Stories for November 2008

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Sunday, November 30

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Tayyara leaves behind a legacy

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara, 67, dies Saturday in Craig

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara, who died Saturday in Craig, leaves behind him a legacy of public service.Tayyara emigrated to the U.S. from Syria in 1963 and became an American citizen in 1972. He came to Craig several years later, opening a restaurant in 1975. But it was as a politician that he left his mark on the community. During the next 30 years, Tayyara would forge a political career that spanned periods of boom and bust in Moffat County.

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Overlook Park takes big step

Road agreement unlocks future of west Steamboat subdivisions

A complex public/private cost-sharing agreement for a new road in Steamboat Springs could unlock the potential for thousands of community housing units in subdivisions on the city's west side.

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Opening a new clothing store was a community effort

By Friday morning, the owners of Urbane clothing store felt like they hadn't slept in weeks.

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From 'mud' to mountainscape

Drywall artist transforms walls of Phippsburg's Black Dog Inn

During her stay at the Black Dog Inn in Phippsburg, Bonnie Brokaw has not been the typical hotel guest. The heavy-equipment operator from Lake George, staying in Phippsburg while working for West Pueblo-based K.R. Swerdfeger Construction on Oak Creek's sewer line rehabilitation project, has put her more artistic talents to use for Black Dog Inn owners Marlene and Michael Smith.

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Soroco students fill the food bank

High school group delivers 350 items for local families in holiday season

More than 150 families rely on the LIFT-UP Food Bank in Oak Creek, so when the student council at Soroco High School wanted to help a worthy cause, they saw the food pantry as an ideal choice.

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Home for the holidays

A year after a terrible fire, the Foos family is back in Phippsburg

After being homeless for nearly a year, Kathy Foos finally was back at home on Haymeadow Lane, south of Phippsburg, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Class Notes for Nov. 30

Steamboat Springs High School student honor roll

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Following Darwin's footsteps

CMC instructors plan an expedition to Galápagos Islands

Community members and students will be able to bond with tortoises and other wildlife on the Galápagos Islands in an expedition set up by two professors at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

Women bring boutique to town

Steamboat sisters plan trunk show to promote Denver shop

Brittin and Kelly Asbury are packing up much of their Denver shop and hauling it northwest to give locals a sampling of their wares.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 20 to 24

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

The Record and Jail Report for Nov. 30

Matthew William Dunlap, 20, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, minor in possession, careless driving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Council finishes 1st year

Members of city government reflect on work at Centennial Hall

Pride, frustration, satisfaction and apprehension are among the sentiments felt by Steamboat Springs City Council members a year after a 2007 election that brought five new faces to the seven-member body.

John F. Russell: Not your dad's video games

Last year, Santa brought my 11-year-old son a Wii for Christmas.

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 30, 2008

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

Our View: Take part in the manager search

Whether it is a reflection of the economy, a strong desire to lead a growing resort community, or both, the whopping 118 applicants for Steamboat Springs' city manager position offer the promise of a long-term hire capable of surviving the ebb and flow of local politics and leading the city through a contrasting period of expansion and economic uncertainty.

Looking Back for Nov. 27, 1958

From the Thursday, Nov. 27, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Community Agriculture Alliance: From baa to blankets

It's a funny thing, these woolly wonderful animals - sheep. They produce wool for Routt County Woolens, the locally grown wool blanket company (Blankets - Ahhh - warm and snuggly!). The sheep in our beautiful Yampa Valley grow incredibly clean wool, thanks in part to the record amounts of snowfall we enjoy. These sheep also are high-quality wool producers, because they are raised and cared for by talented, hard-working and knowledgeable ranchers.

Jimmy Westlake: A telescope under the tree

Reminder: If the skies clear this week, keep an eye on the beautiful conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the southwest sky after sunset. On Monday night, the crescent moon joins the planet pair for the best sky show of the year.

Routt County Spotlight: Steve Hitchcock

Steve Hitchcock

On the Market for Nov. 30

One Steamboat Place car wash included

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Brassell, Wood push basketball squad

Despite new look, Sailors basketball team has same old expectations

The coach, most of the players and the look of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball all are new. But the expectations for one of the most successful prep programs in Colorado history remain intact.

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Sailors girls basketball shoots for the playoffs

After guiding the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball program for two years, senior point guard Brittany Long has a pretty good feel for the team's potential. She's seen two years of losing roll through the gym doors of Steamboat. She's seen a young and inexperienced team take its lumps from just about every corner of the state.

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SSHS hockey relies on talented young skaters

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team is facing a conundrum. Depending on whom you ask and where you look, there are several ways to perceive this year's edition of the Sailors on frozen seas. Gaze down to the third and fourth lines - which will be vital to the team's success this season - and it's apparent the Sailors are very young. But look in net and glance at some of the offensive and defensive pairings, and it's apparent that Steamboat has the potential to be a top team.

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Sales off for alcohol vendors

Economic dip isn't drowning sellers, but they are feeling a pinch

Alcohol sales have been slightly slower in Steamboat Springs, though sellers say they aren't taking as hard a hit as other retail sectors. Alcohol purveyors are somewhat insulated from economic downturns, said Kevin Kaminski.

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Winter cyclists can enjoy roads less traveled

Winter cyclists can enjoy roads less traveled

It's only 2 miles from Deborah Improta's downtown home to where she works on Shield Drive. In the summer, riding her bike along the Yampa River Core trail is a breeze - but in the winter, she likes to think of it as more an adventure.

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Local rugby athlete close to making national squad

Local athlete close to making national squad

Chris Baumann insists he hasn't done anything yet. But a quick look down the U.S.A. Rugby team's national roster tells a different story. Baumann - who started playing summer rugby with Steamboat's club team four years ago - recently made the U.S. Select XV Team - essentially, the national team's B squad.

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Investors set the standard with plans for model home at Alpine Mountain

In a climate of economic uncertainty, the developers of Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club have resolved to take action.

Friends and Neighbors for Nov. 30

TIC gives to Northwest Colorado youth programs

Everything Outdoor Steamboat and the Boys and Girls Club of Craig were beneficiaries of two $3,000 donations from TIC this year.

Saturday, November 29

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Art Museum to expand

Vectra Bank move will impact layout of city-owned Rehder Building

The Steamboat Art Museum is poised to take over additional space in the city-owned Rehder Building as Vectra Bank leaves for new digs in the Howelsen Place development just down Lincoln Avenue.

Moffat County's federal legislators say they're not against coal

Moffat County's congressional representation said it is committed to coal's future. Democrats John Salazar - Moffat County's U.S. representative - senator-elect Mark Udall and Sen. Ken Salazar said they support coal and all other domestic energy resources as a means to achieve energy independence.

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Local young women swoon for 'Twilight' book series - and now movie

Craig resident Crystal Walker had a premonition.

DOW plans 'aggressive' winter action

Regional Colorado Division of Wildlife officials plan to meet winter head-on this year. "We're geared up, I hope, so if we have a similar winter again (compared to record snowfall last year), we can hopefully alleviate the problems that landowners experienced," said Bill de Vergie, area wildlife manager for the Meeker office, which oversees Moffat County.

Sailors wrestlers ready for season

Steamboat team a combination of veterans and rookies

The first step for the Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team was making sure there actually would be a team this winter.

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Black Friday brings relief

Local retailers report strong turnout on traditional shopping day

Whether you were on Wall Street in New York or Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs, this year's Black Friday provided a bright spot after months of dark economic news.

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Tom Ross: Don't quit 'grousing around'

Steamboat artist captures special powder moment

Steamboat artist Tinker Tiffany and I have never met. However, she just helped me reconnect with an amazing wildlife encounter that took place almost 30 years ago.

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Small numbers, big plans in Hayden

Experienced Tigers excited for season

Wrestling programs at Soroco and Steamboat Springs high schools teetered on the brink of folding this off-season. Routt County's other team, from Hayden High School, endured a similarly rocky off-season.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 29

Pink scarves on sale for breast cancer awareness

The Record for Nov. 27

1:40 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. Everything was quiet when police arrived.

How to reduce energy costs

Winterizing a home can be a cheap and easy project

Last winter, Ace at the Curve employee Jim Warren cut his home energy costs by replacing all his windows. He also stopped warm air from leaving his house by caulking around those windows, and he put a hotel shower cap over the inside grate of a bathroom fan.

Board to examine expenses

Resource officer position also on agenda for Monday meeting

The Steamboat Springs School District has spent $11.83 million since July 1, with an income of only $2.47 million. Despite the discrepancy, spending is within normal bounds, according to a new report from District Finance Director Dale Mellor.

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Lighting up the holidays

Lily Armstrong wants one thing for Christmas and one thing only.

Friday, November 28

Snow advisory coming Saturday

Mount Werner could see 4 to 8 inches by Sunday night

A storm system could deposit 4 to 8 inches of snow on Mount Werner by Sunday night.

Winter Park police subdue armed man after standoff

Incident closes U.S. Highway 40 for nearly four hours Thursday evening

The incident closed U.S. Highway 40 near Winter Park Resort on Thursday and ended with the suspect in custody and no one hurt, police said.

Arapahoe Basin hopes to open seventh run

Ski area looking to have Sundance ready this weekend

Although no Thanksgiving-specific festivities are planned at Arapahoe Basin this holiday weekend, the mountain hopes to open Sundance - another beginner trail from mid-mountain down - on Saturday.

Where's the snow?

The big accumulations are falling in Europe, not in Rockies

All over the Alps, ski areas are seeing the kind of snowfall that eluded them last winter.

Donors needed for Wishes program

United Way holiday drive seeks 40 people willing to 'adopt' local families

Routt County United Way's Christmas Wishes program aims to provide holiday gifts for nearly 180 needy local families and individuals.

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Local vocalist Pam Pierce focuses on jazz standards

"This will be my opener," Pam Pierce said, listening to guitarist Neil Marchman play "Let It Snow" while rehearsing last week. Pierce and Marchman join the Emerald City Jewel Singers for a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church.

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A jazzy influence

Boulder hip-hop group has mixed-genre sounds

For Boulder hip-hop group Rogue Sound, a background in jazz music has opened a lot of musical doors. And since 2000, they have built a steady Front Range following with positive lyrics and a dance-party vibe. Tonight, the band plays in Steamboat Springs for the first time, with a set at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill. The show starts at about 10 p.m. with a cover charge of $5.

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The goodbye game

Steamboat grad, CU Buff leaves field with no regrets

Doing what's easy and comfortable never has been a trademark of Joel Adams. The 2003 Steamboat Springs High School graduate was a walk-on for CU football in 2005, forfeited an Alpine skiing scholarship because of NCAA rules, and today is playing his final game as a Buff, at rival Nebraska.

October real estate sales up in Vail Valley

October was the biggest month this year for real estate in Colorado's Vail Valley, according to figures released Wednesday by Land Title Guarantee Co.

Tree hunting near home

When Routt County residents want a Christmas tree this holiday season, they need to look no farther than their backyards.

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Rob Douglas: Sweep this woman's job away

There's no harder decision than to call for someone to be fired. There's no harder time to fire someone than during the holidays.

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Botanic building needs more funds

Solar panels generate educational buzz at Trillium House

The board of directors of the Yampa River Botanic Park has raised $350,000 to cover the cost of building the new 1,400-square-foot Trillium House park headquarters. However, they still have $150,000 to raise if they are to achieve their goal of fully reimbursing the park's endowment.

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Resorts expect 4,000 visitors Saturday

The resort community is anticipating that just more than 4,000 visitors will spend Saturday night in hotels and lodges in Steamboat Springs - not bad for a Thanksgiving with limited available skiing terrain at the mountain.

Rams play fast and furious

Despite lack of size, girls basketball squad focuses on tempo

Attend a Soroco High School girls basketball practice, and you might think first-year Rams coach David Bruner is getting a head start on the track season.

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Steamboat comes together for feast

Locals, out-of-towners contribute to community dinner

After walking past a mountain of turkeys in the kitchen and an entire wall of desserts in the dining room, it's hard to believe that, just last week, Routt County United Way was scrambling for food donations for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

A green Christmas

Children compete in eco-friendly gift contest

Oak Creek's Tracks and Trails Museum is holding its inaugural "Have a Green Christmas" contest, inviting local youths to design and build birdhouses and birdfeeders this holiday season. The eco-friendly gifts then will be sold, with proceeds benefiting the museum and Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

The Record for Nov. 28

12:54 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 100 block of North Poplar Street in Hayden.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 28

Routt County Search and Rescue rescued a Colorado Mountain College student who was injured snowmobiling on Buffalo Pass on Thursday.

