Tuesday, November 30
2 arrested in Sunday incident; minor injuries reported after fight at scene
Police still are looking for a Craig man living in South Routt County who reportedly was involved in a burglary and fight Sunday night. A man and a woman from Yampa were arrested early Monday in connection with the incident in Dream Island, but detectives said they still are looking for the alleged ringleader.
Penalty is for failing to file for 4 years; members to consider hiring tax attorney to contest action
The IRS has penalized the board to the tune of nearly $170,000 for failing to file tax returns for four years. The Fund Board's former accountant didn't file the required forms, but the board has since submitted the returns. The board has asked the IRS to rescind the penalties and is scheduled to consider hiring a tax lawyer if it needs to take further steps.
With 9 inches of new snow Monday, Steamboat Ski Area broke the record for snowiest November in resort history. The previous record was set in 2005, when 83 inches fell on the mountain. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the resort had received 90 inches of November snow with one more day to go in the month.
Defense requests review of bond ruling for man suspected of trying to pay for killing
The three-day trial for Brooks Kellogg likely will be pushed back from its original start date of Jan. 3. A judicial assistant for U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello said Monday that Kellogg’s defense has filed an unopposed motion to declare the case “complex,” which if granted would delay the trial date.
Rescuers outpace past years with 73 calls for service
With more than a month left on the 2010 calendar, Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers already have seen the second-highest number of calls for service since the organization started.
Dr. Bryan Bomberg said the 22-year-old Panamanian woman he met this month hadn’t walked in 10 years because of debilitating rheumatoid arthritis that he said is widely untreated.
The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra will reach out to community musicians Wednesday night when many of its principal players sit down with emerging talents for an early winter concert. The program includes four pieces performed by the Steamboat Cello Choir and five by the Steamboat String Ensemble.
Ski Corp. fundraiser raises $76,665 for Winter Sports Club
Deep snow and the most opening day terrain in the past decade led to a record-setting Scholarship Day for Steamboat Ski Area and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. This year’s Scholarship Day raised $76,665, ski area officials said Monday.
The third annual Holiday Tree Festival in Hayden begins at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The festival is a primary fundraiser for local youth clubs and service organizations, which decorate holiday trees, wreaths and table centerpieces for the auction. Each group gets to keep the proceeds from the auction of its tree.
Joe DeAngelo, the former investigator for the 14th Judicial District, remains undecided about whether he will accept Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins’ offer to be his undersheriff. DeAngelo said Monday that he will make a decision by Dec. 10.
10-year-old Steamboat resident wins Colorado Springs tourney
Ten-year-old Hayden Snyder arrived at last weekend’s 2010 Turkey Shoot Junior Tennis Tournament unranked and unknown. That didn’t stop the Steamboat Springs player from knocking off several of the state’s top-ranked players en route to winning the tournament.
Soccer is more than just a game for Steamboat Springs’ David Comeau. It’s his passion. That passion helped lead Comeau and his University of Colorado at Boulder club soccer team to Phoenix on Nov. 20 where they defeated Missouri, 3-1, to win the 2010 NCCS National Soccer Championship.
I’m pleased to announce that my snowblower and I are back together again after a lengthy trial separation. And once again, our relationship is in the hands of outdoor power tool relationship counselor Jim Pavlik.
12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers gave two summonses for liquor violations in the first block of Seventh Street.
Monday, November 29
Ski area runs steeped in Steamboat Springs history
Priest Creek wasn’t named after a paralleling padre, and Bashor Bowl has absolutely nothing to do with all the gate-bashing that takes place in the giant slalom runs on the NASTAR course. In fact, when it comes to naming Steamboat’s fabled ski trails and long-standing chairlifts, things aren’t always what they seem.
The Sanctuary has been the premier address within the city limits of Steamboat Springs for 17 years, and even the Great Recession hasn’t changed that. But what has changed are the prices in one of Steamboat’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
Let’s just say 2010 was a big year for Johnny Spillane. In February, the Steamboat Springs native and U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team star earned three silver medals at the Winter Olympics. But long before Spillane competed in Whistler, British Columbia, the 30-year-old realized there is more to life than Olympic glory.
Your wedding may seem an eternity away, but trust us when we say the time will fly by. Sticking to a calendar will make sure you don’t forget any important details, and also help prevent unneeded stress and headaches as your big day approaches.
If weddings are about celebrating your special day with family and friends, then honeymoons are about celebrating the beginning of married life with your new spouse, and no one else. Just like your wedding day, your honeymoon should be tailored to your specific interests.
Cookie cutters are for holiday baking, not weddings. That’s a point Steamboat Springs wedding planner Jill Waldman underscores to all her clients. “You don’t want a cookie-cutter wedding,” she said. “You want one that exudes who you are, and you want to express that to your guests.”
So your wedding budget can’t come close to what Prince William and Kate Middleton will spend on their upcoming nuptials. No matter. Setting a budget early in the planning process and not straying too far from it will afford you a wonderful wedding day without a lifetime of debt to dig out from under.
Mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes. It’s hard to top Steamboat Springs when it comes to outdoor wedding venues. Perhaps the only thing missing is the ocean — but that’s what honeymoons are for. Knowing you want to hold your wedding in Steamboat is an easy decision; picking the right site is the challenge.
Don’t let the name of the workout — Fight Gone Bad — intimidate you. A 13-year-old boy completed it during a recent morning CrossFit Steamboat class, and a 60-year-old women breezed through it during the lunch hour. In 18 minutes, it will all be over. Three of those minutes you get to rest. The remaining time is spent doing a series of five exercises intensely for one minute each.
Skiers travel to Yellowstone training camp
A two-day blizzard followed the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Nordic program into West Yellowstone, Mont., last week as the team prepared for an eight-day training camp. Winter Sports Club’s skiers captured a number of top finishes and setting the table for a strong season.
Chef Ezra Duker shares his gnocchi expertise with home cooks
When the Truffle Pig opened in One Steamboat Place adjacent to Gondola Square last winter, it brought high-end, innovative cuisine to within steps of Steamboat Ski Area’s gondola. But don’t let the restaurant’s name or location fool you — it already has become a lot of things to a lot of people, says One Steamboat Place General Manager Lance Thompson.
Plenty of state-experienced wrestlers are back this year for the Hayden High School wrestling team. The team has leaders in its seniors and talent in its underclassmen. The Tigers are preparing for this season as if it can be one to remember, as if a team state championship could be on the line.
The Record for Nov. 27
Registration is open for the city of Steamboat Springs’ adult basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer leagues. Leagues start in early January and run until early April. All teams and those looking to join a team must register by Thursday at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department office, 245 Howelsen Parkway.
Routt County Search and Rescue conducted three searches Sunday in Routt County. All the searches were successful as all lost people were located and returned safely, with minimal injuries.
His head down, Connor Landusky talks for the thousandth time about recovering from a total decimation of his left knee. Mostly, Landusky describes how watching games from the sideline doesn’t — and probably won’t — get any easier.
It was a windy spring day when Nancy Smith and two of her Tai Chi students practiced their art barefoot in the park as traffic whizzed nearby. It wasn’t an ideal setting for Tai Chi, but in a sense, that was the point — for the women to break out of their comfort zone just a bit while still enjoying themselves in the process.
A growing community group kicked off its eighth year of holiday gift donations during the weekend by collecting scores of toys, clothes and other items for those less fortunate. The presents will be dispersed through Routt County United Way’s annual Holiday Wishes program.
Most of us know that our houseplants need air, water, sun and soil nutrients. But many of us give little thought to how the plant uses those elements to create foliage, color, blooms or root growth. By understanding what it takes to make your plants happy and healthy, you can nurture them to create beautiful, long-lasting greenery.
Preparation, insulation key as winter’s cold temperatures arrive
’Tis the season of sub-freezing temperatures, and city officials and local plumbers are reminding residents to make sure they’ve prepared their home’s pipes and heating systems for winter.
When children are sick with yet another upper respiratory infection, we want to make them feel better quickly. We seek to stop the sniffles and cough so everyone can get some sleep.
It was an ethical dilemma only a ski town professional could appreciate. The scenario: You’re enjoying the first epic powder day of the ski season when you come across a boundary marking closed terrain. You know the closed terrain well. What do you do?
Hermacinski, Douglas see success with talk show
By early January, a Steamboat Springs-based talk radio show featuring the City Council president will have expanded to markets including Greeley, Montrose and Moab, Utah. The Cari and Rob Show is seeing significant growth.
Sunday, November 28
Transit expansion stems from city’s development discussions
The city’s free buses will offer late-night service this winter, with a final bus leaving downtown at about 2:20 a.m. in a loop to the mountain area, starting Dec. 16. Steamboat Springs City Council’s approval of the extended hours stemmed from the city’s discussions about how to spur economic development.
For the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball program, it must feel like a decade since the team last won the Western Slope League. So as the 2010-11 season inches closer, can this Steamboat team — one that returns all five starters — return to the top?
The returning strength of the Hayden High School boys basketball team is obvious. The team returns two starters that last season ranked among the best in the Western Slope League, seniors Graig Medvesk and Ben Williams. The questions plaguing this year’s team are equally obvious.
The fervor that enveloped the nation the past two weeks regarding Transportation Security Administration’s new security measures may best be described as a head-on collision between the fundamental American principle of civil liberties and the realities of living in an age of terrorism.
David Comeau didn’t get the opportunity to play NCAA soccer, but he didn’t let that stop him from winning a national championship last week. After graduating from Steamboat Springs High School in 2006, Comeau chose to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. The school doesn’t have an NCAA men’s soccer program, but it does offer dedicated players an opportunity to stay on the field through its club programs.
12:17 a.m. A noise complaint was made from the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court. Officers issued a warning.
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.
I tell anyone that asks that I’m a hunter, but that word means something different in Routt County than it did in south-central Kansas in which I grew up. I've never hunted deer or big game of any sort. Pheasant hunting accounts for the vast majority of my hunting experience, and this year’s trip was a chance to reconnect with a wealth of childhood memories.
The first thing I knew about Steamboat Springs is that it’s where Billy Kidd lives. My mom let me know, and every time he came on TV while broadcasting from the Olympics, she’d point out that she had once skied in Steamboat herself.
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 28
Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 28
Christmas tree permits are available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming for $10. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest land. There is a limit of five permits per household.
For 69 years, Lila Rider has been writing what she knows. And she has no plans to stop anytime soon. As contributing writer to the Steamboat Pilot & Today for nearly seven decades, Rider has made it her business to know the business of her South Routt friends and neighbors.
Jury selection to begin Monday for contract dispute
Attorneys for Routt County and paving contractor Connell Resources will begin selecting a jury Monday in a million dollar contract dispute about work done at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in 2005 and 2006.
1st public pot talk draws about 2 dozen
About two dozen Routt County residents gathered Monday night in the Steamboat Springs Community Center in a scene that is becoming commonplace across the state: Public forums hosted by medical marijuana supporters that focus on education, advocacy and networking.
County already has seen record number of filings in 2010, and trustee says tally may go higher
With five weeks remaining in 2010, Routt County already has established a new record for the number of foreclosure filings in a calendar year at 274, and Public Trustee Jeanne Whiddon expects the year-end tally to reach 300.
It’s rare when a moose, living or otherwise, plays a pivotal role in a real estate transaction. But that’s the situation veteran Realtor Doug Labor and his wife, Mary, found themselves this autumn. And the Labors were the buyers. They purchased the commercial building at 56 Ninth St., next door to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.
Skier notches 18th in Nordic Combined World Cup event
Steamboat Springs’ Bryan Fletcher skied to a career-best 18th place Saturday in the second Nordic Combined World Cup event in Kuusamo, Finland. The race was run in sub-zero temperatures, presenting significant challenges for the athletes. “It was brutally cold here today,” U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team head coach Dave Jarrett said.
Garrett Simon, vice president of development for Edgemont developer The Atira Group, said this week that outstanding debt on the project will be retired by May 2011 regardless of new sales activity.
