News for Friday, July 23, 2010

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Steamboat Lake swim beach reopens

The Steamboat Lake swim beach reopened this morning after closing for two days because of higher than acceptable levels of E. coli.

South Routt School Board appoints new member

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.

Oak Creek Town Board OKs growing operation, denies dispensary

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.

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Cowboy’s cross-country journey makes stop in Craig

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.

Moffat County candidates file financial reports

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.

Steamboat Legion team opens district play with 8-1 victory

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 softball league standings for July 23, 2010

Coed C League softball standings

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Rhythm Devils to fuse influences at free concert in Steamboat

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.

Youth lacrosse standings for July 23, 2010

Steamboat Youth Lacrosse

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Steamboat Little League teams ready for state play

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.

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Steamboat Springs Running Series racers prepare for a rugged run

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 Pro Rodeo Series continues to draw nationally ranked bull riders

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.

Steamboat Rugby Club looks to Ski Town

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.

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What to do in Steamboat for July 23 to 29

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.

Erica Olson: Permaculture beyond food production

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 Record for July 21

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.

Hayden to host reception for departing Russ Martin

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.

Steamboat July tourism ahead of 2009

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.

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Steamboat's Humble Ranch land deal based on faulty trust

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.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport work could start Aug. 2

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.

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K. Saari Gallery opens new downtown Steamboat location

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.

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Volcker shares economic views in Steamboat

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.