Sunday, January 31
Friends: Bill Harding ‘the kind of person God put on this Earth to help other people’
Bill Harding, a former Moffat County Veterans Service Officer, died Saturday at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Denver. Harding lived in Craig from 1976 until June 2009, when he and his wife, Sandy, moved to Grand Junction. He was an advocate for local veterans in Moffat County.
Even before Bob Redding saw the water gush out around the fire hydrant at Arthur and Williams streets in Oak Creek, the public works director knew there was a problem. A worker at the water plant saw the level of the water in the tank drop precipitously, and alarms started sounding as the water level neared 20 percent.
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Ski appreciation catching on with students, too
It’s only his third year as band director at Steamboat Springs High School, but Jim Knapp understands the importance of the Ski Band kicking off the annual Winter Carnival parade down Lincoln Avenue.
Parents of Olympic-bound locals honored for service
As their sons head to the winter Olympics, two local families are also being recognized for their years of work with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
On Feb. 3, the students chosen to participate in the annual Winter Carnival student sculpture contest will work with city of Steamboat Springs public works employees to fill the square wooden frames with snow. After they’ve frozen overnight, the students — excused from school that day —return to begin sculpting, said Tracy Barnett, program manager for Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, one of the event’s sponsors.
Unique event recalls Colorado’s fur-trapping days
It's no surprise that the annual International Muzzle Loading Biathlon is an exercise in history as much as it is sport. Even the presentation of the racers and the friendship among those participants — many of whom count themselves as history enthusiasts — bears more weight than finishing first or last.
There are no papier-mache floats rolling down the street or multi-colored candy wrappers littering the sidewalks during the Winter Carnival Diamond Hitch Parade. Instead, the annual event features local organizations, children’s sports teams, businesses, political groups and others sporting their skiing prowess as they ride or slide down Lincoln Avenue.
Don’t forget to purchase a $7 Winter Carnival button to show your support of the Winter Carnival and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
The lighted man will have new colors in his electronic plumage this year as he skis down Howelsen Hill in the annual spectacle. Jon Banks, son of Claudius Banks, who started the tradition in 1936, will this year add a high-tech LED lighting system to his rig that will let him shine as many as 256 colors from his ski poles, skis, suit and helmet.
The artistic theme for the latest iteration of the Winter Carnival button is “Living the Dream,” and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club special events coordinator Caroline Bohlmann said everyone has permission to imagine themselves as Olympic medalists.
They don’t write a lot of books about where I’m from. In fact, outside of the local history tomes that get cobbled together every so often, the only book I know of that even mentions the small farming town of Andale, Kan., is “The Hot Zone,” a true story about an Ebola outbreak in a Washington, D.C., suburb that featured a doctor from Andale.
February is American Heart Month, and you can show your support Friday by wearing red. Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free cardiovascular screenings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. To make an appointment, call Karla at 846-9855. For more information about stroke and heart attack signs and symptoms, go to www.americanheart.org.
Supporters, critics of Steamboat 700 take opposing views about roadway impacts
Steamboat 700’s share of U.S. 40 improvement costs, required by the development’s annexation agreement with the city and estimated by the Fox Higgins Transportation Group, falls between $30.1 million and $43.2 million, depending on future construction costs, final designs and other factors.
The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado this month has launched its “Green Jobs Pipeline for Women,” a project through the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor that will promote the education, training and placement of women throughout the state into the energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs market, according to a news release.
10 percent could be cut from state K-12 education funding
As local school districts begin to prepare their 2010-11 school year budgets, they’re still not quite sure to what extent statewide K-12 education funding will be cut. The picture will become clearer after the Colorado Legislature receives a revenue projection in March. But until then, districts are beginning to budget in anticipation of having their statewide funding cut 10 percent.
Best of the Web: Art Higbee’s death
As a local excavating contractor in Steamboat Springs, who like many of us doubles as a snow removal service in the winter, I have had to deal with several unpleasant phone calls in the past few days concerning noise problems.
In the interest of preserving and protecting the sacred principle of honesty, I would like to convey a deep heartfelt apology to both the editor and the good readers of this newspaper.
We want to pass along our thanks to the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the great coaching staff at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Jeremy’s employer Old West Steak House, and all the folks of Steamboat Springs for how much we appreciate your support and all you have done for our son Jeremy Cota.
We would love to see Ski Time Square redeveloped. A bustling base area is crucial to ensure that visitors enjoy their time here and want to return year after year. It’s also important to locals, who want commercial options and a variety of places to enjoy après ski entertainment. That sales tax revenue would be pretty nice for the city of Steamboat Springs, too.
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Kevin Kleckler, director of the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center, hopes a project some of his welding students are working on will promote goodwill among the area school districts. Hayden School District students participating in the welding program at the vocational education facility are designing and creating steel pieces, made from scrap metal, that depict the mascots of three local school districts.
Tom Thurston stood at the gate of a new giant dog pen he erected after his last trip to the Iditarod, a large fenced-in area that he said allows his animals to stretch their legs after a long workout. Thurston is headed back to the Iditarod. A year ago, he hoped to finish. Now, he’s raised his goals.
A panel of bankers told a roomful of community members last week that despite the tough economy, local banks have lending available to qualified, prepared applicants. Five members of the local banking community spoke Tuesday at The Steamboat Grand during a meeting of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.
The Winter Carnival is annually a good place to find some of the craziest events Steamboat Springs will see all year, and Lincoln Avenue during the Saturday and Sunday street events is usually the best place to find the craziest events of that crazy week.
If you’re new to winter sports, or if you’ve already fully embraced middle age, there’s probably no chance you’ll qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. British Columbia. However, there’s no reason you can’t mingle with future Olympians at historic Howelsen Hill during this year’s Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs. You might even pick up some pointers.
Molly Newman has been skiing with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club since she was 2 years old. A Steamboat Springs native, Newman has been involved with the club’s Nordic skiing program since she was in third grade and said she was honored to be queen of the 97th annual Winter Carnival.
Shortage of commissions for Steamboat agents has some deciding to become inactive
January is the month when Realtors take stock and write checks for about $1,800 in order to stay in the game. With the number of transactions dwindling to 467 sales closed through the Multiple Listing Service in 2009, there are signs that some of Steamboat’s roughly 395 Realtors are considering their options.
Savannah Slater, downhill skier and sixth-grade student at North Routt Community Charter School, joined about half a dozen friends Friday afternoon for a few first-time skijoring runs at a winter activity that will be featured Feb. 6 and 7 during the 97th annual Winter Carnival. Registration for skijoring during the Winter Carnival will remain open through Friday.
It didn’t take Hayden High School senior girls basketball player Rachael Koehler long to answer. Asked how to stop her and her sister Erin, and Rachael was quick and concise. “No,” she said. “I just don’t want to give anything away.” The Koehler sisters were about as big as it came Saturday against a pesky Rangely team, helping Hayden pull away with a 56-47 win.
Danny Tebbenkamp explained that it was the ease and potential wide appeal of airboarding that drew his eye to the sport. Tebbenkamp, who runs the Steamboat Springs-based Boardom Bound extreme sports excursion business, was looking for something to keep the customers coming throughout the winter that didn’t come with the high demands of snow kiting.
At $113.41 per square foot, the home at 250 Hillside Drive likely is one of the best Routt County real estate buys of 2009. If he wanted to resell the house, “the investor who bought it could complete extensive remodeling, price it aggressively ahead of that neighborhood and still come out ahead,” said transaction broker Beth Bishop, of Prudential Steamboat Realty.
Beginning as the organizing committee for the first Winter Carnival, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has maintained the Winter Carnival as a service to the community since 1914. We are pleased to host the 97th annual Winter Carnival, beginning Feb. 3 and concluding Feb. 7. This year’s carnival theme is “Living the Dream.”
For first-time visitors to Steamboat Springs or people unfamiliar with the city’s annual Winter Carnival, walking into the Tread of Pioneers Museum can be an eye-opening experience. The first thing people see when stepping through the door at 800 Oak St. is a mannequin in an orange jumpsuit with a backpack full of explosives and an outfit with enough lights for a Christmas tree.
Real estate transactions for Jan. 22 to 28, 2010
Each year, the five broker/owners serving on Colorado Group Realty’s Board of Directors give three awards to deserving fellow brokers.
Five-year-old Mia McNamara had enough skating Wednesday afternoon. She wanted the color back in her cheeks and something to eat. So as her three brothers continued to skate around the family’s homemade, home-run skating rink, Mia simply walked off the ice, took about 15 paces and went into the family’s home. That’s the beauty of the McNamaras’ home rink.
It’ll be something Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff will continue to grill into his team. To get to the level Ruff thinks the Sailors can — that starts at a Final Four appearance — there simply can’t be any letdowns. Steamboat had one of those letdowns Saturday against Doherty, falling 2-1 in overtime.
The UCLA Marching Band has a better chance of sneaking into Vancouver, British Columbia, than the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.
Steamboat Springs and Hayden schools district lunch menus were not available.
Students who had GPAs of 4.0 were: seniors Gage Achtner, Alex Estes, Nathaniel Meadows and Matthew Watwood; juniors Caitlyn Berry, Charell Ondreika and Alexandra Smith; sophomores Lauryn Bruggink and Zane Elston; and freshmen Cole Carnahan, Mackenzie Carnahan, Zoe Hart and Micaela Meyer.
High school, gallery team up to introduce students to artists
A new art program at Steamboat Springs High School works on the “understanding that we learn from others.” That’s the goal of bringing professional local artists into Lisa Derning’s Advanced Placement studio art class through the end of the year, Derning said. Through a partnership with Center for Visual Arts, a downtown gallery, Derning’s students will work with six artist mentors during studio time and critiques.
Every time you spend more than a nickel, you are going to kick in to help finance relief in Colorado. As this is written, no specific sales tax measure has been presented for consideration by the state Legislature, but everyone around the capitol building is convinced that one will be on the statute books within the next few days. Decks will be cleared for fast action when the bill makes its appearance.
Saturday, January 30
John Sant’Ambrogio destroyed the Boston Symphony once and the St. Louis Symphony three times. Those blunders and the stories leading up to and around them in Sant’Ambrogio’s life of classical music are chronicled in the Steamboat transplant and cello player’s upcoming book, “The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony and Other Stories.”
Gliding across the silent ice. Tromping through fresh white powder. Seeing wildlife in its own unspoiled habitat. Yampa River State Park will host the Ski & Skate Annual Open House, today, offering numerous outdoor recreational activities at its headquarters near Hayden.
Rams stand tall
There were moments Friday night — as the Soroco boys basketball team played host to Plateau Valley — that it didn’t seem things could go more smoothly for the Rams. Those stretches proved more than enough for the Rams to overcome an awful start, and they cruised to a 73-55 win against the Cowboys.
Pato Banton started out in the music business at 9 years old as a lookout for neighborhood parties featuring his stepfather, a Jamaican-born disc jockey. Banton is set to appear Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon; local musician DJ Also Starring also is on the bill. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill granted the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s request to have still photography from inside the courtroom during the Capote assault trial on two conditions: that the photographer take no photos of the jury and that the photographer not be a distraction during the proceedings.
At the beginning of March, Coloradans will start trooping from door to door to count their neighbors as part of the 2010 census. That requires about 80 workers in Routt County, and census workers said there is a test nearly every day within driving distance of Steamboat Springs for people who would like to work.
When Steamboat Springs U-19 girls coach Alexa Pighini went looking for players six years ago at the middle school, she had no idea what she’d uncover. Now for eight seniors, the end is near. The U-19 girls team will play its last home game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Howelsen Ice Arena against a team from Colorado Springs.
Thank whiteness there is more snow in Steamboat’s forecast for Sunday, because we haven’t been getting our share. Even if it dumps on the last day of the month, January 2010 will not go down in Steamboat history as 31 days of abundance. And if you have the empty feeling that you haven’t had the opportunity to shred the white gold you’re entitled to this winter, it’s no illusion. With fewer than three days left in the month Friday morning, the ski area had counted January snowfall of 39.5 inches. The season-long snowfall total for 2009-10 (the counting began in October when a few aspen leaves still clung to the trees) stood at 135.5 inches Friday.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team remained hot Friday, mopping up Eagle Valley, 49-32. Steamboat, now 12-4 overall and 7-1 in the Western Slope League, got a complete effort in its second showdown with Eagle Valley.
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Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is holding a new class in Oak Creek called Healthier Living Colorado: Diabetes.
Friday, January 29
Taylor Fletcher, who was recently named to the U.S. Olympic team, led the way for the U.S. at Junior Worlds today. At the X Games in Aspen, Steamboat snowboarder Mick Dierdorff qualified today for Saturday's finals.
More than 80 students are set to participate in the 14th annual Dance Showcase, a student-directed, student-choreographed and student-performed concert. Watch an interview with the show’s directors at www.exploresteamboat.com. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults and $12 for reserved seating. Call 879-1562 for more information. The High School is at 45 Maple St.
New York Post puts ‘fabulous’ ski resort town as sexiest city
Here’s a secret about Aspen: It’s not one of the most expensive small towns to live in the United States. In fact, it’s not even in the top 50. But as for its sexiness, Aspen is on a catwalk of its own. The New York Post gushed Jan. 25 that there’s no ski resort sexier than Aspen, despite its, well, not-so-favorable publicity of late.
Basketball squads to face Eagle Valley; hockey takes on Doherty
There are certain questions to be answered, but as the Western Slope League basketball schedule officially hits the midway point, there is good news for the boys and girls teams. As the second half of the league schedule begins today at Eagle Valley, each Steamboat Springs High School team still controls its own destiny.
