Stories for December 2009


Thursday, December 31

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Ring in the new year safely

Options for rides, entertainment tonight

As bars, restaurants and other venues in Steamboat Springs get things ready to ring in 2010, it’s time for locals and visitors to plan their nights. Police Capt. Joel Rae Rae encouraged anyone who is planning to drink alcohol at New Year’s Eve celebrations today to plan a ride home.

Al White to challenge vehicle fees

Senator’s potential bill would reduce late registration charges

State Sen. Al White said he plans to sponsor a bill in 2010 that would reduce late vehicle registration fees implemented this year. White, a Hayden Republican, said his bill would revoke a provision that charges drivers $25 a month for late vehicle registrations.

Area lakes proving bountiful to ice fishers

The cold weather that defines Steamboat Springs winters does more for outdoors enthusiasts than coat the slopes of Mount Werner. Fishermen haven’t wasted the chance to get out on the recently frozen-over lakes in the area and by all reports already are hauling in some fish worthy of massive tales.

Steamboat briefs: Coroner waiting for test results in Keith Dady case

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg still is waiting for toxicology results to determine how Keith Dady died, he said Wednes­day.

Survey: Sierra snowpack below average

California’s first snow survey of the winter showed the Sierra snowpack below normal Wednesday despite a series of storms that has drenched much of the state and pleased ski resort operators.

Basalt fire chief warns about carbon monoxide

Thompson: Install carbon monoxide alarms, call authorities

A near-fatal case of carbon monoxide poisoning in Basalt on Christmas Eve should reinforce that people need to install detectors in their homes and call authorities when they are triggered, Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said Monday.

DA: Video captures Vail shooting

Investigators have stitched together a “semi-fluid” video that shows Vail murder suspect Richard “Rossi” Moreau shooting three people in the Sandbar, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Wednesday.

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New work at Artists’ Gallery

Local artists featured during Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday

Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat contributors Wendy Kowynia, Joseph Cosby and Adam Zabel are among the local and regional artists who will show new work during the January First Friday Artwalk. The free event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday highlights art and entertainment at 20 venues in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Experts say not to use an open flame on frozen pipes

People with frozen water pipes should call a plumber and never use an open flame for thawing purposes, experts said Wednesday. Two mobile homes have caught fire in Routt County this month after residents tried to thaw frozen pipes with portable propane torches.

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MusicFest to boost tourism

More than 13,000 visitors expected Wednesday during event

Holiday ski vacationers will begin an exodus from Steam­boat during the weekend, but tourism will rebound immediately as fans of the long sold-out MusicFest at Steamboat kick off the New Year with twanging Fender Telecasters.

The Record for Dec. 29

12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 26-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion of being a fugitive of justice after receiving a report of a suspicious person in the 1900 block of Rockies Way.

Wednesday, December 30

Questions and accusations still surround drug task force

It seems lately that the frontline of Moffat County’s war on drugs has moved from the streets to the offices of local law enforcement and elected officials. After two Craig police officers assigned to the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force were brought up on criminal charges in the past three months, numerous questions regarding the agency’s character have surfaced.

New Year's holiday means government, bank closures

With the new decade approaching, offices across the county are preparing to take their New Year’s holiday. For residents, that means two more days to take care of bills and other business before the start of 2010.

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Recycle Christmas trees at Howelsen

Annual program converts trees to free mulch for residents

The Christmas trees are beginning to pile up in the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot. The city of Steamboat Springs’ annual Christmas tree recycling program is under way. Actually, it started the day before Christmas, Parks Supervisor Er­­nie Jenkins said.

Steamboat briefs: Cause of North Routt fire still under investigation

Investigators still haven’t determined the cause of a Dec. 19 fire that destroyed a North Routt log cabin. Bob Reilley, North Routt Fire Protection District fire chief, said he’s working with insurance investigators to determine whether the fire was accidental.

Randy Hays: Love this town

I was just in Santa Fe for Christmas. It is a nice town, and I love its architecture and history. But the thing that stood out to me was all the power and phone lines. I’m writing this to say “way to go” to the forward-thinking people who buried the utilities in Steamboat. It makes a huge difference. I love this town.

Karl Gills: Tobacco free

More than 45 years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office declared that smoking is hazardous to health. Yet this behavior remains the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disability in our country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bill Marolt: Kudos to Steamboat

There’s a very special feeling for our athletes every time we visit Steamboat Springs for a major event. During the Olympic Trials for freestyle and Nordic combined last week, it was more clear than ever why Steamboat is truly Ski Town USA. From the huge crowds to the hospitality and the fact that it was Steamboat’s hometown heroes challenging for titles made this a very memorable week.

The Record for Dec. 28

8:02 a.m. Police were called to a report of theft on Bob Adams Drive. Two chain saws valued at $1,500 total were taken from the back of a pickup during the weekend.

Our View: A gold-medal effort

Once every four years, the world’s best winter athletes get the opportunity to shine on a global stage. And once every four years, Steamboat Springs gets its opportunity to remind the world where Ski Town USA is and how it earned that moniker.

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Few airport security changes

Passengers say nothing out of ordinary during holiday travel

A sampling of passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Re­­gion­al Airport in light snowfall Tuesday said their trips through airport security in their cities of origin were routine in spite of heightened terrorism alerts because of an attempted attack on Christmas Day.

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Live music, fireworks, parties planned for New Year's Eve

A parade of fiery skiers and snowboarders at Steamboat Ski Area is scheduled to set off New Year’s Eve activities in Steamboat Springs on Thursday. The annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks display start at about 7 p.m.

Speed glider crashes in Summit

5 hikers assist in 8-hour-long rescue of Michigan man

A 40-year-old man from Michigan suffered injuries on Quandary Peak on Sunday afternoon after his parachute “lost wind,” sending him crashing into rocks. The man, identified only as Victor, was speed gliding — a hybrid of skiing and paragliding, popular in Europe, according to Summit County Rescue Group. The sport, also known as speed flying, speed riding and ski gliding, involves a small parachute attached to a skier, allowing the skier to lift off the ground intermittently, depending on wind speed and direction.

Officers ramp up DUI watch

Increased effort part of Colorado’s ‘Heat Is On’ campaign

Local law enforcement agencies will increase their patrol presence starting today and running through Monday in an effort to discourage drunken driving into the new year. The Steamboat Springs Police Department will not operate DUI checkpoints.

New Year’s Relay cross-country races

Nearly 40 teams from across the state showed up Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center for the 19th annual New Year’s Relay cross-country races. “That’s a new record,” said Birg­etta Lindgren, owner and operator of the touring center. “It was a great day. The sun came out, and the snow was great.”

Tuesday, December 29

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Hayden woman killed in trailer fire

Carmen Northrop, 88, overcome by smoke in mobile home

Carmen Northrop died after a fire Tuesday morning in Meadow Village Trailer Park. The blaze ignited when her husband tried to thaw a frozen pipe using a portable propane torch, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said.

Moffat County unemployment hovers around 5.6 percent

Regional unemployment in has mostly hung steady since August, according to statistics from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The agency’s Labor Market Information Web site reported Moffat County’s unadjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in November, the latest month available.

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Husband preparing to retire as Little Snake Field Office manager

John Husband, field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office, spent part of his Monday reflecting on his career with the BLM. That career will sunset this week after more than three decades.

Vail lift tickets hold at $97

Aspen at $96 for pass; Steamboat, Telluride charge $95

Like Aspen, Vail decided this wasn’t the year to flirt with a $100 single-day lift ticket. And Steamboat Ski Area backed off a plan to increase its single-day tickets to $97.

No more citations issued in crash

Injured mother and daughter remain in fair condition

The Steamboat Springs Police Department chose not to amend the citation given to the driver whose two passengers remain hospitalized in fair condition after a two-vehicle car crash Wednesday, Capt. Joel Rae said Monday.

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Tom Ross: No place like online for the holidays

We’ll do Skype for Christmas, you can count on us. There comes a time in the lives of empty-nesters when they find themselves huddled around the wassail bowl, slurping mugs of spiced punch and stuffing stockings for each other, but not for their offspring.

Steamboat Briefs: Newborn Network offering resources to local families

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children age 3 and younger. Newborn Network’s free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags

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No quick fix for water leak in Oak Creek

Officials say water leak has persisted since spring

The water leak that resulted in a sheet of ice covering much of South Sharp Street in Oak Creek was repaired Monday. Oak Creek Public Works Department employees dug into the street in front of the old Methodist church to make repairs to an underdrain.

The Record for Dec. 27, 2009

Sunday, Dec. 27

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Trio of easements on commissioners' agenda

County to look at purchase of development rights proposals

The future of a trio of significant Routt County ranches will be on the agenda today when the Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on three purchase of development rights proposals. If approved, conservation easements would be placed on portions of the ranches, protecting them from future development.

Monday, December 28

Hayden business robbed Sunday

A safe that contained an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry was stolen from a Hayden business early Sunday morning, Police Chief Ray Birch said. Between 2 and 5 a.m., Birch said the “fairly large” safe at Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, 148 W. Jefferson Ave., was taken by at least two people.

Steamboat's season rodeo series pass returns

Encouraged by what organizers say was a successful initial summer season, the board of directors for the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is bringing back the season pass. The pass for the 2010 summer season will be available all summer long for $40.

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Experience pays at Steamboat's Town Challenge races

At first, it might not have seemed fair. Rob Zehner recorded the two fastest times in this winter’s first Town Challenge ski race on Sunday, blowing down the Bashor giant slalom course at Steamboat Ski Area twice for a combined time of 49.45 seconds. Zehner's the two-time reigning NASTAR national champion, however.

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Pony Express opens today at the Steamboat Ski Area

5 to 10 inches of snow expected at ski area by Thursday

As of today, with Sunday’s opening of the Pioneer Ridge trails, which were accessible by foot from the Last Chance run and not groomed, Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said 145 trails and 2,460 acres are open — 82.9 percent of the ski area’s permitted terrain.

City planning department left with void

Tom Leeson to leave position

Tom Leeson, the city’s director of planning and community development, will leave that position in April amid a time of decreased staffing and changing focus for the department. His departure will follow that of planning services manager John Eastman.

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Luke Graham: Notes from the Olympic Trials

Watching the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on NBC on Saturday, it was hard to imagine a better marketing tool for Steamboat Springs. The shots were amazing, the competition was spectacular, and Steamboat emerged with the marketing equivalent of a gold medal.

The Record for Dec. 26

The Record for Dec. 26

Steamboat briefs: VNA offering breathing screenings for children

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free breathing screenings and asthma education during the 2009-10 school year for school-aged children in Routt, Jackson and Moffat counties.

County Agenda for Dec. 28 and 29

County Agenda for Dec. 28 and 29

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Jane McLeod: What’s up, Doc? Carrots, of course

It’s never too early to start thinking about next summer’s vegetable patch. Plan for carrots, which are a rewarding and versatile crop with a huge range of varieties — from every shape and size imaginable to colors other than orange.

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Oak Creek water line break causes angst

Mayor says Public Works Department will fix line today

Six to 8 inches of ice covered part of South Sharp Street in Oak Creek on Sunday, a slippery reminder of a water line leak some town residents say was reported Wednesday but not addressed in a timely manner. Water from the leak extends from south of Oak Street in front of the old Methodist church at 301 S. Sharp St.

Monday Medical: High-altitude health tips

Traveling to Steamboat Springs can take your breath away emotionally and physically. The views on a crisp, clear winter morning are a sight to behold. And for some visitors, altitude can affect how they feel.

Aging Well: Calendar Journal offers motivation for all

It was a windy, spring day when Nancy Smith and two of her Tai Chi students practiced their art barefoot in the park as traffic whizzed nearby. It wasn’t an ideal setting for Tai Chi, but in a sense, that was the point — for the women to break out of their comfort zone just a bit, still enjoying themselves in the process.

Sunday, December 27

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Steamboat Springs adventurer finds new challenge

Eric Meyer hesitated as he told the story of his latest adventure. The accomplished mountain climber who has summited two of the world’s tallest peaks was recounting his time in the Arabian desert. The Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge cast Meyer more than 250 miles into and around sand dunes, up nearly 2,000 feet of climbing and across miles of sea in a kayak.

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Year in review: Tragedies, recession strike community in 2009 and bring us together

Routt County took one punch to the gut after another in 2009, a year marked with sadness, tragedy, financial struggle and, ultimately, resilience in a community that many say has nowhere to go but up. The year began with the tragic Jan. 5 death of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez after an altercation outside of a restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs. Tragedy struck again less than a week later, when Bill and Patrick Rooney died Jan. 11 in a plane crash near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. And in February, the community lost ski pioneers John Fetcher and Jim Temple within days of each other, both from natural causes.

Incidents lead to state audit, policy changes for drug task force

A state audit and two embarrassing incidents involving the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force in the past year is leading to tightened procedures. The audit, conducted by a Col­or­ado Bureau of Investigation agent, recommended that the task force update policies about how money for controlled drug buys is handled and when task force officers are allowed to drink alcohol while on undercover duty, among other po­l­icy changes.

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Jimmy Westlake: Celestial highlights for 2010

If I had to astronomically characterize year 2010, I would call it “The Year of Eclipses.” We open the year with an eclipse, and we close out the year with an eclipse, with two other eclipses in between. But that’s not the only excitement brewing in the stars in 2010. There’s a big dipper full of beautiful and exciting celestial events to keep you looking up all year long.

Our View: Charity levels give nonprofits an opportunity

The Routt County Livability Index, in its second year, presents page upon page of interesting insights into our community. Some of it is great news, and some shows room for improvement. One such area is charitable giving. Routt County ranked No. 9 of 10 similar Western Slope counties in the category.

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Edgemont closes 1st high-end condo for $2.1 million

The Atira Group and Edgemont jumped the gun on their New Year’s party this week and celebrated the first closing in the newly completed 40-unit luxury condominium project. The developers originally had told their contracted buyers the building perched above the resort village on the Stampede ski trail at Steamboat Ski Area would be complete by February.

John F. Russell: Rooting for Johnny

It’s hard not to root for a guy like Johnny Spillane. I’ve been covering him since he was a child competing with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and I’ve still never heard him complain. Not once.

Business File: KUNC acquires 90.7 FM station in Eagle County

KUNC, Community Radio for Northern Colorado, has reached an agreement to buy a new radio station to serve Eagle County at 90.7 FM, according to a news release. The agreement with Cedar Cove Broadcasting allows KUNC’s broadcast signal to cover Eagle County.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden Tour of Lights winners announced

A team of 14 judges took part in Hayden’s Tour of Lights on Dec. 20. The group judged Hayden homes celebrating the holiday spirit with elaborate decorations. Following are the winners and categories:

The Record for Dec. 25

The Record for Dec. 25

Jail Report for Dec. 19 to 25

Jail Report for Dec. 19 to 25

Best of the Web: Rowan concert

I saw this concert and was amazed by such great talent from all musicians (guitar & singing).

Tarsha Ebbern: Steamboat 700

I support the annexation of Steamboat 700, and I urge Steamboat Springs voters to vote “yes” in the referendum because the annexation is the culmination of more than 15 years of community vision and planning that sets a course for a healthy and vibrant Steamboat Springs.

Local Spotlight: Stephen Andreae

Age: 24 Occupation: Rentals associate at Ski Haus Place of birth: Charlevoix, Mich.

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Local Boys & Girls Club makes quilts for Mexican orphanage

Aubrie Moothart couldn’t be distracted. The Soda Creek Elementary School fourth-grader was busy with a purpose. Using a purple marker, she drew a picture of a present and wrote “Merry Christmas” on a green felt square. Her square will be sewn with many others to create quilts that will be delivered next month to children at orphanages in Agua Prieta, Mexico.

