Saturday, July 31
Vail team wins Mountain League title with victory
In the three rounds the Steamboat Springs and Vail rugby clubs have waged this season, maybe none meant more than Saturday’s game at Whistler Field to decide the Mountain League championship. The two pre-eminent mountain town clubs — who each had one victory against the other this season — waged another heated battle on a sun-soaked field, with Vail deciding the game early in the second half en route to a 49-36 win.
CMC had planned to buy about 1.5 acres at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue, but a clear title wasn't available by the July 30 closing date. CMC plans to locate an access road at the site.
Strings Music Festival music director Monique Mead was surprised about how many locals didn’t know where the Strings Music Pavilion was. It was then that she decided to fashion a new concert to give back to the community.
Owner says it’s bad timing, but work must be done
The popular downtown eatery Winona’s Restaurant will be closed for three to four weeks during the busy summer months as owners repair a kitchen floor. Owner Jamie McQuade said they found problems as they started retiling the floor.
There might not be a better way to renew the Steamboat-Vail rugby rivalry than settling the 2010 Mountain League title. The two teams that have become the cream of the crop of mountain town rugby meet at 3 p.m. today at Whistler Field in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat lost to Vail, 12-0, earlier in the season.
Junior golf will take center stage as Haymaker Golf Course hosts its annual Junior Championships next week, followed by its Parent-Junior Tournament the next weekend. The Haymaker Junior Championships will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the city-owned course.
Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a digital photography class with instructor Greg Pieraccini from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Hayden High School. The $40 class will cover the basics of digital photography. Participants must register by Monday. Call 276-7291.
12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of text message threats in the Steamboat Springs area. Officers determined that it was a civil matter.
Fourth downs transitioned seamlessly to first downs, requiring no change of possession no matter the yardage gained. Nearly every play started at the 40-yard line, penalties didn’t count and no one even pretended to keep score. Both coaches from Friday night’s high school football scrimmage that pitted Steamboat Springs against Hayden argued everyone came away a winner.
Local medical marijuana dispensary owners were scrambling this week to keep their doors open. Sunday is the deadline for the centers — as defined by new state laws — to apply for a state license. The next opportunity will be summer 2011.
The faculty of Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory will present a chamber music concert featuring compositions by Debussy, Menotti and others. Donations are accepted at the door. Call Anne Sorensen at 402-720-3441.
Results for Steamboat Youth Lacrosse
Recommendations for Vail’s winter parking rates and policies will be reviewed by the Vail Town Council at its Tuesday regular evening meeting. The parking discussion is listed fourth on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. Public comments are encouraged.
On Wednesday, Kenyan voters go to the polls for draft of a new constitution for the country. As an outsider, it is intellectually fascinating to witness the events leading up to this historic decision. But as one who cares deeply about many specific individuals in Kenya, it is incredibly difficult to watch.
Jail time still possible for Steamboat woman who hit pedestrian
Routt County resident Nancy Graves agreed to plead no contest to two charges Thursday relating to the Feb. 5 incident where she reportedly hit William “Rick” Hagberg with her car as he tried to cross U.S. Highway 40.
4th annual event is biggest bike attraction of the summer at resort
The fourth annual Crankworx Colorado kicks off this week at Winter Park Resort’s Trestle Bike Park. The biggest bike event of the summer at the resort, and one of the most-televised bike events in Colorado, Crankworx offers interactive events for guests and athletes.
Anytime Fitness club to be open 24 hours
A couple has signed a lease to bring a new fitness center to Central Park Plaza — in the empty building next to Christy Sports, the former home of Celebrations. The two hope to open it within 60 days.
What a strange year 2010 has turned out to be. All the trappings of a flourishing mountain resort town are in place in Steamboat Springs during the last summer of the first decade of the 21st century.
Members to discuss applying for $700,000 in Great Outdoors Colorado funds at Tuesday meeting
The Steamboat Springs City Council will consider Tuesday whether to commit $250,000 in matching funds to a grant application to Great Outdoors Colorado seeking $700,000 to help install a summer jumping surface on the K38 ski jump at Howelsen Hill. The budget estimate for the project is $1.5 million.
Fort Collins-based Euforquestra might rotate a few Talking Heads songs into its original, horn-infused rock, band member Mike Tallman. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Friday, July 30
Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team loses to Rangely, 15-7, after win against Eagle Valley on Friday.
Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, known for his soulful, contemporary style, plays at 8 p.m. today at the Strings Music Pavilion. The show is sold out, but lawn tickets are available for $45.
Steamboat youth lacrosse results for July 30
Steamboat Springs Team Lightning results for July 23 to 25
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team lost its opening game of the American Legion state tournament Thursday in Craig, falling to Strasburg, 5-2.
After months without football, Steamboat Springs High School and Hayden High School will meet at 6 p.m. today at Gardner Field for a scrimmage, culminating two-week camps for both programs.
The U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships are set to begin today in Park City, Utah, the third year the championships have been held in the summer.
Team to play in Mile High Classic on Saturday
The Pirates Special Olympics softball team, which is made up of players from Routt and Moffat counties, will travel to Lakewood on Saturday to square off against four other teams in three adult divisions.
Event returns at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday
A strong field of other cowboys and cowgirls will ensure the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series keeps on rolling as the circuit resumes for two more weekend performances, at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.
Even with 12 current medical marijuana retail facilities and prospects for three more, the town of Carbondale still is not of the mind to put a cap on the number of such facilities it will allow.
Event has mix of contemporary, Southwestern pieces
One-hundred fifty of the nation’s leading artists will converge upon Beaver Creek Village with an eclectic mix of unique and contemporary and Southwestern art, transforming the village into an outdoor art gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.
Efforts to take place next week on BLM land
Work to reduce the risk of wildfire on Bureau of Land Management property near private lands will begin next week north of Carbondale.
“Most people just don’t get it,” said my friend Ron, bemoaning the urban politicians that continue to whittle away at funding for county fairs and the Agricultural Extension Service. “It’s all about the kids learning real life.”
Members to hear recommendations from Parks and Recreation
The Steamboat Springs City Council again will take up off-leash areas and leash laws at its Tuesday meeting. The council previously directed the Parks and Recreation Commission to work with the Responsible Dog Ownership Group of Steamboat, police and Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services to come up with options regarding off-leash areas.
College campaign sets up locations across Steamboat
Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus has enrolled 137 people in credit and noncredit courses since setting up remote registration locations throughout Steamboat Springs this week, CEO Peter Perhac said Thursday.
Bryan Koppe in custody on suspicion of intent to distribute
The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in Craig on suspicion of intent to distribute. Bryan Keith Koppe was arrested at about 3 p.m. while doing business at a bank. His arrest, ACET reported in a news release, was the product of a joint investigation between the task force and the United States Postal Service.
A public event next week in Craig will include activities that emphasize community partnerships for a “safer America,” according to a news release from the Craig Police Department. The 2010 National Night Out, a national community policing program that promotes crime prevention and community safety programs, is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
In less than a year, residents could find their mailboxes empty on Saturdays. Due to declining mail volume and revenue, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed eliminating a day of delivering mail, most likely Saturday, the lowest mail volume day of the week, said Al DeSarro, the Postal Service’s Western Slope spokesman. The Postal Service estimates it could save $3 to $5 billion a year by cutting Saturday delivery, DeSarro said.
After announcing he would step away from his business to retire, Gordon Grandbouche has sold the land and equipment of the Craig Grain Company. According to the Moffat County Assessor’s office, Grandbouche sold the two lots and equipment he owned for 43 years at 786 Industrial Ave. Darcy Land LLC, the real estate holding company of The Goodrich Mud Company, purchased both lots on July 21 for $700,000, according to the assessor’s office.
2 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary alarm in the 1800 block of Loggers Lane. The alarm was false, and the building was secure.
LIFT-UP of Routt County hosts a farewell party from 4 to 6 p.m. today for outgoing food bank and case manager Pam Graham.
About 40 anglers will cast their flies into top-notch Yampa Valley waters this weekend, but they have their sights set higher than a few big fish. The Cast 4 A Cure fundraiser is looking to raise money, and eventually to find a cure, for a debilitating childhood disorder.
Organizers scaled back the event to 3 days this summer
The Hayden farmers market returns this evening in a simpler, scaled-back form. The farmers market, in its second year, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on South Walnut Street from U.S. Highway 40 to East Washington Avenue.
New regulation will not include fines until September
The nuisance alarm law recently enacted by the Steamboat Springs City Council will have a one-month grace period in August to allow alarm owners to adjust, fire officials said Thursday.
Reports this summer of new development projects being hatched have been as scarce as a slalom race in July. But the developers of Wildhorse Meadows said this week that they intend to enter the city of Steamboat Springs planning process in the fall to seek a permit for a new housing project envisioned to meet resort homebuyers’ desires in a post-recessionary economy.
This weekend’s Decadent Desserts fundraiser will combine some of Nicolette Powell’s favorite things — chocolate, desserts, socializing, supporting Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and a little bit of friendly competition at 6 p.m. Saturday at Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows.
Billy Franklin, a musician from New Orleans, and former bandmate Holden Young, of Boulder, will cross paths again to entertain a crowd at Ghost Ranch Saloon tonight with a blend of world beat jam rock and New Orleans funk and reggae.
The reggae outfit Easy Star All-Stars will take the stage tonight in the third installment of the Free Summer Concert Series at Howelsen Hill. The show starts at 6 p.m. with DJ Also Starring.
Thursday, July 29
Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening. Flood potential is highest near steep terrain and in narrow valleys and canyons.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton told a Steamboat Springs audience Thursday morning that Washington is out of control, with over-regulation costing the state jobs and preventing the development of natural resources.
A 6 p.m. meeting in Hayden provides opportunity for community to weigh in on the somewhat controversial mechanism for conserving agricultural lands by transferring development rights to parcels of land closer to urban areas.
When Peabody Energy’s new Sage Creek Coal Mine becomes operational as soon as late summer 2011, motorists on Routt County Road 27 will find themselves rolling through a really big traffic roundabout in the middle of west Routt.
Downhill Drive will be closed from Aug. 7 to 12 from West Acres Drive to Acre Lane while Duckels Construction completes roadway realignment work for Gossard Parkway.
Zephyr Erickson wins the 16- to 18-year-old division at 15th annual golf championship
The 15th annual Cowboy and Cowgirl Shootout lived up to its name Wednesday with the championship coming down to a modern day duel between two golfers from Steamboat Springs. Zephyr Erickson’s consistent play carried him to the title in the 16- to 18-year-old division.
Students perform play at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday
Like many college students searching for meaning and fulfillment, Miriam Pensack is trying to find her place in the world. Today, Friday and Saturday, she’ll play a character in a musical that tells the story of what Pensack and many of her young co-stars are experiencing parallel to their art.
On a hot Wednesday morning at the Lowell Whiteman School, the murmur of a violin solo fluttered across the campus. It represented some of the last notes to be played during the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory music camp.
Revenue from sales to help pay to maintain cycling trails
A year’s worth of work for the Routt County Riders cycling group came to fruition earlier this week when a long-planned map of local trails went on sale at area bike shops. The map costs $5.95 and is available at outdoors outfitters throughout Steamboat Springs.
Crews near completion of summer-long work
The potholes in Routt County Roads are being filled with $276,000 worth of repairs during work that likely will wrap up this week. Routt County Road and Bridge Department supervisor Paul Draper said crews have been working throughout the county on pothole repair, gravel work and chip-and-seal.
Adult Men's A League Softball standings for July 28
Town Challenge Beetlekill Cross-Country race results
Steamboat Springs Team Lightning qualified 2 relays, 9 individuals for the state championships this weekend in Grand Junction.
Within 10 days of receiving an endorsement from former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Bob McConnell said, he received interview requests from Time Magazine and the RedState conservative news blog, financial contributions from across the country and a huge increase in page views to his website.
Wednesday, July 28
Racers flocked to Wednesday's Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series event, filling the Yampa River Core Trail on their way and clogging the starting area before the race. Brad Bingham was all alone when he rushed around the final corner, however, cruising to his second victory this season in the series.
Three-time Olympic silver medalist Johnny Spillane hurt his knee while cliff-jumping into a lake while attending teammate Billy Demong's wedding earlier this month. Spillane had surgery Tuesday and said doctors have told him he should be ready for the 2011 season, including the 2011 World Championships in Oslo-Holmenkollen, Norway.
While the number of children living in poverty increased 50 percent statewide from 2000 to 2008, the percentage decreased 13 percent in Routt County, according to a report released Thursday.
Heavily scrutinized project OK’d by Routt County Board of Commissioners
The Routt County Board of Commissioners used every bit of 4 1/2 hours Tuesday night to reach unanimous consensus in favor of the Yampa Valley Sand and Gravel pit project. The mine six miles south of Steamboat Springs could produce more than 300 tons of crushed rock annually for two decades.
Walsh, who served from ’83 to ’90, died from cancer in Hawaii
Tim Walsh, who served as Routt County sheriff from 1983 to 1990, died July 5 in Hawaii at age 62.
Final day to drop off GOP primary election ballots is Aug. 10
About 400 Republican primary ballots have been turned in to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The final day of the primary is Aug. 10, but Clerk’s Office officials say primary voters should have their ballots in the mail at least a week before then.
Andy Wirth’s hire as chief executive officer of Squaw Valley USA is a resounding testament to his talents as a ski resort executive, as well as a tremendous loss to the entire Steamboat Springs community. His dedication to the economic success of the Yampa Valley throughout the past two decades should not be underestimated, nor should the legacy he will leave through many of the efforts he undertook.
Coed B and D league softball standings
GOP campaign for Senate heats up as primary day nears
With less than two weeks left to campaign in the U.S. Senate primary in Colorado, Republican candidates Jane Norton and Ken Buck show no signs of slowing down. Norton will attend a breakfast at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs on Thursday to speak about issues facing residents.
The Steamboat Rugby Club was rarely challenged Saturday, running away with its fourth consecutive Ski Town Rugby Tournament in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
The Steamboat FC men’s soccer team won the 39th annual Vail Invitational Soccer Tournament during the weekend, downing Fort Collins-based International in penalty kicks to claim the title.
