Stories for February 2009


Saturday, February 28

Demong races to gold

Nordic athlete tops Gundersen podium 2 days after jumping mishap

U.S. Ski Team member Bill Demong wrapped up the 2009 Nordic FIS World Championships on Saturday by slipping past Germany's Bjoern Kircheisen in a thrilling race to the finish of the individual Gundersen competition.

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Local restaurateurs are reducing costs, seeing diners order less

As Steamboat Springs sales tax revenues continue to slide - showing an 8.6 percent decline in December 2008 compared to the same month in 2007 - local restaurant owners are bracing for a decline in business. "Since the beginning of January, we're down a little less than 6 percent, so we're doing pretty well," said Kristi Brown, owner of Cantina restaurant on Lincoln Avenue.

Sailors prep for today's matchup against Trojans

Steamboat boys basketball faces Longmont at 6 p.m. on the Front Range. Longmont comes into the game at 18-5 overall after playing in the tough Northern League.

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70-43 loss in semifinals stuns Hayden girls

Tigers drop district game to Meeker

The Hayden High School girls basketball team has closed many games this season with its bench players on the court. But it's been a long time since the Tigers reserves took the floor like they did Friday night.

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Water district opposes Shell Oil request

Yampa River rights under contention would be used for oil shale development

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District filed a statement of opposition on Friday to Shell Frontier Oil and Gas' Dec. 30 request for substantial water rights on the Yampa River. "We're in it to look after the constituency and our district," Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District General Manager Kevin McBride said.

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Tigers boys come up just short in district bid

The Tigers led through most of Friday's game against Plateau Valley High School in the district tournament, but lost, 55-52, to fall to a third-place game today in Meeker.

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Steamboat Pilot & Today wins 25 awards

The Steamboat Pilot & Today won 25 awards in the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters annual awards contest. The awards were presented during a banquet Friday night at the Brown Palace hotel in downtown Denver.

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Teams need to take plunge for fundraiser

Registration for Healthcare Foundation fundraiser ends March 16

When Traci Day-Fenton looks back at videotape of the 2008 Penguin Plunge, she keeps count of how long participants stay in the icy cold pool at Catamount Ranch & Club.

Steamboat briefs: School District to fund 1 year of credit monitoring

The Steamboat Springs School District has agreed to pay for one year's worth of credit monitoring for all current employees after the Tuesday night theft of a district laptop containing the Social Security numbers and names of 1,300 past and present employees.

The Record for Feb. 26

12:53 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at 12th and Yampa streets where an extremely intoxicated woman was lying on the ground and said she was concerned that she wouldn't make it home. The woman was transported via ambulance to the hospital. She later was taken to detox.

Oak Creek proceeds with grant applications

DOLA funds requested for water meter study, tank repairs

After consulting with a regional representative from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs on Thursday night, the Oak Creek Town Board opted to proceed with filing grant applications to fund a water meter study for the town and make needed repairs to Oak Creek's water storage tank.

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Brent Boyer: A word about the Pilot & Today

The timing of Thursday's announcement that the Rocky Mountain News would publish its final edition on Friday was, on some level, symbolic.

John Temple: Why Denver can't support 2 papers

Now that we have come to the end, I think it is important to share with you a few thoughts about how we got here.

Friday, February 27

North Routt cross-country race March 14

Registration still is open for the fifth annual North Routt Coureur des Bois. The March 14 event has become one of the foremost cross-country races in the nation. It features a 45-kilometer and 90-kilometer race.

Sports briefs: Swiggart named player of the year

Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs director awarded national honor in age division

Jim Swiggart, director of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, was awarded the 2009 Player of the Year in the 55 and older division.

Hayden girls open tournament against Meeker

It's supposed to be hard to beat the same team three times, but don't tell the Hayden High School girls basketball team.

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Semitrailer rolls on Rabbit Ears Pass

Sharp corner near The Timbers has history of truck accidents

The driver of a semitrailer sustained minor injuries when his truck rolled Wednesday night near mile marker 141 on U.S. Highway 40. The driver failed to check his brakes at the west summit before heading down the pass toward Steamboat Springs, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

CD review for Feb. 27, 2009

Dent May: "The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele"

Steamboat lodging is picking up

76 percent occupancy forecast for Saturday with 11,500 expected guests

Steamboat Springs lodging is expected to be about 75 percent full this weekend, and business is shaping up well for the typically busy month of March.

Steamboat briefs: Hunter education class begins Monday in Hayden

A hunter education class is offered in Hayden on Monday through Friday at Hayden High School. Call Jim Haskins at 276-3338 to register.

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Annual Dance Theatre Concert starts Thursday

The community aspect of a Steamboat Dance Theatre concert always is a huge part of the production: Dancers and choreographers volunteer their time from the September auditions to the March concert, with about 80 dancers performing 18 locally choreographed pieces.

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Rob Douglas: Stolen laptop brings identity theft risk

Because of the theft of a laptop containing the Social Security numbers of 1,300 past and present Steamboat Springs School District employees this week, I'm changing hats to identity theft consultant.

Ski race fundraiser for MS accepting teams until event starts Sunday

The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis' Vertical Express for MS comes to Steamboat Springs this weekend.

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Local turns wood into illustrated art

Moving things around in front of his apartment Tuesday afternoon, Steamboat Springs artist and carpenter Brian Leach explained his process for turning a two-by-four into a work of art.

On Scene: A weekend in the city

One year living in Steamboat Springs, and I've yet to lose the weird sensation that overcomes me when I visit a larger city.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The challenge of eating local foods

In recent years, several bestselling books have promoted the environmental and health benefits of eating locally.

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Banjo player hopes to bring bluegrass to Steamboat

When Johnny "Musemason" Mason was about 13, his first banjo teacher used to explain playing music as plainly as you can imagine: "You can just feel it in your gut, Johnny. You can just feel it in your gut," the teacher would say in a thick Kentucky accent that hinted at his aptitude for bluegrass music.

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US Telemark nationals continue today at Steamboat Ski Area

Lorin Paley was as fast as usual. The Steamboat Springs High School student and U.S. Telemark Ski Team member won the opening event of the U.S. Telemark championships.

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Underground hip-hop tour comes to The Tap House

Andrew Lindsley - or when he's MCing, Ocelot - has known his Colorado Springs disc jockey for more than 10 years. "Eleven years ago, me and this guy were in the Army together," Lindsley said.

Slip-up a factor as US Nordic Combined Ski Team falters

It's a day the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team would just as soon forget, and according to head coach Dave Jarrett, his skiers already have put Thursday's team event behind them.

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School district staff takes security steps after laptop theft

Employees turn to banks for peace of mind

Steamboat Springs educators are visiting local banks in droves after the revelation that 1,300 Social Security numbers were stolen from Steamboat Springs School District offices in a break-in Tuesday night.

Hayden boys to face Plateau Valley today

If the Hayden High School boys basketball team's season has been a roller coaster ride, its previous game against Plateau Valley High School was the part where the child in the front car gets sick all over everyone.

The Record for Feb. 25

12:15 a.m. A fight was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. One man had minor injuries to his face, but the unknown suspects were gone when police arrived.

Transportation plan feedback sought

Solutions committee highlights recommendations for local, regional needs

Wide-ranging recommendations from the Transportation Solutions Committee include proposals for extending the Yampa River Core Trail, adjusting parking restrictions in downtown Steamboat Springs and studying options to reduce congestion on U.S. Highway 40.

Committee supports all-mail elections

Major possible voting method changes debated at state level

A citizens election committee gave its unanimous blessing to an all-mail-ballot election in 2009 proposed by Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland, who estimates such an election could save county government about $40,000 this year.

Rollingstone condos receive nod of approval

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission enthusiastically recommended approval of a Pine Grove Road project that includes two 1940s structures in the redevelopment of a secluded 2.79-acre site.

Margaret Hair: 'Music That Makes You Dumb'

Not having the longest attention span, I've never been much for scanning the Internet to find random quizzes or tests. But at least a few of my friends or co-workers do, which is how I landed on a chart called "Music That Makes You Dumb."

Thursday, February 26

Americans falter in Nordic team event

Bib slip-up a factor in disappointing result at World Championships

After a week of good news that includes two gold medals and a bronze, the members of the U.S. Nordic combined ski team endured its first bad news of the World Championships in the jumping round of the team event, when a mishap with a bib led to a 12th-place finish.

Rae Steele walking again

17-year-old Steamboat girl recovering from paralyzing disorder

Rae Steele is a big baby, her mother said Wednesday. A 17-year-old baby that mom Terri Steele is watching learn how to sit, stand and walk all over again after a debilitating disorder rendered Rae paralyzed and in the hospital for nearly two months.

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Elkhead bass unhealthy for young children

Mercury levels in fish lead state to issue advisory

State officials are cautioning pregnant women and young children against eating bass caught in Elkhead Reservoir in Moffat County.

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Steamboat Springs boys basketball cruises past Skyline in playoff opener

Any questions about the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team's confidence after two late-season losses were answered in the first nine minutes of Wednesday's first round Class 4A playoff game against Skyline.

Sports briefs: Ladley 2nd at Arctic Challenge

If Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley hadn't done enough to introduce himself to the snowboarding world, he took a big step Saturday at one of the most prestigious snowboarding events on the planet.

Blake Worsley earns swimming award

Athlete outshines in Sun Belt Conference for University of Denver

It's not unusual for athletes from Steamboat Springs to leave their marks on University of Denver athletics, but normally, those athletes are expected to wear skis.

Steamboat athletes compete at home in U.S. Telemark event

The Steamboat Springs-based members of the U.S. Telemark team said the hardest part about competing in World Cup events during a swing through Europe last month was the weather. "It rained," said Lorin Paley, a national ski team member and Steamboat Springs High School student.

Hunters fire back about Basalt shooting range

More than 200 hunters and sportsmen from Aspen to New Castle said Tuesday that they are tired of Basalt residents taking shots at their shooting range.

Airport crash investigation ongoing

Plane heavily damaged after rollover in Steamboat Springs

An official decision on what caused an airplane to skid off the runway at the Steamboat Springs Airport on Feb. 15 may be a month away, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Record for Feb. 24

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Steamboat briefs: Home rule Charter Commission petitions due by Friday

Home rule Charter Commission petitions due by Friday

Water meter talk flows on

Oak Creek Town Board also to address construction contracts

The Oak Creek Town Board will continue its discussions of a proposed water meter installation project for Oak Creek utility customers at its meeting tonight, with a presentation from a water consultant and a representative from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

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Regional school supporters rallying

Stagecoach charter to share vision at meeting

The steering committee for a Stagecoach charter school is ready to share a mission and a vision with interested parents at a meeting to drum up support Saturday.

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Ski patroller saves snowboarder

Man caught headfirst in tree well wasn't moving when found

When Paula Lepporoli saw the snowboard attached to feet that weren't moving, she was sure the rider was dead. Lepporoli, a ski patroller at Steamboat Ski Area, was skiing through the trees on Typhoon, between Cyclone and Tornado, just before 11 a.m. Saturday when a snowboard snagged in a branch caught her eye.

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Brent Boyer: Playing it out front

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident and veteran Pilot & Today reporter Tom Ross was as excited as I've ever seen him Friday morning. Like other members of Routt County's dedicated Nordic skiing community, Ross was glued to his computer, watching the results from the first Nordic combined event of the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Wednesday, February 25

Sailors dominate Skyline in playoff opener

Steamboat jumped out to early 20-3 lead and never looked back en route to opening-round win at Kelly Meek Gymnasium. Up next: Saturday at third-seeded Longmont.

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Stolen computer contained 1,300 Social Security numbers

Ten years worth of data on laptop stolen from school district offices

Ten years worth of Social Security numbers for 1,300 past and present employees was compromised Tuesday night when a laptop was stolen from the Steamboat Springs School District office.

Drilling permit applications declining

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says drilling permit applications in Colorado are on track to decrease about 14 percent this year compared to a record amount in 2008.

Injured good samaritan receives ticket

He may have saved three lives, but RTD bus driver Jim Moffett got a jaywalking ticket anyway, along with broken bones and internal bleeding.

Kim Rabon, Jane Colby and Ken Burgess: It's about choice

On Saturday, the Stagecoach Charter School steering committee will host an update meeting at 11 a.m. at the Stagecoach Firehouse.

Steve Ross: Protect your children from the flu

It is going to be a nasty influenza season in 2009. The Denver Post reported last week that four infants and toddlers who did not receive the current influenza vaccine or the recommended booster died from influenza epidemic.

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Project in affordable housing flux

Rollingstone development proposal totals 100,000 square feet

A Pine Grove Road development proposal touches on a number of Steamboat Springs' hot-button issues, including affordable housing and historic preservation.

Team event has American skiers excited to compete

Excited is the word U.S. Nordic combined coach Dave Jarrett used Monday to describe his team's outlook for Thursday's team event at the 2009 Nordic World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Vail homeowner is buying

Investor has launched brand of 'attainable' resort properties

Everyone knows it's a buyer's market for just about everything these days. Vail homeowner Dean Macfarlan is a buyer.

Our View: Perseverance pays off for Lodwick

One of the truisms that fans and sports journalists alike can learn about human athletic endeavor is that the greater the adversity and the longer the wait, the better the story and the more satisfying the triumph when it finally arrives.

Steamboat Brief: Local woman accused of attacking police officer

A 36-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested after a civil standby in the 3300 block of AprÃs Ski Way.

The Record for Feb. 23

Monday, Feb. 23

Collaboration between CMC, district takes strides

It took two Californians to jumpstart collaboration between the Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus and the Steamboat Springs School District, joke two top education administrators. Dual-enrollment programs, teacher in-service and special projects for students are planned for the coming year.

