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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jail Report for Sept. 5 to 11
School lunches for the week of Sept. 14 to 18
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.
75 years ago - From the Friday, Sept. 14, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
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.
The Record for Sept. 11
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?
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."
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.
Rick Hodges, a 22-year Steamboat Springs local, has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty as a full-time Broker Associate.
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.
Routt County Spotlight: Nancy Ciran
Real estate transactions for Sept. 4 to 10, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christy Cramer and Sheila Davis built their business, Cowgirl Adventures, to help women improve their horse skills during an authentic Western experience.
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.
I wish to inform the readers of the Pilot & Today of a travesty in progress.
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.
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.