Sunday, February 28
The two Republicans challenging Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall in November’s election said teamwork and cooperation are going to be key points in their platform, while Wall points to several successes during his four-year tenure despite a sometimes contentious relationship with the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
Learning with the Olympics
Sara Johnson, 4, Zakkary Leftwich, 4, and Weston Boese, 5, were just a few of the 10 North Routt Preschool students who participated in several Olympic Games-themed activities Wednesday morning at the charter school.
Publication receives 34 awards at Colorado Press Association contest
The Steamboat Pilot & Today was named the best newspaper in its circulation class during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Saturday at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.
Nordic combined skiing never has been hotter. From the dominance at the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, to the past two weeks at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, exposure to the sport never has been better. But what will it take to continue the success? That might be the biggest question as things move forward.
Event is last qualifier before Junior Olympics in Maine
Sunny weather greeted the second day of the Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships and Junior Olympic qualifying racing Saturday in Steamboat Springs.
The legend of Billy Demong continues to grow. It’s tough to top where he’s at. He is a gold medalist, is essentially a spokesman for the U.S. Ski Team, is going to be part of the United States Olympic Committee’s closing news conference and is carrying the flag for America in the Closing Ceremonies.
Rams play in Denver tourney next week
The Soroco High School boys basketball team improved its play from Friday to Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to give the team a win.
The Steamboat Springs resident and native of Macedonia took up English as her first second language. In the years since, she’s made linguistics a passion, earning advanced degrees in the subject and taking an interest in how language is used in multilingual environments.
Boys earn No. 1 seed for regionals
Redemption came Saturday for the Hayden High School boys basketball team, and it was sweet. The team took on top-ranked, undefeated Meeker High School at the Class 2A district tournament in Rangely and won, 63-58. Coach Mike Luppes was exultant as he described a back-and-forth game in which the Tigers kept their intensity up.
How local athletes fared at the 2010 Winter Olympics
We came to British Columbia hoping to tell the stories of the athletes who call, or have called, Steamboat Springs their home. Olympic athletes are not unusual in Steamboat, where the next generation of world-class athletes always seems to be around the corner. For generations, our town has produced wave after wave of Olympic stars, including medal winners like Nelson Carmichael and Travis Mayer in freestyle skiing and Shannon Dunn in snowboarding.
Several Colorado Mountain College students said last week that they want affordable housing Steamboat 700 could provide but raised concerns about the large-scale growth that also would come with the proposed annexation. Eleven members of at CMC’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs discussed the proposed annexation last week.
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Paul Robbins was a truly great man and someone with whom I also worked when we were hosting the Nordic combined World Cups.
As the March 9 vote on Referendum A — the annexation of Steamboat 700 — approaches, there are people out there who believe in the public vote. And there are people out there who say, “We elected our City Council members.
I attended the Steamboat 700 forum Thursday night and want to add a key piece of demographic information that should be considered as we vote on this issue of annexation.
Registration for chilly event is due March 15
On a Saturday afternoon in late March for the past six years, vikings, pirates, ninjas, the Village People and other costumed adventurers have steadied themselves on the side of the Lake Catamount pool, taken a deep breath and jumped into freezing water. The 2010 Penguin Plunge is will be at noon March 27 this year.
Ray Birch applies for grants to supplement budget and add a full-time officer
With an already tight Hayden Police Department budget, Chief Ray Birch is looking for alternatives to fund programs and services. On Feb. 18, he presented two grant requests to the Hayden Town Council. The requests would provide the department with additional funding, enough for at least another full-time police officer.
Happy birthday wishes to Suzie Copeland, Kelli Turnipseed, Ashley Delay, Blake Copeland, Tyler Delay, Kraig Copeland and Misty Jenkins.
Everybody at the Doak Walker Care Center has been excited for the 2010 Senior Olympics held Wednesday. There were lots of events for the residents to choose fro
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Steamboat Springs City Council could approve code revisions for Realtors on March 2
The Steamboat Springs City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on the final language in a revised sign code ordinance that would relax constraints on “for sale” signs for Realtors. Senior City Planner Jonathan Spence said this week the sign code revisions would allow slightly larger “for sale” signs, giving Realtors room to slip in name and phone number plates, sometimes called riders.
The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors has announced that the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation is sponsoring a work force housing initiative and offering $100,000 in grants. Nonprofit and employer housing programs that support work force housing by offering down payment assistance to help workers buy homes in their communities can apply.
After more than two weeks of excitement, joy and disappointment, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to close tonight in Vancouver, British Columbia. When all the fanfare dies down, athletes from the United States will carry home dozens of gold, silver and bronze souvenirs.
Kum & Go has named Sladjana Brstina, general manager of its Curve Plaza location, the company’s general manager of the month for January, director of corporate communications Meggan Kring said in a news release. Brstina has worked with Kum & Go since October 2005.
Routt County officials are moving ahead with a plan that would create the potential for 300 or more five-acre home sites on land around the northern and western parts of Steamboat Springs. The planning commission is scheduled to make a recommendation April 1 on the new transfer of development rights.
The fact is Steamboat Springs has a history of annexations that have allowed us to remain a real town instead of a resort town. The annexed land created opportunity for local workers and the middle class to live in Steamboat Springs in the Fish Creek, Willet Heights and Whistler neighborhoods where half of Steamboat’s population lives today.
The biggest myth: Annexing Steamboat 700 is a smart approach to manage growth, one that fits a 15-year plan for growing Steamboat. Anything less or anything else makes no sense. No, City Council negotiated a deal that ignores the very principles of smart growth. This deal is not the smartest.
Mrs. J.M. Childress, who is chairwoman of the public welfare department of the state federation gave an interesting report of the meeting of the chairmen of the various departments held in Denver recently.
Vladan Chase, a Steamboat Springs High School senior, was named the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs’ Teen of the Month.
After years of running local banks, running on local streets and running a household, Jill Leary is about to slow down and take a breath. Jill Leary’s last day on the job is Friday. Wells Fargo is hosting an open house with refreshments from noon to 4 p.m. that day to honor Leary’s service.
Saturday, February 27
A person left a Jeep running while loading musical equipment outside Old Town Pub early Saturday morning, and someone took the vehicle and later crashed it on the 13th Street Bridge, police said.
Snowboarder says he was too cautious on Alpine course
With fog and rain being the biggest factors, snowboarder Tyler Jewell, who lived in Steamboat Springs before and after the 2006 Olympics, finished 13th in Saturday’s event at Cypress Mountain, British Columbia.
Social worker Joanne Snow rattled five dice in her hand and let them fall on the table. Each time they landed, she called out observations that sounded like gibberish to the 10 Moffat County Alternative School students who were gathered around watching Snow.
Hayden boys to play Meeker; Soroco to face Paonia today
The Hayden High School boys basketball team pushed past its cross-county rivals again Friday night, beating Soroco, 51-38, in the Class 2A district tournament in Rangely.
Sailors basketball team falls to Wheat Ridge, 48-42, during state tournament
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team ended its season Friday night with a 48-42 loss to Wheat Ridge in the Class 4A state tournament.
American snowboarder Tyler Jewell will have another shot at Olympic glory today when the men’s parallel giant slalom takes center stage at rainy slopes at Cypress Mountain in British Columbia. Jewell will join teammate Chris Klug to form the American contingent.
Parent of Intrawest expected to keep full stake in company
Fortress Investment Group has reached a deal to restructure the debt of Intrawest, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The newspaper reported that the agreement allows Fortress, a New York-based private-equity and hedge fund firm, to keep its full stake in Intrawest.
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The Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley will accept community nominations for the 2010 Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards from Monday through March 31.
David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, founders of the acclaimed alternative rock band Cracker, give a special acoustic performance.
Housing in Whistler adds to sense of community
Entering his 11th season in Whistler — locals don’t count years, just seasons on the mountain — Andrew Mitchell jokes that there might be 10 people in Whistler, British Columbia, who are here for a job. And thanks to foresight, a little trial and error and a solid housing plan, Mitchell is also a first-time homeowner.
The Oak Creek Public Works Department is taking a critical look at the water treatment plant as officials find that the facility isn’t performing up to expectations. During an Oak Creek Town Board meeting Thursday night, Public Works Director Bob Redding said the treatment facility is strained as it produces 400,000 gallons per day in the summer.
A pair of 16-year-olds from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club crashed the party at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships on Friday at Howelsen Hill. Michaela Frias and Haley Piske more than held their own with the college women in a 5-kilometer cross-country ski race.
I had a pretty clear sense before Thursday’s Olympic gold-medal performance that Billy Demong was a class act. But I wasn’t prepared for the extemporaneous remarks Demong made to reporters in a news conference after the event. Demong talked about a camp more than a decade ago when he received some motivation from former US coach Bard Elden, of Norway.
Performances continue today at 2 and 7 p.m.
Back in September, about 100 Routt County residents decided they wanted to perform in the massive production that is the annual Steamboat Dance Theatre concert. During the Dance Theatre’s dress rehearsal Wednesday night for its 38th annual concert, those dancers, crewmembers and organizers put forth a carefully practiced product for an audience.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today was given the Colorado Press Association’s Service to the First award Friday in recognition of the newspaper’s efforts to defend the First Amendment. The newspaper prevailed last summer in a two-year lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School Board.
Sarah Buckles Larner’s elk tooth originals worn in ‘Crazy Heart’
About two years ago, longtime local and custom jewelry maker Sarah Buckles Larner got a phone call. On the line was a designer who was working on the movie, “Crazy Heart." The designer had seen photos of Buckles Larner’s elk tooth jewelry online and wanted to know if she could make a pendant.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball was easily defeated by Longmont High School, 63-39, on Friday. The Trojans shrugged off any pressure that comes with being a top seed by using a smothering defense, holding the Sailors to six first-half points. Longmont then cruised to a win, advancing to the Sweet 16.
Friday, February 26
Lowell Whiteman graduate has tough day on rain-soaked course
The Lowell Whiteman graduate Michelle Gorgone got through the qualification round as the No. 13 seed before falling to fourth seed and silver medalist Ekaterina Ilyukhina, of Russia, in the first round of the head-to-head elimination races. Gorgone ended up 14th.
The parent company of Intrawest, which owns Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., received an extension on a foreclosure auction that was planned for today. The company had already received one extension from Feb. 19.
U.S. teammates chose Nordic skier for the honor; he also proposed to his girlfriend
On a whirlwind of a Thursday, Billy Demong won a gold medal, proposed to his girlfriend and was chosen to bear his nation's flag at Sunday's event.
I am not a political scientist. That having been said, the development of “coalition governments” to solve power struggles in African countries will not work in the long run. Sure, in the short run, convincing the sitting president (and losing candidate in an election) to share power with his opponent in order to avert violence seems like a good idea. In Kenya, it brought an end to two months of ethnic violence, more than 1,000 deaths, and 200,000 people losing their homes. In Tanzania, it seems to be helping with inflation so bad that a banana today costs what a two-bedroom house cost 10 years ago. Someone recently told me that a Tanzanian currency with 15 zeros is absolutely worthless.
If you live in Steamboat II or Old Town, you may have noticed two new birds living amongst us this winter. The first is an exotic bird and the second is a native bird.
Local group to celebrate during event Saturday evening
There really isn’t a better reason to throw a party. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Local scouts are hosting a celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Nordic thunder rolls in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Lodge
Billy Demong thrust his fist in the air Thursday afternoon, and Olympian Hall erupted in an eardrum-thumping sonic blast, followed almost immediately by a secondary explosion when Johnny Spillane crossed the finish line to give the United States a Nordic daily double in Whistler, British Columbia.
The Steamboat Dance Theatre Concert moves into full swing this weekend with locally choreographed and produced pieces in dance styles including African, ballet, hip-hop, belly, funk and Irish. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $20 for reserved seating and $12 for students and seniors.
Council president says annexation vote is ‘no’ as city official and ‘yes’ as citizen
Steamboat’s City Council president said this week that despite voting “no” on the Steamboat 700 annexation agreement this fall, she’ll vote “yes” on her mail-in ballot. Cari Hermacinski was one of three council members who voted against Steamboat 700 on Oct. 13, 2009, when the council approved the annexation in a 4-3 decision.
2011 World Championships in Oslo could be swan song for Nordic skiers
Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane have seen it all in their U.S. Nordic combined careers. They’ve seen the bottom, where the team could barely compete on a world stage, and now the top, where Demong and Spillane went gold-silver in the individual large hill Gundersen event Thursday.
Teammate Peterson takes silver medal
Ryan St. Onge, a 2001 Lowell Whiteman School graduate, was less than three points off the podium Thursday at Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, finishing fourth. Teammate Jeret “Speedy” Peterson completed his famed Hurricane on his second jump to claim the silver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
A house fire that killed two college students in Gunnison has been ruled accidental, The Denver Post reported Thursday.
Sailors girls hoops squad opens against Wheat Ridge
It’s just another game, Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen told his team. But from here on out, they’re all the biggest game of the season. The girls team opens its run in the Class 4A state basketball playoffs at 5 p.m. today in Broomfield against No. 5 Wheat Ridge.
Skier finishes 3rd in World Cup classic race at Keystone
Having just turned 31, Shane Anderson is a bit unsure about how long he’ll keep clicking into his skis to race at his sport’s highest level. After earning his first career World Cup podium on his home Howelsen Hill earlier in the week, Anderson continued his stellar skiing Thursday placing third in a World Cup classic race at Keystone.
