Stories for April 2010


Friday, April 30

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Steamboat lacrosse steamrolls Aspen, 17-1, in regular-season finale

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.

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3 Steamboat Free Summer Concerts Series acts set

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.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport bids are next for takeoff

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.

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A familiar face to take over agriculture program at Soroco High School

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.

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Hip-hop, dub band plays today in Steamboat

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

The Record for April 28

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What to do this week in Steamboat for April 30 to May 6

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Cattle can help with fire risk

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.

Weather delays skatepark work in Steamboat

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.

Steamboat wrestling dinner, auction set 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.

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Cabaret show in Steamboat continues tradition

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

Steamboat briefs: Man injured in mine accident at Twentymile

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.

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Wet, colder weather arrives in Steamboat

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.

Tickets on sale for Literary Sojourn

Authors at the Oct. 2 event will include Dan Chaon, Chris Cleave, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Wally Lamb and Lori Lansens.

Craig residents testify at Capitol to limit Hatch Act's reach

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.

Energy summit looks to fuel thought

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.

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Spring Bike Fest rolls closer in Steamboat Springs

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.

Steamboat girls tennis team resumes play after long spring break

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.

Steamboat soccer heads to Glenwood Springs

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.

Steamboat baseball splits pair vs. Battle Mountain

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.

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Young poets perform in South Routt

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.

The Record for April 27, 2010

Tuesday, April 27

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Youth art show opens Friday in Steamboat

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.

Public input sought about Stagecoach State Park

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.

Steamboat lags in census response

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.

Steamboat Briefs: Teen Council applications due to officials Wednesday

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.

Cinco de Mayo event Saturday in Craig

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

Stolen truck and trailer crash in Steamboat

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.

CMC students charged with Social Host violation

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.

Oak Creek man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

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.

Raccoon causes electricity problems in Steamboat

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.

Intrawest refinances debt and completes new loan

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.

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Armstrong partners with Steamboat's Honey Stinger

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.

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Lance Armstrong signs on to Steamboat's Honey Stinger team

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.

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Steamboat girls soccer defeats Moffat County

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.

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Chili cook-off is set for Sunday in Clark

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.

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Kids Carnival a hit in Steamboat

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.

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Theater tryouts start Sunday in Steamboat

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.

Routt County commissioners table TDR

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Lies I can live with

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.

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High school seeks manual film cameras for photography class

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.

Steamboat briefs: Part of Lincoln Avenue to be closed early this morning

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.

Derick Duckels: Coverage unfair

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.

Our View: Stagecoach plan promising

Raising the dam at Stagecoach Reservoir is part of a plan that will efficiently and economically increase the storage capacity in the Yampa Valley.

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Steamboat blasted by Bulldogs

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

Part of Lincoln to close from 5 to 7 a.m. Wednesday

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.

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Jury awards $2.4 million in bike-car crash near Steamboat

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.

Steamboat girls soccer falls to Cheyenne Central, 5-0

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.

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Tom Ross: I-70 almost rocked the ’Boat

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

The Record for April 25

Steamboat briefs: VNA: Child diagnosed with flu type in Routt County

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.

Charges dropped in marijuana case against woman

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.

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Downtown Steamboat paving work behind schedule

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.

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Hayden High School students get free laptops

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.

Routt County firefighters ready for tree hazards

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.

Steamboat lacrosse rolls by George Washington

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: The giant eyes of Mauna Kea

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

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Aging well: Wellness Day helping to ease the aches of aging

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.

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Local athletes shine against region's best

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.

Vail Valley has eyes on Wolcott

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?

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Cleanup effort a success in Steamboat

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.

Routt County to discuss growth

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.

County Agenda for April 26 and 27

Routt County Board of Commmissioners meeting agenda

The Record for April 24, 2010

Saturday, April 24

Hayden readies for Spring Fling

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.

Steamboat Briefs: Closures of Burgess Creek Road to begin Thursday

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.

Monday Medical: Generic medications can be cheaper, effective

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.

Jane McLeod: Better basils

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

Joel Reichenberger: No playoff payoff

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.

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Steamboat businesses on Yampa Street see boost from repaving

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.

Steamboat briefs: Community garden work canceled today

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 if you’d like to help.

Business File: April is plumbing month across the state, nation

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.

