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Wednesday, September 30

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Man encounters mountain lion on Quarry Mountain trail

Mountain bike rider Dave Dietrich wasn't sure how he should feel Monday evening after coming across a full-grown mountain lion on Emerald Mountain.

Tom Williams: Council listened

We, the residents of West Acres Park, would like to thank the members of the City Council for their personal interest in our concerns about the New Victory Highway.

Our View: Road work worth the headaches

Commuting through downtown Steamboat Springs got a lot more stressful with this week's commencement of a major Lincoln Avenue resurfacing project. But our short-term pain will net long-term gains for the city, its residents and its visitors.

Head-on crash victim from Hotchkiss

The man killed in a head-on crash near Toponas on Monday afternoon has been identified as 48-year-old Todd Moore, of Hotchkiss.

Donations of pink scarves sought

Donations of pink scarves are appreciated to benefit the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Coalition, which will sell the scarves at Epilogue Book Co. to raise funds for the annual Bust of Steamboat event.

No new policy for 131 plowing

Service on South Routt road to remain same as past 25 years

The Colorado Department of Transportation will continue to plow Colorado Highway 131 at the same levels as the past 25 years, officials said Tuesday. The only change is a set of new signs announcing the policy.

The Record for Sept. 28

The Record for Sept. 28

151 absent from middle school Tuesday

Variety of illnesses to blame; district, health officials to meet Friday

School district officials said 151 of Steamboat Springs Middle School's 497 students were called in sick or sent home Tuesday. With 30 percent of students absent, the Steamboat Springs School District reached a threshold it established to discuss closing the school.

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Joanne Palmer: The art of quirky behavior

I love odd behavior. I love it so much I keep a running list of strange habits and quirky behavior in a notebook on my desk. On my list are things like, "Wearing a baseball cap to bed," "Can't kiss in the bathroom," and "Sorting M&M candy by color."

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Calls for vote on 700 continue

Council worries about proposed Steamboat 700's housing costs

City Council members gave initial support Tuesday night to the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation, but developers were asked to address a number of issues before returning for final consideration.

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Wild Horse Gallery art auction starts Friday

Wild Horse Gallery accepting bids in-house and online

More than 100 pieces of Western-themed art will be part of an online and silent auction starting Friday at Wild Horse Gallery. Most of the gallery's 50 or so artists suggested a few pieces to be included in the auction.

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Candidates divided on financing issue

Council hopefuls gather for Rotary forum

Candidates for Steamboat Springs City Council were split on whether major capital projects should go to a vote at a Tuesday forum hosted by the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.

Steamboat Briefs: Grant funds available for food, shelter programs

Steamboat Briefs: Grant funds available for food, shelter programs

Tim Rowse: A kind act

Good Samaritans are alive and well.

Tuesday, September 29

Man meets mountain lion on Howelsen

Dave Dietrich said brief encounter on Quarry Mountain Trail was interesting, frightening

Dave Dietrich said he was riding on the new Quarry Mountain Trail when he came across the big cat. The two stared at each other for two to three minutes.

Crash victim from Hotchkiss

Coroner identifies man killed Monday afternoon near Toponas as Todd Moore, 48

The man killed in a head-on crash near Toponas on Monday afternoon has been identified as 48-year-old Todd Moore of Hotchkiss.

County endorses Steamboat 700

Controversial annexation goes before City Council today

The Routt County Board of Commissioners threw its weight behind the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation Tuesday. The commissioners voted, 2-1, to send a letter in support of Steamboat 700 to the city.

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Soup Bowl Supper benefits suicide prevention group in 8th year

Potters and members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans put months of preparation each year into the group's annual community fundraiser, the Soup Bowl Supper. In its eighth year, the fundraiser - at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday - will benefit Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide.

Middle school counts 133 absences Monday

Officials: Several illnesses contributed

Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop thought his school had dodged a bullet. Then Monday happened. District officials said 133 students, or 26 percent of the student body, were home sick.

Council will review Steamboat 700 annexation proposal today

The culmination of two years of review begins tonight when the Steamboat Springs City Council gives preliminary consideration to a collection of ordinances and resolutions annexing Steamboat 700.

Man killed in head-on crash

Accident shuts down Colorado Highway 131 near Toponas

One man was killed, and a second person was injured in a head-on collision near Toponas on Monday afternoon.

Jay steps down as Yampa Valley Community Foundation director

Yampa Valley Community Foundation executive resigns

In a move that surprised her board of directors, Betsey Jay stepped down Friday as executive director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Steamboat Briefs: Advocates offers volunteer training beginning Thursday

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is offering a new volunteer training beginning Thursday. Volunteer training is 25 hours and prepares volunteers to respond to a 24-hour crisis line. The training takes four to six weeks to complete.

The Record for Sept. 27, 2009

Sunday, Sept. 27

Crews battle North Routt fire; red flag warning in effect today

National Weather Service issues red flag warning for today

Firefighters will return this morning to ensure a 1-acre wildfire in northern Routt County is fully extinguished. Crews battled the blaze all day Monday.

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Jimmy Westlake: Shine on, harvest moon

Get ready for a big ol' harvest moon this weekend. There's a lot of folklore out there concerning the unusual harvest moon phenomenon. Let's see if we can separate fact from fiction.

Shooting event to honor Lorna Lou Farrow

Deb Schaffer will never forget Lorna Farrow's passion for shooting. Schaffer credits Farrow for igniting her love of the sport, and she says Farrow will be greatly missed in Steamboat Springs' shooting community.

Tennis squad wraps up league title

Steamboat adult tennis team looks toward district competition

A nearly perfect record in league play this season has given a group of tennis players from Steamboat Springs the chance to play for a district title in the Colorado Tennis Association's summer adult league.

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Tom Ross: Last call for Antares

Owners walking away from 8th Street restaurant

You're not likely to see a fine dining restaurant like Antares in Steamboat ever again. How often do you find a rustic former farm implement repair shop with native stone masonry and a commercial kitchen for lease? In a ski town!

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Center for Visual Arts has new space, new life

Gallery reopens in Lincoln Avenue location Friday

About 15 artists cleared the walls at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts on Monday and carried artwork across Lincoln Avenue to the gallery's new location. The nonprofit community art gallery reopens in its new space next to Steamboat Jewelers during the October First Friday Artwalk.

Monday, September 28

A quarter of Steamboat middle-schoolers absent today

More than 130 students out today. School officials not sure whether it's an H1N1 outbreak, or a combination of other illnesses. The school will not be closed.

Today's crossword and sudoku puzzles

Today's print edition of the newspaper omitted the crossword and sudoku puzzles. Click here to download a printable version of each.

Small wildland fire burning in North Routt

The blaze is about one-tenth of an acre. Fire crews are hiking to the area today to begin suppression efforts.

Monday Medical: H1N1 pandemic flu reaches Routt

Pandemic 2009 H1N1 (swine) flu is here in Routt County. And with school back in session, numbers are on the rise.

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District, city split cost of resource officer

Groups agree to continue shared funding for position

For the second time, the Steamboat Springs School District and the Steamboat Springs Police Department will split the cost of funding a school resource officer position at the high school.

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Hayden junior sets pace for cross-country team

Hayden High School junior Chris Zirkle bears little in common with Brett Favre, Tom Brady or Alber Pujols, and he certainly can't yet match their championship resumes. But he is the fastest boy on the Moffat County cross-country team - one of the best Class 4A teams in the state.

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Homecoming festivities unite Hayden

Week of events brings school, town together

About 20 of Hayden High School's more than 40 seniors gathered at various times Sunday at Vance and Sue Fulton's home in north Hayden to begin work on the senior class float for the homecoming parade. Several events will be held throughout the week to help celebrate Hayden's 2009 homecoming.

Aging Well: Medications blurring the line between helpful, harmful

Chronic pain, anxiety and depression are just a few problems that can send a person to their doctor's office for relief. Chances are, they will leave with one or more prescriptions for medications.

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BLM firefighters raise money for the late Brett Stearns

Somewhere among the live music, dancing and reminiscing of another fire season gone by, Bureau of Land Management firefighters raised more than $5,000 in the name of a fallen comrade.

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Luke Graham: Mental game carries Steamboat golfers

Golf, in its purest form, might be the most character-defining sport. It's a gentlemen's game where players are expected to keep their own score, not cheat and make sure their playing partners don't cheat.

Events fill beds in Vail Valley

Despite economy, participatory functions bring in visitors

Rooms reservations are usually easy to get at The Charter at Beaver Creek this time of year. Except when the soccer kids come to town.

The Record for Sept. 26, 2009

Saturday, Sept. 26

Steamboat Briefs: Road work begins today on C.R. 80 in California Park

The Routt County Road and Bridge Department begins roadwork today on Routt County Road 80 in California Park, in northwest Routt County, to replace a culvert on First Creek. The work site is about 18 miles north of C.R. 70 and the Morgan Bottom area.

Courts survey to take place Tuesday

State facilities to measure residents' opinion of judicial service

The Colorado courts system will take the judicial temperature of Routt County on Tuesday as part of a statewide survey program. Anyone with business at the courthouse Tuesday will be asked to fill out a questionnaire in English or Spanish about their experience with the court.

Steamboat Resorts gets aggressive

Company cuts prices in half to attract attention, bookings

Steamboat Resorts wasn't ready to wait to see how this winter turned out for lodging, President Bob Milne said at a Business Outlook Breakfast last week. So the company put itself out there.

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Deb Babcock: Mushrooms in your lawn?

Some Steamboat area residents are complaining about mushrooms popping up in their lawns this fall. As Bill Sauter said to me the other day, "It's not that I don't like them, but they're slippery when I go to mow the lawn and step on one."

Sunday, September 27

Our View: Prepare for mail-in ballot

Nov. 3 is Election Day. But this will be no ordinary Election Day. In case you haven't heard, this year's election is being conducted exclusively with mail-in ballots. We hope a new voting format and the absence of national and state races doesn't affect voter turnout.

Best of the Web: Song Mountain proposal

Just what we need, another bunch of houses on the market that will probably be unsold for a long time ...

Soroco football routs Nucla, 50-8

The Soroco High School football team won four games last season, in its inaugural venture through eight-man football. Friday night in Nucla, Soroco matched that win total with its fourth consecutive win to start this season, this time a 50-8 rout.

Sports Briefs: Sailors tennis plays strong during weekend contests

ollowing the Western Slope Open tennis tournament in Grand Junction two weeks ago, Steamboat Springs High School tennis coaches Don Toy and John Aragon challenged their players to take their games to a new level.

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Business bubbling for Steamboat Soap Co.

Debbie Dygert offers products in stores, on Web

Debbie Dygert seems like the sort of person who would make bubbly stuff for a living. The blond-pigtailed entrepreneur is effervescent about her products and lovingly displays each one, from creamy goat-milk decorative bars to textured organic soaps.

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Sailors cross-country boys place 4th at invitational

Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team was able to claim a fourth-place team finish at the Moffat County Invitational for the boys on Saturday. However, Moffat County High School dominated the boys and girls side.

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John Anarella to receive award for wilderness stewardship

John Anarella, program manager for the U.S. Forest Service's Yampa Ranger District, is being honored with the Aldo Leopold Award for overall wilderness stewardship Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C.

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Sailors focus on hitting in doubleheader loss to Bears

The Rifle High School girls softball team scored early, late, often and just about anytime in between on Saturday in a doubleheader against Steamboat Springs at Howelsen Hill. The Bears rolled to a 29-1 first-game victory and followed it up with a 33-0 second-game win.

John F. Russell: Riders try new team

Budget cuts cost Erica Mueller a place on the U.S. Snowboarding Team this year, but she's not going to let that end her dream to make the Olympics in Vancouver. Mueller joined a newly formed, independent group of champion Alpine snowboarders called America's Snowboard Team.

Joel Reichenberger: Miles ahead

The way the Soroco football team used Cody Miles last week reminds me of my second season covering the Kansas State University football team.

Steamboat Briefs: Youth Hockey board meets Thursday

Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association holds a special meeting of its board of directors at 6:15 p.m. in Howelsen Ice Arena's meeting room, to vote on a fundraising proposal and an increase in funding for need-based scholarships.

Stuart Orzach: End of an era?

Learning that attendance at this year's Triple Crown Sports events is down by 20 percent, Steamboat Springs citizens can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Towny Anderson: Put it in writing

If it is not in the annexation agreement, it won't happen. City councilors, please take this statement to heart.

Letter to the Editor: Our opportunity

It is our community's responsibility to seize this opportunity to annex Steamboat 700, and put our plans and visions into place.

Jail Report for Sept. 19 to 25

Jail Report for Sept. 19 to 25

The Record for Sept. 25

The Record for Sept. 25

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Spa owner spent 2 months in Thailand for massage specialty

Pam Peretz first experienced Thai massage near a beach in Bali, Indonesia. In May and June, the Steamboat Springs day spa owner learned the technique and now offers it at her spa.

Business File: Lafarge West wins environment award

Business File: Lafarge West wins environment award

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Man's passion for theater began in Steamboat Springs

Kenny Kendall's love of acting began as a fourth-grader in Steamboat Springs.

Looking Back for Sept. 28, 1934

Campaign for modernizing homes gets results

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Sailors volleyball splits pair of games

Steamboat now 7-2 overall, 4-1 in Western Slope

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team split a pair of games Saturday, downing Battle Mountain in the morning before falling to Eagle Valley in the afternoon. The Sailors beat the Huskies, 26-24, 25-23 and 25-2, before falling to the Devils, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19.

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Building trades getting through recession on remodels, additions

Highly skilled workers in Steamboat's building trades are intently focusing on remodels and additions to existing homes, as the slump in single-family building drags on toward 2010.

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11 of 54 Dry Creek lots have sold in Hayden

Developers plan Oct. 18 auction to move homesites

Ask Realtors in Steamboat Springs, and they are apt to tell you the relative few buyers in the market right now feel no sense of urgency.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 17 to 24, 2009

Total sales - $7,014,500

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South Routt community garden to grow

South Routt project produced cornucopia of produce

What the South Routt Nursery's community garden lacks in climate, its community gardeners make up for in care.

On the Market: Edgemont progresses on pool, other projects

The Edgemont condominium project is on track for closings in January, and developers have decided to advance the timetable on construction of a "free-form," or non-rectangular, pool and hot tub facility. Allison Finn, spokeswoman for The Atira Group, said this week the pool was originally scheduled for Phase 2 of the project, but because the timing of Phase 2 is uncertain, the developers decided to make it available for use by the project's first homeowners.

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Flat Tops Trail byway makes for scenic drive

Google Maps seems to only half-believe the Flat Tops Trail - an 82-mile Yampa-Meeker connector - exists. But the long, often winding and always wide road is worth the drive for anyone in search of a non-straining adventure.

Local Spotlight: Cristian David Lince Aux

Occupation: Juice maker

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Postal Service won't consolidate boxes downtown

Spokesman: Sundance location could move but would remain in southern part of town

South-side postal boxes would be preserved but retail services would move downtown under the latest plans outlined by U.S. Postal Service officials. The planned closure of the Sundance branch had city officials and others worried.

