Thursday, April 30
Tickets available online and at local bookstores, library
This year's festival, scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, features five authors who have published a combined 49 volumes of fiction. Tickets to the event cost $75 and are available at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Epilogue Book Co., Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and www.literarysojourn.org.
Both victims live on the Front Range. One went on a cruise to Mexico and spent several days in San Diego. The other is a baggage handler at DIA.
More than 700 local elementary school students attended the annual Kids' Carnival put on by Steamboat Springs High School's leadership class.
A man accused of shooting his neighbor's dog was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of prohibited use of a weapon and cruelty to an animal.
Furlough plan not enough to balance $4.9 million deficit
Two out of three Routt County Commissioners all but guaranteed there will be layoffs in county government before the end of the year to confront a $4.9 million deficit and allow the county to repeal pay cuts and furloughs as soon as possible.
Spirit Challenge starts summer racing season in Steamboat Springs
Trail runs make up the bulk and heart of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, but they don't get under way until midsummer. The series' best-known events, like the Steamboat Marathon, all are more than a month away.
3:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to an ambulance request in Steamboat Springs.
No confirmed cases, but local health officials remain on alert
Local health officials continue to receive multiple daily updates from state and national health agencies as they prepare for what one official said was the likelihood of the virus eventually turning up in Colorado. No swine flu cases have been confirmed in the state.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets tonight to discuss the Steamboat 700 project, to decide whether to allow a mobile vending cart on Yampa Street and to consider minor code changes to the Community Development Code pertaining to mobile homes and vacation home rentals.
Firearm sales higher than ever as gun enthusiasts fear legislation
Local firearms sales and concealed weapons permits are higher than ever as gun enthusiasts fear Democratic legislation restricting the Second Amendment.
Sitting in the barroom of Frisco's Blue Spruce Inn last week, Rainer Hertrich, 47, took a moment to decide on his drink order. He adjusted his Spyder ballcap and sat back in his chair. Then a wide grin emerged.
Local officials say a state law passed earlier this year reduces the need to craft Routt County regulations requiring carbon monoxide detectors in living units.
Coordinator urges mountain bikers to let area dry out
Cyclists with an itch to explore the area's extensive dirt trails are being urged to wait.
Grand Junction car dealership offers deals; area sellers say buy local
A Grand Junction car dealer has set up shop in Steamboat Springs for the week, and local dealerships don't like it. Grand Valley Auto Sales has brought about 90 vehicles to a lot on Routt County Road 129 near Steamboat Springs Airport.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team enters today and Friday's regional tennis tournament as the odds-on favorite to bring home a fifth consecutive regional title.
Resume workshop offers tips and tricks to the unemployed
Karen Goedert, of Resort Recruiters, holds a resume workshop from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in the back of Epilogue Book Co.
Wednesday, April 29
The sun arrived Monday just in time for athletes from Hayden and Soroco high schools to shine at the Moffat County track. The meet, which was hosted by Hayden High School in Craig, showcased athletes from six Western Slope high schools, including Hayden and Soroco.
Monday, April 27
A local Boy Scouts troop is seeking used cowboy boots for upcoming events. If you have some old boots you'd like to donate, call John Mertz at 870-8993.
I was appalled, but not surprised, at Rob Douglas' April 24 column "Practicing gutter politics." The column is trademark Rob Douglas.
Steamboat Springs beat archrival Battle Mountain, 2-0, on Tuesday to end the Huskies' two-year run as league champions.
We are watching the Colorado Legislature struggle to balance next year's budget during the current recession. I am sure that taking money from Pinnacol's reserves - a quasi-governmental agency that provides workers compensation insurance - is not the answer for funding our colleges and universities.
I recently fulfilled a skier's dream by visiting and skiing in Steamboat. It was a trip I always had hoped to take and was able to do it with my family, including my twin 8-year-old boys - their first trip skiing out West.
There are only 11 short shopping days until Mother's Day. Trust me, this is a day you do not want to forget.
Hayden has a range of historical assets, architect Jan Kaminski told residents and history enthusiasts Tuesday.
Mandy Duong and Ping Wu, a pair of 13-year-old seventh-grade students at Craig Middle School, decided after their Chihuahua, Jenna, died last fall, that they would help out other animals.
Required study halts resort's attempt to enlarge skiable area
The Aspen Skiing Co. has dropped a proposal to add expert terrain on Aspen Mountain after the U.S. Forest Service determined last week that an environmental study was required.
Initial 2009-10 schedule includes weeklong vacation time
A month after proposing a school calendar without the weeklong, mid-winter blues break, Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham agreed Monday to reinstate the popular vacation time for Steamboat students and parents.
Resolution includes provisions aimed specifically at Sheriff Gary Wall
The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a furlough plan for county employees Tuesday, with provisions aimed at protecting the county against Sheriff Gary Wall's attempts to prevent pay cuts in his department.
Moffat follows Grand County's lead and denies Routt proposal
Court cases and trials take a lot of time and talent, Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said.
It's tough to argue with any legislation aimed at making Colorado's roads safer for all users, but we fear that a proposed bill mandating the use of hands-free devices while driving misses the mark.
Almost everyone has seen the planet Venus gleaming in the sky as the "evening star" or the "morning star."
Tuesday, April 28
Alpine athlete Anna Marno makes national squad
Deb Armstrong, the Winter Sports Club's competitive Alpine program director, said she learned late Tuesday afternoon that Alpine ski racer Anna Marno has been named to the U.S. Ski Team's development squad.
Steamboat takes Gardner Field at 5 p.m. Friday against Lewis-Palmer
On Tuesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association awarded the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team a No. 16 seed and home playoff game in the program's first postseason appearance. Steamboat will play No. 17 Lewis-Palmer at 5 p.m. Friday at Gardner Field.
College ends rental discussions in face of declining enrollment, potential staffing costs
Facing declining local enrollment for the upcoming fall semester, Colorado Mountain College officials called off a potential deal with the city of Steamboat Springs to rent the Iron Horse Inn for additional student housing.
Safety proposal approved, 57-7, in House and, 29-5, in Senate
Senate Bill 148, which includes a provision requiring motorists to give cyclists a 3-foot berth when passing them, was overwhelmingly approved in the state House and Senate.
Steamboat 700 developers say they're willing to pay for as much as half the cost of construction of a new school in west Steamboat.
District will pay $50K in Pilot & Today attorney's fees
District to pay newspaper's attorneys fees and hand over minutes from illegal closed-door meeting. The settlement is in response to a March 26 Court of Appeals ruling that found that a previous School Board violated Open Meetings Law.
Energy efficiency deals available through Excess is Out program
Atmos Energy customers can take advantage of discounted energy audits, appliance rebates and income-qualified energy programs through an energy-efficiency initiative being offered by the utility.
Sunday, April 26
Sunset magazine highlights Big Creek Lakes in Routt Forest
The word is out about a quiet corner of the Routt National Forest that many people have never set eyes on. The May issue of Sunset magazine touts Big Creek Lakes in the Routt National Forest as one of the best campgrounds in Colorado.
A resolution adopting a furlough plan for Routt County employees is scheduled for consideration by the Routt County Board of Commissioners at 2 p.m. today.
Proposed bill would require use of hands-free devices
Opinions are mixed on a piece of legislation aimed at keeping motorists' hands on the wheel instead of their cell phone. Colorado House Bill 1094 would require most drivers to use a hands-free device to talk on their cell phones.
Event hopes to bring attention to early childhood programs
Today's children's parade in downtown Steamboat Springs is a chance to recognize Routt County's youngest children and fuel their sparkplug minds. It's also a chance to raise awareness for what studies indicate is a lack of child care spots within the county.
Monday, April 27
Rusted Root and The Avett Brothers are among the acts slated to appear in Steamboat Springs during the Free Summer Concert Series. Read on for the complete lineup.
Health workers encourage residents to remain calm, cautious
Routt County health workers are encouraging residents to be alert but calm as a deadly strain of swine flu spreads from Mexico, a popular vacation destination for many Steamboat families during the past couple of weeks.
With a few minutes until the doors opened Saturday at Sunset Elementary School for the 30th annual 9News Health Fair, a line already was forming.
Saturday, April 25
Registration is under way for the 2009 Steamboat Triathlon, Aug. 30 at Lake Catamount. Offering a sprint distance event, the triathlon takes place entirely in Steamboat.
Here are just a few interesting statistics and popular myths about the behavior of drinking and driving, also called driving under the influence.
Hayden High School senior Holli Salazar likes to play coy when the mention of back-to-back state shot put titles come up. Initially, she won't admit she's the favorite in Class 2A. She'll talk about how everybody else has improved and works just as hard as she does.
Community Alliance gets advice on how to proceed with growth
An annexation should preserve community character, mesh well with the existing municipality and be as detailed as possible when approved, John Hess said at the annual gathering of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley on Saturday.
Freshman during Columbine shootings now teaches in Rifle
Kyle Mickelson survived the deadly shootings at Columbine High School as a freshman and is now trying to teach his students that school violence can happen to them, if they aren't tolerant.
Group will consider current procedures at meeting to guide funding acceptance
When and how the Steamboat Spring School Board accepts gifts from outside agencies, and particularly the Education Fund Board, is an increasingly contentious topic.
DA, local official oppose repeal
Northwest Colorado's top prosecutor and Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, oppose a repeal of Colorado's death penalty.
Losing vision separates a person from the world; losing hearing separates them from humanity.
Gardeners have always known a certain joy when getting their hands and feet in the soil. But now scientists have made it official that getting dirty is good for your soul.
Sunday, April 26
Javelin came in with a whimper. The centuries-old sport made what might have been its Northwest Colorado debut with little fanfare Wednesday afternoon at the Hayden Middle School track meet.
Matt Dawes is the best high school hockey goalie in the state.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials and Wildhorse Meadows developers confirmed this week that they are close to finalizing a cost-sharing deal that would allow construction of a new, eight-passenger public gondola this fall. The goal is to open the gondola as soon as January 2010.
Alex Wood isn't thinking in the short term. The Steamboat Springs High School senior realizes it might be two, three or even four years before he contributes on the field for the University of Colorado football team.
I wanted to take a moment and publicly thank the dedicated and interested community and college folks who helped make the Colorado Mountain College musical theater production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" a resounding success.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free infant immunizations Monday until Friday for any child 24 months old and younger. Parents who bring their infant's immunization record to the VNA front desk for review will receive a free baby book. The VNA is at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs. For more information, call 879-1632.
Within the past week, we've seen two dramatic signs that local resort and government leaders have the resolution required to continue improvements at the base of Steamboat Ski Area in the face of a deep recession.
