Stories for August 2009


Monday, August 31

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California, Utah fires create Steamboat haze

Skies affected by California fires; 2 weekend fires extinguished

A couple of small lightning-caused local blazes were put out during the weekend, but Routt County residents are still dealing with the effects of wildland fire.

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Aging Well: Age no match for local tennis competitor

JoAnn Lathrop is accustomed to being a decade or so older than her tennis peers, but only recently has she been comfortable revealing her age.

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Athletes swarm to Steamboat Triathlon

Nearly 600 participate in Sunday's 5th annual event

Sunday's Steamboat Triathlon began at 8 a.m., making for an early morning for anyone gathering his or her gear to head out to the Lake Catamount starting line. The alarm clock seemed to come especially early for two competitors and their closest friends and family.

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Luke Graham: Spady's mind catches up

Jack Spady used to have to wait for something good to happen. Now, the Steamboat Springs High School senior doesn't wait for anything. He takes his 6-foot-3 frame and makes things happen. The change was evident during Steamboat's 41-21 win against Holy Family on Saturday.

Community Cares distributes $47,000

Six local health and human services agencies benefit from donations

The health and human services agencies that take care of Routt County residents are themselves in need this year, as an economic downturn and tighter-than-usual budgets are forcing the caring organizations to cut back.

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Nicole Miller: Triathlons are easy*

This isn't the kind of thing I do. Things that happen before noon. Things that involve bike shorts. Things I won't win. I'm a 24-year-old copy editor, and I'm deep in the throes of a quarter-life crisis.

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Local stock dog event a 'Super Bowl' precursor

Sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge kicks off Saturday at the Stanko Ranch

About 65 dogs, mostly border collies, will compete in the sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge this weekend. The sheep herding trial is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 to 7 at the Stanko Ranch, about 3 1/2 miles from Bud Werner Memorial Library on Twentymile Road.

The Record for Aug. 29, 2009

Saturday, Aug. 29

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State parks take budget hit

Impacts on state areas smaller in Routt County; fee increases proposed

A $3 million cut to the state parks system is forcing officials to make difficult decisions about proposals such as fee increases, but Routt County thus far has been spared from the most drastic decreases in spending.

YVHA prepares for worst

Housing Authority has 'exit plan' in report to city, county

Yampa Valley Housing Authority officials are considering the possibility of dissolving the organization and have included an "exit plan" in the group's three- to five-year outlook.

Monday Medical: Hooray for the 'B Team'

Eight B vitamins take to the field daily to perform essential tasks in a healthy body. As a team, they provide energy and functions that allow the body to do what it wants to do.

Steamboat Briefs: Adult day services offered at The Haven in Hayden

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering adult day services at The Haven Assisted Living in Hayden, for any disabled individual older than age 18 or elderly individual who is looking for daily activities where oversight is provided.

Aspen Skiing Co. to spend more on advertising

Company will buy more advertising to combat recession

The tough economic times spurred the Aspen Skiing Co. to try something different with its advertising campaign this year.

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Jane McLeod: Steamboat Springs' other kind of 'ears'

I gave the same answer every time - mule's ears - to the repeatedly asked question by locals and visitors alike as to what the yellow flowers were that conspicuously painted our hillsides, hilltops and fields and dotted our ditches.

Fifth annual Steamboat Springs Triathlon results

Results from the fifth annual Steamboat Steamboat Triathlon, held Aug. 30, 2009, at Lake Catamount.

Sunday, August 30

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Man rescued from Fish Creek Falls ledge

An unidentified man sits stranded on a ledge about three-quarters of the way up the lower falls at Fish Creek Falls on Saturday evening.

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Hayden football returns just two starters for 2009

A year ago, the Hayden High School football team entered the season as one of the favorites to win the Western Slope League, and for good reason. The squad returned many of its most dynamic players, including all-everything running back Coy Letlow.

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Steamboat's Hinder accounts for 6 TDs in Sailors win

Steamboat Springs High School senior Austin Hinder proved every bit the best prep quarterback in the state during Saturday's 41-21 home-opening win against Holy Family.

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Sailors tennis takes 3 wins on home court

Steamboat Springs High School junior tennis player Mirko Erspamer's Saturday highlighted a great opening weekend for the Steamboat team. The Sailors went 3-0 during Friday and Saturday's play and proved they are going to be one of the teams to beat.

John F. Russell: Keeping up with Shaun White

Taylor Gold is in for a busy year. Not only does the sophomore have to keep up with his math, science and English classes at Steamboat Springs High School, but he also has to keep up with the always-changing world of snowboarding if he has any hope of reaching his Olympic-sized dreams.

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Former teacher overcomes fears to capture Seven Summits

Lori Schneider, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, conquers Everest

Search Google images for "Everest summit" and you'll find a few distant shots of a snowy peak and seemingly endless photos of bundled climbers raising their arms in victory, the never-nearer sun on their faces and a whole world spread behind them.

The Jail Report For Aug. 22 to Aug. 28

Bruce Simms-Anthony Lobban, 32, Steamboat Springs - Third-degree assault (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Routt County receives $1.8M in stimulus funds

County received $78 per person, but not all programs are apparent yet

Routt County received $78 per capita thanks to the economic recovery funds from the federal government, but Routt County commissioners said that money may not be immediately apparent to most residents.

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Excel Gymnastics readies for 1st meet

Center will host 2 out-of-town teams at new spot Saturday

Excel Gymnastics opened 2 1/2 years ago at Riverside Plaza and moved to Riverfront Park in March. That space, in the flashy buildings by the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge, offered higher ceilings than, and nearly triple the gym space of, the Riverside location.

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North Routt couple builds skin-screening system

Jim and Kris Stouffer have developed a machine to help doctors, patients monitor moles

Jim and Kris Stouffer have created the AccuView DV-5 Multi Imaging System, a five-camera machine aimed at helping doctors detect melanoma and skin cancer. The system takes photos of people so they and their doctors can monitor changes in moles and other potential signs of cancer.

Business File: SmartWool adjusts sales department

Steamboat Springs-based SmartWool, an outdoor performance brand offering Merino-wool-based apparel, socks and accessories, will restructure its North America sales department, according to a news release. Amy Beck will move into the role of director of sales-North America, and Kelly Gorder will take over as the director for key accounts-North America. The company also promoted Norma Hansen to fill a newly created position as director of project management and global business services.

Bonnie Szidon: Tubing complaints

My husband and I finally had the opportunity to float the Yampa River. It was in late July, and we had fun. But the trip wasn't long enough. I sincerely hope the city will make a longer course and more convenient for returning to downtown. Getting out of the river and waiting for the shuttle in a trash yard parking lot was not fun. Surely the city can make an attractive point for getting out of the river.

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Steamboat 700 effects on traffic weighed, debated

Traffic concerns are among the many issues being debated as the Steamboat Springs City Council nears an October vote on the multi-faceted Steamboat 700 project that is seeking annexation.

Lulu Gould: Put shoe on other foot

Given the confusion many of us feel concerning the proposed health care reform, I would like to address just one of the extremely important issues that are crucial to any reform package signed into law this fall. It is a problem that most of us don't even worry about until it is too late: pre-existing conditions. Events from my life experiences connect me deeply to this issue, but there is no doubt that this topic has, will, or is currently affecting almost everyone or someone in the lives of everyone reading this.

Our View: The 'hows' of housing

Many of the proposed changes to Steamboat Springs' community housing ordinance offer the promise of fixing a flawed policy, but such efforts may be premature so long as there is no clarity on what the city hopes to accomplish in the way of affordable housing.

Joel Reichenberger: Triathletes owe a thank you

At least 575 athletes set their alarm clocks for bright and early this morning and hauled themselves out of bed for the fifth annual Steamboat Triathlon.

Trudy and Lew Wells: We love flowers

As proud owners of a West Condominiums unit and coming to Steamboat for over 30 years, we have seen plenty of changes. To find more and seemingly more magnificent flowers than ever is the best. The word "beautiful" is simply too weak.

Greg Binsfeld: Health care reform

I rarely go to the blogs after reading the letters in the Sunday Steamboat Pilot & Today. I avoid them because it seems the anonymity allows for lower concern with how people express themselves. In fact, while I have seen some improvement with changes in policy of the newspaper, I still see some writers that border on being rude. I very much respect those that attach their names.

Steamboat Springs High School tennis for Aug. 29

Steamboat Springs High School tennis for Aug. 29

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Ranch proposal seeks to use transfer of development rights

Slate Creek plans include homes, golf course

A Houston-based development firm that owns Slate Creek Ranch, just northwest of the Steamboat Springs Airport, is tentatively pursuing a plan to build as many as 235 5-acre home sites and a 36-hole golf course.

On the Market: Jane Blackstone plans return to Oregon for job

Jane Blackstone, of the Steamboat Springs Urban Renewal Advisory Committee, is relocating to take a job as economic development manager with the city of Lake Oswego, Ore., south of Portland.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, 2009

Real estate transactions for Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, 2009

Best of the Web: Supporting free concerts

Love the concerts. ... Thanks so much. In addition to individual donations, how about a donation bucket at the gate when you walk in?

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2 earn honors for service in name of longtime doctor

Frederick Ewing "Doc" Willett spent most of his medical career in Steamboat Springs, but his influence spread across the country, his great-nephew said.

John C. Doolittle: Health care issues

The death of Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts on Tuesday night of inoperable brain cancer highlights two important issues whose answers are imbedded in the House of Representatives National Healthcare Bill.

The Record for Aug. 28

12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs police were called to a noise complaint in the 1900 block of Steamboat Boulevard. They issued a ticket.

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Long-anticipated Strawberry Park home becomes reality

There's something to be said for buying Routt County land and holding it for the long haul. Especially when the parcel in question is a secluded building site overlooking Soda Creek and an ocean of trees with a glimpse of the ski trails on Storm Peak in the distance.

Routt County Spotlight: Glenn Airoldi

Occupation: Director of online marketing at SmartWool

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Committee plans annual Oak Creek Labor Day events

After initial fears that the Labor Day festivities in Oak Creek would wane this year, the Labor Day Committee has come up with an extensive schedule and more than $3,000 in donations for a live auction.

Class notes: Wright to play soccer at Colorado College

Daniel "Frenchy" Wright, a 2009 graduate of The Lowell Whiteman School and a 4-year varsity player for the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team, was selected to play for the soccer program at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

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Cooke returns to classroom after more than 3-year absence

Brad Cooke never really lost the desire to teach. One of the new faculty members at Soroco High School, where he will teach social studies, Cooke returned to teaching full time this fall after about two years building furniture for Dovetail Designs in Oak Creek.

Discussion on taxes closes Freedom Conference

Speaker: Protests can ease pressure on politicians

Grover Norquist closed out the inaugural Freedom Conference by encouraging participants to form an "exoskeleton" for their politicians. Through raising their voices, rallying and speaking up at town hall meetings, conservatives can strengthen their politicians against pressures, he said.

Looking back for Aug. 31, 1934

An unusually large number of boys and girls will go to college this year from Steamboat Springs and the vicinity. Some will enter business college; others will complete their four-year course.

Steamboat briefs: Historic register applications due Monday

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due Monday in the Routt County commissioners office in the Routt County Courthouse. The Historic Preservation Board will review applications Sept. 9. Call Dee Bolton at 879-0108 for more information.

Kevin Fisher and Ryan Fisher: A pot conversation

(An excerpt from a conversation between Kevin and Ryan Fisher, proprietors of Steamboat's first medical marijuana dispensary)

Saturday, August 29

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Sailors win season opener

Led by Austin Hinder's arm, Steamboat walks all over Holy Family, 41-21, this afternoon at Gardner Field. Stay tuned for game story, photos and video highlights.

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Steamboat tops Holy Family

Austin Hinder throws for five touchdowns, runs for another

Senior quarterback Austin Hinder threw for five touchdowns and ran for another, compiling 383 total yards as the Sailors won their home opener, 41-21, Saturday afternoon.

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Scientists: Global warming conversation is one-sided

Panel experts say extremists are dominating the climate debate

William Gray, a professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University, said the climate change conversation has become intensely political and has left no room for dialogue. He spoke about climate change Saturday morning at the Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference.

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Free concert organizers seek donations

Nonprofit group that produces free series launches fundraising effort

Organizers of the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series are looking for some fan love.

Steamboat briefs: Golf tourney to benefit restaurants, scholarships

The first CRA ProStart Classic, benefiting the local chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Chris Corna ProStart Scholarship Fund, is Sept. 18 at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. The new scholarship will coincide with the local ProStart program beginning this year. ProStart is a nationwide program designed to prepare high school students choosing to further their education in the culinary arts or food service management field. The scholarship, which will be completely funded by this tournament, will assist one or more local high school graduates a year with financial assistance for further education.The $100 tournament entry fee includes greens fee, cart, lunch and a donation. Registration and entry fee can be mailed to Dan Emert, Ore House Restaurant, 1465 Pine Grove Road, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487. Call 819-4948 for details.

The Record for Aug. 27

The Record for Aug. 27

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Reagan calls for conservative resurrection

Freedom Conference participants criticize Republicans along with Democrats

In Friday's keynote address, Michael Reagan, former conservative talk radio show host and son of the late President Ronald Reagan, said the Republican Party has lost sight of its core principles and has found itself at a "life or death crossroads."

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Valley View Cross Country race caps Town Challenge season

Robinson on top again

Barkley Robinson wrapped up his sixth consecutive Town Challenge mountain bike event series championship Friday night.

SSHS boys tennis tops Evergreen, 6-1

A signature of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team this season appears to be its depth. Judging by Friday's season-opening 6-1 win against Evergreen, the hardest part for coach John Aragon might be deciding which players he wants in each position.

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Spots remain open for Sunday's triathlon

The fifth annual Steamboat Triathlon kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday. Thursday evening, many took the opportunity for one last practice. They were scared and excited and confident and nervous.

Sailors football faces Holy Family for first game

Today's Steamboat Springs High School game offers one of the more intriguing matchups of Zero Week.

Hayden to consider raising water rates

Hayden residents could see higher water bills this fall, Town Manager Russ Martin said. Town staff members plan to present a base rate increase of about $3 a month to the Hayden Town Council at its Sept. 17 meeting.

Hayden, Steamboat school board seats contested

Two races emerged for Hayden School Board positions this week as petitions for all candidates came due.

Moffat County School Board may cancel election

Open seats still are going uncontested

A November election for three open seats on the Moffat County School Board is one step closer to being canceled after Thursday's board meeting.

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Tom Ross: The secret ingredient is buttermilk

Co-workers share memories at party

Today's the day I reveal the secret ingredient. It's the special elixir that sets apart the double chocolate cake I sometimes bake to celebrate the birthdays of my colleagues. It's buttermilk.

Oak Creek board deems dog law unenforceable

The Oak Creek Town Board decided Thursday night that enforcement of an ordinance to keep dogs out of the park during Labor Day festivities was not possible, leading to the emergency ordinance failing on a tie vote.

Suspect indicted after threatening doctor

A 70-year-old real estate broker from Spokane, Wash., has been indicted on suspicion of making threats against a Boulder abortion provider, the first federal prosecution of abortion threats since the slaying of a Kansas doctor.

Barbecue today to benefit REPS

Family-friendly event includes games, live music

A barbecue dinner with live music and family-friendly activities to benefit a local mental health organization is from 3 to 7 p.m. today in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Lodge.

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Panelists: Politicians ignore Spanish-speaking voters at their peril

Hispanics' influence in politics will only continue to grow in coming years, and politicians ignore that voting bloc at their peril, two Spanish-language media executives said Friday.