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Ryan St. Onge has sights set on Vancouver

Ryan St. Onge always has looked for a way to challenge himself. And as much as at anytime in his life, The Lowell Whiteman School Class of 2001 graduate and reigning aerials World Champion is looking for that next challenge. St. Onge’s most recent challenge has been prepping himself for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Friends remember Steve ‘Zog’ Herzog, who died Wednesday evening

Steve “Zog” Herzog, 49, died Wednesday evening in Fort Collins from complications from a sinus infection that made its way to his brain. Herzog, who had lived in Steamboat for three years, had become a staple in the local rugby community and was a fixture at many social events in town.

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Experts say now is the time for businesses to innovate and think creatively

After a bruising 2009, members of the local business community are trying new ideas and strategies to succeed in 2010. Wade Gebhardt, of the Steam­boat Springs branch of Wells Fargo bank, spoke earlier this month about using a little ingenuity and discipline to focus on capturing market share during the recession so sales are even stronger when the economy rebounds.

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Sailors teams to hit NBA stage

Boys, girls basketball players to take part in Prep Pro Series

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams may soon know what it feels like to play on their sport’s biggest stage — if only for a day. The Sailors are taking part in the Denver Nuggets Prep Pro Series on Feb. 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The girls will play Rifle at 2 p.m. and the boys will follow at 3:30 p.m.

On the Market: Commissioners vote to end building fee waivers

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Dec. 22 to end a longtime policy of waiving Building Department fees for area nonprofit organizations and other government entities.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 21-24

Real estate transactions for Dec. 21-24

Looking Back for Dec. 28, 1934: Getting ready for winter sports

75 years ago. From the Friday, Dec. 28, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot.

Nancy Stahoviak, Doug Monger and Diane Mitsch Bush: Snow removal

As the Routt County Board of County Commissioners, we did not commit to maintaining snow plowing service levels as set forth in the 2010 budget. We did not decide to materially reduce service levels for weekend snow plowing on gravel roads.

Cosmic calendar for 2010

Cosmic calendar for 2010

Joel Reichenberger: Olympic Trials system works well

The final outcome of the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs was five entirely expected results.

Saturday, December 26

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New Steamboat resident starts recreational cheerleading group

Summer McParland has plenty of spirit, and now she wants to share it with the youths of Steamboat Springs. McParland, who moved to Steamboat Springs from Flor­ida in the summer, has started Rocky Mountain Cheer, a recreational cheerleading group for girls and boys ages 5 to 15 who have an interest in cheerleading.

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North Routt school fundraising continues

Charter school nearing goal to build new facility in Clark

The North Routt Community Charter School is less than $700,000 from its goal of raising $4.8 million for a new facility. Last week, the charter school received a $200,000 grant from the Denver-based Gates Family Foundation, NRCCS director Colleen Poole said.

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Picnic Theatre Festival accepting plays

Outdoor event director looking for new work in writing contest

As it enters its third year, the Picnic Theatre Festival is looking to branch out to up-and-coming writers. The deadline to enter a play is March 1. Festival organizers will read all the plays and choose a winner at the end of March, Handloff said.

The Record for Dec. 24

12:14 a.m. A person reported an intoxicated man in the Gondola Transit Center. The man was contacted and issued a summons for possessing drug paraphernalia and then given a ride home.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Ski Area to open new terrain today

The Steamboat Ski Area plans to open additional terrain today including the Closet, Shadows and Three O’clock runs. The Priest Creek/ Sundown Bowl area will open mid-morning today.

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Downtown lights on hold

New city decorations, paid for by grants, to be displayed in 2010

Steamboat Springs made an investment in new holiday lights for the trees along Lincoln Avenue, but residents and visitors will have to wait until next year to see them. The city bought LED lights for downtown, but snow pushed back the decorating for a year.

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Ski area renews ‘Kids Fly Free’

Travel incentive waives airfare for 1 youth with lodging

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is renewing the Kids Fly Free program it has offered since 2001. Kids Fly Free allows one child — ages 12 and younger — to fly free to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, on a participating airline, when a parent purchases at least two nights lodging, lift tickets and round-trip airfare.

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Tom Ross: Historic Mansfield cabin awaits tenants

Don’t look now, but you may have just missed the best chance you’ll ever have to rent one of Portia Mansfield’s historic log cabins in Strawberry Park. The cabin was built in 1950 by one of the most famed figures in the Colorado arts scene.

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Board of Realtors event feeds hundreds on Christmas Day

There are so many things and so many stories that help remind people of the holiday spirit. Friday at the annual Steam­boat Springs Board of Realtors Community Christmas Din­ner, the Roetzel family certainly embodied holiday cheer. Originally from Houston, the Roetzels purchased a house in Steamboat two months ago after vacationing here for several years. The family decided to spend the holidays in their new place. And when they found out about the community dinner, they jumped at the chance to volunteer. “It’s Christmas. Part of Christ­mas is giving,” said Frank Roetzel, who along with his wife, Jeanette, and sons Robert and Richard served turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other holiday dishes during the free dinner at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Holiday Hockey begins at 7:30 a.m. today at Howelsen Ice Arena

Dave and Linda McIrvin were looking for the “what’s next” in their life. The two former medical workers think they found something with the Sanctuary Camp, an organization that brings in families or individuals faced with a serious illness and provides a place filled with natural beauty.

Friday, December 25

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Dogs find safety in Steamboat Springs

Adoptable animals rescued from shelter in Idaho Springs

The wagging tails, wet noses and happy pounces of the young dogs at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter belie the fate they nearly met in Idaho Springs. Hillary Rice, an organizer with the Homeless Animal Rescue Team, worked with the Steamboat Springs shelter to bring dogs from the facility in Idaho Springs to the relatively empty shelter in Steamboat.

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Concert Review: Mattea gives touching holiday show

Any song Kathy Mattea sings tells a story. It can be a traditional Christmas song, a country hit from the late 1980s, a centuries-old Scottish tune or a heartbreaking tale of lifelong love. On Tuesday, she shared those stories.

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Local author draws history in Steamboat coloring book

In Megan Morgan's new project, “The Steamboat Springs Coloring Book,” she hopes to satisfy both types of coloring book users — the ones who color in the lines and those who venture outside the boundaries.

Steamboat briefs: LIFT-UP offices closed today, not closed next week

LIFT-UP of Routt County offices will not be closed through next week, as was reported in a news brief in Thursday’s Steamboat Today. LIFT-UP offices are closed today and re-open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. LIFT-UP offices also will be closed Dec. 30, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The LIFT-UP store will be open Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Holiday skiers and riders could encounter cold breeze

Holiday skiers and riders bent on cleaning up the leftovers from Thursday’s powder dump of 10 inches at Steamboat Ski Area would be wise to keep the wind chill in mind. So much the better if they received a fleece facemask in their holiday stockings.

Concert Review: Brent Rowan leads unforgettable holiday concert

“If home is where the heart is, this is my home,” Brent Rowan said before his “A Country Christmas” holiday concert Saturday at The Steamboat Grand. From the reception he received from the ballroom crowd, there was little doubt Steamboat Springs residents consider the legendary Nashville studio guitar player one of their own.

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How to ring in the New Year

Midnight Champagne toasts, live music, party favors, giveaways and drink specials are among the features of New Year’s Eve parties across Steamboat Springs.

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What to do this week of Dec. 25-31

What to do this week of Dec. 25-31

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2-day trials event leaves athletes, crowds smiling

The 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials dominated Steamboat Springs the way little else can, and the action Thursday was pushed as far as possible: the final Olympic team spot to be awarded in Ski Town USA was very much up in the air until the moment The Lowell Whiteman School graduate Ryan St. Onge touched down on his final aerials jumps.

The Record for Dec. 23

The Record for Dec. 23

Thursday, December 24

Woman from Los Angeles in critical condition; mother is stable

A mother and daughter visiting Steamboat Springs remained hospitalized Thursday after being hurt in a two-vehicle car crash Wednesday evening on Routt County Road 129 near Downhill Drive. A 39-year-old Los Angeles woman was listed in critical condition in a Denver hospital, her mother told Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Rich Brown.

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Peterson, Schnoor take aerials

Jeret Peterson and Lacy Schnoor each put together two solid runs of aerials on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Trials, earning their bids to the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver.

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Hams, turkeys piling up for community dinner

Organizers still seeking more food for free holiday meal

More than 400 people are expected to pack the Steamboat Springs Community Center for the annual Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Christmas Community Din­ner on Friday. Organizer Michelle Garner said the group is well-prepared for the onslaught at the dinner, which is from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.

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Through ups and downs, Spillane stays strong

Johnny Spillane, who won the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials Nordic combined event Wednesday after outracing fellow U.S. Ski Team member Todd Lodwick, seems to be in a good place entering the heart of the competition season.

Falling trees a winter hazard

Forest Service urges safety when recreating in national forests

The mountain pine beetle epidemic has created a hazard for winter recreation enthusiasts. The U.S. Forest Service is urging those who snowmobile, cross-country ski, hike or snowshoe to be aware of the increased risk of falling trees, especially as winter takes hold of the Yampa Valley.

The Record for Dec. 22, 2009

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Steamboat Briefs: No cause identified in North Routt log cabin fire

A fire early Saturday at a log cabin in North Routt County is still being investigated, North Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bob Reilley said Tuesday.

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4 hospitalized after C.R. 129 car wreck

Heavy snow, fast driving blamed in wrecks

A crash between an SUV and a pickup heading toward each other on Routt County Road 129 sent two people to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance Wednesday evening as heavier-than-expected snow hit the Steamboat Springs area.

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Gallery opens in Sheraton

RED Contemporary features local work through ski season

A new art gallery at the Sher­aton Steamboat Resort features local contemporary artists and an effort to revive art culture at the mountain. RED Contemporary opened Sunday in the Sheraton breezeway and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through the ski season.

Steamboat skiers relish chance to come home

A group of moguls skiers at Wednesday’s 2010 U.S. Winter Olympics Team Trials that used to — or still — call Steamboat home.

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Full flights keep carousel spinning

Yampa Valley Regional Airport staff prepares for busy Saturday

Ground crews and passenger service employees at Yampa Valley Regional Airport are refining their strategies during the holidays as they prepare for one of the biggest arrival days of the year Saturday. The day promises to be a busy one at airport with additional flights being added to meet holiday demand.

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New caterer at Howelsen Hill

Mountain High Catering serving food, selling tickets at ski hill

Some photos for season passes at Howelsen Hill may have a suspicious similarity this winter. “You wouldn’t believe how many season pass photos you see where people have that chocolate ring around their mouth,” Olivia Murray, of Mountain High Catering, said Tuesday. “Even the adults.”

Wednesday, December 23

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Kearney, Deneen win moguls event

The day was cold, the course was snowy and the visibility was often limited. Still, hundreds lined the Voo Doo moguls run at Steamboat Ski Area on Wednesday and went wild as a pair of nearly perfect final runs paid off in men’s and women’s moguls at the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs.

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Hometown athlete Johnny Spillane clinches Olympic berth

Lodwick second, Demong third in U.S. Olympic Team Trials competition at Howelsen Hill

By the time Johnny Spillane crossed the finish line of Wednesday’s 10-kilometer cross-country race, the hometown crowd filling the grandstands at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena had reached a fevered pitch. Just moments before, Steam­­boat’s Spil­lane and Todd Lodwick were streaking toward the finish line in a sprint, and Bill Demong, who lived and trained here until 2003, was just a few seconds back.

Roving Christmas Tree tradition began 71 years ago

Five generations of Webbers have participated in the Roving Christmas Tree since it started on Christmas Eve in 1938 in Steamboat Springs.

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Joanne Palmer: A piece of holiday luck

I had an early Christmas miracle. Last week, as I drove down U.S. Highway 40, my Ford SUV skidded on a patch of ice, and I lost control. I swerved into the oncoming lane and headed straight for a Subaru. I yanked the steering wheel hard to the right and put my SUV into a 180. I kept waiting for it to stop. I was sure my car would stop.

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Nordic team members: Lost bags, jet lag are just part of the sport

Changed flights, missing bags and long international flights are just part of the game for the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. “There is nothing that we can do about it,” said Dave Jarrett, U.S. Nordic combined coach. “Unless we want to live in Europe, we are always going to be faced with challenging flights and tight schedules.”

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Snow to subside by Christmas Day

Weather Service predicts a few inches today and Thursday

Routt County residents dreaming of a white Christmas might have to keep dreaming until next year. At least in terms of actual, Bing Crosby-esque snowfall on Christmas Day, the forecast does not look good.

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Hometown skier nearly grabs Holiday Classic title

Jenny Allen was back at home Tuesday, and she made the most of it. “It’s fun,” Allen said about returning to Steamboat Springs to take part in the annual Holiday Classic. “Ski racing is serious most of the time, but it’s great to be back with friends and family. It was smiles all around, and that’s how I like it.”

Winter Sports Club cross-country performs well

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team opened the season in Crested Butte on Saturday and Sunday with multiple top results in the junior national qualifying event.

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Planned North Routt timber sale to span 4,500 acres

The way has been cleared this month for one of the largest timber sales on public land in Routt County in years, with the issuance of a final decision on the environmental assessment of the Little Snake North Timber Sales and fuels reduction project. It is intended to remove pine trees that have been killed by the statewide beetle infestation that is virtually wiping out lodgepole pine forests in Colorado.

Steamboat briefs: Jewelry worth $50,000 reported stolen from condo

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of $50,000 worth of jewelry stolen from a slopeside condominium Monday evening.

Bud Romberg: Good for all of us

Steamboat Springs residents will have, as we all know, an opportunity shortly to ratify or reject the annexation of Steamboat 700.

Van service would give South Routt commuters another option

County, Sierra Club match federal grant

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a check for $13,435 from the Trapper’s Lake Chapter of the Sierra Club to help match a federal grant for two years of commuter van service from the South Routt communities of Oak Creek and Stagecoach to Steamboat Springs and back.

The Record for Dec. 21

2:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident at Yampa Valley Medical Center, where security officers reportedly found an intoxicated man in a car. When police arrived, he had driven away, but officers pulled him over and arrested the 52-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of driving under the influence and DUI per se.

Chuck McConnell: No thanks, Sen. Bennet

On Dec. 17, I participated in U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s Conversations with Coloradans here in Steamboat. I wanted to learn how our senator could vote for the health care “reform” legislation now being promulgated when the majority of American voters’ opposition has been made abundantly clear. Sadly, Mr. Bennet will vote in favor of this bill, and I have heard absolutely no rational reason why.

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America’s best moguls skiers battle for Olympic slot today

The first moguls run on Voo Doo ski trail at Steamboat Ski Area takes place at 1 p.m. today for the men and women. The second run is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 22

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Fire destroys mobile home in Oak Creek

No injuries, but family loses nearly everything

A mobile home in Oak Creek went up in flames Tuesday night, destroying nearly all of a family’s belongings as they prepared to permanently settle into the home after Christmas. No one was injured in the blaze.

Christmas church services

Click here to view a listing of all the Christmas church services in the area. Some services include stories, carols and communion.

Forest Service officials cite snowmobilers Saturday

U.S. Forest Service officials issued citations to two Boulder men Saturday for riding snowmobiles in the Mount Zirkel Wildeness Area.

Olympic Trials event overview: Aerials

After being added to the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, the sport of aerials has truly become one of the must-see events.

Olympic Trials event overview: Moguls

Competitive moguls skiing at the Olympic level is much more than a trip through a field of bumps. The freestyle skiing event is judged on three criteria, and the result is one of the fastest, most exciting events on snow.

Aspen gives out bonuses

The economy has been rough on many people this year who lost their jobs, had their pay cut or benefits reduced. But within the walls of City Hall, employees got a bit of Christmas cheer when their year-end bonus checks were cut earlier this month.