Graduation ceremonies for the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
Angel Henry plans to clean up South Routt '1 mouth at a time'
Dental care is coming to southern Routt County, courtesy of a woman who's spent the past few years doing the work on dogs.
If you want your name engraved on a cup in the North Routt Chili Cook-off - twice - you could get up at 4 a.m. to peel chilies for the recipe passed down to you from your mother. You also could decide to enter a few days before the contest and slap a tasty dessert together.
Recovery slow for 20-year-old after brain disease
Spirits were high and doctors were hopeful the day Clayton Huyser was supposed to be released from Denver hospitals to move to a rehabilitation facility at Craig Hospital in Englewood.
Occupation: Subway, West Steamboat Springs
For a few years, construction jobs seemed to grow on trees in Steamboat Springs - right next to abundant building projects. Workers were busy. Companies were busy. Now, as the summer construction season approaches, some workers are scrambling for jobs, and some companies are scrambling for projects.
Officials say danger could change quickly with weather patterns
March and April snowstorms have left the regional snowpack in good shape approaching wildfire season, but the gathering impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic still has forest officials on the edge of their seats.
For some, golf is a game, but for others, it's an obsession.
To quote from the April 19 Steamboat Pilot & Today, "Councilman John Quinn said at Tuesday's council meeting that he thinks it is ridiculous for the community service officers to spend their time harassing pet owners." Quinn said he was offended by an officer who recently told him he could swim his dog as long as he had it on a leash. As a citizen, resident and taxpayer in this city, I'm offended by such a childish, selfish and irresponsible statement by an elected official in a position of leadership.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
12:11 a.m. Trespassing was reported in the 57000 block of Saturn Court in Clark.
LIFT-UP honored its workers last week for National Volunteer Week, established by President Richard Nixon's order in 1974. LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman said his agency was grateful for the organization's volunteer crew.
When you're a parent or caregiver for a child, you're like an umbrella. Not only do you have to be ready to offer protection at any given moment, but you also never know what's going to be raining down. It's often up to you to be that layer protecting your children from the elements, whether it's making sure the car seat is secure or insisting on broccoli before dessert. You can shield your children from something you may take for granted - vaccine-preventable diseases.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
The owners of Laloba Ranch Clay Center art school would like to subdivide their 40-acre parcel to allow them to sell two 5-acre home lots. Some of their neighbors are strongly opposed.
Developer Ren Martyn said this week that he never could have guessed how things would work out at Red Hawk Village, a subdivision of small footprint single-family homes in Stagecoach in South Routt County. But now that they've begun to sell to young couples, he's pleased - even if many of the sales are the result of existing owners who are under duress.
If you love to sing, or just wish you could find an opportunity to sing, consider joining the Yampa Valley Singers.
"The trouble with the eco-crusader is that his false guilt and his false fears feed endlessly upon each other." With all the Earth Day hoopla April 22, I remembered this line from an old presidential speech. Can you guess who said it?
Cam Boyd and Pam Vanatta, co-owners of Prudential Steamboat Realty have announced that Bob Bomeisl and Tim Boehm are the newest additions to the company's roster of real estate brokers.
Several Oak Creek locals are being bounced from restaurant to restaurant as eateries in the town change hours, owners and menus to cope with the economic downturn.
Fruita isn't for everyone. There's no shopping mall, for instance. If you're looking for art, Steamboat Springs offers substantially more galleries, and if you're looking to waste a rainy afternoon, you can't turn to a bowling alley or even a movie theater.
Steamboat Springs-based Big Agnes was named one of 50 Colorado Companies to Watch, according to a news release. The company makes sleeping bags, pads and tents. Colorado Companies to Watch attracted more than 250 applications, the release stated.
I've done everything but return my rental skis, and, in the end, I didn't come close to achieving the skiing goals I laid out for myself when the season started.
Owner excited about opening, not concerned about economy
Julie Buccino isn't even a little bit worried about opening her spa and salon during an economic downturn.
Saturday, April 25
All three Routt County commissioners voluntarily are participating in the 10 percent countywide pay cuts they unanimously adopted April 1. Elected officials were not affected by the resolution adopting the pay cut because their salaries are set by the state Legislature and cannot be changed during their term in office.
Thursday, April 23
Tee ball registration under way for Hayden youths
In overseeing four annexations for the town of Crested Butte, John Hess has learned the ins and outs of a complex process.
Statewide statistics reveal bleak construction outlook
Colorado's unemployment rate continues to trail the nation as a whole - and Routt County's rate continues to trail the state's - but the latest jobless figures for March reveal a troubling sign for one of the Yampa Valley's most important industries.
Wirth to return to Steamboat; Perlman moves to Winter Park
Intrawest announced staff changes Friday that will bring former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. marketing executive Andy Wirth back to Gondola Square and move his one-time replacement, Rob Perlman, to Winter Park.
A combined 112 years of experience will leave the Old Town Hot Springs board of directors at the end of the month, when four longtime members retire.
Soroco High School track and field coach David Bruner arrived at the Clint Wells Invitational track meet Friday nervous as could be. The Rams coach had been balancing his relay teams all year because of injuries and multiple sport athletes.
Friday, April 24
Wirth returning to Steamboat; Perlman moving to Winter Park
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s parent company announced staff changes Friday that will bring former Steamboat marketing executive Andy Wirth back to Gondola Square and move his one-time replacement, Rob Perlman, to Winter Park.
In his short professional hockey career, 2002 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Dusti Henning has experienced a lot.
For eager golf enthusiasts, the time is here. The recent bout of warm temperatures, bluebird skies and pristine melting conditions has local courses on track to open on time.
Here is a typical scenario at Aspen High School: Midway through the last period, the lacrosse team leaves to catch a bus to their game - missing half their last-period lecture. But what if the athletes could watch a podcast - or vodcast - of their teacher's lecture on the bus?
ConocoPhillips' reports don't have enough detail for Hayden sales tax
ConocoPhillips says "insufficient detail" in its sales tax reports is to blame for Hayden's missing revenue.
1st-year coach Hamilton named league's best
Hayden seniors Holli Salazar, Kylee Sweetser, Caitlin Mahanna, Elaine Cromie and Kylie Harris, along with coach Eric Hamilton, led the way as the girls basketball team soaked up a wealth of recognition after an incredibly successful season.
Land managers face increased wildfire risk, insects and diseases
Several issues and influences contribute to the condition of Colorado's forest resources. Those of primary concern are: trends in forest cover change, insect and disease cycles, expansion of the wildland-urban interface and watershed health.
Got an old bicycle? If you're thinking of tossing it, think again.
By threatening the health care benefits of county employees in a transparent attempt to gain political leverage against Sheriff Gary Wall, the Routt County Board of Commissioners is practicing gutter politics.
Urbane clothing store's owners had an interest in skate gear, 40 blank decks and an idea. The store has been selling the blank decks for $15 to local artists to decorate for an upcoming show.
1st show organized by Arts Council committee opens May 1
A group of volunteers with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council has come together to plan visual arts exhibits and events for the nonprofit organization, starting with the May 1 opening of the group's annual Routt County Youth Art Show.
Wednesday, April 22
Cutoff today for Rocky Mountain Super Pass price
Matt Thornton's band has been called a lot of things: country, Americana, alternative. Thornton can see why those labels might be attached to his Fort Collins band, Motorhome, but he also sees a much easier answer to the "how would you describe your music" question.
Steamboat Springs' likes: musical numbers, costumes and skiing. Dislikes: abandoned gas stations, empty new buildings and tourists.
When brothers Ian and Teague Alexy started writing and singing folk songs under the name The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, they didn't mean for the trio to be their main musical focus.
A couple of years ago, guitarist and Yampa Valley Boys band member Steve Jones heard a song in the annual "Cabaret" variety show - it was a takeoff of Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere" that ticked off ski areas in Colorado and cleverly was named "I've Skied Everywhere."
In his short professional hockey career, 2002 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Dusti Henning has experienced a lot.
Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse has officially arrived. The team made the playoffs for the first time in school history, might host a playoff game and won the inaugural season of the Mountain Conference with an undefeated record.
Bureau uses new technology to prepare for 2010 survey
Workers from the U.S. Census Bureau have descended upon Steamboat Springs in an effort to prepare for next year's once-a-decade population and demographic survey.
Teens practice 'Electric Slide,' swing and waltz for prom after administrative ban
When a fall 2008 ban on "grind dancing" at Hayden High School events had some students saying they wouldn't have any other way to move across the floor at Saturday's prom, high school senior Mitchell VeDepo decided to take action.
Ski areas take trees into consideration for future trails
A focus on forest health and beetle-killed trees will play a big part in shaping future plans for new trails at local ski areas. "Hazard trees" near trails and chairlifts are a major concern, said Roger Poirer, winter sports program coordinator for the White River National Forest.
It takes a split-second glance into a Steamboat Springs restaurant, shop or venue to see the change in seasons. Things have slowed down for the next few weeks, as locals bolt for Mexico or other warm locales, and visitors wait to return until the mud dries up and the river gets rolling.
Thursday, April 23
A busy calendar didn't stop the Hayden and Soroco track teams from finding success at a Tuesday meet in Rangely. Fresh off a performance Saturday in Rifle and looking forward to a meet Friday in Craig and Monday in Hayden, the squads combined to field several high finishes.
During a review of its capital improvements plan Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to budget money in 2009 to design a new youth and teen center at the Howelsen Ice Arena and pay for renovations of the historic, city-owned Rehder Building in downtown Steamboat Springs.
New group holds kickoff event tonight; Jon Roberts to speak
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is trying to bring local young professionals together for a group kickoff party tonight.
Town manager told Ritter, legislators about concerns with fuel sales tax at Yampa Valley Regional Airport
State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, and state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said they hadn't heard about the town's attempt to collect sales tax revenue from commercial fuel at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Both said they were willing to lend a hand.
Middle school track team posts strong finishes at home
Middle schoolers and their parents pushed around the finish line as the final runners of the final race sped toward the finish of Wednesday's middle school track meet in Hayden.
Tuesday, April 21
Numbers not expected to reach levels of infestation in 2002-03
Routt County's grasshopper numbers appear to be climbing, and the Colorado State University Extension office is urging people to watch for the insects.
Commissioners could slash benefits for departments that don't accept cuts
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is threatening to take away the health and retirement benefits of Sheriff's Office employees if Sheriff Gary Wall doesn't accept a 10 percent countywide pay reduction for his department.
Schools and responders talk through potential disasters
It was a horrific scenario. A medical emergency at a school and a school bus accident occurred while a Yampa Valley snowstorm blocked out communication for most areas.
One of the most rewarding and challenging parts of my job is leading the newspaper's Editorial Board. For 90 minutes every Tuesday, our six-member group debates important issues happening in our community and beyond.
