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Holli Salazar earns Female Athlete of the Year

Tiger earns award for 2nd consecutive year

Thanks to her efforts in leading a resurgent Hayden volleyball program and a trailblazing basketball team and to her strong track and field season, Holli Salazar, for the second year, is the Routt County Female Athlete of the Year.

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Alex Wood earns Male Athlete of the Year

Steamboat Springs High School 2009 graduate dominant in 3 sports for the Sailors

The first time Steamboat Springs High School basketball coach Luke DeWolfe led the Sailors in the summer, senior Alex Wood made him feel much better about following in the large shadow of former coach Kelly Meek.

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Skiers cling to winter's remnants on Rabbit Ears Pass

Winter's last stand was fading quickly Wednesday.

The Record for May 29

12:44 a.m. A drunken pedestrian was reported at Sixth Street and Lincoln Ave. Steamboat Springs police said the man was gone on arrival.

Gail Smith and Paul Hughes: Editorial Board a worthy endeavor

To the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board: We wish to thank you for the opportunity to serve as community representatives on the Editorial Board.

Steve Aigner: Reciprocity, fairness and affordable housing

The first writers on "community" underscored the importance of reciprocity, the notion that "you get what you give."

Business File: Occupancy for mountain towns increases in April

Occupancy for mountain towns increases in April

Our View: We all can do more to solve bear issues

Believe it or not, bears haven't always been so commonplace in Steamboat Springs. But the city's rapid growth during the past 15 years and our continued encroachment into bear habitat has resulted in increased encounters with our ursine neighbors.

Real estate transactions for May 21 to 27, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

Human tidal wave yet to swamp assessor

June 1 deadline approaches for residents to appeal tax valuation notices

The number of appeals of property tax valuations received by the office of Routt County Assessor Mike Kerrigan almost has doubled in the seven days since May 20. Kerrigan says he still hasn't seen the high volume of appeals he originally anticipated, but that doesn't mean it still won't happen before the June 1 deadline.

The Jail Report for May 23 to 29

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

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Steamboat seniors flip tassels at commencement Saturday

Friends and family packed the high school's gymnasium, including the upper viewing area, to honor the 122-member Class of 2009. The ceremony included several more speakers in addition to Gay, including valedictorian Charlie Stoddard, along with recognition of more than $340,000 in scholarships and the presentation of diplomas.

Joel Reichenberger: Rain, rain go away

I've always liked rainy days.

Class notes: Mellor named Rotary Student of the Month for May

Jonathan Mellor, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, has been named the Rotary Student of the Month for May.

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Haymaker works to protect wetland areas, native species

With sustainability efforts and a reduced use of pesticides and water, Haymaker Golf Course is hoping to make a name in environmental sustainability as it protects wetland areas across the course to support native species.

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Soap Box Derby speeds through rain in Hayden

11-year-old winner Ian Weibel to race at national competition in Ohio

Ian Weibel maintained a head-down racing position to win the Yampa Valley Soap Box Derby on May 23, earning a place at the All-American Soap Box Derby championship in Ohio at the end of July.

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Heartful Hats gives something fun to chemotherapy patients

When Marilyn McCaulley picked up crocheting for the first time this winter, she couldn't have imagined the volunteer craft effort her hobby would become.

Routt County Spotlight: Mellisa Baumgartner

Occupation: Records/evidence manager, Routt County Sheriff's Office

On the Market: April sales lead 2009, with 38 units sold

The Steamboat real estate market put out some green shoots of its own in April, chalking up the greatest volume in terms of dollars and units sold in 2009. Bruce Carta, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reports 38 units sold in April accounting for $27 million.

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Cranes come down

One Steamboat Place notches a milestone

The year of the crane has come to a conclusion at One Steamboat Place. The two yellow construction cranes at the 80-unit luxury condominium project at the base of Steamboat Ski Area were disassembled May 20 to 22.

Steamboat briefs: Yampatika offering summer programs

Yampatika's summer programs provide children with hands-on opportunities to explore their natural surroundings. Each program is theme-based and designed to inspire environmental stewardship through education. This summer's themes include Recycling and Beyond, Legends of the Yampa Valley, and Winged Wonders. New for 2009, Wilderness Pioneers is offered for youths ages 12 to 14. This program will teach wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace practices, ending with a pack-in, pack-out overnight trip. Programs are offered for children ages 5 to 14 and run from June 29 to Aug. 14. Yampatika has need-based scholarships available, thanks to the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation. For details, go to www.yampatika.org or call 871-9151.

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Freestyle moguls star Patrick Deneen eyes 2010 Winter Olympics

To think, Patrick Deneen was almost not even here. But Deneen, 21, has used the past two years to go from afterthought to potential favorite at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

John F. Russell: Daley gets his shot

Graduation is a time to ponder the future and celebrate the past. Like so many others, Steamboat Springs High School graduate Peter Daley celebrated the successful completion of his high school career with friends and family Saturday.

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Law agencies look to grants for additional funding

With less money available from their overseeing commissions and local government, Routt County law enforcement agencies are looking for grants from state and national organizations to fund day-to-day operations and special enforcement programs.

Best of the Web: Remember Benita Bristol

RIP, Benita. You have been such an inspiration for this community, a wonderful example of community activism and dedication. It has been a pleasure to know you all these years.

Megan Moore-Kemp: YVEA needs change

I am very pleased with all the press about the upcoming Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors election.

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Rodeo board bullish for summer

Steamboat Springs mainstay needs strong year to avoid downsizing

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board members have decided to hold firm to a 10-week, 20-performance schedule that begins next month, while offering a heavily discounted season pass for locals to encourage attendance and hoping for a strong season that ropes a return to historic funding levels.

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Andy Wirth returns Monday

Ski Corp. official to focus on air program, marketing

The airline program, the Winter Olympics and marketing efforts make up some of the largest blips on Andy Wirth's radar these days.

Rick Akin: It's all about ideas

The online version of the May 17 commentary about the 1773 Club ("Reliving 1773") drew a lot of comments that deserve to be addressed.

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Network to host money discussions for women in Steamboat, Hayden

The Women's Financial Network has planned its first local workshop, "How Money Works," for this week. Events are Monday in Steamboat Springs and Tuesday in Hayden. It's free, and no men are allowed, said Pam Landy, the network's regional coordinator.

Saturday, May 30

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Motocross facility to open Monday near Hayden

7-acre spot has tracks for adults, children

The Stokes Gulch Motocross Track officially opens Monday across from the Hayden Speedway, thanks to the visions of Mike Andrews.

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3 graduate from Yampa Valley School

School's alternative approach garners positive results

At some point while attending Steamboat Springs High School, Josie Pacana stopped enjoying it. So for her senior year, she transferred to Yampa Valley School, which offers students a second chance in an alternative educational environment.

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Tom Ross: Eating dinner with strangers

When I show up at a community picnic or a business luncheon, I typically push myself outside my comfort zone and sit down next to someone I don't recognize.

Aspen rugby prepares for Final Four

Steamboat resident Chris Baumann gives team a boost

Ask Gentlemen of Aspen rugby player and Steamboat Springs resident Chris Baumann about today's Division I Final Four, and the normally soft-spoken giant doesn't mince words. Aspen should and will win the title, Baumann said.

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Jimmy Westlake: Three Leaps of the Gazelle

I love star lore. The legends and stories attached to the stars carry us back centuries or even millennia and tell us not only about the stars, but also about the stargazers of old.

Sustainability group has local roots

Council sprouted from Green Team to expand leadership

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

The Record for May 28, 2009

1:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 1000 block of Walton Creek Road, where two intoxicated men reportedly were yelling at each other. Officers mediated the situation.

Steamboat briefs: Historic Routt County hosts painting session

Historic Routt County hosts informal plein air painting sessions from 8 a.m. to noon today and June 6.

Oak Creek, Yampa may split policing job

The towns of Yampa and Oak Creek face a shared difficulty - how to police on a budget. At the Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday night, town trustees said they would be willing to discuss the option of sharing a community service officer.

School district employees approved for salary step increase

The Steamboat Springs School District's staff voted, 175-13, to accept a proposal Thursday from the district's Collaborative Bargaining Team that would grant them salary step increases but not increase their base salaries.

Inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival lineup is in the works

The weekend schedule for the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival is beginning to take shape, as local arts and culture organizations jump on board for the four-day festival of performances, workshops and art opportunities.

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Local Forest Service workers gear up with fire refresher course

With about a month to go before wildland fire season is expected to kick into high gear, a collection of local forest workers, firefighters and others participated in a wildland firefighting refresher course Friday put on by the U.S. Forest Service.

Looking Back for June 1, 1934: Improvements will be made at rodeo grounds

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

Friday, May 29

Eagle airport expansion under way

Vail hopes to boost business, tourism with longer runway

One of Aspen's biggest resort competitors is undertaking a $22 million runway expansion so it can accommodate more commercial airline flights during winters and summers.

Intrawest declines to invest in new gondola

Development manager: Smaller people-mover lift still on track for Wildhorse Meadows

Hours before a scheduled public hearing Thursday, Intrawest declined to fund a share of a $7 million high-speed people-mover gondola that was to have been a collaboration with Resort Ventures West, developers of Wildhorse Meadows.

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Planning Commission paves way for taller, denser base area

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission gave its strong blessing Thursday night to a bundle of amendments that will pave the way for taller, denser and more predictable developments at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Rob Douglas: Supreme consequences

Throughout the run-up to last year's presidential election, there was little attention paid outside of legal circles to whom candidate Barack Obama might select to sit on the Supreme Court if given the opportunity.

Chamber suffers 'fractures' after special meeting

The Craig Chamber of Commerce board conducted a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss issues surrounding the organization's executive director and her handling of a contentious bid award.

Film capsules for May 29, 2009

Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Pappas climbs rugby ladder

2005 Steamboat grad, now CSU junior, makes regional all-star team

In only his fourth season playing competitive rugby, Charlie Pappas - a 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and junior at Colorado State University - made the Western United States All-Star rugby team.

Dance music with Bayou flair

The most memorable show of Troy "Dikki Du" Carrier's musical life came a little early.

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Aaron Watson plays family-friendly country Sunday at Ghost Ranch

If five people show up to see Texas country singer Aaron Watson play at Ghost Ranch Saloon on Sunday, he's willing to guarantee those five people one of the best shows they've ever seen.

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Job fair offers few jobs

Workforce Center instead has resources for unemployed

The Colorado Workforce Center was in a bind. How do you host a job fair when there are no jobs available? The solution, said employment specialist Brian Bradbury, was the Routt County Summer Resource Fair, with information and services available for the unemployed.

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Rossi to walk on to basketball program at Mesa State

Soroco High School star to take shot at college basketball

Soroco High School's Sarajane Rossi spurned offers from smaller colleges and opportunities in track and field to walk on to the girls basketball program at Mesa State College in Grand Junction in the fall.

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2 high school seniors present energy study to Ski Corp.

SSHS graduation is 2 p.m. Saturday

Chrissy Ford and Ben Paley wanted to do something practical for their senior project. And they wanted to do something green. They decided to study the feasibility of using wind energy to produce electricity for lifts at the ski area.

The Record for May 27, 2009

12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on suspicion of driving while ability impaired and speeding after a traffic stop at Pine Grove Road and Rollingstone Drive.

Steamboat briefs: Quintero's closes doors in Hayden on Thursday

Quintero's, a Mexican restaurant that opened in December 2007 in Hayden, closed its doors Thursday.

Thursday, May 28

New Works Festival lineup announced

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp event scheduled for June 19-21

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp has announced the lineup for its 2009 New Works Festival, scheduled for June 19 to 21. Tickets for all New Works Festival performances are $15 and will be available June 1, according to a news release.

Roberts recounts skydiving accident

City manager's condition improves to "fair" in California hospital

Reached by telephone in his hospital room Thursday, Roberts described the weekend accident that concluded with his successfully dodging a 30-foot building, only to get tangled in TV antennae on top of it. The city manager is now listed in fair condition.

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Man catches 31-inch pike in Casey's Pond

Drew Jenrich, state DOW net fish 75 minutes after it was hooked

Drew Jenrich was giving his new fly rod a test drive on Thursday morning at Casey's Pond, hoping for a rainbow trout, when a telltale tug on his line turned out to be something very different.

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Tapping into U2

Under a Blood Red Sky goes for authenticity in tribute

On June 5, 1983, U2 delivered an epic live show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The concert became cemented in Billy "Bono" Bunting's mind - and eventually led to him fronting the U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky, which plays at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Sports briefs: 8th-grade red lacrosse team takes title

The eighth-grade red Steamboat Youth Lacrosse team has now done what no other Steamboat team has. The team won the eighth-grade A division for the first time in the six-year history of the Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament.

Field at Emerald Park gets new fence

Local donors help fund improvement

Baseball coach Dave Roy has been pounding the pavement since the fall looking for help. But he discovered during the winter that he didn't have to walk too far to find support in the community of Steamboat Springs.

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Brent Boyer: More coverage without 4 Points

I've lived in Steamboat Springs only seven years, but it's been long enough to witness incredible growth in our arts community. Just the past few years have seen an explosion of new gallery spaces in downtown Steamboat.

SSHS junior Genna Bradley strives for college scholarship

When Steamboat Springs High School junior Genna Bradley started diving her freshman year, winning a state title was classified under her "wildest dreams."

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Author preaches sustainability through small acts

Auden Schendler to tell stories from green revolution at Bud Werner Memorial Library

So you want to join the sustainability revolution. A first step might be to replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps, or use cloth bags instead of plastic at the supermarket.

The Record for May 26

Tuesday, May 26

Steamboat Briefs: Lodging expected to be 14 percent full in Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer, in a forecast for the coming weekend, projects 3,500 fewer visitors than corresponding dates last year. The barometer measures occupied pillows at lodgings across Steamboat.

Oak Creek Town Board set to continue police talks

Law enforcement issues on agenda for tonight's meeting

The Oak Creek Town Board tonight will review input from Routt County commissioners and residents about the possibility of resurrecting the Oak Creek police force, as the town continues its search for a permanent law enforcement solution.

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Former local killed in Navy crash

Eric Purvis worked at ski area, coached for Winter Sports Club

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Eric Purvis, a former Steamboat Springs resident, was among five people killed in a Navy helicopter crash May 19.

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The Click offers $500 reward

Burglary and recent break-in attempt leads owner to ask for help

The owner of The Click skate shop is offering a $500 reward for information after an attempted break-in Tuesday morning left the store's front window pocked with holes.

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Ashley Benton's new work makes real images whimsical

In "The Space Between," mixed media artist Ashley Benton wants to widen the gap between what's real and what's imagined.

Hayden delays charter plans

Draft not likely for next week

Hayden's home rule process might take longer than expected. The first draft of the charter is going through lawyers, Town Manager Russ Martin said, and they've suggested changes and deletions.

Francisco Reina served a summons Wednesday

City attorney does not expect to seek jail time

A Craig Police Department officer delivered Francisco Reina's municipal court summons Wednesday morning, less than 12 hours after city officials decided to prosecute the former candidate for spending too much of his own money in the city election last month.

Wednesday, May 27

Roberts' condition still serious

City manager continuing to improve after Saturday skydiving accident

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts remained in serious condition Wednesday at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, but family members said they continue to see steady signs of improvement.

City proposes major base area zoning changes

New regulations would allow taller, denser development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area

The highest allowable height at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area would increase from 67 feet to 105 feet under proposed changes to be considered by the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday.

