Stories for October 2009


Saturday, October 31

Sailors volleyball falls at districts

Steamboat Springs High School started out strong but lost to Montezuma-Cortez and Mullen today, eliminating its chances to advance to next weekend's regional tournament. The Sailors finished 15-6 on the season.

Standoff ends without injury

A police standoff that lasted nearly four hours early Friday on Laurel Lane ended peacefully after police broke down a door and arrested a 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of domestic violence on Laurel Lane at about 12:45 Friday morning.

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Tom Ross: Maine's approach to Nordic skiing is on target

I wasn't raised in a hunting family and have almost no familiarity with firearms. So it came as a surprise one dreary day this month in Fort Kent, Maine, when I was handed an exotic-looking .22-caliber biathlon rifle and invited to see whether I could hit a small black disc of a target 50 meters away.

County volleyball teams out at districts

Hayden, Soroco high school teams miss out on semifinals

High hopes met a quick end Friday for the Hayden and Soroco high school volleyball teams. Both entered the district tournament at Meeker with hopes of upsets and semifinals, but neither was able to win in pool play, and both saw the season end.

Steamboat briefs: Fire department urges residents to check detectors

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue is urging residents to use Sunday's daylight saving time change as a cue to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Just as residents set their clocks back an hour each autumn, it is recommended that the batteries in detectors be changed once a year.

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Steamboat's Halloween events include trick-or-treating, pumpkin contest

Five Denver Broncos alumni will take on the Steamboat Springs All-Stars in an exhibition basketball game. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the event features a costume contest and prizes.

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Youth vote largely absent in Routt County

Fewer than 600 people younger than 45 have voted

Residents younger than 45 account for just one-fifth of the ballots cast in Routt County's 2009 election, even though about half of the county's registered voters are in that age group. The discrepancy has caused some to worry that the county's first election conducted exclusively with mail-in ballots may not be conducive to young voters.

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Jets coming cheaply to YVRA

United agrees to provide service with no revenue guarantees

Jets - once again - will be the sole carriers of Yampa Valley Regional Airport passengers flying United Express. But this time, the service will come without a six-figure price tag for the local business community. Mesa Air Group announced Thursday that it will terminate its operation of 10 Dash-8 turboprop airplanes.

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Speaker: Challenge is to make beginners lifelong skiers

Michael Berry came to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's 102nd annual meeting to lay out the challenges facing the ski industry in the decade ahead. And something as seemingly innocuous as a chairlift ride could make a difference, Berry said.

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Steamboat Springs football blast past Buena Vista, 58-13

Like a snowball rolling down a hill, the Steamboat Springs High School football team is nearly impossible to stop when it gets going. Steamboat found that momentum and rhythm early, kept building it up and turned Friday's game against Buena Vista into a complete 58-13 avalanche.

The Record for Oct. 29

The Record for Oct. 29

Friday, October 30

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What to do in Steamboat this weekend

Local artists and businesses contributed sculpture, paintings and other artwork featuring an image of a bra or a bust for the eighth annual Bust of Steamboat, an auction event presented by the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. Each bust will be up for auction, and event participants can cast votes for their favorite piece for $1. Proceeds go toward providing cancer support services and mammograms to women in Routt and Moffat counties. Watch an interview with event founder Debbie Curd at Tickets are $30 and are available at All That Jazz and Epilogue Book Co. Call Debbie at 846-4554 for more information. 2165 Pine Grove Road.

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Athlete of the Week: Joe Dover

Joe Dover, a Steamboat Springs High School senior, is the Pilot & Today's Athlete of the Week.

Tigers football hopes to close season with win

Hayden football will travel for a 7 p.m. game today in Kremmling that, at least as far as the playoff brackets are concerned, does not matter. Neither Hayden nor West Grand has any hopes of making the postseason, and when the final buzzer sounds and the game ends, so will the 2009 football season for both programs.

State cross-country meet postponed

Sailors cross-country coach Andy Reust reported Thursday that the state meet, scheduled for Saturday at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, has been postponed.

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Sailors hope to stay undefeated

As storied a coaching career as Bob Marken has had, the Buena Vista High School football coach knows what his team faces. Class 2A Buena Vista isn't just playing up a classification against Steamboat Springs at 7 p.m. today at Gardner Field. The Demons might be playing the best team in Class 3A.

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Hayden, Soroco volleyball hope to find peak

The Hayden High School volleyball team and its cross-county counterpart, Soroco, enter today's district tournament knowing why they are among the bottom seeds. Soroco is the sixth seed, and Hayden is No. 8 among the eight district teams.

Federal government aids landowners

With the new Farm Bill (which was approved in 2008) finally rolling out some new programs and policies (it's the federal government, we're slow) it's a good idea for every landowner or land manager to get in touch and find out what services are available to help them.

Steamboat Briefs: More voters return completed ballots

Routt County election officials received and certified 213 completed ballots Wednesday, bringing the total number of Routt County residents who have voted in this year's election to 2,322.

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The Nude Blues Band promises raw emotion in 1st Steamboat show

There's no nudity involved in Little Laura and The Nude Blues Band's live show. There is a stripped-down effect that comes from six musicians with decades of playing experience, letting all their guards down and playing raw, barebones blues music that bares its soul, said "Little" Laura Lamun, the band's lead singer.

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Choose your own Steamboat Halloween adventure

Routt County Halloween offers something for everyone

Flash forward 24 hours. It's Halloween. You're a family person or a candy addict or a Steamboat Springs resident or a young local looking to show off a costume. No matter what your situation, there's probably an event to fit your needs Saturday evening.

Evidence in assault sent to CBI

Forensic analysis could be key to sexual assault, police say

The forensics evidence in the sexual assault that was reported Oct. 21 in downtown Steamboat Springs might be the deciding factor in solving the case, police said Thursday.

Aspen early bookings rebound

Ski company still expects tough time matching last year's numbers

Aspen and Snowmass are "closing the gap" in advance reservations for this season compared to last season, Aspen Skiing Co. Senior Vice President David Perry said Wednesday.

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City Council candidates discuss local economy

Government hopefuls offer a variety of ideas to help stimulate area businesses

As local businesses struggle through shoulder season and downtown construction, Steamboat Springs City Council candidates are offering an array of ideas to boost the city's economy. Candidates mentioned more marketing dollars, improving local quality of life through affordable housing and open space programs, reviving the demolished Ski Time Square and talking with local business owners about their needs.

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Family, friends mourn Ryan Stewart Allen

Steamboat Springs teenager died Monday of unknown causes

Ryan Stewart Allen had a way of making people laugh. For teachers and classmates, it might be a speech assignment turned stand-up routine. For his girlfriend, he would break out into spontaneous dance. And his mother never learned that he might be hiding behind a door, waiting to jump out and startle her.

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Bugg remembered as handyman

Man killed in crash recently started business in Hayden

All his life, Martin Bugg had been interested in fixing things, his family recalled Thursday, and he had lined up a way to create a business out of it in his hometown of Hayden. Bugg, 42, was killed Wednesday night in a one-car rollover.

Hayden police budget remains trim

Town Council could evaluate increase for summer

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch requested Thursday night that his fifth full-time officer be reinstated in 2010. Birch gave his presentation during the second of two budget workshops the town has held with the Hayden Town Council to address the proposed $2.1 million 2010 general fund, which is its operational fund.

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Ex-transportation director accuses School Board of illegal action

Officials decline to offer reason for firing

Richard "Festus" Hagins lost his job Monday, in a school district decision he says was illegal and without warning. Hagins has alleged that the Hayden School Board acted improperly by discussing his employment and voting to terminate his contract during executive session in its Oct. 21 meeting.

The Record for Oct. 28

The Record for Oct. 28

Thursday, October 29

More voters return ballots

Routt County election officials received 213 ballots Wednesday, bringing the total number of Routt County residents who have voted to 2,322.

LIFT-UP coat drive starts

Take coats to Ski Town Cleaners before 6 p.m. today through Saturday. Coats will be given out the first week of November.

State cross-country meet postponed

Sailors will compete Nov. 7 in Fossil Ridge instead of this weekend

More than 18 inches of snow has fallen in Fort Collins, the site of the meet. Organizers delayed it because of safety concerns.

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden man killed in rollover Wednesday night

A Hayden man was killed Wednesday evening after a one-vehicle rollover at mile marker 7 on Routt County Road 53 near Hayden.

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Shoplifting cases increase in Steamboat

Police offer techniques to secure inventory at seminars today

Detective Jerry Stabile said the number of reported shoplifting cases is slowly rising in the city. Stabile leads a second shoplifting seminar at 3:30 p.m. today at Centennial Hall on 10th Street.

Police investigating sexual assault

Downtown Steamboat incident reported last week; few details

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers are investigating a sexual assault reported in downtown Steamboat Springs last week. "It was a sexual assault that occurred outside to a female that was walking home and it's under investigation," Capt. Joel Rae said Wednesday.

Broncos all-star game set

Event Saturday is fundraiser for high school booster club

Former Denver Broncos players will be in town Saturday for an all-star basketball game that serves as a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs High School Booster Club.

Drug case may go to district court

Men arrested after police reportedly found meth, cocaine

Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann is not confident that the court case of Jorge Orduno-Acuno will be resolved any time soon, she said during a status conference Wednesday, which likely will land the case in district court.

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Steamboat's Stacy Huffman named Young Professional of the Year

During the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's 102nd annual meeting and luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Ghost Ranch Saloon, Stacy Huffman will be presented the inaugural Young Professional of the Year award. The award is affiliated with the Young Professionals Network, which formed in late April and has more than 100 members. Huffman has been a member since the network's inception and recently was selected to serve as vice chairwoman of its board.

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Students help eradicate polio

Steamboat Springs schools take part in Rotary-sponsored event

High school students joined those at each Steamboat Springs School District school as well as North Routt Community Charter School and Lowell Whiteman Primary School students for "End Polio Now," an event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs. Rotary International is making a final push toward eradicating polio from the world.

Sailors cross-country team savors ride to state

In the ideal world, the Steamboat Springs cross-country team will be able to slug its way into the top 10 at the state meet. The Steamboat squad qualified third in its region, earning the weekend's trip to the Front Range. It's led by senior Gus Allen, who was fifth in the region, Jack Burger, who finished sixth, and Asher Rohde, who was 12th.

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Trees, street signs topple amid gusty conditions Wednesday

High winds blowing through the Yampa Valley toppled at least a half-dozen trees, including one 60-foot tree in Old Town, as a slow-moving storm sent gusts of wind over the mountains.

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Gondola haul rope replaced for 2nd time in 2 years

Steamboat Ski Area executive Doug Allen was hoping for an end to the winds that battered the base of Mount Werner on Wednesday so crews could get back to the chore of making the Steamboat gondola ready for opening day Nov. 25. For the second time in two years, contractors are hustling to install a new 60-ton gondola haul rope at the ski area.

The Record for Oct. 27, 2009

Tuesday, Oct. 27

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Sailors volleyball ready for regionals

Tournament begins Saturday at Montrose

As fair or unfair as the District 8 seeding might be, that's the farthest thing from Steamboat Springs volleyball players' minds. Steamboat has an opportunity to keep its season alive Saturday when the team joins Montrose, Mullen, Palisade, Montezuma-Cortez and Pueblo East in the district tournament at Montrose High School.

Carbondale forced into layoffs

25 percent drop in revenues causes town to cut positions

A 25 percent drop in revenues this year forced the town of Carbondale to lay off four full-time workers Monday, including a police officer position.

BOCES OKs use of stimulus funding to pay for overspending

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services board approved two measures Wednesday night that will assist with its financial quandary. Board members unanimously approved BOCES' use of $273,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for special education, pending state approval. And it unanimously approved nearly $240,000 in immediate cost-saving measures.

Soroco High School uses grant to prepare students for college, beyond

When high school seniors sit down with their parents to fill out college application forms, it can be a daunting process, Soroco High School Principal Dennis Alt said.

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Halloween events start in Steamboat today

Family-friendly holiday happenings continue through Saturday

After almost 30 years of tradition, the Downtown Halloween Stroll invites children of all ages to trick-or-treat at Lincoln Avenue businesses from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.Most Lincoln Avenue businesses will hand out candy or other treats to a crowd that typically numbers in the thousands, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said.

Longtime residents among those Routt County voters missing ballots

Undeliverable Routt County ballots don't just belong to transient and inactive voters. Some of the area's active, longtime residents - including one candidate for the Steamboat Springs City Council - also have experienced trouble getting their hands on a ballot with their name on it.

Wednesday, October 28

Hayden's Poplar Street opens a week early

Project widened road to 3 lanes, improved drainage

Poplar Street, closed since September for construction to widen it from two to three lanes and improve storm sewer drainage, was reopened Friday - a week ahead of schedule.

24 Hours of Sunlight canceled

Glenwood resort severs ties with endurance event organizer

Sunlight Mountain Resort is going it alone to organize a replacement 12-hour endurance ski race this winter, after breaking ties with the organizer of the popular 24 Hours of Sunlight in a dispute about nonpayment of a use fee for last February's event.

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Bust of Steamboat to kick off its 8th year

Art auction and event helps fund exams, breast cancer services

Presented by the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, the eighth annual Bust of Steamboat auction is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Three Peaks Grill. Tickets are $30 and are available in advance at All That Jazz and Epilogue Book Co.

Bob Pensack: 2 boys wept

Editor's note: Steamboat Springs resident Dr. Robert Pensack, MD, is the co-author of the 1994 book "Raising Lazarus," which chronicled Pensack's struggle for survival against desperate illness. Pensack wrote the following poem about health care reform.

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New Warren Miller film coming

'Dynasty' celebrates 60 years

Warren Miller's "Dynasty" shows in Steamboat at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Tickets are $17 and are available at Ski Haus. The film has segments from Colorado, California, British Columbia, Washington, Norway and China.

Steamboat Springs athletic director resigns

SSHS plans to fill role in interim, advertise in spring

Steamboat Springs High School Athletic Director Ken Webbe has resigned from his post, less than seven months after accepting the position. The Steamboat Springs School Board accepted his resignation Monday, effective immediately. Webbe accepted the position April 1, after previous Athletic Director Richard Lee left to spend more time with family.

Steamboat Springs quarterback to get San Antonio invite

Austin Hinder would rather deflect the attention from himself. But the quarterback many have touted as the top in the state and among the country's elite will be recognized again at 3 p.m. today at the Kelly Meek Gymnasium in Steamboat Springs High School. There, representatives from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will present Hinder a jersey and an invitation to play in the Jan. 9 game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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Steamboat soccer slips, 1-0, in snowy game

Sailors lose in first round of playoffs, end season

The one thing that's plagued the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team for most of the year again reared its ugly head: finding the back of the net. Steamboat fell to D'Evelyn, 1-0. The loss ended the Sailors season.

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Tigers volleyball plays its way to district tourney

Senior Rachael Koehler hopes the members of the Hayden High School volleyball team pick up a new nickname this week when they travel to Meeker for the district volleyball tournament. "We want to be the comeback kids," Koehler said. "We've been working really hard, and we feel like we can upset some teams at the district tournament." The Tigers took the first steps to earning that nickname Tuesday night by beating Plateau Valley in three games.

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Joanne Palmer: The answer lady

When will I find a job? When will the recession be over? When will my house sell? Bee Herz has the answers. Herz is a psychic medium. Faced with conflicting and confusing news reports about the economy, the recession and the housing market, some people are getting their information from alternative sources.