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Olympic Trials offer athletes a chance at their dreams: an Olympic berth

On Wednesday and Thursday in Steamboat Springs, athletes on the U.S. Freestyle and U.S. Nordic Combined ski teams will look to replicate what moguls skier Travis Mayer and U.S. Freestyle team aerialist Ryan St. Onge have done in previous Olympic Trials. “The Olympic Trials is one of the most important events of the year for us,” St. Onge said. “Usually we have to spend all the Olympic preparation period competing to gain spots on the team. But if you win the Olympic Trials and get that spot early, you can focus all your attention on the Olympic Games.”

The Record for Dec. 20

The Record for Dec. 20

Jimmy Westlake: Winter solstice

The winter solstice, marking the moment autumn ends and winter begins in the northern hemisphere, occurred Monday night at 10:47 p.m. The winter solstice is always a very happy day and a very SAD day.

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Cog Road work ending soon

$1.2 million project shores up mudslide problems

The construction superintendent overseeing $1.23 million in repairs to the Cog Road north of Hayden said the work is going well and should be finished by mid-January. The project initially was scheduled to be completed by the end of this month, but given the unexpected setbacks, county officials are content with the pace of the work.

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Gary and Teri Wall accepting Toys for Tots gifts at library

Organizers of a local Toys for Tots drive say more donations are needed to help young children and teenagers have a happier holiday. Gary and Teri Wall, of the Home Build­­ers As­­sociation of Steamboat Springs, have set up shop in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Lib­­rary.

Steamboat 700 campaigns taking shape

Local groups on opposing sides of annexation debate

On Monday, a group calling itself “Good for Steamboat” announced its intention to file with Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin as a campaign committee in support of Steamboat 700 and Referendum A, the ballot issue that will decide the fate of the proposed development.

Olympic Trials event overview: Nordic combined

Take the explosive energy and thrilling flights of ski jumping, add the endurance and strength of cross-country skiing, and the result is one of the most unique winter sports in the world: Nordic combined.

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Tom Ross: Cabin gets a calendar of its own

Amid all of the dramatic new buildings that have been completed in Steamboat Springs in the past two years, a little cabin on the south side of Yellowjacket Pass stands out. The Diamond Window Cabin is an irreplaceable part of our cultural heritage.

Monday, December 21

Aging Well: Seize the holiday spirit and prepare for family gatherings

It’s the holidays. Families gather in warm, festive settings. They are content, at peace and completely immersed in the moment. This is not reality for most families. Whether it’s squabbles or sarcasm, feigned happiness or empty seats at the dinner table, the holidays often highlight tension and conflicts.

Manage stress over holidays

Finding ways to work through stress rather than ignore it is key

To take on the causes of family stress during the holidays, Kristen Race takes a step back and looks at the brain. About 30 parents attended the pre-holiday event, which offered child care, pizza and strategies for slowing down a hectic atmosphere and managing stress.

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Luke Graham: Local sports roundup

It’s hard not to argue that the two most impressive teams in the early parts of the winter high school season were the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team and boys hockey team.

Hinder earns Denver Post honor

Steamboat Springs High School senior quarterback Austin Hinder was named The Denver Post’s All-Colorado Offensive Player of the Year on Sunday.

The Record for Dec. 19

The Record for Dec. 19

Steamboat briefs: Spring class registration under way at college

Register now for Colorado Mountain College’s spring semester. Many classes start the week of Jan. 11 at all 11 CMC locations and via distance learning. Additional classes start throughout the semester.

Colowyo Coal to cut production

Company’s decision has ramifications in several tax funds

Although opinions differ about how Colowyo Coal Co.’s announcement it will cut 10 percent of its staff might affect Moffat County, the mine south of Craig is intertwined with several aspects of the local, state and federal economies. Along with its personnel cuts, Colowyo plans to roughly halve its coal production for the foreseeable future.

Deb Babcock: Kissing under the mistletoe

It’s hard to believe that the romantic characteristics we attribute to mistletoe are given to a parasitic plant, but it’s true. Mistletoe (phoradendron flavenscens) is an American native plant found growing on all kinds of trees, including pine, spruce, apple and oak. The European mistletoe (viscum album) is another variety of this holiday decoration.

Hinders sell Elk River Guest Ranch

Couple hands over reins after 15 years at North Routt resort

After 15 years of ranching, sleigh rides, weddings and weather of all kinds, Bill and Kathy Hinder are handing over the reins to the Elk River Guest Ranch in North Routt County. The Hinders finalized the $1.4 million sale of the 35-acre ranch resort Dec. 11, to a group led by Peter Fleps, of Chicago.

Monday Medical: Have yourself a positive holiday

During this holiday season, as we look out on a Yampa Valley landscape that could have inspired Currier and Ives, we may be filled with conflicting thoughts and feelings.

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St. Nick skates with kids in Oak Creek, poses at ski area

In its fourth year, the the Oak Creek Ice Rink hosted ice skating with Santa, which originally was created to let people in the community know that Oak Creek Ice Rink is there and it’s free, said Oak Creek Hockey Association co-presidents Mich­ele Barkal and Johrene Story.

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CU skier flies to victory at Holiday Classic

Event continues today at Howelsen Hill

University of Colorado skier Katie Hartman said the women’s giant slalom course at Steamboat Ski Area, laid out along the Sitz and See Me trails, was nearly perfect. She should know. She was nearly perfect, as well, and recorded the fastest times for the first and second runs. It added up to a victory on the second day of the annual Holiday Classic in Steamboat Springs.

County Agenda for Dec. 21 and 22

County Agenda for Dec. 21 and 22

Sunday, December 20

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Local wrestlers log high finishes in Kremmling

With a little bit of dominance and whole lot of gut, Routt County’s three high school wrestling teams fared well Saturday in a meet at West Grand High School in Kremmling. Hayden led the way with a second-place overall finish. Soroco was seventh, and Steamboat Springs placed a pair of wrestlers and ended up 13th.

Joel Reichenberger: Something to be proud of

One might be able to say that a mogul course is like a child to Timmy Meagher, but no one this side of Ramesses II has 70 children. Meagher has found a way to love each like it were an only child, however, and last week he marveled at his work as he stood at the bottom of Voo Doo run at Steamboat Ski Area.

John F. Russell: Finding Olympic history at Howelsen

Fifty years ago, you could have found Ted Farwell perched at the top of a ski jump in Steamboat Springs, waiting for his chance to jump into Nordic combined history.

Best of the Web: Wastewater costs

It appears that the costs for wastewater improvements were left out of the article. My addition puts that value at $22,600,000. The Mount Werner Water District will not be responsible for any of these costs. That leaves the citizens of Old Town with a $56,000,000 bill. Seems like a lot of money to me. Living in Old Town, it is difficult for me to see my benefit. I understand that some of this is facilities maintenance that for some reason have been ignored, but a large portion of the bill is to expand the city to the west.

Loretta Van Norstrand: Property tax

Let’s review. Steamboat Springs City Council rushed into a vote to annex Steamboat 700 before it had all the information about how current residents would be affected.

Jim and Lynn Kelley: Countywide vote

Now that City Council has approved a vote for Steamboat 700, the members must consider the decision flawed as they have left out the people most affected by the decision — those in the Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur subdivisions. Most people in Old Town, the south valley and on the mountain don’t even know we exist and mostly don’t care. So the decision that affects us greatly has little impact on the people of Steamboat who get to vote.

Our View: Buff Pass fee makes sense

The U.S. Forest Service’s plan to impose a $5 day-use fee on Buffalo Pass could be a reasonable measure to address traffic, parking, trash and other concerns at the heavily used recreation area just north of Steamboat Springs city limits. But there’s much to be worked out — and deservedly so — before such a fee is put in place.

H1N1 remains rare in county

Flu hospitalizations still are infrequent

The number of hospitalizations resulting from the H1N1 flu virus has remained low in Routt County, with only two confirmed cases of the virus from Aug. 30 to Dec. 12. At the same time, the availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine has increased, and it is now available to anyone who wants it.

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Promenade taking shape for spring

City Council approves $17.5 million bond issuance for base area projects

The long-planned promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is set to take shape next spring and summer as crews lay the walkway from Torian Plum Plaza to the Bear River Bar & Grill. The Steamboat Springs City Council, acting as the Steamboat Springs Redevelop­ment Authority, unanimously approved Tues­­day the issuance of $17.5 million in bonds for redevelopment projects at the ski base.

Jail Report for Dec. 12 to 18

The Jail Report for Dec. 12 to 18

Sports briefs: Steamboat Springs girls fall to tough Gillette team

There wasn’t much of a question what the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team was up against Saturday at the final day of the Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo. There wasn’t much of a question what the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team was up against Saturday at the final day of the Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo.

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Saketumi opening in Hawaii

Steamboat Springs sushi specialists setting up shop on Kona island

Kier Delaney and a few other Steamboat Springs transplants who are putting the finishing touches on Saketumi Kona, a sister restaurant to Delaney’s Saketumi Steamboat, in Kona, Hawaii. Delaney said the new restaurant could open by New Year’s Eve.

In the service: Donald R. Dillon 

Army Pvt. Donald R. Dillon has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade, and headquarters and fire support elements.

Looking back for Dec. 21, 1934

Gov. Ed C. Johnson approved the 1935 highway budget Thursday, which calls for the expenditure of $6.97 million. The plan is to spend most of the money on main highways, with $500,000 set aside for oiling roads. Before it becomes final, the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads must approve it.

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Steamboat Springs Middle School hosts climbing enthusiasts

At first, Steamboat Springs Middle School screamed with an eerie silence, the way all buildings that are often filled with a bustling crowd do when the doors are locked and the lights are turned off. Slowly, though, the people came. Climbing night, Patrick Meyer explained, is popular.

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Volleyball clinic draws 30 participants

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball season ended just more than a month ago, but there was audible excitement about the sport Saturday in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. More than 30 girls showed up to refine their skills at the Inaugural Winter Volleyball Camp, put on by former Steam­boat Springs High School stars Katie Carter and Tara King; Carter’s husband, Hector Gu­­tierrez, who played 12 years professionally in Spain; and high school coach Wen­dy Hall.

Steamboat Briefs: North Routt home burns down Saturday

A log cabin in the Willow Gulch neighborhood in North Routt County burned to the ground Saturday. Bob Reilley, North Routt Fire Protection District fire chief, said the house on Willow Creek Pass near Clark was engulfed in flames when emergency responders arrived there at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Heart of Phippsburg turns green

Post office is running with solar panels, thermal converters

It may be hard to tell, but the small building along Colorado Highway 131 in the middle of Phippsburg is on the cutting edge of the green movement. Owner Rob Hawkins retrofitted the 40-year-old building that houses the Phippsburg post office and Reflections Salon and Spa with more than $59,000 worth of energy-saving appliances and alterations, finishing in November.

Routt County Spotlight: Kellie Nelson

Occupation: Sales associate at Zing

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Fundraiser to offer food, health care to children in need

On Wednesday morning, 500 boxes of packaged and wrapped cards covered the floor and tables in Diane Cionni’s art studio. For the past weeks, Cionni has worked with designer Christy Borden, students and teachers from The Lowell Whiteman School, nonprofit fundraiser Grace Strangis and others to create Cards for Calcutta, a fundraiser benefiting children in need.

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Routt County real estate market sees best month of the year

Thanks to a rare winter storm front brewed up by growing sales of condominium intervals, an unexpected $26.7 million sale of mineral rights, and the steady closings of luxury condos put under contract in 2007, the Routt County real estate market in November saw its best month in a year that has tried the perseverance of the industry here.

On the Market: Prudential agents rate high in 3rd quarter

Prudential Steamboat Realty agents Pam Vanatta and the Vanatta Group, and the Olson Team were recognized in the third quarter as top residential sales agents for the state of Colorado in the Prudential Real Estate network.

Spillane takes 4th in Austria

Local Nordic skiers Lodwick, Demong also finish in top 10

U.S. Nordic combined athlete Johnny Spillane just missed the podium Saturday at a World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria, finishing fourth. Spillane, who also finished fourth at a World Cup earlier this season, finished 16th in the jumping portion before making up ground.

Business File: Men’s Journal honors Big Agnes sleeping bag

Men’s Journal magazine gave a “Best Gear of the Year” award to Steamboat Springs-based outdoor gear company Big Agnes for its Tumble Mountain 20° sleeping bag.

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Optimist event creates smiles

‘Santa’s Workshop’ draws families, offers crafts and games

Six-year-old Mallory Thomas didn’t hesitate to announce her favorite part of a “Santa’s Workshop” activity day Saturday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.

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Breckenridge skier wins giant slalom

Racers hit Steamboat Ski Area to start Holiday Classic

Like many before and after her, Kristen Mielke loves skiing. The Team Breckenridge skier, who has battled injury after injury in her career, took a step in the right direction Saturday at the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup women’s giant slalom on the Sitz/See Me course at Steamboat Ski Area, laying down the fastest combined time of the day. The event kicked off the annual Holiday Classic.

The Record for Dec. 18

The Record for Dec. 18

Real estate transactions for Dec. 14 to 17

Real estate transactions for Dec. 14 to 17

Saturday, December 19

Aspen, Vail ski ticket cost nears $100 mark

Single-day lift ticket prices jumped to $89 at the Aspen Skiing Co. and Vail Resorts ski areas last weekend, but neither company will tip its hand on the peak prices they will charge during the holidays.

Purchase of Copper Mountain complete

Powdr Corp. announced Fri­day it has successfully closed on its acquisition of Copper Mountain Resort from Intra­west.

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Routt County jobless rate rises in November

Unemployment increased in Routt County from October to November from 6.3 percent to 6.6 percent, according to figures released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Emp­l­oyment. Routt County unemployment was 4.3 percent in November 2008. The county still lags behind the statewide unemployment rate, which was reported at 6.9 percent for November.

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Yampa Valley Boys to perform songs from new album today

After 10 years of being told they should record a Christmas-themed album, local Western music duo the Yampa Valley Boys finally gave in. “The Chris­tmas Trail” was re­­leased in the fall and features 10 selections of cowboy holi­day clas­sics and traditional Chr­­ist­­mas tu­­nes. Those son­­gs will be at the heart of the Yam­pa Val­ley Boys West­ern Christ­­mas concert today.

Hayden boys basketball gets big win at tourney

After a disappointing loss in the first game of the Flaming Gorge Classic in Wyoming, the Hayden boys basketball team responded with a big victory Friday. The Tigers beat Mountain View, Wyo., 63-45.

Sailors hockey team wins in overtime

Steamboat boys, girls basketball lose in Green River

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team took a lead, gave it up, tied it up and got a game-winner from Blayne Conroy in overtime to take a 3-2 win Friday against Peak Conference foe Palmer.

Holiday Classic to bring top-notch ski racing to town

Hometown ski racer Ryan McConnell has made at least 50 runs down the face of Howelsen Hill this winter, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking forward to a few more during the Holiday Classic.

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High school boys, girls teams win Alpine meet at Howelsen Hill

It was a day that at one point saw a seemingly endless stream of racers fly off or tumble down the course. Plenty of Steamboat Springs High School skiers were among those who were frustrated by the slalom course Friday at Howelsen Hill as the school hosted the first high school Alpine skiing event of the season.

The Record for Dec. 17

8:11 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an alarm sounding in the 27000 block of Aspen Valley Lane. Deputies discovered that a water pipe had broken in an unoccupied house. Deputies notified the real estate agent.

Steamboat Briefs: Howelsen opens for public skiing starting Tuesday

Howelsen Hill Ski Area will open for public skiing and snowboarding next week, according to a news release. from Howelsen.

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Hookah lounge comes to Steamboat

As a teenager growing up in Steamboat Springs, Ahmad Akkad found that the party stops at about 9 p.m. for anybody younger than 21. Now, as a 20-year-old himself, Akkad is hoping to offer more choices to the 18- to 21-year-old crowd with House of Hookah, a lounge and hookah parlor he opened in downtown Steamboat about a month ago.

