Stories for March 2009


Tuesday, March 31

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Despite low turnout, Hayden approves Charter Commission

Group will draft town governance charter

Only 8 percent of registered town voters turned out for election. Nine-member Charter Commission will now draft document that could move Hayden from statutory to home-rule status.

Yampa residents told to drink bottled water

Water line break will close elementary school Wednesday and Thursday

Yampa residents should use bottled water for drinking, food preparation and other uses after the town's main water line broke Monday night.

Ski area unveils 2009-10 season pass rates

Adult pass costs $879 with reduced price through June 1

A 2009-10 adult season pass to Steamboat Ski Area costs $879 through June 1, as part of a new pre-season rates package that includes adding unlimited Copper Mountain and Winter Park access for $40.

Steamboat Briefs: Driver falls asleep, crashes into 3 cars in Hayden

A 27-year-old Craig man fell asleep at the wheel Sunday morning as he drove through Hayden, crashing into three cars parked outside Hayden Congregational Church.

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Jimmy Westlake: April's sky highlights

Now that spring is here, stargazers are heading outdoors to enjoy Northwest Colorado's clear, dark skies. Here are some of the celestial highlights you can look forward to during April:

More full-day kindergarten options available this year

Kindergarten enrollment should be a less stressful affair this year in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Springs School District plans to offer 25 percent more spaces in full-day kindergarten classes for the 2009-10 school year.

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Ski area set to crack down

Authorities won't tolerate abusive behavior on April Fools' Day

Ugly incidents on past April Fools' Days have prompted Steamboat Ski Area to launch a campaign to promote appropriate behavior this year. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the Ski Patrol are working with businesses and young people to encourage respectful behavior Wednesday.

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DA: Bring trial back to Moffat County

Prosecutors ask judge to reconsider venue in murder case

The legal wrangling in a Moffat County murder case continued Monday morning with a prosecution filing asking the presiding judge to reconsider trial venue.

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Proposal worries cyclists

Baumgardner: 2-abreast amendment protects all road users

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner has angered some cycling groups with an effort to curtail riders' ability to ride two abreast on state highways, but the Hot Sulphur Springs Republican said his amendment is for the safety of all road users, including cyclists.

CSAPs wind down

Testing is nearly complete across Routt County

Weeks of filling in bubbles with No. 2 pencils are coming to an end for Routt County students as Colorado Student Assessment Program tests draw to a close.

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Sailors girls soccer starts fast

Sailors' 6 1st-half goals propel them past Bulldogs

The wind cutting across the surface of Gardner Field on Monday afternoon was frigid, but not even the cold seemed to slow Steamboat Springs High School's red-hot offense. The Sailors girls soccer team rolled to a 7-0 victory against the winless Moffat County Bulldogs.

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Tom Ross: Born to be mild

Harley Davidson rejects the recession, why can't we?

Have you ever stopped to wonder how our approach to coping with the recession in Steamboat Springs might change if all our elected public officials rode Harleys?

The Record for March 29

Sunday, March 29

Monday, March 30

Sports briefs: Steamboat skiers show well at national events

Steamboat Spring Winter Sports Club skier Emiko Torito finished third in Sunday's dual moguls competition at the U.S. National Freestyle skiing event at Squaw Valley, Calif.

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Locals win big at NASTAR

Steamboat skiers bring home once-in-a-lifetime trip with victories

Rob Zehner isn't exactly sure where to find the medal he won at last year's NASTAR National Championships Race of Champions. Maybe his parents' house, he decided. Zehner's not likely to forget the prize he got for winning this year's race.

The Record for March 28

Saturday, March 28

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Jumpers take a dip

Penguin Plunge raises $65,704 for mammogram equipment at YVMC

Wigs, hats and props went soaring Saturday as Penguin Plunge teams leapt into water some joker labeled "a balmy 32 degrees." The penguins bobbed up immediately, gasping and wearing expressions of abject horror.

Steamboat briefs: Integrated Community seeks volunteers, donations

Integrated Community is seeking volunteers to help teach English as a second language classes, along with promoting self-sufficiency and work readiness to new community members from foreign countries or cultures.

Workshop to help jobless find work

Recruiting, HR expert to offer tips at CMC

A human-resources expert and CMC are teaming up to toss a line to people looking for work. Karen Goedert runs Columbine Consulting, a human resources consulting firm, and Resort Recruiters.

Monday Medical: Thank a doctor today to show that you care

They are there on day one to bring us into the world. In our most vulnerable moments, they are who we turn to for care. They are our physicians. Today is National Doctor's Day, a little-known observation for a profession relevant to us all.

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Aging well: Yoga's many gifts and rewards

Joan Gibbs takes the most direct route to yoga class in Steamboat Springs. After class, she chooses to drive the meandering back roads toward her home in Oak Creek.

Hayden's home-rule vote set for Tuesday

Residents will choose governing option

Hayden voters will decide Tuesday whether to push ahead with a switch from statutory to home rule. The town is scheduled to vote on whether to form a Charter Commission to write a home-rule charter. If that question is approved, voters also will elect nine commission members.

Deb Babcock: Shall we plant greens? Lettuce.

At one time, it's my understanding, the Yampa Valley was a big producer of salad greens and supplied wholesalers throughout the Front Range with sweet, tasty salad fixings.

Sunday, March 29

Sailors baseball drops 2 on the road

Steamboat Springs High School baseball coach Dave Roy said he saw improvement and solid baseball from his team through portions of Saturday's doubleheader at Delta.

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Steamboat wrestlers strong at home

Grapplers dominate tournament on their turf Saturday

Saturday's home tournament marked the final chance most of the Steamboat Springs junior high wrestlers to make a statement. The message that emerged was that wrestling still has a future in Ski Town USA.

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Painter expands style, uses work for humanitarian projects

Last spring, Steamboat Springs studio painter Susan Schiesser bought a couple of tubes of colored glitter to decorate an egg she was painting for a fundraiser. It seemed like a reasonable embellishment.

John F. Russell: Something missing at Nordic party

It was the kind of celebration that comes around maybe once, or let's say twice, in a guy's career. On March 20, a smiling Todd Lodwick celebrated his 2009 World Championship victories with a few hundred people at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, and then again a few hours later with a group of close friends and supporters at Olympian Hall.

Towny Anderson: Sales tax and community character

The recent City Council debate about requiring big box retail in the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation, coupled with our current precipitous decline in sales tax revenues, once again has brought the sales tax discussion to the fore.

Best of the Web for March 29

The real sad thing here is that people need to be "educated" about not destroying the Yampa. Don't throw trash in the river and obey the rules. Seems pretty simple to me. I think it says more about our society than anything else. (It's a) "rules apply to everybody else but me" attitude.

The Record for March 27

Friday, March 27

Jail Report for March 21 to March 27

Saturday, March 21

Our View: Curb underage drinking

A perfect alcohol compliance check last week demonstrated the success city efforts have had in fighting liquor sales to underage consumers, but there's more work to be done. The Steamboat Springs City Council could aid those efforts tremendously by voting in favor of a social host ordinance April 7.

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Gray named region's Engineering Technician of the Year

Gary Gray's former supervisor noticed one thing about him from the get-go. "If you walk into the office, Gary's probably working hard at his computer," Claudia Hill said. "And he's probably not wearing shoes."

Steamboat briefs: Tickets on sale for 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

Tickets are available for a local adaptation of the Broadway musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," sponsored by Colorado Mountain College. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students or seniors. Tickets can be purchased with cash only at Epilogue Book Co. and at the door. Performances are at 7 p.m. April 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. April 11 at the Steamboat Springs High School theater.

Gretchen Van De Carr and the board and staff of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps: Thank you

We, the board and staff at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, would like to thank the community for the overwhelming congratulations on our recent acquisition of more than $238,000 in stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Richard Rickerson: Power to the states

Eight state legislatures have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution - Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.

Richard Levy: Protect our state

I am concerned about being able to continue to enjoy the things we take for granted: clean air, clean water, unpolluted lands and the outdoors with its beautiful wildlife. These factors also will be key to our economic viability.

John C. Doolittle: Obama's radicalism

Obama's radicalism is killing the country.

Business file: Lending workshop set for 11:30 a.m. Friday

The final forum is Friday in the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Surviving and Thriving in Tough Times series. The event is titled: "Where's the Money? Local and Regional Lending Environment." State and local finance experts will lead the discussion for businesspeople.

Joel Reichenberger: Midwest racers measure up

It looked like any of the 1,000 scenes that have played out this or any winter in Steamboat Springs.

Chris Kipfer: Times past

One of Steamboat's best attributes as a destination resort is our town's friendliness. Perhaps the incident that I will describe is an isolated outrage that comes with hard times.

Looking back for March 30, 1934: Rabbit Ears road will be kept open all year

From the Friday, March 30, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Haymaker debt payment influences fees

Golf course rates increase to cover clubhouse costs

Fee increases this year for locals looking to play golf at city-owned Haymaker Golf Course were driven partly by the city's need to make a $1.5 million "balloon payment" on the course's clubhouse in 2013.

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Victory at Durango keeps boys undefeated

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team got another first look at a new conference rival Saturday, beating Durango, 11-3, at DHS Stadium to move to 6-0 in the Mountain Conference.

Florida developer proposes 272 home sites in Stagecoach

A Florida-based water resource engineer hoping to develop 272 new building lots on the shoulder of Woodchuck Mountain near Stagecoach Lake State Park has entered the county planning process with a development he says could take 15 to 20 years to fully realize.

Real estate transactions for March 18 to 24

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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$100K price drop finds a buyer in Whistler

When the four-bedroom family home in Whistler Meadows came back on the market after the first of the year, it lasted 38 days before it went under contract - even in a real estate market that has limped along in a struggling economic environment.

On the market: March comes in like : you fill in the blank

March comes in like : you fill in the blank

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Katherine Ingalls still riding down road to recovery

The answer, according to those that know her, is simple: Katherine Ingalls is a great athlete with an iron will. The questions are more complex. How could she come back from a devastating injury?

Class notes: Routt County Wrestling Club looking for wrestlers

Routt County Wrestling Club looking for wrestlers

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CMC readies for recession bump

College has not seen increased enrollment because of economy

As the recession shrinks budgets and tightens belts, Colorado Mountain College is reminding potential students that they have an education available at a bargain price.

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Sprout hopes to create, connect gardens

Whether it's in a greenhouse or an old horse bucket, Lisa Lee Benjamin wants to see a garden in your yard.

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3 Steamboat juniors push lacrosse team over the top

It wasn't hard to find Steamboat Springs High School juniors Garret Ehrick, Tyler Samlowski or Drew Ruff during the summer. As creatures of habit, they would meet at 10 a.m. at Gardner Field nearly every day.

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Recession leaves varied mark on location-neutral businesses

Location-neutral work comes in all forms across Routt County, but the employees and companies share a common denominator. They rely on forces outside the Yampa Valley for their livelihood.

Leslie Faulkner: Change sign codes

The relationship business owners have with the city of Steamboat Springs is symbiotic. We need each other to make things work. It is a mutual relationship, and we need to work together.

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Steamboat crime rates stagnant

Offenses, police staffing levels stay steady

The amount of crime reported in Steamboat Springs, the percentage of cases solved each year by police officers and the number of police officers working for the department have all stayed about the same in recent years. The only remarkable change is an increase in burglaries of more than 80 percent.

Editorial Cartoon for March 29, 2009

Editorial Cartoon for March 29, 2009

Lawyer Lawrence Glueck offers advice about bankruptcy, debt

If you ask Lawrence Glueck what typically causes bankruptcies, he almost laughs - not because it's funny, but because it's obvious.

Routt County Spotlight: J.R. Thompson

Name: J.R. Thompson

Saturday, March 28

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Students take to the hoops as prize for reading contest

March Madness took over Clinton Bradt's life for the past four weeks. The Christian Heritage School first-grader wasn't busy filling out brackets; he was reading books as fast as he could.

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Strings Music Festival tickets go on sale Monday

2009 season concert highlights include The Neville Brothers

Individual concert tickets for the 2009 Strings Music Festival season go on sale Monday. Season highlights include New Orleans funk legends The Neville Brothers and Celtic pop band Gaelic Storm.

Sailors lacrosse scores early in 10-4 win

The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team rolled to a huge first-half lead Friday against the Grand Valley Lightning in Grand Junction.

Steamboat briefs: Local R.N. earns asthma educator certification

Victoria Barron, R.N., recently passed the National Asthma Education Certification Board exam and is now a certified asthma educator, or AE-C. A certified asthma educator is an expert in teaching, educating and counseling individuals with asthma and their families to help them minimize the impact of asthma on their quality of life. Barron is available as a community resource for education and information related to asthma and other pulmonary diseases. She works as a community health educator for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association with a focus on pulmonary screening programs.

Lean times for county officials

Department leaders come to terms with personnel budget cuts

Routt County Assessor Mike Kerrigan had words of encouragement for his fellow department leaders Friday as they tackled the prospect of laying off as many as 30 employees this spring and then cutting a couple of new holes in their belts.

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SSHS production of Neil Simon's 'Fool' meant to be silly

Neil Simon's "Fools" is so silly the high school students putting it on almost feel bad laughing at the play's jokes.

District Attorney defends charges

Oldham: Decision in Lopez death based on legal definitions, burden of proof

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said she's confident she made the right decision by filing assault charges against Eduardo and David Capote.

Base area committee faces difficult choice

Members of the committee working on construction of a creekside public promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area face a decision: ask Steamboat Springs City Council to back an eight-figure construction project in 2010, or settle for a $5 million utility project in 2009.

The Record for March 26

4:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a request for agency assistance on U.S. Highway 40 near M&M Auto, where a four-door green car was involved in an accident. There were no injuries and the case was handed to Colorado State Patrol.

Friday, March 27

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Tobacco tax to increase

Revenue to go toward health care for children; smokers call hike unfair

Smokers and chewers will burn more bucks buying tobacco when a federal tax increase goes into effect Wednesday. The excise tax will increase from 39 cents to $1.01 for a pack of cigarettes, generating revenue for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Sports briefs: Winter Sports Club skiers make JO podiums

Michael DeGrandis and Alissa Pinkoski led the way for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle team March 11 to 15 at the Freestyle Junior Olympics in Waterville Valley, N.H.

