Stories for March 2010


Wednesday, March 31

Meadows Parking Lot to close next week

The Steamboat Ski Area will close the lot with shuttle service to the base area Monday through Thursday.

Steamboat gondola running again after wind-related shutdown

All ski area lifts are now operating, according to Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten.

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Steamboat's Robby Zehner has fastest raw time at NASTAR championships

Steamboat Springs ski racers Connor Bernard and Robby Zehner led the pack during the weekend's NASTAR National Championships.

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Skate-a-thon a party on ice

Annual event to benefit autism program, will also recognize Autism Awareness Month

An ice skating party Saturday will bring awareness to National Autism Awareness Month and raise money for programs and services for local families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Yampa Valley Autism Pro­gram hosts its third annual skate-a-thon fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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Joanne Palmer: In a muddy state of mind

Ah, spring: the happiest, most hopeful time of the year. The trill of a bird awakens me, red robins are easy to spot among the budding branches, and hearty crocuses poke through the sun-softened earth. Every day, the carpet of snow rolls back a little more to reveal a surprise: a forgotten garden tool, a flowerpot, even a patch of patio. And mud.

Hayden School Board to talk about administration

District could hire secondary principal and superintendent, or post jobs

The Hayden School Board is scheduled to approve a new administrative leadership structure at a special meeting tonight.

Our View: Time to celebrate

More than a month has passed since the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team went off to Canada and returned home with fistfuls of medals. But the celebration of those thrilling February weeks isn’t over yet.

The Record for March 29

The Record for March 29

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Group forming nonprofit to try to purchase, renovate Steamboat theater

A group of local movers and shakers is forming a nonprofit organization with the intent of purchasing the Chief Plaza Theater and renovating it into a single-stage performing arts venue downtown.

Jack White: Hold off on TDR

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley would like to make the public aware of a proposed Transfer of Development Rights program that is under consideration by the Routt County Planning Commission on Thursday.

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Steamboat resident Gloria Gossard dies at 88

An arts advocate with a love of community, a generous spirit and a keen sense of humor, longtime Steamboat Springs resident Gloria Gossard had an eye to the future with many of the marks she made on the town.

Candidate questionnaire for Bernard Gagne

Bernard “Bernie” Gagne, director of facilities maintenance, Catamount Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs

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Project renews urban boundary discussion in Steamboat

West View Center would necessitate zoning change and include commercial activity

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to give a preliminary review April 13 to West View Center, a proposal to build a commercial building, gas pumps and seven townhomes on the south side of U.S. Highway 40 between the Heritage Park soccer fields and Steamboat Golf Club.

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11 dead cows found in Yampa River

Experts: Water quality not threatened by corpses

Authorities are investigating why 11 cows showed up dead in the Yampa River near Hayden, but river experts say the animals should not affect the water quality. Routt County resident Linda Bernhardt said she was fishing Saturday near the Yampa River Wildlife Area when she saw the animals in the river.

Gloria James: Humble outrage

I am outraged by your article titled “Judges support Humble Ranch” that appeared in the March 24 Steamboat Today.

Grant to help identify safe routes to school in Steamboat

County, city and school district partnership wins federal funds

A recently awarded grant is intended to help Steamboat kindergarten through eighth-grade students get to school safely. The Colorado Department of Transportation awarded Routt County, the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs School District a $16,500 Safe Routes to School grant for 2010.

Tuesday, March 30

Wiggins re-enters Routt County sheriff's race

The All Crimes Enforcement Team commander temporarily exited the race because of the possibility of violating the Hatch Act, a federal provision that prohibits federal employees from running for office.

Steamboat's Cota wins dual mogul title; Outtrim finishes second

Performances at weekend's Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships cap strong season for both Steamboat skiers. Ryan St. Onge finished fourth in men's aerials.

Crews make headway on Blacktail burn

Bureau of Land Manage­ment crews Monday and Tuesday burned about 350 acres of sagebrush and mountain shrub within the Blacktail Mountain prescribed burn area just north of Stagecoach Reservoir.

Eduardo Capote to plead guilty to manslaughter in Steamboat

Capote agrees to 3-year jail term for reckless action in 2009 fight

Eduardo Capote is scheduled to go before a judge April 16 to change his plea. He is accused of participating in an altercation in January 2009 that led to the death of Richard Lopez. Capote has agreed to a three-year jail term as part of the deal.

The Record for March 28

The Record for March 28

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Steamboat soccer rolls past Moffat County

Injuries forced Moffat Co­­­unty coach Harry Tripp to make some adjustments to his lineup before Monday night’s game at Gardner Field, but it was the Sailors offensive attack that left the Bulldogs hurting this time around. Sailors won, 8-0. The Sailors jumped out to an early lead behind a goal from Kiersten Henry and three from sophomore Sydney Baucknecht.

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Steamboat senior earns trip to national forensics competition

‘Ugly’ performed beautifully

Watching Paula Ninger jump from character to character in her humorous interpretation of “The Ugly Duckling,” one doesn’t know whether to laugh at her or with her. But as long as you’re laughing, it doesn’t really matter. Ninger will head to Kansas City, Mo., in June for the National Forensic League’s national event.

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Treasury official gives insight at Steamboat event

Lee Sachs offers group a view of nation’s financial crunch

Outgoing U.S. Treasury Dep­artment official Lee Sachs gave a Steamboat Springs audience a glimpse of the nation’s financial crisis from inside the Obama administration Monday. Sachs spoke to a group of about 50 people squeezed into the loft at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore on Monday. Sachs has been considered a top aide to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

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Event paints bright economic future

Richard Wobbekind talks about financial climate at Money Matters

As Richard Wobbekind stood in front of a crowd of about 60 residents Monday, he asked them “is the light at the end of the tunnel a train coming toward us, or is the light at the end of the tunnel actually a beautiful Colorado sky?”

Steamboat briefs: Jewish Congregation plans Community Seder for today

Har Mishpacha, the Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs, will hold a Community Seder from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. The Passover Seder service will be followed by a traditional Passover dinner.

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Chix with Stix win B1 championship

Sunday’s victory claims girls team’s 1st ‘Bella Cup’

There was a different air in the Chix with Stix women’s hockey team’s locker room before the Women’s Association of Colorado Hockey B1 Cha­mpionship game Sunday. The room was buzzing, and every player was focused. Then the Chix managed a feat 17 years in the making — they brought home the “Bella Cup” and claimed their first-ever division championship.

Mary Walker: Significance of a new constitution

I was sitting in a traffic jam in downtown Nairobi on Thursday. We moved a couple of hundred yards in the span of one hour. What fun. But while you are stuck in these jams, men walk among the cars selling the coolest stuff — jumper cables, maps of Kenya, socket sets, sunglasses, newspapers, the proverbial Elvis.

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Jimmy Westlake: An Easter conjunction

After Monday’s full Paschal moon, the stage is set for Easter Sunday. According to ancient tradition, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the Paschal moon, so the date of Easter can come as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

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Tom Ross: Gear that inspires confidence

Young skiers beam during weekend at Hakan Memorial Nordic Fest

For a few tantalizing minutes Saturday afternoon, I indulged in the fantasy that by stepping into the bindings of Johnny Spillane’s Atomic World Cup skate skis, I could ski like an Olympian. That bubble burst when Coach Gary Crawford called out the number on someone else’s raffle ticket. The occasion was the ninth annual Hakan Memorial Nordic Fest.

City, county to host lodging tax workshop

The Craig City Council will host a public workshop at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., to discuss the possibility of implementing a city lodging tax. The Moffat County commission also will attend the workshop.

Cheerleaders bring home title

Seventeen members of Ro­­­cky Mountain Cheerleading of Steamboat Springs traveled to Denver last weekend and came home with a division championship at the Denver Nationals competition. The two-day dance and cheerleading competition was held at the Denver Convention Center.

Hayden sends 9 wrestlers to state

Middle schoolers head to Denver

When the top middle-school wrestlers in the state hit the mats at the National Western Complex in Denver this Friday, nine young grapplers from Hayden will be in the mix. “This is a pretty big deal for our kids,” coach Ty Camilletti said. “It’s a fantastic event, and all of our wrestlers take it pretty seriously.”

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Steamboat Springs School Board cuts staff

34 Steamboat positions eliminated or reduced for 2010-11

The Steamboat Springs School Board gave final approval Monday to the reduction of 34 school district positions, mostly teaching and paraprofessional jobs, in an effort to meet a projected $2 million budget shortfall in the next academic year. The School Board voted unanimously, twice, to pass two resolutions that finalized the 2010-11 staff reductions through the nonrenewal of contracts for 17 probationary teaching or counseling positions and 17 classified positions, nearly all of which are paraprofessionals.

Monday, March 29

The Record for March 27

The Record for March 27

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Governor candidate John Hickenlooper getting a feel for campaign

Denver Mayor John Hick­enlooper said unabashedly Sunday that he’s learning on the fly in his statewide campaign for governor and that he’ll welcome all the input he can get on Western Slope perspectives about the future of Colorado.

Monday Medical: Underage drinking statistics alarming

Underage drinking statistics in Routt County are alarming and well above the national averages. In 2007, underage drinking cost U.S. citizens $68 billion. In addition, alcohol-related injuries from underage alcohol use are a leading cause of death for people younger than 21.

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Penguin Plunge in Steamboat a chilly thrill

Fundraiser brings in more than $83,000 for CT scanner

With six jumps into just-above or just-below freezing water behind them, Stan Urban and his Land Title Guarantee Co. team came to Saturday’s seventh annual Penguin Plunge with something a little different. Penguin Plunge is a fundraiser for the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley, an organization that helps raise money for the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Steamboat Springs High School shows well in track

The Steamboat Springs High School track and field team laid out another strong early-season performance Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational track meet in Grand Junction. The Sailors placed 12 times at the meet, an effort highlighted by Jeff Sperry’s second-place finish in the boys 800-meter run and a trio of boys who placed in the 3,200.

Aging Well: Simple practices can prevent foodborne illness

A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to a presentation at The Haven Community Center last year. Even so, questions during “food safety bingo” stumped at least a few of them.

Deb Babcock: Container gardening

With our short growing season here in the mountains, it makes a lot of sense to place some of your favorite plants in a container. Doing so will allow you to move parts of your garden indoors when the weather turns frosty, or bring colorful plants to locations where you can enjoy them more when in full bloom, moving them out of the way again once they’ve flowered.

Steamboat briefs: Staff cuts on School Board agenda tonight

The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 7 p.m. tonight at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., for an agenda that includes resolutions to not renew some probationary contracts and classified staff positions for the 2010-11 school year.

Youth 4-H program expanding to Steamboat

Town Kids designed for children who don’t live on ranches

After two successful years in Hayden, the 4-H Town Kids program is coming to Steamboat Springs. Routt County 4-H Extension Agent Jay Whaley is hosting an informational meeting about the program, which will partner with Yampatika, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Routt County Extension Office.

County Agenda for March 29 and 30

County agenda for Routt County commissioners

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Interest aplenty in girls hockey in Steamboat

Girls swarm event meant to introduce the sport

For many years, Bobby Yeager didn’t think the state of girls hockey in Steamboat would be his concern. “I was a wrestler,” he said Sunday afternoon. But on Sunday, Yeager was doing what the 18-year-old version of himself might have never expected: helping organize and run a recruitment effort to introduce hockey to Steamboat’s young girls.

Sunday, March 28

Steamboat-Moffat County soccer game postponed until Monday

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team’s Saturday home game against Moffat County was postponed until Monday. The squad now plays the Bulldogs in Steamboat at 6 p.m.

5 Hayden girls earn all-league basketball honors

The Hayden High School girls basketball team landed three players on the first-team all-league squad and five overall.

Sailors lacrosse remains undefeated with 13-6 win

Steamboat Springs High School team stays perfect in Grand Junction

The Grand Junction lacrosse team piled up five goals in the fourth quarter of its home match Saturday against Steamboat Springs High School. That wasn’t nearly enough to erase the Sailors first three quarters of domination, however, and Steamboat held on easily for the 13-6 win.

Steamboat, Glenwood baseball split doubleheader

Saturday’s baseball doubleheader between Glenwood Springs and visiting Steamboat Springs had a little bit of everything. Great pitching, big hits, not-so-great pitching and a whole lot of runs colored a split between the Demons and the Sailors.

John F. Russell: It’s party time

Pull out the streamers, balloons and noisemakers, Steamboat Springs: It’s time to throw a party.

Ken Collins: Scared GOP

Following through on the promise to try to grind the health care bill to a halt, the GOP has begun introducing amendments to the next bill being sent through Congress meant to clean up some of the messiness of last Sunday’s bill. They can’t, by law, filibuster, and arguments are limited to 20 hours, so they will attempt to load it up with ridiculous amendments.

Real Estate transactions for March 19 to 25, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for the week of March 19 to 25, 2010.

Anne Lowe and Rick Akin: Health care a nightmare

That principle is as true today as it was in Dr. Franklin’s time. Nevertheless, those in control in Washington persist in further controlling the lives of Americans, increasing the size and power of government while further controlling and encroaching on the freedom of Americans — all under the pretense of taking care of us, and providing us with security.

The Record for March 26

1:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a reported trespass in the 200 block of Storm Peak Court. Someone was ringing a doorbell at a house there; the people at the house did not know the person ringing the doorbell, police said. Officers issued that person a summons and sent them to detox, police said.

On the Market: Michelle Avery ranks in top 2 percent at Coldwell

Michelle Avery, of Coldwell Banker Silver Oak, was awarded the 2009 Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award, which represents the top 2 percent of about 97,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system. In addition, she holds a Certified Residential Specialist designation, which is achieved by less than four percent of licensed Realtors.

Lynne Kirby: No representation

Excuse me, Mr. Salazar, but weren’t you elected as the U.S. Congressional representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congres­sional District? Key word: representative.

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A day spent at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

From ticketing to TSA to maintenance, airport counts on its employees

On Friday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, staff members planned to see 926 inbound passengers and 771 outbound passengers. They planned to see most of those people on seven flights in a period of about 90 minutes. On a busy Saturday during ski season — especially during spring break or close to a holiday — the employees at YVRA handle more than twice that, Assistant Airport Manager Dean Smith said.

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Routt County drug court provides rehabilitation in lieu of jail

Routt, Moffat counties’ programs provide rehabilitation in lieu of jail

This is the last stop for many of the defendants in the drug court. Faced with a felony and a probation violation, these drug offenders are about to be sent to jail. Or they can participate in an intensive treatment program and follow up with a judge and a team of overseers every two weeks.

Local Spotlight: Lisa Beck

Age: 49 Occupation: Hairstylist Place of birth: Steamboat Springs

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Steamboat extreme skier dreams of making it big

It was a powder day, but only by the sad standards of the winter of 2009-10. “Dust and crust,” Kerry Lofy said, chuckling the way 147-day skiers tend to do at similar and equally cliché sayings. “Making it work” has been what this winter has been about for Lofy. He dreams big, of a spot in Warren Miller movies and of sponsorships.

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Absorption rate foretells construction in Routt County

Forecasting tool measures Routt’s statistics to predict when building permits could pick up

The rate at which homes in Routt County are selling suggests that it could be a year or more before the residential construction industry mounts a meaningful comeback. “If people are hoping the construction industry will pick up this summer, they can’t hold their breath long enough,” said Scott Ford, who leads the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.

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Steamboat high school program hopes class brings relief

When it was over, the wrestlers of the Steamboat Springs Middle School wrestling program didn’t stop goofing off. They laughed and played, even as they stormed the court and raised a championship trophy. This one celebrated the team’s win Saturday in its final home meet, a narrow 1-point victory against East Grand Middle School.

Best of the Web: Health care

■ Interesting that the people in the actual health care industry, both doctors and administrators, are somewhat positive.

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Byron Dean retiring from Soroco after 3 decades

When he talks about his 30 years as a teacher at Soroco High School, Byron Dean often shifts the focus to his students. That’s the way it should be, the longtime vocational agriculture teacher said. At the end of the school year, Dean will retire.

Looking back for March 29, 1935: Refunding of school district bonds put to vote

From 2 to 5 p.m. today, an election will be held in the grade school building on the question of refunding school bonds of District No. 4, Steamboat Springs.

Class Notes: Kurowski named Optimist Club Teen of the Month

Steamboat Springs High School senior Hanna Kurowski was named the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs’ Teen of the Month for March.

School lunches for week of March 29

School lunches for Routt County districts

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Democrats cheer Salazar at Steamboat event

Congressman touts health bill tax credits

U.S. Rep. John Salazar touted the health care legislation’s tax credits for small businesses and the middle class Saturday night at a fundraiser for local Democrats, who expressed strong appreciation for the Colorado congressman’s eff­orts in the nation’s capital. Salazar was the keynote speaker at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news

Sympathy to the family and friends of Ellen Winchell, who passed away Sunday. Love and prayers from everybody at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk

Happy birthday wishes to Patrick Cozzens, Chris Hoffman, Nathan Frentress, Andrew Kleckler, Leisha Epp and Belle Svoboda.

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Rocky Mountain Karate Academy to celebrate 10 years in business

Ten years ago, an announcement caught Kathy Olsen’s eye. A new karate studio, or dojo, was opening in Steamboat Springs. Sensei Michael David Bauk planned to open Steamboat Springs Karate Academy, offering classes to adults and children in a style of karate called Goju Ryu, which translates from Japanese to “the firm and gentle way.”

The Jail Report for March 20 to 26

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.

Steamboat briefs: VNA provides safety tips for baby birds at Easter

Baby chicks and ducks can carry salmonella. 1. Wash hands with soap and water right after touching any chicks, ducklings or other animals.