Our view: A call to action for voters

Routt County voters have less than a week to cast their ballots and turn around what have thus far been decidedly disappointing voter turnout numbers. We urge each registered voter to help determine the future of his or her community by learning about the candidates and turning in a completed mail-in ballot.

BOCES to present new budget to its board

Stimulus funding, cuts may mean districts don't have to pay all increased assessments

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will present its board a revised 2009-10 budget and reduced assessments tonight in Steamboat Springs.

REPS drug drop-off nets trash can full of pills

Government guidelines offer advice for personal Rx disposal

The Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide group staged a drug drop-off at Yampa Valley Medical Center's fall health fair Saturday. Suicide Prevention Coordinator Ronna Autrey said the group collected about a kitchen trash can's worth of prescription medications and samples during the event.

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BAP named Business of the Year

Steamboat Springs-based outdoor gear and clothing retailer BAP, which also includes Big Agnes and Honey Stinger brands, will receive a Navigator Award for Business of the Year on Friday at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's 102nd annual meeting and luncheon.

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617 acres north of Hayden conserved

Project to cost $250,000 from county's Purchase of Development Rights program

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved spending $250,000 to help conserve more than 600 acres in West Routt County's Elkhead Valley.

Steamboat briefs: Jane Norton cancels visit to Steamboat on Tuesday

Jane Norton, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, up for election in 2010, canceled her visit to Northwest Colorado because of weather concerns.

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Ben & Jerry's closes

Manager: Bad location, bad economy

The local Ben & Jerry's ice cream store has closed its doors in Wildhorse Marketplace. Manager Elizabeth Robinson said the store's last day in business was Sunday. Kerry Shea, property manager for Wildhorse Marketplace, said the closure is pending completion of lease negotiations, which are under way.

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Porter named Business Leader of the Year

Chuck Porter is the 2009 recipient of the Navigator Award for Business Leader of the Year. The honor, awarded by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today, will be presented Friday.

The Record for Oct. 26

The Record for Oct. 26

Tuesday, October 27

School Board discusses potential administrator raises

Steamboat Springs School District officials to look at budget numbers and determine whether to approve raises for principals and directors.

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Rombergs, Fulton honored at awards event

Tread of Pioneers gives 2009 awards

Longtime Steamboat Springs residents Bud and Jane Romberg and the late Chuck Fulton, of Hayden, were honored Monday night with annual awards given to those who enrich the quality of life in the Yampa Valley.

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Snowmaking begins on Steamboat Ski Area

It's dumping snow at Steamboat Ski Area, with piles 4, 5 and even 6 feet deep. Snowmaking on the slopes began in earnest Sunday night and Monday morning, with crews now on standby 24 hours a day to make as much snow as possible in the 28 days leading up to the ski area's opening.

Steamboat briefs: Jane Norton to visit area today at Smokehouse

Jane Norton, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, up for election in 2010, visits Steamboat Springs from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave. The visit is part of a two-day swing across Northwest Colorado.

The Record for Oct. 25

The Record for Oct. 25

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Candidates concerned mail-only ballots are affecting turnout

Steamboat Springs City Council candidates said Monday that they are frequently hearing questions about Routt County's first mail-only election, and some expressed concern that the new ballot process could affect voter turnout.

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City expects overdue water study this week

Report to identify and prioritize improvements to system

City officials expect to see this week the first draft of a study identifying needed improvements to water and wastewater systems, their cost and future rates necessary to pay for them.

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Steamboat soccer ready for playoffs

Sailors host opener at 3:30 p.m. today against D'Evelyn

The D'Evelyn Jaguars hope to keep their high school soccer season rolling today. But to do so, they'll have to defeat a Steamboat Springs High School Sailors squad ready for a home playoff game. The Sailors are looking to put an end to D'Evelyn's late-season roll. The teams square off at 3:30 p.m. today at Steamboat's Gardner Field.

Jimmy Westlake: Spooky star continues to be famous

Hollywood has created some scary monsters for us, but it has nothing on ancient Greece. Some of the monsters passed down to us through Greek mythology are as terrifying as anything ever conjured up by the human imagination.

City to revisit vacation home rentals

The Steamboat Springs City Council reluctantly has re-opened an issue that has fueled clashes between homeowners and property managers for years.

Monday, October 26

Aging Well: Getting the most from nutrition labels

Fill your grocery basket with fresh fruits and vegetables and you know you're buying nutritious products. But choosing healthy processed foods, such as cereal, bread and yogurt, isn't so easy. Nutrition labels required on most foods are an important tool for determining the right choices.

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Luke Graham: Playoff forecast

A look ahead to the postseason

With regular seasons coming to a close this fall, here's a look at Steamboat Springs High School's postseason chances in football, soccer, volleyball and cross-country, along with a glimpse of playoff possibilities for the Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams.

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Sailors boys soccer thrilled to be home

Steamboat team earns 1st home playoff game since 2001

Steamboat Springs High School soccer coach Rob Bohlmann quickly cited all the obvious reasons his team was thrilled to have officially locked down a home game for the first round of the Class 4A state soccer tournament, a contest against D'Evelyn set for Tuesday.

Steamboat Brief: School Board will hear BOCES update tonight

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham will update the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight about financial issues with the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Services, or BOCES.

The Record for Oct. 24, 2009

Saturday, Oct. 24

Monday Medical: Bladder leakage can be treated

Bladder leakage, also called urinary incontinence, is a health issue that some people are too embarrassed to discuss. Yet by staying silent, many people simply live with the condition, unaware that there are treatment options.

Deb Babcock: When to prune shrubs

Ordinarily, a shrub shouldn't need pruning if you've selected the right-size plant for a particular site. But sometimes it's necessary to prune for the health of the plant, to control its size, promote new growth with better flowers, or correct damage caused by weather, disease, animals and other harmful agents.

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Steamboat program deals with issues girls may face starting at an early age

Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-grader Anna Burkholder said that each Tuesday and Thursday, before they run, the girls learn life lessons. More than 30 Soda Creek third- through fifth-grade girls have been meeting as part of Girls on the Run, a program offered for the first time in the Steamboat Springs School District.

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Auction raises money for local scholarships

Whiteman Primary expects need for financial aid to increase next year

Nancy Spillane, director of Lowell Whiteman Primary School, said if early returns are any indication, the school's scholarship auction Sunday evening at the Ghost Ranch Saloon went a long way toward providing financial aid to its students next school year.

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Retired physicist visits Hayden Middle School, puts on experiments

After Neylan Wheat's hair stood straight up as static electricity passed through her body, the Hayden Middle School eighth-grader used one word to describe the experience. "Awesome," she said.

Sunday, October 25

Looking back: Pension fund decreased

75 years ago - From the Friday, Oct. 26, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot

Class Notes: SSHS senior Lorin Paley named teen of the month

Steamboat Springs High School senior Lorin Paley was named the Optimist Club's Teen of the Month for October.

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Whiteman students on kayaking trip assist stranded woman

The last thing several Lowell Whiteman School students expected to see as they kayaked the Gates of Lodore on the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument was an upturned raft. The Whiteman group was on a kayaking trip as part of the school's Desert Week from Oct. 5 to 9. Desert Week provides outdoor education trips for the students.

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'Screamboat' volunteers work hard to haunt their house

When a group walks into Ariel Marchand's vampire room in the "Screamboat Chamber of Horror," her job is to put them ill at ease. Setting the stage is a big part of the 11th annual "Screamboat," said Jimmy Westlake, event organizer and CMC astronomy and physics professor.

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700 proceeds during signature petition drive

Development's project manager says signature drive was not a surprise

Don't expect to see any major campaign efforts promoting Steamboat 700 while a group of citizens tries to collect enough signatures to challenge the Steamboat Springs City Council's annexation of the development. "We've always known a petition was an option of the electorate, and we respect that," Danny Mulcahy said.

Joel Reichenberger: It's all in the surprise

The best football game I ever attended was the 2003 Big 12 Championship. I had written a cocky column before the game professing confidence in the Cats, but realistically, neither I nor anyone else thought they had a snowball's chance in this October.

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Steamboat boys cross-country qualifies for state

The Steamboat Springs High School boys cross-country team finished third at the regional meet Saturday in Aspen, punching its ticket for the state meet next weekend.

School lunches for the week of Oct. 26 to 30

School lunches for the week of Oct. 26 to 30

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Chamber releases summer tourism analysis for Steamboat, plans lean budget for year ahead

The Wine Festival at Steamboat, combined with the Triple Crown World Series, was once again the top weekend draw for visitors to Steamboat Springs this summer. The weekend of Aug. 1 garnered the highest percentage of full lodging units this summer, at 79 percent.

The Record for Oct. 23

2:20 a.m. West Routt Fire Protection District emergency responders were called to a fire smoke report near Routt County Road 65.

Business File: Storm Mountain coffee hits college campuses

Routt County-based Storm Mountain Roasters has hit a couple of college campuses. Julie Spitzley's roasts won a taste contest at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Her products appeared in four of the school's coffee shops two weeks ago for free.

On the Market: Moving Mountains Chalets expanding

Steamboat Springs lodging company Moving Mountains Chalets is experiencing significant growth in advance of the coming winter season, spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said last week in a news release.

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Rodeo grounds offers full-body workout

To many, the concrete grandstands at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill in are the perfect place to workout. The steps make for a perfect obstacle. The track around the rodeo arena is generally smooth and an easy jog, and the trails of Howelsen Hill are only yards away for a quick trail lap or short bike ride.

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Hayden volleyball's late heroics down Soroco in 3

The Hayden girls volleyball team knocked off Soroco in three games Saturday evening. Still, no one watching would have called the performance dominating. The Tigers put together perfectly timed runs in each of the three games, and the 25-23, 27-25 and 25-18 win secured Hayden a season sweep against its cross-county rival.

The Jail Report for Oct. 17 to 23

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.

Steamboat briefs: Rescuers help pair of hunters in North Routt

Routt County Search and Rescue responded to a call for help Saturday morning from two hunters who had lost their way in North Routt County. They were found near Diamond Peak, between Slater Park and Steamboat Lake.

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Steamboat soccer inconsistent in '08, No. 1 in '09

Andrew White was on tilt. The Steamboat Springs High School senior soccer player may have been the worst poker player in town Thursday after Steamboat beat Moffat County, 3-0. That feeling only got better when Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley played to a scoreless draw, giving Steamboat its first league title since 2001.

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Brothers hope to collect 1,000 pounds of food for LIFT-UP

With gratitude for their steady jobs today as foremen at the Sidney Peak Ranch Equestrian Center, Ron and Victor Medina are leading an effort that has two large water troughs overflowing with rice, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, pasta and other groceries to be donated to the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank.

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Felix & Fido closing today

Owner of downtown boutique pet store says economy led to slow sales

Less than a month after fine dining restaurant Antares served its last meal, another downtown Steamboat Springs business is shutting its doors. Kelda Combs Wall, owner of Felix & Fido, at 635 Lincoln Ave., said today is the last day of business for the boutique pet store.

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Retired drama teacher Rusty de Lucia heads for Peace Corps

Rusty de Lucia, actor, director, teacher and grammarian, got a final acceptance to spend the next two years assisting young teachers in the landlocked South African nation Lesotho at the end of the summer, and she leaves Steamboat Springs on Nov. 1 for training.

Best of the Web: More cycling trails; Steamboat 700

Best of the Web: More cycling trails; Steamboat 700

Our View: Right move is to sign lease with New West Inns

The Iron Horse Inn continues to be an albatross around the city's neck at a time Steamboat Springs and its residents can least afford it. The city should sign a three-year lease with New West Inns and allow the property to be managed by a company with experience doing so.

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Cyclists breeze past construction delays

People need several factors to motivate them to commute by bicycle, Erin Brosterhous said, and she said she found hers from an unexpected source: downtown construction.

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Dry Creek Village bids rejected

Officials say Hadyen land auction offers are no reflection on Steamboat's affordability

Steamboat Springs city planners and a regional housing official said last week that rock-bottom bids at a Hayden land auction are not a reflection of Steamboat's real estate market or need for affordable housing.

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Soroco football remains happy with 8-man decision

The story was in the tears. The Soroco High School football team lost for the first and last time Friday night, the dreams of an undefeated regular season ground into the cold dirt by an aggressive and physical group of kids from Norwood.

John F. Russell: Wild rides with new focus on World Cup

Snowboarder Vic Wild has been waiting for this winter, but for the Olympic hopeful it's about a lot more than gold, silver or bronze. It's about getting back on snow and racing.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 15 to 21, 2009

Total sales -i$1,578,500

Halloween events in Steamboat

Halloween events

Saturday, October 24

Steamboat boys cross-country makes state

Team's success at today's Aspen meet qualified it to run next weekend in Fort Collins

Sailors boys team, led by Gus Allen's fifth-place finish, ran well enough today to qualify for next weekend's state meet in Fort Collins.

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Craig couple's firsthand description of life overcoming meth addiction

Meth. One word that means so much: pain, anesthesia, stimulation, devastation, perceived freedom, true imprisonment, madness, power, loneliness, pride, shame and death.

Local grocery workers could strike

City Market executive warns of lockout in event of Safeway strike

A union official said Friday that a potential strike of Safeway workers, and a related possible lockout of City Market employees, would affect the companies' stores in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

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Open house celebrating new equipment at YVMC

Digital mammograms offered

For the past four years, Mary Jo Wiedel has been lobbying for adding digital mammography to Yampa Valley Medical Center's diagnostic imaging department. Two weeks ago, that machine arrived at YVMC. On Thursday, the YVMC Auxiliary will host an open house celebrating the equipment.

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Students dress up not far from home

Christian Heritage School's festival costume day focuses on Yampa Valley history

The Christian Heritage School was full of tiny ranchers, hunters, skiers and even one furry horse Friday as the school and the younger children celebrated their love of the Yampa Valley and its history.

Hayden's 2010 budget light on capital

Town focuses on maintenance, operations

The proposed 2010 town of Hayden budget will provide "maintenance and operations," Town Manager Russ Martin told council members Thursday night. Thursday was the first of two Town Council budget workshops.

Steamboat briefs: Study shows roundabout not feasible at C.R. 129

The city of Steamboat Springs released a report Thursday stating that a roundabout at the intersection of Routt County Road 129, known as Elk River Road, and U.S. Highway 40 is not feasible.

The Record for Oct. 22

The Record for Oct. 22

Steamboat Springs volleyball wraps up 2nd in league

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team secured second place in the Western Slope League on Friday in Delta, winning 3-1. Steamboat, at 15-4 overall, won 25-13, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-15.

Summit County ski areas make small changes

Most improvements to ski areas in Summit County this season will be behind the scenes - but easier access and more affordable food are among several modest changes guests may notice in 2009-10.

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Steamboat Springs football takes rivalry game against Moffat

The difference between the 2008 and 2009 versions of the Steamboat Springs High School football team was on full display Friday against rival Moffat County.

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Cowboys take down Tigers, 36-7

Mitchell Jacob and fellow back Tyrel Gerloff used their size and speed to help the Cowboys improve the team's record to 7-1 this season with a 36-7 win against the Tigers.

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Rams fall short of undefeated season

Soroco football coach David Bruner didn't say it to be critical of his team's fourth-quarter effort, and he wasn't set on accusing Norwood of running up the score in Friday night's 41-20 home defeat.