Bison is the newest menu item in the Steamboat Springs School District. Nutritional Services Director Max Huppert just got his first order of bison hot dogs. Introducing bison is another way Huppert is trying to change how Steamboat students eat. It’s not easy, but that doesn’t stop him from trying.
Laura Wait's style accommodates her evolving ideas and allows for depth within the same subject. In her latest collection, Wait pursues an idea she’s been after for a while, experimenting with the way we interact with words and what the shapes of those words mean. The show, “Litterarius,” opens with a reception today from 5 to 8 p.m. at K. Saari Gallery at Vertical Arts.
Ryan Atkinson, 25, is being held on suspicion of supplying alcohol to minors
Ryan Atkinson, the 25-year-old man sought by Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies in connection with a suspected underage drinking party, turned himself in to authorities at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Atkinson is held on suspicion of three counts of contributing the delinquency of a minor and three counts of witness intimidation.
In “Throw Down Your Heart,” master banjo player Béla Fleck explores the origins of the banjo in African string instruments, traveling to several countries in East Africa and West Africa and playing with local musicians. In a short set before a screening of that movie today, local musicians John “Musemason” Mason and Cary Kamperschroer will play a short set exploring a similar theme.
Oak Creek Town Board members vote, 4-2, to approve conditional license
Oak Creek Town Board members approved a conditional business license Thursday night for the town’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Board members voted, 4-2, to grant the business a six-month conditional license with stipulations.
One of the most rewarding aspects of Darrel Levingston’s professional career has been the opportunity to help people. Levingston, 55, wants that to continue, but in a different role. He will challenge incumbent Rob Ryg, a former pastor, in November’s Routt County coroner race. Levingston said he thinks the most important role for a coroner is working with families and helping them get through difficult times, something he said he’s familiar with having served as a family liaison for Search and Rescue.
The Soroco High School girls basketball took some heart in a late-game charge that brought the Rams to within two possessions of a talented Meeker squad in the second half of a loss last weekend. The squad will try to finish off one of those drives starting at 5 p.m. today when it plays host to Plateau Valley.
Food used to be such a simple topic: “Can I get enough at a price I can afford to sustain my family?” As Americans have become more sophisticated, the topic of food has become more complicated. Food and its production has been cussed and discussed in the international relations, political, social, environmental, financial and emotional arenas.
The fourth Winter Olympics Games — then referred to as IV Winter Olympics — were held from Feb. 6 to 16, 1936, in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. It also marked the final year during which the summer and winter games were held in the same country, as well as the first time a symbolic torch was lit. A record 668 athletes arrived from 28 nations to compete in 17 events in eight sports. Australia, Bulgaria, Greece, Liechtenstein, Spain, and Turkey made their debut.
New entity forming to explore ways to expand use of fair facilities on a year-round basis
The Routt County Board of Commissioners, the County Fair Advisory Board and a group of citizen advocates have mutually agreed to restructure their relationship. Going forward, the fair board won’t take up proposals from citizens groups eager to raise funds to augment facilities at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.
Thursday, January 28
Steamboat's Maddy Schaffrick failed to make the finals in women's Snowboard SuperPipe at the Winter X Games 14 in Aspen.
Ryan Atkinson, 25, turned himself in to the Routt County Sheriff's Office this morning. He is suspected of supplying alcohol at an underage drinking party that left a teenage girl in a coma.
The first time Routt County resident Rob Powers met Sgt. Austin “Ice” Eisinger, Sgt. Chris “Bear” Bair and Spc. Jeff “Buckshot” Baker, there was a multiday sandstorm raging outside in 120-degree heat. As he recounted that first meeting while sitting inside Bear River Bar & Grill on Tuesday afternoon, there was a multiday snowstorm drifting outside through just-below-freezing cold. No one minded the change in conditions.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were searching Wednesday evening for a 26-year-old man who they think supplied alcohol at an underage drinking party that left a 17-year-old girl in a coma. Deputies have issued a warrant for Routt County resident Ryan Atkinson on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and intimidation of a witness.
The son of Oak Creek residents Bea and Seth Bograd was born at 7:39 p.m. Jan. 15. About 11 weeks premature, he weighed only 3 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces. But the baby boy is doing well, Seth Bograd said Wednesday.
Considering her hectic schedule and being right on the edge of making the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team, Steamboat Springs rider Maddy Schaffrick is just relishing the atmosphere at the Winter X Games in Aspen. The winter action sports event begins today and continues through Sunday.
No matter where people look on the Nordic skiing circuit, they’ll find Steamboat competitors at the top. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club dominated in Park City, Utah, at the Utah Winter Games and second Junior Olympic qualifier during the weekend. The club left Utah with eight Nordic combined champions and six special jumping champions.
Michael Ward, who moved to Steamboat Springs from Aspen last winter to train with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, led the American team Wednesday at the FIS Junior World Championships in Hinterzarten, Germany.
The Oak Creek Town Board tonight will consider an emergency 60-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Officials say the moratorium would give the town time to review and amend its municipal code.
12:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an officer at Seventh and Yampa streets. Officers arrested a 24-year-old New York man on a warrant for failure to appear.
A group of Oak Creek residents will hold a fundraiser Saturday to help cover the costs of demolition and cleanup for a trailer that was destroyed in a Dec. 22 fire. At 8 p.m. at the Black Mountain Tavern, friends of Lauretta Martinez hope to help her raise the $2,000 needed to remove the trailer from its lot in the 400 block of Willow Bend. The fire was caused by a hand-held torch that was being used to defrost pipes underneath the trailer.
Event a fundraiser for Advocates programs
Proceeds from a day of skiing, snowshoeing and costume showcasing Sunday will help a local organization educate local teens and adults about domestic and sexual violence. Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and the Steamboat Ski Touring Center host the ninth annual Colorado Ski for Women at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ski Touring Center.
Developer: Economy will decide timeline
City officials have the difficult task Tuesday of reviewing a massive project in a key location that might not get built for years. And when it finally is built, the project would incorporate commercial tenants and residential demand that could be subject to a wildly uncertain market.
Wednesday, January 27
The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a work session and public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to discuss a leash law program.
2010 Winter Coed Adult Soccer League standings
2010 Winter Adult Basketball League Standings
Members look at possible 2010-11 cuts
The South Routt School Board met in a special session Tuesday to begin discussing how to cut a projected $472,000 from the 2010-11 budget. Business Manager Dina Murray and Superintendent Scott Mader reiterated that the projection was merely a starting point and didn’t include salary increases for personnel or other possible cuts.
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is planning a middle school musical. Auditions will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Steamboat Springs Middle School choir room. All middle school students who want to perform must come prepared with a 30-second or one-minute song. Students can sing a cappella or with a CD accompaniment.
1 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 31-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of driving under the influence, DUI per se, speeding, failure to signal and disregarding a stop sign after a traffic stop at Lincoln Avenue and Dream Island Plaza.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court negated your vote and mine and gave them to corporations and unions. With unfettered access, these entities now can spend as much as they like, when they like, on political campaigns. We thought we lived in a democracy where one person equals one vote. Now it is a monarchy, and the dollar is king.
Significant cuts to state education spending are going to hit hard in public school districts across Colorado, including our three school systems in Routt County. Advance planning and open communication with residents will help ease the pain of the cuts and may lead to thoughtful solutions for minimizing the impact in classrooms.
Steamboat girls top rival after years of challenges
During Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen’s four-year tenure, Steamboat has lost in almost every conceivable way to rival Moffat County. That, however, all changed Tuesday. Steamboat downed Moffat County, 45-34, to remain in second place in the Western Slope League, just a game behind Rifle.
Money to be split between UNICEF and Wish for Haiti
Brad Somers just wants to do his part. Somers said after seeing on television the destruction caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti that reports say killed as many as 200,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless, he wanted to help out.
I hate January. There are 31 long, dark days to watch your mailbox for W-2 forms, get ready for the State of the Union snooze fest or, if you are truly bored, ponder whether Tiger and Elin will reconcile. Ho. Ho. Hum. If your brain cells died off by the tribillions in December, you may not have enough brainpower to contemplate anything more complex than hand sanitizer.
In 1894, French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin helped found the International Olympic Committee, which became responsible for reviving the Olympic Games. Two years later, the first modern Olympic Games were organized in Athens, Greece. In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France.
Girls raise money for cancer research
The Hayden Tigers girls basketball team lost a heartbreaking game to the Little Snake River Rattlers, 50-46, at home Tuesday, but that didn’t stop them from making a statement more important than the final score. The Tigers used the game to raise money for cancer research as part of the nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer campaign.
Twenty members of the North Park moose herd have a new address in Rio Blanco County this week. The moose were captured last week from the willow bottoms in Jackson County, on the other side of the Park Range from Steamboat Springs, Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said.
USPS spokesman: Sundance lease extension is ‘set in stone’
The lease isn’t signed yet, but a U.S. Postal Service spokesman said Tuesday that it’s “strongly set in stone” that postal boxes will remain at the Sundance branch for as many as three years beyond what would have been a March 15 closure date.
After years of revisions and meetings, the updated Oak Creek Comprehensive Plan has a conclusion in sight pending small changes and approvals in the coming month. With provisions that would direct the town character for years to come, including some zoning changes and recommendations, the plan would work with the town’s land-use code to guide the area’s growth.
Annual student-run concert focuses on variety, creativity
“Somnium,” the 14th annual Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase, opens at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for the general public and $12 for reserved seating.
Tuesday, January 26
Tyler Jewell and Michelle Gorgone make US Team
Despite a great effort in the halfpipe and some top finishes on the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, including a fourth in the final event last weekend in Park City, Utah, the Steamboat rider Maddy Schaffrick fell just short of her goal of making it to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Mars is glowing brightly in our sky this winter as it and the Earth have one of their biennial close encounters. Friday night is the night Mars reaches opposition to the sun, rising at sunset, crossing the sky all night, and then setting at sunrise. Just by coincidence, the January full moon, called the Snow Moon, will shine right beside Mars all night that night.
Sunday, Jan. 24
A frozen pipe spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in downtown Oak Creek on Monday morning. Public Works Director Bob Redding said he suspects the leak was caused when a pipe supplying a water hydrant broke.
Steamboat Springs resident and published author Edith Lynn Beer will teach “Writing a Book that Sells” and “Writing an Article that Sells,” separate four-week Colorado Mountain College courses, beginning this week.
I’m pleased today to be able to introduce you to three new members of the Steamboat Olympic contingent whom you may have previously overlooked. No, Chris Lohmann, Jeff Hall and Jim McVeigh aren’t exactly household names. But then, neither are the members of the Latvian curling team. Meet Steamboat's Olympic driving team.
South Routt School Board will meet tonight to discuss 2010-11 budget cuts
Routt County’s school districts are preparing for the worst. With expected cuts to public K-12 education statewide, the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts are planning for a significant reduction in expenditures for the 2010-11 school year.
Steamboat to face Moffat County today
The Steamboat Springs High School varsity basketball teams will find themselves matched up against a familiar opponent today. The Sailors girls — 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the Western Slope League after a weekend split — will try to make it two wins in a row as they square off with the Moffat County High School Bulldogs (6-8 overall, 4-1 in the WSL) at 6 p.m. today in Steamboat Springs.
Christian Heritage School students perform for seniors
Hearing “Contate Domino,” sung Monday afternoon by Christian Heritage School students during the Routt County Council on Aging’s weekly luncheon took Ann Miller back to her youth. The Latin song reminded the 89-year-old Steamboat Springs resident of her choir days in the 1920s.
Kiersten Adams and Ryan Dyer led the way for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle team through a Rocky Mountain regional freestyle event in Vail on Saturday, each winning the respective moguls competitions. Adams captured the women’s title and was one of three local skiers to crack the top 10.
Monday, January 25
Eduardo Capote cannot prevent wife from testifying at trial
Eduardo Capote cannot prevent his wife from testifying during his assault trial scheduled to begin next week, a judge ruled Monday morning. Capote and his brother, David, face assault charges in connection with a downtown Steamboat Springs altercation in January 2009 that led to the death of Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez. Jury selection in their case begins Feb. 1.
5 men missing in North Routt on Sunday return safely
A group of five local snowmobilers who weathered a stiff snowstorm overnight in the backcountry returned safely to the Columbine parking lot in North Routt County at 9:30 a.m. Monday, just as 20 searchers in three groups prepared to set out to look for them.
It didn’t take long for members of Steamboat Ski Patrol to find two lost skiers Sunday afternoon. Ski area spokesman Mike Lane said a female snowboarder and male skier, in separate incidents, went out of bounds and briefly were lost.
For the first time in his life, Tanner Tritz has a real voice. Born with cerebral palsy and plagued by seizures, Tanner, 11, has been unable to communicate clearly until recently, when his family learned about a device that acts as a voice box.
Letlow wins for Hayden; Sailors Nordic team skis well
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team trailed throughout Saturday night’s game at Glenwood Springs. Despite cutting into the Demons’ lead on several occasions, the Sailors couldn’t quite rally all the way back and ended up losing, 49-42.
There are a lot of things that make sports great. But maybe the best thing, and it doesn’t matter what sport it is, is parity. Games are more fun to cover, watch and play when the competition is evenly matched. So it’s been refreshing this season to watch what’s happening with basketball in the Western Slope League. Finally, there’s a little parity.
For ages, pets were thought to have healing power. And now the results from clinical studies prove this point — pets are good for humans. From Australia to Japan, in the United Kingdom, and across the United States, findings demonstrated that pets reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, thus lowering risk of heart disease.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team will take a stand Tuesday as it welcomes Little Snake River High School from Baggs, Wyo., for a 6:30 p.m. game in Hayden.