Focusing on dance grooves and carefree lyrics, the guys in Denver rock and funk band Kinetix are unabashed about what to call their music: “party rock.” “We’ve called our music party rock before because a lot of the content is referring to that, just letting go of your everyday worries and living for the moment,” keyboardist and singer Eric Blumenfeld said.
Music, poetry and more featured in free event at Mugshot
Poets, musicians and other artists from South Routt County will showcase their talents at a free event today in Oak Creek. Flute player Belinda Rossi, poet Nina Rogers, poet Ellen Bonnifield, keyboards player Andy Schaffner and guitarist Deb Lenhart are among the artists on the lineup for the evening of readings and musical performances.
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Thursday, February 25
Coach has long-standing connection with top Nordic athletes
U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team coach Dave Jarrett handed down his humble personality and work ethic to many of the athletes he skied with — including Johnny Spillane, Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick. Jarrett is now the most successful coach in the history of the Nordic combined program.
Fire investigators have concluded that the Jan. 30 fire that killed Lucy Causley in Gunnison was likely set by careless cigarette smoking on a front porch of the home.
Skiers finish 1-2 in final Nordic event
On Thursday, Billy Demong won a gold medal in the individual large hill Gundersen event, Johnny Spillane took a third silver, and two skiers from the once underfunded and uncompetitive U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team solidified their spots among the best on the planet.
Steamboat 19-year-old to compete in today’s large hill individual event
With two silvers in the Nordic team’s bag and a keen eye on the future, 19-year-old Taylor Fletcher will take Brett Camerota’s place in the large hill Gundersen individual event. The event begins with trial jumps at 10 a.m. and the competition jump round at 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are now down to one competitive jump and 10 kilometers of cross-country skiing for the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. The third and final Nordic combined event of the Olympics gets under way today with an 11 a.m. MST competitive jumping round. That will be followed by a 2 p.m. 10-kilometer cross-country ski.
1:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken pedestrian in the 3600 block of Lincoln Avenue. A man apparently was intoxicated and passed out on the porch of a woman’s cabin. Police talked to the man and gave him a courtesy ride to his home on Morgan Court.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported on its Web site Wednesday that it had received an account of a skier who had triggered a small avalanche on a northwest-facing slope on Soda Mountain, north of Buffalo Pass.
Review of 4 major junctions finds places for lighting, crosswalk improvements
Colorado Department of Transportation engineers, Steamboat Springs public works officials and police officers inspected four major intersections on U.S. Highway 40 on Wednesday and found several spots for potential improvement.
Annual show features variety of styles, runs through Saturday
In the seven months since planning began for the 38th annual Steamboat Dance Theatre concert, the three-person concert production team has pushed for creative twists on a local performing arts tradition. The two-hour show opens at 7 p.m. today at Steamboat Springs High School.
I surprised even myself Tuesday. I couldn’t believe how much I cared about a sport I have never tried nor had even heard of until moving to Steamboat Springs a little more than seven years ago. But there I was Tuesday afternoon with my wife, Meg, and a few hundred other folks crowded around the giant, portable TV screen in front of One Steamboat Place.
Housing plan built on free land, revenue from home sales and fees, flexibility
A former city planner who played a key role in developing Steamboat 700’s affordable housing plan said Wednesday that the plan’s focus is not on squeezing 400 homes onto 15 acres. Rather, former planning services manager John Eastman said, the plan’s feasibility is based on generating revenue from the sales of affordable homes that the city could build with no land costs.
Stockholm Syndrome, a collaboration from Jackmormons' Jerry Joseph and Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, plays today at Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. Rock ’n’ roll five-piece These United States is set to open.
The Oak Creek Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek Town Hall to discuss two requests for minor variances to the land-use code. Joe Bartasius is asking to subdivide a duplex, and Roger Fedora is asking to build a garage closer to a lot line than allowed by code.
Wednesday, February 24
19-year-old will compete in individual Nordic combined event
With two silvers in the Nordic team’s bag and a keen eye on the future, 19-year-old Taylor Fletcher will take Brett Camerota’s place in the large hill Gundersen individual event. The event begins with trial jumps at 10 a.m. and the competition jump round at 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Oil company withdraws application filed in Steamboat in December 2008
Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday that it is abandoning its quest for water rights on the Yampa River to develop oil shale production, citing delays in the project because of the global economic downturn.
There were only minor injuries after a big-rig wrecker and a Colorado Department of Transportation plow truck hit head-on between Yampa and Phippsburg at about 7:45 p.m. Friday.
1:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a request for an ambulance in Steamboat Springs. A 24-year-old woman was taken to the hospital and died. Officers said the death was possibly the result of a drug overdose, but an autopsy is planned for today.
First, a disclaimer. I have no connection to the groups either for or against the Steamboat 700 annexation. I’ve made an effort to become informed, and based on the facts as I understand them, I support the Steamboat 700 annexation. I find the tactics of those opposing the annexation to be fear-based rather than fact-based.
How do the citizens of our community deal with the myths, assumptions and half-truths that confuse and cloud the Steamboat 700 annexation question on the mail-in ballot vote to be returned by March 9? Although the Steamboat 700 annexation agreement document is confusing, complicated and incomplete, it contains the only commitments that the developer will have to abide by.
The carefully and expertly negotiated Steamboat 700 annexation agreement — already approved by City Council and the Planning Commission — offers the city a chance for smart, master-planned growth in the area we long have identified as the place for future residential expansion. City residents should vote ‘yes’ on Referendum A.
Tim McMenamin scheduled to start work with county March 8
After a period of flux in the Routt County Communications Department, Timothy McMenamin said he hopes to bring stability to the position as he takes control of the department March 8.
Director: Available city lots face zoning, location challenges
The city’s most recent build-out analysis cites 3,111 buildable lots within current city limits. Whether those lots can meet affordable housing needs depends on whom you ask.
When the Olympic Nordic combined team competition was decided in the final kilometer Tuesday in Whistler, British Columbia, Steamboat Springs fans stood on their feet in Gondola Square and Olympian Hall to salute the sterling silver performances of Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong.
It’s easy for Brett Camerota to get lost in the big picture. He was the youngest member of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team to compete in Tuesday’s Nordic combined team event. He’s surrounded by the mountains in the sport, among three world champions in Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong.
Officials decide against relocating college campus
Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus will stay put, the Board of Trustees decided after a discussion during a special teleconference meeting Friday.
Slower skis, Austrian power prevent US team from gold finish
The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team’s silver-medal performance Tuesday in the team event went a long way toward erasing bad memories from the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games.
I’m training for the XXII Olympics! I’ve decided to go for a spot on the U.S. Curling Team in 2014. All the years I’ve been sweeping the kitchen floor, I thought I was just cleaning the house. Little did I know I wasn’t cleaning but training. No longer will I regard housework as a necessary evil, something to avoid at all costs or, gulp, a chore.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Telemark skiing coach Shane Anderson helped put on the show that was the Telemark World Cup event that descended on Steamboat Springs this week. And Tuesday, as the race wrapped up its three days in Steamboat with a bright and sunny day of racing at Howelsen Hill, Anderson stole that show.
Funding will help organization maintain services in 2010
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association got some much-needed assistance Tuesday. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. presented the VNA with the second annual $25,000 Snowball Community Grant during a reception at The Steamboat Grand.
High overhead on early evenings of late winter you’ll find a close pair of bright stars, nearly equal in brightness. Upon seeing these stars, one would not be surprised to learn that they always have been associated with the mythological Gemini twins.
Steamboat advances in state tourney; will face No. 1 Longmont
Steamboat Springs guard Charles Wood said there was no place he’d rather be. He was happy to be there, and so was his team. Wood came through with 6 seconds remaining and sank two free throws, capping a Sailors rally and avoiding a tough first-round loss Tuesday night in the Class 4A state basketball tournament.
Some of us can spend our entire life looking for a positive role model. You know — the kind of person who can tell you the best way to live your life without words, or lectures. The kind of person who reaches out without hands, yet touches us in a way that guides us to new heights.
The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team recently completed a road sweep of Telluride.
Jensen will get 30 days in jail or treatment facility, probation
A Steamboat Springs woman who was charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, as well as possession of psychedelic mushrooms, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail or a treatment facility and 150 hours of public service.
Watching cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio play the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major on Sunday was a chance to watch a musician fall in love all over again with a piece she’s known for years.
Tuesday, February 23
Years of frustration end for Steamboat Springs Nordic skier
After 18 years, five Olympics and more setbacks than most athletes will see in a career, Todd Lodwick finally has his medal. “I’m going to wear it everywhere,” Lodwick said about the silver the Americans won Tuesday in the Nordic combined team event. "I’m going to cherish this medal.”
Medal is US's 1st in team event
Tuesday’s silver medal performance has to rank up there as a defining moment of these 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Austrians won gold, finishing in 48 minutes and 55.6 seconds, just 5.2 seconds ahead of the Americans. The Germans won bronze, 19.5 seconds behind the Austrians.
The second-place finish represents another historic accomplishment for a U.S. team that had never before medaled in Nordic combined at the Winter Olympics.
County sheriff remains tight-lipped about candidacy
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall has filed the paperwork to run for re-election this fall. According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, Wall, a Democrat, filed his candidate affidavit Friday. Wall previously had declined to announce whether he would run again.
Whiteman grad qualifies high for Thursday’s aerials event
Ryan St. Onge, a 2001 graduate of The Lowell Whiteman School, struggled at first during aerials practice rounds but steadily improved leading up to Monday’s qualifying round. He qualified in second Monday.
The United States, represented by a large team and many Steamboat Springs skiers tearing down their home hill, didn’t manage any podium spots or top-10 finishes but still turned in a number of good races.
In a surprise move, the U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping Team, which only had three of the four members needed to make a team, grabbed Nordic combined skier Taylor Fletcher for Monday’s Special Jumping Team Event at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia.
Sailors open state tourney tonight
Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe said there’s a lack of respect shown for the Western Slope League when it comes to seeding in the state’s postseason basketball tournament.
I hunkered down on the couch Sunday night to watch some Olympic thrills and spills, but there was something wrong with my television picture. At first I thought I’d accidentally set my digital box to VH1 Classic — the members of a Village People cover band were strutting across the screen.
Sunday, Feb. 21
Organizers of the 13th annual Girls to Women event are welcoming volunteers. The daylong conference serves all eighth-grade girls at Routt County schools and beyond. This year’s Girls to Women event is April 13 at The Steamboat Grand.
Former Nordic coach played significant role in team’s standing
There was no possible way Tom Steitz could hide his excitement as he watched the Feb. 14 Nordic combined event unfold inside the cross-country venue at Whistler Olympic Park. “I was losing my mind during the race,” Steitz said. “We were finally going to get the job done.”
City nears 10 percent turnout for annexation election
About 600 people had voted on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation as of Monday afternoon, Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin said. That’s approaching a 10 percent turnout so far for the city’s mail-only vote on Steamboat 700.
Ten days ago, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team made history as Steamboat Springs’ Johnny Spillane raced to America’s first medal in the sport. But that’s old news. For the past week, the team has been busy preparing for today's Nordic combined team event, where instead of hopefuls, the four team members plan on being medal contenders.
Routt won’t receive stimulus funds; pursuit of rights of way continues
County commissioners learned late last week that Routt County will not receive the $15.5 million federal stimulus grant they were counting on to rebuild five miles of Routt County Road 14 on the way to Stagecoach. But by Monday morning, they had returned to the details of purchasing rights of way on private land adjacent to the road about 15 miles south of Steamboat Springs.
Monday, February 22
Local takes 2nd in World Cup sprint classic at Howelsen
Lorin Paley said it’s just different skiing a World Cup event at home. “When you ski one in Europe, people still say ‘Good luck,’” she said. “There’s a lot more pressure skiing here.” She overcame that pressure Sunday, however, and earned her second Telemark World Cup podium finish of the season.
Craig Malchow doesn’t mind at all that he’s working while on paid time off from work. Malchow, a Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue member and volunteer ski patrolman at Steamboat Ski Area, is working spectator ski patrol at Alpine events in Whistler, British Columbia, during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Bryan Fletcher, Alex Miller, Brett Denney and Nick Hendrickson may not be Olympians, but chances are that they logged just as many jumps, if not more, at Whistler Olympic Park than competitors last week. Miller and several of his teammates on the U.S. Nordic Combined Team were asked to come to British Columbia to forejump for several events.
Everything I know about Canada I learned on the TV show “South Park.” That was a bad start to my education, but the show has hit some true points. I traveled to Canada with my dad Feb. 12 for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was my first time visiting our northerly neighbor.
Gooding working on thesis in midst of Steamboat 700 debate
A sampling of area residents ranked “increasing affordable housing” 11th on a list of concerns and values last month, contradicting widespread local debate about that issue and how it relates to the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.
One Steamboat Place is showing free screenings of the Winter Olympic Games on a giant screen daily through Sunday in the One Steamboat Place Plaza adjoining Gondola Square.
Snow blankets the ground, but plans for community gardens are sprouting up throughout Routt County. Having fresh affordable produce to eat, relieving stress and getting exercise while planting, weeding, watering and harvesting healthy food are among the many reasons gardeners develop green thumbs.
