Stories for May 2008


Saturday, May 31

Rivers to peak this weekend

Flood warning in effect for the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs

The Elk and Yampa rivers are expected to peak this weekend before high-water season floats away, Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale said.

Kerry St. James leaving office

Elizabeth Oldham to replace longtime assistant district attorney

Longtime Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James is leaving the 14th Judicial District and will be replaced by Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham.

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Talented finish

Achievement night showcases home-schooled students' performances, abilities

Violin performances, skits, and an essay about NASCAR racing.

Triple Crown to host 8 events

Steamboat Springs will play host to seven Triple Crown tournaments and one camp this summer.

Steamboat briefs for May 31

CDOT repairing riverbank on U.S. 40 west of Steamboat

Golf tourneys galore

Golfers and philanthropists have plenty of opportunities for both endeavors this summer in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for May 31

Thursday, May 29 12:50 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue, where two juveniles were in the hot springs after hours. They were cited for possessing alcohol as minors and released to their parents.

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Trails drying out across Steamboat Springs area

Nature will take care of it. Eventually. In the meantime, Gretchen and Marc Sehler don't want to leave anything to chance.

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Strawberry Park kids bike, hike to school

Nearly 100 students poured through the trails near Strawberry Park Elementary School on Friday during the last of five Hike/Bike to School Fridays.

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Future of mountain discussed

Public meets to evaluate recreational options for Emerald

Its future use is far from finalized, but Emerald Mountain already is drawing crowds.

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Tom Ross: Maine is nice to visit, but I wouldn't want the heating bill

Jaws were dropping up and down the rocky coast of Maine last week. Ethel Cunningham wondered, when she got the news, how two part-time jobs and her Social Security check would cover the bill.

School Board to vote on contracts

Faculty, staff give strong approval to 2008-09 salaries, benefits

The Steamboat Springs School Board is holding a special meeting today to vote on staff and faculty contracts for the 2008-09 school year.

Friday, May 30

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Reaching everyone by reaching out

Upcoming suicide prevention training aimed at reducing suicide deaths

Listen, don't argue. Stay, don't leave. And, don't attempt to bolster someone who is contemplating suicide by telling them "how great they are," said Tom Gangel, Craig Mental Health Center division director.

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Back on track

Off the Beaten Path resumes book signings, poetry slams in new location

A poetry event that started in the 1990s will return to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in coming weeks as new owners revive the store's occasional poetry slam in a new location.

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Girl celebrates birthday with charity lemonade sale

Jaclyn Wertz turns 7 today, but she isn't asking for birthday presents. Instead, she has asked her friends to stop by City Market on Saturday to help raise money for pediatric cancer research by buying a cool glass of lemonade.

Business file for June 1

Katie Hughes of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs has earned the EcoBroker Certified designation after completing a training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions.

Hart still in running for job

CMC Alpine Campus dean a finalist for Fort Morgan position

A day after it appeared Kerry Hart was out of the running for the presidency of Morgan Community College, it has been announced that Hart is one of two finalists for the position.

Ski group: Vail's exit won't hurt Steamboat

Colorado Ski Country USA said the loss of Vail Resorts should not affect the work it does for remaining members, including the Steamboat and Howelsen Hill ski areas.

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Crash investigation continues

On-site probe complete, but no cause found for deadly accident

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board completed their on-site investigation of a downed aircraft east of Steamboat Springs on Thursday, but they have not determined what caused Sunday's crash that left two men dead.

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Tennis Association holding open house

The Steamboat Tennis Association is hosting a free tennis expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs for May 30

Library parking lot closing for construction

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Florescent fantasy

Don Woodsmith explores light in the art form he developed

Don Woodsmith is hesitant to say he's made something new with his space-inspired reflective light sculptures. But he can't quite think of anything to which to compare the work. Built from found objects in symmetric layers that are somewhere between childhood arcade games and black-lit fantasy worlds, the pieces in Woodsmith's upcoming show, "The New Frontier: Electric Light Sculpture," certainly stand out.

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In sign of the times, builder considered moving older home

Building contractor Steve Morrison and his architect had a clever plan to give new life to an older home in downtown Steamboat Springs while also creating an attractive building lot close to schools. But the cost of moving the house at 642 Grand St. proved prohibitive.

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Steamboat seniors upbeat on last day of school

The largest class Steamboat Springs High School has ever seen will graduate Saturday, with 172 seniors crossing the stage in the school's gym.

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Mountain marathon

Racers descend on Steamboat this weekend

There's nothing false about the views as racers tackle Sunday's 26.2-mile Steamboat Marathon that starts at Hahn's Peak Village and winds down the Elk River Valley (Routt County Road 129) to the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

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Source list: American Relay

What makes them sound like they do and why

These days, blues musicians have plenty of material. There's crippling gas prices that make touring next to impossible, declining CD sales that make a profit less than likely, and 800 million bands on MySpace to draw attention away from what you're doing.

Margaret Hair: A songwriter's tough love

The way Becky Alter sees it, all songwriters are concerned with love. And unless something really strikes her, love is the core topic of most everything the Steamboat-based singer writes.

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Making it work

Head for the Hills melds varied backgrounds into unique sound

Head for the Hills bassist Matt Loewen has a hard time explaining what sets his band apart from a traditional bluegrass act.

CD reviews of The Roots, Death Cab for Cutie and Flogging Molly

The Roots tell you right off the bat: Contents under pressure. Do not shake.

On Scene: New old voices on the film page

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one film critic who can legitimately say that it's completely acceptable for a 65-year-old Harrison Ford to reclaim his archaeological hero role as Indiana Jones.

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Rob Douglas: Sparky uncloaks the stars

Last Friday evening, a group of us convened at Rex's American Grill and Bar for Kelly Hanson's annual going away party. The phrase "annual going away party" usually would be an oxymoron, but not with Kelly. In just the past few years, we've celebrated her departures to Mongolia, Japan and now Alaska.

The Record for May 30

Wednesday, May 28 12:35 a.m. A domestic disturbance was reported in Steamboat Springs, where an intoxicated woman and her husband were having a verbal argument. The parties were separated for the night; no criminal charges were filed.

Thursday, May 29

School district surveys under way in Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs School District recently began a series of surveys of its students, parents and staff to gauge satisfaction on a wide range of school-related topics.

Alpine Campus dean plans to remain despite bid at Fort Morgan

Kerry Hart, dean of the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College, said he will remain in Steamboat Springs after an unsuccessful bid to become president of Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan.

Brenner, White in funds race

State Senate District 8 candidates busy collecting donations

In the campaign for state Senate District 8, four-term state Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, has raised $69,000, more than double the $29,000 raised by his rival, Ken Brenner, D-Steamboat Springs.

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Baseball players lead All-Star team to win

Steamboat Springs High School baseball players Elliot Girard, Lars Johnson and Alex Wood helped the Moffat County, Steamboat Springs and Delta team beat the Palisade, Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley team, 6-1, in the fifth annual Western Slope League All-Star Classic at Copper Field in Rifle on Tuesday.

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DOW plans footbridge

Proposed steel bridge would open up 50-acre lake for fishing

The Colorado Division of Wildlife plans to build a 120-foot-long steel footbridge over the Yampa River at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area south of Steamboat Springs.

Hayden grieves men's deaths

Plane crash victims, father and son, were stars in high school athletic arena

"My heart sank, you know? My heart sank. It just sank."

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U.S. Ski Team gets back in gear

For many members of the U.S. Freestyle Ski team, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's three-day water ramp camp at Bald Eagle Lake just outside Steamboat Springs signified the first time they've been on jumps or skis since the winter season ended.

Wednesday, May 28

Volunteers plan mission week

Congregational church to work in Steamboat, Craig and Hayden

Instead of shipping off out of town, Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ members will work across Routt County next month.

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Haven open house draws at least 50

Locals snagged a sneak peek last week at the new Haven Community Center on Shelton Lane.

Steamboat Briefs for May 28

City to discuss parks and rec needs tonight

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Mertz on to Ohio for nationals

Hayden hosted the Yampa Valley Soap Box Derby on Saturday on Crandall Avenue. John Mertz organized this year's race. There was no Yampa Valley competition last year, and the event was in Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs before that.

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Balancing act

Rep. Mark Udall visits Craig for Senate campaign kickoff

Lauren Vikse, a 22-year-old, lifelong Moffat County resident, was one registered Democrat at Mark Udall's appearance Tuesday at the Center of Craig.

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CU coaches visit Howelsen

Hawkins, Rokos talk about football, skiing at Olympian Hall

The questions came from every corner of the room, and from all types of people.

Our View: Best of luck to Class of 2008

High school graduation ceremonies for Hayden, South Routt and Christian Heritage School students have come and gone. Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 2008 will graduate Saturday, and they'll be followed a week later by their peers at The Lowell Whiteman School.

The Record for May 26

Monday, May 26

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Erosion control

Developers say 360 Village will meet community needs

The developers of 360 Village are worried about erosion - not on their west of Steamboat Springs property, which they say poses little physical constraints, but of community character.

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Raccoon caused blackout

Animal inflicts substantial amount of damage to substation

"Can you tell that's a raccoon? I can't," Jim Chappell joked as he pointed out the animal responsible for blacking out Yampa Valley on Sunday night and causing more than $1 million in damage.

Plane wreckage found

Authorities locate Cessna near Fish Creek Reservoir; both men killed

Authorities found the wreckage Tuesday of a twin-engine Cessna 310 that disappeared Sunday morning. The passenger and pilot - a Hayden man and his son - were killed.

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Joanne Palmer: Le weekend

The other day I decided it was time to take a day off. I think I had a day off about 19 years ago. That was before I moved to Steamboat - and when I still had a regular Monday-to-Friday job. That job, to the best of my memory, offered something called weekends.

Tuesday, May 27

Plane wreckage found; both men killed

Authorities locate Cessna near Fish Creek Reservoir

Father and son were on their way to race in Boulder.

Search area expanded

Civil Air Patrol looking at 4,000 square miles in 11 counties

Helicopters and planes could be seen and heard throughout the day in Steamboat Springs on Monday, during day two of a search for a downed aircraft carrying a Routt County man and his son.

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A time to relax

Core Trail highlight of long weekend for residents, tourists

Memorial Day in downtown Steamboat Springs proved to be a slightly rainy day of relaxation and outdoor enjoyment for many.

The Record for May 25

Sunday, May 25

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Faux again queen of the river

Aussie shines at Fish Creek race; wins third kayak invitational

The secret is bananas. Not a Woody Allen film or a Gwen Stefani song - Australia's Tanya Faux said it's the fruit that helps power her, and the fruit that again Monday made her queen of the Yampa River.

