Wednesday, June 30
Peter Kalmes said he didn’t look. He just rode, as fast and as hard as he ever has, flying down the second half of the Emerald Mountain course in Wednesday’s Town Challenge Emerald Slash and Burn mountain bike race in Steamboat Springs.
Resident: Horses at center of case are fine, charges are baseless
Sandy Wisecup was charged with 80 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after animal control officers found that her 72 horses were living in inadequate conditions in the Oak Creek Canyon.
Maxwell Arthur Bomberg pleaded guilty to resisting arrest stemming from an April car stop where he reportedly knocked down an officer as he tried to run away.
Sunday's results from the inaugural Craig Duathlon from Loudy-Simpson Park.
The Bureau of Land Management has taken a step closer to deciding the fate of energy development in Vermillion Basin. The BLM announced Tuesday its proposed resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office would close the 77,000-acre basin, located in western Moffat County, to energy development. If approved, the plan would continue to restrict oil and gas industry leasing in the basin for the next 20 years, said Dave Blackstun, acting BLM Little Snake Field Office manager. Leasing has not been allowed in the area for the past 15 years, he said.
12:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a front office motion alarm at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter. Everything was fine, and officers determined that a cat in the lobby had set off the alarm.
The Summit Extreme 13-and-younger baseball team finished third Sunday in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic baseball tournament.
The Fund Board’s legal counsel has told its members that the group that allocates revenues from the city’s half-cent sales tax for education does not have to comply with Open Meetings Law. The Pilot & Today’s legal counsel disagrees.
The developers of the Steamboat Sand and Gravel Mine think they will have answered all of the concerns of Routt County officials when they appear before the Planning Commission on Thursday night to seek a special-use permit for the proposed gravel pit off Colorado Highway 131.
The fire danger for Routt County heading into the Fourth of July weekend isn’t as high as other parts of the state, but fire officials say that’s no reason to be unsafe.
The third Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Event of the season returns to a familiar area today while adding a new twist. The Emerald Cross-Country Slash & Burn will cover and traverse the familiar trails and singletrack of Emerald Mountain. But because of logging operations, the course route will be new.
Let’s remember the courage and vision of our forefathers as we watch the fireworks explode over Howelsen Hill on Sunday.
Last week, I arrived at my hotel in Denver and opened my overnight bag to discover I’d forgotten to pack my dress shoes and a pair of long pants. But I did find two dog treats at the bottom of the bag.
Public Works director says light at 11th will make crossing easier for pedestrians
A new traffic signal at 11th and Lincoln, long a request from residents and city officials, is expected to be operational today. The light was added as part of downtown construction.
It took nearly four hours, but at the end of the Wildflower Rush cross-country race in Crested Butte last weekend, Steamboat Springs mountain bike racer Nate Bird reached a goal he has been chasing for years.
Little League will include extended play for 1st time this year
For the second straight year, the Red Sox have posted the best regular-season record for the Steamboat Springs Little League. The team went 11-2 to capture the major league division crown.
Games are played Sundays and will last through August. This free league is open to everyone.
The team finished fourth last year and third the year before. This year’s win in Fort Collins qualifies the team for the national competition in November in Louisville, Ky.
30 notices to be sent out for excessive weeds; rule took effect April 1
Staring today, Hayden will issue about 30 notices to property owners who are not in compliance with the town’s nuisance ordinance for excessive weeds.
Business talk features Denver economist
A free event Thursday morning will focus on how national and state economies relate to the resort community of Steamboat Springs, providing information that could be helpful to local businesses gearing up for the height of summer tourism.
Tuesday, June 29
Trappers Lake remains beautiful despite transformations of fire
It’s difficult for me to accept that almost eight years have passed since the summer wildfire season of 2002. That’s when the Hinman Fire transformed much of the west side of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and the Big Fish Fire killed the dense evergreen forest surrounding Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops.
A Steamboat Springs man, who has put the town of Jackson, Wyo., on notice that he intends to sue about officers’ use of a Taser on him during a traffic stop in April, was found guilty last week of a March vehicle registration violation there.
When firefighters try to explain the term “wildland/urban interface,” they could just point to Judith Harrington’s house. Her beautiful home, like several on Aspen Wood Drive in the Sanctuary subdivision along Steamboat Boulevard, sits yards away from a ravaged forest that city officials targeted for logging to mitigate wildfire risks.
Charges, timing depend on alleged Iris Lane shooter’s recovery
Police have turned over several hundred pages of reports about the June 11 shooting of Robert Cash and his wife, Rhonda, to the Routt County District Attorney’s Office, but how the case proceeds depends on the medical condition of the alleged shooter.
Men's B League softball standings for June 28, 2010
Strings Music Festival has a diverse and lively week of performances lined up for Steamboat Springs this week. The timing couldn’t be better, as concertgoers will be able to enjoy some musical pyrotechnics along with Steamboat’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration.
Steamboat Springs’ jam-packed Fourth of July holiday weekend will feature a special set of guests this year. American Legion Post 44 announced Monday that this year’s Fourth of July parade down Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat will feature a flyover by a formation of Air Force F-16 jets.
The lowest qualified bidder will emerge as the winner of the $7.8 million terminal expansion contract at Yampa Valley Regional Airport when bids are opened Thursday. But it will be at least another week before the winning bid is presented to the Routt County Board of Commissioners for final approval.
Sunday, June 27
Steamboat Springs police plan to issue an arrest warrant for two men reportedly involved in a fight in an alley near Lincoln Avenue early Sunday morning.
Monday, June 28
Kaminski, Levy, Pietras apply for Jim Engelken’s at-large spot
Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin said former City Councilman Kevin Kaminski, former City Council candidate Kyle Pietras and Steamboat Springs Planning Commission member Rich Levy have applied for the seat to be vacated July 6 by Jim Engelken, who is moving to the Front Range with his family.
Russ Martin in running for city manager role in Camp Verde
Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin is one of three finalists for the city manager position in Camp Verde, Ariz. Martin is in the final year of a three-year contract and said he wanted to see what opportunities were available.
Craig resident Amy Peck had one goal Sunday while competing in the first Craig Duathlon. “I just wanted to finish the race,” she said. “And I did.”
For the average soccer fan, the World Cup introduced the sport to so many. It was fun — yikes, “fun” and “soccer-watching” in the same sentence. And overall in the United States, the World Cup has to be viewed as a success for soccer in a country where lots of people don’t watch the sport.
Saturday, June 26
Paving scheduled to resume Sept. 7 after summer tourism season ends
All four lanes of traffic are open on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. Last week, crews completed paving work to Ninth Street from 13th on the south side of Lincoln. They’ve all but packed up until they resume in September, after the summer tourism season.
A well-planned road trip is a fun road trip, but for older adults, in particular, a bit of forethought can prevent the headaches and emergencies that plague the worst car excursions.
STARS fishing event reels in big ones on the Yampa
The fishing Sunday was a little like the United States’ stay in the World Cup — a whole lot of close calls and a few questions of “How’d that one not count?” In the end, though, those moments led up to a great morning for the campers at the inaugural Floatin’ The ’Boat flyfishing camp.
Event provides different formats for all ages
The Steamboat Springs Team Roping Series is back. The event, which includes different formats for ropers of all ages and skill levels, kicked off its season Sunday at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill.
How did you choose your sunscreen? Attractive packaging, brand-name recognition, a high sun-protection factor and affordable price account for most selections.
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association encourages parents to take a look at school immunization requirements and recommendations.
Last week at a busy Bike to Work Day breakfast, Liz Wahl diligently was manning compost duty. “Toothpicks are trash,” she informed a helmet-toting cyclist carrying a handful of waste from the meal Wednesday morning on the Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat Springs. Wahl is part of the Zero Waste Initiative, a program of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council aimed at reducing wastes at many of Steamboat's events and gatherings.
On a June 19 hike along the Elk River, I came across several of the most exquisite wildflowers found in our forests. To see them, you have to pay attention, because some of these are just an inch or two tall — but spectacular.
Sunday, June 27
Ranger says test results from Friday sample show “essentially zero” E. coli level
Steamboat Lake State Park reopened its swim beach Sunday after test results from a Friday sample showed E. coli levels that a park ranger called “essentially zero.”
12:59 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to reports of an abandoned vehicle at Sixth near Oak and Aspen streets.
Christine Epp and her husband, Charlie, will travel from July 8 to 21 to the Solomon and Fiji islands. Christine will mentor teachers in four schools while Charlie will use his construction background to assist with ongoing school projects.
A local group’s hope of acquiring and renovating the Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs is a refreshing example of community interests uniting for a cause that could benefit the entire city.
Another nearby business, Routt County Roadhouse, plans to welcome customers in July
A new Ski Time Square may be years away, and work on the promenade likely will stretch into at least next summer, but the emergence of two new restaurants indicates that business activity continues to move forward at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
National fishing economy is a $3.4-billion-a-year business
According to a new study from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 92 percent of fishers in Colorado are looking for trout, and Colorado anglers spend an average of 10 days per year on the sport.
Most weekend warriors pedal tens of miles, get a dozen hits in softball and maybe compete in a race here or there. Nineteen-year-old Reed Snyderman, however, finishes fourth at the U.S. Freestyle Championships two years in a row.
So, what would you trade to get Mickey Mantle? Back in 1980, I easily would have given up my entire summer vacation, popcorn at the movies for a year and, well, if at all possible, my older sister.
Eric Meyer doesn’t like telling about his mountain climbing adventures with either a simple “yes” or a “no.” One word never sums up his stories, and frankly, neither does 1,000, which is about what I use to tell of his latest trip to the Himalaya.
Eric Meyer said the question is always the same, and it’s always first. “The first thing people ask,” he said, his face tightening and twisting to show his discomfort, “is, ‘Did you summit?’”
I am absolutely amazed that Gary Wall has proposed having automated external defibrillators in Routt County Sheriff’s Office vehicles for two years and that Doug Monger has no clue what they are.
Each year, thousands of children in Colorado go without health insurance, but local parents and guardians should know they don’t have to. Colorado’s Medicaid and CHP+ programs provide eligible families with low-cost health insurance for their children.
Jenna had a smile for everyone. No one was left out of her world. She inspired, encouraged and gathered people together. Jenna had the ability to make everyone feel special. Needless to say, we will miss Jenna for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, nothing can bring her back. But, if any good can come of this tragedy, it is that people have the ability to save the life of someone they love.
Let’s get the record straight. The Sanctuary residents were never given an official ballot to vote on logging the ridge behind Aspen Wood Drive and Steamboat Boulevard. Our management company requested our feedback for the Sanctuary board of directors to respond to the city of Steamboat Springs regarding the grant for logging the entire ridgeline behind our homes.
The new store is in North Routt County at Steamboat Lake Outfitters, minutes from Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, Hahn’s Peak Lake and the upper Elk River.
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.
Amanda Toy, a 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University as a member of the Class of 2010.
The Hayden Public Library announces its second Reader of the Week for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Aislynn Dale, 2, received the honor. Aislynn is the daughter of Seth and Breann Dale. She has one older brother, Brayden, who is 5 years old.