The Steamboat Springs Little League majors team bowed out of the state tournament Sunday after falling to North Boulder, 12-9.
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team never thought it would get an opportunity to play for a state championship. But because several teams from the Eastern Plains decided not to attend this week’s state tournament in Craig, the Steamboat squad was extended an invite.
The Steamboat Springs junior team found itself in a pitchers duel Sunday in the state championship tournament. Unfortunately, Steamboat couldn’t push any runs across and lost, 1-0, to Westminster.
The fifth Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series race of the season also might represent the last opportunity in the near future for riders to enjoy the Quarry Mountain trail. Registration for today’s race begins at 4:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill Lodge.
A free workshop about energy efficiency is Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center where the roof soon could hold a set of solar panels. The Governor’s Energy Office is hosting the event as part of the office’s statewide tour to promote its high-performance building program, which is intended to help state-funded projects reduce energy consumption and build with sustainable practices.
2 men were injured in the Friday night altercation
A fight Friday night in Hahn’s Peak ended with one man in the hospital and another in jail. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the fight at Hahn’s Peak near Steamboat Lake on Friday night.
Art Council explores expanding educational programs
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council raised almost $4,000 in donations at Art in the Park, its largest fundraiser of the year. The festival, which took place July 9 and 10, collected $3,797 and will be used to improve and expand educational programs, Arts Council program coordinator Rachel Radetsky said.
TCD, the construction company that branched off from TIC 17 years ago and expanded across the Western Slope, is significantly paring down its size and scope amid a construction industry experiencing a devastating lack of work in Routt County. “We’re downsizing, for sure,” TCD President Rick Brodie said Tuesday.
We’re all busy. But our blood is busier. Did you know that our blood travels 12,000 miles a day? 12,000 miles! All without MapQuest or GPS. Imagine how far it goes when it boils.
Some Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District customers will have their water service turned off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday while the district completes connections to a new water main at Ski Trail Lane and Val D’Isere Circle.
When the bright moon is not in the sky, the dark summer night reveals one of its most spectacular treasures — the soft, misty glow of the Via Lactea, or the Milky Way.
A Jefferson County jury has awarded a Lakewood man $555,000 in damages after a crash near Steamboat Springs in September 2008 reportedly left him with permanent neck pain.
12:06 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer was flagged down by a person about items falling from a car near Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Officers found the car and arrested a 48-year-old Broomfield man on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Tuesday, July 27
Mayor says the town hopes to have position filled by Nov. 1. Current Town Manager Russ Martin's last day on the job is Friday.
Mainstreet, city officials discuss return; public hearing likely Sept. 7
Efforts to bring back Steamboat’s iconic noon whistle are progressing and could be aired publicly Sept. 7. Tracy Barnett, of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, said the promotion group has raised more than $5,000 for the whistle and is considering two locations.
The Governor’s Energy Office is doing a workshop in Steamboat Springs to promote high-performance, energy-efficient green building. Representatives of the office will be at the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Thursday.
Men’s B League softball standings
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responders check a Toyota pickup after a woman rolled the truck on Routt County Road 44 on Monday afternoon.
Coed A Division beach volleyball standings
Commissioners accept wildfire protection plan draft Monday
The Routt County Board of Commissioners accepted a draft of the Routt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan on Monday in the form of a heavy three-ring binder.
Sunday, July 25
Former mayor sued after reported stun during arrest
The Oak Creek Town Board will meet with insurance lawyers in executive session today to discuss the ongoing lawsuit with former mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman. Rodeman was arrested in July 2008 on suspicion of driving under the influence. Rodeman sued the town and two of its former officers.
Meeting spurred by Sweet Pea compliance issue
County commissioners and environmental health officials are meeting today to discuss the civil penalty process for violations of state regulations for food service establishments. It’s a discussion spurred by an ongoing compliance issue at a downtown Steamboat Springs restaurant.
Routt County Department of Human Services projects more than $1 million in food assistance funding this year
Shock is the word that ties together all of Paige Roberts’ conversations with families seeking help putting food on their table. Roberts, an eligibility technician for Routt County Department of Human Services, said the department, which serves hundreds of local families every month, is projecting to allocate more than $1 million in food assistance this year alone.
Jay Whaley grew up with one foot on the ranch and one foot in the little unincorporated town of Phippsburg. And on Monday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners honored him for 12 years of service as the county’s 4-H agent.
Monday, July 26
This summer may not have been what Karleen Kennedy was expecting, but she’s happy family and friends are around to support her when she needs it most. On June 16, Karleen’s 13-year-old daughter, Katie, was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma thyroid cancer, which Karleen said is more common in people ages 30 to 50, rather than someone in their early teens.
It’s a bright summer morning at Colorado Mountain College, and the campus weight room is bustling with activity. There, students in a basic weight training class — their ages ranging from 20 to 60 and older — go about their routines, pushing themselves toward stronger bodies and minds.
This is the beginning of the stretch run and the Colorado Rockies have done everything the team can to not look like a playoff team. They’re still in it, but teetering close to the edge of Rocktoberless baseball.
The Steamboat Tennis Association’s annual tournament wrapped up Sunday with scores of players scurrying through dozens of matches and hundreds of games. To Vicki Sharp, it all looked like sweet success.
Saturday, July 24
Many varieties of butterflies are found in Colorado. The mourning cloak, black swallowtail and monarch are just a few of the familiar ones floating through Yampa Valley skies. Butterflies can make a beautiful addition to any garden by complementing flowers and foliage with their bright colors and movement.
Routt County group to reveal proposal for facility to coordinate local efforts
Routt County United Way wants to make it easier for residents to volunteer their time. The United Way will unveil its plans for a volunteer coordination center at tonight’s celebration recognizing donors from this year’s annual giving campaign.
Like Aladdin invoking the magic phrase that sends the portal to a cave full of treasure sliding open, such is the effect a patient declaring chest pain has on conscientious medical personnel.
The performances at Strings Music Festival this week offer a kaleidoscope of regions and influences, from dance and drumming traditions of West Africa to European classical masterworks and uniquely American sounds of jazz.
Steamboat Springs Little League is raising money to improve the quality of the fields and get better equipment for players.
Issues with tubes arise; volunteers gathering for river cleanup today
It wouldn’t be summer in Steamboat Springs without a little tubing controversy. But the latest issues don’t involve floaters on the Yampa River — rather, they involve the source and location of that flotation.
Routt County commissioners could decide on gravel pit proposal Tuesday
The Routt County Board of Commissioners could make a decision Tuesday night on the fate of a proposed gravel pit in the scenic ranchland south of Steamboat Springs. Alpine Aggregates’ proposal for the Yampa Valley Sand and Gravel pit has renewed a longstanding controversy centered on the conflicting motives of people intent on protecting a bucolic landscape and the ongoing need for gravel to help build roads and building foundations.
Routt County Riders not taking side on Humble Ranch issue
Routt County Riders is not taking a position on the city’s ongoing litigation with Humble Ranch regarding public trail access on land south of Emerald Mountain.
Sunday, July 25
The Steamboat Springs Junior baseball team, made up of 13- and 14-year-old players dropped its opening game of the state tournament Saturday, losing 9-3 to Grand Junction.
The Steamboat Springs Little League Majors team lost in the opening round of the state tournament on Saturday, falling, 12-0, to Academy.
Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team beat Summit, 5-3, and Middle Park, 13-10 and the district tournament Saturday
The Record for July 23
Jail Report for July 17 to 23
I have represented businesses for more than 25 years, and I can tell you that in my experience when the government sets out to regulate a new area or revamp existing regulation, the appropriate question is not, “Will they mess it up?” but, “How will they mess it up?”
This week, President Barack Obama signed a landmark law that affects the lives of every Coloradan: Wall Street reform. For some reason, the media only has given passing attention to this historic legislation. It seems that with other more sensational events competing for space, we did not get the full force of what this action will mean for us.
As we say farewell to Andy Wirth, we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize and celebrate everything that Andy has done for Steamboat Springs.
Hey you kids, who the heck taught you how to do the right thing? You found a Horizons Specialized Services client’s cell phone in the park and actually called the home phone number and left a message where it could be located.
Under clear blue skies and temperatures that hovered in the mid-80s, hundreds of tubers — visitors and locals alike — floated down the city stretch of the Yampa River on Saturday. And by the looks of it, most of them had a truly good time.
Chief Brita Horn, of Rock Creek, Fire Department returned in June from a six-day comprehensive class of Leadership and Administration at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md., with a $500 donation and a plaque.
The first and last things to know about the Continental Divide Trail is that it’s huge. Massive. Simply epic. In one 18-mile variation, it contains everything a Rocky Mountain mountain biker could hope for — steep climbs and sharp descents, boulder-strewn singletrack and rock-hopping creek crossings.
The fly ball has been my white whale — the object of many a childhood memory, most of which still bring about a grimace. The worst was when I was about 11 years old. I was playing for our town’s kid pitch baseball team, holding down right field.
Event raises $122,274 for research for cancer
More than 100 cancer survivors were honored and celebrated at the fifth annual Relay For Life on Friday night at the Steamboat Springs High School track. The event, during which 380 participants walked around the track for 14 hours, raised $122,274 for the American Cancer Society for cancer research.
Lake Village subdivision was mired in liens, bankruptcies for 3 years
Nearly three years after construction liens brought progress at Hayden’s Lake Village subdivision to an abrupt halt, 72 building lots on the town’s south side are back on the market for a combined $2 million.
Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for July 25
Routt County real estate transactions for the week of July 16 to 22, 2010
When Colorado Group Realty hosts its annual Parade of Homes timed with the Wine Festival at Steamboat on Aug. 7, regular guys and gals in Steamboat will have a rare chance to tour an 11,823-square-foot contemporary rural home.
The overall message from the mess that has become of the Creekside Trail at Steamboat Ski Area is that everyone is frustrated and eager, both at the same time.
Results from Saturday's Spring Creek Memorial run in Steamboat Springs.
Boys and girls teams dominate regional titles
One year constitutes a good start. Back-to-back good years can be the prelude to dominance. But what the Steamboat Springs High School girls and boys tennis teams have accomplished during the past decade or so are the things dynasties are made of.
2010 STA Summer Championships results from Saturday's matches.
If you watch college football or basketball, you probably are pretty familiar with Verne’s voice. If you’ve ever watched the Masters, the PGA Championships or any other high-profile round of golf, you’ve probably heard his one-of-a-kind belly laugh.
$10,000 USDA grant helps analyze viability of lodging in Hayden
Stefanus Nijsten doesn’t see Hayden as a bedroom community for Steamboat Springs and Craig. Instead, he sees potential. That potential, Nijsten said, includes growth, new business, more jobs and increased revenue for the town. And the catalyst, Nijsten said, is the development of a hotel in Hayden.
Tightening planned again as 2011 budget season approaches
City and county governments are tightening their belts so much they might have to punch some new holes in the straps. Routt County and Steamboat Springs officials are, again, planning for additional cuts as they get to work on 2011 budgets amid a persistently down economy.
Office sales now online only
Drivers may be surprised when they cruise down Lincoln Avenue and see the office and art supplies that lined the windows of Pilot Office Outfitters for decades replaced by contemporary art and antique European furniture. The store recently eliminated the retail floor and leased the space at 1025 Lincoln Ave.
First National Bank of the Rockies has announced new positions for Greg Dixson, of Steamboat Springs, and Todd Young. Dixson, who works in the bank’s Steamboat office, has been appointed executive vice president and chief credit administrator. He’ll manage credit practices for all FNBR locations.
Steamboat Springs nonprofit group to offer new programs and therapy sessions for growing client base
Lu Etta Loeber, executive director of the Yampa Valley Autism Program, has expanded services during the past year as its client base continues to grow. On Thursday, Loeber cut the ribbon to the organization’s new home in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Brad Cooke smoothed out the top of a beetle-killed pine bench Thursday afternoon with an electric sander in the wood shop at Soroco High School. The high school social studies teacher is about 80 hours into building 10 benches, a project he estimated would take 120 hours.
Age: 66 Occupation: Guest services manager for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Place of birth: Burbank, Calif.
Hayden Public Library enthusiastically announces Angel Valdez as its sixth Reader of the Week.
Chelsea Bonfiglio, of Oak Creek, and Phillip Astein and Leslie Perkings, of Steamboat Springs, graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango in May.
Hayden Town Talk for July 25
Saturday, July 24
Wildland firefighters spent Saturday battling new wildfires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties as warm, dry weather continues to fuel the blazes. No fires have been reported in Routt County, said Lynn Barclay, public information officer for the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office and the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.
Saturday's Spring Creek Memorial featured a wildly rugged 9-mile course and the straightforward 5K option. The two races attracted more participants than ever before, with 170 registered participants.
Summer Tennis Championships serves as the biggest fundraiser for the boys and girls high school teams and the junior programs in Steamboat Springs. Despite the lagging economy, this year’s Summer Tennis Championships is the biggest on record, with 148 people competing.
Steamboat loses, 10-2, in 2nd round
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team was relegated to the losers bracket Friday after falling to Rangely, 10-2, in the second round of the district tournament. Second-seeded Rangely took advantage of eight errors from third-seeded Steamboat to run away with the game.
Steamboat Ski Area traditionally has not released skier numbers
A trade association for Colorado’s ski industry has decided it will no longer disclose how much business its members log each season. Colorado Ski Country USA has traditionally provided the number of skier and snowboard rider visits that each of its members recorded throughout the course of the ski season.
The Yampa River was fat and sassy in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday, carrying 25 percent more water than is typical for July 23. Peter Van De Carr is organizing the first of two annual river cleanup days.
Steamboat Youth Lacrosse 2010 Summer League week 4 standings for grades 4, 5 and 10 through 12.
2010 Adult Coed Soccer Scores for Week 9.
Sitting Friday morning on his back deck overlooking Steamboat Ski Area, Verne Lundquist joked about how little he knew about being asked to attended Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council meeting. Lundquist initially thought his presence at the meeting was requested to celebrate longevity — he turned 70 on July 17 — but soon realized he was being recognized for something far more meaningful.
