Friday, October 31
Strong season not spoiled by tiebreak frustrations
The end of the season was frustrating and confusing for the Hayden volleyball team. The high school squad fell into a three-way tie after the pool-play round of the district tournament and got the raw end of the deal, losing in a tiebreaking game to Rangely to close out the year.
6:38 a.m. A one-vehicle rollover accident was reported near mile marker 61 on Colorado Highway 131. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital via ambulance.
Mike Swaro wakes up happy every day - at least every workday, though it is a few hours before dawn and he will be on the job until it's over, whether the sun still hangs in the sky or not. He's a game warden.
Texas country band hangs on to Johnny Cash's swagger
"Mainstream country," laments Mark Stuart, "turns its back on its heroes." Because of that, it's near impossible to find a song by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson or George Jones on FM radio.
HD 57 candidate responds to opponent's funding allegations
Republican House District 57 candidate Randy Baumgardner said Thursday that criticism of his campaign donations is unwarranted.
Alice goes underground
Entertainment options and deals for ages 21 and older
Old Town Pub
In coaching a group of local actors about how to stage a zombie attack, Pirate Theatre director Brian Harvey says to imagine the steamroller chase scene from "A Fish Called Wanda."
Event showcases decorated gourds during Halloween Stroll
In the event's first year, organizers of the Steamboat Festival O' Pumpkins already have their sights set on something bigger.
I'm from Barcelona
Just as proposed federal solutions to the tightening national economy differ based on competing economic and political philosophies, so do official local reactions to projected fiscal downturns in Steamboat Springs and Vail.
Upcoming Pirate Theatre production takes on zombies, realtors
At a Tuesday night rehearsal for an upcoming Pirate Theatre production, director and producer Brian Harvey was working to corral half a dozen zombie realtors.
Transportation panel cites looming $155B gap for infrastructure needs
The statistics are staggering. Colorado has 126 "structurally deficient" bridges. Forty-seven percent of its roads are in poor condition. And the Colorado Department of Transportation faces a $155 billion funding gap by 2030 if no new sources of revenue are established.
Early voting ends today
Internet announcement calls for acts of eco-terrorism
The National Ski Areas Association recently notified its members, including Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., about potential acts of eco-terrorism during a three-week period ending Nov. 5.
Public defender files motions in pending local murder trial
Defense attorneys have objected to a prosecution motion to delay a pending murder trial while awaiting a Colorado Supreme Court decision.
Screamboat organizer has been haunting houses for 20 years
In 10 years as organizer and creative director of Screamboat: Chamber of Horrors, Jimmy Westlake has learned a few lessons in troubleshooting.
Steamboat to face Glenwood Springs today at Gardner Field
Steamboat Springs senior Alex Wood said he plans no changes to his game day routine. Sailors football coach Aaron Finch said he'd rather win next week.
Thursday, October 30
US Senate candidate focuses on economy during Steamboat visit
Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Congressman Bob Schaffer stressed the need for tax relief and joined John McCain's crusade against earmarks in a Steamboat Springs stump speech Wednesday.
Town working out deal with Alpine Bank for police building
Alpine Bank and Hayden are close to reaching a deal on financing for the incoming Hayden police station, Town Manager Russ Martin said Tuesday.
The case of a Routt County man facing felony drug charges in connection with a Hilton Gulch marijuana operation was continued Wednesday in Routt County Court.
Klinger: Gas grill was origin of Stagecoach blaze Saturday
A fire that severely damaged a Stagecoach home Saturday night has been deemed accidental by investigators.
MCHS junior fell more than 65 feet
The Craig Police Department released findings from an investigation Wednesday afternoon into the weekend death of a Moffat County High School junior.
American Legion offering transport to VA services
Downtown, CMC events set for Halloween
Steamboat Springs Halloween festivities are expected to bring out the masses, as Friday's clear and relatively mild weather buoy the already popular Downtown Stroll and CMC events.
Ken Recker, the telemark skiing coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, said there may be telemark clubs in Norway that are comparable to the SSWSC. Those clubs, he said, might even produce better athletes. Steamboat can make a strong claim as the center of telemark skiing in the United States
Election Day is one of my favorite days of the year, and not only for the obvious democratic reasons. There's seldom another night when the newsroom feels as alive as it does on the first Tuesday of November.
Kip Tirone hits ace at Haymaker
3:38 a.m. A man reportedly was sleeping in a vehicle parked in an alley off the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police contacted the man, a 40-year-old Steamboat resident, and he was subsequently arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Wednesday, October 29
What other town has an unusual name like Steamboat Springs, or a Butcherknife Creek running through it, or a Yacht Club in the middle of the Rockies, or a whistle that blasts off every noon?
Panel outlines the good, bad and risky in Routt County
When asked to assess Routt County's economic outlook, commissioners discussed the ups and downs of areas including the tourism industry, agriculture and the region's diverse population.
Trailing his Republican opponent by about $10,000 in fundraising, Routt County Democrat and state House District 57 candidate Todd Hagenbuch has gone on the offensive.
Every day at 6 p.m., Beth and John Sundberg check the rain gauge in the raspberry patch behind their Hayden home. The couple has monitored the moisture and temperature for 36 1/2 years.
Landowners create first conservation easement in North Routt's Little Snake River Valley
Pat and Sharon O'Toole have become the first landowners in North Routt's Little Snake River Valley to place land in a conservation easement.
School's Tuesday ballot was part of the National Student/Parent Mock Election event
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain won in a landslide Tuesday.
SSHS quarterback Hinder taking nationwide offers, recognition in stride
If the 35-plus letters he receives each week from college coaches around the nation won't do it, there is a good chance that nothing will make Steamboat Springs High School junior quarterback Austin Hinder sick of being recruited.
Steamboat players win at Frightfest
Nothing could scare the Steamboat Springs Bantam A team at the Foothills Frightfest Hockey Tournament in Littleton.
Public works, services discussed
Although they stopped a few times to ponder the minutiae of town cell phone plans, Hayden trustees powered through their second budget talk at a work session Monday night.
Local group recognizes Young Tracks for community service
In celebration of 60 years of service, the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs donated $5,000 to the Young Tracks Preschool & Childcare Center, along with their time and energy, in the biggest donation the club has made in recent memory.
Airport aims to spruce up grounds before tourism season
Yampa Valley Regional Airport is chugging away on modifications and improvements ahead of the ski season.
Singers needed for CMC's 'Carmina Burana' show
2:22 a.m. A one-vehicle noninjury accident was reported on U.S. Highway 40, where a parked vehicle ran into a fence and a ditch. Steamboat Springs Police officers arrested one person on suspicion of driving under the influence. One person was also transported to the Yampa Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.
If we all skied Howelsen Hill one or two weekends a month this season, I think we might have a good chance of saving this historic area of our town from budget cuts.
As the tide of this election moves forward, it appears that the first-term Sen. Barack Obama will become our president, and significant change will follow throughout the next four years. The ultimate change will be what is now considered capitalism tinged with socialism, to a socialistic country tinged with capitalism. With a "filibuster proof" Democratic congress led by President Obama's stated economic plans, I believe we will have the biggest economic and socialistic change in this country's history.
Amendment 51 is a painless measure meant to relieve such a painful situation:
As for what has been happening to some of the political signs lately, it is shameful, illegal and unfair. Freedom of speech allows one to show promotion for one's candidates but does not allow the destruction of such.
Voters should oppose amendments 46 and 51 on this year's ballot.
Tuesday, October 28
Mailings criticize Democratic candidate's stance on health care
A controversial political committee has thrown its hat into the Senate District 8 arena with mailings that criticize Democratic candidate Ken Brenner and promote his opponent, state Rep. Al White, R-Hayden.
Expectations high for voter turnout with about half of county using early ballots
Half of Routt County's 17,550 registered voters have voted early or been mailed a ballot, but Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland still is bracing herself for a huge turnout Nov. 4.
With a flip of a switch later this week, the South Routt School District will move into the new century of heating systems as the district switches from coal-powered boilers to a new biomass-fueled system.
Utility work scheduled to leave Lincoln Avenue by week's end
A utility project at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue has caused traffic headaches for a month in downtown Steamboat Springs, including a three-car pileup Monday morning.
Strawberry Park Elementary, Perry-Mansfield discuss project costs
Negotiations continue this week concerning which school will pay for the repositioning of a sewer line found under the Strawberry Park Elementary School expansion during construction in the spring.
Hayden police chief proud of department's professionalism
Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch has been in Iraq for about three months, and the Steamboat Pilot & Today reached him by e-mail to find out how things are going.
Sunday, Oct. 26
Nicotine quit kits available at VNA offices
Monday, October 27
Few people would refute the benefits of sharing time with a pet. For older adults who look forward to fresh air exercise with a pup or the unconditional love of a lap cat, pet companionship may be even more powerful.
Before the start of Crabfest 2008 on Friday night, the kitchen and dining room were a flurry of activity, as the volunteers put biscuits in the oven, melted butter, made sure the warming trays were ready for the king crab legs and, most importantly, they straightened each others' crab hats.
Pop quiz: Why get fit for winter?
If you haven't yet gotten out in the garden to clean up after our last good frost, now might be a good time to do so to avoid a huge, messy clean-up project next spring.
Group will make stops in Craig and Steamboat this week
Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush hopes transportation funding won't take a back seat in 2009.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Republican Senate candidate trailing in race, plans Wednesday visit to Steamboat
Bob Schaffer hopes to turn the tide in Colorado's U.S. Senate race with a 20-county tour of Western Colorado that stops in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday.
Friday's game between Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs is the reason high school sports are played.
Hayden class finds happiness after missing football playoffs
Seven months of school remain. There are two more sports seasons to come and countless stories still to be created among them. Still, as seniors on the Hayden High School football team gathered together after Friday night's game, the atmosphere signaled the end of something.
Business to auction bracelet for breast cancer
Sunday, October 26
City messages go to personal accounts
After discovering city staffers were privy to confidential e-mails, City Attorney Tony Lettunich recently asked the Steamboat Springs City Council to communicate with him using personal e-mail addresses.
Ben Holdridge, of My Wireless, has received the quarterly salesperson of the region award.
On the Market for Oct. 26
Membership drive for 2009 kicked off last week
Hayden's Chamber of Commerce launched its membership drive last week with a mixer at Creek View Grill.
