Stories for May 2010


Monday, May 31

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More than 70 volunteers lay flags near veterans’ gravestones in Craig

Families, veterans and community members gathered Sunday night at Craig Cemetery to place American flags at 680 gravestones belonging to local veterans.

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Aging Well: Dinner and golf event celebrates hospice programs

It is said that life is best lived in the present. That adage is perhaps no more poignant than when the end of life is near. When a person’s fight is finished and their focus turns to peace — and the present — there is hospice.

Steamboat briefs: County commissioners will not meet today or Tuesday

The Board of Routt County Commissioners is not conducting county business today or Tuesday. The board is off today for the Memorial Day holiday.

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Tournament swarms Tennis Center in Steamboat

More than 50 children turnout for holiday play in Steamboat

Things were downright friendly Sunday between Tate Schroeder and Whitney Turley, two players in this weekend’s 12-and-younger circuit championships at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. The girls joined together and cruised to a victory in the doubles bracket.

Overtime for Scott employees would cost city nearly $25,000

Proposal would use city funds to have paving work resume later

Paying Scott Contracting three days worth of overtime wages and associated expenses in exchange for fall work starting after Labor Day would cost Steamboat Springs nearly $25,000, according to a proposal city officials will address this week. The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to take on the topic Tuesday night at Centennial Hall.

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Luke Graham: Ubaldo’s right arm

Baseball is a stat geek’s dream. It’s the perfect fit for over-thinkers whose minds never quit. There are endless scenarios, endless numbers, endless statistics and endless amounts of second-guessing. I’ve always loved the statistical side of anything. I still read box scores daily.

The Record for May 29

The Record for May 29

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Sunshine spurs strong sales in Steamboat

Businesses see increased traffic during holiday weekend

Sunshine and holiday visitors translated into some much-needed good news for downtown businesses. At the tail end of a mud season filled with challenges from wet weather to the downtown repaving project, several Lincoln Avenue merchants reported strong sales Saturday and Sunday.

Jane McLeod: Touting tarragon

For centuries, herbs were regarded as essential to daily life. But the custom of growing herbs for culinary use largely died out by the mid-19th century, and soon after, knowledge about using herbs in cooking declined as convenience foods and table condiments increased in popularity.

Monday Medical: Healthy grilling season starts now

Although I know of several die-hard locals here in Steamboat Springs who grill year-round, even battling cold, wind and snow, most of us haul out our barbecue grill for outdoor cooking in the summer.

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Steamboat kayakers share 1st place in rodeo

Youths own C-Hole

The pros take to the water today, with the Paddling Life Pro Invitational and some of the best kayakers in the world setting up camp in Steamboat Springs. Sunday, though, it still was amateurs and locals who dominated the whitewater on the second day of the Yampa River Festival.

Sunday, May 30

The Record for May 28

The Record for May 28

The Jail Report for May 22 to 28

Jail Report for May 22 to 28

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Steamboat 8th-graders excel among competitors at lacrosse tournament

Peter White and Ben Whar­ton are prime studies in the ever-growing sport of lacrosse in Steamboat Springs. They’re proving that the growth of lacrosse in Steamboat isn’t defined just in numbers anymore.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for May 30, 2010

Happy birthday wishes to Tyson Letlow, Nicholas Hughes, Lauren Frentress, Megan Svoboda, Tiahanna Schuster, Tim Frentress Sr., and Marilyn Frentress.

Routt County Spotlight: Babette McAlpin Dickson

Age: 47 Occupation: Educator Place of birth: Paris, France

On the Market: Kelly Becker joins up with Colorado Group Realty

Kelly Becker is the newest broker/associate at Colorado Group Realty. She will assist Jim and Coleman Cook with their business in addition to working with her own clients and listings.

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Mountain Resorts of Steamboat Springs takes Highmark reins

Officials looking forward to adding luxury product to stable of properties

The staff at Mountain Resorts is preparing this week for its new role as the management company of The Highmark. Mountain Resorts officials anticipate that it will give the longstanding Steamboat company a luxury product they think already is establishing a new standard for vacation lodgings here.

Real Estate transactions for May 21 to 27, 2010

Real estate transactions across Routt County for the week of May 21 to 27, 2010.

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Barn Village at Steamboat prices sliced in half

51 unsold lots remain in the mountain-area subdivision in Steamboat Springs

The mountain area of the Steamboat Springs real estate market has seen the sale of just five building lots in the past 12 months, and the developers of Barn Village at Steamboat have responded by cutting in half the prices on their 51 unsold lots.

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Kayaking classes in Steamboat help beginners get in the water

Don’t muscle it; keep your head high and your paddle low. Barry Smith disseminated a wealth of kayaking tips last week as he lead a group of first-timers into the cold waters of a slow-moving Steamboat Springs creek.

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Local officials express concern about underage drinking in Routt County

The law enforcement officers in Routt County are tired of seeing underage drinkers come to the hospital, by ambulance or ditched by friends, after binge drinking has led to intoxication — or worse.

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Adam Mayo, Sarah Hamilton win kayaking rodeo in Steamboat

At least in public, Adam Mayo was nice about it. He didn’t rub his friends’ noses in the fact that for the next year, he has bragging rights. For 12 months, Mayo is the king of the kayaking rodeo in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Too soon to think about the Olympics?

There are roughly 1,348 days left until the 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in the Caucasus Mountains near Sochi, Russia, but the work already has begun for the next class of hometown Olympic hopefuls.

Joel Reichenberger: Time to super size river fest?

Saturday was a good day on the Yampa River. It wasn’t hot, but the sun kept things warm and the chilled waters of the river kept things cool. Large crowds gathered along Steamboat’s signature river’s banks for the main events in the 30th annual Yampa River Festival.

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New business in Steamboat offers scooter, cruiser bike rentals

There’s a new way to get around Steamboat Springs this summer. Kimmie’s Kruisers on Yampa Street in the Howelsen Place building is offering hourly and daily rentals of scooters and cruiser bicycles, with helmets available and, soon, maps of potential routes.

Stuart Handloff: Can they be trusted?

Isn’t anyone else shocked and alarmed by the public discourse of Bob McConnell and columnists like Cal Thomas?

Our View: City, CDOT, Scott should compromise

The Steamboat Springs City Council should reject a proposal to pay several days’ worth of overtime to Scott Contracting in exchange for the company not working the first few days of September.

Steamboat briefs: Library plans ‘Dog Days of Summer’ program

Bud Werner Memorial Library invites users to be part of the “Dog Days of Summer,” the new Read to Dogs Program at the library.

Looking back for May 31, 1935: Graduating class told self control is needed

“Train the mind and will to do the thing when it ought to be done whether you want to do it or not.” Rev. Charles Odell Thibodeau of Greeley, district superintendent of the Methodist church, advised the graduating class of 1935 at the Steamboat Springs high school Tuesday evening when he gave the commencement address.

Business File: Mountain Valley Bank announces 2 promotions

Mountain Valley Bank President and CEO Terry Jost announced promotions last week for two associ­ates. Annette Banwart-Della­Cro­ce has been named executive vice president, and Ben Curby has been promoted to assistant vice president.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 30, 2010

Joan Gibbs, who lives on Yellow Jacket Pass, comes in every Wednesday and cooks cookies and spreads them around the hospital, and we thank her for that.

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Rocky Mountain Youth Corps team to rehabilitate aging Routt County structures

The More Barn, the iconic structure that is the subject of some of the most famous photos of Steamboat Springs, will get a boost this summer from a Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crew.

Best of the Web: Gymnastics meet

Eagles league gymnastics is not about upper level gymnastics and winning and glory. Sure, those kids get an opportunity to try gymnastics skills and a level that they are working on for the next USA Gymnastics season and stretch themselves skill ways.

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El Sol offers international flavors in Steamboat

Mendozas’ market selling fresh tamales, tortillas, fruits and more west of downtown

A new, family-owned market on the west side of Steamboat Springs is offering Mexican and South American foods brought in from Denver weekly. El Sol Mendoza’s Market is off U.S. Highway 40 next to West End Liquor, less than a mile west of the stoplight at Routt County Road 129.

Class notes: Local student awarded Alpine Bank scholarship

Mark Guerrero is the first Routt County student in four years to receive the Alpine Bank Hispanic-Latino Scholarship. Guerrero moved to Steamboat a year ago from Dallas, Texas.

Saturday, May 29

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Soroco graduates thank community

Teens attribute success to more than just friends, family

Twenty-three Soroco High School seniors attracted hundreds of well-wishers to the school gym Saturday, the day they’d say a final goodbye to the school’s hallways and classrooms.

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Steamboat Class of 2010 finishes remarkable year

Johnny B Good’s owner praises graduates for academics, athletics, character

When preparing for his speech, Steamboat Springs High School valedictorian Jeffrey Lambart presented a question to teachers and students at the school: What one word defines the Class of 2010?

Volunteers to adorn graves in Oak Creek

Town will not hold any formal services for Memorial Day

There will be no formal services for Memorial Day in Oak Creek this year, but volunteers still plan to place boughs and flags at the gravesites of veterans in the town’s cemetery. Volunteer Mary Deppe said no activities were planned because the two local Veterans of Foreign Wars post members will be out of town for the weekend.

What to do in Routt County this weekend

Events happening around Routt County this weekend

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Constuction work to stop for holiday in Steamboat

Several campsites, biking trails open across county

The weather will be warm, more trails will be open for mountain biking on Emerald Mountain and construction will be halted during the Memorial Day weekend in Steamboat Springs. The construction that covers almost all of downtown Steamboat will, by contract, be stopped until early Tuesday.

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Tom Ross: Painting a piece of Steamboat history

On our way out of town Friday morning, I was still under the impression that Del Lockhart had invited me to accompany him and Dwight Willman on a morning outing because they wanted me to photograph them repainting several of the familiar F.M. Light & Sons highway signs. It sounded like fun to me.

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Steamboat graduate shaped by community

Dobell overcomes health issue with help from family, friends, teachers

Steamboat Springs High School senior Kathleen Dobell credits the community for helping mold her into the person she has become. Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Dobell said her family, friends and teachers all contributed to her growth. And she said the community helped get her through a tough time.

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat Clay Artisans seek nonprofit for benefit

Steamboat Clay Artisans are seeking a nonprofit organization to be the beneficiary of their 2010 fundraiser. Since 2002, members of SCA have created handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls that are given to ticket holders who fill the bowl with soup, breads and desserts donated by local restaurants and bakeries.

The Record for May 27, 2010

Thursday, May 27

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Soroco High School’s Class of 2010 graduates today

Soroco High School senior Alex Estes said next year would be different. He and Gage Achtner, Cody Miles and Matt Watwood have known one another since kindergarten at South Routt Elementary School, and each plans to attend a different college.

Mary Walker: Kenyans know all about fundraising

At schools, churches, and homes throughout Kenya, one often will come across a “harambee,” or fundraiser. These events are meant to raise money for people to put on a wedding for a family member, build a library at a school, fund a church-run AIDS orphanage, finance a member of parliament’s election campaign, or help a family with unexpected medical bills. Not so very different from fundraisers here, right?

Steamboat alum Vandahl finds his spot

Basketball player excels at University of Nebraska-Kearney

Although his playing time was limited at first, former Steamboat Springs High School basketball standout Michael Vandahl ended the season for the University of Nebraska-Kearney averaging 19 minutes a game and 6.6 points, and he started 11 of the last 12 games as a walk-on.

Friday, May 28

Downtown Steamboat construction update

Phase 4 of the project is scheduled to start Tuesday. Eleventh and 12th streets will be closed to lefts from Lincoln and onto Lincoln, and 13th Street will be closed to all turns except rights onto Lincoln.

Bosick to appear on sheriff primary ballot

The Steamboat Springs detective has gathered enough signatures to put him in a Republican primary Aug. 10 against Garrett Wiggins, commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

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Organizers hope Music Jam in Steamboat attracts crowd

Memorial Day weekend also to feature Yampa River Festival, sidewalk sales

This weekend, visitors to downtown Steamboat Springs can peruse the sidewalk sale or get a discounted meal as part of Restaurant Week. If that’s not enough, organizers of Saturday’s Seventh Street Music Jam hope live tunes entice even more visitors downtown.

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Steamboat band wins with spiced-up covers

Bonjour Mom takes title at 7th annual Teen Battle of the Bands

Song selection was key for Bonjour Mom, the winning band at the seventh annual Teen Battle of the Bands. The group of friends formed the band two weeks before the event and picked catchy tunes that they knew how to play, adding a special twist to each.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Beware of falling trees

The Forest Service would like to remind people to be extra careful when recreating in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests this summer. Safety of employees and the public is the Forest Service’s highest priority in the aftermath of the beetle epidemic.

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Logging cleanup to continue in Steamboat

Rogue Resources plans debris removal on trails

Owner Mike Miller said Rogue Resources would not leave Spring Creek Trail and Emerald Mountain trails near Blackmer Drive in their current, debris-filled state created by logging operations. “There’s still cleanup efforts that are going on,” Miller said Thursday.

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Exhibit to showcase Steamboat quilter David Taylor

Taylor’s detailed stitching on display at Steamboat Art Museum

A new exhibit at Steamboat Art Museum will put the colorful work of internationally renowned quilter David Taylor under one roof for the first time. The exhibit opens today and will continue through Oct. 17.

Oak Creek Town Board to withhold payment

Board members say sewer construction work was not up to snuff

Oak Creek Town Board members took little time Thursday night agreeing to not make the final payment to contractor K. R. Swerdfeger Con­­struction after multiple problems have been discovered with sewer work completed by the company.

New headstones to honor 11 veterans on Memorial Day

Town plans event

People attending the Mem­orial Day observation Monday at Steamboat Springs Cemetery will have a chance, for the first time, to properly pay their respects to 11 veterans buried there who have new headstones. Organizers have created a Memorial Day program that includes a detailed map of the cemetery plots, guiding visitors to the 11 graves that had been unmarked until recently.

Steamboat Briefs: 4-H’s Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo set for June 5

The Routt County 4-H Youth Exchange is hosting the Northwest Family Ranch Rodeo on June 5 at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26

Steamboat Little League starts season on blustery Saturday

A fierce wind blew hats off heads and even pitchers off mounds, but the Steamboat Springs Little League opened its season the right way Saturday: with the national anthem and a grill full of hot dog

Youth lacrosse tourney on deck for Steamboat

One of the more popular youth lacrosse tournaments in the state returns to Steamboat Springs this weekend. The seventh annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tourn­ament starts with play Saturday and continues through Sunday.

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Steamboat skier reaches goal, joins US Ski Team's development team

Max Marno joins ranks alongside younger sister

Max Marno waited for the call the entire day, and by the time the phone finally rang, his nerves were racing. “I was pretty excited,” Marno said. “I knew the call was coming, so I was pretty nervous when I picked up the phone.”

