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Tuesday, August 31

Coal miners rally in Grand Junction against clean-energy plans

Twentymile Coal Co. employees from Craig, Steamboat Springs attend packed public hearing

Twentymile Coal Co. employees from Craig and Steamboat Springs made their voices heard last night at a packed Mesa County Courthouse.

Alarm fines could start Wednesday in Steamboat

City will send letter to offenders after month-long trial period

Steamboat Springs’ fire marshal will be compiling a list of who’s been naughty and nice during the month-long trial period of the city’s nuisance alarm law. Fire Marshal Jay Muhme said he will begin sending out letters to homes and businesses where false alarms have sounded in the past month.

Steamboat briefs: Chamber seeks volunteers for 6th Wild West Air Fest

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking volunteers Saturday and Sunday for the Sixth annual Wild West Air Fest, part of the Steamboat Springs Labor Day Weekend Celebration.

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Underpass work begins in Steamboat

Fish Creek Falls Road at 3rd Street to close beginning Sept. 7

The Spring Creek Trail soon will run uninterrupted from Amethyst Drive to the Old Town Hot Springs after a pedestrian underpass is completed underneath Fish Creek Falls Road. City workers were busy Monday beginning preparation work for the project that they expect to complete by the end of next month.

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New BLM rules proposed for Emerald Mountain in Steamboat

Dog leashes are required, glass and most fires banned

The Bureau of Land Manage­ment is taking comments until Sept. 17 about a set of new guidelines proposed for Emerald Mountain. The list of rules will make it easier for rangers to patrol and enforce rules on the public land, BLM representatives said.

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Domestic violence seminar in Steamboat focuses on awareness

Assistance program seeing increase in victims

Lawyers, therapists, social workers and volunteers gathered for a domestic violence seminar at the Routt County Justice Center. Diane Moore, executive dire­ctor of Advocates Building Peace­­­ful Communities, said her organization has seen an increase in abuse victims.

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Jimmy Westlake: September’s celestial highlights

September is a month of change as we move from summer into fall. In Steamboat, this transition officially takes place at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22. That’s the moment the sun crosses the equator heading south for its six-month hiatus from the northern hemisphere.

Men’s softball B league playoffs

Men’s softball B league playoffs

Commissioners rethink paving strategy

Officials consider funding projects each year rather than setting aside money

County commissioners are meeting with County Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper today to talk about Routt County plans for funding future asphalt overlays on its hard surface roads.

Steamboat officials crafting budget from scratch

Hinsvark: 1st rebuilding of Steamboat city finances in more than a decade

City finance officials say they’re crafting Steamboat Spr­ings’ 2011 budget from scratch for the first time in more than 10 years.

The Record for Aug. 29

The Record for Aug. 29

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Tom Ross: No chainsaw massacre on Meadow

There was a time when I thought gathering firewood was a grand adventure. I actually looked forward to stuffing a U.S. Forest Service permit in the glove box of Grateful Red and tossing a Homelite chainsaw, gas can, splitting maul, shovel and a gallon of water in the back of the pickup.

Monday, August 30

Dairy goats shot and killed near Toponas

The Routt County Sheriff's Office said today that it has no leads in the case. There were no shell casings recovered and no obvious tracks on the ranch, and the office is seeking tips.

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Hayden hires interim town manager

Lance Stewart a former SSWSC athlete, Rangely town manager

Hayden Mayor Lorraine Johnson said Lance Stewart has 31 years of municipal government experience. Stewart starts his part-time, interim job today in Hayden Town Hall. Johnson said the hiring of a full-time town manager is planned for November or December.

2 men receive skin grafts after explosion

Friends face long recovery for burns sustained in Kremmling incident

Two Steamboat Springs men burned in an explosion at a Kremmling home last week have received temporary skin grafts and face long, challenging recovery periods.

Aging Well: New strategies, support compensate for low vision

Most of us take our eyesight for granted, not realizing that someday it might not be so easy to read, write, drive or recognize familiar faces. Although normal aging of the eye does not cause low vision, diseases that impair vision are more common among older adults.

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Nicole Miller: 2nd time’s not always the charm

Remember me? I’m the girl who stumbled across the finish line of the Steamboat Triathlon last year in 407th place after 3 hours, 33 minutes and 39 seconds — good enough for last. Disappointed with my finish, I was determined not to make the same mistakes again. On Sunday, I finished in 3 hours, 24 minutes and 5 seconds. Dead last. There’s something to be said for consistency.

Deb Babcock: Managing leaf fungus

How to deal with affliction to aspen and cottonwood trees

The cool, wet spring we experienced this year has been tough on humans who wish to enjoy outdoor activities, but wonderful in most every way for plants. Every way, that is, except for the growth of fungus on aspen and cottonwood trees.

Monday Medical: Preventing infections a team effort

We’re all in it together. That’s the infection-prevention message that Yampa Valley Medical Center is sharing with employees, physicians, patients and visitors.

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Steamboat resident reaches out to his West African roots

Mamadou Niass is consumed by thoughts of a home, the village Sorimiale in Mauritania, Africa. Niass sought political asylum in the United States and has been sending family and friends most of his paychecks from his job at a lumberyard in Steamboat. However, after he was laid off, he decided to find another outlet for his hardworking nature.

Steamboat briefs: City of Steamboat Springs to air water documentary

The city of Steamboat Springs Public Works Depart­ment is airing “Liquid Assets,” a 90-minute PBS documentary about water and wastewater infrastructure, at 10 a.m. Sundays and 5:30 p.m. Mondays through September on Channel 6.

The Record for Aug. 28

The Record for Aug. 28

Sunday, August 29

Steamboat Triathlon results

Full results from Sunday's Steamboat Triathlon

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2 weekend rollovers result in injuries

3 people spend night outdoors after accident in North Routt

Three people, including a small child, were not seriously injured after their car rolled off Routt County Road 129 in North Routt County and caused them to spend Saturday night outdoors, a Colorado State Patrol trooper said Sunday.

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Hundreds of athletes take to water, roads for Steamboat Triathlon

Matt Smith takes third Steamboat Triathlon title in a row; Amy Charity claims women's championship

The massive field of competitors for Sunday’s Steamboat Triathlon splashed through Lake Catamount and rolled and ran over the hills southeast of Steamboat Springs, hundreds of athletes soaking in what was a breezy but picturesque Yampa Valley morning.

The Record for Aug. 27

The Record for Aug. 27

Jail Report for Aug. 21 to 27

Jail Report for Aug. 21 to 27

Class notes: 2 Rocky Mountain Youth Corps members awarded

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps recently was named a Partner of the Year through the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Program. In addition, two RMYC members also were recognized. They are Andrew Fonseca, of Milner, and Jesse McAndrew, of Hayden.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Aug. 29

Sympathy to family and friends of Joe Harper and Pauline Raksa, who passed away at Doak Walker Care Center. Love and prayers from everybody here

Routt County Spotlight: Jackie Mitchell

Occupation: Employment specialist

On the Market: Ruggiero joins Steamboat Village Brokers full time

Steamboat Village Brok­ers Ltd. has announced that Heather Ruggiero has joined its real estate team as a full-time real estate broker. Rug­giero moved from New York to Steamboat in 1994 and has been in real estate sales since 2003.

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Steamboat soccer readies to defend league title

As Steamboat Springs High School coach Rob Bohlmann surveyed the field Thursday, he was asked how he planned to replace the eight seniors from last season’s Western Slope League championship team. “I think it was six seniors, actually,” Bohlmann said. “But there was a lot of quality in there. Maybe that’s where you’re getting that number.”

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Bus stop changes worry Steamboat business owners

City officials say federal rules factor into stop sizes, locations

City and Colorado Depart­ment of Transportation officials are meeting this week to talk about the new bus stops along Lincoln Avenue. The stops were installed last spring as part of CDOT’s downtown repaving and improvement project, conducted by Scott Contracting.

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Steamboat's Lowell Whiteman hosts camping trip before school starts

On Wednesday, 62 Lowell Whiteman Primary School students armed with fishing poles and tents charged into the area, ready to celebrate the end of summer vacation with a three-day camping trip. The school has hosted the camping trip for 18 years.

John F. Russell: Returning the Continental Cup to Steamboat

If former Olympic Nor­dic combined skier Todd Wilson has his way, some of the world’s top Nordic combined skiers will be in Steamboat Springs in December. Not for a vacation, but to take part in the Continental Cup’s return to Steamboat Springs and Howelsen Hill.

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Pending real estate contracts see growth in Steamboat

Incomplete sales for August paint rosier picture than July figures

It’s the pending sales that are most telling about what’s happening right now in the market. “The number of pending contracts right now is 100 compared to 70 in the third week of July,” Realtor Jon Wade, of Colorado Group Realty, said Wednesday.

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Steamboat family reflects 5 years after Hurricane Katrina

Fairlies land in Steamboat after hurricane diplaced family

From the safety of a Lafayette, La., hotel room five years ago today, Mary Anne Fairlie and her family watched on television the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, just miles from their New Orleans home. The Fairlies were able to escape a day before the storm hit Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, using back roads to avoid the traffic of New Orleans residents leaving their homes and belongings behind.

Sailors cross-country team aims for return to state

To many, the idea of high school cross-country is a little hard to understand. Just ask the Steamboat Springs High School boys team, whose members have been trying — so far in vain — to explain their love for the sport to all their friends. “We tell them, ‘It’s fun!’” Asher Rohde said. “No one believes me.”

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Honey Stinger/Trek biking squad attracts more riders

There are perks, but most are small — members of the Team Honey Stinger/Trek mountain bike racing squad can recoup some of their race entry fees. That’s all nice, but the real reason is simpler. Being a sponsored athlete is pretty sweet.

Joel Reichenberger: Revealing walk in the woods

Even for people who know and love Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, there are wonderful and astonishing things to be found. That’s the lesson Sherry Benson said she and five of her now-closest friends took away from the seed of an idea that turned into a 15-month quest to hike all 485.8 miles of the Colorado Trail.

Our View: A summer of opportunity

Summer rapidly is coming to an end in Routt County, but the diversity and quality of the intellectual offerings here during the past couple of months won’t soon be forgotten.

Residents of West Acres Mobile Home Park: City spending

The city of Steamboat Springs is spending large sums of money fighting its own citizens, mostly in losing cases. For example, in just the past five,weeks, the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled against the city three times.

Jim Randall: Karl Rove protest

I was disheartened to see an announcement of a group planning to meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse lawn to protest the “Karl Rove” Freedom Conference.

Stewart L. Beall: The tenets of community

While all Americans struggle with our present difficult economic conditions, the worst since the Great Depression, my thoughts and dreams continually reflect on the America that I believe is my heritage and the heritage of my children.

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City’s software overhaul to allow online bill pay, document transfers

City staffers say a $500,000 software overhaul implemented during the next several months will result in greater efficiencies for internal finances and greater transparency and other benefits for the public.

Business File: Mainstreet seeks judges for annual chili challenge

Downtown business advocacy group Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is seeking judges for the fifth annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge, sponsored by F.M. Light & Sons. Chili judges are needed from 10:30 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 5 on Eighth Street, between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

Routt County School District lunch menus for the week of Aug. 30

Routt County School District lunch menus for the week of Aug. 30

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for Aug. 29

Happy birthday wishes to Mark Doolin, Mathew Schuster, Tim Gilroy, Keith Spencer, Zane Booco, Joe Hayden, Brody Frentress, Keenan Bruchez and Jana Camilletti.

Looking Back for Sept. 1, 1960

A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the new Rabbit Ears Pass highway to traffic was held Saturday.

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Steamboat's Chief Plaza Theater gets 3-D technology

Downtown building under contract as movie theater updates projectors

The old theaters at the downtown Chief Plaza Theater got a breath of fresh life with the addition of 3-D technology, even as the building is under contract to be sold and the cinema likely will be replaced by a performing arts venue after three years.

Routt County real estate transactions for Aug. 20 to 26, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Aug. 20 to 26, 2010

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Professional ski instructors buy permanent home in The Steamboat Grand

Nonprofit group purchases 2 commercial condos

This month, the Educational Foundation of the Rocky Moun­tain Ski Instructors Association closed on the purchase of side-by-side commercial condominiums on the street level of The Steamboat Grand. The SIA paid $495,000 this month to buy the commercial space.

Stuart Handloff: Conference price

How totally fitting in the Aug. 24 Steamboat Today: An op-ed from Paul Krugman condemning the neo-conservative support of tax cuts for the wealthy, and an invitation to the local Freedom Conference for only $250 a person ($175 for children).

Saturday, August 28

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Speakers discuss GOP fumbles at Steamboat conference

Other topics at the final day of the Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference included health care, how to attract young voters to the party and what conservative women are looking for in government.

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Kent Denver presents challenge for Steamboat tennis

Burger brothers provide highlights in home competition

Keegan and Jack Burger won their singles matches today in Steamboat, but the rest of the team lost to the reigning Class 4A state champions. The Steamboat squad looked better than it had against Boulder on Friday, however.

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Steamboat locals protest Rove with cookies

Stuart Handloff hosted a baked goods exchange downtown today to protest the conservative agenda represented by the Steamboat Institute’s Freedom Conference and its keynote speaker, Republican strategist Karl Rove. About 30 people stopped by.

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Steamboat tennis squad loses 6 of 7 matches against Boulder

Sailors drop 6 of 7 matches Friday

There weren’t a lot of positives to be found in the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team’s Friday night match against Boulder. The squad’s No. 1 singles player, Keegan Burger, won his match in an easy two sets.

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Rove says signs look good for conservatives in midterm elections

Republican strategist Karl Rove told a sold-out crowd that things are looking very good for conservatives in what could be a “monumental election” in November. Rove spoke Friday evening to 307 people as part of The Steamboat Institute’s Freedom Conference at the top of the gondola in Steamboat Springs.

Weekend events in Routt County

Here's a list of what's happening in Routt County this weekend. Better Half will be playing at Sweetwater Grill for happy hour or check out Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp's Art of Cabaret Participant Concert at the Julie Harris Theatre at 8 p.m. today.

The Record for Aug. 26

1:43 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to reports of a suspicious person at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Officers saw a man hiding on the lower level of Old Town Square. The man was intoxicated, and police took him to detox.

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Steamboat radio personality leaving airways

Eli Campbell signing off Tuesday from radio station KFMU

When Eli Campbell talks into the microphone at radio station KFMU, he envisions he’s just sitting in a car talking to a close friend. Campbell will be leaving his position at NRC Broadcasting on Tuesday to pursue new endeavors, including marriage and six months of traveling the world.

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Site prep begins at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat

Senior living campus planned east of town

An executive with Pearl Senior Living confirmed Friday that site preparation work has begun on 5.5 acres of land immediately east of Casey’s Pond on Steamboat’s south side where a new senior living campus is planned.

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Colorado Mountain College’s convocation offers students advice in Steamboat

Pointing toward Mount Wern­­er’s bare but clearly defined ski runs Friday, Peter Perhac talked about the importance of the classrooms that stood behind him. Perhac, the campus CEO at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, knew the mountain would be a large temptation this winter for his students.

Friday, August 27

Steamboat restaurant owner accused of indecent exposure again

Marco Serge Pauvert, 55, owner of The Epicurean restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of indecent exposure. The incident was reported just before 4 p.m. Sgt. Rich Brown, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said a woman went into the restaurant that after­­noon to talk to Pauvert about a business matter.

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Steamboat football loses opener to Olathe, 36-0

The Pirates, a traditional powerhouse in Class 2A, beat the Sailors in nearly every aspect of the game tonight, running away with the win at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs.

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Winona's in downtown Steamboat hopes to reopen soon

Repairs are still under way at the popular Lincoln Avenue restaurant

Winona’s owner Jamie McQuade hopes to reopen the week of Labor Day. Winona’s was forced to close July 21 after the subflooring in the restaurant’s kitchen collapsed while being retiled.

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Friends of the Chief ink contract to buy Steamboat movie theater

A community group working to create a downtown cultural venue took a major step in that direction this week. A spokesman for Friends of the Chief confirmed Friday afternoon that the group has placed the Chief Plaza movie theater under a purchase contract.

Steamboat golf squad struggles

Sailors team shoots high in Eagle Valley

Lost balls and a difficult golf course crippled the Steamboat Springs High School golf team’s efforts Thursday to keep up momentum after success early in the week. But Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said the team’s main shortcoming was rather basic.