Friday, August 28

Lightning sparks small fire north of Dry Lake

Forest Service crews report 1-acre blaze is 50 percent contained

The USFS service said Friday that the Summit Park Fire is about 50 percent contained in alpine meadow and spruce and firs about six miles north of Steamboat.

Airport commissioners weigh car rental tax

Hayden residents will decide in November whether to add cost to car rentals

Airport commissioners pondered the possible effects of Hayden's proposed car-rental tax at a meeting Thursday evening. The Yampa Valley Airport Commission discussed the proposed 3.5 percent increase in sales tax, which Hayden voters will decide on at the Nov. 3 election. Janet Fischer, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s airline program director, provided figures about the cost to car renters.

Mountain area businesses mull balloon rides

Pending redevelopment deflates Ski Time Square business

Could tethered balloon rides elevate businesses taking a hit from the demolition of Ski Time Square? Some urban renewal committee members think there is more to the idea than hot air. The city's Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee met Thursday and talked about ways to offset the erosion of customer traffic that has resulted from the demolition of Ski Time Square.

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Christopher Oar uses abstract, simple shapes in sculpture and paintings

On Thursday morning, Christopher Oar was working outside Nordic Steel's workshop in the warehouses on Copper Ridge Drive, painting a steel sculpture to make it pop against Vertical Arts Architecture's gallery space.

Adult League Softball: Coed 'C' League playoffs

Thursday's games

Sailors golf notches top 3 finishes

Talk about a clean sweep. The Steamboat Springs High School golf team not only finished first Thursday at Cotton Ranch Golf Course in Gypsum, but it also had the top three individual finishes.

Town Challenge cycling series wraps up tonight

The first time didn't necessarily seem like proof. Barkley Robinson crashed during the Emerald Mountain Cross Country Town Challenge race and Brad Bingham, the perennial runner-up, surged to the win.

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Steamboat softball team focusing on bright spots

When senior Tyra Monger thinks back to last season for the Steamboat Springs High School softball team, she admits it was tough.

'Classy' dispensary to open in Edwards

A Boulder man says he wants to open a "classy and sophisticated" medical marijuana dispensary in Edwards in Eagle County.

Dew Tour to receive $50K

Breckenridge residents want event village to be back in downtown

Breckenridge Town Council likely will dip into reserves to come up with the $50,000 requested to secure the 2009-10 Winter Dew Tour.

The Record for Aug. 26

1:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of loud music and voices in the 200 block of Locust Court. Police arrested a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on a warrant for failure to appear.

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers wanted to help finish Hayden house

Hayden's first Habitat for Humanity house is nearing completion and is ready for a final push so the family can be in the house before the snow flies. Amanda and Levi Archuleta and their family are asking for volunteers to participate in a Community Work Day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Lunch and water will be provided. The house is at 110 Shady Lane, the first road on the right after the fire station.

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What to do this weekend for Aug. 28 to Aug 30

- Figure drawing session - Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, 8:30 a.m. to noon

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Riverside residents fight city to keep mowed field in neighborhood

A battle continues about a piece of the neighborhood's city-owned property that has been voluntarily maintained by the residents of Riverside neighborhood but that the city would like to see evolve more naturally.

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'Art of Cabaret' concerts tonight, Saturday

Faculty members and students from "The Art of Cabaret" professional workshop at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will give two performances this weekend.

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House of Cards Part 5: Reshuffling the deck

In the summer of 2007, Matt and Stephani Murphy put in a $440,000 offer on a house in Stagecoach's Red Hawk Village neighborhood. Another prospective buyer made a higher offer on the same day, and the Murphys lost out on the house in the modest subdivision south of Steamboat Springs.

House of Cards: The future of lending

Kathryn Pedersen, a vice president and mortgage loan officer at Yampa Valley Bank, didn't want to paint too dark a picture of the housing loans market during a mid-July interview. She did, however, acknowledge that loan seekers are likely to see more and more regulations moving forward through the next few yea

Basalt freezes hiring, salaries

Town's sales tax revenues down 10.7 percent through June

The Basalt town government is paring its spending until the revenue picture from throughout the summer becomes more clear.

Challenger emerges in School Board race

Brian Kelly has until 4 p.m. today to return petition with 50 signatures

Former Education Fund Board member Brian Kelly has picked up a candidate petition for a seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Dealers wait for Clunkers funds

Cash for Clunkers was like a bittersweet candy, Victory Motors co-owner Steve Maneotis said. There's enough to like, but something about it doesn't work.

EDP discusses tax increment financing

Plan is possible business-friendly way to build roads, infrastructure

City and Moffat County officials plan to learn more information in coming months about a way to finance new infrastructure in the area, such as roads, power lines and water and sewer systems.

Freedom Conference kicks off

Conservative heavyweights to speak at sold-out event today

Big names in conservatism have arrived in Steamboat Springs for the Steamboat Institute's inaugural Freedom Conference, which begins today at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Thursday, August 27

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"Speed flier" rescued near Devil's Causeway

Local man reportedly broke both legs in attempted landing

Emergency crews rescued a local man in his 20s from the Devil's Causeway area Wednesday night, after he reportedly broke both of his legs in a "speed flying" accident. Speed flying is a faster form of paragliding. The man apparently launched off a nearby mountain or hillside.

The Record for Aug. 27

The Record for Aug. 27

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek annexation slated for review today

Oak Creek annexation slated for review today

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Tigers volleyball team confident for fall

It's difficult not to wince when looking at all the Hayden High School volleyball squad has lost. The Tigers aren't complaining, and despite losing much of the skill and power that helped them to a head-turning 9-1 start a year ago, they are set on laying out an improved season in 2009.

Schaffrick picks up best World Cup finish of her career

Local snowboarders hit road looking for World Cup success

It might seem a bit early for snowboarding season, but that didn't stop Steamboat Springs' Maddy Schaffrick from picking up the best World Cup finish of her young career Tuesday in New Zealand. Schaffrick finished 11th in Tuesday's opening World Cup halfpipe event in Cardrona, and fourth among American riders.

ID theft, pot cases continued

The California man accused of using the identity of a Steamboat Springs man to open store credit cards on the West Coast requested a preliminary hearing Wednesday after spending 27 days in Routt County Jail.

Hayden Farmers Market ends season

Summer street event might switch to once a month next year, organizer says

Hayden Farmers Market vendors have packed away their products for the season, capping the first year of the venture led by the town's Garden Club. The market on Walnut Street started June 19 and took place Friday evenings for 10 weeks.

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Hannah Zwak is only member of CHS senior class

Hannah Zwak is the only senior this year at Christian Heritage, which began classes Wednesday. It's nothing new to her, though. She was the only sophomore two years ago and the only junior last year. So Zwak said it's not really a surprise she's the only senior.

Steamboat 700 would be unique among city neighborhoods

Development would include provisions not in other areas

If approved and annexed, the proposed Steamboat 700 master-planned community would be subject to many provisions that won't exist in other areas of the city, according to a draft annexation agreement reviewed by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.

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Respite house opens today

VNA facility will provide hospice care, adult day services

Rollingstone Respite House is ready to open its doors to the public, after 18 months and $2.5 million in fundraising. Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association started a campaign to remodel the house at 1500 Pine Grove Road, previously owned by Keith and Anne Selbe, at the beginning of 2008. Since then, volunteers and construction workers have transformed the home into a hospice facility and adult day center.

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Hankins sentenced to life without parole for murder

Before a judge imposed sentencing Wednesday on Terry Hankins, who was convicted of murdering his wife, the defendant spoke with his attorneys in an empty courtroom.

Wednesday, August 26

Jury's verdict: Guilty

A jury returned a verdict of guilty against Craig man Terry Hankins about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning in Moffat County District Court. Hankins was convicted of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony, and abuse of a corpse, a Class 2 misdemeanor, in connection with the June 2007 death of his wife, 34-year-old Cynthia Hankins, also of Craig.

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Who's Bad promises off-the-wall show

Michael Jackson tribute band plays at Ghost Ranch Saloon today

It didn't take long for Who's Bad - billed as "the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute" - to start thrilling audiences. The Michael Jackson tribute band plays hits from Jackson's four-decade reign of popular culture at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Council candidate Pietras supports annexation, business

Clear differences of opinion are emerging between the candidates for the Steamboat Springs City Council's at-large seat. Jim Engelken is facing off with Kyle Pietras in the race.

Steamboat 700 annexation agreement moves forward

City Council requests measure to discourage speculation, flipping

Steamboat Springs City Council members said they want to see language inserted to discourage speculation and property flipping but otherwise directed no major changes to a draft annexation agreement with Steamboat 700.

Developer seeks approval for 432 units near Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach developer Ji-ang Song left the courthouse with a small victory Tuesday after Routt County commissioners agreed in concept to award him a zone change needed to develop 432 dwelling units just east of Stagecoach Reservoir.

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Emotions soar on 1st day of school

Kindergartners, parents let go at South Routt Elementary School

Madison Grasty, 5, was one of 41 children who started full-day kindergarten Tuesday morning at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa.

Manager thwarts attempt to scam Cugino's

Fraud suspected in $2,800 order

A person attempted to charge about $2,800 on a credit card in what appears to be another attempted scam of a downtown Steamboat Springs restaurant.

Our View: Informed voters more important now

Steamboat Springs voters have a unique and important opportunity this fall to guide the future not only of the city, but of the entire Yampa Valley. We urge residents to be proactive in educating themselves about the candidates and the important issues at stake.

The Record for Aug. 24

The Record for Aug. 24

Steamboat briefs: Open house set to discuss proposal to cut down trees

The U.S. Forest Service will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. today at its Hahn's Peak-Bears Ears District Office at 925 Weiss Drive, to discuss a proposal to cut down beetle-killed trees near utility lines in the Medicine Bow-Routt, Arapaho and Roosevelt and White River national forests.

School Board, 700 reach agreement on new school's costs

The Steamboat Springs School Board approved an agreement Monday with Steamboat 700 developers to share the costs of a potential new school. Board members voted, 4-0, to approve the agreement, which stipulates Steamboat 700 developers would pay 47.2 percent of the estimated $30 million cost - in today's dollars - to construct the school and expand Steamboat Springs High School.

Shakedown Street concert to be held in Wolcott

2 nights of music replace planned festival at State Bridge Lodge

Grateful Dead tribute act Shakedown Street will continue its tradition of closing out the summer in north Eagle County on Friday and Saturday. Shakedown Street plays an acoustic set at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and electric shows starting at about 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Wolcott Yacht Club.

Commissioners OK Routt County Jail hires

Sheriff allowed to add staff to replace outgoing county deputies

Six months after the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to implement a hiring freeze on all county positions, they again voted unanimously to give the Routt County Sheriff's Office leeway to hire replacements for outgoing Routt County Jail deputies.

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Joanne Palmer: A growing opportunity

Dear Mom and Dad, I am so excited. I had to write and tell you about my new job in Steamboat Springs. A friend and I have opened the first local medical marijuana dispensary! Isn't that great?

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Steamboat Motors extends Cash for Clunkers discount

The national Cash for Clunkers frenzy has coasted to a close, but Steamboat Motors plans to hang on to the spirit of the program through August. The Ford, Dodge and Jeep seller will continue to offer at least $3,500 on trade-ins this month.

Softball season a go for Steamboat girls team

Steamboat Springs High School girls softball coach Dan Swanson got the news he wanted Tuesday. There will be a softball season after all.

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Nordic skiers shake off injuries

Nordic combined's Johnny Spillane and Eric Camerota face hardships

U.S. Nordic combined skier Johnny Spillane hoped to spend the final days of summer soaring off plastic-covered jumps in Norway. But after tearing his meniscus in July, it appears the three-time Olympian and 2003 World Champion instead will spend his time recovering from knee surgery.

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Attorneys make closing arguments in Moffat County murder case

As it has been for most of Terry Hankins' murder trial, the moments before his wife's death were a focal point during attorneys' closing arguments Tuesday.

PDR program helps county conserve 645 acres with $400,000

Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust to hold easement for Elkhead Ranch parcel

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved spending $400,000 of taxpayer funds to help place 645 acres of the 3,950-acre Elkhead Ranch under a conservation easement to be held by the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust. The easement is the third phase of an effort to protect the entire ranch.

Tuesday, August 25

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Ski Corp. announces $2.5M in projects

Ski area plans expanded children's center, offices at One Steamboat Place

Ski Corp. is expanding the Kids' Vacation Center and Steamboat Ski Area's snowmaking system, and new and expanded walkways are coming to the Meadows Parking Lot.

Corna death investigation completed

Police concur with medical examiner's ruling of suicide

The Port Chester, N.Y., Police Department has concluded its investigation into the death of Steamboat Springs resident and restaurant owner Chris Corna, concurring with an earlier ruling of suicide.

3 out of 4 City Council seats to be contested

The candidates are set for this year's Steamboat Springs City Council election, and all but one of the races will be contested.

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Cyclist collides with car, has minor injuries

59-year-old woman OK after accident Monday

A 59-year-old female cyclist sustained minor injuries to her face and arm Monday afternoon after colliding with a car that was pulling out of a business driveway.

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Portland bluegrass to play at OTP tonight

Water Tower Bucket Boys play old-time hits in free show

Portland bluegrass band Water Tower Bucket Boys learned how to keep energy high on stage by playing square dances.

Steamboat briefs: Horizons seeks mentors to spend time with clients

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to individuals with developmental disabilities.

No charges in missing Los Angeles woman case

24-year-old unharmed and going home

No criminal charges will be filed in the case of a missing 24-year-old Los Angeles woman found in Steamboat Springs on Sunday, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said.

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Steamboat Class of 2010 sets sail

Opinions mixed among senior Sailors on 1st day of school

Kyle Swoyer woke up in a panic at 7:45 a.m. Monday, and a thought immediately crossed her mind. "I'm late for school!" the senior recalled thinking as she rushed to get ready.

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Tom Ross: Artist guided by math in his paintings

The gently surreal art of Robert Dieckhoff was everywhere you looked in downtown Steamboat Springs during the weekend.

Cyclist breaks arm after crash on Emerald Mountain

Search and Rescue helps retrieve 29-year-old man

A 29-year-old man suffered a suspected broken arm Sunday evening while riding down Molly's Trail on Emerald Mountain.

'Caddyshack' to be shown on giant outdoor screen Wednesday

SmartWool, New Belgium Brewing Co. and Routt County Riders are asking movie lovers to leave their cars at home Wednesday evening and to take two-wheeled transportation to Steamboat's inaugural Bike-In Movie.

The Record for Aug. 23

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an officer at the Art Walk area on Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh streets. Officers arrested a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of being a fugitive of justice and false reporting.

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Defense rests in murder trial

Closing arguments expected today

Although the ongoing murder trial of Terry Hankins was scheduled to last through Friday, attorneys plan to deliver closing arguments this morning.

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Steamboat 6th in ongoing reusable bag contest

Winning town to receive $5,000 to install solar panel system at school

Steamboat Springs is in the heat of a competition to slash the consumption of disposable shopping bags. Steamboat ranks sixth among mountain towns, but Catherine Carson, of Yampa Valley Recycles, predicts a more respectable showing.

City Council to review Steamboat 700 agreement

The Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss for the first time today the document that could govern growth in a large section of western Steamboat for the next two decades.

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Jimmy Westlake: Delphinus is high to southeast

The late summer sky is dominated by several giant constellations that eat up a lot of territory: Hercules the Strong Man, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer, Ursa Major the Great Bear, etc. Tucked in between these sky-hogs are a few tiny constellations that are a snap to locate precisely because they are so small.