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Jeremy Cota makes US team

Local mogul skier vaults into world championships

As disappointing as the season started for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club mogul skier Jeremy Cota, it couldn't have ended much better.

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Airplane meeting leads to inspirational speaker in Steamboat Springs

A chance meeting on an airplane brought a world-class skydiver and inspirational speaker to Steamboat Springs Middle School on Tuesday.

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No thaw on hiring freeze

Routt County assessor warns of challenging times with reduced staff

The Routt County Board of Commissioners held firm Tuesday when met with its first request to allow an exception to a hiring freeze adopted two weeks ago.

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Brassell, Alex Wood in spotlight as Steamboat boys host basketball playoff

Steamboat Springs High School seniors Nelson Brassell and Alex Wood have seen a lot in their time playing basketball.

Tuesday, February 24

The Record for Feb. 22

Sunday, Feb. 22

Steamboat Briefs: SSYHA is looking to fill roles on board of directors

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association is looking for parents interested in serving on the board of directors for the 2009-10 season.

Hayden groups to share ideas

Town Board, economic development panel to discuss incentives

The Town Board of Trustees and the Hayden Economic Development Commission will have a joint meeting in the place of the regular trustee meeting. The groups plan to address the possibility of giving businesses incentives to operate in Hayden.

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Jimmy Westlake: Comet Lulin a strange visitor

Comet C/2007 N3, better known as Comet Lulin, is zooming past the Earth this week on its whirlwind tour of the inner solar system.

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Library offers Web tools

Programs teach languages, allow genealogical searches

Bud Werner Memorial Library has added free online tools for language enthusiasts and genealogy buffs. Library members can access Mango Languages and Digital Sanborn Maps from anywhere, and Ancestry Library Edition is available at the library.

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Tom Ross: Women ski jumpers deserve Olympic shot

Can you distinguish between world champion skiers Lindsey Vonn and Lindsey Van? If you consider yourself a follower of the U.S. Ski Team, it's high time you got the two women sorted out.

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School Board rules on class-size policy

Staffing levels, program offerings and budget play into debate

Superintendent Shalee Cunningham retained control of the Steamboat Springs School District's class-size policy after a 3-2 School Board vote Monday.

Regional officials debate economic strategies

Education, cellular and broadband improvements discussed at joint meeting

Faster Internet connections, the creation of technical education programs and increased availability of 3G cellular phone service will be explored as part of a regional economic strategic plan for the Yampa Valley.

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State senator keeps Rifle prison open to protect local economy

Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, fought Gov. Bill Ritter's plan to close theRifle Corrections Center and transfer its employees as part of a strategy to cut into the state's deficit.

Monday, February 23

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Sailors boys basketball to face Skyline on Wednesday

A rocky start to the season and late losses to Glenwood Springs and Moffat County weren't enough to deny the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team the comforts of home in the first round of the postseason tournament.

Aging Well: Don't be duped - be aware of scams

Scam artists in Canada have been busy tricking, or trying to trick, local residents out of their money.

The Record for Feb. 21

Saturday, Feb. 21

Steamboat briefs: VNA offering pneumonia vaccines free of charge

VNA offering pneumonia vaccines free of charge

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Rare brain disorder strikes Hayden teen

Clayton Huyser remains in intensive care

Clayton Huyser, 19, continues to battle vein malformation in a Denver hospital, where his mom has been stationed at his side since his collapse in late January.

Hayden vocational center continues donation drive

The money has rolled in for the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center at Hayden High School, but it wasn't an easy process for center director Kevin Kleckler. Letters to potential donors and perpetual grant writing has brought the center to within $230,000 of being paid off.

Deb Babcock: Vegetable Gardening 101

Those who want to learn about gardening vegetables and herbs in the mountains of Northwest Colorado but don't have time to attend the 10-week master gardener class offered this winter should consider a one-day Vegetable Gardening 101 workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Parents encouraged to address class size issue

The Steamboat Springs School Board will focus its meeting tonight on an issue that historically brings out the passion in parents. The public is encouraged to attend.

Monday Medical: Stress can affect your heart health

Most Americans have accepted that everyday stress is part of modern living. Increasing job and financial pressures, relationship problems and never having enough time are just a few of the stressors each of us faces daily.

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Lodwick earns 2nd medal of world championships; Demong takes bronze

For most of his career, Steamboat Springs skier Todd Lodwick has carried the weight of America's Nordic combined dreams on his shoulders.

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DOW to host public forum in Craig about hunting season

Agency seeks input on hunting season structure

The Colorado Division of Wildlife heard Moffat County's message and will be in Craig on Tuesday to hear public input on its next five-year big game hunting season structure.

Sunday, February 22

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Hayden town officials say they did their best to avoid Lake Village problems

Hayden leaders are upset about the mess at the Lake Village subdivision, but they don't think they could have prevented it. The town put safeguards in place, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

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Letlows finish 3rd at state tournament

Broken hand slows, doesn't stop Magee

The trio of Hayden wrestlers that dropped into the consolation bracket after losses in the Class 2A state championship semifinals Friday didn't show any ill effects of the disappointing turn they took as they neared the season's end.

Editorial cartoon for Feb. 22, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Feb. 22, 2009.

Paul Potyen: It's not easy being green

I read the Steamboat Today's Feb. 2 front-page headline, "Stagecoach couple enthusiastic about new Green Building Program," and I thought to myself, "Wow! There's a Green Building Program?" I was especially interested, as my wife and I live in our own off-grid home west of town. So I downloaded the GBP Booklet and checklist from the Steamboat Springs Planning Department and read through them. Weighing in at 52 pages, the booklet is pretty comprehensive in its scope and vision.

Looking Back for Feb. 23, 1934: Routt County now in good financial shape

According to County Treasurer William Curtis, the tax collections during the year 1933 showed improvement during the previous year as a whole, a total of 73 percent of the 1932 taxes being collected in 1933. Since Jan. 1, the collection of 1932 taxes has been good. Also during 1933, the treasurer collected 10 percent of the 1931 taxes, bringing the total of the 1931 taxes collected by Jan. 1 to 80 percent.

Routt County Spotlight: Steve 'Lewi' Lewis

Routt County Spotlight: Steve 'Lewi' Lewis

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Hayden wrestlers fall just short of championship

Hayden's chances of sneaking into the top tier of the Class 2A wrestling standings were sunk Saturday, the final day of the state wrestling tournament.

Sandy Fisher: More 'stuff' needed

John Fetcher and Jim Temple were the "stuff" of great Americans. They, like countless other Americans of their generation, defined who we are today. I am saddened by their deaths, for their families and for our loss as a country.

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Hayden boys top Vail Christian, 51-34

2 matchups remain for Tigers boys basketball in district tournament

The Hayden boys basketball team struggled offensively Saturday, but opponents Vail Christian struggled even more and the Tigers kept their season alive with a decisive 51-34 win.

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Soroco boys' loss to Rangely ends season

It didn't end the way the players wanted, but it was a remarkable season nonetheless for the Soroco High School boys basketball team.

Jail Report for Feb. 14 to 20

Saturday, Feb. 14 Kyle Brandon Bartholomew, 25, Steamboat Springs - Driving under restraint (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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Rural school caucus sticks up for small districts

Paula Stephenson, executive director of the Colorado Rural Schools Caucus, has positioned herself as a fighter for the little districts in the legislative process.

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Luxury homes auctioned

Owner of 2 Steamboat houses turns down formal bids, renegotiates for sale

The Tuesday auction for two luxury south Steamboat homes led to the sale of one of them. Owner Will Bashan just isn't certain which one. And technically, neither home sold at auction.

Real estate transactions for Feb. 12 to 18, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Local Telemarkers excited to host nationals starting Thursday

The skills of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Telemark program will be on display this week as the U.S. Telemark National Championships return to Steamboat Springs. The action begins Thursday and continues through the weekend.

Business briefs: SmartWool honors sales representative, agency

SmartWool has chosen the Holton Sales Group as the 2008 Agency of the Year and Roland Salazar as 2008 SmartWool Sales Rep of the Year, according to news releases.

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Junior Olympic Nordic team named

The 2009 Junior Olympic Nordic team was announced Saturday at Howelsen Hill.

Our view: Council at the bat

Steamboat Springs officials should aggressively pursue a deal with the World Softball League to bring a men's softball tournament to Northwest Colorado for three days this summer. Failing to do so would jeopardize an opportunity to bring in thousands of visitors and the sales tax revenues they would generate.

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Mountain High Catering owner snags City Cafe contract

Murray has years of chef experience

Steamboat Springs caterer Olivia Murray is scheduled to take over operations at the City Cafe in April.

On the market: Joanne Erickson joins Coldwell Banker team

Coldwell Banker Silver Oak has announced that Joanne Erickson has joined its real estate firm as a broker associate.

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Local officials eye stimulus funds

Municipalities propose projects that could enhance infrastructure

Local government officials hope some of federal stimulus money make it to the Yampa Valley in the form of projects that improve infrastructure and create jobs.

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Budget crunch hits United Way

Health and human services agencies work through fewer donations, more needs

As funding sources dry up, Routt County health and human services agencies are considering restructuring the programs and services they offer.

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Hayden girls basketball advances to district tournament

Tigers defeat Rams in postseason, move on to Meeker

The Hayden girls basketball team dealt Soroco a season-ending 61-40 loss Saturday, grabbing two more weeks of play for the Tigers.

Snowmobiler injured Friday on Rabbit Ears Pass

A snowmobiler suffered non-life-threatening leg injuries Friday afternoon after an accident on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Some in mobile homes worry amid affordable housing debate

On opposite ends of downtown Steamboat Springs sit two neighborhoods that, for all their similarities, find themselves in very different situations.

Class notes: Buddy Kinder named Rotary's February Teen

Buddy Kinder named Rotary's February Teen

Local buyers may struggle to tap stimulus dollars

The government's economic stimulus package appears certain to pump new funds into federal housing programs already at work in a six-county area of Northwest Colorado that includes Routt County. The trick will be helping low-income buyers qualify for housing programs that weren't designed with a resort community in mind.

Regis hockey knocks out Sailors

Steamboat ends strong season with loss to No. 1 seed

Coach Jeff Ruff said the Sailors hockey team learned Saturday what it means to be a defending state champion.

Joel Reichenberger: Tigers show toughness

Watching the Hayden wrestling team come of age has been fascinating.

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Owner of new downtown gallery envisions hub for local artists

Linda Laughlin has no shortage of ideas about what to do with her new gallery, the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts.

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Indoor soccer fundraiser to benefit Brazilian youths

Michele Leite never dreamed that a volunteer project in Brazil would lead to international soccer games in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Feb. 20

1:34 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive. Police gave a warning.

Saturday, February 21

Missing snowboarder found OK

Emergency crews dispatched at about 6 p.m.

A missing snowboarder was found safe about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, said Russ Sanford, incident commander and president of Routt County Search and Rescue.

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Steamboat boys basketball tops Battle Mountain, 52-38

Boys finish 2nd in Western Slope

Battle Mountain cut down the nets after Friday's basketballgames, their last at Eagle-Vail, but visiting Steamboat Springs picked up a pair of wins.

Sailors hockey beats Peak to Peak, advances

Steamboat faces No. 1 Regis today

Steamboat Springs High School hockey won in the first round of the state tournament Friday night in Denver, with a 4-1 victory against Peak to Peak.

Sailors skiers finish strong

Dixson brings home Skimeister award

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine and Nordic ski teams capped a strong showing at the state skiing championships Friday with top-five overall finishes for the boys and girls. But the best news to come out of the competition was for an individual Steamboat athlete.

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Bruggink falls short of goal

Soroco freshman determined to return to state

Soroco freshman Lauryn Bruggink didn't waste much time thinking about the past on Friday after losing, 6-1, in the first round of the consolation bracket.

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Fire Academy seeks applicants

1st-of-its-kind career day to introduce residents to the trade

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue announced it is accepting applications for its 2009 Fire Academy, an eight-month program for people interested in a career with the department.

Carson, Taylor take party reins

Democrats, GOP strive for inclusiveness

Sixteen years in the state Legislature wasn't enough politics for Jack Taylor, who the Routt County Republican Central Committee recently named its next chairman.

Roberts, city exploring unpaid leaves for employees

Steamboat Springs Transit driver: I'd prefer furloughs to firings

In a Friday meeting with top city of Steamboat Springs officials, City Manager Jon Roberts asked department leaders to consider having city employees take four hours of unpaid leave a week. Such unpaid leave is known as furloughs.

The Record for Feb. 19

Thursday, Feb. 19

Steamboat briefs: Hayden taking Charter Commission petitions

Hayden taking Charter Commission petitions

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Tom Ross: Ultimate redemption

Todd Lodwick, the man whose resume tells us he is the greatest Steamboat skier of all time, finally got the abominable snowman off his back in Liberec, Czech Republic, on Friday.

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2 Tigers wrestlers try for state titles

Pair of Hayden athletes to fight for championships today

When Hayden High School wrestler Chad Terry walked through the tunnel into the Pepsi Center in Denver on Thursday, preparing for his first state tournament, he said he might finish sixth.

Friday, February 20

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Hayden flies to second place

Tigers qualify five for tonight's semifinal round

The Hayden High School wrestling team was a long shot to place at the Class 2A state wresting tournament, but the squad now has a chance to do just that. All the Tigers have to do is keep winning.

