Stories for June 2009

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Tuesday, June 30

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Green's family thankful for community support

Husband and his brother located missing woman in Fish Creek on Monday

Missing woman's husband: "I couldn't ask for a better wife, a better friend. She was a fantastic mom. Her whole life was making sure our kids were taken care of and loved."

The Record for June 28

Sunday, June 28

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The Neville Brothers get ready for back-to-back Strings shows

When The Neville Brothers take the stage at Strings Music Pavilion on Thursday and Friday, there won't be any fancy light show or background dancers. The performance will be a lot of funk, a little gospel and some of those sugary ballads Aaron Neville seems to love so well - it'll be "music that's played from the heart," saxophone player Charles Neville said.

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Foundation finds its hook

Organization hopes to raise $30K in 30 days to help people during recession

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation's Sunday event at Yampa River Botanic Park was more than a celebration of its 30 years assisting nonprofit groups in Routt and Moffat counties. It also was an opportunity to announce a joint fundraising effort with Routt County United Way to raise $30,000 in 30 days.

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Commissioners signaling new road policies

The Routt County Commissioners are steering in the direction of drafting policies influencing future road projects to make them safer for multiple forms of transportation - motorists and bicyclists alike. The next step comes July 6 when the commissioners host a second public meeting on the subject.

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Tom Ross: Place of honor for skis that changed the sport

Forty-seven years ago this summer, Santino Antonucci decided it was time take up a more respectable sport. Reluctantly, he gave up the beach for the mountains. He sold his surfboard to buy a pair of long black Head Competition racing skis.

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Fire risk low but real

No shooting fireworks ever allowed in state

It appears the fire danger in Routt County, and nearly all of Colorado, will remain low throughout the week and into the Fourth of July holiday. With personal and professional fireworks shows igniting small fires during recent Independence Day celebrations, Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said the decreased danger provides a welcome change of pace.

Police arrest burglary suspect

19-year-old Steamboat man accused of breaking into convenience store, 6 cars

Police arrested a 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man Sunday on suspicion of breaking into a gas station and stealing two bags of chips, as well as taking spare change from six unlocked cars.

Steamboat briefs: Pilot & Today offices closed Friday for holiday

Pilot & Today offices closed Friday for holiday

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Jimmy Westlake: The Via Lactea

When the bright moon is not in the sky, the dark summer night reveals one of its most spectacular treasures: the soft, misty glow of the Via Lactea, or the Milky Way. Contrary to what the ancient Romans believed, the Milky Way is not made of milk at all but is the combined light of billions of distant suns, unresolved by the unaided eye.

Monday, June 29

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Strings opens concert season with a strong performance

Elmar Oliveira's concerto performance expressive, virtuosic

Guest artist and Grammy-nominated violinist Elmar Oliveira closed the concert program as the soloist on Felix Mendelssohn's famous "Violin Concerto in E minor." As expected, Oliveira moved through the piece nimbly and with careful, expressive dynamics.

Aging Well: Plan for a fun and safe road trip

A well-planned road trip is a fun road trip, but for older adults, in particular, a bit of forethought can prevent the headaches and emergencies that plague the worst car excursions.

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Luke Graham: Hanley battling back

The spring stats read "one reception for 1 yard," but for Jay Hanley, that little blurb meant a lot more. The 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate has had a trying and tiresome nine months at Kansas State University.

Breakfast event to address economy

A free breakfast event Tuesday will address the global economy's impact on Routt County.

Deb Babcock: Beauty is often just skin-deep

In an effort to grow beautiful flowers, fruit and vegetables, we gardeners tend to coddle our plants. The second the soil is dry, wet water. If it looks like an insect is chewing on it, we apply insecticides. To control weeds, we use herbicides. And we apply fertilizers, and protective covers on cool nights, and all manner of protection to achieve a perfect, county-fair worthy specimen.

Monday Medical: Patient praise equals awards

This year, YVMC earned three awards from Avatar International, Inc., a company that distributes and monitors patient satisfaction surveys on behalf of 300 hospitals nationwide.

Search for Green not yet rescheduled

Large-scale effort involving Summit County crews postponed

A decision about when to reschedule an extensive search for Rebecca Green, the Steamboat Springs woman who has been missing since she fell into Fish Creek on June 13, has not been reached, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said Sunday.

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BLM firefighter killed

Brett Stearns, 29, struck by fallen tree Friday

A Bureau of Land Management firefighter was killed Friday afternoon in an accident while working on a hazard-tree removal project, the BLM office reported in a news release Saturday.

Steamboat briefs: City to spray for white top weed this week

City to spray for white top weed this week

Local GOP to talk health care issues

Keynote speaker plans to compare US and European approaches

Comparing health care systems in Europe with those in the United States and how the American system could change under President Barack Obama is the topic of Wednesday's Routt County Republican Central Committee meeting.

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Steamboat rodeo series wraps up 2nd week

Houston Ray Hutto stormed out of the starting gate on his horse, quickly lassoed and pulled his prey, a scrambling calf, to a screeching halt, his rope yanking taut around the horn of his saddle.

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Teens pitch in for Horizons

Concordia Lutheran Church group works at 2 Steamboat houses Saturday

Instead of sleeping, "chilling" or biking as they usually would on a gorgeous summer morning, about 20 teenagers helped out Saturday at houses where Horizons Specialized Services clients live.

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Elissa Greene: Big week at Strings

It is great to see some of our old Strings favorites return, such as Chee-Yun and Evan Premo, and also really fun to meet artists new to our stage. I encourage you to come visit us for a concert this week.

The Record for June 27

Saturday, June 27

Sunday, June 28

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Pass the Bread dinners bring locals together

At an experimental dinner party Friday, about 30 households gathered friends and strangers to try and bring back that community spirit. Dinner hosts were asked to invite eight to 10 people to eat - some who they knew and some who they didn't.

Anne Lowe: Who's doing the math?

Have we become mathematically challenged, or are we just too emotionally overcome?

Lynn Abbott: Health care reform and the public option

We think of ourselves as a civilized society. We pay taxes that, in turn, pay to ensure all our citizens can - no matter what their income - drink uncontaminated water, educate their children, drive on a network of safe roads, and be protected by police and fire departments when necessary.

James Humphrey: Dam bridge needed on walking trail

I read in our newspaper that the city of Steamboat Springs was going to replace a big temporary bridge with a big permanent bridge on the south end of the core trail.

Best of the Web: Cycling support

(Cycling) is a great way to combine business and pleasure. I can't say I've often enjoyed driving to work, but a spin on the bike always seems to brighten the day.

The Jail Report for June 20 to 26

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 June 26

12:31 a.m. Theft was reported in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Sean Winter prepping for long-drive contests

Sean Winter has been competing in long-drive contests only for about a year, but judging by his build - 6-foot-4, 245 pounds and Popeye-esque forearms - the local accountant has everything it takes to make it on the national long-drive scene.

Steamboat briefs: US Forest Service issues fireworks reminder

The U.S. Forest Service is reminding people to leave their fireworks at home if they are visiting the Routt National Forest this Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks are never allowed on national forests.

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Chamber urges hospitality

Spurs on Service summer deadline looms; group launches Triple Crown program

Steamboat's Chamber is amping up its hospitality and service programs, though the group's top official isn't sure how they'll measure success. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is taking on members for its Spurs on Service program.

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Training for the triathlon

Clinics offered to help athletes gear up for annual 3-sport event

The Old Town Hot Springs lap swimming pool was nearly overflowing Saturday morning. Not with water, but with eager swimmers who orbited around each lane - anything to squeeze in another aquatic athlete.

Business File: TIC founder McKenzie retiring from company

Ron McKenzie, chairman and founder of Steamboat Springs-based TIC Holdings, is retiring from the company. His last day is Tuesday. McKenzie founded the heavy industrial contractor in 1974.

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Injury-free Sailors star prepares for football season

Joe Dover to return to the field in full health

Joe Dover doesn't like to explain what goes on inside his head when he gets the ball. But when he does, people - especially opposing defenders and coaches - hold their breath.

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Steamboat mountain biker competes in Tour Divide

Erik Lobeck's training for the Tour Divide kicked off in the heart of the Steamboat winter, but it was his ambition for the race, built up throughout years, that helped him to the starting line.

Routt County spotlight: Sarah Seguin

Age: 29 Occupation: Bartender, Double Z Bar & Bar-B-Q Place of birth: Plattsburgh, N.Y.

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Born Free rehab center helps injured creatures get back home

As a Colorado Division of Wildlife licensed wildlife rehabilitator for Steamboat Springs, Tracy Bye takes in animals of all sizes and ages and cares for them with the eventual goal of reintroducing them into the wild.

Joel Reichenberger: Keeping his word

Alan Goldsmith seemed like a character from a movie when I first met him. Think Peter Gibbons, the main character in "Office Space."

School districts across county see less employee turnover

The words "attract and retain" long have been a mantra at Steamboat Springs School Board meetings, as local officials worked to keep teachers and staff in local schools despite obstacles such as high costs of living and housing.

Looking back from June 29, 1934: A directory for Routt County

From the Friday, June 29, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

On the Market: Stonewood home sells for $2 million last week

Stonewood home sells for $2 million last week

Real estate transactions for June 19 to 25

Real estate transactions for June 19 to 25

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Variety of food offered at Taste of South Routt

South Routt standbys and new faces graced the booths at Saturday's Taste of South Routt at Decker Park in Oak Creek. Twenty vendors spread out under a blue raspberry sno-cone sky, selling food and wares to hundreds.

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Renting vs. ownership discussed

Market comes back to renters

Realtors here are intent on convincing would-be homebuyers that timing the bottom of the market is a risky business that could backfire on them.

Fed's confidence could portend more costly home loans

"Do it now," lock in a mortgage at current rates, Kathryn Pedersen, vice president of mortgage lending at Yampa Valley Bank, told an audience during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. "The Fed is telling us that long-term rates will be higher."

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Contractors plan Home Builders Association chapter

Couple says membership is good for business, networking

Gary and Teri Wall hope to elevate the reputation of Routt County builders. Construction companies sometimes get a bad rap, Gary Wall said, and the two think the formation of a home builders group could help.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Blane Hoza

Hayden Public Library announces the second Reader of the Week for the annual Summer Reading Program, and Blane Hoza has won the honor.

Class Notes: SSHS alum graduates college with honors

SSHS alum graduates college with honors

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Hay producers expect strong crop

Rain a mixed blessing for Routt County grass, alfalfa

Routt County hay producers will cut and bale a bumper crop this year, Extension Agent CJ Mucklow predicted.

Our View: School policy needs revision

The Steamboat Springs School District should change its inter-district choice policy so that admitted students can attend Steamboat schools for the duration of their K-12 career.

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Camp emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Seven-year-old Sophie Leeson's hair was dyed bluish-green Wednesday, tied into several ponytails all over her head.

Saturday, June 27

BLM firefighter killed in accident

A Bureau of Land Management firefighter from Craig was killed Friday afternoon in an accident while working on a hazardous-tree removal project at Freeman Reservoir, the BLM office reported in a news release Saturday.

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Michael Vandahl transferring to Nebraska, Kearney

Former Sailors start spent 1 year at DU

Michael Vandahl is transferring from the University of Denver after one year to play basketball at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

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Strings retunes classical programs

New music directors bring innovative styles to 22nd season

In December, Andres Cárdenes and Monique Mead outlined an ambitious set of goals for their first season as co-music directors for Strings Music Festival.

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Tom Ross: A story in every sale

You get a curious feeling while touring the home of a former colleague and pawing through the family possessions looking for something to purchase. I walked away from the home Friday with a beautifully illustrated 19th-century book.

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Rebuilding the forest

Volunteers help plant 2,000 trees at Steamboat Lake State Park

More than 100 volunteers planted lodgepole pine, aspen and spruce trees alongside the flags, hacking aside wet dirt in the rain. The Bark Beetle Information Task Force led the planting Friday morning and afternoon. Children, parks and forest service employees and volunteers helped out.

Lake Village settlement terms released

Hayden, construction company agree to cost of subdivision repairs

Hayden and Robinson Construction have agreed that both will put money toward repairs in the Lake Village subdivision.

Steamboat briefs: Business breakfast event is Tuesday at 7:15 a.m.

Vectra Bank is hosting its business for breakfast event Tuesday. The talk, "Global Perspective on the World Economy: What it Means to Routt County," is from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, 2300 Mount Werner Circle. David Landman will give the presentation. He's a partner in the London office of Perella Weinberg Partners, which is an independent, privately owned financial services firm that provides corporate advisory and asset management services.

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Little Toots Park piece a 'celebration of the arts'

About 12,000 pounds of limestone swung above Little Toots Park on Friday afternoon as a construction crane installed the largest section of a piece of public art called "Let the Music Play."