Steamboat Triathlon to return Sunday

Local organizers still trying to fill remaining registration spots in 6th annual event

The triathlon returns to Steamboat on Sunday at its Lake Catamount headquarters in its sixth consecutive summer. There still are spots available.

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Steamboat kicks off season at Gardner Field today against Olathe

All the questions surrounding two of the most successful Colorado high school football programs of the past five years should start receiving answers today. Steamboat Springs and Olathe — with a combined 24-2 record in 2009 — open the season at 7 p.m. today at Gardner Field.

Steamboat stage race growing in its 2nd year

The second annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race is set for Labor Day weekend. The high-paced road bike racing begins Friday and continues through Monday.

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Sandrock Elementary names interim principal

Don Riley got a phone call a few weeks ago, and it was one he was happy to receive. The call was from a former protégé, requesting that he return temporarily to the education career he ended seven years ago. Not long after, he agreed to step back into the role of school administrator.

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Baumgardner’s Arizona border trip ignites Colorado immigration debate

Rep. Randy Baumgardner recently spent about six days in Arizona with 10 other Republican state legislators. The Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs said “there’s a very good possibility there will be legislation drafted” regarding immigration laws in Colorado’s 2011 legislative session.

The Record for Aug. 25

3:22 a.m. North Routt Fire Protection District emergency responders were called to a report of a fire alarm in the 27000 block of Herd View Lane.

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Stretch of popular biking highway in Routt County to be resurfaced

The smooth surfaces along Colorado Highway 131 are going to get a little rougher starting early in September, when a four-mile stretch of road starting at the intersection with U.S. Highway 40 gets a chip-and-seal treatment.

Chamber calls 2nd annual All Arts Festival successful

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association estimated that 4,500 people perused booths at the Yampa River Art Stroll last weekend, anchoring a successful second year of the Steamboat All Arts Festival.

Steamboat briefs: No cause identified in Old Town duplex fire

Steamboat Springs Fire Mar­shal Jay Muhme said Thursday that investigators still don’t know the cause of the Aug. 14 fire at a downtown Steamboat duplex. The blaze at Fourth and Oak streets displaced 18 tenants, who now are living in temporary housing provided by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. at The Ponds at Steamboat.

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Boarding students arrive at Lowell Whiteman in Steamboat

Classes start Monday after camping trip to Flat Tops, Zirkel

Students started to fill the dorms at The Lowell Whiteman School this week. The new boys dorm, Kakela Hall, is a new 6,000-square-foot dorm where 20 junior and senior boys live. The dorm replaces the 1940s-era bunkhouse.

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Cracker to play at Ghost Ranch in Steamboat tonight

Four-piece rock band Cracker, which was well known in the 1990s with hits such as “Low” and “Eurotrash Girl,” recently released a new album and continues to tour while staying true to their alternative rock roots. They play tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon alongside Camper Van Beethoven.

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Perry-Mansfield to host 2 performances in Steamboat

By Monday, Jay Uhler will be back in North Andover, Mass., and back on stage performing after-dinner entertainment at clubs and restaurants, just as he has for decades. At 72 years old, the gray-haired man still has a yearning for self-expression, which brought him to Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for the Art of Cabaret Workshop.

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What to do in Steamboat for Aug. 27 to Sept. 2

A mix between jam funk and rock, Hot Soup has played together for three years in Boulder. Guitarist Matt Flaherty described the sound as “danceable stuff for everyone.” The band plays at 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.

Vonnie Frentress: Wheat harvest is under way in Routt County

The annual wheat harvest is getting under way in Northwest Colorado, which means combines and hauling equipment are being readied and the support crews are being organized in order to secure a successful harvest. Here in the Yampa Valley, hard red wheat is the most prevalent variety.

Thursday, August 26

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Steamboat Ski Corp. announces new projects

New terrace, umbrella bar will replace Bear River deck

A terrace and umbrella bar is one of several new ski area improvements announced by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Wednesday. The Bear River Bar & Grill’s deck will be torn down soon. The work should be completed before the start of the ski season.

Steamboat golf struggles at Gypsum Creek

The Sailors struggled today to keep up low scores after a second-place finish earlier this week. Alan Capistron led the team with a 78. Isiah Forsyth finished with an 84, Patrick Weston shot an 85, and Sam Scheer and Zephyr Erickson both shot 90.

Jackson County communication severed after fiber optic line was cut

The Walden area mostly was isolated from outside communication Thursday afternoon because of a cut fiber optic line. Officials reported that residents in the area could call one another but could not call out of the area or reach 911 services.

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Grill games: Upcoming event a tasty treat for all ages in Moffat County

Gathering around the grill is no foreign concept to Craig residents, but a national-level barbecue competition is something entirely different. Although the size of an upcoming barbecue event in Craig may be rare for the community, it will nonetheless be well done if organizer George Rohrich has anything to say about it.

The Record for Aug. 24

12:08 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an assault in the Steamboat Springs area.

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Steamboat Shoe Market owners buy Lincoln Avenue space

Rick Petet, of Steamboat Shoe Market, confirmed this week that he and his wife, Linda, are the buyers of 908 Lincoln Ave. The Petets plan to open a second shoe store, Goodie 2 Shoes, in their newly purchased real estate, which is across from their current store at 907 Lincoln Ave.

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Steamboat schools begin classes; district sees increased enrollment numbers

The 2010-11 school year started Wednesday for the Steamboat Springs School District. Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Tim Bishop said he was surprised by the school’s increased enrollment but called first-day figures very preliminary.

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Gov. Bill Ritter appoints Steamboat rancher Jay Fetcher to river group

A North Routt County rancher has been appointed to a task force charged with creating methods to resolve river access disputes. Gov. Bill Ritter named Jay Fet­cher on Monday as one of 17 members of the River Access Dis­­pute Resolution Task Force.

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Steamboat Sailors return 2 volleyball starters

It’s been a while since there’s been this much uncertainty with a Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team. Gone are 10 starters from last season’s team, including two-time Western Slope Player of the Year Colleen King.

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Yampa River users to fix runoff damage to the C-Hole in Steamboat

Work could begin in October to repair the early summer collapse of the popular Char­­­lie’s Hole human-made water feature in downtown Steam­­­­boat Springs. Some speculate the damage was caused when boulders moved, likely because the sediment under­­neath them was eaten away by the river.

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Irish Tenors trio member Anthony Kearns to perform in Steamboat

Exactly 301 guests will have the chance to see one of the world’s most famous tenors Friday night. Anthony Kearns, a founding member of the famed Irish Tenors trio that formed in 1998, will travel to Steamboat Springs to provide dinner entertainment at the second annual Freedom Conference.

Steamboat briefs: Chili Challenge seeks help before, during Sept. 5 event

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 5 at Eighth and Oak streets. Each volunteer will get a free taster kit to try unlimited chili entries. Call Tracy at 970-846-1800 or e-mail tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com to find out what opportunities are available.

Wednesday, August 25

Steamboat men OK after Kremmling explosion

Two Steamboat men injured in a house explosion in Kremmling on Tuesday are in stable condition and recovering at University Hospital in Denver. The men suffered burns to their hands, arms and legs and are expected to be released in the next couple of days.

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Steamboat's Clock Tower Square online auction ends; reserve price not met

Clock Tower Square and Xanadu condominiums attracted a high bid of $4.08 million in an online auction that ended Wednesday, an amount that fell sort of the reserve price, according to auctioneers.

Police say men hurt in Kremmling explosion were employees of Steamboat company

The men's identities have not been released by law enforcement officials. Both were transported Tuesday to University Hospital in Denver for apparent burn-related injuries.

Our View: Vote ‘no’ on Amendments 60 and 61, Proposition 101

Colorado voters will consider proposed Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. These proposals, citizen-led initiatives aimed at reducing government spending and reducing taxes, are masquerading as measures that will benefit taxpayers. They won’t.

The Record for Aug. 23

4:01 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary alarm in the 1800 block of Kamar Plaza. The building was secure.

Steamboat briefs: Wisecup horse cruelty case postponed until Sept. 21

Sandy Wisecup, the Oak Creek woman charged with 80 counts of animal cruelty, will next appear in court Sept. 21 after her arraignment was postponed Tuesday morning.

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Discussion series Decade by Decade based on Steamboat history book

Annabeth Light Lockhart called growing up in Steamboat Springs in the 1920s and 30s “a wonderful time.” Even through the Great Depression, she said, family and neighbors held fast to one another. Lockhart is one of several longtime Steamboat residents who has ridden the booms and busts of Steamboat Springs.

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Garage heater blamed for Elk River fire that killed 5 dogs in Steamboat

1 pup survived the Aug. 15 blaze

Buddy the spaniel, the lone survivor of an Aug. 15 garage fire, rolled in the grass outside the burnt shell of the garage Tuesday. Five dogs died in the fire in the Elk River Estates neighborhood, but the owners say they were lucky it wasn’t worse. Investigators say a propane-powered garage heater caused the fire.

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Iron Horse Inn lease with Steamboat Springs revised

Operators pay lower rent in deal to be approved by city

Operators of the Iron Horse Inn are paying the city lower monthly rent through a deal implemented this summer while they work to move the inn toward profitability. The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to act on the new lease Sept. 7.

Robin Craigen: Back to school with new priorities

When my daughter excitedly announced that we should start thinking about school supplies, I was expecting the usual list: pencils, books, folders, scissors, glue, backpack and lunch box. But after spending the summer with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s youth cycling program, she has a new list: bike lights, bell, spare tube, pump and bike lock.

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South Routt students, teachers start school year

Doug Lewer was out of his comfort zone Tuesday as he sat in a classroom at Soroco High School thinking about the year ahead. On the first day of classes, Lewer, the high school’s new science teacher, still was putting together lesson plans and learning the names of 75 students.

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Joanne Palmer: Fall is coming; it’s an emergency

School starts today in Steamboat Springs. The overnight low was 35 degrees. You know what this means. Routt County Communications, beware of the following: 911 Dispatcher: 911, What is the nature of your emergency? Caller: Summer. It’s over.

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Grant would improve Routt County Road 14

Key stretch would be straightened, widened if federal funding request is approved

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has formally applied for a $14.52 million federal road grant that would allow the straightening and widening of a heavily traveled 5.2-mile stretch of Routt County Road 14 spanning Yellowjacket Pass. This is the county’s second attempt to land a federal TIGER grant, and this time officials think they’ve done their homework and are shovel-ready.

Tuesday, August 24

Steamboat Golf Club crowns women's champs

Local golfer Kellie Banisky wins title at 2-day tournament Aug. 10 and 17

Consistent play paid off for local golfer Kellie Banisky, who posted two of her best rounds of the season to win Steamboat Golf Club’s ladies title this month.

2 men injured in explosion in Kremmling

Two men were injured in Kremmling on Tuesday afternoon in an explosion thought to have been caused by fumes from paint primer. Two unidentified men suffered burns from the explosion and were air-lifted to Denver. The men were working on projects at the home, according to neighbor Lori Ellis.

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Steamboat's Clock Tower property draws early bids

Three have bid so far on the base area project

The combined Clock Tower Square and Xanadu condominium properties at the entrance to Ski Time Square had attracted three bidders during an online real estate auction that began at 11 a.m. Tuesday and was to continue until 11 a.m. today.

Steamboat Sailors boys golf takes second in Vail

Team bested by Aspen at tournament Tuesday

After spending the first week of high school golf just qualifying before the first tournament, the Steamboat Springs High School team parlayed a week of practice into a second-place finish Tuesday at the Vail Golf Club. Aspen won the event.

Continental Divide Trail Run results from Sunday

Results from Sunday's Continental Divide Trail Run

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Steamboat rider wins Gunnison race

Honey Stinger's Kris Cannon tops list of local finishers in 24 Hours in the Sage

Sixteen laps, more than 208 miles and 24 hours all added up to another title for Steamboat Springs cyclist Kris Cannon at the 24 Hours in the Sage last weekend near Gunnison. Cannon collected her third consecutive victory at the endurance race and her fourth win there since 2005.

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Officials weigh $280K Yampa Valley Regional Airport project

Board of Commissioners to vote today on de-icing pads for YVRA

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote today on whether to spend $280,000 to rehabilitate a pair of concrete aircraft de-icing pads at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The Record for Aug. 22

The Record for Aug. 22

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Triathlon needs volunteers for Sunday event

Steamboat Triathlon organizers are seeking volunteers for the Sunday event. Positions available range from body markers, kayakers, lifeguards, Bike Course Marshals, parking marshals, aide stations, and many more.

Freedom Conference in Steamboat nears ticket sellout

Karl Rove’s visit bolsters registration for Freedom Conference

There are only a couple dozen tickets left for the keynote address by Republican strategist Karl Rove during this weekend’s Freedom Conference in Steamboat Springs.

State official to discuss rainwater collection laws in Steamboat

Kevin Rein to speak at Talking Green event

A Talking Green event today will focus on Colorado’s rainwater collection laws at 6 p.m. at La Montaña Southwestern and Mexican Restaurant on Village Drive. Kevin Rein, assistant state engineer with the Colorado Division of Water Resources, will lead today’s discussion.

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Increased rainfall keeps tubes afloat in Steamboat

Above average precipitation for August a factor for faster flowing Yampa River

An unusually wet August and continued discharge from Stagecoach Reservoir is keeping tubes from scraping the bottom of the Yampa River this week. The river was flowing at 190 cubic feet per second Monday morning at the Fifth Street Bridge, according to a monitoring station operated by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Jimmy Westlake: The Scutum Star Cloud

Most of the 88 official constellations in the sky represent mythological characters passed down to us from the Babylonian, Greek and Roman civilizations thousands of years ago.

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CMC welcomes new students to Steamboat campus

Move-in day kicks off week of Alpine Campus events

On Monday, 120 students from across the U.S. were busy getting acquainted with their new home in Hill Hall. It was the first move-in day at Steamboat’s CMC campus.

Moffat County unemployment decreases in July

Craig resident Diana Booco, 37, has only been looking for a job for a month, but said she knows what she is up against. “It’s extremely tough,” she said of trying to find a job. “There’s not a whole lot of options out there. This year, I’ll have three kids in school, so it’s back to fulltime employment.” Booco recently resigned from her part-time job coaching volleyball and basketball at Craig Middle School in hopes of finding a full-time night job.

3rd Congressional District campaigns put focus on jobs

Salazar, Tipton lay out talking points as they look ahead to November election

As Colorado's 3rd Congressional District hopefuls Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar, of the San Luis Valley, and Republican state Rep. Scott Tipton, of Cortez, gear up their campaigns for November’s general election, employment is at the forefront of the initial conversations.

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Tom Ross: Nostalgic for school supplies

Ah, the smell of fresh worksheets coming off the Ditto machine on a crisp autumn afternoon. Does it get any better than that? Veteran Steamboat Springs public school teacher Susan Ogden said one of her most distinct memories of elementary school in Los Angeles was the smell of acetone or alcohol coming off freshly copied worksheets.

Monday, August 23

Steamboat school district makes emergency calendar change

A scheduled Oct. 1 staff development day has been changed to Oct. 8. That means students will be in school on the first Friday of October.

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Routt County Fair comes to a close

Mutton bustin’, ranch rodeo, home arts ribbons bring end to Routt County Fair

A ranch rodeo, ornery lambs, shaved ice and piles of prize ribbons brought an end to the 96th annual Routt County Fair on Sunday as locals and visitors gathered at the fairgrounds in Hayden in gorgeous late-summer weather marred only by a few gusty winds.

Aging Well: Workshop, resources help ease caregiving

There is no way to fully prepare for the challenge of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Most jobs come with training, but caregiving — and the many roles and responsibilities that come with it — often is unexpected and overwhelming.

The Record for Aug. 20

The Record for Aug. 20

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Continental Divide race attracts big crowd to Steamboat

A nearly full roster of 125 runners took part Sunday in the Continental Divide Trail Run race in Steamboat Springs, the most the Steamboat Springs Running Series has ever had for the event and the only time it’s ever hit a pre-determined cap.

The Record for Aug. 21

The Record for Aug. 21

Steamboat briefs: Adult Day Center open at Rollingstone Respite House

The Adult Day Center now is open at the Rollingstone Respite House in Steamboat. Trained caregivers, registered nurses, and certified nursing assistants organize and manage the day for participants.

County Agenda for Aug. 23 and 24

Agenda for Routt County Board of Commissioners

Attorney: Bank owns Steamboat duplexes

Mark Fischer: Former owners have no stake in buildings

An attorney representing the former owners of two downtown duplexes say the buildings are owned by Bank of America and have been since the foreclosure that preceded an Aug. 14 fire that gutted one of the buildings and displaced 18 tenants.