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Hayden volleyball loses to Meeker in 5

After two games Friday night, things didn't look good for the hometown Hayden Tigers. But it takes three games to win a volleyball match, and the Tigers were not going to give up at home. Meeker jumped out to the lead by winning the first game 25-22 and then dominating the second, 25-7.

Sailors cross-country team hopes to qualify at Aspen meet today

Anxious and confident is the way Steamboat Springs High School cross-country coach Andy Reust described his team on the eve of the season's most important meet. His squad will race today in the regional cross-country meet in Aspen, butting heads with 10 schools in an attempt to earn a spot at next week's state cross-country meet.

Friday, October 23

Lanes on Lincoln opening up this weekend

Weekend construction update.

Free H1N1 vaccine offered to high-risk groups

VNA holding clinics for health care workers, pregnant women and young children.

DA gives out information on former detective

Arrest could affect more than 100 cases

For the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, the time put toward digging through old case files since former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson's arrest has been incalculable, officials said.

Steamboat volleyball spikers fall in 4

>The good news is the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team still controls its own destiny. So even with a 25-20, 25-16, 23-25 and 25-22 loss at Palisade on Thursday, Steamboat still has the opportunity to finish in second place in the Western Slope League with a win today at Delta.

Contributions from outside Routt enter council races

Bennett, Solomon receive highest percentage of local dollars

Finance reports show $4,655 in contributions from outside of Routt County to candidates for City Council - about a fifth of the total.

Steamboat briefs: Booster Club's paver campaign is complete

The Steamboat Springs High School Booster Club's 2009 Sailor Paver campaign is complete. More than 200 pavers were purchased in the campaign, which raised more than $12,000 for Steamboat middle school and high school athletes and scholars.

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Locals compete in film festival

Event today and Saturday also features professional ski movies

Adventure sports films from four local producers and three professional companies are on the schedule today and Saturday at the seventh annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival.

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Sailors, Bulldogs football teams meet in rivalry game

Rivalry aside, Moffat County coach Kip Hafey understands the unusual situation his football team is in. On the heels of playing top-ranked Steamboat Springs at 7 p.m. today at Gardner Field, Hafey knows the Bulldogs might need to win to make the Class 3A playoffs.

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Efforts in motion to promote Steamboat as cycling destination

A coordinated local effort is afoot to make Steamboat Springs a major cycling destination and promote a form of tourism that many locals might be more enthusiastic about, as well. Data and anecdotes from other mountain towns suggest the economic impact of such efforts could be substantial.

Tips for safely burning brush, slash

The leaves are falling, and the days are getting cool. After a summer of cutting beetle trees, many landowners are getting anxious about getting their brush piles burned. This article covers some basic information that will help you burn your brush or slash safely.

Clerk: Only 5 percent of voters have completed, returned ballots

Less than 700 completed ballots received; 1,022 undeliverable

Kay Weinland urges voters to complete their ballots and send them in to avoid a last-minute rush. A little more than 1,000 ballots were returned to elections officials as "undeliverable" by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Lowell Whiteman school to celebrate new boys dorm

Project is slated for completion in May

The new boys dormitory at Lowell Whiteman School won't be complete until May, but that didn't stop school officials from planning an event to celebrate it. The ceremony, which isfrom 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. today, is a belated groundbreaking, said Walt Daub, director of the school.

Oak Creek OKs annexation process

The Oak Creek Town Board agreed to start the annexation process on a nearly 2-acre parcel as it approved a conceptual review for the Allegheny Gypsum project Thursday night.

Rams ready for the big game

Soroco, Norwood to face off today

The implications for the Soroco football team have been established. Because the Rams are ineligible to participate in the postseason, when they take the field at 7 p.m. today to face Norwood, they'll be fighting to win a one-game faux playoff with everything on the line.

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Mayhem String Band plays Saturday in Steamboat

Country-style bluegrass group Mayhem String Band includes three Mississippi natives, one player from Detroit and one from Boulder. The band plays at 10 p.m. Saturday at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for Oct. 23-29

What to do this week for Oct. 23-29

Hayden election has multiple contested races for 1st time in years

There's an interesting wrinkle to this year's Hayden School Board race: Four candidates are vying for two seats. The candidates, all longtime Hayden residents, can't remember when there was this much interest in the School Board.

The Record for Oct. 21

The Record for Oct. 21

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SSHS soccer wins 1st league title since 2001

The Steamboat Springs-Moffat County soccer game ended at 7 p.m., but the real drama took place one county over and two hours later. The Steamboat boys soccer team had done its part for the Western Slope League championship, a quick 3-0 win against Moffat County on Thursday at Gardner Field.

Thursday, October 22

Winning Powerball ticket sold in Steamboat

The ticket, which matched 5 of the 6 numbers in Wednesday's drawing, was sold at Safeway. The winner is yet to come forward to claim his or her prize.

YVMC puts new restrictions on hospital visitors

Rules aimed at preventing spread of flu and other viruses

Changes restrict children and unwell people from visiting hospital. Visitors must check in, and some will be required to wear masks.

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Red Hawk homes in Stagecoach evacuated after gas leak

All 28 homes in the Red Hawk Village subdivision in Stagecoach were evacuated Wednesday after someone reportedly backed over a buried propane tank, sending hundreds of gallons of the gas spilling out at about 1:30 p.m. By about 3:30 p.m., residents were told they could re-enter their homes for the night.

Steamboat Briefs: Open house to recognize after-school programs

The city of Steamboat Springs' Afterschool Action program will celebrate "Lights on Afterschool," a nationwide initiative to recognize the need for quality after-school programs, during an open house today.

The Record for Oct. 20

The Record for Oct. 20

Free health screenings Saturday in Steamboat

YVMC health fair offers variety of tests, information

More than 150 volunteers will be on hand to direct an anticipated crowd of more than 1,000 people Saturday during Yampa Valley Medical Center's "Fall into Health" community health fair.

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'Kimberly Akimbo' to open Friday in Steamboat

Community production offers comedy, challenging themes

Lately, Eileen Jones has been talking to her dog in a New Jersey accent. In the two months or so since she was cast as Debra, a constant con and aunt to the main character in the darkly comic play "Kimberly Akimbo," Jones estimates her time spent rehearsing, gathering props and memorizing lines for the community theater production at about 400 hours.

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Athlete of the Week: Gus Allen

Gus Allen is this week's Steamboat Pilot & Today Athlete of the Week

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Iron Horse Inn faces new quandary

City's lease to hotel operator could force out tenants

As the city nears final approval of a lease agreement for the Iron Horse Inn, some say the former hotel is fulfilling its intended purpose of providing long-term affordable rentals and should not be operated as a nightly rental facility that would compete with local lodges. On Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs City Council preliminarily approved a three-year lease with Boulder-based New West Inns, owners of the Comfort Inn in Steamboat, to manage the Iron Horse Inn.

Oak Creek considers rate increases

Town Board will discuss possible sewer, water, trash fee hikes

The Oak Creek Town Board tonight could increase the rates of sewer, water and trash service to keep pace with rising costs, despite the trustees' reservations about raising rates.

Hayden School Board hears BOCES report

No resolution about how to address increased assessments

There still aren't answers about how the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services got into its current financial situation or how it's going to extricate itself from that, Hayden School Board members were told Wednesday night.

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Sailors soccer, volleyball ready for showdowns

Steamboat Springs teams set for key games today

A day before their biggest game of the season, nerves didn't seem to be a factor for the Steamboat Springs Sailors boys soccer team. The team planned to not even use a soccer ball for its Wednesday practice, and instead play a little American football, coach Rob Bohlmann said.

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Council wants demolished site put to use before redevelopment

A development plan for the former site of Ski Time Square was tabled until January on Tuesday, largely because the Steamboat Springs City Council wants to see a plan for igniting the demolished commercial area between now and redevelopment.

Unemployment rate steady in Routt County

Rate at 6 percent in September, mirroring August

Six percent of Routt County's 14,614-member work force was unemployed in September, according to figures released Wednesday. That amounts to 876 people.

Wednesday, October 21

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Rally America drops Steamboat

National series eliminates nine-year-old Rally Colorado

The annual rally car race that has played out on the dirt roads between Steamboat Springs and Hayden for the past nine years - attracting some of the world's most talented rally drivers for some of that period - will no longer be a stop on Rally America's national circuit.

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Fire at Craig Motel

Firefighters battled blaze on Yampa Avenue

Craig Fire/Rescue responded at 11 a.m. to a structure fire at the Craig Motel, 894 Yampa Ave., and immediately saw spurting flames, Fire Chief Bill Johnston said. There were no reported injuries during the incident, which department officials determined was caused by a faulty wall-mounted heater.

Lincoln Avenue construction updates

Closures and information about the downtown construction. A meeting about the project is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall.

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Police 'fooled' during internal probe

City Council questions Police Department investigation into former detective

Craig City Councilor Ray Beck told Police Chief Walt Vanatta he was "concerned and disappointed" in the way the Craig Police Department handled its investigation of former Detective Ken Johnson.

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West-side businesses to lose tax benefit

Ski Time Square tabled; dispensary ordinance proceeds

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve a resolution allowing the city's industrial enterprise zone program to expire as scheduled at the end of this year. The program has given as many as 244 west Steamboat businesses exemptions on city sales and use taxes.

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State education commissioner talks about stimulus program

Colorado Department of Education Commissioner Dwight D. Jones gave a presentation in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday about the state's application to receive some of the $4.3 billion in "Race to the Top" federal stimulus funding.

County reacts to swine flu spread

Policy lets staff take sick days on credit

In an effort to curb the spread of swine flu, Routt County employees can now take sick days above their allotted amount on credit.

Ex-Broncos to play ball in Steamboat

Former players to take on locals in Oct. 31 basketball exhibition game

A group of former Denver Broncos players will return to Steamboat Springs on Oct. 31 to take part in an all-star basketball exhibition game that serves as a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs High School Booster Club.

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Steamboat soccer win leaves door open for a league title

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team topped Eagle Valley, 2-0, on Tuesday night, setting the stage for two Thursday showdowns that will determine the Western Slope League title.

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No reported ID thefts from district laptop

There have been no reported illegal uses of the 1,351 Social Security numbers that were on a laptop stolen from the Steamboat Springs School District offices in February, police and district officials reported.

Steamboat auction to aid Whiteman Primary scholarship fund

This year's Lowell Whiteman Primary School scholarship auction is especially important given the economic recession and resulting financial strains placed on area families, said Nancy Spillane, head of the school.

The Record for Oct. 19

The Record for Oct. 19

Summit County Rescue Group saves hunter

Summit County Rescue Group faced an all-night evacuation after a hunter from Wisconsin slipped, fell and injured himself Saturday afternoon. He was located on the west side of Elliot Ridge in the Eagles Nest Wilderness between State Bridge and Heeney.

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

A presentation about the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Services financials highlights tonight's Hayden School Board meeting.

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Joanne Palmer: Sales draw all kinds

The balance in my checkbook has barely recovered from the SmartWool sale and SSWSC Ski & Sport Swap when, much to my delight, I spied with my little eye one more - the Mountain Hardware Wholesale Inventory sale this Saturday.

Cocaine question lingers weeks after fatal wreck in Yampa

The Hotchkiss man who died when he crossed the centerline while driving on Colorado Highway 131 was found with cocaine in his urine, but not in his blood, a Colorado State Trooper report reveals.

Our View: If petition succeeds, let the people vote

A group of citizens took the first steps Tuesday toward enacting their constitutionally protected right to petition government. Kudos to them for taking an active role in our democracy. We now hope the next Steamboat Springs City Council will allow the referendum process to run its due course and not circumvent it by repealing last week's ordinance annexing the controversial Steamboat 700 project.

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Guitarist Michael Charles brings practiced act to Steamboat

Blues musician Michael Charles broke into the U.S. blues scene with an invitation to play at Guy's Chicago nightclub about 20 years ago. Already established in Australia, Charles wanted a chance to make a dent in the States. Now he's getting it. He plays Old Town Pub tonight.

County clerk: Mail-in vote going smoothly

Kay Weinland said the all-mail election is going much smoother than previous elections, with only a few questions from voters who have not received their ballots.

Aspen employee benefits fall

Reduced compensation takes toll on individuals' bottom line

City of Aspen employees will individually lose thousands of dollars in compensation between 2008 and 2010, as a result of higher costs and the economic downturn that is hitting the local tourism economy harder than predicted.

Tuesday, October 20

Slopeside Grill sold

Bill Banks confirmed as buyer; sale slated to close Nov. 3

Steamboat homeowner Bill Banks bought the restaurant, which had been owned by Chris Corna's family since his death in May. Jim Cook said the sale is scheduled to close Nov. 3.

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Committee collecting signatures to put Steamboat 700 to vote

First step taken toward city vote on Steamboat 700 annexation

It looks as if the Steamboat Springs City Council - regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 3 election - will put Steamboat 700 to a citywide vote rather than repeal the annexation if petitioners gather enough signatures to trigger the city's referendum process.

Broncos alumni set to return to Steamboat

Athletes will play exhibition basketball game Oct. 31

Football players to take on students, locals in Oct. 31 basketball game.

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Hayden 4th- and 5th-graders spend morning in Steamboat at Yampatika

Hayden Valley Elementary School fourth-grader Gabrielle Lewis spent part of her Monday morning writing a story while sitting in a tree. She was part of a group of fourth- and fifth-grade classes that took a field trip to Yampatika's Environmental Learning Center.

Steamboat Briefs: South Routt School District plans parenting classes

South Routt School District is hosting a parenting class titled "How to Motivate Your Child without Tearing Out Your Hair." The three-workshop series runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 27 in the District Administration building behind Soroco High School.

Water workshop touts federal funding

Wednesday water meeting could benefit municipalities, HOAs

Variety of groups could benefit from a Wednesday workshop about federal funding, organizers said.

The Record for Oct. 18, 2009

Sunday, Oct. 18

Greyhound returns to Steamboat Springs

Bus will run daily from Salt Lake City to Denver on U.S. 40

After an absence of more than five years, Greyhound buses again will roll along U.S. Highway 40 between Salt Lake City and Denver. The daily service resumes today.

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Luke Graham: Soroco's state title game

This is Soroco's red-letter game. It's the one Rams players, coaches and fans circled, highlighted and looked at prior to the season. Come Friday at 7 p.m., the 7-0 Soroco football team will meet the 7-0 Norwood team at Soroco High School.

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Times change, work doesn't for Steamboat's J.D.W.

Dewey, Janet Williams celebrate four decades with HVAC, cooling business

Dewey Williams hasn't run out of work in 40 years. Williams and his wife, Janet Williams, are celebrating four decades in business with J.D.W., a Steamboat Springs company that does a little bit of everything - heating and ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning, sheet metal needs and more.

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Jimmy Westlake: Mars buzzes the Beehive

I received dozens of phone calls from excited folks last August after an e-mail made its way around the Internet announcing that Mars was about to make its closest pass by Earth in 50,000 years and would appear as big as the full moon in our sky.

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Focus turns to state pot laws

Department of Justice makes medical marijuana stance clear

Local medical marijuana users and dispensaries no longer need to worry about federal prosecutors. It's the state law that still preoccupies them. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that it will no longer be a priority to prosecute medical marijuana users who adhere to state law.