Locals play D-I rugby in Aspen

If it were up to Michael Hurley, every single day would include some sort of rugby.

Chix with Stix ice Vail Breakaways, 5-2

Ask Chix with Stix coach Tim Shorland to name his favorite team to play against, and he will not hesitate. Vail.

Underage buyers denied in liquor checks

A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old were turned down at 13 stores where they tried to buy alcohol March 20, as all establishments checked by the Steamboat Springs Police Department passed alcohol compliance checks.

Planning Commission OKs extra growth

Commissioners offer target build-out numbers for west of town

When asked to identify a target number of residential units to accommodate in the community's growth area west of the city, Steamboat Springs planning commissioners answered with numbers that varied by about 10,000 units.

Steamboat briefs: Deadline is today for absent voters in Hayden

Today is the deadline for Hayden voters who want to register for an absent voter ballot. The town is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether it wants to elect a home-rule Charter Commission, which would put the town on the path from statutory to home rule.

Diann Ritschard: Forest to receive beetle-kill tree removal funds

The U.S. Forest Service has announced its selection of the first 10 percent of projects created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of this initial round of projects identified, the Routt National Forest will receive $2.2 million in ARRA funds to remove beetle-killed trees from roadsides in Routt, Jackson and Grand counties. In addition to providing the opportunity to create or retain jobs to complete these projects, the removal of the dead trees will maintain access for the public, emergency vehicles, power lines and communication sites, all for greater public safety. These efforts also increase firefighter safety and ingress/egress in the event of forest fires, as well as creating fuel breaks to help contain fires.

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Rob Douglas: Why no manslaughter charge?

The question being asked throughout the Yampa Valley this week is: Why wasn't Eduardo Capote Jr. charged with manslaughter, instead of assault, for his role in the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez?

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Fundraising concert will be a dance for hope

Come, Let's Dance concert will benefit orphans in Uganda

During her benefit concert for Come, Let's Dance on Saturday, Denver blues singer Hazel Miller will have everyone dancing. If they're not, Miller is going to want to know why.

On scene: Another year at Rio

When you move to a new spot, it seems as though every experience you have in the first month or so creates a memory. I remember the first lunch I had at Winona's. I remember my first night at the Tugboat with freshly minted friends. And I remember last year's anniversary party at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant.

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Museum shop open to new artists

Botanical illustration exhibit the main theme for summer 2009

The staff of the Steamboat Art Museum's gift shop hopes to have broadened the representation of local artists and craftspeople when the shop opens May 21 for the summer season.

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Proud to be a jam band

The Heavy Pets embrace long solos and diverse influences

Traveling in a tour van from Aspen to their next show in Breckenridge, Florida-bred jam rock band The Heavy Pets have one question they want to answer and one they don't.

Margaret Hair: Recent interview highlights

The following are my recent favorite ways a band has expressed the sheer power its Steamboat Springs performance will pack.

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Interstate Stash Express plays two nights at the pub

Boulder-area band gets double billing at OTP this weekend

Boulder-area rock band Interstate Stash Express doesn't mind doing things the way they might have been done 15 years ago - before online promotion blitzes or digitally corrected vocals or anything else that might require a rock band to have more members than can fit in a dirty van.

Court of Appeals: School Board violated Open Meetings Law

The Steamboat Springs School Board violated the state's Open Meetings Law when it failed to properly announce the topic of a closed-door meeting Jan. 8, 2007, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

The Record for March 25

1:21 a.m. Police arrested a 32-year-old Hayden man on suspicion of driving under the influence after a traffic stop at Yampa and Ninth streets. A passenger in the car was taken to detox.

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Administrators to keep roles

School Board approves contract renewal package, 4-0

All seven administrators in the Steamboat Springs School District will keep their roles for the upcoming school year after the Steamboat Springs School Board approved their contract renewal package in a 4-0 vote.

Swing and salsa workshops feature visiting instructor

When ballroom instructor Roxanne Maier looks out on a dance floor, she doesn't expect to see a particular type of person.

Thursday, March 26

Fatka's prison time stands

Motion for sentence reduction fails in Alpine Bank theft case

Terry Fatka's attempt to reduce her eight years of prison time based on her cooperation with investigators in the theft of $1.3 million from Alpine Bank fell flat Thursday morning as Judge Shelley Hill reiterated her initial sentence.

Elk calf released back into wild

Yearling had been attacked by dogs

With the help of a local veterinarian and the Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a yearling bull elk was recently released back into the wild after suffering injuries during a dog attack.

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Homeowners group settles years-long lawsuit

Torian Plum owners come out with $294,000 in agreement

A Steamboat Springs homeowners group has settled a years-long lawsuit related to concrete problems.

Steamboat junior high wrestlers host tournament Saturday

Steamboat is set to host the season-ending junior high wrestling tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school. The tournament should run until about 3 p.m.

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Tubing concerns discussed at work session meeting

Additional enforcement, education among strategies discussed

Dozens of strategies were debated Wednesday to mitigate impacts of tubing the town stretch of the Yampa River.

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Racers ready for NASTAR

4-day National Championships start today at Steamboat Ski Area

Nearly 1,400 racers take to the starting gates beginning today in the four-day NASTAR National Championships at Steamboat Ski Area. Racers are broken down by age and skill. Top racers qualify for Sunday's Race of Champions, and a shot at training in South America this summer with the U.S. Ski Team.

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Steamboat springs back to winter

Snow expected to fall at least through next week

The tease of spring disappeared and will remain out of reach until at least next week, forecasters said Wednesday.

The Record for March 24

1:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a person on suspicion of driving under the influence, violation of bond conditions and speeding following a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Tree removal ahead of schedule at Steamboat Lake

Estimate of available holiday campsites could double to 90

Removal of dead lodgepole pines from campgrounds at Steamboat Lake State Park is proceeding faster than first hoped, and as many as 90 campsites could be available for Memorial Day weekend.

Mary Walker: Kenya is in disarray

I arrived in Kenya last week. It is staggering how much the country has deteriorated in just the three months that I have been away.

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CMC resort management professors earn top honors

Instructors selected by peers, students

Two resort management instructors received top awards at Colorado Mountain College.

Sailors girls soccer host Bulldogs tonight

As Steamboat re-enters Western Slope League play at 7 p.m. today against rival Moffat County, coach Rob Bohlmann said at this point, the Sailors can't worry about the name of their opponent.

Steamboat briefs: Homemaker Guild offers 'second chance scholarship'

The Colorado Master Farm Homemaker Guild is offering a $500 scholarship to a Colorado woman with an agricultural background.

Wednesday, March 25

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Grant will help serve youths

Advocates receives $20,000 to bolster its education program

Youths in Routt County will get extra attention through a recent grant to Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. The group received $20,000 this month from the Women's Foundation of Colorado.

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School District's cost-of-living pay raises may be frozen next year

Step increases will be allowed based on experience

Steamboat Springs School District employees may not get a cost-of-living pay increase next year, but district administrators are hopeful staff will not see pay cuts, either.

Shell water rights opponents band together

County signs common interest agreement with towns, water district

Routt County, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District and the towns of Oak Creek and Yampa will pool their resources in opposing Shell Oil's application to take 375 cubic feet of water per second from the Yampa River west of Craig.

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J4 skiers put up top results

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine J4 ski team concluded its season Saturday at the Rocky Central J4 Junior Olympics in Winter Park. Ten Steamboat athletes represented the SSWSC J4 team.

Soroco track looks for big year

There is a good feeling around the Soroco High School track and field team right now. Despite not being on an actual track yet, when third-year coach David Bruner takes a glance at his roster it's not hard to see why there are lots of expectations on the Rams.

Huyser ready to begin rehab process

Clayton Huyser has struggled for almost two months in a Denver hospital to recover from a rare brain disease that left him nearly dead Jan. 29. After a series of brain surgeries and removal of part of his skull, the 20-year-old Hayden native is ready to make the trip to a rehabilitation center.

Blair R. Picard: Countering Hofmeister

Mr. Gary Hofmeister's commentary of March 8, 2009, warrants a response - a response from someone who, in 35 years of voting, never voted Democrat until this past election.

The Record for March 23

1 a.m. Police responded to a suspicious incident reported on Short Street where a car reportedly was parked strangely and driving from the house to a large trash container.

Steamboat briefs: Woman receives citation after accident with cyclist

Kathy Whaley was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury in conjunction with a March 19 accident near Lake Catamount that injured a local cyclist, Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said Tuesday.

Court briefs: Fatka to appear in court Thursday

Terri Dawn Moody Fatka, who pleaded guilty to her role in the theft of $1.3 million from Alpine Bank from 2004 to 2008, will appear in Routt County Court at 9 a.m. Thursday morning for a restitution hearing.

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Routt County population increases 3 percent

Elbow room is shrinking steadily in Routt County, according to new Census estimates. The county population increased 3 percent from 2007 to 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

Peter Van De Carr: Respect the Yampa

To the Colorado Division of Wildlife: I'm writing this letter to publicly thank you for the awesome job you've done raising funds to create and maintain our sport fishing habitat through downtown Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Friday closures worth a try

By opting to close City Hall on Fridays, the city of Steamboat Springs appears to have come up with a practical solution to a challenging issue.

County open to road financing

Steamboat 700 developers received good news Tuesday from Routt County commissioners, who said they are willing to help fund U.S. 40 upgrades within the boundaries of the West Steamboat Springs Area Plan.

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Family of Lopez wanted tougher charges

Police also were looking for more severe charges in Lopez case

The sister of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, along with police officers involved in the investigation of Lopez's death, said they would have liked to have seen more severe charges filed against the two Miami brothers accused of playing a role in his death.

Tuesday, March 24

Amber Alert issued for two missing Aurora girls

Law enforcement on lookout for children and father, 38-year-old Brian Patterson

The alert is effective statewide in Colorado and Wyoming. Brianna Patterson, 4, and her sister, Aliyah, 3, have not been seen since Monday.

The Record for March 22

Sunday, March 22

Steamboat briefs: Domestic violence group looking for volunteers

Domestic violence group looking for volunteers

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Jimmy Westlake: The dippers of spring

The celestial Bears, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, are coming out of their winter hibernation and can be seen parading around the north celestial pole this month. Better known in the U.S. as the Big and Little Dippers, these star patterns are recognized and loved by all.

Steamboat 700 to debate roads, density this week

The Steamboat 700 development team hopes to earn a commitment today from Routt County government that it will devote tax revenue generated in west Steamboat to the financing of infrastructure improvements in the area. In a letter to the commissioners, Steamboat 700 attorney Bob Weiss wrote that developers will pay their pro rata share for improvements.

Elk River snowpack still above average

The water stored in the snowpack in the mountains of Northwest Colorado is headed in the wrong direction. But the percentage decrease in snow-water equivalent is not necessarily because the snow at high elevation is melting.

2 cyclists hurt this month

Routt County Riders urges caution as weather warms

As winter gives way to spring, the Routt County Riders bicycle club is urging motorists and cyclists to be mindful of one another. At least two cyclists already have been injured this year in accidents involving vehicles.

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Tom Ross: Endorphins help relieve mud season blues

The key to mud season mental health management can be as simple as perfecting the manufacture of your own endorphins. I binged on crust skiing and cycling during the weekend, and the result was mild euphoria.

Monday, March 23

DOW wants "Bear Aware" volunteers

As local bears emerge from hibernation, residents asked to participate in education efforts. Click here for amazing photos of a local black bear family.

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Witnesses: Brothers attacked Lopez

David and Eduardo Capote appear in court via videoconference

Arrest warrant reveals detailed information about Jan. 2 fight that led to soldier's death. Eduardo and David Capote appeared in Routt County Court on Monday and have been allowed to return to Miami until their next court date.

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Disability organizations team up for 3-day ski venture

Eight-year-old Cathryn Gray isn't new to mountains. She climbed several with her father back near her home in Atlanta, she explained Sunday afternoon. Skiing, on the other hand, proved an entirely new experience.

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Luke Graham: Small town no big deal for Hinder

Barry Every has been around college football recruiting for almost as long as highly touted Steamboat Springs High School quarterback Austin Hinder has been alive. Every spent 13 years working at North Carolina, Florida State and Georgia. Now, he's a national recruiting analyst for

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Tom Thurston completes Iditarod

He made it. And the first thing Tom Thurston did upon crossing the Iditarod finish line in Nome, Alaska, was pucker up for the engines that made it happen.

Winter returns to Steamboat Springs

Friday was the first day of spring, but winter hasn't taken its last stand in the Yampa Valley.

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Swanson, astronauts get Sunday off

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson and his colleagues in orbit finally got a break Sunday as NASA scrambled down below to put together a spacewalking repair plan for a jammed equipment platform at the international space station.

The Record for March 21

Saturday, March 21

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today

Steamboat School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today

Sports briefs: Brittany Long leads Steamboat in track

Brittany Long led the Steamboat Springs High School track team Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction.

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Obama retools campaign tactics

Local volunteers join nationwide effort Saturday

Several local volunteers participated Saturday in an unprecedented campaign remobilization to press support for President Barack Obama's ambitious federal budget.

Deb Babcock: Planting seeds

The seed packets we purchase generally tell us when to sow our seeds, how many days to germination and how many days to maturity. However, in our Steamboat Springs climate, sometimes, it makes sense to hedge our bets on spring-planted seeds by sowing at least part of them indoors a couple months before taking the seedlings outdoors. With the excellent possibility of a spring frost as late as mid-June, the growing season here is quite short - just 59 days.

Monday Medical: Can diabetes be prevented?

As a pastry chef, Amy was doubly concerned when she learned that her mother had developed Type 2 diabetes - concerned about her mother and concerned about herself.

Aging Well: Preparing for the unthinkable

The "it can't happen here" mentality makes Jim Johnsen's job challenging.

