Stories for July 2008


Thursday, July 31

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C.R. 37 extension nearly complete

Routt County Road 37 is almost, but not quite, linked up to U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden.

The Record for July 29

2:02 a.m. An intoxicated pedestrian was reported at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The person was sent home in a taxi.

Steamboat briefs for July 31

DOW to host fishing and shooting clinic for women

Phippsburg water line under repair

Water supply is remaining stable in Phippsburg, where residents have been asked to take extra steps to conserve water for the past week in light of a leak in the area's water main. Construction crews began repairs on the line this week, and Routt County officials are optimistic that water use can return to normal soon.

Mary Walker: Giving Maasai girls a chance

I am returning to my work at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya.

Courses teach teens how to drive safely

Alive At 25 program coming to SSHS

Making smart decisions and understanding how decisions can affect others is a key component of any high school education, but especially so when the teenager is behind the wheel of a car.

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Youth golfers show up for 13th annual golf event

There were at least two good reasons for 10-year-old Jake Lauinger to be playing golf Wednesday at the 13th annual Steamboat Golf Club Cowboy Shootout.

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Sports briefs for July 31

Three Steamboat Springs youth swimmers qualified for the Colorado State Long Course Championships at the Air Force Academy this past weekend.

Yampa River due to rise

The Yampa River typically snaps out of its summer decline and begins to run with gradually increasing flows July 30, as seasonal thunderstorms stream up from the south.

CMC courses draw all ages

Two-thirds of students at Steamboat campus are 25 or older

Registration for fall courses at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus opened Monday, and it's not just the typical students who are registering.

Environmentally friendly products, choices growing for businesses

The days of recycled paper being pricey, gray and notorious for gumming up office machines are long gone. These days, sustainable office products are widely available at high quality and competitive prices, and paper is no exception, PostNet President Kathy Stokes said.

Three ACET suspects plead guilty

Three others await court dates

Three men arrested during an All Crimes Enforcement Team drug sweep at a Craig apartment unit earlier this year pleaded guilty Wednesday to reduced charges in Moffat County District Court.

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Restaurateurs seek more input

Several local restaurateurs wish their voices carried more weight with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Running Series looks out for environment

Saturday's 14th annual Mount Werner Classic has joined with the Green Team to help make the race a more environmentally friendly event.

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City Council to vote on pre-annexation agreement for proposed development

The Steamboat Springs City Council will vote on a resolution to approve the pre-annexation agreement for Steamboat 700 during its meeting Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 30

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Team Lightning cleans up

The Steamboat Lightning youth swim team finished the season much like it began the season. Hot. Steamboat placed numerous swimmers in the top three at the Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction and saw almost all of its swimmers drop time off their personal bests.

The Record for July 28

Monday, July 28

Dan Hulslander: Roundabout risky

I would like to know whose decision it was to replace the intersection of Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way with a traffic circle. Over the course of a normal work day, I pass through this area several times and have done so for the last nine years. At any given time of the year, this was the easiest flowing intersection on the mountain.

William S. Schurman: Make King happy

I was so happy to read that we have all this undeveloped land to develop. The developers must be beside themselves. Just imagine Lincoln Avenue between 13th Street and Third Street. Glenwood's Grand Avenue would pale by comparison. Oh, and how about all the noise and dust of the building? Just sit on a bench now on Lincoln Avenue and "enjoy" the heavy trucks. At least put up an "Entering a construction zone" sign five to 10 miles on each end of town.

4-H demonstration day coming up

4-H members across the county are putting finishing touches on projects for Saturday's exhibition day at Hayden High School.

Judith Gunthorpe: Religion talk troubling

Last Sunday evening (July 20), I attended a talk comparing Islam and Christianity given by Mujahid El-Hasih at Holy Name Catholic Church. The speaker compared texts from the Bible and Quran. Not being familiar with the Quran, I am not in a position to judge his commentary.

Editorial: Selflessness deserves praise

In the midst of so much change and growth in our community, an event last week served as a reminder that Routt County remains a place where residents join hands to accomplish a greater good.

Williams to enter plea Aug. 13

Pamela Jean Williams, one of two women accused of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Alpine Bank account holders, had her case continued Tuesday in Routt County District Court. Her case is poised to go to trial after she enters her plea next month.

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Woman tallies perfect shot on No. 7

Benak sinks ace

During conversation with friends who don't play golf, the topic of getting a hole-in-one came up.

Hayden fifth-graders jump in writing

Improvement a highlight of mixed CSAP results for district

Hayden students earned a range of results in this year's Colorado Student Assessment Program, including strong scores in elementary school math but scores below state averages in high school writing.

South Routt CSAP scores mixed

Students above state CSAP averages in math, below in writing

Results released Tuesday show South Routt students struggled with Colorado Student Assessment Program tests this year.

Joanne Palmer: For emergencies - or everything

I just got a new phone. By the time I figure out how to use it, I'll be ready for my next upgrade. I've already misplaced my owner's manual. But that's OK. Truly. Because I still have two CDs to view and a 70-page manual of shortcuts to master.

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Steamboat Springs CSAP scores high

Steamboat Springs High School was among nine schools recognized for consistent increases in standardized reading test scores during a ceremony in Denver on Tuesday.

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Two more projects queue up in rapidly evolving neighborhood

After the new Boathouse Pub's opening on Yampa Street during the weekend, two new proposals would continue the evolution of that strip into a dining and shopping district along the Yampa River.

Tuesday, July 29

Local population stagnant

Census Bureau estimate shows minimal growth

Despite forecasts suggesting Northwest Colorado is in a growth spurt, a U.S. Census Bureau report released earlier this month shows little residential growth in Yampa Valley towns.

Locals to get lesson in dried grub

Expert in preservation and safety to teach dehydration course

Apparently, dehydrated yogurt tastes a bit like cheesecake.

The Record for July 27

Sunday, July 27

Steamboat Briefs for July 29

Historic registry applications due Aug. 22

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Tom Ross: Get lost in the Triangle in Ski Time Square

I cannot say for certain if it was Colorado lamb chops or beef tenderloin topped with bleu cheese that I had for dinner on June 20, 1984. But I'm reasonably confident it was one of those two. I'm 100 percent certain we were dining at Mattie Silks on our wedding night.

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Officials move into new office

Routt County commissioners enjoyed a new view of Lincoln Avenue on Monday as they conducted business for the first time from their recently renovated hearing room.

City search group sought

Six people needed to find new manager

The Steamboat Springs City Council is looking for six community members to join a committee that, along with an executive search firm, will help the city select its next city manager.

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A community built on will

The twirling, spinning, rocking, sliding and climbing pieces all are in place. Buoyed by the work of hundreds of volunteers, the two playground structures at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools are in place and ready for the next phase in their preparation for children.

Taps to go dry for some

More than 130 households on the city's south side will endure interruptions in water service this week, but the end of construction on Whistler Road is in sight.

Monday, July 28

Aging Well: Mining memories

Memoirs help older adults connect to families and personal history

It wasn't until weeks before my grandfather died that he spoke about the war.

The Record for July 26

12:12 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. The person was taken to detox.

Steamboat briefs for July 28

Range has first gunshot accident in 12 years

Deb Babcock: Roses for the high country

Claire Fraser, a volunteer at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, recently rescued a red and gold climbing rose from a building about to be demolished at Seventh and Yampa streets after receiving permission from Realtors Mark Stein and Pam Lindal.

Monday Medical: Traveling with asthma

The biggest challenge some Olympic athletes may face in Beijing next month is not the other competitors but the high level of air pollution. Athletes who have asthma will be especially vulnerable to this hazy hazard.

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Bridge replacement to begin

Soda Creek crossing will close from mid-August to November

Arvada-based construction contractor TARCO is mobilizing for the replacement of the structurally obsolete Yahmonite Bridge in Old Town Steamboat Springs.

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Perry-Mansfield celebrates 95 years

As she toured Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in a yellow and pink dress, tossing her small stuffed bear, 8-year-old Daisy Thunstrom was left with one definite impression.

Elissa Greene: Whales, harps and a world premiere

Strings lineup offers 100 years of modern music performances this week

Tonight is the second installment of New Frontiers of Modern Music, a series celebrating music written in the past 100 years.

Sunday, July 27

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Dealing with denial

Communities cope with reality of unprecedented beetle epidemic

There's nothing quite as serene as lying under a stand of lodgepole pine trees. Their fallen needles pad the ground, choking the forest floor and smothering other growth between the slender trunks.

Demong lands in second place at Summer Grand Prix

Bill Demong of Vermontville, N.Y., who lived and trained for years in Steamboat Springs, came back from seventh in the jumping round to finish second overall in the first of three FIS Grand Prix Nordic combined summer competitions in rainy Hinterzarten, Germany on Saturday.

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Reading bug catching on

Libraries helping children dig into books

>Young South Routt readers are snapping up books in Yampa and Oak Creek this summer - with a little help from some six-legged friends in the South Routt Library District's Summer Reading Program.

Dan Hulslander: Roundabout risky

I would like to know whose decision it was to replace the intersection of Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way with a traffic circle. During the course of a normal work day, I pass through this area several times and have done so for the last nine years. At any given time of the year, this was the easiest flowing intersection on the mountain.

William S. Schurman: Construction zone

I was so happy to read that we have all this undeveloped land to develop. The developers must be beside themselves. Just imagine Lincoln Avenue between 13th Street and Third Street. Glenwood's Grand Avenue would pale by comparison. Oh, and how about all the noise and dust of the building? Just sit on a bench now on Lincoln Avenue and "enjoy" the heavy trucks. At least put up an "Entering a construction zone" sign five to 10 miles on each end of town.

On the Market for July 27

Steamboat building permits down by half

Business file for July 27

Steamboat Starbucks safe from closures

Turning of the evergreens

If anyone has a newfound appreciation for the dangers posed by dead, standing trees, it's Sheila Wright, development director for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

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A $55 million ranch

Big Creek Ranch encompasses 4.3K acres

One of the largest ranches in the Yampa Valley is on the market for $55 million, and the firm marketing the property is pointing out that it offers the potential for more than 70 estate building lots.

Real estate transactions for July 27


Lucy Parham: Weed warrior for life

June 15. I swat yet another mosquito as I stand waiting in Deerlodge Park on the banks of the Yampa River, watching, as utter chaos unfolds before me.

Jimmy Westlake: The teapot at the end of the Milky Way

Legend has it that a pot of gold awaits you at the end of the rainbow, if you are lucky enough to find it. No luck at all is required, though, to find the pot of tea at the end of the Milky Way. All you need is a clear, dark night and an unobstructed view of the southern sky.

Routt County Spotlight: Marvin Lindsey

Marvin Lindsey

Chuck Vale, Sue Birch, Jim Johnsen: Be prepared

On July 10, 2008, our region was fortunate to have Dr. Mike Osterholm speak during a Seminars at Steamboat lecture in the Strings Pavilion. To an audience of nearly 350 people, he highlighted a significant amount of data surrounding past pandemic influenza events and the potential impacts of future scenarios. He examined the planning efforts here in the U.S. and discussed global successes and failures related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), pandemic flu and others.

Judith Gunthorpe: Talk troubling

Last Sunday evening (July 20), I attended a talk comparing Islam and Christianity given by Mujahid El-Hasih at Holy Name Catholic Church. The speaker compared texts from the Bible and Quran. Not being familiar with the Quran, I am not in a position to judge his commentary.

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Sporting Clays range plays to beginners and experts

Offering views on par with those of millionaire subdivisions nearby, Three Quarter Circles offers everything for novice and experienced shooters.

Best of the Web for July 27

Web comments

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Ben Spiegel has earned the respect of his workers, community

Ben Spiegel is the kind of boss who tap dances at the employee Christmas party. He's also the kind of arts supporter who throws a bash for "Cabaret" and tap dances on stage after his wife tosses him his shoes.

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Steamboat rugby outlasts Glenwood Defiance

Stay focused, boys. If three words - heard from the sideline - could describe Saturday's match-up between the Glenwood Defiance and Steamboat Springs rugby clubs, those would be them.

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Pumps could become park

Supporters: Space Station site ideal

When landscape designer Lisa Lee Benjamin looks at the fences and abandoned fuel pumps at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, she sees a community gathering spot and green space. Benjamin is part of a push, backed by Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, to replace the Space Station site with a park.