Steamboat Briefs for May 27

YVMC to conduct training exercise Wednesday

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Deb Babcock: Trillium - a herald of spring

Mark your calendar now for an early season hike along the North Fork of the Elk River (check out this hiking trail on a Forest Service Map or in the "Hiking the Boat" trail guide by Diane White-Crane). If your timing is right, you might catch a glimpse of the beautiful low-growing trillium that lasts just a few weeks here in the mountains.

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Years of friendships

Schwartz helped connect students with senior citizens

Don Schwartz valiantly declares that when he retires, he plans on "running for Congress" - a peculiar statement given his quiet, confident persona.

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Honoring service

Organizers see big turnout for Memorial Day ceremony

Full military regalia was on display Monday morning during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

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Foreign affairs

Lowell Whiteman School students spend month overseas

Just a few weeks ago, 17-year-old Daniel Wright found himself in Senegal, surrounded by government officials and soldiers carrying automatic weapons.

Monday, May 26

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Search continues for downed aircraft

Rescuers searching Rabbit Ears Pass for two passengers

Rescue crews are moving their search for a downed aircraft from north of Hayden to Rabbit Ears Pass and have confirmed that at least one of its two passengers is from Routt County.

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Explosion blacks out Steamboat

Residents report flash of light from outage caused by animal

An animal caused a Sunday night explosion at Yampa Valley Electric Association's Mount Werner substation, sending an enormous flash of light into the sky and knocking out power for about an hour across Steamboat Springs and much of Routt County.

Memorial Day events

A listing of things to do for today's Memorial Day holiday, including local ceremonies honoring veterans, the Over the Hill Gang's annual picnic at Steamboat Lake and Paddling Life Pro Invitational kayak events on the Yampa River and Fish Creek.

The Record for May 24

Saturday, May 24

Richman falls in semifinals

Steamboat 12-year-old has bright future on the court

Steamboat Springs tennis player Callum Richman said unforced errors and poor serves cost him a chance to play today for the championship of the USTA Intermountain 12 and Under Memorial Day tournament at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Luke Graham: Morse throws first strike at no-hitter

Maybe in the grand scheme of things, it was fitting that Mike Morse threw out the first pitch at last Monday's Red Sox-Royals game.

Aging Well: Curiosity on the wing

Bird watching keeps minds active

Anyone who watches birds, even casually, has experienced the natural high of seeing something so beautiful or awe-inspiring that it links them, instantly, to nature's marvels.

Steamboat Brief for May 26

Volunteers needed at Humble Ranch

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Just short

Lacrosse squads still happy with tournament results

The Steamboat Youth Lacrosse seventh- and eighth-grade boys lacrosse teams awoke Sunday morning to championship possibilities. But by days end, both fell short. Neither, however, was at all disappointed with their runs in the annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament.

Monday Medical: Library offers 'health to go'

The Community Health Resource Center, a free medical lending library at Yampa Valley Medical Center, has helped many local citizens, including the Steamboat Springs man who wrote this note of thanks.

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A day to remember

Steamboat woman celebrates Memorial Day by honoring her brother

Robert Secher was an understated man. In his letters to home from Iraq while serving there in the Marine Corps, Secher describes difficult missions and uncomfortable circumstances, often abbreviating the realities of training and advising Iraqi forces.

Sunday, May 25

Blown transformer blacks out Steamboat

Power outage total; residents report huge flash of light

Power has been restored to some areas of the city; officials expect other affected areas to come on line soon.

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Search area expanded

Civil Air Patrol looking at 4,000 square miles in 11 counties

The Civil Air Patrol expanded its search Monday for the pilot and passenger of a downed aircraft, to an area encompassing 4,000 square miles in 11 counties. Levi Klapperich, 26, of Durango, and his father, Mark Klapperich, 56, of Hayden, have been missing since Sunday morning after their twin-engine Cessna 310 left Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and flew east toward Fort Collins.

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Lacrosse a growing game

Steamboat seventh-, eighth-graders shine at tournament

Arguably the best evidence of lacrosse's growth in Steamboat Springs can be seen in the seventh- and eighth-grade Steamboat Youth Lacrosse teams.

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Rio Stampede has new format

Mountain bike race shortens length, pushes date to August

After four years of running as a 12- and 24-hour event, Rio Stampede race directors decided to move the event to six- and 12-hour rides.

Steamboat briefs for May 25

Man injured in Colorado Highway 131 rollover

Routt County Spotlight: Lennae Jenkins

Occupation: Montessori preschool teacher, middle school track coach

Real estate transactions for May 15-20, 2008

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Top kayakers ready to take on Yampa

Paddling Life Pro Invitational returns to Steamboat Springs for third year

As great as things look water-wise for tomorrow's Paddling Life Pro Invitational - the third incarnation of Steamboat Springs' premier kayaking event - the days leading up to the competition haven't been worry free.

Small victories

It's 6:30 a.m., a friend is kicking my tent and hollering something about fishing. In the distance, a chainsaw already is roaring.

John F. Russell: Lucky to be in Colorado

I'm the worst kind of sports fan.

The Record and Jail Report for May 23

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

Class Notes for May 25

Fox named Rotary Student of the Month

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'Develop your strengths'

Reed tells Soroco graduates to make most of tomorrow

Soroco High School's Class of 2008 spent 12 years together in South Routt schools, watching each other grow and learning what makes each of them unique - and getting along in spite of it, salutatorian Mikal Achtner said Saturday.

Editorial cartoon for May 25, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for May 25, 2008.

Best of the Web for May 25

Communities that take a proactive approach to transportation and effectively combine transportation and land use planning can have greater success. Combining the two can help reduce the amount of new trips that are generated when growth occurs, but there are still increases in the number of trips and these need to be accommodated.

Harriet Freiberger: We are the spring

Here in our mountain valley, Mother Nature supersedes the calendar, and clearly visible reasons explain why Memorial Day marks the change in seasons. While some folks identify this holiday with the beginning of summer, for us the last Monday in May says springtime.

Our View: Park to test housing plan

Last week's news that Chicago-based Green Courte Partners is under contract to purchase Dream Island Mobile Home Park presents an interesting scenario for the city of Steamboat Springs and its relatively new affordable housing mandates for developers.

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Windsor victims return to homes after tornado

Residents of a northern Colorado farm town ravaged by a large tornado returned to their homes Saturday to find varying degrees of damage.

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Clinic renovations complete

South Routt Medical Center offering new services

Just more than two years ago, the South Routt Medical Center was running on bake sales, dances, raffles and the generosity of Steamboat practitioners willing to spend an occasional day in the clinic, physician assistant Jennifer Sliney said.

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YVMC expanding care

$13 million expansion will increase birth, surgical services

Things can get a little tense at Yampa Valley Medical Center's Family Birth Place. When the hospital was built in 1999, about 200 babies were being delivered each year. YVMC delivered 431 babies in 2007.

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Streetscape consultants plan revitalized downtown

Yampa Street could become a festival hub, Lincoln Avenue could have wider, plaza-like sidewalks, Oak Street could get greener and side streets could be revitalized under recommendations consultants are considering.

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Galleries making their moves

Sleeping Giant changing venues, Wild Horse adding Lincoln Avenue shop

Two galleries will add a splash of color to Lincoln Avenue storefronts next month.

Dollar volume less than half of April 2007

Inventory of mid-range single-family homes up 36 percent

The Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service showed 1,640 listings as of May 6, the most in the local market since the end of the third quarter of 1999.

Business file for May 25

Pair form brokerage, Steamboat Home Loans

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Meat experts offer tips and recipes for grilling

While complex flavors and multi-layered seasonings line the spice section of supermarket shelves, most grilling enthusiasts will agree, simple is the way to go.

JImmy Westlake: The Northern Crown

One of the smallest of our 88 constellations shines down on us in late spring and early summer. It's not particularly bright, but its distinctive shape makes it a favorite among sky watchers. It represents the golden, star-studded crown of Greek Princess Ariadne, and is known as our constellation of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Are you a violator of the Clean Water Act?

Did you know that in 2000 the National Water Quality Inventory reported that agricultural nonpoint source pollution is the leading source of water quality impacts on surveyed rivers and lakes, the second largest source of impairments to wetlands and a major contributor to contamination of surveyed estuaries and ground water?

Looking back for May 25, 2008

Highway budget allots more funds for Rabbit Ears

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Yampa Valley Customs will take on a range of vehicles

Rrr-revamped rides

The Michigan employment situation was ugly when JC Cirisan lost his job in the high-tech sector.

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Boxer to train near Hayden

Rustic camp has speed bags, ring - and wood-chopping

People often come to Steamboat Springs to train and earn a spot in the Winter Olympics.

Saturday, May 24

The Record for May 22

Thursday, May 22

Police, ambulance and fire calls recorded Thursday.

DUI enforcement increased for holiday weekend

The Steamboat Springs Police Department will conduct increased patrols downtown through Memorial Day weekend, seeking to stop driving under the influence of alcohol as part of a statewide campaign.

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Museum back in full swing

Hayden Heritage Center hopes to fix damaged shed this season

The Hayden Heritage Center is coming out of a rough winter that left its storage shed with snow damage.

Memorial Day weekend calendar

Schedule of events for the holiday weekend in Steamboat


Sales tax collections up in March

Steamboat Springs figures rose 3.1 percent from last year

Steamboat Springs' sales tax collections for March were up 3.1 percent from March 2007, according to city figures.

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River Festival celebrates Yampa Valley's defining resource

For river sports, bigger is almost always better. And when it's not, you've got to make due.

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'Hawk Talk Tour' rolling through Steamboat

University of Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins and ski coach Richard Rokos are coming to Steamboat Springs as part of the university's inaugural "Hawk Talk Tour."

Steamboat Briefs for May 24

Three snowmobilers lost on Rabbit Ears Pass

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Off the Beaten Path cutting ribbon today

Off the Beaten Path has been waiting to reopen for months. "We've been out of commission for three months now, and we're all excited and eager to be back in business," Manager Debbie Hoing said. "We've had some unexpected delays along the way that have frustrated all of us."

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Country, community, commencement

The year was 1964, and Dennis Collins, a wild, 17-year-old Moffat County High School junior, had a family tradition to follow and a country to protect.

Weather could dictate holiday crowds

Lodging barometer projects 39 percent occupancy for weekend

As Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of the summer tourist season in Steamboat Springs, restaurants are padding their schedules and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has released its first lodging barometer since the close of ski season.

U.S. 40 talks, inaction continue

Shelton talks history of bypass discussions at Economic Summit

Before Philo Shelton started his new job as public works director for the city of Steamboat Springs, he received a prediction from a predecessor: "You will be talking about the bypass at some time in your career."