Wednesday, April 22
A spokesman for Denver businessman Phil Anschutz confirmed late Tuesday that the train is being bought and moved to Canada by a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway Co.
A mudslide on River Road on Tuesday night came dangerously close to undermining the road, but both lanes remain open as repair crews await dry weather.
Schubert-Akin, Kounovsky conquer Heartbreak Hill on Monday
Jennifer Schubert-Akin and Bart Kounovsky conquered the 113th annual race through Beantown streets and up Heartbreak Hill in less than four hours.
Martin: State is holding money from sales because of confusion
Hayden officials are pressing lawmakers to help retrieve thousands of dollars in sales tax from fuel sales at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The Colorado Department of Revenue hasn't remitted sales tax collected the last few months of 2008, Town Manager Russ Martin said.
Teen center design, Rehder Building improvements added to plan
Some projects are too important to fall victim to the current economic crisis, according to the Steamboat Springs City Council, which signaled Tuesday that it is willing to consider at least $11 million in new debt for its redevelopment area at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
Because of price declines in the housing market, the Aspen School District has been able to purchase housing much farther upvalley than originally planned, Superintendent Diana Sirko said.
Downtown Aspen's commercial and office space is becoming increasingly available as storefront vacancies continue to climb and many landlords don't lower rents.
This year, many Earth Day observances are focusing on water conservation, including here in the Routt National Forest.
We applaud the city's effort to implement a water conservation plan for residents and businesses, and we urge officials to consider revising the Community Development Code to reflect the need to decrease our consumptive use of water for irrigating lawns and landscaping.
2:42 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suicide in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs High School track and field coach Greg Long sees so much upside that he's not going to miss an upcoming meet - even if it's in Page, Ariz.
Roberts added as defendant in lawsuit against former employer
City Manager Jon Roberts said Tuesday he has not been contacted by a California grand jury that has questioned officials in Victorville, Calif., the city Roberts led for 10 years before coming to Steamboat Springs in February.
The Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs is offering a contest to Routt County youths 18 years old and younger, to design the 2009 Kiwanis Christmas ornament. The winning design will be given a cash prize of $250. Entries should reflect some aspect of Steamboat Springs and/or Routt County's unique character. Artwork needs to be a circular design about the size of a standard ornament - no more than 8 inches of original art. Final size of artwork will be 2 inches in diameter. Preference will be given to Adobe digital format entries sent to Danmi@Jeld-Wen.com. Mail entries can be sent to Dan Miller - Kiwanis Contest, 1786 Meadow Lane, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. Deadline for entries is May 15.
Friday, April 16, 4 p.m.: It's a cold, crummy, cloudy afternoon and I'm lying on the couch listening to the sounds of slamming car doors, diesel trucks firing and the excited laughter of children.
High schools offer wider variety of rigor in classes
Hayden High School will offer an Advanced Placement course for juniors and seniors for the first time next year as the school begins a transition toward more AP offerings.
Tuesday, April 21
The owner of a vacant gas station and convenience store in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs is hopeful the Space Station site will be operational again soon.
A Mexican citizen arrested in Hayden on charges of first-degree assault remains in custody in the Routt County Jail on a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Hayden may share more finance information publicly
Hayden's Home Rule Charter Commission took a stab at several key issues Monday, including shedding more light on the town's budgeting of money, transferring money into and out of enterprise funds, and securing water rights. The discussions were the beginning of a process expected to lead to the drafting of a home-rule charter that would govern the town if approved by trustees and the public.
The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is mustering volunteers and funds in preparation for a possible eastward expansion to Steamboat Springs.
Sunday, April 19
VNA celebrates National Immunization Week
Companies that won contracts say they aim to hire area businesses
Millions of dollars in stimulus money is coming to Routt County's forests, but local loggers don't know if they'll see any of it.
Declining revenues are forcing the Steamboat Springs City Council to consider cutting nearly $4 million in capital projects on the same day council members will be asked to take on as much as $16 million in new debt.
Hey Jude, you've got to hide your vinyl record away
Randy Staggs stopped into All That Jazz on Saturday and dropped off a big box stuffed with vinyl record albums. I experienced an immediate flashback to 1965.
Imagine the two brightest objects in the night sky, the moon and Venus, being so close together that you could cover them both with the tip of your pinky finger at arm's length.
Monday, April 20
18-month sentence possible; harassment charge dismissed
A jury Friday convicted an Aspen man of one misdemeanor count that stemmed from an incident in which he allegedly harassed a former lover.
Cardiologist says high-altitude athletes should be aware of risks
Dr. Larry Gaul remembers running with a longtime training partner, and noticing the abnormally fast beeping of his friend's heart rate monitor.
Hayden's Holli Salazar again tops in shot put event
The squads from Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools field top finishers in a number of categories. Soroco's Matt Watwood won the discus event and placed third in shot put.
As soon as it became official that the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team would make the playoffs for the first time in school history, attention instantly turned to whom, where and when the team would play.
Saturday, April 18
Art Museum accepting submissions for sale
People can get checked for diseases at Planned Parenthood
Discounted testing for sexually transmitted diseases will be available Tuesday and Friday at Planned Parenthood. A test for gonorrhea and chlamydia will be $5, and HIV tests will be $5.
One way to make gardening easier on your body and on the plants is to build a raised bed.
Ski Corp.'s Scott Livingston receives award from Colorado group
Scott Livingston has earned the title of snowmaker of the year, after four years of nominations. Livingston received the award from Colorado Ski Country USA at its 29th Annual Snowmaking and Slope Maintenance Conference and Trade Show, which was held April 6 to 8 in Grand Junction.
In these trying economic times, there is one way to give without affecting your bank account. Yampa Valley Medical Center's employees are more efficient, and patients receive enhanced care because of this mode of giving. The gift is time, given through the daily actions of our volunteers.
Hayden commission to address boards, finances
Hayden's Home Rule Charter Commission has set a brisk pace. The group spent three hours sifting through discussions of town government, referendums, ordinances and more April 13.
Fundraiser brings in $6,500 for organization
The roulette wheel spun. The ball was dropped. Chips of every color covered red and black numbers. The dealer called out, "22 black!" More than 10 people packed around a seemingly small table let out a roar.
An elderly woman, bombarded by credit offers, incurs overwhelming debt, and creditors threaten legal action. An older man receives a large bill for dental work he is not sure he received, while another elderly individual just needs help getting advance directives in place.
A total of 19 workers at the Tri-State Generation & Transmission power plant were taken to The Memorial Hospital early Saturday morning after complaining of flu-like symptoms.
Sunday, April 19
Newer, more comfortable, stronger and lighter all work. But the easiest way to describe the new wave of products showing up in local bicycle shops this spring is just to say they're better.
The details are fuzzy, even to 15-year-old Luke Farney, the only one who was there.
The end of the Fiber Exchange won't mean the end of the sit-down yarn shop in Routt County. On Monday, Karyn Tussey will open a yarn shop in Yampa. Tussey hopes her store, K&K Wools, will fill a similar role.
Agency's budget down 10 percent; 2 new events in the works
Competition for tourist dollars is expected to be fierce this summer. It'll be so fierce, in fact, that the head of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association wouldn't breathe a word of her strategy.
As far as Senior Days go, it would be tough to top the one Mandi DeVos, Elise Anderson and Hanna Berglund had with their soccer team Saturday. Each girl scored at least one goal to help Steamboat cruise past Eagle Valley, 9-0.
The city will put its reconsideration of leash laws on the fast track at the urging of a Steamboat Springs City Council member. Given the city's declining revenues and budget cuts, Councilman Jon Quinn said at Tuesday's council meeting that he thinks it is ridiculous for the community service officers to spend their time "harassing pet owners."
It took two Soroco High School seniors, a little trickery, some massive hits and a dash of solid pitching to help the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team overcome a bevy of ugly errors and hungry underdog Battle Mountain on Saturday in a doubleheader in Rifle.
I have no idea what today's child has to be depressed about. They have access to a good education if they want one. There is opportunity out there if you so desire; iPods aplenty. My parents grew up as young adults during the Depression. They were both from large families. They never talked about those times as the end of the world. The families hung together and made the best of it. We now are all paying for gorging ourselves on materialism. You know at some point, a local used to own all that expensive land that is Steamboat and at some time, a local cashed it in. A community is only a sum total of its members, rich and poor. Get too greedy, and we all end up sloshing around in the muck.
On this Earth Day, coming up Wednesday, please stop for a moment and ask yourself, "Of all the people I know, who are the happiest?" Personally, I believe the happiest people are the most appreciative people. They appreciate you, themselves, their health, the beauties of nature, and, most important, they appreciate their world as it is right now. People who aren't caught up in the frenzy of "Get More" are able to live in the moment, enjoy their blessings, help those who are less fortunate and thus live a life that is satisfying and fulfilled.
Although another great ski season has drawn to a close, you may not know that the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.'s investments in our valley continue to make a difference throughout the year.
Last Sunday's guest commentary from Mary K. Allen ("God bless America") needs a reply. Yes, Obama does represent America when he is abroad and should do so in a good manner. He should not, let's say, invade a country that did nothing to us, nor should he lie to the American people about weapons of mass destruction and then be responsible for the deaths of a hundred thousand Iraqis.
Registration is under way for the 2009 Steamboat Triathlon, Aug. 30 at Lake Catamount. Offering a sprint distance event, the triathlon takes place entirely in Steamboat Springs. The 3/4-mile swim event is on a point-to-point course in Lake Catamount. The 20-mile bike course runs on county roads to a downtown turnaround. The 4-mile run is on paved roads near Lake Catamount.
Any improvements to this government by the Obama administration or any administration will be short-lived if the underlying issue of campaign finance reform is not addressed. The vast majority of our government's and nation's problems directly are linked to this issue. Pick almost any issue we are facing today - the economic meltdown, the state of our health care system (the richest nation in the history of the world rated 37th), our dependence on oil (funding terrorism and wreaking havoc on the planet's environment) - and it can be traced back to the fact that our politicians are not as much elected as they are purchased through unlimited donations.
32 animals leave ring unsold Saturday
Ranchers flipped papers, nodded, flicked fingers and practically winked their way into fresh livestock Saturday at the seventh annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale. The animals were sold at an average $1,870 each, but 27 bulls and 5 heifers left the ring unsold.
I implore you to drop the proposed raids on Pinnacol Assurance in the forms of Senate bills 273 and 281. The money you are planning to steal from this agency does not belong to the State of Colorado in general. These funds belong to Colorado businesses like mine that have paid dutifully into this agency as required by law and have had zero claims for workers compensation, in my case throughout the entire 20 years of doing business in our fine state.