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Advocates executive director will be given Hazie Werner award
Those who know her couldn’t imagine what Advocates Building Peaceful Communities would be without Diane Moore. They said the organization probably wouldn’t exist. On Tuesday, Moore will receive the Hazie Werner Award for Excellence in a reception at 5 p.m. in the Mountain View foyer at The Steamboat Grand.
We live in Ski Town USA, where we have winter for a considerable time of the year. Typically, Colorado mountain winters are filled with “blue bird” days full of sunshine. However, as we all know very well, winter also brings cold, grey, cloudy, snowy days. Many people may develop “cabin fever” or seasonal affective disorder during the winter months.
Did you know that in the past 100 years, about 75 percent of the genetic diversity of crops in the world has been lost to plants that have been developed for genetic uniformity?
Boys open playoffs Tuesday at home
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team won't fulfill its goal of earning a home playoff game this year. Instead, the team will have a first-round bye. The boys team, however, will play Wasson High School on Tuesday in the first round.
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Sunday, February 21
Watwood will get free 4-year education to any Colorado university
Matt Watwood’s elation Tuesday was obvious to the women working at the Oak Creek branch of the U.S. Post Office. Watwood’s celebration, what he described as a lot of screaming and yelling, was well deserved. He was chosen as one of only 40 recipients for the prestigious Boettcher scholarship.
Ralston Valley defeats Sailors, 7-4
A hat trick from Jake Bearss couldn’t keep the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team’s playoff hopes alive Saturday evening. The Sailors fell in the quarterfinals in Vail, losing, 7-4, to Ralston Valley High School, of Arvada.
Rams basketball splits as girls fall to Meeker on Saturday
A speedy transition game and a slew of successful three-point attempts led the Soroco High School Rams boys basketball team to a 63-51 victory against the Plateau Valley High School Cowboys in a postseason game Saturday.
Dyer grabs 3 podiums in weekend event
Two early season crashes — one at the U.S. Ski Team freestyle selections event in December and another at a January event in Steamboat — left Ryan Dyer off the NorAm circuit this season.
On Saturday, the ski jumping venue at Whistler Olympic Park, or WOP as it’s called around here, was packed to the brim with ski jumping fans from just about every nation. In qualifying and the first official round, it was the Canadians and Americans who were getting most of the cheers.
We are voting on the city’s contract with Steamboat 700. This annexation is forever. To think that Steamboat Springs can, in the future, negotiate to guarantee affordable or attainable housing if this annexation agreement is approved March 9 is wishful thinking.
Obviously, this Yampa River Core Trail project will be a huge project and a big expense, but I was not only surprised but really disappointed because some of the core trails in our town still are in need of being finished so people can use them.
As in the past, when our school districts have been required to make massive budget cuts because of state spending shortfalls, it again will be imperative that community members and parents become actively engaged and support whatever process each district utilizes to establish their educational priorities for future budget years.
French-speaking volunteers are needed for assistance to non-English-speaking residents of Steamboat Springs.
Customers in Steamboat Springs now can have retail merchandise from Christy Sports delivered to their door, through the store’s Web site at http://store.christysports.com, according to a news release.
Vonn, Mancuso finish a rare 1-2
It’s a rite of passage to win a medal at the Olympic Games, and to do it with a teammate means something even more important. When Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso went 1-2 at Wednesday’s downhill event, they joined an elite club of American skiers.
Managing growth requires dealing with our imbalance between the supply of and demand for affordable housing. So our community has identified west Steamboat Springs as the best area available to plan for new affordable housing for today’s workers and to manage future growth.
City staff reviewing development permit application
More than 300 high school students in Steamboat Springs affirmed their strong desire for a gathering place to call their own in a 2009 survey released this winter. And the city’s current fiscal situation could mean that any decision to build a dedicated teen center is years in the future.
Jail Report for Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, 2010
Police Blotter for Feb. 19, 2010
Last week’s Steamboat Springs City Council decision to provide funding to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority for a down payment assistant program was a positive step for the relationship between the two entities and for the qualifying residents who stand to benefit from the program.
Bella’s offers European wines, simple fare in rustic setting
Nick Ciraldo is not fazed by opening a business during an economic recession; not fazed that Bella’s, a basement wine bar, is across the street from Cellar Liquors and up the street from the wine cellar at Harwigs/L’Apogee; and he’s certainly not fazed by the fact Bella’s is part of a Pioneer Building location that has seen frequent closings in recent years.
Happy birthday wishes to Lisa Camilletti, Skylar Hughes, Beth Sundberg, Charity Reiser, Alaine Montgomery, Dylan Richardson, Shirley Gossert and Mike Bunn.
First thing we’ve got is sympathies to family and friends of Louise McTava, who passed away at Doak Walker Care Center last week.
School lunches for the week of Feb. 22
Working through the approval of the various town boards, Sheriff Ed Rich has ordered all slot machines in the county be taken out March 1.
Kailee Davis has been dancing since she was 2. Last fall, it looked as if she might have to put her dancing on hold. Things turned for the better in December, when the Davis family learned Kailee had been awarded a scholarship to participate in local dance classes from the Steamboat Dance Theatre.
Occupation: Front office manager, Pioneer Ridge
Final stage of base area improvements confront conservative lenders
Faced with a tighter lending market, city officials and members of the Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee have agreed to delay issuing bonded indebtedness needed to cover the third and final year of building the promenade and daylighting Burgess Creek at the base of the ski area.
It was business as usual for U.S. Ski Team veteran and Lowell Whiteman School graduate Ryan St. Onge on Thursday, and he worked to fine-tune his full-double-full-full and double-full-full-full jumps in front of an empty freestyle aerial venue at Cypress Mountain. He looked calm and relaxed as he prepared for his second Olympic appearance.
Real estate transations for Feb. 12 to 16
Morse, Deneen enjoying their Olympic experience
Mike Morse and Pat Deneen were each disappointed in their performance at the men’s moguls finals a week ago, but they couldn’t be happier with the rest of the Olympic experience.
Hayden is nearly a four-hour drive from Denver’s Pepsi Center, and for much of the weekend at the state wrestling tournament, that distance seemed to have an obscuring effect when it came to Tigers’ junior Treyben Letlow. Letlow went on to win the Class 2A state championship Saturday.
Police Department statistics show small decreases in most types of crimes
The two largest law enforcement agencies in Routt County were called out more than 10,000 times in 2009, resulting in hundreds of arrests and many more warnings. According to statistics from the Steamboat Springs Police Department and Routt County Sheriff’s Office, police were called to 9,507 calls in 2009, and deputies were called to service 891 times.
Tigers girls and boys hoops advance in postseason
With the Hayden High School boys basketball team down by 2 points at the half, it suddenly became clear just how important winning Saturday’s first postseason game was. The reality check seemed to be just what the boys needed, and Valdez would end the game with 20 points, helping the boys to a 62-54 win against Vail Christian at home.
Ben and Millie Beall had been in Bolivia for about a year and were just getting several projects moving when they had to evacuate, in one day. That memory is among many the Bealls have of their 27-month adventure as Peace Corps volunteers.
Best of the Web: Nordic combined victory
Skiers say they appreciate the training period in Utah
It was back to work for the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Saturday. The team returned to Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia to begin preparing for Tuesday’s Nordic combined team event and Thursday’s large hill individual Gundersen.
Things just keep getting better for Steamboat Springs silver medalist Johnny Spillane. The first American man with a Nordic combined Olympic medal met one of the all-time greats after his performance.
When the snow finally melts in Routt County this spring, work will begin in earnest for three new community gardens in Oak Creek, Hayden and Steamboat Springs. Spring will mark the second year of a similar garden in Yampa.
Saturday, February 20
Team members hope their efforts keep sport flying
Two Americans arrived at today's event with of making it into the top 30 and hopes of surprising the world with an Olympic medal. But after the first official round in the large hill event, the only Americans to move past qualification failed to make the cut.
South Dakotan trained with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
After failing to qualify for the finals at today’s women’s aerials qualifications, Jana Lindsey — a former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member — said after she wades through the disappointment, she’ll re-evaluate what she’s going to do next.
The Tigers open what they hope is a long postseason run at 2:30 p.m. today at home against Vail Christian. The first time the teams met, Vail Christian led at the half. A huge game from Hayden’s Graig Medvesk helped save the Tigers.
Hayden freshman T-Lane Mazzola won twice Friday and will join junior teammate Treyben Letlow today in wrestling for a championship at the state tournament in Denver.
Steamboat Ski Area, Howelsen Hill to host racers from 11 nations
Fifty-three skiers from 11 countries will compete in a Telemark World Cup event in Steamboat Springs next week. The event gets going with training today. An opening ceremony is at 7 p.m. today at Howelsen Hill, U.S. Telemark Team skier and coach Shane Anderson said.
Girls, boys teams win at skate skiing
The Steamboat Springs High School boys ski teams won the skate skiing event Friday at the state championships in Frisco. The girls teams took third in the event, and the girls placed third overall.
With the old building in crumbles and the children living in a rented apartment, the Haitian orphanage that Tracy and Nick Metzler have become benefactors of has been in a state of disarray since the earthquake struck Jan. 12.
I can’t be the only guy in the universe to ever accidentally walk into the women’s restroom at work. But I might be the only guy to escape the ladies’ facilities undetected and then write about it in the newspaper.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team stepped up at the playoffs Friday in Vail, edging out Summit High School, 1-0.
A new allocation system for Routt County United Way asks health and human services agencies to focus on the potential impact of their programs.
Lineup features reggae, hip-hop and more
The lineup for the 2010 Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series is set, with reggae, rock, hip-hop and soul styles featured in five concerts at Steamboat Ski Area running March 13 through April 11.
The Record for Feb. 18, 2010
Help children in Routt County get off to a “Bright Beginning” by becoming a Newborn Network volunteer.
Friday, February 19
Dyer grabs three podiums in weekend event at Telluride
Ryan Dyer was off the NorAm circuit because of crashes, but he's dominating at races just the same. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle skier placed at three events at a regional competition last weekend in Telluride.
Team struggles with money but has managed to put athletes on the hill
The U.S. Ski Jumping Team showed that it is moving in the right direction Friday, qualifying Nicholas Alexander and Peter Frenette for today’s big jump finals.
Five athletes still alive at state tournament in Denver
T-Lane Mazzola, Chad Terry and Treyben Letlow won quarterfinal matches this morning, earning places in the evening’s semifinal round. Two Tigers wrestlers were knocked from the championship bracket and two ended their tournament runs.
Wrestler is 1st girl to win match at state tournament
The 103-pounder won her match this morning in the consolation bracket at the tournament in Denver, becoming the first girl to win a match at state. She proceeded to win her second match and wrestles again Saturday morning.
The battle lines about Steamboat 700 sharpened at a Thursday night forum, as opponents said the proposed annexation inadequately addresses affordable housing needs and infrastructure costs and has inherent financial risks, while supporters said city staff and elected officials have negotiated a phased, long-term plan that provides solutions, funding and land for growth.
XIII joins 2 other hard rock groups in show at Old Town Pub
XIII — “thirteen” — puts out a brand of metal that draws on years of listening and playing by the band’s five members. Today’s metal-fest at Old Town Pub is XIII’s first show in town. Local group Subject to Blackout and Longmont five-piece Novus Folium — Latin for “new leaf” — also are on the bill. The show gets going at about 10 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
Steamboat resident Penny Fletcher needed to be at the Olympics to watch her son Taylor compete. Thanks to a grant, she's made her way to Vancouver.
$7,000 allocated to help monitor trends
The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed this week to supply $7,000 in community housing funds to allow the Yampa Valley Housing Authority to develop a flexible database that will enable it to continuously track and update housing demand and supply.
Stockholm Syndrome, a rock band featuring Dave Schools Jerry Joseph, will play at 8 p.m Thursday with These United States at Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
Steamboat boys basketball team will face off against Battle Mountain at 7:30 tonight. Steamboat girls play at 6 p.m.
Nordic athletes hope for turnaround today
Steamboat Springs High School competed in Nordic classic skiing and the giant slalom Alpine races of the state competition Thursday, but the teams didn’t get the results they had hoped for.
GoI70.com announces a new contest to help you answer the question, “should I stay or should I go?” In the “Guess the Mess” game, you can guess the peak of Sunday’s eastbound traffic jam and win.
Winter Park to host ski race for national disabled athlete group
The National Sports Center for the Disabled is gearing up for the 35th annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup taking place today to Sunday. The weekend festivities include four ski races, live entertainment, ice carving demonstrations and a silent auction.
In 1986, the International Olympic Committee voted to separate the Summer and Winter games, placing them in alternating even-numbered years, starting in 1994. The 1992 Winter Olympics were the last to be staged in the same year as the Summer Olympics.
12:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers talked to a person at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue and gave a warning about disorderly conduct.
Denver resident Julie Federico has taken photos for most of her life. This fall, she decided to try to sell them. A new dedication to her art and a recently released children’s book about personal safety led Federico to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Her work will be on display at the store through the end of the month.
The everyman of the turntable, DJ Logic, born Jason Kibler, has made a name based on his ability to morph into any musical style, picking up on the cues of generations worth of music through decades of listening to records.
High school seniors, now is the time to get your Menactra vaccine to protect you against meningitis. College freshman living in dormitories are at increased risk for meningococcal disease and should be vaccinated with Menactra before entering college. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers drop-in clinics for adolescents from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, in Steamboat Springs. Vaccinations also are available by appointment. For more information, call the VNA at 879-1632.