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What to do in Steamboat for May 28 to June 3

The Delta Sonics, a Colorado-based blues band, plays styles including Chicago blues, West Coast swing, New Orleans rhythm and blues, and early rock ’n’ roll. The band will play at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The event costs $5 at the door.

Thursday, May 27

High water closes parts of Steamboat core trail

The city of Steamboat Springs’ Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department has closed some sections of the Yampa River Core Trail. As runoff-fueled flows surge and abate, additional closures and trail detours could occur.

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Ritter signs CMC bill in Breckenridge

College about ready to offer 4-year degrees to Western Slope students

The measure will allow Colorado Mountain College campuses to offer four-year degrees in addition to two-year associate's degrees. Ritter also signed three other bills today at the CMC campus in Breckenridge.

Moffat County considering medical marijuana options

Commissioners get feedback with legal counsel Thursday

The Moffat County Commission met Thursday afternoon with county attorneys Kathleen Taylor and Jeremy Snow to examine options regarding medical marijuana dispensaries within the county. The county’s six-month moratorium on dispensaries ends June 15.

Steamboat's Bob McConnell plans busy summer on campaign trail

The energetic background noise was clearly audible as Bob McConnell spoke on the phone Tuesday, in the middle of a three-day retreat to reload his campaign after a surprisingly positive result at the district assembly last week.

Hayden Heritage Center resumes summer hours

Museum features guided tours, new displays

The Hayden Heritage Center will resume its summer hours today. The museum at 300 W. Pearl St. will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

The Record for May 25, 2010

Tuesday, May 25

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden children’s camp registration now is open

Totally Kids Summer Day Camp registrations are being taken for children ages 5 to 12. Camp starts at 7 a.m. with final pickup at 6 p.m. Camp starts Monday and runs through Aug. 31. For more information, call Carolyn at 846-9083.

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Steamboat Rugby Club ready for season

Steamboat Springs team will look to defend titles as play kicks off

Gone are the days of being the doormat of rugby in mountain towns. Instead, the Steamboat Rugby Club returns again this season as the team to beat in the Mountain Rugby League and for the two prestigious rugby tournament titles.

Steamboat's Winter Sports Club cycling team rolls into a new season

Riders fare well in Nathrop

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s elite cycling program are geared up and already rolling on a new season. Program director Ben Clark said the team has been training since April and recently returned from the Chalk Creek Stampede in Nathrop with several top results.

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Nancy Mucklow named Steamboat's 2009-10 Friend of Education

Steamboat Springs School Board member Laura Anderson said she met Nancy Mucklow 10 years ago when the two volunteered at Strawberry Park Elementary School. For Mucklow’s years of giving back to the district, the School Board on Monday approved her as the 2009-10 Friend of Education.

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30th Yampa River Festival starts with kickoff party Friday in Steamboat

Thirty years ago, a group of river lovers in what became the Friends of the Yampa organization started the Yampa River Festival as a way to promote and protect recreational activities on Steamboat Springs’ watery downtown thoroughfare.

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Brent Boyer: The cost of a free republic

I suppose I’m not alone in saying that I can’t wait for Memorial Day weekend. Three days of outdoor activities, good food and time spent with family. And if the forecast holds true, it might even be our first prolonged taste of summer here in Routt County.

Routt County Rifle Club results for May 22, 2010

Routt County Rifle Club varmint rifle match

Chelsea’s could reopen in Oak Creek

Oak Creek also to discuss final sewer line replacement payment

Chelsea’s Restaurant in Oak Creek could reopen as early as next week, owner Andy Benjamin said Wednesday. The restaurant closed in late 2009 because of economic difficulties, but Benjamin said an unnamed financial backer would like to see the business open for the busy summer months.

Wednesday, May 26

Routt County unemployment increases in April

Jobless rate at 9.2 percent, up from 7.7 percent in March

The number of unemployed Routt County residents increased by 142 people from March to April, even as the work force dropped by nearly a thousand people. That represented a rise in the unemployment rate from 7.7 percent in March to 9.2 percent in April.

Steamboat skier Max Marno makes US team

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine skier learned this week that he has been named to the development team for the U.S. Ski Team.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport gets new snow sweeper

$350,000 cost paid for by airline landing fees, other charges

The snow removal crew at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will have a new weapon in its closet next ski season when it puts a truck-mounted, 22-foot-wide broom to work on the runway.

Officer Scott Middleton: Thanks, stranger

Last week as I was directing traffic on Lincoln Avenue at Seventh Street — on a particularly cold and rainy day — a gentlemen on crutches approached the crosswalk. I observed that he had a cup of coffee in one hand, which amazed me because I certainly would not be able to use crutches and hold a cup of coffee at the same time.

Caitlyn McKenzie: Scott to the rescue

The actions of Scott Con­trac­ting on Saturday were the icing on the cake for what has been an incredible array of community contributions making the new public garden in Steam­boat possible.

Catherine Lykken: Be informed

In the few weeks before July 11, there are apt to be petition signature gatherers around our community. They will be collecting your valuable signature, which may help put an initiative onto Colorado’s November ballot.

Our View: Summit re-energizes businesses

Economic Summit 2010 has come and gone, leaving inspiration and motivation in its wake. At this year’s event, participants heard from economists, tourism industry experts, entrepreneurs and more about what to expect as the nation drags itself out of recession.

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Steamboat high school's Erickson named Teacher of the Year

Social studies instructor known for effectiveness

Kelly Erickson loves her students. They’re the reason she’s a teacher. “They’re hilarious. They’re fun,” said Erickson, a social studies teacher at Steamboat Springs High School. Erickson was honored Monday.

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Joanne Palmer: Keep your map to yourself

One of the advantages of living in a very small town is there are only a very small number of ways to get lost. Unless you’re me. I am frequently lost for the simple reason that I am unable to read a map. To be politically correct, I am directionally challenged.

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Downtown Steamboat construction progress questioned

Sen. Al White to join discussion about project's pace at council meeting Tuesday

Scott Contracting bid about $900,000 less than the Colora­do Department of Transporta­tion’s estimate for the downtown repaving project, which is scheduled to close the Third Street intersection today while opening intersections at Seventh and 11th streets.

Steamboat Briefs: Open house and lunch to support Kenyan girls center

An open house and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5 will support the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Kenya. A suggested donation is $20 for the Women for Women event, which will be at 677 Meadowbrook Court

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Steamboat's Jasper Gantick ends a winning freshman year at Monroe

It didn’t take long for Jasper Gantick to get adjusted to lacrosse at the next level. The 2009 graduate of Steam­boat Springs High School realized pretty early what it took to play at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y.

The Record for May 24, 2010

Monday, May 24

Adult League Soccer results for May 26, 2010

2010 Adult coed soccer games

Routt County golfers shake off cobwebs

Cobweb Classic gets athletes back in swing of things

On Monday, golfers were greeted by visions of snow-covered fairways, but that didn’t stop them from getting back out on the course and back in the swing last weekend during the Cobweb Classic.

Tuesday, May 25

Child found walking near US Highway 40 outside Hayden

Boy was returned home safely; criminal activity not suspected

The boy was in front of a home day care center about 2 miles east of Hayden on Monday morning, Deputy Paul Yonekawa said. Yonekawa said the child was not injured but appears to be "quite a Houdini and escapes regularly."

The Record for May 22

12:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers, Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and mental health professionals were called to a report of a suicide in Steamboat. Police said an intoxicated male stepped in front of a moving car, but the driver of the car was able to stop. The man wasn’t hurt but was taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center to get checked out.

Marabou Ranch trails remain closed

Private development is site of the 1st Town Challenge race June 9

The organizers of the first Town Challenge Mountain Bike race of the season hope to see the trails at Marabou Ranch open as soon as possible. But as of Monday, those trails still were closed to the public, with no indication of when bikers will be allowed to start riding them.

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Steamboat gymnasts hope to soar at EAGLES competition

Excel Gymnastics will tumble, roll and spring into the spotlight this Saturday as the local program hosts an EAGLES Gymnastics league meet in Steamboat Springs. Excel owner Mike Smith expects about 160 competitors, including 30 from Steamboat Springs, to attend the meet.

The Record for May 23

The Record for May 23

Steamboat briefs: Respite Program care providers are needed

The Yampa Valley Autism Program is seeking care providers for its Respite Program. Respite Program care providers are made available to families of children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities for hire to help as needed.

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Jimmy Westlake: 3 Leaps of the Gazelle

I love star lore. The legends and stories attached to the stars carry us back centuries or even millennia and tell us not only about the stars, but also about the stargazers of old. With that in mind, I’d like to tell you a story about three pairs of stars you can spot in late spring.

Building Department layoffs are up for vote

Building Department plans to cut 3 staff members

Routt County Regional Buil­ding Department Official Carl Dunham is expected to ask the Routt County Board of Commissioners today to approve plans to lay off three full-time employees, a move that would save the department $66,000 through the balance of 2010.

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Tom Ross: Corn snow on Memorial Day menu

The spring skate skiing on Rabbit Ears Pass was corn-tastic Sunday, but by 9:30 a.m., it was all over for the day. If you want to ski freely over the Alpine meadows in May and June, you have to rise early, before the sun turns the surface of the snow to cornmeal mush.

Steve Ivancie announces he will run for state House

Longtime City Council member will face Baumgardner for District 57 seat

Former longtime Steamboat Springs City Council member Steve Ivancie will attempt to disrupt the Republican hold on Colorado State House District 57. Ivancie confirmed Monday that he plans to run against incumbent Randy Baumgardner in the November election.

Routt County campgrounds ready to open

Steamboat Lake has sites available Memorial Day weekend

The stiff winds that pounded Routt County on Saturday caused moderate damage at Pearl Lake, but they also worked miracles at Steamboat Lake State Park.

Monday, May 24

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Aging Well: Hospital’s Health Resource Center offers array of services

Managing personal health or the health of a loved one can be stressful.

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Steamboat resident to present images from Everest

Steamboat resident recently journeyed to base camp of world’s tallest peak

Steamboat Springs resident Lee Cox will present a slideshow of her recent trip to the Mount Everest Base Camp at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bud Werner Memorial Library. Cox, who lists photography as one of her main hobbies, took more than 400 pictures during two weeks on the trip.

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Luke Graham: Games that resonate

It’s tough to compare one year of high school sports with others, but in terms of pure success, it’s hard to argue with the accolades earned by Routt County high school athletics in 2009-10. Here are five games that stick out.

County Agenda for May 24 and 25

County Agenda for May 24 and 25

Deb Babcock: Caring for your cactus

Considering the very dry environment in the Steamboat Springs area, it’s easy to think that desert cactus would thrive in homes, where it is protected from the brutal cold of winter. And so it can, if cared for properly. But that’s the tricky part.

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Steamboat cleans up for spring

Community Roots Garden dedication draws more than 40

A cleanup day Saturday was held in conjunction with several other environmentally themed events. The Yampa Valley Sustain­ability Council was promoting Every Day is Earth Day: Steamboat Celebrates the Planet.

Nationwide ski visits strong

Industry sees 2nd-highest visitation numbers despite lodging woes

Members of the lodging industry might not believe it, but the 2009-10 season brought the second-highest number of skiers and snowboarders in history to resorts nationwide. David Belin, of the Boulder-based research and consulting firm RRC Associates, said last week that 59.7 million visits occurred in the ski season that ended at Steamboat Ski Area last month.

Monday Medical: Keeping bones strong

If you have never paid much attention to bone strength, May is a great time to start. That’s because this is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month.

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Hayden High School graduates look to the future

42 seniors cross the stage Sunday at school’s commencement

Colorful, sticky string flew as fast Sunday as the black-and-orange caps students tossed in the air after being presented as the Hayden High School Class of 2010. The high school gymnasium was filled with about 1,000 family members, friends and teachers on hand to honor Hayden’s 42 graduates.

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Willems legacy carried on in Craig through antique tractors

Mike Willems was a quiet man.

Sunday, May 23

Jail Report for May 15 to 21, 2010

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.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 23

The bridge players here at the Doak Walker Care Center have been playing Tuesdays and Fridays and having lots of fun. We’re also having fun with our weekly bingo games, but we’re looking for more jewelry and stuffed animals to give away as prizes.

Real estate transaction for May 14 to 20, 2010

Real estate transaction for May 14 to 20, 2010

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Under Armour founding member shifts career to Sweetwood Cattle

Loveland native Ryan Wood spoke at Economic Summit 2010 on Thursday about his path to success as a founding member of the billion-dollar Under Armour sports apparel brand and about his new career starting Sweetwood Cattle Co. in North Routt County on the old May ranch where Mad Creek runs into the Elk River.

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Technology helping bring the world into classroom in Hayden

SMART Boards grab students’ attention, help teachers bring lessons to life

The Hayden School District, through a matching grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation, bought three interactive SMART Boards this year. They serve as digital white boards and projectors, among other things. Two were placed at the high school and one in Robin Bush’s middle school class.

Our View: A close look at ‘anti-tax’ measures

The November election is almost six months away, but that hasn’t stopped local government officials from sparking discussions about three citizen-led ballot initiatives that we think would have a devastating effect on the ability of state and local government to provide core services for residents.

Fred Garrison: Eliminate earmark

When U.S. Rep. John Salazar supported recently enacted health care legislation, he cited the bill’s deficit reduction attributes as a primary justification for his vote. “It is the single largest deficit reduction bill that I will ever vote on,” he noted.

John F. Russell: Jones ready for task

The idea of building a competitive ski jumping program in the United States might seem like an impossible task to many people, but not everyone. Two-time Olympian Clint Jones (2002 and 2006) knows the challenges his sport faces on this side of the Atlantic. He’s experienced many of them firsthand as an athlete.

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ImPACT tests on cutting edge of treatment of concussions

Steamboat Springs High School senior Jack Verploeg wanted to play. He would have been crazy not to. But on the eve of the 2009 state football championship game against Valor Christian, Verploeg found there were more important things after he had sustained a concussion the week prior.

The Record for May 21, 2010

Friday, May 21

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Hayden’s Walker 2nd in 100 as trio of Tigers medal at state track

Hayden High School senior Jake Walker crossed the finish line with a lunge, his arms stretched forward and his face twisted into a knot in what was definitely his final high school race and might be his last competitive race.

Joel Reichenberger: Sports aren’t everything

The best runner at my high school was named Paul. I met Paul during his junior year, and he was a very funny guy and a nice guy, even to a scrawny freshman some of his buddies picked on. He was the fastest guy on the cross-country team and one of the best on the track and field squad.

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Oak Creek pipe issues persist

Breaks likely will continue as ground starts to thaw

One after another, the pipes are bursting in Oak Creek. On Monday, 170,000 gallons of water spewed out of the ground. The Friday before that, it took crews working until 4 a.m., and then another 10 hours Saturday, to fix a leaky section of pipe. Public Works Director Bob Redding said it’s not likely to stop any time soon.

