Stories for July 2009


Friday, July 31

Man admits to killing bear

Kent Nightwalker says shot was only intended to scare bear away

An Eighth Street resident admitted to killing a bear in downtown Steamboat Springs on July 20, but he said the shot was intended only to scare the bear away. Kent Nightwalker said he intended to shoot into the dirt and accidentally killed the male bear.

Adult League Softball: Coed "C" League for July 30

Thursday's games

Youth League Lacrosse for July 31

Grades 4 to 6

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Rugby Club vies for league title

Steamboat squad hosts Breckenridge on Saturday

Shortened season or not, the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club has the opportunity Saturday to put another big check on its to-do list. Steamboat and Breckenridge play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Whistler Field to decide the 2009 Mountain League Championship.

Mount Werner Classic goes green

There are a lot of things to like about the 15th annual Mount Werner Classic. Race routes climb some of the most spectacular parts of the mountain, allowing for late summer views not seen often in the valley.

Former council president Kevin Bennett may run for District 1 council seat

Former Steamboat Springs City Council President Kevin Bennett is considering running for a second tour of duty on a "back to basics" platform of protecting the city's water, expanding parks and open space and slowing the pace of development in Steamboat Springs.

Craig woman accused of embezzlement

When more than $30,000 went missing from a local real estate agency in March 2008, the owner became suspicious and started looking into accounting practices.

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20-year-old dies after reported skateboard incident

A day after reportedly falling off his skateboard, resident Shane Braselton, 20, was pronounced dead Wednesday in Grand Junction, Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said.

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Family remembers Jacobson's effect on others

In the words of her family, Carol Jacobson was: A spontaneous gift buyer. A dirty-fingernails girl. A woman of marvelous ability, character and fortitude. An artist. The greatest mom, the greatest daughter, a real blessing.

House of Cards Part 1: Steamboat goes all in

Fueled by a retiring baby boomer generation with an affinity for mountain resort property, Routt County's real estate market ballooned to unfathomable levels in the middle part of this decade. But the housing bubble has burst, and the real estate development market in Steamboat and ski towns like it might never be the same.

What to do this weekend for July 31 to Aug. 2

Wine Festival at Steamboat seminars - Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, starting at 11:30 a.m.

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Bravo's 'Top Chef' winner at Wine Festival today

At 1 p.m. today, Bravo's "Top Chef" winner and Boulder chef Hosea Rosenberg will give an interactive cooking demonstration at Torian Plum Plaza as part of the sixth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat.

Vail Resorts CEO remains optimistic the company will survive and thrive

The leader of Vail Resorts said Thursday that the company has had to get more agile during the past year and has learned some important lessons.

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Reunited Freddy Jones Band brings roots sound to free show

At 7 p.m. today, Freddy Jones Band will take the stage at the bottom of Howelsen Hill as part of the 2009 Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series. Local bluegrass and folk rock band Missed the Boat opens the concert at 6 p.m.

Steamboat briefs: Philanthropy Days early registration deadline today

The Yampa Valley Community Foundaiton's Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days event is scheduled for Sept. 16 to 18 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. All local nonprofit groups are invited. The conference includes forums with Front Range funders and government representatives, along with networking and learning real world tools. The $115 early registration is available through today. The keynote speaker is Robert Egger, author of "Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding for All." Register at or call the Community Foundation at 970-879-8632.

Aspen eatery's fate up to judge

The fate of Ruth's Chris Steak House now is in the hands of a district judge who will decide whether the struggling, upscale restaurant must remain committed to the seven years left on its downtown Aspen lease, which commands $35,412 a month.

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Couple finds a different market after time in Oregon

Jennifer Calderazzo and her husband, Michael Warren, proved this year that you can come home to Steamboat Springs, even in difficult economic times.

Business panelists in Vail discuss economy

Big turnout for forum Thursday

Vail Valley banker Dan Godec knows what he and the folks at Community Banks of Colorado have been doing to weather this economic storm. But it was good to hear another company's doing many of the same things.

Tourism unlikely to hit 2008 levels this weekend

It would take unheard of walk-up business at the Wine Festival at Steamboat this weekend to boost lodging occupancy to 2008 levels for the first weekend in August.

The Record for July 29

12:54 a.m. Colorado Division of Wildlife officers and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear in the 3100 block of Columbine Drive.

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Rob Douglas: Bear killing appears senseless

According to the Steamboat Pilot & Today, at about 10 p.m. July 20, Towny Anderson heard a gunshot. Anderson looked out his window and saw a slain bear lying on the ground next to an overturned garbage can. Anderson didn't see who shot the bear.

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Community members, merchants share memories of Carol Jacobson

Every Thursday at 8 a.m. for the past year and a half, Carol Jacobson and Janet Sheridan sat in a corner at Serendipity Cafe & Coffee Shop as friends and writing partners. The two women would read works that the other had written and offer critique and advice.

Thursday, July 30

Fire Management Unit: Fire spreads to 1,330 acres near Rangely

A fire near Rangely had been limited Wednesday morning to "creeping and smoldering," the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported. However, afternoon winds of as fast as 30 miles per hour helped cause the fire to pick up "significantly," and grow to span about 1,330 acres of Bureau of Land Management property, according to the FMU.

Dixson family rides to benefit The Children's Hospital

When Dane Dixson crashed on Howelsen Hill in January of 2006, the reality of head trauma set in for the Dixson family.

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Frank Ruppel tears up Junior Olympics in Fort Collins

At this point in his season, nerves are never the biggest problem for Frank Ruppel. The 10-year-old local swimmer admits the first meet of the season might carry some nerves, but after that, it's all excitement.

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Brent Boyer: A story that impacts us all

On Friday, the Pilot & Today will unveil Part 1 of a five-part series titled "House of Cards: The rise and fall of Routt County's real estate economy." Staff members have spent the past couple of months reporting this in-depth look at the buildup and fallout of the real estate-driven economy.

The Record for July 28

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department and Colorado Division of Wildlife officers were called to a report of a bear in the 1300 block of Morgan Court.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Wine Festival in need of volunteers

The Steamboat Wine Festival is still in need of a few volunteers for the Friday Stroll on July 31 and the Grand Tasting on Aug. 1. The wine festival benefits the local adaptive ski program, S.T.A.R.S. Volunteers who work a four-hour shift earn a free festival ticket for Friday or Saturday. For more information, e-mail

County officer details health care options for veterans

If local veterans are anything like Mike Condie, the discharge presentation they got before concluding a tour of military service likely went in one ear and out the other.

Grant unfreezes 1 Steamboat Springs Police Department position

The Steamboat Springs Police Department will have one more patrol officer on the streets in the next couple of months, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Grant program.

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Culinary art comes to K. Saari Gallery

Kimberly Saari teams up with bistro c.v. to present new work, new wine

For an art show that will share an opening reception time with the Stroll of Steamboat Grand Tasting, mixed-media artist Rob Williams kept red, whites and roses in mind.

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Oak Street residence added to Steamboat's historic register

A modest 1 1/2 story home at 634 Oak St. is among Steamboat Springs' oldest and most rare structures. The Bourguin House, already on the Routt County Register of Historic Places, has been deemed worthy of addition to the Steamboat Springs Register.

Adult League Softball: Mens "A" League for July 29

Wednesday's games

Iowa State University removes Aigner video

Community Alliance organizer: Video wasn't meant for public

Iowa State University has removed a video from its Web site featuring Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley organizer Steve Aigner, who is a professor emeritus in the school's Department of Sociology. A university official said the video was removed at Aigner's request.

All Arts Festival ready for debut

Inaugural event features local, national talent in range of media

Almost 40 performances, workshops and demonstrations are on schedule for the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival. Molly Killien, spokeswoman for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, described the festival as the "newest and most collaborative event in Steamboat Springs."

Youth League Lacrosse for July 30

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse 2009 Summer League

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Texan takes Cowboy Shootout title

Houston golfer shoots past field in local tournament

For the second time in three years, Houston resident Chris Lauinger has lassoed the title in the Cowboy Shootout junior golf tournament. Lauinger shot a 71 to lead the field in the 16- to 18-year-old division.

Wednesday, July 29

Adult League Softball: Coed "D" for July 28

Tuesday's games

Adult League Softball: Coed "B" League for July 28

Tuesday's games

Coed league soccer for July 29

2009 Coed Summer Soccer League

Sports briefs: Little League wraps up season

The Steamboat Springs 9-and 10-year-old and 11- and 12-year-old Little League teams were knocked out of their respective state tournaments during the weekend.

4-day bike race scheduled for September

Colorado's lone stage race of the year is coming to Steamboat in September. The inaugural Steamboat Springs Bicycle Stage Race is slated for Sept. 4 to 7.

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Elite figure skaters train this week at Howelsen Ice Arena

Ryan Bradley may not know all the details of Howelsen Hill's long and proud Olympic tradition, but he understands what it takes to be an Olympian.

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Lorna Farrow dies in crash

Longtime local was a gun enthusiast, repair shop owner

Lorna Lou Farrow, a local shooting enthusiast and co-owner of Farrow Repair Service in western Steamboat Springs, died Tuesday after she was struck by a dump truck while checking her mailbox on U.S. Highway 40.

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Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat hosts a community showcase

Liam Baxter became the 391st member of the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs during its open house Tuesday. The club, a branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, opened its doors June 8.

Man arrested in scam case

Police allege Dean Mowatt stole credit card information from guests

A fifth individual has been arrested in connection with what police are calling the "Jamaican lottery scam" investigation, which already has seen four other Routt County residents federally indicted and arraigned.

Wine Festival brings top sips, 'Top Chef'

4-day culinary event features TV show winner, seminars, tastings

The day Gail Wiltshire heard Boulder fish chef Hosea Rosenberg had been chosen to compete on the Bravo TV cooking competition "Top Chef," the TeamSage Productions employee and sixth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat organizer called Rosenberg's restaurant.

Don Hudson: Missing Greg Scott

I met Greg Scott during a golf trip in Phoenix, and Greg was indeed a great golfer. His sense of humor, stories and helpful hints about the course made it a great four-day trip.

Letter to the editor: Steamboat 700 vote

Growth can be good. In a strong economic environment where existing year-round employers are adding to staff and new business/light industry is moving to the valley with high-paying, stable, year-round jobs, planned communities such as Steamboat 700 are viable and desirable.

Our View: Time for Hayden, South Routt to pony up

Now that Hayden residents have wisely approved a home rule charter and taken the first steps toward adopting new taxes, it's time the town passes a half-cent sales tax for education similar to the one collected in Steamboat Springs.

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'Pirates of Penzance' offers broad humor

Play features absurd jokes, local students

Cody Poirot will appear this weekend in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta "The Pirates of Penzance." Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Perry-Mansfield's Julie Harris Theatre; tickets are limited.

The Record for July 29

Monday, July 27 12:10 a.m. A traffic stop was made in the 100 block of Trafalgar Drive. Police issued two tickets for underage consumption of alcohol.

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Hayden works on Lake Village deal

Robinson Construction would finish trails, landscaping under deal

Robinson Construction and the town of Hayden could extend their agreement on Lake Village subdivision, meaning the Oregon-based contractor would do more work than planned.

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Joanne Palmer: Pajamas not just for nighttime

One of the many things I love about living in Steamboat is that I don't have to dress up to go anywhere. Jeans and shorts are appropriate for almost any function, including the biggies: graduations, weddings and funerals.

Steamboat briefs: Corna death investigation toxicology report pending

The Port Chester, N.Y., Police Department's investigation into the death of Chris Corna continues, Lt. James Ladeairous said Tuesday. Ladeairous said there are no updates on the investigation, which is pending a toxicology report from the Westchester County, N.Y., Medical Examiner's Office.

State seeks $5M for carbon storage project

In an effort to protect the interests of Northwest Colorado's energy industry, the Colorado Geological Survey plans to apply for a $5 million federal recovery grant to test whether the hills north of Hamilton would be suitable for carbon sequestration.

Jenifer Adams-Mitchell: Thank you, Steamboat

As the parents and sister of Rebecca Green, we would like to thank the people of Steamboat Springs for your love and concern. You took us into your homes and cared for our every need. Your expressions of sympathy were true and heartfelt. We now understand why Rebecca loved this town so much.

Bear trouble escalates in Aspen

2 bruins euthanized; trash not being secured, officials say

Wildlife officials euthanized a bear in Aspen during the weekend and another one in Glenwood Springs, in a season that's shaping up to be a deadly one for bruins lured by human food and irresponsibility.

Tuesday, July 28

No new salmonella cases reported in county

No new cases have been reported regarding the King Soopers and City Market recall of nearly 500,000 pounds of beef products because of a possible salmonella contamination, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association said Tuesday.

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Traveling Western art show comes to town

Sale features antique prints and newer paintings

At 11 a.m. Thursday, the 11th annual "Spirit of the American West" fine art show and sale opens at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts. Mary Williams' collection will be on display and available for sale through Sunday, and the gallery will extend its hours through the weekend.

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Local couple signs lease at Space Station

Operator shoots for September opening

A local couple has signed a lease to reopen the Space Station gas station and convenience store in downtown Steamboat Springs. The station at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue has sat vacant for more than two years, and its owner was nearly cited for nuisance issues by the city.

The Record for July 26

Sunday, July 26 12:03 a.m. A traffic stop was made at Walton Creek Road and Village Drive. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and the vehicle was towed.

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Jimmy Westlake: Epsilon Aurigae: mystery star

In the far northern constellation of Auriga the Charioteer, not far from the bright star Capella, an astronomical mystery is about to play out, as it has every 27 years for the past century. Professional astronomers and citizen astronomers worldwide are watching and waiting for the star Epsilon Aurigae to begin to fade during August. Epsilon Aurigae is an eclipsing binary star, not in and of itself very unusual, but the object that is creating the eclipse remains one of the most puzzling of astronomical mysteries.

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Siblings to start Venture Crew group

Boy Scouts-affiliated program encourages outdoor activities

A couple of local teens are organizing a Venture Crew that will provide Steamboat Springs' young adults with access to a number of outdoor activities. Venture Crew is a youth development program created by Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 20.