Monday, August 24

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Aging Well: Painting with fabric: Quilting can bring income, pleasure

A complex array of red, orange and rust tones mesmerize while telling the story of a devastating wildfire. The elaborate patterns are pieced together in a quilt inspired by the Hinman fire near Clark seven summers ago.

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Luke Graham: Athletes to watch this fall

Fall sports are back and in full swing. With one week of practices down, local prep coaches already have a better idea of how their respective teams will fare. They also know which players will key the success of their teams.

Silverthorne to hold bluegrass benefit

Spring Creek and Head for the Hills will bring music to the High Country on Friday

Despite having to cancel its annual Blue River Festival set for September, Silverthorne will raise funds for river health with a blue grass concert Friday.

Steamboat district enrollment to hit record

Schools expect to have highest number of students

Steamboat Springs School District officials anticipate record enrollment when classes begin this morning. According to the district's most recent enrollment count, 2,086 students - a number that doesn't include an estimated 20 students in alternative classes - will attend Steamboat schools this year, up from 2,080 last year.

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Monday Medical: Quitting tobacco takes more than willpower

It's no easy feat to stop smoking or using tobacco. Just ask Debby Harris, a registered respiratory therapist who provides nicotine counseling at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The Record for Aug. 22

Midnight. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint of juveniles drinking alcohol in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue. The report turned out to be false.

Steamboat briefs: Missing Los Angeles woman found in Steamboat

A 24-year-old Los Angeles woman missing since Friday was found Sunday afternoon in Steamboat Springs.

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Block party at Depot Art Center brings end to All Arts Festival

Depot's 100th anniversary takes center stage

Wearing a red paper party hat, 4-year-old Mikayla Orner smiled as she blew into an orange whistle shaped like a train. Mikayla, visiting Steamboat Springs from Longmont with her family, was one of many who turned out for the Steamboat Springs Art Council's block party Sunday evening at the Depot Art Center.

Aspen housing up for debate

Employee complexes' HOAs consider outside advice about dues

The homeowners' associations that govern employee housing complexes in Aspen and Pitkin County may get some outside help in figuring out how much they should be collecting in dues and saving up to handle repairs and replacement of things such as roofs, boilers and other common elements.

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Rodeo series rides to conclusion Saturday

Travis Darling wins Pat Mantle saddle bronc contest

In a world where the soundtrack for death-defying rides atop bulls and broncs is overwhelming applause, Pee Wee barrel racing is more often "aww" than "ahh!"

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Deb Babcock: Keeping color in your garden

The intense mountain sun seems to fade the color in our gardens as summer moves toward fall. With just a little planning, however, local gardeners can enjoy vibrant late summer/autumn color right up through the first frost.

Durango rental vacancies at 6.1 percent

Statewide average at 9.1 percent, a significant increase from 2008

The number of vacant rental properties in Durango has risen slightly since last year, according to a new survey by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Charter school wanted in Stagecoach

Group of parents hope to have facility for 2010-11

A group proposing a Stagecoach charter school will submit its application to the South Routt School District on Oct. 1, a member of its steering committee told South Routt School Board members Thursday.

Sunday, August 23

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Coach says tennis squad has strength, talent to earn state title

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team has produced singles champions, doubles medalists and 11 consecutive regional titles. But this year, coach John Aragon said, the team has a chance to produce something it never has: a state title.

The Record for August 21

12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to reports of a drunken pedestrian on Fish Creek Falls Road east of Third Street.

Jail Report for Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, 2009

Patrick Kevin O'Keefe, 43, Oak Creek - Violation of a protection order (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Best of the Web: Postal Service woes

I don't use the USPS for any bill payments anymore. I do it all through my bank and automatic debits (such as YVEA, car insurance, mortgage, etc.). It saves me $100 a year for postage, at least, and nothing ever gets lost.

Leah Caragol: A Steamboat kid's life

I am 10 years old, and I have done many fun experiences; now, it is time to share them with Steamboat kids.

Steamboat 700 affordability concerns raised

Residents could pay double the property taxes

As the city nears a decision this fall about whether to annex Steamboat 700, concerns have been raised about how well the proposed project will achieve its No. 1 goal: affordable housing. Principal and Project Manager Danny Mulcahy said residents of the development could be subject to property taxes 20 to 50 percent higher than residents of the city.

Routt County Spotlight: Brady Worster

Occupation: Floor manager, All That Jazz music store

Ken Brenner: Intersection is safer

Thank you to the city's Public Works Department for the improvements made this week along Amethyst Drive near Spring Creek.

Terry Armstrong: West Acres concerns

In regards to the "Residents fight route" article in the Aug. 9 Steamboat Pilot & Today, I want to go on record saying it's a shame the city of Steamboat Springs chose the route of filing a "quiet title action suit against the original mobile home park developers."

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Senior-heavy football team dreaming of playoffs

Starting quarterback Austin Hinder, a University of California-Berkeley commit, and receivers Jack Spady and Joe Dover, considered two of the top receivers in the Western Slope League, give the Sailors top talent at skill positions.

Business file: Steamboat tops list of family ski resorts has named Steamboat Ski Area to its list of Top 20 Family Ski Resorts. The Web site has been putting out the list since 2007 and aims to recognize "those resorts that promise a complete and memorable family skiing experience for families of all skill levels," according to a news release.

Our View: Here's to new beginnings

New school years offer promise; this one also reminds us of needs.

Meg Bentley: Voters are responsible

Let's say, for discussion's sake, that the voters are the CEO of a corporation and the elected officials are the employees of that corporation. Then, locally, we would have about 10,000 corporate officers and seven employees.

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Townhome sales step up

Discounted pricing boosts buys at Aspens at Walton Creek

Price reductions and an opening buy-down of mortgage payments have helped The Aspens at Walton Creek townhomes find a little August sweet spot, with three closings and a fourth under contract.

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Entry-level buyers are key to mid-range properties

Realtors in Steamboat Springs were keeping a lookout for entry-level buyers this month, as the Routt County market showed signs of a late summer upswing.

On the Market: Some commercial rentals offer deals at renewal

Prudential Steamboat Realtor and retail business owner Steve Hitchcock told Rotarians on Tuesday that as commercial leases in Steamboat come up for renewal, some tenants have been able to negotiate lower rent based on the soft economy.

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All Arts Festival hits stride

Spectators dabble in Art Stroll, workshops, demonstrations Saturday

Steve and Nancy Arthur are just the type of guests the All Arts Festival was meant to attract. The Arthurs drove in for the weekend to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by perusing fine-art booths and taking in entertainment at the Art Stroll on Yampa Street.

Linda Lewis: Make sure health care facts, news are accurate

Getting the facts straight on health care reform involves a close look at the sources information is coming from.

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Corporate Barter Solutions sets up trade program

Business unites those who want to exchange goods, services

Bethanne and Bill Dressel started Corporate Barter Solutions. The company has a sort of bartering bank where members can trade goods and services with other businesses.

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Elk hunting starts Saturday, and local outfitters are itching to go

The first deer and elk seasons begin Saturday, with the monthlong archery season kicking off the sporadic, nearly three-month-long hunting season.

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Economist calls for reasonable solution

Recovery will require balance between regulation and risk, Alice Rivlin says

It will require a "coalition of the sensible" to mend the battered U.S. economy, economist Alice Rivlin told a Steamboat Springs audience Thursday.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden awards street work contract

The Hayden Town Council awarded a contract Thursday for the reconstruction of Poplar Street. Native Excavating received the $958,000 deal, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Black Mountain Tavern returns to familiar hands

Dan Bubenheim is planning a return to a familiar Oak Creek restaurant in the coming week as he takes over control of Black Mountain Tavern. Bubenheim is planning a new menu and new specials, and he said diners can expect higher-quality food.

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14-year-old sells duct-tape wallets

Part of profits made at Urbane will go toward a new skatepark

Fourteen-year-old Logan Banning is selling duct-tape wallets at Urbane, a clothing store and skate shop at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Logan plans to donate $7 from each $20 wallet sale to the effort to build a new skatepark.

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Tim Baldwin named to CMC faculty

Accident led longtime paramedic down current path

Tim Baldwin said an accident nearly five years ago that claimed the lives of three colleagues led him to where he is today.

Joel Reichenberger: Western roots alive and kickin'

It's easy to be cynical about Steamboat Springs' claim as a living, breathing Western town. No matter what the marketing propaganda would lead you to believe, Steamboat often seems as much a cowboy haven as MTV does.

John F. Russell: Hoping to make the scene

If you want a front-row seat for all the Olympic action in February, it's time to find a hotel room near Vancouver.

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Students, teachers and parents prepare for 1st day of school

It's already here. The Steamboat Springs School District's 2009-10 academic year begins Monday. Students, teachers and even parents spent last week preparing for the start of school, but each group went about their last-minute preparation in different ways.

Looking Back for Aug. 24, 1934: Credit to county clubs

From the Friday, Aug. 24, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot

Saturday, August 22

Youth League Lacrosse: Grades 4 to 6, Week 5 playoffs

Youth Lacrosse 2009 Summer League

US Nordic Combined team faces injuries

The U.S. Nordic Combined team is finally starting to see its depth at the lower levels rise to the upper levels. It's just too bad the injury bug keeps biting.

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Former SSHS goalie to play for Thunderbirds in Denver

Matt Dawes, an All-Colorado selection as goalie last season for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team, recently made the Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Major U-18 AAA team.

Steamboat briefs: Philanthropy Days event in need of volunteers

Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, from Sept. 16 to 18 in Steamboat Springs, is seeking volunteers for two-hour shifts in a variety of roles. The event is expected to host more than 300 nonprofit groups from the region, as well as 50 private and government funders. Call Rebecca Hanson at 879-4466, ex. 111, e-mail, or visit

The Record for Aug. 20

3:43 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Advocates Building Peaceful Communities representatives were called to a report of domestic violence in Steamboat. Officers arrested a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Mary Walker: Kenya's political drama marches on

The national political situation in Kenya continues to destabilize. Kofi Annan, former head of the United Nations and the arbiter of the coalition government that has ruled Kenya since the post-election ethnic violence of early 2008, has given the government until the middle of September to establish an internal tribunal system to try the several members of parliament who instigated, organized and funded the chaos. If parliament fails to establish an adequate system for these trials, Annan has turned over the list of these men to the International Crime Commission at The Hague, and they will be tried as war criminals.

Oak Creek wastewater plant bid OK'd

Treatment site 1 step closer to completion

Local contractor Duckels Construction won the bid to complete a wastewater treatment plant on the north end of Oak Creek. Town officials say the construction should be finished within about a year.

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Downtown Books to remain open under Caroline Dotson

Caroline Dotson is putting books away on the shelves of Downtown Books the way she always has. But it's missing its founder and former co-owner, Carol Jacobson.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 13 to 19

Real estate transactions for Aug. 13 to 19

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All Arts Festival continues today

John Koch, a fine-art woodworker from Rifle, is one of about 30 artists who set up shop Thursday afternoon for the Yampa River Art Stroll, a high-end art sale on Yampa Street between Fifth and Seventh streets.

Jobless rate drops in Routt

Figures inched up for Colorado as county saw improvement

July unemployment increased slightly statewide but decreased in Routt County, according to figures released Friday. That's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison, however, because Colorado's unemployment rate - 7.8 percent - is adjusted for typical seasonal changes. Routt's rate, at 6.8 percent, has not been adjusted.

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Tom Ross: Much ado about Shakespeare

Read your sonnets out loud, or go home

I'm no master thespian, but I did spend a couple of hours Friday afternoon hangin' with Willy Shakespeare and Stuart Handloff. I learned to read the Bard out loud and with unfettered emotion, but after indulging in a surfeit of tomfoolery, I've missed yon deadline.

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Resident starts post office petition

Supporters work to alter Postal Service plans; frustrations increase

A local resident has launched a petition drive to save the post office in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center at a time when frustrations are growing with the U.S. Postal Service and its plans to close the branch and consolidate operations downtown.

Friday, August 21

Routt's jobless rate drops in July

Unemployment falls from 7.7% in June to 6.8% in July; jobless numbers grow statewide

July's numbers show a growing labor force and an increase in employment compared with June. Numbers are still worse than a year ago.

Adult League Softball: Coed "C" League for Aug. 20

Thursday's games

Knox aces No. 5 at Rollingstone

Steamboat Springs resident sticks driver from 165 yards

Linda Knox never really counted her first hole-in-one as an actual ace.

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Steamboat football scrimmage is at 11 a.m. Saturday

Sailors football opens its season at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at Gardner Field against Holy Family and is playing an intrasquad scrimmage at 11 a.m. Saturday because of that Zero Week game.

Rodeo series ends this weekend

Steamboat's Travis Darling eyes saddle bronc crown

There will be a lot on the line tonight when Travis Darling rolls into the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs, kicking off the final weekend of summer roping and riding in Steamboat.

John Salazar talks about health care debate

Congressman accused of ducking debate speaks out

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, a Blue Dog Democrat accused of hiding from the health care debate, outlined and defended his stances on the issue Thursday. He spoke with the Pilot & Today before speaking at the Colorado Water Congress' annual summer conference at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Jim Engelken confirms council candidacy

Former councilman to run in opposition to current members

The second of two former Steamboat Springs City Council members has confirmed his candidacy for the 2009 election. Jim Engelken served on the council from 1995 to 2001. He's decided to vie for another tour of duty because he thinks current council members are putting development interests ahead of those of the community.

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YVRA to launch $4.7M tracking system

Aeronautics directors says the system is the 1st in nation

New technology could more than quadruple the number of flights that can enter or exit the valley each hour. The Wide Area Multilateration system is scheduled to launch Sept. 12. The system uses ground sensors to detect transponders in airplanes.

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City to dedicate Little Toots Park sculptures Saturday

The city will hold a dedication of the statues in Little Toots Park at 11 a.m. Saturday. Denver artist Madeline Wiener was commissioned to design and build the sculptures.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Grazing workshop is next week

Event offers low-stress livestock-handling techniques

The Middle Park Conservation District, in conjunction with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Blue Valley Ranch and Gunnison National Forest Paonia District, is inviting livestock producers and agency professionals to a prescribed grazing and herding workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29.

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House of Cards Part 4: New game, new odds

The plot in West End Village purchased by Tara and Buck Chavarria gave rise to more than a house. After the final roofing tiles were nailed on, the house became a hub for a growing family and a growing church, with as many as 50 Sk8 Church teens in the basement for weekly meetings.

The Record for August 19

12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of theft of a woman's wallet in the first block of Seventh Street.

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Street partially closed for arts festival

Yampa Street is closed between Fifth and Seventh streets until 8 p.m. Sunday for the Yampa River Art Stroll, part of the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival.

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What to do this weekend for Aug. 21 to 23

Today - Steamboat All Arts Festival workshops - Various locations, starting at 9 a.m.

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All Arts Festival is under way

Arts Council block party ends inaugural event at 5 p.m. Sunday

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its home base building Sunday, with a block party that includes live music, free food and a historical exhibit.

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Pianist draws on surroundings, New Orleans R&B for set

For more than 30 years, George Winston has channeled the seasons and where he is in the world to create atmospheric folk compositions. During that time, he's added classic rock, 1920s and '30s stride tunes, and New Orleans R&B into the mix.

Water levels in Colorado declared healthy

Speaker at conference: Snow levels caused unnecessary scares

The peaks and valleys of snowfall last winter left water experts in Colorado concerned about water availability for 2009, but thanks to a few late snowfalls and a cool, wet summer, Colorado's water level is as good as any recent year.