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Colorado Mountain College courses turn green

Courses in a variety of subjects focus on sustainability

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus is quickly turning green, as a faculty and student initiative is bringing a focus on sustainability and eco-consciousness to a wide range of courses.

The Record and Jail Report for July 25

Cheryl Mae Gartz, 23, Steamboat Springs - Driving while ability impaired, speeding (Colorado State Patrol)

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Runners tackle Spring Creek

Trapp clinches fourth Running Series win, leads overall standings

The Spring Creek Memorial isn't a race you run for time, "it's one you run to finish," runner Chris Trujillo said after finishing the 9-mile event Saturday.

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Weiss made waves

Dedication, fair play trademarks of Olympic kayaker

Dedication was never an issue for two-time Olympic kayaker Rich Weiss.

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Steamboat rower misses medal, finds glory of Olympics

It's been said that the worst place you can finish in an Olympic event is fourth. That's an experience Steamboat Springs Olympian Anne Kakela knows firsthand.

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Warm up your wine-tasting legs

Fifth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat offers events for every level of drinker

At a high-end wine tasting, you're likely to see a connoisseur pick up a glass, sniff it, swirl it, sip, spit and repeat.

Buying into biomass

Oak Creek considers sustainable future

A quarter century ago, downtown St. Paul, Minn., formed an energy district that would provide heat and power through hot water. Today, District Energy St. Paul's customers pay less in real dollars than they did when the system was launched in 1983.

Editorial cartoon for July 27

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for July 27, 2008.

John F. Russell: Olympic heritage stretches beyond slopes

If you live in Steamboat Springs, you understand this town's obsession with the Olympics.

Officials look at hot beds vs. green buildings

City government is weighing the relative merits of hot beds and green buildings.

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Cruiser bikes popular

Cycles selling as bike commuting picks up, shops say

More people are commuting by bicycle these days, employees at local shops say, and that's affecting what type of merchandise is moving.

Looking back for July 24, 1958

From the Thursday, July 24, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Our View: Pine beetle epidemic devastating

Our pine forests are under attack, and they are dying.

Area volleyball club teams join Fort Collins group

Darcey Miller couldn't find the words.

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Wiik: Games were 'terrific fun'

Event leaves lifelong mark on Swedish gymnast

In 1948, Sven Wiik traveled to London for his first taste of the Olympic Games.

Joel Reichenberger: Gardner invested in Steamboat wrestling

Rulon Gardner, in town earlier this week for the Rulon Gardner Wrestling Camp, impressed me in more than a few ways.

Saturday, July 26

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Officials: fire numbers down, risk increasing

The drought seemingly is over and there are fewer dry thunderstorms this year starting fires, Lynn Barclay said.

$86K awarded for health care

Grants to fund equipment improvements, supplies for local providers

Two local agencies will get a financial boost from a grant program honed in on rural healthcare.

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Motel owners plan rentals

The owners of the Redstone Motel in Hayden hope to add 24 rental units to the property at Jefferson Avenue and Pine Street.

Panel discusses funding construction, financing for homebuyers

A series of public forums about affordable housing ended Friday by addressing a key concern: cash.

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Inaugural 'Steamboat Connection' offers four days of classical instruction

When violin teacher Teresa Steffen Greenlee asks her students if they're tired after three days of classical music rehearsals and classes, the response is a scattered round of "Yes."

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100 days and more

Centennial closing ceremonies extended

As men's facial hair grew from January to April, so did the fervor of the community for Craig's three-month centennial extravaganza.

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Tour Divide conquered

White says 2,711-mile ride was experience of a lifetime

Steamboat Springs rider Leighton White said there was plenty of emotion when he finally pulled up near the end of the 2,711-mile Tour Divide mountain bike race July 7.

Oak Creek appoints judge

The Oak Creek Town Board formally appointed former associate judge Ralph Cantafio as the municipal court judge of Oak Creek on Thursday night.

Drive carefully

I could have sworn the road was clear. I thought I was sure.

Friday, July 25

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Multi-skilled performer back at Steamboat rodeo

Max Reynolds has seen plenty of change. It's hard not to when you've been around rodeos as long as he has.

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Once endangered, Perry-Mansfield thrives again

A home for the arts

Rusty de Lucia made her first trip to Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in 1955.

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Recreational users discuss options for mountain's future

With unlimited recreational options on Emerald Mountain, city officials and consultants are struggling to satisfy everyone with future plans for the area.

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One shot at a time

Jim Steinberg strives to capture all of Colorado

On a desk in his Oak Street gallery and office, nature photographer Jim Steinberg has the proofs for his fifth book, "Colorado Scenic Byways: Taking the Other Road," stacked neatly in their cover.

Steamboat briefs for July 25

Adult baseball league stepping to the plate

The Record for July 23

5:56 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 2000 block of Curve Plaza. Everything was fine.

Alt named Soroco principal

The Soroco middle and high schools have a new leader in Dennis Alt, as the South Routt School Board voted unanimously Thursday to hire him as the district's secondary principal for the 2008-09 school year.

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Ski area to boost parking, snowmaking

More than $4M in projects reported

The Steamboat Ski Area is pumping up parking and its downtown presence ahead of the 2008-09 ski season.

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Folk singer churns out soul

Ruthie Foster came into the music world as a folk singer. Armed with an acoustic guitar, she used simple songwriting to hone her craft, learning how to tour and entertain an audience.

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Steamboat Grooves wants you to dance the house down

Word from the underground

Clad in a powder blue Steamboat logo tank top, a sweatband, aviators and a pair of red shorts for which the word "short" is almost an injustice, Tony Santora isn't exactly the definition of hip.

CD review for Fleet Foxes

CD review for Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes"

On Scene: Socially conscious success

Before he showed up on the 2008 Free Summer Concert Series lineup, the only thing I knew about Michael Franti was that a promotional copy of his 2006 release, "Yell Fire!," sat on the floor of my Jeep for 10 months before I sold it to a used record store.

Rob Douglas: A not so hot pursuit

Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman has no living peer in Routt County as a woman of controversy. Ms. Rodeman has amassed a public and private record exhibiting a bottomless capacity for good judgment and bad - sometimes within the same nanosecond.

Community has raised more than $10,000 for 10-year-old boy's medical bills

After an undiagnosed disease left 10-year-old Tyler Johnson near death in late June, he's now bravely coping with the loss of both feet and the fingers of his right hand, which were amputated this week.

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Perry-Mansfield features the best of jazz, ballet, modern

Five weeks ago, none of the students in the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp high school and college program could fly.

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Event at Circle K Ranch included rocket launch, leather crafting, cookie decorating

Homemade rockets were a-flying over the Circle K Ranch on Thursday afternoon as 4-H members stared up into a slightly cloudy sky.

Spring Creek race will offer challenges to runners

Preparing for her first stint as an individual race coordinator, Steamboat Springs Running Series director Shannon Carlin was hoping to avoid any major problems and get through Saturday's Spring Creek Memorial run without an overwhelming amount of stress.

Secretary of State praises local improvements for voters

Routt County is no longer on the state's Election Watch List.

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Excitement builds as new, universal playgrounds take shape

Eight-year-old Paige VanArsdale can't wait for the new climbing wall being built at Soda Creek Elementary School. She said it's going to be "pretty tall" and measured the height with her hands - about a foot and a half.

Hour hours for July 25

Amante Coffee Where: Wildhorse Marketplace When: 4 to 7 p.m. daily Special: $1 off beer, wine and liquor

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Margaret Hair: All girls, all Zeppelin

Let's face it: Jimmy Page was a waif, and Robert Plant wore dainty shirts and tight pants.

Thursday, July 24

Routt County removed from state's Election Watch List

Secretary of State Mike Coffman said local voters should have confidence in ballot process

Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman announced today that Routt County officials have corrected voting problems highlighted in the 2006 general election.

Steamboat briefs for July 24

Wine festival seeks volunteers July 31 to Aug. 2

The Record for July 22

Tuesday, July 22 6:31 a.m. Vandalism was reported at the Stock Bridge Transit Center in the 1500 block of Lincoln Avenue. A candy machine was damaged.

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Demonstrations to be held at Mesa School

Driving east on U.S. Highway 40, past Haymaker Golf Course, a small red building stands alone in a field. With a gabled roof and a bell tower on top, the Mesa School serves as a reminder of life nearly 100 years ago. But what would that look like?

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195 riders tackle Sunshine Loop, Robinson triumphs

Competitors agreed the Sunshine Loop race was easier and generally more fun than the last couple of Town Challenge races. It was the same result, however.

Departing jets 42 percent full in June

Routt County's jet flights from Yampa Valley Regional Airport to Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, were 42 percent full in June.

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Lightning strikes; fire next?

There are no known wildland fires burning in Routt County after a dazzling display of lightning Tuesday evening, Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale said Wednesday.

Conservation requested until leak is repaired

Phippsburg residents are being asked to conserve water because of a water shortage that was discovered late Tuesday afternoon.

Brent Boyer: Cleaning up our online comments

Love it or hate it, many Steamboat Pilot & Today readers can't resist the temptation of our online story comments. It never ceases to amaze me how often people talk about what so-and-so poster wrote beneath one of our online articles.

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Statue unveiled in honor of 100 years

Six-year-old Kevin Kaster did not want to climb down from the sparkling new statue on the Routt County Courthouse lawn when his mom asked him to.

Growth potential exists within the UGB, city limits

Even as city and county officials review five requests to extend Steamboat Springs' urban growth boundary, a substantial amount of land remains undeveloped not only within the UGB, but also in city limits.

Wednesday, July 23

Thunderstorm brings needed rain

The system that ripped through the upper Yampa Valley on Tuesday night more than doubled July precipitation to date.

Water shortage in Phippsburg

Residents asked to conserve while solution is sought

Officials trying to determine cause of shortage, while residents are urged to conserve. Contamination is not a concern, officials said.

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Food bank straining to meet local demands

The larders at the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank aren't quite bare, but the bank's monetary accounts are just about empty as the group faces increasing demands.

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Fair offers new features

Life is a whirlwind right now for Fair Manager Jill Delay. The 94th annual Routt County Fair is only a few weeks away, and she's hustling to get everything together.

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County's low precipitation may spur grasshopper spread

With just nine days left in July, rainfall in Steamboat Springs is lagging more than 1.3 inches behind the average for the month. And with every day that passes, grasshoppers in the area are becoming more resistant to disease.

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Gardner teaches, motivates at fourth annual wrestling camp

Rulon Gardner has been big since he was a child, growing up near a small Wyoming town.

Building permits go smoothly in Hayden

Almost four months after Hayden took over its building permit process, those handling the department say things are running smoothly.

The Record for July 21

12:10 a.m. A noise complaint was received in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. Police gave a warning.

Steamboat briefs for July 23

Volunteers needed to build playgrounds

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Joanne Palmer: Having a towanda moment

Towanda! This is the battle cry uttered by Kathy Bates in one of my all-time favorite movie scenes. Cut off from a parking spot by a car full of twentysomething girls, Bates responds by punching the gas pedal, screaming, "Towanda!" and smashing into their car. Not once, not twice, but six times. Oh yes, the movie is "Fried Green Tomatoes."

Natalie Gottbehuet: Let Wall move on

I am writing concerning the recent articles in the Pilot & Today concerning Sheriff Gary Wall being convicted of a DWAI. If he was indeed guilty of the crime, which he apparently was since he was found guilty by a jury of his peers, I am glad to see our sheriff did not get off scot-free just because he is the sheriff.

Steve Aigner: Editorial misleading

In arguing for the expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary for Steamboat 700 ("Expand UGB for 700," Sunday, July 20) the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board confuses readers and maybe even misleads them. The primary confusion lies in the editorial's assertion that Steamboat 700 stands apart from other proposals to amend the UGB because its intentions were known earlier, it had submitted its master conceptual plan for development earlier, and that the 2007 election campaigns "debated and vetted 700's future."

New turns during Town Challenge bike race

Sunshine Loop has longer, easier trail up Mount Werner

There is some bad news for competitors in today's Town Challenge mountain bike race at the Steamboat Ski Area: Barkley Robinson, of the record-setting ride in last week's Thunderhead Hill Climb, likes today's course a lot more than last week's.