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Regional annexations face hard times

18 months after Pilot series, projects are struggling

Much has changed since April 2008, when the Steamboat Pilot & Today's three-part series, "City Limits," examined annexations in other Colorado communities and how they related to Steamboat Springs' consideration of Steamboat 700.

Saturday, September 26

Firefighter event to benefit scholarship in honor of Brett Stearns

Bureau of Land Management firefighters' end-of-season party is a celebration of another fire season gone by. But tonight at Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs, someone will be missing from the festivities.

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Tigers volleyball pick up win in 4-game romp

Just like that, the Hayden girls volleyball team again is riding high. The Tigers, off to a slow start to the season, made it all OK Friday evening as they blasted De Beque, winning in four games, 25-14, 25-9, 23-25 and 25-17.

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Caterer, pastry chef to teach cake design workshops

Caterer and pastry chef Nicolette Powell is scheduled to teach two cake design classes this fall at Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym and will take up residence at Amante Coffee's kitchen Wednesday. Workshops to decorate a "doll cake" are from 10 a.m. to noon today and 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 17.

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat youth hockey board meets Thursday

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat youth hockey board meets Thursday

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Sailors football roll past Devils

Steamboat remains undefeated after 42-12 thumping

Playing at a revamped Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum against Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs High School football team needed only one half to determine the outcome. The Sailors scored just about every way possible in the first 24 minutes Friday, cruising to a 42-12 win.

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City addresses 'urban chickens' ordinance

Proposal would allow up to 5 hens in single-family zones

An ordinance in the early stages of review would allow as many as five chicken hens to be kept at homes within city limits in single-family zone districts. The ordinance has not been reviewed by the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission or City Council but probably will be this fall.

Oak Creek resident owes 15 years of water fees

Oak Creek resident plans to pay $10K bill within a week

Bob Lenhardt said he wasn't surprised at the bill for nearly $10,000 levied by the Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday night. In fact, he had been waiting for it for about 14 years. Lenhardt tapped into the municipal water supply in 1995 after he got permission from town officials, he said.

Great Outdoors Colorado returns

Board to convene Wednesday at Howelsen

The board of directors of Great Outdoors Colorado would like to know how the average Joe and Jill in Northwest Colorado would like to see their share of lottery proceeds spent during the next five years.

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Woman gives birth in car outside emergency room doors

Just 20 minutes after she went into labor, Samantha Youngs, 28, found herself sitting in the front seat of her mother's Subaru outside of the emergency room doors at Yampa Valley Medical Center, giving birth to her second child, Joseph Patrick Paul Youngs.

Bill Ritter Jr.: Federal stimulus dollars and local impacts

Since President Barack Obama signed the Recovery Act into law in Denver in February, every community in Colorado has benefited from these investments. And that certainly includes Steamboat Springs and neighboring towns.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Forest Service welcomes hunters

Fall is upon us and with it comes frosty air, changing leaves and hunting trips. Officials with the Medicine Bow-Routt national forests would like to remind hunters about some key safety strategies before heading into the woods this fall.

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Sustainability center stage at summit

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council listens to green infrastructure presentation

Out-of-towners provided insight Friday into what they've done, what they're trying to do and what's working in the sustainability arena.

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Tom Ross: What we can learn from a post-tornado revival

What we can learn from a post-tornado revival

What would you do if Steamboat Springs was wiped out tomorrow by a rogue tornado? Would you bolt town for flatter ground, or would you stick around to build a new city from scratch on the big bend in the Yampa River?

The Record for Sept. 24

The Record for Sept. 24

Hayden football hoping to rebound

Tigers focusing on play-action fakes for showdown today against Bears

Any notion the Hayden football team might lack focus for its 1 p.m. showdown today at Delta High School against Dolores - a game the Tigers won last year, 48-14 - was shattered early in last week's game at Grand Valley.

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Guinean dancer and drummer to teach workshops

Members of the Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble have used master Guinean dance and drum teacher Moustapha Bangoura's instructional DVDs in their classes for years.

Friday, September 25

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Historic Routt County recognizes leadership of Hellyer, Leslie

Donna Hellyer and Jan Leslie won the Historic Preservation Leadership Award from Historic Routt County on Thursday. Hellyer has pushed for historic preservation across the county, and Leslie has created mounds of research behind the scenes, said Patrick Delaney, Historic Routt County board president.

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Barn dancing event will benefit human service providers

The second annual barn dance, a fundraiser for Steamboat Community Cares Fund and the Rotary Club's charities, will include 12 raffle prizes, live music, country dancing and catered food.

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What to do this week

Today's events include the start of the KITBall Klassic, at 5:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill; square dancing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hayden; a screening of "Local Color," at 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center; and hard-rocking Denver band Radioface, at 10 p.m. at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.

The Record for Sept. 23

The Record for Sept. 23

Steamboat briefs: Library accepting teen art submissions to display

Bud Werner Memorial Library is accepting submissions for its teen art wall. The ongoing exhibit showcases the art of local teens and displays new artwork about every three months. Routt County teens between ages 13 and 18 are welcome to submit artwork in all media, including paintings, photography, drawings and more. Matted or framed artwork can be dropped off anytime at the library. For more information, call 879-0240, ext. 312.

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Kickball tourney starts today

17 teams to face off in double-elimination challenge

Seventeen teams will face off in the third annual NRC Broadcasting kickball tournament starting at 5:30 p.m. today, with double elimination trimming the teams to a final game at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Steamboat, Glenwood soccer play to 0-0 draw

Steamboat, Glenwood soccer play to 0-0 draw - again

In a season that has seen draw after draw among top teams across the Western Slope League soccer-scape, Thursday's Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs game again ended as a scoreless draw.

Fireworks likely in match-up of Soroco, Nucla

Fireworks likely in match-up of undefeateds

It might seem logical to go ahead and pencil in a 4-0 record next to the Soroco football team. Yes, the Rams haven't even made the six-hour trek to the small southwest Colorado town for tonight's game. But Soroco's win last season was so decisive - 57-20 in Oak Creek - that it seems like a few points might even carry over.

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Sailors volleyball rushes past the Bulldogs

In the first match-up of the season between longtime rivals, the Steamboat Springs High School varsity volleyball team was able to top Moffat County High School, 3-1, in Craig.

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Steamboat Springs football to battle Eagle Valley Devils

Steamboat Springs football to take battle to Eagle Valley

The Steamboat Springs High School football team can't wait to get through today. On paper, everything surrounding a 7 p.m. game at Eagle Valley favors an undefeated Steamboat team. The Sailors are 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Western Slope League.

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Shakedown Street to play to the crowd on 2-night Steamboat run

Shakedown Street drummer Jake Wolf jokes that he got into the Grateful Dead after being "sucker-punched in my stomach" by concerned family members.

Diamond offers reasons for optimism

Ski Corp. president says most market indicators are positive

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond said some ski season flights are 60 percent to 80 percent cheaper than this time last year. Gas is more than a dollar a gallon cheaper, and consumer confidence is increasing from its all-time low in February.

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Universal playgrounds at Strawberry Park, Soda Creek dedicated

As the pink ribbon fell to the ground, more than 30 children ran screaming onto the new universal playground at Strawberry Park Elementary School. On Thursday, a ceremony dedicated the Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools playgrounds.

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URA members evaluate financing

Ground-source snowmelt system ruled out for promenade

From the collapse of municipal bond insurers to an unwillingness to take on new debt in a volatile economy, the city's urban renewal authority has struggled since early last year to secure the money needed for planned projects. Now, the URA is faced with a better sort of problem: a bank offering two options for financing.

Planning Commission gives go-ahead for Ski Time Square

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission unanimously approved preliminary plans for the redevelopment of Ski Time Square on Thursday but reduced the developer's request for a 10-year vesting period.

Thursday, September 24

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Athlete of the Week: Colleen King

Steamboat Springs High School senior Colleen King had nine kills against Glenwood Springs and 17 kills and 17 assists against Rifle during Steamboat's 2-0 week.

High school soccer, volleyball prep for big games

A third of the way through the Western Slope League soccer schedule, the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team encounters its first must-win game of the year. Even as things appear to be rolling for the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team, coach Wendy Hall urges caution about expectations.

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Candidates discuss child care, education at forum

All seven candidates for seats on the Steamboat Springs City Council, all three for the Steamboat Springs School Board and one candidate for the Hayden School Board appeared at an afternoon forum at the Routt County Courthouse.

Life coach takes aim at obstacles

David Caddell started practice to help people achieve goals

David Caddell found his calling in life coaching after years in other fields. Caddell worked in media, music and customer service before discovering his passion. He trained at the Baraka Institute in Portland, Ore., and started working as a life coach in Steamboat Springs two months ago.

Steamboat Art Museum shop to stay open

Gallery closes for fall next week; store looks for more artists

The display gallery at Steamboat Art Museum will be dark this fall, but the museum store is scheduled to stay open six days a week. The store is looking for new contributing artists with quality wares to fill out its fall and winter inventory, said museum shop volunteer Barbara Flowers.

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Indian musician performs for Hayden High School Students

About 20 band students from Hayden's high school and middle school crowded closely around Indian musician Sandip Burman on Wednesday morning as he played the sitar. Burman, a native of Durgapur, West Bengal, India, stopped in Hayden as part of a nationwide tour that includes performances and classes with students.

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CBI agent talks to seniors about protection from identity theft

John Zamora, an agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Identity Theft Fraud Unit for the Western Slope, based in Grand junction, talked about identity theft to a group of more than 50 seniors at the American Legion Post 62.

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Groups dedicate elementary school universal playgrounds

After about two years of work that included almost $1 million in fundraising and help from more than 500 volunteers, the universal playgrounds at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools are complete.

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Local agencies brace for additional revenue shortfalls

Projected state budget cuts may mean less mental health services and a shortage of grant funding, but don't expect any reductions in snowplows or patrollers on state highways.

Possible swine flu death in Summit County

Autopsy to be done today on 13-year-old

The death of a 13-year-old Breckenridge boy Wednesday may have been connected with swine flu infection. An autopsy is to be performed today, though immediate results are unlikely to suggest cause of death.

Group proposes to triple Vail lodging tax

Tough times call for tough decisions - that's one reason a group of Vail business people is proposing the town of Vail consider a lodging tax increase.

Man disoriented after dark near Buffalo Pass, walks to safety

A local hunter who became disoriented after dark Tuesday night walked out of the wilderness near Buffalo Pass unharmed Wednesday morning. Routt County Search and Rescue spokesman Darrel Levingston said the 58-year-old local hunter was hunting birds Tuesday evening near the Dry Lake campground.

Steamboat briefs: ACET suspects headed for preliminary hearings

Two of the three men arrested on felony drug-related charges in an Aug. 31 raid are headed toward preliminary hearings, with mentions of plea offers on the horizon.

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Art exhibit rooted in nature

Lelija Roy's mixed media depicts aspens through the seasons

Mixed media artist Lelija Roy expects most anyone driving from Denver to Steamboat Springs this time of year to be wowed by the changing aspen trees. But she doesn't expect anyone to stop and feel the texture of the bark. That's where her collection of paintings and mixed media pieces depicting aspens comes in.

The Record for Sept. 22

The Record for Sept. 22

Wednesday, September 23

2009 Election calendar

Key dates for 2009 municipal and school board elections

Hayden volleyball falls in 4

The Hayden High School girls volleyball team fell to West Grand on Tuesday, 3-1.

Commissioners up the ante on Song Mountain

The controversial Song Mountain development in Stagecoach - the largest proposed subdivision reviewed by the county in 35 years - received two preliminary approvals Tuesday, but county commissioners heaved a number of new requirements on the project.

Our View: Efforts improve summer diversity

Both the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs deserve praise for their initiative in starting new summer events and improving existing ones.

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New Italian-themed work by Mack will be a Mambo fixture

Plays on vintage Italian landscapes, country scenes and market posters were local artist Mari Mack's canvas for a new collection opening at Mambo Italiano. Mack's work goes on display with a party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant.

First Impressions to host candidate event about education

First Impressions will host candidate event today

Today's First Impressions of Routt County forum gives local candidates a chance to talk about how government should address early childhood care and education.

Aspen falls in Ski Magazine rankings

Magazine readers take note of town's charm, price, even bears

Aspen and its namesake mountain earned praise for everything from its steep terrain to toning down the celebrity glitz in the Ski Magazine resort rankings. But the price of an Aspen ski vacation, the travel hassles and even the bear problem got ripped as weaknesses.

Home radon levels high in Routt

Home radon levels are testing higher than expected in Routt County, and the local Extension Office is hoping a free clinic Thursday will help residents protect themselves from the danger.

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Dahlin remembered as a well-traveled local

Manager of Big O Tires, Grease Monkey killed in rollover crash

Before Dustin Dahlin met his wife, Kori, he was a roamer and a wanderer, taking solo trips abroad to immerse himself in different cultures and meet the people of the world.

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Creek View Grill reopens after closing Thursday

Creek View Grill closed Thursday because it owed taxes

The Colorado Department of Revenue closed the Creek View on Thursday because the restaurant was behind in paying state sales tax, owner Phillip Davis said.

YVRA car rental businesses fear impact of possible Hayden levy

In a worst-case scenario, a new car rental tax in Hayden could knock business down by 10 to 15 percent, Aaron Wiltfong said, who operates Budget Rent A Car at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and will be among those voting on the proposed tax Nov. 3.

Steamboat Briefs: Fortress Investment won't pay dividend in 3rd quarter

Fortress Investment Group announced Tuesday that it won't pay a dividend in the third quarter of 2009.

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Residents looking forward to live cooking show

Retired schoolteacher Peggy Bomba, of Craig, always is looking for new ideas to bring back to her kitchen.

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Steamboat golf qualifies 3 for state tourney in cold weather

Battling temperatures that dipped into the low 40s and winds that made it feel much colder, the Sailors qualified three players for the state golf tournament, Oct. 5 and 6 at Highlands Ranch Golf Club in Denver.

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Joanne Palmer: Cookies and washcloths cure all

Chocolate always makes me feel better, and chocolate and chicken soup together may pack the punch I need to send this cruddy head cold packing.

The Record for Sept. 21

The Record for Sept. 21

Tuesday, September 22

Skiing readers rank Steamboat No. 9

Magazine ranks Steamboat tops for trees, second for snow and ninth for nightlife

Steamboat came in at No. 9 overall on Skiing Magazine's list of top 10 resorts for 2010. The magazine tallies reader votes across categories such as steeps, snow and terrain.

Arts Briefs: Depot Art Center schedules performances

Arts Council firming up details for new theater, music, film events

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is starting to fill in a variety of performances on its calendar with a CD release party by local band Trouble or Nothing last week and a fall film series beginning Friday.