City to prosecute Francisco Reina

Former council candidate spent 3 times campaign limit

The Craig City Council voted, 6-0, Tuesday to recommend the city attorney prosecute a former council candidate for spending more money than was allowed on his campaign for the April election.

Charles F. Perry: A little bit about YVEA

Thank you for your interest in Yampa Valley Electric Association. The product of Brandon Gee's efforts on May 3 ("Struggle with power") identified the candidates, and your editorial May 10 ("Power to the people") should create participation among the association's membership as they choose between economic stability or embrace change on June 20.

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Joanne Palmer: 'The Flowerpot Shuffle'

A new dance craze is sweeping Routt County, and it's called "The Flowerpot Shuffle." No fancy footwork or music is required. Just grab the nearest flowerpot and you'll be ready to go.

School district curriculum director position eliminated

JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler's position as director of curriculum and instruction for the Steamboat Springs School District was eliminated in the proposed 2009-10 budget.

Local biker Brad Bingham wins 3rd cup

Steamboat Springs mountain bike racer Brad Bingham made it three-for-three Sunday afternoon by winning his division of the Mountain States Cup's third start, on a wet, slippery and somewhat technical cross-country course in Angel Fire, N.M.

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Carnival to benefit Strawberry Park Elementary

Starting Thursday evening, the Strawberry Park Elementary School Parent Teacher Information Committee will host Spring into Summer, a carnival and fundraiser to benefit the school.

The Record for May 25

Monday, May 25 12:35 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a suspicious incident in Lithia Springs Park on 13th Street.

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Rivers trending downward

Snowpack levels much lower than last year, average

Recent rain may lead to fluctuating streamflows this week, but the Yampa and Elk rivers already have peaked and are trending downward, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the weather service in Grand Junction, said both rivers peaked last week, on May 21.

Lottery scam suspects in court

Police arrest 4 individuals on theft and related charges

Four suspects in what police are calling a "Jamaican lottery scam" case appear in court today and Thursday for status conferences.

Our View: Helping the unemployed

Routt County unemployment ballooned to 7.6 percent in April, the latest in a stream of troubling and disheartening economic news for Northwest Colorado.

Roberts steadily improves

Investigations of city manager's skydiving accident under way

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts' condition continues to improve in a California hospital after a Saturday skydiving accident that is under investigation.

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Arrest warrant pending in pot bust

Chemicals and 6 plants, 2 ounces of dried marijuana seized

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies seized six marijuana plants, 62.8 grams (2.2 ounces) of dried marijuana and 10 samples of chemicals during a raid on a house east of Hayden on Thursday and Friday.

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Young violinist takes final bow

Anna Roder performs senior recital today

The day after her senior violin recital, Anna Roder will catch a plane to Europe to spend two weeks with family. Then, she'll head back to Steamboat Springs for one day before she leaves for music school, which she's starting eight weeks early.

Tuesday, May 26

Minor injuries in rollover

A one-car rollover on Colorado Highway 131 left two women with minor injuries Tuesday evening.

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Benita Bristol dies at age 87

Higher-education champion and Routt County native worked with CMC for decades

Benita Bristol, a Routt County native and higher education advocate who worked with Colorado Mountain College for decades, died Monday after an illness. She was 87.

Injured youth corps worker expected to recover

A Rocky Mountain Youth Corps worker injured Thursday is expected to make a full recovery, Corps Executive Director Gretchen Van De Carr said Tuesday. Colin Davidson, 20, of St. Clair, Mich., had worked with the corps since March.

Local artist featured in Denver gallery

Laura Wait's show, "Counterplay," focuses on shapes of words and images from chess

Laura Wait's show, "Counterplay," focuses on shapes of words and images from chess.

CBI to analyze chemicals from pot bust

Investigators said no arrests yet related to Thursday raid near Hayden

During the Thursday raid at a residence east of Hayden, officers confiscated six marijuana plants, an undisclosed amount of cured marijuana and some chemicals that investigators will turn over to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

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Restaurant Week nets mixed results

Most restaurant owners said they'd participate in the weeklong event again

The Steamboat event included weeklong specials at 14 restaurants. Some saw a slight uptick, but others said it didn't drive much traffic. A second week is scheduled for fall.

Steamboat briefs: Advance tickets on sale for Strawberry Park fundraiser

Advance tickets on sale for Strawberry Park fundraiser

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Memorial Day ceremony honors veterans' local contributions

The sky was overcast. Rain fell from gray clouds. But the weather didn't dampen the significance of Monday's Memorial Day ceremony.

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Tom Ross: Veterans at rest overlook Steamboat

The stories of remarkable lives are waiting to be rediscovered

Editor's note: Tom Ross is off for the Memorial Day holiday. This column originally was published in May 2003.

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Faux Show dominates again

Australian kayaker wins 4th Paddling Life title

For a few moments, the announcers at Monday's Paddling Life Pro Invitational pretended they wouldn't reveal the winner of the women's portion of the competition. The ruse didn't last long. Australian Tanya Faux won her fourth overall victory in the fourth-annual event.

Family says Jon Roberts improving

City manager in California hospital after skydiving accident

City manager's condition is improving at a California hospital after a skydiving accident Saturday.

Hayden seeks charter feedback

Commission members want to hear from residents

Hayden residents have a chance to speak up about the town's future at a hearing Wednesday.

Rain doesn't slow tennis tournament

Jim Swiggart didn't have to look to confirm that the U.S. Tennis Association's Intermountain Section 12-year-old Memorial Day tennis tournament was a success.

Hinder chooses California

Local football player verbally commits to west coast university

Steamboat Springs High School junior quarterback Austin Hinder verbally committed to the University of California-Berkeley on Monday.

The Record for May 24

Sunday, May 24

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More than 200 residents gather for Memorial Day service

Barely a few sounds could be heard over a gathering of more than 200 people at Craig Cemetery on Monday morning. Only the flat caws of crows, soft wails from a baby and piercing squeaks from a large American flag being raised to half-mast were cast over the crowd.

Checkpoints, patrols net arrests during weekend

Steamboat Springs police and Colorado State Patrol officers arrested 12 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs this weekend.

Water plan on agenda

Broad blueprint for conservation could save cash for taxpayers

Local water and sustainability experts hope to help residents save money and the environment. They're sharing a wide-ranging water conservation plan with the public this week. Their first goal is to slash peak water use in the Steamboat Springs area by 10 percent by 2015.

Monday, May 25

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Saloon opens with strong sets

Ghost Ranch venue rocks big opening weekend

Blues-laden soul, punk and early rock 'n' roll were among the styles covered in Ghost Ranch Saloon's opening weekend, with sets from The Informants, Tony Furtado, Agent Orange, the Amputators and Missed the Boat.

Hinder commits to Cal

Nationally recruited SSHS quarterback picks California school

Steamboat Springs High School junior quarterback Austin Hinder- listed as the second-ranked quarterback and No. 84 prospect overall by www.rivals.com - verbally committed to the University of California-Berkeley on Monday. The 6-foot-5 Hinder said his ties to the Cal program played a big role in the choice.

Aging well: Connecting with grandchildren through nature

School almost is out for the summer, and that means many older adults are expecting visits from grandchildren.

Harriet Freiberger: We need reminding

It's a simple thing - wearing a poppy, and yet more than a colorful accessory, the small red flower pinned to a hat or a shirt collar reminds us. It is Memorial Day. We are called upon to come to a stop, to understand why and how we can enjoy so much. The day has been declared a national holiday. The calendar is marked accordingly, we make our plans for outings with family and friends, but a deeper and louder voice comes from within.

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Memorial Day events

Memorial Day events

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Scout lays flags to rest

Strbuck has placed boxes at post offices, library for old American flags

Old Glory is entitled to a respectful retirement when she gets tattered or torn, and Boy Scout Leo Starbuck is trying to make sure each worn-out flag receives a proper send-off.

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River Festival slalom event draws crowd for annual competition

Barry Smith has paddled a kayak in each of the Yampa River Festival kayak slalom competition's 29 years.

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Luke Graham: Games of the year

Although the prep season has wrapped up, it's hard not to look at the 2008-09 year and think about some of the accomplishments. It gave us great performances from Hayden, Steamboat and Soroco athletes and teams. Several athletes won state titles, including Kylee Swiggart and Sara Bearss in tennis and Cole Worsley in swimming.

The Record for May 23

Saturday, May 23

Steamboat briefs: American Legion offers transport to VA services

American Legion offers transport to VA services

Deb Babcock: Growing vegetables locally

With such nice weather lately, it's tempting to get outside and start planting vegetables in your garden right away.

Monday Medical: Memory loss, diabetes: Is there a link?

Yampa Valley Medical Center presents Taking Care of Me, its free monthly family health program at 6 p.m. June 1 in Conference Room 1. The topic is "Memory Loss and Diabetes: Is There a Link?" Emmalie Conner, of the Alzheimer's Association, will be the presenter.

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Students tell classmates to be fearless in graduation speeches

Moffat County High School's graduation ceremony was all about movement. The students filed into the school gymnasium Saturday in pairs, a girl in white and a boy in blue. Paparazzi parents snapped photos, and the crowd sent forth whoops and hollers for their favorite graduates.

Local Realtor completes training, earns designation

Lisa Balstad recently was awarded the Graduate Realtor Institute designation, according to a news release. Balstad, who sells real estate for Re/Max, About You LLC, has been selling real estate now for nearly three years.

Sunday, May 24

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Corna remembered as charming, generous

Hundreds gather Sunday afternoon for memorial service near Slopeside Grill

Chris Corna was a charmer - a lover of animals and Tom Petty, a great teacher, a tireless adventurer and a heck of a businessman, his friends and family members said.

City manager seriously hurt in skydiving accident

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts was hurt in a skydiving accident Saturday near Perris, Calif. He was listed in serious condition Sunday night at Loma Linda Hospital in Loma Linda, Calif.

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No way to sugar coat it: Animals can prove to be a nuisance

Sandie Ihlenfeldt was the unwitting host to quite a party at her house Tuesday. As she was away from her home on Mark Twain Lane on Tuesday night, a guest broke through a screened window into her home and ate a dessert she had made earlier in the day.

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The Olympian developer offers 20 percent discount

Price change good only for the next three sales at complex

Paul Franklin, developer of The Olympian at Fifth and Yampa streets, is testing his hypothesis that interested buyers in his downtown luxury condo building can be motivated to get in the game with a 20 percent price discount.

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Home takes advantage of beetle-killed lodgepole pine

The thousands of acres of dying evergreen trees in Northwest Colorado represent a tremendous timber resource, but let's face it: Lodgepole pine doesn't always get the respect it deserves.

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Community celebrates 100 years of the Depot

Local train station has been through many phases

In 1906, big-name members of the Steamboat Springs community started an effort to bring a railroad to town. By January 1909, the first passenger train on the Moffat Road had come through town; six months later, the station was ready for full-time use.

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Lacrosse player Ben Custer shines in weekend tournament

Like most people growing up, Ben Custer wanted to score the goals. Now, the eighth-grader does whatever he can to stop them. Ben, who started playing goalie in sixth grade because no one else wanted to, has been doing double duty for the eighth-grade Steamboat Youth Lacrosse teams.

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Ceremony to recognize local, regional war heroes for service

Carl Ramunno spent about 18 months in Korea during the Korean War. What he learned there would be the guiding force behind the rest of his life.

Experts offer aid to jobless

Resource fair is Thursday; networking group starts June 8

About a year ago Friday, the Steamboat Today classifieds section offered 142 job listings, 67 percent more than this year. That isn't a tally of total available jobs, however. Several of those listings advertised multiple jobs - 26 with the Steamboat Springs School District, for example.

Looking back for May 25, 1934

L.R. Rist, supervisor of the White River national forest, spent 10 days at the CCC camp near Yampa last week.

Class Notes: Lowell Whiteman graduate honored at Georgetown

A 2005 Lowell Whiteman School graduate was awarded for his work in Georgetown University's American Studies Program. Jordan Gray, who recently graduated from Georgetown, was given the Durkin Prize from the school.

The Record for May 22, 2009

1:37 a.m. During a traffic stop at Sixth and Pine streets, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 30-year-old Hayden man on charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, possessing an open container and disregarding a stop sign.

Steamboat briefs: Most Routt National Forest campgrounds still closed

Just one campground in the Routt National Forest will be available for Memorial Day weekend.

Laurie Weston: Thanks, Strings

I recently attended "Class Acts!" at the Strings Music Pavilion. It was one of the most enjoyable music events I have ever attended. Alpin Hong, the very talented musician, spent a week rehearsing with youths from all over Routt and Moffat counties to put on this show. His enthusiasm and talent made a big impression on the aspiring young musicians. Many hours of hard work went into this concert, and the results were outstanding.

Scott McGill: Power of voting

Your editorial last Sunday ("Power to the people," May 10 Pilot & Today) encouraging people to vote in the upcoming Yampa Valley Electric election for directors was right on the mark. As a cooperative, YVEA is owned and controlled by the customers, because every customer is a member. I strongly encourage everyone to mail back the ballot they will be receiving at the end of this month. The only effort voting entails is a check mark and a postage stamp.

Our view: Looking back and ahead

It must have been hard for friends and family of Clinton Koler to hold back tears Saturday morning when he walked across the stage at Soroco High School in Oak Creek to collect his high school diploma.

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Maryland company buys Steamboat business

K to the 8th Power sold to Connections Academy on May 6

A Baltimore-based company has bought K to the 8th Power, a Steamboat Springs location-neutral business.

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Local dogsledder Krista Halsnes featured in documentary

Krista Halsnes wasn't sure how she'd react under the glitz and glamour of the cameras and lights.

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Soda Creek students learn safety techniques

Elementary school children given presentations for Emergency Services Week

Steamboat Springs Police Officer Josh Carrell slapped his handcuffs on 10-year-old Oscar Gilbert on Thursday morning. No, Oscar wasn't under arrest. He was merely the lucky volunteer chosen from the group of Soda Creek Elementary School fourth-graders for the first presentation of Emergency Services Week.

Joel Reichenberger: Local girl far from a fluke

Steamboat Springs' Sarah Hamilton's run to the finals of the freestyle portion of last year's Paddling Life Pro Kayaking Invitational was, to say the least, unexpected.

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Steamboat company offers riverboarding lessons

The heart beats fast just standing on a boulder on the shore of the Yampa, riverboard in hand. It feels like a locomotive in the chest after jumping into the chilly waters - board leading the way - and rises to the throat even faster than water fills a wetsuit as body and board turn to head down river.

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Hiring freeze has slight thaw

County approves exemption for communications department

The countywide hiring freeze was thawed slightly this week as Routt County commissioners voted unanimously to allow a hiring freeze exemption for the communications department. The commissioners said they also would be willing to hear future freeze exemption requests that relate to public safety.

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Soroco graduates told to leave their marks

Soroco High School commencement speaker Sam McLeod said the size of the crowd at Saturday's graduation ceremony was a testament to how much the 2009 senior class meant to the entire community.

Jail Report for May 16 to May 22

Simon Levi Guthrie, 30, Steamboat Springs - Pattern of racketeering (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Gar Williams: Honoring those who serve

Patriotism.

Tim Nylen: Right in the wrong way

Dr. Savage ("Disputing Krugman," May 20 Steamboat Today) is correct in saying, "some of the critical aspects of the models have been proved wrong, thus invalidating the models in his judgment." Modeling the climate is not an exact science, and the model needs to be adjusted every year after the data is gathered. The data from 2008 places it in the top 10 of highest recorded temperatures. So, 12 of the highest recorded average temperatures have occurred in the past 14 years. The model from one year ago would be much more desirable than the current model. The 2008 data strays far from the model of 2007, for the worse.