Our View: New fields aren't needed

The proposed contract between Steamboat Springs and Triple Crown Sports once again delays the inevitable decision of how and whether the city should make a long-term commitment to the sports tourism operator. But what's clear is that construction of a new $3.5 million field complex is not the solution.

Officials hope to spark UGB interest

Tonight's public meeting to focus on Urban Growth Boundary issues

Steamboat Springs and Routt County are facing an unprecedented call for expansions of their Urban Growth Boundary - a fact the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley thinks may be falling on deaf ears.

Bar set higher for developers

Changes to affordable housing requirements could prove costly

Recent changes to the city's community housing guidelines will result in higher costs to developers and increased affordable housing in Steamboat Springs, city officials said Tuesday.

Police defend use of Taser

Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio defended Sgt. Erik Foster's use of a Taser while attempting to detain former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman early Saturday morning, in what Caterinicchio described as a "routine arrest."

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Walk the walk, talk the talk

Colorado man on trip across country for cancer awareness

Arriving in Steamboat Springs on Monday afternoon, Ron Kessler, feeling "tired and dehydrated," took a break from his trip.

Tuesday, July 22

Firefighters dispatched to ski area

U.S. Forest Service crew responds to tree lit by lightning

Lightning from a strong Monday afternoon storm is the suspected cause of a fire that had at least one tree smoldering Tuesday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Preschool earns high rating

Similar ratings may become mandatory for preschools, program manager says

Last month, Sunrise Kids, LLC, Preschool & Child Care came about three points away from obtaining a four-out-of-four-star rating from Qualistar Early Learning, owner and director Judi Whilden said.

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Triple Crown could stay

City officials are working on contract details

City officials could buy some time to negotiate a long-term contract with Triple Crown Sports.

DOW seeks volunteers to lead youth hunts

When Randy Hampton joined the Colorado Division of Wildlife, he took his young son on a DOW youth hunt through the agency's Hunter Outreach Program.

Survey shows changes in student substance abuse

A survey taken by Moffat County High School students in the 2007-08 school year reveals that alcohol use among the student population had declined since 2005-06 while tobacco and marijuana use increased during the same period.

Tourism project revitalized

Community leaders are reviving a push for a cultural heritage tourism program that faltered two years ago.

Oak Creek sergeant back on duty

Former mayor 'still rattled' after being tased

Oak Creek Sgt. Erik Foster was back on duty Monday after an incident early Saturday morning that resulted in the tasing and arrest of former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman.

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Tom Ross: Who are you calling a lousewort, toadflax breath?

How does a beautifully delicate wildflower like Alpine lousewort get such a repugnant-sounding name?

Steamboat briefs for July 22

Pilot & Today city editor involved in rollover crash

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Yampa Valley Community Foundation honors philanthropists

Student, ex-council member, SmartWool win for helping out

Meghan Hanrahan thought she was just getting a free lunch. As it turned out, she was about to get hooked on community service.

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Big approach for big issue

The Sea to Sea 2008 Bike Tour nears Craig on its mission to raise awareness of world poverty

It is quite moving to behold so many people dedicating their time and bodies to a "noble effort," Meghan Kraley said.

The Record for July 20

Sunday, July 20 2 a.m. A man complained about noise on Clubhouse Drive. He said he heard a loud yelping sound and thought it might be an injured dog. Police found some foxes making noise. They took no action.

Monday, July 21

Aging Well: Caregivers' input sought on program planned at The Haven

A family member or friend caring for an elderly or disabled person at home is an increasingly common situation.

Former Oak Creek mayor Tasered, arrested

Kathy Rodeman charged with DUI, resisting arrest

Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman was stunned by a Taser and arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.

Baseball at the half

I know a few things will happen in the second half of the baseball season.

Steamboat briefs for July 21

Tridle earns degree from Loyola in New Orleans

The Record for July 19

12:33 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police arrested a man.

Elissa Greene: Strings season at halfway mark

Buckets and Tap Shoes offer upbeat percussion at Tuesday show

As we begin the fourth week of Strings, I can't help but be a little more relaxed than I felt at the beginning of the season.

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'A testament to Craig'

Relay for Life raises more than $101,000 for American Cancer Society

Standing in line for pancakes and sausage about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 47-year-old Sylvia Whiffen was tired, but not down.

Monday Medical: Low back care and Pilates

Most of us will experience some form of low back pain during our lives. It is the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Traveling keeps dream in reach for local baseball player

When you grow up in Ski Town, USA, there are times when the idea of playing college baseball seems out of reach, but not for Steamboat Springs' 14-year-old Tom Lyon.

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Kicking it local

Steamboat's boys beat Colorado Rush

Steamboat FC U-11 boys soccer coach Michael De Jong looked out over his players kneeling down in front of him at the Emerald Park soccer fields in Steamboat Springs.

Deb Babcock: Climbers for mountain gardens

At Creekside Cafe & Grill last week, we had breakfast outside on their patio next to an arbor covered with honeysuckle, or Lonicera, vines just ready to burst into colorful pink and orange blooms. It is a beautiful display of foliage and flowers, perfect for the wrought iron archway leading into the patio seating area. And once the flowers bloom, the aroma is heavenly.

Seventies reunion to unite decade of SSHS grads

To grow up in Steamboat Springs during the 1970s - just as the town was turning from a dot on the map to an international tourist destination - was to know freedom and outdoor fun unlike anything available today, say graduates from the decade.

Sunday, July 20

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Fun, success part of soccer weekend's draw

Members of the Englewood Eagles ESC Premier U16 girls soccer team stood arm-in-arm Saturday afternoon, facing the goal.

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Hayden Daze dazzles town

Festive crowd enjoys dunk tank, games, live music

In the dunk tank at Hayden Daze on Saturday afternoon, Alizabeth Middleton couldn't get a break.

Dr. Henry R. Savage: CO2 is food

Climate change has not arisen as a significant campaign issue for 2008 yet, but I expect it will do so. It's been some time since I've written on the subject, and I would like to add a perspective that is seldom, if ever, mentioned.

Betsey Jay: Invest in good

We couldn't agree more with the phrase in your July 16 editorial that nonprofits "help form the fabric of our community." Here at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, we see and support the great work of nonprofits every day.

Kara Givnish: Community thanks

The 2008 Hot Air Balloon Rodeo was a huge success. I could not let the chance pass to share my gratitude and appreciation with the entire community.

Routt County Spotlight: Becky Alter

Occupation: Musician

Real estate transactions for July 10 to 15

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Business file for July 20

Vario closing after 12 years in town Vario, an Italian ceramics store, is closing its Steamboat Springs location after 12 years in town. The store's Vail location will remain open.

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From loss, hope for a cure

A friend's losing battle inspired Relay For Life volunteer

Kelly McElfish and Pat "Cowboy Pat" Nugent had been dating for about five months when Nugent noticed an abnormal lump on his skin.

Looking back for July 17, 1958

Settlement reached, work resumed on house

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River Walk set for infrastructure work

The first signs of construction soon will appear at the River Walk site on the east end of Yampa Street. But it shouldn't be mistaken for a full launch of the mixed residential commercial project that could bring a new boutique hotel to downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Chadwick launches final phase

Quarter shares brought into mix

Construction crews began moving ground Thursday on two residential buildings representing the first five units at the Chadwick Estate Villas, the third and final phase of Chadwick properties on Eagle Glen Drive near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steve Znamenacek: Protect your crops

At long last, spring has turned into summer, the abundance of wildflowers has given way to the summer heat, and the sounds of swathers and balers resonate in the valley.

A whole new ride

I was walking through the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant last weekend when I was waved over by a bachelorette party. The bride-to-be was required, by tradition, to get a picture touching a man's biceps, and I was the lucky guy. While I do proudly lay claim to many fine qualities the table's women might enjoy - I'm darn good at trivia, have a fine set of calves and intoxicating blue eyes - bulging biceps aren't among my features.

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Endurance trail races catch on across Steamboat Springs, nation

Endurance trail running competition can be tough, Allen Belshaw said.

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Radon lurks in city homes

Half of Steamboat houses have high levels; EPA urges testing

The second leading cause of lung caner in the United States can be found in about half of the homes in Steamboat Springs, and many residents are unaware it exists.

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Bouncing to Beijing

Man with local roots will be first American male trampolinist at Olympics

The experience hasn't come close to setting in for Chris Estrada.

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Rugby revenge

Steamboat club downs Breckenridge side in second meeting

The Steamboat Springs Rugby Club on Saturday continued its quest to win back-to-back Mountain League titles, downing Breckenridge, 37-7, at Whistler Field.

Hayden graduate revs up

Motorcycling race at Pikes Peak not for the faint of heart

Tuesday at the tech inspection for the 2008 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Travis Newbold talked about how confident he is on his motorcycle and how he rarely feels unsafe.

John F. Russell: Shootout sparks passion for golf

I can't remember the first time I met Bill Nickey, but I know he came into my office to persuade me to give the game of golf a second chance.

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City disputes U.S. census

If data from the U.S. Census Bureau is correct, the population of Steamboat Springs declined 3 percent from 2000 to 2007.

Editorial cartoon for July 20

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

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Gas prices painful for commuters

South Routt drivers face rising costs of frequent trips to Steamboat Springs

etween Steamboat Springs and South Routt, there's roughly a 1,000-foot gain in elevation - and a 14-cent average gain in the price of a gallon of gas.

Best of the Web for July 20

We shouldn't generalize. Any damage can be eliminated by eco-friendly use. All users should clean up after themselves. Anglers should try not to leave behind fishing line, tubers and shore folk should clean up garbage, parents should keep their kids from catching and handling fish, dog owners should pick up after pets. Basically, just leave the river as it was before you got there. Smart use won't hurt the environment ... ignorance and neglect does.

Conservative commentary: Econ pre-101

I had a strange experience a few years ago with one of the most influential journalists in the world. A graduate of Princeton and Oxford, he was traveling with our group in early 1990 shortly after the Berlin Wall came down. We got in a brief heated discussion about the Soviet Union, with his position being that no one really knew its evil until the early 1950s. Several of us blanched openly and I blurted out something to the effect of: "I beg your pardon! What about the Hitler/Stalin pact of 1939?"

Peggy Watson: Save The Tugboat

A Steamboat icon is about to fall, and I'm writing to share my thoughts, with a feeling that there may be a lot of you out there who share my point of view.

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Steamboat airfare deals pop up

Range of summer prices are less than $300; Ski Corp. planning winter air promotions

Despite months of abysmal airline news, travelers leaving from Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden might be able to rustle up some summer bargains.

Cricket phones appeal

Cricket Wireless launched its service in Steamboat Springs last month, and the response has been good, Jay Mogil said.

On the Market for July 20

Steamboat revisits $100 million barrier

Jimmy Westlake: July's mysterious meteors

Do you enjoy watching meteors shoot across the sky? This month's annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower promises to put on its best performance in years.

The Record and Jail Report for July 18

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

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No repairs at Lake Village

Four development partners still trying to iron out problems

The developers of Hayden's Lake Village subdivision say they're pushing toward repairing failed infrastructure, but some officials and members of the community remain skeptical.

Our View: Expand UGB for 700

An expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate Steamboat 700 is appropriate this year, but the UGB should not be amended at this time for 360 Village or proposals on the north side of Emerald Mountain and at the River Haus site south of Steamboat Springs.

Saturday, July 19

Steamboat rugby squares off with Breckenridge

Fresh off its second consecutive win of the Cow Pie Classic Rugby Tournament, the Steamboat Rugby Club now has a chance to avenge a loss from earlier in the year.

The Record for July 17

Thursday, July 17

News in Brief for July 19

Woman's bicycle accident highlights helmet use

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Tom Ross: Controversy often has found the Sheriff's Office

If you think Sheriff Gary Wall's DWAI conviction this week was shocking, you haven't lived in Routt County long enough.

Lawn funguses cropping up

County extension office seeing necrotic ring spot for first time

A grass fungus appears to be gaining ground in Routt County.

Cisneros hearing to continue next month

No decision given on Cisneros murder hearing evidence

Motions hearings for Luz Cisneros' upcoming murder trial will continue next month in Routt County District Court. Cisneros' defense, seeking to suppress most of her statements to police and evidence gathered from her residence, ran out of time to call all of its witnesses on the second day of the hearing Friday.