The Record for June 25

5:09 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 800 block of Douglas Street where an alarm was reportedly sounding. Officers arrived and everything was fine.

Applications arrive for code enforcement officer

Oak Creek moves closer to filling municipal job

The town of Oak Creek is one step closer to finding a code enforcement officer after a half dozen applicants applied for the position.

Rain can't wash out Taste of South Routt

Organizers plan to continue annual Oak Creek event no matter the weather

Take an umbrella. Take a lawn chair. And take swimsuits. No matter what the weather is like during today's Taste of South Routt event, organizer Dave Moran said it's still going to happen, with all the fun, music and food that have become a South Routt staple.

Search for Green postponed

High water and continued rain delay search planned for Monday at Fish Creek Falls

An extensive search for Rebecca Green, the Steamboat Springs woman who fell into Fish Creek on June 13, was planned for Monday but has been postponed by weather conditions. Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said water in the creek is too high to ensure safety of search crews.

Friday, June 26

Moffat County eliminates half-day kindergarten

The Moffat County School Board approved, 4-1, a motion to offer only full-day kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year, in a meeting Thursday night.

The Record for June 24

Wednesday, June 24

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Kacey Bull, Colleen King traveling to volleyball Junior Olympics

Colleem King, a rising Steamboat Springs High School senior, and Kacey Bull, who will play club volleyball for Colorado State University in the fall, will be part of the NORCO 18s Black club volleyball team that will travel to Miami for the Junior Olympics.

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Playground work nears completion

Organizing group planning fall grand opening ceremony

The finishing touches are being applied this week to the universal playgrounds at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

Steamboat briefs: Sculpture installation is today in Little Toots Park

Sculpture installation is today in Little Toots Park

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Rob Douglas: Social media and the 'Angel of Iran'

Revolution does that to me. The pro-democracy Iranian Revolution - fueled by outrage about the sham re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as dictated by Iran's "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - captured my attention.

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BAF Wax Regatta emphasizes homemade boats, respect

He wondered - given proper buoying - if the thing would float, and if he could ride it down the Yampa River to put himself in the running for most creative craft at the 2008 BAF Wax Raft Regatta.

Local youths enter Triple Crown Mountain Magic tourney

Mike Jeep said he knows what kind of competition to expect when Triple Crown assembles a youth baseball tournament. He knows it's tough. But he's still confident the team of local 11- and 12-year-olds he coaches with Frank Lawhead can compete in this weekend's Mountain Magic tournament in Steamboat Springs.

What to do this weekend for June 26 to July 2

What to do in Routt County this weekend.

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Officials prep for fires

Tabletop exercise helps officials plan for beetle-fueled blazes

As the threat of dangerous conditions created by beetle-killed pine increases in Routt County, firefighters are beginning to rethink their priorities and attitudes toward fighting big blazes.

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Rock with a spirit

Rusted Root taps into a natural vibe for new record, free concert

For almost 20 years, Rusted Root has relied on its fans to develop the records it makes, testing songs on the road to see when people will laugh, cry or dance. That formula came in handy recently, when Michael Glabicki and the band he leads put out their first studio record since 2002.

Safeway workers stuck in limbo

If issues are resolved in Denver, Western Slope negotiations could follow

Decisions made statewide could affect whether Steamboat Springs' Safeway employees go on strike. Laura Chapin, spokeswoman for United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local No. 7, said Safeway workers' contract expires today. The workers voted May 8 to approve a strike, which was put on hold while negotiations continued.

Rich Tremaine: Ag Law conference returns to Steamboat

For the past 18 years, the Colorado Bar Association has held an annual conference that focuses on current issues and developments in rural and agricultural law. This conference attracts lawyers, real estate appraisers, brokers, and water and civil engineers from throughout Colorado.

Diann Ritschard: Community invited to plant legacy

Community members are invited to join the Bark Beetle Information Task Force in planting seedlings to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Thursday, June 25

Sign up for Hay Day by Friday

Event at Sidney Peak Ranch includes discussions about weed and fertilizer, equipment demos

The event at Sidney Peak Ranch includes discussions about weed and fertilizer, along with equipment demonstrations. The cost of $5 includes lunch.

Awareness project aids with financial burden of breast cancer

Debbie Curd wants to promote prevention and early detection, but she thinks money should not get in the way.

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Perry-Mansfield showcase includes dance, music and more

Richard Finkelstein will be one of more than a dozen Perry-Mansfield faculty members to take the stage at Julie Harris Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday to share their talents.

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Steamboat squad drops doubleheader to Eagle Valley

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team found out Wednesday night that you can't bookend two bad innings around otherwise solid play and win.

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Cyclist wins challenging race on single speed

Glance at the results from Wednesday's Thunderhead Hill Climb Town Challenge Mountain Bike race, and it might be easy to miss Karen Tremaine's astonishing accomplishment. She easily won the women's single-speed bike competition and the women's overall race.

Steamboat Springs: Trust fund established for children of Brian Stothart

A trust fund has been established for Samuel and Sophia, children of Brian Stothart. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo Bank to the Stothart's Children Trust Fund. Stothart was declared missing after a boating accident June 13 on the Encampment River in Wyoming. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

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David Capote case continued

Attorney says more discovery time is needed before trial

The criminal case against one of the men charged in connection with the January fight that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez was delayed Wednesday after the man's Steamboat Springs attorney, Charles Feldmann, said more time was needed for discovery.

The Record for June 23

12:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an officer in the 400 block of Oak Street where a person reportedly saw a fight.

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200 riders participate in Bike to Work Day

Annual Bike to Work Week breakfast expands

The bagels were spinning off the buffet line as fast as the wheels were spinning in the street at the third annual Bike to Work Day breakfast on the Routt County Courthouse lawn Wednesday morning.

Lake Village dispute settled

Robinson Construction to finish some work at subdivision

The town of Hayden and Oregon-based Robinson Construction have agreed on a deal to repair infrastructure at Lake Village subdivision. The neighborhood in southern Hayden has sat unoccupied since Robinson filed liens in September 2007, alleging it had not been paid for work.

Wednesday, June 24

Builder, Hayden settle Lake Village dispute

Robinson Construction will finish some work at stalled subdivision

Under the agreement, Oregon-based Robinson Construction will finish some of the work at the subdivision.

Nearly 6,000 people expected this weekend

Steamboat Springs' lodging is forecast to be about 43 percent full this weekend, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's weekly lodging barometer. Lodging was 61 percent full June 28, 2008.

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Frontier cuts YVRA service

Tentative flight schedule reflects 12 percent drop in capacity

Denver-based airline Frontier won't fly to Yampa Valley Regional Airport this winter, spokesman Steve Snyder confirmed Wednesday. Snyder said Frontier could return for future ski seasons.

Frontier's return uncertain

Ski Corp. official Andy Wirth said it was unlikely that Frontier would be back at YVRA for a second ski season.

Eagle County open space decision delayed

County commissioners delayed a decision Tuesday about whether to spend millions of dollars on a conservation easement to block the Colorado River Ranch from development.

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Jimmy Westlake: Return of the Summer Triangle

There are few sights in nature more beautiful than the starry summer sky. When the sun goes down and the summer stars come out, three of the first ones you see, high in the northeastern sky, will be the trio of bright stars that forms the corners of an unmistakable asterism called the Summer Triangle. Although it is called the Summer Triangle, it first becomes visible during the early evening in late spring and hangs on in our evening sky until early winter.

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Ragweed brings years of diverse influences to its show

In the local bluegrass band Ragweed, everyone involved brings something different to the table. Ragweed plays at 8:30 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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New emergency responder badges to be standardized

IDs lead to new accountability measures

To help bestow order on the controlled chaos of emergency response, Routt County Director of Emergency Management Bob Struble will create standardized identification cards for all emergency responders in the coming weeks.

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Jail to look at staffing levels

Consultant John Milosovich said to improve a jail's operating efficiency, perhaps the most important thing to change is an attitude often passed from shift to shift and year to year.

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Lieutenant governor promotes outdoor activities during statewide trip

On Snake Island in the Yampa River, Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien spent about an hour Tuesday morning talking with a Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps crew about why they were outside.

Seminar provides finance tips

Black highlights importance of saving, establishing good credit

To start her workshop Tuesday, Elizabeth "E.A." Black cited dismal figures about financial literacy in the United States.

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Regional Airport gets OK to hire

Yampa Valley Regional Airport received approval Tuesday to hire a mechanic. The Routt County Board of Commissioners waived the county's hiring freeze, citing public safety concerns, as well as the fact that taxpayers don't directly fund the position. The Hayden airport's mechanic left this spring, Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said. The mechanic cares for about 40 pieces of equipment necessary for airport functions. The person also fills in when others are absent, sometimes driving runway snowplows, Ruppel said.

The Record for June 22

12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a verbal argument in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.

Our View: Celebrating cycling

As if on cue, Mother Nature awarded Sunday's arrival of summer with consecutive days of sunny, warm and nearly precipitation-free weather. We couldn't ask for better reasons to ditch our cars for our bikes and pedal to work as part of Bike to Work Week.

Song Mountain developers to try again

Developers to address concerns about roads, visual impacts

The developers of Song Mountain agreed Tuesday to change their tune before they come back to the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 25. They'll present a revised version of their plan to build a residential subdivision of as many as 272 lots on 896 acres overlooking Stagecoach Reservoir.

Hayden furloughs to start this week

Town's suggested cuts can't meet expected $200,000 shortfall

Hayden trustees and town staff members met calmly Tuesday evening to discuss the facts of budget cuts. The town expects to see $200,000 in revenue reductions this year.

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Joanne Palmer: Holidays we need

Dear President Obama, I am feeling a little ho-hum about our national holidays. They are a great time to get paid not to work, unless you are self-employed like me, in which case you get to enjoy not working and not getting paid.

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Strings' Music on the Green starts Thursday

On Tuesday afternoon, the four musicians of Meridian Quartet shook off their jetlag, tuned up their instruments and lilted through a George Gershwin string quartet they hadn't played in two and a half months.

Thunderhead Hill Climb today on Mount Werner

Today's Thunderhead Hill Climb will start with a children's event at 5:28 p.m. Adult races begin at 6 p.m. and start in two-minute intervals. Registration is from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at the base of Steamboat Ski Area's gondola.

Haywhacker Junior Golf Championships Day 2 results

The Colorado Junior Golf Association Haywhacker Junior Golf Championships results from Tuesday, June 23

Sports briefs: Legion team looks to rebound

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team dropped a trio of games during the weekend at a tournament in Green River, Wyo. Steamboat fell, 9-0, to Cheyenne 9-2 to Jackson and 5-4 to Green River. All three teams were from Wyoming.

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Klein wins Haywhacker in playoff

Highlands Ranch golfer takes title at Haymaker Golf Course

If there was ever a day Connor Klein grew up on a golf course, it was Tuesday during the final round of the Haywhacker Junior Golf Championships at Haymaker Golf Course.

Dixson helps injured rider

Crested Butte race offers up surprises

Mountain bike racer Linnea Dixson knew she would face bigger and tougher fields after moving up to Category 1 for Saturday's Wildflower Rush cross-country event in Crested Butte, but she had no way to expect what happened as she neared the end of her first lap.

Tuesday, June 23

Steamboat happy hours

Happy hour specials at Steamboat bars and restaurants

Library book club meets today

Literary Sojourn Author Study keeps a literary focus

Michelle Dover loves to share what she calls "inside scoops" with her Literary Sojourn Author Study.

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Junior golfers keep things in perspective at Haywhacker

Castle Rock's Cody Kent was nearly perfect Monday in the opening round of the Colorado Junior Golf Association's Haywhacker junior championships. But after his round, the young golfer kept things in perspective.

The Record for June 21

12:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on suspicion of underage driving under the influence, minor in possession of alcohol and not using headlamps after a traffic stop at Third and Pine streets.

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Bucking Rainbow buys Sunpie's building

Outfitters get riverfront property; Bistro lands 5-year lease

John and Jaret Duty, of Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, got the ideal tubing location they've long coveted, and Mike and Colleen Miller got the new lease they needed for Sunpie's Bistro. The Dutys purchased the building for $1.2 million from James Reichert.

Steamboat briefs: Search for Brian Stothart paused due to high water

The search for Steamboat Springs resident Brian Stothart likely will be suspended until water levels recede, Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson said Monday.

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Rusted Root opens concert series Saturday at Howelsen Hill

In the 19 years since Joe Kboudi and John Waldman started the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series with two shows on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, the concerts have grown into a five-part collection of shows with an average attendance of 4,000 people.

Restaurant manager thwarts $1,000 theft

An alert manager stopped an attempted scam at a downtown restaurant last month, but the suspected culprit continues to call back in an attempt to steal nearly $1,000.