Bethany Aurin: Reply to bus safety

We are writing in response to a derogatory letter about school bus safety ("School bus safety," Krista Andress) printed in the May 13 Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Mushing to the big screen

Local dogsledder Krista Halsnes featured in documentary

Steamboat Springs teen Krista Halsnes stars in firm about dog-sledding. Click on the headline to see a clip from the movie.

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Kayakers rule festival, but plenty of different crafts find way into water

Dan Piano was the last kayaker into the rushing water of the Yampa River on Saturday during the Yampa River Festival's kayak rodeo.

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Economic Summit offers success stories

Leaders across industries speak about their contributions to the community

This year's Economic Summit was all about optimism. Speakers focused on it, sessions revolved around it and participants exuded it.

John F. Russell: No time to slow down

It's that time of year.

Business File: Texas-style restaurant planned for Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

A Texas-style restaurant is scheduled to open this year at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The restaurant will serve items including chicken-fried steak and hamburgers, co-owner Scott Terzick said.

Real estate transactions for May 14 to May 20, 2009

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market: Intrawest CEO says business refocuses

Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen used plain language last week to describe his company's future in resort real estate while participating in a panel discussion at the annual convention of the National Ski Areas Association in Marco Island, Fla.

Saturday, May 23

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Deputies search home east of Hayden

Officers say marijuana, suspicious chemicals found; no arrests made

A search of a home just east of Hayden along U.S. Highway 40 netted six marijuana plants, an undisclosed amount of cured marijuana and some suspicious chemicals and liquids Friday, Routt County Sheriff's Office investigators said.

Locals to play in rugby Final 4

Steamboat Springs athletes help boost revival of Aspen squad

This is right where the Gentlemen of Aspen Division I rugby team expected to be.

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Steamboat Art Museum exhibit highlights rare plants

Carol Till has been involved with the American Society of Botanical Artists for years, but it wasn't until she started working on a new art exhibit - "RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado" - that she realized the educational impact the group could have.

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Middle school track team looks back on quick-moving season

The season flew past coach Scott Lewer faster than the finals of the 100-meter dash, but not before the 50 members of the Steamboat Springs Middle School track team made an impression.

Soroco approves step increases

$7.3M budget doesn't include base salary boost for employees

In the midst of a recession, the South Routt School Board on Thursday approved step increases for eligible employees.

The Record for May 21

Thursday, May 21

Superintendent presents school budget

Board members pleased with lack of cuts that directly affect students

Despite a dip in funding from the Education Fund Board and mapping the financial future of the Steamboat Springs School District in a tumultuous economic year, a budget was drafted for the 2009-10 school year without major program or staff cuts.

School District releases transcript from illegal meeting

As part of its settlement agreement with the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Steamboat Springs School District on Thursday released the transcript from an illegal executive session held by a previous School Board in January 2007.

Boys & Girls Club on its way

Local group, planned for more than a year, will open in June

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a 139-year-old institution, will open a branch in Steamboat Springs next month, giving local students an alternative for summer activities and an after-school club during the school year.

Memorial Day events and services

A listing of Memorial Day weekend events and services in Routt County

Youths ready to swing

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs will be swarming with children this weekend.

Marathon, triathlon events have yet to fill up

There still is plenty of opportunity for those hoping to throw their name in for the Steamboat Marathon.

Steamboat briefs: Worker hit by falling tree out of intensive care unit

Worker hit by falling tree out of intensive care unit

Labor scene grim

April numbers show 1.6 percentage point increase from March

Routt County's unemployment rate increased from 6 percent in March to 7.6 percent in April. "That's quite a jump," said Brian Bradbury, an employment specialist at the Colorado Workforce Center. It could reflect an adjustment from ski season to mud season in the area, he acknowledged.

Friday, May 22

Routt unemployment hits 7.6 percent

Number represents increase of 1.6 percentage points from March to April

The number pushes Routt above the state unemployment rate of 7.4 percent and represents a 1.6 percentage point increase from March to April. The sharp increase could represent the switch from ski season to mud season, employment specialist Brian Bradbury acknowledged.

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Seven-legged calf born

Animal also had two spines, Steamboat Veterinary Hospital worker said

A seven-legged calf was born Thursday afternoon at Steamboat Veterinary Hospital.

Memorial Day services to pay tribute to American servicemen, servicewomen

Veterans across Routt County will hold events remembering their fellow servicemen and servicewomen this Memorial Day weekend, including services conducted by the three Routt County American Legion posts.

Concert calendar for May 22

Concert calendar for May 22

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Battle of the Bands winners Knock on Wood talk about their sound

A little more than four months ago, Steamboat Springs High School students Connor Birch, Jake Supple and Max Shoffner decided to enter a student band competition at Olympian Hall.

On Scene: Teen Battle of the Bands

You have to hand it to the Steamboat Springs annual Teen Battle of the Bands: The thing runs smoothly.

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Springdale Quartet to play today, Saturday

Jazz base, jam branches get bar crowds moving

Springdale Quartet drummer Greg Russell and bassist Jordan Roos have been making music together for a while now.

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Margaret Hair: Look for 4 Points online

As part of an effort to give our readers more frequent, relevant and up-to-date news about the art, music, dance, theater, nightlife and more in the Yampa Valley, the Steamboat Pilot & Today will be moving away from the weekly arts section format we have used for years.

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Senior's graduation to cap inspirational journey

Clinton Koler joins Soroco High School class for Saturday's ceremony

When Clinton Koler walks across the Soroco High School gymnasium stage Saturday, he'll accomplish something his mother was told wouldn't be possible. Koler will be joined in his jaunt across the stage by Tatum Lombardi, one of his best friends. And he'll have no shortage of fans - wherever he goes in South Routt County, people know Koler and are drawn to him.

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River Festival continues today

Event offers recreation and awareness on the Yampa

This is Peter Van De Carr's 25th year running the Yampa River Festival. Aside from a love of the water and its uses, Van De Carr said his motivation to keep coming back is basic: "Well, it's fun, that's the only reason I do it. If it wasn't fun, I wouldn't do it," he said.

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The new show in town

Ghost Ranch Saloon hosts variety of bands for 1st weekend

More than a year after owners announced plans to bring a new music venue to Steamboat Springs, Ghost Ranch Saloon opens its doors to the stage-hungry public. The project's scope has ballooned since co-owners Jean Sagouspe and Amy Garris first laid out their vision for a fully equipped, hard-rocking nightspot.

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Benefit party embraces longtime resident's youthful spirit

Patti Yung's friends tossed around a few names for the benefit party they were planning. Each option had its merits, but one - "Love Wildly" - stood out. "That's Patti. That's hers and that's her. She is a person with great abandon," said Jim Steinberg, a longtime friend, former co-worker and fellow professional photographer.

Medora Fralick: Agriculture Alliance celebrates 10 years

How can any of us put a price on agriculture? Is it simply producing food for the world we live in? Is it a stabilizing force in our economy in turbulent times? Is it a source of stewarding the land for the rest of us to enjoy?

Trend expert shares advice

Daniel Levine to business owners: Market to customer's values

Travelers want vacations that have meaning, Daniel Levine told audiences Thursday at the Economic Summit. Levine, an international trends expert with AvantGuide Institute, offered insight and encouragement to businesspeople.

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Core Trail could see growth

Construction possible in July at River Creek Park

People who enjoy walking, cycling and inline skating on the Yampa River Core Trail could have more of the popular path to explore by late summer or early fall.

Hayden board accepts Fund Board gifts

November's half-cent sales tax renewal allows sharing of revenue

For the first time, the Hayden School Board accepted gifts from the Education Fund Board on Wednesday night. Until last November, funding generated from Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education was dedicated only to city schools.

Martin: Hayden furloughs start in June

Decreased sales tax revenue cuts hours by 10 percent in Hayden

Reduced sales tax income will force the town of Hayden to implement a furlough plan for its employees, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

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Locals learn to thrive

Former Bronco, toy maker encourage pursuit of passions

Former Denver Broncos player Karl Mecklenburg's speech closed out the 14th annual Economic Summit. The Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council, a subcommittee of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, put on the event.

Sports briefs: Marabou opens biking trails

For most of the year, the trails inside the Marabou Ranch preservation subdivision near Steamboat Springs are off limits to local mountain bikers.

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Youth soccer starts off well

The Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association kicked off its club season during the weekend with the Grand Mesa Invitational Tournament in Grand Junction.

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Pro kayaking competition returns to river Monday

One thing the Paddling Life Pro Invitational hasn't delivered in its first three years of existence is unexpected results.

The Record for May 20

Wednesday, May 20

Steamboat briefs: City to host Rita Valentine conceptual plan meeting

City to host Rita Valentine conceptual plan meeting

Rob Douglas: Vigilant press improves government

By defending the rights of the citizens of Steamboat Springs to be informed about what members of a previous Steamboat Springs School Board were illegally discussing in secret in January 2007, the Steamboat Pilot & Today upheld the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in the manner envisioned by the founders of our country.

Thursday, May 21

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Examiner confident of suicide ruling

Medical official hesitant to release more details of Corna's death

The Westchester County, N.Y., medical examiner reiterated Thursday his confidence that Slopeside Grill owner Chris Corna's death was a suicide.

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Hinder names top three schools

Nationally touted QB and Steamboat junior plans to make decision in next month

The recruiting circus that has surrounded Steamboat Springs High School junior quarterback Austin Hinder could be coming to a close.

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Hayden to start employee furloughs

Decreased sales tax revenue means 10 percent reduction in hours

Town expects to receive $300,000 less in sales tax revenue this year, Town Manager Russ Martin said. Town Hall will be closed Friday afternoons starting next month.

Trend expert: Travelers want meaningful trips

Daniel Levine encourages business owners to market to customers' values

Daniel Levine offers advice to businesses during opening morning session at Economic Summit.

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Counselor offers college tips

Students, parents attend information session at high school

Carl Steele wants to be a radiologist. The Steamboat Springs High School junior needed some information about applying to colleges, so he and about 20 other students attended an hourlong college application seminar Wednesday afternoon that provided an overview of the entire process.

Sobriety checkpoints Saturday night

Police, State Patrol will set up multiple Memorial Day checks

Between 16 and 20 police officers will be manning multiple checkpoints Saturday night as the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol team up for a Memorial Day sobriety check.

The Record for May 19

12:21 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a verbal argument in the 27000 block of Brandon Circle.

Steamboat briefs: VNA advises checking immunizations for school

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises parents to look at school immunization requirements and recommendations. Some colleges require meningococcal vaccine for entering freshmen. Other recommended vaccines include hepatitis A and HPV for females only. Other school requirements for fall 2009 are as follows: Tdap for students entering sixth and 10th grade and for students who did not previously receive a Tdap in seventh, eighth, 11th or 12th grade. DTaP; polio; varicella, or chicken pox; and MMR are required for students entering kindergarten. Additional immunizations may be required if your child is not up to date. VNA provides immunizations for children at a cost of free to $14. For more information, call 879-1632.

DOLA chief touts state assets

Colorado is better off than other areas, Susan Kirkpatrick said

The leader of Colorado's Department of Local Affairs painted a picture Wednesday of where the state is and where it hopes to go amid recession.

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Lawmakers discuss road, bridge repair

White, Baumgardner review legislative session in Centennial Hall meeting

State Sen. Al White said Wednesday that legislation passed this year is just the beginning of a plan to rehab the state's aging roads and bridges. The Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery legislation will increase vehicle registration fees to generate $252 million for transportation projects.

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1,613 acres to be conserved

Wolf Mountain Ranch easement aided by $300K in county funds

A group of partners have joined forces to conserve more than 1,600 acres of working agriculture land and critical environmental habitat in West Routt County. The land on Wolf Mountain Ranch will be permanently precluded from development.

Economist: Spending will drive recovery

Consumers must regain confidence, Steidtmann said at summit

Consumers will drive the recovery of the U.S. economy, Carl Steidtmann said Wednesday at the Economic Summit.

Brent Boyer: Fighting for transparency

As was reported in Tuesday's newspaper, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted, 4-1, during its Monday night meeting to accept a lawsuit settlement offer from the Steamboat Pilot & Today. The board's vote brought an end to an unfortunate but entirely preventable episode grounded squarely in the democratic principles of open government.

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United Way event brings volunteers out in droves

From high school and college students to bankers and local Rotary Club members, the Routt County United Way's 13th annual Day of Caring brought out more than 150 volunteers Wednesday.

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Hayden's Salazar to attend CSU-Pueblo

Hayden's Holli Salazar has made quite an impression in Pueblo. Turns out the south-central Colorado city made an impression on Salazar, too. Hayden's accomplished senior will attend Colorado State University-Pueblo next year on a track scholarship.

Youth lacrosse tourney this weekend

Lacrosse fans, and especially those of Steamboat lacrosse, will have plenty to watch this weekend. Steamboat Youth Lacrosse will host the sixth annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

Sports briefs: Ski Town USA Golf Classic deadline to register May 29

The registration deadline for the 12th annual Ski Town USA Golf Classic is nearing. All participants and teams must be registered by May 29. Registration is $495 for individuals and $1,900 for a team. The tournament is June 19 and 20.

Wednesday, May 20

More biking trails open

Warm weather has most Emerald Mountain trails ready for mountain bikers

In addition to Hot Springs Creek, Mad Creek and Lower Bear Trail, many more trails on Emerald Mountain have opened. The only trails not open on Emerald are Stairway to Heaven, Abby's, Root Canal and the right side of the Forest Loop.

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Corna death ruled suicide

Port Chester Police Department: Investigation not complete

The Westchester County, N.Y., Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of Slopeside Grill owner Chris Corna a suicide. Port Chester Police Department officials said they have confidence in the medical examiner but that they have not yet concluded all steps of their own investigation.

Our View: Summit key start for summer

Members of the local business community - and anyone needing a healthy dose of economic optimism these days - should take full advantage of an event that kicks off at 6 p.m. today at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Dr. Henry R. Savage: Disputing Krugman

In the interest of balance, I offer a counterpoint to the recent column by Paul Krugman titled "Empire of Carbon." Mr. Krugman is a recent Nobel Laureate in economics, but his knowledge of the physical sciences seems to be the partisan political dogma regarding climate change.

Sports briefs: Steamboat lacrosse dominates All-Conference team

A banner year for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team led to nine athletes being selected as All-Mountain Conference players.

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DU's Blake Worsley eyes Olympic team

Steamboat native finishes stellar swimming career at University of Denver

Blake Worsley wrapped up a decorated career at the University of Denver by finishing sixth in the 500-meter freestyle, ninth in the 200 free and 42nd in the 100 free at the 2009 NCAA Swimming Championships.

Oak Creek police force wanted

Residents, officials meet with commissioners to discuss issues

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is willing to talk to Oak Creek about its policing issues, but the best solution would be the creation of a new town police force, Commissioner Doug Monger said Tuesday night.

School Board delays adoption of gift-acceptance policy

Steamboat Springs School Board members couldn't agree on the definition of accountability at Monday's meeting, in a debate that delayed adoption of the school district's gift acceptance policy.

The Record for May 18

5:38 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Anglers Drive, where a motor home was blocking parking spaces. The owners of the vehicle were contacted, and the motor home was moved.