Events in Routt County this week
Town Manager’s last day is Friday
About 50 Hayden residents, friends and family attended the cake and punch reception for Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin and his family Friday evening at Hayden Town Hall. Martin has accepted the town manager position with Camp Verde, Ariz. His last day is Friday.
Cheryl Kutscher and eight of her violin students from her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, will perform traditional Christmas music in the heart of summer at 9:30 a.m. Sunday for the first Christmas in July celebration at Steamboat Springs Evangelical Free Church.
Oak Creek Town Board asks contractor to repair community center
The cracked, broken surface of the South Routt Community Center will cost between $20,000 and $24,000 to fix, according to early estimates. But the Oak Creek Town Board is exploring the possibility of the original contractor fixing the work before the board spends the money to repair the surface.
Therapists and survivors discuss suicide prevention
Attendees of a community forum addressing recent suicides in Routt County learned as much from each other Thursday night as they did from a panel that consisted of medical professionals, suicide survivors, grief counselors and a chaplain.
South Routt historian Paul Bonnifield told an audience of about 20 people here Friday that in the 1860s, three different treaties anticipated that the Utes would be assimilated into white society as a culture that raised livestock for a living.
The Record for July 22
The Steamboat Lake swim beach reopened Friday morning after closing for two days because of higher than acceptable levels of E. coli
Friday, July 23
The Steamboat Lake swim beach reopened this morning after closing for two days because of higher than acceptable levels of E. coli.
Brett Mason fills District 7 vacancy created by Rodney Wilson
During their discussion considering Ryan Adrian or Brett Mason to fill the vacant District 7 seat, South Routt School Board members said they couldn’t go wrong. The School Board voted, 6-1, on Thursday night to appoint Mason.
Medical marijuana business will take over building on Arthur Street
Two medical marijuana growers from Summit County won the blessing from the Oak Creek Town Board to open a growing operation and commercial kitchen but were denied a dispensary.
The 59-year-old cowboy unsaddled his tired horses and unpacked the one set of clothes he brought on his cross-country journey. Phil Dawson, of Idaho, is more than a month into his 7,500-mile trip that is expected to last a year-and-a-half. He came Wednesday to Craig, stopping at the Moffat County Fairgrounds to rest and regroup before continuing his trip. Dawson is making his third pack trip across the U.S. to raise money for America Fundraisers Inc., a non-profit organization that assists families with medical expenses for children who need organ transplants.
Frank Moe leading candidates in spending
As the primary election draws near, the campaign activity of Moffat County candidates for public office is increasing. One indicator of candidate activity — fundraising and expenditures — was released by the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday. Candidates’ financial reports indicate how much money they have raised and spent on their campaigns. Reports reflect candidates’ spending and contributions up to July 15.
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team opened up the District Tournament on Thursday in much the same way it played the season.
Coed C League softball standings
Rhythm Devils, the six-piece band that features Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hartand and rotating members on guitar, bass and other instruments, will play the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series at 6 p.m. today at the Howelsen Hill Amphitheater. Local artist Billy Franklin will open the show.
Steamboat Youth Lacrosse
This weekend, two teams from Steamboat Springs hope their offensive production will lead to state titles and a chance to advance in the Little League regional playoffs. Steamboat will be represented in the major league and junior divisions.
Spring Creek Memorial race cuts through thick, private forest
There may not be a dirt trail more popular for local runners than Spring Creek, but any athletes expecting a leisurely, familiar jog during Saturday’s annual Spring Creek Memorial are in for a surprise.
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board member Brent Romick used to enjoy seeing cowboys quickly thrown from the bulls into the dirt at the rodeo arena. Today, he prefers to see the world champions and riders who come to Steamboat Springs hang on for a little while.
After loss at Cow Pie, club hopes for win in Wyoming
The season is far from a wash for the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club, and now there is an opportunity for redemption. Steamboat leaves today for the Ski Town Rugby Tournament in Jackson Hole, Wyo. There the green and orange will compete against seven of the top ski town rugby clubs in the region.
Local three-piece “groove-infused funk dance rock” band String Board Theory returns to Steamboat Springs armed with an intricate light show and fresh jams. The band plays a free show at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.
1:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 3000 block of Village Drive where two men were playing loud music. Officers issued one of them a ticket for minor in possession of alcohol.
Permaculture is shorthand for permanent agriculture, meaning agriculture/social constructs that can be sustained indefinitely. The idea behind permaculture is to design human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic patterns found in nature. These designs continue to evolve throughout time and have the potential to become extremely complex. The focus is not so much on the individual elements of the design, but how they relate to one another in the system. By maximizing the relationships between element designs, permaculture can not only create systems that are useful to people but actually can recover the health of a damaged ecosystem and restore it to a production level beyond its original output.
The Hayden Town Council is hosting a cake and punch reception tonight for Town Manager Russ Martin. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave. Martin, who joined Hayden in March 2004, accepted the town manager position with Camp Verde, Ariz. His last day is July 30.
Purchase involved numerous entities, unfulfilled plans
After a land purchase boosted by $950,000 in public funding and despite revenues from 16 lots created through a public land preservation process, Ed Trousil cited a lack of money as a potential reason for not building a cabin that would increase public access to trails on his property on the south side of Emerald Mountain.
Summer weekend visitors wait for last-minute deals
July travel at mountain resorts is up about 10 percent from last year, and Steamboat Springs’ forecast is following close behind. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association expects to see 7,600 visitors check into local lodging Saturday night.
Local contractor Holmquist Lorenz awarded airport work
Steamboat Springs-based building contractor Holmquist Lorenz Construction Co. could begin work on the terminal expansion at Yampa Valley Regional Airport as soon as Aug. 2.
With every swipe of the paint roller on the beige brick wall, Kimberly Saari’s new art gallery felt more like home. On Thursday, Kimberly Saari and her husband, Ben, spent the day painting, cleaning, retouching and hanging art on the walls of the gallery’s new location at 1025 Lincoln Ave.
Former Federal Reserve chairman talks about challenges facing US
It was a packed house Thursday at the Strings Music Pavilion, where many people arrived hoping to hear economist Paul Volcker’s answers to some tough questions about the state of the economy in the United States. Volcker, the featured speaker at the second event of the summer Seminars at Steamboat, drew 750 people, many of them sitting or standing outside the building.
Thursday, July 22
Lightning-caused blazes include 1 near Rabbit Ears
The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported 10 new fires Thursday, adding to four that already were burning in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. One of the new fires is near Rabbit Ears Pass in Grand County.
The lake closed Wednesday after E. coli levels exceeded 235 organisms per 100 milliliters. Steamboat Lake State Park Ranger Matthew Schuler said in an e-mail that the laboratory likely didn’t receive the second test Thursday. Park officials hoped to open the swim beach as soon as this afternoon.
Man suspected of shooting wife June 11
Robert Cash was silent throughout his arraignment in Routt County Court on charges of attempted murder in the first degree and crime of violence Thursday afternoon. Cash is charged with attempted first-degree murder and crime of violence, both felonies.
Members to consider District 7 candidates today
Ryan Adrian, a deputy with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, and Brett Mason, manager of parking and security at Steamboat Ski Area, have expressed interest in becoming members of the South Routt School Board.
School Board to consider ballot language for proposed tax increase at August meeting
The Hayden School Board, by a 4-0 vote, approved a motion Wednesday night to ask residents to consider approving a mill levy override to increase property taxes.
Cancer fundraiser has raised $78,000 of $200,000 goal
The 37 teams registered for Relay For Life have raised about $78,000, which is less than half the fundraising goal of $200,000, event Co-Chairwoman Susan McIntosh said. The event raised $169,000 in 2009 and $209,000 in 2008.
Town Board to consider applications at meeting tonight
The Oak Creek Town Board will hear three requests for land-use changes at a meeting tonight, all for medical marijuana establishments.
Republican candidates define themselves in TV18 interview
The two Republican candidates vying for a chance to stand against Democrat Gary Wall to lead the Routt County Sheriff’s Office explained their goals in a casual discussion with Steamboat TV18 on Wednesday.
College hosts walking tour of proposed road, planned facility
About 30 people participated in a walking tour of Colorado Mountain College's proposed road location and 48,000-square-foot geoexchange facility planned for the Alpine Campus. The group included residents, CMC staff, and project architects and engineers.
After a flurry of activity Monday and Tuesday, no new wildfires were reported Wednesday, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Twelve fires started Tuesday in western Moffat County and parts of Rio Blanco County, fire officials reported. Fire activity decreased Tuesday night due to cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. Eight of the 12 wildfires were contained by Wednesday, according to a news release.
LIFT-UP of Routt County will collect nonperishable food items at the entrance to Friday’s free concert at Howelsen Hill.
12:11 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers talked to a woman who was intoxicated near Seventh and Oak streets. Officers gave her a ride home.
The Steamboat Tennis Association is preparing to field its largest Summer Tennis Championship field. Organizers expect more than 148 players to compete in Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s tournament at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
About 11 years after Ed and Cheri Trousil closed on their purchase of Humble Ranch, in May 1999, the public trail along Agate Creek south of Steamboat Springs is a scenic, little-used reminder of how a conservation effort that began with all sides stating the best intentions descended into legal battles, property disputes and appeals through four years, two courts and teams of lawyers.
Wednesday, July 21
Man accused of attempted murder; more charges expected
The Steamboat man accused of shooting his wife and then himself was formally booked into Routt County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder Wednesday. He had been hospitalized since June.
Annual event could expand to Olympic proportions
Joy Rasmussen will mastermind a series of classes leading up the annual Yampa Valley event, starting Saturday with a swimming workshop at the Wildhorse Meadows Trailhead Lodge athletic club.
Spots still available in second, shorter race
The Livestrong Ride 4 Yellow announced Wednesday that its longest ride, the 26-mile Ride the Divide tour along the Continental Divide that Armstrong will participate in, has reached its 200-rider capacity. Plenty of space still remains for the second ride of the Aug. 8 event.
Key dates for the Aug. 10 primary election and Nov. 2 general election
A park ranger said he thought the elevated levels of bacteria resulted from high winds blowing particles into the swim beach area. Matthew Schuler said Steamboat Lake State Park employees had retested the lake and hoped to reopen the beach as soon as Thursday.
Show debuts at 8 p.m. today at Perry-Mansfield
The showcase runs today, Friday and Saturday at the performing arts school and camp in Steamboat. The performances will feature a variety of styles and emotions, presented by the camp's Pre-Professional Intensive Program students.
A number of trails will be opened for just one week. Included are the lower Quarry Mountain trail to where it intersects Quarry Mountain connector, then that trail over to the Forest Loop and Hudson trails.
Race now part of Montrail Ultra Cup series
September's Run Rabbit Run 50-mile race has hit its 150-racer cap. Organizers attributed the rapid growth in popularity to the fact that the race has been added to the Montrail Ultra Cup race series as it enters its fourth year.
Owner awaits damage estimate from insurance companies
The cause of the fire Saturday night at the Rabbit Ears Motel still is undetermined. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Jay Muhme said the investigation into the fire’s cause hasn’t begun.
Lightning in Northwest Colorado is believed to be the cause behind numerous wildfires that crews worked Monday and Tuesday to contain, according to the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit. Unit spokeswoman Lynn Barclay said lightning started 11 fires in recent days.
Yvette Puhl involved in two-vehicle crash Monday night
A Craig woman sustained life-threatening injuries Monday night in a two-vehicle crash two miles south of Craig, the Colorado State Patrol reported in a news release. Yvette Puhl was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig and later taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. On Tuesday, St. Mary’s reported that Puhl was listed in fair condition.
Area saw decrease to 9.4 percent from 10.5 percent in May
The unemployment rate in Routt County dropped to 9.4 percent in June, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. That’s down from 10.5 percent in May — the highest unemployment percentage in the county since 1992.
Tony Zabel to earn stipend next school year as secondary principal duties increase
The Hayden School District will save $109,000 next school year after restructuring its administration. Superintendent Mike Luppes said the district will have 2 1/2 administrators for the 2010-11 school year instead of the four it had last school year.
Year-round shower, restroom facilities top concerns listed in master plan
The Routt County Board of Commissioners approved, 3-0, a list of the top 12 priorities for the Fairgrounds Master Plan Update, which include facility improvements to expand the use of the fairgrounds year-round and improve functioning during the annual Routt County Fair.
12:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an intoxicated person in the 1100 block of Oak Street. A 42-year-old man and his roommate were involved in an altercation that wasn’t physical and decided to work it out.
Coed B and D league softball standings for July 20, 2010
Adult A Division beach volleyball standings
Team Lightning swim results from Montrose Summer Open
Swimming squad places 6th at meet with more than 20 teams
Despite having just seven swimmers at a weekend event, the Steamboat Springs Team Lightning Swim Team continued to see the payoff from a summer of swimming.
Elam Construction will be paving on Tamarack Drive today and Thursday, according to the city of Steamboat Springs.
I recently moved here from Massachusetts, and I feel that as a senior citizen, the state of Colorado is discriminating against me.
Bring back the old Routt County Fair traditions without the worry of liability.
Steamboat Springs telemark ski racer Jeffrey Gay reached one of his biggest goals this week, and he still has at least four months before he’s back on snow. Gay was one of 12 Steamboat skiers who recently learned they had been named to the U.S. Telemark Ski Association’s national team for the 2010-11 season.
A wonderful event happened to us Sunday. We left a Day-Timer on top of our car, and when it fell, a sharp-eyed, young-at-heart couple retrieved it and followed us so they could return it.
Well, the push is on for us to officially be named “Bike Town USA.” Not a bad idea at all, except for the words we keep hearing attached to the word “bicyclist.” Rude, disrespectful, dangerous, arrogant road and trail hogs. Is this how we really want to be known?
Council applicants should consider boards, commissions
The Steamboat Springs City Council has gotten a resounding response from residents eager to replace Councilman Jim Engelken. We like to see that desire for community involvement and service. But only one of the 10 people who have applied will be appointed to the council seat, and we’d like to encourage the others to refocus their enthusiasm toward one of the city or county’s boards or commissions.