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Tom Ross: Ugandan orphanage beckons again

22-year-old Steamboat woman headed back to Africa to help

Steamboat native Jessica Schlapkohl, 22, has heard the call of Africa since she was a little girl watching TV messages that detailed the plight of hungry children in the vast continent so far from the Yampa Valley. The images never let go of her heart.

Jimmy Westlake: Autumnal equinox arrives today

The season of autumn officially arrives for the northern hemisphere at 3:22 p.m. today. How do astronomers determine the precise moment the season begins? Fall begins the instant the sun crosses the equator on its way south.

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South Routt Elementary School gym back in business

Facility opens just in time for cold weather

With the temperature in the low 30s and a light snowstorm Monday, the South Routt Elementary School gymnasium couldn't have become available at a better time. Physical Education teacher Artie Weber prepared a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the gymnasium.

The Record for Sept. 20, 2009

Sunday, Sept. 20

Steamboat Briefs: Man injured in downtown fight early Sunday morning

A man who was reportedly knocked unconscious in a fight in downtown Steamboat Springs early Sunday morning decided not to press charges in the incident, police said.

Fund Board groups merge

1st meeting of Capital/Technology Commission is Wednesday

The Education Fund Board's Technology and Capital commissions have been merged into one to better address long-term planning and the funding needs of area schools, Fund Board President Mark Andersen said.

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Businesses fear construction headaches

Lincoln Avenue work scheduled to begin Wednesday

Businesspeople from Twice as Nice Shoppe, F.M. Light & Sons, Mountain Traditions, Space Station and Rabbit Ears Motel turned out Monday for an open house introducing a concrete reconstruction of Steamboat Springs' busiest thoroughfare.

City, Triple Crown mull future

Down year brings focus to possible splitting of World Series

Triple Crown Sports has successfully weathered grasshopper outbreaks and wildfires, President Dave King said, but the sports tourism company couldn't beat a national recession.

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Tour de Forks fundraiser offers dining deals

Proceeds from Tour de Forks event go to scholarship fund

A new scholarship fundraiser by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Young Professionals Network encourages Routt County locals to "eat to educate." Tour de Forks, scheduled for Oct. 1 to 3, offers discounts to about two dozen Steamboat Springs restaurants.

5th suspect in scam case sentenced

Dean Mowatt apologizes, receives 2 years probation for crime

The fifth man arrested in what local authorities have dubbed a "Jamaican lottery scam" was given a deferred judgment Monday and is not expected to be prosecuted at the federal level.

Monday, September 21

Kevin Bennett

Candidate questionnaire by District 1 City Council candidate Kevin Bennett

Ken Solomon

Candidate questionnaire by District 2 City Council candidate Ken Solomon

Kenny Reisman

Candidate questionnaire by District 2 City Council candidate Kenny Reisman

Kyle Pietras

Candidate questionnaire by At-large City Council candidate Kyle Pietras

Jim Engelken

Candidate questionnaire by At-large City Council candidate Jim Engelken

Walter Magill

Candidate questionnaire by District 3 City Council candidate Walter Magill

Cari Hermacinski

Candidate questionnaire by District 1 City Council candidate Cari Hermacinskit

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Summer, fall and winter collide

Last day of summer sees snow at high elevations, 1st freeze predicted

The first sign of winter - snow - fell on the last day of summer here in the Yampa Valley. Fall officially begins today, when early morning temperatures could drop to the low 20s. Daytime highs are expected to increase into the 70s by week's end.

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Saturday fundraiser benefits son of City Market employee

When J.J. Pike's City Market co-workers discovered her son had been diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, they wanted to do something to help.

Aging Well: Taking control of arthritis

Jenny Thomsen held up a large can of anchovies as evidence of a change she's made in response to a big disease. Thomsen suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, a particularly debilitating form of arthritis causing chronic pain and joint damage.

Sustainability Summit to focus on solutions

Friday's speakers include green building, carbon footprint experts

On May 4, 2007, a tornado all but destroyed Greensburg, Kan. Three options presented themselves, John Wickland said: rebuild the town as it was before, walk away or rebuild the town sustainably.

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Canadian driver rallies to win

Comrie-Picard captures Rally Colorado stage race despite weather

Andrew Comrie-Picard said before the weekend's Rally Colorado stage race that he would have to be cautious on the event's dirt and rock Routt County roads.

Steamboat Briefs: Horizons seeks volunteers to spend time as mentors

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Carolyn Gochee wins 1st race of year at Hayden Speedway season finale

Driving in the last race of the track's season, Carolyn Gochee won her first race of the season, beating out Isadora Hitz and Casey Madsen in the Sport Stock Class.

Monday Medical: Coping with crisis of infertility

"Just relax." Under ordinary circumstances, these words are offered to comfort. For a couple struggling with infertility, however, these words convey a lack of understanding of the painful journey of infertility.

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Concert review: Orchestra inspired in opener

Saturday's concert features solid solos, energetic symphony

A trio of solo performances from guest violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio and a spirited rendition of Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 made for a smooth opening night for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's 2009-10 season Saturday at Strings Music Pavilion.

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US 40 project begins this week

Meeting tonight is intended to provide information for residents

A major highway resurfacing project begins this week in downtown Steamboat Springs. But before it does, officials with CDOT, the city of Steamboat Springs and Scott Contracting hope a public meeting tonight will provide information and answers.

Sports brief: Hayden volleyball drops road match

It was another rough outing for the Hayden volleyball team Saturday as the squad fell in four games at Vail Christian.

The Record for Sept. 19, 2009

Saturday, Sept. 19

Deb Babcock: The lowly potato

Potatoes have roots going back 7,000 years to the mountains of the Andes in South America. Farmers back then admired the ruggedness, nutritional value, and storage attributes of this tuber.

Sunday, September 20

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ELL numbers down, but programs rich in multiculturalism

English Language Learner teacher Tiffany Gebhardt and other ELL teachers in the Steamboat Springs School District have smaller classes this year, with lower enrollment after years of steady growth. ELL enrollment in South Routt is down by one student from a year ago. The Hayden School District couldn't provide exact numbers of ELL students in its schools after starting the school year Sept. 8.

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OktoberWest marks end to flurry for Chamber

OktoberWest ran across town, starting with a downtown bike parade and beer tastings Friday, going to a full day of beer and events at Gondola Square on Saturday and ending with specials at ski area restaurants today. The Chamber planned the first-time fest as part of efforts to "create some vitality for the town," Executive Vice President Sandy Evans Hall said.

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Twentymile coal available in Craig

Residents who want coal for their homes must drive out of Routt

For stockings and stoves, Routt County residents will be turning to Craig this winter after Twentymile Coal Co. contracted out its home coal distribution to Bower Brothers Construction. Owner Bud Bower said the construction company will begin distributing coal to individuals at the Northwest Ready Mix site.

Police Blotter for Sept. 18

Police Blotter for Sept. 18

Steamboat businesses find social network footing

Steamboat Springs businesses have been following, friending, tweeting and hash-tagging their way into the nonstop world of Web 2.0.

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Identity theft is fastest growing crime

California man sentenced, released in identity theft of local man

When Lawrence Chiles wanted to buy an identity, all he had to do was shell out $200 on a street corner in East Los Angeles. The victim: Steamboat Springs resident Chris Wening. And Wening is hardly alone. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, and Routt County residents are no safer than any other potential victims.

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Huge tourney for golf team set for Tuesday

Regional event at Haymaker is Sailors' one chance to qualify for state

Despite positioning themselves as one of the top teams in the region and having several players win tournaments, only Tuesday really matters for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team. Starting at 9 a.m. at Haymaker Golf Course, the Sailors host the Class 3A and 4A regional golf tournament.

Jail Report for Sept. 12 to 18

Jail Report for Sept. 12 to 18

Ed MacArthur: YVHA supports 700

The board of directors of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority would like to express its support of the Steamboat 700 Community Housing Plan's proposal to provide affordable and work force housing for the Yampa Valley community.

Best of the Web for Sept. 20

Best of the Web for Sept. 20

Bill Kipper: I don't get it

There was an incident in the alley between Fourth and Fifth streets and Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street in which a guy in his 20s deliberately pulled his truck into the path of my bike, then made faces at me, then actually chased me on foot and roared at me to try and scare me.

Mike Carlyle: Bring back races

Well, the big weekend in my mind has come and gone again for the year.

Omar M. Campbell: Time running out

A letter to the editor in the Sept. 9, 2009, issue of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, titled "Thanks for asking," by William McCawley, really hit the nail on the head.

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Rugby coach now offers high-intensity sessions at Manic Training

Sessions at Manic Training start and end on time. There isn't room for lollygagging or chitchat, but owner Graham "Bushy" Muir still describes it as "low-key." That's because the training is for athletes who want to come in and get down to business.

Steamboat briefs: Ski area closes trails to dispose of slash piles

From Monday to Friday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will close some summer trails while it tests an experimental method to dispose of slash piles left behind by logging operations.

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Opportunities abound to check out changing fall colors

Asking veteran Yampa Valley photographers Larry Pierce and Jim Steinberg to pick a favorite spot from which to photograph fall foliage is like asking a mother to pick a favorite child. Both agreed: when the aspens of Colorado turn from green to yellow and orange, it's hard to go wrong.

Class Notes: Catamount awards 13 students with scholarships

The Catamount Ranch & Club Committee has awarded 13 students scholarships totaling more than $17,000.

Look Back for Sept. 21, 1934

The historical relics and specimens in the cabinet in the hall on the first floor of the courthouse are attracting a great deal of attention. Visitors are inspecting the interesting articles every day.

Local Spotlight: Sue Gallion

Occupation: Artist

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Event raises suicide awareness

Bryce Mackie tells teens, parents about personal experience

When Bryce Mackie began making the film "Eternal High," when he was 16 years old, he didn't really understand the implications. During a Thursday evening presentation at Steamboat Springs High School, Mackie said that one day he began crying at the dinner table and that his parents realized the signs of depression.

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Artist creates art using Raku process

Dynamic pottery process involves fiery trash cans and colorful glazes

In the decade-plus that Steamboat Springs ceramics artist Julie Anderson has been making fine art sculpture out of clay, she's learned not to become too attached to any one project.

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Taking school to the outdoors

6th-graders go to Perry-Mansfield for science lessons

Since 2001, three groups of sixth-graders from Routt County schools have spent a week at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. The camp starts on a Monday and the students stay overnight at Perry-Mansfield from Tuesday to Thursday. On Friday, they take part in a community service project.

Dr. Linda Halteman Lewis: What are we so afraid of?

Emotions are running high around the health care debate.

John C. Doolittle: John Salazar should have held a town hall meeting

I would like to publicly thank Lynn Abbott for participating in a public debate (via this paper's letters to the editor) with me on the issue of nationalizing health care.

Our View: Pot ordinance goes too far

The Steamboat Springs City Council's draft ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries goes too far. Even more concerning is that the planned ordinance's restrictions on commercial speech are unconstitutional.

Steamboat softball loses in doubleheader

The Steamboat Springs High School softball team found one positive in Saturday's doubleheader at Eagle Valley.

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Sailors soccer tie Huskies, 1-1

White's late goal forces tie for Steamboat, Battle Mountain

Steamboat Springs soccer equalized the game with a goal from Andrew White with five minutes remaining, but neither the Sailors nor the Huskies could come up with a way to break the tie, and the game ended, 1-1.

Business File: Chamber to host outlook breakfast Thursday

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a Business Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Rex's American Grill & Bar.

Joel Reichenberger: Connecting on the fly

On Friday afternoon, I strapped into a rally car for the first time, catching a ride on Rally Colorado media day. There weren't an overwhelming number of people in attendance - a few local media members, sponsors' representatives and other town dignitaries and race volunteers.

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14K-square-foot duplex to offer 'elevated' views

Ski Trail Lane building site is steeper than Valley View ski trail

Residential elevators aren't unheard of in Steamboat Springs, but there's nothing in the city to match the twin elevator shafts built into a four-story duplex under construction this fall on Ski Trail Lane.

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Steamboat's Gruben captures 3rd annual ultra-marathon

Jenna Gruben said the knowledge that OktoberWest festivities awaited her at the finish line of Saturday's Run, Rabbit Run Steamboat 50 ultra-marathon served as motivation. Gruben was the top women's finisher for the second year in a row, finishing the trail in a course-record time of 9 hours, 14 minutes.

John F. Russell: Keeping track of what is important

Bryan Fletcher has spent most of his life pursuing important things. The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, top finishes on the World Cup and in February, he hopes a spot on the U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Vancouver, B.C.

Sailors volleyball dispatches Bears in 3 games Saturday

For the second straight match, the Steamboat Springs girls volleyball team found itself up, 2-0, and cruising after taking the first two games from Rifle in Saturday's home match.

Saturday, September 19

Snowmass, Aspen skier rankings slip

Snowmass slipped a bit and Aspen Mountain tanked it in the annual ski resort rankings by Ski Magazine.

City of Aspen lays off 12 employees

The Aspen city government laid off 12 employees Thursday and eliminated four other positions, shaving $1.36 million off its operating budget.

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Soroco quarterback leads Rams to 3-0 with win

The Rams overcame an ugly first quarter and a relentless running back, relying on a huge night from senior quarterback Cody Miles to knock off the Faith Baptist Pioneers, 45-26.

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Sailors football cruises to big win

Steamboat passes Montezuma-Cortez, 49-6

It took Darian Buelter awhile to see that he had realized a nose tackle's dream. The SSHS senior's first career touchdown Friday against Montezuma-Cortez highlighted Steamboat's most complete game of the year.

Tigers football can't overcome slow start

Hayden High School team falls to Grand Valley, 28-17

Two early touchdowns were too much for the Hayden High School football team to overcome Friday at Grand Valley. The Tigers fell, 28-17.

Soroco volleyball wins in 3 games

Rams rebound against DeBeque Dragons

A day after a maddening loss in which the Soroco volleyball team seemed to be able to do little right, the team excised its frustrations.

Creek View developer studies hotel options

Builder gets Hayden's OK to seek $10,000 grant

Hayden developer Stefanus Nijsten and his brother, Louis, are developing the Creek View project in western Hayden and have proposed a commerce park near Yampa Valley Regional Airport with partner Bob Zibell.

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Tom Ross: Pedaling Posse Parade kicks off OktoberWest

People piled into the parking lot at Howelsen Hill on Friday afternoon for the kickoff to Steamboat's OktoberWest, the first Pedaling Posse Parade cruiser bike ride.

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for OktoberWest events

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking volunteers to help with the inaugural Steamboat Springs OktoberWest events today. Shifts run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 8 p.m.

Local man to run for Congress

Army veteran Bob McConnell to enter 2010 GOP primary

Steamboat Springs resident Bob McConnell intends to enter the Republican primary for Congress in 2010. McConnell, 63, is a retired U.S. Army colonel who moved to Steamboat Springs in 2007 with his wife, Phyllis.

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Orchestra season opens today

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio to play concerto with her father

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio is the guest soloist for Steamboat Springs Orchestra's season-opening concert, which is at 7:30 p.m. today at Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets are $25 at the door for adults and $10 for students.