New campaign at CMC offers course registration at various locations

During a new campaign called "Taking It to the Streets," anyone interested in signing up for classes at Colorado Mountain College doesn't have to go to the campus to do so. The college will set up registration tents from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning today, at a number of locations in town.

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Tom Ross: Friends bid 'Happy Trails' to Greg Scott

Greg Scott was Northwest Colorado's favorite singing cowboy, one of those special personalities who define a community for longtime residents and loyal visitors. Subtract him from the Yampa Valley and the cultural landscape has been irretrievably diminished. But as we've learned so poignantly this summer, life must and will go on.

Adult League Softball: Men's B for July 28

Men's B League

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Band plays free-form rock

Akron/Family pushes the limits of music categories

Recently, Akron/Family has shifted in a new direction, building on what it knew and what it likes to create - a fluid concept-rock-without-a-theme sound that'll be on display Wednesday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 at the door.

Steamboat briefs: Suspect identified in downtown bear shooting

Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins, of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said the agency has identified a single suspect in last week's shooting of a bear in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Tax appeals flood county

Commissioners forced to set daily Board of Equalization hearings

Perhaps a sign of the recession, Routt County Commissioners - sitting as the Routt County Board of Equalization - are scheduled to hear about 450 property valuation appeals this year, which Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said is twice the usual amount.

Monday, July 27

Freedom Conference lineup announced

Steamboat Institute announces its speakers for event in August

The Steamboat Institute has announced its slate of speakers for the inaugural Freedom Conference in August. The Institute promotes limited government, lower taxes, free markets, a strong national defense and individual rights and responsibilities as its mission.

Tennis tournament records largest field

Generations of all sorts took to the courts, and that was the best part of the weekend's Steamboat Tennis Association Championships, Jim Swiggart said Sunday after the final matches had ended.

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Motorhead Madness car show attracts enthusiasts of all ages

Standing next to his mother, 3-year-old Vincent Schierenberg, blond hair sticking out from beneath a light green baseball hat, extended his right arm toward a black 1962 Chevrolet Impala. "That's cool," he said.

Boys & Girls Club to host carnival

Open house event is at 4 p.m. Tuesday

The Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs has come a long way since opening its doors June 8. This week, people can see for themselves. The club is holding an open house at 4 p.m. Tuesday at its location in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

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Enduro racing returns to Routt County

Racers made three, four or five laps on the 13-mile course in the Greenridge Enduro race, but it didn't take Steamboat Springs daredevil Kerry Lofy very long to figure out why it's called enduro racing.

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Luke Graham: Average guys with awesome abilities

There's a lot to like about action sports. The once second-tiered sports world of the X Games, Dew Tour - and anything else that involves a little bit of lunacy - has come a long way in the past 15 to 20 years.

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Strings to offer unusual instruments this week

Bamboo stems, crystal glasses part of performances

In addition to the traditional Bach and Brahms, this week's musical offerings at the Strings Music Pavilion bring brass, gold and crystal, as well as bamboo and blues, to the stage.

The Record for July 25

2:57 a.m. Department of Wildlife officers were dispatched to a report of a bear in the 400 block of Dabney Lane.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for Steamboat Triathlon

Registration is under way for the 2009 Steamboat Triathlon, Aug. 30 at Lake Catamount. Offering a sprint-distance event, the triathlon takes place entirely in Steamboat Springs.

Deb Babcock: Caterpillars in our gardens

All bugs have a purpose here on Earth. It's just that some bugs tend to - well, bug us more than others.

Aging Well: Disability awareness highlights challenges, opportunities

Disability Awareness Week is a time to think about challenges facing people with disabilities or, taking awareness one step further, to pretend to have a disability.

Running Series results: Spring Creek Memorial

Running Series results: Spring Creek Memorial

Monday Medical: YVMC pays attention to safety in radiation

YVMC has always paid special attention to its pediatric patients, especially when it comes to radiation dosage.

Sunday, July 26

2 lost horseback riders found by helicopter

Search and Rescue spotted riders from the air Sunday

A 15-year-old girl and 25-year-old woman who became lost after horseback riding Saturday were rescued Sunday afternoon near the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area in South Routt County.

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Susan McIntosh strikes back against cancer

Woman moved to join Relay For Life after disease killed her father, friend's sister

When Susan McIntosh was 19, cancer took her father. Twenty-eight years later, cancer killed the sister of a friend - but not before McIntosh decided to work to stop the disease.

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Slater rancher Tom Williams pursues burro racing

Baggs, Wyo., area native Tom Williams has been taking his burro with him to compete in running events. "She's really a lot of fun to run with," Williams said. "She can carry all your water and your pack. I don't run by myself anymore. She's too much fun to run with."

The Jail Report for July 18 to 24

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.

The Record for July 24

1:50 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Officials assisted a motorist at mile marker six off Routt County Road 14.

Best of the Web: Growth issue

Mr. Lewis : you are correct in that the CAYV has never publicly stated that they are an advocate of no-growth. However, when the leader of the CAYV has the opportunity to speak freely outside the controlled confines of well-rehearsed and scripted speech that takes place within the Yampa Valley - the truth is finally told. : Please explain to us how on your Web site and in public forums your organization states, "The Community Alliance has a long history of working on growth issues." : Yet, in the sixth sentence of his lecture in the friendly confines of Iowa State University only 3 months ago, (Steve) Aigner states, "The organization for which I now organize, the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, has fought growth forever."

Conservative commentary: Let's work together

I was heartened to read John Salazar's commentary concerning health care in last week's Pilot & Today. If Mr. Salazar means what he says about the problems, we can solve them well short of the essential nationalization of the industry under the current House bill.

Jack White: CAYV response

Several years ago, I attended a forum on growth that the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley sponsored. It was a two-night event, with a panel of experts from all across the state. I was so impressed, I joined CAYV that night. It wasn't long after I found myself on the board of directors, and I am proud to represent the Community Alliance.

Christie Greene: Store trash indoors

After reading about the bear shot in downtown Steamboat, I could only think of one thing. Why are some residents storing their trash outside? This tragedy could have been so easily avoided if folks would keep food sources such as trash, birdseed and pet food locked away indoors with trash going out the morning of pickup. This is standard procedure in the mountains and law in some towns. I hope you find your renegade bear-killer, but in the meantime, by simple common sense changes in our own behavior, we can keep the bears in the Colorado mountains wild ... and alive.

Paul Mauro: Health care rebuttal

Alas, we don't need more opinions unsupported by facts. Health care reform is a difficult enough problem without fanning the flames with unsubstantiated comments as Mr. McConnell (July 12: The Suicide Option) did when he launched into typical G-No-P rhetoric. To wit:

Ron Dahlquist: We'll miss you, Greg

I was just informed that Greg Scott passed away a few days ago. Sadly, his passing leaves a void in the Yampa Valley that may never be filled. Greg was my friend for more than 30 years, through my tenure in Steamboat and after I moved to Maui.

Business File: Woodstone hires new performance consultant

Glenda Hachenberger and Edward Meagher III have announced that David Henderson has joined Woodstone Consulting in Steamboat Springs as an executive performance consultant.

Little League All-Stars win 1, lose 1 in Denver

Judging by pre-game warm-ups, Steamboat Springs 9- and 10-year-old Little League All-Star coach Craig Pasternak figured it could be a long day.

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Sporting goods retailers see increase in innertube sales

River tubes are flying out the doors at retailers this season, which some see as a business boon and others see as a cause for concern. Peter Van De Carr, owner of Backdoor Sports and member of the Respect the Yampa campaign, sees rentals as a more environmentally responsible way to float.

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Parade of Homes tour offers access to multimillion-dollar homes

Unless one is actually in the market for a $6 million home, it's difficult to wrangle an invitation to tour one of the Yampa Valley's showcase properties. Residents and visitors have a chance Aug. 1 to glimpse how the other half lives while making a difference for a range of local nonprofit organizations. They also can make notes about custom details that could be incorporated into the remodel of a more modest Steamboat home.

Routt County Spotlight: Jon Wade

Jon Wade Age: 41 Occupation: Dad, husband, friend &amp; broker/owner at Colorado Group Realty<

Real estate transactions for July 16 to 23

Real estate transactions for July 16 to 23

Hayden Reader of the Week: Valeria Gutierrez

The sixth Hayden Public Library Reader of the Week is 4-year-old Valeria Gutierrez.

On the Market: Big boxes increasing in mountain towns

Silverthorne has a Target, and Eagle County has a Home Depot. Now, both of the mountain communities within 100 miles of Steamboat Springs are on track to get the national retailer they are missing.

Class notes: SSHS graduate earns college scholarship

Meghan Hartley, a May graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was awarded a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year at Western Washington University.

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Vertical Arts earns architecture award from institute

Firm wins honor for office design

When Vertical Arts designers and architects crafted their space, they hoped to keep the environment conducive to collaboration. "We wanted to create an open loft space as our studio because we work close together as teams," designer Katy Vaughn said.

Joel Reichenberger: Landeros adjusts his dreams

This year's Behind the Boat skiing and wakeboard camp at Bald Eagle Lake featured plenty of new faces. Nikko Landeros, though, is an old hand by now.

STA summer championship results for July 25

Matches played Saturday

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Holy Name to hold expansion fundraiser

August FUNraiser event will help church pay for $5 million project

Father Ernest Bayer, of Holy Name Catholic Church, is inviting the community to a "big party." The church is holding a fundraiser Aug. 9 at Saddleback Ranch, west of Steamboat Springs.

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Program provides bikes to those who can't afford them

The Giving Bikes Back program is a collaboration of Home ReSource and Wheels Bike Shop and provides bikes to children and adults who may not otherwise be able to afford them.

Looking Back for July 27, 1934

75 years ago - From the Friday, July 27, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot (Golden Anniversary Edition; the Pilot ran several letters to the editor from Colorado newspapermen and some from local residents, celebrating 50 years in operation):

John F. Russell: Bill Meyers' race against time

Bill Meyers is fast, and he isn't about to let his age slow him down.

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Jaconetta makes burritos his way

To Lawrence Jaconetta, the burritos at Lupita's Cantina are a work of art. With ingredients he selects and toppings he chooses, the burritos are tortilla-wrapped acts of expression for the Oak Creek artist.

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Burger family enters 8 into local tennis tournament

The hard part wasn't putting a smile on C.J. Burger's face. No, the hard part came early Saturday morning at the Steamboat Tennis Association Championships when C.J. finished his match, walked into the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and had to pick which family member to watch.

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Local expert: Fuel costs, recession offer challenges for hay growers

The abundant hay crop being harvested this week in the Elk and Yampa river valleys doesn't necessarily assure an economic boon for area farmers and ranchers.

Lynne Miller: Bear killing awful

Who in their right mind would kill an innocent bear looking for food in an alley in downtown Steamboat? I am so angry about this. I hope that the authorities find whoever did it and he is charged in court. Then he should be sentenced to the same jail time, fine and community service given to Michael Vick.

Our View: County correct with salary move

It was a tough move politically, but Routt County commissioners were correct last week to restore full hours and salaries for 11 airport employees and the building department's electrical inspector.

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145 competitors flock to Spring Creek Memorial

The Steamboat Springs Running Series welcomed a record number of competitors to a race for the third time this summer, with 145 competitors swamping Saturday morning's Spring Creek Memorial run.

Steamboat briefs: US Forest Service urges campfire safety

The U.S. Forest Service is reminding campers to be careful with campfires this summer.

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Howelsen Place to reposition deed-restricted condos

Steamboat Springs City Council voted in favor of allowing Howelsen Place developer Green Courte Partners to sell six remaining one-bedroom condos formerly reserved for qualified buyers under income-based deed restrictions to market-rate buyers. In exchange, Green Courte has agreed to make cash payments to the city's affordable housing fund at the closing of each unit. A seventh unit sold under the previous deed restrictions is occupied by a longtime Steamboat resident.

Saturday, July 25

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Hayden battles 29 percent water losses

Hayden manager: Utility rates probably will increase to cover money shortfalls

On paper, it appears Hayden is losing about 29 percent of the water it produces each year. Hayden Town Council members discussed the problem at their meeting Thursday.

The Record for July 23, 2009

12:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 21-year-old Craig woman on suspicion of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, driving under the influence and DUI per se.

Steamboat briefs: Stagecoach State Park to host clean-up effort today

Stagecoach State Park is hosting a litter clean-up today, which is "Colorado Cares Day" across the state.

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Federal program gives rebate for inefficient car trade-ins

Car dealers prepare to trade new cars in 'Cash for Clunkers'

Car dealerships are ready to rev up the Car Allowance Rebate System, dubbed "Cash for Clunkers." Congress approved the program in June, and President Barack Obama signed it June 24.

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Tom Ross: Nathan Meeker and the Northern Utes

Most residents of Northwest Colorado would tell you they know something about Nathan C. Meeker, the ill-suited Indian agent who played a pivotal role in the bloody conflict that sealed the fate of the Northern Ute tribe.

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Annual adaptive camp, attendees' skills grow at Bald Eagle Lake

In the summer, Bald Eagle Lake becomes home to an adaptive sports camp. The camp is a collaboration between Steamboat's Access Anything founders, Craig and Andrea Kennedy, and Adaptive Adventures, a larger organization.

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Little League all-stars to play in Denver this weekend

Two Steamboat Springs Little League all-star teams head to Denver for state tournaments this weekend with different levels of experience. Each, however, have the same goal.

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SSHS cheerleaders bring home awards

Varsity, junior varsity girls' spirit lead to successful camp experience

Twenty members of the Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team returned from a camp at Regis University on Thursday with plenty of good news.

Friday, July 24

City Market recalls tainted beef

Meat sickens 2 with salmonella in Routt County

King Soopers and City Market have recalled 466,236 pounds of ground beef linked to 14 cases of salmonella in Colorado, including two confirmed cases in Routt County. Recalled meat was produced on dates ranging from May 23 to June 13.

Steamboat youth lacrosse summer league for July 24

Week 1 Standings

Adult League Softball: Coed "C" for July 23

Thursday's games

Sailors girls hoopsters show signs of progress

Summer camps give reason for optimism for Steamboat Springs High School team

Results in June don't mean a whole lot come November and December, but the work the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team has put in this summer certainly should help.