The giggles kept coming as student after student took a turn as a human bowling ball at the South Routt Elementary School Literacy Carnival on April 14.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
I have been reading the articles written in the Steamboat Pilot & Today this week and the comments posted online along with them with regards to the county pay cuts and furloughs. One in particular caught my eye.
From the Friday, April 20, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
6:53 a.m. Dogs at large were reported at Stone Lane and Hiawatha Court. They were gone when Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrived.
Undeterred by the difficulty of selling high-end building lots in a recession, the developers of Barn Village at Steamboat say two significant construction projects will go forward this summer.
Lenders disagree about using economic recovery dollars
A couple of Steamboat Springs bankers are enthusiastic about their plans to put federal stimulus dollars to work locally. Others don't want to touch the government funds.
For the third time since the Steamboat 700 growth gorilla came over the horizon from Las Vegas in March of 2007, the semi-anonymous Editorial Board has posited it on "Our View," the most recent being "Council should decide on 700" (Steamboat Pilot & Today, April 12). That is his, her or their right, of course. And it is my right of free speech to use the bully pulpit of the press to respond and disagree publicly.
Millennium officials expect to break ground in July
Millennium Bank expects to break ground by mid-July on a $2.5 million dedicated bank building in Wildhorse Marketplace, just off Mount Werner Road.
Steamboat native Jordan Ediger an Air Force pilot
Tough economy has more families seeking affordable insurance
Qualifying for low-cost or free health insurance is much easier than many families suspect, local nurses said during a children's health enrollment fair Thursday. "Recently, we have had all kinds of people coming in looking for health insurance who may have recently found themselves unemployed," said Diane Miller, access to care coordinator for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
The city's potential lease of Iron Horse Inn motel rooms to Colorado Mountain College could be a sensible short-term solution to an increasingly embarrassing expenditure of taxpayer money.
South Routt School District's first winter with new biomass and geothermal heating systems included some headaches but no regrets.
Sitting in his office early Thursday morning, new Steamboat Springs High School Athletic Director Ken Webbe looked right at home.
In the end, it wasn't a doctor, coach or the U.S. Ski Team that convinced Caroline Lalive it was time to give up competitive ski racing. During her 13 seasons with the team, Lalive seemed more like a superhero than a ski racer.
Saturday, April 18
A bill that would have forced slow drivers to pull over when five or more cars lined up behind them failed in an informal vote of the Colorado Senate this week.
A run down a ski slope has meant a long hike or a long road trip for Steamboat Springs skiers and riders since Steamboat Ski Area closed April 12. As of this Sunday, even the road trip will, for the most part, be ruled out. Five Colorado ski areas will close for the season Sunday, and the remaining three will close in May and June.
Grant funding is available for emergency programs
Baumgardner's 2-abreast amendment removed in committee
A bill aimed at improving roadway safety for cyclists continues its uphill climb through the state Legislature. Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, had an amendment that would have made riding two abreast on state highways illegal, but the amendment was removed by a conference committee.
Thursday, April 16
Steamboat Springs High School students participating in Friday's national Day of Silence made more of a statement and caused more discussion than if they had shouted all day long.
It's an underappreciated fact that before John Madden became the world's most gregarious sportscaster and secured his fortune by licensing his name to a remarkably popular video game, he was one hell of an NFL head coach.
Friday, April 17
For Steamboat, the best way to look at Thursday's doubleheader split with Palisade is to look forward rather than glance back.
City, Mount Werner district develop water conservation plan
Lush landscaping is public enemy No. 1 in a water conservation plan being developed by the city of Steamboat Springs and Mount Werner Water.
Beth Banning was driving through downtown Steamboat Springs on a summer afternoon when a pile of twigs caught her eye. The thin, pliable willow branches were perfect for the kind of fiber art Banning practices, a sculpturally influenced creation that pairs parts of trees with synthetic and natural fibers.
For two days at the beginning of April, art students from Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus took over the floor and wall space at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts.
Town slices nearly $250,000 as it expects decreased revenue
Hayden officials took a hard look at the 2009 budget Thursday, agreeing to cut nearly $250,000 from planned spending.
Forecasters say worst of recent snowy weather has passed
The worst of the weather has passed Steamboat Springs after a spring storm dumped about a foot of snow across the valley Thursday.
In a recent column examining the Routt County Board of Commissioners' April Fools' Day decision to cut county employees' pay by 10 percent, I questioned why we need full-time commissioners.
The Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs is offering a contest to Routt County youths ages 18 and younger, to design the club's 2009 Kiwanis Christmas ornament.
Programs, grants help fund new vocational facility in Hayden
The debt on the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center is dwindling in jumps as grants come tumbling in. The most recent grant, $75,000 from the Gates Family Foundation, reduced the outstanding loan for the Hayden School District to $233,000.
Dodgeball, silent auction to raise medical funds for tennis pro
Fans of Steamboat Springs' growing dodgeball trend will play for a cause this weekend.
Steamboat Springs High School students Lorin Paley and Ben Paley met with Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and several other prominent state politicians Thursday, the first time either had rubbed elbows with the state's big wigs.
Gov. Bill Ritter recently addressed the crowd at Tri-State Generation & Transmission's annual meeting in Westminster.
Wednesday, April 15
As the economy contracts and unemployment and social service rolls swell, a group of about 80 Northwest Colorado professionals are in Steamboat Springs this week to learn how to more respectfully interact with their clients.
It takes a certain kind of party band to incorporate a clarinet intro or lead off a song with a line played by a melodica, and have those touches come off as something other than supremely nerdy or horribly misguided.
The game was clean and tidy, just like Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann prefers.
Songwriter sings matters of the soul from the heart
In 2007, singer-songwriter Ashley Raines had just come off tour, and he wondered where to go next. What was he doing away from home 10 months out of the year, playing in bars where bad things were happening?
New bar, music venue to offer VIP rooms, lion-skin rug, late-night food
Any musician skeptical about sound quality in a completed Ghost Ranch Saloon could refer to venue co-owner Amy Garris's reaction when the bar's speakers, soundboard and preamp arrived: "Toys got here."
Bull sale, cowboy poetry, granary grand opening party scheduled
Hayden will be buzzing with agriculture-related events today and Saturday.
Ex-US Ski Team trainer to lead Alpine programs
Budget cuts by the U.S. Ski Team have given the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club a rare opportunity to bring a top-level Alpine coach into the fold.
Thursday, April 16
Wildlife officials won't release exact location of female wolf's discovery. The 18-month-old wolf had wandered about 1,000 miles from the Yellowstone region.
Another 5 inches could fall in Steamboat Springs before darkness sets in tonight. Wintry weather likely to continue through Saturday before giving way to clearing skies and higher temperatures.
Marie Jensen still accused of cultivating marijuana at home
The case against David Jensen, accused of growing marijuana in his Old Town home, was dismissed Monday in Routt County Court.
More than 100 people gathered on the Routt County Courthouse lawn to put an emphatic stamp on their tax bills Wednesday as part of a national tax day protest.
Rout puts Steamboat on verge of undefeated season
Steamboat Springs High School senior lacrosse player Jasper Gantick never envisioned what has played out this season. As a freshman, every opponent intimidated Gantick. But in his sophomore year, he realized he could hold his own.
Experts helping Hayden focus and form its downtown area heaped praise on the community Tuesday evening. They lauded residents' pride and involvement in the discussion.
Tuesday, April 14
The Hayden Town Board of Trustees is scheduled to discuss budget revisions at its meeting tonight. The board starts with trustee reports at 7 p.m. and then moves to its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.
CEO Bill Jensen: All options on the table for refinancing company's debt
Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen, in Breckenridge this week for meetings at Intrawest's Copper Mountain Resort, said future financing for the highly leveraged company could require selling some assets.
Team ends with 7 podium finishes
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls team finished the season on a high note during the weekend, tallying seven podium finishes in the year-end event at Vail.
Former operator of City Cafe will serve eggs and more starting Friday
Sharon Stone is coming back to western Steamboat Springs. The former owner of Sharon's, a home-cooking joint, plans to start serving breakfast seven days a week at Pisa's Pizza and Pasta in Riverside Plaza.
Lengthy travel is a natural part of Western Slope League sports, but rarely is life on the road more regular than for track teams. That's part of what makes today's Hayden-hosted meet in Craig such a treat, Tigers track coach Barbara Manzanares said.
Students in Hayden after-school groups show off their talents
Students in Partners in Routt County's after-school group at Hayden Middle School like to paint. Sometimes that paint goes on the bench the students are constructing. More often, it seems, the paint goes everywhere else.
As more than 200 Moffat County residents protested taxes outside the courthouse, last-minute returns were being filed.
Kenyan Minister of Justice Martha Karua announced her resignation Monday.
Wednesday, April 15
Council approves 70-team, 1,000-player August tournament
Adult softball will return to Steamboat Springs this summer under a plan approved by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night. In a 6-1 vote, council approved contracting with the World Softball League, which plans to host a 70-team, 1,000-player men's tournament the weekend of Aug. 14.
Sailors boys team handles Battle Mountain, 13-3, to secure championship
The 11-0 Sailors, champions of the inaugural Mountain Conference, are hosting Grand Valley today at Steamboat Springs High School. The game began at 2 p.m. The team has scored more than 10 goals, and given up less than five, for seven games in a row.
Organization closes season with annual awards ceremony
During the winter, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club results are recorded on the slopes. On Tuesday, however, the club handed out honors that are measured by more than speed, scores and jumps.
What constitutes extortion? If a private contractor was told that a substantial monetary contribution toward the care of a sick grandchild of a public figure was needed to ensure acceptance of a proposed development, would this be extortion?
Routt County citizens plan protest of federal spending, tax plans
Local citizens fed up with government spending, growth and tax policy are joining a national movement by rallying today on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.
The economy of the U.S. obviously is in serious trouble. Without sound strategies, the crisis will tear down our standard of living and comfortable way of life. Our political leaders choose social engineering and almost totally ignore the obvious solution.
8th-graders participate in 11th annual conference Tuesday
Business clothes and high heels juxtaposed with laughing teenage girls created a scene emblematic of the annual Girls to Women Conference on Tuesday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
Steamboat falls to Eagle Valley, 26-8
Ah, the perils of spring baseball on the Western Slope. Postponement after postponement put the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team in a precarious situation heading into Tuesday's game against Eagle Valley.
Kudos to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for its preliminary acceptance of a plan Tuesday to institute a furlough system for county employees.
Commissioners approve of shortened week; details awaiting approval
Routt County government employees will cash their first short paychecks today. However, most of them will have the comfort of knowing that within six weeks, their 10 percent reduction in pay will be offset by a corresponding reduction in their workweek.