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Still a Kidd on the Steamboat slopes

Steamboat’s Stetson-wearing icon going strong after 40th season as director of skiing

Billy Kidd is showing no signs of slowing down after four decades as director of skiing at Steamboat Ski Area. His continuing energy, excitement and passion for the sport are welcome sentiments to longtime friends and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials alike, who heaped praise on the man who came to Steamboat Springs in 1970.

School lunch menues for May 24 to 28

School lunches for Routt County districts this week

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for May 23

Happy birthday wishes to Paula Lash, Treyben Letlow, Logan Jenkins and Hilary Wheat.

Class Notes: Graduations ceremonies continue this weekend

Another Routt County high school will honor 2010 graduates this weekend, when Hayden High School’s senior class of 42 students graduates at 2 p.m. today.

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Women start Ski Town Stroller Yoga classes in Steamboat Springs

Kaela Miller and Jenn Warren-Boisjoli came up with the idea of Ski Town Stroller Yoga after doing yoga together. Each just had a child and thought the idea would work well in Steamboat. The classes begin with 15 minutes of warm-up yoga. That’s followed by a 30-minute walk or run with the babies in the stroller and then another 15 or 20 minutes of yoga and stretching.

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Hayden welding program gives students options

Hayden High School senior Kyle Barrett said a scheduling error his sophomore year was the best thing that could have happened to him. Barrett had signed up to take auto mechanics, but instead, he found himself in Kevin Kleckler’s welding class. “I ended up finding what I love and want to do in life,” he said.

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St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Oak Creek gets renewal, blessing

Today, on Pentecost, celebrated by many as the birth of the Christian Church, one church in Oak Creek will be blessed on a rebirth of its own. The St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church will have a special visit from Archbishop Charles Chaput, of Denver, to celebrate nine months of work completely renovating the building on Sharp Avenue.

Business File: Steamboat Springs Chamber mixing it up

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting two upcoming mixers. A business after-hours mixer for Chamber members and their guests is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Elk River Crossing on Curve Plaza. The event includes free food and drinks, prizes from local businesses and networking.

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Stagecoach log home goes to foreclosure

A property auction at the Routt County Courthouse this week illustrated the thin line in today’s distressed home market between losing one’s home to foreclosure and salvaging a portion of one’s credit rating. Steamboat Springs Realtor Denise Cantafio was frustrated Wednesday when her clients’ log home in Stagecoach was claimed by the original lender in a public trustee’s sale.

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Excess not quite as cool anymore in Steamboat

Retooling resort development for a sensible era

The era when real estate developers used increasingly elaborate amenities to differentiate resort properties is in the past. Taking its place is a new climate with buyers seeking out more sustainable projects that make economic sense in the post-recession era, Tyler Niess told an audience at The Steamboat Grand this week.

On the Market: Limberg joins Prudential as a managing broker

Jill Limberg has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty as a managing broker and sales agent. The announcement was made this week by Prudential Steamboat co-owners Pam Vanatta and Cam Boyd.

Best of the Web: U.S. 40 paving

Best of the Web comments for the week of May 16 to 22, 2010.

Saturday, May 22

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Wind ruins Phippsburg greenhouse

Gust lifts front half of greenhouse, places it on back half

South Routt Nursery's greenhouse is a 'total loss' after this morning's wind gust, Manager Paulie Anderson said. No one was injured in an event that Anderson said was eerie and surreal.

3 Hayden Tigers medal at state track meet

Soroco pulls in one more medal on last day of competition

Hayden barely missed out on a few state championships today, the final day of the state track meet in Lakewood. But there was little brooding, and as Colorado track’s biggest show came to a close, the Tigers were happy with their performance.

Steamboat's McConnell to advance to GOP primary

Steamboat Springs resident Bob McConnell received 45 percent of delegate votes Friday at the 3rd Congressional District Assembly, enough to place him in a primary election in August against Scott Tipton. The winner will face incumbent U.S. Rep. John Salazar.

SSWSC’s Casson named committee chairman

In other snowboarding news, Jon Casson was named chairman of the Snowboarding Sport Committee at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s annual meeting in Park City, Utah.

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A warm and windy weekend ahead for Steamboat

Summer-like conditions should persist into next week

It’ll be a change of pace most Routt County residents can approve of. The weekend weather forecast calls for sunny and warm conditions with a high of about 68 degrees, though high winds and a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms could put outdoor activities in check.

Steamboat Springs High School names its Athletes of the Year

Three Steamboat Springs High School seniors capped their prep athletic careers with a special honor Wednesday when they were named the school’s Athletes of the Year. Seniors Emi Birch and Kylee Swiggart shared the girls award, while Jack Spady was the boys recipient.

The Record for May 20

The Record for May 20

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Players holding auditions for ‘Seussical’

The Steamboat Players are holding auditions for the August production of “Seussical.” Acting auditions are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and music auditions are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Brichta named to development team

Several strong results at the end of last season have helped Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Paul Brichta earn a spot on the development squad for the U.S. Snowboarding Team.

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More medals on Day 2 for area track teams

Just what Friday was for Routt County high school track athletes at the state track meet in Lakewood depends on whom you ask. A neutral party or an experienced coach saw another strong day as Hayden and Soroco, which won two championships Thursday, racked up medals.

What to do in Routt County this weekend

The grand opening of the Steamboat Community Roots Garden is from 9 to 10 a.m. at Seventh and Oak streets. There will a ribbon cutting, garden management hand-off and a party. The event is free.

Weather delays Town Challenge Bike Series

Wet conditions push season’s 1st event back to June 9

Spring may have arrived in the Yampa Valley, but local cyclists eager for the start of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series will have to wait an extra week. Recent storms and sloppy trail conditions have convinced Town Challenge race director Gretchen Sehler to push the series’ first event, the Marabou Cross Country, from June 2 to June 9.

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Routt County ranchers win award

Stankos claim prestigious Leopold Award

Jim Stanko came into the ranch house after introducing his cows to some permanent houseguests. It was just another spring day at the ranch, but this hasn’t been just another month for Stanko and his wife, Jo. They recently learned that they would be the 2010 Colorado recipients of the Leopold Conservation Award given by the Wisconsin-based Sand County Foundation.

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Tom Ross: Big Ditch got you down?

I was creeping down Lincoln Avenue with the speedometer hovering just below 20 mph Friday morning when a law enforcement officer actually spun his arm vigorously to encourage me to speed up. I hastened to comply. No more than half a block later, a whiskered flagman gave me a tired grin and urged me to slow down. I cranked up the volume on the Sirius satellite blues channel.

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City to consider paying a portion of overtime hours to speed up US 40 project

With the U.S. Highway 40 repaving project about 3 1/2 weeks behind schedule, Steamboat Springs’ director of public works plans to propose that the city chip in for a portion of the overtime cost to get the work done faster. If approved by the Steamboat Springs City Council, the proposal would pay the difference between regular and overtime pay so that Scott Contracting employees could clock more hours each week.

Friday, May 21

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Craig native Josh Lowe starts company that combines data and geography

Josh Lowe said starting a mapping business in the middle of an economic downturn may not have been the best timing.

Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs serves up block party

Looking for a way to introduce more people to its sport, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs is hosting a block party Sunday complete with tennis drills, matches and a barbecue lunch. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Website gives proof of service for jurors

Routt County courts now offer online documentation for jurors

Like a note from the doctor’s office when a child is late to school, the Routt County Combined Courts provide documentation for jurors to prove to their employers that they really did show up to perform their civic duty. With a new advancement by the state court system, that process now is available online, bypassing the lines and time it would take to get such documentation at the court.

The Record for May 19

The Record for May 19

Steamboat briefs: Deadline is today for Totally Kids programs

The registration deadline for Hayden’s Totally Kids Summer Soccer program is today.

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Lodging demand returns in Steamboat

Research director: Occupancy trending upward for summer; resorts rebounding

The director of a research firm that has a long relationship with Steamboat Springs said Thursday that the resort lodging industry is showing signs of a rebound this year, mirroring national trends projected to continue this summer. “We’re starting to see that demand is coming back and occupancy is coming back,” RRC Associates Director David Belin said.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Farm Bill programs for landowners

The signing of the 2008 Farm Bill brought about some new programs, as well as tweaks to old ones. All landowners, big or small, should be aware of these programs and the opportunities that they can provide.

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Jimmy Westlake: Libra, misfit of the Zodiac

In the course of one year, the sun makes a 360-degree circuit of the sky, passing through 12 constellations that form a band around the sky called the Zodiac. Zodiac is a word that literally means “the circle of animals.”

Routt County sheriff contender Bosick ready for primary

Detective gathers more than double the required signatures

Nick Bosick said he has the signatures in hand to place him on the Republican primary in his quest to become the next sheriff of Routt County. Bosick said he has more than double the number of signatures required and that he’s ready for the race. The deadline for turning in the signatures is Thursday, but he said he will turn them in early to be safe.

Hayden Town Council says no to medical pot

Hayden votes, 6-0, declining to amend town’s land use code

Hayden Town Council members took little time Thursday to unanimously vote down a proposal to amend the town’s land use code. The proposed changes to the code would have allowed a medical marijuana dispensary to be located in Hayden’s historic downtown district.

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Legacy Ranch in Steamboat receives award

Collaboration on historic preservation basis of recognition

High school students tilled gardens and performed ranch chores Thursday amid the emerging spring greenery at Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch. It was a fitting celebration of the statewide historic preservation award the environmental education nonprofit shared with the city of Steamboat Springs this week.

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Steamboat Swings to perform Saturday at Depot Art Center

Big band music returns to Steamboat Springs on Saturday, so grab your dance partner and head to the Depot Art Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. when Steamboat Swings will perform a concert featuring traditional big band music typical of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

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Ghost Ranch celebrates 1 year in Steamboat

Downtown music venue to host anniversary party Saturday

After a year of tweaking, tuning and testing, the local owner of Ghost Ranch Saloon said the bar has found the right mix of music to draw crowds — and it wasn’t the blend she originally had expected. A year of tweaking has revealed that, instead of country music, Steamboat crowds often appreciate live hip-hop.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for May 21 to 27

Steamboat Springs Middle School students adapt the well-known “Beauty and the Beast” into a movie-musical. A showing of the film is at 7 p.m. at Steamboat Springs High School today.

Thursday, May 20

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Soroco doubles up at state track meet

Matt Watwood, Alex Estes titles on 1st day of championship meet

Long jump and shot put share one thing in common as far as the average spectator is concerned. Watching from afar, they both usually take some guesstimation. That wasn’t the case Thursday as the Soroco High School's Alex Estes and Matt Watwood rocked the opening day of the state track meet in Lakewood.

Craig lodging tax proposal finalized

The Craig lodging tax committee finalized Wednesday the ballot question it will submit to the Craig City Council for approval.

Hayden Town Council to consider dispensaries

Members to review land use changes tonight that would allow marijuana shops

Hayden’s Town Council will consider amending land use regulations, which would allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

ACET arrests 2 during drug bust Tuesday in Steamboat

Suspects accused of selling $5,400 of meth to undercover cop

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested two people suspected of bringing methamphetamine from Denver and selling it in Steamboat and Craig.

Steamboat briefs: Carnival starts today in Meadows Parking Lot

The Spring Into Summer carnival to benefit Strawberry Park Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School begins at 5 p.m. today and runs until 11 p.m. in the Meadows Parking Lot at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

16 Hidden Springs lots returned to bank at foreclosure sale

Alpine Bank claims land west of Hayden

Alpine Bank claimed 16 lots in the foundering Hidden Springs Ranch subdivision just west of Hayden on Wednesday morning when no third-party bidder appeared to exceed the bank’s own bid on the property during a foreclosure sale at the Routt County Courthouse.

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Routt County track teams ready for state

Soroco, Hayden, Steamboat look to bring home titles from Lakewood

Athletes from the Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat Springs high school track teams will head to the state meet today in Lakewood in an attempt to bring some state titles home to Routt County. The meet at Jeffco Stadium runs from today through Saturday

Steamboat swim team opens season with splash

Team Lightning kicks off year at Glenwood Springs meet

Steamboat’s Team Lightning swim team began its 2010 season last weekend in Glenwood Springs, marking the earliest the team has started competition.

The Record for May 18

12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a request for an officer on Saratoga Avenue. No more information was available.

SSWSC's Tamblyn gets opportunity with US Snowboarding Team

Longtime Winter Sports Club snowboarding coach takes job with national squad

Steam­boat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Spen­­cer Tamblyn is leaving to take a position with the U.S. Snow­boarding Team.

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Steamboat's Teen Battle of the Bands is Friday

7th annual event starts at 9 p.m. at The Steamboat Grand

Conner Haggerty said his band, Bonjour Mom, formed less than a month ago specifically to perform at Friday’s Teen Battle of the Bands. The show starts at 9 p.m. in the ballroom at The Steamboat Grand. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $5.

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Economic leader warns of drastic budget cuts at Steamboat Economic Summit

Don Marostica says state tourism funds could be at risk

Preserving millions of dollars in state tourism funds that fuel Steamboat’s resort economy will require a very tough battle in 2011 as Colorado’s next governor will be forced to make severe budget cuts immediately upon taking office, a state economic leader said Wednesday.

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Artist Will Day presents new work at Steamboat gallery Friday

K. Saari Gallery to host opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you find yourself reflecting on the transitory nature of spring while looking at Will Day’s abstract paintings Friday night, you probably get it. Day’s paintings will be on display during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at K. Saari Gallery.

Wednesday, May 19

Economic Summit starts tonight at The Grand

State economic director, Intrawest president kick off event

Don Marostica, executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, is a keynote speaker scheduled to kick off Economic Summit 2010 at 6 p.m. today at The Steamboat Grand.

The Record for May 17

8:25 a.m. A person turned over a found radio to Steamboat Springs Police Department officers at the police station in the 800 block of Yampa Street.

Steamboat briefs: Bridge over Trout Creek to be closed until June 1

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

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Steamboat council approves teen center plan, renames highway

Members vote to rename road Gossard Parkway

City officials have approved design plans for a new teen center but until a massive fundraising effort or change in city finances, construction of the facility is put on ice.

Steamboat Springs City Council OKs base area work

Members approve spending $2.5 million while refinancing negotiations continue

Redevelopment work at the base of Steamboat Ski Area has a green light to occur this summer. All seven members of the Steamboat Springs City Council voted Tuesday night to allow $2.5 million in spending for work that can begin as soon as crews are in place.