Frances Wither had visits from her children this week. They regularly come in to see her here at the Doak Walker Care Center. The same is true for Geraldine Hinkle, who has had visits from her family almost every day.
Happy birthday wishes to Holland Luedtke, Jean Muhme, Haley Hockaday and Danielle Laird.
A.A. Curtis was re-elected president of the Colorado Stock Growers and Feeders association at the 68th annual convention held in Steamboat Springs on Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25.
It’s been 75 years to the day since the Veterans of Foreign Wars post opened in Oak Creek. For a time, the veterans returning from those conflicts buoyed VFW Post 3311 to a social hub. Now there are two or three members at the monthly meetings.
Occupation: Ski bum
Real estate transactions for June 15 to 23, 2010
The leadership of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is working to close a $675,000 real estate purchase on Steamboat’s west side that would give it a permanent home and possibly someday host as many as five to 10 other youth service organizations.
Pitkin County’s most expensive single-family home sale in nearly a year closed Tuesday when a McLain Flats area estate fetched $24.5 million.
Saturday, June 26
Annual food festival highlights town's culinary tradition
The thunder that rolled through Oak Creek on Saturday afternoon was at times hard to distinguish from the bass of the music that rocked Decker Park during the annual Taste of South Routt event.
Victories improve Steamboat to 3-1 in league play
The Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday against Summit County, and in doing so improved its stock for a run at the state tournament. Steamboat won the first game, 15-5, and the second game, 10-6.
Colorado State Patrol officials said no citations were issued
The Colorado State Patrol released details of the bicycle crash that resulted in the death of a 37-year-old Vermont man. The information shows that David Blumenthal was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash Wednesday morning.
Biker hit a deer, struck pickup near Craig this morning
Richard Jack, 61, was riding a 2006 BMW motorcycle south near mile marker 88 on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig when a deer jumped into his path, according to a release from the Colorado State Patrol. The biker was ejected and came to rest against the tire of a pickup that was heading north and had stopped on the side of the road.
Volunteers place thousands of trees across Routt County on Saturday
Tristan Frolich organized the event Saturday, sending planting parties to Steamboat Lake, Spring Creek Trail, Seedhouse campgrounds, Hinman Park campgrounds and Mount Werner. More than 300 volunteers planted nearly 14,000 trees.
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on Sunday the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offerl HIV rapid testing and results to anyone ages 13 and older on a drop-in basis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
A Steamboat Springs team consisting of local Little League players lost 10-3 to Golden and 11-7 to West Jefferson.
Summit Extreme, a group of Steamboat and Summit players, won its two games Friday in the Triple Crown tournament, putting the team in good position to get out of pool play today as one of the top seeds.
A closing reception for artist Will Day is from 6 to 8 p.m. at K. Saari Gallery at Vertical Arts in Wildhorse Marketplace Plaza. The event will feature new work of Boulder artist Will Day, as well as featuring paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Renee Fox.
Woman hopes booms of fur will help oil spill cleanup efforts
Dog groomer Melanie Smith is collecting the hair from the pets she grooms and plans to send it to the Gulf of Mexico where she hopes it will be used to produce booms to collect spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Deal cut valued at $1.365 billion, to be completed in early 2011
Cablevision Systems purchased Bresnan Communications, which serves Craig, on June 14 in a deal valued at $1.365 billion, according to a news release. Cablevision, a New York-based company, will create a subsidiary of the company to manage Bresnan’s customers in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. The deal is expected to be completed in early 2011. The deal is also subject to “certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval,” according to the release.
5:54 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of horses on the railroad near Phippsburg, and deputies worked to find the owner.
Business plans to create foods with pot added
Jacob Wise expects to have a medical marijuana kitchen open within a few months after the Oak Creek Town Board gave the final OK on Thursday night.
Police say identity theft is common in Steamboat and there are easy steps to help stop it
A Florida man pleaded guilty this week to a international scam operation that netted him about $20,000 in profits. Detective Dave Kleiber, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said the man was suspected in two dozen “mystery shopper” scams.
A crowd of tourists larger than last year’s is expected this weekend in Steamboat Springs, and some reports indicate that next week’s July Fourth crowd could be larger, as well. Construction on Lincoln Avenue has had a nasty effect on businesses, but crews are scheduled to take a two-month hiatus starting Thursday.
Friday, June 25
Aug. 8 bike ride benefits Livestrong group, local cancer-treatment charities
Seventy-five mountain bikers have signed up for the 26-mile Ride the Divide cruise. There's space for 200, organizer Dave Nagel said, and he's confident that he'll reach that number by the Aug. 8 event.
E. coli slightly elevated in water samples
New water samples have been sent to a Denver-area lab but had not come back as of Saturday afternoon. Steamboat Lake State Park ranger Matthew Schuler expects the beach to be closed until at least Monday.
Activists hope religious protections will apply to nonmedical pot uses
Steamboat Springs native Roger Christie founded The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry, and Nederland dispensary owner Kathleen Chippi has been ordained as a minister in the church and plans to open Closer to the Heart Ministries next month.
Adult Coed C League softball standings for June 24
LIFT-UP of Routt County’s food bank will collect nonperishable food items at the entrance to Howelsen Hill after Saturday’s free summer concert.
56th annual Grand Junction Dolphin Invitational Swim Meet
Some pilots question whether project will make airport safer
Extending the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport runway has been touted as a way to boost air service efficiency, but a few pilots questioned Wednesday whether the longer runway would make the airport any safer.
To lessen the blow of funding decreases, Colorado Mountain College is introducing a tuition hike and planning fewer capital projects. To do this, CMC’s Board of Trustees recently approved its $65.5 million general fund budget at a meeting in Aspen.
Blaze may have started in woodpile, destroys uninsured property
John Waller was back at his home Thursday “in shock” as firefighters worked to put out the blaze at his 2,800 square-foot Express Tire shop, which contained his son’s collector’s Mustang and “tens of thousands of dollars” worth of restaurant equipment, plus other tools and belongings. Waller guessed his backhoe and Bobcat also were caught in the fire.
Yampa Valley Feeds hosts 2nd supper and barn dance this year
Yampa Valley Feeds owner Tammie Delaney said last month’s Community Potluck Supper and Barn Dance in Hayden was such a success that she decided to host another.
Camp Invention, a weeklong summer enrichment program, includes activities that emphasize creative problem solving and critical-thinking skills through hands-on activities.
New Mexico-based Tijerina brings its brand of blues-rock with jazz and funk influences to Ghost Ranch Saloon at 9 p.m. today.
I would like to reintroduce you, Routt County folk, to your conservation district. In the past we may have missed you, but we are seeking your attention now.
Country music star leads off Free Summer Concert Series
Big Kenny Alphin opens the 2010 Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. today at Howelsen Hill. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with Legal Tender playing at 6 p.m. The next Free Summer Concert is July 23.
The word that most frequently comes to the mouths of musicians describing upcoming Strings performer Sarah Chang is “prodigy.” From kindergarten age on, Chang has mastered the violin.
The Steamboat Springs Team Lightning summer swim team competed at the 56th annual Grand Junction Dolphin Invitational Swim Meet.
1:40 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an open door or window in the 100 block of 10th Street.
The party is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and will include food, music and a whole lot of skating. The park is located at the end of Lagoon Court, behind the Routt County Jail in western Steamboat Springs.
Thursday, June 24
Vermont man was competing in Tour Divide race
David Blumenthal collided with a truck Wednesday morning near Steamboat Lake. He was pronounced brain-dead at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Several trails to be shut for at least five weeks
Stairway to Heaven, Abby’s Root Canal, Forest Loop and the Ridge Trail connecting Emerald Mountain from Cow Creek will all be closed. The Blair Witch, 9-Way and Hudson and Quarry Mountain trails will also be partially closed.
Incident is 3rd high-value burglary since April in Routt; deputies expect more
A burglar or burglars stole a 300-pound safe from a house in the Dakota Ridge subdivision Wednesday morning, according to the Routt County Sheriff's Office.
Adult Men's A League Softball standings for June 23
Steamboat Youth Lacrosse 2010 Summer League
Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Thunderhead Hill Climb results from Wednesday
As the weather warms and the evenings get longer, so begins mosquito season in Moffat County. Gary Brannan, Moffat County Pest Management Department manager, said the county started implementing mosquito larvae control in late April, but the increasing number of adult mosquitoes in the county is prompting his department to launch aerial spraying. Brannan said Craig, Maybell and the recreational areas of the county will be sprayed Saturday through Wednesday. Brannan said he was not sure which days the county would be treating specific areas, as weather and wind factors effect spraying.
Games are played on Sundays and will last through August. This free league is open to everyone.
12:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car in the Sanctuary subdivision. The car was unoccupied.
The Steamboat Springs Running Series has enjoyed record growth in the last year, a trend that doesn’t seem to be on the verge of stopping anytime soon as out-of-town racers are steadily registering for many of the series’ events later this summer.
Sailors football star plans walk on at university
Any time Joe Dover got the football in his hands, the incomprehensible could become reality. He was just that special of an athlete, having the ability few do. But because of injuries and other tribulations early in his career, the 2010 Steamboat Springs High School graduate got a late start in the recruiting world.
It is a truly unique experience to be in Kenya right now during the World Cup. No matter that Kenya did not field a team, everybody here is committed, proud and intensely focused on the performance of the African teams that are competing.
Compared to last year, there are a number of changes for the upcoming 10th annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation golf tournament, coordinator Eva Peroulis said. For one, the forecast for this year’s tournament calls for sunshine rather than rain. And, there are already enough teams. “We are totally booked,” Peroulis said. “This tournament brings in a lot of people, and I think it’s one of the biggest at the golf course.”
Jacob Wise plans to ask the Town Board tonight to allow him to open a kitchen where he can prepare marijuana-based foods.
Lack of AT&T dealers in Routt County means no walk-up sales
Today is the official release date for the much-hyped iPhone 4, but unless you pre-ordered one through Apple or AT&T, don’t expect to find the new smart phone at any local retailers.
Wednesday, June 23
Proposal to renovate Chief elicits excitement, financial questions
Public reaction Wednesday to a proposed renovation of Chief Plaza Theater was a mixture of excitement, hope and concern about the project’s costs and fundraising needs. Friends of the Chief hope to raise $500,000 from the community.
By all accounts, Wednesday’s Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series event — the Thunderhead Hill Climb at Steamboat Ski Area — was a quad-burning, sweat-soaking slog up a trail at times so steep that some of this mountain-bike-crazy town’s best riders had to hop off and push to a flat section before saddling back up to charge onward and upward.
Investigation suggests appearance of favoritism toward Duckels
A police report released Wednesday said there's insufficient evidence that any crime was committed in bidding the construction work. The investigation did reveal widespread opinions of favoritism in the bid process. Several people interviewed said the bid process at least appeared to be slanted toward Duckels Construction.
Routt County population increases, but towns’ changes mixed
Steamboat Springs’ population increased more than 2,300 residents from 2000 to 2009, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The unidentified 37-year-old was flown to a Front Range hospital, authorities said. The accident happened early Wednesday morning in northern Routt County.