Saturday, Jan. 23.
Sometimes it’s nice to have instant gratification in the vegetable garden, and radishes serve just such a purpose. Even their Latin handle Raphanus sativus means quickly appearing. Another vegetable that is labeled a cool-weather crop, radishes do very well with our warm days and crisp nights
Workforce center offers variety of options to aid job seekers
A new Colorado Department of Labor and Employment program will pay employers who hire temporary workers. The program, Hire Colorado, is designed to put the unemployed back to work and ultimately position that person for a long-term job opportunity, said Brian Bradbury, an employment specialist with the Colorado Workforce Center in Steamboat Springs.
Health is a personal matter, and senior wellness clinics involve more than checking a person’s weight, blood pressure and other vitals. The drop-in clinics, offered by the Aging Well program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, are about developing relationships so seniors feel comfortable discussing issues affecting their well-being.
Bowling fundraiser brings in money for Hayden family
After weeks of hospital visits, 6-year-old Logan Morrison, of Hayden, needed a way to take his mind off his medical situation. The community raised more than $4,000 at Saturday’s fundraiser for the Morrison family at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center in Craig to help with medical treatments after Logan was diagnosed in December with Burkitt's lymphoma.
Sunday, January 24
Five local men, ages 25 to 33, set out Sunday morning to ride in North Routt County. They hadn't returned as of 10:30 Sunday evening. Searchers believe the men are experienced in the backcountry and should be safe overnight.
From the Friday, Jan. 25, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot
School lunches for the week of Jan. 25
Lindsey Yost, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs’ Student of the Month. She was honored at the Rotary Club’s Jan. 19 meeting.
As the new chaplain for the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, pastor Jason Clark can be standing in front of a congregation Sunday morning and out on a crime scene in the afternoon, counseling family members after a tragedy.
Best of the Web: Affordable housing
A city financial official said last week that nearly all of the monetary risk associated with Steamboat 700’s capital projects lies with the developers rather than the city. The financial plan for the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation estimates $72 million in potential capital project funding from developers, staggered throughout years if not decades. The money would fund projects including improvements to U.S. Highway 40, new mass transit and public works facilities, a fire station, a public safety building, a community center and more.
On Thursday night, longtime Steamboat Springs resident Kathy Curcio got to show off her circa 1973, bright orange, hand-embroidered wind jacket for the first time in years. It was one of more than 35 throwback looks featured in the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s inaugural Vintage Ski Fashion Show.
They surged in the second half, cutting into Meeker’s big lead to narrow the deficit to four points. A late-third-quarter spate of bad play doomed the Soroco High School girls basketball team Saturday night, however. The squad fell to Meeker, 57-44.
The foundation for the continued success of the Soroco High School boys basketball team may already have been laid, however, and when the Rams began the painful process of finding someone to replace Cody Miles, they didn’t look far, who broke his hand. Forwards Matt Watwood and Leif Carlson helped change the entire focus of the team.
This is a bittersweet week in Steamboat Springs. While some athletes are celebrating being named to the U.S. Olympic teams this week, others will fall short of that goal. For those athletes, there will be no celebration, no shot at Olympic glory, no trip to Vancouver, British Columbia — unless they buy their own ticket.
On a Wednesday night in March 1992, Kim Walker was sitting in front of a TV in her Boulder home, holding a lottery ticket that would grant her a $27 million dollar prize to be paid out during the next 25 years. Colorado Lottery recently highlighted Kim Haggarty as a past winner who has used her windfall wisely.
to leave private Steamboat school after 12 years
Ask The Lowell Whiteman School faculty and staff about their favorite Walt Daub story, and they come quickly. After his 12 years there, the stories about the head of school begin to pile up. Ask The Lowell Whiteman School faculty and staff about their favorite Walt Daub story, and they come quickly. After his 12 years there, the stories about the head of school begin to pile up.
This fiscal year, the amount of money the Steamboat Springs School District has paid in unemployment claims has more than tripled since 2008-09. And the fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, is only half over.
One of the coolest parts about Steamboat Springs is that everybody you meet is into something big. Sure, sometimes you can tell right away that there’s something special or unique about those people, but generally, and definitely in this town, they blend right in. Art Higbee was one of those guys.
Memo for John Hickenlooper: Governor Bill Ritter is not running for re-election this year — victory for Scott McInnis and Colorado Republicans, right? That was the instant diagnosis echoed across the state following Ritter’s surprising announcement. However, now that John Hickenlooper has entered the race, McInnis should think twice about measuring the drapes at the Capitol.
It’s a challenge to think about mountain biking during the height of winter, but the increasingly popular summer sport was on the minds of ski area executives this past week in Steamboat Springs. And it’s a good thing. The race is on for ski areas, especially those in Colorado, to establish themselves as prime summer destinations for mountain biking enthusiasts.
The Record for Jan. 22
Jail Report for Jan. 16 to 22
Rescuers remind people to carry maps and to tell others where they’re going
A search for a group of seven snowmobilers in North Routt County that started late Friday afternoon stretched into early Saturday morning. Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers had the seven men safe and uninjured at Steamboat Lake Outfitters by 1 a.m. Saturday, after a long process of finding the group.
While men continue to solidly lead ski and snowboard participation numbers, ski industry leaders and retailers last week touted the increasing value of marketing ski gear, programs and vacations toward women and families.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the federal agency that insures a large portion of mortgages extended to first-time homebuyers is raising its standards.
A dozen different people tell of a dozen different aspects of Art Higbee’s life. He was a dedicated father and a loyal customer, a longtime Steamboat Springs local and a Boulder legend, a mathematician, a philosopher, a coach and a mentor. He died Jan. 17. This is his story.
Downtown Steamboat Springs commercial market begins to regain its balance
The storefront at 824 Lincoln Ave. is on the sunny side of the shopping district in downtown Steamboat Springs, and last week, it went under a new five-year lease with an option to purchase. “It’s a deal I think works for everyone,” commercial broker Steve Hitchcock, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, said.
River Road house is 1st private residence to receive designation
What Kate Rench wanted most from a second-story addition to her Depression-era home in Brooklyn was a master bedroom suite. It was a bonus when she learned that going through the city’s historic register process would save her tap fees and allow her and husband, Craig, to build closer to their property line.
Routt County's real estate transactions
Local attorney Rob Stickler has about as much fun as anyone just doing 5 mph. Stickler, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, was named the Colorado national champion in the American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association’s 2009 Vintage Trials Series in the Rigid Heavyweight Intermediate Class.
Talking Green, a Steamboat Springs green building group, is hosting an event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steamboat Smokehouse at 912 Lincoln Ave.
Routt County Spotlight: Veronika Khanisenko
Saturday, January 23
The Vail Christian boys basketball team opened Friday night’s game against Hayden throwing haymakers. The Tigers were able to answer the bell, however, and in the end delivered a late knockout.
Hometown favorite Maddy Schaffick turned in another strong finish Friday afternoon, placing seventh in a U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.
Lance Ostrom’s second-period goal in Friday night’s game against the Liberty Lancers ignited an offensive explosion that helped the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team skate to an 8-1 victory at home.
Sale at ski area base planned for March 4
Developers of The Highmark condominium project at the base of Steamboat Ski Area announced plans this week to offer 15 unsold units in the building at auction March 4. The property is owned by Steamboat Ventures Ltd., which includes principals in Concord Wilshire Partners of Los Angeles, which has been active in development in Florida and Las Vegas.
I was sliced by a bread knife worthy of King Arthur
Within the span of 10 days, I’ve had run-ins with a giant bread knife and an exploding wine glass, both mishaps resulting in bloody wounds to the digits of my right hand. Have you ever noticed that when you get your first cut in a long time, similar wounds are sure to follow?
Steamboat boys team wins, girls team loses at home
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team weathered Rifle’s first punch, delivered one of its own and did just enough to win Friday, squeaking by 56-52. Rifle, using a 1-3-1 defense, confused and stifled Steamboat in the early going, jumping out to a 19-9 first-quarter lead before Steamboat finally got things going.
The Craig Association of Realtors recently announced it has funds available for qualified Craig and Moffat County non-profit organizations that provide housing services to moderate- to low-income people. Grant applications will be accepted through Feb. 22.
12:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, where a person reported that someone was inside one of the kiosk booths and that it might be a burglary. Officers talked to the person in the booth and determined that it was the owner. Everything was fine.
Steamboat Springs police arrested a man after he reportedly supplied alcohol to minors at a Dec. 15 party.
Timothy Nelson, accused of growing marijuana at his Hayden home, was about to accept a plea agreement to end his case before prosecutors told him he would not be able to use medical marijuana while on probation.
Film screening includes recycling talk
Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampa Valley Recycles and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council present a screening of “Garbage Dreams” at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. The event is the second in a monthly Community Cinema series; the library project pairs documentaries from the PBS Independent Lens Series with presentations by related community organizations.
After about five years of playing gigs, writing original songs and jamming together in Steamboat Springs bars, local rock band Jebus is making a permanent record of its sound. The group went into Steve Boynton’s recording studio at First String Music for the first time in November and in the past week has been back at the task of recording its first album.
Friday, January 22
Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick joins ranks of Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong
The Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier joins the ranks of Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong in receiving the honor from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Vail skier Lindsey Vonn earned the SportsWoman of the Year accolade.
Unemployment drops from 6.6 percent in November to 6 percent in December
Routt County's unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent in November to 6 percent in December. The labor force also grew, but it was far smaller than at this time last year.
Boys, girls basketball and hockey teams to play today
After passing a Western Slope League road test last weekend, the Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams can use this weekend to establish themselves as the teams to beat in league play.
Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton said his team isn’t taking Vail Christian, its opponent in a 5 p.m. game today in Hayden, for granted. It’s only that he expects his team to fare well — particularly given what the schedule has in store for the Tigers.
In the final World Cup event before the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic team is named, Steamboat Springs skier Mike Morse did everything in his power to earn a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. Morse finished fifth in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Thursday and almost certainly will be named to the team when it’s announced Tuesday.
Local authorities still are waiting for the results from a toxicology report on Steamboat Springs resident Keith Dady, who died Dec. 9 after a Dec. 4 fight with a friend at his Steamboat condo.
Scott Rawles, head mogul coach for the U.S. Ski Team, thinks the bumps found on Mayer’s Mogul Run on Voo Doo ski run will provide a great place for his team to escape the hype that surrounds the Olympics and refocus its efforts on the ultimate goal — winning a medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Town, resort conduct weekly surveys to gauge guest experiences
When the Vail Town Council heard that Vail was criticized for having “too much attitude” in Ski Magazine’s resort ranking poll, the town pushed for a look at its guest services and how to improve them.
Lower airfares helped the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport buck the trend that plagued the airline industry last year, according to aviation and tourism officials.
We finally have entered winter, and it took some time in coming yet again. Another warm fall allowed needed time to wrap up loose ends before winter but made the hunting a little more difficult as the deer and elk had plenty of high country to continue to use. But let’s not forget that hunting is not over with the end of big-game seasons. Hunting for waterfowl, small game and furbearers can be some of the most enjoyable hunting around.
Local bands play bluegrass to raise funds for multiple sclerosis center
Featuring John Aviza on lead vocals and guitar, Bob Shaffer on standup bass and John Huge on dobro, Quarter Moon is one of three local bluegrass bands featured during the seventh annual Bluegrass Jam benefiting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Cornbread and 3Wire also are set to perform.
Del The Funkyhomosapien plays at 9 p.m. Monday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Originally known as Del tha Funkee Homosapien, this hip-hop act takes listeners through some of the smoothest rhymes available.
Southern Colorado to get more from system than Steamboat
The 33-inch base at Steamboat Ski Area will get scant help from the cold front moving into the area during the next couple of days, forecasters said. A storm system was expected to start moving in Thursday evening and continue until about 6 p.m. today.
Gravity is the name of the game for resorts hoping to make a shift to modern mountain biking at lift-served ski areas, Chris Bernhardt told an industry gathering Wednesday in Steamboat Springs. Bernhardt is the director of trail solutions for the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Longtime Routt County resident, business consultant and self-described data geek Scott Ford is taking the reins of the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.
As Steamboat 700 vote looms, committee report adds to debate
A report from a citizen committee this week showed the community remains sharply divided about affordable housing, an issue that, like many, will swing with the pendulum of the city’s upcoming vote on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation. The Steamboat Springs City Council and members of the public engaged in a broad, two-hour discussion about local housing issues Tuesday during the presentation of findings by a committee asked to analyze measurability of housing needs and programs.
Lodging in Steamboat Springs is expected to be 51 percent full Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer forecasting tool.
The Matt Clark Band brings uplifting lyrics, reggae and rock rhythm to OTP
Growing up in California, Denver guitarist, singer and songwriter Matt Clark listened mostly to classic rock, reggae and blues. When he met and started playing music with bassist Berenger Ouedraogo, a bass player who grew up in West Africa, a new kind of rhythm worked its way into Clark’s original music.
The Record for Jan. 20
Thursday, January 21
Steamboat well represented on Nordic combined roster
Steamboat is well represented on this year's U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team. Taylor Fletcher will compete for the United States in February in Vancouver, British Columbia, alongside Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane, Billy Demong and Brett Camerota.
Lodwick, Demong, Spillane, Camerota round out Nordic combined team
Taylor Fletcher earns spot on U.S. Nordic Combined Team alongside Lodwick, Spillane, Demong and Camerota. Lodwick becomes only the third American to be named to five Winter Olympic Teams.