Haywhacker Junior Golf Championships Day 1 results

Colorado Junior Golf Association Haywhacker Junior Golf Championships

Slate Creek would connect north, west Routt

Councilwoman: Future road won't be a 'superhighway'

If Routt County residents ever get the chance to cruise the Slate Creek Connector, it won't be the shortcut between Clark and Hayden that some have envisioned. Set your cruise control to 25 miles per hour instead of 45. The future road is meant to reduce traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 40.

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Tom Ross: Don't look now, but 'Your Fly is Down'

And scatter my ashes along the Elk River someday

It was great to get wind last week of a former longtime colleague, Neil Cantwell. A loveable curmudgeon if ever there was one, Cantwell wrote a weekly fishing and hunting column for the Steamboat Pilot.

School district tries to collect unpaid fees

Parents owe more than $4,200 for full-day kindergarten

The first year of full-day kindergarten has presented a challenge for the Steamboat Springs School District. The district is owed $4,237.45, as of Monday morning, from 13 parents of children who attended the program last year.

Monday, June 22

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bistro c.v.: Restaurant Review

My immediate impression of bistro c.v. is that of a restaurant with an elegant, modern ambience, complemented by a friendly, yet refreshingly casual, staff - or, to put it in other words, fine, gourmet dining without the often-accompanied stuffiness.

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Aging Well: Older adults guide housing alternatives

Imagine a cozy gathering of cottages for residents nearing or in the midst of retirement.

Churches offer free dinners

Events said to be opportunities for people to connect religion-free

Before deciding where or what to eat Thursday evening, consider St. Paul's Episcopal Church's community dinner.

The Record for June 20

Saturday, June 20

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Skatepark receives major boost

GOCO throws $200,000 toward Steamboat Springs project

Organizers said great weather, great competition and a great turnout helped Sunday's National Go Skateboard Day celebration in Steamboat Springs be a rousing success. The effort to build a concrete skatepark in Steamboat Springs received a major boost Friday when $200,000 in grant money was approved to help fund the project.

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Luke Graham: A queen among Kings

It's hard not to like Colleen King's game. I witnessed it first hand last fall while covering volleyball. As a setter, she had everyone fooled - including me.

Forum encourages outdoor activities

Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien will meet with local stakeholders Tuesday

Steamboat Springs, with its wealth of outdoor activities and youth-oriented programs, could serve as example for other Colorado communities. Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien will hold a public forum Tuesday in Steamboat Springs about the importance of connecting children to the outdoors, and what she hears here will be taken to other stops on her tour across the state.

Monday Medical: Summer calls for healthy grilling

Although I know of several die-hard locals here in Steamboat Springs who grill year-round, battling cold, wind and snow, most of us haul out our barbecue grill or smoker for outdoor cooking in the summer. And now, it is officially summer.

Bruce Lindal: Growing lawn grass tricky

There have recently been recommendations to plant native grasses in lawns to conserve water. This might not be the best thing to do. There are few if any native grasses that make good lawn grasses in this area, and seed is not available for most.

Elissa Greene: Fresh season of music upon us

I'm back, and that can mean only one thing: a fresh season of music is upon us at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Steamboat briefs: Hospital seeks artwork for new Family Birth Place

Hospital seeks artwork for new Family Birth Place

Sunday, June 21

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Yampatika gets a new home

Environmental Learning Center allows group to offer on-site programming

Yampatika, the nonprofit organization that has provided environmental education programs for youth and adults for 17 years, moved to a dedicated facility Monday at the city-owned Legacy Ranch at U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 131.

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Mustang Roundup includes rare 1970 Twister model

Denver couple shows off car that's 1 of 18 known of its kind

Wes and Jo Young's car is rare, even by Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup standards. The Denver couple has an automatic 1970 Mach 1 Twister Special Mustang with a 428 Super Cobra Jet engine.

The Jail Report for June 13 to 19

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

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Boating and drinking laws strengthen

Regulations now match those for driving under the influence of alcohol

Park rangers are warning that the strenuous activity and disorienting effects of water recreation can make a day of boating and drinking dangerous and potentially deadly.

Looking back for June 22, 1934

The Steamboat Pilot does not fear the Big Bad Wolf. About to enter its 50th consecutive year of publication, it can look back at times when the Wolf was more threatening, but he was always vanquished - the Pilot went forward to greater things.

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Businesses learn about going green to save green

Sustainability luncheon addresses money-saving measures

Businesses interested in stepping toward sustainability would do well to start with water conservation, Lyn Halliday told a group this month.

Business File: Jake's Drafting workers earn LEED certification

Jake's Drafting workers earn LEED certification

Best of the Web: Crane crossing

Good work, Mary and Glenn (Barber). People need to be more concerned with the birds' habitat and less concerned with speeding through the area. Our country is beautiful : what's the rush?

On the Market: Foreclosures in Routt County at 72 in 2009

Routt County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon confirms that as of this week, her office has been asked to initiate 72 foreclosure proceedings in 2009.

Class notes: Steamboat native Rothe graduates from Emory

Rachele Rothe, a 2004 graduate of The Lowell Whiteman School, received her bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta. Emory's Class of 2009 was honored during the university's 164th commencement ceremony in May.

Joel Reichenberger: Rodeo starts big

Friday night's season-opener was the rodeo that wouldn't end.

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Bike to Work Week kicks off Monday

The Routt County Riders are trying to break the habit this week. Your habit, specifically, of getting into the car each morning and driving to work.

Soren Jesperson: Act now against warming

As a reader and person concerned with the health of the planet, I want to highlight the recent release of the ground-breaking government science report entitled "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States," which presents a clear picture of global warming's threats to Colorado. Among other concerns, decreasing snowpack and water availability are highlighted as major climate-related impacts to our region. Yet, despite the report's dire predictions for a warming world, I believe this is a much-needed wake-up call and an important opportunity for all of us to take action with timely solutions for our planet and economy.

Our View: Vision 2030 view broad

When some of the folks representing Vision 2030 present their final report to elected officials Monday, they'll be unveiling more than just another study about Routt County and what its future might - or should - look like.

The Record for June 19

12:27 a.m. Police responded to reports of a disturbance on Sequoia Court. It was a verbal argument, and Steamboat Springs police separated two individuals for the night.

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Winter Sports Club offers daredevils a summer outlet

Spring Creek Trail is tame by the standards of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Gravity Team, but the half-dozen team riders made the most of the mild gravel course.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Cale Howard

Hayden Public Library announces the first Reader of the Week for the annual Summer Reading Program. Cale Howard has won the honor. Cale is 3 1/2 years old, and his parents are Wendy and Mike Howard. Cale has a brand-new baby sister named Chase, who is 2 months old. His best friends are his cousin Kodi, Waylon, Nick, Max and Lukas. He has lived in Hayden his whole life. He has two dogs: a weiner dog named Siddog and a German shepherd named Rosie. His favorite color is silver, and his favorite food is hot dogs. He likes funny TV shows, his favorite being "Scooby Doo."

Routt County Spotlight: Aubrey Thurston

Occupation: Arctic Liquors

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Steamboat Resorts actively managing, renting Trailhead Lodge

Closings have commenced at Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows, and the luxury base-area condominium project also officially has entered the Steamboat Springs rental pool.

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Appraisal rules wreck real estate deals

Local lenders, real estate agents and appraisers are bemoaning recently enacted appraisal regulations that have frustrated an already difficult market and spoiled potential sales, refinancings and efforts to access home-equity lines of credit.

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Clown J.W. Winklepleck shines Friday night at Pro Rodeo Series

Entertainer scheduled to perform 4 more weekends this summer

They're all different, but when you get down to the basics, every rodeo clown costume is very much the same. J.W. Winklepleck, though, performed with a little something extra.

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Families are opposing school district policy

Class size rule could force some students out of Soda Creek elementary

Ian Andress wants to have the same first-grade teacher his big brother, Phillip, had last year. But he probably won't get that chance. Ian is being affected by a class size policy that can restrict out-of-district students from attending their school of choice.

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2008-09 skier numbers show decline from 2007-08

Steamboat's downward trend consistent with reported decreases statewide

Steamboat Ski Area's numbers were consistent with a statewide decline, said Andy Wirth, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.'s senior vice president of marketing.

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Sailors volleyball star verbally commits to University of Denver

Colleen King, a rising senior at Steamboat Springs High School, said she has decided to accept a volleyball scholarship offer from the University of Denver.

Jeremy S. MacGray: Think of community

To the anti-development bloggers: Your cowardice is clear from your usernames, and your ignorance is exposed in your comments.

Rugby match in Breckenridge a draw

Steamboat, Blue Goose play to 18-all

After 79 minutes of play on a sloppy pitch at Breckenridge's Kingdom Park, the entire match came down to one kick or, rather, a non-kick.

John F. Russell: No need for riot police

Celebration parade for Lakers' NBA Finals victory was a huge waste of money.

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Exhibit follows schools throughout the decades

At its most sprawling, Routt County was home to 96 school districts - most of them one-room, one-teacher affairs that needed a minimum of 10 students to operate, and sometimes covered only a couple of ranch families.

Real estate transactions for June 12 to 18, 2009

Transactions for June 12 to 18, 2009

Saturday, June 20

Incumbents voted to keep YVEA board seats

Scott McGill and Charles Perry defeat Susan Holland and Megan Moore-Kemp, respectively

Scott McGill and Charles Perry defeated Susan Holland and Megan Moore-Kemp, respectively, in elections to Yampa Valley Electric Association's board of directors.

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Liberty is a part-time job

24-year-old mechanic, blacksmith restores WWI-era military truck

It's taken nine months of part-time work for Dalton Reed to undo about 90 years of history's wear and tear.

Mosquitoes appear across county

Extension agent suggests eliminating standing water or using larvicide

Mosquitoes are buzzing thickly in some spots across Routt County, and they might get worse this summer.

The Record for June 18

12:06 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a noise complaint in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. The noise was gone when officers arrived.

Council, commissioners unite Monday to discuss agenda items

Steamboat 700's responsibility for a new road connecting Routt County Road 129 to U.S. Highway 40 in western Steamboat will be up for discussion Monday at a joint meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners.

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Locals help family of birds cross the road for years

The longtime local watches as a family of sandhill cranes plays out a ritual that has stretched more than a decade. The birds' slow and methodical march across the ranch lands west of Steamboat Springs usually goes unnoticed, but not by Mary and her husband, Glenn Barber.

Steamboat briefs: Memorial Web site, fund set up for Rebecca Green

Friends of the family of Steamboat Springs resident Rebecca Green have set up a memorial Web site, www.rebeccagreenmemorial.com, and the Rebecca Green Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo bank in Steamboat Springs. Green, 40, has been missing since falling into Fish Creek near the upper falls June 13. Routt County Search and Rescue spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said that search crews still had no luck in their efforts as of Friday afternoon.

Sailors boys use season to tune basketball skills

As tradition goes for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team, this is the time when playoff contenders are made, league championships are won and players build on skill sets.

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Rollingstone Respite House coming along

SmartWool employees spent Friday landscaping for VNA facility

When Kevin Lotz and about 15 fellow SmartWool employees arrived at the Rollingstone Respite House at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, they found an overgrown, mosquito-heavy obstacle. "It had not been cleared for years and years," said Lotz, who is director of information technology for SmartWool.

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Weekend Mustang rally continues today at 10 a.m.

The swarms of Ford Mustangs that have descended upon Steamboat Springs have been about as difficult to spot as the ski mountain on a sunny day. Basically, walk outside downtown and they dominate the view.

Westin Cofer unsure whether he will continue to play

Former Sailors football star to decide about future

Westin Cofer had always loved everything about football. Opposing teams in high school planned around the former Steamboat Springs High School linebacker, and Cofer earned a partial scholarship to Mesa State College in Grand Junction following his senior year as a Sailor in 2006-07.

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Trillium House, aided by foundation, opens doors to public today

Thirty years ago, a group of concerned residents created the Yampa Valley Foundation and rallied around the sole task of saving the financially struggling Alpine College in Steamboat Springs. That task was successfully finished, but the spirit of their work carries on.

CattleWomen hosts grilling contest

Contestants in the Routt County CattleWomen's eighth annual cook-off were expected to start setting up their grills at about 6:30 a.m. today. Tickets for a grilling contest sampler plate are $8, and a lunch including barbecue beef, potato salad and baked beans provided by Steamboat Smokehouse will be available for $10.

Friday, June 19

Mild H1N1 case confirmed in Routt County

Unidentified patient already recovered, local health officials say

Routt County's first case of H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, has come and gone before it was confirmed.

Crested Butte cup awaits local bikers

Mountain biking festival starts today

A number of Steamboat Springs mountain bikers will be taking on Crested Butte terrains this weekend during the next leg of the Mountain States Cup competition.

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Rob Douglas: 1 developer stands up to naysayers

Lately, given the economic headwinds and increased sniping from those seeking to derail any construction, I find myself pulling for the development community to succeed against the odds.

