Stories for January 2009


Saturday, January 31

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Tigers girls outlast Wildcats

North Park gives Hayden basketball late scare

Hayden High School girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton said earlier this week he was looking for offensive production from more than just his team's stars. He gave the Tigers reserves plenty of rope Friday night against North Park.

Sailors boys score win at Eagle Valley

Steamboat Springs doesn't light up the scoreboard, but its offense is plenty efficient. The patient attack on one end and a stifling defense on the other has been an excellent recipe for success for the Sailors this season. With a 63-41 victory against Eagle Valley on Friday night in Gypsum, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team improved to 11-5 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the Western Slope League.

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Steamboat hockey responds to coach in 5-2 win

Before Friday's game against Air Academy, Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff said his players would have to start fast and finish strong to win.

School district to pursue partners for gym

The community has a need for more gym space, and the Moffat County School District wants to help. But the district can't do it alone, Superintendent Pete Bergmann and district construction liaison Joel Sheridan said at the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting Thursday.

2 men arrested on marijuana charges

Suspects are part of a larger investigation, ACET officials say

Two Steamboat Springs men were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of felony charges of distribution of marijuana, as part of an ongoing investigation by the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

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Salazar outlines stimulus package

Congressman discusses impact of federal dollars on region

U.S. Rep. John Salazar said Friday that federal money from the proposed economic stimulus and recovery plan could reach Northwest Colorado by the end of February.

Rock School headed for fame

New Yorker editor to write about Elkhead School near Hayden

New Yorker executive editor Dorothy Wickenden has arranged to visit the Elkhead School, a two-story rock schoolhouse about 17 miles north of Hayden. Her grandmother Dorothy Woodruff was one of the first teachers at the 93-year-old school, said Rebecca Wattles, vice president of the Hayden Heritage Center board.

Mary Walker: Teachers strike hurts Kenyan children

A nationwide teachers strike has taken hold in Kenya. About four weeks ago, KNUT, the most influential teachers union in Kenya, announced that all its members would go on strike Jan. 19.

The Record for Jan. 29

5:13 a.m. An ambulance was requested in Steamboat Springs for a 67-year-old man who was feeling faint and passed out. He was transported to the hospital.

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Tom Ross: Leave the chevre and Chenin Blanc at home

Steelers, Cardinals play before, after Springsteen concert

I'm really looking forward to Sunday's nationally televised Bruce Springsteen concert. I might even catch a little of the football scrimmage that's being played before and after the performance.

Steamboat briefs: Chamber in need of 2009 Winter Carnival volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking volunteers for 2009 Winter Carnival weekend events, Feb. 7 to 8. Contact Kristi White at 970-875-7006 for details.

Digital switch looms for TV

Most viewers will be unaffected

The nationwide transition to digital TV still is set for Feb. 17, after congressional efforts to delay the changeover until June failed this week.

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Study backs economic trends across region

Scott Ford says he's never met a chart he didn't like. Ford has had plenty of chances to test that informational romance theory while poring through data about Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties for Yampa Valley Partners' Community Indicators Project.

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Hayden rolls over Wildcats on hardwood

Problems may not come much better than the dilemma that faced Hayden High School boys basketball coach Mike Luppes late in Friday night's game against North Park.

Friday, January 30

Soroco basketball to turn to defense against Plateau Valley

The Soroco High School boys basketball team stumbled across its worst quarter of the season at the most inopportune time. It led Meeker, the No. 3 team in Class 2A, by eight points after one quarter and two at halftime.

Steamboat boys basketball preps for Eagle Valley

At the midway point of the Western Slope League schedule, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team is perched atop the standings. The team is stout on defense and has a roster full of players who can score in double-digits.

Sailors hockey hosts a pair of games

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team's push for the playoffs kicks into high gear today and Saturday.

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Opponents try to stop Hayden Tigers by teaming up on Salazar

Hayden senior Holli Salazar has been a nearly unstoppable force for the Tigers this season, leading the team in scoring throughout its perfect 10-0 start to the season.

Bill would change how DOW responds to property damage

State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said he thinks it is time for the Legislature to address game damage issues, especially given the difficulties landowners faced last winter.

Aspen braces for service cuts

Resort marketing funds could be next on chopping block

As city officials prepare to slash their budgets and cut public services, Aspen residents and organizations are bracing for the impacts.

John Salazar to help local lawmakers find stimulus funds

The amount of money in the federal stimulus package, passed by the House on Wednesday, is massive. Now, U.S. Rep. John Salazar wants to instruct local lawmakers and elected officials how they can get their hands on a piece of the $819 billion pie.

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Source list: Missed the Boat

Local bluegrass and folk rock band explains its influences

Earlier this week, local bluegrass and folk rock band Missed the Boat was getting back into town from Chicago, where band members had put the finishing touches on a debut CD.

On scene: Waiting in pop culture

I was confused when I accepted my first job, at a 24-hour diner, and they handed me the set pieces of my uniform: a full-length black apron stamped with the restaurant's name; a clip-on, polyester, electric-red bowtie; and a handful of buttons that said things like "Make it a platter, it don't matter!" and "Try a Frisco melt, your heart will belt!"

CD review for Jan. 30, 2009

The Rural Alberta Advantage

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'Fatman' Banner brings blues and folk to Boathouse

Since he moved to Boulder from Pennsylvania 10 months ago, "Fatman" Banner has been paying his dues on the Colorado music scene.

Oak Creek policing survey on the way

Questionnaire results to guide future town forums

As part of the Oak Creek police focus group's ongoing work, residents are due to receive a mail-in questionnaire with their utility bills next week, asking their opinions about the town's future law enforcement.

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Rob Douglas: Citizenship in the age of Obama

Given the resounding electoral victory of President Barack Obama, how should good citizens behave in light of that mandate for change?

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Local musician Greg Scott returns to Steamboat Smokehouse

A western homecoming

Until he started playing an aprÃs ski solo set at Steamboat Smokehouse two weeks ago, it had been almost 15 years since Greg Scott scheduled a regular bar gig.

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January hits 100 inches

Storm pushes snow total past century mark for 2nd-consecutive month

Skiers and riders on Mount Werner romped in a snowfall of historic dimensions Thursday, as the Steamboat Ski Area put up a second-consecutive month with 100 inches or more of snow falling at mid-mountain.

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25-year-old Yampa man dies of heart failure

Memorial service for Kevin McCoy to be held Saturday

Kevin McCoy had lots of families - from his wife and son in Yampa and his extended family and hometown community in Bond, to the men he served with during his 5 years in the U.S. Navy and his railroad family at Union Pacific.

Margaret Hair: Be MySpace friends with 4 Points

Steamboat Springs music venues have moved into the information age - and 4 Points is trying to keep up.

Knezevich yet to file lawsuit against school district

Former high school principal sent intent-to-sue letter in 2008

Four months after sending an intent-to-sue letter to the Steamboat Springs School District, former high school principal Mike Knezevich has yet to formally file a lawsuit.

Strawberry Park co-principal plan effective

Special arrangement gives school 2 top administrators

The principal at Strawberry Park Elementary School has the ability to be in two places at one time - a feat made possible by a special co-principal arrangement between Celia Dunham and Michele Miller.

Locals clear of Caterpillar problems

Wagner stores independently service, deal company's equipment

Losses and layoffs at Caterpillar haven't hit two local businesses that sell the company's equipment.

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Winter Carnival street events sign-up begins today

Popular children's horse races expected to fill fast

Registration for street events at the 96th annual Winter Carnival starts at 7:30 a.m. today, and representatives of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association expect children's horse events to fill up fast.

State may close correctional center in Rifle

A proposed closure of the Rifle Correctional Center would mean the loss of 57 jobs in the area, though employees would be offered positions in other prisons across the state, according to the Department of Corrections.

Hayden residents discuss home rule at town meeting

Hayden residents and officials peppered Town Manager Russ Martin with questions about a potential home-rule charter at a meeting Thursday evening.

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Sculptor spent 2 years on bronze image of Howelsen

After the two-plus years she's spent crafting his image into a life-size bronze sculpture, local artist Barbara Bouquet Robison feels like she knows Carl Howelsen.

Thursday, January 29

Moffat County doubles road sign budget to meet federal standards

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said he's not happy with the federal government's edict to replace all its road signs with more reflective ones.

Rep. Baumgardner's bill could boost county mineral lease funds

A bill sponsored by freshman state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, could bring a major windfall to infrastructure projects in Northwest Colorado but at the expense of some money allocated to school districts, higher education and state grants.

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Female wrestler breaks into the boys club

Soroco freshman Bruggink fights odds to make wrestling history

Lauryn Bruggink didn't stop bouncing and swaying, dancing to the music piping through her iPod, on Saturday in the 10 minutes leading up to her final match in the Western Slope League wrestling tournament.

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Districts plan long term for technology

Routt County schools discuss ways to combine resources

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board may bring Routt County schools together in many ways when voters agreed in November to share Steamboat's half-cent sales tax revenue.

Marno top skier in Telluride

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Anna Marno continued her hot start on the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup, winning the slalom event Tuesday in Telluride.

Chix with Stix log 2 more wins

Two more wins last weekend made it six in a row for the Chix with Stix women's hockey team.

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. Sponsorships start at $250 and include tickets to the performances, a logo on the concert poster, ads in the program and/or banners during the concert. The Steamboat Dance Theatre is a volunteer organization where nearly 100 dancers come together to create three performances at 7 p.m. March 5 to 7 at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. For more information about how you can get involved as a sponsor, call Deb Curd at 846-5696.

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Brent Boyer: Locals celebrates community

It's easy for journalists to get caught up in the routine of their respective beats. Meeting coverage and event previews are important, but they don't make for a well-rounded community newspaper on their own.

The Record for Jan. 27

Midnight. Domestic violence was reported in Steamboat Springs where a boyfriend and girlfriend were having a dispute. A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

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Spider bite story fit for Hollywood

Family's hunt for black widow cure attracts national interest

The story of a local family's caper to track down a foreign cure for a black widow spider bite has caught the attention of a Hollywood production company that plans to produce a special on the adventure.

Weather delays ski jumping qualifier

Junior Olympic event takes place on smaller hills

Last weekend's warm weather took its toll on the 2009 Larry Johnson Memorial at Howelsen Hill, but Steamboat Springs athletes shined on the smaller jumps.

Veterinarian's 4-H service recognized

Meyring awarded for Vet Science program

Veterinarian Lee Meyring, who practices at Steamboat Veterinary Hospital, earned a statewide award for his work Saturday. The Colorado 4-H program at Colorado State University gave Meyring and five other adult volunteers the Outstanding 4-H Leader award.

Wednesday, January 28

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Storm could bring as much as 2 feet of snow

A winter storm pounded Steamboat Springs and much of Routt County on Wednesday, and snowfall was forecast to continue until this afternoon.

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Snow expected through Thursday

Steamboat Springs is under a winter weather advisory until Thursday afternoon. The slopes of Mount Werner could see between 1 and 2 feet of snow before all is said and done.

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Bulldogs girls basketball tops Sailors, 55-48

Moffat County girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen has seen enough games and enough bad halves to know it's never a good idea to panic.

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Steamboat beats Moffat County, maintains league advantage

Some things may have changed about the program, but the philosophy and foundation of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team still revolves around defense.

Steamboat briefs: Police still investigating death of Richard Lopez

Police still investigating death of Richard Lopez

The Record for Jan. 28

Monday, Jan. 26

Robert Sharpe: Police and health

Police and health

Steve Lewis: Keep eye on the ball

Keep eye on the ball

Morwenna Schifter: Dear Ms. Brown

Dear Ms. Brown

Our View: Detectors a life-safety issue

Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials would be wise to consider amending local building codes to require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

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Tigers girls take bite out of Rattlers

The game was closer than Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton had hoped, but when the final buzzer sounded Tuesday, the Tigers had improved to 11-1 on the season.

Unemployment affects middle-class workers, social services

Architects, accountants, managers and other middle-class workers are increasingly swelling Routt County's unemployment and social services lines, as figures released Tuesday put Colorado's jobless rate at more than 6 percent.

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Tigers play Smartt, roll past Rattlers

Most of the players on the Little Snake River Valley High School boys basketball team are too young to remember the television show "Get Smart," but that's exactly what they needed to do Tuesday night in Hayden.

Warming weather may harm forests

Study links high temperatures to tree deaths in western US

A study published last week pinpoints regional warming as the most probable explanation for tree death rates that have more than doubled in recent decades in the western United States.

County, TMH further building sale talks

Every local real estate agent should have a chance to earn a contract with The Memorial Hospital to sell its existing facility at 785 Russell St., Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said.

Fund Board to hear technology requests totaling $1.13M

The Hayden and South Routt school districts each have $75,000 in technology funding requests being presented to the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board tonight. The requests will be presented as first readings.

County approves transfer of development rights

Deal will preserve tracts on Thorpe Mountain, allow expansion of subdivision near city

Routt County commissioners gave their enthusiastic approval Tuesday to a plan to transfer development rights from a working ranch on Thorpe Mountain to the previously approved Alpine Mountain Ranch subdivision close to Steamboat Springs.

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House OKs slow-driving bill

Proposal would penalize drivers who delay 5 or more vehicles

Slow drivers who fail to pull over and let faster vehicles pass could be penalized under a proposal that passed the state House on Monday by a 37-27 margin.

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Celebrations may say goodbye

Party store owner holds out hope as she prepares to close shop

Sandy Pugh, who owns Celebrations with her husband, Billy, is holding out hope that someone might be interested in investing in the shop. She opened in 1992 at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue, moving to Riverside Plaza before ending up in Central Park Plaza a year ago.

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Middle school students offered chance to learn guitar

Preston Anderson wants to learn how to play the guitar for the same reason generations of rockers have picked up an axe - so he could form a band with his friends. On Tuesday afternoon at the Steamboat Springs Middle School, Preston, a sixth-grader, sat down to learn how to rock.

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Joanne Palmer: Calling the hardship department

I hate this economy. I hate thinking about money, worrying about money and talking about money.

Tuesday, January 27

Steamboat briefs: Tom Sharp elected vice president of Colorado River District

Tom Sharp elected vice president of Colorado River District

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Avalanche danger reaches peak

Snow accumulation of 10 to 20 inches expected by morning

After increasing steadily the past several days, the avalanche danger in Steamboat Springs has reached a peak. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for the Steamboat zone through today. Backcountry users in Routt County are advised to avoid steep slopes.

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Crosswalks deteriorating

Thermoplastic added last year still beats paint, CDOT officials say

Chunks of Steamboat Springs' crosswalks are peeling off, and some residents are unhappy about it. Snowplows are scraping off the costly thermoplastic markings at five new spots, and 11 replacement spots, on and near Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Sports briefs: Hoops teams host Moffat County; local skiers achieve success

Local skiers achieve success across world in variety of disciplines

Steamboat Springs High School will host the Moffat County Bulldogs tonight for boys and girls basketball games at Kelly Meek Gymnasium. The action begins with varsity girls game at 6 p.m. The varsity boys are scheduled to follow at 7:30 p.m.