Friday, May 23

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Swollen Elk River receding

Yampa up next; melt-off also causing rural road problems

Although still above flood stage, the swollen waters of the Elk River are expected to recede this weekend along with temperatures, bringing relief to residents near the Elk's confluence with the Yampa River. The area of the confluence has been flooded to varying degrees since Monday because of the record flows.

Focusing on the future

Soroco seniors, superintendent bid farewell

In addition to the 30 graduating seniors who will say their goodbyes to Soroco High School at Saturday's commencement ceremony, the senior class's selected commencement speaker, superintendent Kelly Reed, will say his own farewell.

Steamboat briefs for May 23

The "Giving Bikes Back" program, sponsored by Home ReSource, the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, Wheels and Orange Peel Bicycle Service, hosts two upcoming events to provide bicycles for local children, adults and community organizations.

CD review for The Explorers Club

CD review for The Explorers Club, "Freedom Wind"

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Champion of chow

Beau Jo's contest to crown pizza-eating master

There's not much getting around the motivation for holding an eating competition at your restaurant.

On Scene: Cabaret 2008: 'Alive at 25'

For the past week, I have had a song about moose stuck in my head.

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Rooted in reggae

Fort Collins' Dubskin stays true to its genre

Fort Collins band Dubskin is not completely boxed into its roots reggae descriptor.

Helping outside the classroom

2008 Friends of Education praised for work on playgrounds

Julie Taulman, Shelly St. Pierre and Ed MacArthur are quick to praise the generosity of the Steamboat Springs community. But few give more than them.

Transit shortage spotlighted

Leaders kick off summit by outlining funding situation

Two state leaders jump-started the 2008 Economic Summit on Wednesday, giving the long and the short of the transportation scene in Colorado.

Realignment opens up top soccer teams

In an effort to make Western Slope soccer more competitive, the girls Western Slope League is looking at realignment for the 2008-09 season.

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Annual youth lacrosse tourney set for this weekend

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse will host the fifth annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

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Ramsey Bernard a finalist for Steinmark Award

Steamboat Springs High School senior Ramsey Bernard was named one of six male finalists for the Rocky Mountain News Steinmark Award on Thursday.

Biodiesel remains a feel-good fuel

Switching to biodiesel is easy, Breckenridge's former public works director said Thursday, but the economics of such a move are not.

Area campgrounds delay openings until summer

Remaining snow from a heavy winter will keep campgrounds in Routt National Forest from opening until the first part of June, as U.S. Forest Service crews work to remove beetle-killed trees and wait for the snow to melt.

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Vail, Breckenridge, Aspen leaders share parking strategies

Participants at the Economic Summit gained some insight into the parking conundrum in other resort towns Thursday.

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More than a feeling

Lumber Jack Jim wins Teen Battle of the Bands with love for music

One of the easiest ways to learn about how the people in a band play together - who influences them, what they listen to, the group's dynamics and individual quirks - is to make them list their favorite songs.

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Rob Douglas: Senseless acts near and far

How did you feel when you learned that five American flags were recently stolen, desecrated or tampered with in Oak Creek?

The Record for May 21

12:07 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3100 block of Columbine Drive. Police gave a warning.

Margaret Hair: Eat-off a sign of summer

For the upcoming July issue of At Home magazine, I am writing an article about ice cream.

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Natural ReSource

Community art project highlights salvaged materials

Trying to beautify a landfill might seem like a losing battle, but you have to think of these things in context.

Thursday, May 22

Tornado wreaks 'total destruction' in Windsor

Weld County officials report one death, 60-mph winds, hail

A large tornado wreaked "total destruction" in the northern Colorado town of Windsor today as it churned through the area. One death was reported, according to Weld County authorities.

Economic Summit talk spotlights transit funding shortage

State leaders Russell George, Carla Perez kick off meeting

Officials outline current and future challenges of Colorado's transportation system.

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Title run justifies soccer coach's faith

His team didn't win a game last fall, but youth soccer coach Leon Rinck always looked past the record, and all he could see was the improvement.

Steamboat briefs for May 22

Routt County Road 129 closed north of Columbine

The Record for May 20

3:21 a.m. A drunken driver was reported at Walton Creek Road and Columbine Drive. The vehicle was gone when police arrived.

Observances begin today

Local veterans stress Memorial Day education, remembrance

Local observances of Memorial Day begin at 4:30 p.m. today at Steamboat Springs Cemetery, where the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and their auxiliaries, along with Boy Scouts Troop 194, will place flags on the graves of 264 veterans. An official ceremony at the cemetery is at 11 a.m. Monday.

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Elk River at record level

Vale: Runoff higher than all of the locals have ever seen

High water continued to encroach upon houses near the confluence of the Elk and Yampa rivers Wednesday, as the Elk River reached its highest level ever recorded.

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Matt Tredway named Teacher of the Year

To learn math concepts, sixth-graders in Matt Tredway's class at Steamboat Springs Middle School are designing houses and getting a feel for blueprints in a unit on architecture.

City to sketch Triple Crown future

A four-field sports complex near Steamboat Springs Airport and $7.5 million could be the answer to keeping Triple Crown Sports in Northwest Colorado for another decade.

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Sports briefs for May 22

Samuelson to play at CNCC

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Summer in full swing

Sports leagues kick off across Steamboat Springs

After years of serving as the doormats of the Rocky Mountain League, the Steamboat Springs men's rugby club revitalized itself last year, finishing 15-1 and winning the Cow Pie and Ski Town tournaments as well as the overall league title.

Golf Classic deadline closes in

Jim Somerville is thrilled with the out-of-town interest in this year's Ski Town USA Golf Classic, which will take place June 27 and 28 in Steamboat Springs.

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Group pushes for traffic solutions

About 50 people attended meeting to discuss congestion issues

The handful of people who ran Tuesday's alternative transportation meeting stepped gingerly around specifics, avoiding divisive issues and the term "bypass."

Wednesday, May 21

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Golf courses ready to tee off

Aided by the recent surge of warm weather and blue skies, all three Steamboat Springs public golf courses are expected to be open by the end of the week.

Our View: Hearing officer a wise decision

The city has made positive strides during the past two years in its efforts to curb underage drinking and punish businesses that sell alcohol to minors. That effort took another step forward Monday when the Steamboat Springs City Council appointed attorney Jim Moylan as the Liquor License Authority's hearing officer.

Charlie Bates and John Whittum: Orchestra season ends on high note

The Steamboat Springs Orchestra wrapped up its 2007-08 season with final concerts May 17 and 18. The quality of the programs and the virtuosity of the musicians has attained an extraordinarily high level, but attendance is short of complete. Like all such orchestras, however, ticket sales cover about 20 percent of costs, so donations are necessary. Visit for more information.

Defense seeks to suppress evidence in murder case

Defense attorneys for the Steamboat Springs woman charged with the murder of her 1-year-old daughter are seeking to suppress statements Luz Cisneros made on the day of her daughter's death as well as evidence acquired from searches of her residence, according to motions filed Friday.

Rail Authority chairman briefs Rotary Club

Price, political will are modern rail's highest hurdles; track would follow Interstate 70, 25 routes

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club was briefed Tuesday by the chairman of a group that is exploring high-speed passenger rail service that could include a spur extending from South Routt to Craig.

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Gloomy financial briefing

Adviser tells county that crisis is worst since Great Depression

Routt County government's investments aren't performing as well as officials budgeted for this year, and financial adviser Scott Prickett said the slump could be a prolonged one.

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Joanne Palmer: When Mother Nature writes

It has come to my attention that the residents of Steamboat Springs are getting annoyed with me, Mother Nature. Therefore, the following memo will review the most recent performance of each season with a suggested plan for improved performance and productivity. Please implement all suggestions immediately. Let's get our ducks in a row!

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Snowmelt sieges Seedhouse

Flood warning remains in effect for area around Elk River

Rapid snowmelt overwhelmed culverts and damaged portions of Seedhouse Road in northern Routt County on Monday night, and a flood warning remains in effect for the Elk River near its confluence with the Yampa River in Milner.

Sports briefs for May 21

Bertrand off to all-state tournament

Tuesday, May 20

Steamboat briefs for May 20

Whistler neighborhoods expect water shut down

Residents of subdivisions off Whistler Road can expect their water service to be interrupted for four- to five-hour blocks during the next couple of days as crews continue work on the Whistler Road water main replacement project.

The Record for May 18

Sunday, May 18 12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs police contacted a person at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Spicing up western Steamboat

Young entrepreneur opens South American restaurant today

Mauricio Vasquez Aux hopes Steamboat Springs is ready for some Latin flavor. Vasquez is opening his South American carry-out and drive-through joint, Latino Flavor, at about noon today.

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Structures unthreatened so far

Elk River leaves banks overnight; flood warning still imposed

The high-flying Elk River backed off during the day Monday, but the National Weather Service predicted the river would crest above flood stage again Monday night, posing a threat to buildings in the vicinity of U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 44, about 7 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

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United Way event will send volunteers across county

Chip Ravenscroft has participated in the United Way Day of Caring for years, and one moving experience has stuck with him.

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Gossard wins Heritage Award

Moylan named hearing officer for liquor infractions

The Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously chose longtime Steamboat resident Gloria Gossard as this year's winner of the biennial Steamboat Springs Heritage Award at a special meeting Monday.

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Tom Ross: You look like you could use a belly laugh

Cabaret leaves Saturday audiences howling

If you didn't attend one of the silver anniversary performances of "Cabaret" at Steamboat Mountain Theater last week, the opening of this column won't make a lot of sense to you.

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Ritter praises South Routt

School district's new heating system 'visionary'

When it comes to heating its schools, the South Routt School District is old hat - and trailblazing. Gov. Bill Ritter was in town Monday to commend the district on the latter.

Monday, May 19

Aging Well: Getting closer

Open house a chance to preview new addition to Haven and the community

During the past few months, a dream has become a reality at The Haven Assisted Living Center - almost.

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Hayden High School seniors get words of wisdom

Class of 2008 told to work hard, be passionate

Bob Harris sent off the Hayden High School seniors with advice the football team heard all season: "If you go out there with grit in the gut and fire in the belly, you'll get 'er done."

The Record for May 17

12:05 a.m. Juveniles were reportedly causing trouble around Fish Creek Falls Road. The youths were gone when officers arrived.

Steamboat briefs for May 19

Registration is under way for the sixth annual North Routt Golf Classic June 8 at the Steamboat Sheraton Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the North Routt Community Charter School. Space is limited, so sign up early. Pre-registration costs $135 per golfer or $520 per foursome and includes cart, lunch and prizes. Rates increase beginning May 29. For details, call Jack at 846-5814 or Nick at 846-1111.

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Taylor thanks the people

Earnest try in politics marks senator's memory of career

The wind was blowing, but the weather was warm. The sun was shining but not hot enough to sting when wandering out from underneath the shade.

