Stories for November 2009


Monday, November 30

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Steamboat senior teaching about diabetes

Skyler Barry’s senior project expands understanding

When Skyler Barry was in middle school, she didn’t have boyfriends. Boys wouldn’t hold her hand because they feared catching her diabetes. That, of course, is not possible. “I don’t want kids to have to grow up dealing with what I dealt with,” Barry said. “I want them to know what it is, to understand.”

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Steamboat U19 hockey team shoots it out

Girls squad wins home tourney with white-knuckle victory

The puck skidded sideways and just to the right of Steamboat goalie Ellana Williams, missing the goal by 2 feet before drifting behind the net. That play handed Steamboat Springs its first championship in three years in the annual Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament.

Steamboat briefs: County commissioners attending conference

Routt County commissioners are attending the 2009 winter conference of Colorado Counties Inc. today and Tuesday in Colorado Springs, and thus will not hold public meetings in Routt County this week.

Deb Babcock: Picking the right Christmas tree

It just doesn’t seem like Christmas unless you have a lighted, decorated Christmas tree to admire through the holiday. Families in the Steamboat area tend to purchase already-cut trees or make a family excursion into national forest areas to find a perfect specimen.

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Monday Medical: 10 years and still growing

As the double-O decade draws to a close, Yampa Valley Medical Center is preparing to celebrate 10 years of providing vital and ever-growing medical services at the Central Park Drive campus. A special event is being planned to mark the anniversary along with a grand opening of expanded and remodeled facilities.

GOP candidates pledge unity

McConnell, Tipton say primary will avoid divisiveness

Efforts by Colorado Republicans to avoid contentious primaries are continuing in the state’s 3rd Congressional District. State Rep. Scott Tipton, of Cortez, and Bob McConnell, of Steamboat Springs, are running to replace U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., in Congress. Republican District Attorney Martin Beeson, of Garfield County, also is in the race.

Aging Well: Respite a necessity for caregivers

Caring for a family member with a disability or chronic condition does not come with a road map. Individuals often assume caregiving responsibilities without knowing what tomorrow or the next day will bring.

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STARS seeks volunteers for this winter

Adaptive sports organization looks to build on last year’s success

Last ski season, 144 Steam­boat Adaptive Recreational Sports volunteers provided 670 lessons in 3,000 hours to more than 160 students.

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Sailors running back says he’s OK

Dover, team preparing for Valor Christian

Breathe easy, Steamboat Springs football fans. Joe Dover has good news. “I’m good,” he said Sunday afternoon. “I’m fine. I’ll be ready Saturday.” Things didn’t look so good for Steamboat’s top running back in the fourth quarter of Satur day afternoon’s Class 3A semifinal playoff game in Pueblo.

The Record for Nov. 28, 2009

Saturday, Nov. 28

Sunday, November 29

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Chief Plaza going up for sale

Owner placing downtown movie theater on the market

The Chief Plaza Theater is going up for sale. Jon Sanders, principal with Ski Town Commercial Real Estate, said last week that owner Michael Barry would place the Lincoln Avenue building on the market.

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Crafts for the holidays in Steamboat

A few years ago, Diane Davis sat down in her kitchen with a hot glue gun, a pile of holiday evergreen wreathes, a collection of decorations and her forgotten creative side. That craft-a-palooza left her family and friends with holiday wreathes, and it left Davis with what would become the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym.

Our View: Time for 700 education

The Let’s Vote committee has gotten the required number of verified signatures, and all that remains — if the petition is not challenged — is the Steamboat Springs City Council’s decision about whether to kill the Steamboat 700 annexation ordinance or send it to city voters.

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Steamboat ministries take fresh approaches to community

There are two schools of thought with churches today: old vs. new, said Matthias Krier, pastor at United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs. He described the old as traditional and unwilling to change, while the new offered fresh perspective and shifted some control from clergy to parishioners.

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Disorder has made life hectic for Steamboat Springs athlete

Stephen Remillard is a marathon runner. He knocked off his first last year, the San Francisco Marathon. One thing that’s kept him running is his association with the International Essential Tremor Foundation and Remillard’s own drive to raise awareness for the disorder that has affected his own life.

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Search and rescue teams gear up for the winter

Had people managed to get lost last weekend along the stretch of U.S. Highway 40 that crosses Rabbit Ears Pass, or buried under the 2 or 3 inches of snow that partially covered the rocky terrain, there likely would have been good news. The army of search and rescue volunteers that canvassed the area would surely have found them.

Joel Reichenberger: Ski goals revisited

I expect this to become a tradition, at least so long as I never actually fulfill any of the goals I’m about to lay out. I laid out a series of objectives last year as the ski season got under way, and come April, I had not come all that close to fulfilling most of my plans.

Steamboat Springs High School's season-defining series

As defining a season as it has been up to this point, maybe the most defining moment of the Steamboat Springs High School football team’s season came midway through Saturday’s Class 3A semifinal game against Pueblo Central.

Valor advances through its defense

Sailors, Eagles to face off in finals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Stadium

Valor Christian, who came into the Class 3A semifinals with an offense that could be compared to Steamboat Springs High School's, used a little defense Saturday against Mountain View, advancing to Saturday’s state championship with a 21-7 win.

John F. Russell: Jumping returns with thrills

Willy Graves’ smile stretched from one ear to the other after he landed at the bottom of Howelsen Hill’s big jump Friday afternoon. “This is totally like Christ­mas morning,” Graves said with no attempt to hide his excitement about getting to ride the “big hill” at Howelsen.

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Logging set for areas hit by pine beetle infestation

A massive tree-removal project will affect areas including Spring Creek, Fish Creek, Burgess Creek and the base of Steamboat Ski Area in an effort to mitigate hazards created by the bark beetle epidemic.

Business File: Young Professionals names inaugural board

The Young Professionals Network of Steamboat Springs has selected its inaugural board to guide the network’s future. The community development committee is under the umbrella of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, began in April 2009 and has 118 members representing 82 companies in Yampa Valley, a news release stated.

The Record for Nov. 27

8:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a car crash in the 2000 block of Pine Grove Road.

The Jail Report for Nov. 21 to 27

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.

Breckenridge cops cracking down on aggressive skiers

Local police officers could be more noticeable on the lower slopes and terrain parks at Breckenridge Ski Resort this winter to enforce the Colorado Ski Safety Act.

Vail Valley locals lobby for late bus

This is not just about drinking — that’s what members of a Facebook group focused on bringing ECO Transit’s late night bus service back to Colorado’s Vail Valley are saying.

Vail developments going green

Bob Trotter, general manager of the Vail Valley’s Westin Riverfront Resort, has been in the hospitality business a long time. He’ll be the first to acknowledge it’s not the most environmentally-efficient industry in the world. But his latest job is different.

Steamboat briefs: Horizons services seeking volunteers

Horizons Specialized Serv­ices is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to individuals with developmental disabilities. Volunteers spend at least three hours a month with Horizons clients. Activities can include hiking, biking, bowling, swimming, fishing, walks and more. If interested, call Rebecca Hanson at 879-4466, ext. 111.

Best of the Web: Stagecoach sewage

I know that when my wife and I purchased our house in North Routt, we looked at several of the vault houses in Stagecoach. We decided at that time that we wanted nothing to do with that system. It seems to me that a “vault” for your sewage is just trouble waiting to happen. What do you do the week that your vault is full and no one will come out to clean it for you do to weather, fuel shortage, expense etc.?

Rich Lowe: It doesn’t add up

While mathematics was not my strongest subject in my academic career, I do understand basic math. I wonder if Rep. John Salazar understands that the math he cited in the Nov. 22 Steamboat Pilot & Today simply doesn’t add up. Here is why:

Noreen Moore: Thanks Pilot

Thank you to Suzanne Schlicht and Justin Hirsch of Steamboat Pilot & Today and its staff for their enormous assistance in producing the Routt County Livability Index (RCLI). Their efforts alongside the generosity of our major sponsors of Routt County, Colorado Mountain College, Department of Local Affairs and numerous private companies enabled us to produce the second edition of the RCLI.

School lunches for Nov. 30 to Dec. 4

School lunches for Nov. 30 to Dec. 4

Looking Back for Nov. 30, 1934

U.S. 40 highway in North­west Colorado will receive considerable work, it is understood from the appropriations for road work in 1935.

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One Steamboat Place logs $15.25 million in 1st round of closings

The Steamboat Springs real estate market received a qualified boost Monday when the first 13 condominium sales closed at One Steamboat Place for a combined $15.25 million.

On the Market: Existing home sales grow in October

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales showed a gain in October thanks in part to homebuyer tax credits.

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Tax credit could multiply home sales

1st-time, current homeowners can take advantage of legislation

Steamboat Realtors are optimistic that the combined effect of twin federal tax credits for homebuyers could unstick a portion of the local real estate market.

Ben Beall: Observations upon returning from Latin America

My wife, Millie, and I just returned from 27 months in the Peace Corps working in the Andes of Bolivia and the rain forests of Costa Rica. We are glad to be home, and in this week of Thanksgiving, we believe that every one of us needs to give thanks for our good fortune to live in the U.S.

Saturday, November 28

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Sailors football smashes past Pueblo Central

Team beat Central, 35-7, for bid to state 3A title game against Valor Christian

Steamboat Springs High School defeated Pueblo Central, 35-7, in Saturday's 3A semifinal playoff game in Pueblo. The Sailors football team will play Valor Christian for the state title at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Steamboat, who had seen its season end twice in the past four years in Pueblo, put together its best performance of the year.

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2009 Sailors expected to be in this playoff spot

The Steamboat Springs High School football team, led by quarterback Austin Hinder, came into this season pumped and ready for success. For previous playoff teams, that hasn't always been the case.

Sailors boys basketball prepares for season

It was only 24 hours after a season-ending loss to Longmont in the second round of the Class 4A basketball playoffs, and Isiah Forsyth found himself back in the gym.

Glenwood schools foresee cuts

District looks at possible 6 percent decline in state funding

Roaring Fork School District Re-1 officials are bracing for state budget cuts that could total as much as 8 percent next year, based on the latest projections.

Vonn, Schleper to race in Aspen today

The women’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team is set to charge this weekend as the Aspen Winter­national, the only women’s World Cup stop in America, starts today at 10 a.m. with a giant slalom.

Silt mayor vows to help victims of fire

Silt Mayor Dave Moore is determined to make this holiday season a happy one for the two women who lost their home to fire Monday night.

Aspen wants to make crossing Main Street safer

The Aspen City Council plans to tackle the decades-long dilemma of how to make Main Street safer for people to walk across.

Bazaar to feature local artisans

Annual North Routt event today benefits several organizations

About a dozen local artisans and organizations will showcase their products until 4 today at the Moonhill Schoolhouse and Community Center’s Holiday Bazaar. Barb Ross, K.C. Cummings, Chris Bradley and Nora McKay will sell wares including paintings, crafts, pine cone fire starters and handmade grocery and wine bags.

The Record for Nov. 26

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken pedestrian in the 700 block of the alley between Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street.

Steamboat Briefs: Arts Council holiday art market seeks vendors

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting applications for Holidays in the Rockies, an annual holiday artisan market.

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Little snowfall predicted throughout weekend

The dreary weekend likely will not include much snow for Steamboat Springs or the ski area, forecasters said Friday. Although National Weather Service forecasters predict a 40 percent chance of snow for the area, that probably won’t add up to many inches.

Local Spotlight: Kyle Giresi

Kyle Giresi, Age: 24, Occupation: The Tugboat Grill & Pub

Book bash offers forum for readers

In compiling an invitation list for the inaugural Book Club Bash, event organizer Jennie Lay found Yampa Valley book clubs for couples, book clubs for men, book clubs for women who drink wine and book clubs for spirituality.

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Steamboat shoppers hit downtown for sales

Number of shoppers high, but Black Friday sales typically small

The idea of Black Friday, with throngs of sales-frenzied, elbow-throwing shoppers beating down retailer doors, doesn’t quite hold up in Steamboat Springs. The kickoff to the Christmas holiday shopping season was humming, however, and business owners reported brisk traffic.

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Tom Ross: Beware the karaoke machine

I tanked as an Elvis impersonator in front of 110 of my colleagues and their significant others Sunday, and I know people never will regard me in quite the same way again.

Friday, November 27

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Jail cooks, inmates make Thanksgiving dinner for 77 people

For anyone who thinks cooking Thanksgiving dinner is hard, try making turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce for 77 people. That was the task set in front of Mary Buchanan, Patti Disch and their staff, who made a traditional feast Wednesday and Thursday for the guards and inmates at the Moffat County Jail.

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Steamboat Springs man takes first steps toward recovery

After stroke, paralysis, brain surgery, Clayton Huyser is walking

At first, it was one step. Leaving the Craig Hospital rehabilitation center near Denver, Clayton Huyser began to walk on his own for the first time since he suffered a major stroke nearly eight months before.

Holiday Bake-Off is Thursday

Pilot & Today event offers prizes for best recipes

Registration for the inaugural Steamboat Pilot & Today Holiday Dessert Bake-Off closes Wednesday. The event seeks recipes for the sweetest desserts in Routt County in six categories: pie, cake, cookies, miscellaneous dessert, presentation and community choice.

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Teams share little in common but championship aspirations

Steamboat Springs High School and Pueblo Central, two undefeated teams, will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium in the state semifinals. Both said they’re eager to earn the right to play one more week of football, next weekend at the state championship.

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What to do this week for Nov. 27 to Dec. 3

Southern-fried trio CunninLynguists is among the tops acts of the underground scene, using a much-heralded eight-year discography of creatively produced beats and cleverly written rhymes to propel its reputation.

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String Board plays Saturday at OTP

Local jam and rock band reunites

After almost six months away from Steamboat Springs bar stages, jam rock band String Board Theory is set to play a free reunion show Saturday at Old Town Pub.

'Suspicious death' under investigation in Winter Park

The death in downtown Winter Park of a 44-year-old local man early Wednesday is being investigated as a “suspicious death,” said Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glenn Trainor.

Vail local scoffs at parking fees

Unwilling to pay $200 a month, man rigs bike with a ski rack

Forget paying $200 a month for parking in Vail; Peter Theune plans to pedal to the slopes this year. Fed up with shelling out money to park his Subaru Baja in the parking garage, the Vail resident has rigged his bike with a ski rack.

Aspen ski club to study concussions

Group to look at head injuries in young skiers, riders

The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club is tackling concussion research head-on.

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Chamber, Ski Corp. predict lodging occupancy

Forecast calls for rate similar to last year’s

The Chamber and Ski Corp. released their first effective occupancy forecast Wednesday, and it shows tourism trends similar to last year’s. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. built the new tool to give businesses a better idea of what to expect long range in terms of tourist numbers.

Steamboat briefs: Free Kindermusik demo classes start next month

Free Kindermusik demo classes will be given in December.

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Skiers, riders take pre-turkey turns

Gondola, Burgess Creek lift, 7 more trails to be available today

Skiers and riders dusted off the cobwebs and got their leg muscles burning Thursday, the first regular day for season-pass holders at Steamboat Ski Area. Brightly colored snow gear speckled the 12 open trails as people made their way down from the Christie Peak Express and Preview lifts.