Routt County to hire new planner

Commissioners lift hiring freeze, add Michigan woman to staff

The Routt County Commi­ssioners lifted their hiring freeze Tuesday and are expected to hire a new professional planner by the middle of next week. Planning Director Chad Phil­lips told the commissioners in a memo that he had selected a Michigan woman, Rebecca Bessey, from among 43 applications for the position of Planner III.

2 more lifts open for holiday season

The opening of Sunshine and South Peak lifts today will bring Steamboat Ski Area’s open terrain to 12 of 18 lifts and just more than 40 percent of the ski area.

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Tom Ross: The tales stamps tell

I’m anything but a serious stamp collector. I’m no philatelist. But I rediscovered a glimpse of Winter Olympic history this week when I picked up my childhood stamp album and stumbled on a set of five Hungarian commemoratives.

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Big Head Todd set to play during Olympic Trials in Steamboat

Blues rock act returns for free concert

When Todd Park Mohr and his platinum-selling blues rock band walk onto a Gondola Square stage Wednesday, the first thing they’ll have to figure out is how to keep their instruments tuned in chilly weather.

Local favorites fare well in World Cup events

Hometown favorites Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong skied into the top 10 at a Nordic combined World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria, on Friday.

Friday, December 18

Lodwick leads strong American bid in World Cup

U.S. snowboarders frustrated in World Cup event in Telluride

Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong skied into the top 10 today at a Nordic combined World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria. Closer to home, American snowboarders have had a 'disappointing' showing this week at a Telluride event.

Routt unemployment rises in November

County's rate increases to 6.6% from 6.3% in October, according to new figures

The rate increased from 6.3% in October to 6.6% in November, according to figures released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. That represents 965 people without jobs. The local numbers still lag statewide unemployment rates.

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What to do in Steamboat this week, Dec. 18 to 24

What to do this week for Dec. 18 to 24: Listen to Sam Ayer at the Gondola Pub & Grill, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today. Click on this story for many ideas of what to do this weekend.

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After fall break, Steamboat's K. Saari jumps back into gallery business

Kimberly Saari is back in the business of putting on art events, ending an almost three-month hiatus after she closed her downtown gallery in October. Saari and her featured artists have a new primary home at Vertical Arts Architecture in Wildhorse Marketplace, where Saari has rented space on the architecture firm’s lower floor.

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Strings holiday shows next week in Steamboat

Country singer Kathy Mattea and clown Jim Jackson featured

Country musician Kathy Mattea performs songs from her career as a heavily folk-influenced country singer and songwriter at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children.

Sports briefs: Hayden, Steamboat girls basketball wins at Flaming Gorge Classic

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team won its opening-round game of the Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament Thursday in Green River, Wyo., downing Kemmerer, Wyo., 44-40.

Sports briefs: Alpine team, other local athletes prep for weekend

There might not be a better way for the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team to open its season and prep for the holiday break at the same time. The Sailors host a slalom race with the first run starting at 10 a.m. today at Howelsen Hill. The second run should take place between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

9-team soccer tournament to raise money for Partners

Nick Labor and his older sister, Kelly Labor, organized a nine-team indoor soccer tournament set to kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School. The idea was hatched in early November when the pair looked ahead at what had the potential to be a boring winter break.

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Volleyball camp this weekend

Along with her husband, Hector Gutierrez, and high school coach Wendy Hall, Steamboat Springs High School graduate and volleyball player Katie Carter will put on the Inaugural Winter Volleyball Camp on Saturday and Sunday.

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Ski season lands at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Winter flight program kicked off Thursday; planes 95 percent full

The number of passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Thursday quadrupled from earlier in the week, with airport officials preparing to accommodate significantly more pre-holiday travelers Saturday. Direct ski season flights from Chicago, Dallas and Houston began Thursday, with 862 passengers deplaning in Hayden.

The Record for Dec. 16

The Record for Dec. 16

South Routt School District funds increase

South Routt School District’s 2009-10 fund balance puts the district in a favorable position as statewide K-12 education cuts loom, its auditors told the School Board on Thursday night. Pam Taylor, of Colorado CPA Services’ Craig office said the district’s general fund balance increased from $339,000 at the beginning of last fiscal year to $1.16 million to start this year.

Ride4yellow, a Livestrong fundraiser, coming to Steamboat in August

Organizers hope to raise at least $150K for cancer research

David Nagel is helping to or­­ganize the Ride4yellow mountain bike event, which is scheduled to touch down on Steamboat’s famed singletrack mountain bike trails late next summer.

Steamboat briefs: VNA offering calendar journal for $15 donation

The Aging Well Calendar Journal is available for a $15 donation to the VNA’s nonprofit Aging Well Program at VNA offices in Steamboat Springs at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and Craig at 745 Russell St. and at The Haven Assisted Living Center at 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden.

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Review delays sidewalk construction

Possible historic site needs to be evaluated before Hayden project can start

A Colorado Department of Transportation historical review of land near a 100-year-old barn has delayed one of Hayden’s four sidewalk projects scheduled for construction next year.

City releases water study

Report gives capacity, cost projections for potential development

Philo Shelton said Thursday that he is confident in the city’s updated plan for $34 million worth of potential water infrastructure that would service future development west of Steamboat Springs. On Tuesday, he presented a study by McLaughlin Water Engineers, of Denver, “Water and Wastewater Master Plan Updates,” to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Stage set for Capote trial

Judge: Statements brothers made to detective will be allowed

A judge ruled Thursday that the statements Eduardo and David Capote made to a Steamboat Springs detective at Yampa Valley Regional Airport early this year will be allowed at the February 2010 trial of the brothers accused of playing a role in the Jan. 5 death of an Army sergeant.

Holiday drives wrapping up

There still are opportunities to give toys, food for needy families

Holiday toy and food drives are coming to a close across Routt County, but that doesn’t mean donations aren’t still needed. The Toys for Tots drive, organized locally by Routt County United Way and the Steam­­boat Homebuilders Association, con­­­­tinues to seek donations of unused, unwrapped toys.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Cultural heritage tourism, preservation recognized

Historic preservation — the art and science of preserving, conserving and protecting buildings, objects, landscapes and other artifacts of historic significance — more and more is being recognized by public officials as a contributing element to local and regional economies and economic development.

Thursday, December 17

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Colorado’s Future touts ballot reform

Group hosts event with civic leaders to discuss revised ballot process

If a ballroom at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort were the U.S. Senate floor, America would have health care reform by now. Local Democrats and Re­­publicans found widespread agreement on numerous ideas Wed­nesday evening during a three-hour event about ballot reform and public policy hosted by Colorado’s Future.

Steamboat briefs: Detectives await results from state investigators

Steamboat Springs Police Department detectives still are awaiting the results from evidence sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in the reported sexual assault in October at 11th and Oak streets.

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Ken Carlson’s paintings featured at Steamboat Art Museum

Ken Carlson has spent the bulk of his life working toward a singular goal: being a wildlife painter. Carlson’s work is featured at Steamboat Art Museum through the winter. The exhibition is a showcase of years of research into seeking the perfectly lit landscape, learning to depict animals of all kinds and finding the right way to match those skills, Carlson said.

About 58 pot plants seized outside Yampa

Two SWAT teams led by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office searched two homes in the Yampa area Wednesday morning. Inside one of the homes, deputies reportedly found a marijuana-growing operation with about 58 marijuana plants and dried marijuana.

South Routt School Board considers budget

2008-09 audit to be presented, voted on tonight

The South Routt School District’s 2009-10 final budget is larger than the proposed budget that was first presented during the summer. Board members are scheduled to consider adopting the budget with a $5.5 million general fund when they meet tonight.

The Record for Dec. 15

3:42 a.m. Police were called to a request for a welfare check on a woman who was painting a condo and had not returned to her home on Cypress Court for more than eight hours. Officers said the woman fell asleep after painting the room and that everything was fine.

Local grocery workers vote ‘no’ on contract

Across Colorado, City Market agreement approved, Safeway’s denied by workers

Grocery workers at Safeway and City Market in Steamboat Springs voted to reject a contract offer with management, but statewide, City Market workers voted to accept a similar offer. Statewide, Safeway workers rejected the offer.

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Steamboat, Hayden basketball teams prep for Wyoming tourney

It’s fine and dandy that the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is 4-1, its best start in four years. But what’s even more intriguing as the Sailors enter the Flaming Gorge Classic tournament today is that Steamboat hasn’t really scratched the surface of how good it can be.

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New walkway to highlight Steamboat’s Olympic heritage

Steamboat Springs resident Jon Wade imagines a day when visitors and locals will stroll down Yampa Street and soak up our city’s rich Olympic tradition at the same time.

Bennet staff to hold meeting

US senator’s regional representative will be at library today

Todd Hagenbuch is going to be a busy man this afternoon. Hagenbuch, the regional representative for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is meeting with members of the public from 1 to 4 p.m. today in a conference room at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Hagenbuch will offer assistance with federal agencies and discuss issues constituents want to bring to Bennet’s attention.

Annual museum tour starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Craig

For the second year in a row, Yampa Valley history aficionados are in for a treat. The Northwest Colorado Parade of Museums will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday from the Wyman Museum in Craig.

Avalanche danger could last all winter

30 slides reported in area since Sunday

The lack of deep snow and “rotten base” of snowpack have created avalanche conditions that could last the whole winter, according to avalanche forecasters. Since Sunday, 30 avalanches have been reported in the mountains north of Steamboat and in the Flat Tops.

Wednesday, December 16

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At long last, Petrillos find Yule Log

Mother-daughter team has spent past decade participating in hunt

So overcome with emotion from finding the Yule Log, Sue Petrillo did the obvious: She made a scene. What might not have been obvious to the onlookers in the Routt County Justice Center parking lot was that Petrillo, after five days of searching, had dug up the Yule Log and brought this year’s hunt to an end.

Steamboat event offers family holiday activity

Optimist Club’s ‘Santa’s Workshop’ features chances to give

Games, Santa, crafts and the spirit of giving will be featured at a “Santa’s Workshop” activity fair Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. The free event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday includes opportunities for children and their families to give to several local and national organizations.

SSWSC reunion planned

Alumni Club opens doors for former members, coaches, parents

The list of parents, coaches and athletes who have been a part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is long and impressive. This month, Julie Green is hoping to pull that group together for a reunion of sorts at Howelsen Hill.

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Friends remember Dady as hard worker, outgoing

The Keith Dady co-workers and friends recalled Tuesday was a person defined by hard work, an outgoing personality and a gift of gab. Dady, who worked as a carpenter, died Dec. 9 at a hospital in Denver after a Dec. 4 fight with a friend and roommate in Steamboat Springs.

Renee Mestan: Post office issue

The very issue that motivated more than 2,000 people to sign a petition this fall has become a reality. On Dec. 10, notices were placed on the doors at the Sundance post office stating that “retail services will cease at this location after 1/15/2010.”

Kevin Kaminski: Yes to vote and 700

One thing that has been lost in all the discussion about the Steamboat 700 petition is that not every person who signed it is against the annexation. This annexation is a large decision, and I feel I have heard enough concern from the public that the public should have their say.

George Danellis: Climate change

The whole world is watching the United Nations in Copenhagen as world leaders build the framework for an international treaty to address climate change. The Obama administration must take a firm stand in moving climate negotiations forward when he attends the talks later this week.

Hayden Valley Elementary food drive lets students give back

Hayden Valley Elementary School student council co-sponsors Tena Frentress and Sally McCormick are trying to teach students the importance of service. The student council is more than a week into its two-week canned food drive, which Frentress said has occurred annually in her 22 years at the school.

Adult Coed Volleyball League results

2009 adult coed fall volleyball league results

Steamboat top 10 finishers in the freestyle World Cup

2010 FIS Freestyle World Cup

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Local figure skaters show well in Aspen

Members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club kicked off their winter season the right way last weekend as they skated to top finishes at a season-opening competition in Aspen. In all, 14 local skaters took to the ice, and all fared well.

Hayden district’s balance dwindles

School Board accepts audit, plans for budget cuts in 2010-11

If the Hayden School District continues to spend at its current rate, it will deplete its fund balance this fiscal year, its auditor told the School Board on Tuesday night. The district ended fiscal year 2008 with a $1.06 million fund balance. But it ended fiscal year 2009, on June 30, with more than $384,000.

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High school skiers start competition Friday at Howelsen Hill

With more than 40 skiers, and a good mix of Steamboat Springs High School skiers and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers, the 2009-10 Steamboat Alpine team should have every chance to compete for a state title. Last season, the boys finished third and the girls finished fifth.

Steamboat briefs: Rescuers guide stranded snowmobiler to safety

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers helped a man to safety Tuesday night after his snowmobile became stuck north of Steamboat Springs.

Snowboarder caught in avalanche on Loveland Pass

Denver man buried up to waist Tuesday

A Denver snowboarder was able to ride and swim his way out of a large avalanche on Loveland Pass around noon Tuesday.

City hires interim finance director

Hinsvark a former Kansas City CFO, Denver debt administrator

The city has hired an interim finance director to upgrade software platforms and budgeting capabilities while easing the workload of an over-burdened department. Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts said Tues­day that Debra Hinsvark has been hired for an initial period of six months and $70,000 in salaried pay.

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Some vets to offer pet licenses

Routt County tags required by law in Steamboat Springs

Local pet owners will be able to get their 2010 county pet license from some veterinarians, in an effort to boost compliance through an easier licensing process. The Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter sells licenses at 760 Critter Court, and that will not change in 2010.

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Steamboat concert features Nashville stars

Acoustic artists join Brent Rowan on stage Saturday

Country singer Linda Davis expects a holiday concert Saturday to produce “a big ole love fest.” Davis, family members Lang Scott and Hillary Scott, and Nashville, Tenn., guitarist Brent Rowan join forces for a Community Acoustic Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Our View: Locals’ warmth could help thaw economy

The holiday season and the start of Steamboat Springs’ winter air service program can’t come soon enough for area businesses hungry for customers and sales. And although there’s some reason for optimism about 2009-10 winter tourism, by no means are we under the impression that the economy has turned around.

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Joanne Palmer: Pet parties for the holidays

You’re invited to my annual Howl-i-Day Party on Dec. 23 at 1822 Bow-Wow Drive. I’ve made my guest list and checked it twice — no alpha dogs are in sight! There will be lots of spiked dog-nog, kibble kabobs and our usual holiday howl-a-long.

The Record for Dec. 14

12:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of a disturbance in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue where two men reportedly got in a fight with two other men. The second group of two reportedly had minor facial injuries. Officers issued a summons on Tuesday for the first two men.

Tuesday, December 15

Council OKs Steamboat 700 vote

City voters will weigh in on proposed annexation in March 9 ballot

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to put the Steamboat 700 annexation to a public vote, which will conclude March 9. Ballots for the mail-only election will be sent to registered city voters between Feb. 15 and Feb. 19.

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Human Services’ reach grows

Worker will begin traveling to Oak Creek once a week

Routt County Department of Human Services Director Vickie Clark said that with the consent of the Oak Creek Town Board, her department will start sending a case public assistance technician to Oak Creek once a week to handle applications and questions beginning in January.

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City to reassess housing programs

Departure of Nancy Engelken could spur shift in programs

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts said Monday that the departure of Nancy Engelken could spur a shift in how the city handles affordable housing programs. Engelken, the city’s community housing coordinator, is leaving that post at the end of the year.

Steamboat Springs School Board certifies mill levy

New rate includes credit for Steamboat taxpayers

The Steamboat Springs School Board certified a mill levy for tax collection next year that includes a property tax credit for taxpayers who live within the district’s boundaries. Board members unanimously approved Monday night an 11.555 mill rate for property tax collection in 2010 that will generate about $13 million in revenue for the district.