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City, DOW say additional tubing regulations may be unnecessary

The city of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Division of Wildlife are shying away from additional regulations as they prepare to take their second look in as many months at tubing on the Yampa River.

Sunday, March 22

Winter returning to Steamboat Springs

Rain expected to turn to snow late Sunday night. Snow and heavy snow through Monday night will lead to accumulations of 5 to 10 inches.

Real estate transactions for March 12 to 17, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - COMBS, DAVID D and COMBS, MARIAN T To WILLE, ROD M For SEC 36 T 5N R 86W SEC 31 T 5N R 85W - $160,000

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Effects of embezzlement still felt as families, bank rebuild

The fallout from the theft of $1.3 million from Steamboat Springs' branch of Alpine Bank was described during the sentencing of Pamela Jean Williams on March 17 as a "ripple" with "compounding effects" for the victims, the bank and the community.

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Job opportunities for graduates steadily decline

Graduation is just two months away, and Emily Krall doesn't know a single classmate with a job offer. "Most of my friends have given up looking for a job and are going to travel," said Krall, a Steamboat Springs native and senior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Sailors have 4 doubles teams, 1 singles player place at tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team had one individual and all four doubles teams place at the highly competitive Western Slope Open tennis tournament in Grand Junction on Saturday.

Thurston crosses sea, nears Iditarod finish

Oak Creek musher Tom Thurston pulled into the checkpoint at Elim at about noon Saturday and has just 95 miles remaining in the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska.

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Steamboat Springs' Austin Hinder a 'premier player'

Three years ago, Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch had just finished a team meeting and film session with his varsity players. Instead of trudging home, Finch went to look at the next generation of Steamboat football players.

The Record for March 20

12:54 a.m. A 21-year-old Washington, D.C., man was arrested on suspicion of DUI at Bob Adams Drive and 12th Street in Steamboat Springs.

Harriet Freiberger: Live long and prosper

If you have picked up this edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, you should give serious thought to sustainability of something that has been part of our community for 124 years.

Business file: My Wireless honors employee of the month

My Wireless honors employee of the month

Steamboat briefs: Come, Let's Dance to hold benefit concert Saturday

Blues singer Hazel Miller performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in an event hosted by Come, Let's Dance, a Steamboat Springs-based nonprofit organization. The group is centered on building a self-sustainable community for Ugandan orphans and their surrounding communities.

Our View: Let the sun shine in

Saturday brought an end to Sunshine Week, an annual event dedicated to highlighting the importance of open government and freedom of information. It's a week during which media outlets, newspapers in particular, push for increased transparency in how government at all levels conducts the people's business.

Jail Report for March 14 to 20

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.

Editorial cartoon for March 22, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for March 22, 2009.

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NASTAR racers look for every edge they can find in Steamboat Springs

"Hey," Travis Crooke barked, his voice cutting through the crisp spring air and bringing a sudden silence to the gatehouse atop the NASTAR course in Bashor Bowl at Steamboat Ski Area.

Joel Reichenberger: Racers rooted in Routt County

Tom Thurston and Heather Siirtola spent the entire day Wednesday traveling in terrain as desolate as can be imagined.

Routt County Spotlight: Bonnie Carrico

Occupation: Town of Hayden police clerk

Class notes: School seeking old skis, snowboards to make bench

Hayden Middle School students in Partners in Routt County's after-school program are seeking out-of-commission snowboards and skis during April to help create a bench for the school.

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Hayden seeks river property

Moon family wants to swap land rather than sell 170-acre parcel

Hayden wants to lay down dollars for property on the Yampa River, but negotiations with the family that owns it have gotten waterlogged.

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2.6-acre St. Cloud site for sale

Jamie Temple offers site for $15M, prefers joint investment

The 2.6-acre St. Cloud site planned for a luxury condominium development at the entrance to Ski Time Square is on the market for $15 million.

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Discovery mission has 2nd spacewalk

Astronauts took another spacewalk at the International Space Station on Saturday, this time to lighten the workload for future crews.

Conservative commentary: When will Atlas shrug?

What is the breaking point? Where will the resistance form? Heavy questions but unavoidable in the current political climate. The productive members of society can only be pushed so far, some say.

Liquidity key for small businesses in slow economy

Conserving cash is one of the keys for small business owners intent on surviving and thriving in tough economic times, a retired banking executive and foundation manager told a local audience this month.

On the Market: Mulcahy addresses local demand for housing

Steamboat 700 Project Manager Danny Mulcahy took his message directly to residents of Routt County this month and predicted existing west Steamboat neighborhoods should see appreciation attributable in part to amenities such as parks, shopping and mass transit connected to his proposed development.

Steamboat soccer knocks out Battle Mountain

Sailors picks up Denver tournament win during final opportunity of weekend

Senior goalie Hanna Berglund said she almost got bored Saturday as her Steamboat Springs High School soccer team matched up against Battle Mountain in the final round of a weekend tournament in Denver.

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Local townhome owners propose trade in Denver

When Annie Slothower proposed marketing her townhome as a trade, Kim Kreissig, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, embraced the idea. She alerted her Prudential colleagues in the Denver area but said another form of marketing generated most of the inquiries.

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Legal disputes about Hayden subdivisions to move forward

Legal rumblings are echoing throughout the Hidden Springs Ranch, Villages at Hayden and Mount Harris at Grassy Creek projects. One set of mechanic's liens might go before a judge soon. Property owners are joining to get legal representation.

Pam Duckworth: Set requirements

I have been thinking about the city's zoning laws. How about enacting zoning requirements (i.e., setbacks, height restrictions, etc.) that are actual, binding requirements and not subject to negotiation on a case-by-case basis?

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Seminar motivates, measures employees during recession

Jeff Steinke doesn't leave employee productivity to chance at his automobile dealership.

Looking Back for March 23, 1934

Andrew Kiddy sentenced after guilty plea

John F. Russell: Olympic dream is born

The Olympics can inspire athletes to achieve their greatest goals. The Olympics can drive athletes to train harder and be their best.

Best of the Web: Rob Douglas

Maybe the world is not black and white. Maybe Rob is a moderate and you agree with him sometimes and not others..

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Steamboat athletes place 2nd, 3rd at Howelsen Hill event

Skiers in Saturday's Colorado Junior Ski Cup Championships flew down the face of Howelsen Hill in a steady, quick stream, one competitor after another launching from the starting gate as the previous competitor neared the finish.

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The paradox of uranium mining

Mine workers, environmentalists battle for supremacy on West's energy stage

Scott Laws' father had a saying for what the mines would do to his family and how different they would be.

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Routt County sheep ranchers keep lambing tradition alive

As lambing season approaches, the sight of rambunctious lambs bounding around farms will become common in rural Routt County. The scene already is unfolding on some Routt County ranches where lambs are on the ground ahead of the traditional lambing season in May.

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School takes a bite out of sweets

Steamboat Springs High School food service employees notice significant decline in sales

Cookies used to cost 50 cents. Brownies were $1. In the Steamboat Springs High School cafeteria, ice cream treats would cost as much as $2. Now, those treats and almost all other sugary snacks have disappeared.

Saturday, March 21

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'Mustache madness' brings comaraderie to Steamboat Springs Transit

Despite all the bad news emerging from City Hall lately because of painful budget cuts forced by a troubled economy, there is one sector of city government where spirits refuse to be dampened. If you have noticed an uptick in the number of mustachioed men driving city buses, it's not just your imagination.

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Bud Werner Memorial celebrated at rededication ceremony

More than 100 people attended the celebration of poetry, music, vision, history, heritage, knowledge, community and architecture that was Friday's rededication of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Golden moment finally arrives for Todd Lodwick

Todd Lodwick has been waiting for this party, this moment, for as long as he can remember. Truth is, there were times he doubted it would happen. "This is amazing," an emotional Lodwick said shortly after leaving the stage at a community celebration in Gondola Square Friday afternoon.

Sports briefs: Salazar, Rossi named to all-star team

Holli Salazar and Sarajane Rossi remained close friends throughout high school even though they sat on opposite ends of the heated Hayden-Soroco rivalry.

Ex-Steamboat player Coloccia ends college hockey career

University of Colorado senior Daniel Coloccia's college hockey career came to an end in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday after a 2-1 loss to Miami of Ohio in the 2009 American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II National Championships.

Soccer team loses; coach happy about effort

It was another game from which the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team emerged proud of its effort.

Tough tournament doesn't stop Sailors tennis

This is exactly the reason the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team plays in the Western Slope Open tennis tournament in Grand Junction.

Snowboarders climb to top in events

The U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix came to a close with the finals last weekend in Killington, Vt., but not before a pair of local athletes proved they are contenders for the Olympic team. Steamboat's Matt Ladley, 17, stepped onto the podium with a second-place finish.

Water tank plan meets deadline

Hayden must submit proposal by Monday to get stimulus money

Hayden's engineering contractors whipped up a water tank proposal in the nick of time, finishing the preliminary plan Thursday and sending it off to state officials Friday.

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Tom Ross: Don't dismiss Old Man Winter just yet

I'm not done with winter. Are you? The weather outside is sizzling, but I'm not done playing in the snow this season. Our sibling publication, the Craig Daily Press ran a bold front page headline Thursday (actually a quote) that read "Winter is gone now."

The Record for March 19

Thursday, March 19

Steamboat briefs: Board of Realtors offers scholarships to students

Board of Realtors offers scholarships to students

Friday, March 20

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Lodwick reaches pinnacle

Successes, frustrations culminate in gold medals at 2009 World Championships

Todd Lodwick has been called a lot of things since first joining the U.S. Nordic Combined team in 1992. Talented. Promising. Driven. Outspoken. Controversial. These days, most people refer to him simply as world champion.

Thurston nears coast in 46th place

It wasn't much of a layover, but Tom Thurston's one-night stay at Kaltag signaled that he was two-thirds of the way through the 1,130-mile Iditarod dog sled race.

Sailors tennis passes Central

Western Slope Open begins at 8 a.m. today

As the last ones on the court Thursday, the No. 3 doubles team of Lorin Paley and Alli Lowrie helped Steamboat remain unbeaten in Grand Junction, propelling the Sailors to a 4-3 victory.

Nordic team not satisfied

Group sets sights on 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

They've all been there before, laden with expectations to do something no American has done. Each time, however, something has happened to the U.S. Nordic combined team at the Olympic Games.

Girls soccer falls in tourney opener

Goal in overtime dooms Sailors

Facing a field of talented opponents, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team entered this weekend's tournament in Denver with limited expectations.

Residents embrace Demong

New York native gives Steamboat a reason to celebrate

It's true that Bill Demong isn't a native of Steamboat Springs, but that hasn't stopped this city from celebrating the Vermontville, N.Y., athlete's performance at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Championships.

The Record for March 18

12:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs police officers responded to a reported domestic argument on Shadow Run Court. Officers separated the arguing parties, and no charges were filed.

Steamboat briefs: Charges filed in Monday night's drugstore break-in

The Routt County District Attorney's Office filed charges Wednesday in Routt County Court against Christopher Timmerman, 23, of Steamboat Springs.

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Holocaust survivor learns about his family through research

At 6 p.m. Monday, Holocaust surviver and part-time Steamboat Springs resident Ernie Weiss will read passages from his book and sign copies during an appearance at Bud Werner Memorial Library sponsored by Epilogue Book Co.

Home Depot aims for Silverthorne location

Town's planning commission gives thumbs-up to big-box store near interstate

Despite a weak economy, big-box chain Home Depot is serious about building a store in Silverthorne and confident that a strong consumer market still exists.

Students see gifts reach Iraq

Summit County school sends toys through pen pal connection

The local boy whose interest in reading and writing prospered through a Marine pen pal got to witness the impact of giving this week when donated toys from Summit County appeared in an Iraqi school.

On Scene: Rev. Peyton band makes a big impact, for some

About half an hour into The Reverend Peyton Big Damn Band's concert at Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday, washboard player Breezy Peyton declared the audience in front of her one of the least enthusiastic crowds the band had ever seen.

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Spacewalk led by Swanson a success

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson and a fellow mission specialist installed the last set of solar wings at the international space station Thursday, accomplishing the top job of shuttle Discovery's mission.

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Library dedication planned for today

Event features tours of expanded facility, music and appearance by Ben Franklin

A little sweeping and sign-hanging were about the only tasks being finished up Thursday in the newly renovated Bud Werner Memorial Library, which will host a dedication ceremony today.

CD Review: "Nat King Cole: Re:Generations"

There aren't any bad takes on "Re:Generations," a collection of remixes of Nat King Cole songs contributed by some of pop's biggest producers.

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Local jazz musician reworks standards for spotlight concert

Andy Pratt is featured in a Resident Artist Spotlight concert at 7 p.m. today at United Methodist Church. He'll join wind players from the Steamboat Springs Orchestra for about an hour of jazz standards from the 1930s and '40s - arranged, sung and played on piano by Pratt.

Margaret Hair: Sitting in with Steamboat Swings

For the past two months, I have been relearning how to count.

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So Fly combines art, clothing, music, architecture and other multimedia

The So Fly fashion show operates on a basic principle: Art has many faces.

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Ski jumping and cross-country events are a rich part of ski culture

Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong all climbed one of the tallest mountains in Nordic combined skiing when they won their world championship gold medals. But what of future generations?

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John Brown's Body updates their reggae sound

John Brown's Body has gone through a lot of changes since the Boston-based band took shape in 1995.

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The New Mastersounds don't need vocals to get crowds going

Thinking back to the bands that first made him fall in love with soul music, guitarist Eddie Roberts can't come up with many names.

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City offices may close Fridays

Savings plan also would increase hours Monday to Thursday

City Manager Jon Roberts has proposed closing City Hall and Centennial Hall on Fridays beginning April 3, as part of a budget-balancing furlough program reducing city employees' hours and wages by 10 percent.

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Rob Douglas: Obama wisely performs an about-face

As a young boy in the 1960s, I learned to ride horses on the Hancock farm in rural New Jersey. Our family's friendship with the Hancocks resulted in my first meaningful exposure to the Vietnam War when their youngest son, John, was drafted.