Steamboat officials critical of anti-tax ballot measures

They say initiatives would force further cuts and result in fewer services

Routt County government and Steamboat Springs school officials are critical of three ballot measures they say would affect revenues, require additional budget cuts and reduce services. School district officials say Proposition 101, which would reduce vehicle fees and taxes, would cost the school system $1.23 million in revenues throughout a four-year period.

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Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes visits Craig

Governor candidate Dan Maes said it is time for Gov. Bill Ritter to “go home.”

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Steamboat talk radio show hits its stride

Cari and Rob Show gains national attention tapping into heated campaign season

The Cari and Rob Show, hosted by Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski and Rob Douglas, was the venue for a U.S. Senate candidate’s comments that received state and national attention early this week.

Leslie Perkins: Show courtesy

Road construction stinks. We all know it. I have been taken aback, however, by the attitude people have had toward it.

Betty Leipold: Patience lauded

The city fathers should heap praise and appreciation on everyone for their patience during the construction.

Our View: Sustaining sustainability

Despite delaying Earth Day a month, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, in cooperation with numerous other local organizations and businesses, has put together a full slate of events for Saturday that will provide invaluable educational and practical lessons for all of us.

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Joanne Palmer: Tohubohu is not a vegetarian dish

This week, I decided to go through my "Column Ideas" folder and pull out some interesting trivia and tidbits — all guaranteed to make good conversation this weekend. Read on to learn a new word and to find out when people say they wouldn't mind texting.

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Hayden Speedway season gears up for 10-race lineup

The green flag drops Saturday on the Hayden Speedway’s 2010 racing season. The quarter-mile track will feature 10 races throughout a four-month season that ends Sept. 11.

Tuesday, May 18

16 Hidden Springs lots go to foreclosure sale today

Alpine Bank submits bid of $1.152 million for auction

Routt County Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon will conduct a foreclosure auction this morning for a portion of the stalled Hidden Springs Ranch subdivision west of Hayden.

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Several trails in Steamboat open amid wet weather

Officials ask hikers, bikers to stay off muddy trails to avoid damage

Recent inclement weather doesn’t mean there aren’t options for hikers and bikers looking for an early start to summer without getting too dirty or damaging trails. The Mad Creek and Hot Springs trails and sections of the Spring Creek and Ridge trails are open to bicyclists and hikers so long as dry trail conditions persist.

The Record for May 16, 2010

Sunday, May 16

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Tom Ross: Future of ‘High Lonesome’

I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that the Bureau of Land Management picked the most inopportune time in American history last week to attempt to sell 11 oil and gas leases on public lands in the Jackson County wildlife and ranching paradise known as North Park. The parcels included one touching on the Lake John public fishing destination.

Base area opinions abound in Steamboat

Council’s discussions of financing, construction choices continue

Steamboat Springs City Council members have their work cut out for them today as they weigh whether to move forward with a project that could stimulate business and future tourism, while also balancing how to safeguard city coffers for an uncertain future. The City Council convenes shortly after 5 p.m. today in Centennial Hall as the Steam­boat Springs Redevelopment Authority.

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Routt County officials prepare for runoff’s big comeback

Recent cold and wet weather has boosted the snowpack in the combined Yampa and White river drainages to near normal levels after a winter of subpar moisture, but how that affects spring flooding remains to be seen. An official said the potential will vary with temperature patterns.

New Steamboat Springs youth program promotes service

Informational meeting set for tonight about Service Learning Institute

An informational meeting tonight will highlight a new summer program from Steamboat Springs-based Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. The Service Learning Inst­itute was created to provide an alternative to summer activities for sixth- to ninth-graders in Routt County, program coordinator Amy McFadden said.

Steamboat Springs teen center on the table

Council to address final plan for addition to Howelsen Ice Arena

There’s no allocated funding or construction schedule yet, but city officials could take a significant step tonight toward the long-held goal of providing dedicated space for local teens.

Steamboat Briefs: Registration open now for children’s camp at ski area

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. again is presenting its summer Kids’ Adventure Camp for local and visiting children ages 3 to 12. The Kids Adventure Camp offers weekday sessions from June 7 to Aug. 20. Kids’ Adventure Camp sessions are available daily or in 10- and 20-day programs.

Florida man arrested for fraud, extradited to Steamboat

62-year-old man brought to Steamboat Springs for role in scam

A 62-year-old Florida man was arrested in his home state and extradited to Steamboat Springs for what police officers say was his involvement in two dozen scams, including one that victimized a local woman.

Monday, May 17

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Aging Well: Moving away from arthritis pain

Warm weather inspires movement: Long walks, hikes, bike rides, swimming and maybe yoga or tai chi in the park.

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Luke Graham: True worth of sports

It’s tough to equate the true value of high school sports. But school districts across the country are being forced to do just that. Budget concerns for high school sports aren’t just in Steamboat Springs. As education dollars shrink statewide, sports inevitably are going to start to feel the pinch.

Event in Steamboat to focus on oil’s aftermath

Transition effort comes to Steamboat with Thursday event

A growing movement to coordinate sustainability and conservation efforts in anticipation of oil’s decline — a debatable topic itself — comes to Steamboat Springs this week. Michael Brownlee, co-founder of Transition Colorado, hosts a screening of “In Transition 1.0” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. In addition to the 50-minute film, the free event includes a discussion about growing “transition” efforts.

The Record for May 15, 2010

Saturday, May 15

The Record for May 14, 2010

Friday, May 14

Steamboat Briefs: Steamboat school budget workshops set for today

The Steamboat Springs School District is hosting two community budget meetings today. There is no agenda for the meetings, which are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Both will take place at the district’s central office at 325 Seventh St.

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Christian Heritage's Hannah Zwak graduates in a class of her own

Student is only member of CHS Class of 2010

Judging by the size of the crowd Sunday at Christian Heritage School, one would think the Class of 2010 had multiple seniors participating in a ceremony before taking the next step in their lives. But it didn’t. Hannah Zwak was the lone member of the school’s Class of 2010.

2 Steamboat track athletes qualify for state

The qualification list for the Class 4A state track meet was finalized Sunday morning, and Steamboat Springs High School had two athletes listed. Gus Allen will compete for the Sailors in the boys 3,200-meter run, and Morgan Bessette will compete in the girls triple jump. Only the top 18 athletes from each event qualify.

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Deb Babcock: Spring is best time to fertilize perennials

The gardening catalogs that we all pore over at this time of year often show plants at their peak bloom-time, bursting with lush foliage and vibrant blooms. In order to replicate that look once the plants are settled into your garden, you’ll probably need to fertilize them.

Monday Medical: Patient safety is hospital focus

Ever wonder how safe you are as a patient at Yampa Valley Medical Center? According to national data on a website that provides hospital-specific quality measures for patients to view, you are very safe. We are proud of our safety record and would like to share some of what we do to keep you safe and what you can do as a patient to ensure your safety while in the hospital.

Steamboat Players auditioning May 23 and 24 for ‘Seussical’

If you’ve ever wanted to bring a Dr. Seuss character to life, now is your chance. The Steamboat Players are looking for actors and singers to perform in the upcoming production of “Seussical.”

Sunday, May 16

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Vernal, Utah, offers bikers all the trails, fraction of the crowds

Land of the lost

Like Fruita and Moab, Vernal offers a variety of trail complexes at which to ride, and each offers its own challenges. There are about 150 miles of trails in the area, most of which have been built in the past 14 years by Tony Lupcho, owner of Altitude Cycle, the Vernal shop that is the center of all things biking in the region.

Joel Reichenberger: Special seniors

Pueblo often seems like a city lost in time, and I’m not just talking about the 1960s motif that seems so prevalent in town. I come to Pueblo only for high school sporting events, meaning most of my trips have revolved around the Class 4A high school state tennis tournament. Every year — this was my third — it’s been the same.

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Steamboat tennis team's No. 2 singles, No. 3 doubles slip to 4th

Steamboat Springs High School’s tennis entries fall in consolation finals Saturday

By some measure it was a disappointing end to what had been a great stretch of tennis for three Steamboat Springs High School players. Kylee Swiggart and the doubles team of Rachel Grubbs and Lauren Siegel both lost their consolation finals matches Saturday at the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo.

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Spirit Challenge in Steamboat attracts locals

Running Series kicks off with annual 5K, 10K race

Despite the inches of slush filling the Steamboat Springs Middle School parking lot, the 25th annual Spirit Challenge had 60 runners preregister for the race. Another 20 showed up Saturday to register and race.

John F. Russell: The few, dedicated runners

For the past several months, my running shoes have been sitting a few feet from my La-Z-Boy recliner, begging me to lace them up and hit the road. Sadly, I have not. I have at least 100 excuses why I have not put them on and taken a lap around my neighborhood.

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Steamboat Springs High School sports face budget shortfall

There is a harsh reality looming for sports at Steamboat Springs High School. Simply put, the game — and the way it’s paid for — is changing. Budget shortfalls have already forced the Steamboat Springs School District to cut nearly $1.9 million from its 2010-11 budget. And the cuts also are making their way into the high school’s athletic department.

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Carnival in Steamboat has new importance

Amid budget cuts, proceeds could provide school with basics

The Spring Into Summer carnival to benefit Strawberry Park Elementary School and Steamboat Springs Middle School starts Thursday. And there may not be a better time. The 2010-11 Steamboat Springs School District budget has been reduced by nearly $1.9 million. Last year’s carnival raised about $8,000, but DeBlasis hopes that number doubles.

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Steamboat woman awarded for strength and will to move on after tragedy

After losing her husband in a car accident, Terry Vande Velde has been trying to maintain a sense of normalcy in Steamboat Springs, for herself and her children. Her compassion and empathy did not escape the notice of her insurance agent, Debbie Aragon, and six years after the crash, Terry Vande Velde was awarded late last month a national State Farm 2010 Embrace Life award.

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Steamboat events stress sustainability

Every Day is Earth Day celebration to highlight local programming

A sure sign of spring in Steamboat is the sight of overstuffed couches, outdated snowboards and mixed dining sets sitting on the edge of the street with a hand-lettered “Free stuff” sign propped against them. Now, Give Your Stuff Away Day is an official holiday in Steamboat. It’s part of a bigger event Saturday — Every Day is Earth Day: Steamboat Celebrates the Planet.

Business File: Morning networking event set for Tuesday

The Chamber is hosting a morning networking event at 8 a.m. Tuesday in City Cafe in Centennial Hall. Chamber members will be able to give a 30-second introduction and interact with other members of the business community.

Steamboat Briefs:Teen Battle of the Bands set for Friday

The seventh annual Teen Battle of the Bands is planned for 9 p.m. Friday at The Steamboat Grand. The event will feature teen bands from Steamboat Springs, Hayden, South Routt and Craig

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Hayden officer to pick up TSA award

Corriveau’s work at YVRA to be recognized during ceremony

Hayden Police Department Officer Ed Corriveau learned last week that he would be awarded by the Transportation Security Administration for his work at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Corriveau said he was shocked and humbled. “It was unexpected,” he said. Those who know him disagree.

Jail Report for May 8 to 14, 2010

Jail Report for May 8 to 14

Lyman Orton: Catamount gating

A vocal minority of homeowners at Catamount Ranch & Club (the golf course area) is agitating to get a “security” gate installed at the entrance. As one of the founders of Catamount, I consider this a slap in the face to the greater Steamboat Springs community and not at all the intent we had in creating the place.

Class Notes: 8th-grader Dustin named a student of excellence

Dustin Andres, an eighth-grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School, has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in math and science. Eighth-grade math and science teacher Mindy Mulliken nominated Dustin.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for May 16

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Kim Fournier. A services is pending.

On the Market: Colorado Group adds design talent to staff

Colorado Group Realty has hired Jessica Leon-Guerrero to oversee design, art work and brand identity for the firm.

Real Estate transactions for May 7 to 13, 2010

Real estate transactions across Routt County for the week of May 7 to 13, 2010

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Elk River ranch hits the real estate market

116-acre property lists for $4.5 million, includes more than a mile of Elk River access

Even in difficult economic times, the chance to own a fishing property on the lower Elk River, fewer than 10 miles from Steamboat, doesn’t come around often. Tony and Karen Connell are banking on that reality.

Best of the Web: Economy

id he really say 5-7 years before construction returns to 2007/2008 levels? Maybe 5-7 years before it returns to a more normal level of like 2003 to 2005. 2007/08 was such a crazy boom that those levels would not be sustainable without a far larger population base.

Our View: Press ‘pause’ on base area

The Steamboat Springs City Council should resist the temptation Tuesday to approve $2.2 million in base area promenade work until the city’s ability to access additional funds and generate enough tax incremental financing to pay off the debt becomes clear.

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7 endangered and threatened species call Routt County home

Seven endangered or threatened species are living in the streams and woods of Routt County, and environmentalists are taking a hard look at how they can help the animals survive.

Paul Potyen: Making the transition

Because of the process of economic globalization, our communities — which have been ravaged by what we call “affluence” — are now at the end of very long and fragile supply chain upon which we depend for even our most essential needs. Our community is vulnerable, exposed and at risk.

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for May 17 to 21

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for May 17 to 21

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 16

Students from Strawberry Park Elementary School visited the Doak Walker Care Center on Wednesday for an art project. The students make the art while the residents watched, and then the students gave away their art at the end of the class.

Local Spotlight: Heather Martyn

Age: 36 Occupation: Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs Place of birth: Houston

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Turning medals into money process is challenging for Spillane, Demong

Looking at Olympic-athletes-turned-international-celebrities such as Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White, it’s easy to think winning a medal on the world’s biggest stage can translate into a lifetime wage. But that’s not always the case. And it hasn’t been, at least so far, for Nordic combined stars Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong.

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April showers bring building flurry across Routt County, so to speak

A spring flurry of building permits for single-family homes may not signal an enduring recovery of the Routt County building market, but it breaks a trend. The Routt County Region­al Building Department reported issuing three permits for new single-family homes in April with an aggregate permit value of about $2.8 million.

Saturday, May 15

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Part of highway to be named after Craig Medal of Honor recipient

The state Senate approved a resolution to name part of Colorado Highway 13 that runs through Moffat County the “Maj. William Adams Medal of Honor Highway.”

Steamboat Nordic combined stars earn big awards

The Steamboat Springs Win­ter Sports Club’s Nordic program, U.S. Nordic combin­ed coach Dave Jarrett and U.S. team members Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick were recognized by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association during an event Friday night in Park City, Utah.

The Record for May 13

12:10 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court where five or six people reportedly were yelling on a balcony. Officers gave the people a warning.

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Steamboat kids key to traveling baseball team’s success

Despite the challenges of making baseball successful in Steamboat, there is a group of seventh- and eighth-graders that is the best in the state.

Routt County building department considers staff cuts

Layoffs pending because of decreased workload, building official says

The ongoing construction slowdown has Routt County Regional Building Department officials again considering staff cuts. While acknowledging that the cuts are being proposed, Building Department offi­cial Carl Dunham declined Fri­day to discuss any details until the issue goes before the Routt County Board of Com­missioners.

