News for Sunday, December 27, 2009



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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.