Real Estate transactions for Nov. 19 to 24
Saturday, November 27
The Northwest Colorado mountains are expected to bear the brunt of the next storm to sweep through the Colorado Rockies. Even without snow over the past couple days, the Steamboat Ski Area opened all of Pioneer Ridge today, but not the Pony Express chairlift.
Steady, often snow-focused business replaces big city madness
Long lines of customers, insane deals and perfect people-watching conditions have come to define the post-Thanksgiving Day shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday. Steamboat Springs wasn’t excluded from the money-making potential of Black Friday. In typical Steamboat fashion, things were a little slower and minds often were focused on skiing and snow.
Local and state authorities will conduct extra patrols for drunken drivers during the remainder of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Judge could set terms for couple involved in June 11 incident
If Robert and Rhonda Cash can’t figure out the details to their divorce by Feb. 1, District Judge Mary Hoak will set the terms for them. Robert Cash is accused of shooting Rhonda Cash on June 11 at their Steamboat Springs home.
1:06 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Oak Creek Fire Protection District emergency responders and Oak Creek Police Department officers were called to a report of a disturbance in the 200 block of Wild Hogg Drive. Oak Creek Police arrested a 33-year-old Oak Creek woman on suspicion of violating bond conditions.
Rinn Chiropractic Center’s annual “Patient Appreciation Day” last month generated more than 650 pounds of nonperishable food donations for LIFT-UP of Routt County.
17-year-old builds display case for thift store
A few pieces of jewelry sold shortly after they were displayed behind the locked glass doors of a new case at the LIFT-UP of Routt County thrift store. It was a great start for the new home to some of the thrift store’s nicest items. Landen Mertz, 17, built the wood and glass display case as his Eagle Scout project and donated it Nov. 16 to LIFT-UP.
State health department recommends vaccinating against infection
There has been only one reported case of pertussis, or whooping cough, in Routt County since July, but that doesn’t mean more residents haven’t suffered from the respiratory tract infection.
Hundreds attend Light Up the Night event downtown
Santa Claus should have no problem locating Steamboat Springs from high above the Rocky Mountains this Christmas. During Friday night’s annual Light Up the Night community tree lighting ceremony, 50,000 new lights on 104 trees along Lincoln Avenue were turned on to create a noticeably brighter and more festive downtown.
Local medium aids search for missing Pennsylvania teen
Steamboat Springs psychic medium Bee Herz received the kind of news this holiday week that keeps her devoted to the work of helping families find missing loved ones.
Leaders look to early snow, guest experience to lure vacationers
The Steamboat Springs resort community is celebrating a modest powder boost this holiday weekend with more than 3,500 visitors in town to ski the leftovers of a series of storms that gave Steamboat Ski Area its best Opening Day conditions in a decade. But the question on the minds of resort leaders is, “How far can the snow message carry us in uncertain economic times?”
Rohde still racking up miles
The high school cross-country season ended in October, but someone forgot to tell Steamboat Springs’ Asher Rohde. The Steamboat Springs High School junior placed 34th in the Class 4A high school state championships, but carried on with his season Nov. 20 at the Region X Junior Olympics cross-country championships.
Friday, November 26
Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong's strong cross-country ski propelled him to 32nd overall in a World Cup competition in Kussamo, Finland. Steamboat's Taylor Fletcher and Bryan Fletcher also competed in the World Cup A event.
The 56-year-old man is thought to have broken his leg after riding into a deep depression in a field near Fish Creek Reservoir. Routt County Search and Rescue crews were assisted by a Flight for Life team based out of Frisco.
James and the Devil band members describe their music as “rock ’n’ roll with mountain grass, funk, hip-hop and rhythmic dance chemistry.” The five-piece, Denver-based band is scheduled to perform at 10 p.m. today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub.
Thanksgiving Day 2010 will go down as one when Steamboat carved a lot more than turkey. Yes, Thursday was a day made for Thanksgiving puns and asides as eager skiers and riders gobbled up and gave thanks for what were the best season-opening conditions anyone can seem to remember.
A noise complaint was made in the 1000 block of High Point Drive. Police told people to turn down loud music.
The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is providing free admission to its Holiday Concert Matinee for low-income seniors, Hospice patients, and residents of The Haven Assisted Living Center and the Doak Walker Care Center.
Winter is a welcome visitor to our ranch this year. After a hectic fall, we are looking forward to the simplicity winter offers. Although the cold weather doesn’t usually make a rancher’s work easier, it does add a degree of predictability to the job.
Jackson Creagan served rolls Thursday with an élan that made him the star of the buffet line at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. He was one of more than 50 volunteers at the Routt County United Way's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner that drew 330 people in its first three hours alone. The dinner still was going strong at 4 p.m. as families, friends, co-workers and strangers shared a free meal provided by community donations and orchestrated by a United Way planning effort that began in early October.
Potters will be loading up the kilns with items to be sold during the Steamboat Clay Artisans' annual Holiday Pottery Sale today and Saturday at Depot Art Center. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. today and again from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Economy, jobs, budget and tourism top priorities
State Rep. Randy Baumgardner said he has a focused plan heading into the 2011 state legislative session starting in early January. Baumgardner, a Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs who represents House District 57, said the upcoming session will be all about the economy and making Colorado a “more business friendly state.”
An example of hope during economic booms and resilient entrepreneurship during economic busts sits atop a hill in southeast Hayden. Francis and Ruth Abate are the owners of Create a Stir, a facility that offers hourly rentals of a sparkling, commercial-grade kitchen.
Thursday, November 25
Steamboat’s own grooved-infused jam rock band String Board Theory returns to the Ghost Ranch Saloon at 9 p.m. today for a free show. Check out other events happening in Routt County this week.
Second annual Steamboat Turkey Trot results
Large crowd runs 2nd annual Thanksgiving Day race
They donned scarves, coats and snow pants. On their feet, though, they wore running shoes. A large crowd gathered Thursday morning to try what many racers competing in the second annual Turkey Trot were quick to label the coldest race of their lives.
Wednesday, November 24
12:10 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of semi that slid off the road in the 29000 block of Routt County Road 27. There were no injuries, and the truck eventually was towed.
The Steamboat Home Builders Association is hosting a Toys for Tots fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Steamboat Grand.
Area herd struggles to reach grass through snow base
The abundant early season snow that made Opening Day at Steamboat Ski Area so noteworthy represents grim news for the Yampa Valley’s elk herd. The animals already have begun showing up in suburban neighborhoods within Steamboat Springs city limits this month to feed.
City event Friday to include unveiling of about 50,000 bulbs
This holiday season will be even brighter in downtown Steamboat Springs. The city’s new LED holiday lights are draped over downtown trees and will be switched on for the first time at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, during the Light Up the Night community celebration hosted by Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.
Local men charged with damaging tow trucks and city ATV
Police arrested two Steamboat Springs men on suspicion of stealing an ATV and smashing windows on tow trucks after officers tracked the boot prints the men left behind in fresh snow Tuesday morning.
Adult coed volleyball league results
The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team placed four players on the Western Slope All-League team. Christopher Holmquist, Enrique Lopez and Lance Ostrom were named to the first team, while Brandon Marr was named honorable mention.
About 20 on hand for inaugural blasts in revival of city tradition
Steamboat Springs’ new noon whistle blasted off with a softer sound than its downtown predecessor. About 20 people gathered Wednesday for a brief ceremony commemorating its inaugural blasts. The new whistle is reminiscent of old trains and steamboats and will sound every day at noon.
The Steamboat Springs High School and Hayden High School boys basketball teams will use each other for a preseason test this weekend in Steamboat's Kelly Meek Gymnasium. The two Routt County schools will take to the court and scrimmage at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
$14.5M project will shorten airstrip before adding to it in 2011
The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport runway will get shorter before it gets longer. Airport officials are preparing for an April 2011 start to a $14.5 million project to lengthen the runway by 1,000 feet, with the hope that the 240-day project can begin shortly after Easter and be finished by this time next year.
Annual Thanksgiving event expected to serve hundreds
It’s been more than a decade since the first Routt County United Way’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and while the result remains the same, the event certainly has evolved.
Aspen Skiing Co. has not announced single-day price
Vail Resorts will knock on the door of a $100 adult lift ticket this season but won’t cross the threshold. The single-day, adult lift ticket price at Vail and Beaver Creek will be $99 from Dec. 26 to 31 and again during Presidents Day weekend in February 2011.
Good weather, new snow contribute to strong 1st day
There was a steady chorus of “woo-hoos” Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area. By most accounts, the conditions couldn’t have been better. The wind was mild and the sun even peeked from behind the clouds by midmorning. And there were 7 new inches of snow.
The blizzard that was expected to pound Steamboat Springs with snow and high winds mostly fizzled out Wednesday, but don’t expect a warm reprieve for Thanksgiving today. Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a daytime high of 14 degrees.
City officials’ recent review of summer marketing efforts noted that there could be increased competition next year for visitors. Aspen voters approved by a wide margin this month a 1 percent lodging tax that will give a nearly $1 million boost to the city’s marketing efforts.
Early season snow and winds lead to warnings during holiday week
Heavy early season snow and winds have created high avalanche danger across much of Colorado’s high country, and forecasters warn that weather conditions this holiday week could bring more deadly slides.
Initial results mixed for businesses; early base could create buzz
Mother Nature couldn’t have timed it any better. After an unusually mild shoulder season, she dialed up heaping portions of snow for Colorado resorts and the businesses that rely on them.
SkiCo to serve environmentally-friendly product
Aspen Skiing Co.’s appetite for environmentally-friendly business practices will make its mark on the lunch plates of diners this winter. SkiCo has committed to serve Carbondale-raised, grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef at 10 on-mountain restaurants, Jim Butchart, executive chef, mountain division, said Monday.
Monday, Nov. 22
We agree with the majority of Steamboat Springs City Council members who voted last week to give an affordable housing concession to First Tracks developer Resort Ventures West.
Clean, warm, free winter coats are available today to anyone who needs a coat — one per person — from 1 to 5 p.m. at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. The Food Bank is at the Lufkin Lift-Up Center, 2125 Curve Court, just down the street from Cook Chevrolet. Call 970-870-8804.
Yes, cannabis is a Schedule I substance (letter to the editor, “Pot problem,” Nov. 21 Steamboat Pilot & Today) alongside heroin, while meth and cocaine are only Schedule II substances. That dangerous message must change.
Friends of the Yampa want to thank everyone who donated to and attended the Big Snow Dance at Sweetwater Grill on Saturday. The event was a huge success, raising significant funds for improvements on the Yampa River.
Mailed letters with checks claim recipients won thousands
A Steamboat couple was startled last week to receive two letters bearing large checks made out in the name of one spouse along with the news that she had won a $125,000 prize.
Meetings to help town employees work more efficiently
Members of the Oak Creek government said the consultant the town hired helped town employees “get on the same page” and “work toward the same goals.” And, after meeting with two department leaders and the mayor, the project is likely to come in well less than the $5,000 budget.
Announcer: Good evening and welcome to the final show of “Dancing with the Snowflakes,” Steamboat Springs’ newest reality TV show. Tonight’s final will feature a competition between three residents attempting to clear the snow from a 120-yard driveway.
It may not be local, but the meal can be done right
The turkeys at the grocery store? They probably weren’t raised in Routt County. Same goes for the hams. Even with the limitations imposed by the locale, local business owners and chefs said there are ways to bring the meal home.
Considering today is Scholarship Day at Steamboat Ski Area, biking might be the last activity that comes to mind for many Steamboat residents. Although I’ve made a solid commitment to biking more and driving less, it’s a fair-weather pledge. I asked Chris Johns, owner of Wheels Bike Shop and one of Steamboat’s avid bike commuters, what I need to know about riding in winter.
2nd annual Turkey Trot kicks off 9 a.m. Thursday
The Turkey Trot may seem like any other running race in Steamboat Springs, but series director Lisa Barbour is hoping that the 87 runners who competed last year plan to make the race a Thanksgiving tradition.
The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is out to prove last year wasn’t an aberration. After several years at the bottom of the Western Slope League, Steamboat finished second in the league, earned a first-round bye in the Class 4A playoffs and advanced to the round of 32. This year, the Sailors hope to continue that run.