A recent decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals confirms the state’s general policies that are protective of agriculture. The case also highlights the fact it’s always best if the farmer can prove the reasonableness of his actions, if he is to be successful in court.
Tigers team 6th after 1st round at state tournament
It took several comebacks and a day of solid wrestling, but thanks to a strong showing Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Class 2A wrestling tournament in Denver, the Hayden wrestling team is poised for a strong weekend.
Mainstreet hopes to buy and install whistle in the spring
Steamboat’s fabled noon whistle will return, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Executive Director Tracy Barnett said Tuesday. Click on the story to hear what it will sound like.
Thursday, February 18
20-year-old downhill skier trained in Steamboat for a year
Twenty-year-old Alice McKennis didn't quite make it through the course at the women’s downhill on Wednesday. But McKennis, who trained in Steamboat for a year, decided giving up just wasn't for her.
A healthy spike in occupancy rates in downtown lodging properties and mountain hotels is expected to help this weekend’s tourism match last year’s figures, according to the lodging barometer produced by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.
Most ballots are in mailboxes or on the way for the city’s vote on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation, which a panel will debate at a public forum tonight. The city’s mail-only vote on the annexation ends March 9.
Nancy Spillane, the mother of Steamboat Springs’ newest Olympic medalist, said she had more than 500 e-mails in her inbox when she checked her computer Monday, the day after Johnny won the silver medal in the Nordic combined event.
Genna Bradley said she’d never experienced anything like it, standing atop the 1-meter diving board at the state diving championships in Loveland with a lead late in the competition.
The Steamboat Springs High School ski team will compete in the two-day state skiing championships starting today.
The Record for Feb. 16, 2010
Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin plans to recommend tonight that the Town Council table the second reading of a nuisance ordinance that would allow the town to impose fines on residents who violate sections of Hayden Municipal Code relating to garbage and refuse, weeds and brush, and alarm systems.
The Hayden School Board approved a resolution Wednesday that would allow the district to legally lay off employees should that be necessary to address a projected budget shortfall of nearly $495,000 in the 2010-11 school year.
The 17-year-old girl who fell from a balcony at an underage drinking party Jan. 10 was moved to the Craig Hospital in Englewood on Tuesday but remains in a coma. Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigator Ken Klinger said he spoke to the girl’s mother and was told there are “minimal signs of improvement.”
Block uses coffee to create images
Gregory Block set out to make something that would look old. Starting a series on display now at RED Contemporary gallery in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Block, a Routt County resident, chose coffee as his medium and his muse.
I was contacted by two readers Sunday who were upset that the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s coverage of Johnny Spillane’s silver medal win in Vancouver, British Columbia, ruined the surprise of watching it on NBC’s tape-delayed telecast.
Hayden leads Routt County wrestlers with seven heading to state; Soroco is sending two, and Steamboat has one. Treyben Letlow is perhaps Hayden’s best shot at winning its first individual state title since 2000.
Wednesday, February 17
Shin injury doesn’t stop Vail skier’s quest
Lindsey Vonn has treaded her way through the 2010 Winter Olympics with expectations heaped on her shoulders and an agonizing shin injury. But Vonn skied an attacking, aggressive run Wednesday, and the final piece of her magnificent career fell into place.
Many crowded the venue to cheer on all skiers, not just their country's
Everywhere you looked at Wednesday's women's downhill ski event there were flags, shirts and even a few foam fingers representing different countries at the Winter Olympic Games. But they were all there to enjoy the same exhilarating action of the downhill.
First U.S. gold medalist of 2010 games has been on a sleepless schedule
Skier Hannah Kearney has been in high demand after winning women's moguls on Saturday, giving her the United States' first gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Mike Vice, co-owner of Lariat Liquors in Craig, contends that if Colorado legislation passes to allow convenience stores to sell full strength beer, “it will drive liquor stores out of business.” Colorado House Bill 10-1186 seeks to “allow the sale of malt liquor in convenience stores defined as retail businesses of less than 5,000 square feet.”
Prosecutors are not ruling out the option of coming to a plea agreement with Eduardo Capote after a jury deadlocked on a charge of second-degree assault. After the jury announced a deadlock Feb. 10, prosecutors scheduled a retrial for May.
Colorado State Patrol trooper Tonja Cowan said Tuesday that she has not decided whether to file charges in a fatal crash Saturday on U.S. Highway 40.
Steamboat concerts rich with emotion
Solo cellist, Grammy nominee and Eroica Trio member Sara Sant’Ambrogio will perform in two concerts this weekend: a Winter Soiree fundraiser concert Saturday a community concert Sunday.
For the first time all season, Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity basketball coach Luke DeWolfe said the Sailors played a complete game. Save for the last two minutes.
School Board to hear update tonight on budget feedback effort
Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel will update School Board members tonight about the district’s progress in distributing surveys to engage the community in the 2010-11 school year budget process.
Council gives green light to down payment assistance
The Steamboat Springs City Council gave its support Tuesday night to a pair of affordable housing measures, including one that would help modest income homebuyers come up with a down payment. The council voted, 6-0, to release $100,000 in fees already collected from developers under the old affordable housing ordinance to help the Yampa Valley Housing Authority create a down payment assistance plan.
Let’s Vote committee opposing annexation raises $11K
There’s a spending gap of nearly $62,000 between the campaigns for and against the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.
For the last home game for his senior players, Moffat County High School coach Craig Mortensen would not have changed a thing. Not only did Moffat County win against Steamboat Springs High School, 43-29, on Tuesday, but the Bulldogs also snapped a two-game losing streak.
Annual variety show and fundraiser scheduled for May 6 to 8
The annual show featuring locals poking fun at other locals is planned for May 6 to 8 at Strings Music Pavilion.
A whole lot of people in this community were a bundle of nerves Sunday, waiting to see if 2010 was going to be the year that dreams came true for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. And the gut-wrenching, heart-stopping, hair-yanking cross-country race did not disappoint them.
A Tuesday forum about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation illustrated two very different points of view from people equally passionate about the region’s future. The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs’ weekly luncheon featured a panel discussion about the proposed annexation, of which city voters will decide the fate in a mail-only election that concludes March 9.
Six days into the 2010 Olympic Games, the question on everyone’s mind is the state of Lindsey Vonn’s badly bruised shin. Vonn, the top female Alpine skier in the world, has been limited in her training at the games and even said earlier that the injury may force her to miss some events. Although few people know what Vonn is going through, Steamboat Springs’ Brett Buckles can relate.
Steamboat Springs registered voters have a decision to make about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation. Read about the issues here.
The Record for Feb. 15, 2010
Tuesday, February 16
Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member enjoys Olympic experience
On a day when Canadian rider Maelle Ricker gave the hometown fans plenty to cheer for with her gold-medal performance, Callan Chythlook-Sifsof just couldn’t stay upright on her board.
Former U.S. Ski Team member’s shins ended her Alpine career
Brett Buckles identifies with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, who has been suffering from a severely bruised shin ahead of the women's Alpine downhill event at the Olympics. Shin problems ended Buckles' competitive Alpine career.
Let’s Vote op-ed cites 2 markets; pro-700 plan inherently risky
The Let’s Vote committee’s claim Sunday that “the city gave Steamboat 700 a $32,191,275 discount” on water costs was disingenuous on several fronts. But so was some of the Good For Steamboat committee’s water supply message, which failed to acknowledge the inherent risks of water projects that would present significant financial and logistical hurdles.
Local skier’s whirlwind tour thrusts spotlight on sport, Steamboat
As he sat behind the stage at the Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza on Sunday waiting for the medal ceremony to begin, the realization that he had just won an Olympic silver medal for the Nordic combined event finally began to set in for Johnny Spillane.
Athletes will answer questions at event
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Tread of Pioneers Museum will sponsor “The Olympic Experience” discussion with former athletes at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The eight Olympians scheduled to participate represent a wide range of years and event disciplines.
My stomach was in a knot, and I was shouting loudly at my computer screen Sunday afternoon as Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong sprinted toward the finish line in Whistler, British Columbia. It was a strange mixture of elation and frustration that I experienced.
Skiers back in Park City to prepare for next week’s team event
There’s no question that the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team are off to a great start in the mountains of British Columbia, but head coach Dave Jarrett said the team isn’t satisfied. But Sunday’s historic race is behind them, and Jarrett is preparing the team for its next big test — the Nordic Combined Team Event.
Big game for Sailors girls varsity basketball in Moffat County today
The Steamboat Springs girls varsity basketball team is looking for a win against Moffat County tonight to help the team into the playoffs. The slate of games starts at 3 p.m. today, when the girls junior varsity team plays the Sailors, followed by the boys junior varsity at 4:30 p.m., the girls varsity team at 6 p.m. and the boys varsity team at 7:30 p.m.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper’s Editorial Board. Those representatives will be asked to serve a four-month term from March 2 to June 29, 2010.
Steamboat City Council again to consider revised version
City Council will take another crack tonight at a final vote on a revised community housing ordinance that already has been simmering on the stove for nine months. Council President Cari Hermacinski thinks the discussion can be boiled down to one significant change in the ordinance. She also thinks it’s time for a vote.
Rider has strong ties to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof isn’t exactly a household name in Steamboat Springs. But the native of Alaska would love to change that. Chythlook-Sifsof, who turned 21 this week, competes today in the women’s snowboard cross event at Cypress Mountain just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Fiery US skier claims third Olympic medal, 1st since 2002
As much as people wanted Bode Miller to say things have changed and that there has been a big revelation in his life, Miller insisted he’s still the same guy who took up skiing at age 3. He said after Monday’s race, his focus always has been what takes place on the course.
After a remarkable two-year hiatus, sunspots are coming back. This prolonged sunspot minimum is the longest in a century and has kept solar astronomers on the edge of their seats. If recent activity is any indicator, then the sunspot minimum may be over at last.
The Record for Feb. 14
Senator talks health care, finance, partisan politics
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet heard and voiced a lot of frustration Monday morning. In an informal meeting with about 25 Steamboat Springs residents, Bennet unabashedly acknowledged the challenges of legislating in a Congress that he said is broken by special interests.
Monday, February 15
Biking through Italy, lounging in Tahiti, volunteering in Guatemala: A plethora of international adventures beckon retirees. They may have more time to travel, but older adults also may have more health concerns. Fear of sickness or injury shouldn’t prevent them or others with medical conditions from planning a getaway, however.
Win on Sunday ends wait for Olympic glory
Sunday started just like any other rainy day in Whistler, British Columbia. But make no mistake, this gray day in the mountains of British Columbia was anything but ordinary to Johnny Spillane and the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team.
Junior Olympics team announced, dominated by local skiers
The snow fell so hard at times Saturday that it obscured racers just a few dozen yards apart. It didn’t slow Steamboat’s bunch, however, as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined squad enjoyed a big day on its home turf.
Steamboat Springs High School to open postseason Friday
Driven by a strong desire to win its first state championship, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team probably doesn’t need any extra motivation as it prepares for the playoffs. CHSAA slotted the Sailors as the No. 5 seed in the 16-team playoff bracket.
On Feb. 20, the Routt County Cooperative Extension Office and its master gardener program will offer a repeat class on vegetable gardening. Last year, about 100 people attended to learn about which vegetables can be successfully grown here in the Yampa Valley.
If I may borrow a snappy phrase from a recent anniversary celebration at Yampa Valley Medical Center, cheers to 10 years, Monday Medical! Yes, it has been a full decade since our first column appeared in the Steamboat Today on Valentine’s Day 2000. The topic, appropriately, was heart health.
Calgary, Alberta, won the 1988 Winter Olympic bid. The games were held Feb. 13 to Feb. 28 and featured 46 events in six sports. Other contenders for the host city were Falun, Sweden, and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Fifty-seven countries arrived with 1,423 athletes to compete.
The Record for Feb. 13
Emotional rollercoaster for wife, parents, brother of Nordic combined medal winner
Hilary Spillane wasn’t this nervous on their wedding day. Nancy Spillane could barely breathe, her emotions going from perma-grins to uncontrollable crying. Jim Spillane was living each pole plant and stride with his son. Sam Spillane said it might have been the best day of his life.
The Steamboat Springs City Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Centennial Hall on 10th Street, first convening as the city’s redevelopment authority and liquor license authority before beginning City Council action at about 5:45 p.m.
County Agenda for Feb. 16
2-day Wyman Museum event features snowmobile, cardboard box races
What’s a yacht without a “tanning babe” lying on its deck? That’s what 12-year-old Benjamin Robinson wanted to know as he stood next to his cardboard box derby entry Saturday at the Wyman Museum’s Winter Festival.
This always was my dream. Some little girls want to be ballerinas. Some want to be astronauts or teachers. I wanted to be a freestyle moguls skier. I didn’t grow up in Steamboat, but like most kids who did, I set my sights on the Olympics early. As a child, I assumed being an Olympic athlete was the greatest thing anyone could do in a lifetime.
Mardi Gras events in Routt County
Jenna Gruben excelled as runner, speech pathologist, community member
They stop often, catch their breath. Breathe deep again. And they continue. Jenna Gruben’s friends and loved ones are not at a loss for words. Instead, they have so many to describe Gruben, who died after being involved in a Saturday evening car accident on U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Milner.
Spillane’s silver medal a landmark day for area
This was a silver medal won by Johnny Spillane for the United States. But really, it was a medal for the city of Steamboat Springs. Don’t forget, 20 years ago the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team wasn’t all that good and struggled to compete on the international level.