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Thanksgiving feast breaks record

United Way’s community dinner has largest turnout

Routt County United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford estimated that 550 people were served this year.

Brent Rowan brings holiday music to Steamboat on Dec. 19

If Brent Rowan’s acoustic family Christmas concert comes off the way he’d like it to, the Priest Creek Ballroom at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel will feel more like a living room than a concert venue.

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Large field trots in Thanksgiving race

Steamboat Running Series morning event draws families, dogs, unicycles

Nearly 80 people showed up for Steamboat’s first turkey trot, organized by the Steamboat Springs Running Series. Organizers — and the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank, to which all proceeds were donated — can thank the active imagination of Steamboaters for the surge of runners.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 20 to 25, 2009

Real estate transactions for Nov. 20 to 25, 2009

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Urbane celebrates 1 year

Local hip-hop group nwest8 opens anniversary party today

Nwest8 will be the opening act for Urbane clothing store’s one-year anniversary celebration today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The group will take the stage at about 9 p.m.

The Record for Nov. 25

The Record for Nov. 25

Thursday, November 26

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Ski area offers 12 trails today

Officials hope to open gondola and Burgess Creek during weekend

Skiers and snowboarders let out whoops of excitement as they tipped over the top of Sitz to Vogue early Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area. Scholarship Day, the first day of the season at Steamboat Ski Area, offered 12 runs and two lifts to skiers as a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. In the past 19 years, the annual event has raised more than $500,000 for local athletes. Sarah Floyd, director of athletics for the Winter Sports Club, served hot drinks to early-bird skiers Wednesday at a tent in Gondola Square. “What we’re doing right now is really just trying to show our appreciation to the people who support Winter Sports Club on Scholarship Day,” Floyd said.

Fewer jobs at Aspen Skiing Co.

More locals, returning seasonal workers fill ski area’s positions

The Aspen Skiing Co. had about 200 fewer seasonal positions to fill and roughly twice as many applicants as typical to choose from, company executives said this week as they prepare to start a new ski season.

The Record for Nov. 24

12:53 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint on Riverside Drive. Officers issued a warning.

Steamboat briefs: Sibling class available at YVMC birth center

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Family Birth Place staff is adding a sibling class to its childbirth education class offerings. The new class is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at the Family Birth Place on YVMC’s campus.

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Changes on tap at Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant

Restaurant to remodel; 1st phase to be finished by Christmas

Large-scale interior renovations are planned at Mazzola’s Italian Restaurant. Rex Brice, who runs Mazzola’s along with Rex’s American Grill & Bar and Big House Burgers, said the renovation plans include enlarging the Mazzola’s bar area by pushing back a wall — the one behind patrons seated at the bar — about 5 feet.

New tennis pro crowned champion at tournament

It didn’t take long for tennis professional Greg Sussman to get noticed on the court in Steamboat Springs. Sussman, who started working at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs this month, topped the men’s 5.0 singles division at the 16th annual Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships. The tournament was last weekend at the Tennis Center.

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Soroco football team likely headed to North Conference

New classification would pit 8-man football team against North Park, West Grand

The Soroco High School football team’s future as a playoff-eligible 8-man program came one step closer to reality Tuesday, Athletic Director Andy Johnson said.

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Storm bolsters area snowpack

37 inches of snow measured Wednesday on Buffalo Pass

The snowstorm that blustered through Steamboat Springs on Monday boosted the snowpack above 10,000 feet on Buffalo Pass by 11 inches to a total of 41 inches early Tuesday morning.

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Strawberry Park students participate in first turkey trot

Fourth-grader Ashlan Alicea clutched a small plastic cup of water while trying to catch her breath Tuesday morning after the first turkey trot at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

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Annual event gives local artists outlet for their original work

For many members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans, the group’s annual Holiday Pottery Sale is a rare chance to get their work seen and sold.

Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament returns

In its four years, the Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament has seen its numbers surge and recede. At this point, 2009 looks like a year in recession. Still, the event will take to the ice for the fifth time this weekend, and the sounds of nine teams in two classifications — more than 150 girls in the rink — will be as sweet as music.

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Snowboarders to compete at local Race to the Cup

Timing is everything in the sport of snowboarding. Thedo Remmelink, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Pro-Am Race coach, understands that better than most. Maybe that’s why he is so excited about December and the timing of key events in Colorado.

Wednesday, November 25

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United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner ready to go

All the group needs is whipped cream for Thursday's Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Routt County United Way's free Thanksgiving dinner is 1 to 5 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. All food needs are covered, but the agency invites people to bring whipped cream topping.

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Cheerleaders take 1st place at regionals

The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading squad didn’t let an injury to a key member or a scheduling conflict with one of the biggest football games of the year keep it from shining at the regional competition.

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Nordic skiers to skip World Cup

The top Nordic combined skiers in the world will get back on the snow in Kuusamo, Finland, this week when the World Cup officially returns, but there will be at least one team missing. “We are skipping Kuusamo,” U.S. Nordic combined coach Dave Jarrett said.

Turkey trotters sought for Thanksgiving Day race

Steamboat’s inaugural Thank­­sgiving Day turkey trot race will start at 9 a.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School. The all-asphalt course will lead participants 4.6 miles along paved roads.

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Joanne Palmer: Turkey horror stories add fun to holiday

I’ve been picking up on a lot of turkey chatter lately. As I’ve been diligently yet surreptitiously eavesdropping, nearly all of the conversations I’ve been privy to go something like this: “Did you hear what happened to me last year? It was a disaster!"

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Ski patrollers suit up for Scholarship Day

Group has new recruits, new gear for the season that starts today

Ready for the first day of the season, Steamboat Ski Area ski patrollers will be on the slopes keeping people safe and on the designated runs. Ski Patrol Director John Kohnke said three new patrollers will join the staff of nearly 100 for this ski season as they start patrolling on Scholarship Day today.

Too early for snowmaking at Chapman Hill

The temperature may be in the teens at night, but man-made snow won’t pump out of Chapman Hill’s new snowmaking equipment for a few weeks, Durango’s director of Parks and Recreation said.

Police say Aspen woman's death likely accidental

A new autopsy report will recommend that the death of longtime Aspen resident Cheryl Ann Lurie was an accident, police said Monday.

3 charged in Rifle burglaries

Rifle police arrested three men accused of having some connection with a string of burglaries at local churches and businesses since August.

Glenwood churches provide shelter

Rise in homeless numbers leaves nonprofit needing assistance

A rise in the number of area homeless, coupled with dwindling funds, has led a nonprofit homeless relief organization to turn to two churches in an effort to continue its overnight shelter program this winter.

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Light up the Night set for Friday

Community tree lighting includes caroling, giveaways

Additional lights, an expanded caroling session and about 400 pingpong balls falling from an overhead crane will make a splash at the Light Up the Night community tree lighting Friday. Festivities start at 6 p.m. on the courthouse lawn with free hot chocolate, cider and cookies.

Aspen Mountain opens today

Skiers and riders will cash in on above-average early conditions when the slopes open this week, according to Aspen Skiing Co. Vice President of Mountain Operations Rich Burkley.

Police, Advocates try to ease fears at meeting

Authorities offer statistics about sexual assaults, status of investigations

The threat to women regarding sexual assault and the investigation of a sexual assault reported in downtown were among the topics of a sprawling town hall meeting with victims’ advocates and police Tuesday night.

The Record for Nov. 23

12:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted a person near a bank in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. Everything was fine.

Steamboat Briefs: LIFT-UP locations to be closed Thursday, Friday

All LIFT-UP of Routt County sites will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Community Thrift Store will reopen Saturday for the monthly half-price sale. For more information, call 870-0727.

Jessica Philip: Seeking tortillas

In reference to the article on the Mendoza family’s tortillas: I live a bit outside of town, but I would be very interested in buying some of their products while also supporting a local family/local business.

Katy Vineyard Post: Thanks, Steamboat

On Oct. 27, Cotopaxi Schools were honored to have Rachel’s Challenge present at our school. I couldn’t have brought this wonderful program to Cotopaxi without the generous donations made by my grandfather, Donald Lufkin, and my mother, Donna Vineyard.

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Few question Routt County budget

Employees ask about proposed 2010 pay scale, end of furloughs

A public hearing Tuesday about Routt County’s proposed 2010 budget drew only two employees to discuss a pay scale that remains below the beginning of 2009 and ends the furlough program.

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Steamboat 6th-graders fly hot air balloons for science project

The fun almost ended quickly for Reed Wipperfurth and Kane Park. The Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-graders’ hot air balloon soared high in the air in the direction of the school and appeared to touch down on the roof. But it didn’t.

Our View: Thankful for man-made snow

We were reminded this week that there is ample reason to thank Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s snowmaking, lift maintenance, slope maintenance and grooming crews (as well as staff we’ve failed to mention) for the many hours of work that go into getting the mountain ready to ski for the November holiday.

1st-degree murder charge filed in Vail shooting case

Suspect in bar shooting also faces 2 attempted murder charges

Prosecutors filed a charge of first-degree murder Monday against Richard “Rossi” Mor­eau in the Nov. 7 shooting at the Sandbar in Vail.

David Ihde: Salazar is wrong

I would like to respond to the article written by Congressman John Salazar in the Sunday edition of the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Tuesday, November 24

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Tom Ross: Leif Howelsen is more than his father’s son

Leif Howelsen is more than the jovial Norwegian man who visits Steamboat Springs periodically during Winter Carnival. He comes here to rekindle the longstanding affection between his late father, Carl, the ski jumping champion, and the community of Steamboat Springs.

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Kiwanis celebrates 28 years of tradition

Holiday ornament collectors will want to add Dec. 4 to their calendars — that’s when the members of the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs will begin selling the 28th edition of their tree decoration at local grocery stores. Kiwanis members will offer the fast-selling ornaments through the weekend.

BOCES retains Toothaker as executive director

Several speak in support of director, despite financial woes

The BOCES board voted to retain Jane Toothaker as executive director at a special meeting Monday night in Steamboat Springs. After more than three and a half hours in an executive session to evaluate the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services administration, the board voted, 4-2, in support of continuing with Toothaker.

Steamboat briefs: Meeting tonight to discuss sexual assaults, rumors

The Steamboat Springs Police Department and Advocates Building Peaceful Communities are hosting a town-hall-style meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., to discuss recent sexual assaults.

The Record for Nov. 22

The Record for Nov. 22

New tourism gauge to extend forecasts

A new tourism barometer will provide visitor forecasts three months in advance for local businesses and members of the lodging industry. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is partnering with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on the project, which is slated to issue its first release Wednesday.

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Snow dump adds boost to man-made base in time for opening

With a little help from a snowstorm that lasted most of Monday, the Steamboat Ski Area is on track to open nine runs for Wednesday’s Scholarship Day, the traditional first day of the ski season.

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Jimmy Westlake: Orion rising

All of a sudden, after changing from daylight saving time to standard time at the beginning of November, Orion is rising in the early evening before most of us go to bed instead of around midnight. Orion is one of only two constellations visible from Colorado that contains two first-magnitude stars.

Monday, November 23

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Relay For Life fundraising under way for 2010 event

If you wake up to find a neon green toilet sitting in your front yard, don’t be alarmed. It’s not a prank or an insult, and it’s all in good fun, said Shannon Samuelson, Craig Relay For Life committee co-chair.

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Diet and fitness class starts today at Tennis Center

Surely, come Friday morning — maybe even Thursday afternoon — plenty of people across Steamboat Springs will come to regret how much they just ate. Those who are likely to swear an oath of future health can get a head start today, however.

Mike Lawrence: Eyes on South Africa

In the summer of 1994, when I was 16, I saw soccer fans for Argentina, Greece and Nigeria line Route 1 outside of Boston for more than a mile, singing, blowing horns and banging drums while walking to Foxboro Stadium.

County Agenda for Nov. 23

Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners

County agenda for Nov. 23

Deb Babcock: Your garden in winter

At the annual meeting of the Yampa River Botanic Park, Karen Vail was the featured speaker and discussed the various microclimates we can create in our gardens to accommodate various plants, expanding the range of things you can grow here.

Steamboat briefs: BOCES evaluation set for tonight at special meeting

The leadership of the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will be evaluated during a special meeting tonight.

Partners in Routt County seeks adult volunteers

Sunday’s third annual “Pig-Out 4 Partners” event to benefit Partners in Routt County served two purposes, said Executive Director Libby Foster. Foster said 10 percent of the proceeds from the day’s business at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, given to Partners, would provide the youth mentoring organization with some much-needed funding. And she hoped it would improve Partners’ visibility in the community.

Monday Medical: Hold your weight during the holidays

Some of us here at Yampa Valley Medical Center are teaming up to help keep one another from overeating this holiday season. We have stepped up on a scale to weigh ourselves for the Holiday Hold-Off Challenge.

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Local girl collects shoes for Rwandan orphans

Boxes will be placed at schools, grocery stores, banks and at Bud Werner Memorial Library today in Steamboat Springs. If all goes as planned, the boxes will be filled with new and used Crocs and other shoes that will be sent around Christmastime by 11-year-old Reagan Mertz to an orphanage in northern Rwanda.

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Del’s Jewelry holding final sale

After more than six decades of business in downtown Steamboat Springs, Del’s Jewelry is holding an extended, final sale to liquidate every item in the store. The sale began last week and continues through Jan. 9, 2010, Del Delhaute said.

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Pueblo Central becomes focus for Steamboat football

Now it’s official. After the Steamboat Springs High School football team advanced to the semifinal round of the Class 3A state football playoffs Saturday afternoon, with a 31-7 victory at home against Windsor, the Sailors can talk about a trip to face Pueblo Central.

The Record for Nov. 21

The Record for Nov. 21

Sunday, November 22

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Allen family celebrating 100 years in Steamboat

Customers who walk into Allen’s Clothing on Lincoln Avenue might not realize that people walked on the same wooden flooring during the Great Depression and World War II. Tod Allen has been co-owner of the store for about 25 years with his wife, Robin Allen. It’s a retail legacy that turns 100 this year.

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Defensive line helps propel Sailors defense

Darian Buelter will argue that each member of the Steamboat Springs High School football team’s defensive line weighs 190 pounds. Of course, if the roster is taken into account, Buelter is listed at 195 pounds, Keenan Starbuck is listed at 185 pounds and Carl Steele is the big guy of the bunch, listed at a whopping 210 pounds.

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Sailors hockey fares well in trio of scrimmages

Technically, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team didn’t win squat Saturday night. The team’s trio of games at the Howelsen Ice Arena were all scrimmages, and even though fans filled the stands, an announcer filled the air and a concession stand filled the lobby, nary a goal was scored.

3A Football Playoff capsules

So much for the long road trip negatively affecting Class 3A No. 1 seed Pueblo Central. The Wildcats were making their longest trip of the season, about five hours and 250 miles to Delta on Saturday.