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39-year education veteran to run for School Board

Bill Kennedy held two superintendent positions in New York

There will be a new face on the Steamboat Springs School Board after the November election. And it could be Bill Kennedy, a native of Yonkers, N.Y.

Thursday, August 20

Youth League Lacrosse: Grade 7, Week 5 playoffs

Week 5 Playoffs

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Finishing Buff Pass Hill Climb an accomplishment

Barkley Robinson and Kelly Boniface won the most competitive divisions, but every racer who surmounted the long, winding, agonizing trail in the Buffalo Pass Hill Climb Town Challenge mountain bike race Wednesday wore the grin of victory.

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Jimmy Westlake: Planets of fire and ice

Fire and ice. These two words succinctly describe the difference between the two terrestrial planets Mercury and Mars, both of which are visible in Colorado skies this month.

South Routt School Board to hear CSAP scores presentation

Members also will hear updates about Song Mountain, charter school

School officials tonight will learn more about a proposed Stagecoach development that could create a need for a new school in South Routt County.

Steamboat briefs: Students fundraising for middle school today

Steamboat Springs Middle School students and parents are selling Staples gift cards today through Saturday at the store. Five percent of proceeds will benefit the school. Cash and checks payable to Steamboat Springs Middle School will be accepted. Call Kris Bensler at 970-870-9344 with questions.

Michael Reagan: Optimism for the future

Recently, I traveled to Berlin to visit the Brandenburg Gate, where my father 22 years ago delivered his famous "Tear Down this Wall" speech, and I was reminded of his triumphant work to defeat the evils of communism.

Hayden Middle School gym closed

Work needed is more extensive than originally thought

The Hayden School District will have to find alternative locations for middle school activities including physical education classes, lunch, winter recess and indoor athletic practices.

Atmos awaits OK to increase distribution charge

Chilly nights have arrived in the Steamboat Springs area, and Atmos Energy said it doesn't expect to increase natural gas rates as winter approaches.

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Operator contract could minimize Iron Horse losses

On Tuesday, City Council members unanimously directed the city to negotiate a contract with New West Inns to manage the Iron Horse Inn as a nightly rental facility.

Colorado Water Congress to address budget crunch

Group meeting for annual summer conference through Friday

The state's budget crunch is the top agenda item at the Colorado Water Congress' summer conference, which continues through Friday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

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Little Toots Park structure historic

Rustic building was 1 of Steamboat's earliest tourist shelters

On Aug. 6, 2009, the Community House became the newest addition to the Steamboat Springs Register of Historic Places. The building was moved at an uncertain date to its present location in Little Toots Park, close to Soda Creek.

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Fewer inmates staying at jail

Personal recognizance bonds reduce capacity at Routt County facility

There's a little more breathing room in Routt County Jail this summer as the average number of inmates per day has decreased by almost half. Officials attribute the change to increased bonding and particularly the use of personal recognizance bonds.

Prosecution rests in murder trial

Judge Michael O'Hara denied a motion from the defense Wednesday to dismiss all charges against Terry Hankins, who is charged with murdering his wife, Cynthia Hankins, in June 2007.

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Avett Brothers to play free show

5:30 p.m. show is last of the 2009 Free Summer Concert Series

Eight years into life as a band, and after recording with legendary producer Rick Rubin, The Avett Brothers continue to "try to perpetuate the raucous legend of our shows," bassist Bob Crawford said. The North Carolina folk-driven rockers play the last free concert of the summer tonight at the ski base.

Solutions to state's financial fix will impact Northwest Colorado

Colorado state spending already has been slashed by about $1 billion in the past year, but government officials say even tougher times are ahead. Plans to balance the state budget will affect all areas of the state, including Northwest Colorado.

Wednesday, August 19

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Olympic ski racer Lalive officially retires

Longtime U.S. Ski Team member confirms end of racing career

Longtime U.S. Ski Team member Caroline Lalive, who announced her intentions of retiring with the Steamboat Pilot & Today in April, made it official with the U.S. Ski Team on Tuesday.

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Reisman feels a duty to run for City Council

Candidate mostly supportive of current council

With less than a week remaining for potential candidates to gather signatures and submit a petition to run for the Steamboat Springs City Council, Kenny Reisman is still the only candidate running for the seat being vacated by term-limited City Council President Loui Antonucci.

Buffalo Pass Hill Climb bike race today

There are really no secrets to today's Buffalo Pass Hill Climb. The race takes most riders from the bottom of Buffalo Pass to the top.

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Alice Rivlin to speak at Seminars at Steamboat on Thursday

Alice Rivlin thinks the recession has created a chance to fix the nation's economic system. Rivlin is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at The Brookings Institution. The economist speaks Thursday afternoon at the final Seminars at Steamboat event.

The Record for Aug. 17

12:19 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies, Yampa Fire Protection District emergency responders and Advocates Building Peaceful Communities representatives were called to a report of domestic violence in Yampa. Deputies arrested a 29-year-old Yampa man on suspicion of third-degree assault, menacing, child abuse and wiretapping.

Steamboat briefs: Aigner resigns from Community Alliance

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley announced the resignation of organizer Steve Aigner on Tuesday.

Murray Tucker: Health care issues

Why do so many Canadians come to the U.S. for health care?

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Plein air event a benefit for Steamboat Art Museum

About 30 painters from across Colorado and the West are setting up their easels, brushes and palettes on Routt County roadsides this week as part of the fourth annual Art Event, a fundraiser for Steamboat Art Museum.

Paul Hughes: Tax structure wrong

I appreciated the Pilot & Today's editorial about Steamboat 700, its potential for providing affordable housing, and its true costs. You have opened an important issue: the actual costs and revenues produced by housing here in Steamboat.

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Slopeside Grill on the market

Jim Cook says interest has been high in base area restaurant

Slopeside Grill is for sale, and Jim Cook expects it to be in new hands before ski season starts. The restaurant is in Torian Plum Plaza along the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area. Cook, of Colorado Group Realty, is handling the sale.

Bus routes back on Hayden School Board agenda

Hayden School Board members tonight will discuss new bus routes and implications of the Home Rule Charter that town voters approved last month.

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Local author to tell stories, sign books

McGee gives free 'Voices on the Wind' presentation Thursday

Bonnie McGee will sign copies of her book, "Voices on the Wind," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, and she will show a slideshow with music at 7 p.m. The free presentation is part of the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival.

Adult men's softball: Coed "D" League for Aug. 18

Adult men's softball: Coed "D" League for Aug. 18

Adult men's softball: Coed "B" League for Aug. 18

Adult men's softball: Coed "B" League for Aug. 18

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Soccer briefs: U-13 soccer team nets 2nd-place finish

The Steamboat Springs U-13 girls soccer team won its pool portion of the Broomfield Soccer Tournament and beat an undefeated Longmont team in the semifinals.

Locals thrive at Gunnison mountain bike race

Kris Cannon captures solo women's 24-hour Sage title

A group of Steamboat Springs entrants pedaled through the night during a 24-hour mountain bike race this weekend, and when the sun rose and the race ended at noon Sunday, they had all carved out high finishes.

Our View: No harm in marijuana moratorium

The Steamboat Springs City Council took appropriate action Tuesday night by approving an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries until an ordinance providing parameters for such facilities is drafted and adopted.

Ordinance being created to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday unanimously enacted an emergency 90-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. The moratorium will prevent such businesses from opening within city limits while an ordinance is created to regulate them. Two dispensaries, however, beat the moratorium and are operating in Steamboat.

Golf team takes 4th, 2nd in 2-day road trip

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team returned from a two-day excursion to Grand Junction with a better idea of what its competition will look like the rest of the season.

Steamboat All Arts Festival schedule

Steamboat All Arts Festival schedule, Thursday to Sunday

Tuesday, August 18

Earthquake's magnitude adjusted

Originally reported as 4.4, Craig quake now listed as 3.7 on Richter Scale

Analysts from the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden have adjusted the magnitude of an earthquake that occurred Monday night north of Craig.

The Record for Aug. 16

12:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a fire alarm in the 33000 block of Routt County Road 38.

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Gaelic Storm to play today with former local Jessie Burns

Back when she worked with Strings in the Mountains, fiddle player Jessie Burns frequently would see CDs by the Irish rock band Gaelic Storm come across her desk.

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Routt County Riders bicycle club reforming

Routt County Riders is stepping up fundraising efforts and organization as the bicycling advocacy group solidifies and earns nonprofit recognition.

Steamboat briefs: Defensive driving classes coming for SSHS students

All Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors are required to complete the National Safety Council's Alive At 25 defensive driving class if they intend to park a vehicle on campus or apply for open campus privileges during the next school year.

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Mid-week arts and entertainment events

Looking for something to do to spice up the middle of your week? Here's your guide to what's going on in Steamboat through Thursday.

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Tom Ross: Guitar Hero or Guitar Zero?

Just get yourself a guitar and learn to play real music

Welcome to the age of the "Guitar Zero." You may fool yourself into thinking you're playing "Stairway to Heaven" on your PlayStation 3, but it's only a half step above air guitar.

Marijuana dispensary on tonight's City Council agenda

Topics also to include Iron Horse Inn's 6-figure losses, housing, base area

Two local men have opened a medical marijuana dispensary in western Steamboat, just ahead of an emergency moratorium on such businesses to be considered by the Steamboat Springs City Council tonight.

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Teacher reaches across world with supplies for students

Hayden 1st-grade class to gather items for students in Solomon Islands

With the girl's help, Epp, then a kindergarten teacher at Hayden Valley Elementary School, began sending supplies to the Three Swallows School on the tiny island of Gizo, east of Papua New Guinea, in 2007.

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Autopsy testimony heard in murder trial

At the start of the second week of testimony in the Terry Hankins murder trial, the court viewed the most graphic photos to date of Cynthia Hankins' remains.

Monday, August 17

Monday night earthquake: 4.4 on Richter scale

An earthquake, measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale, originated Monday night about 12 miles north of Craig, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction reported Monday night.

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Babies strive to be the prettiest

Contest kicks off festivities on final day of Routt County Fair

Being a judge in Sunday's Pretty Baby Contest at the 95th Routt County Fair isn't an enviable position for most people.

Controversy growing about snowmobile access routes

Interest groups spar about land in North Routt County

Routt County residents and others have one more week to have their voices heard on the Columbine Access Project, which will dictate how snowmobiles access U.S. Forest Service lands in North Routt County.

Steamboat briefs: Bust of Steamboat looking for Oct. 30 event sponsors

The Bust of Steamboat is looking for presenting sponsors for the eighth annual Bust of Steamboat on Oct. 30 at Three Peaks Bar and Grill.

Tennis tournament features large field, tight competition

The 2009 Steamboat NTRP Tennis Tournament wrapped up Sunday after enjoying its largest field in five years.

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Luke Graham: Laughlin looks at the big picture

Will Laughlin is all about the story. And when Laughlin writes a story or is part of a story, the last thing he wants it to be is boring.

Aging Well: Baby steps toward housing solutions

On any given day, members of the Over the Hill Gang are living very much in the present. Whether hiking, biking, skiing or picnicking, members of the 50-plus club stay true to their goal of living well and having fun at the same time.

Deb Babcock: Know your berries before sampling

Hiking along the North Fork of the Elk River each fall, I can't help but sample the ripe raspberries lining the river side of the trail. Yum.

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Monday Medical: Why we care about Doc Willett

One of my favorite tasks as public relations director at Yampa Valley Medical Center is leading tours of our community hospital.

Parents now can compare child's progress to others

Growth model adds to school districts' evaluation tools, superintendents say

With the Colorado Growth Model, a new evaluation tool the state Department of Education unveiled Aug. 7, parents can keep track of their children's progress in education and can compare it to other students' progress.

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Funnel clouds spotted Saturday near Craig

Weather Service: Tornadoes in Northwest Colorado are rare and usually weak

If you happened to glance to the northern sky at about noon Saturday, you might have seen a strange gray cloud twisting toward the ground.

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Nearly 100 runners tackle difficult 16-mile course

At times it was almost perfectly still, only the rustle of a soft breeze in aspens and the occasional tweet of a bird interrupting silence.

Boulder falls in Snowmass Canyon, kills driver

Passenger takes heroic action after rock smashes vehicle

A man was killed Friday evening when a rock smashed into the windshield of his vehicle, but his wife prevented greater disaster by gaining control of the SUV and bringing it to a stop, authorities said.

The Record for August 15

12:05 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies issued a citation following a traffic stop in the 34800 block of U.S. Highway 40.

Sunday, August 16

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Routt County is ideal for astrophotography

The stars are brighter in Steamboat Springs than they are in most of the country's cities, and they're twice again as bright near Jimmy Westlake's Routt County country home, built near the lapping shores of Stagecoach Reservoir. A professor of astronomy and physics at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, Westlake also is an avid astro-photographer.

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Rodeo pro now teaching residents at his ranch

Andy Kurtz trains horses and leads horsemanship clinics at the Kurtz Ranch off Routt County Road 129.

Richard Levy: What wasn't reported

The Aug. 5 Steamboat Today editorial ("Alliance response leaves more questions") states that the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley "has fallen short in its reply" to the Pilot & Today's investigation of Dr. Steve Aigner's presentation at Iowa State University.

Bud Rogers: Giving thanks

I wish to thank the City Council members for their considerable time, contemplation and decision-making abilities on our major issues. This can be a thankless, largely volunteer job with much consternation.

Cari Hermacinski: Clarifying the water issue

I believe the article concerning water in the Aug. 9 Pilot & Today ("Steamboat 700 water issues complicated") missed the point.

The Wheeler family and friends: Thanks, Pilot

Your article ("Restoring a history," July 12, Steamboat Today) on the restoration project of the historic Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse was accurate and very appreciated. We'd like to thank the Hahn's Peak Historical Society and Marge Eardley for giving us their blessing to conduct the project and for their wonderful potluck supper provided for all of us in the schoolhouse July 11. Thanks also to Bryan Heselbach for donating and milling lumber that allowed us to continue working; to Mountain Paint for supplies; and to Steamboat Ace Hardware and Steamboat Lumber for their support of the project.

Tightened lead laws now in effect

2nd phase of safety regulations started Friday

When lead-content rules tightened for children's products six months ago, local resale shops were part of the national chorus that wondered: What does it mean for us?

The Record for August 14

12:44 a.m. Domestic violence was reported in Steamboat Springs. A man was heard yelling, but officers checked the area and found no problems.

Jail Report for Aug. 8 to Aug. 14, 2009

Scott Edward Peng, 35, Milner - Driving under the influence, careless driving, no proof of insurance, DUI per se (Colorado State Patrol)

Steamboat briefs: Group needs housing help

Smiles for the Children, a local nonprofit group working for the benefit of impoverished children in Bali and India, is seeking housing help for an upcoming event.

Business File: Alpine Bank team earns statewide green honor

Alpine Bank's Green Team was named one of two 2009 Colorado Sustainability Team Champions in July. The Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment gave the honor, according to a news release.

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Senior aims to earn football scholarship

Cody Miles will start his third season as quarterback of the Rams football team Monday when fall practices begin. Miles is confident his school's second year of 8-man football will be even better than the first.

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Steamboat man fights identity theft

Suspect appears in court, suspected of opening accounts in Wening's name

Chris Wening has gone through two paper shredders in his attempt to keep his identity and personal information safe, but when he got a call about a suspicious order at a retail store in California, he realized he had been taken advantage of despite his precautions.

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Max Halterman, of Oak Creek, thriving with California business

When Max Halterman was just 6, he visited a palm reader with his mother and older brother at a house in Oak Creek. His brother refused to have his palm read, but Max and his mom, Karen, both asked the palmist what she saw.

