Friday, December 31
The Colorado Court of Appeals recently considered the question: When is the owner of agricultural property eligible to receive the favorable “agricultural” tax classification? Fortunately for the landowner involved and for the owners of agricultural property in this region, the court took a common-sense approach.
You don’t know 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen. However, if you contributed some modest gifts or a little cash to the Support the Troops effort in Steamboat Springs in November, you touched Rasmussen and his fellow soldiers this holiday season.
A volunteer French speaker is needed to interpret for Steamboat Springs’ West African refugees at the Rangely Dental Hygiene School on Jan. 31. A driver and transportation will be arranged. Call 970-870-3069.
Routt County school lunches for Jan. 3 to 7
Anderson inspires Steamboat women in aerobic class
Gyms and fitness centers around town might fill up in the next few weeks with those aiming to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. But celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson has different advice.
County also tables two similar YVRA requests
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted this week to increase the compensation of one veteran employee at Yampa Valley Regional Airport but tabled similar requests for two others.
Steamboat skiers emerged as the dominant force in the Telemark event Friday at Howelsen Hill, which attracted competitors from across the region. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club assistant coach Shane Anderson won the men’s division of the race, which is decided by a finisher’s time as well as scores awarded for Telemark turns and jumps.
Steamboat Springs videographer Dave Dietrich shot this great video of a moose playing with a tire swing.
An electric baseboard that caught a couch on fire is suspected of being the cause of a house fire in Yampa on Thursday. No one was injured in the blaze, but Yampa Fire Protection District Chief Dan Allen said 20-foot flames were coming from the house on Fourth Street when firefighters arrived.
Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series to open Feb. 26
The ski season lineup of six base area concerts starts with the North Mississippi Allstars on Feb. 26. Other bands on the list include The Wailers, Los Lonely Boys and Sam Bush.
VNA leader to direct Colorado health department
Sue Birch, who has been CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association since 1994, will be the next executive director of the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. She’ll start in Denver on or about Jan. 18.
A new gym in Central Park Plaza advertising 24-hour access is going after a piece of Steamboat Springs’ fitness pie. “Our goal is to be convenient and affordable,” said Chelsea Yepello, the club manager at Anytime Fitness.
Sandy Evans Hall, of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said amid all of the snow, chatter about the local economy has been sunny. She said business owners are saying they're pleased with holiday shopping.
Soulful blues guitar player Hamilton Loomis hails from Texas and was mentored by blues legend Bo Diddley. On the road for more than a decade, Loomis maintains a modern edge to his traditional roots. Tickets are $5 at the door Wednesday and Thursday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.
Steamboat Springs Transit is preparing for what historically is its busiest day of the year. Extra buses run from 10:30 p.m. today until 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Go Alpine, Steamboat's taxi service, can be reached at 970-879-8294(TAXI).
Just after dusk today, about 100 Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School instructors will line up at the top of the See Me run, holding glowing red roadside flares above their heads. The annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks is a Steamboat tradition honored by the ski instructors.
Discounted Steamboat Pro Rodeo series season passes are on sale until Sunday at F.M. Light & Sons, All That Jazz and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The passes include 18 performances plus four buddy passes and aren’t valid for July 4 weekend.
Steamboat Ski Touring Center cross-country skiing event set for Sunday
The Steamboat Ski Touring Center plays host to races and events that can challenge the area’s best Nordic skiers, but Sunday’s New Year’s Relay isn’t one of those. Instead, it’s designed give everyone a chance to ring in 2011 on skis.
5:55 a.m. A woman reported her unlocked vehicle had been broken into in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive and CDs and other items were taken. Police found two other cars they think had been broken into.
2010 Olympic success raises profile of city's signature sport
No town in America showed more pride than Steamboat where people have a firm grasp on a sport that is poorly understood in the rest of the country and take pride in producing Olympic athletes. But Steamboat’s connection to Nordic combined, which combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing, stretches further than the Olympics in Vancouver.
DubSkin opens for the Afro beat jam band Euforquestra at 9 a.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The dub, hip-hop band also is scheduled to play at 9 p.m. Saturday, also at Ghost Ranch.
Thursday, December 30
The first United Express/SkyWest arrival of the day today was canceled, and airline program managers at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. were advising that three more scheduled arrivals from Denver are likely to be delayed.
Routt County Search and Rescue teams located a snowmobiler lost in North Routt County at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Sprint classic opens competitive season for many skiers
The conditions weren’t ideal Wednesday as skier after skier ripped down Howelsen Hill, all dipping knees into the powder as they tried to execute perfect Telemark turns around gates. The practice was important. It leads up to a Telemark sprint classic race, which will start at 11:15 a.m. Friday.
Since reaching a high not seen since at least 1988, oil and gas permitting in Moffat County continues to decline. In 2006, a high of 120 oil and gas permits were issued, but in recent years, the number of drilling permits in the county has been dropping. In 2007, 68 permits were issued, a number that dropped to 57 in 2008 and 51 last year.
Send out 2010 in style
Whether you’re looking for a family evening with fireworks or a chance to dress up and clink Champagne glasses in style, Routt County has a variety of options to choose from to welcome 2011 with a bang.
Yampatika was one of four organizations to receive funding as part of the inaugural granting cycle for the state’s Colorado Kids Outdoors program. The nonprofit group that promotes environmental stewardship was awarded $13,600.
German-born Sigi Malinowski's oil paintings will be on display during January at The Olympian Sales Center, an art show curated by local interior designer Irene Nelson. A reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the sales center.
Not many people in Steamboat Springs can say they sold life-size singing penguins this month, but Rose Atkins can. “We had a lot of funky Christmas items,” Atkins, owner of Rummagers Thrift Store, said Wednesday. Atkins said 2011 would mark 10 years in business for Rummagers.
Candidates will have 3 minutes for introduction, 25 minutes for Q-and-A on Monday
Candidates for the region’s vacant state Senate seat may have to do some fast talking Monday. Those looking to replace Republican state Sen. Al White, of Hayden, will have three minutes to introduce themselves, followed by 25 minutes for a Q-and-A period. The meeting is at 2 p.m. Monday at the Moffat County Courthouse in Craig.
Nearly 9,000 visitors are expected to spend their New Year’s holiday in Steamboat Springs, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s weekly lodging barometer. This weekend’s visitor forecast of 8,900 visitors is a slight increase from the corresponding weekend a year ago when 8,600 people came to Steamboat to ring in 2010.
12:37 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to a report of domestic violence in Steamboat Springs. A man reported seeing a physical altercation between a man and a woman, probably both intoxicated. Police said no injuries were reported but had no further information Wednesday afternoon.
The vision of a great cycling community that has emerged recently in Steamboat Springs really is just the evolution of ideas and efforts of many people who have been riding bikes here for years. Lately, I’ve been interested in learning more about the history and culture of cycling in Routt County, so I asked Pete Wither to share some of his stories and perspective.
Ski area spokesman encourages taking precautions on slopes
Holiday skiers and riders could awake this morning to 5 inches of cold fluff on the slopes of Mount Werner setting off a New Year’s snow rush, but Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials are hoping their holiday guests will discard the old adage that “all’s fair in love and powder.”
Wednesday, December 29
Rescue teams were searching Wednesday night for a man who got into a tough spot while snowmobiling west of Steamboat Lake in North Routt County.
I just had a nice walk through Stehley Park and along Butcherknife Creek that was ruined by disgusting amounts of dog poop. My dog loved all the smelly piles, of course, but it is just plain gross to me.
In the Dec. 22 Steamboat Today, someone ran an ad which quoted Mother Teresa (her name is not spelled Theresa as is show in the ad). I am sure the person who placed the ad meant no offense, however to place the words of Mother Teresa next to a picture of some god or goddess is highly offensive. Mother Teresa, as a Catholic nun, committed her life to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. She would not want to be affiliated in any way with images that would contradict her faith. There seems to be a trend these days to lump everything spiritual together; to blur the lines so that everything is OK, as long as you think it’s OK. This was not the way Mother Teresa lived, and it is important that we stay true to her legacy.
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall is leaving office next month, closing out a four-year ride that wasn’t without its bumps. But Wall departs with at least one lasting, positive legacy: the automated external defibrillators in every Routt County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.
Youth orchestra scholarship applications due Tuesday Youth scholarships for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs are due Tuesday.
12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a disturbance at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.
A 21-year-old Craig resident was injured Monday night when the handgun he was cleaning accidentally went off. The accidental shooting happened at 8:45 p.m. at a home in the 900 block of West First Street, the Craig Police Department reported. In the home, the man was cleaning his gun and apparently did not empty the weapon’s chamber beforehand, Sgt. John Forgay said.
State patrol identifies victim as Justin Dean Bliss
A 34-year-old Craig resident died Tuesday after being hit by a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 40 in Craig, the Colorado State Patrol reported. Troopers reported that Justin Dean Bliss was walking at about 5:15 a.m. on the highway’s northern shoulder when part of a semitrailer heading west struck him.
Craig City Council member Terry Carwile thinks this is a “wait and see” time for the council concerning the city’s deer population. After receiving a letter written by the Colorado Division of Wildlife in response to Craig Mayor Don Jones, Carwile thinks it would be wise for the council to pause its activities concerning management of the city’s deer population to see if the organization would follow through with the message of the letter. The response letter, sent to Jones in early December, stated the DOW “remains willing” to respond to the sick, injured and aggressive deer in the city.
Northwest Colorado is one of Wendy Reynolds’ favorite places. That’s why the 57-year-old resident of Idaho Springs, Idaho is “delighted” to return to the area where she once worked to take the reins of the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office. Reynolds, currently the field manager for the BLM’s Upper Snake Field Office in Idaho, accepted the position to become John Husband’s replacement.
The long out-of-print “Historical Guide to Routt County” has resurfaced this holiday season with nuggets of nearly forgotten anecdotes about the early days of the Yampa Valley. The new book is structured in a way that makes it easy to dip in and retrieve a telling piece of local history in five minutes. The book, originally published in 1979, has been updated and published by Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Eight-year-old Maggi Congdon stared intently Tuesday at the blue-patterned, flannel material she was running under a sewing needle to make pajama pants. Gayle Dudley, of Sew Steamboat, nodded in approval. “This is a non-school-day sewing camp,” Dudley said. On the city’s west side, Steamboat Moxie Home Consignments and Design also is using instructional events to get potential customers in the door.
Erick Knaus is the new assistant county attorney for Routt County, replacing Joanne Eldridge, who left the position in October. Knaus, who most recently ran his own general practice law office, has extensive history as an assistant district attorney in Colorado.
The final candidate list and selection procedure for Sen. Al White's seat remain unclear just days before the seat is to be filled at a public meeting in Craig.
Spots available for class that starts Feb. 2
The Shakespeare Reading Group at Bud Werner Memorial Library is coming back for its second year. Veteran teacher Sally Fostic returns to teach “Hamlet.” She taught “Romeo and Juliet” last year.
Tuesday, December 28
Storm expected to roll in Wednesday, leave 10 to 20 inches of powder
A cold front expected to hit Steamboat Springs tonight is forecast to leave behind 10 to 20 inches of snow, or more, at elevations higher than 7,500 feet, according to the National Weather Service’s office in Grand Junction. The agency has issued a winter storm warning for the mountains of western Colorado from 6 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Friday. Meteorologist Chris Cuoco said Mount Werner’s west-facing slopes could see snow in excess of 20 inches.
An 11-year-old girl broke her leg in a collision Tuesday, and a 19-year-old woman hit her head, a ski area spokesman said. Two others were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for health reasons unrelated to skiing accidents.
Deli sandwiches available past security; hot sandwiches, alcohol may come soon
Food service has been restored to the secure passenger waiting areas at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, but the second-story HDN Paradise Bar & Grill will not reopen this winter. Hayden businessman Charlie Epp has begun serving deli sandwiches, chips and soda in the passenger waiting areas.
The effort to find a replacement for State Sen. Al White, who is slated to become the next director of the Colorado Tourism Office, has turned up two familiar names seeking to replace him in the state legislature. Bob McConnell, a former Republican Congressional candidate, and Jean White, Al’s wife of more than three decades, have submitted letters of interest.
Organization hopes to provide information, raise money
Routt County Habitat for Humanity is hosting an event at Cook Chevrolet, Jeep & Subaru on Wednesday to give information about program eligibility and volunteer opportunities.
On any given night of the year, a single observer can expect to see about five or six shooting stars, or meteors, every hour of the night, on average. But there are certain nights of the year when a single observer can see 10 times that many meteors or more, all coming from the same direction in the sky.
The Record for Dec. 26
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association now is accepting applications for summer 2011 special event funding, according to a news release.
I finally went in for that colonoscopy, and it wasn’t so bad
Here’s hoping you had a peaceful holiday weekend and Santa left your heart’s desire under the tree Saturday. I can say that without a doubt the most precious gift I received this season was the peace of mind that comes from having finally gone into Yampa Valley Medical Center for a colonoscopy.
If approved, Colorado Mountain College to offer bachelor’s in business, sustainability
Colorado Mountain College has taken the final steps to begin offering bachelor’s degrees in business and sustainability next fall. The college has requested accreditation to offer the four-year degrees from the federal Higher Learning Commission and approval from the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Eastern blizzard not a factor as YVRA sees 3,800 travelers in 2 days
The big snowstorm that walloped New York and Philadelphia on Monday appeared to have little effect on post-holiday travel into Yampa Valley Regional Airport as more than 3,800 airline passengers made their way through the terminal in Hayden on Sunday and Monday combined.