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Numbers are down for this year's world series

The Triple Crown World Series will step to the plate today for the first of three weeks of youth baseball in the Yampa Valley.

Hayden graduate earns $7,500 scholarship

Dusty Parrott says writing isn't his strongest skill, but a $7,500 scholarship suggests otherwise.

Hayden board cuts curve speed limit

Changes to affect Hayden's Hospital Hill streets

Drivers on Hospital Hill are going to have to ease off the gas - and maybe even hit the brakes.

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Longtime local shares memories of 'the old Steamboat'

There was a time in Steamboat Springs when prominent men in town thought women shouldn't be allowed to dance because it caused too many divorces.

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Asphalt shortage affects road projects

County, state road construction costs increase as a result

A shortage of asphalt and one of its key ingredients is affecting paving projects in Routt County and across the state.

Advocates dessert fundraiser propels organization's 25th year

As Advocates Against Battering and Abuse enters its 25th year of service in Routt County, Executive Director Diane Moore has taken a few minutes out of the past seven months to look back.

White, DOW to hold open meeting

Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, said he wants his constituency to get the answers they're looking for.

Friday, July 18

Youth tournament starts today

The 24th annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament may be down a little in numbers this year, but that doesn't mean the effect on the local economy isn't still substantial.

Evidence debated for Cisneros murder trial

Motions hearing continues today for Cisneros murder case

District Court Judge Michael O'Hara could make rulings today determining what, if any, evidence will be excluded from Luz Cisneros' upcoming murder trial, as the case's motions hearing continues at the Routt County Justice Center.

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New athletics director hired

Hayden schools' former superintendent steps up to sports

Just two weeks after stepping down as superintendent of Hayden schools, Mike Luppes was hired as the district's new athletics director during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening.

Performing arts school turns 95

Perry-Mansfield celebrates with shows, food, root beer floats

If 95 years have passed since your last old-fashioned root beer float, it might be time to end the drought.

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Routt County prepares for softball showdown

Gary Nelson has three guarantees before he and the Routt County Pirates head to Lakewood for the Mile High Summer Classic Softball Tournament.

On Scene: Tubing the Yampa, kind of

Not that the readers of 4 Points need another "Margaret Hair fails at outdoor activities, almost without fail, all the time" story, but here it goes:

CD review for The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive"

CD review for The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive"

News in Brief for July 18

Barney earns degree from Stanford

The Record for July 18

Wednesday, July 16

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Equal opportunity everything

E.O.E. doesn't hold anything back, from grooves to jokes to jams

"In general, I'm trying not to kill these guys, which promotes the message of the band, which is tolerance," says E.O.E. percussionist Gabriel Velasco, nursing a cup of coffee and reflecting on the marathon session of jovial insults that has just transpired between his bandmates.

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In the fold

Origami teacher shares craft gym schedule with close relative

When Tina Weintraub goes through the 14 steps to make a simple origami jumping frog, it's clear she has spent years using this craft as a way to engage children of all ages.

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Bumpus brings 'Fresh' funk

Chicago act formed out of love for Sly Stone

A few weeks ago, Chicago funk, soul and jam eight-piece band Bumpus went on a West Coast tour for the first time. For 10 years, the soul-fired band has hit up cities across the Midwest and down the East Coast.

Eldridge felt he had to resign

Sheriff Wall not ready to discuss 'issues' with his traffic stop, DWAI conviction

Former Deputy Lance Eldridge said Thursday that he felt "he had no choice" but to resign from the Routt County Sheriff's Office late Tuesday night.

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Rob Douglas: Does one box trump the other?

There are two paths we follow when we seek the official judgment of our fellow citizens. The first path ends at the ballot box. The second concludes at the jury box.

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Volunteers needed to build playgrounds

In 1985, more than 1,000 volunteers worked together to construct 50,000 board feet of playground equipment at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

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Sparse support for urban growth

County commission votes against three boundary expansions

The Routt County Planning Commission is not in any hurry to extend the Urban Growth Boundary for ambitious developers.

Tennis event to boost Sailors

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls tennis teams have done plenty to prove their worth in the past year, both ranking among the most successful programs at the school.

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Johnson, Gardner in spotlight for local grapplers

At first glance, young, blond-haired Tyler Johnson seems to have little in common with the giant of a man standing next to him in a year-old picture.

Margaret Hair: MacMaster brings island music out of isolation

It's not often that a writer gets the chance to ask a well-established, almost-three-decades-in-the-making musician a question she has never heard before.

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On not getting by

'Nickel and Dimed' stage adaptation addresses low-wage America

Auden Thornton, acting as journalist Barbara Ehrenreich, stands on stage in an un-air-conditioned Julie Harris Theatre, sorting clothes and looking a little bored, a little confused.

Thursday, July 17

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Longtime hospital bookkeeper retires

Bessie Jo Rienks an asset to community for 47 years, Solandt board president says

Bessie Jo Rienks kept the books for the Solandt Memorial Hospital in Hayden and the hospital district for 47 years. On July 6, she turned them in for the last time.

Sexual assaults on the rise in county

Advocates Against Battering and Abuse hosting training

In 2007, 23 sexual assaults in Routt County were reported to Advocates Against Battering and Abuse.

Steamboat briefs for July 17

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free nicotine patches and gum for four weeks by calling the QuitLine at 1-800-QUITNOW, or 784-8669. Pick up a free Tobacco-Free Quit Kit at the Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or in Craig at 745 Russell St.

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Wall found guilty of DWAI

Sheriff avoids DUI conviction, is found guilty of two related charges

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was found guilty of driving while ability impaired, failure to dim his headlights and prohibited use of a weapon Wednesday in Routt County Court, where a six-member jury rendered its verdict after a three-day trial.

May sales tax report mixed

City's total collections up, but retail has dipped for second month

Steamboat Springs' total sales tax collections for May were up nearly 4 percent over May 2007, but retail collections were down for the second consecutive month.

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SSHS grad wins at equestrian competition

Jason Kvols isn't sure if there is a gold medal or world championship for engineering, but if there is, he'll probably win it.

Longtime local to be honored

Baseball field at Dry Creek Park to be named after Don Morgan

As one of the highlights of this year's Hayden Daze event, the new Little League field at the town's Dry Creek Park will be named after Don Morgan on Saturday.

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Bumpy ride for buses

Engineers addressing roundabout's tight turning radius

City bus drivers are adapting to the new traffic roundabout intersection at Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way.

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Dream Island sale fails

Green Courte's mobile home park contract expires

Green Courte Partners' contract to purchase Dream Island Mobile Home Park no longer is in effect. But representatives of the park's owner say they are talking without any sense of urgency to other potential buyers.

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Robinson dominates men's race, sets course record

Paul Brabenec looked like he was either savoring the moment or toying around.

The Record for July 15

Tuesday, July 15 6:40 a.m. A missing persons report was filed in Milner, where a woman and her two children were late returning from a trip to visit family. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies took a report.

Wednesday, July 16

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Wall found guilty of DWAI

Routt County Sheriff also found guilty of failure to dim headlights and prohibited use of a weapon

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was found guilty of driving while ability impaired, failure to dim his headlights and prohibited use of a weapon today in Routt County Court, where the jury rendered its verdict after a three-day trial.

The Record for July 14

Monday, July 14 12:16 a.m. A Delta man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Robert Miner: Get rid of agenda

Get rid of agenda I'm sure all of our local politicians and bureaucrats celebrated Independence Day. July Fourth should be a celebration of American freedom, independence and self-reliance.

Steamboat briefs for July 16

Steamboat's Class of 1978 to hold reunion in August

Our view: Nonprofit groups should tighten belts

The message could not be clearer for local groups and programs that receive community support funding from the city: Don't count on those dollars.

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Taulman to lead high school

Superintendent promotes assistant principal to interim position

Kevin Taulman has been selected as the interim principal of Steamboat Springs High School, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham announced Tuesday.

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Joanne Palmer: Snoops need more scoops

The best daily entertainment in Steamboat Springs is The Record in the Steamboat Pilot & Today - a daily chronology of police, fire and ambulance calls. Admit it. I read it; you read it; we all read it.

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Golf fundraiser includes cancer survivor who chips in off course

Kay Borvansky doesn't play golf, but that didn't stop her from welcoming golfers to this year's Rally for the Cure with a warm smile Tuesday morning.

Town Challenge series takes to Mount Werner

There is nothing fancy about today's Thunderhead Hill Climb.

Eyewitnesses testify in county sheriff's DUI case

Two Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies offered conflicting opinions Tuesday about whether their boss was under the influence of alcohol the night of Oct. 27, 2007.

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Triathlon's popularity limits space

The 2008 Steamboat Springs Triathlon is officially sold out, but race director Barry Siff confirmed early this week that there are still a few spots for those willing to open their wallets for charity.

Integrated Community executive director announces resignation

One of the founding members of a local multicultural organization recently announced her resignation.

Fire danger looms high

Close attention is being paid to escalating wildfire danger in Northwest Colorado, with warm, dry weather fueling the likelihood of fire restrictions in the coming weeks.

Lanning, council part ways

Severance agreement approved for Steamboat's city manager

Alan Lanning's role as Steamboat Springs' city manager will end Saturday.

Tuesday, July 15

Sheriff's deputy says he would have arrested Wall

In Routt County Court, Deputy Lance Eldridge cited his observations of sheriff on night of DUI charge

Routt County Sheriff's Office Deputy Lance Eldridge said in court Tuesday that he would have arrested Sheriff Gary Wall on suspicion of DUI on Oct. 27, 2007.

Taulman named interim high school principal

Cunningham promotes assistant principal to replace Knezevich

Superintendent Shalee Cunningham promoted Kevin Taulman, Steamboat Springs High School assistant principal, to take over for Mike Knezevich.

Hayden High School increases class offerings

With advanced college-credit courses, a reading and writing academy for low-level freshmen, and more time focusing on character development, Hayden High School's increased class options for the 2008-09 school year will provide coursework to help a wide variety of students, Principal Troy Zabel said.

Sustainability Council joining groups to discuss collaboration

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council plans to corral environmentally conscious organizations for introductions and a chat today.

The Record for July 13

Sunday, July 13 1:14 a.m. A noise complaint was reported near Missouri Avenue and Grand Street. Police were unable to locate the source of the noise.

Soroco principal applicants needed

South Routt superintendent says candidate search will continue

South Routt School District Superintendent Scott Mader announced Monday that the school district is looking for additional applicants in the search for a new principal at Soroco High School and Middle School.

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Wall trial gets started

Sheriff's public prominence makes for lengthy jury selection

After a few witnesses Monday, attorneys prosecuting Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall with charges that he drove drunk nine months ago had a hard time establishing more than Wall's defense already admits.

$500 shopping spree winner announced

Denise Scifres of Nathrop is the winner of a $500 shopping spree from

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Former Sailor battles for varsity soccer spot, playing time

When the varsity soccer players return to Mesa State College in August for the start of two-a-days, Nick Labor plans to be there.

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Pioneer Picnic moves Hayden

Four young musicians impress participants during Sunday event

The Pioneer Picnic wasn't a sad event, but a few who attended were dabbing at their eyes midway through the lunch.

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Friends of the Yampa collect trash from riverbank

One never knows what to expect when setting out to search the banks of the Yampa River after a busy summer weekend.

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Tom Ross: Entomologist rates mosquito repellents

It's true: Ravenous skeeters

Possibly the second ugliest mosquito ordeal of my life took place in the Ottawa National Forest of Northern Michigan. We were on a canoe trip in the Sylvania Wilderness that required us to portage our canoes from one small lake to another.

Lanning decision approaching

City Council to discuss severance agreement of city manager tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council will vote tonight on a resolution for a severance agreement pertaining to City Manager Alan Lanning's contract, city officials said Monday.

Steamboat briefs for July 15

Woman taken to YVMC after rollover accident

Monday, July 14

Hashing out health care

Denver doctor presents concerns about cost, insurance

Tom Bost, a highly specialized private practice physician from Denver, has a proposal: "If I said you can have better coverage for less money, and never go bankrupt from it and never lose, what do you think? I think you'd say, 'Well, where do I sign up?'" Bost said, explaining his position in support of a single-payer universal health care system.

