Stories for November 2010

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Tuesday, November 30

Steamboat police seek suspect in Dream Island burglary

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.

IRS fines Steamboat's Education Fund Board $168,700

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.

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Steamboat Ski Area passes November snow record

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.

Holiday Tree Festival starts at 1 p.m. Sunday in Hayden

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 undecided about undersheriff job

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.

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Steamboat's Snyder nets Turkey Shoot title

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.

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Former Sailors soccer standout Comeau helps CU win title

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.

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Tom Ross: Reunited, and it feels so good

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.

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2010 Search and Rescue calls near record in Steamboat

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.

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Kellogg trial date likely to be pushed back

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.

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra to give early winter concert

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.

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Steamboat surgeon repairs knees, hips for nonprofit in Panama

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.

Steamboat Ski Area Scholarship Day sets record

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 Record for Nov. 28

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

Steamboat-based radio show adds airwaves

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.

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Steamboat groups begin efforts to support Holiday Wishes program

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.

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Luke Graham: Connor Landusky takes a sideline view

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.

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Steamboat Winter Sports Club opens strong

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.

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Hayden wrestling team stocked with experience

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

The Record for Nov. 27

Steamboat briefs: Register for city winter sports leagues by Thursday

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.

3 searches conducted in Routt County Sunday all were successful

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.

Monday Medical: Home remedies often best for colds

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.

City urges caution with pipes

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.

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Aging Well: Calendar Journal offers motivation for all

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.

Deb Babcock: Understand what makes houseplants healthy

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.

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Tom Ross: Meet me at Giggle Gulch

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.

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Homes in one of Steamboat’s premier neighborhoods offer value

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.

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Knee injury allows Johnny Spillane to be a full-time dad

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.

Wedding Guide: Planning makes perfect

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.

Wedding Guide: Celebrate the beginning

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.

Wedding Guide: Make it unique

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.”

Wedding Guide: Refining your budget

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.

Wedding Guide: Wedding with a view

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.

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High-intensity CrossFit workouts growing in popularity

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.

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Always something new at Truffle Pig

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.

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Brent Boyer: Passing the powder test

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?

Sunday, November 28

The Record for Nov. 26

12:17 a.m. A noise complaint was made from the 1500 block of Shadow Run Court. Officers issued a warning.

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Steamboat to extend bus service until 2:20 a.m. for winter

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.

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Family pheasant hunt stirs memories

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.

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Buyer’s agent Doug Labor opening unique real estate office in Steamboat

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.

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Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher has career day at World Cup event

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.

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For nearly 70 years, Lila Rider has made South Routt’s business her business

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.

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League title is in sight for Steamboat Springs hoopsters

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?

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Hayden basketball to rely on returning seniors

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.

Our View: Airport security, at what cost?

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.

John F. Russell: Staying in the game

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.

The Jail Report for Nov. 20 to 26

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Routt County is defendant in airport lawsuit

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.

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Steamboat forum emblematic of growing marijuana industry

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Ski jumps are cool

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

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 28

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 28

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 28

Steamboat brief: Tree permits available in Routt County

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.

Real Estate transactions for Nov. 19 to 24

Real Estate transactions for Nov. 19 to 24

Routt County’s foreclosure prognosis is mixed

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.

On the Market: Atira vows to pay off its Edgemont debt by May

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.

Saturday, November 27

Snow in the forecast for Sunday; ski area opens more trails

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.

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Steamboat runner qualifies for Junior Olympic national race

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.

Steamboat police, state troopers step up DUI enforcement

Local and state authorities will conduct extra patrols for drunken drivers during the remainder of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Divorce case involving Steamboat shooting suspect, victim advancing

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.

The Record for Nov. 25

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.

Steamboat brief: Rinn Chiropractic collects 650 pounds for food bank

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.

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Black Friday with a Steamboat twist

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.

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Teen's Eagle Scout project benefits 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.

Nurse: Be aware of whooping cough in Routt County

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.

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Steamboat carols in the holiday season with light ceremony

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.

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Tom Ross: Rare happy ending for Steamboat psychic

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.

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Steamboat resort executives bank on flakes

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?”

Friday, November 26

Tough start to season for US Nordic Combined team

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.

Injured snowmobiler flown to Frisco hospital

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.

The Record for Nov. 24

A noise complaint was made in the 1000 block of High Point Drive. Police told people to turn down loud music.