Monday, December 27
Tara King, a three-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection at Mesa State College, 2009 Setter of the Year and 2006 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, is preparing to head overseas to try to impress foreign scouts and coaches. If she does that, King could end up with a professional contract to play volleyball.
The Record for Dec. 25
Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting a Shakespeare Reading Group with a focus on “Hamlet” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, Feb. 2 to March 19.
Event to benefit Routt County Council on Aging, city senior programs and Aging Well
It’s nice to know that some things hardly change. Long ago, neighbors held spelling contests to pass the time and test their intellects. Americans today may have spell check (and a lot of distractions), but their fever for linguistic smarts continues to take root in old-fashioned spelling bees held regularly in schools and communities.
Routt County will host many events during the holiday week. Check out Interstate Stash Express, a power-rock trio from Colorado, playing at The Tugboat Grill & Pub tonight and Tuesday night. Also check out some après ski options with Off the Chain at Bear River Bar & Grill and Sam Ayer at Gondola Pub & Grill today.
Sustainability group partners with Ski Corp. to support environment-related projects
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Board of Directors wanted to create a different funding source that would allow residents and visitors to support local environmental conservation efforts, Chairwoman Angela Ashby said.With the Eco-Fund, a partnership with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Ashby said that idea is coming to fruition.
“I didn’t know the hospital had that!” We hear this comment frequently. Health care in our community has come a long way since Doc Willett started operating the town’s hospital in 1914.
Partners to be introduced in country of Georgia
Partners is going global. Next month, representatives from two branches of Partners Mentoring Association — the parent organization for Partners in Routt County — will travel to the country of Georgia to introduce the youth mentoring model that has been at work in Colorado since 1968.
County Agenda for Dec. 27 and 28
Winter in Steamboat Springs is a great time to think about what you might want to do in the garden next year to enhance your enjoyment of it.
Sunday, December 26
A father and daughter who hit a tree while riding a snowmobile this afternoon on Rabbit Ears Pass were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to rescuers. The two were visiting from the Denver area.
The holiday weekend brought death and injuries to the region's winter terrain, including a double ski fatality near Casper on Friday and an incident in which a 20-year-old woman was found unconscious on the slopes at Steamboat Springs on Saturday afternoon.
In just about every sense, Steamboat Springs and Moffat County have as natural a rivalry as you’ll get. But occasionally, that rivalry gets blurred. Bulldogs become Sailors. Sailors become Bulldogs. For Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff, the blurring of that rivalry may help his team reach heights it never has seen.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-237 Original Grantor(s): Joseph J Pittelkow and Molly M O'Mara Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-235 Original Grantor(s):Dawn G Schiesser Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Bank of the West, a California state banking corp.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATIONCRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-240 Original Grantor(s): Todd D. Pollert and Kari D. Pollert Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for MORTGAGEIT, INC
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-239 Original Grantor(s): Joshua S. Webster and Joanne F. Webster Original Beneficiary(ies): Capital Mortgage Advisors, LLC.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-238 Original Grantor(s): Scott David Wedel Original Beneficiary(ies): Fairway Lending Group, LLC
The city of Steamboat Springs and the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District worked together to further develop the Community Water Conservation Plan to meet Colorado Water Conservation Board approval.
On Monday, some of the biggest names in Alpine snowboarding raced under the lights and through the heavy snow at Howelsen Hill. Teams from Austria, Switzerland and the United States came to Steamboat Springs for the Race to the Cup, a NorAm-level event with some of the top athletes in the world. The goal was to win the competition, but this competition also was a chance to win a new generation of fans, spectators and supporters for a sport struggling to find recognition.
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Dec. 26
Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Dec. 26
Heeling Friends got a donation last week that Executive Director Lynette Weaver said would help pay for “all kinds of things.” She said the donation of more than $300 from some of the people who board their horses at Sidney Peak Ranch would cover about 10 percent of the pet therapy program’s $2,500 to $3,500 annual budget.
The Record for Dec. 24
The Jail Report for Dec. 18 to 24
When I read the initial news reports that you were going to amend the estate tax as part of the Tax Cut Extensions Bill (H.R. 4853), I was thrilled. Finally, you had taken some action to provide us with some rules and some guidance that would carry into the future. I had mentally started a letter of thanks to you. Then, I learned that the estate tax amendments only were for two years.
On the morning of Tuesday the 21st, someone left us a folder with pictures of the tree in my father’s front yard. These pictures are magical! It was taken very late at night with the tree covered in new snow and glowing with white lights.
I am a UPS driver who delivers in South Routt. This includes the towns of Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Yampa and Toponas. Each year at this time, I’m faced with the daunting challenge of an overwhelming number of holiday deliveries and countless miles of driving, more than I can possibly manage in one day.
As excited as we are about the idea of the Steamboat Springs City Council supporting policies that could stimulate the economy, we were glad to see the council rein in some of the ideas that have been floated.
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has declared the quarterback position an open battle. “Next spring, it’s on,” Steamboat Springs High School graduate Austin Hinder said. “It’s an open competition. It’s learn the playbook and be ready to go. I’m the better runner of the quarterbacks. That’s what I have on them."
Although many across town were skiing or preparing for the holidays, for a group of athletes in the Master Swim Workouts, the temperatures outside made it bathing suit weather. The pool also was hopping with energy about the increasingly popular Master Swim Workouts, designed for swimmers of all abilities.
2010 has record year for foreclosures, opportunity for some to enter market
The real estate year in Routt County proved to be one of opportunity for some and a mixture of heartache and setbacks for others. Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon confirmed that the number of foreclosure filings here crossed into uncharted territory Tuesday afternoon when her office recorded the year’s 300th notice of election and demand.
Martin Dragnev, a member of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and National Association of Realtors, has joined Colorado Group Realty as a broker/associate.
The cowbells still might be echoing in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. It’s fair to guess that nearly every Steamboat Springs resident has a lasting memory related to the 2010 Winter Olympics, an event that arguably left greater marks on the Yampa Valley than any other this year.
Real estate transactions for Dec. 16 to 23
Saturday, December 25
The dinner featured a buffet of comfort foods donated by local Realtors and community members, and plenty of spirited conversation. Event organizer Peggy Wolfe said she expected to serve more than 500 people before the dinner ended at 6 p.m.
The Buccino family has a full house for Christmas this year. In addition to the seven family members, the Buccinos are hosting five other family members for the holiday. Much of that love, though, will be focused on 15-year-old Kieran, a sophomore at Christian Heritage School. He’s had a tough two years.
Spitellie finds her mark
Steamboat Springs High School senior basketball player Tara Spitellie figured her high school basketball career would be spent in the post banging down low and doing the dirty work. But as Spitellie’s game grew, so did her acumen for shooting. Now, Spitellie might have the deepest range of any player on the Western Slope, boy or girl.
After more than two years, Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall now has the life-saving equipment he has been pleading for. Heart defibrillators, or AEDs, have been placed in all 15 vehicles that patrol the 2,362 square miles in Routt County. The AEDs analyze a person’s heart rhythm and automatically determine whether a shock is necessary.
Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes and even their parents can hop back on a ski jump or a wide-open giant slalom course from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, when the group’s Alumni Club hosts a lasagna dinner during the annual Alumni Winterfest at Olympian Hall in the Howelsen Hill Lodge. The cost is $10 per person, and the event is open to anyone who wants to revive ties with the club.
12:38 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer on foot patrol in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive contacted several people in a vehicle because it was partially parked in a handicapped spot. The officer issued three summonses to minors in possession of alcohol.
SOS Outreach, an organization that aims to inspire youth to make positive decisions through adventure sports, recently received $4,500 from the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation as part of the Youth Advocacy Project.
The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs organization sent out an alert to business owners Thursday to make them aware of the scam, which has targeted local businesses for the third year in a row. This time, the scam artist targeted a local restaurant.
Friday, December 24
Several members of the 'last-minute guys club' part of the crowd
For many last-minute shoppers, Christmas Eve day isn’t a leisurely outing. With a get-in and get-out mentality, Andy and David Mucklow were trying to get through all of their shopping in one day. “I guess we could have been a little more on top of it,” Andy Mucklow said.
Cross-country team athletes finish strong
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team competed in the first two of eight Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifiers in Vail on Saturday and Sunday.
Amputators vocalist Keith Thibodeau knows that for many residents, Christmas Day doesn’t mean family visits or church. It’s a time to unwind and release from the holiday stress with a few friends, a few beers and some rowdy tunes.
Community dinner organizers expect to serve 500 to 550
Organizers of this year’s Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Community Christmas Dinner are ready to go. The annual event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. It’s free and open to everyone.
Summitbridge of New York pays $3 million for Graystone on the Green
Fortress increased its stake in Steamboat Springs by $3 million this week and got a good deal on a golf course neighborhood where the first home has yet to be built. A division of Fortress Investment Group bought the 17-lot Graystone on the Green subdivision Tuesday from Vectra Bank, of Colorado, for $3 million.
Steamboat Ski Area will offer complimentary first tracks Tuesday through Thursday. The gondola will start loading all ticket and pass holders at 8 a.m., a half-hour early, and early birds will be able to go from there to Sundown Express, Sunshine Express and South Peak lifts.
Tournament to raise awareness for bone marrow donation
Last year, Dave and Linda McIrvin stepped into relative unknown territory in organizing the inaugural Holiday Ice Hockey Tournament. But as each had spent a life working in the medical field and had moved from Portland, Ore., to Steamboat Springs, they seem to have found their next niche.
3 of 4 speakers announced for 2011
The ninth annual Seminars at Steamboat will address Iran, President Barack Obama’s policies and immigration in summer 2011. The Board of Directors for the free summer public policy speaker series recently announced three-fourths of the lineup for next season.
As winter settles in and brings cold, snowy weather, it is important to remember that the winter climate can have significant effects on your horses. Proper management is required to maintain healthy horses throughout winter.
Annual tradition has changed little throughout years
Cindy Wright said this year is the 70th that the Roving Christmas Tree will visit Routt County homes. The annual tradition, which was started by her grandfather Walt Webber, began Christmas Eve 1938 in Steamboat Springs.
A core group of about 15 Steamboat Springs residents get together for country swing and line dancing Tuesdays at locations across town. This Tuesday, the group will be found dancing streaks around Ghost Ranch Saloon to local band Loose Change.
When Santa Claus is done tearing it up on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area, children and their parents are invited to meet and take pictures with him from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.
8:17 p.m. Police issued a warning after seeing people sledding on Ski Trail Lane. A snowball reportedly was thrown at an officer.
Thursday, December 23
The Steamboat Springs Police Department is seeking help in finding out who broke into at least a dozen unlocked vehicles in Whistler Village Townhomes. Sgt. Rich Brown said the vehicles had been broken into Wednesday night or early Thursday.
The head-on crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 just west of the Heritage Park and Steamboat II subdivisions. A ticket was issued to the driver of a Chevrolet pickup for careless driving resulting in injury, and the identities of those hurt were unavailable.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at churches in Steamboat Springs and across Routt County.
12:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to assist a person in the 500 block of Rollingstone Drive. A woman was sitting on the floor and needed help getting up. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue helped her up.
Today is the last day to register for karate and self defense for girls. The program is for teens in sixth through eighth grades and starts in January. Karate meets from 3:20 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 4. Self defense for girls meets from 3:20 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 5. Each session is seven consecutive weeks. Teen programs staff will meet participants at Steamboat Springs Middle School and transport them to the program. The registration fee is $75 and includes transportation, instruction and a snack. Register at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services office or call 970-879-4300 with questions.
Group that aids developmentally disabled adults plans housing
Horizons Specialized Services officials are optimistic that with a federal grant, they could build a new apartment building on Eighth Street next year and maintain sufficient reserves to get them through a tightening economy.
At 88 years old, Nora Hall, a master wood carver — whose daughter, granddaughter and self-named business are based in Steamboat Springs — released a new signature woodcarving piece this fall, which is available at local stores.
Company opens season with most terrain in 29-year history
Steamboat Powdercats kicked off its 29th season Friday with the most terrain to start the year. The record early season snowfall allowed the backcountry ski and snowboard tour operator to open its expert terrain nearly a month earlier than scheduled.
One-time lessee Lafarge asks officials to look into mine’s eligibility
Routt County officials came out of a closed session with county attorney John Merrill on Tuesday saying they will monitor future activity at the Bear River Sand and Gravel Co. but don’t plan to dig into past operations to determine the status of the gravel mine.
The lodging barometer published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association anticipates 8,700 visitors in town Christmas night for an overall occupancy rate of 63 percent. Tourism ramps up to 11,900 on Wednesday before falling back to 8,300 on New Year’s night.
More than 95 percent of those 25 and older in have finished high school
Routt County is one of 10 counties nationwide in which more than 95 percent of its 25-and-older population has completed high school, according to results from the five-year American Community Survey estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. Colorado's Douglas County and Hinsdale County also made the list.
Wednesday, December 22
Moguls skier was the only one to hit a cork 1080 all week
Despite a shoulder injury, moguls skier Reed Snyderman went big Wednesday and hit a cork 1080 at the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team selections event at Steamboat Ski Area. He moved past a tough week with a fourth-place finish.
One man has taken a deal and another has been arrested in connection with a June burglary in the Dakota Ridge subdivision outside Steamboat Springs, when a 300-pound safe containing jewelry worth $125,000 was taken from a house.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls skiers Ryan Dyer and Brittany Loweree earned sports on the U.S. Ski Team on Tuesday.
Survival was the name of the game Tuesday afternoon at Howelsen Hill as a field of international snowboard racers faced tricky snow conditions and a course filled with speed bumps and death cookies. Canadian Matthew Carter captured the parallel slalom title.