Spring Creek race 1 of Running Series' most popular

It took a handful of dedicated workers five hours of hacking and hiking in the hot July sun, but Cara Marrs said it was worth it.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County Fair Royalty applications due today

Applications for Routt County Fair Royalty are due today. Interested girls ages 8 to 19 can call Missy Wilhelm at 879-2968 for an application and details. Applicants don't need to have their own horses or be members of 4-H or FFA.

The Record for July 22

12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an assault in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. Officers arrested a 40-year-old North Carolina man on suspicion of third-degree assault and being a fugitive of justice.

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Soroco's Bruggink an All-American wrestler

High School athlete fares well at national tournament

Lauryn Bruggink gets offended when people ask her whether she'll wrestle again. Of course, the rising Soroco sophomore is used to the question and to the critics of her wrestling at the high school level.

21st Century Team will begin training Monday

Cheryl Arnett's second-grade class is published. Web published, that is. On Arnett's class Web site, at, several videos and projects are posted showcasing the students achievements during the year.

Local officials discuss Aigner lecture video

Community Alliance organizer: Community Alliance has 'fought growth forever'

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley has postponed its petition drive to make future annexations subject to a public vote, backing off from an ultimatum issued by Community Alliance's organizer Steve Aigner to City Council earlier this week. The decision, though unrelated, comes amid increasing attention given to a video of an April sociology presentation by Aigner at Iowa State University.

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Sam Bush turns to tradition in approach to 'newgrass'

For the past four decades, Sam Bush has been a leading name in the reinvention of American music, using his skills as a mandolin player, guitarist, singer and songwriter to coin a musical term and an accompanying revitalization of mountain music. Bush performs in Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Speaker discusses economic, environmental benefits of saving historic buildings

Donovan D. Rypkema was in Steamboat Springs on Thursday to give a presentation about the importance of historical preservation - economically and environmentally. And about 20 representatives from Colorado Springs to Hayden and places in between also made the trip to Centennial Hall to hear Rypkema speak.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Raising beef and raising money

CattleWomen's scholarship fund alive and well after 23 years

The Routt County CattleWomen have been giving out agriculture scholarships for more than 23 years. The first two scholarships were given out in 1986 and were for $250. Since that time, the amounts have increased, and so have the number of recipients.

Hayden could vote on tax increases

Council OKs 1st reading of 3.5 percent increase on hotels, cars

The town of Hayden tested its legs as a home rule municipality Thursday when council members approved the first reading of two possible new taxes on hotels and car rentals.

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Emerald City Opera program coaches young singers

Stamina, professional demeanor and role preparation are highlighted in the curriculum of Emerald City Opera's Artist Institute for Emerging Singers. Performances by the group are scattered throughout coming weeks.

VNA plans in limbo

Organization unsure about TMH purchase

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association may buy its portion of the current The Memorial Hospital campus, or the whole facility or none at all, said Cole White, VNA director of operations.

Aspen Skiing position won't cut staff, pay

Company: Maintaining service is key to success

The Aspen Skiing Co. will fill the same number of positions next winter as the prior ski season and avoid pay cuts despite the recession.

Vail bikers want more runs

Mountain officials: No plans to expand 2 downhill trails

In the past few years, more Colorado ski resorts have spent increasing amounts of money and time on building up downhill mountain biking trails and features on their slopes to create a growing summer attraction - and it's a trend that some local riders and businesses wish Vail Mountain would follow.

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Rob Douglas: Automatic annexation votes would be unwise

Amendment to Home Rule Charter unnecessary

Most Tuesday evenings, the 7 p.m. public comment period during Steamboat Springs City Council meetings passes with little consequence. Often, no one steps to the podium to address the council. This week, Steve Aigner provided a notable exception.

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What to do this weekend for July 24 to 26

What to do this weekend for July 24 to 26

Thursday, July 23

City gets Reina case extension

Attorneys negotiating out-of-court settlement for former council candidate

The city of Craig has until Monday to file an answer to former Craig City Council candidate Francisco Reina's civil suit in Moffat County District Court.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat man awarded $20K tree-planting grant

A Steamboat Springs man was chosen Wednesday to receive a $20,000 grant to make a positive impact on the environment.

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Crew restores 100-year-old cabin

Historic Routt County hopes preservation work catches on

Preservation of the more than 100-year-old Diamond Window Cabin, which is sagging into the hillside on the southern side of Yellow Jacket Pass, is a two-pronged approach.

City Council divided on housing code

Officials debate possible revisions to ordinance

Steamboat Springs City Council took a step toward changing the affordable housing rules it imposes on developers Tuesday night. But council members made it clear that more work must be done before Aug. 4.

Mary Walker: Local donations reach far

Community has helped improve, supply Kenyan rescue center

Whenever I am preparing to return to Kenya, as I will be next week, I take the time to reflect on the progress of the nonprofit Tasaru Scholarship Fund that I established just 18 months ago.

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Boniface, Bingham lead Town Challenge race

Kelly Boniface insisted the glittering tiara that stuck from her bike helmet wasn't an attempt to show off or flaunt her victory in Wednesday night's Town Challenge mountain bike race at Steamboat Ski Area.

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X Games star works out at Bald Eagle Lake

Winter X Games bronze medalist Colby James West is in town all week training on the water ramps at Bald Eagle Lake in preparation for the 2010 Winter X Games.

STA youth championships to start Friday

Tennis players from Steamboat Springs will take the courts Friday looking for titles and promoting youth tennis in the Yampa Valley.

Community Cares Fund close to $30K goal

Economic assistance to be distributed in the fall

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation nearly has met its goal to raise $30,000 in 30 days for the Community Cares Fund. The fund was established to assist those residents who have been adversely affected by the economic recession.

The Record for July 21, 2009

12:35 a.m. An intoxicated individual was reported near 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Death of 'Cowboy Bob' brings peace to family in New York

Oak Creek man was subject of family's 30-year search

Last weekend's death of Robert "Cowboy Bob" Matteson in a garage in Oak Creek brought an end to a 30-year family mystery rooted in upstate New York.

Wednesday, July 22

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Lodwick 'fine' after cycling accident

US Ski Team member collides with car while on bike in France

World champion and four-time Olympian Todd Lodwick was released from the hospital with bumps and bruises after a biking accident near Albertville, France, on Wednesday afternoon.

County contributes $10,800 to ACET

13-year-old task force has conducted 25 investigations this year

After a brief discussion Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a $10,800 contribution to the All Crimes Enforcement Team's 2010 budget.

Community Alliance pushes for annexation vote

Group launches petition drive for ballot question

Members of the Community Alliance intend to hit the streets this weekend with a petition drive meant to ensure public votes on future major annexations to Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat's Matrka tops field at Cincinnati tennis event

Local tennis pro Marie Matrka traveled to Cincinnati last week with hopes of earning her third straight title in the Thomas E. Price Metropolitan Tennis Championships.

Town Challenge to hit ski area today

Bike race cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children

As one of the longest races in the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge mountain bike race series, the Ski Area Sunshine Loop holds a special place to local riders.

Betty Leipold: Intersection help needed

Now that the City Council acknowledges that the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue is one of the busiest in town, isn't it time for a left-turn signal there?

James C. Makens: Why the stimulus is failing

Starting different and potentially exciting new enterprises requires confidence in the market and one's government. Unfortunately, there is little confidence today because of the threats and anti-private industry words and actions currently emanating from Washington.

Our View: Heritage Park proposal needs work

We agree that Ty Lockhart's proposal - as submitted - to build three duplexes on a parcel of land platted for an athletics field at Heritage Park falls short of acceptability

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Perry-Mansfield dancers explore new ideas, interpret old works

Performances of Perry-Mansfield's annual "Evening of Dance" are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the camp's Main Studio off Routt County Road 36. The program includes a mix of new works and repertory pieces.

Steamboat briefs: US Forest Service to host snowmobile access meeting

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a public meeting and field trip beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to North Routt County to visit proposed snowmobile parking lots and snowmobile routes in the Columbine area. Meet at the North Routt Fire Station No. 2 on Routt County Road 129, just north of Steamboat Lake.

The Record for July 20

12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint of a loud party in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. Officers issued a warning.

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Hayden OKs home rule

Residents approve charter, 76 to 52; 13 percent of those registered voted

Hayden will become Colorado's 100th home rule municipality. Voters approved the town's home rule charter Tuesday, 76 to 52. The change from statutory to home rule allows the Town Board of Trustees to decide whether to put new taxes before voters.

Coed Summer Soccer League Standings for July 21

Coed Summer Soccer League Standings for July 21

Adult Softball League: Coed 'B' for July 21

Tuesday's results

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Joanne Palmer: Three cheers for the Fudge Lady

Serious fudge fans know there's only one place to buy fudge in Routt County - from Carolyn White, known as the "Fudge Lady," at the marina at Steamboat Lake State Park.

Adult Softball League: Coed 'D' for July 21

Tuesday's results

Lightning team earns 4th at championships

Steamboat swimmers stroke to strong finishes in Grand Junction

63 Steamboat swimmers traveled to Grand Junction last weekend to compete against many larger and year-round teams. They came home in 4th place overall.

Tuesday, July 21

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Local musician Greg Scott dies at age 61

Musician was found in North Routt County cabin; no suspicious circumstances

Hayden-based musician Greg Scott died Monday night at a cabin in North Routt County. He was 61. The musician started performing in Steamboat Springs in 1973.

Man found unconscious in North Routt cabin

Emergency responders called to cabin in Big Red Park, north of Columbine

Emergency crews are responding to the scene in Big Red Park, north of Columbine. County dispatchers also paged the county coroner.

County restores some salaries

Some building department, airport staff exempt from pay cuts

Commissioners eliminated the 10 percent pay cut and furlough program for the building department's electrical inspector and 11 airport employees who are governed by Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

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Bear shot in downtown Steamboat

Adult male killed from shot to the head Monday night

Jim Haskins, Colorado Division of Wildlife area manager, said officers are treating the Monday night killing as a crime and investigating who shot the bear.

Steamboat Briefs: Minor injuries result from major crash near Milner

A man was left with only cuts and bruises after falling asleep while driving 60 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 40 on Monday morning near Milner.

The Record for July 19, 2009

Sunday, June 19

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Tom Ross: Hem and Eggs never sounded so good

I'll take my Bethlehem and Eggs scrambled, if you please. We made a little raid across the border into New Mexico earlier this month so that I could continue researching my new book on the health benefits of a diet rich in green chilies.

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Jimmy Westlake: Summer meteor showers

If you've noticed an increase in the number of shooting stars in recent nights, there's good reason. This month's annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower is increasing in activity as we get closer to its peak in the morning July 29.

County commissioners to hear additional cut-related requests

One week after turning down a similar request from Sheriff Gary Wall, the Routt County Board of Commissioners will hear from two other department leaders seeking exemptions from the countywide pay cuts adopted April 1.

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'Cowboy Bob' found dead

Oak Creek homeless man took on jobs to eke out an existence

Robert Matteson was a familiar figure around Oak Creek, where he often worked odd jobs scooping snow in the winter and mowing grass in the summer. He was homeless for most of his years in Oak Creek, but he always was ready to work, those who knew him best said Monday.

Oak Creek waits for candidate's decision

Choice for community service officer has 'not formally accepted'

Oak Creek's top candidate for its community service officer position is yet to accept the town's offer, Town Trustee Dave Ege said Monday.

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Single goal separates Steamboat U12 boys soccer team from title

At the end of three days of soccer, all that separated the hometown U12 boys soccer team from its second Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament title was a single goal.

360 agreement up for approval

Council will decide whether to adopt pre-annexation plan

At its 5 p.m. meeting today, the Steamboat Springs City Council will consider adoption of a pre-annexation agreement with the developers of 360 Village. The agreement marks the beginning of more detailed negotiations concerning the proposed 110-acre community.

Air Fest pilot killed in crash

Gary Miller, who had come to Steamboat for years, died July 9

A familiar face and plane will be missing from the festivities at Steamboat Springs Airport in early September for the annual Wild West Air Fest.

Monday, July 20

Major crash in Milner ends in minor injuries

A man was left with only cuts and bruises after falling asleep while driving 60 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 40 this morning near Milner. Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said Sean Stevens, 34, apparently fell asleep as he drove his 2006 Dodge Charger toward Steamboat Springs.

Rodeman sues Oak Creek in relation to tasing

Former Oak Creek mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman filed a civil suit Friday against the Town Board and its former police officials in response to a July 2008 incident in which she was stunned with a Taser and arrested on suspicion of five misdemeanor charges.

Monday Medical: Go fishing for your health

When it comes to fighting heart disease, there are some fats you want to collect to win the battle and some you want to avoid. Fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 are two of the "better" fats to try to get in your diet because of their role in heart health, among other benefits.

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Local riders fare well in Granby

Area cyclists finish in top half of expert mountain biking field

The last piece of evidence Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cycling coach Ben Clark said he needed to predict a great finish from Linnea Dixson came the day before her ride in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country National Championships.

Deb Babcock: Home-grown raspberries

Yes, we can successfully grow raspberries in our mountain environment. In fact, one of my favorite hikes along the Elk River off Seedhouse Road is a particular treat for me in the late summer when the wild raspberry bushes along the river are loaded with this delicious fruit.

Steamboat Briefs: C.R. 14 closed near Tree Haus today, Tuesday

The Routt County Road and Bridge Department will close Routt County Road 14 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday, from about the Steamboat Springs city limits to the Tree Haus subdivision, to repair a slide area. There is no detour. Call the department at 879-0831.

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Elissa Greene: Alpin Hong returns to Strings

This week marks the return of Beatlemania - Alpin Hong style - to the Strings stage. This will be Hong's fifth visit to Steamboat Springs in the past two years. Hong returns to perform tonight and Tuesday.

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Luke Graham: Notes from the sports lull

We're sort of in a sports purgatory right now. With Major League Baseball's All-Star festivities wrapping up, baseball is about the only sport in full swing at the moment.