Business File: Backcountry Provisions to open Denver location

The Steamboat Springs-based Backcountry Provisions sandwich shop plans to open a new location next month on the 16th Street Mall at Wazee Street in downtown Denver. The shop will be the fourth for Backcountry, which also has locations in Steamboat, Fort Collins and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Co-owner Dave Pepin said David Mischell, of the Denver area, will own and operate the new shop, which could open in the first week of April and will feature the same menu, ingredients and style that have made Backcountry Provisions continually successful. Pepin and co-owner Peter Boniface opened the Steamboat shop, specializing in sandwiches made for trips into the backcountry, in 2000. Pepin said the Denver expansion is the result of an opportunity that arose during the economic recession. For more information, visit

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Businesses consider sales, discounts during downtown repaving project

Downtown business owners got a good look at the challenges of construction last fall, when Scott Contracting began the project with underground utility work and drainage improvements through downtown. This spring, as impacts of the economic recession continue and ski tourism ends along with Steamboat Ski Area’s season, business owners are taking a variety of approaches to the coming weeks.

Our View: Plan ahead during US 40 construction

A months-long headache is coming to Steamboat Springs, and the only way to alleviate it will be patience, courteousness and our willingness to use alternative forms of transportation and break the habits of our typical daily routines. The second and final phase of the Lincoln Avenue repaving project through the heart of downtown Steamboat begins in earnest April 5.

Pat Waak: A proud day for America

This week, our country made history. We achieved what presidents since Teddy Roosevelt have attempted — to pass comprehensive health insurance reform to help the American people. This is a victory for all Coloradans.

Joel Reichenberger: Mad for March

’m writing this before the Elite Eight, so I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if, while surely sitting on my couch, nervous and excited in front of my television, Kansas State won, advancing to its first Final Four in nearly 50 years, or whether it lost, bringing to an end its best tournament run since an Elite Eight appearance in 1988.

Saturday, March 27

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Klug wins NorAm snowboarding event in Steamboat

3-time Olympian wraps up career with win

Chris Klug has been snowboarding for 30 years and has been one of America’s top Alpine racers for 20 years. So it was fitting Saturday that he grabbed yet one more win, claiming the United States parallel slalom championship by winning the NorAm race.

Curator leaving Hayden Heritage Center

Mary Pat Dunn has resigned from the part-time position at the Hayden Heritage Center. The museum board is scheduled to approve a replacement for her at its meeting next week.

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EPA issues Hayden Station ruling

Environmental agency says Hayden plant’s permit has problems

WildEarth Guardians filed a petition asking the EPA to object to the coal-fired power plant's permit, issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The EPA granted part of the petition and denied part of it this week.

Arena to host Steamboat girls hockey event Sunday

The Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association will host a girls hockey workshop at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Howelsen Ice Arena in Steamboat Springs.

Clean Air measure could reduce coal mining jobs

The Moffat County Commis­sion took action on a bill Thursday the commissioners think could reduce coal mining jobs in Moffat County. The bill, which was introduced into the state senate Tuesday, would require some Front Range rate-regulated, coal-fired power plants to be retired.

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2 large-scale prescribed burns could begin as soon as Monday

Northwest Colorado’s quickly vanishing snowpack might raise early concerns about summer wildfires, but the smoke residents will see west and south of Steamboat Springs in the coming weeks shouldn’t cause alarm. The Bureau of Land Man­agement is scheduled to conduct two large-scale controlled burns to reduce built-up fuel loads.

The Record for March 25

1:48 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Transit driver turned in a lost wallet to the Steamboat Springs Police Department. Police contacted the owner of the wallet and returned it.

Steamboat briefs: CR 129 closed to through traffic in far North Routt

Routt County Road 129 is closed to commercial and through traffic from Columbine in North Routt to 3 Forks Ranch, about 10.2 miles, effective immediately. The closure is a result of spring thaw and impassable road conditions. Emergency services, if available, will be slow and expensive, according to a news release from the Routt County Road and Bridge Department. Call 879-0831.

Home meet to wrap up junior wrestling season

The Steamboat Springs junior high wrestling program will finish its season starting at 9 a.m. today with a home meet, welcoming teams from West Grand, North Park, Soroco and Craig to the Steamboat Springs High School gymnasium.

Fundraiser for school in Africa is Sunday

Organizers hope event proceeds will help students at Burkina Faso Village of Hope

Teacher Sally McCormick and photographer Kim Keith are putting on a fundraiser for the Village of Hope — a Christian boarding school for children — from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Proposed waterfall aimed at decreasing disease in cutthroat trout

The Medicine Bow-Routt Na­­tional Forest is seeking public comments on a plan to build a fish barrier in Trout Creek upstream from Sheriff Reser­voir. The intent is to protect stream populations of native Colorado River cutthroat trout from a parasitic infection.

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Weekend events across Steamboat

Falling into a niche that’s somewhere between a Prince song, 1990s party rap and 1970s soul, The Pimps of Joytime craft dance music with a sense of humor and boundless energy. The group plays at 3 p.m. today in Gondola Square as part of the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series.

Brady Meier family considers options for wrongful death litigation

City officials notified of possible suit

An attorney representing the widow of Brady Meier, who died in a Oct. 9, 2009, construction accident near the base of Steam­boat Ski Area, confirmed Friday that he has put members of City Council on notice that they could be named as defendants in a future wrongful death law­­suit.

Friday, March 26

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Jewell, Lloyd win titles at NorAm snowboard race in Steamboat

Tyler Jewell and Lindsay Lloyd raced to national parallel giant slalom titles Friday afternoon on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area during the first of two Race to the Cup NorAm Alpine snowboarding events. Jewell trained in Ste­amboat Springs leading up to his first Olympic appearance in 2006.

Steamboat lacrosse knocks off Fruita

Garret Ehrick scored five times for the Sailors and Brian Bertrand had three as the team surged past a close score with a strong second-half run. The boys ended up winning 12-3 on the road.

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Steamboat pass prices edge up for 2010-11

Resort won't offer an Ultimate Pass, adds six-day, 15-day option

Ski Corp. released its pass prices Friday afternoon, adding six-day and 15-day options and dropping the Ultimate Pass, which included Copper Mountain and Winter Park. Adult season passes bought through June 1 will be $899.

Routt unemployment hits 7 percent in February

Jobless figure was 7.7 percent statewide for the month

Unemployment rose from 6.8 percent in January to 7 percent in February. That represents 1,069 people without jobs in January and 1,109 in February, a 40-person increase.

Steamboat teen center proposal tabled

City Planning Commission asks for revisions before next review April 22

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tabled the final development plan until April 22. Commission members asked for revisions to the plan for an addition to Howelsen Ice Arena.

Nancy B. Kramer: Events to help local producers

The Community Agriculture Alliance initiated the development of the Northwest Colorado Products program in 2005 with a mission of promoting, establishing and maintaining a market for products and services that originate in Northwest Colorado.

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra season finale Sunday

‘New World Symphony,’ cello concerto featured on program

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra celebrates a new name with a symphony for a new world Sunday when it closes its 2009-10 season with a program of Romantic-era music by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Music starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at Strings Music Pavilion. The orchestra will play the same program at 7 p.m. Saturday at Moffat County High School.

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Steamboat soccer downs Rifle

Kiersten Henry answered it three minutes in. Haley Brookshire did so 13 minutes in, and Henry again did it in the 20th minute. After wading through slow starts and a lack of early scoring punch through two games, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team solved the sluggish starts against Rifle winning, 6-0.

Taylor to be new head of school at Lowell Whiteman

Current Head of School Walt Daub retiring

Chris Taylor, 62, will take the helm at The Lowell Whiteman School in June. He will replace Head of School Walt Daub, who is retiring after spending 12 years at Lowell Whiteman, the school’s Board of Trustees announced Tuesday.

J4 Junior Olympics showing excites coach

Improvement was what Alpine skiing coach Jeff Hostetler hoped to see at this year’s J4 Junior Olympics, and the young athletes from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club gave him plenty to watch last week in Winter Park. “Most of these kids had to work super hard just to qualify for the Junior Olympics,” Hostetler said.

Nordic Festival is Saturday in Steamboat

Ski Touring Center event raises money for scholarships

Birgitta Lindgren, owner of the Steamboat Ski Touring Center, will host the ninth annual Nordic Festival, which is a celebration of Nor­dic skiing in the Yampa Valley. Olympians Tay­lor Fletcher, Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane are expected to be on hand to sign autographs.

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Downtown Steamboat paving project to begin April 5

City, contractors ask for public’s help during US 40 work

The U.S. Highway 40 repaving project will result in one lane of traffic in each direction through phased sections of downtown Steamboat starting April 5 and likely continuing through June 30. City staff and Scott Contracting are asking for the public’s help in making traffic manageable.

Steamboat briefs: Cooking class fundraiser is from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday

A cooking class demonstration and fundraiser with Dianne Stoyko is from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 1160 Fairway Woods. The cost is $75 per person, and the event raises money for New Frontiers, an organization that funds programs including the annual Girls to Women conference for eighth-grade girls. RSVP to 871-9845. Tickets also enter participants into a drawing to have Stoyko cater their next party.

The Record for March 24

12:20 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for a welfare check in Riverside Plaza. A man reportedly was sleeping in a blanket near the road. Officers talked to the man and learned he was trying to get a ride to Hayden. Officers tried to find the man a ride but could not and gave him a courtesy ride to the west side of town.

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Steamboat promenade recommendation delayed

Advisory group postpones decision about base area project

The citizens committee that reports to the Steamboat Springs City Council about the construction of the new promenade at the base of the ski area adjourned after three hours Thursday without making a recommendation about how to get the best project for the $4.5 million it has to spend this summer.

Soroco track season opens at Rangely

It’s hardly a new theme this season for the Soroco High School boys sports teams. Several particularly athletically gifted seniors have been holding down starring roles on the Rams’ sports teams for the majority of the their time in high school. Now it’s the track and field team, and the heights could be the top of the Class 2A team ranks.

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What to do this week in Steamboat, March 26 - April 1

Falling into a niche that’s somewhere between a Prince song, 1990s party rap and 1970s soul, The Pimps of Joytime craft dance music with a sense of humor and boundless energy. The band will play as part of the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Memorial Randonee ski race set for April 3

It’s a ski patrol thing, Kyle Lawton said. And when something happens to someone in that community, as it did in April 2007 when Steamboat patroller Cody St. John was killed in a car accident, it’s not a group likely to forget. St. John will be remembered again this year with the second annual Cody’s Challenge Randonee Race.

Sustainability Council promotes Earth Hour in Steamboat

The Yampa Valley Sustain­ability Council hopes Steam­boat Springs will be a bigger player in this year’s Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a global initiative started in 2007 by the World Wildlife Federation to encourage everyone to turn off their lights for an hour on a day once a year to take a stand against climate change.

Soroco track season opens at Rangely

It’s hardly a new theme this season for the Soroco High School boys sports teams. Several particularly athletically gifted seniors have been holding down starring roles on the Rams’ sports teams for the majority of the their time in high school. Now it’s the track and field team, and the heights could be the top of the Class 2A team ranks.

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Pimps of Joytime promise dance music at free show in Steamboat

About five years ago, Brooklyn-based musician Brian J. was getting ready to make a record he knew would lead to creating a band. The band became The Pimps of Joytime, a heavily funk-oriented group with elements of soul and a live show that draws on the variation and cohesiveness of Brooklyn’s DJ culture. The band plays a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Mild weather brings out bears in Steamboat

1st black bear sighting of the year is reported this week

Mild weather and rapidly melting snow have roused some of Steamboat’ furriest residents; the first reported bear sighting of the year was called in Tuesday. Colorado DOW area wildlife manager Jim Haskins said it’s no surprise that bears will start appearing across town as they wake from hibernation.

Steamboat lacrosse team hits the road

Steamboat Springs High School to play Fruita at 4 p.m. today

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team looks to add road-tested to its résumé today, as the team preps for its first legitimate road trip of the year. Steamboat plays at 4 p.m. today at Fruita, and at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grand Junction.

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Live comedy today in Oak Creek

Black Mountain Tavern offers stand-up on last Friday of each month

Comedian Denis Donohue likes to think of his brand of joke telling as the illegitimate offshoot of George Carlin and Andrew Dice Clay. “I definitely have some edgy stuff, definitely hard-hitting, and I’m also just ridiculously silly at times, too,” Donohue said.

J3 racers look to build momentum

Skiers head to Telluride after Junior Olympic Championships

Ski coaches Ryan Roberts and Gladys Weidt joined a van full of Steamboat Springs Alpine skiers Thursday for a trip to Telluride for the SmartWool Championships. The coaches hope the athletes will be able to build on results earlier this month at the J3 Junior Olympic Championships in Vail.

Thursday, March 25

The Record for March 23

6:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers received a report at the police station that a suspicious person was seen each morning near 11th and Yampa streets.

Brent Boyer: Advertising, news and the front page

Even after seven-plus years at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, I’m still occasionally surprised at what elicits reaction from our readers and what doesn’t. Take, for example, our decision several years ago to begin selling front-page wraps and, more recently, sticky note ads.

John Salazar to visit Steamboat on Saturday

Congressman to speak at Democrats’ fundraiser days after health care passage

U.S. Rep. John Salazar will visit Steamboat Springs less than a week after voting for the federal health care overhaul, but the nature of his scheduled appearance means it’ll cost $25 to bend his ear on the controversial legislation.

Tigers land 3 wrestlers on Class 2A all-state team

The final accolades from the winter’s wrestling season rolled in for the Hayden High School team earlier this week. Junior Treyben Letlow, freshman T-Lane Mazzola and sophomore Chad Terry all were named to the Class 2A all-state wrestling team.

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US Open event spotlights Steamboat snowboarders, juniors

Steamboat Springs’ Arielle Gold was so happy about winning last year’s Junior Jam title at the 2009 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, Vt., that she decided to try it again in 2010. She dominated the competition and successfully defended the Junior Jam title Sunday.

South Routt School District seeks budget feedback

Survey questions to get community response about cuts, possible fees, school calendar

South Routt School District Superintendent Scott Mader said survey questions could include whether people would support a mill levy override, what their preference would be for how to reduce the number of school days in next year’s calendar, and whether they would support additional fees in 2011-12.

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Skiing greats step forward, raise funds for Bill Johnson

Jace Romick leads charge to help former ski racer with disabilities

Former U.S. Ski Team downhiller Jace Romick, of Steamboat Springs, is rallying current and former skiing greats to help him raise funds to help an Olympic champion who is struggling with disabilities. Bill Johnson increasingly is relying on a wheelchair to get around his mobile home.

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Steamboat's Missed the Boat to play festival

Local band in contest for big-stage Wakarusa set in June

Steamboat Springs folk-rock and bluegrass five-piece Missed the Boat won a spot on the Wakarusa music festival lineup for when the four-day event hits Mulberry Mountain from June 3 to 6 in Ozark, Ark. Now the group is looking for fan votes to put it on one of the festival’s main stages. Voting for the contest is open through Friday.

Planning Commission to review Ice Arena addition

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to review the final development plan tonight for a proposed 11,117-square-foot, three-story addition to Howelsen Ice Arena. The addition would include a teen area, concessions, a game room, community space, restrooms and storage, according to city planning documents. The city of Steamboat Springs is the project applicant, with Mountain Architecture Design Group. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. today in Centennial Hall. The Howelsen addition is the only agenda item. A meeting about spring’s downtown repaving project begins at 5:30 p.m. today in Centennial Hall.

Woman accused in pot case to challenge warrant

Deborah Kay Eck, the Phippsburg-area woman accused of growing marijuana unlawfully in her home, rejected a plea offer on Wednesday. Instead, she will challenge the warrant that led to the Jan. 16 raid on her home.

Passover Seder and dinner is Tuesday

Event open to community and visitors; register by Friday

On Tuesday night, members of Steamboat Springs Jewish congregation Har Mishpacha host a traditional Passover Seder and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Steamboat Grand.

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Sailors girls soccer to host Rifle today

Steamboat’s game could be indicator of season

A pretty good gauge of how the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will play against Rifle today should come in the first five to 10 minutes. The league game, which starts at 6 p.m. at Gardner Field, should give Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann a pretty good barometer of how his team is playing.

Wednesday, March 24

Nancy Graves scheduled to appear in court May 12

Routt County woman accused of hitting man with her car while driving under influence

Nancy Graves, accused of hitting a man with her car while driving under the influence Feb. 5, is scheduled to appear in court May 12.

Steamboat's Haymaker Golf Course releases 2010 rates

Course adds tier for Routt County nonresident property owners

Full-time local residents will notice no change in rates from a year ago. But the Golf Management Committee decided to add a nonresident property owner category for the 2010 season. Rates will jump for those part-time residents.

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‘The Real Inspector Hound’ a riff on murder mysteries

Whodunit? The Steamboat Players will look to answer that question as they put on Tom Stoppard's murder mystery, "The Real Inspector Hound," at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Beginnings of a bike town

Steamboat Springs leaders say Ski Town USA has all the right ingredients to become a cycling draw

Facing a lengthy economic recession and lingering questions about the sustainability of summer tourism, and sitting atop what they swear are some of the nation’s best natural resources — summer or winter — leaders in Steamboat, or Ski Town USA, are seeking to add a second nickname: Bike Town USA.

Top snowboarders to race for NorAm titles in Steamboat

Olympians Tyler Jewell and Chris Klug are expected to race in Steamboat Springs this weekend as the top American Alpine snowboarders race for national and NorAm titles in the final event of the 2010 Race to the Cup.

Oak Creek Mall sold; businesses will remain

Downtown storefronts to remain in place

The Oak Creek Mall has new owners, but it’s not expected to change the status of the two businesses that occupy the Main Street space. Dale Baker sold the building housing the Mugshot Coffee Shop and Storm Mountain Coffee Roasters on Main Street in Oak Creek to Ira and Cindy Wertenteil on March 17.

