Stories for September 2008

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Tuesday, September 30

Man arrested after car chase

Weekend incident leaves trooper's vehicle with minor damage

A high-speed chase early Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Delta man and slight damage to a Colorado State Patrol car.

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Budget battle continues

County commissioners place Sheriff's Office under hiring freeze

Routt County commissioners have placed what amounts to a hiring freeze on the Sheriff's Office while they and Sheriff Gary Wall continue to spar about his department's budget.

Nordic Valley Pass deadlines today

Today is the deadline for cross-country skiers to purchase Valley Passes at the early season rate of $295.

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Tom Ross: Take your mini rockers into the slackcounty

I learned a couple of new pieces of slang Monday, and I'm pretty proud of myself. I can use the terms "mini rocker" and "slackcountry" and sound almost like I know what I'm talking about.

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Journaling preserves history

Practice a therapeutic way of passing on family stories

You don't have to be a good writer to reap the benefits of journaling. You just need to put your words down on paper, Jane Harris explained Monday.

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City staff mourns loss of Rice

Coroner: Blood clot that found its way into lung caused death

A solemn mood permeated City of Steamboat Springs offices Monday, a day after 47-year-old Sports Coordinator Kit Rice died at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Motions hearing continues today with video recording

Prosecutors, defense presenting evidence in murder case

Day one of a five-day motions hearing in Moffat County District Court ended with the court listening to the beginning of an audio recording between Terry Hankins and local investigators.

Hayden serves up food class

Karen Gilroy will focus on proper combinations for digestion

Dieting doesn't work, Karen Gilroy says.

First Impressions seeks child care data

Child care providers and experts in Routt County agree that demand for early childhood education far exceeds supply, and First Impressions of Routt County hopes a needs assessment will define the scope of the problem.

The Record for Sept. 28

Sunday, Sept. 28

Steamboat Briefs for Sept. 30

12 stores pass liquor checks; 1 fails

Monday, September 29

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Bookworms unite at Sojourn

Annual literary event brings authors, readers together

On the day she turned 30, standing in line with her two young children to collect her diploma from the University of California at Berkeley, years after graduating, Karen Joy Fowler decided to be a writer.

The Record for Sept. 27

Saturday, Sept. 27

Deb Babcock: Why aspen leaves turn yellow

On a hike along Independence Creek last Thursday, I noticed aspens just starting to change color. I bet they will peak in the next week and a half.

Green going gold

Commission supports downtown Inspiritu Verde plan

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission showed Thursday that it is willing to bend a little for projects that commit to green building practices.

Sports briefs for Sept. 29

Passing confounds Steamboat volleyball

Steamboat Briefs for Sept. 29

Library parking lot closed today for paving

Monday Medical: Ensuring the safety of your food can be simple

Are tomatoes safe to eat? The answer is a qualified "yes."

Flu shot first line of defense against winter illness

Many people may accept a week in bed with a fever, cough, stuffy head and achy muscles as a typical, if unpleasant, part of every winter.

'Wonderful' Rice passes away

Cause of death is unknown for city's sports coordinator

Kit Rice, the widely known and adored sports coordinator for the city of Steamboat Springs, died of an unknown cause Sunday morning at the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Luke Graham: Hayden volleyball is back

It was never hard to tell how the Hayden High School volleyball team was doing.

Sunday, September 28

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Veteran Realtor views market in contrast to crises of the '70s, '80s

Steve Downs tells the story of a colleague at Steamboat Village Brokers who was showing resort condominiums to a cash buyer last week.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 28, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Sept. 28, 2008.

Joel Reichenberger: I'm a Broncos fan, really

It's a rough life being a Denver Broncos fan here in Broncos territory. Who knew?

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Fourth quarter too much for Soroco

Cowboys corral Rams with 22-point final frame

It appeared several times that Soroco might be ready to run away with Saturday's football showdown against Plateau Valley.

Looking Back for Sept. 28

50 years ago

Conservative commentary: It's not the economy

The recent "bailouts" of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG, as well as the failures, sales and restructuring of virtually all the country's major investment banking houses have caused a lot of concern and misunderstanding.

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Online learning under way in McCoy

Rock Creek Academy enrolls 7 students in 1st year as charter school

During the summer, Kendra Thompson went from having dozens of classmates at Soroco Middle School to being the sole eighth-grader at Rock Creek Academy.

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Solandt hospital board to raise funds for improvements

Honey-colored autumn sunshine slipped over the windowsill in Solandt Memorial Hospital's sunroom Wednesday, spreading across the space where tuberculosis patients once convalesced.

The Record and Jail Report for Sept. 26

Christopher David Bonner, 40, Steamboat Springs - Violating bail bond conditions (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Ken Collins: Election no game

Here's what we have: A country in two wars. A major financial crises. The biggest government and debt in history. High unemployment and foreclosures running amok. Jobs going overseas as factories close. Twentieth century automobiles.

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War of the words

Poetry slams give local writers dramatic voice

When she's preparing to read her poems to a coffee shop crowd, Janel Moore likes to recreate the store's ambience at home.

Our View: Exercise your right to vote

There is perhaps no single greater responsibility for citizens of a democratic country than casting a ballot on Election Day. In the midst of an economic crisis, an ongoing war and countless other issues of local, regional, national and international importance, it can be argued that this November's general election is as important as any in recent memory.

On the Market for Sept. 26

Sales hit 5-year low despite condo sales

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Owners flow with their creeks

Water features add serene quality to Meadowbrook ranch

Everywhere they've lived in Colorado, Heidi Henry and her family have prized their privacy and also looked for the opportunity to live in close proximity to a live creek.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 18 to 24

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Business File for Sept. 28

Kelda Combs Wall has bought Felix & Fido, the dog and cat accessories boutique in Old Town Square at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Combs Wall said she took over from Kira Hambley on Labor Day weekend.

Ballot fires up local groups

Teachers' union, Chamber speak out

As labor groups and businesses in Denver brawl over proposed amendments to the state constitution, parties across the state are lending sharp eyes to issues packing this year's ballot.

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TIC aims to ease concerns about Nebraska merger

TIC Holdings and Kiewit Corp. issued assurances last week that their merger won't mean upheaval in TIC's Steamboat Springs headquarters.

Jimmy Westlake: What's up with the sun?

There are few things in our lives that seem as constant and dependable as the sun. Day after day, it provides the warmth and energy that we must have to survive on this planet. Without it, Earth would be in an unimaginable deep freeze near absolute zero.

David Goldberg: The costs of a lie

When the Bush administration finally admitted that no WMD were in Iraq and when the bipartisan 9/11 Commission finally determined that there was no Iraq involvement in the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration shifted the blame to faulty intelligence. This I can tell you was a deliberate falsehood. The intelligence information produced by the intelligence community was massaged by a group in the Pentagon called the Office of Special Plans whose sole purpose was to ensure that information passed to the White House only supported the case for war. This is borne out by the Pentagon's Inspector General's report which concluded that the intelligence supplied by the OSP and used to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq, was "reporting of dubious quality or reliability that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community."

Hayden volleyball drops 2nd in a row

After a blazing start to the season, the Hayden High School volleyball team will have to see how it responds to something a little different.

Paul Mauro: Entitled to opinion

Ms. Schubert-Akin's column in the Steamboat Pilot & Today ("Grits, guts and determination," Sept. 14) attests to the fact that everyone in our great country is entitled to his or her opinion. That is the spirit of discourse that long has been so alive in America. But this spirit does not entitle one to his or her own facts.

Best of the Web for Sept. 28

Susan Koehler is a gifted asset and a blessing to our schools and our community. We really needed someone like her. She has a heart for the kids and what she teaches, and it shows. Thank you.

Routt County Spotlight: Michael David

Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here? A. May 4, 1998. A friend suggested I get past the Front Range and see the "real" Colorado. So far, so good.

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Finch rallies team

Sailors focus on positives after loss

If you look at trends and the past four years of Steamboat Springs High School football, there is always one loss early in the season that pops up.

Class Notes for Sept. 28

The Western Slope College Fair is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Aspen High School. The fair is free and open to all students and parents. About 180 college admissions representatives will be present to meet with parents and students. No registration is necessary. For more information, visit www.westernslopecollegefair.com.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Whose water is it?

The Yampa River, from its beginnings in the rugged Flat Tops Wilderness Area to its convergence with the Green River in the desert region of the Colorado-Utah border, often is referred to as the life-blood of the community, as well as many biologically diverse ecosystems. Widely considered one of Colorado's last free flowing rivers, the Yampa is able to support a diversity of native life through seasonal flooding that perpetuates a so-called "river dance," thus facilitating the establishment of new streamside forests and wetlands.

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Lodwick eyes return

Nordic combined skier comes out of retirement to try for Olympic gold in 2010

The golden trees lining Strawberry Park hillsides last week served as a reminder for Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick as he continued to train for his return to the world stage.

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Indiana Jones would be proud

Steamboat outdoors enthusiast travels to unexplored canyon

Call it "Eugene Buchanan and the Search for Inca Gold," or maybe "Eugene Buchanan and the Death-Defying Canyon." Midway through his amazing Indiana Jones-esque adventure in Peru's Colca Canyon, Steamboat Springs' Eugene Buchanan was sure only that he wanted to be somewhere else.

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Study suggests vanpool transit

South Routt team to discuss draft report's recommendation for 2-route service

Given the logistical and ridership constraints involved in developing transit between Steamboat Springs and South Routt County, the subscription-based commuter vanpool has been identified as the preferred service plan by the ongoing South Routt Transit Needs and Feasibility Study.

Lynn Abbott: Outraged

Aren't you angry? Aren't you outraged? I am. My husband and I have spent 43 years saving to buy what we need, salting away money for a rainy day, paying the total balance on credit card bills every month even when it hurt, and paying off our mortgage early in order to own our home free and clear. We haven't borrowed money to buy a car since our kids were in elementary school. If we didn't have the cash, we kept driving the car we had. We have lived within our means. I imagine most of you have, too.

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Steamboat library comes to life

Children's area brings color, inviting spaces to the new building

Gone are the days of a shush-filled library filled with dusty volumes and dim lighting. In its place is the Bud Werner Memorial Library's bright, new building with space designed to fit the needs of children and teens: space that is active, high-tech and, occasionally, loud.

Jon Quinn wants property tax

For about a year, first-term Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jon Quinn periodically has raised the issue of a city property tax. The suggestion is often met with a cool response, if any. But now might be the time for Quinn to find some allies.

John F. Russell: Americans stronger than ever

He's been to the Olympic Games four times, his consistent finishes on the World Cup made him a standard in the sport of Nordic combined and his self-assured personality made him a favorite quote for reporters around the world.

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Devils sink Sailors with 2-1 win

Cesar Castillo leads Eagle Valley past Steamboat with pair of goals

With so many soccer teams battling for a Western Slope League title, Saturday's Eagle Valley-Steamboat Springs game was set up to tender a little clarity.

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Affordable a stretch

Teachers struggle to buy deed-restricted housing

A new cooperation between First Tracks at Wildhorse Meadows and the Steamboat Springs School District is attempting to create housing opportunities for school staff and increase teacher retention rates.

Saturday, September 27

Hayden falls in league opener

Hayden High School football outplayed Paonia for the better part of three quarters Friday night.

Rams' road gets tougher

Soroco football hopes to keep pace with speedy Plateau Valley

The road hasn't exactly been easy for the Soroco football team in its first season of eight-man football. The team took a tough loss against Longmont Christian earlier this month.

Sports briefs for Sept. 27

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team overcame an error-filled game Friday to beat Delta, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 25-22.

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Rams rally for 1st win

Soroco volleyball blows past Plateau Valley in four games

It wasn't news Friday night when the Soroco volleyball team lost its first game against Plateau Valley. The Rams entered the match winless on the season.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 27

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 27

The Record for Sept. 25

Thursday, Sept. 25

Flu vaccines available soon

CDC says all school-age children should be immunized

Falling in line with a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado public health organizations are encouraging all school-age children to be immunized against influenza for the 2008-09 flu season.

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Tom Ross: Whittum shares Peace Corps challenges, rewards

Ralph Whittum shouted in protest when the doctors insisted he leave his Peace Corps post in the African nation of Cameroon and return to Steamboat for shoulder surgery.