Monday, October 19

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Low bids, few buyers at land auction

Sales of Dry Creek Village sites slow at Sunday event in Hayden

A Sunday land auction in Hayden featured few buyers, low bids and decreasing prices that attendees and property sellers alike attributed to the recessionary value of real estate in Routt County. Forty-three lots at Dry Creek Village subdivision were up for grabs at the Hayden Community Center.

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Auction raises $21,000 for MCHS grad

Tests show Cory Pike is cancer free

An auction Saturday at the OP Bar & Grill raised money for the Pike family's unexpected expenses, such as gas and an apartment in Denver. Longtime friends of the Pikes put on the auction, and businesses, individuals and organizations around Craig and Steamboat Springs donated the more than 300 items.

Steamboat speaker provides career advice

Shari Harley encourages people to be honest, seek feedback

Shari Harley was impressed with her audience Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. About 25 people showed up at 9:30 a.m. on a beautiful day to listen to her speak for three hours.

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Steamboat's Yampa Valley Autism Program keeps growing

Masquerade Ball benefits support services for families affected by autism

When guests come through the door at Yampa Valley Autism Program's second annual Masquerade Ball, they'll have a chance to bid on masks created by some of the children the program serves.

Steamboat Briefs: CDOT issues update on US 40 roadwork downtown

The Colorado Department of Transportation said this week, Scott Contracting, Inc., will continue replacing old metal storm drains with new concrete pipe, moving west to east along U.S. Highway 40, from 11th Street to Fifth Street through downtown Steamboat Springs.

Deb Babcock: Lawn care for the fall

Quite often by the time the kids go begging for treats in downtown Steamboat Springs on Halloween, we've experienced some snowfall and certainly much cooler weather. So before winter kicks in and you lose the opportunity to give your lawn a head start on next spring's growth, take time to care for your lawn this fall.

Aging Well: Local programs help pay for mammograms, treatment costs

Most of us are guilty of putting off important health screenings or procedures. Often, that resistance has more to do with cost than laziness. It's important these women know there are local programs available to help them pay for breast cancer and other important screenings and even costs related to breast cancer treatment.

The Record for Oct. 17, 2009

Saturday, Oct. 17

South Routt Fire Protection District seeks volunteer responders

When the page for help goes out across the South Routt Fire Protection District, about 16 volunteers are ready to answer the call as firefighters, paramedics or both. Although the team is well prepared, Chief Chuck Wisecup said, he would like to have closer to 30 volunteers ready to respond across the district's 260 square miles.

Monday Medical: Get a powder day for your health

Health fair offers free screenings Saturday

Lynne Meyers is excited to wait in line Saturday. Just like a long gondola line on a powder day, the free health screenings at Yampa Valley Medical Center's annual Community Health Fair are worth the wait to Meyers, who has lived in Steamboat Springs for 23 years.

Sunday, October 18

John F. Russell: Olympic trials bring games to Steamboat

I know the three events scheduled for December in Steamboat Springs are not the Olympics, but they might be the closest most Steamboat residents get to the games without dipping into a 401(k) account.

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Longtime party store operator opens new Steamboat shop for Halloween

The Costume Party & Dance Shop - Sandy Pugh's fourth Steamboat Springs costume and party store - opened Monday on Lincoln Avenue between 11th and 12th streets and is set to stay in the location at least through November, Pugh said.

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Fine system helps jump police department revenue

With more time for officers to devote to traffic enforcement in the city and a new model traffic code in the county, the Police Department and Sheriff's Office report increased revenue from traffic tickets in the past year. That change is due to the adoption of the Colorado Model Traffic Code.

Steamboat soccer still in the game

Tuesday's match-up against Eagle Valley looms large for Sailors high school team

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team continued to do everything it could to remain in the Western Slope League title race, dispatching Rifle, 8-1, on Saturday.

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Sailors volleyball topples Huskies, falls to Devils

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team split a double-header Saturday, prevailing against Battle Mountain in four games before falling in three to Western Slope League champion Eagle Valley.

Business File: Chamber wins award for All Arts Festival

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry awarded the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association a Chamber of Commerce Special Achievement Award in Golden two weeks ago.

Aaron Wiltfong: Voting no

Hayden residents will be voting for an additional "special tax" on rental cars and lodging only: Referendum 2A and Referendum 2B.

Martha Drake Young: Biased reporting

With only one source of printed and electronic news in Steamboat Springs, the public is subjected to the effects of a monopoly. The blatant bias of our local papers has been clearly illustrated by the sub-headlines of the Oct. 15 edition of the Steamboat Today regarding the Kevin Bennett vs. Cari Hermacinski City Council race. A balanced presentation of the two candidates would have included an equal quantity of assets and deficits of each person. Instead, the information on Bennett bordered on being a personal attack. The quoted negative comments regarding Bennett were caustic and had no redeeming value to the voters. There were no equally demeaning comments quoted regarding Hermacinski. Balanced reporting would provide a more valuable service to the community than the current imbalanced presentation.

James A. Humphrey: Scary intersection

The intersection of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive is a very dangerous intersection for those driving north on Village Drive and coming to the intersection with Apres Ski Way. On the left, as you proceed north on Village Drive approaching Apres Ski Way, is a six-story building called Highmark on the southwest corner of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive.

Ken Collins: Do officials care?

Dick Cheney and Al Franken. Opposite ends of any spectrum, but now there's a relationship. Does Cheney, ex-CEO of Halliburton, still loom over Congress? A subsidiary of Halliburton has a government contract for some federal business. A female worker for that company was allegedly gang-raped by fellow employees and subsequently locked in a container by her employer. She went on to sue her employer.

Jail Report for Oct. 10 to 16

Jail Report for Oct. 10 to 16

School lunches for the week of Oct. 19 to 23

School lunches for the week of Oct. 19 to 23

Routt County Spotlight: Sarah Kostin

Sarah Kostin Age: 29 Occupation: Youth services librarian

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Event to raise funds for Samoans rebuilding after tsunami, quake

A local volunteer sports trainer is hosting a fundraiser Saturday to benefit the people of his native Samoan islands, who are rebuilding after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Sept. 29.

The Record for Oct. 16

The Record for Oct. 16

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Cyclocross combines disciplines, seasons

Cyclocross is a variation of the same kind of mountain biking so many dedicate summers to.

Soroco football hangs on for win

Friday's game sets up an undefeated showdown with Norwood this week

It wasn't necessarily how Soroco football coach David Bruner drew it up. But with Friday's 54-50 win against Silver State, Soroco now has a chance to experience something that hasn't happened since 1968. Soroco, now 7-0 overall, welcomes 7-0 Norwood at 7 p.m. Friday at Soroco High School.

Steamboat Briefs: Teens get fine amnesty for reading week

As part of Teen Read Week, Bud Werner Memorial Library will be hosting Amnesty Week for teens, ages 11 to 18, who can have their overdue fines waived just by visiting the library during Teen Read Week, which is today through Saturday.

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Steamboat tennis wraps up disappointing state tourney

A weekend that started with hopes for a top-three team finish at the state tournament in Pueblo bottomed out Saturday as the two remaining Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team entries lost in straight sets in the consolation finals.

Joel Reichenberger: Sailors need to find fire

The state tennis tournament can be a loud affair, with fans from potentially 32 schools screaming for competitors on 16 courts.

BOCES financials put school districts in a tough spot

State is reviewing issues, but education service provider's board has most of the control

BOCES operate much like school districts in that they appoint boards of directors, made up of a representative from each school district's board, said John Condie, performance support manager for the Colorado Department of Education.

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Fractionals, timeshares make sense in down economy

Many in recessionary market turn to smaller purchases to tune of $11.28M through August

In a recessionary economy where cash is said to be king, purchases of fractional and timeshare vacation homes are gaining traction. However, the two should not be confused with each other.

On the Market: Board of Realtors names new officers

Lori Thompson, of Colorado Group Realty, received the prestigious Realtor of the Year Award at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors annual Inaugural and Rewards Banquet on Oct. 9 at Catamount Ranch Golf Club.

Looking Back: Gravel surface of Rabbit Ears Pass completed

75 years ago - From the Friday, Oct. 19, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Downtown businesses deal with construction, recession, weather

Kenny Loose, of Pioneer Spirits, is one of many business owners and employees dealing with construction along Lincoln Avenue where the Colorado Department of Transportation and Scott Contracting are in the thick of a major resurfacing and improvement project that's moving in stages between 13th Street and Third Street.

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Sisters in Steamboat Weekend called a success

Weekend of workshops and outdoor activities continues today

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs' inaugural Sisters in Steamboat Weekend included activities such as a wine reception; workshops on fitness, nutrition, self-empowerment and photography; and outdoor activities such as a hike on Howelsen Hill and a walk through historic downtown Steamboat Springs.

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County says mail ballots secure

1st all-mail election puts spotlight on verification processes

Local election officials say they are taking a variety of steps to secure mail-in ballots in Routt County's first all-mail election, but they also stress that voter responsibility can play a role in ensuring a fair, secure election this fall.

Our View: We've got mail

Routt County's first all-mail election raises legitimate questions about ballot security and verification processes. Although there are no allegations thus far of voting fraud or malfeasance, we urge local election officials and election watchers to be vigilant in ensuring that the proper procedures are followed to the strictest letter of the law.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, 2009

Real estate transactions for Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, 2009

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Partners seek OK for 14 starter townhomes

Curt Weiss and the Weiss Family Partnership have entered the city planning process with a plan to demolish three older wooden frame buildings and replace them with 14 new townhomes. The four townhome buildings would be built on an acre of land sandwiched between two ponds and just steps from the Yampa River on the city's south side.

Saturday, October 17

The Ragbirds bring diverse sound, food-oil-driven travel

Taking a Friday afternoon rest from The Ragbirds' cross-country tour of folk and world music, drummer Randall Moore is inhaling the much-better-than-diesel-fuel smells emitting from his van. The Ragbirds play at 10 p.m. today at the Old Town Pub.

Former mayor's civil case proceeds

Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman's claims could be settled or go to trial

The court fight between a former Oak Creek mayor and the town of Oak Creek proceeded into federal district court, with a settlement conference scheduled for Nov. 10. If no settlement is reached, the case will go to a jury trial, probably in late 2010.

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Hotchkiss takes advantage of Hayden's mistakes for big win

With Hayden High School football team on the cusp of doing some good things, Friday's game against Hotchkiss served as a reminder of how good football teams take advantage of mistakes.

The Record for Oct. 15

The Record for Oct. 15

Steamboat Briefs: Meier killed by blast of compressed air

The worker who died in a construction accident near the base of the ski area was killed by a blast of compressed air that entered his ear and caused a brain hemorrhage, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Friday.

Steamboat football rolls past Battle Mountain

Running back Dover leads Sailors

Steamboat Springs quarterback Austin Hinder completed only one of four passes for 31 yards Friday night against Battle Mountain. But the Sailors didn't need Hinder's golden arm as Steamboat's rushing attack was more than enough to defeat Battle Mountain, 61-21.

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1 doubles team, 1 singles player continue in consolation round

Junior Keegan Burger, playing at No. 2 singles, and the No. 4 doubles team of sophomore Gabri Erspamer and freshman Kyle Rogers pulled off stunning rallies Friday to win their consolation semifinal matches. They play at 9 a.m. today for third place.

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Tom Ross: Is curbside ski recycling coming?

I did something to a couple of buddies last year that left me feeling a little sad and guilt-ridden. I hauled them out to the curb on trash day. My 204 cm Elan MBX's, the pals I shared dozens of memorable powder days with, haven't been heard from since.

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Christian Heritage students volunteer across Routt County

Christian Heritage students joined Doak residents for a keno game Friday morning as part of the school's community service outreach day. Dave Entwistle, administrator at Christian Heritage, said 43 middle and high school students spent time in the morning helping organizations across Routt County.

Bear meeting held in Aspen

19 black bears killed in Aspen area this summer; 30 relocated

The summer of 2009 in Aspen made the kind of history wildlife officials and animal lovers don't want to see again. Nineteen black bears - considered nuisances or dangerous - were killed in the Aspen area, and another 30 were relocated as far away as the Colorado/New Mexico border. Of the 19 that were killed, at least two were euthanized because they had contact with a human.

Off the Beaten Path hosts 'fireside chat' to address reform

A Monday evening discussion about health care reform is the first in a series of planned "fireside chats" about national issues at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

Friday, October 16

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Sailors in consolation round

One doubles team, one singles player still on the court in Pueblo

Steamboat's No. 4 doubles team lost its first match of the tournament today and continues play this afternoon. Keegan Burger, No. 2 singles, has advanced in the consolation round.

Steamboat teen on Animal Planet show tonight

Watch the story of a local teen's black widow bite tonight on Animal Planet.

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Brian Kelly has worked closely with the school district for years

Brian Kelly, 55, is opposing education veteran Bill Kennedy for the District 1 Steamboat Springs School Board seat. They're vying for the seat being vacated by John DeVincentis, who is not running for re-election.

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In 39-year career, Kennedy has taught, coached and been an administrator

After a 39-year career as an educator in New York, Bill Kennedy is opposing longtime local Brian Kelly for the District 1 Steamboat Springs School Board seat.

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El Niño a winter wild card

Pacific phenomenon a prime factor in season's climate forecast

The wild card in Steamboat Springs' long-range winter climate outlook is El Niño. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a winter forecast that rates the chances of average, below average and above average precipitation in the region as a toss-up.

Hot deals highlight Steamboat's Ski & Sport Swap

Caroline Bohlmann, special events director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, can't tell you exactly what will be available at the annual Ski & Sport Swap, but she knows there's bound to be more than a few good deals.

Boulder novelist brings new work to Steamboat

John Shors will read part of his third and most recent book, "Dragon House," at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. He'll talk about the novel's subject and the writing process, answer questions and sign copies, he said. Epilogue Book Co. and the library are sponsoring the event.

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Steamboat volleyball does quick work

Sailors cruise by Moffat County in 3 games

Give the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team any sort of momentum, rivalry or not, and the Sailors will likely make it a quick night. Playing Moffat County on Thursday in Steamboat Springs, the Sailors gained momentum and cruised past the Bulldogs in three games.

Finances stable in South Routt School District

District may use fewer BOCES services

District might bring more services in-district after the Northwest BOCES announced that its member school districts were under-assessed and its budget overspent last year.

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No. 4 doubles only Sailors team to advance at state

Odd, the world of high school tennis. Consider: Thursday afternoon, a few competitors from Class 4A schools crushed the dreams of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team, sending six of the squad's seven entries out of the championship bracket of the state tennis tournament in Pueblo.

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Sailors cross-country impresses in Rifle

With the regional cross-country meet rapidly approaching, the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team has to be feeling good about where it stands. Competing Thursday in the Rifle Invitational cross-country meet at Deerfield Park, the Sailors boys team ran some of its best times of the year.

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Steamboat swim team competes in Aspen

The Steamboat Springs Team Lightning Swim Team competed in the Aspen Leaf Invitational on Oct. 10 and 11 for the first time in team history.

Deer shot illegally in Aspen

State wildlife officials are offering a reward leading to the prosecution of the person or people who illegally shot and killed a mule deer buck on Aspen Mountain in recent days.

Steamboat Briefs: Rotary Club offers 4-week exchange to Australia

When it's the middle of winter in Steamboat Springs, it's the height of summer in Australia. What better time to visit and become engrossed in the richness of the local culture?