Routt County Spotlight: Jane Stein

Occupation: Writer and publications consultant

David Ihde: Health care rebuttal

Lynn, your statistics are way off base (Letter to the editor: "Health care reform," Aug. 12, Steamboat Today). Cancer survival rates are way higher here in the U.S. compared to elsewhere. And I can't believe your statement about bacterial infections, which run absolutely rampant in British public hospitals. And those standards that you allude to as to whether we have the best health care are based on health insurance coverage, not the actual health care.

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Western Slope veterans to visit D.C.

Local WWII soldiers prepare for their memorial journey

This month, Carl Medvesk will join 111 other WWII veterans on an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The men were chosen to participate in the inaugural Western Slope Honor Flight

John F. Russell: Falling for a risky idea

But lately, I've started to wonder what it will take for the next generation of "extreme" athletes to gain our attention.

Class Notes: Locals named to dean's list at Colorado College

Kelsey Patterson, of Steamboat Springs, and Gregory Block, of Oak Creek, were named to the Spring 2009 dean's list at Colorado College.

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Builder Tom Wood crafts log homes

What goes up, must come down - and go up again

Tom Wood and his two-man crew have just completed the walls of a new log house and can't wait to take it all apart Monday.

On the Market: Foreclosure changes on commissioners agenda

Deanne Stodden, of Castle Meinhold & Stawiarski, LLC, gives a foreclosure training session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

Real Estate transactions for Aug. 7 to 12, 2009

Weekly real estate transactions for Routt County

Former coach Andy Reust returns to lead cross country

Former longtime Steamboat Springs High School coach Andy Reust said he has missed a lot about coaching.

Dylan Roberts: The mob is destroying democracy

Last fall, I knocked on the doors of thousands of voters from across Colorado and had dozens upon dozens of conversations with these people about many issues. These dialogues were an opportunity for me to hear the ideas of those who disagreed with me and have a civil, genuine debate on the future of the country.

Joel Reichenberger: Growing athletic success

What's the secret to being a successful Routt County athlete? I thought it was just hard work and big dreams. That's a formula that proves true everywhere and in probably everything.

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Building-use tax shaping up as campaign issue

Only $225K of an estimated $4.6M collected from use tax

Last fall, City Council considered an ordinance that would have prevented city accountants from collecting what they estimated was $4.6 million owed to them by construction contractors. The ordinance concerned a city Finance Department plan to begin requiring reconciliations of building-use tax deposits collected in conjunction with construction permits. A 1991 ordinance gave the city the right to require such reconciliations, but the provision had never been enforced.

New lending regulations delay closing dates, costs

A change in federal regulations is complicating the process of closing real estate sales and already has delayed one closing in Steamboat Springs.

Looking Back for Aug. 17, 1934: Oiling crew arrives and begins work

From the Friday, Aug. 17, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Western creativity shown in fair exhibits

Home arts competitions display creations from county residents

People trickled into Exhibition Hall at the Routt County Fair from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a variety of entries in categories including fruits and vegetables, baked goods, artwork, canned goods, clothing, crafts and hobbies, farm products, flowers and plants, photography, woodworking and wine and beer.

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Calf riders test grips at fair

Theo Hansen, Kaiden Decker walk away with top times at event

Nine-year-old Tyler Boyer competed in the Routt County Fair's first youth calf riding event. Tyler participated in the 8- to 10-year-old division, the group that rode bucking steers. The 11- to 14-year-old group rode bucking bull calves. Seven children rode calves Saturday afternoon. "It was hard," Tyler said after he was safely out of the arena. "I forgot to put my feet out in front of me."

Our View: Fiscal neutrality could be costly

Striking balance between public benefit and fiscal impact is no easy task.

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Sailors basketball legend receives RMAC honor

Jon Baskin - a 1986 Steamboat Springs High School graduate - recently was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's All-Century Basketball Team, for his play at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

Saturday, August 15

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Steamboat Springs Running Series trail race Sunday

The trail of Sunday's Steamboat Springs Running Series Race cuts up from the top of Fish Creek Falls road past the first and second falls and eventually to Long Lake. That entire section is challenging, uphill trail running.

Oak Creek-based musher will return to Iditarod

Tom Thurston started training dogs again Aug. 1 and said he's intent on improving on his 2009 Iditarod finish.

Lacrosse eyes win in Aspen

Bonesaws enter tourney as favorite

The Steamboat Springs Bonesaws will look to continue the team's strong play as it heads into a lacrosse tournament today in Aspen.

The Record for Aug. 13

Thursday, Aug. 13 12:12 a.m. North Routt Fire Protection District emergency responders and Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a fire alarm in the 25000 block of Tanglewood Drive near Clark.

Local fundraising effort surpasses $30K goal

In a little more than a month, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Routt County United Way raised more than $30,000 in matching funds, ending the funding period with a total of $68,475.

Chamber barometer: Lodging to be 46 percent full tonight

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer showed that about 46 percent of the city's rental pillows are expected to be full tonight. That represents about 6,400 visitors. The forecast for the same weekend last year was 45 percent. The actual occupancy then was higher: 54 percent.

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Family encourages llama showing at Routt County Fair

Llamas at the Routt County Fair could have been strolling through the countryside for all the concern they showed as their handlers walked them around the ring at noon Friday. The four llamas, Oreo, Dillon, Bandito and Otis, belong to the White family of North Routt County, and they're all accustomed to walking the rough trails that lead to the high country.

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Charter school gets $3.1M state grant

Funds will provide 65 percent of costs for North Routt facility

State education officials have awarded North Routt Community Charter School a $3.1 million grant to help fund a new school in Clark, marking a major step forward in a grass-roots fundraising effort.

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Tom Ross: Hula goats have dangerous habit of nibbling on grass skirts

On Friday, I found myself interviewing a hippie Angus calf named Pee Wee, a Dalmatian named Geronimo that had horns like a rodeo bull, and a laying hen named Lollipop that wore a camouflage vest and rolled on its back to play dead.

Fall election could begin near City Council annexation ruling

A final vote about whether to annex Steamboat 700 - the proposed master-planned community of about 500 acres - is scheduled for Oct. 13. Mail-in ballots must be delivered to voters between Oct. 9 and 19. The coincidental timing underscores the substantial role Steamboat 700 will play in the 2009 Steamboat Springs City Council election.

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Local man asks council to let him keep horses at his home

When the city annexed Lex Burton's property, he agreed with one condition: they allow him to keep his horses, to which the city relented, but only as long as Burton was alive to take care of them. Now, that agreement has come under scrutiny.

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1st week of Hankins murder trial concluded

Arguments focus on minutes before Cynthia's death

After the first week of Terry Hankins' murder trial, the case seems to have boiled down to discerning what happened in the brief amount of time before Cynthia Hankins' death.

Steamboat briefs: Last day for suggestions for Seminars at Steamboat

The Seminars at Steamboat planning group is welcoming suggestions for topics and speakers for the 2010 summer season. As a nonpartisan organization, the Seminars at Steamboat focuses on public policy issues of national and international importance. Each summer, there are four seminars. Submit your ideas by the end of today to

2009 Steamboat NTRP Tennis Championships: Aug. 14

2009 Steamboat NTRP Tennis Championships Matches played on Friday, Aug. 14

Friday, August 14

Woman suffers anaphylactic shock, walks out of wilderness

A woman who suffered anaphylactic shock after suffering bee or wasp stings while hiking on Dome Lake Trail was able to walk out of the Zirkel Wilderness on her own Thursday afternoon.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Moose numbers increasing in Routt

A decade ago, having an encounter with a moose in Routt County was considered a relatively rare occurrence. However, during the past 10 years, moose numbers have significantly increased. Nowadays, moose frequently are observed in the Steamboat Springs area and also can be found regularly in many other parts of the county.

Oak Creek code enforcement officer in training

Wendy Finley is now the law in Oak Creek. The Stagecoach resident was introduced to the Oak Creek Town Board during a Thursday night meeting as the new code enforcement officer.

Steamboat 700 developers say they will split cost of $30M schools project

The Steamboat Springs School District has reached a tentative agreement with the developers of Steamboat 700, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said Thursday.

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Halle had a little lamb

Events for youngsters build excitement in future 4-H'ers

The bum lamb contest is one of a few events that gives those too young to participate in 4-H an opportunity to show animals at the fair. A bum lamb is one that is raised on a bottle because its mother abandons it, dies or has more lambs than it can feed. Halle Hamilton brought her lamb, Magic, to the event.

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Confession, victim's body presented at Hankins trial

Jury sees photos of Cynthia on Day 4

On the fourth day of Terry Hankins' murder trial, the prosecution played an audio recording of Hankins' first confession to killing his wife, Cynthia, and showed the jury the first pictures of her dismembered body.

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High school fall sports season starts Monday

The official start of practices for all high school fall sports is Monday. Although most teams have run conditioning camps this week, and the Steamboat Springs High School golf team has played a tournament, the Colorado High School Activities Association deems Monday as the first day organized practices are allowed.

Steamboat briefs: Cultural integration group seeks bilingual volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community, and be respectful and mature. Training is provided. Call Tatiana at 871-4599, or e-mail

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Rob Douglas: The right thing to do

Sometimes easy decisions are difficult. Today's column is my last. Starting Sept. 12, I will launch a radio show discussing national politics. My co-host will be Cari Hermacinski. The show will initially air Saturday mornings on KBCR 1230 AM from 8 to 10 a.m.

The Record for Aug. 12

12:56 p.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a noise complaint in the 1900 block of Rockies Way. Officers issued nine citations for minors in possession of alcohol, and medical crews transported one girl to Yampa Valley Medical Center for detox.

700 reaches deal with school district

Developers say they will split cost of $30M schools project

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said attorneys for the district and Steamboat 700 developers were drafting the agreement to split the cost of a school that would be needed as a result of the proposed development seeking annexation into western Steamboat Springs.

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House of Cards Part 3: Holding a losing hand

When the tentacles of the national housing bust slithered into Routt County last year, they didn't stop with foreclosures and a lending crunch. They crept onward, sneaking into the lives of engineers, interior designers, contractors, restaurateurs and retailers.

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All Arts Festival starts Thursday

Inaugural event to showcase local talent, feature national acts

Several events have been added to the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival schedule, with opportunities for local film and culinary arts enthusiasts taking their place on the four-day event calendar.

Youth League Lacrosse standings for Aug. 14

Youth League Lacrosse standings for Aug. 14

Adult League Softball: Coed C League for Aug. 13

Adult League Softball: Coed C League for Aug. 13

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What to do this weekend

- 95th annual Routt County Fair - Routt County Fairgrounds

Denver dub band Apex Vibe plays tonight at Mahogany

About two years ago, Apex Vibe lead singer and guitarist Tim Sanchez placed an ad on Craigslist, looking to recruit musicians who'd be interested in playing positive music.

Gunderson takes 2nd in golf team's 1st tournament

Although the 6:15 a.m. wake-up call came early for the Sailors after a long summer, Steamboat Springs High School's golf team played relatively well at Battlement Mesa, logging a team score of 244, good enough for fifth place.

Cyclists prep for 24-hour bike race in Gunnison

There's nothing easy about a 24-hour mountain bike race, and Steamboat Springs riders hitting the road this weekend for the 24 Hours in the Sage race in Gunnison stopped short of using the "e" word to describe the challenge.

Thursday, August 13

Sales tax dips 21.5 percent

June figures show across-the-board decreases; year-to-date collections down 16.8 percent

Figures released Thursday show that the city collected less than $1.2 million in sales tax in June, compared with about $1.5 million for the month last year. That puts year-to-date collections at $8.7 million, compared with $10.5 million year-to-date at this time last year.

'Sisters' weekend schedule set

Women's event in October will include parties, athletics, workshops

Women are encouraged to get together Oct. 16 to 18 in Steamboat Springs for workshops, athletic activities, social time and "retail therapy."

Helicopter flies into wilderness for rescue

Search and Rescue responding to North Routt County wilderness area

Search and Rescue spokesman Darrel Levingston said the woman, a local, is about 2.5 miles up the trail from the trailhead. The woman suffered anaphylactic shock from wasp stings, according to dispatch reports, and is reportedly feeling better and refusing helicopter service.

Hayden CSAP scores down from last year

Many still higher than Colorado averages

When the Hayden School District's 2009 CSAP scores were released Friday, the results weren't exactly what some in the district expected, said Superintendent Greg Rockhold. A number of Hayden's scores were down from a year ago.

Oak Creek Town Board considers law options

Members ask Jackson County undersheriff to share strategies

Oak Creek Town Board members want to know how other counties contract law enforcement to towns within their boundaries, and they'll get a firsthand account tonight from Jackson County Undersheriff Scott Fischer.

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Cash levels for Routt County Fair livestock sale uncertain

Stimulus fund up in the air

Organizers of the 4-H livestock stimulus fund won't know how their venture turns out until after Saturday's sale. But another Routt County Fair project that had been up in the air, the Demolition Derby, appears to be coming together.

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Senate leadership tours Yampa Valley

Shaffer, Morse hope budget crisis doesn't overshadow priorities

Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Senate Majority Leader John Morse stopped in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday as part of a tour to help the legislative leaders prepare for the Colorado General Assembly's 2010 session.

Used-car prices rising with Clunker deal

Dealers must disable trade-in engines, which decreases supply of used cars

Cash for Clunkers has caused a surge in the amount of cash required to buy a used car. Because dealers must disable the engines of the older cars, the used-car pool is shrinking, Steamboat Springs dealers said.

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4-H'ers fare well at swine show

Jenkins siblings finish 3rd, 6th in intermediate division of swine showmanship

Shealie Jenkins got off to a rough start during swine showmanship Wednesday at the 95th Routt County Fair in Hayden. Flower, her brown Duroc, darted into the gate and ran through the middle of the ring, past the event judge, as 14-year-old Shealie chased after.

Steamboat briefs: Students selling gift cards as middle school fundraiser

Steamboat Springs Middle School students and parents are selling Staples gift cards today through Saturday, and Aug. 20 through Aug. 22 at the store. Five percent of proceeds will benefit the school. Cash and checks payable to Steamboat Springs Middle School will be accepted. Call Kris Bensler at 970-870-9344 with questions.

Attorneys paint two sides of Hankins couple

Prosecution, defense give opening statements in Hankins murder trial

Attorneys for the prosecution and defense painted different portraits of a man accused of first-degree murder and his wife, who he is charged with killing in June 2007.

Basalt stalls pot dispensaries

Town Council approves 90-day moratorium to draft regulations

The Basalt Town Council took emergency action Tuesday night to guard the town against receiving a flood of applications for medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Record for Aug. 11

Tuesday, Aug. 11 12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint on Riverside Drive.

Adult League Softball: Men's A League for Aug. 13

Adult League Softball: Men's A League for Aug. 13

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Promenade work under way

Memorials to Corna, Scott proposed at base of Mount Werner

Construction jumped off this week on the smallest but trickiest portion of Steamboat's new pedestrian promenade at the base of the ski area. When complete, the project will transform the old hole in the ground into a pleasant seating area and fire pit flanked by a water feature. The spot has become known as Burgess Creek Plaza.

Hikers rescued in Vail Valley doing well

A Colorado Air National Guard Black Hawk helicopter found two missing hikers in Reeds Meadow, west of the Mount of the Holy Cross summit in Colorado's Vail Valley, around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 12

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Former NFL commissioner visits with coaches

Paul Tagliabue spent years overseeing the NFL as football became America's most popular sport. Tagliabue spoke for more than an hour and took questions about performance-enhancing drugs in sports and what coaches at the youth and high school levels can do to stop drug use.

