News for Friday, December 3, 2010

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Ski area officials refute pat-down stories

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.

Big tournament on tap at Howelsen Ice Arena in Steamboat

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.

Steamboat high school cheerleaders set for state

The Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading team will have the opportunity to prove itself to the rest of the state.

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Steamboat wrestlers hope to improve fortunes on the mats

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 to send 6 headed to state

Excel Gymnastics had six girls qualify for the state gymnastic championships during the next two weekends.

Hayden football puts 10 on Class 1A all-league teams

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.

Hayden girls basketball team survives slow start

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.

Howelsen Hill in Steamboat set to open Saturday

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

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Steamboat group seeks votes to win $250,000 for Howelsen

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.

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Ski season builds gradually in Steamboat

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.

Julia Haslanger: An introduction to a new print feature — the QR code

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.

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Routt County artist shrouds work in playful mystery

‘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

The Record for Dec. 1

Steamboat briefs: Olympic ornament to be sold Saturday and Sunday

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.

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Steamboat artist’s show aims to take viewers Over The Top

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.

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Steamboat Ski Area prepares for more lifts, snow

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.

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Steamboat students start fundraising for service trip to Zambia

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.

First Friday Artwalk listings for Dec. 3, 2010

Galleries and venues for December's First Friday Artwalk