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Redevelopment weighed

Special committee discusses the future of the Iron Horse Inn

The city has formed a committee of citizens, staff and City Council members to weigh the value of someday redeveloping the Iron Horse employee housing property.

Generation why?

Class participants ponder what makes younger workers tick

Generation X turned out in full force Friday at Karen Goedert's course on understanding generational differences.

Meeting rules possibly broken

E-mail exchanges include entire Oak Creek Town Board

Though Oak Creek's elected officials said they meant no wrongdoing, the Town Board may have violated the state's open meeting laws by carrying out e-mail discussions on community-police relations in August.

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Craig Fire/Rescue to display new fire trucks Thursday

Engines equipped to fight wildland, structural fires

Formally, they're known as Engine 2 and Engine 3. But Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston has another name for the two latest additions to the fire department's arsenal of flame-fighting tools.

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Oak Creek tentatively OKs bid

Community Center improvements depend on grant funds

The Oak Creek Town Board tentatively approved a bid Thursday from Blue Water Developments for accessibility improvements to the South Routt Community Center, though work will not get under way until supplemental grant funds are received from the state.

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Child care need hits homes

First Impressions offers incentives, help for home day care facilities

First Impressions of Routt County is offering as much as $750 in reimbursement and free advice to new child care providers in Steamboat Springs in an effort to create 20 new home businesses in the next year.

Friday, September 26

The Record for Sept. 24

12:18 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported on Anglers Drive, where the sound of gunshots or fireworks could be heard. Police were unable to locate the source of the noise.

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Missed the Boat gets gigs

Local band blends rock, folk and bluegrass to build fan base

Ryan Cox, along with the rest of local band Missed the Boat, has mountains on his mind. In one of four songs on the band's demo CD, Cox proclaims, "living in the mountains sets my soul free."

Margaret Hair: Steamboat is safe from saturation

About two weeks before my flight departed for a week-and-a-half trip back South, news emerged that Ben Folds Five was going to reunite, for one night only, in the town I was visiting.

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Designing on the surface

Presentation offers chance to touch top-notch fabric art

Steamboat Springs weaver Wendy Kowynia says organizing an event for the Surface Design Association has the same benefits as unearthing a vault of gold bricks.

On scene: Exploring worth the gas

You always seem to be able to find something going on at a bar each night in Steamboat Springs.

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County urges early voting

High turnout expected for general election

Routt County residents have just more than a week left to register to vote for the fast-approaching Nov. 4 election. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland asked that people be proactive and register sooner rather than later. Early voting begins Oct. 20 in Steamboat.

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Local artists stew in creativity

Soup Bowl Supper pairs art with a good cause Wednesday

Every May for the past eight years, members of Steamboat Clay Artisans have gotten together for a weekend-long throwing spree.

Book enthusiasts ready for event

Authors to speak, read works at sold-out Saturday event

Acclaimed authors Karen Joy Fowler, Andrew Sean Greer, Nathaniel Philbrick, Elizabeth Strout, Manil Suri and Erin McKean will address local bookworms at the eagerly anticipated 16th annual Literary Sojourn on Saturday.

Strings names guest directors

Longtime festival performers take classical helm

Bringing 14 years of experience as a Strings Music Festival performer, violinist Andres Cárdenes will take over as co-music director for the festival's 2009 season.

League brings new challenges for Tigers

Stopping Paonia's running back key

The Hayden football team squeaked past Paonia last year. The Tigers hope for the same result - but with less nail-biting - when the teams square off tonight.

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Bulldogs roll over Sailors

Steamboat Springs falls to No. 2-ranked Palisade, 39-14

If there were any questions about how good the Palisade High School football team is, they were quickly answered in the first four minutes of Thursday's game against Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 26

Volunteers needed for Yampa Valley airport drill

CD review for Dr. Dog, "Fate"

With the band's flush vocal harmonies, fuzzed-out guitars and particular liking for handclaps and finger snaps, Dr. Dog could, on first listen, be easy to lump in with every other indie rock band that draws on psychedelia to make itself stand apart.

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Rob Douglas: Rethink affordable housing

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article examining a policy question facing the presidential candidates titled "Homeownership Push Is Rethought." The question posed in the article is, "How aggressively should a new administration promote homeownership?"

Yampa Valley Partners deals with funding loss

Although government support for Yampa Valley Partners has declined recently - ending with the Routt County Commission's total withdrawal this year - the group intends to continue services.

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Steaming Bean is for sale

Coffee shop owner moves to hospitality industry

Steaming Bean Coffee owner Todd Moore is jumping out of the java boat, but it isn't because of any financial issues, he said.

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Hayden homecoming kicks off

Week includes new events; team plays Rangely next week

Hayden High School is launching into its "Back in Black" homecoming celebration today, jump-starting a busy week of activities with hallway and window decorating.

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Orchestra keeps going, growing

Steamboat classical ensemble takes on tougher music, diverse styles

With more players, a heftier repertoire and a diverse series of concerts, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra is going into its second fully scheduled season with growth on its mind.

Thursday, September 25

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Triple Crown sets rule

Sports group wants concessions from property managers

Triple Crown Sports has enacted a new lodging policy for its 2009 World Series youth baseball tournament in Steamboat Springs, discouraging participants from lodging with properties that do not make concessions to the company.

The Record for Sept. 23

7:17 a.m. An ambulance was requested in Steamboat Springs for a man with an unknown medical condition. He refused transport to the hospital.

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Sailors set up for Stocker

Fourth-ranked Steamboat travels to No. 2 Palisade for high-stakes showdown

Tonight's matchup between No. 2 Palisade and No. 4 Steamboat Springs carries a lot of weight in the Western Slope League and beyond, but don't expect the loser to have its postseason hopes deflated.

Republicans cook for seniors

Pig roast planned for Friday afternoon at Community Center

Seniors are invited to an annual meal featuring a pig roast.

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White fundraising nears $100K

Senate candidates put Routt County on the back burner

State Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, has raised more money than all but four of the 36 other candidates vying for 19 Colorado state Senate seats up for election this year.

Offensive surge fails to carry Sailors

Injuries cripple Steamboat softball squad in doubleheader against Middle Park

The Steamboat Springs High School girls softball team lost two more games Wednesday night, but a few solid swings and some aggressive base running helped the team in some of its best play yet.

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History buff mines town facts

Jan Leslie compiles volumes of information about Hayden

Jan Leslie spins tales of Hayden from memory, whipping out name after name and date after date, debunking local lore and pointing in all directions to the historical spots of her hometown.

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Local golf pro selected for PGA

Brosterhous heads to regional match

Luke Brosterhous, the assistant golf professional at Haymaker, has been selected to play in the PGA's Western Chapter Cup Matches next month in Grand Junction.

Ski Time Square plan flexible

Proposed looped road stirring debate; alternatives raised

The fate of a proposed looped road replacing Ski Time Square Drive will be on the table tonight during a meeting of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

Steamboat-based TIC plans merger

TIC Holdings has agreed to merge with Nebraska-based Kiewit Corp.

School district faces lawsuits

The Steamboat Springs School District has been threatened with two additional lawsuits beyond the potential $400,000 suit by former Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich.

Oak Creek to discuss policing future

Town Board also to talk about Community Center access issue

The Oak Creek Town Board will consider a bid for long-awaited renovations to improve access to the South Routt Community Center at its meeting tonight, as well as initiate its discussions on the future of the Oak Creek Police Department.

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State Senate candidates agree on youth issues

State Senate candidates Ken Brenner and Al White agreed on nearly all of the major issues affecting children during a Wednesday forum hosted by First Impressions of Routt County.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 25

Optimist Club accepting Teen of the Month applications

Wednesday, September 24

Plane crash victims owned second home in Dillon

Las Vegas residents, husband and wife, were frequent visitors to the West Slope

Las Vegas residents Floyd Brooks Williams and his wife Diane Lynn Williams, both 51, were frequent visitors to the West Slope. They died Sept. 18 when their twin-engine plane crashed near Kremmling.

The Record for Sept. 22

12:12 a.m. A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, failure to signal and driving in the center lane during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 40 near Anglers Drive.

Tennis pro wins doubles at open

Matrka also places 2nd in singles play

Local tennis pro Marie Matrka picked up a win in women's doubles and finished second in women's singles during the weekend at the Colorado State Open in Denver.

Steamboat sends Gunderson, Ptach to state

Steamboat Springs High School golfers Scott Ptach and Kaelen Gunderson shot 78 on Tuesday in Aspen to qualify for the state tournament, Oct. 6 and 7 in Craig.

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Joanne Palmer: Hunting for groceries

Forget Division of Wildlife regulations. Hunting season really begins when herds of bewildered men begin foraging for food at local grocery stores.

District to track funds

DeVincentis: School Board, not Fund Board, accountable for expenditures

It's the Steamboat Springs School District, not the Education Fund Board, that should be accountable for the effectiveness of programs funded by the city's half-cent sales tax for education, School Board member John DeVincentis said Tuesday.

Maureen Smilkstein: Dogs threatening

On Sept. 2, 2007, I was hiking with my two dogs on Rabbit Ears Pass and encountered a pack of guard dogs that approached me in a very threatening manner.

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A continuum of care

Proposed project would offer various senior living options

The Yampa Valley Medical Center and partnering developers will ask the city of Steamboat Springs to annex 36 acres south of city limits, where they hope to couple mixed-use development with a senior living campus.

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Creek View coming on line

Brothers developing project have moved into townhome

The brothers who are developing the Creek View Townhomes and Plaza in Hayden fully endorse their project - by living there.

Schlicht, Stanford assume new roles

The Steamboat Pilot & Today has announced changes to its management and leadership structure involving longtime employees Suzanne Schlicht and Scott Stanford.

Holes in roads fixed at Lake Village

Oregon contractor smoothes pavement at Hayden subdivision

Crumpled pavement has been repaired at the Lake Village subdivision in Hayden.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 24

YVRA needs volunteers for mass casualty drill

Laila Powers, Rob Powers and Erik Powers: A great school

We read the article in the Steamboat Today about the flexibility of scheduling at Steamboat Springs Middle School and how it helps the students ("Flexibility the rule at school," Sept. 13). We would like to share our good fortune with this scheduling.

Our View: Let's talk about nightlife

Now is the time for increased conversations about nightlife at the redeveloped base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Sulphur Cave spawns study

Researchers continue to find unique bacteria near Howelsen Hill

Though Sulphur Cave is rich in unique bacterial flora that make it a fascination to scientists, the small cave near Howelsen Hill poses its share of challenges to researchers.

Tuesday, September 23

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Sailors have eyes on state

Steamboat leaves for Aspen hoping journey will lead to 4A golf championships

The words of golf coach Scott Berry sounded good as they rang in the ears of Steamboat Springs High School golf team members, who were preparing for today's regional tournament in Aspen.

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Tom Ross: Good riddance to Yankee Stadium, the house money built

The house that Ruth built is an abandoned relic. Boo hoo. Someone pass me a hankie.

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DeVincentis airs concerns

School Board member questions district's accountability in spending of half-cent sales tax revenue

Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis voted in favor of a resolution Monday supporting the renewal of the city's half-cent sales tax for education, but he questioned whether the district is appropriately accountable for the money it spends from the Education Fund Board.

The Record for Sept. 21

Sunday, Sept. 21

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Bridge replacement irks some

City hopes for mid-November project completion date

The replacement of a small bridge has necessitated the digging of a very large hole in Old Town Steamboat Springs.

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Co-principals already a team

Miller and Dunham assume Strawberry Park leadership

Acting as interim co-principals of Strawberry Park Elementary School is a new challenge for Michele Miller and Celia Dunham, but the duo have plenty of practice working together and said their transition to the new job is a natural extension of their work as Instructional Support Specialists.

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Wage, benefit data surveyed

CMC course collecting information on city's hospitality industry

An academic researcher and business owners hope to round up insight into wages and benefits in Steamboat Springs' hospitality industry.

Steamboat Briefs for Sept. 23

Soup Bowl Supper tickets now on sale

Monday, September 22

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 22

Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden needs volunteer victims for an Oct. 5 mass casualty drill, designed to help local emergency services train for the worst.