Thursday, March 19

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South Routt science fair a success

South Routt Elementary School fifth-grader Chandler Cruson was crowned Grand Champion of the school's recent science fair for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.

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Worker dies after getting stuck in ventilation system

Indian restaurant now has grand opening scheduled for March 30

Micheal Goodspeed, 49, was an electrician working at the unopened Bombay Grill restaurant. Initial cause of death appears to be positional asphyxiation, according to coroner.

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Thurston continues on trail as winner declared

Lance Mackey takes 3rd straight Iditarod

It was another day on the ice for Tom Thurston, the Oak Creek musher competing in this year's Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Thurston left a checkpoint at Eagle Island, Alaska, bright and early Wednesday morning as the temperature hovered near minus 15 degrees.

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Club skiers clean up in Winter Park

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had multiple top finishes in the Rocky Mountain Division Devo freestyle championships in Winter Park during the weekend.

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Successful winter may help Hayden track team

Hayden High School sports hit its high tide Saturday, as the Tigers girls basketball team finished third in the Class 2A state basketball tournament. That surge came on the heels of the wrestling team's fourth-place state finish.

Nordic skiers finish strong

SSWSC grabs top podium spots

A strong finish to the season landed a number of local Nordic skiers atop the podium at last weekend's USSA Junior Olympics in Truckee, Calif. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club qualified 11 athletes to the event, a group that was led by Michaela Frias.

Vail Resorts favors new recreation bill

Forest Service land would be more open

Vail Resorts is in favor of a bill introduced by Sen. Mark Udall this week that could make way for more summer recreation activities at ski areas on U.S. Forest Service land.

Steamboat Brief: St. Patrick's a quiet night for police in Steamboat

Police recorded no arrests for driving under the influence, and Sgt. Dale Coyner, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said there were no significant bar fights during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Steamboat Springs.

Author H.A. Levin tells history through equine connections

Stories from the horse's mouth

The book opens like this: H.A. Levin is in a pasture near Steamboat Lake. A female horse approaches him, circling Levin in a way that makes him think the mare has a message. In the book, that message is that horses have thoughts, and that freedom and hope for the future are often on their minds.

Fortress announces loss

Intrawest parent company saw $140M drop in 4th quarter of 2008

Fortress Investment Group reported this week that it saw a net loss of $140 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. New York-based Fortress, a public hedge fund and private equity firm, is the parent company of Intrawest, which owns Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

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City's debris policy shifts

Private contractors now responsible for disposal

Steamboat Springs residents and businesses will see costlier bills from their landscape contractors this spring because of a city policy shift. The city will no longer dispose of scoria and spring debris if a private contractor is employed to provide spring clean-up services.

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Brent Boyer: Irony and Rob Douglas

I sometimes joke with Rob Douglas that his columns aren't worth the complaints I receive about them. But the truth is, I was thrilled when he recently agreed to sign on for a second year of penning Friday opinion pieces.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course opens

Steamboat Springs courses aiming for openings in late April, early May

Those eager to get out and play some golf are in luck. The Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig opened Tuesday and was ready for cart use Wednesday. "It came out real well from the winter," Director of Golf Brett Etzler said. "The greens are in great shape. Everything came out real well."

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Consumer confidence dips

Steamboat's lodging, flight numbers heading from solid to soft

Consumer confidence nose-dived to an all-time low in February, an unwelcome sign for ski industry heavyweights who watch the index to gauge demand.

The Record for March 17

Tuesday, March 17

Wednesday, March 18

Sailors boys lacrosse team still perfect with 8-5 win

Steamboat squad tops Aspen after comeback on road

Despite tired legs and an early deficit, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team was able to hang on for an 8-5 win at Aspen on Monday. The win improved Steamboat to 4-0 on the season.

Thurston mushing through the night in Iditarod

Oak Creek musher still on Iditarod course; nudges up to 48th

After a longer-than-expected trip, Oak Creek resident and Iditarod competitor Tom Thurston reached the Eagle Island checkpoint early Tuesday.

Business leaders in Vail preach optimism

Excellent customer service and a positive attitude will help Vail businesses quickly return to prosperity when the country's recession ends, business leaders said Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs: Destination ImagiNation Hayden team going to state

Hayden's Destination ImagiNation teams placed third, fifth and ninth at a regional tournament Saturday in New Castle.

Police station ahead of schedule

Interior painting process mostly finished at new Hayden building, Birch said

Hayden police might move into their new building a bit early, Chief Ray Birch said. Construction is running about a week and a half ahead of schedule and about $1,100 under budget, Birch said Tuesday.

Former Sailor helps college hockey team to national title

Miranda Schrock played on the Steamboat Springs High School boys hockey team her senior year. Now, the 2008 graduate can add another accomplishment to her resume.

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Joanne Palmer: Pumping you up

Psst! Have you heard the latest? The big brouhaha rocking the nation's capital is the First Lady's biceps. Dubbed "Bicep-gate" by the media, the Maelstrom seems to be about whether Michelle should be wearing sleeveless dresses in February that reveal her toned arms.

Atira Group raises its offer

Firm suggests additional $235,000 for affordable housing

The Atira Group plans to contribute an additional $235,000 to affordable housing in a bid to loosen the tie vote that blocked approval of its Thunderhead project last month.

The Record for March 16

12:29 a.m. A traffic stop at mile marker 140 on U.S. Highway 40 resulted in an arrest. A 40-year-old La Verkin, Utah, man was arrested on earlier littering charges.

Our View: New signs for the times

Although the economic crisis alone is not significant reason to allow or encourage deviation from Steamboat Springs' sign code, it is bringing to light potential shortfalls in existing downtown signage and the code itself.

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Steamboat man arrested in break-in

Police: Suspect was taking painkillers from Lyon's Corner Drug

A Steamboat Springs man is accused of breaking into Lyon's Corner Drug on Monday night and trying to take painkillers. Steamboat Springs police said Christopher Timmerman, 23, used a hammer to break a window on the western side of the building at 840 Lincoln Ave.

Tuesday, March 17

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Williams sentenced to eight years for Alpine Bank theft

Conspirator in $1.3 million embezzlement gets same time in jail as Terri Dawn Moody Fatka

Judge Paul McLimans said Pamela Jean Williams and Terri Dawn Moody Fatka were "two rotten peas in a rotten pod" in his sentencing for Williams, who pleaded guilty in December to the theft of $1.3 million from Alpine Bank.

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No serious injuries in two-vehicle rollover

Driver of Ford pickup rear-ended Chevrolet SUV in crash at Routt County Road 44

A pickup plowed into the back of an SUV east of Milner on U.S. Highway 40 this morning, resulting in heavy damage to both vehicles, but no major injuries.

Entertainment options for St. Patrick's Day

Live entertainment for St. Patrick's Day

Corned beef dinner turns 50

Knights of Columbus prepare for St. Patrick's Day fundraiser

For Bob Litzau and Bob Brown, St. Patrick's Day means an early morning. These two and other members of the local council of the Knights of Columbus spend the holiday slow cooking corned beef in the basement of Holy Name Catholic Church in preparation for the organization's annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner.

Planetologist has wide view of Earth

Ellen Stofan thinks the world needs some perspective. The best way to get that perspective, says the former NASA scientist, is to get off the planet. That's why Stofan is giving a presentation at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Steamboat Briefs: City Council meets tonight, will address legal matters

The Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 5 p.m. tonight at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., for a meeting that will begin with an executive, or secret, session to discuss two legal matters.

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Jimmy Westlake: Easter and equinoxes

Ah, springtime! The early signs are all here: the mud, the blackbirds, the return of the Big Dipper to our early evening sky, more mud, and the gradual lengthening of our daylight hours.

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Tom Ross: Where eagles dare

Raptors learn to do the San Juan Shuffle and other tall tales

I have collected dramatic evidence within the past two days that eagles are far more intelligent than previously thought. Not only can bald eagles learn dance moves from human beings, I am told, but golden eagles also can speak out loud.

Road funds assigned

Steamboat projects appear on lower-priority lists for stimulus money

State officials have finalized the first set of road projects that are guaranteed to get federal stimulus money, and no Steamboat Springs-area proposals are among them. Some local requests made the second- and third-tier lists, however.

Officials to discuss water fees

Stagecoach could see septic vault program eliminated

Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District officials will meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners today to discuss its 375 percent increase in tap fees.

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Green Team tours recycling process

Hayden students visit Waste Management

Being a member of the Green Team at Hayden Middle School isn't always a pretty job, but somebody's got to do it. Sixth-grader Faith Carson found that whenever trash is put in the recycling container, there's a person at Waste Management's Downhill Drive location who has to pick it out.

The Record for March 15

Sunday, March 15

Monday, March 16

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STARS on the slopes

Program teams volunteers, skiers for recreating on Mount Werner

Almost every Saturday since mid-January, Seth Sobeski and Scott Bjorgum have strapped on their skis and hit the NASTAR racecourse at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Swanson, Discovery blast off

Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven rocketed into orbit Sunday evening, setting off on a space station construction mission cut short by launch delays that dragged on for more than a month.

Big East puts up big numbers

Conference earns 3 top seeds for the 2009 NCAA tournament

Built for basketball, the Big East is a big hit in March yet again. Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut helped the league that was created decades ago for hoops become the first conference to earn three No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.

The Record for March 14

Saturday, March 14

Steamboat Briefs: Fetcher memorial DVD available for purchase

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is offering DVDs of John Fetcher's memorial service, held March 8 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

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Art galleries adjust to economic trends

Owners selling more small work

Business has been slower at Steamboat Springs art galleries, but sales haven't dried up completely - they just look different. "Our volume is OK, but we're not selling as many big, pricey pieces," said Todd Savalox, owner of Images of Nature.

Sports briefs: Nordic teams wrap up season

Steamboat skiers post a strong showing at final event Sunday

The season came to a close Sunday for many Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined athletes, as the club hosted the North American Junior Championships and the Western Regional National Championships at Howelsen Hill.

Coureur des Bois event attracts a crowd

Competitive field keeps results close at 5th annual North Routt event Saturday

The field featured seven former Olympians and more than 200 combined World Cup performances. What once was a small-but-tough locals event took another step Saturday toward becoming one of the best cross-country ski races in the nation.

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Steamboat Pee-wee A hockey team earns state title

Steamboat Pee-wee A hockey coach Bob Milne said it played out just like the movie "Miracle." Fortunately for Steamboat Springs, his athletes were cast as the Americans and, in two thrilling games, they skated their way to a state championship during the weekend in Denver.

Aging Well: Good preparation gives older travelers peace of mind

Editor's Note: This article was originally published Feb. 27, 2008.

Monday Medical: Tough children get allergy shots

Your child may have allergies that affect her or him in ways you do not realize. Just ask Jill Delay, mother of 12-year-old Belle Mazzola, of Hayden.

Deb Babcock: Patio gardening

Not everyone has a large outdoor space for gardening, especially those living in condominiums, apartments and densely populated neighborhoods. But that doesn't mean you can't have an outdoor garden.

Luke Graham: Don't let madness turn into sickness

Last year, for the first time in years, I won the office March Madness pool. Although it would be tough to find anyone around here who watches more college basketball than I do, March Madness also involves a lot of luck.

Sunday, March 15

Joel Reichenberger: Hayden may return to state

Paonia coach Scott Rienks may have explained it late Friday night after his Eagles pounded Hayden in the Class 2A girls basketball state tournament semifinals, ending the Tigers' hopes of winning a state championship.

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Steamboat senior DeVos leads girls soccer squad to 4-1 win

On Saturday at Gardner Field against Glenwood Springs, Sailors senior Mandi DeVos tallied three goals, and Hayley Brookshire added one of her own, to help the Sailors cruise to a 4-1 win against the Demons.

Editorial cartoon for March 15, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for March 15, 2009.

Bob Enever: Softball pitches

Regarding the Triple Crown versus World Softball issue, I hope that City Council will reflect on the powerful influence that Triple Crown already has on council decisions, via the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the merchants. It's not a money issue; we will get about the same revenue and sales tax either way. But we should take this opportunity to reduce this city's dependence on one company. Triple Crown clearly wants to have a monopoly position - why else would they go to such lengths to keep out a competitor? That's exactly why we should welcome the competitor, to maintain our bargaining position. We must at least try to keep our options open, when the opportunity is presented.

Best of the Web: Supply and demand

I cannot understand why anyone would think that new developments should not be accompanied with water. If they are adding to the demand, then they should add to the supply so that the supply does not run out.

Howard M. Merken, Ph.D.: Bible on economics

I read with great respect the letter by Murray Tucker in the March 11 edition of the Steamboat Today. It was factual and mathematical, devoid of emotional rhetoric and one-sidedness. It looks like it came out of a college textbook, a thesis or a dissertation. Rare are such academic letters in newspapers.

Jail Report for March 7 to 13

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 March 13

9:21 a.m. A man made an animal complaint in the 700 block of Critter Court. A Steamboat Springs police sergeant said somebody brought a puppy found in Hayden to the animal shelter.

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Tigers girls cap best season with 3rd at state

Hayden survived a back-and-forth, heart-stopping game to beat Meeker for the third time this season, 42-40, and to secure third place in the Class 2A state tournament Saturday.

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Hard work, flexibility help man keep remodeling business moving

Chris Sack doesn't think he picked an odd time to start his business.

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Proposed annexation water policy could affect agricultural land

As the city of Steamboat Springs considers adopting a water dedication policy, some fear such a law could spawn a local water rights market and inadvertently encourage the drying up of Routt County's cherished agricultural open spaces.

Steamboat briefs: Storm Peak conference applications due today

Storm Peak Laboratory, a research facility located on the summit of Mount Werner, has received $300,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program to create a networking program for women interested in atmospheric science.