Routt County real estate dollar volume slumped to $37.36 million in September, the lowest monthly total of the year and the lowest monthly total since January 2005.
I was most disturbed to read your editorial Oct. 15 regarding Amendment 48. I found it offensive that you did not give any opposing views on the topic or discuss any of its possible benefits but rather matter of factly stated that all your readers should vote "no" on 48.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Oct. 26, 2008.
I was disappointed with the recent campaign attacks on U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer that sought to cast him as being anti-veterans. Although he may be opposed to big government and prohibitions on responsible energy exploration, he is not opposed to rewarding our veterans for their sacrifice to our great country. Setting aside his legislative positions for a moment, (former) Congressman Schaffer has three children that are in military officer training - including one at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs - and likely future veterans.
The good news is that the 2008 presidential race has generated more excitement, youth involvement, and dialogue (not to mention diatribe!) than we've seen in a long time. The bad news is that it threatens to overshadow the U.S. Senate race in Colorado - Mark Udall vs. Bob Schaffer. This is a critical one, folks. Here are the top three reasons I've planted Udall's sign in my front yard.
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.
Unfortunate is not a strong enough word to describe the labor-versus-business battle that found its way onto the Colorado ballot this fall. We don't think any of the measures proposed by either side are worthy of amending our state constitution, and we urge a "no" vote on amendments 47, 49 and 54.
About a year ago in this space I noted the quote by the late Sen. Russell Long, of Louisiana, poking fun at tax reform policy, who said that the underlying philosophy was, "Don't tax me. Don't tax thee. Tax that man behind the tree!"
Bring back noon whistle
I am writing on behalf of Yampatika, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through education. For the past 16 years, Yampatika has provided school-based and summer environmental education programs in Northwest Colorado. We appreciate your recent editorial stressing the importance of referendums 2A and 2B, and hope that voters will support both 2A and 2B.
I'd like to respond to Erich Esswein's letter to the editor of last Wednesday. Mr. Esswein felt that, based on the articles he found in the Oct. 9 issue, "the Pilot & Today's commitment to providing balanced, relevant information to voters doesn't hold up when it comes to the presidential campaigns."
Falling economy affects law enforcement budgets
Economic downturn is poised to increase demand for local public safety and human service agencies in the face of stagnant or decreasing funding and staffing. "When money gets tight, it can spur a number of a problems," Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.
A series of small mistakes leads to the deaths of 11 people Aug. 1 on K2
Everything is relative on the upper slopes of K2. A good, deep breath, for instance, nets one-third the relief it would at sea level. Steamboat Springs doctor Eric Meyer used a satellite phone in dark and cold hours of the night of Aug. 1 to let his friends and family know he was alive.
Debbie Johnson can't remember what the ghost of Yampa's storied Royal Hotel ordered, but she knows it wasn't on the menu. As she set up the restaurant for the night's business one day about 10 years ago, Johnson heard the bar's computerized ordering system print a ticket.
Charlie Norris plans to retire after 18 years of overseeing Oak Creek Cemetery
With 18 years under his belt as Oak Creek Cemetery's caretaker, Charlie Norris still says mowing the grass is his favorite part of the job - that, and the cemetery's view of town and the snow-covered Flat Tops.
For three years, Steamboat Springs High School senior Mick Dierdorff lived for snowboardcross. That's to be expected, considering he is close to breaking through to the top echelon of the sport.
Civil Air Patrol gives students steep, thrilling learning curve
Opportunities to fly, travel, learn and be a part of the military lifestyle are some of the reasons local high school students have joined the Steamboat Springs Civil Air Patrol Cadets squadron.
Many in Steamboat Springs seem to have the year divided into just two seasons. What exactly those seasons are depend on whom you ask.
A family of four from Dallas could book a five-night December holiday vacation in Steamboat Springs today for $3,727.
South Routt plans for more education options
Stagecoach resident Chris Hart faces two choices for his son's education.
Courtney Diehl trucks equipment across county to treat pets, small animals
Dundee stood patiently for a while, letting two people hover around his backside with expensive equipment, searching for flaws in his legs.
John Cutter leads Sailors at state with 36th place
As each of the Sailors harriers clutched at their sides, gasped for air and fought their way through the finish line at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, coach Matt Reinhold couldn't help but smile.
Rams happy after season of progress
Soroco football coach David Bruner stood before his team Oct. 18, as he had done so many times before.
Each year, the Routt National Forest spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars repairing road damage. Most of the damage to roads and motorized trails on the Routt National Forest happens during October and November. This is partly because the roads are usually wet, and it's easier for motorized vehicles to cause ruts and other damage. It's also partly because of the increased number of people using motorized vehicles on the national forest during hunting season.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team's season ended Saturday, when the Sailors lost both of their morning games in the district tournament at Eagle Valley.
Hollywood has created some scary monsters for us, but Hollywood has nothing on ancient Greece. Some of the monsters passed down to us through Greek mythology are as terrifying as anything ever conjured up by the human imagination.
Candidates active in vote hunt
Pamela Jean Peretz
Hayden was exactly where it wanted to be entering the final day of the district tournament having won both of its Friday matches. The Tigers couldn't get past Rangely, however, and their season ended short of the semifinals.
Friday night lights loom
A game that at first had little meaning turned into a vital night for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.
Every fall, I see parents lining the sidelines of soccer and football games, sitting in the stands at volleyball matches, hanging out near the greens at golf tournaments or courtside at tennis tournaments.
St. Cloud introduces luxury brand with private club in Torian Plum Plaza
Skiers who can manage the $40,000 membership fee will enjoy an unprecedented level of service at the base of Steamboat Ski Area this winter, when the private St. Cloud Mountain Club opens.
Saturday, October 25
No injuries in Saturday night fire; cause unknown
A fire engulfed a Stagecoach home Saturday night, severely damaging the residence but resulting in no injuries. Witnesses said the fire at 30515 Ormega Way, in the Meadowgreen subdivision, started on the front porch at about 8 p.m.
For those who are more conventionally minded, getting an annual influenza vaccine still is one of the best ways to prevent coming down with the flu this winter.
Comfort food 'with flair'
Ben Stroock doesn't like the connotation of words like "gourmet."
Throughout the years, Dr. Rosanne Iversen diagnosed her share of patients with cancer.
Blossom sells clothes, jewelry and other items imported from India, Nepal and Tibet. Dechen Dhakhwa, who was born in Nepal, owns the store. 813 Lincoln Ave.
3 locations ready in Routt County
In the county's second year of providing early voting hours on a Saturday, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said she's hoping for a higher turnout than 2007.
Hayden blows out West Grand to end season on a high note
Hayden senior Coy Letlow was just trying to spread the wealth. But offensive lineman Braylin Wertenberger wasn't ready for the unexpected handoff during the Tigers' rout Friday night.
My two-week, three-step program to self-actualization was fool-proof: 1) Go to as many yoga outlets as possible. Tell them you are writing a magazine feature about yoga. Tell the instructor you are a total novice. He, or more likely she, will see by your apparent inflexibility that you're being honest and will say something reassuring along the lines of, "I think we're all novices in our practice."
Dec. 16 to 18: Go for the gold: Olympic ski racing champion Deb Armstrong demonstrates how to carve turns with ease during the 25th annual Women's Ski Camp at Steamboat Ski Area. Visit www.steamboat.com.
By the second lap of the morning, I feel the eerie, priority-unraveling power of all the elements coming together. Rare bluebird skies herald the final day of one of the darkest, blurriest Januaries in memory and on record - one choked by 26 days of snow.
Officials consider collaboration with county Sheriff's Office
Despite initiating a citizens focus group to hash out the design of a future Oak Creek Police Department, town officials said Friday that Oak Creek still is considering the possibility of contracting with the Routt County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services.
Zip-line course provides great excuse to get caught in Wolcott
A century ago, the carriage house at 4 Eagle Ranch would greet weary stagecoach travelers heading south from Steamboat Springs to the nearest Denver & Rio Grande Railroad stop, marking the final four-mile push to the Wolcott station.
Homeopathy is a field of alternative medicine, and its remedies aim to address symptoms by triggering the body's healing processes through exposure to highly diluted substances that could cause those symptoms in healthy people.
Lifehacker.com purports to be a Web site that rounds up "tech tricks, tips and downloads for getting things done." The blog, however, goes far beyond technology with the information and advice it doles out.
Rich Van De Carr was playing a blue guitar in a blue taxi cab when we spied him in the parking lot at Rotary Park. Oh yeah, and he was playing the blues.
Tailor the year-round club skier's workout to prep for the slopes
On an early August morning, a group of teenage ski racers diligently cycles through a circuit of core-strengthening exercises; one-legged BOSU ball hops, jump rope routines, box jumps and wall sits.
Habitat for Humanity needs Saturday volunteers
2:06 a.m. A possible protection order violation was reported in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. Police are investigating.
Goggles can be a fashion statement on the slopes, but their primary function remains one of safety, Oakley product representative Tim Kennedy said.
Company officials say they have no plans to cut services, staff
A day after Intrawest beat a loan deadline by refinancing, company officials Friday shrugged off speculation that the deal could hinder operations.
Caught up in a Steamboat state of mind
I'm sorry. If you've ever complained out loud that there is too much snow on the ski trails and all that white stuff is interfering with your ability to turn your skis, you're not a local. That's just the way it is. Don't come to me for help.
Little Jack lived and skied large
2 wins put Tigers on track to advance
The Hayden High School volleyball team got exactly the start it didn't want Friday afternoon at the district volleyball tournament.
Steamboat football rallies for win on the road against Buena Vista
As a senior leader and big-time player for the Steamboat Springs High School football team, Alex Wood figured it was about time to make a play.
Steamboat's future design sensibilities are on full display 156 miles to the south of the Yampa Valley in the sophisticated homes being built in Aspen. And the influence is manifested in a new home high above Fish Creek, where walls of windows frame seldom-seen views of the Steamboat Ski Area's northern flank.
I have a friend with a knack for giving the perfect gift. She is thoughtful and insightful, tucking away in her memory comments people make throughout the year. Then, when December rolls around, she unearths the gift ideas and accomplishes what so many of us struggle to do - purchase presents that wow their recipients regardless of cost or size.
Friday, October 24
Hayden is close to a financing agreement for its planned police station, Town Manager Russ Martin said Thursday.