The Soroco High School wrestling team placed a trio of wrestlers Saturday at West Grand.
The Soroco High School girls basketball team lost its first game of the year Saturday, falling 35-34 to Gilpin County.
I am so glad you started an advice column for pets. I need help, pronto. It’s the holiday season, and I just can’t get into the spirit of things. I have done a terrible thing. I am mad at my owner. I have not wagged my tail or greeted her at the door for five days.
Three days before Christmas 1968 my father loaded us into the family station wagon and headed to Steamboat Springs for a week of skiing. We left from our quarters at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he was commandant of cadets.
Local author Dagny McKinley knows the connection among local authors and the Steamboat Springs community runs deep. Today at Off the Beaten Path II, McKinley will have the chance to meet and sign books with eight other authors.
I try to be original with my gift giving. Lately, I’ve started to give the gift of fun and memorable experiences to those special people in my life. Last year, I gave my boyfriend an experience with a snowbike.
2:18 a.m. A man reported hearing other men yelling, and he thought a fight was going to break out near the 1100 block of 13th Street. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted three men who said they heard the noise coming from Dream Island Plaza.
The Yampa Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees has named two new members: Rich Lowe and Gary Hay.
On a recent trip to Steamboat, I had the misfortune to fall and fracture my shoulder while attempting to break the speed record for middle-aged women on the ski mountain, at least in my own mind. However, the pain of the break was mitigated by the quick action and wonderful kindness of Matt from Steamboat Powdercats and his lovely girlfriend, Holly, who stayed with me and fetched the Ski Patrol, respectively.
In a review summary of the movie “Fair Game” published in the Dec. 17 edition of the Steamboat Today, Roger Ebert writes: “(Valerie) Plame was then outed as a CIA agent, apparently by an aide of Dick Cheney’s.” This reference needs to be corrected.
A contract issue has left Yampa Valley Regional Airport without its two primary eateries. Our community can ill afford to let a contract issue negatively impact the travel experiences of our guests during the local economy’s most important time of the year.
City officials said Tuesday that before moving forward with economic development ideas, they first should set goals and parameters for how to best put those ideas into action. Economic development has been a heightened focus of the council for the past two months.
Powder fever was more contagious than the common cold Tuesday morning at Steamboat Ski Area. Tuesday morning may not have been the epic powder day many had anticipated, but it was an official one with 11 new inches of snow measured at the summit in the previous 24 hours.
Rain and snow expected through Thursday
Tuesday was the first official day of winter, but the calendar was just playing catch-up with Mother Nature. Today promises a potentially messy mix of rain and snow, with a massive Pacific storm system expected to continue to impact the Steamboat Springs area through Thursday.
Tuesday, December 21
State Sen. Al White accepted an appointment Tuesday by Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper. White will submit his resignation from the General Assembly today.
Heavy snow to continue through Friday; flights affected at YVRA
A Pacific storm called the Pineapple Express will continue to dump heavy snow on Steamboat Springs and create difficult travel conditions for much of the week. On Monday, the storm prevented some flights from landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and left area roads hard to navigate.
Eileen Ivers, Immigrant Soul perform today at Strings Music Pavilion
Strings Music Festival kicks off its holiday concerts tonight when Grammy award-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers takes the stage with her band, Immigrant Soul. Ivers, known for her modern take on traditional Irish music, will be in the spirit of the season.
Charlie’s ChuckWagon operator asked to open secure-area eatery
Limited in what they can do with Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s two primary eateries because of a contract dispute, officials are getting creative as the travel season reaches fever pitch.
Michele Dunklin recovering, responsive at Denver Health hospital
Michele Dunklin remains in intensive care at a Denver hospital, but friends say she is very responsive and doing much better following a Dec. 8 car accident on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden.
The Record for Dec. 19
It’s popularly known as the Winter Circle, but the Winter Hexagon would be a more descriptive name. The Winter Circle spotlights eight of the 20 brightest stars in earthly skies — and five of these are in the top 10.
Howelsen Hill hosts 1st Race to the Cup snowboarding event
Steamboat Springs might be known across the world as Ski Town USA, but on Monday night, it was the Austrians who felt right at home on Howelsen Hill’s steep pitches. The Austrian men’s snowboard team swept the podium and the women’s squad took two out of three steps on the podium during a Race to the Cup event.
The downtown Steamboat Springs post office will extend the hours it will staff its inside window this week. People can pick up packages and mail and drop off prepaid packages at the window from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday (Christmas Eve).
Monday, December 20
Annual United Way program to serve 316 families this year
During a year in which the need for Routt County United Way’s Holiday Wishes program increased by 86 families, so too did the community’s response. Routt County United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said Holiday Wishes served 316 families this year. That’s up from the 230 families served last year.
Several inbound planes unable to land in Hayden today; snow forecast into Friday
A Pacific storm named the Pineapple Express is dumping heavy, wet snow on Steamboat Springs, preventing flights from landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport today and creating sloppy, hazardous conditions on local roadways. The snow is expected to continue through Friday morning.
Because of snow surface coniditions, Deb Armstrong, the Alpine competitive program director for SSWSC, said Monday that the final races of the 2010 Surefoot Steamboat Holiday Classic have been cancelled.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team didn’t find the game it was looking for Saturday at Gilpin County. The Rams, hoping to close the 2010 portion of their schedule with a win, were stunned in the game, falling, 65-51.
Duo dominates 2nd day of Surefoot Steamboat Holiday Classic
Russian domination at Howelsen Hill continued Sunday. Anna Sorokina and Anastasia Kedrina were at the top of the podium for the second time in as many races, tying for first place after the pair were first and second Saturday.
Dyer, Stoltzner reach podium on home snow on 1st day of selections
Steamboat Springs skiers Ryan Dyer and Lane Stoltzner grabbed second-place finishes in the first of three moguls events on Voo Doo this week at Steamboat Ski Area as part of U.S. Freestyle Ski Team selections. Action will resume with another single moguls event Tuesday. Dual moguls await Wednesday.
It’s easy to look down at the base of Howelsen Hill every day and see the buzz of athletes roaming around. On a typical Howelsen day, it’s mass commotion of athletes — some just able to walk and some on snow since they could walk.
Towns grapple with allowing electric-assisted bikes on rec paths
Electric-assisted bicycles — bikes equipped with small chargeable engines that kick in to assist riders as they pedal — are a rising trend with bicyclists and, in Summit County, with tourists. They’re also presenting a bit of a dilemma for local governments trying to decide whether to allow the new contraptions on local recreation paths.
New Republican congressman meets with Aspen officials
The Roaring Fork Valley has a good chance of landing a $25 million grant for an expanded bus system, but local elected officials must prepare for a different way of doing business with the federal government, Congressman-elect Scott Tipton said at a meeting in Aspen on Friday.
The Record for Dec. 18
The Hayden High School girls basketball program donated $500 of the proceeds from the third annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction on Dec. 8 to the Hayden Community Fund.
Majority of precipitation expected to hit higher elevations
After getting more than a foot of fresh powder this past weekend, forecasters say Steamboat Ski Area will get more — a lot more. The Grand Junction office is forecasting 3 to 6 feet of snow by Wednesday morning at the ski area, said meteorologist Chris Cuoco.
RED Contemporary gallery opens its doors for 2nd season
A once “pop-up” art gallery at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is resurfacing with a new momentum. RED Contemporary, a seasonal gallery consisting of local and nationally renowned artists, opens for its second winter Tuesday after a strong response in its first year.
City explores financial incentives, job creation proposals in efforts to help businesses
A formalized, city-funded business incentive program will be among the ideas on the table Tuesday night, when Steamboat Springs staff and officials hold a wide-ranging discussion about economic development and job creation.
Group still looking for gifts
Toys for Tots opened its store Sunday at Bud Werner Memorial Library and gave away gifts to 25 families, organizer Teri Wall said.
Teresa Stoffle, a Craig resident and co-owner of Xtreme Mountain Racing, said she hasn’t gotten a sneak peek at the upcoming TV special she helped bring into existence. “I’ve seen teasers of it, and I’m really excited to see the whole thing together,” she said. Stoffle, and the rest of the world, will get their chance to see Craig on the small screen next month when Altitude TV broadcasts a 30-minute episode of PowerSports Adventures filmed entirely in Northwest Colorado. The episode was filmed last year by BAM Film Productions, a production company for the motorsports industry, during Wyman Museum’s Winter Festival.
Nancy Smith, Mary Morris starting classes to help treat chronic conditions
This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature includes Healthier Living Colorado instructors Nancy Smith in Routt County and Mary Morris in Moffat County.
Here in northern Colorado, what we may call fruit flies flying around inside our homes or hopping across the soil of our houseplants in winter probably are fungus gnats. They could have entered your home with outdoor plants that have been brought inside for the winter or on dirty tools.
Hundreds of motorists were stranded for as long as 14 hours in heavy snow and 32-degree weather in western New York earlier this month. If that happened to you, how prepared would you be? Here are a few tips on how to winterize your car and what you need to carry with you in case you become stuck or stranded.
County Agenda for Dec. 20 and 21
Sunday, December 19
8th-place finish in World Cup is strongest yet for local Nordic athlete
Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher took eighth place in today’s FIS Nordic Combined World Cup event in Ramsau, Austria, using a strong jump to earn the highest finish of his career.
NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER'S DEED FILE 10-32 To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to WILLIAM WEESNER. You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 1ST day of NOVEMBER A.D.2007 the then County Treasurer of the County of Routt, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax lien sale to JOHN M RITCHEY REVOCABLE TRUST the following described real estate situate in the County of Routt, State of Colorado, to-wit: LOTS 1,2 BLK 3 ADAIR ADD TO HAY
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-233 Original Grantor(s): Wesley Charles Nelson Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Syste,s. Inc.,acting solely as nominee for First Horizon Home Loans, a Division of First Tennessee Bank N.A.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-232 Original Grantor(s): Habitat Design and Construction Company, a Colorado corporation Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-231 Original Grantor(s): Brandon W. Brady and Trish A. Brady Original Beneficiary(ies): First National Bank of Steamboat Springs
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-230 Original Grantor(s): Woodrow P Wilson Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for America's Wholesale Lender
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-234 Original Grantor(s): Ryan D Florquist and Jesse L Florquist Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for The Team Lending Corp
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-229 Original Grantor(s): Ron Hamm and Mary Ann Hamm Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Plaza Home Mortgage, Inc.
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-228 Original Grantor(s): Andrea R Lanier Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Countrywide Bank, N.A.
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Ranchers across the county agreed last week that 2010 was a banner year for beef and lamb prices. The good prices are allowing some Routt County ranchers to pay bills, invest in equipment and even put some money in the bank.
Much like in Steamboat Springs, it started snowing in Vail late Friday and just didn’t stop Saturday. The conditions made for an interesting high school classic race Saturday. Still, the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic combined ski team came away from the opening meet with solid results.
The Sailors placed fourth as a team Saturday in West Grand, just behind Hayden, Norwood and Coal Ridge.
Loweree, 20, a freestyle skier, stood Friday with Steamboat Springs, where she has trained for three years, spread out below her. This week, she’ll have a whole world of opportunity spread out before her as she and more than 200 other athletes compete in the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls selections.
It was a welcome sight to Hayden High School wrestling coach Ty Camilletti. With preseason hype followed by several weeks of wrestling with just a partial team, Camilletti and the Tigers finally were able to fill out most of a roster and show why many think they can contend for a state title in Class 2A.
The sporting events that stretch across the first part of this week offer unrivaled options for winter sports fans in Steamboat Springs. It started Saturday with the first of four days of competition in the Holiday Classic, an Alpine skiing competition pitting some of the region’s best older high school and college-aged skiers.
Holiday Classic gets started, continues today at Howelsen
University of Colorado skier Gabriel Rivas already knew how dangerous Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs could be. The point was only reinforced Saturday as he stood at the top of the slalom run on Howelsen during the first day of the Holiday Classic.
7 single-family home permits issued in Steamboat through November
Building permits for single-family homes in Routt County continue to come through at a trickle, according to recent figures. One permit was issued for a single-family home in Steamboat Springs in November, bringing the year-to-date total to seven.
The bunkhouse, which for nearly four decades was the primary boys dormitory at the boarding school off Routt County Road 36, was demolished Wednesday. As fluffy snowflakes fell from the sky, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue set fire to the building at about 11:15 a.m. as part of a training exercise.
While most Americans are wondering who will win the Super Bowl in February, if the Nuggets or Avalanche will make the playoffs in 2011 or if the Broncos can build a competitive team, there is a group that never stops dreaming of the Olympics.
Happy Birthday wishes to Steve Johnson, Barbara Brazelton, Mary Harper, Carrie Scura and Daylon Frentress. Happy Anniversary wishes to Patrick and Tammie Delaney.
Everybody at the Doak Walker Care Center is getting excited for Christmas coming up. The Strawberry Park Elementary School students were at the Doak on Wednesday working with the seniors in the Sunshine Room.
12:23 a.m. A complaint about a car driving on and over the median at Lincoln Avenue and Mount Werner Road lead to the arrest of a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested the man on suspicion of driving under the influence, DUI per se and failure to report an accident.
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.
18 units in other First Tracks building, 56 luxury units remain unsold
Wildhorse Meadows celebrated a milestone last week. The residential development off Mount Werner Road near the base of Steamboat Ski Area sold out one of its two First Tracks buildings with the signing of a contract Wednesday.