Bob Enever: Managing growth

The community voted down the Steamboat 700 annexation despite being hugely outspent. More than 1,600 county residents participated in Vision 2030. Looking back on what they said, we could have predicted the outcome of the city’s Steamboat 700 vote with certainty.

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Q&A with President of Routt County Riders Robin Craigen

Robin Craigen, president of Routt County Riders, lives in Steamboat Springs with his wife, Heather, and his daughters, Maddie, 7, and Chili, 4. He moved with Heather to Steamboat 12 years ago and said he’s grown to appreciate much about the town and the Yampa Valley, especially the cycling opportunities it offers.

Relay For Life party is Thursday

Kickoff event offers registration, team information

Registered teams and potential event participants will have a chance to learn more about the fifth annual Steamboat Springs Relay For Life on Thursday. A kickoff party for this year’s event is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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Creative remodeling projects continue in Steamboat even during recession

In the midst of a slumbering Steamboat construction market in 2009 and early 2010, a few creative remodeling projects were transforming Old Town homes and modernizing the living spaces while maintaining a sensitivity to the visual character of the eclectic neighborhoods north of Lincoln Avenue.

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Crème brûleé French toast a special treat

Roberta Gill’s crème brûleé French toast is deviously simple and unbelievably good.

Our View: A call for candidates

It’s not always easy to round up participants for a participatory democracy, particularly in rural areas. Elections in Routt County are scheduled for April and November, and the slate of candidates is on the slim side.

Hayden ordinance includes new process for issuing citations

The new nuisance ordinance and fee schedule revision, approved last week by the Hayden Town Council, will take effect April 1. The ordinance was amended to allow the town to fine residents who violate sections of town code relating to alarm systems, garbage and weeds.

Steamboat snowboard cross racers shine on the West Coast

Several snowboard cross racers from Steamboat Springs shined last week during events at Boreal Mountain Resort in California and Mount Hood Meadows in Oregon.

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Harsh conditions can’t stop Routt County locals from growing fresh produce

The winter is long, and the growing season is short. The ground often is covered by rocks and trees. But for the few Routt County residents who persist in growing their own food, the rewards can outweigh all the obstacles the Rocky Mountains can throw in the way.

Steamboat Sailors track team starts strong

The boys distance runners again led the way for Steamboat Springs High School’s track and field team during a meet during the weekend in Delta. The meet, which featured more than 30 schools, proved competitive for an early season event.

Howelsen Hill to remain open through weekend

Howelsen Hill Ski Area will close at 6 p.m. through Friday for the last week of public skiing. The ski area will open as typically scheduled these days at 1 p.m. for public skiing. Snow conditions permitting, the chairlift will run as usually scheduled for the last weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is the last day of operation at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Hayden Tigers compete in 1st track meet of season

The Hayden High School track team cleaned off the rust Saturday, competing in its first track meet of the year in Delta.

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Joanne Palmer: Tweeting Mother Nature

@joannepalmer: Hello, Mother Nature, are you there? @mothernature: Of course I’m here. I work 365 days a year, 24 hrs a day. What’s up, I just got out of the shower. @joannepalmer: You’re, um … real?

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Health policy raises red flags at Steamboat Ski Area

Health care employer penalty for large businesses could cost $2M

Steamboat Ski Area officials said Tuesday that the federal health care overhaul could cost their business as much as $2 million a year beginning in 2014. The health care overhaul includes a policy that would assess a fine, per employee, to large businesses that do not provide health care to full-time workers.

Ben Beall: Landscape preservation

The Transfer of Development Rights program proposed by the Routt County Commissioners is a precedent-setting land use change. It will negatively impact the quality of life in Routt County. This proposal is a regression for Routt County.

Brent Boyer: I love my mountain bike

I bought a Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike just before the start of my freshman year at the University of Colorado. New to Colorado and thrilled to have the Rocky Mountains as my backyard, I envisioned myself quickly adopting the increasingly popular sport of mountain biking.

Steamboat racers wrap up bids at US Alpine nationals

Four ski racers from Steam­boat Springs traveled to the 2010 U.S. Alpine National Championships in Whiteface Mountain, N.Y., last week to put their skills up against the best the country has to offer.

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Getting up close and personal with Alaska’s great grizzlies

Local wildlife photographer Don Tudor shares his experiences (and photos) while viewing and photographing grizzly bears in Alaska.

The Record for March 22

12:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a drunken person at Mount Werner Road and Mount Werner Circle. Officers found a 24-year-old woman staggering around and took her to detox.

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Judges support Humble Ranch, rule against city

State Court of Appeals rules against land trust in trail-related case

A court ruling this month fanned the flames of a long-simmering dispute between the city and private landowners regarding owners’ rights, land conservation and efforts that began more than a decade ago to increase public access on the south flank of Emerald Mountain.

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Routt County basketball players earn all-league nods

Multiple Routt County prep athletes have been named to first-team all basketball leagues. In Steamboat Springs, girls players Colleen King and Hannah Moore were named to the first-team All Western Slope League.

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Blues rock band plays in Steamboat today

Jonathan Tyler brings energetic live show to Ghost Ranch

Texas blues rocker Jonathan Tyler started out writing songs for small, coffee-house-style concerts. When venues started to call him back for more shows, he needed a band to take things to the next, louder level.

Tuesday, March 23

Lowell Whiteman board selects new head of school

Christopher Taylor, the interim head of school at The Independent School in Wichita, Kan., will take over for Walt Daub in June. Whiteman’s Board of Trustees also announced the hiring of Derek Svennungsen, who will serve as the school’s director of admissions.

Gary Peterson named interim county assessor

Assessor Mike Kerrigan plans to leave in June for Grand Junction job

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday appointed current employee Gary J. Peterson to fill out the term of Assessor Mike Kerrigan, who is leaving June 1 to take a job in Grand Junction. Peterson plans to run for the permanent position in the Nov. 2 election.

Heating pipe breaks, closes Soroco High School

Superintendent expects school to resume today

A basketball struck and broke a pipe near the gymnasium Monday, spilling glycol. Superintendent Scott Mader said because of where the basketball hit, the school's entire geothermal heating system had to be shut down. The school is expected to reopen Wednesday. None of the other district schools were affected.

The Record for March 21

The Record for March 21

Capote hearing scheduled for April 16

One week after a Steamboat Springs police official said attorneys on both sides were working toward a plea agreement, a hearing for Eduardo Capote has been scheduled for 2 p.m. April 16. Capote was charged with second- and third-degree assault in connection with a fight in downtown Steamboat Springs on Jan. 1, 2009.

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Tom Ross: Who’s afraid of a big hoot owl?

I resurfaced from a half-dream state at about 11 p.m. Sunday night and realized my mind had been swirling with images from the amazing Discovery Channel documentary “Life,” which I’d been watching earlier in the evening. In my dream, an owl was calling every minute or so. And then I heard it again. “Whooo-doo. Who.”

Yampa Valley Regional Airport summer construction set

2nd baggage carousel won’t be operational until winter 2011-12

Construction is expected to begin this summer on the third phase of terminal expansion at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, but a new, second baggage carousel won’t be ready in time for next ski season. Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said Monday that the timetable already is growing too tight to undertake the carousel portion of the two-year project this summer.

Steamboat briefs: Community Passover Seder planned for March 30

Har Mishpacha, the Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs, will hold a Community Seder from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 30.

Steamboat Springs detective joins sheriff’s race

Nick Bosick announces intention to run for office

Steamboat Springs Police Department detective Nick Bosick has changed his mind. He announced Monday that he will run for Routt County sheriff, and in the process, become the third Republican candidate in the race. Bosick said he submitted his paperwork during his lunch hour Monday.

Steamboat skiers fare well at Telemark championships

There is no question that Shane Anderson was excited about his showing last week at the U.S. National Telemark Championships in Whitefish, Mont., but it wasn’t the only reason the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach was celebrating as he made his way home Monday.

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Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat attempts to buy property

College officials identify site as possible location for access road

When Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine campus held a public meeting in September to discuss a proposed new building, the site for a secondary access road to the campus went right though Harry and Mary Dike’s commercial property at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue. That was news to the Dikes.

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Schindler, Steamboat skiers shine at Howelsen

Monday races wrap up Millennium Bank event at Howelsen Hill

James Schindler had no expectations when he stepped into the starting gate Friday for the first of four races in the Millennium Bank Colo­rado Junior FIS Ski Cup Champion­ships in Steamboat Springs.

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Jimmy Westlake: Planets of other suns

While the debate rages on about what is and what isn’t a planet in our solar system, astronomers continue to discover planets orbiting other stars. As of March 20, the official count of extrasolar planets stood at 443, but recent searches are confirming what astronomers have thought all along — planets are common in the universe.

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Health care bill elicits mixed local reaction

Medical community responds positively to health care overhaul; concerns remain

Members of the local medical community gave primarily positive responses Monday to the federal health care overhaul, especially citing its potential to increase coverage and access to services in rural Northwest Colorado. But there also are concerns of increased costs to hospitals and an increase in demand for services that may be difficult to keep up with in the absence of more medical professionals.

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Snow crust proves tempting in Steamboat

Hikers, snowshoers find themselves stuck as top layer softens

The pristine snow looks tempting for early morning hikers and snowshoers, but local emergency responders say that as the snow gets softer in the afternoon, it can pose a risk greater than most people expect.

Monday, March 22

Steamboat Briefs: Celebration of life planned for Jenna Gruben-Morrill

A celebration of life for Jenna Gruben-Morrill is from 4 to 7 p.m. May 22 at Olympian Hall and Howelsen Hill. More details will be provided as they become available.

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Loggers Lane treasurer admits to crime, avoids charges

As the president of the Loggers Lane Owners’ Asso­ciation pulled into the bank to move money in the group’s account to a long-term fund, he found the group’s treasurer waiting for him. Don’t go in there, she said. The money isn’t there. She had taken it, in bits and pieces, during the past year and a half.

The Record for March 20, 2010

Saturday, March 20

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Luke Graham: I swear, I passed 3rd grade

Maybe the best thing about NCAA basketball tournaments is that every one of you has a chance to pick the winners. It’s been said time and again that any person, including children, can win a bracket. To prove this, I challenged Rebecca Dybas’ Soda Creek Elementary School third-grade class to a bracket challenge.

Steamboat parking, paving input sought

Meetings this week seek feeback from public about projects

Downtown businesses are bracing for the Colorado De­­part­ment of Transportation’s massive re-paving project by Scott Contracting. Business owners also have been talking about downtown parking issues, which the Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to next address April 6.

Steamboat high school takes new approach to CSAPs

Activities designed for juniors, seniors to reduce tests’ stress on teachers

CSAP test week typically brings chaos at Steamboat Springs High School, Instruc­tional Support Specialist Kim Mayer said. Mayer hopes this year will be a little calmer. She said all teachers, with the exception of those who teach Advanced Placement classes, would help administer the tests, even those whose students aren’t testing.

Aging Well: Diabetes workshop begins Tuesday in Steamboat

Jim Pitzer, of Yampa, has had diabetes for about 15 years. In that time, he has gathered a lot of information and advice about managing his condition. o it was mostly curiosity that brought him to the first of six classes aimed at helping individuals with diabetes better manage their symptoms and make healthier choices.

Monday Medical: Strategies to reduce stress

Researchers agree that a limited amount of stress is an important component of a healthy, happy, productive life. However, too much stress can negatively affect your relationships, job performance and your health. Here are 10 strategies to help you successfully manage stress.

County Agenda for March 22 and 23

County Agenda for March 22 and 23

Sunday, March 21

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Youth hockey team wins state title

Bantam A squad takes thriller in OT at Pepsi Center, capping wild weekend

Steamboat’s Bantam A youth hockey team won a state title Sunday, following up a Pee-wee title last year and capping a thrilling weekend on the Front Range. The Bantam A team defeated the Colorado Junior Eagles of Lakewood 2-1 in overtime at the Pepsi Center.

Schlingman named 1st-year scholar at UNC

Lindsey Schlingman, of Hayden, was named a first-year scholar for the fall 2009 semester at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

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Highmark contracts ‘accepted,’ closings pending

Auctioneer, Realtor say negotiations continue on units

The outcome of the March 12 auction sale for 15 condominiums at The Highmark near the base of Steamboat Ski Area won’t be known until closings take place. However, sources close to the sale say the investment group holding the indebtedness on the project has accepted the high bids placed on nine of the units.

Real Estate transactions for March 12 to 18, 2010

Real estate transactions in Routt County for the week of March 12 to 18, 2010

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Steamboat resident flies his Lancair 360 after decade of construction

Jack Dysart realized about 10 years ago that he needed a hobby. He decided to build an airplane.

Valerie McCarthy: Educating youths

This letter is in response to the article in the Feb. 7, 2010, Steamboat Pilot & Today titled “Parents, police worry marijuana dispensaries confuse kids.” In this article, community members and the Steamboat Springs Police Department expressed concern regarding the education provided by Steamboat schools to students in the area of drugs and alcohol.

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Steamboat lacrosse cruises by Durango

A win’s a win, but Saturday’s 11-3 triumph for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team against Durango may have spoken to a bigger philosophical change in the program. Not too long ago, any win would be a big thing.

Girls tennis wraps up Slope tourney

Kylee Swiggart grabs 2nd place in singles

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team wrapped up the final day of the Western Slope Open tennis tournament in Grand Junction on Saturday, coming away with one second-place finish.

Steamboat Springs Pentathlon results for March 20

Steamboat Springs Pentathlon results

The Record for March 19

The Record for March 19

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Most Steamboat schools funding comes from local sources

A detailed look at where funding comes from and what the money is spent on in the Steamboat Springs School District, including budget highlights for the 2010-11 school year.

Jail Report for March 13 to 18

Jail Report for March 13 to 18

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Tyler Johnson is back on his new feet

Tyler lost his feet and part of one hand after contracting meningitis in June 2008. The boy who is going on 12, is now running, playing and being a typical child, which doctors say is the best form of physical therapy.

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Steamboat booksellers share thoughts on e-books, online sales

The owners of Steamboat’s two independent bookstores, not surprisingly, are devoted, arguably fanatic lovers of books in their physical form. But they know their industry is changing dramatically because of online sales and electronic books, and their business models are changing as a result.

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Chopped prices tempt buyers

Properties start to move as owners ask for thousands less

Some of the most aggressively priced properties on the Steamboat real estate market have begun to go under contract. A bank-owned duplex offered on a short sale on Bear Creek Drive with 1,680 square feet of living space recently closed for $413,000, compared with the asking price of $499,000.

Local Spotlight: Cindee Clark

Cindee Clark Age: 55 Occupation: Dental hygienist Place of birth: New Orleans

Steamboa briefs: Service planned for Jenna Gruben-Morrill

There will be a celebration of life for Jenna Gruben-Morrill from 4 to 7 p.m. May 22 at Olympian Hall and Howelsen Hill. More details will be provided as they become available.

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Strings music lineup announced

Chang to open season; new bathrooms added to pavilion

Strings Music Festival staff members hope to present “an eight-week conversation with our audience” with their 23rd season, Executive Director Kay Clagett said this week. The eight-week festival based on chamber music and featuring classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, blues and world music acts starts June 26 and ends Aug. 21.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club starts ski cross program

At age 10, Charlie Fisher is still a year out from being able to participate in ski cross competitions, but since it's the first official year of an organized ski cross team in Steamboat, he figures he'll get a head-start. The team is the first junior team of its kind in the country.

Joel Reichenberger: My selective silence

It’s not that I don’t care, though I’m sure that’s how you see it when I don’t cheer during sporting events. That’s one of the golden rules of sports journalism, by the way — “No cheering in the press box” — and one some veterans in the business take to an absurd level sometimes, almost competing against one another to see who can pretend to care the least.

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Controversial river rights bill hung up in state Senate

Colorado House Bill 1188, which sought to settle the state’s “right to float” laws, was put on hold rather than voted into law in the state Senate. A study was commissioned and isn’t due to be reported until the end of October, ending for now what some view as a perilous threat to landholders’ rights.

Looking Back: Bids to be advertised for Oak Creek road

Looking Back — 75 years ago — From the Friday, March 22, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot

Our View: City right to wait on bonuses

The majority of Steamboat Springs City Council members were wise last week to postpone a decision on paying out $250,000 in performance bonuses to city employees. It would be premature to allocate unspent 2009 funds on bonuses for employees whose hours were cut along with their pay.

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Steamboat free summer concert benefit is Friday

Fundraiser a 1st for free summer series

The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series is starting its fundraising efforts for the 2010 season, with a party scheduled for Friday and sponsor letters and grant applications scheduled to go out soon.

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More than 225 show up for Steamboat Springs Pentathlon

On a day heavy on blue skies, more than 225 competitors came out to race in the Steamboat Pentathlon. Barkley Robinson was the top overall individual finisher in the standard course.

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of March 22

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of March 22

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for March 21

Happy birthday to Lila Rider, who celebrated her 83rd birthday Friday. Congratulations Lila!

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for March 21

Happy birthday wishes to Roy McAnally, Branda Mitchell, Lilly Reiser, Jolie Goddard, Judy Copeland, Becca Hoza, Austy Hoffman and Pam Simpson.

On the Market: Prudential Steamboat agents win ’09 honors

Prudential Steamboat Realty had 15 agents recognized this month in Austin, Texas, at the annual Prudential Real Estate Affiliates convention for their sales success in 2009.

Pete Wither: Opportunity lost

I’ve lived in Steamboat all my life, have seen many changes, made room for new ideas and people, and have served on the City Council and many other volunteer positions within the city.

Business File: Downtown parking meeting is Tuesday

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs hosts a meeting about downtown parking solutions at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Best of the Web: City surplus

Best of the Web: City surplus

Dale Moss: Thanks Steamboat

On March 16, the Steamboat Springs Optimist Club and the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs hosted the Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team for a night of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy and feel-good family entertainment.

