Stories for April 2009


Thursday, April 30

Literary Sojourn lineup announced

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

Swine flu confirmed in Colorado

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.

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Kids' Carnival hosted by Steamboat Springs High School students

More than 700 local elementary school students attended the annual Kids' Carnival put on by Steamboat Springs High School's leadership class.

Suspect in dog shooting arrested

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.

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Commissioners: There will be layoffs

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.

2009 Running Series kicks off Saturday

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.

The Record for April 28

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.

Swine flu 'likely' in Colorado

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.

Steamboat briefs: City Planning Commission has meeting tonight

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.

Summit County concealed permits increase

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.

Colorado skier hits 2,000 straight days

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.

Carbon monoxide detector law unlikely

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.

Most trails still too wet to ride

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.

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Automobile sale causes stir

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.

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Steamboat girls tennis team looks for 5th regional title

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.

Networking can be key to finding work

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

Routt athletes shine at meet in Moffat

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.

The Record for April 27

Monday, April 27

Steamboat Briefs: Local Boy Scouts looking for used cowboy boots

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.

Sue Lewis: Favoring furloughs

I was appalled, but not surprised, at Rob Douglas' April 24 column "Practicing gutter politics." The column is trademark Rob Douglas.

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Sailors girls soccer captures title

Steamboat Springs beat archrival Battle Mountain, 2-0, on Tuesday to end the Huskies' two-year run as league champions.

Ken Brenner: Funding crisis

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.

Thomas Morales: Lost camera sought

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Mother's Day is approaching fast

There are only 11 short shopping days until Mother's Day. Trust me, this is a day you do not want to forget.

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17 Hayden historical sites could get on local, state or national registers

Hayden has a range of historical assets, architect Jan Kaminski told residents and history enthusiasts Tuesday.

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Craig Middle School students donate food to animal shelter

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.

Aspen terrain expansion hits bump

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.

Blues break back on calendar

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.

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Routt County to start furloughs for employees next week

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.

No cuts for DA payroll

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.

Our View: Talking, not hands, is the problem

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Don't miss Mercury

Almost everyone has seen the planet Venus gleaming in the sky as the "evening star" or the "morning star."

Tuesday, April 28

Steamboat ski racer named to U.S. Team

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.

Sailors lacrosse gets home playoff game

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.

CMC calls off Iron Horse talks

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.

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Cycling bill rolls to Gov. Ritter's desk

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.

West-side school gets boost

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.

School Board settles lawsuit with newspaper

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.

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Atmos Energy provides discounts

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.

The Record for April 26

Sunday, April 26

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Tom Ross: Praise for local campground

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.

Steamboat Brief: Commissioners consider furlough plan today

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.

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Chatty drivers put on notice

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.

Parade aims to raise awareness

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

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Free Summer Concert Series lineup announced

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.

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Swine flu fears have Routt County on alert

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.

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9News Health Fair draws large crowd

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.

The Record for April 25

Saturday, April 25

Steamboat Briefs: Registration open for Steamboat Triathlon

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.

Monday Medical: Myths about drinking and driving

Here are just a few interesting statistics and popular myths about the behavior of drinking and driving, also called driving under the influence.

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Luke Graham: Salazar relishing role as favorite

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.

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Planner discusses annexations

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.

Survivor preaches tolerance

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.

School Board to look at gift policy

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.

Death penalty debate lingers

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.

Aging well: "Life changing" products help ease vision, hearing loss

Losing vision separates a person from the world; losing hearing separates them from humanity.

Deb Babcock: Happiness is ... getting dirty

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

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Javelin track event catching on at Routt County schools

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.

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Steamboat Springs hockey star earns recognition for talent

Matt Dawes is the best high school hockey goalie in the state.

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$7M gondola project aimed for January 2010 completion

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.

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Steamboat Springs senior to play football for CU

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.

Mike Brumbaugh: Good show

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.

Steamboat briefs: VNA celebrates National Immunization Week

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.

Our view: Time to stimulate base area

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.

Class notes: Colorado Mountain College graduation set for Saturday

Graduation ceremonies for the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

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Hygienist to open Oak Creek practice

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.