Project would demolish, redevelop downtown Hayden motel
The owners of the Redstone Motel say they hope its redevelopment will be a great asset for Hayden’s downtown historic district. A site plan proposed by owners Gerenscer LLC, of Steamboat Springs, would demolish the motel, which is more than 60 years old. The lot consists of 16 rental units, a storage building and mobile homes.
In her photos, Lynne Garell likes to show people what they can’t see. Using a macro lens made to take close-up shots, Garell captures in her pictures the underside of a flower, the details of an iris bud or the individual parachutes of a garden weed.
Belly, ballet, modern, hoop, African and Jazzercise are among the types of dance that will be offered at an open house event Saturday. Those styles represent part of the offerings at the newly renamed Oak Street Dance Studio, formerly Northwest Ballet Studio. The open house and day of free classes Saturday is a chance to expose the public to the studio, co-manager Wendy Smith Mikelsons said.
Group receives water consumption statistics
The Yampa/White River Basin Roundtable has yet to make a decision on the proposed Yampa Doctrine governing the water rights of the Yampa River.
After a drop in membership this season, club Director Rick DeVos said the club has rebounded and is operating at about the same level it did last year, thanks to a swarm of new Australian team members. They were told that if the Winter Olympics is the goal, there’s no launching pad like Steamboat Springs.
For Steamboat Springs resident Lorraine Morrison, specific dates and times from the past several weeks have become jumbled. But she’ll always remember when she first got the call. It was, Dec. 5, 2009, when her second cousin, 6-year-old Logan Morrison, of Hayden, was being rushed to Denver for emergency surgery after complaining of a stomach ache for weeks.
The Steamboat Springs Bantam A hockey team won the Colorado Cup in Colorado Springs during the weekend, compiling a 5-0 tournament record. Steamboat rolled the tournament, culminating in a 5-3 win Monday against the Colorado Springs Junior Tigers.
During the months that the Routt County District Attorney’s Office was down by one or two attorneys, teamwork was a basic tenet of survival to get the work done. Now that the office is back to full staffing with two new faces, teamwork is a tradition they hope to continue, lead attorney Rusty Prindle said.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Freestyle coach Nate Bird admitted perhaps he wasn’t the best judge Monday when it came down to the girls dual moguls finals during the last day of competition at a Rocky Mountain regional Freestyle event in Aspen. The race featured Steamboat Springs athlete Brittany Loweree.
Survey will help School Board make decisions about cuts
The Hayden School District is looking at having to cut as much as a half-million dollars in its 2010-11 budget. The district initially had projected a $300,000 shortfall, but statewide cuts to K-12 education rumored to be near 10 percent — after the initial estimate of 6 percent — continue to increase the amount Hayden will have to cut in next school year’s budget.
Oak Creek Planning Commission recommends approval
The Oak Creek Planning Commission voted, 4-1, to recommend a land use change that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary to open in downtown Oak Creek. The vote came during a well-attended but relatively short meeting Wednesday night.
World Cup event to determine US freestyle moguls squad makeup
The results of today’s final World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y., will determine the makeup of the U.S. freestyle moguls ski team’s 2010 Olympics squad. It’s expected that four women and four men will be named to the team. The Olympic team officially will be announced Tuesday.
Tuesday, Jan. 19
The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to discuss board and commission appointments, Rolling Hill subdivision and Kum & Go’s liquor license at its meeting tonight.
Wednesday, January 20
Reports of auction churn after ads appear in national newspapers
Speculation about the future of Intrawest and its North American ski resorts swirled Wednesday after ads published in several major newspapers announced a public auction of lenders’ financial stakes in the company. The auction, scheduled for Feb. 19, would be for indirect ownership of property and stakes in Intrawest resorts including Steamboat Ski Area and Whistler Blackcomb, according to a Bloomberg report published late Wednesday.
Denver-area sports personality Drew Soicher will be in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 5 to host the 2010 Olympic Send-off & Community Celebration, Andy Wirth confirmed Wednesday morning. Soicher, who has been with 9News in Denver since January 2000, will be the master of ceremonies for Steamboat’s planned Olympic bash.
It’s not just how well you ski, but how hot you look while making legitimate turns. That’s the complete package. The Tread of Pioneers Museum will present a fun survey of the dramatic shifts in the clothes and accessories we wear to play in the snow at 6 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church at Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Board stands behind Scott Mader
About 20 South Routt Elementary School teachers, parents and staff members attended Tuesday’s School Board meeting to support Principal Michael Young, who earlier in the day told the elementary school’s teachers that he would be seeking new employment.
At the halfway point of qualifying for the cross-country Junior Nationals in March, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club team is on pace to send multiple members to the event in Maine. The team took part in two qualifiers Saturday and Sunday in Durango. The qualifiers were the third and fourth of the season.
Skis, poles, snow and cowboy hats went flying over the gates on the sides of Stampede run Tuesday afternoon, as 64 cowboys on skis and snowboards flew, tumbled or ran the final event of the 36th annual Cowboy Downhill. Starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, a few hours later than in years past, the event drew a crowd that filled Gondola Square and lined the sides of the racecourse up Headwall at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
High overhead as darkness falls on cold January evenings is a tiny cluster of stars that often is mistaken for the Little Dipper. Although it does have a dipper shape to it with a tiny little bowl and a tiny little handle, its real name is the Pleiades. It is the 45th object in Messier’s famous catalog (M45), is popularly known as the Seven Sisters and in Japan is called the Subaru.
Food. It’s not what’s for dinner anymore. Guilt is for dinner instead. As more and more additives, chemicals and yucky-sounding ingredients such as hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup creep into our food, eating — once the simplest of pleasures — has grown increasingly complicated.
City officials expressed differing opinions Tuesday night about the housing attainability plan for the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation. The Steamboat Springs City Council reviewed the attainability program during a meeting that was dominated by philosophical housing discussions but included little concrete action.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport has come a long way throughout the past decade. With the finish line now in sight, it’s encouraging to see Routt County and airport officials making a push to complete the final phase of improvements.
Hayden School District plans cuts
The Hayden School District is scheduled to unveil the first step in a process to trim more than $300,000 from the 2010-11 budget when the School Board meets tonight. Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel will lead a discussion with School Board members about a survey created by the district’s budget committee.
Saturday’s snowmobile Poker Run offers a unique family sporting event in a relaxed environment, said Rob Albert, vice president of the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club and Poker Run coordinator. The ninth annual Poker Run begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Freeman Reservoir trailhead.
The Record for Jan. 18
Deborah Kay Eck, the 61-year-old Phippsburg woman accused of growing marijuana in her home outside of Yampa, appeared in Routt County Court for the first time Tuesday.
Although the official start to the high school track and field season is more than a month away, several local athletes are getting a head start. Steamboat Springs High School runners Gus Allen and Jeff Sperry took part in an indoor meet Saturday in Boulder on a 200-meter indoor track.
The Technology/Capital Commission will hear about $1.15 million in requests for 2010-11 Education Fund Board gifts from the Routt County school districts when it meets at 5:30 tonight.
Tuesday, January 19
Deborah Kay Eck, the 61-year-old Phippsburg woman accused of growing marijuana in her home outside of Yampa, appeared in Routt County Court for the first time Tuesday. County Judge James Garrecht set a status conference for 2 p.m. Feb. 10.
The Record for Jan. 17
Monday’s activities stress equality, working together
Most Steamboat students were out of school Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but 33 attended the city’s School Days Off program at Soda Creek Elementary School. The program provides activities for kindergartners through fifth-graders from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on days when there is no school.
I skied just like Johnny Spillane on Saturday. Maybe a little slower. Spillane and his teammates Billy Demong and Todd Lodwick competed a 10-kilometer cross-country ski race to wrap up a World Cup Nordic Combined competition in Chaux-Neuve (pronounced Show-Nuff), France, on Saturday.
Steamboat Springs hockey team takes 1-0 victory at home Monday
After 45 minutes of fast paced skating, 57 shots on goal and nine power-play opportunities, Monday night’s hockey game at Howelsen Ice Arena came down to great goalkeeping and one unlikely goal. Steamboat Springs High School hockey team beat Battle Mountain Monday night, 1-0.
Attorney: Junior water rights vulnerable to interstate water contract
On Wednesday night, local water attorney Tom Sharp will explain another long-view idea, his Yampa Doctrine, at a meeting of the Yampa/White River Basin Roundtable in Craig. The roundtable is a group of regional water experts and river users that works with state officials to guide long-term water policy.
Registration for the 2010 Winter Carnival street events begins at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association visitors center at U.S. Highway 40 and Anglers Drive. Pre-registration is required for all horse events; there will be no day-of registration.
Airport’s phase 3 expansion would complete baggage carousel
The Routt County Board of Commissioners are expected to give their unanimous support today to a federal grant application that would lead to the completion of a second baggage carousel at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in time for the 2010-11 ski season.
Indicators tool can help business owners, residents
Through a collaboration with Yampa Valley Partners, the Steamboat Pilot & Today has launched its Community Indicators Tool to provide data about everything from birth rates to voting histories, work force numbers, population projections, bald eagle counts and more on the Web at www.steamboatpilot.com/cip.
Proposal for base area site includes 5 buildings
The Atira Group tonight will present its Ski Time Square development plan — a proposal that includes five buildings with about 200 residential units and seven commercial spaces near the base of the ski area — along with an apparent resolution of issues with the Ski Time Square Condominium Association.
Monday, January 18
There are many radon myths. Among them: Radon only affects certain types of homes or that a person can rely on a neighbor’s radon test to indicate levels in their own home.
County Agenda for Jan. 18 and 19
A garden affects all of our senses, even though we often are not aware of it. Most of us enjoy the beauty of the colors, shapes, the play of light and shade, and the graceful movement of grasses, leaves and foliage as plants sway in the wind.
Attainability program would market 480 homes to set income levels
The attainability program for the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation would require 480 homes to be initially marketed to buyers earning no more than 200 percent of the area median income. A discussion of the attainability program is on the City Council’s agenda for Tuesday night.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue is reminding property owners to keep fire hydrants on their property clear of snow and debris during the winter months so crews can access hydrants during an emergency.
Annual Cowboy Downhill event is Tuesday at ski area
For the 36th year, professional rodeo cowboys will take to the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area. Cowboys and cowgirls from across the country will make their way to Steamboat Springs to compete in the annual Cowboy Downhill at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the ski area.
Fundraiser Tuesday at Ghost Ranch to help fund projects
A Steamboat Springs man hopes to help build a school and fit people for prosthetic legs during a humanitarian trip to Myanmar in February. Michael Mangold, 23, leaves for Myanmar on Feb. 11 and will be there for three weeks.
Ski Jam show featured impressive playing, strange stage presence
It’s hard to tell if Keller Williams is joking. During his 90-minute first set at The Steamboat Music Tent for the Ski Jam music festival Friday night, Williams didn’t speak to the audience. He sang to them — giving an account of his day on the mountain, telling them his plans for the evening, letting them know he wouldn’t be offended if anyone decided to leave early.
Millions of Americans made New Year’s resolutions less than three weeks ago. How about you? It’s not too late to consider setting some personal goals for 2010.
Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach John Ameen joked that the weekend took years off his life. The Sailors won two games, both by the score of 45-44. On Friday, a late three-pointer by Hannah Moore made the difference against Delta. On Saturday, pure hustle by senior Emi Birch downed Palisade.
Area wrestling teams hit the mat in weekend action
The Hayden High School wrestling team was loaded down with medals Satuday when it returned from a meet in Rangely. The Tigers won three weight classifications, landed five wrestlers on the podium and finished second as a team.
Race wraps up team’s pre-Olympic competitions
By the standards of this season, it may not stand out. But the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team still recorded a strong day Sunday at the World Cup event in Chaux-Neuve, France. Billy Demong finished fourth. Todd Lodwick, fresh off a podium performance Saturday, was 13th, and Johnny Spillane 16th.
It was a far different atmosphere than, say, the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials freestyle events that visited Steamboat Springs last month. Then, competitors were identified by their World Cup achievements and previous Olympic experience.
The sign on the door at Kathy and Tim Osborn’s Craig home greets visitors with the words, “Welcome to the zoo.” To the contrary, the scene inside the house is almost serene, as Kathy sits in a green leather chair, surrounded by deep green walls with dark pinewood trim.
The Record for Jan. 16
Sunday, January 17
With Saturday’s conditions, it was tough to find anyone with a negative word to say about the 25th annual Steamboat Stampede at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. More than 140 competitors skated or classic skied one of five distances in pristine, almost springlike conditions.
Real estate transactions for Jan. 8 to 14
The Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $9,000 in grants to eight local organizations Thursday during a luncheon at Tread of Pioneers Museum. The latest round of grants represents the distribution of funds totaling $50,000 by the Charitable Foundation and is part of a continuous effort to support community-based programs, Colorado Group’s Lori Thompson said.
The Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $9,000 in grants to eight local organizations Thursday during a luncheon at Tread of Pioneers Museum.
The decision to give up her single-family home and flower garden in Steamboat II wasn’t easy, Audrey Williams said. But now that she and her husband, Tom, have settled into their two-bedroom condominium at Howelsen Place, she doesn’t miss lawn chores. The Williamses represent a trend that has surprised executives at Greene Court Partners, owners of the Howelsen Place and Alpen Glow mixed-use developments in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.
Occupation: Library director at the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus
On a Thursday afternoon in Bristol Hall, eight or so CMC students and beginning actors stood in the middle of a circle, centered themselves, exploded and collapsed. An exercise in focusing energy, letting go of any element of embarrassment and becoming something they aren’t, the students in Michael Brumbaugh’s introduction to acting class put their all into making their play-deaths look real.