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Hayden, Soroco to return strong track teams next year

They came from two towns separated by 20 miles. They competed in vastly different events and found varying results. Each Hayden and Soroco athlete who competed Friday and Saturday at the Class 2A/3A state track meet in Pueblo shared one thing in common, however.

Deb Babcock: Use landscaping to conserve energy

The rising cost of our own home heating fuel this past year gives cause for all of us to focus on energy conservation. Proper landscaping can make a significant difference in the amount of energy needed to keep your home comfortable - summer and winter.

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CHS graduates flip tassels in front of friends, family

The crowd would have matched a graduation of 20 students, not two.

Monday Medical: Talking to your teens is vital

May 7 was National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Although preventing teen pregnancy is important, we do our preteens and teens a disservice if this is our primary focus.

Sunday, May 18

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Worsley wins state title in 100-butterfly

Cole Worsley entered the 4A swimming state championships as the No. 1 seed in the 100-yard butterfly. The Steamboat Springs High School senior who swims for the Bulldogs didn't disappoint in Saturday's finals.

Best of the Web for May 18

All-day K costs

Real estate transactions for May 8 to 14

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market for May 18

Edgemont ready for purchasing day

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Soroco High School seniors gear up for graduation

Gov. Bill Ritter will visit Soroco High School for an assembly Monday, kicking off the last week of school and turning off the campus's coal boilers one last time.

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Salazar takes state shot put title

Hayden junior wins championship with season-best throw

There was nothing unique about the sound of Holli Salazar's six throws Saturday at the Class 2A state track meet at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo.

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Local rescuers hope to avoid problems by teaching classes

The evidence that the "Lost and Found, Safe and Sound" program put on by Routt County Search and Rescue works doesn't exactly exist.

Yampa community remembers Carey and Bertha Trantham

David Trantham remembered his parents, Carey and Bertha Trantham, as a great team, whether raising their children or playing on the softball diamond.

Conservative commentary: Almost funny

But not quite, considering the consequences. This campaign season is probably no more ridiculous for its absurdities than any other, but it certainly seems so. Let's take a look.

Charlie Vogel: Forgotten history

Ideas are very powerful, they shape civilization. The socialist agenda of the 20th century comes to my mind. When Mussolini came to power in Italy in the 1930s, he proposed many of the same ideas as Barack Obama and the Democrats are pushing forth: attacking business, increasing government spending, (excessively) taxing productive people and subsidizing those who are not, and promoting a sense of grievance and envy among the populace, class warfare as it were.

Our View: Water project needs wider benefit

It's no secret that there is a shortage of storage for agricultural water in Northwest Colorado. Projects and solutions long have been discussed in the face of widespread development and energy exploration.

The Record and Jail Report for May 16

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

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In a class by themselves

Lifelong friends to share the stage as Christian Heritage School graduates

Christian Heritage School's entire class of 2008 lives in one house. And shares one bedroom. CHS seniors Theresa Cutter and Kristen Miller, both 18, met in kindergarten, if not preschool.

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Steamboat Mountain Theater drops the curtain after Cabaret

Kelly Anzalone sits in a darkened Steamboat Mountain Theater, practicing guitar and enjoying the calm before a sold-out show.

Routt County Spotlight: Julie Taulman

Occupation: Mom, nurse (not really, but I spend enough time playing one), and director of marketing and public relations for Strings Music Festival

Jimmy Westlake: What we don't see

I've been an astronomer for so long that it's hard to remember a time when I looked up at the night sky and was totally lost. I was about 12 years old when I had an epiphany one night while looking up at the stars. Suddenly, the utter randomness of the myriad stars transformed into the familiar shapes and patterns I had studied on my star charts. Ever since then, the sky, for me, has been full of starry friends, and I am never alone at night.

Looking back for May 15, 1958

Auctioneer's hammer to fall

Jo Stanko: On the road again

As the winter recedes, farmers and ranchers in Routt County are going back on the road. Just like the migrating birds and bicyclists whose visibility increases into summer and fall, farm equipment and farm vehicles on the various roads across Routt County also are increasing. According to a national survey done by Successful Farming Magazine, more than one-third of farmers spend an estimated 50 hours a year moving equipment on public roads. A crash between farm equipment and a car, truck or sport-utility vehicle is five times more likely to cause a fatality. It's time for extra care from the farmer and the general public.

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Cutting the environmental impact can be tough for restaurants

When it comes to eateries, it's easier to find green salad than a green seal of approval.

Business File for May 18

Recruiter earns certification

Economic summit to address transit needs

Hoping to stay in the driver's seat on transportation issues, area businesses and groups will meet this week for an economic summit in Steamboat Springs.

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Tumbled bricks go up at Olympian to give building period look

Trucks began delivering red bricks with softened corners Thursday that will soon give The Olympian, at Fifth and Yampa streets in downtown Steamboat Springs, a period look.

Joel Reichenberger: Salazar simply amazing

I have a confession to make.

John F. Russell: Fending off Father Time

Somewhere it must be in writing that as we grow older, we are supposed to slow down.

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From fryer to fuel tank

Family powers truck with restaurant's used vegetable oil

A faint carnival smell drifts down Chris Voyvodic's driveway, teasing visitors with the possibility of a doughy funnel cake or a paper cup of French fries.

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Hayden seniors sign off

When pressed to come up with their favorite memory of the year, several Hayden High School seniors agreed: the football team's playoff run. It was "ecstasy," Samuel Kopsa said.

City's fiscal plans vague

Lanning: Economic consolidation key

Spurred by the potential loss of Triple Crown Sports, much discussion has been devoted in recent weeks to Northwest Colorado's need for a long-term regional economic strategy. But the picture of what such a strategy might look like remains nebulous.

Murray Tucker: Talk issues, not fear

I have read with interest the responses to my letter of May 11. The complete title of my letter was, "Audacity of Hope vs. Cowardice of Fear." The editors decided to edit it. That is their prerogative, but I think it summarizes the differences between those of us who see a future for the U.S. and those who want just to see Fortress America. I would like to address a few of the issues raised.

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Agate Creek home costs $5.85M, includes custom interiors

One of the large homes in Agate Creek Preserve is back on the market with an asking price of $5.85 million, a number that could help establish the market for local high-end estates in the midst of the national economic downturn.

Saturday, May 17

State, industry officials disagree on timeline to regulate energy development

Energy industry officials cried foul at the prospect of increased state regulations during Friday's Fueling Thought Energy Summit 2008 at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

Taylor: More funds should return to energy-impacted regions

Take a little here, a little there.

Highways strained, future uncertain

Colorado's highway infrastructure cannot keep up maintenance and construction demands with its current funding, said Russell George, Colorado Department of Transportation executive director.

Hayden discusses speeding

Town Board invites Hospital Hill residents to air concerns

Hayden Town Board members batted around possible solutions Thursday night to concerns of speeding on Hospital Hill.

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Sewage contaminates homes

A sewer system backup caused minor flooding at six residences at The Cabins at River Bend west of Steamboat II on Thursday.

Hammond inducted into Colorado College Hall of Fame

Local attorney says his collegiate diving career seems 'like it happened in another life'

Sometime, ask Kris Hammond about his diving experience at the national championships in Africa.

Steamboat Briefs for May 17

United Way seeks Day of Caring volunteers

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Winter places 14th at state

Sailor pole vaulter beats personal best with 8 foot vault

She wasn't even supposed to be there. Before Friday's preliminaries at the Class 4A state track meet, Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Jaime Winter had competed two times in the girls pole vault - an event added to the Sailor program this year after a more than 20-year hiatus.

The Record for May 15

Thursday, May 15

Survivor climbs for a cure

Iversen has eye on Mount Shasta to benefit Breast Cancer Fund

Only a year out of chemotherapy, Steamboat Springs resident Rosanne Iversen's next uphill battle will be climbing Mount Shasta with other cancer survivors to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.

Sailor swimmer in hunt for title

Worsley looks for two victories at state

Judging by his own standards, Cole Worsley has a lot left.

A bright future

Steamboat tennis team honors stars, celebrates season at Thursday banquet

The awards banquet marks the end of the season, but as tennis coach John Aragon handed out this year's honors Thursday, all he could see was the future.

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Recycling services stalled

A broken baler will require Routt County residents to hold on to their recyclables for at least a week.

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Tom Ross: Confronting burgers on the hoof

I have a sense that William and Sarah Belton might have been taken aback by the wagonload of youngsters that rolled through a meadow in the lower Elk River Valley on Friday.

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Locals leap to points

Hayden, Soroco athletes shine in long jump at state meet

Hayden High School's Jake Walker showed little emotion Friday when it was announced that he had qualified for today's Class 2A state championship finals in the 100-meter dash.

Friday, May 16

Man eludes police, survives Yampa plunge

A 22-year-old man who eluded police officers Friday night and jumped into the Yampa River near 13th Street later was discovered to be in good condition in his Steamboat Springs home.

Estes takes third in long jump

Hayden, Soroco sprinters advance at state track meet

Soroco High School sophomore Alex Estes finished third in the long jump and Hayden and Soroco sprinters advanced to Saturday finals at the Class 2A state track meet in Pueblo.

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Looking for balance

Energy summit keynote speaker encourages using multiple energy sources

It takes more than one. That was the message Jim Sims, Western Business Roundtable president and chief executive officer, gave to a group of energy industry representatives, local government leaders and community members Thursday night at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

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Worsley looking for two in state swimming

Steamboat swimmer eyes state titles this weekend

Kyle Steitz insists Cole Worsley doesn't get nervous. Steitz, a senior on the Moffat County High School swim team and a Steamboat resident, said when it comes to Friday and Saturday's Colorado Swim and Dive State Championships in Fort Collins, Worsley won't let the big stage and a legitimate shot at two individual state titles get the best of him.

Steamboat briefs for May 16

Foul play not suspected in Old Town death

Yampa man pleads guilty to assault

A Yampa man suspected of strangling and sexually assaulting a woman in a January domestic dispute pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of felony second-degree assault.

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Buses filling up, not fuel tanks

Gas prices prompt local drivers to take public transportation

With gas prices soaring to new records, Hayden resident Vance Fulton has taken to leaving his car at home and using Steamboat Springs Transit's regional bus service to get to work.

Soroco runners eye title in relays

The Rams' Sarajane Rossi has been to the state track and field meet all three years of her high school career.

Steamboat pole vaulter hopes to raise the bar

As the only Sailors athlete to qualify for the Class 4A state track meet, sophomore pole vaulter Jaime Winter might be feeling a little pressure.

On Scene: No crying in dodgeball

My dodgeball team didn't get to play this week. And I was crushed.

The Record for May 14

12:22 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies stood by during a child custody dispute in Hayden.