The Record for Dec. 13, 2009

Sunday, Dec. 13

Steamboat Briefs: Three local businesses fail alcohol compliance checks

Three Steamboat Springs businesses failed alcohol compliance checks Friday night when they sold alcohol to a 19-year-old working with the Steamboat Springs Police Department. The compliance check hit 44 businesses across the city, equating to a 93 percent compliance rate.

Holiday party in 32nd year

Community event features Santa, caroling and sledding

Santa will be there. So will carolers. And, of course, there will be sledding. The city of Steamboat Springs’ 32nd annual Community Hol­iday Party is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Howelsen Ski Area and Olympian Hall.

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Ski Corp., business leaders find bright spots

A week’s worth of moderate snow accumulation is great from a public relations perspective, but for a real barometer of this ski season’s tourism outlook, look no further than three of the nation’s leading consumer confidence indexes.

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Jimmy Westlake: Canis Major, the Great Overdog

About 40 times more luminous than our sun, Sirius is the sixth closest star to our solar system, situated a mere 8.6 light years away, and it will appear in the early evenings during the holidays. Look for it in the constellation Canis Major as it rises above our mountains.

Steamboat Springs man dies after scuffle with friend

Police collect evidence in death

A 36-year-old Steamboat Springs man who was airlifted to Denver with a head injury after an altercation with his roommate has died, and police investigators are considering the evidence and results of the autopsy to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

Tigers grapple to 3rd in Delta

Soroco earns 4th in Wyoming tourney

The Hayden Tigers took third place at the Delta Invitational on Saturday behind championship showings from Chad Terry, Kolton Miller and Treyben Letlow. Meanwhile, Soroco partnered with Wind River High School to earn a 4th-place finish at a tournament in Shoshoni, Wyo. during the weekend.

Council to set date for Steamboat 700 vote

Medical marijuana regulations, building fees also on City Council agenda

After a successful petition effort last month by the citizen-led Let’s Vote group, the City Council will decide whether to repeal the ordinance that approved the annexation of Steamboat 700 in October or put that approval to a public vote.

Monday, December 14

Lodwick wins again at Continental Cup Nordic event

Steamboat Springs skier Todd Lodwick made it two in a row Sunday as he won the second day of competition at a Continental Cup Nordic combined event in Park City, Utah. A year ago, Lodwick used the same Park City event to re-enter the world of Nordic combined. He won then, as well, and quickly rejoined the World Cup circuit.

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State group honors Stahoviak

Commissioner receives award from Colorado Counties Inc.

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak recently received a statewide award for distinguished service. At its annual winter conference, held two weeks ago in Colorado Springs, Colorado Counties Inc. presented Sta­hoviak with an award honoring Stahoviak’s longtime service to Northwest Colorado.

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Local Nordic camp maintains strong turnout

2-day event in Steamboat Springs packed with all level of skiers

In seven years, Emily Lovett and Katie Lindquist have turned their brainchild for a Steamboat Springs-based Nor­dic ski camp into a thriving, successful venture. The camp, which ran Saturday and Sunday at the Steamboat Nordic Center in Steamboat Springs, was again filled to the brim.

Police respond to 2 crashes Sunday

Slick conditions hit local roads; snow expected to stop today

A 41-year-old man was taken to the hospital after two Jeeps collided Sunday afternoon at Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40. Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Doug Scherar said the 41-year-old’s white Jeep was crossing Pine Grove Road at about 12:30 p.m. when a red Jeep struck it after not stopping at a red light while northbound on U.S. 40.

The Record for Dec. 12

The Record for Dec. 12

Hayden basketball bounces back with wins

Tigers wrap up Cowboy Shootout with back-to-back victories

The Hayden boys basketball team got a frustrating start to the weekend by losing in the first round of the Cowboy Shootout tournament in Meeker. The back-to-back victories that followed that letdown left the Tigers feeling confident, however.

Steamboat briefs: Respite Program care providers needed locally

The Yampa Valley Autism Program is seeking care providers for its Respite Program. Respite Program care providers are made available to families of children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities for hire to help as needed.

Steamboat Springs School District to give tax credit

Schools over-collect property taxes in ’07-’08, ’08-’09

Steamboat Springs residents will receive a property tax credit from the school district next year. Steamboat Springs School District Finance Director Dale Mellor will give School Board members a presentation tonight describing how the district over-collected property taxes in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in rooms 113 and 114 of Centennial Hall at 124 10th St.

Monday Medical: The concussion conundrum, Part II

A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury occurs when a person receives a bump or blow to the head that causes the brain to shake inside the skull. This force disrupts the way the brain typically functions and can cause a change in mental status such as loss of consciousness, amnesia, disorientation, confusion or mental fogginess.

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Senior projects put students’ passions, career interests on display

Steamboat Springs High School senior Chandler Kim lost her mother to cancer in September 2006. Her senior project, an art show to display her paintings, is more than an opportunity to raise money for Northwest Colorado Aid and Support group, which assists people who can’t afford cancer treatment. Kim said painting helps her reach her “happy place.”

Aging Well: Beating the winter and holiday blues

Amidst colorful decorations and holiday music, some smiles mask sadness, anxiety, irritation and hopelessness. For many people, the holiday season is a time for family, friends, festivities and joy. For others, the holidays further emphasize loss or loneliness while making it even harder to cope with depression and other life challenges.

The differences between herbs and spices

Although most herbs originated from the Mediterranean area, they have been easily transported and naturalized throughout the world. They are small, simple-to-manage plants that — despite originating from a warm climate — are hardy and able to withstand much colder regions.

County Agenda for Dec. 14 and 15

Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners

County agenda for Dec. 14 and 15

Sunday, December 13

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Sailors girls win, boys lose in Shoot-Out

Steamboat basketball tourney wraps up

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team has talked about winning a Western Slope League championship this year. It appears more and more like a reasonable outcome, especially after the Sailors’ performance in his year’s Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.

Local dentist goes the distance, keeps on going for triathlon

Late last month, Steamboat Springs dentist Dr. Jim McCreight completed the Ironman Arizona — grueling even to think about — in 12 hours, 56 minutes and 53 seconds.

Business File: Fleischer, Black Tie Ski Rentals merge resources

Fleischer Sport and Black Tie Ski Rentals have joined at a location in the new One Steamboat Place plaza to offer ski and snowboard rentals, free overnight ski and snowboard storage with rentals, boot dryers, onsite basket checks, retail, snacks, beverages and more. The store held a grand opening Thursday evening with appetizers, beer and wine.

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Merry Mainstreet attracts families

Parade, music, shopping featured at 2nd annual downtown event

Merry Mainstreet, in its second year, featured a parade, visits with Santa, a pub crawl, caroling, gingerbread house displays and a window-decorating contest from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The event brought local families downtown to celebrate a kickoff of sorts to the holiday season.

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New Orleans drummer, burn survivor Caro is all in

When he was 2, Dan Caro was badly burned in a fire and lost his hands. A long road to recovery included four months in the hospital, “80-ish” skin grafts, reconstructive surgeries and other operations at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. Treatments continued through his 18th birthday. It was unbelievably tough, but Caro said he wouldn’t trade the struggle for an average life. “I’m all in, that’s my attitude,” Caro said.

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Despite injury, SSWSC rider wins 2nd day of Race to the Cup

This side of an alarm clock malfunction, the second day of the Race to the Cup parallel giant slalom event at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs started about as bad as it possibly could have for Mimi Wiencke. She hit a patch of ice and fell while trying to qualify to make the top 16 in the Race to the Cup.

The Record for Dec. 11

The Record for Dec. 11

Jail Report for Dec. 5 to 11

Jail Report for Dec. 5 to 11

Dean Cork: Care packages

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the people of Steamboat and the Yampa Valley. I am a private military contractor stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Lodwick collects Cup win

U.S. Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick returned to action Saturday and led a strong American finish at a Continental Cup meet in Park City, Utah. The U.S. Ski Team veteran and two-time World Champion led Saturday’s jumping round and then raced to victory on the 10-kilometer ski course at Soldier Hollow.

Our view: New postal plan a bit better

The latest plans offered by the U.S. Postal Service for Steamboat Springs may not be perfect, but they’re a step in the right direction. It’s hard to expect a lot of concessions from a federal agency projected to lose $3.8 billion this year.

Steamboat briefs: VNA offers breathing screenings

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free breathing screenings and asthma education during the 2009-10 school year for school-age children in Routt, Jackson and Moffat counties. For more information, contact Victoria Barron at 970-875-1883.

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5 new liquor businesses are in the pipeline

At least five new liquor establishments have received their liquor license or a set a hearing for one in recent weeks, showing that business owners are confidently moving forward in at least one sector of the local economy that’s going relatively strong: liquor sales.

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Study: Routt lags in charitable donations

County behind others in giving

The holiday season in Routt County is chock full of charity parties, toy drives and fundraising efforts. But even with all the opportunities to donate and the county’s overwhelming number of nonprofit organizations, at least one study indicates the generosity of residents here lags behind that of folks in similar Western Slope counties.

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Sailors hockey skates to 4-0 win

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team got goals from four players and never were really challenged Saturday, downing Mullen, 4-0, at Howelsen Ice Arena. The Sailors outshot Mullen 40-4, including 24-1 in the first period.

School lunches for week of Dec. 14

School lunches for the week of Dec. 14

Looking Back for Dec. 14, 1934

75 YEARS AGO, From the Friday, Dec. 14, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Steamboat trumpet player receives All-State jazz honor

At the Colorado Music Educators Association Con­vention during the last weekend of January, Steamboat Springs High School student Mike Makens will be one of five trumpet players to perform in Colorado’s 2010 Small School Jazz Band.

Local Spotlight: Wendy DuBord

Local Spotlight: Wendy DuBord

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Soroco boys basketball outlasts Vail Christian

At its best, Vail Christian showed its sharpshooting could keep it in a game with the Soroco boys basketball team Saturday in Oak Creek. It was the Rams’ steady approach that eventually carried the day, however, and Soroco defended its home court with a narrow 48-42 victory.

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High school seniors applying for college and scholarships

In a perfect world, Devin Wilkinson would attend Colo­rado College in Colorado Springs, play intramural hockey and try to walk on to the Division III school’s girls volleyball team. Knowing it’s not a perfect world, Wilkinson is keeping her options open and many of the seniors at Steamboat Springs High School are doing the same.

Best of the Web: Building fees

OK, can anyone name a single instance when a government fee or tax was reduced once it was no longer needed? I am unaware of any.

John Whittum: Step up, paper

In last Sunday’s Steamboat Pilot & Today, we read the results of the Question of the Week: “What do you think is the best way for the city and other parties to inform the public about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation?”

Betty Leipold: Post office traffic

Regarding the awkward traffic pattern at the downtown post office: I have not heard one favorable comment about it.

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Housing Authority celebrates end of tough year in changing market

Nancy Stahoviak gave a simple reason for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority’s end-of-the-year luncheon last week. “We decided it was time to celebrate our existence,” said Stahoviak, a Housing Authority board member and Routt County commissioner.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 3 to 10, 2009

Real estate transactions for Dec. 3 to 10, 2009

John F. Russell: The king of state titles

Last weekend’s championship football game between Steamboat Springs and Valor Christian reminded me just how special a state title is in a community like ours. I’m sad to say that one of the men who truly understood the significance of a state title in Steamboat Springs is no longer with us.

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Ice rink hub of Oak Creek activity

Skate lessons, hockey leagues pack open-air rink that opened Dec. 3 with 5 inches of ice

From Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake, Kremmling and Stagecoach, the players piled onto the ice at the Oak Creek Ice Rink on Thursday evening in temperatures that already were minus 2 at 6:30 p.m. The town facility is maintained by the hockey association during the winter and opened Dec. 3 with more than 5 inches of ice.

Saturday, December 12

United Way, Saddleback Ranch gatherings highlight charity activities

Two big charity events and a downtown visit from Santa Claus will help kick off the holiday season in Steamboat Springs this weekend. The Merry Mainstreet Down­­town Holiday Celebration will close Lincoln Avenue from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The event includes a Santa Claus parade.

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Sailors drop 2nd-round Shoot-Out games

Boys, girls teams lose in Day 2 of Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams each dropped second-round games in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out on Friday, relegating the Sailors to play for third place today.

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Top riders in Race for the Cup at Howelsen

Steamboat snowboarders face international field Friday

Justin Reiter has spent the past 10 years wondering what it would be like to face an international field on the challenging slopes of Howelsen Hill. On Friday night, the hometown favorite got his chance during a Race to the Cup parallel slalom event at Howelsen.

Sailors hockey skates to win

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team got off to a fast start, had goals from four players and filled the stat sheet Friday, downing Fountain Valley, 4-2. Steamboat went up 4-0 early in the third period before a questionable goal and a breakaway opportunity took the shutout away from Steamboat goal­tender Erik Owen.

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Hayden hands Soroco season’s 1st loss

It wasn’t hard to see Friday evening what would have made Soroco instantly competitive in its home-court showdown against rival Hayden. The Tigers outscored the Rams, 40-17, in the second and third quarters and cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Steamboat briefs: Registration under way at CMC for spring semester

Many classes start the week of Jan. 11 with additional classes starting throughout the semester.

The Record for Dec. 10

12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car in the 300 block of Anglers Drive.

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Police Capt. Rae reunites with Gen. Mattis

Nearly 20 years ago, Joel Rae was a sniper scout in the Marine Corps, reporting to his battalion commander in operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. On Thursday, that commanding officer paid a visit to Rae, now a captain with the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

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United Methodist Church presents holiday opera

‘Amahl’ a fun challenge for church members

United Methodist Church choir director Alice Lund remembers the one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” from its yearly airing on NBC through the 1950s and ’60s. United Methodist Church presents the opera as its annual children’s production at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday during its regular services.

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Local author finds mystery in history

Kathi Guler’s 4th book wraps series set in Arthurian times

With almost 10 years behind her since her first book release, local author Kathi Guler is promoting the fourth and final Macsen’s Treasure novel, a historical spy thriller called “A Land Beyond Ravens.” She will sign copies of the book Wednesday at Epilogue Book Co.

Buffalo Pass access fee in the works

Charge for backcountry permit expected for winter 2010-11

A Buffalo Pass backcountry permit made available for free at the Forest Service’s Steamboat office has been required for years, but the powder-hound magnet that the area has become has encouraged officials to institute a fee.

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Youth orchestra works as a team

Holiday music and modern pieces featured in concert at 7 p.m. Monday

In a holiday concert Monday in Library Hall, the youth orchestra will showcase a semester’s worth of work in a program featuring classical repertoire, traditional holiday songs, a fiddle tune and contemporary selections.

Yoga retreats offer relaxation

When the Yoga Center of Steamboat opened in Septem­­ber 2008, co-owner Patty Zim­mer decided to host monthly mini yoga retreats that combine four aspects of the yoga lifestyle into three-hour sessions.

Friday, December 11

VNA denied grant from federal government

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has been waiting for several months to hear word about a $2.5 million grant from the federal government.

Bond issue helps upgrade technology in Moffat County schools

To Marlene Knez, the technological journey of Moffat Cou­nty School District throughout the past several years can be likened to Ebenezer Scrooge’s in “A Christmas Carol.”

Oak Creek trio find own way out of wilderness

Wilderness search called off Thursday

Three Oak Creek residents walked their way to safety early Thursday after becoming lost between Pinnacle Peak and Dunkley Pass in eastern Rio Blanco County. The three, two men and a woman, called the Routt County Communications Center at about midnight Wednesday, and eight Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were on scene by 2 a.m. Thursday.

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Steamboat calendar shows off local models

Girls of Steamboat release party to benefit Arts Council

As the first 1,000 copies of the Girls of Steamboat Calendar finished printing this week, project organizer Jill Wernig was thinking of fresh ideas for the 2011 edition. Wernig, photographer Drew Stachnik and 12 local models will unveil the 2010 calendar with a release party at 7 p.m. today.