I've answered a lot of odd questions in my life, but so far this tops the list as the oddest: "You've successfully slain the dragon, how will you toast your marshmallows?" Fortunately, this was not an interview question, just the final process of setting up a blog.
At a Friday self-defense seminar, local women lined the walls of the gym at Colorado Mountain College to learn the lessons of krav maga from Steamboat Springs teacher Holly Wilde.
Problem-solving is part of the routine for students in the Science Olympiad club at Steamboat Springs High School, but team members had to test their creativity in new ways Saturday at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
Monday, April 13
The South Routt School District picked up $10,000 to build a greenhouse for students as the recipient of the 2009 Arthur Anderson Grant Award from Routt County United Way.
City Council has lengthy debate about law to curb underage drinking
Debate about a law that would create new penalties for accomplices to underage drinking covered a lot of ground Tuesday night, from moral codes and political philosophy to rumors of an unlawful New Year's Eve party.
Yampa Valley Singers, orchestra reach the rafters at United Methodist Church
Sponsored by Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, selections from George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" were performed by the Yampa Valley Singers with Marie Carmichael as music director, accompanied by the Steamboat Springs Orchestra with Ernest Richardson as conductor, Friday through Sunday at the United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, April 14
Freshman senator says health care reform 2nd only to economy
Local governments' strategies for confronting the economic crisis received some senatorial validation Monday during a visit by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver.
Strong offense from Gus Worden and Brian Bertrand helped boost the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team to a 14-3 victory against Battle Mountain in the Vail Valley on Monday.
Each season of the year brings its own unique asterism into our early evening sky, and each one is a geometrical pattern made up of bright stars from different constellations.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners reacted impassively Monday to a letter from Steamboat Springs attorney Mark Fischer on behalf of Sheriff Gary Wall questioning its authority to unilaterally reduce the salaries of the sheriff's employees.
First Steps event is for people who want to start a business
Sometimes economic recessions can sprout innovation. The topic came up recently at a networking session for people who are unemployed and will be addressed at a First Steps Seminar on Wednesday.
Sunday, April 12
District discusses four-day weekend instead of full week off
The traditional "blues break" for students in the Steamboat Springs School District will likely be shortened to a four-day weekend, according to a preliminary calendar approved Monday by the Steamboat Springs School Board.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will make two stops in Routt County today. The first, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Centennial Hall in downtown Steamboat Springs, is for a town hall meeting with residents and elected officials.
Supporters will present research to push for another vote
Despite a defeat at a December meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council, supporters of a social host ordinance are bringing the issue back, armed with more information in the hopes of persuading council members.
Steamboat tops Battle Mountain, remains perfect in league play
Monday night's soccer game at Gardner Field had all the makings of a classic Western Slope showdown. For the first 38 minutes, the game between the hometown Steamboat Springs Sailors and the Battle Mountain Huskies unfolded pretty much as expected.
Colorado National Monument an ideal destination
You don't have to leave Colorado to go hiking in Utah. We found a patch of slick rock country right outside Fruita on Sunday and saved a minimum of 250 miles of driving in the process.
Commissioners hold out hope for other cost savings
Layoffs now appear inevitable for some Routt County government workers. County employees can expect to have a clearer picture of their job security by the middle of next month.
Monday, April 13
Colorado Democratic expected to tout the economic recovery plan and its impact on small towns on the Western Slope.
Saturday, April 11
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders wrapped up their season with a massive medal haul at last week's United States of America Snowboard Association Nationals at Copper Mountain. The club grabbed 25 medals, 12 of which were gold.
The sixth annual Teen Battle of the Bands is scheduled for 9 p.m. May 15 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The event will feature teen bands from Steamboat Springs, Hayden, South Routt and Craig.
Pond skim, concerts and late-day sun mark end of season
Style topped grace in the second annual Steamboat Splashdown Pond Skim on Sunday, closing out the 2008-09 ski season with flashy costumes and a ride across a man-made pond at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
New Yorker editor spent months researching school near Hayden
Dorothy Wickenden's grandmother Dorothy Woodruff arrived in 1916 to teach at the Elkhead School north of Hayden, drawn by a desire to serve and a hankering for adventure. Wickenden, the executive editor of The New Yorker magazine, arrived to retrace some of Woodruff's steps and to tell her grandmother's story.
Andy Caress always has had an unquenchable thirst and love for everything that surrounds life. So even as the Steamboat Springs tennis pro and former Coastal Carolina tennis star treks through the toughest part of his 23 years on this Earth, he's still smiling.
Most gardeners like to try growing something new and different mixed in with the tried and true, and for herb aficionados, chervil might just fill that need.
After lunch at the annual Girls to Woman Conference, Routt County eighth-graders participate in an exercise called "Reality Bytes." Girls preparing to make the transition to high school fill out a financial survey that asks what career they want to have and what kind of lifestyle they'd like to lead.
A healthy, vibrant woman, age 75, was golfing when she suddenly fell to the ground. Diagnostic tests revealed an aggressive type of brain cancer. A delicate surgery was recommended.
A lack of medical insurance or funds shouldn't be barriers to better lung health.
County refuses to foot sheriff's bill
A recently adopted 10 percent pay cut for Routt County employees has provided the next point of contention between the Board of County Commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall. Click here to see a copy of the letter from Wall's attorneys questioning the commissioners' legal authority to cut the pay of Sheriff's Office employees.
Sunday, April 12
Disproving doubters, the new Bud Werner Memorial Library - like others across the country - thrives in the Information Age
Check here for a roundup of local Easter Sunday events, including ice skating with the Easter Bunny, local church services and a performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 3 p.m. at United Methodist Church, featuring more than 50 local musicians.
The slow economy has changed things dramatically since ski area officials bemoaned visa rules last fall.
Sometimes life is like a book. It can be filled with unexpected plot twists, a revolving cast of characters and the kind of details that keep us interested enough to flip to the next page.
Bernie Buescher pushes Pinnacol plan for Colorado budget
The moment that drew the most spirited reaction from the audience at the Routt County Democratic Party's annual Jefferson/Jackson Dinner fundraiser Saturday night was the announcement that longtime party advocate and Routt County native Lynn Abbott had won the party's Volunteer of the Year award.
The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team pulled away with a split Saturday in Rifle, dropping the first game, 8-4, before winning the second one, 13-7.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team picked up three wins during the weekend and now has a chance to get fully healthy for the stretch run.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
1:59 a.m. An ambulance was requested in Steamboat Springs. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer said a drunken pedestrian was taken to detox.
In Tammie Delaney's opinion, the town of Hayden could go in two directions: It could preserve its heritage, or it could lose its soul.
Playing on a natural grass surface for the first time this year, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team continued its torrid roll Saturday, easily beating Glenwood Springs, 13-1.
I am a retired military guy. Last night at our American Legion meeting, one of the other guys showed us an article from a newspaper in Denver discussing in-state tuition issues. From what I read, it looked like the same bunch of government officials who three weeks ago decided it made sense to give in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens and their children have decided not to give in-state tuition rates to military personnel stationed in Colorado, their spouses or their children. I hope I misunderstood and that you can clear this up.
On April 1, I volunteered to wear a Ski Corp. jacket to be a presence on the hill and help guests have a great day. At 3:10 p.m., I was notified that it was OK to go home, and I started for the base.
The program is great because of you, Bob (Hiester)! You bring such class and high expectations to your teams. Hope you go to the end. Awesome job.
Like so much about it, the exact height of Hell's Wall is up for debate. "Between 80 and 100 feet," 22-year-old Steamboat Springs extreme skier Kerry Lofy said. "Probably 90."
Routt County school districts still are looking for good teachers, but with fewer positions to fill and an influx of applications, the odds of finding a teaching position in the county are slimmer than ever.
Jim Somerville said he sees "no caps" on My Wireless' ability to grow across the West.
Forest Ranger M.K. Klemme says he thinks the ground has an average level of moisture this spring but most of the snow has gone into the ground instead of running off, as has been the case in years past.
Like most of us who live here in the greatest country God has ever given to man, I love America. Recently, a friend of mine who traveled and lived in Europe for a time told me that she loves it, too, but not as much as me. Michelle Obama has said that America is a mean country and that she is only now proud of it since her husband declared his candidacy. And alas, it has now become apparent that her husband isn't all that fond of it, either.
Occupation: Hayden High School secretary
The Iron Horse Inn may find new life as student housing for Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.
Sarah Dixson was honored as April Teen of the Month at the April 1 meeting of the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs. Dixson, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, is a member of the school's National Honor Society chapter and the Nordic and Alpine ski team. She recently won the state's coveted Skimeister award, and she was named to the Colorado Academic All-Star team.
Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking submissions for its Teen Art Wall. Artists ages 13 to 18 who live in Routt County are welcome to submit their work - paintings, drawings, photographs and more - by Tuesday. Matted or framed artwork is accepted. An opening reception for the library's first rotating teen art exhibit is Thursday. Call the library at 879-0240 or visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/teens/myart.html.
While the Steamboat 700 project (and the 360 project) likely would increase the city's tax bases to help alleviate the city's budget concerns, I think it would detract from the quality of life for most city, and especially county, residents for two primary reasons: significant traffic increases, which at times have been of concern to the city and all who must use Lincoln Avenue, and significant water usage increases, in the drought cycles that almost are a surety for this area.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer
February gross volume slumps to $12,071,300
The second half of Helen and Henry Rehder's legacy in the community was secured this month, as the Yampa Valley Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy formally accepted the gift of the couple's historic 250-acre sheep ranch in Pleasant Valley.
The problem of underage drinking is pervasive within our country as well as our community. Routt County has the dubious distinction of leading Colorado in underage alcohol-related infractions, with averages well above national norms, as well. Routt County had the most minor in possession (MIP) and juvenile driving under the influence (DUI) violations in the state in 2005 and 2007. Additionally, underage youths in Routt County report above-average responses related to lifetime alcohol use, binge drinking and ease of obtainment of alcohol. These figures are alarming and eye-opening. It is clear from our local and national statistics that underage drinking is a crucial problem within our society.
The black mud, manure and hay mix is thick as wet concrete at High Tide Ranch west of Steamboat Springs. "You tell the people in town when they talk about mud season, they ain't seen nothing yet," Larry Monger said.
Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco high schools travel to Glenwood Springs for Demon Invitational
As rain slowed most athletes at the Demon Invitational track meet in Glenwood Springs, Holli Salazar continued to lay down astonishing performances.
Directory of wedding service providers
Gavin Graham always has been the fat guy, ever since he could remember.
New city manager lands in ideal spot for active lifestyle
It's Monday, Feb. 23, and City Manager Jon Roberts is closing in on his first week as the city of Steamboat Springs' top administrator. Roberts sat down with At Home just after a gathering of all city employees to discuss unpaid leaves to help ease the city's budget shortfalls. Up next is a weekly meeting with the top two members of the City Council.