The Record for Oct. 14

The Record for Oct. 14

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Hayden, Soroco football prep for big weekend

Classify this one as a must win for the Hayden High School football team. Hayden, at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Class 1A Western Slope League, welcomes Hotchkiss for a 7:30 p.m. game today at Hayden High School, a game that will have a vital impact on the Tigers' hopes of making the Class 1A playoffs.

Hayden OKs water rate hike

Additional revenue to help eliminate town water fund deficit

Town's residential rates will increase by $3.05 to $19. Monthly senior rates will increase by $1.83 to $11.40.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to hold 101st convention

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is more than a century old and still going strong with its efforts to represent agriculture at the local, state, regional and national levels. To help achieve its goal of serving as one of the voices for family agriculture and rural communities throughout Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, RMFU hosts a convention each fall.

Mail-in vote blurs the lines

Postal Service spokesman: Campaigning at post office illegal

Routt County's first mail-only election is forcing elections and Postal Service officials to take a closer look at election law and oversight. On Thursday, county election officials fielded several calls from residents concerned about whether candidates are permitted to campaign on U.S. Postal Service property.

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What to do in Steamboat this week for Oct. 16 to 22

What to do this week in Routt County

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Denver dance band offers blues, swing, rockabilly at its live Steamboat show

The Informants play at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Tickets are $5 at the door. The band that helped open the Ghost Ranch in late May plans to perform its debut album, "Stiletto Angel."

Thursday, October 15

Sailors No. 4 doubles tennis team advances

All other players lost in the first or second rounds but could have a chance to play again

Kyle Rogers and Gabri Erspamer will play in the semifinals Friday. The rest of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team will get back on the court only if those who defeated them advance.

Water rate hike up for approval

Hayden council to consider second reading of ordinance today

Water rates in Hayden will increase if the Town Council approves the second reading of the water base rate ordinance at tonight's meeting. The Town Council approved the first reading earlier this month.

Craig police officer found dead in Glenwood

Autopsy expected to take place today to determine community service officer's cause of death

A Craig Police Department officer was found dead Wednesday in Glenwood Springs, a Garfield County deputy coroner said. Kathie Johnson, a police department community service officer and wife of former police detective Ken Johnson, was found Wednesday afternoon in her room at the Hotel Colorado.

Denver consultant leads workshop about professional reputation

It's no secret that in a small town like Steamboat Springs, everybody knows everything about you. That can make balancing social and professional lives challenging for workers of any age, but especially for young employees learning how to build a career, Shari Harley said. Harley is leading a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to teach local professionals strategies to manage their reputation and build their careers.

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Athlete of the Week: Rachael Koehler

Athlete of the Week: Rachael Koehler

5 cited with social host violations Wednesday

Police employ the ordinance for 1st time

The Steamboat Springs Police Department issued the first social host ordinance violations Wednesday morning, citing five students from Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

Stagecoach charter school delayed 1 year

South Routt School Board to hear update at meeting tonight

Stagecoach charter school supporters said they plan to wait one more year before trying to open the preschool to sixth grade school through the South Routt School District.

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Steamboat volleyball preps for 3 home games

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team has an opportunity this week to take control of its own destiny as the season winds down. Steamboat plays at 6:30 p.m. today at home against chief rival Moffat County.

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Polarizing Bennett seeks return to council

Kevin Bennett's previous City Council service ended eight years ago, but the impacts of his tenure still resonate today - in capital projects, open space expansions and lasting partnerships - as well as in lingering anger and questions about his value to the community in another term at Centennial Hall.

Steamboat Briefs: Spa merchandise stolen during burglary Tuesday

High-end beauty products, jewelry and merchandise worth $2,000 to $3,000 were stolen from the Waterside Day Spa and Salon in a burglary Tuesday night.

The Record for Oct. 13

The Record for Oct. 13

Sailors football hopes to tame Huskies

Sit down and look at the Western Slope League football playoff formulas, mash the numbers, predict outcomes and try to figure out who the three playoff qualifiers will be, and it can be nauseating. The bottom line, and the only thing the Steamboat Springs High School football team can control, is winning Friday at Battle Mountain.

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Worried Men to take break

Local band's last Mahogany Ridge show of '09 is Friday

Anyone who has walked into Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill past 10 p.m. on a Friday in the past six or seven years stood an almost certain chance of seeing part of Worried Men's well-weathered show. Worried Men's last show at Mahogany for at least a few months is at 10 p.m. Friday.

Referendum procedure set for Steamboat 700

No petitioners registered day after council OKs annexation

On the first day after the Steamboat Springs City Council approved the annexation of the Steamboat 700 development, no petitioners had registered to create a referendum to bring the issue to a citywide vote.

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Hermacinski says record speaks for itself

Voters would be hard-pressed to say Councilwoman Cari Hermacinski hasn't kept her 2007 campaign promises. Hermacinski won the council seat after running a campaign focused on open and transparent government, fiscal responsibility, and repairing the city's relationship with Routt County and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Wednesday, October 14

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Hermacinski raises most cash

Incumbent leads City Council fundraising by more than $9,000

Steamboat Springs City Council member Cari Hermacinski reported $15,089 in fundraising since July in her bid for re-election, outpacing her opponent and second-highest fundraiser Kevin Bennett by more than $9,000.

Commissioners promise to hold gravel pit to strict conditions

On Tuesday night, County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak told developer Ed MacArthur of Steamboat Sand and Gravel that he would be asked to live up to most of the same stringent requirements placed on an applicant four years ago before winning a permit to mine gravel along the Yampa River south of Steamboat Springs.

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Soccer team plays to 2nd tie against Battle Mountain this season

The Western Slope soccer race will go down to the final week after Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs played to their second 1-1 draw of the season Tuesday night in Edwards.

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Sailors tennis prepares for state

Sailors coach focuses on 1st round, which starts at 9 a.m. Thursday

The state tennis tournament starts at 9 a.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday in Pueblo. A young but experienced Steamboat team enters the tournament as an under-the-radar type of team.

Tigers volleyball downs Rams in 4

Hayden used a dominating first couple of games Tuesday to outlast cross-county rival Soroco, winning in four games, 25-11, 25-9, 18-25 and 25-21.

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Sisters in Steamboat Weekend to begin today in Steamboat

Event to include motivational workshops, store specials

On Saturday morning, Steamboat Springs counselor Diane McCrann will ask a group of women a question that seems to draw a lot of interest: "Are you living the life you imagined?" Her one-hour Saturday workshop has been one of the most popular sessions among women registering for Mainstreet Steamboat Springs' inaugural Sisters in Steamboat Weekend, which is scheduled Friday through Sunday.

The Record for Oct. 13, 2009

Monday, Oct. 13

Steamboat Briefs: Big Head Todd to play free concert Dec. 23 at ski area

Big Head Todd & the Monsters will play a free concert Dec. 23 in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area during the U.S. Olympic Trials in Freestyle & Nordic Combined Skiing, scheduled for Dec. 23 and 24.

Investigation into construction death is ongoing

Memorial for Brady Meier set for Thursday

The investigation into the construction site accident that resulted in the death of 29-year-old Hayden resident Brady Meier continues as family and friends plan a memorial for him.

Sports briefs: Olympic trials in Steamboat in December

The U.S. Ski Team has released the dates for the U.S. Freestyle and U.S. Nordic combined Olympic Team trials, which will be held in December in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors cross-country looks to regional meet

Team prepares with midweek meet in Rifle

Sailors cross-country coach Andy Reust is hoping a midweek meet in Rifle will give his runners one last challenge before they gear up for the regional meet.

Tom and Nancy Burnham: Fond memories

It was great to hear about Rod and the Ski Haus ("Ski Haus turns 40," Oct. 9 Steamboat Today). It brought back fond memories of the early years of the shop and ski area.

City Clerk's office to process candidate fundraising totals today

Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin said campaign finance reports for local candidates will be available today.

Alicia Bernat: Thanks, Lorna Farrow

My sister, Aileen Sandstedt, shared with me the Lorna Lou Farrow Memorial Scholarship Fun Shoot featured in the Steamboat Pilot & Today a couple of weeks ago. We were inspired by Lorna's passion to shoot and her commitment to share that passion with others, particularly women.

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Joanne Palmer: Football, I'm just not into you

Sorry, Broncos, but I don't care about your season

Lock me up. Throw away the key. Revoke my Colorado driver's license. I don't like football. I don't watch football. I am not a Broncos fan.

BOCES board hears possible solutions

Measures would address overspending and increased assessments

The board of directors for the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services didn't take action Monday night to address overspending $317,000 in its $4.1 million 2008-09 budget.

DA's office plans to keep Johnson case

Former police detective makes 1st court appearance

Elizabeth Oldham, 14th Judicial District Attorney, said her office does not plan to seek a special prosecutor to handle the case against a former Craig police detective facing felony charges. Ken Johnson, a police department veteran, worked closely with prosecutors on various cases until he resigned from his position Sept. 8.

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Steamboat Springs Orchestra begins $100K campaign

Fundraising drive to help nonprofit pay for concert, artist costs

A chamber music concert and dinner Thursday will be the start of a $100,000 capital campaign for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra.

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VNA cuts adult flu vaccines

Remaining stock only available to children as production halts

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association says its remaining stock of seasonal flu vaccine is reserved for children, under a distribution agreement with the state. The shortage means no adults will receive seasonal flu shots from the VNA.

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School Board candidates speak at forum

Hopefuls give answers about class size, BOCES, district's future

Despite decreasing funding and tighter budgets, candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board said opportunities abound for the school district.

Our View: New taxes make sense for Hayden

As planning and growth issues continue to affect the entire county, particularly areas west of Steamboat Springs city limits, it's important that the town of Hayden has a strong, well-funded government. As such, we think Referendums 2A and 2B are reasonable tax measures that will help Hayden boost its slim coffers by tapping into its most valuable economic resource - Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

Tuesday, October 13

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Council annexes Steamboat 700

Possibility of referendum election still looms

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted 4-3 late Tuesday night to approve the annexation of Steamboat 700, a project that ultimately is expected to bring about 2,000 homes, 380,000 square feet of commercial space and 4,700 residents to the western edge of the city.

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Big Head Todd to play free concert Dec. 23

Show will be at ski area as part of this winter's U.S. Olympic Trials.

Steamboat Briefs: Cultural integration group seeking new volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community, and be respectful and mature. Training is provided. Call Tatiana at 871-4599 or email

Snow piling up north of Steamboat Springs

The snow depth in the highest elevations of the Routt National Forest north of Steamboat Springs grew substantially during the weekend.

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Tom Ross: The groomsmen wore coyote skin caps

Weddings of the rich and brilliant in the Sunday Times

Feeling a little full of yourself? Would it do you good to be knocked down a peg? I have the fix you seek. Never have I been so fascinated in the midst of suffering from a sudden onset of inferiority complex as when I settled in with the New York Times Wedding/Celebrations section during the weekend.

Sheriff's budget holds steady

Commissioners indicate they will not allow 2 new positions

The budget for the Routt County Sheriff's Office will hold steady for the coming year. During a budget presentation to the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Monday, Routt County Finance Director Dan Strnad spelled out a few minor changes that likely will be turned down by the commissioners before final adoption of the budget.

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Jimmy Westlake: A great year for Orionid Meteors

Did you get to see Halley's Comet when it sailed past Earth in 1985 and '86? If not, you'll have to wait until the year 2061 for another chance, because Halley's Comet requires 76 years to orbit the sun. But until then, you can watch the pieces of the famous comet rain down during the Orionid meteor shower.

Clerk's office mails ballots

Voters should check mailboxes as soon as Wednesday

The Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office is putting more than 13,000 ballots in the mail today, the same day the Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to take a vote on the most politically charged issue in recent memory.

The Record for Oct. 11, 2009

Sunday, Oct. 11

2 hunters reported lost during weekend

Men were unharmed, in good condition

The first weekend of the elk rifle-hunting season led to search missions for two lost hunters. Both men were found in good condition, and Routt County Search and Rescue spokesman Darrel Levingston said each was well prepared for the hazards of backcountry hiking and found their bearings without extensive help.

Decision time for Steamboat 700

City Council to give final consideration to Steamboat 700 annexation

What some have billed as the most important issue to ever face the city of Steamboat Springs goes before City Council today for final consideration.

Bennett defends voting stance

Ads tout record of public votes; not all issues made it that far

City Council candidate Kevin Bennett, whose campaign ads cite the need for a public vote on Steamboat 700, said Monday that his council didn't seek a public vote on the adoption of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan in 1999 partly because the community wouldn't understand the plan's complexities.

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Unbeaten Sailors, Huskies soccer teams meet for league lead

Battle Mountain coach Dave Cope wouldn't be surprised if the outcome of this year's Western Slope League was decided by a single goal in tonight's game against Steamboat Springs. Cope's Huskies will face the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors today at 6:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain.

Hayden voters to decide whether to boost rental car, lodging taxes

When mail-in ballots are sent to Hayden voters beginning today, they'll have to decide whether to adopt two tax measures that would boost town coffers as soon as 2010.

Monday, October 12

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August sales tax down more than 20 percent

Lodging, sporting goods, retail all take significant hits compared to August 2008

Steamboat Springs sales tax decreased 20.4 percent in August compared to August 2008, placing the city's year-to-date collections at about 17.2 percent - or about $2.3 million - less than last year.

Aging Well: Getting vitamin D from sun too risky, doctors warn

Vitamin D has been making a lot of headlines lately. It's long been known that vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium to build healthy bones. The vitamin prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia (soft bones) in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also protects against osteoporosis and the risk of bone fracture.

Steamboat Briefs: SkyWest Job Fair to be held Tuesday at The Haven

SkyWest Airlines is seeking to hire new agents at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and will hold a Job Fair on Tuesday at The Haven at 800 S. Sheldon Lane in Hayden.

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Parrotheads put on Art'n the Park'n Lot

Once inspired by the seafood and creole culture of the Gulf Coast, local artist Peggy Green's inspiration has evolved into sweeping Wyoming horizons and quaint Colorado churches.

Chix defend Oktoberfest title

Local women's hockey team set to open season Nov. 6

The Chix with Stix women's hockey team of Steamboat Springs is still more than three weeks away from the official start to its 18th season. But the ladies got off to a good start when they traveled to Breckenridge Sept. 18 to 20 and defended their B1 division Oktoberfest Women's Hockey Tournament title.

The Record for Oct. 10, 2009

Saturday, Oct. 10

Deb Babcock: Dividing perennials in the fall

Now is a good time to propagate many of the perennials in your garden if they've become overgrown, if you just want to have more of a particular plant or if they seem to have lost some of their heartiness.

360 partner faces unrelated foreclosures

Virginia-based Hank Wilton is reorganizing his assets, local Realtor says

Developer Hank Wilton, the majority partner in the proposed 360 Village project seeking annexation into Steamboat Springs city limits, is the subject of three foreclosure filings in the Routt County Public Trustee's Office.

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Gravel pit opponents speak up

Commissioners to consider pre-application Tuesday evening

Opponents of a proposed gravel pit south of Steamboat Springs have caught wind of the project they thought was dead in the water four years ago. The Routt County Board of Commissioners will review a pre-application for the Steamboat Sand and Gravel Mine and a subsequent land preservation subdivision Tuesday.