The Record for Sept. 17

The Record for Sept. 17

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Steamboat Dance Theatre holding auditions Sunday

Dance tryouts for annual concert open to all skill levels

Steamboat Dance Theatre holds open auditions for its 38th annual winter concert Sunday, and everyone who signs up to be in a piece will be cast in the show. Registration is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Northwest Ballet Studio on Oak Street. Auditions start at 3 p.m. A $20 annual membership fee to Steamboat Dance Theatre is required but dance experience is not.

Skiers rank Steamboat No. 10 in Ski Magazine

Magazine's overall ranking falls; ski area No. 1 for families

Steamboat hung on to a top-10 ranking this year in Ski Magazine's poll of best North American ski resorts.

Routt County employment rate down from July

Jobless rate at 6 percent in August

Routt County's unemployment rate decreased in August, to 6 percent from 6.9 percent in July. But the rate is up from August 2008, when the county's unemployment stood at 3.2 percent.

Friday, September 18

Steamboat slips in Ski Magazine rankings

Readers put resort at No. 10, a two-slot drop from last year

Steamboat Ski Area slid in at No. 10 in Ski Magazine's poll of best North American ski resorts, a two-spot slip from last year's No. 8. The rankings come from a poll of Ski Magazine readers. The resort ranked No. 1 in family programs.

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Chat live with Steamboat 700 project manager Danny Mulcahy

Mulcahy is answering reader questions about the proposed master-planned community in west Steamboat Springs.

County employment improves

Routt's August numbers were down to 6 percent from 6.9 percent in July

Routt County's unemployment rate decreased in August, to 6 percent from 6.9 percent in July. But the rate is up from August 2008, when the county's unemployment stood at 3.2 percent.

Semi crash closes Rabbit Ears

A 68-year-old Texas trucker was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center in stable condition and cited for careless driving after an accident Thursday evening on the western side of Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40.

Planning Commission supports 700

Commissioners vote, 4-2, send annexation on to Sept. 29 date with City Council

Planning Commissioner Karen Dixon hailed the Steamboat 700 proposal Thursday night as a "framework for concentrated, dense, smart growth" as she made the successful motion clearing a path for the creation of more than 2,000 new homes just outside the city's western boundary.

Steamboat briefs: Golf tourney to benefit restaurants, scholarship

The first CRA ProStart Classic, benefiting the local chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Chris Corna ProStart Scholarship Fund, is today at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

Vail slips to No. 3 in Ski Magazine

Vail Mountain fell to third on Ski Magazine's top North American ski resort rankings - the first time the resort has been below the No. 1 or No. 2 spots since 1999, when it ranked fourth.

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Sailors football plays host to Panthers today at 7 p.m.

Game to be broadcast live on steamboatpilot.com

If football is all about getting better each week, as Steamboat Springs High School coach Aaron Finch always says, then the lessons learned at Delta last week carry an especially important note tonight.

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Sailors volleyball downs Demons in 5

It just didn't add up in Colleen King's mind. The senior setter and her Steamboat Springs volleyball teammates were up two games to none in Glenwood Springs, where, traditionally, wins don't come without a fight.

Police blotter for Sept. 18

Police blotter for Sept. 18

Hayden council hears about YVRA funding

Yampa Valley Regional Airport officials are planning $46 million in capital projects during the next decade. Airport Manager Dave Ruppel laid out the importance of that money for the Hayden Town Council at a work session with the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Thursday.

Aspen Skiing Co. to join green push

Ski area supports ballot measure for energy efficiency fund

Aspen Skiing Co. will play a role in lobbying Pitkin County voters to approve a clean energy financing district this fall, Skico Environmental Affairs Director Auden Schendler said Wednesday.

Soroco football set for home opener

Hayden looks to remain perfect

A year ago, the Soroco High School football team went into a game against Faith Baptist hoping to unfurl its passing game for the first time. It worked, to the tune of a 48-30 victory.

Massive 50-miler draws some of the best

Record field for race

Walter Magill's participation in Saturday's Run, Rabbit Run, Steamboat's 50-mile trail marathon, originally was supposed to be a part of his campaign to retain his City Council seat.

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Athlete of the Week: Kaelen Gunderson

The senior shot a 1-under-par 71 last week at the Steamboat Sailors Invitational to take home the low medalist honors. He was the only player in a field of 86 golfers and 22 teams to have a round under par.

South Routt School District to make request to Song Mountain

The South Routt School District will ask the proposed Song Mountain development in Stagecoach to provide land or cash for a future school.

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Emmitt headlines OktoberWest with free show today

Leftover Salmon mandolin player performs

In a free concert Saturday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, The Drew Emmitt Band will play as part of the inaugural Steamboat Oktoberwest.

Garden Club plans events in Hayden

Group adds more projects to calendar

The Hayden Garden Club took on an ambitious agenda when it started a year and a half ago, and the group is making headway.

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What to do this weekend

Today: Rally Colorado - Steamboat Springs, throughout the day

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Trouble or Nothing to blow up CD release

Local band plays party for 'Inflatable Rachael' today

The songs on Chris Walsh's debut CD have been floating around in the local singer-songwriter's head for most of this decade. Walsh's band, Trouble or Nothing, will play at a CD release party today.

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Soroco volleyball stumbles at home

Rams volleyball can't get past stiff Wildcats defense

A fast start propelled Soroco High School to a big early season win Saturday at Paonia, but the Rams were on the other end of a fast start Thursday as they battled North Park at home.

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Industry, academic, government groups get CO2 sequestration grant

Tri-State Generation & Transmission officials hope a $3.8 million grant award to study carbon sequestration in the mountains south of Craig is one step toward giving the company a lasting future in Northwest Colorado.

The Record for Sept. 16

The Record for Sept. 16

Thursday, September 17

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Sports briefs: Motica snags 28-inch trout at Golf-Trout Tournament

To say the fish were biting during the eighth annual Yampa Valley Golf-Trout Tournament would be an understatement. The 17 teams of four fishermen caught 860 trout Saturday, with five teams catching more than 100 fish.

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County Planning Commission to review gravel pit

Proposal would include contributions to Housing Authority

The Routt County Planning Commission today will review a pre-application for the proposed Steamboat Sand and Gravel Mine and a subsequent Land Preservation Subdivision. The proposal is for 147 acres.

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Home ReSource invites locals to make junk beautiful

Projects for Home ReSource salvage yard's second annual Creative Community Art Project are due by 10 a.m. Saturday. An opening reception for the art pieces is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Hayden gym repair cost estimates soar

District to pursue funding options to possibly demolish building

It would cost the Hayden School District more than $151,000 to repair the middle school's dilapidated gymnasium, Superintendent Greg Rockhold told Hayden School Board members Wednesday.

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Kevin Bennett's comments stir controversy, rebuttals

Council candidate speaks out at Tuesday meeting

City Council candidate Kevin Bennett provided what was perhaps the most heated moment of an Tuesday night meeting between City Council and residents of West Acres Mobile Home Park.

Planning Commission reviewing Steamboat 700 annexation

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to make a recommendation on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation today, but the complexity of the project may necessitate an additional meeting before the issue is passed to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

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Rally Colorado returns for 9th ride

Events start today and rumble through the weekend

The Rally Colorado is back for its ninth year, and all of the sport's biggest stars are along for the ride. A welcome party is at 5:30 p.m. today.

Sailors volleyball preps for WSL opener

It's been 12 long days since the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team last played a match. That isn't necessarily a good or a bad thing heading into a 6:30 p.m. match today at Glenwood Springs. The game is the Western Slope League opener for both teams.

Steamboat Springs council review dispensary ordinance issues

The Steamboat Springs City Council's discussion with the residents of West Acres Mobile Home Park dominated Tuesday's meeting, but it was far from the only issue of significance on the agenda.

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Yampa River Cleanup is Friday

Residents to help rid low-flowing river of tubing detritus

The semi-annual scavenger hunt known as Yampa River Cleanup Day, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Friday, promises to round up the last layer of litter left behind by people recreating on and along the Yampa River during the summer.

Steamboat briefs: Jewish congregation to hold holiday services

Steamboat Springs' Jewish congregation, Har Mishpacha, is conducting several upcoming holiday services. Rosh Hashanah services are at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. There also will be a Tashlich service at 3 p.m. Saturday. Yom Kippur services are at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 for Kol Nidre and at 10 a.m. Sept. 28. Yitzkor is at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28, and N'Eilah is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

The Record for Sept. 15

12:45 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a noninjury, one-car rollover crash near mile marker 5 on Routt County Road 134 near Toponas. Deputies arrested a 32-year-old Pueblo man on a warrant for being a fugitive of justice.

South Routt School Board to review Song Mountain

Education officials also will discuss proposed Stagecoach charter school

South Routt School Board members tonight will discuss educational impacts of the proposed Song Mountain development near Stagecoach.

Wednesday, September 16

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Dustin Dahlin, of Phippsburg, dies in rollover accident

Dustin Dahlin, of Phippsburg, was pronounced dead at YVMC on Wednesday night after being ejected from his car during a crash on Routt County Road 33.

South Routt shuttle project gets grant

CDOT awards $12K, requires matching funds from county

The trip from South Routt County to Steamboat Springs may become more convenient beginning in 2010 if Routt County commissioners can come up with $12,476.

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Poplar Street work under way

Hayden construction expected to be finished by November

Poplar Street has been closed to through traffic for a week and sits ripped up and ready for rebuilding. The Hayden thoroughfare is expected to be shut until November from U.S. Highway 40 to Dry Creek. Native Excavating won the $958,000 contract.

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United Way sets $525K goal to benefit health, human services

Routt County United Way officials know the economic recession hurts people's ability to donate, but as the need for services continues to grow locally, they say there might not be a more important time than now for folks to give.

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$1.5 million grant going toward new dispatch system in county

After planning, applying and, for a while, despairing, the Routt County Communications department will receive a new computer dispatch system thanks to a federal grant of more than $1.5 million.

Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team wins in Aspen

The Sailors golfers, on the heels of two outright first-place finishes and a tie for first, came out on top again Tuesday at the Aspen Invitational, finishing with an uncharacteristically high team score of 240.

White endorses Penry for governor

Polls show young legislator trailing fellow Republican McInnis

Moderate state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, has thrown his weight behind Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, in the race to win the Republican primary and take on Gov. Bill Ritter in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

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City tells West Acres residents it will explore slowing road project

The West Acres Mobile Home Park were granted what City Council President Loui Antonucci described as a mere "stay of execution," a developer was left befuddled and council members still are stuck in the middle of a quandary with no comfortable answers in sight.

Summer numbers down at YVRA

More empty seats, lower prices dampen airport revenues

The number of departures at Yampa Valley Regional Airport was down by a total of 2,500 passengers in June, July and August, compared with 2008.

Our View: Water exchange worth exploring

Here in the semi-arid West, few issues are as important to the long-term viability of a community as water rights and water policy.

Forum to unite shutterbugs

Local photographer to share digital landscape tips Monday

On Monday, local photographer Peter Arnold will lead a workshop and photography forum about merging digital photos in Adobe Photoshop to create high-resolution landscape shots.

Jon Quinn: A councilman's duty

I very much doubt that any of you voted for me because you believed me to be an expert on annexation. On the contrary, I can only hope that you may have because you hoped I would be thoughtful, reasonable and fair. But it doesn't matter. It is now my charge, and that of the six citizens who serve with me, to represent the interests of the community to the best of my abilities. It is my duty to weigh all of the evidence and opinion, to read all of the materials, the articles and even the blogs and then to cast a vote. I never expected that every vote would be easy, and so I have not been disappointed.

Jon Casson: Skatepark a community effort

Over the past several weeks, crews have been hard at work cleaning up the old sewer lagoons at the Bear River Parcel. As part of the cleanup effort, the city also prepared a portion of the site for construction of a new concrete skateboard park. Last week, a construction crew from Team Pain Skateparks showed up to begin building the actual skatepark. With an estimated build time of eight weeks, we should have a brand-spankin' new skatepark sometime this fall. Eight weeks to build a skatepark that's been over 10 years in the making.

Randal Staggs: Must need money

As we all know, tough economic times have hit everyone in some way or another, including Routt County and Steamboat. However, I find it interesting that a few years ago it was very rare to see someone chalking tires downtown in two-hour parking areas, but now you can't hardly miss this anytime you are there. Somebody must need money!

The Record for Sept. 14

The Record for Sept. 14

Steamboat briefs: Adult volleyball league open for registration

Registration is open for a fall adult co-ed volleyball league.

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American Legion turns 90 today

Veteran support organization has 3 posts in Routt County

American Legion posts across the country celebrate the national organization's 90th birthday today, as both houses of the U.S. Congress have passed resolutions declaring it "American Legion Day." The group has almost 3 million members, according to its Web site.

Hayden Town Council, Routt County commissioners to discuss YVRA

Airport plans and possibilities could be at the center of a powwow Thursday between the Routt County Board of Commissioners and the Hayden Town Council.

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Joanne Palmer: Live longer - kiss your wife

I just finished reading "The Book of Useless Information," a quirky little reference book that is oddly uplifting. It is compiled by The Useless Information Society, which seems like a lofty title for people who come up with factoids.

Hayden School Board to hear gym bids

District has said it can't afford repairs for middle school

Hayden School Board members will hear two bids tonight that could determine the fate of the middle school gymnasium.

Hayden volleyball netters fall in 5 sets

With only three returning starters and a team devoid of experience, it was expected the Hayden High School volleyball team would endure some growing pains. But after Tuesday's five-set loss (14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 14-16) to North Park at home, Hayden coach Greg Johnson thinks that process will be expedited.

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Steamboat boys soccer beats Moffat County

Steamboat's boys soccer team traveled to Moffat County on Tuesday for a Western Slope League contest against the rival Bulldogs, and the Sailors escaped with a 2-1 victory to remain undefeated on the season.

Tuesday, September 15

Fall Classic ends in sudden-death-playoff finish Monday

After scoring an eagle on the final hole of the Fall Classic at Haymaker Golf Course, local golfer Butch Boucher hoped for some hometown magic in the sudden death playoff. His opponent was just glad he got a second chance.

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Sailors golf earns 2nd straight tournament title

The Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team traveled to Carbondale on Monday and picked up its second tournament title in a row at the River Valley Ranch Golf Club.

The Record for Sept. 13, 2009

12:56 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife area on Routt County Road 14.

Steamboat briefs: Pilot & Today Editorial Board seeks new members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board.

Rural Philanthropy Days returns Wednesday

Organizers hope event will help out struggling area nonprofits

At a time when demand is increasing but donations are faltering, local nonprofit organizations hope Steamboat Springs' hosting of Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days will lead to an influx of sorely needed cash.

School Board approves Steamboat 700 agreement

Members seeking clarification about transfer fee exemption

The Steamboat Springs School Board approved a "covenant" agreement Monday night with the developers of Steamboat 700 to share the $30 million costs of a new school and high school expansion needed to accommodate student growth as a result of the proposed development west of Steamboat city limits.