Steamboat schools' funding could be affected by 'anti-tax' ballot measures

‘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.

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Steamboat's ski season airline program to cost $2.4 million

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.”

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Gearing up for bike season in Steamboat

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.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for April 25

Happy Birthday wishes to Sam Haslem, Jerry Delay, Janet Babish, Garrett Murphy, Tim Frentress Jr. and Vincent Scura.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for April 25

Sympathy to the family and friends of Jack Ebaugh. Love and prayers from everybody here at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Class notes: Hayden students fares well at state FBLA competition

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

School lunch menus for the week of April 26

In the service: Sgt. Steven Penick

Sgt. Steven Penick, son of Shelly Boyer, received the Army Commendation Medal from Brigade Commander Col. Phelps while serving his second tour in Iraq.

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Hayden High School senior earns prestigious scholarship

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Sandy Boynton Messing

Occupation: Feed store manager/bartender

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Boat inspections required for Routt County lakes; fines enforced

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

Real estate transactions for April 16 to 22

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2 new luxury duplexes possible at Bear Claw in Steamboat

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.

On the Market: March sales double those of March 2009 in Routt

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.

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Stagecoach online auction home ends up with local buyers

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.

Looking Back for April 26, 1935

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.

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Aging Well: South Routt Wellness Day on a roll

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.

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Soroco’s Estes has chance to be double state track champion

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.

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Hayden sophomore Haskins enjoys breakout track season

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.

John F. Russell: There is no ‘I’ in Jarrett

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 Jail Report for April 17 to 23

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

The Record for April 23

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.

Our View: Bid process needs scrutiny

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.

Best of the Web: Athlete, SSWSC awards

■ 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.

Donna Downing: Weather training

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.

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Stagecoach Reservoir could get boost

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

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Hayden, Soroco track teams own 'home' meet

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.

Steamboat golf pro’s brother wins 1st tournament

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

The Record for April 22

Steamboat briefs: VNA: Child diagnosed with flu type in Routt County

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.

Oak Creek board wants parks agency

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.

Steamboat library to host sand painting

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.

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Strings Music Festival in Steamboat receives NEA grant

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.

Steamboat police have suspect in car theft

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.

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Footage shows thief who stole art at Steamboat hotel

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.

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Cold, wet weather pleases ranchers in Steamboat

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

‘Democratic right’

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.

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Sen. White: Energy bill could cost up to 200 coal jobs in Routt

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.

Haymaker range near opening

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.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for April 23 to 29

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.

Hayden to host track event

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.

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Skate Deck Art Show is back

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.

The Record for April 21, 2010

Wednesday, April 21

Steamboat Briefs: County Road 80 will be closed for about 3 months

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.

South Routt School Board approves nonlicensed staff contracts

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.

Mary Walker: Volcano eruption’s effects reach Africa

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Celebrate migratory birds May 22

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.

CMC Earth Day project postponed

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.

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Festival takes up women’s issues

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.

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Paving of Lincoln Avenue starts in Steamboat

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

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Steamboat club, coach, athletes earn honors

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.

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Yampa water flow increases to delight of local kayakers

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 group designated as tax-exempt

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.

4 local snowboarders named to World Championship Team

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.

Rec league registration date approaching

Registration for Steamboat Springs’ summer recreation leagues is right around the corner. Fees and registrations are due by 5:30 p.m. April 29.

Steamboat Briefs: City planners to review Howelsen teen center

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.

Hayden licensed staff contracts get OK

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.

Hansen ineligible for county commissioner race

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.

The Record for April 20, 2010

Tuesday, April 20

South Routt nonlicensed staff contracts on the table

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.

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Steamboat adopts new parking laws

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

OSHA fines Duckels in Steamboat death

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.

Hayden School Board to discuss teacher contracts

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.

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New skatepark in Steamboat almost ready for riders

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.

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Steamboat Golf Club to officially open for play Friday

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.

Parks district enters picture in Oak Creek

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.

The Record for April 19, 2010

Monday, April 19

Steamboat Briefs: VNA encourages student meningitis vaccinations

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.

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South Routt van pool riders a loyal group

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.

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City upholds base area contract

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: ‘The Southern Cross’

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.

Our View: Down payment program merits praise

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.