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Rob Douglas: Council stumbles on Lincoln Avenue

On Tuesday evening, local gadfly Bill Jameson challenged the Steamboat Springs City Council to be visionary in redesigning Lincoln Avenue through downtown Steamboat Springs. But the council was blinded.

CD review of Billy Bragg and Tapes 'n Tapes

CD review of Billy Bragg, "Mr. Love & Justice," and Tapes 'n Tapes, "Walk it Off"

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For those about to rock

Teen Battle of the Bands runs the gamut of styles

Going into his fifth year as a judge for the Teen Battle of the Bands, Paulie Anderson is looking forward to hearing what local teenagers have to say right before they go on stage.

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Youthful exuberance

Routt County schools show off a year in art

Walk into the front gallery room of the Depot Art Center in the next two weeks and you'll be greeted by the sound of Soda Creek Elementary School students giving their definitions of "art."

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Tossing for a title

Shot-putting Salazar one of six Tigers at state track meet

Before Hayden junior Holli Salazar crushed any opponents in the shot put, before she rewrote the school record in the event and before she did the same to record books at the league and regional meets, Salazar sat down with high school track coach Barbara Manzanares and set a goal.

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Local student gives recital as a parting gift to Steamboat

Marilyn Harris has had a theatrical streak for most of her life.

Ski Corp. hires Rob Perlman

Colorado Ski Country USA leader gets top marketing spot

Chief executive officer of Colorado Ski Country USA will assume local role currently held by Intrawest Chief Marketing Officer Andy Wirth.

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Dream Island under contract

Jim Cook and Green Courte Partners plan affordable housing on site

Developer Jim Cook confirmed Thursday that Green Courte Partners has placed Dream Island Mobile Home Park under a purchase contract and intends to use the site for deed-restricted, affordable housing.

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Ain't nothin' but the blues

Despite his genre, things going well for Too Slim

Tim "Too Slim" Langford's latest blues-rock record doesn't hit stores until May 22.

Margaret Hair: Goodbye to Mountain Theater

On Saturday night, Steamboat Mountain Theater will close its doors for destruction.

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Installation art

Artposium explores land-use issues

When large-scale visual artist Carol Hummel looked into the backyard of her temporary home off Tree Haus Drive, she saw contamination.

Thursday, May 15

Hayden names basketball coaches

One new face, one familiar will take over high school teams

The Hayden School District moved Tuesday to shore up two coaching vacancies, filling its boys and girls varsity coaching slots in time to allow the planning of summer camps and team activities.

Kleckler excited about new position

Ex-Hayden AD to lead career center

Hayden Athletics Director Kevin Kleckler's No. 1 priority has always been children.

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Sunset Elementary School oral history project nears completion

They've listened. They've written. And, by the end of the school year, Sunset Elementary School students will see the results of their labor, said Cheryl Arnett, Sunset Elementary first-grade teacher.

Liquor licensees address City Council

Right in the thick of the Craig City Council's plans to restructure its liquor licensing and violation procedures, 10 Craig businesses failed liquor license compliance checks.

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Search and Rescue crews train on the Yampa

As members of Routt County Search and Rescue prepared to shoot a rope across the Yampa River for a training exercise Tuesday, a pair of kayakers floating downriver helpfully offered to paddle the line across.

Cleanup crews hit the road

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter in Routt County during Saturday's second annual Highway Clean-Up Day sponsored by the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

The Record for May 13

2:21 a.m. A suspicious person was reported in the 300 block of South Poplar Street in Hayden. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for May 15

Mainstreet to explore generation gap

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Locals fare well at Special Olympics

Sara Barry has a suggestion. Next spring, if people are looking for something to do, the Horizons Specialized Services volunteer suggested they head to Craig to watch the Special Olympics Western Regional Meet.

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Flags stolen and vandalized

Oak Creek Police Department investigating May 8, 9 incidents

When Candy Johnson's son left Oak Creek for basic training after joining the U.S. Army last year, she and her husband purchased an American flag and hung it from the porch of their Bell Street home. Johnson's son Kane, a 2007 Soroco High School graduate, is scheduled to begin a 15-month tour of duty in Iraq on Friday.

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Carpenters' Ball gala fundraiser Saturday

Members of Steamboat Springs' construction and development communities already have generously given time and materials for the newest Routt County Habitat for Humanity duplex in West End Village. Now, the broader community has a chance to kick up its heels while supporting Habitat.

Bypass supporters uniting

Group hopes to consolidate plan for moving forward

Tired of the idea of a Steamboat Springs bypass road being kicked around for decades without action, a group of bypass supporters is gathering next week to consolidate efforts and formulate a plan for moving forward.

YVRA gets funding grant

CDOT will cover $110,000 of matching cost for improvements

Routt County commissioners approved a grant agreement Tuesday to help fund improvements at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Council approves $20K for rec center studies

Voters deserve a chance to hear the facts and make an educated decision, Craig City Councilor Gene Bilodeau said.

Wednesday, May 14

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Lacrosse starts off fast

The seventh-grade boys Steamboat Youth Lacrosse team went undefeated during the weekend, bringing home the championship from the Eagle County Lax Jam Battle of the Western Slope tournament.

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club scheduled to open May 21

The chance to go low at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club - formerly the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course - certainly will exist this summer.

The Record for May 12

Monday, May 12

Steamboat Briefs for May 14

SSMS student in fair condition after accident

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series to host kickoff party

The 2008 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series will gear up for a new season with a kick-off party tonight at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant.

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Officials vow to act on Cog

Commissioners hear concerns about Routt County Road 76

Routt County commissioners lent their ears to Hayden residents at a public forum Monday, hearing mostly concerns about the mudslide eating away Routt County Road 76.

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Joanne Palmer: Confessions of a Lacrosse Mom

I'm a Lacrosse Mom. Before my son started playing lacrosse, I knew nothing about it. After the first season of lacrosse, I still knew nothing about it.

Our View: Time is right for road changes

While massive and widespread redevelopment in Steamboat Springs will continue into the foreseeable future, it would be easy to downplay the significance and timing of the Colorado Department of Transportation's plan to repave Lincoln Avenue through the heart of downtown.

Bypasses to parking garages

Council considers it all in Lincoln Avenue discussions

From bike lanes to paid parking, the Steamboat Springs City Council considered a number of "scandalous things" - as councilwoman Cari Hermacinski called them - in a discussion of possible changes to Steamboat's main thoroughfare Tuesday.

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Seniors graduate Sunday

When pressed to come up with their favorite memory of the year, several Hayden High School seniors agreed: the football team's playoff run.

360 to ask for annexation

Developers expected to submit application to city this week

After decades without a significant expansion of city limits, Steamboat Springs will likely soon see a proposal for a second major annexation in the west of Steamboat area.

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Young artists showcase work

Hayden students to reveal photos, writing tonight at library

A small boy throws out a challenging stare, standing firm on the playground.

Tuesday, May 13

Cause of power outages unclear

West Steamboat, downtown impacted

Multiple power outages Tuesday morning have left some Yampa Valley Electric Association customers without power, particularly in west and downtown Steamboat Springs, but the extent and cause of the outages is not yet known.

County lands road grant

Appropriation worth $600,000 will aid in rural road repair

Routt County has received a $600,000 grant that will enable it to tackle $1.2 million in repairs on two important rural roads.

City Council to consider liquor license ordinance

In light of recent alcohol sales compliance checks, the Craig City Council is considering new ways to curb alcohol sales to underage purchasers.

Airport is looking for a sign

YVRA aims to add a sign on U.S. Highway 40 with lights

Yampa Valley Regional Airport could get a new sign this year, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel told Routt County commissioners Monday.

The Record for Monday, May 12

Sunday, May 11 12:18 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 35-year-old Oak Creek man on suspicion of driving under restriction during a traffic stop at Routt County Road 57 and Colorado Highway 131.

News briefs for May 13

Little League spring training offered

Tom Ross: North Park eagle provides awe-filled moment

We had to suffer for it, but a couple of buddies and I witnessed a National Geographic moment Saturday in North Park.

Mother's Day callers frustrated

Cell phone glitch makes calling home impossible for some

An unexplained cell phone glitch frustrated many well-intentioned efforts to call Mom on Sunday.

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Main Street makeover

City prepares for 2009 Lincoln Avenue overhaul

Forget all the construction under way in Old Town; the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 40 may result in a very different-looking downtown Steamboat Springs in coming years.

China looming large

Nation will be more relevant to U.S. than any other, expert says

China's influence is everywhere, Peter Brookes said, and he doesn't expect that to change.

Monday, May 12

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Aging Well: Resurrecting the art of storytelling

Spellbinders program brings seniors' wisdom to young students in Routt and Moffat counties

Al Dietsch has worn several distinguished hats throughout his life, including lawyer, businessman and officer in the U.S. Navy.

The Record for May 10

Saturday, May 10

Steamboat Briefs for May 12

Master Farm Homemaker Guild offers scholarship

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Area golfers pack facilities

Warm weather drives enthusiasts out to the links

Eager golfers crowded the only open course and driving range in Steamboat Springs on Sunday, as the lingering effects of a heavy winter continue to prevent the wide-scale opening of Routt County golf facilities.

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Luke Graham: Full of maroon and white

No school travels to track and field meets like Soroco. Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction, there may not have been a more visible and loud presence than the fans from South Routt.

Looking down the road

City Council sets priorities, focuses on long-term vision at Saturday retreat

At a Saturday morning retreat with city department heads, the Steamboat Springs City Council rearticulated the issues at the top of its priority list.

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Sailors tennis squad expecting good returns

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team accomplished one new feat during the weekend's three-day state championship tournament in Pueblo, when senior Molly Weiss won the program's first individual title.

Deb Babcock: Currant news

Looking for a great shrub for your Steamboat Springs area garden? Look no further than Ribes spp, commonly called the currant bush. It's a great Zone 3 to 5 (we're USDA Zone 4) plant that grows well both in the garden as well as in a patio container, for those with little or no garden space.

Monday Medical: Help available for communication issues

Communication is essential for life. Hearing and speaking are so central in our everyday activities that most of us couldn't imagine what it would be like to struggle with these tasks.

Sunday, May 11

Class Notes for May 11

SSHS alumna graduates from Regis

Best of the Web for May 11

Vocational ed important

Bobbie Jo Bogan: Respect our privacy

Isn't it wonderful that we all live in such a beautiful place, the Yampa Valley? We all know that our errands will take twice as long because we bump into a friend, a neighbor, an acquaintance or someone who wants to say hello and visit. It is nice to catch up on things and have the time in our day to spread good cheer.

Lori Jazwick: Dennis Scheiwe retires

I was in hopes that this day would never happen, or at least never happen until I moved on or quit, but it has.

Teen Style: Craig band making a name

For a band composed of four teenage boys, this particular group seems very determined and focused.