Riverside residents allowed to self-maintain park

City officials have decided to step away from their scuffle with residents of the Riverside neighborhood in western Steamboat concerning a small piece of city-owned property.

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Flu continues to spread through Routt County

Officials think some of the cases in schools are H1N1 virus

The typical start to flu season still hasn't arrived, but suspected cases of swine flu continue to pop up throughout Routt County. Parents of three high school students Friday said their physicians confirmed their children's swine flu diagnoses.

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July city sales tax dips by $300,000

Year-to-date decline passes $2 million mark

Year-to-date decreases in the city of Steamboat Springs' sales tax revenues passed the $2 million mark in July, and City sales tax fell $314,762, or 18.2 percent, for the month of July compared with the same month last year.

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Tom Ross: Snow is just around the corner

There's still a long list of September sights, sounds to savor

September is hands-down my favorite month of the year in Steamboat Springs - give me cold, clear nights and cloudless days that flirt with 70 degrees all month long.

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City Council to look at drafted pot dispensary ordinance

Meeting tonight will start at 5 p.m.; council also will meet with West Acres residents

Steamboat Springs City Council will take its first look today at an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, 124 10 St.

Monday, September 14

Hayden football rolls over Roaring Fork, 20-3

A strong defensive showing helped deliver the Hayden football team something it hasn't tasted in nearly 20 months - a road win.

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Sports briefs: Golden Girls tennis shines at district

The Steamboat Golden Girls tennis team traveled to Denver on Sept. 5, where the team finished second in the 3.5 division of the Super Senior District Championship.

Sailors tennis doubles pair grabs 3rd place

4 days of play at Western Slope Open tires Steamboat squad

The fatigue of four days of play finally caught up to the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team, but not before the squad recorded a respectable weekend, coach John Aragon said.

Snow closes road overnight Saturday in national park

A light snowfall with gusting winds closed Trail Ridge Road for the first time this snow season Saturday night, but the scenic pass through Rocky Mountain National Park reopened Sunday morning, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Steamboat briefs: Ski area trails close for experimental tree treatment

From today through Friday and from Sept. 21 to 25, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will close some summer trails while it tests an experimental method to dispose of slash piles left behind by logging operations.

The Record for Sept. 12, 2009

12:32 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested a 41-year-old Oak Creek man on suspicion of driving under the influence and speeding after a traffic stop at mile marker 60 on Colorado Highway 131.

Deb Babcock: Protect your plants this winter

The hardiness of our garden plants depends on nature and nurture. Part of its hardiness is genetically controlled and part of it is a "learned" response to our much harsher environment.

New square dancers wanted at weekly Friday-night event

The Green Ridge Mountaineers will meet each Friday starting this week, and they're inviting anyone and everyone to join them. Dancers travel from across the region to enjoy camaraderie and music at the American Legion hut in Hayden.

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Annual fundraiser benefits youth-mentoring group

Partners in Routt County, a mentoring organization matches at-risk youths ages 7 to 17 with adult volunteers, held their 3rd annual Java & Jazz fundraiser Sunday.

Nomination deadline for Leckenby, Larson awards is Sept. 23

The history of Routt County is embodied in its personalities - those who are living and those who have died. The annual occasion when they are added to the roster of people who have enriched life in the Yampa Valley is near.

School Board to weigh Steamboat 700 options

Members to decide whether to approve 'covenant' agreement

Attorneys for the Steamboat Springs School Board and Steamboat 700 have reached an agreement to share the costs to build a new school needed as a result of the development west of city limits and to expand the district's high school.

Monday Medical: Allergens float on fall breezes

Achooo! Fall allergy symptoms of a stuffy nose, watery eyes, itching and sneezing may have residents running to their local pharmacy for relief or begging for an early winter.

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Vendors, businesses cite success of downtown farmers market

This year's Mainstreet Farmers Market was a success, according to vendors who participated in the annual event held in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Aging Well: Tackling the mountain, feeling better in the process

Willpower, motivation, positive thinking, planning - these challenges can trip up anyone trying to make better health choices. What may be small hurdles for some can turn into seemingly insurmountable mountains for individuals coping with chronic conditions and daily symptoms such as pain, fatigue and depression.

Sunday, September 13

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Steamboat soccer gets 1st win of season, 11-0

Matched against elite opponents, the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team took no shame in its 0-1-1 record as it entered Saturday's home showdown against Rifle High School.

Gary Hofmeister: Tipping point - are we there?

My historical idol and alter-ego John Adams famously said that "facts are stubborn things." I concur. I also think that if shared honestly, people of good intentions with good faith could come to an agreement on very difficult issues even in difficult times. With a majority of Americans, this approach is the only way to reach consensus. Indeed, when I was a congressional nominee, one of my most favorite experiences was to present an argument on which I knew my audience took a contrarian viewpoint and listen to the feedback afterward. Almost always, it was something on the order of, "well, we don't agree on everything but I appreciate your stating your views and being willing to hear our side."

Darrell L. Jansa: City hits bottom

If you have lived here for more than a few years, you have probably encountered two of Steamboat's finest. Hank and Wendy Franks are longtime residents. Hank is a longtime, highly respected golf pro, and he and Wendy took on the challenge of operating the concession at Haymaker Golf Course when it first opened in 1997. During the past 12 years, the course has prospered. The condition has improved, the number of rounds of play has increased, a new clubhouse has been built, and we have a city-owned facility that is big-time for a town this size.

Greg Binsfeld: Move forward

I have followed with great interest all of the controversy about our school-age students watching President Barack Obama's pep talk about the value of their education. It saddens me to see that political opinions are so divided that something like this is even an issue. This polarization also puts our fine school administrative team and teachers in a tough situation.

Our View: Protecting lives a pressing issue

We believe as strongly as ever that City Council struck out on the right path 15 months ago when it mounted a determined effort to identify and register nonconforming secondary apartments in Steamboat homes. The intent was to address safety issues.

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CMC hopes to lead geothermal technology

CMC officials apply for $5M grant to fund geoexchange heating, cooling system

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine campus officials have applied for a $5 million grant to help fund a geoexchange system to heat and cool a proposed 40,000-square-foot building.

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District Attorney's Office will have new senior attorney Oct. 1

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham, who oversees Routt, Moffat and Grand county offices, said a new deputy DA will start working in Routt County on Oct. 1 as a senior attorney.

Joel Reichenberger: Running Series overflows in 2009

Race directors for the Steamboat Springs Running Series ran out of numbers for competitors and crossed their fingers as the swarms of paid contestants devoured the post-race food that had been collected, hoping there was enough to satisfy them all.

Steamboat briefs: Some ski area trails to close

From Monday to Friday and from Sept. 21 to 25, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will close some summer trails while it tests an experimental method to dispose of slash piles left behind by logging operations. The ski area removed trees killed by the mountain pine beetle this summer.

Routt County Spotlight: Nancy Ciran

Routt County Spotlight: Nancy Ciran

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Foundation work begins on Millennium Bank

New building at Wildhorse Marketplace due to be completed in June 2010

Concrete forms are being installed in the foundation, and the new $2.5 million home of Millennium Bank is projected to open in Wildhorse Marketplace early next summer.

On the Market: Hodges joins Prudential Steamboat Realty

Rick Hodges, a 22-year Steamboat Springs local, has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty as a full-time Broker Associate.

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Developer takes light approach to Whitewater Lane home

Luxury home developer Shayne Macherowski has made a study of the natural light that sculpts the valley where Fish Creek tumbles out of a geologic fault line leading down from the Continental Divide.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 4 to 10, 2009

Real estate transactions for Sept. 4 to 10, 2009

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Oak Creek Community Service Officer Finley receives training

Since Wendy Finley began training as community service officer in Oak Creek, she's had the chance to meet the residents, begin introducing herself and even write a couple of tickets.

Business File: Vectra Bank launches revamped Web site

Vectra Bank Colorado has launched its redesigned Web site at www.vectrabank.com, according to a news release. The site includes banking information and financial management resources for commercial enterprises, small businesses, nonprofit groups and individuals, according to the release.

Ski Corp. angles for return traffic

Marketing leader says RSVIP program at core of ski area's plans

The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. marketing leader Andy Wirth sees the retention program as a cornerstone of the strategy to pull people to the Steamboat Ski Area this winter.

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Prankster Oscar Beck retires from Delta prison

Sergeant grew up in Oak Creek and Hayden, worked at El Rancho

For the past 19 years, Routt County native Sgt. Oscar Beck has been perpetrating graveyard shift pranks and hijinks at Delta Correctional Center.

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Steamboat Springs Running Series wraps up

Niedl, Williams garner season titles

Harry Niedl said he didn't realize he had a chance to win the season-long Steamboat Springs Running Series points race until two or three races into the season.

Steamboat 700 sustainability measures debated

The city of Steamboat Springs and the developers of the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation have negotiated for months and reached agreement on many complex issues, including affordable housing and water.

John F. Russell: The sunset that can rise above everyday life

I couldn't help but feel thankful last weekend as I sat on the shore of Monarch Lake near Granby, watching the setting sun paint the clouds hanging above the water a shade of crimson.

Sports briefs: Soroco volleyball team improves to 2-2 for the season

Fast starts to each of Saturday's four games were a huge help as the Soroco volleyball team improved to 2-2 on the season.

Soroco football survives road trip to Longmont

Rams win despite opposing tailback's huge night

Soroco High School football charged from a 12-point halftime deficit and a three-point fourth-quarter hole for a 38-34 win against Longmont Christian.

Boris Tabakoff: A travesty

I wish to inform the readers of the Pilot & Today of a travesty in progress.

The Record for Sept. 11

The Record for Sept. 11

Chuck McConnell: Wrong change

I was shocked to read about the change in management at Haymaker Golf Course. By any measure obvious to the local or visiting golfer, the quality of the current management team at Haymaker is excellent. The city is giving up a known quantity - Hank and Wendy Franks - for new contractors whose job titles shown in the Sept. 8 Steamboat Today do not look to be equal to the existing team that has very successfully managed Haymaker for 12 years. The final straw, however, is that ": the new contract wouldn't result in substantial cost savings for the city." Are the politics of change alive and well in Steamboat Springs?

The Jail Report for Sept. 5 to 11

The Jail Report for Sept. 5 to 11

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes are gearing up for winter

Preparing for the snow season is always a good idea said Mark Jones, an exercise physiologist for Steamboat's Optimum Fitness. "A fitness program is like an insurance policy," he said Friday, speaking between the personal training appointments that filled his day. "If you're not fit, your risks go up. If you are fit and do get hurt, you have a smaller chance of having a more severe injury."

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Women offering horse lovers a chance to live the cowgirl lifestyle

Christy Cramer and Sheila Davis built their business, Cowgirl Adventures, to help women improve their horse skills during an authentic Western experience.

School lunches for the week of Sept. 14 to 18

School lunches for the week of Sept. 14 to 18

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Deal would give city Steamboat Lake water storage rights

Steamboat attorney and regional water guru Tom Sharp has proposed a five-party water rights exchange that could prove to be a lower-cost alternative to solving some of the region's water priorities.

Steamboat, Hayden school board elections set

The races have been set for the Nov. 3 school board elections in Steamboat Springs and Hayden. One of two races in Steamboat will be contested, and two of four in Hayden will pit challengers against one another.

Looking Back: Rio Grande to acquire stock of Moffat Road

75 years ago - From the Friday, Sept. 14, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Saturday, September 12

Steamboat's Farny, Richman advance to Western Slope Open tennis semis

Luke Farny and Callum Richman haven't been playing together long, but the duo certainly grew up quickly Friday during the opening day of the Western Slope Open in Grand Junction. The Steamboat Springs High School No. 3 doubles team went 2-0 on the day, including a three-set victory against perennial powerhouse Fairview to punch their ticket to today's semifinals.

Hayden volleyball drops 2

Tigers sink to 0-3 on season, prepare for Plateau Valley

The Tigers volleyball squad lost to Vail Christian and Meeker on Friday night, falling to each in four games.

Walker: Kenyan girls face real threats of malaria, typhoid

When I first started coming to the Rescue Centre, I was terrified of malaria and typhoid. For people in the "West," these are diseases of the impoverished, unhygienic, unfortunates and ignorants of the world.

Steamboat Briefs: Gardening workshops hosted Sept. 24 and 27

Yampatika and Deep Roots are co-sponsoring a new series of gardening worshops called From the Ground Up. The workshops are from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27.

High school sends 3 home with swine flu

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham alerted parents Friday to three cases of swine flu at Steamboat Springs High School.

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City Council candidates gather for public forum Friday

Evidence is mounting that the biggest issue has been taken off the table in the most compelling race in the 2009 City Council election. Former City Council President Kevin Bennett has made his opposition to the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation a cornerstone of his campaign against City Council President Pro Tem Cari Hermacinski.

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Steamboat Springs Orchestra tunes up for season

Guest artists, classic selections highlight 6-concert schedule

The Steamboat Springs Orchestra moves into its 2009-10 season with six performances, an expanded youth orchestra program and a new series of post-concert, limited-seating lectures.

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City officials decide teaching, tourism key to Haymaker contract

With their decision to negotiate a new golf professional contract at Haymaker Golf Course and part ways with pro Hank Franks, city officials hope to maximize the course's potential and revenues with an increased focus on special events, tourist rounds and teaching.

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OktoberWest starts Friday

Inaugural event promises family fun and beer

he newest incarnation of a late-September celebration of beer, food and various activities comes to the Steamboat mountain area Friday to Sept. 20 with the inaugural OktoberWest.

The Record for Sept. 10

The Record for Sept. 10

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Part of Union Pacific train separates in South Routt

One car of a 104-car Union Pacific Railroad coal train came off its wheels south of Oak Creek at about 3:45 Friday morning, leaving the car upright and resting on the tracks.

Friday, September 11

Steamboat football squeaks by in Delta

The Sailors football team walked off the field Friday night in Delta, thankful to be heading home and lucky to get away with a 36-27 win.

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Coal car falls off wheels in South Routt

One car of a 104-car coal train came off its wheels south of Oak Creek at about 3:45 Friday morning

Pitkin leash law nets few violators

The majority of local dog owners appear to be keeping their canines on a short leash when hiking, judging from the low number of tickets issued this summer.

Roaring Fork preschools feeling economy's pinch

The recession has hit hard in some Roaring Fork Valley preschools as parents scramble to find ways to cut their household budgets after losing hours or even jobs.

Oak Creek's Ege retires post for personal reasons

Trustee, police commissioner resigns

Oak Creek Trustee and Police Commissioner Dave Ege on Thursday tendered his resignation from the Oak Creek Town Board, effective at the end of the meeting.

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission reviews Steamboat 700

Commissioners aim to make recommendation to council next week

Concerns continue to be addressed, but hesitancy continues to be expressed about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.

