Stories for March 2008


Monday, March 31

Spring is under way, but winter still looms

Steamboat Springs under a snow and blowing snow advisory until 6 p.m.

Steamboat Springs is under a snow and blowing snow advisory until 6 p.m. today, with 5 to 10 inches expected by early evening. Meanwhile, it's another powder day on the mountain. The ski area reported 10 inches of snow this morning.

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Aging Well: More room, programs at new Community Center

For years, older adults in the Steamboat Springs area have appreciated lunch, social time and other programs provided by the Routt County Council on Aging.

Elder Quest LLC owner to lead human services department

Routt County has hired Vickie Clark of Grand Junction to lead its Department of Human Services. She starts May 1.

Relays carry Soroco track

Coach happy with team's performance

The wait paid off for Soroco High School track coach David Bruner. Track practice has been going on for weeks. Some schools already have competed in two meets - a few in three.

Steamboat briefs for March 31

Entries for the ninth annual Rocky Mountain Student FilmFest must be submitted by Wednesday. For entry forms and information, visit or call (970) 384-5963.

Deb Babcock: Growing vegetables in Routt County

With the record snowfall we received this winter, many gardeners have been wondering if spring would ever arrive! We're ready to begin planting and enjoying some color in our gardens.

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City accepting applications for prestigious biennial award

City officials are accepting nominations for one of the city's most prestigious honors: the Steamboat Springs Heritage Award.

The Record for March 29

12:05 a.m. The Routt County Sheriff's Office assisted a motorist who ran out of gas. The motorist did not have a driver's license and was issued a ticket.

Monday Medical: Memory loss may be Alzheimer's

A national epidemic is looming, and Coloradoans are expected to be at the top of the list.

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Steamboat's Torito, Morse combine for three gold medals

A pair of former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers flew to new heights Saturday and Sunday at the U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

Luke Graham: When a loss is a good thing

There are three signs in sports that should make people know a team's going in the right direction.

Sunday, March 30

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Jessica Maynard

It's hard to pin down any defining generalizations of a Buddhist, motorcycle-riding photographer with a keen artist's eye for constantly seeing, experiencing and capturing the world around her in novel ways.

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Shawn Baumgartner

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner's life is laid out in his office. Tucked into a corner of the Tigers' high school gymnasium, he can talk football for hours, especially because the five-year coach is no longer also in charge of the basketball team.

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Kim White

It's hard to be in a bad mood around Kim White.

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Simonne Oliver

Simonne Oliver laughs when a visitor compares her to a local bartender.

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Steve Green

Steve Green Co. is well-known around Steamboat for its delivery trucks and vans emblazoned with the company's slogan, "If it's in stock, we have it." But Steve Green's wildest delivery idea came a few years ago when he almost bought an old ambulance for the company, complete with a Starsky and Hutch-style cherry light he could throw on the roof.

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Wendy & Jules Palyo

When Wendy and Jules Palyo opened Phippsburg's Flat Tops Ranch Supply last October, they certainly were expecting customers. What they didn't expect was the rubbernecking along Colorado Highway 131 as their store was being built.

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J.D. Hays

J.D. Hays came to Steamboat Springs in 1980 "sight unseen."

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Molly Look

Ask Molly Look what she wants to do when she grows up, and she quickly answers: "Play."

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Scott & Cindy MacGray

Scott and Cindy MacGray don't look like they are in their 50s. But then, neither do most of their friends.

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Jim Bronner

Jim Bronner has a doctorate in relationships and sports. He's had to.

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Kimberly Rossi

Kimberly Rossi could never - and would never - live in a city. She's too connected to the life of her family's ranch south of Phippsburg.

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Ramsey Bernard

The last time Steamboat Springs High School senior Ramsey Bernard received a 'B' in school, sports were the main culprit.

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Wendy Hall

Believe it or not, there was a time when Wendy Hall wasn't a very good volleyball player.

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Leyda & Ernesto Perez

Leyda Perez hopped down from the massive black pickup, hustling 5-year-old Bianca and 11-year-old Jonathan into the house. She pulled off her sunglasses and smiled, extending her hand.

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Dan Smilkstein

Constantly in search of new challenges, two summers ago Dr. Dan Smilkstein found himself climbing a 19,785-foot mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

Tennis places third in Grand Junction

There must be a strange point system going on at the Western Slope high school girls tennis tournament.

Looking Back for March 30

Denver studies Yampa water project

From the Thursday, April 4, 1968, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Chuck & Lynn Abbott

In 1965, Lynn Rich met her future husband. But she didn't pick him up. Her mother did.

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Barb De Vries

Barb De Vries, a former sexton at the United Methodist Church, is retired - almost.

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Maddy Shaffrick

Maddy Schaffrick's friends like to give her a hard time, bugging her for the occasional autograph.

Routt County Spotlight: Sara Ferris

Sara Ferris Age: 28 Occupation: Promotions and event coordinator for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

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Cardboard king under construction

Most elaborate crafts take lots of planning - also, duct tape

Jim Fletcher has been holed up in a dimly lit parking garage with a 10-foot ceiling almost every night for a couple of weeks now.

Business file for March 30

Seminars for managers, supervisors

A series of seminars for managers and supervisors will be offered at Colorado Mountain College this year, according to a news release.

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Lucile's closing doors

Restaurant from owner of Rex's to replace Cajun-style eatery

Rex Brice is coming to the west end of Steamboat Springs, and he's bringing burgers with him.

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Chad Bedell

Chad Bedell is an Elk River Valley cowboy through and through, and these days, he's refining a new form of agriculture.

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Kristi & Jeff Brown

Jeff and Kristi Brown swear they're the best cotton candy makers in town - just don't expect to find it on the menu of their downtown Steamboat Springs Mexican restaurant.

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Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson is the happiest she has ever been, and for good reason.

Jimmy Westlake: Defeating the Hydra

What has nine heads, poisonous blood, deadly breath and stretches nearly one-third of the way around the whole sky? It's the dreaded sea serpent known as the Hydra, defeated by Hercules in the second of his 12 labors and now forming the largest of our 88 constellations.

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Barbara Robinson

Barbara Robinson was 28 when she moved to the U.S., but she felt the draw even as a child.

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Ronna Autrey

Ronna Autrey surrounds herself with the joys of growing flowers and raising remarkably intelligent and loyal German wirehaired pointers at her rural home on Deep Creek. And she enjoys an active career as a Realtor with Colorado Group Realty.

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Businesses feel labor crunch

Visa issues, housing costs affect local employment market

In the job merry-go-round that is Steamboat Springs, employers sometimes have a tough time finding and hanging on to qualified workers.

Editorial cartoon for March 30

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for March 30, 2008.

Conservative commentary: If the Republicans fracture

Was it hearing of Dennis Kucinich's encounter with spacemen? Or was it seeing the ex-Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown, doing TV commentary? Something sent me on an out-of-body experience the other night, a sci-fi trip into the future - and it was scary.

Lisa A. Ruff: Inclusive classroom and gifted students

The inclusion model has come under recent scrutiny in our district. What, exactly, does the term "inclusion" mean, and how does it affect advanced students? To answer that question, we need to return to the classrooms of the 1980s, where students with special needs were separated from their peers and educated in what were called "self-contained" classrooms in "pull-out" programs.

Dan Hulslander: Thanks shovelers

While your supplement about our record snowfall was entertaining for some, I know there are a great many employees of at property management companies who worked very hard to keep sidewalks, pathways and driveways free of all that snow so that everyone else could easily get to and from the mountain. It would have been nice to see some sort of acknowledgment from Ski Corp. or some others that were interviewed.

Our View: Oak Creek's activism healthy

Oak Creek residents have plenty of reasons to head to the voting booths Tuesday, among them the impressive number of candidates seeking a role in town governance. Oak Creek's municipal election features three candidates for mayor and 10 candidates vying for four Town Board seats.

The Record and Jail Report for March 28

The Record and Jail Report for March 28

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Summer sales tax up in the air

National economy threatens local government's coffers

Steamboat Springs and Routt County have been somewhat immune to the downturn in the overall national economy, but some government officials fear that could change when affluent ski season tourists are replaced by the Yampa Valley's working-class summer guests.

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Shaping, training youth

Steamboat Springs volunteer helps student athletes of all ages

Sometimes the simplest philosophies carry the most weight.

Sailors baseball drops a pair

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team dropped a pair of games to Delta on Saturday, falling 3-1 and 21-2.

PJ Wharton

PJ Wharton doesn't take himself too seriously.

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Kelly Anzalone

By the beginning of this summer, Kelly Anzalone's first Steamboat Springs performance venue will be gone.

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Betty Leipold

Betty Leipold didn't ask to be the advocate against change in Steamboat Springs. She shuns that label, in fact.

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Harmon 'Buck' Buckland

Buck Buckland was just a quarter-mile away when the Berlin Wall came down.

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Kimberly Saari

Before she came to Steamboat Springs, local art gallery owner Kimberly Saari was headed for the big city. Things didn't work out the way she planned.

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Erica Fogue

There are so many books to be read, Epilogue Book Co. owner Erica Fogue said, sitting in the tiny office above her Lincoln Avenue storefront.

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A new day at Highmark?

High-end boutique hotel appears to be back on track

The Highmark Resort at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area appears to be back on track.

Activity recommences at Barn Village at Steamboat

New subdivision sees 34 lots return to the market; 17 set to close in mid-April

Realtor Chris Wittemyer has recorded the plat on the new Barn Village at Steamboat subdivision, signaling the resumption of activity on the site.

Real Estate transactions for March 20 to 25, 2008

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Steamboat track team competes in Rangely

Athletes prepare for regional meet

Charlie Stoddard's second-place finish in the mile and third-place finish in the 100-meter dash highlighted Steamboat's track and field meet in Rangely on Saturday.

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Hat trick helps Sailors to win

Victory avenges early-season draw

It was her favorite goal of Saturday's game - and perhaps her favorite moment of the season.

Joel Reichenberger: Chances all around

Covering skiing and snowboarding events has shifted from a day on the mountain to a day on the telephone, as area competitors have been traveling farther and farther to chase larger and larger stakes.

Finalists offer a range of skills

Superintendent interviews Friday

Shalee Cunningham says she works best in small school districts such as Steamboat Springs.

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Yampa mercantile deemed historic

Vacant structure to be preserved as municipal building or museum

Crossan's M&A Market has sat empty for nearly half of its years in Yampa, but the town is hoping to give it new life as a municipal building or historical museum.

Class Notes for March 30

Ivancie named Teen of the Month

Steamboat Springs High School senior Rachel Ivancie is the Optimist Club's Teen of the Month for March. During her high school career, Rachel has been involved in extracurricular activities including choir, theater, lacrosse, field hockey and figure skating, in addition to work with Advocates Against Battering and Abuse and employment as a barista at a Starbucks coffee shop, where she works 10 to 20 hours a week during the school year and full time in the summer.

Kerry Hart: Being here and everywhere

The difference between the students of the millennial generation and the students of an earlier time really hit home recently, when I saw an old book laying on the coffee table at a friend's house. The book was a 1971 publication of "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass - a book that I would categorize as pseudo-spirituality. As the title implies, a general theme of the book is a contemplative approach to living life fully by learning to appreciate every moment. "Be Here Now" was reflective of the culture (maybe a subculture) that stands in stark contrast to the millennial generation. Today, a typical culture of traditional-aged college students is to be everywhere all at once.

On the Market for March 30

Pam Vanatta and Chris Wittemyer of Prudential Steamboat Realty weren't surprised when they arrived at Prudential's national convention in New Orleans on March 16 and saw a talk on the program devoted to "How to Prosper in a Down Market." But it wasn't particularly relevant for them.

Weather conspired against hunters

Low elk kill numbers in 2007 don't have Division of Wildlife officials panicked

The news was grim, unless, of course, you are an elk. "During the 2007 big game season : there was a significant decrease in the number of elk harvested," a Colorado Division of Wildlife news release says.

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John F. Russell: Senior tennis players break new ground, age gracefully

It's hard to say if Alfred Kahn is a rebel who is bucking an old trend or part of a generation of seniors breaking new ground.

Krause on top at MWH

Resident named president, COO of engineering firm

Steamboat Springs resident Alan Krause has been named the president and chief operating officer of a $1.7 billion engineering firm, MWH Global.

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Heritage school hoops it up

March Madness reading program inspires young bookworms

Every student who heard the question - "Who read the most?" - immediately pointed to Hannah Kline.