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Triumph for Todd Lodwick

Former Olympian wins world championship in Nordic combined mass start event

Nordic combined veteran and four-time Olympian Todd Lodwick, of Steamboat Springs, completed one of the most unlikely comebacks in competitive skiing history Friday morning, winning a world championship in the mass start event in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Glaisher 3rd in slalom

Steamboat skiers tackle 1st day at state championships

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team finished Thursday's slalom race at the Colorado High School State Skiing Championships with three top-15 finishers.

Steamboat hoops to end regular season

Sailors boys basketball team has eyes on Selection Sunday

For a Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team looking to get back on track, there might be nothing better than a game against Battle Mountain.

Sailors hockey skates into playoffs

Confident Steamboat squad faces Peak to Peak tonight in Denver

It doesn't take long to understand how focused and excited the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team is for the opening of the state playoffs.

Stout, Ward lead Steamboat Nordic team

Pair places in top 20 at state championships

Liza Stout and Michael Ward led the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team's charge Thursday in the opening day of the Colorado High School State Skiing Championships.

The Record for Feb. 18

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Steamboat briefs: Arts Council hosts 'Cabaret' auditions Sunday, Monday

Arts Council hosts 'Cabaret' auditions Sunday, Monday

Hayden baseball remains junior varsity

School Board declines to elevate sport to Tier II status

The prospect of a varsity baseball team at Hayden High School was left hanging last night when the Hayden School Board declined to take action to grant the sport Tier II status.

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Rob Douglas: Obama's visit a failed opportunity

On Tuesday, while signing the stimulus, President Barack Obama failed miserably at his campaign promise to govern with transparency.

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Strings announces 2009 season

Tickets for Different Tempo Series, classical and family concerts on sale March 30

Violinist Elmar Oliveira will open the 22nd season of the Strings Music Festival, starting a summer of music that includes performances by The Neville Brothers, country musician Chris Hillman and guitarist Jason Vieaux.

Council considers large men's softball event

A sports tourism company wants to host a 150-team men's slow-pitch softball tournament in Steamboat Springs this summer - the type of event that has proved politically explosive for the raucous reputation that accompanies it.

Vail sales tax numbers beat other resort towns

Marketing board hires expert to bring more national brands

Vail's winter marketing campaign, Vail All the Love, may get a $342,200 boost.

Lori Jazwick: The Agricultural Alliance - 10 years strong

The Community Agricultural Alliance was established in 1998 because concerned citizens saw that there was a huge communication gap between the development, tourist, resort, business and agricultural industries. This disconnect was a big concern because all of these industries utilize one another to help promote and create business opportunities. The best example is the classic Steamboat Ski Area promotional poster with two cowboys on horses with skis riding from the famous More Barn in a field of snow that reached the horses' bellies.

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Heather Anne Ross takes music recording 1 step at a time

Heather Anne Ross describes her first CD, "Walkin' Till You Fly," as the challenge of her life. The collection of 11 instrumental songs is written, performed and recorded by the South Routt resident.

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Rubblebucket Orchestra draws from James Brown to Bjork

Drummer Craig Myers used to joke that he wanted to name an African-beat influenced metal band Rubblebucket, after the vessel that stonemasons use for leftover rock.

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Anne Holt gives a beginner's lesson in oil painting

Before she started studying art at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, artist Anne Holt focused a lot of her time painting large-scale portraits.

CD review for Feb. 20, 2009

Ben Kweller

Taste of South Routt at risk

Economic Development Council considers going dormant

Struggling with participation from its members, the South Routt Economic Development Council is toying with the idea of going dormant or canceling the annual Taste of South Routt event, unless some new blood steps up.

Moffat County Commission acts on Shell water filing

The Moffat County Commission wants in the loop on Shell Frontier Oil & Gas' water right request on the Yampa River, a request that could affect the entire Yampa Valley.

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February snow can't keep up with December, January

After above-average snowfall in December and January, Steamboat Ski Area needs a snowy final nine days of February to reach the month's 10-year average of 75 inches at mid-mountain.

On scene: Moving to the country

About a month ago, what I assumed would be a passing conversation with a few friends went something like this:

South Routt site goes live online

Students, faculty create district Web page

Projects created in Kipp Rillos' class at Soroco High School now are held to an international level of scrutiny, as his technology class is constructing a new Web site for the school district.

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Widespread Panic keyboardist 'Jojo' Hermann returns to the 'Boat

Widespread Panic fans might have heard the legendary jam band from Athens, Ga., play a song called "Red Beans," originally written by Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd.

Margaret Hair: 1 in 10,000

I get a lot of junk e-mail.

Thursday, February 19 postpones Roberts Web chat

Event will be rescheduled for a future day.

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Hayden's high five roll on

Five Tigers advance to Friday's quarterfinals of the state wrestling tournament

Five Tigers advance to Friday's quarterfinals of the Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver's Pepsi Center. Check for updates throughout the tournament.

Hayden's prom may have breath testing

Principal Troy Zabel said proposed process would not involve law enforcement

Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel said Wednesday he plans to move forward with a plan to test the blood alcohol level of all students as they enter into the dance at the end of the year.

Lodwick leads Nordic event

Jumping events postponed because of weather at World Championships

Blowing snow and blustery conditions postponed the opening event of the 2009 Nordic Combined World Championships on Thursday in Liberec, Czech Republic.

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Opera star returns for recital

Derrick Ballard to perform in 3rd Emerald City production

Colorado native Derrick Ballard always knew he wanted music to be a part of his life. The summer before he started college, Ballard saw the opera "Faust." That work features a bass-baritone part. Ballard was hooked.

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Hayden, Soroco wrestlers ready for state tournament

The Hayden High School wrestling squad has to find at least some success this weekend as it travels to the Class 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver.

Sailors skiers head to state at Ski Cooper

There are many ways to measure the strong season the Steamboat Springs High School skiing team has enjoyed.

Sports briefs: Local skiers earn top finishes

With the announcement of the Junior Olympic Nordic team set to happen at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Howelsen Hill, the final Junior Olympic qualifier in Park City, Utah, had a distinct Steamboat Springs flavor.

Steamboat briefs: Moonshine Wine and Dine event 6:30 p.m. March 7

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps presents its third annual Moonshine Wine and Dine fundraiser, a cross-country ski and snowshoe guided tour followed by a gourmet dinner with paired wines. The event, "Evening on Emerald," begins at 6:30 p.m. March 7 with appetizers and wine, then it's out onto the moonlit fields for fun in the snow. Lyman Orton and Janice Izzi then host a dinner and silent auction in their red barn. All proceeds benefit the Yampa Valley Science School. Casual dress/ski-wear appropriate. Tickets cost $75. Space is limited. Call 879-2135, ext. 4, for details.

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Fox wins Hazie Werner Award

LIFT-UP food banks rewarded with $25,000 Ski Corp. grant

A longtime member of city boards and commissions who can boast about having a green thumb, Carol Booth Fox will become the 21st recipient of the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence on Monday.

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Police officer joins district staff

City officials, high school reach salary-sharing agreement

Steamboat Springs Police Resource Officer Josh Carrell is an official member of the Steamboat Springs School District staff following a memorandum of understanding between the city and the district.

South Routt to update school district vision

The South Routt School Board meets at 6 p.m. today in a work session to begin the process of expanding the district's mission statement and developing a vision statement and values to guide the district in policy and goals.

Council's Thunderhead vote confuses

Decision leads to questions about review criteria

Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jon Quinn debated during the weekend whether he really would need to leave the room Tuesday during council's review of the Thunderhead development proposal at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

DA takes over Lopez case

Oldham: Material to be reviewed; charges may take weeks

The investigation surrounding the Jan. 5 death of Richard Lopez is being turned over to the District Attorney's Office, though it will take a few weeks to review the case before charges are filed against the two suspects, District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said Wednesday.

Nordic worlds begin today

With the 2009 World Championships beginning today in Liberec, Czech Republic, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games less than a year away, Todd Lodwick's return has changed the expectations of the U.S. team.

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County could increase fees to balance budget

Facing projected $1.3M shortfall, officials review revenues, expenditures

Major fee increases, a crackdown on motor vehicle registrations and a mail only election in 2009 are possible under a plan outlined by Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland.

The Record for Feb. 17

1:34 a.m. A possible fight was reported at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue, where a passing motorist saw three men who may have been fighting. Police said there was not a fight.

Wednesday, February 18

FAA grants $48K for wildlife fence at Steamboat airport

Improved perimeter structure intended to mitigate deer, elk problems

The structure is intended to mitigate deer and elk problems.

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Steamboat boys fall to Moffat County after late 3-pointer

Moffat County senior Thomas Noble drained a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left in regulation Tuesday night, giving the Bulldogs their first win against the rival Sailors in four years, 41-38. It was the second consecutive loss for the Steamboat Springs High School boys team.

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Bulldogs close out Sailors girls basketball, 42-30

Moffat County used a stingy fourth-quarter defense to pull away from the visiting Sailors on Tuesday, handing MCHS coach Craig Mortensen his 500th win with a 42-30 victory.

Hayden girls basketball tops De Beque by 42

It wasn't necessarily the tune-up the Hayden High School girls basketball team was looking for heading into the district tournament Saturday.

Rockhold backs local school control

Superintendent sees too many mandates in state Senate bill

Superintendent Greg Rockhold said a new statewide education measure is overreaching in its requirements of new programs in schools and should be changed.

Our View: Dear Jon (Roberts)

Jon Roberts officially began work as Steamboat Springs' city manager Tuesday. We can only hope it was the start of a long, successful tenure here in the Yampa Valley, and we wish him the best in a thankless job at a particularly troubling time.

Steven Hofman and Nancy Spillane: Best job in town

Best job in town

Steamboat briefs: VNA offering reduced-cost hepatitis, HPV vaccinations

VNA offering reduced-cost hepatitis, HPV vaccinations

The Record for Feb. 16

Monday, Feb. 16

Financial adviser: Inflation could be next

Expert briefs county on portfolio, broader economic outlook

A federal economic stimulus bill will do limited good independent of other factors and the global economic downturn could lead to inflation, financial adviser Scott Prickett said Tuesday.

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Joanne Palmer: Available soon - The Brain Zapper

Hear ye, hear ye! By the power vested in me, I pronounce you, the great residents of Steamboat Springs, worry-free.

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Beacon Basin to boost avalanche safety

Steamboat Ski Patrol develops avalanche transceiver course

Beacon Basin is a new feature at the Steamboat Ski Area that allows skiers and riders headed for the backcountry to brush up on emergency skills that could save a companion's life.

Keith Giglio: Road to nowhere

Road to nowhere

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Harris promoted to communications director

Former interim head to lead county department

Former interim Director of Routt County Communications J.P. Harris was selected earlier this month to lead that department permanently. Harris joined the department in April 2007.

Council split on Thunderhead vote

Review criteria raises questions, confusion in Tuesday night meeting

Redevelopment plans for the former Thunderhead Lodge site at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area fell short of approval Tuesday in a 3-3 vote of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Tuesday, February 17

Lost snowmobilers safe in North Routt

Group of 13 from Chicago area became disoriented near Forest Service Road 409

Thirteen snowmobilers who reported themselves lost in North Routt County on Tuesday afternoon made their way back to safety at about 4 p.m., according to Routt County Search and Rescue.

More job cuts at Intrawest

Ski resort operator lays off corporate employees

Canada's Intrawest Corp. laid off more corporate employees this week, with most of the cuts coming at its Vancouver headquarters and a few jobs being eliminated at its regional office in Golden.

Jensens confirmed as suspects in marijuana case

Steamboat couple accused of growing, distributing drugs

Steamboat Springs couple David W. and Marie Sellitto Jensen were confirmed Tuesday as the suspects in a marijuana growth and distribution operation discovered at their Old Town home on Feb. 7.

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Parachute man seriously injured in US 40 crash

Driver ejected after colliding with semitrailer Tuesday morning

A Parachute man sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning when he was ejected from his Jeep Cherokee after colliding with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 40.

Steamboat basketball looks to finish strong

Sailors defense will be key in showdown with Moffat County Bulldogs

There will be a lot on the line when the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team strolls into Moffat County High School today.

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Jimmy Westlake: Stalking the Unicorn

The late-winter sky is sparkling with bright stars. Wintertime's showpiece, Orion the Hunter, boasts two luminaries, Betelgeuse at his shoulder and Rigel at his foot. His two canine companions each show off a bright star, Sirius and Procyon.

Sports briefs: Nordic skiers fly to Cup win

11 Winter Sports Club skiers headed to next month's nationals

The Nordic division of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club wrapped up its best regular season in more than a decade during the weekend, and now the program is preparing to send a strong contingent to next month's Junior Nationals competition.

The Record for Feb. 15

Sunday, Feb. 15

Steamboat Briefs: VNA offering pneumonia vaccine to adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering pneumonia vaccines, newly recommended for adults who smoke or have asthma.

Expert to speak about health

Dr. David Katz to encourage wellness during evening lecture

David Katz, a well-known nutritionist and researcher, will give advice on how to maintain or restore a healthy lifestyle during a free speech at Steamboat Springs High School from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight.

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Redmond glad to serve town

Hayden youths need more recreation opportunities, trustee says

Tim Redmond was surprised when no one stepped up to run for the Hayden Town Board of Trustees Trace Musgrave left the seven-member board for job reasons last fall. Redmond asked Trustee Tom Rogalski about signing on, and the board appointed him to the seat Feb. 5.

Crash investigation not yet started

Airport manager says icy patches on runway were normal

An investigation into what led an airplane to skid off the runway at Steamboat Springs Airport on Sunday morning is yet to begin.

City, county officials plan energy audit

Projected savings could help energy-efficient improvements

Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs have contracted with an engineering firm to conduct an energy audit that ultimately could lead to various green improvements to government facilities.