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7th annual North Routt Chili Cook-off planned for May 3

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.

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Hayden's Huyser on road to recovery

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Sana Thankful

Occupation: Subway, West Steamboat Springs

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Construction companies struggle amid severe slowdown

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.

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Late snowfall lessens risk of wildfires

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.

John F. Russell: Obsessed with a game

For some, golf is a game, but for others, it's an obsession.

J. Michael Turner: Support leash laws

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 Jail Report for April 18 to 24

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.

The Record for April 24

12:11 a.m. Trespassing was reported in the 57000 block of Saturn Court in Clark.

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LIFT-UP honors workers during Volunteer Week

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.

Letter to the editor: Doctors' orders

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.

Real estate transactions for April 9 to April 22, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Laloba Ranch owners seek approval for smaller subdivision

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.

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Purchases picking up in Red Hawk at prices influenced by bank-driven short sales

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.

Alysa Selby: Raise your voice

If you love to sing, or just wish you could find an opportunity to sing, consider joining the Yampa Valley Singers.

Conservative commentary: Earth Day then, now

"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?

On the Market: Bomeisl, Boehm join Prudential Realty roster

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.

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Economy, changing ownerships affect Oak Creek restaurants

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.

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Fruita mountain biking trails a far cry from still-muddy Steamboat

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.

Business File: Big Agnes, Boa named companies to watch

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Lofty goals left unachieved

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.

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Spa/Salon to offer parties, specials

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 3 county commissioners to donate 10 percent of pay

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.

The Record for April 23

Thursday, April 23

Steamboat briefs: Tee ball registration under way for Hayden youths

Tee ball registration under way for Hayden youths

Community Alliance addresses growth at annual gathering

In overseeing four annexations for the town of Crested Butte, John Hess has learned the ins and outs of a complex process.

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Local unemployment nears 6 percent

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.

Intrawest realigns staff

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.

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Retiring members of Old Town Hot Springs board lent decades of experience

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.

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Soroco, Hayden track teams finish well in Craig

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

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Intrawest realigns staff

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.

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Henning loving pro hockey

In his short professional hockey career, 2002 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Dusti Henning has experienced a lot.

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Steamboat Golf Club to open Saturday

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.

Aspen schools may try podcasting

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?

Fuel company confirms error

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.

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5 Tigers named all league in girls basketball

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.

Sarah Hagenbuch: Forest conditions concerning

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.

Wheels event to restore used bicycles May 3

Got an old bicycle? If you're thinking of tossing it, think again.

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Rob Douglas: Practicing gutter politics

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.

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Urbane reaches into fresh media with group skate deck show

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.

Group energizing arts

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.

The Record for April 22

Wednesday, April 22

Steamboat briefs: Cutoff today for Rocky Mountain Super Pass price

Cutoff today for Rocky Mountain Super Pass price

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Fort Collins band Motorhome plays rock with a country kick

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.

On Scene: Wowed at 'Cabaret'

Steamboat Springs' likes: musical numbers, costumes and skiing. Dislikes: abandoned gas stations, empty new buildings and tourists.

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Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank influenced by early folk music

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.

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Guitarist Steve Jones lists all 165 Steamboat ski trails in song

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."

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Steamboat grad loving pro hockey

In his short professional hockey career, 2002 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Dusti Henning has experienced a lot.

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Steamboat lacrosse looking toward playoffs

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.

Census workers visit Steamboat Springs

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.

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Hayden students learn alternative dance styles

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.

Beetle kill factors into plans

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.

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Margaret Hair: Mud season diversions

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

Relays boost Soroco track team

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.

Steamboat Brief: City Council agrees to fund teen center design

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.

Young professionals get called out

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.

Baumgardner, White offer to help Hayden

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.

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Tigers earn stripes on track

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.

The Record for April 21

Tuesday, April 21

Grasshopper population increases

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.

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County presses Wall

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.

Planning for catastrophes

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.

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Brent Boyer: Unmasking the Editorial Board

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

Winter Park ski train is no more

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.

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Mudslide narrows traffic lanes on River Road

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.