Vail Resorts may partner in housing project

Vail Resorts said it is willing to be part of redeveloping Timber Ridge, Vail, Colorado's largest affordable rental complex, but only under certain conditions.

Eagle pay plan winning fans

Teacher pay-for-performance program has been fine-tuned

Just a few short years ago, TAP - the Teacher Advancement Program - was the equivalent of a four-letter word for many teachers in Eagle County.

Longer Aspen runway could mean taller tower

Pitkin County could be forced by federal aviation officials to build a 188-foot airport control tower, four times the height of the current 47-foot facility, to enable air traffic controllers to see the end of an extended runway at Aspen's Sardy Field.

Aspen winter air service up

Airline service at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport this winter will be up 14 percent, based on the scheduled flights as the resort heads into the ski season.

Grand County building permits decline

Grand County building permits are considerably down this year, according to the most recent report from the Grand County Building Department.

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New editions

Riverhouse printing staff settles into renovated space

For the artists who work at Riverhouse Editions, making prints of original pieces can be taxing.

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Thrown together

Clay artisans keep collective spirit alive with holiday sale

The way founding members Deb Babcock and Barb Gregoire tell their group's history, the Steamboat Clay Artisans couldn't help but form a guild.

On Scene: Steamboat Mountain Film Festival favors snowy movies

In the opening moments of Matchstick Productions' "Claim," the narrator declares it the best ski movie that has ever been made. Then Europe's "Final Countdown" kicks in, followed by about an hour and a half of awesome runs and goofy interludes.

At the movies

Review: 'Four Christmases' is zero fun

Happy hours

Steamboat happy hours

Margaret Hair: Kanye gets personal

It's not that hard to review a CD in 150 to 200 words. And in most cases - if not all of them - that's all you need to say why something is good, or why it isn't.

Thursday, November 27

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World Cup kicks off

Americans ready to open season in Kuusamo on Saturday

It's been eight long months of training for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. But on Saturday, the jumps and the results will count as the World Cup tour returns for another season.

Ski Corp. gets a 'C' on environment scorecard

Report criticized for having narrow focus

The Steamboat Ski Area and the Ski Area Citizens' Coalition may never see eye to eye when it comes to grading the ski resort on its environmental performance. SACC released its annual Ski Area Environmental Scorecards last week.

Sheriff's budget to increase

Commissioners accept some of the expenses proposed for '09

Hoping to avoid a rehash of recent financial controversy, county commissioners and Routt County Sheriff's Office personnel held a lengthy meeting Tuesday to hash out the department's 2009 budget.

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Season opens with sunshine

Skiers, riders enjoy Scholarship Day at Steamboat Ski Area

The Rohde family typically skis down to the gondola from their ski-in, ski-out home next to Bear Claw Condominiums. But Wednesday, they made the trek on foot.

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Space Station owners plan to reopen

City officials: Vacant downtown lot a 'public nuisance'

Grand Junction-based Monument Oil officials have signaled their intention to reopen the former Space Station gas station.

The Record for Nov. 27

12:04 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue where a refrigerated truck was idling.

Brent Boyer: Thanksgiving and new technology

Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday of the year.

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Winter equipment sales start sluggish

Retailers optimistic snow will draw buyers

Mountain gear sales have been sluggish, folks at retail outlets say, but they expect business to pick up when snow starts falling.

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Hurth family has a special reason to celebrate the holiday

Doug and Andrea Hurth ate their Thanksgiving meal in 2005 while sitting in a hospital at the bedside of their 14-month-old daughter, Valerie.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 27

The American Legion Post 44 is providing transportation to VA medical centers in Grand Junction and Denver and to the VA Clinic in Craig. Contact Routt County Veterans Affairs Officer Mike Condie at 879-5489 or by e-mail at mcondie@co.routt.co.us., or visit the office in the Steamboat Workforce Center in Sundance Plaza off Anglers Drive.

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Hayden girls squad, coach eager for season

The Hayden High School volleyball season ended more than a month ago, but senior Caitlyn Mahanna still winced when the topic came up.

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Energy companies plan for regional pullout

The lights are dimming on Northwest Colorado's energy future.

Wednesday, November 26

Eagle County cutting staff to save cash

Commissioners aim to save $500,000 with revenues expected to drop $2 million

Two Eagle County employees have recently lost their jobs, and County Administrator Bruce Baumgartner has proposed five more vacant positions be cut from next year's budget.

Breckenridge to restrict uphill skiing

Skinning is 'becoming dangerous,' Vail Resorts says

Ski resort officials have asked for cooperation from a rugged, growing breed of skiers who prefer hiking to riding ski lifts, as the resort undergoes base-area construction and balances business operations with after-hours access.

Aspen Skiing exec: 'Brace for tough December'

Reservations down for the first six weeks of the season

December will be tough for businesses in Aspen and Snowmass Village unless there is a miraculous surge in the number of tourists coming to town, Pitkin County business leaders agreed Tuesday.

Silverthorne sales tax revenues rise in September

September sales taxes collected in Silverthorne have increased consistently over the past five years - including this one, despite national economic woes.

Aspen holds the line on property taxes

Rates won't increase until at least 2010

City Council on Monday voted to keep the property tax mill levy at 4.799, instead of taking the full 5.41 mills.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 26

Christmas tree helpers needed for annual auction

Tables set for Thanksgiving

Community dinner takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday

An estimated 150 Routt County cooks will roast turkeys, mash potatoes and bake homemade pumpkin pies this week in preparation for Routt County United Way's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Chance of snow persists into weekend

If you're dreaming of a powder-filled Thanksgiving, keep on dreaming.

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Star athlete, student does it all

Steamboat Springs High School senior Hanna Berglund's schedule is booked solid for the next several months. Berglund is playing basketball, skiing for the high school's Alpine team and maintaining a 3.9 grade point average. Thank goodness her club soccer team in Denver just finished its season.

Our View: Giving thanks and reaching out

We urge everyone to take a moment this week to reflect not only on the good things in their lives, but also on what we might do to help those whose struggles are greater than our own.

3 arrested for Grease Monkey burglary

Men suspected of stealing safe and its contents in September

Routt County men suspected of stealing a safe in September break-in.

Wall, county spar over fees

Commissioners want details about legal bill; sheriff refuses

Routt County Commissioners want more information before they will pay a $6,700 legal bill forwarded to them by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

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Joanne Palmer: Talking turkey with Tom

Using some super top secret hi-tech tracking devices and women's intuition, I caught up with Tom Turkey at Gobbledygook Farms and sat down to talk with him about Thanksgiving.

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Ski area opens today

Trails of all levels open for Scholarship Day

Ten trails and two lifts will be open today at the Steamboat Ski Area, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The Christie Peak Express and Preview lifts will start at 8:30 a.m. for Scholarship Day. The open trails are: Desperado, for lessons; upper Boulevard; Headwall North; Lil' Rodeo, with some of the terrain park; Preview; lower Right-O-Way; Stampede; Jess' Cut-Off; Sitz; and See Ya.

Cari Hermacinski and Meg Bentley: Be part of the process

We were disappointed that the majority of City Council voted to approve the 2009 budget as it was presented Nov. 18. We are concerned that the assumptions on which the budget was based are not conservative enough to be responsive to the current economic climate. However, that vote is a good demonstration of democracy, and we will, of course, support the majority decision.

Dr. Stan Jensen: Great unknown

Are you doing all you can to prepare yourself, your employees and your business for the changing economic climate?

The Record for Nov. 24

1:28 a.m. Domestic violence was reported in Hayden, where two men were fighting. One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. A 31-year-old Hayden man was arrested on suspicion of menacing, second-degree and third-degree assault, criminal mischief and two counts of child abuse.

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El Pomar gives $1M to state nonprofits

David Freseman didn't know what to say.

Tuesday, November 25

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Tom Ross: Overalls a snaux pas at Backcountry Ball

I accomplished the impossible Saturday night and dressed inappropriately for the 10th annual Backcountry Ball.

The Record for Nov. 23

Sunday, Nov. 23

Steamboat Briefs for Nov. 25

LIFT-UP locations closed Thursday and Friday

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A country at a time

Henri Stetter travels the globe to help industries get on their feet

Henri Stetter is a fixer. As an employee of the European Union and the United Nations Development Program, Steamboat Springs-based Stetter travels around the world to hotspots that require business and economic expertise.

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YVEA: Average outages decrease

Time without electricity down this year despite animal issues

The average time Yampa Valley Electric Association customers were left groping for flashlights in the dark decreased significantly in the 12 months ending Sept. 30, according to a report from the local electric co-op.

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Hayden children pitch in

Elementary students collect $500 in pennies for food bank

Hayden Valley Elementary School students have impressed Connie Todd. Todd picked up a check at the school last week that amounted to nearly $500 for the Hayden Food Bank.

Opening on schedule

Christie Peak Express, Preview lifts to serve skiers and riders Wednesday

The Steamboat Ski Area is slated to open right on time. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. expects to run the Christie Peak Express and Preview lifts for Scholarship Day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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City honors longtime employees Marsh, Jarvis

Workers each have logged 30 years

Dave Jarvis and Doug Marsh have seen just about everything in Steamboat Springs change during the past three decades - except their employer.

Monday, November 24

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Luke Graham: Randolph worthy of cheering

Bo Randolph is one tough guy to root against. He is your average, everyday guy who works for a living, struggles to make ends meet and just happens to be a phenomenal freestyle moguls skier.

The Record for Nov. 22

1:44 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street.

Peewee hockey enters finals

10 teams to face off this weekend

It's been a short and successful season so far for Bob Milne's Steamboat Peewee hockey team. Milne and his players will have a lot better idea what the team's 4-0 record means in just a few days. The squad is one of two Steamboat Springs teams competing Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Ski Town Tournament at the Howelsen Ice Arena.

Tourism outlook remains unclear

Properties see fewer advance customers

Tourism industry observers are keeping quiet about where bookings stand for the ski season, and some lodging managers say it's tough to tell how things will play out.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 24

The Promotion Committee of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is looking for amateur and professional gingerbread house decorators to submit their creations as part of the new Merry MainStreet Downtown Holiday Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Lincoln Avenue will be closed to traffic, and prizes will be awarded in three categories: children amateur, adult amateur and professional.

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Alliance names New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley

Lamun, Liman, Roberts, Dean and Jim Rossi praised for work

Five Routt County residents took home New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley awards Saturday night.

Deb Babcock: Try these gifts for gardeners

If you have a gardener on your holiday gift list, here are a few ideas to show that person you care. For some gardeners, tools are the ideal gift. "Probably my most favorite tool is the spading fork. The handle is the right length for leverage, but more importantly, the tines help break up each lift of the heavy clay," said Carol Booth Fox, a local master gardener. "The tines cultivate as they dig and slip between the stones in the soil. Indispensable!"

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4-H praises members, supporters

Routt County clubs meet for lunch to celebrate end of the year

While he was waiting for a presenter to come up during Sunday's 4-H awards lunch, outgoing President Andy Mucklow threw out an agriculture joke:

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Monday Medical: Pneumococcal vaccine protects against disease

"Pneumococcal" is not exactly a household word. "Pneumonia," "meningitis" and "sinus infection" certainly are more commonly known. What do these three diseases have in common, and what is their connection with that strange-sounding word?

Aging Well: Live orchestra helps older adults leave cares behind

It's hard denying that life, for many people, has become more difficult. Even in tough times, however, it's nice to know that pleasures such as music can bring a much-needed lift to the soul.

Sunday, November 23

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Soroco musicians hit the road

Band, choir members chosen

Seven Soroco High School students joined more than 100 other high school musicians from across Northwest Colorado in Aspen last weekend to perform with the Colorado Music Educators Association honor band.

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Suit up for the season

A look at trends in ski and snowboard fashion for 2008-09

Five years ago, the lone blaze orange onesie hanging in a corner at The Click snowboard gear and apparel store would have been a joke, a way to poke fun at the past. In 2008, the lone onesie is alone because the store has sold the style in every size that is not extra large.

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Tyler Johnson to receive US flag flown in F-16 over Iraq

A U.S. Air Force squadron in Iraq heard about the Tyler Johnson's illness and subsequent amputations and wanted to respond. The squadron commander flew an American flag around Iraq, and the Routt County resident will present it to Tyler when she returns.

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City after-school program set to move to Soda Creek

The after-school program is set to move into Soda Creek Elementary School at the beginning of December.