The Association of General Contractors honored Haselden Construction in fall for its outstanding job in building One Steamboat Place. The association recognizes projects based on dynamic design, quality, skill, strength and performance, which all play a part in determining the award winners.
Close to a year ago, my husband and I were in Latin America, anxiously awaiting our airline flight back to the United States of America. We had completed our 27-month service in the Peace Corps. We were anxious about the conditions of our country about which we had heard so much in news reports.
Six rural Routt County landowners were the beneficiaries of conservation easements totaling 5,225 acres last week. Securing the permanent easements that should forever preclude development from occurring on their properties cost county taxpayers $3.6 million through the Purchase of Development Rights program.
Routt County real estate transactions for Dec. 10 to 16, 2010
Saturday, December 18
Sailors bounce back after loss to Aspen to win at home
There is an old adage in hockey that if you throw the puck at the net, good things usually happen. So just four days after losing to Aspen, Steamboat easily skated by Peak to Peak today at home, 6-2, with five of the goals coming on tip-ins off of shots or passes.
15 participate in third annual Christmas Bird Count
About 15 people counted birds Saturday morning as a part of the National Audubon Society’s 111th annual Christmas Bird Count. Steamboat Springs officially has been a part of the count for three years.
Steamboat Springs’ Todd Lodwick continued his torrid pace Saturday in Ramsau, Austria, finishing fourth on the World Cup, just one-tenth off the podium.
Both squads faced challenges early in their games. The boys lost to Evanston, 58-34, and the girls team lost to Sheridan, 74-36, in the final day of the Flaming Gorge Classic 2010 invitational basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo.
The Hayden girls basketball team slammed on the accelerator early Friday in a home showdown against North Park. That it wasn’t going to be a competitive game seemed clear early. Hayden wrapped up the 2010 portion of its schedule with a 73-28 victory.
Join Utah-based artist Jim Norton for a lecture about his work, which features Western landscape, cowboys, Native Americans and horses today at 10 a.m. at the Steamboat Art Museum.
After a lackluster performance against Aspen on Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team looks to get back on track at 3 p.m. today against Peak to Peak at Howelsen Ice Arena.
On a night of just two small duals, nobody was busier — or better — than Soroco High School sophomore and 140-pounder Josh Baker. Baker, who finished one match shy of the state tournament last season, was an iron man of sorts Friday in duals against Norwood and North Park.
In a box score, it may look like bad news. Hayden senior Graig Medvesk, having a 30-point game just a week ago, made only three shots and scored six points Friday night in a game against North Park. Hayden rolled past North Park at home Friday night, 57-35.
Emich Volkswagen is giving away a chance to win a 3-year lease on a new Volkswagen car during the Holiday Classic Surefoot Slalom night races today at Howelsen Hill. The winner must guess the winning time of the men and women’s overall winners of the Holiday Classic, based on a combination of two runs.
The subtle softness of Denver artist Kate Petley’s resin-on-panel art has a glossy but understated look, accented by the natural light that streamed into the art gallery at Vertical Arts Architecture on Friday morning.
Maureen Totman is also starting a Western casket business
Steamboat Springs entrepreneur Maureen Totman, who has revived her rustic furniture store, Hacienda Collection, in a new location on Steamboat’s west side, also has a new line of products to sell: Trail’s End Caskets and Urns.
2:19 a.m. A person reported that an intoxicated young woman rang a doorbell at a residence in the 700 block of Yahmonite Street and then walked to the end of the sidewalk and fell. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers could not find her.
Holiday light contest is Monday in Phippsburg A Christmas light contest is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Phippsburg. Those who want to enter must fill out a form at the Phippsburg post office by noon Monday.
Friday, December 17
Neither team could get into an offensive rhythm during the game on the second day of the Flaming Gorge Classic in Wyoming. Star Valley shot 40 free throws, and Steamboat shot 20. Steamboat wraps up the Wyoming tournament at 8:15 a.m. today against Sheridan, Wyo.
The day after falling to No. 2 Rock Springs, Wyo., Steamboat came back at the Flaming Gorge Classic 2010 basketball invitational in Wyoming to beat Star Valley. Steamboat wraps up the tournament at 11:45 a.m. today against Evanston, Wyo.
The Steamboat Springs post office at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue will staff its inside window later than normal hours through Dec. 24.
Number is an increase from 9.3 percent in October
Routt’s numbers for November represent a continued decrease in the size of the labor force and in jobs. Last month, 1,326 people were unemployed out of a work force of 13,583.
Tasked with finding a way to help her community for her Steamboat Springs High School Leadership class, junior Christi Valicenti didn’t have to stray far from what she knows best.
The Steamboat Pentathlon will be back late in winter with a number of small changes. The good news for competitors is that they can save money by signing up now. An early bird offer knocks $10 off the price until Jan. 17.
Steamboat Springs cyclocross star Jon Cariveau struggled through his sport’s fall season thanks to an October injury. He bounced back in a huge way last weekend at the USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships in Bend, Ore.
There should be a little something for everyone starting Saturday when the four-day Holiday Classic FIS ski race kicks off with more than 200 top local and regional high-school- and college-age skiers touch down for slalom races at Howelsen and giant slalom races at the ski area.
School Board also certifies 2010 mill levy at Wednesday night meeting
Hayden School Board members heard from parents that the letter sent after five absences doesn't always apply, especially if the absences were excused. Hayden Secondary School Principal Troy Zabel acknowledged that the tone of the letter is “a little harsh.”
Steamboat revenues above projections heading into final months of the year
Steamboat Springs’ sales tax revenues were well above the year’s projections through October, offering hope of a potential boost to a beleaguered city budget after 2010 collections are finalized early next year.
Teenagers from across the country visited Steamboat Springs this week as part of The Children’s Hospital Burn Camp Program. Director Trudy Boulter said the program gives teenagers a chance to challenge themselves physically and mentally — with plenty of time on the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area, for example — while interacting with other teens who have faced similar challenges related to burn injuries.
District will use money collected from the mill levy tax
The South Routt School Board unanimously approved salary step increases for eligible faculty and staff for this school year.
Steamboat's finishers in the SmartWool Alpine Series
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team struggled to match the early intensity of Rock Springs, Wyo., falling, 57-40, in the opening round of the Flaming Gorge Classic 2010 invitational basketball tournament.
Steamboat Art Museum features the oil painter until April 10
In his enormous oil painting of a Native American hunting a buffalo, artist Jim Norton sees the animal as more than a lifeline for the native settlers of the West. A public reception is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today and the show runs until April 10.
Hayden High School junior Ashley Otto stood backstage in the auditorium Wednesday. Her eyes were wide with excitement for opening night of “A Christmas Carol.” The group from Hayden schools will perform today and Saturday.
Join local acoustic band 3Wire tonight and benefit a local cause during the holiday season at Hahns Peak Cafe. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to LIFT-UP of Routt County. Enjoy a glass of Katy’s eggnog and holiday treats. Donate food items at the door or pay $5.
The North Routt Community Charter School took a big step toward building a new facility Thursday. School officials closed on documents that will allow allocation of state grant funding to help pay for the new building’s construction.
The Denver litigation firm of Reilly Pozner LLP, acting on behalf of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, sent a letter Thursday asking The Steamboat Local to remove all copies of its most recent edition from area racks and to retract a story about the Pilot & Today.
Somewhere in the back alleys of Santa Monica, Calif., is a hidden natural world that artist Kathryn Dunlevie can’t get out of her head. In her series “Back Alley Springtime,” on display until Jan. 2 at K. Saari Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs, Dunlevie explores the childhood memories of alleys that run between neighborhood houses.
Did you know that North American Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada and are a renewable, recyclable resource? For each tree harvested, three seedlings are planted in its place.
12:30 a.m. The Oak Creek Fire Protection District and Routt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire in the 300 block of Bell Avenue in Oak Creek. A small fire the started in an upstairs bathroom was the result of laundry stacked against a wall heater. No one was injured, and damages were estimated at $3,000.
Thursday, December 16
YVRA manager hopes to offer hot food within 2 weeks
Hot Dog’n Paradise and HDN Paradise Bar & Grill were shut today because of contract issues with the concessionaire, YVRA Manager Dave Ruppel said. He said he hopes to get a food offering in place within two weeks. The concessionaire hasn't yet returned a call seeking comment.
Buses will leave the Stock Bridge Transit Center for downtown and the mountain through 2:20 a.m. seven days a week.
School district could use extra taxes to reverse salary freeze
South Routt School District Superintendent Scott Mader is scheduled to recommend tonight that the School Board approve salary step increases this year for faculty and staff.
The Hayden School District is creating a plan to improve student achievement. At Wednesday night’s Hayden School Board meeting, Hayden Secondary Schools Principal Troy Zabel presented the Unified Improvement Plan, which is required by the Education Accountability Act of 2009.
Mark Rydberg, Moffat County School District finance director, had some positive financial news Tuesday for the Moffat County School Board. The school district would soon receive an estimated $1.3 million windfall, he said. On Nov. 23, the Moffat County Commission approved the sale of 13,463.65 acres of minerals to several energy companies.
Minnesota-based Kazyak's trio of Jed Anderson, Danny Vitali and guitarist Peter Frey, who make up the intentionally undefined band name Kazyak, will play a free show at Ghost Ranch Saloon at 9 p.m. today. The show kicks off seven shows in seven days on its first trip to Colorado. The band plays folksy jam tunes with rhythmic styles ranging from bluegrass to Spanish rock.
Excel Gymnastics Level 4 and 5 girls wrap up their season
The Excel Gymnastics Level 4 and 5 girls wrapped up their season the past two weekends at the state championships. The Level 4 girls competed Saturday and Sunday at the University of Denver, and the Level 5 girls competed Dec. 4 and 5 in Loveland at Premier Gymnastics.
Flaming Gorge Classic starts today
Give the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team this: The Sailors boys will play any team, anywhere. Steamboat (4-3) heads to the Flaming Gorge Classic 2010 invitational basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo., to play three of the top Class 4A teams in Wyoming. The Steamboat girls play Rock Springs at 6:45 p.m. today.
The significance of today isn’t lost on Chad Gagliano. It’s why he spent part of his Wednesday morning visiting local hotels and reminding concierges about Slopeside Grill’s operating hours, specials and new menu. “This weekend is when things really start to change,” said Gagliano, Slopeside’s general manager. The 25th season of the Fly Steamboat winter air service program touches down today at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
12:56 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 31-year-old Steamboat Springs resident on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under revocation, no proof of insurance, violation of bail bond conditions and defective license plate lamps after a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Walton Creek Road. The person’s car was towed.
Inclement weather prevented Wednesday’s planned visit to Steamboat Springs by Gov. Bill Ritter, who was scheduled to tour the Rollingstone Respite House. Ritter was unable to fly to Steamboat from Denver because of the snow storm. No new date for the outgoing governor’s visit has been scheduled.
Richard Friedman, of Chadwick Real Estate Group, took the stand in Routt County District Court on Tuesday to rebut allegations that he owes First Land Development more than $289,000 in a lawsuit related to complex real estate dealings that are a backdrop for one of the most high-profile arrests in Steamboat Springs’ recent history.
Maasai girls suffer from disjointed exposure to developed world
One of the girls at Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre asked that I buy them phones with Internet capability. I wanted to just laugh at first, but I understood this to be a request deriving from the disjointed exposure that these girls have to the developed world.
Wednesday, December 15
The mother-daughter duo called 911 at about 5 p.m. after spending four hours on the trail. They were found by Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers at 7 p.m.
Hannah Kearney and Patrick Deneen kept their overall freestyle World Cup leads Wednesday in Meribel, France, with a pair of second-place finishes in dual moguls.
Annual scavenger hunt ends in Dr. Rich Weiss Park
The 2010 Yule Log hunt is over, and the winner is a familiar face. Sue Petrillo, who won the search in 2009 with her daughter, found the Yule Log at 4 p.m. Tuesday under the picnic deck at Dr. Rich Weiss Park. Petrillo said the family has decided to donate the prize money to a fund for Michele Dunklin, who was injured in a car wreck Dec. 8.
The pile of clothes was stacked in front of an electrical wall heater that wasn't typically used by residents. Damage from the fire was confined to the home's upstairs bathroom.
Monday, Dec. 13 12:05 a.m. A business in the first block of 10th Street reported receiving harassing phone calls.
SOS Outreach, a sports-based, youth development nonprofit, is seeking volunteers for its snowboarding programs this winter.
The Hayden School Board is scheduled to consider tonight whether to approve the 2010 mill levy for property tax collections next year. One mill equals $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue will set fire to and demolish the bunkhouse, the old boys dorm, at The Lowell Whiteman School this morning.
Commissioners approve more than $3 million for 6 parcels
Efforts to preserve agricultural land in Routt County took a big step forward Tuesday when county commissioners gave final approval to allocating more than $3 million for the conservation of six parcels totaling more than 5,000 acres.
The cold snow cover sparkled as we entered St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday to hear our finest Christmas choir concert by the Steamboat Chamber Singers. Despite the cloud cover, it was indeed a “shining” night. The “This Shining Night” theme came from a poem by James Agee, who is best known as the script writer for John Huston’s film “The African Queen.” The poem printed on the back of the concert program begins:
There is renewed interest in focusing city and county government resources (time and money) on improving the condition of the local economy through targeted economic development efforts. This focus is welcomed. The challenge in the near-term becomes what should be done and how to assess whether the efforts will be effective.
There might be a need for consolidation of city fire services and the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District. Let's make sure the facts are clear before a vote.