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Budget, growth impact election

Oak Creek sees competitive ballot

Although debate about the Oak Creek Police Department has grabbed attention in recent months, most of the candidates in Tuesday's election view the law enforcement battle as a short-term squabble that detracts from more lasting issues the town is facing: matters of infrastructure, budget shortfall and impending growth.

Saturday, March 29

Fund Board sales tax idea raises some eyebrows

City officials undecided about whether to share revenues with Hayden, South Routt districts

City officials were undecided Friday about whether to share revenues from the city's half-cent sales tax for education with school districts in Hayden and South Routt.

Improved team play nearly lifts Steamboat

Girls lacrosse falls short vs. Overland

Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse coach Jenn Kirkpatrick couldn't hide her enthusiasm. It was another loss for her team, but Friday's 13-10 setback against Overland was a thrilling game filled with positives for the Sailors.

Steamboat briefs for March 29

Dog auditions for Toto on Friday

Steamboat Springs Middle School's spring production of "The Wizard of Oz" is hosting Toto auditions for local dogs at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the middle school.

The Record for March 27

Thursday, March 27 1:07 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 1000 block of Central Park Drive, where two people were smoking something inside a parked vehicle. Police said everything was fine.

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Council on Aging receives $25K

United Way names first Arthur E. Anderson grant winner

On the Routt County Council on Aging's application for the first annual Arthur E. Anderson Impact Grant, program director Shelly Orrell summed up Anderson's connection to the community:

Bond market shaken

Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Council discusses financing options

The city's advisory committee for redevelopment at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area will recommend that the city immediately begin exploring the option of borrowing up to $30 million this year because of a volatile bond market.

Election heavily contested

Ten candidates vie for four Oak Creek trustee seats

Seven faces new to the Oak Creek political scene are challenging three incumbents for trustee seats on the Town Board in Tuesday's election - the most heavily contested race in the town's recent memory.

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St. Onge soars to title

Former Steamboat skier rallies to freestyle aerials win

Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Ryan St. Onge came from behind Thursday to win the men's aerials at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships with a stunning second jump to edge Scotty Bahrke.

Soccer, baseball set to battle Delta today

It's a rarity, but Steamboat Springs High School soccer coach Rob Bohlmann will certainly take it.

Sailors girls in 3rd after day one

Team competing in Western Slope tourney

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team is in third place after one day of the Western Slope Tournament in Grand Junction, with two singles players and two doubles teams advancing into today's finals.

Porches releases new phase

Neighborhood tabs Prudential for All Seasons listing

Developers of The Porches of Steamboat have released the latest phase of their project, meant to fill a niche in the luxury housing market near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Gabbing about green goals

Businesses meet to share info about sustainability efforts

Real estate agents, restaurateurs and lodging companies met Thursday to discuss a common goal: sustainability.

Friday, March 28

More arrests follow Tuesday ACET sweep

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested three more individuals Wednesday night in Craig in an investigation that resulted in the arrest of 11 men Tuesday.

Sailors girls tennis team ready for tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team usually finds itself as the favorite in matches on the Western Slope.

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Laugh at the locals

Ski Town Productions set to slam the 'Boat

It's easy to be mean. Making mean funny takes a little more work.

On Scene: Nada interesting

I have never understood what possesses a band to own - or even borrow - a tour bus.

CD reviews of She & Him and The Presidents of the United States of America

CD reviews of She & Him, "Volume One" and The Presidents of the United States of America, "These Are the Good Times People"

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Small steps, giant lessons

High school jazz band preparing for clinic, concert

The last time Steamboat Springs High School band director James Knapp brought noted trombonist Darren Kramer into one of his classes was four years ago, at another school. His former students still talk about it.

Margaret Hair: A panoramic photographer

If you think tracking wolves in Yellowstone National Park for days at a time is a crazy idea, you've never talked to nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. That guy knows how to sell it.

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Sports briefs: Local skaters compete in Denver

Thirteen Steamboat figure skaters traveled to Denver for a skating competition March 13 to 16 at South Suburban Ice Arena in Littleton. The local skaters picked up nine first-place finishes.

Bridging the gap

Local programs help youths succeed

Partners in Routt County, a youth mentoring organization, and Integrated Community, an organization working to promote and support the successful integration of immigrant and local community members, collaborate on the four-year-old Bridges program.

Bite of the 'Boat benefits Stepping Stones program

As the Stepping Stones Transition Program goes through a name change and expansion of services, participants in the program's fifth annual Bite of the 'Boat fundraiser are getting their tasting trays ready.

Local skiers travel to nationals

Women lead Steamboat-area racers in Maine

Steamboat skiers Jenny Allen and Ann West led a small contingent of local athletes this week at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.

Coal waste scheduled for cleanup

State officials developing project for old mine sites near Milner

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety is developing a project to clean up coal waste at two inactive mines near Milner.

Man arrested for sex assault

A Steamboat Springs man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a female acquaintance Monday at his condominium.

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Clocktower proposal debated

St. Cloud Resort & Spa seeks major height variances

The St. Cloud Resort & Spa development proposed for the current sites of Clocktower Square, Xanadu Condominiums and the Ski Time Square parking structure received mixed reviews in its first appearance before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday.

Steamboat briefs for March 28

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

The Record for March 26

1:26 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue, where merchandise was left on the sidewalk in front of a business. Police took in the items for safekeeping and returned them to the business later that day.

Oak Creek growth a concern

Two candidates challenging incumbent mayor in April 1 election

With Oak Creek's update of its Comprehensive Plan looming this summer, the mayoral candidates in Tuesday's election want to play a role in shaping their town's future growth.

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Rob Douglas: Ready, shoot, aim

In August 2002, Baltimore Sun reporter Del Wilber broke the news that Baltimore's Police Commissioner, Ed Norris, had used an "off-the-books departmental fund to finance more than $178,000 in expenses." Expectedly, Maryland's political establishment rallied to Norris' side against the hated Sun.

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Deleting the detail

Rodney Wallace has artsy plans for Steamboat series

Denver pop artist Rodney Wallace just saw something that caught his attention. So he stops mid-sentence, sets up a tripod with a small digital camera attached to the top, and snaps a picture.

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Fish Heads forever

The Radiators are starting a fourth decade - but you wouldn't know it

Taking a break from putting together a collection that will chronicle The Radiators' three decades of existence, guitarist Dave Malone is understandably overwhelmed.

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Soroco Rams hope to make it to state competition

It seems everything has conspired to delay the 2008 debut of the Soroco track team.

Thursday, March 27

Steamboat briefs for March 27

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., to review projects including a pre-application for a mixed-use development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Fund Board confirms ballot push

Voters likely to decide this year on education sales tax renewal

Steamboat Springs voters likely will decide this year whether to renew the city's half-cent sales tax for education, and the decision could include whether to give some tax revenue to the Hayden and South Routt school districts.

Burney, Alaska off to Final Four

Former Steamboat Springs High School basketball player Cameron Burney played 15 minutes and grabbed four rebounds in helping his University of Alaska-Anchorage team beat California, Pa., 55-52, Wednesday, sending the Seawolves to the Division II Final Four.

Skiers ready for big stage

Top local competitors head to Utah for freestyle nationals

For some, it's the chance of a lifetime. Others hope it's the first chance of many.

Hinder off to top quarterback camp

The small-town, small-classification moniker has never bothered Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Austin Hinder.

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Steamboat lacrosse falls to rival Summit

Any indication of Steamboat's growth as a lacrosse program the past three games disappeared Wednesday against rival Summit.

Fire official to stand trial

Rickman pleads not guilty to sexual conduct charges

A longtime Routt County fire official pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor sexual conduct charges Wednesday in Routt County Court. West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman will stand trial this summer.

Officials prepare for election

County may use voting machines in November after all

After months of controversy surrounding electronic voting equipment used in Routt County and statewide, local election officials finally have enough resolution to begin preparing for a presidential election that many expect will draw record numbers to the polls.

Brent Boyer: Putting our opinion out there

Kelly Meek's anger came through loud and clear in the phone message he left me Monday afternoon. The venerable high school boys basketball coach and former teacher was incensed about the newspaper's Sunday editorial about Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich.

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Midget hockey team ends season

Players finish on winning note

After not playing up to the team's ability in the state tournament, the Steamboat Midget Major A hockey team again was struggling through another tournament.

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More spaces proposed for Meadows parking lot

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has re-entered the city approval process with a plan to increase the capacity of the Meadows parking lot during the summer by about 350 spaces. The parking lot additions would bring the total number of parking spaces to just more than 1,300.

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No injuries in Logan Avenue fire

An attic fire damaged a downtown home Wednesday afternoon, but the house's tenants and their pets escaped without injuries and were able to save many of their possessions with the help of their neighbors.

Riders hope to find keys to success

The key to success at this year's United States of America Snowboard Association's National Championship is simple if you ask 11-year-old snowboarder Carter Smalley.

The Record for March 25

12:22 a.m. Railroad lights reportedly were malfunctioning at Routt County Road 80 near Hayden. Railroad officials were notified.

Wednesday, March 26

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No injuries in Logan Avenue fire

Crews quickly contain attic blaze

An attic fire damaged a downtown home Wednesday afternoon, but the house's tenants and their pets escaped without injuries and were able to save many of their possessions with the help of their neighbors.

Hayden assault suspect turns self in

The suspect in an assault in Hayden turned himself in Wednesday morning and is being held without bail at Routt County Jail, police said.

Man seriously hurt in assault

Hayden police seeking suspect who they say left scene

An assault in Hayden left a man seriously injured Monday morning, and police are searching for the suspect.

Police: Knife fight racially motivated

Two men injured in March 7 altercation near ski area

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a racially motivated knife fight that sent two men to the hospital with minor injuries March 7.

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Mulcahy shoots for 2010

Steamboat 700 developer seeks to limit real estate speculation

Steamboat 700 is no place for speculation, Project Manager Danny Mulcahy said Tuesday.

Ballot measure opponents spearhead renewed roads effort

John Shaw contributed more than $1,000 last fall to a committee that campaigned in opposition to Referendum 1A, a Routt County ballot question to fund road improvements and other county needs. Frank Roitsch wrote a letter to the editor titled "Vote 'no' on 1A."

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Joanne Palmer: Advice to live by

No one wants advice. Even friends who ask you for advice don't really want it. They just need to vent. Family members don't want advice, and your children : forget about it! They so don't want to hear the wisdom their parents have gained throughout the years.

Young skiers attempt racing

Championships give taste of competition

Steamboat Springs ski coach Scott Schaffer said the Age Class J5 Championships, held March 15 and 16 at the Sunlight Ski Area, offered local young ski racers their first taste of competitive ski racing.

Steamboat briefs for March 26

Vision 2030 Citizens' Committee is seeking community input about "heart and soul" aspects of the Routt County region.

The Record for March 24

Midnight. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant on Routt County Road 44B. They were unable to locate the man.

Superintendent shares views

New Hayden schools leader focuses on data, serving principals

Hayden's new superintendent will travel to Routt County from Paris, Tenn., this summer. Greg Rockhold, who starts July 1, currently is the principal at E.W. Grove High School, a ninth-grade-only campus.

Pamela Daniel: Inform about dangers

My son Jared planned his trip to Colorado for months. He was going to visit his good friend from Auburn, Mass., who had moved there and do some snowboarding on world-famous mountains.

Our view: Council should end Harwigs gatherings

It seems innocent enough. A group of Steamboat Springs City Council members heads from Centennial Hall across Lincoln Avenue to Harwigs for a couple rounds of drinks and idle conversation after a long Tuesday night meeting.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse team faces Summit today

It's not hard to find meaning in today's high school boys lacrosse contest between Steamboat Springs and Summit.

Martin L. Lamansky: Right to fair process

There is a saying that, for some people, perception becomes reality. Unfortunately, it seems that your editorial concerning Mike Knezevich takes your perception and has made it reality for everyone.

Car caper leads to confusion, chase

When Gary Green's sport utility vehicle was missing from the Yampa Valley Regional Airport parking lot Sunday, he assumed some nefarious ne'er-do-well had snatched it.

Tuesday, March 25

City offers flood awareness

State, federal agencies here to answer runoff questions

Routt County residents with questions about the coming spring runoff and the potential for flooding can get some preliminary answers tonight during a meeting hosted by the city of Steamboat Springs at the request of state and federal agencies.