Two local runners finish Boston Marathon

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.

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Hayden seeks YVRA fuel funds

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.

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Council commits to base-area projects

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.

Aspen School District buys teacher housing

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.

Rental space available in Aspen

Downtown Aspen's commercial and office space is becoming increasingly available as storefront vacancies continue to climb and many landlords don't lower rents.

Mary Peterson: Earth Day - forests and the importance of water

This year, many Earth Day observances are focusing on water conservation, including here in the Routt National Forest.

Our View: Water conservation a no-brainer

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.

The Record for April 20

2:42 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suicide in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat sends 3 distance runners south for regional meet

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.

Grand jury questions Victorville, Calif., officials

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.

Steamboat briefs: Kiwanis announces contest for Christmas ornaments

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 Mail entries can be sent to Dan Miller - Kiwanis Contest, 1786 Meadow Lane, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. Deadline for entries is May 15.

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Joanne Palmer: Notes from a staycation

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.

Hayden, Soroco diversify courses

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

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Successful negotiation may see Space Station open in a month

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.

Assault suspect remains in custody

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.

Home-rule group talks about budget, water

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.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig may open branch for Routt County

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is mustering volunteers and funds in preparation for a possible eastward expansion to Steamboat Springs.

The Record for April 19

Sunday, April 19

Steamboat briefs: VNA celebrates National Immunization Week

VNA celebrates National Immunization Week

Deal angers local loggers

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.

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Council looks at URA bond while also cutting $4M from capital budget

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.

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Tom Ross: Celebrating indie record stores

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Moon to eclipse Venus

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

Jury convicts Aspen man in daylong trial

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.

Endurance sports may affect heart

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.

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Track teams fare well at Rifle meet

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.

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Luke Graham: The best Steamboat has to offer

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.

The Record for April 18

Saturday, April 18

Steamboat briefs: Art Museum accepting submissions for sale

Art Museum accepting submissions for sale

Low-cost STD testing offered

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.

Deb Babcock: Raise your garden to new heights

One way to make gardening easier on your body and on the plants is to build a raised bed.

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Snowmaker earns honor

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.

Volunteers take action by giving time

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.

Home rule talks roll on

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.

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Horizons wins big with Casino Night

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.

Aging Well: Service helps low-income older adults tackle legal issues

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.

Tri-State workers taken to hospital Saturday

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

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Steamboat Springs bicycle shops stocked with fresh toys

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Farney truly gritty

The details are fuzzy, even to 15-year-old Luke Farney, the only one who was there.

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Yarn shop to shut doors after similar store opens in Yampa

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.

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Chamber plans marketing

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.

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Sailors highlight Senior Day with shutout against Eagle Valley

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.

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Dog owners group, City Council member push for off-leash parks

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."

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'Magic Matt' helps Sailors sweep Huskies

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.

Best of the Web: Are we too greedy?

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.

Linda Lewis: Celebrate Earth

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.

Betsey Jay: Thanks, Ski Corp.

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.

Ken Collins: Allen misses mark

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.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for Steamboat Triathlon

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.

Bill Hinder: Wasted time

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.

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35 bulls auctioned at 7th annual event

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.

Theo Dexter, owner, Lone Oak Studio: Stop Pinnacol raids

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.

Routt County spotlight: Darrin Fryer

Darrin Fryer

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South Routt carnival gives out books and fun

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 Jail Report for April 12 to 18

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.

Susan Koler: Respect workers

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.

Looking back for April 20, 1934: Mining and oil will bring new property

From the Friday, April 20, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Real estate transactions for April 9 to 15, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

The Record for April 17

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.

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Summer construction planned at Barn Village

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.

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Banks divided about stimulus funds

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.

Omar M. Campbell: Public vote needed

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.

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New bank building planned at Wildhorse

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.

Class notes: Steamboat native Jordan Ediger an Air Force pilot

Steamboat native Jordan Ediger an Air Force pilot

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VNA ramps up health care efforts

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.

Our View: Positive signs showing for Iron Horse Inn

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.

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Soroco pleased with new heating system performance

South Routt School District's first winter with new biomass and geothermal heating systems included some headaches but no regrets.