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Supplies drive in Steamboat to benefit students

Bank of the West’s back to school event seeks donations

On Friday, three shopping carts filled with donated supplies sat in the Bank of the West lobby in downtown Steamboat, ready to be distributed to local schools. Bank President Rosemarie Smith said even the smallest supplies can make a difference.

Monday Medical: Medications can create health risks

If you watch the numerous drug company commercials on TV, you know the phrase, “Ask your doctor.” This cliché actually is very good advice. But don’t limit yourself to asking about a potential new prescription.

Sunday, August 22

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Dropping Steamboat temps mean last call for Zirkel trip

Backpacking to Luna Lake provides scenic vistas, good fishing

August is prime time in the Zirkel Wilder­ness. The tempting news is that this hike up the spine of the Rockies offers views of some notable peaks, even when there’s a bit of blue haze in the air.

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Hayden football team hopes to ride experience

Tigers look to improve in 2010 season after a 2-year struggle

Three seasons ago, the Hayden football team was at the top of the crest of waves that define most football programs. That surge sent the Tigers into the playoffs and to the state semifinals. The ensuing two seasons left Hayden in the trough of the wave, however.

Joel Reichenberger: Tennis program is tops

Thinking about all the area high school sports teams kicking off their fall seasons in the coming weeks, I had a hard time finding squads that were sure to be successful.

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Soroco High School football looking for a division title

Rams bring 5 starters back on each side of the ball

Success has a way of quieting detractors. But it’s also done something else to the Soroco High School football team. The program’s turnaround the past two seasons in eight-man football now has created mighty expectations for the Rams.

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Steamboat football team turns focus to new talent

Sailors to replace 19 starters

They’ve all heard it. Heck, who hasn’t? The 2010 football season, just a year after the Steamboat Springs High School football team advanced to the Class 3A state championship game, will be a rebuilding year. A wash of sorts.

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Munn’s win wraps up Steamboat rodeo

Wyoming cowboy wins Pat Mantle

Riding Spring Creek was a thrilling prospect to Brandon Munn’s ears Saturday night, and the Wheatland, Wyo., saddle bronc rider rode the bucking horse to his third Pat Mantle Memorial Competition victory.

US Sen. Mark Udall: Let’s set the standard

Back in 2004, Coloradans took a big, brave step forward in the emerging clean energy economy and embraced Amendment 37, which created a statewide Renewable Electricity Standard.

Chris Young: Rental enforcement needed

The living conditions in the duplex at Fourth and Oak streets bring to light, once again, the dangerous conditions in which local renters are allowed to live. How is it that a basement “apartment” with a dirt floor covered by a carpet is considered a legal housing unit? What are our city’s standards and who is enforcing them?

Frank Charubin: Ski pass expensive

Well, it looks like I missed my chance to purchase the discounted ski pass for the upcoming season. Has anyone questioned why Steamboat skiing/riding is so much more expensive than most other Colorado resorts? I’m not just referring to the Summit County (day skiers), but also destination areas like Aspen/Snowmass and Crested Butte that offer some great deals.

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Steamboat boys tennis loses at home

Evergreen wins, 4-3, against Steamboat boys team Saturday

The Evergreen High School boys tennis team used the strength of four doubles wins to sneak away with a 4-3 win against Steamboat Springs on Saturday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. It was a rare home loss for Steamboat, which still is playing with a mostly inexperienced group.

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Luke Graham: The art of winning

The drive out to South Routt on Wednesday to watch the Soroco High School football team practice proved the point that outside perceptions of programs generally don’t mean much. Many think it could be a tough year for football programs in Routt County. Along those lines, all three teams have a lot of questions to answer.

Candice Bannister: Thanks to library

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank and recognize the contributions of Jennie Lay and Bud Werner Memorial Library for bringing the Tibetan monks and their vibrant, ancient culture and traditions to Steamboat Springs. Jennie’s vision and creativity brings a diversity and culture to our town that is rare and needed. No matter your religious beliefs or opinions, experiencing other cultures and traditions helps us all grow and challenge ourselves individually and as a community.

Routt County Spotlight: Candice Martin

Occupation: Support team leader, Wildhorse Salon

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Aug. 22

The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg will have their annual barbecue on Sept. 5. The barbecue will be held in Decker Park from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The prices are $6 per plate for adults and $3 per plate for children. Children younger than 6 are free.

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Festival workshops, stroll draw art curious out in Steamboat

Every time Pattie Moon hears African drums or sees trad­itional African dance, she has the urge to get up and shake her body. But the 61-year-old Steam­boat Springs resident never had the courage to sign up for a class until Saturday morning.

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Steamboat residents to canoe 2,320 miles to raise money for Haiti

Michael Gutschenritter, his couusin Louis Gutschenritter, fellow Steamboat resident Brett Poche, and at least seven other people from across the country will begin to paddle down the Mississippi River on Sept. 3 to attempt to raise $50,000 dollars for the Lambi Fund of Haiti.

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Routt County youths learn about more than market value at auction

About 150 animals were auctioned Saturday including cattle, lambs, goats, pigs and poultry during the annual Junior Livestock Sale. The funds raised help the children save for college and pay for future 4-H projects.

Our View: Dog park plan should avoid multiuse areas

Any city efforts to expand off-leash dog areas should focus on parks and open spaces, not crowded multiuse trails where conflicts are more likely. After more than a year of trial off-leash programs at Spring Creek Park and a small section of Rita Valentine Park, the city appears ready to move forward with a more formalized off-leash plan.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for fall orchestra programs

Registration is open for the Steamboat Symphony Or­ches­­tra’s fall Education Pro­grams. Youth Orchestra, String Ensemble and Cello Choir Programs are offered for violin, viola, cello and bass players, youths and adults. Other instruments may be included in Youth Orchestra. Youth scholarships are available for participants younger than 20.

Steamboat police frustrated as cases face delays at CBI

Evidence stuck in state backlog

Several high-profile police invest­­igations have come to a grinding halt in Steamboat Springs, and it has nothing to do with the pace of detective work at the local level. Rather, local law enforcement officials find themselves waiting for results from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s Grand Junction office.

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Immigration, foreclosure questions follow fire at Steamboat duplex

The Aug. 14 fire at a duplex in downtown Steamboat Springs embodies several of the largest issues facing the county and country today. Foreclosure, financial struggles, the economic recession, immigration, housing and em­­ploy­ment all are wrapped up in the still-unfolding aftermath of the fire that gutted three units at Fourth and Oak streets.

Jail Report for Aug. 14 to 20

Jail Report for Aug. 14 to 20

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Networking group growing in Steamboat

Young Professionals reaches out to employers, new members

A group of young Routt County professionals contributed more than 800 hours of volunteer service to the community in the first three months of this year — and those contributions could increase as the group seeks to attract more members and participating employers.

Business File: Physical therapy business moves to a new location

Mellisa Baumgartner, owner of The Center for Sports Medicine, said last week that the center has moved to a new location in Fox Creek Park on Hilltop Parkway.

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Young Hayden readers bestowed with honor

5 win 2010 Bernadette F. Giannini Young Reader Award

Five Hayden youngsters recently were named winners of the 2010 Bernadette F. Giannini Young Reader Award. The awards announcement was made Aug. 13 at Hayden Public Library.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for Aug. 21

Happy birthday to Tara Hoffman, Katy Bonds, Braylin Wertenberger, Gene Delay, Mary Bond, Chris Frentress, Bobby Robinson Jr. and Arden Klotz.

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Hayden homes can be had for less than $200 per square foot

Blue-ribbon livestock was on display in Hayden during the Routt County Fair last week, and so were some of the county’s best home buys on a per-square-foot basis. A 2,723-squ­are-foot single-family home at 101 S. Third St. that is priced at $96 per square foot. Lori Thomp­son and Von­nie Fren­tress, of Colo­ra­do Group Real­ty, have co-listed a 2,723-squ­are-foot single-family home at 101 S. Third St. that is priced at $96 per square foot and includes income potential from a small upstairs apartment.

Real estate transactions for Aug. 13 to 19, 2010

Real estate transactions for Aug. 13 to 19, 2010

Mortgage refinancing jumps in Steamboat area

Steamboat Springs mortgage lenders say their business is picking up in line with a national trend that has seen mortgage refinancing applications come in faster than they have since May 2009. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges.

On the Market: Colorado counties look at agricultural tax rates

The Aspen Times reported Thursday that assessors and commissioners from six counties across the state, including three from the Western Slope, are participating in a task force formed by the state legislature to re-examine property tax policy that allows owners of expensive rural homes to value their lots at steeply reduced agricultural tax rates if they or an independent farmer realizes income from farming activity on open space in the developments.

Saturday, August 21

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Sonny, Cher are grand champions at Routt County Fair

Event features Dress Your Animal contest

Halle Hamilton, 6, doesn’t remember the Sonny and Cher television show, but she’s learned a few of Cher’s moves anyway. Hamilton and her border collie, Colt, also 6 and too young to remember Sonny Bono, had just wrapped up the grand champion ribbon in the Dress Your Animal contest.

The Record for Aug. 19

The Record for Aug. 19

Steamboat briefs: County Road 16 to close Tuesday for culvert work

Routt County Road 16 south of Stagecoach will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday while Road and Bridge Department employees replace a culvert. The closure will be at mile marker 12.

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Events across Routt County this weekend

The Yampa River Art Stroll runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday. Local and national artists have booths set up along Yampa Street as part of the second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival.

Running Series Continental Divide Trail race Sunday in Steamboat

Runners interested in lacing ’em up for the 12th annual Ski Haus Continental Divide Trail Run on Sunday better hurry over to Ski Haus today. As of Fri­day morning, only five slots remained for the increasingly popular trail run.

Steamboat girls youth softball a success

1st-year program anticipates major growth next summer

The product was at times informal: girls switching teams or game times being changed. The enthusiasm never waned, however, and that’s why Steam­boat Springs Little League organizers consider the first season of girls softball a roaring success and are eager for year two next summer.

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Steamboat Springs boys tennis opens season with win

Sailors defeat Aspen Skiers, 4-3

Keegan Burger kept his head about him, and after he and Aspen’s Bryan Mehall battled back and forth in the first set, Burger dominated the second. Burger’s performance was all the more important as regular No. 1 singles player Jamey Swiggart will miss the season.

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Steamboat library to launch new adult event

Story-time for Grownups will begin Oct. 4

To Stuart Handloff, a local theater director and artistic director of the new Story-time for Grownups program at Bud Werner Memorial Library, storytelling has all of the components of true theater, except for the movement. The new program will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

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Steamboat's concerts don’t come free

Summer series projects to be ‘on budget’ as season ends

When Colorado legends Drew Emmitt and Bill Nershi plucked the final strings of the Free Summer Concert Series on Friday night, it didn’t mean the end of the season for organizers. Not if the series is to remain free, that is. Promoter and co-founder John Wald­­­man confirms it will after an on-budget year.

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Steamboat reunion honors 10th Mountain Division

Veterans of World War II gather for event

More than 30 people from across Colorado joined three World War II veterans who were part of the 10th Mountain Division at a Steamboat Springs reunion Friday night. Friends, descendants and family members of the division swapped stories about their fathers’ military service.

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Tom Ross: Cabbage patch takes over Routt County Fair

You have until 2 p.m. Sunday to set eyes on one of the biggest zucchinis Routt County has ever produced. The 12-pound squash is on display in the produce section of the Routt County Fair Exhibit Hall and was grown by a junior entrant, Teagann Yeager, of Clark.

Front range resident remains in serious condition

Angler Craig Horlacher ate raw fish to stay alive

Craig Horlacher, the man who spent at least four days stranded in northern Routt County, reportedly ate several raw fish and attempted to send his backpack downstream with a note to draw attention to his plight. Friends of Hor­­­­­­lacher reported Friday that he appears to be doing well.

Friday, August 20

Hot Springs pool could be open as soon as Saturday

A broken impeller forced the lap pool's closure Thursday. And while officials initially predicted the pool would be closed until late next week, they now say it could be open by 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Steamboat Medical wins soccer championship

Coed team takes trophy for city league

The City of Steamboat Springs adult coed recreational soccer league season came to an end Tuesday when the Steamboat Medical team closed out a sweep of the regular season and postseason tournament with a 1-0 win against the Winona’s/Mountain Mamas/Spiffy Dog team.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Transforming a lawn at Carpenter Ranch

American homeowners have proudly lavished love and attention — and water, chemicals and fossil fuels — on their neatly trimmed green lawns since the late 1700s when European colonists brought the turf-grass aesthetic with them from the great estates of England and France.

Routt County adopts mileage fees

Cost to reflect distance sheriff’s deputies travel to serve papers

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed this month to adopt a new zone system to assess mileage fees when sheriff’s deputies are used to serve civil process papers, including eviction notices, demands for payment and foreclosure notices on residents across the county.

The Record for Aug. 18

The Record for Aug. 18

Steamboat briefs: Zero Waste Initiative seeks volunteers for free concert

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Zero Waste Initiative is looking for volunteers to work two-hour shifts at Friday’s Free Summer Concert Series show, the Emmitt-Nershi Band.

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Fire near Maybell contained

Officials: Alkali blaze grew to 7,917 acres at its peak

At its peak, the Alkali Fire north of Maybell reached 7,917 acres, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported. However, fire crews were able to contain the fire Thursday afternoon.

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Hard work pays off at Routt County Fair

Routt County event continues through Sunday in Hayden

As competitors in the intermediate division of sheep showmanship circled the dusty ring at the Routt County Fairgrounds on Thursday afternoon, one little girl stood to the side, practicing turns with an animal four times her size. The Routt County Fair continues through Sunday.

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Steamboat Springs High School welcomes freshmen to orientation

Freshmen and sophomore students were busy Thursday morning finalizing their class schedules, having their vision and hearing checked and sitting down for a school photo during the orientation. They arrived with smiles and left with textbooks.

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Logging to resume at Steamboat Ski Area

Trail closures expected; US Rep. Salazar discusses permit process

Mobilization will begin next week for logging operations that could stretch to the end of October and will cause some trail closures and detours on Mount Werner. Doug Allen, Ski Corp.’s vice president of mountain operations, said contractor Rogue Resources will conduct this fall’s logging work.

Hayden bans medical marijuana shops

Dispensaries, cultivation and manufacture centers barred

The prohibition of the medical marijuana industry in Hayden passed without a comment Thursday evening. No members from the public spoke, and no members of the board added to the ongoing conversation about the prohibition of medical marijuana industry in the town during a Town Council meeting.

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Chef Chavez returns to Craig steakhouse after 7 months away

Rolfy Chavez, 46, contends from the beginning of time, people have gathered around food. “Food brings people together in any race, any color, any religion,” he said. “People come when there is something to eat. I like that. That is a good experience in the community and for everybody.” Family and people are the main reasons Chavez, the executive chef at the Castle Ranch Steakhouse inside the Holiday Inn of Craig, initially became interested in cooking and ultimately decided to become a chef.

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Carbon sequestration project wraps first phase near Craig

Geologists gathered thousands of geological readings throughout area

After three months of scouring the area surrounding Craig, a team of nine geologists have finished preliminary data gathering to determine if the area would be suitable for carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is the process by which carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and other sources are captured and injected into the ground. The team of geologists from the Colorado Geological Survey began research April 15 and wrapped up around July 15, said David Noe, a field geologist who worked on the project.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series wraps up Saturday

Season-long races to come down to final rides at Brent Romick

Dozens of cowboys and cowgirls load up for one last crack at 2010 season-long championships. The standings in nearly every event are tight as the 10-week summer series comes to an end with 7:30 p.m. performances today and Saturday.

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What to do in Steamboat Springs for Aug. 20 to 26

This week is full of entertainment possibilities including the Steamboat All Arts Festival, Routt County Fair and the final Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series. Also, check out the Yampa River Art Stroll today, Saturday and Sunday. For more choices, read more.

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Drew Emmitt returns to Steamboat free concert series with Bill Nershi

Drew Emmitt has been touring across Colorado with various bands for 30 years, and his Steamboat memories stretch back to when he was a child. Emmitt will return to Steamboat tonight at the Free Summer Concert Series, mandolin in hand, next to Bill Nershi.