Steamboat's urban boundary questioned

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

Iceland volcano explosion strands Steamboat students

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.

Duckels asks for delay of base area contract action

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.

Deb Babcock: Spring tree care

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?

Steamboat Briefs: Crews to begin cleaning medians along US 40

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.

Bosick to petition for primary ballot

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.

BOCES to again distribute funds

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.

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Tom Ross: A trip through time

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.

Ideas for growth in Steamboat on the table

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.

Base area contract under fire

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.”

The Record for April 18, 2010

Sunday, April 18

Monday, April 19

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Local marijuana strain takes top honors at Cannabis Crown

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.

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Aging Well: Eating well for health, community and the environment

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.

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Work resumes on New Victory Highway

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.

Sailors track posts strong performance

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.

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Luke Graham: The next step

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

The Record for April 17

Steamboat briefs: Registration under way for Yampatika summer camps

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.

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Housing program thriving in Steamboat

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.

Monday Medical: Spring exercise tips

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.

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Heritage Park Director Audrey Zwak leaves to manage Fuzziwig’s

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 April 19 and 20

County Agenda for Routt County commissioners for April 19 and 20

Sunday, April 18

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VNA: Children's dental care substandard

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.

Soroco track runs well in Coal Ridge

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.

John F. Russell: Honoring Erica’s spirit

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.

Best of the Web: Crayfish

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.

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Steamboat’s Emi Birch bends it like Beckham

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.

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Steamboat baseball bounces back to split doubleheader

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.

Lynn Abbott and Linda Lewis: Earth Day lessons about plastic

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.

Gary Hofmeister: What is charity, really?

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

Steamboat briefs: Cultural group seeking volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program Mondays and Wednesdays.

Gale Ball-Brown: Health care for all

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.

Leslie Faulkner: Sham-ed if you do

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.

The Record for April 16

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.

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Everything Outdoor Steamboat igloo trip a hit among students

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.

The Jail Report for April 10 to 16

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.

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Proposed legislation would link tenure with student performance

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.

Joel Reichenberger: I’ll take the check

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.

Business File: Honey Stinger earns statewide recognition

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.

Our View: A test for the community

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.

Jordan Rockhold named to Belmont dean’s list

Jordan Rockhold was named to the fall 2009 dean’s list at the University of Belmont in Nashville, Tenn.

Whiteman alum Northcutt earns Udall Scholarship

Kelly Northcutt, of Steam­boat Springs, was awarded a Udall Scholarship from the University of Portland.

Steamboat Springs High school announces 3rd-quarter honor roll

■ 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.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for April 18

Happy birthday wishes to Kristen Peters, Jof Deckler, Trystan Campbell, Bryan Muhme, Erin Copeland, Lissa Hoza, Jenna Kleckler, Alena Velsquez and Joey Deckler.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for April 18

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.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ film takes place of middle school spring musical

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.

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Rachel’s Smokin’ Cafe to open in Oak Creek

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Cynthia Zyzda

Occupation: Artist and associate professor of visual art/humanities at Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus

Eagle developer buys stalled townhome project

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

Real estate transactions for April 9 to 15, 2010

Developer plans to build 2,000 homes in Wolcott

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.

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Highmark foreclosures withdrawn after sales

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.

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Full stock of 26 bulls, 6 heifers sold at Saturday bull sale

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.

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Steamboat soccer downs Falcon, 1-0

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.

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Longtime chef Tom Wester reopening Yampa restaurant, bar

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.

Looking Back for April 19, 1935

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

Steamboat soccer to face tough non-league test

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.

Steamboat baseball team looking for a turnaround

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.

Steamboat lacrosse team wins 2nd conference title

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

The Record for April 15

Steamboat briefs: Blackmer Drive Trail now open for public access

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.

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Steamboat Springs Arts Council cleaning Depot

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.

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Speed lowered near fatal crash site in Steamboat

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.

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Steamboat business joins in to celebrate independent music

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

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Capote pleads guilty in Steamboat

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.

Drivers urged to alternate in Steamboat construction

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.

Routt County unemployment rate rises in March

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.

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Tea party supporters gather to 'take America back'

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.

Movie premier to benefit Steamboat Gravity Team

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.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for April 16 to 22

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Earth Day, Earth consciousness

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.