Group performs tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon
Electric mbira in hand, Berry will perform at 9 p.m. today at the Ghost Ranch Saloon alongside percussionist Aaron Johnston, of the band Brazilian Girls, and guitarist Zivanai Masongo, a Grammy-nominated electronic artist. The Chris Berry Trio combines the ancient influences of African traditions with contemporary electronic music.
Tuesday, July 20
Members support open space at Rita Valentine Park; approve Spring Creek work
City officials on Tuesday voted, 4-2, to halt work on a new disc golf course at Rita Valentine Park and made a strong statement against any development of the site in the foreseeable future.
Lodwick, Swanson went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this month
Todd Lodwick, an Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion, recently returned from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he visited troops with Steamboat astronaut Steve Swanson and United States Olympic Committee Athlete Ombudsman John Ruger.
Fire engines, a hand crew, helicopter fight the 200-acre blaze
A wildfire south of Elk Springs in Moffat County that was ignited by lightning Monday afternoon continues to burn today. Fire engines, a hand crew and a helicopter are combating the blaze.
Men’s B League softball standings
Proposed improvements would remove tennis court, add underpass downtown
Proposed improvements to Spring Creek’s floodplain would remove a tennis court and add a pedestrian underpass this fall at Fish Creek Falls Road near Third Street and Old Town Hot Springs. Tonight’s City Council meeting also includes possible action related to the new disc golf course at Rita Valentine Park, the selection of finalists for the vacant City Council seat and a mid-year report on city finances. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall.
Co-owner meets with architect, officials to discuss permitting
Owners of Sweet Pea Market and Cafe will face additional building permit fees when installing a second bathroom to meet state regulations after expanding this spring.
The second full moon of the summer is called the Green Corn Moon and happens this year Sunday. As we get closer to this date, the brightening moon has the effect of dimming starlight, rendering all but the brightest stellar objects invisible.
Local golfer wins inaugural Harvest Stroke Play event
Local golfer Butch Boucher held a two-stroke lead headed into the final day of the Harvest Stroke Play tournament at Haymaker Golf Course during the weekend, but with 18 holes left, he knew nothing was guaranteed.
The Record for July 18
Two Steamboat Springs residents injured in a Friday evening car wreck were released Saturday from Kremmling Memorial Hospital and are recovering from significant injuries.
Therapists, survivors to lead forum after recent incidents
Two recent suicides in Routt County and a third with a local connection, within 10 days of one another, are prompting a local suicide prevention group to hold a community meeting Thursday.
Drop-off locations open July 27 for Aug. 10 party elections
Ballots for the Aug. 10 partisan primaries were mailed Monday to registered voters as campaign season heats up in Routt County and across Colorado.
Monday, July 19
Boys soccer team edged out in finale Sunday
The Steamboat Springs entry into the U-18 division of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, which wrapped up Sunday afternoon in Steamboat Springs, didn’t accept second place lightly. The team lost, 1-0, to Utah-based Red Hot FC. It didn’t take much longer before the team was back to laughing, however, putting its run in perspective.
The Record for July 17
The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 in Steamboat Springs and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service.
The first thing you might not know about YVMC is that we are a nonprofit hospital. We consider it our responsibility to serve the community. In addition to medical services, YVMC offers many other benefits to the community that are either free or at a very affordable cost.
With five weeks left in the season, there still are plenty of opportunities to enjoy fabulous music at the Strings Music Pavilion. Jazz pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer will close Wednesday's program with his signature bebop sound.
It’s been talked about to no end. Baseball in mountain communities such as Steamboat Springs, Vail and Summit County presents unique challenges. The winters are long, the summers are short, and there are a vast number of other things to do.
Steamboat Springs Rodeo Series results for July 16 and 17
As the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities act approaches, it’s a good time to think about challenges facing people with disabilities or, taking awareness one step further, to imagine having a disability.
One day while on weed patrol, one of the Yampa River Botanic Park staffers asked, “What is with all these worts: soapwort, lungwort, mugwort, dropwort, sneezewort. What does wort mean?”
Former Federal Reserve chairman will participate in moderated discussion Thursday
Paul Volcker’s visit to Steamboat Springs might have as much to do with the fish waiting to be caught in Routt County rivers as it does with the fate of the U.S. economy. In addition to being former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and an economic adviser to President Barack Obama, Volcker is an avid fly fisherman. He’ll speak Thursday at the second event of the summer Seminars at Steamboat series.
Sunday, July 18
Republicans Nick Bosick, Garrett Wiggins discuss education, cooperation
Nick Bosick and Garrett Wiggins said that no matter what happens in the Republican primary for Routt County sheriff, the important thing to them is to unseat the incumbent.
Greg Koehler says officials still investigating Rabbit Ears incident
A fire that started in Room 106 at the Rabbit Ears Motel on Saturday evening probably was electrical, motel owner Greg Koehler said Sunday. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue officials were at the motel investigating Sunday, he said.
Blues musician is also a top storyteller
The blues musician promises a night of stories and laughter at his show Monday night at First String Music. The performance is the first concert at the store's new Loggers Lane location.
Police officer suffered from smoke inhalation
The fire was in Room 106 at the downtown motel. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded, and one police officer suffered from smoke inhalation. A witness said the room was empty at the time of the fire.
Eight Routt County sixth- through eighth-graders planted lodgepole pine seedlings Tuesday during a makeup day for the Service Learning Institute, a new program through Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.
Deep in the barren prairie of South Dakota, Steamboat Springs-based musician Trevor G. Potter stopped at a run-down gas station in the middle of a place called Potter County while on a road trip.
Occupation: Association manager at Steamboat Association Management
Routt County real estate transactions for the week of July 9 to 15, 2010
Building Department reports fewer permits
Data compiled by the Routt County Regional Building Department for the first half of 2010 underscores the magnitude of the quiet construction season in Steamboat Springs and Routt County. A drop in the number and valuation of building permits in the county.
Alan Capistron emerges as standout player in Colorado
The 30 or so steps from the dugout to the pitcher’s mound can change a man. Bulldogs can become lap dogs; humble men can become supercilious. And as soft-spoken as Alan Capistron is, there’s a change in him in those 30 or so steps.
Lynda Brees loved the game of golf. In the summer you could find her playing at the Steamboat Golf Club and other local courses anytime she got the chance.
Karl Bunker, owner of Steamboat Lake Marina, said adding a wakeboard and ski boat to the rental fleet has long been a part of the plan but was something he and his wife recently decided made sense.
The Record for July 16
Baltimore transplants adjusting to altitude and attitude
Hahn’s Peak Inn owner Jeff Dolan only needed one word to sum up the biggest adjustment to life in North Routt County. “Oxygen,” Dolan said earlier this month, sitting in the office of the inn he’s opened with Betty Happel and general manager Mike Gillotti.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is hosting a celebration of Frontier Airlines’ return next winter to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. The celebration is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Steamboat Grand. The event includes refreshments, light appetizers and prizes including Frontier Airlines Fly Bucks.
I love to water ski. I really, really, really love it, to the point that when I get near a lake, my heart flutters a little bit, whether I’m about to get on a boat loaded with a slalom ski or not.
Man gets jail for buying for teens
After a series of underage drinking events, the Routt County District Attorney’s Office and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office have a plea agreement with jail time for Ryan Atkinson.
Slicing into the trunk of a pine with a hatchet, Cal Wettstein shaves off a piece of bark. He’s looking for one of the beetles that has killed most of the lodgepole pines in this grove off Red Sandstone Road north of Vail.
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.
A Ronald Reagan quote jumps out at me the week following my first attendance at a tea party event. I admit I entered as a skeptic, uncertain if I was ready to be labeled in any direction, and unsure whether I could find relevance and meaning in a fringe political party. I was surprised. The people I met at the 1773 Club meeting were busy. Many of those present own multiple companies and have far less time than I to be stepping out of the box. I did not meet anybody whom I would classify as a “radical.” No guns were shot, no discrimination present and no animals harmed during the course of the evening. What the group did lack, though, was youth. I accounted for about one-third of the individuals younger than 30. For a group aiming to change the direction of a nation, the problem of youth recruitment is no small problem.
I would like to send out a sincere thank you to the residents of Steamboat Springs for the care, kindness and support they have given to my daughter, Angie, in the past few months. I would like to share with this community that has been so supportive of her some things they may not know about her.
Jonah Goldberg’s op-ed on July 10 was about experts that “don’t even know they’re not experts.” One issue he brought up was that China has banned plastic bags. So has California and a couple of other states. He laughs off the amount of oil that saves. He mentions the reusable bags many people use now are breeding grounds for E. coli, etc. You have to clean the bags. “That’s a hassle,” he says.
For being such a peaceful parcel of open space, Rita Valentine Park sure knows how to cause an uproar. The 40-acre chunk of land off Anglers Drive — and an adjoining 35-acre parcel also used by residents — is treasured by nearby homeowners for its trails and wildlife habitat. It’s also an obvious target for community groups looking for space for their activities of choice.
Saturday, July 17
Three people, including two Steamboat residents, were hurt Friday evening in a car wreck on U.S. Highway 40 in Grand County. Brittany Schwantes of Wisconsin and Thomas and Mary Simmins of Steamboat were taken to the hospital in Kremmling.
Event might have raised more than $40,000 for Sunshine Kids
Nearly 500 people participated in the three rides at this morning's Tour de Steamboat. Cyclist Kyle Stepp, a 16-year-old cancer survivor, led the group as 'spokeskid' for Sunshine Kids, the fundraiser's beneficiary.
Dixson, Rogers, Kalmes all land in top spots
The athletes laid down strong finishes at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. Linnea Dixson finished third Friday, Peter Kalmes won the C1 men’s 25-29 race today and Kai Rogers, 16, won his age group’s downhill race today.
Many of the athletes have played together nearly all their lives
The Steamboat Springs U-18 boys soccer team is finishing a career together at this weekend's Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.
Town's annual Hayden Daze event brings out crowds
Hayden residents got together today for the annual Hayden Daze Parade, barbecue and celebration.
Steamboat Springs police are seeking help in identifying the person who broke into the downtown shop and stole the bike early Tuesday.
Results from Friday's Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament
The construction done by the town board this spring on the Fish Creek water line has increased the flow from Fish Creek 62 percent. When this line was first put in the flow averaged 1.65 cubic feet per second. A few years afterwards it decreased to 1.35 cubic feet per second. After the new work was completed, the flow increased to 2.35 cubic feet per second.
The Hayden Public Library proudly announces its fifth Reader of the Week, Tyler Hockaday. Tyler, 11, will be going into the sixth grade at Hayden Middle School in the fall. His parents are Stephanie Rickman and Shawn Hockaday. Tyler is the oldest of six brothers and sisters: Emily, 7 months, Matthew, 2, Joseph, 4, Dustin, 6, and Austin, 8.
The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley announced its spring Class of 2010 graduates last week.
Happy birthday wishes to Barb Montieth, Morgan Bell, Jon Sundberg and Cody Hawn.
Everybody reported having a lot of fun at the Pioneer Picnic in Oak Creek. Thanks to everyone who made it such a success!
Rising Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Jack Lupori finished in the top 10 at two junior golf events, including notching his best nine-hole score.
Beetle-kill efforts leave forest service road closed, others to follow
The rusty brown pine trees killed by the outbreak of the mountain pine beetle are more than a sore sight to outdoor enthusiasts. They also pose a significant safety concern for those who frequent roads and trails in the Routt and Medicine Bow national forests, U.S. Forest Service timber manager Andy Cadenhead said.
12:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an open garage door in the 800 block of Critter Court. Officers closed the door and secured the building.
The cost is $36, and the class will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Mondays at Hayden Public Library. The class starts Monday.
With their quick fiddles, foot-stomping bluegrass and Americana tunes, Bearfoot was the 2001 winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest. The band will play at 8 p.m. today at Strings Music Pavilion.
Beekeeper speaks about lives, organization of insects at museum
In the 1 1/2 years since Bill Fetcher took over the hobby of beekeeping from his late father, John, he’s made some resounding discoveries about honeybees. Fetcher spoke Friday at the Tread of Pioneers Museum as part of the 2010 Brown Bag Lunch Lectures series.
Troop to take trip to celebrate 100 years of scouting
Scoutmaster Brian Berry couldn’t stop listing the activities that await the seven Boy Scouts from Steamboat Springs that he will take to the 2010 National Scout Jamboree this month.
Friday, July 16
Downtown store's last day is today
Leslie Faulkner said she tried everything she could to try to save her lingerie business, but she’s shutting the doors to her downtown Steamboat Springs store one last time today.
Rising Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Jack Lupori finished in the top 10 at two junior golf events, including notching his best nine-hole score ever.
The Steamboat Tennis Association Summer Tennis Championship caters to players of all abilities and runs Friday and July 24 and 25 at the Tennis Center at Steamboat. The tournament caters to players of all abilities and runs Friday and July 24 and 25 at the Tennis Center at Steamboat.
Brittany Reilly brings Appalachian bluegrass from the hills of North Carolina to the stage at the Old Town Pub for a free show. Be prepared for foot-stomping country tunes and mandolin solos.
The Community Agriculture Alliance in partnership with the Yampa-White-Green River Basins Round Table and the Colorado Water Conservation Board are hosting a series of forums to help residents of Northwest Colorado better understand water issues that affect our future.
The Record for July 14
Paving will start Monday on Burgess Creek Road and is expected to last a week, according to the city of Steamboat Springs. Motorists should expect delays for as long as 10 minutes.
Safety group discourages people from walking across railroad tracks
With the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament and its 110 teams coming into town for games that began Friday, railroad safety advocates plan to set up camp to teach people about the dangers of crossing over the railroad tracks leading to nearby fields.
Coed C League softball standings
It’s campaign season again, and two Republicans are stepping up their efforts to win the primary for Routt County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s hard to tell by talking to him or by watching him walk across a room, but Brad Cusenbary hasn’t been better in years. The effects of his fight with a brain tumor are evident. In his frequent smiles and constant jokes, in the warm words for his family and friends and theirs for him, so is his victory. Cusenbary helped start the Tour de Steamboat, which benefits the Sunshine Kids foundation and starts Saturday.
Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs performed at the free Music on the Green concert along with Meridian Quartet on Thursday. The group spent the past two weeks making instruments from recyclable materials.