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Steamboat Missed The Boat to celebrate 2nd CD release

In a dimly lit living room Tuesday night, Peter Hall danced, stomped and whirled across a hardwood floor covered in amplifier cords, pedals and wires. He hunched over his harmonica and wailed as the four musicians around him picked and drummed toward a suddenly cohesive end note. It was one of local band Missed The Boat’s last chances to work on spicing up jams and segues to perform Saturday at Sweetwater Grill, when the folksy bluegrass rock band celebrates the release of its second album, a self-titled amalgam of heartfelt Colorado music, traditional folk and foot-stomping jamgrass.

Thursday, August 19

Old Town Hot Springs lap pool closed

Arrangements have been made for triathlon participants

The lap pool and diving board at the Old Town Hot Springs will be closed for the next week to 10 days because of a broken impeller. Aquatics Director Jill Ruppel said arrangements are in place for Hot Springs members looking to train for the Steamboat Springs Triathlon.

1,000-acre fire burns near Maybell in Moffat County

A fast-growing fire is burning on private land about 10 miles north of Maybell in Moffat County, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The fire was started by lightning Wednesday afternoon and by 8:30 p.m. had consumed 1,000 acres.

Adult Men's A League softball standings for Aug. 18

Adult Men's A League softball standings for Aug. 18

Town Challenge Mount Werner Cross Country results

Mount Werner Cross Country results

Causes unknown for fires at Steamboat motel, duplex, Elk River garage

Fire inspectors were on the scene of a weekend Elk River Estates garage fire Wednesday to look at the damage and to look for the cause of the fire that killed five dogs.

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West Steamboat Sears seeking new owner

Mahannas’ departure put local store in corporate hands

Sears is seeking a new owner for its Steamboat Springs store. Richard Jaschke, transition stores manager for the corporation, said the Sears location in River­side Plaza on Steam­boat’s west side will host an open house Wed­­nes­­day for potential owners at the ap­p­liance and home mer­­­chandise store.

The Record for Aug. 17

12:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a complaint about a loud party in the 2800 block of Village Drive. Officers gave the people a verbal warning.

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Steamboat Springs boys tennis team aims to be in top 2 in Colorado

Steamboat returns all three singles players in Jamey Swiggart, Keegan Burger and Mirko Ers­pamer. Burger and Swiggart spent much of spring and summer playing competitive tournaments across the region.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden Town Council to discuss marijuana ban

The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to discuss and decide on a medical marijuana industry prohibition ordinance, which would prohibit dispensaries, grow operations and establishments with marijuana-infused products, such as cookies and brownies. But former Town Manager Russ Martin said licensed medical marijuana patients still would be able to grow their own plants.

Hayden School Board will ask voters to approve mill levy override

The Hayden School Board approved a mill levy override ballot question by a 4-1 vote Wednesday night that could generate $321,473 of revenue each year for the school district. If passed, the override will have to be reapproved by voters after five years.

South Routt School Board to seek mill levy override

The South Routt School Board is looking for community support in the form of a mill levy override, but in order to get that, the board will first have to craft an ordinance to take to voters in November. At tonight’s meeting, the board will discuss ways to frame the request for $349,314. That’s about $17 per $100,000 of actual residential property value from the taxpayers in the district.

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2nd annual Steamboat All Arts Festival kicks off with free ArtRUSH

A joint effort of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Assoc­iation, Steamboat Springs Arts Council and several local galleries and artists, the festival will kick off its second year this afternoon with a new event.

Wednesday, August 18

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Hundreds attend closing sand mandala ceremony in Steamboat

Buddhist monks will perform a healing ceremony at noon today

The excited chatter and the gasps of joy and amazement from the hundreds packed into Library Hall on Wednesday night told the story of how lumps of carefully placed grains of sand can touch thousands of people in the Steamboat Springs community.

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Bingham, Jacques-Grewal wrap up Steamboat Town Challenge championships

Brad Bingham and Tammy Jacques-Grewal each won their respective races Wednesday. They each sewed up season-long points champions and dethroned Steamboat Springs cycling royalty: Barkley Robinson and Kelly Boniface.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board elects leaders

New members appointed; Open Meetings Law discussion tabled

The group that administers the city’s half-cent sales tax for education took on a new look Wednesday night. The Steamboat Springs Edu­cation Fund Board said goodbye to longtime members Tom Ptach and Michael Loomis; appointed two new members, Teresa Wright and Ann Hender­son; and elected a new slate of officers including Kristi Brown as president.

Adult Coed D League Softball playoff scores for Aug. 17

Adult Coed D League Softball playoff scores for Aug. 17

Adult Coed B League Softball playoff scores for Aug. 17

Adult Coed B League Softball playoff scores for Aug. 17

DOW to discuss black bear population with Moffat County residents

Northwest Colorado residents will soon have a forum to discuss ideas about living harmoniously with the area’s black bear population. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host a public meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, on managing the region’s black bears. The meeting provides an opportunity for local residents to give input to the DOW about the species and its presence in the areas north of Craig and Steamboat Springs, as well as all of North Park.

Hayden School Board to finalize wording for proposed mill levy override

The Hayden School Board meets tonight to finalize the wording of a proposed mill levy override that could generate as much as $321,473 a year for the school district.

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Steamboat Springs High School sports fundraising kicks off

Booster Club helps high school after funding structure changes

The Steamboat Springs Bo­­oster Club kicks off its first big fundraiser of the year today with the sale of the Steamboat Sailors Gold Cards. The Booster Club has seen the Colorado High School Activities Asso­ciation make several changes to the way fundraising is done at schools.

Eagle man launches write-in bid for governor

Mike Moore is running for governor as a write-in candidate. The odds are struck-by-lighting long, and he knows it.

Town Challenge's last race today on Mount Werner

Mount Werner Cross Country starts at Thunderhead Express chairlift

The simplicity of the final stop on the 2010 Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series makes it the perfect backdrop to settle final point standings in several divisions. The Mount Wer­­­­ner Cross Coun­try starts for most at the Thun­­­der­head Ex­press.

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Emerald City Opera, New York singers join in Steamboat for 'Carmen'

Collaboration opens Steamboat All Arts Festival

For almost eight years, Keri Rusthoi longed for a way to perform the extravagant, dramatic French opera “Carmen.” Rusthoi, a soprano, will play Micaela in a concert version of “Carmen” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion.

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Riley Polumbus: What goes up, must come down

Cory Prager is part of a growing community leading us into the next generation of mountain biking. Prager coaches the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Gravity Team. Since I have been a bit confused by the new terminology about biking, I called Cory to get up to speed.

Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board to elect officers tonight

Brown in line for presidency; group to address Open Meetings Law

The Steamboat Springs Edu­cation Fund Board is slated tonight to elect new officers, including longtime member Kristi Brown as its new president. Current President Mark Andersen is poised for a shift to the vice presidency. Don Schwartz likely will be the new secretary, and Dean Massey likely will be the new treasurer of the Fund Board, which administers the city’s half-cent sales tax for education.

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra concert season shows musical evolution

Steamboat Symphony Orch­estra Music Director Ernest Richardson has more than music to think about when he chooses a season program. He searches for pieces of pivotal importance that demonstrate growth and evolution in the history of symphonic music, the history of mankind, and what soon will become the history of his orchestra.

Steamboat briefs: Eggs recalled because of salmonella risk

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Monday announced that Wright County Egg, of Galt, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling eggs produced by its farms on specific dates because of possible contamination with salmonella enteritidis, a foodborne bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to a news release.

The Record for Aug. 16

12:16 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of an unlocked door in the 300 block of South Grant Avenue in Oak Creek. Deputies locked the building.

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Gary Wall, Garrett Wiggins prepare for Routt County rematch

Retention and relationships key in sheriff campaign strategies

Garrett Wiggins has faced Gary Wall before. The men ran against each other in the 2006 election for Routt County sheriff, which Wall won. But now, with more history behind each of them and potential issues on both sides, the men are preparing new strategies for the rematch.

Routt County to fight state agency about coal power plant decision

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted, 2-1, on Tuesday to join a lawsuit seeking to force a judicial review of the recent decision by Xcel Energy and the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission to convert several Front Range coal-burning power plants to natural gas in an effort to reduce pollution.

Adult Men's B League Softball standings for Aug. 16

Adult Men's B League Softball standings for Aug. 16

Adult League Volleyball summer 2010 playoffs

Adult League Volleyball summer 2010 playoffs

Steamboat Springs Team Lightning results for Aug. 6 to 8

Steamboat Springs Team Lightning results for Aug. 6 to 8

Frontier reverses decision, retains Aspen service

United boosts winter flights to ski resort

Less than a month after Frontier Airlines announced it would pull out of the Aspen market this fall, the airline said Tuesday it will maintain its Denver-Aspen connection throughout fall and winter.

Steamboat Sailors golf 6th in season-opening tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team finished sixth Tuesday in Grand Junction in the team’s first tournament of the season. Playing in the Warrior Invi­tational at Tiara Rado Golf Course, Steamboat shot a team score of 240.

Our View: Election shows system’s effectiveness

Last week’s vote wasn’t your average primary election. Turnout in Routt County was 42 percent, an astonishing increase from 18 percent in 2006 and 3 percent in 2002. This speaks to the ease and acceptance of the mail-in ballot.

Tuesday, August 17

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Steamboat woman arraigned in Loggers Lane theft case

Kati More charged with two felonies

Routt County district attorneys went forward with charges against Kati More, the former Loggers Lane Owners Association treasurer, even without final reports from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. The DA’s office charged More with two Class 3 felonies.

Steamboat’s Harris relishes Leadville 100 finish

When Amy Harris left the starting line of last weekend’s Leadville 100 mountain bike race, she wasn’t seeking a trophy as much as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. She got both. Harris finished third in the women’s ages 50 to 59 division of the legendary race.

Steamboat rider finishes 4th in Canada race

After seven grueling days of racing and more mechanical breakdowns than a team should have to endure, racers Nate Bird and Dax Massey crossed the finish line of the TransRockies Mountain Stage Race. They had nothing left to give but hope for a spot on the podium.

The Record for Aug. 15

The Record for Aug. 15

Steamboat briefs: Details emerge in Sunday’s Lynx Pass area accident

The man injured Sunday in the Lynx Pass area on a South Routt County trail known as “Muddy Slide,” is a 46-year-old Routt County resident, Yampa ambulance crew member Angela Bracegirdle said Monday.

Man rescued in North Routt had broken leg

Angler Craig Horlacher now in fair condition at Denver hospital

Craig Horlacher, the 57-year-old angler from the Denver area who was rescued in North Routt County on Thursday, suffered from a broken leg during the nearly six days rescuers suspect he was stranded in the backcountry.

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Jimmy Westlake: Poniatowski’s Bull

There was a time when you could go outside and invent your own constellation. If it caught on with enough people, you could achieve a sort of immortality in the stars. Not so anymore.

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4-H Dog Show starts off busy week for Routt County Fair

Horses neighed and pigs oinked at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden on Monday, but a group of 18 dogs denied spectators even a single bark during the 4-H dog show.

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Off-leash proposals being planned in Steamboat Springs

City staff drafting ordinance that would expand areas at parks

City staffers are preparing a new ordinance that would expand off-leash dog areas at Spring Creek and Rita Valentine parks beginning this fall.

Ownership unclear of Steamboat duplex in Saturday blaze

Ownership of a gutted downtown duplex, and its compliance with city codes, remain unclear after a Saturday blaze that displaced 18 tenants who continue to search for housing and living supplies.

BLM releases proposed plan for Northwest Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office released Friday its proposed resource management plan and final environmental impact statements. The plan provides a guideline on how the Little Snake Field Office will seek to manage its 1.3-million acres of public lands and 1.1-million acres of subsurface mineral estate in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties for about 20 years. Several issues are addressed in the plan, including energy and mineral development, special management areas for lands with wilderness characteristics, and wild and scenic rivers, among others, according to a BLM news release.

Monday, August 16

Steamboat man home recovering after motorcycle accident

City arborist George Hine, 43, was injured when he fell off his bike on a tight turn on Twentymile Road near Steamboat Springs on Sunday afternoon.

Five dogs die in garage fire

Investigators say the dogs died of smoke inhalation in an attached garage at a home on South Elk Drive in Routt County on Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Luke Graham: Another strong sign for lacrosse in Steamboat

In Colorado, lacrosse in Steamboat is behind lacrosse on the Front Range. But judging from the inaugural Steamboat Lacrosse Camp, there are equally as many factors that point to Steamboat becoming a lacrosse hub in the West.

The Record for Aug. 14

The Record for Aug. 14

Steamboat briefs: Man rescued in North Routt remains hospitalized

Craig Horlacher, the 57-year-old angler from the Denver area who was rescued in North Routt County on Thursday, remained at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver in serious condition, hospital staff confirmed Sunday afternoon.

County Agenda for Aug. 16 and 17

County Agenda for Aug. 16 and 17

Deb Babcock: Special alert on cherry trees

Just as home gardeners are bringing in cherry harvests, we’re finding a problem with some cherry produce in Routt County. In certain areas, ripe cherries are found to be infested with white, maggot-like larvae from the western cherry fruit fly.

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Soroco teacher Kelli Turnipseed recognized by the Boettcher Foundation

Kelli Turnipseed was nominated to be recognized this month in the Boettcher Foundation’s teacher recognition awards program. The program honors 40 Colorado teachers each year, selected by Boettcher scholars.

Man injured on Lynx Pass in South Routt

Dawn Alperti, of Routt County Search and Rescue, said a man was injured in South Routt County on Sunday when he crashed his motorcycle in the Lynx Pass area on trail 1174, known as “Muddy Slide.”

Monday Medical: Menopause: Help for the heat

Menopause is a natural biological process that women experience typically after age 40. About 70 percent of American women will experience noticeable symptoms during this normal part of aging.

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Steamboat tenants see help after duplex fire

Local businesses, volunteers organizing aid for 18 displaced by blaze

Several local businesses and volunteers are finding ways to help those displaced by Saturday’s fire at an Old Town duplex, but many challenges lie ahead. Sarah Cherry, who volunteers through American Red Cross, said Sunday that 18 people “lost everything” in the Saturday fire at a duplex at Fourth and Oak streets.

Moffat County Tourism Association board names new member

The Moffat County Tourism Association replaced a member of its board Friday, a day before an organizational retreat in Steamboat Springs. During a special meeting Friday, the Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, appointing Craig Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson to the MCTA board position once held by Frank Moe. Moe resigned from the position July 15 in a letter written to the commission.

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Youth livestock auction caps Moffat County Fair week

Lacie Coupe, 17, stood Saturday near the holding pen of her steer, excitedly talking with friends and relatives at the Moffat County Fair. Coupe’s holding pen was in a special place, away from numerous others lining the livestock barn at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. It was near the barn’s west entrance, decorated with purple cloth and lights. A sign hung from the bars indicating the steer inside, KW, was the fair grand champion in the market beef category.

Sunday, August 15

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Steamboat man injured in motorcycle crash on Twentymile Road

George Hine taken to YVMC after crash around tight turn on C.R. 33

The accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. today. George Hine of Steamboat Springs was thrown from his motorcycle after failing to negotiate a tight turn in the road.

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Steamboat athletes focus on training after high school

Some choose to take a year off to pursue sports goals

As Max Marno weighed his options after graduating high school last year, he decided to take a post-graduate year, a year after high school where he could just focus on his Alpine racing career. It’s an alternative many have taken advantage of.

Mark Scully: Downtown noise

Full disclosure: I work on the Howelsen Place project, I live in the city of Steamboat, I love the music at Ghost Ranch Saloon, and I am honored that my family can be a part of this community.

Steamboat briefs: Menopause program scheduled for Tuesday

Yampa Valley Medical Center will present a free program called “Menopause: It’s Hot!” on Tuesday.

Jay Gallagher: Clarity on water

The proposed city water rates will indeed apply only to residents in the city service area and to the city’s wholesale customer Steamboat II. However, wastewater rate increases will affect all residents of the city, including the Mount Werner Water District, as well as residents of the Steamboat II and Tree Haus metro districts.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 15

Happy birthday wishes to Olive Blake, Ray Manzanares, Dutch Williams, Linda Archuleta, Kari Griffin, Rebecca Wattles, Liam Frentress and Dustin Day.

On the Market: Boulder Ridge subdivision has 1st market sale

The developers of Boulder Ridge subdivision chalked up their first lot sale that didn’t come from someone close to the development group. The 0.62-acre Lot 9 sold to the Daniel A. Hamann Trust for $796,500. The sale price was steeply discounted from the original price.