Recently graduated Steamboat Springs High School football player Joe Dover said he found the right fit at the Cedar City, Utah, school. He will play free safety and return kicks this fall. His senior year, Dover rushed for 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging more than 10 yards a carry.
There was no shortage of two-wheel parking Wednesday at the Routt County Courthouse despite the crowd of cyclists that rose early to gather on the lawn and enjoy coffee and breakfast in downtown Steamboat Springs to celebrate Bike to Work Day.
Family of Jenna Gruben Morrill requests harsher punishment during emotional proceeding
Angelica Mangiardi, the driver in the crash that killed Steamboat Springs resident Jenna Gruben Morrill, was sentenced to 70 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a charge of careless driving Wednesday morning.
Sand volleyball standings
“A Village Called Versailles,” a documentary film, tells the story of how a Vietnamese community on the outskirts of New Orleans persevered after Hurricane Katrina.
A group of community members seeking to purchase and renovate the building faces a $3.5 million fundraising hurdle. They’ll make their pitch to the community at 6 p.m. today.
A visit from the Deputy Consul General of Mexico in Denver will be like a “meeting of old friends” at a reception at the RED Contemporary gallery tonight, Steamboat Springs City Councilman Walter Magill said.
Westminster golfer holds on to lead for Haywhacker win
Tournament leader Steven Kupcho faced defending champion Connor Klein and a hard-charging Dario Ortega on the second day of the Colorado Junior Golf Association’s Haywhacker Championships.
Rhonda Cash is making small improvements in a Denver hospital, Steamboat Springs Police Chief JD Hays said Tuesday.
“We don’t play country music. We don’t play rock ’n’ roll, quite,” lead singer Mike Himebaugh explains, “It’s an amalgamation we’ve come up with over the years. We didn’t try to find it over the years. It found us.” The group plays at Ghost Ranch at 8:45 p.m. today.
The city plans to install nine new bus shelters along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs this fall.
Local coed softball standings
High school seniors, now is the time to get your Menactra vaccine to protect you against meningitis. College freshman living in dormitories are at increased risk for meningococcal disease and should be vaccinated with Menactra before college entry.
Monday, June 21
In Steamboat Springs, it just makes sense to be green. It makes sense everywhere, of course, but we live in a city that relies on a beautiful environment for much of its livelihood.
The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team finished second at a tournament in Green River, Wyo., during the weekend, and the Summit Extreme baseball team made it to the final eight of a tournament in Omaha, Neb., before getting rained out.
Results from the Haywhacker Golf Tournament
Let the countdown begin! 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … By the time this column appears, there will be exactly one week until the first part of the U.S. Highway 40 construction project is completed. The bad news is: What will we complain about now?
Tuesday, June 22
Yampa River still flowing too fast for safe floating
Tuesday afternoon, the river was running at about 1,000 cubic feet per second, only half the flow measured a week earlier. By Sunday, forecasters say, the river could hit the ideal “safe” flow for tubing of 700 cfs.
The Thunderhead Hill Climb, the second of seven Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series events starts today at 6 p.m.
Mike “Goose” Guseman not yet walking after motorcycle crash
A friend of Steamboat Springs resident Mike “Goose” Guseman said Monday that he is out of a medically induced coma in a Front Range hospital after crashing his motorcycle June 15.
Steamboat alumna wins volleyball title
Some Vail volleyball fans may have been having some flashbacks during the King of the Mountain women’s and men’s open finals Sunday. Yes, you’ve seen that big, blond young lady crushing balls over the net in the past. Yep, that was Katie Carter, Steamboat Springs alumna, back in Eagle County.
Steamboat Art Museum president and curator Shirley Stocks said painting outdoors is about much more than enjoying beautiful weather and scenery in the Yampa Valley. About 35 artists are in Steamboat Springs this week to try their hand at expressing those values in The Plein Air Event.
Men's B League softball standings
The Record for June 18
Financials reported during group’s annual meeting Saturday
Despite last year’s decline in gross operating revenue, decrease in kilowatt-hour sales and fewer new service installations, Yampa Valley Electric Association officials reported to their members at Saturday’s annual meeting that the cooperative remains financially sound.
The town of Hayden has arranged for aerial spraying for mosquitoes.
As the Earth and moon perform their perpetual orbital dance, sometimes their shadows are thrown onto each other, creating an event called an eclipse. Before dawn Saturday morning, beginning at 4:17 a.m., early risers can see a partial eclipse of the moon.
The Steamboat Springs School Board, by a 4-1 vote, approved a bond fund expenditure Monday night of more than $305,000 for new carpet and vinyl tiling at Steamboat Springs Middle School and Strawberry Park Elementary School.
Three strokes separate Westminster golfer Steven Kupcho from the field in the championship flight of the Colorado Junior Golf Association’s Haywhacker Golf Tournament in Steamboat Springs.
Sanctuary homeowners want to keep mitigation of wildfire risk, bark-beetle impacts in their own hands
Homeowners in the Sanctuary subdivision voted this month to not participate in the city’s extensive, federally funded logging operation, opting instead to continue using subdivision funds to mitigate wildfire risk and other effects of the bark beetle infestation.
The Record for June 20
Monday, June 21
Crews respond to blaze in Canyon Valley subdivision
Firefighters from West Routt, Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek contained a 2- to 3-acre wildfire Monday in the Canyon Valley area near Mount Harris.
Event returns with daily activities, free coffee this week
Many Steamboat businesses and organizations are embracing the simple pleasure of a ride to work today through Saturday, as Colorado’s Bike to Work month comes to a head in Steamboat Springs with Bike to Work Week.
The Record for June 19
Honey Stinger cyclist places 7th in Front Range event
Nate Bird said he was tired Sunday, a day after riding in a mountain bike race. That’s entirely understandable given the event — the Bailey Hundo 100-mile mountain bike race — was the longest he’d ever tackled.
Western Slope office manager expects government project to be completed by mid-August
Census 2010 work is wrapping up in Northwest Colorado, and the region’s manager said the majority of data collection work should be finished by mid-August.
The 2010 tournament was held June 18 and 19 at Rollingstone Ranch Gold Club and Catamount Ranch & Club
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series Week 1 results
We’re on the brink of sports purgatory. It’s the time of year when the NBA and NHL seasons have wrapped up. In baseball, we’re not quite at the season’s midpoint and a ton of teams are still in it. It’s at this point every year that I am reminded of some of the things I hate about sports.
County Agenda for June 21 and 22
Older adults in the Yampa Valley are fortunate to live in communities flush with summer programs to keep them busy and healthy. Between trips, ongoing exercise and wellness programs, lunches, crafts, continuing education and other opportunities, it can be a little tough to keep it all straight.
Saturday is Opening Night for the Strings Music Festival, kicking off Strings’ summer season and featuring the Strings Festival Orchestra with violin soloist Sarah Chang.
I’ve revised my thinking about parsnips since discovering that they grow well here, are good for you and are quite delicious when harvested late and cooked right.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Gerard Geis said police used a Taser to subdue a woman who was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence Sunday afternoon in Steamboat Springs.
When you commuted to work today, were you on two wheels or four? Today marks the beginning of Colorado Bike to Work Week, and Wednesday is Bike to Work Day. In fact, the entire month of June is designated by the state of Colorado as Bike to Work Month.
Members also will be presented with the school district’s facilities master plan
After a year of budget cuts and layoffs because of reduced revenue and increased expenses, the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight will consider adopting the 2010-11 budget.
Sunday, June 20
I trudged into Steamboat Flyfisher two minutes late for my 8:30 a.m. fly-fishing tour, and Johnny Spillane was waiting. “Hi, I’m Johnny,” he said with an outstretched hand. All I could think was, “Wow. That’s true,” before finally introducing myself.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a soccer poser. If the topic were snowboarding, I’d be waiting at the bottom of the mountain, scared of the lift but with a blinged-out coat, a vocabulary that included the term “McTwist” and some guy named Shaun on my speed dial.
Four departing Steamboat Springs High School soccer players — Mia Quick, Courtney Garth, Emi Birch and McKenzie Worden — spent multiple seasons of their youth going winless. Now, the four will play Division III soccer next year.
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Squad beats Breckenridge, 40-31, in home opener
The Steamboat Springs Rugby Club used a torrid 15-minute stretch in the second half to pick up its first win of the season, a 40-31 triumph against Breckenridge on Sunday at Whistler Field. Steamboat, now 1-1 overall, remained in the hunt for a Mountain League title with the win.
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The tragedy in the Gulf has brought up a lot of questions about the safety of drilling offshore, especially in deep water.
I want to publicly thank the Steamboat Springs School District, and specifically Transportation Director Ed Dingledine, for coming to our rescue June 8.
The temperature Friday morning was 53 degrees and climbing fast. In the distance, the sound of baseballs colliding with aluminum bats was a constant reminder that it’s summer at Howelsen Hill. It’s not exactly the kind of place where you would expect to find a group of athletes pursuing the sports of ski jumping and Nordic combined — but those sports are no longer limited to the winter months.
The one-year anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act is approaching.
Triple Crown Sports baseball and softball tournaments are under way in Steamboat Springs for yet another summer, and that’s a good thing for our local economy. With a new agreement in place between the city and Triple Crown, it’s likely those tournaments will continue to visit Steamboat for another decade or so. But we expect our elected officials to revisit the agreement annually.
Peddie, Gold exploring demand for housing development near Casey’s Pond campus site
The same developers who are under contract to sell 6-plus acres to Colorado Senior Residences for a new senior living campus on Steamboat’s south side now are contemplating a compatible development of their own.
Bluegrass band Cornbread to headline annual food, music festival
The strength of the Taste of South Routt is its adherence to tradition, organizer Julie Hoff said. But that doesn’t mean the organizers don’t want to shake up the event with some new music. This year, the annual food and music festival has a new headliner full of Steamboat and South Routt residents
Real estate transactions for June 11 to 17, 2010
Lynne Bier, of Home on the Range in Steamboat Springs, was one of 29 interior designers in the state to win Crystal Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers Colorado Chapter this season.
The Hayden Public Library announces its first Reader of the Week for this year’s Summer Reading Program: “Make a Splash at Your Library.” Kenzie Varner, 5, has won the honor.
A.W. Heyer, J.A. Brobeck and Bud Wright, roads committee of the Steamboat Springs Commercial Club, are proving that they are a working committee by the improvements that have been made and are being made on the Fish Creek Falls and Hot Spring roads and the Blackmer drive.
Heather Whiting, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the spring 2010 dean’s list at Northeastern University in Boston.
Happy birthday wishes to Randy Delay, Todd Kelton, Tyler Brazelton, Jesse McAvoy and Phillip Dorr.
Want to thank people who have been bringing in jewelry for bingo. We sure appreciate it, and we want to keep that up — we always can use some more help in there.
Family stays active, positive 1 year after Rebecca Green's drowning
Rodney Green said the wound never heals. You just learn to manage it. It’s been about a year since his wife of 14 years, Rebecca Green, drowned near Fish Creek’s upper falls while trying to reach their son, Kade, who had slipped on a rock and fallen into the rushing water.