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Black Friday not a fit for local retail

Retailers in Steamboat Springs have another term for Black Friday — they call it Light up the Night. The Friday after Thanksgiving is when Mainstreet Steamboat Springs hosts Light Up the Night at 6 p.m. on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

Hunt of the week: Rebecca Troester

Rebecca Troester, Age: 25, Occupation: Bank teller

Joel Reichenberger: Aussie eyes Vancouver

When people tell the story, they usually say Dom Moneypenny had a climbing accident, that he fell from a treacherous height in his native Tasmania, was paralyzed below the waist and never walked again.

The Jail Report for Nov. 14 to 20

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

Luke Graham: Playing both ways brings team together

In football, there usually are three unique sets of players that make a team. There is the offense, the defense and the special teams. It’s not uncommon for one group to get on the other group. But in Steamboat, it’s almost impossible for one unit to get mad at another. If the team did, it would be schizophrenic.

Best of the Web: Large-format retail

I don’t know if these numbers are still applicable, but earlier studies in Maine and in Austin, Texas, found that 14 percent of a dollar spent in a chain stayed in the local economy. The studies found that 45 percent of a dollar spent in a locally owned store stayed in the local economy. That’s 31 cents of every dollar getting recirculated in Steamboat if you shop at locally owned stores.

Tracy Barnett: Sorry, Del

I want to apologize to Del DelHaute and his family for what has been perceived as an insensitive e-mail I sent Tuesday entitled “Epilogue Books is NOT going out of business.” This e-mail was sent from Mainstreet Steamboat Springs to let those on the Mainstreet e-mail list know that the bright neon signs on the windows in the space next to Epilogue announcing a Going Out of Business sale were not for Epilogue but for Del’s Jewelry. Epilogue was receiving calls very concerned about the sale and their pending demise. The letter was prompted by me and not by Epilogue. In these tough times, it is all every business can do to survive, let alone have to deal with conditions beyond their control. Impact from the economy and the recent downtown construction has been bad enough. Many people have thanked me for clarifying the question.

Bob McConnell: John Salazar wrong on issues

The latest unemployment figures have just been released. Washington has poured billions into stimulus packages. Recall that on Feb. 7 of last year, John Salazar “hailed” the stimulus package, saying, “I hope the president signs this bill to send the message that help is on the way.” “Trust us,” we have been told. “Help is on the way. We know how to create good green jobs. Help is on the way.”

BOCES given OK for stimulus funding

The Colorado Department of Education has given BOCES the go-ahead to use federal stimulus funding to make up for last year’s overspending. However, the Department of Education won’t call the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Ser­vices’ use of the funds a way to make up for the deficit created by overspending nearly $317,000 in 2008-09.

John Salazar: Health care reform good for state

In the past year, I’ve communicated with thousands of constituents throughout Colorado’s Third Congressional District, many from the Steamboat Springs area. Most of them have asked for more affordable health care for their families and their friends. With these marching orders, I’ve been in the trenches in the nation’s capital fighting for health care reform that actually will create a real, noticeable benefit in all of our lives.

Our View: Permit fee increase not so cut and dry

Logic says it’s counterintuitive to raise building permit fees during a construction slump, but deciding whether to approve the Routt County Regional Building Department’s controversial proposal is not so black and white.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Dance group seeks sponsors for show

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is seeking sponsors for its 38th annual concert. Sponsorships help the nonprofit group buy costumes and offset costs. Sponsorships are available at all levels and could include tickets to the performances, your logo on the concert poster, ads in the program and/or banners during the concert.

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Yampatika given 2009 New Pioneer award for work in sustainability

At the end of the day, Yampatika is successful if it has created new environmental stewards. Yampatika reaches about 20,000 people each year with its educational programming. The stewardship project was recognized as the 2009 New Pioneer of the Yampa Valley on Saturday night.

School lunches for the week of Nov. 23

South Routt and Christian Heritage School have no school this week for Thanksgiving break.

Class notes: Hvambsal named Optimist Club’s Teen of the Month

Steamboat Springs High School senior Ty Hvambsal is the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs’ Teen of the Month for November.

Routt County Spotlight: Philip Johnston

Occupation: Snowboarder/shop manager

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Blee family observes anniversary of daughter’s disappearance

Paul and Mona Blee like to keep out photos of family vacations, and the homemade art projects made by their children. All of it is a memento of happy times, when Marie was Paul and Mona’s little girl. Marie vanished Nov. 22, 1979, from a party in the Shadow Mountain subdivision outside Craig. The 30th anniversary of her disappearance is Sunday.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 16-18

Real estate transactions for Nov. 16-18

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Commissioners, lot owners, sanitation district debate septic issue

The Routt County Board of Commissioners offered a ray of hope last week to 1,155 lot owners in some of the original subdivisions at Stagecoach. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to reject a proposal from the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District to cap the number of sealed sewage vaults that can be installed on the lots.

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Hayden Habitat home nearly completed

Project expected to be finished as early as next month

Amanda Archuleta and her husband, Levi — a fifth-generation Routt County resident — and their three daughters Brisha, Shelby and Hailey soon will move into a new home built by Routt County Habitat for Humanity. It could happen as early as the end of the month

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Routt County cooks share their methods for Thanksgiving birds

Roasted, brined or deep-fried, a turkey is the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving spreads. There are countless ways to season, cook and serve the traditional bird, and Routt County chefs and cooks have identified their favorites through years of serving holiday meals.

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CMC students learn the ropes of selling skis, snowboards

The lessons were supposed to be about pitching products and addressing customers. And in a mini marketplace at CMC on Thursday night, those lessons were learned by the school’s ski and snowboard business and retail sales class.

Looking back for Nov. 23, 1934

Next Saturday is the big day, for at 1:30 in the afternoon the businessmen of Steamboat Springs are playing host to their friends across Northwest Colorado at a free show at the Chief Theater. Moreover, a dozen families or more will have a turkey for Thanksgiving as the gifts of local businessmen.

Business File: Chamber announces Winter Activity Mixer

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting its 2009 Winter Activity Mixer on Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel.

Window shoppers give Realtors hope

If the entire Steamboat Springs real estate market were viewed as a single, large-format retail store, local Realtors say things are looking up. The reason: Even if customers aren’t buying like they were a couple years ago, at least they’re coming through the door again.

Saturday, November 21

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Sailors advance to semis with 31-7 win

Steamboat to play Pueblo Central next weekend

Steamboat Springs High School beat the Windsor Wizards, 31-7, to move ahead in the Class 3A playoffs. The team will take on Pueblo Central in the semifinals next weekend. The Sailors limited Windsor to 172 yards of offense and two of 10 on third downs, created four turnovers and constantly put the Steamboat offense in a position to win.

Denver man Tasered, arrested in Hayden

47-year-old accused of assaulting a police officer Friday evening

Hayden police Officer Russ Davis was injured while responding to a call Friday on Vista Verde Drive. Miguel Marcus Manzanares was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and other charges.

New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley to be honored

Awards ceremony recognizes locals for sustainability efforts

At the fourth annual New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley dinner and awards ceremony today, four people or businesses will be recognized for what they do every day.

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Pilot & Today to hold holiday bake-off

Nothing says the holidays like turning out your most time-tested baked goods. This holiday season, the Steamboat Pilot & Today invites community members to share their favorite holiday baking traditions in the newspaper’s first Holiday Dessert Bake-Off. The Pilot & Today is searching for the sweetest recipes in Routt County.

Ski Ball adds new twists

Winter Sports Club event highlights Olympic heritage

This year’s Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski Ball will reflect the town’s longstanding Olympic heritage, but those familiar with the annual fundraiser also will notice a few new wrinkles in the affair.

The Record for Nov. 19

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious car in the 39000 block of Amethyst Drive. No more information was available.

Steamboat Briefs: Boys & Girls Club seeks digital camera donations

The Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs is starting a photography club.

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Linebackers the core of Sailors defense

Stopping triple-option could be key to Steamboat victory today

The Steamboat Springs High School football team’s much-discussed offense surely will be a factor in today’s quarterfinal showdown against Windsor, a game set to kick off at 1 p.m. at Gardner Field in Steamboat. But if the Sailors are to prevail and live to play another day, no unit may be as important as the team’s linebackers.

Routt County unemployment rate increases in October

Routt County’s unemployment rate increased from 5.9 percent in September to 6.1 percent in October, according to figures released Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The figure hasn’t been adjusted for normal seasonal changes.

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Education cuts being brainstormed

State Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, met with school board members and administrators from around Northwest Colorado Friday at the Moffat County School District administration building for the Kids First Forum.

Bike track, performance park considered for Ski Time Square

The developer seeking city approval for plans to redevelop Ski Time Square is looking into plans to build a small, park-like performance venue, as well as a small bicycle venue called a pump track, next summer.

3A state football playoff roundup

Western Slope teams looking to advance

By any stretch of the imagination, it would have been a little crazy to expect Delta and Glenwood Springs to be where the two football teams are now. Plain and simple, before the 2009 season, they were two teams that looked like they would be building for the future.

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Family struggles to keep tortilla business afloat after accusation

When Integrated Community Executive Director Tatiana Achcar tasted the food that Gonzolo and Luz Mendoza were selling, she knew they were on to something good. The fresh tortillas, sweet breads and tamales the Mendozas bought in Denver and resold in Steamboat Springs starting two months ago were an immediate success.

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Windsor mistakes lift Steamboat to victory

Maybe there was plenty of blame to go around, but there certainly were plenty of people ready to take it. Steamboat Springs squandered back-to-back opportunities deep in Windsor territory to open Saturday afternoon’s Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game, turning the ball over on downs first after driving to the 13-yard line and then at the 7 one drive later.

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Adaptive Nordic team adapts to snow conditions

Skiers plan to return to Howelsen at 10 a.m. today

The perils of an early season Nordic ski camp in Steamboat Springs came sharply into focus Friday morning for U.S. Adap­tive Nordic ski team coach Greg Rawlings.

South Routt School Board focuses on funding

District facing cuts, but some new grants possible

The South Routt School Board is bracing for cuts, but thanks to federal money, board members said they also are hopeful that grant funding will be available in the coming year.

Friday, November 20

Routt jobless rate rises in October

6.1% of labor force was unemployed, up from 5.9% in September

Routt County's unemployment stood at 6.1 percent in October, up from 5.9 percent in September, according to state figures released today. The number of people in the county's labor force continues to decrease. Statewide, unemployment fell from 7 percent in September to 6.9 percent in October.

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2009 hunting season slower than usual

Leland Reinier, owner of Big Cat Taxidermy in Craig, said business has suffered this year because the number of hunters has dropped. When there aren’t large numbers of out-of-town hunters, the community suffers, Reinier said.

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Growth spurt spurs Sailors football senior

Jack Spady instrumental on both sides of the ball

Ask the various people surrounding the Steamboat Springs High School football program for their favorite Jack Spady highlight and there’s little chance you’ll get the same answer from any two people.

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Routt County athletes recognized for fall performances

As practices for winter sports continue, with games just a couple of weeks away, honors for fall athletes continue to roll in. Maybe the biggest one went to Steamboat Springs High School volleyball player Colleen King, who earned Western Slope League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Sunlight Mountain Resort opening day set for Dec. 4

Sunlight Mountain Resort is sitting pretty with recent snow storms that have blessed the region. But even with a top mountain depth reported at 16 inches Tuesday, Marketing Manager Dylan Lewis was reluctant to say whether the resort would open early.

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Steamboat football prepares for showdown with Windsor

At least for the moment, things are back to normal for the Steamboat Springs High School football team. With a week separating the team from its first-round Class 3A playoff victory against Berthoud, and on the eve of its second-round showdown with Windsor, Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said this week feels more like the rest of them.

Group: Colorado ski industry could 'melt away'

Activists release report on climate change at Breckenridge rally

Colorado’s ski industry is in danger of “melting away” if Congress doesn’t act decisively on climate change legislation, said Dana Hoffman, an energy expert with Environment Colorado.

ACET drug case headed for trial

Preliminary hearing held Thursday in last of 3 arrests

The case of Jorge Orduno-Acuna will go to trial after a lengthy preliminary hearing Thursday, but not before several charges were dropped or amended. Orduno-Acuna initially faced 10 criminal charges stemming from an All Crimes Enforcement Team drug investigation and raid on an apartment in Creekside Court on Aug. 31.

Mike Lawrence: Base-area bouillabaisse

As Steamboat Ski Area prepares for Scholarship Day on Wednesday, there’s a lot going on around the resort’s base that has nothing to do with skis or snowboards.

Steamboat 700 vote seems certain

Election timeline, collaboration with county to be decided

A public vote on the Steamboat 700 annexation appears certain, but details of the election remain up in the air. On Dec. 15, the Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to decide whether to repeal the annexation’s approval or put it to a public vote.

The Record for Nov. 18

The Record for Nov. 18

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs receives $1M grant for tree removal

The city of Steamboat Springs has received a $1 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Colorado State Forest Service for removal of trees that present a wildfire risk in the Steamboat area.

Charlie Bates: Singers take ‘Alleluia’ to ‘Amen’

In her pre-concert address at the Yampa Valley Singers’ performance Tuesday, chorus director Marie Carmichael expressed pleasure at the sight of the over-flowing crowd gathered for this music event, the first of the holiday season.

Break-in nets petty cash

As much as $200 stolen from auto shop in nighttime burglary

A break-in Wednesday night left one local auto business with a few hundred dollars less in the till. Penny Burch, manager of Doc’s Auto Clinic on Copper Ridge Drive, walked into the business at about 7 a.m. Thursday and discovered the door open and the cash drawer missing.

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What to do in Steamboat this week for Nov. 20 to 26

What to do this week for Nov. 20 to 26

Hayden OKs 1st budget reading

Second reading scheduled for Dec. 10 Town Council meeting

With little discussion and few changes, the Hayden Town Council approved the first reading of the 2010 budget Thursday night. The council approved the first reading of the $2.3 million budget, 6-0. Approval of the first reading sets up the second reading of the budget for the Dec. 10 Town Council meeting.

Vail shooting unites families

Family of man who helped survivor bonds with victim’s family

Jim Lindley, one of the survivors of the Nov. 7 shooting at the Sandbar in West Vail, is still in the intensive care unit at the Denver Health hospital but is showing signs of progress this week, family members said.

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Euforquestra comes to Steamboat with its world-influenced sound

The Fort Collins-based jam band Euforquestra started out its decade-long life as a four-piece, mostly rock-styled band called Euphoria. The band plays at 10 p.m. today and Saturday.

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BAFW party Wednesday features 3 bands and 2 DJs

Local rock band Lower Concentration is the opening act for BAFW’s season-opening party, an event starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday that features three bands and two DJs.

Layoffs to hit Eagle County work force

Department leaders looking to cut $3.3 million from budget before 2012

Eagle County’s work force is going to shrink next year. But how much it will shrink hasn’t been set in stone. County department leaders now are working to finish their 2010 budgets.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Fall Gathering highlights progress

The Second Annual Agricul­tural Fall Gathering took place Nov. 8, bringing together Routt County’s diverse agricultural community.

