Friday, April 30
Erik Owen scores 5 as Sailors lacrosse racks up 17 in victory
Junior midfielder Erik Owen scored five goals in the Sailors' last game of the regular season, and the team finished undefeated in its conference with the 17-1 win Friday against Aspen in Steamboat Springs. The weather caused postponements in other sports this week.
Easy Star All-Stars, JJ Grey & MOFRO and Emmitt-Nershi Band to perform
Organizers said that as of Friday, Easy Star All-Stars are scheduled to play July 30; JJ Grey & MOFRO is scheduled to play Aug. 13; and the Emmitt-Nershi Band is scheduled to play Aug. 20. All concerts are expected to be at Howelsen Hill.
YVRA hopes to add baggage carousel, modern restaurant
Officials at Yampa Valley Regional Airport are ready to seek construction bids for a two-year project that would add a baggage carousel and a restaurant to the terminal for 2011-12 season. “The bids are scheduled to be opened around the end of May, depending on the actual release date, and construction is to begin in early July,” Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said.
Jay Whaley to replace longtime teacher Byron Dean at Soroco High School
Soroco High School agriculture teacher Byron Dean recalls former student Jay Whaley being one of his best. Dean is retiring at the end of the school year after three decades with the district, and Whaley, a 1992 Soroco graduate, will take his place.
Peace Officer to bring live, hybrid-influenced set to Mahogany
Fort Collins-based reggae and hip-hop hybrid Peace Officer got its start as a live reggae band. When vocalist and guitarist Andy Kromarek started a side project with a few hip-hop emcees, a new style of live performance was born. Peace Officer plays at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill at 10 p.m. today.
The Record for April 28
Cabaret is the annual variety show fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. This year’s show, titled “No Strings Attached,” is sure to feature the uproarious, locally focused jokes Cabaret does best. The Cabaret band starts at 7 p.m. Shows continue May 7 and 8. Tickets are $30 and are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Depot Art Center.
Cows can be the first line of defense in fighting wildland fires this season. If we try to work together with the forestry management groups and the local ranchers, we might be able to get some mitigation of reducing flashy fuel loads (grass) growing below our tree lines and reduce the ladder fuels (shrub, brush) carry that fire to the tops of trees and devastate the forest.
Volunteers are invited to help prepare skatepark May 8
City Parks Supervisor Ernie Jenkins was on the phone Thursday making an attempt to contact the many people who had showed an interest in volunteering to get the new concrete skatepark ready for its grand opening. But the weather in Steamboat Springs didn’t cooperate. Jenkins decided to postpone by a week the volunteer workday scheduled for Saturday.
Coming off years of small rosters and lackluster results, Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team administrators thought the program was dealt another blow this spring when the sport was relegated to Tier 2 status by the high school, meaning it lost much of its school-supplied funding.
Annual variety show fundraiser opens Thursday at Strings
On Wednesday night at the Depot Art Center, Cabaret cast member and writer Pamela Turner was leading a cast of golf-club-wielding dancers through a skit. It’s one of many musical numbers featured in the 27th annual Cabaret, a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The annual collection of jabs at local, national and international issues is at 7:30 p.m. May 6 to 8.
Thursday, April 29
A man’s arm was injured while he was working on a belt crew at Twentymile Mine this week, Peabody Energy spokeswoman Meg Gallagher said Thursday. The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and the incident is under review, as is common in accidents, Gallagher said.
Snowy weather results in crashes; pattern forecast to continue all weekend
Snow returned to the area Wednesday night and into this morning, resulting in a couple of crashes on U.S. Highway 40 near Milner. No major injuries resulted from the crashes, but traffic was blocked for a short time, and one woman was taken to the hospital after losing consciousness. Forecasters from the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office said cold, wet weather would continue through the weekend.
Authors at the Oct. 2 event will include Dan Chaon, Chris Cleave, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Wally Lamb and Lori Lansens.
Sitting and waiting for more than three hours at the state capitol, and listening to heated committee debates between Colorado lawmakers, Craig resident Lila Herod was admittedly nervous.
4th annual energy event scheduled for May 12 to 14 in Craig
Kate Nowak, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, said the upcoming Fueling Thought Energy Summit will provide visitors with a local, national and global perspective on energy development. The fourth annual Fueling Thought Energy Summit, hosted by Yampa Valley Partners, is scheduled for May 12 to 14.
Annual event to start riding season expands from Bike Swap
Mountain biking in Steamboat Springs has long been popular, but the sport is entering this summer with all the downhill momentum of a, well, mountain bike. That energy could be evident again next weekend as the long-standing spring Bike Swap gets upgraded to Steamboat’s first Spring Bike Fest.
The rust better come off quickly for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team. After not playing for two weeks, with spring break thrown in, Steamboat gets back to action today in the competitive Mullen Tournament.
At this point, it’s all about finding the proper mindset for the Steamboat Springs High School girls varsity soccer team. The team plays at 6 p.m. today at Western Slope League champion Glenwood Springs.
The axiom goes that a double play is a pitcher’s best friend. Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain baseball offered different theories on that rule Wednesday in Eagle-Vail.
South Routt Elementary students recite original poetry
As he stood and recited in front of about 200 teachers, parents and siblings, South Routt Elementary School kindergartner Jed Kirby's poem "My Family" elicited a number of “ahhs.” Jed was one of about 50 students who read a poem at the school's third annual Poetry Night on Wednesday.
Tuesday, April 27
Annual event features work by Routt County students
Almost 400 pieces of art will line the walls at the Depot Art Center by Friday. Students from every elementary, middle and high school in Routt County contributed work to the annual Routt County Youth Art Show, which opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Depot.
Open house to discuss management plan update
Stagecoach State Park had about 135,000 visitors from June 2008 to July 2009. Park officials are hoping at least a few of those folks attend a public meeting tonight to talk about plans for the park’s future.
Workers to begin follow-up visits across area Saturday
Only 37 percent of households in Steamboat Springs have returned the 2010 census, just more than half of the nationwide response rate of 72 percent. But census officials say the response rate in mountain communities could be misleading.
Teens who want their voice heard on important community issues and who have ideas about how to make Steamboat Springs a better place to live are encouraged to apply for Teen Council, where teens have the opportunity to share their views on hot local topics.
6th annual Integrated Community celebration celebrates culture
Craig resident Erika Valenzuela has lived in America for more than 20 years, but her memory of May 5 stretches back to her childhood in Mexico. This year, Valenzuela is volunteering to help prepare for Integrated Community’s sixth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, scheduled for Saturday in Craig.
Wednesday, April 28
Police cooperating with investigation in Wyoming
The truck and the trailer were found Saturday near U.S. Highway 40 and Weiss Drive. The truck had driven off the side of the road and the trailer had tipped on its side. Someone later tried to set the items on fire, police said, and they were reported stolen from Wyoming.
Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said a total of 22 tickets for minor in possession of alcohol were distributed during a party Friday night, including four to the tenants of the home in the 1300 block of Blue Sage Drive. Four were charged with violating the Steamboat Springs Social Host Ordinance.
The man was accused of chasing a cat up the hill on Moffat Avenue in a pickup and then running it over. Chat Hettinger is scheduled to appear for sentencing at 10:30 a.m. May 26.
The animal interfered with a piece of equipment Tuesday night at a substation in the Brooklyn neighborhood. YVEA later planned a 15-minute outage at about 9:40 p.m. to address the problem and link consumers to another substation.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s parent company has announced a successful refinancing and a new loan. The company did not release the terms of the loan, which is scheduled to mature in 2014. Intrawest operates Winter Park ski area for Denver. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company also owns Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, the site of many 2010 Winter Olympic Games events.
Seven-time Tour de France winner joins ownership team
The seven-time Tour de France winner will become part of the ownership team at the energy food company. He'll also lend his image to the company's marketing campaigns, and Honey Stinger products will be available at Armstrong's events.
The world renowned cyclist has become a part owner of the Steamboat Springs-based energy food company. Armstrong also will play a role in future product development and endorsement.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team shook off more rust and a tough outing after the first day back from spring break, downing rival Moffat County, 4-0, on Tuesday in Craig. Steamboat, which fell to Cheyenne Central on Monday, was never really challenged Tuesday.
Annual event to benefit North Routt Community Charter School
After event organizer Chris King put a bug in Pam Heinrich’s ear about entering the Great North Routt Chili Cook-off, the Steamboat Springs resident and cooking contest rookie headed home and started putting “a little of this and a little of that” in a red chili recipe, she said.
Annual event helps connect district’s older, younger students
Kara Stanhope considers herself a Twister expert. That’s why the Strawberry Park Elementary School second-grader was able to stay on her feet, even as she reached across her body with her legs crossed, to touch the red, blue, yellow and green circles during a game of Twister on Tuesday.
Piknik Theatre Festival seeks actors for 3 summer plays
A summer theater festival director is asking potential actors to “be just the best person they can be” as they audition for roles Sunday and Monday. Local actors and musicians are invited to audition for the 2010 Piknik Theatre Festival from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday or 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Depot Art Center.
Board votes unanimously to delay action on growth plans
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to table indefinitely the transfer of development rights that have become controversial as some county residents have branded them as enabling urban sprawl.
Lies. It’s amazing how many little falsehoods I tell myself every single day. Most of them are harmless, and many fall into the category of diet and exercise. In an effort to free up space in my brain and promote healthier thinking, I have listed all the lies I told myself in a 48-hour period.
Morgan Peterson, an art teacher at the high school, is asking residents to donate any type of manual film camera with an interchangeable lens they’re not using for her photography class.
Lincoln Avenue will be closed from 5 to 7 a.m. today for street cleaning between Seventh and 12th streets, according to an e-mail from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
This letter is in response to the cover page article on Thursday headlined “OSHA fines Duckels.” During the past few weeks, Duckels Construction has been in the forefront of local news, primarily in relation to the base area bid process and culminating with this latest article. Overall, I feel the reporting related to our company has been somewhat unfair and was insensitive regarding the death of Brady Meier.
Raising the dam at Stagecoach Reservoir is part of a plan that will efficiently and economically increase the storage capacity in the Yampa Valley.
Watwood pitches six strong, but Moffat County prevails, 9-3
Although Moffat County High School was able to outlast Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity baseball team, 9-3, on Tuesday in Craig, manger Dave Roy said the improvement his team has made is easily visible. “We’ve made some changes, and we fell like we’re a lot more solid up the middle,” Roy said. “We have Carson Becker at shortstop, so we have some strength up the middle.”
Tuesday, April 27
Incorrect information from CDOT originally said the street would be closed all night tonight. It will be closed for a couple of hours from Seventh to 12th Street.
Wayne and Julie Ranieri awarded for damages and compensation
A Routt County jury awarded Julie and Wayne Ranieri $2.4 million in damages and compensation last week after a March 2009 crash near Lake Catamount. Wayne Ranieri was riding his bicycle, and his lawyer said he landed on his buttocks, compressing his spine and crushing a vertebra.
With about eight minutes left, the Cheyenne Central girls soccer team took control. During the course of the next 10 minutes, the Lady Indians scored three goals on Steamboat Springs High School. Before the final whistle, Central tacked on two more goals to pick up the 5-0 win Monday at Riske Field.
If Colorado had its way, I-70 would have traced U.S. 40 to Provo
Have you ever contemplated how different life in Routt County would be today if Interstate 70 blazed its way through the Yampa Valley instead of following the Eagle and Colorado rivers to Grand Junction?
The Record for April 25
A Routt County toddler recently was reported to have Haemophilus influenzae Type B, known as Hib disease. The child is expected to fully recover, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reported. The child’s contacts are receiving antibiotics to decrease the risk of spreading the disease.
Plan being reviewed for fighting wildfires in Routt County
Firefighting agencies in Routt County especially will be on guard for falling pine trees when responding to wildland fires this summer, Bob Struble, Routt County director of emergency management, told the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
Judge determines evidence from Deborah Eck’s home too old
A judge deemed the evidence collected from Deborah Kay Eck’s Phippsburg-area home inadmissible during a hearing Monday morning, prompting prosecutors to drop the charges of marijuana cultivation. Judge Michael O’Hara III ordered that the items gathered in the search of Eck’s Phippsburg-area home — a reported 58 marijuana plants — were not admissible as evidence because the search warrant used to collect them used “stale” information.
Cold, wet weather sets road project back about a week
Crews on the downtown repaving project will need a little help from above to get back on track with their goal of finishing before July 1. Cold, wet weather has placed work a week to 10 days behind schedule, said Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting.