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New athletic director faced with flood of schedule changes

Sitting in his office early Thursday morning, new Steamboat Springs High School Athletic Director Ken Webbe looked right at home.

John F. Russell: Comeback kid calling it quits

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

Slow-driver bill dies in Senate

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.

5 Colorado ski areas set to close Sunday

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.

Steamboat briefs: Grant funding is available for emergency programs

Grant funding is available for emergency programs

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Cycling safety bill moves through state Legislature

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.

The Record for April 16

Thursday, April 16

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Local students take a stand against harassment during national Day of Silence

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.

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Tom Ross: Boom! Madden was a coach before video games

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

Sailors baseball splits with Bulldogs

For Steamboat, the best way to look at Thursday's doubleheader split with Palisade is to look forward rather than glance back.

Verdant lawns targeted

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.

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Banning uses twigs, threads to create sculptural pieces

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.

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CMC students embrace gallery setting in annual show

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.

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Hayden officials cut budget

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.

Spring storm ambles away

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.

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Rob Douglas: It's time to question everything

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.

Steamboat Briefs: Kiwanis announces holiday ornament design contest

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.

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Race on to pay off tech center

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.

Tournament to benefit Andy Caress

Dodgeball, silent auction to raise medical funds for tennis pro

Fans of Steamboat Springs' growing dodgeball trend will play for a cause this weekend.

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Sports briefs: Telemarkers meet Colorado governor

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.

Ritter asks Tri-State for concerns about federal energy policy

Gov. Bill Ritter recently addressed the crowd at Tri-State Generation & Transmission's annual meeting in Westminster.

The Record for April 15

Wednesday, April 15

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'Bridges out of Poverty' teaches strategies for social services

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.

On scene: Ozomatli rocks mountain during closing weekend

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.

Steamboat soccer blanks Rifle, 6-0

The game was clean and tidy, just like Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann prefers.

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Ashley Raines living to 'serve the song'

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?

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Ghost Ranch Saloon set to open May 22

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."

Hayden prepares for big weekend event

Bull sale, cowboy poetry, granary grand opening party scheduled

Hayden will be buzzing with agriculture-related events today and Saturday.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club names Worrell coach

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

Yellowstone wolf found dead in NW Colorado

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.

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Heavy snow possible through afternoon

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.

Drug charges against David Jensen dismissed

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.

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Residents protest taxes, government spending during downtown rally

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.

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Sailors lacrosse snuffs out Lightning

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.

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Partnership group offers advice about revitalizing Hayden

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.

The Record for April 14

Tuesday, April 14

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden Town Board to meet at Town Hall tonight

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.

Intrawest goes into survival mode

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.

Moguls squad finishes strong

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.

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Pisa's to house 7-day breakfast spot

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.

Hayden 'home' meet today at Craig track

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.

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Partners in Routt County ready year-end projects

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.

CPAs ready for some time off

As more than 200 Moffat County residents protested taxes outside the courthouse, last-minute returns were being filed.

Mary Walker: Bringing the world to Kenya

Kenyan Minister of Justice Martha Karua announced her resignation Monday.

Wednesday, April 15

Men's softball stages comeback

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.

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Steamboat lacrosse takes conference title

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.

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Winter Sports Club athletes celebrate success

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.

James C. Makens: What is extortion?

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?

Local Taxpayer Tea Party is today

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.

Chuck McConnell: Solutions needed

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.

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Girls to Women offers life lessons

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.

Sailors run into rough waters

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.

Our View: Commissioners make right move

Kudos to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for its preliminary acceptance of a plan Tuesday to institute a furlough system for county employees.

Furloughs to hit 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.

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Joanne Palmer: Moby Blog, online adventures

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.

Krav maga workshop teaches self-defense skills to local women

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.

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Science Olympiad students place 12th in state competition

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.

The Record for April 13

Monday, April 13

Steamboat Briefs: South Routt greenhouse gets $20,000 boost

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.

Social host ordinance could pass

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.

Concert Review: Local 'Messiah' performances soar

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

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Bennet advises holding on to reserves

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.