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Smallest no more: Teenager stands out in Alpine skiing

Anna Marno is used to being the smallest and youngest. It started while growing up in a small town in Wyoming, trying to keep up with her older brother and his friends. Now, the 16-year-old Marno is trying to keep up with the top-level Alpine skiers in the nation.

Joel Reichenberger: Tumbling into ski season

Thoughts from a sports-filled weekend and my first ski trip of the winter: Bad news, Smartwool.

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Hayden wrestlers feed off football letdown

Practice is nothing new for the four seniors on the Hayden wrestling squad. The group has been remarkably successful in its stint on the mats, and coach Ty Zabel said that has a lot to do with a consistently focused and competitive wrestling room.

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Steamboat hockey full of family connections

Steamboat Springs High School senior Eric Bonner smirks a little when he thinks about what it was like growing up in his house full of defensemen.

John F. Russell: Keep ski jumping afloat

An old, black-and-white photo depicts a cold, gray winter day in the mountains. There are hundreds of people, dressed in long fur coats and top hats, standing in a snow-covered field at the base of a steep hill.

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Ski, snowboard shops offer highly functional, trendy gear

Thin is in. So, apparently, are the 1980s, at least when it comes to the newest ski and snowboard equipment lining store shelves across Steamboat Springs.

The Record and Jail Report for Nov. 21

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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Cheerleading for the new squad

New SSMS team forms

Watching the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors cheerleaders support their football and basketball teams recently has created inspiration for more than a dozen younger girls, resulting in the creation of a cheer squad at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Class notes for Nov. 23

Kristi Brown earns a Master of Public Health

Best of the Web for Nov. 23

The sheriff's department is charged with a number of public safety responsibilities. These responsibilities are not optional expenses for the county. Despite being in a budget crunch, we are not in the kind of emergency that requires cutting back on these fundamental services. It is the commissioner's role to find the funds needed for the department to do its work. : The mileage they are suggesting comes to about 400 miles per day for the entire department. With a little more than 2200 square miles to patrol in addition to the other department business, is that a realistic number?

Paul Potyen: Beyond paper or plastic

Have you ever thought about all the packaging that you have to deal with after you've brought your food home from the local grocery store and opened it to prepare your meals?

Our View: Optimism may bring more cuts

The Steamboat Springs City Council gave final approval last week to a $56 million budget for 2009. The budget included more than $2 million in cuts compared with one originally proposed by city staff.

Conservative commentary: Spreading the misery

In the last days of the seemingly endless presidential campaign, Barack Obama showed up uninvited and unannounced at Joe the Plumber's residence in the battleground state of Ohio. In a few short minutes, the candidate apparently let his guard down after polls showed him to be a runaway winner Nov. 4. So, Joe wondered out loud, if Obama did indeed win, would his plans for soaking the "rich" preempt or neutralize his goal to buy the business in which he presently was only an employee? Or, put another way, shouldn't everyone be allowed to dream and work to become wealthy without being stigmatized for it? Obama's answer rang alarms across the country when he proclaimed that it was better to "spread the wealth."

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Craft fairs kick off holidays

The holiday season rapidly is descending on Steamboat Springs, as downtown's trademark pine garlands went up over Lincoln Avenue on Saturday. But with Thanksgiving only days away and just more than a month until Christmas, not everyone is ready for the purported most wonderful time of the year.

CDOT could delay US 40 repair

The troubled economy, coupled with a Colorado Department of Transportation Commission decision to favor snow and ice removal ahead of pavement maintenance, could delay a major overhaul of U.S. Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Jimmy Westlake: The Christmas star

About 2,000 years ago, St. Matthew recorded that something extraordinary appeared in the sky over Bethlehem of Judea that accompanied the birth of Jesus. For centuries, astronomers have wondered about the nature of this Star of Bethlehem. Was it a one-time supernatural event, never seen before and never seen since? Although that is a possibility, it seems unlikely that St. Matthew would have been the only person to record the appearance of an amazing event like that. Another possibility is that the Star of Bethlehem was a rare but natural celestial event that might have gone unnoticed by the masses but would have caught the attention of sky watchers, such as the Magi mentioned in St. Matthew's gospel.

Rich Tremaine: The growing case for local products

When the headlines scream that children in China are dying because the industrial chemical melamine is being found in their milk and food products, this is a sad story, but it doesn't really hit close to home. After all, our milk doesn't have melamine in it, and this isn't like the melamine-coated boards that are used in cabinet construction - is it?

Looking back for Nov. 20, 1958

National Forest receipts hit billion-dollar mark

Routt County Spotlight: Judi Fabbri Williams

Occupation: Office manager, Steamboat Springs Middle School

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Auto dealers confident

Cook, Steamboat Motors officials expect slow period but not disaster

As General Motors, Ford and Chrysler report financial struggles, going as far as to seek federal help, a couple of Steamboat Springs dealerships say those problems aren't squeezing them.

Work force center reaches out to workers

Aid offered to those facing tough times

Unemployment is creeping up in Colorado and Routt County, and experts are offering free help to workers and businesses who are hurting.

Business File for Nov. 23

Wi-Fi provider adds tower near Milner

Real estate transactions for Nov. 13 to 19

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market for Nov. 23

Reid takes the lead at Alpine Mountain Ranch

Townhouse prices drop in Stagecoach

A 35-year-old, three-bedroom Stagecoach Townhouse comparable to one that sold in late July for $268,000 now can be had for as little as $214,000.

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Trailhead debuts model unit

Executives pursue highly personalized marketing

Resort Ventures West executives continue to pursue a highly personalized marketing plan and are debuting a fully furnished model unit at Trailhead Lodge in Wildhorse Meadows as Steamboat continues to weather the real estate slump of 2008.

Saturday, November 22

The Record for Nov. 22

Thursday, Nov. 20

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Opera group earns award nomination

Reading from the event program of the El Pomar Foundation's Awards for Excellence, Emerald City Opera founder Keri Rusthoi can't help but notice the big names.

360, Bridges face uphill fight

2 annexation proposals earn mixed reviews from planners

City planning commissioners had plenty of compliments this week for two Wilton Development projects proposed for annexation into Steamboat Springs. But the projects also face challenges that may lead to uphill battles.

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A hurt that 'never goes away'

Grand Junction couple hoping against odds to locate missing daughter

Evening. Nov. 21, 1979. The small, pretty girl with blonde hair, blue eyes and an easy smile is getting ready at her parents' Hayden home. The night's plans revolve around a 4-H dance a town over, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, in Craig.

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Bo knows skiing

Randolph faces challenging season after injury

Bo Randolph knows the nerves will be there. They're there before every race. Sometimes they get so bad he can't brush his teeth, because touching anything more than the front of his teeth makes him gag while his stomach knots up.

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Townsend acquires motocross trophies

Hayden youth eager for bigger bike, races

The onset of winter has done little to freeze Noah Townsend's enthusiasm for motocross.

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Bernard in the swing of things

Ex-Sailor prepares for tennis season

Former Steamboat Springs High School tennis player Ramsey Bernard has played on the biggest stage Colorado has to offer.

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Whoa, hoss, don't rein in the holiday shopping

Annie's Home Consignments might be the best treasure hunt in town

I purchased a set of vintage, hand-woven horse reins on Friday, even though I don't own a pony. They represent the first of the holiday gifts I will purchase locally this season.

Water meter study on tap for '09

Oak Creek Town Board approves $5,000 for consulting

Oak Creek will take a harder look at when and how water meters could be installed for its water customers early next year and what the long-awaited project would cost.

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Hayden says goodbye

Memorial service for Robert 'Bobby' Donelson fills high school gym

Hundreds of friends, family members and classmates packed the Hayden High School gymnasium Friday afternoon to remember Robert "Bobby" Donelson in an emotional memorial service, with black and orange ribbons pinned to their clothes in his memory.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 22

Christmas tree helpers needed for annual auction

Friday, November 21

Wrestlers place high in meets

The Steamboat Peewee wrestling program enjoyed success at tournaments each of the past two weekends.

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New ski coach looks forward to season

Kate Warner said she's almost always a meticulous person - planned, prepared and punctual. Almost, of course, is the key word. There was nothing meticulous about Warner's spur-of-the-moment move to Steamboat Springs.

Vandahl, Calkins expected to redshirt

Former Sailors learning the college basketball ropes as freshmen

Michael Vandahl and Aaron Calkins spent the better part of three years terrorizing the Western Slope League.

Reiter, Mueller finish strong

Last season was rough for Steamboat Springs snowboarder Erica Mueller. Last week was even harder.

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Mainstreet: Spend locally

Group aims to prevent flow of dollars out of Steamboat

Wary about dollars slipping away through online and out-of-town sales, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs again is launching a "shop local" campaign in the holiday season.

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Frogs Gone Fishin' is working its way into the business

Hooked on music

At 2 p.m. on a Tuesday, the four recent college graduates who make up Denver funk rock band Frogs Gone Fishin' are gathered around their kitchen table. Frogs Gone Fishin' is keeping busy by playing regional gigs.

118 try for city manager spot

Flood of applicants vying to be Steamboat's top administrator

An application deadline to become Steamboat Springs' next city manager has passed, and 118 people have applied for the job of the city's top administrator. Phil McKenney, of executive search firm Peckham & McKenney, said he is pleasantly surprised by the high level of interest in the position.

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Rob Douglas: The people hidden behind the numbers

We all should make it a priority to ensure none of our neighbors goes hungry or cold

On Tuesday evening, the Steamboat Springs City Council members born with Y chromosomes outvoted the council's sisters of fiscal sanity and passed a 2009 budget with numbers even Miss Whittier would decry as excessively Pollyannaish.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 21

City Clerk Julie Jordan placed on indefinite leave

The Record for Nov. 19

12:05 a.m. An ambulance was requested in Steamboat Springs for a highly intoxicated 19-year-old woman. She was cited for minor in possession.

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A fair trade for charity

Work of Human Hands benefits artisans in developing countries

When Work of Human Hands fair trade craft bazaar organizers look through a catalog to select items to sell, they find stories from the wood-carvers, papermakers and jewelers who produce those items.

Layoffs affect 16 at Ski and Resort Corp.

Diamond: Not all impacted workers will lose jobs outright

This week's layoffs affected 16 Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employees, Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond confirmed Thursday.

ILC loses Section 8 program

Rent-assistance vouchers go through Grand Junction

As of Nov. 5, the Grand Junction Housing Authority took control of all Section 8 housing vouchers in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Colorado Division of Housing officials said they took the program away from the Independent Life Center in Craig because it could not meet federal administration requirements. Section 8 vouchers pay the majority of a person's rent on a scale dependent upon income and number of children. Eligibility is based on the same factors.

New Pioneers honored

Community Alliance event spotlights sustainable practices

When Steve Aigner describes the people and enterprises nominated as 2008's New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley, he lands on one word: "courageous."

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Smokeout educates students

Steamboat youths engage in interactive anti-smoking lessons

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Jessie Dunlop donned a less-than-fashionable "40-pound purse" - a portable oxygen tank - Thursday, getting a feel for what life would be like down the road with smoking-induced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Airman's spirits high in Iraq

Routt County resident says she's enjoying the experience

Airman 1st Class Rebekah LaDue said her experience in Iraq has been valuable.

Airman's spirits high in Iraq

Routt County resident says she's enjoying the experience

Airman 1st Class Rebekah LaDue said her experience in Iraq has been valuable.

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Food sought for '08 community dinner

United Way expects about 450 attendees

From turkey to cranberry sauce to green bean casserole, Routt County United Way is in need of food donations to feed the estimated 450 people who will pack the Steamboat Springs Community Center for next week's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Reeling in the reels

Film festival has about 40 submissions for growing snow-movie event

Brian McCleary didn't necessarily mean to start Bent & Broken Productions. He just wanted to get what his friends were doing with skis, snowboards and snowmobiles on tape.

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'Twilight' puts stake in music

Premiere after party features local DJ and themed prizes

There is a lot of subtlety in the song selection on the original motion picture soundtrack for "Twilight."

On scene: Little snowboarder that could

Little snowboarder that could

CD review for Nov. 21, 2008

Ra Ra Riot

Margaret Hair: Thanksgiving, Steamboat style

In an extremely dorky moment after work on Monday, I decided to start a recipe binder, complete with dividers for main dishes, sides, desserts and bread.

Thursday, November 20

Evans Hall honored as leader

State commerce group recognizes Steamboat Chamber official

Steamboat's top Chamber official received a special honor this month from the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry.

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Brent Boyer: Realism trumps in these difficult times

The economic news wasn't good Wednesday.