Steamboat Springs councilman considering move

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

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Steamboat's wet trails vulnerable to damage

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.

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Paving in downtown Steamboat put off a week

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.

Hayden bull rider comes up empty at big rodeo

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.

Bicycle pump track moves closer to reality

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.

Review: Concert offers diverse program

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.

Steamboat Brief: City officials: Skatepark off Lagoon Court not yet open

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.

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Lyon Drug offers to dispose of unused medications

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.

The Record for April 14, 2010

Wednesday, April 14

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Colorado Mountain College's annual art show opens today

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

Steamboat contractors protest base area bid

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.

Steamboat lacrosse coasts at Eagle Valley

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.

Controlled burn fills valley with smoke

A previously planned controlled burn on Elk Mountain caused smoke and haze in and around Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon.

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Former Moffat County commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos dies

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.

Hayden names superintendent finalist

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.

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Bull sale set for Saturday

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.

Golf season is right around the corner

With Closing Day at Steam­boat Ski Area in the rearview mirror, opening day at golf courses around the Yampa Valley quickly is approaching.

Roof worker falls while doing repairs on a condo

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.

The Record for April 13, 2010

Tuesday, April 13

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat Springs Little League board meets today

A Steamboat Springs Little League Board meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Melting snow reveals rodent damage

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.

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Humble Ranch litigation costs city $104K

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.

Poetry slam festival in May

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.

After-prom party seeks donations

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.

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Club celebrates season with awards

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

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Steamboat riders, skiers shine at USASA Nationals

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.

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New Hayden baseball fields likely to see Triple Crown play

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.

Hayden School Board to announce superintendent finalists

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.”

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Sailors baseball falls, 15-7, to Bulldogs

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.

Steamboat soccer cruises against Eagle Valley

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.

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Sailors lacrosse team rolls to 18th straight conference win

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.

The Record for April 11, 2010

Monday, April 12

Steamboat Briefs: Yampa, Oak Creek libraries have new operating hours

Libraries in Oak Creek and Yampa have new hours, including some evening hours.

Our View: Summer trails master plan underscores bigger picture

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

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Girls to Women event offers career advice, healthy habits

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.

2 accused of assaulting police officer in Steamboat

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.

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Lopez family seeks damages

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.

City hires planning director

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.

Let's Vote issue committee: Why did 61 percent say ‘no’?

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

Moffat County, Craig building permits down in 2009

As the weather warms, so the construction season begins.

Ban forbids taking live crawfish

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

The Record for April 11

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Jimmy Westlake: Conquering Hydra

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.

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Steamboat resident cycling with a purpose

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.

North Routt Community Charter School reapplies for grant

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.

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Steamboat businesses get ready for shift to mud season

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

Steamboat briefs: Scholarships available; deadline is Thursday

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

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Village Inn in Steamboat closing this week

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.

Aging Well: Exercise improves Parkinson’s symptoms

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.

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Steamboat ski season ends with events

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.

Wrestling season wraps up

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.

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Luke Graham: Winter on the diamond

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

The Record for April 10

Steamboat briefs: Man rescued from ski area near Morningside lift

A 71-year-old Boulder man was rescued Sunday evening from near the Morningside lift at Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat 700 campaign totals about $140,000

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.

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Singers, school chorus raising voices for Wednesday concert

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.

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Monday Medical: Special care for special newborns

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.

Deb Babcock: Planting from seed — a good idea?

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.

Local track teams rock Eagle Valley

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

County Agenda for April 12 and 13

Sunday, April 11

Best of the Web: LIFT-UP donations

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.

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Attendance slim at benefit snowshoe races

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.

Sailors baseball loses 2 games against Palisade

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.

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Trail plan draws support from Steamboat locals

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!”

Joel Reichenberger: Hugging it out

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.

Laura Case: Get it right

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.

Sally Wither: Special town

I was again reminded of how special the people of Steamboat are during a presentation by Tamara Naumann, Dinosaur National Monument botanist.

Maynard Short: Business a sham

The responses by the new Oak Creek Town Board members to the medical marijuana question posed by the Steamboat Pilot & Today were specious.

Chuck McConnell: All-energy solution

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.

Our View: Time to end silence after 700 vote

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.