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Tom Ross: Try Denver's cultural offerings

Haven't left Steamboat since October? Time to get out of Dodge

You know you've spent too many consecutive days in the 'Boat when you find yourself walking down Sherman Street in downtown Denver and craning your neck upward to gawk at the really, really tall bank buildings.

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Moffat County, Hayden groups join for airport tourism display

Donna Hellyer, 75, has spent almost a decade at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport helping tourists plan their vacations.

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Atira seeks green light

Thunderhead project requests number of code variances

One of the most anticipated redevelopment projects at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area will seek a final green light from the Steamboat Springs City Council today. The Atira Group has decided to submit separate development applications for its Ski Time Square and Thunderhead Lodge projects, with the 390,000-square-foot Thunderhead site coming first. The application anticipates 100 residential units averaging about 2,300 square feet, along with two restaurants and shops totaling 13,339 square feet in commercial space.

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Johnson family greets LaDue

Airman's squadron commander flew American flag around Iraq

Rebekah LaDue expected to see her mother, sister, niece and nephews when she arrived Monday in Hayden. She didn't expect to see Tyler Johnson. The 10-year-old came to Yampa Valley Regional Airport with his mother, Shara, and his sister, Tehya, to greet LaDue. The Air Force airman 1st class returned from Iraq, where she had been deployed since August.

Monday, February 16

Watch "Good Morning America" segment about Steamboat

Carnival street events shown on network TV. The video runs 2 minutes and 33 seconds and features on-camera interviews with Steamboat Springs Executive Director Rick DeVos and Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong.

Small plane crashes; 1 slightly injured

Single-engine Cirrus skids on runway at Steamboat Springs Airport

A single-engine Cirrus airplane crashed at Steamboat Springs Airport at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. No one was seriously hurt. The plane skidded on the runway as it landed, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said.

The Record for Feb. 14

12:45 a.m. A disturbance was reported at Timothy Drive and Whistler Road. It was an oral argument. Police mediated the situation and did not arrest anyone.

Steamboat briefs: American Legion offers transport to VA services

The American Legion Post 44 is providing transportation to VA medical centers in Grand Junction, Denver and to the VA Clinic in Craig.

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Jim Temple's friends, family share stories at Sunday memorial

A mournful song set the tone at Jim Temple's memorial service Sunday. The Steamboat Springs legend, who founded and helped build what would become the Steamboat Ski Area, loved "On Top of Old Smokey," his son Jeff Temple said.

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Aging Well: Moffat County group soaks up Hawaiian experience

One week in January, several local older adults were wearing coats, hats and boots. The next week, they waded into the warm ocean, were surprised and delighted by frolicking whales and watched red hot lava simmer into the sea.

Sailors hockey seeded 8th

Class 2A wrestling brackets also released this weekend

A strong finish to the season proved enough to give the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team a boost into the top half of the 16-team state championship bracket.

Tigers boys wrap up No. 3 district seed

It was a rocky regular season for the Hayden High School boys basketball team, but a late charge helped the Tigers wrap up the No. 3 seed in this weekend's district tournament.

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Free presentation to explore solar eclipses

Robert Ball had been in Russia for days, and the sky had been overcast almost the entire trip. Ball was on a tour in central Siberia following the path of a predicted total solar eclipse.

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Luke Graham: News of the weird

Ridiculousness comes from everywhere in the sporting world. It comes in all forms. From ESPN to Sports Illustrated and even from my fingertips to your eyes.

Monday Medical: Get to know AEDs like your ABCs

Last February, several employees at Steamboat Ski Area read about automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in the Steamboat Today Monday Medical article, "The Heart's Chain of Survival."

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2 Hayden residents to return from Iraq duty

Airman to arrive at YVRA today; police chief delayed

Air Force Airman 1st Class Rebekah LaDue is scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m. today at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who is serving in the Air Force Reserves, is expected to reach town early next week.

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Demong wins World Cup event Sunday

Spillane finishes 10th in precursor to World Championships

Billy Demong packed in the sixth World Cup win of his career Sunday, finishing seventh in the jumps and second in the cross-country race to take the win in the last World Cup before Nordic World Championships begins Feb. 19.

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Jane McLeod: Gathering a bouquet of herbs

Although a blanket of snow may have your herb garden tucked in until spring, that doesn't necessarily mean the end of fresh herbs.

Sunday, February 15

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Day care a costly affair

With demand increasing, parents look to other options

In 2007, there were 1,543 children younger than 5 in Routt County. That number could reach 2,260 by 2020, according to the state demography office - meaning without significant change, the shortage of local day care is only getting worse.

On the market: Michelle Avery earns top producer for 2008

Michelle Avery earns top producer for 2008

City braces for multimillion-dollar budget reductions

On the heels of four straight months of sales tax declines, city officials now seem certain that the city will have to reopen its 2009 budget to find considerable savings.

Bradley 6th at state diving meet

Steamboat athlete earns career-best score of 370.3, looks ahead to next year

Steamboat Springs High School junior Genna Bradley isn't shy when it comes to what her expectations are for next year's state diving championships.

Rams freshman wrestler Bruggink earns bid to state tourney

Even if it wasn't official for 12 more hours, it was apparent Friday evening that Soroco freshman Lauryn Bruggink would qualify for this weekend's Class 2A state wrestling tournament.

Demong places 5th at event in Germany

Bill Demong finished fifth Saturday during a Nordic combined World Cup in Germany, just missing the podium in a four-skier sprint for the number three spot.

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MyWireless opens new stores, nears $20M in revenue

Now's a good time to be selling cell phones, Andy Brown said. The founder of MyWireless said his Steamboat Springs-based company was nearing $20 million in revenue.

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Steamboat hockey downs Palmer, 2-0, in physical game

Steamboat Springs High School hockey came out Saturday against Palmer and put any doubts about the team to rest, playing its most impressive game of the year, a 2-0 win.

Tigers qualify 9 wrestlers for state

Three Hayden High School wrestling team members set themselves up to be top seeds at next weekend's Class 2A state championship wrestling tournament in Denver.

Demons shatter Sailors' streak

Glenwood Springs sweeps Steamboat

The loose ball looked as if it should've just went out of bounds as the deflected pass went the length of the court. But the Demons' Dakota Stonehouse covered some ground, bouncing the ball off a Sailors defender with less than a minute to go in the game.

Internationally recognized business speaker gives advice to Steamboat

Jon Schallert, an internationally recognized speaker who teaches workshops for independent businesses, offered a glimpse of his program at a lunchtime Web seminar Wednesday.

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Family, community key to Tom Thurston's Iditarod dreams

There may be no sporting event in the world lonelier than the Iditarod. The massive mushing marathon casts one driver and a dog team against the worst Mother Nature has to offer.

Joel Reichenberger: 15-year-old hangs on for dogsled ride of her life

Steamboat Springs High School student Krista Halsnes was quick to point to the courage and strength of her dogs when asked how she got out of what she labeled the scariest situation of her life last week during the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race.

Steamboat briefs: Historic applications due in Court House by Friday

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due in the Routt County commissioners office in the Routt County Courthouse by Friday. The Historic Preservation Board will review applications at its March 11 meeting. Call Dee Bolton at 879-0108 for further information.

The Record for Feb. 13

Friday, Feb. 13

Best of the Web: Housing policy changes are common sense

Finally some common sense coming out of council on this subject.

Terry DelliQuadri: Don't ban tubing

I believe laws already exist in Steamboat Springs that deal with public drunkenness, littering, open containers, underage drinking and, as stated in your article, also utilizing the river access at the Chuck Lewis Wildlife Area without the required habitat stamp from the Division of Wildlife.

Class notes: High school students honored with Academic Letters

Class notes: High school students honored with Academic Letters

Looking Back for Feb. 16, 1934: Getting ready for mid-winter sports carnival

Who will be the champion ski jumper in the tournament of the Steamboat Springs Mid-Winter Sports Carnival in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 23 and 24? Will it be Peder Falstad, of the Black Hills Club of South Dakota, who made the Howelsen Hill record of 212 feet, or will he have to give the honor to one of the Steamboat riders who are making enviable records at the various tournaments this year? Falstad hopes to exceed his record. It is going to be thrilling sport for the spectators.

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Middle school store reinforces code of conduct

Steamboat Springs Middle School students who want a new book or a Camelbak water container had better start behaving themselves.

Dr. Eric Spellman: To City Council

I find myself sitting at my computer again writing to the Steamboat Springs City Council, questioning the process of thinking that the council has used to come to its decisions regarding the Thunderhead Lodge property.

Paul Bonnifield: Stimulus plan is good

I support the stimulus legislation. First, I don't see any positive action in the private sector. Individual businesses may be acting, but as a group they are just sitting around waiting for someone to take the risk.

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Fetcher's water legacy to increase Stagecoach Reservoir capacity

It didn't take long after Stagecoach Reservoir was filled for the late John Fetcher to already have a "twinkle in his eye" about raising the water level, said Kevin McBride, district manager of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District.

Routt County Spotlight: Keith Giglio

Keith Giglio

Trudy McCardle and residents of Aspen View Manor: Thank you, 4-H

We would like to thank the 4-H Club, mothers and children from Stagecoach, United Methodist Church, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Yampa Bible Church, Select Super Market of Oak Creek, and Judy's Country Donuts and Bakery for all the wonderful gifts, songs and joy they sent our way to make this Christmas and New Year so special for us at Aspen View Manor in Oak Creek.

Paul Hands: Shame on schools

First, I read elementary school student Riley Toye's riveting letter to the editor (Jan. 14), documenting the withholding of school lunches for want of (little) money. Great damage control by Ms. Cunningham on CNN - mainly because she was so well composed.

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Green Courte optimistic

Real estate firm says downtown redevelopment projects on track

Officials from the Chicago-based real estate investment firm that has assumed the leadership role in three prominent downtown Steamboat Springs redevelopment projects thinks it is well-positioned to weather the recession.

Our view: Dedicate space for big box retail

The Steamboat Springs City Council should strongly consider requiring the developers of Steamboat 700 to dedicate space for big box retailers, including a grocery store.

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Fair Association plans cowboy poetry fundraiser

Words of the West will ring this spring at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

Steve Aigner: The Crested Butte story

On Tuesday night, when the City Council and representatives of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority and the Community Alliance discussed affordable housing in Citizens Hall, I was at Soda Creek Elementary School listening and laughing as 40 second-graders entertained three generations with their voices, costumes and funny faces at the new school's first musical, "The Frog Prince."

Business File: SmartWool names new vice president of marketing

SmartWool Corporation has promoted Carol Davidson to vice president of marketing, according to a news release.

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One Steamboat Place debuts colorful model unit

While contracted purchasers were touring the newly completed model condominium at One Steamboat Place this holiday weekend, the developers were scrutinizing the details.

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Therapy dogs calm hospital patients in volunteer program

Lifting one of her three Chihuahuas out of its carrying pouch, Heeling Friends pet owner Karen Covillo asked a pink-sweater clad Panda whether she was ready to work.

Rams pick up pair of wins against Saints

Soroco boys basketball coach Sam McLeod knows how tough the district can be. So even with his team's 62-42 win against Vail Christian on Saturday, McLeod knows with the regular season done, just about anything can happen.

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Lake Village owners tangled in lawsuits, bankruptcies

Dallas Robinson was supposed to be settled into a house on his Lake Village lot by now. He bought nearly a third of an acre in the Hayden subdivision in fall 2006, calculating that he could build his house in about a year.

Jail Report for Feb. 7 to Feb. 13

Saturday, Feb. 7

Editorial cartoon for Feb. 15, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Feb. 15, 2009.

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New shooting range facility planned

Northwest Colorado law enforcement to use 40-acre site west of Steamboat

Thanks to a land donation from Peabody Energy, plans for a Northwest Colorado firing range and training facility for law enforcement are poised to get off the ground.

Saturday, February 14

Yampa Valley has new Partner

Nowak takes over as executive director of indicators group

After 12 years of continuously taking the pulse of the Yampa Valley, Audrey Danner is ready to hand over the stethoscope to a new executive director of Yampa Valley Partners.

Nordic team looks for strong finish

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team travels today to Eldora for its final competition of the season. Evidence the team has enjoyed a good season already is set in stone, however.

2nd quarter dooms Sailors girls basketball

The Rifle High School girls basketball team weathered the early storm, then brought a storm of its own Friday against Steamboat Springs High School.

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Sailors continue league dominance with 54-45 win against Bears

Teams don't win 41 straight Western Slope League games without finding almost every possible way to win.

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Sailors topple Eagles in hockey, 4-0

Big 2nd period determines Steamboat win

After a lackadaisical first period Friday against Pine Creek High School, Steamboat started to move, pass the puck and create opportunities.

Booster club to help 4-H, fair

Routt County Fair Board decides Thursday to form funding group

Routt County's 4-H supporters hope the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club model works for them. The Routt County Fair Board decided at its meeting Thursday night to form a similar booster club to raise money for 4-H and the fairgrounds in Hayden.

Breckenridge eyes home sizes

Council takes heat for its preservation proposal

Breckenridge officials want to restrict home sizes to preserve neighborhood character, but public concerns have led to a task force aimed at finding a consensus.

Frontier flights not affected by crash

Crash near Buffalo, N.Y., involved model that flies to YVRA

A spokesman for Frontier Airlines said Friday that the fatal crash of a Continental Express flight east of Buffalo, N.Y., on Thursday night has not impacted operations of its daily flights between Denver and Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Vail to discuss affordable housing, budget cuts

Work force homes in Vail should be priced mostly in the $300,000 to $350,000 range and consist of condominiums and townhomes, according to a study.