Financial seminars Tuesday

E.A. Black aims 2 workshops at young adults, public

Elizabeth "E.A." Black is so passionate about financial literacy that she quit a job to teach it full time. Black is presenting two hourlong workshops about money management and other financial topics Tuesday.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Who is YVSC?

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council evolved out of a citizen committee known as the Green Team established by the city of Steamboat Springs in 2005.

Rail spur amendment passes test

Proposal to develop Heritage Park field sites gets preliminary OK

The Routt County Planning Commission made short work of Xcel Energy's requested changes to a planned rail spur to Hayden Station and unanimously approved a plan that will allow longer trains to deliver coal to the power plant.

2009-10 Hayden School Board $100K more than 2008-09

Education officials OK more than $5M financial plan

The Hayden School Board adopted a more than $5 million budget Wednesday night.

The Record for June 17, 2009

1:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a fire alarm in the 25000 block of Humble Road.

Mainstreet requests resources

Budget application faces uphill battle as city looks at further cuts

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs President Towny Anderson made a compelling pitch to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, but the city is likely to respond coolly to his request to make a substantial additional investment this year in the organization that promotes downtown.

Jamaican lottery scams reach wide

Thousands of dollars allegedly conned across US

Four Routt County residents accused of taking part in a Jamaican lottery scam were part of a wide-ranging network that bilked dozens of people across the country out of tens of thousands of dollars, according to arrest warrants filed in Routt County District Court.

Steamboat briefs: Lodging expected to be 62 percent full Saturday

Steamboat Springs' visitor lodging is expected to be 62 percent full Saturday night, according to the lodging barometer released by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

What to do this weekend for June 19 to 21

- Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival rehearsals - Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5:30 p.m.

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Games, fishing, cook-off included in weekend offerings

At this point, Paul Hands has pouring pancakes down to a science. "I personally supervise and cook the pancakes under my stringent qualifications," he said, offering his 7-inch diameter, minimal thickness description of the perfect flapjack.

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Hayden girl takes 4th at state gymnastics event

Eight-year-old Allison Ingols-Irwin wants to be an Olympic gymnast. She just returned from the state gymnastics competition in Castle Rock during the weekend where she placed fourth overall in the Level 4 ability division.

Legion baseball team to play in tournament

The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team will play in a tournament in Green River, Wyo., today, Saturday and Sunday.

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The Nadas chronicle 2009 as they approach 16th anniversary

When Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith, of the Iowa-based Americana rock band The Nadas, say they're currently working on a record called the "Almanac" studio project, the timestamp isn't an exaggeration.

Hayden trustees debate budget

Hayden employees speak out; home rule charter headed to vote

Budget talks fired up the Hayden Town Board of Trustees and town workers at the board meeting Thursday evening. Department heads stood up to protest planned furloughs, which would slice four hours off each employee's week.

Skateboarders ready to ramp it up this weekend

It's well known as Father's Day and the first official day of summer, but Steamboat Springs skateboarders will celebrate Sunday for an entirely different reason.

Thursday, June 18

American Relay calling it quits

Steamboat-connected duo cites loss of "soul and vitality" as reason for breaking up. Both band members are involved in side projects.

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Sports briefs: Adams Field to open Monday

After a harsh winter and unseasonably moist spring, Adams Field at Howelsen Hill is set to open for play again Monday.

Triple Crown in full swing

Tournament's World Series starts June 30

With one tournament finished and another ready to begin, Triple Crown baseball in Steamboat Springs is getting into full swing.

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Summer Pro Rodeo Series kicks off Friday

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board president John Shipley worked late into the night Tuesday, trying to figure out why the computer system he helped unplug last August wouldn't work the same when he plugged it back in at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Youth rugby clinic offered

Program runs Tuesdays, Thursdays through July 12 at Whistler Field

Mark Hermacinski fell in love with rugby in 1977. While attending high school in London, Hermacinski picked up one of the world's most popular sports. Now Hermacinski is introducing the game to youths.

Soroco's Watwood heads to D.C. for Boys Nation

Card tricks endeared Matt Watwood, a rising senior at Soroco High School, to the more than 100 other participants June 7 to 13 at Colorado Boys State on the Colorado State University campus in Pueblo.

Soroco to approve $7.3M budget

Plan to be amended in November based on enrollment numbers

The South Routt School Board will vote to adopt a preliminary 2009-10 budget when it meets at 7 p.m. today.

Steamboat briefs: Kayaker still missing after Wyoming boating accident

Steamboat Springs resident Brian Stothart still is missing after a Saturday kayaking trip on the Encampment River in Wyoming. Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson confirmed Wednesday that no one has seen Stothart, 35, who disappeared after his boat flipped on the river. Officials searched from the air and ground Saturday, Sunday and Monday and have suspended the search until the river recedes, Colson said.

The Record for June 16

12:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about a loud party in the 3300 block of AprÃs Ski Way. Officers issued a warning.

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Arts & Gallery Guide comes out today

Rob Williams' summery cover image featured at Vertical Arts opening event

A jury from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Steamboat Magazine had a pool of more than 50 pieces of art to consider for the cover of the summer edition of the Yampa Valley Arts & Gallery Guide.

12 vendors planned for Hayden Farmers Market

Organizer: 1st Friday event starting slow

Hayden's new farmers market won't quite be flush with vendors when it kicks into gear Friday, but organizers are pleased with what they can offer.

Hayden trustees to discuss charter

Board to review home rule document at meeting today

Hayden trustees are slated to decide tonight whether to put a new home rule charter to a public vote. The town's Home Rule Charter Commission built the document, which has gone through a public hearing and a revision with lawyers.

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Green group starts Zero Waste Initiative

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council plans waste-free Family Fun Fest this weekend

The concept, to launch Saturday during the Family Fun Fest, is that people should recycle or compost as much as possible to cut down on landfill trash, said Liz Wahl, a director on the sustainability council.

Hayden man wanted on marijuana charges turns himself in

Nelson: Liquids found are for dirt bikes

Timothy Barrow Nelson, the Hayden man who was wanted on a warrant on suspicion of growing marijuana at his Hayden home, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday and was released on a $2,000 bail.

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Volunteers continue search for Rebecca Green

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers continued to comb the banks of Fish Creek on Wednesday for any signs of Steamboat Springs resident Rebecca Green, but they again came away empty-handed.

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Kirkpatrick paints what comes to him - even brains and zombies

Colin Kirkpatrick always has put a certain amount of effort into the names of his paintings. He matches them with the mood of each piece, and in some cases, he describes - with no apparent word limit - what's going on in the picture.

Wednesday, June 17

Johnson found guilty of murder in retrial

Jury re-convicts man of killing Steamboat resident Lori Bases in 2000

A Larimer County jury of 11 men and one woman took less than three hours Wednesday to convict Thomas Lee Johnson of first-degree murder in the May 2000 stabbing death of Steamboat Springs resident Lori Bases.

Intercambio gives language-learning opportunities

A group of four diverse people shared their culture and language Tuesday night at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig during a group meeting called Intercambio.

Hayden discusses revitalization

Hellyer: Efforts already under way to draw businesses, people

Hayden leaders joined forces Tuesday evening to discuss the best way to revitalize the town. The centerpiece of their discussion was a report from the Community Revitalization Partnership.

Darling in 7th at college rodeo finals

Former Steamboat resident competing in saddle bronc riding

Former Steamboat Springs resident Travis Darling continued his hot start at the College National Finals Rodeo.

Bob and Linda Widmar: Thanks, Steamboat

No one likes to be on a trip and have their vehicle break down. Add thunderstorms, 40-degree temperatures, a narrow section of road just east of Rabbit Ears Pass with no shoulder space to get safely off the road, and daylight fading into twilight. Oh, we forgot to mention that the vehicle was a motortrike (a motorcycle on three wheels).

The Record for June 15

Monday, June 15

Alpine team to meet with former Olympians

In conjunction with running the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's summer conditioning camp, Alpine coach Rob Worrell is bringing the young athletes to a unique event.

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Hockey camp teaches young girls the mental side of sport

When Shannon Miller runs a hockey camp, it goes beyond the X's and O's. It's easier to understand why Miller - one of the most respected figures in women's hockey - runs her camps the way she does.

Our View: Rescue team invaluable

The calls tend to come at the most inconvenient times, but Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers quickly get used to it. They have to.

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden School Board meets at 6 p.m. today

The Hayden School Board will decide whether to adopt the school district's 2009-10 budget during its regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. today.

Bear enters Granby-area house, eats pet's food

A Granby-area family endured an unwanted dinner guest for about 10 minutes Sunday night when a bear entered their mud room through a dog door. "Our dog made a strange noise - a combination between a growl and a bark," Brenda Freeman said.

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Theater developers eye end-of-year, holiday film release opening

By Christmas, Craig residents could have a new movie theater on the west side of town to watch the latest holiday new releases.

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Roberts back at City Hall

Effects of May skydiving accident hard to spot in city manager

You would have been excused for doing a double take and slipping off the treadmill Monday night when Jon Roberts walked into the gym at Old Town Hot Springs. Most people don't walk away from a skydiving accident, let alone return to the gym less than a month later.

City tries to prevent 700 eyesore

Location of planned development's industrial uses debated

The location of light industrial uses, including an industrial substation, was the primary item of contention among developers, residents and the City Council as the latter continued their review of Steamboat 700 at a meeting Tuesday.

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Hayden student participates in Storm Peak workshop

Hayden resident Delanie VeDepo had skied past the laboratory on the summit of Storm Peak, but she'd never been inside. VeDepo was an invited guest of Atmospheric Science Collaborations and Enriching NeTworks program Tuesday.

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Joanne Palmer: Too much Green Guilt

Dozens of worms are busy turning my newly created compost pile into fertile soil for my garden. They are hard at work converting eggshells, coffee grounds and bits of bread into rich, dark, earth-smelling soil conditioner. The worms are also absolving me of a tiny bit of Green Guilt.

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New Works finds new angles

Writers: Perry-Mansfield festival provides safe place to develop

A few weeks ago, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder was pitching her new play, "The Bone Orchard," as "a sweet love story about death." Two days into rehearsals at the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, that theme stayed strong.

Tuesday, June 16

Steamboat resident still missing after Saturday boating accident

Carbon County Sheriff's officials have suspended the search for Brian Stothart, 35

Steamboat Springs resident Brian Stothart disappeared while boating Saturday on the Encampment River in Wyoming. He is presumed drowned, according to a news release from the Carbon County Sheriff's Office in Rawlins, Wyo.

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Community grieves, hopes as search for Rebecca Green is scaled back

As the search for Rebecca Green is scaled back until Fish Creek flows drop to safe levels, members of the Steamboat Springs community are struggling with conflicting emotions of grief, hope, sadness and love for the woman missing since Saturday afternoon.

The Record for June 14

Sunday, June 14

Friends of Education honored

Steamboat Springs School Board adopts 2009-10 budget

Mary Labor was barely able to hold the five bouquets of flowers given to her by friends and family Monday night, after she was recognized as one of the two 2008-09 Steamboat Springs School District Friends of Education.

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Folk band updates the public domain

Crooked Still comes to Ghost Ranch

Crooked Still has what bassist Corey DiMario calls "a quirky instrumentation," with a cello instead of a guitar, an ethereal female lead singer and a shred-ready banjo player. The group plays at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Store starts used book swap

Off the Beaten Path offers store credit for titles in good shape

It's no mistake that Off the Beaten Path Bookstore named its monthly collection of lightly used titles the Recycled Books Program. The store began exchanging store credit for used fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult and other kinds of books May 30.

Steamboat Briefs: VNA warns of hantavirus, tells residents to be careful

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association issued a warning about hantavirus, a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice, which are brown on top and white underneath with large ears.

April sales tax revenues fall

Slowest month of the year does see bump in lodging, however

Sales tax collections in Steamboat Springs decreased by 5 percent in April from the previous year. But a couple of categories actually increased. The city was caught off-guard by a nearly 34 percent increase in sales taxes collected from lodging, Revenue Supervisor Kim Weber said.

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Tom Ross: Time to plan hiking trips

Nearly every time you climb a hill in Northwest Colorado, you discover a new view of a geographic landmark. On Sunday afternoon, we stood high above Dumont Lake and squinted at a distant peak that was in the general direction of Vail.

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Jimmy Westlake: Introducing the wolf

While scanning the late-spring sky for a subject for this week, I realized that I've never told you about the large, bright constellation that sits between Centaurus and Scorpius, perfectly placed for June observing. It's high time I introduced you to Lupus, the Wolf .

Monday, June 15

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Search for Rebecca Green scaled back until water levels drop

Search and Rescue to monitor flows in Fish Creek, wait for safer currents

Routt County Search and Rescue is scaling back its search for Rebecca Green until water levels recede to safe flows near upper Fish Creek Falls. Green has been missing since Saturday afternoon. A prayer vigil for the family is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church.