Steamboat briefs: Symphony Orchestra hosts Holiday Concert on Dec. 5

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.

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Steamboat Clay Artisans’ annual event to fill Depot today, Saturday

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.

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Annual Thanksgiving meal brings volunteers, Steamboat community together

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.

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Hayden commercial kitchen illustrates challenges in economy

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.

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Christy Belton: Winter work in Routt County reminds us of our good fortune

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.

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James and the Devil in midst of 3-night stand in Steamboat

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.

Baumgardner, White gear up for state legislative session

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.”

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Skiers and riders feast on terrain at Opening Day of Steamboat Ski Area

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.

Thursday, November 25

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What to do in Steamboat for Nov. 26 to Dec. 2

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.

Steamboat Turkey Trot race results

Second annual Steamboat Turkey Trot results

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Frozen morning doesn’t slow trotters in Steamboat

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

The Record for Nov. 23

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.

Steamboat briefs: Home Builders hosts Toys for Tots fundraiser Saturday

The Steamboat Home Builders Association is hosting a Toys for Tots fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Steam­­boat Grand.

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Early winter tough on Yampa Valley elk

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.

New lights to brighten Steamboat’s holiday season

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.

Boot prints in snow lead to 2 Steamboat arrests

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 for Nov. 22, 2010

Adult coed volleyball league results

4 Steamboat soccer players earn all-league honors

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.

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New Steamboat whistle stirs memories

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.

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Steamboat, Hayden hoops teams to face off in preseason scrimmage

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.

Aspen airport runway to be lengthened

$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.

United Way Thanksgiving dinner emphasizes Steamboat community

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.

Vail charges $99 for holiday ski passes

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.

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Scholarship Day a success at Steamboat Ski Area

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.

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Blizzard peters out, but frigid temps persist in Steamboat

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.

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Spoke Talk: How to bike in winter

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.

Our View: First Tracks, 2nd thoughts

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.

Steamboat racers ready to trot in winter Running Series event

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.

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Steamboat girls hoops team looks to build on playoff run

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.

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Steamboat's new noon whistle to be christened today during ceremony

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.

Steamboat couple alerts police of scam

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.

Life coach for Oak Creek employees under budget

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.

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Joanne Palmer: ‘Dancing with the Snowflakes’

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.

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Steamboat chefs give Thankgiving dinner tips

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.

Chamber: 2010 Steamboat summer lodging numbers similar to 2009 levels

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.

High avalanche danger in Colorado mountains

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.

Summit County towns assess snow dividend

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.

Aspen Skiing Co. tabs Carbondale beef

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.

Jimmy Westlake: A telescope under the tree

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.

The Record for Nov. 22, 2010

Monday, Nov. 22

Steamboat Briefs: Last day for coats is today at the LIFT-UP Food Bank

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.

Stan White: Legalize it

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.

Ken Brenner: Thanks to donors

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.

Tuesday, November 23

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club aims for strong Scholarship Day attendance

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.

Commissioners approve undersheriff pay rate

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.

Fire damages 4 condos in Eagle-Vail

Firefighters battled a structure fire at an Eagle-Vail condominium complex Sunday night.

Wolf Creek ski patrol director dies in avalanche

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.

Even wealthy want bargains on ski trips

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.

Hayden's mayor-elect Chuck Grobe moving to Craig

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.

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Steamboat TV18 morning show resumes Wednesday

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.

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Tom Ross: The secret is in the roux

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.

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Hayden airport doing pat-downs but doesn’t have full-body scanners

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 Record for Nov. 21, 2010

Sunday, Nov. 21

Steamboat Briefs: Annual Hayden Christmas tree ceremony is Saturday

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.

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Steamboat's Ramunno family keeps coaching tradition alive

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.

Monday, November 22

More deer options sought by Craig committee

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.

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Blizzard warning for Scholarship Day in Steamboat

National Weather Service says weather will be 'brutal'

The National Weather Service is predicting high winds and frigid temperatures for Scholarship Day.

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Wiggins wants investigator Joe DeAngelo as his undersheriff

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.

Steamboat Running Series expands reach

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.

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Luke Graham: 5 things to watch this winter

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.

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden church offers food baskets for area residents

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.

The Record for Nov. 20, 2010

Saturday, Nov. 20

Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Steamboat seeks donations

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.”

Deb Babcock: Poinsettia: A holiday favorite

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.

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More snowfall in forecast for Steamboat

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.