CD review for Oct. 24, 2008
Evolution on pointe
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is not interested in performing "Swan Lake." Keeping the "evolving art form" of ballet fresh, the company performs three contemporary dance pieces tonight at SSHS.
A few years ago, a co-worker at another newspaper in another state shared a disparaging but true sentiment about the local music scene:
Working together in West Routt
The Hayden Marketplace, partial owner and gourmet foods purveyor Andrea Wheat explained on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, is a work in progress.
Tigers to face beaten-down West Grand tonight
Not only was the Hayden football team's 26-25 loss last week to Meeker heartbreaking, it also was dream-crushing. The loss virtually eliminated any chance the Tigers had at advancing to this season's playoffs.
2007 district tournament signaled low point for Hayden; 2008 hopes high
The situation, at a glance, doesn't look very different. The Hayden High School volleyball team entered its district tournament a year ago as the fourth seed. Now, the Tigers will roll into today's tournament, in Paonia, as the third seed.
Analyst: Debt payment will mean less investment in Steamboat
Intrawest successfully refinanced $1.7 billion in debt Thursday, staving off fears that Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s parent company was heading toward bankruptcy.
Prizes for the best Halloween costumes in South Routt will be awarded Saturday night at the South Routt Parent Teacher Organization's Halloween carnival. In Steamboat, the SKY Club's Screamboat Chamber of Horror! opens tonight at CMC.
The Oak Creek Town Board cleaned up some administrative matters from the town's former police administration Thursday, and laid the groundwork for establishing a citizen focus group to discuss what Oak Creek's next police department should look like.
It's long past time somebody says out loud to Monument Oil - and the Brown clan of Grand Junction that runs Monument - what we've all been whispering for months.
Celebrations offers variety of rentals for Halloween festivities
By late Thursday afternoon, "pirate day" at Celebrations was in full swing, with a half-dozen employees roaming the store wearing eye patches, bandannas and ruffled sleeves.
It's late October and football playoffs are on nearly every team's mind.
When Yalden yells, teens hear
When Jeff Yalden talks to students, he does it in an imitation of teenage style that leaves the 37-year-old former Marine acting the part of his 17-year-old daughter.
Capsule reviews of films opening this week
Everything remains safely wholesome and intact in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
Going for personal bests
Sailors coach Matt Reinhold said each member of the cross-country team could run a personal-best time Saturday in Fort Collins.
Aviation consultant Mike Boyd describes the purchase of an airline ticket this winter as a mere down payment on the flight.
"Calling this stuff powder is like calling Everest a mountain," Jonny Mosely narrates in the opening scenes of a Steamboat Springs segment in Warren Miller's "Children Of Winter."
Todd Anders Johnson steers clear of cliches
In a year where gas prices and cost crunches have made it hard for many regional bands to keep up with touring, Todd Anders Johnson has come up with a solution - one that covers at least two states.
Steamboat's annual ski swap
Thursday, October 23
Analyst: Refinancing will probably mean less investment in Steamboat
Intrawest successfully refinanced $1.7 billion in debt today, staving off fears that Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s parent company was heading toward bankruptcy. In addition to Steamboat and Whistler Blackcomb, Intrawest has interests in resorts including Copper Mountain and Winter Park.
Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall knows her team has the talent and the right situation to advance through the district tournament Saturday at Eagle Valley.
The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team lost to Wheat Ridge, 5-1, in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs Wednesday.
Police: Sunday incident involved weapon
A 44-year-old Craig woman was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and felony menacing, according to records.
Mild weather limits elk, deer harvest
Mild fall weather is to blame for a mediocre elk and deer harvest this hunting season, and it also could lead to a greater chance for conflict between hunters and other outdoors lovers.
Fueled by strong financial support from Steamboat Springs residents and many out-of-district donations, state Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, continues to outmatch Democratic opponent Ken Brenner's fundraising in the race for Senate District 8.
Group receives award from prestigious museum's Hall of Fame
Executive Director Rick DeVos says he always knew that the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Cub was at the top of the skiing world, but it's nice that someone else agrees.
Screeching icon's perch downtown deemed unstable
In the end, it wasn't maddened business owners or daily-deafened Old Town residents who brought about the noon whistle's downfall. It was the fear that it might fall down.
Elliott: Town Board meeting will cover fiscal future
The Oak Creek Town Board will discuss "how police fit into our budget" at its meeting tonight, Mayor J. Elliott said Wednesday.
6:28 a.m. A vehicle complaint was received from Routt County Road 80 north of Hayden, where keys were locked inside a running vehicle on the side of the road.
Riders who want to exercise their horses indoors can use the Routt County Fairgrounds for $5 per person per hour, and monthly passes are available. The schedule for open riding is at www.routtcountyfair.org.
Six local girls have aspirations of studying in places as far-flung as the Czech Republic, Spain, Chile, France and Thailand in the course of the next school year. Through the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's Youth Exchange program, at least two of those girls are likely to get their wish.
Last week was national Teen Read Week, and Bud Werner Memorial Library celebrated the event with a kick-off party, weeklong activities, and amnesty for teens who had fines for overdue books.
First Impressions of Routt County is working to quantify its success in response to tight economic times that have forced stiff competition among nonprofit organizations.
Gantick: Players build skills during transition to high school
The continuity of a high school football program doesn't just start at the ninth-grade level.
Wednesday, October 22
A Steamboat Springs man who was injured in a suspected assault Sunday morning was released from a Denver hospital Tuesday.
I live on a quiet street. My sleep rarely is interrupted. Most mornings I awaken to the sound of birds, occasionally a barking dog or my alarm clock. All is peaceful in the 'hood except for Friday. As I lay in bed trying my best to become one with my flannel sheets, I hear a rumbling that can only mean one thing.
Volleyball team's season comes to an end
There is no silver lining to Tuesday's loss for the Soroco High School volleyball team.
4 people injured in vehicle accidents on Rabbit Ears Pass, US 40
Three people were injured in a head-on collision on Rabbit Ears Pass on Tuesday afternoon, where wintry weather and icy roads wreaked havoc on motorists.
Increase in funded students could help district's bottom line
The number of students enrolled in the Steamboat Springs School District may prove to be the difference between a balanced budget and a district in debt.
Economy has cost Steamboat $100K in expected interest revenue
School officials say the economic downturn has cost the Steamboat Springs School District $100,000 in expected interest revenue for the 2008-09 budget year, and caused several unexpected expenses that require passage of a supplemental budget.
Economist Carl Steidtmann forecasts a tough end to 2008
The 2009-10 holiday season will be a much happier time than the upcoming one, economist and Steamboat Springs resident Carl Steidtmann told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.
Candidates stump to large Steamboat Springs crowd
U.S. Reps. John Salazar and Mark Udall defended their votes against a $700 billion financial bailout bill at a campaign stop in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, and they expressed support for a new $150 billion economic stimulus package
Sailors confident in match
Today's first round Class 4A state playoff match with No. 10 Wheat Ridge and No. 23 Steamboat Springs doesn't appear to be your typical lopsided first-round matchup.
Commissioners unsatisfied with Wall's expenditure explanations
Sheriff Gary Wall and the Routt County Board of Commissioners flexed their constitutional authority Tuesday as a budget dispute between the county's top law enforcement officer and administrators raged on.
Monday, Oct. 20
Steamboat briefs for Oct. 22
No to budget cuts
A bias perspective
Education tax valued
Amendment 59 is an imperfect but necessary step toward repairing the state constitution, and we urge voters to support the measure.
Steamboat Springs man stole 5 vehicles in 2006 and 2007
A Steamboat Springs man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for the 2007 theft of three cars from Victory Motors of Steamboat and the 2006 thefts of a motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle from Action Motorsports.
Tuesday, October 21
A rain-snow mix and icy roads have caused several accidents on the pass this afternoon. Between 1 and 5 inches of snow is expected at higher elevations tonight.
Steamboat briefs for Oct. 21
Sunday, Oct. 19
With Election Day just two weeks away, the Steamboat Springs School Board painted a gloomy picture of program and staff cuts should city voters reject Referendum 2A on the Nov. 4 ballot.
John Sandelin's graveside services to be held Thursday
John Edward Sandelin, believed to be Routt County's oldest living native, died Thursday at his North Routt home surrounded by family.
From a motion sensor camera to a $1,000 reward, local political supporters are going to great lengths to catch those who are vandalizing and stealing candidate signs in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 4 presidential election.
Summer marketing contract, lawsuit set for secret session
Councilman Jon Quinn fears "more doom and gloom" when economist Carl Steidtmann gives a report to the Steamboat Springs City Council tonight.
Downtown rides construction wave to modest gains
When a major construction project broke ground virtually next door to the Tap House about two years ago, owner Gary Saxe and partner Melissa Baker didn't need long to determine that a $6 lunch special might pay off.
Todd Palin may race Arctic Cats, but Sarah Palin wears a pair of Kawasakis on the bridge of her nose. And Joe Maddon, the boss of the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, wears a pair of thick Hugo Boss specs in the dugout.
County's Democratic registrations overtake Republican ones
Almost 400 Routt County residents cast their ballots Monday in what Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland called the busiest first day of early voting in county history.
Monday, October 20
The Steamboat Springs High School football team has won its past two games by a score of 105 to - gasp! - 26.
Every year around this time, I hear from local gardeners about their success in the garden with plants and vegetables that aren't really suited for our short season and climate.
A Steamboat Springs man was airlifted to a Denver hospital Sunday after suffering head injuries during an apparent assault.
Prevention. Health promotion. Wellness. Community. Take responsibility for your own health. These words and phrases describe why Yampa Valley Medical Center is planning its first annual "Fall into Health" community health fair.
12:06 a.m. A drunken driver was reported on Mount Werner Circle. Police took a report but were unable to locate the driver.
Riley Noble studied his pumpkin. It already was bright and colorful, but it needed something more. Inspired, he began dribbling paint from his paintbrush, in the style of Jackson Pollock, to create an abstract Halloween decoration.
At their best, alpine skiing, teleing and snowboarding are exhilarating, freeing and fun sports. At their worst, they can be painful.
The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team was upset in its final regular season game of the year.
Steamboat schools could see financial boost from numbers
The Steamboat Springs School Board will hear tonight that enrollment calculations show as many as 2,115 funded students in the district, a number that is "substantially above the 2,077 that the district has been using for budgeting," according to the report.