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Steamboat lacrosse stays unbeaten

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: The Virgin's Diamond

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.

Sheriff's letter to county has little impact

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.

Seminar aims to help entrepreneurs

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.

The Record for April 12

Sunday, April 12

Blues break may be shorter

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.

Steamboat Brief: Sen. Bennet to speak in Steamboat Springs today

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.

Social Host Ordinance returns

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.

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Sailors girls soccer wins showdown

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.

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Tom Ross: Find a quick canyon fix

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.

Job cuts likely for Routt County

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

Sen. Bennet to speak in Steamboat, Hayden on Tuesdsay

Colorado Democratic expected to tout the economic recovery plan and its impact on small towns on the Western Slope.

The Record for April 11

Saturday, April 11

Steamboat scores medals galore at Copper

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.

Steamboat briefs: Sixth annual Teen Battle of the Bands set for May 15

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.

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Skiing closes with a splash

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.

Elkhead story hits newsstands

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.

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Luke Graham: Caress still smiling

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.

Jane McLeod: Cheery chervil

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.

Girls to Women Conference offers advice to 8th-graders

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.

Monday Medical: Communicate your health care choices

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.

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Aging well: VNA programs aim to improve, protect lung health

A lack of medical insurance or funds shouldn't be barriers to better lung health.

Wall fights pay cuts

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

Bud Werner Memorial Library is Steamboat's living room

Disproving doubters, the new Bud Werner Memorial Library - like others across the country - thrives in the Information Age

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Easter Sunday events and services in Routt County

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.

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Ski Corp. relies less on visas to fill seasonal posts

The slow economy has changed things dramatically since ski area officials bemoaned visa rules last fall.

John F. Russell: Reiter story is a page turner

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.

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Democrats honor Abbott at dinner

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.

Steamboat splits doubleheader with Rifle

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.

Sailors tennis nets 3 weekend wins

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.

Jail Report for April 4 to 10

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.

The Record for April 10

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.

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Experts to guide community discussion to revitalize Hayden

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.

Lacrosse continues hot streak with 13-1 win against Glenwood

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.

Bob McConnell: To Gov. Ritter

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.

Frank Dolman: Thanks, patrollers

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.

Best of the Web: Praise for SSHS lacrosse

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.

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Hucking Hell's Wall a rare feat for ski jumpers

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 district openings hard to come by

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.

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My Wireless founder hands over role as president

Jim Somerville said he sees "no caps" on My Wireless' ability to grow across the West.

Looking back for April 13, 1934

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.

Conservative commentary: God bless America

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Shelly Boyer

Occupation: Hayden High School secretary

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City, college may reach Iron Horse deal

The Iron Horse Inn may find new life as student housing for Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

Class notes: Dixson named Optimist Teen of the Month for April

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.

Steamboat briefs: Bud Werner Memorial Library seeks teen art

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

C.S. Buckland: Public vote on 700

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.

Real estate transactions for April 1 to 8

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the market: February gross volume slumps to $12,071,300

February gross volume slumps to $12,071,300

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Naturalists, artists assured access to Harrison Creek ranch

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.

Dervla Lacy: Curb drinking

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.

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Cold, wet calving season picks up at Routt County ranches

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.

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Routt County track teams compete in rough weather

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

Directory of wedding service providers

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Graham volunteers as shot put, discus coach for SSHS

Gavin Graham always has been the fat guy, ever since he could remember.

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Question and answer with Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts

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.

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Photos from around town for spring 2009

Photos from around town for spring 2009

Tom Ross: The climb up Mount Olympus

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.

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Celebrating a new year in Thailand

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, my favorite flight-finding site.

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Needling away stress with acupuncture

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.

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Get ready to run a 10K in 6 weeks or less

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.

Steamboat's most important home is back in tune

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.

Our View: Council should decide on 700

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Making the best of canceled plans

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.

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Film about Columbine shootings stars former SSHS student

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.

Business File: First Steps Seminar to focus on small business

People interested in starting a small business are invited to Wednesday's First Steps Seminar at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

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Tony Walton stays with firm after sale

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

Steamboat briefs: Franklin named city of Steamboat Springs clerk

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.