Monday Medical: Happy, healthy holidays to you

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.

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Under Armour co-founder, former NFL player Ryan Wood talks with Steamboat student-athletes

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.

Aging Well: Dedicated instructors help older adults get fit

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

Joel Reichenberger: No group hunts here

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 real estate transactions for Nov. 12 to 18, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 12 to 18, 2010

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First Tracks in Steamboat sell for far less than deed-restricted prices

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.

Our View: Give teachers raises, but consider merit

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.

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Steamboat shops stock skis, snowboards cut for comfort

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.

Survey: Healthy lifestyle important to buyers, regrouping mountain real estate market

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.

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Quiznos Pro Challenge route speculation in full force in Steamboat

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.

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Steamboat hockey team is primed for a big year

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.

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Park manager with Olympic experience has big plans for season in Steamboat

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.

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Downtown Steamboat projects begin to see return of high-end buyers

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.

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Hayden now offers salad bar to elementary students

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.

Oak Creek businesses shift

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.

U.S. Nordic squad readies for new season

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.

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Community Alliance honors New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley

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.

John F. Russell: Avoiding Olympic hangover

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.

Steamboat Brief: CMC faculty member has show in Glenwood Springs

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.

Routt County Search and Rescue called out to 2 incidents Saturday

Routt County Search and Rescue wrapped up two searches Saturday, according to incident commander Kristia Check-Hill.

Omar M. Campbell: Pot problem

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

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 21

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 21

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 21

The Record for Nov. 19

The Record for Nov. 19

The Jail Report for Nov. 13 to 19

The Jail Report for Nov. 13 to 19

On the Market: Christine Hands joins Coldwell Banker group

Christine Hands has joined Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties as a full-time sales associate working out of the Steamboat office.

Saturday, November 20

Winter storm warning announced for Steamboat

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.

Steamboat high school forms leadership symposium

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

The Record for Nov. 18

Steamboat briefs: Church offers food baskets for low-income residents

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.

Search and Rescue helps dog, owners in North Routt

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

Lunch menus for Routt County school districts for Nov. 22 to 26

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Wildhorse theater in Steamboat goes 3-D

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.

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Steamboat police officers grow mustaches to benefit sergeant

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.

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Officials look to Steamboat for leading environmental education

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.

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Tom Ross: Worms in the kitchen? Sign me up

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.

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Work ongoing at Steamboat base area

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

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Jimmy Westlake: Pisces the Fish

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.

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What to do in Steamboat for Nov. 19 to 25

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.

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8th annual festival features Steamboat filmmakers

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.

Hayden’s mayor-elect steps down for personal reasons

Hayden Town Council member Chuck Grobe, the town’s next mayor, stepped down Thursday night, Interim Town Manager Lance Stewart said.

Housing Authority in Steamboat considers ballot issue

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.

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Denver-based Yamn to play at Old Town Pub today in Steamboat

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.

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Event in Steamboat to raise money for Yampa River enhancements

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.

Yampa Arts and Crafts fair is Saturday

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.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Christmas tree permits available for Routt National Forest

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.

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Steamboat hockey team to play 3 teams in scrimmage Saturday at Howelsen

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.

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Hiking to ski a popular choice in Steamboat before ski area opens

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.

Raises on table for Steamboat teachers

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.

Spoke Talk: A sense of community, culture in Bike Town USA

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

The Record for Nov. 17

Steamboat briefs: Coats available at LIFT-UP Food Bank on Curve Court

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.

Thursday, November 18

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Steamboat's noon whistle to return

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.

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Former Steamboat resident suspected in deaths of 3 in Ohio

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.

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Steamboat Ski Area to open with top-to-bottom access

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.

Routt County may self-insure employees

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.

Convenience store, gym/coffee shop approach Oak Creek for permits

Two new businesses are scheduled to ask for permission to open in Oak Creek at a meeting of the Oak Creek Town Board tonight.

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Steamboat Springs High School musical opens tonight

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.

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Nordic skiers flock to trails in Steamboat

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.

Steamboat football squad garners all-league awards

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.

Soroco fall sports teams earn season awards

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.

The Record for Nov. 16, 2010

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Steamboat Brief: Salvation Army seeks bell ringers for 1-hour shifts

The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one hour shifts starting the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

South Routt School Board to consider asking for loan

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 await test results in Steamboat death investigations

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.