The Record for April 9, 2010

Friday, April 9

Jail Report for April 3 to 9, 2010

Saturday, April 3

Vail luring more visitors with wellness appeal

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Laura Schmidt

Occupation: Routt County Council on Aging executive director

School lunches for the week of April 11

Weekly lunch menus for schools across Routt County

Business file: Networking events are offered by the Chamber

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.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk

Happy birthday wishes to Tyler Manzanares, Phyllis Moore, Duane Hockett, Dan Luedtke, Belle Mazzola and Calla Manzanares.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for April 11, 2010

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.

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Human resources panel cites importance of care, respect for employees in tough times

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.

Looking Back for April 12, 1935

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.

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Yampa building historic district

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.

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Steamboat senior studies peers using stand-up desks

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.

Steamboat Briefs: Wednesday discussion about dogs, leash laws

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.

Real Estate transactions for April 2 to 8, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for the week of April 2 to 8, 2010

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Steamboat All Arts Festival expanding

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.

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Spec home on Anglers Drive sells for $4M

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.

On the Market: Alpine Bank hires New York firm for loan help

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.

John F. Russell: NASTAR fuels state ski racing

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.

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Medical marijuana dispensary comes to Milner

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.

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Big 3 luxury ski area base condo developers reach $128 million in sales

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

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Steamboat tennis splits home matchups

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.

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Steamboat's Cardboard Classic features creativity, crashes

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.

Wiggins is Republican nominee for sheriff

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.

Steamboat baseball drops two to Palisade

The boys fell 12-2 and 6-0 at the doubleheader played today in Grand Junction.

Steamboat lacrosse wins at Lewis-Palmer

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.

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Steamboat soccer falls to Palisade

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.

Routt County disputes sheriff’s fees

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.

Steamboat patrollers place 2nd statewide

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.

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Olympic medalists meet with service members during tour overseas

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.

Steamboat lacrosse team travels to Lewis-Palmer

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.

Steamboat baseball back on road

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.

Steamboat tennis returns home for duals

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.

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Steamboat track to be patched

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.

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Progressive rock band plays Sunday in Steamboat

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

The Record for April 8

Steamboat briefs: Police ticketing for making left turns in downtown area

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.

Poet to give free reading at Steamboat library

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.

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Season-ending events start today

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.

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Theater Review: Pirate Theatre delivers laughs

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.

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Tom Ross: Yampa cabins have stories to tell

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.

Steamboat soccer falls, 4-2, in Grand Junction

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

Steamboat baseball game moves to Grand Junction

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.

Steamboat police ticketing for construction zone turning violations

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.

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Steamboat athletes fare well at Copper

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: 1 of the things we do best in Routt County

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.

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Fundraiser to benefit 2 local women leading a trip to Uganda

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.

Local skiers heat up at Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup

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.

Steamboat briefs: 5th-graders and mothers invited to Saturday event

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.

Primary ballots begin to take shape

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.

New Oak Creek Town Board officials take seats

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.

Routt County sheriff race showdown is Saturday

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.

Sheriff’s Office continues investigation of Kati More

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigation into Kati More and the Loggers Lane Owners Association finances is continuing, Sheriff Gary Wall said.

Police arrest suspect for possession of stolen gun

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.

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McConnell campaign counts on constituents’ anger, tea party principles

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.

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Steamboat Ski Area celebrates closing weekend

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.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for April 9 to 15

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

The Record for April 7

Thursday, April 8

Steamboat tennis team dominates in Aspen

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.

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Steamboat soccer bests Battle Mountain

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.

Milner man arrested in connection with Steamboat burglary

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.

Logging to start next week at Steamboat Ski Area

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.

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Award-winning songwriter Bill Miller performs Monday at CMC

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.

The Record for April 6, 2010

Tuesday, April 6

Steamboat Briefs: Advocates needs volunteers; training will begin soon

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is preparing to do another volunteer training beginning the last week of April.

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Wine Festival at Steamboat pops cork on plans

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.

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Sailors, Huskies to tangle in soccer at 6 p.m. today

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.

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New curator in Hayden

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.

Closing weekend snowshoe races to benefit STARS

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.

Steamboat's Schrock helps hockey team to 2nd national title

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.

Craig golf course could open this weekend

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.