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Jimmy Westlake: Here comes Comet Lulin

W hat might be the best naked-eye comet of the year is approaching the Earth and growing brighter every day. It's Comet Lulin, named for the Chinese observatory where it was discovered in 2007.

The Record for Jan. 27

Sunday, Jan. 25

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Routt, Moffat commissioners discuss issues of joint concern

Struggling to provide services to a growing population that works out of town, the Moffat County Board of Commissioners may be compelled to weigh in on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation currently being reviewed by the city of Steamboat Springs.

Home rule in Hayden's hands

Town invited to work session about change in government

Hayden leaders want the town to write its own rules, and they want residents to help. Hayden is a statutory town, which means it is governed by state statutes. Becoming a home-rule municipality would allow the town more flexibility in taxing and holding elections, for example.

District finances on solid ground

A strong local tax revenue base should protect the Steamboat district from the impacts of $222 million in potential cuts for education spending, district Finance Director Dale Mellor told the Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night.

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Tom Ross: Son of Norwegian ski pioneer triumphed over evil during WWII

In the first years after the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940, a bold Norwegian teenager with unexplored ties to Steamboat Springs risked his life to support the resistance.

Monday, January 26

Avalanche danger high

Wet snow over weekend creates instability in the snowpack

Backcountry users urged to be cautious. Second round of snow headed to Steamboat this afternoon and tonight, with another 10 to 20 inches of snow possible.

Aging Well: Make healthy bones a priority in your life

It wasn't that long ago that bone fractures were considered an inevitable part of aging.

Sports briefs: Rams can't handle Cowboys

Soroco High School girls basketball coach David Bruner said his team reeled off three of the best quarters of the season Saturday against Meeker.

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Luke Graham: The crystal ball isn't so clear

A co-worker the other day asked me how I was going to explain myself. To be honest, there really is no way to defend my pre-season pick for the Detroit Lions to go 11-5 and make the playoffs.

The Record for Jan. 24

Saturday, Jan. 24

Monday Medical: Winter preparedness: Don't go without it

Food, water and shelter are three essentials for human survival. Survival is possible for three to six weeks without one, and for three to six days without another. The third is so paramount that one cannot survive more than three to six hours without it.

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Promenade plans advance

Torian owners' approval critical to continued base area improvements

Plans for an all-seasons promenade along the immediate base of the Steamboat Ski Area took a major step forward Friday but remain at the mercy of a vote by business and condominium owners in Torian Plum Plaza.

Steamboat Briefs: Singers needed for CMC's Easter 'Messiah' show

Singers, especially tenors and sopranos, are needed to join Colorado Mountain College's presentation of the Yampa Valley Chorus singing the Easter portion of Handel's "Messiah" with the Steamboat Strings Orchestra, April 11 and 12.

Speaker to outline YVEA's renewable, efficiency options

Although somewhat constricted in their options, rural electric cooperatives such as the Yampa Valley Electric Association can play a role in building a new energy economy.

Deb Babcock: Interior decorating with plants

Furniture, artwork, wall treatments, rugs, and more are used to create areas of interest, focal points, screens and sun filters in the rooms of our homes. Houseplants are another interior decorating tool that serves the same functions while also adding aroma and freshness.

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Skiers trick out Howelsen in freestyle competition

Steamboat athletes successful on home hill

The weekend's muck didn't ruin the mogul run at Howelsen Hill, and it didn't slow Meg O'Connell and her Steamboat Springs teammates Sunday.

School Board looks at improvements

Reports include a year of data from local public schools

The Steamboat Springs School Board has a chance to review a year's worth of improvement data from each of the schools in the district tonight.

New deputy district attorney primed for experience in 14th

After working shorthanded for about a month, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Moffat County added a third prosecutor last week, bringing the office back to full staff.

Sunday, January 25

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ASIST gives depression, suicide prevention training

Tom Gangel is teaching students in his suicide prevention course how to deal with a man on the edge. To demonstrate such a situation last week, Gangel became just that.

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Classmate shares photos of Obama from Punahou School yearbooks

In one of President Barack Obama's books, he tells a story about a redheaded girl who wants to touch his Afro at school. Lynne Marr hopes that isn't her - but she isn't sure.

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Steamboat boys pass Glenwood for top league spot

Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs deserved to win Saturday's basketball showdown for first place. But behind a late fourth-quarter comeback and a coach seeing his young team growing up in a matter of 32 minutes, Steamboat won the first meeting Saturday, 47-45, in overtime.

Sports briefs: Sailors hockey gets win against Danes

Saturday against Fountain Valley, Steamboat crossed off another to-do item in a 3-2 victory: Sophomore goalie Erik Owen got his first start and win of the year, stopping 17 shots.

Class notes: CNCC's Bilodeau now vice president of administration

Gene Bilodeau, longtime Craig resident and Colorado Northwestern Community College employee, has been appointed vice president of administration for CNCC. Bilodeau previously held the dean of Craig campus position and has worked for the college since 1994.

Looking back for Jan. 26, 1934: Hog program to benefit farmers of Routt County

All Routt County farmers who have raised as many as three litters of hogs on average for the years 1932 and 1933 are entitled to benefit by the government hog reduction program. If those who are qualified will send their names and addresses to County Agent Floyd Moon in Steamboat Springs, they will be notified about all meetings. It is possible that a meeting will be called within a very short time, perhaps next week. For this reason, it is necessary to have the names in early.

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Solandt, Heritage Center pursue funds for repairs

The Hayden Heritage Center museum and the Solandt Memorial Hospital have received some pledges of cash for repairs and upgrades. Both entities plan to pursue more grant money but still are in the early stages.

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Longtime Oak Creek officer reflects on policing in South Routt

When asked how many bosses she has had at the Oak Creek Police Department, Eileen Rossi starts counting on her fingers, then just gives up and says "whoever's been here in the last 10 years."

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Family to revamp Hayden landmark, offer coffee and treats

Tammie Delaney and Sandy Messing have caught a little bit of flak from the old-timers who patronize Yampa Valley Feeds in Hayden. The two women are running the feed, tack and ranch supply store, which Tammie and Patrick Delaney took ownership of Jan. 1.

Routt County Spotlight: David Fuell

Occupation: Clinic representative, Pet Kare Clinic

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Retail to take hit; prices to remain deflated, Ski Corp. president predicts

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs group members heard Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond's insights into the company's recession expectations Friday. Retail will take a hit, and competition and decreased consumer confidence will keep prices flat throughout a couple of years, Diamond predicted. "To think next year we're going to improve this, you're probably smoking something," he said.

Michael L. Roberts: A new age is upon us

With Tuesday's inauguration ceremony, a new age has begun. This is simply a fact, not the overzealous dramatization of an inspirational moment. The transition to a new age, from which we will not have the option to turn back, would be happening now whether President Barack Obama were amongst us or not. Life will never be the same; only the change in direction is in question.

Best of the Web: Give something back

Have any of us made a commitment to charity at this point? If we spent even one hour per week in providing some kind of service to the community, poor Steamboat would be inundated with 10,000 to 20,000 hours of additional manpower each week. Just think about what we could accomplish with that many hours. Let's talk about what we can do to help instead of arguing about the problem.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 15 to 21

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the market: Report: Resort travel better than expected

Report: Resort travel better than expected

Conservative commentary: Look bad now? Just wait

Most people seem to feel the urge to proclaim they are optimists. I think they perceive this as a big plus in their personalities and how others see them. I take a different approach, billing myself as a realist who works very hard to affect a positive outcome. There is a difference, particularly with those who just refuse to recognize objective truth. Ignoring reality is no asset and is, in fact, quite dangerous. This especially is true of the professional politicians we elect, whom I believe are paid to worry for us along with telling us the truth. I also would argue this means having the courage to fight for reforms even if the people don't appear to be ready for them.

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Kids' Vacation Center likely to expand

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has entered the city planning process to relocate the entrance and check-in area to the Kids' Vacation Center and put a fresh face on the blocky stucco of the gondola building at the same time.

Voting proves costly

Colorado counties report increasing election expenses

The price tag for the 2008 presidential election in Colorado eclipsed the amount spent in 2004, and in one county, it ran as high as $36.57 per vote.

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Ski school's new offerings targeted at local learners

There's nothing on the slopes of Mount Werner that scares Brenda Smith. The ferocious skier has been teaching her craft for 12 years.

Business File: Local restaurant group tackles health, trends

About 15 members of the Steamboat Springs chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association met Jan. 14 to discuss health, food safety, business trends and a planned bartenders' competition, President Liz Wahl said. Wahl has aimed to keep each meeting to an hour.

Lynn Abbott: The collaborative approach

I write this in the afterglow of a joyful and heart-warming Inauguration Day. Americans of all races and religions stood in the cold for hours to greet our new president; many shared their emotional stories with us as they spoke to reporters covering the scene. At the inauguration breakfast here in Steamboat, we watched and cheered as if we were standing with the masses in the cold on the National Mall. Messages of congratulations poured in from around the world, cheering this bright new day. It truly was remarkable.

Vision 2030 plan takes shape

Group finalizes recommendations for how to achieve community goals

When all is said and done, work on Vision 2030 may last until its namesake year. Though Vision 2030's final report is nearing completion, the next step is encouraging entities across Routt County to implement its recommendations

Jail Report for Jan. 17 to Jan. 23

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.

Our View: Drug dogs can be effective tools

Allowing a drug-sniffing dog to check student lockers and vehicles at Steamboat Springs High School is a reasonable and potentially effective method for reducing the presence of narcotics on school grounds.

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Tigers grab 5 wrestling championships

Hayden finishes 3rd at Western Slope League tournament

Hayden High School wrestlers won five Western Slope League championships Saturday at the league tournament at West Grand High School in Kremmling. The Tigers were five-for-five in title contests, as each wrestler who advanced to the finals won that match.

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Glenwood slips by Steamboat girls

For the second game in two days, Steamboat had every opportunity to win but couldn't. This time, Glenwood Springs used a big first quarter and distinct advantage at the free throw line to beat Steamboat, 57-48, on Saturday.

Steamboat briefs: 2009 Winter Carnival registration is Friday

Registration for the 2009 Winter Carnival Street Events opens at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Visitor's Center. Preregistration is required for all horse events, as there will be no day-of registration. Contestants may enter for only one horse event per day and may sign up for only one alternate per day. Contestants must have a Winter Carnival Button, available for purchase for $7 at the Visitor's Center, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club offices and participating downtown merchants. The 96th annual Winter Carnival is Feb. 4 to 8, with the street events held Feb. 7 and 8. Call the Chamber Resort Association at 970-879-0880 for details.

Housing efforts debated

Brown turns heads with comparisons to open space plans

With her recent comparison of local efforts to preserve open space versus those to create affordable housing, Mary Brown has turned more than a few heads.

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Land transfer close to an end

County studies test case for exchange of development rights

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote Tuesday on a plan to conserve more than 900 acres on a private ranch near Thorpe Mountain. It would be accomplished by transferring the development rights from the private ranch to the Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club just outside the city limits of Steamboat Springs, a move that could usher in a new method of land preservation.

The Record for Jan. 23

12:17 a.m. A suspicious incident was reported in the 2100 block of Snow Bowl Plaza, where a woman's dogs were barking. According to the reporting party, the last time her dogs were barking like that, someone was trying to break into a business in the area. Everything was fine.

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World Cup a golden opportunity for young skiers

Five Nordic combined juniors will leave Steamboat Springs on Monday to head to the World Cup in Chaux-Neuve, France, and the Junior World Championships in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia.

Vail Valley ski patrollers urge backcountry caution

"We watch people who leave the gates, and (a majority) of the people who go back there have no equipment," Beaver Creek ski patroller Dave Martin, adding that everyone who goes out-of-bounds should carry a beacon, probe and shovel.

John F. Russell: Cowboy Downhill brings smiles

It was hard to escape Jed Moore's warm, broad smile as he stood at the base of Steamboat Ski Area following Tuesday's Cowboy Downhill.

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 25, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Jan. 25, 2009.

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Pianist makes classical music appealing to young audiences

Pianist Alpin Hong has the unique ability to get a room full of sixth-grade band students excited about music and then to absolutely horrify them. On Tuesday through Friday, Hong worked with students throughout Northwest Colorado as part of the Strings Music Festival Youth Touring Program.

Joel Reichenberger: A snow for every taste

I went skiing Tuesday against the advice of seemingly everyone in town. At that point, it had been an entire week since it had snowed, and the temperature had risen above freezing with enough consistency to collapse many a giant icicle.

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CMC, Historic Routt County partner for preservation

Organizations promote heritage in classroom

Tracy Barnett wants to preserve downtown Steamboat Springs for a very succinct reason: "People don't come to see big box stores."

Saturday, January 24

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DOW officials use helicopter flights to take stock of elk herds

"Calf. Cow. Cow. Cow. Spike. Mature bull."

Flannery accepts plea bargain

Former Habitat director also faces charges in Rio Blanco County

The former executive director of Routt County Habitat for Humanity accepted a plea agreement with open sentencing Friday in Routt County District Court.

Sailors battle for supremacy in league

Girls fall to 5-8 overall after Friday

After downing Rifle, 65-38, on Friday, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team now has the opportunity to take control of the Western Slope League.

Wrestlers head to Kremmling

Matches could decide regional seeding for Hayden, Soroco

The regional wrestling tournament - the gateway to the state championships in Denver - is more than three weeks away, but pressure is nonetheless picking up for Routt County high school wrestling teams.

The Record for Jan. 22

Thursday, Jan. 22

Steamboat Briefs: Auditions held Monday for Charlie Brown musical

Auditions for the 1999 version of the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!" are from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Depot Art Center on 13th Street.

Soroco boys, girls take out De Beque on Friday

The real test begins now for the Soroco High School boys basketball team. After rolling through De Beque on Friday, 74-59, and pushing its record to 10-1, Soroco now prepares for its two biggest tests of the season.

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Hayden girls lossless record ends; boys roll over Paonia

The Hayden High School girls basketball team left the floor Friday night as a gymnasium packed nearly full with their fans gave them an ovation like they haven't heard all year, an entire side of the gym standing to salute the best high school girls basketball team the town has fielded in years.

Oak Creek, museum to split temporary roof repairs

Town Board issues complaint to county for C.R. 50Z

Oak Creek Town Board and the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg agreed Thursday to split the cost of temporary repairs to the roof of the old town hall, which now houses the Tracks and Trails Museum.