Hayden High School senior Ryan Mahaffie wants to design video games after he graduates from college. He’ll attend Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver. To get a jump-start on accomplishing his goal, Mahaffie’s high school recently gave him a valuable tool: a free laptop. Four other seniors were given laptops, as well, as part of a program the high school created this year.
Sailors cruise past Patriots, 17-6
George Washington High School scored the first goal in Monday afternoon’s lacrosse game in Denver, but it was Steamboat Springs’ Sailors who scored the most.
There are lots of reasons to visit Hawaii, but most folks who vacation there probably don’t have “see world’s largest telescopes” on their list of things to do. To an astronomy enthusiast like me, though, the Big Island of Hawaii is astronomy heaven.
Monday, April 26
A few years ago, a group of independent-minded older adults in South Routt County started their own little exercise class at the Community Center in Oak Creek.
Saturday’s meet bore little in common with the small meet Hayden hosted Friday. The competition in Rifle was big and filled with the top athletes from all classes on the Western Slope. Still, competitors from Hayden, Steamboat and Soroco came away with plenty of top performances.
Developers tout open space as neighbor wonders if plan can work
Rick Hermes and his team worked three years on a plan for property at Wolcott before submitting it to Eagle County officials recently. It could be another five before anyone moves into one of the planned homes. But is the valley ready yet?
2-day event yields unexpected finds at Depot Art Center
While organizing the basement Sunday at the Depot Art Center, Mike Brumbaugh made an interesting discovery. Brumbaugh, one of about 25 volunteers who pitched in this past weekend for a Depot spring cleanup effort, found an old prop used in plays to create wind sounds.
Transfer of development rights proposal raises questions about sprawl, services
Questions about preserving the county’s rural character and how to plan for future development will be on the table as county officials address a much-debated, growth-related proposal today and Tuesday.
Routt County Board of Commmissioners meeting agenda
Saturday, April 24
Giant garage sale, flea market event slated for May 15 at county fairgrounds
The Hayden Spring Fling Garage Sale and Flea Market, in its third year, is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 at the Routt County Fairgrounds.
Sections of Burgess Creek Road and Storm Meadows Drive will be closed for 20- to 30-minute periods during work hours from Thursday through May 21, city officials announced last week, as Rogue Resources conducts logging operations in the area to mitigate bark beetle impacts and remove dead or diseased trees.
Medications can be just as helpful as brand-name drugs
The high cost of prescription drugs can create a financial hardship for many people, particularly the elderly and the chronically ill. As the price of prescription drugs continues to increase, generic medications offer a cost-effective alternative.
Basil sits high on the list of essential herbs for a kitchen garden, and although it is easy to grow, it is a little tricky to have it flourish in our climate. Basil is one of those herbs that romances cooks with its versatility and warm spicy flavor, so there is nothing more frustrating than tending a puny, under-performing specimen.
Sunday, April 25
Basketball speaking, it’s been a groundbreaking year for me. I traveled to Pueblo to watch the Hayden High School boys basketball team play in the Class 2A state tournament. I traveled to Oklahoma City to watch a first-round weekend of the NCAA Tournament and, having seen the Utah Jazz defeat the Nuggets, 114-111, on Monday, I saw the NBA playoffs. I never would have expected it was the Nuggets and the NBA that would register as the least inspiring.
Kick-started by the massive repaving project on Lincoln Avenue that already is sending foot and bicycle traffic down to the riverside, business is picking up on Yampa Street and several shops are making significant improvements in preparation for summer tourism. It could be a busy summer along the Yampa.
The Community Roots Garden work day scheduled for today has been canceled because of weather. The next work day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the garden at Seventh and Oak streets. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.
Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating is reminding Routt County residents that April is National Plumbing Industry Month, and today is Plumbers Day. Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating, which has offices in Grand County and Steamboat Springs, asks residents to thank their local plumber and be conscientious of water use. In a typical home, the business stated in a news release, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted per year while running the faucet waiting for hot water. As much as 15 percent of a typical home’s annual water heating costs can be wasted heating this extra 9,000 gallons.
‘Anti-tax’ measures would diminish government income
Colorado voters in November will consider three “anti-tax” ballot measures. One of them would prohibit the state from taking loans that would allow it to operate in debt. It also would limit the ability of local governments, including school districts, to borrow and incur debt. If approved, the measure will kill the interest-free loan program.
Ski Corp., marketing district, businesses to pay airlines for reduced winter revenues
The resort community will write checks to airlines for more than $2 million after a ski season that saw steep discounts in airfares and still left passenger numbers down by 9,000. Payments “will be north of $2.4 million,” said Andy Wirth, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It will be one of the most expensive airline seasons that we’ve had in the near past.”
Now is the time to prepare for Town Challenge mountain bike series
The Town Challenge mountain bike series, which runs every summer in Steamboat Springs, attracts a huge variety of riders to its seven summer races. The series is designed by and tailored for locals. The race’s top riders are one and the same with some of the top cycling talent in the state, the weekly Town Challenge races serving as their tune-ups for larger weekend races.
Happy Birthday wishes to Sam Haslem, Jerry Delay, Janet Babish, Garrett Murphy, Tim Frentress Jr. and Vincent Scura.
Sympathy to the family and friends of Jack Ebaugh. Love and prayers from everybody here at the Doak Walker Care Center.
Hayden High School sent 13 students to the state Future Business Leaders of America competition April 18 to 20 in Vail. The students competed against students from across Colorado in business-related events.
School lunch menus for the week of April 26
Sgt. Steven Penick, son of Shelly Boyer, received the Army Commendation Medal from Brigade Commander Col. Phelps while serving his second tour in Iraq.
Jon Lee wins Daniels Scholarship, which covers all costs not paid by family
When Hayden High School senior Jon Lee told his mom Tuesday that he was awarded a Daniels Scholarship to help pay for his college education, she was hesitant to believe him. Lee already told his mom he got the scholarship as a joke.
Occupation: Feed store manager/bartender
State officials continue fight against invasive zebra mussels
The waterways of Routt County are largely free from invasive species, but the effort to keep them that way will begin to gain momentum in May as boat checks are required on all boats launching into regional lakes, such as Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach Reservoir.
Real estate transactions for April 16 to 22
Residents aim to add luxury condominiums, as well
The homeowners associations for the ski-in/ski-out condominiums at Bear Claw I and Bear Claw II have entered the city planning process with development permit applications for a pair of luxury duplex buildings and an addition of four condominiums.
When the Internet auction of a foreclosed Stagecoach home in Morningside subdivision wrapped up Feb. 14, it appeared there would be no “sweetheart of a deal.” More than two months later, it’s a different story.
Bruce Carta, of Land Title Guarantee Company, reports that entry-level and move-up sales fueled March real estate sales in Routt County, which more than doubled those of March 2009.
J.G. Huckins, engineer for the U.S. bureau of public roads, was in Steamboat Springs last week making arrangements to secure a dwelling for his family. He expects to be here by May 1 to begin the work of opening Rabbit Ears Pass.
A few years ago, a group of independent-minded older adults in South Routt County started their own little exercise class at the Community Center in Oak Creek. Eventually, the Aging Well program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offered a trained instructor to guide the group through a regimen specifically targeting their aches and pains.
Soroco High School's Alex Estes finished second in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. All things considered, it was a great finish for his junior year. But it’s funny what happens when an athlete like Estes actually is healthy.
Aubree Haskins is a sophomore at Hayden High School, and she’s enjoying a breakout season in track and field, especially in her two best events, triple jump and shot put.
If you are looking for an example of what it means to be a team player, don’t look to the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
3:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a missing person in the 200 block of Fourth Street. The report was for a runaway juvenile who later came home, police said.
■ Congratulations to head of the Nordic combined program, coach Todd Wilson and the rest of the NC coaching staff (Gary Crawford, Martin Bayer and Kathryn Elkins). You run a fantastic program, not just about sport but about life. I couldn’t be happier to have you as such prominent people in my children’s lives, and I know they will grow up to be better people because of their association with you. You so totally deserve this USSA award.
Troubling questions have arisen about the city of Steamboat Springs’ process when it comes to bidding public projects, and we think they should result in an in-depth review of the city’s methods.
The National Weather Service is holding a basic training session to train and recruit weather spotters for Routt County on May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Yampa Valley Electric Association Community Room located at 32 10th St. Last year, I was the only person to show up for the training, which was very interesting. The National Weather Service needs new volunteers in our area to measure precipitation in different locations across the county. They will provide a rain gauge at no cost. They will also train you to spot severe storms and provide you an 800 number to contact directly the National Weather Service. You do not need any previous meteorology training, only an interest in our weather. Don’t miss this opportunity to train as a volunteer weather spotter.
Stagecoach Reservoir storage expansion to send water downriver in late summer
Preparations to raise Stagecoach Reservoir by 4 feet will send extra water down the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs late this summer, a potential boost to the river and its users in an expected dry season after low winter snowfall. The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District has been permitting and planning to raise the South Routt County reservoir for about five years.
Saturday, April 24
Teams fare well at Hayden Invitational in Craig
It was muddy and messy, wet and cold. But it happened, and after Hayden’s only track invitational, hosted Friday at Moffat County High School in Craig, the Tigers were happy. The competition was intense in plenty of events, and local athletes fared well. Hayden won six events, and Soroco captured 14 and won the boys and girls team competitions.
Golfer Andy Matthews takes No. 1 spot at Canadian tour event in Mexico
First assistant pro at Haymaker Golf Course Scott Matthews' brother, Andy Matthews, won his first Canadian Professional Golf Tour event April 17 at the Corona Mazatlan Mexican PGA Championship, carding a four-day total of 16-under par.
The Record for April 22
A child in Routt County recently was diagnosed with Haemophilus influenzae type B disease, according to a news release from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Two adults and seven children in the county have been identified as close contacts, the release stated.
Town Board prefers department instead of having regional district
After hearing about the complicated legal proceedings that it would take to make an official parks and recreation district in South Routt County, trustees on the Oak Creek Town Board opted instead to look into creating a town department. They made the decision at their Thursday meeting after hearing from Richard Sales, the associate director for the Colorado Center for Community Development.
Community project part of 5-day monk residency in August
Bud Werner Memorial Library is collecting designs for a five-day community sand painting project planned for August. Based on mandala sand painting, an art form designed to heal an environment and the people in it, the project in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library is part of a cultural program featuring a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India. The monks will create their own mandala during their residency from Aug. 14 to 18 at the library, library Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay said.
National Endowment for the Arts gives $10,000 for chamber music
A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will help support Strings Music Festival programming honoring Jewish-American composers this summer. Festival organizers received confirmation of the $10,000 grant Thursday, said Jennifer Shea, marketing and development manager for the summer music festival.
Person reportedly stole and then crashed SUV in February
After a Jeep was stolen and crashed Feb. 27, police officers found an iPod in the car that has led police to a suspect who has since left the state.
Historical piece taken from wall in Steamboat hotel
Police are seeking help in identifying a person who walked out of a Steamboat Springs hotel with a rare historical photograph April 15. At about 3:30 a.m. April 15, a person walked into a common area at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and took a framed photograph of the Harbor Hotel off the wall.
More snowstorms in May could keep the hoppers away
Routt County farmers and ranchers welcomed the return to winter weather Friday, as long as the prevailing winds don’t kick up a blizzard. According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80 percent chance of rain and snow today and a 30 percent chance Sunday. The high temperature both days was expected to be 52, and the sun is expected to return to Steamboat early next week.
Friday, April 23
2 Craig residents headed to testify for Hatch Act resolution
Lila Herod and K.C. Hume, two residents recently affected by the Hatch Act, are headed to the state Capitol to voice their opinions about a federal law they contend is out of date.
Senator says law intended to cut emissions could affect Twentymile
State Sen. Al White said this week that a new law intended to reduce emissions and convert some Front Range coal plants to natural gas could result in as many as 200 lost jobs at Routt County’s Twentymile coal mine. Gov. Bill Ritter signed the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act into law Monday.
Decision about course could come as soon as Monday
Thanks, Mother Nature. An announcement of when Haymaker Golf Course will tentatively open has been moved to Monday, thanks in part to recent storms with more showers predicted for the weekend.
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for volunteers to help with spring-cleaning projects including painting, gardening and organizing. Each volunteer will be offered a ticket to the May 6 showing of Cabaret, the Arts Council’s annual variety show fundraiser. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.
7-team meet to be held in Craig today
The term “home meet” is relative, of course. It always is for mountain-area high school track teams without their own paved tracks. Still, Hayden High School coach Barbara Manzanares said today’s home meet, set to start at noon at Moffat County High School in Craig, will feel just a little different.