Fund Board approves all 2nd readings

The Steamboat Springs Edu­cation Fund Board approved all requests for funding Wednes­day night from its Educational Excellence and Technology Ca­­pital commissions.

Adult League Soccer standings for April 8

Adult Coed Soccer League Playoffs

Steamboat Ski Area seeks trail input

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.

New Oak Creek Town Board to take control

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

Routt residents can register to vote online

Voters can update party affiliation, change their addresses and register on the Web if they have a Colorado driver's license or ID.

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Wet snowstorm elevates avalanche threat

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.

Copper’s new owner dusts off its love of the outdoors

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 to trim summer bus service

Aspen bus routes will be fewer and farther between this spring and summer, with service being cut back either slightly or eliminated.

Vail debates $9.3M question

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.

Grants could move historic buildings to town of Yampa

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.

South Routt School District continues its feedback efforts

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.

2010 Economic Summit to draw national brands

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.”

Steamboat Brief: VNA offers birth control, screenings for women

Free birth control is available through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Fam­­ily Planning Program inclu­­ding IUDs, Nuvaring and Implanon.

Downtown construction canceled by snow Tuesday

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.

Pamela Kinder: Wonderful event

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.

Paul Hughes: Great Uninformed

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.

Our View: Keep Triple Crown, add diversity

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.

Fund Board to consider 2nd readings

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.

Hayden to redo Luppes hiring

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.

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Pirate Theatre’s ‘Elementary School Musical’ opens Thursday

"Elementary School Musical," a Pirate Theatre show presented by Ski Town Productions, opens at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Steamboat Grand.

Jessica Dean: Great mom program

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.

City approves fire tenders

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.

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Denver International Airport art show has Steamboat ties

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.

The Record for April 5, 2010

Monday, April 5

Tuesday, April 6

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Few voters, close election in Oak Creek

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.

U.S. 40 closed over Rabbit Ears Pass

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 gives Duckels base area contract

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.

Steamboat, Battle Mountain soccer game delayed

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.

Routt officials may rethink TDR plans

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.

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Weather cancels US 40 work for day

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.

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Knoebel says quality of life, young families key

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.

Candidate questionnaire for Nikki Knoebel

Nikki Knoebel, candidate for mayor of Oak Creek

Small mobile home fire on West Acres Drive extinguished quickly

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.

Steamboat Brief: South Routt Library Board is seeking new members

The South Routt Library Board is accepting new members. For information, call Linda Dilley at 638-4270.

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Meyers-Story: Town has plenty to offer

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.

South Routt School Board to discuss budget tonight

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.

The Record for April 4, 2010

Sunday, April 4

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Jewelry shop at base of ski area burglarized

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.

Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss parking, marketing

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.

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Tom Ross: Trout fishing is red hot

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.

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CMC negotiations continue

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.

Candidate questionnaire for Johrene Meyers-Story

Johrene Meyers-Story, candidate for Oak Creek Town Board trustee

Monday, April 5

Sales tax sees slight decline in Steamboat

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.

Powerful winter storm heading to Steamboat

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.

New tool forecasts unemployment

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.

Aging Well: Grandparents’ support important to families, children with autism

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.

Paving in Steamboat slated to begin today

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.

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Cardboard Classic celebrates 30 years Saturday at ski area

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.

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Hayden's Jake Booco ready for the big time

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.

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Luke Graham: My girl is going to win the big one

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.

The Record for April 3, 2010

Saturday, April 3

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat Springs again named Tree City USA

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.

Deb Babcock: Split trunks and sunscald on trees

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.

Monday Medical: Promoting independence

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

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LIFT-UP officials threaten prosecution for after-hour contributions

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.

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Officials: Budget cuts won’t affect class size

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

Jail Report for March 27 to April 2

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Triple Crown could be scaled down

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.

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Spring skiing takes hold at Steamboat Ski Area

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Some Olympians left out

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.

Steamboat baseball loses 2 games against Delta

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.

John F. Russell: Making a name

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.

Best of the Web: Humble Ranch

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.

Susie Makens: School concerns

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.

Mary Anne Fairlie: Save our schools

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.

Omar M. Campbell: Public vote on TDR?

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.

Susan E. Birch: Public Health Week

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.

Ed and Cheri Trousil: Humble explanation

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.