Ken Collins: Too many solutions

Have you heard about the economy? It stinks. But boy, are we lucky to have so many experts who know how to fix it. Some, apparently, live right here in Steamboat Springs. I'm surprised they haven't been called to D.C. Maybe what really needs to happen is, everybody just do what they personally can do to help themselves and let the administration try its solution. Where were all these experts when this was happening in the past six to 10 years? Those "pros" in Congress and across the country can't even agree whether it's too much or too little, going to the right people, or to bail or not to bail. It's standard operating procedure: 10 economists equal 10 answers. We can take heart in at least having the most intelligent president in office that we've had in a lifetime. And because there is no real experience for this complicated worldwide problem, I'll take intelligence over anything else, every time.

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Businesses from 3rd to 5th streets build brand to attract locals

Although Steamboat Springs' Halloween Stroll, Merry Mainstreet and Winter Carnival events stock downtown streets with locals, the traffic often bypasses businesses between Third and Fifth streets.

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Steamboat girls tennis downs Aspen, 6-1

The four-time defending regional champions - still with a juggled lineup - beat Aspen, 6-1, on Saturday at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

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Retailers off Lincoln Avenue struggle with sign restrictions

Several business owners on streets off Lincoln Avenue say they're in crisis and could be in danger of failing if they don't get city help with sign rules.

Looking Back for March 16, 1934: Taxpayers to vote on $9,000 bond issue

From the Friday, March 16, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Sailors lacrosse nets last-second win

Steamboat stops Summit, 11-10, with frantic finish

Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse coach Bob Hiester wasn't shy about what Saturday's 11-10 win against Summit meant for his team.

Thurston over the hump

Oak Creek resident past midpoint and going strong in Iditarod

Oak Creek resident Tom Thurston left the Iditarod checkpoint Saturday, clearing the halfway point in the grueling dogsled race that bears the same name.

Business file: Big Agnes honored by Backpacker magazine

Big Agnes honored by Backpacker magazine

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Skibike offers new challenges and opportunities

Patrick Neelan won't stop saying it. "I can go anywhere on this," he said, setting one foot on the crunchy spring snowpack of Steamboat Ski Area as he rested on his bright orange Stalmach skibike.

Michael Loomis: Class-size funds

A recent letter from Melissa VanArsdale regarding the "murky debate" about class size puts the spotlight on the wrong governing board. Melissa, and the group of parents who presented the letter to the Board of Education continue to point to the Education Fund Board on the issue of class size, which has nothing to do with the decisions about class-size policy in the Steamboat Springs School District.

Routt County Spotlight: Elise Kuczera

Elise Kuczera

Sailors baseball earns win, loss Saturday

Steamboat loses to Monte Vista, beats Battle Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team split a pair of games on Saturday in the final day of the Hotchkiss Tournament.

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Students at Yampa Valley School form bond

Students describe the Yampa Valley School as a refuge, a second chance, a challenge and, most commonly, as a family.

Real estate transactions for March 4 to March 11, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer - STEENBERG, BRET J To LANGE, ROXANNE M For STEAMBOAT LAKE SUBD 2 LOT 336 - $40,000

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Yampa early learning center has space to grow, explore

As they bundled up in coats and jackets, snow still covering half the playground at noon Thursday, the students in Lisa Constine's class for 4-year-olds at the South Routt Early Learning Center sang the "Goodbye Song" as they left.

Walton Village condominiums retreat below $200,000

Quiet market, little interest from prospective buyers leads to drop in price for starter condos

The asking price for starter condominiums close to the ski area has dropped by 10 percent, or about $20,000, late this winter. A couple of 565-square-foot Walton Village condominiums have come on the market at just less than $200,000 this month, bringing the number of Walton Village units on the market to nine.

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Penguin Plunge propels playfulness

Teams get creative with costumes for chilly fundraiser

Stan Urban and his Penguin Plunge colony at Land Title Guarantee Co. have been rehearsing their routine for this year's icy jump.

John F. Russell: No time to relax

The months, weeks and days left before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C, are fading more quickly than snow on the ground in the Yampa Valley.

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Single-family home permits off to slow start

County officials see just 3 applications in young construction season

It's early in the building permit season, but new construction in Routt County appears to be trending with the national economy - downward.

J. Michael Turner: Big box realities

An article about the Steamboat 700 project recently contained a statement that has been repeated several times in various articles concerning future growth of our community. It said, "City planners recommend big box retail be accommodated in West Steamboat with conditions," and they noted an economic study that predicted a store such as Target or Lowe's would increase the city's sales tax revenue by $1.1 million.

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New Hayden building to house restrooms, concession area

Dry Creek Park's new building is expected to be ready by May 1, and the Hayden Parks and Recreation Department is waiting eagerly.

Our View: Water policy should be airtight

City Councilman Steve Ivancie took the words right out of our mouths recently when he said a city water dedication policy "should be as airtight as possible."

Remodeling projects take precedence over property sales

Cautious homeowners appear to be remodeling rather than selling, which could be a boon for remodeling specialists and could cause contractors who were building multimillion-dollar spec homes two years ago to change focus.

Class notes: Science Olympiad team heads to state competition

Science Olympiad team heads to state competition

Steve Aigner: Civil dialogue is essential

Voting against the 6-1 majority, City Council President Loui Antonucci explained that he favored a large-retail format in the area west of Steamboat Springs because he did not want to repeat a past mistake of earlier City Councils and forego an opportunity to capture a revenue stream that the city needs. Remember, in the early 1990s, before TABOR, the City Council decided against a real estate transfer fee. Whether or not residents agree with President Antonucci's vote, we do know why he voted the way he did. And we trust Loui more for his explanation.

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Stakes high for standardized testing

Routt County schools prepare differently for Student Assessment Program

The stakes are high in the annual quest for stellar scores on standardized tests. Scores from the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests determine a schools' status for the next year.

On the Market: CHFA helps homebuyers with lending programs

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority has released new lending programs intended to help Colorado homebuyers access assistance with down payments and closing costs.

Saturday, March 14

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Hayden girls basketball to face Meeker for 3rd place

Hayden basketball coach Eric Hamilton said his team would need to play better in Friday's Class 2A state tournament semifinal than it did Thursday in an opening round win.

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Tennis earns win in Boulder

Valerie Lezin leads girls to 5-2 victory

It's not a secret what makes Steamboat Springs tennis player Valerie Lezin successful on the tennis court.

Sailors baseball falls, 4-1

Steamboat Springs improves defense, struggles at the plate

Despite playing markedly better than its previous two contests, the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team dropped its opening game of the Hotchkiss Tournament to Bayfield, 4-1.

Thurston nears midpoint of Iditarod dogsled race

As you read this, Tom Thurston is almost halfway done with the 2009 Iditarod.

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Rocky Mountain Youth Corps receives $238K in federal dollars

Colorado forests have received about $5.6 million in federal stimulus money for projects removing hazardous trees, including a $238,400 contract awarded to Steamboat Springs-based Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Urban Renewal advisory group to explore financing options

Construction of a public promenade could begin this summer at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The base area Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee embraced the creation of a team Friday to study financing options.

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Tom Ross: Brits take pride in red noses

Friday the 13th signifies good luck for children's causes

I got talked into having coffee with three clowns from England on Friday morning and was pleasantly surprised to learn they qualify as the clown princes of Great Britain. The trio was raising money for Routt County United Way and an adaptive ski camp.

Aspen cuts 6 staff positions

Six staff positions in Aspen city government were cut Thursday and other employees will be working reduced hours in response to the slumping economy, city officials announced Friday.

Thomas' funeral turnout huge

Mother of 21-year-old calls community support 'overwhelming'

Jackie Saari, mother of 21-year-old Stephen Thomas, said Friday that the support from the Steamboat Springs community has been overwhelming following her son's death.

Steamboat briefs: City official said workers removed crosswalk pieces

Philo Shelton, Steamboat Springs public works director, said he misspoke Wednesday when he said city crews hadn't done anything but litter control with downtown's thermoplastic crosswalks. Crews have been out scraping off what was left after plows cut up the plastic, he said.

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Mother, daughter cut hair for Locks of Love charity

Decision inspired by loss of friend to breast cancer in July 2008

What started more than a year ago ended in a few seconds with the snip of a pair of scissors. More than 10 inches of blonde hair, held together with a black rubber band, was the only thing left after one year of dedication.

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Veteran hits town on Segway

Michael Condie receives machine to assist with mobility

There are many things Michael Condie has been forced to give up. He can no longer race along highways on his beloved road bike. He can't run or hike like he used to, and he can't ski down Mount Werner any longer.

The Record for March 12

12:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of driving under the influence and failing to stop at a stop sign after a traffic stop at Downhill Drive and Routt County Road 129.

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County considers layoffs, pay cuts

2009 revenues down $600,000 from budget

Faced with a projected $4.9 million deficit in 2009, Routt County government officials are considering laying off 30 full-time employees and reducing the remainder of its personnel costs by 10 percent through pay cuts and furloughs.

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Rev. Peyton preaches what he sees from his big band

On any record by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, there are parts that sound as if they were laid down 75 years ago.

Friday, March 13

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Tigers roar into semis

Hayden girls goes deep to win tournament opener

A strong class of seniors may have paved the way for the Hayden High School girls basketball team's first trip to state, but it was a group of underclassman that helped the team stay there.

Sports briefs: Tom Thurston into McGrath

Oak Creek resident progresses across Alaska in Iditarod race

Tom Thurston made it to the 479-person town of McGrath at about 1 a.m. Alaskan Standard Time on Thursday morning, as he continues to compete in the Iditarod dogsled race.

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Cooper takes Junior Olympics title

Steamboat Springs teen wins Wednesday's J3 slalom event in Beaver Creek

Steamboat Springs Alpine ski racer Julia Cooper wasn't expecting to win Wednesday's J3 Junior Olympic Championships in Beaver Creek, but she never stopped trying.

Track and field season turns volatile

The track and field season for Steamboat Springs High School, along with most of Class 4A, looks to be a wait-and-see affair.

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Denver museum exhibit tells plane crash story

Not far from Steamboat Springs sits a chunk of ground that holds an honored place in Civil Air Patrol history.

85 apply for Carbondale building inspector

Job listing popular during construction slowdown

A national slowdown in the construction industry has spawned an amazing 85 applicants for an open Carbondale building inspector job.

State lawmakers drop 3.2 beer bill

Decision pleases local liquor store owners

Efforts to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer hit a roadblock Wednesday, and local liquor store owners are pleased. Colorado's House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor voted, 7-4, to postpone the measure indefinitely Wednesday at the Capitol in Denver.

The Record for March 11

Wednesday, March 11

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Classical trio chooses jazz, tango for concert

In a concert titled "Jazz, Tango & Amore," pianist Debra Ayers joins fellow Montage Music Society members Sarita Uranovsky on violin and Molly Walker on clarinet for a program of classical music that's been influenced by dance numbers and love.

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Tourist numbers mixed for rest of season

Ski Corp. expects good traffic in next couple of weeks before decrease

Steamboat Ski Area expects a couple of solid weeks and then softer visitor numbers in its final month of the season, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said.

CD Review for Beirut, "March of the Zapotec/Hollad" double EP

Beirut, "March of the Zapotec/Hollad" double EP

On scene: Dance Theatre Concert strong from start to finish

It's been a couple of years since I saw the most recent movie adaptation of "Chicago," but I'm having trouble picturing a more accurate rendition of the Broadway musical's "Cell Block Tango" than the one in the 37th annual Steamboat Springs Dance Theatre Concert.

Margaret Hair: Sudden 'Idol' addiction

My home state has an almost wizard-like ability to produce the kind of sweet-voiced, personality-rich contestants that make it to the final rounds of "American Idol."

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Rob Douglas: We need those stinkin' badges

While playing Fred C. Dobbs in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," Humphrey Bogart and his companions are confronted by a group of outlaws impersonating Mexican federal police. Dobbs is immediately suspicious and demands proof from Gold Hat - the outlaws' leader - that they are "Federales."

Steamboat briefs: Board of Realtors offers scholarships to students

Board of Realtors offers scholarships to students

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Matt Graves makes art out of decades of carpentry experience

Matt Graves has always wanted to make something out of nothing. It's a goal that's motivated the carpenter to use natural logs to make furniture, pairing organic bends with classic joinery.

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Historic Routt County, CMC preserve Diamond Window building

In a column last fall, Historic Routt County discussed the importance of a leak-proof roof and good drainage to the preservation and maintenance of Routt County's historic agricultural and early homesteading buildings. No building is better evidence of this than the Diamond Window Cabin overlooking Stagecoach Reservoir on Routt County Road 14. In our office is a picture of the cabin taken in 1985. Although all its window sash and doors were gone, its ridgeline was ramrod straight. It stood tall against the hillside. But the wood shingles were weathered thin, their edges receding, and in many places they were missing altogether. Twenty years later, several of the rafters have rotted and failed, the ridgeline sags ominously, and the cabin is sinking into the hillside.

Live entertainment options for St. Patrick's Day

Events for this year's St. Patrick's Day

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Elementary school children show off creativity

Destination ImagiNation members practice for regional meet

Children marched into the gymnasium Wednesday, sporting wild neon wigs and costumes of foil and duct tape. They rapped, joked and acted for their fellow students, all of it practice for a big-deal competition Saturday.

Thursday, March 12

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New crosswalks on the way

Lincoln Avenue renovations to include colored concrete markings

Steamboat Springs is slated to get new crosswalks along with the future repaving of Lincoln Avenue, which would render thermoplastic a thing of the past downtown. The Colorado Department of Transportation and the city of Steamboat Springs are teaming up to pay for the U.S. Highway 40 upgrades.

Tough teams await Tigers at tournament

The Hayden girls basketball team faces a strong field in the Class 2A Girls State Basketball Tournament, known as the "Great 8," in Pueblo. The sixth-seeded Tigers must contend with two teams they have lost to already this season, two teams that made last year's state tournament and the defending state champions.

Hayden girls make school history

Ask Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton or any of the girls on his team whether they're surprised with their position and a funny look falls across their faces.

Thurston reaches Nikolai checkpoint

Oak Creek resident Tom Thurston and his team of dogs made the 80-mile trip from Rohn to Nikolai in less than 17 hours across the Alaskan landscape.