Thursday, November 19

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Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee stops in Craig

World Series game winner talks to MCHS baseball team

Cliff Lee, the 2008 American League Cy Young winner and ace of the Philadelphia Phillies, took a detour from his Northwest Colorado hunting trip Wednesday and appeared at Auto Parts of Craig, signing autographs for the Moffat County High School baseball team.

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MCHS athletic director said 1st season exceeded expectations

Richard Wildenhaus, who became Moffat County High School’s athletic director in July, said his first season on the job netted nothing but positive impressions.

Hayden Town Council to review budget

The Hayden Town Council will decide whether to approve the first reading of the proposed 2010 budget when it meets at 7:30 p.m. today. The town must adopt the nearly $2.2 million budget by Dec. 15. It’s due to the state by Jan. 31.

South Routt board preps for cuts

The first estimate from the Colorado Department of Education indicates the South Routt School Board could face cuts of about $221,000, a little more than 6 percent. At a meeting tonight, the board will take the first steps in preparing for the hit.

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Food donations still sought for annual Thanksgiving dinner

The annual Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a great way for people in the community to come together to enjoy a hot plate of food and friendly company, but its success relies on volunteers who staff the event and provide the prepared, donated food.

The Record for Nov. 17

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of vandalism for a man who reported that his wife damaged his entertainment center and possibly stole some electronics. The matter is part of an ongoing divorce.

Steamboat Briefs: Grocery store workers’ contract put on hold

Safeway and City Market workers did not vote immediately on a contract proposed by management of the grocery stores presented to the workers earlier in the week.

Rifle dropping a classification

Bears will compete in Class 3A except girls golf

Enrollment numbers are tallied up, and the wheels are in motion. Almost all of Rifle High School’s athletic programs are dropping a classification next school year.

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Athlete of the Week: Bryce Mayo

Bryce Mayo was named this week's Steamboat Pilot & Today Athlete of the Week

Hayden School Board OKs Hagins dismissal

Board also discusses new executive session policies

The Hayden School Board began taking steps Wednesday night to ensure that there’s no confusion about its executive sessions. The board entered executive session Wednesday night to discuss issues regarding students.

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Booco earns trip to circuit finals

Hayden bull rider Jake Booco spent his summer with one eye on his sport and one on his Sept. 12 wedding. The split focus reduced his time on the road, but it amounted to the most efficient winning season in the 25-year-old’s career, and last weekend in Denver he won the Dodge Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Sailors hockey team gears up for weekend action

As a senior and returning cornerstone of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team, Jon Winkelblech knows what he can bring to the ice. But Winkelblech admits that even after a couple weeks of practice for the 2009-10 season, he’s not totally sure what type of team the Sailors have.

Library offers free mind-body workshops

For the next five Saturday mornings, Bud Werner Memorial Library will offer free sampler workshops in mind-body awareness.

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New Victory Highway work raises concerns about weeds

City officials sent a certified letter to New Victory Highway contractor Duckels Construction on Tuesday emphasizing the need to avoid spreading noxious weeds. The letter cautions Duckels that the company could be responsible under the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.

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‘Once Upon a Mattress’ opens today at SSHS

Play builds skills, connections for students

When Sara Emily Pugh gets an opportunity to take the stage, there’s not much question whether she’ll take it. Pugh and her fellow cast members in Steamboat Springs High School's presentation of "Once Upon a Mattress" will open the curtain on the play at 7 p.m. today.

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Routt County employee furloughs set to end

Dan Strnad said he is breathing a little easier these days. The Routt County finance director introduced an overview of the county’s proposed 2010 budget Wednesday, projecting about $47.3 million in revenues and about $48.2 million in expenditures next year.

Wednesday, November 18

Hayden School Board to review Hagins firing

Former transportation director alleges board took illegal action

The Hayden School Board will decide tonight whether to accept the termination of former Transportation Director Richard “Festus” Hagins. Hagins was told he was fired via an Oct. 26 letter from Superintendent Greg Rockhold. Hagins has alleged that the School Board acted illegally by voting to terminate his contract in executive session during its Oct. 21 meeting.

Steamboat Briefs: Oak Creek Planning meeting set for today

The Oak Creek Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall to discuss the town’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code.

Damon Schneider: Slap in the face

What Congress is doing is repugnant to the Constitution and is a slap in the face to individual liberty.

Bob and Bert Rundell: A great community

We would like to thank this wonderful community for all the outpouring of support and kindness shown to us and Grease Monkey and Big O Tires employees since the loss of our son, Dustin Dahlin.

Grant Fenton and Paul Strong: Thanks, Pilot & Today

We would like to thank the Steamboat Pilot & Today for a most rewarding experience. Having the opportunity recently to serve on the Editorial Board as community representatives proved to be meaningful and educational.

Pat Adams: Mountain lion sightings

I hope Jim Haskins, of the Division of Wildlife, will read “Beast in the Garden.”

Our View: 1st step is the hardest — and most important

The onset of winter means a lot of things here in Routt County — the excitement of another ski season, the promise of increased business in the local economy and the anticipation of celebrating the holiday season with friends and family. But it also signals the time of year when depression is most prevalent and when suicidal thoughts and attempts peak.

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Joanne Palmer: We could enjoy a starry night at Ski Time Square

Winter stargazing is just one of the activities that could happen in Ski Time Square … until we get a professional football team. The demolished site of Ski Time Square commercial area needs something that will attract tourists to the area.

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MCHS grad loses battle with cancer

Cory Pike succumbs to lymphoma at 20

With his parents and brother by his side, 20-year-old Cory Pike died Monday night of Burkitt’s lymphoma after fighting the cancer for six months.

Sports briefs: Football playoff game time set

A game time and day have been secured for the Steamboat Springs High School football team’s second-round playoff game against Windsor. Steamboat and Windsor will play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

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Steamboat snowboarder takes 2nd, 4th in Copper events

After spending last season recovering from knee surgery, a pair of top-five results last week at NorAm events at Copper Mountain was just what the doctor ordered for Steamboat Springs Alpine snowboarder Justin Reiter.

City Council has no quick answer for building fee hike

Council to wait for county before deciding on proposed increase

The Steamboat Springs City Council gave tentative support Tuesday to raising building permit and plan check fees, but it agreed to postpone a final decision for at least several weeks.

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First String grows in new spot

Music store moves from Lincoln Avenue to Loggers Lane

Since Steve Boynton opened the doors to First String Music in spring 2007, two thoughts have driven his business: This place should be a gathering spot, and this place is small. With a new location, Boynton hopes to have changed those things.

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Police, Advocates join for answers

Groups to host town hall meeting to address rumors

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is partnering with Advocates Building Peaceful Communities to provide answers and address rumors circulating about sexual assaults in Steamboat.

Tree-hunting season opens in Routt County

Christmas tree permits now available from forest ranger offices

Pull on the boots, pack up the saw and load up the car: It’s tree-hunting time. Permits for Christmas trees now are available from the Routt National Forest ranger offices from Walden to Craig for $10 apiece, but getting the permit is the easy part.

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Fish Creek, Bruce’s trails open to cross-country enthusiasts

The opening of Steam­boat Ski Area for Alpine skiers and snowboarders still is a week away, but cross-country skiers in Steamboat have two options this week. The Steamboat Ski Touring Center made the most of the recent snowstorm to open the beginners’ area and the Fish Creek Trail on Sunday.

Learning to overcome fear in Nairobi, Kenya

I returned to the Rescue Centre last week in order to be here when four girls from Tasaru completed secondary school. This is my first opportunity to be with girls from the start as they begin the process of transitioning out of the center once they have completed high school.

The Record for Nov. 16

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a fire alarm in the 11000 block of Routt County Road 51A near Hayden. It was a false alarm, and everything was fine.

Cog Road repairs to begin Monday

After nearly two months of delays, the $1.23 million construction project to repair a section of Routt County Road 76, the Cog Road, is set to begin Monday.

Livability index in 2nd year

Routt County data can be compared with last year’s baseline

In its second year, the Routt County Livability Index can now begin to do what its creators intended. Last year’s index established a baseline to provide a basis of comparison for future years, said Grant Fenton, the project manager for the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative, the group that put together the study.

Experts offer last-minute tips to save energy and reduce costs

Chilly morning temperatures at the start of the week might have been a wake-up call for any resident who’s left home weatherization for the last minute.

Tuesday, November 17

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Copper Mountain to sell

Intrawest enters deal with Utah-based Powdr Corp., passes will be honored

Powdr Corp., based in Park City, Utah, will take over the I-70 corridor mountain. The company says it will honor all passes for this season.

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Petition for 700 vote succeeds

City manager confirms enough verified signatures to return annexation to City Council

City Manager Jon Roberts confirmed today that there are enough verified petition signatures to return the Steamboat 700 annexation to Steamboat Springs City Council and potentially put the proposal to a public vote.

Steamboat Springs School Board approves salary increase

Administrators and directors given half-percent raises

The Steamboat Springs School Board approved a one-half percent salary increase for administrators and directors in the 2009-10 budget Monday night. The administrators and directors were the last group of district employees to receive raises this school year.

Broncos’ quarterback Orton's injury status unknown

Seems everyone, from Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, to Denver’s receivers and even to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, is taking the “wait and see” approach when it comes to Kyle Orton. Denver’s quarterback limped off the field with an injured left ankle on his final play of the first half of Sunday’s 27-17 loss at Washington and did not return.

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VFW sings teacher’s praises

Amy Larson recognized for her work honoring veterans

Amy Larson, who’s been at Soda Creek for nine years, organizes the school’s annual Veterans Day program. That program is the reason Larson was recognized last week with two awards, said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 Commander Tony Weiss.

The Record for Nov. 15

The Record for Nov. 15

Steamboat briefs: Former Oak Creek Town Board member Ege dies

Former Oak Creek Town Board member and Police Commissioner Dave Ege died at his home Nov. 13. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday.

Comcast adds HD channels

Cable company’s franchise agreement with city up for renewal

Some local television surfers might have spied seven new channels — including four in high definition — added to their Comcast cable lineup this month. Four of the channels are high-definition versions of the major broadcast networks, and the others are weather, sports and Spanish-language channels.

Steamboat Springs City Council to take on full agenda

Steamboat Springs City Council will get right to work tonight at Centennial Hall, where it is slated to address issues including affordable housing regulations, Comcast fees, temporary use of Ski Time Square, the Routt County Regional Building Department and even urban chickens.

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Health director pushes wellness

Gov. Bill Ritter’s senior health policy adviser touted the importance of wellness initiatives and preventive care Monday in Steamboat Springs. Joan Henneberry is executive director of the state’s Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.

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Tom Ross: A place for book enthusiasts

Site helps you find reads like Stegner’s Powell biography

I haven’t logged any face time on Facebook yet, but I blog at least three times a week and I tweet like a neo-tropical songbird. Beginning today, I also read good. I now have a profile on a social networking site for bookworms called Goodreads.

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Struggling building department seeks 58 percent fee increase

The Steamboat Springs City Council is expected to vote tonight on a proposal to raise building permit and plan check fees by 58 percent to help offset declining revenues collected by the building department. A similar measure is being considered by the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

Jimmy Westlake: Looking down on the universe

Have you had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon and stroll out onto the new Skywalk? It’s a glass bridge that is suspended out over the canyon such that visitors can literally look down under their feet and see the depths of the Grand Canyon below them.

Monday, November 16

Aging Well: H1N1 vaccine will be available to everyone — just not yet

Many older adults are confused about flu vaccination guidelines, often because they are urged to get a seasonal flu vaccination, but the H1N1 vaccine isn’t available to most people in their age group.

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Luke Graham: Football on the brain

What a week for Sailors football, but what tough times for the University of Colorado Buffs. Here are some notes on Steamboat's upcoming game with Windsor in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs and the state of college football in Colorado.

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Group collects food, hygiene and gift items to send to troops for the holidays

Wheeling a loaded shopping cart through the Dollar Tree store Sunday, Marci Valicenti said support has shrunk in recent years for a local effort to send care packages to troops overseas. Support the Troops operates under the financial umbrella of the nonprofit Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Sailors football likely to play Saturday

Steamboat busy studying tape of Windsor

The Steamboat Springs High School football team tentatively is scheduled to renew its quest for a state championship at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

The Record for Nov. 14

The Record for Nov. 14

Minturn worries about bus routes

Business owners, locals say cutbacks will really affect town

Chris Bennett has to walk 45 minutes along the white line on Highway 24 to get to and from his bus stop at the Forest Service station in Minturn — the walk is one of his only options now that the ECO bus service to Minturn is minimal. The ECO bus service cuts are affecting workers all across the valley.

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Yampa Valley Singers concert is Tuesday

Program features contrasting works, brass orchestra

Yampa Valley Singers director Marie Carmichael was going for contrast when she picked the program for a Tuesday choral concert. Tuesday’s concert features 36 chorus members, a brass orchestra, percussion, piano and organ.

Eagle Valley program aims to help physicians, cut medical costs

People in small towns such as Eagle step up and take care of one another when illness strikes. But what if fleshing out that simple idea and carrying it through to medical professionals could actually provide a workable model for health care reform? That’s what the Western Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle County Public Health and Colorado Rural Health Center are about to find out.

Deb Babcock: You can count on geraniums

One indoor plant Steam­boat Springs gardeners can count on is the geranium. No matter how much abuse we heap on this plant, it seems to thrive and flower all year round. That’s partly because it’s so sunny here in Steamboat. Geraniums love sunlight.

Monday Medical: The Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in this event by smoking less or quitting for the day. Some use the event as a springboard to quit smoking for good.

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers and donations needed for holiday dinner

Routt County United Way and Wells Fargo Bank once again are coordinating the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Sunday, November 15

Routt County foreclosure filings continue to rise

Front Range expert: Yampa Valley property scene not as bad, but there is likely more hardship ahead

The number of Americans facing the prospect of losing their homes to foreclosure was down for the third straight month in October, but it was still up nearly 20 percent from a year ago. And a Front Range foreclosure expert recently told a Steamboat audience that on a per capita basis, the distressed property scene in Routt County is not nearly as pronounced as in Weld and Larimer counties, for example. But there’s likely more hardship ahead in the Yampa Valley.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 5 to 12, 2009

Real estate transactions for Nov. 5 to 12, 2009

Best of the Web: New Victory Highway

After living in this park for 9 years, it brings a tear to my eye to see it being ruined by this road.

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Northwest Colorado sees decreased number of hunters

A combination of the poor economy and fewer available tags has decreased the number of hunters in Northwest Colorado this year, with repercussions felt from the field to the hotel rooms across Routt County.

Bill Ritter Jr.: Tough times mean shared sacrifice

When Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien and I first took office in January 2007, we made education our top priority. We vowed to reduce the dropout rate, close achievement gaps and increase the number of in-state students who earn a college degree.

Harriet Freiberger: Uplifted

On Tuesday, fifth-graders at Soda Creek Elementary School brought tears to my eyes.

Ken Collins: We always respond

It has been millions, literally, of Americans who have returned from war. Most have survived. Many have not.

Steve Lewis: Lock in standards

The Let’s Vote group deserves our respect for standing up personally for what they believe.

Jail Report for Nov. 7 to Nov. 13

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

The Wunder family: Thanks, Respite House

Our family recently had a wonderful experience using the new Rollingstone Respite House as a short-term care facility for a family member with advanced dementia.