Carole Milligan: Reason prevailed over fear

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.

Our View: Hayden board acted poorly

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.

Business File: Business reinvention forum Friday at Rex’s

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.

Steamboat briefs: Winds close some lifts at ski area

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.

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Hayden elementary students learn about saving

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Sandy Moon

Sandy Moon Age: 48 Occupation: Landscape maintenance manager and garden design Place of birth: Houston

Class notes: Christian Heritage School announces honor roll

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.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for April 4

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.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for April 4

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

School lunches for the week of April 4

On the Market: Sales up in February and 2010 compared to 2009

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.

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Lincoln Avenue landlords and tenants prepare for downtown construction

Lincoln Avenue business owners are entering a difficult transition.

The Record for April 2

The Record for April 2

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Challenging fundraiser honoring Cody St. John draws 75 skiers

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.

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Longtime jeweler making her own cuts

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.

Oak Creek candidates share perspectives

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.

Looking Back for April 5, 1935

75 years ago — From the Friday, April 5, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Real estate transactions for March 26 to April 1, 2010

Real estate transactions for March 26 to April 1, 2010

Saturday, April 3

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Steamboat lacrosse defeats Summit

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.

Ski area lifts reopen after wind-related shutdown

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.

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Sen. Mark Udall visits with Moffat officials

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., visited with area officials Friday to hear their concerns and feedback, most notably regarding energy development.

Steamboat, Summit lacrosse square off at 2 p.m. today

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

The Record for April 1

Steambot briefs: 6-week parenting class starts Monday

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

Easter weekend worship services

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Oak Creek candidate Dawn Smith says locals are key to business

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.

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Candidate Lawrence Jaconetta says Oak Creek Town Board is shared job

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 tennis to face off against Vail Mountain

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.

Steamboat soccer set to battle Eagle Valley today

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.

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Weekend events in Routt County

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.

New coal mine proposed in Routt County

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.

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Sen. Udall visits Spring Creek area in Steamboat

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.

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Tom Ross: Howelsen Hill’s finest hour

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

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Steamboat cheers 'Hometown Heroes'

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.

Deputy clerk to step down because of Hatch Act

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.

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Oak Creek candidate Price sees cooperation as key

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.

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Steamboat artist shaping a new ceramic style

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.

Luppes’ start date uncertain for Hayden schools

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.

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Hunting season in Steamboat area could be big

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.”

Questionnaire answers from Oak Creek Town Board candidate Linda Price

Questionaire answers from Oak Creek Town Board candidate Linda Price

The Record for March 31

The Record for March 31

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Winter weather wreaks havoc in Steamboat

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

Loggers Lane victims push for prosecution

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.

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Steamboat to host an Olympic-size ‘congrats’

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.

Community agriculture: Springtime reminders

Believe it or not, spring is here! And it’s not too late to order your seedling trees.

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Hermacinski, Douglas bringing talk program to AM 550

Cari Hermacinski and Rob Douglas are expanding their conservative-leaning talk radio program to a weekday format on airwaves reaching into Utah and Wyoming.

Concert review: Sant’Ambrogio’s local influence

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.

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The Dirty Heads play Saturday at Springalicious

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.

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Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. today in Steamboat

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.

Steamboat briefs: 3rd annual Skate-a-thon for Autism is Saturday

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.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for April 2 to 8

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

Transfer of development rights on the agenda

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.

Hayden, part of Craig, Steamboat lose power

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.

Winter storm blanketing 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.

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Steamboat athletes get a shot at hockey camp

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.

Family ties add fun to NCAA tourney

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.

Steamboat lacrosse team drops game at Rock Canyon

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.

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AP student art show opens today

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.

Brent Boyer: Honoring our military men and women

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.

Hayden School Board names Luppes new superintendent

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.

The Record for March 30, 2010

Tuesday, March 30

Hayden Town Council to consider code change

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.

Steamboat Briefs: YVMC Auxiliary sponsors local blood drive today

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, site 0234.

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Oak Creek Town Board candidate: Experience is key

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.

TDR takes center stage in Steamboat

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.

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Christian Heritage 8th-grader raising money to help orphanage

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.

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Steamboat base plan to go to city

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.

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Friday celebration includes autograph signings, downtown events

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.