News for Sunday, March 30, 2008



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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.