Lezin, Zaleski win city titles

Valerie Lezin wrapped up the 2008 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championship tennis tournament Tuesday by defeating Darby Dale-Burger in the Women's 3.5 singles. Lezin, who advanced to the Class 3A state tennis tournament last spring while playing for Steamboat Springs High School, beat Dale-Burger, 6-3, 6-3.

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Steamboat's King transitions from volleyball to basketball

A split focus

Steamboat Springs High School junior Colleen King already has established herself as one of the top volleyball players on the Western Slope.

Town water meters debated

In 1987, the Oak Creek Town Board wrote an ordinance requiring installation of water meters in town, fulfilling a requirement to receive federal grants for infrastructure work. But the funds dried up, the ordinance was repealed in 2005, and meters never were installed.

Permit fees reignite builders' frustration

Council approves water and sewer hikes, real estate purchase

A plan to implement new building permit fees has reignited a prickly relationship between the city of Steamboat Springs and the local building community.

Intrawest announces cutbacks

Steamboat Ski Area layoffs part of company's reaction to economic downturn

Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., announced layoffs and realignments in its multi-resort work force Wednesday, a day after those layoffs were felt at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Hayden remembers Robert 'Bobby' Donelson

Robert "Bobby" Donelson was remembered Wednesday as a friendly classmate and capable woodworker with an easy smile. Bobby died Tuesday afternoon after collapsing on Hayden High School's football field. He was 15.

URA hopes to avoid delay

City officials approve budget, contracts for base area projects

With the approval of a budget and contracts Tuesday, an urban redevelopment authority at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area will be able to limp through at least part of 2009.

The Record for Nov. 18

Tuesday, Nov. 18 2:30 a.m. A 21-year-old Craig man was arrested on an outstanding warrant in the 29500 block of Routt County Road 27.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 20

City, county planning commissions meet tonight

Wednesday, November 19

Council adopts 2009 budget

The Steamboat Springs City Council has adopted a 2009 budget, but the anxious debate on city finances is far from closed.

Our View: Time for housing leadership

The very real possibility that the Yampa Valley Housing Authority will dissolve in the coming year begs a question: Who will take the leadership role in providing affordable work force housing in Routt County?

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Vocational center humming

Grand opening set for Saturday at new Hayden High School building

One of Kevin Kleckler's former students dropped by the new vocational education center Tuesday to check things out.

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Family is key at RedClay

Cindy LaDue expected to come for a visit, instead opens a craft and art shop

Cindy LaDue came to Hayden for a two-week stay in February. Two weeks became three months. Three months might become forever. LaDue started a business on Jefferson Avenue and has settled in town.

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Joanne Palmer: The soundtrack of a 'tween

As I sat at my desk, fingers poised above the computer keyboard and staring at a blank word processing document with an equally blank mind, I felt a light brush against my shoulder. Hooray, the muse!

Warm weather, cool budget

Howelsen Hill faces challenges

Jeff Nelson knows it's not easy to fool Mother Nature, but that doesn't mean he hasn't tried.

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Kelly Labor looking for big season at UNLV

Two years into her experience at the Division I collegiate soccer level, 2006 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Kelly Labor is about as excited as she can get for her senior year.

County decides to watch and wait

Budget cutbacks probable in 2009 if revenues worsen

Although Routt County is keeping its fingers crossed that budgetary predictions will hold and levels of service can be maintained in 2009, it is not too early to start prioritizing programs and decide what would be cut first, Commissioner Doug Monger said Tuesday.

County tightens Wall's belt

Commissioners limit Sheriff's Office overtime, vehicle use

County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to cut back Routt County Sheriff's Office overtime and county vehicle use for the rest of 2008, in what Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak called a "last-ditch effort" to get the department's budget in line.

Products bring home holidays

Craft fair brings more than 30 regional vendors today

When Routt County Woolens started hosting the predecessor to the Hometown Holiday Shopping Gala almost a decade ago, the products' source material was the event's centerpiece.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 19

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 19

The Record for Nov. 17

Monday, Nov. 17

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Steamboat Ski Area lays off workers

The Steamboat Ski Area has laid off employees, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

Hayden boy dies during class

15-year-old student collapses while exercising with classmates

A 15-year-old Hayden High School student died Tuesday of cardiac arrest on the school's football field at about 1 p.m.

Tuesday, November 18

Hayden High School student dies from cardiac arrest

15-year-old boy collapsed on football field at about 1 p.m.

A 15-year-old Hayden High School student died today after suffering cardiac arrest on the school's football field at about 1 p.m.

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Tom Ross: Occidentally overlooking rivalries

President-elect Barack Obama and I are on opposite sides of the stadium when it comes to Division I football playoffs.

The Record for Nov. 16

Sunday, Nov. 16

Steamboat Briefs for Nov. 18

'Pig-Out 4 Partners Day' is today at Rio restaurant

Budget could get OK today

Proposal unchanged from first reading; city plans to prioritize service

The slimmed-down Steamboat Springs city budget could receive final approval at tonight's City Council meeting.

Glitch affects Hayden ACTs

Students in South Routt, Steamboat test better than state average

Hayden High School officials aren't exactly sure what caused half of the ACT scores for the school's juniors to be invalidated. But because of a timing error noticed by ACT administrators, the district's composite score is an artificially low 11.3 out of 36.

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Board: Class sizes meet policy

Larger discussion seeks to determine appropriate balance

Despite classes that can range up to 25 students at elementary schools, Steamboat Springs School Board members were told Monday that the district is meeting its policy of an average student-to-teacher ratio of 19-to-1.

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Delivering door to door

Program lets people receive weekly boxes of organic produce

Door to Door Organics started service last week in Northwest Colorado. Users of the subscription food program get boxes of organic produce - fruits, vegetables or both - delivered to their homes each Monday.

Monday, November 17

Aging Well: Awareness, positive outlook are key to diabetes care

Saundra Steele first noticed her vision problems on a routine drive to Craig. Road signs, which normally appeared clear, were blurry, even through her prescription glasses.

Deb Babcock: Let worms do the compost work

During the Master Gardener classes held early this year at the Cooperative Extension Office, Addy Elliott, of Colorado State University, explained the ins and outs of worm composting as a way to recycle food scraps through the winter months.

Class sizes revisited

School Board to take another look at policy, student-to-teacher ratios

The ideal class size for Steamboat Springs students is again up for discussion when the Steamboat Springs School Board meets tonight.

Monday Medical: Images tell the story for emergency care

A young man injured in a car crash lies unconscious in Yampa Valley Medical Center's emergency department. A CAT scan has been done, and physicians are conferring about the patient's skull fracture.

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United Way aims for $600K

Agency hopes donors dig deep to support worthy causes

Routt County United Way officials remain optimistic they can reach their ambitious fundraising goal this season, and they hope the sinking economy motivates people to dig a little deeper for the increasing number of people who will call on United Way-assisted agencies in their times of need.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 17

American Legion offering transport to VA services

The Record for Nov. 15

12:48 a.m. An officer was requested in the 3200 block of South Lincoln Avenue for a man whose credit card was declined. The man subsequently returned to pay his debt.

Arellano goes 1-2 at tourney

Former Steamboat Springs resident Cris Arellano lost in the third round at the U.S. Amateur Pool Championships in Atlanta.

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Matrka conquers Masters division

Marie Matrka knocked off two Swiggarts this weekend to win the centerpiece match of the Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships.

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Luke Graham: The error of my ways

Week 11 of the NFL season provides the sobering opportunity for me to confess the poor quality of my preseason predictions.

Sunday, November 16

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City asked to rethink affordable housing guidelines

The developers of the First Tracks affordable housing project were turned down by the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday night, yet they still deemed it a successful hearing.

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 16, 2008

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

Best of the Web for Nov. 16

Sound fiscal policy

Looking back for Nov. 18, 1958

Great schedule of winter events on tap

Our View: Policy fixes needed for housing

The Steamboat Springs City Council must quickly address the city's broken affordable housing ordinances if the goal of creating attainable housing for our work force is to have any chance of success.

Marie, Paul and Mona Blee: Holding out hope

Saturday, Nov. 22, marks the 29th year since our daughter, Marie Blee, went to a dance in Craig and never came back home to Hayden, where we were living at that time.

Carol Booth Fox: I am grateful

I am so very grateful to all of you for your participation in the festivities at Centennial Hall on Tuesday. That large (but not all-inclusive) list starts with Kathy Connell, who is an activist of the first order. She enlisted a virtual cast of hundreds: City Council, city staff, chef extraordinaire Nancy Kramer and all of you who took the opportunity to share that fabulous evening with me and my family. Thank you all who have contributed so generously to the Carol Booth Fox Garden Fund; Steamboat is a wonderful place. I hope to make it even lovelier with your help and suggestions.

Ken Brenner: Thanks

I have just finished one of the most interesting years of my life, because I had a chance to meet more than 10,000 people after knocking on 26,000 doors as part of my campaign for State Senate.

Murray Tucker: Election derivative

Most instructive of the studies that followed the election of Barack Obama and increases in control of the Senate and House by Democrats is a mapping of the percent change in party votes by county produced by the New York Times at http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/president/map.html.

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Realtors look for positives

Developer predicts 2009 sales tax increase

Members of Steamboat's real estate and development community gathered at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom Wednesday to look for reasons for optimism on the heels of a third quarter that produced the lowest unit sales volume in more than five years.

Conservative commentary: New habits for the GOP

"Seek first to understand, then to be understood."

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Physical therapists offer function-focused treatment while teaching

Johnson & Johnson Physical Therapy treats athletes training for the Olympics and athletes training for the next game against Palisade. It treats dancers who train at Juilliard and dancers who train at Perry-Mansfield. It treats people who fly in from Chicago and people who live on Lincoln Avenue.

Jimmy Westlake: Planet potpourri

Quietly and without much fanfare, our solar system recently gained two more named dwarf planets. They were discovered a few years ago, but it takes awhile for the official naming process to run its course.

Business File for Nov. 16

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a grand opening and ribbon cutting Friday for RedClay Designs and Gifts, which Cindy LaDue owns. Hayden's newest business is at 300 W. Jefferson Ave. The ribbon cutting will be at noon Friday, followed by a book signing by local photographer Jim Steinberg, author of "Colorado Scenic Byways; Taking the Other Road." The grand opening continues through Saturday. LaDue can be reached at 276-8104.

Real estate loans harder to come by

Funding for spec homes and second homes under close bank scrutiny

Besides the obvious, there's a very practical reason independent building contractors in Steamboat Springs aren't in the planning stages for new spec homes to launch in 2009.

Success Steps speaker puts focus on positive

Visitors to last week's Success Steps luncheon left with a bounce in their step and whispers of grins on their faces.

On the Market for Nov. 16

Doug Beall, vice president of development for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., shared news Wednesday about the progress of One Steamboat Place, the large luxury condominium project poised to expand and modernize Gondola Plaza.

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Locals share favorite pie recipes for the holidays

A good pie recipe has a way of sticking around - to plates, forks, ribs and recipe cards.

Lu Etta Loeber: A call to sacrifice

I wish gasoline were still $4 a gallon. Before you question my sanity, take a breath and read on.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 6 to 12

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - BIRMINGHAM PARTNERS LLC To ALIDEN LLC For STEAMBOAT CROSSING COMMERCIAL CONDOMINIUMS UNIT 7 - $215,000

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Waiting his turn

Confidence pays off for Hayden coach

Successful basketball coaches come from everywhere and start with all manners of experience.

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Longtime Houston Astros trainer retires to Steamboat

Any doubts former head Houston Astros trainer Dave Labossiere had about leaving baseball after 25 years in the big leagues floated away last week.

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Western State team has Steamboat connections

Preseason polls, years of futility and the extreme cold have done nothing to temper Western State College men's basketball coach Mike Moskowitz's expectations.

John F. Russell: 2-stepping for skiing

I can't dance. Doesn't matter if it's rock 'n' roll, big band or swing - I have a better chance of finding gold at the end of a rainbow than finding the beat on the dance floor.

Class Notes for Nov. 16

Hanrahan named Optimist Teen of Month

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iPods provide lessons for future

Bud Werner Memorial Library uses popular media players to inspire, help learning

When a teacher sees an MP3 player in the classroom, it's often basis for punishment - a sign that the student isn't paying attention to the lesson. But in Steamboat Springs, the lesson increasingly is the iPod.

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Bruce's Trail atop Rabbit Ears Pass offers early season Nordic skiing

Expansive dirt-colored scars overlooked Steamboat Springs early Friday morning high on the slopes of Mount Werner. They - along with a week's worth of not-quite-cold-enough temperatures - were signs that fall had yet to fully loosen its grasp on Ski Town USA.