Sunday, February 14
Steamboat skier jumps, races to 1st U.S. Nordic combined Olympic medal
Steamboat resident Johnny Spillane has won the United States' first-ever Winter Olympic medal in Nordic combined, taking silver Sunday in the Normal Hill Individual Gundersen event at the 2010 games in Whistler, British Columbia.
Strongs jumps by the Americans leave them in good position for the cross-country portion of the event, which begins at 2:45 p.m. today and is expected to be covered live by NBC. The right wax combination might be key to the podium given the rainy conditions in Whistler.
Autism Program, Whiteman Primary look to grow in heart of Steamboat
Two local nonprofit organizations are seeking city development permits that would allow them to increase their presence in Old Town Steamboat Springs. The Yampa Valley Autism Program and Lowell Whiteman Primary School are looking to local buildings to grow their organizations.
3 Americans still meet their goals
There was an undeserved look of disappointment in Anders Johnson’s and Nick Alexander’s eyes as they looked up the slopes of the normal hill at Whistler Olympic Park on Saturday afternoon.
Nobody takes more pride in the success of former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes than Nordic Program Director Todd Wilson and his staff. When the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team takes center stage at Whistler Olympic Park today, you can bet the athletes will be on Wilson’s mind
Milestones Happy Birthday wishes to Austin Williams, Steve Bell, Sam Montieth, Tina Williams and Lisa Camilletti. Events successful
Decked out in a blue scrub shirt Tuesday, Noah Bass got a chance to see what it would be like to be a veterinarian. The Lowell Whiteman Primary School sixth-grader was one of the school’s fifth- through eighth-graders who participated in its mentoring day.
Late rally is not enough as boys team falls at home
Streaky play was the rule in Saturday evening’s showdown between the top two boys basketball teams in the Western Slope League. Glenwood Springs’ streaks proved better, however, and the Demons built plenty enough of a cushion to withstand a late Sailors surge, winning 57-52 and locking up the league championship.
Olympic inexperience dots the U.S. men’s moguls team, but expectations are splattered across the four-man team whose members are making their virgin trip to the sports summit. True, Pat Deneen, Bryon Wilson, Nate Roberts and Mike Morse never have experienced the Olympics.
Sports columnist Luke Graham describes what he's seen while covering the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Boys squad falls Saturday
Soroco girls basketball coach David Bruner wanted to explain how his team won despite facing an impossible deficit Saturday afternoon in a game at Vail Christian High School. One problem: even two hours after the game, he couldn’t quite figure it out himself.
The Hayden High School wrestling team, competing Friday and Saturday at a Class 2A regional tournament in Palisade, qualified seven athletes for next weekend’s state tournament and garnered a third-place finish.
The Record for Feb. 12
Jail Report for Feb. 6 to 12
Attorneys, city staff maintain that taxpayers aren’t liable for annexation’s costs
The Web site for Let’s Vote committee, opposing Steamboat 700, includes questions such as “What if Steamboat 700 runs into financial trouble at a point in time when the expansion of the water system becomes necessary? Who pays for a needed system if the developer can’t?” “It begs the question, who’s going to come out of pocket for that?” Let’s Vote member Bill Moser, a local Realtor, said last week.
two-vehicle wreck resulted in a death Saturday evening, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said. The wreck occurred after 6 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 between Milner and Hayden. A Nissan SUV was heading east on U.S. 40 near mile marker 117, leaving Mount Harris Canyon, when it spun out of control, Elliott said.
School holds presentation about dangers of sending explicit texts
If you don’t want your dad to see what you’re texting, don’t send it. That’s the message Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Amy Brodie delivered to a class of freshmen. Brodie and three other Advocates Building Peaceful Communities peer educators were giving a presentation about the dangers of “sexting.”
Friday festivities at Howelsen Hill include song, dance and former competitors
On Friday morning, Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-grader Ellie Kavanaugh was thinking about Olympic moguls skiing. An Olympic-themed ceremony at Howelsen Hill, a school-wide assembly featuring presentations by students and short speeches from former Olympians, helped Ellie get in the spirit.
In anticipation of frost-free days in June, Little Shop of Growers co-owner and greenhouse vegetable garden keeper Kristen Pappas starts vegetable seeds indoors during late March or early April each year.
Good news everybody. After some research, I have discovered that there is plenty of affordable housing already available in Steamboat! Under the Steamboat 700 annexation agreement, the cost of attainable homes is driven by the average income of our area.
Special thanks to Andy Wirth and his staff at Steamboat Ski Area, Eric Skinner and his staff at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Tracey Rogalski of Go Alpine taxi.
Last spring, the city of Steamboat Springs adopted water adequacy and water rights dedication policies that apply to new developments. Under the Water Rights Dedication Policy, every applicant shall dedicate to the city a dependable water supply equal to 120 percent of the water rights necessary to meet the requirements identified in the water demand report.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a Business Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Rex’s American Grill & Bar, adjoining the Holiday Inn on U.S. Highway 40 on the city’s south side.
Rex Brice’s newest restaurant Lil’ House offers breakfast, lunch sandwiches
A little bit of North Carolina invaded the west side of Steamboat Springs this week as local restaurateur Rex Brice opened Lil’ House, billed as a country biscuits and coffee joint. Brice, who grew up in North Carolina, said he wanted to offer a new kind of restaurant on Steamboat’s west side.
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here? A. November 2006.
Visitors Juanita Davis’ son Bob has been in here visiting with her this week, and Virginia Rossi stopped by and visited with Lila Rider. Clarice Reid’s son and daughter-in-law have been visiting earlier in the week. Carol Rickman also has had family and friends in to visit with her, and Frances Wither has been having family in visiting on a regular basis in the past weeks.
75 years ago — From the Friday, Feb. 15, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Julie May, a 2006 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School was named to the Mesa State College fall 2009 dean’s list.
School lunches for the week of Feb. 15 to 19
Routt County real estate transactions for Feb. 3 to 11, 2010
Steamboat Springs native Vernon Monger recently was awarded the Building Division Project Manager of the Year award by the Utah Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.
This wasn’t how they envisioned closing out the regular season. Still, the Steamboat Springs High School boys hockey team players could find something to take pride in Saturday night, even after a tough 3-1 loss to perennial powerhouse Cheyenne Mountain.
hen water mains break, aren’t there typically boil orders or a waiting period for flushing contaminants out of the pipes before drinking the water again?
Mark Twain once said, “Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting over.” It is no surprise that the Let’s Vote committee is trying to use the emotional and complex issue of water to scare voters into reversing the annexation of Steamboat 700 by the City Council.
Private hot tub patio unlocks ground-floor sales at Bear Lodge
Given the economic climate, Michael Hurley, representing Australian developer Rod Forrester, of Aria Colorado, is pretty happy to say that Bear Lodge and neighboring Emerald Lodge accounted for nine luxury condominium sales between $1 million and $1.5 million in the first 11 months of 2009.
We hope voter turnout in the mail-only election reflects the importance of the decision and the tremendous interest many residents have in the future of our community.
Saturday, February 13
America's Shannon Bahrke earns bronze, retires after event
American moguls skier Hannah Kearney won with a score of 26.63, becoming the first American to win a gold medal in women’s moguls since Donna Weinbrecht at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
An SUV spun out of control and was hit broadside by a pickup Saturday evening between Milner and Hayden. Jenna Gruben, a 32-year-old Steamboat Springs resident, died of injuries suffered in the crash.
American women to compete for medals when event continues this evening
Four American women qualified, and it looks like the US and Canada will battle for the podium this evening in British Columbia. After much concern and discussion, conditions on the run were better than expected.
Demong, Americans seem relaxed before first competition at 2010 Winter Olympics
He was less than 24 hours from one of the biggest races of his life, but U.S. Nordic combined skier Billy Demong wasn’t about to let the anticipation keep him awake Saturday night. Today's normal hill individual Gundersen event begins with the jumping portion at 11 a.m. The cross-country portion begins at 2:45 p.m. MST. NBC television coverage begins at noon today.
3 Americans still met their goals in first Olympic event
Anders Johnson, Nick Alexander and Peter Frenette earned the chance to compete for medals but didn't make it further in Whistler today. Swiss jumper Simon Ammann took home the gold.
Cities like Steamboat trying to ensure taxes paid on homes
When Elizabeth Smith first listed her three-bedroom Crested Butte home on VRBO.com in 2000, she was one of five Crested Butte homeowners on the Web site offering private nightly rentals directly to vacationers. Today, she is among 200 Crested Butte homeowners peddling pillows on VRBO.com. There are 100 more up the road in Mt. Crested Butte and dozens more down-valley.
For the second time, the Winter Games were hosted by Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980, since the only other competitor was Vancouver, British Columbia, and they withdrew from the bid before the final vote.
The Record for Feb. 11, 2010
Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Family Birth Place staff is adding a new sibling class to its Childbirth Education class offerings. The new class is free and will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Family Birth Place on YVMC’s campus.
Memories of Bill Johnson come flooding back
Jace Romick remembers his old teammate on the U.S. downhill team Bill Johnson. In 2001, Johnson suffered a severe head injury in an awkward fall on a downhill course in Montana. His life has never been the same.
The Hayden girls basketball team beat Soroco, 70-54, and the boys knocked off the Rams, 76-46, on Friday night.
Germany’s Michael Uhrmann topped the list of qualifiers in Friday’s Normal Hill Men’s Ski Jumping qualifying event, but three Americans walked away as winners on the first day of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
College officials analyze proposals, will announce their selection by next week
At a Friday gathering, Colorado Northwestern Community College got another step closer to it latest project. CNCC officials opened sealed contractor bids presented to them by seven contracting firms that submitted proposals for the college’s building project.
The U.S. Women’s Freestyle moguls team has done just about everything in the past two months to put itself in a position to find the podium today at Cypress Mountain, British Columbia.
Many of the athletes taking part in Friday afternoon’s wet and rain-soaked Nordic combined training would describe the day as ugly, but after a close call on the starting bar, scary might be the preferred word for U.S. Nordic combined skier Johnny Spillane.
Oak Creek residents can begin election petition process Monday
Oak Creek residents can begin circulating election packets Monday in the run-up to the April election of five town officials.
For more than 30 years, Thomas D. Mangelsen has captured animals in their natural states. View Mangelsen's photos at his Images of Nature gallery on Lincoln Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. today for a free public reception.
Friday, February 12
3 American men jumped far enough today to qualify for Saturday contest
Peter Frenette, Nicholas Alexander and Anders Johnson all earned spots in Saturday’s medal event, which will also be held at Whistler Olympic Park, north of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Johnny Spillane noticed a broken ski just before taking off for a training jump Friday at the rain-soaked Nordic combined facility in Whistler. Regardless, the team remained upbeat while preparing for Sunday's competition.
Town official said they don’t yet know cause of problem
A break in a water line outside of Yampa was restored Friday evening after crews repaired the problem, which was noticed earlier in the day.
Tyrell Kochenower booked for investigation of vehicular homicide
A man critically injured in a Sept. 21, 2007, motorcycle accident in Weld County was arrested today in Craig for investigation of vehicular homicide.
Nicky Boulger contends “we have winter for six months, we might as well enjoy it.” Boulger, Wyman Museum events coordinator, is helping the Craig community do just that as she wraps up planning for the Wyman Winter Festival, which begins Saturday at the museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.
Pipe issue was discovered early this morning in a field outside of town. The water remains safe for consumption, a town official says, but residents will be without running water for a time this afternoon while repairs are made.
Events going on around Routt County for this week, including Head for the Hills playing tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon.
Steamboat prepares to watch its athletes on the world stage
Rick DeVos says the days leading up to the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, have been a mixture of excitement and nerves inside the walls of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Officials for Steamboat II said Thursday that the subdivision’s water is safe to drink and that repairs have been completed after a major break in a water line Monday evening.
Steamboat Springs water users likely will see a rate increase within the year to fund massive sewer system upgrades.
Musical play shows today and Saturday at Hayden High School
A strobe light and windy sound effects transported a full auditorium from Hayden High School to Oz on Thursday, as Class Act Productions presented “The Wizard of Oz.”
George Hill scored 17 points after starting in place of an injured Tony Parker, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in routing the cold-shooting Denver Nuggets, 111-92 on Thursday, night.
The Record for Feb. 10, 2010
Authorities say the parents who hosted a party for a group of 40 to 50 minors Jan. 30 have been ruled out as suspects “for all intents and purposes.”
Nadine Daszkiewicz isn’t sure what a “chocolate swoon” is, but she thinks it could be a contender in Saturday’s fourth annual Taste of Chocolate. The annual chocolate-making competition will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at various downtown businesses during the 15th annual Art Walk festival.
‘Walk This Way’ benefit features local designers and stores
There are no preliminary sketches or detailed plans involved when Ina Stoger designs a new dress, hooded sweatshirt, bag or jacket. “I never plan, ‘I’m going to make this’ because it’s always changing,” Stoger said. Eight of her designs, created under her maiden name Popova, will be featured in a fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Art Center.
Steamboat Springs residents host dance party at Amante Coffee that doubles as a benefit for the "To Haiti With Love" fundraiser for Wish for Haiti.
Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance, has accepted an appointment by the Obama Administration to serve on the Colorado State Farm Service Administration State Committee.