Sunday, October 19
On Aug. 1, Eric Meyer set out to climb K2, the world's 2nd highest peak - it ended in catastrophe with 11 dead
The years melted away from Eric Meyer as he told his story, blond hair falling across his forehead as he recalled mountaineering in the Grand Tetons, and a bright smile lighting up tales of climbing Mount Rainier and reaching the summit of Mount Everest.
Officials question the commitment of developers
As formal review of the proposed Steamboat 700 project west of city limits is set to begin in earnest, concerns have been raised - and refuted by Steamboat 700's project manager - about developers' commitment to seeing the project through.
Marcus Hudson, of Steamboat Springs, graduated from Central Michigan University in May with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
Lost hours of Moab
The road that leads to the camping area at the 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race winds through the Utah desert before opening up to a wide, dusty and flat expanse.
We need a president with great strength of character. Barack Obama is such a man.
Early intervention helps children, families cope with spectrum disorder
It didn't take Craig resident Michele Dugan long to notice something was different about her youngest son.
The proposed redevelopment of the Ptarmigan Inn, which first emerged in 2005 and resurfaced in August 2007, is active again at the city planning department. This time, the developers say they aspire to meeting LEEDS green building standards.
Routt County Spotlight: Leslie Ann Faulkner
Did you get to see Halley's Comet when it sailed past Earth in 1985-86? If not, you'll have to wait until 2061 for another chance to see it, since Halley's Comet requires 76 years to orbit the sun.
Bust of Steamboat raises funds for breast exams, awareness
Carol Ginsberg, like almost everyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, did not think this could happen to her.
Yampa Town Board approves crosswalk installation near elementary building
Portable stop signs are poised to become relics of South Routt Elementary School's past later this fall, when Yampa's Main Street will be emblazoned with crosswalks and proper school zone signage.
Using severance tax revenues from the oil and gas industry to better fund crucial state programs makes sense, but neither Amendment 52 nor Amendment 58 get it right.
As my wise old father says to me before imparting unsolicited advice, "This falls into the category of for whatever it's worth.
Owner to tear down Mt. Harris school
Saturday, the Colorado High School Activities Association handed out titles to the top young tennis players in the state.
Steamboat Springs High School senior volleyball player Kacey Bull wasn't going to let a speeding ticket on her way to the game get her down.
Friday, Oct. 17
School buses roll along in face of increasing events
In a time of increasingly fast-paced lifestyles for parents and more after-school activities for students, Steamboat's school bus service is still going strong.
Town falls between solid and shaky outlooks for 2009 finances
Hayden falls between Craig and Steamboat Springs in more than one way, according to Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin.
Since 1993, the city of Steamboat Springs has collected a half-cent tax on every dollar spent in the city to be used for public education.
The volunteers at Hayden Valley Elementary School wear many hats while volunteering with the Helping All to Succeed program. From helping teachers with clerical work to one-on-one tutoring for students who need an extra boost, the HATS volunteers help the school operate smoothly.
At a moment when our economy is in crisis and hundreds of thousands of Americans are losing their jobs, the last thing we should do in Colorado is upset the balance that has been maintained for decades and has helped us have a prosperous economy.
Editorial cartoon for Oct. 19, 2008
Rendezvous Trails home contract pending
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
Customers and sellers head for consignment, thrift stores
If a silver lining exists in the dark cloud stalking the U.S. economy, it might be the success of thrift and consignment shops.
Steamboat girls team falls just short in effort
Entering the state regional meet, Sailors cross-country coach Matt Reinhold's expectations weren't very high. And for good reason.
If Bob and Fred Grippa woke up one morning and it was raining bricks, they would strap a concrete roof on a pickup and head to work.
The Bridges at Steamboat would relocate Yampa Valley Medical Center's nursing home into the midst of a new experiential residential neighborhood based on the twin themes of trout fishing and enthusiasm for the natural environment.
Steve Downs was honored as Realtor of the Year at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors banquet Sept.19, according to a news release.
Rams close out their first season of 8-man play with defeat
A rough first half was too much for the Soroco High School football team Saturday at Norwood, as the Rams fell behind early and lost, 64-42.
Saturday, Oct. 11
In the U.S., about 10 percent of Americans are hunters, and about 10 percent are anti-hunters.
In the regular season finale for both teams, the Hayden High School volleyball team easily beat Soroco, 25-13, 25-15, 25-22, on Saturday.
Kris Cannon said it might take her a month to get back on her bike. That'd be pretty easy to believe, considering the way she looked in the middle of the night during the 24 Hours of Moab.
For all of the undecided voters: This letter is written to provide some food for thought as you decide who to vote for in this most critical election year, especially for president.
Steamboat tandems medal in state doubles brackets
Steamboat Springs high school tennis players were all smiles Saturday morning at Pueblo City Park after the Sailors swept past Broomfield to win a pair of doubles matches on the final day of the 2008 State 4A High School Tennis Championships.
Saturday, October 18
Quality by design
When Skyler Gingrich looks at the pages of her high school newspaper, she sees what could be there.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team was decidedly different for one game in Friday night's match against Delta.
Goal No. 1 is in the books for the Steamboat Springs High School football team. Now the focus is on the six goals ahead.
Half-cent tax committee offers yard signs to public
Economic turmoil hits owner of Intrawest, which owes $1.68B
Nine months after outgoing Intrawest chief Alex Wasilov said Fortress Investment Group was prepared to infuse Steamboat Ski Area's parent company with large amounts of capital, Intrawest faces an Oct. 23 repayment deadline on $1.68 billion in loans.
Steamboat Springs High School cross-country coach Matt Reinhold is getting just about everything he wanted.
1:09 a.m. A noise complaint was received from Spruce Street.
Oldham, Stewart dispute wisdom of teen court program
State Senate candidates Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, and Steamboat Springs Democrat Ken Brenner offered ideas Friday to keep Colorado's economy stout in the face of a national recession.
Soroco football plays at 1 p.m. today
Soroco High School football travels to Norwood today for its final game of the season.
Steamboat's No. 3 singles player Jeff Lambart gave it his all in a 7-6 (4), 7-5 loss to Niwot's Stephen Lammers. Only a few points separated Lambart from his goal of getting a shot at a medal. But it wasn't to be.
Routt County Habitat for Humanity benefited Friday from a bounce in participation in construction of its West End Village duplex, partly in response to the recent criminal charges against the organization's former executive director.
'Safe exchange' provides place for children, parents in crisis
More than a dozen Routt County families have been served since Advocates Against Battering and Abuse launched its supervised visitation program in August, Executive Director Diane Moore said.
Return home reunites Marine with toddler son
When asked Friday what he thought of most while serving in one of the world's most dangerous regions, Craig native Chris Thompson didn't have to look far to find the answer.
Case involves marijuana operation south of Steamboat
The District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against a man arrested last month in connection with a major marijuana growth and distribution operation discovered south of Steamboat Springs.
The Hayden football team's chances of making the playoffs took a major hit Friday night. The Tigers lost to Meeker, 26-25. The setback makes it unlikely the team will be chosen to fill one of four wild card spots available after the season ends.
Friday, October 17
Fires contained in Hayden, Phippsburg
A small Strawberry Park cabin was gutted by a suspected wood stove fire Wednesday night, and a number of vehicles were damaged Thursday afternoon outside Hayden when a controlled burn spread as a result of gusty winds.
Exhibition at Depot offers fresh start for some, first start for others
Until his work found a spot on the walls of the Depot Art Center's Emerging Artists Gallery, local painter and maintenance worker Patrick McCannon never had written an artist's statement.
I can't say that having participated in children's theater helped my college roommates graduate. But it certainly gave them an advantage.
7:49 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 1800 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.
A year after his arrest, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was sentenced this week to probation for driving while his ability was impaired by alcohol and for prohibited use of a weapon. Case closed? Maybe not.
The playoffs are out of the question for the Moffat County Bulldogs soccer team. But the season isn't over.
Ben Lingle rolled a spare on his very first frame of the evening at the Snow Bowl during a Teen After School Club event. Pete Kraska, recreation specialist for the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services division, runs the program's weekly meetings along with Derek Kratzer, who works with Partners in Routt County.
Hayden needs win for playoffs chance
No matter the playoff scenario, one thing will be clear tonight when the Hayden football team travels to take on Meeker in a 7 p.m. game. If the Tigers are to take part in the playoffs this year, they have to win.
Steamboat, Moffat renew their rivalry
With such a young team, Moffat County High School football coach Kip Hafey hasn't really talked with his players about the playoffs. But the coach knows the reality of the Bulldogs' situation.
A pair of Steamboat Springs doubles teams provided all the spark and emotion the Sailors needed on the opening day of the 2008 State High School Tennis Tournament at Pueblo City Park on Thursday.
Hayden subdivision developers offer discounts on lots
The first two houses have gone vertical in Dry Creek Village, and the developers of the Hayden subdivision aim to draw more buyers with discounts.
The new owners of the Yacht Club building have plans to add a dining deck on the roof of the restaurant, 811 Yampa St.
Agency will give maps, training to businesses before ski season
Visitors to Steamboat Springs probably won't have trouble making their way to the ski mountain this season. But if they're seeking a restaurant or shop that doesn't tower thousands of feet over town, navigation could be an issue.
Search and Rescue conducts 2 operations Wednesday
An injured hunter was airlifted out of the Beaver Flat Tops late Wednesday night after he was seriously injured when a draft horse stepped on his chest.
Hayden school board supports Amendment 59
City decision may be first of its kind
With its approval of the proposed Inspritu Verde project earlier this week, the city of Steamboat Springs unknowingly may have gone where no community has gone before.
On a Tuesday night near Stagecoach Reservoir, the Worried Men are playing timeless music in a room time forgot.
As far as I can tell, people do not go to the Great American Beer Festival to taste beer.
He might be over-thinking this, but P-Nuckle front man Chris LaPlante is pretty sure he's done a lot of people wrong. Or, he suspects there are a lot of people who feel that way.
Maggie Carrigan pulls an invisible ladybug out of the invisible box sitting in front of her. This, explained children's theater teacher Rusty de Lucia, is acting.
Arena rock is underrated. Nashville's Kings of Leon recognize this, and the band of brothers and cousins has done all it can to bring soaring choruses back into the spotlight without coming off ironic.