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Civilians may take post at county jail

Routt County commissioners approve civilian control room operator position

The supervision of the control room at the Routt County Jail may move to civilian hands after the Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a measure proposed by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Steamboat briefs: Sign-up deadline Thursday for Hayden youth soccer

Registrations for youth soccer in Hayden are due Thursday. The season runs from July 1 through mid-August. The registration fee is $25, and forms can be picked up at Hayden Valley Elementary School. Call Carolyn at 846-9083 for more information.

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County OKs $30K for review of fairgrounds master plan

Mountain Architecture to examine master plan created in 1998

The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Mountain Architecture to revise the original Routt County Fairgrounds master plan, which was updated in 2000.

City finances within revised budget

No additional reductions needed; hiring freeze, furloughs remain

No additional budget reductions will be necessary as a result of a 22.5 percent drop in March sales tax collections, city officials told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday. There's also no indication the city will be able to reverse any of its emergency cost-saving measures - such as a hiring freeze and weekly furloughs - in the near future.

Burrito Babes' black delivery truck stolen

Police: Incident is latest in string of thefts

The black Burrito Babes truck with pink logos on the side is the latest vehicle theft in Steamboat Springs, but owner Suzanne Kibler said that's not going to stop her business on wheels from rolling on.

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Joanne Palmer: What's not for dinner

Insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result - which is why I avoid cooking as much as possible. My failure rate is astronomical, and my cooking confidence has suffered.

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Jimmy Westlake: Centaur season

Have you ever seen a centaur? May is centaur season and, if you know right where to look, you can spot one this month.

Ski pass cutoff June 1 for lowest price

Business must be Fly Steamboat member to get 2009-10 merchant price

The deadline is bearing down for businesses that want to participate in the Fly Steamboat program and get the lowest merchant ski pass price for the 2009-10 season.

John Spezia: Our energy future

After reading the OurView editorial ("Power to the people," May 10) and the letter to the editor (Jeff Troeger) in the May 10 Steamboat Pilot & Today, I was struck by the need for continued discussion with accurate information regarding energy, its costs and the impact of global climate change. There is little debate among scientists who study climate that it is happening at a faster pace than expected and that the changes are human-caused. So what will we do about it?

Tuesday, May 19

Locals featured on MTV's 'The Hills'

Steamboat Springs residents Bill and Terri Montag were featured on an episode of MTV's pseudo-reality show "The Hills" on Monday.

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Corna death under investigation

Police: Slopeside owner had stab wounds inconsistent with car crash

The death of Slopeside Grill owner Chris Corna is under investigation by Port Chester, N.Y., police, who say Corna's injuries included stab wounds inconsistent with his car accident early Monday morning in the Lower Hudson Valley town. Lt. James Ladeairous said police found a bloody knife in the car.

School Board formally settles newspaper lawsuit

District to pay $50K for Pilot & Today's attorneys fees

The Steamboat Springs School Board formally accepted a lawsuit settlement offer from the Pilot & Today on Monday. As a result of the ruling and settlement offer, the district will pay $50,000 of the newspaper's attorney fees and release the transcripts from the illegal meeting.

Trend pro coming to summit

Daniel Levine to talk about global trends at conference

Grant Fenton is excited about the top speakers at this week's Economic Summit in Steamboat Springs.

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Council to discuss phasing of road work

Lincoln Avenue construction schedule to be discussed tonight

A Lincoln Avenue construction project that will create major hassles in downtown Steamboat Springs is inevitable, but City Council members will weigh in tonight about how best to schedule the disturbance.

The Record for May 17

Sunday, May 17

Steamboat briefs: Commissioners to meet with Oak Creek Town Board

Commissioners to meet with Oak Creek Town Board

County residents pitch in to make Clean-Up Day a success

It's safe to say that Saturday's Routt County Highway Clean-Up Day was a success.

White to host town hall meeting

State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, will host a town hall meeting in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday to discuss the 2009 legislative session.

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Tom Ross: Storm Peak bald spots race against time

Scores of local paddlers and skiers swear that when the two bare spots on Storm Peak link up each spring, the Yampa River has hit its peak annual flow where it roars through downtown Steamboat.

Monday, May 18

Slopeside owner Chris Corna dies

Friend: 'Steamboat just lost one of the best men it's ever had'

With the death of Chris Corna, Steamboat Springs has lost a caring friend, a dedicated business owner, a great scuba diver and an all-around "great guy," friends said Monday.

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Yampa and Elk rivers nearing peak flow

High-water mark expected Wednesday, hydrologist says

Spring runoff for Routt County's two largest rivers likely will peak this week, National Weather Service forecasters said Monday after issuing a flood advisory for the Yampa and Elk rivers.

U.S. 40 study group to hold open house

Wednesday event will present alternatives for western Steamboat stretch of highway

The public has a chance Wednesday to weigh in on a plan to widen U.S. Highway 40 to four lanes in western Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs: School Board to discuss Fund Board gifts tonight

The Steamboat Springs School Board meets tonight at Centennial Hall on 10th Street. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7 p.m., after a 6 p.m. executive session to discuss negotiations and strategies regarding the proposed Steamboat 700 development west of Steamboat Springs. Public agenda items include a second reading of a gift acceptance policy and acceptance of gift letters from the Education Fund Board, which administers the city's half-cent sales tax for education and allocates revenues for educational needs across Routt County.

The Record for May 16

Saturday, May 16 1:07 a.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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100 years of tradition mark graduation

Hayden High School graduates 32 seniors

Hayden High School's Sunday graduation ceremony was the 100th in the school's history.

Aging well: Bird watching keeps minds active

Anyone who watches birds, even casually, has experienced the natural high of seeing something so beautiful or awe-inspiring that it links them, instantly, to nature's marvels.

Deb Babcock: Native plants offer edible options to gardeners

Have you ever wondered where the name of our valley and our river comes from? It's from the Yampa plant, or perideridia gairdneri subsp borealis.

New school name down to 5 finalists

A committee tasked with finding a name for a new elementary school in Moffat County has whittled down a batch of suggested names to five finalists, the committee reported Friday afternoon.

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4 students graduate from Christian Heritage School on Sunday

For the 2009 Christian Heritage School graduating seniors, a faith-based education ended with a faith-based graduation ceremony Sunday.

Monday Medical: Chronic illness requires special treatment

In Steamboat Springs, chronic conditions such as Multiple sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Crohn's disease and Rheumatoid arthritis all are being treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center's Infusion/Chemotherapy Center, in the medical office building on the hospital campus.

Sunday, May 17

John F. Russell: Unnoticed, but still appreciated

It is one of the most important training facilities in the Yampa Valley, yet drivers rarely notice it as they fly along U.S. Highway 40 on their way to Denver or the turn for Oak Creek.

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Horizons Specialized Services closes on $450K home in Steamboat II

A trio of Horizons Specialized Services clients is at home in a new neighborhood this spring. The agency closed last month on the $450,000 purchase of the former Bockelman home, at 40535 North Star Place in Steamboat II.

Real estate transactions for May 7 to 13

- MJH PROPERTIES LLC To ENGEL, ELLEN E and ENGEL, JOHN F For EMERALD LODGE AT TRAPPEURS CROSSING RESORT CONDO UNIT 5303 - $1,050,000

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New skatepark construction could begin this summer

Construction of a new Steamboat Springs skatepark could begin this August in western Steamboat, city and Steamboat Skatepark Alliance officials said.

Looking back for May 18, 1934

Hugh L. Mathews, son of Joseph Mathews, of Oak Creek, and prominent in the United Mine Workers and other union labor activities, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for representative for Routt and Moffat counties in a letter to Chairman Chester Homer of the Republican country central committee. The letter follows:

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Hayden residents praise Chad Jones after decade of coaching peewee

Chad Jones isn't the kind of coach who shuffles a struggling child to the bench or a new position. Instead, he works with the athlete until the child is ready to hit the field.

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Kindergarten filling fast across Routt County

Pre-enrollment numbers high

Administrators say predicting the number of kindergartners who will join local schools in the fall is more art than science, but if pre-enrollment numbers are any indication, all three Routt County school districts are on track for full classrooms next fall.

Class notes: Chelsea Casler wins $2,500 scholarship

The PEO STAR Scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Casler, senior at Hayden High School, for the 2009-10 academic year. Chelsea is the daughter of Tracy Moyers and was recommended for this award by Chapter UO of Mission Viejo, Calif. Casler has been accepted to attend University of Denver where she plans to study international relations in the fall.

The Jail Report for May 9 to 15

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.

Business File: First Steps Seminar moves to Tuesday

The First Steps Seminar, put on by Colorado Mountain College's Bogue Enterprise Center and SCORE, is scheduled for Tuesday instead of Wednesday. The free seminar is aimed at people who are considering starting a business. It will help participants address questions about ideas, financing and their strengths and weaknesses.

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Market on the Mountain gets new owner

Gary Roney buys store after 16 years of service

Gary Roney couldn't be more pleased to take the reins as new owner of Market on the Mountain. The Missouri native worked for Bill and Kay Stuart at the market for 16 years, taking ownership May 1.

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Hybrid bike offers easy way to get around town

It almost feels as if someone's pushing, whether the terrain is Lincoln Avenue or a steeper road elsewhere in the city. That's what the crew at Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare call the "wow" effect, and they say nearly every rider who's climbed aboard the Giant-built Twist Freedom hybrid bicycle has had the same reaction.

Ed Dingledine: Bus safety priority

This is in response to a letter written by one of your readers ("School bus safety," Krista Andress) in the Wednesday Steamboat Today. Our school bus drivers are trained professionals who are very good at performing the difficult task of monitoring student behavior while driving a large, complex vehicle in rural and urban conditions.

Volunteers bring fresh energy to Taste of South Routt

Toward the end of March, Stagecoach resident Julie Hoff went to a meeting of the South Routt Economic Development Council to talk about the Taste of South Routt.

Doug Monger and Christy Belton: Protecting our water

Ferril, Colorado's one-time poet laureate, could have had the Yampa Valley in mind when writing that line. Whether we're ranchers or retailers, miners or mountaineers, engineers or environmentalists, drillers or developers, precious water from our streams, rivers and wells is the most basic ingredient of life.

Best of the Web: Take time at the wheel

We can all just take a little more time to be aware of our surroundings before proceeding from a stop or yield sign. Just today, I saw a driver stopped at Third Street to turn right onto Lincoln: the driver never once looked right, only looked left for his opportunity to turn right onto Lincoln. Meanwhile, a pedestrian was just crossing in the crosswalk from the bank toward the post office, when the driver turned onto Lincoln, barely missing the pedestrian. :And with the nice weather, we have more pedestrians and bicyclists that we, as drivers, need to be aware of. Please, take a minute and look both ways repeatedly before proceeding.

The Record for May 15

7:15 p.m. During a traffic stop on Routt County Road 33, Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man on charges including vehicular eluding, unlawful distribution and possession of a Schedule II substance and disregarding a stop sign. A Sheriff's Office sergeant said when deputies attempted to stop the man, he "took off" on his motorcycle on C.R. 33. Deputies apprehended him "without incident," the sergeant said. No civilian vehicles were involved.

On the Market: Hall joins Real Living as a broker/associate

Real Living Professional Group announced that Annette Hall has joined the firm as a broker/associate.

Joel Reichenberger: Combined meet a success

A good place to stand was hard to come by near the discus competition area Thursday morning at the state track meet at Lakewood's JeffCo Stadium. It was hard even to see the competitor spinning in the ring during the Class 3A boys event.

Our View: Housing policy changes offer promise

The success of the city's affordable housing policy should be measured by its ability to produce desirable units for qualified buyers, a feat that has proved difficult since the adoption of the inclusionary zoning ordinance two years ago.

Cindy Wither: Make walking safer

The sadness of the loss of Bob Bear will be felt by all of us for a long time - his family, friends and students. Bob was tragically hit last week when crossing U.S. Highway 40 at Pine Grove Road.

Conservative commentary: Reliving 1773

On Dec. 16, 1773, a meeting was organized by the Sons of Liberty and chaired by Samuel Adams at Boston's Old South Meeting House. The meeting was one of a series that had been organized to address the considerable objections of the colonists to the Tea Act. After Adams announced that, "This meeting can do nothing further to save the country," a band of between 30 and 130 men, some thinly disguised as American Indians, left the meeting bound for Boston Harbor. The men then boarded the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver, and they dumped 342 chests of tea into the water to protest the tax and the manner in which it had been imposed.

Editorial cartoon for May 17, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for May 17, 2009.

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Campgrounds expect to see increase in visitors

Travelers lean toward low-cost vacation alternatives for summer

As Memorial Day weekend and the traditional start to summer approaches, many expect a busy year for local campgrounds - despite the economy - because of low gas prices and vacationers seeking cheaper alternatives.

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Tigers add more points during state track meet's final day

Murphy Smartt and Holli Salazar led Hayden High School at the state track meet Saturday, while Soroco High School earned another medal thanks to the boys 1,600-meter relay team.

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Van De Carr pushes for local youth center

Nonprofit leader has early plans for development, environmental facility

In Gretchen Van De Carr's dreams, a building rises out of land near a forested area. There, youths are learning, seniors are hiking and people of all ages are interacting with the environment.

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Christian Heritage class of 4 a diverse group

2009 graduating seniors have broad range of interests, talents to explore

There are only four graduates this year at Christian Heritage School, but their personalities range as widely as a 400-person class. Christian Heritage's graduation begins at 3 p.m. today at the school on Brandon Circle.

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Hayden seniors distinguished in academics, athletics

Lissa Hoza will graduate today with the rest of Hayden's Class of 2009 in a ceremony that begins at 2 p.m. at the high school on West Jefferson Avenue in Hayden.

Steamboat briefs: United Way Day of Caring on Wednesday

Routt County United Way is coordinating the 13th annual Day of Caring from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The Ski Town Lions Club is providing lunch for all volunteers.

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Several Yampa Street businesses moving, opening

Sunpie's Bistro's owners are trying to buy their lot. Sweet Pea Market has moved and may begin year-round operation. Mountain Mama's has set up on a Yampa Street lot for summer, and Steamboat Flyfisher plans to open in The Olympian on Yampa in June.

Routt County Spotlight: Guy DeFazio

Occupation: Engineer

Saturday, May 16

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Worsley wins state title in 50-yard freestyle

Steamboat senior places second in 100 fly at swimming championships

With a title in the 50-yard freestyle and a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly on Saturday, Steamboat senior Cole Worsley, swimming for Moffat County, wrapped up one of the most decorated swimming careers in the high school's history.

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Cole Worsley wins state title

Steamboat Springs senior wins 50-meter freestyle at high school championships in Loveland

Worsley won the 50-meter freestyle today at the Class 4A State Swimming Championships in Loveland, touching the wall in 21.22 seconds. The Steamboat Springs High School senior swims for the Moffat County Bulldogs.

The Record for May 14, 2009

12:52 a.m. A person complained about construction-related noise on Hilltop Parkway. Police issued a verbal warning.

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Former governors debate climate change at Energy Summit

Although the questions surrounding global warming - its existence, causes and effects - were not settled Friday, two former Colorado governors took the opportunity to discuss the issues in front of an audience deeply invested in the debate.

Steamboat briefs: Police say student had knife at high school Thursday

A student at Steamboat Springs High School is accused of brandishing a knife at another student Thursday.

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YVMC opens expanded Family Birth Place with extra comforts

The expanded Family Birth Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center is slated for completion in July. The expansion will double the center's number of rooms from five to 10, with five labor and delivery rooms and five post-partum rooms.

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Republican hopefuls convene at Friday's Lincoln Day Dinner

Former Colorado Congressman Scott McInnis all but guaranteed he will take on Gov. Bill Ritter in the 2010 gubernatorial election at the Routt County Republicans' Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser Friday.