Steamboat briefs for March 25

Nominations for the 2007-08 Colorado Teacher of the Year are being accepted through April 30, by award sponsor Teachers' Insurance Plan, a car insurance program for members of the educational community.

The Record for March 23

12:48 a.m. A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after Steamboat Springs police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Principal decision still uncertain

School Board delays vote on Knezevich contract

In a tense meeting Monday night, the Steamboat Springs School Board postponed a decision on the fate of Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich.

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Tom Ross: Enchilada casserole is tough to beat

Seniors have a heck of a good time in new Community Center

There's a hot new restaurant on Lincoln Avenue where the enchilada platter is a bargain and all the girls are sassy.

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Officials hope residents can craft a winning road proposal

Almost five months after a proposed property tax increase failed by a 2-to-1 margin at the polls, a group of residents has asked Routt County officials not to give up on efforts to fund road improvements.

Kay, Gorgone race to titles in NorAm finale

Zac Kay headed to the Mount Hood Meadows ski resort in Oregon with few expectations. But when the races came to an end Sunday afternoon, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder escaped with a pair of national titles and a fresh perspective on his future.

Church leaders seeking flock

New nondenominational congregation meets at Chief Plaza

"Stand up," John Cortez boomed. "Let's applaud Jesus." The crowd of about a dozen people in the movie theater obeyed. When the clapping subsided, the members of the congregation embraced one another.

Prosecutor responds to Wall appeal

License revocation will be subject of April 29 hearing

The prosecutor in the driving under the influence case against Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall thinks the revocation of Wall's driver's license was appropriate and should not be stayed or reviewed by a judge in Routt County Court.

Monday, March 24

Knezevich: Editorial inaccurate

The purpose of this letter is to provide clarification of the Editorial Board's view stated in the March 23, 2008, issue of the newspaper.

Aging Well: Taking care of the caregiver

Rene Mattone of Steamboat Springs feels fortunate to have six siblings living near her aging parents in Ohio. Although she's involved in family decisions, her brothers and sisters handle the daily care of their parents and their parents' farm.

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CNCC reveals Craig campus master plan

John Boyd, Colorado Northwestern Community College president, has one piece of advice for contractors who believed that constructing a college dormitory by next fall wasn't feasible.

Sports briefs for March 24

Steamboat sweeps podium

Smith contemplates Canada

Rough final day, long trip doesn't sink biathlete's dreams

Everything was a mess Sunday afternoon after Marty Smith's plane finally touched down at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Small Tiger squad finds success

Spring Break often sends students scattering into the wind, but family vacations and senior trips didn't hurt Saturday for the Hayden High School track team.

The Record for March 22

Saturday, March 22

Steamboat Briefs for March 24

Student FilmFest entries accepted

Deb Babcock: Foodies unite this Saturday

A recent trend in healthy living has revolved around eating foods that you know where they were grown, how they were grown and/or who grew them. Families, food stores, restaurants and others have all started taking a closer look at what they prepare and serve with an eye toward eating healthy but also toward reducing the impact on the environment by trying to buy local products rather than food that is shipped to Steamboat Springs from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Knezevich tops agenda

2008-09 calendar also up for School Board action tonight

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich's name stands alone on tonight's Steamboat Springs School Board agenda.

Monday Medical: High-tech improves the human quality

Technology is bringing care providers and patients closer together at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Two high-tech systems are improving the delivery of medical care while enhancing human communications.

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Behind the daffodils

Florist started fundraiser after dad's death

They came on forklifts, the daffodils did, when Susanne Kane Bostrom and her husband arrived in Denver to pick them up.

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Luke Graham: Take me out to the ball game :

Last year included probably the most exciting baseball season of my life.

Sunday, March 23

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Sailors girls lacrosse drops games to Summit, Pine Creek

If nothing else in lacrosse, ground balls equal possession and possession equals wins.

Routt County Spotlight: James William Walter McCreight

Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?

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Building permits total $6M

Multifamily projects account for bulk of February balance

February building permits in the city of Steamboat Springs totaled $6.08 million and were accounted for almost entirely by a 33-unit multifamily project.

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Science students make sense of mess

Steamboat Springs High School science teacher Cindy Gay, who provides endless hands-on activities for her students, had yet another surprise in store for her physical science classes after blues break.

Class notes for March 23

Lavington named Rotary Student of the Month

Looking Back for March 24, 1933

No reduction in grazing fees on national forest.

Diann Ritschard: Protecting our water sources

Community Agriculture Alliance

With record snowfall in Steamboat Springs this winter and plenty of low temperatures, global warming may not be at the forefront of our minds. However, climate models show that a warming trend likely is to continue throughout this century.

Jimmy Westlake: Dippers large and small

The celestial Bears, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, are coming out of their winter hibernation and can be seen parading around the north celestial pole this month. Better known in the United States as the Big and Little Dippers, these star patterns are known and loved by all.

Kerry Hart: A community of scholars

The Hollywood perception of the stereotypical scholar paints a picture of the hallowed halls of the university, where the professoriate sits in the proverbial ivy tower and engages in research that contributes to society's vast body of knowledge and wisdom. This perception may have had some validity in the early days of the university, when professors were expounding their knowledge amidst a predominantly illiterate population of the time. There certainly is a history of mystique around the professoriate. But in our modern society with a highly educated and literate constituency, there is no mystery surrounding the acquisition of knowledge. Scholarship is an attribute of everyone who independently investigates and researches problems.

Editorial Cartoon for March 23, 2008

Editorial cartoon for March 23, 2008

Our View: Knezevich creates unfortunate situation

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich's attempt last week to rally his staff to save his job certainly was unprofessional. Even more concerning is how his actions have divided the school's faculty and potentially jeopardized the employment of probationary teachers and support staff members who have no desire or need to be involved in such a matter.

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Council's Harwigs habit

Steve Ivancie calls for an end to weekly gatherings

Late Tuesday night at Harwigs Grill, six members of the Steamboat Springs City Council sat in the bar, unwinding after an unusually long six hours in the chambers at Centennial Hall. Over a glass of wine or a pint of beer, conversation ebbed and flowed about an array of subjects spanning idle gossip to national politics.

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The rules of the game

Understanding mountain real estate during a national downturn

A business professor at the University of Denver who happens to own resort property in Silverthorne said this week the real estate markets in Colorado's mountain towns are relatively immune to the current national economic downturn.

Tom Ross: On the Market

Just check out the number of 2007 year-end real estate listings in a variety of mountain towns as reported by the Rocky Mountain Resort Alliance.

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Marathoners flock to dry sidewalks to train for summer

The diversity of sports in Steamboat Springs was displayed all through the city Friday.

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Sailors split doubleheader

Steamboat takes to diamond in Glenwood Springs

After stranding 13 runners in a 5-3 loss to Steamboat Springs High School in the front end of a Saturday doubleheader, Glenwood Springs pent up more than its fair share of frustration.

Schaffrick rides with the stars

Teen thrilled with snowboarding experience

Both of her runs ended with a fall on the snow, so it might seem Madeline Schaffrick was disappointed Saturday at the Burton U.S. Snowboarding Championships at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont.

Steamboat soccer wins another squeaker

For the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team, playing inspired soccer is likely the difference between winning and losing.

Seeking housing answers

Five-part forum series starts Friday

Affordable housing, affordable housing, affordable housing. It's a refrain among Steamboat Springs officials, who are confronting a need for workers coupled with a lack of homes that fit into workers' budgets.

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Traffic concerns consultants

Engineering firm focuses on congestion, transportation

MainStreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett summed it up: "It's the question on everybody's lips: What can be done about the traffic?"

Business file for March 23

Kasey Anderson of Walton Pond Mini Storage in Steamboat Springs was profiled in the March/April issue of national trade magazine Self-Storage Now! A Management Tool for Self-Storage Professionals.

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Various paths lead to Ace

Hardware store picks up workers with range of experience

A good chunk of the folks who work at Ace Hardware in Steamboat Springs came from some other field.

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Easter egg scramble

Hunt draws festive crowd

At the tender age of 2, Elisa Engelken already knows what Easter means for her. "She's been saying 'Easter bunny bring candy' for days," Elisa's mother, Nancy Engelken, said Saturday. Engelken and her daughter joined hundreds of youngsters at Howelsen Hill on Saturday morning for the Easter Egg Hunt.

John F. Russell: A time to give back

For some people, giving back to their community means building houses for the less fortunate, buying cookies from Girls Scouts or running a 10-kilometer footrace for a worthwhile cause.

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Transit options weighed

South Routt demand could extend beyond commuters

A survey last summer showed that 70 percent of South Routt residents were interested in commuter transit to Steamboat Springs, but as transportation feasibility studies continue, it's becoming clear that transit services are desired beyond the 9-to-5 crowd.

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Tours hope to promote and explain importance of ranching

You'll come across some characters on a Routt County ranch tour.

The Record and Jail Report for March 21, 2008


Conservative Commentary: The cult of instant gratification

We are Americans, and we want the best. Now!

Pam Duckworth: Committee helpful

I applaud the Pilot & Today for taking a stand in favor of historic preservation. I have served on the city's Historic Preservation Advisory Commission for six years. HPAC currently reviews demolition and building permit applications for all 50-plus-year-old buildings.

Real estate transactions for March 13 to 19

Real estate transactions for March 13 to 19, 2008

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Steamboat takes 6 of 7

Floyd leads the way as Sailors roll past Glenwood Springs

Steamboat Springs senior Lisa Floyd won her No. 1 singles match in straight sets, leading the Sailors to a win against Glenwood Springs on Saturday.

Saturday, March 22

Sailors pick up third straight victory

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester considers ground balls won and ground balls lost the most significant statistics in the sport.

Hayden board OKs new officials

Canceling vote saved town about $1,300 in expenses

Hayden's new mayor has spent eight years working through local issues as a member of the Town Board.

One step forward, and one step back

Steamboat girls soccer ties Delta

Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann had mixed feelings after Friday's tie in Delta. The Sailors' 3-3 match didn't necessarily symbolize a step back, but it wasn't a step forward, either.

Tom Ross: The winter of powder-eating grins

Record snowfall didn't produce deepest powder days, just more of 'em

Did you get the sense the snow gods were toying with us for most of the past week? Based on an optimistic weather forecast, we were poised to write the story of Steamboat's record snowfall the night of March 13. However, the storm that was touted to produce 14 inches of fluff whiffed on Northwest Colorado.

Longtime residents, skiers reflect on a record season - and seasons past

A few thoughts by longtime locals on this year's bounty, and past winters.

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Steamboat hits 450-inch mark

Ski season reverses November doldrums in record style

The climatologists had it all wrong back in November 2007. Steamboat was supposed to experience a mild January and February with no better than an even chance of average snow. Instead, skiers and snowboarders here gorged themselves on a record 450 inches of powder.

Steamboat Briefs for March 22

Penguin Plunge seeks plungers

The Record for March 20

Thursday, March 20

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Hot Springs rates on rise

Old Town facility to use revenue for capital projects

When rate increases go into effect April 1, many Old Town Hot Springs members will see their rates double, and in some rate categories, even triple.

Easter worship services

Churches across Routt County offer weekend events

Easter worship services in Routt County for this weekend.

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Willett House not part of church plan

Historic home across the street from proposed expansion of Holy Name Catholic Church

The downtown Steamboat Springs house at 544 Oak St., used by the Pregnancy Resource Center and known as the Good Shepherd House, is not the former residence of the late Dr. Frederick E. Willett.

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A taste of home

Tourists flock to bars to watch their NCAA teams

A sunny spring afternoon can make a seat near the ice bar at Slopeside Grill worth a pound of gold.

Friday, March 21

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It's official!

Steamboat Ski Area sets single-season snowfall mark

The Steamboat Ski Area received 4 inches of snow Thursday afternoon and evening - and in the process set a single-season snowfall record.

Johnson appointed as new Hayden mayor

The Town of Hayden has a new mayor: Lorraine Johnson. She was appointed to the position Thursday night at the Town Board meeting. Her bid for the seat was unopposed.

Restaurateur dies in California

Former resident, Big Tuna co-owner suspected homicide victim

Former Routt County resident and hog farmer Jacob "J.P." Lipson, 51, died March 14 in California in a suspected homicide. Beverly Hills police have arrested his wife on suspicion of killing him.

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Ski area's 5 a.m. measurement is the one that matters

After racking up 100-inch months in December, January and February, the Steamboat Ski Area continues to creep toward the single-season snowfall record, 1 and 2 inches at a time.