Five years ago, Fairmont, W.Va., resident Mike Daugherty started MD Whistles out of the machine shop his family has been running for about three decades. MD Whistles has sold 748 models to customers across the world. Among those models: The new noon whistle that will be christened today during a ceremony in downtown Steamboat Springs.
I’ll never forget my first telescope. When I was 10 years old, my mom and dad purchased a little 2.5-inch reflecting telescope and put it under the Christmas tree with my name on it.
Tuesday, November 23
Preview lift, five new trails boost terrain availability
The amount of financial assistance provided by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is greater than ever. The Winter Sports Club hopes Steamboat Ski Area has a good turnout today for the 20th annual Scholarship Day. All proceeds are given to the Winter Sports Club, which has more than 1,000 participants.
Salary contingent on whether candidate Joe DeAngelo accepts position
The Board of Routt County Commissioners approved Tuesday an increased hire rate for Joe DeAngelo, should he accept the job as undersheriff.
Firefighters battled a structure fire at an Eagle-Vail condominium complex Sunday night.
Employee was ‘working to protect others’
The director of the Wolf Creek Ski Patrol was killed Monday morning when he was caught in an avalanche, according to a statement from the Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Glut of luxury accommodations at ski resorts shakes up hotel industry
Even the rich want a bargain on a ski vacation — and they’re getting them at high-end resorts across the West this year. An increasing supply of four- and five-star hotel rooms and stagnant demand from travelers is forcing properties to drop prices or add value to try to entice guests, according to tourism officials.
Grobe steps down, leaving town after 32 years
Chuck Grobe said last week was the roughest of his life. Hayden’s mayor-elect stepped down from the Hayden Town Council after more than 10 years. And Grobe and his wife, Julie, have decided to leave the community they have called home for the past 32 years.
Skiers and snowboarders looking for early morning snow reports this season simply can turn on their TVs. Steamboat TV18’s live morning show, “Steamboat Today,” goes back on the air at 7 a.m. Wednesday, after a break since April.
When it comes to Thanksgiving Day dinner, it’s all about the gravy. Moist turkey is a given these days with self-basting turkeys, so it’s the quality of the gravy that separates the neophytes from the pilgrims. I studied the art of making gravy at the elbow of my mother.
One of the busiest travel weeks of the year shouldn’t affect those flying into and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. Airport Manager Dave Ruppel said Monday that with the winter air schedule yet to begin, there still are only two inbound and two outbound flights a day.
The Ramunno brothers didn’t emerge from the womb with a clipboard and whistle in hand, but they may as well have. Coaching is what the Ramunno brothers do. It’s what their dad, legendary Steamboat Springs head wrestling and assistant football coach Carl Ramunno, did.
Sunday, Nov. 21
The Hayden Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday. The annual ceremony will start at West Jefferson Avenue and South Fourth Street.
Monday, November 22
Riley: Committee agreed DOW options as presented are ‘not acceptable’
A recent meeting of the small Craig deer committee produced a strong message that the Craig City Council should consider slowing talks about a proposed removal plan for the city’s deer population, council member Jennifer Riley said. Riley and Mayor Don Jones met with the four-person committee Thursday to discuss how the city council should move forward with a three-tiered deer removal plan recommended by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, she said.
National Weather Service says weather will be 'brutal'
The National Weather Service is predicting high winds and frigid temperatures for Scholarship Day.
Sheriff-elect wants former DA’s Office investigator as undersheriff
Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins wants investigator Joe DeAngelo to be his undersheriff. DeAngelo, however, isn’t sure he’s ready to move back to Northwest Colorado.
Adaptive division added for Thanksgiving’s Turkey Trot starting at the high school
For the first time, the Steamboat Springs Running Series will include an adaptive category for athletes with disabilities. Thursday’s Turkey Trot race starts at 9 a.m. at Steamboat Springs High School.
Let’s all admit it. The fall season was rough. On the plus side, the Hayden High School football team advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs, and several members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team had solid showings at state.
Saturday, Nov. 20
Low-income residents in Hayden are invited to reserve free food baskets from Hayden Congregational Church. The baskets include a Thanksgiving dinner. Call Teresa at 970-276-2507 or the church at 970-276-3510 by noon today to reserve one.
United Way needs food for annual holiday supper
It’s just a few days until the Routt County United Way’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner and the organization still needs residents to commit to donating food. “The menu is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls and desserts,” United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said. “We still need all of that.”
Poinsettias are the top-selling flowering potted plant in the United States. Native to Mexico, these beautiful plants are especially coveted during the holiday season. The showy and brilliant red, pink, white, yellow, and multi-colored bracts (leaves) are their most resplendent in November and December, when they come into full bloom.
As much as 28 inches expected by Scholarship Day at ski area
If this week’s weather forecast is any indication, it’s going to be a good start to the season at Steamboat Ski Area. The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 28 inches of new snow by Wednesday, the day Steamboat Ski Area opens for Scholarship Day.
Who would have thought you could fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke — with a fork? Many people don’t know it, but one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from these diseases is to eat a healthy diet.
Most athletic teams, or teams of any kind, can have members or moments that stray from the overall goal and foster a negative environment. Under Armour co-founder and former NFL player Ryan Wood shared his experiences with leadership Sunday with a crowd of student-athletes in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.
Fischer and Ritchie improving seniors’ strength, flexibility, mobility in local classes
his is the first in a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. The series will continue monthly on the Aging Well page.
Sunday, November 21
Declining sale prices at First Tracks indicate that the national economy and housing market continue to do on their own what city officials tried to do legislatively several years ago: set affordable prices for some local homes.
The Steamboat Springs School District should move forward with salary step increases for certified teachers and support staff. But moving forward, the district and its families would be better served by a system that rewards the best teachers and staff through merit pay increases.
Course options abound for inaugural summer cycling event
Local cycling enthusiasts have been buzzing in the days and weeks since the Nov. 4 announcement that August's Quiznos Pro Challenge bike race will be making stops in Steamboat. What route will the tour take? One thing’s for sure: There are plenty of options.
Preseason always brings optimism. Talk about big seasons and playoff dreams dominates the conversation. But the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team might make those conversations a reality this winter. The Sailors have to be considered a contender not just for a conference title, but a state one, as well.
It’s not hard to figure out how Nick Roma got here. On skis by age 22 months, building jumps by the time he could walk and working on parks by the time he was 20, Roma, Steamboat Ski Area’s terrain park manager, is a budding star in the world of park and course building.
Four downtown redevelopment projects that came of age in the recession quietly are putting up some noteworthy numbers this fall. Some still had brightly painted construction barriers in place along the sidewalks when the recession began to grab national attention in fall 2007.
Hayden Valley Elementary School began offering salads to students Nov. 1. LiveWell Northwest Colorado, which used $150,000 in grant funding this year from LiveWell Colorado to increase physical activity and healthy eating in Routt County, provided the salad bar and has proven to be a success among teachers and students.
The secret is out. The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team won’t sneak up on anyone this year. Fresh off banner performances at the 2009 World Championships and 2010 Olympics, the Nordic combined team opens its season Friday in Kuusamo, Finland, as one of the top teams in the world.
About 50 residents gathered on Saturday to honor those who are taking the reins in moving Steamboat toward a sustainable future. The fifth annual New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley event featured the marquee award for a New Pioneer, a special Champion of Community award and a buffet featuring locally grown foods.
If you go to Google and type in “hangover remedies,” you will get at least 125,000 hits. Truth is there are so many remedies for hangovers that it makes my head hurt just thinking about it. But nowhere in the seemingly endless list of possible cures will the world-class athletes who competed for a spot in last year’s Olympic Games find an answer for what ails them.
Cynthia Zyzda, a Colorado Mountain College associate professor of visual arts and humanities in Steamboat Springs, has an art exhibit at CMC’s gallery in Glenwood Springs.
There are lots of names for marijuana: cannabis (from Cannabis sativa, the genus and species of the marijuana plant), pot, maryjane, weed, etc. Its advocates use a lot of euphemisms in their promotions — e.g., dealers are “caregivers,” pot is a “medicine” (not a drug), buyers are “patients” who “medicate,” dealer locations are “dispensaries,” and they are entrepreneurs forming new “industries” that pay sales taxes.
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 21
Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 21
The Record for Nov. 19
The Jail Report for Nov. 13 to 19
The news for Steamboat Springs hunter John Tendick isn’t what he’d like to hear. Tendick, a longtime hunter who took to the Colorado backcountry this year for the first time since retiring to Steamboat, wrote to the state’s Division of Wildlife hoping to get a group-hunting rule instated.
Routt County Search and Rescue wrapped up two searches Saturday, according to incident commander Kristia Check-Hill.
The great wave of rocker and camber shaping hasn’t left the ski and snowboard market for the 2010-11 equipment. The technologies, which defined development for the past several years, have begun to morph, however. The result, according to local shops stocked with arsenals of the newest and greatest in snow sport tech, is a bevy of options.
The purchasing preferences of vacation-home buyers in mountain towns are changing even as resort markets like Steamboat Springs work to gradually absorb existing inventory. A recently released survey concludes that the oldest baby boomers may have moved beyond the years when they consider buying in a winter resort.
Town approves convenience store, gym/coffee shop
The face of business in Oak Creek is changing with the season as several new businesses have changed hands or prepare to open their doors.
Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 12 to 18, 2010
Christine Hands has joined Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties as a full-time sales associate working out of the Steamboat office.
Saturday, November 20
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Upper Yampa River Basin, including Steamboat Springs, at midnight and goes through 6 a.m. Tuesday, National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office reported.
Students to learn techniques, define goals through program
At the beginning of each sports season, the high school will have leadership symposiums where a successful guest speaker will talk to students about leadership. From there, students will break into their respective teams and define goals for the season.
The Record for Nov. 18
Low-income residents in Hayden are invited to reserve free food baskets from Hayden Congregational Church. The baskets include a Thanksgiving dinner. Call Teresa at 970-276-2507 or the church at 970-276-3510 by noon Monday to reserve one.
Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were paged out for a rescue at about 5 a.m. Friday in North Routt County. A man and his girlfriend reportedly spent the night on the Slavonia Trail, at the end of Seedhouse Road, but the dog had a health problem as they began the walk back.
Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Nov. 22 to 26
Manager says new digital projectors offer efficiency, quality
Mark Green said he won’t miss the tightly wound rolls of 35 mm film stacked in the projection booth at Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas. Green spent the past two weeks installing Christie digital projectors, which can show films in 2-D and 3-D.
About a dozen Steamboat Springs Police Department officers have put their donations and their mustaches on the line in a monthlong mustache-growing competition to help their friend and colleague Sgt. Dale Coyner.
Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien spoke to a group of about 30 on Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. O’Brien touted the importance of instilling environmental values in young students by connecting them with the outdoors.
If, like me, you’ve formed a strong composting habit and it kills you to toss coffee grounds, spoiled lettuce, melon rinds and baked potato skins in the trash barrel, it might be time for you to consider vermicomposting — composting with worms.
Promenade construction wrapped up as work continues at Bear River
The next piece in the push to install snowmelt systems in public areas at the base of the ski area was coming together Friday as several dozen construction workers toiled down to the finish line at the Bear River Bar & Grill.
Friday, November 19
The Steamboat Springs High School drama program presents its fall musical, “Crazy For You.” There will be performances tonight and Saturday night and a matinee Saturday. Tickets are available at the high school, All That Jazz and Epilogue Book Co. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for SSHS students with an activities pass.
Appalachian Ski Mountain boasts 365 vertical feet and some of the best man-made snow in North Carolina. But as Steamboat Springs resident Martin Clay’s home ski area, the small hill has a mountain of meaning. It’s where he learned to ski and where he first began filming his winter stunts with his friends.
The recent snow deluge has temporarily suspended repair work on Charlie’s Hole, the downtown Steamboat Springs Yampa River feature. Even if work can resume after Thanksgiving, as organizers hope, that project stands as only the first part of a long-term plan the city and an organization have in mind.
