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Snow will dissipate today

A storm that brought 9 inches of heavy snow and wind gusts up to 55 mph Saturday and Sunday is forecast to continue to affect the region through this afternoon, with an additional 5 to 9 inches of accumulation possible in the city of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 7

Teen of the Month nominations sought

The Record for Jan. 5

Saturday, Jan. 5

District prevails in lawsuit

Court of Appeals: No legal wrongdoing on part of school

The 10th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's decision in favor of the Steamboat Springs School District in a lawsuit filed by the mother of a former student who allegedly was sexually harassed and assaulted by some of her peers.

A look at emergency excellence

How does an emergency department gear up for the increase of patients in winter, keeping that all-important personal approach while delivering quality care at a consistent and effective pace?

Luke Graham: Free advice for the NHL

For the first time in a long time - a real long time - the suits that run the National Hockey League don't have anything to be ashamed of. The 2008 Winter Classic was exactly what the NHL needed.

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'Go as fast as you can'

University of Colorado senior inches closer to Buffs' record

If University of Colorado skier Lucie Zikova just continues to have fun, it could be a banner year for the Buffaloes senior.

Buying into buyouts

School Board unsure of what superintendent contract will look like

The Steamboat Springs School Board learned in August how expensive parting ways with a superintendent can be when board members bought out former Superintendent Donna Howell's contract for $270,000.

Aging Well: The makings of meaningful resolutions

As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, then comes along a new year and the pressure to make resolutions.

Sunday, January 6

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Watch the skies

Don't miss out on cosmic events of 2008

If you enjoy watching the skies for eclipses, meteor showers, comets and bright planets, then 2008 has plenty of celestial events to keep you busy. Here is a brief summary of some of the celestial highlights you can look forward to in the New Year:

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Sailors hockey falls just short

Steamboat loses, 5-4, to Cheyenne Mountain

Sometimes a loss can be a good thing - especially when it happens to a team as green as Steamboat against a team as rugged and storied as Cheyenne Mountain.

Steamboat could get 2 feet of snow

A powerful winter storm is expected to continue dumping snow across the region today and Monday, with in-town snow accumulations forecast in the 1- to 2-foot range.

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Steamboat Stampede attracts skiers of all ages and abilities

Deb Rose wore a couple of hats during Saturday's 23rd annual Steamboat Stampede.

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Outdoor woes can hit even the most capable

Play around in the rugged backcountry of the Rocky Mountains long enough, and it's almost inevitable that someday you'll have to make an unexpected bivouac.

Our View: Lawmakers have hands full

Colorado lawmakers will have their hands full in the coming weeks as they attempt to sort through the growing debate about the state's election systems.

Class Notes For Jan. 6

Binetti named Optimist Teen of the Month

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Ott back on top

Racer returns to winning ways in Race to the Cup Series

Even Lynn Ott was shocked.

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 6

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Jan. 6, 2008.

Christine McKelvie: Make a difference

Can one man make a difference? When that man is Navy Lt. Jobe Galli, the answer is an unqualified "yes."

Antonio Marxuach: The time is now

On Jan. 1 as I sat eating lunch at my favorite local eatery along the Yampa while reading Mike McCollum's Steamboat Today article "Keeping county air clean," I found myself wondering how serious the city and county are about Yampa Valley air quality. Then, I seemed to have my answer.

CJ Mucklow: Learn more about land management, rural life

For the past six years, the Routt County Extension Service and the Community Agricultural Alliance have sponsored a six-night class on land stewardship. The intent of this program is to better educate newer rural landowners in the art, science and custom of living in rural Routt County.

Routt County Spotlight: Rosanne Iversen, MD

Rosanne Iversen, MD

The Record and Jail Report for Jan. 4

The Record and Jail Report for Jan. 4

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Buying to sell

Commercial spots nearly full in downtown developments

The new year will bring plenty of change to downtown Steamboat Springs, as hundreds of new residential and commercial tenants are scheduled to move into a number of mixed-use projects, and the next wave of development is scheduled to break ground.

When 'community' no longer means local

One of the primary directives of Colorado Mountain College is to meet the needs of the community. As a comprehensive community college, the mission of CMC will always be centered on providing academic transfer programs, career and technical education, community education for personal enrichment/life-long learning, and workforce training for business and industry.

Transactions for Jan. 6


In midst of record year

Credit crisis, scarce inventory constrict November dollar volume

The dollar volume of November real estate transactions in Routt County was off 35 percent from sales in November 2006. Nonetheless, the $89.8 million still represents the second biggest November on record.