CD reviews for Evangelicals and Monade

CD reviews for Evangelicals, "The Evening Descends" and Monade, "Monstre Cosmic"

Creative activities help youths develop skills, interests

Do you ever wonder who created the colorful murals that brighten downtown's construction sites?

Steamboat briefs for March 21

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting a training workshop at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Pilot conference room for its Web site, Steamboat's premier city guide. Any and all business owners are encouraged to attend and learn how to create a free account and manage their free listings. A light continental breakfast will be provided. Register by contacting Internet Services Manager Dan Divens at or 871-4236. Similar workshops will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays in April.

The Record for March 19

12:16 p.m. A Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and expired plates during a traffic stop in the 300 block of South Grant Avenue in Oak Creek.

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Dying trees present opportunities for ski area

The makeup of Mount Werner's forest will mean less devastating fallout from the state's mountain pine beetle epidemic, a resort official said Wednesday.

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Rob Douglas: The sins of the Father

God damn America. Three words. Three words shouted by Barack Obama's pastor with enough venom to end Obama's political life.

Gondola options weighed

Joint people-mover project possible for Wildhorse Meadows

Talks are under way between the developer of Wildhorse Meadows and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. to collaborate on a people-mover gondola.

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Source List: deSoL

What makes them sound like they do, and why

On the surface, New Jersey band deSoL plays pop-rock. Thing is, deSoL's brand of palatable, danceable tunes has a firmer spot on the streets of Queens than it does on FM radio.

On Scene: St. Paddy's in Steamboat

Unless you're in Boston, Chicago, New York - or maybe Ireland - St. Patrick's Day is about the same wherever you go.

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One more (Friday and) Saturday night

Grateful Dead Revue brings

Jake Wolf has been playing the songs Jerry Garcia wrote for 11 years. A longtime member of the Colorado Grateful Dead tribute band Shakedown Street, Wolf said he hasn't gotten tired of it yet, and probably won't anytime soon.

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'Radio' revolution

Ky-Mani Marley keeps reggae roots in rebel hip-hop

The second-youngest son in one of music's most fortified families, Ky-Mani Marley benefits from his youth.

Baden leads Steamboat skiers

Steamboat skier Lexie Baden finished third overall among 13-year-olds at the J3 Junior Olympics at Vail Mountain, despite missing her initial qualifying event due to illness.

First spring weekend busy for Sailors

All Steamboat Springs High School spring sports teams play this weekend, including girls lacrosse and girls tennis, who play at home. Here's a look at each team.

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Peewee season comes to end

The Steamboat Springs Peewee A team's journey into the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association playoffs ended Sunday in a disappointing 7-1 loss to the Mountain States Renegades. To reach the championship game, Steamboat had to defeat a Denver University club that won the CCYHL playoffs the week before.

Schaffrick, Ladley qualify for semifinals

Madeline Schaffrick was hyperventilating and as nervous as could be Friday at the top of Stratton Mountain Resort.

Mallams, Frias top cross-country finishers

Ian Mallams was satisfied, but that's not going to keep him from hoping for more next time he heads to the USSA Cross-Country Junior championships.

Margaret Hair: Money, cash, hopes for art

Art is expensive.

Hayden names superintendent

Tennessee principal currently runs school for ninth-graders

The Hayden School District has chosen Tennessee principal Greg Rockhold to replace retiring Superintendent Mike Luppes.

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City's annual egg hunt grows at Howelsen Hill

There is a direct correlation between Easter eggs and merriment - at least according to Jennifer Travis.

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Childlike wonder

Artist Susanmarie Oddo gets inspiration from life as a teacher

Susanmarie Oddo is constantly surrounded by children.

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Sailor Mac Marsh signs with Western State College

After Mac Marsh's sophomore year, he was a man without a starting position.

Thursday, March 20

Hayden hires new superintendent

Tennessee principal Greg Rockhold to replace retiring Superintendent Mike Luppes

The Hayden School District has chosen Tennessee principal Greg Rockhold to replace retiring Superintendent Mike Luppes.

Spillane jumps to national title in Park City

On Wednesday afternoon, Steamboat Springs' Johnny Spillane let the pressures of a long World Cup season melt away in the gentle, rolling waters of the Yampa River.

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Safety task force formed

Group aimed at coordinating preparedness plans for schools

A new school safety task force aimed at coordinating preparedness plans for Routt County was formed Tuesday at a roundtable with school and law enforcement officials and the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

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Eagle County hires Smyser

Steamboat's interim superintendent to lead Vail-area district

Two of Steamboat Springs' top rivals on high school athletic fields scooped the Sailors in the search for a superintendent.

Steamboat briefs for March 20

Integrated Community, Colorado Mountain College and Steamboat Springs High School are seeking donations of international food for the International Food Festival, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 at the high school.

The Record for March 18

12:10 a.m. A Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license during a traffic stop on Steamboat Boulevard.

Man accused of sexual assault

Resident arrested on suspicion of attacking 14-year-old

The Steamboat Springs Police Department arrested a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl March 13 in his apartment at a local housing complex.

Smith focused at nationals

Local biathlete hoping his work on shooting pays off

Steamboat Springs skier Marty Smith said he hopes to close his first full biathlon season with a bang - or, more accurately, the thud of another on-target round.

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Closing day events get boost

New 'Springalicious' festival includes Splashdown contest

Closing day is earlier, Cardboard Classic is smaller and music acts remain for the Steamboat Ski Area's final weekend of the 2007-08 season.

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Steamboat boys basketball places five on Western Slope All-League team

All five starters on the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team were named to the Western Slope All-League team, including senior Michael Vandahl who was named the league's Player of the Year.

Knezevich's renewal uncertain

School Board to address principal's future employment Monday

The contract of Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich might not be renewed for the next school year.

Brent Boyer: From the newsstand to the laptop

The numbers don't lie. Online newspaper readership is increasing across the country, and that's certainly the case here in Routt County.

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Need a lift?

American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatments

Asking for help sometimes isn't easy, said Judy Morehouse, American Cancer Society quality of life manager.

Wednesday, March 19

Smyser takes Eagle County job

Interim Steamboat Springs Superintendent Sandra Smyser has been hired as superintendent of the Eagle County School District.

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Hope in bloom

Annual daffodil sale collects funds for area hospice program serving patients, families

Hope and spring's resurgence. It's what bundled yellow daffodils represented for Sue Jones, a volunteer at an area hospice care program.

Johnson new Mayor of Hayden

Candidates who ran unopposed will take office next month

Hayden's new mayor and three new trustees will be declared elected at the Hayden Town Board meeting Thursday.

OCPD takes a backseat

Infrastructure, budget candidates' top concerns

Although discussions about the Oak Creek Police Department have divided the town's residents and government in recent months, candidates for the April 1 municipal election focused Tuesday on balancing the town's budget and completing infrastructure projects.

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Tennis wins at home

It was a classic Shelby Reed tennis match. Continuous volleys, the ball always in play and, as is usually the case, Reed standing on the winning side of a three-set match.

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Sen. Salazar promotes clean coal on tour of state

Transit, water use also discussed during event with Rep. Salazar on Tuesday at Howelsen Lodge

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said coal would still play a role in the "clean energy future" he is promoting on a tour of the state during a two-week Senate recess.

Joanne Palmer: Who said there are no stupid questions?

Are you the consomme?" a brain surgeon asked the concierge at Steamboat Springs' most prestigious ski lodge. The startled woman looked up, and without missing a beat said she'd prefer being called the soup du jour. And so begins the end-of-season ski swap - sharing stories, not equipment, among the people paid to keep a straight face when tourists ask funny questions.

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Henry's OT goal gives the Sailors a victory

Two late goals by sophomore Kiersten Henry - including one in the last minute of overtime - led the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team to its second league win of the year, downing Glenwood Springs, 2-1, on Tuesday at Gardner Field.

Two Craig men held after car chase

Two Craig men were detained Saturday afternoon after a brief car chase in Hayden, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said.

Gas fee fails; Council debates housing strategy

The Steamboat Springs City Council reversed course Tuesday on a proposal that would have led to a 2 percent increase in gas bills within city limits. A vote to increase the city's franchise fee with Atmos Energy from 3 percent to 5 percent failed, 5-2.

Reiter, Gorgone reach podiums

Steamboat boarders elevate game as season nears end

Alpine snowboarders Justin Reiter and Michelle Gorgone wrapped up the World Cup season last week with the best showings of their careers.

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Hagenbuch takes moderate approach

Phippsburg rancher to seek bipartisan support in run for state House

Todd Hagenbuch's son isn't cooperating with his father's political aspirations.

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Ski rentals scarce

Spring break crowds fill Steamboat Springs stores, slopes

Ski shops all across Steamboat Springs are sharing and swapping with one another as they try to keep up with spring break crowds depleting their rental fleets.

Omar Campbell: Put it to a vote

In the Steamboat Today article dated March 12 and titled "City seeks 700 team," the question was asked of council, "Do members want to proceed with the annexation?" The answer was a unanimous "yes."

Our View: Supporting a landmark ordinance

Several significant hurdles remain for the volunteer citizens committee charged with recommending a new historic preservation ordinance for the city of Steamboat Springs, but the group's work thus far is both encouraging and appropriate.

Tuesday, March 18

Two snowmobilers found on Rabbit Ears Pass

Father and son veered off trail; snowmobile got stuck in tree well

Routt County Search and Rescue found two lost snowmobilers, a father and son, Tuesday night near Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Vail introduces 'Epic' ski pass

Vail Resorts Inc. said it will offer an "Epic" pass that allows unlimited skiing at all five of its resorts for an initial price of $579.

State ski areas report strong visitation

Colorado ski areas attracted more than 5.54 million in visits in January and February, besting last year's performance by more than 6.7 percent, according to the trade group representing the state's mountain resorts.

The Record for March 16

Sunday, March 16

Steamboat Briefs for March 18

Food assistance available through LIFT-UP

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Clerk's office to be remodeled

Love moves down the hall on temporary basis

It's a little known fact that the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office is the center of the romantic universe in Steamboat Springs.

Salazar to make stop in Steamboat

Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., is visiting Northwest Colorado today on a tour that includes a stop in Steamboat Springs.

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Tom Ross: Wiik among world's best octogenarians

Sven Wiik insists his primary interests in the 2008 Masters World Cup cross-country ski championships were camaraderie and good health. And that's probably 90 percent of it. But the remaining 10 percent or so is reserved for a rivalry with an 88-year-old Russian speed demon named Lev Litvinov.

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Gas fee increase scrutinized

Steamboat Springs officials will take a harder look at a proposed 2 percent increase to their franchise fee with Atmos Energy.

Board names superintendent finalists

Smyser among four candidates for Steamboat superintendent position

Interim head of schools Dr. Sandra Smyser is one of four finalists for the Steamboat Springs School District's open superintendent position. The other three finalists are Dr. Shalee Cunningham, Dr. Christian Cutter and Bret Miles.

Economist blasts Clinton, Obama

Stephen Moore says Democrats' policies would cause more harm

It's hard to say whether economist Stephen Moore is actually afraid - or just thinks you should be.

Looking after landmarks

Committee considers tiered approach to preservation

The city of Steamboat Springs may end up taking a tiered approach to historic preservation under recommendations being considered by a citizens committee reviewing city policies.

Maren Schmidt: Understanding and compassion

Let's talk now about listening. In previous columns, we've focused on the expression part of communicating. As a quick review, there are two fundamental parts of effective communication:

Monday, March 17

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Luke Graham: Barney's memory still playing out on the pitch

Although it lasted only four minutes, the tribute at the beginning of the Steamboat Springs-Battle Mountain girls soccer game Saturday will have a lasting effect.

Steamboat briefs for March 17

Applications for the Routt County Museum & Heritage Capacity-Building Grant Fund are due in the Routt County Board of Commissioners office in the Routt County Courthouse Annex by March 31. Qualified projects must relate to historic preservation and must be sponsored and administered by a qualified museum entity within your district. The approved museum entities are the Town of Yampa, Oak Creek and Phippsburg Historical Society, Tread of Pioneers Museum, Hahn's Peak Historical Society, Historic Routt County & Hayden Heritage Center. Applications are evaluated on a set of standardized criteria available through the museum entities and specified in the application packet. If you have any questions or want an e-mail application, call Helena Bond at 879-0108, ext. 315.

Hayden happy with results

Girls track team fights to fourth place in Delta

The Hayden High School track team leapt to a quick start in its season Saturday at the Delta Invitational - and not just on the strength of one or two competitors.