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What to do in Steamboat this week, Dec. 11-17

The Mountain Madrigal Singers will perform a mix of sacred and secular holiday songs, from Renaissance time to modern times, in its “Trifle, Truffles and Figgy Pudding, Too” concert at 7 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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Dyrty Byrds turn jam into band this Saturday in Steamboat

Colorado and Georgia musicians to play at OTP Saturday

Every Wednesday they can, four Colorado and Georgia musicians come together for a jam session at the Highland Pacific restaurant in Denver.

Hayden adopts 2010 budget

Council approves 2009 property tax levy for collections next year

The Hayden Town Council unanimously adopted the town’s 2010 budget Wednesday night. The budget includes a $2.3 million general fund and nearly $2.1 million in expenditures. The 2010 budget is considerably smaller than 2009’s $4.3 million budget. The 2010 budget leaves the town with more than $229,000 in reserves.

Hockey readies for 2 at home

Sailors looking for pair of wins

Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff didn’t sound too concerned about his team’s recent winless weekend in Aspen. Although the Sailors went 0-1-2 to open their season, Ruff said all three games were competitive and showed what the team is capable of.

Race to the Cup filled up with top riders

It’s not the Olympics, but this weekend’s Race to the Cup should draw the top snowboard racers in America — and a few from around the world — to Howelsen Hill for a chance to prove they belong in Vancouver in February.

Oak Creek Town Board OK Building Department’s new fees

The Town of Oak Creek became the first municipality to approve the Routt County Regional Building Department’s proposed permit fee increases. The Town of Oak Creek became the first municipality to approve the Routt County Regional Building Department’s proposed permit fee increases.

Aspen tax revenues fall 4 percent

The city of Aspen’s sales tax revenues were down in October, making it yet another down month for retailers, restaurants and other industries.

Vail Resorts remains optimistic

Hotel bookings are down; airline reservations, pass sales are up

Vail Resorts this week painted a cautiously optimistic picture of the 2009-10 ski season, noting that although hotel bookings are down compared with last year, airline reservations are up and season pass sales are brisk.

Aspen groups not deterred

Critics using ‘Climategate’ against environmentalists

“Climategate” has spurred some nasty letters to at least one Aspen environmentalist, but local groups working on climate change said Wednesday they won’t let the controversy alter their actions.

Frisco plans 18-acre bike park

Facility aided by grant from Great Outdoors Colorado Board

Plans are moving forward in Frisco for its peninsula recreation area to include an 18-acre mountain bike/BMX bike park, aided by a $200,000 grant recently awarded to the town by the Great Outdoors Colorado Board.

Aspen unveils automatic lift gates

System reduces need for lift staff, removing passes from clothing

Lift operators toting hand-held scanners have disappeared at the entrance lifts at all four Aspen-Snowmass ski areas, but anyone thinking they can sneak through the new automated gates with someone else’s pass stowed in their pocket should think again.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Seedling sale is under way

Landowners can use trees for windbreaks, visual screens and more

The Routt County Conser­vation District wants to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. To allow our staff to celebrate the season with their family and friends, the RCCD office will be closed from Dec. 24 to 25 and from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.

The Record for Dec. 9

The Record for Dec. 9

Tigers lose 1st game at Cowboy Shootout

Hayden lost Thursday in the first round of the Cowboy Shootout boys basketball tournament in Meeker, falling, 59-52, to Class 3A opponent Valley.

Steamboat briefs: Pre-holiday lodging lull continues in Steamboat

Lodging in Steamboat Springs will be at 32 percent of capacity this weekend, according to the weekly lodging barometer provided by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Vail Resorts, trade group dispute continues

Ski area pulled out of Colorado Ski Country USA in 2008

A marketing dispute bet­ween Vail Resorts and a state ski industry trade association has dragged into a second winter with no reconciliation in sight. Vail Resorts pulled Vail Moun­tain, Beaver Creek, Brecken­ridge and Keystone out of Colorado Ski Country USA in 2008.

Rams, Tigers girls to meet in Oak Creek

A year ago, the Hayden girls basketball team completed a regular season sweep of Soroco with a dominating 26-point fourth quarter in Oak Creek. At the time, it seemed like just another win on the way to the state tournament in what turned out to be the best season in program history for the Tigers.

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Sailors teams advance at Shoot-Out

Boys, girls teams win, move on in home tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School girls and boys basketball teams had little trouble in the first round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out on Thursday, as each advanced in convincing fashion. For the boys, that meant a 57-16 drubbing of Summit, and the girls advanced with a 51-33 win against Skyline.

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Sales tax collections down 23 percent citywide

City officials long had looked to October to potentially slow the fall of plummeting sales tax revenues. Instead, the month accelerated the nosedive.

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Madrigals to perform holiday concert

Selections include classic sacred music, modern secular songs

The Mountain Madrigal Singers will perform about half sacred and half secular holiday songs, from the Renaissance on through music history, in its “Trifle, Truffles and Figgy Pudding, Too” concert at 7 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

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Steamboat Nordic team looking for a fast start

High school Nordic squad short on experience

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team doesn’t return a lot of skiers experienced in the high school ranks, but that won’t do much to lessen the team’s expectations for the coming season. The Sailors officially get under way this weekend with a race in Leadville.

Thursday, December 10

Report: Craig police officer died of natural causes

Former Craig Police officer Kathie Johnson died of natural causes from a seizure disorder, according to an autopsy and toxicology report.

Former Craig detective pleads not guilty

Johnson’s trial set for May 24 in district court

Former Craig Police Depa­rtment detective Ken Johnson pleaded not guilty to three felony charges Tuesday in Moffat Cou­nty District Court. Johns­on, wh­o resi­gned from the police department in September and was arrested in October, is charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony; as well as accessory to a crime and embezzlement of public property, Class 5 felonies.

Gifts needed for 35 families in Christmas Wishes drive

United Way has 165 families matched up

Thirty-five local families still are seeking donors to meet their last-minute requests in the Routt County United Way’s annual Christmas Wishes program, but 165 families already have been matched.

Fund Board OKs new bylaws

Measure allows districts to share half-cent sales tax revenue

It’s official. After a lengthy discussion that included several minor changes, the Education Fund Board approved new bylaws Wednesday night. They allow the Fund Board to formally share the Steamboat Springs half-cent sales tax for education with the Hayden and South Routt school districts.

Audit reveals larger BOCES deficit

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educa­tional Services carried a $44,632 deficit into fiscal year 2009-10, according to a final audit report presented Wednesday. The deficit is about $10,000 more than what was projected in a draft version of the organization’s audit presented last month.

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Moore leaving economic group

Director praised as ‘ahead of the curve’ for local work

Her name wasn’t always on the final product, but her fingerprints usually were all over the first ideas. After six years with the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative, Noreen Moore is stepping down.

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Steamboat artisans to be featured Friday

New monthly event highlights local jewelers, designers, caterer

Sisters Katy Vaughn and Maureen McQuillin started their knit hat and glove business, KatyMaureen, as a hobby. The sisters are two of five local artisans whose hobby-turned-side-businesses are featured in a new event at 5 p.m. Friday.

Steamboat Briefs: Planning Commission to review church expansion

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 5 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., for an agenda that includes a proposed 15,382-square-foot addition to Holy Name Catholic Church.

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Postal services to change at Sundance location

Sundance branch to end shipping Jan. 15; P.O. box service could end in March

Retail postal service will end Jan. 15 at the Sundance post office, and negotiations are under way to keep P.O. boxes there after March 15. Steamboat Springs Postmaster Tim O’Brien said after Jan. 15, four Sundance employees will move to the downtown branch, where retail services will be consolidated.

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Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out opens today

Steamboat boys basketball starts 3-day tournament at 6:30 p.m.

It’s still early, but today’s opening of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out should be the first test for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team. Steamboat opens at 6:30 p.m. today against Summit in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

The Record for Dec. 8, 2009

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Tigers basketball eager to return to court

Boys open 3-day tourney play today

The Hayden High School boys basketball team doesn’t know how it would fare against Meeker, the top dog and host team for this weekend’s Cowboy Shootout basketball tournament. The Tigers just want the chance to find out.

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U2 tribute band to perform Saturday

Under a Blood Red Sky play at The Steamboat Grand

Each of U2’s many phases will be on display in Under a Blood Red Sky’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Steamboat Grand. Tickets are $15 at the door and are available starting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9

Routt County adopts building fee increases

Rates effective Jan. 1 in unincorporated areas

County commissioners Tues­day approved fee increases re­­quested by the Routt County Re­­gion­al Building Department, making the new rates effective Jan. 1 in unincorporated areas and potentially setting the tone for upcoming votes by local municipalities.

Flight For Life expands to 24-hour availability

Summit County service moves to full time

The Flight For Life air ambulance service based in Frisco is going to a full-time operation, offering emergency flights and other services 24 hours a day across the region, including Steamboat Springs.

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Sailors celebrate 13-1 with awards ceremony

High school football team holds season-ending banquet

Although there was still a stinging feeling from dropping the Class 3A state championship game Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School football team celebrated its season Tuesday with a season-ending banquet. Ten Sailors were named to the Western Slope All-League team, and two split the League’s Co-Back of the Year award.

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Joanne Palmer: Hey, Santa, bring me a Swiss spa

What happened to my face? Barely six weeks ago, I turned 29 again, but my face reflects a different reality. It seems to be trying to win first prize in some prune look-alike contest. Overnight, I have morphed into a “woman of a certain age.”

Vail plans to focus on service

Council members hope to get ski resort back to No. 1 ranking

Vail possibly could rise in its ranking among top ski towns if simple things like greeters could reach guests as soon as they arrive in town, some Vail Town Council members said Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs: Crocs collections under way across Steamboat

Girl Scout Reagan Mertz is collecting new and used Crocs and other shoes for the nonprofit Amahoro Project 1919, benefiting a Rwandan orphanage. Donation bins are at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, Wells Fargo, Alpine Bank, Yampa Valley Bank, Holy Name Catholic Church, the Steamboat Pilot & Today offices, City Market, Safeway and Wal-Mart. Look for boxes of blue, yellow and green: the colors of the Rwandan flag.

Stuart Orzach: The long run

I am sorry that the Steamboat Pilot & Today takes such an antiquated, anthropocentric and static view of nature (“Our View,” Dec. 6).

Our View: Women’s health should be taken seriously

When a national task force issued new mammogram recommendations last month, it led to an uproar from people concerned about the impacts on women’s health.

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Merry Mainstreet adds parade

Holiday celebration includes caroling, Santa, contests

Merry Mainstreet will feature a few new events this year as a downtown parade featuring local organizations and the Joyous Jaunt, a restaurant crawl including seven downtown venues, will join annual events like the gingerbread house contest. The events will kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Documentary features adaptive athletes

Director says film was created to educate and inspire

The audience let out a collective “Whoa!” as they watched an adaptive skier land a big jump. The Strawberry Park Elementary School second- and third-graders had a similar reaction while watching clips of adaptive athletes hitting rails and riding through deep powder.

Jobs, economy top City Council's priority list

Officials cite budget, housing, annexation in goal-setting session

Job creation and economic development topped the Steam­boat Springs City Council’s list of priorities in a goal-setting session Tuesday night. In a public meeting with city administrators in Centennial Hall, City Council members held a wide-ranging, open conversation about what issues should be on the table in the months ahead.

The Record for Dec. 7

2:53 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an ambulance in the 28000 block of Routt County Road 14. Medical crews took a 46-year-old woman with a medical issue to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Fund Board to review changes

Bylaws, discussion of policies and procedures highlight meeting

The Education Fund board will decide tonight whether to approve new bylaws that include provisions for how to share revenue from the city of Steamboat Springs’ half-cent sales tax for education with the Hayden and South Routt school districts.

Tuesday, December 8

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Ski area expands terrain offerings

Steamboat Ski Area will offer top-to-bottom skiing today for the first time this season with the opening of the Storm Peak Express lift and Buddy’s Run and Tornado Lane ski trails. The expanded terrain openings come on the heels of two days of fresh snow and a forecast that indicates more snow is on the way.

Yule Log Clue No. 7

Yule Log Clue No. 7

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Local gymnast wins Junior Olympic title

4 Steamboat Springs girls compete in meet

Maggie McElhiney finished first in the beam, floor and bars routines en route to the all-round title in the 13-year-old division at the Level 5 championships at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic meet at Loveland High School this weekend.

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Spillane fares well in World Cup competitions

Johnny Spillane spent the latter part of his summer recovering from knee surgery, and the U.S. Nordic combined skier and Steamboat Springs resident appears to be quickly regaining his form. Spillane collected two top-10 finishes at the second World Cup stop of the season last weekend in Lillehammer, Norway.

The Record for Dec. 6

The Record for Dec. 6

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat man airlifted after accident at condo

Police are investigating a Friday morning incident that led to a Steamboat Springs man being airlifted to Denver for head injuries sustained after a dispute with his roommate.

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Jimmy Westlake: Here come the Geminid meteors

The Gemini constellation is about to become a hot spot of activity during December. Sky-watchers will notice lots of fiery streaks of light coming from Gemini as a result of the annual Geminid meteor shower. The slender waning crescent moon won’t rise until nearly 6 a.m. Dec. 14, the morning of the peak of the meteor shower.

Forest officials caution sledders

12 inches of snow is required for snowmobile use

Monday’s snowstorm may have allayed the U.S. Forest Service’s concerns about snowmobile enthusiasts riding on less than a foot of snow, but officials still want to stress that sledding in bare areas could result in a citation.

BOCES board to review final audit

Draft version revealed deficit that would be carried into 2010

The BOCES board of directors will be presented a final audit of the organization’s 2008-09 budget during a meeting in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday morning. BOCES board president Brian Hoza said he hopes there aren’t any “surprises” in the audit’s final version.

Vote expected on Building Department’s fee increases

With the support of the Yampa Valley Construction Trades Association, the Routt County Regional Building Dep­artment today will ask county commissioners to approve fee increases it says are needed to sustain the department.

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Steamboat's Yule Log Hunt begins today

1st clue released in the annual holiday season search

Blanketed by a fresh coat of snow and obscured by the experienced cluemasters, the Steamboat Springs Yule Log is safely resting somewhere within city limits as the annual scavenger hunt begins in earnest today.

SSHS cheerleaders rally spirits at state meet

Just a few hours after watching the football team fall in the state finals, the members of the Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading squad took the floor at the Denver Coliseum and did their best to lift spirits. The Steamboat team placed 12th at the meet.

Monday, December 7

Snaphots of 23 athletes who hope to continue Steamboat’s Olympic tradition

When the 2010 Winter Olympic Games open in Vancouver, B.C., in February, Steamboat Springs’ long-running Olympic tradition is likely to continue. It will be fueled by homegrown athletes like Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane, Alex Miller, Brett Denney and Bryan and Taylor Fletcher. But there will be others.

Tom Mathers charged with 3 misdemeanors after vehicle incident

A Moffat County commissioner was charged Monday in Moffat County Court with three misdemeanors stemming from a vehicular incident July 12.

Periods of heavy and blowing snow to continue today

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas until 6 p.m. today. U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass remains open, but poor visibility, slick roads and whiteout conditions exist.

Aging Well: Time and thought go a long way during the holidays

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned that some of the most memorable Christmases in my family also had been the toughest financially.

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Deb Babcock: Caring for your holiday plants

Don’t you love the beautiful colors, shapes and aromas of plants that seem to be available just at holiday time? The fast-growing, spectacular amaryllis plants that grow about an inch a day and the beautiful white, red, pink and now plum-colored poinsettias are so decorative.