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Strawberry Park Elementary School hosts inaugural arts festival for students

Isabel Rillos never knew art could be such hard work until the Strawberry Park Elementary School first-grader lent a hand Friday to help build a snow sculpture.

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Rush of the mush

Homegrown Routt County sled-doggers set sights on sport's premier races

Tom Thurston didn't read a lot of Jack London books when he was a kid, but he's now answering the call of the wild.

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Oak Creek police seek volunteers

To help free up Oak Creek's small police force for more traditional law enforcement duties, the police department is seeking local volunteers to help with clerical and support duties. The effort is part of the federal Volunteers in Police Service program.

Conservative commentary: The danger of 'gun free' zones

My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones in the mass murder that we saw recently in Colorado Springs.

Business file for Jan. 6

Blanchard gains sonography certification

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Fractions of a home

Interval ownership rising in area

The new year is ushering in greater emphasis on interval, or fractional, real estate sales.

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A win-win relationship

National Mentoring Month highlights local need for mentors

Chance Dickerson has a simple reason for why his relationship with his Partners in Routt County mentor Cody Pryke is one of the strongest relationships in his life.

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Rifle club prepares to relocate in face of development

As the specter of residential development slowly envelops it, the Routt County Rifle Club is preparing to move from its 40-acre home on U.S. Highway 40 just west of Steamboat Springs city limits.

Dave Shively: Humble pie

Luck is a funny thing.

Saturday, January 5

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Storm warning extended to Monday

Steamboat Springs could see up to 2 feet of snow

A powerful winter storm is expected to continue dumping snow across the region Sunday and Monday, with in-town snow accumulations forecast in the 1- to 2-foot range.

Integrated Community and City Market team up for event

Cultures from Peru to Poland will shake everything they've got at an International Dance Party today, presented by Integrated Community in conjunction with City Market. Summer Laws, executive director of Integrated Community, said the event will feature music and dance from City Market's geographically diverse employees, who she said represent more than 30 countries. The party begins at 9 p.m. today and won't end until 1 a.m. Sunday at Amante Coffee in Wildhorse Marketplace.

Steamboat skiers take top spots at Lake Placid

The athletes in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic combined program came away from this year's New Year's jumping events in Lake Placid, N.Y., with top results - and mixed feelings.

Sailors wrestlers return to action

The holiday break was particularly tough for Steamboat Springs High School senior wrestler Houston Mader.

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Tom Ross: Fearless predictions for 2008

Presidential campaigns could flow through Steamboat

Construction cranes are remaking downtown Steamboat and the ski village, and August will see a national political convention come as close to Steamboat as it's ever going to get. Indeed, 2008 promises to be an eventful year.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 5

Registration is now open for the adult coed volleyball league.

The Record for Jan. 3

12:30 a.m. A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Columbine Ridge.

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Local riders run table at Howelsen

Youth trumps experience in giant slalom at first day of NorAm races

Youth trumped experience in the men's and women's head-to-head parallel giant slalom finals Friday night under the lights at Howelsen Hill.

City hires housing expert

Former Planning Commissioner Nancy Engelken settles in

Amid many organizational changes for the city of Steamboat Springs, Nancy Engelken has been hired to fill the newly created position of community housing coordinator and will manage the city's affordable housing efforts.

Several seeking commission seats

Council to interview 11 planning commission hopefuls next week

Eleven people have applied for three vacancies on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission - a body the City Council has discussed giving more authority to, and a group that proved to be fertile training ground for two recently elected council members.

Hayden prepares for construction

Parks and Recreation expands its scope beyond town limits

Hayden town government kicked off 2008 with new faces and new construction projects, including a replacement police station and a redesign of Poplar Street.

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Sailors hockey back on track

Steamboat returns to ice with 5-1 win against Mitchell

It took all of 65 seconds Friday night for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team to shake off the holiday break and its 1-4 start to the season.

Friday, January 4

Advisory upgraded to winter storm warning

Steamboat Springs, Hayden could see significant snowfall

Most of western Colorado is bracing for a major winter storm expected to begin dumping snow over the mountains and valleys today.

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Art from all walks of life

First Friday event features new works from local artists

As part of the second First Friday Art Walk, a number of galleries and art spaces will exhibit new works. Here is what the artists had to say about pieces at K. Saari Gallery and the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat.

Strong snowslide season

Local avalanche forecasters fearing the worst

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center's forecast for the Steamboat Springs and Park Range area was only "moderate" Thursday, but officials are bracing for an abundant season of snowslides.