Steamboat biathletes find success

Smith, McNeill ski away from Snow Mountain Ranch with championships

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club biathlon squad traveled last week to the Colorado state championships at Snow Mountain Ranch. The team didn't take many athletes, but it didn't need many to haul home some awards.

The Record for March 15

1:50 a.m. A man complained about noise in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square.

Deb Babcock: Grow your knowledge

Three workshops can help you learn more about local gardening

Gardening in the high country environment of Steamboat Springs brings some different challenges, especially to gardeners used to less harsh environments and longer growing seasons.

New Frontiers offers tips for bridging the gender gap

There's been progress for women in the professional world since the 1980s, said Donna Howell, executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. There just hasn't been enough.

Monday Medical: Influenza and winter are still here

Whether or not the groundhog sees its shadow, Routt County residents almost always can count on winter lasting much longer than mid-March.

Bank theft details surface

Police say Williams, Fatka forged forms

The $1.2 million reported stolen from accounts at the Steamboat Springs branch of Alpine Bank is suspected to have come from forged "advice of charge" forms, according to police arrest warrants.

Aging Well: Tackling tough talks from afar

Caring for an aging parent or relative living far away can be among the most challenging situations a person faces.

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NASTAR champs from near, far

Steamboat grad Rob Zehner caps weekend with day's top time

If the idea behind NASTAR is to allow the everyday, recreational skier an opportunity to feel like an Olympian, mission accomplished.

Sunday, March 16

Steamboat lacrosse coach sees improvement after losses

Come playoff time in May, all three games the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team played through the weekend will look the same.

Class notes for March 16

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors congratulates Devin Borvansky on his recent appointment to Steamboat Springs Fire and Rescue.

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Spring has sprung

Chicks, ducklings and calves draw attention from young visitors in South Routt

The first new animals of the spring are arriving in South Routt, and at Flat Tops Ranch Supply, the runt of the pekin duck litter is already taken.

Jimmy Westlake: The earliest Easter

Have you ever wondered why the date of Easter Sunday bounces around from year to year? Sometimes it falls in March and sometimes in April. In fact, Easter Sunday can come as early as March 22 or as late as April 25. In 2008, Easter Sunday falls on March 23, almost as early as it can be.

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Between the lines

Assessing reading skills in young students a challenging, constant process

Eric Casey, 7, spent part of Thursday morning diving into colorful books such as "The Messy Monster," "Arthur's Underwear" and "The Penguin Finds a Hot Dog."

Joel Reichenberger: Dog sleds and other surprises

I've been "in-state" for three weeks now, and there hasn't been a whole lot that's surprised me.

City prepares for tough annexation negotiations

Granby Mayor Ted Wang said his Grand County town was languishing in the early 1990s.

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Hagenbuch to run for House

Commissioner Stahoviak could be unopposed for re-election

Todd Hagenbuch, a fourth-generation Routt County rancher and executive director of Historic Routt County, is running as a Democrat for state House District 57, the seat to be vacated by Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, who will seek a District 8 state Senate seat.

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Sailors girls lose to Huskies at home

Battle Mountain girls soccer coach Dave Cope allowed for a little different post-game activity after Saturday's 2-0 victory against chief rival Steamboat Springs.

Sports briefs for March 16

Sailors track gets big wins in Delta

John F. Russell: Demong's story true success

Who cares if Bill Demong seems like a nice, all-American sports hero? Why should anyone notice that he's worked harder than a bartender at a Cancun nightspot during spring break, or that he's more committed to his sport than Silda Wall Spitzer, the wife of former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, has been to her husband the past few weeks?

Kerry Hart: College degrees for sale

In a less-than-perfect world, there are ways that money can be misused by students to get through school. I'm not talking about those unaccredited fly-by-night universities that use the garage to print out custom-made diplomas for a price - albeit this is a problem for our society.

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Students hear message of strength at leadership symposium

Kevin Basik has the kind of infectious enthusiasm that can spark a roomful of laughter with a corny joke.

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Study eyes local economy

Steamboat begins to tackle tough questions about the future

Steamboat Springs is growing - that's no secret. What city officials are trying to nail down is how much, how fast and in what direction.

The Record and Jail Report for March 14

Friday, March 14

Editorial cartoon for March 16

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for March 16, 2008.

Daniel King: Found my faith

Found: My faith in the people of Steamboat Springs. I just spent a week with my family in Steamboat, and near the end of our trip I lost my camera case with two cameras and all of the photos of our trip. We retraced our steps to no avail. Someone suggested I place an ad in the Steamboat Today. I not only had my cameras and pictures returned, but each of the following four days someone from Steamboat called me to let me know a camera had been found and gave me the information about it, or asked if I had found it.

Stephen Evans: Who's managing?

With traffic and parking problems getting worse, shouldn't City Council work toward managing development? It seems to me the developers are managing City Council. Who is going to pay for new roads, sewage treatment and schools? Too bad the residents can't vote on the course of our future! Our only hope is the coming recession will drive the developers elsewhere.

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Steamboat residents pedal through snowy commutes

Chris Tamucci is pretty sure he has it easy. He rode his bike to work most days in a 400-plus-inch winter, and he says it was less work than trying to shovel that amount of powder out of a driveway.

Looking back for March 17, 1933

Work started this week on extensive improvements to be made on the outdoor pool at the bath house and various other parts of the property of the Rocky Mountain Milaquelle Spa. When the work is completed, it will greatly add to the attractiveness and beauty of Steamboat Springs.

Real Estate transactions for March 6 to March 12

Real Estate transactions for March 6 to March 12

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Plans for restaurants emerging

Spaces remain at 3-year-old Wildhorse Marketplace commercial center

Traditional Indian cuisine and "Get and Go" comfort food are coming to Wildhorse Marketplace as Resort Ventures West begins to deliver on its goal of pumping up the dining scene in the commercial center on Mount Werner Road.

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Uniting downtown

Mainstreet wants to get residents, businesses talking

The formula for the future of downtown Steamboat Springs is pretty clear: more residences will equal more people. More people will equal more cars. More people and more cars are likely to equal more entertainment, noise and traffic.

Business File for March 16

Sales tax specifics, broken down

Routt County Spotlight: Nick Marzano

Nick Marzano Age: 25 Occupation: Teacher, disc jockey, All That Jazz employee

Nancy Kramer: Panel to discuss increasing growing products

On March 29, Northwest Colorado Products, a program of the community Agriculture Alliance, CSU Routt County Extension and the district office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service will team up to present a panel discussion and facilitate a community dialogue, What's in Our Foodshed? to provide direction for how we can increase growing products for the local marketplace. This event is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank of Steamboat Springs. The forum begins at 11 a.m. at the new Steamboat Springs Community Center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center.

Conservative commentary: What Bruce Benson knows

"The Idea of a University" is the title of a classic work by the scholar and churchman John Henry Newman. Recently it also has been the subject of a contentious public seminar polarizing Coloradans.

Our View: Team approach the correct one

A common complaint about city government is its proclivity for spending taxpayer money on consultants and studies. We haven't been immune from logging similar complaints.

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Sailors score first win

Boys lacrosse breaks losing streak to Evergreen

There the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team was again, knotted in a tight game with Evergreen as the time shrunk. Tied at 6-6 late in the third quarter, it looked like an all too familiar scenario for Steamboat.

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Sun doesn't slow Coureur des Bois

Diverse field of competitors battle heavy snow across Northern Colorado

Dan Smilkstein announced early in the afternoon that the 45-kilometer course of the fourth annual North Routt Coureur des Bois was one of the toughest in the country.

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NASTAR racers aged to perfection

National Championships' oldest skiers credit longevity to active life

Naomi Wain had just one thought upon crossing the finish line of her NASTAR race Friday morning.

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Hiester a lacrosse legend

Steamboat coach in state hall of fame after four decades on sidelines

There's a reason Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester is in the Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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Market demand subject of speculation

Jeff Meier, senior director of sales and marketing for Playground Destination Properties, said this week that if real estate activity in Vail is any indication, this summer will see positive real estate sales in Steamboat Springs in spite of the national slowdown in housing.

On the Market for March 16

Avery among top 10 in the West

Part-time workers pile on the jobs

More people taking on several gigs

Part-time employment is increasing nationwide, statistics show, and the scene appears to be thriving in Steamboat Springs.

Saturday, March 15

DUI enforcement steps up

Local agencies prepare for St. Patrick's Day with extra patrols

Local law enforcement agencies are adding extra patrol officers for the St. Patrick's Day weekend as part of a statewide crackdown on drunken driving.

Sailors baseball plays complete game

When a team hits, pitches and plays defense well, baseball can be an easy game.

Steamboat briefs for March 15

Harner named to American Airlines committee

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Helping out Hayden 4-H

Program to let children house livestock at fairgrounds

Hayden youths seeking a spot to raise 4-H livestock will be able to house them at the Routt County Fairgrounds under a new pilot program.

High school's honor council turns 5

Students, faculty see evolution in cheating, plagiarism trends

Steamboat Springs High School adopted an honor code in fall 2003 to build an environment of academic integrity. Since then, the goal of honor council has remained consistent - "to protect the academic rights of the student body and to encourage academic honesty," said Lisa Ruff, a high school teacher and one of the honor council's faculty advisers.

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Police issue not over

Oak Creek municipal elections just around the corner

With Oak Creek's municipal election just more than two weeks away, dueling viewpoints about the Oak Creek Police Department are poised to take center stage.

Cutting back base plans

Under tight budget, Urban Redevelopment Authority re-examines projects

Three years and millions of dollars later, plans to construct a promenade and daylight Burgess Creek at the base of Steamboat Ski Area remain just that. With budget constraints threatening to delay the projects even further, frustrations are building on the city's advisory committee for base area redevelopment.

Steamboat high school boys lacrosse loses to Monarch

Three games into the year, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team is looking for a turning point.

Girls hockey picks up speed

Steamboat high school team grows

Twins Allie and Annie Eggleston can't agree on how they started playing hockey.

The Record for March 13

Thursday, March 13

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Swedish students explore Steamboat

Foreign exchange trip includes ski days, ranch visit and Strawberry Park Hot Springs soaks

Swedish exchange students visiting Steamboat Springs are discovering the United States is about more than Big Macs and celebrities - a widespread perception in their home country.

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Speed rules at NASTAR

More than 1,000 competitors hit slopes on event's first day

Jerry Taylor said he'd be happy to chat while skiing toward a chair lift Friday morning - as long as you can keep up with him.

Friday, March 14

Cisneros pleads not guilty in murder case

Luz Cisneros, the Steamboat Springs woman accused of killing her 1-year-old daughter, entered a plea of not guilty Thursday in Routt County District Court. Her trial is scheduled to begin in September.

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Steamboat girls lacrosse looking to improve

Winning breeds a certain kind of attitude. So after seeing two years of losses mount up, Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse coach Jenn Kirkpatrick might be excused if she curtailed her expectations for the year.

Steamboat teams have busy weekend ahead

Weather permitting, all six Steamboat Springs High School spring sports teams are in action this weekend. Here's a look at each team.

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Modern motif

Four artists find contemporary common ground

About an hour before the opening of their first group art show, four artists claim they have nothing in common.

Weekend lodging occupancy near max

The winter tourism season is nearing the peak of spring break, with 14,400 visitors expected to spend Saturday night in Steamboat Springs lodging properties. There are signs the peak will last for at least another week.

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Hayden track ready to run

Coach familiar with large Tiger team

First-year Hayden High School track and field coach Barbara Manzanares doesn't appreciate every part of her new job, a step up from her position last year as an assistant with the team.

Oak Creek keeps police

Dissolution rejected; Oak Creek mayor censured

An ordinance seeking to dissolve the Oak Creek Police Department was shot down and town trustees publicly censured Mayor J. Elliott during discussions about the police force at the Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday night.

Injury clouds CMC's ski trip

Team still manages 12th-place finish

The Colorado Mountain College ski team had an inherent disadvantage last week when competing in the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association National Championships, CMC being a two-year institution taking on a group of four-year schools.

Building boundaries, expectations assets

Last fall, more than 100 parents and early childhood educators attended First Impressions of Routt County's Parenting and Pizza class. The class focused on "Love and Logic," a parenting technique that engages parents in setting clear limits with logical consequences, such as not running homework to school when it was the child's responsibility to pack it.

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Rob Douglas: You monster, you

Recently, when Hillary's campaign mouthpiece hit Barack with the foulest Democrat slur - comparing him to Ken Starr, Obama's surrogate fired back, calling Clinton a "monster."