Photos from around town for spring 2009
It's springtime in Ski Town U.S.A. Do you know where your Nordic world champions are? We can lay claim to three of them, you know! That's never happened before.
When your best friend asks you to visit her in Thailand for her 25th birthday, it might be ancient Thai custom to say yes. Maybe? OK, OK - personal wanderlust is far more likely to be the motivating factor. Either way, something took me over the ocean to Bangkok and Hua Hin in mid-April of 2008. Jordan's plans to spend her final semester of college in Thailand had been in the works for months. That gave me plenty of time to save up for the $1,000 roundtrip Eva Air flight, which I booked through Kayak.com, my favorite flight-finding site.
Most people do not find needles a stress-decreasing experience, but many others turn to acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help relieve the symptoms of stress.
The Steamboat Springs Marathon, a taunting reminder to the marginally fit Steamboat resident, will rear its head once again June 7, when runners from across the state and country tackle the 26.2-mile course up and down local hills.
James and Maggie Crawford's old Hallett and Cumston upright piano is back in the parlor where it belongs, and their Romanesque revival home is back in the family, too.
It no longer appears as if the Steamboat Springs City Council is considering putting the annexation of Steamboat 700 to a vote of the people, and that's a good thing.
Eric Meyer has been through a lot in the past year, so he may have a more stringent litmus test than most when it comes to what qualifies as "bad news" and what does not.
Tragedy through survivors' eyes
On April 19, 1999, Andrew Robinson was simply a student at Columbine High School. On April 20, and in the weeks that followed, he and his classmates became an exhibit.
People interested in starting a small business are invited to Wednesday's First Steps Seminar at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.
Sotheby's broadens business base under new ownership
A Steamboat real estate brokerage has changed hands, but most of the players already were in house.
Saturday, April 11
City of Steamboat Springs officials announced Thursday that they have named Julie Franklin its city clerk. Franklin, deputy city clerk since June 2000, has been serving as the interim city clerk since former City Clerk Julie Jordan left the post last year.
Colorado secretary of state, lieutenant governor among guests
On the heels of a 2008 election in which Democratic candidates carried Routt County in all but one race, the mood should be jubilant today at the Jefferson/Jackson Dinner, the local party's primary annual fundraiser.
Skiers and riders spoiled by third 400-inch winter in 5 years
For longtime Steamboat skier Sue Hansen, it was a great winter to ski her favorite unofficial trail on Mount Werner, the Nose of the Nostrils. Stick with me, and I'll reveal the location of her powder stash.
Yampa Valley Housing Authority reviews needs assessment
Housing cost increases in Oak Creek mostly outpaced those in the rest of Routt County during the past decade, according to a housing needs assessment presented to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority on Thursday.
Spring snow dictates that slow starts to the season are the norm for Routt County spring sports teams. Still, 2009 has proven especially brutal for local track and field squads.
1 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a wildlife call near mile marker 116 on U.S. Highway 40. An elk had been hit by a car and was put down.
Legislation originated with Steamboat public works director
Colorado motorists must show buses greater deference under a bill that originated with a Steamboat Springs official and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter last week.
Friday, April 10
Steamboat Ski Area reaches threshold for 2nd straight season
Four inches of snow overnight Thursday makes the 2008-09 season the seventh-snowiest since 1980. One more day remains in the season; Closing Day is Easter Sunday.
The Atira Group - developers of Ski Time Square, Edgemont and Thunderhead - acted inappropriately by contacting Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jon Quinn at a critical moment in the council's review of Thunderhead.
Lowell Whiteman looks to build gymnasium on Pine Street, elevated walkway for safety of students
The board of directors of the nonprofit Lowell Whiteman Primary School has entered the city planning process with a tentative proposal to construct a gymnasium/multi-purpose building at its downtown campus.
More, but smaller, units without deed restrictions would be allowed in the city's industrial zone district, under code changes discussed by the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday.
Budget constraints caused by the economic downturn necessitated an abbreviation of the program intended for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's season finale concert April 5.
Agriculture meets society's needs and wants with a variety of things: food, by-products, open space and wildlife habitat, just to name a few.
Hayden theater group offers students a creative outlet
With months of line-learning, set-building and costume-making behind them, the 37 students and numerous volunteers involved in a Hayden production of "The Tale of Snow White" had one thing left to hear before their first performance Thursday.
At one point during Thursday's tennis match between Steamboat's Claire Parsons and Vail Mountain's Sarah Logan, a rally had gone so long that when a point finally was won, both girls stopped, turned to the 50 or so spectators and asked, "Whose serve is it again?"
12:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police officers were called to a drunken pedestrian in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Officers gave an intoxicated man a courtesy ride and turned him over to a sober person.
The Steamboat Storm women's hockey team was at its best when it mattered the most, and that was enough last weekend at a tournament in Eagle.
"The Open Door" has more spunk to it than Death Cab for Cutie's recent releases, and the added energy works well.
Check here for a roundup of local Easter weekend events, including Easter egg hunts, ice skating with the Easter Bunny, and local church services.
The Northern Rockies jurisdiction has been chosen to receive $52,546 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Routt, Eagle, Pitkin, Summit, Grand and Jackson counties. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Three nights into my Cardboard Classic team's 2009 building extravaganza, we already had sustained our first set of injuries: one cut to the leg, one slice across the top of a finger, several nicks on a hand - all delivered by a very sharp retractable box cutter, and all sustained making the scariest cardboard dragon head I have ever seen.
Every time Ozomatli goes on an international tour, saxophonist and founding band member Ulises Bella heads to a local CD store.
Steamboat scores 5 runs in 7th
On a chilly afternoon, Steamboat Springs' bats went cold for five innings. Good thing for the Sailors, those five innings were sandwiched between two dominant ones at the plate.
Most listeners assume Handel's "Messiah" oratorio ends with the "Hallelujah" chorus, Colorado Mountain College choral director Marie Carmichael said.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team played well. Its Thursday night showdown against Class 5A's Grand Junction Central wasn't a league game and won't hurt the Sailors' hunt for the Western Slope League title.
It was an overcast day at the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. For photographer Debbi Funston, the mass of semi-inflated fabric made for some striking images.
Sarah Lindholm saw how limiting surgery can be when her boyfriend's father had a knee and hip replaced in the same year about three years ago.
Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony is optimistic, but it's not outright joyful - Tchaikovsky was a Romantic, and even his most triumphant work becomes that way through tense emotion and occasional melancholy.
Charges allege woman forged billing documents
Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Craig day care operator April 2 on suspicion of defrauding Moffat County Social Services for at least $3,264 in child day care subsidies.
Event shapes up to be a stimulus for Arts Council, community
On Monday night, Kelly Anzalone was proudly wearing the head of his new "Sparky the Raccoon" costume, strumming a ukulele and singing bits of something to the tune of "Electric Avenue."
Thursday, April 9
ESL placement tests to be held April 20 to 22
Eveline Bacon's favorite part of the day is teaching English to non-native speakers. Through coordinating and teaching Integrated Community's English as a Second Language classes, Bacon can reach people directly and see firsthand if her work changes lives for the better.
There aren't questions about which lacrosse team is the best on the Western Slope anymore. Steamboat and Aspen came in as the top two teams in the Mountain Conference. Steamboat proved it's the class of the conference and region.
Beginning today, our Web site includes a daily E-edition that's an exact copy of the print paper. A click on our E-edition widget is all readers will need to open a full-screen version of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
A job fair is not occurring as planned Saturday after employers lost interest and said they don't need more employees.
Wildfire preparedness and other issues associated with the mountain pine beetle epidemic will be the primary concern of incoming Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble.
An Eagle-Vail man, who pleaded guilty in February to manslaughter, was sentenced in an Eagle County courtroom Wednesday to three months in prison and four years probation.
An unexpected concession from the developers of Steamboat 700 may have diffused the Steamboat Springs City Council's consideration of voluntarily putting the controversial annexation project to a vote.
12:17 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a car crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Rabbit Ears Pass.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. today at Centennial Hall to discuss a controversial proposed change to the Community Development Code that would limit the size of "single-family dwelling units" in the industrial zone district, but increase the allowable percentage of "accessory uses," such as smaller employee housing units. City planners say the code change is in response to developers maximizing the residential potential of industrial development.
The Soroco High School track team didn't disappoint when finally given the chance to compete.
Parents urge Hayden School Board not to alter break lengths
Hayden School Board members drew a round of applause from more than a dozen parents Wednesday night as they rejected a proposed change to the school calendar to start two days earlier.
Recreation Commission unanimously supports increase in education
There will be a concerted effort to write more tickets for littering, parking illegally and having open alcohol containers on the Yampa River, but the city's response to concerns about tubing will be mostly educational and volunteer-based this summer.
Weekend festivities include free concerts, races, pond skimming
The Steamboat Ski Area will pencil another "X" on its calendar and close the book on the 2008-09 season this weekend.
Charter Commission aims to dig into issues Monday night
Hayden's Home Rule Charter Commission plans to start molding a charter in earnest Monday night.
Wednesday, April 8
Harris, Johnson lead Sailors over regional rival in Tuesday doubleheader
The Sailors got a two-run, game-winning single from Cody Harris to win Tuesday's first game, 5-4. In the second game, a lights-out pitching performance from Lars Johnson helped the Sailors cruise to a 12-2 win.
It's noon Tuesday, Election Day, when Craig Mayor Don Jones walks into JW Snacks for lunch. He orders a blackened catfish sandwich, fries and iced tea, and settles in for a conversation.
Riley only new member as incumbents remain
Upon hearing that she won her first-ever bid for public office, Craig City Councilor-elect Jennifer Riley's voice was calm, but the tears in her eyes betrayed her excitement.
County officials pleased with functional remodel
County officials said Monday that a $400,000 cost overrun on the two-year remodel of the historic Routt County Courthouse and annex was because of a post-budget change in the project's scope of work. The project now is expected to come in at $4.9 million. The county received $1.5 million in grant funds for the project.
Students allowed outdoors again after kidnapping threat
Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies think the man who threatened to kidnap two children from South Routt Elementary School may never have left his home state of California.
Aspen's elected officials took a $200,000 gamble Monday by giving additional money to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association to increase marketing efforts to boost summer business.
Town's consultant: Financial projections are in 'good faith'
Town officials and consultants say Eagle would get a good financial deal out of the Eagle River Station project. Critics of the $346 million project, which would bring a Target to Eagle, say they're still not sure.
The Meadows Parking Lot has been closed this week and will reopen Friday morning, a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman said. Shuttles will not run from the lot to the Gondola Transit Center until it reopens, Loryn Kasten said.