Like a little kid, Harold Fischel, with his snowboard in hand, sat on the handrail outside the gondola building at Steamboat Ski Area and slid down — a wide smile across his face. The brief act encapsulates Fischel’s youthful personality, but he’s no kid. He turns 75 on Wednesday.
After years of searching, group is building indoor skate park, lounge and meeting area
Construction at the Sk8 Church building in Riverside Plaza is ramping up — literally. The west Steamboat Springs space, leased by Sk8 Church for at least the next 18 months thanks to an anonymous grant, will have a meeting area, offices, lounge and, most important, an indoor skate park.
Making preparations for Midwinter Sports Carnival
Jennifer Spencer, a 2006 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, made the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester.
Routt County school lunch menus for Jan. 18 to 22
Steamboat Springs-based Dig This, a recreational heavy equipment dirt-moving compound, announced this month that it will offer its giant sandbox experience on a national level through franchise opportunities, according to a news release.
Construction desires a hot topic at annual Mainstreet meeting
Downtown business owners did their best Friday to persuade Colorado Department of Transportation officials and construction managers to leave them more street parking when the conversion of Lincoln Avenue to concrete paving begins in April.
Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts “Romeo and Juliet, Here and Now,” a free Shakespeare reading group that runs Wednesdays from Feb. 3 to March 16. Led by English teacher Sally Frostic, this group is limited to 15 participants who want to enjoy the play again or for the first time. The workshop is designed to stimulate enjoyment and discussion and be attuned to group needs and interests. The library will loan copies of the book to participants. Contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay at 879-0240, ext. 317, or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or get more information.
My boyfriend asked me why we should care about Anderson Cooper standing in Haiti giving us the gruesome details about the earthquake victims. To me, this is rather obvious; it is a big event, many people are suffering, and they are calling for help.
During the next weeks, Steamboat Springs voters will see a range of information for and against the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation. We can expect that both sides will give us a large dose in favor of their points of view.
For you … who believe that you’re bullet proof on the slopes, liken skiing to driving. You are a careful skier and driver. You would never have an accident because you are such a careful driver.
Jail Report for Jan. 9 to 14
The Record for Jan. 15
After the hurdle of a 7:45 a.m. meeting time was safely met, it didn’t seem to me that newspaper assignments could come much easier. On Thursday, I went on the All Mountain Adaptive Ski Camp’s Buffalo Pass backcountry skiing day, a perk donated to the camp by Steamboat Powdercats.
The Maris family and Tony La Russa were disappointed, and every baseball fan in America should feel cheated, after slugger Mark McGwire’s admission that he used steroids during his career. But the guy who should be the most upset is Charlie Hustle.
Demong, Spillane notch top-6 finishes
The U.S. Nordic Combined Team continued its torrid trek to the 2010 Winter Olympics on Saturday, notching a podium and three finishes in the top six. Todd Lodwick stood on the podium for the second straight week, finishing third at the World Cup event in Chaux Neuve, France.
Steamboat Springs High School basketball teams win against Palisade on Saturday
For the second consecutive night, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team found a way to win. And the 45-44 win against Palisade on Saturday not only kept the Sailors undefeated in league, but it also spoke to the rapid change in outcomes.
For the past week, Jim Steinberg has been hitching his way across the Western states and into a different way of life. He’s been negotiating rides with truck drivers, walking up to them at truck stops in Arizona, Utah, California, New Mexico or any of about 10 other states. From those drivers, Steinberg is gathering stories and photos — of the road, of the inside of the cab, of the people driving and of a road-warrior lifestyle.
As ski areas across Colorado gear up for National Safety Awareness Week, which started Saturday and runs through Friday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has a special interest in promoting tree well safety and is finding new ways to educate skiers. An Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area instructor, Grace Lynn McNeil, was found dead in a tree well Jan. 6 at the bottom of Chute 3 at Steamboat Ski Area. In January 2008, two other skiers died in the natural hazards.
Property tax rates in the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation would be more than double those in Steamboat Springs and would top rates across Routt County, according to 2009 figures. The difference boils down to about $100 per month between property tax payments for owners of a $350,000 home in an annexed Steamboat 700.
2009 sees just 20 permits for homes, duplexes
The depth of the 2009 building slump here was underscored this week when the Routt County Regional Building Department issued a report showing that just eight permits were issued all year for new single-family homes in Steamboat Springs city limits. They had an aggregate value of $6.4 million for permit purposes.
Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School instructor Chip Shevlin said he’s been involved in the locals clinic as long as it’s been around and that he’s seen many of the forms it has taken throughout the years. The five-day clinic is spread across five Saturdays this season.
Steamboat Springs High School senior Vladan Chase, who was on the developmental team his sophomore year and didn’t play his junior year, decided to again give high school hockey a try at the urging of his parents. Now Chase is second on the team in scoring.
On Tuesday, a citizens committee formed this summer plans to present to the Steamboat Springs City Council a clear, concise analysis of some of the steps needed to finally achieve meaningful affordable housing policy. And although we’re optimistic the report will push the city onto the right track, by no means will the coming reform be simple or straightforward.
Saturday, January 16
12:29 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of telephone harassment in Yampa. Deputies advised the caller that it should be handled in civil court.
You are in the grocery store buying a cart of items to get you through the next few days. You get into the line, put your wares on the belt and watch the checker scan everything. Your pen is poised over your checkbook, but you nearly have a coronary when you hear the total.
A Steamboat Springs Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the YVMC Auxiliary, is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Blood donations typically drop off during winter but the need remains the same, according to a news release. To schedule an appointment, call Bonfils at 800-365-0006, option 2, or sign up online at www.bonfils.org, site 0234.
I am accompanying three girls from the rescue center who just finished high school to a computer training program located in the Maasai Mara of Kenya, the premier safari location in the country.
The Yampa Valley Autism Program has merged with Community Cultivation in an effort to combine skill sets and offer services to a larger population of residents. The groups joined Jan. 1.
Fena Metzler celebrated her 12th birthday with a hearty breakfast of pancakes and bacon, surrounded by her new parents and siblings in Steamboat Springs. But it was apparent she was experiencing a confusing mix of emotions. At the same time she celebrated her new life in Colorado, she had to cope with the fact that the orphanage in Haiti where she lived had been demolished by an earthquake.
Music festival continues with tribute bands today, Sunday
Walking out onto the stage of the Steamboat Music Tent on Thursday night, Texas rock band Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights was met with a few cheers, a few less-than-flattering cat-calls and not much else. It took the hard rocking, blues-drenched band about 15 seconds to erase any skepticism a crowd of Wailers fans might have had. The Northern Lights delivered a show packed with irresistible energy.
When the Colorado General Assembly convened Wednesday, state Sen. Al White wasted no time introducing a bill to repeal sections of a law known as FASTER that increased fees on late vehicle registrations.
Advocates on both sides of the Steamboat 700 ballot question debated Friday whether the controversial project would deal a setback to the Routt County housing market. Let’s Vote is challenging last year’s City Council decision approving an annexation agreement for land west of city limits, which would allow the developers to enter the planning process.
Fast starts to each half and a high-flying, high-scoring performance by senior Alex Estes proved more than enough for the Soroco High School boys basketball team to lay waste to North Park on Friday night.
Garrett Flint and his fifth-grade classmates from Ridgeview Elementary School walked closely behind their remote control car as it sped around the cafeteria. Shouts of “awesome” and gasps of excitement filled the room as the little car sped across the floor, finishing 1 1/2 laps before sputtering to a stop.
Hannah Moore canned a 3-point shot late in the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team’s game at Delta on Friday, giving her team a 45-44 victory and keeping the squad perfect in league play.
Friday, January 15
Measure erases deficit left over from 2008-09 overspending
The BOCES board unanimously approved budget cuts Thursday to make up for a $44,632 deficit from the 2008-09 school year. Board President Brian Hoza said approving the budget deficit plan allows the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services to focus on this school year and begin planning for 2010-11. Its financial troubles arose last fall when it overspent its 2008-09 budget by nearly $317,000.
Snowmobile exercises designed to teach survival tactics and aid future search and rescue operations.
Sailors team plays against Lewis-Palmer today, Air Academy on Saturday
In search of a chance to make a statement, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team has found it this weekend. Steamboat, sitting atop the Peak Conference with a 5-1-2 overall record and 3-0 mark in conference play, will have every opportunity to establish itself as the team to beat in the conference.
When asked why local governments would be interested in talking to a community energy coordinator, Kate Nowak gave possibly one of the most attractive reasons: money.
One-man jam band and former Steamboat Springs resident Keller Williams comes back through town promoting his new album, “ODD,” a mash of acoustic styles, funk rhythms and wry lyrics. The solo show — at 7 p.m. today in the Steamboat Music Tent in Knoll Parking Lot — is part of the seventh annual Ski Jam music festival.
Craig police still are following leads on a recent burglary at the Moffat County Courthouse, Sergeant John Forgay said. The courthouse was broken into Nov. 11, 2009, on Veterans Day, when staff was off work for the holiday.
Country concert is part of Cowboy Downhill festivities
Texas country rock band Reckless Kelly started hitting the road about 14 years ago. The quintet, led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, toured around the Lone Star State, playing four-hour gigs to raucous honky-tonk halls. The band will play at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Gondola Square after the 36th annual Cowboy Downhill.
The Wounded Warrior program has been a part of the All Mountain Adaptive Ski Camp at Steamboat Ski Area in each of its five years, and in 2010, seven disabled veterans attended. Adaptive Adventures, which host the camp with Access Anything and Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, is celebrating its 10th year.
Group brings big horn section, full harmonies
Bass player Ean Smith joined Fort Collins funk band Futaba in May. At the time, the group was a lead singer who also plays trumpet, a guitarist and a drummer. Within a few months, the band ballooned, and Futaba comes to Steamboat Springs on Saturday as an eight-piece outfit with a four-man horn section.
During a turbulent market that could incite distressed business owners to sell and opportunistic investors to buy, a local counselor stressed Thursday the importance of using sound principles for both.
12:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 29-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on suspicion of driving under the influence after a traffic stop in the first block of Seventh Street.
The Hayden Planning Commission tabled a request Thursday from Kum & Go to amend the town’s historic downtown zoning district. The service station was scheduled to ask that the zoning district be amended to permit gas stations, paving the way for Kum & Go to relocate to and expand on a lot at the northwest corner of Walnut Street and Jefferson Avenue.
Promenade construction set to resume April 19 after Closing Day
Construction of the second phase of the pedestrian promenade that will wrap the base of the ski area by late 2011 is on track to begin as soon as April 19. Mid-April and the end of the ski season still are over the horizon, but the citizen’s group overseeing design of the promenade and its professional consultants are on a tight timeline.
Medical marijuana dispensaries seek distribution methods in light of city law
The number of licensed medical marijuana users in Routt County doubled during the course of three months in 2009, and local dispensaries and caregivers are moving in to fill the demand — including in ways the city deems illegal.
Oak Creek Town Board declines to take action on dispensary
The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday declined to institute a moratorium or take other action regarding a potential medical marijuana dispensary in the town. The town’s Planning Commission is slated to take up the issue at 7 p.m. Wednesday and can make recommendations to the town board after the hearing.
Steamboat Springs skiers place 6th and 8th at Deer Valley
Two Steamboat Springs skiers made their case Thursday for inclusion on the U.S. moguls Olympic team. Skiing at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, Steamboat’s Jeremy Cota finished sixth, and Mike Morse finished eighth.
The Soroco High School girls and boys basketball teams each look to make a district statement today when the teams welcome North Park. The girls play at 4:30 p.m., and the boys follow at 6.
Thursday, January 14
In less than a month, the best athletes winter sports has to offer will meet in the competitive venues that surround Vancouver, British Columbia. And before those top athletes leave on their Olympic journey, Steamboat Springs plans to throw them one of the biggest parties our town has ever seen.
Bradley preps for next tough competition
If anything became apparent for diver Genna Bradley at Saturday’s meet at Mountain View High School, it’s that the competition level on the Front Range is fierce.
Steamboat Springs Police Department officers are investigating the possibility of a theft of $10,000 at Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs.
The third day of the fifth annual All Mountain Adaptive Ski Camp was to get under way at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning with a breakfast at the Bear River Bar & Grill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. But when the designated hour came, only a few event bigwigs and several bleary eyed campers had made it.
Soul, reggae, ’80s music to be featured at weekend festival
T Bird and the Breaks is one of six bands featured during the seventh annual Ski Jam music festival, which starts today at Steamboat Ski Area.
South Routt Elementary School students hear presentation
South Routt Elementary School physical education teacher Artie Weber said Wednesday morning’s slope safety presentation from Steamboat Ski Patrol came at an ideal time. The school’s ski program for third- through fifth-graders starts next week, he said. The students will go to Steamboat Ski Area on five consecutive Wednesdays.
Zoning amendment would let gas station move downtown
Kum & Go was scheduled to request that the town of Hayden’s historic downtown zoning district be amended to permit gas stations at tonight’s Planning Commission meeting.
Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services leader Jane Toothaker will present board members tonight with a proposal for how the agency will overcome a $45,000 deficit from the 2008-09 school year.
South Routt County may have its first medical marijuana dispensary if four men get the go-ahead from the Oak Creek Town Board, but Town Board members will consider their options tonight, including a moratorium on dispensaries.
Damon Butler just wanted to lay down a clean run during a slopestyle event in Copper Mountain last weekend. By the end of the day, he had executed two solid runs and, in the process, took a step toward achieving his goal of earning a spot at the U.S. Snowboarding Association nationals in April.
12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken pedestrian in an alley between Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street. Police issued a 39-year-old man a ticket for public urination and took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center for detox.