Aging well: Conference is 'one-stop shopping' for caregivers

Deciding the best care and living situation for an elderly loved one can be one of the most difficult decisions a family makes.

Board to recognize Friends of Education

School officials also could adopt 2009 budget tonight in Centennial Hall meeting

Steamboat Springs School Board members will recognize the 2008-09 Friends of Education, Mary Labor and Fred Gardner, in a ceremony just after 6 p.m. today in the lobby of Centennial Hall.

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Locals fare well in tennis tournament

Seniors competition draws about 100 to Steamboat

Stacy Swiggart, director of the Intermountain Tennis Association's Senior Sectional Tennis Championships, expressed her joy about having dodged most of thunderstorms during the weekend tournament at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

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Hayden hoopsters recall stellar season

Boys basketball team made trip to state for the 1st time 50 years ago

On Saturday, rekindled excitement flowed at the American Legion hut, where four members of the 1958-59 Hayden High School boys basketball team gathered to talk about that year in front of cameras and an audience.

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Roast light on jabs

Kelly Meek emerges from honorary event unscathed

There were a number of basic problems with the roast of former Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek, which took place Saturday in the Steamboat Springs High School gymnasium that witnessed so many of his great seasons, great teams and great wins.

Steamboat Briefs: Adult day services offered at The Haven in Hayden

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering adult day services at The Haven Assisted Living in Hayden, for any disabled individual older than 18 or any elderly individual who is looking for daily activities where oversight is provided.

The Record for June 13

Saturday, June 13

Jane McLeod: The art of a mesclun mix

Imagine being a gatherer - as opposed to a hunter - and having to wait until this great white blanket of snow covering our valley floor melted before those first little edible green shoots poking through the soil could be gathered and eaten.

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Logger lauds stimulus

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helps to clear Routt National Forest

A loud diesel engine spews black smoke into the air as the machine it's driving carries a bundle of trees down a temporary logging road, with limbs snapping under its tires. These are the sights and sounds of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Northwest Colorado this summer.

Monday Medical: Take time on sidelines with head injuries

A broken bone is a clear sign that you need to take a break from active endeavors. A head injury, though often not as obvious, should be treated with the same respect.

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Search area narrowed

Long Lake gate will be closed to slow water in search for woman

Crews have narrowed the search area for Rebecca Green and are continuing their search today of upper Fish Creek Falls, where they hope to locate the Steamboat Springs woman missing since Saturday afternoon.

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Fundraiser helps provide money to preserve cabin

Historic Routt County officials hope a first-time fundraiser - for Diamond Window Cabin at Stagecoach State Park - on Sunday, will lead to future opportunities to preserve the county's iconic landmarks.

Sunday, June 14

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Rescue crews leaving Fish Creek Falls for the day

Plans for tomorrow not yet known in the search for Rebecca Green, 40, of Steamboat Springs

Search and Rescue spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said at 5 p.m. today that rescuers are beginning to pack up and end today's search for 40-year-old Rebecca Green of Steamboat Springs. Green and her 8-year-old son, Kade, fell into Fish Creek below the upper falls Saturday. Kade was safely carried out by rescuers. Green has been missing since about 1 p.m. Saturday. Search plans for tomorrow are not yet decided.

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Runners flock to Cog Run

31st annual Hayden race triples its number of participants

Thanks to a mischievous boy from Missouri and a tireless girl from Wiggins, a curious family from the Front Range and a bunch of fun-loving firefighters from Craig, a few die-hards from Routt County and a donkey from Slater, the Hayden Cog Run realized new levels of success Saturday.

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Rugby squad gets tackled

Late Glenwood surge too much for Steamboat in opener

Steamboat Springs' Erik Wernig grabbed the ball from the ground, muscled through a pair of Glenwood Springs defenders and leapt over the goal line, tagging much-needed points onto the scoreboard in the waning minutes of Saturday's season-opening rugby match.

Storm Peak hosts science forum

1st-time event attracts more than 30 female scientists for professional networking

More than 30 female scientists - from across the U.S. and as far as Denmark - will be in town until Wednesday for the Atmospheric Science Collaborations and Enriching NeTworks program.

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Front Range author finds himself in summer of climbing

Mark Obmascik climbed all 54 of the 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado in less than a year, and he said there wasn't a single trip on which he felt totally comfortable.

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Sweet Pea plans produce stand near Ace

Owners to begin operations in July on west end of town if they win city approval

Sweet Pea Market plans to make a stand on the western end of town.

Kevin Bennett: The waterboarding of Old Town

To my fellow Old Town water users, meaning everyone west of Fish Creek: So you got your new water bill? How do you like it so far? Wait until the rain stops. You now pay, on average, about three times as much for the same water and sewer as your neighbors to the east of Fish Creek, in the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District.

The Jail Report for June 6 to 12

Saturday, June 6 Robin Joy Marumoto, 34, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, disregarding a stop sign (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

The Record for June 12

Friday, June 12 12:30 a.m. A fight was reported in the 500 block of East Washington Avenue in Hayden.

Joel Reichenberger: Riders again tackling Tour Divide

The Tour Divide isn't the granddaddy of all mountain bike races. In fact, this is only the third running of the race. But there are few other races in the world that can dish up the kind of challenges the Tour Divide riders will face.

Steamboat briefs: Judges needed for Mustang Roundup on Saturday

Volunteers are needed to help judge more than 450 classic Ford Mustangs during the annual Mustang Roundup on Saturday. No experience is necessary, and volunteers will receive a free Mustang Roundup T-shirt. Judging is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday on Lincoln Avenue. Call Kristi at 875-7006 or stop by the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center at 1255 S. Lincoln Ave.

Looking back from June 15, 1934

Miss Portia Mansfield arrived from New York City on Monday, and Miss Charlotte Perry arrived Wednesday to make preparations for the opening of the Perry-Mansfield camp July 1. There will be some new buildings erected, and considerable repairing will be done before the campers arrive. The work men already have started with the projects.

In the service: Kayla M. Martinez

Army National Guard Pvt. Kayla M. Martinez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

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Chain mail jewelry requires patience, creativity

Jascha Bowen-Kreiner makes chain mail jewelry by spinning stainless steel wire on a nail that's attached to an electric drill - the bigger the nail, the wider the diameter of the wire coil. Then he cuts small rings out of each coil and pieces them together in intricate patterns he finds on the Internet. The end result can be anything from a pair of earrings to a full-armor chain-mail shirt.

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Summer camp focuses on STEM sciences

Program brings together students from throughout county

Students from across Routt County took part last week in an experiment that demonstrated how solar power heated the air inside a balloon, causing the balloon to lift skyward - how a hot air balloon works. It was the morning lesson for the "It's All About Energy" overnight summer camp held Sunday through Thursday at CMC.

Routt County Spotlight: Trent Kolste

Trent Kolste Age: 29 Occupation: Co-owner of Urbane clothing store; lawn maintenance for Gecko Landscaping; server at The Ore House

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Festival brings 3 plays, 1 choreographer to Perry-Mansfield

Playwrights, artistic directors, actors and dancers from across the country will come to Steamboat Springs this week, as they prepare for first readings of new pieces in the 2009 New Works Festival at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.

Business File: Steamboat Flyfisher opens at new location

Steamboat Flyfisher opens at new location

Mark Hillman: Obama Motors

President Barack Obama claims to "have no interest" in running General Motors. But his actions, as well as his words, betray him.

On the Market: Stempel newest owner at Colorado Group Realty

Bo Stempel is the newest owner at Colorado Group Realty, a Steamboat Springs real estate company equally owned by its sales associates.

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Farmers Market started Saturday with 36 booths

TheMainstreet Steamboat Springs Farmers Market is in its fifth year, and it started with more vendors than ever, Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett said. On Saturday, people meandered to and fro, peeking into tents and buying kebabs, cheese, bread, produce and clothing.

Best of the Web: Rec center at 700?

I got your rec center. It's called Steamboat. Two ski mountains, one of the top Nordic facilities in the world, endless hiking and biking trails with not so bad views, world-class fishing, four golf courses, sweet tennis facility, a well done Core Trail, killer kayak and rafting rapids, all kinds of camping : sick longboarding roads:gnarly tubing : plenty of county roads to don your cycling tights:and a bunch of intramural sports and activities, etc. And I'm sure I missed a few recreational opportunities : we need a rec center about as bad as we need more rain.

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Properties move locations, go up for sale in downtown

Multi-million dollar commercial property listings are popping up in downtown Steamboat this month like glacier lilies at the edge of the snow line.

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Kreissigs put Rollingstone back on market for $6.9M

Three months after winning city approvals for new condominiums at Rollingstone Village, Kim and Peter Kreissig have put the property off Pine Grove Road back on the market for $6.9 million. However, she says, it's nothing like a flip.

Class notes: Local graduates from Air Force Academy in May

Steamboat native Simon Peter Christian Kassemi graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on May 27.

Our View: River campaign laudable

We support and praise the Respect the Yampa campaign recently launched in Steamboat Springs and encourage all river users to act safely and responsibly on the water.

Real estate transactions for June 5 to 11, 2009

Total real estate sales - $3,013,000

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Hypnotherapist, naturopath help address problems

Several Steamboat Springs residents are creating a guide to holistic health businesses, compiling information about those who serve the mind, body and spirit.

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Miniature horses a South Routt fixture

Chuck and Betty Sweetland have lived in Oak Creek since 1952. Since 1963, they've lived on the Sweetland ranch, where they raise quarter horses. The Sweetland's daughter and son-in-law gave them their first miniature horse in 1999, and they haven't stopped breeding them since.

Saturday, June 13

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Search for missing woman to continue today

Rebecca Green, 40, of Steamboat Springs, fell into water near upper Fish Creek Falls

Forty-year-old Rebecca Green, of Steamboat Springs, and her 8-year-old son, Kade, fell into Fish Creek below the upper falls Saturday. Kade suffered cuts on his head but was carried out by rescuers in stable condition. Green has been missing since going into the water at about 1 p.m.

Sports briefs: Packets required for Steamboat high school athletes

School let out at Steamboat Springs High School, and fall sports may be about the last thing on anyone's mind.

The Record for June 11

Thursday, June 11

Steamboat briefs: No injuries reported in semi accident near Hayden

No injuries reported in semi accident near Hayden

Craig attorney: No citation coming for Carwile

Some council members would like more about policy issue

Craig City Attorney Kenny Wohl said he does not plan to cite City Councilor Terry Carwile, who may have violated the city charter by not filing a complete campaign expense report after the April election.

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Retiring preschool director shares memories of 27 years at St. Mark's

In the basement of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, miniature chairs sit at knee-high tables, empty, as if waiting for the next class of 3-year-olds to troop down the stairs with their muddy shoes and miles of craft paper and Scotch tape.

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Hayden jazzes up its history

Town to post plaques on 11 buildings dating to the early 1900s

In Hayden's downtown, a building isn't just a building. What's now a shop once might have been a church, a pool hall or a bowling alley. If it's been around awhile, a building probably has been reincarnated once, twice or three times over.

700 vote anything but simple

If council OKs annexation, petitioners must gather signatures

Discussions of the proposed Steamboat 700 development have been anything but simple, and residents and officials have bandied about the question of who has the right - and responsibility - to make the final decision.

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Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1959 returns for reunion

They smiled and laughed as they caught up and reminisced. A number of things have changed since Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 1959 graduated.

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Tom Ross: You have the right to dry

The sun finally made an appearance in the skies above the Yampa Valley on Friday, reminding Steamboaters that under Colorado law, they have the inalienable right to dry. Ever since House Bill 1270 went into effect Aug. 6, 2008, Coloradans have had the right to throw up a clothesline and conserve energy by hanging their tighty whities in the breeze.

Camp Invention coming to Steamboat

Demand already has capped enrollment for educational event

When Kris Rowse and her family moved to Steamboat Springs two years ago, she wanted the ability to send her children to Camp Invention.

Friday, June 12

No injuries reported in accident near Hayden

Driver jackknifed vehicle to avoid deer on U.S. Highway 40; no other cars involved

The driver of a semitrailer jackknifed his vehicle late Friday morning while avoiding a deer on U.S. Highway 40, according to the Colorado State Patrol. No other vehicles were involved.

What to do this weekend for June 12 to 18

Entertainment events in Steamboat Springs

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Walter Trout brings his sideman roots to the stage

If a musician can't play with soul, blues guitarist Walter Trout doesn't want him in his band.

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Seniors cheer, compete, play

Games unite seniors, tots for competition

During her days selling insurance in New York, Ann Wichern was a pretty good bowler. She rustled up those skills Thursday for the Intergenerational Games at the Doak Walker Care Center.