Flight issues loom

Ski season air travel program dipping into reserves

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Program Director Janet Fischer told a group here Friday that within two winters, the resort community could face a funding shortfall as it tries to maintain current levels of ski-season jet service.

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Tom Ross: Mangelsen here for reception

Wildlife photographer refuses to give up on telling details

Prolific wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen will greet the public during a reception today at Images of Nature gallery. Visitors will discover that his enthusiasm for sharing anecdotes behind a particular image only is surpassed by his perseverance in capturing them.

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Ski Corp. president: Economic downturn could last years

Steamboat must focus on service, retention and brand, Diamond said

Steamboat Springs probably won't shake off its economic challenges for two or three years, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond predicted.

Steamboat hockey skates to 6-0 win

Sailors shut out Liberty Lancers as all lines, backups contribute

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team got contributions from every line Friday, as the team beat Liberty, 6-0.

Friday, January 23

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More sloppy weather ahead

Heavy snow expected at high elevations, but only slush in town

A forecaster said a storm system passing through the region will continue dropping rain mixed with wet snow on Steamboat Springs through Sunday.

Problems with Emerald tower caused local radio static

YVEA spokesman said faulty cable caused outage; power returned early Friday afternoon

A YVEA spokesman said a faulty cable caused the outage; power returned early Friday afternoon.

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Rob Douglas: Commander in Chief or law professor?

By ordering the closure of the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention camp and ordering a review of methods used to hold and interrogate terrorist suspects, President Barack Obama has reignited a critical national security debate.

Summit schools could lose $100K

Summit schools could lose $100,000 in funding this school year, but officials have anticipated the cuts and don't expect to make any layoffs or reduce services.

Sailors boys basketball to face top 3 in league

Any confusion as to where the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team stands in the Western Slope League should be cleared up by early next week.

Steamboat hockey hits the road for weekend matchups

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team plans to turn its focus inward after a disappointing loss Monday to Battle Mountain.

Advantage car rental files for bankruptcy

Hayden office shuts doors during national downsizing effort

The national Advantage Rent A Car chain filed for bankruptcy protection in December. The company used shuttles to serve YVRA customers from its location on Jefferson Avenue in Hayden, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said. Advantage officials have told the airport they are closing the Hayden office, he said.

Search starts for high school athletic director

Richard Lee to leave position at end of March

The search is on for a replacement athletic director at Steamboat Springs High School following the submitted resignation of Richard Lee.

The Record for Jan. 21

1:06 a.m. A disturbance was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive, where an intoxicated man was hitting on another man's girlfriend.

Steamboat briefs: School Board to tackle big topics at workshop

The Steamboat Springs School Board holds a workshop from noon to 4:30 p.m. today to discuss much-debated topics regarding class size and the accountability and process of the Education Fund Board. Board members will discuss the Montessori program and a master facility plan during the afternoon session.

King receives Triple Crown Sports bids

Softball tournament president get as many as 8 other proposals

Despite courting from several communities looking to snatch Triple Crown Sports from Steamboat Springs, President Dave King said Thursday that he hopes his company's youth baseball and softball tournaments stay put.

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Teachers hope book will inspire students to donate to foreign schools

Three cups of tea may be the remedy for the standard school fundraiser malaise. More precisely, teachers at Steamboat Springs Middle School are hoping the book "Three Cups of Tea" and its goal of building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan will inspire students in the National Junior Honor Society to put their hearts into a penny drive.

Lindahl gets jail time in marijuana case

A Routt County man charged with multiple felonies in connection with a Hilton Gulch marijuana operation last year was sentenced to 150 days in jail and four years of supervised probation Thursday morning in Routt County District Court.

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Huge night for Hayden basketball

Boys are fighting for a top spot in District 5 while the girls look to remian undefeated

The boys team fights for a top spot in District 5 while the girls look to remain undefeated tonight at Hayden High School, where the Tigers will host Paonia. The girls tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

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Urbane clothing store seeks works from local artists

In the storefront corner of Urbane clothing, a massive aluminum tree sits on top of a 1,000-pound block of concrete. The sculpture came together in a 22-hour span leading up to the store's opening two months ago.

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Annual dance performance produced, put on by high school students

Steamboat Springs High School is presenting the 13th annual Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. the last three nights of January. The showcase features 16 student-choreographed pieces, ranging in style from hip-hop to swing to lyrical.

On Scene: All about the Music Tent

The first concert review I ever wrote came with a list of short instructions: 1. A band's stage presence is an easy focus. Even if you don't know more than one I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness song (we hope you don't), you can tell if they're playing with confidence.

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Bluegrass Jam to benefit multiple sclerosis center

GibSong guitarist and singer Gib Manzanares had been playing benefits for The Jimmie Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis for a couple of years when his brother was diagnosed with the chronic disease.

Soroco hoops set for big weekend

Girls, boys basketball face De Beque today, Meeker on Saturday

A victory in tonight's game against De Beque is important to the Soroco High School girls basketball team for all the obvious reasons.

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Thunderhead redevelopment proposal draws large crowd

Centennial Hall packed for review of base area development

The proposed project at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area will proceed to the Steamboat Springs City Council with a strong recommendation from the city Planning Commission.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Ushering in the new forest

Beetle-killed trees are being removed at a rate of about 600 acres a month on the Routt National Forest, according to Jamie Kingsbury, Hahn's Peak/Bear Ears District Ranger.

Drug case moves to district court

Routt County man also accused of illegally altering weapons

The case of a Routt County man facing multiple felony charges related to drugs and weapons was transferred to district court after a preliminary hearing Thursday, in which Judge James Garrecht found prosecutors had sufficient evidence to continue with the case.

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Boulder's The Unknown Americans adopt more aggressive sound

Boulder band loosens up

Colorado crowds have been responding well lately to The Unknown Americans, and lead singer-songwriter Danny Shafer thinks he knows why.

Margaret Hair: Music puts Inauguration in context

Once every four years, art and music leap to the top of the list of things that are important in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, January 22

Snow back in the forecast

Winter storm warning in effect from midnight Friday until midday Sunday

Winter storm warning takes effect at midnight. Between 8 and 14 inches of snow are expected by midday Sunday; higher totals possible at Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat briefs: Affordable housing on planning agenda tonight

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. to debate the Thunderhead project, which is requesting substantial height variances.

Carbon monoxide detectors may soon be required

Two small efforts have thus far failed, but the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County soon could join the state and other Colorado communities in efforts to require carbon monoxide detectors in homes.

Hayden boys remain inconsistant

Slow 2nd quarter dooms Tigers against Meeker Bulldogs

If anything has become apparent with the Hayden High School boys basketball team this year, it's that nothing is guaranteed.

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Steamboat Springs Transit facility opens in Craig

The new bus barn is more than "steel and mortar," Craig Mayor Don Jones said.

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YVMC adds new wings

Family Birth Center, surgical floor grow to meet patient demand

Completing a major construction project at an operating hospital is "like trying to operate on a beating heart," Mike Knack, of Adolfson & Peterson Construction, said Friday.

Hayden girls pass Meeker, remain perfect

Tigers roll past Cowboys on Tuesday night

The Tigers cruised past a ranked Meeker squad Tuesday, setting up a battle with fifth-ranked Paonia on Friday. Hayden is 10-0 on the season.

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Nordic team adapts for unique race format

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team has been bolstered early this season by the addition of athletes from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic combined squad.

Oak Creek Town Board to discuss museum repairs

Oak Creek Town Board will discuss payment for roof repairs for the Tracks and Trails Museum at its meeting tonight.

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Brent Boyer: Getting with the times

For several years, I resisted the temptation. The urging of friends and colleagues couldn't sway me, nor could the hard reality that social networking via the Internet and mobile devices has become the communication method of choice for many Americans younger than 30.

Sports briefs: Bighorn sheep make comeback in Zirkel

The opportunity to hunt bighorn sheep in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness hasn't been rare throughout the years; it's been nonexistent.

Freestyle skiers test talents at Howelsen

Erik Skinner likes to think of the Rocky Mountain Division Development Series as a prelude of things to come.

The Record for Jan. 20

12:42 a.m. A burglar alarm went off in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.

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Hayden youths pledge to meet ideals of girl killed at Columbine

When middle school students exited the auditorium at Hayden High School on Wednesday morning, they immediately lined up to pledge their devotion to the ideals of a girl they will never meet. The students were inspired by an essay written by Rachel Scott, the first person to be killed during the Columbine school shooting in 1999.

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Rare disorder afflicts local teen

Steamboat girl slips into paralysis, may take months to recover

It took only a matter of days for 17-year-old Raeanna Steele to be transformed from a vibrant high school senior, two weeks away from high school graduation, to being paralyzed from the neck down, unable to speak and fighting for her life.

Wednesday, January 21

Credit card company reveals security breach

Intrusion took place last year, says N.J. processor that has 250,000 small-business clients

Company CEO said card numbers and cardholders' names were breached, or one or the other. The breach did not involve merchant data, cardholders' Social Security numbers, unencrypted personal identification numbers, addresses or telephone numbers.

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Speechwriters weigh in on Obama

Steamboat insiders evaluate new president's inaugural address

Steamboat Springs residents Sureva Towler and Steve Hofman watched the speech with keen professional interest. Both are former Washington insiders who have helped craft important political speeches themselves.

Bradley finishes 2nd at JeffCo meet

If Genna Bradley didn't do enough to introduce herself to the diving community by finishing seventh at last year's state meet, Saturday's JeffCo meet certainly did the trick.

Division hopes initiative pays off in gold

Reaching the top of the Alpine skiing world requires hard work, talent and a little luck. That's why the Rocky Mountain Division hopes to offer young Alpine ski racers a helping hand through its Gold Medal Initiative.

Fairground fees get approval

4-H groups won't have to pay deposits for regular activities

Fees for building and equipment use will go into effect Feb. 1 at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved the proposed fee schedule Tuesday.

Rules changed in preservation plan

Ordinance requires unanimous consent

The Steamboat Springs City Council moved forward Tuesday with an ordinance to replace its existing historic preservation policies, but it will water down what has become the most controversial provision in the legislation.

Kristi Brown: My mother's lessons

As the Education Fund Board is preparing to begin the process of wrapping and addressing the gifts it will deliver to needy and deserving boys and girls throughout Routt County in its next budget cycle, several indignant individuals already have demanded that Hayden and South Routt students should get more.

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Cowboys fall hat over heels

Wyoming bull rider sweeps chaotic Cowboy Downhill

It was an especially chaotic Cowboy Downhill at the Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday, when not even Billy Kidd could stay on his feet and an uncooperative horse caused more trouble for the cowboys than the jump in the middle of the course.

The Record for Jan. 19

1:06 a.m. An abandoned vehicle was reported in the 27200 block of Brandon Circle.

Steamboat briefs: Rachel's Challenge speech at Hayden High School

Rachel's Challenge, an inspirational speaker program, will be open to the public at two times today at Hayden High School. A free presentation to the public will begin at 6 p.m. Community members unable to attend that time also may come for a 12:45 p.m. speech to high school students.

CU graduate returns to Steamboat as deputy district attorney

Rebecca Voymas says she has the same story as everyone else in town. Unsure about what she wanted to do with her life after graduating from college, she joined the ranks of Steamboat Springs' "highly educated service industry" - she worked as a waitress and bartender.

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Joanne Palmer: If cats and dogs can do it, so can we

"What are you doing?" I yelled irritably, as I watched my dog, Kizzy, barking and jumping at the trunk of a tree. I was late leaving the house, and her behavior would only delay me more.

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Local athletes head to Aspen for Winter X Games

Maddy Schaffrick and Erin Simmons are at opposite ends of their Winter X Games careers. Schaffrick is the next big thing on a snowboard, while Simmons, also of Steamboat and shown here with her son Jett, will be making a comeback of sorts.

Our View: Responsibility starts here

Tuesday in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama gave a sobering inaugural address with a message of individual responsibility and cooperation that holds true in Routt County.

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It's official: Roberts hired as city manager

Council president: Background check comes back 'glowing'

Victorville, Calif.'s top city official will assume the vacancy created by Alan Lanning's departure last year. Steamboat Springs City Council members were pleased with the results of a recently completed reference check on Roberts.

Tuesday, January 20

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Page-Allen to manage Housing Authority

Former county planner, current president of YVHA board named program/asset manager

Mary Alice Page-Allen takes the reins of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority at a time of financial turmoil for the organization and with an eye toward working more collaboratively with the city of Steamboat Springs and developers.

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Full transcript of President Obama's speech

"Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."

US 40 study group to hold open house

Project will identify preferred alternative for highway improvements

Consultants are introducing a study Wednesday that will identify a preferred alternative for improving U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat Springs.

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Connections to, and with, Obama mark local festivities

About 150 people attend breakfast at Tap House to watch ceremony together

About 150 people gathered in TV-lined rooms at the Tap House Sports Grill to watch CNN journalists announce Obama was officially the 44th president of the United States.

Moisture in Rabbit Ears snowpack 110 percent of average

Snow settling after Jan. 13 peak because of sunny days and frigid nights

The snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass has been settling at the rate of about 1.3 inches a day since peaking at 56.6 inches on Jan. 13.

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President Obama addresses the nation

Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president today, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

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Inauguration Day festivities under way

Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States at 10 a.m.

President-elect Barack Obama to be sworn in as nation's 44th president at about 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time this morning. Live coverage of the event is being broadcast on all major TV broadcast networks.

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Huskies get payback against Sailors with win

Battle Mountain's Jack Sunderland had a hat trick, and captain Geoff Funk was in on the host's first four goals as the Huskies downed Steamboat Springs, 5-2, avenging a 4-0 loss to the Sailors in December.

The Record for Jan. 18

Sunday, Jan. 18

Steamboat Briefs: Singers needed for Easter 'Messiah' choral show

Singers are needed to join the Yampa Valley Chorus in singing the Easter portion of Handel's "Messiah" with the Steamboat Strings Orchestra.

Arts Council director steps down

Kahn resigns in December after 18 months with organization

Marion Kahn has resigned as executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Her last day of work is Feb. 10.

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Tom Ross: Dr. King's thirst for freedom no laughing matter

The unfamiliar figure appeared at my left shoulder Friday while I was sitting at my desk in the newsroom and contemplating the fact that I never, ever experience writer's block.

Steamboat 700's fiscal impacts take shape

Big box, fire station major players in financial analysis

When it comes to projecting the future fiscal impacts of the proposed Steamboat 700 master-planned community, several questions remain unanswered.

Beetle epidemic nears 2 million acres

Routt County is Colorado's new ground zero for mountain pine beetle

The mountain pine beetle killed more trees in Routt County than anywhere else in Colorado in recent years, the results of annual aerial surveys show.

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Jimmy Westlake: The evening star shines bright

"Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight :" These days, that bright star would be the planet Venus. Venus, the revered "evening star," is now shining at its highest and brightest in our evening sky.