John F. Russell: Lessons pave the road for a champion

Michaela Frias will turn 17 today, but the Steamboat Springs cross-country skiing standout already has shown the experience that it takes to be a champion. On March 12, Frias raced to first place in the 5-kilometer cross-country freestyle at the 2010 Nordic Junior Olympic Championships.

Saturday, March 20

Vice looks to open 2nd taxi service in Craig

When Mike Vice decided to pursue starting another taxi service in Craig, he didn’t know just how overwhelming it would be. Mike and his wife, Soni, who own Lariat Liquors, 391 Lincoln St., started the process of acquiring a taxicab license in July and said the community has supported their decision.

Oak Creek forum focuses on money

Town Board candidates also address law enforcement, town infrastructure needs

One way or another, money was the top issue at an Oak Creek candidates’ forum Thur­sday night. How to bring more of it to town, how to keep it circulating in town and how needed infrastructure upgrades will demand a whole lot more of it in the future — all were discussed by the five candidates for Oak Creek Town Board and mayoral candidate Nikki Knoebel.

The Record for March 18

The Record for March 18

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Carol Booth Fox leaves legacy of service, gardens

Longtime Steamboat resident died Wednesday at age 81

Longtime civic leader Carol Booth Fox was working to make Steamboat Springs a more beautiful place right up until her death Wednesday at Rollingstone Respite House at age 81. Fox had been living with a rare form of blood cancer, multiple myeloma.

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Tom Ross: Bracket busters bomb fans

If you awoke this morning with a vague recollection of a nightmare, the one where the cleaning crew stuffed your NCAA Tournament brackets in the diagonal shredder, fear not — a majority of college basketball fans shared the same bad dream Friday morning.

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Weather expert explains Steamboat climate

Nolan Doesken discusses temperature changes, drought Wednesday

State climatologist Nolan Doesken outlined the intricacies of Routt County’s climate to a gathering of about 30 gardeners Wednesday afternoon, in a presentation that offered explanations for those cold nights that can make gardening tricky.

Walker leads Hayden track team

Questions aplenty for state-experienced team

Eager to find out what to expect from this spring’s Hay­den High School track and field team? Get in line. It starts right behind head coach Barbara Manzanares. “We’ve had a really good spring so far, but we won’t have everyone out and be at full force until after spring break,” said Manzanares, who starts the season with her team at 9 a.m. today at a meet in Delta.

Steamboat briefs: Aging Well, VNA will offer diabetes class in Steamboat

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, in partnership with the Yampa Valley Medical Center Diabetes Education Program, presents Healthier Living Colorado: Diabetes.

12 DUI arrests during holiday saturation patrol

The Colorado State Patrol made 12 driving under the influence arrests during a weeklong saturation patrol, Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

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Today's events in Routt County

What to do across Routt County today

Steamboat lacrosse team ready for home opener

There might not be a boys lacrosse conference in the state where games mean as much as they do in the Mountain Conference. Last season, Steam­boat Spring High School went undefeated in the conference and earned the division’s only state playoff bid. So as Steamboat prepares to open up its conference schedule at 11 a.m. today against Durango at Gardner Field, that fact isn’t lost on the Sailors.

Friday, March 19

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Steamboat skiers dominate at Howelsen race

Colorado Junior FIS Championships moved to Howelsen, changed to slalom

Racers from Steamboat Springs dominated Friday’s Colorado Junior FIS Cham­pionships (Millennium Cup) at Howelsen Hill, claiming the top four spots and five of the top six spots in the men’s slalom race. The event moved from Steamboat Ski Area because of high winds.

Steamboat tennis puts 4 in semifinals

Girls to continue play Saturday at Grand Junction tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team advanced two singles players and one doubles team to the semifinals of the Western Slope Open tennis tournament in Grand Junction on Friday.

Steamboat, Copper, Winter Park part of pass deal

Rocky Mountain Super Pass will be offered next season despite Intrawest's sale of Copper

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass will be offered for next season even though Intrawest, which owns Steamboat and runs Winter Park, sold Copper Mountain to Powdr Corp. last fall.

Steamboat Telemark skiers win titles

Shane Anderson and Erika Walters take top spots in Montana race

It was just another day in Whitefish, Mont., for Steamboat Springs Telemark skiers Shane Anderson and Erika Walters. Both skiers topped their divisions Friday, the second day of the 2010 U.S. Telemark Nationals at the Big Mountain at Whitefish Ski Resort.

Oak Creek candidates discuss money

Fewer than 10 people attended Thursday night's forum

The five candidates for Oak Creek Town Board and mayoral candidate Nikki Knoebel discussed economic revitalization and possible infrastructure upgrades at a forum Thursday night in South Routt. The election will be April 6.

Wiggins to leave, then re-enter in sheriff's race

ACET commander said decision is based on Hatch Act questions

The All Crimes Enforcement Team commander said his agency would be finished spending a federal grant early next week. He'll refile for the Routt County sheriff's race then, to avoid any possible Hatch Act violation.

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High winds in Steamboat bring bust, boom

Ski area closure not expected to affect today’s operations; businesses benefit

Gusty winds forced the all-day closure of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday, caused pockets of small power outages around the county, and resulted in an unexpected boom for some local businesses. High winds that ski area officials said reached peak gusts of 79 mph shut down Mount Werner for the entire day.

John Salazar supports health care plan

U.S. Rep. John Salazar said he plans to vote for the amended health care bill, citing new deficit reduction estimates that Colorado’s GOP chairman called “a joke.”

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Ice show takes on Hollywood magic

Members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club will bring three decades of movies, ranging from “Twilight” to “Footloose,” to the ice at Howelsen Ice Arena this weekend.

The Record for March 17

The Record for March 17

Steamboat briefs: Little League early registration starts today

Early registration for Steamboat Springs Little League starts today and costs $20 less than regular registration. Go to Spring training starts April 17.

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Steamboat track season under way

Sailors aim to increase presence at season-ending state meet

The realities and format of Class 4A track and field are cruel to a school like Steamboat Springs High School. Steamboat, on the smaller side of Class 4A, has a variety of variables working against it. The new state qualifying format dictates that the top 18 times or distances in events advance to the state meet.

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Steamboat ski conditions hold strong in spite of weather

Snowcat drivers help maintain good trails

The high-country snowpack condensed by about 5 inches under the March sun this week, but the cruising conditions on the trails of Steamboat Ski Area have held up well. Powder days have been few and far between this winter, especially compared to the past two winters when Steamboat tallied more than 400 inches of snowfall. The ski area’s season total now is 208.5 inches and the mid-mountain base is 48 inches.

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Heeling Friends in Steamboat seeks volunteers

Spring recruitment for pet therapy program starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Benji has been a Heeling Friends volunteer for two years. A calm schnauzer mix who his owners guess is about 6 or 7 years old, Benji is one of about 20 Heeling Friends dogs who make at least two trips each month to Yampa Valley Medical Center to add some light to the hospital’s rooms.

Former employees, fans of the Inferno reunite in Steamboat

What past employees and customers remember most about the Inferno that occupied a basement space in Gondola Square from 1984 to 2000 is the effect co-founder Marty Levy always intended: that the Inferno would be Steamboat’s version of Cheers. Starting with a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. today, that family will celebrate and remember the Inferno.

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Community band swings Saturday in Steamboat

Steamboat Swings to play big band tunes at Depot

With a year of dances and performances under its belt, community big band Steamboat Swings is putting together a program of swing-era favorites for Saturday night. Steamboat Swings plays a community dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Art Center.

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Lyrics Born to play free show in Steamboat

Hip-hop artist works to reinvent his sound with each record

Hip-hop artist Lyrics Born never wants to make the same record twice. The Bay Area musician, also known as Tom Shimura, taps into “new styles, new soundscapes, different subject matters, everything” to make sure his records keep evolving, he said in an interview Tuesday.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Steamboat to join in for Earth Hour

You’ve all heard of Earth Day, but Earth Hour? Started three years ago in Sydney in collaboration with the World Wildlife Federation, the first Earth Hour joined more than 2 million Australian homes in darkness, as families, businesses and politicians turned off their lights one night in late March to make a statement.

Steamboat tennis tops Durango

On the eve of the team’s most important early season tournament, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team beat Durango, 6-1, on Thursday.

Steamboat’s Paley 2nd at World Cup Telemark event

Steamboat Springs Telemark skier Lorin Paley earned her second podium at a World Cup stop in GranPallars Espot, Spain, finishing second Sunday in a Telemark classic event.

Steamboat locals fare well at US Telemark Championships

Steamboat Springs put three skiers on the podium Thursday at the U.S. Telemark National Championships in Whitefish, Mont.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for March 19 to 25

Hip-hop artist Lyrics Born will take the stage with a full band, providing a seamless connection between creative rhymes and groove-oriented, funk-thick production. The concert is part of the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series.

South Routt School District cuts administration

School Board approves Olinger as elementary principal

The South Routt School District will have one fewer administrator in 2010-11. The School Board unanimously approved the resignation Thursday of South Routt Elementary Principal Michael Young.

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Toy faces toughest match yet

Longtime tennis supporter suffering from kidney disease

On the surface, not much about Steamboat resident Don Toy has changed. He still has his sense of humor, his look and his love for the game of tennis — particularly spreading that love to young players. But Toy is facing an uphill battle. He’s suffer­ing from polycys­­tic kidney disease.

Lost snowshoers rescued in Steamboat area

Search and Rescue helps 3 people in 2 separate incidents

Two men were rescued by helicopter Thursday after bec­oming lost and dehydrated while snowshoeing near Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Thursday, March 18

Helicopter rescues lost, dehydrated snowshoers Thursday

The two men in the mid-30s started up the Lower Bear Trail near Strawberry Hot Springs but were quickly slowed by difficult terrain and soft, deep snow.

Committee OKs bill allowing 4-year degrees at CMC

Colorado's House Education Committee passed the measure today, sending it to the full House for discussion and a vote. A hearing date hasn't been set.

Steamboat's Outtrim wins World Cup event

Moguls skier took top spot today at race in Spain

Eliza Outtrim skied to the top moguls spot at a race in Spain, setting her up for a strong 2011 season. Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney finished fourth.

Sarah Chang, The Kingston Trio coming to Steamboat

Acts are part of the Strings Summer Music Festival starting in June

Violinist Sarah Chang opens the 2010 Strings Music Festival season on June 26, when she’ll join the Strings Festival Orchestra for a concert of pieces by Rossini, Bruch and Beethoven.

The Record for March 16, 2010

Tuesday, March 16

Coureur Des Bois results from March 14, 2010

March 14, 2010 North Routt County

Brent Boyer: Spring — it’s time for Sunshine

When is the last time you attended a school board meeting, or went down to City Hall to inspect the planning documents of that building project down the street? Have you looked over your city’s annual budget in the past couple of years, or did you take the time to download and read the Steamboat 700 annexation agreement?

Hayden won’t renew Rockhold’s contract

School Board votes not to approve superintendent for next school year

Greg Rockhold will not be the Hayden School District superintendent in 2010-11. The School Board on Wednesday night unanimously voted “no” when Rockhold’s contract came up for approval.

South Routt School Board to consider Michael Young's resignation

Officials to discuss elementary principal’s departure

The South Routt School Board tonight is scheduled to consider approving contracts of probationary and nonprobationary teachers, the district’s principals and Su­­­perintendent Scott Mader for the 2010-11 school year.

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Resident swims 1 million yards at Old Town Hot Springs

In May, longtime Steam­boat Springs resident John Ward jumped into the lap pool at Old Town Hot Springs and began working toward a personal goal, 5,000 yards at a time. Ward started working toward that goal in May and had reached his goal of 1 million yards by Feb. 14 — well ahead of his May 2010 deadline.

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Steamboat growth plan in spotlight

700 vote turns eyes to county’s transfer of development rights proposal

A Routt County proposal to allow increased density near population centers is suddenly in the spotlight after city voters’ denial of the Steamboat 700 annexation. The county’s proposed transfer of development rights program would allow 5-acre home sites in some unincorporated areas, potentially including about 1,400 acres north and west of Steamboat Springs.

New Hayden eatery requests liquor license transfer

Couple hopes to open April 8 at Creek View location

The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider tonight whether to approve a liquor license transfer and temporary liquor license for Hayden’s newest restaurant.

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Longtime champion sitting out Steamboat Pentathlon, leaves 1st place open

The March 15 deadline came and with it went good news for any competitor hoping to win the 19th annual Steamboat Springs Pentathlon. Michael Kloser, the racer who has dominated the Pentathlon for the past decade, did not sign up to compete and defend his men’s standard course title.

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Tree planting event growing

Organizer hopes volunteers will plant 20,000 trees June 26

Like the 12,000 trees he bought from the state forest service, Tristan Frolich’s idea to help Routt County forests recover from the bark beetle epidemic just keeps growing. Frolich is the organizer of Re-tree Colorado, an event planned for June 26 in which he hopes as many as 400 volunteers will plant 20,000 trees at sites across the county.

Chix with Stix host final home games in Steamboat

The Steamboat Chix with Stix women’s hockey team played outside its division during the past three games, sweeping the Denver Synergy on Feb. 19 and 20 and losing to the Vail Breakaways in overtime Friday.

Sailors girls head for Durango matchup, Grand Junction tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team is poised to play three days of tennis, including in one of the top high school tournaments of the year. Steamboat plays at 4 p.m. today against Durango in Grand Junction, before competing in the Western Slope Open on Friday and Saturday, also in Grand Junction.

Wounded veterans to participate in potluck, snowmobile trip

Russ Lambert doesn’t personally know any members of the military, but he still has gratitude for the sacrifices soldiers make. Lambert, the general manager at Steamboat Lake Outfitters, along with Rocky Mountain Rentals, will bring eight wounded veterans to North Routt on Friday and Saturday for Operation Healing Snow.

Steamboat Briefs: Lodging to top 60 percent in Steamboat this weekend

Steamboat Springs could host 10,585 visitors this weekend, or about 61 percent of lodging capacity, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s weekly lodging barometer. The Chamber is projecting 75 percent capacity in downtown hotels and nearly 70 percent capacity in hotels at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, with about 55 percent capacity in base area condominiums

Wednesday, March 17

Hayden won't renew superintendent's contract

Greg Rockhold was hired two years ago from Tennessee school

Greg Rockhold became the district's superintendent in March 2008 and received a two-year contract at the time. The Hayden School Board voted unanimously tonight against renewal.

South Routt elementary principal resigns

Michael Young and his wife won't return next year to Soroco district

Michael Young and his wife, Kim, a fourth-grade teacher, have submitted their resignations to the school district.

Residents weigh in at local caucuses

Routt Democrats want Romanoff; Republicans like Norton, McInnis

A tense political landscape sure to heat up as November approaches attracted more than 300 registered Routt County Democrats and Republicans to Tuesday night’s party caucuses. Save for one race, the straw poll preferences of local caucus-goers largely reflected the will of their peers across the state.

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Joanne Palmer: Burning calories with excuses

It’s time for spring training! Inspired by the Olympics, terrified by the impending arrival of bathing suit season and mortified by my winter caloric intake, I have made a firm commitment to get back in shape. Nothing, I repeat nothing, will stand between my workouts and me.

Oak Creek candidates ready for forum

Town Board hopefuls to meet Thursday night

The Oak Creek Town Board Candidates Forum on Thursday night will be the only opportunity for a public discussion with the five candidates before the April 6 election.

Adult League Volleyball standings for March 17

Adult League Volleyball standings for March 17

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Steamboal riders trot toward competitive season in Scottsdale

For Legacy PR, and owner Mignon Stetman, February’s 55th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show marked a strong start to a new season.

Steamboat track and field team opens season fast

The Steamboat Springs High School track and field team opened the season Saturday at the Jaguar Invitational at Legacy Stadium in Denver. As a team, Steamboat finished ninth out of 15 at the mostly Class 5A meet.

Adult League Soccer standings for March 17

Adult League Soccer standings for March 17

Adult League Basketball standings for March 17

Adult League Basketball standings for March 17

Shannon Winegarner: Daffodil success

Thank you to the generous community members of Routt and Moffat counties for making the 2010 Hospice daffodil fundraiser a huge success.

Our View: Let’s let servants serve

When the Hatch Act was passed in 1939, its main intent was to keep federal employees from using their positions to unfairly influence elections. The act states, among other provisions, that federal employees cannot run for partisan office. It was expanded in 1940 to include state and local employees.

Charlie Bates and John Whittum: Singers provide glimpse into opera

An ongoing source of delight for many of us in Northwest Colorado is that each season, we come across pockets of beauty and tranquility we had not noticed before: a hidden canyon, a shaded pool of water, or perhaps a stash of chanterelles. Just so in the arts these days; there now seems to be a flowering in this region of artistry one would not have thought possible a few years ago.

Hayden School Board to consider budget reductions

Moving 6th grade to elementary, eliminating principal on table

The Hayden School Board is scheduled to consider whether to restructure the district schools and administration when it meets tonight. Moving the sixth grade to the elementary school and eliminating one of the district’s three principals were recommendations made by the district’s budget committee last week during a special School Board budget workshop.

Women’s group aims to track local issues

Foundation’s local branch seeks input from nonprofit leaders

Issues facing women and girls across Northwest Colorado were at the center of conversation Tuesday morning at Alpine Bank. Steering committee members of the local branch of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado sat down with nonprofit group leaders and Eve Powell, interim director of the foundation at the state level.

Police awaiting evidence results in reported assault

Police are still awaiting the results of an analysis of evidence in a reported sexual assault from October. Police sent the evidence to the Colorado Bureau of In­vesti­gation but have not received results.

Deal could be near in Eduardo Capote case

Prosecutors and attorneys for Eduardo Capote are reportedly working to reach a plea deal after a jury was unable to reach a decision in early February.