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Heavy snow warning today

Storm system could put ski area over the record season total

The Steamboat Ski Area's all-time single-season snowfall record could soon be toppled. Perhaps it already has been.

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Huge support for all-day kindergarten

Of 412 surveyed, 362 asked for expanded program

Parents and community members resoundingly support full-day kindergarten in Steamboat Springs, and most are willing to pay for it. Results from a recent Steamboat Springs School District survey confirm local parents want a full day of learning for their kindergartners.

On Scene: Stopping off at the HiWay

It was late on the night of March 1 when I rolled into Steamboat Springs, crawling over snow-blown Rabbit Ears Pass on my way to a new house, a new town and a new job.

Celtic classic

What to do on St. Paddy's in Steamboat

Where it's happenin' on St. Patrick's.

Bluegrass, blue comedy

The Reverend Nathan Brady Crain takes it all on

Nathan Brady Crain could be doing a lot of things. With a collection of degrees that covers Shakespeare and electrical engineering, a collection of stage experience that spans the Grateful Dead to the Pope, and a collection of bizarre points in a life that once included competitive martial arts, Crain is a varied guy.

Aria autobiography

Opera vocalists track their careers with favorite songs

Instead of organizing a concert chronologically or thematically, opera vocalists Robin Follman and Mark Thomsen are taking a more personal approach - their "Romance, Lies and Opera" is programmed autobiographically.

Steamboat briefs for March 14

Free lift tickets for NASTAR volunteers

The Record for March 12

Wednesday, March 12

Margaret Hair: Jokes at her expense

Cindy Pierce claims to be incident-prone. It's the sort of claim you hear someone make and want to meet with a friendly counter such as, "Oh, you think you can't catch a break? Well, I ended up in the emergency room my first night in town. Beat that, lady."

Relay For Life begins 2008 event campaign

It was three days after a chemotherapy treatment, and Karen Schulman felt like running.

Thursday, March 13

Record-breaking storm system?

Steamboat under heavy snow warning until Friday afternoon

Steamboat is under a heavy snow warning beginning this afternoon and continuing into late Friday. More than a foot of snow could fall in town. The ski area needs only 10 inches to break the all-time single season record.

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Moffat County: Steamboat owes us $155K

Dispute involves Steamboat Springs Transit facility site in Craig

As crews near the start of construction for a Steamboat Transit facility in Craig, the debate between Moffat County and city of Steamboat Springs officials about site cleanup costs nears conclusion.

The Record for March 11

Tuesday, March 11

Peewee A squad to compete in Frozen Four

By finishing second in last weekend's Continental Divide Youth Hockey League playoffs, Steamboat's Peewee A youth hockey squad heads to Denver this weekend to participate in the youth version of the "Frozen Four."

Junior Olympics in full swing

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports club picked up five top-20 girls finishes in Tuesday's J3 Junior Olympic downhill races at Vail.

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NASTAR takes 'Boat by storm

Competition represents diverse group of skiers

They all share a love for ski racing, but it's otherwise difficult to generalize the athletes in Steamboat Springs for this week's Nature Valley NASTAR National Ski Championships.

Steamboat track looking toward regionals

It's an old game in a new place for Luke DeWolfe.

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Demong posts best-ever finish

Nordic combined athlete ends season third in World Cup standings

Veteran Nordic combined skier Bill Demong understands stress. After spending most of the season ranked second in the world, the U.S. Ski Team's top Nordic combined skier landed in the middle of a chaotic points race that wasn't decided until the final event of the season last weekend.

Mayor proposes dissolution of OCPD

Oak Creek could consider contract with the Sheriff's Office

After weeks of back-and-forth discussion about the Oak Creek Police Department, the town's mayor is proposing dissolving the local department and contracting with the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Steamboat briefs for March 13

Planning Commission to discuss Steamboat 700

Man gets probation for indecent exposure

Felony sex assault charges dropped as part of plea agreement

A Routt County man was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Wednesday after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor indecent exposure.

Brent Boyer: Sharing makes us better

Newspapers aren't much different than any other business. At the end of the day, we want to provide our customers (readers and advertisers) with a product they consider valuable.

Clinics to address STD concern

VNA hosts screenings in light of increases

A nurse from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment pointed out the numbers - "dramatic" increases in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in Moffat County.

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Holy Name caught in historic preservation issue

Church wants to move Old Town homes as part of major expansion project

Call it a separation of church and state. Leaders of the downtown Steamboat Catholic church want to move three nearby homes; city and historic preservation officials say that may not be possible.

Local jumpers shine at Howelsen

The ski jumps at Howelsen Hill still are in great shape, but the season is winding down for the Nordic combined athletes at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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URAAC may not seek city loan

Council explores funding options for base area redevelopment

A major part of Joe Kracum's job in the coming weeks will be figuring out how to move forward with the design of improvements to the area around the ski base.

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Lawsuit filed against 700

Rifle Club uses adverse possession in fence-line dispute

The Routt County Rifle Club has filed suit in Routt County District Court to assert its ownership of nearly five acres of disputed land along its boundary with the proposed Steamboat 700 development.

Wednesday, March 12

SSWSC garners top finishes

The second-to-last stop for the Surefoot Elite FIS Series took the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine team to Eldora Mountain Resort last weekend. Not only was the weather beautiful, but the athletes performed extremely well, hauling in three wins in two days of racing.

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Hayden wrestlers get 5 top finishes

The Hayden Middle School wrestling team picked up five first-place finishes on the way to the overall team championship at the Northwest Colorado Invitational in Hayden on Saturday.

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Steamboat girls soccer routs Moffat County

It's hard to judge a soccer game between two teams who have been practicing in cramped gyms since the start of the spring season.

Hockey players collect honors

Sailors team earns academic all-state

Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff could go on and on about what this year's seniors brought to the team.

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City evaluates Iron Horse proposals

Central Park Management and Resort Group have submitted property management proposals that, after a preliminary fiscal analysis, could save the city money.

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Joanne Palmer: Clock changing and quantum physics

What time is it? Is it new time or old time? I've been asking myself these important questions a couple of bazillion times a day since we all dutifully "sprung forward."

Our View: Yay for all-day; nay to pay

The Steamboat Springs School Board should be commended for its efforts to implement an all-day kindergarten program, but district officials should postpone the start of the program until it can accommodate all children tuition-free.

The Record for March 10

Monday, March 10

Steamboat breifs for March 12

Fourteen candidates for Steamboat superintendent

Oak Creek prepares for busy April election

Three candidates vie for mayoral seat; 11 running for trustee positions in South Routt

While Hayden officials consider canceling the town's election because of unopposed races, Oak Creek is gearing up for heavily contested races for mayor and trustee positions. The interest could be a reflection of a number of contentious issues in the South Routt town, including how the town's police force carries out its duties.

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High school students get innovative in Science Olympiad

Seth Davidson pulled on a strap to trigger a system of batteries and axles, and suddenly the wooden vehicle began rolling across the classroom floor like a miniature tank.

Local officials push for more conservative fiscal policy

The recession of the national economy and Steamboat Springs' heavy reliance on a somewhat unreliable source of income - sales tax - have many local officials calling for a more conservative fiscal policy for the city.

City seeks 700 team

Council wants help with annexation

Steamboat Springs City Council members admit they aren't expert negotiators.

Tuesday, March 11

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Change of address

Post office considers new, consolidated facility

The U.S. Postal Service could be shipping its Steamboat Springs' offices to a new location in as little as 20 weeks.

Lost snowmobilers rescued

Man, woman dressed 'thinly' when they became disoriented

Two lost snowmobilers were guided to safety early Monday by Routt County Search and Rescue members.

Steamboat briefs for March 11

Man taken to hospital after explosion in home

The Record for March 11

Sunday, March 9 12:08 a.m. Police responded to reports of a drunken pedestrian in Snow Bowl Plaza. The man was taken to detox.

Full-day K to start in August

Initial program could accommodate some children, not all

Tuition-based, full-day kindergarten will be offered in Steamboat Springs at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year, but logistics including how many students to accommodate and what space to use have yet to be decided.

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Back in the West

City's new finance director settling in to job, Steamboat

Streamlining the budget process, bolstering unrestricted reserves and community support spending will be major focuses for Lisa Rolan, the city of Steamboat Springs' newly hired finance director.

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Tom Ross: The days just got longer

Use your time well to take advantage of daylight-saving time

Here comes the sun! Profuse gratitude goes out to whomever it was who decided it would be a good idea to advance the arrival of daylight-saving time by roughly a month. Yes, I did curse them when my wife's alarm sounded at what felt like 4:15 a.m. Monday morning. But I've since gotten over it.

Monday, March 10

Caring from afar

Step-by-step planning and organization make long-distance caregiving manageable

Like many people in her generation, Nancy Schwanke, 54, is working hard to help her aging parents stay as independent as possible.

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Luke Graham: Going out as winners

There were so many things that defined the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team this year.

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North Routt Coureur des Bois race growing

Daniel Smilkstein said he's seen the North Routt Coureur des Bois take significant steps in its three full years of existence, as the massive cross-country ski event continues growing into one of the area's signature races.

The Record for March 8

1:18 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reportedly parked after hours at Chuck Lewis Park on Routt County Road 14.

Steamboat briefs for March 10

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has announced two local grant opportunities: The Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Community Grants and the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Recreation Fund. The community grants are available for any nonprofit activity in Routt or Moffat counties that involves the environment, education, health and human services, recreation or art and culture. The Ski Corp. Recreation Fund serves recreation projects in Routt County.

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Closing with a bang

Local skiers cap week with head-to-head matchup at Junior Olympics

Both tore it up. One had to win. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers Michael DeGrandis and Ryan Dyer went head to head Sunday on Mount Werner, competing for fifth place in the Junior Olympics dual moguls competition.

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Deb Babcock: Extend the growing season with a greenhouse

One way to extend the growing season here in the Steamboat Springs area is to set up a greenhouse. It can be used for starting seeds early, protecting your most tender plants, and for preserving certain vegetables, such as tomatoes, in an environment that allows them to mature on the vine.

Monday Medical: 'Who's bringing the tofu?'

I have to admit, I've never purchased tofu. I do not even know where to find it in the store. However, this bean curd has landed on my plate more often than I ever thought possible.

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Community Center to open soon

If anyone is excited about the completion of the new Steamboat Springs Community Center, it's Shelley Orrell.

Affordable housing roundtable finding its way

A broad group of some of Steamboat Springs' most influential developers, businesspeople, municipal staff, elected officials and others has assembled to take a fresh look at affordable housing.

Sunday, March 9

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Brothers on and off the court

Steamboat Springs boys basketball team formed lasting chemistry

When Steamboat Springs High School senior basketball player Colby Kostur looks back on his four years, a lot of numbers pop up.

Routt County Spotlight: Molly Killien

Molly Killien

Business file for March 9

A Success Steps luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Smokehouse Restaurant, 912 Lincoln Ave. This month's program is titled "Worker's Compensation, a Comprehensive Look at Laws, Rates and Risk." Topics include compensable injury, how rates are determined for various industries and companies, expense modification, what factors are considered when evaluating a business risk and whether worker's compensation costs can be influenced through safety strategies. Christine Holzer of Pinnacol Assurance in Denver will lead the program, which costs $15 and includes a buffet lunch.

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Young crew represents Steamboat in aerials

Steamboat's three entries into Saturday's Junior Olympic freestyle aerials competition all finished far back in the pack, but showed no shortage of spirit and determination.

Lacrosse team hopes outdoor practices help

He can see it coming together. Not in giant strides, but in slow improvements - the steady progress that is the byproduct of his team finally growing acclimated to a full-sized lacrosse field. Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester said Saturday's 10-5 loss to Golden at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood was filled with mistakes.

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Monger could run unopposed

No Republican enters District 2 commissioner race at GOP assembly

The Routt County Republican Party gathered Saturday at its County Assembly to appoint delegates for the party's state convention, discuss issues of political interest and hear from local and regional candidates for the 2008 election.

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Fire damages Hayden townhomes

No one injured; lit cigar in garage is suspected source

A fire damaged two units in the Vista Verde Townhomes in Hayden on Friday afternoon. No one was injured.

The push for a better understanding of housing needs

Numbers often dominate discussions about affordable housing in Steamboat Springs.

Editorial cartoon for March 9

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for March 9, 2008.