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Local group spreads light

Change We Need hands out CFLs to mark inauguration, MLK Day

Change We Need handed out compact fluorescent light bulbs during lunch at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Group members describe themselves as grass-roots, nonpartisan activists who want to support President-elect Barack Obama's administration.

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Science Explorers program fascinates students, teachers

University outreach group brings alternative energy to Steamboat schools

The science projects spread throughout Steamboat Springs Middle School on Monday were unlike any fifth-grader Peter Rosenthal had done before.

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Steamboat U12 girls hockey places 2nd in tournament

Aspen wins Adele Dombrowski tourney in shoot-out

Aspen's Camille Lassalette put an end to the Steamboat Springs U12 girls' Cinderella run Monday during the final day of the Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Monday, January 19

Aging Well: Radon: 'Test, don't guess'

There are many radon myths. Among them: Radon only affects certain types of homes or that a person can rely on a neighbor's radon test to indicate levels in their own home.

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New victim/witness coordinator learning ins and outs of the court system

Before December 2008, Moffat County resident Jamie Jones rarely found herself in a courtroom. Now, with several weeks' experience behind her, she's in there a few times a week.

Charlie Daniels Band plays today

Concert is part of 35th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill

Cowboy Downhill will get an extra shot of country culture in its 35th year, with a concert today by country rock legend Charlie Daniels and his band.

The Record for Jan. 17

12:34 a.m. Police responded to a request for an ambulance in Steamboat Springs and arrested a 28-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Steamboat briefs: Editorial Board seeks members to start Feb. 3

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board from Feb. 3 through May 26.

Oak Creek police focus group sets deadline

Town Board to examine law enforcement needs

Oak Creek's police focus group gave itself a deadline of June 1 to recommend what the town's future law enforcement should look like and to assist the Oak Creek Town Board with putting those plans into action.

SSWSC Nordic team strong at Aspen

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's trip to the U.S. cross-country skiing national championships in Anchorage, Alaska, early this month proved to be a flop.

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From art to ranching, Kakela remembered for his love of all things

Wayne Kakela was a rancher, sculptor, river runner, designer, swimmer, filmmaker, skier, father, friend, reader and motorcyclist. He was a broad thinker who had a broad approach to life. Kakela died of natural causes on Jan. 10. He was 73.

Hayden wrestlers win big

Tigers win 4 weight divisions, finish 2nd in Rangely

Hayden fought in a Friday dual against Utah's Duchesne High School, then made a Saturday trip to a tournament in Rangely. Ty Zabel said those two competitions accounted for his team's top performances this season.

Deb Babcock: Watering your houseplants properly

Probably the biggest mistake we make with houseplants is over-watering them. Although different plants have different watering requirements, most plants do best when the soil dries out between waterings.

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Ski for Women rocks, '80s style

8th annual event raises about $6K for Advocates group

Before it graced her body Sunday, Steamboat Ski Touring Center operator Birgitta Lindgren guessed she hadn't worn her hot pink, electric purple and sea green one-piece ski suit since 1987.

Monday Medical: A look at seasonal affective disorder

Typically, Colorado mountain winters are filled with "bluebird" days full of sunshine. However, as we all know very well, these winters also bring gray, cloudy, snowy days. Many people may develop "cabin fever" or seasonal affective disorder, known as SAD, during the winter months.

Police: Tap House acted appropriately

Fatal Jan. 2 altercation did not take place in bar

Steamboat Springs police officials say evidence in the investigation of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez's death indicates The Tap House Sports Grill acted appropriately in trying to defuse the argument that ultimately led to a deadly physical altercation later that night.

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Luke Graham: Sailors boys are hitting their stride

Anyone who was worried the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team would take a step back this year might have missed out on the past weekend.

Sunday, January 18

Demong takes 3rd in Nordic Combined World Cup

Bill Demong came from behind to take third Saturday in a DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup at the Whistler Olympic Park in Whistler, B.C.

On the Market: Tatanka Ridge area sees $1 million price decline

Earlier this week, Nick Metzler, Broker/Owner at Colorado Group Realty, announced a seven-figure price reduction on the lodge-style residence at 33250 Tatanka Trail, in the Tatanka Ridge Subdivision.

Adrienne Anderson: Article incomplete

The article on Jan. 8, 2009, "Local couple injured in fatal wreck on Colorado 9," was an incomplete article that missed much larger points and that continues to haunt me, the mother of "the 19-year-old Denver woman that died" in the crash on Jan. 4.

Jail Report for Jan. 16

Saturday, Jan. 10

Class notes: 2005 SSHS alumna earns bachelor's degree from CSU

Alicia Belford, a 2005 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, graduated from Colorado State University on Dec. 20.

Looking back for Jan. 12, 1934: Liquor men get into fight

Within 40 days after the state officially had thrown off prohibition, it find its Legislature investigating what may or may not turn out to be one of the biggest scandals of the past 10 years. The investigation is made certain from the fact an ex-convict who happens to have been a bootlegger makes the charge that certain members of the Legislature asked him for $2,000 to put through one bill and kill another.

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Steamboat girls hold onto 4th quarter lead to 51-42 win

As early into the Western Slope League schedule as it is, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team might look back at Saturday's game against Delta as a season-defining win.

More women find no glass ceiling in the wine cellar

As director of production and distribution at Denver-based Dazbog Coffee Co., Michelle Cleveland felt utterly unfulfilled. There was no room to advance up the ranks of the family-run Dazbog. It was time for Cleveland to make a big change. So she turned to an area she loved: wine.

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South Routt firefighters received record amount of calls in 2008

In its early years, the Oak Creek Fire Protection District accepted volunteers "as long as they were breathing and had a pulse," Chief Chuck Wisecup said. But the district's fire and ambulance crews have grown and professionalized throughout the years to meet residents' increasing demand for service, which reached an all-time high of 226 calls in 2008 - a 35 percent increase compared with the previous year.

Best of the Web for Jan. 18

The school food is so much better this year than it has been. My children never used to buy hot lunches because they didn't like the taste.

Scripps stays quiet on bids for Rocky

E.W. Scripps, owner of the Rocky Mountain News, gave no word Friday about whether it had received any bids for the 149- year-old newspaper.

Drug-sniffing dog to roam school halls

K-9 unit to arrive at middle, high schools unannounced

Steamboat Springs School District administrators plan to bring a drug dog into the hallways of the middle and high schools, likely within the next several months. Superintendent Shalee Cunningham opened a discussion at the Jan. 13 Steamboat Springs School Board meeting about the possibility of bringing a K-9 unit onto school grounds.

Editorial Cartoon for Jan. 18, 2009

Editorial Cartoon for Jan. 18, 2009

Our View: Water right is invaluable

Five years after the city of Steamboat Springs filed for recreational water rights on the Yampa River, the value of that highly contested decision is becoming increasingly clear.

Routt County Spotlight: Jill Ruppel

Occupation: Aquatics director and swim coach, Old Town Hot Springs

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North Routt Charter School to expand

Some students worry that new building may mean a less cozy school

A new campus for the North Routt Community Charter School is receiving mixed reviews from students even as a $500,000 grant brings the idea closer to reality.

Real estate transactions for Jan. 8 to 14

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Property tax notices come to Routt County

There are always exceptions, but property owners in Routt County aren't likely to get a shock later this month when property tax notices arrive in local mailboxes.

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Atira moves ahead in a troubled market

Group seeks final approval for Thunderhead development project

If Atira Group wins approval from the city of Steamboat Springs to redevelop the Thunderhead Lodge and Condominiums, it will ask for a five-year grace period instead of the standard three years before it must pull a building permit.

Search and Rescue handles 2 incidents Saturday

Routt County Search and Rescue crews responded to two incidents Saturday, resolving both safely.

The Record for Jan. 16

Friday, Jan. 16

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Mountain flying presents dangerous challenges to aviators

Paying special attention to weather that can be variable and extreme year-round is just one of the things instructor Joe Birkinbine teaches students in specialized courses on mountain flying. "The most challenging thing about flying in the Yampa Valley is weather," Birkinbine said. "This includes how difficult the weather is to forecast."

Resort towns struggle with affordable housing

Officials in Vail and the surrounding valley don't have to look hard to find other communities struggling to offer affordable housing.

John F. Russell: Just a click away from happiness

There you are stretched out on the couch, a cold drink within reach, a handful of snacks nestled next to you and playoff football lighting up your TV screen. Does life get any better? But that's when you realize that the TV remote control is across the room on the table next to the La-Z-Boy recliner.

Charles VeDepo: Show the money

The voters of Steamboat Springs approved (by a 73 percent vote) Referendum 2B, which asked if they wanted to share revenues from the half-cent sales tax for education with other schools in the county. Yet recent events indicate the Soroco and Hayden school districts have little or no voice in Capital Commission decisions.

Grant Pound: We'll miss Kakela

I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne Kakela. He was a charming, talented and giving person who exemplified what is so great about Steamboat Springs.

Teacher, students from Colorado county of 2,500 prepare for Inauguration

Everybody knows everybody in this speck of a town too small for a stoplight, a place tucked so far into Colorado's northeastern corner that Nebraska is just a thought away.

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Awards given in memory of local teen hockey player

The ADELE award is meant for a player with the attitude, determination, effort, laughter and enthusiasm regularly showcased by its namesake, Adele Dombrowski.

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Airport vendors report varying sales

Car rentals slow; restaurant owner reports good business

The Hayden airport has been operating in the black the past two years, meaning it has covered all of its own operating costs. Commercial flight loads have fluctuated this ski season; however, and it's unclear what kind of revenue will come in.

Redemption after a lifetime of racism

90-year-old former Tuskegee Airman to attend Obama Inauguration

The eyes of retired Col. Fitzroy "Buck" Newsum have seen segregation, "separate but equal" and the cancer of racism. But now he'll view something he's not entirely sure he can believe.

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Sailors boys maintain shooting accuracy

At one point earlier this season, it looked like the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team couldn't shoot the basketball. Now, on the heels of a 66-37 win against Delta on Saturday, it feels like the team can't miss.

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Super 8 set to become Steamboat Hotel

Business goes independent after 30 years

Technological changes that revolutionized the way travelers book hotels have trickled down to the smallest operators, convincing Jay Wetzler to lower the Super 8 flag after three decades and raise a new one saying Steamboat Hotel on Feb. 1.

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Adaptive skiers swarm mountain in event's first year

Athletes rip backcountry during Legends of Deep Powder

Andy Campbell's aspirations can be summed up with one glance at his sit-ski bucket. Crudely stenciled on the back - easy for all those he blows past to see - is his favorite phrase, "Die Living."

Business File: Green energy powers Colorado's Alpine Banks

All Alpine Bank locations across western Colorado have offset 100 percent of their electricity usage by buying green power from local utility providers and through the Colorado Carbon Fund, according to a news release. Alpine Bank has a location in Steamboat Springs.

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Oldham takes oath as new district attorney

Former prosecutor leads office with full staffing

District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham was sworn into office Wednesday with a full staff underneath her - a rare feat in a district that has long struggled with high prosecutor turnover.

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Hayden nets big victory, 80-50

Tigers earn 33-10 lead against Dragons in 1st quarter Saturday

Hayden boys basketball coach Mike Luppes has said his team needs to learn to play with a consistent spark. Saturday, in a home game against De Beque, the Tigers played with a little more than a spark.

Hayden pushes for better cell phone service

Town leaders plan to petition wireless carriers for more coverage

Seemingly shady figures lurking on street corners or slumped in parked cars in Hayden all too often offer police the same explanation: They're looking for that sweet spot for cell phone service.

Routt County residents make plans for historic presidential Inauguration

Planning for Inauguration

In the weeks leading up to Nov. 4, 2008, Yampa resident Karen Tussey met with other South Routt County volunteers about once a week to make phone calls, knock on doors and take surveys.

Pros spread upbeat ideas

Businesses: Help to encourage visitors

Every Steamboat Springs resident and visitor can help pump up the town during the recession, a lodging representative said last week.

Joel Reichenberger: Local became a celebrity

Craig Kennedy was riding up the Christie Peak Express chairlift Thursday morning when a local living legend skied underneath the chairs.

Steve Aigner: Time to strengthen ties

Like everyone, I wonder how the current economy will affect the Yampa Valley as a community. Fortunately, I have colleagues who recently have explored the impact of a range of economic shocks on the quality of life and social networks in nearly 100 small towns.

Saturday, January 17

Demong wins in Whistler

Nordic Combined athlete tops podium in World Cup event

Billy Demong capitalized on a massive 134-meter jump to win the Olympic test event World Cup at the Whistler Olympic Park Friday. The DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup win was the fifth of his career and second this season.

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Steamboat Seen: 2008 Ski Ball and First Friday Artwalk

Photos from Steamboat Springs residents at events across Steamboat, including the 2008 Ski Ball and First Friday Artwalk in December 2008.

Scoreless stretch puts Rams behind

Rossi's 18 not enough against North Park

The Soroco High School girls basketball team dropped its 10th consecutive game to North Park on Friday night, losing on the road, 49-40.

Boys basketball team shoots 57 percent in victory

The collective smile and sigh of relief from the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team couldn't have gone unnoticed.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team overcomes early hole to win

There was plenty of reason for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team to be frustrated early in its Friday night game against Doherty.

Lost Harrison Creek snowmobilers located, safe

Routt County Search and Rescue crews located two lost and stuck snowmobilers in southeastern Routt County at about 4:40 p.m. Friday and guided them back to safety later that evening.

11K visitors forecast for holiday weekend

Steamboat Springs is expected to play host to more than 11,000 overnight vacationers Saturday, about 1,800 fewer guests than came to Steamboat for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in 2008.

Hayden kidnapping suspects push for plea deals

Two Hayden men accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old boy and threatening to shoot him in an alleged dispute about a stolen handgun waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Friday in Routt County Court. The men are working toward plea agreements, their attorneys say.

Victorville lawsuit legitimacy dismissed

City manger finalist, others address $33M suit

The owner of a business suing the city of Victorville, Calif., for $33 million is urging people to consider the source when Jon Roberts, the man set to become Steamboat Springs' next city manager, dismisses the lawsuit as "bogus."

Steamboat briefs: Help needed to organize Girls to Women conference

The Girls to Women Steering Committee is seeking members.

Final quarter dooms girls basketball team

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team had the game in hand.

Hayden to consider Triple Crown

Steamboat Springs to help fund fields under possible agreement

Triple Crown might be coming to Hayden. The deal would involve an intergovernmental agreement with Steamboat Springs, which would help pay for two baseball fields at Dry Creek Park in exchange for their use, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

The Record for Jan. 15

12:08 a.m. A fight was reported in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive, where two friends got into a physical altercation. A 21-year-old Texas man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault. The other man was treated for facial injuries at Yampa Valley Medical Center, then taken to detox and cited for disorderly conduct.