Police: 17-year-old linked to burglaries

Police and prosecutors are charging that a 17-year-old Steamboat Springs youth was involved in four local burglaries in late 2008, including a theft of guns from a police storage locker.

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High school presents spectral comedy

‘Blithe Spirit’ opens Thursday, runs through Saturday

Subtle humor, intricate relationship drama and ghosts are occupying the Steamboat Springs High School drama department, as student actors, crew members and directors prepare for a production of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”

The Record for March 15

12:42 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a burglary alarm in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue. The building was locked, and everything was fine.

Steamboat briefs: Thursday is last chance to sign up for ESL class

Thursday night is the last chance to sign up for a twice-weekly free English as a Second Language class offered this semester by Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.

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Live music, food, increased transit on tap for Irish holiday

Corned beef will steam, Guinness will flow and live music will boom at Steamboat Springs bars and restaurants today as locals and visitors celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Local festivities start with live music during happy hour on the mountain and downtown.

Steamboat baseball team knocks off Paonia, 18-0

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team started its weekend with a win Friday, knocking off Paonia, 18-0.

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Steamboat Springs City Council OKs $250,000 for Howelsen Hill

Members approve money to pursue grants for ski hill, delay city staff pay decision

City Council voted unanimously to spend $250,000 on efforts to improve Howelsen Hill and $250,000 more on projects spread across several city departments, but voted, 4-3, to postpone a decision about performance bonuses for city employees until August, when the city will have a better picture of its 2010 sales tax revenues and financial situation.

Steamboat School Board seeks calendar feedback

Board to consider approval at March 29 meeting

The Steamboat Springs School Board is scheduled to consider whether to approve a draft of the 2010-11 school year calendar March 29.

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Battle Mountain sails past Steamboat girls soccer, 3-1

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team took an early lead Tuesday night, but the team ultimately fell to Battle Mountain, 3-1. Battle Mountain raised its record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Western Slope League, and Steamboat Springs fell to 0-1 and 1-1.

Tuesday, March 16

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Steamboat promenade bids $2 million below estimate

URAAC to decide how much of base area project is possible

Base Area Redevelopment Coordinator Joe Kracum told the Routt County Board of Com­­missioners that instead of the estimated $9.5 million, proposals from contractors tentatively range from $7 million to $7.5 million.

Steamboat to see increased transit, police on St. Patrick's Day

Steamboat Springs Transit and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday with increased buses and patrols. Steamboat Springs Transit Operations Manager Jonathan Flint said the city will add four buses to join the regular fleet of seven for the holiday.

The Record for March 14

The Record for March 14

Steamboat briefs: Free screenings and preschool sign-up is today

The South Routt Early Learning Center in Yampa will provide free developmental screenings and will offer pre-registration for the 2010-11 preschool year from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today.

Steamboat Springs School Board discusses possible staff cuts

About 30 Steamboat Springs School District employees have been told their positions “will probably not be renewed” next school year, Superintendent Sha­­­­­­­lee Cunn­ingham said during a School Board budget workshop Monday night.

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Tom Ross: The desert heat is waiting

When it’s 47 degrees in Steamboat Springs on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s 60 degrees in Page, Ariz., 72 degrees on the edge of the Mojave Desert in St. George, Utah, and perhaps 55 degrees in the middle of nowhere on the Kaiparowits Plateau. I’d like to be just about anywhere in the middle of that sprawling sandstone wilderness right now.

Building permits are up for renewal

County mails notice that many old building permits have expired

Building official Carl Dun­ham sent letters to 640 clients this month to inform them their building permits have expired, but there’s still time to renew if they wish. The letters will allow the building department to catch up to a new three-year lifespan for permits.

Caucuses are tonight across Routt County

The Routt County Demo­cratic and Republic parties host their caucuses tonight at locations across the county. All caucus meetings start promptly at 7 p.m., regardless of party or precinct. Party leaders suggest attendees show up to their precinct locations no later than 6:45 p.m. to register.

Education department officials to visit Steamboat for town hall meeting

Officials from the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education say they want to know what residents think as they work to draft a new statewide assessment program. Officials will attend a town hall meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Steamboat.

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Jimmy Westlake: The Horse and the Rider

Spring begins this year in the northern hemisphere at 11:32 a.m. Saturday. Signs that spring has arrived in the Rockies include the swarms of red-winged black birds that will soon fill the air and the return of the Big Dipper to our early evening sky. Look to the northeastern sky to find the Big Dipper.

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Despite concerns, Steamboat City Council could approve art museum lease tonight

The Steamboat Art Museum could receive a long-term lease for $1 a year tonight, securing plans for the historic, downtown Rehder Building that some city officials and residents continue to see as a boon and a burden. City Council is slated to decide on final approval of the museum’s new lease agreement tonight.

Monday, March 15

Paonia girls basketball, Holyoke boys take titles

Local high school basketball teams all fell short in their bids for state championship glory, but teams with local ties were much more successful.

The Record for March 13

The Record for March 13

County Agenda for March 15 and 16

County Agenda for March 15 and 16

Hurt Routt County man picked up by Flight for Life helicopter

A 44-year-old Routt County man was taken from the North Routt backcountry by a Flight For Life helicopter Saturday night after injuring his leg in a snowmobiling accident. The group of four Routt County men, described as experienced snowmobilers, were riding in the Quaker Mountain.

Steamboat Ski Area weathers high winds

Gusts that closed lifts Sunday morning not forecast to return today

The gusting winds that closed Steamboat Ski Area lifts Sunday morning are not forecast to return early this week. The National Weather Ser­vice office in Grand Junction is forecasting sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s for today and Tuesday, with “calm” winds of less than 10 mph both days.

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Luke Graham: Rules for March

The dawn of the NCAA basketball tournament always symbolizes the start of spring and warm weather. The tournament might be one of America’s top five sporting events. Tight games, upsets, Cinderella runs and the 5 vs. 12 games are all things we love in the first week.

Hoopsters headline Steamboat fundraiser

Event will raise money for Boys & Girls, Optimist clubs

The Harlem Ambassadors are bringing their basketball hijinks to Steamboat Springs. The team will participate in a fundraiser Tuesday night for the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. The event is at 6 p.m. at Steamboat Springs High School.

Routt County government Web site hacked

Tech official: No personal or sensitive information accessed in weekend incident

Routt County’s information systems director said no personal or sensitive information was accessed when hackers posted messages and logos on Routt County’s main public Web site during the weekend.

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North Routt Coureur des Bois proves popular, challenging

In many ways, the North Routt Coureur des Bois is an old-fashioned kind of race. The fastest racers all tore up the 90- and 45-kilometer courses using skate-ski style Sunday. But with a steady and seemingly long-lost rhythm, dozens of skiers assaulted the sixth annual race on classic skis.

Monday Medical: SportsMed earns designation

While hundreds gathered in Gondola Square and at Howelsen Hill on Feb. 25 to watch the final Olympic Nordic combined event, a more intimate gathering took place at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s SportsMed gym. SportsMed recently was named an official medical provider of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams.

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Entertainers prepare to take stage in Hayden

Bunkhouse Bull Session planned for April 16 at fairgrounds

Cowboy poets and musicians are gearing up to shoot the bull — again.The second Bunkhouse Bull Session is planned for April 16 in Hayden, again at the Routt County Fairgrounds, again the night before the North Western Colorado Bull Sale and again to raise money for Routt County 4-H.

Steamboat baseball starts season slow

The Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team had a rough weekend, falling Saturday at Cedaredge, 11-0.

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All 13 Craig businesses screened pass alcohol checks

Alcohol compliance checks were recently conducted as a collaboration of the Moffat and Routt counties Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, the Mof­fat County Sheriff’s Office, and the Craig and Steamboat Springs police departments.

Sailors tennis splits weekend matches

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team split a pair of weekend matches, falling to Colorado Academy, 2-5, on Friday before bouncing back to beat Denver East, 5-2, on Saturday.

Aging Well: Downsizing does not have to be daunting

Downsizing is a process we undertake, to various degrees, throughout our lives. Still, as we age, we seem to accumulate more stuff while growing more attached to items that have accompanied us throughout the years.

U.S. Nordic combined team wraps up season

Despite no podium finishes at King’s Cup, 2009-10 memorable

There were no podium finishes for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team members Sunday at the season-ending King’s Cup in Norway, but the winter of 2009-10 will nonetheless be remembered as the greatest in this country’s Nordic history.

Party caucuses set for Tuesday in Steamboat

Community gatherings set stage for delegates, party platforms, candidates

As Democrats in Washin­gton, D.C., attempt to push reform legislation through the House of Representatives and Republicans work to block a bill they don’t support, health care also will be a primary topic of discussion in much smaller venues Tuesday at party caucuses across Routt County.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat School Board to discuss budget tonight

The Steamboat Springs School Board meets at 6 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., for a meeting featuring an overview of the Steamboat Springs School District’s 2010-11 budget.

Deb Babcock: Cool tools for your garden

Walk into any gardening or hardware store and chances are you’ll be confronted with rows of weird-looking gardening implements. How do you choose the best tool for the job? Here are nine cool tools that should serve the majority of your needs.

Steamboat’s Paley grabs 3rd in World Cup event

Steamboat Springs teenager Lorin Paley was third Saturday in a telemark World Cup event at Granpallars Espot, Spain.

Sunday, March 14

U.S. Nordic Combined team wraps up historic season in Norway

There were no podium finishes Sunday for the Americans, but that hardly seemed to matter at the end of a season that included four Olympic medals.

Hurt snowmobiler rescued by helicopter Saturday night

The 44-year-old man was flown to Yampa Valley Medical Center with a leg injury. The man was part of a group riding in the Quaker Mountain area of California Park.

High winds cause morning shutdown at ski area

Steamboat extended hours this afternoon after gusts abated

Steamboat Ski Area extended its hours of operation this evening after high winds closed the mountain this morning. The gondola, Thunderhead Express and Christie Peak Express closed at 5 p.m. today, after a late opening caused by gusts of up to 70 mph.

Jail Report for March 6 to 12

Jail Report for March 6 to 12

On the market: College scholarships available to students

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors again is awarding scholarships to Routt County high school students wishing to continue their education.

Early permits signal quiet building season in Routt County

It is still early in the 2010 construction season, but indications from the Routt County Regional Building Department could portend silence where once nail guns and circular saws punctuated the air over Steamboat Springs.

Real estate transactions for March 5 to 11

Real estate transactions for March 5 to 11

Routt County Spotlight: Monika Reineke

Occupation: Pilates instructor, Summit Shades salesperson

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New communications director seeks balance

McMenamin intends to retire in Steamboat

Tim McMenamin is settling into Steamboat Springs as a man who is ready to stay until retirement. He’s looking for a place where he can set up his woodworking workshop and, with his wife, enjoy snowshoeing and maybe even cross-country skiing.

Looking back for March 8, 1935

Mrs. Blanch Elliott, county superintendent of schools, is greatly interested in the grave situation facing Colorado schools due to lack of funds. Property calculations have so decreased that the state is unable to meet the school expenses and the seriousness of the situation lies in the fact that children out of school cannot get work.

School lunches for the week of March 15

School lunches for the week of March 15

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for March 14

Happy birthday wishes to Kodi Goddard, Nancy Muhme, Robbie Harper, Dallas Robinson, Vickie Muhme, Barbara Manzanares, Keri Luedtke, Cam Jenkins and Tyce Campbell.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for March 14

There was a big birthday party March 6 at the Doak Walker Care Center to celebrate Bob Myers’ 101st birthday. We enjoyed the birthday cake and him, too. Congratulations Bob!

Class notes: Mattox named Optimist Club’s Teen of the Month

Steamboat Springs High School senior Jayde Mattox was named the Optimist Club’s February Teen of the Month. Her parents are Dax and Marci Mattox, of Steamboat Springs.

Business File: Sustainable business lunch set for Friday

A sustainable business networking luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Catamount Ranch & Club Clubhouse.

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Arts Council announces planned programs, gives updates at annual meeting

With art on the walls at the Depot Art Center, a play scheduled for the venue at the end of March and new educational programs in the works for the summer, the Arts Council is moving forward after a period of financial trouble. Going into 2009, the Arts Council carried about $100,000 in debt. These days, the debt is gone.

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Retreat near Yampa to serve as vacation home for pastors, missionaries

For Carl Walker, moving a cabin to Yampa was a big step in a multiyear project to create the En Gedi Retreat, a place for pastors and missionaries to stay for free and relax in South Routt County. Walker said the retreat was a way to avoid pastor burnout, caused by long hours and the tendency of people to put pastors on a pedestal, and thus expect much more of them in every aspect of their lives.

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Hayden sales tax revenue down 12 percent in 2010

Town budgeted for 10 percent decrease in collections from 2009

Hayden’s sales tax collections are down 12 percent for the 2010 budget year, reflecting the dip in the economy that town officials expected. The Town Council budgeted for a 10 percent decrease in sales tax revenues for this year compared with 2009. The 12 percent decrease for the first three months means that the town is about $3,600 behind where it expected to be.

The Record for March 12

The Record for March 12

Our View: The path from here

Steamboat voters spoke loud and clear Tuesday, when 61 percent of them said they didn’t want the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation. But what’s unclear is exactly why the majority didn’t want it.

Jon Quinn: Nominate Sen. Michael Bennet

When you caucus this Tuesday, I encourage you to nominate Michael Bennet to be the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Stephen Ivancie: Support Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff is a candidate to become Colorado’s next United States senator. He comes to this race with impressive experience and legislative accomplishment.

Charlie MacArthur: A virtuous profit

I cannot think this is the end, because at age 24, I have too many years ahead of me to give up. I have but one choice: to believe that I can work hard enough to stay ahead of intrusive government and professional freeloaders so that someday I will find myself able to give back to those who helped along the way.

Channing Reynolds: Assurances needed

Steamboat appears to have lost its appetite for affordable housing initiatives. A part of the “Let’s Vote” campaign centered on the lack of housing in the proposed Steamboat 700 development that would be attainable to the average working-class local. Ironically, the wide margin in the defeat of the Steamboat 700 annexation seems to indicate just the opposite — too many opportunities.

Paul Potyen: We have a choice

Regarding Chuck Mc­­Connell’s letter to the editor of March 7 (“Represent us, Udall”), McConnell feels that the majority of Americans are against a government “takeover” of health care. I would argue that we have a choice.

Best of the Web: Teens return found cash; Steamboat 700 vote

Best of the Web: Teens return found cash; Steamboat 700 vote

Steamboat briefs: Perry-Mansfield to hold scholarship auditions

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will hold open scholarship auditions for local youths who want to attend the Junior Program (grades five to seven). Auditions are Saturday at the Stein­berg Pavilion on the Perry-Mansfield campus.

Joel Reichenberger: State not always a fairy tale

The state basketball tournament is supposed to be the land of legends. The tournament isn’t always the realm of fairy tale, however, as the Hayden boys team found out Thursday and Friday.

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Coureur des Bois cross-country race made in Smilkstein’s vision

Dan Smilkstein designed the North Routt Coureur des Bois to be the pinnacle of cross-country ski endurance racing, pulling from his vast experience, ideas he’d seen that he liked and traits he wanted the event to have.

Oak Creek's Thurston pulls out of Iditarod

Illness sweeps musher’s dog team during Alaskan sled race

It certainly wasn’t easy the first time. Oak Creek musher Tom Thurston said his run in last year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was cold, grueling and difficult. He found out just how hard that 1,150-mile race could be this year, however. Thurston was almost a week into his second running of the race when he pulled out early Friday morning.

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Townhomes round up variety of environmentally friendly practices

The EcoCorral represents a rarity in Steamboat Springs — all 24 market-rate townhomes will come developer-equipped with active solar panels. The two end units in the first building heat water with solar energy. The two larger middle units permit larger utility rooms and are able use solar to provide hot water and heat.

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3 University of Denver coaches have Steamboat roots

Coaches propel Pioneers to another NCAA title

The University of Denver ski team put its stamp Saturday as the most decorated and dominant collegiate team of the decade. That it took place in Steamboat Springs was somewhat symbolic. Coaches Andy LeRoy, Aaron Haffey and Hennie Kashiwa are Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club veterans.

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Yampa Valley Funeral Home opens in new, larger location

Leah Locke hopes the new Yampa Valley Funeral Home inspires a feeling of warmth to the people it serves. Sunlight drips through windows in the chapel, where the high, angled ceiling, balcony and chandelier suggest a sanctuary. Leah and Mitch Locke moved their business to the new location on Elk River Road in mid-February.

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Monday presentation explores Perry-Mansfield history

At the start of each summer, the staff members at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp watch “A Divine Madness.” The 1979 PBS documentary screening is part of a Women’s History Month program presented by Tread of Pioneers Museum and Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Saturday, March 13

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DU wins third consecutive NCAA skiing title

Four-day event wrapped up Saturday at Howelsen Hill

Victory was keyed by Nordic skier Antje Maempel, who now has four individual NCAA championships to her name. The University of Colorado finished second in the overall standings. University of Denver hung on to its overall lead and won the program’s third consecutive NCAA team skiing championship.

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Steamboat girls soccer tops Glenwood Springs

Coaches say that at this early point of the girls soccer season, it’s more about the effort than the polish. So while Steamboat Springs High School beat Glenwood Springs, 2-1, on Saturday in a game best described as disjointed, each coach walked away from Gardner Field feeling a little better about his team.

Steamboat boys lacrosse team wins opener

Sailors beat Arapahoe High School's varsity 2 team 10-5 on Saturday. Up next is an 11 a.m. game Saturday against Durango at Gardner Field.

Nordic team finishes 5th in Norway

The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team finished fifth at a World Cup team event in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday. Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong and Nick Hendrickson started the cross-country ski in fourth, 52 seconds behind Germany.