Sports briefs: Steamboat U-14 girls head to state

Steamboat Springs girls U-14 hockey coach Herald Stout is not shy about his expectations for his team at the state championships this weekend in Colorado Springs.

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Middle school students practice Spanish

Students describe ideal school for class project

The perfect school for sixth-grader Norma Techarukpong looks like a page from Willy Wonka's world. Entering the classroom, the doors are made from Pixy Stix. The teacher's desk is fashioned from Kit Kat bars and a student couch is made from two packages of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

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Record Steamboat Springs Transit ridership streak ends

February falls below total from same month last year

The Steamboat Springs Transit free-to-rider buses came up short of recording a 10th straight monthly record in February, but the dip in ridership could be attributable in large part to the anomaly of the leap year in 2008. SST Operations Manager Jonathan Flint said this week that city buses carried 183,586 passengers last month, down from the record 192,011 in February 2008.

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Triple Crown counters World Softball League offer for tourney

Triple Crown Sports hopes to block a competitor's entry into Steamboat Springs with a proposal to hold a men's softball tournament here on the same mid-August weekend eyed by the World Softball League.

District attorney nearing decision in Lopez case

Oldham could determine next week whether to file charges related to fatal altercation

Routt County District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said she is reviewing audio interviews and documents related to the Jan. 5 death of Richard Lopez, and she expects to make a decision about filing criminal charges against two suspects next week.

West Steamboat growth outpaces expectations

Planning Commission to discuss build-out

Residential development west of 13th Street is occurring faster than the city expected, and the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will be asked tonight to identify its target build-out for the area that includes two projects seeking annexation.

The Record for March 10

1:39 a.m. A suspicious person was reported in the 1400 block of Athens Plaza where a transient man had reportedly been sleeping in a light blue van for more than a week. The van was unoccupied when Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrived.

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today

The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Boulevard, to discuss items including local business inserts with monthly utility billings and staff reports.

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Seniors lead way on Hayden girls' 1st journey to state

The Tigers hung on to a big early lead to beat Sanford, 41-30, in the state tournament's opening round game in Pueblo. Delanie VeDepo sank six free throws in the final minutes to lead Hayden to victory. Check back later for a game story and interviews with the team.

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Brent Boyer: Stocks, Tigers and Twitter - oh my

There was a time when many newspapers devoted multiple pages to stock listings. Those times have passed. Any number of Web sites provide real-time tracking of the financial markets, which makes printing Wednesday's market results in Thursday's paper seem silly.

Wednesday, March 11

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Gas leak postpones Swanson's space shuttle launch

Steamboat Springs astronaut could take off today aboard Discovery

NASA postponed Discovery's launch just hours before it was to head to the international space station Wednesday because of a hydrogen gas leak that could have been catastrophic at liftoff.

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Tread of Pioneers celebrates local women

Caroline Lalive joins historical luminaries at museum event

Olympian Caroline Lalive is joining Charlotte Perry, Portia Mansfield and Margaret Crawford in presentations today at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. If you missed the noon event, there is still time to catch the 5:30 p.m. performance.

Thurston reaches 6th checkpoint of Iditarod

Oak Creek resident Tom Thurston made it to the sixth checkpoint of the Iditarod on Tuesday, conquering the 48-mile trip from Rainy Pass to Rohn.

Chix with Stix finish 1st

Women's hockey team ends division competition on top

On the eve of the Chix with Stix's final division games, coach Tim Shorland told his team he expected three things: forechecking, possession and to play as a team.

Sports briefs: Nordic JO team does well in Alaska

Despite sickness and some jet lag, the Steamboat Springs Nordic Junior Olympic team came away with seven podium finishes during the weekend in Alaska.

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4 youth hockey teams headed to state

Four Steamboat Youth Hockey teams advanced through their respective league tournaments during the weekend and into Friday and Saturday's state championships.

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Sailors hockey, basketball players receive All-State honors

After making the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in years, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team raked in the postseason awards.

District hires task force manager to improve security

Dennis Freeman to compile emergency plans

Dennis Freeman said it's not that the schools in Routt County aren't safe, and it's not that the schools don't have a plan in place.

Trout Creek Bridge tops grant requests

Hayden High School remodel, Yampa loader also considered

A Routt County committee deemed replacement of a failing bridge 12 miles southwest of Steamboat Springs the most worthy local project seeking a grant from the state's Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance program.

City Council cuts $2.5 million

Reductions range from snowplowing to police vests

There will be less police and more snow on the streets of Steamboat Springs after the City Council unanimously approved $2.5 million in budget cuts Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs: Curves food drive for LIFT-UP ends March 31

Curves is holding its annual food drive for LIFT-UP of Routt County through March 31. Anyone can drop off non-perishable food and/or donations for LIFT-UP from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Curves, 2432 Lincoln Ave., west of downtown near Big O Tires. Call Curves at 870-7877.

The Record for March 9

12:18 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Frontage, where a 19-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested for minor in possession and false reporting. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers also sent one person to detox.

Our View: Digging deep for worthy causes

It's no surprise that local nonprofit agencies are feeling the weight of a struggling economy on their backs. But while charitable giving is down - not only locally, but nationally - the need for many of the essential services provided by our nonprofit sector is at an all-time high.

John C. Doolittle: Cut the budget bill

I am opposed to the omnibus budget bill that was delayed from last year by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi primarily because she thought it would be easier to pass after more Democrats won re-election. Nothing but unadulterated partisan politics here.

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Joanne Palmer: Sorry, can't talk - I'm on Facebook

I'd really like to write this column but I'm busy socially networking. Hang on just a second while I check my Facebook page. It's been more than 10 minutes since I last looked at the status updates of my friends.

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Magee takes over Wolf Mountain Pizza in Hayden

Stacy Magee planned to take time off from work to enjoy her son's senior year of high school. Instead, she and her husband bought a restaurant. Stacy and Trea Magee took over Wolf Mountain Pizza in Hayden on March 1.

Murray Tucker: Economic equations

There are two ways to look at macroeconomics, one called Keynesian (government spending to prop up the economy) and one most recently related to Milton Friedman (monetary policy as the best way to manipulate the economy). From an accounting perspective, both yield the same answer (GNP), but they diverge in how each leads to its result.

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Students, Rotarians team up for trivia

Knowledge Bowl participants share competition at lunch meeting

A round of cheers and applause rose from the crowd each time a Rotary member answered a question correctly during the lunch meeting of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club on Tuesday.

Commissioners approve traffic code, all-mail-ballot election

Fines to boost government funds

The Routt County Board of Commissioners gave final approval Tuesday to a Sheriff's Office request to implement the Colorado Model Traffic Code, which will increase traffic violation fines and county coffers.

Baumgardner expects House to amend oil and gas regulations

State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, said there likely will be several "substantive" changes to Colorado's new oil and gas regulations before the House approves them later this week.

Tuesday, March 10

Steamboat astronaut returning to space

Steve Swanson to launch Wednesday from Kennedy Space Center

Steamboat Springs High School alumnus and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson will make his second trip to space when Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-119 takes off Wednesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Sailors lacrosse team rolls over Demons, 14-1

Steamboat Springs had no idea what to expect from upstart Glenwood Springs in Monday's lacrosse game at Gardner Field, but it took less than a minute for the Sailors to set the tone for the Western Slope's newest rivalry.

Anna Marno captures J2 Nationals ski title

Local Alpine ski racer Anna Marno opened the 2009 J2 National Junior Olympic Championships on a high note Monday by racing to the top of the podium in the women's downhill event.

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Thurston, dogs chugging along through Alaska

Tom Thurston and his team of dogs spent Monday traversing the rugged Alaskan landscape from Yentna Station to Rainy Pass. The Oak Creek-based musher is racing in his first Iditarod, the epic 1,131-mile dog sled race that ends in Nome.

Snowpack heavy with moisture

The 6 inches of snow that fell on the Steamboat Ski Area during the weekend brought the season snow total to within a foot of the annual average of 315.3 inches. Steamboat now has accumulated 303.25 inches for the winter of 2008-09.

The Record for March 8

Sunday, March 8

Steamboat briefs: Tuesday hours changed for South Routt Medical Center

Tuesday hours changed for South Routt Medical Center

School Board hears from parents of special education students

The Steamboat Springs School District may not address every special education need perfectly, but it received high marks from a group of parents of special education students during a meeting Monday night.

Hayden protests water request on Yampa river

Town may be too late to legally oppose filing

Arriving a bit late to the game, the town of Hayden is speaking out against a Shell Frontier Oil and Gas request for water rights on the Yampa River.

Victorville financial practices criticized

Lack of 'internal control' cited at city manager's former post

A California accounting firm is alleging inadequate "internal control and accounting records" in Victorville, Calif., city government, an organization that was led by Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts from 1999 until last month.

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Jimmy Westlake: Bye-bye, Venus

Ever since August, the dazzling planet Venus has been lighting up our evening sky, but the curtain is about to fall on her most recent performance as our evening star. She has been our constant companion, gleaming in the night during our drives home from work and our after-dinner jaunts.

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Tom Ross: Time to rename that dam reservoir

Many have said Yamcolo sounds like a soft drink made from sweet potatoes

One of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a Steamboat local is to somehow lose track of the fact that a longtime acquaintance has moved to the real world and returned to the 'Boat smarter and wealthier.

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City Council plans $2.5 million in budget reductions

Many city departments will be impacted by the cuts, including the Animal Shelter, above, which is now relying more on volunteers and donations from groups like the Humane Society.

Kiwanis play nets $12K for charities

For this year's satire of all things Moffat County - which included skits about county officials, the Daily Press and local ranchers - the Kiwanis Club sold out the Friday and Saturday night engagements at the county Fairgrounds Pavilion, a total of 444 tickets each night.

Monday, March 9

Snow, wind to continue through Tuesday

4 to 8 inches expected. Winter weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

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John Fetcher memorialized

Family, friends tell about the hardworking, persistent, formidable rancher

John Fetcher walked with a valley on his shoulders. His family, friends and admirers tugged thread after thread Sunday, unraveling the 97 years of life lived by the legendary man whose perseverance and work helped build Routt County.

Thurston begins 1st day of racing Sunday

Oak Creek-based musher Tom Thurston was driving his team of 12 dogs down the frozen Yentna River on Sunday night on the first day of the Iditarod in Alaska.

Nine running for Charter Commission

Hayden residents still can sign up to be write-in candidates

Hayden's home-rule Charter Commission is all but set. Nine people have submitted petitions to run for the nine spots on the panel. Hayden voters will decide March 31 whether to elect the commission and move forward with a home-rule charter. The commission then would draft the charter.

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Aging Well: Hayden centenarian celebrates with smiles, stories

It's hard not to admire Bob Myers's quick and warm smile, which usually is accompanied by a chuckle. Get to know Myers a bit more, and that smile is a glimpse into his patient, compassionate and light-hearted nature.

The Record for March 7

Saturday, March 7

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Hill begins Monday closures today

Howelsen Hill begins Monday closures today

Hayden girls basketball to face Sanford in tournament

All Hayden High School girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton knows about Sanford is that it's not a large enough town to warrant a mention in his road atlas.

Autism discussions this week

Hearings in Steamboat, Craig will focus on needed services

People and families affected by autism are invited to speak to a state panel about their needs this week.

Deb Babcock: Bromeliads: exotic, easy-care houseplants

For dry, indoor environments we find in Steamboat Springs area homes, bromeliads particularly are suitable houseplants. Although most bromeliads are epiphytic (they grow on tree trunks or rocks in nature), they adapt well to living in containers as long as you give them proper light, water and soil. This plant also is widely considered a wonderful air filter for homes and offices. It removes toxins from the air and replaces them with fresh oxygen.

Monday Medical: Frozen fundraiser aims to help women

Later this month at the Penguin Plunge, I will be wearing red but thinking pink.

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Lodging industry stable amid recession

Despite vocal concerns by local hotel and motel owners last year, it seems the Moffat County lodging industry is healthy and staying that way.

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Luke Graham: Coaching straight through

There are a lot of reasons I couldn't be a coach, many of which center on the simple fact that I don't know as much about sports as I think I do. I couldn't install an offense in football, a defense in basketball or either in lacrosse.

Sunday, March 8

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Sunshine Kids brings children with cancer to slopes

Less than two weeks before she triumphantly sailed down a slalom course on the Stampede run Friday morning, Keyah Worthy finished a round of chemotherapy.

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Steve Nelson helps out downtown tenants amid recession

Steve Nelson describes his relationship with tenants as "symbiotic." To help keep his tenants in business and ensure their mutual survival, Nelson is trying a new tactic: cutting rent.

Business file: Luncheon deals with vendors and suppliers

This week's Success Steps Luncheon aims to help businesspeople work with vendors and suppliers. Tough economic times provide an opportunity for businesses to get better terms, pricing and promotional and marketing support, according to a release about the program. Steve Hitchcock, who owns Zirkel Trading and other Steamboat Springs businesses, will facilitate the discussion.

Joel Reichenberger: Race sums up town

Saturday's Steamboat Pentathlon marked the one-year anniversary of my moving to Steamboat Springs.

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Kloser wins Steamboat Pentathlon again, maybe for the final time

It apparently takes a lot of shoes to be a pentathlon champion. Kloser won the 18th annual Steamboat Pentathlon at Howelsen Hill event again, burning through seven pairs of shoes to win for the 10th time.

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Hayden aims to lure business

Town hopes to maintain standards while offering incentives

Hayden wants to pump up its business community, but not at the expense of its standards, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Steamboat baseball team struggles in Denver

Sailors drop pair to Angels, 7-3 and 16-0

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball teams dropped a pair of games Saturday at Denver East, falling 7-3 and 16-0.

Steamboat briefs: New, slightly used baby cribs and beds needed

The Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center is in need of slightly used or new baby cribs and beds and other slightly used baby items for children as old as 2. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 544 Oak St. Call Kathryn at 871-1307.

Bill Demong continues hot streak

Nordic combined athlete on podium again in 3rd-place finish

Bill Demong made it two podiums for the weekend, finishing third Saturday in a Nordic combined World Cup event in Finland.

