News for Wednesday, January 7, 2009



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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.