Thirty years ago, the Yampa Arts and Crafts fair began as a showcase for a couple of ladies in a hair salon. This year, there will be 75 vendor booths and artisans from across the state descending on South Routt Elementary School on Saturday.
Each year, about 1,600 permits are sold for Routt National Forest to people wanting to go to the woods and harvest their own Christmas tree, usually a fine little fir. However, a few people have expressed concern about cutting young trees during a beetle epidemic.
Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff knows what a difference early season scrimmages can make. The team might not have gone as far last year without an early season scrimmage that brought three Front Range teams to Steamboat.
Eager skier and riders across the county began what will be at least a seven-month assault on local peaks, slopes and powder stashes. Because Steamboat Ski Area still is six full days from opening to pass-holders, the only way down is to find a way up. For many, that means hiking. It’s not hard to join them.
Steamboat union seeks salary step increases with revenue influx
The Steamboat Springs Education Association wants the school district to use an influx in funding from increased student enrollment to restore salary step increases for teachers and support staff. If the deal is agreed to, it would represent a change from what initially was negotiated for the current school year.
I’ll spend a lot of time this winter thinking about cycling. As the project coordinator for the Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA Initiative, I’m paid to be the head cheerleader, but it’s not just a job to me. It’s personal. My feelings about Bike Town USA actually have a lot to do with how I feel about living in Ski Town USA.
The Record for Nov. 17
Clean, warm winter coats are available free to anyone who needs a coat — one per person — from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. The Food Bank is at the Lufkin Lift-Up Center at 2125 Curve Court, just down the street from Cook Chevrolet. Call 970-870-8804.
Hayden Town Council member Chuck Grobe, the town’s next mayor, stepped down Thursday night, Interim Town Manager Lance Stewart said.
The Yamn band isn’t your typical jam band, nor does it want to be. Denver-based Yamn, who plays at 9 p.m. today at Old Town Pub, plays what the band calls “progressive trance fusion.” Its shows are part creativity, part rock, part rhythm and mostly fun.
Housing Authority gets initial input on potential tax proposal
Some of the city’s staunchest advocates for affordable housing acknowledged Thursday there are significant challenges to asking voters next year to support a tax for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.
The patch of the sky that appears overhead at about 7 p.m. in mid-November is informally known as “the celestial sea.” That’s because it is home to all forms of watery constellations.
Thursday, November 18
Dedication ceremony scheduled for noon Wednesday
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said a dedication ceremony for the new whistle has been scheduled for noon Wednesday.
Former Steamboat resident suspected after 3 bodies found in tree
An unemployed tree-trimmer, once a Steamboat Springs resident, arrested after a teenage girl was found bound and gagged in his basement pointed the way Thursday to the bodies of her brother, mother and another woman, stuffed into garbage bags and hidden in a hollow tree, authorities said.
Steamboat Ski Area expects to offer top-to-bottom skiing on several feet of natural snow Wednesday, when it opens for the season with five lifts and 66 trails including the gondola and Storm Peak Express. On Thursday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials announced they would open Christie Peak Express, the gondola, Storm Peak Express, Burgess Creek and Four Points lifts on the first day of the 2010-11 season.
Two new businesses are scheduled to ask for permission to open in Oak Creek at a meeting of the Oak Creek Town Board tonight.
Options limited, but more routes expected open by the weekend
A year ago, the Steamboat Ski Touring Center opened Nov. 15. This winter, the center first began grooming operations and opened on the same date. Even Wednesday, the day a strong winter storm that blanketed the Yampa Valley in snow measured by the foot finally gave way to bluebird skies, groomed options for local cross-country skiers were limited, but that could change this weekend.
The Steamboat Springs High School football team had three players named to the Western Slope League all-league team. Senior Michael Savory was named to the first team, and senior Tanner Anderson and sophomore Christian Ramirez were named honorable mention.
The Soroco High School football team made its first trip to the 8-man playoffs this year, eventually falling to Dayspring Christian. And in the Rams’ first year in the North Central Division, they placed four players on the first team all-division squad, with two players earning honorable mention nods.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
The fictional Deadrock, Nev., can be saved, and the performing arts might just be the thing to save it. Students from Steamboat Springs High School will take to the stage for their rendition of the musical, "Crazy For You" beginning at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for SSHS students with an activities pass.
The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one hour shifts starting the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.
The South Routt School Board tonight is scheduled to consider a resolution to participate in the state’s interest-free loan program. The program had been suspended with state voters considering tax- and fee-cutting ballot measures Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61. With their rejection, the program has been reinstated.
Officials are awaiting the toxicology reports to determine what killed Anna Kay Forbes, the 37-year-old Steamboat Springs woman found dead Nov. 5 on Rabbit Ears Pass. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg also said an autopsy for Susan Herman, the 53-year-old woman found dead in her Walton Creek home Monday, will be performed today to determine the cause of death.
Nearly 50 percent increase in premiums could spur change
Weary of being punished by their health insurance carrier, the Routt County Board of Commissioners is close to self-insuring the county’s employees. County officials received a shock in late September when their health insurance provider hit them with a 47 percent premium increase amounting to $1.2 million.
Announcement about open trails, lifts and terrain expected this week
When the sun peeked through the clouds Wednesday after nearly a week of snow, S-tracks were etched into several snow-covered runs on Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill. Steamboat reported snowfall of 74 inches this season as of Wednesday afternoon, and with almost two weeks left in the month, the resort could see the snowiest November in 30 years.
Wednesday, November 17
Development group CEO vows to work through loan restructuring
One Steamboat Place at the base of Steamboat Ski Area went into foreclosure Wednesday with $100 million on its original construction loan owed to seven lenders. The developers said they and two investors are negotiating with the banks to restructure the outstanding construction debt.
Neighbors and acquaintances of Matthew Hoffman never knew what to make of him. He was controlling, peculiar and smart in a scary way, they said. The 30-year-old, who spent six years in a Colorado prison before returning to Ohio, is charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old girl who was found bound and gagged in his basement. A judge Tuesday set his bond at $1 million.
Heritage Park 2- to 5-year-olds buy groceries for LIFT-UP
The students at Heritage Park Preschool went grocery shopping Tuesday, but it was no ordinary shopping trip for the children. The students were buying food for LIFT-UP of Routt County. Preschool teacher Denise Turton said the tradition began about five years ago as a way to convey the meaning of Thanksgiving.
New inn lease would add interest; councilman says audit shows ‘sloppy’ records
A new lease proposed for the city’s Iron Horse Inn could place a heavier burden on an operator whose financial bookkeeping faced strong criticism Tuesday night. The Steamboat Springs City Council gave final approval to the lease proposal Tuesday night.
The Festival of Trees has had 16 years to grow its roots into the community organizations, nonprofits and businesses of Steamboat Springs. This year, the annual Tread of Pioneers Museum fundraiser is glowing as brightly as ever, with 16 Christmas trees decorated by local groups on display through Monday.
The Yampa Ranger District station said the permits for self-cut Christmas trees already are flying in as families prepare for the Thanksgiving Day tradition. For $10, anyone can buy a permit to cut a tree in the approved areas of the National Forest land.
David Torgler had successful 8 years as city administrator in Wisconsin
David Torgler didn’t spend much time at his previous two jobs, but a former boss said the new Hayden town manager would be an asset to the community. Claude Lois, who was mayor of Burlington, Wis., from 2000 to 2008 and was a member of the city council before that, said Torgler, who was city administrator, jumped into his position with both feet.
I’m always amazed at how well some local gardeners do with houseplants. Our climate is so dry indoors and some window spaces can have such intense temperature swings between day and night that plants really struggle to stay alive. Here are a few tips for maintaining houseplants.
Inspections show local restaurants struggle to keep food cold, hot
Inspection data from the past three years shows that local restaurants can have a hard time keeping things cool. “Cold-holding” violations, or keeping certain foods at 41 degrees or lower, by far accounted for the most citations at Routt County food service establishments since July 2007.
When my brother says he’s going “to pay the water bill,” what he really means is he is going to the bathroom. For reasons I have yet to comprehend, families love to share too much information, or TMI, with each other.
Three Steamboat Springs High School volleyball players were named to the Western Slope League all-league team. And the good thing for Wendy Hall is that her two first-team selections — libero Kailee Duryea and outside hitter Maggie Stanford — are just juniors. Senior setter Jenna Peters received an honorable mention.
Snowmobile club meets with board of commissioners
Members of the Routt Powder Riders snowmobile club met with the Routt County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, seeking assurances that the county would plow 1.5 miles of a U.S. Forest Service Road to ensure future access to a new parking lot.
The Hayden School Board is scheduled to discuss tonight results of the district’s successful ballot measure requesting that voters approve a property tax increase.
At this point, the Gloria Gossard Parkway in western Steamboat Springs is a road to nowhere. There is a bright side — at least it’s not a bridge. In seriousness, it’s unfortunate the way the chips have fallen in the Gloria Gossard Parkway/Overlook Park plan.
Our transportation system is the lifeline to our community. In our valley we receive almost all of our food, energy, products, services and tourist dollars directly or indirectly via our transportation lifeline as well as the highly valued personal mobility of our vehicles.
As the Steamboat Springs City Council reviews the ideas and suggestions offered at the Economic Development Open House, let’s recall that the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan provides us with council’s current umbrella of economic policy goals and intentions.
12:19 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an intoxicated person in an alley near the 100 block of 10th Street.
Tuesday, November 16
The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened the 50-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 from Steamboat Springs to Kremmling at about 11:30p.m. Tuesday. It has been closed for about five hours because of adverse conditions.
Ski Corp., Dickson Productions hope to introduce revamped festival
After seven years of base area entertainment, the annual Ski Jam music festival will not return to Steamboat Ski Area this winter. The Texas-based festival organizer and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. said Tuesday that they're working together to figure out how to replace the January festival with a new music offering.
Detectives are investigating $30,000 to $40,000 reported missing from Alpine Family Dentistry and expect to turn the case over to the district attorney this week.
Course will be built at Steamboat Ski Area starting in January
Steamboat is raising its profile for those sports with competitions including a USASA snowboard and ski cross event on Jan. 22 and 23, as well as a U.S. Telemark Cross event Jan. 29. The ski area also will host a NorAm Hole Shot Tour event Jan. 25 through 27, one of only three stops on the tour.
Voters narrowly approve revenue-boosting measure for schools
By just 10 votes, Hayden voters approved a property tax increase that will generate additional revenue for the school district. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said Tuesday that Hayden residents cast 505 ballots in favor of Referendum 3B, while 495 opposed it — a 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent margin.
12:26 a.m. A Steamboat Springs Police Department traffic stop led to an arrest in the 1700 block of Burgess Creek Road. A 47-year-old Aspen man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failure to signal.
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.
The first phase of Steamboat’s $1.3 million Gloria Gossard Parkway is complete. There’s just nowhere for motorists to go on the new road. Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Philo Shelton said the parkway won’t be plowed and won’t be open to traffic this winter.
Community holiday dessert contest grows in 2nd year
Meghan McNamara wasn’t deterred Sunday night when her first attempt to make a cake for this year’s Holiday Dessert Bake-Off didn’t go as planned. Although the first cake stuck to the pan, her second attempt was far more successful. McNamara won best cake honors for her almond coconut date cake at the second annual event.
Sunday, Nov. 14
Bud Werner Library has added Pajama Story-times to its fall/winter schedule. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to come in their pajamas with a parent or caregiver for stories, crafts and snacks featuring the home country of a local au pair.
It’s barely mid-November and it seems winter already has taken charge. Although we have seasonal delights to look forward to, many of us are in shock and could use something to lift our spirits. Luckily during the holidays, there is a series of concerts featuring splendid, uplifting music.
I guess I’m probably the last skier on Earth — or for that matter, on Pandora — to watch the groundbreaking film “Avatar.” But we finally sat down to watch the 3-D sensation in 2-D on our old-school television last night. As we watched, I caught myself wondering how soon it will be before extreme ski movies are shot in 3-D.
Council to be presented with financial findings at tonight’s meeting
The city’s finance director was tight-lipped Monday about results of an audit of the Iron Horse Inn that will be presented tonight in Centennial Hall. City Council members requested the audit before they act on a proposed new lease agreement.