Urbane hosts event as part of First Friday Artwalk
With a new emphasis on skate gear and an itch to get artists to show their work, Urbane is hosting the second Annual Skate Deck Art Show. The show takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. May 7 as part of the First Friday Artwalk. There will be refreshments and live music.
Wednesday, April 21
The Routt County Road and Bridge Department has closed Routt County Road 80, California Park Road, from the gate at the south Forest Service boundary to the gate at the north Forest Service boundary, according to a news release.
Thursday snow and rain pushes effort to Monday
Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus students were prepared to clean a portion of U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday for Earth Day, but the morning’s snow and rain forced them to postpone the project.
The South Routt School Board approved contracts for all existing nonlicensed staff members Thursday night with the exception of one. Thursday’s action continued the School Board’s work to address a projected budget shortfall of $472,000 for the 2010-11 school year. To do that, district officials have indicated they will have to cut $155,000 in personnel costs.
I had traveled from the rescue center in Narok, Kenya, back to Nairobi for what I thought were my scheduled flights to London and on to Denver. Although I read the Kenyan newspapers, at this point, there seemed little impact on life here in Kenya as far as I could tell. Then, my friend told me that Heathrow Airport in London was closed.
As Ski Town USA celebrates its Olympians, world-class ski area and the friendly folks who make this place a community, an entire subculture celebrates something else here, too — the Yampa Valley’s birds.
Screening fundraiser is part of ongoing series at library
Yampa Valley fans of independent cinema can enjoy a concise international film fest while supporting breast cancer awareness at 8 p.m. April 30, when the Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts Lunafest 2010.
Crews encounter wet weather during 1st run on Lincoln
Paving started Wednesday evening on the U.S. Highway 40 construction project, and officials said crews didn’t finish as much as they planned to and would need to remove one 20-foot section of concrete. Scott Contracting said “paving went reasonably well,” according to Jody Patten, the company’s project information manager.
Thursday, April 22
Winter Sports Club named Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year
The Unites States Ski and Snowboard Association named the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club the 2010 Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year. Coach Dave Jarrett and athletes Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick also earned honors.
Steamboat Springs kayaking enthusiast Dan Piano went to sleep Monday night after a long weekend of kayaking at Cross Mountain Gorge downstream from Steamboat on the Yampa River. And when he woke up the next day, it was time.
Routt County Riders was tagged with tax-exempt status this month after applying with the Internal Revenue Service late last year. Paul Strong, a certified public accountant in Steamboat who filed the paperwork for the club, said the move is the next logical step as the club grows to help promote cycling in Steamboat.
Four athletes with ties to Steamboat Springs or the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were named to the 2010 U.S. Junior snowboarding World Championship Team.
Registration for Steamboat Springs’ summer recreation leagues is right around the corner. Fees and registrations are due by 5:30 p.m. April 29.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to review a revised proposal for an 11,000-square-foot, three-story addition to Howelsen Ice Arena that would create a teen area and community space.
All but 2 licensed positions renewed; Gina Zabel to return to district
The Hayden School District will bring back all but two licensed staff positions for the 2010-11 school year. The School Board on Wednesday night voted to not renew the contract of a Hayden High School science teacher, a probationary teacher who has yet to spend three years with the district.
Routt County commissioner candidate lives in wrong district
Declared candidate Jim Hansen likely will have to wait until at least 2012 to make a run for Routt County commissioner. But there’s also the chance that his eligibility will change again in 2011.
Tuesday, April 20
School Board to look at nonlicensed positions
The South Routt School Board tonight is scheduled to consider whether to approve nonlicensed, or support staff, contracts for the 2010-11 school year. Superintendent Scott Mader said the district employs 32 nonlicensed staff members, such as secretaries, custodians and bus drivers.
Some downtown areas to become 8-hour zones; fines increased
City officials adopted new parking regulations Tuesday that will provide eight-hour parking in some downtown areas and increase fines for violations citywide. The Steamboat Springs City Council voted, 5-1, to adopt the regulations.
Wednesday, April 21
Construction company will fight citation related to Brady Meier’s death
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Duckels did not install an irrigation system safely and did not adequately train its employees about the hazards of pressurized pipes. The construction company plans to appeal the citation, which includes two violations and $7,000 in fines.
Administration to recommend not renewing 1 probationary job
The Hayden School Board tonight is set to consider whether to renew contracts for probationary and nonprobationary licensed staff.
Parks supervisor: Workday could help to take care of facility’s final details
Volunteers are needed during a workday at the new concrete skatepark on the west end of the Yampa River Core Trail behind the Routt County Justice Center. The workday is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1.
The doldrums of spring are about to end. The Steamboat Golf Club officially will open Friday — the first area course to open. The course will open to members only. But Friday tee times that remain open as of 5 p.m. today will be open to the public.
Town Board to discuss creation of recreation entity
The Oak Creek Town Board will discuss the potential of creating a South Routt County parks and recreation district during its meeting Thursday.
Monday, April 19
Saturday is World Meningitis Day. Vaccination is the best way to help protect students from meningococcal meningitis, according to information from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
Fledgling commuter program, though small, proves effective
Stacy Hayes is entitled to a free roundtrip to and from work every day — she is the designated driver for the Routt County Van Pool that delivers commuters daily from South Routt to Steamboat and back. But she prefers to share the benefit among her friends on the commuter van.
Duckels keeps project; Native, Connell to receive reimbursement for bid work
City officials reaffirmed Duckels Construction’s $4.5 million contract for base area work Tuesday after two other contractors withdrew their protest provided they receive compensation for their bid work and that the city not use the controversial bid process again.
Although it is the tiniest of the 88 official constellations, the Southern Cross' reputation is larger than most, even though most people living in the Northern Hemisphere have never seen it. Its likeness adorns the flags of New Zealand and Australia.
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority’s down payment assistance program has started distributing loans, and that’s excellent news. The affordable housing discussion in Routt County and Steamboat Springs often has raised more questions than answers, but this down payment assistance program is one much-needed tool in the toolbox.
City, county officials take 1st steps toward new growth policies
Before city and county officials decide how the community should grow, Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said Tuesday night, a more pressing question could be whether Steamboat residents want the city to grow at all.
Tuesday, April 20
8 middle schoolers, teacher stuck in Chicago on way to Sweden
Eight eighth-graders and teacher Brad Weber are stuck in Chicago as ash disrupts air traffic across Europe. The group left Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Thursday on its way to Sollentuna, Sweden, to participate in a three-week exchange program.
Contractor responds to protest letter, also asks for investigation and public apology
The dispute over a $4.5 million contract for base area construction is intensifying. In a letter released today, Duckels Construction asked city officials to postpone action on the contract until April 27 and requested a police investigation into the bid process, along with public apologies from several parties.
Another Steamboat winter has passed. How did your trees fare and what, if anything, should you do now to ensure their health and well-being?
City of Steamboat Springs crews will begin cleaning the medians along U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday and the medians on Mount Werner Road on Thursday.
Wiggins could have GOP challenger in August sheriff’s race
The Republican primary for the Routt County sheriff’s race is back on. Nick Bosick, a detective with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said Monday that he will petition to be included on the August ballot.
Officials confident measures taken to avoid future issues
The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will be allowed to disburse federal No Child Left Behind funding during the 2010-11 school year, according to an April 5 letter from Colorado Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Robert K. Hammond.
Escalante toadstools offer an exotic experience
Most Steamboat families are on spring break this week (unless they planned a trip to London or Paris), but we’ve just returned from vacationing on a distant planet. I would submit that the geologic toadstools that can be found in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument are as bizarre as anything found on Pandora.
City, county officials to discuss west of Steamboat area tonight
All growth-related ideas will be on the table tonight in a joint meeting of city and county officials, the first such meeting since Steamboat Springs residents voted down the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation last month.
Contractors call bid process ‘an absolute failure and manipulation’
City Manager Jon Roberts is recommending a complete rebid of construction work at the base of Steamboat Ski Area after two local contractors called the process surrounding the $4.5 million contract “an absolute failure.”
Sunday, April 18
Monday, April 19
Local dispensary’s ‘Kandy Kush’ earns top honors in Aspen
"Kandy Kush," a strain grown by Steamboat's Rocky Mountain Remedies, won the inaugural Western Slope Cannabis Crown in Aspen. It beat out entries from 140 other growers in the judged contest.
Thursday is Earth Day, a time to think about how the health of the environment affects our well-being and the well-being of our communities. What we eat and where that food comes from are just a couple aspects of everyday life influencing our own health and that of our natural surroundings.
New Victory Highway could be paved by this summer
Work on the New Victory Highway is under way and could result in a paved road by the end of summer. Duckels Construction crews are building retaining walls and conducting grading and culvert work at the future arterial road’s intersection with Downhill Drive, on Steamboat’s west side.
Small squad shows well at Fruita meet
They had a small team, but Steamboat Springs High School track coach Andy Reust said his Sailors made their presence known Friday at a track meet in Fruita. Steamboat, with a team weakened by athletes on spring break, took just nine competitors but brought home 12 high-placing finishes.
There was a lot of excitement surrounding the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse program last season. After years and years of climbing its way up to respectability, the Sailors team finally earned a shot at the postseason. Now, the Sailors have their sights set higher, and that's a sign of the program's maturation.
The Record for April 17
Registration is open for Yampatika’s 2010 Summer Camps. Yampatika is offering weeklong programs at the Environmental Learning Center at the Legacy Ranch for children ages 5 to 14.
Down payment aid helps longtime renter become a homeowner
Mike Arndt is a homeowner after 24 years of renting in Steamboat Springs. Arndt, 49, recently closed on the $130,000 purchase of a 462-square-foot Walton Pond townhome with help from a $6,500 down payment loan from the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.
For some, the end of the ski season simply means a change in equipment without interruption of their fitness regimen. For others, adjusting to a different season presents a crux: “Now what do I do?” “Offseason presents a perfect time to focus on fitness fundamentals such as flexibility and core stabilization,” said Gina Gower, of Yampa Valley Medical Center’s SportsMed.
A bittersweet move
Audrey Zwak’s preschool students are jealous. The longtime director of Heritage Park Preschool took a job as manager of Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory in downtown Steamboat Springs. Her last day at the preschool was Friday.
County Agenda for Routt County commissioners for April 19 and 20
Sunday, April 18
Resources available for parents, families struggling in recession
Local health officials said last week that the struggles of many families to provide oral care for their children are being compounded in the economic recession, potentially worsening an already alarming amount of dental disease in local youths.
Rams boys and girls teams finish at top of Class 2A after Friday’s meet
After Friday’s performance at Coal Ridge, coach David thinks the Soroco track team actually are ahead of where they were last year. The girls finished ninth out of 15 teams, and the boys finished fifth Friday at the Coal Ridge meet. The only Class 2A girls team to finish ahead of Soroco was Paonia. The Soroco boys were the top 2A team at the meet.
It’s hard to catch former World Cup snowboarder Erica Mueller without a smile on her face. I’ve seen her radiant smile as she raced through the gates of the parallel giant slalom course set on Howelsen Hill, and I’ve seen it while talking to her at the bottom of a hill after a race.
If you move them away from where they were caught, some yo-yo will end up putting them back in the water somewhere and they will reproduce and harm the environment there.
In the fluidity of soccer, it’s one of the lone moments when everything stops. The free kick — direct or indirect — is an athletic art form. When you talk soccer on the Western Slope, Battle Mountain and Steamboat are the two programs that rise to the top. It’s no coincidence then, that each school has a sniper at free kicks.
Sailors team loses, 15-3, in first game against Rifle, then wins, 6-3
A drizzling rain made for a bad start to a day of baseball for the Steamboat Springs High School team. But then the rain stopped, the sun emerged from behind the clouds, and the Sailors put away the final out of the doubleheader, winning their first game in seven tries and earning a split of the day’s games against Rifle.
In honor of Earth Day, April 22, we offer this list of easy ways to improve the health of our planet. Nothing here is expensive or difficult; we hope you will find some ideas that are new to you and that you’ll put into practice. Although many contaminants plague our earth, one of the worst is plastic; that’s our focus today.
Although I had studied varying political and economic systems for many years before beginning my avocation of volunteer teaching in the former Soviet Union, there was still a rash of revelations awaiting me, some of which had never even entered my mind until that time. One of most startling I learned about had vastly more repercussions than I would have expected
Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program Mondays and Wednesdays.
I am the owner of a small business of 33 years in Colorado. Until this last year, health care was an option I offered to all our employees. With our 2009 renewal with PacifiCare, our business health care costs increased by 40 percent. The excessive increase in costs was prohibitive to ourselves and our employees.