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Hayden, Soroco collect state medals; Salazar upset in shot put

The day's results were written on faces across the state track meet at JeffCo stadium in Lakewood. For most of the Hayden High School and Soroco High School athletes on the second day of the three-day event, it was looks of relief and joy.

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Worsley qualifies for events in today's finals

Steamboat Springs High School senior Cole Worsley, who swims for Moffat County, made a loud splash at Day 1 of the Class 4A State Swimming Championships, qualifying for today's finals in his individual events and setting a state record in the process.

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Tom Ross: Freelance hiking is great work if you can get it

Steamboat is chock full of backpackers and hikers, every one of whom would drop everything to stuff a rucksack and earn a paycheck by backpacking in Yosemite National Park. Kelly Bastone did just that.

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Lift mechanic Frank Fidler wins association award

The Rocky Mountain Lift Association named Frank Fidler, a nine-year veteran of Ski Corp.'s lift maintenance department, its Mechanic of the Year last week at a conference in Grand Junction.

Friday, May 15

Warm weather leads to expanded trail openings

Mad Creek and Hot Springs loops included

President of Routt County Riders Bicycle Club Robin Craigen said several main local trails are open, including the Hot Springs and Mad Creek loops along with Lower Bear, which is connected to the Hot Springs Loop.

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Cook's Chevrolet brand safe for now

Car dealer likely to lose Jeep line but expects to keep Chevrolet

Cook Chevrolet, Jeep and Subaru appears to be safe from the closure of 1,100 General Motors dealerships, owner Scott Cook said Friday.

Sports briefs: Ski racer signs with DU team

Hostetter has coveted spot on national championship group

Alpine ski racer Mary Rachel Hostetter has decided to sign with the national champion University of Denver ski team.

Oak Creek to hire community service officer

Law enforcement position to handle animal complaints, municipal code enforcement

The town of Oak Creek plans to have at least one community service officer on the payroll by June, while town officials continue to wrangle with whether to pay for full police coverage from the Routt County Sheriff's Office or rehire the town's own police force.

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Teen musicians compete tonight in Battle of the Bands

Doors open at 9 p.m. at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. In past years, as many as 400 people have attended.

Tomey's driving record not considered in charges

Story incorrectly stated how police arrived at traffic infraction

A story on page 3 of Thursday's Steamboat Today incorrectly stated that police looked into Terry Tomey's driving and criminal history before determining the Class A traffic infraction for failure to yield to a pedestrian with disabilities.

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Summer dance classes cover a variety of styles

For the lifelong dancer or studio newcomer, Steamboat Springs dance instructors are offering an array of classes from mid-May to late August.

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Photo Forum focuses on sharing ideas, connections

The Photography Forum meets on the third Monday of each month at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, and invites photographers to speak about an area of their expertise.

Base area construction set for August

Some council members call for re-bidding of URA projects

Construction of a Burgess Creek diversion and a large public plaza on the north edge of the Steamboat Ski Area base is scheduled to begin Aug. 3.

Suicide prevention group to put on garage sale fundraiser

The group Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide has put on fundraising garage sales before, but they haven't been quite this big.

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Hayden, Soroco have huge opening day at state track meet

Soroco High School junior Alex Estes leaps to a second place finish Thursday

Routt County high school athletes found ways to dominate the first day of the three-day state high school track meet at Lakewood's JeffCo Stadium - thanks to a day's worth of close calls, last-second rallies and heart-stopping action.

On Scene: Outdoor adventures

Armed with a new BAP tent, a bag of trail mix and an incredibly vague plan, I headed north last weekend to Wyoming.

Vail Resorts terminates 5 shuttle managers

Vail Resorts said Thursday it has terminated five senior managers at Colorado Mountain Express, its transportation business.

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Margaret Hair: Looking over the A&E horizon

For the five years I've been reporting for arts and entertainment outlets, everything I've done has been on a weekly cycle.

Speaker focuses on AIDS awareness

Messer scheduled to speak to United Methodist congregation

When Donald Messer talks about AIDS, he tries to put the effects of the disease in terms of names, not numbers.

The Record for May 13

12:23 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and Hayden Police Department officers were called to a car crash on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 105.

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4-H youths log lamb, pig and goat weights

Club members get livestock ready for Routt County Fair in August

Shiloh Rozell is in it for the personalities. Dalton Ray is in it for the money. Andie Baker is in it for the responsibility. Each 4-H member has a different reason to raise small livestock for the Routt County Fair in August.

Business leaders get tips about earning local, federal contracts

When Frank Dolman contracted with the Pentagon, he learned a pack of lessons about government contracting. He settled for nothing less than the perfect bid every time.

Planning Commission denies Highlands zoning change

The Steamboat Highlands project will take its case to the Steamboat Springs City Council next month after the city Planning Commission rejected developers' bid Thursday for a zoning change on Burgess Creek Road.

CD Review of "A Positive Rage (Live)," by the Hold Steady

There is little, if any, noticeable difference between a live Hold Steady CD and one that's been recorded and mastered in a studio.

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Good Gravy creates tasty bluegrass grooves

When percussionist Kyle Vanbuskirk joined the Fort Collins bluegrass band Good Gravy, the group ran into a problem: traditional bluegrass acts don't have a drummer; with Vanbuskirk, Good Gravy had two.

Vail requires recycling at summer festivals

Bottles, plastic bags discouraged at events

This summer in Vail, you may be encouraged to ride your bike or take the bus to the Teva Mountain Games. Or you might be served a grilled rib on an eco-friendly paper plate made of recycled materials at the Lamb Cook Off.

Department of Revenue seizes Snowmass restaurant

State says it's owed $204,125, locks up on-mountain eatery

Colorado Department of Revenue agents on Wednesday seized the Ullrhof mid-mountain restaurant at Snowmass ski area for failing to pay state sales taxes, making it the second establishment at the resort to be shut down in less than a month.

Local ski athletes garner top awards

US Ski and Snowboard Association to dole out honors in Park City, Utah, today

Two of Steamboat's brightest and best hopes for winning medals at the 2010 Olympics were honored as U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Athletes of the Year on Tuesday. Coach Martin Bayer was given the Nordic Combined Domestic Coach of the Year Award.

Vail therapists keep ski racers ready

Specialists finish season with US ski, snowboard teams

On-call 24/7. World travel required. Must be willing to be cold. That could be the job description for Eagle resident Brandie Yeik, an athletic trainer with Howard Head Sports Medicine Center who just spent the ski season traveling with the U.S. women's alpine ski team.

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State geologist highlights importance of Colorado's gas, uranium deposits

There are a few unmistakable realities in the world.

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Steamboat swimmer Cole Worsley eyes state titles

Steamboat Springs High School senior to compete in 4 events today, Saturday

Cole Worsley takes to the pool today and Saturday at the State Swimming Championships at Mountain View High School in Loveland. The prelims start at 4 p.m. today, and the finals begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Steamboat briefs: High water forces Yampa River Core Trail closures

Several seasonal closures of the Yampa River Core Trail are in effect because of the high-running waters of the Yampa River.

Thursday, May 14

Haymaker announces golf clinics

Haymaker Golf Course is again rolling out junior and adult instructional camps and programs for the 2009 season.

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Local teams set sights on track and field glory

Hayden, Soroco, Steamboat athletes headed to Lakewood

Local athletes are off to a good start in the first day of the state competition in Lakewood today. Soroco High School junior Alex Estes, pictured above, took second in the state in long jump thanks to a huge final leap. Fellow Ram Matt Watwood took sixth in shot put.

Adaptive athletes focused on winter

2-week US team camp opens Friday

The eyes of many of the Yampa Valley's athletes may be firmly focused on the roaring river or the drying mountain bike trails.

Mary Walker: Local Rotary Club helps Kenyan girls facility

My formal responsibility for the girls at the Rescue Centre is administering the nonprofit college fund that assists them with post-secondary education and job training. But when I am at the centre itself three times a year, I become involved in the day-to-day operations of the centre and the challenges for all of the girls there - young and old - including their education, physical health and emotional well-being. It is unavoidable.

Policing options on the table for Oak Creek

Town Board to discuss Sheriff's Office proposal

The hottest item in front of the Oak Creek Town Board isn't even on the agenda for Thursday's meeting, but Trustee Dave Ege said police force options are sure to be considered.

Geothermal still in play at ski area base

Natural heat remains partial solution for promenade snowmelt

Using geothermal heat to boost a snowmelt system beneath Steamboat's new ski base promenade is still a possibility.

Driver ticketed in Bob Bear's death

Craig man could receive 6-point citation, fine for fatal accident

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers issued Craig resident Terry Tomey a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian with disabilities Wednesday, after Tomey struck Robert "Bob" Bear with his pickup May 6.

Hayden gets fuel sales tax check

$25,000 from YVRA fuel sales was less than expected

Hayden has received a check for sales tax revenue from airport fuel sales, but the amount is less than half what town officials expected.

Local hockey player honored

8th-grader listed among nation's best

Olivia Gorr didn't start playing hockey until three years ago. Even then, she only picked up the sport on the advice of a couple of friends.

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Brent Boyer: Number crunching

Take a guess at the most-read story of the past year on Steamboatpilot.com. I'll give you a hint: It has nothing to do with our sheriff, although he did crack the top 10.

Donation account made for Craig man injured in motorcycle crash

Two local families have opened a donation account for Craig resident Ricky Bustad, 37, who was hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle Monday west of Hayden.

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Steamboat Highlands seeks height variances

Burgess Creek Road development proposes 108-foot maximum height

Developers hope the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will make short - and favorable - work of a project previously dubbed too tall an order. To sweeten the deal, developers are offering a 4-acre parcel in Overland Park that they say could accommodate 130 affordable housing units.

Mountain area leads tax tumble

Local businesses remain optimistic as summer approaches

Led by huge decreases at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, Steamboat Springs' March sales tax collections fell in every area of the city. March was the seventh straight month of increasing sales tax declines in the city and brought the city's year-to-date decline to 18.5 percent.

The Record for May 12

Tuesday, May 12 12:21 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to an ambulance request for a male who suffered a possible seizure in the 500 block of Pine Street.

Steamboat briefs: Preliminary hearing for Marie Jensen is June 8

A preliminary hearing for Marie Jensen, who is accused of growing and selling marijuana from her Ninth Street house, is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 8.

Organizers lay down rules for cruisin' in Carbondale

Organizers of what's become a popular monthly happening that brings scores of bicycle enthusiasts out for a cruise up and down Carbondale streets beneath the light of the full moon are having to establish some cruiser guidelines.

GOP stresses return to core principles

Lincoln Day Dinner boasts impressive Republican guest list

This year's Lincoln Day Dinner will be a time for getting back to GOP basics, local Republican Party chairman and retired state Sen. Jack Taylor said.

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Student sculpture prompts county to buy recycling bins

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers thanked 23 fifth-graders from Craig Intermediate School on Wednesday for reminding him of a forgotten cause. A 9-foot sculpture they made from recyclable materials moved him and the other commissioners to purchase recycling bins for each floor of the Moffat County Courthouse.

Man picking up trash finds pipe bomb in Vail Valley

A pipe bomb was disabled by a bomb squad Tuesday evening in a secluded part of a Vail Valley area that is popular with campers.

Wednesday, May 13

Food stamp use increasing in Northwest Colorado

According to a set of reports from the Colorado Benefits Management System, the state's computer records, Moffat County's food stamp requests and dollar allocations have increased rapidly in the past year.

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Hayden police station on schedule

Furniture installation scheduled for next week

That new-police-station smell is flowing through the halls of the building that will house Hayden's finest. Police Chief Ray Birch was basking in the scent as he showed off the new digs Tuesday.

Craig motorcyclist remains in serious condition

Man airlifted to Denver Health after crash Monday

Craig resident Ricky Bustad remains in serious condition in a Denver hospital after crashing his motorcycle west of Hayden on Monday night.

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Meek to be subject of 'roast'

Friends, former players and more to share stories about legendary Sailors coach

There are stories about a bench-clearing brawl with Moffat County, ribbing referees and getting thrown out of games. It's no secret that former Sailors basketball coach Kelly Meek can tell a good tale. At a June event, it'll be time for everyone else to tell stories about him.

Steamboat briefs: At least 15 cars damaged in spree Saturday night

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers are investigating thousands of dollars worth of damage that happened Saturday night to at least 15 cars.

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Visitor Center draft reviewed

With nobody firmly opposed to the idea, the Moffat County Commission and Craig City Council are prepared to negotiate facts and figures for expanding the Moffat County Visitor Center.

Rollingstone golf course offers discounted rates

For the next four weeks, local golfers can play Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club at discounted rates.

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Habitat nets $40K from Carpenter's Ball

Annual event to fund 4 condos, 1 single-family home

Last weekend's Carpenter's Ball attracted 180 revelers and raised $40,000 for Routt County Habitat for Humanity, enough to give the nonprofit agency a funding start on four new affordable condominiums in addition to a single-family home progressing in Hayden.

Jimmy Westlake: Catch the Crow

Winging his way across our springtime sky is a delightful little constellation named Corvus the Crow. The four main stars of Corvus form an unmistakable kite-shaped pattern located one-third the way up in our southern sky at about 10 p.m. in mid-May.

The Record for May 11, 2009

Midnight. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint of dogs locked in a car in the Meadows Parking Lot off Pine Grove Road. Officers contacted the owner, who came and took care of the dogs.

Krista Andress: School bus safety

It's about time the situation on the school buses is addressed.

George Tolles: Make street crossings safer

A good friend of mine, Bob Bear, was killed last week while trying to cross U.S. Highway 40 at the intersection with Pine Grove Road.

Our View: Improvements needed for pedestrians

Highway improvements and a shift in our driving mentality are needed to make Steamboat Springs a more pedestrian-friendly community.

2 fires spark in county on 'red flag' day

Small incidents in Routt County blamed on dry, windy weather

Two fires sprang up in Routt County on Tuesday, even as fire officials warned that high winds and dry conditions made controlled burns dangerous.

City Council backs transfer tax

Plan would offer developers variety of compliance methods

A plan outlined by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday would offer developers a variety of ways to comply with the city's affordable housing ordinance.

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Joanne Palmer: Solutions for selecting a swimsuit

No other activity inspires dread in women quite as much as selecting a swimsuit. I'd rather walk barefoot across a field of broken glass than face a winter's worth of excess in the mirror.

High flows delay pedestrian bridge completion

Chuck Lewis Wildlife Area crossway won't be done until June

The new pedestrian bridge over the Yampa River at Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area likely won't open until mid-June, when streamflows are expected to recede sufficiently to allow post-construction revegetation work to proceed.

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Youths pitch in for Hayden service day

95 middle school students participate

Austin Bush and Kayla Dunckley were two of the first students on the scene Tuesday at the Haven Assisted Living Center, raking dirt to prepare it for landscaping.

Tuesday, May 12

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March sales tax plummets

Collections decline 22.5 percent from same month in 2008

Steamboat Springs' March sales tax report, expected to be released today, will show a 22.5 percent drop in collections for the month, city officials said Tuesday. Year to date, city sales tax collections declined 18.5 percent in the first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2008.

High winds, low humidity lead to fire danger

Red flag warning issued for Northwest Colorado; blazes could spread rapidly

Weather conditions and fuels such as dry grass on the ground prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for Northwest Colorado on Tuesday. The warning is a strong indication that anyone burning should take extra precautions, as fires could spread rapidly.