A local organization is working to pair rescue horses with new owners. Rescued to Ride, a Routt County organization that is awaiting approval of its nonprofit status, was created to train rescue horses in preparation for adoption, Executive Director Diane Panetta said.
A marketing and event promotion group is growing its membership as base area businesses look for a boost amid construction and the down economy this summer. Andy Wirth, president of the MVP’s board of directors, said the response to the initial MVP membership drive has been “nothing short of tremendous.”
Colorado Mountain College professor settles in Dry Creek Village subdivision
Kevin Cooper readily admits he was taken aback when be began looking for a new home in Steamboat Springs in February 2009. But he finally found a brand-new home he could afford in Dry Creek Village. His new home was built by a local builder as a spec home.
History is sparse but punctuated in region
The history of serious violence in Routt County is brief, but several notable stories stand out from the typical crimes in the rural region. The June 11 shooting on Steamboat Springs’ west side was the most recent in a sparse string of violence, and one that may have a better ending than several previous incidents.
The grand opening for Boomerang Sports Exchange, a sports gear consignment store in downtown Steamboat Springs, is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
School officials send out e-mail to parents indicating eligibility for $211 class refund or credit
The Steamboat Springs School District is issuing a $211 refund or credit to most parents whose children attended full-day kindergarten this past year. Of 124 students’ parents, 70 were sent an e-mail informing them they were eligible for a refund because they already had paid for the final month of tuition.
Detective Dave Kleiber, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said Thursday that someone has been sending forged checks from a local business across the country.
Show features 3 bands along Elk River; event expected to sell out
Saturday’s North Routt Music Festival had a decidedly chill North Routt vibe as Jed Clampit started his set, with concert goers chatting, sipping beers, eating barbecue and lounging on blankets. Several folks moved up toward the stage, dancing and cheering Clampit on.
Saturday, June 19
It’s early in the season, but the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club just needs a win. Steamboat (0-1) plays Breckenridge (0-1) at 3 p.m. today at Whistler Field. It’s the first home game of the season for the local squad. The loser of today’s match will struggle to overcome a winless start and still capture the league title.
The crowd at the Steamboat Springs Rodeo Series' event Friday night stomped their feet and roared as the next cowboy climbed atop his bull and prepared to enter the ring. Steamboat Springs Rodeo Series' 20-performance summer season continues tonight at the Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Show ’n’ Shine is taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Volunteer judges will evaluate Mustangs in more than 40 classes, based on cleanliness, craftsmanship, quality and more. The cars will be displayed on Oak Street from Third to Ninth streets.
Canadian team set to scan Mount Werner, start mapping
Dave Kelly said he plans to come to Steamboat Springs and spend four to six weeks wandering in the woods. This is something he’s excited about. Kelly is headed to town to start mapping out the trails on Mount Werner that will fill in the master summer trails plan provided in April by Steamboat Ski Area.
The odds that the story a kindly bachelor rancher donned a pathetic female disguise and robbed Steamboat Springs Bank at high noon will be told forever increased substantially this week when his family’s log homestead cabin was carefully dismantled so that it could be restored.
2:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an open door in the 100 block of Seventh Street. Everything was fine.
Deputies, emergency responders weren't able to save an Ohio man riding through Steamboat on Thursday.
Rhonda Cash is able to walk from her bed to a chair in her hotel room after doctors at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver removed a bullet from her neck, Steamboat Springs Police Chief JD Hays said Friday.
Daily events are planned Monday through Saturday, and Bike to Work Day is Wednesday. Breakfast will be provided to bikers on the Routt County Courthouse lawn from 7 to 9 a.m. Wedneseday.
Friday, June 18
Family attempts crossing at rush hour but returns to water
A mother duck and her 10 ducklings caused a stir near the post office at Third Street on Thursday when the mother duck decided she wanted to get to the Yampa River — by crossing Lincoln Avenue at about 6 p.m.
Routt’s figure for May is 1.1 percent higher than April, highest since 1992
May's jobless rate is the highest for the month since 1992, according to the state agency that tracks employment figures.
With more than 130 filled seats and a standing-room-only crowd, it was sure to be a memorable evening. Ranchers, veterinarians, horse lovers and those just curious about animal behavior filled Library Hall in Bud Werner Memorial Library on May 26 to listen to the insight and keen observations of Dr. Temple Grandin.
Cooperative to decide whether to deregulate from Wyoming agency
Yampa Valley Electric Association members will elect a board member and decide whether to deregulate from the Wyoming Public Service Commission on Saturday.
Members to discuss policy and survey results
Steamboat Springs School Board President Robin Crossan said today’s all-day workshop will include discussion intended to help the board operate better.
Hopefuls petition for ballot
Two unaffiliated candidates turned in petitions this week to join the November election, but both fell just short of the number of signatures required before the first deadline this week.
City asks for state Supreme Court review of Humble Ranch dispute
Steamboat Springs has filed a petition for review of the Humble Ranch case by the Colorado Supreme Court, continuing the legal proceedings in a dispute involving land conservation, wildlife preservation, private property rights and efforts that began more than a decade ago to increase public access on the south flank of Emerald Mountain.
12:25 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a door open at the back of the theater in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue.
The Chinese restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to close, Tuesdays through Sundays.
Annual event for girls led by Shannon Miller
When Libby Lukens was 6 years old, she attended her first Shannon Miller Hockey Camp in Santa Fe, N.M. Now in her fifth year at the camp, and Lukens has progressed beyond just skating, thanks in large part to the hockey camp.
Event features 3 bands along Elk River in Clark
Saturday’s local forecast is for sunny skies with temperatures nearing 80 degrees — in other words, darn near perfect weather for live music along the Elk River. The North Routt Music Festival starts at 4 p.m. Saturday along the Elk River at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark.
Tim and Scott Borden just keep coming up with ways to improve the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Nevermind that the Bordens already contribute priceless expertise and equipment to the extravaganza that lights up the slopes of Howelsen Hill and much of the surrounding valley each summer.
Business examines new agriculture opportunity
A plot of tilled earth outside of Carbondale could sprout the future of agriculture in the West, not to mention an environmentally friendly fuel source. So far, though, it looks like dirt with a few weeds poking through.
Dancers will step into the spotlight at 8 p.m. Saturday when they perform during the New Works Festival in the main theater of the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
Facing the world after suffering grief, especially losing a family member, can be a trying experience for anyone. Despite the anger and sadness, sometimes you have to face the world. And sometimes, that takes a mask.
Thursday, June 17
Law enforcement to review response policy after shooting
Rhonda Cash's condition is improving, police said. Police Chief JD Hays also said his department is refining its response to emergency situations after reviewing what happened in western Steamboat last week.
Mountain bikers can take to the trails of Mount Werner as the ski area opens summer operations.
Chamber’s barometer predicts nearly 8,000 visitors to Steamboat this weekend
The Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer anticipates that 7,900 people will be in town Saturday night. That figure is down from 8,600 forecast guests on the corresponding Saturday in 2009, and further still from the 9,700 guests who actually arrived here.
Union Pacific has told the city of Steamboat Springs that the 13th Street railroad crossing resurfacing project will close traffic in both directions at the railroad tracks near the Depot Art Center and Bud Werner Memorial Library.
7:40 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a hit-and-run crash at 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue where a white pickup towing a trailer reportedly hit a Steamboat Springs Transit bus but did not stop. There were no injuries.
A fund has been established to help with medical expenses for Mike “Goose” Gooseman, who was hurt Tuesday in a motorcycle wreck, friend Jake Burwell said.
Rangers attribute last year’s decrease to boater awareness
Routt County’s reservoirs are likely to see an increase in boats this weekend as summer-like temperatures attract campers and others. Along with the increased use, park rangers say they’ll be keeping a close eye on boaters’ alcohol consumption.
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board member Brent Romick said he’d love to see the residents of Steamboat Springs turn out in massive numbers for each of this season’s 20 performances.
South Routt’s Rodney Wilson takes job in Grand Junction after 8 years with group
Rodney Wilson has deep roots in Oak Creek. That’s why he said it was a difficult decision to take a job in Grand Junction, but it was an opportunity he had to take. Wilson, the South Routt School Board vice president, has stepped down after eight years on the board.
Hays presents timeline of action at Iris Lane shooting incident
Sgt. Dale Coyner and officer Scott Middleton first responded to the house at 2739 Iris Lane at about 9:30 a.m. Friday after Rhonda Heaton Cash’s co-workers asked officers to check on her because she did not show up for work. When Coyner and Middleton knocked on the door and yelled Rhonda Cash’s name, they heard a shot. That set in motion the response for the rest of the incident.
The Ski Town USA Golf Classic Benefit Auction and Cocktail Party kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Grand Ballroom. The doors to the event open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available in advance at Alpine Bank and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Sheriff’s Office: Nothing criminal with child found near road
The decision about whether to pursue criminal charges against the woman who was taking care of the 2-year-old boy found by the side of U.S. Highway 40 last month now will go to the state’s Department of Human Services.
Wednesday, June 16
School Board also approves Luppes as half-time superintendent in 2010-11
The Hayden School Board plans to ask voters to approve a mill levy override to generate an estimated $344,560 annually for the district. The board also approved Mike Luppes as the district’s half-time superintendent in 2010-11 tonight.
Annual Perry-Mansfield event reveals new plays, dances
The annual Perry-Mansfield event allows playwrights to test new works still in development in front of Steamboat audiences. The festival runs Friday through Sunday and includes a dance performance Saturday evening.
Many of the trails on the upper section of Emerald Mountain will be closed for at least four weeks starting Monday, officials said Wednesday afternoon. The closures come as efforts to clear the mountain of beetle-killed trees continue.
Campgrounds outside Yampa near Yamcolo and Stillwater reservoirs and the Flat Top Wilderness area are open and the reservoirs are ice free, but trails to nearby wilderness lakes are covered by 1 to 2 feet of snow in many cases.
The Routt County community is still reeling from the tragedy that struck Friday, a shooting that left two hospitalized. The Steamboat Springs Police Department has said a husband is suspected of shooting his wife and then himself.
The clinics are intended for golfers ages 6 to 16. The first clinic, for beginning golfers, is June 23 and 24.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Rebecca Miller, who is coming off an up-and-down season, was named Colorado Ski Country USA’s Female All-Star Athlete of the Year. The award was presented Thursday during the Double Diamond Awards Dinner in Denver.
Councilman’s last meeting July 6; city approves Triple Crown deal
It’s not easy to overshadow the city’s new agreement with Triple Crown Sports, but Jim Engelken found a way Tuesday night. The Steamboat Springs City Councilman resigned his at-large seat Tuesday in Centennial Hall and said that his last council meeting will be July 6 because of his family’s upcoming move to the Denver area.
The Hahn’s Peak Ranger District is making plans to smooth the bumpy ride to the top of Buffalo Pass, but construction on National Forest roads 60 and 310 won’t begin this summer, if at all.
Monday, June 14
Union Pacific notified the city of Steamboat Springs that it will be resurfacing the 13th Street railroad crossing Thursday. One lane will be open with flaggers to assist those wanting to access the Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Depot Art Center.