As much as an active city of 10,000 residents can, Steamboat Springs will seemingly shut down this week. Between the end of the 2009-10 ski season and spring break for the Steamboat Springs School District, the week of April 18 will be predictably quiet here in Routt County and particularly Steamboat.
Thank you, Mr. Short, for a well-written letter to the editor (“Business a sham,” April 11 Steamboat Pilot & Today) finally verbalizing what we have all been concerned about for years. Pardon the sarcasm, but to take the space-age leap from medical marijuana to abortions is, well, how can I say this in a polite and politically correct way? I consider your letter to the editor to be a fictional, backwards assumption with just a sprinkling of medical marijuana fact.
12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about noise in the 1400 block of Morgan Court. Officers gave a verbal warning.
The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
Seven Steamboat Springs Middle School students bundled up and hunkered down for a night high on Rabbit Ears Pass, and Matt Tredway braced himself for what he said every year is the best part of the Everything Outdoor Steamboat backcountry camping trip: building an igloo.
Bill not supported by Steamboat teachers
Slow down. That’s the message Babette Dickson, president of the Steamboat Springs Education Association, the district’s teachers union, would tell Colorado lawmakers. Legislation introduced Monday would require that tenure be determined by student performance.
It should be done soon. When I make a trip to Arapahoe Basin, hopefully next weekend or the week after, I’ll be at my 50 days, thus fulfilling one of the criteria I established last fall for a successful ski season.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has named Steamboat Springs-based Honey Stinger as a “Colorado Company to Watch.” Along with the Edward Lowe Foundation, the state office bestowed the honor on 50 Colorado businesses in 2010, selecting from more than 400 nominees, according to a news release.
Jordan Rockhold was named to the fall 2009 dean’s list at the University of Belmont in Nashville, Tenn.
Kelly Northcutt, of Steamboat Springs, was awarded a Udall Scholarship from the University of Portland.
■ Freshman include: William Barron, Hannah Bashan, Halle Bramer, Ryan Cagnoni, Samantha Cline, Codi Coghlan, Justin Ditter, Dane Dixson, Sydney Finkbohner, Nicole Fry, Katherine Henderson, Karimbe Jimenez, Stefan Kowynia, Pennell Lukens, Suzanne Lyon, Brooke Metzler, Keegan Millard, Kali Morris, Samuel Ogden, Garrison Osteen, Dane Parke, Monica Patten, Erik Powers, Megan Rosa, Hannah Samlowski, Sam Samlowski, Zachary Schmidt, Emily Spiess, Thomas Tarcha, Samantha Trahan, Peyton Trask, Jason Tweedy, Jessica Wallace, Calyx Ward, Dylan Wilkinson and Ainslee Yeager.
Happy birthday wishes to Kristen Peters, Jof Deckler, Trystan Campbell, Bryan Muhme, Erin Copeland, Lissa Hoza, Jenna Kleckler, Alena Velsquez and Joey Deckler.
Phyllis Fulton’s daughter-in-law and son were at the Doak Walker Care Center visiting with her. Carol Rickman also has enjoyed company recently.
For the past few weeks, about 35 students from Steamboat Springs Middle School have been memorizing songs and lines, recording audio and filming scenes for a movie-musical collaboration between the middle school and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
Sauce maker and caterer plans to start serving Wednesday
After years of serving her barbecue in the park and at catered events, Rachel Green plans to open Rachel’s Smokin’ Cafe on Wednesday at her shop on Bell Street in Oak Creek.
Occupation: Artist and associate professor of visual art/humanities at Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus
An El Jebel townhouse project that’s been stalled for roughly 18 months was purchased by an Eagle Valley developer who said he intends to restart construction this month.
Real estate transactions for April 9 to 15, 2010
Proposed project would provide housing for Vail Valley communities
An Edwards developer plans to build 2,000 homes — as well as stores, restaurants, offices and parks — in Wolcott on what are now mostly pastures.
Sales are pending on all but 3 condos at base area project
All but three condominiums that were up for auction at The Highmark have closed or are in pending sales, and the foreclosure notice on the properties was withdrawn last week.
Before the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team could head toward warmer weather and beaches for spring break, there was a little work to do Saturday. And although the team wasn’t its sharpest, Steamboat did just enough against Falcon at Gardner Field, coming away with a rain-soaked 1-0 win.
Consignors at the North Western Colorado Bull Sale unloaded every animal they put into the ring for the first time in the sale’s eight-year history Saturday. Buyers spent $63,950 on 26 bulls and six heifers, bringing sales to about $1,500 less than what they were in 2009, despite a sales field less than half of last year’s size.
Opening your first business is tough enough. But the job becomes even tougher when your first business is a century-old saloon that hasn’t served customers in at least five years. Tom Wester is reopening the Antlers Cafe & Bar in Yampa.
Eugene McCormick, who has been in the county jail since Feb. 29 on a charge of assault and robbery in Oak Creek, made a confession April 12 admitting his participation in the crime which occurred in Oak Creek on Feb. 23. A confession was also secured from Jess Beshears, of Oak Creek, who was also connected with the crime with McCormick and Orville Wingett, alias Red Skelcher.
Saturday, April 17
As the spring preps sports season pushes toward the home stretch, today’s Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer game against Falcon High School serves multiple purposes for the Sailors.
The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team has lost six games in a row. “That’s not a lot of fun,” Steamboat coach Dave Roy said. It’s something the team hopes to change starting at 10 a.m. today with a doubleheader against Rifle.
The Sailors just wrapped up their second consecutive Mountain Conference lacrosse title Friday. The Saiors had a 17-2 win against Glenwood Springs signaling Steamboat’s 20th straight win in the conference and earning the Sailors their second consecutive trip to the postseason.
The Record for April 15
Blackmer Drive Trail, which accesses the quarry and Emerald Mountain trails, is once again open for all public access. Rogue Resources will finalize road repairs and clean up from its logging operations when the area has dried out, city officials said in a news release.
Volunteer spruce-up days at center are April 24 and 25
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for volunteers to help with a spring-cleaning session at the Depot Art Center. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 and 25, volunteers will be asked to lend a hand with projects including painting, gardening and organizing at the Arts Council’s home.
Area along US 40 altered for better sight distances for motorists
Highway officials have lowered the speed limit and are busy lowering the embankments on the stretch of U.S. Highway 40 where a Steamboat Springs resident was killed last year. A Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman said the lowered embankments will help improve sight distance.
All That Jazz hosts bands during Record Store Day party today
All That Jazz joins hundreds of shops across the country today in celebrating the music and culture that drive independent record stores. The doors for All That Jazz’s rendition of Record Store Day open at 10 a.m. today, and live local music starts at noon. Admission is free.
Friday, April 16
Sentencing on manslaughter charge scheduled for June 4
Eduardo Capote entered his official guilty plea on a manslaughter charge Friday afternoon, ending the criminal prosecution resulting from a Jan. 1, 2009, fight in downtown Steamboat Springs that led to Richard Lopez’s death. Capote, who lives in Miami, began serving time Monday at the Routt County Jail and appeared in court handcuffed.
Patten: Using both lanes near merge areas helps decrease backups
Some drivers might have the wrong idea about how best to maneuver through the U.S. Highway 40 construction in downtown Steamboat Springs. Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, said drivers should use both lanes for as long as possible before the traffic merges into one lane.
Figure was 7.6 percent in March, compared with 7 percent in February
The number represents 1,194 people without jobs in Routt County. The figures were released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and aren't adjusted for typical seasonal changes in the jobs arena.
The normally neat lawn outside of the Moffat County Courthouse was trampled with the feet of about 200 residents Thursday during the Moffat County tea party tax day protest.
Entering just its second year of existence, the Steamboat Gravity Team has big plans for the summer. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s freeride mountain biking element plans to start the season off with a fundraiser.
Independent record stores across the country celebrate the culture and music that drive their business on Record Store Day on Saturday. All That Jazz has picked its favorites for Record Store Day and will host live music. Randy Kelley and Jon Gibbs play at noon, Trevor G. Potter plays at 1 p.m., 3Wire plays at 2 p.m., Neil Marchman plays at 3 p.m. and String Board Theory plays at 4 p.m.
Earth Day has become the largest secular holiday in the world, now celebrated by more than 1 billion people across the globe. But locally, Earth Day always has been a hard day to advocate for Steamboat because it always falls on April 22. But Earth Day doesn’t have to be about just one day.
Jim Engelken said move to Front Range ‘up in the air’
Steamboat Springs City Councilman Jim Engelken said Thursday that he and his family are considering — just considering, he emphasized — a move to the Front Range, potentially opening up a seat in Centennial Hall. Were Engelken to resign his current seat, the City Council would appoint a new member by a majority vote
Route openings and repairs ongoing across Steamboat
The sunny skies and warmer weather are enticing trail users across Routt County, but the muddy routes can be damaged easily by bikers and hikers. Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department officials asking trail users to turn back when they get to the “mud line” to avoid causing springtime destruction.
Officials: Unanticipated obstacles slow concrete pouring schedule
Unforeseen problems have delayed for a few days the start of paving work on U.S. Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat Springs. Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, said paving was scheduled to begin this week. Instead, it’s scheduled to begin Wednesday or Thursday.
City officials are reminding residents that the new concrete skatepark off Lagoon Court west of downtown is not open to the public. A volunteer workday is scheduled for May 1 to complete fencing, signage and landscaping. A grand opening will occur at a later date.
Jake Booco was reluctant at first, but finally admitted it was a great experience. Still, he had a hard time remembering fondly last week’s trip to the National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho, where he was tossed from both his bulls and failed to make the semifinal round.
Atira Group official: Ski Time Square training course in the works for this summer
A number of local entities are gearing up for what may be the first of several summers that define the future of bicycle development in Steamboat Springs. The first fruits of those labors could be realized even before summer 2010 officially arrives.
From classical mass to soulful solo, choral show highlights talent
A choral concert Wednesday night welcomed the first Routt County Mass Choir to the Steamboat Springs High School stage. With 54 singers from the Yampa Valley Singers, the Steamboat Springs High School choir and the Steamboat Chamber Singers, the choir joined nine musicians from the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra to perform a powerful rendition of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G.
There are few safe disposal options for expired and unused medication in Steamboat Springs. Flushing or throwing away the meds can be a risk to the environment or to neighborhood pets, but keeping the drugs can be a risk for curious teenagers. Lyon Drug Store now is accepting any leftover prescription drug for free from customers of any drug store.
Wednesday, April 14
Display includes painting, 2-D and photo work
Introductory painting at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus is the first optional art class business major Jade Stevens has ever taken. On Thursday morning, she joined several classmates at the Center for Visual Arts to hang CMC’s annual student and faculty art show.
Thursday, April 15
Native, Connell file opposition to Duckels’ $4.5 million contract
Two local contractors have filed a protest of Duckels Construction’s $4.5 million contract for work at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Native Excavating and Connell Resources filed the protest Tuesday.
Boys win 19th straight regular season conference game
The high school boys wiped out the competition this afternoon, improving to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the Mountain Conference. Ten players recorded goals in the victory, and the Sailors could lock down the conference title with a win Friday at Glenwood Springs.
A previously planned controlled burn on Elk Mountain caused smoke and haze in and around Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon.
Marianna Raftopoulos, 55, succumbs to 11-year battle with leukemia
Marianna Raftopoulos, a longtime Craig resident and former Moffat County Commissioner, died today at her home.
Board OKs Luppes as top candidate for half-time superintendent despite dissent
The Hayden School Board voted, 3-2, to make Mike Luppes a finalist for half-time superintendent in the 2010-11 school year. The vote came at the end of a more than two-hour meeting Wednesday that was almost entirely devoted to a public discussion with more than 30 district faculty, staff members and parents about the district’s administrative structure and hiring process for next school year.
Annual event includes livestock auction, beef lunch
Cattle will be the focus at the Routt County Fairgrounds this weekend. Doors open for the second annual Bunkhouse Bull Session, which includes a steak dinner and performances by cowboy poets, at 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the eighth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale starts at 1 p.m., with lunch served by the Routt County CattleWomen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
With Closing Day at Steamboat Ski Area in the rearview mirror, opening day at golf courses around the Yampa Valley quickly is approaching.
A man in his 50s reportedly fell off a roof while doing repairs on a condo Wednesday afternoon in Moraine Circle. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to the 1500 block of Moraine Court.
Tuesday, April 13
A Steamboat Springs Little League Board meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Lines crisscrossing yards will cause little lasting effect
With the snow melting, the lawns around Routt County are gradually becoming exposed. But as the green grass starts to sprout, there are also countless brown splotches and tunnels snaking their way across the less-than-lush grass.