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United Way hopes for $600K

Like the changing of the leaves, the installation of a giant thermometer on the lawn of the Routt County Courthouse is a sign that autumn has arrived. Routt County United Way will use the thermometer to track its progress toward a $600,000 fundraising goal for its 26th annual campaign, which started last week and continues through Nov. 15.

Extend your garden season

It's been a really, really short gardening season this year for those of us without greenhouses.

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Blood tests can reveal important health factors

If history is an accurate indicator, one phone at Yampa Valley Medical Center should start ringing off the hook today. This is the first day the hospital is taking appointments for "early-bird" blood draws that are part of the upcoming community health fair.

Luke Graham: The Buffs have not come back

I - as much as anyone else - would love to declare that the University of Colorado football team is back.

The Record for Sept. 20

12:11 a.m. A fight was reported in an alley in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police were unable to locate the people who reportedly were fighting.

Steamboat ranked No. 8

Copper Mountain, Winter Park in SKI magazine's top 25

The Steamboat Ski Area is caught in a Catch-22 with SKI readers, whose opinions rated the resort No. 8 in the magazine's annual rankings. Readers expressed frustration with the resort's "aging base area" and the pervasive construction under way to address that problem.

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Poogie's spirit celebrated

Friends: Fundraiser was late philanthropist's kind of event

If Margaret "Poogie" Dawes could have been at the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's inaugural Community Barbecue and Barn Dance on Saturday, you would have been more likely to find her scrubbing dishes in the kitchen than cutting a rug on the dance floor.

Aging Well: Taking control of arthritis

Jenny Thomsen held up a large can of anchovies as evidence of a change she's made in response to a big disease.

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Tourney throws full force

Steamboat's first disc golf competition draws 61 players from six states

Ron Pannesi said he had been hoping for a successful enough showing at the weekend's Steamboat Open disc golf tournament that he'd be able to point to the results as proof of the sport's popularity in the Yampa Valley.

Sunday, September 21

On the Market for Sept. 21

Marabou waters lead Golf Trout Tournament

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Oil shale water woes

Denver, Western Slope officials cite huge demands for resource

Snarfing down an entire bag of potato chips shouldn't make you feel as guilty anymore, thanks to Denver Water and Frito-Lay.

Our View: Housing needs brought to light

Although the conclusions of the recently completed Work Force Housing Demand Analysis may not come as a surprise, they provide the clearest, most accurate picture yet of what the city and others can do to meet Steamboat's housing needs.

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Sustainability a necessity

Randy Udall: Energy solutions are key to future of US

When looking at the major problems humanity is facing in the next 50 years - including terrorism, population growth, water and poverty - it often is argued that solving energy will solve the rest, Randy Udall said.

Cindy Antonucci-Ameen: Views outdated

After reading the commentary by Ms. Schubert-Akin, "Grit, Guts and Determination" (Sept. 14 Steamboat Pilot & Today), I am certain she is still living in that oyster that defined her world as a child. How else to explain her small-minded views and distortion of facts?

Pro offers Web site tips

Businesses need online presence, Snyder says

In online marketing, Greg Snyder says, one element is more important than pixels and page views: storytelling.

The Record and Jail Report for Sept. 19

Gary William King, 27, Henderson - Disorderly conduct (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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In shape for the slopes

Local athletes start to prepare their bodies for ski season

The evening was cool and the morning cold, but winter still seemed a million miles away Thursday afternoon at the base of Howelsen Hill. Mountain bikers struggled up the trails, just like they had all summer, and shorts and T-shirts were the clothes of choice. Nearby, a sand volleyball game raged on.

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Soup comes off the back burner for fall

As fall rolls into Steamboat Springs, the leaves are not the only things changing - lower temperatures also are shifting people's palates.

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Sailors battle for top ranking

Team looks to Palisade game

The vibe around the Steamboat Springs High School football team is good right now.

Tigers run big against Bears

Hayden closes out nonleague schedule with rout of Dolores

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner has been talking about amping up his team's passing game since before the season even started.

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Sailors soccer rights ship

Steamboat regains edge to shut out Palisade, 4-0

Throughout the season, Steamboat soccer coach Rob Bohlmann has preached that the focus is not really what other teams do but how his Sailors handle their own game.

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Steamboat leads the pack

Sailors teams finish 1 and 2 at Moffat County Invite

Steamboat Springs cross-country coach Matt Reinhold isn't worried about individual performances.

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Science lesson hits new heights

Hayden sixth-graders take weather readings atop Mount Werner

Climbing steadily higher on Mount Werner, the weather conditions rapidly are shifting. The pressure and temperature are dropping as the wind speed increases. Thunder booms in the distance.

Bill Wallace: Where is outrage?

John McCain's selection of Sara Palin as his vice presidential running mate is a watershed event, one of those rare but instructional occasions in which the intents, beliefs and ethics of the protagonists, if only for a moment, become crystal clear. Not since the Emperor Caligula nominated his horse Incitatus to the Roman Senate has any leader demonstrated so much disdain for the public or placed their country at greater risk. It seems that McCain is betting that a combination of voter ignorance and blind adherence to political "hot button" agendas will trump rational thought. Given the incredibly tense and complex issues facing the U.S. and the world, how anyone could think that Palin could contribute anything meaningful to any substantive debate is unbelievable. In fact, she is so lacking in the sort of leadership-enabling knowledge and wisdom that Republican Party leaders won't allow her to be subjected to any hard questioning by the media. Furthermore, as we are learning day by day, her mayoral and gubernatorial record, what there is of it, is way overstated and punctuated with cronyism and vindictiveness.

Survey reveals locals' desires

Housing wish list may not be feasible

The recent housing survey revealed a lot of information, experts said, but not much that is surprising.

Conservative commentary: A servant's heart

When Sarah Palin made her stunning debut onto the American political stage last month, liberals around the country choked on their morning soy lattes and bagels with organic cream cheese. Meanwhile, as the left was trying to hide their angst, conservatives were doing "The Wave" from coast to coast and breathing a collective sigh of relief.

John F. Russell: No easy task to simplify Nordic

I like things that are easy.

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Soroco celebrates homecoming

There are two words commonly used to describe homecoming week at Soroco High School: fun and busy, said freshman Lauryn Bruggink, cheering on the Rams as they took on Nucla in a Saturday afternoon football game.

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Folklore forecasts

Local ranchers predict winter weather in wild ways

If you want to know what the winter's weather holds, check out how deep a chipmunk buries its stash of nuts. Or watch how high the skunk cabbage grows. Or, if you're like John Fetcher, who has lived in the Yampa Valley since 1949, you can talk with the beavers.

Greg Binsfeld: Spin and framing

I read two columns in last Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today with great interest. One by Paul Potyen titled "Here's a Riddle," and another by Jennifer Schubert-Akins titled "Grit, guts and determination."

Joel Reichenberger: Softball struggles with a smile

It may have seemed difficult for things to get worse for Steamboat softball Thursday afternoon, the day before its doubleheader against Delta.

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Ghost Ranch coming to life

Music venue slated to open this winter

Amy Garris' eyes gleam when she describes the features of the incoming Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Best of the Web for Sept. 21

Collect all taxes, fairly

Dr. Linda Halteman Lewis, D.C.: Mom in charge?

A mother of five has been nominated as vice president. Some women have been incredibly energized and excited by this possibility. But would she be a mom like us?

Search and Rescue helps 2 men out of wilderness

Rescuers transported two local men with minor injuries out of the Gold Creek area Friday night.

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Jimmy Westlake: Uranus reaches opposition

Uranus. There, I said it. The very thought of having to utter the name of the seventh planet in public is enough to send chills up the spine of even a veteran reporter. Imagine choking on embarrassing headlines like, "Astronomers announced today the discovery of five dirty rings around Uranus," or, "This week, NASA scientists probed Uranus for the first time."

Host law faces complications

Alcohol ordinance concerns raised

A number of logistical challenges must be overcome if Steamboat Springs is to be the first municipality in the state to enact a "social host" ordinance.

Looking Back for Sept. 18, 1958,

50 years ago From the Thursday, Sept. 18, 1958, Routt County Courier. A rousing welcome to Steamboat Springs will be given to Aspencaders who arrive at 6 p.m. at the train depot Saturday. Volunteers from Steamboat are asked to help meet our visitors to escort them back to their respective hotels and motels. The high school's famous ski-band will provide visitors with a musical welcome.

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 21, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Sept. 21, 2008.

Hayden volleyball remains dominant

Balanced attack overcomes Vail Mountain School in 3 games

If teams in the Western Slope League haven't noticed the Hayden High School volleyball squad yet, they should start taking note.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 11 to 17

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - DUPREE, DEVIN EDWARD and RIVERA, DANELLE RENAY to BOYAN, JOHN for MEADOWGREEN AT STAGECOACH LOT 94 - $380,000

Judy Tremaine: Palin and truthfulness

Gov. Sarah Palin's acceptance of the Republican vice-presidential nomination at the RNC in August was her first national exposure of any significance. If Sen. McCain is elected president, in all likelihood, Palin will become president, either upon McCain's death or in her own rights in four years. So let's explore the veracity of our potentially future president, and ask yourself who you want to answer the "red phone" at 3 a.m.

The Excellence Project: Support youths

The Excellence Project, a community collaboration to continually reduce underage drinking, would like to thank everyone who spoke at Tuesday's City Council meeting supporting a social host ordinance for Steamboat Springs. Parents, educators, law enforcement officers, elected officials, health care providers, health and human service organizations, teens and other community members all support this positive and proactive prevention tool.

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Sailors volleyball drops 2

Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley take wins

Battle Mountain volleyball could get used to the concept of hosting two league games in one day.

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Green building project goes for 'gold'

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to hear a proposal for the city's first LEED gold-certified green buildings Sept. 25, when it considers the development plan for InSpiritu Verde.

Rifle plates 45 in wins

Steamboat loses doubleheader to Bears

Maintaining focus and intensity in the midst of a rout can be challenging.

Steamboat tennis nets 2 wins during weekend

Sailors top Aspen, Alexander Dawson

Fast-forward three weeks, to regional tournament play Oct. 11, and the feel will probably be similar to Saturday's tennis match between Steamboat Springs and Aspen.

Bob Woodmansee: Maverick definition

As a youngster raised in a poor farming and ranching community in central New Mexico, and later as a rangeland scientist and educator, I learned two definitions of the term "maverick." One applied to a cow or ewe that had the exasperating propensity to break through fences in order to get out of a pen or pasture or into haystacks, grain bins and other unwelcome places.

Murray Tucker: Facts unchecked

Your lead article in the Steamboat Today on Sept. 13 ("Gas prices remain high") had certain challengeable statements.

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Soroco squad falls to Meeker

It's getting to the point where "inconsistent" might not be a strong enough word.

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Rams rumble to win

Soroco captures homecoming for first time in 9 years

Soroco's Saturday afternoon homecoming football game against Nucla was a comedy of errors at times.

Biz file for Sept. 21

A new shop, Talulla, is open for business at 601 Lincoln Ave., Suite 5 in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Farmhouse charm in Old Town

What kind of home would a Kansas couple build in Old Town Steamboat Springs?

Routt County Spotlight: Sydney Burkett

Sydney Burkett Age: 19 Occupation: Administrative assistant for TIC/ Bookseller for Off the Beaten Path Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

Saturday, September 20

Mary Walker: Life in Nairobi is indescribable

I am spending a week in Nairobi before heading home. Life here is indescribably different than in Narok, with the girls, and at the rescue center. Nairobi is a very cosmopolitan city and a hub for East African politics, commerce and tourism. There are something like 64 different ethnic groups represented within the city - black Africans, of course, Indians, Europeans, with "mzungus" (white people, in Swahili) making up a marked minority. Nairobi is one of several international cities that has banned the use of plastic, unrecyclable bags. Everyone that I have met in Kenya knows of Barack Obama. His grandmother lives outside of Kisumu. If he is elected president, I think there will be a national day of celebration here.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 20

Co-principals to take helm at Strawberry Park

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Sailors drop doubleheader

Steamboat plates 3 runs in 2nd game against Delta

It was another long afternoon for the Steamboat Springs High School softball team Friday, but the squad had little trouble finding highlights.