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Snowboarders bring high hopes to Howelsen

The stepping stones for North America's next crop of high-speed, world-class gate carvers are events like tonight's and Saturday's Race to the Cup Series at Howelsen Hill.

High school teams return to official practice

It may have been classified as a mandated 10-day break, but that description couldn't be further from the truth.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 4

There still is time left to register for spring classes at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. Many classes start the week of Jan. 14.

CU skiers return home for alpine race

Familiarity with the terrain shouldn't be a problem when the University of Colorado Alpine ski team opens its season in Steamboat Springs on Saturday and Sunday.

The Record for Jan. 2

4:27 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 700 block of Critter Court. Steamboat Springs police said everything was fine.

Polucci new Steamboat tv18 manager

Steamboat tv18 advertising manager Mike Polucci has been promoted to the station's general manager.

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Library seeking volunteers

New checkout system requires detailed tagging of all items

A new checkout system will make book lending easier for Bud Werner Memorial Library, allowing for self-checkout and scanning multiple books at one time.

Sant'Ambrogios team up for ECO benefit concert

Violinist and former San Antonio Symphony concertmaster Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio remembers getting her first music lesson from her father, cellist John Sant'Ambrogio, when she was 5 years old.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center nurse gives first birth of 2008

Edie Seffrood welcomed a new member to her family with the help of close friends Wednesday, when she gave the first birth of 2008 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

On Scene for Jan. 4

What makes "Juno" - Jason Reitman's film about pregnant 16-year-old Juno MacGuff - so strong is that it relies on emotion and honesty, not quirky affection.

Recklessly rocking

Reckless Kelly brings gritty Texas twang to MusicFest

Judging by the crowd noise on the 2006 live album, "Reckless Kelly Was Here," the Austin, Texas, roots rock quintet knows how to get an audience going.

Margaret Hair: Independent woes, nationwide

Last week, I returned to North Carolina and spent an afternoon in my old store, a place called The Skylight Exchange that sells old books and new sandwiches.

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Sold-out MusicFest sticks to roots

Six days of Americana give a few opportunities for local concertgoers

When Texas music festival promoter John Dickson presented shows at the Steamboat Mountain Theater for the first time last year, he got hooked on the space.

Looking back: Routt County elk herd numbers high

From the Thursday, Jan. 9, 1958 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Transit shatters records

Bus service surpasses 1 million riders for first time

A driver shortage to start the winter season couldn't keep Steamboat Springs Transit from breaking its peak day and yearly ridership figures in 2007. The free bus service served 1,144,800 passengers in 2007, exceeding the 1 million mark for the first time with its local service.

Cross-country skiers post solid finishes in deep field

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's group of cross-country ski racers at the 2008 U.S. Cross Country Championships, Tuesday through Sunday in Houghton, Mich., knew it would need the stars aligned to achieve a top-10 finish at the massive 'open' national championships, which include not only the nation's top club, college and factory teams, but also a cadre of top skiers from around the globe.

Obama sweeps to victory in Iowa caucuses

Sen. Barack Obama swept to victory in the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, pushing Hillary Rodham Clinton to third place and taking a major stride in a historic bid to become the nation's first black president.

Deb Babcock: A Steamboat garden is where I want to bee

The best honey I've ever tasted comes from a bee keeper right here in Steamboat. Pat Scokes sells to Rising Sun Ranch, which then infuses the honey with lavender buds. Whether it's doctored up with a little additional flavor or aroma like the lavender honey I enjoy, all honey will take on the aroma and flavor of the plant on which the bees feed.

Thursday, January 3

Midget momentum

Steamboat Midget Major A team off to a 6-1 start

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team is not Steamboat's only team of high school-aged players making progress this season.

Three businesses cited

Police cite establishments during alcohol compliance checks

Three Steamboat Springs businesses failed the most recent alcohol compliance check conducted by the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

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New trooper on patrol

Kerker replaces Kaspar on Colorado State Patrol staff

A new State Trooper took to the highways in Routt County on Tuesday, bringing the Steamboat Springs office of the Colorado State Patrol back to a full staff.

The Record for Jan. 3

12:14 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle, where a man and a woman, both intoxicated, were fighting. Steamboat Springs police said the incident was a verbal-only argument.

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 3

Medical transportation available for vets

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Sailors hockey primed for home games

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team starts the meat of its Peak Conference schedule the same way it finished its opening conference game Dec. 21 at Pueblo County - with its back against the wall.