It could have been an eerie scenario for the Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team. The Sailors hadn't played in 10 days because of weather postponements.
2:12 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a car crash where a pickup truck had hit a guardrail. The crash was in Grand County and deputies turned the incident over to local law enforcement.
Steamboat puts Palisade away, 2-0
The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team got off to another fast start, downing Palisade on Tuesday, 2-0.
Business veterans and newbies talked up a storm Tuesday afternoon at The Boathouse Pub.
I find it ironic that some members of our community call for a property tax most loudly during a time of economic struggle.
The other morning, I stumbled downstairs to find the oven on. Inside, baking merrily away, was a casserole dish containing two charred pieces of bread topped with something that resembled two cow patties.
Several local snowboarders hope to gain edge as season comes to a close
The snowboarding season is coming to a close, but several riders from Steamboat Springs are hoping to gain an edge before it's done.
Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School District for adding more all-day kindergarten slots for the 2009-10 academic year.
It's true. There are many organizations or entities in Steamboat we can support or with which we can get involved, and as a result we feel more satisfied as humans.
New affordable housing framework defined for proposed Steamboat 700 annexation
A highly anticipated vote on a major base area redevelopment project was delayed another month at Tuesday's Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, but a rare level of consensus was reached on another controversial project on the opposite end of the city.
Routt County commissioners placed their signatures Tuesday on a development map that could change the way deals are done in the valley on either side of Steamboat Springs.
Tuesday, April 7
Elementary students will be allowed outdoors again following kidnapping threat
Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies believe the man who threatened to kidnap two children from South Routt Elementary School may never have left his home state of California.
February numbers represent sixth straight month of decreases for Steamboat Springs
The city's sales tax revenue has decreased 16 percent for the year to date. February was Steamboat's sixth straight month of year-over-year revenue decreases, and sales tax income fell in every area and every industry.
Numbers up as organizers plan Bunkhouse Bull Session, Town Kids Project
Membership in Routt County 4-H has received a nudge in the flanks this year, and supporters are trying to draw even more support and interest.
In space, there is no up or down, no top or bottom. On Earth, gravity defines our "down" as toward the center of the Earth and our "up" as the direction opposite of that, but these have no meaning once you are away from the Earth's influence.
Stimulus package, US government, local pros offer assistance
Increasing numbers of Routt County residents are suffering the pangs of unemployment. The bright side, however, is that tools, money and support are available. The most recent unemployment figures, from February, put Routt County's unemployment rate at 5.2 percent.
The Atira Group officials acknowledge discussing whether to end business relationship with councilman. Atira says it sought to avoid any perception of conflict; Quinn angered by telephone conversation and idea of being punished for "doing my civic duty."
I hit the couch within two minutes of returning home Saturday afternoon, my muscles protesting after the exertion of breaking trail into the secret telemark stash on Rabbit Ears Pass.
A group of parents are gearing up to contest a proposed change to the Hayden School District calendar for next year.
Sunday, April 5
Longtime Steamboat Springs firefighter Bob Struble has been appointed Routt County's emergency management director, county officials announced Monday. Struble, assistant fire chief with Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, was chosen from a pool of 57 applicants.
Development-related issues take precedence at to tonight's City Council meeting
Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District officials will tell the Steamboat Springs City Council today that the need for a west-side fire station is urgent and must be met "sooner rather than later."
Monday, April 6
Kidnapping threat has school, law enforcement officials on guard
After a kidnapping threat was made regarding a staff member's family, school and law enforcement officials have stepped up security and plan to restrict students' outdoor activity.
Veteran Steamboat Springs firefighter takes over position vacated by Chuck Vale. Struble most recently has been Steamboat's assistant fire chief.
Quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt: These grains may be new to most Americans, but some cultures have eaten, and revered, them for thousands of years.
For Kyle Lawton, it was an important day that started with what seemed like disaster. For David Freshman, it was an emotional day that began with a trip, and for Candy St. John, it was a potentially tough day than began with high hopes. As the sun set across from Steamboat Ski Area hours later, all would agree: the day turned out almost perfectly.
Saturday, April 4
Steamboat Ski Area is set to break the 400-inch mark this season with at least two more storms predicted by the end of this week.
Ryan Domson led the way as the Hayden Middle School wrestling team wrapped up its season Friday and Saturday at the state tournament in Denver.
The 2009 municipal election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Up for election will be four Craig City Council seats and the mayor's seat.
Super Pass price drops $40 for next season
The offers are pouring in for Steamboat Springs High School seniors as the final crunch time for college selection comes to an end. Offers for financial aid, scholarships and grants are following the letters for admittance as colleges entice students making their final decisions.
Instead of holiday shopping catalogues stuffing our mailboxes, gardeners now are receiving catalogues of the new offerings from garden centers and mail-order nurseries for 2009. Eye candy. And, wow, it's so easy to satisfy your garden sweet tooth.
If you do not know someone or a family that is affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, it is only a matter of time before you will. Whether we call ASD a national epidemic or a health crisis, the fact is that the numbers of individuals being diagnosed on the spectrum are startling.
The missionaries from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs range in age from 7 to 89, but no matter their years, they're not afraid to pick up a crowbar for some heavy work.
Sunday, April 5
Jeremy Cota finally realizes that going bigger isn't always better. It's a fine line that the freestyle mogul skier has long dealt with. His talents were always apparent. Nobody would go as big as he did. Nobody would try a lot of the tricks he would. But for years, Cota could never find the consistency to finish runs.
Tom Southall can remember a game from his junior year of high school when Steamboat Springs played Holy Family in football.
A proposed development the size of (Steamboat) 700 should be put to a vote. Yes, it will inconvenience the developers, but if the majority of our residents feel that Steamboat does not see a need for this amount of housing and the impacts that it will create for all of us, i.e increased traffic, then it should not be built. We will all have to live with the impacts of such a development, and it would be easier to accept if it goes to a vote first. I was not in favor of Wal-Mart but since the majority of residents wanted it, I was more willing to accept it. The inconvenience to the town, if 700 gets built, goes far beyond the inconvenience of waiting for a vote to the developer.
Capitalism has proven to be the best economic system known to man. You can compare it to all other economic systems attempted or still being used - communism or socialism, for example - and it remains obvious that capitalism as an economic system is superior in allocating resources and creating efficiencies. No question.
Towny Anderson's commentary in the March 29 Pilot & Today ("Sales tax and community character") was right on the mark. This matter has come up at least twice the past couple of decades. The last time, the City Council appointed a "blue ribbon" committee to consider it. The committee's recommendation, agreed to by council, was to stick with sales tax to support the city. That was a mistake, in my opinion. A property tax could have averted the budget crisis we are in - hindsight now, of course. No one could have predicted the depression we are in, but it is now obvious that we need to act for the future.
It would be difficult for me to agree more with Rob Douglas' column ("Routt County's April fools"). I am especially intrigued with his idea that we really don't need full-time commissioners and can leave the day-to-day management of the county's affairs with what I think is an excellent staff. Then, the commissioners could meet periodically to perform as a board (as do the Steamboat Springs City Council and Steamboat Springs School Board), and not as full-time administrators.
Businesses can help One Percent for Steamboat, Colorado Carbon Fund
Members of the Sustainable Business Program, run by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, must create a plan to improve their impact on the environment.
Tom Thurston had spent all of the past month on the road, but he could barely contain his enthusiasm on his first full day back at his Oak Creek-area home. Kris Hoffman "helps me train my dogs and allows me to keep a large pool of dogs by keeping some of my dogs at his kennel," Thurston said.
7:03 a.m. A man made an animal complaint on Stone Lane.
About three months after opening, DejÃ Vu Boutique is thriving, owner Katie Gaylord said Thursday. The shop at 624 Lincoln Ave. sells upscale consignment clothing.
Steamboat Springs Swim Team holds tryouts for new swimmers from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Old Town Hot Springs where sign-up forms are posted. Call Essie at 879-5822 with questions.
Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - MASLANIK, JAMES A and MASLANIK, MIRIAM K To HAWLEY, RAMSEY M and HAWLEY, DELORES G For QUAIL RUN CONDOMINIUMS, PHASE III UNIT 1103 - $505,000
Thursday was moving day at Trailhead Lodge, a process likely to continue into May. With unit contract closings expected soon and two mortgage lenders in place to assist qualified buyers, the developers of the large condominium project near the base of Steamboat Ski Area are optimistic about the future.
Bill Morris has joined Real Living Professional Group as an associate broker.
Routt County government employees and taxpayers deserved more of a chance to discuss cost-cutting measures with department leaders and the commissioners before employee pay was slashed by 10 percent last week. Instead, our elected commissioners made the decision in a special meeting called exactly 24 hours - the minimum legal requirement - before the unanimous vote was cast.
Bank-owned home on Red Hawk Circle under contract
A bank-owned home at 1600 Red Hawk Court finally went under contract this week for a price more than $200,000 less than what the original owners were asking during the height of the real estate run-up in spring 2007.
CMC hosts free classes by local broker Susana Field
Heritage center, Leslie seek photos for pictorial piece
Hayden's unofficial historian and the Hayden Heritage Center are seeking photographs for a new book about the town.
Peabody Energy's construction of Sage Creek facility could begin in 2010
Peabody Energy and Twentymile Coal Co. could begin construction on the new underground Sage Creek Mine in West Routt County as soon as 2010, a company spokesman said last week.
The break room in City Hall was busier than usual at lunchtime Thursday, the day before many city employees would take their first unpaid day off as part of a furlough program adopted to balance the city's budget by cutting employees' pay 10 percent.
David Muneton scrolled through a slideshow on his computer, pointing out the cultural highlights of his hometown of Medellin, Colombia.
Community groups in Steamboat Springs are finding that the economic recession is forcing them to look for new sources of funding, new ways of operating and, sometimes, a bit of luck to get the support they need to continue.
Tracy Barnett, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs manager, and Cami Bunn, vice-chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission, are embarking on a campaign to encourage businesses to create a historic district. They're eyeing Lincoln Avenue from Seventh to Ninth streets, Barnett said.
Henry R. Savage
CMC to hold free prevention seminar at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium
If Tara Shaffer has learned anything from krav maga, it's that she could have fought back. The Steamboat Springs resident was two weeks into her freshman year of college when she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance.
From the Friday, April 6, 1934 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
There are a lot of things I simply don't understand. I don't understand why, when trying to type the word "for" into a text message with my cell phone, it automatically writes "emp" instead. I don't understand why snow melts even if the temperature is well below freezing.