The Record for Sept. 18

12:08 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 800 block of Howelsen Parkway. Everything was fine.

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Elementary school rocks out

Climbing wall adds new dimension to physical education

First-grader Louden Kirby might like South Routt Elementary School's new rock climbing wall "too much," he said as he clung to handholds Friday.

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Tom Ross: Pinedale a changing Western town

A great deal can change during the course of seven years in a mountain town, whether it's Steamboat Springs or Pinedale, Wyo.

Soroco hopes to remain focused

Rams host Nucla for homecoming

There was more than enough going on the past several days to distract Soroco High School football players. It's homecoming week in Oak Creek - a fan and student favorite, but a football coach's worst fears come true in terms of keeping a team focused on the task at hand.

Chix with Stix win tournament

Women's hockey team places 1st at Oktoberfest competition

The Chix with Stix women's hockey team acquired something it never has possessed in its 16-year history last weekend: a trophy.

Tigers want to match pace with speedy Bears

Letlow has put up big numbers on gridiron in previous games against Dolores

It's not the size of the Dolores football players that has Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner sweating, just a week after his team's biggest victory of the young season. It's the speed.

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Workplace meets the West

Woman uses horses to improve participants' job relationships

Christina Haxton and her horse, Jack, want to teach you a lesson.

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City slashes project budget

Antonucci: Finances on a 'collision course'

The city of Steamboat Springs plans to hack its 2009 budget for capital projects by nearly half, and Finance Director Lisa Rolan is predicting an even tougher situation in 2010.

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As complete as it gets

Steamboat looks impressive in 35-14 win against Eagle Valley

It wasn't the best game the defense had played, and it wasn't the best game the offense had played.

Frontier causes turbulence in tourism

Airline's arrival at Yampa Valley Regional Airport boosts capacity in uncertain times

Frontier Airlines' landing might cause turbulence in the Steamboat Springs tourism industry.

Friday, September 19

Two killed in Grand County plane crash

Twin-engine Piper took off Thursday from North Las Vegas Airport

Authorities say a twin-engine plane crashed Thursday night on approach to the Kremmling airport, killing both people aboard.

Sailors already talking playoffs

It might be the only fourth game of the season, but the Steamboat Springs High School football team already has to start thinking about the playoffs.

New coach joins Winter Sports Club

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's new ability cross-country coach brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the club when he started earlier this month, but that doesn't mean he will bring big changes.

Demons trample Sailors' record

Steamboat soccer falls to Glenwood

Once the whistle blew, Glenwood Springs players charged midfield, exchanged hugs and jumped in celebration.

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Steamboat overthrows Moffat

Victory against volleyball rival brings Sailors to 7-1 overall

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team has won six other times this season, and according to coach Wendy Hall, it's played at least as well, if not better, than it did Thursday night.

Rob Douglas: Skunks abound in Citizens' Hall

The Steamboat Springs City Council meeting Tuesday evening was marked by two competing odoriferous periods, each as pungent as the other.

CD review for Sept. 19, 2008

Brian Wilson

At the Movies for Sept. 19

At the Movies for Sept. 19

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 19

Sheriff Wall's DWAI sentencing postponed

Grant received for damaged spring

Former Chamber of Commerce Building also receives funding

The city of Steamboat Springs announced Thursday that it has received a grant and a donation totaling $2,000 to conduct a historic structures assessment of the Lithia Spring Historic District, a week after structures surrounding the spring were vandalized for the second time in two years.

On scene: Girl in a man's town

Nothing showcases Steamboat Springs' sex breakdown better than a couple of nights on the town.

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Beatle Kill pack a punch

Local rock band doesn't hold back in high-energy shows

Ben Wilcox, bass player for local rock band Beatle Kill, swears his band mates are livelier on stage than they are for a noontime interview.

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Drifting through plein air

Outdoor painting workshop by worldwide teacher comes to Steamboat

To look around Steamboat Springs is to see a series of landscapes ripe for painting. From the mountains to the streams, the view is picturesque. So picturesque that international painting teacher Jeanne Mackenzie will be hosting a three-day workshop later this month to teach aspiring artists how to capture the beauty of the Yampa Valley.

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Space rock for Steamboat

String Board Theory give fans something to jam about

Jeff Barlow might be overstating the impact his band, String Board Theory, has on the people who hear them play. But he already knows that:

Dance benefits Poogie's Place

Rotary event at Sidney Peak Ranch includes music, food

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club will host its inaugural Community Barbecue and Barn Dance on Saturday, raising funds for Poogie's Place in what the organization hopes will become its annual signature event.

UGB frustrates 'all involved'

Officials, developers hope for revised process for growth tool

With four projects failing this year in bids to extend the urban growth boundary, government officials and developers are calling for an overhaul of the UGB amendment procedure.

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School survey disappoints

Harris Interactive results prove not as helpful as anticipated

The results of the Harris Interactive school survey are in, but an error in the survey's administration has left some local school officials disappointed.

Republicans give $1,000 to local campaigns

The Moffat County Republican Central Committee does not plan to rest on its laurels for the Nov. 4 general election.

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Downtown traffic snarls ahead

River Walk reaches cost-sharing agreement with Steamboat

An assortment of construction projects soon will have major impacts on downtown traffic and the Yampa River Core Trail.

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New crosswalks draw fire

Former transit official says markings are wasteful

Road markings are being added or replaced at 16 Steamboat Springs intersections - and causing a collision of opinions.

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Spraying powder on the screen

Mountain Film Festival keeps a focus on snow in its 6th year

With seven feature-length films, two weekends of screenings and about 500 inches of filmed snow slated for this year's event, Michael Martin's work with the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival is starting to pay off.

The Record for Sept. 17

12:54 a.m. A domestic dispute was reported in Steamboat Springs, where two intoxicated people were yelling and screaming at each other. They were separated for the night. Police took a report.

Thursday, September 18

Oak Creek outlines policing

Sheriff's Office to assist with interim law enforcement in town

Oak Creek officials met with the Routt County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday to iron out law enforcement responsibilities for the immediate future, after all but one of the Oak Creek Police Department's officers resigned last week.

Lodging sales tax collections drop

Lodging saw a substantial dip in sales tax collections for July, a statistic that paints a puzzling picture for observers of the local economy.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 18

Routt County Fair in need of board member

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Steamboat, Moffat volleyball rev up regional rivalry today

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team could soon establish itself as the team to beat on the Western Slope.

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RMYC hosts 6th-graders in weeklong science camp

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Science School program is hosting 80 sixth-graders for a weeklong camp focused on ecological diversity and understanding.

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Dehydrator caused fire

Investigation reveals source of Steamboat II blaze

A faulty appliance has been identified as the source of an accidental fire that caused significant damage to a Steamboat II home Sept. 10.

Steamboat to battle Glenwood for No. 1

First place atop the Western Slope League is there for Steamboat soccer's taking.

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Vandals hit Lithia Spring

Historic structures surrounding one of Steamboat's best-known springs have been vandalized for the second time in as many years.

The Record for Sept. 16

12:16 a.m. A domestic dispute between two male relatives was reported in Oak Creek. The dispute was mediated. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies took a report.

Moffat rivalry fuels cross-country team

Steamboat runners look to weekend race

A prime performance at the state meet is the only goal many Steamboat Springs High School cross-country runners have talked about all season.

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Steadiness the key to Freeman's trail title

Deb Freeman said she's a tortoise. If so, the fable proved true.

Soda Creek 1st-graders explore wetlands education

First-graders at Soda Creek Elementary School were in a life-or-death struggle Tuesday, dealing with difficult issues of human destruction and disregard for the planet. Fighting against the odds, they struggled for basic survival.

Use-tax vote a struggle

Quinn, Magill have changes of heart on city collection of up to $4.6M

The overturning of a controversial ordinance at this week's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting hinged on late-breaking changes of heart by Councilmen Jon Quinn and Walter Magill.

Wednesday, September 17

The Record for Sept. 15

Monday, Sept. 15

Dan Smilkstein: Consider Emerald

The community recently was introduced to a development plan involving the north side of Emerald Mountain. My initial response was, "Don't mess with Emerald Mountain," but after learning more about the proposal and the land in question, my views have changed. I now believe the project offers tremendous benefit for our community.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 17

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 17, 2008

Our View: Self-promotion vital to Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs City Council was right to separate its tourism marketing budget from its overall community support funding allocations, but now is not the time to consider dramatic cuts to the city's contribution to the Chamber.

Council reverses use tax vote

Ordinance's failure opens building permits to reconciliation

The Steamboat Springs City Council reversed course Tuesday on a controversial ordinance that would have prevented city accountants from collecting what they estimate is $4.6 million in building use tax.

Marijuana investigation continues

Future arrests are possible as the Routt County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a major marijuana growth and distribution operation discovered earlier this week south of Steamboat Springs.

Cisneros gets life in prison

Woman found guilty of 1st-degree murder for killing daughter

A jury found Luz Cisneros, 34, guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday for the Sept. 6, 2007, death of her 1-year-old daughter, Brianna Simon. Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Dear American Soldier ...

Local military member brings flags to students who sent him letters

E.J. Caras was easy to spot at Craig Intermediate School on Friday morning.

Sustainability summit begins Friday

Once just wasn't enough for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

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Joanne Palmer: Together, we have it all

When we met, I was a divorced, menopausal clown with a 5-year-old son. He was a job coach training a special-needs client to push shopping carts into Wal-Mart. For years, we'd lived in the same town of 10,000 people, shopped at the same grocery store and skied on the same mountain, but we had never met until match.com introduced us in cyberspace.

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Wall budget $300K off

County urges cutbacks as Sheriff's Office expenditures soar

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall and the Routt County Board of Commissioners butted heads Tuesday in the latest installment of what has become a periodic ritual for the county's top administrators and law enforcement officer.

Statewide meeting today

Community Revitalization Association to host event in town

The Colorado Community Revitalization Association starts its annual conference today in Steamboat Springs.

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Businessman with local connections races with Lance Armstrong

In the real world, cycling enthusiast Len Zanni is the co-owner of Big Agnes, but for a few days last week, he experienced the chaotic realm of cycling legend Lance Armstrong.

Sports briefs for Sept. 17

Sports briefs for Sept. 17, 2008

Former POW lauds McCain

Retired colonel spent years in Vietnamese camp with candidate

Retired Air Force Col. Tom Kirk wasted few words Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, September 16

Cisneros guilty of first-degree murder

Woman receives life in prison for killing her 1-year-old daughter a year ago

A jury found Luz Cisneros, 34, guilty of first-degree murder this afternoon at the Routt County Justice Center. Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Strawberry Park principal resigns

Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal Brenda Barr is leaving the district to take a position with the Colorado Department of Education at the end of the month, district officials confirmed Monday.

Tom Ross: Of elk and chocolate mousse

We were leaning against lodgepole pine trees, staring intently through our telephoto lenses when two women approached us.

Housing market study reveals unmet needs

Steamboat Springs may need to change its strategies for providing affordable housing, a recently released housing demand analysis reveals.

Cisneros takes the stand

Trial to end today for woman accused of killing daughter

The murder trial of Luz Cisneros is scheduled to end with closing arguments today.

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Deputies make pot bust

Cops seize Hilton Gulch marijuana operation, make arrest

Investigators with the Routt County Sheriff's Office needed all day Monday and a 26-foot-long U-Haul to deconstruct and seize a major marijuana growth and distribution operation south of Steamboat Springs.

Knezevich to sue district

Former principal seeks $400,000 as a result of termination

Former Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich intends to sue the school district for $400,000.

The Record for Sept. 14

Sept. 14, 2008 2:01 a.m. A 24-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at Oak and Sixth streets.

Monday, September 15

Cisneros testifies at murder trial

Woman accused of killing child says she never intended to harm her

Accused mother spoke about caring for her child when she was ill; prosecutors suggest there are discrepancies between testimony and what Cisneros told police.

Aging Well: Continuting education a path to many goals

Benita Bristol, 85, has always understood the importance of higher education. She and her late husband, Everett, helped found Yampa Valley College - now the Alpine Campus at Colorado Mountain College - in the late 1950s.