Monday Medical: SportsMed celebrates 20 years

You could say I learned about SportsMed the hard way by becoming one of its first patients. In October 1989, I fearfully entrusted my damaged knee and newfound sense of mortality to Bob Carlson, the physical therapist who founded SportsMed and served as its first director.

Sunday, October 11

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Engelken supports more open space, less growth

Jim Engelken, 51, is running for the two-year, at-large City Council seat, against landscaper Kyle Pietras. Engelken moved to Steamboat Springs in 1979 as a Safeway employee. He has worked at the grocery store since then and served on the City Council from 1995 to 2001.

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Group pushes for domestic violence awareness

Advocates sponsors lunch, discussion about helping those affected by abuse

Across the country, October is being recognized as domestic violence awareness month, to promote the services and education available to victims and their friends and family, to honor the survivors and to remember those who lost their lives.

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Authors talk about process, passion at Literary Sojourn

Nearly every seat at every table was full at Saturday's Literary Sojourn. The audience members leaned raptly over pairs of reading glasses taking notes on pads or sneaking sips of water. Before them stood the authors, on a stage, behind a lectern and between paintings of trees and snow.

Todd Lodwick earns 20th US Nordic title

Five Nordic skiers from Steamboat Springs finished in the top 10 of Saturday's U.S. Nordic Combined Championships at the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., highlighted by Todd Lodwick's 20th U.S. title. Bryan Fletcher finished third, Taylor Fletcher finished fifth, Alex Glueck finished sixth and Alex Miller finished eighth to round out the impressive performance for Steamboat skiers.

Steamboat Springs volleyball beats Summit

Neither Summit nor Steamboat Springs would have said Saturday's match at Summit High School was played under optimum conditions. Regardless, neither coach was disappointed by their team's play. And Steamboat head coach Wendy Hall certainly wasn't down about her Sailors' 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 win.

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South Routt woman teaches her 2nd generation

Kindergarten teacher has children of former students in class

South Routt Elementary School kindergarten teacher Peggy Barnes has five students this year whose parents she taught early in their elementary school education. It's not uncommon these days for the 31-year veteran of the school to have children of former students in class, she said Tuesday from her classroom.

Best of the Web: Shooting bears in town

In terms of the bear overpopulation - you are right; there is definitely a growing problem. I was thinking about this the other day when I was walking my dog, and it's a tricky issue.

The Record for Oct. 9

The Record for Oct. 9

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Sailors football defense propels team to 6-0 start

In the offseason, nothing is required and nothing is expected. But look around the Steamboat Springs High School football locker room, particularly to the defensive side of the ball, and that's exactly where starting the season 6-0 began.

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Pietras thinks time working for city prepared him to lead it

Spend some time with Kyle Pietras, and one thought comes to mind: This guy is so Steamboat. Pietras' concern about whether Steamboat will remain the type of place where people can create similar stories is one of his chief motivations in running for City Council.

Jail Report for Oct. 3-9

Jail Report for Oct. 3-9

Business File: Rinn Chiropractic celebrates 30 years

Dr. Timothy Rinn and the Rinn Chiropractic Center are celebrating 30 years of business in Steamboat Springs.

J Michael Turner: Don't insult us

The coverage of the City Council meeting on Sept. 29 in the following day's Steamboat Today contained a statement by Ed MacArthur that said, in essence, the majority of us are just not smart enough to make an informed decision on the Steamboat 700 issue.

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Lyon's Corner Drug offers Pretty Brainy clothing

Heidi Olinger was shopping for her niece Ryanne in 2001 when it dawned on her: There were no clothes out there that fit Ryanne's personality. That frustration planted the seed for Olinger's apparel company, Pretty Brainy. The line is meant for girls ages 7 to 14, called "tweens," and focuses on being feminine and intelligent.

Mike Forney: Stop casting stones

It is so sad that so many people who know Kent Nightwalker have been silent about the man and his positive contributions to the community. What he did was wrong, dangerous and the height of poor judgment. He has paid the price for that with a small fine and incredible humiliation.

Real Estate transactions for Oct. 2 to 8, 2009

Weekly real estate transactions in Routt County

Military news: Donald Dillon

Steamboat native and 2004 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Donald Dillon recently graduated from his 9-week basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Dillon is with 1/46, Charlie Company and now is stationed at Fort Sills in Oklahoma completing his AIT training. Traveling to his graduation was his mother, Fran Reinier, and family friend Dusti Henning. Henning was on his way to report to his hockey team.

On the Market: Johnson joins Prudential as a broker associate

Sharon Johnson has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty as a full-time broker associate in the Hayden office.

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Part-time county resident headed for Songwriters Hall of Fame

A week from today, on Oct. 18, Mark D. Sanders will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with songwriter Kye Fleming and country music legend Tammy Wynette. He and his wife, Cindy Sanders, live at the Routt County home part time, when they're not in Nashville or Florida.

Steamboat briefs: 6-week parenting class begins Monday

A six-week Partners in Parenting course start Monday.Psychologist Kristen Race leads the course. Child care drop-off is at 5:30 p.m., and the class is 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of historic Routt County Courthouse at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The $60 cost includes child care and dinner. Call Stephanie at 870-5270.

Rams volleyball falls in 5 sets

Despite loss, Soroco nears district tournament with confidence

Despite its scrappiness and unwillingness to give up, the Soroco High School volleyball team simply can't shake the fifth-game blues. After falling to West Grand on Friday in five games, Soroco again fell in five games Saturday, this time to the Vail Mountain School.

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Local women persevere in search for homes of their own

Michelle House and Rene Mattone have taken divergent paths during the past 13 months to realize their dreams of affordable housing in Steamboat Springs.

Our View: Kudos to council for budget move

Tuesday was a good day for Routt County's human services, environmental and arts and culture nonprofit organizations, and it couldn't have come at a more critical time. But as winter edges ever closer and economic forecasts continue to point toward a slow 2010, it's important that local efforts to provide services to our most needy residents don't wane.

Routt County spotlight: Mary Ann Salaz

Occupation: Teller - or fancy pants title: customer service representative

Jon Wade: Support 700

I never thought I would support Steamboat 700 because it seems like too much at once. The more I think about how things will develop with or without Steamboat 700, I can't get around the fact that this is the only way to plan for the growth that is coming either way. I'd rather take some risk than face the consequences of inaction.

Pending sales hold the line above century mark

Trying to discern trends in the Routt County real estate market this autumn is like playing a popular pub game. It could be compared to throwing darts at a board without knowing for certain where the bull's-eye is, one Steamboat Realtor said.

Sports Briefs: Tigers volleyball spikers win in 5

The Hayden High School volleyball team hit a critical stretch at the end of the second game against Baggs, Wyo., on Saturday. Having already lost the first two, Hayden looked right down the barrel of getting swept.

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Steamboat Springs soccer preps for Battle Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team took care of its chores Saturday against Palisade with a nice and tidy 8-0 win. Now it's time to get on to the real job Tuesday. With the win, Steamboat sets up a monumental showdown at Western Slope League-leading Battle Mountain on Tuesday. The winner will have the inside track on a league title.

Joel Reichenberger: Can't catch on to the Rockies

It's Wednesday afternoon, and I'm trying, Rockies fans, I'm trying. The Gameday application at is open on my computer, and between calls to coaches and hunters, I'm trying to care. I'm a stickler when it comes to fandom. I have my teams, cheer for them passionately and never have established any rooting interests for any other teams that last longer than one game.

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Weather is deciding factor this year in elk rifle season

There's plenty that goes into a successful elk hunt: a steady aim, a thorough knowledge of the backcountry and reliable equipment. But as important as all that is, the consensus among those in the know is that something else entirely will decide what elk season 2009 is remembered for. It's all about the weather.

Saturday, October 10

Looking back for Oct. 12, 1934

The rumor factory has been busy in the past few weeks regarding the slaughter of condemned sheep in Routt County, the report being that thousands of head of sheep have been killed and buried when the carcasses could have been used for food.

Hammy Pull benefit Sunday

Annual punt, pass, kick competition raises funds for Booster Club

What started with a big Texan believing he could kick a 30-yard field goal has now turned into a don't-miss competition. Starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, the seventh annual Hammy Pull punt, pass and kick competition will be open to the masses.

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Rams defense comes up big in homecoming win

After a 28-15 win against previously unbeaten Dove Creek on Friday night, the members of the Soroco Rams football team walked off the field feeling like they had learned more than how to win a football game. They felt like they had learned what it takes to be champions.

Hayden football wins, volleyball loses

The Hayden High School football team held on for a 7-6 win Friday at Rangely. Rangely scored early to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter before Hayden bounced back in the second quarter. Rene Valdez's extra point proved to be the difference maker. "It was an ugly one," Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "But we got away with one."

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Steamboat football crushes Rifle

Sailors win homecoming game against Bears, 34-0

With the watchful eyes of members of the 1979 Steamboat Springs High School football team in attendance - the last time Steamboat won a football title - the current Steamboat team made its case Friday as the team to beat for this year's crown.

Sailors tennis earns regional championship

Title is boys team's 12th consecutive

The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team, odds on favorites at nearly every position, breezed through the finals Friday at the second day of the regional tournament in Delta, picking up regional champions at every spot.

Mary Walker: To b(log) or not to b(log)

I have a new work motto now that I have started a blog to disseminate information about my efforts to assist Maasai girls in Kenya that have been rescued from female genital mutilation and forced childhood marriage: You can make some of the people happy all of the time (they are my favorite!), you can make some of the people happy some of the time and hopefully the rest of the people are happy at some point during the rest of the time.

Trees put skiing on hold at Bruce's Trail

Forest Service removing dead lodgepole pines

The snow visible on Storm Peak combined with an overnight forecast that included a chance of snow showers could encourage Nordic skiers to scrape the summer wax off their skis this morning. However, anyone hoping to make the annual pilgrimage to Bruce's Trail will be disappointed.

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Tom Ross: Book reveals Steamboat Springs you never knew

Northwest Colorado is blessed with a wealth of serious books about local history. And there is a brand-new volume that will quickly earn a place in your personal library. It will help you see Steamboat Springs the way the pioneers did. Literally.

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Brady Meier died Friday after construction site accident

Brady Meier was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said. The cause of his death has not been determined, but Ryg and investigating officers said they think Meier was struck with a fitting from a pressurized water line.

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Steamboat church to lift up food bank

Steamboat Christian Center drive aims to collect a ton of food

Steamboat Christian Center wants to collect a ton of food donations this month - literally. In an effort to provide a boost to LIFT-UP of Routt County's food bank during one of its busiest seasons, the church has set a goal of collecting 2,000 pounds in food donations in Colorado.

The Record for Oct. 8

The Record for Oct. 8

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MCHS holds regatta featuring themed ships at Loudy-Simpson Park

Moffat County High School seniors Jimmy Howe and Alex McKey were ready to make cardboard boat racing history. Dressed in a poncho and sombrero, McKey pointed out the finer construction points of their taco canoe. The two spent nine hours building the canoe out of corrugated cardboard, duct tape and spray paint for the 2009 Great Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Steamboat Briefs: Workshop on reputation scheduled for Oct. 17

The Young Professionals Network and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. are hosting a presentation called "Managing Your Professional Reputation: What They Say When You're Not There" from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Presenter Shari Harley runs Candor Matters, a Denver-based training and consultant business.

Friday, October 9

Steamboat tennis takes regional title

Sailors win big in second day of tournament, go to state next weekend

The Sailors were favorites going into the tournament in Delta and didn't disappoint, winning their 12th consecutive regional championship.

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Hayden man dies after construction site accident

Man was working on project next to Slopeside Grill when fatally injured

A 29-year-old Hayden man died today after a compression cap on a water line blew off and struck him. The man was working on a construction project at the base of Mount Werner.

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Athlete of the Week: Enrique Lopez

Enrique Lopez, 15, a sophomore Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Steamboat Pilot & Today's Athlete of the Week.

Tigers football looks to rebound after losses

Hayden football coach Shawn Baumgartner knows it takes only one game to turn around a season. The Tigers hope the game comes today against Rangely.

Interest high for ski swap Oct. 16

Nobody is more excited for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's annual Ski & Sports Swap than Rick DeVos. But DeVos and many others in Steamboat Springs will have to wait one more week for the Oct. 16 sale to begin. The event will begin with the early bird sale at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Shoppers can pay $5 and enter the sale and have the first opportunity to buy used and new items. Shoppers younger than 18 can enter the sale that night for free.

Rams football to face toughest challenge

Soroco's 5-0 start to its second season of 8-man football has blazed unfamiliar ground for the team that just two years ago struggled to beat even junior varsity squads.

Sailors tennis headed to finals

11 on SSHS boys team advance at regional tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team did everything it could to secure its 12th consecutive regional title on Thursday at the first day of the regional tournament in Delta.

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Steamboat plays Rifle today at 7 p.m.

Sailors expect to get Rifle's best shot tonight at Gardner Field

Steamboat squares off against Rifle at 7 p.m. today at Gardner Field. The Bears, who have consistently made the playoffs during most of the past decade, have a new coach in Ryan Sulkowski. Sulkowski was a graduate assistant at Clemson University and has brought in former Rifle head coaches Damon Wells and Anthony Alfini as his assistants.

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What to do this weekend

Arts and entertainment events across Routt County for today through Thursday

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Steamboat-based romance author gets her groove back

Veronica Blake's 'Black Horse' is out

Veronica "Ronee" Blake has resurrected a dream she thought she had lost forever. Blake's new historical romance novel, "Black Horse," has just been released by Dorchester Publishing Co. And Blake, the office manager for the Routt County Regional Planning Department, is off to Las Vegas next week for a pair of book signing events at Borders book stores.

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The Hammer Smith Band brings harmonica-powered show

Blues harmonica player Chris "Hammer" Smith promises stage acrobatics beyond what a audience might expect from the standard bar gig. He brings five albums worth of original material to the live show, along with session experience and a passion for the blues.

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Sailors volleyball beats Demons in 5 games

Maybe when the Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs volleyball teams meet up, the two should just fast forward to Game 5 and see who wins. Steamboat, now 11-3 overall and 8-1 in the Western Slope League, outfought a tough and feisty Glenwood team, winning 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-11.

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Weekend weather a mixed bag

Storms expected to bring chilly, wet conditions through Monday

Count yourself lucky if Monday's Columbus Day holiday means a day off work because the weather in Northwest Colorado is going to be unsettled until then. A couple of storm systems are expected to move through Routt County today, Saturday and early Sunday before giving way to clear skies and higher temperatures Monday.

Knoebel joins Oak Creek Town Board

Trustees give preliminary OK to $4.9M 2010 budget

Thursday's Oak Creek Town Board meeting provided an early glimpse of some potential candidates for April's town election. Nikki Knoebel was chosen from a field of three applicants to replace former Trustee Dave Ege, who resigned last month for personal reasons.

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Ski Haus celebrates 40 years

Rod Schrage said he didn't have a long-term plan when he took over a struggling little business called Ski Haus at the base of Mount Werner 40 years ago.

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Steamboat homecoming parade route changes

Lincoln Avenue construction affects celebration

Despite the resurfacing project under way from Third to 13th streets on Lincoln Avenue, this year's high school homecoming parade still will be held at 2 p.m. today.

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Mike Lawrence: The 7-year ditch?

This recession has drawn many comparisons to the early 1980s. When the subject came up in a few conversations last week, it made sense to brush some cobwebs off the archives from two-plus decades ago. The similarities are eerie.