Joel Reichenberger: A different kind of ski snob

I wake up every day with the goal of not getting punched in the face. I almost always succeed.

Man arrested after vehicular assault

Steamboat Springs police arrested a 22-year-old man Friday night after he allegedly rammed another car and tried to run over downtown partygoers while intoxicated.

The Record and Jail Report for Nov. 16

Glen William Pinhaud, 48, Longmont - Driving under the influence, speeding, weaving, open container (Colorado State Patrol)

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North Routt Community Charter School bursting at seams

The North Routt Community Charter School is experiencing sharp growing pains this year as expanding enrollment runs into a shrinking budget, even as the school attempts to increase capacity.

Routt County Spotlight: Mary Ann Ninger

Occupation: Administrative support staff for the Routt County Probation Department on weekdays, wedding cake designer on weekends

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Early Learning Center opens doors

Parents, children tour new Yampa facility as playground awaits completion

Despite doubling its capacity with its new facility in Yampa and finally being able to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend this school year, the South Routt Early Learning Center already is receiving phone calls from parents of infants who want to get on the waiting list.

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Technology changes backcountry dynamics

Search and Rescue missions adjust to GPS devices

Technological advances are not only making more tools available to search and rescue crews, they're allowing lost hikers and hunters to help themselves.

Saturday, November 15

Room for improvement

Despite relatively low dropout rates, area school officials want better

As Dennis Alt sees it, no stone should be left unturned when determining why a student dropped out before graduation day - and what could have been done differently.

Tom Ross: Do you know where your garden hose is?

Here in Steamboat, we've got our priorities straight. Given a choice, we always will head for the hills and an outdoor adventure before we buckle down to do pressing seasonal chores.

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Snow provides early boost

Ski area reports 14-inch base thanks to November precipitation

Annamarie Shunny and her skiing companion scarcely could believe the quality of the snow they skied on Thursday.

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Local recyclers honored

With bottles, cans, paper, batteries, light bulbs and hard drives, companies in Steamboat Springs have made an effort to recycle corporate detritus, ensuring tons of materials do not end up in a landfill.

Oak Creek holds off on votes on utility hikes

Water meter installations examined for 2009 budget; Elk's Tavern liquor license renewed

The Oak Creek Town Board held off voting on proposed utility increases at its meeting Thursday night to allow further discussion about installing water meters for town customers before finalizing the 2009 budget.

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Students reach out

Soroco honor society to host benefit for janitor, family

Soroco High School's National Honor Society is hosting a benefit Wednesday for school custodian Frank Torres and his wife, former Steamboat softball coach Maggie Garcia, to help pay their mounting medical bills.

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Forsyth battles knee condition to join Sailors on basketball court

Isiah Forsyth smiles through the pain. ut watch closely during most basketball drills, and the eyes of the Steamboat Springs High School sophomore display what his mouth won't - a grimace.

The Record for Nov. 13

3:18 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 2100 block of Overlook Drive. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 15

Steamboat middle school needs donated guitars

Friday, November 14

Lake Village talks continue

Hayden officials face lawsuit by construction company

Hayden town officials and lawyers are scheduled to see a judge next week to try to talk through issues related to the Lake Village subdivision.

Margaret Hair: Holiday movie season is here

The new James Bond movie opens nationwide today, which means one thing: It's blockbuster season again.

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Top dogs in play at city championships

They may not allow pets underneath the protective cover of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, but that will not stop the local tennis community from uncovering the area's top dogs this week.

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Fair keeps prices low, demand high

Holiday gifts available at Saturday's 28th annual Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair

It took just a few weeks for the 80 booth spaces at the 28th annual Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair to fill up, as vendors from across Colorado vied for a spot at the holiday craft sale that began as an outlet for a few Yampa locals.

On scene: Pirate Theatre's 'Scary Moving'

Pirate Theatre's 'Scary Moving'

CD review for Nov. 14, 2008

Snow Patrol

Bill McKay is staying busy

Former Leftover Salmon keyboardist brings band to 'Boat

With a four-piece rock band, two keyboard-guitar duos, a Latin-rock outfit, a solo career and a spot in a legendary Colorado jam band on his roster, it would be hard to say that Bill McKay has slowed down.

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Strings Pavilion garners praise

Summer music venue wins award for unique design

The design of the Strings Music Pavilion is unorthodox.

YVHA considers staff cut

Housing Authority plans to trim itself to one position, sell vacant land parcels

In an effort to save itself from dissolution, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority agreed in principle Thursday to cut its staff to one while also attempting to sell its vacant land parcels.

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Festival of Trees a local effort

Holiday exhibit benefits museum, gathers community spirit

Parked on the floor of an exhibit room of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Lowell Whiteman Primary School teachers Victoria Rudolph and Kim Bates were putting the final touches on the school's holiday tree.

Former Sailors continue hockey careers

Unequivocally, hockey was going to be part of T.J. Anderson and Jim Terry's lives.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 14

When it's mud season in Steamboat Springs, it is the beautiful fall season in Patagonia, Chile. What better time to visit and become engrossed in the richness of the local culture?

The Record for Nov. 12

12:10 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue, where a man was trying to fight with other people outside a bar. He was taken to detox.

Care packages planned for troops

Carol Ward's son will spend this winter sleeping in a tent in the snowy mountains of Afghanistan. But Daniel Ward, who is about to be promoted to Army staff sergeant, doesn't complain, his mother said. The soldier is on his third tour, also having spent time in Korea and Iraq.

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Rob Douglas: Will Obama bail out Steamboat?

Last Friday, in an effort to assure the country he'll solve the nation's fiscal woes, President-elect Barack Obama stated during his first press conference, "Immediately after I become president, I'm going to confront this economic crisis head-on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hardworking families, and restore growth and prosperity."

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LIFT-UP of Routt County feels the economic crunch

LIFT-UP of Routt County is preparing for maximum capacity. In the past month, the organization has seen a spike in demand for its food bank, a surge of shoppers in its thrift store and a flood of requests for rental assistance, LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman said.

County to dip into reserves

State of economy leads to projected revenue decrease of $11M

With tax revenues expected to decrease in the coming year, Routt County is poised to dip $2.9 million into its financial reserves to maintain current levels of service in 2009.

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Plenty of factors help keep numbers up for struggling wrestling program

If they argued, perhaps it wouldn't work. They don't argue, though, and, for now, the Steamboat Springs wrestling team is alive. That's quite an accomplishment considering the squad fielded just two wrestlers last season.

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Encaustic artists wax collaborative

'The Diptych Project' pairs work from East and West coasts

Until she was assigned to create a dual-panel piece of artwork with West Coast wax artist Mari Marks, Kim Bernard had never met her new creative partner.

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Pentathlon draws 60 children

The day's event was open to anyone in the community and charged $5 per participant. It split students in first through eighth grades into three competitive classes, then sent teams of four tearing around the facility in a race to clock the best time.

At the movies for Nov. 14

'Changeling'

Thursday, November 13

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Playgrounds put on hold

Onset of winter delays final installation at elementary schools

The new universal playgrounds at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools will remain unfinished through the winter, because inclement weather has delayed the installation of the rubber surface that will provide a safe cushion for children.

School Board approves resignation

Steamboat Springs School District employee says she was fired

A former school district employee's attempt to have her departure classified as a firing instead of a resignation was turned away by the Steamboat Springs School Board late last week.

School deputy position stalls

Sheriff's budget falls short of placing police officer on campus

A preliminary proposal by the Routt County Sheriff's Office to place a deputy at Steamboat Springs Middle School has stalled because of budgetary concerns. It's unlikely the position will be implemented anytime in the near future, officials said.

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Sports briefs for Nov. 13

Hayden High School senior Holli Salazar has been chosen to participate in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State Volleyball Games. The games will take place Sunday at Broomfield High School. The first game starts at 11 a.m. and will represent athletes from Class 1A. Class 2A starts at 11:30 a.m., 3A at 12:30 p.m., 4A at 1 p.m. and 5A at 2 p.m.

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Longtime Soroco assistants step up to help keep program afloat

Dusty banners with browned edges and faded colors hang high in a forgotten gymnasium at Soroco High School.

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Haven gets bigger and better

The first segment of The Haven Assisted Living Center's expansion has opened to good reviews.

Utility increase hits Oak Creek

Oak Creek residents soon could feel the pinch of increased water and sewer rates. Trash service and electric rates also could be headed up.

The Record for Nov. 11

3:29 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 32300 block of Routt County Road 14. Everything was fine.

Brent Boyer: Leaning to the left, then to the right

I received an e-mail this week from a local reader who didn't mince her words when suggesting the "left and far left" media did their best to put President-elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 13

Festival of Trees open to the public Nov. 15 to 24

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First Tracks seeks help

Affordable housing requirements, market realities collide with developer

The developers of the First Tracks affordable housing project were hoping to win Planning Commission approval tonight for a plan to waive some of the deed restrictions the city has placed on the condominiums.

Craig City Council reconsiders business incentives

The Craig City Council has changed its mind about government incentives for private industry.

Wednesday, November 12

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Larger Haven dining room open; community center nearly ready

Getting bigger and better

The first segment of the Haven Assisted Living Center's expansion has opened to good reviews.

Barb Parnell: Give quitting a try

Give quitting a try

Greg Rockhold: Thanks to voters

Thanks to voters

Our View: Water fund issue begs more questions

No customer wants a 50 percent rate increase, particularly given the current economic climate. But with the apparent state of the city of Steamboat Springs' water fund, such a dramatic increase seems necessary.

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Joanne Palmer: Mashed Potato Season is upon us

Here ye! Here ye! By the powers vested in me, I now proclaim it Mashed Potato Season. As soon as the snow is on the ground, the winter boots are dug out of the back of the closet and the snow tires are on the car, my brain sends an urgent signal to my stomach.

The Record for Nov. 10

Monday, Nov. 10

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 12

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 12

Soroco student out of ICU

McCoy teen to remain on Front Range for long-term therapy

Soroco High School sophomore Josh Ford remains hospitalized in Denver while recovering from injuries he received when hit on Halloween by a car on Colorado Highway 131 just outside of Oak Creek.

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Assembly honors veterans

South Routt Elementary School celebrates national holiday

South Routt Elementary School students saluted the nation's veterans with a special assembly Tuesday, the 88th celebration of Veterans Day.

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Speaker: Meth takes 'humanity out of the human'

Forensic hygienist makes presentations on 'clandestine' meth labs

A "tweaker" to-do list, highlighted Tuesday in a presentation by a forensic hygienist, underscored the scattered and potentially dangerous mind of someone locked in a cycle of methamphetamine addiction.

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Fox lauded for service

Longtime resident, civic volunteer honored Tuesday for city contributions

Carol Fox was celebrated Tuesday night as a devoted civic volunteer who could serve up a pointed comment or a pithy lecture that somehow left the recipient feeling good about it.

Murder trial vacated

Judge orders delay while awaiting Supreme Court ruling

A Moffat County District Court judge has agreed with a prosecution motion to delay a murder trial, which was scheduled to begin next month.

Teen center planning on hold

Council embraces concept of building, delays because of funds

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night embraced the concept of expanding the ice rink lobby to accommodate an interim youth and teen center.

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Biking options still available

Local riding enthusiasts finding ways to hit trails before winter sets in

Although the options in town are narrowing, those die-hards looking for a couple last rides on their bikes before winter sets in for good are in luck.

Tuesday, November 11

The record for Nov. 9

Sunday, Nov. 9

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 11

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 11

Pilots to honor airport

State group selects Steamboat Springs facility for annual award

Steamboat Springs Airport soared above the competition to earn honors from the Colorado Pilots Association.

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Resource officer position in question

School district and city discussing funding options

Funding for the Steamboat Springs High School resource officer is the latest potential budget victim for the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs School District.

Input guiding 2030

Community group in midst of next project phase

Vision 2030's plan is coming into focus. Almost 100 residents were at Steamboat Springs High School on Monday night to participate in the next phase of a process that eventually will lead to a final recommendations report scheduled for release in March.

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Teen proposal awaits approval

City Council asked to decide on project's planning

City Council will be asked tonight to decide whether to spend $87,500 to take a youth and teen center project at the skating arena through the planning process or to put the project on ice indefinitely.

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Tom Ross: Volunteers at The Chuck get to play in the mud

Saturday was the perfect day to get mud caked in the tread of your boots, and we made the most of it. We were among 35 volunteers who showed up at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area just south of Steamboat Springs.