Thursday, October 16
1:23 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 400 block of Mountain Vista Circle, where loud music was playing. Everything was quiet when police arrived.
Charles Pyle sustained minor head wounds in accident
A Steamboat Springs man was injured Wednesday afternoon when an Aces High trash truck rolled on U.S. Highway 40 near Steamboat II.
Friday forum begins with mingling hour at Community Center
Voters will be able to meet face to face with many of the candidates in local and regional races at Election Forum '08 on Friday night.
Come Sunday, the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team will learn just how steep a climb it faces in the Class 4A playoffs.
Old Town residents relieved about delay
Steamboat Springs officials are easing up on plans to construct uniform sidewalks throughout the city, to the relief of many Old Town residents who do not want to see the paths in their neighborhoods.
New campus CEO intends to focus on community relations
Peter Perhac said Steamboat Springs feels just like home.
Sheriff ordered to complete public service, alcohol therapy
Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams sentenced Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall on Wednesday to a year of unsupervised probation, 36 hours of community service and 12 hours of alcohol education and therapy.
The former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity was charged with felony theft Wednesday amid allegations that she stole as much as $72,000 from the nonprofit organization in a six-month period.
Candidates name 2006 incident as reason for needed reform
District attorney candidate Tammy Stewart cited 2006's "Sweet Pea incident" as what drove her from the 14th Judicial District and inspired her to seek election to change the way the office is run.
State Senate candidates talk ballot initiatives at Wednesday forum
State senate candidates Al White and Ken Brenner butted heads Wednesday night about Amendment 58, a state-level ballot measure that would increase severance taxes paid by oil and gas companies.
Steamboat skiers to compete in aerials, moguls
Six skiers with ties to Steamboat Springs were nominated to the 2009 U.S. Freestyle Ski team.
Costs may encourage building new City Hall
City officials received unexpected and unpleasant news at a workshop Tuesday night regarding a possible City Hall renovation.
BLM welcomes comment about Little Snake plan
General fund revenue is expected to slip 3 percent for 2009
Hayden has shifted down budget expectations for 2009, although a heavy load of flights at Yampa Valley Regional Airport could mean more sales-tax revenues than projected.
Wednesday, October 15
Traffic snarled on U.S. 40; crews transport man to YVMC
One man was injured Wednesday afternoon when an Aces High trash truck rolled on U.S. Highway 40 near Steamboat II. Rescue crews were unable to extricate the driver until a tow truck partially lifted the trash container.
Sheriff convicted of DWAI ordered to conduct community service, receive alcohol education
Senior Judge Cecil Wayne Williams sentenced Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall today to a year of unsupervised probation, 36 hours of community service, 12 hours of alcohol education and therapy, and ordered him to pay fines and fees totaling $816.
A-Basin, Loveland open; Steamboat finishing summer projects
Skiers and snowboarders eager for their first taste of the season can head to Arapahoe Basin and Loveland starting today.
Vote gives go-ahead to development at Fourth and Oak streets
The Steamboat Springs City Council moved forward - albeit hesitantly - Tuesday with three items related to sustainable building practices.
Oldham, Stewart vow to address current administration's problems
Candidates Elizabeth Oldham and Tammy Stewart were critical of management of the District Attorney's Office, addressing issues including prosecutor turnover and public perception during a candidates forum Tuesday.
Amendments 48 and 50 amount to political stunts undeserving of inclusion in our state constitution. Voters should reject both measures.
The outrageous personal attacks by the McCain campaign and their supporters against Barack Obama have been reported widely and discussed this past week. What has not been addressed, however, is the implications of those attacks for Arab Americans.
Please vote "yes" on 2A and 2B to renew the half-cent sales tax for education. Please continue to make this important investment in our students, our community and our future.
Let's pay it forward this election day by voting "yes" on 2A and 2B, thus keeping the half-cent sales tax to support education. The Education Fund has been in existence since 1993 with the first passing of the half-cent sales tax. And since then, voters have renewed the tax two times in support of public education. I'm well aware that our economic times are tough. And as a result, many of us are more frugal with our money. But there is no need to nickel-and-dime a vote against 2A and 2B.
It was bright fall afternoon. Strolling toward my Jeep in the high school parking lot, I noticed from yards away an unfamiliar addition to the back of my car. With each approaching step, it became abundantly clear what had gone awry: a fellow student had drawn a giant phallic symbol over my bumper sticker! This would have been nothing more than your typical high school prank, except that the defaced sticker was advocating my presidential hopeful.
Tennis coach looks past 2008 4A state championship brackets to find success
High school tennis coach John Aragon prefers not to plot. So when the brackets for the 2008 4A Boys State High School Tennis Championships were released Monday afternoon, the Steamboat Springs coach didn't start planning how his players were going to make their way to the finals.
Rams volleyball rallies for win
It's unclear what fired up the Soroco High School student body midway through the second game of Tuesday's volleyball match against North Park.
Weinland: Routt County voter registrations nearing 18,000
All requested mail-in ballots for the upcoming Nov. 4 general election have been sent, and the earliest Routt County residents already are casting their votes.
Randy Baumgardner, Todd Hagenbuch differ on taxes
Although candidates Randy Baumgardner and Todd Hagenbuch agreed Tuesday that energy issues are a major concern for the next state representative from House District 57, they disagreed on points including support for renewable energy and the state ballot's Amendment 58.
It might not come off the tongue right for a couple of days, but every time an Eagle Valley player says it, a smile slides across his face.
We say it all the time: "There ought to be a law." But what would be on the list? I've been polling friends and pondering what I'd do if only I had a magic wand and the power to pass legislation. Here's the list:
Sheriff's Office predicts downward trend in costs until year's end
Budget wrangling between Sheriff Gary Wall and Routt County commissioners could end, as Sheriff's Office officials said 2008 expenditures are trending closer to county budget allocations.
Tuesday, October 14
Steamboat skiers fare well in US Nordic Combined Championships
The World Cup Nordic combined season still is more than a month away, but that didn't stop American Johnny Spillane from recording his first big accomplishment of the 2008-09 winter.
We spent much of the last week ogling relics in the Four Corners region where the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah adjoin one another.
Tread of Pioneers Museum is gearing up for the annual Leckenby and Larson awards, an annual recognition of longtime Routt County residents who have had a great impact on the community.
Group now opposed to a 'right to work' amendment
Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association board members have reversed their position on proposed Amendment 47 and continue to support Referendum O.
Perhac selected as Alpine Campus CEO
Sunday, Oct. 12
Local triathlete finishes 11th in age division of massive Hawaiian race
Joy Rasmussen's goal was to finish in the top 10 of her age group at Saturday's Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii.
Hayden airport budgets for another year in the black
Yampa Valley Regional Airport officials expect the facility to be on sound financial footing in 2009.
Sustainable building practices progam nears adoption in City Council
Green building practices will be a major point of discussion when the Steamboat Springs City Council meets tonight.
Republican party launches McCain campaign building in town
Beginning today, local supporters of Republican presidential nominee John McCain no longer will need to travel to Grand Junction or Eagle County to pick up campaign stickers and yard signs.
Monday, October 13
Creekside squad takes women's sport division
The weekend's 24 Hour of Moab mountain bike race, which concluded at noon Sunday in Utah, was supposed to be only the first step in a return to endurance competitions for Steamboat Springs rider Kris Cannon.
Miles, Davis score 10 touchdowns
As far as problems go, the one that Soroco football coach David Bruner ran into Saturday afternoon definitely would qualify as a good one.
Playing at home is nice, but it's especially nice when you're the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team.
There is good news and bad news when it comes to older adults' oral health.
Many businesses in the valley eligible for incentives
Yampa Valley business owners might be missing out on tax credits that could put bucks back into their bank accounts.
Despite a struggling economy, people are lining up for 2008 elk rifle season
Steamboat Lake Outfitters' outfitting director Russ Lambert said he's hopeful the last several weeks of commotion on Wall Street won't ripple into his section of the world any time soon - but his confidence wasn't based on the outcomes of elk hunting.
A Steamboat Springs man was discharged from the hospital Sunday after sustaining injuries Saturday night in a one-vehicle wreck on Routt County Road 129.
12:45 a.m. Extra patrol was requested at Hahn's Peak Village.
Just as the global economy feels the effect of the U.S. market crisis, a virus also can make a worldwide impact.
With autumn upon us, it's time to bring some of your more tender garden plants indoors before the frost kills them off.
Sunday, October 12
"Shine on, shine on, Harvest Moon!" That old, classic tune refers to an astronomical event called the Harvest Moon. What is the Harvest Moon, and what's so special about it?
More than 130 Lowell Whiteman School students will spend today through Friday on field trips across Utah and Colorado as part of the school's annual Desert Week.
It started early with No. 1 singles player Jamey Swiggart, and it ended in a playback with No. 3 singles player Jeff Lambart.
Defense, special teams aid offense
There may not be a more important statistic that constantly gets ignored in football than starting field position.
It wasn't supposed to have been "the game."
Some local businesses might pare down their ranks as the economic crisis roils industries nationwide. Brian Bradbury, an employment specialist at the Steamboat Springs Workforce Center, said he sees the effects.
Opening up doors
A child with limited sight would have been excluded from many learning activities just 15 years ago.
Although Republican Elizabeth Oldham and Democrat Tammy Stewart are locked in a contested race for District Attorney of the 14th Judicial District, they see eye-to-eye on a need to speed up prosecution of domestic violence cases.
The economic news coming out of Wall Street and across the globe the past couple of weeks has been nothing short of staggering. The national economy is teetering on the brink of disaster, and the effects now are being squarely felt in the Yampa Valley, where construction has slowed, real estate sales have decreased dramatically and projections of the upcoming tourist season are sobering at best.
Hayden coffee shop, run by sisters, attracts locals, passers-by
Customers ambled in and out of GGs Coffee Shop on Wednesday morning, providing a steady flow of business to the year-old Hayden bistro.
Steamboat Springs junior builds reactor to produce her own sustainable biodiesel
When gas prices skyrocketed in recent weeks, most people complained. Lorin Paley got to work.
Area courses say business is good as they prepare to close for winter
Hank Franks stopped short of saying he had been hoping against snow.