Adam Wald, an associate producer for Dateline NBC, is a long way from home. “I do a lot of traveling in the states, following stories where we find them,” said Wald, who typically works at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Wald said Dateline NBC has found a story in Craig, albeit one that took place more than 30 years ago.
This year’s Long Night’s Full Moon is more exceptional than most because it will be totally eclipsed by the shadow of Earth. North America will be perfectly placed to view this eclipse. The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at 11:32 p.m. Monday. The total phase of the eclipse begins at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday. For 72 minutes, the full moon will look like a glowing, orange ember.
The result of the adult coed fall volleyball league championship game was Practice Safe Sets 2, Digga Please 1.
Turnover, World Cup provide opportunity for young Winter Sports Club riders
Turnover means a unique opportunity for several Steamboat Springs athletes this week in Telluride. Seventeen Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes are in Telluride preparing for the snowboard cross and Alpine parallel giant slalom World Cup events.
For the second straight weekend, the Hayden High School wrestling team took a small team to a tournament. The Tigers fielded six wrestlers and finished 11th out of 12 teams Saturday in Delta. Hayden had five wrestlers break team rules and not make the trip. Hayden was paced by Chad Terry’s first-place finish at 130 pounds.
Much of the local cycling talk during the past year has focused on recreation and tourism, but the vision of a great cycling community in Steamboat Springs also includes cycling for transportation. What could we do to make our town an easier, safer and more inspiring place to get around on a bike? Janet Hruby, city engineer for Steamboat Springs, recently shared some perspectives on the complete streets concept.
Vote in the online survey for your favorites between today and Jan. 15
Pilot & Today staff members have spent the past several weeks compiling a comprehensive list of 130 or so questions asking residents and visitors to name everything from their favorite pizza place to their favorite hiking trail.
Scott Tipton has noticed at least one discernible change in his life since winning an election for Congress on the Western Slope: a significant increase in the number of phone calls. “Half of Colorado has my cell phone number,” he noted Tuesday night, standing outside the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs after a visit with county officials.
Tuesday, December 14
Skiers give the Sailors their first loss of the season
The Skiers took out the previously undefeated Sailors, 3-1, at Howelsen Ice Arena. Aspen outskated the Sailors, outhustled them, beat Steamboat to a good percentage of loose pucks and rode the hot goaltending hand of sophomore Alex Parrish. Steamboat (4-1-0) resumes play at 3 p.m. Saturday at home against Peak to Peak.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, falling to Olathe, 40-31. Olathe came into the game with a No. 4 preseason ranking in Class 3A, but that didn’t lessen the blow for Hayden coach Eric Hamilton.
Litigation was related to plane parking project at Yampa Valley Regional Airport
A jury rejected breach-of-contract claims by Connell Resources. The jury’s ruling came Monday night, after eight hours of deliberation on litigation that began more than a year ago and culminated in a trial in Routt County District Court over the past two weeks. The county's attorney said that legal costs probably would exceed $600,000 and that the county probably would try to get some of that money back from Connell.
Ray Birch says he'll still be part of the Hayden community
Ray Birch's new job will include helping with a review of the Routt County Sheriff's Office’s policies and procedures and helping with grant writing. “I love this town, and I love this community,” he said. “This might sound a little corny, but I think of it more as them not losing a chief but gaining an undersheriff."
Movie premier at Ghost Ranch also included in visit
Chris Davenport made laps around Colorado, hiking and skiing all the state’s 14,000-foot peaks. He hasn’t stopped traveling the world to ski since, and he’ll share his stories in Steamboat Springs today.
Deliberations ongoing in contract dispute about YVRA work
A million-dollar dispute between Routt County and paving contractor Connell Resources has moved to a jury in Routt County District Court.
A judicial assistant for U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello said Monday that the start date of Jan. 3 has been vacated for Kellogg’s trial, meaning the trial date was removed from court dockets. No new date has been set.
Steamboat Springs School District auditor Bert Bondi said he would issue a favorable opinion of the district’s 2009-10 financial statements, but is awaiting North Routt Charter School data.
Steamboat’s Over The Hill Gang is offering free daily guided tours of the ski area. Meet outside of Bear River Bar & Grill in Gondola Square at 8:45 a.m. The tour departs at 9 a.m. The group primarily skis on intermediate and advanced trails. All skiers 50 and older are encouraged to take part. An Over the Hill Gang happy hour is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Ptarmigan Inn. Call Frank Dolman at 970-870-8793 with questions.
Steamboat Ski Area officials announced a new promotion that gives skiers and riders two days of lift tickets at Steamboat and two at Winter Park for $199. Called the 4by40 Pass, the package went on sale Monday. The passes must be purchased by Dec. 31, and they include a blackout period of Dec. 27 to 31.
The South Routt School Board will meet at 5 p.m. today at the district administrative offices in Oak Creek to consider certifying the 2010 mill levy for tax collections next year.
12:50 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer helped a driver whose car was disabled on Anglers Drive. A tow truck was called.
Members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club opened the season last week by collecting several top results in Aspen during the first competition of the season Dec. 3 and 4.
Hayden residents will vie for the best Christmas light displays tonight during the annual Hayden Tour of Lights.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s freestyle team hit the ground running in Winter Park during the weekend by posting top results in a key Rocky Mountain Division meet. Coach Erik Skinner said it was a solid meet for the local team with consistent skiing and top results.
The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team went 30-19 on the weekend, the team’s junior varsity athletes cashing in at a tournament in Rifle on Saturday after the varsity team’s strong showing in a pair of Friday night duals.
Among family and friends, Steamboat Springs’ Taylor Fletcher skied his way onto the podium in third place at the final Utah Continental Cup competition Sunday on the Olympic trails at Soldier Hollow, Utah. Frenchman Geoffrey LaFarge came from nearly two minutes behind and crossed the line for the victory making up a 1:54 deficit.
Printing, antique shops filled with history
Next to the old-style drug store with a soda fountain offering ice cream and hot dogs is a heavy, wide-swinging door that opens to a flight of well-worn stairs. Up those stairs is a trip back in time.
Monday, December 13
Steamboat girls coach John Ameen said he doesn’t use any motivational tricks. He doesn’t generate any radically different gameplan or install a series of special plays. Steamboat rode a massive 22-point third quarter boom to a home victory Monday against Aspen.
Time and time again the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team pieced together small runs, surging ahead of Aspen on Monday night. Steamboat won at home, 52-47.
Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins has offered his undersheriff position to Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who said today that he'll take the job.
Older relatives and friends may present a challenge when it comes to buying gifts. After all, most have downsized to smaller living spaces and typically don’t need more things. Often, the best gift a person can give an older adult is to spend time with that person. Still, families and friends like to bring tokens of their affection when they visit, or to send a little something to let someone know they are in their thoughts. Like anyone, older adults appreciate items that are useful, engaging or meaningful.
There weren’t enough seats in the auditorium. There weren’t enough lines in the signature books for friends and relatives. And there were nowhere near enough tissues Sunday at Steamboat Springs High School, where it felt like all of Steamboat Springs gathered to honor and remember native son Dale Coyner, a sergeant in the Steamboat Springs Police Department, a husband and a father, and a man unquestionably loved by the hundreds in attendance.
Rural district changes name, takes 1st step toward ballot proposal
The fire district surrounding Steamboat Springs is formalizing its efforts to place a property tax before city voters next year in order to consolidate local fire and emergency services in one funding entity. Such a consolidation would implement a property tax for city residents. A reduction of some of the city’s sales tax would offset that property tax.
One of the best chances for a state title in Routt County this year resides in and around the trails at Howelsen Hill. Steamboat Springs is naturally built for a powerful Nordic ski team. So as the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team prepares for the 2010-11 campaign, it’s hard not to put expectations high.
The hard work put into the inaugural Ride 4 Yellow event is starting to pay off. A granting committee under the umbrella of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation now is accepting grant applications.
The levy of about 15.7 mills is a slight increase from last year’s mill rate of about 11.6, because the district inadvertently over-collected property taxes for 2007-08 and 2008-09.
The puck rattled around between a trio of defenders near the net early in the third period, as a pair of Steamboat Springs U19 girls players poked in to try to score the go-ahead goal. Eventually, that worked, the puck not slamming into the back of the net, but instead skidding over the line by a few inches.
As each year passes, it’s increasingly easy to guess the bracket of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out basketball tournament. In its 12th year, the tournament usually draws most of the same teams from the year before. That’s not by accident.
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $14 adult immunizations for a limited time.
12:29 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 2600 block of Burgess Creek Road.
When it comes to cooking, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Somehow, I tend to either slice a finger on the utensils or burn myself. A lot. Consequently, aloe vera has been the best ingredient we stock in our kitchen.
I have been Yampa Valley Medical Center’s oncology director and nurse for more than 20 years. As cancer care has become ever more complex, the type of guidance I supply now is recognized by the term “patient navigation.”
In 2001, Missy Detzner and her father climbed to the 14,259-foot summit of Longs Peak. Detzner said the beauty and challenge of that hike eventually brought her to Craig. “That was really what sold me,” Detzner said of the mountainous West. “On the way home, I told my dad, ‘As soon as I’m done with school, I’m moving to Colorado.’” Four years later, Detzner fulfilled that promise. After graduating from Marquette University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2005, Detzner packed her bags to take a job at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, where she’s been ever since.
Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners
Sunday, December 12
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-226 Original Grantor(s): Anna M Montoya and Christoper S Daniels Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for IndyMac Bank, F.S.B., a federally chartered savings bank
COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-224 Original Grantor(s): Wilton Development of Steamboat, LLC, a Virginia limited liability company Original Beneficiary(ies): Wachovia Bank, National Association
Billy Demong was the top American finisher Saturday in Park City, Utah, during the second weekend of Continental Cup action. Demong returned to the U.S. after two weeks on the World Cup tour. He was fifth Saturday in a photo finish.
Remodeled shoe store uncovers past
When Rick and Linda Petet bought the building at 908 Lincoln Ave. in August, they knew they wanted to restore its storefront to its original condition, but they didn’t know the treasure they would find when they stripped the interior.
Pam Wertz said last week that a local weight loss program helped her lose 52 pounds. She was one of several people who credited Wisdom Wellness & Weight-Loss for helping them lose weight. The program emphasizes exercise, nutrition and support.
Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley finished fourth in the season-opening Visa U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix on Saturday in Copper Mountain.
Steamboat Springs’ Eliza Outtrim opened the freestyle World Cup season Saturday just off the podium in Ruka, Finland.
Essam Welch traveled halfway around the world, competed in a world-class mountain bike race and spent a month pedaling across one of the world’s most beautiful countries. All that, and what was the lesson he brought with him last month when he came back to the home he loves in Steamboat Springs?
It’s the time of year when we have to find the time to decorate the house, find the time to wrap all those holiday gifts and find the time to spend a few moments with our family and loved ones.
Three temporary laboratories at and around Steamboat Ski Area are part of the Storm Peak Laboratory Cloud Property Validation Experiment, or Stormvex, a Department of Energy-funded project that brings atmospheric scientists from across the country to study liquid, mixed-phase and precipitating clouds.
Aside from the tale of a crazy race and an idea for a vacation that would be hard to rival, Essam Welch’s story of his trip to New Zealand to ride in the Singlespeed World Championships was valuable as an insight into mountain biking in other parts of the world.
Way to ignore a pivotal day in American history! Does Dec. 7, 1941, ring any bells for what happened at Pearl Harbor? It was the day America got into the second World War. Not any mention of it in Tuesday’s paper.
Our regular volunteer driver wasn’t able to deliver meals to our homebound senior citizens in Steamboat Springs one day last month, so I filled in. As I drove from house to house dropping off Chef Joe’s tasty beef stew, I got to meet the folks I’ve spoken to on the phone so many times about their home-delivered meals.
The Hayden School District RE-1 Board of Education would like to thank the voters of our district for passing Referendum 3B.
Thank goodness for the lottery, especially during difficult economic times like these. The city of Steamboat Springs received final approval last week from Great Outdoors Colorado on $1.5 million in grants to kick-start Phase 3 of improvements at Howelsen Hill as well as finalize the purchase of 580 acres of land from Lyman Orton.
Industry sees increased competition as winter weather arrives in Steamboat
Steamboat’s powder movers aren’t yet seeing salvation from the snow gods. Rather, they’re hedging their bets about the rest of the coming winter and hoping to make ends meet through a job that’s quietly vital to local businesses and residences.
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.
Steamboat Springs High School graduate Bryce Mayo graduated Dec. 3 from the Naval Training Command (boot camp) in Great Lakes, Ill. His division graduated with Hall of Fame status. Mayo will transfer to Pensacola, Fla., for aircrewman school where he will prepare to serve as a non-pilot crew member on a Navy aircraft.
Happy birthday wishes to Judy Hockett, Alyssa Kelton, Koleman Williams, Heather Wertenberger, Lily Svoboda, Patty Bruchez and Julie Redmond.
Sympathy to Verna Whaley and her family. Her brother passed away, and she wasn’t able to visit family on account of a recent knee surgery. Her knee is doing well.
Hot tub enclosure moves complex toward modern image
After 30 years, the Shadow Run condominium complex could use a facelift, and owners there have tangible evidence this winter of what a little nip and tuck could do for the property. Shadow Run now has a handsome new hot tub enclosure and outdoor fire pit with a contemporary steel chimney.
The Colorado Association of Realtors has awarded local Realtor Jill Limberg, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, this year’s “Purple Cow” award, based on the premise that she differentiated herself from the competition by doing something remarkable. The award is named for author Seth Godin’s best-selling book, “The Purple Cow.”