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Steamboat reviews water rates

Like water flowing through a pipe, issues surrounding Steamboat Springs’ needed water system improvements and corresponding rate increases are very much in motion. Less than a month remains before specific costs for residents could come before the city's elected officials.

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Tibetan monks paint sand mandala in Steamboat

The air inside the Bud Werner Memorial Library Hall was charged with vibrations that reached the far corners of the room. In the crowd of about 200 people, some sat with their eyes closed, swaying and silently smiling.

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Yampa Valley Zero Waste Initiative helps minimize trash at concerts

Waste at Free Summer Concert Series events has been reduced to 1 bag from 12

A pair of hands was all it took to remove the waste produced at the Free Summer Concert Series events. Members of the Yampa Valley Zero Waste Initiative were all smiles when they placed a single bag of trash in a Waste Management bin after the show.

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High-caliber coaches put on lacrosse camp in Steamboat

The inaugural Steamboat La­­crosse Camp debuted Mon­day to Thursday. The résumés were impressive, the camp was really one of a kind, and another staple appears to have made Steamboat Youth Lacrosse one of the premier programs in the state.

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Steamboat bodybuilders place in top 5 at 1st contest

Bill Northrop and Lance Hoffman might have found their calling. The two competed in their first bodybuilding contest Aug. 7 at the Warrior Classic in Loveland. The two-year process of working out nearly every day, dieting and doing cardio paid off.

Rick Akin: Why the stimulus did not work

As is obvious, the stimulus bill did not work to stimulate the economy — sure it worked to buy favor and some votes, and the recipients of the funds were stimulated, but it did not stimulate the overall economy.

Ben Beall: TDR needs help

There are very few issues that affect the future of our community as much as land-use proposals. The Routt County Board of Commissioners is proposing a Transfer of Development Rights regulation that has the possibility of a) affecting the location of new residential growth, and b) promoting land conservation.

Our View: City should help college with growth

A proposed state-of-the-art geoexchange building on Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs offers significant promise for the college and the community. College and city officials should continue to work with one another to resolve any issues that could unnecessarily derail the project.

John F. Russell: Going barefoot

One of the newest trends in the running world isn’t really all that new. Runner Rob Shoaf will host a barefoot running clinic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kinetic Energy in Steamboat Springs.

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Kayakers reflect on some of this season’s best trips

Brian Burger and few of his closest kayaking buddies assaulted the waters in and around the state of Colorado like they hadn’t before, and as the season finally began to wind down this month, they had only amazing memories to show for it.

Joel Reichenberger: It takes the town

Dave Nagel stood shaking hands and accepting congratulations as the crowd drained out of the Thunderhead Cafeteria on Aug. 8 at Steamboat Ski Area. The Ride 4 Yellow was over, and it had been astonishingly successful.

The jail Report for Aug. 7 to 13

The jail Report for Aug. 7 to 13

The Record for Aug. 13

The Record for Aug. 13

Business File: Base area group MVP announces new leaders

The Mountain Village Partnership, a group formed this year to promote events and businesses at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, has named a new president and vice president of its board of directors.

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Stagecoach resident catches interest in handmade fishing nets

Doug McKee made his first fishing net as a Father’s Day gift this year. He made his second net for himself. Less than two months later, he’s made and sold seven more of the wood-handled, rubber nets, with an eighth on order and under construction in the basement of his Stagecoach home.

Class Notes: Upcoming courses being offered by CNCC in Hayden

Colorado Northwestern Community College will offer a career development for teens course from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays this week through Aug. 30 at Hayden Public Library.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Aug. 15

Thanks to everyone for donations to the weekly bingo games here at the Doak Walker Care Center. We have plenty of stuffed toys, thanks to a recent donation, but we’re still looking for any jewelry people are willing to donate as prizes. Thanks so much!

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New Routt County 4-H agent Cassidy Kurtz reflects on 1st week

Taping stall cards to livestock pens and sweeping barn floors at the Routt County Fairgrounds on Thursday, 4-H agent Cassidy Kurtz was getting used to her new job.

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Steamboat nonprofit to teach children to play stringed instruments

Holly Fielding wants every child in Steamboat to have the opportunity to learn how to play a stringed instrument. Fielding, a violinist with the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, has created a nonprofit to do just that.

Local Spotlight: Kris Enger

Age: 24 Occupation: Deli clerk Place of birth: Littleton

Real estate transactions for Aug. 6 to Aug. 12

131 N. Fourth St., Hayden Seller: Nick and Natalie Chaney Buyer: Erin Katherine Bentley Sale date: Aug. 6, 2010 Sale price: $162,500

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Open houses serve as real estate's speed dating

Michelle Garner, of Pruden­tial Steamboat Realty, looks forward to hosting open houses, not because she expects to sell the house where she spends a Saturday afternoon, but because an open house can be the real estate equivalent of speed dating.

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Steamboat foreclosure sales indicate differences in bank-owned properties

Steamboat Springs Realtors increasingly are dealing with distressed properties in the recessionary market. But many say the market for bank-owned homes is more complex than typically understood.

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Town Kids gets ready for Routt County Fair

4-H programs let non-ranch children raise livestock for county event

Members of the 4-H Town Kids program have been busy in Steamboat and Hayden as they get ready for the Routt County Fair. The program gives children who don't live on ranches an opportunity to raise livestock on land leased to them by ranchers.

Maj. Joe Farquhar: Combat stress relief

Thank you for your online paper. I am currently deployed to southern Iraq. I read your paper every night when the Internet is up.

Saturday, August 14

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Blaze destroys Old Town Steamboat duplex

2 families displaced by fire at 4th and Oak streets

No one was injured when a duplex caught fire at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at Fourth and Oak streets. Steamboat Springs Police De­­­part­ment officers and Steam­boat Springs Fire Rescue crews responded and worked to control the blaze after nine people and a dog escaped from the smoke-filled structure.

Adult Coed league soccer playoff results for Aug. 13

Adult Coed league soccer playoff results for Aug. 13

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High school fall sports start Monday across Routt County

Teams head back to fields, courts, gridirons, tracks and greens

Monday will mark the start of a new football and volleyball season at Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools. The season also will open in soccer, cross-country, boys tennis and cheerleading at Steamboat Springs High School.

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Weekend events across Routt County

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council and the Steamboat Players present “Seussical Jr.,” a musical based on Dr. Seuss stories, at 7 p.m. today in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Continue reading for more weekend events in Routt County.

19-year-old man pleads guilty to obstructing help

21-year-old Stephen Thomas died in 2009 North Routt incident

A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing emergency responders in their attempt to help Stephen Thomas on Feb. 28, 2009, in North Routt County. Thomas, 21, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Church fundraising to help man regain sight

Blinded by attack in Hayden, Jose Mendoza needs money for surgery

For two years, Mendoza was completely blind, said his wife, Mayola Cruz, but the work of several doctors gave him 25 percent of his vision. Another surgery, with a cost of $20,000, will help him restore as much as 75 percent of his vision in that eye.

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Tom Ross: There’s more to a dowser than mere water

George Tolles is well known as a dowser who can pinpoint the best location for a water well on a 35-acre country estate lot. Tolles, 81, shared his secrets Friday with about 25 people attending the Brown Bag Lecture Series.

‘40 Year Old Virgin’ showing at bike-in movie event Sunday

SmartWool and New Bel­gium Brewing want to treat Steamboat Springs to a free movie under the stars Sunday night at Howelsen Hill. But you’ll have to leave the children at home.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden hosts Routt County Fair through next weekend

The Routt County Fair is under way at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. Events continue through Aug. 22. The parade in downtown Hayden is at 10 a.m. Aug. 21.

Steamboat Springs School Board talks about bullying, suicide at retreat

Topics such as suicide and depression can sting still-healing wounds in a small community, but school counselors and social services workers across Routt County have seen increases in bullying, violence and other behavioral issues in school-age children, raising concern and a need for a plan for the future.

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Steamboat Strings classical series closes with chamber orchestra, choir performing Vivaldi

The concert is at 8 p.m. today

In the final classical performance of the 2010 Strings Music Festival, music director Andrés Cárdenas will conduct and solo within two pivotal pieces of the Baroque era. The concert is at 8 p.m. today at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets are $60.

The Record for Aug. 12

1:51 a.m. Colorado State Patrol troopers called for Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers to help look for a car that reportedly was in a crash in the 500 block of Wyatt Drive. No more information was available.

Seminar to help Steamboat renovators with new lead paint rules

Rivertree Custom Builders owner Eric Rabesa is expecting to remodel more homes in Steamboat Springs this year, and that means more possible exposure to lead paint. A training program Aug. 30 at Bud Werner Mem­orial Library will give Rabesa and other local renovators the opportunity to obtain the certification they need to work with the hazardous material and avoid a $35,000 fine.

Friday, August 13

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Downtown Steamboat's Great Outdoor Clothing closing Sunday

Manager cites downtown construction as contributing factor

Bronwyn Rittner has managed Great Outdoor Clothing Co., 729 Lincoln Ave. in downtown Steamboat, for six years. She attributed the closing partly to the downtown construction. The store is closing after a locals appreciation party Sunday.

Angler found in North Routt County in serious condition in Denver

Craig Horlacher, the 57-year-old angler from the Denver area who was rescued in North Routt County on Thursday, remained at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver in serious condition, hospital staff confirmed Friday.

Steamboat police seek man in attempted kidnapping

Steamboat Springs police were looking for a man Friday who reportedly tried to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in downtown Steamboat that afternoon. Officer Stuart Hutton said the man was described as Hispanic, in his late 40s to early 50s and wearing dirty, baggy jeans. He had no facial hair and spoke broken English.

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2010 Soroco grad Estes signs with Adams State

Former Ram to compete in track and field

Alex Estes, who won the long jump and was second in the triple jump in the spring at the Colorado High School State Track and Field meet, signed his letter of intent Friday to compete in track and field for Adams State College.

Community Agriculture Alliance: 96th Routt County Fair kicks off

With continued county support and thousands of hours from dedicated volunteers, today’s Routt County Fair is held on the same tract of land as it was nearly a century ago. That is quite an accomplishment and indicator of what this community was, is and strives to perpetuate.

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Free park access offered during weekend in Steamboat

US Forest Service waives parking fees

The U.S. Forest Service is offering free daytime access this weekend at areas including Fish Creek Falls, Dumont Lake and Hahn’s Peak Lake. There will be no parking fees for daytime use at U.S. Forest Service areas across the nation Saturday and Sunday.

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Rotary seeks help with Steamboat trail

Workers: Site will offer a unique recreational experience

Calluses might be the immediate effect of working on the new multiuse Rotary Trail being constructed near Cow Creek, but the volunteers who have been moving dirt and clearing brush said the results will be worth the effort.

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Steamboat Photography Group to celebrate new show tonight

There was no rhyme, reason or palette to the submissions Lynne Garell received for the Steamboat Photography Group’s newest art show, Pasticcio, which opens with a reception today at Ciao Gelato.

Coed C softball league standings for Aug. 12, 2010

Coed C League softball standings

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Steamboat Rugby Club set for season’s end

Squad ready to square off in finale in Glenwood Springs

The Steamboat Rugby Club finishes its season at 3 p.m. Saturday, tangling with Glenwood Springs one final time. And in a season where the team reached only one of its three preseason goals, going out with a win is important.

The Record for Aug. 11

The Record for Aug. 11

Beach Volleyball standings for Aug. 9, 2010

2010 Adult Summer Beach Volleyball League standings

Storm Peak Challenge race results

Storm Peak Challenge results

Steamboat Triathlon discounted price sign-up deadline nearing

Steamboat Triathlon director Joy Rasmussen said the window is closing for a special discounted price for the event this month.

Steamboat skiers, boarders set for Junior Worlds

Athletes ready in New Zealand

Even in a winter-sports-crazy town like Steamboat Springs, snow is on the back burner right now, but a handful of skiers and snowboarders from Ski Town USA will have to get in a winter frame of mind this month as they compete in the 2010 FIS Freestyle and Snowboard Junior World Championships in New Zealand.

Steamboat briefs: School Board will discuss policies in workshop today

The Steamboat Springs School Board will meet today to discuss policies related to results and the district’s strategic plan; physical education; and bullying, violence, suicide and depression.

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Steamboat residents to receive Doc Willett awards Sept. 1

The memory of Doc Willett was celebrated Wednesday during a reception for two men whose combined efforts have lived up to the Willett legacy. Dr. Jim Dudley and Steve Dawes formally were announced Wednesday night as the recipients of the second annual Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards.

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Nye discusses America's decline at Seminars at Steamboat

Joseph Nye explains why decline is not that bad

One of the most influential public policy academics is taking aim at the notion that America is in decline. During this season's final Seminars at Steamboat speech Thursday evening, Joseph Nye pointed out reasons why the country is not on a downward path.

North Routt Com­munity Charter School approved for grant

School's construction anticipated to start in spring

The North Routt Com­munity Charter School has won approval for $3.2 million grant to help build a new school in Clark. The grant, a Building Exc­ellent Schools Today grant through the state’s Capital Construction Assistance pro­gram, requires a nearly $800,000 match.

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Sweetwater Grill hosts New Orleans music event in Steamboat today

After the Free Summer Concert Series lets out tonight, those who wander into Yampa Street’s Sweetwater Grill will be met by a multifaceted attack on the senses by the spirit of New Orleans. “Mid-Summer Mardi Gras,” as the event is called starts at about 9 p.m.

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Local artists’ carpenter fuses his trade with creativity

Local carpenter Steve Cobb has about 30 birdhouses spread across his Steamboat property that are made from the wood scraps of his day job, but friend and art gallery owner Susan Schiesser thought his hobby projects could go a few steps further.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for Aug. 13 to 19

Watch the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery construct a mandala sand painting. The monks will work on the painting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday, placing each grain of sand by hand. For more events in Routt County this week, read on.

Thursday, August 12

Storm Peak Challenge race results, Aug. 11

Results from the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series' newest race, the Storm Peak Challenge.

Missing angler found partially submerged in creek in North Routt

Denver geologist listed in critical condition in Denver hospital

A 57-year-old Denver man apparently stranded in the North Routt County wilderness for more than five days was found alive Thursday morning, partially submerged in a creek where he had been fishing. The man was conscious and breathing but disoriented when searchers found him.

Labor Day planning under way in Oak Creek

Oak Creek committee to ask for town approval at meeting

The Oak Creek Labor Day Committee is fundraising and seeking approval for a beer garden this year as it goes before the Oak Creek Town Board tonight.

The Record for Aug. 10, 2010

Tuesday Aug. 10

Steamboat Briefs: LIFT-UP to collect donations during Friday free concert

LIFT-UP of Routt County will collect nonperishable food items and money at the Free Summer Concert Series on Friday at Howelsen Hill.

Reaching out to the LGBT crowd in Steamboat

Man organizing coffee shop event for lesbian, gay communities

A Saturday night event at Steaming Bean is an effort to provide more social outlets for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

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Steamboat City Council confident in $21 million refinancing for base area

Hermacinski: "I’m a curmudgeon on this normally, but I’m ready to go for it."

If the base area sees sharper-than-expected drops in property values and no new construction in the next 19 years, Steamboat Springs could be on the hook for more than $2 million, according to the proposed $21 million refinancing package. That’s the worst-case scenario of the plan, which City Council expressed supported unanimously.

Swiggart soaks up USTA tournament

Jamey Swiggart’s stay in the massive USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich., turned out to be shorter than he’d hoped.

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Steamboat's Cagnoni to play AAA hockey for Thunderbirds

15-year-old hockey player has sights set on Division I

Ryan Cagnoni knows the percentages. Outside of high school hockey in Minnesota, the best way to earn a college scholarship — specifically at the Division I level — is to play AAA hockey.

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JJ Grey to play in-store, outdoor shows Friday in Steamboat

In two separate appearances in Steamboat Springs on Friday, JJ Grey will show two musical personalities. One is intimate, introspective and bare; the other rhythmic, emotional and powerful.

Wednesday, August 11

Adult Men's A League Softball standings for Aug. 11

Adult Men's A League Softball standings for Aug. 11

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Storm Peak Town Challenge event draws all ages in Steamboat

Teeth were clenched and brows wetted with sweat as the young riders rode. They cared, but the post-race celebration quickly buried any animosity. Before the dust had settled, the focus was off standings and on to ice cream sandwiches.