Monday Medical: Heparin safety crucial

Quaid twins' overdose raises concerns

When Dennis and Kimberly Quaid's newborn twins were given an accidental overdose of heparin in November 2007 at a Los Angeles hospital, the story sent a collective chill through families and hospitals across the country.

Aging Well: Continuing education is a path to many goals

Benita Bristol, 85, always has understood the importance of higher education. She and her late husband, Everett, helped found Yampa Valley College - now the Alpine Campus at Colorado Mountain College - in the late 1950s.

Deb Babcock: Get rid of moths in your house

I like to relax by reading before going to bed, but some nights, I spend more time chasing down and swatting moths attracted to my reading lights. Is this happening in your home, too?

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 15

The public is invited to tour the new Soda Creek Elementary School facility during a reception Tuesday evening.

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Rally a rousing success

Tight competition highlights race's eighth year

Another season of Rally Colorado signed off from Steamboat Springs on Sunday night with a party at Howelsen Hill Lodge. It didn't take music, booze or 90 minutes of awards to prove this year's was one of the most exciting in the race's history.

The Record for Sept. 13

12:34 a.m. A fight in progress was reported in the 600 block of Yampa Street. Police responded and arrested two people for disorderly conduct.

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Relay for Life wins big

Steamboat event tops nation in per-capita fundraising

Steamboat Springs' 2008 Relay for Life earned more money per capita than any other relay in the country, and local organizers will travel to Reno, Nev., this week to receive awards for their efforts.

District survey results in

School Board will discuss letter from former principal's attorney

Results of a district-wide survey will be presented to the Steamboat Springs School Board during its study session tonight.

Luke Graham: Hall and volleyball back and better

It's easy to get complacent after doing the same thing for a long time. But when you look and talk to Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall, you'd never guess she was entering her 22nd year in Steamboat.

Sunday, September 14

U.S. 40 closed between Steamboat and Kremmling

U.S. Highway 40 is closed between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling due to a semitractor rollover on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Our view: Council wrong on use tax issue

The Steamboat Springs City Council should reject a proposed ordinance that would prevent the city from collecting millions in building use taxes owed to its citizens.

Looking back for Sept. 11, 1958

McNichols opens re-election campaign

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Use tax incites passion

Council poised to pass on millions in uncollected revenue

Some say they're simply being fair. Others stop short of calling it corruption.

Joel Reichenberger: 'Run Rabbit Run' race was different

I've seen a lot of races, but I haven't seen many like Saturday's "Run Rabbit Run" Steamboat 50 trail running race.

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City sewer project flows along

Unexpected pipe line replacements push back completion

Despite unforeseen delays in Oak Creek's sewer line rehabilitation project, Public Works Director Bob Redding is optimistic that the project will wrap up before the ground freezes for the winter.

Kevin Bennett: Developers first

Welcome to the new Steamboat Springs. That's right, you read it correctly. The Steamboat Springs City Council is failing to collect millions of tax dollars from developers while cutting donations to community support programs. OK, now pick your jaw up off of the table. It is all part of the new Steamboat, where developers come first.

Best of the Web for Sept. 14

Impressed by library

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Starbuck keys Sailor win

Steamboat Springs grabs 2-0 victory against Centaurus

The face protector Steamboat Springs High School soccer player Leo Starbuck wears to protect a broken nose suffered during a tournament this summer had limited the senior for most of the season.

Sailors football finding groove

Unbelievably, the Sailors' special teams scored three touchdowns Friday night before the team's offense ran its sixth play of the game. Led by sophomore Joe Dover's three kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns, the offense didn't need to do much.

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Offense, defense click as Tigers volleyball wins in 3 games

Everything seemed to be going Hayden's way Saturday afternoon, and that was before the Tigers volleyball team really caught a break.

Marles Humphrey: Pilot missed story

Why has the Steamboat Pilot & Today failed to report that in just a matter of days, an ordinance will be passed forgiving unpaid developer fees due the city to the tune of approximately $4.8 million?

Sports briefs for Sept. 14

The Steamboat Springs High School softball team looked better with each inning Saturday, but it wasn't enough to prevent a couple of lopsided losses to Eagle Valley.

Paul Potyen: Here's a riddle

What's the difference between a zealot and a ball-buster? Answer: A ball-buster is a zealot who wears lipstick.

Class Notes for Sept. 14

The Steamboat Springs Rotary Club is accepting applications for its 2009-10 Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The program includes long-term and summer exchanges.

Townsend H. Anderson: Preserving agricultural buildings

Historic Routt County has been preserving the historic character and culture of Routt County for more than 10 years. During that time, it has completed nearly 100 ranch surveys, and it has assisted on ranch building rehabilitations and repairs. As HRC begins its second decade of operations and support of the ranching heritage of Routt County, it is endeavoring to do more education and outreach to the ranches and ranchers that so much define the character of this part of Colorado.

The Record and Jail Report for Sept. 12

Jason Neal Brutsche, 32, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, drove defective vehicle (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Mountain men wow audience

Viesturs and Davenport capture Steamboat's imagination with their tales

Perhaps the United States' No. 1 mountaineer, Viesturs has conquered the world's 14 highest peaks.

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Carving his niche

McCoy man constructs knives, jewelry, knickknacks out of deer, elk antlers

In a corner of Eagle County near McCoy lumbers what looks like a ferocious skeleton beast.

A beer fest with class

Second annual event offers tastes of Colorado, out-of-state brews

About 20 breweries are tapping into their talents to pull out their best for this year's Steamboat Brewers' Festival.

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Visa caps block help

Employers look for seasonal workers

The H-2B visa pinch has forced Steamboat Springs employers to get creative with ski season hiring.

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Tech center rumbles to life

Expanded Hayden vocational facility awaits final upgrades

The classes were full during the first week of school at the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center in Hayden, but the facilities' newest classrooms remained empty as school officials awaited the arrival of furniture and equipment.

Several downtown businesses close, move

Several downtown businesses are shutting up shop or shifting locations, but some observers say it's simply the typical off-season shuffle.

Business File for Sept. 14

Realtor Herbert earns technology certification

Routt County Spotlight: Lu Etta Loeber

Lu Etta Loeber Occupation: Executive Director, Yampa Valley Autism Program Place of birth: Los Angeles

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Rabbit race grueling

Gruben conquers trail; more than 100 participate

There's only one small way to improve on second place in a race most people are just proud to finish. Jenna Gruben managed to find it Saturday afternoon as she swept down the final hill and across the finish line to win the women's division of the "Run Rabbit Run" Steamboat 50 trail race.

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Max Huppert cooks up cafe atmosphere

Steamboat Springs High School's food services director finds niche in school lunches

Filleting a fresh, whole salmon from Alaska, Max Huppert looks the part of an internationally experienced hotel chef.

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Chili day unites crowd

South Meets Old West Festival combines cultural food, dancing

When you're making salsa by the gallon, it takes all night to chop enough chiles to satisfy the crowd, Dana Thelander said Saturday at the South Meets Old West Festival.

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Tugboat to stand alone

Old Mountain Theater building next to come down in Ski Time Square

The demolition of Ski Time Square continues this fall with the pending razing of the large building housing the former Steamboat Mountain Theater.

John F. Russell: Bowling a Russell family tradition

I still remember standing on the approach at Broadway Bowl with my father's words rolling around my head like rocks.

Conservative commentary: Grit, guts and determination

My name is Jennifer Schubert-Akin, and I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America. I am proud to live in the freest, most prosperous, strongest and most generous nation on Earth.

On the Market for Sept. 14

Belton, Godino, Diehl join Prudential Realty

Real estate transactions for Sept. 4 to 10, 2008

- GERBER, SCOTT and GERBER, JANIS To TARCHA, JOEL T and TARCHA, CLARE For WILLETT HEIGHTS FILING NO 1 LOT 5 BLK 1 - $800,000

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Jimmy Westlake: Baseball at Pegasus Park

Hello sports fans. Did you know there's a baseball game tonight up in the stars? It's true. The first pitch is at 9 p.m. just as darkness falls. You can catch all of the action by facing the eastern sky and looking for the star pattern called the Great Square of Pegasus, which tonight will be transformed from a square into a diamond - a baseball diamond. It's the Milky Way Red Giants vs. the Andromeda White Dwarfs at Pegasus Park.

Short sales offer one strategy for owners under duress

Short sales offer one strategy for owners under duress

The filing of foreclosure notices in Routt County is on pace to exceed the seven-year average by 44 percent, but some Routt County property owners are working with their lenders to extricate themselves from mortgages that have become untenable well before there is a need to entertain foreclosure.

Rams pass Pioneers by for 48-30 victory

Soroco coach David Bruner's pre-game hope to shatter Faith Baptist's tough defense with a passing attack may have seemed a little far-fetched.

Saturday, September 13

Underpass plan under way

Pedestrian promenade part of new design for base area traffic

In the near future, skiers coming off the lower slopes of Mount Werner may be able to cross under AprÃs Ski Way on their way back to their condominiums.

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Flexibility the rule at school

Refined class schedule meets individual student needs

Steamboat Springs Middle School adopted flexible class times and specialized "intervention" periods to reduce class sizes and give students more time in the classes they need the most.

Oak Creek police face uncertain future

Department must replace 3 officers who resigned

The future of the Oak Creek Police Department is uncertain. The Oak Creek Town Board unanimously accepted the resignations of Chief Russ Caterinicchio, Sgt. Erik Foster and Community Service Officer Tony VanDeventer at its meeting Thursday night.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 13

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 13

The Record for Sept. 11

Thursday, Sept. 11

Murder trial may end Monday

Luz Cisneros' attorneys questioned a number of the accused murderer's friends and family Friday as part of their effort to convince jurors that Cisneros was a loving mother who became so distraught by a failing romantic relationship that she "snapped" and killed her 1-year-old daughter.

Man's death sparks enforcement needs

Council wants apartment owner punished

The city of Steamboat Springs missed an opportunity to get the attention of the owners of illegal secondary residential units in the wake of the June 15 death of David Engle, some City Council members said this week.

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Art marks library expansion

Visitors impressed by Bud Werner's dramatic face-lift

In reality, it's a leisurely stroll across the first floor of Bud Werner Memorial Library's recently opened expansion, where Minneapolis artist Brad Kaspari has reproduced the topographic lines from actual maps of the Steamboat Springs area into a terrazzo floor.

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Dover leads Sailors in win

Steamboat running back helps down Cortez in 60-20 victory

An eight-hour bus ride couldn't do it; the Montezuma-Cortez specials team couldn't do it; and even the Panthers defense had little hope of stopping him.

State awards heritage tourism grant

Nancy Cramer had two words when she learned the Community Agriculture Alliance was awarded a $33,000 grant from the state for cultural heritage tourism.

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Tom Ross: Don't let prime time pass you by

I fell in love with the last switchback on Buffalo Pass Road in late September 1979.

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Hayden football downs Grand Valley

The Hayden High School football team isn't one-dimensional anymore.

Hayden volleyball wins in 5

Hayden High School volleyball coach Greg Johnson sees it.

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Gas prices remain high

Steamboat's per-gallon cost hasn't slipped as much as other cities

Officials in the local gasoline industry attribute Steamboat Springs' higher fuel prices to the increasing cost of doing business.

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Behind locked doors

Law enforcement veteran is named detention deputy of the year

A heavy locked steel door, with big bold words warning visitors against having tobacco or firearms, stands entrenched as a line of demarcation for Moffat County Sheriff's Office corporal Mike Malley.

Friday, September 12

Happy hours for Sept. 12

Happy hours for the week of Sept. 12, 2008.

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Playing that funky music

Soul band On the One performs tonight at Mahogany Ridge

For On the One saxophone player Jesse Molloy, a good arrangement isn't all about strict harmonies and accompanying parts. Molloy says a solid funk arrangement is about having a good time.

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Frontier lands in Hayden

Lower-cost airline plans 3 daily YVRA flights for ski season

Frontier Airlines has added ski season flights from Denver to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, the airline announced Thursday.

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Director under investigation

Habitat official accused of embezzling more than $7,000

The executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity is under investigation for embezzling more than $7,000 from the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, authorities confirmed Thursday.