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The Jazzjets put their spin on all kinds of songs

Lianne & The Jazzjets have their feet planted in vocal jazz standards, but the band has included a disclaimer in its name. "We might jet from that to something else," said Neil Marchman, who plays guitar for the Steamboat Springs quartet. The group will play at 6 p.m. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Lodging forecast down

Summer visitors are booking trips later and in fewer numbers

Summer lodging in Steamboat Springs is showing signs of the same trends reflected in winter bookings. People are booking closer to the time of their trip. They're looking for value and discounts, and fewer visitors are expected.

The Record for June 10

Wednesday, June 10

Sports briefs: Ski area trails open Saturday

Gondola, remainder of bike trails open June 19

Mountain bike trails at Steamboat Ski Area will start to open Saturday, but the process won't be complete for another week.

Steamboat briefs: Landscaper asks locals to stay off grass at park site

Landscaper asks locals to stay off grass at park site

Cabin serves as preservation lab

Historic Routt County will host Diamond Cabin fest Sunday

Colorado Mountain College and Historic Routt County will make the academic study of historic preservation hands-on this summer as they team up to preserve the historic Diamond Window Cabin overlooking Stagecoach State Park.

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Rob Douglas: Small hole causes larger concern

When financial times get tight, citizens rightly expect their government to carefully manage every penny. Sometimes, even a hole in a freshly paved road raises questions. That was the case this week concerning a hole in the middle of a street in Steamboat Springs.

Cog Run returns to Hayden

Event features tough and easier challenges

Don Platt runs in the Steamboat Springs Running Series events when he can, weaving the events in between his treks across the country for 100-mile ultra marathons.

Sarah Hagenbuch: Conservation district offers tools

Spring is in full swing, along with the high-flowing waters and the fast-growing weeds. The Routt County Conservation District sells polyacrylamide to help prevent seepage of water out of ditches and ponds.

Thursday, June 11

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Colorado skier visits down 5.5 percent last season

Guest numbers drop to 11.85 million in 2008-09 season, during struggling economy

Colorado Ski Country USA says skier visits to Colorado resorts last season fell 5.5 percent to 11.85 million amid a slump in the travel industry, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

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Rugby season set to kick off

Although some things have changed with the Steamboat summer rugby club, it's never hard to like the team's outlook. Steamboat won two of the past three Mountain League championships and is the two-time defending champion in the Cow Pie Classic and Ski Town Rugby tournaments.

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Arcade opens in Oak Creek

When you're 11 years old in Oak Creek, the options for entertainment can seem limited. Spending time on outdoor sports or at a local restaurant was the extent of the choices, but a new arcade in South Routt could spice things up.

The Record for June 9

Tuesday, June 9

Hayden explores bus cuts

School district parents circulate petition in support of service

A group of parents is opposing the Hayden School District's possible cuts to in-town bus service next year.

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Rain is here to stay

Distant storms lock in weather pattern for Steamboat Springs

Too much rain for you? Take heart - June still is the driest month in Steamboat Springs. And with 20 days remaining, the city is not even halfway to its average of 1.53 inches of precipitation. But the city has seen an unusual spate of rainfall this month, and there's an explanation.

Bluegrass bound by family

Musical relatives perform Friday in South Routt

The Franz Family gospel and bluegrass band has been in the works for decades. Randy and Ruth Ann Franz grew up in Nebraska and started singing together in junior high school. Soon after the two got married, they went to a gospel music festival in Springdale, Ark., where there were several family bands on the bill.

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Town Challenge series opens with dry, successful race

Even though Wednesday's season-opening Town Challenge mountain bike race fit astonishingly in a sunny, rainless window, the month-long cycle of short but always looming rain storms still had an effect on the day's racing.

Roast of Steamboat coach Kelly Meek set for Saturday

It's not hard to find someone with a story about legendary Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Kelly Meek.

Arts Council getting back 'on track'

Group rolls out fundraising campaign, gives updates at annual meeting

At its annual meeting Wednesday evening, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council laid a foundation to move programming and affiliate support forward through the rest of the year.

Steamboat Briefs: Oak Creek Town Board to meet today at town hall

The Oak Creek Town Board meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Oak Creek Town Hall. Agenda items include consideration of an ordinance repealing a section of the municipal code regarding commercial and industrial sewer charge, and a wastewater treatment plant update.

Lightning fries sound system

Fair Board discusses repairs, chooses radio station sponsor

Mother Nature has taken a swipe at the Routt County Fairgrounds. A lightning strike killed the sound system for everything but the Multipurpose Building at the Hayden grounds.

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Routt radios redoubled

County now using 800 MHz, digital system

Routt County is a cooperative county when an emergency is in progress. When a fire department is called out to a potential fire, law enforcement often goes along. When a bear is spotted in a neighborhood, police often accompany wildlife experts.

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Mechanic earns national award

Ski Area Vehicle Maintenance Institute honors Joe Ciufo

The national Ski Area Vehicle Maintenance Institute recognized Joe Ciufo, a slope maintenance mechanic for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., as mechanic of the year with the Tim Crouse Memorial Award at its conference last month.

Wednesday, June 10

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District's first Montessori students finish program

Some students will attend traditional school for the first time next year

Tristan Fischer, 11, admitted he's "a little nervous" about attending the sixth grade next year in a traditional educational setting. But he's confident the Montessori method has prepared him for middle school.

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Relay For Life aims high

Annual Craig fundraiser hopes to rally support despite recession

When Ken Prescott's wife was struggling with Hodgkin's lymphoma, he was stricken with many terrifying thoughts. One of the most difficult scenarios was how he could raise their two children on his own.

Town Challenge kicks off today

Race series to start at 5:30 p.m.

The 2009 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series opens today with a race unlike any other on the slate.

The Record for June 8

Monday, June 8

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden Town Hall starts new working schedule

Because of budget cuts, Hayden Town Hall will close Friday afternoons. The town has started furloughs for all employees, whose hours will be cut by 10 percent starting June 20.

Murray Tucker, Ph.D.: Buying reinsurance

Forty years ago, the President's Commission on Income Maintenance Programs issued its final report. Its recommendation for a Guaranteed Annual Income or "Negative Income Tax" morphed six years later into the "Earned Income Credit."

Mark Greenwood: Facing extinction

When you see people riding bicycles instead of driving a hydrocarbon-burning, molecular oxygen-consuming vehicle, we should be grateful that someone is contributing to the future survival of humans on planet Earth.

Omar M. Campbell: D-Day was missing

I read, re-read, and had my wife double-check for any mention of D-Day in the June 6 and June 7 issues of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. The only reference to honoring those veterans of that epic event was in the often vapid Mallard Fillmore cartoon.

Contractors protest Hayden bidding process

Town could use reverse auction method for Poplar Street project

Contractors confronted Hayden officials last week about an online bidding process the town aimed to test drive. Hayden planned to use BidBridge, an online reverse auction company, to contract for Poplar Street improvements.

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Teachers of the Year announced

Steamboat Springs School District reveals each school's winner

Amy Bohmer, from Steamboat Springs Middle School; Maggie Glueck, from Steamboat Springs High School; Susie Gruben, from Strawberry Park Elementary School; and Laura LeBrun, from Soda Creek Elementary School were named as Steamboat Springs School District 2008-09 Teachers of the Year.

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River respect encouraged

Tubers asked to follow management plan

If you sit long enough by the edge of the Yampa River, you can see the season changing. Not by the colors of the leaves or the temperature of the air, but by the occasional tube intermixed with the kayaks and rafts that can be seen floating down the high water.

Our View: Emerald's future is in our hands

We applaud last week's action by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to preserve a 4,139-acre Emerald Mountain parcel from energy and mineral development for the next 20 years.

'Stimulus' fund to help 4-H

Supporters raise money to divide at livestock auction

Fear not, Routt County 4-H members: "Stimulus" money might be headed your way. Several 4-H supporters, worried that the recession could depress prices at the Junior Livestock Sale, are starting a fund to help out.

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Author T.A. Barron celebrates young heroes

Book talk will focus on youth achievements

Boulder-based author Tom Barron, known by his penname T.A. Barron, will tell some of his favorite stories about young heroes in a presentation and a book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Joanne Palmer: Crawdads and ice cream

The heat from the boat dock warms my beach towel as slowly, one by one, I feel the muscles of my body begin to let go.

Cash questions continue

City Council insists Steamboat 700 developers assume all risk

Risk aversion was on everyone's mind Tuesday night as City Council and Steamboat 700 developers resumed their slow dance toward annexation. At the end of the evening, council members left little doubt about who could be left holding the bag.

Tuesday, June 9

Lake Village subdivision negotiations continue

The Town Board on Thursday unanimously agreed to enter into settlement negotiations with the construction company about the state of the Lake Village subdivision. Attorney Malcolm Murray said the settlement could be reached by the end of the week if some details are worked out.

The Record for June 7

June 7, 2009

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Steamboat Springs Boys & Girls Club celebrates 1st day Monday

Just tall enough to reach over the side of the pool table to line up his shot, 10-year-old Charlie Fisher hit the cue ball, sending the yellow 1-ball into the corner pocket. His next shot, the 3-ball, also went down.

Steamboat briefs: Totally Kids extends soccer registration deadline

Hayden's Totally Kids program has extended to Wednesday the deadline for soccer registration. The registration fee is $25. If you are between the ages of 5 and 14 and you want to play soccer in Hayden this summer, call Carolyn at 276-9246.

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Jimmy Westlake: Lyra: Heaven's Harp

What's that bright star rising in the northeastern sky as darkness falls this month? It's the star Vega, and its arrival is a sure sign that summer is just around the corner.

Council to focus on 700

Cost of public projects at proposed development broach $80M

The annexation process for Steamboat 700 reaches an important juncture tonight as the developers and City Council furrow their brows regarding $80 million in public capital projects and how to pay for everything from roads to fire trucks to enhanced water rights.

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Pueblo firefighter remembered

Capt. Richard Mark died in Steamboat while on fundraiser trip

Capt. Richard Mark, of the Pueblo Fire Department, was remembered Monday as an active, dedicated firefighter by his friends and fire chief. Mark died of an apparent heart attack Friday at Yampa Valley Medical Center while he was visiting Steamboat Springs for a muscular dystrophy fundraiser.

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Summer writing workshops offer tips at all levels

A series of summer classes that starts today is meant to inspire "writers in waiting," said instructor and author Jill Murphy Long. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. today and every Tuesday through the summer, Long will lecture about the writing process and give tips about getting work published.

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Tom Ross: Log building known for window

Fundraising picnic at Stagecoach boosts cabin restoration

South Routt County's historic Diamond Window Cabin is decaying further with every harsh Northwest Colorado winter, and now the constituents of Historic Routt County are pulling out all the stops.

Monday, June 8

Jensen case headed to District Court

Marie Jensen chose to waive her right to a preliminary hearing this morning as a request to continue the hearing was denied by Judge James Garrecht.

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Residents learn fire business

Whether they were interested in firefighting as a career, or just plain interested, more than a dozen local residents participated in Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue's first Citizens Fire Academy on Saturday.

Aging Well: Simple practices can prevent foodborne illness

A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to The Haven Community Center last week. Even so, questions during "food safety bingo" stumped at least a few of them.

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Infamous Stringdusters burn through Friday set at Ghost Ranch

With several strong vocalists in a six-man lineup, The Infamous Stringdusters are able to keep a relatively constant style without losing an audience's interest. Not that losing the audience's interest is a threat or even a possibility.

The Record for June 6

Saturday, June 6

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Luke Graham: Lacrosse catching up

It has been talked about over and over again how lacrosse is growing rapidly at the local, regional and state levels. And for good reason. For years, Steamboat Springs lacrosse programs seemed destined to be years behind their peers on the Front Range.

Steamboat briefs: VNA program offering new fitness class for seniors

VNA program offering new fitness class for seniors

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Monday Medical: Tanning isn't worth skin cancer risk

Pale is the new tan. As skin cancer rates continue to increase, that's the message three Steamboat Springs residents would like everyone to embrace.

Vision 2030 looks forward

With final report ready, project outlines plans for future

After two years of surveying, polling, researching and meeting, the Vision 2030 report is ready for its final presentation.

Deb Babcock: Taking the hop out of grasshoppers

Several local gardeners have reported small grasshoppers already crawling through their yards this spring.

Sunday, June 7

Women's 10K results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Men's 10K results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Women's half-marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Men's half-marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Women's full marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

Men's full marathon results

Results from the 28th annual Steamboat Marathon held June 7, 2009

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Marathon proves to be waterproof

Saitta wins ninth title, fifth in a row

Nearly 1,800 runners and walkers took place in Sunday's 28th annual Steamboat Marathon, competing in the full marathon, half-marathon and 10-kilometer races. Parker's Jason Saitta won the marathon for the ninth time, and fifth time in a row.

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Sailors send 1st 2 players to collegiate lacrosse

Gus Worden and Jasper Gantick have been key components to the lacrosse movement in Steamboat Springs during the past few years.

