News for Sunday, January 24, 2010



Search to begin Monday morning for lost snowmobilers

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.

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Steamboat attorney wins at vintage motorcycle event

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.

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Varied interests and terrific ability defined Art Higbee

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.

Best of the Web: Affordable housing

Best of the Web: Affordable housing

John F. Russell: No failure in falling short

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.

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Kim Haggarty among Colorado Lottery’s biggest and wisest winners

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.

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Lowell Whiteman director Walt Daub to retire

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.

School district unemployment payouts more than triple

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Finding Art Higbee

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.

Dylan Roberts: Hickenlooper is the best candidate

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.

Our View: Encouraging bike trail planning progress

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.

Jail Report for Jan. 16 to 22

Jail Report for Jan. 16 to 22

Snowmobilers found after long search

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.

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Developers of Steamboat 700 could spend $72 million on phased projects

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.

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Tread of Pioneers Museum event features vintage ski fashion

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.

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Seminar spotlights value of ski marketing toward women, families

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.

Business File: Talking Green event is Tuesday at Smokehouse

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.

Looking back: Farmers urged to give data to census takers

From the Friday, Jan. 25, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot

School lunches for the week of Jan. 25

School lunches for the week of Jan. 25

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Cowboys wrangle Rams girls basketball with 3rd-quarter explosion

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.

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New-look Soroco relies on post players

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.

Class notes: Yost named Rotary Student of the Month

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.

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Pastor helps deputies, victims for Routt County Sheriff’s Office

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.

Routt County Spotlight: Veronika Khanisenko

Routt County Spotlight: Veronika Khanisenko

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Downtown rents are being renegotiated

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.

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Brooklyn home makes Steamboat historic register

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.

Real Estate transactions for Jan. 19 to 21, 2010

Routt County's real estate transactions

On the Market: FHA raises standards for insured mortgages

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.

The Record for Jan. 22

The Record for Jan. 22