52-year-old injured while snowmobiling
A 52-year-old woman suffered a severe back injury while snowmobiling with a group at Saddleback Ranch on Thursday morning. Search and Rescue spokeswoman Dawn Alperti said the woman, who is from out of state, reportedly was riding on a snowmobile with her husband when they went over a series of bumps.
It might be easy to assume the Soroco boys basketball team is eyeing Hayden because the teams’ match-up, at 8 p.m. today after the 6:30 p.m. girls game in Hayden, will play a big role in sorting out the muddled Western Slope league standings.
State official to visit to assess U.S. Highway 40, Walton Creek Road
The Colorado Department of Transportation is evaluating U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road after a car struck resident William “Rick” Hagberg as he crossed the street there Feb. 5.
The Steamboat boys basketball team beat Rifle, 52-40, on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Thursday, February 11
Routt County Sheriff's Office official says parents who hosted Jan. 30 party for Dance Showcase participants and their families did not supply alcohol and had no knowledge of it. Police say the minors who were drinking weren't invited to the party and snuck the booze in.
Nancy Spillane couldn’t hold back her tears Tuesday while thanking the community for embracing her son, Johnny, who will compete in Vancouver, British Columbia, this month as a member of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.
Monday incident affects at least 6 houses in development west of city
A water main broke Monday night in Steamboat II, sending a “wall of water” cascading toward several homes. The incident occurred after 9:30 p.m. Monday, said Jon Sanders, principal of Steamboat Flood Suckers.
Lalive and Carmichael speak to charter school students
Caroline Lalive and Nelson Carmichael made a special appearance in Clark to speak to more than 60 students during a lesson about heroes.
Members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council were impressed with the progress of the Sk8 Church as the group toured the facility Wednesday night. It was part of an ongoing effort the 16-member group started to discuss the possibility of a teen center with local groups.
The 1972 Winter Olympics marked the first time the games were held somewhere other than Europe or North America. Instead, the games were awarded to Sapporo, Japan, a city on the northernmost island of Japan. Sapporo originally was awarded the 1940 Winter Olympics but resigned after the 1937 invasion of China.
Jake Bearss scored twice as the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team rode a three-goal second period to a 5-2 victory against visiting Standley Lake on Wednesday night at the Howelsen Ice Arena.
The Sailors boys and girls basketball teams take their games to the big stage when they face off today against Rifle at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Wrestlers from three area high schools — Hayden, Soroco and Steamboat Springs — are gearing up for the regional tournaments Friday and Saturday.
The Oak Creek Town Board is scheduled to consider final approval of the town’s comprehensive plan at a meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Oak Creek Town Hall. The multiyear process to create the comprehensive plan and land use codes comes closer to a conclusion as the board holds the final hearing tonight on the plan.
Even in February, summer activity making a splash
The collection of data describing the public’s growing enthusiasm for a float down the Yampa River on a hot day has grown into a small wave. But the options for managing the phenomenon remain limited. A group of about 20 gathered Wednesday night to discuss problems created by an increase of summer river users.
“Let the Games Begin,” an annual casino night and benefit for Family Development Center, is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at The Steamboat Grand. Tickets to the event are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
Wednesday, February 10
Jury deadlocked on 2nd-degree assault charge for Eduardo Capote, who will be retried
A jury found Eduardo and David Capote not guilty of third-degree assault Wednesday after a day and a half of deliberations, but jurors could not reach a decision about the more serious charge of second-degree assault against Eduardo Capote. Jurors said the group deadlocked on the final charge, with five jurors saying Eduardo Capote was guilty and seven saying he was not guilty.
Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., has sold another one of its resorts. On Tuesday, Intrawest announced a definitive purchase agreement to sell its interests in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida.
Routt County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday against reducing the valuation for property tax purposes of 21 luxury condominiums at Steamboat Villas in the east wing of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The vote denied Starwood Vacation owners relief from a portion of 2009 taxes.
A new platform that offers twice the amount of electronic material to patrons of Bud Werner Memorial Library has inspired an upcoming series of “ePlunge” classes. The series of free community classes starting Feb. 15 offers library users instructions about how to download electronic audio books, books, music and movies using the two software platforms offered for free in the library collection.
Let’s Vote, Good For Steamboat groups each wrote misleading statements
Two op-ed pieces published in Sunday’s Steamboat Pilot & Today included errors and misleading statements while also presenting valid opposing views about transportation issues related to the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.
Allocation for Steamboat area not determined
The $30 million committed Monday to Colorado by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to address the mountain pine beetle epidemic will continue existing efforts to remove hazard trees, said Steve Segin, a Forest Service spokesman.
Results from local sports
Bradley days away from final shot at state championship
Four years ago, it would have been hard for Genna Bradley to believe it would come to this. Bradley, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School who dives for the Moffat County High School team, is just days away from her final competition as a high school diver.
William “Rick” Hagberg, the man who was struck by a car Friday in Steamboat Springs, remains in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.
Tigers teams defeat North Park Wildcats
Now the real fun begins for the Hayden High School basketball teams. On a night when North Park simply couldn’t keep up athletically or on the scoreboard, the Hayden basketball teams set up huge showdowns Friday with cross-county rival Soroco.
The Easy Peaces frontman Kip Strean plans to offer a short story or history lesson before most songs in The Easy Peaces’ set at 7 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center. The concert is part of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Singer-Songwriter Series. Tickets are $5 at the door for Arts Council members and $10 for nonmembers.
12:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of a disturbance in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. A man reported there were four or five people outside his door trying to get in, and one man outside possibly had a golf club. Police arrested a 19-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of felony menacing, on suspicion of false reporting, on suspicion of minor in possession and on a warrant for failure to appear. Officers also arrested a 21-year-old Poncha Springs man on suspicion of third-degree assault.
A decision had not been reached after about 4 hours Tuesday
Jurors stopped deliberations at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and are set to continue this morning in the assault cases against David and Eduardo Capote. The case went to the jurors just before 1 p.m. Tuesday after attorneys made closing arguments.
On Friday night, a pedestrian was hit by a car and seriously injured. No matter how the case turns out, we think the way traffic flows into that confusing intersection is inherently dangerous and deserves scrutiny.
For the first time in ski area history, Aspen is trying to be like Steamboat. Wow! Aspen finally has decided that it might be a good idea to be friendly to its visitors. Last week, Aspen announced an “Adopt a Tourist” promotion. Here are some hypothetical chats between Aspen hosts and potential visitors.
Tuesday, February 9
Six men, six women deliberate after closing arguments at trial
Jurors will decide whether David and Eduardo Capote are guilty of assault in a January 2009 fight that led to the death of Richard Lopez. Closing arguments from the defense focused on police conduct, and attorneys said the Capotes acted in self-defense. Prosecutors challenged that assertion.
2010 Winter Carnival street events
The Record for Feb. 7
Eduardo Capote and his wife take witness stand during final day of testimony
Eduardo Capote took the stand as the final witness in his own defense Monday, bringing an end to the fifth day of testimony in the Steamboat Springs assault trial. After closing arguments today, the assault trial of Eduardo and David Capote will go to the jury.
Off-and-on resident Rick Hagberg remains in critical condition
Police said the man struck by a car Friday while crossing U.S. Highway 40 at Walton Creek Road is Steamboat Springs resident William R. Hagberg. The driver, Nancy G. Graves, of Steamboat, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular assault.
As difficult as it was to get up from the couch Sunday to reheat a plate of nachos during a spectacular Super Bowl between New Orleans and Indianapolis, it was even more difficult to turn our backs on the flat panel during the commercial breaks.
The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, to discuss last year’s regulation monitoring, education and enforcement efforts on the Yampa River.
When 18th century French astronomer and comet-hunter Charles Messier aimed his telescope at the middle star in the Sword of Orion, he thought he might have discovered a new comet. To Messier’s dismay, it turned out to be a false alarm.
Commuter van service between South Routt and Steamboat Springs could begin as soon as next month. The Routt County Board of Commissioners today is expected to consider offering the contract for the service to national firm VPSI.
Monday afternoon’s performance against the surging Pine Creek Eagles was just what Steamboat Springs hockey coach Jeff Ruff hoped to see from his Sailors as they move toward the playoffs.
Monday, February 8
There were no injuries resulting from a fire that fully engulfed a home Monday night on U.S. Highway 40 just west of Milner. The home remained standing but appeared to suffer extensive damage.
Kidd’s Olympic medal partner passes on after long fight with MS
Jimmie Heuga achieved immortality for helping to make U.S. ski racing history in 1964, but for those who knew and loved him, the memory of what he represented after his competitive career was over will be cherished even more. Heuga, 66, died at Boulder Community Hospital on Monday.
Fifth day of witness testimony began today at the Routt County Justice Center. Desiree Capote cried several times during her testimony in defense of her husband and brother-in-law. UPDATE: Eduardo Capote took the stand at 1 p.m.
Community members can help update facility’s master plan
Members of the community often approach Routt County Fairgrounds Manager Jill Delay to give her suggestions about how the fairgrounds should be used. People have a chance to publicly air and discuss those suggestions this week.
Deadline to sign up to vote on Steamboat 700 annexation is today
Today is the last day for city residents to register to vote on the fate of Steamboat 700, the proposed annexation on 487 acres just west of current city limits. On Feb. 15, the city and contractor Integrated Voting Solutions will begin sending ballots to registered voters for the all-mail election.
The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to discuss last year’s regulation monitoring, education and enforcement efforts on the Yampa River.
Winter Sports Club sells 1,000 more buttons than last year
Spectators lined Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday morning for the street events during the 97th Winter Carnival. The 83rd Diamond Hitch Parade, a tradition that began in 1927 with the Ladies Recreation Club, followed the morning’s street events that included ring and spear, an obstacle course, street slalom, 25-yard dog dash, donkey jump and shovel race.
Flying Gelande Jumping Championships attract 15 contestants
When it comes to gelande Alpine ski jumping, Rolf Wilson is still the man with a jet engine in a world of propellers. Wilson, from Montana, faced some of the toughest competition he’s encountered in his run at the annual Pro Alpine Flying Gelande Jumping Championships on Sunday, but when he needed a big jump, he came up with it and won.
Cody Miles won’t be the last athlete from Soroco High School to earn a college scholarship. There’s been a cultural shift at Soroco. Teams matter again. Games matter again. Most importantly, sports matter again. By signing his letter of intent to play football at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Miles showed just how far the Rams and sports at Soroco have come.
The Record for Feb. 6
Planting asparagus is probably one of the best investments a vegetable gardener can make. Because asparagus takes a couple of years before it can be harvested, it starts out as a crop for the patient gardener, but after that, it is ideal for the impatient gardener as it pops out of the ground almost overnight, sweet, tender and ready for dinner.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department could not release the name Sunday of the 51-year-old man struck by a car Friday evening because they have yet to contact his family, Detective Nick Bosick said. There were no new updates to the man’s condition Sunday, Bosick said.
Many of us could lower our risk of heart disease simply by making mindful changes in our eating habits. Registered nurse Susan Cowan, who has coordinated Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program for 12 years, delivers this message when she “talks turkey” (and other lean meats) with her patients.
The Hayden High School wrestling team went 2-3 in a series of five duals Saturday in a meet at Eaton High School, but coach Ty Camilletti said he saw what he wanted from his team and is confident heading into this weekend’s regional tournament.
In their whole form, ancient and alternative grains, in addition to familiar grains such as wheat, oats, rice and corn, are slowly gaining a foothold in the American diet, providing significant health benefits and improving carbohydrates’ image.
County Agenda for Feb. 8 and 9
Sunday, February 7
Fighting wet conditions that made loading black powder firearms difficult and navigating on cross-country skis sticky, competitors at the 36th annual International Muzzle Loading Biathlon on Saturday afternoon made their way through four laps around a cross-country course and four rounds of target shooting.
City supports parks, open space proposal for annexation
The Steamboat 700 site does not provide critical wildlife habitat and would not significantly affect wetlands, state officials and a private consultant, respectively, said last week. A study of wetlands conducted by local natural resource consultants Western Bionomics in November 2006 found minimal environmental impacts from potential development at the site.
In many ways, it was the perfect match, ski bikes and the three novices who rode them Friday morning at Steamboat Ski Area. Ruchu Adhikary, Trevor Allison and Deena Bright had never been to Steamboat Springs before cruising into town for the first time this week. The three had never even seen snow before they arrived in Colorado early last month as winners of a Colorado Tourism Office’s Snow at First Sight contest.
At age 22, Pat Deneen Jr., the newest member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, might be the United States’ best opportunity for a medal in men’s moguls. He is the reigning World Champion, was the FIS Rookie of the Year in 2008 and has been on the fast track to skiing’s peak since he first strapped on skis at 11 months old.
Sailors squad passes Delta, 46-30; boys team falls, 64-58
Maybe in the past an ugly loss like Friday’s against Palisade would have derailed the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team. Playing as crisply as the team has all year, Steamboat glided past Delta on Saturday, picking up an easy 46-30 win.
Tom Steitz is that little voice in your head that never seems to go away. It’s kind of like the voice that reminds you of that important 2 p.m. meeting at work while you sip your morning coffee, or makes you wonder if you locked the front door of your house as you drive down the block. Lucky for me, I rarely hear that voice at night because I snore.
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.
Happy birthday wishes to Austin Williams, Steve Bell, Sam Montieth and Tina Williams. Anniversary wishes to Linda and Ernie Archuleta.
Again, we can use jewelry and helpers during our weekly bingo games. We sure appreciate all the donations of jewelry, and we welcome any more that people can spare. Our games are at 10 a.m. every Tuesday.