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Tom Ross: Parades and the human psyche

We booked bargain airfare to Oregon this month hoping to spot whales beyond the breakers, feast on Yaquina Bay oysters, comb South Beach for small agates, feast on Dungeness crab, hike through old-growth forests on Cape Perpetua, and feast on razor clams.

Steamboat's Worsley qualifies for state swimming

MCHS athlete looks to win championships in 4 events Friday and Saturday

Steamboat swimmer Cole Worsley, who competes with the Bulldogs, helped the MCHS boys 400-meter freestyle relay team qualify for state last weekend.

Police see fraud increasing

Bankers, law enforcement officers warn residents about scams

The e-mails, letters and phone calls are pouring in to Routt County residents. Each person is a winner, the notes promise, as long as you are willing to pay a processing fee, taxes or just repay the extra money accidentally included in the winnings.

The Record for May 10

2:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car stolen from the first block of Eighth Street.

Steamboat briefs: Pilot & Today Editorial Board seeks new members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board. Those representatives will be asked to serve a fourth-month term beginning June 2 and ending Sept. 29.

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Comfort Inn donates room furnishings to LIFT-UP

LIFT-UP of Routt County got an extra boost from a local hotel Monday. Fifty-two rooms worth of furnishings were spread across the thrift store's parking lot as a steady stream of shoppers picked through $10 chairs, $20 dressers and other furnishings from Comfort Inn.

Fortress reports $287M 1st-quarter loss

Company executives optimistic about economic opportunities

Fortress Investment Group reported a net loss of $287 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared to a net loss of $277 million in first quarter 2008.

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Various Steamboat 700 components under consideration

As the city approaches a decision about whether to annex Steamboat 700, its review of the project is moving from the conceptual to the detailed.

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Council to consider 4-lane US 40

Group to present highway improvement study to City Council today

A group studying improvements to U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat Springs is honing in on a proposal that would widen the road to four lanes from downtown to Steamboat II.

Monday, May 11

Craig man in serious condition after motorcycle crash

A 37-year-old Craig man who was thrown from his motorcycle in a crash on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden on Monday night was listed in serious condition. He was scheduled to be flown to Denver Health, authorities said.

Red flag warning issued for Northwest Colorado

Low humidity and high winds combine to make dangerous wildfire conditions

High winds, low humidity and an abundance of dry fuels are combining to make for particularly dangerous wildfire conditions today. A flood advisory has been issued for the Elk River near Milner.

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Charity ride to continue on journey today

Ride Across America benefits camp for chronically ill children

This morning, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty - joined by about 200 other motorcycle riders - will roar out of Steamboat Springs and continue a cross-country trek benefiting a children's charity.

Aging Well: Haven happenings highlight community

This week, staff at The Haven and Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, which operates Haven facilities, is adding community programs focused on outdoor landscaping and gardening projects and a caregiver support group.

Monday Medical: How well do you know YVMC?

Did you know Yampa Valley Medical Center offers free monthly programs about important health topics? Did you know that YVMC provided $2.3 million in financial assistance to patients in 2008? Did you know that more than 105,000 tests were performed by the YVMC's laboratory last year?

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Bill could bring financial relief for those with autism

Legislation would require insurance carriers to cover children

A state bill on its way to Gov. Bill Ritter's desk could provide tens of thousands of dollars of annual financial relief to families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

The Record for May 9

12:00 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers made a traffic stop near Fifth Street in the alley behind Lincoln Avenue. Officers arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence and minor in possession.

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Deb Babcock: Can we grow tomatoes here?

About 100 people attended the Master Gardener program in February and March to learn which vegetables can be successfully grown in the Yampa Valley.

Steamboat briefs: Canine Connection group seeking new members

Yampa Valley Canine Connection is accepting applications for 20 new members. The nonprofit group provides a fun, club-style atmosphere for canine agility, Rally-O, good citizen testing and community giveback. Club areas include Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig. Call Cathy at 870-9037, Barb at 871-9080 or Craig members at 824-6364.

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Everything Outdoor Steamboat receives $10K grant

Impact 100 helps fund outdoor education program

Steamboat Springs Middle School students soon will have access to outdoor recreation equipment to last a decade, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Impact 100.

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Mussels scare prompts boat inspections at State Parks

Craft checks required to prevent spread of invasive species

Boaters at Stagecoach and Steamboat Lake state parks will be required to submit their vessels for inspection before setting off on the water this summer.

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MCHS boys swimming performs well with one week until state

With the last lap of the 400-meter free relay, the Moffat County High School boys swim team had some catching up to do.

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Luke Graham: Lombardi a class act

Nobody would have blamed Soroco High School senior Tatum Lombardi if she had stayed home during Friday and Saturday's regional track meet in Grand Junction.

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Maybell Heritage Day and Great American Horse Drive bring out region's Western flavor

The Sombrero Ranch Great American Horse Drive has been a long-standing tradition, but the activities in Maybell are starting to grow into their own tradition.

Sunday, May 10

Class Notes: Hayden senior is Rotary Student of the Month

Elaine Cromie, a senior at Hayden High School, is the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club's Student of the Month for April.

Looking Back for May 11, 1934: Fire hazard in forest high

From the Friday, May 11, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot.

Routt County Spotlight: Leah Helme

Occupation: Manager, Carmike Chief Plaza

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Police call social host ordinance a success

Capt. Rae: Law fixes ambiguities in battle to curb underage drinking

Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said although the city's new social host ordinance may not bring in a huge caseload, its real success will be clarifying vague state laws to help officers battle underage drinking.

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Eateries join forces for Restaurant Week

Event to include food specials, rail jam, block party

Local restaurants are urging residents to put forks to plates during Mainstreet Restaurant Week this month. The idea, Mike Lang said, is to draw people together to support Steamboat Springs businesses.

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Boynton reaches out with recording and music store

In the 2 1/2 years Steve Boynton has owned First String Music store, he's seen the place become a gathering spot for musicians. "I love the idea that the store builds community through music," he said.

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Hayden's Foster wins triple jump

Senior takes regional title; Rams, Sailors also make state

Hayden High School athlete Logan Foster had no expectations of traveling next weekend. But whether it was less pressure at the regional meet or a change in approach, Foster earned a trip to the state meet starting Thursday.

Dylan Roberts: Overlooked achievements of 100 days

While the first 100 days is a ceremonial milestone that dates back to the famed first months of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, there is a reason President Barack Obama's and every recent presidents' first days in office are judged with scrutiny.

Paul Epley: Cap and trade, or drop your pants?

One of the worst dirty little secrets of liberalism is how they will protect the "little guy" by soaking the rich.

Our View: Power to the people

It's not every election cycle when we see multiple contested races for Yampa Valley Electric Association's board of directors.

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Youth Corps a stimulus success story

RMYC hires, spends locally with federal dollars

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps has bolstered its staff with local faces and spent about $30,000 at community businesses with the help of $254,000 it received in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Jail Report for May 2 to May 8

Lona Elaine Ellis, 31, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se, unsafe U-turn, weaving (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Workforce Center offers free computer sessions

Colorado Workforce Center is offering free computer sessions for job-seekers needing to learn new skills, or update existing computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Outlook.

Best of the Web: Congrats, champs

Way to go, girls (Sara Bearss and Kylee Swiggart)! Nice work!

Jeff Troeger: I hope global warming debate is a set-up to talk about solutions

To Richard Lamm and Bill Owens: The local Steamboat Springs and Craig newspapers are running ads for your upcoming "Global Warming - Fact or Fiction?" debate ("Fueling Thought" Energy Summit 2009 in Craig).

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Weed threatens Routt County hay crop

Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow is worried that an English wildflower that has mysteriously appeared in Routt County could become Northwest Colorado's next "bad weed."

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Oak Creek museum tells stories of a population from across the globe

Annabelle Petranovich's Yugoslavian mother thought bananas were peeled sausages. Mike Yurich's Croatian father wandered for days in Chicago because cleaners cut the colored string off the streetcar he took home.

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Locals anticipate another big kayaking season

Pete Van De Carr pays attention to all the important factors. He checks the water content of the snow, the totals compared to last year and the snowpack still waiting to melt away from the high country surrounding Steamboat Springs.

Real estate transactions for April 29 to May 6, 2009

- JACOBSON, ROBERT To KRABACHER, THOMAS and HEATON, EMILY For RED HAWK VILLAGE SUBD LOT 5 - $290,000

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Building department statistics lagging

Construction valuation for projects down $24.7M from 2008

Statistics through April from the Routt County Regional Building Department confirm what anybody associated with the building trades already knows: 2009 is shaping up to be one tough year for the construction industry.

Real estate sales down with economy

Realtors: Consumer confidence, price reductions key to real estate rebound

First quarter statistics show a further weakening of the real estate market in Steamboat Springs and other western Rocky Mountain resorts, but real estate professionals say they are beginning to see signs of recovery.

On the Market: Cantafios earn Graduate Realtor designations

Ralph A. and Denise L. Cantafio, of Real Living Professional Group, have received their Graduate Realtor Institute designation from the National Association of Realtors.

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Don't confuse contractor Gary L. Wall with the sheriff

Gary Wall runs Associated Building and Remodeling - and jokingly dissociates himself from Routt County's controversial sheriff. He added the words "Gary L. Wall (not the sheriff)" to his pickups and trailer about eight months ago. They also remind passers-by that the fellow Wall works with, Ralph Fox, is "not the deputy."

Business briefs: Sweet Potato to open in Old Town Square; SCORE, CMC lunch to address government contracts

Sweet Potato Lingerie has closed up shop on Eighth Street to move to Old Town Square on Lincoln Avenue at Seventh Street. Sweet Potato is scheduled to open Tuesday at its new spot, downstairs near Steaming Bean Coffee, owner Leslie Faulkner said.

Loan funds could help farmers in Colorado

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to free up more money for operating loans could help farmers searching for credit after the failure of New Frontier Bank in Greeley.

The Record for May 8, 2009

1:39 a.m. A man reported a suspicious person on Anglers Drive.

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Coy Letlow goes from Tiger to Bear

Hayden football player gets preferred walk-on status at UNC in Greeley

When the final decision came, Hayden High School football player Coy Letlow knew University of Northern Colorado was the best fit.

Bob Enever: Friday Artwalks are wonderful

Congratulations to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs. These First Friday Artwalks are wonderful events.

Joel Reichenberger: Tennis leading the way

Steamboat Springs wasn't a town built with the high school spring sports season in mind - a fact made painfully clear as most of the local high school's spring teams bowed out in the first round of the playoffs or failed to make the postseason at all. Only the tennis team has been able to leap Mother Nature's hurdles so far.

Sen. Al White: An open letter

To the citizens of Northwest Colorado: I have received a lot of grumbling, and frankly, downright anger this year from many of you.

Saturday, May 9

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Bearss, Swiggart earn No. 1 doubles state title

Championship is 2nd in Sailors girls tennis history

The Sailors' No. 1 doubles team of Sara Bearss and Kylee Swiggart defeated Greeley West's top doubles duo in three sets Saturday to win the Class 4A state championship in Pueblo.

Steamboat grocery stores not affected by Front Range strike threats

Managers at both local supermarkets said today that their employees are part of separate bargaining units than the union threatening a strike on the Front Range this weekend. Contract negotiations for local Safeway and City Market employees will begin in the next couple weeks, those managers said.

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Paintings to add new life to 7th Street building

When the veil comes down Monday, the George P. Sauer Human Services Center will get a colorful new decoration, courtesy of Routt County Transitions Services.

Municipal League leader praises Hayden

Sam Mamet: Town could be 100th home-rule area

The leader of the Colorado Municipal League praised Hayden's drive at a meeting Thursday.

Steamboat briefs: Police arrest 2 on charges related to lottery scam

Steamboat Springs police arrested two Steamboat residents Thursday on felony charges related to a lottery phone scam targeted at the elderly. Police arrested Troy Robert Cox, 23, on felony charges of racketeering, larceny, receiving of stolen property and extortion, and 32-year-old Cartina Graham on felony charges of racketeering, theft of those at risk, larceny and extortion.

The Record for May 7

1:42 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported at Fifth and Pine streets. A Steamboat Springs Police Department sergeant said police issued summonses to three juveniles for possessing alcohol as minors. One juvenile also received a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ski season still going strong at A-Basin

Montezuma Bowl should be open through weekend

Raul Fortunato made sure to pack his multi-color beach umbrella when he left his house to go skiing Friday morning. It was almost as important as his skis.

Bashor Ski Camp attracts locals

All it takes is a glance at the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area and it seems clear the ski season has come to an end.

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Local couple won't stop each other's collecting habit

His legacy may be assured at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, but Bill Mackin, 69, still is living; and living means collecting.

White predicts painful cuts during next year's legislative session

You know it's been a tough year in the Legislature when you count a $5 million cut to your No. 1 priority as an achievement. "Thank God, it's over," state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said Friday when asked to reflect on the 2009 legislative session, which ended this week.

Hayden gets $725,000 to fund Poplar Street improvements

Hayden has received $725,000 for Poplar Street repairs, and officials are ecstatic. The funding is coming from an energy impact grant through the state Department of Local Affairs.

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Sailors' No. 1 doubles team plays in finals today

Bearss, Swiggart to face off against Greeley West for state championship

The No. 1 doubles pair of Sara Bearss and Kylee Swiggart won in front of bleachers full of fans so adoring the pair couldn't even exit the court - after letting loose their own victory shouts - before they were swarmed by friends and family.

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Smartt sets school record in high jump

Hayden junior part of strong local showing at regional track meet

Competing in ideal conditions for the first time this season, Hayden High School junior Murphy Smartt set a school record in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches.

Friday, May 8

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Victim's daughter calls for focus on pedestrian safety

Bob Bear thought Steamboat was 'a wonderful place to be old'

Annie Meyer said her father, Bob Bear, spoke as recently as Sunday about the dangers of the intersection at Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40, which he traversed on daily walks between his home at Selbe Apartments and the Yampa River Botanic Park.

Ritter: Northwest Colorado faces higher risk of wildfire

Pine beetle infestation elevates danger in this part of state, the governor says during a preseason fire briefing with local and federal officials.

Youth Corps leader wins Livingston Fellowship

Gretchen Van De Carr was one of five people selected statewide for a $25,000 grant.

The Record for May 6

Wednesday, May 6

Steamboat briefs: High temperatures allow local golf courses to open

Haymaker opens today, joining the front nine at Rollingstone Ranch and the Steamboat Golf Club as open courses for local golfers. Catamount opens Saturday.

Hayden moves forward with water tank

Trustees tell manager to continue seeking funds despite risk

Hayden trustees told the town manager to keep pursuing stimulus money for a second water storage tank.

Margaret Hair: Music festival math

It's outdoor festival season, and there are plenty of options to consider in choosing a Colorado music weekend.

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Professional pianist joins Yampa Valley ensemble in concert

For the past 1 1/2 months, about 30 students from Routt and Moffat counties have been getting ready for their main stage debut.

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Butterfly photos offer break for black-and-white artist

For Kim Keith, obsession started with two hours in a butterfly garden. A friend had commissioned the photographer to take a portrait. Keith booked The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster one morning in November.

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Shorty's Restaurant opens in Oak Creek

Menu includes burgers, steaks, children's items

Isaac Iacovetto recommends the dinosaur nuggets. They're chicken tenders shaped like dinosaurs, the 4-year-old explained, and they're part of the children's menu at his parents' restaurant.