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Pee Wee Adventures returns

City to restore child activity program with increased fees

With a daily fee increase from $12 to $19, the city of Steamboat Springs' Pee Wee Adventures program has been reinstated after previously falling victim to 2009 budget cuts.

The Record for Feb. 12

1:56 a.m. A 30-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving with his license plate obstructed at Seventh and Oak streets. The man was found to be in possession of cocaine while he was being booked at Routt County Jail, and he also was charged with possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and introducing contraband.

Steamboat briefs: Dance Theatre seeking sponsors for March show

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is seeking sponsors for the 37th annual March concert. Sponsorships help the nonprofit organization purchase costumes and offset performance costs.

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Tom Ross: Valentines special on Oregon homesteads

Grandma killed a rattlesnake on the way to school one day

I'm not certain what came over me last week, but I crafted a homemade Valentine's Day card for my mother. In the process, I felt like a little boy all over again.

Water meter hopes are high

Oak Creek Town Board optimistic about installation project

Although Oak Creek town officials have yet to hire a consultant to guide them through a proposed water meter installation project, it's looking very likely that the town will be able to make good on that goal, Mayor J. Elliott said Friday.

Eagle County debuts 'Life At Its Peak' slogan

Residents able to vote on logo online until 5 p.m. Monday

More than a year after Eagle County officials hired a consultant to come up with a new brand for the county, residents can now see what their tax dollars paid for.

Suspected drug dealers arrested Friday

Undercover officers, confidential sources lead to 2 local men

Two Steamboat Springs men were arrested Friday on suspicion of drug charges after selling marijuana to undercover officers or confidential sources, according to the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

Hybrid bus enters service

January transit numbers continue to humble SST records

A local cyclist zoomed by City Hall and cheered Thursday as Operations Manager Jonathan Flint showed off the latest addition to Steamboat Springs Transit's fleet.

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Hayden boys, girls dominate Soroco

Boys win, 47-42, and girls win, 55-39

The Tigers have been streaky all season, and they capped another week of ups and downs Friday in Oak Creek. Just one week after getting demolished at home by Meeker, Hayden beat Soroco High School.

Friday, February 13

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Soroco, Hayden basketball teams meet tonight for second time this season

There are major reasons the Soroco and Hayden high school boys basketball teams are labeling today's 7:30 p.m. showdown in Oak Creek as one of the most important games of the year.

Sailors take aim at Bears

Basketball teams return to action tonight

It would be hard for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team to accomplish what it wants to Saturday without taking care of business today.

Sailors hockey team focuses on playoff performance

Steamboat Springs High School senior hockey player Eric Bonner is sick of losing in the first round of the state playoffs.

YVHA looks ahead with hope

Ed MacArthur elected Housing Authority board president

Yampa Valley Housing Authority board members think the city of Steamboat Springs' affordable housing policies are moving in their favor, and they're now preparing for a potential influx of sorely needed cash.

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Laura Wait tackles chess, life and war in her new works

In her art, Laura Wait has the tendency to focus on one thing - a letter, a geometric shape, a religious symbol, a hay bale - and include that thing in all of her paintings, encaustics and book sculptures until she moves on to a new idea.

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'Lonely Hearts Ball' is anti-Valentine's Day

When Lee Smith and Jill Wernig started talking about plans for a Valentine's Day party, they came up with a not-so-surprising thought: a lot of people think Valentine's Day is a made-up, pointless celebration.

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Rob Douglas: Steamboat sails into uncharted waters

If you wander down to Citizens Hall in the near future to attend a Steamboat Springs City Council meeting, you'll witness what happens when a city and nation drunk on out-of-control spending awaken to the migraine headache of a monumental fiscal hangover.

The Record for Feb. 11

1:10 a.m. A gas skip was reported in the 200 block of West Jefferson Avenue in Hayden.

Ski area rewards carpooling with coupons

Parking lots expected to fill up during holiday weekend

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is rewarding skiers and snowboarders who carpool and help take the pressure off its primary parking lot Saturday.

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Elementary students jump rope for national fundraiser

The first time, third-grader Garrett St. Clair got seven jumps in before he faltered. "I was just warming up," he said.

Marijuana case turned over to DA

No charges filed against Steamboat couple for grow operation

The investigation into a Steamboat Springs couple suspected of running a marijuana growth and distribution operation out of their home was turned over to the District Attorney's Office on Thursday, according to the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

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Father and daughter cellists enjoy loving musical rivalry

When cellists Sara and John Sant'Ambrogio take a stage together, neither part of the daughter-father duo is interested in playing softly to let the other stand out. "When we play together, there's kind of like a jock rivalry." Sara Sant'Ambrogio said.

On Scene: Happenings from the past weekend

If there was ever a foolproof way to get a bar crowd going, it's to get them chanting along with the band.

Mary Walker: Fund makes all the difference

At the time of my last update of my work at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Kenya, the nationwide teachers strike had paralyzed primary education in that country. I described the possible repercussions if the strike moved into secondary schools, which was to happen any day at the time of my writing.

Big box not a must

Planning Commission cools on large-format retail in west Steamboat Springs

Big box stores should not be a must for developments west of Steamboat Springs seeking annexation, the city Planning Commission recommended Thursday.

Danielle Domson: Another resource for landowners

As winter starts to come on strong, elk and other big-game species start moving to lower elevations and onto their native winter ranges. For farmers and ranchers, this migration means it is time to secure haystacks and protect feedlots. As wintering elk struggle to find food in the deep, heavy snow, the lure of an abundant and accessible food source, like an unprotected haystack, can cause herds to abandon natural food sources and habitats.

High gas prices explained

State Sen. Dan Gibbs and Rep. Christine Scanlan host forum

When it comes to gas prices, residents in the high country will be the first to admit they feel cheated, paying significantly more at the pump in places such as Summit County than they see in Denver.

Steamboat briefs: Petitions for Hayden's Charter Commission due Feb. 27

Petitions are available for Hayden residents who want to serve on the town's home rule Charter Commission.

Margaret Hair: Biased Oscar predictions

There are two things I feel comfortable placing bets on: men's college basketball and the Academy Awards.

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United Sound Pipe keeps P-Funk spirit in shows

In the 1990s, U.S. Pipe leadman and guitarist Chris "Citrus" Sauthoff was traveling in India, searching for enlightenment and a guru to guide his interest in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.

Stagecoach water, sewer fees skyrocket

Tap charges increase from $8,000 to $30,000

Water and sewer tap fees in the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, which serves Stagecoach, took a leap from $8,000 to $30,000 at the beginning of the year. The fees now are by far the largest flat-rate tap fees in Routt County.

Thursday, February 12

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Sales tax revenues continue slide

City could face multi-million dollar budget cuts if downward trend continues

The city's December 2008 sales tax report showed a decline in sales tax collections for the month, from $2.56 million in 2007 to $2.33 million in 2008.

Snow should taper off midday

Second storm system headed to valley during weekend

A fast-moving storm system is expected to sweep through Routt County tonight, potentially leaving 4 to 7 inches of snow in its wake.

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Gas prices filling back up

Most Craig unleaded still lower than national average

It turns out oil companies aren't the only people who control gas prices, AAA Colorado spokesman Wave Dreher said.

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Dierdorff looking to Junior World Championships

High school athlete to compete in snowboardcross event

Things can't get much better for Steamboat Springs High School senior Mick Dierdorff. The student-athlete was accepted into the University of Colorado on Tuesday, and in recent competitions has set himself up as one of the brightest young snowboardcross stars in the country.

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Lowell Whiteman hosts presentation about trip abroad

Traveling through the Mongolian steppe taught Seann Stoner, a junior at The Lowell Whiteman School, about the culture and beliefs of one of the last nomadic groups of people in the world.

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Wrestling teams ready for regionals

The Hayden High School wrestling team laid out the blueprint three weeks ago at the Western Slope League championships.

Sports briefs: Freestyle skiers strong at Winter Park

Luke Kamieniecki and Luke Farny led the way for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle skiers Saturday and Sunday at the Winter Park Winter Heat Rocky Mountain Division moguls skiing competition.

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board meets today at 7 p.m.

The Oak Creek Town Board will hear a presentation tonight from a consultant interested in pursuing a water meter project with the town.

Charges pending in marijuana case

Steamboat couple suspected of growing, distributing drug

Charges are expected to be filed by the end of the week against a Steamboat Springs couple suspected of running a marijuana growth and distribution operation out of their Old Town home.

The Record for Feb. 10

12:09 a.m. A two-vehicle, noninjury accident was reported in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Shield Drive. Police took a report.

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Snowmobiler cited for entering wilderness area

Forest Service: Riders often access Mount Zirkel from Buffalo Pass

A snowmobiler was cited during the weekend for entering Mount Zirkel Wilderness, the only ticket of its kind issued this season in the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District.

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Brent Boyer: With obituaries, families come 1st

One of my duties as this newspaper's education reporter was compiling and editing obituaries submitted by our readers and funeral homes across the country. It wasn't the most glamorous duty, but it was an important and often overlooked one.

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15,000 trout stocked in Yampa River

DOW releases small fish in winter to increase survival chances

The town stretch of the Yampa River became home to 15,000 new residents Wednesday, when personnel from the Colorado Division of Wildlife stocked the river with hybrid Tasmanian rainbow trout.

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Tubing ban suggested by DOW

Plan would prohibit tubers' access above Fifth Street Bridge

There was little enthusiasm Wednesday night for a Colorado Division of Wildlife proposal to substantially restrict the popular summer activity of floating the Yampa River on inflatable plastic tubes. The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission tabled its consideration of the plan to a March work session.

Wednesday, February 11

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Big box talk on tap

Debate continues about large-format retail west of town

The conversation to decide whether a big box store will spring up next to Steamboat II - or on both sides of it - begins at tonight's meeting of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

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Ski area leaving slow period

Diamond spoke about trends, future with panel at business breakfast

The next several weeks look good for tourists, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said this morning, at a breakfast that included predictions and concerns from other local business leaders.

Commission questions DOW on elk population

Moffat County Commissioners Tom Gray and Tom Mathers said the Colorado Division of Wildlife needs to demonstrate honesty and make itself available to local residents if it wants to improve its public image.

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Affordable housing plan to see drastic changes

City Council will draft major policy revisions

In a 4-3 vote, the Steamboat Springs City Council decided to move forward with an affordable housing ordinance that would suspend linkage, an impact fee that requires developers to mitigate - with units or a fee - a percentage of the work force housing their developments are thought to create.

Sailors Pavers set to be sold

Bricks to line entry of Gardner Field

The Steamboat Springs Booster Club is set to begin selling Sailors Pavers - engraved bricks that will line the entrance to Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden teen Josh Hines earns Youth Corps honor

Sixteen-year-old Josh Hines, of Hayden, will be honored tonight as the Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps' 2008 Corpsmember of the Year. He's receiving the award from the city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services department.

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Joanne Palmer: Authentic as it gets

In the 19 years I've lived here, I've watched Steamboat take on many personas. One year, ads proclaim Steamboat is Ski Town USA; the next, Steamboat is a world-class ski resort. We're friendly, folksy, snowy and home to lots of Olympians.

North Routt Community Charter School remains determined

Facility continues expansion in face of budget cuts

The slowing economy and threat of cuts from the state have not slowed the North Routt Community Charter School.

John Fetcher praised before Congress

US Rep. John Salazar reads tribute to House of Representatives

John R. Fetcher died Feb. 6 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 97. Fetcher was known throughout Colorado as a builder of ski areas and reservoirs. Congressman John Salazar paid tribute to Fetcher on Tuesday during a speech before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alpine teams finish 3rd in Beaver Creek

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls Alpine teams each finished third on Friday in Beaver Creek. Pacing the boys in the giant slalom event was Connor Bernard, with a third-place finish.

Forum speakers to outline local geothermal opportunities

The resources to develop a geothermal power plant may lie right in Steamboat Springs' backyard, Matthew Sares plans to tell a local audience Thursday.

David R. Freseman, Pamela Graham: Housing solution needed

LIFT-UP of Routt County is very grateful to the generous community we live in. At a time of great need in our county, we have seen countless food drives and food donations, donations for our Thrift Store, and amazing monetary donations to assist those in need. It is obvious from our perspective that we live in a caring, supportive and generous community.

Barb Parnell and Liz Morgan: Through with chew

In Colorado, 7.3 percent of adult men use chew tobacco on a daily basis, compared to the national rate of 6 percent. Chew tobacco use rates can vary dramatically according to where you live, and some areas of Southeast and Southwest Colorado can have rates of adult men who chew as high as 20 percent. Among high school-age boys in Colorado, about 12.4 percent use chew tobacco, whereas the national rate is about 10 percent.

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Smooth sailing for girls hoops in Gypsum

Steamboat trounces Eagle Valley, 63-39

While Steamboat Springs played like the Road Runner, its Eagle Valley counterparts looked more like the Wile E. Coyote.

The Record for Feb. 9

12:50 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 3300 block of Columbine Drive where there was a loud party.

Our View: Honoring 2 Steamboat icons

There are few men who have had as great an impact on the Yampa Valley as Jim Temple and John Fetcher. Their lives are worth remembering, honoring and celebrating.

Success Steps lunch to provide negotiation tips

Talk to focus on pointers from Harvard authors

Randy Rudasics is leading a lunchtime workshop Thursday to explain what he means. Rudasics, manager of the Bogue Enterprise Center and a SCORE counselor, plans to use a book to guide the business-focused Success Steps talk at Steamboat Smokehouse.

County institutes hiring freeze

Routt manager: Area revenues are declining at a severe rate

Fearing deeper revenue declines than budgeted, Routt County government has instituted a hiring freeze that applies to all positions vacated as of Tuesday.