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Semi side-swipes cars on the eastern side of Rabbit Ears Pass

No major injuries in crash

Three cars and a semitrailer were damaged Thursday afternoon when a semitrailer veered into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 40 near the foot of Muddy Pass. There were no major injures in the crash, but the road was closed temporarily as emergency crews responded.

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Landscape workshop stresses saving water

Sustainable landscapes conference held at Yampa River Botanic Park

Employing sustainable landscapes and efficient irrigation practices aren't just good for the environment; they can save homeowners a boatload of money and time. That was one of the messages conveyed at a sustainable landscapes workshop and garden tour Thursday at Yampa River Botanic Park.

Java & Jazz fundraiser for Partners is Sunday

Partners looks to raise money for new school-based mentor

Partners in Routt County's annual Java & Jazz fundraiser is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Lake Catamount and will feature local coffee houses, roasters and baristas serving coffees, teas and specialty drinks.

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Semi driver cited for careless driving in Lincoln Avenue wreck that tipped Jeep

A 21-year-old woman appeared to be only slightly injured after her Jeep Wrangler was tipped on its side in a Thursday morning crash with a wide-load trailer on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Ritter's recovery act team to visit Craig, Steamboat

Officials from Gov. Bill Ritter's economic recovery team plan to host two public meetings on the federal recovery package Sept. 21 in Craig.

What to do this week for Sept. 11 to 17, 2009

What to do this week in Routt County

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Neon Brown to light up Old Town Pub

Jam band with members of Bill Smith and Lotus plays Saturday

Neon Brown guitarist and Steamboat Springs-bred musician Dan Koebnick knows bluegrass, punk rock, funk and electronic music don't always come together in one band.

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Steamboat golfers win Moffat County tournament

Bulldogs also dominates with season-best score

Steamboat Springs High School traveled to Craig on Thursday for a tournament hosted by Moffat County High School. The Sailors were able to take the tournament with a score of 227.

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Athlete of the Week: Cody Miles

Athlete of the Week: Cody Miles

Sailors tennis sweeps Fruita, 7-0

On the eve of one of the biggest tournaments of the year - the Western Slope Open today and Saturday in Grand Junction - Steamboat Springs High School tennis got just the tune-up it needed Thursday, downing Fruita-Monument, 7-0.

Moose's is Loose Golf Tournament back for 30th year

Annual event benefits Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

For 30 years The Moose's is Loose Golf Tournament has brought golfers together to help keep local children on skis. On Wednesday, the tournament will again take place at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.

Hayden football looking for a road win

If Hayden High School football's to improve to 2-0, it's going to have to find a way around the heart of Roaring Fork's line.

Soroco football prepares for ground attack

A year ago, the Soroco football team just didn't measure up against Longmont Christian. The team ran across the field and eventually to a 28-24 victory, racking up a mind numbing 323 yards rushing.

Sailors football poised to boost offense

Steamboat Springs High School travels to Delta

In coach terms, teams usually improve the most from their first to their second game. If that is in fact the case for the Steamboat Springs High School football team, an even more explosive offense and stingier defense will take the field at 7 p.m. today at Delta.

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Women's season-long running race to be decided Saturday

Steamboat Springs Running Series co-coordinator Cara Marrs emphasized that Saturday's season-ending race on Emerald Mountain is a trail run.

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Jimmy Westlake: Cassiopeia ushers in fall

Summer is slipping away from us, and the changing constellations are a sure sign of the approach of fall.

City hires new fire chief

Lindroth was company officer with Poudre Fire Authority

The city of Steamboat Springs announced Thursday it has hired Ron Lindroth, company officer with the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, as its new fire chief.

Woman asks Craig City Council to allow ATVs on city streets

DeLaine Brown was prepared for the Craig City Council meeting Tuesday with a request: She wants residents to be able to use all-terrain and off-highway vehicles on city streets.

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Filmmakers gear up for winter

Submissions for 7th annual Mountain Film Festival due Sept. 25

Kerry Lofy has been filming his exploits on snow for about 10 years. For the past four years, those tricks and backcountry adventures have been on public display as part of the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival.

Freiberger: Remembering 9/11

Eight years have closed over much of the physical rubble that terrorists left behind. The salve of forgetting has soothed our scars, dried our tears, quieted our fears. Why restart the pain?

The Record for Sept. 9

The Record for Sept. 9

Steamboat briefs: Convertibles needed for homecoming parade

Convertibles are needed for the Steamboat Springs High School Homecoming Parade on Oct. 9. If you can help, call Lucianne Myhre at 871-3623.

Thursday, September 10

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3 Routt County girls win divisions at state fair in Pueblo

Three Routt County girls cleaned up at the Colorado State Fair this summer, taking top belt buckles in their 4-H horseback-riding events.

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Rubber Ducky Race on Saturday

Event organizers hope to raise as much as $30K for hospital

The cost to purchase a ticket for the Yampa River Rubber Ducky Race - $10 - hasn't changed since its first year in 1988. This year, they hope to raise $20,000 to $30,000 by selling more than 2,000 rubber duckies for the 10 a.m. Saturday race down the Yampa, said Sandie Ihlenfeldt, an Auxiliary member.

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Steamboat teacher learns just how small the world can be

When Steamboat Springs Middle School Spanish teacher Braden Wilson found himself lost in Nicaragua, he rolled down the window of his car to ask for help. From a crowd of people emerged a man wearing a Steamboat Springs Middle School P.E. T-shirt.

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Search and Rescue looks back on 4 decades of missions

Routt County Search and Rescue celebrates 40 years at a fundraiser from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Lodge. The nonprofit organization uses the annual event to recoup mission costs and to cover general expenses such as equipment.

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Conservation plan encourages xeriscaping practices

Water-hogging landscaping is one of the biggest targets in a water conservation plan created by the city of Steamboat Springs and Mount Werner Water. Today, a workshop and garden tour will show people alternatives to using water on their yards.

The Record for Sept. 8

The Record for Sept. 8

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President's speech part of curriculum at Moffat schools

Middle and elementary school parents could excuse students from watching speech

President Barack Obama's education-themed speech didn't seem to hit home with many of the students in Joy Tegtman's third-period criminology class at Moffat County High School. After viewing the recorded speech during Wednesday's class, Tegtman asked her students to share their opinions about the speech, which focused on the importance of education.

Sports Briefs: Cross-country tackles Fossil Ridge

Competing at the Fossil Ridge Invitational on Saturday against most of the rest of the state, the Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team got an early indicator of what the season might have in store.

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Steamboat 700 open house draws large crowd

Project gets opinions from passionate group

A large and diversly opinionated crowd turned out to the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Wednesday for an open house and town hall meeting to discuss the controversial and complex Steamboat 700 development project. Those who remain undecided used the event as an opportunity to learn more about the project.

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

The Oak Creek Town Board meets at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall to discuss out-of-town water issues.

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Tennis wins all but 1 match against Air Academy

The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team found a range of performances Wednesday in a home dual against Air Academy, with the Sailors turning in efforts dominant and gutty, and all strong.

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Local takes disc golf tourney

Whether it truly was a first-of-its-kind performance is still undetermined. But it certainly stole the show last weekend during a disc golf tournament on the Thunderhead Disc Golf Course at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Sailors' Gunderson shoots 71 on way to title at Haymaker

Steamboat Springs High School senior golfer Kaelen Gunderson's 1-under-par 71 was good enough to win the Steamboat Springs Invitational at Haymaker Golf Course that featured 86 varsity golfers from 22 Colorado high schools.

Wednesday, September 9

Copper president acknowledges talks about potential sale

Copper Mountain president and chief operating officer Gary Rodgers said he's been part of the discussions about a potential sale and added that Intrawest has some new financing options that weren't available eight months ago. But he stayed mum on any other details about possible suitors.

Our View: A lost opportunity

It's a sad day in America when the president of the United States can't talk directly to schoolchildren about the value of education and the importance of them taking responsibility for their success in school and life.

Flu confirmed for 3 at CMC

Further testing needed to determine whether cases are swine flu

Three students at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus have tested positive for influenza A, Debbie Crawford, a spokeswoman for the college system, said Tuesday.

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Oak Creek Labor Day organizers call weekend a success

Events see larger than expected turnout

For a Labor Day that at first was scaled back, then re-imagined, the final show was a success financially and in excitement, Oak Creek Labor Day organizers said.

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County OKs Cog Road contract

Slide near Hayden, Elkhead slide slated to be fixed by winter

Much-anticipated repairs on the Cog Road slide north of Hayden could start in about two weeks, county officials said. The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.2 million contract Tuesday for American Civil Constructors to perform the repairs.

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25 animals available at Craig adoption event Saturday

The Humane Society is hosting an adoption event Saturday for 25 cats and dogs at the Bear Creek Animal Hospital, 2430 E. Victory Way. The Craig Animal Shelter is inside the hospital.

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Joe Kelly remembers 'golden birthday'

From one "golden birthday" to the next, some things haven't changed in Joe Kelly's life. On 9-9-1999, Kelly turned 9 and was featured in the South Routt NOW weekly newspaper with his dog, Amos. Amos is still by his side today as Kelly turns 19 on 9-9-2009.

The Record for Sept. 7

12:19 a.m. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a request for an ambulance in Steamboat Springs for a woman who thought she may be having a heart attack. Medical crews took the woman to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

700 debate gets emotional; council members express concerns

Public open house, town hall meeting to discuss project today

City Council's debate about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation turned suddenly emotional and more hesitant Tuesday on the eve of a public open house and town hall meeting to discuss the project.

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Joanne Palmer: Octagon or octo-mom?

I hate math. Which is why I sometimes have to have a little help from People magazine. This horrifying realization came to me the other night when my son quizzed me on his math homework.

Steamboat briefs: CMC offers parent, toddler movement class today

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs is offering a parent and toddler movement class this fall, from 10 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesdays. Parents and toddlers as old as 4 are welcome. Six sessions cost $48 and begin today. Register with CMC at 870-4444, or call Robin at 846-3356 for details.

Higher demand on Moffat County Social Services

Agency has less funding to provide programs

June marked the 10th consecutive month Moffat County Social Services registered an increase in its food stamp caseload. The number of residents who receive food stamps in June crossed the 500-person mark for the first time Social Services Director Marie Peer could remember.

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High school reverses course on Obama speech

Staff, e-mails support classroom viewing

Steamboat Springs High School officials changed course Tuesday morning and aired President Barack Obama's speech about education live in each classroom. The decision was in contrast to the school district's initial plan of having students who were interested in hearing the presidential address go to the school's media center.

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Riders tie in Bull Bash

2 rounds can't establish a winner at Sunday event

Two rounds of bull riding weren't enough at the 2009 Professional Bull Riders Rocky Mountain Bull Bash on Sunday afternoon at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena. When the dust cleared after the final round, judges were forced to used a coin to determine who would get an additional $5,000 bonus ride.

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Sailors soccer earns draw with Demons

Steamboat, Glenwood Springs scoreless in regulation, OT

Even with both teams producing a number of scoring chances, Tuesday's high school boys soccer showdown between Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs went down as a scoreless draw.

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Counselor begins new role at Hayden High School

There's one thing Nicole Dolence, the new counselor at Hayden High School, said she's not worried about. "In a small high school like this, I won't be mistaken for a student," she said. "But it has happened in bigger schools where I did internships."

Camp a success for US Nordic team

Demong finishes 2nd in Gundersen event; coach confident

The U.S. Nordic combined team left for Norway two weeks ago hoping to train a few days with the always-strong Norwegians and see how well the team's summer training program has worked.

Rollingstone Ranch wins SWIGL title

Women's golf team earns low net score in summer league

For the first time in the six-year history of the Steamboat Women's Interclub Golf League, the traveling trophy for the winning team has a new home with the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club's team.

Tuesday, September 8

Reported Flat Tops fire likely caused by lightning

Garfield County crews expected to search today for site south of Yamcolo Reservoir

Smoke was reported Monday afternoon near Yamcolo Reservoir in the Routt National Forest, but fire crews have not found its source.

Arraignment today in assault case

Prosecutors file formal charges in attack

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed formal charges last week against a 31-year-old Craig man accused of attacking an elderly couple in their home.

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Day, McDonald win at 1st Steamboat Springs Stage Race

Marilyn McDonald never feels safe with a lead. So heading into the final stage of the inaugural Steamboat Springs Stage Race, the Boulder-based cyclist - who held a 10-second lead over Julie Emmerman - said her strategy was pretty simple.

Officials hope for large turnout at Steamboat 700 meeting

City officials hope for a large turnout Wednesday at an open house and town hall meeting designed to provide information about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.

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CMC hopes to become international hub for geoexchange

Colorado Mountain College officials hope a new 40,000-square-foot building on the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs would establish the school as an international learning center for a form of renewable energy known as geoexchange.

The Record for Sept. 6, 2009

Sunday, Sept. 6

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Oak Creek focuses on more Labor Day events for all ages

Oak Creek produced wall-to-wall Labor Day weekend activities, but opinions were mixed around town as to whether the festivities drew enough people to bring a boost to the town's economy.

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Barbara Prettyheart Hoff: Not reaping what you sow

I've just come from my husband's garden to see if there is anything I can harvest while he is back East visiting his parents. It's pathetic out there. I found one zucchini blossom and two puny green tomatoes that might be ready for harvest by the middle of the month.

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Organizer: Crowds exceed 1,000 people at Stock Dog Challenge

Holly Wilde was one of the many new and returning spectators who turned out Saturday through Monday for the sixth annual Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge, held at the Stanko Ranch off Twentymile Road. "Curiosity was the reason I came out," Wilde said.

Steamboat Briefs: Newborn Network offering resources to new parents

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children from birth to age 3.

City seeks a change of direction at Haymaker

Council to review 700's capital facilities plan

City officials have decided not to renew their contract with Haymaker Golf Course pro Hank Franks and will ask the Steamboat Springs City Council today for permission to negotiate a new deal with two local men.

Lodwick wins in Lillehammer

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined star Todd Lodwick won his second consecutive Lillehammer SuperSprint title in downtown Lillehammer, Norway, on Saturday.

Sailors golf team plays host Wednesday

23 teams from across the state come to Steamboat to compete at Haymaker

Fresh off a career-best round, Kaelen Gunderson doesn't hesitate about his goal is for Wednesday's Steamboat Sailors Invitational. "I expect to win, to be honest," said Gunderson, a Steamboat Springs High School senior who shot a 4-under-par 68 in Montrose last week.

Monday, September 7

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Routt County schools prepare for Obama speech

Steamboat allows optional viewing of Obama speech; South Routt lets teachers decide

While the controversy over the president's planned Tuesday speech to American schoolchildren continues to sizzle, local education officials have made plans of their own.

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Calling all Cub Scouts for a carnival

Event features games, prizes for kids, information for parents

Any first- through fifth-grader who wants to join the Cub Scouts has an opportunity to sign up while having some fun at an event this week. Steamboat Cub Scout Pack 194 is hosting a free carnival from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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New food service director in Hayden trying to change what students eat

A chance Steve Carlson took last year epitomized the Hayden School District food service director's approach to his new job. During lunch one day, Carlson filled a dispenser that charges students 50 cents for cookies with fresh broccoli instead.

