News for Wednesday, June 9, 2010



Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series results for June 9

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series results for June 9

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Steamboat's Town Challenge series opens with more than 200 cyclists at Marabou

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.

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Steamboat's river levels expected to drop this weekend

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.

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Bear sneaks into Steamboat home

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.

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Yampa nearing peak flow in Craig

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.

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MCHS graduate drafted by Tampa Bay

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.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for learn-to-skate classes

Registration is under way for summer learn-to-skate programs at Howelsen Ice Arena. The classes are for beginning skaters ages 4 through 15.

The Record for June 7

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.

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Hayden's Cog Run returns Saturday

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.

Ski Town USA Golf Classic looks for entrants

Golfers looking for the chance to help a pair of local charities and play two courses in two days still have the opportunity.

Steamboat's Town Challenge series starts today

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.

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Daytime paving scheduled in downtown Steamboat

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.

Steamboat's Colorado Mountain College to present new building

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.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport summer flights increase Saturday

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Ariadne’s crown

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.

Horizons Specialized Services staff: A kind stranger

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.

Bob McConnell: Candidate answer

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.

Jennifer Calderazzo: Dog compassion

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.

Our View: Children at heart of obesity education

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.

Aspen launches documentary film series

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.

High water threatens Vail Valley

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.

Routt County schools asked to provide records in state lawsuit

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Fantasy apps for parents

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.