Home Depot submits its 2nd plan

Retailer wants a store south of I-70 near Silverthorne outlets

Six months after Home Depot's plan for a Silverthorne store received initial approval from town council, the retailer submitted a second version Tuesday - two days before the deadline.

Researchers set to burn Colorado aspens

Sometime in the next few weeks, federal land managers will try to stimulate moribund aspen groves by intentionally setting fire to about 500 acres of aspen stands in western Colorado, around Battlement Mesa.

The Record for Oct. 7

The Record for Oct. 7

Steamboat Briefs: Strawberry Park school absences drop to 80

Absences at Strawberry Park Elementary School dropped to 80 students Thursday after 106 students were home sick the previous day, said Dot Haberlan, of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Low funding plagues Steamboat schools' budget

Finance director presents issues to Steamboat school board

With already low state financing and more cuts to come, combined with the state revenue sources restricted by legislation and a decrease in local support, the Steamboat Springs School District is in the middle of a difficult budget year.

Townsend H. Anderson: Preservation is the new green

Preservation is the up-and-coming green. Just as recycling is replacing our old throwaway ethic, "embodied energy" is joining the lexicon of sustainable development.

Dillon eyes medical marijuana controls

Instead of barring medical marijuana dispensaries, Dillon's town council is leaning toward saying "yes," but with heavy regulation.

Thursday, October 8

CDOT work to close Third Street at post office

Closure could begin today and last through weekend; vehicle access from Lincoln Avenue

Today's work on U.S. 40 has closed Fourth Street south of Lincoln Avenue, and Fifth Street north and south of Lincoln. A CDOT spokeswoman said a closure of Third Street north of Lincoln could start today and will continue "at least through the weekend." Vehicles can access the post office from the Lincoln Avenue entrance or the Wells Fargo parking lot, and pedestrian access will be available.

Day care owner gets deferred sentence

Andrea Luker gets 4 years probation

Andrea Luker, co-owner and operator of Bear Valley Child Learning Center, was sentenced Tuesday in Moffat County District Court for her role in welfare fraud. Luker, 39, pleaded guilty to theft of a series of $1,000 to $20,000, a Class 4 felony, and refusal to permit inspection, a petty offense.

Sports briefs: Volleyball prepares for next challenge

As much as the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team has been cruising recently, there is no doubt its next task at hand could be the toughest.

Steamboat Briefs: More students absent at Strawberry Park school

The absentee numbers increased Wednesday at Strawberry Park Elementary School to 106 students, nearly 22 percent of the student body, said Dot Haberlan, of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

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Sailors softball drops 2 games

Walks cripple SSHS against Middle Park

The Middle Park High School softball team got the big hits, picking up strong doubles throughout Wednesday's doubleheader against homestanding Steamboat, as well as three home runs in the second game alone.

Hearing set in drug case

Lawyer for Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza turns down plea deal

The attorney for Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza, one of three men charged in an August drug raid, said he wasn't interested in accepting a plea agreement proposed by the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

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H1N1 vaccines expected today or Friday

More due later for general public

An initial shipment of 100 swine flu vaccines is due in Routt County today or Friday, but the shots will be reserved for priority groups such as health care providers with direct patient contact. H1N1 vaccines will become generally available in the coming weeks as the county receives more shipments.

The Record for Oct. 6

The Record for Oct. 6

Homecoming relies on community involvement

Parade has new route, more than 30 floats

The route is set, and most of the floats are accounted for. All Delaine Brown can hope for is a little good weather for Moffat County High School's 2009 Homecoming Parade. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Friday at City Park and will travel west on Victory Way to the Safeway parking lot.

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Steamboat tennis looking for 12th regional title

It's never any secret what the goal of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team is when it takes the court at the regional tournament. In fact, that goal hasn't changed - or gone unreached - in the past 11 seasons.

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Literary Sojourn celebrates writing, life

A few tickets remain for annual literary event Saturday

There are no lightweights at this year's Literary Sojourn. The annual event brings a diverse array of authors to Steamboat Springs for a daylong celebration of writing, books, life and whatever else might be on the minds of speakers and attendees.

Wednesday, October 7

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Man who shot bear receives no jail time

Taxidermy costs remain unresolved in Nightwalker case

Kent Nightwalker will not serve jail time for shooting a bear in downtown Steamboat Springs - and he wants to keep the bear's remains if the Colorado Division of Wildlife insists on sticking him with a taxidermy bill.

Man charged in meth cases appears in court Tuesday

Three ongoing cases against Craig resident Jerry David Flannery were continued Tuesday in Moffat County District Court. Flannery, 46, is charged in two cases involving methamphetamine distribution, and one case of violating his probation for using counterfeit money.

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Soroco gets spirited during homecoming week

Variety of homecoming week festivities gets students involved

South Routt High School senior Bethany Leu wore a bright purple-and-black plaid jacket over a multicolored T-shirt Tuesday. A black-and-white sock on her left foot was pulled over her jeans. Leu was participating in dress-in-the-dark day, Tuesday's theme for homecoming week.

Judi Clayton: Thanks, Pet Kare

Last winter my husband and I were visiting Steamboat Springs for a month of skiing when our dog became very sick with a twisted intestine. Dr. Craig Stanton and vet tech Carole at Pet Kare Clinic sacrificed their Super Bowl Sunday to save our Laci's life.

Loveland Basin opens today

2009-10 ski season gets early start; A-Basin plans for Friday

And the winner is ... Loveland Basin. Boasting its earliest opening day in 40 years, Loveland officials Tuesday announced that the area will open for skiing today. Less than an hour later, the folks at Arapahoe Basin congratulated their rivals on the other side of the pass and said their area would open Friday.

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Big Agnes adding contracts despite recession

Affiliated Steamboat Springs companies Big Agnes and Honey Stinger just keep growing. The Edward Lowe Foundation is spotlighting Big Agnes this month as one of 50 Colorado Companies to Watch, an award it granted Big Agnes and Steamboat's Boa Technology in May.

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Joanne Palmer: Gadgets and gizmos? I prefer friends, follies

Fall and winter have collided. The result? A dazzling display of frosted trees, buttery aspen leaves and "snain" - that half snow, half rain thing that's been falling from the sky.

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Jimmy Westlake: A watery moon?

Water on the moon? Sounds ridiculous. How can an airless world that bakes in the hot sun at temperatures above the normal boiling point of water be expected to hold on to any of the vital substance? If scientists are correct, prospectors on the moon might one day mine the precious stuff from the deep, dark craters near the moon's polar regions - places where the sun has never shone.

Cyclocross rider wins in Las Vegas race

When cyclist Jon Cariveau headed to Nevada last month for the Interbike International Bike Show, he wasn't planning to share the stage with a singing Elvis - but then, anything can happen in Las Vegas. Cariveau edged James Coats, and 125 other racers, in the 2009 Wheelers and Dealers cyclocross race Sept. 23, and that's exactly where he ended up - sharing the stage with Elvis during the race's awards ceremony.

Competition lowers Aspen airport fares

Strong competition between airlines has lowered fares at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport and lured more Roaring Fork Valley residents to use the facility, Director of Aviation Jim Elwood said Monday.

Routt County commissioners to lay off 2 employees

2010 budget includes end to furloughs, restoration of part of pay

Routt County commissioners laid off two county employees, shrank two positions and eliminated two vacant positions Tuesday, cutting about $280,000 from the county's 2010 budget in the face of decreasing revenues.

The Record for Oct. 5, 2009

Monday, Oct. 5

Scott Ford: What is gained?

I saw a bumper sticker on a car in my neighborhood that read, "I Support Steamboat 700."

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City furloughs will stay in 2010

City's conservative budget builds on this year's drastic reductions

Most city workers will continue to work just four days a week - and receive 90 percent of their pay - through next year under a proposed 2010 budget reviewed by the Steamboat Springs City Council at a daylong meeting Tuesday.

City boosts nonprofit funds

Community housing fund transfer makes increases possible

The local nonprofit sector received a big and unexpected boost in funding Tuesday from the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Steamboat Briefs: Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to meet Thursday

Budgets, utility rates and a board vacancy will top the agenda at the Oak Creek Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oak Creek Town Hall. The panel will discuss the approval of the proposed 2010 budget, a utility rate increase and a replacement for Dave Ege, the Oak Creek trustee and police commissioner who resigned in September.

Our View: Council should approve Steamboat 700

The annexation of Steamboat 700 isn't about today, tomorrow, next month, next year or even five years from now. It's about the long-term future and growth of our community, and although that may be a difficult goal to focus on amid an economic recession, it's the proactive approach our elected officials should take and are taking.

Sports briefs: Volleyball results

Sports briefs: Volleyball results

Strawberry Park absences remain flat

20 percent of students out Tuesday after similar number Monday

Only one more student was absent Tuesday from Strawberry Park Elementary School after Monday's surge from last week, bringing the absentee number to 97.

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Steamboat golfers struggle at state tournament

As Steamboat Springs High School senior Scott Ptach walked down the 15th fairway at Highlands Ranch Golf Club during the second day of the Class 4A state championships Tuesday, the full spectrum of his day - and career - crept into his mind.

Tuesday, October 6

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Ski Corp. launches airfare Web site offers new platform for travel options

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has launched a new Web site to showcase travel options and fares at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Steamboat's Local Marketing District, which brokers contracts to secure air service in the valley, helped fund the new Web site.

Steamboat briefs: Grant funds available for food, shelter programs

The Northern Rockies jurisdiction has been chosen to receive $50,000 in federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Routt, Eagle, Pitkin, Summit, Grand and Jackson counties. A national board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency selected the jurisdiction.

Thursday luncheon to feature small business tips

Learn how to acquire capital, use federal resources

The most common questions Greg Lopez hears from small-business owners are, "Why are banks not lending?" and "Why is it so hard for me to get capital?"

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Tom Ross: Who said anything about a grizz?

Alaskan hunter sights a 7-foot-tall bear in Zirkel Wilderness

Whether it was an unusually large black bear that approached the camp in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness or something more fearsome, it was enough to put the fear into a hunter from Alaska. You and I would be frightened, too, if we encountered a bear as tall as Shaquille O'Neal.

19 percent of students absent at Strawberry Park

The illnesses that contributed to 30 percent of Steamboat Springs Middle School students staying home last Tuesday have traveled across the parking lot to Strawberry Park Elementary School.

The Record for Oct. 4

12:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of disorderly conduct in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue. A citation was issued.

City administrators, council to hold 2010 budget hearing today

City administrators and council members have the grim job today of reviewing a 2010 budget with cuts to nearly every city department, as Steamboat Springs' sales tax revenues continue to slide.

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Marsha Daughenbaugh: Fall an end and beginning

In the Yampa Valley, we regale in the glory of the colors: deep blue skies that carry the warmth of reduced daylight, white clouds that beckon us to wrap ourselves within them, the yellow and oranges of the aspen and the almost black-green of the pines.

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Homecoming week under way at SSHS

Steamboat students celebrate with dress-up days, other activities

This year's SSHS homecoming theme is "outer space," and the week includes dress-up days and other activities. Each day of the week also gives students the opportunity to compete against other classes by dressing up to win spirit points.

Steamboat school district won't pay BOCES's increased assessments

Steamboat schools will pay 2008-09 under-assessments

The Steamboat Springs School District will not pay this year for increased assessments from the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said Monday night.

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Steamboat golfers enter Day 2 of state tournament in 9th place

Steamboat Springs High School's golf team played well Monday, but when you're facing 84 of the state's best golfers, it takes more than a couple of pretty good rounds to stay at the top.

Monday, October 5

United Way hopes to net 10K on Tuesday

Event proceeds will go toward organization's $525,000 goal

In an effort to reach a $525,000 fundraising goal, Routt County's 10K for United Way is scheduled for Tuesday at the Space Station. The event, an attempt to raise $10,000, is an opportunity for Routt County United Way to reach out to the community in addition to its annual fundraising campaign, said Lynaia South Orr, chairwoman of the organization's campaign committee.

The Record for Oct. 3

12:32 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers assisted another agency on U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.

Monday Medical: Health fair to offer glucose test

Hemoglobin A1C called 'gold standard' of diabetes management

At next week's early blood draws and at the Oct. 24 Yampa Valley Medical Center Community Health Fair, we will offer hemoglobin A1C as an additional blood test.

Steamboat briefs: Rotary Club offers 4-week cultural exchange program

When it's the middle of winter in Steamboat Springs, it's the height of summer in Australia. What better time to visit and become engrossed in the richness of the local culture?

Aging Well: Improving older adults' oral health

There is good news and bad news when it comes to older adults' oral health. Although more adults are keeping their teeth into old age, physical, cognitive and financial problems can make it difficult for them to ward off oral decay and disease.

School Board to review BOCES report today

Educational services provider asks Steamboat for additional funds

The financial struggles of the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will highlight tonight's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting.

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Former Sailors competing in collegiate cross-country

John Cutter and Brittany Long find their stride

Stepping onto a college campus can be a frightening thing. But 2009 SSHS graduates John Cutter and Brittany Long have a different feeling about the beginnings of their careers as collegiate cross-country runners.

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Fun Shoot introduces people to Lorna Lou Farrow's passion

Sunday was a day Lorna Lou Farrow would have loved, many said. A number of people new to shooting and those with more experience attended the Lorna Lou Farrow Memorial Scholarship Fun Shoot in her honor from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Routt County Rifle Club.

Jane McLeod: In defense of Brussels sprouts

Pick late in the season, lightly cook to retain natural flavors

Several light frosts have come and gone and my Brussels sprouts are thriving. The ultimate cool-weather crop, Brussels sprouts can survive a nip or two of frost. In fact, a little frost actually improves their flavor, making them the star of the fall vegetable patch.

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Luke Graham: Prep sports entering 2nd half

Most fall prep teams have reached the halfway point of their seasons, and it's safe to assume the direction of each squad.

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Study projects big increase in US 40 traffic

Findings estimate cars will nearly double on highway by 2035

The 13th Street bottleneck at the west entrance to downtown Steamboat Springs is left relatively unaddressed in required traffic improvements that would accompany the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.

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Hayden food bank moves to new location

LIFT-UP serves those in need Wednesday mornings on Walnut

LIFT-UP clients who walk into the new Hayden food bank space are likely to see Holly Blake's bright, smiling face. Blake, a volunteer and LIFT-UP of Routt County board member, will manage the food bank.

Sunday, October 4

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Steamboat tennis falls, 6-0, to powerful Kent Denver

It didn't take a tennis expert to figure out where the best action was Saturday morning as the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team dueled Kent Denver at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat volleyball blasts Palisade in 3 games

Under the eyes of Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall, there is always room to improve. But watching Steamboat cruise through Palisade in three games Saturday had the coach and players feeling like the Sailors finally are finding their groove.

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Steamboat trio prepares for state golf tourney

They'll say it's about enjoying the moment, but delve a little deeper into the thoughts of Sailors golfers Scott Ptach, Kaelen Gunderson and Alan Capistron, and it's evident there is more at stake Monday and Tuesday at state.

John F. Russell: Spontaneity is gone in sports

One of the things I love most about sports are the spontaneous displays of emotion that often define the game - or become bigger than the game.

Best of the Web: Core trail expansion

That is great news; it is good to hear positive news for a change. 3,200 feet or 0.61 mile is a nice start. However, it would be great to have a much longer bike trail. Glenwood Springs has one that runs 40+ miles to Aspen. The city of Leadville has the mineral belt trail that is over 14 miles long and circles the town. And down at the beach in Newport they have a bike trail that runs almost 50 miles along the Santa Ana River to Corona. So we could do better.