Local youth swimming team wins boys, girls titles at ABC meet
The Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swim team continued its torrid stretch, swimming away with boys and girls championships at the July 10 to 12 Craig ABC Swim Meet.
Steamboat Youth Lacrosse standings
Sarah Dixson, Jeffrey Gay lead way for local riders
The first day of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships yielded strong results for Steamboat Springs riders.
Russ Martin: Job could be posted by early next week
The Hayden Town Council asked Town Manager Russ Martin if he would prepare a job listing that could be posted on the Colorado Municipal League website.
Storm downs trees, causes power outages, burns down barn
A severe thunderstorm rolled through Steamboat Springs on Wednesday, toppling dozens of trees west of town and producing lightning that was blamed for two power outages and a barn fire on Routt County Road 46.
Bobby Walker’s gritty voice sings a vintage tale of American roots music, musty like the air of a New Orleans jazz club, with a bit of Colorado country twang. Walker will play at 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Tugboat Grill & Pub. Tickets are $5 at the door.
The story of “The King Stag,” told through emphatic physical acting and masked characters, will come to life on the Julie Harris Theatre stage this weekend, opening the Perry-Mansfield Pre-Professional Intensive program student performances.
Aspen Skiing Co. will try to lure more skiers next winter by renewing and expanding some of the discount packages it offered for the first time last season, Skico President and CEO Mike Kaplan said Wednesday. Aspen Skiing Co. will renew the Kids Stay, Ski Free package with lodges in Aspen-Snowmass. It offered the deal in March last season. It will be offered in April, as well, in 2011, Kaplan said.
The candidate pool for the vacant Steamboat Springs City Council seat topped out at 10 Thursday, as a deputy district attorney and two members of the real estate community jumped in before the application deadline.
Thursday, July 15
Tour de Steamboat event this weekend is full
About 26 spots remained as of Thursday for the Ride the Divide event Aug. 8, which will feature seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Organizers for this weekend's Tour de Steamboat said the rides are full, but tickets still are available for Friday's dinner and auction.
About 20 cottonwoods, some as tall as 90 feet, toppled over at the Steamboat Golf Club during Wednesday's ferocious storm. The course will remain closed until the trees can be removed.
A storm Wednesday evening had Steamboat Today readers glued to the viewfinders on their cameras. Here are some of their best shots.
Hayden Daze, which Hayden Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Hockett said has evolved to combine past events Colorado Days and Summerfest, begins Friday evening on Third Street between Washington Avenue and Jackson Road in front of Hayden Town Park.
Martin, who became Hayden’s third full-time town manager in March 2004, is concluding his tenure at the end of the month to begin a job in Camp Verde, Ariz. Mayor Lorraine Johnson said the town likely would go without a town manager for the immediate future.
Coed B and D league softball standings for July 13, 2010
As Wednesday’s Sunshine Loop cross-country bike race proved, there’s certainly more than one way and one strategy to win a race. Brad Bingham and Tammy Jacques-Grewal exhibited that Wednesday as they won their respective Town Challenge races.
SolVista mountain bike championship races begin today in Granby
It’s all about the atmosphere, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cycling coach Ben Clark said Wednesday, taking in the enormousness of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, set to kick off today at SolVista in Granby.
110 teams expected for weekend event
Organizers are expecting 110 teams to arrive in Steamboat Springs this week looking for titles in the 26th annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.
Event at Ski Time Square will feature music, barbecue to celebrate new course
Cory Prager was one of the local mountain biking enthusiasts who helped make the new pump track in Ski Time Square a reality, but when talking about Steamboat Springs’ new cycling landmark, he couldn’t stop thanking other people.
DOW, Hermacinski concerned about Rita Valentine course
Questions about the new disc golf course at Rita Valentine Park are starting to fly as fast as discs thrown across the open space site. At this point, some answers are as uncertain as the resting place of discs lost in the tall grass.
Steamboat Springs Police Department officers went to the 3200 block of Après Ski Way at about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a violation of a restraining order. Brian Richard Bifulco, the man they were looking for, reportedly got into a taxi as officers were on their way and was taken to Dream Island Plaza. Officers met him there, but the 42-year-old Bifulco reportedly got on a bicycle and tried to flee.
12:09 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 42-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of violation of a protection order. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers went to the 3200 block of Après Ski Way at about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a violation of a restraining order. Brian Richard Bifulco, the man they were looking for, reportedly got into a taxi as officers were on their way and was taken to Dream Island Plaza. Officers met him there, but the 42-year-old Bifulco reportedly got on a bicycle and tried to flee. Sgt. Gerard Geis said Bifulco rode his bicycle into the Yampa River behind West Lincoln Park, near the 13th Street Bridge. Officers then coaxed Bifulco to get out of the river and took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center to be checked and treated for minor injuries before they arrested him on suspicion of violation of a protection order.
John Sant’Ambrogio destroyed the Boston Symphony just once. He also destroyed the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra three times. Now retired to Steamboat Springs, the longtime cellist is busier than ever, spending his time reliving disastrous yet humorous moments from his 46-year musical career and forging new ones in performances across the country.
Wednesday, July 14
Results for the 2010 Sunshine Loop XC Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series event
Yampa Street restaurant is at site of former Steamboat Yacht Club
The Sweetwater Grill, 811 Yampa St., opened Monday. The restaurant hasn’t escaped its history. Coolers marked with the names of Steamboat Yacht Club cooks still reside in the kitchen, and wooden beams from the former restaurant are still in place.
College will use land to build secondary access road for new facility
Colorado Mountain College reached an agreement, approved this morning, to buy property at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue owned by Steamboat Springs residents Harry and Mary Dike. The purchase was necessary to build an access road for a new building the campus is planning.
Both Nordic combined skiers plan to attend college on the Front Range, Alex Glueck to become a college professor and Alex Miller to study political science.
Summit Extreme 13-and-younger team finishes 3rd at state
Steamboat Springs High School's Alan Capistron threw a complete game in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, helping the team pick up the split against Middle Park.
Singer-songwriter's career has come full circle
Once a well-known voice on popular radio for her 1997 No. 1 hit, “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Paula Cole’s passion for singing and songwriting took a back burner to being a mother from 1999 to 2007. But Cole will be back with two performances this weekend in Steamboat Springs.
The city of Steamboat Springs released final numbers for the month today. Collections were down 7.4 percent for the month from May 2009; preliminary reports showed a 7.6 percent decrease.
The Craig City Council addressed the proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax ordinance and ballot question developed over the last few months at its regular meeting Tuesday. The council heard two sides of the issue — one from the lodging tax committee that developed the ballot question and ordinance, and the other from several residents of the Craig lodging industry who opposed the tax percentage.
Mathers: potential ballot measure hinges on future state regulations
The Moffat County Commission is considering leaving the fate of medical marijuana dispensaries up to county voters in the November election. At its regular meeting Tuesday, the commission discussed the matter with county attorney Jeremy Snow. The commission extended its moratorium on dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county for six months on June 10.
The 14 percent decrease reflects more than $18,000 less in revenue than the town had forecast for this point in the year. Hayden had forecast a 10 percent sales tax decrease in the 2010 budget from 2009.
Adult A Division beach volleyball standings
Rally for the Cure golf tournament
YouTube-trained roller opens restaurant in Steamboat
Christian Talli didn’t read a manual or take a class to learn how to roll sushi. He didn’t peer over a seasoned sushi roller’s shoulder and learn hands on. Talli, who recently opened Spostas Sushi restaurant behind Old West Steak House at 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, learned most of his current sushi tricks on YouTube.
Festival presents international piano competition gold medalist
In 2009, Haochen Zhang was named co-gold medalist in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Now 20, Zhang will play the Strings Music Pavilion for the second year in a row tonight. The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $40 for adults and $5 for children.
Community meetings continue tonight in Steamboat
Asset and program manager Mary Alice Page-Allen said the Housing Authority’s countywide public meetings are intended to gather feedback from numerous questions about local housing needs, priorities and goals.
Monday, July 12
The Steamboat Springs City Council candidate pool has grown to seven, as one has withdrawn and two have applied for the vacant seat in Centennial Hall. Real estate investor John Palmer withdrew his application in a Monday letter to city officials. John Fielding and Tim Rowse applied for the vacant, at-large seat.
The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is awarding renewable college scholarships to past Board of Realtors scholarship recipients.
Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin is moving on with his career, and it’s safe to say he’s leaving Hayden with forward momentum of its own.
Tryouts are Sunday for 8- to 19-year-olds to become Fair Royalty
Routt County girls ages 8 to 19 still have a shot at becoming royalty. Friday is the deadline for local girls and teens to apply for one of four spots as 2010 Routt County Fair Royalty.
Pit bulls reportedly killed Labrador retriever Saturday
Two pit bulls were euthanized Monday after they reportedly attacked and killed a black Labrador retriever as its owner walked it in downtown Oak Creek on Saturday morning.
Tony Frank discusses affordability, accessibility
Colorado State University is making a big play to attract students by dramatically decreasing tuition, a program that President Tony Frank said speaks to the university’s mission as a land-grant school.
I have wrap rage. And I am boiling mad. Get out of my way, and let me wrap my hands around the scrawny neck of the packaging engineer who invented impossible-to-open plastic packages.
Routt County Riders is auctioning off nine of the historic Christie II chairs until Monday and will use the proceeds to support a new initiative that aims to provide more biking opportunities in Steamboat.
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team lost a pair of games during the weekend, falling, 16-14 and 18-8, to league-leading Eagle Valley. The losses drop Steamboat to 6-4 in the Western Slope League.
Exploring the Sacred is a panel of religious leaders in Steamboat Springs that leads discussions about current topics, and McCarthy said that with immigration topping the news channels, it was time for the group to consider the topic.
Early Tuesday morning, in the confines of the lap lanes at Old Town Hot Springs, the Steamboat Springs Team Lightning swim team took part in an everyday-type of practice. But later Tuesday morning, 25 of the team’s swimmers took advantage of a rare opportunity.
Tuesday, July 13
Steamboat Rally for the Cure tournament draws more than 200
Organizers said interest in the annual Rally for the Cure tournament has remained strong this year, with 208 golfers, about 360 donors and 86 hole sponsors supporting Tuesday's event. The bulk of the money raised will go to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.
Andy Wirth to take top executive position at Squaw Valley resort in California
Andy Wirth soon will be talking less about champagne powder and more about legendary steeps. Wirth, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is leaving Steamboat to become chief executive officer at Squaw Valley USA. Former Ski Corp. marketing executive Rob Perlman will return to Steamboat and take Wirth’s position.
Biking race today starts at Christie III lift at ski area
The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series’ fourth event of the year also happens to be the longest. Although the climb may not be as steep a grade or difficult as ones before, today’s Sunshine Loop should provide riders with a bit of everything.
Congressman says he supports Vermillion drilling
U.S. Rep. John Salazar expressed his support Monday for natural gas exploration on the Vermillion Basin and asked Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner to help with recommendations he can take straight to the top.
Still time to sign up for CNCC money management course in Hayden
There’s still time to register for a locally offered Colorado Northwestern Community College class about financial management for teens. The class runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, starting today, through Aug. 3 at the Hayden Public Library.
Men’s B League softball standings
The Steamboat Springs major league all-star team consisting of players ages 11 and 12 and the Steamboat junior all-star team will advance to the state tournament July 23. The times and locations of the games are still being worked out.
Local cyclist takes 2nd Mountain States Cup victory
Linnea Dixson collected her second straight Mountain States Cup victory Sunday during the Blast the Mass mountain bike race in Snowmass, but the local cyclist isn’t letting the streak go to her head.
Congressman sees beetle-killed tree removal efforts firsthand
U.S. Rep. John Salazar had several questions Monday as he pointed toward recent logging operations that removed beetle-killed trees from the Burgess Creek area. Salazar joined members of the state Forest Service on a tour of the recent logging operations.
Of the 425 alarm calls Steamboat Springs police and fire responders were called to in 2009, at least 400 — about 94 percent — were false alarms. Officials now are readying the public for a nuisance alarm law that could take effect as soon as Aug. 1, with fines for multiple false burglary and fire alarms at businesses and homes.
Tonight’s informational meeting to gauge community interest
Larry Haines wants Steamboat Springs residents to think beyond the mountain paradise they live in. Thousands of miles beyond. Haines thinks Steamboat is a perfect place to start another Amnesty chapter dedicated to fighting for human rights overseas.
Curtis Church confirmed Monday that he has moved from the area and resigned his seat on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission. Church took a job as director of customer service and retention for a telecommunications firm in Toledo, Ohio.
The Record for July 11
Board takes position against Proposition 101, Amendments 60, 61
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Board of Directors last week formally opposed three anti-tax measures on the ballot this fall. Colorado voters in November will decide whether to approve Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61.
There aren’t many constellations that resemble the objects or creatures for which they are named. Scorpius, the Scorpion, is a delightful example of one that does. The celestial scorpion scampers across our southern sky on summer evenings, so this month is prime time for scorpion hunting.
Monday, July 12
A 340-acre fire burning 20 miles northeast of Rangely was reported to be 70 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon.
A Craig woman’s four-day criminal trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today in Moffat County District Court.
Generations of Routt County families gather for annual event
The price of admission was just a covered dish, but what Routt County residents took away from Sunday’s Pioneer Picnic was far more valuable. South Routt historian Mike Yurich said families who homesteaded areas of Routt County as early as the 1880s started the annual picnic about 1900.
Blue skies, warm temperatures, trails, lakes and rivers are reasons to get outside, but summer play does not come without risks. Poor preparation and judgment can have serious health consequences, particularly for older adults.
The Record for July 10
he Hayden Activity Center is open 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 4 to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Activities include pool, foosball, pingpong, video games and basketball.
So you don’t have a lot of space but still want to get your hands in the dirt and grow some flowers or vegetables? No problem. Try container gardening. On your deck, in the courtyard, on the patio, or on the balcony of your home or condo.
Years ago, I asked our then 4-year-old son whether his little sister’s loud crying the previous night had wakened him. “Not me, Mom,” he replied. “I was wide asleep.” What a perfect description for the sleep disorders that afflict as many as one-third of our population.
Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda items for Monday and Tuesday
This week at Strings features eight diverse events, sure to offer something to please everyone. On Saturday, there will be a performance by Bearfoot, a young bluegrass band from Alaska.
Results for Friday and Saturday's Steamboat Springs Rodeo Series
The city’s planning commission could see three vacancies in coming weeks amid a down economy, shrinking job market and an open City Council seat that’s drawn far more interest than those that were up for grabs in the general election last fall.
Sunday, July 11
Lobeck rode 2,745 miles along the Continental Divide
The wind was ever-present, a constant force blowing north with such regularity that someone might as well have been driving in front of Steamboat Springs mountain biker Erik Lobeck with a fan.“I think I only rode 30 miles not into a headwind,” he said Thursday. That’s saying something, considering the Tour Divide runs 2,745 miles along North America’s backbone, the Continental Divide.
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.
Routt County real estate transactions for the week of July 2 to 8, 2010
Steamboat’s homes and gardens will be on display at their summer peak
The drenching thunderstorms that rumbled through the Yampa Valley last week were a blessing to Linda Cantway. She and her husband, Don, keep livestock watering troughs beneath their downspouts to collect moisture to sustain the hundreds of trees and shrubs on their property in Country Green south of Steamboat.
Steamboat Springs’ real estate community funded $15,000 in scholarships for graduating high school seniors in Routt County in 2010, and the annual golf tournament that generates the money tees off again Aug. 11.
Realtors now can provide detailed information about energy efficiency
Angela Ashby, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, reported last week that a committee of members of the Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service has just paved the way for home sellers and Realtors to list the green attributes of their property in a consistent and credible way.
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports' three-day Bikin’ the ’Boat Adaptive Cycling Camp let people with disabilities and their families ride a hand cycle, a three-wheeled vehicle powered by the arms, on Mount Werner. Andy and Craig Kennedy, who worked with STARS to host the camp, hope the event will grow.
Some nearby residents upset about use of open space for new course
A local disc golf group is promoting a new course at Rita Valentine Park where some nearby residents have long fought to preserve open space and prevent large-scale changes to the natural setting.
The 17th annual Hospice dinner and golf tournament was held June 14 and 15 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Catamount Ranch & Club golf course. Once again, the turnout was amazing.
It’s past due for Congress and all Americans to have reform, which would create a more stable economy, which would improve the lives of all Americans.
When record snows blanketed Washington, D.C., in February, climate change deniers gleefully used this as evidence to debunk global warming. Now, as the same region endures a record-breaking heat wave, these skeptics are conspicuously silent.
Wealth is the product of the energy, ingenuity, creativity and persistence of the human spirit. In the end, wealth is not something that, by and large, can be stored to be spread around.
As Bear River Skatepark was being developed and built, it seemed like a great amenity that would serve the needs of the skateboarding community. But since the park’s completion in May and opening in June, serious access questions have arisen.
Rob Brouillette, owner of the local Country Fence business, is converting his business to join the Guier Fence brand. Guier Fence is based in the Kansas City area and has three locations along with a startup franchise system.
10-year-old Jordyn Hetrick has raised more than $1,000 for annual event
Jordyn Hetrick guessed that she walked about 100 laps during last year’s Steamboat Springs Relay For Life. The 10-year-old is participating again this year in the event, which is July 23 and 24 at the Steamboat Springs High School track.
Come summer time, my beat at the newspaper generally shifts from high school sports to Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series and Steamboat Springs Running Series races.
Don’t forget about the Routt County Pioneer Picnic, planned for noon today at Soroco High School. Bring a covered dish to share and table service. Meat and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg or the Yampa-Egeria Historical Society.
The United States bureau of public roads will open bids next Wednesday, July 17, for the oil surfacing of the Rabbit Ears Pass highway, a project 20.705 miles in length, located in Grand, Jackson and Routt counties. This road was completed and gravel surfaced last year. It is an important link in Highway 40.
Improvements include 5 bedrooms, kitchen and living area
Ten beds line the upstairs of the Stagecoach Fire Station after adding five bedrooms, a kitchen and a living area to the facilities. The new addition on the fire station makes it possible for large fire crews to stay at the station.
Cafe requires 2nd restroom to meet state regulation
The popular Sweet Pea Market and Cafe appears to be doing brisk business with its fresh foods, new menu items and an expanded deck this summer — but customers might want to use the bathroom before stopping by. The downtown Steamboat Springs business has more customer seating than state regulations allow for a food establishment with only one bathroom.
Occupation: Steamboat Springs Arts Council intern
Happy Birthday wishes to Jarah Woodley, Kelly Copeland, Gunnar Hughes, Jenny Kelton, Melving Richardson, Stephanie Rickman, Jim Bonds, Grace Velasquez, Becky Copeland, Bill Yoast, Evan Yoast, Adam Delay, Barb Montieth, Morgan Bell, John Sundberg and Cody Hawn
1:44 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1700 block of Central Park Drive. It was unfounded.
The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is awarding renewable college scholarships to past Board of Realtors scholarship recipients. Visit the board’s website at www.ssbr.org for application guidelines, or call Jody at 970-879-4663, ext. 11. The deadline to apply is Friday.
It is the Hayden Public Library’s honor to proudly announce the fourth Reader of the Week, Caroline Zirkle. Caroline is 10 years old and will be entering fifth grade in the fall at Hayden Valley Elementary School. Her parents are Doug and Lisa Zirkle. Caroline is the youngest of three siblings, Chris, 17, Laura, 19, and Rachel, 21. She also has a cat, Gerard.
The Summit Extreme 13-and-younger baseball team finished the round-robin portion of the USSSA State Championship tournament in Westminster and Arvada this weekend exactly where it had hoped. Entering today’s elimination phase, the squad will be one of the top two seeds.
The other night I sat through one of those youth soccer games at Heritage Park, and I couldn’t help but scratch my head as the game unfolded. They don’t count the goals, the coach keeps yelling something about passing the ball, and people along the sidelines cheer for both teams no matter which team is winning.
Saturday, July 10
Running Series: Howelsen Hill 8-miler results
Squad knocked out in semifinals at tournament
Steamboat Rugby Club lost in the semifinals of Saturday’s Cow Pie Classic rugby tournament, falling 17-12 to the Wyoming Cowboys. Steamboat certainly had its highlights, and for much of the game it appeared to be in line for the win.
Out-of-towners dominate this morning's Howelsen Hill 8-miler
A large crowd flew up and around the courses of two Steamboat Springs Running Series races early Saturday at Howelsen Hill. The 8-mile race day was dominated by out-of-town runners, particularly one family with roots on the Front Range and in Iowa.
A Steamboat Springs Arts Council official said Saturday's Art in the Park had the largest turnout she's seen, and Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association officials estimated that about 3,500 people came to the launch field for the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo on Saturday morning.
LIFT-UP makes decision based on increasing need for services
The LIFT-UP of Routt County food bank in Hayden has extended its hours to help meet the increasing need for its services. The food bank now is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
Plenty of options for those looking for an easy ride
John Kole said it’s the same every time. Any time anyone gets on one of the electric rental bikes he added to the inventory of his One Stop Ski Shop in downtown Steamboat Springs, they let out a little noise. It’s easy to see why the bikes, available to rent, can provoke a reaction.
The résumés of the coaches and instructors lined up for the inaugural Steamboat Lacrosse Camp are impressive. The idea behind the camp, scheduled for Aug. 9 to 12, is similar to the one behind the Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament.
Summit Extreme 13-and-under baseball team, composed of Steamboat Springs and Summit County players, won, 15-0, on Friday against Alameda during the USSSA Colorado State Championship.
Past recipients include President Jimmy Carter, UN ambassador
Steamboat Springs resident Paul Hebert learned through a Facebook message in February that he would be honored with the Jonathan Myrick Daniels Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Military Institute. The award recognizes a person’s humanitarian public service.
The $70 registration fee covers a pre-conference meet-and-greet appetizer social Friday, open reading by participants, and a full day of writing seminars with lunch Saturday.
2:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a fight on Village Drive. No more information was available.
Group says increase to continue throughout year
Yampa Valley Partners Director Kate Nowak thinks the economy may be taking a turn for the better based on recent gross retail sales forecasts.
Downtown garden plots bring neighborhood together
Spend a few minutes walking through the Steamboat Springs Community Roots Garden at 629 Oak St. and you’ll find all the things you might expect to find. There are planter boxes filled with rows of green leaves hiding carrots, arugula, sugar snap peas, red peppers and spinach in mid-summer form.
Friday, July 9
Event starts at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake
About 40 kaleidoscopic balloons will dot the morning skies above Steamboat this weekend. The launch site will be at Bald Eagle Lake, south of downtown off U.S. Highway 40, and events begin at 6 a.m. There’s no parking at the launch site, but free shuttles will run to and from the Meadows Parking Lot at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads throughout the event.
Ute elder, archaeologist discuss rock art
Ute elder Clifford Duncan and Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Carol Patterson spoke at United Methodist Church at Eighth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs. Art was a form of universal language for the tribe, they explained.
Russ Martin will take job as town manager in Camp Verde, Ariz.
Russ Martin has resigned to take a position as town manager in Camp Verde, Ariz. His resignation is effective Aug. 7, and he starts the new job two days later.
Republican strategist will be keynote speaker at Freedom Conference in August
The influential GOP strategist and analyst will be the keynote speaker at the Freedom Conference, scheduled for Aug. 27 and 28 at The Steamboat Grand. The conference is put on by the Steamboat Institute, a local conservative nonprofit group.
Saturday and Sunday will offer a feast for the eyes and ears of Routt County festival goers. The busy weekend kicks off at 6 a.m. Saturday with the 30th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo at Bald Eagle Lake.
Land outside of Carbondale and Redstone that’s being eyed for a wilderness designation did its best to impress a contingent of elected officials, land managers and others with its wildness Wednesday.
Local forest officials have signed off on plans to remove some beetle-infested pines from certain areas within the White River National Forest.
Source of contaminant is unknown; EPA, other agencies are investigating the cause
Diesel fuel has been bubbling up into a fishing pond west of Highway 9 in a Breckenridge industrial area for about a week, but the exact source of the pungent contaminant is unclear.
The inaugural Ann Copeland Emerging Producer Award was given to Rance Moon, of Craig, in mid-May. Moon maintains a small flock of sheep at his ranch north of Craig for market and fiber production and distribution.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association handed out awards to winners of its We Love Steamboat contest last week. Mike Martin won the $10,000 first-place prize for his video, and Brian Ferguson won $2,000 for his second-place video.
Marijuana dispensary owner hopes to use space to grow plants
Oak Creek's Black Mountain Tavern will shut its doors at the end of July, owner Dan Bubenheim said, after a poor economic recovery made it infeasible to keep open.
Coed C League Softball Standings
The evolution and spirituality of Ute rock art is the subject of today’s Brown Bag Lunch Lectures event at Tread of Pioneers Museum. Archaeologist Carol Patterson and Ute elder Clifford Duncan will lead the free discussions, scheduled for noon and 5 p.m.
One of the nation’s most acclaimed cyclists, famous for his accomplishments in the renowned European road tours, is coming to Steamboat Springs. The Tour de Steamboat, scheduled for July 17, will feature Andy Hampsten, America’s Lance Armstrong before Lance was Lance.
Squad enters weekend championship tournament as No. 3 seed
After playing some 50 games across the state and region this summer, the Summit Extreme 13-and-younger baseball team is on the cusp of its biggest tournament of the year.
As the season starts for the Steamboat Rugby Club, there is always talk about completing the big three: winning the Mountain League, winning the Cow Pie Classic and winning the Ski Town Classic rugby tournaments. But the reality is, the Cow Pie Classic is always the big prize.
Monday last day to register, change affiliation for Aug. 10 vote
Monday is the deadline for voters to register or change their party affiliation in time for the Aug. 10 primary. Voters registered as unaffiliated can affiliate with a party and vote that party’s ballot up to Aug. 10, Routt County Elections Supervisor Vicki Weber said.
2010 Steamboat Springs Running Series men's and women's point standings
Adult Summer Beach Volleyball League Standings
The third annual Piknik Theatre Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. today in Spring Creek Park with a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” a family-friendly musical that intertwines several traditional fairytales in a story of personal growth and morality.
Runners can race in 4- or 8-mile runs
Walter Magill was just another competitor in last weekend’s Mountain Madness race, part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, but afterward he was the first to step before the crowd gathered for the post-race awards ceremony and speak.
Once a professional boxer and furniture factory worker, American singer-songwriter Paul Thorn turned to telling stories through bluesy country rock. Thorn plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.
The stage is more than a venue for performance for The New Mastersounds. After playing together for more than 10 years, the four-piece funk jam band can switch gears with the slight nod of a head or the raise of an eyebrow, drummer Simon Allen said.
Andy Wirth has resigned as president of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s board of directors after eight years in that position. He said his job as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and other obligations have limited his ability to serve the Winter Sports Club.
Thursday, July 8
New York Times correspondent discusses president’s first 18 months
The New York Times reporter David Sanger spoke to an audience at a full Strings Music Pavilion on Thursday about the state of President Barack Obama’s administration and the challenges the president faces. His talk kicked off Seminars at Steamboat.
Ski Corp. announces airline plan to fly daily to Hayden airport
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced Thursday that the airline, through owner Republic Airways Holdings, will offer a daily flight to and from Denver International Airport starting Dec. 16 and ending April 10.
Committee to keep apprised of local conditions, state expansion efforts
Several counties have partnered to form a new committee to keep watch over broadband Internet services in rural areas of Northwest Colorado. Committee member Audrey Danner said the committee serves two purposes — communicating with state officials and keeping an eye on local broadband services.
Oak Creek Town Board to discuss officer’s employment tonight
Oak Creek Police Department training officer Eileen Rossi has taken on several roles during her years as a law enforcement agent in the town, and tonight the Oak Creek Town Board will decide what the next phase of her employment will look like.
The Steamboat American Legion baseball team continued to roll Tuesday, picking up two wins against Moffat County. Steamboat won the first game, 7-3, and the second game, 14-1. The team is now 6-2 overall.