Bill Marolt: Thanks, Steamboat

The U.S. Ski Team made history at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in the Czech Republic. As a team, the U.S. finished second to Norway in the final medals count with a record six medals - four gold, a silver and a bronze.

Routt County Spotlight: Mary Beth Galer

Occupation: Mixed media artist

Best of the Web: Class size

There is little doubt that smaller classes generally are better than larger classes, but even here, the school district has far less to spend per student than the elite private schools.

Jail Report for Feb. 28 to March 6

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.

Jon Quinn: It takes a village

There has been some attention in the Pilot & Today recently as to the challenges our community faces when it comes to child care issues. Indeed, these are complex issues without easy solutions. The availability and attainability of child care is at the core of affordability for any working family.

Real estate transactions for Feb. 26 to March 3, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market: Catamount subdivision quiet in 2008, prices up

Properties in the exclusive Lake Catamount subdivision didn't turn over in 2008 at nearly the pace they did in 2007, but that didn't hurt the average price.

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Steamboat lacrosse tops Summit, 8-5

Opening the season against rival and chief Mountain League foe Summit on Saturday, the Sailors boys lacrosse team avenged a 7-2 loss from last year, starting fast in an 8-5 win.

Class notes: Hayden's Mahanna named Optimist Teen of the Month

Caitlin Mahanna, a senior at Hayden High School, was selected as the Optimist Teen of the Month. Mahanna, a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council, also remains active in sports including volleyball, basketball and track, along with weekend skiing. In her application, she wrote that during the summer she often can be found camping, rafting, biking and hiking. She maintains grades to be named to the school's high honor roll, and after high school graduation, she plans to study to become a lawyer or scientist.

Melissa VanArsdale: Students losing out

The letter referred to in the story "Class-size debate murky" was meant to do a few things:

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Berglund a Tiger in the goal

Steamboat goalie to take on new mascot at Colorado College

What is good news for the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team inevitably means bad news for teams across the Western Slope. Senior goalkeeper Hanna Berglund is stress-free and playing some of the best soccer of her life.

Superintendent invites public to share input

Nearing the end of her first school year on the job, superintendent of the Steamboat Springs School District Shalee Cunningham said she wants to solicit community input about the future of local public education.

The Record for March 6

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Transit staff reported an intoxicated individual at Walton Creek Road and AprÃs Ski Way.

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Science students identify ingredients for class test

Dark, ominous and foul-smelling liquids gurgled and boiled in test tubes throughout the room, evaporating and changing colors as the scientists toyed with the mysterious muck through a series of chemical transformations.

Gary A. Hofmeister: Fundamental change

So, how do you like the "change" so far? To those with little appreciation of the genius of our republic and the free enterprise system, I direct the question as you likely voted for Obama and change. Is this what you wanted? Let's take a look:

Sailors girls soccer cruises to season-opening victory

Steamboat beats Delta, 5-0

Steamboat Springs girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann said his team had all the disturbing characteristics of a squad playing its first game of the season.

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Steamboat girls tennis serves up win against Evergreen

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore tennis player Hayley Richman was much too nervous to form any sort of game plan.

South Routt transit gets red light

Vanpool proposal lacks start-up funds

A proposed commuter vanpool between Steamboat Springs and South Routt County is stuck in a holding pattern, unable to garner sufficient funds to get rolling.

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Tap fees complicate Stagecoach lot sales

Charges hurt already lagging real estate market

Stagecoach was the alternative to overheated Steamboat Springs housing prices in 2007 and claimed 10 percent of the overall unit volume as the Routt County market rocketed to $1.5 billion in sales.

Looking back for March 9, 1934

Kitcheneer club has meat-canning demonstration

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Community jazz band has 1st gig March 21

Emerald City Opera founder Keri Rusthoi asked Henry Savage - an avid saxophone player and board member for Strings Music Festival - whether he could get a group together for the opera company's annual New Year's Eve fundraiser.

John F. Russell: Keeping pace with a legend

Today, dignitaries from across the state will gather in Steamboat Springs to celebrate the life of John Fetcher.

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Remembering John Fetcher

Ski Area founder, 97, leaves lasting memories across Yampa Valley

On squash courts and ski slopes, surfboards and spillways, ranches, rivers and reservoirs, the water engineer and ski pioneer who helped shape the Yampa Valley had a zeal for new and challenging experiences.

YVHA Board of Directors: Housing support

The Board of Directors of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority would like to express its support of the Steamboat 700 Community Housing Plan's proposal to provide affordable and work force housing for the Yampa Valley community. It appears to support the policies of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan and offers the potential to significantly complement the mission of the YVHA.

Editorial cartoon for March 8, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for March 8, 2009.

Our View: Positive steps for base area

The continued planning and eventual construction of a key base area public improvement project took two small, but significant, steps forward recently. Both steps offer promise of fulfilling the vision of a public-private partnership to revitalize the mountain base.

Saturday, March 7

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Hayden heading to state

Tigers girls defeat Limon to advance from regionals

The girls high school basketball team won its regional tournament Saturday afternoon, knocking Limon off 57-42 in the championship game to advance to next weekend's Great 8 state basketball tournament.

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Hayden approves track contract

Trustees agree to return to earlier speedway agreement with racing group

A month ago, two groups were fighting to run the Hayden Speedway. By Thursday, no one wanted the job. The Hayden Town Board of Trustees encountered the awkward situation at its meeting.

18th annual Steamboat Pentathlon starts today

It comes as little surprise that it's the running that Barkley Robinson is dreading in today's Steamboat Pentathlon.

The Record for March 5

3:31 a.m. An assault was reported in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive where two intoxicated men got into a fight. Both were transported to the hospital with lacerations, and a 26-year-old Colorado Springs man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment.

Steamboat briefs: 'Cabaret' tickets on sale weekdays for the public

Tickets to the 26th annual "Cabaret Comedy Production" are on sale to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Depot Art Center on 13th Street. Sales continue until the performances, April 16 to 18 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Tickets cost $30 for Friday and Saturday, and $50 for opening night April 16. Opening night tickets are cabaret-style seating at tables and include wine, cheeses and fruits. Call 879-9008 for more information.

Hayden students put spin on classic fairy tales for school play

When Sonia Salberg decided on updated fairy tales for a Hayden High School theater production, she was motivated at least in part by the size of the school's drama program.

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Tom Ross: Harvey Begay walked in multiple worlds

Casual acquaintances of the late Harvey Begay probably never guessed that the mild-mannered Navajo jeweler was a driven combat aviator in another life.

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Steamboat girls tennis tops Colorado Academy in season opener

On Thursday, Steamboat Springs' No. 3 doubles tennis team of Kaitie Breisch and Christi Valicenti had about an hour of court time together.

Plea agreements pending in alleged kidnapping case

Two Hayden men accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old boy and threatening to shoot him in an alleged dispute about a stolen handgun are poised to accept plea agreements next week.

Tigers basketball breaks into regional tournament

Caitlin Mahanna's steal gives Hayden girls overtime win

The game had been over for nearly four hours, but Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton's emotions still were so raw late Friday night he had trouble even remembering exactly what had happened.

School calendar could shift

Board to review proposal to start classes 1 week later in August

Classes at local public schools would start a week later in August and end a week later in June if the Steamboat Springs School Board approves a draft calendar Monday night.

Craig city election ballot set

Mayor unopposed; 7 candidates up for 4 City Council seats

The deadline for residents to get their names on the April municipal election ballot came and went Friday without any action, Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely said.

Friday, March 6

Snowmobiler dies in Buffalo Pass rollover

A 37-year-old Nebraska woman died of unknown injuries Friday afternoon after a snowmobile rollover accident on Buffalo Pass.

Weekend forecast colder

Storm systems could bring light snowfall to area tonight and Saturday

A winter storm system soon could bring light snowfall to the area.

Demong strikes gold again

Nordic combined athlete wins World Cup event in Lahti, Finland

U.S. Nordic Combined ski team member Bill Demong has struck gold once again - this time at a World Cup race in Lahti, Finland.

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Big Fat Booty Band starts free mountain concert series

Before last summer, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band had never played Colorado.

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It's a new day at wildlife area

Bridge over the Yampa River opens access to 50-acre lake

Crews lifted a 120-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge spanning the Yampa River onto its concrete footers Thursday at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area, linking a parking lot off Routt County Road 14 south of Steamboat Springs with a 50-acre lake originally created by the Lafarge gravel pit.

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Rob Douglas: Bigger isn't always better

This week marks the start of my eighth year in the Yampa Valley and my second year writing a column for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Unbeknownst to City Council members, they gave me an anniversary present.

5 contend for emergency management job

Three first responders from Routt County are among the five finalists vying to fill Chuck Vale's former position as county emergency management director.

Local bookstores offer free events this month

Signings, readings, literary battles on tap for March

In March, Epilogue Book Co. and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore offer several free book signings, presentations, readings and literary competitions featuring local and regional authors.

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Local child support team honored

Routt County collects $1.7 million in 2008

The Routt County Department of Human Services was one of only six county departments in Colorado to meet all 10 performance indicators set by a state task force for child support enforcement.

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Iditarod looms for Thurston

1K-mile race begins Saturday in Alaska

There have been no nightmares so far for Tom Thurston or his family, who joined him this week in Anchorage, Alaska, before the start of his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday.

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Girls tennis team brings experienced roster

Despite losing a state champion at No. 3 singles in Molly Weiss and a two-year No. 1 singles player in Lisa Floyd, Steamboat girls tennis enters the 2009 season with one of its deepest teams in recent years.

The Record for March 4

Wednesday, March 4

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Hill to be closed Mondays for rest of season

Howelsen Hill to be closed Mondays for rest of season

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New shows for First Friday

K. Saari, Artists' Gallery and Wild Horse are among many venues unveiling work

When Susan J. Thompson tries to count the layers of pigment and wax in one of the 39 encaustic paintings lining the walls at K. Saari Gallery, she tends to lose track.

On Scene: A week in Steamboat nightlife

About two weeks ago, I was startled to realize that I've lived in Steamboat Springs for 18 months.

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Get rowdy with Shadehouse Funk Band

Denver dance band promises good time in back-to-back shows

Chris Marquez, guitarist for the Denver-based Rowdy Shadehouse Funk Band, insists he isn't often asked where his band got its name.

CD review: "Dark Was the Night"

Charity compilation albums are shotgun blasts of pop. Some of the songs are going to be right on target, cutting through the anonymity and filler that is the hallmark of the genre. Some will miss the mark completely.

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AP art students learn to hang work in class show

Rashelle Stetman looked at the patches of paint missing from a wall at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts and debated where to put her biggest work, a hyper-detailed pen-and-ink drawing that took about a month to complete.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Seedling trees, shrubs available for sale

The Routt County Conservation District is selling seedling trees and shrubs.

Yampa pursues energy impact grants

Town plans to replace public works department equipment

Yampa Town Board approved a $30,000 energy and mineral impact grant application for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs on Wednesday, to help the town purchase a new tractor with a loader for its public works department.

Steamboat boys lacrosse enters Mountain Conference

Everyone has heard the expression so often used by coaches and athletes: one game at a time.

Margaret Hair: More art than ink

On the first Friday of every month, 15 or so local art galleries and other venues keep their doors open a little later than they usually would.

Thursday, March 5

Sales tax collections fell 13.5 percent in January

Numbers represent nearly $300,000 decrease compared with January 2008

Steamboat Springs officials will chop more out of the city budget after another sales tax loss. January sales tax collections decreased 13.5 percent compared with January 2008, according to a report released Thursday. The city had budgeted for a 4 percent decrease in 2009 compared with 2008.

Transportation ideas on the table

Solutions Committee hopes to lay groundwork for improvements during recession

Ongoing committee discussions and public feedback could ultimately lead to a parking garage in downtown Steamboat Springs, an extension of the Yampa River Core Trail or a number of other wide-ranging outcomes.

Palisade teacher to take athletic director position

Ken Webbe set to replace Richard Lee at Steamboat Springs High School on April 1

Ken Webbe has had a house in Routt County since the early 1990s. Now, he has a job to go with it. Webbe, a Palisade High School science teacher, has been hired to be the next athletic director at Steamboat Springs High School.

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Integrated Community receives $20,000 grant from Latino Community Foundation

Nonprofit group to use funds for planning, training

Integrated Community will get $20,000 throughout the next couple of years for hard-to-fund development. The nonprofit group works to strengthen relationships between immigrants and neighbors in Routt and Moffat counties.

Youth hockey teams to travel to post-season games this weekend

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association has six teams headed to the playoffs this weekend.

Moonshine event nearly full

Yampa Valley Science School fundraiser slated for Saturday

Only 20 of 100 tickets are still available for the third annual Moonshine, Wine and Dine fundraiser that benefits the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden Town Board to add trustee at meeting tonight

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees plans to welcome a new trustee at its meeting tonight.

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Pediatricians start practice in Hayden

3 Steamboat doctors open part-time office on Walnut Street on Tuesday

A visit to the doctor is rarely a reason to celebrate, but Cheyenne Siquieros said she liked her pediatrician's new Hayden office.

Man arrested after bicycle accident

Bicyclist OK after being hit by pickup on CR 33 on Tuesday

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday after police said he ran into a bicyclist on Routt County Road 33 and hit two parked cars in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Brent Boyer: Transcending journalism

Less than 30 of us gathered in a sunlit corner meeting room on the second floor of the Brown Palace hotel in downtown Denver to listen to Jim Sheeler - a master storyteller with a gift for uncovering the details that make a good story great and a great story unforgettable.

White breaks ranks with support of fee hikes

State Sen. Al White of Hayden was the only Republican at the Capitol to support a transportation bill signed Monday that will generate $250 million a year for projects through increased vehicle registration fees.

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7 properties join historic register

Routt County nonprofit uses state grant funds to assist owners

Seven properties were added in 2007 and 2008 to the Routt County Register of Historic Places. Crossan's M & A Market and the Yampa-Egeria Museum in Yampa; the Mission Building-Pool Hall, Elkhead Schoolhouse and HiWay Bar and Grill in Hayden; and the Remington House and Humble Ranch in Steamboat Springs all made the honorary list.

