Wednesday, March 31
The Steamboat Ski Area will close the lot with shuttle service to the base area Monday through Thursday.
All ski area lifts are now operating, according to Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten.
Steamboat Springs ski racers Connor Bernard and Robby Zehner led the pack during the weekend's NASTAR National Championships.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bernard “Bernie” Gagne, director of facilities maintenance, Catamount Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs
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.
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.
I am outraged by your article titled “Judges support Humble Ranch” that appeared in the March 24 Steamboat Today.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
‘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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Routt County commissioners
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
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.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team landed three players on the first-team all-league squad and five overall.
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.
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.
Pull out the streamers, balloons and noisemakers, Steamboat Springs: It’s time to throw a party.
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.
Routt County real estate transactions for the week of March 19 to 25, 2010.
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.
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.
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.
Excuse me, Mr. Salazar, but weren’t you elected as the U.S. Congressional representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District? Key word: representative.
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.
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.
Age: 49 Occupation: Hairstylist Place of birth: Steamboat Springs
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.
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.
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.
■ Interesting that the people in the actual health care industry, both doctors and administrators, are somewhat positive.
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.
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.
Steamboat Springs High School senior Hanna Kurowski was named the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs’ Teen of the Month for March.
School lunches for Routt County districts
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.
Sympathy to the family and friends of Ellen Winchell, who passed away Sunday. Love and prayers from everybody at the Doak Walker Care Center.
Happy birthday wishes to Patrick Cozzens, Chris Hoffman, Nathan Frentress, Andrew Kleckler, Leisha Epp and Belle Svoboda.
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 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.
Baby chicks and ducks can carry salmonella. 1. Wash hands with soap and water right after touching any chicks, ducklings or other animals.
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 http://backcountryprovisions.com.
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.
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.
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.
’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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roberta Gill’s crème brûleé French toast is deviously simple and unbelievably good.
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.
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.
Several snowboard cross racers from Steamboat Springs shined last week during events at Boreal Mountain Resort in California and Mount Hood Meadows in Oregon.
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.
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 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.
The Hayden High School track team cleaned off the rust Saturday, competing in its first track meet of the year in Delta.
@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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local wildlife photographer Don Tudor shares his experiences (and photos) while viewing and photographing grizzly bears in Alaska.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
Har Mishpacha, the Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs, will hold a Community Seder from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Saturday, March 20
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sunday, March 21
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.
Lindsey Schlingman, of Hayden, was named a first-year scholar for the fall 2009 semester at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
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 in Routt County for the week of March 12 to 18, 2010
Jack Dysart realized about 10 years ago that he needed a hobby. He decided to build an airplane.
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.
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.
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
The Record for March 19
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
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.
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.
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.
Cindee Clark Age: 55 Occupation: Dental hygienist Place of birth: New Orleans
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 75 years ago — From the Friday, March 22, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot
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.
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.
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
Happy birthday to Lila Rider, who celebrated her 83rd birthday Friday. Congratulations Lila!
Happy birthday wishes to Roy McAnally, Branda Mitchell, Lilly Reiser, Jolie Goddard, Judy Copeland, Becca Hoza, Austy Hoffman and Pam Simpson.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Colorado State Patrol made 12 driving under the influence arrests during a weeklong saturation patrol, Sgt. Scott Elliott said.
What to do across Routt County today
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
Early registration for Steamboat Springs Little League starts today and costs $20 less than regular registration. Go to www.eteamz.com/Steamboat/. Spring training starts April 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Springs put three skiers on the podium Thursday at the U.S. Telemark National Championships in Whitefish, Mont.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 16
March 14, 2010 North Routt County
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For Legacy PR, and owner Mignon Stetman, February’s 55th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show marked a strong start to a new season.
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 Basketball standings for March 17
Thank you to the generous community members of Routt and Moffat counties for making the 2010 Hospice daffodil fundraiser a huge success.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
‘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.”
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team started its weekend with a win Friday, knocking off Paonia, 18-0.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
County Agenda for March 15 and 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team had a rough weekend, falling Saturday at Cedaredge, 11-0.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Springs teenager Lorin Paley was third Saturday in a telemark World Cup event at Granpallars Espot, Spain.
Sunday, March 14
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.
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.
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
The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors again is awarding scholarships to Routt County high school students wishing to continue their education.
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
Occupation: Pilates instructor, Summit Shades salesperson
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.
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
Happy birthday wishes to Kodi Goddard, Nancy Muhme, Robbie Harper, Dallas Robinson, Vickie Muhme, Barbara Manzanares, Keri Luedtke, Cam Jenkins and Tyce Campbell.
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!
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.
A sustainable business networking luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Catamount Ranch & Club Clubhouse.
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.
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.
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
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.
When you caucus this Tuesday, I encourage you to nominate Michael Bennet to be the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.
Andrew Romanoff is a candidate to become Colorado’s next United States senator. He comes to this race with impressive experience and legislative accomplishment.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 11
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
The 27-year-old is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a Class 6 felony. He claims he was just trying to scare it off.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Soccer standings for March 11
Adult League Basketball standings for March 11
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, March 7
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 6
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.
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.
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
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.
Occupation: Chef (certified chef, certified pastry chef)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 in Routt County for March 1 to 4, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pentathlon Tune-up 5 Mile Run, March 6, 2010
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.
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
Happy birthday wishes to Trinity Goddard, Kent Copeland, Kassidy Goddard, Brian Hoza, Shari Copeland and Amanda Archuleta.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tuesday, March 2
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The Steamboat Springs School Board will get an update about the 2010-11 budget from Superintendent Shalee Cunningham tonight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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