Stormy day, cold night at Moab cycling spectacle
The 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race started Le Mans style, with the entire field sprinting a short foot race before jumping on bikes and tearing into the Utah desert.
Steamboat Springs High School volleyball stunned Battle Mountain with a three-game sweep Saturday morning but could not keep the momentum to take down first-place Eagle Valley that night.
Murray knocks in header as Steamboat edges Rifle, 2-1
Although it wasn't necessarily the way the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team thought it might happen, the team got the job done Saturday at Dudley Field against Rifle.
Several companies say work is steady; some projects delayed
Steamboat Springs' construction boom isn't busting, but industry insiders and observers said the field might be headed for a slowdown amid the U.S. economic slide.
Officials fear a halt to public, private improvements
Tightening credit markets are set to bring public improvement projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area to a halt, and some fear the same for private redevelopments in the area.
It's 4 p.m. I thought I got my "Welcome to Moab" moment when I spent 25 miles around town driving 10 miles an hour under the speed limit.
Oak Creek seeks to re-establish law requiring handlers to complete TIPS
The Oak Creek Town Board is working to mandate alcohol server training again for bars and restaurants in town, re-establishing a law that it struck down several years ago.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Oct. 12, 2008.
Economy rocks the 'Boat
The Laffer theorem (supply-side economics) has been morphed into an absolute truism in the minds of Republicans so that tax cuts always increase jobs, increase wages and, therefore, tax revenue. I am not buying it this time.
We Coloradans have many decisions to make on this November's ballot. We will consider the most amendments to the state constitution on a single ballot since 1912 - 14 issues in all.
Oct. 2 was a gorgeous Thursday in my hometown of Backbone. Golden aspens under a cobalt sky framed the town square as folks gathered for the big debate on this year's ballot issues.
As I listened to portions of the City Council's budget retreat, I heard predictable tales of financial gloom and calls to cut back drastically on city spending. I'd like to offer a counter proposal that makes more economic sense than deep cuts: continued, judicious spending.
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.
Age: 31 Occupation: Owner, Over The Moon Place of birth: Naples, Fla.
From the Thursday, Oct. 9, 1958 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Joan Conroy, of Steamboat Village Brokers Ltd., has received the Certified Residential Specialist Designation from the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, according to a news release.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
Developers want OK for companies to own, rent affordable housing
First Tracks developers are puzzling about how to get buyers into lower-cost units, and they brought in business owners Thursday to talk about it.
On Tuesday afternoon, Rich and Wendy Tucciarone stood shivering in the beer cooler at Arctic Liquors, wearing cotton shorts better suited for their life at Hawaii's Kona Brewing Co. than for a trip through the quick-turning fall weather of Steamboat Springs.
Saturday, October 11
One vehicle involved in rollover at Cullens Corner
The man lost control of his Ford F-150 on the rain-slicked road at about 6:30 p.m. near Cullens Corner, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
It's come down to this for the Hayden High School football team.
Steamboat tennis dominates during tourney's first game
It was quick, it was efficient and it was exactly what the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team thought it would do on the first day of the regional tournament at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
Hayden's hitters overpower scrappy Soroco team
Hayden's hitters did what they were expected to do in the final 2008 home game for Tigers volleyball, but that didn't mean the Soroco Rams were going down without a fight.
It's Saturday and the Steamboat Springs High School football team might have just scored again.
Steamboat briefs for Oct. 11
Thursday, Oct. 9
Kenyan conditions place US economic turmoil in perspective
Before leaving Nairobi to head home, I had dinner with Mayling Hebert and Kate Kakela, who are Steamboat Springs locals working in Kenya. Mayling is the East African HIV/AIDS coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, and Kate is an intern for the United Nations doing humanitarian aid work. She was heading to Nakuru, Kenya, to develop strategies for assisting the many thousands of Kenyans still living in internally displaced persons camps throughout Kenya, nine months after the post-election violence in Kenya forced them from their homes.
Town Board makes no decisions for future law enforcement
Oak Creek's last remaining police officer had her last patrol shift Friday, but the Town Board has not made any firm plans for future law enforcement.
Sun shines on afternoon homecoming parade downtown
The clouds parted, and there was a parade. After a day of drizzle and occasional downpours, the sun shone through just in time for Steamboat Springs High School's homecoming parade to make its way down Fifth Street toward Lincoln Avenue on Friday afternoon.
Hayden seeks new partner after bank backs away from project
Financing for Hayden's new police station has fallen through, which means the town still is looking for a partner in a lease-purchase agreement.
Winds fuel blaze on C.R. 41A in Hilton Gulch area
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue contained a small wildland fire Friday afternoon in the Hilton Gulch area, southwest of Steamboat Springs.
Faced with the idea that his African drumming and gumboot dance classes might make an impact on young boys' conceptions of dance, teacher Cary Kamperschroer can't imagine why those arts wouldn't be popular.
Friday, October 10
Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner knows stopping Hotchkiss running back Ethan Coe is the key for the Tigers tonight in a pivotal Western Slope League game in Hotchkiss.
Junior varsity squad finishes 3rd at Niwot tourney
The Steamboat Springs High School junior varsity boys tennis team closed out its season on a high note, finishing third out of 12 Front Range teams at a tournament in Niwot last weekend.
Steamboat football plays Battle Mountain tonight during homecoming
Steamboat Springs is certainly the heavy favorite in today's 7 p.m. football game against Battle Mountain, as the Sailors celebrate homecoming. But that doesn't mean the Huskies don't put a little scare in Sailors coach Aaron Finch.
City to use new Soda Creek school beginning in December
The after-school program for students in Steamboat Springs is filled to capacity, with as many as 50 students per day at its peak, city Youth Services Coordinator Jennifer Travis said Thursday.
DuBord to decide staff, budget cuts
At the city of Steamboat Springs' daylong budget hearing Monday, interim City Manager Wendy DuBord and Finance Director Lisa Rolan lamented the unenviable task of possibly firing city employees in the face of declining revenues and an uncertain economy.
Weekend storm may drop rain before next week warms up
Snow is expected to dust Mount Werner for the second consecutive weekend, though the rest of the Yampa Valley will be relegated to rain as a storm front begins moving through the area today.
Fall brings influx of felines to Steamboat animal shelter
Many of the dogs that filled the kennels of the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter this summer have been adopted into new homes, but the facility is poised to fill up with cats and kittens in the coming weeks.
Public participants not worried about errors
Walker Criswell, 46, and John Ponikvar, 52, have spent the past few years helping the county test its election machines as respective Democratic and Republican representatives.
ONDA's Latin grooves have something for everyone
With a traveling group of about 10 players and backup singers in his Latin jazz band ONDA, Roberto Sequeira is well aware of a common big-crowd, small-stage hazard: the flying microphone stand.
No matter where we live in Routt County, we'll all have to do without things we like from government as our communities confront a difficult economy for the foreseeable future..
Housing Authority faces tough decisions for 2009 finances
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority faces tough decisions in the weeks ahead as it considers its financial future and prepares a 2009 budget.
Happy hours for Oct. 10
Homecoming is defined by its events: a high school game, dance or an event, such as a parade, to which alumni are invited.
It is not often that I turn to the Lifetime Network Web site for journalistic research.
League of Women Voters announces candidate forum
12:50 a.m. A possible burglary was reported in the 29500 block of Routt County Road 8 near Yampa, where a man thought someone was in his house. Everything was fine when Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived.
Is it fair to say a band was better before its "musical evolution"? For Cold Wars Kids, let's hope it is.
Artists' Gallery of Steamboat adds new faces, print room to roster
Soon after Joseph Cosby became a resident of Steamboat Springs this summer, he walked into the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat and told its cooperative owners he'd like to join. His angle: his photography wouldn't compete with anyone else in the gallery.
Wednesday workshops designed to help writers be successful
Sitting at a long white table in Colorado Mountain College's Bristol Hall, aspiring writer and one-time elk rancher Doug Weers introduces a piece to the class:
The acoustics in the Strings Music Pavilion are amazing, which can be good or bad depending on how much the performer wants every note and every nuance to reach every seat.
Capsule reviews of films opening this week
"Rendition." "Redacted." "The Kingdom." "In the Valley of Elah." "Lions for Lambs." They're all movies about the war on terror that nobody has wanted to see, either because the topic is too daunting or too much of a downer, or it's simply too soon after 9/11. Soon, you'll be able to add "Body of Lies" to that list, even though it's probably the most worthwhile and least preachy of the bunch.
Youth choir offers basic training for creative kids
With 15 minutes left in the group's Monday afternoon rehearsal, the 12 members of the Steamboat Springs Youth Choir were singing at the top of their lungs.
Thursday, October 9
Steamboat youth squad outscores opponents, 24-2, in 4 games
Winning is nice, but what soccer coach John Seymour really likes to see is growth. Last weekend, Seymour had plenty to celebrate after watching the group of young players he coached along with Dave Terranova and Andy Cohen grow into champions at the Colorado Youth Soccer Cup.
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team has clear goals heading into Friday and Saturday's regional tournament.
Steamboat briefs for Oct. 9
Men with Steamboat, Clark experience head to Hayden grill
Two longtime restaurant industry workers have grabbed the reins at Creek View Grill in western Hayden.
Hayden residents will pay 50 cents more a month
Hayden residents will pay 50 cents more a month for garbage collection under a contract the Town Board approved Tuesday night.
Yampa River Botanic Park facility to open in June
Trillium House, the new headquarters for Yampa River Botanic Park, is the latest recipient of a solar electric system funded by the local Sierra Club, to serve as an education tool and to offset the facility's power needs.
Tuesday, Oct. 7
Despite the increasingly diverse and polarized politics of its membership, Western Slope lobby Club 20 has taken positions on 11 of 18 statewide measures that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Former Habitat director accused of stealing as much as $70K
Steamboat Springs police expect to file felony theft charges against Shelly Flannery, the former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity, as early as the end of the week.
I was one of an estimated 63 million viewers of Tuesday night's presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. And I'm sure I wasn't the only one who walked away from the TV frustrated after 90 minutes of back-and-forth debate that failed to impress.
Council takes aim at Howelsen Hill, Ice Arena and Tennis Center
As if the news inside Centennial Hall wasn't sobering enough Tuesday, the faces of some Steamboat Springs City Council members were further pained as they periodically refreshed market data on their laptop computers during a daylong hearing on the city's 2009 budget.