"We won" seems to be the incessant mantra of President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi whenever someone appears startled at their moves to enact their extreme agenda. In other words, the 53 percent plurality they won should give them license to dismiss the other 47 percent out of hand. Don't think their goals are radical? Consider:
Saturday, April 4
Small business owners seeking bank loans need to come prepared, a lending officer told local businesspeople at a lunchtime forum Friday. The forum offered locally geared information about state funding programs and loan possibilities in a changing economic climate.
The search for somebody to take the place of interim Minturn Town Manager Gary Suiter officially has begun and the process is expected to take a couple months to complete.
These days, Vail resident Eric Myers dines out less, and, when he does, he keeps a sharp lookout for deals.
For the second day in a row, speakers at the Mountain Travel Symposium told their audience that things could be worse. It may be small comfort, but the European economy may take an even bigger hit, said Dr. Oren Harari, a consultant and well-known speaker known for helping businesses achieve a competitive advantage in a chaotic environment.
Herby lives in a mountain town in Colorado, much like Steamboat Springs, and as he navigates his way through perils related to being 6 inches tall, Herby learns the value of survival skills and the Boy Scouts.
Thursday, April 2
Race to benefit Cody St. John Foundation today
Middle school team hopes for win on big stage
They chanted loud, ran a lap around the inside of the gymnasium and flew out the door into the sunlight, the ring of cheering and applause all that remained in their wake.
Vail's sales tax revenues have continued to drop, with February revenue down more than 16 percent compared to last year.
In her modeling days, Ann Ross used to answer wide-reaching "cattle calls" from agencies. In her search for active senior citizens to feature in the 52-page 2010 Aging Well Calendar, Ross decided to use a similar tactic.
The city's newly renovated Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services building sports attractive architecture, green building features and 7,000 square feet of new space for personnel and equipment.
The worst economic downturn in nearly 80 years hasn't slowed demand for Kent Eriksen's $3,000 custom titanium bicycle frames.
Around Pete Bergmann's office, there are posters and books defining success, what makes a leader and how to go from good to great.
The benefit of free or discounted food enjoyed by numerous Steamboat Springs restaurant employees is threatened, says state Sen. Al White, who is the prime sponsor of a bill to protect shift meals from state taxes.
When the Chix with Stix hockey team looks back on the season, players will remember more than finishing second. They will remember how they connected on and off the ice.
Friday, April 3
The slopes of Mount Werner could see 10 to 20 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the city of Steamboat Springs, and a winter storm warning is in place for the surrounding mountains.
Weather delays home action today and Saturday
Inclement weather has put off scheduled home games for Steamboat Springs High School's lacrosse and tennis teams.
No problems reported after repair of Monday night pipe break
Yampa's water is safe for public use after health officials lifted a drinking water advisory Thursday night.
The avalanche danger in the wake of this week's April Fools' Day dump is considerable at all points of the compass, according to forecasters at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Saturday fundraiser to benefit Yampa Valley programs
Steamboat Springs skaters are ready to slide circles around themselves for the second annual skate-a-thon to benefit the Yampa Valley Autism Program, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The first Northwest Colorado Products Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Not much has changed in Raymond, Calif., since Morgan Peterson grew up there. More accurately, not much has changed in Raymond since the turn of the 20th century. There's a casino about 10 miles away, and Yosemite National Park isn't far.
Tango & Cash event encourages raffle bargaining
Toward the end of the Steamboat Springs Rotary clubs' annual Tango & Cash fundraiser, 10 people are given a chance to be reasonable and split their odds at $7,000 in prize money 10 ways.
Some of the projects Linda Kakela sent across Wendy DuBord's desk were so good, the deputy city manager jokes that she often wondered whether they were actually legal. In 20 years with the city of Steamboat Springs, Kakela leveraged grants and partnerships into some of the most valued public assets in the Yampa Valley.
On Wednesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners demonstrated their brand of April Fools' Day humor by cutting all county employees' pay 10 percent.
County refuses payment on $8,500 of disputed services
Routt County taxpayers paid a private law firm more than $40,000 for Sheriff's Office legal services in 2008.
The NORCO West 16s club volleyball team netted a third-place finish at a Lakewood tournament Sunday to finish its season with a 17-10 record overall.
The words 'additional government regulation' raise hackles for many citizens but if anyone needs a testimonial regarding the town of Eagle, Colorado's new carbon monoxide detector rules, just give Ron Beard a call.
Experts tout social networking sites as new word-of-mouth
When heavy hitters such as Travelocity and Google start talking about using social media for marketing, people tend to sit up and listen.
The Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport has made a "top 10 challenging mountain airports" list in a national aircraft association magazine. Aspen's airport also is on the list.
12:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Bangtail Way where a vehicle had gone off the road. Everything was fine.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs weren't that great at being garage punks.
The two years I've participated in Penguin Plunge have started and ended in almost exactly the same way:
Stuart Handloff remembers a simpler time: a time when Steamboat Springs nightlife was just getting started and there wasn't all that much to do.
Hayden police Wednesday used a Taser on a 46-year-old Mexican man living in Hayden as officers arrested him on suspicion of domestic violence.
There's something to be said for the shared experience of live music. For Roots of Creation lead singer and guitarist Brett Wilson, it goes something like this: "You can create your own emotion and feelings from instrumental music and improvisational music," he said about the reggae-jam approach his New Hampshire-based band uses to play shows.
In an effort to reach out to the community's runaway and homeless youths, Moffat County's Youth Services Department has applied for a $1 million grant.
Only once did Marie Carmichael detect the ambition that made her son Nelson a two-time World Cup moguls season champion and an Olympic bronze medalist. "He was in about ninth or 10th grade, and I was cleaning his room," she said. "I found a note he had written. It said, 'I want to be among the top five skiers in the world.'"
The outlook for a Steamboat Springs Orchestra season finale was grim. The ensemble couldn't meet budget on ticket sales.
It took 45 seconds Thursday for Eagle Valley to see the type of team it wants to become.
Director Mike Brumbaugh's original vision for a spring theater production was darker.
When he was in eighth grade, Ian Noble sang "La donna e mobile" from the opera "Rigoletto" to audition for a scholarship from Emerald City Opera.
Thursday, April 2
Couple accused of marijuana cultivation to appear in county court April 15
The hearing for David Jensen, accused of growing marijuana in his Old Town home, is continued until 2 p.m. April 15, when both he and his wife, Marie Jensen, will appear in Routt County Court.
Thursday morning incident is latest in line of animal-caused outages for Yampa Valley Electric Association.
Elected officials split about voluntary participation
The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved 10 percent emergency pay cuts for county employees at a long and fiery hearing Wednesday. More than 80 employees packed a hearing room in the Routt County Courthouse and pulled no punches in their remarks to commissioners, who are facing a $4.9 million 2009 budget deficit.
The send-off celebration for 16 Hayden wrestlers who qualified for the Colorado Middle School State Championships has been changed, and will now take place at 10 a.m. Friday morning inside the middle school gym.
Steamboat connections lift longtime local to NASTAR glory
Pete Wither said he's flown down the See Me run at Steamboat Ski Area thousands of times. Rarely has a trip down one of Mount Werner's most popular sections meant so much, however.
High school teams deal with weather
Skiers and riders enjoyed thigh-deep, if not chest-deep, snow Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area. Although the recent storms and snowfall left some with smiles, they have frustrated high school coaches and athletes around Routt County.
Tuesday, March 31
Eric Berry, Yampa public works superintendent, said the town's water will not be fit for use until this evening "at the earliest," after a break in the town's main water line Monday night.
All 3 local school districts receive funds after budget cuts
The Education Fund Board approved 27 funding requests and rejected only four during a second reading of proposals Wednesday night.
Hayden town manager updates panel about various projects
Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin briefed the Routt County Board of Commissioners this week about a broad spectrum of goings-on in Hayden. Martin spoke to commissioners for about an hour Tuesday, addressing Dry Creek Park, the new police station, sidewalk projects and more.
Lower landfill revenues, increased waste fees force changes
Routt County and Yampa Valley Recycles' popular Green Machine mobile recycling bins soon will be available less often because of a decline in revenues that support the program and a fee increase for emptying the bins.
Deep powder, stern warnings keep April 1 behavior in check
A combination of law enforcement agents and a dump of fresh powder kept April Fools Day shenanigans to a minimum at Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday, a day known for its raucous atmosphere in the past.
The grim financial situation facing many newspapers, particularly those in large media markets, has rekindled the debate about whether media companies should charge users for online content.
Wednesday, April 1
Official: Residents should use bottled water until Thursday evening at "the earliest"
Yampa residents should continue using bottled water for drinking and most uses until at least this evening. Water is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Yampa Town Hall.
Another 14 inches of snow fell overnight, bringing the 10-day total at the summit of Mount Werner to more than 6 feet. Click here to see powder video footage from the Steamboat Ski Area.
Steamboat, Hayden, Soroco send middle-schoolers to state
Middle school wrestlers from Steamboat, Hayden and South Routt County are going to the state meet this weekend in Denver after posting top finishes at the second annual Colorado Middle School Regional Tournament in Grand Junction.
The registration deadlines for Little League and American Legion baseball in Hayden are today. Little League is for children ages 8 to 15. Those interested in registering can visit Hayden Town Hall at 178 W. Jefferson Ave.
I am sure that when store owners decided to open their shops off Lincoln Avenue, they had good reasons for doing so. Now that the economy is not doing so well, they would like to generate more traffic. I'll bet that the stores on Lincoln Avenue would like more traffic, too.
TMH the only local body to go for DOLA funding this cycle
After no one stepped forward with a proposal for Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant dollars last week, The Memorial Hospital hopes to take advantage of an opportunity, potentially worth $1 million.
4:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a burglary alarm in the 1600 block of 13th Street. Everything was fine.
Each spring - particularly in recent years - seems to bring with it increased conflicts between cyclists and motorists. Sadly, Routt County is off to an early start this year, with at least two accidents between cyclists and motorists in March alone. We hope that trend doesn't continue through the summer and fall.
The controversial annexation of Steamboat 700 would be put to a citywide vote under a proposal Councilwoman Cari Hermacinski plans to suggest next week.
Winter storm warning, more storm systems on the way
Steamboat Springs Police Department officers lost track of the number of accidents they responded to Tuesday when they reached 15, Officer Doug Sherar said.
10 percent reduction considered today
Citing declining revenues, "the international economic crisis" and grim financial projections, Routt County commissioners will consider emergency 10 percent pay cuts at a special meeting today.
Education group to address declining sales tax revenues
The Education Fund Board will grapple with tough decisions and a revenue decrease of about $500,000 tonight as the group decides allocations for the 2009-10 school year.
Ski Corp. offers adult season passes for $879; cutoff is June 1
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is offering adult season ski passes for $100 cheaper than last year's lowest rate.