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Rally Colorado returns

There's not much about rally car racing Steamboat Springs resident Mark Cox doesn't know. Cox has been racing in top-tier rally car stage races since 1995, and eight years ago, he helped found the Routt County event that became Rally Colorado.

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Rob Douglas: Fiscal challenges bring opportunity

As the possibility becomes a probability that Routt County will not escape the national economic downturn, the deadlines for local government budgets loom.

Chamber considers Marcia car options

Most of Craig's growth can be traced back to the railroad, and the town would be well served to keep a piece of that history alive, Dan Davidson told the Craig Chamber of Commerce board.

SWIGL keeps local women swinging for titles

For the past five years, the Steamboat Women's Interclub Golf League has offered area women a chance to grow the game, make new friendships and test their golf skills.

Coed soccer tourney to begin

The seventh annual Adult Coed Soccer Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and continues through Sunday.

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Yea for one, nay for three

Members of Education Association urged to vote yes on SAFE

A group of Moffat County educators were urged to vote in favor of an amendment that would deposit funds into the state education fund.

Judge denies mistrial in Cisneros case

Routt County Judge Michael O'Hara denied several requests for a mistrial Thursday in the first-degree murder case of Steamboat Springs resident Luz Cisneros.

Ultra marathon expected to grow this year

Betsy Kalmeyer and Fred Abramowitz didn't know what to expect from their first attempt to bring the burgeoning sport of ultra marathon to Steamboat Springs

Kremmling race rounds out series

Rain or shine, the Steamboat Springs Running Series will come to a close Saturday in Kremmling.

Hayden football faces Grand Valley tonight

Growth and a change of classifications can do little to thwart the rivalry between the Grand Valley and Hayden High School football teams.

Long trip ahead for Sailors football

A road trip to play Western Slope League opponent Montezuma-Cortez always presents concerns for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

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Sailors volleyball wins league opener

Throughout the pre-season, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team preached it was a close unit that didn't let much of anything affect the team.

Mary Walker: Everyone has her own life

The girls living at the safehouse now have returned to their boarding schools for the school term. They will be back here in early December on holiday. Remaining at the center are a handful of girls, including the two I will take to Teachers College next week in Kericho and Eldoret. Another is doing an attachment in town (she failed to finish secondary school and is training to be a seamstress); two girls who are doing attachments at a local preschool awaiting Preschool Teachers Training programs in January; and two girls who arrived at the safehouse a couple of weeks ago have not been enrolled in a school yet. It is very quiet around the safehouse.

Chief, sergeant resign

Caterinicchio, Foster leave Oak Creek Police Department

Embattled Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio and Sgt. Erik Foster tendered their resignations Thursday. The Oak Creek Town Board unanimously accepted the resignations during its regular meeting Thursday night.

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Bond issue may yield $19.4M

Steamboat's base area redevelopment authority will be able to tap into a portion of more than $19 million this fall as it begins the design and development of its next round of projects.

Rubber ducks take float

Prizes available Saturday at annual YVMC fundraising race

Rubber duckies are going to hit the Yampa River by the trash-can load Saturday morning.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 12

More power outages expected for residents

The Record for Sept. 10

4:21 a.m. A burglar alarm went off on Mountain Village Circle. Everything was fine.

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Sidewalk dogs need homes

Humane Society to auction decorated statues at annual fundraiser

Maggie Smith hadn't intended to be a contributing artist for the Routt County Humane Society's "Art Unleashed" fundraiser.

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Reaching for the top

Accomplished ski mountaineer and climber to present slideshows

In an event two years in the making, renowned American mountaineer Ed Viesturs and ski mountaineer Chris Davenport will co-host a multimedia presentation tonight detailing their exploits.

Arts calendar for Sept. 12, 2008

Art events

On scene: 'Slednecks' rock show video premier

It's been years since I've really made an effort to go to a metal show.

CD review for Sept. 12, 2008

Okkervil River

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Have blues, will travel

Bright-eyed Back Door Slam hits the road to make a name

Back Door Slam drummer Ross Doyle can be difficult to understand on the phone.

Margaret Hair: Festival truly is for locals

Last fall, event organizers decided to put the Downtown Hoedown & Chuckwagon Chili Challenge and the Festival of the Americas in the same location on the same day, offering locals a chance to sample Western cultures old and new.

Thursday, September 11

Oak Creek chief, sergeant resign

Embattled Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio and Sgt. Erik Foster tendered their resignations Thursday. The town's community service officer, Tony VanDeventer, also resigned.

Frontier adds YVRA flights

Daily ski season service to begin Dec. 18

Frontier Airlines has added ski season flights from Denver to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, the airline reported today. The service will run Dec. 18 to April 22 on Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Lynx Aviation, a Frontier Holdings subsidiary, according to a news release from the airline.

Harriet Freiberger: Live the lesson

We learn our biggest lessons the hard way, some quickly and others throughout months and years. The greater the lesson, the clearer its reminder.

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Steamboat airport poised for new era

The Yampa Valley Airport Commission will ponder future development at Steamboat Springs Airport tonight, including a potential new business plan for the city-owned facility.

Rodeman's license suspension overturned

Department of Revenue rules police had no right to enter home

A Colorado Department of Revenue hearing officer dismissed the one-year suspension of former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman's driver's license Wednesday. As a result, Rodeman retains her driving privileges despite failing a Breathalyzer test the night of her controversial arrest.

Chief, sergeant wanted out

Oak Creek merchants call for overhaul in police department

A group of Oak Creek business owners is calling for the immediate terminations or resignations of Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio and Sgt. Erik Foster - a suggestion the Oak Creek Town Board will discuss formally at its meeting tonight.

The Record for Sept. 9

1:31 a.m. A fire alarm went off in the 2500 block of Windward Way. Everything was fine.

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Selling Steamboat short

Summer marketing faces 30 percent budget cut in 2009

The Steamboat Springs City Council set a course for substantial cuts in community support spending and tourism marketing in 2009 during a Tuesday night meeting that stretched into Wednesday morning.

League opener hinges on Steamboat defense

Sailors volleyball opens Western Slope play against Glenwood Springs today

After a fast start in the preseason, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team opens up its Western Slope League schedule against Glenwood Springs at 6:30 p.m. today in the school's Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

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Friends help fight fire

No one hurt as Steamboat II neighbors save dogs, car

Neighbors rescued two dogs and moved the homeowners' vehicle to safety when a Steamboat II house caught fire Wednesday morning.

Datebook for Sept. 11

8:30 to 10 a.m. Senior swimnastics is at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Local 4-H youths win state awards

Routt County 4-H members marched home with two grand champion titles and a slew of other awards from the Colorado State Fair last month in Pueblo.

Murder case mistrial possible

Cisneros proceedings in jeopardy because of possible perjury

Trial proceedings for murder suspect Luz Cisneros adjourned Wednesday on the cusp of a mistrial.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 11

Humane Society fundraiser 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday

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Mountaineers lead benefit

Viesturs, Davenport to speak at Community Center on Friday

Steamboat Springs will try to withstand an avalanche of mountaineering knowledge Friday night as two of America's leading mountain men come to town to share their adventures.

Wednesday, September 10

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Clark man injured in crash

Jeep collided with Routt County Road and Bridge gravel truck

A Clark man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on Routt County Road 129, about seven miles north of U.S. Highway 40.

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Steamboat II blaze engulfs home

Fire crews called to Steamboat Drive at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to combat house fire

No one was injured in an early morning house fire that severely damaged a Steamboat II house Wednesday.

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Sailors cruise in win

Steamboat takes 6-0 victory at home against Moffat County

Continuity and experience are trademarks of the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team.

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Steamboat softball falls to Basalt, 20-0

Swanson sees team making progress in each game; next action will be doubleheader

As each game passes, Steamboat Springs High School softball coach Dan Swanson sees something new he likes.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 10

Pilot Editorial Board seeking new members

The Record for Sept. 8

5:04 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 100 block of North Poplar Street in Hayden.

Mainstreet hears positive feedback

No unhappy business owners spoke out about farmers market

Expecting a fired-up crowd at its discussion of the farmers market, the Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Board of Directors moved its Tuesday morning meeting to larger quarters.

CMC finalists meet public

4 applicants vying to lead Steamboat Springs Alpine Campus

Robert Edelbrock has a clear vision of what he wants to see at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs: He wants to bring the community and school together, expanding the overlap and cooperation between the two groups.

Kidnapping allegedly a stolen gun dispute

Two Hayden men accused of kidnapping and threatening a 17-year-old boy Friday in a dispute about a stolen handgun were released from the Routt County Jail on Tuesday on $20,000 bonds.

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SSPD lacks manpower

Chief: Staff shortages put traffic enforcement on back burner

The Steamboat Springs Police Department lacks the resources to devote any officers strictly to traffic enforcement - a result of the same staffing shortages plaguing other city departments - the city's top cop said Tuesday.

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High school hosts college fair

Gully Stanford charmed students as fast as he could at Steamboat Springs High School's annual college fair Tuesday afternoon.

Defense: Cisneros snapped

Defender says woman accused of murder 'was not herself'

Although the death of 1-year-old Brianna Simon at the hands of her mother was a "tragedy," it was not first-degree murder, public defender Emily Wickham said as Luz Cisneros' trial began Tuesday.

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Joanne Palmer: Resist temptation

It happens every ski season. Even if I were to ski only one day of the year, I can practically guarantee that I will come across a couple stopped dead in the middle of the slope arguing with each other.

Sailors, Capistron victorious in Aspen

Sophomore wins tourney in playoff

It was the best three-putt of Steamboat Springs High School golfer Alan Capistron's career.

Our View: Compromise could be a remarkable feat

Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs should be commended for their compromise intergovernmental agreement that will allow the Routt County Regional Building Department to retain oversight of building projects within city limits.

Reed Morris: Forgetting something?

Sarah Palin's address to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday was mostly what you would expect. However, one of her attacks crossed the line. When Sarah Palin and Rudy Guliani attacked Barack Obama's work as a community organizer, they got cheers and laughs from the cynical crowd, but they also seemed delusional to the fact that they were undercutting some of our country's most important values. She insulted how ordinary Americans can effect extraordinary change.

Kathleen Moran: Honesty refreshing

I just wanted to tell you that it is so nice to know that there are still honest people in Steamboat. I was visiting friends for Labor Day weekend and accidentally left my wallet on the counter at All That Jazz. When I realized I had left it there, I called the store and they assured me it was in safe hands. I picked it up the following morning and everything was still in it - money, credit cards, checkbook, driver's license, etc. My whole life is in that wallet.

Bob Enever: Swept under rug

It has come to my attention that the City Council recently has discussed the underpayment of city sales and use tax by developers and builders. I understand this may amount to more than $5 millions of revenue the city has failed to collect. I also understand the recent city manager was trying to audit and understand this problem when he was fired.

Stuart Orzach: Put 700 up for vote

The decision to annex the Steamboat 700 property should go to a vote of the people. This is the largest single land use decision of the past 40 years. It's much too big to be trusted to just a small group of people. The public needs to be convinced that the benefits far outweigh the costs.

Tuesday, September 9

Registration deadline looms

Routt County residents wishing to vote need to register by Oct. 6

Routt County residents have 27 days to register to vote and as few as 41 days to study statewide ballot issues.

Hayden OKs station funding

Trustees also approve annexation eligibility, C.R. 37 naming

The Hayden Town Board approved most items on its hefty agenda Thursday, but not without dissension, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Rental enforcement discussed

Discussion sparked by July fire death could lead to changes

The June 15 death of David Engle in a house fire sparked an immediate interest in the regulation of secondary residential units such as the one he called home.

Murder trial will remain in Routt

Jury selection expected to conclude today

The murder trial of Luz Cisneros will take place in Routt County after District Court Judge Michael O'Hara denied a change-of-venue request made by the defense. Jury selection is expected to conclude today.

Investigator: 2 arrested in kidnapping

Two men were arrested after a kidnapping Friday in far western Routt County, Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said.

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Tom Ross: Good news: The world is still flat

'Hot, Flat and Crowded' offers more than candidates have so far

After surviving the two grandiose pep rallies that comprised the national political conventions, my faith that the two campaigns and the TV networks can stage meaningful candidate debates has been shaken.

