News for Friday, July 17, 2009



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.