City resolving sign code issue

Crackdown results in discussion of notification process

A recent crackdown on violators of the Steamboat Springs sign ordinance has prompted discussion between realtors and city officials to change the notification process for people in violation of the code.

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Electrical line causes explosion, brush fire

While using a backhoe to dig a conduit line for fiber optic cables, Steven Tomlin, of D & D Construction, hit an unmarked electrical line. The unleashed current caused an explosion, which resulted in a fire in the surrounding grasses.

Steamboat Briefs for July 14

Class of 1988 reunion to be held July 25 to 27 Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 1988 will hold its 20-year reunion the weekend of July 25 to 27. If you have not been contacted, please e-mail Jody Haight-Bosick at or Jill

The Record for July 14

Saturday, July 12 12:12 a.m. A man reported a suspicious person in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Youth baseball still strong

Summer in Steamboat is a youth's paradise. Tennis, lacrosse, soccer, softball, mountain sports and of course, baseball.

Monday Medical: Get fitted to your bike

Even regular bikers may be riding the wrong way

They say you never forget how to ride a bike, but did you really learn to ride it correctly in the first place?

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Rugby champions again

The rough and fun-loving men of the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club probably would have headed for the beer cooler no matter what happened Sunday, the final day of the club's annual Cow Pie Classic Rugby Tournament.

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Elissa Greene: Strings Music Festival features flamenco, Celtic, classical styles

Wednesday night at the Strings Music Festival, award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux will give you a fandango experience to replace movie lines and movie tickets.

Deb Babcock: Another gem for Botanic Park

New structure will feature restrooms, meeting space, office

If you walk along the Yampa River Core Trail, you can't help but notice a construction project under way at the south end of the Yampa River Botanic Park adjacent to the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park. It's a much-needed and anticipated amenity for what many consider the crown jewel in our tiara of parks throughout the Steamboat Springs community.

Aging Well Spotlight: Mary Walters

Craig retiree puts sewing hobby to special use

The soft green boxer shorts with the pool ball pattern were a big hit. Then there were the cozy black fleece pants, made from a large bolt of donated fabric.

Sunday, July 13

Steamboat Seen for July to October 2008

Photos of people around town in July to October 2008

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Brewing interest in Fort Collins

Sample the ultimate brewery tour, where beer and bikes are blended to perfection

Steve DeLine can't recall how many times he's made the trip from North Park over Cameron Pass, down the Cache la Poudre River and into Fort Collins. Probably 20 times a year, the Steamboat resident estimates, in all conditions and often lugging trailers of heifers from his cattle ranch near the tiny hamlet of Rand to the family's farm just north of Fort Collins. But it never gets old.

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Flat hike offers forested scenery

Windy Ridge trail provides easy trek to old Indian quarry, breathtaking views

The trail that follows Windy Ridge to an 8,000-year-old Indian quarry near Rabbit Ears Pass offers beautiful scenery near and far, offering gorgeous views that are a common luxury on Steamboat-area hikes.

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Molly on the mend

Molly showing self-confidence in recovery

Since Jan. 17, 2007, every day of Molly Look's life has been about accomplishments, big and small.

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Powderkeg serves up top-level volleyball play

27th annual tournament draws 350 teams from across state, region

Chad Bond knows good volleyball.

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Steamboat rugby squad wins three in Cow Pie tourney

As battered, bruised and busted up as the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club was Saturday, there wouldn't be any excuses during the opening day of the 34th annual Cow Pie Classic Rugby Tournament.

Little League on to state

Steamboat 11- and 12-year-old Little League coach Tim Bishop has wanted his group of all stars to just react to the game of baseball.

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Record field runs Howelsen

Craig's Trapp again sprints past Running Series competition

Mason Rechenau didn't have big plans for his first Steamboat Springs Running Series event of the summer. Staying at his family's home near Stagecoach Reservoir, the Fort Collins-area high school student decided to run Saturday's Howelsen Hill race with a group of cross-country friends.

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Super grandmothers and life lessons

Students share stories of older role models in essay contest

After they shared personal stories and memories of older people who have impacted their lives, four Steamboat Springs students received heartfelt gratitude from their elderly audience.

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By land and sky

Rainbow Weekend thrills thousands with art, Balloon Rodeo

For Steamboat Springs native Michelle Wilkie, Art in the Park is a family must-have during a summer return to the Yampa Valley.

Jail Report for July 13

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses. Saturday, July 5 Marya Lynn McCain, 25, Steamboat Springs - Third-degree assault (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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One hurt in crash at Azteca

Woman taken to hospital after car strikes building

A Georgia woman was injured Saturday afternoon when she was struck by a car while sitting outside Azteca Taqueria on Ninth Street.

The Record for July 11

Friday, July 11 12:56 a.m. An intoxicated man was found passed out in the road at Eighth and Yampa streets. He was taken to detox.

Best of the Web: July 13

No single user group should dictate the use of any public land ...

Leon Rinck: C.R. 36 not safer

An open letter to Nancy Stahoviak and Doug Monger - I live on Routt County Road 36 and would like you two to hear of the immediate effects I have seen since your decision to widen C.R. 36.

Paul Potyen: Time for a change

I feel compelled to reply to Paul Epley's commentary in the July 6 edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Lynne Paschal: Out of whack

I was disgusted to see the words "sustainability" and "10,000-square-foot home" used in the same article in Sunday's paper discussing the first home built at Marabou.

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Best Bets for July to September 2008

July 18 and 19: Bad bulls take out their frustrations on good cowboys every Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 16 during the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat. Adult admission is $14, children's admission is $7, and children 6 and younger get in free. Don't bother to polish your boots. All rodeos start at 7:30 p.m.

Kelly Koclanes: Thanks from MDA

On behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the families we serve, a sincere thank you to the Steamboat Springs Fire Department for making this year's "Fill-the-Boot" drive a success. Firefighters selflessly give their time year after year to aid in the fight against muscular dystrophy.

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Steamboat entrepreneurs excel in sometimes-hostile business world

Anyone who says there's equality between the sexes in the business world probably hasn't seen the numbers.

Laura A Case: We need Lanning

As a constituent/resident of Steamboat Springs, I am so frustrated and disappointed in the politics of this town. I guess that Alan Lanning, city manager, is the next scapegoat to be sacrificed.

South Routt calendar for July 13, 2008

Today - The Oak Creek Public Library is closed.

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Oak Creek explores energy options

South Routt town could become first biomass-fueled municipality in nation

Oak Creek long has relied on local power sources to heat its homes. After a long history with coal, the town is turning its eyes toward biomass - Northwest Colorado's newest plentiful natural resource, thanks to the pine-beetle epidemic sweeping through forests across the American West.

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Need a quick getaway? Go car camping

For an overnight camping trip with family or friends, there are only a few things you really need: a tent, a sleeping bag, food, water and bug spray.

Routt County Spotlight: Lee Smith

Occupation: Office manager/Account executive for NRC Broadcasting

Real estate transactions for July 3 to 9

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - LESSER, JACQUELYN F To BOLA ENTERPRISES INC For STEAMBOAT LAKES FILING NO 3 LOT 75 - $1,400

Business briefs for July 13

Local Exchange moving and then shutting down

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Brent Boyer: Remembering Mrs. Fields

Decades later, I can still picture Mrs. Fields' warm smile. Although I didn't realize it at the time, I was fortunate that she was just as quick with a well-deserved tongue-lashing or stern order to retreat to the corner of the classroom reserved for the misbehaved.

Click on this: Stocking up on outdoor gear

Whether you need new snowboarding boots, a rock climbing harness or a fleece, Steep and Cheap will have it - you may just have to wait awhile.

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Real Routt roots rock

Hometown high-country boys hit the road with self-reliant approach to relaying Southern, low-country blues

The location makes sense. They head for the 1889 State Armory building, in the heart of Denver's Curtis Park Historic District. But it's deeper than that, beyond the stuccoed exterior of the historic building with the three-story tower standing against a swanky new downtown loft development.

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Steamboat rally tandem builds race into premier national event

It was a crash that, Matthew Johnson puts lightly, typically does damage to the driver.

On the Market for July 13

Steamboat, Aspen absorb greatest drop

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Freshies focuses on ingredients, work atmosphere

There's no such thing as an offseason at Freshies. When the ski lifts stop running and the streets clear, you still can expect a crowd at the South Lincoln Avenue restaurant, a locals' favorite.

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Six teachers making a difference

Talk to any teacher about their line of work long enough and it invariably comes out - they're not in it for the money.

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Little Moon Essentials and Bubble Creek Soap Co. bring local flair to body care products

When Little Moon Essentials founder Laura Lamun was trying to name her new exhaustion-relieving rosemary, eucalyptus and vetiver bath salt, a friend suggested calling it the "Tired Old Ass Soak."

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100-year traditions die hard

Centennial ranches remain rare in changing times for cattle industry

You can still sit down for a cup of coffee in Steamboat with someone whose parents arrived here in a horse-drawn wagon or a stagecoach.

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Local artist creates statue to celebrate Chamber's centennial

Sandy Graves' sculptures of horses commanded my attention when I entered the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat during a First Friday Art Walk this spring. With long limbs and exaggerated dimensions, the sculptures were simultaneously haunting and soothing.

Joel Reichenberger: Chapman got what he gave

We made a big deal last weekend for the grand finale of Triple Crown adult slow-pitch softball in Steamboat Springs, running a preview of the tournament and a big feature Sunday to commemorate the last of the company's 26 years in town.

Wall trial to begin Monday

Witnesses named for court proceeding

The jury trial of Sheriff Gary Wall begins Monday at the Routt County Justice Center, and Wall himself is on a list of potential witnesses who could defend the county's top law enforcement officer against charges that he drove drunk nine months ago.

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Waste Management now accepts nearly all plastics

Yampa Valley Recycles now recycles even more.

Our view: Use it, but don't abuse it

Increased recreational use of the Yampa River, particularly on the part of tubers, finally has reached the point that aggressive enforcement is needed.

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Angler's dream hits market for $8.9M

The next owner of Cottonwood Ranch will acquire some of the best trout-fishing habitat in Routt County. Along with a carefully restored stretch of the Elk River, the buyer will get the bonus of 182 acres, including hay meadows, and a 6,300-square-foot home that makes an ideal sportsman's retreat. There are sturdy outbuildings, and senior water rights that date to 1988. And there's more fishing in a live pond with sustaining aquatic invertebrate life that encourages trout to grow plump.

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Whitewater Run development would transform river frontage

Currents of change on Yampa Street

Principals in Riverfront Partners LLC have formally announced their purchase of the Yacht Club restaurant building and attached open space, plus the steel building on Yampa Street housing Backdoor Sports.

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Chamber explores location-neutral business

Location-neutral companies are a tricky business. Not everyone agrees on the definition, for example, and not everyone knows how best to meet their needs - or even what those needs are.

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Torian Plum shops suffer

Ski Time Square demolition keeping public away, some business owners say

It's not easy to run a store when everyone thinks you're closed.

Exploring Corsica on a self-guided 'walking' trip

The idea of a walking tour across some part of Europe always intrigued me, except for one major factor - such tours include other people. I'm sociable enough, but the prospect of having to walk or otherwise hang out for several days with a group of people I might not like makes me queasy.

New Businesses

All That Jazz music store has moved from 635 Lincoln Ave. to 601 Lincoln Ave. The phone number is still 879-4422.

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The scoop on ice cream and frozen desserts

Steamboat's all-too-brief summers hardly leave enough time to capitalize on the year's prime ice cream-eating months.

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Golf Gear Guide

1. Quit lugging your bag on your back and enjoy the scenic views offered at Steamboat golf courses with help from Clicgear's Model 2.0 push cart. Named "Best New Product" at the 2007 PGA Merchandise Show. $189.99.

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Tweaking urban mountain style

The renaissance taking place in downtown Steamboat Springs has sparked a new design sensibility - one that resides somewhere between the banks of Butcherknife Creek and the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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Q & A with Todd Park Mohr

Working across genres and against the mainstream grain has defined much of Todd Park Mohr's career. The creative force behind Big Head Todd and the Monsters has cultivated a loyal fan base by touring hard for more than 20 years and exploring new sounds on his own terms.