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Tom Ross: A brief presidential partying history

When newly sworn-in President Barack Obama greets guests at his various inaugural balls beginning this weekend and continuing through Tuesday night, he shouldn't have to suffer the embarrassment President Ulysses S. Grant did at his inauguration March 4, 1873. That was the inaugural gala when the canaries froze in their cages.

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Longtime youth services librarian works last day at Bud Werner

Dozens of local children and parents gathered in the children's section of Bud Werner Memorial Library on Friday to say goodbye to Currie Meyer, who is leaving after eight years as the youth services librarian.

Former Oak Creek Mayor Rodeman files notice of intent to sue

Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman filed notice of her intent to sue the town earlier this week in connection with a July 19 incident that included Rodeman being stunned with a Taser by a former Oak Creek police officer.

Oil shale a hot topic at Capitol

Shell's Yampa River water rights filing brings energy to forefront

While one Colorado River District official called Shell Oil's request for Yampa River water rights "just another water filing," state lawmakers and other Capitol observers say it's much more than that.

Friday, January 16

Rescuers find snowmobilers

Crews called to Harrison Creek drainage in southeastern Routt county

Routt County Search and Rescue crews located two lost and stuck snowmobilers in southeastern Routt County at about 4:40 p.m.

Hayden boys basketball team to play crucial match Saturday

When Hayden High School boys coach Mike Luppes looks at the team's 1 p.m. home game Saturday against De Beque, everything seems to fall in the Tigers' favor.

Sailors hockey to face Doherty tonight

Team looking to build momentum after last week's loss

The plan for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team today, as it returns to the ice at 6:30 p.m. at Howelsen Ice Arena against Doherty, is awfully simple.

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Sailors basketball teams host pair of games this weekend

Steamboat boys play at 7:30 p.m. today against Palisade and at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against Delta. The Sailors girls play at 6 p.m. today against Palisade and 4 p.m. Saturday against Delta. All games are in Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

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Family and friends remember Richard Lopez

Mary Ventura of Paso Robles faced a sullen crowd at St. Rose Catholic Church on Thursday as she read a letter to her brother, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, who died Jan. 5 after an altercation in Steamboat Springs.

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The Wailers deliver 'Exodus' at Ski Jam

One of the best singers The Wailers have had since Marley's death in 1981, Elan Atias has a natural ease with the faithful desperation that makes "Three Little Birds" so uplifting.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 16

Medical conditions did not lead to plane crash deaths

The Record for Jan. 14

Wednesday, Jan. 14

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K. Saari Gallery pairs with Vertical Arts in new space

Kimberly Saari said the relationship between fine art and architecture is a natural one, and the similarity between her artists' work and Brandt Vanderbosch's architecture comes through in the sleek Wildhorse space.

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Weaver works past stripes and plaids in organic art

In the small, black idea books that fabric artist Wendy Kowynia keeps, short passages of text accompany to-scale sketches and color-pencil drawings of possible works of art. Kowynia has an eye for writing that depicts nature - a taste that goes well with her weavings, which often are inspired by natural scenes.

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Bluegrass band blends old-time, modern styles

Sweet Sunny South plays mostly original songs, with lyrics touching on family, farming and heartbreak. The band blends old-time dance melodies with more modern styles.

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Hot springs offer relaxing vacation close to home

Strawberry Park is so close, yet so far away

Within the realm of vacationing close to home, there are few stay-cations, as they've come to be known, that can boast the restorative powers of an overnight excursion to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

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City Council works to prioritize services in face of budget cuts

On the heels of news Wednesday that November 2008 sales tax collections declined nearly 9 percent compared with the same month in 2007, the Steamboat Springs City Council is bracing itself for painful budget cuts that will be necessary if the trend persists.

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Rob Douglas: Affordable housing ordinance unjust

This week, the Steamboat Springs City Council finally began to rethink the city's ill-conceived affordable housing ordinance.

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Rink mothers

Steamboat's maternal hockey players are far more than pit bulls with lipstick

For a town of about 10,000, Steamboat seems to have more than its share of female hockey players. The coaches snag 'em young: Alexa Pighini aims her recruiting at middle-schoolers. But it's never too late to hit the ice, and women in their 40s and 50s are a standard feature of Chix with Stix, the Edge and the Steamboat Storm.

Fair Board hesitantly OKs usage fees

Commissioners could approve fairgrounds charges next week

Fair Board members grudgingly accepted the county's near-final decision about fairgrounds fees Wednesday. If approved by Routt County commissioners next week, the fees will apply to building and equipment rental at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden

High-end Vail Valley homes sell at auction

If you want to know what something's worth, put it up for auction. Val DeVine, owner and founder of Grand Estates Auction, has built a business on that premise, and it seems to work.

Urban skiers in Dillon fined

Police chief hopes penalties will discourage riders from stunts

Since adopting a zero-tolerance stance on urban skiing and snowboarding, the Dillon Police Department has cited some 22 riders who chose to ignore warnings that riding on public property is destructive.

CMC's 'Carmina Burana' performance commendable

Although I have long been familiar with "Carmina Burana," it was not until Saturday's performance sponsored by Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus that I heard all but one of the 20-odd songs of this secular cantata.

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Railroad came to Steamboat 100 years ago

Had it not been for a courageous group of men known as Argo's Squirrels, Steamboat Springs might never have become a winter resort. The great coal mines of Northwest Colorado might have languished for decades longer, and the stockyards just west of downtown might never have been built.

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Folk musician brings politics, wit, storytelling together

Talking to Todd Snider, it took a second to realize that in answering a question about his new EP, Snider actually was reciting, from memory, a rant he recorded for its seventh track. Today, Snider opens for newgrass musician Sam Bush in the final concert of Ski Jam. Doors to the Steamboat Music Festival Tent open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20.

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The Porches designed with large gatherings in mind

Bunkhouses once were a necessity on Yampa Valley ranches. Today, bunk rooms are a practical luxury in the most carefully planned vacation homes at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Krav maga whips class into shape

Krav maga is the fighting style used by the Israeli Defense Forces. It's structured to be appropriate for men and women of all shapes and sizes and includes a grueling physical fitness component.

Advocates fundraiser takes on '80s theme

The theme of Sunday's eighth annual Colorado Ski For Women event, "Flashback to the '80s," will pay homage to the 1983 founding of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities.

On Scene: Anticipating Oscar season

The Golden Globes were Sunday, and I didn't watch them. For me - and for most people - that is not unusual. The Globes tend to be more a fashion parade than a barometer for what stood out in film and TV the previous year.

Margaret Hair: Bringing youths to classical music

In an interview with Jeans 'n Classics arranger Peter Brennan earlier this week, the Canadian musician mentioned that the core audience for his group - which brings together a classic rock band with orchestral arrangements - falls in the broad 25- to 65-year-old age range.

Unemployment on the rise across state; some uneasy about Craig's economy

Moffat County's unemployment is on the rise, but it remains under state and national averages and within what economists consider good economic conditions.

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Ski Corp.'s Rob Perlman on favorite ski runs, memories

The desktop of Rob Perlman's computer features a single photo. It's his family - wife Erin and daughters Amanda and Morgan - skiing together for the first time. The photo was taken during spring break 2007, at Steamboat Ski Area.

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New businesses for January 2009

10th Street Barber Shop has opened in The Victoria at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Barb and Kenny Porteous run the old-style shop, which offers haircuts for men, women and children, as well as shaves. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Call 970-879-9809.

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The art of a perfect pizza at Rex's

For Ben Hunt and Rex Brice, a pizza recipe calls for art and science.

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Tom Ross: Coming of age in frontier Steamboat

The late Marcellus Merrill is best known in Steamboat Springs as the sponsor of a unique ski jumping competition during the annual Winter Carnival in February.

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Brent Boyer: Train a comin'

Life is a collection of chance encounters and fated circumstances, but seldom do we stop to consider the sequence of events that lead us to our present day.

Protect your skin during winter

In the wintertime, three factors combine forces to wreak havoc on your skin: cold weather, dry air and harsh sunlight.

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Group brings pop music to younger orchestra audiences

To Jeans 'n Classics arranger Peter Brennan, impact is impact, whether it comes from a lead guitarist or a violin section.

What's in it for me? Comfort soup

A look at a winter staple - chicken noodle soup.

Thursday, January 15

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Crowd leaves smiling

The Wailers deliver with 'Exodus' concert at Ski Jam

The Wailers' upbeat rendition of the Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic 1977 album, "Exodus," included a powerhouse trio of songs - "Turn Your Lights Down Low," "Three Little Birds" and "One Love/People Get Ready" - that put a smile on nearly every face in the Music Tent on Wednesday night.

Local snowboarders ride well in national events

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club riders compete in events from Mount Snow in Vermont to Copper Mountain in Colorado.

Adele Dombrowski memorial tournament returns to the ice

Eleven teams and more than 200 players will play at Howelsen Ice Arena in event that honors Steamboat teen who died in 2005.

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Rams get back to work

Soroco boys and girls basketball teams return to court against Moffat County JV

Soroco boys basketball coach says team can't afford to look past this week's games against Moffat County JV and North Park. Some of the toughest teams in the district await the Rams next week.

The Record for Jan. 13

2:39 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted a motorist on U.S. Highway 40 near Steamboat II.

News in Brief for Jan. 15, 2008

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board from Feb. 3 through May 26.

Hayden Town Board to consider home-rule charter

The town, which currently operates as a statutory municipality, is interested in having more flexibility for taxing and other purposes. Neighboring Steamboat Springs and Craig are home-rule cities.

Housing Authority selects five finalists for new position

The eventual hire will be responsible for the continued management of Hillside Village Apartments, Fox Creek Village and the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park.

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Roosevelt and Rufus collide in reopening of Yampa eatery

South Routt resident Kathy Foos ties local lore to grand opening of cafe in the historic Royal Hotel in downtown Yampa.

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Housing ordinance in flux

Linkage suspension, legal challenges among possible outcomes

Members of local business and development industries suggest potential legal action against city over affordable housing ordinance. City Council attorney Tony Lettunich says the business group's preferred alternative - a voluntary real estate transfer tax - would likely be struck down by courts.

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City, DOW discuss controlling Craig's deer population

Some see the deer in Craig as a blessing of rural, Western living; others see them as pests, Mayor Don Jones said. No one disagrees that Craig has its share of deer, but what to do about them remains a sticking point for city representatives and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Sales tax collections decrease 8.8 percent

November figures lower than in 2007

Steamboat Springs' total sales tax collections were 8.8 percent lower in November than in the same month in 2007.

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Brent Boyer: Lost in translation

I was this newspaper's education reporter when the Steamboat Springs School District first experienced a surge in the number of students whose native language was not English.

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Defense speaks in Lopez case

Attorney says 2 suspects were not aggressors in downtown fight

The attorney for two men considered suspects in the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez said Wednesday that Lopez and his friends were the aggressors in the fatal confrontation earlier this month.

Wednesday, January 14

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Defense speaks in Lopez case

Attorney says two suspects were not aggressors in fatal downtown fight

The attorney for two suspects in the death of Richard Lopez, an Army Special Forces soldier, said Lopez and his friends were the aggressors in the fatal confrontation. Charles Feldmann identified the two suspects as only "Eddie" and "David," two Florida brothers in their early 20s. The two men were unaware Lopez had been injured when they took off running from the fight and left downtown in a taxi with their wife and girlfriend, Feldmann said.

YVHA names program manager finalists

All five candidates are local and will be interviewed Friday

All five finalists live in the Steamboat Springs area. They are Bruce Banisky, Mark O'Reilly, Mary Alice Page-Allen, Sylvia Watkins-Castillo and Abby Varner.

Convicted distributor's sentencing pushed back

Judge orders defendant to jail until pre-sentencing completed

A Moffat County District Court judge ordered a convicted drug distributor to jail Tuesday afternoon, after the court learned the man had failed to complete requirements of a pre-sentencing report.

Chix with Stix start the new year solid

Diane Dwire can probably remember a time when the Chix with Stix hockey team's final scores looked similar to those from last weekend, but, in those days, the Steamboat Springs women's squad was on the losing end.

Freestyle skiers score NorAm points

Steamboat Springs High School racers make tracks in skiing events

The jumps always seem to bring cheers from the crowd, but last weekend, several members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle team discovered they could score more points between the flashy aerials.

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City Cafe vendors needed

Steamboat seeks proposals to run Centennial Hall food shop

Steamboat Springs is seeking vendors who want to feed hungry city workers, elected officials and the public.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 14

City Council members forgo inflation pay raise

Plane upside down at point of impact

Investigators examine site, begin removal

A preliminary investigation into the Sunday morning airplane crash that killed a father and son near Yampa Valley Regional Airport revealed the plane was upside down and moving at a high rate of speed when it hit the ground, an investigator said Tuesday.

Our View: Lunch money lessons

The Steamboat Springs School District made an appropriate, justifiable decision last week to withhold hot lunches from students with unpaid balances on their meal accounts.

Donna Stich: Shame on district

I have to say that I am absolutely appalled at the actions of the Steamboat Springs School District denying children hot lunches. Punishing and publicly humiliating children because of the actions of adults is inexcusable. Why don't you just march them down main street with a scarlet letter around their neck for every one to see?

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Baseball camp gives Steamboat's Wood rare opportunity

Alex Wood is not having a tough time finding opportunities. But making a decision about which opportunity to take is becoming tougher for the Steamboat Springs High School senior. Wood already has preferred walk-on spots for football teams at several universities. Saturday, he pitched in front of major league scouts at an elite camp in Denver.

The Record for Jan. 12

12:42 a.m. A fight was reported by a passing driver at Village Drive and Apres Ski Way. Everything was fine.

Riley Toye: Denied school lunches

This letter is written to the community of Steamboat Springs on behalf of myself and other students at Soda Creek Elementary School. My name is Riley Toye, and I am in the fourth grade. I would like to inform everyone of what is happening at my school regarding our school lunch program.

Hiring delayed for city manager job

Council postpones signing of contract pending background checks

Jon Roberts inched closer to an office in City Hall at a meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, but he was not officially offered the job of city manager.

Projects line up for stimulus dollars

Gov. Ritter outlines provisions of omnibus transportation bill

Legislation at the state and national levels could buoy a diminished transportation budget in Colorado, potentially accelerating several projects in Northwest Colorado.

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Lunch policy pays off

School district's move to refuse hot meals brings in overdue payments

In the first week of a new school lunch program preventing students from charging on overdue accounts, the amount of meal fees owed to the Steamboat Springs School District decreased from $10,000 to $2,800.

The Wailers stay connected

Reggae band to perform classic album today at Ski Jam

The Wailers lead singer Elan Atias has trouble choosing his favorite song off of "Exodus," the 1977 Bob Marley & the Wailers album that defines the group's sound and has influenced bands from all genres for three decades.