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Hayden girls enter regional on 2-game skid

The Hayden High School girls and boys basketball teams head to Westminster on Friday for regional tournament action. Each team is looking to rebound from disappointing results in last weekend's district tournaments in Meeker.

The Record for March 3

7:26 a.m. A vehicle complaint was received from Old Fish Creek Falls Road where a car was driving up the bike path. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

Wednesday, March 4

Oak Creek examines police pros, cons

Community involvement, professionalism top residents' concerns

The take-home message from Tuesday night's police forum was that Oak Creek residents say they care more about who the officers providing their law enforcement are than what type of agency they work for, Police Commissioner Dave Ege said.

St. Onge golden in aerials

Former Winter Sports Club athlete takes world championship title

U.S. Ski Team freestyle skier Ryan St. Onge, a former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member, put down two of his best jumps of the season today in Inawashiro, Japan, to win gold in aerials at the 2009 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships.

Council vote: Water rights, big box not required

Members turn down annexation rules

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday not to require the developers of Steamboat 700 to bring water rights or large-format retail to the table as a condition of annexation.

Sailors baseball expects to see strong season

Pitching depth and consistent offensive production could be the keys for a Steamboat Springs High School baseball team looking to establish itself as a contender in the Western Slope League.

Toxicology reports pending for Steamboat man

Stephen Thomas, 21, died Sunday morning after party

Preliminary autopsy results show that a Steamboat Springs man who died Sunday after a party in North Routt aspirated vomit into his lungs, which contributed to his death, according to the Routt County Coroner.

Lynne Garell: More information

I would like to add to a story that ran in the Steamboat Today on Feb. 27 entitled "The challenge of eating local foods." The community dialogue on agriculture policy, to be held March 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, is being co-sponsored by several community programs: Deep Roots Local Food Trust, the Community Agriculture Alliance, Northwest Colorado Products, the Routt County CSU Extension Office, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the city of Steamboat Springs. We are eager to hear ideas from consumers about what they want their food supply to look like, and this event is one opportunity for consumers to be heard.

Winter Sports Club skiers finish on top

The weekend ended with a bang for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at the freestyle Division Championships in Telluride.

Suzie Spiro: To Dr. D

As a past employee of the district, I want to thank you very much for offering a picnic to make me feel better about the loss of the laptop from the school offices and the potential loss of my identity. I am a vegetarian not interested in a feel-good picnic. As I do not eat hot dogs and hamburgers, please take the money that you would have spent on my portion of this picnic and pay for monitoring my identity.

Steamboat briefs: Charges still pending in Lopez fight-related death

Charges have yet to be filed in connection with the Jan. 5 death of Richard Lopez, who was injured in a fight in downtown Steamboat Springs three days prior.

Mary Darcy: Editorial wrong

None of the Editorial Board members who wrote the Sunday editorial on class size were at that particular school board meeting, and it showed. I found it misleading. It, along with the accompanying article "Class-size debate murky," did not give an accurate portrayal of the meeting or the issue.

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Joanne Palmer: Simple answers to complex questions

Lately, I've been contemplating one of life's more enduring questions. I don't mean the simplistic, easy-to-answer stuff such as, "What is the meaning of life?" Everyone knows the answer is chocolate.

Our View: Ultimately, district makes right decision

The Steamboat Springs School District did the right thing Tuesday when it negotiated a deal to provide credit monitoring for all past and present employees whose Social Security numbers were on a laptop stolen from district offices.

The Record for March 2

7:31 a.m. A welfare check was requested in the 26500 block of Routt County Road 43 for a 32-year-old man who had been feeling depressed. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies located the man, and he was fine.

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Girls soccer team aims higher

Winning league not good enough for Sailors

Rob Bohlmann and his Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team have their sights set on something more than a 2009 Western Slope League title.

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Stoddard, Gay awarded prestigious scholarship

SSHS seniors offered full-ride scholarship to any state school

For the first time in Steamboat Springs High School history, two seniors have been offered a Boettcher Scholarship in the same year. Charlie Stoddard and Jamie Gay were among 40 Colorado students offered a full-ride scholarship to any Colorado school.

Felony drug charges filed against Jensens

Steamboat couple accused of growing, selling marijuana out of their home

Marijuana possession and cultivation charges have been filed against a Steamboat Springs couple accused of growing the drug at their Ninth Street home.

Tuesday, March 3

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District strikes deal for former staff members

School officials to offer free credit monitoring to former employees with compromised information

In a change of position Tuesday, Steamboat Springs School District officials found a way to offer former employees a free year's worth of credit monitoring after personal information was compromised by the theft of a district laptop last week.

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Mild weather expected throughout week

Weekend storm could bring winter back to the Yampa Valley

According to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, this afternoon's high temperature is expected to reach 54 degrees. Highs forecast for the rest of the week are in the 40s. Temperatures reached the mid-50s Tuesday.

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat man suspected of stealing woman's wallet

Radcliffe Anthony Morris, a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs resident and Jamaican citizen, was arrested Monday on suspicion of theft, identity theft and two related charges.

The Record for March 1

Sunday, March 1

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Birch welcomed home

Hayden police chief honored for his service in Iraq

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch was welcomed home by American Legion Post 89, where he is the senior vice commander. Birch said he still was in culture shock after only three days at home. Birch spent 191 days in Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Jimmy Westlake: Saturn at opposition

On Sunday, the ringed planet Saturn will be at its closest point to the Earth for the year, a point called opposition. At the moment of opposition, the Earth is positioned directly between Saturn and the sun, placing the two planets as close together as they can be.

Investigation into death continues

No charges expected to be filed in Sunday's missing child case

The Routt County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the Sunday death of a Steamboat Springs man whom a former co-worker described Monday as a "spirited young man with a great sense of humor."

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Tom Ross: Denver architect took great care with downtown building

Who would have thought the modest little building tucked into the corner between the library and Little Toots Park carries the pedigree of a famous architect?

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Council wrapping up prioritization

Council also to discuss water policy, big box, transportation

The Steamboat Springs City Council plans to finalize today a prioritized list of city services and programs that will be used to help guide substantial budget cuts at a meeting next week.

Monday, March 2

Moose incident underscores potential dangers

Spectators at ski area catch confused moose on tape as it wanders amongst skiers. Increasing number of encounters between moose and humans likely to continue, wildlife officials say.

District charging former employees for credit monitoring

Some retired teachers say it's outrageous for them to be charged a $40 fee to protect Social Security numbers that were on a laptop stolen last week from district offices.

20-year-old dies after party

Steamboat man's Sunday morning death under investigation

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was pronounced dead of unknown causes early Sunday morning at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Aging Well: Discuss precious possessions sooner than later

Sometimes it helps to be outspoken when making important decisions. At least that was the case for Bobbi Beall, who got together with her two sisters and mother to decide how to divide their mother's possessions.

Eagle County is going green

Officials: More hybrids a goal

What is it, exactly, that makes Eagle County such a great place to live?

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Deb Babcock: Common plant problems in Steamboat

All of a sudden, your lush, beautiful houseplant is looking like the shriveled, cobwebbed cake from Miss Haversham's wedding dinner. Is its decrepit appearance caused by lack of grooming, a forgotten sustenance or something more sinister?

Monday Medical: Keep your joints moving

If you have reached middle age, you may be experiencing some pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis.

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Proposed project at base of ski area could break ground this year

Loui Antonucci: City Council not planning to fund project

The committee shaping the course of new public improvements at the base of Steamboat Ski Area isn't ready to give up on beginning construction on a pedestrian promenade this year.

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Local skiers come just short of Telemark title in nationals

There was plenty of goofing around Sunday during the dual slalom event at Howelsen Hill that wrapped up the U.S. Telemark National Championships.

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Cultures unite at charity soccer game

Tournament serves as fundraiser for Brazilian children

Just because Sunday's international soccer games centered on cultural understanding and uniting around the sport for a good cause did not mean that long-standing soccer rivalries took a back seat.

Charter school supporters forming committees

Stagecoach proponents to explore options, submit application to district for 2010-11 academic year

The steering committee has set a goal of submitting its charter application to the South Routt School District by Aug. 15, and if it decides a school is feasible, opening the charter school in some form for the 2010-11 school year, steering committee member Kim Rabon said Saturday.

The Record for Feb. 28, 2009

12:22 a.m. Steamboat police assisted a motorist at Pine Grove Road and Rollingstone Drive.

Sunday, March 1

Toddler found OK after reported missing Sunday

Officers were working Sunday night to reunite an 18-month-old Routt County boy with his mother after he was reported missing Sunday afternoon. Police say a family member took the child.

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Hayden girls basketball faces losing streak

Tigers fall to Panthers, 47-36, for 3rd loss of season

It's a situation the Hayden girls basketball team hasn't seen all season, so there's no way to know how it will react.

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Rangely boys basketball shoots down Hayden

Having already played Rangely three times and losing twice, the Hayden boys basketball team entered Saturday's fourth showdown with the Panthers - this time in the consolation game of the district tournament - well aware of the danger Rangely's Patrick Phelan could pose from the free throw line.

Sports briefs: Anderson dominates at Telemark nationals

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club telemark coach Shane Anderson put on a show for his students Friday and Saturday.

John F. Russell: Boarding celebrates milestone

Chris Smith wasn't looking to change the world when he arrived in Steamboat Springs more than 20 years ago.

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Rugby training in Hayden is drawing a crowd

One look at Graham "Bushy" Muir and it's not hard to tell what the athletes he trains are in for. Five days a week, Muir works out with groups of locals. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Muir trains with men. Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for women.

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Ski area ambassadors tackle range of tasks with a smile

After eight years as an ambassador at Steamboat Ski Area, Margot Johns can spot people who need assistance almost instantly, regardless of poor visibility and the difficulty in reading facial expressions through goggles and neck gaiters.

Business file: Small-business group warns about tax scam

The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a scam alert Feb. 19 to small businesses, warning them not to respond to letters falsely claiming to have been sent by the SBA asking for bank account information in order to qualify them for federal tax rebates, according to a news release.

Jail Report for Feb. 21 to Feb. 27

Saturday, Feb. 21

Best of the Web: For furloughs, for now

What does a furlough do? A furlough allows you to quickly and somewhat comfortably cut money from the budget with out affecting employees too much.

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Conference liaisons finding means to attract businesses

Conference liaisons at Steamboat Springs' major hotels hope to entice businesses by providing perks and paying attention to customers' needs.

Looking Back for March 1, 1934: Town officers to be elected April 3

From the Friday, March 1, 1934 edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Routt County Spotlight: Jennifer Shea

Age: 33

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Hayden 6th-graders learn science with hands-on experience

The balloon flew out of sixth-grader Taylor Colding's hand like a shot.

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Class-size debate murky

Study inconclusive on impacts of enrollment, teachers

Class size is a recurring debate topic in Steamboat Springs, but despite many discussions, there have been few concrete numbers or recommendations.

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Steamboat Dance Theatre choreographers take pieces from start to finish

Tiana Buschmann's biggest challenge as a choreographer: "The dancers."

On the market: Local Realtor mentioned in The New York Times

Steamboat Springs Realtor Doug Labor, of buyers Resource Real Estate, was cited as a source for a Feb. 25 article by Dee Gill in The New York Times. The article surveyed resort destinations for relative values in vacation condominiums.

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Oak Creek split on police issues

Survey: Residents want code enforcement, unwilling to raises taxes to fund it

Opinion in Oak Creek is split nearly 50/50 on whether the town needs its own police department, according to the results of a survey conducted earlier this month.

Class notes: Gayle Dudley named Counselor of the Month

Gayle Dudley named Counselor of the Month

Real estate transactions for Feb. 19 to 25

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

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After delays, Bombay Grill scheduled to open this month

Steamboat Springs finally will get some Indian flavor this month. The new Bombay Grill, which will be the city's only Indian restaurant, has scheduled its grand opening for March 20.

Steve Aigner: We need an airtight water policy

On Tuesday, the City Council will consider a formal water dedication policy.

John Buckland: History according to Eric Holder

Recently, I was reading an article by Devlin Barrett, of The Associated Press, about U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks Feb. 18. The Attorney General said, "Though the nation proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."

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Top 75 Realtors dominate transactions

Majority of 395 local brokers divvy up 18 percent of the market share for 2008

The top 75 Realtors in the Steamboat Springs market accounted for 74 percent of the dollar volume in 2008. And at least 143 Realtors didn't close a single transaction last year.

Our view: Class size vote correct

The Steamboat Springs School Board was correct last week to keep administrative control of class-size policy in the hands of the superintendent.

Editorial cartoon for March 1, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for Feb. 22, 2009.

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Mill closure to hurt logging, beetle mitigation

The economy is tanking, and the bugs are peaking. It's a toxic recipe for forestry, and one of the most important regional sawmills is the latest victim of the poison.

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Local Realtors give advice about attracting buyers in Steamboat Springs

Realtor Cam Boyd is cautioning property owners to think carefully before putting their homes on the market this spring. But if they do go forward with sale plans, he has an anecdote about supply and demand to share from his college years.

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Sailors lose to Trojans, 48-40, in tough playoff

The sixth-seeded Sailors' comeback from a dreadful first half came up just short Saturday night in a 48-40 loss to No. 3 Longmont in the 4A second-round matchup.

Joel Reichenberger: SSHS trio had fun

The Colorado High School State Skiing Championships proved to be a chance to shine for many Steamboat Springs High School alpine skiers, but it wasn't the best of weekends for a few athletes I had my eyes on.

The Record for Feb. 27

Friday, Feb. 27

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Night photography offers new challenges and rewards

Orion and his brilliant belt sashayed through patchy clouds for several hours Thursday night. The wind finally won out, however. The clouds were blown east, and all the constellations shone in brilliant clarity from the trails on Emerald Mountain.

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Pilot & Today named best paper

Publication sweeps annual Colorado Press Association contest

The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the top overall newspaper in its circulation class Saturday during the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest banquet at the Brown Palace hotel in Denver.