Police nab car theft suspect

Steamboat man charged in connection with three stolen vehicles

A Steamboat Springs man has been charged in connection with the theft of three cars from Victory Motors of Steamboat last week, as well as the 2006 thefts of a motorcycle and an all-terrain vehicle.

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'Generosity of their hearts'

Volunteers bring food distribution program to senior citizens

SHARE Colorado registration coordinator Ginny Roth sits at an empty table, her tools spread in front of her.

Election questions unsolved

State legislators to weigh public comments today; Iowa holds caucuses

While the race for the White House begins in earnest today with the Iowa caucuses, the clock is ticking for Colorado officials hoping to avert an Election Day 2008 crisis in November.

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Postmaster asks neighbors to pitch in

Interim Steamboat Springs Postmaster Mike Evans is urging residents who have their mail delivered to a cluster box to pitch in and shovel out.

Youth hockey skating hard

As the new year dawns, many of Steamboat Springs' youth hockey teams enter the second half of their seasons geared toward a playoff push. Most of the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association squads are well poised to secure berths in their respective age-bracket tournaments by the end of the month.

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Replacement search begins

Smith, Sidinger lead human services in White's stead

Routt County officials began efforts Wednesday to recruit a director for the county's Department of Human Services, a position held for 22 years by Bob White, who resigned in November.

Wednesday, January 2

Little trouble on New Year's

Quiet holiday season for Routt County law enforcement officials

Routt County residents rang in 2008 with a walk on the mild side, law enforcement officials said Monday.

YVEA: Rates may increase in '08

Electric co-op might raise rates by as much as 5 percent

Yampa Valley Electric Association customers may soon see rates rise 3 percent to 5 percent, according to officials from the region's energy co-op.

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'Realizing what I almost lost'

Craig man's devotion to fiancee deepens after vehicular accident

When Dan Floeter received the call, he expected the worst.

The Record for Dec. 31, 2007

5:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers assisted Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies in assisting a motorist who was stuck in a ditch on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shop & Hop.

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Heavy December snowfall puts roof strength to the test

December's bountiful snowfall was a welcome sight for many in Steamboat Springs, but it could eventually lead to problems for some area homeowners.

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Joanne Palmer: New for '08: a lifetime of guilt

In case you're already feeling guilty about New Year's resolutions - that you didn't make or keep any - I have some good news for you. New Year's resolutions are out. Passe. Bye-bye.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 2

Free signs offered to liquor stores

In conjunction with the Youth Wellness Initiative, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is distributing signs for liquor stores that warn customers against purchasing alcohol for youths.

Our View: Wish list for 2008

Whether they were enacted by the City Council, soundly defeated at the polls by city voters, or simply talked about on city streets, a number of good ideas emerged in 2007.

Tuesday, January 1

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Unhappy hours

The morning of Jan. 1 is traditionally a mulligan for those who drink too much the night before

Curing the common hangover is one of the great pursuits in amateur medical science.

Demong back on the podium in Nordic combined

World Championships Nordic combined medalist Bill Demong came from 94 seconds back in a 15K race Sunday to finish second by a stride in a foggy World Cup competition.

Road closures stall food trucks

City Market: 'We're making do the best we can'

Steamboat Springs grocery stores are running low on some food supplies during the New Year's holiday, due to widespread road closures that began Sunday.

The Record for Jan. 1

Sunday, Dec. 30

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 1

Tobacco "quit kits"available at VNA offices

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Snowfall nears records

The December 2007 snow that people in Steamboat Springs have battled and reveled in has earned a top-four ranking based on 99 years of records.

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Tom Ross: One dog night

Travelers stranded by Silverthorne blizzard forced to improvise

Sunday evening was every bit a three-dog night, and I had only one warm dog. Fortunately, I had two sleeping bags and one very warm wife in the back of my SUV.

Many accidents, few injuries

Hazardous road conditions caused mostly minor crashes

A storm that dumped windblown snow on Routt County between Sunday and Monday morning posed challenges to drivers and led to numerous accidents, but few injuries occurred, law enforcement officials said Monday.

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Keeping county air clean

New monitoring device to track local pollution levels

Even in rural communities like Steamboat Springs, clean mountain air can be easily dirtied with the output of modern life, Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf said.

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YVRA back on track

Flights return to schedule as winter storm subsides

Operations at Yampa Valley Regional Airport returned to normal Monday, restoring holiday travel after Sunday's snowfall and wind gusts led to canceled and diverted flights that left many passengers stranded.