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The Mother Hips play today at Ghost Ranch

California band offers 1 of several shows in Steamboat today

In a show today at Ghost Ranch Saloon, The Mother Hips guitarist Greg Loiacono expects the basics: “A lot of rock ’n’ roll songs, a lot of singing, two guitars, bass and drums. It gets loud sometimes, and sometimes it gets macho-sensitive,” he said.

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High-end Highmark units put up Friday; effect on market unknown

Absolute real estate auctions are seldom what they are advertised to be, but the gavel came down anyway on nine of 15 Highmark condominiums offered at auction at the base of Steamboat Ski Area on Friday. It won’t be known until at least next week whether any of the winning bids will be accepted by the sellers.

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Students to give voice recital

Sunday concert to showcase combined 10 years of opera study

About five years ago, Simonne Hill decided if she learned how to sing opera, she would be able to sing anything. A longtime fan of musical theater, she started taking lessons with Keri Rusthoi, artistic director for the Steamboat Springs-based Emerald City Opera.

Coureur des Bois grows in 6th year

About 200 to ski in North Routt event Sunday

The North Routt Coureur des Bois will return for the sixth winter Sunday, and it’s bigger than ever. What started as a friendly, local 60-person race in 2005 will now feature about 200 racers hailing from all corners of the state, country and globe.

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Boys lacrosse squad sets sights on state

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team established itself as the team to beat in the Mountain Conference last season. This year, the Sailors have set out to establish themselves as a perennial power in boys lacrosse across the state.

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Hayden basketball eliminated from state tournament

From the start of summer, the Hayden High School boys basketball team’s goal was to make it to the state tournament. That much it accomplished by romping through the regional tournament, earning the Tigers their first state tournament berth in 28 years.

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February marks 15 years since Hayden’s Dick Roberts was last seen

The missing mayor

It’s been 15 years since Richard “Dick” Roberts’ gray and white Ford pickup was found in the Utah desert near the Colorado state line, surrounded by a cluster of pinyon pines. Roberts’ wallet, car keys and .22-caliber rifle were missing and so was the 6-foot-tall, 250-pound, red-haired man who served as Hayden’s mayor for three years.

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Steamboat girls soccer aims for 2nd title

Steamboat girls return most athletes from last year’s team

Although there are positions to fill and questions to be answered, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team should be in a position to win its second consecutive Western Slope League title.

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Roberts relishes last run on Howelsen

Local skier finishes 15th on familiar trails of Howelsen

Drew Roberts came full circle at Howelsen Hill at his final NCAA championships. The University of Colorado senior and Steamboat Springs native finished 15th in the men’s slalom, but that was the last thing to bring a smile to his face.

The Record for March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11

Steamboat Brief: City reopens Spring Creek Trail and park to public

The City of Steamboat Springs has reopened the Spring Creek Trail and Spring Creek Park for public access, according to a news release. The trail was closed in January to all public access for hazard tree removal and fire break operations.

Mary Walker: Observations from Kenya

I know that it’s time to come home from Kenya for a bit when I get all bent out of shape over a $30 difference on an intra-Kenyan airline flight. Its time to spend some time in the United States, where that amount of money barely buys you lunch out anymore.

Steamboat party caucuses set for Tuesday

Routt County Democratic and Republican party leaders are urging registered members of their parties to attend Tuesday night’s caucuses at locations across the county. At their core, party caucuses represent politics at the grass-roots level.

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Tom Ross: The Ragu factor and our resort economy

Here’s a question for you: How many suburban guys does it take to shop at a Steamboat grocery store and purchase the ingredients necessary to make a spaghetti dinner? The answer is five.

Oak Creek passes moratorium, medical marijuana ordinance

Town Board will hold off for 180 days on land-use changes for growers

The town of Oak Creek approved final regulations governing how medical marijuana dispensaries can be established in the town at a meeting Thursday night, but also doubled the moratorium time on approving land-use changes to allow growing operations.

Friday, March 12

DUI patrols planned for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Colorado State Patrol will set up saturation patrols in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Grand, Routt and Jackson counties. The increased enforcement period begins today and runs through Thursday.

The Record for March 10

12:54 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident at Bob Adams Airport, where a gate was stuck open. Officers checked the area and notified maintenance workers.

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What to do in Steamboat from March 12 to 18

Easy Star All-Stars is best known for its dub renditions of classic albums, putting its touch on songs originally recorded by Pink Floyd, Radiohead and The Beatles. The band plays at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square as part of the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series.

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Alt-country rockers of American Aquarium write from experience

Growing up in North Carolina, BJ Barham listened to a lot of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams. As he got older, he fell in love with rock ’n’ roll. When his band, American Aquarium, takes the stage at the Old Town Pub at 10 p.m. today, both styles of music will be at the forefront of a deeply honest, highly relatable brand of alt-country rock.

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Funding allocated for summer events in Steamboat

$75,000 divided among local seasonal events

For promoters of new events who were hoping to get a chunk of the $75,000 supplied by the city of Steamboat Springs to increase tourism this summer, the word “bicycling” was a door opener.

Birch, Bosick deny sheriff’s run

Hayden police chief, Steamboat detective not interested in job

Two rumored candidates for Routt County sheriff have denied their intention to run, and no new affidavits have been filed in preparation for the November election.

Townsend H. Anderson: Old windows revisited

In the fall, we wrote about preservation being the up-and-coming green. Quoting the United Nations 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, we noted that, “Over the whole building stock the largest portion of carbon savings by 2030 is in retrofitting existing buildings.” This makes sense for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that any new structure we build, no matter how green, can at best be carbon neutral, which so far is mathematically impossible.

Oak Creek man accused of running over cat with truck

The 27-year-old is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a Class 6 felony. He claims he was just trying to scare it off.

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Colorado skiers take classic races Thursday at NCAA championship

University of Denver and University of Colorado skiers fared well Thursday in the classic race at Howelsen Hill. CU senior Matt Gelso won the men’s 10-kilometer race, and DU skier Antje Maempel won the women's 5-kilometer race. Slalom races are today at Howelsen.

Geologist: Incident that killed Craig resident near Hayden was rare

No additional dangers identified in area on US 40

A Colorado Department of Transportation geologist said the rocky cliff in Mount Harris is relatively safe and that no mitigation work is needed to try to prevent future rockfalls similar to the one that killed Craig resident Karen Evanoff on Wednesday.

Town Challenge skiing results for March 6 and 7

Town Challenge skiing results for March 6 and 7

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Routt County unemployment increases in January

January figure up to 6.8 percent; labor force growing

Unemployment increased from 6.2 percent in December to 6.8 percent in January in Routt County, according to figures from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The number of people without jobs increased from 922 in December to 1,049 in January.

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Steamboat baseball eyes playoffs

Sailors team returns 9 lettermen, plays today against Paonia

At the conclusion of last season, the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team sat on the outside of the playoffs by a single game, but the team should have the opportunity to make the playoffs this season.

Steamboat girls tennis readies for regional run

The Sailors tennis team again will be the team to beat in the regional tournament. Steamboat has won five consecutive regional titles but should be heavily contested this season by Montrose, Aspen and Vail Mountain.

I-70 opening ends detour through Steamboat

4 days of closure brought traffic to some local businesses

By 4 p.m. Thursday, the Co­­lo­rado Department of Trans­portation announced it had reopened a lane of I-70 in each direction through Glenwood Canyon. The speed limit was reduced to 40 mph, and some wide trucks were restricted from using the narrow lanes.

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Easy Star All-Stars put their own spin on favorite records

In a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, the rotating cast of touring musicians who make up Easy Star All-Stars’ public face will play selections from their albums.

Thursday, March 11

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Hayden boys hoops falls at state, enters consolation bracket today

Team lost to Holyoke, 50-36; will face Lutheran Parker at 10:45 a.m. today

The Hayden High School boys basketball team couldn't hang on for the win against Holyoke in Pueblo, losing 50-36.. The boys fall to the consolation bracket and will play at 10:45 a.m. today.

Adult League Volleyball standings for March 11

Adult League Volleyball standings for March 11

Adult League Soccer standings for March 11

Adult League Soccer standings for March 11

Adult League Basketball standings for March 11

Adult League Basketball standings for March 11

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DU fares well on Day 1 of NCAA skiing championships

Giant slalom leads off national event at Steamboat Ski Area

The University of Utah’s Eva Huckova and Denver skier Leif Kristian Haugen became the first national champions crowned at the 2010 NCAA Skiing National Championships in Steamboat Springs, winning the giant slalom event at Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat freeskiers register solid finishes at Copper

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freeskier team competed in the Rocky Mountain Series event at Copper Mountain during the weekend, registering several top finishes.

Steamboat snowboarders turn in top results

Several Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders had top finishes at competitions during the weekend. Leading the way was Paul Brichta at the USSA Revolution Tour at Boreal Ski Area in California. Brichta won the halfpipe, assuring himself a spot at the Junior World Championships in August in New Zealand.

Tigers basketball confident against tough field at state

The Hayden High School boys basketball team will face Holyoke High School at 1:15 p.m. today in the Class 2A state basketball tournament in Pueblo. Holyoke is the No. 2 team, with a 21-2 record.

Oak Creek to consider cultivation moratorium

Town Board wants time to craft marijuana law after dispensary approval

After approving a conditional license for a medical marijuana dispensary in January, the Oak Creek Town Board will consider tonight a moratorium to stop cultivation operations from gaining town approval. At a meeting at 7 p.m., the Town Board is scheduled to consider a 90-day moratorium that would prevent medical marijuana growing operations from gaining land use approval.

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek gas station shuts down indefinitely

The only gas station in Oak Creek has shut down indefinitely, but the owner is working to find a new tenant to reopen the business. The Oak Creek Sinclair was shut down by its tenant Friday, owner Jon Peddie said.

The Record for March 9

12:02 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident on Ingles Lane where a person reported hearing a man and woman yelling. Officers could not find the people.

City discusses possible US 40 zone changes

The Steamboat Springs Plan­ning Commission meets today to discuss potential changes to two zone districts that guide commercial development along U.S. Highway 40 west and east of the city. The discussion will take place during the commission’s meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in Centennial Hall.

Friday forum focuses on water education, issues

Event to include speakers from local, state, federal agencies

Friday’s water forum is just the beginning. The event from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library is the first in a series of water forums stretching to November, said Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agriculture Alli­ance. Five speakers from local, state and federal agencies will give participants an overview of Colorado water issues and concerns.

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Collection of Rob Williams’ work opens Friday at K. Saari Gallery

Artist Rob Williams likes to follow a natural theme. A collection of that work, “Aspen Canticles,” opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at K. Saari Gallery at Vertical Arts. The show will be on display through May 15.

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Hayden School Board hears budget suggestions

Half million in recommended district cuts includes staff members

The Hayden School Board heard recommendations during a special budget discussion meeting Wednesday night to remove about half a million dollars from the budget, and several jobs were on the table, including staff, directors and at least one administrator.

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Author Dan Caro to give motivational speech at library today

Talk focuses on beating adversity

Dan Caro has some experience with adversity. Since an accidental fire took away the use of his hands at age 2, the New Orleans native has risen to his challenges, breaking through them to become an accomplished drummer.

Workers break up boulder in Glenwood Canyon

CDOT hopes to open 1 lane of I-70 in each direction by tonight

Workers successfully broke up a huge boulder threatening to tumble down a cliff onto Interstate 70 in western Colo­rado on Wednesday, days after a rock slide closed the high­way. Crews will have additional cleanup work today along with drainage work and pavement repair. CDOT will “make every effort” to reopen a lane in each direction today.

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Danner addresses Hatch Act

Commissioner: Implications to county were motivation behind research into federal law

Moffat County Commission­er Audrey Danner addressed Wednesday the circumstances behind her research of the Hatch Act, a federal law that surfaced recently at the local level, during a news conference at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Wednesday, March 10

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Woman killed when boulder hits car near Mount Harris on Wednesday

Craig resident headed to work in Steamboat when rock struck car

Craig resident Karen Lynn Evanoff died Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden when a boulder fell on the roof of the car she was riding in, killing her instantly.

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Broad reactions in wake of Steamboat 700 election

Voters’ denial of annexation spurs celebration, regret across city

Steamboat 700 supporters and opponents agreed on one thing Tuesday night: Voters’ rejection of the annexation means it’s time for the city to update its community plan and rethink how to handle growth in coming years.

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Local bluegrass bands play free show today

3Wire and Cornbread set to take stage at Ghost Ranch Saloon

3Wire is one of two local acts with bluegrass influences scheduled to play a free show at 8 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Bluegrass band Cornbread is scheduled to play at 10:30 p.m.

Our View: The process worked

After months of debate and community conversation, the city’s balloting on the Steamboat 700 annexation has ended. The mail-only vote went more smoothly than the often-heated discussions about the issue. The Steamboat 700 balloting represented effective cooperation between the city and the county. That type of teamwork between local municipalities isn’t unusual, but it is impressive. We’re encouraged by the simplicity and orderliness of this vote.

Chuck McConnell: Represent us, Udall

I received a letter this week from Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in which he indicated to me that he joined his Senate colleagues and passed landmark health reform legislation (H.R. 3590). A few weeks ago, I sent him a letter asking him to vote against the legislation and vote with the majority of Coloradans who reject the federal takeover of health care.

Steamboat briefs: Controlled burns part of tree clearing on Emerald

Fire and smoke on Emerald Mountain on Tuesday afternoon were a result of tree-clearing operations. Rogue Resources is doing the work, and the controlled burns are expected to continue for about two weeks.

The Record for March 8

12:17 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue where a car was parked parallel to the curb in a diagonal parking area. Officers arrested a 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of driving under the influence.

County seeks details on recycling yard near Oak Creek

The Routt County Board of Commissioners wants more detailed information about highway and environmental issues before members will consider approving a metal recycling yard on Colorado Highway 131 just south of Oak Creek.

Hayden School Board to hear survey results

Officials to consider options for next year’s budget cuts

The question is not if cuts will be made next year, but where the money will be taken from as the Hayden School District predicts a 10 percent cut in state funding. To prepare for the cuts at a Hayden School Board meeting next week, the board will meet at 5 p.m. today to discuss the results of a community survey and lay the outline for budget reductions.

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I-70 closure causes concerns in Steamboat

Some traffic, no major backups as slide diverts cars to US 40

Over-the-road trucks rumbled through Steamboat Springs in greater numbers than usual Tuesday afternoon, but civic leaders were looking out a month to the scheduled repaving of Lincoln Avenue/U.S. Highway 40.

College skiers take to slopes today

For the first time since 2006, Steamboat Springs will play host to the NCAA Skiing Championships. The championships begin today with giant slalom races on Mount Werner. Women’s first runs begin at 9 a.m. with second ones to follow at 10:30 a.m.

Sports briefs: 2 Steamboat hockey players receive awards

Two Steamboat Springs High School hockey players found themselves with postseason awards Tuesday. Senior captain Ian Anderson was named honorable mention All-State by the Colorado High School Coaches Association.

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Joanne Palmer: I’ll pass on the passwords

Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that I will never be a secret agent, spy or FBI agent. I am upset by it and have spent a few hours moping around the house, but the truth of the matter is I can no longer perform an essential job requirement of a spy: remembering passwords. How many pets, birthdays and children can one person have?

Annual Arts Council meeting Friday

Members to hear about new programs, get update on 2010 plans

Members of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will get an update Friday about the nonprofit group’s plans for 2010. The Arts Council’s annual members meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center.

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Olympians to visit troops

Nordic combined team will travel to meet, greet US forces

The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team — winners of seven Olympic medals — will take part in the Armed Forces Enter­tainment “Olympic Heavy Medal Tour” in early April. The tour will take Olympic medalists Johnny Spillane, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota on a special tour to visit troops at U.S. military bases around the globe.

Randy Fricke: Read water report

My congratulations go out to all of the concerned parties and citizens on the upcoming water conference, which is Friday. It is my hope that Steamboat and surrounding communities can preserve their beautiful streams and rivers for agriculture and recreation for years to come.

Tuesday, March 9

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Steamboat says ‘no’ to 700

City voters reject annexation 61 to 39 percent

The vote rejects what would have been the city's most substantial annexation since the Mount Werner ski resort area was folded into city limits decades ago. Danny Mulcahy, Steamboat 700 principal and project manager, said earlier today that his development team was not yet sure what its next step would be if voters denied Steamboat 700.

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Steamboat 700 vote wraps up at 7

Clock winding down on city's annexation vote

Supporters and opponents of the annexation have spent time on Lincoln Avenue downtown today, waving signs and attempting to sway every last vote in the election.

Deputy clerk resigns due to Hatch Act violation

Moffat County Chief Deputy Clerk Lila Herod will resign from her position with the county in order to run for county clerk and recorder in November.

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Steamboat teens return found cash

4 students find nearly $800 in envelope at Steamboat Ski Area

The drifting piece of paper near the top of the Morningside Lift caught the attention of the four Steamboat Springs High School students Sunday, but as they grabbed the envelope, they weren’t prepared for what they found. “Money exploded out of it,” Ty Hvambsal said. “It ended up being about $800.”

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Tom Ross: Exchanging banter with perfect strangers

“We could totally crash this wedding,” I exclaimed to my wife Saturday night. I had to raise my voice to be heard above the din of a happy hour cocktail party in the Hotel Monaco. And I may have spoken too loudly, because we immediately attracted the attention of three women in their 40s.

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Decision day for Steamboat 700 arrives

Ballots on proposed annexation due by 7 p.m. at City Hall

Steamboat Springs stands at a fork in the road today. Until 7 p.m. At that point, election officials will stop accepting ballots at City Hall, and city voters’ decision will be made. When the result of the Steamboat 700 annexation vote is announced, the city will set its course down a path that guides where, when and how Steamboat will grow for years to come.