Wednesday, January 13
Udall, Bennet ask postmaster general to keep branch fully open
U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have asked U.S. Postmaster General John Potter to keep Steamboat’s Sundance post office branch fully open until a new, consolidated post office is complete. The senators announced their support for continued retail and postal box services at the Sundance at Fish Creek branch in a letter to Potter released this morning.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg still is waiting on toxicology results before the autopsy of Steamboat Springs resident Keith Dady can be completed, he said Tuesday.
In the interest of self-preservation — not only of mine and those closest to me, but of all the good citizens of this country — I feel compelled to express an appeal to Heaven.
CBI agent: Task force has issues, needs work
After lengthy presentations by Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Curt Williams and Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta, Craig City Council members said they feel more comfortable with the operations of the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force and its commander, Garrett Wiggins.
Group plays Thursday at Ghost Ranch Saloon
It was the rhythms on a shoplifted cassette tape that first married Chris Berry’s ear to traditional African music. He was 14, and the cassette landed in his hands when a friend gave it to him. By 19, Berry had found his way to Africa to immerse himself in the rhythms he found on that tape.
When Tami Thurston approached South Routt business owners asking for donations to benefit her friends and fellow South Routt residents Bea and Seth Bograd, every store she set foot in offered to help.
City Council won’t allow wholesale medicinal marijuana plant
The Aspen City Council on Monday denied an Aspen man’s request to establish a medicinal marijuana manufacturing facility at Obermeyer Place in Aspen.
According to Detective Julie Polly from the Frisco Police Department, there’s recently been a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles throughout Frisco, as well as Summit County.
There are no prerequisites for today’s journaling workshops at Bud Werner Memorial Library. You don’t even need to be a writer.
A new year calls for some new words of wisdom, sage sayings and pearls of wisdom to curl up and contemplate: ■ Make new friends but keep the old — especially the ones who have houses in warm places. ■ Better to date a first-rate man in a second-rate car then the other way around.
Plans for spring construction along Lincoln Avenue highlight the agenda of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs’ annual meeting Friday. The meeting is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Town Pub.
Tonight’s Educational Excellence Commission meeting is the first step for Routt County school districts and local community groups to receive funding from the Education Fund Board.
25th annual Nordic event to have several race lengths
The 25th annual Steamboat Stampede skate and classic ski races return to the Steamboat Ski Touring Center on Saturday. The event features five distances for racers of all levels. There are 3-, 5- and 10-kilometer races, as well as longer 23- and 43-kilometer races. The longer races equate to a half and full marathon. Preregistration is due by 5 p.m. Friday.
Ordinarily, it is something that’s too obvious to argue. In this case, it’s the Postal Service. Its argument is to save money and close down the Sundance post office.
Your paper mentioned that Ski Patrol was starting a program in the local schools regarding ski safety education (“Ski Patrol talks slope safety,” Jan. 11 Steamboat Today). I believe ski safety should be taught by example.
While the loss of the city’s top two planning leaders leaves a significant hole, particularly in terms of leadership and experience, it’s not one that should be filled before spring.
The Safeway grocery has been a fixture in Steamboat Springs for longer than many people might guess. The Historic Preservation Commission voted Thursday to add the original Safeway building, now the Nelson Building, 744 Lincoln Ave., to the Steamboat Springs Register of Historic Places.
1st of 3 events held at Howelsen Hill
Local skier Cliff Field jumped to the top of the pack Saturday at Howelsen Hill, and teammate Michael Ward topped the Nordic combined event as Steamboat Springs hosted the first of three Junior Olympic qualifiers Saturday.
Call it the harsh realities of big-time football, but Steamboat Springs High School senior Austin Hinder came away from the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with a better outlook of what Division I football requires.
Midnight Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm at a business in the 600 block of Yampa Street. Officers found an open door and were able to contact an employee to lock it.
Tuesday, January 12
Development battle similar to Steamboat 700 conversation
Last week’s vote by Eagle residents to deny a proposed development came after a debate about growth similar to local talk about Steamboat 700. On Jan. 5, Eagle residents turned out in record numbers to vote on Eagle River Station, an 88-acre development that proposed 581 homes, a 150-room hotel and 552,000 square feet of commercial space.
The tenderness of the snowpack in the Routt County backcountry revealed itself during the weekend, with a pair of human-caused avalanches on Rabbit Ears Pass and several more slides in northern Routt County.
Nordic combined skier Taylor Fletcher may have been in search of top finishes at the World Cup the past few weeks, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t keeping a close eye on what was happening back home and who he would be skiing with at the Junior World Championships later this month. Luckily for Fletcher, who scored the first World Cup points of his career with a 29th-place finish in Val di Fiemme, Italy, during the weekend, there will be lots of familiar faces on the Nordic combined team.
The Steamboat Springs School Board unanimously approved a five-year contract extension with the North Routt Community Charter School on Monday. The 5-0 vote came after a discussion about the school district’s liability should the charter school go into default. The school is in the middle of a campaign to raise $1.7 million toward the construction of a new $4.8 million facility.
Get ready. Mars is coming! You might already have noticed an unusually bright orange star rising in the eastern sky at about 9 p.m. That’s no star at all — it’s Mars, and it’s going to be getting even brighter in our sky during the next few weeks.
Grace Lynn McNeil was found Jan. 6
The Arapahoe Basin ski instructor who was found dead at Steamboat Ski Area last week suffocated, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Monday. Ryg said autopsy results revealed that Grace Lynn McNeil died of suffocation after falling into a tree well.
Can you catch a monster rainbow trout on a coffee bean? Joel King, of Kingfisher Flies, swears it’s not only possible, it’s a good bet. He’s got pictures, taken right across the Park Range from Steamboat in North Park, to prove he’s not just telling a fish story.
Gates Gooding creates thesis about Steamboat’s growth at MIT
Gates Gooding is hosting a public meeting Thursday night to talk with city residents about Steamboat 700, as the first step in a study to quantify the proposed annexation’s potential impacts. For his graduate thesis at MIT, he hopes to create a scientific, quantifiable study of potential impacts from future local development, or lack thereof.
Officials plan to hold workshop about review of agency today
After a five-week hiatus during the holidays, the Craig City Council plans to start the new year where it left off — addressing concerns regarding the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force. Craig city officials plan to host a public workshop about the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s independent review of the agency at 5:30 p.m. today at Craig City Hall.
Bud Werner Memorial Library has announced that 100 children and teens donated more than 600 food items during its Food for Fines Program in December. The youths were allowed to have late fees waived in exchange for donations to the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank.
The Record for Jan. 10
Monday, January 11
The 23-year-old Arapahoe Basin ski instructor was found dead at the bottom of Chute 3 at the Steamboat Ski Area last week. It is believed she fell head first into a tree well.
From prevention to treatment, cardiac care could be headed for an exciting decade. That’s the view of Steamboat Springs cardiologist William Baker, M.D., F.A.C.C. He sees a hopeful horizon in a medical specialty that is continually evolving, and he will share some of these developments in a program at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Tuesday evening.
The New Year has brought new learning and fitness opportunities from Aging Well. In Hayden, Aging Well is partnering with Colorado Northwestern Community College to offer a beginning computer class for older adults at The Haven Community Center. Aging
Annual classroom program includes coloring contest
Starting this week, members of Steamboat Ski Patrol will enter Routt County kindergarten classrooms to talk with students about safety on the slopes. Michelle Baxter, who’s worked for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. for 24 years, 23 of those with Ski Patrol, started the annual program 10 years ago.
It had to have been a bottomless feeling for Jeremy Cota. He was leading the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs, seeing skier after skier unable to nudge him out of the one guaranteed Olympic spot. Then, world champion Pat Deneen, the last skier to go, put down a phenomenal run. As judges tallied up the scores, it was close, and Deneen’s score just bested Cota.
Club skiers claim top 4 spots for men, women at regional freestyle event
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club enjoyed a tremendous day on its home course Sunday, capping off two days of Rocky Mountain regional freestyle competition with a dual moguls event local skiers won’t soon forget.
Early in the Steamboat Springs Mixed Doubles and Juniors Championships tennis tournament, played out through the weekend at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, matches were taking too long and the carefully laid out schedule fell to pieces.
Saturday, Jan. 9
Water leak won’t affect school Monday or finals
A broken pipe resulted in water leaking into several classrooms and the gymnasium Sunday afternoon at Steamboat Springs High School. Lt. Travis Wilkinson, of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, said a sprinkler above a staircase on the east side of the school broke. He said the cause was not yet determined, but there was no fire.
State: No action needed at downtown post office facing customer increase
A state transportation official said last week that staff at Steamboat’s downtown post office acted correctly in altering traffic flow to handle an expected increase of customers. The post office at Third Street and U.S. Highway 40 faces increased use next week after an expected Friday closure of retail postal services at the Sundance at Fish Creek branch off Anglers Drive.
Unlike those of us who can reach for a fleece or an extra pair of socks when we’re chilly, our houseplants have to suck it up and shiver in the cold and drafty areas in our homes. Some plants simply do not handle cool temperatures well, even when protected inside our home from the outdoor weather.
The Steamboat Springs School Board will decide whether to approve the 2009-10 budget, with a $22 million general fund, when it meets tonight.
Sunday, January 10
Nordic combined athletes stand together on podium in Italy
Watch out, world. The Nordic combined skiers of the U.S. Ski Team continued their scorching hot streak in World Cup competition Sunday. It wasn’t local hero Johnny Spillane this time, but again the Steamboat Springs connections were deep, and again the accomplishment was historic.
Hayden boys, girls run away with big victories
The Hayden High School boys basketball team threw one heck of a party Saturday night, and it had the home crowd roaring from beginning to end.
If there is one thing the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team has found out through the first two games of Western Slope League play, it’s that there is finally a little parity.
Dancing the dream
Polly Idol and her dance partner Charles Horton have been sharing their love of swing, salsa, foxtrot and cha-cha with Steamboat Springs as a teaching duo for about five years. It’s a style that’s more social, meant for people to revel in dancing in someone else’s arms.
Stressful job gets tough as winter wears on
Even as vacationing skiers frolic on the slopes of Mount Werner this week, a dedicated group of Routt County emergency dispatchers are weathering unusually trying times.
As Jeremy Cota sat at the bottom of the Voo Doo moguls course at the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs and watched fellow U.S. Ski Team member Pat Deneen nudge him out of an Olympic spot, the reality of the position he was in became apparent.
The Soroco High School boys basketball team battled a thin roster and was without its best player Saturday, falling 66-47 at Rangely.
Steamboat Nordic skiers fare well in Italy
The U.S. Nordic Combined Team picked up three more top-10 finishes Saturday in Predazzo, Italy, in one of the most hotly contested events of the year.
The depth of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is never more evident than in the hours before and after children come and go, when the snow at the downtown Steamboat Springs complex is still a crisp corduroy, and the pace, at least at first glance, is decidedly slower. That’s the realm of the Winter Sports Club Alpine Masters program, a collection of skiers who defy the assumption that Steamboat’s best-known organization is made up of tomorrow’s Olympians.
Self-deprecating humor may not work so well on ski racers. Believe me, I’ve spent a week working it as well as I can, and mostly what I get back are blank stares followed by wide smiles and hearty reassurance. I continually make jokes about how ugly my first ski race is going to be.
Jail Report for Jan. 2 to 8
Four men and their three budding businesses have formed the first 10-week session of Storm Peak Innovations, a technology incubator housed in The Victoria building on 10th Street in downtown Steamboat Springs. Jens Owen and Lars Anderson are co-founders of the incubator, which invests in the entrepreneurs by providing mentoring, business resources, housing and more.
The Record for Jan. 8
Attainable housing has been promised many times, and the annexation ordinance was definitely seeking to put that attainability promise “into writing.” But in making its pre-election deadline, the ordinance was not able to reach any conclusion on attainability. So the ordinance’s very brief Attainability Section punted instead and called for creating an “Attainability Program” that would put in writing how this annexation will deliver on its attainability promise.
The latest skiing tragedy on our mountain illustrates the need for more education in the hazards of the sport. Your article in Thursday’s paper (“Woman dies at ski area”) was helpful but did not cover all the bases. When skiing trees, always hold your poles without using the pole straps. Aside from saving you from a dislocated shoulder, it can save your life to have your hands free to create a breathing space during or after a fall. Practice taking a full breath during all falls so that there is enough air in your lungs to blow the snow from your face if your head is buried. In Europe, where all rescues must be paid for and “out of bounds” rescues may be charged at triple actual costs, skiing in a group has a protocol. The rules are simple. Each member of the group keeps track of the skier preceding him, and the best skier of the group skis last. This shared responsibility in itself may have prevented this tragic death.
City Council President Cari Hermacinski got it totally wrong with her comment that “this (denial of a zoning change on Burgess Creek Road) sets a terrible precedent for any developer trying to work in our community.” The exact opposite is true: The denial lets developers know that when they propose something that does not serve this community or that changes the character of neighborhoods to something residents don’t want, they will be denied. Thanks to Walter Magill, whose “no” vote was the crucial one. It turned the council around, and the message for developers is clear: You’re welcome here, bring some good ideas, work with us, but don’t try to steamroll us because we know the kind of community we want this to be. Steamboat Highlands developers just didn’t get that.
As a football coach for Moffat County the past 13 seasons, I want to offer hearty congratulations to the Steamboat Springs Sailors football team for an exciting season. Led by some extremely talented players, the team represented the Western Slope League with class. I want to extend a special note of thanks to Aaron Finch and his staff for winning with class and humility. Coach Finch has been an excellent role model for students and coaches around the league. His genuine personality is always on display, and he has proven that hard work and dedication do make a difference in the lives of kids. While the Yampa Valley rivalry between Moffat County and Steamboat goes back and forth, Finch has never put the wins and losses above treating coaches and players with dignity and respect. Kudos to your football program!