Max May, 15, one of 10 youth corps members to receive award
Looking back and reflecting on his two weeks of service with the Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps, the crew leaders who worked with 15-year-old Steamboat Springs resident Max May described him as “a stellar corps member” who “showed great capacity for learning and working hard.”
School lunches for the week of Feb. 8
Parent Julie Carta is concerned that the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries in Steamboat Springs sends a confusing message to children. Since August, three dispensaries have begun offering medical marijuana to registered patients. The city instituted a moratorium, providing time to draft a policy that allowed it to regulate the businesses.
■ Well done, I think that a good compromise has been reached. I just hope that they really do work to include enough commercial space and entertainment venues that will make Ski Time Square vibrant again.
I just wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to whoever found my wallet and turned it in to McDonald’s during the past weekend. I lost it on my way from Breckenridge to a hockey tournament in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Colorado to pay sales tax beginning March 1
When Colin Musselman woke up Wednesday, the Soda Creek Elementary School fifth-grader had no idea he would help launch a weather balloon. Colin even had forgotten about his class field trip to learn how weather balloons work from Storm Peak Laboratory Director Gannet Hallar.
Age: 27 Occupation: Hostess at Slopeside Grill; salesperson at Steamboat Art Co.; salesperson at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory Place of birth: Point Pleasant, N.J.
The president of the United States delivered the constitutionally required State of the Union address last week, and in a mere 70 minutes, he clearly demonstrated his strategy to consolidate federal government power in the executive branch.
We can all agree that U.S. Highway 40 traffic congestion west of downtown has been an issue for many years. But almost nothing has been done about it. This annexation is the beginning of the solution to U.S. 40 challenges.
Annexing Steamboat 700 will produce two negative consequences. Traffic congestion will get much worse, increasing downtown drive times, tying up traffic at strategic points and denigrating our quality of life.
It was both heartwarming and heart wrenching to learn last week about the efforts of school nurse Dot Haberlan and others associated with Routt County’s public school districts to provide snacks for the increasing number of students who are going to school with empty stomachs.
1:39 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers made a traffic stop at Missouri Avenue and Grand Street. Officers arrested a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of being a fugitive of justice for driving under revocation. Officers also arrested a 24-year-old Steamboat man on suspicion on driving under the influence, violation of bail bond conditions and failure to signal a turn.
Wirth: Ski Corp. to increase seat numbers on wings of ‘modest recovery’
An expansion of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s airline program could bring 10,000 more visitors to the Yampa Valley next winter than are flying in this season. Andy Wirth, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said last week that Ski Corp. officials and some major airlines are projecting “a modest recovery” in the economy by next winter and are negotiating airline deals accordingly.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team easily won Saturday, skating past Valor Christian, 7-2. The Sailors, now 10-3-2, got four goals from Jon Winkelblech, two from Ian Anderson and one from Lance Ostrom.
Couple finds balance between sustainability and economy
Paul Ralston and Mariana Ishida purchased a building site in Heritage Park that overlooked open ranch land more than two years ago. However, they temporarily put the building on hold as construction prices went up. They didn’t revisit the possibility until summer 2009.
Realtor Cindy MacGray, with Prudential Steamboat Realty in Steamboat Springs, has developed a specialty in short sales and foreclosures, though her listings are much broader than that. She says the eBay-style online bidding process at realtybid.com represents a first for the Steamboat market as far as she knows.
Real Estate transactions for Jan. 29 to Feb. 3
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a speed networking event from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at The Boathouse Pub. The event helps people meet and talk about business ideas. The $5 cost includes entry fee, appetizers and a drink ticket. The cost is $15 for people who aren’t Chamber members. E-mail rsvp@steamboat chamber.com or call the Chamber at 875-7000 to reserve a spot.
Soroco High School boys basketball got a steal and Rams senior Alex Estes got a jump down the court, gaining a quick 5 feet on anyone following him. The roar started as he caught the pass, and it reached a climax as he flew up and threw down the dunk for his team’s 66-58 victory against Paonia.
The quaint and vibrant town of Vancouver, British Columbia, almost seems too perfect. There are mountains, oceans, rich culture, delicious dining — and did we mention the 2010 Winter Olympics?
More so than ever before, the U.S. team led by Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong has demonstrated the talent and execution worthy of standing atop an Olympic podium.
The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team has a vast history of winning medals at the Olympic Games, more than any nation in fact. But the United States hasn’t won a gold since a trio of skiers did it in 1998 at the games in Nagano, Japan.
Andy Wirth, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., travels often to Vancouver, British Columbia, for work. Here are some of Wirth’s must-see things while there.
I’m probably not the best advocate for wrestling in Routt County. I didn’t wrestle when I was in high school and always have been a basketball kind of guy.
Korie Steitz, a 2005 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to Montana State University’s dean’s honor roll.
Yampa Valley Medical Center announced this week that a parcel of land adjacent to Casey’s Pond on Walton Creek Road is the planned location for a new senior living community.
We make a lot of our Olympic tradition here in Steamboat Springs, and for good reason. The city nicknamed Ski Town USA has had a hand in sending more than 80 winter athletes to their respective sports’ biggest stage.
At first glance, it might not appear much has changed with the U.S. Snowboarding Team in the past four years. That’s good news for the United States’ medal aspirations, as snowboarding has proven to be a red, white and blue gold mine since it was introduced into the Olympics in 1998.
When Nordic combined skier Gary Crawford first walked into the stadium in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Olympics, he lost himself in a flood of emotion. It was there that he first realized he had stepped onto the stage of one of the biggest events in all of sports.
Saturday, February 6
Police: Steamboat woman remains jailed after Friday night incident
The 51-year-old was airlifted to Denver Health on Friday night, where he has been stabilized, Steamboat police Detective Nick Bosick said. The driver accused of hitting him, 68-year-old Steamboat Springs resident Nancy Gerdean Graves, remained jailed Saturday on vehicular assault and driving under the influence charges.
Forest Service to run Fuels Reduction Project near Silverthorne
More logging of beetle-killed trees will soon take place near Silverthorne, according to the Forest Service.
12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers assisted a motorist at U.S. Highway 40 and Mount Werner Road.
A pedestrian was hit by a car and seriously injured at about 6 p.m. Friday at U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road in Steamboat Springs. A 51-year-old man was crossing U.S. 40 when a westbound 2010 Subaru struck him, said Detective Nick Bosick, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team got back to its winning ways Friday, outlasting Pueblo County, 3-2, on the road. Steamboat, 9-3-2 overall, jumped out to an early lead and did enough late to come away with the win.
Many of the people had been standing in the cold along Lincoln Avenue for an hour before first-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher was asked to step onto the stage, which had been set up for Steamboat’s Olympic Send-off & Community Celebration on Friday evening.
YVMC officials: Housing construction could start in summer 2011
The first residents of a new senior living campus near Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs could begin moving into their new homes in early 2013 if everything falls into place for the developers.
More than 1 million spectators flocked to Innsbruck, Austria, for the 1964 Winter Olympics. Innsbruck won the Olympic bid against Calgary and Lahti, Finland. India, Mongolia and North Korea debuted at these Winter Olympics, which held 34 events in six sports.
Carnival continues with street events, Night Extravaganza today
Drew Picking, 2 1/2, finished up Friday's Soda Pop Slalom, the family-geared Winter Carnival event, with his twin sister, Izzy, and parents, Lynn and Andy. Drew was the first skier out of the gate and one of about 300 children to participate in the annual timed slalom event at Steamboat Ski Area.
1 girl taken to hospital, released to her mother after Jan. 30 party
Deputies are investigating another reported incident of underage drinking after a 16-year-old girl was found unconscious in a car at a party held the night of Jan. 30. Routt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ken Klinger said he thinks six to eight minors were drinking at the party in a house on Routt County Road 24. Between 40 and 50 teens, some young adults and a number of parents also were at the party, Klinger said.
Steamboat boys team wins against Palisade
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team decided enough was enough Friday against Palisade and cured an offense that has been inconsistent all year. Steamboat overcame a porous first quarter and a first-half deficit and looked to get over the hump offensively, running away from Palisade, 60-45.
Soroco High School’s Madison George shoots team past West Grand, 50-48
The Soroco High School girls basketball team, 6-5 and 2-2, beat West Grand, 50-48, on Friday night. “We grew up tonight,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “We’ve played in close games before but not come out on top. We had to grow up to come out on top, and we did.”
Friday, February 5
The person suffered what responders called "multi-system trauma" in police scanner communications. No more information about the person's condition was available.
One charge of third-degree assault dropped for each defendant
David Capote took the stand in his own defense Friday morning, telling his side of the story about what happened the night of Jan. 1, 2009. One third-degree assault charge was dismissed against David Capote and Eduardo Capote on Friday.
After having to cancel the 1944 Winter Olympics because of World War II, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, finally was able to host the winter games from Jan. 26 to Feb. 5, 1956. The town in northern Italy won the Olympic bid over Montreal, Colorado Springs and Lake Placid, N.Y. Several aspects made these games unusual: All of the venues were within walking distance except one, for the first time in history, the games relied heavily on corporate sponsorship (Fiat was the “official car”), and this was the first televised Winter Olympics. Thirty-two nations arrived to compete, including the Soviet Union, competing for the first time and winning more gold medals than any other nation.
What is it about the Yampa Valley that captures the hearts of so many of us? Is it all the built amenities — the ball fields, ski lifts, tennis courts and incredible shops, restaurants and lodging properties? Or is it the wide open hay meadows with cattle grazing and horses running and the iconic barns gracing the landscape?
1:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
The city of Steamboat Springs Public Works Department will close Lincoln Avenue from Fifth to Seventh streets starting at 1 p.m. today for the Olympic Send-off & Community Celebration. After the send-off, the street will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets until 1 p.m. Saturday for Winter Carnival. Lincoln Avenue also will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday for Winter Carnival street events.
Mottlau brothers testify in about night Lopez was injured
The prosecution concluded its case Thursday afternoon after three days of testimony in the assault trial of David and Eduardo Capote in Steamboat Springs.
Two Steamboat Springs residents take off Saturday for a five-week cultural and vocational exchange to New South Wales, Australia. The Group Study Exchange trip is a program funded by Rotary International.
When 5,000 or more eager celebrants crowd into downtown today for the Olympic Send-off & Community Celebration at 6:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn, expectations will be high. That’s because three world champions — all of them seemingly at the peaks of their careers — are headed north to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Saturday’s Winter Carnival events are about showmanship and tradition, with the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast starting the day from 8 to 11 a.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church. Street events including skijoring are from 9 a.m. to noon on Lincoln Avenue, and Alpine ski flying starts at 9 a.m. at Howelsen Hill.
Warriors Freestyle event starts at 8 p.m. today at rodeo arena
If a determined bunch of snowmobilers have their way, the Lighted Man won’t be the only thing that has Winter Carnival-goers trying to reel their jaws up from the ground this weekend.
Tigers pin Routt County wrestling rivals
It was the most anticipated match of the evening and a little more than two minutes, and it lived up to the hype. Hayden freshman T-Lane Mazzola and Soroco sophomore Lauryn Bruggink fought a dead-even match through the first period of their Thursday night collision, neither able to tally a point.
Soroco senior to play football at collegiate level
Soroco High School's Cody Miles completed a dream Thursday, signing to play football at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Downtown galleries and businesses feature variety of new work
Prints, paintings, sculpture, ceramic work and other styles of art will be highlighted at 25 downtown galleries, restaurants and retailers during today’s First Friday Artwalk. Receptions are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Many galleries will stay open for an extra hour or so to accommodate crowds lingering downtown after the Olympic send-off celebration.
Miles, Lombardi hoping to return to lineup soon
Soroco High School boys coach Sam McLeod finally has a good problem to sort through. After dealing with an injury-riddled season, his Rams team is getting healthy at the right time. Determining how to get everyone playing time will be the hard part.
Images from trip to Tibet, Cambodia featured at gallery
In a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. today at his newly revamped Gallery 11, Colorado Ken Lee will showcase fall shots from his trip to California along with about 15 images from Cambodia and Tibet. The free event is part of First Friday Artwalk.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams enter a pivotal stretch of their seasons this weekend, with games today against Palisade and Saturday against Delta. With both Steamboat teams in second place in the Western Slope League, there’s no doubt they’re in control of their own destinies.
Organizers cancel Rally Colorado after 9 years
Jim Gill did his best to look at the bright side when absorbing the realization that his pet project of nearly a decade, the annual Rally Colorado event, wasn’t going to return to Steamboat Springs and the Yampa River Valley.
Vail Mountain Rescue saves snowboarders who got stuck in ‘rotten snow’
About 20 Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Mountain Rescue responders rescued two snowboarders above Colorado’s Vail Valley on Wednesday morning in a search and rescue operation that began Tuesday night.
In a collection of monoprint pieces and metalwork by Molly Wilson and her husband, Von, a little valentine love for everyone is a strong theme. A show featuring that work opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Center for Visual Arts. The free event is part of First Friday Artwalk.
Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Erik Lynch missed last season’s high school Nordic state championships with an illness. But with Thursday’s performance at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center, Lynch could have pushed himself into the role of favorite for the state competition Feb. 18 and 19 at the Frisco Nordic Center.