Tuesday, January 13

Hayden wrestlers in top shape

Tigers return from Tournament of Champions in Utah with strong showings

The Hayden Tigers wrestling team returned from the 35th annual Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah, with some strong showings in tow.

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Jimmy Westlake: Mira, the 'Wonderful Star'

Most of the stars in our sky shine with a steady, unchanging light, save for the rapid twinkling that occurs because of turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 13

Police still investigating Richard Lopez's death

The Record for Jan. 11

Sunday, Jan. 11

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Teen, steer return to Denver

Eddie Brenner sells animal he won the right to raise in contest

Eddie Brenner cut a calf off from the pack about a year ago in Denver, slipping a halter on it and winning the right to raise a steer.

Roberts hiring likely tonight

City manager candidate, Victorville officials to address concerns

Jon Roberts will be hired today as Steamboat Springs' next city manager, barring any last-minute changes of heart by members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Council takes up affordability revisions

The possibility of changing city housing policy to allow developers to universally opt for a payment in lieu of building affordable housing is expected to come up tonight when City Council convenes in a work session.

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Bill and Patrick Rooney died Sunday in plane crash near YVRA

Friends and family members who knew William "Bill" Rooney Jr.'s careful nature cannot understand the plane crash that killed him and his son, William Patrick Rooney III, on Sunday morning.

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Tom Ross: Vegas mob museum unworthy of stimulus package

Why couldn't Steamboat Springs have a mayor like Oscar B. Goodman, of Las Vegas?

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Bennet seeks ag post

Ritter outlines budget difficulties in Steamboat visit with Senate designee

Michael Bennet is the first to admit he doesn't bring the same rural issues credentials to the table as Ken Salazar, the man he is set to replace in the U.S. Senate.

Moffat County United Way exceeds target

Corrie Ponikvar has worked for 13 years as Moffat County United Way's executive director. And for 13 years, United Way has reached its fundraising goal for area service groups. This year, it was the same verse of the same song.

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Nine in the class of '09

Fire department training one of its largest rookie classes

The final hurdle of a screening process for prospective Craig Fire/Rescue recruits is an interview with longtime fire department veteran and second-year Chief Bill Johnston.

Monday, January 12

U.S. 40 re-opened over Rabbit Ears Pass

Colorado Department of Transportation officials reopened the highway shortly after 9 a.m. this morning. The road had been closed because of snowy and windy conditions.

Steamboat athletic director Lee resigns

Resignation on School Board's agenda

Steamboat Springs High School Athletic Director Richard Lee gave no reason for his resignation in a letter to Principal Kevin Taulman dated Jan. 1.

Jane McLeod: Bay - the poet laureate of herbs

Sometimes the lore and legends of herbs are as compelling as the plant itself and bay leaf (Laurus nobilis), also known as sweet bay or bay laurel, is no exception.

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FBLA prepares for districts

Grand Junction conference and competition could lead to state

It's crunch time for the Future Business Leaders of America. The Routt County chapters are practicing and preparing for the District Leadership Conference that could earn the individuals entrance to the state competition.

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Steamboat's Cole Worsley chooses DU

Steamboat senior to stay in state to continue swimming career

Cole Worsley, a state champion swimming senior at Steamboat Springs High School, will attend the University of Denver next season. Worsley will follow in the footsteps of his brother, Blake, who is swimming this season at DU as a senior.

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 12

Hospital gives VNA $100,000 boost

The Record for Jan. 10

Saturday, Jan. 10

Luke Graham: Another tough decision for Lamb

David Lamb has been making tough decisions his whole life. He raised the collective eyebrows of many in 2000, when he left a spot on the U.S. Ski Team to attend the University of Denver and ski.

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Dyer goes big on home course

Winter Sports Club freestyler dominates weekend competition

Ryan Dyer won $750 this weekend thanks to his capable skiing. Dyer used a blazing second run to win Saturday's single moguls competition, then came back Sunday to capture the dual moguls event.

Monday Medical: It's not too late for a flu shot

Many people think that if they haven't had an influenza vaccine by the holidays, it is too late. However, there still is time for you to take this important step to protect your health.

Bennet to visit today

Local political leaders will have breakfast with Senator-designee

Routt County political leaders are looking forward to expressing their interests to Senate-designee Michael Bennet during a community gathering this morning at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

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Aging Well: Snowshoeing gets heart, spirit pumping

The sun is shining, and the snow is fresh. It's the perfect day to snowshoe up the Uranium Mine trail near Fish Creek Falls.

Sports briefs for Jan. 12

Steamboat's Lezin captures juniors title

The girls high school tennis season still is several months away, but Steamboat Springs junior Valerie Lezin proved Sunday she's already in top form.

Sunday, January 11

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Plane crash kills 2 near Hayden

Single-engine craft goes down at YVRA on Sunday morning

Victims have been identified as William "Bill" Rooney Jr. and his adult son William Patrick Rooney III. NTSB investigators expected to arrive today.

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Sailors boys switch up defensive style in 55-30 win

Facing tough match-ups against Eagle Valley on Saturday, Steamboat boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe deployed a rarely used tactic: a 2-3 zone.

Sailors hockey bounces back with 4-1 win against Rampart

As disappointed as Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff was with Friday's loss to Pueblo County, he was equally impressed with Saturday's 4-1 win against Rampart.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 11

Belford graduates from CSU with bachelor's degree

Steamboat girls fall to Eagle Valley

Eagle Valley girls basketball coach Ken Reagan knew a halftime lead wasn't safe. The Devils coach has seen his team lead three times at the break this season, only to lose.

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Ex-mayor settles in Stagecoach

Former Winter Park official Teverbaugh keeps busy in new home

Despite spending 26 years as the mayor of Winter Park, Nick Teverbaugh insists he's "not a political type of person."

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Future of Oak Creek police still in limbo

Focus group to explore department's future

Four months after the Oak Creek Police Department's former chief and sergeant resigned, the town is getting down to business on determining Oak Creek's law enforcement future.

Developments across Hayden in varying stages of planning, completion

Everyone in Hayden seems to have an opinion about development.

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Fitness room provides more PE space for students, yoga for staff

For Principal Tim Bishop, the Steamboat Springs Middle School should be run more like a business. But instead of crunching numbers, Bishop wants to use yoga.

Routt County Spotlight: Matt Carter

Occupation: Professional ski bum working three jobs (one of them at Bud Werner Memorial Library)

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 11, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Jan. 11, 2009.

Teen Style: Swallowed up by school

Recently, my planner has been overflowing out of the lines with my assignments scribbled all across the pages. I'm being swallowed up by school right now, desperately trying to continue my extracurriculars while juggling homework and trying to occasionally find some free time.

Teen Style: Teaching styles vary for diverse students

Throughout all schools, there are students who learn with different styles from one another in terms of learning kinesthetically, visually, verbally and auditorily.

Teen Style: Lowell Whiteman school teaches real-life lessons

Nowhere does there exist a school quite like Lowell Whiteman. And that's surprising, because Whiteman's approach to education gives students what become some of life's most standout experiences. They are those moments that become engraved in the mind.

Best of the Web for Jan. 11

Serve all students

Teen Style: High school population grows in size

When a student from one of the town's other schools enters Steamboat Springs High School, one of the first things they notice is the number of people. With more than 600 students, Steamboat's only public high school is by far the most populous in the town.

Teen Style: School offers scope to learn alternatively

It's the end of junior year. There I am, sitting in another science class, doodling. Again. The accumulation of doodles that come from a semester of back-to-back science classes is astonishing. The mindless drawings outnumbered the notes by at least threefold.

Teen Style: Advanced Learning offered

Like many of the nation's schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School offers an Advanced Learning program to its students.

Bill Hayden: Don't give up

I find the report in the local section of the Steamboat Today on Jan. 7 that the Education Fund Board's Capital Commission decided not to fund the requests for the Hayden or South Routt school districts not surprising.

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Shell Oil's pursuit of local waters could have big impacts

When Shell Oil revealed last week it had filed for substantial water rights in the Yampa River west of Craig, the news marked another milestone on the road to fulfilling a prophecy made 2 1/2 years ago: Powerful interests are coming after the water that originates from melting snow in the mountains of Northwest Colorado.

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Steamboat skier moving forward after rash of injuries

David Lamb preparing for life's next steps off the slopes

The walls in David Lamb's room tell part of the story. The ribbons and medals on one wall are piled together like coats on a rack. Trophies fill an adjacent bookshelf. But the farther you move down the walls, the more you understand.

Richard Tremaine: Process impressive

The process of City Council selecting its choice for a new city manager has been an extraordinary one, in my experience of working for, with or as part of local governments for the past 30-some years. The City Council and the Citizens Search Committee have been a pleasure to work with, in a collaborative manner, during the past several months.

YVHA Board of Directors: We want a say

On Dec. 18, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority Board of Directors held a special meeting to discuss the general concept of an alternative compliance method for the Community Housing Guidelines. City Council members Scott Myller and Loui Antonucci were at this meeting, and we appreciated their participation in our discussion.

On the Market for Jan. 11

Mortgage rates fell again this week, but local mortgage lenders report consumers will find that rates are volatile.

Joel Reichenberger: Don't waste time waiting

Much of my time spent skiing with people that have lived in Steamboat Springs longer than I have - about 11 months now - has been spent trying to keep pace. They usually end up waiting for me at the bottom of the run.

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Vendors, ranchers head to Denver for National Western Stock Show

For Mariane Sasak, the upcoming stock show in Denver offers a grand opportunity to showcase her wares.

Soroco boys survive game with Rangely

Rams manage to hold off Panthers comeback, secure 74-71 win

School wasn't in session Saturday night in Oak Creek, but the Soroco High School boys basketball team stumbled upon a whole semester's worth of lessons as it played host to Rangely.

Mass start flips ranks

Demong drops to 3rd overall

Bill Demong finished fourth in a mass start Saturday as the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup opened a two-event weekend in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Germany's Bjoern Kircheisen took the win, moving into second in the World Cup standings as Demong dropped to third.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 31, 2008 to Jan. 7, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

John F. Russell: My big chance to jump

I can't count the number of times I've climbed through the snow to the top of Howelsen Hill during my life. But I can honestly say that the idea of strapping a pair of skis to my feet, racing down the steep pitched in-run of the big hill and then launching my body to the bottom hasn't once crossed my mind.

State could lead solar output

Xcel seeks bids for renewable projects that could serve 150,000

Xcel Energy's plans to expand its use of renewable energy could make Colorado one of the world's largest solar producers.

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Loans for condo purchases hard to come by

Mortgage lenders in Steamboat Springs are working like it's 2007 all over again this month. But at the same time that they hustle to help clients refinance their home loans, they are finding it increasingly difficult to secure mortgages for the purchase of resort condominiums.

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Anti-underage drinking group turning to new tactics

After the defeat of a proposed social host ordinance last month, the Excellence Project has started to regroup and focus on new community efforts, including encouragement of positive behaviors by local youth.

Rams girls off the mark in loss to Panthers

Soroco girls struggle against Rangely

First-year Soroco High School girls basketball coach David Bruner's plan to turn the program around is to teach his team to shoot the ball more often.

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Maine transplant tops the podium at Race to the Cup

Dustin Sysko never lost faith. Even after battling bad breaks and no finals appearances for a long time, Sysko always believed he'd again see an Alpine snowboarding podium.

Lorraine Morrison: Asleep on the beat

On Monday, students at the Steamboat Springs schools had a nice welcome back to school, Steamboat-style. If lunch accounts were not paid in full, they did not receive lunch. The students singled out for this special treatment were not habitually late paying.

SmartWool nears record

Sock maker logs 2nd best sales

SmartWool recorded its second-best sales month in November, a possible nod to what President Mark Bryden says is consumers' desire for "affordable luxury."

Steve Lewis: What about the community plan?

We all have special memories that weave us to this awesome valley. Recently, the deep champagne powder added a nice one for me. Yahoo! And the Wild Game Dinner benefiting Molly Look and Tyler Johnson was a privilege to share - tasty and heartwarming.

Our View: Approve secondary unit changes

Seven months after David Engle's unfortunate death in an illegal Steamboat Springs apartment, city staff has authored revisions to the Community Development Code that would require inspections of secondary dwelling units while also improving enforcement procedures. The Steamboat Springs City Council should approve the revised code as recommended by the Planning Commission last week.

The Record and Jail Report for Jan. 9

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.

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ACL injuries can sideline skiers for the year

Dave Moon blew out his ACL eight years ago, and he didn't feel at all bad about it. "I was skiing at a high speed on a very difficult run at Jackson Hole," he said.

Hayden girls hoops wins 2 more, remains unbeaten

Hayden High School girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton delivered bad news for the rest of the teams on the Tigers' schedule this season.

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Homeowners star in video sales pitch

Grace and Jeff Cure star in their own real estate video

When Realtor Darrin Fryer listed the Jeff and Grace Cure home on Hill Street, he knew he needed to find a way to communicate its special qualities.

Business File for Jan. 11

Sherman & Howard merges with 2 firms

Saturday, January 10

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Longtime resident dies of heart problems at high school

Artist and rancher Wayne Kakela, 73, lived for decades in Strawberry Park

Wayne Kakela of Strawberry Park, an artist, rancher and man of many talents, died of natural causes Saturday night in the school's auditorium. He was 73.

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Sailors hockey falls to Hornets

Team drops 1st game back from break

There's a chance the members of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team may have been looking ahead to today's game in Colorado Springs, but there is no question the team looked past Pueblo County on Friday night at home.

Girls win league opener

Sailors basketball rolls over Huskies

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team opened up Western Slope League play Friday with a 47-27 win against Battle Mountain.

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Local snowboarders strong Friday in Race to the Cup

Many of the 67 racers in Friday's Race to the Cup came from foreign countries around the globe, but in the finals, three of the four riders were right at home on the slopes of Howelsen Hill. "I'm very, very happy," said Thedo Remmelink, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's alpine snowboarding coach. "Our riders had a great night."

Defense propels Sailors boys to 46-23 win

Even when the offense is sputtering, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team knows it always can rely on its defense.

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Margaret Hair: Band from Austin outplays audience

Band of Heathens gives great show

Toward the end of the Austin, Texas, rock group's set at Friday's MusicFest finale concert, The Band of Heathens threw out a cover of The Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling."

The Record for Jan. 8

1:06 a.m. A drunken man reportedly was urinating in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive. He was cited for public urination.

Oak Creek Town Board approves joint operating agreement for ice rink

Oak Creek Town Board unanimously agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the Oak Creek Hockey Association on Thursday night - the first joint-operating agreement for the Oak Creek Ice Rink in the history of the facility.