Conservative commentary: Ideology above all

My entire four years of under-graduate college work was done while living in a halfway house for criminals (no, sorry to disappoint my liberal detractors, but I wasn't an inmate). I had been given a chance to go to college while working my way through by cleaning up the church and school along with eventually getting a job cleaning up the "kill" at a slaughter house. Given that background, it's amazing I ended up in the fine jewelry business rather than as a lifetime janitor. But that's not the subject of this column.

Debra Crawford: CMC keeps cost low

In a recent article in the Steamboat Today about the planned tuition increase at Colorado Mountain College, there was reference to its cause. I would like to clarify that CMC's board of trustees voted to increase tuition - the first tuition increase the college has seen in three years - so that the end user, the student, would be taking on more of their share of the cost of their own education.

Our View: Going green a growing scene

It's hard not to notice the increasing attention U.S. businesses, political candidates and others are placing on environmental issues, products and jobs. While time will tell whether many of those efforts are fueled by legitimate concern for our natural resources or just a desire to cash in on a perceived niche in the marketplace, we're encouraged by local efforts toward sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The Record and Jail Report for March 7

Friday, March 7

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Kicking up their heels - and boots

Newcomers and dance floor pros enjoy South Routt Social Dance

Budding dancer Theo Dexter did not mislead would-be dance partners at Let's Dance Studio's South Routt Social Dance on Friday night, offering his hand with a none-too-subtle offer.

Betty Leipold: Too much growth

I am concerned about what the future plans are for Yampa Street.

Sarah Hagenbuch: Seedling tree program species starting to sell out

Tree species available through the Routt County Conservation District are beginning to sell out, and the last day to order is April 11.

Jimmy Westlake: Leo springs into the spotlight

Just as sure as when the groundhog sees no shadow, when the stars of Leo the Lion appear in the eastern sky after the sun goes down, it's a sure sign that springtime is on its way. You can catch Leo leaping into the eastern sky beginning this month as soon as darkness falls. Look for a pattern of bright stars that forms the shape of a backward question mark, punctuated by a very bright blue star. Also known as "the Sickle," this pattern forms the head and mane of the King of the Beasts. The bright blue star is named Regulus, meaning "the Little King," and represents Leo's heart. Trailing behind the Sickle is a distinctive triangle of stars forming Leo's hind leg and foot.

Class Notes for March 9

- The Soroco High School World History class is serving hot dogs, chili, drinks and desserts from 11 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. outside Ace at the Curve, 2155 Curve Plaza in Steamboat. The proceeds will help fund a seven-student trip to Chicago to visit the Art Museum, attend a medieval dinner and more.

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Cooler than cool

Penguin Plungers take ice-cold dip for a cause

Jim McCreight, event co-chairman for the fifth annual Penguin Plunge, looks at the chilly swim as a rite of passage into spring.

On the Market for March 9

Can you say 'ski fast' in Croatian?

Real estate transactions for Feb. 28 to March 5

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Builders want to acquire garage

St. Cloud plans to change intersection

The founding partner and former president of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is partnering with Steamboat Springs developer Jamie Temple to propose a 781,339-square-foot development that would redefine the entrance to Ski Time Square.

Savory sweets with Steamboat roots

Robert and Barbara De Vries of Steamboat Springs didn't expect their son to wander into the world of gourmet chocolates.

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Local businesses buying in to sustainability program

A 1,800-acre subdivision west of Steamboat Springs boasts multimillion-dollar home sites, a herd of cattle and plenty of open land. One thing it doesn't have?

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CMC honors Stephen Craig

Math professor started engineering program at Steamboat college

A local Colorado Mountain College associate professor of mathematics has been named faculty member of the year for the seven CMC campuses spread across the north central portion of the state.

Looking back for March 13, 1958

Interest runs high in Town Board election April 1

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Long days, hard work haven't fazed those playing host to Junior Olympics

Every day of work this week has begun at 7 a.m., but the process began in July. That's when Erik Skinner and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club began to gear up to host the Junior Olympics freestyle events.

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January sales volume falls

Sunray Meadows winds up sales of 136 entry-level condos

The sale of four homes that cost more than $3 million apiece dominated the January real estate headlines. However, it also was a month when the last developer sales of an entry-level condominium project at the mountain were being placed under contract.

Saturday, March 8

Sailors struggle in first steps outside

Steamboat Springs lacrosse falls to Columbine, 9-1, in opener

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester said he wasn't surprised his team was caught off guard Friday in its season opener, a 9-1 loss to Columbine at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

The Record for March 6

2:38 a.m. An ambulance was requested in Steamboat Springs, where a man was experiencing chest pain. The man was transported to the hospital.

Steamboat briefs for March 8

The Steamboat Springs School District hosts a Parent Academy event, focused on underage drug and alcohol use and abuse, March 18 at Steamboat Springs High School. A free dinner begins at 5 p.m., followed by a discussion with John Underwood of the American Athletic Institute from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Underwood is familiar with the pressures and challenges particular to resort communities concerning underage drinking. He is involved with research about the detrimental effects of alcohol and substance abuse on young people's minds, bodies, and school and athletic performance. Please RSVP by March 14 to Shelby DeWolfe at 871-3621 or

United Way hires director

Former Steamboat Springs School District administrator Kelly Stanford has been named the new executive director of Routt County United Way.

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Tom Ross: Snow gods forgive math error; record almost sure to fall

If there's anything sacred in Ski Town USA, it's the all-time record for the most snowfall in one season.

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Developing Craig

Craig's residential real estate market could see more progress in the next 10 to 15 years than it has since the late 1970s.

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Capital projects top $100 million

More than $100 million in capital improvement projects are slated for the next two years in Craig.

Hayden may nix election

Town Board, mayor candidates running unopposed

There's an election set for April 1 in Hayden. Or maybe there isn't.

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Out of character

Steamboat Springs falls to Pueblo West, 67-61, in Sweet 16

Timing was everything this season for the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team, from the precision of each offensive play to the five-man defensive sets and team rebounding.

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Dyer just misses

Steamboat skier a fraction of a point from team's first medal

Steamboat Springs skiers left the VooDoo run at Steamboat Ski Area, host site for Friday's Junior Olympic moguls competition, satisfied.

Krawzoff backs multi-modal state transit plans

George Krawzoff cleaned out his desk Friday, his last day working for the city of Steamboat Springs.

Friday, March 7

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Watch the game live NOW

Tonight's Sailors basketball playoff game against Pueblo West is being broadcast live on Make sure you have Flash installed on your computer.

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Police impound, auction off about 150 vehicles

Renewed focus on code enforcement in city coincides with increase in sales of unwanted, seized vehicles

Since 2004, the Craig Police Department has auctioned off abandoned and seized vehicles to bidders seeking a cheap vehicle, spare parts or scrap metal.

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O'Hara laid to rest after military ceremony in Denver

Flanked by an honor guard of his fellow soldiers, U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Eric O'Hara was laid to rest Thursday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. While family and friends said their goodbyes one last time, the men from O'Hara's unit said theirs with a gun salute.

Margaret Hair: Art you can understand

Painter Michael Close has been in the art world for 30 years. He's seen movements come and go, he's tried surrealism, modernism, the elusive post-modernism, abstract this and realist that.

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Working the land

Featured Artists' Gallery show focuses on natural scenes

Susan Corser is compulsively interested in the concept of place.

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Let's dance

Group set for 36th annual concert

The props used in Molly Mintun's belly dancing piece for the 36th annual Steamboat Dance Theater Concert were supposed to be an unofficial secret. She kept it for the better part of six months, through weeks of choreographing and hours of rehearsing.

CD reviews of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Chatham County Line

CD reviews of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Real Emotional Trash," and Chatham County Line, "IV"

Fund Board approves $4.4 million budget

The Education Fund Board on Wednesday approved a record budget of more than $4.4 million for the 2008-09 school year, including $1.5 million to complete the long-delayed construction at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

On Scene: Steamboat music mainstays

The band was The Spider Bags, and West Chapel Hill shut down when it played.

Happy hours

Happy Hours for the week of March 7

Steamboat looks to slow down game against Pueblo West

One team wants to make it a sprint, the other wants it to be controlled.

Community Alliance celebrates eight years with annual event

Art Goodtimes knows growth. And he knows the problems that stem from growth - a need for affordable housing, considerations about land use, environmental concerns, the pace of development - are similar in ski towns and booming counties statewide.

Youth hockey teams ready for playoffs

Six Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey teams have qualified for the playoffs.

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Locals improve at home

Familiar course helps settle nerves in slopestyle competition

Competing in the Freestyle Junior Olympics on your home mountain comes with plenty of advantages. None of them helped keep the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Freeskier team members from having to grab a shovel Thursday morning to clear the night's snowfall from Bashor Terrain Park at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Building positive values

Assets help youth increase expectations for their future

Young people continually learn values from their families, friends, schools and community. Values are imparted intentionally and unintentionally. Kenny Morris, a Soroco Middle School seventh-grader, exemplifies positive values in action, particularly Asset #30: Responsibility.

Game cancellation raises snow removal questions

Steamboat Springs School Board President Robin Crossan is worried that promises made to parents and students about the artificial turf field installed at Steamboat Springs High School are not being fulfilled.

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Rob Douglas: Thank you, Eric

A week ago, this community lost one of its best. We lost a good man. We lost a brave soldier. We lost Eric O'Hara. How do we say "thank you" to a young man gone too early? How do we say 'thank you' to a young man who stepped up when so many didn't? How do we say "thank you" to a young man who answered the call of his country?

The Record for March 5

Midnight. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 800 block of Yampa Street. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded.

Little middle ground

Preservation debate continues as panel prepares ordinance

A committee charged with reviewing the city's historic preservation policies was praised Thursday for tackling an "impossible task," during a public hearing that continued to reveal the difficulty of the group's assignment.

Scattered roots

Michael Glabicki on genre mixing and songwriting

Rusted Root lead singer Michael Glabicki sets the bar high for audience reaction to his band's free concert in Steamboat Springs.

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Strumming up interest

Jeff Austin and Larry Keel on the bluegrass boom

Jeff Austin has to talk about how he didn't come around to bluegrass music to talk about how he did.

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Girls soccer team filled with youths

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team has been consistently among the league's best for five years.

Sailors baseball aims for strong season

As a four-year player on the Steamboat Springs baseball team, Elliot Girard has things pretty well surveyed.

Steamboat briefs for March 7

Youth lacrosse signups end today

Today is the last day for spring lacrosse registration for boys in grades five through eight. Call Steamboat Youth Lacrosse at 871-6100 for more information.

SkyWest stands by pilots

Investigations of Yampa Valley airport incident continue

Officials with SkyWest Airlines are defending their pilots in the wake of a close call at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Saturday, when a United Express flight trying to land came within 300 or 400 feet of a smaller plane on the runway before turning abruptly to the right and climbing to avoid a collision.

Thursday, March 6

Sights set on state

Boys lacrosse team looks to advance to new plateau

Seven years into the program, it has come down to this for Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester.

Fees could fuel green projects

City officials are eyeing a 2 percent gas bill increase that would provide the first dedicated funding source for sustainability projects in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat skiers get hang of halfpipe at Junior Olympics

There's a certain amount of pressure that goes with competing at the highest level.

Schrock signs up

Hockey calls senior from mountains to Missouri

About the only thing Steamboat Springs and St. Charles, Mo., seem to have in common is that a river runs through both cities, and with all due respect to the roaring spring Yampa, the muddy Missouri River makes even that similarity a distant one.

Steamboat briefs for March 6

Wall trial scheduled for April 29

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Police, public air issues

Hayden residents say law enforcement too heavy-handed

The Hayden residents who showed up at Town Hall on Tuesday night didn't seem too eager to mingle with the police.

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District unveils building plans

New Craig Middle School designs to go before state for approval next month

With a set of plans in hand, a building and design company selected by the Moffat County School District intends to start moving forward with construction on a new middle school this summer.

The Record for March 4

Tuesday, March 4

Dingman, Shields drop bids for Hayden superintendent

Jacob Dingman and Joseph Shields, two of the four finalists for the Hayden School District superintendent position, dropped out of the running Sunday.

Historic panel seeks input

Open house to provide forum for preservation feedback

A committee of citizens reviewing the city of Steamboat Springs' historic preservation policies will hold its first public hearing tonight.

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Ski Time Square demolition scheduled for summer

It's official: Demolition of Ski Time Square will happen all at once, and it will start this summer.