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Tree festival raises about $4,900 for local organizations

In spite of fewer entries and an economic recession, Sunday’s third annual Hayden Christmas Tree Festival raised nearly as much money as it did last year, with proceeds soon headed to 29 organizations in Routt and Moffat counties.

Tigers girls basketball bounces back with wins

Hayden team takes final 2 tournament games in Meeker

A year ago, the Hayden girls basketball team didn’t have to worry about having to rebound from a loss until midway through the season. That team started 10-0 before dropping its first game.

Prep wrestlers open season

Middle Park tournament kicks off year for 3 area high schools

The Soroco wrestling team was swept cleanly from the quarterfinals of Saturday’s tournament in Middle Park. A pair of Rams worked through the backside of the bracket, however, and their fifth-place finishes highlighted what coach Jay Whaley said was a good season-opening match.

Bantam A hockey team edged out at home

Steamboat Springs squad earns 2nd-place finish in Ski Town Classic

Given the second chance it wanted, the Steamboat Bantam A youth hockey was disappointed to find the same result. The squad lost twice to a team from Hyland Hills, including a 4-2 game in the finals of the 13th annual Ski Town Classic Youth Hockey Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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Youth wrestlers take to the mats

Nearly 200 wrestlers swarm high school with plans for victory

No debate erupted, and each party seemed content knowing he was right. The question: How best to win a wrestling match? The audience: the mass of wrestlers that swarmed everywhere early Sunday as the Steamboat Springs Wrestling Club closed out its regular season with a massive home meet.

The Record for Dec. 5

The Record for Dec. 5

Steamboat briefs: County searching for new communications director

Routt County is searching for a new director of the Communications Department after J.P. Harris resigned during the Thanksgiving holiday after less than a year on the job.

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Christian Heritage students get in holiday spirit

Excitement increases as ‘Christmas Alive’ program nears at CHS

Christian Heritage School fourth-grader Justin Peretz relishes the opportunity to participate in the annual “Christmas Alive” program, which he said is “just kind of fun” and allows him to “goof around.” “Christmas Alive,” in its third year, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The event is free.

Concert review: Steamboat Springs Orchestra shares music making

Holiday concert features audience singalong, joyful spirit

Under the baton of music director Ernest Richardson, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra has become a community experience in music making.

Monday Medical: The concussion conundrum, Part I

In my life, I wear four hats: husband, dad, physical therapist and football coach. During this past football season, I struggled with sorting out what was the most appropriate hat to wear.

County Agenda for Dec. 7

Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners

County agenda for Dec. 7

Sunday, December 6

Luke Graham: Improving every day

As successful as Steam­boat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch has been in football, he’s been even more successful in business.

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Sailors struggle to make plays without Dover

Injuries catch up to Steamboat at state

Steamboat Springs football coach Aaron Finch went on and on about the difficulties of playing in Saturday’s 3A state championship game without do-everything senior Joe Dover.

John F. Russell: Jumpers keeping sport alive

Alan Johnson may be a little too old to strap on a pair of jumping skis and go head to head with international stars like Adam Malysz or Simon Ammann. But he’s not about to let that keep him from trying to make sure our country is represented at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, and beyond.

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Steamboat can’t keep up with Valor team at state

The realities of high school football can be cruel. As storied a run as it was, as much as it seemed like destiny and as much as fate seemed to be looking down on Legacy Stadium, Saturday’s Class 3A state championship game just wasn’t meant to be for the Steamboat Springs High School football team.

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Oak Creek businesses grinding along

Economic crunch leads small companies to cut employees, have early sales

Down Main Street in Oak Creek, there are customers in many of the stores, but it’s not enough, business owners say. Mugshot Coffee Shop owner Jane Sindell said she could see the repercussions of the economic crunch on her customers, and in the decreasing sales.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center celebrates 10th anniversary

$13 million hospital expansion and renovation project almost complete

Former patients, project contractors and community members filled the hospital lobby at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday afternoon for a ceremonial ribbon cutting celebrating a 20-month process that has resulted in changes to 17 areas of hospital operations.

Jail Report for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

Jail Report for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

The Record for Dec. 4

The Record for Dec. 4

Steamboat briefs: Dealership collecting food, toy donations

Cook Chevrolet is collecting food items for LIFT-UP of Routt County and toys for the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. Collection boxes for nonperishable food items and toys are at the Cook showroom, 1955 Curve Court. Donations will be accepted through noon Dec. 24.

Best of the Web: School meals director

■ We are so fortunate to have Max as our nutritional director. The quality and taste of the food has risen dramatically since he came to Steamboat. My kids never used to eat school lunch, and in the last couple of years that has completely changed to where they almost always eat school lunch. They notice that Max uses real meat, not chopped, formed meat with artificial grill marks. They love the salad/deli bars that have fresh fruit and veggies, and they love the flavor of the food. Last year, I made it a point to go to Strawberry Park Elementary and eat lunch there a few times just to see for myself, and I was as impressed as my children were with the taste and quality of the food.

Lynn Abbott: Thanks, Bennet

Did you get a call from Sen. John McCain last Wednesday? I did, as did many Coloradans “of a certain age.” He warned me that the Senate health care bill would “cut $500 billion dollars in vital Medicare coverage for our seniors.” He said I should lobby our Sen. Michael Bennet to co-sponsor (McCain’s) amendment to send the bill back to the Senate finance committee. His purpose, of course, was to dramatically delay progress on the bill.

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Steamboat resident's product helps children fall asleep, stay asleep

Kristen Race had a breakthrough one night about six months ago while putting her children to bed. After struggling with issues familiar to many parents of young children — kids too energetic at bedtime or kids restless, stressed or scared after settling into bed — she decided to try different methods of helping her children fall asleep.

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Bode Miller finishes in 4th in World Cup downhill race

Weibrecht has solid performance in Birds of Prey course

For a split second, Bode Miller was flying sideways, his body parallel to the ground, his hand on the snow and his skis airborne. A split second later, his skis dug in, he sped around the gate, and he again was attacking the course.

Joel Reichenberger: My icy badge of honor

There’s plenty I’ve grown to love about Steamboat Springs. Absolutely one of my favorite aspects, though, is what makes it such an impossible place to live for so many other people. It’s been a miserably cold week. I hate that. Everyone seems to, in a way.

Kathy Cain: Church is my rock

Last Sunday’s article about “New Ways to Worship” portrayed some churches as “old, traditional and unchanging.” Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.

School lunches for the week of Dec. 7

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Dec. 7

Looking Back for Dec. 7, 1934

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will meet in the district courtroom Tuesday. This is the important meeting of the season, and all members and others interested in the promotion of winter sports are urged to be there. Steamboat has more opportunities for winter recreation than any other town in the United States. It should be needless to say to spirited residents what the economic value of this advantage is to the community.

Sports briefs: Steamboat boys take away wins

A late night and an early morning still turned into a win for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team. After getting to bed late after a win against Roaring Fork on Friday, Steamboat had to rise at 6:30 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. start with Basalt.

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Early season terrain park is hot feature on a cold day

Steamboat Ski Area Friday was far from the massive monster it will be after a few good days of snow when the rest of the terrain is opened. In the meantime, Steamboat’s hard core park and pipe fanatics tore it up in the Lil’ Rodeo terrain park.

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Housing languishing on the market as employment slumps

Mary Weiss didn’t have to think too long about what to give her tenants for a holiday gift this month. “We have 50-plus tenants, most in one-bedroom units, and we gave them all a $25 gift certificate off their rent,” Weiss said.

On the Market: AP reports mortgage rates reach historic lows

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the average interest rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped to a record low of 4.71 percent last week, pushed down by an aggressive government campaign to reduce borrowing costs.

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Breast cancer study challenged

Local survivor, YVMC experts support annual screenings for women

Local doctors, including breast cancer survivor Dr. Rosanne Iversen and cancer experts at Yampa Valley Medical Center, voiced strong opposition last week to a recent study recommending that women ages 50 to 74 have breast cancer screenings every two years.

Our View: Tree grant brings needed attention

The thousands of dead and dying lodgepole pine trees along the city’s wildland/urban interface are more than simply an eyesore on our otherwise beautiful landscape. Those trees, plagued by a mountain pine beetle epidemic, pose a substantial fire risk to our city and county.

Business File: BAP hosts benefit sale for local United Way

BAP, a Steamboat Springs-based outdoor gear and clothing retailer, is hosting a sale from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at 735 Oak St. to benefit Routt County United Way.

Real estate transactinos for Nov. 30 to Dec. 3

Real estate transactions for Nov. 30 to Dec. 3

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Savvy buyers do their homework, look for value

Even in the midst of a slow market, noteworthy sales do happen. Steamboat architect Laura Frey and her contractor husband, Gary, put their Silver Spur home under contract within six days of putting it on the market last month. The $740,000 sale closed Dec. 1.

Saturday, December 5

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Sailors fall to Valor Christian at state, 41-14

Steamboat's Joe Dover out; quarterback Hinder made 2 touchdown runs

Steamboat played the Class 3A state championship game in Aurora without senior Joe Dover. Senior quarterback Austin Hinder scored on two 51-yard runs, but no one else made it into the end zone.

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Watch the game LIVE

We're experiencing technical difficulties with the feed from Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Go to or 1230 AM on your radio to listen to the game.

Steamboat hockey skates to tie with Summit

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team proved a little of everything to itself in the opening game of the 2009-10 season. Steamboat showed some early jitters, fell behind, rebounded and eventually came away with a 3-3 tie against Summit in the opening game of the Mountain Hockey Tournament on Friday in Aspen.

Rams wrestlers hit the mats

Soroco hopes to continue its momentum

The Soroco wrestling team will again be small with just nine athletes filling its ranks. It will appear even smaller at some tournaments because, as luck would have it, many of those who are out this season double up in the same weight classes.

Mary Walker: Life at the Ritz Carlton

Imagine that you have just started your first job. Your boss tells you that you are soon to go to stay at the Ritz Carlton on the Riviera for a one-month conference. Oh, and you are given a budget to buy some new clothes for the trip … Seven new girls arrived at the center last week. One of them has horrible wounds on her hand from getting caught in a barbed fence when she ran away from being circumcised. It’s in situations like this that the neosporin and Tylenol I bring with me come in real handy.

The Record for Dec. 3

The Record for Dec. 3

Steamboat briefs: Benefit for Oak Creek boy today at community center

A group of vendors in Oak Creek are coming together to help “Give Tanner A Voice” during a sale from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Oak Creek Community Center.

Local business’s name used in mail scam

The Land Title Guarantee Co. office in Steamboat Springs has been fielding calls from all across the country about a series of checks with the company name on it, but the company has done no such mailing and apparently is being used in a nationwide scam.

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Hayden High School students perform 'The Curious Savage'

At 7 p.m. today, Hayden High School students will give their third public performance of “The Curious Savage”, which shows the children placing their mother in a mental hospital while they go about trying to find the inheritance she’s hidden.

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Cold, snow in the forecast this weekend

Two storm systems expected to hit Steamboat Springs this weekend could blanket Mount Werner with more than a foot of snow by Tuesday afternoon.

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Tom Ross: Routt ranches featured in book

The noted Colorado photographer John Fielder wasn’t always a proponent of cattle ranching as a means of preserving intact Western landscapes.

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Shorthanded Sailors basketball team beats Roaring Fork

Down two starters who were busy preparing for today’s Class 3A state football title game, Steamboat Springs’ boys basketball team played a little Ironman hoops in Friday’s Brenda Patch Tournament opener.

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Tigers wrestling starts season with experience

The last time it was seen, the Hayden High School wrestling team was putting the finishing touches on one of its best seasons. Four Tigers placed in the top three at the state wrestling tournament in Denver, and two wrestled in state championship matches.

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Football team takes Steamboat back to small-town values

Ski Town USA felt less like an international resort and more like any other Western small town Friday as scores of cheering football fans turned out in frigid temperatures to give the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors a rousing send-off on their way to today’s Class 3A championship game in Aurora.

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Jimmy Westlake: December’s blue moon

Have you ever seen a blue moon hanging up in the sky? Well, this month you will have an opportunity to see a rare “blue moon.” You might be surprised to learn that a blue moon has nothing at all to do with the moon’s color. Allow me to explain.

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Founder looks back on Steamboat Springs Orchestra's early days

Mary Beth Norris pledged to give her all, “blood, sweat and tears,” to the Steamboat ensemble for five years and see where it went, she said. At 8 p.m. today and at 3 p.m. Sunday, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra will show how far Norris’ dream has come and where it can go from here.

Friday, December 4

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Routt County contestants share recipes in Dessert Bake-off

Rae Rouse's “Aunt Grace’s Dessert” won for best presentation, but hers was far from the only local dessert recipe worth tasting and sharing. has all the recipes — including photos — for readers to print and try for themselves.

Maple Walnut Brownies by Lisa Williams

Maple Walnut Brownies by Lisa Williams

Walchhofer fastest in World Cup training

Super combined racers get 1st look at full Birds of Prey course

How predictable. The leaderboard from Thurs­day’s downhill training listed the fastest skiers in the world: Walchhofer, Cuche, Defago, Svindal and Miller. Those men now will try to turn in similar performances when they count. The real races begin today at 11 a.m. on the Birds of Prey course with the super combined on Beaver Creek Mountain.

Utah team edges out Tigers girls

Late free throws send Hayden basketball to season-opening loss

The bright side, Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton said with a deep sigh, is that there was a lesson learned.

Rams girls basketball opens season today

The Soroco girls basketball team finished 7-11 last year and graduated its best player. It wouldn’t seem likely that the team would be better this winter, but that’s exactly what the Rams are planning on.

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Sailors girls basketball eyes league title

Steamboat team sees opportunity after 7-15 season

If the reward is indeed worth the effort, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team feels like it’s in a position to do something special this season.

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Cheerleaders prep for state

Squad to compete Saturday

The Sailors cheerleading squad hopes to perfect Saturday a routine that began to take shape well before the start of the 2009-10 school year.

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Young but experienced Steamboat wrestling team gets its start Saturday

At least they don’t have to worry about Senior Day. The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling program has staved off elimination in the past few years as its numbers have plummeted. Thursday afternoon, though, a tenacious pack of eight wrestlers fought on the mats in the high school’s wrestling room.

Summit County seeks more funds for artificial turf fields

Local sports boosters want to raise another $1.175 million to expand artificial turf fields at Summit High School.

Fraser tubing hill cited for zoning violations

A 40-year-old business in the Fraser Valley is being cited for a zoning violation. The Grand County Planning and Zoning Department issued a zoning violation to one owner, James Gordon, of the Fraser Tubing Hill, for that business’s alleged expansion of its tubing acreage and for adding more lighting.

Aspen meeting focuses on backcountry

Powder to the People group to host series of presentations about skier safety

It soon will be time for backcountry skiers to start pondering avalanche conditions, and there are plenty of tools to help them.

EPA: Glenwood wastewater project contract must include wage provision

The city of Glenwood Springs received word Tuesday that it will have to include a prevailing wage provision in the contract for the Wastewater Treatment Facility project.

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$6,000 to $7,000 in donations stolen from Holy Name Catholic Church

Holy Name Catholic Church and its charities took a significant hit last week when several thousand dollars in donations was stolen from a locked cabinet in the church office. The loss includes about $2,000 in cash and another $4,000 to $5,000 in checks made out to the church.

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Holiday Dessert Bake-off draws 56 entries, lots of tasters

As the judges for the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s Holiday Dessert Bake-off surveyed 56 cakes, pies, cookies and other sweets Thursday morning, they had a similar reaction. “I don’t know how we’re going to taste all of it,” said Vicki Connacher, a Dessert Bake-off judge and the chef at Rex’s American Grill & Bar.