The Record for Sept. 5, 2009

Saturday, Sept. 5

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Big turnout for tasting

Chili Challenge attendance up after move to new weekend, new location

The turnout for the Downtown Hoedown and Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge exceeded Mainstreet Steamboat Springs' expectations so much that it ran out of tasting kits halfway through the Sunday afternoon event.

Labor Day events

A calendar of events going on today during the Labor Day holiday in Routt County.

Stage Race a hit in 1st year

Future looks bright as 4-day cycling event draws big numbers

Even after spending the past three days overseeing the logistics of the inaugural Steamboat Springs Stage Race, director Corey Piscopo couldn't help but smile a little when thinking about future events.

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Luke Graham: NFL picks galore

The NFL season begins Thursday, which can mean only one thing: It's time for my incredibly popular NFL picks column. Truth is, people don't read my picks column for forecast accuracy. In fact, I'm usually just pitifully wrong. A new season brings new hope, and here's how I see the NFL season shaking out.

Steamboat Briefs: Bust of Steamboat looking for sponsors for event

The Bust of Steamboat is looking for presenting sponsors for the eighth annual Bust of Steamboat on Oct. 30 at Three Peaks Bar and Grill. Sponsorships are available at all levels and may include tickets to the auction, your business featured on the event poster and in the evening's auction program, and display advertising.

Monday Medical: Suicide is everyone's concern

National Suicide Prevention Week, which highlights efforts to prevent suicide, is this week through Saturday. Throughout the United States, there are communities like ours that help educate the public about how to recognize symptoms of suicidal behavior in our friends, co-workers and family members.

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Young runners battle it out at Running Series' 10K at 10,000 Feet

At least for the time being, Tabor Scholl will hold house bragging rights over her brother Tyler. Tabor, 12, out-sprinted Tyler, 8, during the 5-kilometer portion of Sunday's 10K at 10,000 Feet. The event featured 5K and 10K races.

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Jane McLeod: Preserving your garden in a jar

From canned peaches to pears, beans to beets and much, much more, the canned goods competition at this year's Routt County Fair experienced a huge increase in submissions, which according to articles in several newspapers and magazines, is the norm across the country this year.

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Aging Well: Discuss precious possessions sooner than later

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

Sunday, September 6

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Boulder rider extends lead in Steamboat Stage Race

Void of teammates and knowing the bull's-eye was on him after taking Friday's Steamboat Springs Stage Race time trial, Ben Day decided to go out hard, ride hard and finish hard. It worked, as Day finished more than four minutes ahead of Jon Tarkington with a time of 2 hours, 52 seconds.

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Sailors volleyball places 2nd in Glenwood tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team lost a tiebreaker, 19-17, to host Glenwood Springs on Saturday in the championship match of the Demon Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

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Soroco volleyball prepares for big season

Depth and a newfound commitment highlight the opening of the Soroco High School girls volleyball season. Third-year coach Kim Reeves said although the team lacks a lot of upperclassmen, players have been as dedicated to volleyball as any others she's coached.

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Hayden library teen corner hums to life

Library used donations for youth-focused area

Hayden Public Library's new teen corner is the product of the sweating and fretting of the people it's meant to attract. Lysa Valora and Elaine Cromie led efforts to design and create the area tailored to teenagers. Along with library lover Susan Magaw, the teens tore down shelving, created a paint scheme and planned furniture.

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Steamboat City Council trying to streamline spending

New community support framework to aid 10 percent cuts in 2010

There will be no shortage of drama when the Steamboat Springs City Council attempts to cut spending by 10 percent in 2010, but the governing body has taken steps to distance itself from one of the more emotionally charged aspects of the budget process.

The Record for Sept. 4

The Record for Sept. 4

The Jail Report for Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

The Jail Report for Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

Carole L. Milligan: Rethinking health care reform

I think strongly that we need health insurance reform. We have to be concerned about the health of our communities. We need universal coverage for all Americans regardless of pre-existing conditions, employment, residence or where medical care is received.

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Mac Ranch offers computer classes, gadgets in new store

That new-shop smell still drifts through the Mac Ranch in downtown Steamboat Springs. Store partners Elissa Daly and Dave Sessions opened on Eighth Street last month, moving from a tucked-away Yampa Street store to the former location of Sweet Potato Lingerie.

Business File: Lunch addresses performance review

Business coaches will lead this week's Success Steps luncheon, put on by Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus and SCORE. Jean-Ann and Bob Cooper will lead the workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave. The event costs $15 and includes lunch.

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South Routt resident prepares his dogs for 2010 Iditarod

After completing his first Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska's tundra in March, South Routt resident Tom Thurston has decided to re-up. He's paid the $4,000 entrance fee for the 2010 Iditarod and is learning from fellow mushers.

County agencies prepare for H1N1 virus

Emergency and health officials in Routt County are preparing for the coming flu season but face several uncertainties, including the specter of the H1N1 virus, the severity of a potential outbreak and the availability of vaccines.

Our View: Leave the park alone

The city of Steamboat Springs is being unnecessarily heavy-handed and overbearing in its handling of a resident-maintained park in the Riverside neighborhood on the west side of town.

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Despite recession, enrollment up in Steamboat schools

Student numbers increased this year, despite weak economy

Scott Ford, a local financial consultant, said school enrollment likely would increase in Steamboat during the recovery period after a recession, after people experience "cataclysmic events" in their lives that force them to make a change - such as moving their families to a mountain town.

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Surfer girl embraces the cowgirl lifestyle

Marabou Ranch's 1st house creates a shore break with a view of Sleeping Giant

Wrenn and Mary Blalock are children of the South, but Wrenn Blalock has had a longstanding cowboy fantasy, and Mary Blalock is right behind him. Now, the couple from Tybee Island, Ga., plans to spend six months of every year at their new home at Marabou Ranch, just west of Steamboat Springs.

Class notes: Steamboat grad completed Marine Corps boot camp

Scott Francis Frank, son of Bob and Lois Frank and a 2009 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, completed U.S. Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego on Aug. 28. Frank is in Steamboat on leave and will return to San Diego on Sept. 15 for additional training before attending aviation maintenance school.

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Dr. Bookman to earn Willett Award

Doctor has spent 30 years devoted to

Larry Bookman is being honored for a career that has boosted health care in the Yampa Valley. Bookman is director of emergency medicine and chief medical officer at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He and John Kerst are the first winners of the Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Award.

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Parent-child music classes expand to Oak Creek this fall

Beth Wendler brought Music Together to Steamboat Springs about five years ago and will teach classes at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings this fall at Excel Gymnastics in Riverfront Park. She asked Kathy South-Woodford - who taught general music at Soda Creek Elementary School, studied music in college, sings and plays piano and guitar - to consider teaching classes in South Routt.

Lynn Abbott: Health care rebuttal

In the Aug. 30 Steamboat Pilot & Today, John Doolittle makes several false statements that must be answered.

Real Estate transactions for Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, 2009

Routt County real estate transactions for Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, 2009

Ken Collins: Think about it

Let's say you are in good health, a non-smoker, a normal drinker and eat decently. You drive responsibly with no accidents and an occasional speeding ticket. You live in a nice home in a region that has no hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and little or no crime.

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Solar gain is name of the game in Earthship home

Rare structure greens up Steamboat listings

Kathleen Titus reluctantly has resigned herself to giving up her Earthship in North Routt, which means Realtor Darrin Fryer has a new listing that stands out among the 3,000-plus offerings on the multiple listing service.

Bill Wallace: Global warming

After reading the article in last Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today about climate change ("Experts dispute crisis") plus the three dozen or so online comments, it seems to me that it's time to change the conversation game from "Dueling Factoids" to "Who Do You Trust?"

On the Market: Colorado Group Realty's Hillenbrand earns GRI

Amy Hillenbrand, broker associate at Colorado Group Realty, recently completed the curriculum required to achieve the Graduate REALTOR Institute designation.

Looking Back: Schools open; enrollment same as previous year

75 years ago - From the Friday, Sept. 7, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

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Bank leader stays humble in light of inaugural Willett Award

John Kerst will receive an inaugural award named for Doc Willett, a longtime Routt County physician who also served two terms as mayor. The award winners reflect love for the valley, said Sandy St. Clair, executive director of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley.

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Record turnout at Wild West Air Fest

Visitors take to skies in vintage, new aircraft at 5th annual event

Jen Alexander hit the skies in a J-3 Piper Cub during the fifth annual Wild West Air Fest at Steamboat Springs Airport off Routt County Road 129. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sold more than 1,600 buttons for entry, the most ever, master of ceremonies Mike Forney said.

Marty Rosenzweig: Hoax of a hoax

I found Professor William Gray and senior fellow Patrick Michaels' exposure of the climate change hoax ("Experts dispute crisis," Aug. 30 Steamboat Pilot & Today) very interesting

William McCawley: Thanks for asking

Kudos to Cari Hermacinski for her City Council re-election advertisement asking for my opinion regarding Steamboat 700 and 360 Village annexation.

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Bull Bash comes to rodeo arena today

PBR action highlights holiday weekend

Cowboy Mike Lee is excited about returning to Steamboat Springs to defend his title at the 2009 PBR Rocky Mountain Bull Bash today, but he knows that when you make a living riding bulls, nothing is guaranteed.

Routt County Spotlight: John Kole

Routt County Spotlight: John Kole

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Degrandis goes big in inaugural SSWSC Huck-a-thon

Michael Degrandis admitted there weren't many nerves surrounding Saturday's inaugural Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Huck-a-thon. Degrandis, 16, said he knew he would have to go big if he wanted to win.

Saturday, September 5

Sailors volleyball goes to 3-0

Team slides past Denver Christian as pool play continues in the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs. Next up: a noon match against Grand Junction.

Vail commissioners plan to vote on pot dispensaries Tuesday

Buddy Sims doesn't want pot shops in Colorado's Vail Valley. Sims has been trying to mobilize people to lobby for a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries at Tuesday's county commissioners' meeting.

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Local Marine back on safe ground after tour in Iraq

Two Steamboat Springs parents are breathing easier after the safe return of their son, Lance Cpl. Marcus Tarzian, from a seven-month deployment to Iraq.

Group raises suicide-symptom awareness

When a person commits suicide, the effects are felt throughout the community. Members of the Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide group are encouraging the awareness of depression to begin long before that tragic event.

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Soroco 8-man football set for 2nd year

In its second season of eight-man football, Soroco doesn't hold much back when talking about expectations. They start the season with a 1 p.m. contest today at North Park.

Steamboat volleyball tops West Grand in tourney

The Steamboat Springs Sailors girls volleyball team opened its 2009 season Friday with a convincing win against West Grand in the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.

Steamboat briefs: 4 CMC students treated for flu in Steamboat

Four residential students are being treated for suspected cases of flu at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, CMC officials announced Friday.

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Improvements mostly on schedule at Steamboat Ski Area base

A public improvement construction project at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is going well and mostly on schedule, Redevelopment Coordinator Joe Kracum said, and above-ground improvements will begin to take shape in about a month.

The Record for Sept. 3

The Record for Sept. 3

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Tom Ross: Plane used to train Russian pilots

Romanian-built Yak-52 sure to turn heads at Air Fest

If you head up to the Wild West Air Fest this weekend, keep a lookout for a Yak on the apron at Steamboat Springs Airport. It's not the hairy beast you're picturing in your mind's eye.

Driver faces reckless driving charge in Farrow's death

The Colorado State Patrol has cited a dump truck driver for careless driving causing death in connection with the July 28 crash that killed longtime Routt County resident Lorna Farrow.

Labor Day weekend events through Monday

Lots of events are available throughout Routt County to celebrate Labor Day weekend.

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Tigers open season with 13-7 win

Hayden High School football, which returns just two starters from last year's squad, grew up in front of coach Shawn Baumgartner's eyes, using junior quarterback Graig Medvesk's unique skills and timely defense to come away with a 13-7 win.

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4th annual chili challenge stews competition

Event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

In its fourth year, the Downtown Hoedown and Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge has built up some rivalries.

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Inaugural Stage Race off to fast start

Cyclists fly over 4.5-mile road course at Marabou; race continues today

The first day of the inaugural Steamboat Springs Stage Race was filled with fast times, scenic beauty and a touch of nostalgia. Day 2 is already under way with a circuit race at Marabou Ranch that will continue throughout the day.

Steamboat 700 talks made public

Negotiating team meetings opened

The city's once-private negotiating meetings with the Steamboat 700 development team were made public earlier this summer.

Friday, September 4

Sailors volleyball wins opener

Girls begin tournament with solid victory over West Grand

Steamboat star sits outs first game, then helps team dominate second game for a match victory over West Grand. The Sailors play three more games Saturday.

4 CMC students treated for flu in Steamboat

Four residential students are being treated for suspected cases of flu at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, CMC officials announced Friday.

BLM releases report into Craig firefighter death

Findings indicate safety protocols were followed

The Bureau of Land Management released findings of a report Friday afternoon into the June 26 death of BLM firefighter Brett Stearns in Moffat County.

Hayden football to host Coal Ridge today

Inexperienced Tigers ready to rumble

Despite playing up in classification against Coal Ridge at 7 p.m. today in Hayden, coach Shawn Baumgartner said he has every expectation of having a solid game - and a solid season.

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War bomber lands for Air Fest

WWII-era Pacific Prowler still flying after more than 60 years

The pilots of the Pacific Prowler, a plane built during WWII that never saw combat, love hearing veterans' stories. That's the best part of flying the B-25 Mitchell Bomber across the country, Steve Swift and Pat Mahaffey said. The plane will be at Steamboat Springs Airport this weekend for the fifth annual Wild West Air Fest.

The Record for Sept. 2

The Record for Sept. 2

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Kort McCumber keeps Americana sound fresh with varied styles

Kort McCumber grew up playing classical music, learning piano at age 5 and adding cello at 8. He didn't pick up a guitar until halfway through college; since then, he's been collecting string-instrument ability as he goes.

Challenging trail to greet runners in 10K at 10,000 Feet

Up, up and up are the three words that race director Stephanie Scholl uses to describe the start of the 10K at 10,000 Feet. "This is a difficult 10-kilometer race for several reasons," Scholl said. "There's the altitude and then the first three miles of the race are a climb."

School district struggles to receive kindergarten fees

Officials hope kindergarten costs won't continue to go unpaid

Collecting fees for full-day kindergarten again is proving to be a challenge for the Steamboat Springs School District. As of Thursday, district officials were trying to collect September tuition, which was due on the first of the month, from parents of 27 children, or 23 percent of the kindergarten's 120-student full-day enrollment.

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Sailors soccer learning from last year

Steamboat Springs High School team looks to keep up pace for full season

Last season is last season, but the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team knows if it wants to reach its lofty goals, the lessons have to carry over. The Sailors were 6-0 a year ago before faltering down the stretch and falling in the first round of the playoffs.