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Preparations begin for Olympic Trials

For Andy Wirth, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. senior vice president of sales and marketing, Friday's snowstorm was a reminder that the winter season is approaching quickly, and with it all the excitement of the Olympic Trials, set to be played out in Steamboat Springs on Dec. 23 and 24.

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Steamboat preps for Windsor

2nd playoff game expected to be Saturday in Steamboat

Coming off its first playoff win in two years, the Steamboat Springs High School football team got good news Saturday when Windsor beat Pueblo County. The Wizards’ 33-20 win against the Hornets means the Sailors will host the second round of the playoffs.

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Sussman joins Tennis Center as pro

Greg Sussman was named the new pro at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. Tennis Center Director Jim Swiggart said he had 13 applicants for the position, but none fit the way Sussman did.

Local Little League to keep affiliation

Group hopes to improve baseball for 2010 summer

The state of baseball in Steamboat Springs is strong, the town’s Little League board of directors said Thursday evening over a bucket of peanuts at the Steamboat Smokehouse in downtown Steamboat.

Joel Reichenberger: Krakauer comes just short

Garth Brooks has been undoubtedly popular nationwide. Still, I always have been convinced that people from my region of Kansas liked him just a little bit more. I’ve always had the feeling that Steamboat Springs has a similar love affair with Jon Krakauer.

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Cartridge World reaches out to local businesses in environmental effort

It’s fitting that the two-year anniversary of the local Cartridge World comes on America Recycles Day. Keith Zimmer, who owns the Central Park Plaza store with his wife, Patty, said last week that the store’s efforts to refill local printer and toner cartridges are adding up.

Business File: Ben’s Blinds owner earns certification

Ben Clark, owner and operator of the Steamboat Springs business Ben’s Blinds, has earned Somfy home motion expert certification. Somfy manufactures window covering motors. Ben’s Blinds carries the Hunter Douglas line of window coverings and window coverings from Timber Blinds, almost all of which are available with Somfy motors and controllers. For more information, contact Clark at 970-846-6716 or

School lunches for the week of Nov. 16

School lunches for the week of Nov. 16

Routt County Spotlight: Lance Steady

Routt County Spotlight: Lance Steady

Class notes: Steamboat Springs High School honor roll

Steamboat Springs High School released its first-quarter honor roll this week.

Looking back for Nov. 16, 1934

The Armistice Day football game between Hayden and Steamboat Springs high school teams attracted the largest attendance of any game played this year on the local field.

Suicide rates high in Colorado, study shows

Suicide experts don’t have a clear explanation for why the suicide rate in Colorado is significantly higher than the rest of the country, but a study of suicide rates since 1979 shows that several Colorado counties have among the highest rates in the nation. Chaffee County ranked the highest among Colorado counties at No. 14

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15th annual Festival of Trees benefits museum

For the fourth year in a row, the Steamboat Springs-based High Point 4-H Club will show off its shining stars at the start of the holiday season. About 25 club members decorated for the 15th annual Festival of Trees in Tread of Pioneers Museum’s community room Thursday.

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Snow Bowl hosts Special Olympics tournament

At the start of the first Yampa Valley Special Olympics Bowling Tournament, Jay Greenhill was hoping to get the sort of score he racks up on a good day. For Greenhill, a Steamboat Springs resident and client at Horizons Specialized Services, that would be between 115 and 125.

Ron Krall: Health care reform

Today, I want to break from the spirit of impartiality in which I tried to moderate the fireside chat and offer some comments about the pending health care reform legislation.

Our View: Taxpayers deserve better

Taxpayers of Northwest Colorado deserve a clear and honest explanation for why our regional Board of Cooperative Educational Services overspent last year’s budget, withheld federal funding from districts and increased what it said districts would owe in 2009-10.

Steamboat briefs: Chamber seeks activity mixer participants

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is holding a Winter Activity Mixer from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The Chamber is seeking groups to have booths at the mixer. The booth fee is $125 or $25 for restaurants serving food. Those who want a space must submit an application and the fee by Nov. 27. Call Meagan at the Chamber at 875-7003.

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New ski and snowboard technology is a cut above

Skis and snowboards have come a long way in terms of shape since each started out as large planks of wood strapped to brave winter engineers. The largest change for both mediums comes in rocker and camber technology.

The Record for Nov. 13

12:22 a.m. Hayden Police Department officers were called to a suspicious incident in the 100 block of Shady Lane. Officers were unable to locate the incident.

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One Steamboat Place plaza to open with ski area

Condominiums ready to begin closing 1st 100 sales

The developers of One Steamboat Place say they are ready to come out of the starting gates Nov. 25 when they open their public plaza simultaneously with the first day of skiing at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Gov. Ritter proposes $260M reduction in K-12 funding next year

Cuts would affect Routt County schools

It’s what they feared and expected but hoped wouldn’t happen. Gov. Bill Ritter announced this month the possibility of cutting $260 million from public K-12 funding in his proposed 2010-11 budget. One local school district official said if the cut comes to fruition, it will be “devastating.”

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CMC trustees OK 4-year degrees

College must get state legislature approval to offer 4-year programs

The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees last week approved the school’s plan to take the next step to offer bachelor’s degrees in select programs.

On the Market: Dudley joins Prudential as marketing manager

Mark Dudley has joined the Vanatta Group at Pruden­tial Steamboat Realty as marketing manager and broker/associate. The announcement was made by Pam Vanatta, co-owner of Prudential Steamboat.

Saturday, November 14

Sailors football looks to Windsor

Windsor defeats Pueblo County, will come to Steamboat next

Steamboat Springs High School will probably host its second playoff game Nov. 21, Steamboat coach Aaron Finch said this afternoon.

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Joel Reichenberger: Sailors take advantage with big plays

Steamboat Springs High School got what it needed Friday night at Gardner Field — a 24-13 opening-round playoff victory against Berthoud — but it wasn’t always pretty. In a lot of ways, the Sailors struggled.

Aspen workers jump at starter condos

Studios, 1-bedrooms drawing most interest in affordable housing lotteries

Workers looking to gain a foothold in Aspen are helping keep one piece of the local real estate market booming — affordable housing.

Steamboat briefs: Scarf sales benefit breast cancer awareness program

Pink scarves are on sale at Epilogue Book Co., benefiting Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Program. The program provides funding for women in Yampa Valley with little or no insurance who are fighting breast cancer. Donations also are accepted. Donations of hand-knit or crocheted scarves can be made at Epilogue or by calling Jo at 846-2627.

The Record for Nov. 12

1:54 a.m. Police were called to a report of a suspicious car in the 3800 block of Whistler Road.

ACET hearing rescheduled for Thursday

Jorge Orduno-Acuna was prepared to go through a preliminary hearing on drug charges Friday, but the prosecutor’s mother reportedly suffered a sudden illness early that morning, and the case was postponed.

‘Baby and Me’ program provides incentives for mothers to quit smoking

This fall, six women graduated from “Baby and Me — Tobacco Free,” a program to keep women from smoking during and after pregnancy. Funded by a grant and led locally by Hope Cook, the prenatal coordinator for the North­west Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, the program gives expecting and new moms incentive and motivation to quit smoking and stay smoke-free.

Craig woman gets 60 days in jail for attempted theft

Craig woman Lori Wagner on Friday pleaded guilty to attempted theft and criminal mischief after she was accused of stealing more than $30,000 from a Steamboat Springs real estate company.

Lincoln Avenue work stops for winter

Contractors finish in the nick of time, dodging snowstorm

Construction on Lincoln Ave­nue/U.S. Highway 40 wrapped up for the season Thursday, one day before winter arrived in Steamboat Springs. This fall’s underground utility work was a prelude to next spring, when the asphalt pavement on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat will be replaced by concrete.

Bowling tournament celebrates local Special Olympics athletes

This afternoon, 35 athletes will march out to Olympic music, recite the Special Olympics oath and compete in a tournament that’s two months of training and more than 15 years of tradition in the making. The regional bowling tournament is for Special Olympics athletes from Routt and Moffat counties. Competition starts at 2 p.m. today at Snow Bowl

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Tom Ross: Lea wants to borrow your car

Lea Croteau is a professional sports car driver, and she wants to borrow your vehicle. And don’t be surprised if your set of wheels seems to have undergone an attitude adjustment when she returns it — Croteau knows how to accelerate out of the corners.

BOCES deficit lingers

Colorado statutes require school districts to have balanced budgets

The BOCES board approved the 2009-10 budget Thursday, carrying over a deficit of more than $34,000 from last year. BOCES will remain $34,000 in the red even after it applies $273,000 in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act federal stimulus funding and $44,000 in total payments from Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts for the Day Treatment Program.

Former detective’s case continued to Dec. 8

Ken Johnson’s charges stem from reported misconduct

The case against former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson was continued Friday until 11 a.m. Dec. 8 in Moffat County District Court.

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Decorated veteran relives stories from World War II

At age 85 and a Craig resident, Ray Wagner still has strong feelings about World War II and the atrocities he said he faced and committed while overseas.

Friday, November 13

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Steamboat wins playoff opener

If Friday’s 24-13 opening-round playoff win against Berthoud proved anything, it’s that this Steamboat Springs High School football team is so much more than the glitz and glamour of stats in a box score.

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First big snowstorm causes multiple crashes

Police: No injuries reported; more snow expected Saturday

The season’s first major snowfall was to blame for a slew of car crashes and slide-offs Friday, but police reported no serious injuries. Meanwhile, weather forecasters say at least a couple more inches of snow could fall today and tonight.

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Oak Creek Town Board allows family to keep 3 hens

Trustees gave Ann and Walt Trout permission to keep their fowl for now.

Connell Resources suing county for breaches of contract

More than $100,000 being sought in YVRA contract dispute

Connell Resources has filed a lawsuit against Routt County seeking more than $100,000 in damages for allegations related to work at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in 2005 and 2006. The lawsuit, filed Oct. 23 in Routt County District Court, claims numerous breaches of contract by Routt County through its engineering firm.

Steamboat runners see mountain lion on Emerald

Big cat not aggressive toward Winter Sports Club athletes

Two teenage Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes had a close brush with a big cat during a workout Wednesday. The cat was not aggressive, and no one was injured.

Police: No additional assault reported

Steamboat Springs Police Department officials said there have been no sexual assaults reported to police in the past several days. A spate of text messages and e-mails circulating among city residents this week suggest an assault occurred Wednesday.

CJ Mucklow: BEHAVE research offers new lessons

For 25 years, there’s been some interesting research at Utah State University from a program with the acronym BEHAVE. Behave stands for Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation and Ecosystem Management.

Vail shooting details emerge

Victim tells police he had an altercation with murder suspect

Murder suspect Richard “Rossi” Moreau told police after he was apprehended Saturday on suspicion of shooting four people at a West Vail bar that he thought he was headed either to jail for “a lot of time” or a mental institute, according to an affidavit filed by Vail police.

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Steamboat welcomes Berthoud to Gardner Field for playoffs

Despite having an undefeated year, a league championship and a team that many think can make a run at the Class 3A football crown, most of Steamboat’s team could enter new territory today. Fourth-seeded Steamboat welcomes 13-seeded Berthoud for a first-round playoff game at 7 p.m. at Gardner Field. The X factor in tonight's game might be the snowy weather. As of 12:30 p.m., school officials reported that the game was still on and that the Berthoud team was on its way.

The Record for Nov. 11, 2009

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Steamboat Briefs: Salvation Army seeks bell ringers for holiday season

The annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign will begin the day after Thanksgiving to help those in need in Routt County.

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SSHS takes on ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ in fall musical

n the two months since the 25 student-actors involved in an upcoming production of “Once Upon a Mattress” got their scripts, they’ve almost turned the musical upside down. “Once Upon a Mattress” opens at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium, and continues at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 21.

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Fashion for a Cause show to benefit Steamboat Boys & Girls Club

At the inaugural Fashion for a Cause fundraiser in 2008, Chrissie Hodges and her team of show organizers had to turn people away at the door. The event — a fashion show featuring styles from Hodges’ Token Threads, hair and makeup from Waterside Day Spa & Salon, and food and drinks from bistro c.v. — was a booming success, Hodges said.

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Athlete of the Week: Jack Burger

Jack Burger, a Steamboat Springs High School junior, is this week's Steamboat Pilot & Today Athlete of the Week

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What to do in Steamboat this week

Sixteen community groups have decorated 16 trees in a variety of themes for this Tread of Pioneers Museum fundraiser. The trees will be on display daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 23. Admission is free to all Routt County residents. The museum is at Eighth and Oak streets.

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Steamboat's new skatepark completed

City plans to hold soft opening Saturday, grand opening in spring

The city’s new skatepark is completed, city staff members said Thursday, ending a long and tumultuous process of community fundraising, planning, delays, more fundraising and, finally, success — just in time for the snow to fly. But if weather allows, a soft opening of the skatepark will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Recycling discussion focuses on single-stream system

Lots of things are recyclable. Not all of them can be recycled in Routt County. That was the predominant message at “Recycling 201,” a Talking Green event Wedne­sday evening at Steamboat Smokehouse. Speakers from Waste Management, Twin Enviro Services, Yampa Valley Recycles and HomeLink Mag­azine outlined recycling basics in an hourlong lecture to a standing-room-only crowd in the Smokehouse banquet room.

Winter weather in forecast

Howelsen Hill to start snowmaking, begin season pass sales

Two winter storms expected to roll through Steamboat Springs this weekend will arrive just in time to coincide with snowmaking efforts on Alpine trails — and season pass sales — at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

Thursday, November 12

Police: No reports of sexual assault this week

Law enforcement officials say no suspected crimes have been reported. A spate of text messages and e-mails circulating among city residents this week suggest an assault occurred Wednesday.

Winter weather heading our way

Between 4 and 8 inches of snow could fall in Steamboat Springs over the next two days, with a foot or more falling at higher elevations. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas through 6 a.m. Saturday.

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Veterans Day events in Steamboat celebrate those who served

At the beginning of Soda Creek Elementary School’s annual Veterans Day program Wednesday, each veteran stood up to introduce himself or herself. But it wasn’t an easy task for Ty Upson, a Marine who served tours in 2003 and 2006 in Iraq. “It’s not very Marine-like to show emotion, but I could barely speak,” he said.

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New baggage scanners could ease travel hassles at YVRA

Luggage-screening machines may help shorten check-in lines

Airport officials hope the $800,000 of new equipment will take some of the stress out of travel this winter for passengers and airport staff. The additional equipment doubles the airport's scanning capacity.

Routt County firefighters seek help with community plan

The firefighters and forest managers of Routt County are requesting residents’ help to develop a wildfire protection plan for the Steamboat Springs area. A Colorado Senate bill requires all counties to have a plan in place by July 2011.

Success Steps Luncheon today focuses on lending

The banks are cautious, the businesses treading into uncertain economic terrain, but to help clarify lending options, today’s Success Steps Luncheon will bring together the lenders and the businesses they serve.