Case continues with city appeal of trail ruling
The city has spent more than $104,000 on litigation unsuccessfully attempting to provide public access to trails on Humble Ranch, where ranch owners say they are defending their private property rights and working to preserve wildlife habitat.
Off the Beaten Path, library present 3-day writing event
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore is expanding its monthly poetry slam to a three-day poetry festival in May, offering a chance for writers to be heard by a larger community in a late celebration of April’s National Poetry Month.
Steamboat Springs High School group is $4,000 from goal
This year’s Steamboat Springs High School after-prom party will have a Las Vegas theme complete with casino games and prizes that will be awarded to juniors and seniors during the night.
Samantha Stamp earns award named for her sister at season-ending event
There was plenty to celebrate Wednesday night inside the walls of Howelsen Hill’s Olympian Hall. It was the end of another season, and the membership of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club gathered to recognize the accomplishments of some of its best coaches and athletes in an end-of-season tradition.
Wednesday, April 14
SSWSC athletes brought home 23 medals from event at Copper
Riders and freeskiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club collected 23 medals: six gold, 11 silver and six bronze. Athletes bringing home gold included Brooke Dunleavy, who won gold in ski cross, and freeskier Penn Lukens, who took gold in the men’s halfpipe event.
With the snow gone, the Hayden Parks and Recreation Department is working to get grass growing on the new baseball fields at Dry Creek Park to make them Triple Crown-ready by summer, Town Manager Russ Martin said Monday.
Person would replace Greg Rockhold as Hayden superintendent
The Hayden School Board plans to announce a finalist or finalists tonight for part-time superintendent in 2010-11. It will correct action that School Board President Brian Hoza said last week and reiterated Tuesday “wasn’t handled properly.”
Coach: Defensive lapses cost Steamboat baseball team
With sporadic snow, constant wind and cold, the weather wasn’t the only thing that was sloppy on the field Tuesday in Craig. Steamboat Springs High School manager Dave Roy said defensive lapses cost the team, as it lost, 15-7, Tuesday against Moffat County High School.
After three games that required the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team to battle, the Sailors got a nice little reprieve on Tuesday, easily dispatching Eagle Valley, 6-0.
The weather was the only uncertain thing about Tuesday’s boys lacrosse game between Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain. But on the field, Steamboat just continued to do what it has for the better part of two seasons — win.
Monday, April 12
Libraries in Oak Creek and Yampa have new hours, including some evening hours.
The potential for bicycle tourism to develop into a significant driver of Steamboat Springs’ summer economy took another step forward last week during a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. open house meeting to review the ski area’s summer trails master plan
In two career-oriented workshops Tuesday morning, eighth-grade student Arielle Gold learned to keep her options and her mind open. The annual Girls to Women workshops for eighth-grade girls outlined the steps toward a career choice for Gold and other participants.
Separate weekend arrests reportedly turned violent
Two Steamboat Springs residents were charged with assaulting a police officer during the weekend, and one Steamboat Springs Police Department officer got the brunt of both reported assaults.
Lawyer: Claim to Eduardo Capote’s insurance could bring $300K for son
The son of Richard Lopez is seeking civil damages from Eduardo Capote as Capote’s criminal case could reach a conclusion this week. Capote was charged with assault in connection with the 2009 fight in downtown Steamboat Springs that led to Lopez’s death.
Denver urban designer, architect starts Sept. 7 in Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts said Tuesday that Denver plan implementation manager Tyler Gibbs is Steamboat’s next director of planning and community development. Gibbs will start Sept. 7.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today noted Sunday (Our View: “Time to end silence after 700 vote”) that a month has passed without any utterance from City Council about the Steamboat 700 vote. Coincidentally, Let’s Vote issue committee members recently agreed to share what they learned during the course of the petition drive and the campaign to repeal the ordinance.
Tuesday, April 13
As the weather warms, so the construction season begins.
Invasive species found in river prompts regulation
The invasion of rusty crayfish in the Yampa River has led the Division of Wildlife to issue an order that prohibits taking live crawfish from the Yampa and its tributaries.
The Record for April 11
What has nine heads, poisonous blood, deadly breath and stretches nearly one-third of the way across the whole sky? It’s the dreaded sea serpent known as Hydra, defeated by Hercules in the second of his 12 labors and now forming the largest of our 88 constellations.
Hayden students, staff gather to send man off on journey
More than 250 Hayden high school and middle school students, faculty members and staff lined the high school’s hallways Monday morning to send Steamboat Springs resident Harald Niedl off on his 2,000-mile journey. Niedl rode his bike through the halls as students and teachers cheered before he set off on the trek that ultimately will take him to Sayulita, Mexico.
Funding would help pay to build new facility at school
The North Routt Community Charter School has reapplied for the state grant that was rescinded earlier this year and would help fund construction of a new school, Director Colleen Poole said. The Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board previously awarded a $3.1 million Building Excellent Schools Today grant to the charter school to build a new school facility.
Businesses across city start specials, temporary closures, reduced hours
Traffic on ski slopes stopped while traffic downtown accelerated Monday as Steamboat Springs residents, visitors and businesses began the transition into what many are calling an ominous mud season. Across Steamboat, several businesses are reducing their hours for the next few weeks or closing altogether until May or June
The Young Professionals Network of Steamboat Springs and its Philanthropic Committee are looking to support Routt County high school seniors with the establishment of the Tour de Forks scholarship.
Monday, April 12
Restaurant’s last day is Wednesday; manager cites economy
General manager Shauna Bokn confirmed this morning that Wednesday will be the last day in business for Steamboat’s Village Inn. She said the economic recession has proved too challenging for the restaurant, which specializes in breakfast and pies and also serves lunch and dinner. Bokn said the Village Inn has been in Steamboat Springs for about 14 years.
There are many unanswered questions about Parkinson’s disease. Some, such as what causes the condition in the first place, are troubling. Others, such as why exercise improves lives of people coping with the disease, are more optimistic.
Closing Day includes Pond Skimming competition, costumes
It wouldn’t be Closing Day at Steamboat Ski Area without the goofy getups. Skiers and snowboarders were decked out in all sorts of costumes Sunday. The guy wearing an orange tuxedo and top hat was hard to miss. So were the people in banana suits. There were little girls wearing tutus, men dressed as cowboys and women wearing bikini tops with their ski pants.
The Steamboat wrestling program celebrated its season last week, awarding athletes at the high school and middle school levels. At the middle school level, Connor O’Brien was named the most improved. Ben Holden had the fastest pin at 8 seconds.
In baseball, maybe more so than any other sport, repetitions mean everything. It’s a reason why the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team often struggles. It’s easy for me to relate. I grew up in Leadville, attended Lake County High School and played four years of baseball.
The Record for April 10
A 71-year-old Boulder man was rescued Sunday evening from near the Morningside lift at Steamboat Ski Area.
Developers outspent Let’s Vote by more than $120,000
Steamboat 700 developers spent a total of nearly $140,000 on their campaign for the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation that city voters strongly denied in last month’s election. The Good For Steamboat and Let’s Vote committees submitted their final campaign finance reports late last week to Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin.
Members of the Yampa Valley Singers, Steamboat Chamber Singers and the Steamboat Springs High School chorus will join vocal forces in a performance of Schubert’s Mass in G on Wednesday. The concert features each group on individual pieces.
When our tiniest and most vulnerable newcomers arrive, one of the first persons to greet them is Tracy Heaberlin, Mary Gills or Tracie Line. These smiling, skilled and confident women are neonatal nurse practitioners at YVMC. And they are a key reason that our community hospital delivers babies who arrive prematurely or are at risk of developing health issues.
With our short, 59-day growing season in the Steamboat Springs area, does it make sense to grow things from seed? In some instances, starting a plant from seed is the only way to obtain a new or special variety of plant that is not readily available through garden centers. When you purchase your flower seeds, look for seeds that are hybrids as they give more uniform colors than open-pollinated seeds.
Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco show well at Saturday meet
Steamboat led the way as all three Routt County high school track and field teams excelled Saturday at a meet in Eagle Valley. The Sailors claimed three individual first-place finishes, lifting the team to one of its strongest showings in years.
County Agenda for April 12 and 13
Sunday, April 11
Here are some guidelines for those who would donate: If it needs a little mending, it’s trash. If it has stains on it, it’s trash. If you think someone else will take the time to finish it or repair it, it’s trash.
STARS still happy with day’s fundraising tally
Tarsha Ebbern said she didn’t get the turnout she’d hoped for in a pair of snowshoe races incorporated into Saturday’s closing weekend activities at Steamboat Ski Area.
The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team lost a pair of games to Palisade on Saturday, falling 12-2 and 6-0 in Grand Junction.
Residents eager to aid mountain’s cycling renovation
There was debate and discussion, a little anger and a lot of ideas, but the general consensus Thursday when Orange Peel Bicycle Service owner Brock Webster and others in the Yampa Valley’s cycling community came together in The Steamboat Grand conference room to survey the new trails master plan for Steamboat Ski Area was “Yes, please!”
As anyone who read my column a few weeks ago about my feeling awkward cheering for athletes during races might guess, I’m not that into hugging sources. I typically don’t — no hugs with grizzled football coaches or sweaty runners, extreme skiers or snowboard racers.
As a member of the tea party, I am extremely tired of being called a racist, an Astroturfer and a member of an uncontrollable mob. Get your fact straight people — especially those of you who don’t like any kind of dissention from your point of view — I am an American afforded all the rights of the First Amendment by our wonderful Constitution.
I was again reminded of how special the people of Steamboat are during a presentation by Tamara Naumann, Dinosaur National Monument botanist.
The responses by the new Oak Creek Town Board members to the medical marijuana question posed by the Steamboat Pilot & Today were specious.
The passage of House Bill 1365 by the Colorado Legislature likely will have a very negative impact on jobs and tax revenues in Routt and Moffat counties. This bill strongly suggests conversion of a significant amount of electric generation in Colorado away from coal to natural gas.
It’s now been more than a month since Steamboat Springs voters resoundingly overturned the City Council’s annexation agreement with Steamboat 700 developers, yet there’s hardly been a peep about it in council chambers. It’s time our elected officials reached out to the community for honest, detailed feedback about what led to the defeat.
Friday, April 9
Saturday, April 3
More and more Vail visitors want to learn new things and challenge themselves, whether it’s mountain biking, hiking or trail running, said Ellen Miller, a local athlete and trainer.
Two local members of the human resources industry said last week that focusing on respect, transparency and compassion for employees can help keep them committed through a lack of pay increases during the recession.
Occupation: Routt County Council on Aging executive director
Weekly lunch menus for schools across Routt County
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is offering two networking events this week: an after-hours mixer Wednesday and speed networking Thursday. The mixer is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Anglers Drive office complex, near McDonald’s restaurant.
Happy birthday wishes to Tyler Manzanares, Phyllis Moore, Duane Hockett, Dan Luedtke, Belle Mazzola and Calla Manzanares.
Everybody had a great time at the Easter buffet. It was very good, and there were a lot of people there. Thanks to everybody who made that possible and made it an enjoyable time.
The legislature adjourned Monday after the passage of a controversial liquor control bill. It did not seem to suit anyone, but it appeared to be the best that could be done. Governor Johnson said that undoubtedly parts of the bill are unconstitutional, but he will sign it.
Officials hope new buildings and signs lure visitors to town
With the planned addition of two “new” buildings and new signs added to downtown Yampa, the town is poised to expand its popularity as a historic tourist designation. The buildings, dating from the early and mid-1900s, will be moved from the Palmer ranch later this year if the town gets a grant from the Routt County Museum and Heritage Foundation.
Students in Eric Nilsson’s physics class at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday stood, sat, swayed, leaned and fidgeted at their desks. The students were guinea pigs for senior Lorin Paley, who is studying whether her peers learn better sitting or with the option to stand.
A public discussion regarding dog parks, off-leash areas and voice/sight control areas will be part of the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community, Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.
Routt County real estate transactions for the week of April 2 to 8, 2010
6,541-square-foot home originally listed for $6.77M, bought by Illinois lawyer
A spec home on Anglers Drive that was listed for $6.77 million 11 months ago sold this week for $4 million. The buyer also sold the sellers an undeveloped lot in The Sanctuary that closed on the same day.
Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon produced this story March 29 that describes the decision by Alpine Banks of Colorado to retain a New York firm to help it unload a portfolio of commercial mortgage loans that are not being repaid.
Event includes increased visual arts, Arts Council presence
Events and plans for the second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival are coming together. Chamber spokeswoman Molly Killien and special events coordinator Kara Givnish said they hope to have a schedule ready by May, if not sooner. The All Arts Festival is scheduled for Aug. 19 to 22 at downtown and mountain venues.