Commissioners vote to purchase rights of way on C.R. 14

Routt County will try to acquire 44 acres from landowners along Routt County Road 14. Acquiring the rights of way is necessary before the county can reconstruct a five-mile section that begins at its northern intersection with Colorado Highway 131.

Jury selected in Hankins murder trial

After the second day of court proceedings, a jury of 11 men and three women were selected to serve in the murder trial of Terry Hankins.

Pietras to run for City Council

Hermacinski decides to face Bennett in District 1 race

Local landscaper Kyle Pietras said Monday that he will run in this year's Steamboat Springs City Council election. Pietras said he would run for the four-year, District 1 seat being vacated by term-limited Councilman Steve Ivancie or council's two-year, at-large seat held by Councilwoman Cari Hermacinski.

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Emerald City Opera to perform Italian opera set in the Old West

Operas, cowboys and steer wrestling don't usually go hand in hand. But tonight, the heart of the Old West will shine through with a famous Italian opera, performed by the Emerald City Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers, of Steamboat Springs.

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Youths start checking in small animals at fair

Cassandra Schmid and Natalie Smith, who will be freshmen at Soroco High School in the fall, were preparing their animals Tuesday for judging that is scheduled for Thursday at the Routt County Fair. Poultry and rabbit weigh-in started Tuesday afternoon and continues this morning at the Hayden fairgrounds.

Mountain States Cup results

Mountain States Cup results

School Board workshop starts today

Members will hear reports and set goals for the school year

The Steamboat Springs School Board begins a two-day workshop tonight in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Don Toy tennis event not typical

Tournament brings students, community together

The first Don Toy Mixed Troubles Tennis Tournament featured 15 players from Steamboat Springs High School and 26 adult members of the community, in friendly matches Saturday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

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Reunion brings together SSHS classes of '48 and '49

Reconnecting with old friends

It's been 61 years since Weldon Lamb has seen Betty Cary, the first girl he asked out on a date. He said a lot has changed since she turned him down at age 15, three years before they graduated from high school in 1948.

Former NFL Commissioner Tagliabue to speak Thursday

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Strings Music Pavilion. His talk will look at the history of performance-enhancing drugs, as well as what the future might hold.

Lynn Abbott: Health care reform

On Friday, Rob Douglas wrote, "There is nothing wrong with health care in the United States today." We also hear this when newscasters interview protesters at recent town hall meetings: "Our health care is the best in the world!"

Belle Horn: Support the fair

The Routt County Fair has arrived, and many kids are finishing up their livestock projects. This year we have more kids than ever. There is an 18 percent increase on the amount of kids in the Routt County 4-H program.

City Council weighs benefit of housing against 700's costs

Steamboat 700 developers agreed Tuesday to raise an additional $50,000 a year in property taxes, avoiding what appeared to be a Steamboat Springs City Council headed for deadlock.

Steamboat briefs: LIFT-UP to hold food drive at Thursday's free concert

The LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank will collect non-perishable food donations at the entrance to the Susan Tedeschi free summer concert Thursday at the base of Mount Werner. All are encouraged to help those in need by sharing some food through this traditional concert food drive. Call 870-8804 with questions.

Dixson wins state cycling championship

Bicycle racers compete against Lance Armstrong in Snowmass

One local cyclist left with a state championship and several others left with a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the weekend at the Cross Country Colorado State Championship bike races in Snowmass Village.

Adult League Softball: Coed B League for Aug. 11

Tuesday's games

Adult league Softball: Coed D League for Aug. 11

Tuesday's games

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Joanne Palmer: Ski season suggestions

All 20-year, full-time residents should be rewarded with a lifetime ski pass. Conservative calculations show these people have worked about 100 hours per week since moving to Ski Town USA while happily serving as local ambassadors. What do you know, I qualify!

Our View: County Fair teaches life lessons

The 95th annual Routt County Fair couldn't come at a better time for our community.

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Tedeschi bringing the blues

Blues singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi headlines the fourth show of the 2009 Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series tonight at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Adult League Softball: Men's B League playoff bracket

Aug. 17 semifinal games

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Steamboat Springs High School golf team preps for big year

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team has become one of the premier high school teams in Class 4A, sending teams and individuals to the state tournament every year.

The Record for Aug. 10

1:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to a report that males were harassing a woman and stole things from her in Steamboat Springs. Officers determined everything was fine.

Adult League Volleyball standings for Aug. 10

2009 Adult Summer Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, August 11

Hayden superintendent's name submitted for job in Tennessee

Greg Rockhold has no immediate plans to pursue job

Hayden School District Superintendent Greg Rockhold has expressed interest in the Cheatham County, Tenn., director of schools vacancy, according to a story published Wednesday in the Tennessean.

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Young steer ropers show off their skills

4-H roping debuts at Routt County Fair

Young cowboys and cowgirls defeated the steers Monday at the first-ever 4-H roping event at the Routt County Fair, with many a set of horns and heels caught up in well-thrown lariats.

Chris Corna toxicology report finished

Examiner sticks by suicide ruling; police still are investigating

The results of a toxicology report on Chris Corna have not swayed the opinion of the Westchester County, N.Y., Medical Examiner's Office, which ruled his May death a suicide. However, a police investigation into the death continues, Port Chester Police Department Lt. James Ladeairous said Monday.

Police: Stolen Superman recovered

Steamboat 23-year-old man arrested Friday

Superman has not yet found his way home, but a Steamboat Springs My Wireless store is one step closer to getting the caped hero back in its possession.

The Record for August 9

2:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a fire alarm in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat All Arts Festival is seeking contributors

The Steamboat All Arts Festival Committee is seeking producers of fine art for the Yampa River Art Stroll, Aug. 20 to 23, as part of the first Steamboat All Arts Festival.

August fire danger is normal

Blazes burn across the state; Routt County's risk is 'moderate'

The fire danger for Routt County remains moderate, even as the grass begins to dry and lightning strikes become more frequent, Routt County Director of Emergency Management Bob Struble said.

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Jimmy Westlake: Perseid meteors set to dazzle

The annual Perseid meteor shower is in progress and is scheduled to reach its peak tonight. The Perseid meteor shower produces 40 to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.

After-school programs' enrollment open

Routt County's after-school programs are gearing up as the 2009-10 school year rapidly approaches. And there's still plenty of time to register.

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Murder trial begins

Jury selection extends to 2nd day in Hankins case

After a day of questioning potential jurors for the Terry Hankins murder trial, Judge Michael O'Hara told the remaining crowd they would have to come back today and that they should plan on staying for most of it.

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Tom Ross: To everything, there is a season

Hillman, Pedersen explore a family tree of country rock

The No. 1 slow-dance song in the autumn of 1965, when I was in seventh grade at Charles R. Van Hise Junior High School, was "Turn, Turn, Turn," by the Byrds.

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Kennel cough has been spreading among dogs in Steamboat

Veterinarians see outbreak of cold-like infection in canines

In the past month, Steamboat Veterinary Hospital has started to see as many as six to 10 cases of kennel cough a day. Veterinarians there had examined three infected dogs by about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Michael Gotchey said.

Council to discuss Steamboat 700's fiscal effects on city

The Steamboat 700 fiscal impact model will be the only item of discussion at tonight's meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Monday, August 10

Aging Well: New strategies, support compensate for low vision

Most of us take our eyesight for granted, not realizing that someday it may not be so easy to read, write, drive or recognize familiar faces. Although normal aging of the eye does not cause low vision, diseases that impair vision are more common among older adults.

Rugby team earns 3rd consecutive Ski Town Classic title

For the third consecutive year, the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club won the Ski Town Classic rugby tournament in Park City, Utah.

The Record for August 8

Midnight. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a disturbance in the 600 block of Yampa Street. An intoxicated man, who nearly fell into the Yampa River, was taken to detox.

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Luke Graham: 5 prep storylines to watch

The fall sports season can't get here quickly enough. The doldrums of summer are great, but it's the prep action that is the best.

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Grateful Dead tribute band to play rare acoustic show tonight

Dark Star Orchestra to perform at Strings

Dark Star Orchestra plays a rare acoustic show at 7 p.m. today at Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets are $48 and are available through the Strings Music Festival box office.

Steamboat briefs: Triathlon volunteers needed for Aug. 29 and 30 event

Organizers of the Steamboat Triathlon are looking for volunteers for Aug. 29 and 30. Receive goodie bags, T-shirts and lunch while meeting new people.

Financial literacy classes offered today, Tuesday

Bud Werner hosts session for young adults today, adults Tuesday

Elizabeth Black, who owns Vision Trek Consulting in Steamboat, is offering financial literacy classes from 11 a.m. to noon today for young adults ages 15 to 20 and from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Tuesday for adults.

Dillon undecided about opening pot dispensaries

Taking a page from other Summit County towns, Dillon officials are examining how to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries before one asks to set up shop.

Deb Babcock: Grow a chocolate-scented garden

For a chocolate fix without the calories, consider a garden filled with plants that give off a chocolate fragrance.

Monday Medical: The skinny on dry skin

We have sun, we have dry air, and every day, although we often deny it, we are getting older. Each is a factor that contributes to a common health matter: dry skin.

Wednesday event to promote sustainability

Buildings at Rocking C Bar Ranch will be used as examples

The monthly Talking Green series event, held the second Wednesday of each month for the past two years, usually takes place at area restaurants. But given this month's topic - sustainability of agricultural buildings - the Steamboat Springs green building group will present a case study.

Schedule for 95th annual Routt County Fair

Routt County Fair schedule of events

Sunday, August 9

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Craig trash collectors seek edge in Steamboat

Trash removal is a competitive business in Routt County, and Old West Sanitation is digging for a larger piece of the heap. The Craig-based company already has customers across the Yampa Valley, owner Benjie Berg said. He hopes to gain more residential clients.

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Barrett, Lane bring East Coast skills to Steamboat lacrosse

Conor Barrett and Sam Lane moved to Steamboat Springs two years ago, separately, from the same college, and now are helping the Steamboat lacrosse team shine.

Business File: Mac Ranch moves to Eighth Street location

The Mac Ranch has moved from its space at Yampa and 11th streets to 117 Eighth St. in Steamboat Springs. It will have a classroom and space for people to try Apple products.

School board petition begins

No challengers yet for seats in Hayden, South Routt

In recent years, races for Hayden and South Routt school boards have seen little competition. In the first week of the petition period, which began Wednesday, it appears the upcoming Nov. 3 election may be no different.

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New forest spreading roots amid beetles' devastation

It doesn't look like much of anything right now, but Tuesday morning, Oscar Martinez grabbed it by the tip and pulled it to its full height: a less-than-towering 24 inches. For now, it's a tiny pine tree, a sapling so pathetic that Charlie Brown wouldn't give it a second look. But, Martinez explained, it's the future - and a sign that even in a forest's darkest hours, hope always grows.

Joel Reichenberger: Hoping for better than the average

I use this platform to flog my own athletic ability on a pretty regular basis. In case you've missed that, I don't ski very well. I don't do trees well, rarely finding the guts to turn much downhill unless it's absolutely necessary, and I really don't do moguls well, losing that desired "rhythm" after about the first 10 feet and flopping up and down over the center of the bumps.

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Library installs rooftop solar panel system

State grants covered $78K of library's total $82K cost of system

As part of a bid to earn a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, Bud Werner Memorial Library officials had an 11-kilowatt solar-electric system installed June 30.

Jail Report for Aug. 2 to 7

Jail Report for Aug. 2 to 7

Class notes: SSHS grad named to DU dean's list for spring 2009

Victoria Lavington, a 2008 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the University of Denver dean's list for the 2009 spring quarter.

Looking Back for Aug. 10, 1934: Report fires to service at once

During the past two weeks there have been five forest fires in the vicinity of Routt National Forest.

David Moss: 'Cash for Clunkers' shows government's inefficiencies

Let's see, President Barack Obama and Congress were surprised that people would like $4,500 toward a new car for an old car that they were going to trade in or that would die in the near future, anyway.

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550 walk in Relay For Life, raising more than $165K Friday night

Nine-year-old Jordyn Hetrick raised $1,058 for Relay For Life by e-mailing people, asking for donations, and selling mint water and jewelry in her driveway. Bringing in that much dough was tough, Jordyn said at the closing ceremony for Relay For Life on Saturday morning.

Kat Kelly: Wildlife in town a beautiful sight

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, there was a boom, and the dogs let me know we had a visitor. I already knew a bear had found the yummy trash we had thrown in the can earlier that night.

Routt County Spotlight: Kriss Bergethon

Occupation: Solar power business owner

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Formerly deed-restricted condos hit open market

First Tracks at Wildhorse Meadows creates a new species of real estate in Steamboat

The developers of First Tracks at Wildhorse Meadows set out last week to explore a new real estate product niche they never meant to occupy in the first place.

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Sunray Meadows sees 6 condos offered as short sales

Ken Gold and Lisa Ruffino, of ReMax Steamboat, have seen the market come full circle at Sunray Meadows, where they have six condominiums available at short sale on behalf of distressed buyers.

On the Market: Foreclosure hot line aids homeowners in trouble

Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon recommends the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline as a valuable resource for homeowners worried about making their mortgage payments.

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Gunderson, Ptach and Capistron shoot strong for Sailors golf

When Kaelen Gunderson walked off the 18th hole at Haymaker Golf Course on Tuesday, it was impossible to tell he hadn't played much golf this summer.

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New CHS administrator has worlds of experience

A unique path led Dave Entwistle to Steamboat Springs. After living in West Africa, New Mexico, Kentucky and Morocco, he arrived in Steamboat less than a month ago.

The Record for Aug. 7

Friday, Aug. 7 12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police were called to reports of found property in the 800 block of Howelsen Parkway.

Transactions for July 31 to Aug. 6

Transactions for July 31 to Aug. 6

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Runner foots 200-mile trek from Fort Collins

Man runs Wild West Relay alone

Will Laughlin's mind has always been his best friend. But somewhere along the 200 miles of the Wild West Relay, it slowly became his enemy.

Lee Pierson: Athletic Fields support

The Steamboat Pilot & Today editorial on July 22 stated that "Heritage Park homeowners seem to want it both ways - open space for athletic fields when it would prevent additional development, and no development of athletic fields when it would mean increased usage and traffic to their neighborhood."

Community Alliance response

In its Aug. 6 editorial, the Steamboat Pilot & Today suggested the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley should expect "public scrutiny" of its mission and agenda.

John Andrews: Will car tax undo Democrats?

Bill Ritter may have misjudged how mad Americans can get when government messes with their cars, trucks, campers and trailers.

Our View: C.R. 14 rights of way a gamble worth taking

It's a calculated gamble, but the Routt County Board of Commissioners should move forward with a plan to spend almost $1 million of its cash reserves to acquire the rights of way needed for Routt County Road 14 improvements.

Seminar to discuss handling finance records

Small-business owners can use their financial records to better manage their companies, accountants will tell seminar participants this week. Thursday's Success Steps lunch is titled "Good Business/Good Financial Records, Small Business Accounting."

Tom Vogl: I'll always have the memories of laughter

A week after Greg Scott's sudden and overwhelming departure, mutual friends repeatedly have mentioned two things that hit them after the truly great memorial celebration: "Who will play for upcoming family events?" (Greg was our one and only choice); and Greg's laugh, which was so special and distinct.

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Resident raises award-winning poultry

Reva Frink refereed a turkey fight recently. "One had a hold of another one's head, and he wasn't wantin' to turn loose," she said, standing outside the pen that held 13 turkeys.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden seeks bids for street work

The town of Hayden plans to start the bidding process for reconstruction of Poplar Street. The prebid meeting is at 2 p.m. Thursday.