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Steamboat Ski Area tallies 74 inches of snowfall

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

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Bank files for foreclosure on One Steamboat Place

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.

Routt Powder Riders seek support from county

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.

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Volleyball team members from Steamboat, Hayden earn postseason nods

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.

The Record for Nov. 15

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.

Our View: Lessons from the road

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.

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$1M bond set for suspect with Steamboat ties in Ohio kidnapping case

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.

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Joanne Palmer: The iMale decodes man-speak

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.

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Students at Steamboat's Heritage Park Preschool give back

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.

Steamboat Springs City Council ups Iron Horse rent

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.

Steamboat brief: Hayden School Board set to discuss ballot measure tonight

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.

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16th annual Festival of Trees on display in Steamboat this week

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.

Permits for self-cut Christmas trees available in Yampa for National Forest land

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.

Deb Babcock: 7 tips for growing plants indoors

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.

New Hayden town manager praised

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.

Temperature issues top list of Routt County restaurant inspection data

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.

John Spezia: Change our habits

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.

John Ayer: Use SSACP as guide

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.

Tuesday, November 16

US 40 reopens from Steamboat to Kremmling

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.

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Ski Jam won’t return to Steamboat

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.

Steamboat police prepare dentist embezzlement case

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.

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Steamboat to host snowboard, ski cross events

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.

Hayden voters approve property tax by 10 votes

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.

The Record for Nov. 12

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 Jail Report for Nov. 6 to 12

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Steamboat Brief: Steamboat library adding Pajama Story-time events

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.

Concert review: ‘From Sorrow to Joy’ lifts spirits

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.

The Record for Nov. 14, 2010

Sunday, Nov. 14

Steamboat City Council to see Iron Horse audit

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.

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Tom Ross: Is your avatar ready for ski season?

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.

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Bake-Off win a piece of cake in Steamboat

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.

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Phase 1 of Gloria Gossard Parkway is done in Steamboat

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.

Monday, November 15

53-year-old woman found dead in Steamboat Springs

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.

Veteran Craig PD officer to take reins at ACET

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.

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Man convicted of arson in Steamboat is suspect in Ohio kidnapping case

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.

Aging Well: Program empowers spirit during loss, change

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.

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Luke Graham: Fletcher primed for a big year

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.

The Record for Nov. 13, 2010

Saturday, Nov. 13

Monday Medical: Sleep apnea linked to diabetes

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.

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Recycling event a success in Steamboat

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 Briefs: Club volleyball meeting is Thursday at Pilot & Today

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.

More snow in forecast for Steamboat

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

County Agenda for Nov. 15 and 16

2010 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results

2010 Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships results

Colorado author speaks tonight at Genealogy Club meeting in Steamboat

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.

Sunday, November 14

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Speaker at Steamboat real estate expo provides honest news to industry professionals

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.”

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Tennis energy clear at Steamboat tournament

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.

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Steamboat brothers hope for top spots in 2010-11 Nordic combined season

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.

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Steamboat graduate plays on top-level volleyball team at Colorado College

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.

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Several new businesses opening in downtown Steamboat this winter

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.

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Medals abound at Special Olympics bowling event

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.

Steamboat City Council tackles e-crimes

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.

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Whiteman students now required to volunteer in Steamboat

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.

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New boots, bindings top the crop of snow sport equipment

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Telling Steamboat's stories

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.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 14

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.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 14

Sincere condolences to William and Charlene Forbes, who lost their daughter, Anna Kay Forbes, on Nov. 1. She is missed by family and friends.

Lisa Douglas: Poor customer service in Steamboat Springs

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.

John R. Sharp: Why I don't prescribe marijuana

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.

Our View: City on right track with talks with businesses

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.

On the Market: Walton joins Steamboat Village Brokers team

Longtime Steamboat Springs real estate executive Tony Walton has joined Steamboat Village Brokers.

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Luxury buyers return to Steamboat market

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.

Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 5 to 10, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Nov. 5 to 10, 2010

Saturday, November 13

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Hayden football falls to Wray in playoffs

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.

Events in Routt County this weekend

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.

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LSRV Rattlers bring state title home to Baggs, Wyo.

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.

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Steamboat Chief Plaza Theater deal expires, discussion continues

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.

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Tom Ross: Welcome to Blurb — the e-mail offer of a lifetime

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.

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Steamboat Toffee Co. employs Horizons clients for packaging

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.