As a child, I used to try to imagine what it would be like to be a downhill racer speeding on the steep pitches of a downhill course, on the edge of control.
Aloha Mobile Caregivers settles into new home in unincorporated county
After the Steamboat Springs City Council limited the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, one provider is opening up shop in Milner. Officials say they have no plans to regulate the dispensary differently than any other business.
The three large luxury condominiums at the base of Steamboat Ski Area that had their genesis in late summer 2007 into 2008 have accounted for $128.6 million in sales, but Edgemont, One Steamboat Place and Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows have a distance to go.
Saturday, April 10
Girls lose to Poudre in the morning, beat Vail Mountain in the afternoon
It wasn’t the perfect day for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team. The squad split a doubleheader, playing Saturday at home, losing to Poudre High School in the morning and beating Vail Mountain in the afternoon.
Annual cardboard derby part of season-ending events
Tooth fairies, scantily clad wrestlers, “Peanuts” characters and “Thriller” monsters sped down Stampede at Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday, occasionally stalling or crashing during their runs at the 30th annual Cardboard Classic. Twenty-six teams entered the annual competition, which asks participants to make a sled out of cardboard, glue, tape, string and water-based paint.
Routt County GOP and Democrat assemblies help form primary ballots Saturday afternoon
The candidacy field for Routt County sheriff shrank Saturday. Of three Republican candidates, only Garrett Wiggins won the 30 percent of delegate votes necessary to secure a Republican nomination for the office.
The boys fell 12-2 and 6-0 at the doubleheader played today in Grand Junction.
Playing at Lewis-Palmer, the team that ended Steamboat’s season in the playoffs last year, the Sailors got down early but rebounded for a solid 7-5 win.
Opportunities slip past Sailors in 1-0 loss
Conversations always have centered on Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain, but on Saturday, the Palisade team proved it’s just as capable — and now in a better spot — to win a league title.
Commissioners in suit with law firm about $16,000 in legal costs
The law offices of Ralph Cantafio are going after the Routt County Board of Commissioners for $16,000 in unpaid legal fees stemming from disagreements between the commissioners and Sheriff Gary Wall.
Exchange ski patroller member Goudeau named King of the Mountain
The Steamboat Ski Patrol capitalized on its French connection in Winter Park on Wednesday and came home from the 2010 Colorado Pro Ski Patrol Convention with the second-place trophy. Steamboat dominated the giant slalom race with a one-two finish by John “Pink” Floyd and Charlie Reynolds, and a first-place finish by Paula Lepporoli in the women’s race.
Olympians traveled to Qatar on Thursday to show U.S. service members the first medals earned by the U.S. Nordic combined team after 86 years of competitions. Four skiers are placing medals around the necks of service members as part of the Armed Forces Entertainment Heavy Medal Tour.
Coming off its biggest and most emotional win of the season, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team should have no problem getting up for a 2 p.m. game today at Lewis-Palmer. The Rangers ousted the Sailors in the state playoffs last season, the first time Steamboat had qualified for the postseason.
The perils of spring baseball for the Steamboat Springs High School team simply won’t allow the club a break. Because of weather last season, the team didn’t get one home game. This season, the team has been on the road the entire time but was set to open its home slate today in Craig against Palisade.
It was another comfortable win for the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team Friday as the squad beat up on Evergreen to finish off its road trip. Now, the team returns home for an important set of matches, starting at 10 a.m. today at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
Snow-clearing efforts that tore up high school track a sign of Steamboat
Like snow in April and mud in May, Steamboat Springs High School interim Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe said damage to the track at Gardner Field is just a part of living in Steamboat Springs. Again this spring, the equipment used to clear the snow for the first time tore up some of the track.
U-Melt player credits theater, film and Bruce Springsteen for band’s song style
All-American rocker Bruce Springsteen showed progressive rocker Zac Lasher the way. Lasher, the frontman for Brooklyn-based progressive rock band U-Melt, and the band will play a free end-of-season show at 10 p.m. Sunday at Old Town Pub.
The Record for April 8
Making a left turn from Lincoln Avenue onto 13th Street near Bud Werner Memorial Library can lead to a $120 ticket from the Steamboat Springs Police Department while construction continues in that area.
Michael Blumenthal strives to be ‘intelligent but accessible’ in work
When Michael Blumenthal talks about his poetry, he talks about other poets. Blumenthal will read excerpts from his books of poetry at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. A celebration of National Poetry Month, the free reading, discussion and book signing is presented by Epilogue Book Co. and the library.
Donavon Frankenreiter sings the kind of songs meant to make everything feel better. The professional-surfer-turned-musician plays a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Frankenreiter’s show is the last of the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series.
Community comedy puts current events through satirical wringer
There’s something about the costume choices in any Pirate Theatre show that says it all. The choices don’t have to be subtle because that’s not the point. In each thematic railing on local and national news events, personalities and issues, the Pirate Theatre production team takes everyday absurdity and blows it up.
A couple of the best Routt County tales you’ve never heard are embedded in the chinked log walls of the Van Camp Cabins in Yampa. There’s the story of the cattle rustler and horse thief Joe Ward, who got away with killing his partner, but not for long. And then there’s the story of the current owner of the cabins, Susan Rygh.
Soccer team to play against Palisade today
Despite a 4-2 nonleague loss to Grand Junction Central High School on Friday, Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann came away knowing his team had played 160 minutes of solid soccer on the eve of possibly the season’s biggest game.
Friday, April 9
Craig fields weren't ready for matchup against Palisade
Because of weather last season, the team didn’t get one home game. This season, the team has been on the road the entire time but was set to open its home slate Saturday in Craig against Palisade. That won't happen.
Drivers who turn left when posted signs prohibit it can get a $120 ticket. The fine could then be doubled to $240 because the violation occurred in a construction zone, Steamboat Springs police said.
Locals claim 4 titles at snowboarding nationals
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders and skiers continued to haul in top finishes and medals this week as the United States of America Snowboard Association’s National Championships played on at Copper Mountain.
Many things might come to mind, but before we were skiing and snowboarding, the residents of this county were producing and selling top-quality cattle. The herds that were raised on our high-meadow pastures gained a reputation as some of the best in the nation, a tradition that continues today.
When Steamboat Springs residents Tiffany Russell and Jessica Schlapkohl are hosting a fundraiser called Scoops for Africa from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Ciao Gelato to raise money for a trip they are leading to Uganda.
Assistant Alpine Skiing Director Anje Worrell can’t remember the last time Steamboat Springs won the team title in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup. But that’s all changed. The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club wrapped up the 2009-10 Surefoot Colorado Cup Series with a team title.
The annual fifth grade mother-daughter event is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Steamboat Grand. All area fifth grade girls are invited to come with their mothers or on their own. The free event includes breakfast, keynote speaker Deb Armstrong and opportunities for girls and their mothers to prepare for middle school and changes in their lives.
Candidates who don’t get party nod still could petition to run
A snapshot of the Aug. 10 primary election taken today would show the possibility of just one contested race for Routt County voters. But that doesn’t mean the situation couldn’t begin to change quite suddenly Saturday when the county Democratic and Republican parties conduct their assemblies.
Board finishes old business, swears in members
The Oak Creek Town Board did a bit of seat swapping Thursday night as the old Town Board held a final meeting for old business and a new board took its vows. In one of her first acts as mayor, Nikki Knoebel appointed the Town Board members to one of three commissions.
Field could narrow with 3 Republicans vying for votes at assembly
There’s at least one thing Routt County’s three Republican candidates for sheriff agree on: If they don’t get enough votes from party delegates Saturday, they’d likely drop out of the race rather than try to petition onto the August primary election ballot.
The Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigation into Kati More and the Loggers Lane Owners Association finances is continuing, Sheriff Gary Wall said.
Police on Tuesday also arrested a suspect on suspicion of possession of a gun stolen in the November 2008 burglary of a locker the Police Department used to store evidence. Four handguns were stolen from the locker, and police already have arrested one 17-year-old Steamboat resident in the case.
Say what you will about Bob McConnell’s odds — it won’t slow him down. It might only make him angrier. The fiery Steamboat Springs resident, military veteran, ski patroller, Copenhagen chewer and Republican candidate for Congress is campaigning relentlessly across the Western Slope.
Cardboard Classic is Saturday, Pond Skim and free concert are Sunday
Steamboat Ski Area hosts its third annual Springalicious celebration this weekend, with live music and zany events ending the 2009-10 ski season. The inaugural STARS Snowshoe Roundup gets things started at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants hike a 2.4-mile snowshoe course to benefit STARS.
The third annual Splashdown Pond Skim will start at 1 p.m. at the base of Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday. Competitors sport costumes and attempt to cross an icy pond on skis or a snowboard. Registration for the event closes Saturday.
The Record for April 7
Thursday, April 8
Girls take six of seven matches
The Sailors squad won on the road and took six of seven matches on the road in Aspen. The day’s closest match was at No. 2 doubles, where Steamboat’s Alli Lowrie and Rachel Grubbs outlasted Hannah Feuer and Liz Seubert of Aspen, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Sailors girls win tight rivalry matchup, 2-1
Like organic produce, the Steamboat Springs-Battle Mountain girls soccer rivalry is always fresh. But as Thursday’s game proved, it has a better shelf life. The two Western Slope League powerhouses waged another classic battle, this time a 2-1 Steamboat win at Gardner Field.
Jeremiah Krubert accused of breaking into The Silver Lining on Monday
Police on Thursday afternoon arrested a 36-year-old Routt County man in connection with the smash-and-grab jewelry theft Monday morning at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Officers arrested Jeremiah Krubert, of Milner, after getting two tips that Krubert broke out three windows at The Silver Lining jewelry store in Torian Plum Plaza.
The project is scheduled to run from April 15 to July 31 in areas at the base near the Thunderhead Express lift. Parts of trails will be closed to the public during the logging.
At the start of Bill Miller’s fine art education, a professor asked the artist and musician when he thought he’d be considered a master of his craft. Decades later, Miller has a storied music career, a wizened outlook and a different idea about mastering art. He is scheduled to give an intimate roots music concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the CMC campus.
Tuesday, April 6
Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is preparing to do another volunteer training beginning the last week of April.
Featured personalities include top winemakers and chefs
The Wine Festival at Steamboat has announced main tasting events and personalities for its seventh annual celebration of wine and food.
The cluster at the top of the Western Slope girls soccer league should start to sort itself by the end of the weekend. Palisade, Glenwood Springs, Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs high schools all come into today with just one league loss.
Laurel Watson succeeds Mary Pat Dunn at Hayden Heritage Center
One of Laurel Watson’s first tasks as the new curator of the Hayden Heritage Center will be engaging the community in events and activities at the museum. That’s part of the reason Watson was hired to succeed Mary Pat Dunn, who is stepping down as the museum’s curator.
Roundup, Stampede to bookend Saturday’s Cardboard Classic
Closing weekend festivities at Steamboat Ski Area will have a little something extra this year, and organizers hope it’s enough to help the town’s Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports program increase its funding in a rough economy.
Miranda Schrock, a 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, helped Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., to its second consecutive American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I National Championship title.
Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig might be open by the weekend. William Barclay, who works in the pro shop in Craig, said despite the recent storm and a couple of inches of snow, the course could be open by Saturday or Sunday.
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board approved all requests for funding Wednesday night from its Educational Excellence and Technology Capital commissions.
Adult Coed Soccer League Playoffs
Tonight’s meeting to discuss mountain biking areas, free-riding
Summer recreation enthusiasts soon could see changes in trail use and development on Mount Werner, fueled by a growing interest in the trick- and jump-laden bicycle sport known as free-riding.
Officials will change over at tonight’s meeting
The Oak Creek Town Board will have a changing of the guard in the middle of tonight’s meeting, as the newly elected mayor and trustees take their seats.
Wednesday, April 7
Voters can update party affiliation, change their addresses and register on the Web if they have a Colorado driver's license or ID.
Buried wind slabs and crusts complicate snowpack
The heavy snowstorm that dumped 21 inches of snow on the summit of Steamboat Ski Area in 48 hours Monday and Tuesday has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue a strong caution to backcountry skiers headed for powder skiing beyond the ski area’s boundary.
The village was built and is owned by another company. The condos are developed and sold. The ski hill is an island in a state dominated by the biggest resort companies in the country. The mountain must battle an ingrained season-pass war that has prices hovering at 1970 levels.
Aspen bus routes will be fewer and farther between this spring and summer, with service being cut back either slightly or eliminated.
Town trying to figure out how to spend conference center fund
The town of Vail is getting serious about what to do with its $9.3 million conference center fund — a discussion that hasn’t gotten very far since the town raised the money through a special lodging tax several years ago.