County could recoup traffic ticket revenue

Commissioners move toward increasing penalties for local infractions

The Routt County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval Tuesday to adopting the Colorado Department of Transportation's Model Traffic Code, which not only would raise fines for local traffic offenses, but also send some of that money back to Routt County's general fund instead of to the state.

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New 'green' dry cleaner opens

Owners aim to compete with other Steamboat Springs operation

Resort Dry Cleaning has opened in Steamboat Springs to compete with Natural Cleaners. Resort Dry Cleaning is in Riverside Plaza in western Steamboat. Shawn and Rhonda Graham own the new operation, which opened Jan. 19.

Tuesday, February 10

Hiring of department leaders delayed

Former clerk Jordan, previously on leave, no longer employed by city

The city of Steamboat Springs has delayed efforts to fill two vacant department manager positions as it awaits the Feb. 17 arrival of new city manager Jon Roberts.

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Jimmy Westlake: Winter's circle of stars

High overhead on cold winter nights is a ring of seven of the brightest stars in the sky, an asterism known as the Winter Circle. While not an official constellation, the pattern is so striking that it tends to jump right out at you.

Tom Ross: The purity of the turn

When you think about it, the modern history of skiing is a great deal like the history of rock 'n' roll. Most meaningful change is driven by rebellious youths who refuse to conform to societal norms.

Class size remains a concern

School Board members discuss who controls policy

The optimum class size - and who should determine it - was once again a prickly subject for the Steamboat Springs School Board during a meeting Monday night. Even as the board continues to grapple with the issue, there may be some level of closure at the next board meeting, when parents are invited to share their views.

The Record for Feb. 8

1:44 a.m. A traffic stop led to an arrest at Dream Island Plaza. A two-vehicle noninjury wreck occurred, police said. A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se and driving without proof of insurance.

'Good Morning America Weekend' to feature Steamboat

ABC TV show to feature city Sunday

Steamboat Springs is scheduled to be on ABC's "Good Morning America Weekend" on Sunday.

Affordable housing debate continues tonight

Council to weigh in on ordinance to suspend linkage

Affordable housing is the only discussion topic at tonight's City Council meeting, when members are expected to weigh in on suspending a substantial housing requirement.

Hayden to seek stimulus cash

Town hurries to plan water tank near YVRA or Golden Meadows

Hayden leaders hope government dollars will buy them a second water storage tank.

Steamboat briefs: Williams to be sentenced in March in embezzlement

Williams to be sentenced in March in embezzlement

Monday, February 9

Police: Party revealed drug operation

Youths were drinking at house where marijuana grew, authorities said

An underage drinking party in an Old Town home Saturday night led police to a suspected marijuana-growing operation, law enforcement officials said Monday.

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Ski area pioneer Jim Temple dies

Temple cleared the first trails at Steamboat's Storm Mountain in 1958

James Wood Temple, the single-minded dreamer who built the first ski runs at the base of Storm Mountain and who first visualized what would someday become the modern Steamboat Ski Area, died early Monday morning at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 82.

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Rolf Wilson wins Pro Alpine Flying Championships

Rolf Wilson won last year at the Howelsen Hill gelande jumping event and had a series of three wins in Steamboat Springs from 2003 to 2005. That sense of consistency guided him to the 2009 crown.

Sports briefs: Tibbetts lifts Soroco to win

Rams overcome 1st-half deficit to beat Eagles

The Soroco boys basketball team encountered a hot-shooting and determined opponent Saturday as it traveled to Paonia.

The Record for Feb. 7

Saturday, Feb. 7

Steamboat Briefs: VNA offers free screening for breathing problems

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association now is offering free screenings for people experiencing breathing problems or diagnosed with asthma, COPD or other related respiratory illnesses in Routt, Moffat and Jackson counties.

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Planning for a west-end school

District officials begin talks with Steamboat 700 and city

Steamboat Springs School District officials already are looking at ways to house the estimated 300 school-aged children from the proposed Steamboat 700 development on the west end of town.

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Weather warms carnival

Ski Band shows off new uniforms amid spring-like temperatures

The Steamboat Springs Ski Band didn't even need their brand-new jackets and hats for the parade during the 96th annual Winter Carnival on Sunday morning.

Aging Well: It's never too late to quit smoking

Some people may have dates on their mind this Valentine's Day. Rather than a fancy dinner and roses, one of the best things smokers can plan for their sweetheart, and especially for themselves, is a date to kick their habit.

Luke Graham: Notes from the week

Last week was an eventful one for Routt County sports. Here are a few notes from around the valley:

School Board to discuss gift policy

District officials look to clarify handling of sales tax dollars

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham will begin the discussion tonight of when a gift is more than just a gift.

Deb Babcock: Houseplants: Natural air filters

It seems every winter that half of Steamboat Springs seems to come down with what a lot of locals call "The Crud." I would describe it as a rattling, persistent cough that just hangs on forever.

Monday Medical: Cooking for flavor and heart health

Many of us seem to feel that heart-healthy cooking is an all or nothing sort of endeavor - meaning that you have to choose between heart-healthy foods or tasty foods.

Sunday, February 8

Teen Style: What teens do in free time

Riding the free bus around all day, aimlessly walking downtown, journeying to City Market for children's free cookies because I'm hopelessly broke: these are the highlights of daily entertainment for many teens.

Teen Style: Would students go to a teen center? Sure, if their friends do

I have a question: Would teens go to a community recreation center and want to spend their time there? Nearly all the teens to whom I posed this question said that they would go if given the opportunity.

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Local dual credit scholars stock up on classes

Laura Bruch said high school students are the best performers in her English composition class - despite the fact they are surrounded by college students.

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Teen Style: Looking at a teen center

Plans for a youth and teen center in Steamboat Springs have come and gone, from a proposed area in a new, $34 million community recreation center to an $87,500 expansion of the lobby at Howelsen Ice Arena, shelved until further notice by Steamboat Springs City Council in November 2008 for capital budgeting reasons.

Teen Style: Is a teen center needed?

Amid a swath of concrete and asphalt, unimposing but not unremarkable, stands the Steamboat Springs Community Center. It's an effective facility, for its purposes. But it does have one problem: It's a lie.

Teen Style: High school teachers weigh in on teen center

Where Steamboat Springs High School history teacher Deirdre Boyd grew up on Long Island, N.Y., there was no such thing as a teen center.

Yampa against Shell's water request

Leery of Shell Oil's recent filing for substantial water rights on the Yampa River, the Yampa Town Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to join any official opposition to the plan to pull water from the waterway whose name the town shares.

Routt County Spotlight: Meagan Dawn Coates

Meagan Dawn Coates

Looking Back for Feb. 9, 1934: Many will take active part in Winter Carnival

The mid-winter sports carnival Feb. 23 and 24 is to be the big time of the season when ski riders, hundreds of children, swift cross-country riders and the daring ski jumpers will put on a show to please the crowds. Everybody can enjoy the sports this year. Bring the family and spend the two days having fun and frolicking.

Class notes: Christian Heritage School honor roll lists

Honor Roll - Sixth grade: Andrea Clark, Paige Eivins; Eighth grade: Aleigh Aurin, Nora Corser, Shealie Jenkins, Mikenzie Ochs, Jack Pietig, Jane Robey, Tyler Scott; Ninth grade: Kevin Finch, Colton Mahanna, Daniel Melvin, Sara Pugh; 10th grade: David Robey.

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Local diver takes the plunge

MCHS diver from Steamboat raises her game for state meet

Genna Bradley was so nervous at last year's state diving meet, she couldn't bear to watch the competition. But when the little-known competitor from Steamboat Springs started to dive, she saw her name start to rise up the leader board.

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Area teachers have day care dilemma

School district staff asking for help with child care needs

Teachers who have lived in Steamboat Springs long enough know the drill: Sign up for day care as soon as you realize you or your spouse are pregnant.

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2 Sailors vie for Skimeister

Dixson, Gantick to compete in 4 skiing events in 2 days

The Skimeister is an event where high school skiers compete in all four high school skiing disciplines - skate, classic, slalom and giant slalom.

Steamboat hockey skates to easy win

Sailors vent Friday frustration in Saturday romp against Cougars

Nobody wanted to be in the Cougars' skates on Saturday. Not with a frustrated Steamboat Springs High School hockey team coming off a pivotal 3-2 loss to Cheyenne Mountain on Friday.

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Tigers hoops teams take 2 from Saints

Hayden boys, girls excel against Vail Christian

It was unseasonably warm Saturday, and the chase for 2A Western Slope playoff seeding heated up as the Hayden boys basketball team came out of Edwards with a 43-30 win against Vail Christian.

Maggie Berglund: Solution to Gridlock: More voices at the table

President Barack Obama has been traveling the halls of our Capitol building looking for bipartisan support on a stimulus plan, but I wonder whether his bipartisan efforts are enough.

The Record for Feb. 6

12:29 a.m. A suicide attempt was reported in Steamboat Springs. One woman was transported to the hospital.

Missing snowmobilers located in North Routt

Three snowmobilers reported missing in North Routt County late Friday night were safely located Saturday, according to Routt County Search and Rescue personnel.

Jail Report for Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

Tony Dwayne Counts, 39, Oak Creek - Driving under the influence, DUI per se, driving under restraint (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Holly Nelson: Arts Council preserving vision

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council Board is disappointed with the article "Arts Council reorganizes: nonprofit cuts visual arts department, focuses on performance" published Feb. 3.

John F. Russell: Spillane hopes for another medal

Steamboat Springs native and U.S. Nordic combined veteran Johnny Spillane spent time last week just where he wanted to be, back home enjoying one of his favorite pastimes - fly-fishing.

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Post office plaza planned

City South site would be designed to lure lingering

Partners Brian Olson and Rod Forrester have entered the city planning process with a commercial development they hope will create a new urban hub just off U.S. Highway 40 between downtown and the ski mountain.

Steve Lewis: Rob Douglas is selling out our town

Rob Douglas' column is a developer's mouthpiece. He let Mary Brown write his last column on housing. This week, he writes that suspending our affordable housing ordinances amounts to a compromise. Ridiculous!

Business file: Lunch offers tips on negotiating skills

Businesspeople interested in enhancing their negotiation skills are invited to a Success Steps seminar this week. The seminar, "Finding Agreement through Principled Negotiations," is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Smokehouse. It costs $15.

Share stories about John Fetcher

Ski pioneer, dam builder and rancher John Fetcher died Friday at 97. Fetcher's impacts on the Yampa Valley are immeasurable, particularly in the fields of skiing, water storage and ranching. If you have a story to share about Fetcher, e-mail it to or call 970-871-4233.

Stephen M. Aigner, Ph.D.: City needs water policy

Steamboat Springs needs to adopt a formal water dedication policy that fits the city, just as most other Colorado communities have done.

Marketing experts discuss playing defense

'Advertising is an investment; it's not an expense,' radio advertising sales manager says at forum

Local pros beat the advertising drum Friday, aiming to convince business owners that a recession is the time for more - not less - marketing.

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Gelande hopefuls aim to make ski jumping history

Bruce Stott couldn't even remember if he did anything wrong Friday, let alone what that mistake might have been. But the evidence that something had gone wrong was there in the form of a neck brace a day later.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Traditional Winter Carnival street events bring spills and smiles

When Heather Wilhelm participated in Winter Carnival street events on skis, her childhood favorite was skijoring - being pulled down Lincoln Avenue by a horse at top speed.

Our view: Water policy is muddy

It's a good idea - and likely long overdue - for the city of Steamboat Springs to require developers of annexed properties to provide water rights or water development resources as a condition of annexation.

Joel Reichenberger: One jump at a time

Howelsen Hill's ski jumps were the first thing that interested me about Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat boys basketball wins 40th straight

Sailors streak could be headed for 3 lossless seasons

There probably aren't many teams in the state, and not any in the Western Slope that accomplished what the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team did Saturday in Delta.

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Developers double up on January sales in Flat Tops duplex

Val and Bob Lish fervently were hoping to sell just one half of their spec duplex in Flat Tops View Village this winter. But they didn't imagine, in Steamboat's slumping real estate market, that both halves would go under contract and close for a combined $2.2 million within the span of a month.

On the market: Federal housing officials to meet with local group

Nancy Engelken, affordable housing coordinator for the city of Steamboat Springs, is assembling a group of experts in the Steamboat housing and development industry to meet with federal housing officials.

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Frustration grows for Nordic skiers

City officials hashing out plan for maintenance of Howelsen Hill trails

Many local Nordic skiers are experiencing further frustrations this year as citywide budget cuts have reduced grooming standards at Howelsen Hill.

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State ski resorts report decent midseason numbers and promotions

Colorado's ski resorts say they're doing better than expected as they march into the second half of the season.

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Former ski instructor still teaches

After skiing for 60 years, 'Mr. Bill' savors every turn

Bill Root's been teaching skiing for more than 40 years. Now four years retired from the Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School, Root - or Mr. Bill, as he's known to seemingly every person who skis past him on Mount Werner - still has one tip or another for most people.

Saturday, February 7

Missing snowmobilers located in North Routt

Rescuers: no injuries and men had equipment for a night in the backcountry

Rescuers said no one was injured and the Iowa men had sufficient equipment to spend the night in the backcountry.

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Sweetser's swish saves Hayden girls from Meeker

On any other night, the Hayden girls basketball team might have been ready to exhale. Only four games remain in the regular season after Friday's win against Meeker.

Hayden boys basketball loses in rout against Meeker

Hayden High School boys basketball coach Mike Luppes didn't struggle to find a positive after Friday night's disheartening 73-45 loss to Meeker.