County Democrats host dinner

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.

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Tom Ross: Have you skied the Nose of the Nostrils?

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.

Housing costs outpace wage increases

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.

Routt County track teams have eye on state

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.

The Record for April 10

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.

Ritter signs yield-to-bus law

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

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Ski area tops 400-inch plateau

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.

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Rob Douglas: Atira's call to Quinn raises thorny issues

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.

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Private primary school considers expansion

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, smaller residences would be allowed under industrial zoning changes

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.

Review: Steamboat Springs Orchestra finale concert a success

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.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Jay Fetcher wins William Funk Award

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.

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'Snow White' play a Class Act

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.

Girls tennis downs Vail Mountain, 6-1

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?"

The Record for April 8

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.

Sports briefs: Women's hockey squad runs through district tournament

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.

CD Review of "The Open Door" EP by Death Cab for Cutie

"The Open Door" has more spunk to it than Death Cab for Cutie's recent releases, and the added energy works well.

Easter weekend events, services in Routt County

Check here for a roundup of local Easter weekend events, including Easter egg hunts, ice skating with the Easter Bunny, and local church services.

Steamboat briefs: Grant funding available for emergency programs

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.

Margaret Hair: Construction best part of Cardboard Classic

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.

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Latin hip-hop group still adding new sounds after 14 years

Every time Ozomatli goes on an international tour, saxophonist and founding band member Ulises Bella heads to a local CD store.

Sailors baseball rallies for win vs. Devils

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.

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Yampa Valley Singers tackle difficult Easter 'Messiah'

Most listeners assume Handel's "Messiah" oratorio ends with the "Hallelujah" chorus, Colorado Mountain College choral director Marie Carmichael said.

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Sailors soccer falls, 1-0, to Warriors

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.

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Photographer Debbi Funston keeps an eye open for color, beauty

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.

Vail-based Cooper-Martin clothing ready to launch May 1

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.

On scene: Steamboat Springs Orchestra finale

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.

Craig day care owner arrested for fraud

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.

26th annual Cabaret a spark for the arts

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

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Breaking down the language barrier

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.

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Steamboat lacrosse team breezes past Aspen, 15-5

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.

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Brent Boyer: New E-edition available starting today

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.

Glenwood Springs job fair canceled

A job fair is not occurring as planned Saturday after employers lost interest and said they don't need more employees.

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Beetle-kill a concern for emergency management director

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.

Vail man gets 90 days in prison

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.

Concession by 700 developers removes threat of costly legal battle

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.

The Record for April 7

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.

Steamboat briefs: Planning Commission to consider zone changes

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.

Soroco does well at postponed track meet against Eagle Valley

The Soroco High School track team didn't disappoint when finally given the chance to compete.

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Hayden School Board rejects change to school calendar

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.

Yampa River will have no new tubing regulations

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.

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Closing Day activities planned

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.

Hayden starts home rule talks

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

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Steamboat baseball wins two against Moffat County

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.

No suspense here: Mayor by a mile

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.

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New Craig City Council decided

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.

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Courthouse work $400,000 over budget

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.

South Routt school resumes normal activity

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 marketing strategy to cost $200K

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.

Eagle considers big box store

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.

Steamboat briefs: Meadows Parking Lot closed through Friday

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.

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Sailors lacrosse stays on top of Mountain Conference, 7-0

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.

The Record for April 6

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.

Girls soccer still perfect in league

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.

Chamber offers businesspeople chance to meet, greet, repeat

Business veterans and newbies talked up a storm Tuesday afternoon at The Boathouse Pub.

Cari Hermacinski: A spending problem

I find it ironic that some members of our community call for a property tax most loudly during a time of economic struggle.

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Joanne Palmer: The ghost burned the brownies

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.

Dierdorff nabs spot at World Cup

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.

Our view: Kindergarten headed in right direction

Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School District for adding more all-day kindergarten slots for the 2009-10 academic year.

Sandy Fisher: Steamboat Springs Orchestra professional

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.

Thunderhead redevelopment project tabled

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.