John F. Russell: For the love of the game

I've never met Chris Kuxhaus face to face, but after talking with him on the phone for a few minutes last week, I can sense that he's one of those guys who truly loves the game.

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Steamboat 700 water issues complicated

Water has proved to be a contentious issue - as it always does in the West - between the city of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat 700.

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West Acres residents fight road route

'Victory Highway' a misnomer to mobile-home habitants

After losing their home in Westland Mobile Home Park to redevelopment in 2006, Aimee Weekslynn and Stuart Lynn moved to West Acres Mobile Home Park. Now, they are involved in a court case against the city, which wants to build two roads through the neighborhood.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Lesly Gracia

The eighth winner of Hayden Public Library's Reader of the Week is 6-year-old Lesly Gracia.

Saturday, August 8

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Sailors football starts Monday

Steamboat squad to attend conditioning camp, open season Aug. 29

The Steamboat Springs High School football team starts a season of high expectations with a conditioning camp at 5 p.m. Monday. The camp is must for a Steamboat team that opens the season at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at home against Holy Family.

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Mary Walker: This is Africa

Continent's way of life is unlike any other in the world

From the movie "Blood Diamond" comes the expression, "TIA (this is Africa)," used when a character is trying to explain, justify or rationalize something in Africa that might be totally foreign to "westerners."

The Record for Aug. 6

12:03 a.m. A person complained about noise on AprÃs Ski Way. Police were unable to locate the noise.

Steamboat briefs: County participates in National Night Out

Routt County law enforcement and the Routt County Communications Department are participating today in National Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street. Residents will have an opportunity to meet Routt County dispatchers, law enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters. The event is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and generate support for anti-crime efforts.

Advocates to host sweet benefit

Decadent Desserts fundraiser to include treats from 20 chefs

About 20 restaurants, caterers and private chefs will contribute sweets to the 24th annual Decadent Desserts, a fundraiser for Advocates Building Peaceful Communities.

Lake Village concerns persist

Liens, bankruptcy prevent action even if infrastructure is finished

Lake Village subdivision lot owners spoke to the Hayden Town Council on Thursday about their inability to build houses. Town Council members expressed their anger about circular conversations and renegotiated deadlines.

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Brianna Wilhelm crowned fair queen

18-year-old makes court for 4th year

Brianna Wilhelm wasn't planning to enter the Routt County Fair queen competition. The 18-year-old already had served as an attendant for three years and wanted to give someone else a chance to wear the crown.

Court briefs: Capotes' assault cases combined

Trial set for February for Miami men charged in Richard Lopez's death

District Court Judge Shelly Hill combined the cases of the two Miami brothers charged in connection with the January fight that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez. A 10-day trial is set for February.

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Tom Ross: Can you find your way to Dead Horse?

Automated Colorado weather stations packed with climate data

Have you ever wondered what the dew point was at 4 a.m. on your birthday in 1995? At Dead Horse? I've always had a case of compulsive, obsessive weather disorder, and the Internet only stokes the flames.

Soroco makes CSAP leaps

Soroco High School, Steamboat Springs Middle School recognized for growth

This year's CSAP test results show large percentage leaps in Soroco at almost every grade level - 50 percent of the students who took the test as fourth-graders this spring scored at proficient or advanced levels. In 2008, 24 percent of that same group achieved proficient or advanced scores.

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Great Divide ranchers lose cattle to suspected rustlers

Brad Ocker got the first call in October 2008, as cattle ranchers across Moffat County brought their herds off summer pastures and began to count their stock. Three ranchers near the Little Snake River northwest of Great Divide were missing cattle, as many as 50 head of mature Black Angus all together. The suspected cause: rustlers.

Friday, August 7

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Thackery plays blues for friends

'Blues on the Elk River' brings guitarist to the public

North Routt resident Larry McCoy has been booking blues guitar powerhouse Jimmy Thackery in Clark since the early 1980s. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Thackery and The Drivers will headline a concert at Glen Eden Resort.

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First Friday Artwalk listings

Featuring art openings at formal galleries, alternative venues, retail stores and restaurants, the August First Friday Artwalk includes several showings of new work, along with continued presentations of summer shows. Receptions are from 5 to 8 p.m. today and are free and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted. Many events include refreshments and live entertainment.

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Softball team earns 2nd place at Special Olympics

This summer has been about a lot more than winning for local softball coach Chris Kuxhaus, who prefers to focus on building his players' confidence and skill levels while making sure they're having a good time.

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Snowmass event offers youth development riders opportunity

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cyclists will travel to the Mountain States Cup race in Snowmass on Saturday. As usual, Linnea Dixson, Sarah Dixson, Dane Dixson, Mark Dennis, Sam Chovan and Alec Schaffer will be among the field.

Jamey Swiggart dominates Montana State Junior Open tennis

Rising Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Jamey Swiggart admits he was a little overwhelmed playing No. 1 singles as a freshman on the tennis team.

Steamboat rugby aims for 3rd straight Ski Town Classic win

There's more at stake than just a trophy when the Steamboat Rugby Club takes to the field Saturday at the Ski Town Classic Rugby Tournament in Park City, Utah.

Court briefs: Attorney asks for delay in marijuana case

The case against Timothy Nelson, a Hayden man arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana, was delayed Wednesday at the request of his attorney.

Fortress reports $171M net loss

Intrawest's parent company releases 2nd-quarter financials

Fortress Investment Group reported a $171 million net loss for the second quarter, which ended June 30. The company saw a net loss of $250 million in the second quarter of 2008.

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Marijuana dispensary laws vague

City considers regulations for budding industry

Colorado's regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries are vague or nonexistent. On Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council rejected a proposed emergency moratorium on such businesses to allow city officials enough time to craft an ordinance governing them.

Tax increases head to Hayden voters

Town to decide whether to charge more for lodging, car rentals

Hayden residents will vote on two proposed taxes in November. The Hayden Town Council decided at its meeting Thursday to take accommodations and car-rental taxes to voters.

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What to do this weekend for Aug. 7 to 9

- Intermediate Showcase Day - Perry-Mansfield, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Rob Douglas: Health care responsibility reform

The health care reform debate - pitting President Barack Obama and liberal Democrats on one side against Republicans and conservative Democrats on the other - is wildly misnamed.

The Record for August 5

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 26-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of driving while ability impaired and driving a defective vehicle after a traffic stop at Whistler Road and Athens Plaza.

House of Cards: Red Hawk Village: A case study

Walk into the Steamboat Springs offices of Mountain Valley Communities and an empty desk will greet you. It turns out a receptionist is an expendable luxury for the company in times like these.

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House of Cards Part 2: The mortgage market folds

Erik Griepentrog doesn't take bagels to work on Mondays anymore. For Griepentrog, it is one of many steps - others include selling a car and cutting back on child care expenses - he and his family have taken in the past year to curb spending.

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Cornbread to perform Saturday in Oak Creek

For the past few years, Graham Geppert has played bass in rock bands with his peers. For the past few months, he has joined his father and two other musicians in a traditional bluegrass band called Cornbread.

Steamboat briefs: Cancer study enrollment to take place during Relay

In an effort to better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting 500,000 adults nationwide for a new research study called CPS-3.

Thursday, August 6

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Fire destroys hay barn

Fire crews control blaze at ranch on Routt County Road 44

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue crews responded at about 2 p.m. to the blaze that was caused after lightning struck the 25- by 40-foot open-walled barn on the Rocking C Bar Ranch owned by Doc and Marsha Daughenbaugh.

Adult League Softball: Mens "A" League for Aug. 5

Wednesday's games

Youth League Lacrosse week 3 standings

Week 3 Standings

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Sports briefs: Lukens wins Illinois triathlon

Penn Lukens entered the 18th annual Lakeland Bi-Tri Classic on Saturday in Canton, Ill., for something fun to do while he visited his grandparents.

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Laughlin to run 200-mile Wild West Relay alone

"My intention is to finish," Will Laughlin said attempting a solo run from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. "I want to finish in 50 hours. If it takes 60, so be it. If I show up in the middle of the night and everybody has left and my knees are bloody from crawling, great. I'm determined to finish."

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Lauinger takes 3rd junior golfers title

After winning two regional junior tournaments in a little more than a week, Houston-based golfer Chris Lauinger wasn't too sure about his chances of finding the same success at the Haymaker Junior Championships.

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Bingham grabs 3rd consecutive Town Challenge victory

Brad Bingham won the Dog Days of Summer Town Challenge mountain bike race men's pro division for the third consecutive race, finishing the daunting and roundly saluted Emerald Mountain course in 53 minutes, 29 seconds.

Fire danger high this weekend in Vail

The local weather forecast for the next few days is dry and windy with chances of lightning - it's not quite red alert level for local fire protection agencies, but it's getting close.

World Cup returns to Aspen

Women's event will be race circuit's lone stop in the US

It will be turkey and technical races at this year's Aspen Winternational.

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Jimmy Westlake: Approaching giant

What's that really bright star shining in our midnight sky? It's not a star at all - it's the planet Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. You might have noticed it rising over the southeastern mountains around 10 p.m.

The Record for Aug. 4

12:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 39-year-old Anthem, Ariz., man on suspicion of driving under the influence, DUI per se, speeding and failure to drive in a single lane.

Steamboat briefs: US Forest Service contract to cut down trees available

The U.S. Forest Service is soliciting proposals from responsible small businesses for an indefinite quantity contract on the Medicine Bow and Routt national forests. Visit for more information. The solicitation number is AG-82X9-S-09-0149.

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Johnny Sketch to play at Sunpie's today

Before New Orleans six-piece funk band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes head to Red Rocks, they'll stop at Sunpie's Bistro for a free concert. The show is from 7 to 10 p.m. today in the Sunpie's back yard.

Seminar today to focus on energy, climate

Former congressman Phil Sharp to discuss coal, energy issues

Phil Sharp, a former U.S. representative from Indiana, is scheduled to speak today as part of the annual Seminars at Steamboat lecture series.

Charges filed for bear shooting

Nightwalker says he was 'ignorant' of how to handle situation

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office will file charges this morning against Kent Nightwalker, who admitted he shot and killed a bear July 20 near his home in downtown Steamboat Springs. District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Nightwalker will be charged with three misdemeanors.

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Retired US Marine Corps pilot offers patriotic inspiration

Jack McEncroe brings passion and conviction borne of service to his country when he speaks about the U.S. Constitution and his belief that all Americans must be prepared to defend their freedoms against enemies at home and abroad.

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Craig Hotshots contain Allred Fire in western Moffat County

About 100 firefighters and support personnel responded to the Allred Fire this week in western Moffat County. Officially, it got its name from Allred Peak, a hilltop southwest of Sand Wash Basin near the fire's origin.

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Opera offers Western-style comedy

Emerald City Opera's 'The Elixir of Love' opens at 7 p.m. Saturday

With an accomplished faculty and a chorus bulked up by a program for aspiring career opera singers, Emerald City Opera founder and artistic director Keri Rusthoi hopes the operatic comedy "The Elixir of Love" will provide ample entertainment. The show opens Saturday at 7 p.m. at Julie Harris Theatre.

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Tax proposals on Hayden agenda

Town Council to discuss vote on car-rental, accommodation increases

Hayden Town Council members are slated to decide today whether to put two tax proposals on the November ballot.

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Family, community remember compassionate friend Shane Braselton

Shane Braselton's family, friends and acquaintances always will remember him in shorts, a T-shirt and a worn baseball cap. Shane Braselton died July 29 in Grand Junction after falling off his skateboard in Craig.

City Council substantially cuts fees for affordable units

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday drastically reduced the fees it charges developers who choose to make a payment in lieu of building affordable housing units required by the city.

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20 mine rescue teams gather in Craig

To prepare for the worst, each underground coal mine has two mine rescue teams, and 20 of those teams gathered in Craig this week to participate in a competition.

Wednesday, August 5

Fortress reports $171 million net loss

Parent of ski area's parent company reported second-quarter financials today

The private-equity and hedge fund manager is the parent company of Intrawest, which is the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Some Fortress funds are invested in development at the base area of Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs.

Colorado bicyclists gain new road rules

Protections are among 151 laws that go into effect today

Laws that take effect today require Colorado motorists to give cyclists a 3-foot berth when passing, and allow drivers to cross a double yellow line, when safe, to pass cyclists.

City Council discusses moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

A local entrepreneur's proposal to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Steamboat Springs sent tremors through city government Tuesday, but the City Council rejected a proposed emergency moratorium on such businesses.

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Riders crank at Crankworx

Local mountain bikers gravitate toward top finishes

After watching the professional downhill mountain bike riders at last year's Crankworx Colorado Free Ride Mountain Bike Festival, young Steamboat Springs rider Ben Siegel was ready to have a shot.

Race is back on trails of Howelsen

Local riders gear up for some new twists

The glory of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike race series is that no matter the course, events are always a little bit different.

The Record for Aug. 3, 2009

Monday, Aug. 3

Steamboat Briefs: Chip-and-seal work begins today on section of CR 16

Routt County's chip-and-seal season is here. Crews will begin resurfacing Routt County Road 16 from C.R. 212 to C.R. 18A, a 1.1 mile section, today. Chip-and-seal is a less expensive version of surface treatment that combines a layer of asphalt with a layer of fine aggregate, or chips.

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Community youth group to sell produce at next farmers market

Sean Fairlie couldn't be distracted as he picked weeds Tuesday morning. Looking down, his brown hair hanging over his eyeglasses as he placed the weeds into a plastic plant holder, Fairlie, 18, said it was "amazing" being able to watch something grow that he planted.

Woman declines Oak Creek law position

The woman who was offered the job of community service officer in Oak Creek declined the position Monday, town officials said.

Stephanie Wilson, Johnny Fisher: Dude ranching alive, well

We couldn't help but notice The Associated Press article that appeared in Tuesday's paper regarding the state of the dude ranch industry. Our good friends in Colorado and Arizona were all quoted, speaking about the decrease in bookings this year. As we are a small industry, we are truly friends with each of those ranchers quoted, and we are aware that many of their ranches are feeling a pinch this year because of lower bookings.

Henry R. Savage: Krugman off-base

I am writing in response to Paul Krugman's Saturday column about Medicare. He presents Medicare as the shining example of single-payer government health care for the elderly that we should all want for all our health care. How ridiculous.

Greg and Pam Gundlach: Protect park

The design-planning process and recent conceptual plan for Rita Valentine Park by Chris Wilson, Director of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services for the city of Steamboat Springs, disregards several important facts:

Adult League Softball: Coed results for Aug. 4, 2009

Coed "B" and "D" League softball

Adult League Softball: Men's "B" League results for Aug. 3, 2009

Men's "B" League softball

Our View: Alliance response leaves more questions

If the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley expects to play a continued role in public policy decisions, it should expect public scrutiny of its mission and agenda.

Airline program costs $2.1 million

Ski Corp., marketing district, Fly Steamboat pay for winter service

Steamboat Springs' airline program cost more than $2 million last ski season. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., the Local Marketing District and Fly Steamboat paid airlines $2.11 million to meet their guaranteed revenue agreements.

Kevin Bennett confirms candidacy

Hermacinski settles on running for 2-year, at-large seat

Former City Council President Kevin Bennett confirmed Tuesday that he will run for a District 1 seat in this year's City Council election.

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SSHS golf team starts Monday as 3 varsity golfers return

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team's season begins Monday, a week before the rest of the fall sports practices start. The Sailors open practice at 9 a.m. at Haymaker Golf Course.