Police, liquor servers' training also on Town Board agenda
The Oak Creek Town Board is expected to sign a contract for accessibility improvements to the South Routt Community Center at its meeting tonight, after receiving necessary grant funds from the state.
Murder trial judge's rulings include change of venue
Three separate, recorded confessions by a Craig man accused of killing his wife and dismembering her body will not be heard by a jury, a Moffat County District Court judge ruled Wednesday morning.
City finalizes schedule for possible public interviews
Eleven people have applied to be Steamboat Springs' next city manager, although recruitment efforts for the position have yet to begin in earnest.
Residents ask city to keep Rita Valentine Park an open space
When asked by city staff Wednesday how to manage Rita Valentine Park, a group of residents gave a very clear response: Leave it alone.
Kris Cannon pedaled slowly up a rise behind the rodeo arena in downtown Steamboat Springs. Fall appeared to have come and gone from the dusty trail that led up Emerald Mountain.
About 100 years after the Gerber family first settled near Craig, Arloa Gerber found herself attending one of the final meetings of the Craig Centennial Committee.
Wednesday, October 8
This was the real Hayden High School volleyball team.
Steamboat ties for 11th at tourney
Scott Ptach could feel it coming. He'd been playing well for the better part of three weeks and had already shot a 77 during the Class 4A state golf championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Program Director Todd Wilson had hoped to bring aspiring Nordic combined skiers from around the world to Howelsen Hill this December for a Continental Cup competition. But then the rules got in the way.
Final voter registration tally for Nov. 4 election pending
Voter registration for the upcoming general election drew to a close Monday with more than 500 people submitting registration and change of address forms on the deadline.
State Senate candidates disagree about industry regulation
State Senate candidates Al White and Ken Brenner disagreed about how to manage western Colorado's oil and gas development, with Brenner urging for more regulation and White saying that such efforts could hurt the state's economy.
About five minutes after the phrase, "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" burst onto the scene, I was tired of it.
Hayden residents will pay 50 cents more a month for garbage collection under a contract the Town Board approved Tuesday night.
Steamboat Springs is so much more than just a wonderful resort town. We got to experience this firsthand while we were in Steamboat Springs this past weekend. We were there for a memorial service for my dear friend, Kit Rice. It was incredible to see how much the people of Steamboat Springs came together to honor Kit and her life.
Kudos to the community of Hayden and all the great folks who came together to complete the flag project for the football field and the reinforcement of patriotism. This is what makes Hayden a real community I am proud to live in.
This year's lengthy ballot is proof in itself why Referendum O is worthy of voter approval.
Steamboat beats Battle Mountain, 2-1, keeps playoff hopes alive
The home team's offense owned the opening minutes of Tuesday night's soccer game, but it was the Steamboat Springs defense that stole the show in a 2-1 win against the Battle Mountain Huskies.
Moffat County swept by rival on homecoming
When it comes to Steamboat Springs versus Moffat County, you can pretty much throw out records, stats and home-court advantage.
Steamboat Springs Orchestra began its 2008-09 season Saturday night with a concert at the new Strings Music Pavilion, a facility that is beautiful, commodious and excellent acoustically. I would say at my last-row center seat, the sound was slightly bright which favors the strings but all instruments came through splendidly, as does voice as we heard at Gertrude Fetcher's memorial.
Logos representing Steamboat Springs and Hayden are set to join Craig's symbol on the side of an airport wall.
School Board not happy with school satisfaction survey results
Implementation flaws greatly reduced the validity of a survey intended to gauge satisfaction with Steamboat schools, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said.
Controversy has marked Colorado's election processes and officials in recent memory, but Secretary of State Mike Coffman said he expects the state to pull off a trouble-free presidential election next month.
Steamboat briefs for Oct. 8
Monday, Oct. 6
Balancing on the edge
The Steamboat Springs City Council directed its staff Tuesday to balance the city's 2009 operating budget without using any of its reserves.
Tuesday, October 7
Free lunch isn't the only thing on today's menu for Routt County senior citizens.
The 2007-08 school year presented a "perfect storm" - financially speaking - for the Steamboat Spring School District, resulting in a nearly $1 million gap between revenues and expenses, Finance Director Dale Mellor told the School Board during its meeting Monday.
Commissioners receive somber briefing from finance staff
An exasperated mood permeated the Routt County Board of Commissioners' hearing room Monday afternoon, when county Finance Director Dan Strnad kicked off the county's 2009 budget preparations with a forecast that revenues and debt proceeds will decrease $10 million, or 16 percent, in 2009.
Rita Valentine Park up for public discussion Wednesday
The future of all Steamboat Springs parks - and one in particular - will be up for a public debate this week at a meeting of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission.
Flannery accused of stealing about $70K from county nonprofit
Police are investigating claims that Shelly Flannery, former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity, embezzled about $70,000 from the nonprofit organization over a nine-month period.
Forest Service, Steamboat officials will remove only most dangerous trees this year
Several Mount Werner hiking and biking trails have been closed for the remainder of the fall while the Steamboat Ski Area and U.S. Forest Service work to remove dead and dangerous trees before the slopes open to skiers and snowboarders for the winter.
The new Soda Creek Elementary School, in its first day of operation after more than a year of construction, received a stamp of approval Monday from enthusiastic students who deemed the school not only "awesome," but also "very big."
Additional hunter education course offered
Sailors golfers compete in first day of state tournament at YVGC
Judging by their first six holes during Monday's opening round of the state championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, no one would have thought Scott Ptach and Kaelen Gunderson would end their rounds with smiles on their faces.
Sunday, Oct. 5 12:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a reported disturbance in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue, where four men were fighting. Officers arrested a 24-year-old Delta man and a 27-year-old Paonia man on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer.
Monday, October 6
A pair of losses forced the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team to take a back seat last week in the race for the league title.
Know this: The state golf championship at Yampa Valley Golf Course will frustrate the heck out of players from across the state - maybe nobody more so than the players coming from the Front Range.
Dove Creek wins vs. Soroco, 59-22
It's been a different kind of year for the Soroco football team, but Saturday's game at Dove Creek brought back some ugly memories.
Years ago, I asked our then 4-year-old son whether his little sister's loud crying the previous night had awoken him. "Not me, Mom," he replied. "I was wide asleep."
Yampa Valley Electric Association temporarily will shut down power early Wednesday morning in a section of Old Town, including 76 residences and the George Sauer Human Services Building on Seventh Street.
Fill your grocery basket with fresh fruits and vegetables and you know you're buying nutritious products. Choosing healthy processed foods, such as cereal, bread and yogurt, isn't so easy.
The possibilities for a regional transportation authority are vast - and that is a blessing and a curse, George Krawzoff told the transportation solutions group in a Thursday afternoon meeting at Steamboat Smokehouse.
Often, by the time the kids are begging for treats in downtown Steamboat Springs on Halloween, we've experienced some snowfall and certainly much cooler weather.
1:05 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Routt County Road 14.
Responders handle casualty exercises
About 45 minutes after incident commanders gave the all clear for Sunday's full-scale mass casualty exercise, a few "victims" - still wearing wound makeup - munched on hamburgers in an airport hangar.
Sunday, October 5
Please do not overlook the only local issues on this year's ballot: Referendums 2A and 2B. This is a renewal of the half-cent sales tax for Steamboat Springs that has been in place since 1993. Between 50 and 70 percent of this funding is paid by tourists - funding that directly benefits our local schools.
Beethoven is back! Along with the New York Philharmonic, Saturday Opera, Classical Guitar Alive, and St. Paul Sunday. If you've missed your favorite announcers and classical music programs on WWFM at 91.1, you were not alone. The West Slope FM Board shared your frustration and is pleased to let you know that the wait is over.
It is not a myth that when it comes to tackling our health problems, knowledge is power. The following are some national statistics from the surgeon general about underage drinking in America:
Colorado's so-called "business leaders" just don't get it but, oh boy, are they about to.
Our country is in the midst of one of the worst economic crises in generations. For months, the national economy has been sliding backwards. Wall Street, Main Street, families, family-owned businesses and retirees all are struggling.
Steamboat Springs voters should renew a half-cent sales tax that generates as much as $3 million a year to improve education in our public schools. Similarly, voters should say "yes" to a measure that would allow some of the proceeds of the tax to be shared with schools in Hayden and South Routt.
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.
915-acre Stagecoach project expected to reduce fuels, improve habitat
A large swath of land along the shore of Stagecoach Reservoir, at Blacktail Mountain, will undergo a prescribed burn next spring carried out by the Bureau of Land Management in coordination with the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Local bankers: Smaller institutions aren't caught up in subprime woes
America's economic challenges have brought forth a whirlwind of words. One of which, some observers said, is misleading: bank.
In the 1940s and '50s, farmers from Steamboat to Clark grew grain crops to supplement their dairy herds during the long winters.
Topping the alphabetical list of the 88 constellations is Andromeda, the beautiful daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus.
Vast new ski area progressing
Occupation: Mom/Co-founder of Christ for Life Sk8 Church
Developer Todd Gilbertson was a biathlete as a young man and didn't fully realize it.
This week's Success Steps lunch will focus on helping small businesses get the most use out of Web 2.0, social networking sites and their marketing budgets.
Wirth: Local figures on par with Vail, but Steamboat has advantages
Local trends in ski season vacation bookings don't stray far from what Vail Resorts reported a couple of weeks ago, Andy Wirth said.
Buyers who can pay up front are noticed
Given the slow pace of real estate sales in the Steamboat Springs market this fall, it feels premature to label cash buyers a trend - but something is going on out there.
Steamboat Village Brokers has announced that Chuck Armbruster has joined its real estate firm.
Economist offers a brighter outlook amid difficult days
Economist Carl Steidtmann analyzed the financial crisis and gave a levelheaded forecast of the U.S. economy Friday morning, predicting a modest recession with a slow recovery that could start late next year.
Banned Book Week promotes awareness of current literature disputes
As Thomas Jefferson said Friday, "Information is the currency of democracy."
As the 25th edition of the MTV Video Music Awards peers over the brink of irrelevancy, there is a place where George Michael's Wham!, Rick Astley, Big Country and other legends of filmed music artistry live on.
Now that the season has passed the halfway point, it will be telling how the Steamboat Springs High School football team addresses the last four weeks.