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Steamboat's No. 3 doubles team, Swiggart in consolation finals today

If Thursday at the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo was a day the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team was happy to see end, Friday was one it relished. Two of the remaining three teams survived the consolation bracket and will play today for third place.

Steamboat cheerleading performance a fundraiser for uniforms

A fundraising cheerleading performance by the young athletes in Rocky Mountain Cheer is at 11 a.m. today inside the old gymnasium at Steamboat Springs High School.

More Routt County track athletes headed to state

Teams earn more qualifications at regionals

Three Soroco girls relay teams qualified for the state meet along with the boys 3,200-meter relay team and 3 individuals. Hayden got two more qualified for the state meet, but Steamboat athletes must wait for times to be tabulated to find out who is headed to state.

Music recital tonight in Steamboat a fundraiser

Rusthoi, Mrmevska come together for night of music

They may come from different countries, but soprano Keri Rusthoi and pianist Kalina Mrmevska can find more than just common ground with their music. The two will play a benefit recital at 7 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs United Methodist Church.

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Tom Ross: Not just another snakebite story

New pictorial history of Hayden packed with anecdotes

Remember the good old days when Hayden had its own all-woman Ukulele Glee Club? No? During the 1920s, they used to ride around town in the back of an REO Eagle Beak touring car, entertaining the community.

Steamboat briefs: Routt voters can register, update information online

Routt County voters now can register to vote and update their information online, Coun­ty Clerk and Recorder Kay Wein­land said. The link is on the county home page,, above the waving flag.

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Weekend events across Routt County

The Rocky Mountain Dance annual recital is 6:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door; call 970-846-7793. 45 Maple St.

Friday, May 14

Liability issues could block bike track in Oak Creek

Town Board to consult with insurance agent, other small towns

The Oak Creek Town Board found no easy solutions to the liability issue holding up the go-ahead for a pump track and BMX course within town. The town’s insurance carrier, Trident, reportedly said they will not cover a pump and BMX track.

The Record for May 12

8:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a cold report of a hit-and-run crash in the 700 block of Pine Street. A woman reported that she found damage to her garage door where it appeared that a car had backed into it.

Steamboat briefs: Highway Clean-Up Day scheduled for May 22

The fourth annual Highway Clean-Up Day starts with registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m. May 22 on the lawn of the Routt County Courthouse at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Clean­up is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue with prizes at How­el­sen Beach. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants, and bring water, sunscreen, a backpack and work gloves. Register at 870-5588 or

BOCES approves director's retirement

State guidelines allow Toothaker to return for 2 more years

BOCES Executive Director Jane Toothaker will retire July 1 but will return for two years under provisions allowed by the Public Employees’ Retirement Asso­ci­ation. The board on Thurs­day night approved, 5-1, Tooth­aker’s retirement and two-year contract.

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Marimba player to give free community concert tonight in Steamboat

Marimba player Simon Boyar hopes his energy and approach to live performance gets the audience excited tonight during his free community concert at 7 p.m. at Strings Music Pavilion. The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and no tickets are needed.

Steamboat base area group optimistic about summer work

Committee supports partial construction plan as city prepares financial options

The committee guiding redevelopment at the base of Steam­boat Ski Area supported a partial plan Thursday for this summer’s work. The Urban Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend about $2.2 million in spending.

Steamboat boys relay team, jumper nudged to top 18

For several members of the Steamboat Springs High School track and field team, it’s all part of a waiting game now. Competing in Grand Junction on Thursday at the Class 4A Showcase, Steamboat was able to nudge one girl and a boys relay team into the top 18 of their respective events.

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Rocky Mountain Dance recital starts tonight in Steamboat

This weekend’s Rocky Mountain Dance recital starts at 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. The title of this year’s recital reflects Karin Comeau’s view on dance. It’s called “La Vita è Una Danza,” which means “life is a dance” in Italian.

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Jazzjets plan high-energy show in Steamboat

Band performs today with Arts Council singer-songwriter series

Those who venture to the Depot Art Center tonight can expect a high-energy show featuring jazz classics with a fresh twist, Lianne Pyle pledged. The lead vocalist of Lianne and the Jazzjets said her band would reintroduce classic jazz standards, such as songs by Ella Fitzgerald, in arrangements all its own.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for May 14 to 20

David Newman, chant musician and Nutone recording artist, unites the worlds of Western rock and folk music with that of Eastern, Indian kirtan call-and-response chants. He’s touring to promote his CD, “To Be Home,” and will play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Yoga Center of Steamboat. Tickets are $20 in advance.

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Swiggart’s run to semifinals is highlight for Steamboat tennis

Steamboat Springs High School's Kylee Swiggart survived a tough, three-set quarterfinals match and was the only Sailors tennis player to advance to play today in the semifinal round of the state tournament. The squad’s other five entries in the season-ending tournament all lost in the first or second round.

Steamboat Springs Running Series set to start with 5K, 10K races

The 2010 Steamboat Springs Running Series kicks off Satur­­day with the 25th annual Spirit Challenge. The race features 5- and 10-kilometer races, both of which begin at 10 a.m. at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Runners can preregister at until 5 p.m. today or at Ski Haus until noon today.

Hayden track team qualifies several more athletes for state

The Hayden High School track and field team already had three athletes qualify for the state track and field meet. On Thursday, on the first day of the regional track meet in Grand Junction, the Tigers qualified several more and are in a good position to qualify even more heading into today’s finals.

Soroco track team shows well in Grand Junction

David Bruner is in his fourth year as track and field coach for Soroco High School, and he doesn’t think the Rams have had as good an opening day of the regional track meet as they did Thursday in Grand Junction.

‘Rookie Day’ hopes to rein in riders

Wendy Lind hopes Saturday’s National Reining Horse Asso­ciation “Rookie Day” will draw an enthusiastic group of riders who are ready to learn about reining. “Rookie Day” begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The first part of the day features a clinic where riders will learn a variety of maneuvers, including slide stops, spins, circles and lead changes, critical in the sport of reining.

Community Agriculture Alliance: 2-day meeting, expo events begin today

Northwest Colorado Products to provide diverse programming

Northwest Colorado Products plans to provide something for everyone today and Saturday during its annual meeting and expo. The two days of events begin at 5 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center with the organization’s annual meeting, featuring the inaugural presentation of the Ann Copeland Emerging Producer Award and a “What’s in Our Foodshed?” community forum.

Thursday, May 13

Moffat County Commission reviewing letters for TMH board

Three Craig residents have placed their bid for a vacant position on The Memorial Hospital board.

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Riders to pedal 30 miles from Craig to Maybell

John Jepkema has been pedaling from Craig to Maybell every spring for the past 15 years.

Oak Creek to consider Bicycle track, flea market tonight

The town of Oak Creek will have a chance to improve two public spaces and promote youth-friendly activities, and both items are on the agenda for tonight’s regular meeting. The town is considering the creation of a bicycle track on public land and a summer flea market at the Oak Creek Ice Rink.

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Lori Fournier remembers sister Kimberly

Lori: Kimberly was a free spirit with amazing energy

Lori Fournier described her sister, Kimberly, as a free spirit with amazing energy, who was vibrant, personable and loved life. Kimberly, 41, was killed in a rollover wreck Satur­day evening north of Hayden.

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Health care changes could crowd YVMC in Steamboat

Hospital leader expresses concern about increased demand for services

Yampa Valley Medical Cen­ter CEO Karl Gills expanded Wednesday on his concerns that federal health care legislation could raise costs and cause an overflow of demand at the Steamboat Springs hospital.

The Record for May 11, 2010

Tuesday, May 11

Steamboat Briefs: Dance workshops set for this weekend in Steamboat

Steamboat Dance Theatre presents “Spring Training DANCE Workshops” from Friday to Sunday featuring guest teachers from BreakEFX dance crew and Jenny Schiff. Classes offered include hip-hop, breaking, jazz and contemporary.

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Routt County track teams prepare for final regular season meets

The Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat Springs track teams will head to Grand Junction today with one goal in mind — making the most of a final chance to qualify athletes for the state track tournament.

Work planned for Oak Creek community garden

Organizers hope to create garden beds during weekend workdays

The framework of about 35 fence posts is planted around the Oak Creek Community Garden, and despite the rainy weather, organizer Chloe Hartstein hopes to get the extra-long flowerbeds in place by the end of a two-day weekend work session.

BOCES to present end-of-year reserve at meeting tonight

Board members also set to consider 2010-11 budget

BOCES Executive Director Jane Toothaker will present board members tonight with a 2009-10 projected end-of-year reserve of more than $75,000. The reserve is the result of cost-saving measures implemented after the BOCES revealed it had overspent its 2008-09 budget by more than $317,000.

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Brent Boyer: Addressing online civility

Steamboat resident Paul Hughes’ letter to the editor (“Require identities”) Wednesday was well-timed. Web anonymity and civility is a subject being debated in news organizations across the country.

Steamboat's JV baseball swings for the future

The Steamboat Springs High School junior varsity baseball team’s season came to an end Saturday in Craig with a pair of wins against Eagle Valley. Baker said the team finished its season with a 4-3 record and played a pretty full season despite the wet spring weather.

Steamboat relaxes building permit renewal rules, fees

Committee adds $200 extension fee for older permits

The Building Department Administrative Oversight Com­mittee agreed Wednesday to allow people who pulled building permits between 2001 and 2007 to extend those permits annually for $200 instead of the previously announced fee.

Wednesday, May 12

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Fall paving likely in downtown Steamboat

Wet weather delays project until Monday; spokeswoman calls June 30 completion “highly unlikely”

Wet weather has postponed paving and excavation work on Lincoln Avenue until Monday, and a project spokeswoman said the additional delay makes completion of the project by June 30 “highly unlikely.”

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Routt County students pitch in on Global Youth Service Day

Activities were a part of worldwide event

About 90 sixth- through eighth-graders put down their pencils and picked up brushes Tuesday afternoon to help paint Hayden Middle School’s hallways and classrooms. The activity was part of Global Youth Service Day, which encourages youths to participate in service projects.

Steamboat briefs: FEMA emergency food, shelter funds available

A national board, chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, has selected the Northern Rockies jurisdiction to receive $41,657 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Routt, Eagle, Pitkin, Summit, Grand and Jackson counties. A local board will determine how funds are to be distributed among local agencies providing emergency food and/or shelter programs that have applied for funding. The local board is seeking applications from agencies that are a private, voluntary nonprofit group or unit of government; are eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; are non-discriminatory; and have a voluntary board.

Marie Matta: A dangerous step

I am writing in response to Omar M. Campbell’s letter of May 5, 2010, “Follow Arizona,” in which he applauds Arizona’s new law (SB 1070) for dealing with illegal immigration. I am deeply troubled by the expressions of support that this measure appears to have received. I agree that the issue of illegal immigration has long been urgent, and like many citizens, I am disappointed that the Obama administration has not given immigration a higher priority on the agenda of national reform.

Paul Hughes: Require identities

It’s time for the Steamboat Pilot & Today to require an authenticated identity from anyone submitting an online comment to an article or letter appearing in the newspaper. I had been slowly coming around to that opinion, and the recent string of comments about Omar Campbell’s letter to the editor (“Follow Arizona”) put an end to any lingering uncertainties that I might have had. It was a sad, dismaying discussion of what could have been an important topic.

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Former Yampa EMT to get award

Bobbie Vetter to be presented with state EMS award Friday

After serving on local and state advisory boards for much of her career, the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado will award Bobbie Vetter the Francis Mildred Roth Women in EMS Award on Friday.

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Jimmy Westlake: Why the crow is black

Winging his way across our springtime sky is a delightful little constellation named Corvus the Crow. The four main stars of Corvus form an unmistakable kite-shaped pattern located one-third of the way up in our southern sky around 10 p.m. in mid-May.

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Steamboat's Saddleback Ranch gets OK for ATV tours

Commissioners grant ranch a permit for vehicle rides

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to grant Wayne and Luanna Iacovetto, of Saddleback Ranch near Milner, a special-use permit to add ATV tours to the other ranch-based recreational activities they offer.

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Milner dispensary gets conditional OK

Facility conditionally approved; state pot bill sent to committee

A medical marijuana dispensary planned for Milner recently received a tentative approval from the Routt County Planning Commission, but before owner Chris Ward can open for business he must complete a list of 17 changes to the building.

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Steamboat girls tennis team preps for state

Girls hope for strong showing in early rounds at Pueblo tourney

On the eve of a 9 a.m. start at the state tennis tournament Thursday in Pueblo, the question is how well a young Steamboat squad can do among the elite. Steamboat brings back some state experience in Kylee Swiggart, Mandy Thielemann, Sara Bearss, Lauren Siegel and Ali Diehl.

The Record for May 10

12:24 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an argument between a man and a woman in the Steamboat Springs area. Officers mediated the situation and separated the couple.

Forum to assess health care impacts in Steamboat

Event features speakers addressing new bill’s effects on businesses

A forum today is intended to help local employers unravel potential impacts of the federal health care overhaul that was made law this year.

Verleen Tucker: Ultimate sacrifice

When my older relatives left Northwest Colorado, I began the trek on Memorial Day to the Craig Cemetery to lay flowers at Pvt. Norman Foster’s headstone. My mother’s brother. An uncle I never met.

Steamboat economist weighs recession

Ford: Routt County likely fared better than most during the worst of times

A diverse economy allowed Routt County to weather the worst of the recession better than most areas, a local economist said Tuesday, adding that financial forecasts appear to be brightening.

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Steamboat students learn backcountry lessons from Search and Rescue

Elementary students learn how to be found if they’re lost

Staying put is the most important thing children can do if they get lost in the wilderness. That was the key message Routt County Search and Rescue’s Darrel Levingston told a group of first- through fifth-grade Strawberry Park Ele­mentary School Montessori students Monday during the annual “Hug a Tree” presentation.

Our View: Staying on top of economic development

The future of Steamboat Springs Airport popped into the public eye last week, after a Texas company proposed building as many as eight executive airplane hangars at the city site. City staff members supported the proposal, but the Steamboat Springs City Council opted instead to table it.

Tuesday, May 11

Steamboat soccer falls in 1st round of playoffs

26th-seeded Sailors girls lose, 8-0, to Golden on the road

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team started strong Tuesday at Golden before falling, 8-0. The weather didn’t help either team. The rain held off during warm-ups, but it started drizzling around kickoff. By the time the game got going, both teams had to trudge through a downpour.

The Record for May 8, 2010

Saturday, May 8

County could owe $16K to West Routt Fire Protection District

Error in tax collections left West Routt Fire short funds in 2009

The Routt County Board of Commissioners on Monday asked its legal department to research an error in tax collections that left the West Routt Fire Protection District short $16,289 in 2009 property tax revenues.