When state Sen. Al White supported the FASTER legislation last year, he took a political risk and broke ranks with his party. Now, the Hayden Republican and Joint Budget Committee member is reconsidering at least part of the Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery measure.
Black Tie, Life Essentials, Pilot & Today only participants
About 10 months after its inception, a local environmental donation program has just three participating businesses and has raised little funds. The Cents for Steamboat program, an initiative of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Sustainable Business Program, has not garnered the response organizers expected.
Mountain Outfitters, an outdoor clothing and gear store on the lobby level of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and operated by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is open for business and hosting a grand opening event from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with an open house and 20 percent off storewide special all day.
Yampa Valley Medical Center has lifted visitor restrictions established in the fall.
On Tuesday, Jennifer Herzog, who goes by “Miss Jenn” during her classes, started her first semester as a Kindermusik teacher at First String Music. Kindermusik is an international program for children and their parents or caretakers that focuses on various aspects of music and movement.
James Bennett McKelvie, of Steamboat Springs, recently was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the United States Navy.
School lunches for the week of Jan. 11
From the top of a haystack at the Gilleland ranch, a huge bull elk defied Hern and Charles Gilleland and a barking dog last week. The men had driven to the stack with a sled to get a load of hay. Before they had a chance to load up, the big elk came down the hillside toward the stack. The animal paid no attention to the barrage of snowballs that were hurled at him but calmly walked to the stack. The dog barked furiously and followed and elk around and around the stack. The elk, watching for a chance, jumped to the top of the stack and stood his ground, hair bristling and teeth gnashing, a fighting mood not to be taken lightly.
Herds have moved to lower elevations in Routt County and may be startled by humans
The U.S. Forest Service is requesting that people stay off several trails across Routt County that have been identified as areas where elk and deer herds likely are congregating, in an effort to ease the stress on the animals during the winter.
Age: 38 Occupation: Owner of Pioneer Spirits Place of birth: Irving, Texas
Real estate transactions for Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2010
When the Sheraton Steamboat Resort decided last year to reclaim the office space occupied by Colorado Group Realty, the brokers in the real estate agency headquartered in downtown Steamboat were more than a little disappointed. Things have a funny way of working out. The Sheraton completed a handsome remodel of the space, including fat log columns, arced display walls and rock accents. The intent was to house Sheraton’s own sales team. When the decision was reversed and the Sheraton sales effort was instead based in another city, Colorado Group jumped at the chance to reoccupy its former digs.
When One Steamboat Place opened its doors to guests Saturday, a boutique Steamboat property management company had reason to celebrate. Robin and Heather Craigen, of Moving Mountains Chalets, have landed contracts to manage two of the whole ownership condominiums at One Steamboat Place including the Black Diamond Penthouse, which is being offered for rent for $2,690 a night for a seven-night stay.
Prudential Steamboat Realty announced last week the addition of two of Steamboat’s top real estate brokers, Ken Gold and Stephan Baden, both formerly of Re/MAX Steamboat.
If Melvin Hitchens was still alive, the activities at Howelsen Hill this Wednesday night likely would put a smile on his face.
Saturday, January 9
Steamboat Springs boys basketball entered Friday night’s Western Slope opener at Battle Mountain as the league favorite, and the Sailors left Edwards still the favorite. But it’s going to be a bumpy ride for all involved in the Slope.
Keller Williams has been performing as a one-man, loop-fed band for more than 10 years. As one of four headlining acts for the seventh annual Ski Jam festival, Williams will take the stage Friday at the Steamboat Music Tent in the Knoll Parking Lot. Doors for the concert open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15.
Weather to persist into next week
The bitter cold that has gripped Routt County the past couple of days will grudgingly give way to a gradual warming trend through the middle of next week, but National Weather Service meteorologists said not to expect daytime highs to exceed the upper teens or low 20s until then.
The First National Bank of the Rockies is under extra federal oversight after bank regulators found several reasons to criticize the bank’s past lending practices. Under the agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the primary government regulator, the bank has started to change its lending practices and keep more money in reserve.
The Record for Jan. 7
The autopsy of Grace McNeil, the 23-year-old ski instructor from the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area, will be completed today, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said. Ryg said the autopsy likely would reveal the cause of death.
With the Vancouver Games just around the corner, Ski Town USA is feeling the Olympic spirit. The Tread of Pioneers Museum has planned displays and events to celebrate the town’s Olympic heritage in the month leading up to the February games.
Another big event at California’s Mammoth Mountain brought another big day in halfpipe for snowboarders from Steamboat Springs. Homegrown favorite Maddy Schaffrick slipped into the finals at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix with an eighth-place result on the women’s side.
Steamboat Pilot & Today reader John Rezzonico was kind enough this week to bring our attention to an unusual congregation of grouse in West Steamboat residential neighborhoods. He sent us photographs of large birds he identified as sharp-tailed grouse flying by his house in Heritage Park.
Sometimes you’re having such a good time, you feel guilty enough to want to freeze yourself. That’s how country musician Jack Ingram justified his scant wardrobe for his third consecutive year as headliner for a free, public concert toward the end of MusicFest at Steamboat. Wearing snow goggles, a T-shirt, jeans, ski boots and one fingerless glove, Ingram rocked through a set that touched on his radio hits and offered plenty of evidence of his years battling in small venues to win fans.
3rd-period goals make difference for Sailors
The enemies of the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team kept coming up through the first 30 minutes of Friday’s game with Rampart. Steamboat skated away with a 3-0 win and established itself as one of the teams to beat in the Peak conference.
Friday, January 8
Orchestra runs ensemble for high school, adult musicians
Organizers of a new classical music group hope to bridge the gap between student and adult ensembles available in Routt County. The Steamboat String Ensemble starts rehearsals from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Monday at the Depot Art Center.
For the Steamboat Springs High School team, a win at 6:30 p.m. today against Rampart at Howelsen Ice Arena could at least reveal the foundation of the who’s who in the Peak hockey conference. Steamboat could establish itself as one of the teams to beat as the hockey season goes on.
During his free concert at last year’s MusicFest at Steamboat, country musician Jack Ingram played his entire set wearing ski goggles and a T-shirt. At 1:30 p.m. today, Ingram returns to the Gondola Square stage for his third free concert there, notching his sixth or seventh performance as part of the MusicFest at Steamboat.
The Spring Creek Trail off Amethyst Drive will be closed for two weeks, starting today, for hazardous tree removal and fire break operations.
Commissioner begins push for 2nd term with Thursday event
Ten months before voters will go to the polls, Diane Mitsch Bush drew a small crowd to the courthouse lawn Thursday to officially announce her campaign for a second term as a Routt County commissioner. About 30 people gathered in front of the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs to support Mitsch Bush.
A lot in Genna Bradley’s life has changed since she was a freshman. Bradley, a Steamboat Springs High School senior who competes for Moffat County High School, is hellbent on winning the Class 4A diving championships.
And so it goes with making New Year’s resolutions. If you are like me, my failure rate is far greater than my success rate. Now I could say I was a “failure,” but after reflection on the subject, I am convinced it is more about making realistic or substantive resolutions. With that said, I plan to take some pressure off my life of failed resolutions this year.
Marty Galloway, a 25-year-old who graduated from the University of Colorado in May, soon will get his chance at a childhood dream.
Appeal efforts, challenges continue as Sundance closure deadlines near
Several Steamboat Springs residents are appealing to federal and state authorities to keep postal services at the Sundance branch as deadlines for its closure approach. The U.S. Postal Service plans to end retail postal service Jan. 15, one week from today, at the Sundance at Fish Creek branch off Anglers Drive.
Three people reportedly were caught in an avalanche Thursday in Mushroom Bowl, which is out-of-bounds terrain that is accessed from Vail Mountain, authorities said.
The Aspen Skiing Co. had a “relatively busy holiday period” and is running slightly ahead of last season’s business pace, spokesman Jeff Hanle said Wednesday. The number of riders hitting the slopes at the ski company’s four ski areas increased about 3 percent from last season, Hanle said.
Locals fare well at 4 days of competitions at Keystone
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers flew away with a few top finishes as the club’s Alpine team hit the slopes for four days of competition at Keystone. Shane McLean led the way for the team, logging its only first-place finish in a super G race Monday. She also was third in another super G race the same day.
What to do this week for Jan. 8 to 14
Wednesday, Jan. 6
Growing up near Houston, Texas, guitarist and singer Hamilton Loomis was steeped in a grizzled, downtrodden brand of traditional blues music. Coming through the scene as a teenager, Loomis turned heads and garnered praise as a rising star in that blues world.
Murray Selleck can’t remember the first time he helped put on the annual Ski Haus Avalanche Clinic, which returns to Steamboat Springs tonight. The clinic is “just full of critical skills for any backcountry skier, and we’ve been skiing in the backcountry around here for a long time,” said Selleck, an employee at Ski Haus.
Volunteers have been called 7 times in 6 days to begin 2010
Since the start of the new year, Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers have been called seven times in six days for lost snowshoers, skiers and snowmobilers.
Thursday, January 7
Festival continues at ski area, with free public concert Friday
On Tuesday night in The Steamboat Music Tent, a 180-by-80-foot space became Steamboat Springs, Texas. Rounding out the first day of the 25th annual MusicFest at Steamboat, returning festival headliner Robert Earl Keen closed a night full of the style of country music he helped create more than 25 years ago.
One of the advantages of women’s competitive hockey in Steamboat Springs is its consistency. The majority of this year’s Chix with Stix team has been playing together for at least six years. It shows in its passing game, puck control and teamwork.
Austin Hinder still gets told that Steamboat is a ski town and, despite a run to the Class 3A state football championship this fall, it’s not really a football town. But Hinder’s doing all he can to disprove that. The senior is taking part in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio this week.
At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts and four community groups presented initial funding requests in excess of $2.7 million. Fund Board members voted, 5-2, to approve a 2010-11 preliminary budget of $2.3 million.
The Record for Jan. 5
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting submitted artwork for materials promoting its second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival.
Steamboat Springs’ November sales tax collections dropped only 8.7 percent compared with November 2008, bringing city coffers some relief after months of plummeting revenues.
Snow in Northwest Colorado has less water than average
The wet snow that fell on the Park Range east of Steamboat Springs throughout the day Wednesday added to the water stored in the mountain snowpack, but it wasn’t enough to bring the number up to average.
The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team showed Wednesday that there weren’t any residual effects from a holiday break, pounding Chatfield early and outlasting a late surge, holding on for a 6-4 win in the team’s first game since Dec. 18.
Figures of baby Jesus, Joseph and a lamb returned to manger
After a mysterious disappearance in late December, the baby Jesus, Joseph and a lamb have returned to the Nativity scene at Holy Name Catholic Church in downtown Steamboat Springs. Father Ernest Bayer said a pair of men who were walking from a bar to a house party on Pine Street last week apparently stole the three figures.
Wiggins, Smith set for GOP primary in sheriff’s race
August and November ballots are beginning to take shape in Routt County, where several candidates for various positions are making their intentions known. There could be a Republican primary in this year’s race for Routt County sheriff, as Routt County Rifle Club President David Smith and All Crimes Enforcement Team Commander Garrett Wiggins have filed candidacy papers.
The former Mount Werner Sinclair convenience store on Mount Werner Road now is branded Loaf ’N Jug, putting the store in close proximity to its corporate cousin, the City Market grocery in Central Park Plaza. Both stores are part of The Kroger Co.
Wednesday, January 6
Gov. Bill Ritter says he won't run for re-election in November. He issued a statement today explaining why.
Results keep Tyler Jewell, Maddy Schaffrick in good position before Olympics
Former Steamboat Springs resident Tyler Jewell and local Maddy Schaffrick finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at events Tuesday and today. Schaffrick's competition continues this afternoon.
The Vail Daily reports that voters rejected the development 1,175 to 1,019 on Tuesday. More than 60 percent of the town's voters weighed in on the issue.
23-year-old Arapahoe Basin ski instructor found in tree well
Steamboat Ski Patrol members found Grace Lynn McNeil's body this morning in a tree well. The 23-year-old Arapahoe Basin ski instructor had disappeared Tuesday afternoon while skiing the Christmas Tree Bowl.
A 23-year-old woman has been missing at Steamboat Ski Area since late Tuesday afternoon, Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said. Steamboat Ski Patrol and Routt County Search and Rescue resumed the search this morning.
A new series of documentary film screenings at Bud Werner Memorial Library strives to put a local twist on global issues. Community Cinema showings will pair a critically acclaimed documentary with a presentation by a local community organization about once a month.
If I had to astronomically characterize the year 2010, I would call it “The Year of Eclipses.” We open the year with an eclipse, and we close out the year with an eclipse, with two other eclipses in between!
Store’s shift is part of businesses’ westward drift
The upcoming move of Steamboat’s Sears from Shield Drive to Riverside Plaza will continue a trend of business-related changes and growth on the west side of the city.
Nothing says I love you like a tarantula. Like many people this year, my bank account was no match for my son’s Christmas list. I thought he understood as we talked about it, and I cautioned him about getting his hopes up.
Routt County school districts are scheduled to make initial presentations tonight for Education Fund Board gifts. The meeting will allow Fund Board and commission members to hear how the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts are prioritizing their needs for funding this year, Fund Board President Mark Andersen said.