John F. Russell: Fun in the sun at Field Day

The 100-yard dash, the standing broad jump and the tug of war.

Jail Report for May 30 to June 5

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.

Best of the Web for June 7

Good news on the subdivision and the farmers market. However, what is the purpose of a liquor license at a farmers market?

Michelle Avery: Ban real estate signs

As a long-time Realtor in Steamboat, I have seen the rise and fall of the real estate market on more than one occasion. With the tremendous amount of properties for sale these days, the primary crop sprouting up this spring is the real estate sign.

Gary Moyer: Kudos to White

With a substantial amount of finger-pointing going on in Colorado and Washington, D.C., politics, I think it's important we also point to those who truly have represented the interests of their district and made good decisions, even when it wasn't the popular thing to do.

Our View: Holding out hope for a new post office

We all should hope talks between the U.S. Postal Service and local developer Brian Olson can save the deal that would result in a new post office at Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40, because the Postal Service's apparent willingness to jump ship and make its current downtown location the only Steamboat postal facility is unacceptable.

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Fred Gardner and Mary Labor named Friends of Education

The Steamboat Springs School Board took little time deciding whom it would select as the district's 2008-09 Friends of Education.

Mainstreet reviews priorities for event sponsorship

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is sharpening its focus and making sure it keeps member businesses' priorities in mind during the tough economic climate.

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Bike improvements emphasized

City plans upgrades for riders, pedestrians

The city of Steamboat Springs is making the most of a strapped budget in an effort to maintain the "Bicycle Friendly Community" designation it received two years ago from the League of American Bicyclists.

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Rail spur work to start this month

Xcel asks Routt County to allow longer trains than previously planned

After years of negotiations and discussions, work is scheduled to start this month on Xcel Energy's rail spur near the Hayden Station power plant. The utility plans to start with rail earthwork this month and the realignment of Routt County Road 27 later this summer, Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz said in an e-mail.

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Shades of green

Golf tournament season is in full swing in Steamboat Springs, and many of the local charity drives still are carting in the greenbacks. Several tournament organizers say they're feeling few negative economic impacts, while others suggest the economy may be driving down participation.

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Now playing: Steamboat athletes work out to fast, loud music

There are few debates likely to divide the many and diverse athletes of Steamboat Springs more fervently than one issue - workout music.

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Trail tests local riders in Vail

Tough climbs, tight turns dominate Teva competition

The gnarly trail that defined Saturday's cross-country mountain bike race at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail took riders swooping around Golden Peak and back down a tight, twisty nightmare of singletrack.

Business File: Revised Next Steps workshop is this week

SCORE has tweaked its Next Steps program to accommodate the needs of the business community.

Class notes: Steamboat graduate earns master's from CU-Denver

On May 16, Mark A. Perkins received his master's degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. In addition, the faculty members of Educational Psychology Research & Evaluation program selected Mark as the Outstanding Graduate in his program. He will continue to pursue his doctorate at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in September. Mark is a 1997 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School. He has taught middle school in Colorado Springs for three years and in Grand Junction for three years, as well.

Looking back from June 8, 1934

Henry Haas, general foreman for the Ed Selander paving project in Steamboat Springs, has a crew of 30 men at work hauling rock from the pit on the Stees ranch to the vacant lots on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street. Trucks are dumping sand and gravel into the huge depression on this vacant property. The crusher will be installed there, and the mixing will be completed at this point for the entire project. There will be about 70 men employed as soon as the work is well under way.

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4-H members discuss challenges of raising pigs

Harry and Shealie Jenkins feed, water, train and clean the pen for the four pigs. The 4-H members, who live on the family ranch outside Steamboat Springs, are raising the hog quartet for the Routt County Fair in August.

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South Routt Nursery hosts community gardening plots

It's not quite a victory garden like those created during World War II, and the irrigation and rich soil make it better than a Great Depression-era farm, but the community garden at South Routt Nursery is set to fulfill a renewed desire for homegrown vegetables as the economy dips.

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Eggs 2 Ovaries auction raises awareness, money for treatment

Now in its second year, Eggs 2 Ovaries will place 24 uniquely decorated eggs up for auction at 7 p.m. Friday at Cottonwood Grill. Proceeds from the event will go toward education, awareness and support related to ovarian cancer for women in the Yampa Valley.

Routt County Spotlight: Savanna McGlone

Occupation: Massage therapist; waitress at Johnny B. Good's

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Jongeling sets new course after last year's 10K collapse

The last 100 or so meters of a race often are the best. They hold a certain allure for runners. That final stretch symbolizes the end where the endorphins are the highest and where the weeks, months, years or even a lifetime of training for a goal are just a few strides away from coming to a close.

On the market: Modest homes most active in month of April

The entry-level end of the Routt County housing market saw the most activity in April.

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Tatanka Ridge estate sold for less than last purchase price

The Jon and Susan Been home overlooking Strawberry Park from 10 acres on Tatanka Ridge sold to Jack and Mary McClurg, of Lone Tree, on April 10 for $2.5 million, $600,000 less than what the Beens paid for the property in late June 2006.

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Edgemont puts a lid on it

Luxury condo project topped out and ahead of schedule

Edgemont topped out to its final height of eight stories ahead of schedule late last month, and already contracted owners who want turn-key furniture packages are being asked to finalize their choices.

Denise Connelly: Clarifying the facts

After reading several editorials about the Pilot & Today's lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School Board, I feel compelled to clarify the facts.The current School Board, as well as the previous board, makes/made every effort to comply with the Sunshine Law. We do feel we have an obligation to do our business in public.

Steamboat Briefs: No fishing licenses needed today for residents, visitors

Colorado residents and visitors can fish without a license today, the last day of "Colorado's Free Fishing Days."

Joel Reichenberger: Todd Trapp keeps going and going

Todd Trapp won't say he ever thought he actually would win the Steamboat Marathon, but he certainly thought he had a chance.

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Whiteman faculty lauds grads

Robert 'Bobby' Rankin wins Head of School Award for contributing to school

From the moment The Lowell Whiteman School's class of 2009 entered the gymnasium to Buffalo Springfield instead of "Pomp and Circumstance," it was clear Friday's graduation wasn't going to be your typical commencement exercise.

Real estate transactions for May 29 to June 4, 2009

Real estate transactions for May 29 to June 4, 2009

Saturday, June 6

Lost hiker found in Flat Tops Wilderness

A hiker who had been missing for more than 24 hours in the Flat Tops Wilderness was found alive and well Saturday with help from Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers.

Hayden Town Board agrees to settlement

Robinson Construction to work out deal

The Hayden Town Board unanimously agreed to reach a settlement with Robinson Construction concerning faults in the Lake Village subdivision, but Town Manager Russ Martin said there still is work to be done to finalize the deal.

28th-annual Steamboat Marathon as popular as ever

Andy Picking will join nearly 1,700 runners Sunday as they stream down Routt County Road 129 into Steamboat Springs, a massive herd heading for friends and family waiting behind the ropes of the finish line.

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Atlanta-based EntropyFunk at Old Town Pub

Funk group has opened for George Clinton and P-Funk, won acclaim from Creative Loafing Atlanta as best R&B/soul/funk act, and has five records, including one live EP. The show starts at $10.

Emerald Mountain protected from mining, energy permits

Ridge Trail on Emerald Mountain offers quite a commute

The Bureau of Land Management's 4,139-acre Emerald Mountain forest parcel received a new level of protection from the federal government this week.

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Tom Ross: Boat maker tries to stay afloat

In choppy waters, Hog Island carves out new niche

When the economy turns south, an entrepreneurial boat maker must keep a light hand on the tiller and be prepared to set a new course. That's what John St. John has done at Hog Island Boatworks.

The Record for June 4

12:46 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a request for an ambulance. A 49-year-old man reported having chest pains, refused medical transport and was treated on scene.

Travis Darling on to college rodeo finals

Travis Darling, who grew up in Steamboat Springs and finished high school in Ignacio, has qualified for the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo.

US Nordic ski team announced

Steamboat's Lodwick, Demong Spillane to anchor squad

The U.S. Ski Team announced its 2010 Nordic Combined ski team Thursday. There weren't many surprises. Steamboat's Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane will continue to anchor the U.S. squad.

Steamboat briefs: Paving projects are under way through Wednesday

The milling and paving of Whistler Road that began Monday is scheduled to continue until Wednesday. The project is causing minor traffic delays and the rerouting of bus routes. Projects on Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way were completed earlier this week. For information about bus stops and routes, call Steamboat Springs Transit at 879-3717. For information about the city of Steamboat Springs' paving program, call Doug Marsh, street/fleet superintendent, at 879-1807.

Football camp slated for Monday

The push to the regular season is about to heat up for the Steamboat Springs High School football team. The Sailors will hold their summer minicamp next week.

Brassell on waitlist to play basketball in New Hampshire

Nelson Brassell just wants a chance to continue playing basketball. The recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate weighed his options and decided his best bet is to play for a year at a prep school before making a college choice.

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What to do this weekend

What to do for the weekend of June 5 to June 7

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Locals featured on 'Webisode' about active baby boomers

Steamboat Springs resident Phyllis Coletta, 52, and her husband, Bob McConnell, are the first of many couples featured in a series of short online "Webisodes" titled "Fit to Boom."

City may cite Space Station

Owners of vacant business could face future legal action

The city of Steamboat Springs has begun to explore taking legal action against the owners of a vacant convenience store lot in the heart of downtown.

Transfer of development rights could steer growth, save space

The Routt County Planning Commission expressed guarded enthusiasm Thursday night for a new planning tool that could transform the way the county protects highly desirable tracts of open space.

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Rabbit Ears Pass ride 1st of 6 summer events

Jamie Gay, Jeffery Gay and Linnea Dixson couldn't stop smiling as they stood along U.S. Highway 40 atop the western summit of Rabbit Ears Pass east of Steamboat Springs on Thursday evening.

Friday, June 5

Infamous Stringdusters play at 7 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon

The Infamous Stringdusters talked with the Steamboat Pilot & Today about their show at 7 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Steamboat skiers to dominate US team

Brother and sister among members

Lorin Paley was thrilled when she learned she had been named to the U.S. National Telemark Team last month, but she was even happier when she discovered her brother is joining her on the "A" team.

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Artist draws for the community

Leisure Mountain Studio reception for Chrysti Lell on Saturday

The artist knows her market. When Chrysti Lell creates her artwork, she keeps the desires and interests of the Yampa Valley in mind, both for subject matter and selling points.

Jill Delay: Routt County Fair alive at 95

The Routt County Fair is an event during which visitors are exposed to traditions of an increasingly endangered way of life; where everyone can find entertainment, friendly competition and celebrate the land's bounty; and where agriculture and livestock producers can exhibit the fruits of their labor in the fellowship of friends and neighbors.

32 graduate from The Lowell Whiteman School today

Students earn more than $180,000 in 1st-year financial aid

The growth experienced by The Lowell Whiteman School in recent years will be on full display today when the school graduates 32 seniors.

Johnson murder retrial begins in Larimer County

Trial starts Thursday after '01 conviction was overturned

Thomas Lee Johnson's defense attorney told a Larimer County jury Thursday morning that her client indeed killed Lori Bases in her Steamboat Springs home in May 2000 but that he did not plan the attack. Johnson was convicted in Bases' stabbing death in 2001, but the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the conviction in 2006.

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Last stop for veteran school bus driver

Driver's family ran route for 50 years

When Connie Wagner pulls into the Steamboat Springs School District bus barn this evening, she'll be parking a 50-year family legacy along with school bus No. 12.

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Portland band to bring blues, swing to Steamboat

Everyone in The Insomniacs can play a killer blues solo. But that's not what the members of the Portland, Ore., four-piece band are interested in doing.

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Local runner gearing down for Sunday's marathon

Doctor Allen Belshaw, one of Steamboat's most accomplished distance runners, will be running his first Steamboat Marathon on Sunday.

Optimist Club searches for new members

Saturday's barbecue to include free food, rides on Alpine Slide

The Optimist Club is planning a barbecue that starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the playground near the base of Howelsen Hill. The event will offer burgers, hot dogs and beverages, as well as free Howler Alpine Slide rides to the first 30 children.

Steamboat briefs: Corna death investigation continues; Slopeside to reopen this month

The Port Chester, N.Y., Police Department's investigation into the death of Chris Corna continues, Lt. James Ladeairous said Thursday. Ladeairous said there are no updates on the investigation. Corna, who owned Slopeside Grill in Steamboat Springs, died in Port Chester on May 18. His death was ruled a suicide by the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office.

At the movies

"The Hangover" is a comedy that stays weird and wild for the first two-thirds, only to disappoint in the final act. Two and a half stars out of four.

The Record for June 3

1:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a disturbance in the 1400 block of Robert E. Lee Lane where a man reportedly was yelling at someone in a car. Officers arrived, and everything was fine.