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Turn lanes added to speed downtown Steamboat traffic

Lincoln Avenue construction project is 2.5 weeks behind schedule, CDOT spokeswoman says

The intersections where Linc­oln Avenue meets Third and 12th streets will have designated left-turn lanes for eastbound traffic after construction work resulted in significant backups in both directions Monday.

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Tom Ross: Solitude in Little Yampa Canyon

We didn’t bash through any Class III rapids in Little Yampa Canyon during the weekend, but we glimpsed eaglets in their nests and spooked owls from their daytime roosts. Those wildlife encounters were enough to make the weekend worthwhile, but we also enjoyed some great companionship and memorable meals during the 33-mile float from just south of Craig to the historic hamlet of Lay.

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Whiteman Primary receives a violin from November visitor

Haskell Solomon, an 85-year-old musician from Los Angeles, visited Steamboat Springs in November and made a trip to see the Lowell Whiteman Primary School and meet with its students. Haskell said he was so moved by the kindness of the people he met and so impressed with the students’ musical ability that he wanted to make a donation — a 200-year-old German violin.

Upper Yampa conservancy district forming mission statement amid regional demands

Water pressure rising

A regional water supplier is formalizing its future goals as pressure for water mounts on both sides of the Continental Divide. The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District already has announced plans to raise Stagecoach Reservoir in South Routt County, adding nearly 3,200 acre-feet of water storage capacity to the reservoir’s existing 33,275 acre-feet. Work on that project will begin this summer.

The Record for May 9, 2010

Sunday, May 9

Steamboat Brief: Drug manufacturer recalls medicines for children

A national drug manufacturer recalled several children’s liquid medicines May 1, and local businesses and schools are spreading the word to get rid of those products.

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No bikes allowed at new Steamboat skatepark

Use limited to skateboarders, inline skaters because of wear issues

Now that the new concrete skatepark in Steamboat Springs finally is open, City Parks Supervisor Ernie Jenkins hopes users will bring a renewed sense of enthusiasm, their best tricks and their skateboards. But the city requests that cyclists leave their bikes at home. It’s a new rule that caught a few local cyclists off guard, but one that Jenkins thinks will extend the life of the park.

Steamboat sex assault case results delayed

CBI office in Grand Junction faces backlog in DNA analysis

The Steamboat Springs Police Department doesn’t have much to work with in the investigation of a reported sexual assault from October, the lead detective said Monday.

Monday, May 10

Haymaker scheduled to open to golfers today

City-owned course is in great shape, golf pro says. But Mother Nature may have other ideas in store for this week. The plan is to open the pro shop at 8:30 a.m. The course will start accommodating golfers at 9 a.m., weather permitting.

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Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat preparing for summer

Wild Horse open for appointments; resumes regular hours May 18

Wild Horse Gallery is preparing for a busy summer season, with several shows planned for coming months. A news brief published on page 10 of Monday’s Steamboat Today incorrectly stated that Wild Horse Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs is closed. The gallery at 802 Lincoln Ave. will resume its regular hours May 18.

Co-worker: Hayden woman who died in rollover was an animal lover

Autopsy planned today for Kimberly Fournier

Kimberly Fournier, the Hay­den woman who died in a rollover north of the town Saturday evening, had a couple of cats and a couple of dogs, HiWay Bar kitchen manager Brian Brittingham said.

Steamboat Brief: The Click closes its doors

The Click has closed its doors, but its owner was not available for comment last week.

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Boniface wins at Lakewood bike race

Kelly Boniface opened the eyes of hundreds of Front Range riders Saturday. She said she even surprised herself a little. Riding in just her second race of the year, Boniface won the Front Range 50, a 50-mile endurance mountain bike race in Lakewood, which sent riders on five 10-mile circuits at Bear Creek Lake Regional Park.

Information not available for The Record for May 8

The Steamboat Today is not able to provide The Record or daily police call log today. Routt County Communications Director Tim McMenamin said Sunday that no supervisor was on duty to review Saturday’s police call log and redact protected information, so he could not authorize release of the document.

Parking, paving changes in Steamboat today

Downtown traffic patterns shifting with new policies, construction

New downtown parking regulations take place today, and the repaving project is scheduled to move east down Lincoln Avenue.

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Grant allows Hayden High School to buy cameras students can use in class

Hayden High School art teacher Susan Koehler wanted to challenge her students. So she assigned her juniors and seniors with a sociopolitical project that required them to choose any issue — local or global — they are passionate about.

Steamboat girls soccer team ready for playoffs

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will face an uphill battle when it opens its postseason Tuesday. The Sailors are seeded 26th in the 32-team state soccer tournament, and they open play against No. 7 Golden.

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Hayden High School's Chris Zirkle has eyes on state

Accomplished Hayden junior ready to push self at regionals

Chris Zirkle has had about as good a junior year of high school as he could have imagined. Hayden High School's Zirkle has already pre-qualified for the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood in the 3,200-meter run and is hoping to punch his ticket in the 1,600-meter run Thursday and Friday at the regional track meet in Grand Junction.

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Luke Graham: Next step? A playoff victory

If there is one thing to be said about Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse, it’s that the program has grown and improved every year. On the surface, losing in the first round in each of the past two seasons — Steamboat’s first two ventures into the state playoffs — might suggest the program didn’t improve much. But this year's loss was much different.

Aging Well: Friendly faces, helping hands

An illness, injury or disability seriously can affect a person’s emotional well-being. While contending with challenges of daily living, they often grieve loss of independence and fear moving into a long-term care facility. If they are housebound, they are at risk for isolation, loneliness and depression. Regular visits from a compassionate helper and friend can make all the difference for a person in this situation.

Deb Babcock: Good soil produces happy plants

In all of the master gardener classes offered by Colorado State University through the Routt County Cooperative Extension Office, one point that is stressed is the importance of preparing soil for your plants.

Monday Medical: Pilates can help give pain relief

Most of us will experience some form of lower back pain during our lives. When such pain strikes, it may come as a sharp pain from a sudden injury, as a passing twinge or as a constant ache. In any of these scenarios, back pain can limit your life. The good news is that you can diminish back pain with a strong self-care program.

Sunday, May 9

The Jail Report for May 1 to 7

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.

Sara Burnett: Thanks to a stranger

I was driving from Vail to Denver in Sunday’s snowstorm when I got a flat tire just east of Silverthorne. It was too dangerous to pull over, so I slowly made my way to a gas station in Georgetown. I was alone, and I knew I couldn’t change the tire on my SUV by myself. So I called a friend who was about an hour away, sat in my car and waited.

School lunch menus for May 9 to 14

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for May 9

Happy birthday wishes to Casey Potter, Jim Reiser, Hollie Sutton, Mel Hoffman, Nathan Svoboda, Tanner Copeland, Amy D. Williams and Joe Camilletti.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 9

An 85th birthday party for Louise Iacovetto was held on April 24 at Ladies Aid Hall in Yampa. A big crowd showed up, and Louise wanted to say thanks to everyone for showing up and for the nice cards.

Class Notes: Soda Creek’s Ford Louden earns national math honor

Ford Louden, a second-grader at Soda Creek Elemen­tary School, won a regional award last week from the Continental Math League, Gifted and Talented teacher Tracy Stoddard said.

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Fire manager to provide mitigation in Stagecoach

Free services to include tree removal, education for homeowners

The tinder surrounding Stage­coach is alarming to Greg Gris­would. Starting as the fire mitigation crew supervisor with the Oak Creek Fire Protection Dis­trict, one of his first tasks was to survey the beetle-killed pine that surrounds the Stage­coach area. From there, Gris­would and a fire mitigation team will offer free services to Stagecoach residents with the goal of creating “defensible space” around each home.

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Positive behavior reaps rewards at Hayden Valley Elementary

Hayden students participate in treasure hunt as incentive

Hayden Valley Elementary School students darted toward an area behind the school where the grass grows a bit longer. They were on a treasure hunt. The hunt was an incentive for the students’ participation in the school’s Positive Behavior Support program. The program awards students for things such as walking quietly in the hall, raising their hands and being respectful.

Local Spotlight: Suzi Mariano

Age: 34 Occupation: Public information coordinator for VNA Place of birth: Detroit

Real Estate transactions for April 30 to May 6, 2010

Real Estate transactions in Routt County for the week of April 30 to May 6, 2010

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Federal loan program lands Steamboat woman in a house of her own

Jackie Kuusinen, 27, never dreamed that she would be able to purchase a single-family home in her hometown. Then the Steamboat Springs real estate market turned, and she obtained a favorable U.S. Department of Agriculture no-down-payment loan.

On the Market: Aspen doctor forced to put home on market

Scott Condon, of The Aspen Times, reports that the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority is forcing an Aspen doctor to put his deed-restricted home on the market because he no longer meets residency requirements. It could be yours for $1.45 million. It’s appraised for taxes at $1.36 million.

Our View: City made right move on base area

In the most recent twist, the city of Steamboat Springs signed off on a deal Friday with U.S. Bank that will remove a notice of default on the loan while also freeing up some funds for the promenade project scheduled to take place this summer. Significantly, any work to be completed this summer will be done without additional financial backing from the city. And that’s as it should be.

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Senior living campus plan progresses in Steamboat

Site preparation could begin this summer, Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO says

City officials this month are reviewing an application to subdivide a 12.13-acre parcel east of Casey’s Pond on Steamboat Springs’ south side that could begin the transformation into a senior living campus as soon as this summer. YVMC CEO Karl Gills said Thursday that he hopes to move dirt to begin site preparation for the senior campus this summer with construction in 2011.

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Steamboat's JV program marks new effort in girls lacrosse

Growing lacrosse

The last decade has seen lacrosse sweep into Steamboat Springs like the Beatles into America. Girls lacrosse, meanwhile, has lagged behind. That changed this spring with a new junior varsity program, coached by Betsy Frick.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse falls just short in playoffs

Boys lacrosse defeated by Fairview, 10-9, in playoffs

Sixteenth-seeded Steamboat fell behind early against No. 17 Fairview and fought back only to see Fairview’s Dylan Davie score the game-winner with 35 seconds left in the game, giving the Knights a 10-9 win. That in essence was the game. The two teams lived up to their seedings and were evenly matched throughout.

John F. Russell: Passing on a love for the game

I owe my dad a huge apology. When I was growing up, he always encouraged me to play the game of golf. He gave me my first set of hand-me-down clubs, he drove my friends and me to the course on weekdays, and we normally would play golf every Sunday or whenever he had a chance to get on the course with me. He loved the game and wanted to share it with me.

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Focus already starting to turn to Steamboat Triathlon in August

Molly Killien said the long bike rides and hard runs were difficult. The laps in the pool were grueling, and the 5 a.m. alarms were simply miserable. She said it all paid off nine months ago when she competed in and finished the Steamboat Triathlon, her first time in any such race. And that’s some of the sensation she’ll be chasing this Aug. 29 again in the triathlon.

Joel Reichenberger: Policy change hurts track

Track meets can be long, strung out and, with so much happening in so many places, almost impossible to cover for a newspaper reporter. Still, they’ve long been at the top of my list of things to cover. I love working outside, and I love the controlled chaos and the unexpected great performances. I love track. That’s why it hurts so much to see state turn away from what was, simply put, a brilliant qualification system for the state track meet.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Little League now is seeking donations

Steamboat Springs Little League is raising money to improve the quality of the fields and get better equipment for players. Donations of cash and materials are being accepted. To donate money, call Phil Pagliaro at 970-590-7076. To donate materials, call Pat McElhiney at 970-846-8734. Donations are tax-deductible.

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Regional businesses banking on biomass

Routt County companies show faith in struggling industry

At a South Routt County store that is one of the plant’s customers, pellet sales have been blazing all winter. Twentymile Coal Co. contracted its home coal distribution to Bower Brothers Construction in Craig. Jules Palyo, co-owner of Flat Tops Ranch Supply, said many customers have told him that made it much harder to access quality coal. And it’s definitely boosted his business.

Business File: Chamber to host health care forum Wednesday

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will host a forum Wednesday about new health care legislation and how it could affect local businesses.

Voting district areas in Routt County a puzzle

Boundaries must be tweaked in 2011

Under Colorado statutes, Routt County is governed by three county commissioners, each from a distinct geographical region of the county. But look a little closer, and it quickly becomes apparent that the potential exists today for all three county commissioners to live in the city limits.

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Steamboat base area property values uncertain

Projections aplenty for property worth after redevelopment work

After a tumultuous week for the city’s finance department, which reached a deal late Thursday with U.S. Bank after an April 19 default notice that rocked Steamboat’s plans for summer construction at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, many questions remain about the redevelopment’s financing and future.

The Record for May 7

4:33 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to reports of a bear in Riverside Plaza. The bear ran away when the officer arrived.

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Steamboat 7th-grader raises money to buy headstones for veterans

Gone but not forgotten

Reina Salky, a seventh-grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School, learned that 11 military veterans buried in Steamboat didn’t have headstones. She decided to raise money to pay for headstones, like the ones issued by the VA, to replace white crosses at the gravesites now.

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Soroco, Hayden athletes have strong individual finishes at Kremmling event

The Soroco High School girls track team has made its name with its relays for the past several years, but entering the 2010 season, it seemed right to question the squad’s ability to keep up that dominance. The Rams returned two of their stalwarts from last year’s stable of relay specialists, but a pair of freshmen have emerged to fill the gaps, and they helped the team cash in at the Western Slope League track meet at West Grand High School.

Maggie Glueck: Bittersweet ending

William Carlos Williams, an American poet and writer, titled one of his most celebrated poems “This is Just to Say.” Following his example, I also just want to say thank you for the incredible opportunities and joys I have had for the past 28 years as a teacher in the Steamboat Springs School District. My classroom has been a setting that has allowed me to constantly create and challenge myself to be the best teacher and person I could be; my students were the dynamic characters who never failed to surprise me with their knowledge, insight and compassion.

Best of the Web: Base area finance deal

■ It seems to me to be a reasonable step. We certainly ought to consider other financing options as well. And if in the end posting additional security seems a favorable option, it need not necessarily be from reserves. Other types of financial instruments can be used.

Saturday, May 8

Woman killed in wreck near Hayden

Hayden resident Kimberly Fournier was killed Saturday evening in a one-vehicle rollover wreck north of Hayden, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

Steamboat lacrosse loses playoff game

Boys edged out by Fairview, 10-9, in first round

Sixteenth-seeded Steamboat fell behind early against No. 17 Fairview and fought back only to see Fairview’s Dylan Davie score the game winner with 35 seconds left in the game, giving the Knights a 10-9 win.