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Veterans Day honors those who served

Doak residents describe military experience in South Pacific, Europe

Sixty-six years ago, Elvin Miles donned a Navy uniform. Fifty-three years ago, Bert Kempers donned an Army uniform.

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Love, military style

Local couple met, married while serving in different branches

When service members came to The Tavern, a hangout at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, they usually came looking for an evening's entertainment.

Monday, November 10

Weekend bazaar will benefit leukemia patient Sharon Rogers

When the chips are down, the Hayden community steps up, Kathy Hockin said. Hockin is part of a group of women putting together a benefit bazaar Saturday for Sharon Rogers, a friend and neighbor. Rogers is undergoing her third chemotherapy treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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Businesses' water costs to increase if council approves measure

Steamboat Springs' commercial water and wastewater rates are likely to increase along with residential rates. The Steamboat Springs City Council approved a first reading last week of a measure that would increase rates for users of city water service.

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High school winter sports teams begin practice Wednesday

Students, get those alarm clocks ready. The high school winter sports season kicks off bright and early Wednesday morning, when teams are first allowed to practice. Much to the dismay of sleepy-eyed teenagers across Routt County, area teams don't seem to want a moment of potential practice time to slip away.

Monday Medical: Diabetics can take control of eye-disease prevention

For many people, eye disease is one of the scariest complications of diabetes. There are several disorders affecting the eyes that are the result of high blood glucose over time.

Deb Babcock: Fungus gnats - an indoor plague

Uh, oh. You brought plants inside from the garden, and now you have annoying bugs flying around the foliage.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 10

Tread of Pioneers closed to the public this week

The Record for Nov. 8

12:05 a.m. Police responded to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Shadow Run Court. They issued a verbal warning.

Luke Graham: BCS gets the job done for college

As much as it pains people to say it, the Bowl Championship Series does its job in college football.

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Aging Well: VNA Companion Care program eases daily burdens, keeps clients independent

When Carol O'Hare planned to have her knee replaced, she knew her active, independent lifestyle would be on hold - at least during her initial recovery, when she wouldn't be able to walk or drive.

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A decade to SHARE

Participants look at organization's past, future

Sometimes, it pays to persevere. That's a lesson Karen Gibson, Friendship United Methodist Church co-pastor, learned 10 years ago.

COMA: Meth presentations protect 'buyer and seller'

Effects on real estate will be discussed at events

In a continuing effort to education the public about methamphetamine, Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse is sponsoring a Tuesday appearance by a Bailey-based industrial hygienist, who will share "his extensive knowledge about meth and meth labs."

Sunday, November 9

Janis Noyer: Rest of the story

I am writing to you in response to your irresponsible reporting of a story about my son, Ian Noyer, in the Nov. 6 Steamboat Today about his alleged burglary of a local business and "random act of violence."

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Assistant DeWolfe set to take over SSHS hoops after Meek

There is a calm and cool collectiveness about first-year Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe. He's casual before practice, often joking with his players, talking to them about classes and about whatever else might be going through a 16-year-old student's head.

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Steamboat football falls in opening round of playoffs

Playing on the road in the playoffs against a quality opponent is tough enough. Add in some turnovers, the inability to run the ball or stop the run and a plethora of bad breaks, and the Steamboat Springs High School football team had little chance Saturday in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, falling to Pueblo County, 45-21.

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Leftward leaning

In Routt County, shift to the left has become a slide

Six days before Election Day, Randy Baumgardner stood in the Old Town Pub and took note of what he saw while driving into downtown Steamboat Springs that morning.

Local ballot looms in '09

City council, school elections up next

The last of the McCain/Palin and Yes on 2A and 2B signs still stand in the snow in Steamboat Springs as remnants of Tuesday's election, when Colorado became a newly minted blue state.

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Students simulate success in stocks

Investors, take note: despite wildly fluctuating commodities and the turbulent stock market, four students at Steamboat Springs High School have managed to rack up $18,410 in five weeks.

Jail Report for Nov. 7

Saturday, Nov. 1

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10th Street Barber Shop brings The Victoria to life

The Victoria's first business opened Friday, but much of the commercial and residential space still is up for grabs.

Gary Hofmeister: Conservative in more ways than one

For those of you too young to remember the stratospheric heights of the value of gold, silver and many precious stones including diamonds in 1980-81, you may want to stop reading now.

Ken Collins: Obama's success

Back in the early '90s, a young Tiger Woods burst onto the PGA scene. There was lots of hoopla and expectations but also a lot of folks ready to toast him if he failed.

Routt County Spotlight: Lynna Broyles

Lynna Broyles Age: 33 Occupation: Marketing director, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Place of birth: Amarillo, Texas

Harriet Freiberger: Raising our flags in honor:

As we walk down Lincoln Avenue or through the grocery's aisles, enter the bank or leave the library, we'll look around, trying to identify the veterans whom this day honors, they who have stood in this nation's first line of defense.

Joel Reichenberger: Playoffs may have been rough for Rams

The eight-man football playoffs continued Saturday as eight teams played in the second round.

Class Notes for Nov. 9

Soroco Middle School announces honor roll

Hunt of the Week: Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper

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YVHA pushes for cooperation

Agency discusses Elk River development, possible ballot issue

Cooperation will be crucial for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority as it confronts a challenging financial future, agency officials agreed.

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Local continues lifetime of work in alternative fuels

In Fred Robinson's auto repair shop near Stagecoach, items that can run on alternative fuels abound. There's the H2-H2, a Hummer Robinson converted to run off a combination of hydrogen, natural gas, ethanol and gasoline. There's the H-racer, a tiny hydrogen fuel cell car made by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies.

Kay Weinland: Proud of Routt

The historical 2008 Presidential Election is now a memory. Thanks to overwhelming countywide effort and support, the election was a success.

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Funding decision taxing

Districts discuss when to start sharing sales-tax revenues

When the time comes for the Education Fund Board to share Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax revenues with neighboring school districts, Shane Antyr will be ready. Antyr, the technology coordinator for the South Routt School District, already has prepared a three-year plan for how to replace the district's aging computers, servers and technology.

Dylan Roberts: Yes, we did

Tuesday night was not the best night of my life because Barack Obama won the election. Tuesday night was not the best night of my life because Colorado went blue. Tuesday night wasn't even the best night of my life because I accomplished my goals as an organizer.

The Record for Nov. 7

Friday, Nov. 7

Real estate transactions for Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Counting down the days

Old Town Hot Springs' ski fitness class helps locals prepare for season on the slopes

Nearly two-dozen aspiring skiers and snowboarders crowded into a wide park near Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday afternoon.

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 9, 2008

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 9, 2008

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Police detective teaches krav maga self-defense

By the time she's a teenager, Nicole Bosick may be an expert at the fighting style used by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Carl Herold: Economic slowdown

How does agriculture fit into these times of economic slow down? Where do you fit into the roll of agriculture? Regardless of how the economy is going, you have to have water, food and shelter to survive. Everything else is frills.

Business File for Nov. 9

Success Steps focuses on tough economic times

Jimmy Westlake: Cetus: A whale of a constellation

Wedged in between the bright star Fomalhaut (pronounced fo-ma-lo) to the south and the glittering Pleiades star cluster to the east is the huge, lumbering constellation of Cetus, the Whale. It ranks fourth in overall size among the 88 official constellations; only Hydra, Ursa Major and Virgo cover more area of the sky. Yet, despite its large size, Cetus claims no star brighter than second magnitude and has only one of those.

Looking back for Nov. 6, 1958

County follows trend in election

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Graystone developers streamlining process for golf course lots

Jerry and Shelley Stanford, together with their business associates, are trying to take the brain damage out of developing a golf course lot in Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Let's start sharing now

The results from Tuesday's election leave no doubt that Steamboat Springs voters are ready and willing to share revenues from the city's half-cent sales tax for education with neighboring school districts. That sharing should begin immediately.

Betty Leipold: Signal needed

Now that the nightmare at Third Street is almost over, isn't it time we have a left-turn signal to help drivers turning from Lincoln Avenue onto Third?

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Townhomes go green

Builder promises energy efficiency at Eco Corral

One of the most prolific homebuilders in West Steamboat has launched the first four-plex building in a new townhome project between downtown and the mountain.

On the Market for Nov. 9

Marabou announces 38th homestead sale

Stephen L. Rummler: Creation of jobs

Where do jobs come from? We have heard that jobs are created by tax breaks for small businesses. In my experience, as the owner and president of several small businesses, I have never hired anyone because I had more money.

Saturday, November 8

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Tom Ross: What could be better than stone soup?

The United Methodist Women served me something better than stone soup. Much better.

Storm system could drop 8 inches

A storm system moving into the Yampa Valley on Sunday is poised to drop more snow on Steamboat Springs, with less than three weeks to go until opening day at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Prosecution reply paves way for judge's ruling

Attorneys attempt to resolve trial date question

Prosecutors trying Terry Hankins' first-degree murder case responded Friday to ongoing written motions in the case, replying to a previous argument made by the defense.

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Culverwell appeals sentence

Rancher convicted of wildlife crimes Sept. 5

The defense for Rodney Culverwell filed an appeal Wednesday, challenging four felony and 11 misdemeanor convictions that resulted from his trial earlier this year.

The Record for Nov. 6

Thursday, Nov. 6 12:48 a.m. A noise complaint was received from Whistler Drive, where people were screaming and yelling. Everything was quiet when police arrived.

First Impressions seeks input

Organization offering sessions to determine child care needs

First Impressions of Routt County is inviting local parents to share their views about child care needs as a part of an ongoing campaign to expand services. Staff said Sept. 26 that the county needs as many as 75 new family providers to create 150 openings for children.

Steamboat students named scholars

Advanced Placement program honors Charlie Stoddard, Anna Roder

For Steamboat students Charlie Stoddard and Anna Roder, winning the prestigious Scholar with Distinction Award from the College Board's Advanced Placement Program is par for the course.

Museum plans repairs, expansion

Hayden Heritage Center could double in size through grants

Hayden Heritage Center officials are launching an effort to protect artifacts and expand their museum.

Soroco student still in ICU

McCoy teen hit by car on Halloween regains consciousness

A Soroco High School sophomore remains in intensive care at a Denver hospital, police say, after he was hit by a car Halloween night on Colorado Highway 131 in Oak Creek.

New police station progresses

Hayden awaits Alpine Bank deal as Hawthorne Street opens

Hayden town officials have reported progress on the new police station on Hawthorne Street.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 8

United Way announces Christmas Wishes program

Sports briefs for Nov. 8

With snow on the ground and most of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club already training on snow, the actual start of the season rapidly is approaching.

Friday, November 7

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Sailors, Hornets bring different aspects to playoffs

You can't teach size and speed. It's an old football adage that will be put to the test at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pueblo County High School.

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Ski area making snow

Process began amid storm Tuesday, Ski Corp. reports

Flakes are flying at the Steamboat Ski Area, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials said Thursday. Slopes open Nov. 26 for Scholarship Day.

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King named league MVP

Steamboat junior takes prestigious volleyball honor

Coaches have named Steamboat Springs High School junior setter Colleen King the Most Valuable Player of the Western Slope League.

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Rob Douglas: It's time to temper Obama expectations

In the spring of 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were slain by assassins' bullets, igniting a summer of discontent marked by riots and the burning of American cities.

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Bead sale benefits Ugandans

BeadforLife party proceeds provide aid to female refugees

Routt County residents will have a chance to purchase beaded jewelry, sample East African cuisine and support business opportunities and a better life for Ugandan women at a community party.

Efforts to save noon whistle gain steam

Local efforts to restore an iconic siren in downtown Steamboat Springs are gaining steam, and those who contribute money to "save the noon whistle" will have a say in where it goes and what it sounds like.

Black residents cheer Obama's win

Music teacher, radio host, student reflect on Tuesday's historic election

When America elected its first black president Tuesday, Neil Marchman slipped back into history for a moment.

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Updating a classic musical

'Aida' brings literature, diverse genres to fall show

Steamboat Springs High School sophomores Hannah Ogden and Anna Poirot have been acting in productions together at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for five years. In this year's fall musical at the high school, they'll share a role for the first time.

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Philosophy of art

Michael Dowling draws on texts, ideas for abstract work

Before Denver artist Michael Dowling started thinking in abstract iconography and intricate landscapes, he thought in philosophy. In many of his paintings, that background comes through, as in his recent collection of big abstract works very loosely based on religious texts.