Teen Battle of the Bands offers venue, support for musicians

For the fifth annual Teen Battle of the Bands, local up-and-coming musicians will have three songs to test their might.

Business File for May 11

Deputy counsel moves up at TIC Holdings

North, South Routt defy dollar volume trends

Focusing on neighborhoods and outlying towns paints a more detailed picture of how the Routt County real estate market performed during the first quarter of 2008.

On the Market for May 11

Entry-level and medium-priced homes recently listed through the Steamboat Multiple Listing Service include a three-bedroom single-family home at 260 Fourth St. in Yampa.

Our View: Balance needed for 700 requests

Steamboat Springs School District officials are wise to pursue a land donation from the developers of Steamboat 700. But their request that developers fund half the cost of building a future school is unreasonable.

Looking back for May 8, 1958

Expect junior college site here by fall

Jimmy Westlake: Mars month

Silently and without much fanfare, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has been speeding toward the "Red Planet" Mars at 74,000 mph for the past nine months. When it arrives May 25, it will attempt a powered soft landing near the north polar ice cap to drill for water and determine whether the conditions ever were suitable to support life as we know it.

Kerry Hart: The life and death of Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement is a program implemented by the College Board more than 50 years ago that allows students in more than 60 percent of the high schools in the United States - including Steamboat Springs - to receive college credit by taking exams for selected college courses.

Losing Triple Crown risky

Lanning warns of $1M budget cut

Worse than Northwest Colorado's potential loss of Triple Crown Sports, Steamboat Springs City Manager Alan Lanning said, is the lack of a long-term economic strategy such a loss could reveal.

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Students put individual touches on Yampa Valley School mural

Joel Ocejo, 16, drowned out the light-hearted conversation of his classmates as he leaned forward and focused on his artwork.

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Clinton, Obama debate hits home

Routt County Democrats engaged in lively presidential candidate conversation

Across the nation, politically active Democrats are engaging in a spirited debate about whom their party should nominate for president.

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Hayden could help Lake Village

Town may fix stalled subdivision's issues at developer's expense

Hayden officials are tired of waiting for action on road problems at the Lake Village subdivision south of town.

The Record and Jail Report for May 9

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

Editorial cartoon for May 11, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for May 11, 2008.

Conservative commentary: Ideas never are to be feared

To fear an idea, any idea, is unworthy of a free society. To suppress an idea from debate is more cowardly still. How does our country measure up?

Murray Tucker: Audacity of hope

I support the candidacy of Barack Obama for president because I see a bright future for the United States. I am troubled that so many in my age group (retired) are fearful that if we let down our guard, some boogeyman will capture our bodies and minds and destroy our way of life. If there is a message in Obama's quest for the presidency, it is that this country is great, its people are great, and we can accomplish anything we set our collective mind to doing.

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Expansion features art, technology upgrades and public space

When the dramatic Bud Werner Memorial Library expansion opens late this summer, first-time visitors could be surprised by their ability to stride across U.S. Highway 40 and the Yampa River in a single bound.

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Magnificent, Molly

Steamboat senior is school's first girls tennis state champion

Maybe she knew there would be plenty of time - later in the day, next week or next year. For whatever reason, Steamboat Springs High School senior Molly Weiss didn't want her fans to cheer as she battled early in the first set of Saturday's Class 4A No. 3 singles state championship match in Pueblo.

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The Victoria strikes historic balance

If you know what to look for, you can see a little of downtown Grand Junction and even a bit of Deadwood, S.D., in one of Steamboat's newest buildings.

Real estate transactions for May 1-7

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Area kayakers eagerly anticipate wild year on water

Admit it - when snow rolls across the weather forecast, you groan, if only a little.

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Group won't pursue business improvement district taxing this fall

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs won't go forward with a business improvement district this year. Last week, the BID committee recommended to the Mainstreet board that it drop a proposal to increase property taxes downtown to fund improvements.

Soroco track athletes raising the bar

There was a distinctly different vibe to the Soroco High School track and field team at this year's regional tournament at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Rural fire district levy OK'd

Voters narrowly approved a property tax increase for the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District in a recent mail-in election, allowing the district to maintain its levels of service despite increasing costs.

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South Routt talks road repairs

County commissioners give dim funding outlook in public meeting

Road repairs and rising transportation costs dominated the conversation between South Routt County residents and county commissioners at a public meeting Tuesday in Oak Creek Town Hall.

Energy industry may fuel concerns

Boom could add to housing crunch

Growth from an expected energy boom to the west could have a huge local impact.

Reichenberger: Weiss a worthy hero

Molly Weiss doesn't have the make of your average hero.

Saturday, May 10

Annual Energy Summit offers opportunity to learn and question

Gas stations lining the country's commercial streets light up their prices on sometimes red, sometimes white and sometimes blue signs.

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Sage-Grouse plan's official signing Monday

Work and then play. At least that's the plan for the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Working Group, which for 12 years negotiated and compromised on ways to mitigate development impacts on native sage-grouse.

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New president joins in luau spirit

CMC faculty, staff from nine campuses gather in Steamboat

Stan Jensen, the new president of the Colorado Mountain College system, liked what he saw under the big top in Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon.

Soroco's Estes sets school record

Five Rams qualify for regional finals

Soroco High School's Alex Estes, who had only four days of long jump practice this season because he also played for the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team, won the event Friday at the regional track and field tournament in Grand Junction. In the process, he also set a school record with his jump of 20 feet, 6 inches.

Steamboat briefs for May 10

Some city parks offices moved

High water recedes

Flood advisory lifted in N. Routt

Floodwaters are receding and a flood advisory has expired in North Routt County. "Right now, everything is great," Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale said. "Everything is back in its banks, doing well."

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Tom Ross: Who knew college professors could be this much fun?

If you know how to get a hold of Fats Domino at his temporary home outside New Orleans, do me a favor. Give Fats a call, and tell him Kerry and the Hartbeats didn't mean no disrespect.

Council does Steamboat 700 research

Public welcome on new-urbanist field trip to Stapleton, Lowry

The Steamboat Springs City Council hasn't done its homework - yet.

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Steamboat woman has no information on Burmese relatives

A week after Cyclone Nargis struck her native Mynamar, Cho Tun Schram has no idea whether relatives including her father and grandmother are alive.

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Weiss helps salvage team

Steamboat senior playing today for state championship

Senior Molly Weiss had been to the state semifinals twice. She'd endured the tough matches to get there and survived the long, nervous night before.

The Record for May 8

12:01 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1000 block of Walton Creek Road, where a reportedly drunken person was loitering. The person was turned over to a sober friend. Police took a report.

Friday, May 9

The Record for May 7

12:09 a.m. A bear was reported in the 40500 block of Steamboat Drive. The Colorado Division of Wildlife was notified.

Steamboat briefs for May 9

United Way seeks Day of Caring volunteers

Routt County United Way's 12th annual Day of Caring is May 21. Projects and volunteers are needed for the event, which facilitates service activities throughout the community.

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Students swap studies for service

Instead of breaking out the books in language arts and social studies classes Thursday, Soroco Middle School seventh-grader Brittney Romero got a hands-on lesson in tree planting and high-water avoidance.

Staying close a focus of annual event

Frontiers' Mother-Daughter Day helps to keep communication open

As the mother of a 10th-grade daughter and a fifth-grade daughter, Marci Mattox has an idea of what she can expect when the younger one makes the transition to middle school.

Booco prepares to take reins

Sergeant will fill in during Hayden chief's Iraq deployment

The fellow who will fill in for Hayden's police chief wears a necklace made of elk teeth and once sold a motorcycle to take his children to Disney World.

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Soroco's focus on handoffs

The relay handoff in track and field can be a daunting task.

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Sailors have one chance for state track

Tyler Hutson, John Cutter, Peter Daley and Charlie Stoddard have trained six months for one day.

Tigers hope to load up at regional meet

At the start of the season, Hayden track coach Barbara Manzanares didn't set a goal for the number of athletes she wanted the Tigers to qualify for the state tournament.

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Steamboat in title hunt

Sailors girls tennis team advances five to semifinals

Steamboat Springs' Molly Weiss always talks to herself when she plays tennis. The habit grew even more pronounced Thursday in Pueblo under the bright lights of the first day of the state tennis tournament.

Chamber prepares TV programming

If the general consensus among Craig Chamber of Commerce board members holds true - that Steamboat tourists are fruitful marketing targets for Craig - then a recent deal could prove valuable for the area.

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Incubating awareness

Egg art event raises money for ovarian cancer education, detection

For the inaugural Eggs 2 Ovaries fundraiser, event organizer Traci Clark doesn't want to focus on any one of the 22 local and regional artists who contributed their designs.

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REL-I-ant on world beats

California-bred musician takes cues from Paul Simon

Dub musician Matthew Relis knows he's not the first person to think of using West African rhythms in pop music.

On Scene for May 9

High costs yield free furniture

CD review of Does It Offend You, Yeah?

The guys in Does It Offend You, Yeah? - a quartet of electro-rockers from Reading, England - are kind of full of themselves. And that works for them.

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Margaret Hair: Fighting for a funktified universe

"That's a good question," Steamboat music producer Todd Leestma says, trying to buy time to arrive at a reasonable response to, "Why did you decide to record music as the Intergalactic Funk Cowboy?"

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Rancher asks for water funds

Request raises eyebrows at Yampa/White River Basin meeting

A leading Northwest Colorado water official received initial support Wednesday to use state funds for a study assessing a potential private reservoir on his family ranch.

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'Professional' parodies

Cabaret celebrates 25 years of making jokes at 'Boat's expense

Tickets to the 25th anniversary of Cabaret sold out in nine days. That's 1,000 seats for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's annual sketch comedy fundraiser at the Steamboat Mountain Theater, gone in just more than a week.

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There's no place like home

Middle School theater production builds love for arts in Steamboat

In the Steamboat Springs Middle School cafetorium Tuesday, Rusty deLucia was busy organizing chaos.

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Rob Douglas: Horrific crime rekindles debate

She was 8. I was 26. She was calm, and her answers were matter-of-fact. I was nervous, and my questions showed it.

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Flooding swamps North Routt

Cottonwood Creek overflows banks; Elk River a concern

The swollen water from Cottonwood Creek is rising to houses in North Routt County, which faces a weekend due to bring wet and warm weather that may exacerbate conditions.

Thursday, May 8

Stagecoach State Park open after brief closure

Law enforcement mum about incident that closed popular recreation site

An incident that closed Stagecoach State Park to all public access for several hours Thursday afternoon has been resolved peacefully, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said.

Craig businesses cited for selling alcohol to minor

Another liquor license compliance check, another 10 citations.

