Sunday, November 30
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.
In a climate of economic uncertainty, the developers of Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club have resolved to take action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Friday morning, the owners of Urbane clothing store felt like they hadn't slept in weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steamboat Springs High School student honor roll
CMC instructors plan an expedition to GalÃ¡pagos Islands
Community members and students will be able to bond with tortoises and other wildlife on the GalÃ¡pagos Islands in an expedition set up by two professors at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.
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.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
Matthew William Dunlap, 20, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, minor in possession, careless driving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)
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.
Last year, Santa brought my 11-year-old son a Wii for Christmas.
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.
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.
From the Thursday, Nov. 27, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
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.
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.
One Steamboat Place car wash included
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.
Saturday, November 29
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.
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.
Lily Armstrong wants one thing for Christmas and one thing only.
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.
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.
Pink scarves on sale for breast cancer awareness
1:40 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. Everything was quiet when police arrived.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Craig resident Crystal Walker had a premonition.
Friday, November 28
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Routt County residents want a Christmas tree this holiday season, they need to look no farther than their backyards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12:54 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 100 block of North Poplar Street in Hayden.
Routt County Search and Rescue rescued a Colorado Mountain College student who was injured snowmobiling on Buffalo Pass on Thursday.
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.
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.
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 are considerably down this year, according to the most recent report from the Grand County Building Department.
Riverhouse printing staff settles into renovated space
For the artists who work at Riverhouse Editions, making prints of original pieces can be taxing.
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.
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.
Review: 'Four Christmases' is zero fun
Steamboat happy hours
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
12:04 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue where a refrigerated truck was idling.
Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday of the year.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org., or visit the office in the Steamboat Workforce Center in Sundance Plaza off Anglers Drive.
The Hayden High School volleyball season ended more than a month ago, but senior Caitlyn Mahanna still winced when the topic came up.
The lights are dimming on Northwest Colorado's energy future.
Wednesday, November 26
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.
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.
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.
September sales taxes collected in Silverthorne have increased consistently over the past five years - including this one, despite national economic woes.
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.
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.
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.
If you're dreaming of a powder-filled Thanksgiving, keep on dreaming.
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.
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.
Men suspected of stealing safe and its contents in September
Routt County men suspected of stealing a safe in September break-in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you doing all you can to prepare yourself, your employees and your business for the changing economic climate?
Christmas tree helpers needed for annual auction
David Freseman didn't know what to say.
Tuesday, November 25
I accomplished the impossible Saturday night and dressed inappropriately for the 10th annual Backcountry Ball.
Sunday, Nov. 23
LIFT-UP locations closed Thursday and Friday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
1:44 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
"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?
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
The after-school program is set to move into Soda Creek Elementary School at the beginning of December.
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.
Thoughts from a sports-filled weekend and my first ski trip of the winter: Bad news, Smartwool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kristi Brown earns a Master of Public Health
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?
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
National Forest receipts hit billion-dollar mark
Occupation: Office manager, Steamboat Springs Middle School
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.
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.
Wi-Fi provider adds tower near Milner
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
Reid takes the lead at Alpine Mountain Ranch
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.
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
Thursday, Nov. 20
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hayden youth eager for bigger bike, races
The onset of winter has done little to freeze Noah Townsend's enthusiasm for motocross.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas tree helpers needed for annual auction
Friday, November 21
The Steamboat Peewee wrestling program enjoyed success at tournaments each of the past two weekends.
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.
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.
Last season was rough for Steamboat Springs snowboarder Erica Mueller. Last week was even harder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
City Clerk Julie Jordan placed on indefinite leave
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Routt County resident says she's enjoying the experience
Airman 1st Class Rebekah LaDue said her experience in Iraq has been valuable.
Routt County resident says she's enjoying the experience
Airman 1st Class Rebekah LaDue said her experience in Iraq has been valuable.
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.
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.
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."
Little snowboarder that could
Ra Ra Riot
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
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.
The economic news wasn't good Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
City, county planning commissions meet tonight
Wednesday, November 19
The Steamboat Springs City Council has adopted a 2009 budget, but the anxious debate on city finances is far from closed.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Howelsen Hill faces challenges
Jeff Nelson knows it's not easy to fool Mother Nature, but that doesn't mean he hasn't tried.
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.
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.
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.
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
Monday, Nov. 17
The Steamboat Ski Area has laid off employees, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
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
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.
President-elect Barack Obama and I are on opposite sides of the stadium when it comes to Division I football playoffs.
Sunday, Nov. 16
'Pig-Out 4 Partners Day' is today at Rio restaurant
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Legion offering transport to VA services
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.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Cris Arellano lost in the third round at the U.S. Amateur Pool Championships in Atlanta.
Marie Matrka knocked off two Swiggarts this weekend to win the centerpiece match of the Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships.
Week 11 of the NFL season provides the sobering opportunity for me to confess the poor quality of my preseason predictions.
Sunday, November 16
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.
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.
Sound fiscal policy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Seek first to understand, then to be understood."
I wish gasoline were still $4 a gallon. Before you question my sanity, take a breath and read on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Occupation: Administrative support staff for the Routt County Probation Department on weekdays, wedding cake designer on weekends
A good pie recipe has a way of sticking around - to plates, forks, ribs and recipe cards.
Visitors to last week's Success Steps luncheon left with a bounce in their step and whispers of grins on their faces.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - BIRMINGHAM PARTNERS LLC To ALIDEN LLC For STEAMBOAT CROSSING COMMERCIAL CONDOMINIUMS UNIT 7 - $215,000
Confidence pays off for Hayden coach
Successful basketball coaches come from everywhere and start with all manners of experience.