Strange things happen at my house. At night, things disappear or multiply. For example, all of my pens have packed up and left on summer vacation. I have searched and searched, and there are no pens to be found. My entire house has morphed into a pen-swallowing Bermuda Triangle.
If you are an Ophiuchan, please raise your hand. Hmmm … I’m not seeing any hands out there. Perhaps you are an Ophiuchan and you don’t know it. Please allow me to explain.
Funky Hammond organ group to perform Thursday at Ghost Ranch
Through a Craigslist posting and classmates putting two and two together, On The Spot Trio was formed. The group will bring its funky Hammond organ music to Steamboat at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Ghost Ranch Saloon.
More than 40 years of sports car history will be on display this weekend in Steamboat Springs for the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. Joe Dietz, planning committee chairman for the event, said more than 500 Mustangs from 17 states have been signed up for the event.
School Board to consider Luppes for half-time position
The Hayden School Board will consider whether to hire Mike Luppes as the district’s half-time superintendent in 2010-11. Luppes was approved as the district’s administrative consultant to serve in a superintendent-like role after Superintendent Greg Rockhold was relieved of his duties March 31.
Tuesday, June 15
The 17th annual Hospice Golf Tournament came down to a tiebreaker Tuesday at Catamount Ranch & Club as the team of Mix Beauvais, Karen Beuavais, Dave Miller and Brooks Kellog won with a team score of 62.
City continues efforts to refinance $17.5M redevelopment loan
That big hole in Gondola Square is for water- and sewer-line work that is the first phase of this summer’s base area redevelopment. Construction is well under way at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The work is part of an about $2.5 million redevelopment project approved in May by the Steamboat Springs City Council.
Friend of Rhonda Heaton Cash's said she doesn't have family here
A friend of Rhonda Heaton Cash has set up a fund to help with medical costs after Cash was shot Friday. Cash, a longtime Steamboat Springs resident, was shot in her home on Iris Lane, and she remains hospitalized in Denver.
Wednesday’s Thunderhead Hill Climb delayed because of wet trail conditions
Wet, muddy trail conditions on Mount Werner have pushed the Thunderhead Hill Climb to June 23. The event was originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today.
Discussion tonight to include schools’ budget, education ideas
City officials will get a hefty dose of input about local education tonight. The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to meet with the Steamboat Springs School Board, then the Education Fund Board, for open, potentially wide-ranging discussions about local school funding and improvement ideas.
Officials continue investigation into Friday’s double shooting
Steamboat Springs police have collected numerous items in the investigation of Friday's double shooting.
I’ve occasionally wondered what I would do if I had the misfortune to bury a fish hook in my flesh. Now I know. I’ve been fly fishing for trout in Colorado for three decades now. But on Saturday, I managed to do something I haven’t done in 30 years of waving sharp hooks through the air over my head.
The key to a thriving economy in Oak Creek is not to try to change the habits of its residents, local economist Scott Ford said, but to bring in business from the surrounding area.
Sunday, June 13
Yampa Valley Medical Center is upgrading its telephone system today and June 22. Starting at 5 a.m. today, the only line open to the hospital will be the main number, 879-1322. Calls will be forwarded to an internal cell phone and answered by a nurse supervisor. No other direct line numbers will be available for about 15 minutes.
Third Street intersection and Lincoln to Seventh to open today
Steamboat drivers fed up with the downtown construction should get some relief today. The Third Street intersection is scheduled to open and so will traffic in all four lanes to Seventh Street, Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, said Monday.
Monday, June 14
Two of downtown Steamboat Springs' busiest intersections could open to traffic as crews continue to make progress on the major U.S. Highway 40 construction project through the heart of the city.
Fifteen-minute blackout to begin at about 9 a.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday as crews turn on the backup generators and switch the power source.
Alum, defensive coordinator to lead Steamboat Springs High School team
Steamboat Springs High School Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe confirmed Monday that the district has decided to hire Lonn Clementson to replace Aaron Finch as the school’s new football coach.
A proposed agreement with the city would keep Triple Crown Sports events in Steamboat Springs through 2020.
Steamboat Springs received an entire month’s worth of rain in the four-day period from Friday to Monday. The precipitation resulted in a temporary spike in river levels, but the Elk and Yampa rivers had returned to more seasonal flow norms by Monday afternoon.
Each year, it seems the Yampa Valley has infestations of several varieties of grasshopper, each with a different life cycle. Needless to say, it is a challenge for gardeners to control damage to their plants from these voracious pests.
Mammography, X-ray radiography, CT and fluoroscopy all are examples of medical X-rays used to help detect disease or injury so that a medical problem can be treated, managed or even cured.
Saturday, June 12
Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering classes Mondays at the Hayden Public Library taught by Dede Huston.
Melissa Hart, a Democratic candidate for the University of Colorado Board of Regents, spent time in Steamboat Springs on Saturday talking to residents about CU and why its governing body matters to them.
Locations, transportation in place for June 26 effort to plant trees
Ideas are turning into realities for a June 26 effort to plant 14,000 trees across Routt County. Tristan Frolich, organizer of the ReTree Colorado event intended to revitalize forest growth ravaged by the bark beetle epidemic, said the event now has a gathering place and five tree-planting locations.
Running, swimming event’s proceeds to help fight cancer
Ddozens of competitors participated in the inaugural Splash & Dash Duathlon event, which sent competitors swimming through the Old Town Hot Springs lap pool, then on a run around downtown Steamboat. The race raised money for the Mela-KNOW-More, which was created by former Steamboat Springs tennis pro Andy Caress to fight melanoma.
Remembering the Colorado-Nebraska rivalry
It seems the general consensus among University of Colorado fans is the move to the Pac-10 Conference is a good one. But if there is one general area that people will miss, it’s the annual football game against the University of Nebraska. Some in Big Red might still say it’s not a rivalry, but it is.
A slew of locals fared well through the weekend at the 2010 Alpine Bank Senior Sectional Championships at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
Marlene Griffin always has enjoyed walking, but the opportunity to travel pushed her to join a walking class to improve her endurance. Griffin, 73, has participated in a walking class for older adults in Craig for more than two years.
Sunday, June 13
Sister says Robert Cash must have been ‘very tormented and despondent’
Rhonda Cash remained in serious condition at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver on Sunday afternoon. Linda Cash Remy, Robert’s sister, said her brother is “in extremely critical condition.”
Spokeswoman says Denver hospital has no listing today for man who shot wife, self Friday
A spokeswoman for St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver said today that Rhonda Cash remains in serious condition there, but the hospital has no listing for her husband, Robert Cash, who was in critical condition at the hospital Saturday night. Police said Robert Cash shot Rhonda and then himself Friday morning at their western Steamboat home.
12:21 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department officer driving near the 900 block of Critter Court saw a garage bay at the school district’s bus facility open. An employee was working, and everything was fine.
Bud Werner Memorial Library events try to prevent academic regression
Sarah Kostin, the youth services librarian at Bud Werner Memorial Library, said the summer reading programs are intended to associate the library and reading with fun. Summer education programs like the reading programs offered at Bud Werner could prevent what educators call the “summer slide.”
Heading into this summer, we knew the Lincoln Avenue construction was going to cause significant challenges for the Steamboat Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K.
June is Bike to Work Month; Routt County Riders growing
Cycling season is rolling in Steamboat, and Routt County Riders has new developments in the middle of a month dedicated to pedaling promotion. June is Bike to Work Month in Steamboat Springs. The month-long encouragement of getting around on two wheels culminates in Bike to Work Week.
Founder of Everything Outdoor Steamboat retires from teaching
Matt Tredway has 23 years of experience teaching in the Steamboat Springs School District. He’s a well-known local adventurer, his wife claims he’s as strong as he’s ever been, and now, after resigning from his post teaching math and science at Steamboat Springs Middle School, he has all the free time in the world.
The class with Andy Kennedy is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 29 and July 1. The three-class fee is $100, plus $20 for materials.
Hayden graduate Murphy Smartt knew right away when he tore his ACL in his left knee that his athletic future might be in doubt. But while most of the schools cooled on Smartt or pulled offers, Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., didn’t. Smartt is headed to Fort Hays on a track scholarship in August.
Margaret Ann Courtney, 32, Steamboat Springs — Driving under the influence, possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia (Colorado State Patrol)
Isn’t American soccer past the point of being happy with ties? I had to consider that question Saturday, after the U.S. team gave up an early goal to powerful England but went on to hold its own and earn a 1-1 draw on the second day of the 2010 World Cup.
Marabou reminds me of Disney World. Anything seems possible out there, and my favorite story of why occurred when I was covering my very first Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race.
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Owner Hank Wilton purchased land with $6.74 million personal guarantee loan in 2007
The 354 acres west of Steamboat Springs that were part of the proposed 360 Village residential project are on the market for $3.99 million, an amount that is less than what is owed on the original land purchase of $6.74 million. And people close to the project say that if it ever goes forward, Hank Wilton, of Wilton Development, based in Richmond, Va., is unlikely to be involved.
After what many longtime locals would acknowledge was a particularly wet and cold spring, Mother Nature generally has been cooperative during the past couple of weeks. The result: substantial progress on the U.S. Highway 40 construction project through downtown Steamboat Springs.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association hosts a business after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Old Town Hot Springs on the upper deck.
After looking around the space normally reserved for cars and “seeing how much idle gear we had,” Genah Burditt said, she began thinking about better ways to finance her family’s sports habit. Thus arose Boomerang Sports Exchange, a sports consignment store that is having a grand opening June 20.
Dean Laird and Eliese Pivarnik are the newest broker/owners at Colorado Group Realty, Steamboat Springs’ largest independent real estate company.
Real Estate transactions for June 8 and 9
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The placer deposits of Poverty Bar at Hahn’s Peak are to be a scene of activity this year, after years of idleness. Work is to begin at once by a company headed by Ray Jewell, of Pueblo, who two weeks ago made extensive tests on the ground at the lower end of the bar, near the Columbine road.
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Thurstons’ plans for Stagecoach business include cookouts, ice fishing supplies
The Thurston family is rapidly expanding across the Stagecoach area, and as they do, they are building a family environment for the community and visitors. Tami and Tom Thurston began operating the Stagecoach marina store two weeks ago after they leased the building and bought the boats.
The developers of Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club rallied the troops here Tuesday, using historical data to make the case that when the mountain resort real estate economy turns around, it will be “Steamboat’s turn.”
Saturday, June 12
Event demonstration focuses on horse anatomy
A demonstration Saturday at Sidney Peak Ranch about the anatomy of a horse was part of the fifth annual Cayuse Classic and the 11-year anniversary of the Community Agriculture Alliance. The event was a benefit for the alliance.
Local Democrats praise focus on business
Gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper spoke to about 60 people at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, leaving a favorable impression on at least a couple of them.
Prizes will include a gas grill, savings bonds and rodeo tickets. Sign-up is at Ace at the Curve and costs $10 for grillers and $5 for pie makers.
The Steamboat Rugby Club dropped its opening game of the 2010 season Saturday, falling to rival Vail, 12-0. Playing in adverse conditions complete with rain, hail and high winds, the two top teams in the Mountain League waged a back-and-forth battle.