Monday, November 15
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg was called to a report of a 53-year-old Steamboat Springs woman found dead in a neighborhood off Walton Creek Road at about 6 p.m. Monday.
Marvin Cameron, a Craig resident and longtime Craig Police Department officer, will soon become the new commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team. Cameron, 46, who has about 23 years of law enforcement experience, will replace Garrett Wiggins, who was elected Routt County Sheriff in the Nov. 2 general election.
Authorities in Ohio continued to search Monday night for three missing people connected to a 13-year-old girl who was found bound and gagged in the basement of a man with Steamboat Springs ties. Matthew John Hoffman is in custody in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Creative Expressions uses artistic activities to help individuals through tough times
Everywhere we go, we carry beliefs that help us navigate the twists and turns of everyday life. Sometimes, however, our unconscious beliefs actually inhibit our ability to grow through adversity. During times of loss, grief and change, especially, embedded assumptions can build a conceptual jail around us, preventing us from exploring the difficulty of change in a way that also helps us see hope and possibilities in the future.
Buzzy Jackson has traced her family history through records, ancient cemeteries and her very own DNA, learning her son’s ancestors had been in America since colonial times. Tonight, Jackson will visit Steamboat Springs and speak at a meeting of Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Genealogy Club, at 7 p.m. in Library Hall.
There is no shortage of reasons to root for Bryan Fletcher. He’s a local Nordic combined skier who has beaten cancer, is on the cusp of earning staying power on the World Cup A circuit and, most of all, Fletcher seems like a guy who gets it.
2010 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results
Saturday, Nov. 13
The Board of Directors for the Whiteout Volleyball Club invites players and parents to an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Pilot & Today, 1901 Curve Plaza.
Sleep — it’s more important than you think. We are just now discovering how crucial sleep is to our health and well-being. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, sleep helps us improve learning, memory and mood, while lack of sleep causes slower thinking, confusion and difficulty focusing.
Piles of electronics, 250 pairs of skis, 50 bikes among items collected Saturday
Residents who like to build fences out of retired skis could have plenty of new material with which to work. The 430 cars who pulled into the Meadows Parking Lot for a Saturday recycling event unloaded 250 pairs of skis, 50 bicycles, more than 45 cubic yards of electronics, 12 cubic yards of organic waste, 1,800 wine corks and much more.
Steamboat Ski Area was reporting a 2-foot base and 46 inches of total snowfall Sunday, after a weekend of precipitation in Steamboat Springs that bolstered snow totals less than 10 days from opening day on Mount Werner. A meteorologist said snowfall was expected to continue through Tuesday.
County Agenda for Nov. 15 and 16
Sunday, November 14
Increase in players attributed to Colorado Mountain College classes
There are a plethora of reasons why tennis is one of the fastest-growing activities locally. At the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, this was as evident as it ever has been with more than 120 local players taking part in the Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships.
Lingering questions remained after February’s historic U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team performance at the 2010 Olympics. Can the Americans remain relevant in the sport for years to come? The answer is starting to reveal itself as the 2010-11 season approaches, thanks to a pair of brothers from Steamboat Springs.
At no point a year ago did Devin Wilkinson envision herself here. Just a year removed from playing for the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team, Wilkinson was sitting in an airport Thursday in Texas, preparing to head to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Jake Carson said he and his girlfriend, Tori Koski, plan to offer a changing variety of homemade soups, hot sandwiches, gourmet cheeses and meats and more when their 5th Street Market & Deli opens in a few weeks. Several new businesses will open in downtown Steamboat in coming weeks. In addition to the 5th Street Market, they include clothing store White Pepper, children’s store Kookaburra Kidz and others in development.
Snow Bowl hosts 38 athletes Saturday for tournament
Bruce Rule didn’t have words for what it felt like to win the gold medal. He just kissed the medal that hung around his neck and smiled. Every one of the 38 Special Olympics athletes who rolled bowling balls down the lanes of Snow Bowl on Saturday afternoon got one of those medals.
City code includes rules about online harassment cases
As communication moves online, the harassment that was once the purview of telephones has followed. To bring the municipal code up to date and to give police officers more options in dealing with harassment, the Steamboat Springs City Council has updated the town laws to allow prosecution of e-crimes.
School now requires participation in weekly service projects
Will Horner helped nail together, sand and paint wooden benches and a picnic table Thursday afternoon for Yampatika at the city-owned Legacy Ranch. It was just one of several community service projects the senior from The Lowell Whiteman School has participated in recently.
Innovation isn’t dead when it comes to the ski and snowboard industry. A quick browse through any local gear shop will prove as much. This is the first of a two-story Outdoors page series on the new crop of winter gear.
Living in Steamboat Springs comes with all sorts of challenges. Some are obvious, like the financial difficulties. There are so, so many sweet toys out there, so many ways to blow a paycheck. And you need it all, right, from gloves to goggles, rocker boards to powder planks.
Sympathy goes to family and friends of Anna Forbes, who worked at the Doak Walker Care Center. They had a memorial for her Wednesday. Love and sympathy from all the Doak residents.
I read with interest your story about the Steamboat mom who is treating her 13-year-old son’s autism with marijuana (“An alternative treatment,” Oct. 31, 2010). Why does traditional Western medicine not prescribe marijuana for patients like this unfortunate child in your newspaper article? Since I have declined requests to write a marijuana prescription, I would like to answer that question for your readers.
Discussion was a good first step in figuring out how to bolster the local economy
The Steamboat Springs economy has faced its share of challenges in the past two years, and, to employ a couple of common recession-time expressions, there probably isn’t a silver bullet to turn things around or a crystal ball to determine when a turnaround might begin. But the Steamboat Springs City Council appears willing to do its part to improve the situation for city businesses.
Karen Mayfield, Thursday’s keynote speaker at Colorado Group Realty’s fourth annual Real Estate Roundup and Expo, all but promised her audience that she wouldn’t cheer them up. And before she launched into the bad news, she offered that ray of hope: “We’re through the worst.”
Total dollar volume for sales is up 71 percent from 2009
Through the end of September and the third quarter of 2010, Bruce Carta, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reports dollar volume of $389 million compared with $227 million at the same benchmark in 2009, a 71 percent increase.
As a small-business owner in Steamboat, my clients mention, almost daily, the extreme lack of customer service that is given from many other businesses here.
Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 5 to 10, 2010
Sincere condolences to William and Charlene Forbes, who lost their daughter, Anna Kay Forbes, on Nov. 1. She is missed by family and friends.
Longtime Steamboat Springs real estate executive Tony Walton has joined Steamboat Village Brokers.
Saturday, November 13
Tigers knew top Class 1A team would present a challenge
Wray, the top seed and the only undefeated team in the Class 1A playoffs, relied on a stingy defense and a second-quarter burst to run away with a 47-7 victory in Hayden.
Check out events in Routt County this weekend, including painting workshops, National Gaming Day celebration, “Sorrow to Joy” performance at United Methodist Church and live music at local entertainment spots. Click here to learn more.
The clock struck zero, but the celebration had only begun. The Little Snake River Valley School Rattlers football team rushed the field waiving their helmets and jumping in the air. In the middle of the field, the team huddled, knocked helmets, shouted and embraced each other.
Concert, bowling tournament to raise money for gifts
The Toys for Tots local organizers have pulled together two fundraisers to boost the event’s annual toy buy, even as only about half of the local sponsors returned this year. The Toys for Tots program handed out toys to 229 families last year in Routt and Moffat counties.
Things were rough, Hayden High School football coach Shawn Baumgartner readily admitted. It wasn’t that his team, which plays at 1 p.m. today in the Class 1A state quarterfinals, had been terrible. The squad lost three of its first four games, all three one-score defeats. Two came against larger-class opponents and the third to defending 1A champion Yuma.
The contract for Friends of the Chief to buy the historic Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat has expired, but people on both sides of the deal say discussions continue. Jim Cook, speaking for Friends of the Chief, said rather than extending the purchase contract a second time, the two parties have agreed to wait until an appraisal of the property is complete.
I find myself increasingly bombarded by marketing messages from companies and organizations I maintain only a mild interest in. To sum up my feelings, if I ever find out who the guy is at Orbitz who keeps pitching me cut rate airfares to Rapid City, I’ll send him into orbit.
Bill Mason loves the smell of candy. He loves the taste of it, too, and he had plenty of opportunities to taste homemade toffee on his first day at a new job with the Steamboat Toffee Co. Mason was the end of a three-person assembly line Friday in a commercial kitchen near Hayden, where he, Rhi Gifford and Melinda Orr learned to measure, package and seal individual samples of toffee.
5:43 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 1800 block of Kamar Plaza. A person apparently tried to kick in a door at a business and set off an alarm but did not get inside.
The Nadas have a tour bus that acts as a rolling billboard, but the advertisement isn’t for the band. Instead, the folk rockers wrapped their tour bus with the insignia of the World Bicycle Relief Fund, an international organization that helps provide bikes for underprivileged students in Africa.
Routt County school district lunch menus for the week of Nov. 15 to 19
Robert Jackson, referred to as “Hillbilly Bob” or “SportsterBob” has been suffering from recurring cancer difficulties and is being treated at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. He has no health insurance, and the bills are adding up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Friday, November 12
The upcoming Northwest Colorado Products Hometown Holiday Shopping Gala will be the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season. This year’s gala is the 13th annual.
Girls on the Run grows in 2nd year to include additional Routt County schools
Routt County’s Girls on the Run culminated Saturday in Grand Junction with the 11th annual Harbert Lumber Fall 5K. Girls on the Run uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of healthy living and self-respect, said Shannon Casson, a physical education teacher at Soda Creek Elementary School.
Mark Wick, who served in the Navy in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972, said he wasn’t afforded much respect when he returned home. “Not at all,” he said. Wick stood behind the bar Thursday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and recalled his arrival back home. When his ship sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, Wick said protesters dropped cans of paint onto the vessel’s deck from high above.
Sitting in the south window of the Community Budget Center in downtown Craig is an open trunk containing various home items. A sign hangs near the trunk reading “basic survival gear.”
Kenneth “Howdy” Davis sat Thursday behind the spotlight at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Davis, a 73-year-old Craig resident, remained still as he listened to the words of his fellow veterans ring throughout the auditorium, their message heard by hundreds of MCHS students.
The Hayden High School football team has been here before. The Tigers, winners of three straight and five of their last six, have peered across the field in the past and seen what most outsiders deem as the best team in Class 1A. No. 9 Hayden prepares to welcome top-seeded Wray at 1 p.m. Saturday.
After just two years as a band and winning the prestigious Telluride Band Contest, The HillBenders have been thrown into a whirlwind of “good things happening.” The band plays at 7:30 p.m. today to kick off the Depot Show Concert Series. Tickets are $15 and are available at All That Jazz, First String Music and at the door.
Event features more than 120 players
Some tournaments at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs pit locals against regional rivals. Others set children against one another in lighthearted matches. However, Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships are not about laughs and pats on the back.
Coaches Rod Wille, Rod Olinger and the five members of the Routt County 4-H Livestock Judging Team have traveled across the county, practicing with animals on local ranches. They’ve traveled across the state and region to competitions as a team. But today, they’ll leave on their most monumental journey yet.
About 50 community members, a group consisting of military veterans and their families, attended the district’s annual program honoring men and women who have served or are serving in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy on Thursday morning in the Hayden High School auditorium.
Watch the most progressive young skiers and ski movie veterans tackle imposing lines in Alaska and fearless stunts over backcountry kickers and natural terrain features in Poor Boyz’s 2010 effort, “Revolver.”
Chinese restaurant offers delivery service to Steamboat
Andy and Jaila Benjamin decided that if business isn’t coming to them often enough, they are going to go out and find it. The Benjamins, owners of Chelsea’s Restaurant in Oak Creek, are expanding with the help of their SUV, making lunchtime deliveries of their Chinese food to Steamboat Springs.