John F. Russell: A trip to the bottom of the world

Twenty-three-year-old snowboarder Sean Busby always has welcomed adventure in his life, so when he was offered a chance to travel to Antarctica several months ago, he jumped at it.

Saturday, July 12

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One injured in Azteca crash

Woman taken to hospital after car strikes building on Ninth Street

A young adult woman was taken to the hospital after a car struck the side of Azteca Taqueria on Ninth Street on Saturday afternoon.

Soft drink distributor to open

Company moving from Craig, plans to start business Monday

The new Coca-Cola distributorship in Hayden is set to open for business Monday.

Oak Creek revising complaints process

Town Board also considering adding a dog park in town

Oak Creek Town Board made the initial steps to formally revising the town's complaint process for police and other town departments at its meeting Thursday, after months of back-and-forth discussion about how much law enforcement is too much.

City: Follow rules on river

Officers cracking down on tubers who don't comply

Tubers and river users caught breaking rules will face the consequences as law enforcement officers crack down on violators. Following a Fourth of July weekend that saw an unexpectedly high number of tubers on the Yampa River, police officers are actively ticketing violators.

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Big weekend for busy buses

Record summer for Steamboat Springs Transit

It's a record year for Steamboat Springs Transit, and this weekend is predicted to be the busiest of the summer.

Relay currently over $4K over goal

Craig resident Jana Rowe has a reason to run, walk or jog into the early morning hours during Craig's second annual Relay for Life event next weekend.

Youth soccer camp begins

In addition to the 2008 Recreation Round Robin soccer tournament at Emerald Park today, Steamboat will play host in the next week to several camps and the annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

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No promenade before 2010

Pedestrian pathway at base of ski area still beyond horizon

Pedestrian promenade construction at the ski area almost will likely not begin until summer 2010.

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Hockey camp teaches basics

The Howelsen Ice Arena played host through the week to a ice hockey camp, with skaters ranging in age from 8 to 18.

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Tom Ross: Why can't we-e-e be friends?

Tubers, paddlers, anglers can successfully share Yampa River and enjoy resource

Two kinds of yellow hatches were on the town stretch of the Yampa River at midday Friday.

Tour de Steamboat features shorter race option, benefits Sunshine Kids

A few things have changed with the Kent Eriksen Tour de Steamboat, but the biggest draw certainly has stayed the same.

Steamboat briefs for July 12

Zopf makes Dean's List at Bentley College

The Record for July 10

12:46 a.m. Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a motorist near mile marker 17 on Routt County Road 14.

Todd Hagenbuch: Agriculture - The sustainable economy

When I'm working at the ranch, Grandma is sure to feed me a meal or two. Upon entering her house, I'm usually greeted by the smell of baking bread and of the sound of the television tuned in to CNN. Not only is it my opportunity to fill my belly with some of the best food ever made, it is my opportunity to fill my head with the day's events and the latest political fodder. At home, Sarah typically has the TV turned to HGTV, the Home and Garden Television Network. One wouldn't think these two channels had much in common, but lately there's been talk on both about the same thing: the housing market, and the new "mortgage crisis." Hearing so much talk about this subject has me thinking.

Steamboat Planning Commission votes to expand urban boundary

Steamboat 700 has won a small victory in the battle to be built.

Looking back for July 10, 1958

Ski area gets its start

Jimmy Westlake: 'Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion'

Among the 20 brightest stars in the sky, there are only two red supergiant stars. One is the star Betelgeuse, visible in the wintertime as the shoulder star of Orion the Hunter. The other is a star named Antares, visible right now in the early summer sky as the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion.

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Racing for a reason

Relay for Life currently $4,000 above fundraising goal

Craig resident Jana Rowe has a reason to run, walk or jog into the early morning hours during Craig's second annual Relay for Life event next weekend.

Friday, July 11

Steamboat 700 gets support for growth

City planning commission recommends Urban Growth Boundary expansion

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted 4-3 Thursday night to recommend expanding the city's Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate Steamboat 700.

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Crossing the country for ALS

Trio of friends, cyclists raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease

As they reached mile 1,450 of a 2,600-mile, cross-country bike tour Wednesday, three friends pulled into Concordia Lutheran Church to spend the night on a ride to raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Fire crews: Make, practice escape plan

With undergrowth drying out and fires more likely, the Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Department is urging families to make a fire safety plan and practice their escape routes before a fire strikes.

Running series returns to Howelsen

The trails on Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain are known as some of the best mountain biking venues in Colorado. But for the second time in a month, it'll be runners assaulting the slopes and courses of Steamboat's favorite summer playground.

Powderkeg tourney to draw top volleyball doubles

Players from 12 states comprising more than 350 teams are expected to make up this weekend's 27th annual Steamboat Powderkeg Volleyball Tournament.

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Gantick heads to elite lacrosse camp

Jasper Gantick is pretty confident he'll have an advantage as he prepares for The Peak 200 lacrosse camp in Springfield, Mass.

Housing board talks about communication

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority Board talked at length about communication Thursday.

Former CMC dean returns

John Vickery comes back to college during hiring process

The Colorado Mountain College system has asked John Vickery to come out of retirement to serve as the interim dean at the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs until a full-time replacement for outgoing Dean Kerry Hart can be hired. This is the second time the former dean has temporarily given up retirement to serve as an interim during the search for a full-time dean.

Steamboat briefs for July 11

Steamboat Springs improves water system

The Record for July 9

12:27 a.m. A dog at large was reported in the 400 block of West Washington Avenue in Hayden. Police gave a warning.

On Scene: A Gritty night at the pavilion

People clutching drinks were still filing into the Strings Pavilion when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band jumped into its first song July 3.

CD review for Beck, "Modern Guilt"

CD review for Beck, "Modern Guilt"

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Balloon Rodeo takes to the skies

More than 40 hot air balloons will launch over the Yampa Valley this weekend as the 28th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo gets under way at Bald Eagle Lake.

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Playing outside the box

Picnic theater festival brings comedy, drama, cultural exchange

There was a time when going to the theater meant going to eat and drink and talk to your neighbor, and maybe watch a play. Stuart Handloff would like to bring Steamboat Springs back to that time.

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Some things just click

Takács Quartet draws on 30 years of classical music chemistry

Thirty-three years ago, four classical musicians came together in Budapest for one reason: the love of the medium.

Margaret Hair: Music by Potyen's rules

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

All in the family

Trout Fishing in America plays music for everyone

Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have been playing music together for more than 30 years.

Fire-jumping cowboy ready for rodeo

Blake Goode rolled into Steamboat Springs late Wednesday afternoon. In so many ways, it was yet another day on the road for the veteran rodeo performer, another day of the endless traveling that has him dreaming of home ever more frequently.

Growth borders remain

Planning Commission votes against Emerald Mountain proposal

Steamboat Springs residents could one day see a new neighborhood and Nordic ski lodge on Emerald Mountain - but it likely won't happen anytime soon.

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Steamboat rugby making Cow Pie Classic 'No. 1 goal'

It's safe to say the Steamboat Rugby Club's season hasn't started the way the team anticipated. After one loss all of last year, Steamboat has struggled to a 2-2 record in 2008.

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Art in the Park stays free, adds new activities

Keeping it in the community

An estimated 10,000 people will sift through West Lincoln Park this weekend for the 34th annual Art in the Park. And they'll do it for free.

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Rob Douglas: Something's got to give

This week, the rejuvenated Steamboat Springs City Council heard the most refreshing words spoken in Centennial Hall since voters expressed their displeasure with the profligate spending habits of the last council by electing five new faces in November 2007.

Thursday, July 10

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Trees could fall within 15 years

The dying lodgepole pine trees that have added a distinct band of orange and red to the lower slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area attracted a brain trust this week.

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Calkins to play for Mesa

It won't just be about getting back on the court to play in college for departing Steamboat Springs High School senior Aaron Calkins.

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Primary deadlines approaching

Voter registration cutoff Monday

Registered Democrats who wish to vote in the Aug. 12 Republican primary have until Monday to switch their party affiliation. Monday also is the deadline for voters to register for the primary.

The Record for July 8

Tuesday, July 8 12:06 a.m. A suspicious person was reported loitering in the 1300 block of Sparta Plaza. Police gave a warning.

Climate program receives grant of $16,100

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has given out its first round of community grants for the year, and the biggest chunk of change went to a partnership between Yampatika and Storm Peak Laboratory.

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Bike race on Emerald Mountain

Second Town Challenge race draws big number of competitors

The race was grueling, Marla Bailey said, even before she fell several times while descending toward the finish line of Wednesday night's Emerald Cross Country Town Challenge mountain bike race.

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The toughest ride

It wasn't hard to get Steamboat's Amy Harris to talk glowingly about the British Columbia Bike Race, a seven-day mountain bike stage race from Victoria to Whistler, B.C.

Steamboat Briefs for July 10

Pilot & Today seeks reader contributions for series The Steamboat Pilot & Today is seeking reader-submitted contributions for its 2008 summer series, which will explore the mountain pine beetle epidemic drastically transforming Colorado's treasured landscapes.

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Softball team inspired

Friend's memory helps players

Every time Jeremy Haptonstall stepped to the plate during last weekend's Triple Crown slow-pitch softball tournament, all he could think about was former teammate Steve Ivers, who lost his battle with cancer.

Urban development expands

Amended growth boundary could bring affordable housing

A joint city and Routt County review of five projects that would redefine Steamboat Springs' perimeter - in some cases drastically - kicks off today when the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission holds hearings on applications to bring a combined 929.5 acres within the Urban Growth Boundary.

Wednesday, July 9

Steamboat briefs for July 9

Volunteers needed to build playgrounds

The Record for July 7

12:42 a.m. A Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order during a traffic stop near mile marker 143 on U.S. Highway 40, on the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass. No charges were filed because consensual contact is allowed in the restraining order.

Soft drink distributor to open in Hayden

Company plans to move from Craig this week, start business on Monday

The new Coca-Cola distributorship in Hayden is set to open for business Monday.

Annual Pioneer Picnic to be anything but old hat

The annual Yampa Valley Pioneer Picnic isn't just for old-timers, organizers pledge.

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Familiar territory

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series set to return to Howelsen Hill

The Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series is returning to familiar territory.

Rally continues to raise awareness, money

It's been nine years since Linda Danter first hosted the Rally For The Cure golf tournament at the nine-hole Steamboat Golf Club.

Marion Kahn: Art in the Park free

Last Wednesday we announced that because of the volatile economic times, admission to Art in the Park is free - no $1 entry for adults.

Hayden schools top grant priority list

County ranks district projects seeking energy impact funding

Hayden School District was given the top priority for an energy impact grant Tuesday.

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Joanne Palmer: Dude, that was awesome

According to the second edition of the esteemed Oxford English Dictionary, there are 171,476 words currently in use in the English language. However, after a three-day holiday weekend, only three words were used in my household: "awesome," "dude," and "I-need-more-fireworks" (said with such speed it sounded like one word).

Our View: Council, Lanning must part ways

It appears the time has come for the Steamboat Springs City Council and the city's top administrator to part ways.

Pirate's Pub liquor license revocation upheld

Routt County District Court upheld the November 2007 revocation of the liquor licenses for Jade Summit restaurant and Pirate's Pub, in a decision filed Monday by Judge Mary Hoak.

Council faces budget crunch

A slowing economy and a decrease in tourist activity could mean tough decisions for the Steamboat Springs City Council as it prepares its 2009 budget in coming months.

Infectious disease expert to speak Thursday

A nationally known expert on infectious disease will speak in Steamboat Springs on Thursday about the potential of a worldwide influenza pandemic. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, will give a speech titled "The Next Influenza Pandemic: A Harbinger of Things to Come?" as part of the Seminars at Steamboat series.

Lori Biagi: A plea to trail users

Living in Steamboat we are blessed with several recreational trails that are conveniently located just minutes from town.

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Iron Horse to be redeveloped

City accepting applications of qualifications from developers

City officials are entertaining the possibility of demolishing the Iron Horse Inn and rebuilding from the ground up.

Tuesday, July 8

Engle had drugs, alcohol in system

Toxicology report lists substances as contributing factor in death

David Engle had a high concentration of alcohol in his bloodstream when he died June 15 after a fire in his Steamboat Springs apartment, according to a toxicology report released Monday. The report also shows Engle had cocaine and marijuana in his system.