Any doubts former head Houston Astros trainer Dave Labossiere had about leaving baseball after 25 years in the big leagues floated away last week.
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.
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.
Hanrahan named Optimist Teen of Month
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.
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.
I wake up every day with the goal of not getting punched in the face. I almost always succeed.
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.
Glen William Pinhaud, 48, Longmont - Driving under the influence, speeding, weaving, open container (Colorado State Patrol)
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.
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.
Great schedule of winter events on tap
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3:18 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 2100 block of Overlook Drive. Everything was fine.
Steamboat middle school needs donated guitars
Friday, November 14
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pirate Theatre's 'Scary Moving'
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.
Summer music venue wins award for unique design
The design of the Strings Music Pavilion is unorthodox.
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.
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.
Unequivocally, hockey was going to be part of T.J. Anderson and Jim Terry's lives.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
'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.
The new James Bond movie opens nationwide today, which means one thing: It's blockbuster season again.
Thursday, November 13
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dusty banners with browned edges and faded colors hang high in a forgotten gymnasium at Soroco High School.
The first segment of The Haven Assisted Living Center's expansion has opened to good reviews.
Oak Creek residents soon could feel the pinch of increased water and sewer rates. Trash service and electric rates also could be headed up.
3:29 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 32300 block of Routt County Road 14. Everything was fine.
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.
Festival of Trees open to the public Nov. 15 to 24
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.
The Craig City Council has changed its mind about government incentives for private industry.
Wednesday, November 12
Getting bigger and better
The first segment of the Haven Assisted Living Center's expansion has opened to good reviews.
Give quitting a try
Great work, Dylan
Thanks to voters
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.
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.
Monday, Nov. 10
Steamboat briefs for Nov. 12
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sunday, Nov. 9
Steamboat briefs for Nov. 11
State group selects Steamboat Springs facility for annual award
Steamboat Springs Airport soared above the competition to earn honors from the Colorado Pilots Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Uh, oh. You brought plants inside from the garden, and now you have annoying bugs flying around the foliage.
Tread of Pioneers closed to the public this week
12:05 a.m. Police responded to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Shadow Run Court. They issued a verbal warning.
As much as it pains people to say it, the Bowl Championship Series does its job in college football.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, Nov. 1
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.
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.
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.
Lynna Broyles Age: 33 Occupation: Marketing director, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Place of birth: Amarillo, Texas
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.
The eight-man football playoffs continued Saturday as eight teams played in the second round.
Soroco Middle School announces honor roll
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.
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.
The historical 2008 Presidential Election is now a memory. Thanks to overwhelming countywide effort and support, the election was a success.
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.
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.
Friday, Nov. 7
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
The Victoria's first business opened Friday, but much of the commercial and residential space still is up for grabs.
Editorial cartoon for Nov. 9, 2008
By the time she's a teenager, Nicole Bosick may be an expert at the fighting style used by the Israeli Defense Forces.
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.
Success Steps focuses on tough economic times
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.
County follows trend in election
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.
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.
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?
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.
Marabou announces 38th homestead sale
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
The United Methodist Women served me something better than stone soup. Much better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hayden Heritage Center could double in size through grants
Hayden Heritage Center officials are launching an effort to protect artifacts and expand their museum.
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.
Hayden awaits Alpine Bank deal as Hawthorne Street opens
Hayden town officials have reported progress on the new police station on Hawthorne Street.
United Way announces Christmas Wishes program
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
I think I've developed a twitch.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activists put personal plans on hold to campaign for Obama
Few people in Routt County slept better Tuesday night than Dylan Roberts.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association U-19 girls team opened the season 1-0-1 this past weekend in Denver.
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.
"Talking Green," a Steamboat Springs green building group, holds its next event from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at L'Apogee/Harwigs.
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.
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.
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
Pre-election polls indicated a cakewalk for Amendment 46, the initiative to end race- and gender-based affirmative action programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 managed to shake the "Boulder liberal" label to beat former Congressman Bob Schaffer in a race billed as one of the most competitive nationwide.
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.
Monday, Nov. 3
Steamboat briefs for Nov. 5
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hayden town officials reported progress around the new police station on Hawthorne Street.
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.
The one referendum on this election's lengthy ballot that would've surely shortened future ballots failed narrowly.
The Republican Party will hold on to House District 57 for two more years.
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.
Hayden Heritage Center officials are launching an effort to protect artifacts and expand their museum.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Yampa Valley Fly Fishers need volunteers for work
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mail-in ballots must be submitted by 7 p.m. Tuesday
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, Nov. 1
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
When Marty Smith was chosen for the U.S. biathlon development team last spring, he knew it was a life-changing event.
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.
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.
Sherman & Howard aims to guide businesses
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.
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.
Man's leg amputated at coal mine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
On one of the worst days of his life, a good friend gave me the best advice. "Hug your kids," he told me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local restaurateur also honored at annual Navigator Awards
Christy Sports, Rex Brice and SmartWool took top honors at Friday's Navigator Awards.
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.
Friday was not only Taj Haradin's first Downtown Halloween Stroll - the "surf baby" also was celebrating his first birthday.
The Steamboat Springs School Board will review the progress of Steamboat students on Colorado Student Assessment Program tests during a presentation Monday night.
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.
Healthier Living class to be offered in Craig
12:22 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 2500 block of Windward Way. Everything was fine.