Post office plan on track?

Postal Service, developers seek to iron out differences in deal

The vital signs of the real estate deal that would facilitate moving the Steamboat Springs Post Office out of downtown were stabilizing Thursday after U.S. Postal Service officials pulled back from earlier statements that the move was off.

Enjoy First Friday Artwalk

Venture downtown today for June's First Friday Artwalk.

Thursday, June 4

Authorities searching for suspected prankster

Emergency call Wednesday night led to a lengthy search for a reported car crash on Rabbit Ears Pass. Law enforcement officials now think the call was a prank.

Jon Roberts released from California hospital

Steamboat Springs city manager hopes to return to town next week, but still must complete physical therapy for injuries suffered in a Memorial Day weekend skydiving accident.

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4-H'ers hone judging skills on local livestock Wednesday

Youths prepare for competition at Routt County Fair

Eight 4-H youths practiced judging livestock on animals at Larry Belton's ranch in North Routt County in preparation for the county fair in August.

Lettunich making a mark in Portland

SSHS graduate starts on college gridiron

Matt Lettunich loves the game of football. So even when he waited behind players for the better part of his first two and a half years of high school football, Lettunich always knew he wanted to play beyond his prep years.

The Record for June 2, 2009

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of a structure on fire in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Frontage. One unit reportedly was full of smoke, apparently from a cooking incident. Everything was fine.

Target date: Memorial Day 2010

Veterans have new goal in mind for honoring Adams

There's no surrender to two area veterans who have set their sights on formally honoring Craig's sole Medal of Honor recipient, Maj. William E. Adams.

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Quilt guild to showcase work at First Friday Artwalk

Guild displays delectable quilts

Finding quilts for the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild's showcase at the Depot Art Center hasn't been a problem. The group has an exhibit opening Friday.

Steamboat briefs: Local company has started beetle-killed tree removal

Steamboat Springs' Rogue Resources started removing beetle-killed trees at Seedhouse Campground in North Routt County on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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SSWSC to host free weekend at Bald Eagle Lake

Skiers, Telemarkers and snowboarders of all skill levels will be able to soar off the Bald Eagle Lake ramps for free this weekend.

Wolf Mountain Pizza moving to larger location, adding arcade games

Hayden restaurant will take over the building vacated by Quintero's Mexican Restaurant

Stacy Magee has big plans to turn her pizza nook into a sprawling family restaurant. Magee and her husband, Trea, own Wolf Mountain Pizza in Hayden.

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Soprano, teacher Michelle Hess gives final local recital today

Strawberry Park Elementary School instructor will move to the MIdwest this summer

Strawberry Park Elementary School teacher and soprano Michelle Hess has lent her professionally trained voice to many programs since moving to Steamboat five years ago.

YVEA candidates disagree on utility's rate structure

Forum sparks debate about conflicts of interest

Stark differences about Yampa Valley Electric Association's roles and rate structure emerged during a Wednesday night forum featuring candidates for the utility's board of directors.

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Computer instructor Paul Lell offers courses in Yampa

Jim and Nita Naugle have been using computer software to run the finances for their businesses for several years. But because they were self-taught and recently upgraded to new software, Nita said "there are a lot of gaps in our knowledge."

Hayden farmers market proposed

Gardening Club hopes to start Friday evening event

Hayden leaders could move the town toward a new money-generating venture and also resolve an old issue at tonight's Town Board of Trustees meeting.

Competition awaits at Teva Mountain Games

Steamboat residents plan to ride in massive Vail event

Steamboat Springs-based mountain biker Kelly Boniface said she's been eager this season to make the jump from the women's expert division to the pro division in the area mountain biking circuit she travels to attend.

Wednesday, June 3

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Lightning likely is cause of school fire

No students in South Routt Elementary School when blaze broke out Wednesday

A lightning strike is the suspected cause of a fire at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa that kept firefighters busy Wednesday afternoon.

Sports Club offers a chance at the ramp

Free weekend for jumpers of all levels likely on tap at Bald Eagle Lake

Those wondering what it's like to be a freestyle mogul skier or aerialist could have a chance to find out this weekend at Bald Eagle Lake.

Kids and cops cast off for fishing event

Fishing event set for Thursday; Huck Finn Fun Day on Saturday

When most people think of law enforcement "reeling them in," something other than flies and poles comes to mind. But with the annual Kids and Cops Fishing Day on Thursday, members of the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol and Craig Police Department will be after a different kind of catch.

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Gallery show shines light on various mediums

The "Light Translations" collection opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Artists' Gallery, featuring mixed media art by Maggie Smith, paintings by Susan Corser and fabric art by Wendy Kowynia.

Steamboat Highlands wins zoning approval

Urban renewal authority projects will go to bid next year

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved a zoning amendment for the proposed Steamboat Highlands project on Burgess Creek Road, changing the 1.4-acre parcel's zoning from low-density residential to a high-density resort area designation.

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7th Street field to be restored

Site could be sodded next week to become multi-use park

School district officials said the Seventh Street field that was the site of the temporary Soda Creek Elementary School soon will return to its former use as a park. Rick Denney, facilities director for the Steamboat Springs School District, said crews could sod the field next to the school district office as soon as June 10, weather permitting.

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Sports briefs: Lacrosse wraps up season

The Steamboat Youth Lacrosse sixth-grade red team made the finals of the Warrior-Brine Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree during the weekend.

Letter to the editor: Vaccinate infants

National Infant Immunization Week (April 25 to May 2) was a great success and a reminder that you can shield your children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Bob Printy and Tony Weiss: Repugnant report

Dear Congressman Salazar, On Memorial Day, a special combined meeting of American Legion Post 44 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 was held in Steamboat Springs. A motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously that we ask you to seek the resignation, removal or impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Al White: Acknowledgement

Open letter to Rick Akin: I readily acknowledge and accept your criticism of my legislative efforts ("It's all about ideas," May 31 in the Steamboat Pilot & Today). Unfortunately, I can't please all the people all the time. However, I think in order to provide some context for your criticism, you should acknowledge some of my many accomplishments.

No Boys and Girls Club for Oak Creek

All donations to be returned

The town of Oak Creek raised $2,200 toward the creation of a new Boys and Girls Club branch in town, under the guidance of former Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio. That amount, however, didn't come close to the $40,000 required to start a club, and the town is now in the process of repaying the money to all 13 donors.

Sen. Al White gives ominous outlook to Rotarians on Tuesday

White: More fiscal pain to come

During a legislative update to the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club on Tuesday, state Sen. Al White gave his opinions about several high-profile bills from this year's legislative session and gave an ominous outlook for next year, when he said budget cuts could be even tougher as the state continues to deal with declining revenues.

County commissioners address Hayden residents' questions about fairgrounds, cuts, gravel

About 10 people attended the Board of Commissioners chat Tuesday night at Hayden Town Hall. Several folks sprinkled commissioners Diane Mitsch Bush, Doug Monger and Nancy Stahoviak with concerns about events at the Routt County Fairgrounds.

The Record for June 1

Monday, June 1 1:45 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious incident near mile marker 4 on Routt County Road 14.

Steamboat briefs: Public meeting with wildlife commissioners tonight

Colorado Wildlife Commissioners Roy McAnally, of Craig, and Dorothea Farris, of Carbondale, host a public meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Division of Wildlife office, 925 Weiss Drive, to get input on wildlife issues.

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Joanne Palmer: Summer-izing your life

I think I might be able to take advantage of one or two lazy summer days before the snow flies, but first I have to "summer-ize" myself, the yard, the dog and my bike. I need to buy more sunscreen, find my swim goggles, fix my summer sandals and do something about the brown spots in the yard. My to-do list is long, and my days are a flurry of hurry-scurry activities.

REPS meeting draws 40 people to talk about suicide, grief

The 40 people who attended a forum about suicide, grief and death Tuesday night were told biological causes and personal stories of suicide. But they also were told that there may never be a final answer.

YVEA candidates debate tonight

Campaigns raise issues of renewable energy, consumer costs

Candidates for Yampa Valley Electric Association's Board of Directors will debate their very different visions for the cooperative at a forum at 6 p.m. today.

Our View: Oak Creek needs its own police force

To better serve and protect its residents, the Oak Creek Town Board should heed the advice of its community focus group and re-establish the town's police department.

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Yampa Street home demolished

House bought in 1973 featured 'The Turtle Lounge,' homemade hot tub

Neil Bergman let out a little sigh Monday afternoon as a track hoe unceremoniously lifted the homemade hot tub out of the back deck of his former home at 655 Yampa St.

Tuesday, June 2

Unoccupied North Routt cabin destroyed in fire

No injuries reported in Tuesday morning blaze at Elk River Guest Ranch

A cabin at the Elk River Guest Ranch, built in the early 1900s, burned down Tuesday morning. The cabin was unoccupied and nobody was injured in the fire off Seedhouse Road.

County lays out layoffs

Commissioners will be presented initial round of cuts in July

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to a process for identifying the positions it will cut in response to budget shortfalls.

Woman shares financial advice

Jo-Ann Holst explains concepts at event

Jo-Ann Holst poured financial information across a packed room Monday evening.

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Soda Creek's LeBrun named district Teacher of the Year

Picture a room of 7- and 8-year-olds seated on the floor, meditating. If you can imagine them sitting cross-legged, elbows resting on their knees, arms outstretched in front of them at 45-degree angles, many with their eyes closed, you'll get a better sense of what life is like at times in Laura LeBrun's class.

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Jimmy Westlake: June's sky highlights

There's lots of action in the skies over Colorado this coming month, and much of it focuses on the clustering of bright planets forming in our pre-dawn sky. The brightest of all planets, dazzling Venus, reaches its greatest elongation 46 degrees west of the sun Friday.

The Record for May 31

Sunday, May 31

Steamboat Briefs: Registration is under way 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. The 3/4-mile swim event is on a point-to-point course in Lake Catamount.

CMC prepares for less revenue

College must trim from budget, could increase spring tuition

Declining revenue has forced Colorado Mountain College to cut next year's budget and consider increasing tuition. CMC's budget had to be trimmed from $62.6 million this year to $61.2 million for the 2009-10 school year.

Tapping fees down

Water board cuts rate after increase

When the tap fees at Stagecoach increased from $8,000 to $30,000 per new home, the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District heard plenty of feedback from residents, landowners and real estate agents.

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Base area issues move into spotlight

Council to discuss URA contracts, requested zoning change

Base area issues continue to be a major focus of the Steamboat Springs City Council, which tonight will discuss a requested zoning change on Burgess Creek Road and the city's contracts for projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Tom Ross: Grandpa's '52 Buick Super screamed down Twentymile

On the day after General Motors entered bankruptcy, it's worth recalling that there was a time, 50 years ago and more, when Routt County residents frequently boarded a train to travel 1,400 miles to Flint, Mich., just to retrieve their new Buicks.

Monday, June 1

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Luke Graham: 3-sport athletes aren't a thing of the past

Choosing the Routt County High School Athletes of the Year is never as easy as I'd like it to be. It's certainly not hard to come up with a list of worthy local athletes. But choosing just one can be a tedious venture.

REPS offers help

Suicide, depression forum is Tuesday

The death of a loved one, friend or coworker from suicide can leave the survivors numb and overcome with shock and disbelief. This, Ronna Autrey knows well.

Rugby side claims title

Steamboaters help lift Aspen-based team to national championship

Michael Hurley said he ducked between two defenders and ran as fast as he possibly could. "I don't know what I'm doing half the time," the Steamboat-based rugby player said. "But I ran like my life depended on it."

Deb Babcock: What to do if a big chill is predicted

Fooled again, huh? It happens every year. The weather turns warm in May, the garden centers entice us with newly arrived plants, which we immediately place in the garden. Then, the nights turn cold, and we experience a frost.

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat Springs School Board meets tonight

The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 6 p.m. today in Centennial Hall at 124 10th St. The first agenda item is recognition of the 2008-09 Teacher of the Year for the Steamboat Springs School District.

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Carnival a hit with crowd

Organizers for school fundraiser happy with results

This wasn't the ordinary Steamboat Springs carnival. In the Meadows parking lot during the weekend, rides and the standard boardwalk-type games - not to mention the funnel cakes and cotton candy - created a county fair atmosphere for many local families.

The Record for May 30

Saturday, May 30

Aging well: Awareness key to stopping elder abuse

Editor's Note: This article first was published Aug. 8, 2008. Information has been updated for accuracy.

Mary Walker: Where snakes smell like potatoes

One Sunday, I was walking back to the Rescue Centre from church with Fridah, who at 10 years old is the oldest of four AIDS-orphaned siblings.

Monday Medical: Swaddling babies brings comfort

Have you ever found the perfect gift? A gift you knew would be appreciated and useful? This is a story of such a gift, and it may be given to someone you know.