The 2010 Economic Summit will deliver global, national and local perspectives with a few glamorous brand names thrown in May 19 and 20 as area business leaders gather to explore “Emerging from Recession in a Changed Environment.”
Board to consider applications tonight
The Yampa Town Board tonight will consider teaming up with the Yampa-Egeria Historical Society to request more than $10,000 to help move two historic buildings into the town.
Survey seeks opinions from public about 2010-11 school year budget
The South Routt School District has created a survey that it will make available to the community for the purpose of soliciting feedback about the 2010-11 school year budget.
Former Colorado Art Ranch residents featured in Denver airport display
During a monthlong residency in Routt County in spring 2008, filmmaker Burcu Koray developed connections to places and people she doesn’t expect to forget.
Free birth control is available through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Family Planning Program including IUDs, Nuvaring and Implanon.
A snowstorm in Steamboat Springs canceled planned work on U.S. Highway 40 on Tuesday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Crews had planned to work on Lincoln Avenue from 11th Street to 13th Street.
I also wondered about trucking snow into downtown April 2 and thought that convertibles on pavement would work just fine. But after attending the parade for our local Olympians, I must congratulate our city manager and everyone who realized the potential benefits of this event for our town.
I think Omar Campbell is on to something. In this week’s letter (“Public vote on TDR?” April 4 Steamboat Pilot & Today), he asks for a public vote on the TDR (transfer of development rights) issue because he doesn’t trust the county commissioners and city councilpersons elected by voters.
Triple Crown Sports is a tricky issue for the city of Steamboat Springs. Many in the service and tourism industries appreciate the business from the summer baseball and softball tournaments, and those events do boost the local economy. Others are concerned about the negative impacts, perceived or actual, from some Triple Crown participants.
Action will help to determine next year’s allocation amounts
The Education Fund Board is scheduled to consider how to allocate $2.31 million to Routt County school districts and local community groups tonight.
Hoza: School Board acted improperly when appointing superintendent
Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza said the hiring of Mike Luppes last week as half-time superintendent for the 2010-11 school year “wasn’t handled properly” and needs to be corrected.
"Elementary School Musical," a Pirate Theatre show presented by Ski Town Productions, opens at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Steamboat Grand.
f you are a first-time parent in Steamboat Springs and are overwhelmed, I encourage you to try the Nurse-Family Partnership program at the Visiting Nurse Association.
Rural protection district to spend $510K ahead of dry summer
City officials approved Tuesday the purchases of two new fire tenders and a brush truck by the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District.
Monday, April 5
Tuesday, April 6
Lawrence Jaconetta edges Linda Price for final Town Board seat
Dawn Smith, Bernie Gagne and Johrene Meyers-Story were elected to four-year terms as trustees on the Oak Creek Town Board. Lawrence Jaconetta was elected to a two-year term as a trustee, and Nikki Knoebel was elected to a two-year term as mayor.
A winter storm warning remains in effect for Steamboat Springs until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Between 3 and 5 inches of snow are expected tonight in city limits, and there’s a 40 percent chance of snow Wednesday before the storm moves out of the region in the afternoon.
City awards contract to Duckels Construction
City Council President Cari Hermacinski voted against the contract because of what she said were “very substantial” differences in Duckels’ initial and final proposals. Council voted not to investigate anonymous allegations that bid prices were leaked during the selection process.
JV, varsity girls scheduled to play Thursday afternoon instead
The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will have to wait to play, again. For the second time in less than a week, the weather forced the Sailors to postpone a scheduled game. It’s the fourth game this spring that has been pushed back because of the weather.
Everything will be on the table for April 20 meeting with city
Commissioner Doug Monger said Monday that the county had been proceeding under the belief the city was not interested in participating in drafting the regulations. But the Steamboat Springs City Council wants to be part of the conversation, and a joint meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 20.
Crews return to US 40 road project; big storm expected to leave 8 to 16 inches
A significant winter storm has started dumping snow just as Steamboat Springs’ major downtown road construction project was expected to get under way. Work was canceled for the day, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in an e-mail notice this morning.
Next mayor looks to future of Oak Creek
Nikki Knoebel said she wasn’t planning on running for mayor so soon after being appointed to the Oak Creek Town Board, but when the opportunity arose, she grabbed it.
Oak Creek candidate says youth rec options, promotion important
Growing up, Johrene Meyers-Story spent a lot of time at the Dinty Moore restaurant in Oak Creek. Now, after Dinty Moore has closed and as other businesses struggle, Meyers-Story said she wants to help the town thrive by becoming a trustee on the Oak Creek Town Board.
Nikki Knoebel, candidate for mayor of Oak Creek
The South Routt Library Board is accepting new members. For information, call Linda Dilley at 638-4270.
A small fire in a mobile home on West Acres Drive was mostly extinguished by the time firefighters arrived at about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Nobody was taken by ambulance for medical care, though firefighters on scene did give oxygen to one man.
The South Routt School Board will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss reductions to the 2010-11 budget. The district anticipates having to cut $472,000 next school year based on a reduction in funding from the state and increased costs for employee health insurance and retirement benefits.
Sunday, April 4
Blood, glass, jewelry strewn about area Monday morning
A smash-and-grab burglary in Torian Plum Plaza left The Silver Lining Jewelry, Beads & Charms shop with three broken windows and several pieces of jewelry missing or strewn about the courtyard near the base of the ski area Monday.
Downtown parking regulations, Chamber funding request on tap
A discussion about a community health center in Routt County, a purchase approval for fire tenders to service rural areas, a request for marketing funds and continued debate about downtown parking all create the mixed bag of city issues on tonight’s agenda in Centennial Hall.
Let’s make sure we do our best to keep it that way
I caught a sufficient number of trout Sunday to feed my little neighborhood. But we ate a standing rib roast for Easter dinner instead. Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. Trout from the Yampa? Not so much.
Johrene Meyers-Story, candidate for Oak Creek Town Board trustee
Owner: College still talking about acquiring location
Colorado Mountain College officials are continuing to negotiate with owners of the property at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue. College officials have indicated the site could be used to locate a second access road to the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.
Monday, April 5
City Manager: February revenues give city budget “breathing room”
February sales tax revenues dipped just 3 percent compared to February 2009, giving city officials confidence that the winter months could buoy Steamboat’s budget through a potentially slow mud season.
A winter storm warning is in effect for Steamboat from noon today through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Strong winds and heavy snow could leave 8 to 16 inches in town, with significantly higher drifts in areas.
Analysts use year-over-year data to predict rates in Routt, Moffat
Scott Ford and Yampa Valley Partners are trying to add perspective to the inexact science of unemployment figures. The statistics are a challenging metric partly because of the way unemployment is calculated, said Ford, director of the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.
When Lu Etta Loeber’s grandson, Henry, was diagnosed with severe autism 12 years ago, her initial shock ebbed into fear, worry and denial. She grieved that she never would have the relationship she expected with her grandson, and she grieved for her daughter, suddenly saddled with the enormous responsibility of raising a son with a complex and baffling neurological disorder.
Weather not expected to delay resurfacing project on U.S. 40 through downtown
Last week, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said snowfall could postpone the start of work on Lincoln Avenue through downtown Steamboat Springs today. But Scott Contracting's Jody Patten said there hasn’t been enough snow in the past few days to delay the $5.6 million repaving project.
Annual event showcases creativity and construction prowess
Since the early-1970s, Steamboat Springs residents and guests have devoted the late spring to construction projects that almost always end in disaster. Crafting vehicles from cardboard, glue, string, tape and water-based paint, competitors with a daring streak have entered the Cardboard Classic.
Hayden bull rider heads to Idaho to compete in National Circuit Finals
Used to be, a cowboy that won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo would get a new truck. “I don’t need a truck,” Jake Booco said, admitting he’d dreamed of winning the rodeo he’ll attend from Wednesday to Sunday in Pocatello, Idaho.
Baseball is the girl you want to bring home to mom. One hundred and sixty-two games of love. It starts in March, just as the seasons swing from cold weather and snow to flowers blooming and sun shining. It ends in October, after roughly eight months of ups and downs fit for any relationship.
Saturday, April 3
Steamboat Springs has been named a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 19th consecutive year Steamboat has received this national recognition, according to a news release.
After attempting to populate my yard and garden with seedlings from the Forest Service, then with trees dug up from the forest — after obtaining permits — we gradually invested in large trees from local nurseries. And because it is such a big investment, we carefully watch and nurture these to ensure their longevity and health.
Occupational therapy allows people to regain higher functionality
When I first heard the term “occupational therapy,” I assumed it meant some sort of job counseling. How wrong I was. Occupational therapy — which literally means therapy through activity — is a health care profession dedicated to helping people gain or regain a higher level of function and independence.
Sunday, April 4
Routt County donation center director tries to deter dumping
LIFT-UP of Routt County relies on the revenue of its thrift store to generate money for the food bank, for hotel and utility vouchers and for basic expenses. But Director David Freseman said after-hours donations are bogging down the process as donors are repeatedly dumping items outside the center while it is closed.
Steamboat schools to remain unchanged with exception of kindergarten
Despite the elimination or reduction of 34 staff members, the class sizes in the Steamboat Springs School District won’t really change for the next academic year, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said. The Steamboat Springs School Board eliminated or reduced 17 licensed probationary staff and 17 classified staff positions at a meeting March 29.
Jail Report for March 27 to April 2
Negotiations under way for future of summer sports tournaments
A Fourth of July adult softball tournament is returning for 2010, but after this summer, Triple Crown Sports could operate on a smaller scale in Steamboat Springs. The city’s contract with the Fort Collins-based sports event provider expires after this year.
Good to the last drop
Sun spotted the expansive valley below Mount Werner and Steamboat Ski Area on Friday afternoon, but as the day ground on, the clouds held their place above the mountain, making for a gray existence. Plenty of powder was left over from a Thursday storm that stretched into Friday morning, and, according to skiers and riders, it felt like a regular midwinter day.
Like any good Steamboat Springs local, Greg Rawlings stood along Lincoln Avenue and cheered as the town’s brightest heroes passed in the Hometown Heroes Parade on Friday evening. Seventeen of Steamboat’s treasured winter Olympians were invited to ride in the parade, as were their teammates and coaches and members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team lost two games Saturday to Delta. The Sailors lost the first game, 16-5, and the second game, 14-1. Steamboat (2-8 overall, 1-3 in the Western Slope League) plays at 11 a.m. Saturday with a doubleheader against Palisade.
This was the day that Olympian and Nordic combined gold medalist Billy Demong had been preparing for since he was a child. It didn’t take thousands of jumps on the large hill, and he didn’t spend hours training on a grueling cross-country course to complete this task. No, he prepared for this day with a Sharpie in his hand and a smile on his face.
Humble Ranch is there to help a population of people who benefit from specialized intervention. There are hiking and biking trails all over this valley and beyond, available for everyone’s use.
After attending the Steamboat Springs School Board meeting on March 29, I am very concerned about what is happening in our school district. There were parents that gave good information about ways to cut some of the school district’s expenses.
Previous to moving to Steamboat, my family lived in a city with a poor public education system. Virtually every family with the means put their children in private schools. I had a special needs child who was not accepted into any private school because they could not provide the necessary services.
Transfer of Development Rights is the latest growth issue to confront our community. Indeed, it is of import equal to the recent Steamboat 700 affair, and perhaps more so. Ben Beall’s letter to the editor in the March 24 Steamboat Today lays it out quite well, and Jack White in his March 31 letter to the editor appropriately asks for more time for community understanding and input.
Please observe National Public Health Week 2010 with us from Monday to April 11. This year, the American Public Health Association’s theme is “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time.” Public Health, an essential regional service, is provided by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a local nonprofit agency.
Trust and vision only can be shared between two parties where there is underlying mutual respect. The city of Steamboat Springs’ perception of “trust and vision” does not entitle the city to bully a landowner into unconditional public access across private property, or to ignore wildlife closure dates in order to provide year-round recreational access.
Thank you to Rep. John Salazar, Sen. Michael Bennet and Sen. Mark Udall for voting for the recently passed health care reform legislation, which begins to address some of the issues of justice in our health care system. As a physician, I have long seen the inequities in the system, which have gotten worse and worse.
The Hayden School Board’s handling of recent administrative positions and structure has been disappointing at best and illegal at worst. Hayden taxpayers and parents deserve open, honest discussion about school district issues.
The Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council is presenting a forum titled “Reinventing Your Business: Building a Shared Vision for the Future,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Rex’s American Grill & Bar, adjoining the Holiday Inn on U.S. Highway 40 south of Steamboat Springs.