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DA-elect outlines potential charges in Lopez case

Witnesses still sought after fatal downtown altercation

As Steamboat Springs police and 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office investigators continue to track down witnesses of an altercation that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, attention is being given to the legal differences among the various charges the suspects in the case ultimately could face.

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Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center to expand

New director hopes to use $100K grant for better space, services

The Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center hopes to deliver better services in 2009 with a new executive director position and expanded offerings.

Lectures to focus on suicide prevention

Coordinator: Attempts nearly have doubled since last winter

With dim economic outlooks and gray skies, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide decided a speaker series on suicide prevention would be appropriate this winter.

Steamboat Springs Arts Council to begin film series

Screenings part of push for performing arts at Depot

After months of being out of service, the popcorn machine that once crackled at the Steamboat Mountain Theater has found a new home.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 10

The Hitchens Brothers' Wednesday Night Jump Series event scheduled for Jan. 7 was postponed until Wednesday because of heavy snow.

City manager designee, 2 allies may address concerns Tuesday

Jon Roberts, the man chosen to be Steamboat Springs' next city manager, will return next week to further address concerns raised about his performance as city manager in Victorville, Calif.

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Tom Ross: A guide to concerts and other free stuff in Steamboat

It may be a cliche about the best things being free, but the timing was right Friday for a free concert. Do you know anyone in Steamboat who can't use a little emotional lift?

Soroco boys, girls shoot for fast start

Rams hoops prep for Rangely

With such a young team, Soroco High School girls basketball coach David Bruner understands the importance of confidence. So when Soroco resumes play at 2:30 p.m. today at home against Rangely, Bruner knows how important it is for his team to get off to a fast start.

Friday, January 9

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Police seek key witness in downtown altercation

Lopez's death still under investigation

Steamboat Springs police are searching for what Capt. Joel Rae called a "a key witness" in the ongoing investigation into the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez. Lopez died Monday of severe head trauma at a Denver hospital. His injuries stemmed from a fight just after midnight Jan. 2 at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue after he and two friends argued with two unidentified men at The Tap House about song choices on the jukebox.

Galaxy Aviation hits record at YVRA

More fuel than ever sold Dec. 27 by new fixed-base operator

Private aviation at Yampa Valley Regional Airport experienced a record-setter last month. Dec. 27 was the best day in history in terms of volume of fuel sold for private aviation, said Don Kaplan, regional manager for Galaxy Aviation. Galaxy took over from Spectrum Jet Center as fixed-base operator at the Hayden airport last fall.

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The Gougers' Shane Walker explains his songwriting process

To Shane Walker, singing to a crowd is a mythic experience. "It's like a Herculean shield," he said, referring to the legend of how Perseus (not Hercules) killed Medusa without turning to stone when he looked at her.

YVEA spokesman: July billing change not an overall cost increase

When Yampa Valley Electric Association announced it would keep rates unchanged for 2009, it caused confusion for at least a few customers.

On scene: MusicFest sells a lifestyle

I've never agreed with the idea that you have to know a band's music to review how that band plays in concert.

CD review for Jan. 9, 2009

Frida Hyvonen

Margaret Hair: 'Exodus' still a classic

There are a couple of ways to define a "classic" record.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 9

During National Folic Acid Awareness Week, through Saturday, women of childbearing age are encouraged to take a daily multivitamin and to eat foods rich in folate before becoming pregnant to prevent birth defects in their newborns.

Steamboat hockey set to take on Pueblo County

Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff doesn't even have to bring it up - his players already know.

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Wylie breaks into World Cup finals

World Cup veteran snowboarder Justin Reiter knows what it feels like to make a World Cup final.

Report: Family died quickly in Aspen gas exposure; charges possible

A family of four that succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning in an Aspen-area home on the Thanksgiving holiday likely died within minutes of being exposed to the gas, based on preliminary findings released Wednesday.

Yampa Town Board approves utilities increases

Yampa Town Board unanimously approved water and sewer rates increases for the town's utility customers at its meeting Wednesday night. The changes, which will increase combined water-sewer bills from $46 to $55, were included in the town's 2009 budget, which the Town Board approved with little fanfare at a special meeting Dec. 10. The former base rate for water and sewer in Yampa was $23 each.

Craig in need of doctors

Shortage has TMH, medical professionals scrambling

Recruiting new doctors to Moffat County has been a primary focus for The Memorial Hospital for years, said Samantha Johnston, the hospital's service excellence officer.

Bradley wins in Gunnison

Steamboat Springs High School Genna Bradley continued her hot start, winning the Gunnison Diving Invitational on Wednesday.

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Rob Douglas: Tell council president, 'I'm with you, Loui'

On Wednesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council voted to offer Victorville, Calif., City Manager Jon Roberts the city manager's job in Steamboat.

Planning Commission votes in favor of historic preservation

Secondary unit ordinance advances without occupancy rule

The year of painstaking efforts it took to create a new city historic preservation ordinance was reflected in the four motions it took to garner a majority vote of the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday.

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Driving rhythm sets 'Carmina Burana' apart in choral music

Choral director Marie Carmichael has no trouble remembering the first time she saw Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" performed.

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Artist relies on recycled glass for green-minded art

When Marta Thoma was asked to create a sculpture out of "reclaimed materials" during an artist residency more than 15 years ago, she wasn't sure what to make of the mounds of objects most people would qualify as trash.

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Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team set to open league play

If this week's practice is any indication, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team should have a lot of confidence heading into the start of Western Slope League play.

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Sam Bush keeps finding new ways to play old music

Sam Bush has been bringing rock, reggae, jazz and blues to old-time music for 40 years. He hasn't run out of ideas yet.

YVHA members praise Steamboat 700 project

Development proposes permanent funding source for financially troubled Housing Authority

Yampa Valley Housing Authority board members expressed support Thursday for a major development that could provide a permanent funding source for the cash-strapped affordable housing provider.

Education Fund Board supports Capital Commission requests for theater, boiler

A new sound system, new audio-visual equipment and other renovations to the Steamboat Springs High School theater survived a first reading by the Education Fund Board on Wednesday evening.

The Record for Jan. 7

12:30 a.m. A fight between two women was reported in the alley between the 700 blocks of Lincoln and Yampa streets. The fight had been broken up when police arrived.

Thursday, January 8

Shell stakes claim to Yampa River

Energy company files for water rights for future oil shale needs

Shell Oil's filing Dec. 30 for significant water rights in the Yampa River raises the possibility that a man-made lake larger than Stagecoach Reservoir someday could be built in the sagebrush and juniper country of Moffat County.

Schools not giving hot lunches to students with unpaid accounts

Steamboat Springs School District trying to collect $10K for overdue fee

Dozens of Steamboat Springs students have been denied hot lunches since the new semester began Monday because of unpaid balances on their school lunch accounts.

Oak Creek aims to score ice rink agreement

The Oak Creek Town Board aims to finalize an operating agreement with the Oak Creek Hockey Association at tonight's meeting.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 8

Cartin faces more drug charges after Dec. 19 raid

The Record for Jan. 6

12:18 a.m. A highly intoxicated 30-year-old man was reported on a city bus near Weiss Drive.

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Roberts wins city's top spot

Council supports California candidate for manager position

The Steamboat Springs City Council enthusiastically chose Jon Roberts to be its next city manager after more than two hours of public grilling in Centennial Hall on Wednesday.

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Students rewarded for individual and group positive behavior

Something is strange in Chris Kramer's third-grade class. The kids are quiet, concentrated on the white boards in front of them, manipulating the numbers on a set of five dice, and they are happy.

Hayden hoops return to action Friday

Hayden High School girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton talks about his team as though it didn't win a game before the holiday break.

Fearless Hayden wrestlers to hit Utah tourney

Hayden wrestling coach Ty Zabel said there's just something different about the Vernal, Utah, Tournament of Champions that his team is headed to this weekend.

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Race to the Cup offers snowboarders rare opportunity

The annual Race to the Cup race in Steamboat Springs is normally a highlight for snowboarder Darren Ratcliffe. "It's not just another snowboard race," Ratcliffe said.

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Robert Earl Keen draws MusicFest crowd

Relatable stories join party anthems in headlining country concert

"He's not just a musical institution - he's a lifestyle." That's how Elizabeth Cook, the host of "Outlaw Country" on Sirius Satellite Radio, introduced alternative country musician Robert Earl Keen before his MusicFest spot Tuesday night.

Secondary unit rule proposed

Regulation examined after David Engle's death in June

Seven months after a Steamboat Springs man died in a converted garage apartment with no smoke detectors, city officials will consider an ordinance aimed at improving city regulations for secondary residential units.

Wednesday, January 7

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Roberts wins city manager job

Council offers California candidate the job as city's lead administrator, pending negotiations

The Steamboat Springs City Council enthusiastically chose Jon Roberts to be its next city manager after more than two hours of public grilling in Centennial Hall this afternoon. Council voted, 6-1, to give Roberts the job pending contract negotiations and the official adoption of a contract at a future City Council meeting, possibly as soon as Tuesday. Roberts said he will accept the position.

Shell requests water rights on Yampa

Application includes large reservoir west of Maybell

Shell Frontier Oil & Gas Inc. is requesting water from two diversion points in west Moffat County.

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CDOT opens Rabbit Ears Pass

Storm dumping snow on Steamboat Ski Area; snarling traffic throughout region

Rabbit Ears Pass is again open to all traffic. Chains are required for all commercial vehicles, buses and vans of 16+ capacity.

Local couple injured in fatal wreck on Colo. 9

Grand County accident kills 19-year-old Denver woman

A 19-year-old Denver woman died, and two Steamboat Springs residents suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident Sunday on Colorado Highway 9 south of Kremmling, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

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Looking at 'Crystal Darkness'

Documentary airs tonight on Colorado's scourge of methamphetamine

Tausha Merwin has led two lives - one being a long downward spiral and the other the difficult climb back up.

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Joanne Palmer: Seek and ye shall not find

If I was looking for my passport, I'd have found it right where it is not supposed to be - in my top desk drawer. However, I am not looking for my passport. I am looking for a check. Not just any check, but a check a friend asked me to mail to the IRS.

Over the Hill Gang awards scholarships

Francesca Pavillard-Cain has a lot of goals with big-mountain skiing and skiercross.

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High school athletes gear up for return to competition

The last time a Routt County sports team saw competitive play, the Hayden girls basketball team was cruising to an undefeated pre-holiday record, the Steamboat Springs hockey team lost its first game, and teams from Wyoming weren't so kind to the Hayden and Steamboat boys basketball teams.

Search and rescue crews in Lake County find missing Wisconsin twins

Search and rescue crews in Lake County found twin brothers from Green Bay, Wis. who had been missing since Sunday.

Roaring Fork basin snow accumulation 20 percent more than usual

Colorado's snowpack is 20 percent above average and even better in the Roaring Fork River basin, according to the latest report from the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Dustin R. Stratton: Wrong location

Wrong location

Carl Houck: Thank you, Steamboat

Thank you, Steamboat

steamboat briefs for Jan. 7

Extension launches new Web site, has openings

The Record for Jan. 5

Monday, Jan. 5

Fairgrounds fees move forward

Commissioners want 4-H members to pay for building use

Routt County commissioners supported some, but not all, of the Fair Board's recommendations regarding fairgrounds fees Monday.

Jewell leads US in Austria

U.S. Snowboarding's Tyler Jewell, of Steamboat Springs, and Chris Klug, of Aspen, led the way for U.S. athletes, finishing seventh and eighth respectively in a World Cup parallel giant slalom in Kreischberg on Tuesday.

Commission denies funding requests

Fund Board subsidiary declines to grant money to Hayden, South Routt proposals

Funding requests from the Hayden and South Routt school districts failed to make it past the Capital Commission in the first phase of budgeting for the next school year.

Our View: City manager hiring choice merits pause

The Steamboat Springs City Council's search for the next city manager could end as soon as today, but several issues should give the council pause before it offers the position to Jon Roberts.

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S&P upgrades bond ratings

Credit analyst cites resort, sales tax growth

Softening its stance on the negative credit impacts of slight populations and remote locations, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has upgraded the ratings on general obligation bonds issued by Steamboat Springs and 15 other small, Western governments.

Water issues prove divisive

Sole city manager finalist Roberts interviews today

Having hashed out differences on affordable housing and other issues, water rights could shape up to be the next big debate between the city of Steamboat Springs and developers hoping for annexation into city limits.

Howard Merken, Ph.D.: Film recollection

Film recollection

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Lopez died from head injury

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez died Monday from "severe cranial and cerebral trauma," according to autopsy results. Steamboat Springs police said the suspects in his alleged assault may not face murder charges.

Tuesday, January 6

Police: Soldier's death may not result in murder charges

Coroner says "unprotected fall to the back of his head" resulted in Richard Lopez's death. Police investigating case as a homicide, but assault charges may be ultimate outcome. Soldier's ex-wife says argument began over Kanye West and Jimmy Buffett songs.

Boarder rescued in Fish Creek drainage

A snowboarder who ventured into the Fish Creek drainage Sunday afternoon was rescued by Routt County Search and Rescue personnel later that evening.

Jump series a starting point for Olympic hopefuls

The jumping tradition of the Hitchens Brothers' Wednesday Night Jump Series continues Wednesday night at Howelsen Hill when the long-running series takes flight with the first competition of the 2009 season.

The Record for Jan. 4

Sunday, Jan. 4

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City eyes unpaid parking tickets as source of revenue

In a year when a projected decline in revenues has forced huge budget cuts including the elimination of 17 positions, city officials may target 1,154 unpaid parking tickets totaling $65,730 to help stem the bleeding.

Steamboat Briefs for Jan. 6

Teen of the Month applications accepted

Several scholarships still available

Tough economic times have not dissuaded local donors

Despite the troubled state of the economy, Steamboat Springs High School college counselor Gayle Dudley said several new local scholarships are available to students for the first time this year.

Investigators view wreckage

Weather had delayed safety board's visit to fatal plane crash site

National Transportation Safety Board officials have visited the site of an aircraft crash that killed a Steamboat Springs couple, though no updates were available Monday.

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Tom Ross: Skins in the game

Howelsen, Rabbit Ears offer alternatives

I don't know how you spent Saturday afternoon, but I was pretty busy shedding my skins. And then putting them right back on again.

Roberts enters home stretch

Colleagues offer mixed reviews of city manager candidate

Victorville City Manager Jon Roberts arrived in Steamboat on Monday to meet with city officials and tour city facilities in advance of a final interview Wednesday with the Steamboat Springs City Council. Council appears poised to offer the city manager job to Roberts, the only finalist for the position.

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Therapy, tutoring program helps students with mental health

The way to hook youngsters is to provide them with caring, Donna Weinman said. Students on the edge, at risk of losing their school, house or freedom, need to find a sympathetic face. That, she said, is the way to keep them in school.