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2 new Steamboat restaurants on the way

Incoming eateries will offer Asian, Irish themes

The Canton Chinese Restaurant owner is working on plans for Sambi Cafe downtown on Lincoln Avenue. Closer to the ski area, the owner of Kyteler’s Irish Pub has entered the city planning process for his restaurant at Wildhorse Mark­­etplace.

Man hurt in motorcycle wreck near Milner

A 65-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition Tuesday after he reportedly crashed his motorcycle on Routt County Road 33 near the intersection with C.R. 179, according to the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Maes wins tight GOP race

Gubernatorial candidate rides tea party support to slim victory

Businessman Dan Maes rode support from tea party groups to claim Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial primary, defeating former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis.

Routt County voter turnout surpasses past primaries

Routt County had a 42 percent turnout in this year’s primary election that ended Tuesday, far surpassing previous years as the county switched to an all-mail election. Previous primaries this decade have seen turnouts as low as 3 percent, clerks reported.

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Planned lunch price increase is reduced

Meals to be $3.50 at middle and high schools, up only 50 cents

Lunch prices at Steamboat Springs High School will increase only 50 cents to $3.50 during the 2010-11 school year, instead of the $1 increase previously planned by Nutritional Services Director Max Huppert.

Our View: Small community, big contribution

Steamboat Springs hosted its first Ride 4 Yellow event last weekend, a star-studded extravaganza that attracted many cyclists, plenty of enthusiasm and more than $300,000 to combat cancer.

Steamboat students' CSAP scores beat state average

Results mixed in Hayden, South Routt school districts

At each school and in each grade, the Steamboat Springs School District exceeded state averages in the 2010 Colorado Student Assessment Program, according to the test results released Tuesday. Third- through 10th-grade students are tested annually in reading, writing and math, and in science during fifth, eighth and 10th grades. “We’re feeling very good with our scores,” Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said.

Buck, Bennet win Senate primaries

Norton, Romanoff out of running for Senate position

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet successfully fended off a fierce primary challenge Tuesday, defeating rival Andrew Romanoff, who waged a relentless anti-establishment campaign. Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck, a tea party favorite, defeated former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the Republican primary.

Steamboat cheerleading team tumbling into season

Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer is looking forward to the fall season, and there’s still time to get involved in the programs. Rocky Mountain Cheer offers two programs beginning Sept. 3.

Stagecoach subdivision developer gets 2 year extension

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to allow prospective Stagecoach subdivision developer Ji-ang Song a two-year extension until Sept. 22, 2012, to submit a complete preliminary subdivision plan to the Planning Department.

Steamboat briefs: Registration now open for city’s fall youth programs

Registration is open for the city of Steamboat Springs fall youth programs, including after school action, school days off, kids night out, peewee adventures and enrichment clubs.

The Record for Aug. 9

2:35 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a man trying to get into a business at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. Deputies took the man to detox.

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'Blessings' documentary 1st Tibetan culture event of Steamboat library series

To kick off Tibetan Culture Week, Bud Werner Memorial Library will screen the documentary, “Blessings,” in which Julie Green, a group of Westerners and their Buddhist teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, lived with the Tsoknyi Nangchen nuns of Tibet for several weeks, recording their lives on film.

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Federal Reserve executive addresses reality of recession in Steamboat talk

During his inaugural trip to Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, economist Mark Snead heard firsthand from local business leaders about their financial footings and economic outlooks. Unfortunately, their testimonies matched most of his statistics.

Coed B and D league softball playoff results for Aug. 10, 2010

Coed B and D league softball playoff results

Runner to host clinic on barefoot running Tuesday in Steamboat

Runner Rob Shoaf will host a barefoot running clinic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kinetic Energy in Steamboat Springs.

Local golfer collects 3rd hole-in-1

Chris Curran aces hole No. 3 with 9-iron at Steamboat Golf Club in July

With one swing of his club July 21 at the Steamboat Golf Club, Chris Curran accomplished something few in his sport have. Curran’s 9-iron shot hit on the green just to the left of the cup before rolling out of sight behind tall grass. But when Curran and the other golfers in his foursome arrived at the green, the ball was nowhere to be seen.

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New Steamboat Town Challenge race will end at highest elevation of series

Open those lungs. The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series prepares to take riders to heights it has never before gone. The Storm Peak Challenge, the sixth of seven races in the series, takes off from Thunder­head Express today.

Spoke Talk: Pay it forward

Don’t you love the fact that if you have a problem on one of Steamboat Springs’ bike trails that you can’t fix, all you need is for another rider to come by and you typically will receive assistance?

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Joanne Palmer: Steamboat’s ‘My Fair Lady’

If Eliza Doolittle came to Steamboat, how would Henry Higgens instruct her? Let’s eavesdrop on a sample Steamboat conversation and see what would happen.

Routt County metal recycler has 30 days to clean up yard

The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a special-use permit Tuesday for the metal and appliance recycling center already being operated by Kelly and Dixie Lipsie south of Oak Creek. But before the permit becomes official, they must remove all recyclable materials from the site by Sept. 10 so they can begin making improvements that are a condition of their permit.

Plan more time for parking at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Passenger drop-off, pick-up to change for next 3 months

People dropping off and picking up passengers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport would be wise to begin allowing a few extra minutes in their schedules, airport officials say. The beginning of Phase 3 of construction on the airport terminal expansion has necessitated closing Terminal Drive where it passes in front of the arrival and departure doors, assistant airport manager Dean Smith said Tuesday. As a result, people using the airport should plan to park in the 30-minute lot or the long-term lot.

Tuesday, August 10

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Steamboat’s McConnell defeated in District 3

Scott Tipton wins GOP congressional primary, goes on to face Rep. John Salazar

Scott Tipton defeated McConnell in the GOP congressional primary that ended Tuesday, setting up a rematch of the district’s 2006 congressional race and putting a disappointing end to McConnell’s grass-roots campaign that included an endorsement from Sarah Palin.

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Wiggins wins Routt County GOP sheriff primary

All Crimes Enforcement Team commander will face Gary Wall

Garrett Wiggins, commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, defeated Nick Bosick in the Republican primary election that ended Tuesday. He will face incumbent Democrat Gary Wall in the November general election.

CMC considers other sites for Steamboat building

Geoexchange facility might not be on Alpine Campus

A CMC spokeswoman said the college is “looking at all different options” in town to build a proposed 45,000-square-foot facility using geoexchange heating and cooling technology. The spokeswoman said the Alpine Campus remains a possibility.

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Danner, Mathers win Moffat County Commission primary

Sullivan, Razzano, McKey take treasurer, assessor, coroner offices, respectively

The voters of Moffat County have spoken, and they have said Audrey Danner, Tom Mathers, Elaine Sullivan, Robert Razzano and Kirk McKey are their candidates of choice. Those candidates are the winners of the Moffat County Republican primary.

Steamboat briefs: Chamber seeks volunteers for 2nd All Arts Festival

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking volunteers for the second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival.

Song Mountain developer seeks extension

County to address Song Mountain request for 7-year delay today

The developer of the proposed 272-lot Song Mountain subdivision at Stagecoach on the flanks of Woodchuck Mountain is expected to ask the Routt County Board of Com­missioners for a seven-year timeout today.

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Tom Ross: Gilpin and the Isothermal Axis

Territorial governor is namesake of scenic lake in Zirkel

The wilderness register at the Gilpin Lake Trailhead confirmed early Sunday evening that at least 53 people had set out that day on the hike to the most-visited lakes in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

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High turnout, low stress for Routt County mail-in primary

About 3,200 of 9,000 primary ballots returned as of Monday afternoon

Turnout for the primary elections in Routt County is nearly triple that of 2006 as of Monday afternoon, and votes will continue to be counted until polls close at 7 p.m. today.

Parent/Junior golf tournament results

Parent/Junior golf tournament results

Men’s B League softball standings for Aug. 9

Men’s B League softball standings for Aug. 9

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Jimmy Westlake: Planets, Perseids and hoaxes

Mars is about as far away from the Earth this summer as it can be. If Mars ever came close enough to the Earth to appear as large as the full moon in our sky, we all would be in very serious peril.

The Record for Aug. 8

The Record for Aug. 8

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Steamboat Springs High School golf gets back to swinging

22 players try out for team

Twenty-two players came out Monday for Steamboat Springs High School golf team's first practice to earn a spot in tryouts as the Sailors prepare for the first tournament of the season at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction on Monday.

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Hermacinski discusses Steamboat issues at meeting

City Council president answers questions about water rates, more

Steamboat seniors ask­ed Steamboat Springs City Cou­ncil President Cari Herm­acinski on Monday a variety of questions about issues ranging from potential water rate increases to the reasoning behind the council’s selection of its newest member.

Monday, August 9

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CMC Steamboat campus still pursuing access road site

Land at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue remains preferred, officials said

The college's Board of Trustees told CMC staff to continue examining options for an access road required by the city for new construction. Those options included continuing talks with the Dike family and researching other sites for the access road.

Joseph Nye to discuss America’s global role at Steamboat seminar

Political science guru is last Seminars at Steamboat speaker this season

The creator of the idea of soft power, favoring diplomacy instead of harder tactics such as military strength, will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Strings Music Pavilion.

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Cars collide Saturday on Highway 40

Drivers transported to TMH in Craig for treatment

Two vehicles collided at about 3:33 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 40, about four miles east of Craig. The drivers of the two vehicles were transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig with “serious but non-life threatening injuries,” according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.

County Agenda for Aug. 9 and 10

County Agenda for Aug. 9 and 10

Steamboat swim team earns high finishes

Team Lightning makes a splash at state championships

Steamboat’s Team Lightning Swim Team landed 10 members in the July 28 to Aug. 1 state championships and had four racers qualify for the finals at the event.

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Emerald City Opera begins performances in Steamboat

1st performance today at Yampa River Botanic Park

Students participating in this summer’s Opera Artist Institute, part of the annual Emerald City Opera, had their first rehearsal Sunday night. The group will be having its first performance today at the Yampa River Botanic Park.

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series Week 8 results

Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series Friday and Saturday results

The Record for Aug. 7, 2010

Saturday, Aug. 7

Steamboat Briefs: Sisters in Steamboat seeks activity vendors

Any business interested offering an activity (horseback riding, fly fishing, bike rentals, golfing, etc.) to the sisters visiting Steamboat from Oct. 15 to 17 is asked to e-mail Tracy Barnett to receive a request for proposal: tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

Steamboat's Jamey Swiggart still playing at tournament in Michigan

Steamboat Springs’ Jamey Swiggart lost Saturday in his singles and doubles first-round matches at the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich.

John F. Russell: Fundraisers could lead to cures

Most people understand that we will never find a cure for cancer, or any other disease, on a golf course. Golf courses are for fun and games; scientific labs are where cures for things like cancer are found. Yet, every summer, I see hundreds of local people head to the golf course hoping to help find a cure, or to help someone battle the devastating impacts of cancer.

Deb Babcock: Xeriscape is not zero-scape

None of us want to turn our green and lush landscaping into a rock and desert look, which is what many people think Xeriscaping is all about. But there are ways to conserve water while maintaining a healthy, green area around our homes.

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Elissa Greene: Vivaldi violin concertos on tap this week at Strings

Strings agenda also includes ‘kid-hop’ artist, Cohn, 3Wire

Strings Music Director Andrés Cárdenes will perform four of Vivaldi’s most difficult and brilliant violin concertos, entitled La Stravaganza (The Extravagant) with the Strings Festival Orchestra on Saturday night.

Aging Well: A musical spell

You are sitting in your car, and a certain song comes on the radio. A flurry of emotion pumps through your veins and transports you to a different time and place. That feeling can leave as quickly as it came or change your mood for the entire day.

Monday Medical: Relax — it’s good for you

Did you know Aug. 15 is National Relaxation Day? Since this lesser-known holiday lands on a Sunday this year, there’s no excuse for not taking it easy.

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Historic Preservation Crew restores Yock family cabin in Steamboat

For years, the dilapidated Yock Homestead Cabin sat unnoticed near the iconic More Barn in Steamboat Springs. Now, the Historic Preservation Crew started working to rehabilitate the cabin in mid-June and will finish work this week.

Sunday, August 8

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Steamboat's Ride 4 Yellow event draws massive crowd

More than $300,000 was raised and collected for cancer-fighting charities during Sunday’s Ride 4 Yellow event, where 200 riders, including Lance Armstrong, rode 26 miles from Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass, past the lakes of Routt County’s backcountry, over the top of Steamboat Ski Area and down, to the top of the gondola, where a large crowd awaited.

Crash near Craig sends two to hospital

Brandon Cumberledge, 17, of Colorado Springs, and Gladis Anel Soto Aragon, 28, of Craig, were hospitalized Saturday with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening after their cars collided on U.S. Highway 40, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.

Dick Morrissett: Count your blessings

It was a dream come true to return to Steamboat Springs to celebrate our daughter Heather and her husband John Fairless’ 13th wedding anniversary. Steamboat isn’t the same as it was in 1975 when we purchased our Rockies condo, which we kept until 2004.

The Record for Aug. 6

The Record for Aug. 6

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New subdivision plan emerges on Steamboat’s west side

The partners in the proposed Sunlight Subdivision were holding their breath throughout the long community debate about the annexation agreement for Steamboat 700 in 2009. Now the sun has risen on a new day for the developers.

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30 years after Olympic letdown, teammates bike Ride 4 Yellow

1980 U.S. Olympic eight-man rowing team in town for race

The men of the 1980 U.S. Olympic eight-man rowing team are friends today, 30 years after they came together, because they are uniquely suited to one another. That relationship will be on display today on the Continental Divide Trail during the inaugural Ride 4 Yellow bike ride.

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Christopher Woytko: Why I ride

I ride for three initials taped on my handlebars: MLW. I wrote those words about a month ago in preparation for today’s Ride 4 Yellow event. This week, I added another set of initials: AC.

Steamboat Springs Running Series Mount Werner Classic results

Steamboat Springs Running Series Mount Werner Classic results

Joel Reichenberger: Believing in Lance

Lance Armstrong is certainly no stranger to Colorado, but still today, when he visits to ride in the inaugural Ride 4 Yellow event, all of Steamboat Springs will stand a little straighter, chest puffed out a little more.

Gary Hofmeister: Certain things never change

As I’ve noted before, my move to the center/right direction of the political spectrum came shortly after graduation, but my feelings on racial equality and indeed, equality of opportunity, have not budged an inch to this day. Please note the dramatic separation of these two concepts as opposed to forced equality, which it appears our president and groups such as the NAACP now are promoting.

Morgan Peterson: Thanks for cameras

I am writing this letter as a response to the article written by Jack Weinstein in April (“High school seeks manual film cameras for photography class,” April 28 edition of Steamboat Today) that asked the community of Steamboat Springs to donate manual film cameras to the high school in support of its photography program.

Our View: Water rates merit more explanation

The Steamboat Springs City Council was presented a study last week that recommends substantial and sustained water and wastewater rate increases for all customers. If approved as recommended, the typical residential water bill for a single-family home that uses 7,000 gallons of water per month would increase 14 percent in 2011.

Steamboat briefs: Library seeks storytellers and designers

Bud Werner Memorial Library is launching Story-time for Grown-ups this fall. Participants will spend an hour in Library Hall listening to contemporary and classic short stories read aloud by some of the Yampa Valley’s finest voices.

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Commission advises to retain Routt County Judge Garrecht

Surveys and interviews used in review of Routt County Court judge

Routt County Judge James Garrecht has been tending court for 24 years, all in Routt County, but when voters are asked to vote whether to retain him in the November election, it will be tantamount to the flip of a coin.

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Steamboater to plan celebration to recognize 10th Mountain Division’s Colorado ties

Steamboat Springs resident Nancy Kramer said she was late to submerge herself in her father’s military history. But since she took a trip with him to the 10th Mountain Division’s memorial on the top of Tennessee Pass in summer 1978, she hasn’t looked back.

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Steamboat's SmartWool, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger attend retailer show

Steamboat Springs-based Honey Stinger energy foods company, which soon will start shipping its latest waffle creation, was among the 1,040 exhibitors who packed the Salt Palace Convention Center for the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

Business File: Free seminar focuses on working for government

The Colorado Procure­ment Technical Assistance Center hosts a free seminar about how to do business with the government from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bogue Hall at the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus. Topics will include registering for bid opportunities, completing registrations, avoiding pitfalls and marketing to government agencies.