Rebecca Macfarlane Wendt: Truly special

I always knew I would come home. Although it was because my parents needed me - my mother, Lois Mae Macfarlane, passed away Sept. 30 - and it was not the circumstances I would have chosen, the community welcomed me back.

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Silver Spur neighborhood sees 5 sales of $600K or more

Perhaps more than any neighborhood in Steamboat Springs, Silver Spur represents a self-contained single-family market where prospective buyers can look at six to eight homes in their price range and make realistic comparisons.

Estes, Rams win, 64-14, against Cowboys

It was another game and another monster win for the Soroco football team. The Rams bumped their record to 5-0 with a 64-14 pasting of Plateau Valley on Saturday.

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Steamboat softball loses 2 to Palisade

The Steamboat Springs High School softball team dropped a pair of games Saturday, falling to Palisade, 22-0 and 20-0. The Sailors, 0-6 on the season, ran into a couple of top-notch pitchers in Shelby Hanson and Emily Crow.

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Trip to Andes an experience of a lifetime for skiers

Rob Zehner moved with his family to Steamboat Springs when he was 16 years old, hoping to fulfill his ski racing dreams. A decade later, he did achieve his goals, but only after burning out on the sport and coming back to it in a much more informal manner.

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School District nears completion on security system

The installation of security cameras and an automated door access system at Steamboat Springs High School almost is complete, said Rick Denney, the district's facilities director. The process started a week after school began in late August.

Business File: Forum to host regional small-business director

The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a forum from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday at Rex's American Bar & Grill. The event is part of the Success Steps Luncheon series from SCORE at Colorado Mountain College.

Routt County Spotlight: Elizabeth Watkins

Occupation: Manager at Quiksilver

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SSWSC skiers get head start in Austria

Program puts Alpine athletes on snow early

A group of Winter Sports Club Alpine skiers will get a jump on their training for the upcoming season. And they're doing it in Patsch, Austria.

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Yampa EMS worker, instructor Vetter retires after 36 years

After responding to train accidents, car crashes, bus crashes and ambulance runs during 36 years of service, longtime Yampa resident Bobbie Vetter is hanging up the stethoscope for good.

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Solomon campaigns through background in public service

Self-described as "semi-retired" after decades in the local building industry, Ken Solomon is running against Kenny Reisman for a District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council. Solomon, 63, said he moved to Steamboat in 1970.

The Record for Oct. 2

The Record for Oct. 2

Ron Pollard: Take America back

Yes, the people, the citizens, the voters, can, God willing, take back America before it is too late.

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Unit at Storm Meadows sells for more than appraised tax value

Real estate professionals don't put a great deal of stock in the county appraiser's valuation. That's because state law mandates that the figure is about two years old by the time owners get their valuation notices.

Dave Lorenzen: Old West and 700

In the Old West, disputes were often resolved using a six-shooter. After attending the Steamboat 700 annexation reading Tuesday night, I see a new version of this same philosophy.

Jail Report for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

Jail Report for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

On the Market: Hayden's Prudential office gets new broker

Sharon Johnson has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty as a full-time broker associate in the Hayden office.

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Latin-influenced dance-fitness class new to Steamboat

Gina Zedeck walked into her first Zumba class with years of ballet experience, some prodding from a friend, no background in Latin music and no idea what to expect.

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Ski Corp. cuts international hiring amid local job interest

Steamboat Ski Area is in the thick of ski season hiring, and the recession has changed a lot.Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. expects to bring on fewer international workers, but leaders expect employment numbers to be similar to last season.

Looking back for Oct. 4, 1934

Steamboat Springs library to extend service

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Reisman says time spent with community trumps experience

One word consistently pops up in conversations with or about Kenny Reisman: passion. Reisman will face longtime local Ken Solomon for the District 2 Steamboat Springs City Council seat in this year's election.

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Soroco volleyball falls in 3 games

Rangely was too powerful and moved the ball too well. The Soroco High School volleyball team, meanwhile, made too many errors and couldn't find a formula to slow the Panthers. Rangely won Saturday, 25-18, 25-18 and 25-21.

Class notes: CHS student attends youth leadership forum in DC

Matt Jones, a sophomore at Christian Heritage School, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense from Tuesday to today in Washington, D.C.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 2009

Total sales - $9,808,225

Our View: Ski ranks merit consideration

The first signs of winter were unmistakable over the past two weeks: measurable snowfall in the valley, frost on our car windshields for consecutive mornings and the release of ski area rankings from national ski magazines.

Joel Reichenberger: Lunging into the season

My first brush with ski fitness could have been worse. did manage to make it to the 7:30 a.m. Tuesday class at Fusion Fit in east Steamboat Springs, and that in and of itself is an accomplishment in my book.

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Police have not cited anyone with alcohol offense

In the 3 1/2 months since the Steamboat Springs City Council passed the contentious social host ordinance, police officers have not cited anyone under the law. But with school resuming, police officials say it's only a matter of time until they use the ordinance.

School board hopefuls differ on funds

Candidates for the one contested Steamboat Springs School Board seat showed different levels of openness to the idea of consolidating Routt County's school districts at an election forum Friday.

Hunt of the Week: Cedar Beauregard

Hunt of the Week: Cedar Beauregard

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Community Band starts Monday

The first rehearsal of the Yampa Valley Community Band is from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Steamboat Springs Middle School. The group will be open to all musicians who have some level of playing experience and will rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, band organizer Mark Rasmussen said.

Saturday, October 3

Music to return to State Bridge Lodge

Owner hopes to revive the venue, which closed in 2007

Doug Moog never went to a show at the old State Bridge Lodge, but he's heard the stories. He'd heard about it from locals he talked to, of course, and from his friends in the band Donna the Buffalo, which played at State Bridge several years ago.

Sailors volleyball shows off in win vs. Delta

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team played one of its most complete games of the year Friday, downing Delta, 3-0.

Steamboat Briefs: Convertibles, help needed for homecoming parade

Convertibles and volunteers are needed for the Steamboat Springs High School Homecoming Parade on Friday.

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Diana Eubank: A shooting star

Lorna Farrow was like a shooting stars, although in Lorna's case, I would say that she was truly a "shooting" star. Lorna had many passions, and one that seemed to flow freely was her joy of shooting.

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Forecast projects more visitors this weekend than last year

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer - the final report until winter forecasts begin Nov. 25 - estimates that about 33 percent of the city's rental pillows will support sleeping heads this weekend, up from about 20 percent for the same weekend in 2008.

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Howelsen gallery hosts David Marshall's metal sculptures

Howelsen Place Gallery owner Barbara McNary has pinpointed the most common reaction of visitors to the art space, which features work by sculptor David Marshall. "I think the first week I started a tally sheet of all the 'wow's I heard, and I got a little tired of adding that up - it's significant," McNary said.

The Record for Oct. 1

The Record for Oct. 1

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Tigers football loses to Paonia

Hayden High School falls short at goal line

It wasn't that the Hayden football team couldn't move the ball or stop Paonia in Friday night's homecoming game in Hayden. It's that the Tigers could only manage to do those things in spurts, and those spurts weren't nearly long enough.

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Steamboat nips Eagle Valley with Lopez goal, wins big game

The Sailors soccer team put themselves right back in the middle of the title chase with a 1-0 victory against Eagle Valley on Friday night at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.

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Steamboat football picks up huge win against Palisade

Friday was the first time Steamboat's football team has beat Palisade in two years and marks the first significant win for the Sailors in that same time period.

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Council candidates address concerns about Steamboat 700 at forum

The proposed Steamboat 700 annexation - to differing degrees - split the candidates in all three contested races for the Steamboat Springs City Council at a Friday election forum. Steamboat 700 proposes 2,000 homes and 380,000 square feet of commercial space on 487 acres just west of city limits.

Friday, October 2

Steamboat volleyball hits critical stretch in season

Steamboat Springs hosts Delta, Palisade on back-to-back days

Steamboat, at 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Western Slope League, welcomes Delta and Palisade for a pair of home games. Steamboat plays Delta at 6:30 p.m. today and Palisade at 1 p.m. Saturday. Both games are at Steamboat Springs High School.

Craig woman accused of embezzling would receive no jail time

Plea agreement has judge unhappy

The Craig woman accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from a Steamboat Springs realty company reached an agreement to keep her out of jail, but District Judge Shelly Hill said she's not happy with the arrangement.

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UV Hippo to jam in Steamboat

Michigan-based jam band plays at least 2 music styles at a time

The guys in Ultraviolet Hippopotamus rely on solid instrumental skills to give their long-running jam sessions a little structure. Scheduled for free shows today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub, the six-man jam band has been playing shows with a rotating lineup for about four years.

The Record for Sept. 30

12:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza where a person reportedly was banging on walls and doors. Officers issued a ticket for disturbing the quiet enjoyment of the home.

Steamboat briefs: US 40 construction slows because of old roadwork

Jody Patten, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation's U.S. Highway 40 construction project, said crews are finding layers of old roadwork, slowing progress down Lincoln Avenue.

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Educational services provider asks school districts for funds

BOCES faces a nearly $317,000 deficit in its 2008-09 budget

The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services has a nearly $317,000 deficit in its 2008-09 budget and is asking its member districts to pick up the tab.

New city editor, features reporter at Pilot & Today

There's been a shuffling of leadership in the newsroom at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Effective today, Mike Lawrence is the newspaper's business and features reporter. Blythe Terrell takes over as city editor.

Soda Creek principal to take extended leave

Celia Dunham and Michele Miller to fill in for Judy Harris

The co-principals at Strawberry Park Elementary School, and Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham, will fill in at Soda Creek Elementary School during an extended absence for Principal Judy Harris.

Town Council OKs 1st reading of fee increase

Hayden draws line between rates, water loss

Hayden's leaders moved ahead Thursday on a water rate increase for residents. The Hayden Town Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would raise base rates 19 percent, to $19 per month for most customers and $11.40 per month for seniors. Usage rates would not change.

Nordic combined athletes Lodwick, Demong honored

Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong named 'Competitors of the Year'

U.S. Nordic combined athletes Bill Demong and Todd Lodwick were named the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Competitors of the Year last week.

Soroco football seeking 5-0 record

The first four games of the season have brought an astonishing collection of offensive displays from the Soroco High School football team.

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Sailors football to battle for league supremacy

At 7 p.m. today, Palisade High School and Steamboat Springs High School will face off at Gardner Field. Both teams are considered an echelon above the rest of the Western Slope League. Each has title aspirations, and while today's game won't determine a whole season, a win could cement an easier road to a potential golden ball in December.

Aspen decides to end H2B visa program

The Aspen Skiing Co.'s decision not to use H2B visas to hire foreign ski and snowboard instructors has put several longtime employees in a bind, according to one of the pros affected.

Fewer absences reported at middle school

Fewer absences at middle school

Steamboat Springs Middle School got an attendance boost Thursday.

Voters, candidates to mingle at forum

Forum to feature moderated questions, election presentation

Tonight's candidates forum will provide voters an opportunity to interact individually and directly with candidates in addition to hearing them answer questions posed by a moderator.

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What to do this week for Oct. 2 to 8

What to do this weekend in Routt County

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First Friday Artwalk listings

This month's First Friday Artwalk features fall colors, a limited-time auction, live music, refreshments and loads of new work at participating galleries, restaurants, retailers and other art venues. All receptions are free and from 5 to 8 p.m. today unless otherwise noted.

Movie times for Oct. 2 to 8

Movie times for Oct. 2 to 8

Tigers football looks to get back in win column

There's nothing like coming home - or at least that's the hope the Hayden High School football team carries into tonight's homecoming game against Paonia. The Tigers and the Eagles face off at 7 p.m. today in Hayden.

Thursday, October 1

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Winter weather, winter roads

Law enforcement reports a few slides around Routt County after snowfall

Snowfall late Wednesday night and Thursday morning caused a few vehicle slides around Routt County, but law enforcement officers said this morning that roads were mostly safe and clear. The high today in Steamboat is expected to be 43 degrees, with snow possibly turning to rain. Friday is forecast to be sunny, with a high of 52.

Public defender questions actions in Johnson arrest case

Public defender Sheryl Uhlmann said Tuesday's arrest of a former Craig police detective raises disturbing questions about his employment as a law enforcement officer. Ken Johnson, 42, was a nine-year Police Department veteran until his resignation Sept. 8. He was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three felonies.

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Intrawest focuses on helmets

Children in lessons, instructors will be required to wear helmets this year

The ski resort owner and parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will recommend this ski season that all skiers and snowboarders wear helmets at its resorts, and it will require helmets for children and some teens in ski and snowboard school programs.

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Athlete of the Week: Alex Estes

Soroco High School senior Alex Estes was named the Athlete of the Week

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New ski films take center stage

Teton Gravity Research, Telemark Skier Magazine to screen new films this weekend

Click on the headline to watch trailers of new ski films by Teton Gravity Research and Telemark Skier Magazine. TGR's "Re:Session" plays at 7 p.m. tonight at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort ballroom.

Steamboat Briefs: Advocates offers volunteer training beginning today

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is offering a new volunteer training beginning today. Volunteer training is 25 hours and prepares volunteers to respond to a 24-hour crisis line.

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Emergency responders making plans as traffic ties up town

Emergency responders work with construction crews to negotiate vehicle congestion

With traffic backed up for blocks during rush hour near the 13th Street construction zone this week, Routt County emergency responders quickly realized they need a plan to get through the traffic tangle.

Hayden Town Council to discuss water rates

Water users in Hayden will pay more if the Hayden Town Council approves a base rate increase this month.

Steamboat 700 still confident despite near defeat

Project 1 vote away from defeat in City Council on Tuesday

Steamboat 700 came within one vote of defeat Tuesday, but Principal and Project Manager Danny Mulcahy said he was encouraged by the outcome and remains confident moving forward.

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Ayer gives bar gigs soul

Singer-guitarist brings varied styles, vocal power to weekly shows

Performing popular hits and obscure singer-songwriter songs in local bars wasn't necessarily part of Sam Ayer's work plan when he moved to Steamboat Springs from Boulder in June 2008.

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Middle school absentee numbers drop

Steamboat Springs Middle School could see attendance rebound

Students' health could be getting better at Steamboat Springs Middle School. A day after absentee numbers hit 151 - reaching a 30 percent threshold to begin discussions of closing the school - absentee numbers dipped to 131 students Wednesday.

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Summit sinks Steamboat soccer

Sailors struggle against Tigers in snowy matchup

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team struggled in a loss to Summit on Wednesday night. Summit got a goal from senior Turner Colvin with 2 minutes, 37 seconds remaining in the first overtime period, to win the game, 2-1.

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Voter registration deadline is Monday

Voters will use only mail-in ballots for this year's election

Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland wants voters to keep a number of dates in mind this election season - but Election Day itself isn't one of the most important. There will be no polls, no booths and no voting machines this year.

City plans to extend Core Trail

3,700-foot project slated for Steamboat's south side

City Open Space Supervisor Craig Robinson is looking for an aggressive contractor to build the newest extension of the Yampa River Core Trail, while hoping for the benign November construction weather Steamboat Springs saw in 2007 and 2008.

The Record for Sept. 29, 2009

Tuesday, Sept. 29