Monday, January 5

Man dies after fight in Steamboat

Jukebox disagreement in Steamboat leads to assault; no arrests made yet

A Fort Bragg-based soldier died Monday from injuries he sustained during a physical altercation last week in Steamboat Springs.

Aging Well: The makings of meaningful resolutions

As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, then comes along a new year and the pressure to make resolutions.

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Bulldogs swim team wins home meet for 5th consecutive year

Maybe there's something in the water. Maybe it's the home crowd, parents in attendance or familiarity with the pool. Regardless of the reason, the Moffat County High School girls swim team refuses to lose at home.

Officer suffers minor injuries

Anthony Gianinetti struck by vehicle

A Craig Police Department officer suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when a vehicle driven by a 38-year-old Dinosaur man struck him in Craig.

Monday Medical: Strength training for the new year

January is here - typically a time to set New Year's resolutions. Many people consider losing weight and exercising.

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Police station's frame nearly complete

Hayden building expected to be 'dried in' by Friday

Hayden's new police station is rising from the dirt, its frame nearly finished after the first few months of construction.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 5

Organic food delivery to donate funds to LIFT-UP

The Record for Jan. 3

12:30 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported behind Mambo Italiano. No more information was available.

Volunteer group plans bulb swap

Light for Change project to begin this month

Volunteers gathered Sunday to discuss an appropriate way to mark President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

White, Baumgardner head to Capitol

Lawmakers plan to focus first on Colorado budget

Colorado's money matters are on the minds of Al White and Randy Baumgardner, who start work Wednesday in their new roles in the state General Assembly.

Demong snags 2nd in Nordic Combined World Cup event

It was another nice day for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, and the effort again was led by a trio of skiers with ties to Steamboat Springs.

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Luke Graham: New Year's resolutions

As sports fans, we all want a lot out of the new year. Some of it's realistic, such as Tiger Woods coming back healthy, and some of it's totally farfetched.

Deb Babcock: The beauty of botanic names

Latin nomenclature a reliable way to identify your plants

During a visit to the Betty Ford Garden in Vail a few summers ago, I found a plant called Dusty Miller that I thought would be perfect for my home garden.

Sunday, January 4

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Biathlon course at Saddle Ridge targets new possibilities

Trying to sell new home lots in a depressing national real estate market, Todd Gilbertson didn't miss a beat.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 4

Library invites entries for teen logo design contest

Financial planner offers New Year's resolutions

By many measures, 2008 was an ugly year for personal finance. Plummeting stocks gobbled up 401(k) balances, the real estate market took an ugly turn and a recession left many people jobless and dismayed.

Routt County Spotlight: Carissa Unrein

Occupation: Math/science teacher, North Routt Charter School

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Jimmy Westlake: Year of Astronomy

Four hundred years ago this year, Italian scientist Galileo Galilei aimed his homemade telescope to the heavens and opened up a new era in astronomy.

Best of the Web for Jan. 4

Gratitude for tote bags

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Firefighters flip up flapjacks

Yampa department hosts annual community pancake supper

Before the Yampa Fire Protection District was formed as a taxing entity, the volunteer fire department held a pancake supper every New Year's Eve to raise the funds it needed to get through the year.

Child support program helps with payments

The Routt County Child Support Enforcement Program has a few new collection tools in its arsenal, but without an enforcement case, payments aren't going to come on their own.

Real estate transactions for Dec. 23 to 30

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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Spec house fronts river

Developer to try February auction

When general contractor Tom Dover finished a luxury spec home on Blazemark Trail for Will Bashan of WB Real Estate last fall, Bashan knew the ground had shifted under his feet during the construction period.

On the market for Jan. 4

Month of November sees 32 home sales

The Record and Jail Report for Jan. 2

Merari Abinadab Sainz, 29, Steamboat Springs - Third-degree assault (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

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NCAA ski racing provides new path for Steamboat athletes

They're not Olympians, but that hasn't stopped former Steamboat Springs ski racers Marsh Gooding, Lisa Perricone, Emily Colin and Tina Roberts from taking skiing to a new level.

Business File for Jan. 4

Fur shop opens outlet store on Lincoln Avenue

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Group works toward creating partnerships

Organization celebrates Mentoring Month

When Nicole Williams began working with Partners in Routt County, she was paired with Lluvia, a 14-year-old girl who recently had arrived in Steamboat Springs and spoke little English.

Aspen bomber letter found

Blanning's writing to friend provides some clues to motives

After he delivered bombs throughout town on New Year's Eve Day, effectively placing downtown Aspen on lockdown, Jim Blanning walked around watching the mayhem unfold and then reflected on his 72 years of life before shooting himself.

Dylan Roberts: Be proud, Colorado

With Inauguration Day two weeks away, President-elect Obama's cabinet positions nearly are filled. There has been criticism from both sides of the aisle. Where is the "change" among the many Clinton-era personnel? Why are there only two GOP cabinet designates? With any presidential transition, there will be unavoidable scrutiny, and the truth is, we cannot judge any of these appointments until they actually begin their work. However, there is one selection that deserves praise: our Senator, Ken Salazar, for Interior Secretary.

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Rams freshman a starter

Soroco's George helps lead girls basketball team

The excitement of it all hasn't escaped Madison George. She's a freshman who is not just starting on the Soroco High School girls basketball team but excelling.

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2008 shook the city

The past year tore down, built up and dramatically changed Steamboat

Imagine you picked 2008 to leave Steamboat Springs for a year, with no communication or news - not even a ski report. How surprised you would be upon returning.

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 4, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Jan. 4, 2009.

Our View: Survey key to historic ordinance

As city officials prepare for another look at Steamboat Springs' historic preservation ordinance, kudos should be given to the advisory committee for emphasizing public awareness and clarifying ambiguities about the issue.

Mike Forney: City manager search

I think it's important for the community to hear the other side of the city manager selection story. Frankly, Rob Douglas's column on Friday left the impression that the search was a secretive process controlled by council without community involvement. Not so.

US Ski Team 6th in Nordic events

The U.S. Ski Team moved up two spots after the jumping round to finish sixth in a four-man World Cup team event Saturday in Schonach, Germany. Germany dominated the event with the Norwegians taking second on final-leg heroics by Magnus Moan. Austria was third.

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Girl run over by snow machine

5-year-old receives only 4 stitches after accident on Lynx Pass

Shortly after getting four stitches removed from under her nose Friday, 5-year-old Claire Fisher still was unfazed at being run over in a snow machine accident a week prior.

John F. Russell: Success off the podium

Our town has a long, proud tradition of producing Olympic athletes.

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Business remains strong for many massage therapists

The holiday season and the stress of a shaky economy are enough to tie a few knots in anyone's shoulders. The folks who loosen those knots haven't been any busier than usual, however.

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Hitting the notes of success

Cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio talks about life in an artistic family

On Tuesday morning, world-class cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio was finishing the first leg of the first vacation she's taken in 2 1/2 years.

Joel Reichenberger: A legacy that begins locally

Staring at all the glitz and glamour of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, it's easy to forget how reliant upon the community the program really is.

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Graystone Court mansion features iron chandelier, vaulted cupola

There is a home in the Stonebridge Park neighborhood that evokes nothing else as much as an Old World, European country manor.

Saturday, January 3

Man in critical condition after downtown fight

A North Carolina man was airlifted to a Denver hospital with serious head injuries Friday after a downtown fight that began because of songs on the jukebox, police said.

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Local skiers build home for Kenyan children

A little bit of Steamboat Springs was added to Kenya in 2008 as a group of locals spent time and money constructing part of a group home for 60 children in Meru, at the base of Mount Kenya.

Ski Patrol finds lost skiers

Winter weather advisory in effect today through midnight

Steamboat Ski Patrol located two men Friday afternoon who had been lost outside Steamboat Ski Area for about five hours.

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Steamboat grad to be Seabee

Lieutenant junior grade to join Naval Construction Force

Lieutenant Junior Grade James "Jamie" McKelvie collected his first paycheck from the Navy while still a junior in the engineering school at Colorado State University. Then, he spent the first three years of his enlistment in Hawaii without ever shipping out to sea.

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Tom Ross: Need a New Year's resolution?

If you are struggling to come up with a worthy but attainable New Year's resolution this weekend, relax. I've got one for you - no extra charge.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 3

Volunteers needed for winter sports program

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New year's 1st baby arrives

Verastica family welcomes Susan Mercedes on Friday morning

The Verastica family, of Hayden, welcomed Susan Mercedes Verastica, the first baby born at Yampa Valley Medical Center in the new year.

The Record for Jan. 1

12:49 a.m. Hayden police arrested a 39-year-old Tennessee man on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving under suspension in the 100 block of East Jefferson Avenue.

Live music takes over in Knoll Parking Lot

MusicFest, Ski Jam and Family Snow Festival to occupy part of area through the end of January

The northern half of the Steamboat Ski Area's Knoll Parking Lot will close today and will remain closed through the end of the month.

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Meek to enter coaches' Hall of Fame

Former Steamboat boys basketball coach to receive honor in March

Kelly Meek said when he arrived in Steamboat Springs more than 30 years ago, he was just trying to survive.

Friday, January 2

Two men, lost since noon, found outside ski area

Ski Patrol locates skier and snowboarder out-of-bounds at Steamboat Ski Area

Ski Patrol has located a skier and snowboarder who were lost out-of-bounds at Steamboat Ski Area.

Denver superintendent Michael Bennet headed to Senate

Rocky Mountain News: Ritter selection to be named Saturday

Gov. Bill Ritter will announce his U.S. Senate pick Saturday, selecting the head of Denver Public Schools to replace Ken Salazar.

The Record for Dec. 31

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Businesses Without Borders strengthens Grand County

At least one homegrown organization isn't letting the sluggish economy prevent it from forging ahead to bolster local businesses.

December logs first 100

Ski area hits mark with snow falling 22 of 31 days

The Steamboat Ski Area clocked exactly 100 inches of snowfall in December, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said Thursday.

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3 local Nordic racers bound for Alaska

Athletes head to nationals with ambitions for higher competition

A trio of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes may face their most important test of the season this week.

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Australian athletes hope to find home, edge at Howelsen

Alpine snowboarder Belle Brockhoff slices down the face of Howelsen Hill as though she were born on its steep, pitched slopes. But Belle, an Australian, is one of an increasing number of foreign athletes who have come to the Yampa Valley to join the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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MusicFest returns to town

A look at who's playing the 23rd annual Texas-produced festival

If you don't already have a full-festival pass for the 23rd annual MusicFest at Steamboat, it's not too likely you'll be getting one.

Silverthorne to host business breakfast

Silverthorne business owners plan will be encouraged to "stop sitting on their hands" in a down economy at the free annual business breakfast Wednesday.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 2

Dance classes for grades 3 to 5 to start in Hayden

Man suffers hypothermia

Police say New Year's Eve otherwise quiet in Steamboat area

An Oak Creek man who spent 18 hours in the snow overnight survived, suffering only severe hypothermia, fire officials said.

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Rob Douglas: One question for Jon Roberts

I suspect most readers saw the above headline and thought, "Jon who?" So, let's begin 2009 with a trip down memory lane.

Margaret Hair: Resolutions that benefit local arts

Every year, I spend about five minutes on Dec. 31 trying to come up with five New Year's resolutions. I do this realizing that most people think about ways to improve their state in life for more than five minutes a year.

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Local DJ is doing A.O.K.

Also Starring working on new projects, themed nights

Keeping a weekly DJ set fresh can be tough - it needs to keep the crowd happy with familiar songs, but also needs to change to preserve the DJ's sanity.

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Artists at Wild Horse Gallery capture nature as they see it

Don Van Horn's carvings of birds can be eerily realistic. "Everything I make, I make as exact as possible," Van Horn said, explaining the attention to detail and hours of work that go into each of his carvings, which are made primarily with wood and are accented with brass and copper.

Mary Walker: Getting out of life's black holes

Clark resident helps Kenyan girls deal with challenges

There have been several incidents at the centre recently that highlight the uncertainty, emotional roller coaster, and outright injustice the girls here face daily. As a cultural outsider, it is difficult if not impossible for me to involve myself in any meaningful way. Although the girls often look to me for assistance with their "problems," as they call them, I have to restrict my role and let the system itself take over. It can be excruciatingly painful to stand by while girls suffer emotionally.

On Scene: Top 10 overload

Put away the knives. It's not worth the fight. No matter how much you really like that new album by Beyonce, the annual arguments about the very best track or album produced during the past 12 months has grown increasingly frenzied, harried and pointless.

56 percent occupancy forecast for Saturday

Steamboat Springs visitors probably won't have to elbow each other out of the way to snag a room this weekend.

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Robin growth rampant

Unusual number of birds feasting on berries near Emerald Mountain

The dozens of robins hanging out above Howelsen Hill this winter likely are not local birds but might be snowbirds in the truest sense of the term.

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Artists' Gallery show depicts lighthearted subjects at Artwalk

Kim Keith figured it was time to lighten up. For her part of "Kindred Spirits," an Artists' Gallery of Steamboat show opening with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today as part of the First Friday Artwalk, Keith broke away from her usual black-and-white photography to capture a little youth.

Four bombs left in Aspen; suspect kills himself

Aspen police believe Jim Blanning was acting alone when he deposited four bombs across downtown Aspen on Wednesday before apparently killing himself in his vehicle east of town.

Thursday, January 1

Routt residents resolve to spend more time on the slopes

Getting more days on the slopes in 2009 did not merit a mention on the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion's annual New Year's resolution poll, but more skiing and riding seems to be at the top of the list for Routt County residents.

White discusses budget woes with commissioners

Senator-elect: Hundreds of millions in cuts will affect county

State Rep. Al White discussed budget issues with the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, lending an ear to their concerns, as well as those of residents who attended.

Moffat County's 2008 top sporting events

Moffat County High School was involved in several dramatic sporting events in 2008.

The Record for Dec. 30

1:13 a.m. A carbon monoxide alarm went off in the 400 block of Clover Circle in Hayden. Everything was fine.

McCoy teenager in recovery

No one charged in connection with Halloween hit-and-run

Former Soroco High School student Josh Ford sustained permanent brain damage when he was hit by a car Oct. 31 on Colorado Highway 131 in Oak Creek.

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Migraines cause alarm for airman

LaDue's doctors find no tumors

About a week after welcoming a new grandchild, Cindy LaDue received some frightening family news.

Steamboat briefs for Jan. 1

Library announces logo design contest for teens

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Habitat for Humanity back on its feet with new executive director

Routt County Habitat for Humanity has a full-time director and is back to normal after the loss of $72,000 in an alleged theft in September.

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CU Rudy Award nomination reflects Steamboat grad's character

Joel Adams certainly didn't take the most conventional way to a career.