Real estate transactions for Dec. 3 to 9
12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 2500 block of Longthong. No more information was available.
Saturday, December 11
Steamboat got a first-period goal from John Wharton and back-to-back early second-period goals from Michael Samuelson and Patrick Weston in their 6-1 win Saturday.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team blew out Vail Christian on the road, 72-39. The Rolando sisters paced Hayden. Junior Kelsey Rolando picked up her first varsity points, hitting four 3-point shots. Senior Kyra Rolando, meanwhile, had 14 points.
Playing in the consolation game of the Meeker Tournament against the host Cowboys, the Tigers picked up steam during the second half and pulled out a 63-50 win over a tough rival. Senior Graig Medvesk again led the team, finishing with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Sailors finish home tournament in fourth place
For the third straight season, the Sailors girls basketball team played D’Evelyn in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out. The Jaguars started fast and used the full-court press to keep the Sailors out of the game, winning, 77-55.
Team falls to Windsor at home tournament
The Sailors lost today, falling 49-35 to Windsor in the the 12th annual Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out largely because of ball-control problems in the second half. The team finished its home tournament 1-2. The loss helped show the team what it needs to do to win.
Tabor and Tyler Scholl, of Kremmling, raced to titles at the 2010 AAU National Cross-Country Championships on Dec. 4 in Orlando, Fla.
Jewell, Wild place 5th, 6th
Alpine snowboarders Tyler Jewell and Vic Wild, who have trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, raced to top finishes Friday at a World Cup parallel giant slalom in Limone Piemonte, Italy.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team remained undefeated, easily skating to a 5-2 win Friday at Pine Creek.
The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team didn’t emerge unscathed, but it did come away from a pair of Friday night duals plenty proud. The Sailors, a non-factor in wrestling in recent years, beat Battle Mountain, 34-33, in a dual in Glenwood Springs.
Nearly everything went right for the Hayden High School boys basketball team in the final two minutes of Friday’s semifinal showdown against Grand Valley in the Meeker Tournament.
Yampa Valley Medical Center's new $1.7M machine boasts best technology available
Three years of fundraising efforts involving hundreds of people have paid off for Yampa Valley Medical Center patients. On Tuesday, YVMC CEO Karl Gills volunteered his heart and body to show people the capabilities of the new $1.7 million CT scan machine.
Sailors team struggles to take care of ball against Fossil Ridge at Shoot-Out
In a sloppy semifinal game of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, Fossil Ridge’s full-court press was too much, and the Sabercats ran away with a 36-27 win against the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team Friday.
This is the time of the year when my wise old father is fond of pronouncing, “Christmas is for kids!” Certainly, in the secular sense, Professor Ross is correct. But there is a little bit of child in all of us, and I went out in search of mine during a hectic lunch hour Friday. Thanks to Routt County United Way’s Holiday Wishes program, I found my inner boy.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter visited Rifle on Thursday afternoon and praised the town’s elected officials and community leaders for their dedication to promote renewable energy and economic viability.
School lunches for the week of Dec. 13
For 21 years, The Home Ranch Executive Chef Clyde Nelson has been tucked away at the ranch in Clark, cooking gourmet food using local ingredients. On Sunday, Nelson and Chef de Cuisine Craig Singer will make an appearance in Steamboat Springs to sign copies of two new cookbooks that feature them and Routt County-inspired recipes.
Holiday events aboard today and Sunday in Steamboat Springs and across Routt County. Check out the Oak Creek Holiday Festival, beginning at 9 a.m., or the Merry Mainstreet holiday celebration, beginning at 5 p.m., for family-friendly fun.
Registration is open for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs beginning in January and February.
Friday, December 10
Steamboat boys overcome 16-point 4th quarter deficit against D’Evelyn
For those that may have written off the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team — or left in the third quarter of Friday’s game against D’Evelyn — something profound happened in the fourth quarter of the Sailors’ second game in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out. After seven quarters, the Sailors finally got their groove back, winning 53-51 in overtime.
West Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bryan Rickman acted quickly in wreck Wednesday that left Michele Dunklin critically injured. Dunklin remains in intensive care at Denver Health.
The gondola and Storm Peak lifts at Steamboat Ski Area were closed because of high winds, but the gondola has since reopened. The Four Points lift is on hold, according to a ski area spokeswoman.
Event includes light parade, games, Santa Claus
This year's holiday kickoff event will include a light parade, reindeer games and visits with Santa Claus. Lincoln Avenue will be closed Saturday evening from Fifth Street to 11th Street for the street festival.
Longtime bank teller Michele Dunklin remains in intensive care
Michele Dunklin, 47, has been identified as the woman who was critically injured in a U.S. Highway 40 head-on collision Wednesday. She remains in intensive care at Denver Health. A blog has been set up to let friends know how Dunklin is doing.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team opened its season Thursday in the first round of the Meeker Tournament with an easy 69-45 win against Mancos.
Memorial youth hockey tournament in town this weekend
Young hockey players from across the state will swarm Howelsen Ice Arena for a second consecutive weekend. This time, however, it’s the girls’ turn. Teams in three divisions will take part in the Adele Dombrowski Memorial Tournament.
Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball advanced to tonight’s semifinal round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, its home tournament, with a 43-34 come-from-behind victory against the Windsor Wizards. The Sailors now will play at 6:30 p.m. against Fossil Ridge.
In an effort to get residents out of their homes and into downtown Oak Creek for a day, the town is holding its second annual Holiday Festival today and Saturday.
Businesses prepare for next week's influx of visitors
Owner Chris Smith is celebrating Powder Pursuits’ new location today, which he said is the formal grand opening of the space that’s been serving customers for about a week on Mount Werner Circle. The store’s celebration today is one of several business changes at the base area.
Weather warning in place for Mount Werner
Mount Werner and parts of Steamboat Ski Area are under a winter storm warning from noon today until 3 p.m. Saturday for a storm system expected to hit the higher elevations hardest while dropping between 4 and 8 inches in town. An avalanche watch is in effect for the mountains around Steamboat.
Debate did not even reach a simmer during Thursday night’s Hayden Town Council meeting, when council members unanimously approved a substantial water and sewer rate increase.
Bethany Aurin’s fingers were busy this week, dialing the phone numbers of a select group of local children and adults to inform them of their status as 2010 Routt County Gymkhana Club champions.
7:48 a.m. A person complained about noise in the 400 block of Ore House Plaza. A warning was issued.
Join a group of Yampa Valley voices in a celebration of holiday and classical favorites for the winter season, directed by Marie Carmichael. Steamboat Chamber Singers will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Episcopal Church.
The Steamboat Youth Hockey Association will host the girls U12 and U19 divisions today through Sunday in the Adele Dombrowski Tournament. All games will be at Howelsen Ice Arena, and admission is free.
What members of the Routt County 4-H Livestock Judging Team will remember most is not how they placed at a recent national competition — eighth — or that they won the national title in the cattle judging division. Instead, team members Catharine Koroulis and Mackenzie Carnahan will remember the camaraderie and friendships.
Band releases 5th full-length album
The three-piece blues-rock band Tijerina will play a free show at 9 p.m. Saturday and will feature Todd Tijerina on electric guitar and vocals, Dave Heidt on bass and Curly Castillo on drums, celebrating the release of their new album, “Meant To Be.” “Meant To Be,” released this fall, is Tijerina’s fifth full-length effort.
Colorado Mountain College fall art show sales to benefit rescue center in Kenya
In one semester at Colorado Mountain College, Brianna Wilhelm went from a camera novice to a member of a group art show in downtown Steamboat Springs. Photos from the 15-person class, as well as paintings from a CMC art class, will remain on display all month, offering exposure for the young artists.
Elk River’s over-appropriation grabs attention of ranchers
Growth and development in North Routt County has increased the number of cups dipping into the Elk River, creating tighter permitting regulations after its entire basin is designated as over-appropriated as of Jan. 1.
We all have our own reasons for calling Routt County home. As different as these reasons may be, I bet we all agree that we are lucky to live in paradise. But what is it exactly that makes this place so special, how did it get this way and who is responsible for keeping it this way?
Steamboat Springs guitarist Bill Martin vividly recalls his mother, Laura, playing the song “Laura” from the 1944 Otto Preminger film of the same name. So it’s no coincidence that he included the tune among 14 tracks on his new solo album of jazz standards.
Thursday, December 9
Sailors shoot 24 percent from the field at shoot-out
For the better part of four quarters against Palmer Ridge at the Steamboat Shoot-Out, the Sailors couldn’t bring the game together offensively. The result was another lackluster offensive performance and a 44-30 loss.
West Routt Fire Protection District firefighter Dal Leck said he could not provide the name of the woman critically injured in a head-on collision because of privacy rules. He said the woman had been flown to a Denver hospital after crews took her to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Robert Cash is scheduled for a 10-day trial in May
A Steamboat Springs man accused of shooting his wife before turning the gun on himself pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder during his arraignment Thursday in District Court. A 10-day trial for Robert Cash has been scheduled for May 16 to 27.
Common form for a settler’s abode But this one’s size had another mode. Close your eyes or dance your feet This is where folks would meet to eat.
Caught between a love of summer and winter, the 28-year-old frontman for the Codi Jordan Band incorporates the positive vibes and upbeat lifestyle of beach and mountain culture in his reggae rock outfit. Codi Jordan Band will play at Ghost Ranch Saloon tonight.
Outgoing Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall, notorious for ongoing battles with the Routt County Board of Commissioners over control, stressed the importance of maintaining control of a sheriff’s office during a speech to Colorado’s new top law enforcement officials Monday.
Ski Corp. also announces changes to First Tracks program
Steamboat Ski Area plans to open the Sundown Express, Elkhead and South Peak chairlifts Friday, providing access to additional terrain as the onset of the Fly Steamboat winter air service program nears.
Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out boasts loaded brackets
Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe knows two things about the Sailors’ first-round opponent in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out: Palmer Ridge has about 1,200 students, and it’s in Monument. “Besides that,” he said, “we’ll see what they bring.”
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to spend about $25,000 to provide $100 “appreciation bonuses” to full-time county employees.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Nordic skiing program walked away with four first-place finishes, including dominance from the team’s girls skiers, at a Breckenridge event. They grabbed all but one podium spot in four races.
Young hockey players to head to Pepsi Center
The 8-year-olds in Steamboat’s Mites division will play Jan. 8 during the intermissions of the Avalanche-New York Islanders game at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association is selling tickets to the game, and $5 from each sale will go back to the club.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team opens its season today, traveling to the Meeker Tournament. The Tigers, who are one of the last area teams to get started, will be working in three new starters and a whole bunch of bench players.
Rams lose to Steamboat JV, Moffat County JV
The Soroco High School boys basketball team dropped a pair of games Monday and Tuesday. The Rams lost, 45-33, to the Steamboat Springs junior varsity squad and 44-40 to the Moffat County junior varsity team.
Moose can become aggressive toward dogs
Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are cautioning pet owners that in a confrontation with a belligerent moose, a dog may not be your best friend after all.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this week to accept plans to conserve portions of six rural properties comprising 5,255 acres through the taxpayer-funded Purchase of Development Rights program.
The Record for Dec. 7, 2010
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is seeking volunteers for Merry Mainstreet, set for 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The event starts with a light parade from Sixth Street to 10th Street on Lincoln Avenue.
Holiday tradition resumes with daily clues for hidden item
Holiday puzzle fans, rejoice: Routt County’s annual riddle has returned. The search for the Steamboat Springs Yule Log begins today, continuing a December tradition that dates back at least 30 years.
Wednesday, December 8
DeAngelo, the former investigator for the 14th Judicial District, recently took a position with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, which he has called a “dream job.”
Marco Pauvert was accused of exposing himself to 2 women
Epicurean owner Marco Pauvert pleaded guilty as part of a deal offered by the Routt County District Attorney’s Office. A second indecent exposure charge was dropped as part of the deal.
A Chevrolet Trailblazer was eastbound west of Hayden when it tried to pass a semitrailer and struck a pickup. One person was critically injured in the wreck, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said.
Great Outdoors Colorado OKs grants for ski jumps, lighting, Orton land
Great Outdoors Colorado approved $1.5 million in grants for Steamboat Springs today: $900,000 for Howelsen Hill improvements and $600,000 for the purchase of a 586-acre Emerald Mountain parcel.
A Craig man’s drug case was bound over Tuesday from Moffat County Court to Moffat County District Court. Bryan Keith Koppe is charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
Members request development conditions before dissolving contract with college
City officials nudged Colorado Mountain College’s proposed construction project forward Tuesday night, but they’re not ready to release the reins quite yet. The Steamboat Springs City Council voted, 5-2, to give initial support to dissolving the city’s intergovernmental agreement with CMC.
Add a tractor to your wish list for your farm, garden or to get rid of that skunk
If you have a real farm or ranch, a tractor is an essential tool that is part of your life. However, if you have an acre or a few acres, you should consider a tractor as an item for your gift list or your wish list.
The Hayden Town Council will consider Thursday whether to raise its monthly water rates by 40 percent and sewer rates 100 percent to make the department sustainable. If approved, base water rate will increase from $19 to $26.60.
Among the blessings our community ought to treasure this holiday season is our splendid Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and Richardson, its incredibly able music director and conductor, who clearly loves this area as much as we do.
LIFT-UP board’s annual meeting set for Dec. 15 The annual meeting of the Board of Directors for LIFT-UP of Routt County is at 9 a.m. Dec. 15. The meeting is at the LIFT-UP Conference Room, 2125 Curve Court. The public is invited. For more information, call 970-870-0727.