Some secondary housing units remain unregistered

Grace period for owners to document residences ends Sept. 30

Despite the waiving of fees and other efforts to get the owners of secondary units to register with the city of Steamboat Springs, officials think several of the small residences remain undocumented - and potentially unsafe.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Horseshoes event grows at fair

For the past six years at the Routt County Fair, the Community Agriculture Alliance and some local businesses have sponsored the horseshoe pitching contest. While the contest has grown in the past years, from a handful of teams to this year's high of 22 teams, there is room for a bigger event.

Xcel rail spur work to affect C.R. 27, US 40

Lane closures, speed changes expected during project

Construction of a rail spur for Hayden Station could affect traffic on Routt County Road 27 and U.S. Highway 40 this fall.

700 agreement back on district's agenda

Steamboat Springs School Board deal could lead to new school

Steamboat Springs School Board members again will be asked to approve an agreement with the developers of Steamboat 700 to share the cost of a new school in west Steamboat.

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Space Station gas station opens Saturday

New operators embrace Space Age theme, local products

In reopening the Space Station gas station and convenience store in downtown Steamboat Springs, Eric and Jodi Dorris are taking their cues from the sign out front. The red and white, Space Race-era sign is topped with a spherical "satellite" and is the most recognized feature of the property at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. The sign is about 50 years old, was prompted by the Soviet Union's launching of Sputnik in 1956 and has survived two remodelings of the property.

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What to do this weekend for Sept. 4 to Sept. 7

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs presents a downtown sidewalk sale, with a contest offering $1,000 in downtown shopping sprees at participating stores. Call 846-1800.

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Oak Creek to offer events all weekend

Historical society to host barbecue, tours and art for Labor Day

The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg will serve up barbecue, tours, art and a heaping dish of history during this year's Labor Day events in Oak Creek.

Gunderson leads Sailors golf to 2nd place in Montrose

A solid front nine, and an even better showing on the back nine, helped senior Kaelen Gunderson lead the Steamboat Springs High School golf team to a second-place finish in Montrose on Thursday.

September First Friday Artwalk listings

First Friday Artwalk receptions are from 5 to 8 p.m. today and are free and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted.

Steamboat briefs: Tickets for the Doc Willett Awards now available

Tickets for the Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards are now available from the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley and from SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Thursday, September 3

Hayden school bus plan finalized

District officials revise stops, routes to help save money

Superintendent Greg Rockhold asked Hayden School District Transportation Director Festus Hagins earlier this summer to revise the district's bus stops and routes, in an effort to save money. By changing the routes and reducing the number of in-town stops from about 40 to 16, Hagins said he was able to substitute the use of one bus with a Chevrolet Suburban.

3 suspects formally charged in drug case

All three suspects in an alleged cocaine and methamphetamine distribution ring remain in custody on a $20,000 bond and a hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Council candidate: Steamboat 700 questions unanswered

Local builder Ken Solomon is running for the Steamboat Springs City Council on a platform stressing fiscal responsibility, social and moral responsibility and making the best decisions for city residents - traits he thinks are lacking in the current governing body.

Mary Walker: Drought ravaging Kenya

The Narok area, in fact most of Kenya, is deep into a very serious drought. The long rainy season of April brought no rain to this area and at that time, thousands of Maasais and their cattle were migrating to areas as far away as Mombasa looking for water.

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Hardage waits for the right shot

Gerald Hardage's photos on display through October at the Depot

When Gerald Hardage gets an image in his head, he doesn't rest until that thought becomes a photograph. An exhibit of Hardage's photographic prints, hand-painted scenes and digitally altered images opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center.

Golfer sinks an ace

Mary Weiss sinks hole-in-1 Monday afternoon

Golfer Mary Weiss has been waiting for her day since the first time she picked up a club 15 years ago. "I think I always hoped that this day would come," Weiss said of hitting a hole-in-one on No. 3 on Monday afternoon at the Steamboat Golf Club.

Steamboat tennis team rolls in Wheat Ridge

Sailors blank Farmers, 7-0

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team had little trouble Wednesday, downing Wheat Ridge, 7-0. The win put the Sailors record at 4-0. Steamboat was so dominant, the team dropped only one set all day.

Steamboat briefs: Congressman Salazar to host public teleconference

U.S. Rep. John Salazar hosts a public teleconference at 7:20 p.m. today for Western Slope residents of Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. All are welcome to dial in and discuss local issues. Call 1-877-229-8493 and, when prompted, dial 15148#.

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Public gondola going up

Wildhorse towers expected to be installed in October

A new ski lift in Steamboat typically translates into a very large whirlybird hauling heavy iron over the base of Steamboat Ski Area. But there won't be a need for a helicopter in October when towers for the Wildhorse gondola are set. Concrete bases for some of the towers were poured this week.

Golf team places 3rd in Delta

Sailors face tough competition at Devil's Thumb course

The Sailors didn't win Wednesday in Delta, but coach Steve Dodson was happy with what he saw from his team on the difficult Devil's Thumb course. "We left a couple of strokes out on the course today, but I was proud of the way our guys grinded it out on the course," Dodson said.

Work closes Pearl Lake trail

Route across dam temporarily off-limits while repairs are made

The trail over Pearl Lake Dam at Pearl Lake State Park will be closed beginning Wednesday and the lake will be lowered 10 feet while divers repair a leaky outlet gate. The closure will further limit use at the state park; its campground also is closed until May 2010 because of the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

The Record for Sept. 1

The Record for Sept. 1

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Jimmy Westlake: The quiet sun

A year ago, I wrote in this column about the prolonged solar minimum we were in that seemed to have no end. Now, one year later, astronomers still are scratching their heads about the sun's paucity of sunspots.

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Alaskan adventure

Don Tudor and Cully Kistler get up closer and personal with wildlife

Sleeping Giant Gallery owners Don Tudor and Cully Kistler got a close-up look at wildlife they traveled more than 3,000 miles to see. Tudor's photos and Kistler's paintings will be on display in a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sleeping Giant Gallery.

Preparing for swine flu

Local school districts taking precautions, developing strategies

Local school districts are gearing up for the possibility of a swine flu outbreak this fall. At a meeting held by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association last week, school officials were briefed on the current status of H1N1, which puts school-age children in one of the high-risk categories.

Hayden resident's marijuana case again delayed

For a second time, the case of Timothy Nelson, a Hayden resident accused of growing marijuana at his home, was continued awaiting 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham's consent.

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Huck-a-thon to open ramps

It's the type of event that normally lands in Steamboat Springs in January, but freestyle coach Rob Day is hoping the plastic-covered jumps at Bald Eagle Lake will bring top-level jumping competition here a few months earlier.

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Athlete of the Week: Jack Spady

Jack Spady, Steamboat Springs High School football

Wednesday, September 2

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Steamboat Yacht Club closing its doors this month

Last port of call for diners at Steamboat restaurant

The Hojs will phase down the Steamboat Yacht Club this month, serving their last riverside luncheon on the deck Monday and continuing to serve dinners until Sept. 12.

Council votes, 4-3, to add $20 to cost of most municipal tickets

Speeding, littering, walking dogs off-leash and several other small crimes soon will cost you another Andrew Jackson in Steamboat Springs. City Council voted, 4-3, Tuesday to add a $20 surcharge to fines for most municipal violations.

Zachary Linnert and Kevin Pease: Thanks, Steamboat

We recently were married in Steamboat Springs (not legally, of course) at the Bella Vista Estate just outside of town. Many of our 60 guests were perplexed as to why we would choose Colorado and Steamboat Springs for our gay wedding. We traveled to Steamboat for the first time last year and fell in love with the charm of the city and the people we met. It did not take long for our guests to realize why we had chosen this spot.

Joe Meglen: About the Fed

Alice Rivlin, a former vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, packed the house at the Seminars at Steamboat forum Aug. 21 with her topic, "The Future of Capitalism." I had no false hopes that a Keynesian big-government insider would have suddenly had an epiphany and embrace free-market capitalism.

Our View: House of Cards an effort to look inward

The decline of Routt County's housing market and the ripple effects it has had throughout the community cannot be overstated. Quite simply, it's a story too important not to tell.

Joanne Palmer: When Facebook goes to the dogs

Profile: Woof, I'm Bowser, a bearded collie. My owner spends so much time on social networking sites that I decided to give it a try, too. I guess the first thing I need to do is post some information about myself and try to make friends.

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Safety measures ahead for U.S. 40

Dangerous stretch likely won't see major improvements for a year

As more than 20 community members introduced themselves around a table at the Routt County Courthouse on Tuesday night, many said the same thing about the curved stretch of U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 127. "It's scary."

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Gerard to bring danceable acoustic

Singer-songwriter promises soulful energy at local concerts

Dave Gerard has been coming to the Steamboat Springs area for about 20 years as a solo act, leader of a duo or the frontman for his band, Truffle. This week, he and harmonica/accordion player Daniel "Moose" Bednarski will make stops at 9 p.m. Thursday at Old Town Pub and 8 p.m. Friday at Hahn's Peak Cafe.

Al White: State budget a 'tragedy'

Senator visits with local officials on state's funding woes

Colorado Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, said the best way to describe the state budget's freefall is to compare it to a Shakespearean tragedy in three acts.

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Camp kicks off year for Lowell Whiteman Primary School

Lowell Whiteman Primary School students don't spend the first day of class playing get-to-know-you games. By the time each school year starts - classes began Monday for the 2009-10 academic year - most students already know one another and their teachers.

'Smart loan' program headed to Vail voters

Julie Norberg toted her 5-month-old daughter, Elloise, to an Eagle County commissioners' meeting Tuesday to lobby for a ballot issue. The ballot issue in question, called the "Energy Smart Loan" program, would allow local homeowners to get money for energy-efficient home improvements.

Yampa Town Board to discuss speed limit

Town officials think posted mph near school could be an issue

Yampa town officials say the speed limit around South Routt Elementary School could become an issue. The speed limit near the school is 15 mph, 24 hours a day.

Summit County food bank struggles

With an economically challenging year only half finished, public aid providers still are struggling to meet local needs. And the number of people asking for help only seems to grow.

Aspen Chamber expects losses

ACRA anticipates $28,000 less in membership dues

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association expects to lose about 50 members this fiscal year because of the recession, the organization's president said Monday.

Stage race set for weekend

4-day bike event takes place at Marabou, Old Town

Barkley Robinson once plied his trade as an elite road cyclist. Now - after three years of becoming one of the area's foremost mountain bikers - Robinson will get back into road cycling.

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Steamboat's Brassell ready for prep school

Nelson Brassell will wear just about anything to put on a competitive basketball jersey again. The 2009 Steamboat Springs High School graduate will attend Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., to play football and basketball.

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Steamboat girls volleyball opens season with eye on WSL title

Ask Steamboat Springs High School coach Wendy Hall how the Western Slope League volleyball race is shaping up, and the teams tumble off her tongue. Eagle Valley is always a good team, with several key players back.

Steamboat briefs: 4th annual Chili Challenge registration closes Friday

The fourth annual Downtown Hoedown and Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday on Eighth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

The Record for Aug. 31

The Record for Aug. 31

Commissioners OK cut of Building Department position

In a meeting Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners reviewed an analysis of county departments' programs and how much money and personnel time is devoted to each. The exercise is intended to help the county develop its budget for next year.

Adult League Softball: Coed results for Sept. 1, 2009

Coed 'B' League Playoffs and Coed 'D' League Playoffs

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No-knock ACET raid catches 3 with meth and coke

A raid of a south Steamboat Springs home Monday night turned up about a pound of methamphetamine and about half a pound of cocaine, and ended with three men arrested. Law enforcement officers estimate the seized drugs are worth about $81,000 in street value.

Tuesday, September 1

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Skatepark rolls toward reality

Preliminary work under way on Bear River Parcel

To most people, the 9,000-square-foot site on the back of the Bear River Parcel appears to be a pile of dirt. But local skateboard enthusiast Jon Casson envisions so much more.

Tires smash front of SUV, no injuries

Accident occurred Tuesday afternoon on Colo. 131 just south of Soroco High School

There were no injuries Tuesday afternoon when a set of tires came off a county-owned gravel truck and hit a Chevy Tracker SUV in Oak Creek.

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Tom Ross: A late-August hike to remember

A journey in search of the mysterious origins of Mount Ethel

There's a new mystery woman in my life. Her name is Ethel. We had a little rendezvous Sunday. Go ahead - you can tell my wife. I walked about 24 miles out of my way during the weekend to introduce the two of them.

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The Easy Peaces come to Ghost Ranch

The Easy Peaces came together the way you might expect someone with 40 years in the music business and a long history in Steamboat Springs to form a band.

YVHA presents annual report

Dedication of city funds necessary to carry out group's mission

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority has no intention of closing its doors in the coming years, but the organization made no secret of its need for additional funding to carry out more meaningful work.

Plans change for jail staffing

Sheriff will hire deputies, not civilians, to man posts

A plan to hire civilians to work in the Routt County Jail control tower has been nixed in favor of hiring new, fully trained jail deputies. Sheriff Gary Wall reversed his initial proposal and now says that hiring trained law enforcement officers will allow greater staffing flexibility.

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Charter school bursting at the seams

North Routt Community Charter School enrollment capped this year

The North Routt Community Charter School is bursting at the seams. The K-8 school in Clark, which began its 2009-10 academic year Monday, has its largest enrollment with 66 students this year, up from 59 last year.

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Display features work from the wild

Exhibit of photography, paintings, sculpture opens Friday at Artists' Gallery

Photographer Judy Jones has been chasing horses for three years for her latest series of work. Focusing on mustangs for their freedom, Jones found the animals in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and New Mexico, and captured them running, resting and nuzzling.

The Record for Aug. 30, 2009

Sunday, Aug. 30

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Black bears edge closer to Steamboat for berries

More encounters reported as animals look to town and people for food

Ripe serviceberries and chokecherries around Steamboat Springs are drawing black bears in from the wilderness, keeping Division of Wildlife officers and homeowners busy this summer deterring, and sometimes killing, nuisance bears.

Death sparks review of highway safety

City officials, residents to discuss U.S. 40 west of Steamboat

A state senator, a county commissioner and a Colorado Department of Transportation official will meet with concerned residents today to discuss a dangerous section of U.S. Highway 40 where a local woman died this summer.

Steamboat Briefs: Participants needed for Hahn's Peak crafts fair

Artisans and crafters are invited to participate in the fourth annual Hahn's Peak Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All spaces will be outside and rent for $30 each. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Hahn's Peak Historical Society. Anyone interested in renting a space can call Becky at 846-3868.

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Steamboat cross-country team hopes to capitalize on small numbers

Coach Andy Reust would like nothing more than for the runners on this year's Steamboat Springs cross-country team to end the season in the same place where they start it.

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City Council considers municipal ticket surcharge

Steamboat Springs City Council will consider the second and final reading of an ordinance instituting a $5 surcharge on parking violations and a $20 surcharge on all other violations at its meeting today.