Steamboat briefs: More downtown paving planned for next week

The Colorado Department of Transportation provided an update Friday about U.S. Highway 40 construction in downtown Steamboat Springs. Overnight paving started Tuesday on Phase 2, from 11th Street to Ninth Street. Paving on the second half of phase three, from Ninth to Seventh streets, will start as soon as Monday evening, weather permitting.

No decision has been made in the Loggers Lane case in Steamboat

The District Attorney’s Offi­ce is awaiting final results from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office before making any decisions about filing charges in the Loggers Lane case.

Steamboat police have truck case suspects

Steamboat detectives plan to interview men in coming weeks

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers have identified two suspects in the investigation surrounding a stolen pickup and trailer that crashed just outside of town.

Community band to play movie hits in Steamboat

Free show Monday will challenge audience to identify songs

Mark Rasmussen wouldn’t say what the Yampa Valley Community Band would be playing Monday — he doesn’t want to give anything away. The band’s second concert will feature movie songs and a “name that tune” competition for the audience at the Depot Art Center.

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Steamboat lacrosse opens playoffs today at Gardner Field

The No. 16-seed Sailors open their second trip to the state playoffs at 2 p.m. today at Gardner Field against No. 17 Fairview. And although they may not have said it at the beginning of the year, the team’s real goal was to be the first Steamboat team to win a postseason game.

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Theater Review: Cabaret splits a few sides

Performance features music, parody, sweet dance moves

One of the strengths of Cabaret is the element of surprise. As often as not, a glance through the program reveals almost nothing about the real topic of a sketch or song. You can try to guess if you like. Sketch titles include “Some,” “Best Shot,” “Scramblin’ Man” and “Lady are you Okay?”

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Steamboat groups create daylong course for county 7th-graders

Because the seventh-grade year is an important part of social development, Advocates Build­ing Peaceful Communities organized a day at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for all of the seventh-graders in Routt County.

Steamboat votes 'yes’ to US Bank deal

Promenade construction at Steamboat base area still on hold

City officials voted unanimously Friday to support a plan that would allow them to spend the first $2.5 million of $5 million in bond proceeds but require them to leave the balance of the construction fund in a separate account until U.S. Bank is reassured urban renewal revenues will cover the debt or the city is able to negotiate new loan terms.

Events happening in Routt County

Events happening in Routt County this week

Friday, May 7

City says 'yes' to US Bank deal

However, promenade construction at ski area base still on hold

City officials voted unanimously Friday to accept a new deal with U.S. Bank that would free up $2.5 million for construction of the base area promenade this summer. But that doesn’t mean the work will begin immediately. Agreement appears to eliminate default notice from April, but council president warns against moving forward with base area improvements until analysis of Urban Renewal Authority revenues is complete.

Steamboat girls soccer is playoff bound after 3-0 win

Steamboat’s victory secures spot

Faced with the possibility of not making the state playoffs, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team took care of business Friday night at Centaurus. The team needed a win to assure a spot in the playoffs. Thanks to three second-half goals by senior Emi Birch, the Sailors walked away with a 3-0 win and a no-doubt berth.

Steamboat tennis picks up 6th consecutive regionals title

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team unleashed what coach John Aragon termed one of its best-ever days of tennis Friday in Grand Junction, crushing its opponents to win a sixth consecutive regional championship.

Rollingstone golf course to open Saturday

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club is scheduled to open nine holes at noon Saturday. If the weather cooperates, Rollingstone Director of Golf Brian Thorne said, the entire course could open Monday.

Moffat County commission interviews candidates for attorney job

Moffat County is a step closer to knowing who will serve as its next attorney.

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Hayden grad earns Co-Freshman of the Year award with Mines

Jordan Williams, a 2008 Hayden High School graduate, was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Co-Freshman of the Year. Williams hit .329 while knocking in 14 runs at Colorado School of Mines.

The Record for May 5

The Record for May 5

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Steamboat Springs Airport eyes executive hangars

City Council tables action after discussing airports future growth

A proposal for executive hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport renewed discussions this week about how the facility should expand in the future and whether its fixed-base operations should be privatized. City staff supported a proposal to build as many as eight executive hangars. Steam­boat Springs City Council, however, voted, 4-3, on Tuesday to postpone action until June 1.

Steamboat Sailors basketball team to host youth camp

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team will host a basketball camp Monday through Thursday for players in fifth through eighth grades. The $40 cost includes a basketball.

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Program to teach Steamboat teens about court

Grand Futures to present symposium with police, justice officials

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition hopes to teach Routt County teens about the juvenile justice system the easy way — without them going through it first. Grand Futures is teaming up with local law enforcement for a symposium from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A Steamboat Cardboard Classic of a different sort

Old Town Hot Springs’ inaugural boat race set for next week

Tasked with helping fifth-grade students build a cardboard boat designed for two that actually floats, science teacher Scott Furgueson at first was stumped. The boat building is part of Old Town Hot Springs’ inaugural Cardboard Classic Boat Race, designed to teach students about design and science dealing with buoyancy, structure strength and team work.

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Retail space at Sundance post office in Steamboat to remain closed

PO boxes will stay in place for now at Sundance Plaza post office

The retail space in the Sun­dance Plaza post office will remain closed after the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission ruled against an appeal of its closing. The commission said that because the retail services were moving 1.3 miles down the road, to the main Steamboat Springs post office, the decision to stop most services at Sundance Plaza was not considered a closing.

Steamboat briefs: Community Roots Garden workday is set for Saturday

A Steamboat Springs Community Roots Garden workday is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. RSVP to Caitlyn at or 860-309-2871. Food is provided; wear outdoor work clothes and bring work gloves and tools, if possible.

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First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat

Today is the First Friday Artwalk across downtown Steamboat Springs. Many venues offer refreshments, and shows go from 5 to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Steamboat Eggs 2 Ovaries fundraiser ongoing

This year’s Eggs 2 Ovaries ovarian cancer benefit's goal remains the same. The fundraiser, which dedicates proceeds to education, awareness and support for ovarian cancer efforts in the Yampa Valley, will have eggs on display at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for May 7 to 13

The Rock the Arts festival features visual, performance, instrumental and vocal art from Steamboat Springs High School students today and Saturday. Admission is two nonperishable food items for LIFT-UP of Routt County.

Thursday, May 6

Steamboat officials reach base area deal with bank

Agreement allows release of $2.5 million to start work as talks continue

City officials reached a deal with U.S. Bank late Thursday that will allow the release of $2.5 million to start work at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, pending the deal’s approval in a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at Centennial Hall.

Steamboat girls tennis close to 6th regional title

4 matches vs. Vail Mountain to decide champion today

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team put six of its seven entries in regional finals matches at Thursday's competition in Grand Junction. With one more good round of tennis today, the girls can wrap up their sixth consecutive team regional championship.

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‘True athletes’ coming to Craig

Special Olympians competing Saturday at Moffat County High School

When more than 100 Western Slope Special Olympians gather Saturday at the Moffat County High School track, they will assemble with a common goal.

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Training sessions to help volunteers broach depression, suicide with teens

Suicide and depression are difficult topics to broach in any conversation, but with teenagers the challenge is necessary, local mental health professionals say. About 15 Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide members will learn how to bring the message to youths.

Steamboat Sailors’ Keegan Burger wins tennis tournament

Steamboat Springs High School junior Keegan Burger won the 18-and-under Rolling Hills Junior Indoor Open tennis tournament in Golden during the weekend.

Steamboat girls JV lacrosse team ends season at home

Aleigh Aurin scored twice for Steamboat Springs and Olivia Gorr once, but it wasn’t enough, and the Sailors’ junior varsity girls lacrosse team dropped its season finale at home, losing, 10-3, to Battle Mountain on Wednesday night.

Steamboat officials question bank notice

Base area adviser says US Bank playing rough; city exploring other lenders, options

As the city opens talks with other lenders for its $17.5 million base area redevelopment loan, a leading adviser of the project called U.S. Bank’s default notice a heavy-handed, ethically questionable ploy that should not stall this summer’s work.

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Steamboat girls soccer falls to Glenwood, 3-1

Glenwood avenges earlier loss to Steamboat with victory

The outcome in no way factored into the 4A Western Slope League title race, but that didn’t matter much to Glenwood Springs’ girls soccer team. A win against Steamboat Springs is always a big deal.

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Benefit to help Hayden's Morrison family

Funds from dinner to assist with Logan Morrison’s medical bills

Katresha Morrison said the Hayden community has rallied around her family since her son Logan’s diagnosis of Burkitt’s lymphoma in December. Now it’s Hayden Valley Elementary School’s turn.

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Steamboat OKs $75K for marketing

Chamber, Mainstreet get excess 2009 funds for events, promotions

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted, 5-2, to give $75,000, which comes from a pool of excess 2009 funds, to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association for a summer marketing package promoting downtown events presented to the City Council in April.

Weather takes toll on Routt County track teams

Squads hope break in rain leads to better marks

The spring’s tumultuous weather had the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high school track teams slugging through another cold and windy meet, this one the Clint Wells Invitational at Moffat County High School in Craig.

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Steamboat girls tennis enters regional tourney as team to beat

The bottom line is results always breed expectations. So although the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team enters today and Friday’s regional tournament in Grand Junction with questions abounding, the Sailors still enter the tournament as the team to beat.

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Cool weather puts spring Yampa River flow on ice in Steamboat

The Yampa River was flirting with a record low Wednesday where it flows beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat Springs. But the scarcity of water has less to do with the winter’s low snowfall total than it does with a cold start to spring.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden council to consider repealing license ordinance

The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider tonight whether to remove the town ordinance that requires license fees for plumbers and drain layers.

The Record for May 4

9:28 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man on a warrant at the police station in the 800 block of Yampa Street.

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Steamboat artist to discuss role landscape painters played in conservation

Artist Joan Hoffmann has spent the past 37 years painting Western landscapes in watercolors and oils. Today, she’ll present a 7 p.m. slideshow of her paintings while engaging the audience in a philosophical conversation about the role artists have played in the conservation of public lands.

Education Fund Board request up for 2nd reading

Approval could provide $50K for Steamboat counselor

The Education Fund Board will hear a second reading for a Steamboat Springs School District counselor. The Educational Excellence Commission is scheduled to present the request June 2 to the Fund Board.

Wednesday, May 5

Haymaker opens driving range

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club is scheduled to open Saturday

The driving range at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat opened Tuesday. The range and pitching areas are all open, with the putting green slated to open Thursday or Friday.

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Steamboat girls soccer moves 1 step closer to a playoff spot with win

It wasn’t pretty, and oftentimes it was sloppy, but the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team did its job and moved one step closer to wrapping up a playoff spot Tuesday with a 6-3 win against Delta at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

Steamboat baseball comes up short in Eagle, ends season

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team lost a pair of games Tuesday in Eagle Valley, falling 5-3 and 11-6, finishing the season at 4-15 overall and 3-10 in the Western Slope League.

Routt County fire officials remind residents about burn permit process

Officials say beetle-killed trees may result in more open burns

The beetle-killed pines trees across much of Routt County could create a new group of property owners looking to clear their land by burning the lumber. And the prospect of having so many first-timers lighting piles of wood on fire has prompted Routt County fire officials to remind residents about the necessary permits and the best weather conditions for conducting open burns.

Steamboat's Education Fund Board to consider new request for school counselor

Educational Excellence Commission to present 1st reading for elementary school position

The Education Fund Board will consider the first reading to fund a counselor for the Steamboat Springs School District. The Board last month approved second readings, granting all requests — totaling $2.2 million — from the Educational Excellence and Technology/Capital commissions.

Steamboat Springs delays base area decision amid loan issue

Bank negotiations to continue for base area loan; Duckels contract stalled

City officials on Tuesday postponed action on base area redevelopment work until May 18 while they negotiate with U.S. Bank and explore other financial options in the wake of a default notice on the project’s $17.5 million loan.

The Record for May 3, 2010

Monday, May 3

Michael J. Mitchell: Colorado’s rivers

The recent debate about Colorado House Bill 1188, legislation pitting floaters rights against landowner’s rights, misses the real issue that should concern everyone who values the state’s environment: the degradation of Colorado’s river and stream habitats.

Steamboat Briefs: Yampa Town Board to talk about road issues tonight

The Yampa Town Board is scheduled to hear a host of road-related measures during its meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Yampa Town Hall.

Paul Bonnifield: Historic concrete

When the old concrete recently found on Lincoln Avenue was new, it fed over a hundred desperate families and it shouldered the future of a struggling little mountain community.

Our View: Additional officer could help traffic

Construction delays aren’t fun for anyone. The repaving project on Lincoln Avenue through downtown Steamboat Springs has caused frustration and, in some cases, flared tempers. To mitigate the problem, Steamboat police officers and Colorado State Patrol troopers are working overtime to guide traffic at several intersections that have traffic lights.

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Routt County group plans road education effort

‘Share the road’ signs set to debut in ranch country

If you find yourself traveling through Pleasant Valley on Routt County Road 18 this summer, there’s a good chance you’ll spy a bright green banner urging you to share the road. Don’t be surprised if the banner is attached to a large round bale of hay or a barbed wire fence.

Omar M. Campbell: Follow Arizona

Bravo, people of Arizona. I hope your state-level lead in dealing with illegal aliens will turn out to be a national trend.

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Joanne Palmer: Mom the escape artist

By the time I finally reach the hospital, everyone already knows about the reward. “Your mother,” the nurse says with a suppressed laugh, “is offering $1,000 to anyone who gets her out of the Intensive Care Unit.”

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Hayden CSAP 3rd-grade reading scores increase

3rd-grade reading ratings improve, other schools drop slightly

Third-graders in Hayden improved significantly from last year on the state reading test. The unofficial results of the 2010 Colorado State Assessment Program for third-grade reading were released Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 4

Steamboat soccer beats Delta

Win sets girls up for big game Wednesday at Glenwood Springs

It wasn’t pretty, but the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team moved one step closer to wrapping up a playoff spot today with a 6-3 win against Delta at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski coach dies in accident

Young taught Alpine skiing with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Jeff Young, a popular ski coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, died Monday while windsurfing on the Columbia River near Arlington, Ore.

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Trout Creek Bridge construction on schedule

New steel pieces delivered Monday to site at Trout Creek

There should be fewer dented fenders and scraped doors for motorists when the new Routt County Road 33 bridge over Trout Creek is complete. The new steel bridge was delivered in three pieces Mon­day to the site on Twentymile Road (C.R. 33) southwest of Steamboat Springs. It’s 36 feet wide compared to just 20 feet wide on the old bridge.

The Record for May 2

The Record for May 2

Steamboat briefs: Eastbound lane of traffic on US 40 to be closed

The eastbound lane of traffic on U.S. Highway 40 through downtown Steamboat Springs will be closed from Sixth to Eighth streets from 9 a.m. to noon today. That eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Yampa Street.