Recycling yard up for vote

Commissioners could act today on business south of Oak Creek

Routt County commissioners could decide today whether to sanction a scrap metal recycling business that has been operating since August just south of Oak Creek. Kelly and Dixie Lipsie are seeking a special use permit needed to continue their business on land they lease from Jack and Andrea Brunton, just north of the intersection of Colorado Highway 131 and Routt County Road 14. The matter is on commissioners’ agenda for 2 p.m. today.

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Jimmy Westlake: Saturn joins the planet parade

On March 21, the ringed planet Saturn will be at its closest point to the Earth for the year, a point called opposition. At the moment of opposition, the Earth is positioned directly between Saturn and the Sun, placing the two planets as close together as they can be. This year, Saturn will be 780 million miles from Earth.

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Biologists wary of new crayfish

New species may alter Yampa River; trappings to begin in April

Local wildlife experts are keeping an eye on a species of crayfish that was found in the Yampa River last year, and they plan to remove the invasive species. Several rusty crayfish were found in the Yampa River and Catamount Reservoir last year, and aquatic biologists said they might pose a risk to the health of other species.

The Record for March 7, 2010

Sunday, March 7

Steamboat Briefs: Colorado Highway 131 closure moved to Thursday

Colorado Highway 131 will be closed periodically from Steamboat Springs to Yampa on Thursday, a change from the initial date of Wednesday.

Monday, March 8

Rockslide closes I-70 for 17 miles in Glenwood Canyon

Interstate's closure in creates possible detour via U.S. 40 through Steamboat

U.S. Highway 40 through Steamboat Springs is one detour route for vehicles after last night's rockslide on I-70 near Glenwood Springs.

Monday Medical: Try nutrition from the ground up

You might say that the American Dietetic Association is getting back to nature for National Nutrition Month in March. This year’s theme is “Nutrition from the Ground Up,” which is a good reminder to all of us that eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans will create a healthy diet base.

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Mad Dogs win men's hockey league title

Van de Carr solid in goal as team takes men’s league championship

Pete Van de Carr credited his teammates but was quick to assert that he got lucky. OK, call it luck, if he insists. Whatever it was, it ensured Sunday’s men’s league championship game wouldn’t be close. Van de Carr was solid in goal for most of the game helping lift the Mad Dogs to the title.

Sports briefs: Tigers basketball earns No. 7 seed, will face Holyoke at state

Hayden boys basketball team begins tournament play Thursday as CSU-Pueblo

The Hayden High School boys basketball team found out Sunday what exactly its regional championship victory had earned it. The Tigers will play starting Thursday in the state basketball tournament in Colorado State University — Pueblo’s Massari Fieldhouse.

Seminars at Steamboat announces 2 speakers

Economy, international relations experts to speak this summer

At their first event almost seven years ago, organizers of the Seminars at Steamboat were worried if anyone would show up to hear international relations expert Joseph Nye speak.

Deb Babcock: Hardy plants for a dry season

If the snowfall remains as light through the rest of the season as it is now, we may be in for a dry summer in 2010. Therefore, as you look at the plant catalogues for new flowers to place in your garden, consider some of the more drought-tolerant varieties that have proven hardy here in our zone 4 mountain environment.

Steamboat Briefs: Bridge across Trout Creek closed today until June

The bridge over Trout Creek on Routt County Road 33 (Twentymile Road) will be closed until June 1 starting today, Routt County Road and Bridge Department Supervisor Paul Draper said.

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Emergency medical services train with mass casualty scenarios

Once a year, the Moffat County Emergency Manage­ment Council organizes a training exercise to test protocols and cohesion among several agencies, including the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital EMS, Search and Rescue and dispatch.

The Record for March 6, 2010

Saturday, March 6

New teachers face uncertain futures in Steamboat

School district could cut budget by nonrenewal of probationary contracts

Morgan Peterson understands the reality of her situation. In her second year as an art teacher at Steamboat Springs High School, she’s one of many “probationary” teachers in their first through third years with the Steamboat Springs School District.

Steamboat 700 campaign tops $100K

Developers continue heavy spending for annexation votes; Let’s Vote reports $4K

Supporters and opponents of the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation continued their heavy campaign spending in February, pouring thousands of dollars into local media outlets and businesses in an effort to spread their messages leading into the final days of the election on Referendum A.

Compromise reached on sage grouse

Interior secretary crafts approach to give bird greater protection

Short of designating the sage grouse as threatened or endangered, the compromise crafted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar embraced the latest science indicating that grouse need help to avoid extinction in the face of energy development, grazing and house-building.

Sunday, March 7

Class notes: Strawberry Park students raise $2,000 for Haiti

In one week last month, the Strawberry Park Elementary School Student Council raised more than $2,000 for the Haiti earthquake relief effort. Student Council members presented Wish For Haiti’s Tracy Metzler with the check Feb. 26.

Routt County Spotlight: Chris McKenzie

Occupation: Chef (certified chef, certified pastry chef)

Sailors baseball loses 2 games at Denver East

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team dropped a pair of games Saturday at Denver East. Steamboat lost the first game, 7-4, and the second game, 18-7.

Sailors baseball loses 2 games at Denver East

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team dropped a pair of games Saturday at Denver East. Steamboat lost the first game, 7-4, and the second game, 18-7.

Bantam A hockey team wins in overtime, 3-2

The Steamboat Springs Bantam A hockey team sure has a habit of making things interesting. After getting a goal from Ryan Cagnoni in the final seconds of Friday’s win, Steamboat went to overtime Saturday before downing the Mountain States Renegades, 3-2.

Soroco hoops falls at regionals

The Soroco High School boys basketball team played about as well as it could Friday against Lutheran-Parker in a Class 2A basketball regional tournament in Broomfield but still found itself on the losing end. The top-seeded Lions won, 53-37.

John F. Russell: Hockey game all about love

OK, so it’s not the United States vs. Canada in the gold medal game. The teams will not be made of NHL stars who have returned home in search of national pride, and the game will not lead to citywide celebrations when the final score has been determined. But this game is important.

Steve Havenner: A fool will repeat

The meeting with Jane Norton was attended by 15 Routt County residents (I assume by invitation only). I’m wondering if they are the last 15 people in the county to support the failed policies that have created our current economy and destruction of the middle class.

Kenny Reisman: What to do next

Ten days ago, I stood in Olympian Hall as the Nordic combined team triumphantly won silver. And as I looked around that room, I was taken by the people with whom I watched.

Bill Marolt: Be proud, Steamboat

Steamboat Springs, you should be very proud. Your community has played a significant role in our athletes’ Olympic success. Your hometown heroes, including Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick, along with your adopted sons Billy Demong and Brett Camerota, made history.

Good For Steamboat committee: Our future is now

The choice is clear: a yes vote on Referendum A will fulfill 15 years of community planning, give us the tools to control growth, and protect open space in the Yampa Valley. But in a campaign environment, the choice can be obscured by misinformation. Often, if a campaign can’t fight fair with the facts, then they fight the facts with fear.

Let’s Vote committee: Why you should vote ‘no’

In last Wednesday’s editorial, this newspaper urged voters to “understand that approving an annexation agreement is not the same as approving development.” We wholeheartedly agree, which is why we object to this annexation agreement.

Our View: Keeping spots open is crucial

It will take more than expanded parking hours and increased fines for the city of Steamboat Springs and downtown merchants to free up Lincoln Avenue and side-street parking for shoppers and diners. Real change will come only when there’s a total commitment on the part of all downtown businesses.

Colo. 131 closed periodically Wednesday

Colorado Highway 131 will be closed periodically Wednesday from Steamboat Springs to Yampa. Distinguished Builders is moving a large house that will take up a majority of the road, Office Manager Shannon Hurley said.

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Sunshine Kids return to Steamboat for Winter Games

Smiles in Steamboat

Kristine Duthie, from Hewitt, N.J., was one of about 25 youths who made the trip to Steamboat Springs last week to participate in the Sunshine Kids Winter Games. Sunshine Kids is a national nonprofit group that provides activities for children with cancer.

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Everything Outdoor Steamboat ice climbing trip one to remember

The Pumphouse is a frozen waterfall dangling off the side of a mountain near Vail, and ax swing by ax swing and step by step, Steamboat Springs Middle School students trusted their way up the steep ice tower.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for March 7

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the Doak Walker Care Center Winter Olympics a great success. We had fun traversing the hallways with a variety of games.

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Hayden boys basketball headed to state

Tigers win regionals, earn ticket to Pueblo

The Hayden boys basketball team beat John Mall High School on Saturday, capping an astonishing finish to the season for the Tigers and earning them a trip to state for the first time since 1982. The game illustrated well what set this year’s 19-5 squad apart from last season’s 10-10 team.

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Older voters leading Steamboat 700 turnout

Those 34 years and younger have cast about 14 percent of annexation ballots

Voters younger than 35 have cast only about 14 percent of the ballots on the Steamboat 700 annexation, despite accounting for about 32 percent of total city voters and creating the demographic arguably most affected by long-term growth. 3,228 Steamboat residents had voted through Friday.

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Hayden Student Council bakes cookies for troops

Project continues effort to help others

Hayden Valley Elementary School Student Council members decided to bake cookies to send to troops overseas after hearing the idea from Student Council co-sponsor Tena Frentress. The project is one of several the students have completed this school year.

Joel Reichenberger: Ups and downs in sports

I want to call this column the “things that are dumb” column, but since I don’t want to be seen entirely as a grump by those who haven’t already reached that conclusion, I’ll start with something not dumb.

The Record for March 5

12:28 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a burglary alarm in the 36100 block of Quarry Ridge Road. Everything was fine.

The Jail Report for Feb. 27 to March 5

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.

Real Estate transactions for March 1 to 4, 2010

Real estate transactions in Routt County for March 1 to 4, 2010

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Short sales put families back in Sunray Meadows

Speculators initially bought at condominiums, but development is shifting

Short sales are proving to be the mechanism that is putting young families into condominiums in place of speculators at Sunray Meadows on Village Drive. During the overheated real estate run-up of 2007, speculators bought as many as four of the modest condominiums at a time, as the price increased to as high as $485,000 for a 1,060-square-foot two-bedroom unit with a one-car garage.

On the Market: Summit pushes ahead with affordable housing

Robert Allen, of the Summit Daily News, reported Feb. 21 that although demand for affordable housing in Summit County has dropped for households making more than 100 percent of the area median income, or AMI, a pair of affordable housing projects valued at a combined $31 million could break ground there as soon as this spring.

Business File: City to host tax seminars Monday, Tuesday morning

The city of Steamboat Springs’ sales and use tax department is offering two free seminars about sales tax and construction use tax. The seminars are intended to provide tax information for all types of businesses or people. The construction use tax seminar is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, and the sales tax seminar is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The seminars are at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., in Steamboat. Call the sales and use tax department at 970-871-8251 to register.

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Base area businesses trying to stay afloat

Efforts are under way to revive business activity at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, but some establishments are struggling to bridge the gap until those efforts pay off. City officials announced that base area sales tax revenues dropped about 10 percent in January.

Oak Creek slate set for April 6 election

3 newcomers, 3 incumbents to appear on ballot

After eight years on the Oak Creek Town Board, Mayor J Elliott will not seek re-election, but three newcomers and three incumbents have filed paperwork to run for five available seats. They turned in their candidate packets to run for trustee positions before Friday's deadline.

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Steamboat dominates at Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics

Highlighted by elite individual performances and brilliant team efforts, the Rocky Mountain Division, mostly Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members, dominated the 2010 Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics.

2010 Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics results

2010 Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics results

2010 Pentathlon Tune-up 5 Mile Run, March 6, 2010

2010 Pentathlon Tune-up 5 Mile Run, March 6, 2010

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Thurston ready for Iditarod race

1,150-mile trek starts today in Alaska

Festivities in the 37th annual Iditarod began Saturday with a ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Racers will restart today at 3:45 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and begin making their way down the 1,150-mile trail that ends in Nome, Alaska.

Manninen wins in Finland at Nordic World Cup event

Finland’s Hannu Manninen won on his home soil Saturday in Lahti, Finland, beating Austria’s Felix Gottwald and French skier Jason Lamy Chappuis at a Nordic World Cup event.

School lunch menus for the week of March 8

School lunch menus for the week of March 8

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for March 7

Happy birthday wishes to Trinity Goddard, Kent Copeland, Kassidy Goddard, Brian Hoza, Shari Copeland and Amanda Archuleta.

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Highmark condominiums auction seen as bellwether

Highmark sales could set bar for luxury condo prices at base of ski area

The Steamboat Springs real estate and development communities will be paying close attention Friday when 15 luxury condominiums at The Highmark go on the auction block. By the end of the day, it could become clearer how prices for high-end condominiums close to the base of Steamboat Ski Area are trending.

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Cookbook celebrates life of Jean Anderson with stories, recipes

Celebrating “Mama’s Kitchen: The Complete Collection of Mile High Mama’s work from 2001-2007,” a book signing party features a recently released book that catalogs all Mile High Mama’s published recipes and columns.

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Hayden Student Council bakes cookies for troops

Project continues effort to help others

Hayden Valley Elementary School Student Council members decided to bake cookies to send to troops overseas after hearing the idea from Student Council co-sponsor Tena Frentress.

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Yampa dispensary stays low-key

medical marijuana provider creates tinctures, no ads

J-Jay Johnson, the owner of LMS Dispensary, said he thinks the town appreciates the low-key approach he’s taken to opening the business on the main street in town and that he still hasn’t advertised beyond a few fliers he handed out around town.

Saturday, March 6

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Tom Ross: Spillane hooks ‘monster’ rainbows

Steamboat Springs fishing season officially is under way

To say that Johnny Spillane is on a roll would be an understatement. The guy has a baby on the way and a trio of newly minted Olympic medals in the trophy cabinet. But that’s not all. Now, Spillane is reporting on his Facebook page that he went fishing at midweek on a ranch outside Steamboat Springs and caught a couple of big fish.

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Steamboat Nordic skiers golden at Junior Olympics

Two Ste­­a­­­­m­­boat Spr­ings skiers put past struggles in the Nordic combined team sprint event behind them and easily won the men’s J2 division Friday during the second day of the 2010 Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics at Howelsen Hill.

Hockey roundup: 3 Sailors earn All-Star hockey game slots

Three Steamboat Springs High School senior hockey players were selected to play in today’s Colorado High School Activities Association Senior All-Star game. Steamboat’s Ian Anderson, Jon Winkelblech and Vladan Chase were chosen to play in the game.

Basketball roundup: Hayden boys win, 58-33, regionals

The Hayden boys team is one game away from the state tournament. The Tigers beat up on Long­mont Christian on Friday night in the first round of the four-team regional tournament at Grand Junction’s Mesa State College. Hayden won, 58-33. The win sets up a regional championship showdown for 12:30 p.m. today in Grand Junction against John Mall High School

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Vail's Heidi Kloser grabs NorAm Cup in Steamboat

Steamboat’s DeGrandis 6th on men’s side at freestyle event

Revenge was served Friday at Steamboat Ski Area as a pair of freestyle skiers who suffered through miserable runs Thursday rebounded to win Friday’s events, wrapping up the two-day NorAm Cup freestyle skiing stop in Steamboat Springs. U.S. Ski Team member Heidi Kloser won the women’s dual moguls event Friday.

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Entertainment events for March 6 and 7

Fusing funk, jazz and rock styles and influences, Denver-based seven-piece band Filthy Children pumps out infectious dance music. The Filthy Children will play at 10 p.m. today at the Tugboat Grill & Pub.

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Steamboat girls tennis team takes 2 wins

Sailors tennis squad opens season with victories

Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team opened its season Friday with a pair of victories at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. Relying on a pieced-together lineup, the Sailors team took four of seven matches.

Weak weekend forecast in Steamboat

More visitors expected at month’s end; lodging rates are down

The resort community will endure a weak spot in the March calendar this weekend, but tourism could be closer to normal March 13 to 14, and there’s one more crescendo to come the weekend of March 27 to 28. “This weekend is a soft one for us,” said Mike Lomas, vice president and general manager at The Steamboat Grand.

State, congressional candidates to discuss platforms Sunday

At last week’s Moffat County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig, several candidates running for office in November’s election had a chance to speak to a Moffat County audience. Some of those candidates will have another opportunity Sun­­day.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Water, water everywhere

We have all heard the slogans, and most of us acknowledge the value of water. The legalities of the water that runs through Northwest Colorado are complex, and how will we ever understand them?

The Record for March 4

The Record for March 4

Steamboat briefs: Bridge closure starts Monday, runs to June

The bridge over Trout Creek on Routt County Road 33 (Twentymile Road) will be closed Monday until June 1, said Paul Draper, Routt County Road and Bridge Department supervisor.

Census workers going door to door in Steamboat

Employees will drop off census questionnaires all month long

The 70-person-strong work force of Census 2010 is making its way to each home in Routt County as the push begins to get questionnaires to each house — and hopefully get them back. Routt County is one of the few places in the nation where census workers go door to door throughout the county instead of mailing the questionnaires.

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Steamboat Cycling group hosting fundraiser

Locals host event to send Welch to SingleSpeed championships

Two days before he was set to compete at the 2009 SingleSpeed World Championships in Dur­ango, local cyclist Essam Welch was involved in a crash he describes as “a fluke.” Now, at the Gear Mash­ers Ball, friends hope to bring the cycling community together to help send Welch to the 2010 SingleSpeed World Championships.

Friday, March 5

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Sage grouse will get some protection

Bird becomes 'candidate' species under Environmental Protection Act

Hunting grouse in Colorado and other western states will still be allowed. At the same time, energy companies poised to drill in sensitive areas may face new restrictions and are on notice that protections for the grouse in the future could one day force industry relocation.