Moffat County plans for DOLA decline

Agency awards Moffat about half its request for road project

It's not good news, but it's reality, and Moffat County will manage, commissioner Tom Gray said. As has become the norm during the past year, the county received less than it requested from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs energy impact grant fund last week.

TMH board considers moving facilities

Russell Street building could see other tenants

In with the new, and back to the old. As The Memorial Hospital prepares to move to its new facility, it might consider moving other entities in to its current Russell Street building.

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Source list: Trevor Potter

The music, movies and places that influence his storyteller style

As Trevor Potter gets ready for the final steps in recording his second CD, the Steamboat Springs singer-songwriter is watching his summer schedule fill up.

On Scene: North Routt Chili Cook Off

Call it a success if you managed to try each of the 45 chilis, soups and desserts entered in the Seventh Annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off on Sunday afternoon.

Commissioners chat series scheduled to begin Monday

Officials launch 2nd annual public forum road show

For the second year in a row, the Routt County Board of Commissioners will take its show on the road and host a series of public forums.

Sarah Hagenbuch and Lori Jazwick: Help available for treating invasive weeds

The Routt County Conservation District has been awarded funds from the Colorado Department of Agriculture to monitor, map and treat specific weed populations in Routt County.

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Rob Douglas: Addition by subtraction

Two days ago, the Colorado Legislature called it a wrap for 2009. Unfortunately, as our lawmakers packed their bags and headed home, they left my fantasy unfulfilled for yet another year. I dream of a day when elected officials will remove laws from the books instead of adding them.

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UmConscious takes on socially conscious aspects of hip-hop

Denver hip-hop band UmConscious isn't trying to avoid serious, socially conscious material. The band just doesn't see any reason to be heavy all the time.

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Musicians schedule concert to benefit LIFT-UP

Once every two years or so, Kathleen Allen gathers the energy to be a ham. When that happens, the soprano singer, professional piano tuner and Hayden resident recruits the help of musical friends to put on a recital of classical works with a few fun twists.

Thursday, May 7

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On to the championship

Sailors' Swiggart, Bearss advance to state tennis finals

Steamboat Springs High School tennis players Sara Bearss and Kylee Swiggart continued their hot streak, winning this morning's semifinals match to earn a berth in the state championship final in No. 1 doubles. They square off against Greeley West at 9 a.m. Saturday in Pueblo.

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Steamboat pole vaulter takes third in Grand Junction

Jaime Winter must wait until the end of the weekend to see if she qualified for the state meet in Denver

Jaime Winter clears 8 feet but must play waiting game to see if her season-best jump of 8-6 is good enough to qualify for the state meet in Denver later this month.

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No charges in semitrailer fire

Blaze blocked U.S. 40 for hours Thursday; no injuries occurred

The driver of a semitrailer that caught fire Thursday afternoon at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass and stopped all traffic for several hours will face no charges, Colorado State Patrol troopers said.

Flannery ordered to pay $75,270 in restitution

Former Habitat director also gets 90 days in jail for embezzlement

Rochelle "Shelly" Flannery was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay $75,270.90 in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling money from Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

"Top Chef" coming to Steamboat Wine Festival

Hosea Rosenberg to headline culinary potion of sixth annual wine gathering

Hosea Rosenberg, executive chef at Jax Fish House in Boulder, will headline the culinary portion of the festival, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 2.

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Bob Bear had strong local ties

Pedestrian killed in Wednesday accident taught at Lowell Whiteman for 25 years

The longtime Steamboat resident passed away at about 8 p.m. from head injuries sustained after he was hit by a pickup while trying to cross U.S. Highway 40 at Pine Grove Road. Bear, 77, died at about 8 p.m. Wednesday in a Denver hospital after the accident that morning in Steamboat.

First Tracks buyers to get relief

City officials will use collected affordable-housing fees to provide down-payment assistance to 12 contract holders at First Tracks at Wildhorse Meadows under a plan outlined by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.

Day care slots become available in Steamboat

Owners, managers say furloughs affecting their business

After months of long waiting lists and filled facilities, Routt County child care centers have found themselves with vacancies in recent weeks.

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Meth lab found near Dinosaur

ACET leads investigation, site suspected to be inactive

Several local law enforcement agencies, led by the All Crimes Enforcement Team, discovered the remnants of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory Tuesday.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden library holding a book fair through May 18

The Hayden Public Library is holding its annual Scholastic Book Fair during regular library hours through May 18. Books, gifts, school supplies, software and other items are available for purchase.

Carpenter's Ball to raise money for green housing Saturday

Funds to go toward Habitat for Humanity townhomes on Hilltop Parkway

As its only annual fundraiser, Routt County Habitat for Humanity's Carpenter's Ball always is a critical event for the local affordable housing provider.

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Annual horse drive coming through Maybell

Oh, how he loves horses. Donald Broom, 42, has worked at Moffat County's Sombrero Ranches for about a quarter century, and is now a member of the tourism business' management team.

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Steamboat preps for state tennis tourney

Opening rounds of the Class 4A tennis tournament start at 9 a.m. today and continue Friday and Saturday. With 10 Sailors going to the tourney, the team has a shot at finishing in the top five.

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Tigers, Rams hope for strong regional track meet

Soroco High School and Hayden High School head to Grand Junction on Saturday to compete in the regional track meet.

The Record for May 5

12:42 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to an ambulance request in the 1300 block of Indian Trails for a 17-year-old girl who reportedly was hyperventilating.

Hayden to discuss water tank plan

Construction incentives also on tonight's Town Board meeting agenda

Tonight's Hayden Town Board meeting is a crucial one for residents interested in a new water tank for the town.

Fund Board accepts 2 previously denied projects Wednesday

The Education Fund Board took a second look at two proposals that originally had been scrapped and gave the go-ahead for both projects, at a total of $55,000, during a meeting Wednesday night.

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2 local businesses named in top 50 Colorado Companies to Watch

Big Agnes, Boa exemplify Steamboat's entrepreneurial community to state

Two Steamboat Springs companies received a new state award, and Noreen Moore says that's a great sign for the business community.

Wednesday, May 6

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Steamboat's season ends at feet of Thompson Valley star

Sailors lose, 2-1, in home playoff game

Coury Pitt scores twice and makes unbelievable defensive play to preserve her team's first-round win. The Sailors' season ends with an 11-4-1 record.

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Cash coming for Cog Road fix

Repairs planned for slides on C.R. 76, C.R. 86 in West Routt

Residents had voiced concerns for months after part of Cog Road fell away. Routt County will split the cost with energy impact grants.

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Catamount golf course ranked as one of state's best

The May issue of Golf Digest magazine pegs Catamount Ranch & Golf Club as the eighth-best course in Colorado. Catamount, a private course, was ranked No. 10 in 2008.

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Pedestrian flown to Denver after being hit by pickup

Police say vehicles always must yield to people in crosswalks

An unidentified 77-year-old man has been flown to Denver with significant head injuries after he was hit by a pickup while crossing the street at Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40 at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Summit County looks to reduce speed-limit signs

Officials may remove 150 postings to save money

Some speed-limit signs in local neighborhoods could start to disappear, as county officials move to reduce the overall number of signs.

As economy turns, county focuses on present and future

What is known: applications for permits to drill in Moffat County are down this year. What is unknown: what that decline means for Moffat County.

Sheriff: Oak Creek needs $300,000 for law enforcement

Commissioners, town leaders still debating police needs needs

A contract proposed by Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall states that complete law enforcement coverage for Oak Creek would cost more than $300,000 per year, far exceeding the $120,000 the town has to spend.

Routt County appreciates DA's voluntary budget cuts

Oldham agrees to $42,700 in trims while keeping staff

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said her office may not be returning long-distance phone calls as often and may have to skimp on office supplies in the coming year, in the face of tough budget cuts.

Mary Walker: Rites of passage important to many cultures

I am leaving the Rescue Centre a week earlier than usual. The girls have become accustomed to me sending them off to their boarding schools at the end of each holiday. I know that it is not a good idea, in the big picture of these girls' lives, for them to get too accustomed to anything, even my promises that I have every intention of keeping.

Our view: A well-rounded approach to education

Local school districts are providing worthwhile alternatives to the college prepatory model of secondary education.

Steamboat briefs: School district officials welcome CDC flu notice

A Steamboat Springs school official responded Tuesday to a notice from the Centers for Disease Control that alleviated its recommendation to close schools if a confirmed case of H1N1, or swine flu, should occur.

The Record for May 4

12:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers conducted a monthly sex-offender address verification in Steamboat Springs.

Hayden library to add teen corner

Officials plan to add shelves, seating, books

The Hayden Public Library and its board have considered adding a teen area for years, and it's finally coming together, Library Director Ana Lash said. She plans to include books aimed at teens, a restaurant-style booth, Tiger-themed decorations and furniture.

NASCAR racer's charity ride comes to town

Kyle Petty's fundraiser to arrive in Routt County on Monday

NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is bringing his cross-country charity motorcycle ride to Steamboat Springs next week.

Sheriff Gary Wall: We can't compromise public safety

To the citizens of Routt County: I am very aware of the financial shortfall in the previously projected revenues for Routt County. I have studied my approved budget for 2009, and I am willing to do my part in meeting the county's objectives to reduce expenditures.

Steamboat track team eyes 4A Showcase

New qualifying format a challenge for Sailors athletes

The reality of the new state qualifying format for Class 4A is about to set in on the Steamboat Springs High School track and field team.

City Council votes to give ski area base a makeover

$12.5M URA bond, Thunderhead to transform properties

The Steamboat Springs City Council gave life Tuesday to base area plans including a promenade around the immediate ski base, a free-flowing Burgess Creek in the summer and a five-star redevelopment of the former Thunderhead Lodge site.

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Community Cultivation makes a 2nd Education Fund Board request

After being rejected by the Education Fund Board its first time around, Community Cultivation's proposal will appear again tonight in front of the full board but with only half the amount of money requested.

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Joanne Palmer: Notes from Operation Pickup

The following report summarizes the surveillance operation conducted by P.I. Palmer on a typical afternoon as parents picked up their children after school.

Tuesday, May 5

School district: No closings planned, but parents should prepare

Superintendent scales down district policy to case-by-case review of confirmed cases, should any occur

The Steamboat Springs School District is not planning any flu-related closings and will review confirmed cases individually, should any occur, its superintendent said today.

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Sailors girls kick off playoff home-opener at 6 p.m.

Sailors to take on Thompson Valley at Gardner Field

The No. 11 seed Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team takes on No. 22 Thompson Valley at Gardner Field. opens up the state playoffs at 6 p.m. today at Gardner Field. Today's winner will play Saturday against the winner of sixth-seed Valor Christian and No. 27 Woodland Park.

Six local skiers named to national squad

U.S. team unveils 2009-10 Nordic Combined roster that includes Lodwick, Spillane, Demong

Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane were named to the U.S. Nordic Combined "A" team for 2009-10. Ski officials named Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher, Alex Miller, Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney to the "B" team.

Panel stalled by eminent domain

Hayden home rule commission moves forward with draft

Eminent domain tripped up Hayden's home rule panel Monday night, leaving one loose end in the first draft of the proposed town charter.

Alternative school to double in size

With a waiting list, school to add 2nd class of 14 students

The Yampa Valley School will double in size next year with capacity jumping from 14 to 28 students at the alternative school in Old Town Steamboat Springs, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said Monday night.

West-side fire station costs debated

Thunderhead, 700 among issues on agenda

Tonight, the Steamboat Springs City Council will be asked to review a draft fiscal impact model for the proposed master-planned community west of city limits.

The Record for May 3

Sunday, May 3

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Cannon wins bike race in Fruita

Steamboat Springs rider victorious in solo women's division

Kris Cannon is the first to admit she wasn't sure what to expect when she arrived at Highline Lake State Park late last week for the 18 Hours of Fruita mountain bike race.

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District Attorney's Office offers budget solution

The Routt County Board of Commissioners can't cut the District Attorney's personnel budget, so Elizabeth Oldham is offering up other areas to be trimmed.

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Jimmy Westlake: Saving Hubble

The venerable Hubble Space Telescope is in trouble, and NASA is about to launch a repair mission to save it. If all goes according to plan, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will lift off from Cape Canaveral on May 11, carrying seven astronauts who will perform a total of five spacewalks to repair and upgrade our aging eye-in-the-sky and give it a new lease on life.

Steamboat briefs: Lunch speaker to address economy, local impact

Steamboat Springs resident Steve Hofman, former assistant secretary of labor in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, will talk about the national economy and its local impacts during today's meeting of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs. The meeting begins at noon at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Anyone interested in attending the meeting as a guest and listening to Hofman's presentation must call Rotarian Suzanne Schlicht at 970-871-4224 or e-mail sschlicht@steamboatpilot.com by 11:30 a.m.

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Flood risk still minimal

Howelsen Hill slope failure may challenge already strapped budget

The first few days of May already have brought Steamboat Springs more than half of its average precipitation for the month, but officials still see no heightened flood risk this year.

Monday, May 4

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Steamboat rider beats field, mud at 18 Hours of Fruita

Kris Cannon won women's solo division race despite sloppy conditions. Cannon completed 29 laps in just less than 18 hours.

Local swine flu preparations continue

No Routt County cases have been confirmed, but some tests are still pending

Swine flu hasn't been confirmed in Routt County, but government and medical officials continue to develop plans in case it appears.

NASCAR racer Kyle Petty's cross-country ride coming to Steamboat

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is a fundraiser for chronically ill children. More than 200 motorcycle riders will roar into Steamboat on May 11 and depart the next day.

School Board to weigh $12 million offer

District's negotiations with Steamboat 700 focus of today's meeting

How, and if, to proceed with a proposed deal from Steamboat 700 developers will take prominence during public and private meetings of the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight.

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Moffat County High School swimmers show well in their own pool

Back-to-back home meets proved to be successful outings in the pool Friday and Saturday for the Moffat County High School boys swimming team. Cole Worsley, a senior from Steamboat Springs, broke a 24-year-old school record.

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Chili fires up big crowd

Annual North Routt contest boasts record number of entries

The special touch to Pam Heinrich's chili is more than hard work. It's more than the kidney beans, and it's harder to find than the brown sugar she uses to sweeten her recipe.

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Hayden students dive into coursework

Scuba lesson part of science class with real-world applications

Slipping into wetsuits and jumping into the pool may not be the typical way to start a high school class, but for Hayden High School teacher Dean Massey's students, scuba diving is just what they expected. "It's the reason I joined the class," junior Kolton Miller said Sunday.

The Record for May 2

Saturday, May 2

Aging well: Walking for fitness, fun and challenge

Marlene Griffin always has enjoyed walking, but the opportunity to travel pushed her to join a walking class to improve her endurance.

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Luke Graham: Girls soccer ready for a run

It wasn't hard to find reasons last season why the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team finished second in the Western Slope League. The team had given up its crown and perch at the top to Battle Mountain the season before. Steamboat came into the season with a young team and had only two seniors on the roster.

Steamboat briefs: Aging Well program starts N'Balance classes Mondays

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is offering new sessions of the N'Balance classes for adults 50 and older. Advanced N'Balance classes are from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays for 12 weeks, starting today at Colorado Mountain College. The cost is $45. The class works on core muscle strength and challenging balance activities that enhance overall fitness. Call CMC at 870-4444 to register.

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Court personnel relieved after guards' arrival

Until recently, Moffat County Court judge Sandra Gardner knew people brought weapons into her courtroom. Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies Lynn Schonert and Jarrod Poley are trying to change that.