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Fire burns downtown garage

Officials don't know cause of blaze behind Oak Street home

A garage in downtown Steamboat Springs burned down early Wednesday. No one was hurt, and fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Steamboat briefs for May 8

Medical transportation available for veterans

Club's bike swap an opportunity to network

Routt County Riders bicycle club will host its annual bike swap Saturday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. The swap is from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Steamboat tennis hopes for top-three finish at state

When it comes to Pueblo and state tennis, Steamboat Springs' Molly Weiss is a veteran. The senior has played in the tournament three times and is preparing for her fourth.

DeLine, Vandahl ready for All-State

Athletes prepare for football, basketball

Ben DeLine and Michael Vandahl thought the next games they'd be playing would be in college.

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Average fire season expected

Trees killed by beetles pose wild card for fire forecasts

The same snowy winter that has Chuck Vale concerned about flooding this spring doesn't translate into a reduced fire risk this summer, Routt County's emergency management director said Tuesday.

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Hayden children paint, clean, plant on service day

Hayden Middle School students labored happily under cotton ball clouds and a soft spring sun Wednesday.

Mary Walker: Saying goodbye - for now

I'm in Nairobi but will head back to the United States today after spending the past two days accompanying a girl from the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre back to her boarding school in Eldoret, Kenya. Eldoret was the site of some of the most unimaginable and brutal violence after the national elections in Kenya at the end of December. Although the violence has ended, the evidence and repercussions of the unrest are everywhere, particularly in a town such as Eldoret.

Steamboat 700: Transfer fee 'unfair'

A lawyer representing the developers of Steamboat 700 told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday that a financing mechanism being considered by the city is unfair and unconstitutional.

The Record for May 6

Tuesday, May 6

Wednesday, May 7

Fire destroys downtown garage

Officials don't know cause of blaze in alley behind Oak Street home

A garage burned down early this morning just behind Old Town Pub & Restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs . No one was hurt and fire officials do not know the cause of the blaze.

Winter qualifies in pole vault

At this pace, Steamboat Springs might just become a hotbed for pole vaulting. With less than two weeks of practice, sophomore Jaime Winter qualified for the state meet, winning a jump-off Tuesday at the regional pole-vaulting meet in Battle Mountain.

Xcel gets permit for rail spur over U.S. 40

Issuance ends years-long struggle for train access to power plant

Xcel Energy finally has permission to reconstruct an existing rail spur near the Hayden Station power plant. The company has spent the past four years trying to secure a special use permit to allow it to bring coal by rail directly to the plant.

The Record for May 5, 2008

12:42 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the Chuck Lewis Wildlife Area. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded.

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Skating toward construction

City hosts kick-off meeting for new skatepark design

Jon Casson won't be making any specific requests of the firm designing a new Steamboat Springs skatepark. He just hopes the finished product makes people say, "Wow, Steamboat has a killer park."

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Fetcher, 96, to semi-retire

Water Conservancy District general manager to stay on part time

John Fetcher has decided that at age 96, it might be time to semi-retire from his post as general manager of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District.

Three Sailors baseball stars named to All-League team

Three members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team were named to the Western Slope All-League team Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs for May 7

Horizons seeks summer volunteers

Horizons Specialized Services, which provides services and animal-related therapy for people who have developmental disabilities, is in need of volunteers to help with summer events and programs.

School district wants 700 land

Superintendent requests 14 acres, money for elementary school

The Steamboat Springs School District wants the developers of Steamboat 700 to give it 14 acres for a new elementary school - and cover half the cost of building the facility.

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'High-water events' likely

Routt County Emergency Management Director Chuck Vale stopped short of saying "flood," but he's nonetheless convinced areas of the county will be subjected to "high-water events" this spring.

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Joanne Palmer: Hair mousse and toe cleavage

I forgot to pack my cleavage! I've taken a few trips out of Steamboat recently and after spending time in airports and the "real" world, I'm here to tell you every woman who is ready, willing and able is sporting cleavage.

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Sailors soccer falls in playoffs

Cherokee Trail claims 3-0 win against Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs avoided Broomfield in the Class 4A state girls soccer playoffs this season, so Cherokee Trail seemed like a relief in comparison.

Our View: Flood concerns rising

Snowy winters don't always translate to spring floods, but it appears the cause-and-effect relationship might hold true this year.

Laura LaMetterey: Earth Day is every day

On any ordinary day, my friends and I practice good stewardship by loving our mother Earth and collecting any trash that gets passed by. Every day becomes a day to appreciate and care for our heritage and our future with the earth, through conscious efforts.

Tuesday, May 6

The Record for May 4

Sunday, May 4

Triple Crown ordinance shelved

City Council to review Steamboat 700 proposal tonight

The Steamboat Springs City Council has plenty of items on its agenda when it meets today for the first time in three weeks - but Triple Crown won't be one of them.

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Attorney expects plea deal

Women accused of embezzling $1.2M make court appearance

The attorney representing one of two Routt County women accused of embezzling more than $1.2 million from a local bank expects prosecutors to offer a plea agreement.

Faces without places

Panel uses scenarios to look at economic realities of affordable housing

A panel of local officials tried Friday to add a human aspect to the affordable housing discussion.

Fewer expected for all-day K

Families of about 70 children have confirmed for this fall

Steamboat Springs School District leaders have a rough idea of how many students will wind up in full-day kindergarten this fall.

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Tech expansion shaping up

Hayden vocational building should be finished this summer

Kevin Kleckler radiates enthusiasm when he discusses Hayden High School's vocational education facility. The expanded Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center is slated to be finished this summer.

Steamboat Briefs for May 6

Carpenter's Ball set for May 17

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Tom Ross: Factory outlet fishing just looks strange

Anglers on hold as spring comes slowly to the Yampa Valley

The sight of fly fishermen clad in bulky waders waddling past the Ann Taylor and Jones of New York fashion stores in Silverthorne on Sunday was a little surreal. But the anglers were hooking trout, and I guess the shoppers were netting bargains.

Monday, May 5

Aging Well: 'Turn Back the Clock'

Students connect with local elders at nostalgic luncheon, dance

Pop culture icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe transcend generations.

Steamboat draws Cherokee Trail in tournament's first round

Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann doesn't know much about his team's first-round opponent in the Class 4A playoffs. So the Sailors simply can focus on themselves, something Bohlmann says can help his girls.

Injury slows Hayden girls

Track teams finish fifth at league meet

The Hayden boys and girls track teams finished fifth Saturday at a league track meet in West Grand.

Steamboat briefs for May 5

The Fairway Face-Off Golf Tournament, a benefit for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, is June 2 at Catamount Ranch & Club. The format is a four-person scramble. A $175 a player fee includes golf, lunch and an awesome goodie bag. Check-in is at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Awards and silent auction will follow the golf.

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Deb Babcock: This weed makes a dandy salad

At the risk of annoying everyone who hates dandelions, I have to say that I think they're pretty. And for a lot of people, dandelions are pretty tasty, too.

Monday Medical: Healthy feet are happy feet

Summer is almost here. However, before running out the door in those flip-flops, think about what they do to your feet.

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Nurse finds purpose

Woman travels to Ethiopia to provide care

Melissa Uchitelle-Rogers is no stranger to intense medical situations.

All-day K on agenda

School Board to discuss curriculum and needs for program

The Steamboat Springs School Board will discuss proposed curriculum for an all-day kindergarten program for the 2008-09 school year at its meeting tonight. The conversation is part of an effort to determine staffing needs and potential tuition costs to accommodate the 110 families who have expressed interest in the program.

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Luke Graham: From coast to coast

It was a common conversation that spoke to a point. Earlier this year, after a Steamboat vs. Summit lacrosse game, I was searching for the Summit head coach. I ended up talking to one of Summit's assistant coaches for at least 20 minutes.

The Record for May 3

12:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 700 block of Lithia Springs Road.

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Despite missing state, Floyd a key part of long regional title run

Not only did Steamboat Springs senior Lisa Floyd avoid shedding tears, she smiled as she walked off a high school tennis court for the last time, walking away from the net after shaking her opponent's hand and into an embrace from her coach, John Aragon.

Sunday, May 4

Rams track team finds stride

As strange as it might seem, the Soroco High School track and field team will enjoy its most time outside all season this week.

Best of the Web for May 4

Best of the Web for May 4

Routt County Spotlight: Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Jimmy Westlake: The Kafzah al Thiba

Ilove star lore. The legends and stories attached to the stars carry us back hundreds or even thousands of years and tell us not only about the stars but also about the stargazers of old.

Business file for May 4

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has won a statewide fundraising award.

On the market for May 4

Half-million threshold

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West African man comes from civil war to earn degree

Daouda Adama is proud of just one thing: The Senegalese flag will soon hang in the Colorado Mountain College library. The 35-year-old West African man spoke humbly about graduating Saturday with his associate of the arts degree from CMC's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

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Refurbished Sheraton resort a month from opening

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort is about a month away from unveiling the first of its 191 refurbished guest rooms, part of a $20 million renovation and redevelopment of Steamboat's ski-in, ski-out hotel.

Real estate transactions for April 24 to 30

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

What to do with the check

Will you save or spend IRS payment?

A check in your name may arrive soon as part of the federal government's much-heralded - if not awkwardly named - economic stimulus package.

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S. Routt rancher takes over Yampa Valley meat label

Wayne and Sonja Shoemaker hope the new calves at Bar A Ranch stay in the Yampa Valley for a while - forever, actually.

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Preschool students get comfortable with unfamiliar foods

It's not every day you hear preschoolers begging for okra and jicama, but that's exactly what 4- and 5-year-olds at South Routt Preschool were doing Friday morning.

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Pole vaulting makes a new leap in Steamboat Springs

More than 30 years ago, just as the local middle school was getting new pole-vaulting pits, the old mats landed in the alley behind Buddy Bair's house.

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Hayden Destination Imagination team invents story behind mythical ocean zone

With just a nail and some copper wiring, Ian Cadenhead can explain the secrets of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

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Schaffer touts tax breaks

U.S. Senate candidate talks fiscal policy with GOP

Jack Taylor began to bow his way off the political stage while Al White prepared for another act Saturday night at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant.

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Sailors track team records best times of season

DeWolfe: Team ready for regional meet

It wasn't a new height for Steamboat Springs sophomore Austin Hinder, but Saturday's high jumps could foreshadow future success.

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Running Series shows Spirit

Chilly weather turns to sunny skies for Saturday benefit

With his classmates down the hill and circling the track at Steamboat Springs Middle School on Saturday morning, 8-year-old Carson Russell barreled down the finish line of a 5-kilometer run.

Joel Reichenberger: Keeping it fun

The "crazy sports parent" fascinates me. You know the type - usually patrolling a sideline and screaming at a referee, or better yet, doing so from the stands. The kind of parent who spends a fortune on a child's sporting ventures, then pushes and pushes and pushes; the kind of parent who urges a kid to transfer high schools to ensure that a mythical, BCS-level football scholarship materializes.