The Hayden High School cheerleaders are hosting a couple of events leading up to Saturday’s 1 p.m. state quarterfinals football game against Wray High School. A community tailgate party is from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. today in the high school parking lot. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served, and attendees are encouraged to wear orange and black.
Property sale, reopening, small demolitions possible for market
The owners of Sweet Pea Market and Cafe hope to reopen the downtown business sometime in winter or early spring, but they’re leaving plenty of other options on the table. A Prudential Steamboat Realty sign now sits in front of the property, and a demolition permit has been issued for two structures there.
The Yampa Valley Singers choir will perform “Sorrow to Joy,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 and available at the door and from chorus members. The repertoire will follow an arc beginning with the stark realities of war, death and destruction, but with each piece, the despair transforms into joy and hope.
12:07 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers talked with the driver of a car parked in the 400 block of Howelsen Parkway. Everything was fine.
Thursday, November 11
Jennifer Riley, The Memorial Hospital’s chief of organizational excellence, said the hospital and its employees are ready to share an important milestone with community members. “Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the new facility, so to celebrate that we’re doing a couple of different activities here at the hospital,” Riley said.
Repairs to Yampa River feature start with diversion of current
Fear not: The concrete parking lot dividers being placed in the Yampa River opposite the library Thursday are not permanent. Instead, they will be used to divert the current while repairs are made to the whitewater play feature known as Charlie’s Hole.
Air Force 1st Lt. John Daschle has a great deal of responsibility as a logistics officer at a U.S. military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. But when he isn’t working a 12-hour shift, he escapes with a simple hobby. Before Daschle completes his six-month tour of duty, he wants to wallpaper his room with personal photos — snowboard action photos from Steamboat Springs are among his favorites.
Our veterans understand what we civilians can only wonder about. They place a higher value than the rest of us upon going to sleep at night and awakening each morning without fear.
There’s not much of a honky-tonk scene in Flint, Mich. In the late 1980s, a young Eric David Allen knew about his grandfather’s vinyl collection and the Gibson J-200 guitar he left behind, but he knew nothing about country stardom in Nashville, Tenn., or Austin, Texas.
There was convincing and cajoling, friendly wagers and deals. In the end, though, Hayden High School senior Ben Williams said it was a desire not to miss his senior season that convinced him to go out for football after skipping his junior campaign to play baseball.
Parents and players interested in the opportunity for girls ages 11 to 18 can attend
An informational meeting will be held this month for girls interested in playing club volleyball this winter and their parents. The Whiteout Volleyball Club, formerly NORCO West, will hold an informational meeting for parents and players at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.
5:35 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a one-car crash in the 1500 block of Clubhouse Drive. A car ran off the road, and there were no injuries.
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs will host the Merry Mainstreet event from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 on Lincoln Avenue. Mainstreet is inviting entries for the Mainstreet Light Parade as part of the event.
With the Oak Creek town budget tight and town staff already stretched thin with loads of work, resident Jackie Brown decided to find a way to initiate a project to better the community — without the town government.
The town of Oak Creek is taking a closer look at the odor from a medical marijuana processing facility after a resident and former Planning Commission member complained that the filters on the plant were not working.
2 local races tabbed among state’s best by readers of Colorado Runner magazine
The Steamboat series’ 10K at 10,000 Feet was voted the state’s best at that distance, and the Run Rabbit Run 50-mile trail ultra-marathon was voted the state’s best ultra in a survey conducted by Colorado Runner magazine.
Wednesday, November 10
New Hayden Town Manager David Torgler said the community has challenges, but its opportunities are just one reason he was attracted to the position. Like most cities and towns across the country, Hayden’s biggest challenge is finances, he said Wednesday.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. started the snowmaking season Tuesday evening, according to a news release. A record 93 guns were being used, the release stated. The ski area is scheduled to open Nov. 24 for Scholarship Day, with the official Opening Day on Nov. 25.
Two California hunters separated from their group Tuesday night walked out of the woods in North Routt County on Wednesday morning just as search crews got to the area.
A line formed out of the Craig City Council chambers Tuesday night with residents eager to hear how the council and Mayor Don Jones would move forward with a plan to remove deer inside city limits. After about 45 minutes of discussion, the city council agreed more discussion was needed before moving forward with one or more of the options presented by the Colorado Division of Wildlife for dealing with deer in the city.
Hickenlooper invites input from VNA leader, county commissioner
Sue Birch, CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, will be one of 16 statewide transition team co-chairs, and Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush will serve on a transportation committee.
Yampa Valley Recycles and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council on Saturday will host what they hope will be the biggest one-day drop-off recycling event Steamboat has ever seen. Waste Management will kick off long-term collection of electronics bearing the Sony, LG, Zenith, Gold Star and Bose brands at no charge during the event.
The stinky, salty smell of my son’s dirty laundry greets me as I open the front door. Nothing strikes temporary paralysis in a teenager’s body quite like the edict, “clean your room.” However, my son always reinterprets it to mean: “Do nothing. Absolutely. Nothing.”
Students explore 5 religions in humanities class
The 23 Yampa Valley School students sat quietly Tuesday afternoon, meditating. They were visiting the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs. The students are studying comparative religion this quarter as part of their humanities credit, teacher Chuck Rosemond said.
Micro loans, marketing plans, more discussed at Olympian Hall
Of all the business-friendly ideas floated Tuesday night at a crowded Olympian Hall, the one most likely to spur quick action came from Francis Abate, who questioned the $1,500 planning fee he would have had to pay for review of a $25 permit.
What’s that flashy, golden star hovering over the northeastern mountains as darkness falls throughout mid-November? It’s Capella, the third-brightest star visible in Colorado skies and the brightest star visible in the constellation of Auriga the Charioteer.
October 24-hour endurance event in Utah is a team effort
very October, just south of the mountain bike mecca of Moab, a veritable city springs up in the desert for the 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race. Fleets, herds and droves of kooky bike folks show up with truckloads of equipment to convert the fairly inhospitable landscape into a “home.”
Former Oak Creek mayor ordered to pay for some costs in lawsuit delay
Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman took a $5,500 hit in court after a judge ruled that she “continued to frustrate and impede the discovery process” in her lawsuit against the town of Oak Creek and former police officer Erik Foster.
Monday, Nov. 8
Thirty-five years ago, the American Cancer Society launched the Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to not smoke for at least 24 hours and hopefully inspire many to quit smoking for good.
After reading the article about Mrs. Dickson giving her autistic son medical marijuana (“An alternative treatment,” Oct. 31 Steamboat Pilot & Today), I continued to read on through the online comments. Interestingly enough, the debate only concerned the use of medical marijuana. No one seemed to know much about autism itself.
After just reading the Steamboat Today story on the Oak Creek Town Board’s Thursday meeting when Mr. Wise’s grow application at 106 Moffat Ave. was denied (“Oak Creek to hire life coach,” Oct. 30), I believe the board did the town and its residents a rather large disservice.
Home, car winterizing important to safety during cold months
Winter is making a statement that it might be here to stay. The National Weather Service forecasts cool temperatures and snow all week in the Yampa Valley, and Steamboat Ski Area is expected to open in two weeks. But residents and commuters have more than just a ski tune to worry about.
The Steamboat Springs girls U19 hockey team, the reigning state champions, opened the season during the weekend with a win at the 17th annual Aspen Fall Faceoff tournament. The team went 3-1 in pool play before beating Aspen, 2-1, in the finals.
Lane Shipley, a 2007 Steamboat Springs High School graduate and senior defensive tackle for the Big Green, recently was named to the ESPN Academic All-District I University Division football team. Members of the College Sports Information Directors of America vote on the team.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted, 3-0, Tuesday to approve a permit for a new exploratory oil and gas well 4.5 miles southwest of Hayden on Routt County Road 65.
Locals really have really stepped up for the Routt County United Way during its drive so far this year. Last week’s $10K Day for United Way drew $42,667 in donations, plus $5,000 more in a match from Yampa Valley Bank. A previous fundraising day in September raised $23,274 for the organization.
Adult coed volleyball league results
The Steamboat Springs Booster Club is taking orders for Butter Braids through 3 p.m. today. Those who have not been contacted by a student but want to order a braid can call Diane Anderson at 970-846-1280 or Emilie Rogers at 970-846-1024.
Tuesday, November 9
Legal expert says motions, evidence questions could delay start date
A three-day trial for Brooks Kellogg is scheduled to start Jan. 3, but a legal expert said Tuesday that pretrial motions and evidence questions could push that date back.
Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers began to organize a search for a possible lost hunter in the Buffalo Pass area at about 4 p.m. today, but they were called off when the person was found in Jackson County.
Winter doesn't become official for another six weeks, but it won't feel that way by the end of the week. The National Weather Service calls for an 80 percent chance of snow today, with accumulation of 1 to 3 inches, followed by a chance of snow through Thursday.
District enlists agency to make up for lost kindergarten tuition
The Steamboat Springs School District has enlisted a collection agency to recoup unpaid full-day kindergarten fees from the 2009-10 school year.
The Record for Nov. 7
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampa Valley Recycles are celebrating America Recycles Day with a community recycling drop-off center from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Meadows Parking Lot at Pine Grove Road and Mount Werner Road. The drop-off is for residential recyclers only; no commercial drop-offs will be accepted.
City says materials near skatepark to be crushed, used for road projects
A city engineer said Monday that there’s no timeline for the removal and reuse of asphalt from the Lincoln Avenue repaving project that’s now piled at the site of former sewer lagoons near Bear River Skatepark.
Commissioners could approve 2nd permit for drilling
The Routt County Board of Commissioners could vote to approve the second West Routt oil and gas well in three weeks this afternoon when they consider a special use permit for a 10,000-foot-deep well proposed by True Oil LLC.
Residents, school district won’t know fate of 3B until next week
With just 14 votes separating approval and rejection of Referendum 3B, the district’s proposed property tax increase, Hayden School District Superintendent Mike Luppes won’t know whether the 27 provisional ballots and a few unsigned mail ballots will affect the outcome of the election until Nov. 16.
My wife used to snicker at me when I would toss a couple of sleeping bags into the car before setting off on a mid-winter trip to Denver. Not anymore. Ever since the time we slept for five hours in the back of our vehicle while it was parked outside the Silverthorne Community Center, sleeping bags have been embraced.
The Steamboat Springs City Council is taking a hands-on approach to stimulating the local economy and reaching out to its business community during an economic development open house tonight. The public forum will feature a discussion about how the city can better support local businesses.
I might be up against another hard sell, but I’m always trying to convince gardeners that when it comes to growing vegetables here, we need to get back to our roots — literally.
Monday, November 8
Sandy Wisecup agrees to deferred judgment, care requirements
After negotiations that stretched into the night, attorneys finalized a plea deal late Monday for Sandy Wisecup that outlines the number of horses she can keep on her property in Oak Creek Canyon and the care she must provide for them.
2nd annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off set for Nov. 15
Rae Rouse remembers in delicious detail how her grandmother’s sugar cookies used to melt in her mouth. This week, she’ll attempt to dig up her grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe for the second annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off, presented by the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Winter sport practices kick off Friday for area schools
Across Routt County, area high schools are gearing up for the tipoff of basketball season. For Hayden High School, however, things could get off to a delayed start with several players preparing for a football game Saturday. Tigers coach Mike Luppes' thoughts? No worries.
Losing sucks. One of the great things about sports is most times there is a definitive winner and loser. But ask anyone who has played sports, and losing is as much a part of the game as winning. No one in his or her life is undefeated.
Bob Mullen knows war changes people. An officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, Mullen is giving a presentation about post-traumatic stress disorder at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Mary Walker, who is home from Kenya until early December, will screen a documentary at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library about the girls at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Center in Narok. “Escape: Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Kenya,” is a movie that depicts the context surrounding the rescue center and the challenges the girls face.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Tickets are available for a raffle to benefit Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner, who has cancer. The prize is a basket valued at $1,906 that includes a whole pig (and processing), gift certificates, hair products, skin products, a day of ski demos, a ski/snowboard tuning, clothing, photographs, animal vaccinations, food gift certificates and more.