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Uptick in rushing helps lead Hayden Tigers to playoffs

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 Record for Nov. 11

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.

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 15

Routt County school district lunch menus for the week of Nov. 15 to 19

Steamboat briefs: Benefit event for ‘Hillbilly Bob’ Jackson is on Sunday

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.

Toys for Tots fundraisers aim to bring holiday cheer to Routt County

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.

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The Nadas play benefit in Steamboat for World Bicycle Relief Fund

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.

Friday, November 12

Community Agriculture Alliance: Buy local at Holiday Shopping Gala

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.

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Routt County girls program a success

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.

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Veterans thanked with free meals Thursday in Craig

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.

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Veterans Day, ceremonies have special meaning for Craig resident

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.

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Home starter kit trunks part of spreading message of runaway, homeless youth program in Craig

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.”

The Record for Nov. 10

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.

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Owners of Steamboat's Sweet Pea Market and Cafe consider what's next

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.

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No. 9 Hayden welcomes No. 1 Wray for Class 1A playoff football game

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.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for Nov. 12 to 18, 2010

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.”

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Depot Art Center series kicks off in Steamboat with bluegrass band

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.

Locals to battle at Steamboat Springs tennis tournament

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.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden cheerleaders host tailgate party today

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.

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Routt County 4-H Livestock Judging Team heads to nationals today

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.

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Hayden says, ‘thank you’ to town's veterans

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.

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Oak Creek Chelsea’s Restaurant looks to drive business

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.

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Yampa Valley Singers present multimedia event in “Sorrow to Joy”

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.

Thursday, November 11

TMH in Craig celebrating one-year anniversary Friday

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.

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Efforts begin to fix Charlie's Hole in Steamboat

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.

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Small items can make difference to Routt County service members abroad

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.

Oak Creek neighbor concerned about strong marijuana odor

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.

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Hayden senior's choice of football over baseball helps the Tigers

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.

Whiteout Volleyball Club meeting set for Nov. 18 in Steamboat

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.

The Record for Nov. 9

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.

Steamboat briefs: Mainstreet to host Merry Mainstreet, light parade

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.

Oak Creek residents look into grants for capital project

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.

Harriet Freiberger: Our veterans understand

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.

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Michigan-based Whitey Morgan plays in Steamboat tonight

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.

Steamboat Springs Running Series picks up honors

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

Hayden hires new town manager

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.

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Snowmaking starts at Steamboat Ski Area

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.

2 California hunters spend night in North Routt County

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.

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Craig to establish deer committee

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.

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Steamboat girls hockey team starts strong at opening tournament

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.

Electronics, phones and more accepted at recycling collection

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.

Routt County's Birch, Mitsch Bush to aid in Hickenlooper transition

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.

Adult coed volleyball league results for Nov. 8, 2010

Adult coed volleyball league results

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Jimmy Westlake: Auriga the Charioteer

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.

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Joanne Palmer: Setting the clock to Mom time

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.”

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Yampa Valley School class takes trip to Buddhist Center

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.

Steamboat Springs City Council hears business ideas

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.

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Spoke Talk: Moab: Not just for racers

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.”

Judge says Rodeman impeding court case

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.

The Record for Nov. 8, 2010

Monday, Nov. 8

Steamboat Briefs: Booster Club Butter Braid fundraiser ends at 3 p.m.

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.

Commissioners approve oil well southwest of Hayden

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.

Vicki Barron, RN, AE-C: Help yourself quit

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.

Janna Marxuach: An open mind

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.

Bernard A. Gagne Sr.: A large disservice

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.

Our View: Community gives generously

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.

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Residents readying for winter in Steamboat

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.

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Steamboat alumni Lane Shipley, at Dartmouth, earns academic nod

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.

Tuesday, November 9

Kellogg trial scheduled for January

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.

Lost hunter found in Jackson County

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.

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Forecast takes a decidedly wintry turn

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.

Public forum will feature discussion about improving Steamboat economy

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.

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Tom Ross: Gaiters are business-casual in ’Boat

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 Record for Nov. 7

The Record for Nov. 7

Steamboat briefs: America Recycles Day will be celebrated in Steamboat

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.

Hayden waits for ballot measure results

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.

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Asphalt removal in Steamboat pending state action

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.

Jane McLeod: The humble turnip

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.

Oil well interest picks up in western Routt County

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.

Steamboat Springs School District tries to recoup fees

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.

Monday, November 8

Plea deal ends Oak Creek horse abuse case

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.