Beauregard, Palmer join candidates vying for seat; Meyer to apply
Steamboat Springs Planning Commissioner Cedar Beauregard and real estate investor John Palmer have submitted applications for the seat vacated Tuesday by Jim Engelken, who is moving to the Denver area. Planning Commissioner Kathi Meyer announced her intentions to run Wednesday.
Despite no paved road and no official vehicle access to the Bear River Skatepark, emergency responders say they have several options for getting to the area in the case of an emergency.
Wednesday, July 7
12:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an argument between a man and a woman at the bus stop near Dream Island Plaza. Officers gave one of the people a courtesy ride.
Russ Martin plans to review the contract with his family before making a decision
Russ Martin said this evening that he hadn't received word or a contract from Camp Verde. He plans to review the offer with his family before making a decision but said he will probably take the job if the contract is acceptable.
Democratic Senate candidate points out oil, gas contributions to opponent
The Democratic candidate for Senate criticized the campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry to his primary opponent, Michael Bennet.
$6.1 million will purchase development rights on 9,400 acres
Routt County’s purchase of development rights program is poised to increase its total conserved acreage by 68 percent in the next 11 months after the Routt County Board of Commissioners acted Tuesday to earmark $6.1 million in dedicated conservation tax dollars to conserve 10 rural land parcels.
Steamboat Springs’ lodging was 75 percent full Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer. That amounts to 10,300 visitors in town.
Denver-based Volleyball of the Rockies has put on the Steamboat Doubles Volleyball Tournament for the past 10 years and has seen its tournaments continue to grow. The event, formerly the Powderkeg Tournament, is in its 29th year in Steamboat Springs and kicks off Friday.
David Nagel, the event director for the Aug. 8 Ride 4 Yellow fundraising event, confirmed Wednesday that Lance Armstrong was scheduled to ride. The 26-mile ride along the Continental Divide trail is about half full, and organizers are bracing for a jump in interest now that the cycling legend will participate.
Thank goodness someone has sense on the Steamboat Springs School Board. Denise Connelly is the only one to vote against the approval of spending money on carpet.
In light of the recent article in the Steamboat Today regarding the adaptive fishing camp that just took place in Steamboat Springs, I would like to clarify the roles and responsibilities of Access Anything and STARS (Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports).
On July 1, 80 Mainstreet Steamboat Springs volunteers gathered to pick up trash, wash windows, sweep sidewalks and gutters, and help make downtown sparkle for our summer guests. Following the Fourth of July parade, I was extremely disappointed to see that those efforts were for naught.
A working-class man who sought to represent working-class Steamboat Springs, Jim Engelken had an admirable record of civic service here that came to an end Tuesday night at Centennial Hall.
July Fourth Ski Jumping Extravaganza results
Yampa Valley Partners Director Kate Nowak thinks the economy may be taking a turn for the better based on recent gross retail sales forecasts. Nowak and Scott Ford, director of the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative, have predicted a boost in retail sales in both Moffat and Routt counties, according to Yampa Valley Partners’ third quarter regional economic forecast newsletter. Gross retail sales in Moffat County are expected to top $35.8 million dollars in July, a 4.9-percent increase from 2009, according to the newsletter.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigator Mike Curzon said a computer analysis is taking longer than expected in the Loggers Lane Owners Association investigation.
Switchbacks, climbs no match for riders
Kelly Boniface was running out of gas on the final 45-minute stretch of Sunday’s Firecracker 50 bicycle race in Breckenridge, but she didn’t even think of stopping her titanium Moots Zirkel mountain bike. Boniface was one of several Steamboat cyclists who finished the race Sunday.
As a child, I was amazed my mother could produce a tissue on demand. Whenever one of her children had a runny nose, a spot of blood or sticky hands, my mother produced a tissue out of her purse. Now, I do the same, but my purse is less of a purse and more of a miniature suitcase.
Master food safety advisers will demonstrate how to properly can and dehydrate foods at the Routt County Extension kitchen in the Courthouse Annex, next to the Mainstreet Farmers Market.
For more than 11 years, Linda Danter has been working to raise money, to raise awareness and to lift spirits as part of the grass-roots golf tournament she helped start. This year’s Rally for the Cure is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club.
The city of Steamboat Springs starts paving today on Mount Werner Road from Montview Lane to Mount Werner Circle.
12:23 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 400 block of Ore House Plaza where a group of people reportedly were running around and pounding on the floor. Officers gave them a verbal warning.
Tuesday, July 6
The Steamboat Springs City Council took the first step Tuesday toward relaxing fees and parking constraints on the operators of licensed vacation home rental properties, but not before it heard from passionate constituents on either side of an issue that has stirred a stew of emotions for more than a decade.
Two Steamboat Springs School District employees concluded their tenures with the district last week, and their positions were combined into one. The district hired Pascal Ginesta to serve as director of maintenance operations and transportation.
Traffic on Colorado Highway 131 in the Oak Creek Canyon will have delays of 15 to 20 minutes Wednesday and Thursday as traffic is reduced to one lane.
Weekly Strings youth concerts feature interactive performances
After the conclusion of Tuesday’s Strings Music Festival Youth Concert, 6-year-old Max Hamilton approached the performer, Peter Davison, with one question. “How do you do all that stuff?” Max asked. Davison's answer was simple. "I practiced a lot," he said.
Cyclists try to promote local food, alternative transportation
Charlie Preston-Townsend rode into town Sunday afternoon with Spela Bertoncelj and Andy Boslett as part of their 3,500-mile journey to Washington, D.C. The goal of the trip is to eat as much locally grown and produced food as they can and explore alternative modes of transportation, while promoting awareness for both.
The New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger will be the first speaker this year in the Seminars at Steamboat series and will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion.
1 small fire extinguished as rain dampens holiday dangers
Wet weather kept the fireworks and crowds at least a little quieter than usual during the past weekend. Police and firefighters report that although there were several calls for noise complaints and intoxicated revelers, the weekend was safe for all.
The North Routt Community Charter School’s inaugural class of kindergartners graduated from the eighth grade in May. Without Shaunna Watterson, the students may not have had the chance.
There are few sights in nature more beautiful than the starry summer sky. When the sun goes down and the summer stars come out, three of the first ones you see, high in the northeastern sky, will be the three bright stars that form the corners of an unmistakable asterism called the Summer Triangle.
More than 346,000 head of cattle at auction, worth an estimated $240 million
More than 346,000 head of cattle are for sale this week from Steamboat Springs. Superior Livestock Auction General Manager Jim Odle said the Week in the Rockies XXII auction, which started Monday and runs through Saturday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, is probably the largest cattle auction ever.
As Eddie Keiser picked at a muffin on a sun-soaked June morning, it was hard to take the smile off the self-made man. His skin was tan, his hands were calloused, and here was a man thinking about his last eight years in Steamboat Springs.
Ah, fate. Had it not been for an early-’70s promotional film — “Steamboat, We Like it Here” — Mix and Karen Beauvais might never have gotten together. More than three decades later, they are virtually inseparable.
Some people seek adventure by jumping out of planes or skiing down the face of a cliff, but Lynne Romeo believes adventure is found in everyday life. “This is just another adventure,” she said about opening Ciao Gelato six months ago.
The Steamboat Art Museum gift shop is seeking work by local artists and craftspeople. The shop sells artist work on a consignment basis. Proceeds help support the Art Museum.
Susan Shoemaker can do anything. That’s the opinion of longtime friend and local Barb Shipley, who refers to Susan as a one-of-a-kind Renaissance woman.
More than 400 babies were welcomed into the world at the Yampa Valley Medical Center last year, and Tracie Line is developing a better way to measure just how healthy they are before they are able to go home.
Jim and Judy Kendall have seen Routt County’s population grow and shift, change and expand. From their home near Stagecoach Reservoir — they’re not quite in South Routt and not quite in Steamboat Springs, “just Routt County,” Judy says — the Kendalls have seen their little corner of the world grow.
The several rooms that make up Brand Spanking Used along Colorado Highway 131 in Oak Creek are packed. Janine, the creator and owner of Brand Spanking Used, has lived in the Yampa Valley for 12 years and operated the store in the heart of Oak Creek for nine years.
Steve Hitchcock’s career has been a whirlwind tour of jobs with some of the most respected outdoor apparel companies in the world. But Denise Hitchcock has a better job title. The self-proclaimed “domestic coordinator and engineer” and her husband have spent the better part of the past 12 years carving out successful business niches in Steamboat Springs.
George Hine noted on a sunny morning in late May that during the past couple of years, he’s started getting minor “sinus stuff.” That can be a tough thing for a city arborist. “Maybe it’s time to retire,” George joked, while checking on blooming Schubert chokecherry trees on Howelsen Parkway.
In the six years they have owned Hahn’s Peak Café, the Bessey family has doubled in size. Katie and D.J. Bessey run the cozy North Routt County restaurant with the help of their 3 1/2-year-old son, Sal, a beguiling, big-eyed charmer. Their daughter, Ramona, was born in April.
Fighter ace brought ski area into modern era
Paul Thayer had the drive and vision 40 years ago to propel Steamboat Ski Area into the modern era. But it’s understandable that many current residents of Routt County know little about him.
I met David Taylor recently in his basement apartment on Cherry Drive. I’ve actually known David for many years — he was a Steamboat Pilot & Today employee when I first started here — but our early June meeting was the first time I really got to know David Taylor. And I was fascinated.
David Taylor always has been fascinated by fabrics, but it took a chance friendship to turn that obsession with material into a lucrative career and international fame.
Lee Nagel is proud to claim Steamboat Springs resident David Nagel as family. “We love him; we get to keep him,” said Lee, who is married to David’s brother Steve in Plano, Texas.
Whether it’s creating a business or restoring his 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser, Ben Saari is at home when he is building. “It seems like I’ve always had a wrench in my hand,” Ben said.
Whether training for a specific race, sports, or life’s everyday activities, dozens of Routt County residents have found Manic Training is helping them achieve their goals.
Cruising New Zealand’s capital
During my whirlwind trip to New Zealand, I took in all the capital city had to offer — and it didn’t include bungee jumping or skydiving.
In a quest to meet his goal of biking to work for 200 days this year, it was not unusual to see Mark Satkiewicz blazing down Fish Creek Falls Road in February on his bike wearing a snowboard helmet and goggles.
Rising Steamboat Springs High School senior Kayleigh Esswein was taken aback when asked the last time she was bored. Sitting at her house in early June, on the eve of traveling to Mexico to teach English and learn more Spanish, the 17-year-old brunette’s expression turned from carefree smile to one of deep thought.
Read a book or play an instrument? Help herd goats or shoot some hoops? Matt Watwood, fresh off his graduation from Soroco High School, said the best part of the end of high school has been not having anything to do.
Former Steamboat Springs mayor Irlan Neas knows a thing or two about street construction. In the late 1960s, he pushed through Steamboat’s first penny sales tax so the city could afford to pave a few streets besides Lincoln Avenue. At the time, all of Ski Town USA’s streets — save the main drag — were dirt and gravel.
Cheryl Hardy-Moore said that when she came to Steamboat Springs in 1982, she thought it was just a ho-hum cow town. The Silver Spring, Md., native sang at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and raised a little mischief with world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz when they were middle schoolers.
When it comes to sustainable homes in North Routt County, it turns out there are several shades of green. For Stephanie and Jim Finegan, of Willow Creek Pass, the goal was to wrap their new home in the best-insulated shell possible.
Lil’ House’s Chris McKenzie perfects the comfort food
Chris McKenzie has been a chef at a five-star French restaurant and an elite hotel, but his biggest culinary challenge may have come in the form of a biscuit.
Want to see a moose? You don’t have to go far.
Suddenly, I caught movement directly to my left. It was a cow moose — hopefully a barren cow — and she was no more than five paces away.
Sunday, July 4
Monday, July 5
Crowds packed Yampa Street, Howelsen Hill and the bars lining the Yampa River on Sunday night, as Steamboat Springs residents and visitors prepared for one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks shows yet. The display was the most successful so far, organizer Tim Borden said Monday.
Two years ago, Peggy Epstein had a hard time keeping up with her biking buddies. A bike upgrade and many more rides later, she holds her own while riding county roads with other older adults — and continues to surprise herself.
Yampa celebrates 4th of July with annual celebrations
The streets of Yampa were ringing with the sounds of sirens, children and classic car engines Sunday as the small South Routt County town celebrated Fourth of July with a large parade. The usually quiet town came to life in less than an hour as cars, horses and ATVs converged on Moffat Avenue.
The Record for July 3
If you think adopting a heart-healthy diet means eating bland foods and tasteless meals, think again. By learning a few simple cooking techniques, you can enjoy flavorful and satisfying meals packed with good nutrition.
We’ve had some great Strings concerts the past two weeks and hope you’ve been able to experience one or more of them. Summer has a way of getting away from all of us, though, so read about this week’s offerings, and come on down to the Strings Music Pavilion to enjoy one of the great things about Steamboat in the summertime.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will hold a public meeting for anyone interested in learning more about the purchase and renovation of the property and buildings at 1705 13th St.
Nobody has captured the sports world like LeBron James. He’s the biggest free agent in NBA history, and his choice apparently will change the course of the NBA for the next five to 10 years. You can’t watch any sports without knowing what LeBron is up to.
Scheduled business of the Routt County Board of Commissioners
If we pay attention to the type of plants that naturally grow here in our high mountain environment, we have a better chance for success in our home gardens.
The Record for July 2
Sunday, July 4
Results from Saturday's Mountain Madness 10K and Half Marathon
Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders dispatched to two medical calls Sunday afternoon.
It took 36 gallons of vanilla ice cream and 80 two-liter bottles of root beer for John Marshall and other volunteers to serve about 1,200 “Routt beer floats” during Sunday’s Pioneer Days Block Party in front of Tread of Pioneers Museum. Marshall, a museum board member, joked that it was quite a mess serving the floats, which have become a staple of the Fourth of July event hosted by Tread of Pioneers.
Thousands of people lined Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat for the Steamboat Springs annual Fourth of July parade Sunday morning, part of the 107th annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days and Fourth of July festivities.