He represents all things good about sports.He was an undersized back - 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 173 pounds - who wasn't supposed to have made it in the National Football League.
Expectations haven't been tempered for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.
17 Steamboat graduates gather for 50th reunion
The Steamboat Springs girls volleyball team played so quickly, it almost seemed as if the Sailors had made other plans for Saturday night.
Joy Rasmussen has meant plenty to the Steamboat Springs triathlon community. She's been one of the sport's biggest proponents in Routt County and was one of the main engines behind the annual Steamboat Triathlon, which went off for a fourth time this summer.
Cross-country fundraising adventures seem to hit Steamboat Springs like clockwork. Every summer, Joe or Jane Coast-to-Coast comes through town attempting to run, ride, skip, pogo stick or cartwheel across the country.
City officials cite need to reduce 2009 spending in uncertain economy
There's always next year. For the second year in a row, city staffers and politicians alike are decrying unsustainable fiscal practices in the city of Steamboat Springs' proposed budget.
Students set to begin classes at new elementary school tomorrow
As the seasons change and the air becomes crisp, Camp Soda Creek students and staff will migrate Monday to the new Soda Creek Elementary School, just blocks away from the temporary facility on Seventh Street.
In addition to being a great first-base player, hockey goalie and listener, Kit Rice was a gag gifter, Yahtzee player and a proud member of the polar bear club, longtime friend Diane Dwire said Saturday.
Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Oct. 5, 2008.
Saturday, October 4
Steamboat Springs High School will have a bit of Las Vegas infused into its halls next week as students begin homecoming celebrations for "Las Vegas Magic."
Developers' new annexation proposal conforms to existing UGB
The developers of 360 Village won't ask the Steamboat Springs City Council to commit "political suicide." In a pre-application for annexation submitted last week, Wilton West Development proposes development on only 110 acres of the 350-acre project site two miles west of city limits.
Moose spotted on Mount Werner; food limits bear problems
Dropping temperatures are pushing moose and elk down to lower elevations and into populated areas of the Yampa Valley.
Soroco faces off against school with similar history in Dove Creek
Pride might always rank as the top motivator for the Soroco High School football team.
There is no better way to restore a football team's confidence than getting back to basics and playing simple football.
Hayden blasted by Rangely in 4 games
Signs that the Hayden volleyball team was in trouble were easy to identify early in its first game Friday night.
Hayden wins homecoming game, 47-7
Hayden junior Jake Walker entered the football season as the No. 2 tailback. At many high schools, that might mean a chance to shine.
Home ReSource to use warehouse to store items for winter
In the spirit of salvaging anything it can, Home ReSource opens its reclaimed warehouse today, with live music, food and a community art project.
Representative 1 of 63 Democrats to oppose financial measure
U.S. Rep. John Salazar again voted against the financial bailout bill Thursday, when the landmark legislation cleared both chambers of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush.
Older-model cars are needed for Steamboat Springs High School's homecoming parade Oct. 10 in downtown Steamboat. For more information and to lend a hand, call Lucianne Myhre at 871-3623.
12:44 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a motorist near mile marker 55 on Colorado Highway 131.
Hayden residents left home and work to witness cheers, chants and cartwheels Friday afternoon.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. snowmakers ready to bring on the suffering
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. held its annual job fair at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel on Friday afternoon, in a festive room with candy strewn on interview tables and posters of happy, smiling people.
Friday, October 3
There must be something about the seventh hole at Haymaker Golf Course.
Although the Routt County Finance Department and the Board of County Commissioners play an oversight role in monitoring departmental budgets, the county ultimately relies on department heads to comply with approved expenditures.
Probably the best of Ben Folds' cadre of songwriting tricks is the easiest one: telling a story the way it happened, pretty much word for word, and hoping to turn that story into a metaphor.
Musician returns to Yampa Valley for 4-H benefit
It's not that Brenn Hill feels obligated to keep coming back to perform in the Yampa Valley. It's just that it makes a lot of sense for what he does - crafting songs about the West and the way ranching has shaped it.
1:54 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 35700 block of East U.S. Highway 40. Everything was fine.
I'm sure it wouldn't be a challenge to find someone to tell you that arts and entertainment are the last things to worry about in a time of economic turmoil.
Local ceramics creator explains challenges of throwing pottery
Hunched over a bottle-necked piece of pottery in the making, ceramics artist Julie Anderson is keeping herself from getting attached.
Hayden Town Board meeting rescheduled
MC Souleye joins BLVD for first show back in the 'Boat
In the past two weeks, MC Souleye has rehearsed more with his band than he has in the past two years because of a move to San Francisco in September.
Given that our nation's current fiscal morass, is it any wonder most citizens feel helpless as their financial health is threatened?
It's been 60 years since the American flag has flown at the Hayden High School football field, and Ron Nereson was not about to let anything happen to the concrete meticulously poured and smoothed for a new flagpole Tuesday morning.
It's Homecoming week in Hayden, and for the Tiger football team at center stage, there may be nothing more comforting.
4 amendments would have harmed business, Evans Hall said
Sandy Evans Hall was "thrilled" to learn Thursday that labor groups agreed to drop four proposed constitutional amendments from the Nov. 4 ballot. Evans Hall, executive vice president for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said those proposals would have been detrimental to business.
Registration numbers increasing as Monday deadline nears
With Monday's voter registration deadline looming, more than 16,000 Routt County residents were registered to vote as of Thursday, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said.
Football faces Rifle challenge tonight
If Steamboat Springs High School's football coaches want to know how their team stands for the remainder of the season, today's game at Rifle will provide a good indication.
Rob and Lisa Callahan had different expectations leading up to Thursday night's debate between vice presidential candidates Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin held the rapt attention of Republican debate watchers Thursday night as a lodge at Storm Mountain Ranch was filled with hushed, intent local conservatives.
For The Grip's first trip to Steamboat Springs, the jazz-heavy rock trio will pair with the musically matched, formerly local Holden Young Trio.
Getting together with a group of friends to watch a presidential debate may not be, in general terms, a "cool" thing to do. That has never especially bothered me - televised debates might not have much impact on who I plan to vote for, but they do provide a theater-of-the-absurd brand of amusement while they last.
Thursday, October 2
The District Attorney's Office has yet to file charges against a man arrested last month in connection with a major marijuana growth and distribution operation discovered south of Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat High School misses Adequate Yearly Progress goal
The schools of Routt County fared well on annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports from the Colorado Department of Education, but because of one goal left unmet, the Steamboat Springs School District failed to meet the state's goals.
When it comes to volleyball, Tara King found out her mom was right. "In seventh grade, we started school sports," King recalled. "I came running home with (football) papers and gave them to my mom. ... She just ripped them up, put them in the trash, and said, 'You know what's a cool sport, is volleyball.'"
Roksolana McFadden taking over Hangar stores with husband
Roksolana and Brian McFadden plan to take over the Hangar gift shop and the Hangar Express at YVRA. The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved the switch Tuesday, pending an OK from the county's finance officials.
Middle school students run alongside United Way fundraisers
The Steamboat Springs Running Series had its season-ending race nearly three weeks ago, with the final finisher in that race unofficially wrapping up running season in Routt County.
Alpine snowboarder Justin Reiter was excited about the opening World Cup race of the season, even if it will take place inside what he refers to as a giant refrigerator.
Steamboat senior returns to field after ACL injury in spring
It's not in Kevin Stokes' upbeat personality to let anything get him down.
Crime Stoppers seeks help finding graffiti criminals
1:18 a.m. A road hazard was reported near mile marker 136 on U.S. Highway 40.
The city of Steamboat Springs has joined the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Sustainable Business Program, with two public buildings earning certification for green practices.
Experts expect fallout from crisis to affect construction, credit
Make no mistake, experts said: The economic problems battering the nation are coming to Steamboat Springs.
Lalive visits with Christian Heritage School students
Who better to judge a book report on world-class athletes than a member of their ranks? Olympian and world-class skier Caroline Lalive joined Lauri Bradt's fourth- and fifth-grade class at the Christian Heritage School on Tuesday to quiz the students on sports-related books they have read during the first month of school.
Wednesday, October 1
Former Oak Creek mayor plans civil suit against town
The District Attorney's Office dropped all charges Wednesday against former Oak Creek mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, who was arrested July 19 in an incident that eventually led to her being stunned with a Taser in her home.
The minute first-year Hayden High School volleyball coach Greg Johnson stepped into the gymnasium and got a look at the new group of girls he was coaching, he immediately associated the team with a word that makes coaches wary.
Hotspots left over from a wildland fire north of Hayden on Monday were extinguished Tuesday morning, bringing full containment to a fire that began as a controlled burn on Sunday.
I am writing this after reading Maureen Smilkstein's letter, "Dogs threatening," in the Sept. 24 Steamboat Today. I too have had a number of negative experience with assorted guard dogs.
Parents dropping off their students next week at the new Soda Creek Elementary School will be greeted by a few changes to traffic flow.
Battle Mountain in 1st after 2-0 win
The first round goes to Battle Mountain - but round two is in a week.
In the beginning, there was guilt. Motherhood guilt. The worse kind of guilt there is. If you multiply Catholic guilt by not-going-to-the-gym guilt and quadruple the total and top it off with a dash of calorie guilt, you still will not fully comprehend the enormity of motherhood guilt.
County examines options for public safety offices
A preliminary proposal to move Routt County Communications into the new justice center has been dismissed, at least temporarily, in favor of exploring a more cost-effective, long-term solution.
Triple Crown's new lodging policy for its 2009 World Series youth tournaments may come off as heavy-handed, but it's actually a reasonable attempt to level the playing field for local lodging properties that benefit from the tournaments.
This Nov. 4, please vote "yes" on ballot issues 2A and 2B to renew the half-cent sales tax for education.
Monday, Sept. 29
Veterans invited to Hayden homecoming football
US Representative says economic solution could take '4 to 5 days'
Congressman John Salazar said Tuesday that he will not support a financial bailout bill without greater protection for taxpayers on the Western Slope.
Hagenbuch has financial edge over Baumgardner in state House battle
Grand County Republican Randy Baumgardner has raised slightly more money than opponent Todd Hagenbuch in the race for state House District 57. But Hagenbuch, a Routt County Democrat, has spent far less and almost had $13,000 more available as of Sept. 24.