One well-known fact about Yampa Valley Medical Center’s recent expansion is that it created more space for the delivery of newborn babies at our Family Birth Place. Other areas of the hospital also have experienced a rebirth. Relocation of the Health Information Management department allowed YVMC to create the Outreach Clinic.
Did you notice, like I did, that about a year ago, the pace of biking plans and successes and the news about it all accelerated significantly? I’m not a hard-core cyclist, but I’m a big-time fan of the Yampa Valley and all it has to offer.
Thanksgiving is approaching, and families soon will be gathering in warm settings — content, at peace and immersed in the joy of the occasion. Unfortunately, this is not reality for most families. Whether it’s squabbles or sarcasm, feigned happiness or empty seats at the dinner table, Thanksgiving and the holidays often highlight tension and conflicts.
County Agenda for Nov. 8 and 9
Sunday, November 7
Matt Tredway, who until last May taught at Steamboat Springs Middle School and led the school’s Everything Outdoors Steamboat program, was hunkered down at Camp 2 with his team, an international collection of climbers led by Sherpa Chhiring Dorje.
Michael Savory blends classroom with football
Steamboat senior Michael Savory is a natural leader, using his acumen in the classroom to make him a better football player and the things he learns on the football field as a linebacker and running back to make him a better person.
Steamboat has known of its inclusion in the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge bike stage race for less than a week. The actual event is more than nine months away, but many minds are focused on the riders who might thunder down Steamboat next August and what their arrival in town will mean.
Chris Zirkle’s senior season running cross-country was noteworthy for obvious reasons. The Hayden home-schooled senior, completing his fourth year running for Moffat County High School, placed third last weekend at the Class 4A state championship in Aurora.
For most of us, last week’s unseasonably warm days were a reason to celebrate. But for Jefff Nelson, the sun can’t fade fast enough. Nelson and the snowmaking crews at Howelsen Hill already are busy preparing, making sure the hills will be ready — but they could use some help.
The Record for Nov. 5
The Jail Report for Oct. 30 to Nov. 5
Steamboat is known for its acumen at producing world-class Nordic combined skiers, but judging from the past several years, the Winter Sports Club’s freestyle skiing program is beginning to make a name of its own.
Colorado Association of School Nurses named Steamboat Springs High School nurse Dot Haberlan School Nurse of the Year for 2010. School Board members also proclaimed last week “Dot Haberlan Week.” She was awarded during the Colorado Association of School Nurses fall conference Friday night in Breckenridge.
A very astute woman friend who’s been in the political field her entire life once told me “you gotta have hair to be elected.” It’s not 100 percent true, but the point was made. She might have added: Attractive people have the skids greased a bit easier than the rest of us.
Knowing about your family’s health history goes a long way toward preventing serious diseases like diabetes.
I am once again humbled by our giving and supportive community. During this year’s election difficulties, Routt County voters rallied to prove how blessed we are to live in this community.
On behalf of the Yampa River Botanic Park, we just want to say “Wow!” The annual Steamboat Clay Artisans Soup Bowl Supper raised a whopping $6,500 for the botanic park.
Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 7
Thanks so much for the Election Guide insert in the Steamboat Today.
The Steamboat Springs City Council took a good first step last week toward increasing off-leash dog privileges for residents and their pets, and it shouldn’t be the last. In a 4-2 vote Tuesday, the council agreed to allow dogs to roam Rita Valentine Park off leash as long as those dogs are under voice and sight control at all times.
Building near Casey’s Pond to be 120,000 square feet
Colorado Senior Residences has entered the city planning process with its proposal for a 120,000-square-foot building comprising three arms radiating from a hub. The project includes 144 apartments on a 6-acre senior campus at 2855 Owl Hoot Trail just off Walton Creek Road on Steamboat Springs’ south side.
Resort Ventures West announced last week that Kerry Shea has become a partner in the firm. RVW is a resort real estate developer that has been based in Steamboat Springs since 2005.
Darren Clever picked for state award
Routt County Brand Inspector Darren Clever was named Brand Inspector of the Year by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, an honor he has nominated several others for but never expected to receive himself after 27 years in the field.
Brian McHardy, a world-renowned diamond cutter of 40 years, said people show him their heirloom diamonds with a sort of reverence he rarely sees anywhere else. McHardy returned to Hofmeister Jewelry Store to give an education demonstration on the process of cutting and polishing diamonds.
Developers renew plan for location at US 40 and Pine Grove
More than five years after it first appeared on the horizon, Walgreens, the publicly traded chain of pharmaceutical and general merchandise stores, is making another bid to come to U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road. Developers would like to break ground in March and see the store open by October.
Voters lean left in nonlocal races
The politics of Colorado, along with the rest of the nation, took a turn to the right in a few key races Tuesday, but Routt County continued to vote Democratic in nearly all of the state races. Republican wins were the exception in two high-profile local races: the coroner and sheriff races.
Routt County United Way and Wells Fargo Bank are sponsoring the free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Everyone is welcome.
Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 7
Real Estate transactions for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4
Saturday, November 6
Tigers advance to quarterfinal round of Class 1A playoffs
Hayden’s offense exploded on the Pirates today, and the defense held on long enough in the road game. The result was a 48-21 win that catapulted the Tigers into the Class 1A quarterfinals next weekend. Hayden is tentatively scheduled to face Wray at 1 p.m. Saturday in Hayden.
My first inclination was to suspect that the economy has been nothing but very good for Steamboat Springs’ auto salvage yard. Sherid Schonert straightened me out Friday afternoon. When the nation’s economy was running on four flat tires in 2008, even his business M&M was feeling the pinch.
Dog regulations at Rita Valentine, Spring Creek parks come with responsibilities
Steamboat Springs City Council voted, 4-2, on Tuesday to allow exercising dogs without a leash in Rita Valentine Park as long as they are under voice and sight control. Spring Creek Park was exempted from consideration for off-leash dog walking, with the notable exception of the First Pond area.
With a process as complicated as ballot counting, it’s impossible to avoid setbacks altogether, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said. As of Friday afternoon, election officials had counted 4,410 mail-in ballots, 1,962 early votes and 3,006 Election Day votes.
8:58 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a theft of trailer ramps from an auto shop in the 2600 block of Jacob Circle.
Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 8 to 12.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to a smoke alarm at 10:50 p.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of Ski Trail Lane. The alarm turned out to have resulted from a fire that started when oily rags spontaneously combusted in a stairwell, Fire Chief Ron Lindroth said. The house was unoccupied, and no one was injured.
Friday, November 5
Moffat County’s win against Steamboat is the 1st since 2004
A season in which the Steamboat Springs football team never could seem to catch a break came to an end Friday with a forgettable performance against rival Moffat County. It was the first time Moffat County has beat Steamboat since 2004.
Foul play ruled out in death of local 37-year-old
Foul play was ruled out in the death of a local 37-year-old. Routt County Search and Rescue also was sent to search for a lost hunter south of Hayden. The hunter was found in good condition.
Brooks Kellogg pleaded not guilty Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Denver to charges stemming from an alleged murder-for-hire plot. Kellogg, 72, attended Friday morning’s arraignment, handcuffed and in custody of U.S. Marshals.
Republican’s departure eliminates Western Slope representation
State Sen. Al White a Hayden Republican, essentially was ousted from the powerful House-Senate committee by his own party after serving on it for four years. He said one negative impact for Northwest Colorado residents would be the lack of Western Slope representation on the committee.
The dub and hip-hop group Peace Officer from Fort Collins returns to Steamboat. The group features the lyrics of four emcees and electronic influences. Peace Officer plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon and the show is free.
Oak Creek neighbor, bartender respond to woman's involvement
On a thin slice of dirt road is 424 Bell Ave., a small house with plastic across several windows and a deteriorating exterior. Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Brooks Kellogg, 72, owns that house. It’s the former home of a woman who has told the FBI she used to be Kellogg’s mistress. Kellogg was arrested Oct. 19 on suspicion of trying to pay for the killing of a Florida man.
Tigers hope to slow run-1st Pirates
The Hayden High School football team is back in the playoffs, and it’s to make it more than a one-game stay, Tigers’ coach Shawn Baumgartner said the team would have to be at its best for a 1 p.m. Saturday game. The Tigers, the 16-team tournament’s No. 9 seed, will open the playoffs on the road against 7-2 foe Monte Vista, No. 8.
Members seek more precise language for park fees, expenditures, board member process
Before it’s ready to close on the purchase of the 586-acre Lyman Orton parcel, City Council is seeking more clarity in its future working relationship with the nonprofit that would manage it.
Fundraising event brings nonprofit closer to $500,000 goal
Routt County United Way might need a new name for its $10K fundraising days. Wednesday’s $10K Day for United Way resulted in $42,667 in donations. That’s before adding Yampa Valley Bank’s $5,000 match, which brought the total to $47,667.
Sailors hope to end season by ending Bulldogs’ playoff hopes
It’s never hard to find motivation when playing your natural rival, but for a winless Steamboat Springs High School football team, today’s game could set several things in motion. A win at the 7 p.m. game today at Moffat County High School would start the offseason right.
For Stagecoach resident Megan Morgan, burlap coffee sacks were a blank canvas on which to project her cycling-influenced stencil art. Morgan’s new series of coffee bag art will be on display at Spill the Beans during First Friday Artwalk today.
Make conservation part of your to-do list this winter
Winter is in the air! Can’t you just smell it? Fall is one of the busiest times of the year at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. We are busy trying to encourage our participants to get their conservation practices installed before the snow flies so that we don’t have to check them out under two feet of snow.
Wedged in between the bright star Fomalhaut to the south and the glittering Pleiades star cluster to the east is the huge, lumbering constellation of Cetus the Whale. It ranks fourth in overall size among the 88 official constellations.
With the expense and effort put into landscaping yards and gardens, naturally, gardeners want to do everything they can to protect their investment. And trees tend to be the biggest investments that gardeners need to protect.
In East Africa, ‘mzungu’ is not a straightforward concept
Swahili, the “trade” language throughout much of East Africa, is not a uniform language. Under what circumstances it is used and how it is spoken varies widely throughout Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Soroco High School senior Lanette Laman set to perform
There’s no fiction in cowboy poetry. Well, there could be some embellishment, but the stories have to come from some experience, said Lanette Laman, a senior at Soroco High School. The 17-year-old amateur cowboy poet uses her experience growing up on ranches as the inspiration for her poetry.
After having his house searched and going through the court system, Hayden resident Timothy Nelson had all charges against him dropped. Prosecutors and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office decided there were significant questions about the May 23, 2009, search of his home.
Yampa Valley Autism Program has rescheduled its annual Masquerade Ball to March 5. The ball will take on more of a theme of Mardi Gras with prizes for best costumes, dancing and dining. The location is to be determined.
John Brown’s Body, Slightly Stoopid members make 2 appearances Saturday
Christofer Welter started going by the moniker C-Money as a rebellious pre-teen living in Florida. But there was one thing he held onto at school: playing trumpet in the marching band. The music he’s played with reggae bands such as John Brown’s Body and Slightly Stoopid during the past 13 years has fed him in a literal and soulful manner.
More gets 240 hours community service
After the deals and wrangling were done, Kati More, the Steamboat Springs woman accused of stealing then returning more than $60,000, will serve 240 hours of community service and pay nearly $1,700 in costs and fines.
The Record for Nov. 3
Yampa Valley Autism Program has rescheduled its annual Masquerade Ball to March 5.
Check out a list of First Friday Artwalk showings and a map of the locations by clicking here.
1:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a burglary alarm in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. The alarm was false.
Thursday, November 4
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said today that potential penalties for the two counts listed in the indictment of Brooks Kellogg total up to $500,000 in fines and up to 30 years in prison. Kellogg is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Denver.
Town included in 2 of 7 race stages for Quiznos Pro Challenge
In a year that’s seen tremendous enthusiasm and development for Steamboat Springs’ bicycling fortunes, the latest news is some of the biggest. Steamboat is in as one of the cities for next year’s Quiznos Pro Challenge bike race.