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Steamboat Springs says goodbye to Eric O'Hara

Wesley Adams remembers meeting Eric O'Hara a decade ago while lifting weights in preparation for freshman football at Steamboat Springs High School.

Brent Boyer: Good news - more content

Monday was a particularly happy day in the Steamboat Pilot & Today newsroom, and for good reason.

Wednesday, March 5

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'Kids Give' program tops $4K at charity-driven birthday parties

When Lisa Gamber began encouraging Steamboat Springs students in October to give rather than receive at birthday parties, she hoped to raise $4,000 for charities this year. Five months later, students have met and exceeded those expectations.

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Police forum packs hall

Oak Creek residents, law enforcement seek middle ground

If there was one thing the town of Oak Creek could agree on at Tuesday night's police forum, it's that the Oak Creek Police Department and its constituents need to find a middle ground.

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Joanne Palmer: Six words or less

Baffled by Sudoku? Confounded by crosswords? Here's something new to try.

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Council considers child care

Quinn, Hermacinski say affordability is about more than housing

Jon Quinn believes Steamboat Springs officials should expand their focus when addressing the city's high cost of living.

Skiers set sights on nationals

The top J2 skiers in the country will take on the challenging terrain of Aspen Mountain this week hoping to prove they have what it takes to be a champion.

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Freestyle Junior Olympics begin today

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle coach Nate Bird compared last weekend's season-ending Rocky Mountain Division event in Telluride to swinging two baseball bats before stepping into the batter's box.

The Record for March 3

Monday, March 3

Phippsburg plant upgrades to begin

Under state mandate to bring the Phippsburg Wastewater Treatment Facility up to standards by May 31, the Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a bid for the first phase of improvements Tuesday.

Barbara Gallagher: Thanks for story

Thank you for running the story about the Sunshine Kids foundation and the kids who attended Steamboat Springs this past week. My son Dennis attended this trip, he was the oldest in attendance at age 20. Dennis was diagnosed last March with a germ cell tumor in his brain, and has been cancer-free since Sept. 22, 2007. Dennis enjoyed this past week very much and was fortunate to have a great ski instructor/guide named John. Because Dennis was an avid snowboarder, John was able to take Dennis solo throughout the entire mountain, including the double black diamonds. He would never be able to experience a great trip like this if it wasn't for the Sunshine Kids foundation.

Luke Berlet: Thanks for support

As my family, co-workers and friends cope with the tragic loss of my brother-in-law, Eric O'Hara, I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have extended prayers, thoughts and wishes during this extremely difficult time.

No word from Sandra Smyser

Steamboat interim superintendent mum on applying for full-time position

The deadline to apply for the Steamboat Springs School District's superintendent position closed Tuesday, but whether interim superintendent Sandra Smyser applied for the job remains unconfirmed.

Our View: Elections jeopardized by politics

As the 2008 session of the state Legislature nears its midpoint this week, it is distressing that no solution has been reached for how to conduct 2008 elections in Colorado - and that Gov. Bill Ritter, legislative leaders and many county clerks are in disagreement about proposed ballot legislation.

Steamboat briefs for March 5

Benefit raises more than $13,000 for Nelson family

Steamboat basketball time changed

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team will play Pueblo West at 7 p.m. Friday at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs.

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Steamboat girls tennis ready to defend three-time regional title

Lisa Floyd is taking a different approach to tennis this season.

Tuesday, March 4

City may seek more input after survey

Some responses could have been predicted. Some were surprising. But in either case, city officials say they would like more input after recently receiving results from its citizen survey.

Close call at airport

Saturday incident reveals radar, communications challenges

A close call this weekend at Yampa Valley Regional Airport reveals some of the major challenges of mountain flight and small airport operations.

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Ice cream to cheer about

Cold Stone Creamery opening Wednesday at Curve Plaza

As he discussed his new Cold Stone Creamery franchise Monday, George Barlow pulled cups of ice cream out of a Subway box and handed them to toddlers.

'Boat's Jewell scores a silver

Alpine snowboarder has podium finish

Tyler Jewell landed on the podium Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a second-place finish - his best World Cup finish to date.

The Record for March 2

Sunday, March 2

Steamboat Briefs for March 4

VNA, Hospice raising funds to buy Selbe House

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A passion for the outdoors

Wildlife biologist Skorkowsky honored for work in forest

Robert Skorkowsky, a wildlife biologist with the Routt National Forest, said being recognized for hard work is always memorable. But winning an award named after someone who mentored him in wildlife conservation is truly special.

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CMC tuition to rise

Increasing cost of energy, faculty salaries push price higher

Colorado Mountain College is increasing its tuition rates for the first time in three years.

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Tom Ross: Pack your bags for wildflower country

It was 10 degrees below zero in Steamboat Springs on Monday morning, and the ski area had just blown by 400 inches of snowfall for just the sixth time in 28 years. But somewhere, the wildflowers were beginning to bloom.

Field fails to defend title, still earns two more

Cliff Field was hoping to defend the special jumping title he won a year ago at Junior Olympic Championships in Park City, Utah.

Monday, March 3

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Skies change by the minute

March continues unpredictable trend

Whatever the weather might bring - such as Saturday's mild temperatures or Sunday's blustery snowstorms - March is a good month for ski repair and rental shops in Steamboat Springs.

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Luke Graham: Who's next

The rise of Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is nothing short of unbelievable.

The Record for March 1

Saturday, March 1

Steamboat Briefs for March 3

Foundation announces grant opportunities

Writer's therapy

Workshops offer guidance through art

Having completed a 30-month internship to receive a designation in poetry therapy from the National Association of Poetry Therapy, de Wardt will share her philosophies on using writing and art to "help people formulate their idea of themselves" in a series of workshops this month at the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym.

Monday Medical: Patient Safety: A Road Taken Together

When you or a family member must undergo a medical procedure, safety should be just as much a concern for you as it is for your health care provider.

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Philharmonic clarinetist to play Strings fundraiser after trip

It's not that New York Philharmonic co-principal clarinetist Mark Nuccio isn't used to reporters and photographers.

Sunday, March 2

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Noon siren still sings

There used to be a reason for it. People used to know why every day at noon the quiet bustle in downtown Steamboat Springs is shattered by a screeching blast of sound that lasts only a few seconds.

Editorial cartoon for March 2

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for March 2, 2008.

Class notes for March 2

Bernard named Teen of the Month

Ramsey Bernard, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, has been named the Optimist Club Teen of the Month for February.

Real estate transactions for Feb. 20-27

Real estate transactions for Feb. 20-27

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Sheraton to remodel

Resort begins full-scale renovations near end of season

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort will shut its doors two days early this ski season to begin full-scale renovations, kicking off an off-season of destruction and construction at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Closing day April 6

Staffing, flight, revenue challenges outweigh heavy snow

Despite record snowfall levels that are prompting other Colorado ski resorts to add additional weeks to their calendars, the Steamboat Ski Area is planning to close as scheduled this season, on April 6.

Business File for March 2

Chamber Resort ambassadors named

Jimmy Westlake: About time

Have you ever wondered why the month of February has only 28 days most years, but occasionally has 29 days, as it did this year? This whole leap year thing started in the days of the Roman Empire under the rule of Julius Caesar. Astronomers, even that long ago, realized there were not a whole number of days in a year. In fact, there are about 365 and 1/4 days in a year. Since it wouldn't make any sense to have the last day of the year be only one-fourth of a day long, Julius Caesar decreed in 44 B.C. that we would let the one-quarter days accumulate and then add in a whole day, a leap day, every fourth year, sticking it at the end of February.

Teen Style: Coping after a loss

At some point in life, everyone feels a sense of loss and grief when a loved one passes away. Losing someone dear to you is a very hard experience. And dealing with a situation like this is difficult when you are overwhelmed with sorrow.

Looking back: Fire destroys $50K mill, grain elevator Friday morning

Flames from a boiler, steamed up for rolling grain Friday morning at the historic Yampa Valley M&E mill south of town, spread rapidly to destroy the $50,000 main building and nearby office as countless Steamboat residents drove out to watch the impressive blaze.

Teen Style: Talk about it

The loss of two Steamboat teenagers in the month of January came with many difficult issues to cope with for everyone in our community. Although I did not necessarily know them very well, I still felt the impact of their early deaths.

The Record and Jail Report for Feb. 29

Sara Ann Agaba, 22, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, DUI per se (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Pilot & Today wins 21 awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today picked up 21 awards Saturday night at the Colorado Press Association Convention in Denver. Awards were given by circulation class. The Pilot & Today competes against other Colorado newspapers with circulations between 7,500 and 15,000.

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Sunshine Kids provides adventure for cancer patients

At the age of 4, Christopher Rodriguez was diagnosed with stage-four Burkitt's lymphoma, a highly aggressive form of cancer.

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Steamboat boys basketball team used to naysayers

Taking criticism has never been a problem for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team. The Sailors have heard it all.

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Tigers begin spring training

Hayden players ecstatic to finally start baseball season

The Hayden High School baseball team is as difficult to find as it was to create.

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Soroco High School students display musical excellence

Soroco High School senior Mandy Meyer said what she liked most about performing Tuesday at the school's solo and ensemble festival was the slate of excellent performers from all across Northwest Colorado.

Richie Livingston: Drop a postcard

I am in the fifth grade at Northeast Elementary in Kearney, Neb. I have adopted your state as a class project to research. I will be doing a report and other projects. Then, on May 3, my class is having a "States' Fair." I will be displaying my report and any other information or materials I receive about your state. I am hopeful that some of your readers will be able to help me with my project. I was able to research your city and newspaper on the Internet, and I'm excited to learn more about your state.

Conservative commentary: Pick your poison with big government health care

Just as experts were revealing their plans to "fix" what ails Colorado, a heavy-handed health care overhaul crashed on the rocks in California and Democrat presidential candidates clashed over the size of government's health care hammer.

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Great day on a fast course

Warm weather makes 17th annual Steamboat Pentathlon perfect

Some came to win, others to finish, and even more just to soak it all in. No matter the goal, plenty of competitors left Saturday's 17th annual Steamboat Pentathlon satisfied.

Our View: Get ready for road costs

The gaping lack of state transportation funding could not occur at a more poignant time for Routt County residents and demands a community-wide reassessment of how we plan to get around - and how we pay for infrastructure.

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A lesson in self-reliance

LWPS students learn winter survival skills, gain self-esteem

Loaded with backpacks and survival kits, Lowell Whiteman Primary School students trekked into the wilderness near Pearl Lake State Park last week for the school's annual winter skills trip.

Saturday, March 1

Pilot & Today wins 23 awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today took home 23 awards Friday night in the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters awards banquet at the Brown Palace hotel in Denver.

Sailors earn spots on all-state ski team

Although the state skiing championships are in the book, the efforts of some local athletes still are catching notice across Colorado.

The Record for Feb. 28

Thursday, Feb. 28

Five-event race heads to the hill

Annual Pentathlon today at Howelsen

Five local athletes have earned their entries in today's Steamboat Pentathlon.

Steamboat Briefs for March 1

Grant applications due to Commission by March 31

O'Hara known as a hero

Friends, family remember soldier

Bill Montag remembers his late stepson, Eric O'Hara, as "a true American hero."

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Talking about town stretch of Yampa River

Plan comments sought through March 28

The city of Steamboat Springs is seeking public reaction to a new master plan that would address the condition of both natural systems and manmade structures on the town stretch of the Yampa River.

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First Friday event offers exposure, if not always sales

Ken Lee, owner and photographer for Gallery 11 on Lincoln Avenue, has sold a couple of pieces as a direct result of the First Friday Artwalk.

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Slow start, fast finish for Sailors

Boys basketball explodes in second half for playoff win

The first-half execution was porous, the shooting was downright bad and the defense left a lot to be desired.

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Students try their hands at fiber arts during 4-H camp

Eleven-year-old Trent Trask has been knitting for years and has amassed quite a collection of homemade hats, but at the 4-H Fiber Arts Camp this week, he tackled his first pair of socks.

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Enthused to be endangered

Selection to historical site preservation registry could help save depot

Railroad history ties in closely with the childhood memories of Patt McCaffrey, Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado chairwoman.

Tom Ross: National League champs are regular guys, like you and me

For a brief moment Tuesday, I thought Colorado Rockies slugger Matt Holliday was going to knock an A-10C Thunderbolt right out of the sky. But I quickly reminded myself that the thick skin of the Air Force war bird was designed to withstand all sorts of ground fire and flak.