Snow sculptures give students chance to shine
Armed with shovels, garden tools, saws and in one case a plastic sword, Steamboat Springs High School students took to Lincoln Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday to begin sculpting. Their goal: To transform the city’s main drag into a display that represents Steamboat and highlights Ski Town USA’s Olympic heritage.
Thursday, February 4
Police: One taken to YVMC after two-car accident with minor injuries
Police said one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries Thursday evening after a two-car accident at Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40.
Recent reports of child enticement have prompted the Craig Police Department to step up patrol efforts around schools, police reported Thursday in a news release. The police department reported that there have been two incidents in the past two days of strangers approaching children walking to or from school.
Third day of testimony in assault case continues this afternoon
Under cross-examination this morning, Michael Wesley Mottlau bristled when asked how much he had to drink the night that Richard Lopez was injured in what would turn out to be a fatal altercation.
Michael Wesley Mottlau, who described Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez as his best friend, testified Wednesday about the events of Jan. 1 and 2, 2009, that led to Lopez’s death. Mottlau and his younger brother, Timothy Mottlau, were with Lopez when the group quarreled with David and Eduardo Capote and were present for the reported assault that led to Lopez’s death. Taking the stand at the end of the second day of testimony, Michael Mottlau recounted how he and his companions were at the Tap House Sports Grill, where he said the Capotes heckled them for their selection of song.
Voter information can be updated until cutoff
Monday is the last day for city residents to register to vote on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.
Perhaps the most important city election in a generation, the fate of the Steamboat 700 annexation falls into the hands of the registered voters who will cast mail-in ballots beginning the week of Feb. 15. The passion of those residents who support or oppose the development is visible in the yard signs, bumper stickers, mailers and campaign advertisements more prevalent by the day.
Although the focus remains on the state competition Feb. 18 and 19 at the Frisco Nordic Center, the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team could make quite the statement today. And what better place to do it than the comfy confines of home?
Town Challenge ski results
10:09 a.m. Police were called to a report of vandalism in the 1300 block of Lincoln Avenue. An employee of a business reported that he or she noticed a rock had been thrown through one of the windows, police said. There was a small hole in the window, and no sign of attempted entry into the business, police said.
Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., has sold two of its resort properties in the past week. On Friday, Intrawest sold The Village at Squaw Valley to Squaw Valley USA, the operator of the Lake Tahoe, Calif., ski resort. The European-style Village at Squaw Valley includes two condo-hotels, six restaurants, 20 retails shops and a full-service spa. The sale price was not disclosed.
Resort-based business owners who hang on tight through a challenging late February and early March could be in position for a modest reward in the second half of March. That’s when late spring vacations in large metropolitan school districts across the country are expected to boost spring skiing in Steamboat.
Holding her ukulele with intent to attack, Ami Worthen has barreled into rockabilly music with a wry sense of humor and lots of instrumental power. As the leading voice of Asheville, N.C.-based duo Mad Tea Party, Worthen puts an amplified ukulele to work on songs that draw heavily on a variety of musical styles and cover topics from love to zombies.
A U.S. Telemark Ski Team “A” member for the first time at the age of 16 in 2008, Steamboat Springs teenager Lorin Paley has managed to stomp through a few barriers in her short career.
There was a lack of suspense at Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday. As other prep football stars from across the nation had hats in front of them, choosing the school they’ll play at for the next four years, appeasing fan bases and causing heartbreak for others, Austin Hinder did what most had known he’d do for a while.
The South Routt School District brought in an outside consultant Monday in an attempt to address lingering personnel issues. The issues appear to be specific to the relationship between Superintendent Scott Mader and South Routt Elementary School Principal Michael Young.
103-pound matchup to highlight 5-school competition
Lauryn Bruggink is fast on her feet and quick to lay down textbook maneuvers on the wrestling mat. T-Lane Mazzola is a cerebral wrestler who’s been quick to get up to speed in a sport that can terrorize high school freshmen.
Wednesday, February 3
Testimony from officers, medics and taxi driver opens brothers’ trial
A steady stream of police officers and emergency responders filed up to the witness box Tuesday during the first day of the trial of Eduardo and David Capote. The Miami brothers are charged with assault in connection with a Jan. 2, 2009, altercation at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez.
Drug task force ready to move forward
The All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force has added new officers and implemented new provisions after an audit from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta requested the audit in the wake of two charges of officer misconduct in the past year.
City officials approved conceptual plans Tuesday for the redevelopment of Ski Time Square, while allowing a maximum of six years before final plans are submitted and raising questions about the project’s proposed commercial space and public benefits.
Andrew Romanoff hopes his past visits to Routt County will provide a regional boost to his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat. The crowd at Tuesday's event in downtown Steamboat indicated that Romanoff could present a strong Democratic primary challenge in the region to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.
Each morning, Dot Haberlan restocks the food shelf in her office at Steamboat Springs High School. She prepares for an average of more than 10 students who visit the nurse’s office every day because they’re hungry. Haberlan oversees health services for all Routt County schools for the Northwest Colorado VNA.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team knows the formula for winning basketball games — turn over the ball fewer than 15 times and the Tigers’ odds of winning drastically improve. But turn over the ball like Hayden did Tuesday against Little Snake River High School, and wins are going to be hard to come by.
A Steamboat Springs native, Greg Effinger has been able to walk out the door and find a landscape to paint since he learned how to use a brush. From any starting point — the window of his Third Street studio or a field on an outer-county ranch — Effinger can look in any direction and find a moment that can be captured with a camera and translated onto paper in layers of watercolor.
Broadfoot’s works join 3 local collections in February show
Olinka Broadfoot can tell you two things for sure: She is a sculptor, and she paints. Beyond that, Broadfoot’s realistic commissioned work and nonrealistic personal creations cover a long list of inspirations, a long career of artistic statements and a long patron partnership that allows her to create what she wants when she wants.
Adult league basketball, coed soccer and volleyball standings
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle mogul team picked up multiple top finishes at a Rocky Mountain Open mogul event in Breckenridge during the weekend.
Monday, Feb. 1
Dear Olympic Committee: This is a letter of protest. The start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games is less than two weeks away, and there are no events, no time trials and no competition for mothers. Motherhood is the most physically and mentally challenging activity there is, and yet the Olympic Committee fails to recognize us.
Like so many Routt County residents, I treasure our beautiful open spaces, our abundant wildlife and our community — where I so often see friendly and familiar faces. In small towns, individuals find a sense of belonging and confidence that they can make a difference.
There is no way to individually thank all of the people who have so generously shared their kind words, prayers and who have sent e-mails, cards and flowers to our family after the tragic loss of our 14-year-old niece, Maddie. She was killed in a skiing accident at Durango Mountain Resort on Jan. 5 as she celebrated the last day of Christmas break with friends.
If the world was surprised in 1801 when Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi announced his discovery of the minor planet Ceres orbiting between the major planets Mars and Jupiter, it was shocked when, one year later, German astronomer Heinrich Olbers found a second minor planet in the same region of space.
On Friday, Steamboat Springs will send its Olympians to Vancouver, British Columbia, with typical Ski Town USA fanfare. The 2010 Olympic Send-off & Community Celebration will provide a fantastic opportunity for Routt County residents and visitors to get together and share excitement for Steamboat’s Olympic heritage and for the upcoming games.
The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition’s “Give Kids a Smile” event is Friday. The event is part of a national effort by the American Dental Association to provide free dental care for children 18 and younger without insurance. Interested parents are asked to make an appointment with the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition at 970-824-8000.
The headline story on the front page of the Jan. 24 Steamboat Pilot & Today was titled “700 capital risks weighed.” After reading and considering that article, I have several questions that require clarification in order for me to make a more informed decision on the upcoming vote.
Tuesday, February 2
Detectives, prosecutors will decide whether to file charges in Dady case soon
The results of an autopsy of Keith Dady confirm that the Steamboat Springs man died from the way he landed on the floor after a Dec. 4 scuffle with his friend and roommate.
City collections down about 16.3 percent from 2008
The city of Steamboat Springs collected about $3.2 million less in sales tax revenues in 2009 than it did in 2008, but the decrease falls within expectations and will not require reserve spending, a finance official said Monday.
Friends remember Lucy Causley for living ‘every day to the fullest’
Friends and former teachers of Lucy Causley’s at The Lowell Whiteman School described her as positive, bubbly, energetic, exuberant, enthusiastic, compassionate, tolerant and inquisitive. Lucille “Lucy” Grace Causley, a 2009 Whiteman graduate, died in a Saturday morning fire in Gunnison. A freshman at Western State College, Causley was 18.
Sunday, Jan. 31
Steamboat Springs resident Dagny McKinley’s quest to bring extreme hugging to the Winter X Games fell a bit short of her goal. McKinley tried Thursday to set a Guinness world record for most hugs in a 24-hour period.
Council to review development proposal, medical pot licenses
All signs indicate that a public review of the development plan for Ski Time Square, which has been tabled for months, will occur tonight at Centennial Hall. The Steamboat Springs City Council again is scheduled to review the proposed development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
Lift from Wildhorse Meadows to base area now operating
Colorado’s newest gondola opened to the public in a gentle snowfall Monday morning as Chris Wilson, a condominium owner at nearby Trailhead Lodge, ducked into the first cabin on the new Wildhorse lift, just down the hill from Steamboat Ski Area.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club racers grab top results in Utah
Getting to the finals of the skate sprint event at the Junior Olympic qualifier, which was held at the Soldier Hollow 2002 Winter Olympics venue in Utah on Friday, was no easy feat. The races drew a field of 643 racers, including top college racers and at least one current Olympian.
School district forms committee to consider student computers
The South Routt School District is forming a committee to consider buying laptops for students, but the plan may move slower than South Routt School Board President Tim Corrigan would like.
Just when I thought I’d skied every kind of snow condition known to “Jackrabbit” Johannsen, I encountered something new Saturday. I’m calling it “whispering surface hoar.” I was fortunate to get patched into a group of nine hybrid snowmobile skiers for an outing up Buffalo Pass during the weekend.
Officials meet with staff, parents for input on budget shortfall
Steamboat Springs School District officials aren’t sure whether layoffs will be necessary to overcome an estimated $2 million shortfall in the 2010-11 school year budget. But Superintendent Shalee Cunningham hopes any potential staff cuts could be accomplished through attrition rather than involuntary loss of employment.
Monday, February 1
City Council to discuss proposed increase in fines, extended hours
A proposed overhaul of city parking regulations would expand the hours of legal parking for most spaces along Lincoln Avenue and in downtown parking lots, but it also would increase fines for violations citywide. The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled Tuesday night to discuss parking regulation changes.
This year’s Colorado Ski for Women theme of “Alice in Winterland,” a play on Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” was evident as the participants donned costumes depicting their favorite characters Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. All proceeds from the ninth annual Nordic skiing and snowshoeing event benefited Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, a Steamboat Springs organization that provides services for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault and education for local students.
Steamboat Springs racers hold serve on Howelsen Hill on Sunday
Natalie Pearl and Katie Hostetler said they were excited with their results in Sunday’s slalom race, an event that capped off a weekend of racing on the SmartWool circuit in Steamboat Springs. Pearl, with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, won Sunday’s women’s race and her teammate, Hostetler, was second.
U19 team opens up with 8-0 win but loses in afternoon, 2-0
The seniors on Steamboat’s U19 girls hockey team didn’t close out their final home stand the way they wanted: celebrating a win. Instead, they had to settle for a split of Sunday’s two games while knowing that outside of a few small mistakes, they went punch-for-punch with a strong Colorado Springs squad.
Walking out to Blair and Michelle McNamara’s house Thursday afternoon to see their homemade rink brought back why I love the game of hockey. There’s something about outdoor rinks. There’s something about playing hockey outside. While I was growing up in Leadville, at least three times a week we’d venture down to the local skating rink.
Want to grow vegetables but don’t have the appropriate land, space or resources? You’re in luck because an opportunity to use a plot of land within Steamboat Springs city limits to grow vegetables and learn about growing food locally is about to present itself to residents.
The Record for Jan. 30
The Steamboat Springs School Board will hear a presentation tonight from Superintendent Shalee Cunningham and Finance Director Dale Mellor, regarding the Steamboat Springs School District’s budget for the 2010-11 school year.
County Agenda for Feb. 1 and 2
South Routt budget cut discussion also on agenda for special meeting today
An anonymous donor has offered to fund the first year of a proposed plan to buy Apple MacBook laptop computers for every Soroco High School freshman. South Routt School Board President Tim Corrigan said the Yampa Valley Community Foundation told him about the donor’s willingness to anonymously provide $7,500 to get the program up and running.
February is American Heart Month. This is an excellent time to learn more about heart disease risk. Heart disease still is the No. 1 killer of most Americans. Most of the risk factors for this disease are based on lifestyle habits, with weight being just one.
Perhaps more than ever, advances in diabetes treatment and education are helping people with the disease to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Many people, however, still experience serious complications that often can be delayed or prevented altogether with better practices.
Steamboat Springs High School takes 3rd at Estes Park meet
What has been a frustrating season of trial and error for a young and inexperienced Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team hit a high note Saturday as the team competed in Estes Park. The Sailors landed seven wrestlers in top-four finishes for their weight class and finished third overall.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate touring state after staff hires
U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff is slated to visit Steamboat Springs on Tuesday as part of a regional tour that follows the addition of some well-known political names to his campaign staff. Romanoff is scheduled to meet with the public at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat at 1009 Lincoln Ave.