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Hayden votes on home rule status today

Residents will decide whether to change to home rule system

Hayden residents will dictate their town's governance during a vote today on the proposed home rule charter. The town will decide whether to remain a statutory town or switch to a home rule town and whether to accept or reject the charter.

Aging well: Communication key to supporting friends with cancer

An invitation for a walk or movie, a helping hand with laundry, an offer to give a person a ride to and from treatment.

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Family, friends remember Ann Copeland

Memorial service held Sunday for 4th-generation Hayden resident

About 10 American Airlines employees from across the country who made their way to Hayden in 1989 to work as seasonal employees at Yampa Valley Regional Airport returned this weekend to honor Ann Copeland during her memorial service Sunday afternoon in the Hayden High School gymnasium.

The Record for July 18, 2009

Saturday, July 18

Sunday, July 19

Cliff jumper injured at King Solomon Falls

Woman suffered from neck pain, shortness of breath after 65-foot leap

Steamboat Springs woman, 25, complained about neck pain and shortness of breath after 65-foot leap Saturday. It took rescuers more than four hours to get her from the remote area.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Faith Day

The Hayden Public Library announces its fifth Reader of the Week for the Summer Reading Program. Eight-year-old Faith Day is this week's top reader.

Class notes: Steamboat student makes Phillips Academy honor roll

Marilyn Harris, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the spring honor roll at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., a private high school. Students must maintain at least a 5-point grade average on a 6-point scale to be named to the honor roll. Harris is a member of the Class of 2011.

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Dog wash opens doors

Business is 2nd to offer pet cleaning service in town

An active member of the local dog community, Frank Cefaratti Sr. and his son, Frank Jr., had an idea. They decided to offer a new service at their Mountain View Car Wash &amp; Detailing - a self-service dog wash.

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Cow Town Ranch Tours draw crowds

Locals, visitors get glimpse of Routt County agricultural life

The buses have been packed to the gills on this year's Cow Town Ranch Tours, organizer Marsha Daughenbaugh said. That's a welcome change after a year when two tours were canceled because of lack of interest, she said.

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Cancer survivor channels anger

Kassandra Collins leads Relay For Life team development

Collins, a 50-year-old Steamboat Springs resident, lost her mother to breast cancer 17 years ago. She herself was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 1998 and has been in remission for 8 years. Last month, the disease struck close to home, once again. Collins' father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer June 23.

Routt County Spotlight: Gretchen Van De Carr

Occupation: Executive director, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

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Athletes flock to cross-country camp in preparation for fall season

In order to prepare runners for potentially competing in college and for successful high school careers, Greg Long has started running camps Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

The Jail Report for July 11 to 17

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.

Steamboat briefs: Memorial service for Ann Copeland today

A memorial service for Hayden native Ann Copeland is at 2 p.m. today at the Hayden High School gym. A wake is at 6 p.m. at the HiWay Bar at 136 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden. Memorial donations may be made to the Ann Copeland Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of First National Bank of the Rockies. An online guestbook is at

Looking Back for July 20, 1934

Frank W. Potter, age 13, accidentally drowned in the Yampa River on Monday afternoon when he slipped into a deep hole about a mile west of the depot where he had been wading and swimming with a group of boys. Frank was not a good swimmer, and when he got into the deep water, he went under. Some of his companions attempted to bring him to the surface, but he pulled them into the water, and they were forced to go for help. The body was recovered a little before 6 p.m. when William Gossard succeeded in catching a hold of one of Potter's feet with a grappling hook. He and Jack Johnson located the body by swimming around in the vicinity of the accident. The water was murky, and it was difficult to see the bottom of the hole, which is estimated to be 12 feet deep.

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Interpreters break language barrier

Integrated Community serves medical community, Spanish speakers

Craig is the interpreter program manager for Integrated Community. The service is free for patients and for the doctors, dentists and other health professionals involved.

Real Estate transactions for July 13 to 16, 2009

Weekly real estate transactions for Routt County.

John F. Russell: Kicking it around Steamboat

Sure, it brings thousands armed with umbrellas, sunscreen and lawn chairs to the soccer fields of Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Time to push for 700 vote

City officials and Steamboat 700 developers should take all reasonable steps to complete annexation negotiations in time for a pre-election vote by the City Council. Such a vote, regardless of its outcome, would be in the best interest of the city and its residents.

Joel Reichenberger: Troy 'The Wild Child' Lerwill worth every cent

Joe Bishop is 72 years old, but his face lit up like a child's Friday evening as Troy "The Wild Child" Lerwill spun donuts into the dirt of the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena with his motorcycle, opening his signature and wildly popular rodeo act.

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Tour company hopes to make biking more accessible

Tailwind Tours can tailor guided bike rides to riders' desires. The company has guides who can assist in fly-fishing, among other outdoors specialties, and has a shuttle bus that can take riders to where they want to go after a ride.

On the Market: Showings pick up for the month of June

Prudential Steamboat Realty reports on its blog that although sales remain substantially below recent years, showings in June were on par with June 2008.

Sean Derning: Sportsmanship

On Tuesday night, I had to umpire a Steamboat Springs men's softball league game. I went into the game like any other for the past 20 seasons; calling balls, strikes and outs. But what happened that evening was something I hadn't experienced in four decades of playing, spectating or officiating organized team sports.

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Gravel mine makes reappearance

Plans for a South Valley mining operation from 2005 have re-emerged

Ed MacArthur, of Native Excavating, confirmed that plans for a gravel mining operation (minus a concrete batch plant) near the Colorado Highway 131 Bridge over the Yampa River have been submitted to the Routt County Regional Planning Department.

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Good times roll in Hayden

Folks of all ages line streets to enjoy annual parade

Scores of Hayden residents lined the streets to watch the Hayden Daze annual parade. Children gathered candy tossed from floats, which followed a "Let the Good Times Roll" theme.

Business File: Hosted Tours opens in Lincoln Avenue kiosk

Hosted Tours owner Brad Somers has opened for business in a kiosk on Lincoln Avenue at Seventh Street. Somers has run Hosted Tours mostly online for four years.

Howard Merken: Communicate facts

I read the commentaries in Steamboat Today because politics, for which I've never cared much, is becoming a bit relevant. I'm a Christian school teacher, and one of the unfortunate facts of modern Christian education is that only the teacher, not the whole family, gets employer-provided health insurance, without paying a fortune. This was quite different when I taught college. This, coupled with subsistence wages and in some schools terrible politics, will cause Christian schools within the next five years to be taught more by mothers interested in tuition breaks than by trained, experienced educators.

William B. Potter: Economic servitude

It appears that those who supported the president's stimulus plan have over-promised and under-delivered. We were promised 8.4 percent unemployment, and we are headed to 10 percent and beyond. As with the stimulus plan, two more pieces of flawed legislation are being rushed through Congress - cap and trade and health care.

Best of the Web: Annex 700

In my opinion, Steamboat 700 has been more than fair in their concessions to the city. Unfortunately, our town has put off recommended (by staff) improvements for 8 to 10 years in some cases, waiting for a "sugar daddy" to come and bail them out.

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Tour takes on new meaning

Brain tumor changes everything in 5th annual Tour de Steamboat

When 38-year-old cycling enthusiast Brad Cusenbary was diagnosed with a brain tumor, helping raise money was the only thing that seemed to make sense.

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Wildhorse gondola construction to begin in August

Developers of Wildhorse Meadows and Trailhead Lodge have signed a contract for the $3 million gondola to be manufactured by Leitner-Poma in Grand Junction.

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Little Moon Essentials moves to US 40 location

Laura Lamun's move into a new factory allowed her to use feng shui to arrange her body products business just how she wanted.

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YVMC emergency drill tests protocol for pesticide accident

Hospital prepares for disaster

Joey Dunlap was one of three YVMC employees who donned decontamination suits to take part in an emergency preparedness drill Wednesday morning. The scenario was that three people were accidentally sprayed with an agricultural pesticide

John T. Salazar: Time for health care reform

In the coming weeks, Congress will be taking action on one of the most important pieces of legislation that will come before us - health care reform.

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Sailors use local tournament to prep for regular season

Although the actual season is more than a month away, the work the Sailors team put in Friday, Saturday and today at the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament should go a long way come the opening of the season.

The Record for July 17

12:04 a.m. Police arrested a 35-year-old transient woman on Seventh Street on suspicion of second-degree assault and criminal mischief.

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Magic Hot Peppers to open stand

Joe Bullock had a rocky road to getting raw foods, sandwich shop running

The seeds of Joe's Magic Foods sprouted about 25 years ago, when Joe Bullock lived in an abandoned warehouse in Chicago.

Saturday, July 18

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Rachel Ivancie finds spot on lacrosse team

Ivancie, a 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, had found her perfect college destination in the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash.

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Tuber pulls man from Yampa River

A tuber pulled a 60-year-old man from the Yampa River west of the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge on Friday afternoon.

Recreational soccer results for July 14

Soccer Scores for the week of July 14

Disc golfer preps for tournament, new courses

A year ago, Ron Pannesi wasn't sure Steamboat Springs would even have a disc golf course for the summer of 2009.

Hayden gym needs repairs

Superintendent expresses concern about costs at School Board meeting

Hayden School District Superintendent Greg Rockhold expressed concern to Hayden School Board members Wednesday about how to pay for middle school gymnasium repairs needed to "keep the building from falling in," pending a report from a structural engineer who inspected it.

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From slaves to saviors

Sex-slavery survivors visit Steamboat during cultural immersion

Watching them laugh and smile as they prepare for a bike ride along the Elk River, it's hard to imagine the horrors these women have endured.

The Record for July 16

3:35 a.m. A bear was reported near the 1000 block of Crawford Avenue.

Parents still owe district funds

Cunningham: Legal action next step to collect full-day kindergarten tuition

The Steamboat Springs School District may be forced to take legal action to collect about $1,500 in unpaid tuition from parents of children who attended full-day kindergarten last year.

Mexican consulate in town today

Agency provides services at Steamboat Community Center

Mexicans interested in getting identification can get help all day today from the Mexican consulate.

Eastman to leave city planning

Department's No. 2 will stick out Steamboat 700 annexation

Planning Services Manager John Eastman, the No. 2 official in the city of Steamboat Springs' Planning and Community Development Department, is resigning.

Steamboat briefs: State Bridge Lives show postponed until Sept. 11

State Bridge Lives, a two-day music festival originally scheduled for July 25 and 26 at State Bridge Lodge, has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled for Sept. 11 to 13 at State Bridge Lodge and will keep the same lineup with a few additional acts to fill an extra day of music, said event coordinator Ted Tilton.

County unemployment drops slightly

Jobless figures decline to 7.7 percent in June

Unemployment rates dropped 1 percent from May to June in Routt County, to 7.7 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Friday, July 17

Routt unemployment rate falls 1 percent

Number was 7.7 percent in June, less than in May but more than double a year ago

Unemployment numbers decreased a full percentage point from May to June, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. But June's figure of 7.7 percent unemployment still is more than double Routt's unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in June 2008.

State Bridge show postponed

The two-day music festival originally scheduled for July 25 and 26 at State Bridge Lodge has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled for Sept. 11-13, and will keep the same lineup plus a few additional acts.

Golf shootout draws juniors

For the men's club at Steamboat Golf Club, the annual Cowboy/Cowgirls Shootout is much more than just another golf tournament.

Smith to play college tennis in North Carolina

Recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate Charlie Smith's boredom has turned into an opportunity to play collegiate tennis.

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Rodeo hopes 'Wild Child' fills stands

Nationally known act in Steamboat Springs for 2-week run

Troy "Wild Child" Lerwill, who has been voted five times as the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association comedy act of the year, will perform at both Steamboat rodeos this weekend and again at next weekend's shows.

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Frank Ruppel on verge of swimming in national event

Frank, who swims for the Steamboat Springs Team Lightning summer club swim team, admits he wasn't exactly a fish when he started competitive swimming at age 6. But a couple of coaches and long lessons later, Frank is one of the best and brightest swimmers in the region.

Breckenridge cuts services

$3 million shortfall possible in public works, recreation, replanting

More cuts are under way for the town of Breckenridge as officials work to absorb an estimated $2 million to $3 million revenue shortfall for 2009.

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Free concert 'a funky good time'

Greyboy Allstars, Pimps of Joytime bring soul to Howelsen Hill at 6 p.m. today

It's been a few years since The Greyboy Allstars made a stop here, but don't expect any radical changes from the funk and jazz group at tonight's second installment of the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series. Opening band The Pimps of Joytime takes the stage at about 6 p.m. at Howelsen Hill.

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Lyrics Born promises unique show

Artist brings full band to Ghost Ranch Saloon tonight

When asked to whom he would compare his sound, hip-hop artist Lyrics Born answered without hesitation. "Nobody," he said Thursday. "There's absolutely nobody on the planet who's doing what I'm doing right now."

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Rob Douglas: Justice delayed is justice denied

The expression "justice delayed is justice denied" is a cliche, but it's nonetheless proving true with the glacial pace of the prosecution of Eduardo and David Capote for their suspected roles in the death of Richard Lopez.

The Record for July 15

1:49 a.m. An intoxicated pedestrian was reported at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

West Steamboat site eyed for police

Location near Routt County Jail could house new headquarters

If the day arrives when Steamboat 700 helps the city of Steamboat Springs build a new public safety building, the downtown police department would move west but not as far west as the proposed annexation.

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Perry-Mansfield production of 'Machinal' this weekend

It's safe to say that Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp's production of "Machinal" will be unlike anything you will find on TV, at the rodeo or anywhere else in Steamboat Springs this weekend.

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Man bears large cross walking from Texas

Man from Texas on his way to Washington with large cross on his back

With $5 in his pocket and a 12-foot cross on his back, James Strickland left Longview, Texas, on foot 11 weeks ago hoping to make his way to Aberdeen, Wash.

Photos clear man in illegal parking case in Aspen

By his own admission, Aspen Municipal Judge Brooke Peterson doesn't cut much slack when it comes to motorists who park illegally in disabled spots.

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No action on Heritage Park proposal

Delay gives Lockhart time to consider request for open space

Routt County Commissioners delayed taking action Tuesday on a proposal from Ty Lockhart to develop duplexes on land originally platted for an athletic field at Heritage Park. The conceptual planned unit development amendment would convert a parcel along U.S. 40 into three duplexes.