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Joanne Palmer: Decorating Steamboat style

"Mom, you are a turkey vulture!" My son shrieked, embarrassed and horrified that his mother would slow the car down to inspect a free couch on the side of the road. Comments like these make me wonder, why don't children come with prerecorded messages?

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'Cash for Clunkers' stalls

Car sellers wait to ensure reimbursement from government

Local car dealerships have put their "Cash for Clunkers" sales on hold until they're confident the government will put aside enough money to reimburse them. The federal program allows buyers to save as much as $4,500 when trading in older cars for more fuel efficient new ones. Lawmakers started the program with $1 billion in the fund. Congress is considering adding another $2 billion.

Tuesday, August 4

Deputy: Woman and child unhurt in rollover

Driver and 3-year-old child transported to hospital after accident on Twentymile Road

A 41-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son were not injured in a rollover accident Tuesday evening on Twentymile Road, Clark Kreger of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said.

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Firefighters control brush fires

Two Twentymile Road fires about half a mile apart

Crews from Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and Routt County Emergency Management quickly extinguished two brush fires on Twentymile Road on Tuesday. The fires were reported at about 1:20 p.m.

City's 50-year-old campaign spending limit voided

Francisco Reina, a candidate for Craig City Council in the April 2009 municipal election, may have changed the landscape of city politics, despite coming in last place in his bid for local government.

Engelken considers 2nd run for City Council

Former councilman: Current City Council is too pro-growth

Former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jim Engelken said he is dissatisfied with the city's legislators and is considering running for council in this year's election.

CU president stopping by Steamboat today

Benson to host a public reception tonight as part of state tour

University of Colorado President Bruce Benson will make the rounds in Steamboat Springs and Craig today as part of a "Contributing to Colorado" tour across the state. Benson will host a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The event is free and open to the public.

The Record for August 2

12:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 58-year-old New Mexico man on suspicion of speeding and driving under the influence after a traffic stop in the 300 block of South Lincoln Avenue.

City Council to revisit several issues tonight

Steamboat 700 water requirements, affordable housing among topics

Tonight's City Council agenda provides a snapshot of the most pressing issues of recent years, as members are scheduled to revisit issues ranging from water and annexations to affordable housing and base area redevelopment.

Steamboat briefs: Car stolen 2 weeks ago returned to owner Monday

More than two weeks after it was reported stolen, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers on Monday returned a car to its rightful owner.

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County debates spending $1M on C.R. 14 prior to grant award

The Routt County Board of Commissioners must decide whether it can stomach fronting $1 million of its own money at a time when the county's road and bridge fund reserves are projected to run dry in less than a decade.

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Resident spots return of the hairless fox

A Steamboat Springs resident recently reported seeing an animal similar to ones blamed for the disappearance of about 50 local felines five years ago. Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said Monday that the department hasn't received any reports recently about hairless foxes killing pets.

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Tom Ross: Live from Kitchen Stadium ...

Dammit, honey, we're out of squash blossoms again

Growing up with Ozzie and Harriet, my sisters and I were certain that we were grossly underprivileged. We almost never were served TV dinners like our playmates were. Instead, my mother insisted on cooking flavorful, wholesome dinners every night.

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Sen. Udall's chief of staff visits Steamboat

Michael Sozan talks with commissioners Monday about health care, stimulus

The Routt County Board of Commissioners met with Sen. Mark Udall's chief of staff Monday, an opportunity for commissioners to express their views on issues ranging from health care reform to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Monday, August 3

Fire Management Unit: Spring Creek fire 90 percent contained

Firefighters working on a wild fire near Rangely reached 90 percent containment by Saturday night, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported.

Steamboat briefs: VNA offers tools to help residents quit nicotine

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Colorado Quit Line can help residents quit their nicotine habit.

The Record for August 1

12:37 a.m. Police arrested a 42-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of third-degree assault, criminal mischief, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, related to a report of domestic violence.

Student standards may replace CSAPs

State department to discuss changing expectations for students

When the Colorado Department of Education adopted its model content standards in 1993, the expectations for students were vague and broad. The department is working to fix that

Jane McLeod: Old herb makes a heart merry

An aptly named but seldom considered herb is salad burnet (Poterium sanguisorba or Sanguisorba minor). It is a pretty plant with dainty decorative leaves whose looks belie the fact it is a hardy perennial.

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African drum performance troupe in town for classes, shows

A former local is returning to Steamboat Springs today to help teach an African drum and dance class. JJ Odell is teaching and performing today and Tuesday with the Boulder-based troupe Kissidugu, West African Percussion and Dance.

Monday Medical: Cataract surgery can correct vision loss

During Cataract Awareness Month in August, the American Academy of Ophthalmology wants to remind people they don't have to live with vision loss from cataracts.

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Jenkins prepare pigs for fair

Challenges, responsibilities of raising animals shift in final weeks

For Shealie and Harry Jenkins, early summer days of wrangling loose pigs have been replaced by efforts to perfect the animals in time for the Routt County Fair that begins Aug. 13 in Hayden.

Aging Well: Resurrecting the art of storytelling

Al Dietsch has worn several distinguished hats throughout his life, including lawyer, businessman and officer in the U.S. Navy. It wasn't until retirement that he encountered one of the more scary experiences of his life: Telling a story to school children.

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Luke Graham: Steamboat becoming a football hub

Although Colorado isn't a hotbed for college football recruiters and usually sends only a few players to Division I programs across the nation, it's hard not to like what is going on right here in Steamboat Springs.

Elissa Greene: Strings tuning up for finales

Even though it seems like we just got started, the final week of Strings Music Festival's main subscription season is upon us.

Sunday, August 2

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Water sports options limited in Routt County

Steamboat stores cater to dedicated enthusiasts

Why aren't water sports - water skiing, wakeboarding and the variations that have flared up in the past five years - more popular in Routt County?

Joel Reichenberger: Living with MS

Lane Malone is the prototypical Steamboater. She explained that in her free time, she likes "mountain biking, telemark skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and trail running."

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Rugby captures league title

Steamboat squad leads early, hangs on to seize championship

Three shrill blasts from the official's whistle signaled the end of the game, but plenty of mystery remained as Steamboat and Breckenridge players filed off the rugby field Saturday afternoon at Whistler Park in Steamboat Springs.

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Running Series event offers steep challenges

Mount Werner Classic draws 94 competitors

Some of the challenges in Saturday's Steamboat Springs Running Series event, the Mount Werner Classic, were obvious.

John F. Russell: Dreams heat up on local ice

Ten-year-old Val Katsman is living proof that Olympic dreams can be found in small packages. It's true that, at first glance, he looks like any other child. But this pre-teen can explain the difference between an axel and a Lutz with the same enthusiasm most children his age describe the latest video game released for the Xbox.

Real estate transactions for July 24 to 30, 2009

Real estate transactions for July 24 to 30, 2009

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Missed the Boat gets 1st-round Grammy nomination

Local band Missed the Boat recently added "Grammy-nominated" to its name. The idea of being nominated for the music industry's most prestigious awards is new to the band, which formed in late 2007 and has been playing a danceable blend of bluegrass, folk and rock for audiences in Steamboat Springs ever since.

Beth Bagley: Bear shooting

I am married to the "bear killer," and I know the whole story of the incidents before and after the accidental shooting July 20. Kent tried to do the right thing by calling 911 to report the bear in the trash behind our house, but neither the police nor DOW responded. It was 10 p.m., and he was trying to load the car in order to leave the next day for his business trip, so (after getting no help from the officials) he decided to scare the bear off by shooting his rifle into the gravel behind the bear. It was eating from the trash container and was partially hidden from view. After the warning shot, and the bear didn't run away, Kent gave up and came inside. He left the next day for his trip as planned and learned later that the bear was shot and killed. While in Montana, he called Jim Haskins at the Division of Wildlife and voluntarily came forward with what he had done. My husband is not a contemplative murderer! He admitted his mistake and now is trying to put things right. I've read all the negative comments from readers and pray that you'll open your hearts to forgive my husband of his wrongdoing. I can assure you, it won't happen again.

Aigner accuses developers, officials of malfeasance

In e-mails obtained by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, exchanged in May between Community Alliance organizer Steve Aigner and local developer Tony Connell, Aigner levels about a dozen accusations against developers, public officials and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

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New tenants sign on at Howelsen Place

Art gallery opened in June; Quiksilver, gelato shop on the way

Howelsen Place is steadily stocking commercial tenants, and among them are new art, clothing and food vendors. Linda Cullen plans to move her Quiksilver shop to the development at the southwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street.

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Some Steamboat parents find child care alternatives in down economy

On most days, Ty Norcross stays at home with his 3-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter. Those are the days he can't find work. Norcross is one of many Steamboat Springs parents who have found alternatives to costly child care services for infants to 5-year-olds in Routt County amid tough economic times.

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Demolition derby drivers needed

Routt County Fair starts Friday with Open Horse Show

Demolition derby drivers are in short supply for this year's Routt County Fair, but organizers hope the numbers pick up. No one had signed up as of Thursday, though Don Hayes said he'd received oral commitments from people interested in mashing metal.

Routt County Spotlight: Jessica Lynn Raiford

Occupation: Caterer, Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co.

On the Market: Rollingstone golf club broadens membership eligibility

Sheraton Steamboat Resort's Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club has expanded the geographic boundaries for membership eligibility at the club.

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Fairfield Inn seeks to add 23 suites

The owners of the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Steamboat Springs are seeking city approval to add 23 suites to the 65-room hotel, but a decision to build the addition likely won't come until the economic recovery is further along.

The Jail Report for July 25 to 31

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.

Best of the Web: Good luck, Doug Diamond

This Massachusetts old man will be very sad to see Doug leave (Black Mountain Tavern in Oak Creek). He and his staff and his customers' outgoing friendliness were singular to me. They each made the place unique. So long and best wishes for the future. I really mean it!

John Whittum: Smart growth

The controversy about the Community Alliance recently ignited by the July 24 Steamboat Today article and its selectively chosen comments made in Iowa by Steve Aigner prompt me to respond. Neither the image of the Alliance as presented by the reporter nor Aigner's statements quoted truly represent our organization.

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SmartWool president moves up to Timberland position

SmartWool President Mark Bryden is leaving for pastures that are, if not greener, a little different.

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Jason Sear never gave up during 18-month fight with cancer

Throughout his 18-month fight with a rare kind of cancer, Jason Sear would look at his family members like they were crazy if they acted sad, said his wife, Stacey Sear. He kept a strong face for his three children, falling asleep each night during his rigorous treatment schedule to the sound of them playing in the hallway and the comfort of their school pictures on his nightstand, she said.

The Record for July 31

12:18 a.m. Vandalism was reported at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. A man was arrested for third-degree assault, criminal mischief, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patricia Muhme: Think of Lorna

I am saddened by the recent, senseless death of Lorna Farrow. My heartfelt thoughts go out to her family and friends.

Our View: Wanted: A slew of good candidates

Residents always are better served by contested elections, which offer not only choice, but also specific attention to issues important in our community. As this year's local election cycle begins, we hope there are residents who answer the call to public service and step forward with bids for elected office.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Andrew Kleckler

The seventh Hayden Public Library Reader of the Week is 6-year-old Andrew Kleckler.

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DeVincentis will not seek re-election, Connelly will

2 Steamboat Springs School Board seats up for grabs in November

Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis, who has represented District 1 since 2005, won't seek re-election, he said this week. However, board member Denise Connelly, also elected that year, said she plans to run again for her District 3 seat.

Class Notes: Kyle Wellman graduates from Adams State College

Kyle Wellman, of Steamboat Springs, graduated from Adams State College with a bachelor's degree in theatre. Wellman was awarded his degree during the college's commencement ceremony in May.

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Crowds enjoy Wine Festival amid changing weekend weather

Stewart Vandenberg, of Alexander Family Vineyards, comes to the Wine Festival at Steamboat each year for the educated patrons, steady traffic, and the lovely weather - which can change often.

Joe Cosby: Ease leash laws

Several weeks ago, I started to get signatures on a petition to appear before the City Council to ask them to find an alternative to the current leash law enforcement, one that would make Steamboat friendlier to dog owners.

Christine Hands: 700 annexation

Has anyone ever taken the time to read the West Steamboat Springs Area Plan? The plan originated in 1999 and later was updated in 2006. That was before the days when a development team actually worked arduous hours with the city's planning staff to fulfill the guidelines of the WSSAP.

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Former SSHS football stars aim to shine on college teams

Ben DeLine has been thinking only about perfection. The sophomore kicker at Colorado State University - who got into four games last year as a freshman - enters this year's fall camp as the No. 1 guy.

Business File: Anesthesiologist earns board certification

Dr. Scott Fahrner, a Steamboat Springs anesthesiologist, has earned certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology, according to a news release.

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514-acre prime angling spot lists for $28M

Ranch on the Yampa River is part of private river club

One of the best angling spots on the Yampa River is back on the market for $28 million - and just 22 months after it sold for $19.4 million.

Looking back for Aug. 3, 1934

From the Friday, Aug. 3, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Saturday, August 1

Adult League Soccer for Aug. 1

Coed adult soccer rec league scores

City delays finance director hire

Bob Litzau will lead department through 2010 budget process

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts has chosen to delay the hiring of a finance director at a time when declining revenues and budget cuts have made the city's coffers a principal concern.

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Margaret Hair: Akron/Family wins over small crowd

About an hour and a half into his band's set Wednesday night at Ghost Ranch Saloon, Akron/Family bassist Miles Seaton had reason to ask: "Can we start our show now?"

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Black Mountain Tavern owner leaving

Doug Diamond thanks South Routt for 5 years of business

After five years of pizzas, sandwiches and beer, today will be the last day Doug Diamond can call himself owner of Black Mountain Tavern. Diamond, who has owned or co-owned the Oak Creek restaurant since it opened, has played his hand as restaurateur, and now he said it's time for him to move on.

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Tom Ross: Repent your zins tomorrow

Forgive me, faithful readers, for I have zinned. At 11:30 a.m. Friday, when I should have been sitting at my laptop cogitating, I instead attended Zin City at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Craig settles suit with Francisco Reina

City to pay $2.2K in City Council candidate's legal fees, agrees to void spending limit

Attorneys for the city of Craig agreed to a settlement Friday in Moffat County District Court for local resident Francisco Reina's civil suit, filed by an American Civil Liberties Union legal team.

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Steamboat hockey players getting off-season ice time

Steamboat Springs High School hockey team coach Jeff Ruff and assistant coach Dave Strang have put together workouts for the past four summers. This year, the two have held informal workouts for the team on Mondays and Thursdays at Howelsen Ice Arena.

The Record for July 30

Thursday, July 30 10:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint of a black, medium-sized mixed chow at large in the 2300 block of Abbey Court.</p

Steamboat briefs: Organizers of Routt County Fair urge project planning

Routt County Fair organizers say now is the time for residents to plan homemade projects, baked and canned goods, home-brewed beer and wine, flowers and produce for the 95th annual Routt County Fair. Copies of the 2009 Routt County Fair Book are available on the Routt County Fair Web site,

Review: 'Pirates of Penzance' a worthy operetta

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic operetta once were enormously popular. In recent decades, though, they have been upstaged by musical productions that are perhaps superior in most respects, but it was a delight to revisit "The Pirates of Penzance." It is unsurpassed for sheer silliness, and the tunes and lyrics have well withstood the passage of time.

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Yield-to-bus law to take effect

City to provide demonstration Monday of new state measure to help buses

The city of Steamboat Springs will provide a demonstration Monday of a new state law that will aid city buses trying to re-enter traffic from a bus stop and also change the way traffic flows through Steamboat Springs, particularly downtown.