Joy Stearns couldn’t run last year’s Cog Run in Hayden, even after her husband, Brett Stearns, organized dozens of his friends and co-workers from firefighting outfits in Craig to do it. She promised him she’d run it in 2010, and, in his memory, she did.
According to Scott Contracting, the 13th Street intersection will remain closed at least until Tuesday. Crews still plan to open Third Street to all turns that day.
Police Capt. Joel Rae: Co-worker might have saved woman's life Friday
Police Capt. Joel Rae said Joan Ganz might have saved Rhonda Cash's life by calling police Friday when she did not arrive at work. Rhonda Cash had been shot at her home that morning. Rhonda and Robert Cash remained hospitalized in Denver.
Registration for the Shannon Miller Hockey Camp goes from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday at Howelsen Ice Arena. The camp features a week of on- and off-ice training.
The Steamboat Rugby Club opens its season at 3 p.m. today at Vail. The teams are expected to vie for another title this season.
Oak Creek-based musher Tom Thurston said General Physics Corp., one of his largest sponsors for his first two runs in the massive event, has stepped up to help support his future in the sport.
Jackie Sherrill’s $287,000 contract inspired outrage in 1982
As if there were ever any doubt, we learned this week that college football is all about the money. It's been 28 years since my father expressed public outrage about the salaries of college football coaches in a 1982.
The annual South Routt community yard sale will occur at 13 sites today. The sale doesn’t have a starting or ending time, and maps will be available at the gas station in Oak Creek.
The annual Cayuse Classic, a day of equine events, starts at 9 a.m. and continues all day. The event includes a barbecue dinner and benefit auctions; all proceeds go to the Community Agriculture Alliance.
12:11 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a request for help near mile marker 118 on U.S. Highway 40 where a car was broken down. A tow truck was on the way, and everything was fine.
The team beat the Littleton Panthers, 6-5, on a goal from Ben Wharton at the 2010 Warrior Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree.
Last week, two girls’ lives came together across thousands of miles and cultural differences. Natalie decided to raise the funds needed to assist Florence once she completes high school and leaves Tasaru in November.
Friday, June 11
Colorado Ski Country USA says its 22 members resorts experienced a slight increase in skier visits in 2009-10. Locally, ski area officials tout strong customer satisfaction.
Officers stormed into west Steamboat home after hearing gunshot
Police Capt. Joel Rae said it appears that 55-year-old Robert Cash shot his wife, 48-year-old Rhonda Cash, in the back of the neck at about 6:30 a.m. Friday and then turned the gun on himself. Rhonda Cash was flown out by air ambulance later in the day and is listed in critical condition.
Cash'd Out, "the next best thing to Johnny Cash," performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The show costs $10 at the door.
Downtown paving crews plan to open 13th Street on June 18
The planned opening of Third Street next week will enable turns in all directions and make parking available on both sides of Lincoln Avenue from Third to Seventh streets, with two lanes of traffic in each direction.
Country act, Grateful Dead tandem added to schedule
John Waldman, promoter for the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series, announced that country artist Big Kenny will open the five-show series June 26 and that the Rhythm Devils will play July 23.
The Moffat County Commission has decided to continue its freeze on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Robin Craigen will be cheering for two teams in the same soccer game Saturday when the United States begins its 2010 World Cup campaign against England.
The Hayden Public Library will begin its annual program for reading mentors. “Bradley’s Book Buddies” will accept applications from teens ages 13 to 18 to be paid mentors for the summer.
Summit Extreme goes 3-1 at Triple Crown Mountain Division 2 tournament
If history was any indication, the Summit Extreme 13-and-under AA baseball team knew what it was up against. The team, comprising players from Summit County and Steamboat Springs, played in a Triple Crown Mountain Division 2 tournament Saturday and Sunday in Grand Junction.
Herencia Milenaria commemorates ceramic styles of Jalisco, Mexico
An exhibit shown twice in the United States since the 1960s is on display at RED Contemporary gallery in Steamboat Springs. Herencia Milenaria: Craftsmen in Evolution will be on display at the gallery in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort until Aug. 5
New Riders of the Purple Sage toured with Grateful Dead
The early members of the band included rock legends Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh, which later led to extensive touring with the Grateful Dead and acts such as Janis Joplin and The Band. Now, more than 40 years since it was formed, the New Riders of the Purple Sage will appear at Old Town Pub on Tuesday to play two 75-minute sets.
In a last-ditch effort to save the Given Institute from demolition as its owner grows cozier with a potential buyer, the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission is applying to get the building listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
Gore Creek hit record 2,350 cubic feet per second Sunday
Flood waters in some parts of Vail earlier this week exceeded 100-year-flows, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported.
Colorado is a state of great diversity and contrasts, with her line of mountain ranges stretching from the northern border to the southern border, her high desert region in the west and her high plains in the east. She presents a wide variety of opportunities for recreation, education and occupation. When most people think about Colorado, they might think about the diversity represented by her national parks and monuments: the high mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park, the red sculptures of Garden of the Gods, the plains of the Pawnee Grasslands and the stories about the past at Mesa Verde, just to name a few. However, as people look and think about Colorado, there is one sector of the state that, while it exists in some form in every county, people either don’t see or take for granted — and that is agriculture.
12:12 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to help a driver in Dream Island Plaza.
Thursday, June 10
Steamboat, CU grad to miss rivalry game with Nebraska
Former Sailor football player and CU Buffalo Joel Adams' fondest memories are of the games he suited up against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Future Buffaloes likely won't have that opportunity.
Gallery 11 to shut doors at end of day Friday
Gallery 11 is closing today and offering significant discounts on limited-edition, framed photographs and unframed photographs.
Sheriff’s office says rancher was within his rights
Animal Control Officer Cindy DelValle determined that no charges should be filed, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Klinger said. The wife of the rancher who shot the dog said she warned its owner.
In addition to being one of the youngest girls to get an invite to the High Altitude Girls Elite Camp in Boulder this weekend, Soroco High School freshman Emily Harris also will attend a national, invite-only camp in Rochester, N.Y., in late July.
High school Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe says the district is interviewing candidates for the vacant football job.
It may have cost Tom DeLancey $75 in drinks, but it was more than worth it. DeLancey, who has been playing golf for three years, got his first career hole-in-one Sunday at Steamboat Golf Club during the Jeffrey Dye Foundation fundraiser.
Local officials say education won’t be affected by program changes
Gifted and Talented Education and English Language Learner programs’ staff were cut for next school year as the district works to address a budget deficit.
Results from the Rangely Hurricanes Swim Meet on June 4 and 5.
The Hayden Activity Center will start its summer hours today at Hayden Valley Elementary School. The center is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Activities include pool, foosball, pingpong, video games and basketball.
Pisa’s keeping name of breakfast spot located in Riverside Plaza
Sharon Stone has left the breakfast spot in Riverside Plaza that bears her name, which Pisa’s owner Chris Hebrank said the restaurant will keep. Hebrank said Wednesday that Stone left May 31 of her own accord.
Employees of the town of Oak Creek could get merit-based raises of $1 to $3 per hour in a plan the Town Board will consider at a meeting tonight.
12:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 34-year-old Littleton man on suspicion of driving under the influence and failure to signal after a traffic stop at Mount Werner Road and Marketplace Plaza.
Wednesday, June 9
Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series results for June 9
Robinson, Boniface still atop results
More than 200 racers showed up Wednesday evening to kick off the 2010 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series season, swarming over the cross-country terrain at Marabou Ranch near Steamboat Springs.
Forecasters say tubing could be possible by middle of next week
The water levels in the Yampa and Elk rivers are expected to remain high until the weekend and then drop quickly as cooler weather settles into the valley. Forecasters said the flow could drop to tubing levels by the middle of next week.
Dakota Ridge incident indicative of increased spring encounters
Mike and Arlene Zopf are accustomed to seeing bears around their Steamboat Springs home, but Tuesday afternoon marked the first time a bear entered their home and helped himself to the porridge — or in this case, oatmeal and apples.
River running higher than average peak stream flow
The Yampa River’s flow in Craig is running faster than average, but the National Weather Service in Grand Junction expects the river to peak this week and continually decrease thereafter.
Chris Winder goes in the 27th round of the MLB first-year player draft
Chris Winder, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was drafted Tuesday during the annual Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Winder, who had recently completed his sophomore year at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, was taken in the 27th round.
Registration is under way for summer learn-to-skate programs at Howelsen Ice Arena. The classes are for beginning skaters ages 4 through 15.
12:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of people shooting off fireworks in the first block of Anglers Drive. Officers could not find the source of the noise.
One of the longest-standing and most challenging Steamboat Springs Running Series races returns Saturday. The 32nd annual Hayden Cog Run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with an 8.4-mile run, as well as 5- and 10-kilometer runs.
Golfers looking for the chance to help a pair of local charities and play two courses in two days still have the opportunity.
The 2010 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series kicks off today with the Marabou Cross-Country race. This will be the third year the Town Challenge has been at the Marabou Ranch preservation subdivision off Routt County Road 42.
Routt County has received a grant to promote physical fitness and healthy eating, and we hope that translates largely to developing healthy habits in children.
Films to be presented along with guests or filmmaker
New Views: Premiere Documentaries, a new film series presented by Aspen Film and The Aspen Institute, will present not only what’s on the screen, but also another view — that of the filmmaker.
Dr. Von Fleaburg and I got to daydreaming about what it would be like for parents to have applications they could download into their children. Why should phones get all the apps? The possibilities are endless. Here are just a few.
Colorado Attorney General’s Office says districts and taxpayers won’t foot the bill
A spokesman for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said more than 150 Colorado school districts, including those in Routt County, won’t foot the bill for fulfilling an open records request.
Work planned from 13th to 11th streets; paving could reach Ninth Street before June 30 stoppage
Scott Contracting crews are planning to pave from 13th Street to 11th Street starting at noon Thursday, and they could pave to Ninth Street before stopping work for the summer June 30. Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, said Thursday’s paving will be conducted in the daytime instead of overnight.
20 contractors show interest in terminal expansion projects
Air travelers flying in and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport will have more options beginning Saturday, when United Express/SkyWest Airlines adds a third daily round-trip flight between Denver and Hayden.
Public meeting will include plans, address questions
Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus officials will unveil the planned $20 million geoexchange facility during a presentation tonight. The 45,000-square-foot facility, which will have gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and was announced last fall, will be built on the campus off Bob Adams Drive.
Snowpack below normal; temperatures 15 degrees above average
The Vail Valley has not escaped the threat of high water. Some of the casualties included a pedestrian bike bridge in East Vail and an East Vail condominium complex with serious water damage.
One of the smallest of our 88 constellations shines down on us in late spring and early summer. It’s not particularly bright, but its distinctive shape makes it a favorite among sky watchers.
We are writing in response to the letter from Sara Burnett, “Thanks to a stranger,” in the May 9 Steamboat Pilot & Today. Her letter thanked a “Mike from Steamboat” who was driving a black Nissan Xterra and stopped to help her during a snowstormp.