Steamboat briefs: Defensive driving classes coming up for students

All Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors are required to complete the National Safety Council's Alive At 25 defensive driving class if they intend to park a vehicle on campus or apply for open campus privileges during the next school year. Parking permits will be sold to juniors and seniors for $40 after Aug. 18 in Mr. Hensen's office at the high school. Sessions of the nearly five-hour Alive at 25 class are scheduled for August 6, 12, 18, 20 and 25. The cost is $30. Register and see class times on the Web at New drivers also can take the class to apply for their Learner's Permit.

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What to do this weekend for July 17 to July 19

- Brown Bag Lecture - Tread of Pioneers Museum, noon

Marsha Daughenbaugh: Farmers Union hard at work

If you wear clothing or eat food, you are actively involved in agriculture. And you have a responsibility and opportunity to be involved with people and organizations that are preserving the agricultural heritage and economy.

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Guitar star Knowles and Back Door Slam play Old Town Pub

Blues guitarist Davy Knowles plays the Old Town Pub at 10 p.m. today with his band, Back Door Slam. He said people at the show can expect "lots of loud electric guitar but also some subtle moments - I think those are important, too."

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New York Times reporter shines light on Supreme Court

The New York Times' Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak spoke at the first installment of this year's Seminars at Steamboat lecture series. He practiced law for 15 years before joining the Times as legal reporter, and he's covered the Supreme Court beat for about a year.

Tom Ross: Bronc buster hangs his hat in Arizona

Rodeo season 2009 is upon us, and it's remarkable to think many fans of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series aren't acquainted with J.C. Trujillo. He's only the most famous bronc rider this cow town has ever known.

Thursday, July 16

Rescue crews carry woman out from Spring Creek

39-year-old local treated after fall while mountain biking

The 39-year-old woman fell after going off the trail while mountain biking near the third bridge, more than a mile from the trailhead. Her injuries were not life-threatening. She reached an ambulance at about 10:45 a.m.

Hayden Daze this weekend

Events include street dance, parade, fair and golf tournament

The fireworks have been canceled, but the show will go on at this year's Hayden Daze.

Mountain Soccer celebrates 25-year mark

For a quarter century, the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament has drawn the best teams from across the state to the fields of Steamboat Springs.

Daryl Levin hits hole-in-1 on Haymaker's No. 7

Mark Witcher was sure he'd have honors and bragging rights on the next hole after putting his tee shot on No. 7 at Haymaker Golf Course to within 3 feet.

The Record for July 14

1:46 a.m. A bear was reported in the trash at Eighth and Oak streets.

Steamboat briefs: South Routt School Board to meet at 6 p.m. today

The South Routt School Board meets at 6 p.m. today in the South Routt School District's administrative offices in Oak Creek, behind Soroco High School. Agenda items include a quarterly financial comparison, discussions of the proposed Song Mountain development, a charter school and elementary school gym construction and acceptance of three gifts from the Education Fund Board.

Hayden not eliminating bus

School district officials plan to cut down on number of stops

The Hayden School District won't cut bus service next year for students who live in town. Instead, the district plans to consolidate a number of stops to reduce the wear and tear on its buses and other vehicles that take children to and from school, Transportation Director Festus Hagins told the Hayden School Board on Wednesday night.

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Rehder Building restoration begins

Work will not affect Steamboat Art Museum operations

Work has begun on a $400,000 restoration of the city-owned Rehder Building downtown. The work is not expected to have a significant impact on Steamboat Art Museum operations.

David Capote case continued again

Delay allows him to consider combining case with brother's

A hearing for David Capote, one of two Miami men charged in connection with the January fight that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, was delayed Wednesday.

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South Routt girl shows champion sheep

Kayla Wille wins North Dakota county fair contest

Kayla Wille was in the right place at the right time with the right sheep. The 7-year-old South Routt County resident won the title of supreme grand champion at an open sheep show Sunday in Bowman, N.D., with a ewe lamb her family had bought the day before.

Sales tax collections fall 16.5 percent

May decline reveals dip in retail sales, overall drop in west Steamboat

Steamboat Springs' sales tax collections decreased by 16.5 percent for May. April and May traditionally pull the lowest amount of sales tax income, city Revenue Supervisor Kim Weber said, so the decrease in May didn't have a huge impact on year-to-date revenue.

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Swimmers dominate in Craig, prepare for Grand Junction

When Steamboat Springs Team Lightning club swim team coach Essi Kenttala said last weekend's ABC meet in Craig would serve as a home event, she wasn't kidding. "Our kids were winning left and right," Kenttala said.

Locals take aim at mountain bike national championships

When it comes to mountain bike races in Colorado, winning is nothing new for Barkley Robinson. The local biker dominates the Town Challenge mountain bike series - a winning streak that dates back to last season was only snapped last week when he had a serious crash early in the race.

Wednesday, July 15

Wall's salary request denied

Sheriff's Office employees not exempt from countywide pay cut

Routt County commissioners elected not to act on a request by Sheriff Gary Wall to restore some of his employees' salaries.

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Steamboat Little League passes Summit

11- and 12-year-olds advance to state tournament

The Steamboat Springs 11- and 12-year-old all-stars hit like a team playing for its postseason life Tuesday, downing Summit 14-4 to advance to the Little League state tournament for the fourth straight year.

Adult League Softball: Coed "D" for July 14

Tuesday's games

Adult League Softball: Coed "B" for July 14

Tuesday's games

Sports briefs: Team splits doubleheaders

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team had a legitimate chance to win four games during the weekend and qualify for postseason play.

Tour de Steamboat back for 5th installment

The fifth annual Kent Eriksen Tour de Steamboat returns Saturday with two unique rides benefiting one great cause.

Hayden School Board to discuss bus routes

Officials to consider pick-up zone improvements

The Hayden School Board will discuss the district's bus routes when it meets at 6 p.m. today.

Council places charter provision on ballot

At its meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council took the final step needed to allow voters to keep or repeal a city charter provision that limits a person's personal financial contributions to their own political campaign.

Steamboat briefs: Wildhorse gondola work to begin this summer

Resort Ventures West, developer of the residential community Wildhorse Meadows, reports it has signed an agreement with Grand Junction's Leitner-Poma of America, to build the development's pulse gondola linking the Trailhead Lodge condominium building and the remainder of the 47-acre master-planned development with the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Construction is slated to begin this summer, with operation anticipated for February 2010.

Our View: City needs finance leader

With the city's 2010 budget process quickly approaching, it's an appropriate time for Steamboat Springs to fill its vacant finance director position.

Supreme Court reporter to speak Thursday

Seminars at Steamboat series starts with The New York Times' Adam Liptak

The New York Times reporter Adam Liptak took a few minutes out of a busy Tuesday to discuss his speaking engagement in Steamboat Springs.

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Joanne Palmer: To bean or not to bean

Consider the legume. This odd-sounding word resembles the noise you produce when you have a swollen sore throat and can barely swallow. Or the choked-up noise a clogged toilet makes when you try to flush it.

The Record for July 11

Monday, July 13 12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a report that children were moving traffic cones at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue. They took care of the situation.

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Copeland services planned for Sunday

Hayden resident was killed last week in 4-wheeler accident

Hayden will say goodbye to Ann Copeland with a memorial service and wake Sunday. The scholarship fund in Ann Copeland's name is in the care of First National Bank of the Rockies.

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Rally for the Cure a hit

Sold-out golf tourney tees off in battle against breast cancer

Mary Effinger entered Steamboat's first Rally for the Cure golf tournament 10 years ago, and she hasn't missed one since. Her dedication has been driven by her willingness to help with the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer.

Steamboat briefs: Tour de Steamboat takes to highways this weekend

Tour de Steamboat takes to highways this weekend

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Superman mannequin stolen

Comic superhero reported missing from My Wireless location

The Man of Steel is missing. A mannequin dressed as Superman - complete with blue tights, the familiar "S" logo on the chest and red cape - was reported missing Monday.

Police station, US 40 at heart of 700 hang-up

The Steamboat Springs City Council won't let Steamboat 700 developers off the hook when it comes to paying for all or part of a new $9 million police station. However, council members agreed in principle Tuesday night to cutting the developers some slack on U.S. Highway 40 improvements.

Tuesday, July 14

Times' Supreme Court reporter to speak Thursday

The New York Times' Adam Liptak will discuss changes on and impacts of the court

Adam Liptak's talk, 'The Roberts Court in the Obama Era,' is free and open to the public as part of Seminars at Steamboat.

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Ending global hunger a goal of man's cross-country ride

Drew Marinelli hopped on a road bike for the first time about a week before he set off April 1 to ride 6,000 miles across the country to increase awareness and raise funds in the fight against global hunger.

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Summit stuns Steamboat Little League baseball

Team still can claim district title today

Steamboat's 11- and 12-year-old all-stars team lost to Summit County, 7-2, on Monday, just a couple days after beating them by 10 runs.

Local men's 'B' softball for July 13

Local men's 'B' softball for July 13

Steamboat Running Series for July 11

Steamboat Springs Running Series

The Record for July 12

Sunday, July 12

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Jimmy Westlake: The dog days of summer

Late July and early August often are the hottest weeks of the summer for much of the northern hemisphere. This stretch of sizzling weather has been referred to as "the dog days of summer" for centuries.

Steamboat 700 debate continues

Capital costs among issues to be discussed by city, developers

The proposed Steamboat 700 master-planned community takes center stage during today's Steamboat Springs City Council work session at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall.

Reagan coming to Steamboat

Son of late president scheduled to speak at August conference

Michael Reagan, conservative talk radio host and son of the late President Ronald Reagan, will speak in Steamboat Springs at an August conference.

Gordon to discuss health care

Former Senate majority leader to attend Democrats' meeting

Ken Gordon is bringing his strong support for a public health care option to Steamboat Springs.

US Attorney indicts 4 county residents

Elizabeth Oldham's office dimisses local charges in lottery scam case

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said her office dismissed the charges Monday after the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado issued a 12-count indictment July 7 against Troy Cox, Catrina Graham, Simon Guthrie and Yanique Mendez.

Monday, July 13

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State Bridge lives

Concert scheduled for July 25, 26 as part of effort to bring energy to burned-down venue

On July 25 and 26, Scott Stoughton will try to bring the spirit of State Bridge Lodge back. A two-day concert is planned for the music venue, riverside resort and all-kinds-welcome gathering spot just south of the Routt-Eagle county line and will feature music from Shakedown Street, The Laughing Bones, Frogs Gone Fishin', Bonfire Dub Trio and more.

CSU president, football coach come to Steamboat

Colorado State University's summer outreach tour hits Steamboat Springs today and Tuesday with scheduled appearances by CSU-Fort Collins President Dr. Tony Frank, CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake and head football coach Steve Fairchild.

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Luke Graham: Baseball's best

It's the midway point of the Major League Baseball season, and several things have become apparent. Sports reporter and columnist Luke Graham breaks it down.

Rodeo results: Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series for July 11

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series

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Elissa Greene: Strings offers week of variety

One of the best things about Steamboat is the wide variety of music options. We are fortunate to have a full spectrum of venues, times, genres and acts to choose from. Within these choices, Strings provides a range of possibilities to suit all schedules, tastes and budgets.

Steamboat briefs: Officer slightly injured while restraining man

Officer slightly injured while restraining man

Deb Babcock: From sprout to spectacular

Some of the most beautiful and imaginative gardens in Steamboat Springs are created with flowering annuals. These undemanding plants become fully grown in just one season, giving gardeners an opportunity to experiment with color, texture, shape and design.

The Record for July 11

Saturday, July 11

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Family mourns 'Tigger'

Friends, rescuers found Steamboat canoeist Stothart on Saturday

By all accounts, Brian "Tigger" Stothart was an elite boater, a funny guy and a thoughtful friend. But his real passion, friends said, was his wife, Valerie, and their children, Samuel and Sophia. Stothart disappeared June 13 while running the Encampment River in southern Wyoming with four others. His body was found Saturday.

Aging Well: Be aware and prepare for summer play

Blue skies, warm temperatures, trails, lakes and rivers are reasons to get outside, but summer play does not come without risks. Poor preparation and judgment can have serious health consequences, particularly for older adults.

Monday Medical: Don't let thumb pain limit activities

Imagine not having the use of your thumbs. Could you ride a bike? Grip or swing a golf club? Send a text message to a friend?

Sunday, July 12

Joel Reichenberger: Weighing the costs

A debate has raged in my mind since the day I first arrived in the Yampa Valley and saw expensive mountain bikes strapped to the top of every Subaru.

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Locals to travel to Berlin for footbag competition

Locals will travel Friday to Berlin for the 30th annual International Footbag Players Association World Footbag Championships.

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Mother and son team up for business

Bed and breakfast, interior design, oxygen bar among ventures

A new store in Old Town Square offers interior and floral design services, gifts, antiques and event planning. Room 635 Steamboat is the place to go "when cowhides and antlers is not what you need."

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Steamboat couple hits road for Tour de Wyoming

This year's Tour de Wyoming began Saturday in Laramie, Wyo., with registration. It carries riders over four mountain passes - about 173 miles of the 366-mile trip are uphill. The ride ends Friday in Laramie.

Best of the Web: Respect the river

I really don't look at it as a fisherman vs. tuber thing. It's a respect the river thing.

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Volleyball tournament continues today at Howelsen

Nearly 400 competitors showed up Saturday for this year's Steamboat Doubles Volleyball Tournament. Play continues today until the final wraps up at about 6 p.m.

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Powersports shifts gears

Steamboat Springs motor dealership gets new owners

Before Michael Graves took the helm of Steamboat Powersports in Riverside Place, he partnered with the president of the Texas Motorcycle Dealers Association. Graves and Alan P. Lamb are the new owners of the dealership.

Lisa Baker: Planned Parenthood is not the answer

There are two sides to every coin. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is notorious for showing only the one side of the coin and pretending that the other doesn't exist.