Soroco boys basketball picks up win against Mustangs

After a slow start on Friday at West Grand High School, the Soroco High School boys basketball team rebounded for a 49-30 win against the Mustangs.

Steamboat boys basketball beats Palisade by 6

Steamboat Springs senior basketball players Nelson Brassell and Alex Wood kept reiterating the point. The two have been through years of winning and dominating the Western Slope League, and they weren't going to let a pesky Palisade team ruin it Friday night.

Hockey loses on the road to Cheyenne Mountain, 3-2

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team couldn't overcome penalties and two inopportune turnovers on Friday, as the team fell on the road to Cheyenne Mountain, 3-2.

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Buzzer-beaters decide close duel

Knowledge Bowl comeback falls short for Sailors on Friday

The Steamboat Springs High School Knowledge Bowl team came back to within 2 points of the lead during its home meet Friday, but Middle Park pulled ahead with a winning 93 points, compared to Steamboat's 91.

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Tom Ross: Lighted Man continues to shine

The brother of Winter Carnival's famed Lighted Man has been waiting more than 30 years for the chance to douse his sibling with a fire extinguisher. The chance could come tonight for Kent Banks when his brother, Jon, resumes a family tradition that has been carried on with only a couple of misses for 70 years.

Locals remember John Fetcher

Billy Kidd: "John was one of the legends of the valley here. ... He made so many contributions to this valley and this town - we're certainly going to remember him, with great memories."

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Carl Howelsen statue unveiled downtown

City honors local ski jumping pioneer who helped found Winter Sports Club

From his perch in front of Howelsen Place, Carl Howelsen will be able to watch every future Winter Carnival, his son Leif Hovelsen said Friday night.

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Hayden OKs Triple Crown

Approval for town to use Dry Creek fields now up to Steamboat council

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve a deal with Steamboat Springs, allowing the Triple Crown baseball and softball tournaments to use town fields this year and next. In exchange, Steamboat would pay to finish the two Dry Creek Park ball fields.

Steamboat briefs: Local women invited to Storm Peak conference

Local women invited to Storm Peak conference

County officials look to fill emergency management post by April

Routt County received 57 applications last month from people seeking to be its next emergency management director. That's the largest applicant pool for a department head position that County Manager Tom Sullivan said he has seen since joining the county staff in 2001.

Friday, February 6

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An extraordinary life

John Fetcher, ski pioneer, dam builder and rancher, dies at 97

John R. Fetcher, who changed the course of history in Northwest Colorado by building reservoirs, overseeing local water districts and ushering the Steamboat Ski Area into the modern age, died late Friday afternoon at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 97.

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Avalanche runs 600 feet on Sand Mountain

Jan. 29 slide cut a swath through the Cornice Bowl west of Steamboat Lake

Steamboat Springs avalanche expert Art Judson rose early on Thursday to photograph a recent North Routt avalanche in favorable light.

Craig woman pleads guilty

Prosecutors dismiss attempted murder charge

An attempted murder charge against a Craig woman was dismissed Thursday in Moffat County District Court as part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Margaret Hair: Winter Carnival makes sense

This might sound unlikely. And you don't have to believe me. But I have been training for an event like Winter Carnival - mentally, at least - my whole life.

State Senate votes, 19-16, to increase vehicle fees

The Colorado Senate backed a bill increasing vehicle registration fees to pay for road and bridge repairs Thursday, voting 19-16 to send the bill on to the House.

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City pursues Public Works expansion

$1.6 million project would add office space, storage to shop

Public Works Director Philo Shelton has submitted a permit application that would allow the city of Steamboat Springs to add 1,200 square feet of office space plus equipment storage to the Public Works shop on Critter Court.

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Popeye wins first place for Sailors

High school team awarded top prize for sculpture at Old Town Square

Fittingly, a sculpture of a sailor won first place for a team of Steamboat Springs High School students in this year's annual snow sculpture contest, part of Winter Carnival festivities that culminate this weekend. Students Abraham Rodriguez, Rogelio Loya, Daniel Delgadillo, Jose Luis and Alan Nunez crafted the salty sailor in front of Old Town Square, at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Beer-tasting event offers chance to meet local artists

Photographer Deb Funston, musician Mary Martin Stockdale, authors Jill Murphy Long and Joanne Palmer and business owners Lori Bourgeois and Stephanie Reineke host a "Meet a Local" event from 4 to 8 p.m. today at The Garage Bar.

Sailors hockey team eyes 2nd place before playoffs

Steamboat faces 2 more weekends of regular season play

The playoff scenarios are diverse and complex, but the bottom line for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team remains the same as the team enters the final two weekends of regular season play.

The Record for Feb. 4

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Steamboat briefs: Phone fraud continues for Routt County residents

Phone fraud continues for Routt County residents

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Artists' Gallery show focuses on coordinating colors, light

At the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat in February, local artist Denise Bohart Brown's textile and glass works join oil paintings by Phil Wright and photography by Joseph Cosby in a show titled "Balance." The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today as part of First Friday Artwalk.

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Winter Carnival ski jumping events draw crowds to Howelsen

The jumpers ranged in age from the young to the old and in experience from rookie to veteran. But no one at Howelsen Hill could match the pizzazz of Buck Erickson, who cut his face into a teeth-baring grin and waved his poles wildly every time he flew down the ramp.

Aspen Sotheby's closing to rival firm

Morris and Fyrwald Real Estate to take over

The Aspen real estate industry got its second jolt of the week Wednesday when one of its largest firms announced it is closing and that its franchise with Sotheby's will be taken over by a former rival.

On Scene: Trivia at The Tap House

Quick: What slice-of-degenerate-life 1996 film made "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle famous? If you can guess the answer - it's "Trainspotting," starring a very addled-looking Ewan McGregor - you might know enough to win as much as $30 in gift certificates playing live trivia at The Tap House.

Vail sets sales tax, real estate records

Vail collected a record $9 million in real estate transfer taxes, a 1 percent charge for any sale of a property.

Yampa Town Board dissects survey results

Report shows preference for limited growth

In Yampa's recent community survey, the town learned that residents' wants, needs and issues have not changed very much in the past six years.

CD review of Phosphorescent "To Willie"

On Phosphorescent's tribute to the lesser-known songs of Willie Nelson, you don't get a feeling that Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck is any more stable than Nelson was when he originally recorded these songs - and that's the way it should be.

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Becky Alter plays aprÃs ski shows, talks about upcoming tour

"If you don't sing at the end of this song, I sound really funny," Becky Alter said, warning an aprÃs ski crowd at Bear River Bar & Grill about the possible consequences of staying silent during her rendition of "Hey Jude."

Local officials opposed redistribution of mineral lease

Freshman state Rep. Randy Baumgardner's bill to reallocate federal mineral lease revenue received a harsh drubbing from the Legislature's House Finance Committee this week, where it was killed in a 10-0 vote.

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New Orleans band talks about recent news from tour van

On the way to their first Colorado tour gig in Vail on Tuesday afternoon, the four members of E.O.E. tossed a phone into the middle of their van and let insults, random asides and occasional musical insights fly.

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Rob Douglas: Suspend the affordable housing ordinance

The Steamboat Springs City Council meets next week to debate and decide the future of the city's affordable housing ordinance. The council should compromise between the ideologies entrenched on opposite sides of the issue.

Hayden welcomes Meeker for Class 2A top-10 matchup

It's a big night for Hayden basketball. On the girls' side, No. 4 Hayden welcomes No. 7 Meeker for a 7 p.m. home game. The boys follow the girls against Meeker at 8:30 p.m.

Hoopster boys, girls hit the road this weekend

The product of winning for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team means there are newfound expectations.

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Bedbugs, unsatisfied manager among Iron Horse Inn challenges

The city's purchase of the Iron Horse Inn initially was praised as an astute move to lead by example and secure affordable housing for city employees and other local workers.

Thursday, February 5

Montessori expansion not embraced

Fund Board gives proposal cool reception, many questions

A request for money to expand local Montessori programs received a cool reception and many questions at Wednesday night's Education Fund Board meeting.

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Beetle epidemic to restrict camping

Pearl Lake campgrounds not expected to open this summer

The Dutch Hill Campground at Steamboat Lake State Park once was densely packed with lodgepole pine. But blue marks on bark now dominate the landscape.

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County schools to stop selling soda

Colorado Department of Education ruling takes effect in July, includes diet soft drinks

Routt County schools will be bottling up their sugary drinks next school year, following a Colorado Department of Education ruling that bans the sale of soda in schools.

Triathlon director backs out

The Steamboat Springs Triathlon will be under new management in 2009.

Hayden could annex 185 acres

Town Board to discuss expansion, Triple Crown, trustee appointment

Hayden trustees might decide to add 185 acres to town, Triple Crown teams to Dry Creek Park and a new trustee to their board. Town Clerk Susan Irvine said she expected the packed agenda to mean a long meeting today.

Steamboat briefs: 2 fraud cases result in $5,000 losses

Two fraud cases resulting in losses of nearly $5,000 were reported to law enforcement Wednesday.

The Record for Feb. 3

9:58 a.m. A two-vehicle, hit-and-run accident was reported on Mount Werner Road. There were no injuries. Police took a report and issued a citation.

Developer: Steamboat 700 still strong

Mulcahy says project moving forward despite economic uncertainty

Steamboat 700 Project Manager Danny Mulcahy continues to assuage concerns that his proposed master-planned community west of city limits is threatened by the global economic downturn.

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Trapper Mining seeks economic relief

Officials: Lower federal payments needed to extend mine's life

Trapper Mining officials want the coal mine to stay open, said Ray DuBois, Trapper Mining president and general manager. However, economic conditions could cause the mine to close early unless the federal government gives Trapper a break on its royalty payments.

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Ski theft has lasting effect on adaptive athlete

Temperatures crept above freezing in Aspen for the first time in days, but Andy Campbell didn't enjoy a second of the sunshine Friday.

Wednesday, February 4

Routt County residents hit by phone fraud

Callers pretend to be family members, acquaintances in distress

Two fraud cases resulting in losses of nearly $5,000 were reported to law enforcement on Wednesday. Both cases involved individuals who wired money to someone posing as a friend or family member.

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Fortress on shaky ground

Value tumbling for firm that backs Intrawest and base area projects

Fortress, the financial foundation of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and a backer of several base area redevelopment projects, is facing significant challenges that could affect construction on Mount Werner.

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Joanne Palmer: Teens and trials on the bumps

"Rip it up! Rip it up, ladies!" I stopped in my ski tracks and looked overhead to see a 20-something dude bopping to his headphones above me, laughing at my friend and I on a mogul run.

Fund Board to address hot topics

Montessori expansion, small class sizes on tonight's agenda

The Education Fund Board is slated tonight to discuss funding for Montessori programs and small class sizes in the Steamboat Springs School District.

The Record for Feb. 2

Monday, Feb. 2

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Town Board meets today to discuss Shell Oil

Yampa Town Board meets today to discuss Shell Oil

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Writer studies human behavior

Laurence Gonzales explains new book at Thursday presentation

In his novels, essays and nonfiction works, author Laurence Gonzales has worked to develop and share a deeper understanding about why people act the way they do.

John Spezia: A solution for all people

As I watched the inaugural ceremonies and the crowd of Americans on the National Mall, I was brought to tears with the hope and kindness expressed for the future of all the people of our country. After the elections in November, our city, our county, our state and our nation voted for hope, to be kind to all, to have compassion for all, to lend a hand to those in need, to redefine the role of government, to make sure as our tide rises, all Americans rise on that tide of prosperity and success through hard work.

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Running series changes course

Co-directors look for sponsorship, race directors

As small-business owners and participants of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, Cara Marrs and Lisa Barbour know how valuable the series is to the community. The co-directors are looking for sponsors, race directors and volunteers.

Steamboat students inspired by diversity training

Students at Steamboat Springs High School wishing to promote diversity training are faced with a strange dichotomy in rural Northwest Colorado.

Annual pet registrations lagging

Spay/neuter discount coupons available at shelter for 'Spay Day USA'

Nearly 2,000 Routt County pet owners registered their dogs and cats in 2008. Since last year's registrations expired more than a month ago, only 195 dogs and 33 cats have been brought up to date, according to the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter.

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Council could ask developers to provide water rights

Developer warns excessive demands could thwart Steamboat 700

City officials Tuesday supported a policy that would require annexation proposals to include water rights or resources. But developers already seeking annexation warned about placing that burden on planned communities such as Steamboat 700.

Our View: Community Indicators Project a worthwhile effort

Last weekend's publication of the Community Indicators Project was no small feat, and it's certainly not something that should go unnoticed by residents of Northwest Colorado.

Tuesday, February 3

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Parks and Recreation plans advance

District Court rules on Humble Ranch lawsuit

A draft Parks and Recreation Master Plan is nearing adoption, and Steamboat Springs has received a grant to develop a more specific master plan for the rodeo grounds.

Jimmy Westlake: You decide Hubble's next target

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is well under way, and to help celebrate, NASA is inviting you and me and the entire world to choose the Hubble Space Telescope's next target to photograph. That's right. All you have to do is visit the Web site and cast your vote for one of the six celestial objects described and pictured there. The current vote-leader is a distant spiral galaxy named NGC 5172, about 300-million light years away in the Coma Berenices constellation, but the leader can change as more people throughout the world cast their votes. The other five objects up for the vote are: a star-forming region named NGC 6634, a planetary nebula named NGC 6072, another planetary nebula named NGC 40, an edge-on spiral galaxy named NGC 4289 and a pair of colliding galaxies named Arp 274.