Sports briefs: Blake Worsley places 12th in Sweden

Steamboat swimmer misses final World Cup qualifying spot

Blake Worsley finished 12th in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday at the Fina World Cup in Stockholm, failing to make the finals.

2010 Rally Colorado status still undecided

Rally Colorado event director Jim Gill said at this point, the race committee has decided not to decide.

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Colleen King inks with Pioneers

Steamboat Springs volleyball star plans to play for University of Denver

Steamboat Springs High School senior Colleen King signed her letter of intent Wednesday to continue her volleyball career at the University of Denver. King, who orally committed to the Division I Pioneers after visiting in January, leaves as one of the Sailors’ most decorated volleyball players.

Steamboat's Advocates, Horizons receive grants

A $20,000 grant from The Women’s Foundation of Colorado will help advance and expand Advocates Building Peaceful Communities programming to include more resources and incorporate more research, Advocates Executive Director Diane Moore said.

The Record for Nov. 10

3:22 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Colorado Division of Wildlife officers were called to a report of a bear in the 2800 block of Burgess Creek Road where a bear cub was reportedly in a trash bin and bellowing.

Oak Creek residents want to keep chickens to fertilize gardens

The chickens are up in the air in Oak Creek. Ann and Walt Trout, downtown Oak Creek residents, will request tonight that the Oak Creek Town Board make an exception to the ordinance that prohibits livestock within town limits.

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CR 27 relocation finished

Xcel rail spur project near Hayden to continue in spring

The relocation of Routt County Road 27, part of the Xcel Energy project to reconstruct an existing rail spur that will take coal to the Hayden Station Power Plant, is complete, according to a company spokesman.

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10K for United Way a success in Steamboat

Effort 1 of many benefiting local agencies as demand rises

Routt County United Way is heading toward hitting the halfway mark of a $525,000 fundraising goal for its fall campaign. On its second “10K for Uni­ted Way” one-day push Tuesday, the umbrella fundraising group for health and human services agencies in Routt County raised $10,009.

Big box store discussion returns to Steamboat

Planning Commission set to consider large-format retail

City planners tonight will revive public discussion about regulations and locations for large-format retail stores in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Springs Plan­ning Commission is slated to discuss proposed changes to the community development code regarding large-format retail in Steamboat.

Wednesday, November 11

City, law enforcement bring in outside investigators

2 probes will look at Police Department investigation, ACET policies

The Craig City Council has hired an independent investigator to examine the Craig Police Department’s internal investigation in March of a former detective now charged with three felonies in Moffat County District Court.

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Tipton intends to challenge Salazar in 3rd CD

Cortez Republican confirms intent to campaign for Congress in 2010

Republican state Rep. Scott Tipton announced today that he intends to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar for the 3rd Congressional District seat, The Denver Post reports.

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Sports briefs: Girls U-14 team places 2nd

Three Steamboat Springs girls hockey teams went to Aspen during the weekend to play in the Aspen Fall Face Off. The U-14 girls team finished second, losing to Aspen in the finals. U-19 and U-12 teams also played.

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Boulder duo promotes benefits of barefoot running

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee, co-founders the Barefoot Running Club, offer barefoot running clinics in Boulder and plan to release a book in the spring about barefoot running and shoe reviews.

Harriet Freiberger: Welcome home, again

Soldier, sailor, marine and airman! Whether you have been home five days, five years or five decades, we welcome you, a veteran. We who have never been in the military service of our country cannot walk in your boots or step aboard your ship. The only part of your life we can try to imagine with any sense of reality is your return home.

Our View: A salute to our veterans

They come from all walks of life, but they share a single, unmistakable bond: selfless service to our country. And for that, we owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude.

State official: BOCES may be able to use stimulus money

Group plans to use funds to cover overspending

A Colorado Department of Education official said the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ proposed use of federal stimulus funding is allowable by law.

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden food bank offers Thanksgiving food baskets

The Hayden Community Food Bank will distribute Thanksgiving Baskets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Solandt Memorial Hospital in Hayden.

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Desert Storm veteran Shane Yeager reflects on military service

When he returned from Kuwait, Shane Yeager couldn’t fit into his jeans. His legs were too big from running in the sand, mile after mile and day after day, while serving with the Marines in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm. Yeager is one of the many Routt County residents who sacrificed their time — and in some cases, lives — to serve our country.

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Hermacinski, Quinn to lead City Council

Antonucci, Ivancie step down

Cari Hermacinski and Jon Quinn were named Steamboat Springs City Council president and president pro tem, respectively, in unanimous votes Tuesday night. No other council members were nominated during the meeting.

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Joann Palmer: Beware the Snowy Triangle

Attention, all Steamboat Springs residents. Today, scientists announced the discovery of the Snowy Triangle. The Snowy Triangle is like the Bermuda Triangle where, poof, things vanish for no apparent reason.

The Record for Nov. 9

The Record for Nov. 9

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Colorado secretary of state presents $18,450 grant to Hamilton

The old hardwood floors of the Hamilton Community Center are stained with history. Over by the front window, which looks across Colorado Highway 13, a dark patch marks the spot where oil cans once were stacked in the corner of the Hamilton General Store before it closed 1976.

Hometown Holiday sells local wares in Steamboat today

Shopping event is 1 of many upcoming holiday-themed sales

In its second year hosting the Hometown Holiday Local Pro­ducts Shopping Extravaganza, Northwest Colorado Products has member businesses at every one of the shopping event’s booths.

Library provides 2 database classes

There’s a vast academic resource available to Steamboat Springs residents, but Jackie Kuusinen thinks many people probably don’t know about it. Kuusinen, the associate reference librarian at Bud Werner Memorial Library, is teaching two classes today about the library’s databases and online resources.

County, state help with heating bill

Agencies expect increase in assistance recipients this winter

The temperature is going down, the heaters are being fired up, and Routt County residents again face heating costs they may not be able to afford. Local energy assistance resource groups say they expect requests for assistance to increase this year as the economy and lowered state requirements lead to more residents being eligible for help.

Steamboat 700 petitioners claim 1,334 signatures

Organizers say drive for annexation vote going strong; Thursday is deadline

Organizers of a petition drive to put the Steamboat 700 annexation to a public vote said Tuesday that they have submitted 1,334 signatures to the city clerk.

Tuesday, November 10

September sales tax collections off 19.9 percent

Steamboat Springs numbers are down about 17.4 percent year to date

City of Steamboat Springs sales tax collections are down about 19.9 percent for September, totaling $1.15 million compared with $1.44 million in September 2008.

Steamboat Briefs: City will offer RSS feed for local news updates

Lauren Mooney, assistant to Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts, said Thursday that the city is offering an RSS feed that will provide city news updates.

Steamboat vs. Berthoud to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday

The Steamboat Springs High School football team begins its quest for a Class 3A state championship with a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday at Gardner Field.

Samoan relief event raises $28K

Steamboat Springs resident Pio Utu planning trip to oversee use of funds

Local residents raised so much money for relief efforts in the Samoan islands that Pio Utu suddenly is looking at airfares. Utu said Monday that an Oct. 24 event at Steamboat Springs High School, to benefit Samoan citizens rebuilding after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Sept. 29, raised $28,400.

Woman suffers minor injuries in rollover

A Texas woman suffered only minor injuries after driving off Colorado Highway 131 at about 6 p.m. Sunday. Emergency crews from Yampa and Oak Creek responded and extricated 49-year-old Marcia Lundgren from her car.

The Record for Nov. 8, 2009

Sunday, Nov. 8

White seeks marijuana change

State senator worries medical pot industry will be a ‘free-for-all’

State Sen. Al White wants to change the way medical marijuana is grown and distributed in Colorado, but federal law is standing in the way of his plans.

New council to be sworn in tonight

Engelken, Reisman to take seats

A new Steamboat Springs City Council will be sworn in tonight at Centennial Hall during a short meeting that will include the selection of a new president and president pro-tem.

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Home of ‘South Park’ creators blends East and West

Design features Japanese teahouse, Western styles

A tour of the local house owned by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone turns up not a single Emmy, Eric Cartman doll or half-drawn cartoon panel. Instead, the timber-frame home near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is filled with a Zen-like calm and a love of nature.

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Tom Ross: Enjoy the balmy weather while you can

We drove to the base of the Thunderhead Express on Sunday morning determined to hike up the mountain through the fresh powder. I would estimate the depth of the newly fallen snow at one-quarter of an inch — wahoo! Rip it up. Just two weeks until opening day!

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New Victory Highway work under way

Despite lawsuit, uncertain future of developments, road takes shape

The ultimate fate of the three residential neighborhoods that could be served by New Victory Highway is unknown. But construction on the arterial road on Steamboat’s west side is suddenly in full swing.

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Whiteman students return from trip with new perspectives

Getting a head start on their Alpine ski racing seasons last month in Patsch, Austria, wasn’t the only thing The Lowell Whiteman School students did on their trip. They had to figure out the conversion rate of foreign currency and interact with people who speak different languages.

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Jimmy Westlake: A great year for Leonid meteors

Less than a year after the end of the American Civil War, two astronomers independently discovered a comet that now bears their names: Ernst Tempel, of France, and Horace Tuttle, of the United States. It is the debris shed by Comet Tempel-Tuttle that creates our annual Leonid meteor shower each November.

Monday, November 9

The Record for Nov. 7, 2009

Saturday, Nov. 7

Deb Babcock: Force bulbs to grow indoors

Flowers can provide winter color and fragrance

Many of the local garden centers are promoting bulbs this month to plant for color next spring. As you consider whether to pick up some bulbs for the garden, consider purchasing a few to bring fragrance and color inside your home during the drab winter.

Secretary of state to visit area today

Buescher to meet county clerk, residents

Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher said he’s looking forward to his visit to Steamboat Springs today. His visit will allow him to meet with some locals about his 2010 campaign, and he’ll also have the opportunity to discuss last week’s election with Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland.

Hayden Town Council OKs Poplar re-striping

Concerns initiate road’s return to 2 lanes

The recently completed three-lane Poplar Street in Hayden will get a new look. The Hayden Town Council on Thursday gave Town Manager Russ Martin the OK to re-stripe the street, which opened Oct. 23, after about 6 weeks of construction that widened the street from two lanes to three from U.S. Highway 40 to the bridge over Dry Creek.

Monday Medical: Survey seeks senior housing data

Let’s talk about senior social security. Not the capital “S” government program, but safe and suitable living options for aging individuals here in Northwest Colorado.

Steamboat Briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum looking for volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is seeking volunteers. The Steamboat Springs museum needs front-desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts.

Quilters help local seniors

Holiday crafts, gifts offer seniors in need an end-of-year boost

In seven hours Saturday, nine members of the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild hoped to design, sew, cut and finish at least 40 holiday-themed pillowcases for needy senior citizens across Routt County.

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Luke Graham: I'm a believer

I’ve covered a lot of Steam­boat Springs High School football. I’ve seen a lot of good athletes and a lot of good teams, and I’ve always seen the year come up just a little bit short. This team has the ability to go deep into the playoffs. They won’t say it, but I will. This team has everything it takes to win a state championship.

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Game time announced for Sailors football playoff opener

Steamboat to open postseason against Berthoud

The Sailors will square off against No. 13 seed Berthoud at 7 p.m. Friday at Gardner Field in Steamboat. The Colorado High School Activities Association released the 16-team Class 3A state football playoff bracket on Sunday.

Herold family honored for stewardship

South Routt residents named Landowner of the Year at fall festival

It’s not something they expected. The Herold family, of South Routt, was recognized as Landowner of the Year at the second Routt County Agriculture Fall Gathering on Sunday.

Sunday, November 8

Coroner questions autopsy policy

Scaling back could save $10,000 per year, Rob Ryg says

Under a mandate from the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, any time a person dies alone, the Routt County coroner must perform an autopsy. Although autopsies are required by state law any time the cause of death is unknown, Coroner Rob Ryg said using a “common sense” approach would save the county about $10,000 per year. District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said she is willing to discuss the policy.

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New owner plans to maintain feel of Slopeside

The new owner of Slopeside Grill said last week that he intends to maintain the feel, menu and operation of the popular restaurant at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Steamboat Springs resident Bill Banks, 56, closed on the purchase of the Slopeside real estate and business last week. The price of the business was not disclosed.

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Steamboat cross-country team finishes 19th

For Steamboat Springs High School senior Gus Allen, running Saturday at the state cross-country meet brought on mixed feelings. By finishing 67th, Allen ended his high school career on a high note, but he said he wished the end hadn’t come so quickly.

Robin Craigen: Keep momentum

As we look to the skies for snow and reluctantly put away our bikes for winter (most of us), it’s a good opportunity to look back and recognize the significance of developments in local cycling as we contemplate new opportunities.

Tim Rowse: Learn, Think, Vote

For the Let’s Vote committee, it’s all about the democratic process. When a citizen or group of citizens feels the majority of the voters disagree with a decision made by City Council, it’s that group’s right and duty to be the check and balance for council and to question the council’s actions.

Omar M. Campbell: Countywide vote

am one of the petition circulators and sponsors of the referendum vote on the Steamboat 700 annexation and proudly so.

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Sailors football preps for playoff fate

Steamboat Springs team awaits brackets today

If at any point the Steamboat Springs High School football team needed to redeem itself this season, the Sailors always delivered. But now that Steamboat has clinched a top seed, won their league for the first time since 2006 and had an undefeated regular season, the next monkey off the back is the playoffs.

Lee-Ann Hill: Watershed issues

t troubles me that Steamboat’s discussions and solutions about growth do not include real discussions about watershed sustainability.

Charlene Stees: Issue affects us all

I would like for someone to explain why the election for the annexation of the Steamboat 700 should not be a countywide election.

Best of the Web: Base area revamp

“That site may be the perfect venue for the Olympian send off this winter, especially if an ice rink is set up."

Our View: Jump right in, City Council

A new Steamboat Springs City Council will be sworn in Tuesday night at Centennial Hall, and once the mostly ceremonial first meeting is complete, council members quickly will be immersed in a number of important and timely city issues.

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Steamboat soccer star’s college career comes to a close

Kelly Labor jokes that her house is finally clean, she’s finally caught up on sleep and her homework is finally all done. But Labor, a 2006 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, admits that the most different thing for her now that her soccer career is done is trying to plan her own day. For the better part of her life, soccer has been her life.

John F. Russell: Supporting skiing’s future

n less than 100 days, the best Alpine ski racers in America will step onto an international stage where they will showcase their skills against the best the world has to offer at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Hunt of the Week: Jon Wade

Hunt of the Week: Jon Wade

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All-season fly-fishing sport plows on

Colder weather doesn’t slow area enthusiasts

As the final major fall hunting season window closes and mountain bikers give up on Steamboat’s often soggy trails, fishing in the area changes, but it never stops. Locals insist that fall is just as good as the rest of Steamboat’s fishing seasons. It is different, however.

Joel Reichenberger: Early season surprises

Early season skiing is the college football nonconference schedule of the mountain world. For the most part, nonconference games are terrible. I grew up attending nearly every home game during the golden age of Kansas State football, a stretch when the Wildcats went to 11 consecutive bowl games from 1993 to 2003.