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Tuesday event with religious leaders coincides with Steamboat 700 election

A public seminar about divisiveness will coincide with an election about one of the most contentious local issues in recent memory. So if debate about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation has you feeling a little vexed Tuesday, head over to Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library for an Exploring the Sacred discussion, “Overcoming Divisiveness,” beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Investigation continues into car that was stolen, crashed Saturday

Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Nick Bosick said no eyewitnesses have come forward in the theft and crash of a Jeep early Saturday morning in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat Springs Running Series returns early

5-mile Pentathlon Tune-up to help runners stretch legs Saturday at Howelsen Hill

The past year has brought a continuous wave of success for the Steamboat Springs Running Series. Week after week during the summer it set participation records and then had nearly 80 runners for its first nonsummer event, a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

Police: No charges to be filed in Keith Dady death

Steamboat police announced Thursday that no charges will be filed against Josh Burns after a scuffle led to the death of his friend Keith Dady.

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Art work anticipates spring at Steamboat Artwalk show

Show is today at Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat

Paintings in Bonnie McGee's portion of “Prelude to Spring,” the March show at Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, are scenes from Rocky Mountain National Park. The show also features oil pastel work by Leslie Bell and monoprint pieces by Maggie Smith.

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Steamboat skiers pick up podium spots on Day 1 of Junior Olympics

If the U.S. national team proved Steamboat Springs is a breeding ground for Nordic combined success, the opening day of the 2010 Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics simply confirmed it. The Rocky Mountain Division picked up 11 podium finishes Thursday.

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What to do in Steamboat this week for March 5 to 11

First Friday Artwalk is from 5 to 8 p.m. today in downtown Steamboat Springs. Artists with local ties are featured at 27 downtown venues for this monthly event showcasing Steamboat’s art community.

Steamboat 700 votes won't be counted until Tuesday night

Election judges processing ballots, not counting votes yet

Local election judges are processing and scanning ballots in the city election on Steamboat 700, but no results will be known until after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Election judges are opening envelopes, double-checking ballot counts and scanning ballots, but they have no access to vote results.

South Routt School District hosts budget workshop

Parents, members of the community participate in meeting

About 60 South Routt School District staff, parents and community members attended a School Board budget workshop Thursday night. The workshop took on a town hall meeting feel with a question-and-answer session, a presentation of a rough draft of the 2010-11 school year budget and an exercise.

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Canada takes top spots on Day 1 of NorAms in Steamboat

The two-day NorAm freestyle circuit’s stop in Steamboat Springs kicked off Thursday with the single moguls competition. The tour is considered just one step below the World Cup.

Losses tallied in alleged HOA embezzlement

The Loggers Lane Owners Association is tallying its losses after officials say money was embezzled from the group’s coffers. Initial reports indicate $57,000 was stolen from an account.

The Record for March 3

12:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a burglary alarm in the 34000 block of U.S. Highway 40. It was a false alarm.

Steamboat briefs: City Hall to be open today and Saturday for voting

Steamboat Springs City Hall, 137 10th St., will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday so residents can drop off their ballots on the Steamboat 700 annexation. City Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the final day of voting. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Yampa tap water named best in state

Water judged best-tasting at annual association conference

Yampa Public Works Director Eric Berry said his secret to creating the best-tasting water is simple: nothing. The water in Yampa, straight from the Flat Tops and through a ground source about a mile south of town, has been named the tastiest water in Colorado by the Colorado Rural Water Association.

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First Friday Artwalk in Steamboat features variety of styles

Downtown venues host receptions, display work at 5 p.m. today

Wintry stained glass, intricate wildlife paintings and hand-colored landscape photos are among the art styles featured in this month’s First Friday Artwalk. Twenty-seven downtown venues host receptions today for artists with local ties. All events are free and most are from 5 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 4

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Steamboat's Olympic medalist Johnny Spillane visits Whiteman Primary

In what is likely the beginning of a whirlwind tour, Spil­lane, a Lowell Whiteman Primary School alumnus, visited the school in the afternoon Wednesday. The U.S. Nordic Com­bined Ski Team member recently returned to Steamboat Springs after winning three silver medals in the just completed Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

NorAm Cup skiing to begin today at ski area

Event moved to town from Arapahoe Basin because of snow

Arapahoe Basin’s loss turned into Steamboat Springs’ gain. The final event for the NorAm Cup will start today at Mayer’s Mogul Run on Voo Doo ski run at Steamboat Ski Area. Qualification rounds start at 10 a.m. today and Friday, with finals scheduled to begin at about 2 p.m. Today is a singles moguls day, and Friday is a dual moguls day.

The Record for March 2

1:16 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of a fire alarm in the 1700 block of Ranch Road.

Steamboat briefs: South Routt School Board to discuss finances today

The South Routt School Board is scheduled to discuss whether to declare fiscal exigency at tonight’s meeting at the district administrative offices in Oak Creek. If approved, it will be the first legal step for the district to lay off employees before the 2010-11 school year, if it chooses to do so to help address a projected budget shortfall in excess of $472,000.

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Carol Jean’s paintings at Depot give entry point to viewers

After decades of working in restaurants, longtime Steamboat Springs resident Carol Jean decided to become an artist. She made a commitment to make painting her business, and she paints every day to stay in practice.

Brent Boyer: Looking back and forward

Many of you probably noticed the two stories in the Steamboat Pilot & Today last week about the awards the newspaper won for some of its work during the past year. I think the recognition from our peers is newsworthy, particularly when we’re named the best newspaper in our circulation class.

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Steamboat freestylers dominate Winter park event

Winter Sports Club skiers earn tops spots

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle ski program flexed its muscles last weekend with a number of strong individual performances at the divisional championships at Winter Park.

Yampa Town Board OKs building fee increases

Several members displeased with higher costs

The Yampa Town Board agreed to go along with fee increases proposed by the Routt Coun­ty Regional Building De­­part­ment, but several members were unhappy with the prices. County Building Official Carl Dunham, who through an intergovernmental agreement is also the Yampa building official, told the Town Board on Wednesday that the increases are necessary to maintain service.

Education Fund Board approves 2010-11 budget

Commissions to present 2nd reading of specific gifts April 7

The Education Fund Board approved a $2.31 million budget Wednesday night for the 2010-11 school year. The budget sets the allocation amounts for the Technology/Capital and Educational Excel­lence commissions.

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Moffat commissioners start work for Swinging Bridge rehabilitation

The Moffat County Com­mission voted to purchase two new cables to stretch across the Swinging Bridge. The cables, which will be the same diameter as the current ones, will cost $14,855 each and will arrive in about three months.

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Steamboat 700 vote turnout continues to climb

Election judges processing ballots for annexation decision

Election judges began processing ballots Wednesday for a Steamboat 700 election that could surpass 5,000 votes by city residents. Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin said Wednesday afternoon that 2,682 Steamboat residents had voted on the proposed annexation.

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Hayden boys lead the way as county hoops teams play for state

The Hayden High School boys basketball relived its biggest win of the season, which came Saturday against what had been considered the state’s No. 1 team, undefeated Meeker. Coach Mike Luppes said that will be little more than a footnote if the team can’t realize its next goal.

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Ski area photographer Larry Pierce featured in Artwalk show

Larry Pierce traded sand for snow when he moved from Hawaii to Steamboat Springs almost 30 years ago. A collection of some of the winter photos he has taken since he made the move is on display at Steamboat Ski & Sport at Howelsen Place.

Wednesday, March 3

Steamboat's Johnny, Hilary Spillane expecting 1st child in fall

Lots of people are congratulating Johnny Spillane these days, and not just because he brought home three silver medals from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Johnny and his wife, Hilary, learned a few weeks before the start of the Olympics that they were going to have a baby.

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Burlesque photo show opens today in Steamboat

Local artist Jessica Maynard chose Denver performance troupe as subject

Photographer Jessica Maynard saw Ooh La La Burlesque perform last fall and decided she wanted to do a photo shoot. A reception for the display is 5 to 9 tonight at RED Contemporary at the Sheraton.

Education Fund Board to set budget tonight

Decision to determine 2010-11 school year allocations

The Education Fund Board is scheduled to set its 2010-11 budget tonight. The budget amount will determine how much the Fund Board, which disburses the city of Steamboat Springs’ half-cent sales tax for education, will allocate to Routt County school districts and community groups for next school year.

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Salvador Santana to perform at Steamboat's Old Town Pub

Musician to open for New Mastersounds Thursday

Salvador Santana — whose father is pioneering fusion guitarist Carlos Santana — plays at 9 p.m. Thursday at Old Town Pub. Instrumental funk group The New Mastersounds headline the show.

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Junior Olympians take stage at Steamboat's Howelsen Hill

Event brings 77 Nordic combined athletes to town

If you can't get over the excitement of the Olympic Nordic combined competitions on TV last week, head to Howelsen Hill to see some of the best young competitors at close range.

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Jimmy Westlake: Venus returns to the evening sky

It’s been nearly a year since Venus graced our evening sky. Venus spent last spring, summer and fall as our Morning Star, rising in the east an hour or two before the sun. Then, on Jan. 11, Venus passed behind the sun and entered our evening sky.

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Joanne Palmer: Reading the dog stars

In celebration of this dog-loving town, I’ve provided some dog horoscopes for all you canines out there: Social networking on your DogBook account may bring you the help you’ve been waiting for and the support you need.

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Steamboat officials hope to parlay Olympic success into state funds for Howelsen

Call it medal fever, medal mojo or maybe just medal money. Whatever the term, there’s no doubt that city officials are seeing financial opportunities in the recent, extraordinary success of Steamboat’s Winter Olympians, particularly members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.

Commissioners discuss adding jail administrator

Sheriff asks county to consider adding person to oversee operations, increase efficiency

Members of the Routt County Board of Commissioners told Sheriff Gary Wall on Monday that they have no intention of creating a new position for a jail administrator. However, they agreed in principle with the need for one and said they might be willing to reclassify an existing position in the Routt County Sheriff’s Depart­ment to make it happen.

Drop in drilling permits concerns officials

Moffat County saw a decrease in drilling permit applications filed by oil and natural gas companies in 2009. Some area officials say new regulations designed to better protect wildlife and the environment from potential harm caused by drilling for oil and gas are to blame, while others point to a downward economy or a drop in natural gas prices.

Yampa election to be reviewed

Town could call off election because of limited candidates

The Yampa Town Board is scheduled to discuss tonight whether the town needs to cancel its April municipal election for the third consecutive time. During a Yampa Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. today at Yampa Town Hall, Town Clerk Janet Ray plans to update the board on the number of petitioners seeking to join the board.

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry to headline Lincoln Dinner

State Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry will visit Steamboat Springs this weekend to headline a lengthy list of speakers at local Republicans’ annual Lincoln Dinner. The Routt Coun­ty Republican Cen­tral Committee’s fundraising event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Cen­ter.

Bud Rogers: Vote ‘yes’ on 700

The City Council, city staff and many others have been diligent in researching and negotiating the annexation of Steamboat 700. Danny Mulcahy and his mostly local design professionals have presented, through open houses and continuing information, development plans that try to help solve our growing affordable housing needs here in town.

Dennis Howard: Vote ‘no’ on 700

Can we please all stop abusing and overusing the phrases “affordable housing” and “attainable housing”? First of all, the definitions are way out of whack with what is really affordable for most people in this town. How many people do you know making $20 an hour on a year-round basis? How many young couples do you know who are making $80,000 a year or more? If you are, then consider yourself blessed, because if you look around town, a majority of the jobs are in the retail, restaurant and lodging sectors. Store clerks, housekeepers, front desk agents, maintenance people, waiters and waitresses, shuttle drivers, cooks and others who work in this town are not making $40,000 a year. A lot of these are unfortunately only seasonal jobs. These are the people on the front lines who give Steamboat Springs our great reputation for being a friendly town.

Law could end Wiggins’ run for Routt County sheriff

ACET leader to continue campaign while Hatch Act is examined

Garrett Wiggins is looking into a 1939 federal law that could prevent him from running for elected office, but he said he is continuing his campaign until the question is resolved.

North Routt charter school grant rescinded

School can reapply for funding to help build facility

Groundbreaking for the new North Routt Community Charter School won’t happen this spring, as originally planned. The Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board rescinded a $3.1 million Building Excellent Schools Today grant that was awarded in August to the charter school, school Director Colleen Poole said.

Our View: County presents interesting growth plan

The Routt County Board of Commissioners shifted direction last week regarding 5-acre subdivisions in the county, expressing more openness toward the possibility of developers building those rural subdivisions outside the city of Steamboat Springs’ urban growth boundary.

Ken Collins: It all evens out

When the 2002 Olympic flame skipped Steamboat on its way to Salt Lake City and went to Aspen instead, we were adult and had our own flame. When the Nordic combined team won silver the other night and Steamboat was never mentioned, I was upset, because we’ve heard Park City and Vail mentioned so often. Every “up close and personal” always starts with where they are from or train. Not so with our kids. But remember this: When it’s all over and everybody goes back home, those other athletes don’t get to return to Steamboat. I guess it all evens out.

The Record for March 1

The Record for March 1

Tuesday, March 2

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Tom Ross: Old school way to go at Rendezvous

Wooden ski nerds boil ’em up at Columbine Cabins

There was a time, 50 years ago, when a young man or woman would resort to toiling in a strawberry patch in order to obtain a prized pair of wooden skis. Just ask Bill Davenport. Davenport and his wife, Tildy, were in North Routt County and couldn’t resist stopping by the 10th Annual Wooden Ski Rendezvous.

Steamboat briefs: District Attorney working on underage drinking case

Authorities still are investigating a suspected Jan. 10 underage drinking party and the man who is accused of supplying the alcohol to a group of underage girls.

The Record for Feb. 28

The Record for Feb. 28

Steamboat sales tax slide continues

January collections down 8 percent; West Steamboat hit hard

City sales tax collections continue to slide in front of a rapidly approaching shoulder season that could push some downtown businesses over the edge. The city of Steamboat Springs collected about $150,000 less in total sales tax revenues in January 2010 than it did in January 2009, a decrease of about 8 percent.

Group planning an Olympic-sized welcome for athletes

Group meets this week to discuss early April celebration

A parade on Lincoln Avenue, a music concert and events at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, Howelsen Hill and the Routt County Courthouse lawn are among the ideas that city officials and civic leaders are considering for a communitywide celebration to welcome home Steamboat's Winter Olympians, likely in the first week of April.

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Steamboat trails scheduled to close Wednesday

Dead-tree clearing to start Wednesday on Blackmer, Lane of Pain

Logging on Emerald Moun­tain will begin Wednesday, closing Blackmer Drive and the Lane of Pain trail as contractors continue a $1 million operation to clear dead tress in the Steamboat Springs area. The dead-tree-clearing program on Blackmer Drive will take several weeks.

Steamboat School District presents possible cuts

Officials still don’t expect to lay off employees

Everything in on the table as the Steamboat Springs School District considers how to address a projected $2 million shortfall in its 2010-11 budget, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham told the School Board on Monday night. Cunningham said the district would like to avoid a reduction in force, or layoffs.

Christian Heritage School to host annual auction

School hopes to raise $100,000 for scholarships, tuition

Proceeds from Christian Heritage School’s 22nd annual auction will be dedicated to student scholarships and to keep the cost of tuition down, as they always have. The auction be­­gins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at The Steamboat Grand. Tickets to the auction cost $35.

Monday, March 1

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Steamboat girls skate strong at states

U19 hockey team wins Denver tournament

Steamboat's U19 girls hockey team won the AA state championship Sunday, defeating rival Telluride 2-0 in Denver. Steamboat’s U14 girls team fell just short of a state title, losing 2-1 to Aspen in a shootout that broke a scoreless tie in their championship game Sunday in Littleton.

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Luke Graham: Olympic spirit

People throw around the phrase “Olympic spirit” all too often. What’s it even mean? It’s a phrase people throw out when they can’t really describe the scene at the Olympics. The host city of Vancouver is culturally rich and full of diversity. It’s hopping, and there may have been 200,000 people in downtown Vancouver on Sunday.

County Agenda for March 1 and 2

County Agenda for March 1 and 2

Steamboat briefs: School Board to address 2010-11 budget tonight

The Steamboat Springs School Board will get an update about the 2010-11 budget from Superintendent Shalee Cunningham tonight.

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Steamboat Springs High School junior qualifies for state

Eva Grant places in top 6 of humor event at district tournament

It was a waiting game for the Steamboat Springs High School speech and debate team. Eva Grant, Paula Ninger and Kirsten Delaney sat in the Moffat County High School cafeteria, nervously awaiting the award ceremony that culminated the two-day district tournament Saturday evening.

John Underwood to give presentations in Steamboat

President of the American Athletic Institute to talk about effects of youth drug, alcohol use

John Underwood, founder and president of the American Athletic Institute, will visit Routt County to give several presentations about his research on the detrimental effects of alcohol and drug abuse on youths’ minds, bodies, and academic and athletic performance.

Deb Babcock: Aspen decline truly SAD

The acronym for a condition affecting local aspen trees is so apt for what probably is the most popular of all the deciduous, or leaf-bearing, plants of the Rocky Mountain West. Sudden aspen decline, or SAD, is a phenomenon that already has affected more than 17 percent of the aspen trees in Colorado.

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US Senate candidate Jane Norton stops in Steamboat

Candidate discusses spending, health care Saturday

Health care, jobs and governmental spending were at the top of the list of talking points for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton at a meet-and-greet event Saturday. About 15 Routt County residents gathered at The Egg & I Restaurant for the informal discussion.

Monday Medical: Joint replacement improves mobility

The path to knee or hip replacement can be long and winding, filled with years of walking, bending, skiing, twisting, running, cycling, riding and other activities.

Aging Well: Help available for sleep struggles

It’s easy to take sleep for granted — that is, until zzzzz’s are replaced with restlessness, tossing and turning and daytime exhaustion. People of all ages experience insomnia, snoring, restless leg syndrome and other sleep problems, but these disorders tend to be more prevalent among older adults.

The Record for Feb. 27

The Record for Feb. 27