Conde Nast Traveler named Steamboat Ski Area one of the continent’s top 20 ski resorts in its annual readers’ choice survey, published in the magazine’s December issue. Steamboat is also listed in the top five in Colorado.
Steamboat Springs officials asked their Routt County counterparts this week for reassurances that the Routt County Regional Building Department will remain solvent during the downturn.
Two Moffat County Commissioners took issue with a statement released Monday night by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter endorsing Colorado House Bill 10-1365 and encouraging the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to pass plans to implement the bill. Commissioner Tom Gray said Ritter’s statement on the bill, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, is “a straw man vision that embraces higher energy cost and not very much common sense.” “It doesn’t take into account what we have as natural resources in Colorado,” Gray said. “It doesn’t take into account how it affects local communities. It takes into account a vision of higher energy costs and steps in a direction that doesn’t reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
First Lt. Mike Toovey said Moffat County Search and Rescue assisted four hunters Monday night whose vehicle was stuck, leaving them in cold conditions for about three hours. “It just got wet out there,” Toovey said. “The mud gummed them up, and they just couldn’t get out.” No one was injured, but Toovey said one of the men was treated for signs of hypothermia.
Group: Steps taken to ensure timely future tax returns
Education Fund Board leaders said they have taken numerous steps to ensure that the nonprofit organization’s annual tax returns are filed on time in future years. Fund Board President Kristi Brown said the group has a new auditing firm and hired an accountant.
The constellation of Gemini the Twins is about to become a hot spot of activity for the next two weeks. Skywatchers will notice lots of fiery streaks of light coming from Gemini as a result of the annual Geminid meteor shower. The shower should peak close to dawn Tuesday.
Steamboat police report 5 noninjury accidents by midafternoon Tuesday
Winter weather Monday night and early Tuesday resulted in 6 inches of snow at Steamboat Ski Area and slick roads in Routt County. By Tuesday afternoon, the Steamboat Springs Police Department had responded to five noninjury accidents.
The Soroco High School girls basketball team kept its clean record intact with a pair of wins the past two days. Soroco, 3-0, beat the Steamboat Springs junior varsity team, 56-25, on Monday and the Moffat County junior varsity squad, 50-47, on Tuesday.
The Denver Post named Chris Zirkle, who ran cross-country for Moffat County High School and attends Hayden High School, to the All-Colorado Class 4A cross-country team.
With just a small portion of its team, the Hayden High School wrestling squad placed a pair of wrestlers Saturday at a meet in Middle Park. Cory Terry, at 119 pounds, went 4-1 on the day and finished sixth. Terry lost his fifth- and sixth-place match via a coin flip.
The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team placed three wrestlers Saturday at a meet in Middle Park. Led by sophomore Casey Williams’ third-place finish at 140 pounds, Steamboat had a solid showing in the first meet of the year. Nathan Parks placed fourth at 112 pounds, and Josh Reynolds was sixth at 140 pounds.
The recent offshore wind power line investment by Google and other firms along the Atlantic Coast marks a monumental steppingstone in America’s fight for energy independence via clean resources. Finally, the day has come that big corporations have approached this vital issue.
would like to respond to the letter written by Ken Collins in the Steamboat Pilot & Today (“D.C. disconnected,” Dec. 5, 2010). I feel your pain, Ken, about the frustration you must feel about majority rule and democracy. But the United States never has been, never was intended to be and hopefully never will be a democracy.
In a town that prides itself on access to its uniquely beautiful, natural surroundings, there exists another treasure in which this town ought to take great pride. That treasure is the Doak Walker Care Center. From the perspective of my nursing experience, the staff at the Doak is one of the finest I’ve encountered.
The city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County have tasked some staff members with tweaking information in the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan. Although this plan has value for government officials and the community, now is not the appropriate time to devote resources to it.
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore has taken its local bookshop flavor to a well-traveled path at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. On Friday, the bookstore opened a second location in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
With just 17 shopping days left before Christmas, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift or creative stocking stuffer. Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t think about essential items for that special cyclist on your list.
Championships — Monday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Steamboat Springs Middle School, Digga Please vs. Practice Safe Sets
Tuesday, December 7
Steamboat Ski Patrol and Routt County Search and Rescue partnered Monday to carry out an injured snowboarder who had gone out of bounds at Steamboat Ski Area.
$3.2 million grant to cover construction of new building
The nearly $3.2 million Building Excellent Schools Today grant from the state will cover most of the construction costs for the new North Routt Community Charter School.
Pollution controls approved for Hayden Station power plant in Routt County
The state's Public Utilities Commission voted Monday to shut six Front Range coal-fired power units and allow Xcel Energy to replace them with a new, $530 million gas-fired plant, according to The Denver Post. Pollution controls were approved for Hayden Station in Routt County.
7:34 p.m. An officer responded to a report of people having sex in vehicle parked in the 2700 block of Laurel Lane. The officer gave a warning to the car’s occupants.
Christian Heritage School recently released its first-quarter honor roll and high honor roll for its middle and high schools.
Sixth-graders: Sarvis Robert Anarella, DaKota BreAnne Bruner, Amy Chen, Cassandra Nina Constine, Austin James Derick, Abraham Ricardo Gomez, Kendra Leigh Halder, Emma Sage Johnson, Lohgan Ruth McClung, Ivan Gerardo Perez, Cody Ray Roundtree, Danielle Leigh Villa and Michaela Leigh Villa.
Bud Werner Memorial Library continues the Guys Read book club for boys ages 9 and older and their dads or an older male figure for the winter. Guys Read will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14 in the library’s Teen Project Room. Pizza will be provided.
Can you imagine how sassy magpies would be if they could talk smack? It’s not out of the question; there’s a reason some folks in Northwest Colorado refer to magpies as timber parrots. Their tone sounds darned insulting.
College officials await City Council decision about agreement
The administrative and classroom building proposed for Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs has been given the green light.
Council to discuss possible Yampa development, improvements
City officials plan to continue their focus on economic development tonight with a wide-ranging discussion of Steamboat Springs’ water assets and future needs.
Bringing data up to date in Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan a goal
City and county government leaders agreed Monday to take the first steps to revise the community-driven planning document that has been relied on for 15 years to provide a philosophical basis for month-to-month decision making.
The Denver Broncos wanted Josh McDaniels to bring the New England Patriots’ winning ways with him to the Rocky Mountains when they hired McDaniels 22 months ago. What they got instead was the ash-gray hoodie and their very own videotaping scandal to go with a pile of losses and personnel blunders that cost him his job not even halfway through his four-year contract.
Monday, December 6
Steamboat district to give salary step increases for staff, faculty
An audience of about 20 Steamboat Springs School District teachers gave thanks to the School Board on Monday night after a 4-1 vote approved salary step pay raises for staff for the current school year.
Auction raises $4,400 for 25 nonprofits
The Hayden Christmas Tree Festival was hosted for the fourth year on Sunday. More than 100 people attended the event, where they bid on Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces entered for auction by 25 local nonprofit groups.
Approval would provide faculty, staff with salary step increases
Additional revenue from an unexpected influx of students has put the Steamboat Springs School District in a position to give its faculty and staff raises that weren’t budgeted this year. The Steamboat Springs School Board will consider a proposal from the district’s Collaborative Bargaining Team during a special meeting tonight.
We’ve all heard some form of the phrase: There isn’t much in life that’s fair. In some regards, that’s true. But one of the best things about sports is that they eliminate most of life’s unfairness. Those who put in work, develop chemistry, get some breaks and come together at the right time usually prosper.
The Record for Dec. 4
Merry Mainstreet, a downtown holiday celebration, is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue. As part of the celebration, there will be a gingerbread house tour. The deadline had been extended to Saturday for those interested in entering a gingerbread house.
Parsley is undoubtedly one of the most familiar herbs — maybe even too familiar to generate much excitement. Some of us remember and dismiss it as a garnish that perched (often paired with a slice of orange) on the side of every restaurant entree we ever ordered. Little did we know, or probably care, that the little piece of ruffled leaves was packed with vitamins, minerals and antiseptic chlorophyll, making it a beneficial as well as attractive.
Officer Doug Scherar, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said police responded Sunday morning to a break-in and theft at West End Liquor, in a commercial plaza on Lincoln Avenue on Steamboat Springs’ west side.
Wildlife experts say several trail areas are key to elk survival
The region’s large elk herds are moving into their winter habitat, and local wildlife officers have responded by enacting voluntary closures to protect those areas. The public is being asked to avoid 10 local areas that are important to the animals’ winter survival.
It is difficult to correct a myth, but that is the goal of this column. We’re taking direct aim at the persistent rumor alleging that Yampa Valley Medical Center has “a high rate of infections.” The very opposite is true.
The Steamboat Pee Wee A boys hockey team braced for the hurricane it knew was coming. Arapahoe pulled its goalie and a wave of blue-clad players screamed down the ice, desperate for a goal. But the Steamboat team came away with a 2-1 title-game victory at Ski Town Classic hockey tournament.
County Agenda for Dec. 6 and 7
Sunday, December 5
Todd Lodwick can’t strap on skis for a Continental Cup competition without being reminded that in the world of Nordic combined, he’s old. But Lodwick proved Sunday, for the second time in the weekend, that 34 is the new 21, and that when it comes to his sport on his hill and his track in his town, he’s ageless.
It was a simple toast, and it came from a tall, white-haired man with rosy cheeks who raised his plastic cup to a room full of people who helped save his life four months ago. Across the room at the Routt County Search and Rescue barn on Yampa Street, 20 team members and their families raised their glasses to Craig Horlacher at the heart of a remarkable story of survival.
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Steamboat Springs police sergeant succumbs to cancer Saturday morning
Dale Coyner, a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer of more than a decade, died in his sleep early Saturday morning at his Steamboat home after battling stage 4 esophageal cancer for about five months.
5 Soroco athletes place at Middle Park High School tournament
Soroco High School junior Tristan Palyo led the way Saturday as the Rams wrestling team opened its season with a strong performance at a tournament at Middle Park High School. Palyo was second, wrestling in the finals of a high school tournament for the first time.
The Steamboat Springs Sailors scored three first-period goals, and the Summit High hockey team was never able to claw its way back Saturday on a strange afternoon at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge. Senior goaltender Erik Owen stood tall in net, making 24 saves and leading the Sailors to victory.
Ski Town Classic youth hockey tournament, Dec. 3 to 5, 2010, at Howelsen Ice Arena.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team won handily Saturday afternoon, defeating Basalt, 47-33, at the Brenda Patch Tournament in Roaring Fork. The Sailors built on their lead steadily throughout the game, but it was a huge third quarter that put the contest out of reach.
Aging Well calendar journals, featuring color photos of 60 active older adults in Northwest Colorado, are available with a minimum $5 donation to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
Hayden, South Routt feel less of a pinch despite enrollment drops
A provision in Colorado’s school funding law has allowed the Hayden and South Routt school districts to stay financially healthy despite having fewer students this year. This year, Hayden’s enrollment decreased by 18 students, and South Routt has 26 fewer students.
My wife and I would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers for their response to our call for help when we became lost while snowshoeing on Buffalo Pass on Nov. 27.
This past Sunday, while up snowboarding and skiing in Buff Pass, I took a wrong turn and ended up on a cliff in the Fish Creek drainage. Having only an avalanche beacon and a walkie-talkie, I was able to radio my party that I was lost and couldn’t get back up the hill.
It wasn’t long ago that Rick Mewborn would have drooled at the idea of getting a World Cup, Continental Cup or any other major international competition to come to the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill. These days, the longtime Steamboat Springs resident isn’t worried about getting. He’s more into giving.
Two years ago, the Hayden girls basketball began its drive to the state basketball tournament by winning a season-opening tournament in Meeker. The Tigers now are hoping another win in that same tournament can signal the start of another great campaign.
The third quarter proved decisive for the Steamboat boys Saturday, and it was just as important for the Steamboat girls basketball team. The Sailors outscored Basalt by 18 in the third quarter Saturday on the way to a 44-33 victory in the Brenda Patch Tournament in Roaring Fork.
It seems a little surreal, doesn’t it? I spent most of this week skiing as much as possible. It was fantastic — Sunday and Monday stood out as two of the best days in my years skiing in Steamboat Springs.
The Record for Dec. 3
We’re all susceptible to backcountry misadventure, no matter our preferred form of recreation or our level of experience. Accidents and mistakes happen to the best of us, and when they do, we’re fortunate to have the dedicated volunteers of Search and Rescue to save our hides. But it’s plain foolish for backcountry users to not take basic precautions that decrease the chance of outdoor misfortune.
Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Dec. 6 to 10
The Jail Report for Nov. 27 to Dec. 3
Happy birthday wishes to Christine Epp, John Gossert, Levi Archuleta and Noel Madsen.
Sympathy to the family and friends of Bob Myers, who passed away at the Doak Walker Care Center at the age of 101 on Tuesday. Love and prayers from everybody at the Doak.
Bill Starkey and his partner, W.C. White, of Evergreen, have just become the majority partners in longstanding Steamboat real estate agency Old Town Realty, which is poised to become a Keller Williams Realty franchise as soon as they can get the banner up over the office.
Small Steamboat Springs real estate brokerage sees growth
One of Steamboat Springs’ smaller real estate brokerages has found a way to prosper and even grow during the past 20 months as the market stagnated. Ted Hoffman, of High Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty, said last week that his office has exceeded its expectations this year.
Real Living Professional Group has announced the relocation of its real estate offices from Central Park Plaza to the Chieftain Building, 345 Lincoln Ave., Suite 202, as of Nov. 15.