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Gas prices draining local, county budgets

Rising oil costs, record snowfall shattering expense projections

Record snowfall and soaring fuel costs have set both Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs on a course to overshoot their 2008 budgets for transit and road maintenance.

Editorial cartoon for May 4, 2008.

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for May 4, 2008.

Jack White and Stephen Aigner: A negotiation plan for Steamboat 700

The city is negotiating a pre-annexation agreement with Steamboat 700 LLC. On May 6, Steamboat's citizens can comment on the city's pressing needs they want the pre-annexation to address.

Coservative commentary: Taxpayer transparency: Why not?

Suppose you had a business partner and he wouldn't let you see the checkbook. You would think he'd gotten a big head, or no longer respected you, or forgotten the promises made to each other. You might even think he was stealing from you. Lots of people are serving time for doing just that.

The record and jail report for May 2

Friday, May 2

Our View: Flipping the switch in South Routt

Later this month, a unique ceremony is expected to take place at Soroco High School in Oak Creek.

Robin Stone: Sign offensive

Driving down gorgeous River Road a few days ago, I was surprised to see a new sign that read "Litter Bites." Not only is the sign an ill-suited glaring blue color, but the language upon it is offensive and unnecessary.

John F. Russell: End of the road for tradition

Another little piece of Steamboat Springs will die this summer.

Ken Shackelton: Reading labels on herbicides and pesticides

Reading the label is a good way to learn how and when to use an herbicide. A pesticide label can be intimidating but doesn't have to be. All pesticides used in the U.S. must be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and must contain certain information. Learning what is in the label makes it easier to find the information you need. Some of the requirements are:

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Family doing all it can to support son's love of motocross

Nine-year-old Noah Townsend of Hayden traveled to Nebraska this weekend with one purpose, but a dozen reasons.

Scott L. Ford: Letter to Douglas

I enjoy your columns. I applaud you for your willingness to weigh in on community issues rather than focusing on ones far beyond the borders of the Yampa Valley. You have touched a few "hot buttons" with comments about Triple Crown.

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Colorado Art Ranch residents give back during five weeks in Routt County

Screenwriter Burcu Koray doesn't usually script feature-length films. And she certainly doesn't usually focus on the American West.

Dollar volume off 63 percent for March

Entry-level home sales down, though inventory remains

Sales of entry-level homes here slowed markedly in March even as the sales levels of the most expensive homes were close to last year's unit volume or greater.

Kerry Hart: Curriculum beyond green

Sustainability and green construction are innovative recent trends that have taken off so vigorously they now are almost commonplace. When the faculty and staff at Colorado Mountain College brought the idea for an eco-friendly curriculum and sustainability efforts to campus last year, I thought this would put CMC on the cutting edge of innovation. Although it is meritorious that we move in this direction and become a leader among institutions of higher education, the fact is that sustainability efforts are becoming a necessity. If institutions don't move in this direction, they soon will be out of line with the rest of the country.

Looking back for May 1, 1958

Imagination, talent shown in school science fair

Saturday, May 3

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High school Knowledge Bowl team places 13th in state

If members of the Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team were baseball players, they would have hit nearly .500 this season.

Sailors wait for playoff brackets

There's not a whole lot more anyone could have asked out of the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team coming right out of spring break.

The Record for May 1

Thursday, May 1

Steamboat Briefs for May 3

Mountain bus service altered on Whistler Road

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One Steamboat Place to begin building steel structure June 3

The hive of construction activity at the One Steamboat Place site at the base of the ski area this week was in preparation for large concrete pours in the week ahead.

Fire destroys Oak Creek home

South Routt firefighters fought a house fire for about four and a half hours early Wednesday but couldn't prevent an under-construction home from burning to the ground on Wenatchi Trail outside of Oak Creek.

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Tom Ross: Bullwinkle mystery explained

What about that moose head in the Routt County Courthouse?

The trio of moose that were spotted enjoying the Walton Creek breakfast buffet in South Steamboat this week made me curious enough to jump on the Internet. I wanted to learn more about the largest members of the deer family in North America.

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Cog Road crumbling

Mudslide on C.R. 76 more hazardous than usual, neighbors say

The edge of Routt County Road 76 crumbles every year as mud tumbles down from the snow bank above and water flows across, county Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper said. But this year, the erosion dips more into the middle of the road, making a half-moon shape, he said.

Hunt rounds out Seminars at Steamboat

Organizers expect large election-year crowds at series events

Seminars at Steamboat officials have identified their fourth and final speaker for the 2008 edition of the series, which begins July 10.

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Boys 3,200 relay squad pushes for state times

Track must place in top three at regionals

The Steamboat Springs boys 3,200-meter relay team finished eighth. The Sailors, now just one week from the regional meet, finished behind the four teams they needed most to beat.

Hayden drops rec district plan

Town will not take issue to West Routt voters in November

Hayden will not go forward with the West Routt Recreation District this year.

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Sailors tennis claims title

Steamboat wins fourth consecutive regional championship

Two hours into the final day of the Steamboat Springs tennis team's regional tournament in Grand Junction, the Sailors had only one complaint - the team had yet to engage in a single competitive match.

Friday, May 2

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Finding common ground

Cinco de Mayo festival to host dance contest, talent show Saturday at fairgrounds

A talent show, a Mariachi band and area vendors selling authentic Mexican foods. These attractions and more will be featured at the Cinco de Mayo celebration, which goes from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

On Scene: Gawking at a birth

I had some big weekend plans for this On Scene column.

Margaret Hair: Notes from Coachella

Across the Google News headlines on Wednesday, there was word of former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters losing his pig.

Steamboat briefs for May 2

Spots are still available for service this summer with the Community Youth Corps, which includes work on community projects such as trail building and maintenance, landscaping, fence construction and more.

The Record for April 30

12:33 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

Sailors tennis advances six of seven to finals

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team advanced six of its seven spots to today's final round at the regional tournament and sits tied atop the leaderboard with Vail Mountain.

Running Series starts with Saturday race

23rd annual Spirit Challenge to benefit the Legacy Education Foundation

Even the best running series start with a single step. For the Steamboat Springs Running Series, named the state's best in 2007 by Colorado Runner Magazine, that first step will come at 10 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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Steamboat seventh-graders honored for health skit

Wednesday at Steamboat Springs Middle School, friends crowded around seventh-grader Codi Coghlan and urged her to join them in the latest trend of losing weight.

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Orchestral objectives

Violinist has her goals set high - once she finishes high school

For some classical works, an ambitious young violinist can just tell - from the first time she hears it, she has to play that piece.

Gone too long

Bill McKay sticks to rock with his own band

After logging years with Leftover Salmon and The Derek Trucks Band, Colorado music mainstay, keyboardist and vocalist Bill McKay is getting to know himself. More specifically, he's getting back to playing music he's written, touring with the four-piece Bill McKay Band.

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Lessons from the land

Art ranch residents pose questions with gallery show

When commercial and residential development started to creep in on the plot of land Matthew Moore's family has farmed for the past four generations, Moore struggled with the encroachment.

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Extracurricular exhibit

After-school artists featured in First Friday event

On a wall-side table in the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 12 tiny easels hold 12 tiny pieces of art.

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Red Wings sweep Avalanche

Johan Franzen outscored the Colorado Avalanche by himself. Franzen's second hat trick in three games fueled the Detroit Red Wings' 8-2 rout Thursday night that completed a sweep of the injury-riddled Avalanche.

Hayden CSAP results strong

Steamboat steady; South Routt third-grade reading scores dip

Hayden improved, Steamboat Springs held steady, and South Routt struggled in unofficial third-grade reading test results released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Education.

Adult softball strikes out

Triple Crown cutting tournaments from business mix

After 26 years, Triple Crown Sports is calling it quits on the sport that sustained the company through its earliest years. This year will be the last for adult slow-pitch softball.

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Rob Douglas: Downtown parking redux

In recent weeks, it has become apparent the signs stating "Absolutely No Construction Parking" posted in Steamboat Springs have become invisible to construction workers.

One week left for local track teams

Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco have one meet before regionals next weekend

If there's a meet in which members of the Steamboat Springs track and field team can get a feel for where they stand, today's start of the two-day Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction certainly is the place.

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Steamboat group joins in national event open to all faiths

Prayers went up from Steamboat Springs and across the country Thursday as people of faith marked the National Day of Prayer.

CD reviews for Colin Meloy and The Raconteurs

CD reviews for Colin Meloy, "Colin Meloy Sings Live!", and The Raconteurs, "Consolers of the Lonely."

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Soda Creek taking shape

New elementary school features broad arcade, roomy feel and a fireplace

The new Soda Creek Elementary School is nothing like its predecessor. The ceilings are higher. The hallways are wider. There are no pillars in the middle of classrooms.

Thursday, May 1

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Elkhead Reservoir open, new features planned for summer

Although the sky is, at times, still dark and gray, and thermostats around town may fluctuate between a cold winter and a not-quite warm spring, Elkhead Reservoir is open for frolickers and fisherman.

Steamboat briefs for May 1

Child Health Plan Plus provides full health care coverage for uninsured Colorado children and teens up to age 18.

Tennis squad hopes to repeat

It would be as unprecedented for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team to live up to last season's remarkable regional tournament performance as it was for the team to do it in the first place.

Two get 3 years in abuse case

Grand County parents get maximum prison sentence

Two former Grand County residents received the maximum sentence in a child abuse case Tuesday.

County seeing rash of thefts

Patterns suggest cases are related

A flurry of burglaries has officers urging Routt County residents to lock their cars and homes and keep valuables out of sight.

The Record for April 29

6:10 a.m. Theft was reported in the 27400 block of Brandon Circle. The case is under investigation.

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Underwood pushes community approach to underage drinking

After one of his many presentations on youth substance abuse in Steamboat Springs this week, John Underwood was shocked when a sixth-grader challenged his concepts, arguing that smoking pot improved snowboarding.

Liquor checks show total compliance

No establishments fail law enforcement tests that happened Monday night

Eleven Steamboat Springs liquor establishments garnered a 100 percent compliance rate in the Steamboat Springs Police Department's latest checks Monday. Businesses who passed included two that failed a round of checks in December.

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Steamboat soccer wins again at home, 3-0

With Wednesday's 3-0 win against Palisade, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team took care of its end.

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DOW: Leave the moose alone

Officials may be forced to put down agitated animals

Do it for the moose, if not your own safety.

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Steamboat students urged to have safe, sober prom night

As the public education coordinator with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, Debbi Funston knows how urging Steamboat Springs High School students to make smart decisions with prom and graduation might come off.