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Stuart Handloff’s letter (“Can they be trusted”) in the May 30 Steamboat Pilot & Today. It was a little confusing, segueing somehow from Cal Thomas on abortion, to me on taxes, to Sarah Palin with atomic bombs. Let me try to respond.
I am infuriated by some of the online comments regarding the dog shot in Yampa. To some of the commenters: Have you ever owned an animal? Do you have any compassion? Did your mother not teach you “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all? How dare you say that it is just a dog and he will get over it.
Tuesday, June 8
Commissioners' vote was unanimous
No members of the public showed up to speak Tuesday afternoon as the Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in rural parts of the county.
Ken Johnson gets seven days in jail, two years probation
Ken Johnson, a former Craig Police Department detective, was sentenced today in Moffat County District Court to serve seven days in jail at the Rio Blanco County Detention Center.
Levels expected to remain elevated this week
The Yampa River in downtown Steamboat surged to 6.72 feet at about midnight Monday, with a flow of 4,317 cubic feet per second. The Elk River again was above flood stage, topping out at 7.95 feet at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. A flood advisory for the Elk has been extended to Thursday.
Chamber strongly marketing to Colorado visitors; Triple Crown events under way
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs each have stressed the importance of Front Range consumers as Steamboat swings into a tourism season sparked by a big Memorial Day weekend and Monday’s start of Triple Crown Sports events.
Summer program also offers programming options for families
Heather Martyn still can’t believe local youths enjoy spending time at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. The club, which celebrates its one-year anniversary today, has grown to 769 members, Martyn said.
Presentation shows how park is working to reduce waste
Jim Evanoff spoke about Yellowstone National Park’s conservation efforts to an appreciative lunchtime audience at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, during the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 2010 Summit for Recycling.
The Record for June 6
Registration is open for the city of Steamboat Springs’ licensed summer camps and mini-sprouts programs.
Steamboat’s most famous dog house needs a new home. More precisely, someone needs to adopt it and carefully dismantle it so it can be conserved. John Rolfe Burroughs built three log homes on the knob at the west end of Maple Street that overlooks Old Town.
Construction continues this week on both ends of Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs, thereby restricting vehicular access to 13th Street and some side streets.
Elk River expected to peak this morning above flood stage
The Yampa River crested at 6.5 feet in downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday, its highest level in seven years. The river dropped slightly Monday morning to just above 6 feet at the Fifth Street Bridge measuring site, but water levels were expected to rise again Monday night to 6.2 feet.
Monday, June 7
Commissioners to act today on medical marijuana moratorium
The Routt County Board of Commissioners expects a public turnout today when it considers whether to impose a temporary moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses.
Coin collection, a dozen guns stolen in 2 April break-ins
Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Thursday arrested a Steamboat Springs man suspected in two rural Routt County home burglaries.
River's highest peak in seven years fueled by warm temperatures, rapid snowmelt
The Yampa River's peak flow Sunday at the Fifth Street Bridge downtown represented the highest state since 2003. Elk River is expected to peak Tuesday morning.
Scott Contracting work to affect both ends of Lincoln this week; access to some side streets restricted
Construction is continuing this week on both ends of Lincoln Avenue downtown, restricting access to 13th Street and some side streets. The construction zone is expected to stretch from Sixth Street to Third Street on the north side of Lincoln, and from 11th Street to 13th Street on the south side.
Summit brings slew of speakers, exhibitors to Sheraton today and Tuesday
Colorado Association for Recycling’s 2010 Summit for Recycling began with a reception Sunday night and continues today and Tuesday with speakers, exhibits, awards, a silent auction and tours of sustainability efforts at Steamboat Ski Area and Twin Enviro Services’ Milner Landfill.
The cool, wet spring we experienced this year has been tough on humans who wish to enjoy outdoor activities but wonderful in most every way for plants. Every way, that is, except for the growth of fungus on aspen and cottonwood trees.
Eight-year-old Bekai Heffley, with some help Sunday afternoon, drove an excavator. She operated the piece of heavy machinery at Dig This, off U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs. The company allows adults to operate construction equipment for fun, but on Sunday, it was the children’s turn.
A few years back, we heard the shocking news that drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day was a myth. It forced us to ask, “Have we made drinking water a bigger deal than it really needs to be?”
Joe Roberts ends ‘wonderful ride’ of 43-year career at school
Joe Roberts said when he and his wife, Pat, moved to Steamboat Springs from San Diego in 1968, they didn’t expect to stay forever. After 43 years of teaching math, chemistry and biology at The Lowell Whiteman School where Roberts started teaching when he was 24 years old, Roberts retired this year.
There was a little letdown when the announcement came last week that Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch was stepping down after six years. I’ve been here through four of those years. We didn’t start off too well. But we worked it out, and he rapidly became one of my favorite coaches.
The Haven Assisted Living Center’s annual event is Saturday at community center in Hayden
At one time, a weekend in the country meant hopping on a horse or wagon and heading to a neighbor’s barn for dinner, dancing and music. Sometimes, the events celebrated weddings, anniversaries and other occasions. Other times, they were held to raise money for a family in need. There may not have been a lot of bling, but there was never a shortage of fun.
The Record for June 5
County Agenda for June 7 and 8
Sunday, June 6
Weather Service projecting minor flooding of Elk River at Routt County Road 42
The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory Sunday for the Elk River near Routt County Road 42, west of Steamboat Springs, through Tuesday evening.
Nearly 2,000 racers took to the streets under blue skies today. Dan Edstrom of Denver won the men's marathon with a time of 2:47:37. Amy Schneider won the women's marathon in 3:15:13. Click on the story for complete race results.
Traffic delays in downtown Steamboat Springs should be expected this morning during the Steamboat Marathon. The races begin at 7:30 a.m. and the course closes at 1 p.m.
One year later, it’s hard not to look back and wonder whether the ordinance is accomplishing its goal — punishing parents who knowingly allow underage drinking parties in their homes or on their properties.
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association presents Summer Activity Mixer 2010 from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
Buccinos wind up in bewildering situation after following bank’s advice
With the number of foreclosure filings on the rise in Routt County, a Steamboat couple, Michael and Janelle Buccino, have a cautionary tale to tell about the perils of negotiating over the telephone with large banks to restructure the debt on their home.
Soroco state track title lands Estes honor
Alex Estes guided the Rams to their best football season in decades, a successful basketball season and a dominating track performance. For his long jump state championship and all the spectacular plays that preceded it, Estes is the Steamboat Pilot & Today 2010 Male Routt County Athlete of the Year.
Bud Werner Memorial Library invites children ages 5 through 9 and teens/preteens ages 10 through 17 to participate in the Summer Book Pals Reading Program.
It’s called the magic hour, or the golden hour. It’s what summer is all about, and in the long days of June, it’s a tremendous time to be outside. The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is approaching. This year, it will be June 21, and there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to tackle to take advantage of the year’s longest days.
Sailors volleyball star King earns award
Colleen King was first-team all-league in basketball this year, earned an honorable mention All-State selection and garnered several votes for Player of the Year in the Western Slope League. Because of this, she has been chosen as the Steamboat Pilot & Today 2010 Female Routt County Athlete of the Year.
Last week I wrote about what the Yampa River Festival could be if organizers decided they wanted it to be a statewide event or a regional event, instead of what is in large part a town celebration. This week, we can see for ourselves. The Steamboat Marathon is the perfect example of something loved by locals but created for out-of-towners.
12:32 a.m. The Hayden Police Department was called to do extra patrol in the 300 block of South Poplar Street.
What exactly is damaged or injured when someone trespasses? I know you can define any act that is not fully in line with the law as a crime, but how do you differentiate between those that injure those that annoy?
We would like to thank the Routt County commissioners for the repair of the Cog Road, Routt County Road 76 north of Hayden. Not only does it look good, but it feels great to know the road is safe. It has been a troublesome spot for many years, and we are grateful to know the road is dependable. We can only speak for ourselves, but we are quite sure that everyone who uses “The Cog” is happy to see the permanent repair. Thank you.
I feel the need to express my concern regarding the article “Dog shot outside of Yampa” in the June 2 Steamboat Today. I would like to ask the landowner who shot Mr. Bubbles where his compassion is? If we have such little regard for animal life, how much regard can we have for our own lives? How small of a person is the landowner that he feels no pain or sorrow at taking a life? How would the landowner feel if his son or daughter stepped onto another person’s property to chase a piece of paper that had fluttered out of their hand only to be shot in the head?
Routt County organizations working together to promote healthy living
Local school officials say a grant awarded to Routt County will help them institute new programs that encourage physical fitness and healthy eating. They say those in turn will make local students better learners.
The abundance of beetle-killed pine in the area is stirring the creativity of local woodworkers, who are finding a wide variety of uses for the low-cost, distinctive lumber. Recent logging projects in North Routt County, on Mount Werner and across Steamboat Springs, are producing large quantities of beetle-killed wood.
Andy Benjamin brings experience to panel
As the new Oak Creek representative on the Routt County Planning Commission, Andy Benjamin said he hopes he can use his training to help the town grow successfully. Benjamin replaces 10-year member Bill Norris on the commission and joins fellow new member Brian Arel, who has been on the board since the beginning of the year.
Embellishments’ Ashley Edinburg and Melinda Miller buy downtown business
The co-owners of Embellishments have bought The Steamboat Art Co. from Beth and Will Bashan, who owned the eclectic store since 2003. Embellishments’ Ashley Edinburg and Melinda Miller — daughter and mother — said they finalized the purchase Tuesday.
Creator working to find new site for public track
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site review nixed the first choice for a new bicycle pump track in Oak Creek, but the idea is far from dead. Stu Hassell, a town Public Works Department employee and the main proponent of the pump track, said last week that the proposed site behind the Oak Creek Motel will not work because of wetlands and steep grades.
More options necessary to keep older segment of population in Steamboat
A recent Over The Hill Gang survey led the group’s leaders to commission a study to learn what housing and supportive services are available for senior citizens in Steamboat Springs and Routt County. Over The Hill Gang member Bill Dring said it also sought to identify what housing and supportive services are planned for Steamboat and what options are available in other communities.
Age: 26 Occupation: Detentions deputy with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office Place of birth: Arvada
South Routt Middle School last week announced its fourth-quarter honor roll.
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for June 6
Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for June 6
A glorious Fourth of July in Steamboat Springs for everybody. Anyhow, it is going to be the biggest celebration ever held in Northwestern Colorado, everybody knows that. But it will not do any harm to talk about something so important, about the great rodeo, the races, roping, bronc riding, wild horses, the bands, dance, etc.
Developer hopes to flip 8,754-square-foot foreclosure home
Steamboat developer Charlie Sher and Realtor Ron Wendler say they’ve found an opportunity to reinvest more than $400,000 in a foreclosed 8,754-square-foot home and offer it for sale at 40 percent less than comparable properties at the mountain. Wendler has listed it for sale for $2.56 million, the equivalent of $292.55 per square foot.
Real Estate transactions for May 28 to June 3, 2010
Summit County attorney Noah Klug recently wrote in the Summit Daily News that commercial brokers will have new leverage to pursue commissions by late summer.
