News for Friday, February 6, 2009



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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.