Gardening: Savory - the name says it all

Before Eastern spices came into common use, savory was valued for its bold, spicy flavor. Before pepper was even discovered, it was utilized as a substitute - albeit a very poor one. It came originally from the mountains and cliffs of southern Europe and the moors of Provence and once again it was the Romans that traveled with it and popularized it in other countries. Lore states that savory belonged to the satyrs, the goat-like woodland deities of ancient myth, who supposedly only lived in meadows of this herb.

Sailors girls soccer to open tourney at home

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team wrapped up the Western Slope League championship more than a week ago, but it didn't reap all the awards of its powerful season until Sunday.

Monday Medical: The high cost of untreated pain

If you have been a hospital patient during the past decade, you are familiar with the question: "On a scale of one to 10, how would you rate your pain?" Recognition and assessment of pain has become a national standard of care.

Sunday, May 3

Real estate transactions for April 23 to 28

Seller's name listed first, followed by the buyer

On the Market: Pending sales increase to 113 as of April 27

Realtor Darrin Fryer, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, reports that the number of pending sales - property under contract - has surpassed 110.

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Spirit Challenge kicks off Running Series

All that Legacy Education Foundation President Marcia Martin had to do to see the success of the 24th annual Spirit Challenge was take a look at the Russell family.

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Holiday Inn addition construction to start in August

Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs owner Scott Marr said the decision to add 35 suites and an indoor pool to his U.S. Highway 40 hotel later this summer was made independently of the recession.

Steamboat briefs: Adult softball and soccer registration deadlines near

The registration deadline for adult softball and soccer leagues is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Register at the city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services office at 245 Howelsen Parkway, download a form at www.steamboatsprings.net/rec or call 879-4300.

Gary L. Wall: Emphasize quality

Regarding the story "Jobless rate building; Construction companies struggle amid severe slowdown" in the Business section of the April 26 Steamboat Pilot & Today:

Best of the Web: Base area plans

Great job. It is awesome to see a group of citizens come together to make an intelligent study of what is possible and find a prudent way to proceed with the base area improvements. This is good for Steamboat now and sends a strong message about where we are going. I will look forward to seeing the council make a well-considered choice from this group's recommendations in May.

Dr. Jeffery Hurst: Dental rules

The Colorado Dental Association is pleased to see Angel Henry responding to a need in her community and opening a dental hygiene clinic to provide more people with local dental hygiene services.

Murray Tucker, Ph.D.: Bush's 1st 100 days

For the past hundred days, we news junkies have been saturated with cable news, Sunday talk shows and the news in general based on what will and did happen during the first hundred days of the new administration. I am not going to recount the achievements or lack thereof. As far as I'm concerned, I'm at day 101, and day 100 is dead.

Editorial cartoon for May 3, 2009

Joe Roberts draws a cartoon that appears weekly on the editorial page of the Sunday Pilot & Today. This is the cartoon for May 3, 2009.

The Record for May 1, 2009

2:33 a.m. A fire alarm was reported in the 1400 block of Mark Twain Lane. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer said everything was fine.

Jail Report for April 25 to May 1

Jenna Marie Chavez, 20, Steamboat Springs - Driving under the influence of drugs, disregarding a stop sign (Colorado State Patrol)

Elizabeth Pearce: Lead by example

Regarding Clarence Page's op-ed article titled "An orphan tea party movement" in the ViewPoints section of the April 22 Steamboat Today:

Jon Quinn: Be responsible

After reading the Steamboat Pilot & Today's coverage on the issue of leash laws in last week's paper, one would probably think that I support repealing leash laws and letting dogs run amok in our fair city. There were a couple of carefully chosen sound bytes accompanied by a picture of two dogs off-leash on Lincoln Avenue that were sure to convince you that I condone this behavior. I assure you, this is not at all the case.

Conservative commentary: Three cheers for the tea parties

On April 15, perhaps 200,000 people across the U.S. took an hour off to go out and get totally disrespected by the mainstream media.

Our view: Gift policy good for school district

Kudos to the Steamboat Springs School Board for drafting a policy that could guide the decision-making process for accepting grants and gifts. A well-crafted policy could help ensure unaffordable programs and salaries don't encumber the district's budget.

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Local entrepreneurs hope to add jobs, income streams

Several at-home workers are looking at ways to bring jobs or wealth into the Yampa Valley.

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Sailors lacrosse has eye on tougher competition next year

As each minute passed after Friday's 16-11 loss to Lewis-Palmer in the first round of the state lacrosse playoffs, it just didn't get any easier for Steamboat coach Bob Hiester to leave the locker room.

Summit to address how to make business thrive

Event could provide 'fresh ideas,' 'confidence' to businesses, organizer said

Organizers hope this year's Economic Summit injects optimism into the business community. The May 20 to 21 event is titled Thriving in Tough Economic Times, a nod toward sunnier dispositions.

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Hayden, Soroco athletes punch tickets to state

Track team members prequalify at league meet

Athletes on the Hayden and Soroco high school track and field teams let out a big sigh of relief Saturday at the Class 2A Western Slope League track meet at West Grand High School in Kremmling.

Business File: Sweet Pea Market to move to spot next door

Sweet Pea Market plans to open May 24 at 729 Yampa St., "the little red house" next to its former space, co-owner Jonathon Hieb said.

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A month after ski area closes, skiers still search for turns

Aryeh Copa sat indoors on a rainy Saturday morning, and he was disappointed. "I skied 180 days last year," he said.

Joel Reichenberger: Digital world just doesn't measure up

Denver's 16th Street Mall has all the makings of a city hotspot basically devoid of locals - nice hotels, theme restaurants and shopping available in any suburban mall.

John F. Russell: When cheering gets tough

Her children may be looking forward to next year's NCAA skiing championships, but Marne Roberts has to be torn when it comes to what to wear.

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Shrinking economy doesn't hold back CMC graduates

After the last graduate from Colorado Mountain College's local Alpine Campus crossed the stage Saturday, the real work began.

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Sustainability-minded candidates challenge YVEA board directors

Thinking the local electric utility is not committed enough to green business practices, a duo of Routt County women is vying for two of the three seats up for election this year on the Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport sees fewer passengers

Season numbers better than expected; capacity to decline slightly for 2009-10

Yampa Valley Regional Airport experienced a season-over-season passenger decrease this year, but officials said they were pleased with how traffic shook out.

Looking Back for April 27, 1934: Relief not for those who drive an automobile

From the Friday, April 27, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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North Routt newsletter aims to connect community

When Barbara McNary moved to North Routt County from Steamboat Springs three years ago, it didn't take her long to realize there's more that makes the region a different kind of place than its alpine environment of higher altitude, crisp air, tall pines and crisp light.

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Free Summer Concert Series organizers seek more support

Organizers of the Free Summer Concert Series are confident they've pulled together a strong, five-part lineup for 2009, with headliners including Rusted Root and Susan Tedeschi.

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Hayden High School to mark 100 years of graduates

The 2009 graduation ceremony at Hayden High School will commemorate not only this year's group of 32 graduates, but also its four original alumni.

Routt County Spotlight: Caroline Fisher

Occupation: Server, Creekside Cafe and Grill; wedding planner

Class Notes: Elementary school art show set for 5 p.m. Wednesday

South Routt Elementary School will host the Fourth Annual Spring Art Show from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Builder tests resilience of $6 million home buyers

When Mark and Diane Halvorson, of Snow Country Construction, began three years ago to build one of the most expensive spec homes in city limits, they paid attention to every luxury touch, right down to the ceramic-tiled dog shower in the garage.

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LaRoche brings pro baseball ties to Steamboat

It was 2003, and LaRoche was with the Colorado Rockies in spring training. It was his Crash Davis moment. He even references the classic baseball movie "Bull Durham" when thinking about those days.

Saturday, May 2

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CMC holds lively commencement

Graduates flipped their tassels Saturday in a packed ceremony at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

More than 60 Colorado Mountain College students flipped their tassels and became graduates in a spirited ceremony Saturday, receiving associate's degrees in fields including resort management, outdoor education and the arts.

Snowmass Village group sues WestPac

Goodfellows files lawsuit against development company

A Snowmass Village company is suing Related WestPac LLC, claiming the development company reneged on a $400,000 deal to buy assets and assume a lease.

Pitkin County braces for swine flu

Some residents rethink travel plans because of outbreak

While health and school officials in Aspen and Pitkin County are bracing for a local outbreak of the swine flu, area residents are weighing the risk of traveling to Mexico - a popular offseason destination where the virus was suspected of killing 159 people and sickening nearly 2,500 as of midday Wednesday.

Gold, Schaffrick to be featured on Fuel TV

Two of Steamboat's - and the nation's - best young snowboarders will be featured on Fuel TV's hit show "New Pollution."

Local family to relive 2009 NCAA Skiing Championship on TV

On Friday, Drew Roberts was thinking more about his classes at the University of Colorado than the happenings at the NCAA Skiing Championships, which took place in March.

Sailors tennis team swings through regionals

Steamboat advances 10 and picks up 5 regional titles

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team will have a nearly full roster at the state championship meet after advancing 10 girls and picking up five regional championships Friday in Delta.

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Boys lacrosse team falls to Lewis-Palmer in playoff opener

Steamboat Springs High School's boys lacrosse program soon won't forget its 2009 season. It was the year the Sailors won the inaugural Mountain Conference championship and went, 13-0, in the regular season.

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Sailors, Demons girls soccer ends in a draw

Hope Whitman's long-range shot sailed over the soccer crossbar and off the football crossbar positioned just above the soccer goal at Glenwood Springs High School.

Steamboat briefs: After-Prom committee seeks donations for event

Parents on the Steamboat Springs High School After-Prom Party committee still are accepting donations in preparation for tonight's event.

The Record for April 30, 2009

12:33 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Fish Creek Falls Road.

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Runoff season begins for Routt County with rain in forecast

Routt County is on the brink of runoff season, when rivers and creeks rise as the above-average snowfall finds its way down from the mountains and into the Yampa River, said county Emergency Management Director Bob Struble.

Man who shot dog defends his actions

Tom Cannon, the 68-year-old Routt County resident who shot and injured his neighbor's golden retriever Wednesday, says the incident has been overblown and that the shooting was the result of repeated trespasses.

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Youth ensembles teach students more than just music

The four students who make up the Baroque and Blue classical jazz quartet have learned how to solve problems.

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New Steamboat tea shop up and steaming

Josh Bodden has been drinking lots of tea. He's sampled every one of the 77 teas and tisanes at his new shop, The Deep Steep Tea Co.

Hayden plans cleanup, community garage sale

Booths available to those who wish to sell

Hayden residents are invited to throw out the old and bring in something new during a community cleanup and garage sale May 9.

Hayden Home Rule Charter draft expected soon

Town panel to meet Monday to wrap up 1st set of discussions

Hayden could have the base of its town charter inked by early next week. The Hayden Home Rule Charter Commission meets Monday evening to address the last of the elements of the charter.

Friday, May 1

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CSAP results strong in Steamboat

Third-grade reading scores dip in Hayden, surge in South Routt

Results from third-grade reading standardized tests showed consistent strong scores at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, a dip in Hayden and a surge at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa.

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Sailors girls soccer overpowers Bulldogs, 7-0

Steamboat travels to Glenwood Springs today to face Demons

The result was the same for the Moffat County High School girls soccer team. Matched up against Steamboat Springs, the Bulldogs struggled to keep things close and lost, 7-0. Still, the squad was able to take positives from the loss.

Homegrown stimulus to pay off in Basalt

Town officials hope $45,000 investment will yield big sales

Basalt town government officials hope a $45,000 investment in a homegrown stimulus program will yield at least $450,000 in sales for shops, restaurants and service providers in these tough economic times.

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Artists celebrate mothers

Gallery to host tea, book signing and art demos Saturday

Ever since she got back, Bonnie McGee can't help but feel a little contagious. Three of her friends bought boats after hearing McGee's account of spending 4 1/2 years on a 33-foot sailboat, circling the world, taking photos and writing down stories as she went.

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Student ceramics exhibit features work with personal touch

Students in Lisa Derning's Level 2 pottery class have a choice at the beginning of the course: hone their skills at throwing ceramics on a wheel or practice building them by hand.

Some plastic recycling to end

Summit County to stop taking materials 3 through 7 in June

Local officials said Tuesday that they will abandon efforts to recycle many common types of plastic beginning June 1.

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Young South Routt dancers ready to perform in annual show

Each year in November, dance instructor Tamara Bereznak reserves the Soroco High School auditorium for a spring concert. The next six months are filled with weekly dancing, bonding and smiling for the South Routt residents who take classes at the Let's Dance studio.

Shooter says incident overblown

Riley, the golden retriever who was shot in the paw Wednesday night, is home recovering after being checked out by a local veterinarian.

Sailors, Rangers lacrosse confident about today's match

Lewis-Palmer and Steamboat Springs High School square off at 5 p.m. today at Gardner Field in the first round of the state playoffs. The Rangers - seeded 17th - come in as a team very similar to the 16th-seeded Sailors.

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Rob Douglas: Wanted: 1 objective assessment

Independent expert needs to look at Sheriff's Office funding

Camouflaged by the personality conflicts between the Routt County Commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall is a question that deserves an answer. Is the Sheriff's Office adequately funded to protect Routt County? The commissioners say it is. The sheriff disagrees.

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FFA sponsor Byron Dean honored for 29 years of service

Soroco adviser recognized for 29 years of success with 1 left to go

It's been more than 25 years since South Routt rancher Bobby George took agriculture classes from longtime Soroco High School National FFA chapter sponsor Byron Dean, but the life lesson George took from his teacher stays with him today: "The harder you try, the better success you'll have in anything."

Literary Sojourn lineup revealed

Tickets are available online, at local bookstores and library

Tickets for the 17th annual Literary Sojourn are now available, and event organizers recommend signing up before the lecture series' 500 seats sell out.

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Superchick lends Christian message to pop punk

Superchick tours can tend to be a little in your face: The pop punk band often travels with a megaphone, riling audiences with energetic tunes laced with hip-hop and dance beats. The tour will bring the group to the Steamboat Christian Center at 7 p.m. today.

CD Review of "Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella," by Various Artists and Ben Folds

At some point, pianist, singer and music producer Ben Folds realized his pithy pop songs are like crack to college students.

On Scene: Making my first trips to not-so-new businesses

Warm weather, for whatever reason, has the tendency to encourage me to go check out things in town that have been around for a while but that I haven't made it into.

The Record for April 29

Wednesday, April 29

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Youth show highlights work by Routt County students

For a piece of student art to make the cut for the Routt County Youth Art Show, teacher Susan Koehler isn't necessarily looking for something that meets class objectives.

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Margaret Hair: Ready for Chili Cook-off

Since being tapped as a judge for the seventh annual North Routt Chili Cook-off, I've been considering entering the contest.

Property values increase

Expanded worth doesn't necessarily mean larger taxes, assessor said

The Office of the Routt County Assessor has mailed property value assessments. The county's total assessed property value jumped 38 percent from 2008 to 2009.

Lucy Parham: Celebrating birds and their habitat

Every year as the skiers leave, we watch some other amazing travelers choose the Yampa Valley to grace and transform our forests and grasslands with their songs and their offspring. The riparian forests of the Yampa Valley provide native habitat for more than 140 species of migratory birds.

Sailors tennis cruises on first day of regionals

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team still has all 11 players eligible to make the state tournament, with two singles players and all four doubles teams in today's finals of the regional tournament.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat schools ready for possible flu outbreak

If even one student tests positive for swine flu, Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said she is prepared to shut down all district schools for two weeks.