Randy Hays’ letter to the editor (“Love this town”) published Dec. 30 would have made me laugh if it didn’t make me so angry at the city of Steamboat Springs regarding utility poles in Old Town. Obviously Mr. Hays was not looking around in Old Town, and obviously, the forward-thinking people forgot to bury the utilities in a major part of Steamboat.
Tim Corrigan is on the right track. The South Routt School Board president has suggested implementing a program that would give each Soroco High School freshman an Apple laptop computer, starting as soon as next school year. The program would continue from there, and each incoming freshman class would receive laptops for academic use.
The Yampa Town Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today at Yampa Town Hall, with Public Works agenda items dominating the meeting.
9:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a theft in the 500 block of Oak Street, where a church reported several figures from a Nativity scene stolen. The figures were valued at several hundred dollars.
Before musician and storyteller Dave Moran landed in the Yampa Valley, he was traveling across the country and abroad, playing music and collecting stories. He worked guest ranches and festivals. He played on cruise ships in Alaska, trains by the Grand Canyon and riverboats on the Mississippi.
Lodwick returns to World Cup competition the next 2 weekends
With a little less than 40 days to go before the start of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, the members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team will have a reunion, of sorts, this weekend in Italy. Those will be a couple of the few times this season when the coach will have all three of his top skiers at the same event.
Personal finance, communication and writing skills, computer literacy, foreign languages and ethics. Those were some of the common answers provided Tuesday by Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs members in response to a question posed by Steamboat Springs School Board President Robin Crossan.
Attorneys to meet for motions hearing next week
A U.S. District Court case against a former Craig woman charged with 31 counts of felony bank fraud continues in Denver with no set trial date.
Structure reportedly roofed without permits, encroaches on land
A boiler shed at the base of Steamboat Ski Area is at the root of a dispute between two landowners, the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs City Council.
City officials adopted regulations Tuesday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Steamboat Springs, setting new policies that could do more to spur local debate than stop it. The Steamboat Springs City Council adopted the city’s first medical marijuana regulations on a 6-1 vote.
Tuesday, January 5
Investigator bills city $3,900 for services through December
As officials prepare to discuss the results of a Colorado Bureau of Investigation review of the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force, a second independent inquiry into the Craig Police Department continues.
Commissioners give tentative OK to community vegetable plot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners gave its tentative blessing Monday to a new community vegetable garden being germinated by Leadership Steamboat. The garden would offer raised beds on two county-owned lots on the south side of the 600 block of Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Council debate about regulations for dispensaries to continue
The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight could give final approval to regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in city limits. Or the debate could continue in Steamboat, one of many Colorado municipalities dealing with a sudden surge in the dispensary business.
A 17-year-old Steamboat Springs student reportedly turned himself in to police and returned most of the $7,000 in money stolen from Holy Name Catholic Church in November. Then, last week, someone stole baby Jesus, Joseph and a lamb from the church’s downtown Nativity scene.
I’m pleased to be able to report that I already have accomplished one of my 2010 New Year’s resolutions. On Sunday, I installed a new shower curtain liner in my bathroom. It’s a dark shade of khaki and came with little suction cups that don’t quite adhere to the shower surround.
The Record for Jan. 3
Council, commissioners to address plans for city-run, mail-only election today
City and county officials are finalizing details about the upcoming vote on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation. Running the election is the city’s task, but an intergovernmental agreement will allow the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, which has election experience and equipment, to tally votes in the mail-only election that concludes March 9.
Tread of Pioneers Museum is seeking vintage ski fashion and models for a vintage ski fashion show at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21.
Monday, January 4
Yampa Valley Medical Center rang in the new year with a new, tobacco-free policy on its campus. As of Jan. 1, smoking and tobacco use is prohibited everywhere at YVMC and on property surrounding the hospital, Doak Walker Care Center, GrandKids Child Care Center and the Medical Office Building.
Steamboat Springs residents report several sightings of animals
A number of moose have been sighted recently in residential and public areas throughout Routt County. Jim Haskins, area wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said the number of moose in the region hasn’t necessarily increased, it's just a continuation of reports received in the past few years.
MusicFest and Ski Jam offer variety of concerts in January
Two multi-day music festivals will bring thousands of fans and almost 50 performing groups to the Steamboat mountain area this month. The MusicFest at Steamboat starts today and features close to 40 alternative country, rock and Americana acts, many of them based in Austin, Texas.
Aging Well offers Tai Chi lesson, film and wellness information at Thursday event
Getting back to the business of life after a frenzied holiday season can be stressful. It may not the best time to set New Year’s resolutions framed as more to-dos. A person might start by worrying less and having more fun — simple yet powerful steps toward feeling better and more capable of tackling other goals.
SATURDAY, JAN. 2
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide holds an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program for Gatekeeper Training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at Concordia Lutheran Church.
If you’re itching to work with plants but the ground outdoors is as frozen as the Fish Creek waterfall, consider planting a bottle garden. Tropical plants, ferns and other plants requiring high humidity are perfect for a miniature garden located inside a bottle.
Active parents excited to get daughter on skis, bike
As the first Steamboat Springs baby born in the new decade, it won’t take long for Ayla Leahni White to hit the slopes. While Ayla’s dad, Leighton White, held his daughter wrapped tight in a pink blanket Sunday, her mom, Valerie Kutansky, joked that with a chariot they bought for her, she’ll be at Steamboat Ski Area in about a month.
Sunday, January 3
Steamboat skier wins Nordic combined World Cup event
Steamboat Springs skier Johnny Spillane dominated the Sunday competition at a Nordic combined event in Oberhof, Germany, as he made the climb to the top of a World Cup podium for the first time in his 130 circuit starts.
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.
12:49 a.m. Police and Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a fight in the 700 block of Yampa Street. One person involved in the fight had minor injuries, including a cut on the left elbow and swelling around the left eye, police said. That person refused to pursue criminal charges, police said.
A tragic mobile home fire in Hayden last week and a near-tragic blaze under similar circumstances two weeks ago in Oak Creek are a testament to the need for homeowners to practice common-sense approaches to winter home maintenance.
Father Ernest Bayer got a new church for Christmas. Now all he has to do is find about $2 million more to build it. The Steamboat Springs City Council gave final approval Dec. 15 to the first and largest phase of an expansion for Holy Name Catholic Church, of which Bayer is the pastor.
Ty Camilletti pulled over along the highway in Craig, and he wouldn’t keep answering questions until he’d said his piece. “If we’re going to do this story on me,” he said, pausing an interview about his first season as the head coach of the Hayden High School wrestling team, “I need to thank some people.” And he did.
Johnny Spillane came up just short in his bid to extend a hot streak that started with a victory at the U.S. Olympic Trials last month in Steamboat Springs.
The signs had been there for more than 12 years, but it took 10 miles of the Chicago Half Marathon before Kimberly Heckbert could read them. The 24-year-old, who grew up in Steamboat Springs, always has excelled at sports. She shined as a member of Steamboat Springs High School’s girls tennis team, and she succeeded during college at Ohio Northern University, where she helped her team win two conference titles. Through it all, unknown to her, she lived with a silent killer.
Weekend snowfall puts 2009-10 season total past 1st milestone
A snowstorm that hit early Saturday gave Steamboat Ski Area a powdery push to the 100-inch mark for season snowfall. Reporting 97 inches for the season and no new snowfall at 5 a.m. Saturday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. reported an additional 5.5 inches of new snow on its Web site by 2 p.m.
Plan would provide a MacBook for all incoming freshmen
Tim Corrigan wants every incoming Soroco High School freshman to have an Apple MacBook laptop computer. And he’d like the program to start next year. The South Routt School Board president’s idea may sound radical. But after hearing Corrigan’s rationale, it seems more realistic.
The Apple iPod touch and iPhone might get hauled along for ski trips no matter what, but there are plenty of outdoor applications that can turn the otherwise useful devices into invaluable tools, whether you’re shredding the backcountry or riding the groomers.
It can be easy to grow frustrated with Steamboat Springs this time of year. I don’t want to be the guy who complains about tourists, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll complain about people who just stop.
The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Board of Directors will host its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant at 600 Lincoln Ave. The cost is $20 per person.
Five vehicles were involved in two crashes Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40.
With 15 inches of fresh powder, I dropped off the untracked small face on Triangles when both skis pre-released. (Forgot to tighten the summer settings on the old pocket rockets).
Age: 27 Occupation: Bamboo Market deli crew; shuttle driver Place of birth: Baton Rouge, La.
Delta Blue to open in former Yacht Club; Irish pub, breakfast spot also on tap
Steamboat Springs will offer new places to get breakfast, beer or a Southern-style meal in 2010. Plans for two restaurants and an Irish pub are under way across town. All are scheduled to open by mid spring.
Craig and Andrea Kennedy will welcome an adult all-mountain ski camp to Steamboat Springs next week for the fifth consecutive year through their business Access Anything. The camp will offer adaptive skiers the chance to ride anywhere.
Sarah Heineke had storytelling jitters,. The Strawberry Park Elementary School fourth-grader was the first of four members of Strawberry Park Elementary Story Sayers Sizzlers to tell a story Wednesday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. It was the first out-of-school performance for the students, who constitute the school’s storytelling group.
Real estate transactions for Dec. 28 to 31
It was open house night in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, as Realtors took the temperature of holiday visitors to see whether they could turn the merely curious into solid sales leads.
Meg Firestone, a 15-year Steamboat Springs local, has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty as a full-time broker associate. The announcement was made last week by broker/co-owners Cam Boyd and Pam Vanatta.
Phippsburg native Matthew Iacovetto graduated cum laude Dec. 11 and 12 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Iacovetto earned a Bachelor of Science in sport and exercise science.
School Lunches for Jan. 4-8
Saturday, January 2
Weekend snow puts season total past first milestone
At least 5.5 inches of snow has fallen today at the Steamboat Ski Area, nudging the 2009-10 season total to 102.5 inches. Forecasters expect possible showers Sunday and possibly Monday with another storm system expected Tuesday.
The energy industry — because of the number of people it employs, the amount it pays to workers and the tax revenue it generates — has been a large part of what kept Moffat County’s economy relatively healthy and stable during the recession, Darcy Trask said.
American roots music is hitting Steamboat Springs in a big way this weekend, as folk, country, rock and acoustic acts take over local bars. Psychedelic folk group These United States and blues rock act the Kenny Perkins band start things off today at the Ghost Ranch Saloon and The Tugboat Grill & Pub, respectively.
The $50,000 worth of jewelry reported stolen Dec. 21 from The Antlers condominium in Ski Time Square was found by the guests before they returned home.
After more than 30 years of savoring and enduring winters from her ridge-top home overlooking Seedhouse Road, Christie Kinney, 89, has reluctantly surrendered her snow shovel. Kinney is going to spend the winter in Grand Junction.
Law enforcement officials report no serious incidents, injuries during holiday night
Eleven people were booked into the Routt County Jail in the early hours of 2010. Of those arrests, seven were for driving under the influence. Steamboat Springs Police Department officer JD Paul said calls came in steadily throughout New Year’s Eve on Thursday and early Friday but that no major injuries or accidents were reported. Paul said three of the arrests for driving under the influence were people who were found passed out in their cars with the engines running.
1:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 32-year-old Florida man on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, weaving and disregarding a stop sign after a traffic stop at Fifth and Pine streets.
The last few years of Dave Ege’s life were undoubtedly difficult, but to see him maneuvering around Oak Creek in his electric wheelchair and talking to anybody who passed by, it wasn’t always clear the struggles he faced. Ege died Nov. 13 from tumors that had taken over his body.
RED Contemporary, a new gallery that opened Dec. 20 on the ground level of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, features work by local artists including Monroe and Fred Hodder, painter Susan Schiesser, varied media artist Pat Walsh and a rotating cast of guests.
Friday, January 1
Craig man attacked husband and wife in their home Aug. 30
In a Dec. 14 court appearance, James Lee, of Craig, pleaded not guilty to a series of felony charges related to an reported assault on an elderly couple.
Decade closes at Steamboat Ski Area with deep snow and happy skiers. As of Thursday afternoon, the ski area offered more open terrain than any other resort in the state.
U.S. team wraps up four-day camp at Howelsen Hill while looking forward to Feb. 20-28 races. The eight-day World Cup will take place in Steamboat and Keystone.
10:25 p.m. Police were called to a request for a welfare check in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue where a man, set to be married the next day, reportedly became intoxicated and ran away. Officers were unable to find the person who called in the request or the groom-to-be.
The Steamboat Music Tent is scheduled to go up Saturday in the north portion of the Knoll Parking Lot and will remain standing through Jan. 20 for upcoming music events, said Loryn Kasten, spokeswoman for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
You convince your spouse that an overnight, out-of-state trip for equipment parts is a vacation.
Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said he saw no use in getting into a war of words with Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall. But that didn’t stop him from throwing a verbal jab at Wall this week. Wall recently spoke out about ethical issues he sees in the Craig Police Department and All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force. “I think anyone who has already faced his own ethical challenges should worry about his own stuff,” Vanatta said.
A comprehensive listing of arts and entertainment events in Steamboat Springs this week. For the latest in Steamboat event information, visit ExploreSteamboat.com
Northwest Colorado's state legislators say finance issues will dominate upcoming session
Local legislators say state's fiscal crisis will dominate upcoming session, which starts Jan. 13. Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, says Colorado's general fund is facing a $1.2 billion shortfall in 2010-11.
Celebrate the new year by browsing 20 visual art displays at galleries and shops throughout downtown Steamboat. The Artwalk is from 5 to 8 p.m.
New policy at Yampa Valley Medical Center takes effect today
If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, you will get some extra help should you end up at the hospital. As of today, the Yampa Valley Medical Center campus in Steamboat Springs is tobacco free.