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Giving back, in fabulous clothes

Fashion show and party to benefit family of Tyler Johnson

When Chrissie Hodges put on a fashion showcase as part of a party she organized two years ago, it did not go well.

On Scene: The four-year flood

I think I've developed a twitch.

CD review of The Streets, "Everything Is Borrowed"

"Everything Is Borrowed" is Mike Skinner's big, gospel-choir praise-fest of the joys of life. It's a huge break for U.K.-based The Streets, Skinner's rough-and-tumble hip-hop act previously characterized by his earnest, but depressing and monotone, Birmingham-accented raps.

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A music machine to rely on

Eric Barry, Eric Delaney use chemistry to rock OTP each week

It would not be entirely accurate to say, as Eric Barry and Eric Delaney jokingly do, that the two started playing music together at a Tupperware party. But it wouldn't be a total miss.

Happy hours

Happy hours

Margaret Hair: Obama takes the Helms

Just less than 24 hours after U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was elected the first black president of the United States, North Carolina was just less than one month away from officially declaring Obama's victory in that state.

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Budget woes hit DA's office

Extra staff unlikely for 2009 in 14th Judicial District

Tight budgets and decreasing revenue prospects are not only straining Routt and nearby counties, but also are trickling down into the 14th Judicial District.

At the Movies

The pampered zoo animals of the 2005 animated hit this time are dropped off on the African mainland for what amounts to more of the same in this shrill, unamusing sequel.

Secretary contests resignation

16-year employee asks school district to fire her after demotion

When Ginny Fry stood in front of the Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night, she asked board members to decline her resignation because she would prefer to be fired.

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Volunteering pays off

Activists put personal plans on hold to campaign for Obama

Few people in Routt County slept better Tuesday night than Dylan Roberts.

Hunter safely rescued after losing horse

Man became disoriented in snow near Quaker Mountain

Routt County Search and Rescue safely located a missing hunter in California Park on Thursday morning, after he spent all night in the snow without gear.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 7

The Yampa Valley Fly Fishers group is seeking volunteers to help with riverbank revegetation work, representing the culmination of Phase 2 of a major project on the Yampa River at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area. The work, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, entails seeding, planting dormant shrubbery stubs and trimming willows.

The Record for Nov. 5

1:06 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive, where loud music was playing and people were screaming in a parking lot.

Thursday, November 6

District attorney decided

Grand County puts Oldham ahead of Stewart by large margin

Final results from Grand County on Wednesday morning confirmed the victory of Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham in Tuesday's District Attorney race.

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Less amount of snowfall expected this winter

Not like last time

Craig resident Joe Byrd said he was glad to see snow falling, if only to get the county's big game herds moving around to where hunters can find them.

$80K added to sheriff budget

Commissioners approve supplemental funds at Wall's request

The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an $80,000 supplemental budget for the Routt County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, bringing an end - for now, at least - to a contentious dispute between the board and Sheriff Gary Wall.

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Snow stirs up flurry of crashes

Two injured in rush-hour rollover; no other injuries reported

The first significant snow of the season in Steamboat Springs began falling Tuesday night, and the season's fender-benders began shortly thereafter, according to Routt County law enforcement.

Steamboat police officer suspended

Feldman arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence

A Steamboat Springs police officer has been suspended in the wake of his arrest on domestic violence charges Saturday.

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Sailors: New team, new game

Seniors more confident after Pueblo game 2 years ago

Alex Wood and Eric Bonner remember a lot about playing at Pueblo County in the second round of the Class 3A football playoffs two years ago, when they were sophomores.

Girls hockey team skates strong

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association U-19 girls team opened the season 1-0-1 this past weekend in Denver.

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Brent Boyer: This year's election was a historic one

The votes have been cast and counted, and although it's a relief to have the election season behind us, I also find it a little bittersweet. Election night is what being a journalist is all about, and the morning after an election is a reminder that the next ballot now is 364 days away.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 6

"Talking Green," a Steamboat Springs green building group, holds its next event from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at L'Apogee/Harwigs.

The Record for Nov. 4

3:16 a.m. A one-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported near mile marker 106 on U.S. Highway 40, where a car struck a deer.

Steamboat's water fund dips 'dangerously low'; rate hike likely

The Steamboat Springs City Council reluctantly voted Tuesday night to raise water and sewer rates by 50 percent next year. That probably will not be the end of the increases.

Republicans in Northwest Colorado hold true as nation turns blue

Democrats won big Tuesday across the nation and in Colorado. Although that trend largely held in Routt County, on the whole, Northwest Colorado remained traditionally red and sent two Republicans to the Colorado General Assembly.

Wednesday, November 5

Affirmative action amendment too close to call

Pre-election polls indicated a cakewalk for Amendment 46, the initiative to end race- and gender-based affirmative action programs.

'Personhood' amendment defeated in a landslide

Colorado won't become the first state to amend its constitution to give fertilized eggs the same rights as human beings, as voters soundly rejected Amendment 48.

Tax for developmentally disbled rejected

Voters spooked by a sluggish economy soundly rejected a measure aimed at removing thousands of Coloradans with developmental disabilities from the waiting lists for state assistance.

Education savings fund amendment voted down

Opponents ran their campaign largely by distributing fliers and sending e-mails, charging that Amendment 59 was a tax hike. The measure was losing 55 percent to 45 percent late Tuesday night. The vote on Amendment 59 was much closer in Routt County, where it was supported by a hair more than 50 percent of voters.

Ritter-backed severance tax increase falls short

Gov. Bill Ritter's effort to raise severance taxes on the state's oil and gas industry to provide money for college scholarships and environmental initiatives was soundly defeated by a 3-to-2 ratio among voters.

Anti-union measure defeated

Amendments 49 also turned away by voters, but 54 gains approval

Amendment 47, the most controversial of three labor-related proposals, would have banned agreements requiring workers to pay for union representation. Voters also shot down another measure - Amendment 49 - that would have banned union-dues deductions from the paychecks of government workers.

John Salazar easily defeats Wayne Wolf

Salazar had appeared to be in a close race early in the evening with Wolf, a Delta County commissioner, but his lead widened as votes from the San Luis Valley were counted.

Udall cruises past Schaffer

Udall managed to shake the "Boulder liberal" label to beat former Congressman Bob Schaffer in a race billed as one of the most competitive nationwide.

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Local youth teams win tourney at Howelsen

The Jim Fournier Hockey Tournament was unveiled last weekend at Howelsen Hill Ice Arena, and a pair of Steamboat Springs Hockey teams rose to the top.

The record for Nov. 3

Monday, Nov. 3

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 5

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 5

Irene Nelson: Expand Halloween

Expand Halloween

Our View: How the vote rocked the 'Boat

While history will best remember the 2008 election for Barack Obama's historic rise to the White House, this year's campaign season marks another landmark - an inexorable change in how America - and Routt County - participates in the political process.

Council makes budget cuts

City officials ready to limit funds for personnel, rec programs

The Steamboat Springs City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to a 2009 budget of $56 million that reflects more than $2 million in cuts made in the past 18 days.

Oldham takes victory in DA race

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham won a close race Tuesday for District Attorney of the 14th Judicial District, despite losing Routt County to opponent Tammy Stewart.

Voters support use of sales tax for Hayden, South Routt schools

Voters in Steamboat Springs voted overwhelmingly to pass local Referendum 2B, allowing the Education Fund Board to share the city's half-cent sales tax with other school districts in Routt County.

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Huge voter turnout in Routt County

90 percent of active voters cast ballots this year; smooth sailing at polls Tuesday

Voting across Routt County was slow and steady Tuesday, observers at precincts reported.

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Half-cent sales tax renewal wins in landslide

Steamboat Springs voters on Tuesday approved the renewal of the city's half-cent sales tax for education by the largest margin in the tax's 15-year history, with more than 75 percent of voters supporting Referendum 2A.

Gambling measure garners voter approval

Colorado voters approved a measure aimed at expanding gambling in three former mining towns, deciding that the funding needs of community colleges outweigh concerns about higher stakes.

White wins Senate District 8

Republican moves down the hall in state Capitol

Riding huge victories in Routt and Moffat counties, legislative veteran Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, will represent the residents of Northwest Colorado for another four years in the Colorado General Assembly.

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Local Democrats celebrate Obama win, voter turnout

A large crowd of Democratic Party supporters welcomed a huge victory Tuesday night, as a jam-packed Steamboat Springs watch party became uproarious when the news of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential victory was announced.

Hawthorne Street opened last week in eastern Hayden

Hayden town officials reported progress around the new police station on Hawthorne Street.

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Routt voter mood varies

North Routt precinct closes day on jovial note

Excitement, passion, annoyance and disinterest were splashed across the faces of various Routt County voters at the polls Tuesday.

Referendum O fails by slim margin

The one referendum on this election's lengthy ballot that would've surely shortened future ballots failed narrowly.

Baumgardner takes HD 57 seat

The Republican Party will hold on to House District 57 for two more years.

Obama wins in landslide

Senator elected 1st black president

Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation's first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. "Change has come," he told a jubilant hometown Chicago crowd.

Museum plans repairs, expansion

Hayden Heritage Center officials are launching an effort to protect artifacts and expand their museum.

Neal holds narrow BOE lead

Republican Marcia Neal held a narrow lead against Democrat Jill Brake early this morning in the race for the State Board of Education seat representing the 3rd Congressional District. The race was too close to call as of press time.

Tuesday, November 4

Obama defeats McCain, topples racial barrier

Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.

Obama wins Ohio to take giant lead over McCain

Barack Obama built a formidable lead in his bid to defeat rival John McCain in a nation clamoring for change. Fellow Democrats took four Senate seats from Republicans, and reached for more.

Economy top issue for voters on Election Day

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain making final pushes for White House

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain battled for the White House today in an election that challenged attitudes about race as surely as it gauged sentiments about the battered economy and the war in Iraq.

Winter storm warning for Steamboat Springs

The end of campaign season looks as if it will usher in the beginning of winter. The National Weather Service forecasts between 5 and 10 inches of snow falling in city limits by Thursday morning.

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Polls close in Routt County

Election Day was generally a breeze for Steamboat Springs voters, with little or no lines at most locations. Election judges reported brisk turnout but smooth operations in Hayden and South Routt, where officials said they experienced the highest turnout in recent memory.

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Moss, Perry honored

Museum hands out annual Leckenby and Larson awards

A do-it-yourself community librarian from South Routt and a North Routt historian who built his own museum were honored Monday night for their historic contributions to the broader community.

District aims to lower test score gaps

Steamboat Springs School District officials have set a goal to lower the CSAP achievement gap between minority and white students - and students living in poverty and those who aren't - at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

The record for Nov. 2

Sunday, Nov. 2

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 4

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers need volunteers for work

Balanced budget causes worry

The proposed 2009 budget that will be considered today by the Steamboat Springs City Council is drastically different than the one first presented to council members last month.

Soroco student remains in critical condition

A Soroco High School sophomore remains in critical condition in a Denver hospital after police say he was hit by a car Friday night on Colorado Highway 131.

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Campaigners to swing votes

Candidate backers leave traditionally 'safe' states for Colorado

From offices cluttered with yard signs, bumper stickers, cardboard cutouts, T-shirts and posters, Kati Garringer-Maccabe and Jerri MacMillian are doing everything they can to influence the outcome of the presidential race in Colorado.

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'Revenge of the Armored Squid' plays outside Kremmling

Standing on a low ridge, soaking up the views of sagebrush north of Kremmling, it's difficult to imagine large numbers of armored squid hunting their prey, mating and dying on this dusty ground.

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Early votes, instant results

Officials begin to count early ballots days before election

With the touch of a button at 7 p.m. today, the votes of thousands of Routt County voters will be known and tallied.

Monday, November 3

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Half-cent sales tax, White cruise to victory

The Democratic surge that swept much of the state and nation Tuesday didn't appear to pay off for local candidates. Ken Brenner, Todd Hagenbuch and Tammy Stewart appear headed to narrow losses. In Steamboat Springs, the half-cent sales tax for education was renewed by a 3-to-1 margin.

Steamboat Briefs for Nov. 3

Mail-in ballots must be submitted by 7 p.m. Tuesday

Early voting breaks records

Less than half of county's voters remain to cast ballots on Election Day

More than 60 percent of the 17,850 registered voters in Routt County have voted or been issued a ballot for Tuesday's election, exceeding expectations and toppling previous records by the thousands.

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Visualizing Routt County's future

Vision 2030 meetings to clarify goals, priorities for next 20 years

After a year of collecting ideas from Routt County residents about how they would like to see the area develop in the next two decades, Vision 2030 is starting to hone in on a plan.