Saturday, June 5
The camp for girls graduating from high school in 2010 through 2014 runs through Wednesday and features 18 fast-pitch college coaches from Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Arkansas, Florida and Nebraska. More than 80 softball players from across Colorado and surrounding states are expected to attend.
Adult coed B League
The 29th annual Steamboat Marathon, the massive event encompassing three races, starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Yampa River Botanic Park of Steamboat Springs received a $5,418 grant from Colorado Garden Show, according to a news release. The money will support the renovation and replanting of the park’s Arbor Garden near the front entrance.
The Broken Everlys will play classic rock and Americana with a danceable edge tonight at The Boathouse Pub.
Forest road offers clear views of Deer Mountain, Flat Tops
Mad Creek was visibly angry this week, but it’s still your best bet for a satisfying day hike close to town. We set out with a couple of hiking buddies and their guest from Denver on the 4.5-mile Mad Creek Loop and weren’t deterred by the fury of the creek. Thanks to a sturdy bridge, hikers can complete the loop.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office animal control officer Cindy DelValle said Friday that she still is collecting statements from people in the reported dog shooting in Yampa.
1:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an open door at Steamboat Springs High School. Officers closed the door.
After 30 years on the road, Tinsley Ellis knows his Southern-tinged blues music speaks to everyone in different ways. As a part of his 18-show West Coast tour, Ellis will travel to Steamboat Springs on Thursday to take the stage at the Ghost Ranch Saloon.
Friday, June 4
24 graduates told to take their friends along for the journey
The Lowell Whiteman School praised the 24 members of the Class of 2010 at a heartfelt ceremony this afternoon. The school also will say goodbye to Head of School Walt Daub and 42-year teacher Joe Roberts.
Eduardo Capote was sentenced today for his role in a downtown Steamboat Springs altercation that led to the January 2009 death of Richard Lopez.
Liz Wahl, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s food and beverage director, will be honored next week as the 2010 Recycler of the Year by the Colorado Association for Recycling. Wahl is set to receive the honor during the association’s annual Summit for Recycling in Steamboat.
Events and art show openings for First Friday Artwalk in Steamboat Springs.
Volunteers asked to help remove trash, plant flowers
Folks are invited to pitch in to help beautify the city Saturday during the annual Green Up, Clean Up Day. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Walt Daub, head of The Lowell Whiteman School, said it’s his goal that all students take advantage of each and every opportunity the school offers. He said the Class of 2010 did. Twenty-four students, 16 of whom attended the school all four years — will graduate during a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. today.
City gives initial OK to agreement with excavator; other appeals are pending
City officials appear to have resolved one issue involving the construction of Gossard Parkway, but the state appeals court likely won’t rule on separate lawsuits related to the future road for months. The road recently was renamed after late philanthropist Gloria Gossard.
Tinsley Ellis, a blues-rocking guitarist/vocalist with Southern roots, will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday at Ghost Ranch Saloon in support of his latest album. Find out more about what's going on in Steamboat this week inside.
The Old Town Hot Springs, in conjunction with Mela-KNOW-More, will hold the inaugural Splash & Dash Duathlon on June 13. More than just a race, the swimming and running event will raise money for an organization devoted to spread awareness about melanoma skin cancer.
Museum to display some favorites during Artwalk
A trip browsing through the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s more than 5,000-image historic photo collection can be a fine way to lose track of time and make a day feel like an hour.
Youth, adult opportunities available this summer
Anyone interested in art will have a plethora of opportunities this summer. The Steamboat Springs Art Council and Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym are offering programs for artists of all ages.
Too often I hear a misconception that wildlife officers with the Colorado Division of Wildlife are simply “animal killers.” Sometimes people even call the Division of Wildlife office to complain about an animal that was tranquilized and moved, assuming that it eventually was killed.
Saturday event will include family friendly gymkhana
Members of the Routt County 4-H Youth Exchange are intent on returning the hospitality they experienced last summer in Tennessee. The group will host the Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo on Saturday at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Thursday, June 3
Officials plan to keep 2 lanes open for traffic downtown during Sunday event
Initial traffic plans for Sunday's marathon had included just one lane of traffic from 13th Street past 11th Street, amid downtown construction, with flaggers alternating access for eastbound and westbound vehicles. Instead, two lanes will be open, one for eastbound motorists and one for those heading west.
President says paperwork has been submitted to IRS
The Education Fund Board failed to file annual tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service for three consecutive years but has since submitted the paperwork, and its president said he didn’t think the issue would affect the nonprofit’s tax-exempt status.
The Steamboat Springs Men’s lacrosse team practiced for the first time Wednesday, and it was more like a reunion than anything else. The team, which practices at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Whistler Field, returns most of the same team from last year.
8:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an officer in the 2900 block of West Acres Drive where a person accused a woman of stealing keys to a property. Officers mediated the situation.
Steamboat Springs High School girls volleyball coach Wendy Hall will offer a volleyball camp for rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday at Strawberry Park Elementary School.
Taylor Loomis recognized for academic achievement, community involvement
Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Taylor Loomis was recognized for her volunteer work in the community. Loomis was chosen as one of two recipients — out of 40 applicants statewide — for the Dottie Lamm Award from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. The award recognizes young women for academic achievements and community involvement.
VFW, law enforcement partner to offer Saturday event
Catching a fish is an amazing feeling, and Saturday’s Huck Finn Cops and Kids Fishing Day is designed to allow youths to have that experience, event chairman Don Offutt said. “We are hoping to introduce kids that have never fished to the sport,” Offutt said. “We will have men with a lot of experience fishing, so we will be able to help.”
The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office and the Moffat County 4-H Cloverbuds teamed up Memorial Day weekend to help control a noxious weed called the Dalmatian toadflax about 16 miles southwest of Craig, near Morapos Creek.
The author coming to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore today writes about a group of people not typically embraced in modern society. The protagonist in his newest novel, “The Lonely Polygamist,” has four wives and 28 children.
Harvard professors, news correspondent added to speaker list
The chief Washington, D.C., correspondent for The New York Times will speak in Steamboat Springs this summer, as political tensions rise amid an array of national and global issues heightened by mid-term elections in fall.
President says group’s taxes not returned on time
The Education Fund Board emerged from a 45-minute executive session Wednesday night and, without discussion, unanimously approved a motion to seek bids for a new accountant.
Mainstreet low on booths for weekly event that starts June 12
It hasn’t even started for the season, but the Mainstreet Farmers Market is going gangbusters. Only four of 66 full-time booth spaces remained available Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, June 2
River hit 2,920 cubic feet per second, could go higher this weekend
A technician with the U.S. Geological Survey office confirmed that the Yampa River likely peaked in Steamboat Springs at 2,920 cubic feet per second at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. There's a chance it could go higher this weekend.
Coed D League
1:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue where a customer was reportedly angry. The person had left the business when officers arrived. The person was given a trespassing warning.
Chris Catterson will present the results of a 2009 audit to the Yampa Town Board at its 7 p.m. meeting today at Yampa Town Hall. Also during the meeting, the Public Works Department will update the Town Board about sewer testing results for May and the Lincoln Street gravel project. Yampa Town Board member Jeff Drust will update the board about Bear River Reservoir, and board member Karen Tussey will report back from a South Routt Economic Development Council meeting.
On Friday, the 24 seniors representing The Lowell Whiteman School’s Class of 2010 will shift the tassels on their graduation caps and hurl them skyward, bringing an end not only to their secondary educations, but also to the spring graduation ceremonies that have celebrated a momentous achievement for 200-plus Routt County teens.
The pros and cons of being birthed by Joanne Palmer
People often ask me how my 13-year-old son feels about being the topic of so many of my columns. At first he wanted $1 every time I mentioned his name, which, while clever, could be costly. So I nixed it. I decided to let him be the guest columnist this week and speak for himself.
Electric cooperative returning $3.2 million to customers
Northwest Colorado residents who were customers of the Yampa Valley Electric Association in 1995 will want to keep their eyes out for a pink envelope in the mail this week. YVEA, one of Colorado’s rural electric cooperatives, is returning a record $3.2 million in refunds to its member-customers.
Sitting at a red light on Lincoln Avenue at 13th Street early Sunday morning, Sharon Ward knew she wasn’t going to make it all the way to the hospital. Nine days overdue, her water had burst just a few minutes before, and now it was a race to the hospital. But first she had to get all the way across town through a construction zone.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigating incident
Routt County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers are investigating the reported shooting of a dog on county land about 4 miles from Yampa on Saturday.
Group to consider using reserves to fund counselor, software
Education Fund Board members tonight will consider a second reading of a request that would restore a counselor at one of the Steamboat Springs School District’s elementary schools and a first reading of a request for the Steamboat Springs School District to buy new Infinite Visions financial software.
Coed B League
The two-time Mountain League boys lacrosse champion Steamboat Springs High School team placed seven players on the all-league team.
Tuesday, June 1
Fall deadline pushed to Nov. 18
City officials reached an agreement Tuesday that will result in downtown paving work not resuming until after Labor Day at no additional cost to Steamboat Springs. As part of the deal, the project’s completion deadline will be pushed back to Nov. 18.
Singletrack trails in private development off Routt County Road 42 will be open to riders for one week leading up to the June 9 Town Challenge Mountain Bike race there.
April's preliminary revenue report from the city reflects a 5.6 decrease from April 2009. April's total revenues are the lowest of any month since May 2005. Nevertheless, some see signs of an uptick in the local economy.
Steamboat Springs High School football coach Aaron Finch resigned Tuesday, bringing an end to his successful six-year stint at the helm of the program. Finch cited a number of reasons for his decision, including an interest in pursuing new business ventures. Finch compiled a 52-18 record.
ITA 12 and under circuit championships
As this Memorial Day weekend brought out the warm weather and as the Yampa River is on top of everyone's mind after another Yampa River Festival, it's important to remember that the river still can be very dangerous during this time of year.
Ernesto Sirolli to speak at economic events this week
Tammie Delaney sees the potential for economic prosperity in the Yampa Valley. But as a small-business owner — Delaney has owned Yampa Valley Feeds in Hayden for the past 18 months — she knows it’s not easy.
Nick Troutman won at least a share of the men’s title in the Paddling Life Pro Invitational kayaking competition for the third consecutive year, and Ruth Gordon, of Ontario, Canada, and Emily Jackson, of Rock Island, Tenn., swooped in to tie for the women’s title.
The Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15, Sept. 25 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) on many of the public lands managed by the BLM, including areas within the National Landscape Conservation System, according to a BLM news release.
The grave sites of 11 veterans laid to rest in Steamboat Springs Cemetery had been marked only with white wooden crosses. Until Monday.
Warm June evenings are perfect for stargazing, and the upcoming month offers plenty of celestial events to keep you busy looking up. Whether you are camping out under the stars or viewing from your back porch, you won’t want to miss any of the action.
Project to continue through June before stopping for summer tourist season
The downtown U.S. Highway 40 construction project was scheduled to resume this morning after Scott Contracting was contractually obligated to not work during Memorial Day weekend. One of this week’s project goals is to open the Fifth Street intersection by Sunday for the Steamboat Marathon finish.
Sunday, May 30