Developing group managed by Brooks Kellogg
Chadwick Estates LLC received a notice of foreclosure last week on four unsold townhomes and vacant land on Eagle Glen Drive, off Eagleridge Drive near the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The property and notice of foreclosure are part of a complex web of real estate sales, litigation and financial dealings that, in turn, are related to one of the most high-profile arrests in Steamboat Springs’ recent history.
New sheriff-elect considering his options for undersheriff
Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins said he got only two hours of sleep on the late election night Tuesday, and even then, his phone was ringing all night and he couldn’t sleep for long.
26-year legal veteran assesses questions about evidence
An FBI agent testified Monday that there’s no auditory recording of an alleged murder-for-hire conversation that led to last month’s arrest of Brooks Kellogg, but a prominent Denver criminal defense lawyer said that “glitch” — and other evidence questions — shouldn’t prevent a trial.
Lifelong teacher surrounded by family, friends during festivities
Elinor Hockett spoke little during her 100th birthday celebration Wednesday at the Doak Walker Care Center surrounded by family and friends. But those who know her best said that's the way she's always been as they shared stories at the milestone celebration.
Steamboat adult coed volleyball league standings for the week of Nov. 1 to 5
Outcome of school district’s property tax increase still uncertain
Barring any changes to the unofficial election results, Lorraine Johnson won the fourth and final seat up for election on the Hayden Town Council. The fate of the Hayden School’s District’s Referendum 3B is far less certain.
Clean, warm winter coats are available free to anyone who needs a coat — one per person — from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. The Food Bank is at the Lufkin Lift-Up Center, 2125 Curve Court, just down the street from Cook Chevrolet.
Born without legs, photographer and athlete to share perspective
Kevin Michael Connolly stares at people all the time. It’s a natural reaction to seeing something that doesn’t fit into a cultural definition of “normal,” the 25-year-old Montana resident said. With that in mind, it doesn’t bother Connolly that his entire life people have stared right back.
Teamwork, coordination and strength were on display inside the old gym at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday as members of the Sailors cheerleading team prepared for the first meet of the season.
Local kayaker loves new life on raft team
The best moment, Sarah Hamilton said, came, of course, on a rushing river in the Costa Rican jungle. Hamilton said the moment highlighted an incredible week in Costa Rica and the start of a competitive career the veteran Routt County paddler didn’t think possible until a few months ago.
James Terry moved from Junior A to spot in Grand Junction
As James Terry’s hockey career has progressed from Steamboat Springs to Montana and finally to Mesa State College in Grand Junction, he finally sounds like he’s found home on the ice. Terry, a 2007 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, recently was named the captain of the Mavericks hockey team in his junior year.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Wednesday, November 3
Early Wednesday, Steamboat Springs police arrested a 33-year-old man accused of refusing to leave a house and then punching a man in the face. In another case, police arrested a 37-year-old man accused of prohibited use of a weapon and disorderly conduct in Old Town.
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said he is disappointed to be ousted from the Routt County Sheriff’s Office but he doesn’t know what else he could have done to win the election.
Provisional, unsigned mail ballots could tip school funding vote
With Referendum 3B hanging by just a few votes, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said it’s possible for the results to shift as provisional and unsigned mail ballots are counted.
Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet has defeated Republican challenger Ken Buck in the country’s tightest U.S. Senate race.
Voters in Hayden and South Routt County approved property tax increases that will provide additional funding to each community’s school district. Each district’s superintendent said the annual funding boost would help them maintain current operations while facing anticipated cuts to K-12 education statewide.
Coloradans were on the way to shooting down three tax-slashing ballot measures Tuesday night, with initial returns showing each of the measures facing defeat.
Republican Scott Tipton, a state legislator from Cortez, will move his lawmaking career from the Capitol in Denver to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Tipton rode a nationwide Republican wave Tuesday and unseated Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar to earn a seat in Congress.
It looks as though there will be little turnover on Hayden Town Council. Lifelong resident Dallas Robinson and council members Jim Haskins and Tim Redmond were victorious, and Lorraine Johnson appears headed to a narrow win for the fourth and final seat.
GOP primed for wins; many ballot measures failing
Many statewide races were tough to call as evening turned into night on Tuesday, according to returns from The Denver Post. Republicans appeared poised for several victories, however.
Denver mayor wins Colorado gubernatorial race
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper won the Colorado governor’s race Tuesday after a campaign in which the GOP nominee imploded and a third-party candidate made a late surge. The Democrat is a former brew pub owner who benefited from the collapse of GOP nominee Dan Maes and a split in the state Republican Party.
The tallying of mail-in ballots extended past midnight and into this morning, causing election night complications. But voter turnout hit about 68 percent, with more than 9,000 Routt County residents weighing in.
Plan approved for access; intergovernmental agreement dissolved
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously in front of a packed house Tuesday night to approve the new Crawford Spur access road off 12th Street for Colorado Mountain College. The road would be about 300 feet from the existing access from Bob Adams Drive, but it satisfies the requirements of the International Fire Code.
Routt County voters decided overwhelmingly Tuesday to keep coroner Rob Ryg in office. Ryg easily held off challenges from Democrat Darrel Levingston and unaffiliated candidate Kevin Nerney to keep the job. Ryg has been the county’s coroner for the past seven years and was deputy coroner for the seven years before that.
Republicans rolled up historic gains to seize control of the House on Tuesday, as voters disenchanted with the economy, President Barack Obama and government dealt a strong rebuke to Democrats in every corner of the country.
New facility at Dry Creek Park funded by LiveWell grant
It didn’t take Ron Pannesi long to think of the best disc golf course in Northwest Colorado. Pannesi said with the course at Steamboat Ski Area closed because of logging operations, the recently opened course at Dry Creek Park in Hayden serves as this corner of the state’s best.
The leader of the committee that submitted a bid for Steamboat Springs to host a stage of the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge professional cycling stage race next summer remained optimistic for Thursday’s announcement of host cities.
12:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious person at Ninth and Oak streets.
Steamboat Springs Police Department detectives are gathering evidence in a reported embezzlement of $14,000 from a downtown Steamboat Springs dental office. The money was reported missing from Alpine Family Dentistry last week.
The 2010 election season has, mercifully, come to an end. Although voting is a hard-earned American right and privilege, we can’t help but feel as though this election included far too much anger and vitriol, from the electorate and from candidates’ campaigns on the local, state and national stages.
In your article dated Oct. 20, 2010 (“Ads stir election debate”), you made the following statement with respect to the FairTax tax reform proposal: “A bi-partisan tax panel commissioned in 2005 by former President George W. Bush released a report in 2005 that raised many potential problems with a FairTax system.” Indeed that panel did object to certain aspects of the proposal. In fact, they modified the proposal as documented and recorded as a bill in Congress according to their own preferences and scored that modified version.
In the wake of the BP disaster in the Gulf, many Americans are looking for cleaner sources of energy that carry less potential for pollution. However, living in the West still means sharing our land, air and water with fossil fuel development.
Democrats narrowly held their Senate majority Tuesday but suffered at least six stinging losses, including the Illinois seat once held by President Barack Obama.
Tuesday, November 2
Hot Sulphur Springs rancher and Republican Randy Baumgardner cruised to another victory in House District 57 on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Steve Ivancie with 64 percent of the vote and continuing the GOP’s long hold on the Northwest Colorado seat.
A late tally of about 4,000 mail ballots gave Garrett Wiggins the margin he needed to pull away from incumbent Gary Wall in the race for Routt County sheriff. “I’m excited to see I did pull away with the mail-in vote. It goes to show you hard work does pay,” Wiggins said.
What was intended to be an arraignment in District Court for Robert Cash on Tuesday turned into a discussion about his competency to stand trial and the evaluations needed before the case can proceed.
Polls open until 7 p.m. today across county
About 375 people had voted at the Routt County Courthouse Annex — the polling place for precincts 13 and 14 — by 5 p.m. today. The polls will be open across the county until 7 p.m.
Work to set girders over U.S. 40 is scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, as part of the Hayden rail spur project. U.S. 40 will be closed just east of Routt County Road 27 for up to 45 minutes at a time, Xcel Energy said in a release.
All signs point to above-average voter turnout in Routt County for today’s 2010 mid-term election. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said 5,376 of the county’s approximately 13,000 registered voters had cast their ballots as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Routt County United Way again hopes to raise $10,000 in a single day. The second $10K Day for United Way is Wednesday at Yampa Valley Bank. The bank will match every dollar given Wednesday, to as much as $5,000.
Sunday, Oct. 31
The man accused of trying to sell items stolen from Routt County homes in a series of burglaries pleaded not guilty Monday, and his case is scheduled to go to trial in May. Charles Golonka, 32, entered his plea Monday in Routt District Court before Judge Shelley Hill.
I had a blast Monday eating egg salad sandwiches and swapping stories with the good folks taking part in the Routt County Council on Aging’s lunch program at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The seniors invited me to give a talk about the changes I’ve seen during the course of three decades in community journalism.
City Council to discuss Crawford Avenue, 13th Street access
Discussion of access options for Colorado Mountain College’s proposed expansion highlights the Steamboat Springs City Council’s agenda tonight in Centennial Hall. Debate is intensifying among residents about how the city should enable secondary access for a 50,000-square-foot, $15 million administrative and classroom building proposed for CMC’s Alpine Campus.
Monday, November 1
School Board to consider graduation requirements next month
The Steamboat Springs School Board is poised to approve new district graduation requirements next month. And with little feedback during a recent public meeting and Monday’s board meeting, Marty Lamansky, the assistant principal at Steamboat Springs High School, doesn’t expect any major changes from what has been proposed.
Part-time Steamboat Springs resident Brooks Kellogg will remain in jail after a U.S. District Court judge denied his attorney’s request for bail Monday. The hearing Monday was Kellogg’s first appearance in court since his Oct. 19 arrest at Denver International Airport.
The report indicates total sales, use and accommodations tax revenues of $1,211,312 in September, compared to $1,176,374 in September 2009. September's collections brings the city's year-to-date tax revenues to $12,370,959, only 2.3 percent off 2009 figures through September.
Annual downtown event offers candy, haunts and French fries
The costumed trick-or-treaters who were on hand for the annual Downtown Halloween Stroll were dressed, as well, just about anything you could imagine. Children were dressed up and so were adults. Families dressed as part of group themes And some pets even wore costumes — a dachshund was dressed as a hot dog.
In Jan Lomas’ 29 years of business on Lincoln Avenue, there was never a single event that affected her sales as much as the U.S. Highway 40 construction project in downtown Steamboat Springs. It’s not difficult to understand why Loma, who own Artisans Market of Steamboat, said business during April, May and June was “almost nonexistent.”
Increasing number of seniors fuels demand for wellness teachers, social workers and more
Many people assume working with older adults means having medical experience. Although there is an increasing need for health care professionals skilled in aging issues, the growing number of adults ages 50 and older also is fueling demand for people to work with, or on behalf of, older adults in many other settings and roles.
The future of Twentymile Coal Co., Routt County’s top taxpayer, briefly took center stage Friday in a windowless room in downtown Denver, where state electricity officials discussed how to balance clean-air requirements with the economic foundation and power generation of coal.
The conundrum of my final look at the baseball season: As a Colorado Rockies fan, is it sacrilegious to root for the San Francisco Giants in the World Series? But here’s where the conundrum comes in. I’ve found myself rooting for the Giants in this World Series.
The Steamboat Springs School Board will hear proposed changes to the district’s graduation requirements tonight from Marty Lamansky, the assistant high school principal.
Survey shows downward trends for student drug and alcohol use
Substance abuse among Routt County sixth- through 12-graders is trending downward, according to a survey released this week by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. With a couple of exceptions, fewer students in those grades reported drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana or taking prescription drugs than students surveyed in 2008.
The Record for Oct. 30
The Record for Oct. 29
Ski fit classes have begun in Steamboat Springs, and some of you are not in attendance. Although classes are a great way to prepare for any on-snow activity, they are not for everyone.
They were a little hungry and a little scared, but three domestic Chinese geese that were abandoned at West Lincoln Park were bound for a new home as of Friday afternoon.
Class 4A boys state cross-country meet results
County Agenda for Nov. 1 and 2