The Record for Sept. 7

Midnight. A man was assaulted behind a building in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. Police took a report and are investigating.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 9

A two-vehicle accident injured two men about 2 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 40 near its intersection with Routt County Road 44. Spencer White, 20, of Steamboat Springs was driving west in a 2002 Ford Explorer when he missed a turn and pulled over to the shoulder to make a U-turn, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said. When White re-entered U.S. 40 to turn around, a 2002 Chevrolet pickup driven by Dennis Rausch, 48, of Milner, hit the Explorer, Elliott said.

City, county reach agreement

Building department compromise likely will mean higher fees

After months of counseling, officials have fashioned an agreement that may save the marriage of the city of Steamboat Springs and the Routt County Regional Building Department.

Monday, September 8

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Chili cook-off deadline extended

Contest is part of joint South Meets Old West Festival

Closet chili connoisseurs have a few more days to get their recipes together, as the South Meets Old West Festival chili cook-off registration deadline has been extended to Thursday.

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Monday Medical: Women can take steps to lower their risk of breast cancer

One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. With those statistics, most of us know someone who has suffered or will suffer this disease. That person may be your wife, your daughter, your mother, your sister, your friend or even yourself.

Teachers get tech-savvy

Educators gather for training in use of iPods, new digital devices

Armed with iPods and a growing body of tech-savvy knowledge, a group of Steamboat Springs School District teachers have dedicated themselves to becoming what Strawberry Park Elementary School media specialist Sherry Holland called the "teachers of the 21st century."

Sailors fight slow start for 3-1 win at Glenwood

For the first 20 minutes or so of Saturday's boys soccer game against Steamboat Springs, Rifle looked like the better team.

Luke Graham: NFL season predictions

Enough of Brett Favre. Enough of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's injuries. It's the most wonderful time of the year. Therefore, it's time for my fearless predictions.

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Hayden to go airborne

Tigers plan to loosen defenses with passing game

The Hayden football team rejoiced Friday night in its first win of the season, a 34-13 victory against Roaring Fork.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 8

Artists, sponsors needed for Bust of Steamboat

The Record for Sept. 6

12:00 a.m. Steamboat Springs police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at Fourth and Oak streets. Officers determined the car was not suspicious.

Aging Well: Retirees experience new lives abroad as volunteers

As an elementary school teacher, Joni Moss, of Clark, never imagined that in retirement, she still would be helping children - but in a much different way.

Deb Babcock: Preserve your privacy naturally

With all the development occurring in the Steamboat area, current homeowners may be wondering how to preserve their privacy.

Sunday, September 7

Routt County Spotlight: Karen Kutska

Karen Kutska

Women's gym still without long-term location

Curves membership falls at temporary site

The Steamboat Springs branch of Curves is working to find a permanent location.

Business File for Sept. 7

Downtown Steamboat shop closes doors

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Mining volcanic rock

Yampa man hauls scoria for Road and Bridge Department

At the end of a twisting road in southern Routt County, a bulldozer noses cascades of black rock down the side of a hill.

September inventory reverses 2007 trend

Ten months ago, Steamboat's inventory of properties for sale was at a five-year low. Things have changed.

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Howelsen Place retailers target pre-holiday openings

The residential condominiums at Howelsen Place aren't likely to be completed before March 2009, but developers and their contractor are hustling to help five new businesses open at the downtown Steamboat Springs location before the holiday season.

On the Market for Sept. 7

When it comes to building lots in Steamboat priced less than $200,000, we're discussing an extinct species.

Transactions for Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - NICHOLS, NATALIE To MORGRIDGE, JOHN D and MORGRIDGE, CARRIE A For SKI TIME SQUARE CONDO UNIT 201 - $275,000

Guest commentary: Economic performance vs. economic promises

When it comes to the economy, presidential candidates, Democrats and Republicans alike, say many things. Once in office, however, campaign rhetoric often gives way to the reality of governing. George H.W. Bush famously asked voters to read his lips, "no new taxes." Taxes instead went up during his term. Franklin Roosevelt campaigned in 1932 on a pledge to balance the federal budget. Post-election, that pledge also was forgotten.

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Construction complete

Project manager: Soda Creek building ready for Oct. 6 student move-in

The carpet is laid, the walls are painted and the cubbyholes are awaiting backpacks at the new Soda Creek Elementary School building. Construction on the new building now is finished, one month away from the scheduled student move-in day.

Joel Reichenberger: Dove hunting as good as it gets

It's impossible to mistake the feeling of fall. I first felt it last week, walking downtown one evening after the sun had set.

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Taking the long shot

Ron Pannesi hopes a tournament can save the Thunderhead Disc Golf Course

Ron Pannesi's actions explained better than words ever could.

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Kum & Go fuels up in Yampa

Subway restaurant expected to pull into town in November

After Kum & Go took over the only gas station in Yampa last month, the town is poised for more change with the planned opening of the chain sandwich shop Subway at the same location later this year.

Sports briefs for Sept. 7

Aragon pleased with tennis team's growth

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Soroco's hot streaks not enough

Paonia overpowering in 4-game volleyball win in Oak Creek

The Soroco High School girls volleyball team emerged from Thursday's three-game loss to West Grand positively excited about the way it had played and all the improvement it had shown since a miserable weekend tournament.

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Longmont Christian bowls over Soroco

Tough ground game, penalties halt Rams

Maybe this eight-man thing won't just be a cakewalk.

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The long road ahead

Sailors football to travel nearly 400 miles

Finding the character of a football team can prove to be a difficult task.

The Record and Jail Report for Sept. 7

Bretin Elaine Elliott, 20, Steamboat Springs. - Driving under the influence, DUI per se, improper right turn, minor in possession, weaving, failure to drive on the right side of the road, displayed driver's license issued to another person (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 7, 2008

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Sept. 7, 2008.

Tigers win it in 5

Hayden volleyball spikes Plateau Valley

The team looked good, then looked bad, but in the end, the Hayden High School volleyball team was able to pull out a five-game win against Plateau Valley on Saturday in Hayden.

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Steamboat runs past area rivals

Long, Cutter win at season-opening home cross-country meet

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls cross-country teams established a few things Saturday morning that can't be debated.

Best of the Web for Sept. 7

Iraq war worth costs

Thanks to veterans: Robert L. Simillion

As a former resident of Steamboat Springs, I would like to pay tribute to the members of the VFW and American Legion Military Memorial Services Team. The members are all veterans of the U.S. military and have spent many hours of volunteer time training and perfecting the memorial services for deceased servicemen and servicewomen. They conduct the memorial service with strict detail and proficiency in honoring the deceased veteran.

Todd Hagenbuch: Not quiet in HD 57

"Our View" in the Aug. 17 edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today hit a nerve and the nail on the head. As I read the Editorial Board's view of the House District 57 race, I realized that, as a candidate, perhaps I have been too quiet as I campaign for one of Colorado's most important state races. In today's world of constant TV ads, e-mail blasts, robo-calls and newspaper commentary, those of us who simply are talking to voters about their personal issues and how we can help, can get overlooked. Big-dollar campaigns are now more common than big-idea campaigns.

Mark Udall: Bipartisan energy plan needed

In a recent opinion piece ("Udall's U-turn on domestic drilling," Aug. 31 Steamboat Pilot & Today), former Republican state legislator Mark Hillman accused me of hypocrisy because, as a long-time advocate of renewable energy, I support a bipartisan energy proposal that includes investments in solar, wind and renewable energy but also adds domestic drilling.

Our View: Interviews should be held in public

There is perhaps no better time than election season to emphasize the importance of open government. Two local issues make the timing particularly important.

John F. Russell: Fishing for family values

No television, no electricity, no problem.

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Education fund vote nears

Campaign for half-cent sales tax gearing up

A new breed of yard sign will begin sprouting across Steamboat Springs in the coming months, as the "1/2 Cent Makes Sense" campaign to renew the city's Education Fund Board sales tax begins a push to the November elections.

RNC spurs local GOP

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is revving local Republicans like a snowmobile with a high-powered engine.

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As it grows, Arts Council looks for new forms of support

Walking down the halls of the guest lodge at Three Forks Ranch, supporters of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council admired dozens of pieces of Western art Thursday as they perused a collection worth a considerable, though unspecified, chunk of change.

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Jimmy Westlake: Autumnal Equinox

Autumn officially arrives for the northern hemisphere this year at 9:44 a.m. Sept. 22. How do astronomers determine the precise moment marking the beginning of autumn?

Looking Back for Sept. 4, 1958

50 years ago From the Thursday, Sept. 4, 1958, edition of The Steamboat Pilot: There is every indication the annual Routt County Fair and Rodeo at Hayden on Sept. 12 and 13 will be the most successful in the long history of the event.

Nancy B. Kramer: Local food trust formed

The "What's in Our Foodshed: Examining the demand and potential of growing product for the local marketplace forum" in March was a huge success. The enthusiasm, concepts and project ideas were plentiful. A small group of dedicated individuals who attended the forum have been meeting and have established an organization to help advance ideas and concepts brought forward at the forum. With the assistance of the Northwest Colorado Products Program and the Community Agriculture Alliance, Deep Roots of Northwest Colorado Local Food Trust now exists.

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City: Big box, big dollars

Planners say Steamboat can't lose large retail revenue

Wary of the damage a big box retailer outside the city limits could wreak on city finances, Steamboat Springs officials are studying how to fit a super store into the west of Steamboat area that has long been planned for city expansion.

Saturday, September 6

Businesses decide on police plan

Oak Creek owners to present demands to Town Board next week

Oak Creek business owners came to a consensus Thursday night on what the town needs to do to improve community-police relations, though they are keeping mum on exactly what those demands are until presenting them to the Town Board next week.

ELL numbers corrected

District official clarifies statement about Steamboat enrollment

A Steamboat Springs School District official corrected Friday the total number of English Language Learner, or ELL, students in the district.

Stanko regales crowd

Local rancher, historian shares tales of colorful family history

Despite the depth of his historical knowledge of Routt County, there are a few stories Jim Stanko can't confirm with official records or reports.

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Humble Ranch holds benefit

Local philanthropists in cowboy boots will not be the only ones decked out for Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center's annual fundraiser tonight - the center's therapy horses also will don their finest.

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Studio offers new energy

Exercise classes begin Sunday at Yoga Center of Steamboat

A new yoga studio plans to offer a fresh look and approach when it opens its doors Sunday. Class offerings at the Yoga Center of Steamboat are meant to provide strength, balance and a sense of community, co-owners said.

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Golf fundraiser to benefit Moffat County Horizons

The sun shines through the back bedroom window at the converted group home on 50 W. 13th St., in Craig, and it's through the glass that 61-year-old Linda Roper looks out and finds enjoyment in nature's creatures.

Soroco shoots for 2-0

Longmont Christian packs a powerful running game

The Soroco High School football team is playing an entirely different brand of football, in a different division and against different opponents.

Tennis resumes play today

After beating Durango, 5-2, on Thursday, the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team was able to advance two players to today's Western Slope Open tournament in Grand Junction.

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Getting closer

Steamboat wins home opener against Delta as Sailors show more life

The defense again looked good, the offense started to show more signs of life, and the Steamboat Springs High School football team started to look like a team destined for the playoffs.

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Hayden holds off Roaring Fork in win

Letlow powers way to three TDs for Tigers in season's first victory

Take away a pair of Coy Letlow runs, and it might have been an interesting night in Hayden on Friday as the Tigers played their football home opener.

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Children's writing icon visits Strawberry Park

When Edward Irving Wortis began speaking in front of about 200 students at Strawberry Park Elementary School, very few students probably knew his real name. But when it comes to his books, they can almost recite them by heart.

Friday, September 5

The Record for Sept. 3

12:21 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 1300 block of Mark Twain Lane. Police gave a warning.

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Handle with care

Glass artist Robin Clow thoroughly tests all her work

On a chalkboard in her warehouse studio, glass artist Robin Clow has neatly printed words of encouragement: "Make it your own. Everything matters. Surprise and delight. Embrace resistance. Leave your mark. Openness. Movement. Natural color. Unique shape."

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Rob Douglas: Palin a pit bull with lipstick

As the crowd chanted "Hockey moms!" during her Republican vice presidential nomination acceptance speech Wednesday evening, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ad-libbed, "You know what they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is? Lipstick."