Commissioners sign off on development rights transfer

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

South Routt school to resume normal activity

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.

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Sales tax collections dip 20 percent

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.

4-H enrollment increases

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Into Infinity

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.

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Help on its way for unemployed

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.

Quinn will continue to step down from Thunderhead votes

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."

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Tom Ross: Vegas forecast: 80 degrees, pop art

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.

Parents riled over new school calendar

A group of parents are gearing up to contest a proposed change to the Hayden School District calendar for next year.

The Record for April 5

Sunday, April 5

Steamboat Briefs: Struble named emergency management director

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.

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Officials to stress need for west Steamboat fire station

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

Soutt Routt elementary students to be kept indoors

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.

Struble named Routt County emergency management director

Veteran Steamboat Springs firefighter takes over position vacated by Chuck Vale. Struble most recently has been Steamboat's assistant fire chief.

Aging Well: Whole grains: A world of options

Quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt: These grains may be new to most Americans, but some cultures have eaten, and revered, them for thousands of years.

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Cody's Challenge randonee ski race a rousing success

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.

The Record for April 4

Saturday, April 4

Early spring storms could push Steamboat past 34 feet of snow

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.

Hayden wrestling shows well at state

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.

City election set for Tuesday

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.

Steamboat briefs: Super Pass price drops $40 for next season

Super Pass price drops $40 for next season

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High school students prepare for final decisions about college

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.

Deb Babcock: So many gardening catalogues

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.

Monday Medical: Combating autism together

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.

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church prepares to send group to Romania

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

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Jeremy Cota's skiing ambitions soar after NorAm Grand Prix win

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.

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Steamboat athlete Southall to enter Colorado College Hall of Fame

Tom Southall can remember a game from his junior year of high school when Steamboat Springs played Holy Family in football.

Best of the Web: Vote on 700

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.

Bill Hinder: In defense of capitalism

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.

Omar Campbell: Property tax vital

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.

Rick Dowden: Douglas spot-on

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.

Sustainable program offers new ways to give back

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.

Jail Report for March 28 to April 2

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

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Tom Thurston has Iditarod experience of a lifetime

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.

The Record for April 3

7:03 a.m. A man made an animal complaint on Stone Lane.

Business File: Consignment store is thriving, owner says

About three months after opening, Dejà Vu Boutique is thriving, owner Katie Gaylord said Thursday. The shop at 624 Lincoln Ave. sells upscale consignment clothing.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs Swim Team tryouts start Tuesday

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.

Real estate transactions for March 25 to 31, 2009

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

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Developers at Trailhead Lodge aim for opening in late May

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.

On the Market: Morris now is a broker for Real Living group

Bill Morris has joined Real Living Professional Group as an associate broker.

Our View: County took wrong approach

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.

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Foreclosures sharply increase in 1st quarter

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.

Class notes: CMC hosts free classes by local broker Susana Field

CMC hosts free classes by local broker Susana Field

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Hayden history buffs create book

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.

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New coal mine planned for West Routt

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.

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Some city employees pleased with effects of furlough

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.

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ESL students take night off from class to showcase home countries

David Muneton scrolled through a slideshow on his computer, pointing out the cultural highlights of his hometown of Medellin, Colombia.

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Community groups seek alternatives to gain needed financial support

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.

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Lyon's Drug owners promote downtown historic district

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.

Routt County spotlight: Henry R. Savage

Henry R. Savage

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Sexual assault survivor encourages women to learn self-defense

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.

Looking back for April 6, 1934: Rats used for feeding experiment

From the Friday, April 6, 1934 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Joel Reichenberger: Tuesday's snow was tops

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.

Conservative commentary: Are we potted plants?

"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

Forum highlights loan application importance

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.

Minturn in need of manager

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.

Vail Valley restaurants roll out deals

These days, Vail resident Eric Myers dines out less, and, when he does, he keeps a sharp lookout for deals.

Ski symposium emphasizes keys to success

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.

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Book character survives on Boy Scouts expertise

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.