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Rain bill has little local impact

Collection legal for homes not connected to municipal water

Yampa Valley rain, in no short supply this year, can be harvested legally for personal use since July 1, after the Colorado Senate approved a measure to legalize collection units in rural areas.

Race to fill 4 open City Council seats begins

Nomination petitions can't be picked up for three more weeks, but make no mistake, the race for four open Steamboat Springs City Council seats has begun.

Our View: Postal Service is lacking service

Steamboat Springs city officials should be applauded for their attempts to dissuade the U.S. Postal Service from consolidating both of its branches to the downtown location, but we fear those efforts simply won't be enough when dealing with an autonomous federal agency.

The Record for July 10

Friday, July 10

Jail report for July 4 to July 10

Saturday, July 4

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Steamboat Rugby Club wins 3rd straight Cow Pie Classic

Steamboat native Charlie Pappas got the ball in 27th minute of extra time, weaved his way through two defenders and slid through the mud for a try that gave the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club a 5-0 win.

Class notes: Construction trades group announces scholarship recipients

The Yampa Valley Construction Trades Association has announced the recipients of its 2009 scholarships.

John Andrews: Sotomayor vs. the tea parties

Every part of our body politic has helped weaken liberty. We're now getting the government we deserve.

Looking Back for July 13, 1934: Social survey work for Routt County

Harold Drinkwater, of Denver, who is in charge of the social welfare survey of Routt County, is getting his committee together with the purpose of proceeding with the intensive study of conditions in this section.

Routt County Spotlight: Kirk Wishon

Age: 47 Occupation: Area manager, Ace at the Curve Place of birth: Golden

Routt County school districts receive $300,000

Officials: Unexpected funding to go into reserves

Routt County school districts are receiving unexpected money that County Commissioner Doug Monger described as Christmas in July, but don't expect school officials to splurge on any presents.

Business file: Paragon Technology Group expands staff

Paragon Technology Group expands staff

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Steamboat boys earn 10-run win against Summit

Little League 11- and 12-year-olds win, 12-2

It was almost expected that when playing the first game of the district Little League tournament, the Steamboat Springs 11- and 12-year-old team would come out with some nerves.

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Regional runners flock to Howelsen 8-Miler

Athletes from across the region traveled and toiled up the slopes of Howelsen Hill bright and early Saturday morning for the Steamboat Springs Running Series 8-mile and 4-mile races on Howelsen Hill.

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Developers move earth, heaven

1970s duplex gives way to 8,000 square feet of mountain contemporary space

The Boulder developers of a set of duplex townhomes in the mixed aspen and conifer forest at 2330 Val d' Isere Circle moved earth and heaven to realize their latest project.

Real Estate transactions for July 6 to 9, 2009

Routt County's weekly real estate transactions.

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Veggie races a hit at Art in the Park

Children make bedazzled spuds at park; fair continues today

Kiddos turned taters into pieces of art and sent them down a ramp Saturday, pipe cleaners waving and googly eyes awhirl.

Steamboat briefs: Driving classes coming up for SSHS students

All Steamboat Springs High School juniors and seniors are required to complete the National Safety Council's Alive At 25 defensive driving class if they intend to park a vehicle on campus or apply for open campus privileges during the next school year.

On the Market: Colorado Group Realty adds 2 new Realtors

Greg Danziger and Michelle Gansmann are the newest broker/associates at Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Ryan Dingle's inspiring dream

Ryan Dingle understands what it means to have a dream. He also understands what it means to wait.

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Cancer prevention study comes to Steamboat Relay

For the past 50 years, the American Cancer Society has conducted long-term cancer prevention studies, tracking participants throughout decades to pick out factors that might cause cancer.

Chuck McConnell: Public health care is the suicide option

The public health care option now being considered will be just one more nail in the coffin of free-market capitalism and one giant step toward the socialism of America that the political left wants so badly.

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Family restores original color of Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse

A unique family reunion is giving the century-old Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse a fresh coat of paint - and settling a sore spot for the Wheelers.

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First-half building permits off 80 percent from 2008

The dollar value of permitted construction projects that came through the Routt County Regional Building Department in the first six months of 2009 is just 20 percent of what it was on the same date in 2008.

Saturday, July 11

Steamboat Springs hosts baseball district tourneys

Steamboat Springs is hosting a pair of Little League district tournaments this weekend.

White flies through Tour Divide race

Parasite knocks Erik Lobeck out of competition in New Mexico

Leighton White said it was confidence that launched him on the Tour Divide mountain bike race for the second consecutive summer.

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Blake Worsley qualifies for Canadian swim team

Worsley qualified for the Canadian National Team at the Canadian World Championship Trials in Montreal. By finishing third in the 200-meter freestyle event, Worsley will compete for the Canadian 800 relay team at the World Swimming Championships in Italy on July 27.

2nd screenings rattle patients' nerves

Aspen hospital officials ask that women redo mammogram exams

More than 100 patients who have had mammograms at Aspen Valley Hospital in the past year are being called back in for a second screening, raising concerns among some people that the original diagnosis was inaccurate.

Author to cover big box stores

Mitchell to discuss large retail companies in Silverthorne

For many years, national retailers have said their big box stores bring in jobs and tax revenue. On Monday, author Stacy Mitchell will make the case that such retailers haven't lived up to their promises, and in some cases, actually may hurt local economies.

The Record for July 9

Thursday, July 9

Steamboat briefs: Craig Swimming Complex to close during swim meet

Craig Swimming Complex to close during swim meet

Picnic for real pioneers

Annual event a chance to socialize with families with deep roots

The annual Pioneer Picnic, scheduled for Sunday at Phippsburg's town park, is a tradition that brings old-timers and old-lineage families together to reminisce. The event is a collaboration between Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt.

City seeks finance director

3 finalists evaluated; decision possible next week

The city of Steamboat Springs is closing in on the hiring of a new finance director, at a time when declining revenues and budget cuts have made the city's coffers a principal concern.

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Tom Ross: Steamboat's 1st building boom

News flash! Lincoln Avenue and Steamboat Springs undergo an unprecedented building boom. But it's not what you think. I'm talking about the building boom of 1909. That was the year the Moffat Railroad finally pulled into Steamboat.

Friday, July 10

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Hayden native Ann Copeland dies

Former YVRA operations manager killed when her four-wheeler rolled Thursday night

Copeland, a vibrant member of the Hayden community, died Thursday night in a four-wheeling accident on the Copelands' Pyramid Llama Ranch south of town. She was born in Hayden and worked at YVRA for 21 years.

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Photo gallery: Balloon Rodeo Media Day

Members of the media, event sponsors and VIPs got a glimpse of this weekend's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo on Friday morning. The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo is Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake. Balloons launch and fly from 7-9:30 a.m.

Adult Softball Coed "C" League for July 9

2009 Adult Softball Coed "C" League

Family's pit bulls ordered destroyed

Dogs attacked, injured jogger July 5

Municipal Court Judge Kevin Peck ordered the city to destroy a local family's two pit bulls after he found the animals violated a city ordinance on vicious animals.

James & The Devil to play today, Saturday

Denver-based band twists tradition with its hardened sound

James &amp; The Devil brings its "high-paced, high-energy rock 'n' roll fest" to the Old Town Pub today and Saturday.

Sports briefs: Baseball, swim teams head into action this weekend

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team wraps up its home slate Saturday, still with an outside chance to make the district playoffs.

Local skiers to go to Austria

Winter Sports Club, Lowell Whiteman union offers off-season training

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, in conjunction with The Lowell Whiteman School, has selected 14 skiers for its inaugural Austria Residency Program.

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What to do this weekend for July 10 to 12

Wildflower illustration workshop - Trillium House at the Yampa River Botanic Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Roaring Fork property inventory hits new level

The inventory of homes and condominiums on the market in the Roaring Fork Valley has hit a level rarely, if ever, matched before, according to veteran real estate agents.

Steamboat briefs: Local woman suffers minor injuries in vehicle rollover

Local woman suffers minor injuries in vehicle rollover

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29th annual Balloon Rodeo to lift off Saturday

Event offers contest for pilots, colorful skies for visitors

The 29th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo is Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake. The launch field opens at 6 a.m. each day, with balloons inflating at 6:30 a.m. and taking off at about 7 a.m.

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Off-leash rules expanded for 2 city parks in Steamboat Springs

Community divided on further liberalizing of dog laws

The city has expanded a program that allows dogs to be off-leash in two city parks, but some proponents are pushing for an even more relaxed approach to dog regulations in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat rugby team eyes Cowpie Classic

35th annual tournament is Saturday at Ski Town Fields

After years of being the doormat for teams across the Western Slope, Steamboat's club will spend this weekend playing for its third consecutive Cowpie Classic Rugby Tournament title.

Ritter seeks high-speed rail for Colorado

Governor: State partnering with New Mexico, Texas to apply

Gov. Bill Ritter today announced that Colorado is partnering with New Mexico and Texas to apply for a high-speed rail corridor designation between El Paso and Denver, running through New Mexico.

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Many children without coverage

Federal recovery grant may help VNA get more families insurance

Listen to health care officials, and they'll say it hasn't been easy persuading families to enroll their children into Medicaid or Child Health Plan insurance, even when those children are eligible and uninsured.

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Local reaches national green contest finals

Plan calls for 20,000 trees to be planted in Steamboat

Tristan Frolich hopes to combat the mountain pine beetle epidemic decimating Routt County's forests. If he wins the Green Effect contest, put on by SunChips and National Geographic, he will receive a $20,000 grant to do just that.

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Art in the Park bigger than ever

35th annual craft fair, fundraiser offers activities, entertainment

A full schedule of live entertainment, children's art activities and more than 150 artisan vendors brings colorful energy and creativity to West Lincoln Park today and Sunday.

Running Series hits the dirt starting Saturday

Howelsen Hill 8-Miler awaits racing enthusiasts Saturday

Sunday's Mountain Madness race was the last Steamboat Springs Running Series event this year that will take place entirely on roads. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with the Howelsen Hill 8-Miler, the Running Series now will stick to area trails.

The Record for July 8

Wednesday, July 8

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Rob Douglas: Goodbye, 'quaint little ski town'

On the timeline of our lives, we tend to mark events that signal significant turning points. For residents of the Yampa Valley, Tuesday presented one of those moments when Steamboat Springs officially ceased to exist as a quaint little ski town.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Heritage tourism role expands

In fall 2008, the Community Agriculture Alliance was awarded a grant to assist in the development of a Cultural Heritage Tourism program for Northwest Colorado.

Thursday, July 9

Driver suffers minor injuries in rollover accident

The acident occurred this morning on Colorado Highway 131. The driver's car rolled onto its roof; she was treated on scene by paramedics.

Dangerous fire conditions today

National Weather Service issues red flag warning until 9 p.m. today

Temperatures in the mid-80s combined with low humidity and gusty winds will "create explosive fire growth potential," according to the National Weather Service.

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Hot Buttered Rum hits the Ghost Ranch stage tonight

Band mixes up sounds, lineup in return to 'Boat

The San Francisco-based Americana band makes its first Steamboat appearance in a couple years, and brings with it a new lineup and sound. Click below to listen to the band performing "Two Loose Cannons."

Youth lacrosse results for July 9

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse 2009 Summer League Week 4 Standings

Adult league softball results for July 8

Men's A League

The Record for July 7, 2009

12:44 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to U.S. Highway 40 at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass, where a dead deer was reportedly blocking the road. Deputies removed the deer.

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Nearly 200 tackle Town Challenge race on Emerald Mountain

After Wednesday's Emerald Mountain cross-country Town Challenge series mountain bike race, Tom Scrimgeour, Peter Daley and Win Park shared laughs, popsicles and promises to buy the first round at the post-race party.

Volleyball tournament to begin Friday

Event back in Steamboat this weekend for 28th time

The Steamboat Doubles Volleyball Tournament - formerly called the Powder Keg tournament - returns to Steamboat this weekend for the 28th time. The volleyball competition begins Friday and continues through Sunday at Howelsen Hill.

Steamboat briefs: Glen Alan Shaffer's hearing to continue Wednesday

Glen Alan Shaffer, the 50-year-old Craig man who led police on a multi-county chase Monday night, next will appear in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday, when he will be advised of the charges against him.

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Conservatory teaches students balance

6-week chamber music program includes recreation with rehearsals

Now in its third week of a six-week session, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory program offers close-knit rehearsal experiences to high school and college students from across the country.

Steamboat 700 faces more delays

Danny Mulcahy pushes for September vote on annexation

A decision about whether to annex the proposed Steamboat 700 master-planned community west of city limits could be delayed again, a prospect that is frustrating Principal and Project Manager Danny Mulcahy.

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Plans for Rita Valentine Park scaled back

Residents ask for natural preservation at Rita Valentine

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission trimmed the most controversial aspects from a conceptual design plan for Rita Valentine Park, which several residents protested at the commission's meeting Wednesday.

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City, US Postal Service conflict about post office plans

USPS intent on moving Sundance boxes downtown; new location proposed

The U.S. Postal Service remains intent on closing down the Sundance at Fish Creek substation and transferring 2,584 postal boxes from that location to join 5,243 existing boxes at the downtown post office.

Summit County unemployment rises

Labor department emphasizes retraining for green-energy jobs

Although the local branch of the state workforce office has more job openings posted now than in recent months, the picture still is grim compared to previous years, staffers at the Frisco office said Monday.

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Ryan Dingle optimistic about future with Flyers

Former Steamboat hockey player traded from Anaheim last week

Former Steamboat Springs hockey player Ryan Dingle, who was playing for the Anaheim Ducks' AHL franchise in Des Moines, Iowa, was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers last week.

Oak Creek Town Board to consider officer hire tonight

Community service officer position in Oak Creek soon may be filled

The Oak Creek Town Board will consider a recommendation to hire a community service officer at a meeting tonight, a step in the ongoing process of bringing a police presence back to the town.

Wednesday, July 8

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Broncos cheerleaders in town this week

Squad in town from Denver for 2009-10 swimsuit calendar photo shoot

Squad is in town through Saturday for its 2009-10 calendar shoot. Taking a break from the typical beach location, the cheerleaders opted this year for a spot that says "Colorado."