3.2 beer battle brewing

Baumgardner and White oppose change that would allow more full-strength beer sales

Measure's supporters say it's unfair that grocery and convenience stores can't sell full-strength beer, but opponents say the change would shut down locally owned liquor stores.

Council to discuss water dedication policy opposed by current applicants

The Steamboat Springs City Council will debate tonight whether to adopt a water dedication policy for annexed properties and whether to apply that policy to existing applicants.

Juniors fill void on Nordic combined World Cup

With the top American Nordic combined skiers taking a break before the World Championships, the door was open for the next wave of American skiers to fill the void.

The Record for Feb. 1

Sunday, Feb. 1

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Fair Board looking to fill vacancy

Routt County Fair Board looking to fill vacancy

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Arts Council eliminates visual arts department, focuses on performance

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is in the middle of a reorganization process that will shift the nonprofit's focus to performing arts.

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Leadership Symposiums teach 8th-graders about character development

Josie Pacana knew it was a trap. First, Dave Keller, one of the presenters at Monday's Leadership Symposium, put $1 into Josie's hand. Then, he laid $10, $100 and finally $1,000 bills in her hand.

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Tom Ross: Forecast calls for spring cruising on Mount Werner

If you've given any thought to testing the latest, greatest Alpine skis this winter, Winter Carnival week looks as if it will be ideal for cruising the big groomers on Mount Werner.

Residents, downtown retailers brainstorm how to survive tough times

Steamboat Springs residents and business owners wrestled with familiar issues at a forum and movie screening Monday evening. About 60 people attended the discussion at Centennial Hall, which included a viewing of "Paperback Dreams."

Monday, February 2

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Reader photos from December and January

A look at some of the best photos submitted by Pilot & Today readers. Have photos to share? Click here for more information on getting your pictures published.

Snowfall in town tops 134 inches

Snow in town is at 54 percent of the mid-mountain total.

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Luke Graham: Steamboat girls are learning to win

Three years ago, I wrote about Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen, the girls on his team and how they were headed in the right direction.

Sports briefs: Hayden girls slip past Rangely

The Hayden High School girls basketball team didn't appear to learn any lessons from a close game Friday night against North Park.

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Steamboat skiers stock up on medals this weekend

When given a weekend off from her training with the University of Colorado Alpine ski team, Lisa Perricone opted to return to Steamboat Springs and "help out some of the younger girls." Perricone, a former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club standout, dominated the two-day, two-event U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association SmartWool Cup in Steamboat Springs during the weekend.

Aging Well: Weathering financial stress

Tears of worry well in Dee Luce's eyes as she describes her husband, Al Luce, shoveling snow from high atop the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

The Record for Jan. 31

12:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers arrested a 39-year-old Oak Creek man at a traffic stop on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se and driving under restraint.

Steamboat briefs: Dance Theatre seeking sponsors for March show

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is seeking sponsors for the 37th annual March concert. Sponsorships help the nonprofit organization purchase costumes and offset performance costs.

Deb Babcock: Control houseplant pests

Houseplant insects are so tiny that we often don't notice them when caring for our plants. It's only when they begin annoying us while reading and relaxing that we really begin to pay attention to them.

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Resident featured in calendar; wants to make active seniors project local

About a year ago, Steamboat Springs resident Ann Ross came across a magazine advertisement calling for active senior citizens to contribute to a calendar made by the Humana health care company. She sent in a picture of herself dancing with the Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble and another of her with a NASTAR Ski Racing medal. And she waited.

Forum to focus on what residents want on Lincoln Avenue

In a panel discussion and film screening tonight, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore co-owner Ron Krall hopes to unite downtown businesses and community members "to start talking about this economic climate before we find ourselves affected by it."

Monday Medical: Women should take health to heart

One year ago, Hayden resident Julie Redmond opened the Steamboat Today and read about American Heart Month diagnostic screenings at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Stagecoach couple enthusiastic about new Green Building Program

Michael and Jo Ann Mow seem to be setting quite an example as the first applicants to go through the Routt County Regional Building Department's pilot Green Building Program.

Sunday, February 1

Missing snowmobilers found, appear to be OK

Three snowmobilers who spent Saturday night in the backcountry after separating from a larger group were found in good condition Sunday, according to Routt County Search and Rescue.

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Local oral surgeon harvests stem cells for patients

Steamboat Springs oral surgeon Dr. John Lupori offers patients the chance to store the stem cells in the teeth he extracts. Lupori partners with StemSave, a New York-based company that freezes and stores stem cells found in the pulp at the base of teeth. Science is moving fast, those involved said, and the cells might someday save the patient's life.

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Ghost Ranch goes for the big gigs

Downtown saloon looks for national acts, could boost scene

As interior construction takes shape, the Ghost Ranch Saloon has started going after national booking agents to fill out a music schedule for its first few months in business.

St. Onge picks up aerial win

U.S. Ski Team freestyle skier Ryan St. Onge, a former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member, won the Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge at Deer Valley Resort in Utah on Friday. It was St. Onge's sixth career World Cup victory and his third career win in Deer Valley.

The Record for Jan. 30

12:28 a.m. A noise complaint was received from the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle.

State budget deficit could cause slash in tourism spending

Ritter's plan would keep vacant or eliminate 540 full-time jobs

As the Colorado General Assembly prepares to enter the second month of 2009's opening session, there's no shortage of legislative action to keep Northwest Colorado's representatives busy - and local officials' eyes turned toward the Capitol.

Routt County Spotlight: Betsy Blakeslee

Betsy Blakeslee

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Steamboat Springs teen races in Wyoming dog sled event

Everything around Krista Halsnes seemed a contradiction as she made the final preparations for the most important dog sled race of her young life.

Rick DeVos: Welcome to Winter Carnival

Beginning as the organizing committee for the first Winter Carnival, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has maintained the Winter Carnival as a service to the community since 1914. We are pleased to host the 96th annual Winter Carnival from Feb. 4 to 8. This year's theme is "Grateful for Howelsen Hill."

Yampa reviving traditional Groundhog Day supper

Nothing less than groundhog is on the menu at Yampa's Groundhog Day Supper on Monday night. But rather than fillet of Punxsutawney Phil, locals diners will feast on fresh pork sausage and biscuits and gravy.

Joel Reichenberger: Hayden girls try to adjust

I don't feel bad saying the overwhelming success of the Hayden girls basketball team and coach Eric Hamilton has surprised me.

Mary Rose crowned Winter Carnival queen

When Mary Rose was told she had been selected as queen for the 96th annual Winter Carnival, she was too shocked to believe the news. Having never been a Winter Carnival attendant or even a little princess, Rose never thought she'd be selected.

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Steamboat alums head up freshman, JV basketball teams

Cody Sherrill and Devin Borvansky don't hesitate to explain what the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball program did for them. After several years away from the program the two have returned to give something back as coaches.

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Sailors hockey ices Eagles, 6-0

Steamboat gets contributions from young players in win

It was pretty evident prior to Saturday's Steamboat Springs and Valor Christian high school hockey game how it was going to turn out.

Business File: Lockhart wins award for marketing excellence

Lockhart Auction & Realty, of Steamboat Springs, won first prize in marketing excellence in Denver at The Colorado Auctioneers Convention. The advertising poster was designed for Partners of Routt County's prestigious Java & Jazz event held annually on the first Sunday in September, according to a news release.

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Steamboat Nordic athletes earn high finishes

Nordic combined competitors fill podium at Howelsen Hill

It took a week to pull off, but the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club J1 and J2 Nordic combined athletes didn't waste their chance when it finally came.

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Hayden wrestling rolls past Meeker

Tigers down Cowboys with 4 match wins in home dual meet

Hayden senior Coy Letlow almost learned a lesson the hard way. Only a last-second, two-point reversal saved him from a loss in his only match on Senior Night on Saturday, when the wrestling squad dueled Meeker.

Looking Back for Feb. 2, 1934: Old Man Groundhog sniffs the air

From the Friday, Feb. 2, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Real estate transactions for Jan. 22 to 28

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Button celebrates Howelsen

Looking back on past Winter Carnivals, the selection of a theme is often a sign of the times.

Best of the Web: The virtue of saving

Not everyone who moves to Steamboat can afford a house. The opposite thinking is what got us into the subprime mortgage mess that we're in today. : Today's work force needs to learn to delay instant gratification in favor of long-term goals. Everyone thinks he/she is entitled to everything - including a home - now. : This country needs to get back to a mindset where saving is a virtue.

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Home school students far from isolation

Cooperative of families creates weekly meetings for fun and learning

For two years, Julie Lutz searched the Internet regularly for sites referring to fellow home schooling mothers in Steamboat Springs. Again and again she would type in her searches, and just as often she would find no results.

Crowded price points begin to see declines

Real estate absorption rate exceeds beyond 40 months in some categories

The slumping Steamboat Springs real estate market is backed up in the second month of 2009 with an oversupply of inventory that is stretching absorption rates beyond 40 months in some categories.

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Ski Band looking good in new uniforms

Famous band returns to snow for parade performance

The Steamboat Springs High School Ski Band will perform in style this year thanks to new uniforms and cowboy hats.

Soroco hoops teams fall in Plateau Valley

The Soroco High School girls basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start and distinct disadvantage at the free-throw line Friday at Plateau Valley. The girls lost, 60-49.

Murray Tucker, Ph.D.: Dire straits

Economists will tell you that the impact of economic activity is at the margin. The proof, today, is that although the overwhelming majority of us have suffered paper losses, we must remember that we beamed about our paper gains. The problem at the margin is that 10 percent of our population is in dire straits - overextended on credit cards, overextended in mortgage payments and out of work.

On the Market: Ski Town Realtor Brian Ladd joins Land Institute

Brian Ladd, owner of Ski Town Real Estate, has been selected for membership by the Realtors' Land Institute, headquartered in Chicago. He joins a group of more than 1,200 land specialists throughout North America.

Conservative commentary: Get taxpayers off PERA-go-round

When President Bush and Congress first proposed a financial bailout for Wall Street investors last September, a grass-roots chorus - from the left and the right - decried using taxpayer funds to pay off the debts of private investors.

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Winter Carnival's can't-miss spectacle

Call 'em crazy, but the brave men and women who take part in the Winter Carnival shovel race help make it one of the annual spectacle's most entertaining events. It also helps make the street events one of the most popular aspects of Winter Carnival.

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Oak Creek explores residential growth options

With restricted space in town limits for future residential growth, the current draft of Oak Creek's comprehensive plan identifies Routt County Road 25 and agricultural lands north and south of town as ideal places for future annexation.

Our View: Home rule could be home run

Hayden's consideration of becoming a home-rule municipality offers the promise of revenue growth and the autonomy to govern the community as its residents see fit. We applaud town officials for taking on a complicated but important issue.

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Now in its 96th year, Winter Carnival has history on its side

Although Steamboat Springs is known as Ski Town USA, winter sports didn't become ingrained in local culture until the legendary Carl Howelsen organized the first Winter Carnival in 1914.

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Schools seek input from community to help set goals

When Superintendent Shalee Cunningham asks what the Steamboat Springs School District stands for, it's not a rhetorical question. But she has found that district administrators and officials often have a hard time coming up with an answer.

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Vail seeks tourism oversight

Agency should be more accountable, resort firm says

Vail Resorts wants to hold the state's tourism office more accountable for the marketing money it spends by setting up an industry panel that would advise and oversee the government agency.

Jack White: Viability depends on community

During the past 20 years, our affordable housing efforts were all talk and no action. For most of this time, we have depended on the free market to provide our housing solutions. This strategy was a failure. The 1995 and 2004 Community Area Plans created goals to address this problem. Some units were provided, but our need continued to outstrip the free market supply. Finally, in 2006, City Council took real action to address some of our shortcomings.

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Former Steamboat local Tyler Hamlet honored for film he co-directed

Becoming a good filmmaker is all about mileage.

Johnny Walker: Here are the CFL facts

In 1956, my father bought a new Volkswagen Bug. Our little backwoods Oregon community had never seen a car like it, and many accused our family of buying an oversized golf cart. They said it was unsafe at any speed, and how could one travel at a mere 68 mph top speed?

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Home on The Range tops out

Single-family residence breaks ground in Wildhorse Meadows

When the Gansmann home in The Range at Wildhorse Meadows is complete, it will be notable for the Romanesque, copper-topped turret at the northwest corner of the home. The turret will house a dramatic spiral staircase.

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Wernig sisters open crepe caboose at ski area base

That caboose just looks like it came from Texas, doesn't it? It should. The women who run Mountain Mama's, the new crepe spot at the Gondola Transit Center, hauled the car up from Amarillo.

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Lighted Man lights up the night

Jon Banks can set his annual watch according to the few minutes he comes blazing down Howelsen Hill, launching an elaborate bundle of pack-mounted Roman candles to kick off the Winter Carnival's Night Extravaganza.

Jail Report for Jan. 24 to 30

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

New lead rules stump local shops

Resale stores unsure about child items

Congress approved the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act last year, which bans the sale of children's products that contain more than 600 parts per million total lead. The new rules go into effect Feb. 10, and local resale shops aren't sure what that means to them.

Class notes: Steamboat Knowledge Bowl team leads region

Steamboat Knowledge Bowl team leads region

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Winter Carnival grand marshal: Leif Hovelsen

Hovelsen a living link to Steamboat skiing roots

The grand marshal of the 96th Winter Carnival, Leif Hovelsen, is a fascinating link to the genesis of recreational skiing in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Just another day in the 'Boat

I wonder how people would react if Avalanche right winger Milan Hejduk showed up at Howelsen Ice Arena one afternoon and asked if he could play in a drop-in hockey game?