Steamboat fire, police chiefs want to impose fines for false alarm calls

Another call, another false alarm. Dust from construction, a faulty wiring system, or failure to disconnect the alarm system before maintenance. Emergency responders in Steamboat Springs have seen them all, and they’re now introducing an ordinance that would fine repeat offenders of false alarms.

Steamboat sales tax dips 6 percent in March

Figures show slightly larger decrease than expected

After a relatively encouraging February, March sales tax figures showed more of a decrease than at least one city official expected. The city collected a total of $1,901,035 in March sales tax revenue, compared to $2,022,088 in March 2009, according to a preliminary report released Monday.

Steamboat Springs School Board OKs superintendent contract

2 School Board members oppose extension for Cunningham

The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night approved, by a 3-2 vote, a three-year contract extension for Superintendent Shalee Cunningham. Cunningham will continue to be paid $150,000 annually, the same salary she has received in her current two-year contract, which expires June 30.

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Tom Ross: Schizophrenic weather rules spring

I hope your May Day was at least as schizophrenic as mine was. The rapid-fire weather changes Saturday and Sunday kept me off balance all weekend. We didn’t know whether to put flower garlands around our necks and dance barefoot around the May pole, or to pull our ski boots back out of the gearbox.

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Jimmy Westlake: Centaurus peeks in

Centaurs figured heavily in the mythology of the ancient Greeks, so much so that two of them are immortalized in the stars as our constellations of Sagittarius the Archer and Centaurus the Centaur. The legend of these half-man, half-horse beasts might have originated when someone long ago first saw humans on horseback and imagined them to be some sort of human-equine hybrid.

US Bank asking city to provide $3.75 million to secure redevelopment loan

US Bank asking city to provide $3.75 million to secure redevelopment loan

A default notice from U.S. Bank is forcing city officials to either change the scope of this summer’s base area redevelopment work or provide $3.75 million in city funds to secure the bank’s loan.

Monday, May 3

Steamboat man taken to hospital, then detox after stovetop fire

Man reportedly re-entered trailer after cooking fire started

A 46-year-old Steamboat Springs man’s attempt to make french fries in his Dream Island home on Monday night resulted in a small house fire, some smoke inhalation and a trip to detox.

Steamboat boys lacrosse to open playoffs at home

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team will host No. 17 seed Fairview in the first round of the state high school playoffs this weekend. The game is tentatively set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Gardner Field. Steamboat finished the season with a 9-1 record and was a perfect 6-0 in league play.

City receives default notice on base area loan

Roberts: U.S. Bank has given city 30 days to provide “additional security”

U.S. Bank says additional financial security needed from the city as a result of change in Steamboat Springs School District's property tax assessments late last year. The school district announced in mid-December that it had over-collected property taxes from 2007 to 2009. The result could mean further delays in base area public improvements.

Jail Report for April 24 to 30

Jail report for April 24 to 30

Steamboat Springs School Board to discuss salaries

Staff compensation decisions come during district budget cuts

Steamboat school officials tonight will consider 2010-11 contracts for Superintendent Shalee Cunningham and district administrators, along with the Collaborative Bargaining Team’s compensation proposal for district staff.

Steamboat Briefs: Urbane hosts annual Skate Deck Art Show on Friday

Urbane is hosting its second annual Skate Deck Art Show from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Blank skate decks are available at Urbane for $15, plus a $15 deposit that will be refunded when the artist returns the deck.

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Chili cook-off heats up Clark

Annual chili contest, charter school benefit draws more than 300

Event organizer and former charter school board member Erick Knaus said Sunday’s Great North Routt Chili Cook-off drew at least 315 people, who lined Routt County Road 129 with vehicles and filled the Glen Eden Family Restaurant & Tavern to overflowing. White noted that Sunday’s skies cleared over Clark, making a fine afternoon to sample from about 75 chili and 40 dessert entries.

The Record for May 1, 2010

Saturday, May 1

Aging Well: ‘Life-changing’ products help ease vision, hearing loss

osing vision separates a person from the world; losing hearing separates them from humanity. Deb Dunaway has heard this sentiment more than a few times from clients experiencing these challenges. Thankfully, products are available to re-engage individuals in social interaction and also help them with daily tasks hindered by deafness, blindness, arthritis and other problems prevalent among older adults.

County Agenda for May 3 and 4

Routt County Board of Commissioners agenda

Steamboat fundraising event Relay For Life seeking teams

Today’s meeting to provide information on annual event

The Steamboat Springs Relay For Life Committee still is looking for teams to participate in the July 23 to 24 event to benefit cancer research. A team captains meeting is at 6 p.m. today in the Slopeside Owners Lounge at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Steamboat girls soccer prepares to face gauntlet

Sailors to play 4 times in 5 days

Seven days ago, it looked like this might be cruise-control time for the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team. A spat of bad weather and that all changed. Today, the Sailors are stan­d­ing on a ledge looking at four games that could decide the quality of their season.

Deb Babcock: Gardening in our climate

Nolan Doesken, of the Colorado Climate Center, visited Steam­boat Springs last month to talk with master gardeners and their guests about our local climate. It’s an important topic for home gardeners because our climate dictates which plants will flourish here and which ones will take a lot of work to keep healthy.

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Monday Medical: More health care choices

Today, Yampa Valley Medical Center joins a national health care movement. Hospitals have long been associated with only conventional medicine, in contrast to “alternative” medicine that emerged outside of traditional medical settings.

Sunday, May 2

Victoria Koski: Accepting actions

To all state troopers, officers and deputies, I want to apologize for the night of May 23, 2009. I made a terrible choice to drink and drive. My decision was careless, irresponsible and selfish. I accept full responsibility for my actions.

Cathy Lacy: Open your doors

Census employees, community leaders and neighborhood volunteers are committed to ensuring that every United States resident is counted according to constitutional mandate. We’ve done a lot so far in order to make this happen.

Donald M. Nord: Thanks community

I, Donald M. Nord, have lived in Routt County since 1980. In 2001, I found out that I had kidney cancer. After years of battling ailments from cancer, my kidney is failing.

Victoria Barron: Allergy awareness

With the arrival of spring, seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on our lives. People with asthma may have a particularly difficult time during this season. Because of the significant increase in allergy symptoms during the spring, May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

Gary Hofmeister: Youth and freedom

During the July 4 parade last year here in Steamboat, our tea party/Freedom Float caught a pretty big razzing by a group of young teens and twenty-somethings. They quickly broke into a chant of their hero, O-B-A-M-A. As I was a fire-breathing liberal at that age, as well, it got me thinking.

Business File: Chamber hosts workers’ comp, health care events

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting upcoming events about workers’ compensation and the new health care overhaul legislation. From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs, a Pinnacol Assurance Workers’ Compensation Safety Seminar will focus on case studies about health hazard issues for employers and entrepreneurs to consider.

Steamboat briefs: Schools carnival set for May 20 to 23

The Strawberry Park/Steamboat Springs Middle School Carnival is May 20 through 23 in the Meadows Parking Lot. The carnival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. May 20 and 21 and noon to 11 p.m. May 22 and 23.

Joel Reichenberger: Getting into the race

Maybe you can only stand on the sidelines so long. At least, that’s what Cara Marrs and the crew at the Steamboat Springs Running Series seem to be trying to convince me. Maybe it’s because many of the events fall on a Sunday, the day I’m the only sports reporter on staff at the newspaper, or maybe it’s because I’m just lucky.

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Steamboat high school festival to include theater, visual art and music

Students at Steamboat Springs High School will present a “three-ring circus” showcasing theater, music, visual and literary arts Friday and Saturday. The inaugural student-created Rock the Arts festival is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Best of the Web: Estate tax

Looky here, we have the Dems acting like conservatives. It is not sustainable, is that the word of the year or what with these Democrats?

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Wood pellet plant in Kremmling on the ropes after dwindling demand

Confluence Energy tries to rebound after tough winter for biomass industry

About 2,000 tons of wood pellets are bagged and stacked in Confluence Energy’s yard in Kremmling, but the only thing moving the material last week was the wind. “We have more capacity than we have utilization of the product,” the plant owner said.

Ballot measures would slash school funding in Routt County

Revenue for Routt County school districts from specific ownership taxes would dwindle from $1.7 million in 2009 to $22,791 with full implementation of Proposition 101. Two other ballot measures also would slash education funding in Routt County.

School lunches for the week of May 3 to 7

School lunches for the week of May 3 to 7

Class Notes: Steamboat graduate named to DePaul dean’s list

Erin Bomberg, a 2006 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the DePaul University dean’s list for the 2009-10 winter quarter.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for May 2

News across Hayden

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for May 2

New in Oak Creek and Phippsburg

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Soda Creek Elementary School 5th-graders create anti-smoking presentation

On Thursday, a group of fifth-graders heard an anti-smoking presentation. Naomi Kline’s students Morgan Reynolds, Keala Fraioli and Sierra Good gave their presentation, “Smoking Stinks,” to their peers in Anna White’s fifth-grade class at Soda Creek Elementary School in Steamboat Springs.

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Former Steamboat resident to be on ‘Iron Chef’

Hunter Smith to make Food Network cooking debut May 9

Hunter Smith got his start in the culinary world in a Steamboat Springs kitchen. Smith’s appearance on “Iron Chef America” is scheduled to air in Steamboat at 8 and 11 p.m. May 9 to Comcast, DirecTV and DISH Network customers. He’ll be one of two sous-chefs supporting Vail’s Kelly Liken, chef/owner of a restaurant that shares her name.

Local Spotlight: Clark Davidson

Age: 39 Occupation: Accountant/lawyer; executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Place of birth: Lynchburg, Va.

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Routt County mobile command center gets upgrade

New $351,716 bus will provide on-site assistance in searches, police operations

A new mobile operations center, bought by Routt County and Routt County Search and Rescue with the help of a federal grant, can be used by all local law enforcement agencies during emergencies ranging from wildland fires to rescues.

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How to buy the right bike on a budget in Steamboat

A guideline about how to survive in the land of $4,000 bikes

Whether it’s a road bike the shiny mountain bike in the window with a price tag that might seem more appropriate for a car, getting into cycling can be intimidating for a beginner. Contrary to what an evening at a Town Challenge mountain bike race might make one think, there's a way into cycling that won’t require a home-equity loan.

Routt, Grand counties split $7.1 million for mortgage credit program

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority is collaborating with Routt and Grand counties to promote first-time homeownership through a $7.1 million program that allows qualified first-time buyers to deduct more interest from their income at tax time.

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Steamboat Running Series bracing for expansion

Event registration caps, points changes mark summer

For much of the existence of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, participation has been a last-minute decision for racers. All races outside the Steamboat Marathon have been local affairs with friendly and familiar faces and fruit and food for every finisher. Times may be changing, however, as anyone who showed up to a race last year is well aware.

John F. Russell: Nordic stars take victory laps

It’s been a little more than two months since Billy Demong won the gold medal in Vancouver, British Columbia. Things haven’t slowed down much, but there is no way that Billy and the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team are going to pass up this golden opportunity.

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Trio of Steamboat Springs lacrosse players sees program rise

But ask SSHS boys lacrosse players Tyler Samlowski, Garret Ehrick and Jack Spady about the growth and recent success of the program, and all three can recall a down time. The three are the only four-year varsity letter winners on the team.

Trenia, Russ & Tucker Sanford: Teacher week

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3 to 7, we would like to say thanks for all the wonderful teachers our son Tucker has had throughout the years. I’m a teacher at The Lowell Whiteman School, and I know it makes a huge difference when people reach out and say thank you.

Our View: County was right to put off TDR plan

The Routt County Board of Commissioners made the right decision when it voted to table plans for a transfer of development rights program. The three commissioners decided unanimously to set aside the measure indefinitely.

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Steamboat man hopes aerial photography business takes off

On a Thursday afternoon last week, a helicopter, glider and new “octo-copter” were strewn across Cedar Beauregard’s kitchen counter. Beauregard was quick to state that the remote-controlled aircraft and related materials are not toys at all — they’re tools. He’s using the gear to try to make Steamboat Aerials, his budding aerial photography and video business, take off.

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Steamboat bucks vacation home trends

Research shows condominiums make up larger part of market here than nationally

When it comes to vacation home sales in Steamboat Springs, condos are at the crux of the matter as the local market moves through the second quarter. Condos have been 25 percent of transaction volume throughout the past five years.

Saturday, May 1

Steamboat track, soccer, baseball games rescheduled

Bad weather delayed several events. Friday’s track meet in Craig, including Steamboat Springs, Soroco and Hayden high schools, was moved to Monday. The girls soccer game scheduled for Thursday against Glen­wood Springs will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Glenwood. The Steamboat boys baseball game scheduled for today against Eagle Valley has been canceled and could be played early next week instead.

Sailors tennis earns win Friday back after tourney setbacks

Steamboat beats Columbine High School, 5-2

They were hardly the days the Steamboat Springs High School girls wanted. The tennis squad stumbled while facing some of its toughest competition of the season Thursday and Friday at a tournament at Mullen High School.

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Tom Ross: Anyone for a game of Butt Darts?

Buchanan authors kid-friendly approach to outdoor adventure

Steamboat-based editor of Paddling Life magazine, Eugene Buchanan, and his wife, Denise, have been through it all with their two daughters. This month, Eugene came out with a book on the subject of introducing kids to a life in the outdoors: “Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids.”

The Record for April 29

1:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a noise complaint in the 1300 block of Bob Adams Drive. Officers issued an oral warning.

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Weekend events across Routt County

Cellist and author John Sant’Ambrogio tells stories and plays music related to his new memoir, “The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony and Other Stories” at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments and book credit.

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Udall working to change estate tax that could affect Steamboat ranchers

US senator says expiration of tax cut, return to 2001 levels ‘not sustainable’

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said Thursday that he and other senators are drafting a bill to address an estate tax situation that has some landowners concerned about whether they’ll be able to afford passing on their assets to kin.

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Traffic control to expand in downtown Steamboat during construction

State to pay $70K for officers to direct cars

Police officers, though part of the regular agencies that cover Routt County, are working extra hours to direct traffic, and the contract between the Colorado Department of Transportation and the contractor calls for at least $70,000 during the course of the project, CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said.

Base area work could begin Wednesday in Steamboat

Promenade committee works to squeeze most out of $4.5M budget

Construction on the pedestrian promenade at the base of Steamboat Ski Area could begin as soon as Wednesday after the committee advising the city on the project reached consensus this week on how to accomplish the most it can this summer within its $4.5 million budget.

Steamboat briefs: Group seeking applicants for Ann Copeland award

The Northwest Colorado Products Board of Directors has announced the new Ann Copeland Emerging Producer Award. This award is named after Ann Copeland, a NWCP board member who passed away in July 2009, according to a news release.