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Plant illustrator to host local workshop

The new Trillium House at Yampa River Botanic Park will be the site of the three-day workshop for artists of all ages and abilities.

Local coed softball results for July 7

Local coed softball results for July 7

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Town Challenge to hit Emerald Mountain

The third Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series race begins today on an old stalwart with a new twist. For the race, riders will climb and descend Emerald Mountain in a cross-country competition.

Local men's softball: 2009 Adult Softball Men's B League Standings for July 6

2009 Adult Softball Men's B League Standings

Highlands denied again

Other base area amendments get council's OK

The Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday setting height limitations as tall as 105 feet at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Council also up-zoned 10 base-area lots to its highest-intensity zoning designations.

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Jimmy Westlake: From crown to crown

There are two starry crowns that twinkle in our summer skies, one in the north and one in the south. Although each is a tiny constellation, their shapes are distinctive, making it a snap to locate them on a map. They lie nearly 90 degrees apart in the sky, on opposite banks of the river of stars we see as the Milky Way.

Men report UFO sighting in Silverthorne

"It wasn't a bird. It wasn't a plane. It definitely wasn't Superman," said Rod Pscholka, a Silverthorne resident.

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Data collection efforts reveal significant July 4 river usage, littering

More than 1,000 tubers, rafters and kayakers floated the Yampa River on July 4, a number that could underscore a need for improved management techniques.

Officials declare support for Pitkin County TDR goal

Reducing allowable home sizes in Pitkin County in order to increase the market for transferable development rights received plenty of discussion from county commissioners Tuesday but little support.

The Record for July 6, 2009

Monday, July 6

Steamboat Briefs: CDOT will repair shoulder on part of U.S. 40 in July

Motorists can expect 15- to 20-minute delays on U.S. Highway 40 between Muddy Pass and Kremmling for much of the rest of July.

Aimee Quadri: Here to help

In today's struggling economy, preventive services and affordable health care are more important than ever to ensure that woman and their families in need of health care services do not go underserved.

Eagle County prepares to spend less

Property tax increase expected to offset sales tax decline

Lean times have hit Eagle County's government. Work already has started on the county's 2010 budget, and department directors will need to present the budget-builders with funding requests either level with, or less than, the money they're spending this year.

Paul Rose: Inhumane seal hunt

Most people in this world are oblivious and hidden to the fact that every year, Canada brutally slaughters 350,000 baby harp seals. This is the largest mass slaughter of any species on the face of the Earth.

Our View: Layoffs a difficult, but correct, move

The Routt County Board of Commissioners made the difficult, but ultimately correct, decision Tuesday to lay off three county employees and leave 10 other positions unfilled through 2010. Although it may not be the last set of layoffs for county employees, the commissioners should be commended for their efforts to "right-size" county government.

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Elissa Greene: A family affair to take Strings stage

Canadian fiddling group Leahy performs Friday evening

Believe it or not, we are already one week into the Strings summer season, and I hope you've had a chance to join us for one of our concerts. But whether you have or haven't, carpe diem - seize the day - and come on down. Read about the upcoming programs and pick one - I know you'll be glad you did.

Ski jumping: Gelande jumping results for July 4

Gelande jumping results

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Joanne Palmer: This too shall pass

The recent behavior of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford finally tipped the scales in favor of a subject I've wanted to write about for a long time. Male menopause.

Driver in chase faces 9 charges

Police say guns, truck were stolen from same Craig residence

The Craig man who led deputies on a 40-mile chase Monday faces nine charges and remains in Routt County Jail on two $50,000 bonds.

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Catharine Koroulis wins state title

Routt County livestock-judging team places 4th overall in event

The more Catharine Koroulis gets to talk, the better she does in livestock-judging competitions for 4-H.

Conference replenishes scribes

Day for Writers features 2 authors, 4 seminars and intimate setting

At its annual Day for Writers, the Steamboat Springs Writers Group hopes to bring a large conference feeling to a small setting.

Sports briefs: Texan resident makes hole-in-one

Rollingstone unveils local deal; Broncos cheerleaders in town

Scott Owens was looking and looking and looking some more. The Dallas resident was sure he had hit a good shot Monday on No. 11 at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, but he couldn't find his ball on the 172-yard par 3.

Tuesday, July 7

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County lays off three employees

Commissioners cut one position each in Human Resources Department, Building and Plant/Purchasing Department, and Clerk and Recorder's Office. Furloughs also could be eliminated, and county might reduce the 10 percent across-the-board pay cut.

County jobs on the ropes

3 layoffs to be considered today, another dozen for 2010

The Routt County Board of Commissioners could decide today which county employees will lose their jobs as part of ongoing budget cuts. The commissioners also will consider whether to abandon a countywide furlough plan adopted in April.

Steamboat Rodeo Series: Rodeo Series Results for July 4, 2009

Rodeo Series Results for July 4, 2009

The Record for July 5, 2009

Sunday, July 5

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat resident Brian Stothart still missing

Wyoming authorities have found a water shoe and a helmet that possibly belonged to Steamboat Springs resident Brian Stothart, but they have been unable to recover Stothart, 35, from the Encampment River where he is presumed to have drowned June 13 while boating with friends.

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Commissioners to form advisory committee of road users

The question of how best to share Routt County's roads - an issue discussed at length by the Routt County Board of Commissioners and bicyclists Monday night - will be sent to a varied group of users for advisement.

Base area changes near finish

Growth, development items dominate today's council agenda

Today, the Steamboat Springs City Council will consider giving final approval to a package of amendments that would pave the way for taller, denser and more predictable developments in the base area.

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Rally for the Cure tournament is July 14

When Linda Danter started the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament in Steamboat Springs, she had no idea she would be helping Amy Brown or Julie Hagenbuch. But she was thinking about them. And hopefully, this year's Rally for the Cure tournament will help.

Weekend mostly incident-free

A few fights and some DUI arrests fill July 4 police blotter

Local emergency responders credited wet conditions and a strict state law for a safe Fourth of July holiday weekend in Routt County.

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Emerald City Opera expands offerings in tough times

A new location, expanded schedule and increased master classes are on tap this summer for Emerald City Opera. The Steamboat Springs performance company is entering its seventh season with a bigger schedule and a tighter budget than ever before.

Steamboat Running Series: Mountain Madness Results for Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mountain Madness Results for Sunday, July 5, 2009

Monday, July 6

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Suspect in chase had 10 guns in stolen truck

Man led police on 30-mile pursuit from Routt County to Grand County

Glen Alan Shaffer was arrested on U.S. Highway 40 in Grand County after a chase that began in Routt County and reached 75 mph at times. The pursuit began after Steamboat Springs Police Department officers tried to pull over Shaffer near Fifth and Yampa streets.

Fortress, other financial firms aided Jackson's luxe lifestyle

Wooed by Michael Jackson's global fame and earning power, a bevy of financial firms, including Fortress Investment Group, ponied up tens of millions to finance the singer's luxe lifestyle and kick-start his troubled career.

Holiday weekend mostly incident-free

Local law enforcement officials say several fights and a handful of DUI arrests were the most serious infractions. Wet conditions may have helped prevent any fireworks-related fires.

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Luke Graham: McPeak showing the way

Holly McPeak insists she is not still trying to put the game of professional beach volleyball on her back. The volleyball legend said Wednesday that, since her retirement earlier this year, she no longer feels the need to campaign for the sport to grow. She is, however, helping 2003 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Katie Carter.

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Annual Steamboat Springs Running Series event attracts best numbers

It was almost a perfect plan, Linda Casner explained. In the most Steamboat of traditions, she ran with her 5-year-old golden retriever Duncan, in Sunday's Mountain Madness Steamboat Springs Running Series race.

The Record for July 4, 2009

Saturday, July 4

Steamboat Briefs: Annual writers' conference slated for July 18 at Depot

The 28th annual Steamboat Springs Writers Conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18 at the Depot Art Center on 13th Street. The cost of $60 covers four seminars and a catered luncheon.

Grant pays forward tuition

In-district CMC students eligible

During tough economic times, it's important to save a buck whenever possible. Through a unique grant offered through Colorado Mountain College, Colin McCaulley realized some savings on his education.

Deb Babcock: The ABCs of plant growth

Most of us know that our plants need water, sun, soil nutrients and warmth. But many gardeners give little thought to how the plant uses those elements to create foliage, blooms, seeds or root growth.

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City's hybrid bus fleet set to expand

With federal grant funds, Steamboat Springs will purchase 2 additional vehicles

Steamboat Springs Transit's hybrid bus has proven so popular that drivers and passengers have just one complaint: There's only one of them. That's set to change as the city has been allocated grant funding that will allow it to purchase two additional diesel-electric hybrid buses.

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Aging well: Volunteering yields bounty of benefits

One day per week, for the past 10 years, Betty Leipold has helped share Routt County's history.

Monday Medical: How to look for early indicators of heart disease

"If only I had known." That thought is common to many of Dr. William Baker's cardiology patients as they look back and realize they failed to recognize some early symptoms of their heart disease.

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Routt County ranch families honored

Redmonds, Daughenbaughs keep agricultural tradition alive

Two longtime Routt County families were honored Sunday for their part in keeping the Yampa Valley's ranching tradition alive. The Daughenbaugh and Redmond families each were presented with a 2009 Heritage Family Award before the Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

Sunday, July 5

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Breast cancer survivor to host reception at Relay For Life on Aug. 7

Cathryn Wohlfert thinks her cancer survivor story isn't bad - it's pretty good, even. Diagnosed with breast cancer in late December 2007, Wohlfert quickly found a wide base of support in Routt County. A friend's physician and fellow breast cancer victim served as an emotional touch point.

The Record for July 3

Friday, July 3

Jail report for June 27 to July 3

Steamboat Springs - 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.

Steamboat briefs: Lost hiker found in Buffalo Park

Grand County searchers found a Craig man who lost his way while hiking Friday afternoon.

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Former SSHS volleyball star has shot at national team

Part of Katie Carter's reason for continuing to play volleyball is the rapid progression of her career. The other part, and the most important to Carter - a 2003 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and former All-American at UCLA - is that she absolutely loves the life she is living.

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U.S. Nordic Combined team looks to complete Olympic squad

Coming off a record showing at the World Championships that included four individual medals, U.S. Nordic combined head coach Dave Jarrett beams at the possibilities in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Runners revel in big crowd

Steamboat Sprint leads way for July 4 festivities

Thousands of spectators lined Lincoln Avenue, waiting after the skate skiing portion of the Rocky Mountain Division Ski Jumping Extravaganza had wrapped up and before the annual July 4 parade started. Racers in the Steamboat Sprint took full advantage, flying down the course in front of a crowd a regular series event will never see.

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U.S. Ski Team member skates to win

Fletcher takes target jump title in Nordic Combined event

Bill Demong made the three laps up and down Lincoln Avenue in 6 minutes, 19 seconds to finish first in the 2-kilometer skate ski race Saturday during the Rocky Mountain Ski Jumping Extravaganza.

John F. Russell: Holiday heats up thrills

Next winter, fans from across the globe will travel to Canada for a chance to watch some of the best athletes in the world compete for gold, silver and bronze.

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Stetson representative hangs up his hat after 33 years in sales

Dick Maday honored by F.M. Light & Sons for years of service, assistance

Stetson sales representative Dick Maday retired this month after selling the cowboy hats to retailers for 33 years. He represented the company to F.M. Light & Sons for about 24.

Business File: Restaurant group set to meet 10 a.m. Wednesday

The Steamboat Springs chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave.

Real Estate transactions for June 26 to July 2, 2009

The week's real estate transactions in Routt County

John Weibel: Food Safety Enhancement Act gives too much power

Consumer safety needs to be considered, but is the government going too far in protecting us?

Best of the Web: 10-year request unfair

It is unfair for this City Council to bond this community for 10 years to the Atira Group, which undoubtedly would change in structure during that period of time.

Gary Hofmeister: Great words for the Fourth of July

If there ever was a time to quote one of Ben Franklin's gems, it would be now. "Those would give up essential liberty to gain some temporary security deserve neither security nor liberty," he said.

Ken Gordon: Nothing good just happens

We are about to see whether democracy works. In the debate about health care, watch what happens to the public option.

Joel Reichenberger: Powers gives it up for troops

Rob Powers is hard to miss when he's on the job. He was the man behind the microphone Saturday during the annual Fourth of July Parade.

Class notes: Zopf named to Bentley University Dean's List; Local students graduate from Colorado College

Andrew Nathan Zopf, of Steamboat Springs, a senior and economics/finance major at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., was named to the school's Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement in the spring 2009 semester. To make the list, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or better, with no grade below a 2.0 level in the semester.

On the Market: Alpine Mountain Ranch paving subdivision roads

Bill Reid, chief operating officer of Alpine Mountain Ranch, reported Thursday that paving work on seven miles of internal roads at the luxury subdivision just south of the city limits is under way. The paving alone is costing nearly $1.5 million, he said.

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360 Village pursues annexation

Who could blame members of the Wilton West development group if they felt a little overlooked? The proposed annexation of Steamboat 700 and the potential for 2,000 new dwelling units in the West of Steamboat area have grabbed the headlines for more than a year.

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Stagecoach home aims for green status

To really have a "green house," certified by Routt County and Steamboat Springs, and to earn a platinum rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Green Building Council, Michael Mow's house is going through extra tests and certifications during construction. By the time it is complete in September or October, the Stagecoach house likely will be the fifth platinum-certified house in Colorado.

Local Spotlight: Richard J. Rende Jr.

Richard J. Rende Jr. Age: 28 Occupation: Sales for Brown &amp; Brown Insurance

Reader of the week: Tyler Sholes

Hayden Public Library announces the third Reader of the Week for the annual Summer Reading Program, and Tyler Sholes has won the honor.

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Horses enjoy best valley views

Equestrian properties put focus on the animals

Who knew there was a Western movie set tucked away inside a private riding arena in Steamboat's south valley? When Candy and Maury Bunn built storage units into the north end of their arena on Routt County Road 14C, Candy persuaded her husband to create scaled-down Western facades on the cabinets.