The Jail Report for July 31 to Aug. 6

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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200-mile long Wild West Relay ends in Steamboat

Race a true test of endurance

Runners streamed down the Butcherknife Trail one by one, but they poured onto the dirt track at Steamboat Springs Middle School by the hundreds Saturday afternoon. All told, 117 teams took part in the seventh annual Wild West Relay.

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Steamboat's low census response would harm funding

Babette Dickson was shocked to hear that Steamboat Springs’ and Routt County’s 2010 census response rates were so low. As of April 27, the most recent figures available, only 38 percent of Steamboat residents had responded to the 2010 census.

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Stagecoach Master Plan update in limbo

Funds cut by commissioners; long-range planner laid off

An update of the Stagecoach Master Plan would be the first thing added back to the county planning agenda if the resources were available. But after the long-range planner was laid off and the office remains busy with other projects, it’s unlikely that will happen any time soon.

Hayden Reader of the Week: Dylan Brady

Hayden Public Library proudly announces its eighth and final Reader of the Week for the 2010 Summer Reading Program, Make a Splash at Your Library. Dylan Brady, 6, has won the honor. His parents are Brandon Brady and Trish Warner.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for Aug. 8

Happy birthday wishes to Mariah Doolin, Ilda Booco, Connie Bell, Melissa Camilletti, David Hayden, Michelle Hoza, Jason Dorr, Sam Jenkins, Joanne Kelley, Sabatina Scura, Tori Montieth and Jack Redmond.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Aug. 8

Sympathies to family and friends of Gordon Miles, who passed away here Friday. Love and prayers from everybody at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Class notes: Steamboat graduate earns Bachelor of Arts from CU

Graham Hogrefe, a 2006 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in May from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Looking Back for Aug. 9, 1935

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen and make your fortune in Hahn’s Peak gold. In a lurid and misleading if not absolutely fraudulent circular being scattered by thousands throughout the country, C.T. Ahlstrand, who says he is a Realtor in Greeley, is again at the old game of gathering in the shekels of the unwary. This time, he has picked on Hahn’s Peak because of its glorious past.

Routt County Spotlight: Audre Torgerson

Occupation: I have 14 jobs, server, visitors center

Real Estate transactions for July 30 to Aug. 5, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for the week of July 30 to Aug. 5, 2010

On the Market: Bleesz moves shingle down Lincoln Avenue

Ski Town Lifestyle Properties has announced the addition of Adam Bleesz to the Howelsen Place and Alpen Glow sales team. Bleesz was most recently affiliated with Colorado Group Realty.

Saturday, August 7

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7th annual Steamboat wine festival draws thousands

The three-day Wine Festival at Steamboat featured seminars on topics from whiskey to wine glass shapes, and nightly gatherings offer tastings from international wineries and some local restaurants.

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Mount Werner Classic an uphill battle

Steep Steamboat race proves 'a nice warmup' for men’s champ

Paul Raistrick said his Sat­urday morning 12-mile jaunt that ended at the top of the gondola at Steamboat Ski Area was just a training run, something to help introduce him to Colorado and get him acclimatized to the state’s high altitudes.

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What to do in Routt County this weekend

Lianne and the Jazzjets will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sweetwater Grill. Other events this weekend include the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series and The Wine Festival at Steamboat.

The Record for Aug. 5

The Record for Aug. 5

Steamboat briefs: Fire investigation handed to insurance investigators

The investigation into the fire at the Rabbit Ears Motel on July 17 has been handed over to insurance company investigators, Fire Marshal Jay Muhme said Friday.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate McInnis stops in Steamboat

Hopeful emphasizes rural roots

Speaking in Steamboat Springs in the week leading up to the statewide primary, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis emphasized his rural roots.

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Yampa River sees abundant flow

Stagecoach dam project yields bonus water for recreation

If it appears that the Yampa River is unusually robust for this time of year, it’s not your imagination. But it’s probably not for the reasons you think. Thanks in part to afternoon thunderstorms, the river was flowing at 243 cubic feet per second at mid-morning Friday at the Fifth Street Bridge.

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‘Seussical Jr.’ musical in Steamboat features local youths, opens Thursday

Several Dr. Seuss books were scattered around the stage of the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium Thursday night. They were hanging out of backpacks and out of the hands of 15 young performers as they rehearsed their summer musical, “Seussical Jr.”

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Group aiming for a cleaner, greener downtown Steamboat

Recycling trial to run through September

A group of people is taking the next step in adding recyclable material receptacles next to trash cans in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Tom Ross: Steamboaters are in a rush to chalk up summer adventures

I was rambling around downtown Friday night, groovin’ on good art, watching other people sip red wine and generally falling in love with Steamboat all over again, but deep inside, I was feeling a little twinge of anxiety. Have you noticed? Summer is swiftly slipping away.

Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament results for Aug. 4

Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament

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Steamboat defends position on West Acres greenbelt compensation

Lettunich: At no time has city treated West Acres residents like ‘2nd-class citizens’

Steamboat Springs City Attorney Tony Lettunich said Friday that it remains the city’s position that the homeowners in West Acres Mobile Home Park are not eligible for compensation in the condemnation of a greenbelt under construction for a new road on the city’s west side.

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Riders ready as Steamboat's Ride 4 Yellow approaches

200 expected to ride with Lance Armstrong

Greg and Jill Long traveled to Europe to cheer Armstrong to one of his record seven victories in the Tour de France. Jill Long traveled to Texas to participate in Armstrong’s annual Ride for the Roses fundraiser weekend. Now, they’re excited that a hero, flanked by 200 others for one day committed to the fight against cancer, will zip right past their temporary front door. The Longs are among many in Steamboat buzzing as the world’s most famous cyclist is set to enter town.

Friday, August 6

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Yampa River sees abundant flows

Stagecoach dam project yields bonus water for recreation

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is releasing an unusual amount of water from Stagecoach Reservoir in preparation for a construction project that will increase water storage by almost 10 percent.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Taking back the livestock market

History will be made at Colorado State University on Aug. 27. For the first time since the creation of the Department of Agriculture by President Abraham Lincoln, the USDA and the Department of Justice will hold a joint meeting. The subject of this historic meeting is livestock market concentration.

Hayden Town Council to create search committee

Community to help select town manager

Hayden will accept letters of intent from residents interested in reviewing and helping narrow down the applicants to replace former Town Manager Russ Martin, the Hayden Town Council announced Thursday night.

The Record for Aug. 4

The Record for Aug. 4

Steamboat briefs: Community Blood Drive scheduled for next week

A Steamboat Community Blood Drive is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Steamboat could hit peak of 12,000 visitors this weekend

Steamboat Chamber tempts fall tourists with spending spree

Steamboat’s summer tourism season will peak Saturday with as many as 12,000 visitors in town for The Wine Festival at Steamboat and Ride 4 Yellow, among other events, and already the Chamber Resort Association is preparing to hand out mad money in an effort to extend the resort season into fall.

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Steamboat's West Acres residents feel vindicated after ruling

The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed that the mobile home owners have the right to sue the city of Steamboat Springs.

Adult C league volleyball standings

Softball standings for this week

Primary turnout nears record in state

Most counties in Colorado are holding all-mail elections

Competitive primary elections could spur a larger voter turnout than Colorado has seen in years, leading county election officials to encourage voters to get their ballots in early to avoid delayed results Tuesday night.

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Hybrids added to Steamboat Springs Transit fleet

2 new Steamboat buses could begin operation as early as today

Steamboat Springs Transit driver Linda Wellman might be just as excited to drive the two new hybrid buses unveiled by the city Thursday as some passengers are to ride in them.

Last Town Challenge race date moved up

The final race in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series has been moved to Aug. 18. The race originally was scheduled for Aug. 20.

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Steamboat bikers seek stage race stop

Local cyclists to submit Steamboat request for 2011 event

Colorado cyclists celebrated a Wednesday announcement that a major professional stage race would return to the state next year. By Thursday, local riders and cycling advocates already were trying to figure out how they could use Colorado’s good news to bring world-class competition to Steamboat Springs.

Benefit dollars roll in for Steamboat's Ride 4 Yellow event

Donations could top $200K

It’s for his sister, Rae Ellen Packard, that Rick Rauch is traveling from his Minturn home Sunday for the Ride 4 Yellow cycling event in the mountains above Steamboat Springs. Organizers say fundraising for the event is exceeding expectations.

Police reiterate scam warning

Routt County law enforcement reports fraud remains prevalent

Despite persistent warnings to the public, Steamboat Springs and Routt County law enforcement officers continue to hear from local victims of scams. Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Nick Bosick said one recent trend is people getting e-mails supposedly from friends stranded overseas who need help.

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Summer Art at the Depot debuts tonight during First Friday Artwalk

Tuesday afternoon wasn’t an average art show hanging at the Depot Art Center. It was the artists themselves, carefully placing their own works, or those of their peers, on the carpet walls of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s home.

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Blues musician Tab Benoit combines activism, musical soul

Gulf oil spill contributes to his reasons to sing the blues

The blues guitarist said he hasn’t written new music in a while because he hasn’t been in a comfortable place. With New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and now threatened by the oil spill, a longing for change comes through in the gritty blues music he’s played for 20 years.

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What to do in Steamboat for August 6 to 12

Grammy-winning blues artist Keb' Mo' will bring his stories and resonant voice to the Strings Music Pavilion today. The show is sold out, but lawn seating is available today beginning at 9 a.m. at the box office only. For more events in Routt County this week, read on.

Thursday, August 5

Harvard professor talks education reform in Steamboat

Paul Peterson, director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, delivered his speech titled “Saving the American School” in Steamboat Springs this evening to more than 500 people. It was the third installment of the Seminars at Steamboat lecture series.

Steamboat's Mount Werner running race hits cap

Challenging Saturday event filled to brim, organizers report

Saturday's Mount Werner Classic, part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, has hit its 125-runner cap for the first time in history. The run from the base of the gondola at the ski area is one of the most challenging in the series, organizers said. Saturday’s races start at 8 a.m. with the 12-mile race and 8:30 for the 5-mile version.

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Minor injuries in morning crash in Steamboat

A traffic backup on U.S. Highway 40 resulted from the three-vehicle crash on the west side of town. One man was taken to the hospital, police said.

Court of Appeals remands West Acres case back to District Court

Today's ruling reversed a Routt County District Court decision that denied residents of West Acres Mobile Home Park the right to sue for compensation over the condemnation of a greenbelt in their neighborhood. The greenbelt is the site of the ongoing construction of Gloria Gossard Parkway.

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Tickets still available for ‘The Water Knows My Name’ tonight

"The Water Knows My Name" is a coming-of-age musical put on by students from the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. It's the second part of a two-part Youth Festival put on by the Perry-Mansfield Youth Intensive students. The Youth Festival is at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday in the Julie Harris Theatre.

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Armstrong, Ritter announce Colorado pro cycling stage race

Lance Arm­strong and Gov. Bill Ritter announced plans for an elite, seven-stage international cycling race to take place next summer. The Quiznos Pro Challenge will be the first pro cycling event of significance in the state since the Coors Classic, which ran from 1979 to 88.

Men's A League softball standings for Aug. 4, 2010

Men’s A League softball standings

The Record for Aug. 3, 2010

Tuesday, Aug. 3

Steamboat Brief: Painters sought to help with ‘Seussical, Jr.’ set

Organizers are looking for painters to donate a few hours within the next week to help create the world of Dr. Seuss for the upcoming show “Seussical, Jr.”

Steamboat bikers eye summer 2011 for new downhill trails

Steamboat Springs-area free­ride mountain bikers again are being asked to be patient, but officials with Steamboat Ski Area insist that it all will pay off in a collection of downhill-only trails to rival any in the nation.

Medicaid numbers rising in Routt County

Eligibility changes make it easier for some families to receive public health care

More people in Routt Coun­ty are receiving public health care benefits this year as the cost of private health insurance premiums increases and unemployment numbers remain high.

Routt County GOP sheriff hopefuls close in fundraising

Wiggins has outspent Bosick in primary race

With several days remaining in the primary elections, Routt County has had 26 percent of ballots returned, already surpassing the 12 percent turnout in the 2006 primary.

Oak Creek Town Board to hold special meeting

The Oak Creek Town Board will meet for a brief session tonight to repass an ordinance to transfer funds from one account to another for the wastewater treatment plant project.

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Powder Room Lounge closes in Steamboat

St. Cloud Mountain Club to retool night scene, scale back hours

The St. Cloud Mountain Club at the base of Mount Werner is undergoing a makeover that doesn’t include keeping the popular Powder Room Lounge that opened there during the ski season. General Manager Luke Dudley said the club is retooling its night scene.

Hayden Town Council considers waiving some fees for hospital project

Solandt Memorial Hospital in Hayden is getting a face-lift. A concession the Hayden Town Council will consider tonight would allow the hospital’s Board of Trustees to dedicate funds to another part of the project.

Wednesday, August 4

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Former Steamboat tennis pro Andy Caress dies of cancer

Andy Caress, 24, is remembered as a goodhearted athlete who made his mark on Steamboat in the short time he was here. Caress lost his battle with melanoma Wednesday in Cincinnati.

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Gubernatorial candidate expresses bike program concerns in Steamboat

Maes explains remarks at campaign appearance

The possible Republican candidate for governor continued to express concerns that a Denver bicycle initiative could violate the Colorado Constitution. In other remarks to local Republicans, Maes promised to work to downsize state government and strengthen Colorado’s stature as an energy producer.

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Candidates McConnell, Tipton speak in Steamboat

Republicans hope to unseat Salazar in U.S. House

Scott Tipton and Bob McConnell spoke briefly today at the regular meeting of the Routt County Republicans. The two candidates are in a primary race that will determine who will oppose Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. John Salazar in the November election.

Gubernatorial candidate vows return to Moffat County

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes told voters gathered Tuesday night at the Centennial Mall that if he were elected Colorado’s next governor, he would continue coming back to Moffat County. “Actions have to match words,” Maes said. “I’ll never forget the time I went to Cortez, and a county chairman said to me, ‘You all come here once, and then forget about us.’ But after we win the primary, I promise you I will come back.” Maes has made several campaign stops in Craig and Moffat County this year.

Coed B and D league softball standings for Aug. 3, 2010

Coed B and D league softball standings for Aug. 3, 2010

Ben Beall: The Humble truth

The community has always supported wildlife closures for trails at critical times of the year. Wildlife is an important part of our quality of life. This was one of the goals of the Legacy and Emerald Mountain projects.

Alan Keeffe: Humble coverage wrong

Your recent coverage of the public access trails in Agate Creek has been unprofessional and misleading.

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Jimmy Westlake: A great year for the Perseids

The annual Perseid meteor shower is now under way and is expected to peak Aug. 12. Although some meteor showers can disappoint because of slower than expected activity, the Perseid meteor shower is the “old faithful” of meteor showers because it dependably produces 50 to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.

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Steamboat City Council agrees: Try to slow water rate impact

Richard Giardina said one message came through strongly Tuesday during discussions about recommended water and sewer rate increases that could affect city users as soon as Jan. 1, 2011. “I’m hearing loud and clear if we could mitigate, moderate the impact on our customers,” Giardina said to the council.

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Steamboat City Council picks Colorado Group Realty leader Bart Kounovsky for seat

Kounovsky will fill seat vacated by Jim Engelken

The Steamboat Springs City Council unanimously picked the chief operating officer of Colorado Group Realty to replace a member who routinely opposed decisions he felt were too aggressively pro-growth. Bart Kounovsky will be sworn in Sept. 7 to fill the seat vacated last month by Jim Engelken, who recently moved to the Front Range with his family.

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Capistron tops field at Haymaker Junior Championships in Steamboat

Local golfer wins title with 76

Alan Capistron might have missed last week’s Cowboy Shootout, but the Steamboat Springs golfer made up for it Tuesday by winning the Hay­maker Junior Champion­ships. The Steamboat golfer, who hopes to make the high school roster again this fall, shot a tournament-best 76.

Transfer of development rights program prepares for Routt County Fair exhibit

Transfer of development rights isn’t a traditional fair exhibit, but county officials think it’s a planning tool that could help conserve some of the open agricultural lands where 4-H children raise livestock and work with their horses.

Review: ‘Pippin’ pays homage to school

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, our venerable performing arts camp, now is in its 97th year. In performing Stephen Schwartz's “Pippin,” Perry-Mansfield is, in part, deservedly honoring itself.