The Record for April 2

Thursday, April 2

Steamboat briefs: Race to benefit Cody St. John Foundation today

Race to benefit Cody St. John Foundation today

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Hayden wrestlers heads to state

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 revenues still dropping

Vail's sales tax revenues have continued to drop, with February revenue down more than 16 percent compared to last year.

Group needs senior models for Aging Well 2010 calendar

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.

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Renovated parks and recreation office open house Wednesday

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.

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Tom Ross: Pipeline full at Eriksen Cycles

The worst economic downturn in nearly 80 years hasn't slowed demand for Kent Eriksen's $3,000 custom titanium bicycle frames.

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Moffat County school superintendent to retire after 32-year career with district

Around Pete Bergmann's office, there are posters and books defining success, what makes a leader and how to go from good to great.

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Bill aims to protect shift meals for restaurant employees

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.

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Chix with Stix finish 2nd at tournament

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

Another snowstorm pounds Steamboat

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.

Sailors lacrosse, tennis postponed

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.

Yampa water system running smoothly

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.

Snow, wind lift avalanche danger level

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.

Skaters circle for autism

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.

Expo to showcase local merchandise

The first Northwest Colorado Products Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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Photo exhibit focuses on rural California

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.

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Rotary fundraiser to draw crowd

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.

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City grant winner of 20 years celebrated Thursday

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.

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Rob Douglas: Routt County's April fools

On Wednesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners demonstrated their brand of April Fools' Day humor by cutting all county employees' pay 10 percent.

Sheriff Wall's legal bills top $40,000

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.

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Sports briefs: Volleyball squad takes 3rd

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.

Eagle requires carbon monoxide detectors

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.

Marketers turn to Facebook

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.

Glenwood, Aspen, Telluride airports make "top 10 challenging" list

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.

The Record for April 1

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.

CD review of "It's Blitz!," by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs weren't that great at being garage punks.

On Scene: Penguin Plunge

The two years I've participated in Penguin Plunge have started and ended in almost exactly the same way:

Margaret Hair: Bringing the stage to Steamboat

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.

Steamboat briefs: Man charged in suspected domestic violence case

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.

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Reggae-jam band Roots of Creation goes for shared experience

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.

Youth Services seeks $1 million grant

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.

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Nelson Carmichael to be inducted into US Ski Hall of Fame

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.'"

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SSO musicians to play without pay

The outlook for a Steamboat Springs Orchestra season finale was grim. The ensemble couldn't meet budget on ticket sales.

Sailors girls soccer trumps Eagle Valley, 8-0

It took 45 seconds Thursday for Eagle Valley to see the type of team it wants to become.

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SSHS' 'Fools' and CMC's 'Charlie Brown' productions to take stage

Director Mike Brumbaugh's original vision for a spring theater production was darker.

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Steamboat native looks forward with senior voice recital

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

Jensen case continued

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.

Raccoon causes Steamboat power outage

Thursday morning incident is latest in line of animal-caused outages for Yampa Valley Electric Association.

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County adopts pay cuts

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.

Sports brief: Hayden wrestling send off moved

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.

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Experience pays for Wither

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.

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Storms delay local sports

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.

The Record for March 31

Tuesday, March 31

Steamboat Brief: Water advisory still in place for Yampa residents

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.

Fund Board OKs 27 measures

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.

Martin briefs commissioners

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.

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Green Machine hours cut

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.

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Snow stops shenanigans

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.

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Brent Boyer: Attaching value to news

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

Yampa water advisory still in place

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.

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Powder days piling up at ski area

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.

Young wrestlers head to Denver

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.

Steamboat briefs: Last day to register for youth baseball in Hayden

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.

Bill Sauter: No sandwich boards

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.

Hospital applies for $1 million grant

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.

The Record for March 30

4:14 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a burglary alarm in the 1600 block of 13th Street. Everything was fine.

Our View: Cycling safety a 2-way street

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.

Hermacinski pushes 700 vote; other council members disagree

The controversial annexation of Steamboat 700 would be put to a citywide vote under a proposal Councilwoman Cari Hermacinski plans to suggest next week.

Steamboat snow levels above average

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.

Routt County looks at pay cuts

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.

Fund Board to tighten budget

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.

Season pass prices drop

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.