Looking back for July 9, 1934: Routt County men got to CCC camp

A group of 28 Routt County men signed up to join the CCC. The Larson Transportation Co took them to the camp near Yampa on Monday morning. Some may be kept at Yampa, and others will be sent to camps at various places across the country. Routt County was allotted 26 men, but more men were sent because some might not be accepted.

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Picnic-style performances put new spins on productions

Starting Friday, the Picnic Theatre Festival presents free performances of three works, featuring actors from Steamboat Springs and six transplants from New Zealand, where Stuart Handloff recently earned a graduate degree in directing.

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Routt County celebrates Independence Day

Fourth of July daytime events in Steamboat, Yampa draw large crowds

The parade in Steamboat Springs managed to stay dry, while the parade in Yampa experienced a downpour, but the viewers in both towns were happy with the celebrations.

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Tepee Creek Trail short on views, long on beauty

The Tepee Creek Trail ends as it begins: dead and decimated trees lie everywhere as the singletrack dips into the running waters of Rock Creek. The four miles in between the finish and Lynx Pass-area trailhead, however, contain a just-difficult-enough hike through rolling terrain.

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Smithsonian honors the snowboard's predecessor

Sherman Poppen's 'Snurfer' displayed in national museum

Sherman Poppen, 79, is a longtime resident of Steamboat Springs and is widely recognized as the grandfather of snowboarding for his invention of the Snurfer.

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Physicians weigh risk of drug abuse vs. benefits

Police say the trend of prescription drug abuse is noticeable but not overwhelming in Steamboat. Local physicians differ in their views on the prevalence of the problem.

Kathryn Roll: Memories of July 4 in Steamboat

When I was growing up, Fourth of July was as special to me as Christmas.

Our View: 10-year vesting is too long

The Atira Group's request for 10-year vesting on its proposed Ski Time Square redevelopment project is too long, but the city should remain open to a compromise from the three-year standard.

Saturday, July 4

Lost hiker found

Craig man got turned around in Buffalo Park south of Rabbit Ears Pass

Grand County searchers found a Craig man who got turned around while hiking near Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Local ranchers to lead parade down Lincoln Avenue today

Daughenbaughs to serve as grand marshals for Fourth of July event

The Obamas probably are busy this weekend, John "Doc" Daughenbaugh joked, explaining why he and his wife were chosen as parade grand marshals.

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This year's show boasts 3,300 fireworks, 10,000 explosions

People urged to stay away from firing sites

For about 20 minutes tonight, fireworks will be launched into the air at a rate of nearly three per second with the goal of pulling off Steamboat Springs' largest Fourth of July pyrotechnics display.

Hayden to confront expected $250,000 fund shortage

Hayden's elected leaders should head for their next meeting ready to make tough decisions, Town Manager Russ Martin said. Martin warned the Town Board of Trustees on Thursday that Hayden's enterprise fund could run about $250,000 short for the year.

The Record for July 2, 2009

12:03 a.m. A person reported a bear getting into a trash can in the 1400 block of Steamboat Boulevard. The bear was gone when police arrived. A resident was ticketed for a trash violation.

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Brett Camerota jumps to lead Friday

US Nordic combined skier prevails in event at Howelsen Hill

On the heels of showing well during the 2008-09 season, Brett Camerota appears the most likely and able candidate to fill the team's fourth spot for the 2010 Olympics.

Steamboat briefs: Financial workshops for women are next week

The Women's Financial Network will host workshops Monday and Tuesday titled "Safe Wealth Accumulation Secrets Unveiled."

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Ranch tours to start Sunday

Agriculture alliance, extension have planned 4 Cow Town tours this year

Routt County's ranchers are opening their doors to the public during upcoming ranch tours, hoping to teach people about agriculture and their food supply.

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Tread of Pioneers to celebrate 50 years with block party today

Like the community it chronicles, the Tread of Pioneers Museum has had a unique and sometimes rough-and-tumble history on its way to a more refined existence.

Friday, July 3

Hiker lost in Buffalo Park

Search and Rescue contacted man, who is cold and wet but otherwise OK

Unable to field a team of its own, Routt County Search and Rescue turned the search for a lost hiker in Buffalo Park south of Rabbit Ears Pass over to a Grand County search crew.

What to do this weekend

Local highlights of the holiday include the Fourth of July Parade, the Pioneer Block Party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tread of Pioneers museum, and the annual fireworks display.

July First Friday Artwalk listings

Featuring art openings at formal galleries, alternative venues, retail stores and restaurants, the July First Friday Artwalk includes several dynamic showings of new work. Receptions are from 5 to 8 p.m. today and are free and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted.

Steamboat briefs: US Forest Service issues reminder about fireworks

The U.S. Forest Service is reminding people to leave their fireworks at home if they are visiting the Routt National Forest this July 4 holiday. Fireworks are never allowed on national forests. Fireworks reach extreme temperatures and can start forest fires.

The Record for July 1

1:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 500 block of Ore House Plaza, where a man and a woman were trespassing in a hot tub. Officers issued a warning.

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Rob Douglas: What would the founders think?

This Fourth of July, consider the freedoms we are surrendering to the federal government and what our founding fathers would think if they could see their nation now.

Jinah China makes collaborative pieces that are meant for use

When someone walks away from Jonah Skurky-Thomas' and Micah Bell's ceramics show featuring natural figures and themes, the artists want that person to feel comfortable in their own skin.

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Tonight's, Saturday's rodeos start at 7 p.m.

This weekend's installments of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo will start at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday to allow for fireworks at Howelsen Hill, which will follow the event each night after the sun sets.

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Big tour makes small impact

Mountainfilm brings movies on Zero Emissions bike route

On Thursday afternoon, Telluride Mountainfilm tour presenter Drew Ludwig was on a bike, en route from Carbondale to Steamboat Springs as part of a tour that will take him to Wyoming and Utah later in the summer.

Crime briefs: Suspect in Double Z burglary arrested

Officers book 20-year-old Steamboat man in connection with June 19 crime

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers on Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man in connection with a June 19 thwarted burglary at Double Z Bar &amp; BBQ.

Sports briefs: Nordic combined events today

The Rocky Mountain Jumping Extravaganza begins at 9 a.m. today at Howelsen Hill.

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Mainstreet works to bring back noon whistle

Fundraising goal is $9,000 to $15,000

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs plans to offer whistles for a $5 suggested donation at stores and at holiday events this weekend to raise money for a new noon whistle.

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Wet Fourth of July weekend likely

Yampa River inches toward prime tubing levels

Steamboat Springs is flirting with a rainy holiday weekend, but a meteorologist said it's hard to say how much precipitation monsoon winds might bring to the Yampa Valley.

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Parade to feature iguana car float

Under a couple of garage-sale car coverings in an Elk River Estates driveway, a 40-foot-long reptile is waiting to be unleashed Saturday at the Fourth of July Parade.

2 Running Series races set for holiday weekend

Steamboat Sprint is Saturday, Mountain Madness on Sunday

Organizers of the Steamboat Springs Running Series hope to get a running start this weekend at attracting more young competitors with a Saturday-Sunday Running Series doubleheader.

Cathy Patrick: Eternally grateful

I love patriotism; I always have. I was born an Army brat. It is in my blood. My great-grandfather rode motorcycles in WWI. My grandfather served in WWII. My father served in Vietnam, my uncle was a paratrooper in Vietnam, and, most recently, my nephew is serving in the United States Marine Corps and just returned from his first tour of duty in Iraq.

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City, residents spar about unofficial park

Riverside resident ticketed for mowing shrubs on city land

A battle has sprung up between Steamboat Springs residents who voluntarily have maintained a piece of city-owned property in their neighborhood and government officials who think the parcel should be allowed to evolve more naturally.

Certified trainer shares swing tips in golf book

Bob Mullen likes to joke that his golf career started in a cemetery behind his house when he was 9 years old and will eventually end in a cemetery.

Thursday, July 2

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No apparent injuries in small plane crash

Airport manager says pilot attempted to abort landing before plane crashed into a small gully just west of Steamboat Springs Airport late Thursday morning.

Hinder heads to Maui quarterback camp

Austin Hinder, a Steamboat Springs High School quarterback and rising senior, will take part in Steve Clarkson's Super Seven quarterback retreat through Saturday.

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Haymaker to host regionals

High school event slated for Sept. 21 and 22

Steamboat Springs High School coach Steve Dodson confirmed earlier this week that this year's Class 3A and 4A regional golf tournament will be held at Haymaker Golf Course.

Paralympic skier named to 2 halls of fame

Vail Valley's Sarah Will earns US Ski Team and Olympic honor

The Vail Valley's Sarah Will heard this week that she's being inducted into the U.S. Ski Team Hall of Fame and the Olympic Hall of Fame.

Rafter's body found in Eagle County

The body of a Front Range school administrator who went missing on the Colorado River last month was found Wednesday just upstream from Rancho del Rio.

Bennet predicts tough climate fight

Colorado senator makes stop in Aspen, says bill needs work

The energy-climate bill passed last week in the House will face an even tougher battle in the Senate, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet predicted Wednesday during a stop at the Aspen campus of Colorado Mountain College.

The Record for June 30

12:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken driver at Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street. Officers contacted the driver and issued a warning.

Steamboat briefs: $2K worth of merchandise stolen from Quicksilver

More than $2,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from a downtown Steamboat Springs store in a burglary Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, police said.

Campgrounds full for Fourth

Early reservations and high demand flood popular weekend

If you don't already have a campground for the July 4 weekend, odds are you're out of luck. Stagecoach and Steamboat Lake state parks, along with Steamboat Campground, are all booked for the weekend.

Post office, banks to remain open Friday

Local government offices will be closed this Friday, but all Steamboat Springs banks and the city's two U.S. Postal Service offices will remain open on the day before the Fourth of July holiday Saturday.

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Artist member show a team effort

Arts Council artists volunteer time, creativity for annual exhibit

The more than 50 artists who contributed work to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's annual artist member show are more than creative resources, said show co-chair Dona Steele.

Craft fair starts Friday in Gondola Square

Art on the Mountain features regional vendors through weekend

About a dozen painters, photographers, jewelers and other craftsmen from the state and region will set up shop in Gondola Square this weekend.

Resort officials hope last-minute booking trend holds true

The lodging barometer compiled by the Steamboat Springs Chamber anticipates 9,600 people will spend Saturday night in guest lodging - enough to occupy 69 percent of Steamboat's 17,281 guest pillows.

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Railroad crossing gets lights, gates

The Union Pacific railroad company began work this week on safety upgrades that could have prevented one of the scariest moments in Buck Chavarria's life.

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Little Britches Rodeo comes to Moffat County

Event expected to bring 500 to Craig

After months of planning, youths from 10 states are coming to Craig for one of the most competitive rodeos around.

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Fallen firefighter honored by family, community

A crowd of 600 to 700 people gathered around a small burial site for Brett Stearns' funeral Wednesday afternoon at Craig Cemetery.

Wednesday, July 1

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US Olympic qualifiers returning to Steamboat

Freestyle, Nordic combined qualifiers coming in December

Freestyle and Nordic Combined teams will take part in a two-day competition in late December, Andy Wirth confirmed Wednesday.

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VFW to dispose of torn and tattered American flags Saturday

Burning American flags on the Fourth of July may not appear to be in keeping with the purpose of the holiday, but local veterans organizing such an event this weekend disagree.

Governor orders flags lowered in honor of fallen Craig firefighter

Gov. Bill Ritter issued an order Tuesday morning for the lowering of all U.S. and state flags in honor of a fallen local firefighter.

J. R. Clark: Not business as usual

My wife and I purchased a condo in Steamboat Springs more than 30 years ago.

Omar Campbell: Online poll was rigged

During the week of June 14 to 21,'s Question of the Week asked, "If it were put to a public vote today, would you support annexing the proposed Steamboat 700 development into city limits?"

Robert and Robin Gilmore: Reason to love Steamboat

Back in the early '80s, my husband and I came to Steamboat for the first time to visit friends.

Our View: Every dollar can make a difference

No one needs a reminder of the very real consequences the recession is having on Routt County and many of its residents. But we're going to provide one anyway.

Steamboat's Dingle part of trade to Flyers

According to, former Steamboat Springs hockey player Ryan Dingle has been traded from the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks to the Philadelphia Flyers, as part of a move by the Flyers to acquire defenseman Chris Pronger from the Ducks.

Legion baseball team bounces back

Steamboat Springs boys sweep pair of games from Summit

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team bounced back from recent losses Sunday, sweeping a pair of games from Summit.

Nordic team in town for ski camp

The U.S. Nordic Combined team has been in Steamboat Springs all week conducting a team camp.

Steamboat briefs: Hospital seeks artwork for Family Birth Place

Staff members at the new Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center are looking for donations from local artists to enhance the ambiance of the hospital wing that opened in May.

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Blues guitarist, singer to perform Thursday

Tab Benoit will make an appearance at Ghost Ranch Saloon

Tab Benoit and his band are back in Steamboat for the first time in a few years with a show at 9 p.m. Thursday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Joanne Palmer: A smarter cell phone

Something is wrong with my cell phone. It has taken over my life. We have a strange and complicated relationship. I believe it owns me.

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'Songs of Summer' show highlights the season in art

Adam Zabel knows landscapes. When he sits down to paint scenes of the Yampa Valley, the Routt County native doesn't need to snap a photo or even step out of his door.

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Track family with Steamboat roots still displaying abilities

It would be tough to find the best athlete in the Streeter family. But that's what happens when you have 12 All-American selections and three college national championships.

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Bordens, Holiday Inn, Esswein win philanthropist awards

It was her day to be thanked, but Janet Borden had to express some gratitude of her own Sunday. She was appreciative that the city of Steamboat Springs provides a legal means for her husband, Tim, to exercise his obsession with fire.

Atira submits Ski Time Square plans for redevelopment

Lack of nightlife in 660,000-square-foot area concerns some

The Atira Group developers are asking for a 10-year grace period before being required to bring the Ski Time Square redevelopment project to fruition. Development plans for Ski Time Square call for five buildings totaling more than 660,000 square feet of mixed-use development on 4.6 acres.

The Record for June 29

12:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint at Deerfoot Avenue and Broad Street. Officers were unable to locate the source of the noise.