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Zirkel Trading tinkering with inventory 1 year into business

You’re a guy. You’ve got a special event coming up — a friend’s wedding, a nice date, a business mixer. You look into your closet and see, to your dismay, nothing but drab. That’s when Steve and Denise Hitchcock hope you’ll think of Zirkel Trading, their upscale men’s clothing store in the Howelsen Place development.

The Record for Nov. 6

The Record for Nov. 6

The Jail Report for Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Jail Report for Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Business File: Restaurant association to meet Wednesday

The local chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rex’s American Grill & Bar, 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., adjoining the Holiday Inn. Agenda items include ProStart, liquor liability, a winter wine and food festival, the Bartenders’ Cup and a December mixer. Contact Liz Wahl at 970-871-5163 or for more information.

Steamboat briefs: Fundraiser for ex-resident hurt in accident

On Sept. 30, former Steamboat Springs resident Thea Kent was injured in a mountain bike accident in North Carolina. Friends in South Carolina have organized a ride Nov. 15 to raise money to help Kent pay for her medical treatment.

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Antonucci, Ivancie reflect on years of City Council service

After a certain number of years, the debates, disagreements, failures and achievements all seem to blend together. At least that’s the way it seems to be for Steve Ivancie and Loui Antonucci, who will take a combined 20 years of Steamboat Springs City Council experience away from Centennial Hall when they step down Tuesday night.

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Free school lunches on the rise

Steamboat Springs School District sees increase of nearly 36 percent

The number of Steamboat Springs School District students signed up to receive free lunches as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program increased nearly 36 percent this school year compared with 2008-09.

Holiday toy drives start soon in Steamboat

Collections target needy children across the world, close to home

Steamboat residents donated the 250 shoeboxes of toys, school supplies and other gifts to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child last year. This year, organizer Linda Jackson says the goal is 350 boxes.

School lunches for the week of Nov. 9

School lunches for the week of Nov. 9

Routt County Spotlight: Susan Dressen

Occupation: Hairstylist/owner of TriBeCa Hair Studio Inc.

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Wildhorse gondola construction steadily progessing

4 suits for condo sales pending

The gondola towers rising from Wildhorse Meadows are tangible evidence of the steady progress being made at Wildhorse despite the down economy. But closings on 30-plus condominiums at Trailhead Lodge can be expected to continue at a gradual pace for months to come.

Class notes: Soroco High School alum Perry Saputo earns MBA

Perry Saputo, a 1996 Soroco High School graduate, earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 1-5

Real estate transactions for Nov. 1-5

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Speaker: Buyers uninterested in low-balling

Lori Thompson says properties not selling unless priced close to target

Broker/owner Lori Thom­pson told a gathering of nearly 200 people at the Colorado Group Realty Real Estate Roundup and Expo on Thursday night that sales of single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes closed this year have been for an amount within 10 percent of list price.

On the Market: Steamboat Springs land sales slow to a trickle

Just 14 land sales have been closed in Steamboat Springs and the South Valley in the past 12 months, said Doug Labor, of Buyers Resource Real Estate.

Looking Back for Nov. 9, 1934

From the Friday, Nov. 9, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

In the service: Travis Logan

Steamboat Springs resident Travis Logan is currently deployed to the Middle East as a soldier in the U.S. Army.

Saturday, November 7

1 dead, 3 injured in Vail bar shooting

Vail police say they have a suspect in custody

One person is dead and two people have been injured in a shooting Saturday night at the Sandbar in West Vail, Vail Police Chief Dwight Henniger said. The town of Vail has identified the suspect as Richard Moreau, 63, of Vail. Moreau is being held in the town of Vail's jail.

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Tom Ross: Your turn to be famous will come soon enough

All of us deserve our 15 minutes of fame, so it was nice to see this week that four local guys — Luke Brosterhous, Adam Spector, Jerad Iacovetto and Todd Lodwick — got their pictures published in Outside magazine.

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Steamboat detective: There are ways to detect fake bills

Police say business owners need to know the feel of money to prevent fraud

After a counterfeit $50 bill was passed at a Steamboat Springs convenience store in October, Steamboat Springs police Detective Jerry Stabile said it’s important for business owners to know how to spot the difference between real and fake bills.

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Local author captures dog sledding experience in photo book

Dog sledding guide Dagny McKinley said she was amazed at the power of her dogs, a feeling that comes through in her book, “Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding in the Rockies.”

YVEA customers could see rate hike

About $5 per month increase for average use possible beginning in January

Starting in 2010, all Yampa Valley Electric Association customers could see an increase of as much as 7 percent on monthly bills because of an increase in wholesale prices from Xcel Energy. For residential customers, that comes to an average increase of $5.04 per month.

The Record for Nov. 5

12:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary alarm in the 1100 block of Hilltop Parkway. Everything was fine.

Yampa Valley Community Band rehearses

Weekly practices are open to music lovers of all skill levels

At the beginning of October, Mark Rasmussen conducted the first rehearsal of the Yampa Valley Community Band. About a month in, the all-inclusive concert band has about 20 members, Mark Rasmussen said Friday afternoon.

Soroco to get a shot at playoffs in 2010, 2011

Rams officially in for 8-man football in 2010, 2011

After suffering through two years of postseason ineligibility while playing 8-man football, the Soroco High School football team will be able to qualify for the playoffs starting next season.

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Yampa River Core Trail work starts

Addition to begin behind Walton Pond and head upstream

Excavating crews took advantage of the unseasonably mild weather this week to launch construction of a $374,000 extension of the Yampa River Core Trail on the city’s south side.

Steamboat briefs: Powerball winner still hasn’t claimed prize

The owner of a winning $200,000 Powerball ticket sold two weeks ago in Steamboat Springs has yet to come forward to claim his or her prize.

Friday, November 6

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Sailors capture Western Slope title with win vs. Glenwood Springs

Steamboat Springs High School do-everything athlete Joe Dover said it was the most fun he’s had on a football field. Considering what the 5-foot-10, 185-pound spitfire did in Friday’s 30-21 win against Glenwood Springs, it also may have been the best he’s ever played on a football field.

Cross-country heads to state Saturday

Original meet postponed because of early-season snowstorm on Front Range

Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team members head to Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for their state meet. The meet originally was scheduled for last weekend, but it was postponed when the Front Range was pounded by an early-season snowstorm.

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DeWolfe named interim athletic director

Steamboat Springs High School physical education teacher Luke DeWolfe has been named interim athletic director. DeWolfe, who has been in the school district for three years, will take over the role vacated by Ken Webbe.

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Outside magazine features 4 locals

Todd Lodwick among chosen fashion models

Olympian Todd Lodwick, rancher Jerad Iacovetto, Honey Stinger sales manager Adam Spector and golf pro Luke Brosterhous seem to share little in common, but each got the opportunity to be fashion models for Outside magazine.

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Football league title at stake for Sailors

Steamboat heads to Glenwood for final regular season game

Technically, the Class 3A football playoffs start in a week. But as far as the Western Slope League goes, the playoffs might as well start at 7 p.m. today in Glenwood Springs when the Demons welcome the Sailors. The winner will earn the league championship and a better playoff spot.

Cog Road project delayed

Contractor waiting for steel; new completion date is Dec. 31

The Cog Road slide repair project near Hayden has been delayed until mid-November. Heather McLaughlin, senior engineer for the Routt County Road and Bridge Department, said the contractor was waiting for steel from the manufacturer to begin the project.

The Record for Nov. 4

12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 400 block of Fifth Street where a person reportedly broke bail bond conditions. Police arrested a 37-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on suspicion of violation of a restraining order and harassment.

Steamboat briefs: Coats can be dropped off in Oak Creek for drive

The Parish of St. Martin’s in Oak Creek is holding its St. Martin of Tours Winter Coat Drive. Coats, hats and gloves can be dropped off at a collection bin inside the Oak Creek Liquor Store during business hours or at Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat. Coats will be distributed to those in need after noon Mass on Sunday at St. Martin of Tours.

Assault investigations ongoing

Police, deputies have identified suspects in 2 of 3 recent cases

Police and deputies have identified suspects in two of the three recent reports of sexual assault or attempted assaults in the Steamboat Springs area. Local law enforcement officials maintain that there is no reason to believe the incidents are related.

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City, ACLU reflect on campaign spending limit provision

The Craig City Council was an even split on a ballot question in Tuesday’s election that asked voters whether they wanted to delete a city charter provision on campaign spending.

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Craig resident reworks climbing wall, hopes to offer lessons

Rob Byrnes’ first time climbing was the most memorable. He was 12 years old and staring up at a wall of floor tiles that were stacked horizontally with spaces in between. The only instruction he was given was how to tie the knots on his rock climbing harness.

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Soup dinner to benefit Hayden girl

Ella Mosciaro has been diagnosed with focal cortical dysplasia

Cindy Mosciaro said her 20-month-old daughter, Ella, would choose a bowl of green beans instead of a bowl of candy if given the option. The Mosciaros call her EllaBeans. Ella was diagnosed Oct. 9 with focal cortical dysplasia. Mosciaro said Ella has a lesion on her brain, which causes seizures.

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Businesses, CDOT, contractors meet to talk about spring plans

After a fall season that has been nightmarish for some downtown businesses, talks are under way about how to better plan for effects of spring construction on Lincoln Avenue.

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Denver hip-hop band coming to Ghost Ranch in Steamboat

In its positively themed, sample-based music, Denver hip-hop trio 3 the Hard Way sticks to the “three paths, three roads, one mission” motto preached by leadman David Romero. Romero, who raps as A.V.I.U.S., takes the stage with the rest of 3 the Hard Way — producer Es Nine and DJ Cysko Rokwel — tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The show starts at 9 p.m. with Salt Lake City-based hip-hop group MindState opening.

Jimmy Westlake: A trio of triangles

Nestled between the constellations of Andromeda, Perseus and Pisces is a curious little trio of stellar triangles, visible on crisp November evenings. Each triangle has an interesting history all its own.

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What to do in Steamboat this week for Nov. 6 to 12

Handcrafted, fair trade gifts from across the world will be for sale during First Friday Artwalk, with 90 percent of the profits going to Ten Thousand Villages and the remaining 10 percent going to the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya.

USO Ball honors veterans

At 7 p.m. Saturday, many Routt County war veterans will don military uniforms from their service in World War II, Korea, Vietnam or Desert Storm and dance to the music that provided a background for those times. Steamboat posts of the VFW and American Legion are hosting an old-fashioned USO dance to celebrate Veterans Day from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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First Friday Artwalk events today in Steamboat

A charity gift sale, early holiday shopping, a silent auction, free food and live music are included in the wide variety of offerings for November’s First Friday Artwalk.

Thursday, November 5

YVMC surveys senior housing need

YVMC has targeted local baby boomers and senior residents with a survey about the demands for senior living for their parents. A first batch of postcards went out in the mail, and anyone interested can return the postcard to receive the survey., receive upgrades and users will notice a new look and improved functionality to both sites beginning today.'s new look starts with its flag and menu bars and continues all the way down to a redesigned video player, improved search function and revised calendar tool.

Steamboat briefs: College workshop to be held in Oak Creek today

College in Colorado will provide free college preparatory workshops from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Soroco High School. The workshops will include information about planning for college, including test prep, how to apply to and how to pay for college, said Bridget Black, a spokeswoman for College in Colorado.

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Steamboat's elk season strong for some, empty for others

The 2009 elk and deer season is about to enter the fourth quarter, and how things are going depends on who you ask. Jon Wade aside, for instance, drove to some ground a buddy had given him permission to hunt on, walked over a ridge and took a shot almost immediately.

Steamboat 700 petitioners submit 600 signatures

Let's Vote committee required to collect 829 signatures by Nov. 12 to force referendum of annexation

The committee that hopes to bring the city of Steamboat Springs' annexation of Steamboat 700 to referendum submitted its first collection of signatures Tuesday. City Clerk Julie Franklin confirmed Wednesday that the committee, known as Let's Vote, has submitted 14 petitions, which the group says contain more than 600 signatures.

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Steamboat artists donate pieces to benefit Arts Council fundraiser

A call for art by the Visual Arts Committee brought in about 50 donations from about 50 artists. That work opens for early viewing and bidding from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center. The selection includes paintings, photos, glasswork, fabric art and pottery.

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Swiggart a High School Heisman finalist

Kylee Swiggart has been named one of 20 state finalists for the 2009 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. More than 50,000 seniors applied nationwide, and 10,848 were selected as finalists.

The Record for Nov. 3

The Record for Nov. 3

Hermacinski eyes council presidency

Economic development, growth issues on council's priority list

Cari Hermacinski is making no secret of her aspirations to be the next president of the Steamboat Springs City Council. Hermacinski won re-election Tuesday against former City Council President Kevin Bennett. Kenny Reisman and Jim Engelken, who also is a former councilman, won their races and will be the only new members to join the body when it meets Tuesday for the first time since the election and begins to chart a course for the next two years.

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Athlete of the Week: Mitch Lekarczyk

Why Lekarczyk: The Steamboat linebacker had five tackles in a 58-13 win against Buena Vista on Friday. In the season, Lekarczyk is leading the Sailors with 10 tackles a game. That number also puts him seventh in Class 3A.

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Joanne Palmer: Foot-long hot dogs and the Tippler

Don't expect to find anything healthy to eat at a college football game. No one is selling veggie burgers, smoothies or fruit salads. You can, however, expect to find foot-long hot dogs, brats and burgers glistening with grease.

Hans Cartin receives federal prison time for gun, drug charges

Steamboat man to serve 8 years

A Steamboat Springs man arrested in a December raid was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of a machine gun and possession of and intent to distribute cocaine.

BOCES won't handle No Child Left Behind funds

Money will go directly to school districts

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will not be given federal No Child Left Behind Act funding for title programs to disburse to its six member school districts. A letter Wednesday from Robert Hammond, the deputy commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education, stated that the funds would be distributed directly to the districts instead of through BOCES.

More mail-only elections likely for primaries, odd years

Routt County's first election conducted exclusively with mail ballots isn't likely to be its last. That means an all-mail-ballot format may continue to be used in August primary and November odd-year elections in Routt County.

Wednesday, November 4

College workshops in Steamboat today, Oak Creek on Thursday

College in Colorado will provide information about test preparation and how to apply to and pay for college at the free workshops.

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Voter turnout at 36 percent

South Routt voters had no elections, weren't included in count

A surge of voters Monday and Tuesday pushed participation in the 2009 Routt County election to more than 36 percent, but it was still below that of recent odd-year elections.

Lynn Abbott: Obama's 1st year

On this first anniversary of the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States, let's take a look at the past 10 months. Although there are those who say the administration isn't moving fast enough, I submit that there is real progress on many fronts.

Our View: Base area business alliance needed

There's been talk recently about how to fill the vacant lot left by the demolition of Ski Time Square, particularly because developer The Atira Group has indicated it could be a decade before construction begins. But before we get too excited about the short-term potential of the empty parcel at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, it's important to remember Ski Time Square's sub-par recent business history.