Sailors draw Hornets for 2008 playoffs

Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch said in an effort to move on, he won't show the game film from Friday night's 47-0 loss to Glenwood Springs.

Steamboat basketball squads eager to set sail

The real deal still lies more than a week away, but area winter sports teams today will get their first official taste of the new season.

The Record for Nov. 1

Saturday, Nov. 1

Deb Babcock: Extend the usefulness of your tools

Caring for equipment can keep it working for many years

Late autumn seems to be the time of year that kayaks and inner tubes get put away; it's when skis are taken in for wax and a tune-up.

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Capturing life after trauma

Local volunteer shows Kenyan girls out of context of hardship

The girls at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya, don't understand why volunteer rescue center worker and Clark resident Mary Walker would want to take pictures of them cooking.

Monday Medical: Occupational therapy

The 19-year-old college student struck by a drunken driver. The young toddler recently diagnosed with autism. The 47-year-old woman recovering from a devastating stroke. The 75-year-old man confined to a wheelchair. What do these individuals have in common?

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Class helps older adults remain active, healthy

Staying on top of healthy habits, such as exercise and good nutrition, can be hard enough without the added complications of chronic health problems.

Sunday, November 2

Allison Tate: 2A, 2B not new tax

For the past 15 years, our schools have depended on revenue from the half-cent sales tax for education. This tax is nothing new; it has been in place since 1993 and has funded many wonderful programs from which our students have benefited greatly.

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Teen Style: Teens involved in politics

Lack of a vote doesn't mean young people can't express government opinions

With the election looming, teens have been expressing their political beliefs more passionately than ever, with bumper stickers, clothing and even heated debates. However, does the inability to vote limit a teenager's potential to express his or her feelings?

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Warm season hurts hunts

Experts suggest sticking to higher elevations for luck in finding elk

Lou Rabin has been guiding hunters into the Routt County wilderness for 20 years, and he still takes pride in what his 5 Springs Ranch Guide and Outfitters service offers its customers.

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Eva Gibbon draws men and women to her Pilates studio

Pilates classes in Eva Gibbon's basement studio can get noisy. "She makes it feel like a family," said Karen Simon, who has been a student of Gibbon's for two years. "She has to remind us because we have too much fun."

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Students study civics, feel election energy

Election season can be a constant headache of political calls, prickly political discussions and endless signs around town, but for teachers in Routt County, it also is a teaching opportunity.

7 racially motivated offenses reported last year

Despite its small population, Steamboat Springs ranked in the top five Colorado cities for reported hate crimes in 2007, according to FBI statistics released last week.

Labor seeing influx

Business owners get more resumes than normal

Steamboat Springs' employment situation is "night and day" compared with six months ago, a business owner said last week.

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Historic market could get new roof

Town of Yampa purchased Crossan's M&A in 2006 and could use building for community

The run-down remains of the Crossan's M&A Market in Yampa could get a new roof to protect it through the winter and prevent it from degrading further until the town is able to restore the historic building.

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Hunt of the Week for Nov. 2

Occupation: Dentist

Kathy and Terry Stokes: Don't cut funds

My name is Kathy Stokes, and my husband, Terry, and I own the PostNet store here in Steamboat Springs. We opened it 12 years ago, grew it from the first customer and now employ nine full-time, year-round workers. Our store provides ourselves, as well as our staff, an income so we can live in this wonderful valley and raise our children here.

Frank Roitsch: Yes on 47

Since the late 1800s, unions have helped develop our blue-collared middle class through successfully negotiating for better wages, benefits and safer working conditions from management that has not always given these up easily. Yet, it is time for employees in Colorado to have a free choice of whether to join a union when they accept employment with a company rather than being forced to join and pay what is now, in some unions, approaching $100 a month in dues. Today's union leaders often go their own way, not meeting individual members' needs or philosophies. Thus, Colorado's workers should have a choice of union membership like others have in about 23 states. This will cause union leaders to be more responsive to members' needs. Vote "yes" on Amendment 47.

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Sailors attempt to right the ship

Steamboat football doesn't want Friday loss to impact postseason play

Page seven of the Colorado High School Activities Association's 2008 Football Bulletin explains the details of the mercy rule.

Lu Etta Loeber: Yes on 51

I must take issue with your Oct. 29 editorial recommending a "no" vote on Amendment 51, which would provide services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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Bruner keeps busy

Soroco coach and teacher leads football, basketball and track teams

The conversation has come up a few times in the Bruner household. How would the family's life change if they won the lottery?

Simon Kassemi: Worth fighting for

As the election nears and political divisiveness escalates, Americans are - and rightfully should be - seriously contemplating those issues, political and otherwise, that matter most to us. Employment, health care, Social Security and faith-based initiatives deserve consideration, but so, too, do our current military operations in the Middle East. In light of the excessive criticism of the global war on terrorism, I author this letter with a deeply founded concern for the direction in which the American voters will guide our great nation this November.

Conservative commentary: Is America exceptional?

Nearly 20 years ago, a friend of mine initiated a new graduate school of Diplomacy and Statecraft in Washington, D.C., with the premise that it was necessary to understand the "American Experiment" in depth or citizens would see no reason to expend time, energy and even blood to defend it. Implicit was the recognition that our educational system had pretty much failed us in this task. Years of political correctness have minimized hard knowledge and individual responsibility. These have been replaced by multiculturalism, which essentially proclaims that all societies and cultures are equal to or perhaps even superior to our own.

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Mortgage world wild

Jumbo rates rising, conforming loans available, professionals say

The mortgage climate is so volatile that a mortgage rate advertised at 8 a.m. can change several times by 5 p.m.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 23 to 29

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Smith focuses on biathlon for Vancouver Olympics

When Marty Smith was chosen for the U.S. biathlon development team last spring, he knew it was a life-changing event.

The Record and Jail Report for Nov. 2

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.

Pizza joints, guest ranch, pottery studio seek buyers

Several local business owners are looking to pass the torch, and most of them cite reasons that have nothing to do with the faltering economy.

Business File for Nov. 2

Sherman & Howard aims to guide businesses

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Routt County enrollment goes up

All three local school districts have more students this year than before

Enrollment in all three local school districts is up a total of about 50 funded students in the 2008-09 school year, which will bring an expected increase in state funding of about $375,000 split between the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts.

Teen Style: Economic woes could take heavy toll on younger generation

Once in a land not so far away, there was a powerful kingdom. They had struggled to get to this level of power, but in the end, this once-destitute people had become a force to reckon with.

Looking back for Oct. 30, 1958

Man's leg amputated at coal mine

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Sarvis plan questioned

DOW work in wilderness area upsets some users

This time of year, the tranquility at the confluence of Sarvis Creek and the Yampa River periodically is broken by the crack of gunshots.

Editorial cartoon for Nov. 2, 2008

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

Murray Tucker, Ph.D.: Cut taxes

The campaign season is about over. It is now time for Congress to get serious about the economy. Consumer spending has dropped to its lowest level since 1980. It is the engine of growth.

Charlene Stees: Bring back whistle

We hear we must preserve our Western heritage, so we can't remodel our homes that are more than 50 years old. But when a newcomer complains about the noon whistle, it can be taken down and not be replaced. The noon whistle, which used to blow at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., is a part of our heritage. It has blown for more than 60 years, so how about putting it back up? I miss hearing it, and I think it should be put back up and allowed to remain a part of our community.

Dean Massey: Support 2A, 2B

As a resident and parent in Steamboat Springs and a science teacher at Hayden High School, I bring a unique perspective to the dialogue regarding referendums 2A and 2B.

Best of the Web for Nov. 2

I'm in. It's been a few years since I've skied Howelsen. If my memory serves me correctly, they used to have some kind of deal where you could ski for a couple of hours and have lunch for a very reasonable price. Maybe they need to offer something like two hours and a tuna sandwich for ten bucks. Plus, on a powder day, you can have the mountain to yourself.

Steve Downs: History, nostalgia

We were all witness to many events of change in our community this summer. Whether you support the "deconstruction" of Ski Time Square or not, those of us who live and work at the base area have indeed seen history made each and every day as the buildings are removed.

Stephen Ivancie : Support 51

More than 1 million Americans and countless Coloradans have autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects communication, socialization and behavior. These individuals and their families are part of our community; they need our help and support.

Joel Reichenberger: One for the message board

For the most part, living in Steamboat Springs has made me cut off from the day-to-day work of being a Kansas State fan. It's more difficult to follow along when I can't read K-State stories in the paper or hear local sports radio hosts talk about the Wildcats.

Dr. Linda Halteman Lewis: Obama's health plan a win

Confused about how to fix our country's health care dilemma? You're not alone. It's difficult to understand the current mess we're in. But what is painfully clear is that 47 million people aren't covered, and that includes nine million children. So what plan does the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama offer to correct this?

Our View: Cast ballot on Election Day

As a historic and headache-inducing election season comes to a close, we urge all Routt County registered voters to cast a ballot on Election Day.

John F. Russell: List should start with a hug

On one of the worst days of his life, a good friend gave me the best advice. "Hug your kids," he told me.

Teen Style: The environment's role in 2008 campaigns

With everything that is going on - the war in Iraq, deteriorating economy and ongoing debates about immigration, abortion and health care, for example - it is easy to let the environment take a backseat in American politics.

Teen Style: Election 2008

With the election approaching, politics are a hot topic of conversation for local teens. Although not able to vote, teens - including the five-member Teen Style staff - seem to be very opinionated about the upcoming election.

Class Notes for Nov. 2

Daniel Wright, a senior at The Lowell Whiteman School, is the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's Student of the Month for October. Daniel is the son of Teresa and Dr. Jack Wright, of Steamboat Springs. He was honored at a Rotary meeting Oct. 21.

Jimmy Westlake: Venus trumps Jupiter

After dominating our evening sky for several months, brilliant Jupiter has met its match. The dazzling planet Venus has re-entered our evening sky and has stolen Jupiter's crown as the brightest object visible in the early evening. You might have noticed the solar system's two brightest members while driving home at dusk. They are separated by about two hand spans at arm's length, roughly 30 degrees across the sky, but that gap will rapidly close during the month of November and culminate with a spectacular close conjunction Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Teen Style: Breaking down candidate issues for teens

As the election draws closer, it can be difficult to disentangle the various political positions of the presidential candidates. Below is a list of the issues our country is facing, along with descriptions of the candidates' stances with regard to those issues, in the hope that it might help those who have yet to see such a list laid out clearly. All information pertaining to the opponents' stances has been gathered from the candidates' Web sites, unless otherwise specified.

Saturday, November 1

Soroco student critically injured

Teen struck by car Friday night on Colo. 131

An unidentified 17-year-old McCoy male was hit by an unknown vehicle in Oak Creek at about 11:30 p.m. Friday night, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said. The Soroco High School student was airlifted to Denver Health early Saturday.

Tourism forecast cloudy

Diamond, Perlman confident Steamboat will weather bleak economy

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s top officials delivered a tourism forecast Friday that was clouded with concern but lined with optimism.

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7-Election offers alternative test for presidential candidates

Polling with coffee

In the back of the 7-Eleven store at U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road, stacks of politically branded coffee cups are filled with dark and house blends by politically minded coffee drinkers.

Late-night buses will be back

Steamboat Springs winter transit service to begin Nov. 23

Late-night bus service will resume later this month when Steamboat Springs Transit launches its winter bus schedule, and the Purple Line will return, offering regular daytime service in the area of Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Christy, SmartWool win big

Local restaurateur also honored at annual Navigator Awards

Christy Sports, Rex Brice and SmartWool took top honors at Friday's Navigator Awards.

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School staff watches ballot

Referendum 2A directly impacts district employment

More than two dozen Steamboat Springs School District employees will find themselves in a peculiar position Tuesday - the outcome of Referendum 2A could determine whether they have jobs in 2010.

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Homemade costumes highlight Halloween Stroll

Friday was not only Taj Haradin's first Downtown Halloween Stroll - the "surf baby" also was celebrating his first birthday.

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Sailors shutout

No. 1 ranked Demons score 47 in rout

Friday may have marked a rare Halloween without snow in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat High School football team might swear otherwise, however. The Sailors succumbed to a Glenwood Springs avalanche Friday night at Gardner Field.

The Record for Oct. 30

12:22 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 2500 block of Windward Way. Everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 1

Healthier Living class to be offered in Craig

School Board to examine CSAP scores

The Steamboat Springs School Board will review the progress of Steamboat students on Colorado Student Assessment Program tests during a presentation Monday night.