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Steamboat's First Friday Artwalk features new venues

Free receptions today include music, food, fresh displays

About 30 students in four Colorado Mountain College art classes will showcase a semester’s worth of work during First Friday Artwalk today. A reception for a fall student show at Azteca Taqueria is from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

The Record for Dec. 2

Twentymile Ambulance emergency responders were called to a request for an ambulance. No additional information was available.

Steamboat Briefs: Sibling class available at YVMC’s birth center

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Family Birth Place staff is adding a sibling class to its childbirth education class offerings.

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Steamboat tourism industry saddles up for winter

Local business leaders mingle at annual Winter Activity Mixer

Win Dermody is ready for another winter behind the steering wheel where he dispenses information about Ski Town USA with a level of sincerity that is hard to match. “The only thing I have to sell is knowledge,” Dermody said. “A smooth, safe ride is a given. It’s a requirement of the job.”

Community Foundation names Andersen executive director

Former United Way director takes over for Betsey Jay

When the Yampa Valley Community Foundation began the search to fill its recently vacated executive director position, its board of directors was looking for someone with local connections who was experienced in nonprofit work. In Mark Andersen, the Community Foundation says it found its perfect fit.

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Valor’s stellar season started long ago

Valor Christian High School football coach Brent Vieselmeyer doesn’t like to lie. So when the second-year head coach talks about being in the state championship for the first time in school history, he tells people he’s as surprised as anyone.

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Steamboat Springs, Valor Christian high schools field similar teams

When Valor Christian and Steamboat meet at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Stadium in Aurora for the Class 3A state championship, it will be a last.

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Steamboat football roots of success run deep

As Steamboat Springs coach Aaron Finch goes over how this football team earned its spot in the state championship game, it starts far earlier than a Zero Week game with Holy Family.

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Lonn Clementson leading the charge on defense

After years of perfecting his trade, Lonn Clementson — the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Steamboat Springs High School football team — has his group in the state championship game.

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Film board hopes to bring media production to Routt County

Group touts economic boost of productions, possible feature

A revived Yampa Valley Film Board is touting the economic and employment benefits of bringing media production to the region — and maybe could land a feature film that would shoot in Routt County next fall.

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Holiday singalong to follow symphony in weekend performances

In the second half of its annual holiday concert Saturday and Sunday, the Steamboat Springs Orchestra will ask the community to join it in song. Marie Carmichael and her Mountain Madrigal Singers and Yampa Valley Singers will join the orchestra and the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra at the end of the concert for a Christmas carol singalong.

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Seniors make up core of Sailors title run

It’s a perfect 13-0 record that has the Steamboat Springs football team one win away from a state championship, but the path this team — and in particular, this senior class — took to the championship game didn’t start with the first game in August. It didn’t start with a summer camp or even last year’s final game.

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What to do in Steamboat this week for Dec. 4 to 10

What to do this week for Dec. 4 to 10

Holidays in the Rockies enters 25th year with Saturday event

When Holidays in the Rockies began 25 years ago, there was no winter artisan market in Steamboat Springs. At Christian Heritage School on Saturday, 50 artisans from across the valley will set up booths to display and sell unique holiday gifts.

Thursday, December 3

Hinder named state Player of the Year

Steamboat Springs High School quarterback Austin Hinder was named the 2009-10 Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year on Thursday. He's now a finalist for the national award, to be announced this month.

Snow delays World Cup training in Beaver Creek

Naturally, by the time the 80th racer — Sweden’s Markus Larsson — of Wednesday’s downhill training came down the Birds of Prey course, the sun was out and the sky was a postcard blue.

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Tigers girls basketball eager to prove state run wasn’t a fluke

The Hayden girls basketball team enjoyed the most successful season in its history a year ago. The Tigers who return — a pair of starters and seven others with state tournament experience — want to prove that it wasn't a fluke.

Sailors send-off set for Friday

Finch: Business as usual for football

For those who haven’t heard, the Steamboat Springs High School football team will play for the Class 3A state championship this weekend in Denver. But with just a couple of days left before kickoff, it’s hard to find signs of the Sailors approaching the game with anything other than a business-as-usual attitude.

Sports briefs: 3 Steamboat jumpers slated for Hall of Fame

Three athletes with ties to Steamboat Springs will be inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame on Sunday in Red Wing, Minn.

The Record for Dec. 1

2:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers stopped to help a motorist who was changing a flat tire in a parking lot in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. Officers found that the 21-year-old Leadville man had an outstanding warrant and arrested him.

Steamboat briefs: Police investigating report of assault during weekend

Steamboat Springs police De­­­tec­tive Dave Kleiber said Wed­nes­day that he is investigating a sexual assault report brought to police during the weekend.

Lodging sees pre-holiday lull

Visitor forecast shows dip; lodging industry awaits seasonal boost

The weekly lodging barometer issued by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association projects a dip in filled lodging capacity this weekend, from the base of Steamboat Ski Area to downtown Steamboat Springs, compared with the same weekend last year. But the Chamber’s new forecasting tool, which projects visitor numbers for the full winter season, shows seasonal trends that mirror those of 2008-09.

Yampa Town Board members prepare for Christmas

Santa Claus has sent in his RSVP: He will be visiting Yampa again this year for the town’s annual Christmas celebration, complete with cookies and hot cider. Yampa Town Clerk Janet Ray told Yampa Town Board that the town’s plans for the holiday season are well under way and that Santa’s suit has even been cleaned for his arrival this year.

Ignite Steamboat group grows fast with informal, informative events

Ignite Steamboat, a social-networking group for entrepreneurs and technology professionals, meets from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Rex’s American Grill & Bar, adjoining the Holiday Inn. The group meets monthly and has grown to about 75 members.

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Artists’ Gallery offers ‘Season of Hope’

Gallery show 1 of 24 on this month’s Artwalk

“Season of Hope” is one of 24 art shows opening Friday for the December First Friday Artwalk. The collection of downtown Steamboat Springs galleries, restaurants, retailers and other outlets is the largest to be involved in Artwalk’s two years of providing free, open receptions featuring fresh art.

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Leadership class starts service projects

High school groups to adopt a family, collect food and toys

The Steamboat Springs High School leadership class began planning Tuesday for three community service projects, which groups will complete before the school breaks for the holidays. The leadership class was created to allow students to plan activities for high school students during and after school.

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Pilot & Today police report appears on ‘Leno’

A November entry from The Record in the Steamboat Pilot & Today had Jay Leno laughing Monday night. During his “Head­lines” segment on “The Jay Leno Show,” the host pulled out The Record clipped from the Today with an entry about a police call on West Acres Drive.

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County to focus less on plowing unpaved roads

City, county try to cut overtime hours

The 29 plow trucks operated by the Routt County Road and Bridge Department may be a little harder to spot on the weekends this winter. The department is cutting its overtime budget in half and reducing some of its routes on unpaved county roads. Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper said that because his 2010 overtime budget was cut from about $60,000 to $30,000, there might be fewer workers available to plow unpaved roads during the weekend.

Wednesday, December 2

Masons offer public information session

Group opens up

Hidden in plain sight, at the corner of Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, the Masonic Lodge can be viewed as a secretive organization. To combat that perception, lodge leaders are throwing open the doors literally and figuratively tonight for an information session that is open to the public.

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Local Steamboat cooks share tips and recipes for seasonal desserts

Dianne Stoyko has been making sweet holiday gifts for about 30 years and uses some of the same timesaving techniques her mother used. Stoyko will test those techniques, along with several other Steamboat residents, in the Steamboat Pilot & Today's inaugural Holiday Dessert Bake-off on Thursday.

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Tigers down Rams in season opener

Hayden edges out Soroco, 46-37

Tuesday marked the start of a new season for two area basketball teams as the Hayden Tigers and Soroco Rams faced off in a cross-county showdown. Despite a little early season rust on both sides of the court, the boys opener turned out to be a good start as both teams left the court with high expectations for the season.

Sailors hockey shoots for top

The easy assumption is to think the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team would be rebuilding this season. It’s the common thought when All-Colorado goaltender Matt Dawes transferred out before the start of his senior season to play club hockey down in Denver.

Yampa Town Board set to discuss 2010 budget draft

Expenditures on track to outpace revenues

With expenses exceeding revenue in the 2010 budget by more than $67,000, the Town of Yampa might have to dip into reserves in the coming year despite relatively steady sales tax revenue.

McConnell discusses issues in town hall meeting

Congressional candidate says country has "lost its way"

Bob McConnell, a Republican candidate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, emptied his pockets to a gathering of more than 30 people during a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Steamboat Springs. The items included a pocketknife, a lighter, lip balm, his Army Ranger coin, a headlamp, something to stop bleeding and a compass.

City council discusses medical marijuana, OKs budget, allows chickens

A debate about regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries spurred questions Tuesday night about whether dispensaries negatively affect a community’s character.

The Record for Nov. 30

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1100 block of Yampa Street where three people reportedly were on the roof of a condo complex. The people came down off the roof and walked away.

Steamboat Briefs: Sports registration cutoff is 5:30 p.m. Thursday

The deadline to register teams for the Steamboat Springs Adult Basketball League, Adult Indoor Soccer League and the Adult Indoor Volleyball League is 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

John Whittum: Educating the public

In my 45 years of reading Steamboat Pilot & Today editorials, I don’t think I have ever seen such an astonishing commentary as what appeared last Sunday under the title “Our View: Time for 700 Education.”

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Joanne Palmer: Pigging out for Christmas

This is the time of year when I scour the Internet for outlandish gift ideas that hopefully will make for interesting reading, so here we go.

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Shift to firm footing nears for Southside Schoolhouse

The former Southside Schoolhouse on Twentymile Road isn’t moving off its site overlooking the Yampa River. It’s just waiting to be plopped onto a new foundation. To passersby, the schoolhouse may look like it's being moved to another property, but owners Jim and Mary Scott say they have no intention of doing that.

Routt County responds to lawsuit

Court document denies many of Connell’s allegations

Routt County’s response to a lawsuit filed by Connell Resources denies many of Connell’s allegations and leaves open the option for a jury trial. Routt County attorney John Merrill said Tuesday that no progress has been made toward settling the lawsuit outside of court. Connell is seeking more than $100,000 in damages for allegations related to work at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in 2005 and 2006.

Our View: Sis, boom, bah

Three decades have passed since the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors football team last contested for a state championship. And that makes Saturday’s tilt against Valor Christian High School an event to be savored.

Tuesday, December 1

School district, city partner for sidewalk grant

Money would build sidewalks around CMS, Sandrock campus

To help alleviate the problem of youths wandering in front of cars, the city and Moffat County School District are working together to apply for $188,905 in state grant money to build sidewalks on six streets surrounding the CMS and Sandrock campus.

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Take a spinning class while the snow falls

There is little doubt that Steamboat Springs is a cycling town, with cruisers regularly patrolling the Yampa River Core Trail and mountain bikes dominating the summertime slopes. But when the weather gets nasty, true cyclists don’t give up. They go inside.

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Routt County residents share their recipes for warming up the kitchen when the weather gets cold

“There’s something about a richness in food that makes it a comfort food,” Judith Emerson said. If that’s true, Bill and Judith Emerson’s chocolate bread pudding might just rock you to sleep. The warm and gooey pudding is delicious and expertly punctuated with cherries that provide a fruity complement to the rich chocolate.

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Steamboat reclaiming its place among contemporary ski villages

The standard of luxury for vacation condominiums at Steamboat Ski Area is poised to gain a lofty plateau this ski season. And when Trailhead Lodge, One Steamboat Place and Edgemont welcome their first vacationers of the winter, a new design aesthetic will make itself known at the same time.

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Ski Corp.’s vice president of sales and marketing Andy Wirth is back in town

Andy Wirth has a lot to be happy about. The vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is back in Steamboat Springs, the place he’s always considered home, after a stint at Intrawest in Vancouver, B.C. He’s leading marketing at a resort he can ski regularly with his children, Jace, Cody and Natalie. And he’s engaged to be married to Karen deRidder in May. She’s a great skier, Wirth said, who showed him hidden spots at Whistler Blackcomb. Wirth sat down with At Home’s Blythe Terrell in September to talk about the upcoming season and his favorite pastimes.

Tom Ross: Steamboat’s great four-way skier

Wren made U.S. Olympic team in slalom and ski jumping

Have you ever wondered who would win a four-way ski competition between Nordic combined World Champion Todd Lodwick and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety?

Take a trip to Vancouver

Fans of Steamboat’s world champion Nordic combined skiers who are hoping to watch history-making performances in British Columbia during the 2010 Winter Olympics are apt to see very little of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. However, winter sports fans leaning more toward the X Games get the best of both worlds.

Allison Miriani: Time for the Olympics

I imagine that working at a news organization during the Olympics is pretty exciting no matter where you are. But short of being in Vancouver this February, I doubt it could get more exciting than working at a newspaper and magazine in Ski Town USA.

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Minister performs weddings in blizzards, at ball fields, in balloons

Lynne Masters has performed wedding ceremonies for a decade, but her most unusual came last summer. “I did a surprise wedding,” she said. Masters performed a wedding ceremony for a couple visiting Steamboat Springs for a Triple Crown Sports event. The surprised party? The groom.

Hayden basketball looks to maintain success

Tigers return 2 of league’s top players

When Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 50 points Friday night to lead his team to a 128-125 victory against the New York Knicks, the Hayden High School boys basketball team was cheering wildly from the stands in Denver’s Pepsi Center.

The Record for Nov. 29, 2009

Sunday, Nov. 29

Steamboat Briefs: Sailors tickets available online at CHSAA Web site

Tickets to Saturday’s Class 3A high school football championship game, between Steamboat Springs High School and Valor Christian, are available online through the Colorado High School Activities Association site at:

City’s Public Works Department testing new cost-saving schedule

With furloughs suspended until April and a new schedule to have workers available around the clock, Philo Shelton and snowplow workers hope to keep Steamboat’s streets clear on a smaller budget.

Corser takes over Oak Creek plans

Town gets 2nd extension for comprehensive plan, land-use code

The Oak Creek Planning Commission is enlisting Susan Corser in her first official meeting with the group tonight as the town struggles to finish a land-use code and comprehensive plan.

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Huppert takes a different approach to lunch

Steamboat Springs students will get made-from-scratch meals in December

Steamboat Springs School District students will get a month’s worth of home-cooked-style meals starting today. Nutritional Services Director Max Huppert and his staff are preparing all meals from scratch this month.

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Ski area’s tower guns elevate man-made snow

With a minor storm expected to arrive in the Yampa Valley sometime Wednesday, Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said the ski area will have a better idea later in the week whether the combination of natural and man-made snow will enable opening Storm Peak Express.

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Soroco basketball will try to build on last year

Memories of the 2008-09 basketball season aren’t bad for the Soroco Rams. The squad went 13-5, but it will try and build on that as it plays host to the Hayden Tigers at 7:30 p.m today at Soroco High School.

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Tom Ross: Redefining ‘My Steamboat’

Author with local roots a new generational view of city

Dori Duckels DeCamillis, a 1981 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, has published “My Steamboat, a Ski Town Childhood,” which describes what her Steamboat was like on the social chart between ranch folk and town folk in the 1960s and ’70s.

Council to act on 2010 budget

City’s financial plan is up for final approval tonight

Steamboat Springs City Council could give final approval tonight to the 2010 budget, a new franchise agreement with Comcast and regulations allowing urban chickens. The agenda also includes the return of an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in Steamboat Springs.

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Nordic champions share their love of the great outdoors

Skiing may be what they do best, but when World Champion Nordic skiers Johnny Spillane, Bill Demong and Todd Lodwick come out to play, they head to the fields and streams around Steamboat Springs.

Annual Hayden Christmas Tree Festival takes place Sunday

Organizations such as Love INC depend on fundraisers like this Sunday’s Hayden Christmas Tree Festival. The event, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Routt County Fairgrounds’ Exhibit Hall, allows local organizations to auction decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces. All proceeds go directly back to the organization.