It’s not that they don’t like taking advantage of Steamboat Springs’ winter outdoors activity offerings. They’ve eaten up this year’s early season powder, and they’ll skate ski as the winter wears on. It’s just that for many Routt County athletes, the dawn of winter doesn’t mean the end of running.
Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2010
Present-day American democracy is getting worse all the time. Majority rule is no longer the case. The GOP is holding democracy hostage and has since January 2008.
Saturday, December 4
Todd Lodwick, at 34 years old, did what he’s done so many times on the jumps at Howelsen Hill and the cross-country course at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena. The two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist finished first.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team fell behind early against Roaring Fork on Friday, before getting contributions from all over the place in a 49-43 win.
For what Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen called a roller coaster of a game, the result sure didn’t seem that way. Steamboat opened its season Friday in the Brenda Patch Tournament in Roaring Fork, easily dispatching the host school, 50-29.
The Soroco High School girls basketball team had little trouble with North Park on Thursday, easily winning, 51-29.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team opened the season Thursday with a 57-29 rout of North Park. Soroco led by just seven at halftime, with North Park even cutting the lead to four, before the Rams burst out in the third quarter and ran away with the game.
Bruggink returns for 3rd stab at medal
Coach Jay Whaley said the atmosphere has been fun, but Friday night, the feeling coursing through the Soroco High School wrestling team was exhaustion. The Rams breathed deeply after capping off their final workout before the regular seasons starts at 9 a.m. today.
Thirteen nations and 52 athletes will return to Howelsen Hill at 9:30 a.m. today for the Nordic Excavating 2010 FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup meet. The one-jump, 10-kilometer ski race event will be the first Continental Cup competition of the season, and the U.S. team has high expectations.
The Record for Dec. 2
Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a twice-weekly Body Sculpting Class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Haven Community Center in Hayden. The class runs Monday through Jan. 31 and is led by fitness trainer Tammy Workman. The cost is $112 for the eight-week program.
In Ernest Richardson’s childhood, the holiday season meant concerts, preparations and rehearsals. In Steamboat Springs, where he directs the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra in its 19th season, Richardson still thinks there’s nothing like a holiday concert to jump-start the spirit of the season.
Delaney Ziegman opened her journal to one of 37 pages she’d written in the past month. Wednesday night at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Delaney — along with her new writing friends — celebrated the completion of a story of about 5,000 words during National Novel Writing Month’s Young Writers Program.
I located a great new public restroom today, one that I’ve overlooked for many years. I thought I’d let you in on it so you can pinpoint it on a Google Map. Let’s face it: Steamboat Springs may be home to abundant snow, but truly public restrooms are scarce.
Number of households receiving aid reaches 316 in Routt County
Times are tough and getting tougher in Routt County. The number of households receiving federal food assistance has more than doubled to 316 in two years, and the total amount of those benefits is expected to reach $1.125 million this year and grow to $1.25 million in 2011.
Friday, December 3
Ski area officials deny search allegations by Denver Post, 5280
An editorial in Friday's Denver Post that was based on an article in the most recent edition of 5280 magazine calls Steamboat "the most extreme example" of security crackdowns at Colorado ski resorts. The problem, Ski Corp. officials said, is that no such crackdown exists outside of April Fools' Day and closing day.
Howelsen to host 14 teams, more than 35 hours of hockey
Those involved know they’re in for long days with little sleep and hours and hours of cheering and shouting. Still, the coaches, players and fans of the three Steamboat Springs youth hockey teams that will join 11 other clubs this weekend in the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Ski Town Classic Tournament at Howelsen Ice Arena are eager for the puck to drop.
The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team will have the opportunity to prove itself to the rest of the state.
Only one member of this winter’s Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team was on the squad two years ago. That means yet again, the Sailors will be young and fresh to the pressures and challenges of varsity high school competition.
Excel Gymnastics had six girls qualify for the state gymnastic championships during the next two weekends.
Ten Hayden High School football players were named to the Class 1A All Western Slope League team. The Tigers, who advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to No. 1 Wray, placed four guys on the second team and six on the first team.
Midway through Thursday’s season-opening basketball game, the Hayden High School girls team appeared well on its way to a start to forget. But the team locked down on defense and benefited from big contributions from a pair of juniors, winning 46-36 against Wyoming's Little Snake River.
Alpine terrain to be limited to intermediate, expert Saturday
The Howelsen Hill Ski Area will open to the public Saturday, on what promises to be a busy day for the historic downtown ski area. The ski area is slated to open at 10 a.m. Saturday, which also will be the first of two days of competition at the Nordic Excavating 2010 FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Steamboat Springs
The Howelsen Hill Centennial Campaign hopes to earn a $250,000 grant from Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Project. Pepsi is accepting 1,000 ideas every month, and the Howelsen Hill Centennial Campaign made the list of approved ideas for December.
3,500 people expected this weekend; direct flights start Dec. 16
Steamboat’s vacation lodging business hasn’t yet coalesced around the unusually good early season snow conditions, but the change may be coming Dec. 11. The lodging barometer published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association reports that 3,500 visitors, 300 fewer than last year, are expected to spend Saturday night in area lodging.
The Steamboat Today is experimenting with a new way to help readers dig into stories and access content on the go. In Thursday and today’s print editions of the Steamboat Today, you’ll notice some funny-looking squares in some of our stories. These squares are called quick-response codes.
‘Collective Expression’ 1 of many openings at First Friday Artwalk
Upstairs in her log home outside Stagecoach, Mary Beth Galer’s art studio is filled with mystery. The quaint space is layered with magazine collages, artwork in progress and myriad books, from math texts to an old social psychology book with a peephole cut into the pages revealing a small painting.
The Record for Dec. 1
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs will be at Steamboat’s grocery stores from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday selling two versions of their commemorative 2010 Christmas tree ornaments, including one decorated with a picture of the four Nordic combined Olympic silver medal winners.
Local artist Jan Maret Willman was describing her “creative explosion” in the past year and a half, during which she created more than 30 works of art for her new solo show of boldly colored abstract paintings and clay panels. The show opens tonight during First Friday Artwalk at the Depot Art Center and will remain on display for the month.
Operators dig out lifts for openings
Last year, lift operators were working the shovels bringing in fresh snow to put underneath the lifts so skiers could get onto the seats safely. This year, they’re facing 5 feet of powder they have to shovel out so the chairs can turn around.
It started with the idea of world peace. As an eighth-grader in 2006, Kayleigh Esswein was among a group of Steamboat Springs Middle School student council members who traveled to Denver to attend a conference with 12 Nobel Laureates, including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Esswein said the trip changed her life. She knew then that she wanted to organize another trip.
Galleries and venues for December's First Friday Artwalk
Thursday, December 2
A follow-up to the hugely successful Ride 4 Yellow mountain biking event this summer, the inaugural Ski 4 Yellow scheduled for March 25 and 26 will allow the first 200 people to raise $500 or more for cancer-fighting efforts to ski with Olympians and World Cup athletes at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Fried Grease, a Boulder-based six-piece rock band, takes to the stage at 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. Tickets are $5 at the door. Click here to check out other events happening in Routt County this week.
Woman reports rotten egg smell in area with several gas wells
One of the most vocal critics of Garfield County’s oil and gas industry reported Tuesday that her domestic water well started smelling like rotten eggs and she fears it may have been tainted by nearby gas drilling activities.
Oehme Graphics has open house, reception Friday
Although she may not sign the works of art she helps create as a master printer, Steamboat Springs resident and artist Susan Oehme leaves her creative mark on them. On Wednesday, as she stood in the gallery space above the workshop, Oehme’s exhilaration and passion for her new endeavor were apparent.
Superintendent praises community after district ranks in top 14 in state
Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham credited the community for the district’s success. The Colorado Department of Education announced Tuesday that Steamboat was among the top 8 percent of school districts statewide. It was one of 14 districts, out of 178, to be accredited with distinction, the highest accreditation ranking.
Rams start season today at North Park
There will be plenty of familiar faces on the floor tonight when the members of the Soroco High School girls basketball team step onto the basketball court for the season opener against North Park.
Lady Tigers set sights on return to state playoffs
Expectations are the lifeblood of most prep sports programs at this juncture of the season. But hang around the Hayden High School girls basketball team long enough and those expectations seem to have a lot of credibility.
Chamber event brings together businesses for networking
The economy may be stuck in neutral and consumer confidence might be at a low ebb, but you couldn’t tell it from the mood of more than 360 people who packed into the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Grand Ballroom for the Chamber’s annual Winter Activity Mixer on Wednesday.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
Registration is almost closed for the city of Steamboat Springs’ adult basketball, volleyball or indoor soccer leagues. Leagues start in early January and run until early April.
Baubles help to raise funds for group
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs couldn’t resist the opportunity to release a second commemorative holiday ornament this season. After all, the chance to celebrate with four Olympic silver medals hanging from the Christmas tree may not come again soon.
Baumgardner planning proposal for 2011 session, said specifics are not yet known
Routt County’s state representative could be at the forefront of debates about illegal immigration policy at the Capitol in 2011. Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, said this week that he’s working on a bill to address illegal immigration’s costs to the state and its taxpayers — a cost that he said Tuesday is about $1.5 billion a year.
Wednesday, December 1
Christopher D. Freeman could appeal $168,700 in Internal Revenue Service penalties.
The Education Fund Board has a tax attorney, if it needs one. The Fund Board, which allocates the city of Steamboat Springs’ half-cent sales tax for education, approved a letter of engagement Wednesday night with Christopher D. Freeman, of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP in Denver.
Team wins, 4-1, on strength of two goals from Alex Elliott
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team had eight seniors on its roster Wednesday night when the squad opened its season at home against rival Battle Mountain. It was a sophomore that helped propel the Sailors to a win in their debut, however. The Sailors beat the Huskies, 4-1.
Sailors lose home opener, 68-41
Going into Wednesday’s season-opening game, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team’s biggest concerns seemed to be defense and rebounding. Niwot ran away with a 68-41 win in a game that never was close.
Skier will be among 55 attending this weekend's event
Olympic silver medalist and World Champion Todd Lodwick will participate in the Nordic Excavating 2010 FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup this weekend on Howelsen Hill. The Continental Cup is a steppingstone to the more competitive Nordic combined World Cup circuit, which is holding events in Europe.
No one was injured in the fire near Clark, and the damage to the home was confined to the chimney.
Beginning Jan. 1, the Craig Daily Press will no longer distribute print editions of the newspaper on Tuesdays or Thursdays, one of several business model changes Publisher Bryce Jacobson announced Tuesday afternoon. The print product will continue to appear on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and the newspaper will continue to deliver classified advertising and news online daily at www.craigdailypress.com. “We’re excited to make these changes and will continue to produce a product that contains news and information that matters to you, the reader, and will strive to have an audience that will drive customers to your business as an advertiser,” Jacobson said.
Organizers optimistic about raising money for local groups
Hayden Christmas Tree Festival organizer Lori Laird said she hopes the annual fundraising event, in spite of the economic recession, is as successful as last year’s. Laird, of the Friends of the Christmas Tree Festival group, said the 2009 event raised nearly $5,000 for local nonprofit groups.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team plays Battle Mountain at 6:30 p.m. today at Howelsen Ice Arena. It will be the first of two meetings between the new Foothills Conference foes.
All of a sudden, after changing from daylight saving time to standard time in early November, the constellation of Orion the Hunter is rising in the early evening before most of us go to bed. You can catch him “throwing his leg up over our fence of mountains” in the eastern sky at about 8 p.m. this week.
Stalling, procrastination and leftovers are all hazards of writing at home, and the Internet can be the biggest time waster of all. Although in the time it’s taken me to write the above, I have called the ski report, fed the dog and searched for my calculator. But what if there were Freedom from the Holidays software?
On the first day the Colorado High School Activities Association allows games, Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe will get an early look at a team many think will contend for a Western Slope League title. And what a look it will be. Steamboat welcomes Niwot for a 6 p.m. game today at Steamboat Springs High School.
Western Slope League’s Class 2A up for grabs; Rams prep to make bid
There is an interesting thing happening in the Class 2A Western Slope League. Whereas in years past it was easy to pick a favorite, this year’s lineup of contenders appears to indicate that the league championship really is up for grabs. So, why not the Soroco High School boys basketball team?
1:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help a person who was sleeping in a car in the 3500 block of Duckels Court. Officer told the person where he or she could sleep.
The Colorado Department of Education announced Tuesday that the Steamboat Springs School District is one of 14 districts statewide to be “Accredited with Distinction.”
Jobless rate up from September’s 8.5 percent
More than 1,200 jobless Routt County residents could be affected by a loss of federal benefits that expired Tuesday after an extension failed in the U.S. Senate. Routt County’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in October, an increase from 8.5 percent in September.
River flow ties C-Hole to Catamount’s Nordic offerings
Repair work resumed Tuesday on the whitewater kayak feature known as Charlie’s Hole, raising hopes that the Nordic ski trails at Lake Catamount will be able to open for the Steamboat Nordic Camp on Dec. 11.
Thanks in large part to the long fall cycling season, I’m relieved to say that my first day on the slopes last week didn’t require the usual dose of après ski ibuprofen. I’m not expecting to have any more daylight or time for exercise this winter than I’ve had in the past, but several friends in Steamboat and my über-fit, over-50 sister-in-law all have encouraged me to try spinning.
Downtown revelers will have a new stay-out-of-jail-free option this winter. The Steamboat Springs City Council voted to extend ski season bus service into the wee hours seven days a week, which will provide bar patrons and others a free ride and could decrease instances of driving under the influence. But those aren’t the only benefits.