Spoke Talk: We can make this happen

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.

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Steamboat resident creates program to help with PTSD

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.

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Tempting treats are on the horizon for Steamboat Springs

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.

Routt County hoops players ready to hit courts

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.

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Luke Graham: What to learn from losing

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.

Documentary about Masai girls to screen Tuesday in Steamboat

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.

Aging Well: Finding peace in family gatherings, strained relationships

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.

The Record for Nov. 6, 2010

Saturday, Nov. 6

Steamboat Briefs: Raffle to benefit Steamboat police Sgt. Dale Coyner

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.

County Agenda for Nov. 8 and 9

County Agenda for Nov. 8 and 9

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Monday Medical: Hospital space promotes healing

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.

Sunday, November 7

Real Estate transactions for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4

Real Estate transactions for Oct. 29 to Nov. 4

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Senior campus in Steamboat enters city planning process

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.

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World-renowned stone cutter visits Steamboat jewelry store

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.

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Walgreens plans at US 40, Pine Grove resurface in Steamboat

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.

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Steamboat Winter Sports Club freestyle skiers set for big season

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.

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Steamboat’s Haberlan honored as state School Nurse of the Year

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.

Democrats hold on to Routt County

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.

Gary Hofmeister: Voting tall, dark and handsome

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.

Atusa Baghery: Preventing diabetes

Knowing about your family’s health history goes a long way toward preventing serious diseases like diabetes.

Kay Weinland: Giving community

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.

Kathy Connell: Supper a success

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.

Betty Leipold: Election Guide

Thanks so much for the Elec­tion Guide insert in the Steamboat Today.

Our View: Steamboat City Council offers fair off-leash plan

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.

Steamboat briefs: Community Thanksgiving Dinner set in Steamboat

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.

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Routt County's Darren Clever named Brand Inspector of the Year

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.

On the Market: Shea makes partner at Resort Ventures West

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.

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Nepalese expert gives Steamboat climbers a lift

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.

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Steamboat player learns lessons despite losses

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.

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Quiznos Pro Challenge race looks delicious to Steamboat riders

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.

Joel Reichenberger: Hayden senior Zirkle's cross-country season inspires

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.

John F. Russell: Stoic despite weather

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 Record for Nov. 5

The Jail Report for Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

The Jail Report for Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 7

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Nov. 7

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 7

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Nov. 7

Saturday, November 6

Hayden football team advances in playoffs with win against Monte Vista

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.

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Tom Ross: Auto salvage yard has been recycling for decades

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.

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Routt County Clerk: Setbacks just a part of election process

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.

The Record for Nov. 4

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

Routt County school lunch menus for the week of Nov. 8 to 12.

Steamboat briefs: Sprinklers put out fire on Ski Trail Lane

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.

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Steamboat City Council OKs leash rules in 2 parks

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.

Friday, November 5

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Steamboat falls to Moffat County, 42-8

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.

Routt County Search and Rescue finds woman dead on Rabbit Ears Pass

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.

Steamboat resident Kellogg enters not guilty plea in murder-for-hire case

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.

Sen. Al White pushed off Joint Budget Committee

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.

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Stagecoach artist fuses sustainability and cycling lifestyle

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.

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What to do in Steamboat for Nov. 5 to 11

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.

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Woman who says she was Kellogg's mistress lived in his Oak Creek home

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.

Steamboat Springs City Council scrutinizes Emerald contract

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.

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Routt County United Way tops $10K goal

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.

Hayden football set for playoffs

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.

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Steamboat football faces rival Moffat County

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.

Deal reached in Loggers Lane theft case in Steamboat

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.

Lori Jazwick: Be a steward of your land

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Whale watching

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.

Deb Babcock: Caring for your trees this winter

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.

Mary Walker: Anything but black and white

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.

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Cowboy poet heads to Utah

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.

The Record for November 3

The Record for Nov. 3

Steamboat briefs: Autism group reschedules Masquerade Ball to March

Yampa Valley Autism Pro­gram has rescheduled its annual Masquerade Ball to March 5.

November's First Friday Artwalk listings in Steamboat

Check out a list of First Friday Artwalk showings and a map of the locations by clicking here.

Hayden man cleared after 2009 drug raid

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.

The Record for Nov. 3

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.

Steamboat briefs: Autism group reschedules Masquerade Ball for March 5

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.