In front of more than a thousand downtown spectators, Steamboat's homegrown Olympians capture the Nordic combined and special jumping events Sunday. The events featured Nordic athletes of a variety of ages, abilities and even gender.
An expert on the vitalization of urban neighborhoods told a Steamboat Springs audience last week that voters probably got it right last fall when they rejected the Steamboat 700 annexation. Christopher Leinberger said Wednesday that it makes more sense to concentrate on downtown Steamboat.
About 25 Steamboat middle school students participated last week in an alternative energy summer day camp at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.
So I’ve started riding up the Zig Zag trail at Steamboat Ski Area to the top of the gondola. That I cut 20 minutes off my time on my second trip says a lot more about my first trip than it does anything else, but that I’ve done it twice and figure on keeping it up as the summer rolls on says something significant about my biking ambitions this summer.
The best ball being played in Steamboat took place Saturday at Howelsen Hill. There, traveling softball teams took the field as part of a Triple Crown tournament. Although the tournament was absent from Steamboat last year, the allure of softball never left.
Kerry Lynch, one of the U.S.’s first big things on the Nordic combined scene, had no intentions of having his son follow in his tracks. But Erik had other ideas, and it’s no wonder now. At 16, Erik is part of a new and upcoming crop of Nordic combined skiers.
What kid in America hasn’t looked up to a cowboy at one point in his life, and who hasn’t watched a rodeo at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena and wondered — even just for a second — what it would be like to climb on the back of a 2-ton bucking bull and attempt to hold on for eight seconds?
Orval “Junior," Chad and Travis Bedell, whose family represents more than a century of the Yampa Valley’s Western heritage, will serve as grand marshals for today’s Fourth of July parade. They’ll ride together, leading the 64 floats, fire trucks and others, on horseback through downtown Steamboat Springs.
Tread of Pioneers exhibit features Native American tribe
According to Ute tribe history, the Ute people have lived in their region, including the Yampa Valley, since the beginning of time. Unlike many other tribes where migration routes can be traced from a place of origin, there is nothing to contradict this history of the Utes’ arrival in the Yampa Valley.
Few issues ignite the passion of some local residents like that of vacation home rentals. The existing vacation home rental ordinance seems to have achieved a respectable balance of allowing such businesses to operate while minimizing impacts on neighbors.
Four years of planning and nine months of construction culminated in Tuesday’s opening of the new Millennium Bank in Wildhorse Marketplace. Bank President Paul Clavadetscher said the new building is a significant upgrade from the bank’s former location.
Gates Gooding MIT report explores the impacts of local development
Steamboat Springs native Gates Gooding, 27, recently completed graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and wrote his thesis about growth and development in Steamboat Springs.
Occupation: Events coordinator for Off the Beaten Path Bookstore; waitress at 8th Street Steakhouse
Robert Wither captured the Class A ski jumping event at the Estes Park meet Sunday. Gordon Wren won the Class C event, and Douglas Armstrong was winner in Class D. John Steele was winner of the long standing jump of 89 feet and Everett Hudspeth second. Everett came second in Class A and Donald Wither third.
The Hayden Public Library proudly announces that Dustin Sullins is the Reader of the Week. Dustin is 11 years old and will be a sixth-grader at Hayden Middle School in the fall. His parents are Shanda and J.D. Sullins, and he has a 6-year-old sister, Ashlyn.
Candy, Terry and Cody Powers moved to their new home in Hayden this past week. Congratulations on your new home.
The nurses and assistants here at the Doak Walker Care Center were loading up residents for a walk out at Fish Creek Falls on Wednesday.
Randy Rowe, chairman of Green Courte Partners, the developer of Alpenglow and Howelsen Place, told a small gathering Tuesday that walkable urban environments are the key to fostering and preserving a sense of place in communities like Steamboat.
Opinions flare ahead of vacation home review Tuesday night
One of the city’s most emotionally charged issues returns to Centennial Hall on Tuesday night, and some hope to expand the discussion of vacation home rentals beyond the three topics slated for review.
Routt County real estate transactions for June 25 to July 1, 2010
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.
Some Routt County churches have changed their service dates and times for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Many of the best mountain bike rides in and around Steamboat Springs have an element of reward tied in with them. However, the deliciously cool pool at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs make a perfect reward for battling up the Hot Springs Trail.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association presents Brewing up Business, a coffee-fueled business networking event, at 8 a.m. Tuesday at City Café in Centennial Hall on 10th Street. Participants will have a chance to give a 30-second introduction and meet other members of the local business community. The $5 cost includes coffee and a pastry. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, e-mail RSVP@steam boatchamber.com or call 970-875-7000.
Andrew O’Leary-Brennan was selected to receive the Strong Insurance Scholarship for 2010. O’Leary-Brennan is the sixth recipient of the scholarship, created in 2005 to honor and encourage college-bound students faced with perceptual or communicative disorders who have taken steps to overcome the challenge.
Saturday, July 3
Event attracts more than 200
Saturday's participation numbers swept away any previous records for the Steamboat Springs Running Series race, as about 230 ran in the half-marathon and 10K. Steamboat's Scott Brane won the men’s 10K for Series points.
It was a case of déjà vu for Oak Creek resident Tony Lucas on Thursday at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. Lucas hit the second hole-in-one of his golfing career on No. 7, the same hole he aced in June 2003.
Valor Christian quarterback Brock Berglund orally committed to the University of Colorado on Friday.
Tigers log 26 games in June
The high school basketball season is still five months away, but a busy June for the Hayden girls basketball team has coach Eric Hamilton already thinking about winter. The team logged 26 games in two early summer tournaments and a team camp in Greeley.
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team split a pair of games in Rangely on Thursday, picking up a 12-1 win and a 2-1 loss. Steamboat pushes its record to 4-2 in league play.
It will have cowboys and fireworks, barbecue, plenty of American flags, a salute to the troops and even the most Steamboat of touches: an Olympic medalist. This weekend’s rodeo will pack all the Americana that fans could want into its two shows.
Orval, Chad and Travis Bedell named grand marshals for 4th of July parade
This year’s Steamboat Springs Fourth of July Parade theme is Cowboys Dig Downtown. In addition to supporting downtown businesses and the city’s historic district, the theme is a way for Steamboat residents to “tip their caps” to local cowboys and the city’s western heritage, said Molly Killien, spokeswoman for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.
Dusty Atkinson was doing a brisk business Friday, cracking dragon eggs in Gondola Square for refugees from the heat and humidity of the American South. Atkinson, who operates a business called The Geode Guys with his father, Leo, was taking part in the Art on the Mountain festival, continuing 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from Sunday.
Marsh Gooding probably didn’t realize he’d struck photographic gold when he first laid eyes on the humble cardboard box with the Gatorade logo on it in his mother’s basement. Visiting his mother, Debbie, from his new home in Vermont, Gooding had felt the urge to organize some of the possessions of his father, Tyler, who died in 2004.
Celebration starts at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Howelsen Hill, radio simulcast on 96.9 FM
In a year when some Colorado communities are scaling back or outright canceling their Fourth of July fireworks because of tight budgets, Sunday’s show in Steamboat Springs looks to be bigger than ever. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Sunday over Howelsen Hill. The 18-minute show will be choreographed with a live simulcast of music on KBCR, at 96.9 FM.
Ski Time Square course could open to public next week
It took weeks of planning and months of wrangling, but when tool actually was put to dirt, Steamboat Springs’ newest biking feature, the pump track in Ski Time Square, took only two days to build.
Some Routt County churches have changed their service dates and times for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an officer in the 1100 block of The Boulevard where a person suspected that a car hit a fence.
Friday, July 2
David Muniz left Greeley last month and hit Rabbit Ears Pass this afternoon
David Muniz left Greeley on June 22 on his way to Steamboat Springs. By this afternoon he was high on Rabbit Ears Pass, 13 miles from the edge of town.
The U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships will return to Park City, Utah, the U.S. Ski Team announced Friday. The July 30 to Aug. 1 events will be held for the third straight time in the summer.
The New Orleans-based group E.O.E. fronted by Billy Franklin plays funk and reggae at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The group has performed at New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Don’t be alarmed if you are sunbathing on a South Pacific isle July 11 when suddenly the sun disappears and the stars pop out at midday. It’s just a total eclipse of the sun. All five of the bright naked-eye planets will be visible this month, four of them at once in our early evening sky.
The annual Routt County Fair is based on participation by, from and for locals. The 96th edition of the fair, scheduled for August, is no different and provides a great variety of opportunities for participation in old and new events and contests. This year highlights a contest that gives back to the community, You Be the Judge.
The Steamboat Springs band, which has been together since 2007, now plays a “groove-infused, funk dance rock,” bassist Jeff Barlow said.
Hayden manager to draft ordinance prohibiting marijuana shops
The Hayden Town Council said “no” to medical marijuana dispensaries for a second time Thursday. After hearing options about how to address dispensaries in town limits, the council directed Town Manager Russ Martin to draft an ordinance that would prohibit medical marijuana establishments in Hayden.
Proposal must get approval from commissioners
The Routt County Planning Commission voted, 8-1, Thursday night to recommend approval of Alpine Aggregates’ request for a permit to mine gravel at a site along Colorado Highway 131. The site is close to the Yampa River below Lake Catamount.
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Art Center presents the Steamboat Clay Artisans and their Pot’anical Exuberance exhibit. Fifteen artists are showing works that depict a garden/botanical theme from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Patricia Cabano, a former Craig woman who pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud, was sentenced to 40 months in prison June 18 in U.S. District Court in Denver. Cabano, 56, now of West Sacramento, Calif., was originally charged with 31 counts of bank fraud.
Steamboat Youth Lacrosse summer league standings
Team Lightning earns overall title at June event
Steamboat Springs’ Team Lightning swim team ran away with the overall title at the June 26 and 27 Aspen Invitational. Steamboat scored 2,247 points, a full 400 points more than second-place Glenwood Springs Team Sopris Swimming Club.
About 8,700 visitors are projected to come to Steamboat Springs this weekend, compared with the 9,600 who came for the Fourth of July last year, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.
Half-marathon, 10K among Steamboat Springs Running Series’ most popular events
Scott Blair said the experience was a little overwhelming last year as he sat behind a registration table and watched wave after wave of racers show up. The Mountain Madness half-marathon and 10-kilometer race was the first Steamboat Springs Running Series event he directed, and as the waves came, he did the only thing he knew was necessary.
Most folks don’t get to see the daily workings of ranch life. Depending on the time of year, those duties can include penning steers and roping and branding calves. Those looking to get a glimpse of the ranching lifestyle are in for a treat when the Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo returns to Steamboat Springs tonight.
A Steamboat winter tradition continues to build steam on 4th of July
The crowd will be on hand to watch one of Steamboat Springs’ longest-running winter traditions — ski jumping — take flight in the warm July air during the July Fourth Ski Jumping Extravaganza. This is the fifth year the event will be held on Howelsen’s K-68 ski jump.
2010 Aspen Invitational swim meet
The Fourth of July celebration in Yampa will go on all weekend as the town hosts a community picnic, a car show, fireworks and the traditional parade through town.
12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to check on a reportedly intoxicated person at Lincoln Avenue and Third Street. Officers gave the person a courtesy ride and left the person with a sober friend.
Thursday, July 1
No fire restrictions in place, but beetle-killed trees pose danger
The campgrounds at several popular Routt County destinations are already booked for the Fourth of July weekend, including Steamboat Lake State Park, Stagecoach Reservoir and Yampa River State Park. More bike trails are opening this weekend.
Collections are off 5% year over year, according to figures
Collections are down nearly 5 percent year to date, from about $7.6 million in 2009 to about $7.2 million in 2010, according to city figures released today. The city budgeted for a 10 percent decrease in collections for the year.
Online sale will include Xanadu condominiums
A Denver company has included Clock Tower Square and the adjacent Xanadu condominiums at the base of Steamboat Ski Area among $60 million in lender-owned property and debt to be auctioned online Aug. 3 through 5.
Learn about Routt County’s rich agricultural history at real, working ranches during a Cow Town Ranch Tour on Friday.
‘A whole community’ behind her
Sarah Walker, 51, had set up her chair two weeks ago in Craig City Park, ready to enjoy a sunny afternoon at the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Seeing live music with her daughter, Crystal, is one of her favorite pastimes, but when the first drum beat rattled from the speakers, Sarah felt the familiar, searing pain in the side of her face. The vibrations had triggered a debilitating pain in her face and jaw called trigeminal neuralgia, a condition she has dealt with for four years.
It wasn’t long ago that Triple Crown Sports slowpitch softball tournaments read like an obituary in this publication.
Education group, newspaper disagree about Open Meetings Law
The Education Fund Board unanimously approved a motion Wednesday night to “voluntarily” comply with the Colorado Open Meetings Law.
Group hope to create Bike Town USA
Earning, not just using, the name Bike Town USA has become a pet project for the community in the past 12 months and began to pick up steam when many of Steamboat’s leaders sat down at the table.
1 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 1300 block of Sparta Plaza. Everything was fine.
Wildhorse Meadows and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association are hosting an awards ceremony tonight for photos, videos and stories submitted to www.welovesteamboat.com.
Kathleen Cunningham Guler recognized for her work, ‘A Land Beyond Ravens’
Steamboat Springs Writer’s Group member Harriet Freiberger said Kathleen Cunningham Guler’s meticulous research contributes to her success as an author. On Friday, Colorado Humanities awarded the author the Colorado Book Award in the historical fiction category for “A Land Beyond Ravens.”
Adult Men's A League Softball standings for June 30
2010 Slash and Burn XC results
Craig-Scheckmans, Ritzel and Steamboat Restaurant Group awarded
During its annual recognition of residents who are honored for giving back, the Community Foundation named Michael and Sara Craig-Scheckman Individual Philanthropists of the Year and Steamboat Restaurant Group as the Business Philanthropist of the Year.
It’s been a busy six years on the University of Colorado Board of Regents for Steve Bosley. Still, Bosley said he can’t imagine doing anything else. Bosley, a Republican, is running for another six-year term this fall against Democrat Melissa Hart, a law professor on the CU-Boulder campus.