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Bantam A hockey team wins tournament

The Steamboat Springs Bantam A hockey team started the season just how it wanted to during the weekend, winning the Fright Fest Tournament in Denver. Steamboat went 4-1 in the tournament, beating rival Littleton for the title.

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Steamboat winter sports camps open

High school teams to start training before official practices

Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff said the benefits are endless. Starting a preseason conditioning camp allows his players - new and old - to get into the system, get their legs under them and get a jump on the winter season.

Steamboat Briefs: Yampa Town Board to hear update about electricity

Yampa Valley Electric Association representatives will present an update about the nearly $100,000 worth of power lines upgrades in South Routt County to the Yampa Town Board at a meeting at 7 p.m. today at Yampa Town Hall.

The Record for Nov. 2

The Record for Nov. 2

Council approves Iron Horse lease

Some long-term rentals are expected to remain available

Two dozen or more Steamboat households face an uncertain winter after the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a lease agreement with Boulder hotel operator New West Inns for the city-owned Iron Horse Inn.

Tuesday, November 3

Vance Fulton keeps Hayden District B seat

Incumbent tops challenger Laurie Hallenbeck for School Board

Hayden School Board member Vance Fulton will retain his seat and get his first full term as a board member. Fulton received 341 votes to opponent Laurie Hallenbeck's 206 in the District B School Board race.

Frentress wins Hayden District A seat

4th-generation Hayden resident beats Zehner for School Board

A former member of the Hayden Town Board, now Hayden Town Council, will represent District A on the Hayden School Board. Tim Frentress received 356 votes to the 192 received by opponent Darren Zehner, a 65 percent to 35 percent victory.

Connelly wins uncontested 4-year School Board seat

Denise Connelly won an uncontested race for her District 3 School Board seat Tuesday and will serve a second term. She received 2,749 votes.

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Brian Kelly wins School Board seat

Longtime local defeats former educator Bill Kennedy for District 1

Brian Kelly won another chance to give back to the education community. He received 2,174 votes to challenger Bill Kennedy's 1,546, taking the Steamboat Springs School Board District 1 seat.

Magill re-elected in unopposed race

Walter Magill, a 39-year-old engineer and surveyor, will return to the Steamboat Springs City Council. Magill was first elected to the council in 2007 to finish a vacated term. Magill did not face an opponent in the District 3 race and will serve for four years. He received 2,293 votes.

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Reisman defeats Solomon for District 2 seat

Small-business owner, soccer coach wins City Council seat

Kenny Reisman beat Ken Solomon for a District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council in Tuesday's election. He won with 56.3 percent of the vote, 1,776 to 1,379.

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Engelken takes at-large City Council seat

Former councilman defeats Pietras for 2-year position

Former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jim Engelken won a return to city leadership Tuesday, defeating political newcomer Kyle Pietras for the council's two-year, at-large seat.

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Hermacinski re-elected to City Council

Council president pro tem easily defeats Bennett

In what turned out to be the most lopsided race of the 2009 election, Cari Hermacinski defeated Kevin Bennett for a District 1 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council. She won with 63.6 percent of the vote, 2,066 to 1,184.

City's approval of Referendum 2C reduces signatures needed on petitions

With the approval of Referendum 2C on Tuesday, city voters made it easier for residents to formally challenge decisions made by the Steamboat Springs City Council. The referendum passed with 64 percent of the vote, 1,947 to 1,114.

Hayden OKs car rental, lodging tax hikes

Hayden voters passed a referendum Tuesday that will increase sales tax for car rentals at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Based on 2008 rental car figures, Referendum 2B would generate $143,500 next year for the town of Hayden.

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Hermacinski, Reisman, Engelken win City Council seats

Cari Hermacinski has retained her seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Joining her will be newcomer Kenny Reisman and former council member Jim Engelken. All three won their contested races Tuesday night. Brian Kelly won the contested Steamboat Springs School Board race.

Low turnout projected for today's elections

Many counties across Colorado are projecting turnout of less than 50 percent

The Denver Post reports that last-minute ballots streamed into county clerks' offices around the state Tuesday, but many counties still expected overall turnout to be well below 50 percent.

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Last-day voters weigh in

Elections officials have now collected more than 620 ballots today

More than 850 people have dropped of ballots or voted as of 6 p.m. today, Routt County election officials said. Anyone who still needs to vote must deliver a ballot to the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs by 7 p.m.

ACET suspect pleads guilty, will be deported to Mexico

Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza, one of three men arrested in an All Crimes Enforcement Team drug raid Aug. 31, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge during a hearing Monday and will be deported.

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Tom Ross: Who knew Winter Carnival was sexy in 1928?

Who but the dynamic duo of Harriet Freiberger and Ken Proper could come up with a sexy cover photo for a serious history book about Steamboat Springs?

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Reader submitted photos from Halloween

Children across Routt County dressed up for Halloween. Here are some reader submitted photos. There's a chicken, a giraffe, a fairy and more.

Steamboat briefs: Seasonal flu vaccine is now available for all ages

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has seasonal flu vaccine available for all ages. H1N1 vaccine is only available for high-risk groups at this time. For more information and for a complete list of clinics, go to or call the VNA flu hot line at 871-7684.

DA's personnel budget cut by 5 percent

3 counties in 14th Judicial District agree to reduction

Commissioners for Routt, Grand and Moffat counties agreed Monday to trim the 14th Judicial District Attorney's personnel budget by 5 percent in 2010, to make up for lost revenue.

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Open house in Steamboat to promote historic preservation program at CMC

CMC's Alpine Campus is trying to generate interest in its new historic preservation program and is hosting an open house from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor lounge of Bristol Hall.

Council considers final approval of medical marijuana ordinance

If Steamboat Springs City Council approves a new medical marijuana ordinance tonight, it effectively will formalize collection of the city's 4.5 percent tax on marijuana sales.

The Record for Nov. 1

The Record for Nov. 1

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Election day arrives in Steamboat

Voter turnout surges in recent days; ballots accepted until 7 p.m. today

Voter turnout through Monday surged by about 1,000 votes since late last week. More than 4,000 Routt County residents now have voted in the 2009 election.

2nd finance deadline arrives

Hermacinski's fundraising prowess continues in October

Coucilwoman Cari Hermacinski continued to raise money at a breakneck pace last month and reported about $8,500 in fundraising in her bid for re-election in the second of three campaign finance filings this election cycle.

Monday, November 2

Aging Well: Aging field offers growing career options

While there is an increasing need for health care professionals skilled in aging issues, the growing number of adults 50 and older also is fueling demand for people to work with, or on behalf of, older adults in many other settings and roles.

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Family hopes to open Ciao Gelato this month

Lynne Romeo gets passionate when talking about panini. Romeo and her family, including husband Massimo Erspamer and sons Mirko and Gabri Erspamer, are preparing to open an Italian-themed family restaurant, Ciao Gelato, later this month at Seventh and Yampa streets in Howelsen Place.

Elections Office, clerk's office only drop-off locations for votes

Ballots due in the Routt County Courthouse, in downtown Steamboat, by 7 p.m. Tuesday

Today and Tuesday, voters must return their ballots at the Routt County Courthouse, on Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets in downtown Steamboat. Ballots can be returned in the Elections Office on the third floor and the Routt County Clerk & Recorder's Office on the second floor. Voters can drop off ballots until 5:30 p.m. today and until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Elections Office opens at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Halloween revelry quiet

Police, Sheriff's Office and State Patrol report few arrests

Despite Halloween's reputation for shenanigans, local law enforcement officers said Saturday night's revelers were under control.

Monday Medical: Hand-washing a simple solution

Washing your hands is important enough to sing about

Most people know that if they share a straw, cup or eating utensil with someone else, they risk transferring germs. But do most people think about this with doorknobs, shopping carts and ATMs? Or any surface touched by multiple people throughout the day?

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Luke Graham: A team to believe in

The Steamboat Springs High School football team is dangerous. Offensively, there might not be a match in Class 3A, where they arguably have a trio of top-of-the-class players: the best quarterback in Austin Hinder, the best running back in Joe Dover and the best wide receiver in Jack Spady.

The Record for Oct. 31, 2009

Saturday, Oct. 31

Steamboat Briefs: Newborn Network offering resources to local families

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children from birth to age 3. Newborn Network's free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags.

Deb Babcock: Protect trees from winter sunscald

Before the weather turns wintry, take steps to protect your trees from sunscald and other common problems that occur during our fierce winters.

Steamboat library expands adult programs

Database workshops, film screening, book signings scheduled

In the month she's been on the job as adult programs coordinator at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Jennie Lay has been impressed with the free-to-the-public resources that surround her.

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The Memorial Hospital gets its first look

2,000 people walk through new hospital during public tour

In 1949, Al Shepherd, of Craig, had his tonsils out at the newly opened The Memorial Hospital. On Saturday, he walked through the medical surgery wing of The Memorial Hospital during a public tour of the new facility, built during the last year off of Moffat County Road 7 west of Craig.

Sunday, November 1

Jail Report for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30

Jail Report for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30

Joel Reichenberger: Welch is back on the bike

Realistically, Essam Welch had no choice but to "get back up on that horse." Welch and his bike are a fixture in Steamboat Springs, no matter the season. He doesn't even own a car, happily pedaling day in and day out from his home to his job at Orange Peel in downtown Steamboat.

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Storied 1979 football season 'set the tone for the football family'

As storied a season as the 1979 Steamboat Springs High School football season was, that season wasn't necessarily about wins and losses. Sure, Steamboat finished on top, but when players talk about that game and season, it's the tears of never getting to line up next to one another.

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Historic home hidden in willows

Former sheep ranch comprises 31 platted city lots

Chances are, locals have driven by the property of longtime Steamboat residents Mike Kortas and his wife, Nina Darlington, many times without appreciating what they were looking at. The entire 13 acres is available for $1.8 million or broken into its component parts.

Sailors volleyball team loses at districts

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team's season came to an end Saturday at the District 8 volleyball tournament in Montrose. Steamboat lost, 3-1, to Montezuma-Cortez and 3-0 to Mullen in pool play. The 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-17 loss to Montezuma-Cortez proved to be the deal-breaker.

John F. Russell: Down to a moment

A few months from now, on the snow-covered slopes surrounding Vancouver, the world will watch as Olympic champions are determined in terms of meters and seconds. The journey to the games can be measured in years of hard work, measured in seemingly never-ending training sessions.

Tigers football finishes with win

For the second consecutive year, the Hayden football team finished its season with a win, pounding West Grand on Friday night, 35-7. The Tigers got two rushing touchdowns from Jake Walker, two from Treyben Letlow and one from Brian Hoza, running over the Mustangs for their fourth win of the season.

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Even snow can't keep kayakers from hitting Gore Canyon

Dec. 12, Chan Zwanzig's birthday, was the latest in the season he ever dipped his kayak into the Colorado River for a run down Gore Canyon. On that Dec. 12, it was like he was kayaking in a Mario Brothers fantasy.

The Record for Oct. 30

12:47 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers, Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of domestic violence in Steamboat Springs. Officers arrested a 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of harassment related to domestic violence, criminal mischief, prohibited use of weapons and obstruction of telephone service after a nearly four-hour standoff on Laurel Lane.

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Atira solicits Ski Time Square ideas

Site at base area sits vacant as council tables redevelopment plans

From landscaping and a playground, to an ice skating rink and tethered balloon rides, there has been no shortage of ideas thrown out for using the site of the demolished Ski Time Square commercial area.

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Oak Creek comprehensive plan to be revised

Updated town policy draft makes few, but significant, changes

The town of Oak Creek has until Dec. 31 to update its comprehensive plan, giving new direction and guidance to the city government. The comprehensive plan, created in 1996, was designed to be used as guidance for town policies.

Woman donates Steinway piano to CMC

Steamboat Springs resident Lynn Scarlett-Atkinson decided to donate her piano to CMC shortly after her Old Town bed-and-breakfast, The Alpine Rose, closed in 2005. The instrument belonged to Scarlett-Atkinson's mother, Caroline Curtze, and came to Steamboat Springs in the mid-'90s.

Kelley McDaneld: Rape reporting

I am deeply concerned about the fact that the Steamboat Pilot & Today did not immediately report on the recent sexual assault that occurred in downtown Steamboat Springs.

School lunches for the week of Nov. 2 to 6

School lunches for the week of Nov. 2

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Hunt of the Week: Scott Powers

Hunt of the Week: Scott Powers

South Routt's Jim Iacovetto dies at 96

Jim Iacovetto, eldest son of family patriarch Sam Iacovetto, could be found around the South Routt area wearing his denim overalls, his denim jacket and his strong work ethic. As an engineer on the railroad for 43 years, Jim Iacovetto was part of a South Routt tradition of an involved family that shaped many aspects of early Phippsburg. Iacovetto died Oct. 25 in Grand Junction. He was 96 years old and had lived in Delta County for the past 35 years.

Realtors hope trends signal market stabilization

Taken as a snapshot, real estate sales consummated Wednesday offer a glimpse of a market in transition. In a market where year-to-date dollar volume as of the end of the third quarter is down 62 percent, Wednesday's closings suggest there are buyers looking in a variety of price points and at widely ranging properties.

Steamboat Briefs: Youth-focused discussions planned for Tuesday

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Partners in Routt County are hosting a training and conversation Tuesday.

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Steamboat restaurants share recipes for creating hearty flavors

At the first sign of cold weather this year, Ben Stroock had a problem. Before he knew it, the eight to 15 varieties of soup he keeps in rotation were almost completely wiped out. "It just becomes soup season and people just want all of them," Stroock said.

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Broncos alumni fall in game against Sailors All Stars

The Denver Broncos Alumni suited up to play a charity game of basketball Saturday morning at Steamboat Springs High School and proved to be plenty popular with a crowd of locals as they were hounded for autographs after the game ended.

Best of the Web: Rental regulations

I am glad to see this being reviewed. Vacation home rentals are an important service in a ski town. They should keep high standards and work with neighbors but shouldn't be subject to more than is necessary, regulation-wise.

Our View: Pedal to assist cycling-related tourism

We were greatly impressed during Labor Day weekend at the ability of a local man, Corey Piscopo, to spearhead a first-time, multistage bicycle-racing event that attracted more than 300 entrants to town.

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Business owners, police officers discuss shoplifting in Steamboat Springs

Detective Jerry Stabile, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said the number of reported shoplifting cases is slowly increasing in the city, from 22 in 2007 to 32 in 2008 and 31 so far this year, with the holidays and winter season ahead.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 26 to Oct. 29, 2009

Total Sales -i$9,968,000

Looking Back: Bear River School starts health campaign

The Bear River School has started a health campaign. There are 14 children in the school who will be provided with milk and cod liver oil as a means of bringing them up to normal weight.

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Hayden school doing OK without gym

Hayden district pursuing solutions including grants

Hayden Middle School is getting along fine without the use of its gym, for now, Principal Gina Zabel said Thursday. Favorable weather, creative solutions and lack of conflicts with Hayden High School for shared use of its gym have allowed the middle school to have activities inside.

On the Market: Limberg honored for service as chairwoman

Jill Limberg, managing broker/owner at Colorado Group Realty, was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award during the recent state convention of the Colorado Association of Realtors at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.