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Group visiting Steamboat finds ‘love at first jam’

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.

Thursday, November 4

Grand jury indicts Kellogg

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.

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Steamboat snags stop, start in Quiznos Pro Challenge

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.

Former Sailor named captain of Mesa State College hockey team

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.

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Wiggins, Wall reflect on Routt County sheriff race

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.

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Hayden's Elinor Hockett celebrates 100th birthday

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.

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Legal expert: ‘Glitch’ shouldn’t stop Kellogg murder-for-hire trial

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.

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Johnson gets 4th Hayden Town Council seat

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.

Steamboat adult coed volleyball league standings for the week of Nov. 1 to 5

Steamboat adult coed volleyball league standings for the week of Nov. 1 to 5

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Steamboat cheerleading team to compete at Glenwood meet Saturday

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.

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Chadwick property receives notice of foreclosure

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.

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Costa Rica rafting sweet to Routt County's Hamilton

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.

The Record for Nov. 2, 2010

Tuesday, Nov. 2

Steamboat Briefs: Coats available at LIFT-UP Food Bank to those in need

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.

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Kevin Michael Connolly to share story with Steamboat CMC students

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.

Wednesday, November 3

Steamboat police arrest 2 in odd cases

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.

Wall ‘disappointed,’ not regretful about sheriff race

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.

Hayden’s Referendum 3B could shift

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.

Buck congratulates Bennet on US Senate seat victory

Incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet has defeated Republican challenger Ken Buck in the country’s tightest U.S. Senate race.

Hayden, South Routt voters OK school tax increases

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.

Routt County, Colorado voters reject anti-tax measures 60, 61, 101

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.

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Republican Tipton unseats Salazar for 3rd Congressional District

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.

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3 cruise to Hayden Town Council seats; fourth spot less clear

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.

State races tight to finish

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.

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Hickenlooper victorious in gubernatorial race

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.

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Routt County vote tallying finishes at 2:30 a.m.

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.

The Record for Nov. 1

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 City Council OKs road for CMC

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.

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Ryg retains Routt County coroner seat

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.

GOP wins House majority

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.

Democrats save US Senate majority

Democrats narrowly held their Senate majority Tuesday but suffered at least six stinging losses, including the Illinois seat once held by President Barack Obama.

Steamboat briefs: Downtown dental office reports $14,000 stolen

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.

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Disc golf course opens in Hayden

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.

Steamboat awaits Quiznos Pro Challenge verdict

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.

Our View: Congrats, winners; now, get to work

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.

Philip L. Hinson: FairTax panel

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.

Ken Brenner: Northwest Colorado needs energy sense

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.

Tuesday, November 2

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Baumgardner rolls in House District 57

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.

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Wiggins wins Routt County sheriff race

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.

Competency questioned for Steamboat man accused of shooting wife

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.

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Routt election officials report solid turnout

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.

Night delays on U.S. 40 near Hayden to start Wednesday

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.

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Tom Ross: Musing on 3 decades of bellringing

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.

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Strong preliminary turnout seen in Steamboat for high-interest 2010 election

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.

United Way aims to raise $10,000 on Wednesday

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.

Colorado Mountain College debate continues today in Steamboat

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.

The Record for Oct. 31, 2010

Sunday, Oct. 31

Man, 32, accused of selling stolen goods heads to trial

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.

Monday, November 1

Little feedback given on Steamboat graduation changes

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.

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Brooks Kellogg to remain in jail after judge denies bond request

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.

Report: Steamboat's September sales tax revenues show increase

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.

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Halloween hits Main Street in Steamboat

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.

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Steamboat celebrates end of road construction

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.”

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Luke Graham: Guess I'll root for the Giants

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.

New Steamboat graduation requirements are on table

The Steamboat Springs School Board will hear proposed changes to the district’s graduation requirements tonight from Marty Lamansky, the assistant high school principal.

The Record for Oct. 30

The Record for Oct. 30

County Agenda for Nov. 1 and 2

County Agenda for Nov. 1 and 2

Substance abuse declines in Routt County

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.

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Steamboat Animal Control rescues 3 domestic geese

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.

Aging Well: Aging field offers growing career options

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.

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Monger promotes coal industry impacts to state utilities commission

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.

Class 4A boys state cross-country meet results

Class 4A boys state cross-country meet results

Monday Medical: Winter fitness: A balanced workout

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.

The Record for Oct. 29

The Record for Oct. 29