Steamboat golf takes second by a shot

On first look, it appeared the Steamboat Springs High School golf team had a good day Thursday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Moffat County.

Hayden hopes to rebound

Roaring Fork is crippled by injuries

There wouldn't seem to be a lot of similarities between last week's Roaring Fork-Hotchkiss game and Hayden-Coal Ridge game.

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Full steam ahead

Sailors football plays home opener tonight against Delta

When Delta High School's football coach Kirk McLaughlin talked about his worries for tonight's game at Steamboat Springs, he had a hard time getting to one player before backtracking to another.

Steamboat volleyball crushes Summit

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team continued its hot start Wednesday, easily beating Summit in three games.

Cross country opens season

Steamboat runners start with home meet Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team hosts its lone home meet of the season Saturday at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

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Soroco falls in league match

West Grand overpowers Rams volleyball team in 3 games

The frustration experienced by Soroco High School's volleyball team Thursday night was exemplified during a sequence midway through the third game of the Rams' season-opening loss to West Grand.

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ELL growth off the charts

English Language Learners enrollment nearly doubles

The number of English Language Learners in the Steamboat Springs School District has nearly doubled from the end of last year, with a total of 40 additional students in kindergarten and first grade alone.

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Rigor resumes at Whiteman

Private school has high expectations, slightly lower enrollment

In Joanne "Doc" Lasko's senior English class Thursday at The Lowell Whiteman School, every student took part in a discussion of the Edith Wharton novel "Ethan Frome."

Man in critical condition after crash

South Routt resident remains at Denver hospital

An Oak Creek man remained hospitalized Thursday in Denver after sustaining serious injuries in a rollover crash Monday night off Colorado Highway 131 near Phippsburg.

Kenyan Chef Boyardee

The girls at the center have been asking me to make spaghetti. At some point in the past, a visitor to the safehouse made spaghetti for the girls, and the idea has stuck with them.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 5

CattleWomen host cook-off Saturday

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Productive partnership

Local painting duo uses its differences for good

Standing back to back, Patricia Walsh and Susan Schiesser could not look more different.

On Scene: Rain brightens weddings

I've attended two weddings this summer, both outdoors.

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Bluegrass with swagger

Oakhurst looks to revise the string band tradition

If music fans can expect one thing from Oakhurst's show tonight at Mahogany Ridge, bass player Johnny James Qualley has a guess at what it might be:

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Banging heads with 'Slednecks'

Three rock acts open for snowmobile video premiere

The way Guy Del Hierro sees it, there's not much reason to go on stage if you're just planning to play some songs and leave.

Margaret Hair: Obsessing about art

"It's all a little obsessive," artist Jane Moffitt said about her work as she pulled finished pieces out of cardboard boxes Wednesday morning.

CD review for The Broken West, "Now or Heaven"

The Broken West isn't really in the business of breaking down walls. The Los Angeles band is in the business of making effortlessly tight indie pop, though, and that seems to be enough for them.

Thursday, September 4

The Record for Sept. 2

7:25 a.m. An animal complaint was received from the 29200 block of Elk View Drive, where a neighbor's geese were trespassing onto adjoining property. Animal control officers contacted the owners.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 4

Leadership Steamboat applications due Friday

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Terminal construction under way

Company has 60 days to complete structure

A year's worth of work began taking shape Wednesday at Craig/Moffat County Airport.

Sports briefs for Sept. 4

The final race of this year's Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series takes place Friday.

Board gets down to business

Oak Creek trustees to meet with concerned parties tonight

In hopes of making tangible progress with community-police relations in Oak Creek, a group of concerned business owners will meet with members of the Town Board tonight.

Council debates slashing budget

Community funds may be halved

City Council struggled this week with a tentative plan to cut its community support budget virtually in half from $1.7 million to about $810,000.

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Sailors golf manages 2nd at windswept tourney

Blustery play

Golf can be an interesting and challenging game. Add some wind at Haymaker Golf Course, and it can be downright frustrating.

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Steamboat Springs High School committee off to a strong start

Nancy Mucklow said the Steamboat Springs High School's Parent Information Committee's first meeting of the year heralded the group's biggest budget and highest attendance in recent memory.

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Montessori helps student thrive

10-year-old to be published in international magazine

Melissa Requist will be published in an international magazine in November, with readers across the United States and in Africa, Asia and Europe. She's 10 years old.

Cisneros wants venue change

Murder suspect's trial scheduled for next week

Murder suspect Luz Cisneros is seeking a change of venue for her upcoming trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday in Routt County District Court.

Get down with Java and Jazz

Partners hosts annual fundraiser at Catamount

Heather Sullivan and her 8-year-old junior partner not only have a great time catching frogs, riding their bicycles and playing miniature golf - their time together gives her partner a chance to set aside family difficulties and just "be a kid," Sullivan said.

Wednesday, September 3

Town of Yampa meeting agenda

7 p.m. today

Local business expert to travel to Georgia

Henri Stetter to work on oil and gas project in midst of Russian conflict

It sounds like the setup for a joke. A Swiss consultant, living in Steamboat Springs, was recently hired by the European Union, based in Brussels, Belgium, through a consulting firm in Ireland for a business development mission in Bhutan while answering to the EU's office in Dehi, India.

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Hayden begins school year

Tuesday was day of discovery for Hayden Valley Elementary School first-grader Christian Aamodt, who began the new academic year by being introduced to the school library, school policies and school regulations, not to mention his teacher and classmates.

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Steamboat eases past Glenwood, 2-0

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team used a dynamic opening 10 minutes and two goals from senior Ryan McConnell to down Glenwood Springs, 2-0.

Murray Tucker: Digging a hole

Should we keep digging a hole?

Violet Shaffer: Power outage

The power was out for three hours in Oak Creek on Aug. 7. I wonder why the generator that we paid a large amount of money for was not turned on. Also, why was no one concerned enough to see that the people on oxygen were contacted to see if they had enough portable tanks? I know the fire department has extra tanks, but none were offered. Thank God we all had enough.

Omar M. Campbell: Plebes choose destiny

Plebiscite is defined by Webster's as a "decree of the common people; a vote by which the people of an entire country or district express an opinion for or against a proposal.

Our View: As unpredictable as the snow

Driving home the point that our nation's immediate economic future still is as murky as ever, last week brought two somewhat conflicting reports with relevance nationally and locally. Each warrants attention as we look toward our important winter tourism season and the 2009 budgeting process for city and county government.

Hayden project on schedule

Haven Community Center could open late this year

Construction of the Haven Community Center is ambling along, and a Haven official said organizers hope to have it finished late this year.

Steamboat picked as 2010 host

CU Boulder to hold NCAA Skiing Championships at ski area

The NCAA Skiing Championships are set to return to Steamboat Springs after the NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Committee selected the University of Colorado to host the 2010 event.

Steamboat golfers looking for a win

With the possibility of only one team from the Western Slope region making the state golf tournament, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team today has a chance to make a real statement.

Triple Crown approved

Steamboat City Council passes two-year contract by 4-2 vote

The Steamboat Springs City Council concluded five months of Triple Crown contract negotiations Tuesday night when it voted, 4-2, to bring the national youth baseball tournaments back to Steamboat for at least one more year, and possibly two.

The Record for Sept. 1

12:05 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a complaint about a vehicle in Clark, where deputies found a car stuck in a ditch on a private road. The driver was arrested and taken to the hospital for a blood test.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 3

Deadline for golf tournament is Thursday

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Joanne Palmer: The most romantic of flies

I'd really like to write this column, but I'm kind of engrossed in what can only be described as "strange backyard behavior."

Board to name road, discuss annexation

Hayden trustees also will hear presentation related to Solandt Memorial Hospital

The Hayden Town Board is scheduled to bestow a name on a new road, tackle a whopping annexation proposal and address a request related to Solandt Memorial Hospital at its meeting Thursday.

Tuesday, September 2

The Record for Aug. 31

Sunday, Aug. 31

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 2

Rollover accident closes Colorado Highway 131

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Hampton Inn adding suites

The Missouri-based owner of the Hampton Inn and Suites in Steamboat Springs has found a way to add five new hotel suites without expanding the building on South Lincoln Avenue.

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Sharing a passion for science

Massey has worked to upgrade technology, curriculum in Hayden

In an understated way, Dean Massey calls his background "unusual."

2 girls injured in ATV rollover accident

Wreck happened Saturday near Hahn's Peak; 1 girl flown to Denver

An all-terrain vehicle rollover Saturday near the base of Hahn's Peak left two teenage girls injured, Routt County Search and Rescue member Darrel Levingston said.

Taylors praise convention plan

State senator, wife attend GOP conference in Minnesota

The atmosphere at the Republican National Convention is "electric" but tempered by Hurricane Gustav's impact, Jack and Geneva Taylor said Monday.

Tom Ross: Pilots defied stereotypes

Ethel Meyer Finley and Charles McGee were reunited with an old friend Saturday afternoon at Steamboat Springs Airport.

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Parade draws hundreds

Weather holds during Oak Creek Labor Day event on Main Street

Isaac Iacovetto, still excited about his Sunday fishing derby victory, bolted back and forth inside the Dragline Bucket before the parade Monday on Main Street in Oak Creek.

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Culverwell case continues today in District Court

A criminal case against a Moffat County rancher charged with poaching elk on his property this winter continues today in Moffat County District Court.

Monday, September 1

Monday Medical: Be safe on the job

Reducing injuries requires teamwork

Labor Day will be celebrated across the country today. Some communities, including Oak Creek, continue to honor the heritage of the American worker on this special holiday that was first observed in 1882. Much has changed in the working world during the past 146 years. One vital improvement has been in the area of workplace safety.

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Canines corral sheep

40 people competing in Stock Dog Challenge through today

Marianne Sasak stood under a dripping-wet tent early Sunday afternoon, explaining into a microphone how handlers guide their sheep-herding dogs.

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Texas cowboy rides high

That this wasn't any old Steamboat Springs rodeo was obvious when the cowboys were pulled aside for pictures and asked to sign autographs. It also was apparent by the size of the check Mike Lee walked away with.

Luke Graham: Alex Wood steps up for Sailors

When Alex Wood was an awkward sophomore, his playmaking abilities weren't yet apparent.

The Record for Aug. 30

12:31 a.m. A traffic stop at Lincoln Avenue and Old Fish Creek Falls Road led to an arrest. A 20-year-old Georgia woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se, being a minor in possession of alcohol and displaying identification issued to another person. She also was cited for making an improper right turn, weaving and failing to drive on the right side of the road.

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Small but merry crowd shows up

Clouds cast shadow on Oak Creek's Labor Day celebration

Damp weather appeared to keep numbers down at Oak Creek's Labor Day celebration Sunday, but the folks who came to Decker Park said they were happy that they had.

Steamboat briefs for Sept. 1

Youth choir registration deadline approaching

Movie to tell Jim Temple's life story

Film about Steamboat Ski Area founder will show Tuesday

A film celebrating the life of Jim Temple will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs. Temple founded the Storm Mountain Ski Area, which later became the Steamboat Ski Area, and was instrumental in the development of the base area.

Mary Walker: Worth is relative in Maasai culture

Relationship between fathers and daughters can be strained

The other day, I accompanied a girl from the safehouse to her home. Jennifer completed secondary school last year and recently was reconciled with her father. While awaiting entrance into a preschool teachers training program, Jennifer has spent time at home and at the center while apprenticing at a local preschool near the safehouse.

Deb Babcock: It's a good time to pick berries

The birds and bears should be well fed this fall before going south or into hibernation for the winter. Berries on chokecherry, serviceberry, currant, raspberry and other fruit-bearing shrubs are loaded right now with ripening fruit.

Aging Well: Tai Chi eases and strengthens the mind and body

With names such as "Play the Lute" and "Push the Mountain," Tai Chi movements reveal both the relaxing and invigorating aspects of the exercise.

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Trapp secures running series championship

Well, what exactly did people expect him to do for a celebration? Todd Trapp won Sunday's 10K at 10,000 feet Steamboat Springs Running Series race and, in turn, locked down the men's season-long running series points competition.