Spoke Talk: Romancing the bike

Three summers ago, I redeclared my love for mountain biking. Previously, I had a job that impeded my ability to ride on a regular basis.

CMC land purchase at an impasse in Steamboat

Harrison Dike: Deal with CMC for property is dead

Harrison Dike says the deal with Colorado Mountain College to buy his family’s property at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue is dead.

Our View: Lunch cost hike supports key program

The Steamboat Springs School District is increasing lunch prices at the high school and the middle school next school year, and that’s likely to make buying lunch more difficult for some local families.

Steamboat briefs: Yampa trustee to resign, Town Board meets tonight

The Yampa Town Board will have one fewer trustee after tonight’s meeting at the Yampa Town Hall. Trustee Lacy Trout, who was appointed to the seat and then ran uncontested for re-election, will resign her position as she moves out of town.

The Record for August 2

2:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 400 block of Eighth Street. Officers issued a warning.

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Joanne Palmer: This great weather ruins everything

I hate the weather in Steamboat. Most of the time it’s perfect, and that’s the whole darn problem. There’s too much sunshine. No humidity. No rain. All admirable attributes, unless you need to get something done. Every day is perfection. Please tell me. How am I supposed to be productive when paradise awaits outside my door?

Tuesday, August 3

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Hickenlooper speaks to Steamboat entrepreneurs

Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants to create regional economic plans

Denver Mayor John Hicken­looper's campaign for governor is months away from hitting full stride. Even so, Hickenlooper presented several economic plans that he said he would like to use across the state at an informal meeting and discussion Tuesday afternoon with Steamboat Springs business owners and entrepreneurs.

Steamboat school lunch prices to increase

Change next school year will be at high school, middle school

In an effort to pay for the food and to make the district’s lunch program self-supporting, lunch prices are going up for the 2010-11 school year. Prices will increase $1 at the high school and 50 cents at the middle school. They will not increase at the elementary schools.

Mens B league softball standings, scores

Mens B league softball standings, scores

Adult league volleyball standings

2010 Adult Summer Beach Volleyball League

The Record for Aug. 1

The Record for Aug. 1

Steamboat briefs: Routt County judge denies Robert Cash bail increase

A Routt County judge last week denied prosecutors’ requests to increase the bail for the Steamboat Springs man accused of first-degree attempted murder. Instead, Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht opted to keep Robert Cash’s bond at $500,000. Cash remained in Routt County Jail on Monday.

Steamboat Springs School Board opposes ballot measures

District finance director concerned about state’s ability to backfill

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted, 4-0, Mon­day night in favor of a resolution to oppose three November ballot measures that Superinten­dent Shalee Cunningham said would change the landscape of Colorado’s education system.

Milner could see sewage plant upgrade

Routt County commissioners seek improvements

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to seek a $45,000 loan from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to make mandated improvements to Milner’s wastewater treatment facilities.

Paul Peterson to speak Thursday at Seminars at Steamboat

At first, Paul Peterson laughs. But then he takes a serious pause as he tries to remember everything that has changed in America’s classrooms since he was a student. Peterson, director of Har­vard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, will be the third speaker in this year’s Seminars at Steamboat lecture series.

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Mountain area in Steamboat sees sales tax rebound

June sales tax collections up more than 12 percent at ski base

June sales tax figures described as promising by a city finance official were particularly encouraging for businesses at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Tom Ross: Cemetery calls on NecroSearch

Steamboat’s forgotten souls soon could be relocated

The best real estate value in Steamboat Springs just might be an undeveloped parcel with an asking price of $400. And the plots come with landscaping — for eternity.

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Steamboat City Council to interview 4 candidates, fill seat tonight

Water, base-area issues await appointee

One of the four people vying for the vacant Steamboat Springs City Council seat will earn an appointment tonight in Centennial Hall and soon dive into issues including significant water and sewer rate increases that could take effect next year.

Co-ed summer soccer league results

Steamboat co-ed summer soccer league results

Steamboat Golf Club to tee off against prostate cancer

The Steamboat Golf Club will host a special men’s club fundraiser to battle prostate cancer Wednesday.

Weisberger scores hole-in-1 at Haymaker

Susan Weisberger, of Steamboat Springs, scored a hole-in-one July 30 on the No. 5 hole at Haymaker Golf Course. It was the fifth hole-in-one of the season, according to the pro shop.

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Steamboat men's lacrosse places 2nd in tournament

Team wins 3 before loss in championship in Breckenridge

The Steamboat Springs men’s lacrosse team traveled to Summit County during the weekend and finished second in the Brecken­ridge Quick-Stick tournament.

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Steamboat's Gravity team collects top finishes

Steamboat team members return from Crankworx in Winter Park with honors

The members of Steamboat Springs Gravity Team returned from Crankworx this week with plenty to celebrate. The downhill cycling team from Steamboat Springs traveled to the Winter Park mountain bike races last week hoping for top finishes at the event geared toward downhillers. They got their wish.

Monday, August 2

High-speed chase ends when car rolls down embankment

Craig man reaches 90 mph in pursuit

A 46-year-old Craig man led Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a car chase that reached 90 mph on the west end of Steamboat Springs on Sunday evening, ending when the man drove off a 50-foot embankment and rolled his vehicle.

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2nd annual Lid Jam in Craig raises skate awareness in honor of late Shane Braselton

Breyden Clark, 11, and Samuel Walls, 10, walked to the event table filled with prizes Sunday at the Craig skate park during the second annual Lid Jam. They set their skateboards down and asked Lid Jam organizer Kenny Stacy if there were any helmets left. “You guys always need to wear these, OK?” said Stacy as he pulled out two of the last three helmets from under the table and handed them to the boys.

16-year-old boy dies in Yampa River

A 16-year-old boy died Saturday in the Yampa River behind the Kampgrounds of America in Craig, the victim of an apparent drowning. Jeremy Ashton, a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said the boy was Craig resident Shannon Wenger. Wenger was with a group of friends who were walking through a tributary pond of the river on the Northwest Ready Mix property east of Craig, Ashton said.

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Elissa Greene: Dance troupe, Keb’ Mo’ perform at Strings

There are only three more weeks of music and a few chances to see and hear fabulous music at the Strings Music Pavilion this summer. On Friday night, three-time Grammy Award-winner Keb’ Mo’ will sing and play the blues.

Circus back in Hayden after 15 years

Portion of the sales go back to the Chamber for community promotion

The circus is returning to Hayden. The Hayden Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Cul­­pepper & Merriweather Circus during performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dry Creek Park.

The Record for July 31

The Record for July 31

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Aging Well: Healing in the saddle

Riding a horse might be the last thing a person recovering from surgery or injury, or coping with a chronic condition, might imagine doing. If a person likes riding or is interested in learning, however, not only is it possible, it’s a good idea.

County Agenda for Aug. 2 and 3

County Agenda for Aug. 2 and 3

Steamboat Springs School Board to consider opposing measures

School Board says Proposition 101 and Amendments 60, 61 would reduce revenues

The Steamboat Springs School Board tonight will consider a motion to oppose three anti-tax ballot measures that will be posed to Colorado voters in November. The measures, Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61, are citizen-led initiatives aimed at decreasing taxes and government spending.

Groups to host workshop on Aug. 28 for caregivers

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Routt County Council on Aging, will host an all-day workshop Aug. 28 for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Lodwick 2nd at Nordic combined event in Park City, Utah

Steamboat skier makes late charge at backcountry.com U.S. Nordic Combined Championships

Steamboat Springs’ Todd Lodwick charged late in Sunday’s backcountry.com U.S. Nordic Combined Championships at Soldier Hollow in Park City, Utah, but it wasn’t enough.

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Luke Graham: A refreshing athletic perspective

When Freestyle America founder Nick Preston talked about remembering Hannah Kearney as a 9-year-old with freckles and pigtails, it wasn’t hard to see that not a ton has changed in Kearney as she prepared to water ramp at Bald Eagle Lake on Thursday.

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Deb Babcock: Importance of eradicating weeds

There’s an old gardening saying that a weed is only a weed when it’s in a place where you don’t want it. However, in the case of several noxious weeds in the Yampa Valley — some of which have beautiful flowers — it’s a weed wherever it grows.

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Steamboat coffee shops change owners, get new menus

Tasha and Al Compos admit they picked a bad week to start their new business in Steamboat Springs. After the couple bought and renovated the Spill the Beans coffee shop on 13th Street, they held a grand opening party six weeks ago that coincided with the road repaving on Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat cyclists at home in Wyoming

Boniface takes 1st place in Laramie race as Steamboat riders fare well

Just how much cushion she built on the field, Kelly Boniface didn’t know Saturday as she pedaled madly down the Wyoming singletrack. She could only be sure of one thing: There was no one in front of her.

Monday Medical: Risks of bacterial meningitis

Two years ago, Tyler Johnson, a fifth-grade student from Steamboat Springs, was flown by helicopter from Yampa Valley Medical Center to a Denver hospital. Tyler had become seriously ill with a high fever and a rapidly spreading rash on his feet.

Sunday, August 1

16-year-old Craig boy dies in Yampa River

Coroner: Craig teen died of apparent drowning

A 16-year-old boy died Saturday in the Yampa River behind the Kampgrounds of America in Craig, the victim of an apparent drowning. The teen was with a group of friends who were walking through a tributary of the river, and the current swept him under the water, a sheriff's office investigator said.

Bill Wallace: Listen closely

It was a couple summers ago and there I was watching the Fourth of July parade in downtown Steamboat Springs. Apparently, it was an election year, as Doug Monger and his horse came trotting by trying to look electable.

Slow-food movement speeding up in Aspen

2 state-of-the-art greenhouses in Aspen near completion

Two state-of-the-art greenhouses will be completed next month in the midvalley, sure signs that the slow-food movement is on a fast track.

The Record for July 30

The Record for July 30

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Aug. 1

Happy birthday wishes to Millie Delaney, Jennifer Epp, Selena Frentress, Theo Corrello, Troy Wertenberger, Brette Frentress, Dalton Hockaday, Gwido Scura, Rosemary Harper and Lewis Kleckler.

Class notes: Upcoming courses are announced for CNCC

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a digital photography class with instructor Greg Pieraccini. This short course, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Hayden High School, will cover all the basics of digital photography.

Real Estate transactions for July 23 to 29

Real Estate transactions for July 23 to 29

High-dollar homes represent 32 percent of all single-family sales in Steamboat

Homes priced greater than $1 million have claimed a growing percentage of all single-family home sales in Steamboat Springs. Doug Labor, of Buyer’s Resource Real Estate, said this week that during the first half of 2010, 27 million-dollar-plus homes have sold, representing 32 percent of all single-family sales in the period.

On the Market: Adirondack house sells for $3.2 million cash

Randall Hannaway, of Colorado Group Realty, reports the Alpine Bank-owned home he co-listed with Nick Metzler in Stonebridge Park closed for $3.2 million Thursday in a cash deal.

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Hayden family celebrates new Habitat home

Routt County’s Habitat for Humanity looks to make land purchase to start another project in area

Seven months after her family moved from a trailer into a home built by Habitat for Humanity, Amanda Archuleta still remembers how it all started. “I was driving by the elementary school ... when we first saw the construction equipment,” she said.

John F. Russell: Learning the joy of softball

Some people take a serious approach to the game of softball. But the great thing about softball is that you don’t have to be that serious about the game to have a good time.

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No break for Steamboat skier Michaela Frias

It’s been a busy summer for Steamboat Springs cross-country skier Michaela Frias. She has spent days dryland training, logged hours on roller skis and traveled to the Regional Elite Group camp in Park City, Utah. And she has been invited to the National Elite Group training camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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Steamboat's Hannah Kearney considers goals after Olympic gold medal

Hannah Kearney spent most of her life trying to reach that gold medal moment. When it came in February on Cypress Mountain just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Kearney buried disappointment from four years earlier and validated her single most desired goal.

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Steamboat Springs cyclist aims to retire on her terms

Tammy Jacques-Grewal spent 14 years on the national cycling team before her health forced her to retire in 1999. Now, after three years living in Steamboat Springs, she’s eager to get back to riding and hopes to close out her career in style.

Joel Reichenberger: Town Challenge heats up

To me, it always seemed that Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series events should be half-serious affairs. Steamboat Springs is a small city, and as popular as cycling is, the community eager and capable enough to race on the often-challenging courses represents only a small portion of the city.

Ken Brenner: A cleaner future

The ongoing BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico has shown us what can go wrong when measures are not in place to prevent and clean up accidents.

Dr. Henry R. Savage: CO2 fixation

There has been a recent deluge of columns from The New York Times on climate change. I wonder if Congress is preparing to make a push for legislation.

Justin Hirsch: Sold down the river

The gravel pit has returned. And with it, high stakes, hot tempers, and high blood pressure for many. I for one received the news of the unanimous approval of the Steamboat Sand and Gravel pit by the Routt County Board of Commissioners quite bitterly.

Rick Akin: I apologize for my profession

For the past few days, I have been studying the opinion of Judge Susan Bolton granting a preliminary injunction to block implementation of certain parts of the new Arizona immigration statute. I have to say that Judge Bolton’s reasoning just evades me.

Our View: Bike Summit worth funding

A group of dedicated volunteers has been working for nine months to lay the groundwork for future efforts to make Steamboat Springs and Routt County a premier cycling destination. Long-term success largely will be determined by the community’s willingness to embrace the cycling initiative and, eventually, to help fund it.

The Jail Report f or July 24 to 30

The Jail Report for July 24 to 30

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Steamboat Springs day spa changes ownership

Pam Peretz’s Pamper Group takes on Life Essentials, now operates 3 spas

Pam Peretz, CEO of the Pamper Group, has acquired the Life Essentials Wellness Spa at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Peretz said she thought it was important to keep the spa the way returning clients have remembered it for the past 10 years.

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Steamboat's Oak Street Dance Studio gets new name

Elevations Dance Studio to open Aug. 19 in space on Oak Street

It was not quite 10 on Saturday morning, and Renee Fleischer already had 20 women dancing up a storm. It was a scene the lifelong dancer had never pictured. She signed a year lease on the space and will open with a new name and a new vision.

South Routt School District readies for financial worst

The South Routt School District is preparing for a challenge and bracing for something worse. With Amendment 61 looming at the November polls, the Colorado State Treasurer’s Of­­fice temporarily has suspended the interest-free loan program for schools.

Business File: SmartWool promotions focused on global market

Steamboat Springs-based SmartWool recently announced three internal promotions to newly created positions.

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Steamboat fire chief: Be safe; call 911 for blazes larger than a trash can

A fire the size of a wastebasket is containable for amateur firefighters, given a fire extinguisher or bucket of water. It’s when the fires spreads, to a couch or into a whole room, that it’s best to leave, close the door and call firefighters.

Steamboat briefs: Free tickets now required for Seminars at Steamboat

Because the attendance at the first two Seminars at Steamboat this summer exceeded expectations and seating at the Strings Music Pavilion, free tickets now are required.

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Steamboat police, Mainstreet work to resolve nighttime noise conflicts

The phone call came at 10:53 p.m. A resident at Howelsen Place, directly across the street from Ghost Ranch Saloon, had called in a noise complaint. It wasn’t the first such complaint — police officers had issued a warning to Ghost Ranch the night before.

Betty Leipold: Road construction

Despite the inconvenience and confusion, the road construction on Lincoln Avenue has turned out well.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Aug. 1

Everybody enjoyed the barbecue we had outside on Thursday with family and friends.

Hayden Read of the Week: Isaac Chacon

Hayden Public Library announces its seventh Reader of the Week, Isaac Chacon. Isaac is 12 years old and will be going into the seventh grade in the fall. His parent’s are Frank and Tobi Chacon, and he has two siblings, Jerod, 9, and Marlee, 15.

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Whiteman’s new head of school reflects on new job near Steamboat

Chris Taylor is settling in at The Lowell Whiteman School. The new head of school, who started July 1, said he’s discovering new road bike routes and mountain bike trails, hikes every afternoon if he can, and fishes with his own personal guide, son Colin who works at Bucking Rainbow Outfitters.

Local Spotlight: Jessica Marsh

Local Spotlight: Jessica Marsh

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Parade of Homes lets others experience luxury in Steamboat

Anyone who ever has longed for a fully equipped butler’s pantry but reconciled themselves to going without can experience that luxury vicariously Saturday while helping to support local nonprofits and other worthy causes during the Colorado Group Realty Parade of Homes.