Steamboat briefs for July 8

Hayden Congregational holding Bible School

Hayden Congregational Church and Mission of Grace Baptist Church are holding a vacation Bible School for children entering grades K-5 from July 21 to 25 at 202 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden.

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Mom, daughter share story

Women wrote book on eating disorder to provide perspective

When Lorri Benson heard Taryn vomiting in the bathroom, she knew her daughter wasn't ill. She had just seen the 16-year-old polish off a full meal and the rest of her sister's at a restaurant.

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Tubers inundate wildlife area

Colorado Division of Wildlife refrains from issuing tickets

The public's enthusiasm for floating the Yampa River on innertubes caught the Colorado Division of Wildlife by surprise during the holiday weekend.

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Lanning's future up in the air

Council plans meetings this week and next to discuss manager's contract

Alan Lanning's future as Steamboat Springs city manager likely will be decided in the next seven days.

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Tom Ross: Watch out for those pointy horns!

Milking a cow hard enough without having to hit a beer bottle

I was having a blast photographing the Ranch Rodeo at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena on Sunday night when it dawned on me that I have completely whiffed on my childhood dream of growing up to become a cowboy. And I have only myself to blame.

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Crew bungles road striping

Error leads to double white line after controversial decision to widen C.R. 36

The Routt County Road 36 saga continued Monday morning when crews incorrectly re-striped the road.

The Record for July 6

1:05 a.m. An extra patrol was requested in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue to resolve an issue at a nearby bar.

Monday, July 7

Aging Well: Workshop aims to help residents navigate Social Security, Medicare

Most adults nearing retirement probably aren't looking forward to making decisions about Social Security and Medicare.

'Day by day'

Multiple sclerosis support group makes progress, needs greater attendance

Fatigue. Lack of balance. Blurred vision. Patsy Magness has had to contend with these symptoms and more since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000.

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Cattle on parade

Cowboys, cowgirls steer animals down Lincoln Avenue on Sunday

Children were being children Sunday morning as they lined Lincoln Avenue, waiting for the stars of the Saddleback Ranch cattle drive.

Steamboat briefs for July 7

Steamboat Art Museum seeking volunteers

Elissa Greene: There's nothing like live music

The iPod is a wonderful device. I own one - it's a shiny black 80 GB. It's a thing of beauty. But no combination of mp3 player and headphones can replace those chills you feel when you experience the sound waves actually entering your body while you listen.

Deb Babcock: Knowing the pH of your garden soil

We often hear the soil in our Yampa Valley gardens is somewhat alkaline, as opposed to the acidic soils of places such as Georgia and the Carolinas, where acid-loving azaleas and rhododendrons flourish. What exactly does that mean, and what should we do about it?

The Record for July 7

Saturday, July 5 12:01 a.m. Police responded to a noise complaint on Parkview Drive. Police gave a warning.

Monday Medical: Plastic chemicals may pose danger

To drink or not to drink - that is the question many of us are asking ourselves as we reach for plastic bottles.

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Trapp wins half marathon

There was a moment of confusion Sunday morning immediately after the conclusion of the Mountain Madness half marathon, a 13-mile race that launched dozens of competitors out of Steamboat Springs for a race along the Yampa River.

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Routt families win '08 heritage award

Three longtime Routt County families were honored Sunday with a 2008 Heritage Family Award.

Deep Roots hosts talk tonight

Movement forming to cultivate local food production

There was a time when residents of Northwest Colorado had no choice but to rely almost entirely on themselves for their daily bread.

Sunday, July 6

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Classical commitment

Conservatory students learn through leadership

After years of coming to the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, the program's senior students are set on what they want to do with their lives. They don't just want to play music; they want to be musicians.

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Jumping finds summer spectators

Fourth of July event at Howelsen Hill a harbinger of sport's marketing plan

The U.S. men's Nordic combined World Cup B coach Chris Gilbertson has a vision.

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Festive fanfare on the Fourth

The Yampa Marching Band, whose members range in age from 6 to 75, only has one gig each year - performing in the annual Fourth of July parade.

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Victorian hats turn heads

Tread of Pioneers staff wears period styles at party

Sporting Victorian hats and dresses that looked as though they were plucked from a Jane Austen novel, the staff at the Tread of Pioneers Museum turned heads and received compliments from the large crowd at the Pioneer Day Block Party on Friday.

Nancy B. Kramer: Northwest Colorado products

Northwest Colorado Products is an initiative of the Community Agriculture Alliance that is emerging as a formidable force in raising awareness of the value of regional products.

Jimmy Westlake: Maui's Fishhook

There aren't many constellations that resemble the objects or creatures for which they are named.

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Fires cause finale fizzle

Technical problems, blazes shorten show

Technical issues and a few small fires interrupted Friday night's fireworks finale at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

Looking back for July 3, 1953

Buffalo Pass road rebuilding to resume soon

Routt County Spotlight: Julia Massey

Julia Massey

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Gunning for Gunnison

Former Sailor to transfer to Western State

It wasn't too long ago that Western State College men's basketball coach Mike Moskowitz wouldn't have wanted Cameron Burney anywhere near his court.

John F. Russell: Riding for a cause

A fan writing a comment on Mary Collier's daily blog summed up the 29-year-old mountain biker's attitude in one short statement.

The Record for July 4

Friday, July 4

Jail Report for July 4

Saturday, June 28

Julia A. Chapman, MD: Grow cautiously

As an outsider, within the first few hours of being here, I got an uncomfortable sense of unbridled growth without regard for historical conservation or community preservation.

Betty Leipold: No to art fee

Art in the Park was always about the most fun weekend of the summer.

Our View: Small-town strength

After covering the Fourth of July parade in Steamboat Springs, a reporter for this newspaper commented that the crowd lining Lincoln Avenue contained, to her, a surprisingly large number of out-of-towners.

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Yampa pumpback stalled

Front Range water district not yet pursuing pipeline project

A potential project to pump water from the Yampa River near Maybell east to the Front Range has stalled after its initial conception and a successful feasibility study.

Steamboat briefs for July 4

County to close C.R. 51B through September

The Record for July 2

2:35 a.m. A drunken driver was reported at Lincoln Avenue and Anglers Drive. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

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Marabou's first home under way

Homeowners toast the start of construction

The developers of Marabou Ranch Preservation Subdivision took a big step recently when Anthony and Lori Rivera walked out onto a sun-filled bench overlooking the Elk River to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne. The couple was commemorating the beginning of construction on the first home at the development off Routt County Road 42, a few miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Business File for July 6

My Wireless opens 20th store with new location

Real estate transactions for June 26 to July 2

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Median prices grow 25 percent

Dollar volume shows steep drop from last year

The median price of all types of real estate transactions in Routt County in May was up 25 percent in 2007 even as dollar volume fell dramatically from $205.5 million last year to $68.15 million this year.

On the Market for July 6

Marabou wins Gold Nugget Award

One local Starbucks at risk from national closures

Starbucks plans to close about 600 underperforming stores nationwide, but most of Steamboat Springs' outlets will be safe.

Best of the Web for July 6

I am both biker and driver and each share responsibility to be safe and obey traffic laws. We have all seen bikers riding 2-3 abreast, failing to stop at stop signs, advancing to the right of stopped cars at a light (and then making a left turn) etc. We have all also seen drivers who go way too fast, don't pay attention, talk on cell phone, don't stop or roll stop at stop signs etc. I don't think we can legislate responsibility, so the best we can hope for is education and law enforcement.

Conservative commentary: Just the facts, ma'am

I don't care what network you turn on or what set of talking heads you are listening to - left, right or the imaginary center - these comments apply to all. Wouldn't it be refreshing for the host to say and enforce, "To appear on this program, you have to submit, in advance, any facts or allegations you intend to present for us to verify before you appear on our program. If you start to espouse unsubstantiated claims or other 'talking points,' no matter how fast you speak, you will be summarily cut off and never appear on this program again!" Perhaps these "experts" would refuse to appear on our "gutsy" host's program. At least that would spare us from having our intelligence insulted further.

Editorial cartoon for July 6

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

John Whittum: Ad sensational

Doesn't the Steamboat Pilot & Today have some responsibility to verify the content of the ads it publishes? The Colorado Oil and Gas Association's (COGA) full-page ad of June 25 ("Certain species are covered. People are not.") insinuates that the entire oil and gas industry could be shut down for three months at a time because of prairie dog protection, that 10,000 jobs will be lost, that the new regulations will push the industry elsewhere, and that the 2,000 locals who recently protested the regulations in Grand Junction will be filling the unemployment lines. What a blitz of misinformation.

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Pump prices raise delivery costs

Steamboat flower shops, pizza joints inch up fees; taxi rates unchanged

Americans love getting stuff delivered to their door. But as gas prices rise, so does the cost of those store-to-door trips, and some local businesses have had to compensate.

Joel Reichenberger: Siegal still riding at rodeo

Brent Romick was busy Saturday evening, as he is every weekend night during a Steamboat Springs summer.

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A girl and her Boy

Molly's love for her bunny led to fateful morning

When Kathleen Fitzsimmons drove past a young girl wearing just a shirt sitting on a snowbank along Routt County Road 52E, the child was beyond pain. She wasn't crying.

Index gauges Routt County

Study puts figures to quality of living

At first blush, the factors measured by the Routt County Livability Index may seem random. Charitable giving falls under the same heading as voter turnout. Traffic congestion is a page away from water quality.

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High school going wireless

Upgrades bringing podcasts, students' laptops, district server

In previous years, Steamboat Springs School District technology staff had to travel to schools and touch each computer to update software.

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One last lob

Triple Crown says farewell to slow-pitch softball

Ronald Reagan was president, Michael Jackson dominated the charts and National Lampoon's Vacation had just opened in theaters.

Janice Poirot, public health nurse: Health info crucial

Recent events in the community have heightened parents' fears about meningococcal disease. It is critical that parents have accurate information in order to understand the disease.

Saturday, July 5

Small fires shorten fireworks

Technical problems, small blazes shorten fireworks display

Technical problems and a few small fires interrupted Friday night's fireworks finale at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

Merrily's restaurant closes

Eatery occupied Routt 66 building on west side of town

Merrily's, a restaurant tucked into the Routt 66 building in west Steamboat Springs, closed earlier this year because of staffing shortages.

Math scores a matter of gender equality

A few years ago, former Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers made a remark at an academic conference that caused such an uproar it eventually contributed to his demise as the university's president.

Evans Hall wins Rotary award

Sandy Evans Hall, executive vice president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, recently was named an Outstanding Club President by Rotary District 5440.

Steamboat briefs for July 5

Volunteers sought for balloon rodeo in July

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One of the biggest parades in Steamboat history draws crowds

Playful patriotism

The city's Fourth of July parade was designed for children, but most adults were smiling just as big as red, white and blue floats rolled down Lincoln Avenue on Friday for one of the biggest parades in Steamboat Springs history.

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Bigger-than-life bronze in the works

Partnership corrals valley's history in cattle ranching

The railroad stockyards in Steamboat Springs were once one of the biggest shipping points for livestock in the western United States. In the first decade of the 20th century, the only way to get cattle from the mountain pastures of North Routt County to the railroad depot was to push them across a little bridge over the Yampa River.

Mountain Madness offers new course, challenges

Steamboat Springs runners might have had all the miles and competition they could handle in last month's Steamboat Marathon, a 1,656-runner event that also featured a 13-mile half marathon and a 10-kilometer race.

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Roping up the holiday spirit

It seems ranching always has been a part of Steamboat Springs' Fourth of July celebration. Dean Vogelaar and several other local families want to make sure that never changes.

Spending habits key to tourism tale

Summer tourism is up by about 200 visitors this weekend and next, but youth sports tournaments later this summer could be about 5 percent smaller than they were in 2007.

The Record for July 3

1 a.m. A noise complaint was reported in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. A warning was issued.

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Liquor stores set for Sunday sales

Local liquor stores are ready to test the Sunday waters, though many aren't thrilled about it. The Colorado General Assembly approved a measure this year allowing liquor stores to open for business on Sundays. The legislation went into effect July 1.