High winds shut down several lifts at Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday morning and afternoon. All had reopened by 2:30 p.m. According to Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane, the Storm Peak Express, Sunshine Express, Sundown Express and Four Points lifts were down as of about 11 a.m.
Presentation part of education program through First National Bank of the Rockies
Students in Lori Hornstein’s first-grade class at the elementary school heard a presentation Tuesday about saving money from Traci Day, bank manager for the Hayden office of First National Bank of the Rockies.
Sandy Moon Age: 48 Occupation: Landscape maintenance manager and garden design Place of birth: Houston
Christian Heritage School students who made the honor roll for earning A’s and B’s include seventh-graders Lauren Anderson, Andrea Clark and Paige Eivins.
Sue Fulton and her family traveled to Louisiana for a vacation during spring break. They visited Sue’s parents and did some sightseeing and relaxing.
Everybody’s excited about the Easter buffet we’re going to have with friends and family here at the Doak Walker Care Center.
School lunches for the week of April 4
February real estate sales of $32 million represent 267 percent of February 2009 and bring the year-to-date total to $82 million, almost 230 percent of where that number stood at the same time last year.
Lincoln Avenue business owners are entering a difficult transition.
The Record for April 2
A week ago, the organizers of Cody’s Challenge Randonee Race were worried about how many racers might show up to the event, and what kind of conditions those who did would find. A stormy day dogged the second annual event again this year, but the 75 racers couldn’t bring themselves to complain.
Longtime jewelry maker opens shop in downtown Steamboat
Angela Mecca, a master jeweler, opened The Jeweler’s Mine on Jan. 15 at 117 Ninth St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. Mecca makes original and custom jewelry and repairs items ranging from watches, rings and necklaces to ski boots, prescription glasses, stained-glass lampshades and antique safes.
In preparation for Tuesday’s Oak Creek Town Board election, all candidates responded to a questionnaire about their priorities and stances on the issues in Oak Creek.
75 years ago — From the Friday, April 5, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Real estate transactions for March 26 to April 1, 2010
Saturday, April 3
Sailors lacrosse win puts team in driver’s seat of conference
Although goals were sparse in Saturday’s Steamboat Springs High School and Summit County High School boys lacrosse game, it was Steamboat’s efficiency on offense that helped the Sailors come away with a decisive 6-3 win at home.
According to Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., high winds closed the Storm Peak Express, Sunshine Express, Sundown Express and Four Points lifts for two to three hours today. All have reopened.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., visited with area officials Friday to hear their concerns and feedback, most notably regarding energy development.
Although the Mountain Conference boys high school lacrosse division is still in its infancy, it already has a No. 1 rivalry. And they play today. Steamboat Springs and Summit boys lacrosse square off at 2 p.m. at Gardner Field in a game with all the fixings.
The Record for April 1
A six-week Partners in Parenting course runs Mondays through May 17 — no class April 19 because of Spring Break. The class focuses on families with children ages 8 and younger and includes issues such as discipline, self-esteem and communication.
Easter weekend worship services
The way to spur the Oak Creek economy is right under the nose of local businesses, Oak Creek Town Board candidate Dawn Smith said. Smith is one of five candidates running for four open Town Board trustee positions. The top three vote-getters will win four-year terms, and the fourth-highest vote-getter will win a two-year term.
Lawrence Jaconetta said it’s his turn to become a member of the Oak Creek Town Board so he can serve the community he’s lived in for the past four years.
Steamboat Springs High School tennis coach John Aragon said even now, a month into the girls tennis season, tight competition and several athletes still tied up with winter sports keep his varsity roster from being set in stone.
After playing just two games in the past 17 days, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team has a torrid stretch of four games in seven days, beginning at 10 a.m. today against Eagle Valley at Gardner Field.
Children ages 2 to 11 are invited to Eggstravaganza, a giant egg hunt, which offers a variety of prizes. Face painting, a cakewalk and other festivities also are featured. Also to celebrate Easter, there will be the 35th annual Assets Easter Egg Hunt at the Howelsen Hill chairlift at 11 a.m. Bring your own basket and wear boots.
More truck trips on Routt County Road 27 cause concern
The Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday night embraced Peabody Energy’s plans to build a new coal mine west of Steamboat Springs, but it also sent a clear message to mine officials that the county needs more information about the number of heavy trucks needed to haul the coal before the plan could be endorsed.
Senator interested in beetle-kill mitigation funded by stimulus
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall hiked up the Spring Creek trail Friday afternoon to get a firsthand look at beetle-kill mitigation near a populated area. The Colorado Democrat said he was interested in the Spring Creek project as a chance to see $1 million in federal stimulus money distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act put into action.
Hundreds gather for autographs from Olympic medalists
Just wait until the kids back at East Lake High School in Clearwater, Fla., hear what Chase Lewellen did Friday. “I’ve never met an Olympic medalist before,” Lewellen said. “That’s why this is so awesome.” Lewellen was among an estimated 450 people who waited to meet the five members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.
Friday, April 2
Parade, evening celebration honor Olympians with ties to city
Friday certainly served as another reminder of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team’s bustling success at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games — and rightfully so, with seven Olympic medals clanging together on the stage — but the overriding tone Friday was that it really does take a community to raise an Olympian.
Lila Herod to remain 2010 clerk candidate
Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and elections supervisor, will step away today from the office she has called home for more than 20 years.
Resident vying for Town Boad seat also questions where town money goes
Since Linda Price moved to Oak Creek in 1975, she has seen the hardscrabble town grow up, and she’s also seen the economy struggle. Now, as candidate for the Oak Creek Town Board, Price said she’s ready to help the people in town who don’t get the attention they deserve, including senior citizens and children.
Local artist Gail Holthausen experimenting with pottery, jewelry work
During a reception today, local ceramic artist Gail Holthausen will let go of a piece of work that has followed her for years. An 18-inch-long wall hanging crafted from ceramic, acrylic, wire and glass, the large, purple flower represents a combination of the styles and techniques Holthausen has on display at Rustique Home & Garden Collection.
Half-time superintendent’s duties, hours, pay also undetermined
Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza still couldn’t say Thursday when Mike Luppes would start as the district’s half-time superintendent. At a special School Board meeting Wednesday night, board members approved a new administrative structure for the 2010-11 school year.
2010 big-game tag deadline is Tuesday for season beginning Aug. 28
Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton acknowledged all the potential pitfalls Wednesday as he looked ahead at the state’s elk and deer hunting season, still five months away. “Everything points to 2010 being a good year to be a big-game hunter in Colorado,” Hampton said, “but it’s a long time until hunting season.”
Questionaire answers from Oak Creek Town Board candidate Linda Price
The Record for March 31
Storm brings power outages and wrecks
A spring storm settled over Northwest Colorado on Thursday and was blamed for knocking out power to hundreds of residences, causing numerous car wrecks and delaying and canceling flights to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport. However, the powerful storm provided some fresh snow to the ski slopes on Mount Werner
Woman accused of stealing from Loggers Lane may face charges
The Routt County District Attorney’s Office is considering pursuing charges against a Steamboat Springs woman after she reportedly stole, then returned, more than $60,000 from a group of local businesses. Kati More is accused of taking the money while she was serving as the Loggers Lane Owners Association treasurer but returned the $60,000, plus $10,000 in fines and late fees.
Athletes, families swept up by post-Olympic whirlwind
A good local will tell you it’s as much those Olympians as it is Champagne Powder that separates Steamboat Springs from other ski towns, and today, the town will get a chance to say “good job” after an unprecedented medal haul from February’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Believe it or not, spring is here! And it’s not too late to order your seedling trees.
Cari Hermacinski and Rob Douglas are expanding their conservative-leaning talk radio program to a weekday format on airwaves reaching into Utah and Wyoming.
For the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, each season finale is another milestone. Thanks to Music Director/Conductor Ernest Richardson and the excellence of the musicians, the repertory is expanded in a manner commensurate with an improvement in technical virtuosity.
Free concert part of Springalicious celebration at ski area
Before Jared Watson records a song, he stops and asks himself: “Would I listen to this and enjoy this?” With his band, The Dirty Heads, Watson writes songs with reggae roots and a positive vibe, tapping into the group’s Orange County, Calif., home base and influences including early reggae, Sublime, Beastie Boys and old folk music, he said.
Free event showcases local and regional artists
In May 2008, Chelsea Nix set out on a two-week trip to Haiti with herself, her camera and an open mind. She took photos of children and older residents, hoping to capture an essence of the place and its people. A collection of shots from Nix’s travels in Haiti opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today as part of First Friday Artwalk.
The third annual Skate-a-thon for Autism and its related disorders is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena. Skaters of all ages are welcome to skate laps to raise money for programs that support families affected by the disorder.
Galleries, museums and alternative venues showcase work by mostly local artists during the First Friday Artwalk event celebrating visual art in downtown Steamboat Springs. The Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. with 18 locations hosting openings and shows.
Thursday, April 1
County, city have a date April 20
Members of the Routt County Planning Commission seem to agree that transfer of development rights regulations could be put to good use as a tool to manage growth in the county. But on Thursday night, they voted against a draft measure anyway.
Heavy, wet snow caused line breaks and transmission pole problems, a Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman said. Electricity has been restored in most of Hayden, Steamboat.
More than a foot of snow could fall in Steamboat Springs by Friday morning, with even more possible on the slopes of Mount Werner. Strong winds and dangerous driving conditions are expected. The chain law is in effect over Rabbit Ears Pass, and power outages have been reported in Hayden and Craig.
Steamboat girls hockey players invited to Utah development program
Three Steamboat Springs hockey players — forward Monica Patten, defender Megan Stabile and defender Marley Loomis — will get the chance to showcase their talents and represent their town in May at the Rocky Mountain District Player Development Camp in Salt Lake City.
Duke star a cousin of local athlete
Steamboat Springs resident Luke Brosterhous said he never hated the Blue Devils but didn’t truly appreciate the school or its uber-successful men’s basketball team, which plays Saturday in the NCAA tournament’s Final Four, until he got a family connection. Blue Devils star Kyle Singler is Brosterhous’ first cousin.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team picked up its first loss of the season, falling 10-4 on Wednesday at Rock Canyon. Still, Sailors coach Bob Hiester said the game was exactly what his team needed as it prepared for the meat of its season.
Artists worked through school year to create varied display
Kyle Swoyer wasn’t always so impulsive with her creativity. A senior in Steamboat Springs High School’s Advanced Placement studio art class, Swoyer started the school year carefully planning each piece she created. As the year moved along and each AP art student pursued his or her own style, Swoyer changed hers; she took an idea and went with it.
Tomorrow we’ll gather once more as a community to celebrate the tremendous athletic accomplishments of the 17 Winter Olympians with ties to Steamboat Springs, a group headlined by the medal-winning U.S. Nordic combined skiers. That got me thinking about heroes and how it’s all too easy to forget about those putting their lives in danger on a daily basis.
School officials also approve Troy Zabel as secondary principal
Mike Luppes will return as Hayden School District’s superintendent. The Hayden School Board, by a 3-2 vote, approved the move Wednesday night, making Luppes the district’s new half-time superintendent.
Tuesday, March 30
The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider tonight whether to remove the section of the municipal code that requires license fees for plumbers and drain layers.
A blood drive sponsored by the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. today at YVMC. To schedule an appointment, call Bonfils at 800-365-0006, option 2, or sign up online at www.bonfils.org, site 0234.
Oak Creek candidate touts time spent in project management
After visiting Routt County for several years, enjoying the Flat Tops and the streams, Oak Creek Town Board candidate Bernard Gagne, then living on the Front Range, decided he was done with city living.
County Planning Commission to weigh in on 5-acre sites
City officials are certain to be watching closely tonight as the Routt County Planning Commission discusses transfer of development regulations that someday could lead to the creation of about 250 5-acre home sites in new subdivisions wrapped in a rough crescent around Steamboat Springs’ northern boundary and the urban growth boundary west of city limits.
An eighth-grader’s fundraising effort is highlighting the increasingly strong relationship between a local nonprofit group, Christian Heritage School and a Ugandan orphanage. Mackenzie Holmberg, 14, hopes to raise $2,500 to provide a milk cow, its shelter and some feed for an orphanage in a Ugandan village.
Ski base improvement group finally gets its feet wet
Burgess Creek, at least a small stretch of it, is likely to see the light of day again this summer. Members of a committee working to make public improvements at the base of the ski area more appealing agreed Wednesday to recommend that the city go forward with $4.5 million in construction work.
Some local merchants hope more patrons will visit their businesses Friday evening, with thousands of people expected downtown for the Hometown Heroes events to honor Steamboat Springs’ Olympians.