Many locals, visitors leave cars behind for the holiday

With bicycles covered in red and white streamers and cars festooned with American flags, downtown Steamboat Springs became a snarl of early morning traffic Friday as parade-goers staked their claim on curbside seats for the annual Fourth of July festivities.

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Blues musician finds comfort in life on the road

Roy Book Binder was not born into the blues. Growing up middle class in Queens, N.Y., Book Binder wasn't far from the Greenwich Village coffeehouses that would give classic Piedmont bluesmen such as the Reverend Gary Davis a second life. When Book Binder picked up a guitar after being introduced to Davis' gravelly country blues, the marriage seemed too natural to avoid.

Beetle causing fire hazard in urban forests

City requesting removal of infected trees on private property

City officials are asking Steamboat Springs property owners with trees infected by the pine bark beetle to remove the dead trees as soon as possible.

Fireworks blast Steamboat

Fireworks rocked Steamboat Springs on Friday night, but questions remained about the finale.

Friday, July 4

Recalled beef off the shelves

Steamboat City Market restocks entire meat department

City Market parent company The Kroger Co. expanded its recall Wednesday of ground beef products from the supplier linked to E. coli illnesses last month in Ohio and Michigan, including meat available at local stores.

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Local refines 'fishy' business

Steamboat man wholesales fishing flies with Get Your Fly Right

Steamboat Springs entrepreneur Steve Zamora may have figured out the secret of life.

Stagecoach to have fireworks

South Routt community to gather at reservoir on July 5

Fourth of July fun won't end today in Stagecoach.

Last year of Triple Crown tourney kicks off today

Farewell, slow-pitch softball

The symmetry of the last and final Triple Crown Mountain Magic slow-pitch softball tournament is almost eerie.

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New voice to power rodeo

Shipley out of town; Nebraska man to call tonight's event

There will still be horses, bulls and the calf scramble. Cowboys again will show up in droves, and fans will fill the bleachers. But there will be something a little different about this weekend's two performances in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, and that difference goes deeper than just the fact that tonight's rodeo starts 30 minutes earlier than usual, kicking off at 7 p.m.

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Rob Douglas: Citizenship in decline?

The other day while caffeinating downtown with Mike and Roger, I expressed my astonishment that apparently two people named Towny Anderson live in Steamboat.

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Library House demolition set

Firefighters use structure for training before its destruction

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue helped give the Library House a head start on its impending demolition, using the structure for ventilation training Wednesday night.

Steamboat swimmers dedicated to sport

It's an ordinary day at the Old Town Hot Springs lap pool with some not-so-ordinary swimmers.

Universal playgrounds receive $200,000 grant

A recent grant for $200,000 brought the Let's All Play group closer to its funding goals for two universal playgrounds in Steamboat Springs. Community volunteers will construct the playgrounds - designed to be accessible for all children, including those with disabilities - during a group-build weekend organized by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs from July 24 to 28.

Whistler Road construction prolonged

Residents of neighborhoods near Whistler Road and motorists destined for Whistler Park are being asked to endure construction detours for longer than originally thought.

Lanning under fire again

City manager earns criticism, praise in rocky annual evaluation

Steamboat Springs City Manager Alan Lanning strongly refuted rumors Thursday that his job is ending after a rocky evaluation earlier this week.

Tyler Johnson not diagnosed

Steamboat Springs boy, 10, may never know cause of infection

Ten-year-old Tyler Johnson remains undiagnosed at The Children's Hospital in Denver, and medical staff told his mother it's possible he may never be diagnosed.

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Capturing the rawness

Fred Hodder hopes to distill ranch life in his photos

Flipping through his book of rodeo photography, Frederick Hodder lights up when he gets to cowboys in peril.

CD review of Girl Talk, "Feed the Animals"

CD review of Girl Talk, "Feed the Animals"

Screamin' and hollerin' the blues

Charlie Parr keeps the soul of older American music alive

As a teenager, Charlie Parr must have been a sight. While the world around him was discovering rock of the classic and arena varieties, Parr was discovering music that had been dormant for decades - songs that went back to pre-Depression Piedmont blues and folk music recorded in the 1920s.

On Scene: Richie Havens and the universality of music

Richie Havens is three times my age. And most of the people who went to see him play at the Strings Music Pavilion on Sunday have at least twice as many years behind them as I do.

Margaret Hair: Team American pop culture

Pop culture figures, in general, have a different way of showing their patriotism than people in other areas of society. And because their efforts are more publicized and often less definitive than hanging a flag or attending a parade, they're often harder to understand.

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Personal history

Artists put own touch on a common theme

When a long winter kept local plein air painter Susan Gill Jackson indoors a few extra months, she started doing research - on bordellos.

Fourth of July full of festivities

Celebrations scheduled across Steamboat

Tonight's highly anticipated fireworks show will top off a Fourth of July packed full of fun. There isn't a moment or excuse to rest today, with activities taking place throughout Steamboat Springs.

Writers group to hold all-levels conference

Daylong event fosters productivity

There is no speaker's podium at Steamboat Springs Writers Group meetings, or at the group's annual Day for Writers.

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Museum tells tale of railroad

Moffat Road brought commerce, changed county's history

Tread of Pioneers Museum couldn't just build an exhibit about the Moffat Road. It would have been way too much.

Fire officials expect busy holiday weekend

Caution urged as Routt County fire danger jumps from 'low' to 'high'

Fire officials said the Smokey Bear fire danger signs across Routt County have been changed from "low" to "high" in anticipation of a busy holiday weekend. A combination of beetle-killed trees and fireworks means revelers should be especially careful during July 4 festivities.

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An orchestra for youths

Pushcart Players reinvent 'Peter and the Wolf' for Strings

In the 70-plus years since Sergey Prokofiev wrote "Peter and the Wolf" for his children, the fairy tale introduction to the classical orchestra has been re-imagined by some of the biggest names in entertainment: Leonard Bernstein, Sting, Jimmy Smith, Rob Reiner, Jack Lemmon and David Bowie all have played a part in its narration and performance.

Thursday, July 3

YVRA to get full project funding

Bush extends FAA bill, taxiway repairs will go ahead this summer

Yampa Valley Regional Airport will get the federal funding it needs for summer projects, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said.

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Airport project experiences turbulence

Officials looking for $20,000 to finish terminal

Officials may have to shift some funds around to move forward with renovation projects at Moffat County Regional Airport.

Steamboat Sprint is Friday on Lincoln Ave.

The men's 400-meter finals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials conclude today in Oregon.

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to perform

Since 1966, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has brought American roots music into American pop culture.

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Ski jumping in summer sun

Unlikely event just another part of the Fourth in Steamboat

Locals and visitors have a chance to watch five national teams and a number of up-and-coming ski jumpers Friday at Howelsen Hill.

Crews to remove rocks from Buff Pass road

Mount Zirkel access closed by snow at Gate 2 until July 15

Horseback riders, hikers and anglers will have to wait until after July 15 to drive to the summit of Buffalo Pass and access one of the most popular trailheads into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

Officers urge safe Fourth

Local law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Yampa hosting revived community picnic today

Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and coleslaw. Some things never go out of style, including the menu at tonight's sixth annual "My Hometown" Community Picnic in Yampa.

Steamboat briefs for July 3

City Market responds to voluntary beef recall

The Record for July 1

2:07 a.m. A Michigan man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and with defective headlights during a traffic stop at Eagleridge Drive and Mount Werner Road.

Pirate's Pub owners investigated

Liquor License Authority holds hearing for Nerneys today

Kevin and Kathy Nerney, owners of the now-closed Jade Summit restaurant and Pirate's Pub bar, once again will appear before the city's Liquor License Authority for an alleged violation.

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4-H judges place third at state

Team to compete nationally; exchange program, truck raffle also on tap

Routt County 4-H livestock judges made a name for themselves at the state competition last week.

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Salazar critical of Big Oil

Congressman says industry manipulating increasing gas prices

Oil and gas companies are withholding production and largely to blame for rising gas and grocery prices, Congressman John Salazar said in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday.

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Trillium House growing at Botanic Park

Offices, public meeting room will be available in gardens

Work on Trillium House, the new headquarters for Yampa River Botanic Park, is on schedule for an opening before the end of the year in spite of high water in the neighborhood.

Fourth of July events calendar

Friday - The Steamboat Lions Club hosts its annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Little Toots Park on 13th Street. The cost is $7. Seniors and children younger than 10 pay $5. All proceeds go to local projects.

Wednesday, July 2

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Strings celebrates new venue with gala concert

It is uncommon for classical music concerts to begin with standing, whooping ovations. On Saturday, opening night for the 2008 Strings Music Festival featured two such displays - rowdy ones - well before any performers took the stage.

Knezevich a Soroco finalist for principal

Mader, Rockhold settle in as new superintendents in South Routt, Hayden

Former Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich is one of three finalists to become the South Routt School District's new secondary principal.

Colorado 131 repaving reaches Oak Creek

Detours, delays expected on Main Street in town through July 10; businesses still open

Drivers on Colorado Highway 131 in Oak Creek should expect delays and detours through July 10, as the Colorado Department of Transportation rehabilitates the road through town.

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Haymaker starts golf league

Haymaker Golf Course is trying to make its Thursday afternoons a lot more interesting.

Sailors basketball No. 1 at Gunnison tourney

The opening week of the Luke DeWolfe era as Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach couldn't have gone much better.

Steamboat briefs for July 2

Northwest VNA warns about firework risks

The Record for June 30

1:29 p.m. A man was reportedly skateboarding on U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were unable to locate the man.

Murray Tucker, Ph.D.: Money in the bank

If I have money in banks and stocks in my portfolio, I have wealth. If I take that wealth and buy a restaurant, I have a risky business that may or may not yield a return equal to or greater than my passive investment.

Fund Board ballot issue advances

City Council approves first reading and two-question format

City officials gave initial approval Tuesday to a two-part ballot issue that would ask voters whether to renew the city's half-cent sales tax for education and, if so, whether to share its revenues with schools across Routt County.

Ken Brenner: Are we prepared?

The recent articles in the June 23 Today and June 29 Pilot alerting us to a significant increase in the level of interest in Routt County from oil and gas companies hopefully caught your attention. They caught mine. Are we prepared to find the right balance of energy production and good paying jobs with the many direct and indirect impacts to our region?

Our View: Plan supports multi-modal transportation

Nevermind that Routt County commissioners Nancy Stahoviak and Doug Monger ignored the wishes of many Strawberry Park residents and much of the cycling community.

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Joanne Palmer: Traffic is killing my pie obsession

Here in Steamboat Springs we have two seasons: winter and construction.

Tuesday, July 1

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Still no diagnosis for Tyler

Steamboat boy making progress at Children's Hospital

Medical staff at The Children's Hospital in Denver met Monday morning to discuss Tyler Johnson's case, but his mother said they still haven't diagnosed the 10-year-old Steamboat Springs boy.

The Record for June 29

2:40 a.m. A domestic dispute was reported in Steamboat Springs when a couple was arguing in an Alpine Taxi. The couple exited the taxi and could not be found when Steamboat Springs police officers arrived.

Steamboat briefs for July 1

Booths available at Hahn's Peak craft fair

The Hahn's Peak Area Historical Society hosts an Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse.

Suicide attempts spike in May

Local mental health professionals aren't sure what caused a sharp increase in suicide attempts in May.

Workers asked to respond to surveys

Market analysis under way; YVHA gets OK for needs assessment

Responses are rolling in for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's market demand analysis, Executive Director Donna Howell said.

Animal causes another outage

Raccoons once again struck a Yampa Valley Electric Association substation, this time causing 2,540 customers to lose power for up to two hours early Monday morning. The outage was the fourth animal-related blackout in two months.

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Road striping set for Wednesday

County commissioners discuss signage needs for C.R. 36

County Road 36 is scheduled to be striped Wednesday, despite public opposition and a divided Routt County Board of Commissioners.

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Tom Ross: Only in America

Feel-good freebies make garage sale worthwhile

The first customer to arrive at my garage sale on Saturday rolled up in a skid steer loader, more commonly known by the familiar trade name of Bobcat.

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Emerald development proposed

City, county scrutinize amendments to urban growth boundary

Steamboat Springs resident Lyman Orton envisions creating a neighborhood of as many as 475 homes and a Nordic ski lodge on 464 acres just outside the current city limits on the north side of Emerald Mountain.